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National 4 | International 6 | Campus 10 I Celebrity 14 | Leisure 16 |
National 4
International 6
Campus 10
Celebrity 14
Leisure 16
Economy 20
Sports 22
Says Verma Panel
The three-member committee, headed by Justice J.S. Verma, constituted to look into
rape laws in the wake of the gruesome gang-rape of the 23-year-old physiotherapist
trainee on Dec 16, submitted its report to the government Wednesday. It stopped short
of recommending death penalty for gang-rape.
Some of the recommendations that the Justice Verma Committee has made are Life
imprisonment for gang-rape, speedy justice for the victims, review of the Armed Forces
(Special Powers) Act’s working, and community policing .
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Cultural terrorism
should stop:
Kamal Haasan
Li Na-Azarenka set up
title clash, Djokovic in
men’s final
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Page 12 Page 13 “Young and impatient India” now demands “a greater role” Gadkari Exits,
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India” now
“a greater role”
Gadkari Exits,
Rajnath Enters With
Assault on Shinde
“We don’t need better systems, we need a complete transformation
in the system, we need 40-50 leaders at the national level (anyone
of who can be prime minister) and seven to 10 at the state level (for
chief minister)”
Was pretty ruthless to novel for ‘Midnight’s
screenplay: Rushdie
New Delhi
Author Salman Rushdie says he had to be
quite ruthless to his novel “Midnight Chil-
dren” while writing the screenplay for its big
screen adaptation.
Directed by Deepa Mehta, the movie “Mid-
night’s Children” is an adaptation of Rush-
die’s 1980 Booker Prize winnig novel.
“I had to be pretty ruthless. There are many
parts of the novel, the incidents, that we had
to decide, were not essential for the central
storyline,” Rushdie said Thursday during an
event organised by Landmark Book Store.
“Really, that was the question. The ques-
tion we always asked ourselves during the
scripting of the film was what is essential
for the story? And it was very difficult for
‘Midnight’s Children’ because it is a very di-
gressive novel and has so many sub-plots,
some of them, which I feel are quite enjoy-
“But in this thing (the film), we had to ruth-
lessly say, what is that line which grabs the
attention of the audience and drags them
through two hours in cinema? And using
that criteria we had to sacrifice a lot,” he
The film features an ensemble cast of Sa-
tya Bhabha, Shriya Saran, Siddharth, Anu-
pam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Seema Biswas,
Shahana Goswami, Rahul Bose, Soha Ali
Khan and Darsheel Safary. Distributed by
PVR Pictures, the film will hit Indian screen
Feb 1.







Manu Sharma

Rajnath is BJP’s Nath

The Power of Social Media


Nitin Gadkari suffered the proverbial last minute upset to make way for Rajnath Singh as the national chief of BJP. As the nation gears up for a fresh round of general elec- tions slated for the next year, rulers and the challengers are busy setting up the orders of battle. Amongst all serious contenders for the throne of Delhi, BJP is the only one to have an amorphous and diffused form of leadership known as collective leadership. The phenomenon of collective leadership makes for an interesting media spectacle and offers us a glimpse of what a competitive power struggle looks like. The winners and losers of such a high stakes power struggle make for gripping reality television. It is this public spectacle of collective decision mak- ing regarding Nitin Gadkari and his struggle for second term as BJP president that came to occupy mind space of the nation. With re- cent ABP-Nielsen and India Today surveys predicting a bounce for the BJP led National Democratic Alliance, many politicians in the BJP see themselves a step closer to the holy grail of Indian politics, the post of Prime Min- ister of the Republic. The intrigues by colleagues, praetorian guard of RSS, use of government agencies, last minute turnarounds and allegations of corruption have made the fight for BJP’s leadership a gripping sitcom straight out of Ekta Kapoor’s K series. While there may not be any larger message in replacement of Gadkari with Rajnath, the hoopla around BJP presidential election has managed to drag back public interest into the inner work- ings of main political parties of India. The en- gagement of citizens with political processes however banal or superficial they may be can only lead to better processes.

What struck the Middle Eastern and North


African regimes last year has finally reached the Indian shores. No, we are not talking about some random coloured revolution rather it is the mainstreaming of the social media discourse. The acknowledgement coming from none other than the grand old party of India, the Indian National Congress

Your attention please

When the country is faced with a situation of sorts on the borders, crime has hit the streets

with vengeance and we have more and more of such travails, our worthy leaders who


the conclusion of its Jaipur based Chintan

command the support of the undoubting masses are busy consolidating their Chairs for the

Shivir. The Congress has realized that tradi-

tional media is no longer able to control the discourse and it is inadequately represented on the social media, thus it has constituted

next general elections. Politics demands a lot of maneuvering but they must understand

that more serious matters concerning the ‘Roti Kapda and Makaan ‘of the common Indian


Rs 100 crore warchest to build presence

on social media. The amount being invested heralds the coming of age of social media in Indian polity. The social media comprising of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others was earlier thought to be a preserve of geeks and tech- nologically inclined youth. There existed a

certain dividing line that separated the social media from the traditional media and its dis- course. Increased Internet penetration and frustration with the traditional media shifted

needs to be addressed above all. Furore over the statement of a powerful minister regard-

ing a particular colour and terrorism seems to be mere tactics to be in the limelight. It needs

to be understood that there are better ways of catching the fancy of the voter than raking up

non- issues. While the author of the speech may have played mischief but the protestors

and all those who feel offended may be playing into a plot. With the countdown for the next


section of thinking and opinionated individ-

general elections it seems that they are all geared up to bite at everything and anything

.We can only hope that the election battered and betrayed people of this nation learn to use

uals to the platform of social media. The shift got accentuated in the aftermath of popular civil society movements like Baba Ramdev’s and Anna Hazare’s Lokpal movement. Globally the power of organization and in- formation dissemination was harnessed by dissident organizations to topple unpopu- lar governments. The demonstration ef- fect of this led to exponential growth and mainstreaming of the social media in India. Hence the ruling dispensation has legitimate reasons to be worried regarding the rise of social media and is making amends to its earlier neglect of this emerging media.

their birth right righteously and consciously whenever they get a chance to do so. If six long

decades of independence is not enough,

God forbid if we ask -Let my country awake…

It’s only an effort

Jai Hind

Patriotic song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ turns 50

It is a song that is sung on every patriotic oc- casion, had moved India’s first prime minis- ter, Jawaharlal Nehru, to tears and its strong morale-boosting words provided solace to a nation agonized by the defeat in the 1962 India-China war. “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon” (O people of my land), penned by National Poet Pradeep, was written shortly after the war and served to unite the masses who were seething with rage over the battering the Indian forces re- ceived. “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon”, perhaps revered next only to the National Anthem (“Jana Gana Mana”) and the National Song (“Vande Mata- ram”), as also “Saare Jahan Se Aacha”, was first rendered before a packed National Sta- dium in the capital on a cold Jan. 27 evening exactly 50 years ago - by Lata Mangeshkar. The distinguished audience included presi-

dent S. Radhakrishnan, prime minister Neh-

ru, cabinet ministers, virtually the entire film industry comprising stalwarts like Dilip Kumar and late actors Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Ra- jendra Kumar, singers Mohammed Rafi, He- mant Kumar and many more.

A tribute to the war heroes and martyrs, the

song enabled the young and the old to con- trol and overcome the anger of defeat. Its popularity continues unabated after 50 years

- and remains a “must play” at all major na- tional celebrations and events. There’s an interesting story behind the song’s origin. Pradeep, who was as despondent as every other Indian after the 1962 war, was walk- ing the Mahim beach in Mumbai when the words suddenly came to him. He borrowed

a pen from a fellow walker, wripped out the

foil from his cigarette packet and penned the

first stanza: “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon/Aank- hon Me Bhar Lo Paani/Jo Shaheed Huei Hai Unki/Zara Yaad Karo Kurbani”. Some weeks later producer Mehboob Khan approached him for an opening song for a fund-raiser he was organising at the Nation Stadium. Pradeep said he would do so but would not reveal any details. He then roped in Lata Mangeshkar and music director C. Ramchandra and the rest, as they say, is his- tory. Pradeep, (whose 98th birth anniversary will be observed next month), was born Ram- chandra Narayanji Dwivedi on Feb. 6, 1915 in Badnagar (near Ujjain) in what is now Mad- hya Pradesh. From his early days, Dwivedi displayed a pa- triotic fervor which continued in college and in later life. He penned around 1,700 poems and songs for 72 movies.

However, it was a patriotic song in “Bandhan” (1940), “Chal Chal Re Naujawan,” which became hugely popular and he was widely noticed as the freedom movement was just cresting. Some of the notable ones include “Aao Bachchon Tumhe Dikyayen Zhanki Hindu- stan Ki”, “Hum Laye Hain Toofan Se Kishti Nikal Ke, Is Desh Ko Rakhna Mere Bachchon Sambhal Ke,” “De Di Hame Azaadi Bina Kha- dag Bina Dhal, Sabarmati Ke Sant Tune Kar Diya Kamaal,” (all from “Jagriti’, including one as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi), “Upar Ga- gan Vishal,” (“Mashal”), “Dekh Tere Sansarki Haalat Kya Ho Gayi Bhagwan, Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan,” (“Nastik”). He later became Kavi Pradeep and was showered with honours and awards, includ- ing the Dadasaheb Phalke Award-1997, a year before his demise on Dec. 11, 1998.

David Headley: a picture of casual self-assuredness

In his light grey prison issue tracksuit and sneakers, David Coleman Headley looked like an elderly man back from his morning jog. An air of casual self-assuredness that had characterized his nearly week-long tes- timony in May, 2011, against his childhood friend Tahawwur Hussain Rana, was on dis- play yet again as a 35-year-long sentence was handed down to him. With no shackles in his ankles the 52-year- old six feet plus key Mumbai terror plotter stood with his hands behind his back and legs apart. He betrayed no particular emo- tion at the fact that his unfettered existence was effectively over. By the time he comes out of prison he will be nearly 80 years old since he is not entitled to federal parole and is required to serve 85 percent of his sen- tence. From India’s perspective the sentence may seem relatively light. However, the next nearly 30 years that he will have to be in prison coupled with a plea bargain deal that mandates him to basically do whatever the government directs him to do in perpetuity

is way tougher than it might seem on paper.

What New Delhi will have to bear in mind

is that at any time the US government can

rescind his plea bargain if it determines that Headley is deliberately holding back infor- mation because he no longer has any in- centive of a reduced sentence after the pro- nouncement. He waved his right to appeal soon after his arrest on Oct 3, 2009. Gary Shapiro, acting US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, told the local Hi India newspaper that plea bargain deals are essentially for life. It means that Headley will have to cooperate in the best possible way throughout his incarceration. Of course, the

value of any information or intelligence he provides will naturally diminish over time and a stage will be reached when he will no longer be useful as a source of actionable intelligence. The most striking aspect of the points made before Headley’s sentencing was the great and repeated emphasis that both the prose- cution and the defense put on the extent and quality of his cooperation. His attorney John

Theis, in requesting for a lighter sentence, said the information that Headley provided was “so profound that it calls for extraordi- nary downward departure.” According to Hi India, Headley was arrested only in connection with the plot for plan- ning to carry out a spectacular attack on the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands- Posten for its 2005 publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which many Mus- lims found offensive. The information about his involvement in the Mumbai attacks came solely from him. It was only after his arrest that the investigators became aware of his involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks as disclosed by him. The cynical explanation of his extraordinary cooperation is that he was merely trying to save his skin by volunteering so much, so easily. Some of the interrogation videos, which were played during his testimony, showed a man almost desperate to cooper- ate. So much so that at one point he sound- ed upset that the federal investigators were not fully utilizing his information to make ma-

jor arrests. To many Headley’s eagerness to cooperate and help effect major arrests looked to be part of a strategy to mitigate his own complicity. It has baffled many why a man once so deeply immersed in an extreme version of Islam known as Salafism can change so radically as to seriously undermine its other adherents by exposing them. Salafi adher- ents treat the companions of the Prophet Mohammed and the two immediate genera- tions of Muslims that followed as their role model. Headley said the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) believes being a Salafi “is a prerequi- site to jihad”. One plausible explanation could be what even Judge Harry Leinenweber zeroed in on. He pointed out how Headley had a histo- ry of being arrested and then finding his way out of it by cooperating with the authorities. He was referring to Headley’s two arrests in the past in connection with narcotics smug- gling and how he managed to come out of prison on fairly positive terms in exchange for cooperation.

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Verma panel hailed for not seeking death for rape

Women’s groups and lawyers hailed the J.S. Verma Committee, tasked to review laws re- lated to crimes against women, for not get- ting “swayed” by public opinion demanding capital punishment for rape. “I am glad that he has not got swayed by the public demand for hanging,” said lawyer and women’s rights activist Kamini Jaiswal. She added that she agreed with all the rec- ommendations made by the three-member

panel, which besides Justice Verma had for- mer additional solicitor general Gopal Sub- ramanium and former Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Leila Seth as its members. Welcoming the report, Annie Raja of the Na- tional Federation of Indian Women said: “All our concerns have found place in the report.” “We were not in favour of chemical castra- tion or death penalty. Our only concern was that there is fast punishment for rapists,” she said. She said the government should immediate- ly accept the report. “We are anxious as our past experience shows that good suggestions have been re- jected by the government,” said Annie Raja. Ranjana Kumari of the Centre for Social Research said the report has made a big departure from the way sexual assault was viewed. “He (Verma) has made good re- marks on marital rape and women’s rights over their body.” On the issue of death penalty for rapists, she said, during public hearings women’s organ- isations were against death penalty as it was only given in the rarest of rare cases. “Death penalty goes up to the president for

it might happen that

clemency petitions


they escape without getting it (death) as only 46 people have been given capital punish- ment in India till date,” she said. “Anyway, we are a civilised society and we can’t make it brutal by endorsing capital pun- ishment. We all wanted life imprisonment till death for rape,” Ranjana Kumari added. Agreeing with her views, former chief justice of the Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar said it was commendable that the panel had not recommended death penalty. “Now it is time for the government to take ac- tion. They would be wasting time if they refer it to a sub-committee or something. Every- body knows the issues, they (government) should just accept the recommendations,” he said. Life imprisonment for gang-rape, but no death penalty even if the victim dies or is re- duced to a vegetative state, were among the recommendations of the Verma panel. The committee, which was tasked to look into possible amendments to the criminal law for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for rapists, submitted its report to Home Min- ister Sushilkumar Shinde exactly 29 days after it was set up following the gruesome gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi

Dec 16, 2012.



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COVER STORY CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 J a n 2 0 1 3 Life term for rapists,

Life term for rapists, no death penalty, says Verma panel

New Delhi

Life imprisonment for gang-rape, but no death penalty even if the victim dies or is re- duced to a vegetative state, were among the recommendations of the Justice J.S. Verma panel Wednesday. The three-member committee, tasked to look into possible amendments to the crimi- nal law for quicker trial and enhanced pun- ishment for rapists, submitted its report to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde exactly

29 days after it was set up follow-

ing the gruesome gang-rape of a 23-year-old Delhi woman Dec 16. “Gang-rape will entail a punish- ment of not less than 20 years, but which also may extend to life. Gang-rape followed by death shall be punished with life im-

prisonment,” Justice Verma told

reporters after submitting the re- port. “Punishment for causing death or

a persistent vegetative state shall

be given rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 20 years but may be for life also, which shall mean the rest of the person’s life,” said the 631- page report. Justice Verma said the commit- tee has not suggested death penalty for rapists because there were overwhelming suggestions from the women organisations against it. The panel recommended that stalking, acid attacks and voyeurism should be consid- ered separate crimes, but suggested seven

years for acid attacks as well as voyeurism, that includes making MMS clips and passing

it on to others.

It said trafficking should be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term between seven years to 10 years. “Stalking or attempts to contact a person re- peatedly through any means shall be liable to get a term of up to three years,” it said. The committee, however, did not suggest

lowering the legally defined age of juvenile from 18 to 16 years - a demand by women

activists after one of the accused involved in the Delhi gang-rape was found to be below

not helping the grievously wounded young woman and her friend who were thrown off the bus after the brutal gang-rape.

The panel also commented on the “disputes relating to jurisdiction of the police over the area of crime” that leads to delay in taking cognizance - an allegation made by the vic- tim’s male friend.

It also took an open dig at the “peculiarity” of the Delhi government of not having the power over the police and said this “ambi- guity” needs to be removed to maintain law

this “ambi- guity” needs to be removed to maintain law and order and ensure accountability. The

and order and ensure accountability.

The “apathy of civil society” in not coming forward to help the couple also came in for criticism from the committee.

It also slammed Delhi Police for using ba-

tons on the anti-rape agitators, saying it “has scarred the Indian democracy”. Justice Verma said the government “with its might and resources should act fast” and place the report before parliament in the

coming budget session. Hailing the youths of the country for their “spontaneous show” against the gang-rape, Justice Verma said he was “struck by the peaceful manner” in which they led the mass movement in the national capital.

“It was an humbling experience

taught us, the older generation,” said Justice Verma, a former chief justice of India and ex-chairman of the National Human Rights Commission. The panel, which included former chief jus- tice of Himachal Pradesh Justice Leila Seth and former Additional Solicitor General Go- pal Subramanium, also proposed a Bill of Rights for women that entitles every woman

a life of dignity and integrity.

The bill suggests that a woman is entitled to have the right to express and experience complete sexual autonomy, including with respect to her relationships and choice of

the youth

partners. Even as it held that present laws are suf- ficient to maintain law and order, the com- mittee report said, “Speedy justice was es- sential for efficacy of the law and its desired impact.” Coming down heavily on violations by the armed forces, the committee said the bru- talities of the forces faced by residents in border areas have led to a deep disenchant- ment and lack of mainstreaming of such people in civil society. Subramanium, a committee member, also said security personnel should be tried un- der common law if they are accused in sex- ual assault cases. Justice Verma said there was very poor response from state police chiefs at pub- lic meetings called by the committee while preparing the report and asked for review of their appointments. But, he said the committee got 80,000 sug- gestions from India and abroad from women activists to students. He also said that it was “shocking” that the union home secretary praised the Delhi Po- lice chief for “prompt action” in catching the six males involved in the Dec 16 gang-rape of the young woman who died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital. “He should have asked for his apology in- stead,” Justice Verma said.

Justice Verma panel for amendment to AFSPA

The Justice J.S. Verma Committee recom- mended amendment to the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). The propos- al was a part of the report to suggest ways to make rape laws stringent in the country. In its 631-page voluminous report, the three- member committee has proposed amend- ment to Section 6 of the AFSPA which gives the Indian armed forces arbitrary powers in the states that have been declared “dis- turbed areas” riddled with militancy. “No prosecution, suit or other legal proceed- ings shall be instituted, except sanction of the central government, against any person in respect of anything done or purported to be done in exercise of the powers conferred

by this act,” stated the report. Currently, Jammu and Kashmir and four northeast states Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Assam are under the AFSPA. Security personnel have been accused of committing rapes in these re- gions where the forces enjoy special powers to tackle militancy and insurgency. Rights activists have been demanding revo- cation of the AFSPA from these regions. The Verma commitee was set up in the wake of the gruesome gang-rape and assault of a trainee physiotherapist in Delhi Dec 16 night in a moving bus which led to a nationwide outrage. The woman died in a Singapore hospital 13 days later.

18 years.

