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SUNDAY 12 MAY 2013

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INC Managing to Hang by Slender Thread
An exclusive poll of Chandigarh voters by U Connectt in collaboration with SMI
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2 BJP Lacks Realpolitik

For any political party in any other country of the world such issues would have been treated as part of the play and sorted with sagacity of a surgeons scalpel. Instead the party let these issues become crude machetes with which it managed to hack its own limbs off in the run up to the state elections. The virtual decimation of the BJP is a rude reminder to those who have hopes of a regime change in the next Lok Sabha elections. Voters of India may forgive acts of omission and commission but they will not forgive


Manu Sharma
incompetence and lack of realpolitik in governance. Politics by its nature demands that no principal or ideology be ultimate when juxtaposed with exigencies of governance. When BJP is looking to make corruption and governance as issues for next elections, it must remember that all of its promises and their worth in the eyes of the electorate will be evaluated in terms of its perceived ability to rule. As the experience of Karnataka shows party apparatchiks are interested in nitpicking and not governing. Advantage Congress!

Caged Parrot, Invasive Dragon

The Supreme Court of India observed that CBI had become a caged parrot during its hearing regarding the CBI affidavit on the Coalgate scam status report. While the court room drama raged on another tense drama on the frontiers of the nation was coming to a close. The Chinese aggressive ingression into Indian territory was met with a lukewarm response of our establishment. The two sides disengaged on rather slanted terms and with Indian public not being informed of the details of the exchange. The contrast and the irony could not be starker than this. While Indian establishment has concentrated its security interests within the confines of our borders, other nations do not share the interest of our establishment. Weak nations need massive internal policing and intelligence gathering while stronger nations concentrate their assets on external threats. We may try and hide our lethargy on the security front under the garb of economic and social priorities but we must not forget that we inhabit a dangerous part of the world. China and Pakistan have been relentlessly cooperating and building

Bharatiya Janata Party was traditionally known as a political party with its base firmly entrenched in the Northern States of India. The party was finally able to change that image by storming to power in the Southern state of Karnataka in 2008. Led by maverick Lingayat leader BS Yeddyurappa, BJP rose fast and grew deep in its Southern bastion. Sticking true to the adage of power corrupts BJPs state government soon fell prey to accusations of corruption by local leaders and the impact of local mining-builder nexus on governance.


S.K. Sinha

Mother is a verb , not a noun

They say ,today is her day but practically every day is her day. If you have one you are the richest and if you dont , her memories make you rich. She is the truest friend behind all the stories in your lives, the first step, the first fall . She glorifies benevolence . The first teacher , who kissed you and scolded you and showered you with unbridled love. No action is enough to show her how much she means to you. The tragedy is that we often hurt her as we grow up and learn the worldly ways . We make new friends, new habits but whenever the world hurts you, she is the one who forgives you and hides you in her embrace with the same tenderness. No place is safer than her arms and no pillow softer than her knees whenever you are worn out. She prepares you so well that one day you dont need her anymore and can stay away from her . In our actions and in our thoughts we must not forget that she is our source , she is the one chosen by God . She is the one who took the pain and always smiled at us . You are the dearest -- MOTHER ! Jai Hind

Tagores legacy: Seeking out the man behind the mask

By Radha Chakravarty he was sent to East Bengal (then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh) to mind the family estates there. Here he fell in love with the riverine landscape of Bengal, and also developed a strong social conscience, as well as an understanding of psychology, through his direct contact with ordinary people. At 20, he married Mrinalini Devi, aged ten. They had several children, and their marriage was a happy one. In the early 1900s, Tagore suffered a series of personal losses, with the deaths of his father, his wife, and his favourite child. During this period, he first espoused, and then moved away from, the fiery nationalism of the swadeshi (nationalist) movement. In 1913 came the Nobel Prize, and international acclaim. In 1919, he renounced his knighthood in protest against the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre by the British soldiers. All his life, Tagore travelled restlessly, in search of diverse cultural experiences, but also often to raise funds for Visva-Bharati, his university in Santiniketan, West Bengal. Late in life, Tagore emerged as a painter of rare talent. His works drew international attention thanks to the efforts of Victoria Ocampo, an Argentinian woman with whom he formed a close friendship. Tagore was a complex person, tormented by inner conflicts. He craved for solitude, yet felt a profound sense of affinity with others. He yearned for fame, yet lived in constant fear that it would dilute his genius. Through his long career, Rabindranath was dogged by controversy. Many did not understand his ambivalence about East-West relations, for though he opposed British imperialism, he remained a great admirer of English literature and art. Deploring aggressive and materialistic forms of nationalism, Tagore criticised Japan for aping the West, yet affirmed his faith in the future resurgence of Asia. Though he and Gandhi shared a mutual admiration, they differed on many counts, for Tagore did not endorse the Non-Cooperation Movement, and placed humanism above nationalism. When he died in 1941, Tagore left behind a staggering body or work. A prolific writer and artist, he composed not only poetry but also plays, stories, novels, essays, songs, satires, travelogues, memoirs and letters. He wrote, for instance, almost 100 short stories, over 40 plays, and more than 2,000 songs. His collected works and letters run into more than 30 volumes. About 3,000 paintings are attributed to him. His doodles blur the line between writing and visual art. Rabindrasangeet, the form of music and songs invented by Tagore, is an eclectic mix of classical, folk and foreign influences, set to exquisite lyrics that have come to be regarded as a cornerstone of Bengali culture and consciousness. Rabindranath has the unique distinction of having composed the songs that would later become the national anthems of India and Bangladesh and is said to have inspired the anthem of Sri Lanka as well. His works have been translated into many languages. At the peak of his fame, he was feted by the Western world as the author of Gitanjali, Sadhana and The Religion of Man. His song, Ekla cholo re (Walk alone) inspired Gandhi, and the poems of Gitanjali stirred the imagination of W.B. Yeats and William Rothenstein. Though widely regarded as a poet-philosopher, he was also a brilliant writer of short stories, and had a profound impact on the emergence of the modern Indian novel. In Chokher Bali he highlights the plight of widows, and in Gora, denounces forms of social discrimination based on caste, creed and nationality. His letters are a treasure-trove of ideas, experiences and emotions, and plays such as Raktakarabi remain landmarks in symbolic drama. He also translated some of his own works into English. Yet Tagores reputation, always fragile, stands today at a precarious crossroads between the blind adulation of his diehard admirers and the near-oblivion to which the rest of the world seems to have consigned him. To his devotees at home, Tagore remains Gurudev, a revered figure beyond criticism. To readers abroad, he still retains something of his earlier image, as a sage from the East with a message that might save the decadent West from disintegration. Tagore, sensitive about his public image, had himself fostered these stereotypes, to some extent. But now it is time to seek out the man behind the mask. Who, then, is the real Tagore? The poet and mystic with his eye trained on infinity, or the stringent social critic whose sharp, unsparing gaze targets the ground realities of his time? The visionary educationist, or the passionate lover of nature? The lyricist who sings of love and loss, rainclouds and thunderstorms, or the spinner of tales who writes so intricately of human relationships in his stories and novels? Is Tagore the presiding deity of Bengali culture, or does he belong to the world? The real Tagore remains notoriously hard to pin down, for his works mean different things to different generations. Certainly, his prescience seems extraordinary. His prime concerns - gender, class, caste, nation, community, language, violence, environment, education, rural reconstruction, literature, art, relationships - continue to haunt us today. His humanism and advocacy of tolerance have not lost their significance for our divided world. We may become powerful by knowledge, but we attain fullness by sympathy, he insisted. Rabindranath raised his voice against the dominance of some nations over others, but also recognized the power of language, literature, art and music to create bridges of understanding across geopolitical borders. A pity, then, that young people today know so little about Tagore, for he has so much to offer them. A strong opponent of rote learning, he celebrates the imaginative freedom of the child mind, its closeness to the miracle of nature and creation. This is the founding principle of Visva-Bharati, conceived as a world university where young students develop their intellect and imagination in harmony with the environment. How intensely did life throb for us! Earth, water, foliage and sky all spoke to us and would not be disregarded, he says of his own childhood, in My Reminiscences. In a sense, Rabindranath never really grew up, for he never lost his childlike sense of wonder at the beauty of our world. If the younger generations have lost touch with their child mind, perhaps it is to Rabindranath Tagore they should turn, to recover something of that magic.

up their conventional forces while strengthening their border infrastructure. India and its electorate may be busy watching the antics of the parrot and its muses but it can no longer manage to be oblivious to the fiery dragon next door. It bears remembrance that 1962 skirmish also witnessed an aggressive China undertaking a calibrated run up since late 1950s to deliver a wallop. Border incidents do not call for alarms in normal course of time however when incidents occur in particular contexts of domestic instability then due diligence must be exercised.

To reconsider the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) on his 152nd birth anniversary is to confront a maze of contradictions. What, for instance, inspired a school dropout without a college degree to establish an international university? Why did a member of the land-owning zamindar class feel compelled to write about the lives of oppressed peasants, and to experiment with schemes for rural development? How could a man write so insightfully about the lives of women? What made him express religious devotion in erotic language, and love in the language of religion? Why did he yearn for fame, yet live in constant fear of it? Difficult questions, but some clues may be found in the chequered narrative of Rabindranaths own life. He was born, he tells us, at the confluence of three important movements: the wave of social and religious reform, the literary renaissance in Bengal, and the nationalist struggle. His grandfather, Dwarakanath Tagore, was a well-known entrepreneur, and his father, Debendranath Tagore, was a pioneer of the Brahmo Samaj, a group of liberals who opposed Hindu orthodoxy. The youngest of 14 children, Rabindranath grew up in a privileged household in Kolkata, in an eclectic atmosphere where he was exposed to multiple cultural influences. He could never adapt to formal systems of schooling; he received his real education from the rich cultural environment of his home and family, and his travels in India and abroad. His literary talent blossomed early, and under the influence of his brother, Jyotirindranath, he discovered his gift of music. In childhood and adolescence, his sister-in-law Kadambari Devi became his playmate, companion and early muse. As a young man,

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jayay Singh said the court had just made a comment and it was not an order. Moreover, the government had done nothing wrong, he added. It is a comment by the court and not an order. If it was a written order, then we would have reacted to it. The government has done nothing wrong... The investigation has not been affected and there was no intervention in the investigation, he told reporters. The court made the observation on Sinhas second affidavit which stated that Law Minister

SCs caged parrot remark is correct: CBI chief

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Ranjit Sinha accepted the Supreme Courts observation that the countrys premier investigating agency was a caged parrot that speaks in its masters voice. Asked by reporters about his views on the apex courts caged parrot remark, Sinha said: Whatever Supreme Court said is correct. Speaking on the autonomy of the agency, Sinha told reporters that it was for the government to decide. However, Congress leader DigviAshwani Kumar and senior officials of the Prime Ministers Office and the coal ministry had made certain changes in the report on the allocation of coal blocks. The bench also asked the government whether it was contemplating a law to make the working of the CBI independent and insulate it from extraneous intrusion and interferences. It also made it clear that choice was with the government and in case government dithered, the court would step in.

New Delhi The Supreme Court termed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a caged parrot that speaks in its masters voice and asked the government whether it intended to make the agencys functioning independent. It is a caged parrot speaking in its masters voice, a bench headed by Justice R.M. Lodha said, adding: Its a sordid saga that there are many masters and one parrot. The courts observations came on CBI director Ranjit Sinhas second affidavit stating that Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and senior officials of the Prime Ministers Office and the coal ministry had made certain changes in the report on the allocation of coal blocks. The bench also asked the government whether it was contemplating a law to make the working of the CBI independent and insulate it from extraneous intrusion and interferences. There are other ways of bringing the law, Justice Lodha said, apparently pointing to ordinance route as parliament adjourned sine die Wednesday two days ahead of scheduled. The best things would be that such a law is put in place before the next hearing of the case (July 10) so that there would be an impartial and nonpartisan independent investigating agency, the judge said. Pointing to such a scenario, Justice Lodha said: It would be golden. It would really be wonderful. Making it clear that choice was with the government, the bench, which also included Justice Madan B.Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph said in case government dithered, it would step in. If the CBI is not made independent, we will step in, it observed adding that CBI must know how to stand up against all pulls and pressures by government and its officials. Referring to the changes in the CBI status report, the court asked whether central government intends to bring some law to ensure the independence of CBI and its functional autonomy and insulate it from extraneous influences and interferences and make it a non-partisan investigating agency. The courts poser came as it said that it wanted to know the governments position before it could embark on an exercise to make the CBIs functioning independent and free from political and extraneous interferences. We would like to know the govern-

ments position before any exercise by us to ensure that the CBI functioned effectively, efficiently and independently particularly in cases regarding corruption, the bench stated. As Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati told the court he would seek instructions from the government on this point, the court, while referring to its judgment in Vineet Narain case in mid-1990s - when it had passed orders to check political and other interferences in the CBIs working - Justice Lodha said that after so many years we are at the worst stage. Asking the attorney general whether it should undertake the exercise to make CBI independent and effective, the court asked if government was inclined to enact an effective law in a particular time. We want an unambiguous assurance, very clear and candid assurance from you that law will be in place in a particular time, Justice Lodha told Vahanvati. The apex court also questioned the credibility of the CBI probe into the allocation of coal blocks and asked for a thorough and qualitative investigation. Expressing displeasure at the governments interference in the coal allocation probe report, the court said, the heart of the report was changed on the suggestions of the government officials. Asking the government to make the investigating agency impartial, the apex court said it needs to be ensured that the CBI functions free of all external pressures. It also said that the job of CBI is not to interact with government officials but to interrogate to find the truth. The court said the agency must know how to stand up against all pulls and pressures by government and its officials.

NATIONAL NEWS Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah dead, Bansal skips cabinet meeting, Congress defends him body sent home
New Delhi Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay died in a Chandigarh hospital, six days after he was attacked in a Jammu jail, and his body was flown to Pakistan by a special Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). India sidestepped Pakistans demand for an international probe but called for discussing the joint judicial panels recommendations. The flight took off from Chandigarh airport Thursday evening with the body. The body was handed over to officials of the Pakistan High Commission and formalities completed at the airport before the flight took off, an official said here. A minor hiccup related to documentation and other formalities earlier held up the planes departure, scheduled around 5 p.m. by over an hour, an official source said. Sanaullah, who had been hospitalised at Chandigarhs PGIMER hospital after being attacked in Jammus Kot Bhalwal jail May 3, died due to multiple organ failure, doctors said. Flown to Chandigarh from Jammu last Friday after he was attacked, Sanaullah remained extremely critical and in deep coma in the last six days. Sanaullah was declared dead around 7 a.m. due to multiple organ failure. The team of doctors headed by Y.K. Batra tried their best to revive him, a spokesperson of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) said. Sanaullah had been in deep coma since the attack on him by a fellow inmate May 3, just a day after Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner in Pakistan, succumbed to grievous injuries following a vicious assault in Lahores Kot Lakhpat Jail. Legal formalities were completed in coordination with the Jammu and Kashmir government as he was serving his life term in that state. New DelhI Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, under a cloud over his kins alleged involvement in bribery for a plum railway board posting, skipped a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. There is speculation he may be asked to quit. Opposition parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have demanded Bansals resignation after his nephew Vijay Singla was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe for the appointment of a member of the Railway Board. A Delhi court sent Singla and four others, including prime accused and railway official Mahesh Kumar, to judicial custody till May 20. Singla allegedly accepted a bribe of Rs.90 lakh from Mahesh Kumar for his appointment as member (Electrical) of the powerful Railway Board. Businessmen N.R. Manjunath and Sandeep Goyal helped Mahesh Kumar in arranging money to bribe Singla and were to get favours after his appointment as member (Electrical). Four other co-accused - Vivek Kumar, Dharmendra, Rahul Yadav and Samir Sandhir - are already in judicial custody till May 20. The Congress defended Bansal. How is the minister answerable? Pawan Bansal has a career of 30-35


Life terms for three in 1984 anti-Sikh riots

New Delhi Delhi court sentenced to life imprisonment three convicts in a 1984 antiSikh riots case in which Congress leader Sajjan Kumar has been acquitted, despite the prosecution seeking the death penalty. The victims kin called the punishment inadequate. District and Sessions Judge J.R. Aryan sentenced Girdhari Lal, Balwan Khokkar and Captain Bhagmal to life imprisonment for murder and rioting, while two other convicts - former councillor Mahender Yadav and former legislator Kishan Khokkar, both held guilty of rioting - were each given three years jail. A fine of Rs.1,000 each was slapped on all the five convicts. The court sentencing three convicts to life term said that the offences were grave as the victims of a particular community had been targeted and the acts of the convicts were most gruesome in nature. The court rejected the plea of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking death sentence to Balwan, Lal and Bhagmal, saying their offence does not come under the category of rarest of rare warranting capital punishment. The court in its 10-page order said: They had no special or personal animosity towards anyone or the deceased individually. The assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Chandigarh Home Secretary Anil Kumar had said Sanaullahs body would be air-lifted to Pakistan after his post-mortem and completion of other formalities. Pakistan High Commission spokesperson Manzoor Ali Memon said in New Delhi that Pakistan was in grief and shock. We have requested the government of India for an international inquiry into the brutal attack on the Pakistani citizen, Memon said. In Islamabad, the Pakistan government demanded that perpetrators of this heinous crime be brought to justice. We have learnt with a deep sense of grief that Sanaullah has expired today (Thursday) in a hospital in Chandigarh, India. He succumbed to the brutal injuries inflicted upon him during an attack in a jail, said the Pakistan ministry of foreign affairs. India said all necessary measures, medically and otherwise, had been taken to save him. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, he succumbed to the injuries and died in the hospital today, said ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. Asked about Pakistans demand for an international probe into the incident, he said India had already conveyed that the two countries should

sit together and take forward the recommendations of a joint judicial panel. Asked about Pakistans demand for an international probe, union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said: I cannot comment on this now as no demand has come to us till now. When the demand comes, I will tell you. As news came in about Sanaullahs death, 17 Pakistani prisoners lodged in the Jammu jail raised anti-India slogans. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offered his sincere apology to Sanaullahs family. Although its scant consolation, Id like to offer a sincere apology to the family, Abdullah tweeted. The chief minister regretted that such a thing should have happened at all, but assured that those responsible for dereliction of duty in this incident would not go unpunished. Two members of Sanaullahs family had arrived in Chandigarh Tuesday from Pakistan. They had appealed to the Indian government to repatriate him to Pakistan. Sanaullah was arrested in 1996 and charged with involvement in a bomb blast at Katra near the Hindu shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in 1994 which left 10 people dead. He was serving life term in the Jammu jail.

years which is clear. He is a simple man and till now, no charges had been levelled against him, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said in Bhopal. It is the relative who is answerable not the minister, he added. If CBI has proof that Pawan Bansal is involved in this matter, then the Congress will not spare anyone, he said. Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari played down Bansals absence from the cabinet meeting. It happens at times, ministers deciding in their wisdom if any item relating to their ministry is not listed, Tewari told reporters after the cabinet meeting. The railway minister has welcomed the investigation process and it should be allowed to continue

New Delhi The union Cabinet gave its approval for declaring 2013 as Water Conservation Year. An official press release said a number of mass awareness activities will be undertaken during the year, with emphasis on sensitising people on water-related issues and encouraging them to use it judiciously. The policies and programmes of the Ministry of Water Resources will be propagated to create a sustainable society and economy. An effective and sustained mass awareness programme will be launched with the involvement of all stakeholders to achieve the objectives identified in the National Water Policy, 2012 and National Water Mission, the release said It said that water was a scarce resource with the country having more than 18 percent of the worlds popuThe court April 30 had acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was also an accused in the case, contending that he deserved benefit of doubt since one of the victims and key witness Jagdish Kaur did not name him as an accused in her statement recorded by the Justice Ranganath Mishra panel in 1985. The case against Sajjan Kumar and others was registered in 2005 on a recommendation of the Justice G.T. Nanavati Commission which inquired into the riots. The CBI had filed two charge sheets against Sajjan Kumar and others in January 2010. Earlier in the day, during the arguments on quantum of sentence, CBI sought death sentence for Balwan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal saying: They were engaged in planned communal riot and religious cleansing.

