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Jodha Akbar sweeps Film Fare

Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra were declared the best male and female actors respectively at the glittering 54th Idea Filmfare Awards ceremony here on late Saturday night.hrithik-roshan

March 1, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slumdog tops Hollywood words

Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches movie that took the Oscars by storm, also produced two of the most influential words of the 2008 Hollywood awards season.

A language monitoring group said on Thursday that Jai Ho!, Hindi for Let There be Victory and the title of the movie’s Oscar Slumdog – the controversial term coined by the filmmakers for young slum-dwellers in Mumbai – were named the top “HollyWords” of the year that closed with last Sunday’s Oscars.

The Global Language Monitor, which uses an algorithm to track the frequency of words and phrases in the world’s print and electronic media, said it was rare for two words from the same movie to be ranked in its annual list.

Slumdog Millionaire crowned its awards sweep by winning eight Oscars, also including best picture and director.

Last summer’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull inspired the new expression Nuke the Fridge – a phrase coined on the Internet to describe a moment when a cinematic franchise has run its course.

The phrase came in third on the list, followed by Hmong – a mountain dwelling people in Laos – from the Clint Eastwood movie Gran Torino.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you….stranger”, the Joker’s twist on German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s epigram that was spoken by Heath Ledger in Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight was also among the Top Ten along with the line “There are no coincidences” from the animated movie Kung Fu Panda

February 28, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tevez says I want to win everything

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Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has his heart set on winning an unprecedented Quadruple with the Red Devils.

The first leg of what would be an historic achievement for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men comes this Sunday when they play Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup final.

United are also leading the Barclays Premier League, fighting hard in the last-16 of the Champions League and are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Not surprisingly the Argentina international is eager to win as much as he possibly can.

“The best part of the season is coming up,” said Tevez of United’s trophy hunt.

“We’re in the last 16 of the Champions League, we are top of the league and we’re in the Carling Cup final.

“We want to win everything, that’s what the fans are demanding and we will try to win on all fronts.

“Let’s hope we can do that.”

Tevez is nearing the end of a two-year loan deal at Old Trafford with United having to negotiate a transfer fee and personal terms if they wish to keep him beyond the summer.

The pocket dynamo starred for United last season, but following the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford, Tevez has subsequently found himself relegated to the bench far more often than he would like.

Even so, he is determined to give his all to the United cause.

“My personal goal is to play as many minutes on the pitch and score as often as I can for the team,” he added.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , | 1 Comment

No salary hike next year, job cuts possible: TCS

As part of cost cutting measures to tackle global economic downturn, IT major TCS on Thursday said job cuts are possible and also ruled out salary hikes next year. TCS managing director S Ramadorai said “there would be no hike in salaries in the forthcoming year” and added that “job cuts are possible if the situation worsens”. Adding further that TCS has frozen “lateral intake” he said the company is reviewing variable pay component on employee salaries. The variable pay component of TCS employees differs between 22 per cent and 35 per cent of his/her gross salary, depending on employee rank, he said. Variable pay represents eight percent of the total revenue of TCS, whose headcount is 1.3 lakh. Ramadorai said the company is also looking into all aspects of cost reduction, including capex and infrastructure.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Martin Luther King III offers talks to terrorists

Martin Luther King III, son of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior, believes in initiating dialogue with terrorists.

Speaking to mediapersons at the American Center in the city on Thursday, King III said: “We should even speak to a terrorist who has also a son or a daughter. We should open dialogue with them. That is the way we can tackle terrorism.”‘

King III, who is on the last leg of his 14-day visit to India to commemorate 50 years of his father’s visit to the country in 1959, said non-violence is the key to solutions of all conflicts. “It may be the terror at Mumbai, or the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians or the one at Sudan. I believe non-violence as a philosophy can succeed in solving all these conflicts,” said King who is the founder of Realising the Dream, an NGO that aims at promoting peace and harmony across the world as well as alleviating poverty.