In its recommendations, the committee came down heavily on the administration, including the police as well as citizens, for

No lower age limit for juvenile delinquents:

Justice Verma

Justice J.S. Verma committee, refused to propose lowering the legally defined age for juvenile delinquents from 18 to 16 years. “The condition of juvenile homes in the country is pathetic,” Justice Verma said at a press conference after submitting his report to the union home ministry. In the report, the committee observed that juvenile homes in the country were not being run in a manner consistent with the spirit of the Juvenile Justice Act. The state should ensure constitution of wel- fare committees, juvenile boards and infra- structural in children’s homes.

The quality of food, the quality of counsel- ling and psychotherapy required to wipe out scars of abuse and deprivation in early child- hood should be ensured. “We are shocked to note that so many of these children have been forced into bonded labour,” Justice Verma observed. The condition of juveniles came under focus following the claim by one of the accused

in the Dec 16 Delhi gang-rape here that he

was legally a minor, not having attained the age of 18 years.






Delhi’s poor to get three extra LPG cylinders

27 Jan 2013 Delhi’s poor to get three extra LPG cylinders New Delhi The Delhi government

New Delhi The Delhi government decided to increase the supply of subsidised LPG cylinders, from nine to 12, for 3.5 lakh poor households in the capital. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. “Delhi has always been at the forefront in providing relief to poor and vulnerable fami- lies,” the chief minister told reporters here. The decision came close on the heels of central government raising the cap on subsi- dised LPG cylinders from six to nine. Dikshit added that her government would re- lease Rs.15 crore to facilitate deliveries of the three extra subsidised cylinders to the poor. The government would bear subsidy of Rs.350 per cylinder to meet the difference of cost between non-subsidised and subsi- dised cylinders. The extra LPG cylinders would be made available only to those households regis- tered under the Delhi government’s spon- sored Kerosene Free Delhi scheme. The scheme was launched Aug 2012 under which over 3.5 lakh below poverty line (BPL) and poor households will be provided LPG cylinders and cooking stoves.

Cultural terrorism should stop:

Kamal Haasan

cooking stoves. Cultural terrorism should stop: Kamal Haasan Chennai Noted actor Kamal Haasan, expressing his shock

Chennai Noted actor Kamal Haasan, expressing his shock at the two-week ban ordered by the Tamil Nadu government on his film “Vish- waroopam” after objections from Muslim or- ganisations, said Thursday he would seek a legal remedy. In a statement Kamal Haasan said: “I have been ruthlessly used as a vehicle by small groups who seek political profile. Icon bash- ing is a great way to be noticed when you are not one yourself. It is happenning again and again. Any neutral and patriotic Muslim will surely feel pride on seeing my film. It was designed for that purpose.” “Now I will rely on law and logic to come to our support. This kind of cultural terrorism will have to stop,” he added. The film, which deals about the adversities of war, was majorly shot in the US and Af- ghanistan. “I am not only hurt by these accusations of denigrating a community but my sensibilities are truly insulted,” said Kamal who has writ- ten, produced and directed the movie. He said his statements in favour of the Mus- lim community has marked him as its sym- pathizer.

“I have always gone beyond the call of my duty as an actor to voice my opinion in fa- vour of what was humane and civil. I have been part of an organization called Harmony India which worked for Hindu Muslim amity,” he added. The state government banned “Vishwaroo- pam” movie for two weeks with around 25 Muslim organisations objected to Kamal’s movie on the ground that it portrays the community in bad light. The Tamil and Telugu versions were slated for a Friday release, while the Hindi version, titled “Vishwaroop”, is scheduled to come out Feb 1. When Muslim organisations had objected to the movie, the 58-year-old organised a spe- cial show for them to allay their fears. However, the organisations hardened their stance after watching the movie, alleging that the community was shown in bad light. Earlier, the film got into trouble when Kamal had announced that he will premiere it first on DTH and then take it to the theatres. But when distributors objected, he had to revise his plans. Now the Tamil and Telugu versions will be aired on DTH a week after theatrical release.

Dabwali fire:

DAV school, hall owner to pay Rs.34 crore

New Delhi

The managing committee of Haryana’s Man-

di Dabwali-based DAV Public School and a

marriage hall will have to pay Rs.34 crore,

along with interest, as compensation to vic- tims of the 1995 fire tragedy in which 446 people were killed, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. An apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chau- han and Justice K. Gopala Gowda dismissed

an appeal by the schools’ managing commit-

tee, thus, clearing the decks for the payment

of compensation to the victims’ kin.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Nov 9, 2009, enhanced the compensation to Rs.34 crore plus six percent interest to make up for the delay in payment of compensation to the victims. Dismissing the appeal by the DAV School’s managing committee and others, Justice Gopala Gowda said: “It is open for the man- aging committee to approach the compe-

tent civil court for apportioning the liability

of compensation out of 55 percent fastened

upon both the appellants and the respon- dent No.8 (Rajiv Marriage Palace) by initiat- ing appropriate proceedings.” The managing committee of DAV Public School had challenged the Nov 9, 2009, high court order enhancing the compensation to Rs.34 crore along with six percent interest. Initially, the Justice T.P. Garg Commission that inquired into the tragedy had awarded Rs.18 crore compensation to the victims’ kin. A synthetic tent caught fire inside the build- ing after an electric short-circuit. The fire spread quickly and hundreds of people were trapped inside that caused a stampede. As many as 446 people, including 230 children, perished in the tragedy.

India, Australia to begin talks on civil nuclear pact

New Delhi

India and Australia will begin negotiations on

a bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation

pact in March. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid announced this Monday at a joint media in- teraction after talks with visiting Australian counterpart, Bob Carr. “Australian and Indian officials will be work- ing to conclude the agreement which will en- able the export of uranium from Australia to India,” said Carr. “A sense of urgency and purpose will be there. We will move swiftly,” Khurshid said. The two sides held the eighth round of their framework dialogue, an integral part of the strategic partnership, here and reviewed the entire gamut of their bilateral ties as well as regional and global issues during their talks. Australia, the world’s third-largest exporter

of uranium, had agreed to start negotiations

on a civil nuclear deal with India during the visit of Prime Minister Julia Gillard to New Delhi last October. In December 2011, Gillard’s Labour Party had overturned its long-standing ban on ex- porting uranium to India. India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-

Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which has in the past prevented Australia from supplying it with uranium. The two countries discussed matters of shared security, including support for Af- ghanistan, maritime security in the Indian Ocean, joint efforts to combat terrorism and an agreement to an expanded bilateral dia- logue on cyber policy. “India is a key part of Australia’s future in the Asian Century and our interests are increas- ingly converging,” said Carr. “Australia’s Indian community of more than 450,000 people is our fastest growing mi- grant community and India is our second- largest source of international students. “We are pleased that our strategic partner- ship has grown in strength and has expand- ed in scope. We also recognised that there are tremendous opportunities for much greater cooperation and that we shall strive to attain them,” Khurshid said. India and Australia’s relations are based on “shared interests and mutual benefit in politi- cal and security areas,” Khurshid said. Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony is to visit Australia soon “for further discussions on cooperation in defence and security”.

Bathinda gang-rape victim was out on bail, say police

Bathinda The Jan 18 abduction and gang-rape of a young woman in this Punjab town got an- other twist. The police here said the woman was out on bail in an attempt to murder case after she allegedly injected a married wom- an with HIV-infected blood last year. The gang-rape victim, a nurse from Punjab’s Moga district and in her early 20s, was ad- mitted to a hospital here after she alleged that she was abducted Friday, gang-raped for two days and then dumped on the road- side near here Sunday. The nurse alleged that she was also filmed by her attackers. She was found on the Bathinda-Dabwali road, 20 km from here, Sunday evening, a police official said, add- ing that some motorists informed them about her. Doctors at the civil hospital here said that her medical examination showed that she was sexually assaulted. But police officers said they were looking at other angles in this case as the nurse her- self was out on bail in a case of attempt to murder registered against her and her lover, Sunil Kumar, for allegedly injecting his wife with HIV-infected blood in March last year.

“Sunil is still in jail while she was released on bail. The allegation against them (Sunil and the nurse) was that they tried to kill his wife after she refused to give him divorce. We are looking into all aspects,” a senior police of- ficer said here. Police sources said the rape victim and Sunil, who had developed relations, wanted to get married. Police investigators said the nurse told them she had gone to Chandigarh, about 230 km from here, Friday for a job in a private hos- pital. “As she was standing near the inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) in Sector 43, a Maruti Swift car stopped near her and asked for directions. The victim alleged that two men and a woman were seated in the car and she was pulled inside by them.” “She claims that she was given an injection and fell unconscious. When she regained consciousness, she saw the men making MMSes of her. She alleged that she was gang-raped by these men for two days,” a police official said. The nurse was being treated for her injuries at the hospital.

CBI probe plea against Hazare supporters disposed of

New Delhi The Delhi High Court disposed of a petition seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against some Anna Hazare sup- porters for allegedly receiving funds illegally from foreign organisations. A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murug- esan and Justice V.K. Jain disposed of the plea after the central government submitted that it had found lapses in foreign funding to three NGOs linked to Anna Hazare support- ers but there is “no need for a criminal case”. The home ministry, in an affidavit, said Navjyoti Indian Foundation and India Vision

Foundation, run by Kiran Bedi, and Kabir, run by Manish Sisodia, had received foreign funds but they were not used for any politi- cal activity or the India Against Corruption group. Justice Jain criticised the conduct of the counsel for remaining absent from the last four hearings. The affidavit of the home ministry said: “In- spections were carried out in August and in November under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and FCR Rules and some irregularities were found.” “These are not serious enough at this stage

to warrant criminal investigation. During in- spection, no documentary proof in records of the association was found to show the use of the fund in any such political activity or in India Against Corruption (IAC) move- ment or agitation,” said the affidavit. The affidavit said that during an inspection at Kabir in August, it was found that some vouchers were not supported by bills while repairing bills of personal vehicles were claimed from the association’s accounts. It said cash was disbursed to many people without justification or records. Most of the foreign contributions were spent on tours

without approval of the trustees and the NGO was being run from Manish Sisodia’s flat. It was found that the India Vision Foundation maintained 15 bank accounts including an FCRA-designated account and frequently withdrew foreign contributions and depos- ited them into other accounts, said the af- fidavit. The government filed its affidavit on a plea by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma alleging that supporters of Hazare received foreign funds for their agitation on the Lokpal Bill in violation of the FCRA.


CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 J a n 2 0 1 3 NATIONAL NEWS 5 IAF rescues snow-trapped


CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 J a n 2 0 1 3 NATIONAL NEWS 5 IAF rescues snow-trapped


CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 J a n 2 0 1 3 NATIONAL NEWS 5 IAF rescues snow-trapped
CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 J a n 2 0 1 3 NATIONAL NEWS 5 IAF rescues snow-trapped

IAF rescues snow-trapped 203 people in J&K


The Indian Air Force (IAF) res- cued 203 civilians, including children and patients, trapped

in snow in a remote part of

mountainous Kishtwar district

in Jammu and Kashmir, a de-

fence spokesman said. “Joint efforts by the govern- ment of Jammu and Kashmir

and 130 Helicopter Unit of Air Force Station Jammu rescued

all the 203 civilians trapped in

snow,” the spokesman added.

The people were trapped due

to heavy snowfall about 300 km

from here. The air force unit received a request from the district admin- istration of Kishtwar to rescue the stranded people. “Today morning after getting the clearance from the metro- logical department”, the IAF launched the rescue mission. “After full day sorties all the ci- vilians, children and patients were shifted to safer places,” the spokesman said. These remote regions do not have even road connectivity.

Woman refuses to marry mentally unstable man, faces boycott


A Rajasthan community pan-

chayat has ordered a social boy- cott of a 20-year old woman and her family after she refused to marry a mentally unstable man, with whom she was engaged 15 years ago, police said. The incident occurred in Khin- wara area of Pali district, 400 km from here. The panchayat members made the family pay Rs.63,000 as fine and asked other villagers not to mingle with them and invite them to social functions. The girl lodged a first informa- tion report (FIR) against some panchayat members with Khin-

wara police station. “The girl whose name is not being disclosed on her request

had been engaged with a boy from a nearby village when she was about five years old,” a po- lice officer told IANS. The girl and her family members came to know recently that the would-be bridegroom was men- tally unstable. “The girl and her parents re- fused to get her married with the man and broke the engage- ment. The family members were trying to get her married

to someone else recently,” said

the officer. When the local community pan- chayat in her village came to know about the girl’s decision, they called a meeting and or- dered that the girl and her family members, including her parents and two siblings be boycotted.

Flashy cars, gold, tablets computers - Kumbh has them all!

Allahabad For reasons other than preaching salvation and guiding the teeming millions on faith and spirituality, the saffron-robed seers camping in the sprawling Kumbh mela premises are making waves for many other

reasons too. Some are attracting eyeballs for their fondness for com-

puters, IT accessories, pets, gold jewellery and even fleets of luxury cars! And they are loving every moment of being called ‘Computer baba’, ‘Gold baba’, ‘Tablet-waale baba’, ‘Ek haath baba’ and the like. There is even a ‘Kutte-waale baba’. The sobriquets are given to them by their followers

for one personal streak or the other. A five-foot something, with a twirled moustache and a pot belly would pass off as any other sadhu among the hundreds camping here since Jan 14 when the 55-day-long religious congregation - arguably the largest in the world and expected to draw over 10 million people - started but for his glistening gold jewellery. Sudhir Ku- mar aka Bittu-ji Maharaj claims to be wearing gold ornaments worth over millions of rupees. Dangling around his neck are heavy gold chains with lockets of Shirdi Sai Baba, Shiva,

Durga and other Hindu gods. A resident of Gandhi Nagar in New Delhi, he says he has been wearing the “gold stuff” since very early in his life. Also drawing large crowds is Computer Baba or Swami Namdev Tyagi, repre- senting the Digamber Akhada of Indore. He claims to have a “computer-like brain and sharp memory” and hence the name.

Armed with all latest gadgetry, including

a laptop, wi-fi dongles and a chopper,

he has put the Mela administration in a quandary with his demand of being al- lowed to take the ‘Shahi Snan’ sched- uled for Sunday from a chopper. He had missed the inaugural Shahi Snan on Makar Sankranti and now wants to jump into the holy Ganges from the helicopter. While the administration has outrightly denied him permission to do so, he says he wanted to do it to avoid large crowds. “When sanyasis come atop horses and elephants for the Shahi Snan why can’t I bring my vehicle, which is a helicopter by chance,” he asked while speaking to IANS. The chopper, he says was no “big deal” as his devotees have also ar- ranged for it in the past. Avadhesh Giri would be any other aver- age sadhu but for his glitzy, vintage Am- bassador car painted in bright orange.

The car, named after Bollywood flick “Tarzan The Wonder Car”, has led to Giri being called Tarzan Baba. His disciples miss no opportunity to tell the devotees flocking to him about the “Tarzan like powers of Baba and the car.” Other sadhu’s attract- ing attention are the one’s wielding the latest weaponry including pis- tols, revolvers and other

guns. This, they say, is very much part of their Naga sect, which was initially believed to be an army created by a Shankracharya for “protection and preservation of the Hindu religion.” Then, there are some pet lovers like Mahant Prithvigiri who loves walking around with a black Labrador he has named after the boxing legend Mike Tyson. He said passionately that Tyson was a seer in his previous birth, is a veg- etarian and is now a ‘darvesh’ (holy messenger). “He is one of us and hence we don’t use words like dog or animal for him”, Prithvigiri warned

use words like dog or animal for him”, Prithvigiri warned while speaking to IANS. A local

while speaking to IANS. A local seer, Anand Giri of the Bagambari Peeth, boasts of a vast following on the internet and exhibits his tablet to his dev- otees. He takes time, between rituals, to showcase his fan fol- lowing on social networks too. Naga Kailsash Giri of the fabled Niranjani Akhada has been standing on one foot for almost three decades now. “This is for world peace,” he muses. His other leg has shriveled to about two feet from the hip due to lack of use.

We must protest brutalisation of women: Mahasweta Devi

use. We must protest brutalisation of women: Mahasweta Devi New Delhi Eminent writer and human rights

New Delhi Eminent writer and human rights activist Mahasweta Devi rallied for the cause of women’s safety and dignity in the light of the Delhi gang-rape and said it was the duty of every citizen to protest if a wom- an was brutalised. “Even if a Dalit woman gets raped, violated or brutalised, we should all raise our voice in protest,” the Ramon Magsaysay Award winning writer from Kolkata said at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival here. The writer, 88, known worldwide for her progressive novels and short stories on the rights of the marginalised and empowerment of women, said: “Nowhere would you

find women of such powers as in Mahabharata like Kunti and Gandhari.” In a conversation with her pub- lisher Naveen Kishore, the au- thor said: “I have my sympathy for Draupadi as well.” “Go out and meet people, you will find many such characters.” She was explaining the modern relevance of five women char- acters from Mahabharata she had reinterpreted in her book “After Kurukshetra”, an anthol- ogy of three stories told from the perspective of women after the battle of Kurukshetra. The writer is known for contemporary literary classics like “Hajar Churasir Ma”, “Breast Stories”, “Draupadi”, “Agnigarbha” and “Of Women, Out- castes, Peasants and Rebels”. Addressing a discussion, “Of Wom- en, Outcasts, Peseants and Rebels”, Mahasweta Devi said in her life she had undergone years of poverty and deprivation. “Life is like a flowing river and you cannot always expect that this river will flow smoothly. But one has to ensure that one doesn’t go through social oppression,” the writer said. Her personal life that began as a stu- dent of English in Shantiniketan is one of freedom of choices and em-

powerment. The writer said she had tried to make her second mar- riage work, but it did not. “I got separated but not because it would benefit me as a writer,” she said. The writer divorced her first husband Bijon Bhattacharya in 1962 and later married Asit Gupta. But it too fell apart. Speaking for a woman’s right to choose, Mahasweta Devi said she felt in her own life she “was not getting something - love, atten- tion and physical satisfaction”. The emptiness within compelled her to leave her second husband. The writer said for many years she was haunted by the fact that she was physically attractive - a fact that made her more determined to make her marriage work. “All of us believed that revolution waited behind the lamp-post. We had to go and get it.” Earlier, delivering her keynote ad- dress in the morning, the writer said from the age 13-18 years she had been deeply in love with a cousin. “There were suicidal tendencies in his family and he had committed suicide. Everyone started blam- ing me but by that time, I was in close contact with the Communist Party,” Mahasweta Devi recalled.

Two suspected Hizbul Mujahideen men held in Mumbai

Mumbai Two men, allegedly belonging to Hiz-

bul Mujahideen, have been arrested here for circulating fake currency notes in the country and conducting a recce of important spots in Jammu and Kashmir, a Mumbai Police official said. “The duo - Farooq Naiku, 37, and Mo- hammed Talukdar, 32 - were arrested from a guest house in south Mumbai Jan 16. They have been remanded

in police custody till Wednesday,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Himanshu Roy told reporters here.

Roy said that police are trying to as- certain if either or both of the arrest- ed men played any role in the Azad Maidan riots here Aug 11 last year. According to Roy, it was revealed during interrogation that Naiku was

a member of the terror outfit and has been operating mostly from Jammu

and Kashmir. Originally from Baram- ulla, Naiku had, however, been living in Navi Mumbai disguised as a dry fruit vendor. Roy said the duo was involved in cir- culating fake currency notes and also in supply of narcotics. An expert in photography and computer applica- tions, Naiku is also believed to have photographed several important in- stallations in Jammu and Kashmir.