Cabinet declares 2013 Water Conservation Year

lation but four percent of worlds renewable water resources and 2.4 percent of worlds land area. There are further limits on utilizable quantities of water owing to uneven distribution over time, as 75 percent of the annual rainfall is received in just four months, the release said. It said the per capita availability of water is likely to go down from 1,545 cubic metre per year in 2011 to 1341 cubic metres per year in 2025. The increasing demand of water for various purposes will further strain (resources) with the possibility of deepening water conflicts among different user groups as drinking water needs will rise by 44 percent, irrigation needs by 10 percent and industry needs by 81 percent respectively b 2025, the release said. The new water policy was approved last December. CBI prosecutor R.S. Cheema has submitted that the victims were totally innocent and they had not instigated anyone. A particular community was targeted, particularly men, their houses were destroyed and burnt and even the identity of the victims destroyed by burning them. On April 30 while acquitting Kumar, the other five accused had been held guilty for the offences including murder, rioting and unlawful assembly by the armed rioters. In another case the court on April 10 had ordered the reopening of a case against another Congress leader, Jagdish Tytler, in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Tytler is accused of instigating a mob that led to the murder of three men who had taken shelter at the Pul Bangash Gurdwara in north Delhi on Nov 1, 1984.

had blindfolded those youths and unfortunately, there was no leadership to bridle the mob frenzy unleashed with all cruelty. It also rejected the plea of two other convicts, Mahinder Yadav and Kishan Khokkar who were awarded three-year imprisonment that they be released on probation. The courts order further said: There cannot be two opinions that offences committed in this case were grave where victims of a particular community had been targeted for killing and destroying their properties. This court has already taken the facts into consideration that there were 341 killings in the area of police station Delhi Cantonment of this case itself. The 29-year-old case relates to the killing five people in Delhi Cantonment area during violence against the Sikhs following the assassination of

then prime minister Indira Gandhi on Oct 31, 1984. Kehar Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Raghuvender Singh, Narender Pal Singh and Kuldeep Singh - who were members of the same family - were killed by the mob in Delhi Cantonments Raj Nagar area. Kehar and Gurpreet were the husband and son, respectively, of complainant and eye-witness Jagdish Kaur. Raghuvender, Narender and Kuldeep were her brothers. The family members of the riot victims expressed resentment over the punishment, demanding death penalty for the culprits. We are disappointed with the judgment as the quantum of punishment is to less for these convicts. We want death penalty for them, said Jarnail Singh who is fighting for justice for Sikh riot victims.



Delhi Lokayukta slams Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin criticised Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for her and other cabinet ministers photographs being printed on Delhi governments loan application form. Bharatiya Janata Partys (BJP) legislator Harsh Vardhan had complained that Sheila Dikshit and Raj Kumar Chauhan had been misusing public funds and the government machinery by getting their photographs printed on the loan application form under Delhi Swarojgar Yojna. The printing of loan application forms by Delhis chief minister and Minister for Social Welfare and SC/ST Welfare Raj Kumar Chauhan for personal glorification is to get unfair advantage from the beneficiaries of the scheme, said Justice Sarin in his order. Printing their photographs on the application for loans amounts to abuse and misuse of power and authority. This conduct is in violation of the norms of integrity and conduct expected of public functionaries, he added. Sarin also asked President Pranab Mukherjee to issue an advisory to Dikshit and Chauhan to desist from printing their photographs on the application forms.

SC harmonises growth, safety, gives thumbs-up to Kudankulam

New Delhi/Chennai Harmonising issues of public safety and economic development, the Supreme Court said steps to operationalise the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu would continue uninterrupted. While setting up a project of this nature, we have to have an overall view of larger public interest rather than smaller violation of right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the constitution, an apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said. We have to balance economic scientific benefits with that of minor radiological detriments on the touchstone of our national nuclear policy. Economic benefit... has to be viewed on a larger canvas which not only augment our economic growth but alleviate poverty and generate more employment, the court said. Larger public interest of the community should give way to individual apprehension of violation of human rights and right to life guaranteed under Article 21, the court said. While disposing of a public suit seeking an halt on the projects commissioning, the court directed the government, including the environment and forests ministry (MoEF), to submit a report on the compliance of all safety steps. Justice Radhakrishnan said: The court has to respect national nuclear policy of the country reflected in the Atomic Energy Act and the same has to be given effect to for the welfare of the people and the countrys economic growth and it is with these objectives in mind KNPP has been set up. Public money running into crores and crores of rupees has already been spent for the development, control and use of atomic energy for the welfare of the people and, hence, we have to put up with such minor inconveniences, minor radiological detriments and minor environmental detriments, the court said. The petitioner, Chennai-based IT professional G. Sunderrajan, wanted the government to implement 11 of the 17 additional safety measures recommended for the project by a task force set up by the government in the wake of Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in 2011. Justice Misra said: The AERB as the regulatory authority and the MoEF are obliged to perform their duty that safety measures are adequately taken before the plant commences its operation. Safety, security and life would constitute a pyramid within the sanctity of Article 21 and no jettisoning is permissible, Justice Misra said. Therefore, I am obliged to think that the delicate balance in other spheres may have some allowance but in the case of establishment of a nuclear plant, the safety measures would not tolerate any lapse. The grammar has to be totally different, he said. Problems highlighted, while setting up a nuclear plant, are not unique to this nation, because other countries are also grappling with those situations, the court said. Justice Radhakrishnan noted that of the seventeen suggested safety measures, by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), 12 have already

Withdraw forces from Bengals Maoist areas: Mahasweta

Kolkata Alleging that many people, including Maoists, have been jailed without trial in West Bengal, Magsaysay award winning writer Mahasweta Devi said human rights groups would ask Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to withdraw forces from Maoist areas. We have been demanding for many years that joint forces should be withdrawn from (West Bengal) and tribal areas should not be described as Maoist-affected. We will submit a memorandum to the chief minister on these issues, the octogenarian writer-social activist told mediapersons. Without a trial, so many people, some branded as Maoists, others tagged as Naxalites, have been locked up in prison by the government, she said. Dhiraj Sengupta, general secretary of the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), said that 200 tribals in the states Maoist affected areas are still in prison. Criticising Banerjee, he said: What she could have done for the tribals, she has not done. Sengupta added: Banerjee had promised to get the joint security forces withdrawn from Jangalmahal, political prisoners released and boost development in the tribal-dominated areas. On the contrary, false charges were being slapped on tribals in Jungalmahal. She said that development projects announced by the Trinamool Congress government in the state were ineffective while tribals still faced police torture, rape and pillage. Joint forces comprising central paramilitary troopers and state police personnel were deployed in the Junglamahal in July 2009 to combat Maoists, who had made the area a virtual free zone by torching police camps and offices of the then ruling CPI-M and driving out the civil administration.

Delhi man killed over returning borrowed money

New Delhi A 25-year-old man was killed and his two relatives were injured in an attack by four people over repayment of borrowed money, police said. Ishtakhar was stabbed in the abdomen. He and his two relatives were rushed to a hospital where Ishtakhar was declared dead. Jamil and Alam are recuperating in hospital, Additional Commissioner of Police V. Renganathan said. Jamil, 60, was Ishtakhars fatherin-law, while Umed Alam, 30, was his brother-in-law. They were attacked by four people armed with knives and sticks outside their house at Rahaula area in west Delhi, said Renganathan. The attack was carried out by four members of a family, of whom two are juveniles. They have been detained while their older brother and father are absconding, Renganathan said. The four belong to a family of butchers. They had borrowed Rs.70,000 from an unidentified person known to Jamil, he added. They had not returned the money. The families had argued over the money mater several times earlier. A hunt is now on to nab the attackers who are on the run, police said.

been implemented and the rest, in a phased manner have to be implemented.... ...all the expert teams are unanimous in their opinion of the safety and security of the KNPP both to life and property of the people and the environment which includes marine life, he said. Reacting to the judgment, M. Pushparayan, a key leader in the Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) told in Chennai: It is a delayed and unjust judgment. It will not bind us and our protest against the project will continue. The KNPP will not even satisfy the power requirements of Tamil Nadu or even Kerala, Pushparayan contended. It is discouraging that the court seems to have not considered important issues like the substandard equipments used in the reactor, Coastal Regulation Zone stipulations, spent fuel storage, conduct of proper mock drill for the locals while deciding on the case, he said on phone from Tirunelveli district. According to Pushparayan, around 25 school children submitted a petition to the Tirunelveli district collector to shut down the nuclear plant due to its substandard equipment. The NPCIL is setting up the project in Kudankulam, around 650 km from Chennai, with two Russian-made VVER 1,000-MW each reactors.

Government asks financial firms to probe money laundering allegations

New Delhi The government asked top financial institutions, including State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and the Life Insurance Corporation, to probe into the allegations of money laundering as exposed in a sting operation by an investigative website Cobrapost. Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Takru has asked the chairmancum-managing directors of various Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to probe the allegations, the finance ministry said in a statement. Any officer/employee of your bank/institution who clearly appears to be advising potential customers along lines that would be an infringement of the legal process/ could facilitate money laundering/ could defeat the KYC norms or the norms of due diligence prescribed by RBI and the law from time to time, may be placed under suspension with immediate effect pending inquiry, it said. The bank may initiate a detailed scrutiny of such officers work and institute a special audit, if necessary, for this purpose. The inquiry must be initiated and completed expeditiously. it added. Cobrapost has alleged in a sting operation that at least 23 top public and private banks and insurance companies have been doing large-scale money laundering. Several of the firms named denied the allegation. Money laundering practices are part and parcel of banking and insurance business across the board. Even a walk-in customer can avail of such services that help him launder all his unaccounted cash, Cobrapost said in a press release. The website claimed that it found large-scale wrongdoing by banks and financial institutions through an undercover operation run for nearly six months in various states and union territories, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It has named 23 public and private sector banks and insurance companies. Public sector firms include State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, IDBI Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Dena Bank, Corporation Bank, Allahabad Bank, Central Bank of India, and their insurance associates. Private sector firms include Yes Bank, Dhanlaxmi Bank, Federal Bank, DCB Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank, and their insurance arms. The website has also named LIC of India, Reliance Life Insurance, Birla Sunlife, and Tata AIG. Several of these firms denied the allegations. SBI chairman Pratip Chaudhuri said: As far as we have understood, there is nothing serious. We have zero tolerance for money laundering and will take action on those found to be flouting norms, Chaudhuri said reacting to the allegations. Reliance Capital termed the allegations baseless. We categorically deny the baseless allegations in relation to any involvement of the Company in money-laundering by customers of our life insurance business, Reliance Capital said in a statement. Reliance Life adheres to strict internal controls, processes and best practices and is in full compliance with the KYC norms and regulatory framework, it said.

Four nabbed for shooting at couple in Delhi

New Delhi Four people, including two juveniles, were apprehended for their involvement in shooting at a middleaged couple here, police said. Yogesh, 23, and Sanjeev, 28, and two juveniles were apprehended for shooting at property dealer Satbir and his wife Kaushalya May 3 at Desh bandhu Gupta Road in central Delhi, Deputy commissioner of police Alok Kumar said. One of the accused had a personal enmity with Kaushalyas brother Nonu, Kumar said. The accused also shot dead the pet dog of the victims after it barked at them. Police had apprehended a juvenile who had an enmity with Nonu May 3. On information provided by him, the others were nabbed. The accused told police that one of their associates was involved in a murder in 2010. Nonu was pressuring a witness to turn hostile in the case.

6 Ruling coalition wins Malaysias general election

result with open heart. He also stressed that the Barisan government would fulfill all the promises it made to the public. The ruling coalition survived a Chinese Tsunami as the Chinese minority voted overwhelmingly for the opposition, which Najib said he didnt expect. I expected to some extent, but I didnt expect to this extent, he said. Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said Barisan is depending of its large support in the rural areas dominated by the Malay majority, while doing badly in urban areas. Meanwhile, the opposition has declined to accept the election results, accusing wide spread to electoral fraud in the election. We are not accepting the results, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim told a press conference, until the Election Commission responds and issues an official statement to the allegations of irregularities and fraud. Anwar has claimed victory shortly after the close of polling, urging the ruling coalition and election commission not to hijack the results. A record high of more than 80 percent of the 13.3 million voters cast ballots in the closest election ever held in the country.

Washington With Pakistan arming itself with nuclear capable cruise missiles with stealth capabilities, a new dimension has been added to Indias maritime security challenges, says leading Indian defence expert retired Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar. Taking a leaf from China, Pakistan seems to be investing in cruise missiles, he said, referring to Pakistans indigenously developed cruise missile Babur, which can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads. This has lowered the index of stability in the region, Bhaskar said at an Asia-Pacific security seminar on Indias Maritime Security Challenges at the East-West Centre . But in dealing with issues ranging from low intensity conflict and piracy to major-power strategic contests, Indias key challenges were resource constraints, ship building capabilities, maritime infrastructure and the changing geo-political environment, he said. The rapidly changing strategic environment in South Asia and emergence of an extended global common posed another challenge, said Bhaskar, currently a distinguished fellow with the Society for Policy Studies and a visiting fellow at the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi. Over the next decade, the US, China and India will form a critical strategic triangle and their individual rela-


Pakistan cruise missiles pose key challenge to India

Kuala Lumpur Malaysias ruling coalition won a fiercely contested general election with a comparatively slimmer majority, polling results showed early Monday. The opposition declined to accept the result citing electoral fraud allegations. The ruling coalition Barisan National secured 133 seats in the 222-seat lower house of parliament, down from the 140 seats in the last election in 2008. The ruling coalition owns its victory largely to the lead in its strongholds of the state of Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia, which contributed a total of 47 parliamentary seats. Barisan managed to make some improvement in the state elections, in which it won in nine out of the 12 states contested. Speaking at a press conference, Barisan chairman and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Razak urged the opposition to accept the election

EU satisfied with US-Russia deal on Syria

Brussels The European Union (EU) has expressed satisfaction with the US and Russias joint call for an international conference on Syria to end the escalating crisis in that country. The EU would welcome any dialogue that would bring two sides to the negotiating table, reported Xinhua Wednesday citing Michael Mann, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The EU has repeated on many occasions that the solution of the con-

tionships with the ASEAN, Iran and Pakistan will have significant regional and global implications, he said. Given its distinctive geography and the recent shift of global maritime focus from the Atlantic-Pacific combine to the Indo-Pacific continuum, the importance of the Indian Ocean Region in Indias national security calculus has greatly increased in the post-Cold War/post 9-11 era, Bhaskar said. Yet the Indian Navy mandated to address this wide spectrum security domain received about a sixth of an overall defence budget of less than $40 billion in fiscal 2012-13, he said. He noted that within the Indian military matrix, the navy was referred to as the Cinderella service. Indias ship building capabilities too were not really flattering, blighted as they were by time and cost over-

runs, Bhaskar said. He listed the ability to build credibly fight capable ships as another key challenge. The countrys maritime infrastructure too was less than rudimentary, he said. He added that that in terms of ports, Indias top port Mumbai was listed at the 30th spot in the world. However, Bhaskar said there was a growing awareness at the national level that over the next two decades Indias future aspirations and anxieties will be increasingly shaped by its ability to address the challenges and opportunities of the maritime domain.

Brutal attack on elderly Sikh in US

Washington US police have arrested a 29-year-old transient in connection with a brutal attack with a steel rod on an 81-yearold Sikh man outside the Nanaksar Sikh gurdwara in southwest Fresno in central California. The attack happened just after 7 a.m. at the temple on South Cherry Avenue as the victim, Piara Singh, was walking down the road, The Fresno Bee reported. Gilbert Garcia, who has a record of arrests in the Fresno area, was arrested about 8 a.m. Sunday in a rural neighbourhood a half-mile away, the Bee reported citing police chief Jerry Dyer. As he was being detained, Garcia uttered a threat in an outburst. Dyer said police are investigating the threat, but he declined to say what was said. We need to determine if the threat was made with intent, or was he spouting off, the chief said.

UAE, Germany discuss bilateral cooperation

flict lies in a comprehensive political settlement, he added. He said the EU stands ready to assist in any way possible and hopes that the conference will be a beginning of a peace process. Having held talks with Russian officials, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the two had agreed to convene an international conference on Syria. It would be attended by representatives of the Syrian regime and the opposition, he added.

Four UN peacekeepers abducted on Golan Heights

United Nations Four UN peacekeepers, all from the Philippines, were abducted on the Golan Heights by an armed group believed to be the same one to have abducted 21 Filipino peacekeepers two months ago, the United Nations said. The abduction took place near Position 86, a UN spokeswoman told. Efforts to secure their release are underway. The is the second abduction of UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights over the past two months. In March, 21 Filipino peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were abducted but later released. UNDOF, deployed in the Golan Heights since 1974, has about 1, 000 troops and civilian staff, who are from such countries as Austria, India, the Philippines, Morocco and Moldova. We can confirm that four peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were detained today by an unidentified armed group while they were patrolling in the area of separation close to Position 86, near Al Jamla, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said later

at a daily news briefing here. The four are from the Philippine battalion. Efforts are underway to secure their release. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemns the detention and calls for their immediate release, Nesirky said. The Secretary-General reminds all actors in Syria that UNDOF is mandated to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria, the spokesman said. The secretary- general calls on all parties to respect UNDOFs freedom of movement and safety and security. We can confirm that the group that has taken responsibility calls itself the Brigades of Yarmouk, the spokesman said. This is the same group responsible for the last incident of this nature. We have limited details at this stage and of course in the interest of the safety of the peacekeepers, above all, we have to limit what we are saying publicly at the moment, said the spokesman. Our primary concern is for the safety and security of the peacekeepers. Certainly that is what the focus is on, Nesirky said.