Earlier in the day, King paid a visit to Mother House and offered floral tributes. Later King attended a lunch hosted by Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Those who attended the lunch included former chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Congress Legislature Party leader Manas Bhuniya, Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee, artiste Shaoli Mitra, CPM state committee member Aveek Dutta and others.

The Governor presented books on Mahatma Gandhi to King. Later, he took him to Gandhi Memorial Bhavan at Beliaghata where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for almost one month during the 1947 partition.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

High alert sounded in India Bangla border

Border Security Force went on a high alert along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the Northeast in the wake of today’s rebellion in the Bangladesh Rifles in the neighbouring country. In Shillong, BSF Director General M L Kumawat discussed the situation with border force Inspector General (Assam and Meghalaya Frontier) Prithviraj.

Constant vigil is being maintained along the border and the development in the neighbouring country is being closely monitored, BSF sources said. The sources, however, said there has been no additional deployment of forces along the border.

In Tripura, a close vigil was being maintained along the 856 km border with Bangladesh.

February 26, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chelsea wins 1-0 to Juventus

Didier Drogba rekindled Chelsea’s Champions League ambitions with a first-half matchwinner as Juventus were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.It gives Guus Hiddink’s side a slender advantage ahead of their last-16 second leg in Turin in a fortnight.Drogba, his season hampered by injury, suspension and a fallout with axed coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, looked back to his predatory best when he took a pass from Salomon Kalou and despatched the ball beyond Gianluigi Buffon in the 12th minute.Former Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of Juve, was given a warm reception by the home fans before the game.Ranieri is still held in high esteem by Chelsea fans even though he failed to win a single trophy during his four-year stint at Stamford Bridge.Ranieri’s welcome was reciprocated by the home fans for their new interim coach Guus Hiddink moments later.Hiddink was taking charge of a Chelsea side at home for the first time since his temporary appointment.
It was the English side who made the first inroads towards goal with Jose Bosingwa forcing Gianluigi Buffon into a save with a left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area in the fourth minute.
Four minutes later Drogba almost opened the scoring when he got ahead of his marker to turn a cross from Bosingwa just over the crossbar.But the Ivorian put the home side in front in the 12th minute when a superb through ball from Salomon Kalou provided him with a clear-cut shooting opportunity and Drogba supplied the required finish in style.It was the perfect start for the English side although Juventus claimed Drogba was offside before he fired the ball home from 10 yards.In the 15th minute, Drogba should have made it two when he met a corner from Frank Lampard inside the six-yard box.But the Ivorian inexplicably headed the ball wide of Buffon’s right-hand upright.
It required a fine save from Petr Cech to preserve Chelsea’s lead in the 21st minute, when Alessandro Del Piero tried to find the corner with an angled drive that was tipped round the post.Juventus were enjoying their best spell of the game with Del Piero always a threat.In the 31st minute, Ashley Cole saw a 30-yard shot deflected wide of the target with Buffon flatfooted.
The Serie A side were struggling to match Chelsea’s determination and the English team’s passion was underlined by two bone-crunching tackles from John Terry in space of a few seconds.The second one left Mohamed Sissoko requiring treatment before being classed as able to resume his duties.
In the 41st minute, Pavel Nedved tested Cech with a 20-yard low drive that the Chelsea goalkeeper dealt with adequately enough.Juventus were finding it hard to cope with the physical side of the game and Mauro Camoranesi also required lengthy treatment before continuing.Two minutes before the interval a handball by Drogba gave Del Piero the chance to level the scores but his free-kick was hit straight at Cole.It could have been worse for the visitors had Kalou not slipped as he tried to get on the end of Cech’s long clearance.Chelsea continued their high tempo at the start of the second half.
Some fine work by Lampard on the edge of the penalty area culminated in a shot from Michael Ballack that was wide of the target.An away goal would have tipped the tie in favour of the Italians and Nedved again tried to outwit Cech with a long-range effort but the Chelsea keeper was at his most alert to deal with the threat.Drogba, a constant threat, almost scored his second of the night when he got ahead of Nicola Legrottaglie to head a cross fromBosingwa just wide.In the 50th minute Juventus lost the services of Camoranesi with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Marco Marchionni.
Moments later John Mikel Obi was the recipient of a bad challenge by Cristian Molinaro and the Juve player was justifiably booked.Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Drogba was brought down by Legrottaglie in the 53rd minute but Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca rejected their appeals.It was all Chelsea now with a sustained spell of pressure ending in a 20-yard shot by Lampard straight at Buffon’s midriff.In the 57th minute, Ballack was yellow-carded for a foul on Nedved.
Cech was in trouble with a free-kick from Del Piero in the 59th minute. The Czech Republic international twice failed to gather the ball before it was eventually cleared by Terry.Marchionni then gave Cech a scare with an angled 25-yard drive that flashed just over the bar. Juventus piled on the pressure as the game entered the last 15 minutes but Chelsea’s rearguard admirably stuck to its task.Indeed, they prevented the Italian side from engineering a clear-cut chance despite having the lion’s share of possession in the closing stages.But it was Anelka who almost gave Chelsea the cushion of a second goal when his 20-yard effort flashed inches wide of an upright in the 87th minute.Nedved was wide by a similar margin in stoppage time but Chelsea held on for a deserved victory.