Tripura militant arrested after pushed in by Bangladesh Agartala A top militant leader was ar-
Tripura militant arrested after pushed in by Bangladesh Agartala A top militant leader was ar-

Tripura militant arrested after pushed in by Bangladesh

Agartala A top militant leader was ar- rested in Tripura after he was pushed into the Indian territory by Bangladeshi authorities, po- lice said. “Separatist outfit ATTF’s (All Tripura Tiger Force) self-styled president Ranjit Debbarma was pushed back by Bangla- desh security forces at an un- disclosed place in western Tri- pura bordering Bangladesh,” a senior police official told IANS. “The Tripura Police arrested him and started interrogation,” the official said on condition of anonymity. Debbarma, 41, was the found- er chief of the ATTF and its ‘political wing’ Tripura People’s Democratic Front (TPDF), also an outlawed group. He had carried out a number of killings. The Tripura police had earlier declared a reward of Rs.2 lakh to know his whereabouts. The ATTF had hideouts and training camps in Bangladesh, have been demanding seces- sion of Tripura from India. Top intelligence sources here said Debbarma along with his associates was picked up by sleuths of Bangladeshi agen- cies and kept in a secured lo- cation in Dhaka last month. Tri- pura shares an 856-km border with Bangladesh, some of it unfenced and running through dense forests and mountain- ous, making it porous and vulnerable and advantageous for the terrorist outfits for their cross border movements.






Indian chemical industry explores tie-ups in Indonesia

2013 Indian chemical industry explores tie-ups in Indonesia Jakarta A 50-member-delegation of Indian chemical industry


A 50-member-delegation of Indian chemical

industry representatives, visited Indonesia

to explore possibilities of joint ventures, has signed many deals with Indonesian compa- nies. The delegation from CHEMEXCIL, a pre- mier chemical industry association in India, arrived in Jakarta, the Indian embassy said

in a media release.

On this occasion, a buyer seller meet was or- ganised by the embassy in association with Federation of Indonesian Chemical Industry (FIKI) and Chamber of Commerce and In- dustry of Indonesia (KADIN). The event was attended by over 100 Indonesian companies and many business deals were finalised. At the meet, Indian Ambassador Gurjit Singh

said India was looking at investing in Indo-

37 foreign hostages died in siege: Algerian PM

in Indo- 37 foreign hostages died in siege: Algerian PM Algiers A total of 37 foreign


A total of 37 foreign hostages of eight coun-

tries were killed during the four-day standoff

with militants at the In Amenas gas complex, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said. Sellal said seven of the hostages were yet to be identified. While three of the 32 hostage- takers, who came from northern Mali, were arrested, 29 others were killed, the Algerian prime minister added. On Wednesday, an armed group assaulted the gas field and seized a number of work- ers as hostages. The day after, the Algerian Army launched an operation to rescue the hostages.

24 killed in Ghana road accident

Accra As many as 24 people were killed and sev- en, including a year-old child, injured in an accident in Ghana on early Monday, police said. The accident occurred when Mercedes- Benz Sprinter, a heavy commercial vehicle, had a head-on collision with a truck carrying cattle, Xinhua quoted police as saying. The injured were rushed to hospital. Two of the injured were in critical condition, a hospital official said.

Taliban attack in Kabul ends, all militants killed


A brazen suicide attack mounted morning

by heavily armed Taliban rebels who seized the four-storeyed traffic police headquarters

here ended after a fierce gun battle that left

at least three police personnel dead and 22

injured. All attackers were also killed. The Taliban Monday seized the traffic po- lice office in the Afghan capital Kabul follow- ing a suicide attack in which at least two mili- tants were involved, re- ported Xinhua.

The attack took place at 5.50 a.m. in the building located at Dehma-

zang intersection. The militants used rocket propelled grenade and the heavy weapons to fight the Afghan police and commandos

nesia and that there was need to establish joint ventures with Indonesian companies. As India has a diversified mix of industry in the chemical sector, Indonesian compa- nies could take advantage in associating with them, he said, while urging both sides to look for new business opportunities and technological transfer. Despite the overall bilateral trade as well in the chemical sector increased over the years, the Indian ambassador said, the trade data indicated that India’s share of chemical exports to Indonesia was still not commen- surate with the industry’s strength. India’s chemical products export has more than doubled in last two years showing an increase from $377 million in 2009-10 to $873 million in 2011-12. CHEMEXCIL chairman Satish Wagh said that Indonesia is India’s second largest trad- ing partner in ASEAN, with chemical indus- try being the fastest growing sector. Speaking on this occasion, FIKI managing director Ida Bagus Agra Kusuma, said In- donesia looks forward to have India as one of the major trade and investment partners of Indonesia and also to the early initiation of Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement negotiations “which will act as a framework for further enhancement of our trade and investment”.

day afternoon, with all the militants having been killed, the Kabul police chief said. “The operation has ended. All militants, who seized the four-storey Kabul Traffic Police Headquarters building early Monday morn- ing, have been killed in the counter-attack operation,” police chief Mo-

hammad Ayub Salangi told re- porters. “At least three traffic police of- ficers were killed and 22 other people, including 18 civilians, were wounded in the gunfight and explosions in today’s Tal- iban attack,” a police official told Xinhua.

The assault started around 5.50 a.m. and ended at 2.15 p.m. Monday. Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibil- ity for the attack. Special operation police forces and Afghan commandos rushed to the site shortly after the fighting began, a witness told Xinhua. The attack is the latest in a string of bomb- ings that have targeted military and civilian compounds across the country. On Jan 16, Taliban carried out a coordinat- ed suicide bombing at Afghan intelligence agency compound in Kabul, killing one se- curity officer and wounding 33 civilians.

killing one se- curity officer and wounding 33 civilians. in the area. At least two militants


the area.


least two militants were killed as they set

off their explosive vests at the main gate of the compound, enabling other gunmen to enter the building. The rebels started firing against nearby Afghan Border Police and Civil Order Police facilities. Operations against Taliban gunmen who seized the traffic police facility ended Mon-

Headley dodges life, gets 35 years jail for Mumbai attack

- Headley dodges life, gets 35 years jail for Mumbai attack Chicago Pakistani-American David Headley, a

Chicago Pakistani-American David Headley, a key plotter in the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attack by Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT), dodged the life sentence as ex- pected, with a court here Thursday sentenc- ing him to 35 years in prison.

Headley, 52, the Washington-born son of a Pakistani diplomat and an American mother, faced life imprisonment without parole, but

US District Judge Harry Leinenweber gave him a lesser sentence in line with the pros- ecution’s recommendations. Citing the “significant cooperation” to US government’s efforts to combat terrorism provided by Headley, US federal prosecu- tors had sought only 30 to 35 years in prison for him. Before imposing the 35-year prison term, the judge said he wanted to make sure Headley, who had changed his given name

of Dawood Gilani to scout targets in Mumbai

without arousing suspicion, is “never in a po- sition again to commit a terrorist attack”, the Chicago Tribune reported. Leinenweber was sceptical of a letter that Headley recently wrote to him. “I don’t have any faith in Mr. Headley when he says he’s a changed person,” the judge said. Headley should be “under lock and key for the rest of his life”, Leinenweber said. Earlier, a victim of the terror attack told the

America Movil to buy CIE’s media and advertising unit

the America Movil to buy CIE’s media and advertising unit Mexico City Mexico City-based wireless giant

Mexico City Mexico City-based wireless giant America Movil has agreed to buy the media and ad- vertising division of Corporacion Interameri- cana de Entretenimiento (CIE) for nearly 1.7 billion pesos ($132 million), CIE said. In a filing with the Mexican Stock Exchange, CIE - also based in this capital - said that un- der the deal the Carlos Slim-controlled com- pany would acquire CIE’s advertising rights with Mexican professional soccer teams and stadiums. CIE, a leading Latin American entertainment company whose activities include running sporting events and concerts and operating

arenas and other venues, said the deal is subject to certain conditions, including regu- latory approval.

Proceeds from the sale will be used for work- ing capital and to pare debt, the filing said. If approved, the deal will give America Mo-

vil control of a division that accounted for 20

percent of CIE’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, or

EBITDA, for the first nine months of 2012.

In addition to the soccer-related advertising

rights, the acquisition would give American Movil large-format advertising slots on pe- destrian bridges, as well as space in airports and public-transportation systems and on street furniture. The deal also includes publicity at movie theaters and on digital screens at conve- nience stores. America Movil, which operates in 18 coun- tries across the Americas, had 318.7 million access lines at the end of September, includ- ing 255.9 million mobile phone subscribers, 30 million landlines, 16.7 million broadband accesses and 15.8 million pay TV subscrib- ers.

judge how surprised she was by the young ages of the terrorists who stormed into a hotel’s first-floor cafe while she was eating there, the Tribune reported. Linda Ragsdale, a Nashville woman who was shot in the back during the 2008 ram- page - which left 166 people including sever- al foreign nationals dead, recalled wonder- ing how a man as young as her son could kill innocent people. Holding back tears, Ragsdale described a barrage of bullets so intense that “waves of heat clouded” her vision. “I know what a bullet could do to every part of the human body,” Ragsdale said. “I know the sound of life leaving a 13-year- old child. These are things I never needed to know, never needed to experience,” she was quoted as saying. But former US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, making a surprise appearance at the sen- tencing hearing, told Leinenweber he should consider the “unusual nature” of Headley’s cooperation even though Headley was in- volved in a “very, very heinous crime.”

Indian scientist wins Chinese award

Beijing Three scientists from India, Germany and Russia won the 2012 Award for International Scientific Cooperation at the China’s top sci- ence academy. Indian professor C.N.R. Rao from Jawaha- rlal Nehru University, Herbert Jaeckle from Germany’s Max Planck Society and Russian space physicist G.A. Zherebtsov shared the award for 2012, launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2007 to hon- our foreign scientists for their contributions in Sino-foreign research cooperation. Rao is devoted to the research of solid- state and structural chemistry. He has been awarded for his important contributions in boosting scientific cooperation between China and India, as well as raising the sci- entific capabilities of developing countries, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said in a statement. Founded in Beijing in 1949, the CAS is Chi- na’s top academic and research institution for natural sciences.







Vintage look takes the spotlight at Tokyo fashion fair

Tokyo The vintage style, sailor look and indus- trial, ethnic and environmental weaves are among the styles making waves at the Inter- national Fashion Fair in Tokyo, where some 750 firms from 20 countries are unveiling their designs. Organizers of the event, the largest fashion fair in Japan, expect up to 25,000 domestic and foreign buyers to pass through its doors. The buyers are checking out the work of de- signers and placing orders for wholesalers for the spring-summer season. Women, based on the designs on display in Tokyo, are expected to return in a few months to classic cuts. European sophistication, frills, fine fabrics, boots and beads are the name of the game in Tokyo, where dresses accompanied by a showy hat or beret make an elegant fashion statement. Some designers are showcasing weaves that are a play on nature, with dry leaves and forest colours, as well as wools that pro- vide an exotic and adventurous touch.

North Korea threatens nuclear test

Pyongyang Two days after a UN resolution condemned North Korea’s recent rocket launch, Pyong- yang declared it was proceeding with plans for a third nuclear test. North Korea has already conducted two nu- clear tests; one in 2006 and another in 2009. The decision for the third test was announced Thursday by the country’s top military body, saying the “high-level nuclear test” and more long-range rocket launches were aimed at its “arch-enemy” -- the US, reported Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The announcement, however, did not give any time-frame for the test. The Korea’s National Defence Commission stated that in a new phase of the anti-US struggle, North Korea does not hide its plans to continue launching “a variety of satellites and long-range rockets”, and carry out a “higher level” nuclear test targeted at the US, “the sworn enemy of the Korean people”, Xi- nhua reported. “No dialogue on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula will be possible in future even though there may be dialogues and ne- gotiations on ensuring peace and security in the region including the Korean Peninsula,” it added. The 15-member UNSC Tuesday unanimous- ly approved Resolution 2087, requiring North Korea to comply with all relevant resolutions approved by the security council and not to use the ballistic missile technology for any launch. Regional neighbours and the US have urged North Korea not to proceed, BBC reported. “We hope they don’t do it, we call on them not to do it. It will be a mistake and a missed opportunity if they were to do it,” said Glyn Davies, the US special envoy on North Korea policy currently visiting Seoul. “This is not a moment to increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula.” Seoul deeply regretted the North Korean statement and “strongly” urged it not to go ahead, a South Korean foreign ministry spokesman said. China’s foreign ministry, meanwhile, called on all relevant parties to “refrain from action that might escalate the situation in the region”.

Hillary Clinton defends handling of Benghazi attack

Hillary Clinton defends handling of Benghazi attack Washington Though acknowledging “deficiencies and in -

Washington Though acknowledging “deficiencies and in- adequacies” in the State Department’s pro- cedures prior to the Sep 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Hillary Clin- ton defended Washington’s response to the strike in testimony Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Benghazi did not happen in a vacuum. The Arab revolutions have scrambled power dy- namics and shattered security forces across the region,” the secretary of state told law- makers. Four US official personnel, including ambas- sador Chris Stevens, were killed in the as- sault on the consulate. “As I have said many times, I take responsi- bility, and nobody is more committed to get- ting this right,” Clinton said Wednesday. The changing official narrative about the na- ture of the incident, which some in Washing- ton initially attributed to spontaneous anger about an anti-Muslim video, led many Re- publicans to accuse the Obama adminis- tration to acknowledge a terrorist attack in the midst of the president’s re-election cam- paign. Clinton stressed Wednesday that President

Barack Obama described the episode as

“an act of terror” the day after the deaths in Benghazi. She also noted the early lack of reliable in- formation about the identity of the attackers as well as their motives. “There’s evidence that the attacks were de- liberate, opportunistic and pre-coordinated but not necessarily indicative of extensive planning,” she told the Senate panel. There were “no delays in decision making, no denials of support from Washington or from our military” in the immediate aftermath

of the assault, Clinton said.

The independent probe she ordered follow- ing the Benghazi attack resulted in 29 rec- ommendations that a State Department task force has used in formulating 64 “specific action items”, the secretary said. “Eighty-five percent (of those items) are now on track to be completed by the end of March,” Clinton said. The former first lady will step down as sec- retary of state in the coming days. Obama’s nominee to succeed her, Sen. John Kerry, is expected to win easy confirmation in the Senate.

Missing Indian teen found drowned in British canal

Bangalore Souvik Pal, the 19-year-old Bangalore youth who went missing Dec 31 in Britain, was found drowned in a canal at Manchester. “We are shocked to hear that Souvik is no more after his father (Shantanu Pal) identi- fied the decomposed body, which was re-

cause,” Larson told the media late Tuesday. Souvik, an engineering under-graduate stu- dent at the Manchester Metropolitan Uni- versity since Sep 2012, was last seen at a nightclub on New Year eve and went miss- ing later under mysterious circumstances.

covered from the Westbridge canal in Man-


pall of glom descended on the Pals’ house

chester by search divers,” Pal’s family friend


the northern suburb of Bangalore with his

told IANS here. According to Manchester police chief detec- tive Colin Larson, an autopsy will be conduct- ed to ascertain the cause of Souvik’s death as there were no visible signs or marks on his body to suspect any foul play. Manches- ter is about 320 km north of London. “We have no further details. Souvik’s fam- ily is yet to come to terms with the tragic incident after an agonising three week-long wait. Shantanu called his wife (Mahuya Pal) and broke the sad news that he was asked by the police to identify a body found in the canal,” the friend said. Police will hand over Souvik’s body to Shan- tanu after autopsy by late Wednesday so that the family could decide whether to per- form the last rites in Manchester or take it to Bangalore by flight. “At this moment, our thoughts and condo- lences are with the family. We do not be- lieve there is any suspicious reason over his death. The autopsy report may reveal the

mother being inconsolable after learning about Souvik’s tragic end. Shantanu, a civil engineer in Saudi Arabia, flew to Manchester Jan 4 to help police in the search operation and stayed back since then in the hope of locating his eldest son. Souvik called his parents Dec 31 night to wish them a happy New Year and told them that he would be going with his friends to celebrate the New Year at a nightclub. “We first came to know Jan 2 that our son was not seen in the hostel after the New Year party. A complaint was lodged by Sou- vik’s friends with police,” a tearful Mahuya had told IANS Jan 9. Shantanu, who joined the Al Nahyan con- struction firm in Riyadh as an engineer last year, was in Bangalore then on a year-end holiday. The Pals, who hail from Midnapore in West Bengal, have been living here since 2002 when Shantanu came to join Swedish major ABB India energy firm as an engineer.

UN probing US drones’ rights violations:


Islamabad Pakistan Thursday confirmed that the UN Special Rapporteur was conducting an inquiry into human rights violations by the US drone attacks in the country’s tribal regions, Xinhua reported. The exercise is part of a broader man- date given to the Rapporteur by the UN Human Rights Council to examine abuse of human rights while countering ter- rorism, a Foreign Office spokesperson Moazzam Ahmad Khan said Thursday at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad. “Pakistan, along with other like-minded countries, had called for examining the extra-judicial and targeted killing includ- ing through drone strikes resulting in death of civilians and non- combatants,” he said. The US uses drones to launch attacks in Pakistan’s Waziristan tribal region, say- ing they are meant to target the remnants of Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, who are blamed for cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. But Pakistan and tribesmen insist that the America’s unmanned aircraft kill in- nocent people. Pakistan regards drone strikes as viola- tion of its sovereignty and territorial integ- rity, the official said. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari would visit Britain in the first week of February to attend a trilateral summit along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

Cuba performs 5,100 kidney transplants in four decades

Havana Cuba has successfully performed over 5,100 kidney transplants since Feb 24, 1970, an achievement on par with that of developed nations, an expert said. In a 42-year period Cuban surgeons have undertaken 4,751 kidneys transplants with dead donors and 397 with living do- nors, all free of charge, said Alexander Marmol Sonora, leader of the Interna- tional Master in Transplant Coordination programme at the Public Health Ministry. The living donors are close relatives, such as parents, brothers and sons, of the pa- tients, the only donors Cuban health min- istry accepts for that kind of transplants. Nine health centers in the country can perform transplants with living donors, five of them in Havana, and the rest lo- cated in Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Ca- maguey and Villa Clara, Marmol Sonora added. He said that the recently opened Centre for Cell Engineering and Organ and Tis- sue Transplantation will raise the quality of the national programme of organ trans- plants on the island. The doctor added that international re- searches have proved that it is four times cheaper to do a kidney transplant than keeping a patient in dialysis, which would cost $20,000 a year. He said kidney transplantation in Cuba is totally free of costs for its citizens like the rest of other health services in the coun- try.