Boston bombings: Pro-Tsarnaev posters come up in Chechnya

London Posters expressing support for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second man charged with last months bombings at the Boston Marathon, have been put up on walls in Chechnyas capital Grozny, BBC reported. It was not clear who is behind the posters declaring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev not guilty. They show pictures of Tsarnaev and his mother Zubeidat, and include an appeal for online donations. The Tsarnaev family are ethnic Chechens but have lived mostly outside Chechnya. Residents of Grozny say the posters most likely came from someone trying to make money out of the Boston Marathon bombings. Dzhokhars elder brother Tamerlan -a fellow suspect -- was killed during a clash with police three days after the April 15 bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 200. Reports say the Tsarnaevs lived for years in Kyrgyzstan - in Central Asia - and Dagestan, another Russian republic in the North Caucasus which borders Chechnya. Pro-Tsarnaev leaflets have also appeared in Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, BBC cited Russias Interfax news agency as saying. Police are trying to find out who stuck them on the walls of underpasses in the city centre. The posters in Grozny follow an earlier campaign there in support of the Tsarnaevs. The authorities removed the earlier ones, which appeared April 24.

Dyer and officials from the US Attorneys Office in Fresno met with more than 100 people at the Sikh gurdwara Tuesday evening to discuss the attack. Piara Singh was reportedly approached by a man in his late 20s or early 30s who was riding a bicycle and armed with a steel rod. Without saying a word, the attacker beat Singh in the head and body. Singh is hospitalized with head wounds, broken ribs and lung lacerations. Temple officials cited by the Bee said the attack was not a robbery and that Singh had never seen the man before. If the attack is determined to be a hate crime, federal charges could be filed, Mark Cullers, chief of the US Attorneys Office in Fresno was quoted as saying by the Bee. That could be in addition to any state charges filed against the assailant, he said. Singh remains in the hospital in serious condition.

Abu Dhabi The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Germany have held talks over bilateral cooperation and existing relations between them, particularly in energy and renewable energy sector. The talks were held between Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, the UAEs minister for energy and Nikolai von Schoepff, German ambassador to the UAE. We are looking forward to further the cooperation with Germany in order to exchange expertise and review the latest applied technologies, especially in oil, gas and renewable energies industries for the advantage of the two countries, said Al Mazrouei. Highlighting the friendly ties between the two countries as well as the efforts exerted by the UAE in all domains, the German envoy stressed upon his countrys keenness to provide its technological expertise, particularly in energy and renewable energy sector.

The latest posters in Grozny say: This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old lad accused of a terrorist attack in Boston. But as many people now know, that is a groundless accusation, there is absolutely no evidence against him. Now he is in a serious condition, in a prison hospital, he needs medical and legal help. Dzhokhars parents ask you for help, to collect money for their son, whom they cannot lose, as they have already lost the older son, cruelly, unjustly. We will be grateful for any help, in the name of the Almighty do not remain indifferent. The message includes a number for the Russian online payment system, Qiwi Wallet, and the Tsarnaev family address in the social network, VKontakte, BBC said.


Recovering After Fall

Britain Plans to Tighten Immigration Rules Pakistans Imran Khan

London The British government has announced plans to tighten immigration rules. The plans were revealed in Queen Elizabeths annual speech to mark the formal opening of parliament. In a ceremony packed with symbolism, the monarch delivered her 60th consecutive Queens Speech to a joint meeting of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The eight-minute speech covered a broad range of issues, focusing on continuing efforts to stimulate economic growth and reform health care and welfare services. But the lines that received the most attention promised an effort to make it more difficult for immigrants to come to Britain. My government will bring forward a bill that further reforms Britains immigration system, Queen Elizabeth said. The bill will ensure that this country attracts people who will contribute and deters those who will not. Immigration has been an increasingly prominent issue in Britain, focused particularly on people from new member-nations of the European Union. A growing movement to force a British withdrawal from the Union is based largely on such concerns. But the co-director of the Immigration Research Unit at University College London says the concerns are mostly exaggerated. The overall effect of migration is

broadly neutral, said Professor John Salt. It has increased the size of the UK economy. It has had various beneficial effects in terms of providing labor where there are shortages. There is no hard evidence that unemployment among the indigenous population has worsened. According to Salt, immigration can affect youth unemployment, and put pressure on housing and land use over time. But he says immigrants do not overburden the welfare system as some activists claim. The Queens Speech also touched on foreign affairs, with the British government promising to fight terrorism and sexual violence in war, support countries in transition in the Middle East, and help advance the fledgling

peace process in Afghanistan. As president of the Group of Eight industrialized countries this year, the government says it will promote free trade, government accountability and efforts to fight climate change. The government also pledged to protect residents of the Falkland Islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas and claims as its own. The two countries fought a war over the islands 31 years ago. In Wednesdays speech, the British government pledged to allow residents of all British overseas territories to determine their own political future. In a referendum in March, Falkland Islanders voted almost unanimously to remain a British territory.

Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan is recovering in the hospital after a fall that essentially ends his public campaigning in the run-up to elections this Saturday. Doctors treated the leader of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party for injuries to his head and back after he fell more than four meters Tuesday from a raised platform at an election rally in Lahore. Khans injuries are not life-threatening, but doctors say they have

Malaysian Indian Congress leadership on notice

Singapore The leadership of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) has been asked to take responsibility for the partys dismal performance in the countrys general elections held May 5. The MIC won four parliamentary seats, the same number it held prior to going to the polls, and five state seats, down from seven it held earlier. The party was formed in 1946 and is one of the oldest political parties in the southeast Asian nation. It is one of the three major constituents of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, the other two being United Malays National Organisation and the Malaysian Chinese Association. Jaya Parthiban, adviser to Wanita MIC -- the womens wing of MIC, and political commentator Denison Jayasooria said Malaysian Indians are losing confidence in the MIC despite increasingly supporting the BN.

advised the 60-year-old politician to stay in bed and rest for about a week. A televised statement that Khan gave overnight from his hospital bed urged people to vote for his PTI party in the May 11 elections. This weeks vote will mark a democratic milestone in a country ruled for half of its history by the military. It will be the first time a civilian government has served a full term and handed power to another through the ballot box.

Ex-Pakistani PM Gilanis son kidnapped from poll meeting

Islamabad Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilanis son Ali Haider Gilani was abducted Thursday in a town in Pakistans Punjab province by armed men who attacked his street corner meeting with guns blazing, killing one person and injuring four others. Armed men kidnapped Ali Haider from the street corner meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) at Multans Matti-Tal road. The abductors opened fire and injured five people, including Ali Haiders secretary Mohiuddin, who later died. Police said Ali Haider was taken away in a black Honda City car. Some of the kidnappers had come on motorcycles. Ali Haider was contesting for the May 11 election from PPP-200 constituency in Multan. Gilanis sons, Ali Musa and Abdul Qadir, were angry and in tears, reported Dawn. I will not allow elections to be held in my constituency at any cost. My brother is gone, how can I let polls take place in Multan, an emotional Ali Musa Gilani told television channels. Pakistan goes to polls May 11. Yousuf Raza Gilani was forced to step down as prime minister last year over the issue of writing a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen a graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari. Zardari condemned the kidnapping. Zardari, who called up Yusuf Raza Gillani, described the kidnapping of Ali Haider Gilani as a most reprehensible act of a cowardly enemy, spokesperson for the president Senator Farhatullah Babar said. He said the president also called

MIC cannot be proud of its achievement as the party lost two state seats this time, Partibhan was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper. MIC did not do well, so who is going to take responsibility for the poor performance? She said the party should give a senate post to Wanita MIC because of its contributions ahead of the polls. Jayasooria said several MIC candidates lost by big margins to Indian candidates from other parties. MIC faced Indians from the opposition in five parliamentary seats but managed to win only the Cameron Highlands and Tapah seats while losing the Sungai Siput, Subang and Kapar seats, he was quoted as saying. Jayasooria said dramatic changes were needed at the partys divisional level to identify younger people who can be groomed to lead the party. Ethnic Indians comprise a little over seven percent of Malaysias total population of nearly 30 million.

Sikh population nearly doubles in a decade in Canadian city

Toronto The Sikh population in the city of Abbotsford in the Canadian province of British Columbia almost doubled in the period between 2001 and 2011, show official figures. Sikhs numbered 28,235 or 16.9 percent of the citys population compared to 16,780 in 2001, the Vancouver Desi reported citing data from the 2011 National Household Survey conducted by Statistics Canada. According to Daniel Hiebert, a professor of geography in the University of British Columbia, the settlement of Sikh immigrants in Abbotsford, along with Surrey, also in British Columbia, and Brampton in Ontario, is unique among Canadian immigration patterns. Immigrants used to arrive and settle in the big cities and then move out to the suburbs, the report quoted Hiebert as saying. Canadians havent seen a lot of this (settling in smaller cities) in the past. The new data also revealed that half of the 5,935 immigrants who settled in Abbotsford between 2006 and 2011 came from India, with the next largest number coming from the United Kingdom (nine percent) followed by Americans (4.4 percent). The doubling of the Sikh population (in Abbotsford) is adding to the very fabric of what makes our community so unique in its diversity, Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, coordinator of the Centre for IndoCanadian Studies at the University of Fraser Valley, was quoted as saying. Sikhs comprise 1.4 percent of Canadas population of around 35 million, according to the new data.

upon government agencies concerned to recover him safely and bring the culprits to book. The president said the progressive democratic parties had already expressed their serious apprehensions about the militants threats and had called upon the Election Commission and the government to take appropriate measures so that the elections will not be hijacked by the extremists. Zardari said the democratic forces will not be deterred by such cowardly acts and will continue to fight

the militants and extremists to the finish and make the ongoing process of democratic transition a success. The police sealed all exit points from Multan and conducted a search operation. No group claimed responsibility and Gilanis family has also not blamed any one for the incident. The Taliban had threatened to attack the PPP, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party in the run-up to the elections.




Railway Bribery Scam

Pawan Kumar Bansal, Railway Minister Though a close relative, he or any other relative of mine does not and cannot meddle in my official function or influence my decision.There is also no business relationship between his and my family.I look forward to an expeditious investigation by CBI in the matter.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP chief spokesperson We demand that not only Pawan Bansal be sacked, but he should be prosecuted by the CBI because under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, if any public servant abuses his position to obtain pecuniary benefits for himself of any other person is liable to be prosecuted and convicted.

Satyapal Jain, BJPs legal cell head We demand that Bansal should be immediately interrogated by CBI because he is key in the entire sequence of things. If he is clean in the entire episode (relating to arrest of his nephew and others by the CBI), then why has he maintained silence.

Ram Gopal Yadav, SP leader When non-Congress officials are caught, they are quickly investigated. But Congress ministers accused of corruption are protected. This is a serious matter and Pawan Bansal cannot be protected for long. He will have to be sacked.

Mayawati, BSP chief The CBI is investigating the matter and it should not take long to conclude the probe. We should not conclude or ask the Railway Minister to resign just like that.

Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy chief minister The CBI did this by mistake. It had no clue that the scam they were exposing was directly linked to Bansal. Otherwise, the CBI would have avoided nabbing a ministers kin. Now the CBIs focus will be on saving Bansal.

Janardan Dwivedi, Congress General Secretary The Railway Minister himself has given a clarification and said that there should be a thorough probe into the matter. I dont think we can expect any thing more from him.



ensuing Lok Sabha polls and Maharashtra assembly polls in 2014. The people of Karnataka have voted for the Congress policies and developmental agenda and totally rejected the corrupt politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party in that state, he said. The BJP could not even score a half century.It is an endorsement of the policies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chavan said. Pulling up the BJP for its recent actions virtually paralysing the functioning of parliament, Chavan said that despite political differences, all issues can be resolved through negotiations. He accused the BJP of disrupting parliament with an eye on the Karnataka elections and said people of the state saw through its game-plan and voted decisively in favour of the Congress.

Congress will win all future elections, says Chavan

After winning the peoples hearts in Karnataka, we hope to continue the trend of winning all future elections, Chavan said. The Congress recaptured power in Karnataka after seven years, crushing the BJP in the assembly elections.The Congress had won 120 seats and was all set to bag one more, taking its tally to 121 in the 225-member assembly for which elections were held and votes counted

Mumbai Welcoming the Congress partys thumping victory in the Karnataka assembly polls, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan claimed it would make way for victory for the party in all the future elections. The Congress will emerge victorious in all the future elections. The Karnataka success is only the first step in this direction, Chavan declared, referring to the


Parliament disrupted as BJP calls for PMs resignation

New Delhi Parliament was disrupted as the BJP persisted with its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs resignation over irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks, and also demanded that ministers P.K. Bansal and Ashwani Kumar step down. The Lok Sabha was adjourned minutes after the days proceedings began at 11 a.m. as Bharatiya Janata Party members advanced to the speakers podium, demanding the prime ministers resignation. It also demanded the resignation of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Railway Minister Bansal. Speaker Meira Kumars efforts to calm BJP members proved futile, and she adjourned the house till 12 noon. The scene in the Rajya Sabha was similar, with BJP members shouting slogans against the prime minister. Amid the pandemonium, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the house till noon. Both houses have seen repeated disruptions by opposition parties over the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum. The BJP has said it will not let parliament function till Manmohan Singh resigns over the alleged involvement of his office in the irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum, and Bansal and Ashwani Kumar quit too. While Bansals nephew was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe for the appointment of a member of the Railway Board, Ashwani Kumar has come under attack in the Supreme Court for vetting the CBI report on coal allocation.

Bangalore The Samajwadi Party (SP) became the unlikely spoiler of celebration in JD-S president H.D. Deve Gowdas family by defeating his daughter-in-law in Karnataka. Anita Kumaraswamy, wife of Gowdas son and former Janata Dal-Secular chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, lost to C.P. Yogeshwara in Channapatna, about 60 km from here.

SP spoils Deve Gowda family celebration

Yogeshwara, who was a forest minister in the BJP government, quit the post and the party hoping for a Congress ticket but hopped on to SP when this was denied to him. He defeated Anita by 6,404 votes. He polled 80,039 votes against 73,635 of Anita.Kumaraswamy and Gowdas other son H.D. Revanna, however, won from Ramanagaram, in neighbouring Channaptna, and Holenarsipur in Gowdas home district Hassan. Anitas defeat came as a shock to Kumaraswamy the most, apart from Gowda, as he had shifted his wife from Madhugiri in Tumkur district, from where she had won in a by-election, to Channapatna to ensure her victory.Yogeshwar is a controversial figure - he is battling charges of cheating people by promising apartments or sites. He was elected as a Congress

candidate to the assembly in 2008 from Channapatna, switched over to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) only to lose the seat in a by-election. He quit the BJP hoping for a Congress ticket this time but joined the SP bandwagon when this was denied to him. The SP in Karnataka remains a one-man party and makes news when leaders from other parties join it at the time of election.

Advani flags off Chhattisgarh CMs 6,100 km long `Vikas Yatra

Chattisgarh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani flagged off the 6,100km long Vikas Yatra of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. Addressing a public meeting in Dantewada which is known as a Maoist stronghold for about three decades, Advani said that he was very happy to see that Chhattisgarh was taking rapid strides on the path of development under the leadership of Raman Singh. Recalling his role in the creation of Chhattisgarh as the union home minister in Atal Bihai Vajpayee government which facilitated the creation of the new state on Nov 1, 2000, Advani said the pious land of Chhattisgarh is unforgettable for him. During the last decade, under the dynamic leadership of Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh government has started a number of welfare schemes for the betterment of common man specially Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the poorest of the poor section of the society, he said to widespread applause from by the tribal gathering. Raman Singh, who has been heading the government in the mineral-rich state since December 2003, said besides taking the achievements of last 9 years to masses, observing how governments initiatives/decisions impact the life of people would be the focus of this yatra. Providing food security to 42 lakh families, health care of up to Rs.30,000 to 52 lakh families, tendu leaf encouragement/wage amount to tribal people, paddy bonus to farmers, solar study lamp to school students, solar lanterns for poor families, tablet devices to 80,000 school students, laptops for engineering/ medical students were some of the decisions showing the commitment of the state government towards upliftment of poor sections, he said.


The corrupt fear only the courts as the governments which are expected to act against them are either silent or shielding them, Naidu said. He alleged that the governments both at the centre and in states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka failed to act against corruption. Naidu alleged that the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh was shielding the ministers named as accused in the chargesheets filed in corruption cases against Jaganmohan Reddy. The tainted ministers are continuing in the cabinet, he said. Referring to Karnataka poll results, Naidu said the Congress came to power because people had no other alternative. The TDP chief said people of Karnataka taught a lesson to Janardhana Reddy and Yeddyurappa, who floated parties for their selfish interests. He also took strong exception to the allegation by YSR Congress party that his recent visit to Delhi was to stop Jaganmohan Reddy from getting bail. When the Supreme Court is not sparing the prime minister, law and coal ministers, this allegation is ridiculous. Nobody can influence the Supreme Court, he said.

Chandrababu asks PM to respond to SC strictures

BJP conspiracy behind Goa beef shortage, say NCP, Congress

Panaji After a scathing attack by the Goa church, both the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Thursday blamed the BJP-led state government for the ongoing beef shortage in the state. Both parties also said the shortage of beef was the result of a communal conspiracy by the Bharatiya Janata Party government to harass minority communities by denying them a cheap source of nutrition. Both the NCP as well as Congress members have claimed that the person who petitioned the Bombay High Court bench in Goa against illegalities at the state-run slaughter house, which inadvertently resulted in the beef shortage, was a BJP party office-bearer. The man who filed the petition, Hanumant Parab, is a BJP official. The BJP has instigated him to go to court, after which the governments rigged its own defence, NCP spokesperson Trajano DMello claimed Thursday. It has been more than week since the high court temporarily stopped the slaughter of cattle at the Goa Meat Complex and set up a committee to look into the illegalities as alleged by Parab, who represents the Govansh Raksha Abhiyan.

Hyderabad Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu Thursday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to respond to the Supreme Court passing strictures against the government for tinkering with the CBI report on coal blocks allocation. Naidu told reporters here that the prime minister should break his silence and act in all the corruption cases as he was supposed to lead and guide the country. The former Andhra Pradesh chief minister said the Supreme Court observations on the prime minister and coal and law ministers reflected on how the UPA governments inefficiency and inaction were leading to one corruption scandal after the other.