February 26, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Goal less draw Manu Vs Intermilan

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has slammed referee Luis Medina Cantalejo after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Man United.

At a packed to capacity San Siro, the Serie A table-toppers were often made to play second fiddle to a United team who are attempting to retain the trophy they won last May in Moscow.

With the second leg to come at Old Trafford in a fortnight’s time, Mourinho has wasted little time in attacking Cantalejo, who the flamboyant Portuguese coach believes failed to referee the tie evenly.

“Maybe in the second leg we will have a referee who is on our side.

“I don’t want to go into details of things like how we didn’t have a penalty. Everything was against us, every little detail.

“You watch how many free-kicks they had and we had. The way we got yellow cards and they did not. I think the tendency was clear.

Despite a succession of clear chances, including one in the last seconds that Cristiano Ronaldo cannoned into Julio Cesar’s chest, a vital away goal for United would not come.

Whilst admitting that he was disappointed with the draw, Ferguson was quick to rubbish Mourinho’s suggestion that the match officials had been biased towards the visitors.

Is he serious? I saw a marvelous refereeing performance,” declared the wily Scot.

“Of course, there’s a disappointment that we have not won the game, but with our record at Old Trafford we should have a great chance.

“I just hope it (the draw) foes not come back to bite us,” Ferguson added

February 25, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Obama wants to watch Slumdog Millionaire

Now US President, Barack Obama is mesmerized by Slumdog Millionaire.According to the White House Obama wants to watch the acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire.
The exhilarating rags-to-riches fairy tale set in Mumbai,swept the Oscars with eight awards including the best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay; with A R Rahman becoming the only Indian to bag two Oscars for the best score and original song.

February 25, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

26/11 Attacks

Militants behind last year’s attacks on Mumbai used cell phones that were activated in the United States and paid for with funds sent from Italy, an Italian newspaper reported on Tuesday.Corriere della Sera daily said India sent the intelligence information to Italy and other countries so anti-terrorism investigators could attempt to expose any ties to the network behind the November assault that killed at least 179 people.
Islamabad acknowledged for the first time this month that the November assault was launched from, and partly planned in, Pakistan.Corriere said Italian authorities were investigating a wire transfer sent to the United States from the northern Italian city of Brescia by a Pakistani-born suspect.
The suspect, named Javaid Iqbal, sent the funds via Western Union to pay for five cell phones with Austrian country codes – three of which were used by the attackers, Corriere said, citing the Indian dossier

February 25, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog honored at the Indian award shows? With all of the acclaim that Slumdog Millionaire is receiving, do you think that it will be honored at any of the Indian award shows (Filmfare 2009, IIFA 2009, etc.) despite the bit of contempt that some big people have shown the movie?

February 24, 2009 Posted by | poll | , , | Leave a comment

Rahman’s family at oscars

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A.R Rahman graced the red carpet event before the beginning of 81st Annual Academy Award with his beautiful wife Saira Rahman. She is wearing some stunning traditional clothes. Love her for that!