8 POLITICS CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 Jan 2013 QUOTE FIRE Narender Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister: “I called

Narender Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister:

“I called up Shri Rajnath Singh ji and congratu- lated him. He brings with him vast experience of both organisation and administration”.

vast experience of both organisation and administration”. Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister : “The

Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister :

“The government has decided to accord a heritage status to the ancestral house of Sub- hash Chandra Bose at Kodalia”.

the ancestral house of Sub- hash Chandra Bose at Kodalia”. Nitin Gadkari, Ex-BJP President : “I

Nitin Gadkari, Ex-BJP President :

“I have committed no wrong or any impropriety either di- rectly or indirectly. Yet, the UPA government has been making an effort to spread disinformation about me in order to hurt me and my party. I have always said that I am willing for any in- dependent inquiry.”

said that I am willing for any in- dependent inquiry.” P. Chidambaram, Finance minister: “That is

P. Chidambaram, Finance minister:

“That is not to say that tax rate should not be stable. I think we should have stability in tax rates but we should consider the argument whether the very rich should be asked to pay a little more on some occasions,”

should be asked to pay a little more on some occasions,” Ashwani Kumar, Law Minister :

Ashwani Kumar, Law Minister :

“Not as a Law Minister, but I personally believe that there should be at least one conviction to debar a politician from contesting elections,”

to debar a politician from contesting elections,” Mayawati, BSP Chief : “The hurry which he has

Mayawati, BSP Chief :

“The hurry which he has shown is not right. Even if he has facts, there are cases that are before courts across the nation and until the judgement is out he should have re- served his opinion,”

judgement is out he should have re- served his opinion,” Renuka Chowdhary, Party spokesperson: “What wrong

Renuka Chowdhary, Party spokesperson:

“What wrong has Shinde said? He is the home minister. He must be having some facts. The party has already made it clear that they believe that terror has no religion or colour. Then what is this fuss all about. They are just trying to divert at- tention,”


CAMP UPA Nothing wrong in Shinde’s Hindu terror comment: Narayanasamy New Delhi, There was nothing


CAMP UPA Nothing wrong in Shinde’s Hindu terror comment: Narayanasamy New Delhi, There was nothing wrong
CAMP UPA Nothing wrong in Shinde’s Hindu terror comment: Narayanasamy New Delhi, There was nothing wrong
CAMP UPA Nothing wrong in Shinde’s Hindu terror comment: Narayanasamy New Delhi, There was nothing wrong
CAMP UPA Nothing wrong in Shinde’s Hindu terror comment: Narayanasamy New Delhi, There was nothing wrong
CAMP UPA Nothing wrong in Shinde’s Hindu terror comment: Narayanasamy New Delhi, There was nothing wrong
CAMP UPA Nothing wrong in Shinde’s Hindu terror comment: Narayanasamy New Delhi, There was nothing wrong

Nothing wrong in Shinde’s Hindu terror comment:


New Delhi, There was nothing wrong in union Home Minister Sushilku- mar Shinde’s statement on “Hin- du terror”, his colleague V. Nara- yanasamy said while describing as unwarranted the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) protests on the issue. “People who were arrested in the Malegaon incident and the Samjhauta Express blast were

found to be members of some of the Hindu fundamentalist groups and it was in that context the home minister said this. I don’t see any kind of objection to any part of his statement,” Narayana- samy told reporters. “Terrorism is terrorism; whether Hindu fundamentalism or Muslim fundamentalism, it is condem- nable,” he said even as the BJP

pressed for Shinde’s removal as home minister. “Our country is a secular coun- try and we are a secular gov- ernment. We carry all religions together and what the home min- ister said was that we should not allow any terrorism in any part of the country,” he said. He said the BJP’s nationwide protest was “unwarranted” and

“unnecessary”. Shinde had said: “Whether it is the BJP or RSS, their training camps are promoting Hindu ter- rorism.” Congress general secretary Ja- nardan Dwivedi had said that it was a “slip of the tongue” by the home minister and the Congress did not believe in identifying ter- ror with religion.

did not believe in identifying ter- ror with religion. CAMP NDA BJP threatens parliament ruckus to


not believe in identifying ter- ror with religion. CAMP NDA BJP threatens parliament ruckus to force
not believe in identifying ter- ror with religion. CAMP NDA BJP threatens parliament ruckus to force
not believe in identifying ter- ror with religion. CAMP NDA BJP threatens parliament ruckus to force
not believe in identifying ter- ror with religion. CAMP NDA BJP threatens parliament ruckus to force
not believe in identifying ter- ror with religion. CAMP NDA BJP threatens parliament ruckus to force
not believe in identifying ter- ror with religion. CAMP NDA BJP threatens parliament ruckus to force

BJP threatens parliament ruckus to force Shinde out

New Delhi, Keeping up its demand for sack- ing Home Minister Sushilkumar

Shinde over his “Hindu terrorism” and “saffron terrorism” remarks, the BJP said it will create such

a situation in parliament that will

force Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove him. Speaking at a rally as part of its protests against Shinde’s re- marks, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) new president Rajnath Singh and Leader of Opposition

in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj

demanded an apology from top Congress leaders over Shinde’s remarks. “What is your (Gandhi) view on Shinde’s remarks? If you do not

give directions to Manmohan-ji that Shinde should be sacked, I want to tell you, we will create a situation in both houses of par- liament that Manmohan-ji will be forced to sack Shinde-ji. No pow- er on earth will be able to stop it,” said the newly-installed BJP

chief. “He (Shinde) has raised such a big question on the coun- try’s prestige, even then there is silence. No power will be able to save him (from sacking),” said Rajnath Singh. Sushma Swaraj said the prime minister and Congress chief should “apologise” for Shinde’s remarks and he should be sacked. “Till the time an apology comes on (Shinde’s) statement, our agi- tation will continue,” she said. Asking Shinde not to cross his

limits, Sushma Swaraj said poli- tics can be practised to the extent that it benefits the Congress or even harms the BJP, but “should not be taken to a level where na- tional interest is affected”. Shinde had referred to Hindu terrorism and saffron terrorism during the Congress conclave in Jaipur. “Whether it is BJP or RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said.

camps are promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said. Protests in Telangana over delay in decision on
camps are promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said. Protests in Telangana over delay in decision on
camps are promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said. Protests in Telangana over delay in decision on
camps are promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said. Protests in Telangana over delay in decision on
camps are promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said. Protests in Telangana over delay in decision on
camps are promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said. Protests in Telangana over delay in decision on
camps are promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said. Protests in Telangana over delay in decision on

Protests in Telangana over delay in decision on statehood


Protests were held across Telan- gana over Congress leader Gh- ulam Nabi Azad’s statement that

a decision on the Telangana is-

sue is not likely by Jan 28. Educational institutions in the districts were closed on a call given by Osmania University students’ Joint Action Commit- tee. Activists of various groups de- manding statehood to Telanga- na took to the streets, demand-

ing that the central government stand by its word and announce

a decision by Jan 28.

Azad had said evening that a de-

cision was not likely to be taken by Jan 28, though Home Minis- ter Sushilkumar Shinde had said after the Dec 27 all-party meet- ing that a decision would be made within a month. Protestors attacked the office of the Congress party in Warangal town. They set afire an effigy of Azad and also demanded resig-

nation of all the ministers from the region. Pro-Telangana protestors laid siege to the residence of state minister Sudershan Reddy in Nizamabad, demanding his res- ignation. Police arrested pro-Telangana lawyers who tried to lay siege to the ministers’ quarters in Hyder- abad, while raising slogans “fin- ish off Congress, achieve Telan- gana”. The protestors alleged that

the pressure by leaders from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra regions) forced the central government to defer the announcement. Students of Osmania University in Hyderabad staged protests to condemn Azad’s statement. They alleged that the Congress government had once again be- trayed the people. The protes- tors set afire the Congress party flag and Azad’s effigy at Arts College on the campus.

Murder accused takes oath as Himachal legislator
Murder accused takes oath as Himachal legislator

Murder accused takes oath as Himachal legislator

Murder accused takes oath as Himachal legislator

Shimla, Congress legislator Ram Kumar Chaud- hary, who faces murder charges, took oath in the Himachal Pradesh assembly after being brought from a jail in Haryana. Chaudhary, sworn in the chamber of Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail, has been booked for murder by Haryana Police. He was brought to Shimla, where a large number of his supporters were assem-

bled, from Ambala jail under heavy se- curity cover. He is one of four suspects in the murder of a 24-year-old woman in Panchkula in Haryana Nov 22. “It’s a political conspiracy by my political rivals. I am innocent,” Chaudhary told re- porters after taking oath. Asked about his confession, he said: “It’s a police theory. I have full faith in the judi-

ciary. I have never confessed that I com- mitted the crime.” Ruling out the possibility of quitting the house in the wake of the J.S. Verma Com- mittee report that legislators involved in woman-related crime should morally re- sign, he said he would come out clean. “I will continue to work as a legislator. Even people are contesting elections

from behind the bars,” he said. “I have just submitted a list of his priorities as a legislator to the speaker.” After evading arrest, Chaudhary surren- dered before a Panchkula court Jan 8, the day other legislators took oath. Chaudhary is a first-time legislator from Doon in Solan district. He is the son of four-time Congress legislator Lajja Ram.







Karnataka BJP in trouble, two ministers quit

POLITICS 9 Karnataka BJP in trouble, two ministers quit Bangalore The BJP government in Karnataka faced

Bangalore The BJP government in Karnataka faced a serious threat of survival as two ministers quit the cabinet and 13 party legislators, in- cluding the two ministers, announced they will resign from the assembly too. Public Works Minister C.M. Udasi and Ener- gy Minister Shobha Karandlaje, loyalists of former BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa, sub- mitted their resignations to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar here. Shettar told reporters, before leaving for a two-day tour of north Karnataka, that he had received the resignation letters and would take a decision after “considering them”. Udasi, Karandlaje and 11 other legislators, however, could not submit their resignation from the assembly as Speaker K.G. Bopaiah was out of Bangalore. The absence of the speaker led to high dra- ma in his chamber as Udasi, Karandlaje and other legislators waited for him for about an hour. The legislators were upset that Bopaiah was not present even though he had been “in- formed about our coming to meet him today (Wednesday),” Udasi told reporters in the speaker’s chamber. Yeddyurappa, who came to the speaker’s of- fice after learning about the drama, lambast-

ed Shettar, Bopaiah and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the development. “This is a shameless government. The speaker is not present even though he had been informed. He should be brought back within 24 hours,” he said. He also demanded that Shettar return to Bangalore immediately and quit as he had “lost majority”. Yeddyurappa appealed to people to “gh- erao” (lay siege to) Shettar to force him to return to Bangalore. Udasi, Karandlaje and other 11 legislators met Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and briefed him about the speaker not being present to receive their resignation letters even though he had been “informed” about it. “We gave copies of our resignation letters to the governor and briefed him about the de- velopments. We requested him to take ac- tion according to constitutional provisions,” Udasi told reporters outside Raj Bhavan (governor’s official residence). “The governor has assured us that he would act as per the constitution,” Udasi said. Earlier, Bhardwaj, who returned to Banga- lore Wednesday from New Delhi, told re- porters that he had no role to play in the un- folding drama but would act to prevent any constitutional crisis. Udasi and the legislators who are quitting the assembly will join the Karnataka Jana- ta Party (KJP) headed by Yeddyurappa to strengthen it ahead of the assembly elec- tions due in May. Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s first chief minister in the state, quit the party and the assembly Nov 30 to form and lead the KJP as he was not made state BJP chief. He was forced out of the chief minister’s post in July 2011 over mining bribery charges.

Former Goa CM, cabinet minister involved in mining scam: Parrikar

Goa CM, cabinet minister involved in mining scam: Parrikar Panaji Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said

Panaji Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that a former Congress chief minister and

a cabinet minister were involved in illegal

mining in the state and would soon be pe- nalised. “All Congress leaders from (former chief minister) Digambar (Kamat) to (former min- ister) Joaquim (Alemao) are involved in il- legal mining and their names will come out

soon,” Parrikar told reporters during his gov- ernment’s reach-out campaign that started last week. Parrikar added that those named in the il- legal mining scam would be penalised soon. The BJP, during its stint in the opposition had openly named several top Congress officials, claiming they were party to a Rs.25,000-crore illegal mining scam. Parrikar also warned of tough action against those found involved in illegal mining in Goa. “All the people will be taken to task if there is clear evidence against them. No one will be spared. But that doesn’t mean there would be arrests just like that. We will produce doc- umentary evidence and chargesheet them, then let the courts decide,” Parrikar said. Mining in Goa has been banned by the Su- preme Court of India, which is hearing a public interest litigation on illegal mining in the state.

High court dismisses Jagan’s bail plea

Hyderabad The Andhra Pradesh High Court rejected YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmo- han Reddy’s bail petition in an illegal assets case. The court, which had reserved its orders two days ago, said the petition was not maintain-

able in the light of directions given by the Su- preme Court earlier. Justice B. Seshasayana Reddy also refused

to give any directions to the Central Bureau

of Investigation (CBI) to fix any time-frame for completing the investigations, saying the court could not interfere in the matter. The Kadapa MP’s lawyer had argued that he was entitled for bail as the CBI failed to complete the investigations and file the chargesheet in all seven aspects of the case

despite directions by the Supreme Court. The CBI counsel, however, told the court that the investigating agency needed more time to complete the investigations. While dismissing Jagan’s bail plea in Octo- ber, the Supreme Court had observed that the petitioner could renew his bail before the trial court on completion of the investigation by the CBI in seven aspects. The high court on Dec 24 had dismissed the statutory bail petition of Jagan, as the YSR Congress chief is known. Earlier, the CBI court had dismissed both the statutory and regular bail petitions. Jagan, who was arrested on May 27 by the CBI, is presently lodged at the Chanchalgu- da Central Prison in Hyderabad.

Gadkari helped expand party’s support base:


Hyderabad. Gadkari helped expand party’s support base: BJP New Delhi The BJP parliamentary board thanked the

New Delhi The BJP parliamentary board thanked the party’s outgoing president Nitin Gandkari, saying he immensely helped in expanding the party’s support base. The parliamentary board met at the Bharati- ya Janata Party headquarters in the capital. “The parliamentary board places on record its deep sense of appreciation of leadership provided by Nitin Gadkari as the president of BJP,” senior party leader Ananth Kumar read out a statement after the meeting. “Gadkari’s dynamism, good work, and open mindedness helped immensely in expanding the support base of the party. He displayed qualities of an ideal ‘karyakarta’ (party work- er) and was always available to party work- ers,” he said. The BJP parliamentary board meeting was attended by senior party leaders L.K. Ad- vani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Ven- kaiah Naidu among others. The board also endorsed the name of Ra- jnath Singh as new party president. Gadkari made an announcement Tuesday evening saying he would not seek a second term as he wanted his name cleared of the corruption charges.

Bengal govt not taking action against chit funds: CPI-M

Bengal govt not taking action against chit funds: CPI-M Kolkata The CPI-M Thursday accused the Trinamool

Kolkata The CPI-M Thursday accused the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal of not taking necessary actions at the “ground level” against chit funds for duping depositors. The erstwhile Left Front government had ar- rested more than 50 people in connection with chit funds after getting complaints and set up a special agency to check the mushrooming of such firms, but the current dispensation might be lacking those actions, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader and former fi- nance minister Asim Dasgupta said here. “During our rule we had arrested many people for duping depositors. We also constituted a special agency with top police officials to curb proliferation of the chit funds. But this govern- ment is not taking such actions at the ground level,” Dasgupta told reporters. Earlier, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it had already warned all the state governments, including the West Bengal government, about the mushrooming of chit funds and also writ- ten to them to take appropriate actions against them. The Calcutta Stock Exchange (CSE) a couple of days ago also expressed concern over the issue and said the impact of chit funds in Ben- gal would be huge as the number of such firms in the state was very high.

Another bail petition of Asaduddin Owaisi dismissed

Hyderabad An Andhra Pradesh court dismissed another

bail petition of MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi in a seven-year-old case of rioting and manhandling an officer.

A local court in Sangareddy town of Medak

district near Hyderabad dismissed the bail plea of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president, who was Monday sent to judicial custody till Feb 2. This was the second bail petition in as many days to be dismissed by judicial first class magistrate K. Maruthi Devi. The magistrate had Tuesday pulled up the

MP for not respecting the law. The court took note of the fact that Owaisi never appeared before it since 2009, though a non-bailable warrant was pending against him. Owaisi had Monday appeared before the court, seeking recall of a non-bailable war- rant pending against him in connection with

a case booked against him in 2005. The

MIM leader’s lawyer moved a fresh bail peti- tion Wednesday but this was also dismissed

by the court, which observed that bail at this stage would further delay the court proceed- ings. Owaisi’s lawyer sought bail on the ground that as the chief of a political party and MP, he had many responsibilities. He also informed the court that the MIM leader is to preside over a public meeting organised by the party on the occasion of ‘Milad-un-Nabi’, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. The court was told that some foreign speakers were also invited for the meeting.

A court in Nirmal town had Wednesday ex-

tended till Feb 5 the judicial custody of Ak-

baruddin, who is lodged in a jail in Adilabad town, about 300 km from here. Akbaruddin Owaisi, who was arrested Jan 8 for the hate speech he delivered at Nirmal last month, has been charged with sedition, waging war against the nation and promot- ing enmity between different groups.

In another setback to the MIM legislator, po-

lice in Karimnagar registered a case against him for allegedly making a provocative speech in the town on Aug 22 last year. The case was booked on court orders on a peti- tion by a local leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Mayawati also slams Shinde’s ‘Hindu terrorism’ remarks

New Delhi Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Thursday slammed Home Minister Sush- ilkumar Shinde for his “Hindu terrorism” remarks, saying it had agitated the major- ity community and facts should have been placed before courts. Mayawati told reporters here that Shinde holds an important position in the govern- ment and had made the statement in haste. She said Hindus were agitated and angry following the statement, and added that if Shinde had facts, he should have presented those before courts and allowed them to take a decision. “Several terrorism-related cases are pend- ing before courts across the country It would have been better had he himself not raised the issue and left it to the courts,” she said to queries. She said all religions should be respected and statements that hurt sentiments of any faith’s followers should be avoided.







What is the best way to celebrate Republic Day?



Richa Mukhra Republic day signifies that we are free not just territorialy but in are

Richa Mukhra Republic day signifies that we are free not just territorialy but in are thoughts also so we had are own constitution which was enforced on this day. So let’s follow the notion of equality and safety for everyone so that all can live fearlessly in this nation only then it’ll be incredible India. As you call it Bharat Mata, so please have respect and love for the fairer sex.

Manreet Singh Sandhu Well, i would love to arrange a big event on this day

Manreet Singh Sandhu Well, i would love to arrange a big event on this day where in lots of students can participate and came up with some pro- gram under a cultural theme. Various documentary on the location, scenes showing the beautiful parts of our coun- try, dressing competition showing the different states of our country and manly the dance for making it more entertain- ing.

Jagdeep singh We hangout everyday with our friends for no reason, celebrates our friend’s birthdays

Jagdeep singh We hangout everyday with our friends for no reason, celebrates our friend’s birthdays anyhow, by going out and spending huge amount in disco, watching movies. So for a good change i will cele- brate republic day with a thought of our country’s birthday. India is our mother, with the same respect i will definitely hangout with my friends on our mother India’s birthday

Jatinder Singh Supra I would prefer a community lunch where the dress code will be

Jatinder Singh Supra I would prefer a community lunch where the dress code will be wear- ing tri colored clothes will add up a republic day flavor to luncheon session. Even lunch among friends can be spiced up with a nationalis- tic theme. The food items in menu could be, a tri colored sandwiches, or a tri colored pulao.

Jaswinder Singh I would like to celebrate republic day by going to a college trip

Jaswinder Singh I would like to celebrate republic day by going to a college trip or a visit to a national monument like India Gate in Delhi, Gandhi Sama- dhi in Delhi, Gateway of India in Mumbai, Jhalia walla bagh in Am- ritsar, etc. That will became memo- rable for me because may of these monuments have special lighting at night of republic day.