Left parties seek CBI probe into chit fund scam

New Delhi The Left parties sought a courtmonitored CBI probe into the West Bengal chit fund scam and accused the Trinamool Congress-led government of not intervening to check activities of companies with suspicious financial dealings in the state. Senior leaders of Communist Party of India-Marxist, the Communist Party of India, the Revolutionary Socialist Party and Forward Bloc met President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh separately and demanded tough measures to tackle fraudulent money pooling activities. Some Left Front leaders from West Bengal had earlier in the day met Finance Minister P. Chidambararm also. Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Basudeb Acharia said they had demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the chit fund scam. It is the biggest scam in West Bengal to the tune more than Rs.20,000 crore. Properties of Saradha group should be confiscated, Acharia said. He said the prime minister told them that he would look into the demand for a CBI probe. Acharia said the Left party leaders told the prime minister that the central government can order a CBI probe as the chit fund controversy had inter-state dimensions and also fell within the purview of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). He said many families have been ruined due to the chit fund scam and many victims had committed suicide. He said the state governments move to enact a new law to protect small depositors would provide chit fund operators time to re-locate their properties. Acharia said the Left parties did not have faith in the investigation ordered by the Trinamool Congress government into the scam. He alleged that the Trinamool leadership was hand-in-glove with the Saradha Group and said that the

The three-member committee earlier this week confirmed the allegations made by Parab, who had claimed that underage and diseased cattle, often procured from neighbouring states, were slaughtered at the facility. The high court later permitted the slaughter of animals, but with stringent conditions, including a ban on slaughter of animals from outside the state and of bovines below the age of 12, and placed other restrictions regarding transportation. Beef traders now claim that it was impossible to procure beef for sale under the new restrictions. The stoppage of Goas sole legally functioning abattoir, the Goa Meat Complex, has kept beef off the counters and off the menu in restaurants

in the state. And red meat on the black market has hit an unprecedented Rs.500 per kg, about Rs.300 more than the usual rate. Congress spokesperson Reginaldo Lourenco now claims that the revelation that a BJP member had petitioned the court only meant that the ruling party was playing games. What else is there to say? Their own man files the petition in court and the trouble begins! This is a conspiracy, Lourenco said. The influential Goa church Tuesday blamed the Goa government for not doing enough to resolve the beef imbroglio and had asked Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to ensure that the minority communities, Muslims and Christians, were provided beef at the earliest.

SC rejects Jagans bail plea

Row erupts over unveiling NTRs statue in parliament

Hyderabad With the statue of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder N.T. Rama Rao set to be unveiled in Parliament House Tuesday, a row has erupted as party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu and the late leaders widow Lakshmi Parvathi were not invited to the ceremony. After wrangling over the installation of the statue for 13 long years, NTRs family members are now playing the blame game over not receiving the invitations. TDP chief and NTRs son-in-law N. Chandrababu Naidu, who claims to inherit the political legacy of the late leader, and the TDP founders second wife Lakhsmi Parvathi have not received the invitations for the ceremony. Both of them blame NTRs daughter and union minister D. Purandeswari for this. While TDP MPs Monday called on Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar to lodge their protest, Lakshmi Parvathi threatened to move the court. However, giving a new twist to the row, Purandeswari claimed that the invitations were sent to Naidu and his wife Bhuvaneswari. Purandeswari, who joined Congress party in 2004 and is serving as a minister of state at the centre for the second term, has donated a nine-foot-threeinch tall bronze statue, which weighs 900 kg. She had always targeted Naidu for not sponsoring the statue despite the decision by the parliamentary committee on statues and portraits to install NTRs

truth will not come out till a CBI probe was conducted. The Left party leaders also gave a memorandum which sought restoration of National Small Savings scheme as an attractive option for investors and sought appropriate commission to agents. It said Left Front leaders have over the past two years submitted memoranda to the central government including the prime minister on the problem of irregularities being committed by some financial companies including so-called chit funds. Unfortunately, no timely intervention was made by the central government and the present state government, the memorandum said.

statue way back in 2000. Naidu was then chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. The allegations have triggered a war of words between them on many occasions. NTRs son and film actor N. Balakrishna hit back at his sister and defended Naidu, who blamed his successor Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy for not donating the statue. A popular actor, NTR had floated the TDP in 1982 on the slogan of Telugu self-respect. Creating a record of sorts, he came to power within nine months of the formation of the TDP, ending the monopoly of the Congress party in state politics. With pro-poor schemes like the Rs.2per-kg rice and total prohibition, he went on to become the most popular politician in the states history.

New Delhi The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed the bail petition of YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, popularly called Jagan, in a case of disproportionate assets and said his release could hamper the probe against him. The apex court also cancelled the bail of Jagans auditor Vijay Sai Reddy and directed him to surrender by June 5, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel Ashok Bhan told reporters outside the Supreme Court. A division bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and M.Y. Iqbal also rejected the bail plea of industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad, an accused in the case. The Supreme Court directed the CBI to complete its investigations in four months. Jagan, a Lok Sabha member from Kadapa, was arrested by the CBI on May 27 last year on charges of amassing huge wealth by doling out favours to individuals and companies who invested in his business when his father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Bhan said the court observed that Jagan was involved in the greatest scam and that he had enriched himself and deprived society of legitimate rights of development. The Supreme Court took serious view of

this and observed that enriching an individual or a group of individuals is not permissible under law and he has to suffer and remain in jail for some more time, he said. Terming Jagan the main accused and main beneficiary of the scam money, the court rejected the bail plea on the ground that being an influential politician, he may hamper the investigations. I feel excited. The rule of law has prevailed. The Supreme Court has upheld the rule of law. All rumours floated by the accused are blunted and nailed now, Bhan said. The court also noted that there was an enormous increase in while collar crimes, which has serious repercussions on the economy of the country. On Vijay Sai Reddy, the court quashed the order of the high court, which had upheld the bail granted to him last year by the trial court. The apex court gave him time to surrender to enable him to attend his daughters marriage on May 26. The bench asked him to surrender by May 30 but, on the request by his lawyer, allowed him time till June 5. The court observed that Vijay Sai Reddy was not an ordinary chartered accountant but the main brain behind the scam. Bhan had argued that the Vijay Sai Reddy was granted bail on irrelevant considerations.




With snow still to thaw, Gulmarg attracting tourists

Gulmarg With snow falling as late as May, Kashmirs Gulmarg resort remains an attractive tourist destination, especially for winter sports, even as summer capital Srinagar, where the nearest airport is located, worries over security. Nearly all flights bound for Srinagar are reporting 80-100 percent occupancy and the final destination is Gulmarg, Sonamarg or Pahalgam. Recent events that created tensions in the region seem to have taken away the charm of the Dal Lake and world famous gardens due to security fears. However, a tourist rebound is taking place due to popularity of destinations like Gulmarg, travel industry insiders here say. We had a downside in arrivals for a while due to some recent events here. However, things are improving and we hope to continue with our last years performance in the coming months, Shafiul Alam Ishaque, general manager, RK Sarovar Portico, told . Though security still remains a concern, Srinagar is attracting a lot of transit tourists for places like Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam which are easily accessible from here. Other travel industry professionals say what is attracting tourists to destinations like Gulmarg is the natural beauty, snow and winter sports activities even in the month of May. Destinations such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg have become must-have inclusions on a holiday to Kashmir. Srinagar serves as the

Tagores study centre at IIAS

Himachal bus accident toll rises to 38

Kullu The death toll in a an accident in which a bus skidded off the road and plunged into the Beas river rose to 38, officials said. Seven people were still critical. Police officials said negligent driving was the cause of the accident, as the driver, who jumped off the bus just before the bus plunged into the river, was on cellphone. The 42-seater private bus carrying over 70 passengers was going to Ani town from Kullu when it fell into the river near Jhari, some 20 km from here.The accident spot, known for white water rafting, is 250 km from the state capital Shimla. Rescue workers said rafters rescued 17 passengers trapped in the wreckage of the bus. Eyewitnesses said the administration had a tough time in extricating the victims from the bus, although villagers and private rafters started the rescue operations before the authori-

base-camp for trips to Gulmarg and Pahalgam, said Mohit Gupta, chief business officer (Holidays), MakeMyTrip. The snow in Gulmarg even in the summer season and its spectacular beauty make it a truly memorable holiday destination, he added. Carriers like Air India are getting healthy passenger loads on its Delhi-Srinagar and Mumbai-Srinagar flights thanks to the transit travellers to places like Gulmarg. The average load factor on both flights is 80 percent and around 92 percent on the Delhi-Srinagar rout. We expect the load factors to go up, a senior Air India official told in New Delhi. Gulmargs tourist industry insiders say that around 150-200 tourists in groups are flocking to the Valley, only to be lured away from the houseboats of Dal Lake to the high mountains where there is still plenty of snow. We still have snow in some lower

reaches of Gulmarg, at the higher reaches which can be reached by gondola (ropeway); there is plenty of snow and even snowfall, said Nazir Ahmad, a ski and tourist guide at the tourist spot. We have enough snow to at least support winter sports like skiing, while most of the tourists are happy to play in the snow. Gulmarg which means meadow of flowers is famous as a skiing destination and with the abatement of militancy in the area, it has quickly become one of the states most visited destinations. The hill station also boasts of the longest and highest ski resorts in Asia on the slopes of Afarwat hills of the Pir Panjal Range. The place also houses Gulmarg Gondola which is one of the worlds highest cable car, reaching 3,979 metres or nearly 13,000 feet. The hill station is accessible from Srinagar in under two hours by car or bus.

Shimla President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a study centre-cum-museum dedicated to the life and works of Rabindranath Tagore at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), an official said, the poets 152nd birth anniversary. The president would May 24 open the Tagore Centre for the Study of Culture and Civilisation, which will not only promote research on the works and philosophy of the Nobel laureate but also throw light on his life, IIAS media officer Ashok Sharma told . He said the centre, being set up by the central government, would also encourage translations of his works into other Indian languages. Mukherjee is also scheduled to deliver the first Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Lecture at the IIAS on May 24. Apart from seminars and lectures, the Tagore centre would offer four

ties could reach the spot. Meanwhile, the government has ordered a magisterial probe into the accident. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Sharab Negi told that search operation is on along the banks of the river as some of the passengers might have swept away. Scarcity and low frequency of passenger buses in Himachal Pradesh often leads to overcrowding of transport vehicles.

Online registration for Vaishno Devi pilgrims

fellowships to scholars working on the poets ideas and philosophy. An eight-foot high portrait of Tagore, provided by the union ministry of human resource development, apart from two other pictures, one with Mahatma Gandhi and the other with Albert Einstein will be showcased, Sharma said. We have a collection of photos, ranging from his childhood to the conferring of the Nobel prize on him. The literary section has a collection of works of Tagores contemporaries like Subramania Bharati, Munshi Prem Chand and Sri Aurobindo, he added. There will be separate sections on Tagores music and art, Sharma said. The IIAS is a premier advanced research institution in the field of humanities and social sciences and is housed in the erstwhile Viceregal Lodge, built during the viceroyship of Lord Dufferin before Indian independence.

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Jammu Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, that looks after the famous Vaishno Devi pilgrimage, launched an online registration facility for undertaking the pilgrimage. After launching the facility, chief executive officer of SMVDSB, Navin Choudhary, said: This is an endeavour to improve the registration process for pilgrims visiting the holy shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. He said the service would be available free of cost and those planning to visit the shrine can book their pilgrimage permit online, as early as 30 days in advance of commencing the pilgrimage. Pilgrims can even book online on the same day of his pilgrimage. They will get a printed registration slip with a specific number and barcode, Choudhary said. Every pilgrim with the slip can start his journey to from Banganga (starting point of a 12-km trek to the shrine from base camp Katra) without queuing up at a pilgrimage registration counter at Jammu or Katra, . The initiative is expected to provide convenience and comfort to pilgrims who, at times, have to wait for long hours in the queue system for getting registration slips in Katra.


Jamia prepares brains to help India understand neighbours


DU gets approval of Four Year UG Programme
Delhi Universitys Academic Council and executive council approved all 54 courses covering 42 subjects, 11 foundation courses and one applied (language) course on its agenda from its forthcoming academic year 20132014. This was the second round of discussions on the new courses for the four-year undergraduate degree programme. Amendments to the university ordinances-including ones that propose to decentralize SC/ST/OBC admissions, change the names of degrees from Associate Baccalaureate, Baccalaureate and Baccalaureate with Honours/BTech to Diploma, Bachelor and Bachelor with Honours and set down the mechanism for Discipline II courses-were still being discussed at the time of filing this report. The AC meeting continued late into the night. Amendments to the university ordinances, including the one that proposes to change the names of degrees from associate baccalaureate, baccalaureate and baccalaureate with honours/BTech to diploma, bachelor and bachelor with honours, were still being discussed at the time of filing this report. The four-year programme with multiple degree options will entail a shift from the present 10+2+3 scheme to a four-year graduation with multiple exit points. The new system to introduce interdisciplinary pedagogy, enhance the quality of education , employable skills ,entrepreneurial skills and research inclinations according to the tastes and talent of each student .

New Delhi Jamia Millia Islamia, one of the countrys oldest universities, has embarked upon a series of country-specific programmes to prepare a cadre of experts to fulfil the research needs of the government and think tanks, something which foreign service officials are perhaps not adept at doing, the university says. The neighbours are extremely critical for us to understand. So what we produce in terms of MPhils and PhDs will actually go and produce the brains for the country. When the government is looking for brains, these MPhils will fulfil that need, Jamia Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung told . Individuals drawn from both academia and the corridors of diplomacy run these programmes. T.C.A. Rangachari, the director of the Academy of International Studies (AIS), served as Indias ambassador to France, Germany and Algeria and was the division head of China in the foreign ministry Zikrur Rahman spent 25 years as a diplomat in the Arab world and was

the Indian ambassador to Palestine. There are also academics who have spent their entire careers on research. Field work being critical to successful research, each centre is striving to solve this challenge in its own unique way. For instance, the biggest challenge is before the Pakistan Studies Programme (PSP), where travel by PhD students to Pakistan is practically ruled out. But as programme coordinator Ajay Darshan Behera told: We subvert this problem by engaging as many scholars and experts as possible from Pakistan by inviting them to Jamia. Through a series of seminars, the PSP has invited the Whos Who of Pakistans intelligentsia, diplomacy and literary world to Jamia, including the former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani. The PSP, set up in 2004 and recognised by the UGC in 2005, aims to promote greater understanding among scholars about Pakistan through extensive research work on the countrys history, sociology, cul-

ture, literature, contemporary politics, trade and economics, geopolitics, and security and foreign policy. The Afghanistan Studies Programme encourages inter-disciplinary research focussing on the history, sociology, contemporary politics, economics, geopolitics, security, foreign policy and also languages. The programme is designed to stimulate debate in India on the politics, society, and economics of Afghanistan. It hopes to produce a pool of scholars with expertise on Afghanistan in India. The UGC-sanctioned China Studies Programme will focus on studying the countrys internal dynamics and external relations. While Indias approach to China is dominated by Sino-Indian relations, we need experts who understand the internal dynamics of China, programme coordinator Ravni Thakur said. The programme titled Central Asia and its Neighbourhoods: Past Ties and Future Relations was started in 2007 following UGC approval.

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On the Occasion of Republic day, 218 girls and women of Rajasthan Adventure Sports Cultural & Welfare Society of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, performed mix martial arts self-defense demo on January 26, 2013, at Ummed Rajkiya Stadium, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. LONGEST TORAN

Should be no political interference in university decisions: Tharoor

New Delhi There should be no political interference in the decisions of a university, says Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor after several MPs sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs intervention to stop the proposed four-year bachelors degree course in Delhi University. Politicians and bureaucrats should not interfere in the decisions of a university. It should be decided by the academicians, Tharoor told IANS on the sidelines of an online forum organised by Google Hangout. The minister said any interference from the HRD ministry or government in the implementation of the planned four-year course in Delhi University would set a bad precedent. They had given us a convincing argument that all process was followed by the academic council, which approved the course, he said. There are many unanswered questions around the decision, he admitted, adding that it would be best for academicians, not politicians, to sort them out. I asked them what happens to the students from other universities, who would come to Delhi University for masters after doing a three-year course. They said, while a graduate with three year course will have to do two years masters, the one with four year course can do it in one year. However, what if a student from Delhi University goes to any other Indian university? They did not have an answer, but it is for the academicians to sit and sort out such things, he said. Asked if the HRD ministry would want other universities to adopt similar pattern, the minister said the decision can only be taken by a particular university. The courses under the new Four Year Undergraduate Programme comprise Foundation Courses (11 in all), compulsory for all students to be taught in the first four semesters in order to strengthen their educational base; Discipline Courses I (20 in number) which are subject specific courses promoting in-depth knowledge; Discipline Courses II (6 in number) meant for students who wish to gain minor knowledge of a subject other than Discipline I. There are also Application Courses, which are skill based - Integrating Mind, Body and Heart and Cultural Activities leading to value-based education, and NSS/NCC/Sports, which encourages physical fitness as well as engagement with the community. This will, it is claimed, put the programme at par with bachelor-level courses offered in several international universities. However, several objections have been raised to the decision, with the loudest protest coming from prominent Delhi University teachers who said the decision was arbitrary and taken in a hurry, without preparation. A public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the proposed programme has also been filed in the Delhi High Court.

Jyoti R Chindak along with her team built the longest toran measuring 67.50 metre in two days and displayed it at Shivganga Roller Skating Club, Belgaum on June 6, 2011. The event was organized by the Shivganga Roller Skating Club, Belgaum and Capricorn Skates Pvt. Ltd. LARGEST COLLECTION OF KEY RINGS

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Rakesh Vaid (born on September 7, 1953) of Mayur Vihar, New Delhi, has a collection of a total of 7,777 key rings as on May 9, 2013. His collection contains pieces from India as well as from abroad and includes key rings on different themes like dolls, live insects, company gifts and so on. LONGEST BRIDGE MADE BY ICE CREAM STICKS

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Ashish Dhamecha (born on August16, 1987) of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, along with Muktansh Jain (born on September 19, 1992) and Akshay Pandey (November 5, 1993) created a model of bridge measuring 74 ft in length, 32.196 kg in weight and by using a total of 26, 052 ice-cream sticks, within 9 days and 20 hours, from February 12, 2013 to February 21, 2013.





New Delhi Within hours of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday evening, the UPA government asked two tainted cabinet members - Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar to go, sending out a signal that no wrongdoing will be tolerated. The Congress, which successfully snatched Karnataka from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the anti-corruption plank, took the decision as it did not want to send out a wrong signal by showing the party was soft on corruption, a party source said. With the BJP, which did not allow the parliament to run, adamant on the resignation of both the ministers, Gandhi met the prime minister this evening at his official residence. Later, Gandhis political secretary Ahmed Patel and Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad also met the prime minister, said the source. The first to go was Bansal, who was under a cloud after his nephew was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for accepting a bribe of Rs.90 lakh for getting a plum Railway Board post to a senior official. Yes, I have resigned, Bansal told reporters after leaving the prime ministers residence. A little later, Ashwani Kumar, under fire for interfering in a CBI probe into the coal blocks allocation, met the prime minister and handed over his resignation. In his resignation letter, Ashwani Kumar said it was to put an end to the controversy of public perception of wrong doing,. He may be moved to a less significant ministry, said sources. The resignations have been forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval. Besides the two ministers, the BJP has been demanding the resignation of the prime minister himself also as he headed the coal ministry for a duration in UPA I.