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Art | , , , , | 1 Comment

Ambani’s reunion

Mukesh and Anil Ambani, who parted their ways in 2005, will be once again come together under the same roof on Tuesday on the occasion of their mother’s 75th birthday. This has triggered a speculation of a possible rapprochement between the two.

There have been reports time and again about a possible reunion between the two ever since they shook hands at an industrialists’ meet convened by Opposition Leader L K Advani at his residence in the capital last year.

The family reunion at the celebrations on Tuesday would see the two siblings coming face to face for the third time in less than two months.

No comments could be obtained from spokespersons of both the sides despite several attempts for comments on whether the two siblings would be present at the birthday celebrations of Kokilaben. S

She had hammered a truce deal between Mukesh and Anil to end more than a year long ugly battle being fought in public domain.

A family source indicated that it had always been Kokilaben’s endeavour to ensure that past should not come in the way of the relationship in the family, while the two brothers continue to grow their businesses.

February 24, 2009 Posted by | politics | , , , | Leave a comment

A.R.rahman wins 2 Oscars

It was a dream run at the Oscars for India. Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s rags-to-riches romance set in India, Slumdog Millionaire, won eight Oscar awards for best feature film, direction, original song, original score, sound mixing, editing, adapted screenplay and cinematography. Smile Pinki, a 39-minute short film in Hindi and Bhojpuri, directed by Emmy-nominated producer Megan Mylan won the best documentary short subject Oscar.Rahman he is a true Patriot he dint even forget the national language and his mother toungue and praised his mother and the only God.His speech was true and his performance of o saaya was scintillating.

February 23, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Flintoff ruled out of fourth test

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was today ruled out of the fourth Test against the West Indies in Barbados.

Flintoff, 31, underwent a scan on his injured right hip yesterday and the results showed a muscle strain.

He will be reassessed over the coming days in the hope that he will be fit for the final Test in Trinidad and the one-day series which follows.

The Lancashire star was clearly struggling during the third Test in Antigua, which ended in a disappointing draw for England on Thursday, but still sent down 17 overs in West Indies’ second innings as the tourists chased victory.

Seamer Amjad Khan and all-rounder Ravi Bopara have been called up to the senior squad as cover and could play in the two-day warm-up match which begins in Barbados tomorrow.

Flintoff has already been ruled out of the fourth Test which starts on Thursday, with the fifth match, scheduled to commence on March 6, his target for a return.

A one-day practice game against an WIPA President’s Select XI is next up on March 14 before a one-off Twenty20 international which precedes the 50-over series.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ronaldo scores

Cristiano Ronaldo was a happy man on Saturday after his stunning free-kick helped Manchester United beat Blackburn 2-1.The Portuguese dynamo’s superb second-half set-piece at Old Trafford handed Sir Alex Ferguson’s men their tenth straight league win, a victory that takes them eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.Although second-placed Liverpool can reduce the gap on Sunday if they beat Manchester City at Anfield, Ronaldo was delighted with both the win – aided and abetted by Wayne Rooney’s opener – and United’s table-topping position.”The most important thing is that we are top of the table and now we are eight points ahead of Liverpool,” Ronaldo told United’s official television channel.”I’m very happy that we got three points. It was a very tough game. “The manager said before the game that it was going to be one of the toughest games of the season. He has experience and he knows better than anyone. “We saw in the game that Blackburn created chances and they were a dangerous team playing on the counter attack.”We controlled most of the game and had more opportunities. At the end of the day I think we deserved to win because we looked to score goals.”
Ronaldo also revealed that he was far from happy that he had been booked for diving, especially when Rovers midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen fell in the box but did not get booked.”I thought Pedersen dived. It wasn’t a penalty. Pedersen dived and didn’t get a yellow card, but I dived and he did book me! But I suppose that’s just the situation of the game,” Ronaldo explained.Despite being frustrated over his booking, Ronaldo was quick to say just how delighted he was with his 60th minute winner, a trademark free-kick that was hit with terrific power and which gave Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson little chance.
“I was pleased with my goal, it was a good free kick and an important goal. I’m looking forward to seeing it on television!”