Nalin Chaman As on 26th Jan, 1950, the constitu- tion of India came into force.

Nalin Chaman As on 26th Jan, 1950, the constitu- tion of India came into force. Power ultimately vested in our hands and the constitution was made by the public for the public, so i just want each and everyone to be aware about it, specially kids so as they should respect and take care and make it neat and clean.


career: Fashion Photographer

neat and clean. Interesting career: Fashion Photographer Vageesha Bahel, UCNS Fashion photography is a career that

Vageesha Bahel, UCNS

Fashion photography is a career that sounds extremely exciting and interesting. It evokes images of glamorous models, outdoor shoots with sassy people, classy costumes, make up and so on. Indeed, fashion photography is a glamorous career option. Yet, like every other job it requires patience and hardwork. The Fine Print:

Fashion Photography is as popular as the fashion industry itself. It is a thriving field because the number of exclusive fashion magazines is immense. Also almost all good designers and brands have their exclusive look books and catalogues which require fashion photographers.

What to Do:

There are many diplomas, certificates, short term courses and workshops in photography available yet there are no well defined formal courses. Once can pursue it as a hobby first and train under a senior photographer. Some institutes are: Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi, National Institute of Design, APEx, Shari Academy of Professional photography Light ad Life Academy,

What to expect:

As this is a creative field, there s no limit as to how much one can earn. The earning will increase with experience and the more one starts innovating and experimenting the more successful he shall become. All the Best!

SAI chooses Jamia to promote sports

New Delhi The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has chosen Jamia Millia Islamia as its extension centre for the promotion of games like athletics, hockey and football. Schools and colleges having adequate sports infrastructure and a history of producing national and international sportspersons were eligible for the program promoted by SAI, the nodal agency of the sports ministry. Jamia met all these requirements. The scheme has been promoted with a view to promote sports especially at the junior level. Under the program, Jamia will be conducting selection trials for athletics, hockey and football from Feb 4-6. Boys in the age between 12 to 18 years are eligible to appear in the trials. Students outside of Jamia can also also be part of the program. The Feb 4 trials will take place at the TTI Ground, Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia. Other details can be obtained from the Office of the Advisor (Sports), Jamia Sports Complex, Jamia Millia Islamia by calling


Mumbai chawl girl tops CA exams

011-26983602/26981717. Mumbai chawl girl tops CA exams Mumbai Daughter of a migrant Tamilian, an autorickshaw

Mumbai Daughter of a migrant Tamilian, an

autorickshaw driver here and living in a small tenement, Prema Jayakumar is now on top

of the world, having topped the nationwide

chartered accountancy (CA) exams. Since the exam result was announced, the family has been receiving phone calls from

the media, top Indian and foreign companies eager to hire the genius from Malad suburb


The 24-year old Prema’s achievement with 607/800 marks came with a bonus with her

younger brother Dhanraj Jayakumar, 22, also clearing the CA exams simultaneously, the results of which were announced Jan 21. The 300-sq feet tenement in which the family lives is in a congested, noisy neighbourhood. Speaking to the hordes of media-persons thronging the family home the past couple of days, Prema acknowledged that her father Jayakumar Perumal’s income was around Rs.15,000 per month, barely sufficient to sustain the family. Perumal hails from Tamil Nadu. Prema’s mother Lingammal also worked in

a small private company to supplement the

household income for some years. “But, my parents never restrained us from studies because of monetary issues. My mother stopped working when we (the brother-sister duo) started doing our articleship (CA internship) and earned around Rs.12,000 per month,” Prema said, holding Lingammal’s hand as her eyes moistened. “Now, I want my father to take rest. He really deserves it,” Prema declared, adding

that she and her brother planned to take up jobs soon and take over the family’s responsibilities. Prema is no stranger to academic achievements and accolades, which started coming her way early in her academic life. At her school and later the Nagindas Khandwala College, Malad, she was granted nominal scholarships which helped cover her educational expenses.

Later, at the CA coaching institute, she got

a scholarship of Rs.40,000, solving the

family’s acute financial problem. On the other hand, Dhanraj chose not to

burden his elder sister and worked in a call centre to supplement his income, which went towards his educational expenses. Prema proved her worth for every scholarship and in 2008 stood second in the B.Com. examinations of the University of Mumbai, followed by a good performance in her post-graduation.

In November 2012, the duo appeared for

the CA finals. While Prema created history,

younger brother Dhanraj guided throughout

by her also cleared the tough exams at the

first attempt, making their parents proud.

north Mumbai.





OBAMA TAKES OATH A SECOND TIME We bring you the in inaugural address, in case
We bring you the in inaugural address, in case you missed it :
The White House’s official transcript of Pres-
ident Obama’s inaugural address, Jan. 21,
2013, timed at 15 minutes:
Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice,
members of the United States Congress,
distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:
Each time we gather to inaugurate a Presi-
dent we bear witness to the enduring strength
of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of
our democracy. We recall that what binds
this nation together is not the colors of our
skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins
of our names. What makes us exceptional --
what makes us American -- is our allegiance
to an idea articulated in a declaration made
more than two centuries ago:
For we, the people, understand that our
country cannot succeed when a shrinking
few do very well and a growing many barely
make it. (Applause.) We believe that Amer-
ica’s prosperity must rest upon the broad
shoulders of a rising middle class. We know
that America thrives when every person can
find independence and pride in their work;
when the wages of honest labor liberate
families from the brink of hardship. We are
true to our creed when a little girl born into
the bleakest poverty knows that she has the
same chance to succeed as anybody else,
because she is an American; she is free,
and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God
America cannot resist this transition, we
must lead it. We cannot cede to other na-
tions the technology that will power new
jobs and new industries, we must claim its
promise. That’s how we will maintain our
economic vitality and our national treasure
-- our forests and waterways, our crop lands
and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will
preserve our planet, commanded to our care
by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the
creed our fathers once declared.
We, the people, still believe that enduring
security and lasting peace do not require
perpetual war. (Applause.) Our brave men
and women in uniform, tempered by the
flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and

is not complete until our wives, our moth- ers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law —- (applause) -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to wel- come the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity -- (applause) -- until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. (Ap- plause.) Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm. That is our generation’s task -- to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. It does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle cen- turies-long debates about the role of govern- ment for all time, but it does require us to act in our time. (Applause.) For now decisions are upon us and we can- not afford delay. We cannot mistake absolut- ism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. (Applause.) We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years and 40 years and 400 years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Phila- delphia hall. My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by oth- ers who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction. And we must faithfully execute that pledge dur- ing the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride. They are the words of citizens and they represent our greatest hope. You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the ob- ligation to shape the debates of our time -- not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals. (Applause.) Let us, each of us, now embrace with sol- emn duty and awesome joy what is our last- ing birthright. With common effort and com- mon purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom. Thank you. God bless you, and may He for- ever bless these United States of America. (Applause.)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are en- dowed by their Creator with certain unalien- able rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. (Ap- plause.) The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privi- leges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each gen- eration to keep safe our founding creed.

And for more than two hundred years, we have. Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and

equality could survive half-slave and half- free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed

to move forward together.

Together, we determined that a modern

economy requires railroads and highways

to speed travel and commerce, schools and

colleges to train our workers. Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play. Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfor- tune. Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character. But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our indi- vidual freedoms ultimately requires collec- tive action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or commu- nism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people. (Applause.) This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. (Applause.) An economic recovery has begun. (Applause.) America’s

An economic recovery has begun. (Applause.) America’s but also in our own. (Applause.) We understand that

but also in our own. (Applause.) We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. So we must harness new ideas and technol- ogy to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empow- er our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed. We, the people, still believe that every citi- zen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. (Applause.) For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country free- dom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us. (Applause.) They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this coun- try great. (Applause.) We, the people, still believe that our obliga- tions as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. (Applause.) Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sourc- es will be long and sometimes difficult. But

courage. (Applause.) Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us for- ever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war; who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends -- and we must carry those lessons into this time as well. We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully —- not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. (Applause.) America will remain the anchor of strong al- liances in every corner of the globe. And we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support de- mocracy from Asia to Africa, from the Ameri- cas to the Middle East, because our inter- ests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of preju- dice —- not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant ad- vance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice. We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths —- that all of us are created equal —- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we can- not walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth. (Ap- plause.) It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey

possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundar- ies
possibilities are limitless, for we possess all
the qualities that this world without boundar-
ies demands: youth and drive; diversity and
openness; an endless capacity for risk and
a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans,
we are made for this moment, and we will
seize it -- so long as we seize it together.



SPECIAL CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 Jan 2013 12 Rajnath Singh faces electoral, party challenges as BJP chief

Rajnath Singh faces electoral, party challenges as BJP chief

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Rajnath Singh’s unanimous election as the BJP pres- ident from 2013 to 2015 was announced by Thawarchand Gehlot, who was the returning officer for the party’s presidential election. Earlier Wednesday, the party’s parliamen- tary board met in the morning and approved Rajnath Singh’s candidature for the top party post. Rajnath Singh emerged as the presiden- tial candidate Tuesday following the BJP’s desire to insulate itself from allegations of financial wrongdoing faced by incumbent Ni- tin Gadkari over investments in Purti Group linked to him. Till Tuesday afternoon, it looked almost cer- tain that Gadkari would get another term but an income tax survey of shell companies linked to Purti group Tuesday sealed his fate. Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, who had reservations about giving Gadkari a second term, told gthe newly-elected Rajnath Singh that his big responsibility would be to ensure that “there should be no compromise with anything that’s not moral”. He also said the new BJP chief had to en-

sure that the party continues to be “party with

a difference”.

Rajnath Singh’s reappointment as the BJP

chief has coincided with Rahul Gandhi taking over as the vice-president of the Congress.


also coincided with the BJP government

in Karnataka facing a serious threat of sur- vival as two ministers quit the cabinet and they with 11 other party legislators said they would quit from the assembly too. Rajnath Singh, 61, said the party will come

true to the expectations of people and win the forthcoming elections in the states and to parliament. “We will form the government in 2014,” he said. Rajnath Singh attacked the Congress for “ills of the country” and said he was assuming his duties with a sense of responsibility. He announced thhat the BJP will hold coun- trywide protests Thursday against Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s “Hindu terror” remarks. Rajnath Singh also defended Gadkari, say- ing the allegations against him were

“baseless”. “The circumstances in which I accept this responsibility are not happy for us. Gadkari is one of our workers on whose character questions cannot be raised. We wanted him to continue. We amended the constitution for it. But the way he was attacked by baseless allegations, he was hurt and resigned,” he said. “The entire party stands with him. I am not accepting this as a post but as a responsibil- ity,” Rajnath Singh added. Rajnath Singh’s mettle will be first tested in Karnataka, which is slated for elections in a few months. In Karnataka, the party faces challenges not only from the Congress but from its own former chief minister B.S. Yed- dyurappa. There are a series of elections this year, including in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattis- garh, ruled by the BJP, followed by the Lok Sabha polls in 2014. With the Congress campaign expected to be led by Rahul Gan- dhi, the BJP will have to evolve an effective strategy to attract youth, the middle class and the poor. Rajnath Singh will also have to deal with the tricky issue of the party’s prime ministerial candidate in view of ambitious senior lead- ers and issues linked to the rise of regional satraps.

Though Rajnath Singh served as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from Oct 2000 to

ceeded by Gadkari in 2009 after the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha polls that year.

March 2002, he has won only two elections:

The BJP had been in convulsions over giving


by-poll for the Haidergarh assembly seat

Gadkari a second term. Party MP Yashwant


Barabanki when he was elected the chief

Sinha Tuesday signalled his intention to con-

minister, and second when he won the Gha- ziabad parliamentary seat in 2009. There are also apprehensions that he does not have a pan-national appeal.

test the poll. Gadkari said he voluntarily backed out from going for a second term as he wanted his name cleared of the allegations.

Rajnath Singh first became party president

Thousands of BJP activists and supporters


2005 following L.K. Advani’s resignation.

danced to drum beats, burst firecrackers and

He was re-elected Nov 2006 and was suc-

shouted slogans to mark Rajnath Singh’s re- appointment as the party chief.

mark Rajnath Singh’s re- appointment as the party chief. The BJP kept up its demand for

The BJP kept up its demand for the sack- ing of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over his “Hindu terror” remarks, threaten- ing to disrupt parliament’s budget session till the government is “forced” to drop him. The ruling Congress dismissed the protests as aimed to deflect attention from BJP’s own problems. Speaking at a rally here as part of its pro- tests against Shinde’s remarks, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) new president Rajnath Singh and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj demanded that the Congress leaders should apologise over Shinde’s remarks. The BJP “will fight the issue in both houses

Speaking at the All India Congress Committee or AICC session in Jaipur earlier this week, Mr Shinde had said, “Whether it is the BJP or RSS, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism.” Confronted by the BJP and the RSS, Mr Shinde later clarified and said, “This is saffron terrorism that I have talked about. It is the same thing and nothing new. It has come in the media several times.”

BJP threatens to stall parliament over Shinde, Congress backs him

“Till the time an apology comes on (Shinde’s) statement, our agitation will continue,” Su- shma Swaraj said. “You have hurt national interest at a time when Pakistan is coming and beheading our soldiers. You are not attacking Pakistan but attacking the main opposition party,” she claimed. “What do you want to tell the world? There might be terror camps in Pakistan, but here the main opposition party runs a terror camp! Do you want to say, terrorists are sitting in parliament? The leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha is heading a terror organisation?” she asked. Sushma Swaraj accused the Congress of “double speak” on Shinde’s remarks, and said one of its general secretaries had jus- tified Shinde’s remarks and another had sought to distance the party from them. Shinde had referred to Hindu terrorism and saffron terrorism during the Congress con- clave in Jaipur. “Whether it is BJP or RSS (Rashtriya Sway- amsevak Sangh), their training camps are

promoting Hindu terrorism,” he had said. Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowd- hury termed the BJP’s nationwide agitation as an attempt to deflect public attention from its problems. “Why is the BJP threatening to agitate over (Shinde’s) remark? They are doing this to deflect people’s attention from their in-house problems and misguide them,” she told re- porters here. Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Of- fice V. Narayanasamy termed the protests by the BJP as unwarranted. “People who were arrested in the Malegaon incident and the Samjhauta Express blast were found to be members of some of the Hindu fundamentalist groups and it was in that context the home minister said this. I don’t see any kind of objection to any part of his statement,” Narayanasamy told report- ers. “Terrorism is terrorism; whether Hindu fun- damentalism or Muslim fundamentalism, it is condemnable,” he said.

of parliament”, said Rajnath Singh, alleging that the prime minister “will not have the guts” to sack Shinde till Congress chief Sonia Gandhi

speaks on the issue. “What is your (Gandhi) view on Shinde’s re- marks? If you do not give directions to Man- mohanji that Shindeji should be sacked, I want to tell you, we will create a situation in both houses of parliament that Manmohanji will be forced to sack Shindeji. No power on earth will be able to stop it,” said the newly- installed BJP chief. The budget session of parliament is expect- ed to begin in the second half of February. “He (Shinde) has raised such a big question on the country’s prestige, even then there is silence. No power will be able to save him (from sacking), the BJP will create such a situation in the country,” said Rajnath Singh.






Testing times ahead for Rahul

Over 50 senior leaders who shared the dais with Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Man- mohan Singh at the session, not only heard Rahul with rapt attention, but stood up as soon as he finished his speech and were seen competing with one another in con- gratulating him. Rahul had arrived. In an impassioned speech, Rahul made it clear that he does not hanker for power and stressed the need to transform the party’s systems and develop new leaders at all lev- els while saying the youths must be involved in decision making. Rahul struck an emotional chord when he related how his mother and Congress presi- dent Sonia Gandhi cried when she met him after he was made the vice president and moved many leaders to tears. The question now is whether he will be able to bring the middle class, especially the “rest- less and impatient” young, to the Congress camp from which they stood quite alienated over perceptions of corruption, misgover- nance, inflation and insensitivity to issues that concern them.

A special Congress session over the week- end formally launched Rahul Gandhi as the official number two after party chief So- nia Gandhi, making him the presumptive prime ministerial candidate of the party for the 2014 general elections, but the battle is half won and testing times lie ahead for the 42-year-old fifth generation leader of the Nehru-Gandhi family. The Jaipur Declaration, that emerged from the three-day Jan 18-20 introspection cum strategy session Chintan Shivir appeared to have lost significance once Rahul was made the vice president, converting his de facto status into de jure one. But the road ahead is paved with umpteen obstacles and uneasy will lie the head that is likely to wear the crown of thorns, that Gandhi alluded to when he talked about the “poison” that came with such heavy politi- cal responsibility and the personal risks that come with it. And his mother, who came to his room and cried on Saturday night, under- stood it better than anyone else. Nine assembly polls - five big ones in Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, where the Congress will have direct contest with the Bharatiya Jana-

ta Party, and four in the northeast - will test his leadership skills. The return of the third edition of the Con- gress-led United Progressive Alliance in

2014 will also depend on how the Amethi

lawmaker is able to restructure and re-en-

ergise the party for the big political fight. He heads the party’s coordination panel for the

2014 polls.

Rahul Gandhi is also expected to restructure the organisation and give key roles to young- er leaders so the party is able to reach out to the voters, 70 percent of whom are below the age of 35. Reaching out to the youths of the country, who are angry over corruption in the system and other social issues, crave for better systems of governnance and want accountability from the politicians and the government, will be a major task for the new Congress vice president. The Nehru-Gandhi family scion would also be expected to spell out his position on vari- ous national issues clearly as he now holds an official post in the Congress. While any success in the elections will bring him credit, he would also have to accept the blame in case of a failure.

“Rahul Gandhi faces enormous challenges during the coming polls as his leadership skills would be tested,” Zoya Hasan, who teaches political science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, told IANS. “His speech after being made vice president pointed out many wrongs in the party. Now he has to set things right,” she said. The move to make him vice president, which marks a generational shift in the 127-year- old party, is significant and has mentally pre- pared the senior leaders to accept Rahul as their leader. Party insiders said the decision was getting postponed for a while due to reservations among some senior leaders on giving him the official number two position in the grand old party. But the members of the Youth Congress and National Students Union of India and the younger leaders in the party - who com- prised a third of the 350-odd delegates at the session - made strong demands for his elevation, keeping in mind that 70 percent of the voters in the country are under 35 years of age.

politics, want to get into positive politics as that is what will take the country
politics, want to get into positive politics as
that is what will take the country forward”.
“We are a dynamic country and this coun-
try can do wonders
Lately I feel a lot of
the discussion is negative
there is a lot of
positive things happening everyday
youngsters are transforming things.”
He was elevated Saturday to the post of
party vice president at the Congress Chintan
Shivir in Jaipur.
will only play a judge.
“It is a big responsibility. I will work for every-
body from today but I will play the judge and
not the lawyer,” he said.
According to him, the time has come to
question the “centralised, unaccountable
system and decision making must shift from
Delhi to the panchayats”.
Gandhi said there is a “young and impatient
India” which is now demanding “greater role”
in decision making.
“Why do a handful of people control the en-
tire political space,” he asked, adding that
“people with little understanding were sitting
at high positions”.
He said the youth was angry and feeling
alienated with the existing system.
“Until we start to respect and empower peo-
ple, we cannot change anything in this coun-
all are closed systems, designed for
mediocrity, mediocrity dominates,” he said.
Hinting at things to come, he also said that
action will be taken against party deserters
who become election rivals or fight as Inde-
Noting that “one cannot achieve anything
without hope,” he said “we should not chase
power, we should use power to empower
Gandhi struck an emotional chord when he
related how his mother and the Congress
president had cried when she met him Sat-
urday night.
“Last night, everyone congratulated me and
hugged me. But last night, my mother came
to my room and she sat near me and cried.