Labour Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge, who was in the running for Karnataka chief minister, is tipped to be the next railway minister. The name of Surface Transport Minister C.P. Joshi, who held the railway portfolio briefly before Bansal, was also being considered, said the sources. The indication that Bansals fate was sealed came Friday afternoon when Congress spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das told reporters: We will not tolerate if anybody is found mired in corruption. Bansal was asked to resign after reports that he had sought divine help (feeding a goat) to save himself, irked the Congress leadership, said the sources. Both Bansal and Ashwani Kumar remained in office for around six months. The BJP termed the resignations a delayed step. This is a delayed step. Had the ministers resigned a few days ago, the time of parliament would not have been wasted, BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said. The Congress does not take any decision on moral grounds, he said. Communist Party of India leader D. Raja said Bansal should have resigned when parliament was in session, which would have allowed legislative business to take place.

Railway, law ministers resign over corruption charges

Ministers who resigned on corruption charges in UPA II

New Delhi Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar were not the first from in the United Progressive Alliance-II to have resigned on corruption charges. The others who stepped down on corruption charges are: A. Raja - The DMK leader held the portfolio of communication and information technology when an alleged scam in allocation of 2G spectrum took place. A report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said it cost the exchequer Rs. 1.76 lakh crore. He resigned Nov 14, 2010, and was arrested in February 2011. Dayanihdhi Maran - This DMK leader resigned as textile minister in July 2011, over allegations that as telecom minister, he arm-twisted the promoter of mobile service provider Aircel to sell out to Malaysian telecom firm Maxis. Shashi Tharoor - Though there were

no direct corruption charges against him, Tharoor got into problems after then IPL commissioner Lalit Modi alleged that Sunanda Pushkar, who is now Tharoors wife, had equity stakes in Rendezvous Sports World (RSW), heading the consortium that owns the Kochi team in Indian Premier League (IPL). Tharoor resigned from the post of minister of state for external affairs in April 2010, but was later taken back as Minister of State for Human Resource Development, a portfolio he presently holds. Virbhadra Singh - Resigned from the post of minister of small, micro and medium industries after a court in Himachal Pradesh framed corruption charges against him and his wife, Pratibha. They had been booked for alleged misuse of his official position and criminal misconduct when Virbhadra Singh was the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh in 1989. He led the party to victory in the state elections and is now chief minister again.

Governor appoints Siddaramaiah Karnataka CM, oath likely Monday

Bangaluru Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj late appointed Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah as the states chief minister. The 64-year-old leader is expected to be sworn in Monday. The governor is pleased to appoint Siddaramaiah as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, the Raj Bhavan office said in a communique. After meeting Bhardwaj, Siddaramaiah said the governor had invited him to take oath of office soon. I will take oath as chief minister most likely on Monday (May 13), a beaming Siddaramaiah told reporters outside Raj Bhavan. The appointment came within three hours after Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G. Parameshwara told the governor that Siddaramaiah was unanimously elected as the CLP leader and requested him to invite the latter to form the government. After taking oath alone, I will go to New Delhi with Parameshwara and finalise the council of ministers in consultation with the party president Sonia Gandhi and the high command, the chief minister-designate said even as hundreds of his supporters cheered. On a day of hectic political activity and high drama, Siddaramaiah was named chief minister by the high command after majority of the partys 121 newly-elected legislators preferred him over another aspirant and union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, who is a Lok Sabha member from Gulbarga, about 650 km from here. Siddaramaiah is the choice of the partys high command for the chief ministers post, the partys central observer, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, told reporters at the partys office in the city centre. Within minutes of the much-awaited announcement, wild celebrations broke out at the party office, with hundreds of cadres and Siddara-

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Resignations earlier could have saved parliament session: BJP

New Delhi As Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal appeared likely to quit, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday said had the step been taken earlier, the budget session of parliament would not have been wasted. Had the ministers resigned a few days ago, the time of parliament would not have been wasted, BJP spokesperson Sayed Shahnawaz Hussain said. The Congress did not want to face the truth, he said. The entire second half of the budget session, which lasted April 22 to May 10, was wasted as the opposition BJP kept disrupting parliament

demanding the ouster of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Bansal, and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar. While Bansals nephew was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe for the appointment of a member of the Railway Board, Ashwani Kumar has come under attack by the Supreme Court for vetting the CBI report on coal blocks allocation.

maiahs supporters cheering, screaming, hooting and dancing. Siddaramaiah has been unanimously selected as our legislature party leader and he will be chief minister, state leader and former minister R.V. Deshpande told reporters even before Antony formally announced the high commands decision. This was among the quickest decisions taken by the Congress in recent years. Earlier, all the legislators authorised the high command, which includes party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, to decide on the name for the coveted post. Madhusudhan Mistry, the Congress general secretary in-charge of Kar-

nataka, was also present at the threehour-long meeting. Asserting that there were no differences among the elected members and they were united on who should become the chief minister, Shiva Kumar said legislators had given their opinion to the observers in writing and left the decision to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. All the legislators have expressed their opinion in writing to the observers in the form of a secret ballot, authorising the party high command to decide. Later, a resolution was unanimously passed to leave the decision to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Shiva Kumar added. The one-line resolution was moved by Siddaramaiah and seconded by the state party leaders Roshan Baig, H.K. Patil and Deshpande, who were elected to the assembly in the May 5 poll. The counting was on Wednesday. With a comfortable majority of 121 seats in the 225-member assembly, including one nominated member, the Congress returned to power on its own after a gap of nine years. Election to the states 14th legislative assembly was held in 223 constituencies across the state May 5 and counting May 8. Polling for one assembly seat - Periyapatna in Mysore district - was postponed to May 28 following the death of the BJP candidate April 29. The outgoing ruling party, the BJP, secured 40 seats, as did the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). Of the remaining 22 seats, newlyfloated regional outfits the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) and BSR (Badavara Shramika Raithara) bagged six and four, respectively. Twelve independents were also elected.


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Manu Sharma

CBI raids on kin of Chandigarh MP and ex-Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal is the talk of the town in city beautiful. Bansal has stridden the electoral canvas of Chandigarh like a colossus. Grounded in a solid base of clan managed electoral machinery and deep financial muscle, Bansals brand of politics has been lately unchallenged in the city. However allegations of financial impropriety, corruption, nepotism and arrest of a close relative has called all of it into question. Reports of his falling out of favour with the high command has created some chinks in the armour

of what was once an invincible electoral proposition. To better understand the impact of the turn of recent events and develop an insight into the future course of citys politics U Connectt in collaboration with SMI undertook the first exclusive poll of the voters in the city to gauge the mood of the citizens. The survey consists of randomly sampled respondents representing various sections of the society on a proportionate basis. The survey was conducted over four days after the arrest of Bansals nephew and reflects the current mood of the elector-


Q) Are you satisfied with the UPA government at the centre? UPA governments performance at the centre has been ranked as below par by the voting electorate. 72% of the respondents are dissatisfied with the government of Manmohan Singh and would like to have an alternative to the current government marred by non-performance and corruption. Q) Will you vote on local issues or national issues? Despite having clear cut preferences regarding the candidatures of various parties and local issues dominating the affairs, 82% of the electorate admitted to being affected by the national issues while going to vote. Q) Which party do you think enjoys an advantage nationally? UPA government is skating on thin ice nationally, at least the Chandigarh voters aver. Over 42% voters consider BJP to be in an advantageous position nationally, 26% of the voters consider the swing to be in INC favour. The decisive 22% of voters are sitting on the fence indicating a huge chunk of silent voters waiting to switch sides.

Team SMI interviewed a sample from entire crossection of the electorate and asked them pivot questions that help us decipher the mood of the electorate. We asked the electorate about the impact of the current events on their voting choices and the future outcomes of elections. A detailed analysis of the responses to the questions is as follows Q) Will your voting choice be affected by the latest CBI investigation that implicates PK Bansals nephew? Over 56% of the voting electorate believes that CBI raids on the ministers kin and the subsequent allegations on the minister himself will have an impact on their voting preferences. 39% of the voting public admitted to being indifferent to the raids and did not consider them as a factor influencing their voting choices. The verdict from the electorate does indicate that there will be implications of the last weeks fallout on next LS elections. Q) Which party are you likely to vote for in the coming Lok Sabha elections? When asked to express their party preference for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the city electorate still expressed a lingering support for the Indian National Congress. As per the survey the incumbent party of India is leading by a moderate lead of 5.5% votes. Out of the sampled electorate 30% voters still supported

INC and 24.5% voters expressed a preference for BJP. The opportunity however lies in the 28% undecided votes who have chosen to sit on the fence. The elections will be decided by this silent vote and they generally trend towards the winning side on a national basis. Q) Who amongst the following leaders of the BJP is more likely to be able to challenge INC candidate? a) Satya Pal Jain b) Harmohan Dhawan c) Sanjay Tandon In good news for BJP veteran Satya Pal Jain 42% of the voters support his candidature as the BJP leader most likely to challenge the INC in its stronghold. Harmohan Dhawan is placed second with his candidature carrying the support amongst 19% voters while Sanjay Tandonbrings up the rear with 15% voters supporting his candidature. BJP is facing a structural issue of lacking new leaders and young blood that can energize its campaign. Q) Is corruption an election issue for the people of Chandigarh? The voter in Chandigarh is singed by the heat of widespread corruption in the society. Over 86% of the respondents acknowledged that corruption will be a major issue at the time of voting. However this acknowledgment was not followed up by any directed anger or pinpointing of any particular source of corruption in the society.

Key Findings
The survey bears bad news and good news for the Congress in equal measure, while the local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal of the INC has slid down the popularity ratings, the party equity still stands strong. The CBI raids have resonated deep with the city electorate and there will be a definite impact of these on the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Chandigarh. The voters of Chandigarh have expressed acute dissatisfaction with Indian National Congress at a national level, however in the city the voters have not started considering the BJP as a viable opposition. In some consolation for SP Jain the veteran legal eagle of the BJP, the electorate still considers him to be the most likely challenger to the INC in Chandigarh. The other two contenders Harmohan Dhawan and SanjayTandon have not managed to widen their base in the city.

To conclude BJP may be doing well nationally and it has successfully managed to convey a message at that level. The Congress on the other hand has managed to hold onto to its vote bank locally despite the allegations of taint against is local MP and the government in general. The people of Chandigarh are on the lookout for an alternative but the opposition BJP has failed to evoke response in traditional Congress constituencies and the youth. Despite the current dents in the armour of Chandigarh INC, it may not prove to be enough to dislodge it, provided they manage to swing the fence sitters to their side.

14 Its Indian outfit for Sonam at Cannes

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Talkies and Dabba. At the 11-day event India will be the guest country, while Bollywood actress Vidya Balan will join the jury panel at the 66th edition of the festival. And Sonam plans to enhance the Indian flavour by hitting the red carpte in desi look. I always walk two red carpets for Cannes and make it a point to wear an Indian outfit on at least one occasion. I had previously worn Masaba Gupta and Anamika. I will wear an Indian outfit for sure for one or both the red carpet events, Sonam told at the unveiling of the LOr sunset collection and Bollywood inspired make-up looks for the film festival. This is my third year at the Cannes. I am excited to be walking the red carpet in the opening ceremony, she added. Freida Pinto and Aishwarya Rai will also walk the red carpet this year. All three of us represent India and we will not compete on who looks better among us. We have Indian skin and use Indian make up, so if we compare it with white skin, neither sides will win, said the 27-yearold seen in films like Delhi-6 and Aisha. Talking about Indian clothes, the actress said: I dont think Indian clothes or make up is subtle. I think Indian women like the whole idea of being made up. Indian girls love the drama.


New film reminded Ethan Hawke of divorce

ctor Ethan Hawke re-lived the pain of his divorce from ex-wife Uma Thurman while working on his new movie Before Midnight because, like him, his character has to say goodbye to his children at the end of a perfect summer. The actor divorced Thurman in 2004 and they had two children. Anybody whos divorced will tell you that the transition at the end of the summer, which, as a father, is the one time of year where you get to spend a lot of time with your kid, is very painful, he told Entertainment Weekly. You get confronted with the facts of your divorce. Its always a very painful moment for me. So that made it into the beginning of Before Midnight, he added. He is now married to Ryan Shawhughes and the couple has two children.

I hope, I could be friends with an ex: Ayan Mukerji

Mumbai The fact that real life ex-lovers Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have not only come together on screen for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, but they have also become friends inspires director Ayan Mukerji and he hopes to follow in their footsteps. I respect Deepika and Ranbir. In some way, they represent a slightly new generation. They were ex-lovers and had some drama, and now they are able to be friends, this shows that they are part of the younger generation, Mukerji told I hope that I could be friends with an ex. You bring so much to each others life. Then its sad if you cant be friends, he added. He admits that their past rletaionship is adding to the buzz around the movie, but feels people will come to watch the film only if it is good. I guess it is adding to the vibes around the film... I dont know why. The only

Mumbai This is her third year at the Cannes International Film Festival and actress Sonam Kapoor plans to make a style statement in an Indian outfit at the red carpet there. Starting May 15, the event will see screenings of three Indian movies Monsoon Shootout, Bombay

reason I would go to watch a film is if the film is good. But people keep telling me that people are excited to see them on screen, he said. But if people come and spend money to watch your film, they will come because they like your film. If Ranbir and Deepika were in a really bad film with bad promos and songs, I dont know people would come to watch it, added the director who had teamed up with Ranbir for his directorial debut Wake Up Sid, one of the biggest hits of 2009. While dating each other, Ranbir and Deepika did 2008 romantic movie Bachna Ae Haseeno. Mukerji says that the two sorted their differences much before teaming up for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, their second film together. The ice had broken before the shooting. A year-and-half before we started shooting, we had sat down and things had been normal. Today, Ranbir and Deepika are good friends, he said.

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Hangover stars reunited for TV skit

Kangna Ranaut gangster films favourite moll?

Los Angeles The Hangover actors came together to participate in a Jennifer Aniston look-alike skit on the TV Show Saturday Night Live. Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms were declared joint winners in the Saturday Night Live skit - as Radley Cooper and Ted Helms - beating their co-star Zach Galifianakis, who was eighth, reports The three actors came wearing Aniston-style blonde wigs. They also performed on the track Thats What Friends Are For, incorrectly introducing it as the theme from Anistons popular sitcom Friends.

Mumbai This is her third year at the Cannes International Film Festival and actress Sonam Kapoor plans to make a style statement in an Indian outfit at the red carpet there. Starting May 15, the event will see screenings of three Indian movies

Monsoon Shootout, Bombay Talkies and Dabba. At the 11day event India will be the guest country, while Bollywood actress Vidya Balan will join the jury panel at the 66th edition of the festival. And Sonam plans to enhance the Indian flavour by hitting the red

carpte in desi look. I always walk two red carpets for Cannes and make it a point to wear an Indian outfit on at least one occasion. I had previously worn Masaba Gupta and Anamika. I will wear an Indian outfit for sure for one or both the red carpet events, Sonam told at the unveiling of the LOr sunset collection and Bollywood inspired make-up looks for the film festival. This is my third year at the Cannes. I am excited to be walking the red carpet in the opening ceremony, she added. Freida Pinto and Aishwarya Rai will also walk the red carpet this year. All three of us represent India and we will not compete on who looks better among us. We have Indian skin and use Indian make up, so if we compare it with white skin, neither sides will win, said the 27-year-old seen in films like Delhi-6 and Aisha. Talking about Indian clothes, the actress said: I dont think Indian clothes or make up is subtle. I think Indian women like the whole idea of being made up. Indian girls love the drama.

Los Angeles Actress Lindsay Lohan has revealed that she wants to adopt her first child and then she would like to have two or four kids of her own. I love kids. But I want to adopt my first child, not just because its a trend or whatever, but I want to help a child and take one in and have it be my own. And then have some more myself, either two or four, quoted the 26-year-old as saying. Lohan, who recently checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in California, also admitted that she is not looking out for a reationship because of her work commitments. Apparently, Im dating my friend Mo, a producer... No, I kind of was for a minute but it wasnt the right timing and so were still friends. And we kind of knew that, she said. Ive been seeing this other guy but hes away right now. Ill see him next week. I dont know, Im not concerned about being in a relationship right now. I want to work for a year and then eventually settle down and have children and a husband, she added.


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Film promotion requires more effort than its making: Dharmendra

Mumbai Yesteryears He Man Dharmendra, who has been in the industry for more than five decades and has worked in over 250 films, says these days people are giving more importance to the promotion of a film. Nowadays, it has become a trend that more and more pressure and effort is put on a films release rather than on its making, Dharmendra said here Wednesday. We all want to be loved, liked and admired and for this you have to give back something. So I am paying back in a beautiful way with much affection and with my love to every one, added Dharmendra, who will now be seen in his home production Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. Directed by Sangeeth Sivan, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 stars three Deols - Dharmendra and his two sons Sunny and Bobby. Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva are also part of the story, which is suggested by Sunnys wife Linda. Another Deol, who has contributed to the film, is Sunnys son Karan - he worked as an assistant director on the film coming out June 7.


Dharmendra came on the sets of dance reality show Dance India Dance Super Moms auditions along with Bobby to promote Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. Apart from promotion, the actor, known for two left feet, feels dance has a become a must for actors. An actor has to be a good dancer. During our time, dance was not focussed upon much. We just used to catch and leave rhythm a bit, according to move. But now whole rhythm has to be catched, added Dharmendra, who made his dance style popular with the song Main jat yamla pagla deewana in 1975 movie Pratigya. Even in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, a sequel to 2011 comedy Yamla Pagla Deewan, a tribute has been paid to Dharmendras dancing style in the song Main aida hi nachna.

MMS clip is scene from movie: Veena Malik

Kolkata Fielding questions about her raunchy MMS video that went viral, Pakistani model-turned-actress Veena Malik Wednesday clarified that the clipping in question was a scene from her forthcoming Bollywood film Zindagi 50-50. Its a footage of one of the songs of the film that shows me and (actor) Rajan Verma... It is not an MMS clip, its a clipping from the movie Zindagi 50-50, Malik told reporters during a media conference. Zindagi 50-50 is slated for a May 24 release. The video that gathered millions of hits on social networking sites shows the actress in a compromising position with co-actor Verma. Its a beautiful scene... Beautiful intimate song sung by Rekha Bharadwaj. We are not romancing... Its an intimate scene between the characters Madhuri (enacted by Malik) and Birju (played by Verma), Malik told reporters. Having done a spate of films in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi, following her debut in the Pakistani film Tere Pyar Mein in 2000, Malik became a household name post her appearance inIndian television reality show Bigg Boss Season 4 in October 2010. Since then, Malik has been in the spotlight for some controversy or the other. The relationship is such that even if I leave the controversies aside, they dont desert me. Wherever I go, controversies follow me... I dont want to talk about controversies, Malik said.