February 22, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , | Leave a comment

Chelsea boss Guss Hiddink

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New Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is confident he has inherited a unified squad after failing in his search for possible divisions.The Blues have been stung by reports of discontent in the dressing room with skipper John Terry hinting that Luiz Felipe Scolari was not supported by all players.Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack have both emphatically denied agitating for the removal of Hiddink’s predecessor, who departed Stamford Bridge 10 days ago.One of the tasks facing Hiddink has been to asses player morale yet during his first week in charge the Dutchman has found only harmony.”I am not totally naive,” said Hiddink, speaking to the English media for the first time this morning.”I wanted to see whether anything which has been said about the recent past is true.”You can see when you play games whether the players get emotional.”You can’t mask things then – you show your emotions and show whether you get at a certain player.”But I haven’t seen that. They respect each other. What I noticed is that they are a united squad.
“There are 20-plus players and I’m realistic enough to know that one to 11 will be very happy and the rest will want to play.”But they know they are in a big club and that not everyone can play.”I’m not fully aware of the struggles that went on before and I’m not that interested in what people assume to be struggles.”I’ve noticed how people behave and how people do or don’t get on with each other, but in my view that has not happened so far.”I have watched the team from a little distance in the locker room over the last few days and I can’t see any division.”Hiddink will perform his Chelsea duties alongside his role as Russia coach, a post he is contracted to hold up to and including the 2010 World Cup.However, a successful spell at Stamford Bridge would raise serious doubts over his departure with his close relationship with Roman Abramovich potentially smoothing the permanent transition from Russia to Chelsea.But the 62-year-old is adamant he remains committed to Russia and only took the Blues position because of convenient gaps in the international fixture list.”The situation is that Chelsea made a decision. They asked me to help until the end of the season,” he said.
“I have a full-hearted obligation with the Russian Football Federation which I will fulfil until the end of the season.”The international calendar is such that at the end of March there are two games and then nothing until June.”If the schedule had been different, it would have been difficult. So I will go back in March and then again at the end of May.”I’m here until the end of the season and with regards to who Chelsea are signing after that, it’s up to them not   me.”Hiddink’s first match in charge is tomorrow’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash with third-placed Aston Villa.Chelsea sit 10 points behind Manchester United but Hiddink refuses to concede the title race and is determined to finish the season with some silverware.”Realistically it’s difficult to catch United. If you’re leading with 10 points you feel comfortable. But things can change in a few minutes,” he said.”In the other two competitions Chelsea are still in the race. That’s the challenge – I’m not just here to pass time until the end of the season.”The players are used to winning trophies so let’s try and repeat it. If we don’t we can’t be happy.
“The priority is Villa Park. It’s the cliche answer – the next game is the most important. After that it’s Juventus.”

February 21, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Karunanidhi says his Govt is being toppled

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today alleged that “there is a conspiracy” to topple his government, saying “planned incidents of violence” were being organised as part of this. In an apparent reference to the clash between police and the advocates at Madras High Court yesterday and the subsequent incidents of violence across the state, Karunanidhi said “some persons are conspiring to topple the government.but we will continue to walk the chosen path of “justice and honesty,” he said. Speaking at the inauguration of the ‘Padi grade separator’ here through video conferencing from his hospital bed where he is recuperating from a spinal cord surgery, the chief minister said he was “watching all the planned incidents of violence”.”There is a conspiracy to topple my government which is striving for the welfare of people.The conspirators are being aided by some politicians and a section of media.But it is not fair to trouble a government delivering good governance,” he said.Earlier in a statement, Karunanidhi had urged the political parties in the state “not to give room for aggravation of the High court violence.”