Want to reduce negative politics:

Rahul tells party leaders

Newly-appointed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said he wanted

to try and reduce the “negative politics” and

get into “positive politics”, which would take the country forward. Addressing party leaders at the 24, Akbar Road party office here, Gandhi said he want-

ed to make the Congress party “accessible

to as many people

He said political discussions tended to be “extremely acrimonious, fighting with each

want to try and

other over small reasons

reduce that, don’t want to get into negative

this is my sentiment”.

‘We need a complete transformation in the system’

A complete overhaul of the system is need-

ed as “young and impatient India” now de- mands “a greater role” in decision making, newly-appointed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Sunday in an impas- sioned speech outlining the need for his 127-year-old party to develop leadership and give prominence to grassroots workers. Gandhi, 42, in his first speech after being made the party number two, also asked the party to respect the youths’ demand for a greater role in decision-making. “We don’t need better systems, we need a complete transformation in the system, we need 40-50 leaders at the national level (anyone of whom can be prime minister) and seven to 10 at the state level (for chief min- ister),” Rahul Gandhi said while addressing over 1,200 delegates at the All India Con- gress Committee session here. Gandhi, who heads the party’s coordination panel, is expected to lead the party in the 2014 general elections. “The job of the Congress is to create lead- ers for the country,” he said adding that “no other party has so much depth”. But Gandhi also said there was no need to rush with change, which, he said, has to be backed by careful thought. Gandhi, who was Saturday named the Con- gress vice president, making him officially the number two in the party after his mother and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, said his new responsibility was a big one and told party workers that he will treat all of them equally, will learn from their experiences but






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What is ironical in Shalmali’s success?

& Cody”. What is ironical in Shalmali’s success? Mumbai The Hindi word “pareshaan”, which in Eng-

Mumbai The Hindi word “pareshaan”, which in Eng- lish means troubled, may not to be every- body’s favourite word, but playback singer Shalmali Kholgade says it’s ironical but the word has spelled happiness for her. “Pareshaan” from the film “Ishaqzaade” was Shalmali’s the debut Hindi song, which has music by Amit Trivedi. She has won the Filmfare and the Screen Award for best fe- male playback singer for the song. “I have sensed the irony of it every single day since “Pareshaan” released, but to be a part of it, and then garnering the kind of au- dience response that it did, makes me very happy,” Shalmali told IANS. “The awards I’ve won for the song is the ul- timate reward. It’s the cherry on the already delicious cake,” she added. “This is my first year in the award season and I am conscious of the fact that after the buzz of winning these awards dies out, there’ll be higher expectations, tighter schedules and longer days in store, but I look forward to it all,” she said.

Prince Harry can’t wait to be an uncle

all,” she said. Prince Harry can’t wait to be an uncle London Britain’s Prince Harry, whose

London Britain’s Prince Harry, whose brother Wil- liam and sister-in-law Duchess Catherine are expecting their first child in July, says he is thrilled about the latest addition to the Brit- ish royal family. “Obviously, I am thrilled for both of them. It’s about time. I spoke to my brother and her, and they are both very well and both very happy obviously,” He also hopes the couple will be allowed to enjoy impending parenthood in private. “I am very happy for them, but I just only hope that they, but mainly Catherine, gets the necessary protection to allow her as a mother-to-be to enjoy the privacy that comes with. I seriously hope that’s going to be able to happen,” he said. While William is happily settled as a hus- band and father-to-be, Harry isn’t planning to rush down the aisle just yet. “I don’t think you can ever be urged to settle down. If you find the right person and ev- erything feels right, then it takes time, espe- cially for myself and my brother. “You ain’t ever going to find someone, who’s going to jump into the position that it would hold. Simple as that,” said the 28-year-old.

Kangna’s hairy tales

as that,” said the 28-year-old. Kangna’s hairy tales New Delhi, Actress Kangna Ranaut, known for her

New Delhi, Actress Kangna Ranaut, known for her curly

locks, is all set for her first ad for Bajaj Al- mond Drops Hair Oil.

If the 25-year-old liked to get into the skin of the characters in her movies like “Woh Lam- he” and “Tanu Weds Manu”, she also enjoys experimenting with her hair. The style diva believes in eating right and exercising right too. She made her debut in 2006 with “Gangster

- A Love Story” and won National Award for

best supporting actress for her performance as a troubled model in 2008 release “Fash- ion”. Her big releases this year are Hrithik Roshan starrer “Krissh 3” and Sanjay Gup- ta’s “Shootout at Wadala”.

Honey Singh turns hero, tries comedy

at Wadala”. Honey Singh turns hero, tries comedy Mumbai Honey Singh, who courted controversies for his

Mumbai Honey Singh, who courted controversies for his songs allegedly based on sexual themes, makes his debut as a leading man in Punjabi film “Main Tera Bai Tu Mera Bai”. He will dis-

play his comic skills alongside Punjabi star Amrinder Gill in the movie and says it is just one-off project. Speaking about what he calls his reluctant role as an actor, Honey Singh said: “Frankly,

I don’t think I’m ready to get into acting as

yet. I still have a long way to go as a musi- cian.” Honey Singh had done a cameo in another Punjabi film ‘Mirza’. “And when this director- friend of mine, Amit Prasher, offered me the lead in a comedy about two brothers, I re-

fused. But he was hurt. He said, ‘Tu doosre ki picture kar sakta, mera nahin?’ I had to say yes,” he added. Honey had a ball romancing the burlesque. “It was fun doing the film. It’s out-and-out comedy about two brothers from Canada and their adventures in Punjab. But there’s also an underlying message about Indian values and family ties. Hanste-hanste film bahot kuch keh jaata hai (the film has some- thing serious to say amidst the laughter).” Honey won’t be accepting acting offers for now even if “Main Tera Bai Tu Mera Bai” turns into a blockbuster. “I’ve just begun to explore the musician in me. It will be a long time before I feel con- fident to make the jump into acting like Himesh Reshammiya did,” says Honey. Incidentally, producer Sunil Bohra already has plans of buying the rights of “Main Tera Bai Tu Mera Bai” to remake it into Hindi. Bohra insists he will cast only Honey Singh in the lead.







‘Nautanki Saala’ actors recreate ‘Sholay’ scene

Mumbai Bollywood filmmaker Ramesh Sippy recre- ated the popular suicide scene from his fa- mous film “Sholay” to promote his upcoming movie “Nautanki Saala”. The film is a come- dy starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunal Roy Kapur. As part of the promotional proceedings, Ay- ushmann was standing near a hoarding on the busy link road in Andheri with Kunal on the billboard. Kunal became Veeru shouting famous dia- logues of Dharamendra from the suicide scene in “Sholey” while Ayushmann became Jai, character played by Amitabh Bachchan, and was trying to convince Kunal not to jump. Kunal came down with help of cable

wire, thereby unveiling the poster of the film. “This thing was done only for promotions. The idea of having this famous scene from ‘Sholay’ just came randomly and we thought to use it as this would help grab eyeballs,” director Rohan Sippy told the media. The director also added that the scene will not be a part of the film. “The scene is just a part of the promotions and is not there in the film,” he said. Kunal who was seen in the film “Delhi Belly” said that he was initially hesitant to perform the act.

“I was kind of scared to do the act. But I had

a great time

Talking about the film “Nautanki Saala”, Ay- ushmann said that it was a fun experience. “We had great fun doing this film. Kunal is a brilliant actor,” Ayushmann said. “Nautanki Saala” is slated for an April re- lease.

Priyanka to shoot ‘Zanjeer’ introductory song with 100 men


was fun,” Kunal said.

introductory song with 100 men It was fun,” Kunal said. Mumbai Actress Priyanka Chopra, who is

Mumbai Actress Priyanka Chopra, who is busy work- ing on “Zanjeer” remake, will be shooting a special introductory song for the film with 100 men. “We will be shooting with Priyanka Chopra for a very special song. It is going to be an unusual song where you will see 100 men dancing with Priyanka. We will be shooting for this song on Jan 27th, 28th and 29th,”

a source close to the film’s team told IANS. “The song will be the introductory song in the film, which will be choreographed by Ganesh Acharya and is composed by Meet

brothers. It is going to be a fun-filled song,” the source added.

If reports are to be believed, film’s leading

man Ram Charan Teja also has a special song for him. Produced by Amit Mehra and directed by Apoorva Lakhia, the “Zanjeer” remake fea- tures southern star Ram Charan Teja and Priyanka in prominent roles. While Ram Charan reprises megastar Am- itabh Bachchan’s role of Vijay from the origi- nal film, Priyanka essays the role of Mala, earlier played by Jaya Bachchan.

Kartik Tiwari to romance Bengali girl in Ghai’s ‘Kaanchi’


Good things are happening to Kartik Tiwari

- his second feature film “Akaash Vani” has came out on Friday and Subhash Ghai has

finalised him as the male lead of his new film “Kaanchi”, in which a Bengali girl will play the title role. The girl is from Ghai’s acting school Whis- tling Woods. Ghai, who turned 68 Thursday, said: “Af- ter nine months of hunt I have finalised the hero and the heroine of my film ‘Kaanchi’. The hero is Kartik Tiwari and a new girl from West Bengal, who is under training at Whis- tling Woods and Mukta Arts, plays the hero- ine. Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty play stellar roles in the film.” Ghai is also excited about the music of “Kaanchi”.

“I have recorded three songs (composed) by

Ismail Darbar and penned by Irshad Kamil. I am too excited about going on the sets in February. It is such a fabulous script with brilliant characters and great music,” said the filmmaker. “Kaanchi” will release during the same week when Ghai’s “Karma” was released in 1986. “’Kaanchi will release on August 15, 2013. Just wait and watch ‘Kaanchi’.” While details of the film’s plot are elusive, one learns that “Kaanchi” is akin to Raj Ka- poor’s “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”. It’s an epic

journey of a simple innocent girl into a world of corruption and heartbreak. Kartik Tiwari sounded understandably ex- cited by the big break. “Every newcomer dreams of working with Mr. Subhash Ghai. I am two films old. My second film ‘Akaash Vani’ will release in two days. I am excited. And now to be a part of

a film directed by Subhashji just makes the

picture complete,” said Kartik, who debuted with 2001 movie “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” It took the 24-year-old nearly two years to find his bearings in Bollywood. “To be honest, there was no long line of pro- ducers at my door even after the good re- sponse to ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’,” said the youngster and gives credit to his director Luv Ranjan for not letting him sign “wrong films”.

Manish Paul starts shooting for ‘Mickey Virus’

films”. Manish Paul starts shooting for ‘Mickey Virus’ New Delhi “Mickey Virus”, which marks the silver

New Delhi “Mickey Virus”, which marks the silver screen debut of popular TV anchor Manish Paul, commenced its shooting Wednesday. The comic-thriller is set against the backdrop of hacking and has some nail-biting action. It also marks Swedish actress Elli Avram’s Bollywood debut. Directed by debutant Saurabh Verma, the cast also has Manish Chaudhary of “Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year” fame. Produced by Dar Motion Pictures, “Mickey Virus” is being shot across quirky locations in Mumbai and Delhi. It is slated for a May 17 release.

Salman signs record Rs.500 crore deal with STAR

17 release. Salman signs record Rs.500 crore deal with STAR Mumbai Blockbuster star Salman Khan has

Mumbai Blockbuster star Salman Khan has set a new record by signing a Rs.500 crore deal with Star TV Network India for the television broadcast rights of his upcoming films. Post 2009 blockbuster “Wanted”, the 47-year-old’s career is going from strength to strength. In the last five years, he has churned out a string of successful films - “Ready”, “Dabangg”, “Bodyguard”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Dabangg 2” - all these films earned over Rs.100 crore at the box office. Hemal Jhaveri, general manager at Star Gold, told IANS: “Yes, we have signed a deal with Salman Khan and whoever asks me why Salman, I would only say why not Salman Khan? His past box office record has been outstanding and his film, which

has been premiered on TV, is exceptional.” “He still has the highest record for his film ‘Bodyguard’ which had the highest rating so far,” he added. According to the deal, the channel would own exclusive TV broadcast rights of Salman’s all new films. “The deal is from 2013 onwards where all his films in which he acts, produces or be part of, we will have the broadcast rights ex- clusively with us,” said Jhaveri. Salman, who is right now having some health issues and is likely to fly to the US for treatment, has handful of films in his kitty - “Kick”, “No Entry Mein Entry” and Sooraj Barjatya’s next untitled film among others. He will start shooting for them soon.

Big B wins India’s Prime Icon title

for them soon. Big B wins India’s Prime Icon title New Delhi Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has

New Delhi Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has won the title of India’s Prime Icon. Big B was crowned Thursday by Big CBS Prime’s show “India’s Prime Icon”, where he was competing alongside actors Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK), Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, A.R. Rahman, and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, among others. Amitabh was felicitated by actresses Priyan- ka Chopra and Anushka Sharma. “Honoured and humbled that Priyanka Cho- pra and Anushka Sharma take time out to present me India’s Prime Icon of 2012 at CBS/BigFm,” Amitabh tweeted after winning the title.

“Prime Icon??!! Gosh that is far too far

and to have Sachin (Ten-

dulkar), Lataji (Lata Mangeshkar), Aamir, SRK, Modi (Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra

Modi), Nitish (Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Ku-


Also present at the event were director Sud- hir Mishra, actress Neetu Chandra and Mr. Anand Chakravarthy, business head - BIG CBS. “We couldn’t have asked for a better grand finale to the show, with the most deserving, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, being conferred the title of the India’s first ever Prime Icon. Epit- omizing the word Icon, we are happy that India has selected the most commendable icon,” Chakravarthy said in a statement.

fetched for me

as contenders,” he further posted.


16 LEISURE CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 Jan 2013 Interesting Fact J h e n ~ H k
16 LEISURE CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 Jan 2013 Interesting Fact J h e n ~ H k



Interesting Fact

Jhen~ Hkxon~ xhrk

b`b` &rId jI dy slok

When lovesick granny lost all to a toyboy


love-struck British grandmother holidaying


Turkey had a terrible experience when she

lost all her life’s savings to a toyboy waiter. On

return, her family refused to let her in. Pat Ekins, today 50, was frozen out by her

family and left to sleep on the British streets for having lost her life’s savings to a toyboy waiter she fell for during a whirlwind holiday romance, Daily Express reported. She sold her house without telling her two chil- dren to plough 70,000 pounds into a bar in the Turkish seaside resort of Marmaris. After Ekins gave cash to Ibrahim Halin, 18 years junior to her, he vanished from her life. “I was the black sheep of the family. I spent a week sleeping on a park bench, rummaging through bins for food,” Ekins said while admit- ting that it was “a proper reality check”. Ekins was 46 when she met 28-year-old Halin and would fly to Turkey every couple of months. But things rapidly turned sour after she sold the house in Lancashire. The proceeds were supposed to be shared with her two grown-up daughters -- Claire and Karen. But Halin had promised Ekins that the cash could be a great investment. “He told me we’d make the money back and more within a year. So I thought I’d be able to go back to my daughters and give them their share, with some extra,” she said. “I went to Turkey and transferred all the money into his account. He left the apartment saying he was going to sign the papers. But he didn’t come back.” Ekins was evicted from the flat and slept on the floor of a Turkish barber’s shop until a friend paid for her to return home in Britain. She found her family had nothing to do with her any more. Later, she turned her life round with the help


homeless charity, by working in their shop


return for a bed and a 35 pounds-a-week

allowance. Today, Ekins lives in Essex and has no inten- tion to return.


Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the uni- verse, wings to the mind, flight to the imagi- nation, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

Plato A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

— George Bernard Shaw

All life is an experiment. The more experi- ments you make the better.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin

you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

— Carl Sandburg

Time changes everything except some- thing within us which is always surprised by change.

— Thomas Hardy

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. — Abraham Lincoln Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. What-

ever has to be done, it’s always your choice.

— Wayne Dyer

He that cannot forgive others breaks the

bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.

— Thomas Fuller

Never forget the three powerful resources

you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Every society and religion has rules, for both have moral laws. And the essence of mo- rality consists, as in art, of drawing the line somewhere.

— Huston Smith Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. — C. S. Lewis Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. — Charles Caleb Colton Your success and happiness lies in you. Re-

solve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

— Helen Keller

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v`lhu inkI pursl`q kMnI n suxI E`ie||

The bridge to hell is narrower than

a hair; haven’t you heard of it with your ears?








Fareed, the call has come; be care- ful now - don’t let yourself be robbed.

PrId` dr drvysI g`KVI cl~ dunIE~ Biq||

Fareed, it is so difficult to become

a humble Saint at the Lord’s Door.


vMW` Giq||

I am so accustomed to walking in

the ways of the world. I have tied and picked up the bundle; where

can I go to throw it away?

ikJu n buJY ikJu n suJY dunIE` guJI





I know nothing; I understand noth-

ing. The world is a smouldering fire.

s~eIN myrY cMg` kIq` n`hI q hM BI dJ~ E`ih||

My Lord did well to warn me about it; otherwise, I would have been burnt as well.

PrId` jy j`x` iql QoVVy sMmil buku BrI||

Fareed, if I had known that I had so few sesame seeds, I would have been more careful with them in my hands.







m`xu krI||

If I had known that my Husband Lord was so young and innocent,

I would not have been so arrogant.

jy j`x` lVu iCjx` pIfI p`eIN gMiF||










ARIES The next couple of days will see you in a more relaxed state of


The next couple of days will see you in a more relaxed state of mind. You will get some good news pertaining to your job, career or travel that you will make the com- ing celebrations even more eventful. Your personal life will be full of excitement and you will find every opportunity to show your appreciation

and sense of gratification to your mate or beloved. Some of you will take a brief vacation out of town in the company of your family and friends. Students will be happy to receive the news of their selection to important institutions.

Mar 21-Apr 19

of their selection to important institutions. Mar 21-Apr 19 LEO A sudden development around you will


A sudden development around you will bring in fresh opportu- nities to increase your income and profit. You will have to take some quick decisions and act wisely in choosing your associ- ates in handling new projects. This is particularly because it could be a one-time opportunity and someone may try to take away this deal from under your

nose. If need be, take advice of an elder in the family or your senior who may not have any personal interest in this particular project. Your love life keeps you in high spirits and full of enthusiasm that may be essential at this juncture for you to function better in your career.

Jul 23 - Aug. 22

There are changes foreseen in your current associations. If employed a change of job is likely, and those working in joint ventures or partner- ship, may now decide to go independent. Whatever the new developments that are in the stars assures long- term benefits for you in your

career. You should not resist these changes even though you may initially feel rather insecure. Home and family life will be a source of strength and encouragement. The married or those in love can look forward

Nov 22 - Dec 21


those in love can look forward Nov 22 - Dec 21 SAGITTARIUS to great times in

to great times in the company of their beloved.