Dont think I want to make sleazy Kate Moss poses comedies: Saif
New Delhi Actor-producer Saif Ali Khan is treading new territories with Go Goa Gone - a zombie comedy, after making romance-based entertainers like Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail, but hes quite sure he wont ever make a sleazy comedy. Theres a thin line between naughty and sleazy, he believes. Why is comedy all about sleaze nowadays? Everything should have a representative, I guess! So, also have a branch of comedy, which is sleazy, but I suppose there is an audience for that as well. There are different kinds of people in our country, and youve got to cater to all. But I dont think I want to make a sleazy film. Id rather make a naughty one, the 42-year-old told.Go Goa Gone, his production and acting venture, releases May 10. Starring Kunal Kemmu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari in key roles, the movie, as Saif believes, is a naughty kind! Narrating a scene from the movie, he said: Theres a scene in which Kunals character goes and buys condoms. The shopkeeper asks him, So what kind of condoms do you want? and then Kunals character says, Well, the ones for having sex! So this, I think is naughty and funny, but not sleazy. While the movie has been heavily promoted as a zombie film, Saif says its not all that zombie. Its a very urban movie, its a funny one and not aimed at buying anyone into the theory of the zombie. It is essentially a story of these three boys and their ridiculous adventures. So, I think its nice if we can just laugh a little bit without thinking whats a zombie and all of that, he said. The idea behind Go Goa Gone was also to cater to the audience which wants new and exciting genres and storylines. The audience is ready and maturing. So it is up to us now to give them the content. I remember Kunal (Kemmu) came up to me with this script, and said this is a comedy about zombies. At first I was apprehensive to try something new, to produce something new, but then when I read the script, I laughed out loud quite a number of times. I believe the audience will laugh too, Saif said.

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The budget for the film, he said, was not very much. But he promises they havent cheated the audience. He said the crew shot a lot on beaches and in jungles of Mauritius, besides getting Hollywood experts to work on the zombies make-up. Saifs own look is different in the film - he sports blonde locks. I liked the idea, he said.

London British model Kate Moss has became the new face of St. Tropez suntan lotion and posed naked for a photo shoot for the brand. As a part of the shoot, the 39-year-old first shows her flawless skin and later covers herself in a white swimsuit. I have used St. Tropez since it started. Around 15 years ago, the first time I went to Ibiza I didnt want to be the only white person on the beach, so I had a St. Tropez, quoted the model as saying. She added: St. Tropez does it so well that you do look natural, you dont have that fear which I always did of going streaky and not being able to fix it - total nightmare. There is no reason to go around with that pasty pallor anymore, which is really exciting.s Talking about the signing with the brand, she said that she has been using the products since they started and its a really trustworthy, cool brand.

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Week looks very promising for finances. Gain from multiple sources is indicated. Moon, Jupiter and Venus in your second house will proARIES vide all sorts of comMar 21-Apr 19 fort. Try to maintain cordial relations with spouse and business partners. All in all a very promising week. Remedies for Ketu and Rahu is suggested.

Good health, good finances, good business. Very good week for Taurians. Your children will bring TAURUS in good news. You Apr 20 - May 20 siblings will be happy this week. Do not indulge in any kind of illegal activities. Status may rise. Do not speculate. Remedy for Sun and Ketu is suggested.
You will spend on Luxury. Foreign contacts will be very beneficial. Expenses can rise but also the Minor stomGEMINI income. ach upset is seen. May 21 - Jun 20 Business will be average. Do not blind trust anyone. Love life will be dull. Avoid speculation. Remedies for Sani and Rahu is suggested. Do not get into any kind of litigation. Venus aspect on twelfth house will bring in comforts. Gain from speculaSAGITTARIUS tion and success in Nov 22 - Dec 21 love is also indicated. Some of you might get kidney trouble so drink plenty of water. Things will start improving from 1st June onwards. Your enemies will be defeated. Strengthening of Jupiter will ward off all evil. Some wish can be fulfilled this week. Friends will be very supportive. Overall mind will be full of joy. Your children will CANCER proper. Income from is seen. Jun 21 - Jul 22 speculation Health will be good. Rise in status and honor from government is indicated. Doctors and accountants can expect a good week. Do not sell or buy property this week. Remedies for Rahu and Ketu is suggested. Success in speculation, love affairs, and property is seen. Overall week is very promising. All good CAPRICORN things are indicated Dec 22 - Jan 19 this week. So make the most out of the week. If single, can go into a committed relationship. Favor from government officials is seen. Remedies for Ketu and Rahu is suggested. Those in job can expect transfer. Overall professional life will be okay. Favor from higher authorities cannot be ruled out. Foreign journey or contacts will Jul 23 - Aug. 22 bring in good news. Health of sibling might be of concern. People in teaching and beauty profession will have good week. Worshiping of Sun and Remedies for Sani and Ketu is suggested.


Panchang in Brief: Sun, Mars, Mercury and Ketu in Aries, Moon, Jupiter and Venus in Taurus, Sani and Rahu in Libra and Ketu in Aries. Nakshatra is Rohini.
Mental bliss and income from more than one source will enlighten your mind and soul. Overall a very fortunate week for all virgos. Take care of your beVIRGO longings there are chances Aug. 23 - Sep 22 of losing them or getting stolen. A foreign guest or journey is on the cards. A visit to a holy place cannot be ruled out. Avoid litigation. Remedies for Sani and Rahu is suggested. Medical professionals will do well this week. Communication will yield the best possible results. Love life will improve. You will be inclined towards PISCES more Feb 19 - Mar 20 luxury. Accountants can also expect good news this week. Do not blind trust anyone. Minor mental anxiety cannot be ruled out. Some genitourinary problems are foreseen. Take extra care of your health. Remedies for Ketu is suggested.


Health will improve. Mental strain is foreMind will be happy. seen. Do not let emoYour business and busitions catch you. Be ness partners will flourpractical. Take extra ish. Your enemies will care regarding health. be defeated. If single, LIBRA Gain from inheri- SCORPIO period of marriage. Sep 23 - Oct 22 tance is on the cards. Oct 23 - Nov 21 Success in love affairs People in medical profession can do well. Some genito- is indicated. Success from Governurinary problems are indicated. Rem- ment and higher authorities is also seen. Relations with spouse and edies of Rahu and Ketu is suggested. business partner will improve. Remedy for Sani and Rahu is suggested.

Status and income both will rise. Gain from property is seen but be very through with paper work. People in artistic field will do well this AQUARIUS week. Condition of Jan 20 - Feb. 18 siblings will improve. You might get a chance to travel off shores. Friends will be very supportive. Business will be above average. Remedy for Sani and Rahu is indicated.

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People remember their mothers and mother figures on Mothers Day. Mother figures may include stepmothers, relatives, mothers-in-law, a guardian (eg. a foster parent), or a family friend. There are many different ways to celebrate Mothers Day. They include (you can always think of something unique) : Giving cards, flowers, or cakes. Family gatherings or visits. Family breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners either at home, at a caf or at a restaurant. Personal phone calls, particularly from children who live away from their mothers and/or mother figures. Mothers Day poems and messages. Gifts of chocolate, jewelry, accessories, clothing, hobby equipment or tools, handmade items, or gift vouchers. A day at the movies with mothers and/or mother figures. Mothers Day is celebrated in different countries, including China where carnations are popular Mothers Day presents. Some groups in Samoa organize elaborate song and

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dance performances throughout the country. They celebrate the contributions that mothers make to Samoan society. Mothers Day falls on different days depending on the countries where it is celebrated. It is held on the second Sunday of May in many countries, such as Australia,Canada and the United States. It is held exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom. Sundays are usually non-school and non-working days in these countries. The modern-day origins of Mothers Day can be attributed to two women Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, who were important in establishing the tradition in the United States. Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mothers Day to be celebrated each year. It continued to be held in Boston for about 10 years under her sponsorship, but died out after that. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated

Mothers Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers. In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mothers Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, she played a key role in arranging a church service that attracted 407 children and their mothers. A Mothers Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mothers Day has grown increasingly popular since then. Many people believe that Mothers Day is now largely commercialized, with card companies, flower shops, jewelry stores, gift shops, restaurants, hotels, and department stores advertising promotions and special deals for this event. Anna Jarvis, in her lifetime, unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to stop the over-commercialization of Mothers Day.


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Half a Rupee: Stories-Explains the trials and tribulation of a common man

story in the book.A suicide bomber in a small town plans out her last day, getting herself photographed before she goes and blows up the prime minister.A drunkard in a Mumbai slum tries to compete with the torrential rain, even as it washes his dwelling away. An army man at the border has become so accustomed to speaking over the wireless that he ends every sentence with Over! And in the title story, a cop drags a dead cow from Vinayak Rao Patwardhan Road to the adjoining Bapu Road, since the latter is so much easier to spell. From real-life stories about Javed Akhtar, Sahir Ludhianvi and Kuldip Nayyar to tales set in Kashmir, in the hinterland, in the modern megapolis and on the LoC, from anecdotes of love and betrayal to fables of courage and conviction, this is an enthralling collection available in English for the very first time.

All twenty five stories in this volume are biographical in some way and Gulzar writes in the Foreword, You meet a galaxy of people in the orbit of your days and nights. I have touched on a few. Interestingly, Half a Rupee is in itself a short

Gulzar is one of Indias most respected scriptwriters and film directors, and has been one of the most popular lyricists in mainstream Hindi cinema for over five decades. One of the countrys leading poets, he has published a number of poetry anthologies and collections of short stories. He is also regarded as one of Indias finest writers for children. Apart from manyFilmfare and National Awards for his films and lyrics and an Oscar and Grammy for the song Jai hoGulzar has received theSahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004. He lives and works in Mumbai.

Ram Sampath, Keerthi Sagathia, K. Mohan, Marianne DCruz Aiman, Vipin Mishra. The music album of director Atul Sabharwals debut movie Aurangzeb, a crime thriller, has five tracks and its four musical versions. The compositions are interesting and centred around power, which is in sync with the theme. Barbadiyaan, a peppy number sung by Ram Sampath and Sashaa Agha. The lyrics have an undertone of darkness, but energetic composition makes it a party track. Infused with electro beats, it becomes more interesting when Ram goes behind the mike. The music is not extraordinary, but interesting. Jigra fakira, which is sung beautifully by Keerthi Sagathia. The song has a touch of folk and Sufi music. The music becomes overwhelming when the violin starts playing. The song may not appeal to everyone, but music lovers should definitely lend an ear to the song. Barbaadi follows next. It has similar lyrics to the one sung by Sashaa

and Ram, but the music and tone of the song are completely different. Singer K. Mohans voice is so magical that you are hooked to it. Since the song has a grave appeal, it is best heard when alone. Aurangzeb and is sung by Marianne DCruz Aiman. It talks about Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and hence has all the required grandness. There is a choir, which supports the singer. In short, a powerful number! Aurangzeb rock; rock version of previous number and Vipin Mishra has lent his voice for the song. It has sound of drums and guitars, all that a rock version would need. Suddenly, it becomes smooth and silent. Vipins voice has the required aggression and passion for the song. It is very well channelised composition. The album also has four instrumental versions titled Trial by fire, Battleground Gurgaon, The fathers truth and Aurangzeb Orchestra. Aurangzeb has interesting compositions and the music is well put together, but not an all round soundtrack as it wont appeal to the masses.

A Thrilling and Amusing ride in the world of zombies

Director : Krishna DK, Raj Nidimoru Writer : Sita Menon Cast & Crew : Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Suparn Verma, Anand Tiwari, Puja Gupta Illuminati Films & Eros Internationals Go Goa Gone is unique combination of fear and funny elements. Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Luv(Vir Das) are two dope heads who tag along to Goa with their best buddy, Bunny , on his business trip. Luv comes across a free-spirited girl, Luna(Puja Gupta) who casually invites them to an exclusive underground rave party on a remote island! The party is the brainchild of the macho Russian Mafioso, Boris, to launch the ultimate party drug. But something is not right on this

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island! All of a sudden, they are accosted by zombies! Where did these zombies come from? And who is Boris really? And why has this coldhearted drug-dealing don come to save their lives?

Gippi-a film straight from the heart

Director :Sonam Nair Cast & Crew :Riya Vij , Taaha Shah, Divya Dutta, Jayati Modi , Doorva Tripathi, Arbaaz Kadwani.

Gippi(Riya Vij) is a 14-year-old girl who lives in Shimla with her mother Pappi(Divya Dutta) and little brother Booboo. She is overweight and awkward and doesn`t know how to handle the physical, emotional and social changes adolescence brings. In school she is a backbencher and is constantly bullied by the popular queen-bee Shamira (Jayati Modi) and at home, she`s trying to figure out how to deal with living in a

broken home. In the middle of all this chaos, she falls madly in love with an older, brooding heartbreaker. When her love story comes to a humiliating end and she is publicly scorned, she decides to take her life in her hands and accepts Shamira`s challenge to stand against her in the school elections. Whatever the final outcome might be Gippi makes sure she has a great time in the journey. Moreover, Gippi is a common story that is faced by number of school going students and the movie shows how an ordinary girl find her potential and makes her special to everyone.

The music launch of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 was a star- studded event with Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hritik Roshan, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia DSouza, Rakesh Roshan, Kunal Kohli, and Juhi Chawla making the occasion extra special.

The glamour value of the event went to an entirely different level when celebrities including the star cast of the film -- Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol -- danced to the tunes of Main aida hi nachna song from the film along with veteran actor Dharmendra.




NASA and Amateur Radio Operators Piece Together the PhoneSat Picture
Although the ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission was to determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone can be used as the main flight avionics for a satellite in space, the three miniature satellites (named Alexander, Graham and Bell) also took pictures of Earth and transmitted these image-data packets to multiple ground stations on Earth. Above photo was taken by the PhoneSat-1 (Bell) nanosatellite and reconstructed by the Ames Phonesat Team and multiple amateur radio operators around the world. Image credit: NASA Ames Above image was taken by the PhoneSat-2 (Graham) nanosatellite and the most recently reconstructed by the Ames Phonesat Team and multiple volunteer ham radio operators around the world. Image credit: NASA Ames For about one week, engineers at NASAs Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and amateur radio operators around the world collaborated to reconstruct an image of Earth sent to them from three smartphones in orbit. The joint effort was part of NASAs nanosatellite mission, called PhoneSat, which launched on Sunday, April 21, 2013 aboard the Antares rocket from NASAs Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. Although the ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission was to determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone can be used as the main flight avionics for a satellite in space, the three miniature satellites used their smartphone cameras to take pictures of Earth and transmitted these image-data packets to multiple ground stations. Every packet held a small piece of the big picture. As the data became available, the PhoneSat Team and multiple amateur ham radio operators, who call themselves hams, pieced together a high-resolution photograph from the tiny data packets. During the short time the spacecraft were in orbit, we were able to demonstrate the smartphones abil-

Russian cosmonauts may take Olympic torch into space

ity to act as satellites in the space environment, said Bruce Yost, the program manager for NASAs Small Satellite Technology Program. The PhoneSat project also provided an opportunity for NASA to collaborate with its space enthusiasts. Amateur radio operators from every continent but Antarctica contributed in capturing the data packets we needed to piece together the smartphones image of Earth from space. As part of their preparation for space, the smartphones were outfitted with a low-powered transmitter operating in the amateur radio band. They sent the image information to awaiting hams who worked with the Ames engineers to stitch together multiple, tiny images to restore the complete Earth view. Piecing together the photo was a very successful collaboration between NASAs PhoneSat team and volunteer amateur ham radio operators around the world. NASA researchers and hams working together was an excellent example of Citizen Science, or crowd-sourced

science, which is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. On the second day of the mission, the Ames team had received over 200 packets from amateur radio operators. Three days into the mission we already had received more than 300 data packets, said Alberto Guillen Salas, an engineer at Ames and a member of the PhoneSat team. About 200 of the data packets were contributed by the global community and the remaining packets were received from members of our team with the help of the Ames Amateur Radio Club station, NA6MF. The mission successfully ended Saturday, April 27, 2013, after predicted atmospheric drag caused the PhoneSats to re-enter Earths atmosphere and burn up. The NASA PhoneSat Team would like to acknowledge how grateful we are to the amateur radio community for contributing to the success of this mission, said Oriol Tintore, an engineer and a member of the PhoneSat Team at Ames who

Moscow Russian cosmonauts could take an unlit Olympic torch aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the relay route for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, an official related to expedition has said. The torch is expected to be carried into orbit by a crew led by Mikhail Tyurin and handed over to Yurchikhins crew, who will return it to Earth Nov 12, after a space walk with the torch is performed. It will be an honour for the crew, expedition commander Fyodor Yurchikhin said. participated in the picture data processing. The PhoneSat project is a technology demonstration mission funded by NASAs Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters and the Engineering Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center. The project started in summer 2009 as a student-led collaborative project between Ames and the International Space University, Strasbourg.

And we will be very happy to see the backup crew (led by Mikhail Tyurin) at this milestone event - the Olympic torch handover, he told reporters in Zvyozdny Gorodok (Star City) in the Moscow Region. The torch will not be lit, as naked flames are prohibited inside spaceships going to the ISS. Sergei Krikalev, head of the Cosmonaut Training Center, confirmed that such plans are being discussed but said that the program has not yet been approved. The Sochi Olympic Games are to be held in February 2014.

Sleeping pods to be launched at Abu Dhabi airport

Abu Dhabi In a first-of-its-kind, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company has introduced sleeping pods at the international airport in the emirate. The GoSleep sleeping pod is the latest, state-of-the-art chair that converts into a flat bed. Ten sleeping pods have been installed in Terminal 3 and in the Al Dhabi Lounge in Terminal 1 at the airport, with a further 35 to be installed later this year. The sleeping pods are easy to operate and feature a partial or fully enclosed sliding shade that isolates the customer from noise, light and crowds. After an initial launch phase, the chairs will be upgraded to include internet access, will include secure storage for luggage and other valuables, and will allow customers to charge their laptops, mobile telephones, and other electronic devices. Passengers will be able to use the chairs at a rate of 45 dirhams per hour.


universal dissemination as as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations. window interface, allowing the viewer to compare all texts together, display any two of them, in turn, and show all the variants in highlighted and colour-coded forms. Various software programmes have been specially developed for Bichitra, which would benefit general readers, scholars and other professionals working on any of the countless facets of Tagores works. The website has been developed by the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, in association with RabindraBhavana, Visva-Bharati, with support from the central governments ministry of culture. The 1861-born Tagore holds the unique distinction of having authored the national anthems of two sovereign nations -- India and Bangladesh. The bards rich, diverse and vast literary output is virtually unmatched in the world. He was also a painter and composer par excellence. In 1913, Tagore became the first Asian Nobel laureate and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature. One can now have access to the entire composition of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore online, in both Bengali and English. Bichitra(meaning variety) will provide a full electronic archive of Tagores works in manuscript and print, with all significant versions and revisions of each work. It has been developed by the universities of Jadavpur and Visva-Bharati, the university that he founded at Santiniketan, West Bengal. The effort had the support of the union government. The website, launched by President Pranab Mukherjee, is the largest database of original texts by a single author. Bichitra includes digital images of all available manuscripts of Tagore as also important print versions. It runs into 47,520 pages of manuscripts and 91,637 pages of printed books and journals, said Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Souvik Bhattacharyya. Altogether, 35 scholars in the fields of English, Bengali, comparative literature, Sanskrit and computer science toiled for two years to complete the project. The database offers a unique four-


Every year India adds 10,000-20,000 patients to the world thalessaemia population, Yellow discoloration of skin (jaundice) Facial bone deformities Slow growth Abdominal swelling Treatment There is no cure for thalassaemia major, and treatment must continue for life. Ongoing treatment includes regular blood transfusions to boost haemoglobin levels in the blood. However, the resulting iron buildup can cause serious side effects, including diabetes, heart failure and liver disease. A medication called desferrioxamine, or Desferal, is used to remove excess iron from the blood. It works by binding with the iron and allowing it to be excreted by kidneys.