SAGITTARIUS to great times in the company of their beloved. TAURUS You will get into the


You will get into the mood to start your new job or venture that you may have committed yourself to earlier. This new assignment could well be the turning point in your life. Those of you in the age group of 26 - 36, will receive a major promotion or financial boost

during the next few days. Matters at home are very comfortable espe- cially after the loved ones having patched up their differences. The married can look forward to joyful moments in each other’s company.

Apr 20 - May 20

A certain project that may have been abandoned or given up as a lost opportunity gets re- vived and you will need to con- sider it afresh. Even though you will take up this assign- ment half-heartedly you will find it a treasure of great op- portunity for making long-term

financial gains. This particular deal will have the potential to change your life completely for the better. There are also some fresh developments that are likely to happen on your personal front. A new association with a person of these opposite sex will see you redis- cover the joys of romance and amour.

sex will see you redis- cover the joys of romance and amour. VIRGO Aug. 23 -


Aug. 23 - Sep 22

cover the joys of romance and amour. VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sep 22 CAPRICORN Dec 22


Dec 22 - Jan 19

You will require spending some more time at work in order to conclude certain important tasks. This may require you to change your plans that you may have made with your family. However, others at home will understand your compulsions and will co- operate. It is necessary that you devote time to your career or

business that may have given you some anxious moments of late. There is lot of competition in the market and you have to remain alert most times in order to safeguard your interests. You will manage to spend some intimate moments in the company of your mate or beloved that will keep you going in your career.

mate or beloved that will keep you going in your career. GEMINI You will get completely


You will get completely im- mersed in your job or busi- ness that is poised to take you closer to your chosen goal. Success in your ven- ture is assured but only af- ter you have put in all your efforts and energy to con- clude your current task on

schedule. Your commitment to your career seems to keep you away from leisurely pastime though this doesn’t seem to bother you much. However, in a few days’ time you may feel the need for a romantic as- sociation that will appear elusive for a while.

May 21 - Jun 20

After having attained job secu- rity and sufficient savings you will now have a strong urge to indulge yourself in your favou- rite hobbies and pas time. You may decide to spend time in the exclusive company of your mate or beloved at a quiet re-

treat of your choice. This brief holiday will give you an opportunity to reset your long-term goals that you wish to have for your family and yourself. You will feel rather relaxed and energetic after your vacation and will begin work with renewed enthusiasm.

your vacation and will begin work with renewed enthusiasm. LIBRA Sep 23 - Oct 22 There


Sep 23 - Oct 22

begin work with renewed enthusiasm. LIBRA Sep 23 - Oct 22 There is lot to be

There is lot to be satisfied and thankful for in your ca- reer and financial aspect. Even your personal life is happy and congenial. How- ever, the planets seem to create some mischief in your love life and could bring in a new romance. You will feel a

strong urge for a secret liai- son. You need to be highly discreet in such matters that offer attraction of physical kind. The married or those already committed in love could create serious problems for them- selves. Amorous sport has its own perils.

Jan 20 - Feb. 18


You will feel quite satisfied with the rate of progress in your career and business. There will be fresh opportu- nities coming along that will enable you to increase mani- fold your income or business profit. The married or those in love will find their beloved

complaining of neglect that may not be altogether wrong. You will have to find time for your family and loved ones who miss you particularly during the ensuing holi- days. The few moments that you will manage to be together with your beloved will be im- mensely enjoyable and memorable.

your beloved will be im- mensely enjoyable and memorable. CANCER Jun 21 - Jul 22 You


Jun 21 - Jul 22

im- mensely enjoyable and memorable. CANCER Jun 21 - Jul 22 You have a busy schedule

You have a busy schedule ahead even though you have attended to routine matters. There will be fresh work of- fers that you may find difficult to refuse for these have the potential of establishing you securely in your profession.

Though you may have plans for vacations but may find it difficult to get away from your work. However, you need not worry for you will manage a brief outing in the company of your family or beloved that will give you hope for taking a longer vacation after you complete your current projects.

Oct 23 - Nov 21


you complete your current projects. Oct 23 - Nov 21 SCORPIO PISCES Feb 19 - Mar


Feb 19 - Mar 20

There will be series of good news that greet you this week. You will have ample reasons to indulge yourself and enjoy the success achieved in your career and profession, and the adora- tion that you get socially. Ro- mance and love seem to be part of your life more so when mem- bers of the opposite sex find you

irresistible. You are not going to let go any opportunity that you get for having brief stints or amorous kind. But remember to be discreet for you could end up hurting someone who may have sacrificed a lot in making your life happy and comfortable.



- “Sing Along with Mitch” [Miller] pre-


Roller rules either the Braves stay in Mil-

mieres on NBC TV

waukee or NL must promise Wisc an expan- sion team for 1966


- “Family Affair” opens at Billy Rose

Theater NYC for 65 performances


- Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grissom,


- Jevgeni Grishin skates world record

White & Chaffee

500m in 39.6 sec


- Beatles sign a 9 year worldwide con-


- Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, &

tract with EMI records

John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame


- New Orleans Saints sign their 1st


- “Introducing the Beatles” album re-

player (Paige Cothren-kicker)

leased in US


- Treaty banning military use of nucle-


- Barlow & Graeme Pollock complete


weapons in space, signed

341 stand at Adelaide Oval


- “Darling of the Day” opens at George

1964 - Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican Pres bid

Abbott Theater NYC for 31 perfs


- 14 spies hung in Baghdad


- 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio


- 9 Jews publically executed in Da-

communication via satellite

mascus Syria


- Ground breaking for “Dragon Gate-


- Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart

way” at Grant Avenue

attack (she dies Feb 5th)


- Wisc State Circuit Court Judge Elmer

Sudoku Solution 20-JAN-2013

State Circuit Court Judge Elmer Sudoku Solution 20-JAN-2013 SUDOKU 27-JAN-2013 JOKES **Bhola sees lot of guys

SUDOKU 27-JAN-2013

Judge Elmer Sudoku Solution 20-JAN-2013 SUDOKU 27-JAN-2013 JOKES **Bhola sees lot of guys running on the


**Bhola sees lot of guys running on the highway. Asks a bystander as to who’re the guys? The bystander : A Marathon race is going on. Bhola : What do they get from that? Bystander : The winner will get a prize Bhola : Then why are the others running?

**Once a young man was asked in an in- terview “Did you ever meet any Railway ac- cident? The man replied: “Yes, once the train was going through a long tunnel I have kissed the father instead of his daughter. It pains even today”

Irritated tenant to the land lord, “Look, the rain is simply pouring through the roof of my bed room.” Landlord replied, “Just as our contract says, Running water in every room!”

**2 Lovers plan to commit suicide. Boy jumped first, Girl closed her eyes & re- turn back saying, “love is blind”. Boy in air opened his parachute saying, “love never dies”.

**Boss: Where were you born ?

Bhola : Oye Punjab. Boss : Which part? Bhola : Oye, Kya which part? Whole body born in Punjab.






Race 2- The Thrill Begins

SUNDAY 27 Jan 2013 REVIEW 17 Race 2- The Thrill Begins Director: Abbas-Mustan Producer: Ramesh S.

Director: Abbas-Mustan Producer: Ramesh S. Taurani, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur Script by: Shiraz Ahmed Cast: Saif Ali Khan (Ranveer Singh), Deep- ika Padukone (Elena), John Abraham (Ar- maan Malik), Jacqueline Fernandez (Omi- sha), Anil Kapoor (Robert D’Costa - RD) and Ameesha Patel (Cherry)

Race 2 is the sequel of super hit film Race released in 2008. It is a crime thrill- er, which takes the story of first part for- ward combined with twists and turns. Bi- pasha Basu will reprise her role of Sonia in a special appearance. Made with the massive budget of 87 crore it is the year’s biggest movie which is anxiously being awaited by the viewers.


Story of the movie starts where the first part ends with Ranveer and Sonia living their life. But suddenly Sonia dies mys- teriously and Ranveer begins the search for her killer. Ranveer is helped by his old pal RD (Anil Kapoor) and his secretary Cherry ( Amisha Patel).This search of Ranveer takes him to Turkey where the Indian Mafia is run by Armaan Malik(John Abraham) and his lover Elena(Deepika Padukone). Armaan is the son of a person who owned horses and used to race but Ranveer destroyed everything. Ranveer is unaware of this fact whereas Armaan

is determined to take revenge. Though

the story is not this simple and has many twists and turns.


Race 2 is a crime thriller about charac- ters who travel various European cit- ies without any real purpose. From the background scores to lush locales of ex- otic Europe to blaring background scores makes for an exhausting watch.

Saif Ali Khan in the role of Ranveer Singh

is witty, handsome and muscular. But he

lacks charm and versatility, and he’s got an ageing body. Although he attempts to give Ranveer a compelling look due to which he’s left with more dance moves than action sequences to show off. John plays the main antagonist in the movie who is seeking revenge to destroy Ran- veer and amusingly he has played his part very well,but his indifference in the character makes it tough for us to take him seriously. Anil as the fruit-indulging Robert D’Costa shares some silly mo- ments with his stupid assistant Cherry. All female leads of the film- Jacqueline, Ameesha and specially Deepika have taken hotness, sexiness and glamour to a whole new level.All though deepika dazzles in the movie.

The narration is spoiled and inconsistent. For example The placing of group dance number, with all the actors grooving to

a remixed version of the original ‘Race’

soundtrack, bang in the middle of the thriller. Overall, with a strong story and cast, Race 2 on many levels is a movie that’s

all messed up and has no stuff. At times

it can be quite exhausting with mind-

boggling scenes like Saif appearing on villain’s premises at will, helicopter as- sumed flying with a train compartment, Saif driving his car on a plane. Well, the fact remains that movie Race 2 will be a big treat for the audiences as the craze for the film is apparently quite high among them. On the whole it’s just a pretentious wannabe-thriller that is without any logic.

“Special Chabbis”: Melodious soundtrack for music lovers

Music Directors: M.M. Kreem and Himesh Reshammiya Lyricists: Irshad Kamil, Shabbir Ahmed; Singers: KK, M.M. Kreem, Sunidhi Chau- han, Aman Trikha, Shreya Ghoshal, Shabab Sabri, Chaitra Ambadipudi, Keerti Sagath- ia, Papon, and Bappi Lahiri; Rating ***

Neeraj Pandey (“A Wednesday” fame di-

rector )returns after four years with his lat- est film “Special Chabbis” which looks as refreshing as his first film. Akshay Kumar will be seen opposite southern star Ka- jal Agarwal. The soundtrack seems good with five original tracks. Four songs have been written by Irshad Kamil and com- posed by National award winner M.M. Kreem, while there is one guest composi- tion of Himesh Reshammiya with lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed. • “Tujh sang lagee”- A soulful song by KK, the song has a qawwali touch and Sufiana spark flowing continuously. Lyr- ics written by Irshad Kamil are meaning- ful which would surely touch your heart.

If you have any interest in qawalli music

then you will not be able to control your emotions while listening to this wonderful track. • “Gore mukhde pe ” – This Punjabi dance track is composed by Himesh Resham- miya and sung by the trio of Aman Trikha, Shreya Ghoshal and Shabab Sabri and penned by Shabbir could have done bet- ter with some good Punjabi beats.but it fails to live up people’s expectation. • “Kaun Mera” -a beautiful romantic ballad with mesmerizing vocals of Chaitra Am- badipudi’s. The song is pure happiness. Written by Irshad kamil the lyrics are simple yet catchy .Altogether this striking

number would force a listener to play it in

a repeat mode. The song has two more

versions, one by the Papon and other by Sunidhi Chauhan which gives a soft treat- ment to ears. • “Mujh mein tu”- sung by Keerthi Sa- gathia, this very lively sort of love song

by Keerthi Sa - gathia, this very lively sort of love song which portrays the love

which portrays the love for someone spe- cial in one’s heart. A fine track which will be liked by those in love or seeking love. , M.M. Kreem deserves an acknowledg- ment for that. Composers like him should definitely spend more time behind the mike to produce such melodious tracks. • “Dhadpakad”- The situational track sung in the enthusiastic voice of our very own “Bappi Lahiri” reflects the theme of the film. The song’s video is already out and it is introduction to the life and work of team. The lyrics of this fun anthem by Ir- shad kamil are comical and unusual.

Final verdict -Overall, ‘Special Chabbis’ is quite an average album which has high- ly situational songs .Only its two songs, Kaun Mera and Tujh Sang Lagee carry the potential to live up to people’s expec- tations.

Book Review

Once upon the tracks of Mumbai

expec- tations. Book Review Once upon the tracks of Mumbai Author’s profile: Rishi Vohra author of

Author’s profile:

Rishi Vohra author of his first novel ’Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai’ recently re- located back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in En- vironmental Law, preceding to which he had a successful career in the Indian En- tertainment Industry. After featuring as a guest columnist for various newspapers in India, he currently writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).


• Babloo: an autistic man who has some

mental disorders but inside his heart he is a hero. He is very slow in reading, under- standing and speaking because of which he is ignored by his friends and family. But we as readers will be in awe of him for his way of doing things.

• Vandana: a family bounded and Sensi-

ble girl with high ambitions who is looking

for her perfect love, who later gets mar- ried to Raghu against her wish.

• Sikander: Being a friend of Babloo. He

is given a task of expressing Babloo’s feelings to Vandana but he presents his ‘bad guy’ image by showing his cruel in- tentions in the story.

Plot The story starts with the introduction of character Babloo which is also described as a rejected child of his family. He spends most of the time at different railway sta- tions. After developing feelings for Van- dana, he faces difficulty in expressing his feelings and assigns Sikandar to do this task .Sikandar a local resident and child- hood friend of Babloo takes advantage of the task assigned to him and draws on Vandana for his selfish intentions. Van- dana the center of attraction of the entire Railway Colony has a dream of owning an advertising agency. She is unaware of Babloo’s longing for her and unwillingly is engaged to his brother Raghu. It’s when Babloo becomes aware of Sikandar’s evil

intentions then we get to see the birth of

a super hero Rail Man.

Rishi Vohra has done a precise job. He has given a readable and entertaining content for all kind of readers. The book gives one an honest glance into the life- style of the ‘Common man’ of Mumbai. The simple font size made it easy to read at interval. The entire plot revolves around Vandana, Sikandar, families of Railway staff and people living nearby railway tracks of Mumbai which is also called the ‘Lifeline of Mumbai’ .Set in the backdrop of railway tracks in Mumbai the potential of author about Mumbai’s rail-

way network is marked in the book. Char- acterization is done very well. As the plot

is very exceptional so It is not a common

‘love story’ happening every day. If you

know someone mentally abnormal then this book helps you understand life from their point of view. My Verdict The beautiful cover and the fresh sto-

ry, despite the largely racy description proves boring but not boring enough to make one throw the book aside even for

a short while. This book will appeal those

who are bored of a common love stories; they must read this unusual love story of autistic boy ‘Babloo’ and ambitious girl Vandana. Also the book is suggested by the likes of Prahalad Kakar and Kabir Bedi. Over all an honest read for your weekend holiday, grab your cup of tea and live the life of typical Mumbaikar through this book.

Coming Soon

Sona Spa

this book. Coming Soon ‘ S o n a S p a ’ The movie based

The movie based on a rather unique con- cept of sleep looks dark and interesting Any role that Naseerudin Shah plays, the actor gives his best. And according to him, his role in Sona Spa was very easy. Nas- eer who plays a Godman in the movie said he easily got into the character of a baba since he sees them a lot on television! The movie, directed by Makarand Desh- pande, is a concept based thriller






Boeing delivers IAF’s first C-17 for flight tests

2013 Boeing delivers IAF’s first C-17 for flight tests Washington The first of 10 C-17 Globemaster

Washington The first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III air- lifters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to enter a US Air Force flight test pro- gramme at Edwards Base in Palmdale, California. Boeing delivered India’s first C-17 at its facility in Long Beach, California, and is on track to deliver four more C-17s to the IAF this year and five in 2014, the com- pany said in a media release. “The C-17 met the stipulated airlift re- quirements of the Indian Air Force when it flew field evaluation trials in India during June 2010,” said Air Commodore Sanjay Nimesh, Air Attache at the Embassy of India. “It was exciting to see the C-17 fly again, this time with Indian Air Force markings, as the airlifter completed its first-flight milestone on Jan 11. We look forward to the day that the first IAF C-17 flies over India.” “The C-17’s ability to operate in extreme-

ly hot and cold climates; transport large payloads across vast ranges; and land on short, austere runways makes it ideal for India’s airlift needs,” said Nan Boucha- rd, Boeing vice president and C-17 pro- gramme manager. “We value our continued partnership with India and the US government and will provide dedicated support as India’s first C-17 enters flight testing.” India signed an agreement with the US government June 15, 2011, to acquire 10 C-17 airlifters, making India the largest C-17 customer outside the US. \Boeing will support the IAF C-17 fleet through the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Programme (GISP) Perfor- mance-Based Logistics contract, Boeing said. The GISP “virtual fleet” arrangement en- sures mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers access to an extensive support network for worldwide parts avail- ability and economies of scale, it said.

New glasses block facial recognition software

London A newly-designed pair of glasses dubbed “privacy visor” can reportedly thwart hid- den cameras using facial-recognition software, BBC reported. The prototype spectacles have been de-

signed by scientists at Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics. The glasses are equipped with a near- infrared light source that “confuses” the software without affecting vision. Law enforcers, shops and social networks are increasingly using facial-recognition software. “As a result of developments in facial rec- ognition technology in Google images, Facebook etc and the popularisation of portable terminals that append photos

with photographic information

measures for preventing the invasion of privacy caused by photographs taken in

New technology makes driving on ice safer

secret and unintentional capture in cam- era images is now required,” said univer- sity professor Isao Echizen. Echizen said the glasses, which connect to a pocket power supply, would be rea- sonably priced, but there are some sim- pler alternatives. According to an online guide by hacker group Anonymous, heavy make-up or a mask will also work, as will tilting your head at a 15-degree angle, which fools the software into thinking you do not have a face. BBC said that in November, it emerged some shop mannequins in Italy were col- lecting data on shoppers using facial-rec- ognition software. The EyeSee mannequin logs the age, gender and race of passers-by through a camera hidden behind one eye.

race of passers-by through a camera hidden behind one eye. in road conditions, according to a

in road conditions, according to a VTT statement. After this, observations collected from all cars and the related coordinates are transmitted wirelessly to a background system, which maintains a real-time slip- periness map and generates a log of the road conditions.


Helsinki An automatic detection system helps mo- torists avoid personal injuries and dam- age to vehicles on slippery roads caused by the presence of snow. Developed by the VTT Technical Re- search Centre of Finland, the system relies a real-time method of obtaining in- formation on a road’s actual slipperiness based on data collected by the car’s own sensors. “The method entails estimating the dif- ference in the speeds of the drive shaft and freely rotating axles in various driving situations, which enables deduction of the level of friction,” says senior scientist Kimmo Erkkila from VTT. The system is capable of determining the slipperiness of a road on the basis of a drive of a few kilometres. The information is then passed on to the driver, before he or she has even noticed the change

‘Nanowires can boost solar cells’ efficiency’

change ‘Nanowires can boost solar cells’ efficiency’ New Delhi Nanowires could pave the way for more

New Delhi Nanowires could pave the way for more

efficient and cheaper solar cells, new re- search from Sweden says. “Our findings are the first to show that

it really is possible to use nanowires to

manufacture solar cells,” says Magnus Borgstrom, researcher in semiconduc- tor physics at Sweden’s Lund University, who led the study. Research on solar cell nanowires is on the rise globally. Until now, for research- ers the dream figure was 10 percent ef- ficiency - but now Borgstrom and col- leagues are able to report an efficiency of 13.8 percent, the journal Science reports.

Did 8th century gamma ray burst hit earth?

Science reports. Did 8th century gamma ray burst hit earth? New Delhi A gamma-ray burst may

New Delhi

A gamma-ray burst may have caused an

intense blast of high-energy radiation that

The nanowires are made of the semiconductor material indium phosphide and work like antennae that absorb sunlight and generate power. The nanowires are assembled on surfaces of one square mm that each house four million nanowires. A nanowire solar cell can produce an effect several times greater than today’s silicon cells. Nanowire solar cells have not yet made it beyond the labs, but the plan is that the technology could be used in large solar power plants in sunny regions such as the south- western US, southern Spain and Af- rica, according to a Lund statement. The researchers have now managed to identify the ideal diameter of the nanow- ires and how to synthesise them. “The right size is essential for the nanow- ires to absorb as many photons as pos- sible. If they are just a few tenths of a nanometre too small their function is sig- nificantly impaired,” says Borgstrom. The silicon solar cells that are used to supply electricity for domestic use are relatively cheap, but inefficient because they are only able to utilise a limited part of the effect of the sunlight. The reason is that one single material can only absorb part of the spectrum of the light.

Mozilla introduces Firefox OS phones

of the light. Mozilla introduces Firefox OS phones hit the Earth in the eighth century, report

hit the Earth in the eighth century, report scientists from the Astrophysics Institute

San Francisco Browser maker Mozilla introduced two


the University of Jena, Germany.

phones powered by its open source


2012, scientist Fusa Miyake announced

Firefox OS platform with focus on low-

the detection of high levels of the isotope Carbon-14 and Beryllium-10 in tree rings formed in 775 CE, suggesting that a burst of radiation struck the Earth in the year 774 or 775. Carbon-14 and Beryllium-10 form when radiation from space collides with nitro- gen atoms, which then decay to these heavier forms of carbon and beryllium, the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society reports. The earlier research ruled out the nearby explosion of a massive star (a super- nova) as nothing was recorded in obser- vations at the time and no remnant has been found, according to an Astrophysics Institute statement. But Valeri Hambaryan and Ralph Neuhus- er, of the Astrophysics Institute, have an- other explanation, consistent with both the carbon-14 measurements and the ab- sence of any recorded events in the sky. They believe the gamma ray burst origi- nated in a system between 3,000 and 12,000 light years from the Sun. They suggest that two compact stellar remnants, i.e. black holes, neutron stars or white dwarfs, collided and merged to- gether. When this happens, some energy is re- leased in the form of gamma rays, the most energetic part of the electromag- netic spectrum that includes visible light.

end markets. In partnership with a Spanish start-up named Geeks Phone and Spanish tele- communications provider Telefonica, Mozilla unveiled two 3G phones, Keon and Peak, for its mobile system, reported Xinhua. “This week we are announcing our new Firefox OS developer preview phones because we believe that developers will help bring the power of the web to mo- bile,” Mozilla said in its official blog. The “Keon” model features a small 3.5- inch screen, 1 GHz processor and 4GB storage, making it barely comparable to a cheap Android phone in the US market. Rather than taking on major market play- ers like iPhone, Mozilla plans to focus initially on developing markets where customers started to upgrade to smart- phones from feature phones. At the Mobile World Congress in Spain last year, Telefonica, with half of its cus- tomers in Latin America, said it hoped to bring smartphones to the masses in de- veloping countries with Mozilla’s browser- based operating system with a price “ten times cheaper than iPhone”. Launching the development project in July 2011, Mozilla touted the system as more accessible and completely open, compared to “walled gardens” of Apple iOS and Google Android.


CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 Jan 2013 KIDS 19 Interesting facts about Indian Republic Day Every country needs


CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 Jan 2013 KIDS 19 Interesting facts about Indian Republic Day Every country needs


CHANDIGARH SUNDAY 27 Jan 2013 KIDS 19 Interesting facts about Indian Republic Day Every country needs

Interesting facts about Indian Republic Day

Interesting facts about Indian Republic Day Every country needs a governing document to help in the

Every country needs a governing document to help in the smooth running of the coun- try. The constitution of a country is that gov- erning document. Before the constitution of India came into force, India was using the Government Of India Act 1935 as its govern- ing document. After the independence, the Constituent Assembly led by Dr. Rajendra Prasad appointed the Drafting Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. B.R. Ambed-

kar to frame the constitution of India (Dr.B.R. Ambedkar known as the Father of the Indian constitution). The constitution was approved by the constituent assembly on 26 Nov 1949 and it came into force on 26thJan 1950, when C. Rajagopalachari proclaimed India a Republic.

The serial of celebrating the Republic Day began in 1955. Parade for the first time round was held on the Rajpath. The first chief guest of the Rajpath parade was Ma- lik Gulam Mohammed, the first governor general of Pakistan.

The republic day celebrations were organ- ised until 1954 on ‘Kingsway’, ‘Lal Kila’, and ‘Ramlila Ground’

The ceremonial performance of bands of the defence forces was started in the early 1950s by a certain Major Roberts of the Indian Army.

One of the most popular tune that is played at the Republic day functions is ‘Abide with

me’, a Christian hymn, which was said to be Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite.

Queen Elizabeth of Britain was the chief guest of the republic day celebration of 1961.

Hindi was declared as the national lan- guage on 26 January 1965.

The Prime Minister places a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti as a mark of respect to the thousands of soldiers of the country who had died fighting for the Indian Inde- pendence.

• The 21 gun salute is the firing of arms and canons as a naval and military mark of honour. The salute is given while the President of India unfurls the National flag.

Republic day is chosen as the day to give away bravery awards to deserving candi- dates. The awards that are given away are Veer Chakra, Maha Veer Chakra, Param Veer Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Ashoka Chakra.

The ‘Beating Retreat’ held on 29th Janu- ary, marks the end of all Republic day cel- ebrations in the country. The ceremony is held Vijay Chowk where bands of the Indian Army.

Dr Rajendra Prasad took oath in the Dur- bar Hall of the government house as In- dia’s first president . Flag was hoisted in the Irwin Stadium. This was the first Re- public Day Celebration. President sukarno of Indonesia was the chief guest

22 Young Heroes to Get National Bravery Awards 2013

guest 22 Young Heroes to Get National Bravery Awards 2013 Fifteen-year-old Ramdinthara from Mizoram, who sacrificed

Fifteen-year-old Ramdinthara from Mizoram, who sacrificed his life while trying to save his friend from drowning, is the only child to get the National Bravery Award posthumously this year. Twenty-one others, including four girls, will receive their awards from prime minister Manmohan Singh ahead of the 63rd Repub- lic Day. The youngest among them is seven- year-old Koroungamba Kuman from Manipur, who showed outstanding bravery and saved his younger sister from devastating fire which broke out in his house.The names of 22 brave hearts were announced by the Indian Coun- cil for Child Welfare (ICCW).The award is given every year to children who show exem- plary courage in difficult situations.This year, 17-year-old Tarang Atulbhai Mistry from Gu- jarat has been chosen for the coveted ‘Bharat Award’ for saving the lives of four people who

were drowning in the 20-25 feet deep water of the Narmada river af- ter being swept away in the current while taking bath on the occasion of Dhuelti.The prestigious ‘Geeta Chopra’ award has been conferred on a 17-year-old girl who was involved in exposing the physical and sexual abuse of the inmates of a children’s home in Delhi by the owner and staff. Unable to take on

more abuse, she man- aged to escape and approached an NGO, who presented her before the Child Welfare Committee. Her difficulty forced the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to send a team which learnt of the physical, psy- chological and sexual abuse of children, sell- ing of babies, forced labour and other cruel acts inflicted upon the ill fated impoverished children. Eleven-year-old Gajendra Ram from Chhattisgarh is being felicitated with the ‘San- jay Chopra’ award, for saving a child from drowning in a 22-feet deep well. The children will receive their awards from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh prior to Republic Day 2013 and will also participate in the Republic Day Parade. A reception in honour of the children will also be held by President Pranab Mukher- jee.

Discovering the truth about sea turtle

Can you name an animal that returns to the

place of its birth, every single year, travelling more than 1,000 km? Well, here is another hint: This animal is a sea creature that origi- nated on earth more than 200 million years ago,making the species older than the old- est ever dinosaur. Give up? They are none other than marine turtles, more commonly known as sea turtles. Seven existing spe- cies of sea turtles exist in the world today of which at least four (the Olive Ridley, Green Hawksbill, Leatherback and Flatback) are fairly common in the waters of the Indian Ocean. The sea turtle, or the Leatherback

is the largest living turtle. It can grow up to

a length of six feet and is known to weigh

about 700 kgs!

Tap your inner creativity: Learn Calligraphy

about 700 kgs! Tap your inner creativity: Learn Calligraphy Calligraphy means “beautiful writing.”It comes from the

Calligraphy means “beautiful writing.”It comes from the Greek words, “Kallos” and “graphos” .The alphabets are written in in- dicative manners to make it more attractive and to add a sense of ability to the handwrit- ing. It can be both a pleasure to the eye and an inspiration to someone. In our scientific

age, the approval for the art of calligraphy has grown exceptionally .it is easy to learn, all you need to do it are a few special tools and a bit of patient practice which can en- hance your art. A special type of ink, paper, and pens could actually turn your ordinary handwriting into calligraphy art. Grow that art inside you and express it through writ- ing. Calligraphy is still flourishing today. Cal- ligraphy as an art will also remain in great demand,as it is today and in future too. Calligraphy kit: Using a calligraphy kit isn’t very hard at all. Many people and write with

a corner of the broad tip. This is incorrect.

You should have the whole broad tip on the paper. Then you begin writing your letter, without changing the angle of the pen. You must follow the correct strokes for writing each letters, and lift your pen or marker.For example, the letter, “o”, involves two strokes. Once you purchase a calligraphy teaching book, you’ll learn the right strokes for re- spective letter form you are experimenting with. Calligraphy: business or hobby? The writing method developed in calligraphy is flowing and spontaneous and you could actually generate a business by designing wedding invitations, logo designs and me-

morial documents. After learning the art of

calligraphy as a hobby, you can do well in the field of cinema too, with the ability to en- hance graphics. Beyond the need for spe- cial pens and paper the art does not require many materials, but it does involve virtues like a lot of patience, dedication, and the ba- sic love for the art. Here are a few things that you can create with calligraphy.

• Poems

• Scriptures and inspirational quotations

• Business Cards

• Announcements

• Invitations

• Certificates

• Greeting Cards

Activity Time :

Fingerprint Art

• Greeting Cards Activity Time : Fingerprint Art YOU WILL NEED • Paper • Ink pad


• Paper

• Ink pad

• Markers


Roll your finger or thumb over the ink pad.

• Make a print by firmly pressing the inked finger or thumb against the paper.

• Use different fingers to make prints of vari- ous sizes.

• Wash your hands and allow the prints to

dry for a few minutes. Then draw faces and other details on the prints. Look through books or magazines for ideas for more fin- gerprint art.

books or magazines for ideas for more fin - gerprint art. • The more you have
books or magazines for ideas for more fin - gerprint art. • The more you have

The more you have of it, the less you see. What is it?

Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?

What force and strength can not get through, I with a gentle touch can do, and many in the streets would stand, were I not as a friend in hand.

I have a little house in which I live all alone. My house has no doors or win- dows, and if I want to go out I must break through the wall. What am I?

The one who made it, didn’t want it. The one who bought it, didn’t need it. The one who used it, never saw it. What is it?

need it. The one who used it, never saw it. What is it? Exacerbate Meaning- to

Exacerbate Meaning- to aggravate, to make worse Example: A heavy rainfall that exacerbated the flood problems. Solace Meaning-Comfort in sorrow, misfortune Example: She found solace in writing when her father died. Resilience Meaning-the ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune Example: The athlete proved himself to be very resilient after his ankle injury.









Spice Global enters healthcare business with hospital in Delhi

Global enters healthcare business with hospital in Delhi New Delhi Spice Global has forayed into healthcare

New Delhi Spice Global has forayed into healthcare business by setting up a hospital in the national capital with an initial investment of Rs.400 crore ($74 million), B.K. Modi, promoter of the $2 billion diversified firm, said here. Delhi Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna Tues- day inaugurated the first phase of the hospital, named Saket City Hospital. Modi said the Singapore-headquartered Spice Global’s focus in 2013 will be on healthcare business. The company’s ma- jor business interests are in telecom, fi- nance and entertainment technology. “We are bringing aboard the best talent backed by state-of-the-art facilities, infra- structure and services. We are confident of redefining the concept of healthcare in India through technological innovation and sensitive patient care,” Modi said. Modi said there was a huge scope for ex- pansion of modern healthcare business in India and the company’s foray into the sector was timely.

“As India continues to advance and raise its benchmark of development, the need for a modern, fast reacting and sensitive healthcare ecosystem is most immedi- ate,” he said. Modi said Saket City Hospital will be completed by mid-2016. It will have 1000 bed capacity. The company is developing the hospital in three phases. The first phase is com- plete. The second phase will be complet- ed by June this year with 230-bed facili- ties. “The hospital offers super-specialties in cardiac sciences, neurosciences, gastro- enterology and gastrointestinal surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology besides or- thopaedics and joint replacement,” said Pervez Ahmed, chairman, medical and service committee of Saket City Hospital Board. “As we expand our services in a phased manner, we will continue to raise our benchmark of patient experience,” Ahmed said.

Russia sold record $15 bn worth of arms in 2012

Ahmed said. Russia sold record $15 bn worth of arms in 2012 Moscow Russia sold a

Moscow Russia sold a record $15.16 billion worth of weaponry in 2012 to countries includ- ing India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Venezuela and in the Middle East, a federal military agency has said. “The volume of arms exports has reached $15.16 billion, according to preliminary calculations, which means that our plans have been fulfilled by 111.8 percent,” said Alexander Fomin, chief of the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service (FSMTC). In 2011, Russia reported arms sales of $13.2 billion, enough to maintain its posi- tion as the world’s second-biggest arms exporter after the US. “In the past 10 years, we have seen a general increase in exports, which have tripled since 2003,” Fomin said. “The portfolio of orders for defence-relat- ed products has also tripled. Its current value exceeds $46 billion,” he said. India is the leading purchaser of Russian arms, with Myanmar, Vietnam, Venezuela and Middle East countries also among the Russian defence industry’s main clients. Fomin said Russia’s expanded list of

its clients in 2012 included Afghanistan, Ghana, Oman and Tanzania. The FSMTC also said the quality of ex- ported Russian military products has improved, though problems still remain, especially with poor after-sales services. “We have been issuing fewer licenses to replace or repair exported products, which is an encouraging trend,” Fomin said. There have been controversies over the quality of Russia’s defence-related prod- ucts. Algeria refused delivery of a batch of MiG- 29 fighters in 2007 claiming they were of “inferior quality”. Russia’s traditionally strong position on the Indian arms market has been recently undermined by failures to fulfill or prop- erly execute several contracts, including the long-delayed delivery of overhauled aircraft carrier Vikramaditya to the Indian Navy. Fomin said his service was drafting new legislation that would allow Russian arms manufacturers to open their own service centres abroad and to import defence-re- lated products to satisfy their own needs.

India committed to TAPI gas pipeline, affirms President

India committed to TAPI gas pipeline, affirms President New Delhi President Pranab Mukherjee said In- dia

New Delhi President Pranab Mukherjee said In-

dia is fully committed to implement the


dia (TAPI) gas pipeline project by August


“India is deficient in energy resources whereas Turkmenistan is rich in hydro- carbon resources. Our common endeav- our should be to build enduring ties be-

tween our two friendly countries based on

a long-term energy partnership,” Mukher-

jee said when Rashid Meredov, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Turkmenistan, called on him at Rashtra- pati Bhavan. Turkmenistan, which holds more than 4 per cent of the world’s natural gas re-

serves, is emerging as a potential partner

in India’s quest for energy security with

the project advancing rapidly since the visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimu- hamedov to New Delhi in 2010.

State-run gas firm GAIL last year signed

a gas purchase agreement with Turk-

menistan’s national oil firm for supplies through a transnational pipeline. Billed as “Peace Pipeline”, the 1,680-km TAPI pipeline will have a capacity to carry

90 million cubic metres a day (mcmd) gas for a 30-year period and will be opera- tional in 2018. The president thanked Turkmenistan for

its support for India’s candidature for per-

manent membership of an expanded UN Security Council. Meredov responded warmly, describing India as a long standing friend and part- ner of Turkmenistan both in bilateral co- operation as well as in multilateral fora.

Max Bupa launches solely online insurance scheme

New Delhi Insurance firm Max Bupa Tuesday launched its Health@Companion insur-

ance scheme online to reach customers

in smaller cities and towns.

The product can only be bought online and would help the company cut distribu- tion and other costs by 15 percent. The company will thus be able to lower the premium paid by customers living in

the tier-II and tier-III cities. The premium would also reflect the lower medical costs

in a particular region.

“We feel that this unique product will bring

in more volumes, as it gives us immense

reach into the tier-II and III cities,” said Manasije Mishra, chief executive, Max Bupa. “The lower premium factor also will make the new product more attractive for buy- ers in these areas.” The company, which has presence in some 12 Indian cities, added that it will keep innovating new products that can be sold over the e-commerce platforms.

2013 to be make or break year: IMF chief

platforms. 2013 to be make or break year: IMF chief Beijing The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Beijing The International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief says 2013 will be a “make or break” year, a few hours after the IMF revised its forecast for this year’s global growth rate down to 3.5 percent. “The recovery is still weak, and uncer- tainty is still high,” IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said at the World Eco- nomic Forum annual meeting here. She said main sources of risks in 2013 are coming from advanced economies, including the Eurozone, the US and Ja- pan, and urged them to keep up the mo- mentum. She said what the governments in the eu- rozone have done in the last 18 months is remarkable and she is optimistic about Europe’s future. However, “it’s not the time to relax”, she said. Lagarde is less worried about the emerg- ing countries, but she stressed that emerging economies have to rebuild the buffers they have used up during the cri- sis. “I believe that if we continue to act, we will get beyond the crisis,” she said. She said that the world is in the ante- chamber of a new global economy, which will be geographically different, driven more by the dynamic emerging markets and developing countries, but it will also be generationally different, shaped by dif- ferent values and principles. She called for more openness and coop- eration between nations, more inclusion and solidarity among people and stronger accountability of those responsible for the global economy.

China exports one mn vehicles for first time

economy. China exports one mn vehicles for first time Beijing China’s vehicle exports have topped the

Beijing China’s vehicle exports have topped the one-million mark for the first time, latest statistics show. In 2012, the China Association of Auto- mobile Manufacturers said the country delivered a total of 1,056,100 vehicles abroad, a 29.7 percent rise from 2011, the China Daily reported. Though the year-on-year growth was 50 percent in the previous year, the rate was still higher than the 4.3 percent increase for the domestic market. Passenger cars accounted for 45 percent of the exports while trucks accounted for 28 percent, the report said. Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group both saw exports of over 100,000 units in 2012, followed by Great Wall Motors Co. Ltd., SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. and Chongqing Lifan Industry Co.


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