International Thalassaemia Day Gain access to Tagores creative genius online Give Blood Save Life It is offered as a tribute to Tagore and a contribution to his own idea of

Enjoy our funny tongue twisters for kids and have fun trying to say some of the most difficult sentences in the English language. A big black bug bit a big black bear, and made the big black bear bleed blood I saw a saw that could out saw any other saw I ever saw. A sailor went to sea to see, what he could see. And all he could see Was sea, sea, sea. Mix a box of mixed biscuits with a boxed biscuit mixer. Betty bought butter but the butter was bitter, so Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.

May 8th is World Thalassemia Day. This day is dedicated to Thalassemia, to raise public awareness for prevention of Thalassemia and to highlight the importance of Clinical Care for Thalassemia patients in all countries. Thalassaemia is the most common inherited blood disorder,means it is passed down from parent to child. Your childs thalassaemia trait is not an illness and it will not affect their health. However, it could affect the health of his/her future children, as they can pass on thalassaemia major to their children. Most people with thalassaemia trait do not know they have it. You only discover it if you have a special blood test. The red blood cells of people with thalassaemia trait are smaller than usual. Symptoms Some children with Thalaassaemia symptoms have only mild anemia. In more severe cases, they may also have these symptoms: Fatigue Weakness Shortness of breath Pale appearance Irritability

Cause Hemoglobin is made of two proteins: Alpha globin and beta globin. Thalassemia occurs when there is a defect in a gene that helps control production of one of these proteins. There are two main types of thalassemia: Alpha thalassemia occurs when a gene or genes related to the alpha globin protein are missing or changed . Beta thalassemia occurs when similar gene defects affect production of the beta globin protein. There are many forms of thalassemia. Each type has many different subtypes. Both alpha and beta thalassemia include the following two forms: Thalassemia major Thalassemia minor

Introduction of skill development courses by CBSE

Knowledge and skills to the students that will enable students to excel and emerge successful in real life situation of both work and life. As a part of this initiative, the Board has decided to offer various Vocational Courses in different sectors at both SECONDARY LEVEL and SENIOR SECONDARY LEVEL in collaboration with 35 Skill knowledge providers in a manual titled `Life Skill Education and CCE.. It is highly required to get informed the employable skills among the students in the secondary study level, so that they can be aware of all the required skills for immediate gainful employment. The skills development programme not only provide skillful activities to the students, but also it gives a sense of responsibility among the students to lead a good and better life after their schooling. Students studying in CBSE affiliated schools have the opportunity to choose any of the skill based program as per their choice,along with their regular academic subjects. The program will enable students to gain employability skills during their regular academic time and get employable soon after completion of school, if necessary.

Meet The squirrel sized Meerkat

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The youngest boy cracks IITJEE prelim

These sociable animals are often seen in groups, and several families may live together in a large community. Meerkats are mongooses famed for their upright posture. They often stand on their rear legs and gaze alertly over the southern African plains where they live. Mothers can even nurse their young while standing. Meerkats (also called suricates) work together in numbers. A few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles, that can snatch them from the ground. A sharp, shrill call is the signal for all to take cover. While a few individuals guard the group, the rest busy themselves foraging for the foods that make up their varied diet. Meerkats will eat insects, lizards, birds, and fruit. When hunting small game, they work together and communicate with purring sounds. Meerkats are good hunters and are sometimes tamed for use as rodentcatchers. Meerkat groups utilize several different burrows and move from one to another. Each burrow is an extensive tunnel-and-room system that remains cool even under the broiling African sun. Females give birth to two to four young each year in one of the groups burrows. Fathers and siblings help to raise meerkat young, teaching them to play and forage and alerting them to the ever present danger from above. Young meerkats are so fearful of predatory birds that even airplanes will send them diving for cover.

Jitter Meaning- To be nervous/uneasy Example- The scary ghost stories made me have the jitters last night. Kindle Meaning-Light or set on fire Example- I used straw and small twigs to kindle the fire. Loiter Meaning-Stand or wait around idly or without apparent purpose. Example- In an hospital, you must not loiter in the busy corridors. Maverick Meaning-An unorthodox or independent-minded person .Example- Shalini was a maverick in both business and life! Noisome Meaning-Having an extremely offensive smell Example-The noisome stalls at the fair were closed because of the low quality.

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Patna A 13-year-old boy from Bihar has cracked the preliminary examination of the highly competitive Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). He is the youngest to pass the exam. Satyam Kumar of Bakhorapur village in Bhojpur district qualified for the IIT last year at the age of 12-andhalf years, after he got special permission from the CBSE, Mumbai zone. He then secured an all-India rank of 8,137.

Not satisfied with his low rank, Kumar appeared in the IIT-JEE preliminary examination this year again and qualified, making him the youngest person to do it. He appeared for both the exams in Kota, Rajasthan, where he has been studying. He was one of the 150,000 candidates who appeared for the examination this year. He is working hard to perform better in the IIT-JEE (Mains) to be held June 2. He is hoping for a better rank, Kumars father Sidhnath Singh, a farmer, told Earlier, Kumar had said he wants to develop a software company on the lines of social networking website Facebook.

Kochi Market regulator SEBI has approved an angel fund of $10 million to address the problem of resource crunch for start-up companies across the country. The fund that could go up to $20 million with a green shoe (overallotment) option would focus on telecom and internet firms. It would start investing once the initial close of $2 million is achieved. Consultancy KPMG is the advisor and ILFS is trustee of the fund based at Start-up Village, the countrys first telecom incubator, at Kochi. The angel fund will be investing not only in the most promising startups located in Start-up Village but also in similar enterprises across the country. We are looking to broadbase the investor profile with a large set of angel investors, many of whom might be first time angel investors in India, said the Start-up Village chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar. Infosys co-founder and Start-up Vil-

Bangalore IT bellwether Wipro Tuesday invested $30 million (Rs.162 crore) for a strategic equity stake in Opera Solutions LLC, a leading privately held US-based big data science firm. This strategic partnership with Opera will help us extend leadership in the big data analytics space, combining its machine learning expertise, pre-discovered predictive signals and algorithms with our expertise in global delivery model to create industry-specific solutions, Wipro vice-president K.R. Sanjiv said in a statement here. The Jersey City-headquartered Opera has the largest group of scientists, specialised in machine learning, which is applied to generate big data flows and create predictive patterns or signals. Though big data is a huge opportunity for business value creation, many enterprises do not have the technology or science to access its power, Sanjiv observed. Opera provides capabilities to allow organisations turn raw big data into strategic advantage, profit and productivity. Operas domain expertise will enable our customers to maximise their return on investment of big data analytics implementation through faster adoption, said Sanjiv, who heads


SEBI approves Start-up Village Angel Fund Wipro invests $30 million in US data firm

SKS Microfinance posts Rs.2.70 crore profit for Q4

Hyderabad SKS Microfinance Limited, Indias only listed micro lender, has posted Rs.2.70 crore net profit for the fourth quarter that ended March 31. The company had clocked Rs.1.2 crore net profit during the previous quarter, when it achieved turnaround after losses in seven consecutive quarters due to the crisis in microfinance sector in Andhra Pradesh. The company had incurred a loss of Rs.330 crore during the Q4 of 2011-12. For the full year 2012-12, the companys net loss was Rs.297 crore, down from Rs.1,361 crore during the previous year, said a statement by SKS Microfinance. Total income from operations grew by 44 per cent to Rs.95 crore during the Q4 against Rs.66 crore during the corresponding quarter of 2011-12. The income for the full year, howev-

lage chief mentor Kris Gopalakrishnan, MobME, the countrys first campus telecom start-up, Ravi Pillai, founder of the Rs.16,000-crore Bahrain-based RP Group and other leading angel investors in India will be part of the fund. As the fund is investing at a very early stage, we would be focusing more on the entrepreneur and the team, and less on the idea. A smart entrepreneur is what the fund would

back, added Vijayakumar. The fund would leave the choice with the entrepreneur whether he wants to give a board seat or not. Welcoming the SEBIs approval, Gopalakrishnan said this will act like a shot in the arm for Start-up Village, which would become the first incubator in India to have its own inhouse fund. This will help the internet-telecom incubator to get the most conducive ecosystem for product start-ups, said Gopalakrishnan.

Emami Q4 net up 30 percent

Kolkata Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) major Emami Ltd Monday reported a 29.9 percent jump in its consolidated net profit at Rs.94 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to Rs 72.37 crore for the same period a year ago. Consolidated net sales for the company during the quarter under review stood at Rs.451 crore, a more than 13 percent hike compared to corresponding period previous year. For the full financial year, turnover at Rs.1,699 crore grew by 16.9 percent, while profit after tax at Rs.315 crore grew by 21.6 percent, a company release said.

er, came down by nearly 24 per cent to Rs 332 crore from Rs 436 crore during 2011-12. The company said it could improve profitability on account of robust growth in assets with the core interest income in non-Andhra Pradesh states increasing by 15 percent to Rs. 90 crore in Q4 from Rs.78 crore in the previous quarter. The companys loan disbursements rose by 65 percent to Rs.1,295 crore in Q4 from Rs.784 crore in OctoberDecember period.

US firm to invest $240mn to light up Bihars Buddhist sites

Washington A power venture formed by Indian and North American energy professionals plans to create a role model for the world by lighting up famed Buddhist sites in Bihar with a $240 million (Rs. 13 billion) solar energy project as part of a corporate social responsibility initiative. Founded in 2011, FJS Energy LLC, USA, aims to work around the Buddhist Circuits starting with RajgirNalanda and Bodhgaya in the first phase and then taking up Vaishali and other places. We would like to start the process of implementation at the earliest, Christopher Sargunam, Chief Operating Officer of the company with offices in Delhi, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada, told IANS in an email. The companys ultimate aim is to create a portfolio of 200 MW at a cost of around Rs. 13 billion ($240 million), but the first phase would focus on 20 to 25 MW which would envisage an investment of upwards of Rs. 1.6 billion ($30 million), he said. FJS Energy thought of lighting up the Buddhist Circuit as a not-for-profit Corporate Social Responsibility initiative with a larger objective as it is one of the world key religious tourism destinations that has of late witnessed a sharp rise in the domestic and foreign tourist arrivals. While the Bihar government is pursuing development of road and other key infrastructure in a planned manner, it is equally important to have clean and continuous supply of power to these circuits and create a role model for the world, Sargunam said. While Bihar is currently the companys key focus in the clean energy space, it would eventually look at other opportunities on a case by case basis. Quite optimistic about the Indian market place we are also currently structuring long term coal supply contracts (of up to 25 years), which of-course is a for-profit initiative, Sargunam said. With its key strength lying in partnerships globally and more particularly in the US for securing coal with customised/blended specs from a long term perspective, FJS aims to secure 5 percent market share in the coal imports business in India, he said FJS Energy, which has secured fuel reserves in different parts of the world through acquisitions, joint ventures and option agreements, provides innovative energy solutions in thermal and clean energy space, Sargunam said.

US gas exports a win-win proposition

Washington Indias ambassador Nirupama Rao has asked the US to start exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to India and other energy scarce countries, calling it a win-win opportunity. As shale gas has become economically viable to produce, the US has emerged as one of the worlds most important gas producing countries, she noted in a keynote address at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Americas Natural Gas: Should Exports be Restricted? Growth in shale gas production in the coming years is now expected to substantially reduce, if not eliminate, the need for the US to import natural gas, Rao said. She noted that according to US Department of Energy estimates, the total production of natural gas in the US would exceed domestic consumption by 2020. This scenario opens up the possibility of the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes from the US to other energy scarce countries, including India where there is significant untapped potential for natural gas demand in all end use segments, she said. The advantage is mutual and that natural gas exports represent a winwin co-operation opportunity, Rao said. She said that India had already in-

Kolkata Jay Shree Tea and Industries, a B.K. Birla Group company, Monday posted a net loss of Rs.36.45 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, against a net loss of Rs 34.07 crore during the same period

Jay Shree Tea posts Rs 36.45 cr net loss in Q4

Wipros analytics and information management business. Opera also offers a range of solutions which turn the signals into prescriptive action and improve front-line productivity and bottom-line growth. We see a great fit between Wipros ability to deliver end-to-end services and our ability to scale and industrialise big data science.The partnership will also enable us to capitalise on the huge demand for big data science solutions, Opera chief executive Arnab Gupta said in the statement. Wipro works with customers to develop end-to-end analytics and information strategy leveraging process assets and solutions based on analytics, business intelligence, enterprise performance management and information management.

previous year. Sales of the Kolkatabased company declined 4 percent to Rs.141.35 crore during the fourth quarter last fiscal. The firm had recorded Rs.147.19 crore sales during the quarter ended March 2012.

vested significantly in the liquefaction terminals that were likely to come up in the US. Our companies are scouting for more tie-ups and ownership stakes in the 19 odd terminals which have applied for export of natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries, she said. Besides, other Indian companies, including Reliance Industries Ltd in the private sector, have bought stakes in oil and gas exploration and production companies, a trend which will receive a huge boost if export of natural gas is permitted to India, Rao said.

According to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) study cited by her, roughly 20 percent of the $133.7 billion invested in US tight oil and shale gas from 2008 to 2012 has come from abroad, with Indian companies accounting for a total investment of nearly $4 billion. These investments represent more growth, jobs and progress for the US economy and should, in my view, be welcomed, Rao said. US natural gas exports will also bring significant geo-political and strategic advantages to both the US and its partners and allies across the world, she said.


of the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) needs of the airlines. According to a report by FICCI-KPMG -- India: The Emerging Aviation Hub, the country has a potential of becoming a global aviation hub and the third largest aviation market in the world by 2020 if conducive policies to the growth of the civil aviation sector and focus on quality, cost and passenger interest are pursued. The paper which was released last year had called for ensuring close collaboration between the ministry of civil aviation and other ministries like finance, home, defence, external affairs, commerce and industry, tourism, environment, human resources and regulators, and the industry. It suggested that India be promoted as an industrial and tourism hub in order to derive synergistic benefits for the aviation industry. Mumbai The Reliance Industries (RIL)-led consortium operating the offshore KG-D6 gas fields plans to serially invest $5 billion to reverse falling output. We are planning to invest in a series of projects to develop around four trillion cubic feet of discovered natural gas resources from the block, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani said in the companys annual report for 2012-13. The field development plan for the R-Series project (in the KG-D6 block) has been submitted to the Government of India for approval. This along with other projects is expected to add incremental production in the next four to five years, he said. The field development plan envisages bringing to production satellite fields in the eastern offshore KG basin block to raise output that has fallen to less than 16 million standard cubic meters per day from a peak of 64 mmscmd reached three years ago.


Govt. sets up inter ministerial RIL to invest $5 bn to reverse KG-D6 gas panel on aviation hubs output fall

New Delhi The Union cabinet approved the setting up of an inter-ministerial group (IMG) for the development of aviation hubs in the country. The cabinet has approved setting up of an IMG to work out a policy to develop aviation hubs in the country, Infomation and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tiwari said Thursday after meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The civil aviation ministry has proposed to develop international as well as regional aviation hubs in the country which will not only cater to transit passengers but also take care

Industrial output rises 2.5 percent in March

New Delhi Indias industrial output grew by 2.5 percent in March, as against a contraction of 2.8 percent in the corresponding month of 2012, government data showed. According to data from the Central Statistical Office (CSO), the index of industrial production (IIP) logged a meagre 0.6 percent growth yearon-year in February. IIP grew by 2.4 percent in January. On a consolidated basis, IIP grew by just one percent in the April-March period of 2012-13, from a growth of 2.9 percent in the corresponding period of 2011-12. The monthly growth in IIP came on the back of healthy performance of manufacturing and electricity sectors. But the mining sector decelerated. Manufacturing production registered a growth of 3.2 percent during the month under review from a deceleration of 3.6 percent in the corresponding month last year. In February, the sector registered a growth of 2.2 percent. On a cumulative basis for AprilMarch 2012-13, manufacturing output stood at 1.2 percent, from a growth of 3 percent in the like period of 2011-12. The electricity sector too fared well, with a growth of 3.5 percent, from an increase of 2.7 percent in March 2012. In February, the sector did not fare well, falling 3.2 percent from a healthy increase of eight percent in the corresponding period of 2012. Cumulatively, the sectors output increased by 4 percent from a healthy 8.2 percent during the corresponding period of 2011-12. However, mining output in March declined by 2.9 percent from a deceleration of 1.1 percent in the corresponding month last year. Mining output in February had declined by a massive 8.1 percent from an increase of 2.3 percent in the corresponding month of last year. Cumulative mining production was

The next wave of projects in KGD6 block are envisaged to be undertaken over the next three to five years and entail a potential total investment in excess of $5 billion to develop around four trillion cubic feet (TCF) of discovered natural gas resources, RIL said. Of the 18 gas fields in KG-D6 block discovered by the operators, only two (D1 and D3) have been put to production. RIL said the average production from KG-D6 block during 2012-13 was 26 mmscmd of gas and 9,225 barrels of oil per day.

in the negative. The output during April-March 2012-13 stood at a decline of 2.5 percent from a negative 1.9 percent. Segment-wise growth was witnessed in cigarettes (28.4 percent), woollen carpets (83.1 percent), apparel (175 percent), leather garments (49.9 percent), aviation turbine fuel (33.1 percent) air conditioner-room (37.9 percent), conductor, aluminium (45.00 percent) and cable, rubber insulated (247.3 percent). Segment-wise, high negative growth was reported in synthetic yarn (-24.8 percent), razor blades (-29.4 percent), heat exchangers (-27.2 percent), sugar machinery (-64.6 percent), plastic machinery (-22.5 percent) and ship building and repairs (-30.3 percent).

Indian American wins US business chamber award

New York An Indian American businessman has been awarded by a US business chamber as its 2013 Ambassador of the Year. Kiran Patel was named as the 2013 Ambassador of the Year by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce in the city of Henderson in the US state of Kentucky, reported. Like previous winners of the Ambassador of the Year Award, (Patel) puts in several hours every day at their job and is very active in the

The fall in production is mainly attributed to geological complexity, natural decline in the fields and higher than envisaged water ingress, the company said. RIL, with 60 percent stake in the consortium, has as its partners Britains BP with 30 percent stake, while Niko Resources hold the remaining 10 percent. A management committee set up by the government for KG-D6 had approved a revised field development plan last year designed to boost gas production for the MA oil and gas field in the KG-D6 block.

chamber: attending ribbon cuttings, Brown Bag lunch events and other chamber events held throughout the year, the report quoted award presenter Janet Hortin as saying. After moving to Henderson with his family in 1994, Patel bought a motel and in 2011 bought the Henderson Hotel building, renovating it into what is now The Gilmore Inn in the city. Stating that the award was the best thing to have happened to him, Patel said, I wish more people would work as ambassadors and board members.

No decision can be based solely on CAG report: SC

New Delhi The Supreme Court said a report from the CAG - a constitutional functionary - commands respect but it could not be solely relied upon for deciding any contentious issue. We may, however, point out that since the report is from a constitutional functionary, it commands respect and cannot be brushed aside as such, but it is equally important to examine the comments what respective ministries have to offer on the CAGs report, said the apex court bench of Justice K. Radhakrishnan and Justice Dipak Misra while dismissing a public interest litigation (PIL). Petitioner economist Arun Kumar Agrawal wanted the court to declare void the Jan 24, 2012 government approval of the Cairn Energy-Vedanta deal wherein Vednata acquired 41 percent share of Cairn India in its Rajasthan oil blocks. The ministry can always point out, if there is any mistake in the CAGs report or the CAG has inappropriately appreciated the various issues, the court said. The CAG indisputably is an independent constitutional functionary, however, it is for parliament to decide whether after receiving the report i.e. PAC (Public Accounts Committee)to make its comments on the CAGs report, Justice Radhakrishnan said. The petitioner sought direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged irregular extension of time given to Carin Energy by the petroleum ministry for exploration of oil when it was fully aware that the area had billions of dollars of oil as was already highlighted in a report of the CAG. The question is ... whether this court can grant relief merely placing reliance on the CAGs report, the court said. The CAGs report is always subject to parliamentary debates and it is possible that PAC can accept the ministrys objection to the CAG report or reject the report of the CAG, the court said.

Cabinet nod to Yusen Logistics warehouse gutted, may hit Nissan/Renault 40 crore more production UID numbers
Chennai Yusen Logistics (India) Ltds warehouse catering to Nissan Motor and Renault Indias plant near here was totally destroyed in a fire that began Thursday afternoon, a fire official said. The warehouse of Yusen Logistics stocking and supplying varied components to Nissan Motors plant (also Renault India) at Oragadam caught fire around 1.30 p.m. today (Thursday). The fire was very intense as it stocked varied automobile componenets like tyres, batteries and others. The structure has collapsed, G. Illango, divisional fire officer, told IANS over phone. There were no human casualties, he said. The fire is under control but it will take some more time to completely extinquish it, Ilango added. According to him, the warehouse had not obtained fire licence before beginning its operations and its fire protection equipments seems to have failed to perform when needed. Illango said nine fire tenders belonging to his department and three from New Delhi The Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India (CC-UIDAI) Thursday approved phase four of the scheme, which will enroll an additional 40 crore residents, at a cost of Rs.3,436.16 crore, said official sources. The UID project provides unique numbers to all residents of India. According to sources, the fourth phase of the UID scheme includes various project components such as cost of enrolment for additional 40 crore residents through multiple registrars, cost of updation services, cost of printing and delivery of Aadhaar letters, additional cost for construction of buildings for headquarters, data centres, non-data centres and additional rent for regional offices of UIDAI. Since the launch on Sep 29, 2010, UID numbers have been issued to more than 31 crore residents. Enrolment for additional 40 crore residents will be completed by March 2014. UID numbers will also be issued in respect of enrolment data packets received through Registrar General of India (RGI) as per their committed timelines.

private companies had been pressed into operation. The warehouse is very huge and hence we are not in a position to get inside, Illango said. While officials of Yusen Logistics confirmed the fire accident, they declined to comment further. Yusen Logistics is the sole logistics service provider for Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltds plant at Oragadam that rolls out Nissan- and Renault-badged cars and utility vehicles. The complete destruction of the warehouse and its stock will impact the production schedule of Nissan and Renault. We are currently assessing the damage and only after that we can tell the impact of the fire accident on our production schedule, a Nissan Motor India spokesperson told.

Manchester Alex Ferguson, arguably the most successful manager in English football, announced that he would retire at the end of the season and join the Manchester United board. Manchester United have already secured their 20th league title and Ferguson will manage the English club for one last time May 19 when they play West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. Ferguson has been at the helm of the English giants for the past 26 years and has 46 trophies, including 13 League titles and two Champions League titles, amongst others. The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time, Ferguson said in a statement. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the longterm future of the club remains a bright one, he added. Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future. Ferguson thanked the players, support staff and the fans for a memorable period. As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich. To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to



Alex Ferguson to retire at the end of season Delighted that Sir Alex recommended me: Moyes

have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United. Joel Glazer, one of the clubs owners, said: Alex has proven time and time again what a fantastic manager he is but hes also a wonderful person. His determination to succeed and dedication to the club have been truly remarkable. I will always cherish the wonderful memories he has given us, like that magical night in Moscow. David Gill the outgoing chief exectutive, said: Ive had the tremendous pleasure of working very

closely with Alex for 16 unforgettable years - through the Treble, the double, countless trophy wins and numerous signings. We knew that his retirement would come one day and we both have been planning for it by ensuring the quality of the squad and club structures are in first class condition. What he has done for this club and for the game in general will never be forgotten. It has been the greatest experience of my working life being alongside Alex and a great honour to be able to call him a friend, he added.

Manchester David Moyes, who was appointed the Manchester United manager, said it was a great honour to be the next manager at Old Trafford and was also delighted that it was outgoing manager Alex Ferguson, who recommended him for the job. Its a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. AI have great respect for everything he has done and for the Football Club, said Moyes in a statement issued by the club. Moyes said it will be challenging task to replace Ferguson. I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isnt something that comes

around very often and Im really looking forward to taking up the post next season. I have had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and Board of Directors and a great set of players. ABetween now and the end of the season, I will do everything in my power to make sure we finish as high as possible in the table, he said. Moyes also paid a rich tribute to his present club Everton, whom he will be leaving at the end of the season. Evertons fantastic fans have played a big part in making my years at Goodison so enjoyable and I thank them wholeheartedly for the support they have given me and the players. Everton will be close to me for the rest of my life, he said.

Pakistan clinch Asian Squash Campionship after 14 years

Mushaf Squash Complex. The 23-year-old Atlas won 11-9, 11-3, 11-8, reports Xinhua. I needed this victory badly. My country needed this also. Im proud today as I took back the title after 14 years gap, said Atlas. Atlas said his current performance is the result of hard work and tough training for stamina building. I went through a six-week long tough training at an academy of Pakistan army that helped improve my fitness and stamina and the result is here, said Atlas. It was not less than an upset for Muzayen, who played superbly throughout the event. Muzayen looked completely out of colour in the final.

List of trophies Manchester won under Ferguson

London Over a career spanning 26 years, Alex Ferguson has given Manchester United 38 trophies. The 71-year-old, who announced his retirement Wednesday, will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season after 26 years in charge. His haul includes 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups. The following is the list of Manchester Uniteds trophies under Ferguson: Premier League: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013. FA Cup: 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004 League Cup: 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010 Champions League: 1999, 2008 Cup Winners Cup: 1991 Fifa Club World Cup: 2008 Uefa Super Cup: 1992 Inter-Continental Cup: 1999 FA Charity/Community Shield: 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Islamabad Pakistan ended a 14-year drought as its top player Aamir Atlas won the 17th Asian Individual Mens Squash Championship by defeating Abdullah Al Muzayen of Kuwait .Pakistan clinched the title after 1998 when Zarak Jahan Khan defeated Kenneth Low of Malaysia. Pakistan No.1 Atlas Sunday routed Muzayen in the final with a straight sets defeat at the

ICC Cricket Committee to OSullivan beats Hawkins for fifth world meet in London May 28-29 snooker title
Dubai The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that its annual Cricket Committee meeting will take place in London May 28-29. The committee will be chaired for the first time by former India captain Anil Kumble, who has succeeded ex-West Indies captain Clive Lloyd. Former England captain Andrew Strauss and ex-India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan will also attend their first ICC Cricket Committee meeting. Strauss is one of the two Past Player representatives (replacing Ian Bishop) while Sivaramakrishnan is one of the two Current Player representatives (replacing Tim May). The other Current Player representative is former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has been on the committee since 2007. Sangakkara and Sivaramakrishnan were recently elected by a vote of the 10 Test captains and will serve on the Cricket Committee for a three-year term from 2013-15. The Cricket Committees remit is to discuss cricket-playing matters and to make recommendations to the ICC Chief Executives Committee and the ICC Board that will meet at Lords during the ICCs annual conference week from June 25-29. London Ronnie OSullivan beat Barry Hawkins 18-12 to win the world title for the fifth time at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield. The 37-year-old became the first player to win back-to-back Crucible crowns since Stephen Hendry in 1996, reports Xinhua. OSullivan led 15-10 after the afternoon session but Hawkins fought back in the evening with a break of 127. The world 14th-ranked Hawkins took the next with a run of 66 to make it 15-12. But OSullivan sealed the victory in a frightening way, winning last three frames in just 30 minutes. I thought it was a brilliant final, said OSullivan. I put him under a lot of pressure this afternoon, I felt I had to. Tonight he came out all guns blazing and I feared the worst. I had to make my chances count because if I did not then he could have got it back to 15-14. In the final I had everything to lose and nothing to gain. I know how good Barry is - to the outside world they think I should never lose but on the snooker circuit everybody knows how good Barry is. Asked how many events he is likely to play in next year, OSullivan added: I just do not know what is going to happen because things are always changing. Come December or January I will have a much better idea of

what I will be doing. Hawkins said: I put him under as much pressure as I could. But every time I missed an easy ball he punished me. I tried my hardest in that final and I just made a few more mistakes than Ronnie. You cannot afford to do that against a player of his calibre because he is just unbelievable. The way he makes it look so easy is just amazing.


New Delhi Soumyajit Ghosh and Mouma Das secured a silver in the mixed doubles at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships here Thursday, a day on which India made sure of at least six other medals. Indias top player Sharath Kamal assured himself of a medal after edging past old Singapore rival Yang Zi 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9 for a place in the semifinals. Losing semifinalists across categories will be awarded a bronze. Defending mens doubles champions Sharath and Subhajit Saha are also through to the last four, beating Nigerian combine of Ojo Onaolapo and Oiajide Omotayo in straight games. Besides the mixed doubles silver, veteran Mouma sealed two more medals by reaching the semifinals of the singles and doubles event. She defeated higher-ranked Joanna Parker of England 11-6, 9-11, 116, 11-8, 13-11 and teamed up with Shamini Kumaresan to win another quarterfinal. Manika Batra got

Commonwealth TT: India win mixed doubles silver, six medals assured



Sao Paulo World Cup stadium delay upsets FIFA

Rio de Janeiro World football governing body FIFA admitted concern over delays in the construction of Sao Paulos 2014 World Cup Stadium. Earlier this week, the building firm responsible for the Itaquerao Stadium said the venue would not be ready until at least March next year, more than two months after the FIFA deadline, reports Xinhua. FIFA is concerned as it is vital that the firm deadline of December 2013 is kept, FIFA said in a statement. The host cities, federal government and stadium owners have committed themselves to this date and acknowledged that no compromises can be made.This is crucial not only for FIFA but for the entire host nation. Itaqueraos developer Odebrecht is still awaiting a promised $200 million loan from state-run banks and has threatened to stop work if an imminent deal is not struck. FIFA has set a Dec 31 deadline for

the better of compatriot Pooja Sahasrabudhe in her singles last eight match, chalking out a 12-10, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5, 11-4 win. The two medals will come from the womens doubles as Neha Aggarwal and Madhurika Patkar also advanced to the semifinals. Mouma-Shamini got past Malay-

sias Lee Wei Beh and Sock Khim NG 11-3, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 while the Neha-Madhurika pairing dispatched compatriots Divya Deshpande and Pooja Sahasrabudhe 1210, 11-4, 11-3. The last match of the day was the mixed doubles final and it turned out to be a one-sided affair. Sin-

gapores Zhan Jian and Zhou Yihan were too good for Ghosh and Mouma, winning the crown with a 11-3, 13-11, 11-7 scoreline. Expectations were high from the Indians, who beat top seeds from Singapore, Yang Zi and Yu Mengyu, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10, in the semifinals.

We beat the top seeds but our final opponents were too quick. They played really well, Ghosh told. He and Mouma were leading 7-3 in the third game before losing the next eight points. Sharaths match against Yang Zi had the crowd on the edge of their seats. World No. 69 controlled the first game until the Singaporean made a remarkable to comeback to win the next three. The contest went into the seventh deciding game where Sharath took a crucial 6-4 lead. After a few more fiercely contested points, it was 8-8. Sharath had the advantage of his serve but it was the spectacular forehand retrieve that had him fired up, making it 10-8. He exulted after hitting a sizzling forehand winner. That point which made 10-8 did it for me, said a relieved Sharath. India also won a silver and bronze in the team championships which ended Wednesday. With a day left in the tournament, India has won nine medals, surpassing the last editions tally of seven.

Italian cyclist Bronzini wins second stage of Tour of Chongming

Shanghai Italian female cyclist Giorgia Bronzini won the second stage of the Tour of Chongming Island with a time of 2 hours, 44 minutes and 26 seconds. The 30-year-old Wiggle-Honda rider outsprinted Australian Chloe Hosking of team Hitec Products UCK and Australian Annette Edmondson from Orica-AIS here Thursday, reports Xinhua. Hosking,22, accepted her defeat but she kept the green jersey, for leader, thanks to her great performance over two intermediate sprints earning her the lead in the points classification. In addition to her green-jersey victory, Hosking won the yellow jersey with an overall time of 4 hours, 31 minutes and 25 seconds, four seconds. Heavy rain did not blow down the passion and confidence of the riders. Hosking said the rain made the ride a little bit harder but she saw it as a

Napoli snatch Champions League berth, Milan come closer

Rome Napoli beat Bologna 3-0 to book a Champions League football berth for next season, while AC Milan came closer to that spot after thrashing Pescara 4-0 in Italian Serie A. The goals of Walter Mazzarris side came in the second half Wednesday and confirmed that they are to finish runners-up this season, thus qualifying themselves for seasons UEFA Champions League, reports Xinhua. Napoli broke the deadlock in the 54th minute through Marek Hamsiks 20-yard effort. Edinson Cavani quickly doubled Napolis advantage from the penalty spot for his fourth goal in two games, before Blerim Dzemaili fired in a third. It is an exceptional achievement and with another two victories we can even beat the points total of Diego Maradonas side, said Mazzarri. I am very satisfied with what weve done so far and we want to end the season on a high. In certain ways, I liked the team even more than the first time we got into the Champions League, as we are behind only an extraordinary Juventus. For the last four years Napoli have reached Europe and this is why the players deserve nothing but praise, he said. AC Milans chance to finish third at the end of the season got boosted after beating Pescara, who were relegated to Serie B last Sunday. Sulley Muntari and Mathieu Flamini added to a Mario Balotelli brace as the visitors dominated proceedings and eased to three points. Inter suffered a heavy blow in their hope of a top-six finish follow their 3-1 loss to Lazio at San Siro. The win was Lazios first at San Siro for 15 years, and their head coach Vladimir Petkovic felt sorry for Inter. Inter head coach Andrea Stramac-

the six stadiums not being used for the Confederations Cup in the cities of Sao Paulo, Manaus, Cuiaba, Natal, Porto Alegre and Curitiba. Each of Brazils six venues for Junes Confederations Cup - considered an organisational warmup for the World

Cup - long overshot their original deadlines of December 2012. Brasilias Estadio Nacional is still yet to be reopened despite being scheduled to host the Confederations Cup opener between Brazil and Japan, June 15.

challenge and she really enjoyed it. Local girl Huang Dongyan 44th, the best place for team Giant in the 113.7-kilometer course.

IPL Match Schedule this Week

Date 12-May 12-May 13-May 14-May 14-May 15-May 15-May 16-May 17-May 18-May 18-May IST 16:00 20:00 20:00 16:00 20:00 16:00 20:00 20:00 20:00 16:00 20:00 GMT 10:30 14:30 14:30 10:30 14:30 10:30 14:30 14:30 14:30 10:30 14:30 Match Details Kolkata Knight Riders 60th IPL vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Rajasthan Royals vs 61st IPL Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians vs 62nd IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad Royal Challengers 63rd IPL Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab Chennai Super Kings 64th IPL vs Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Knight Riders 65th IPL vs Pune Warriors Mumbai Indians vs 66th IPL Rajasthan Royals Kings XI Punjab vs 67th IPL Delhi Daredevils Sunrisers Hyderabad 68th IPL vs Rajasthan Royals Kings XI Punjab vs 69th IPL Mumbai Indians Royal Challengers 70th IPL Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Venue Ranchi Jaipur Mumbai Bangalore Chennai Ranchi Mumbai Dharmasala Hyderabad Dharmasala Bangalore

cioni admitted he was left speechless by the defeat in which Ricky Alvarez slipped while taking a penalty. Serie A champions Juventus overcame Atalanta courtesy of a solitary goal from Alessandro Matri in the 18th minute. However, the game was overshadowed by fan trouble as both sets of supporters threw fireworks at each other, which Juve coach Antonio Conte and the Atalanta players personally tried to calm down. Udinese moved into fifth place with a 3-2 win at Palermo, who now have little hope of surviving the drop with two games remaining. Palermos defeat meant that Sampdoria are mathematically safe following a 1-1 draw with Catania, in which Lorenzo De Silvestri and Nicolas Spolli scored. Relegation candidates Torino and Genoa earned a vital point each in a 0-0 draw, which has kept both sides out of the bottom three.



Fruity flavours for summer hair care

Banana packs:
Bananas can help make straw like hair soft and healthy as moisturise the tresses. Take a banana, mash it well and add a spoon of another natural emollient honey to it. You can even add citrus fruit juice to the mixture. Mix them well and leave it on your hair for at least 15 to 20 minutes. After that, rinse well. This will help to control frizzy and dry hair.

Summer brings along frizzy hair and extra oily scalp. Here are some harmless and nourishing natural hair packs that are easy to prepare at home and keeps your tresses nourished. Summer is all about sweat, which affects your scalp and hair too. Here are some homemade hair care remedies gathered

Lemon-multani mitti

(Fullers earth) pack: Take three tablespoons of multani mitti along with an egg. Mix these with lemon juice, gooseberry juice and a table spoon of beer. Apply it on your scalp and hair and keep it for about 20-minutes. Wash it off with herbal shampoo. This natural hair pack will keep your hair less greasy.


For office-goers, here is another useful and convenient to have the right hair texture. Take a lemon juice mix it with two tablespoon of curd. Apply on the scalp and hair. Shampoo it off after 10 minutes.


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