February 21, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Chennai Protest

India Lawyers ClashThere was a mini-riot at Madras High Court on Thursday. A grand heritage building was turned into a war zone as lawyers turned their anger on the police in the Madras High Court, after the arrests of 2 lawyers on Tuesday. The police responded with brute force, lathicharging protestors, firing tear gas shells. Hundreds caught in the middle as Chennai’s law keepers fought a pitched battle. A judge  were among those injured. Police say lawyers stormed the High Court Police Station and set it on fire. And that’s when reinforcements, even black cat commandos, were called in. But lawyers have quite another story: S Prabhakaran, president, Bar association, says: “Policemen charged in and brutally assaulted us.” Tamil Nadu’s top cop, DGP K P Jain, chose to play it safe: “These are controversial questions. More than one version to it, so I am not commenting, but cases were registered against lawyers for what had happened over these days. policemen were eyewitnesses to these incidents. They had identified a few lawyers responsible for lawlessness. They lodged a complaint after which one lawyer was arrested. So that’s what provoked the incident.” At the end of it all, close to 75 people were injured and cars burnt. But the greatest damage is perhaps to the reputation of those who uphold the law.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | news | , , | 1 Comment

Delhi-6

The carpet was set, the barricades grounded, and the security tight. But nothing deterred girls to hoot with the highest tempo to shake hands, express their love and catch a glimpse of their bodyguard-clouded-star Abhishek Bachchan at the red-carpet premiere of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Delhi-6’ releasing Friday. Women from all age groups – married, college going and school going girls – filled the atmosphere with an electrifying energy to meet Abhsihek at PVR Priya here Thursday night.
‘Abhishek I love you’, ‘Abhishek marry me’, ‘Abhishek, you are the best’ were a few of the slogans the fair-sex aficionados couldn’t stop shouting when the whole star cast of ‘Delhi-6’ arrived at the event. ‘I have been here since the last three hours and I am not leaving the place until I shake hands with Abhishek,’ said Richa Yadav, a Class 12 student from DPS, Mathura Road, who finally managed to capture pictures of her star from the least distance across the barricade. Shouted a gang of eight girls from Delhi University: ‘Abhishek, you have to pick one from us. We won’t let you go.’ The actor himself was in a fix at the response. ‘It’s mind blowing. It’s amazing. I love Delhi and the turn out of the people here is fantastic. I hope it remains the same in theatres as well,’ said Abhishek, clad in a jet-black three-piece suit.
Written and directed by Mehra, the UTV produced film also stars Sonam Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Prem Chopra, Waheeda Rehman and Atul Kulkarni – who were also present at the do. Also present at the event were a bevy of Bollywood stars including, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor and movie’s producer Ronnie Screwala.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | Leave a comment

FICCI IIFA Awards

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February 19, 2009 Posted by | fashion | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Manchester United 3-0 win over Fulham

Paul Scholes opened the scoring with his 97th Premier League goal, Dimitar Berbatov’s 12th goal of the season made it two and substitute Wayne Rooney completed the rout with his first touch after a seven-match absence.

In addition, it is now 1,302 minutes and over 14 games since Edwin van der Sar conceded a top-flight goal.

However, the statistic that looks most noteworthy is 18 league titles – the same as arch rivals Liverpool. For that is what United seem increasingly likely to achieve after winning their match in hand on the Merseyside giants at a canter.

And, although they will meet more difficult opposition than Roy Hodgson’s toothless bunch, it is hard to see how the Red Devils will relinquish their advantage in the remaining 13 games given they have now started scoring and no longer let any in.

If Van der Sar can keep Blackburn at bay for 89 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday, he will eclipse the European record of Club Brugge stalwart Dany Verlinden, who went 1,390 without conceding a goal in 1990.

As expected, Rooney was named on the bench after missing seven games with a hamstring injury. However, Ryan Giggs did not even have that consolation as Sunday’s man-of-the-match at Derby watched on from the stands.

And therein lies the problem for all United’s rivals.

Rafael Benitez can only dream of being able to willingly leave out such stars and Chelsea are surely too far behind to have an impact no matter how aggrieved they might feel at Sir Alex Ferguson choosing his programme notes to write the Londoners off.

Although Fulham had no away wins and only three goals to their name, their results suggest an obduracy that might have caught United out. But that was not the case.

While not at their best, Ferguson’s men were well on top when Mark Schwarzer offered the kind of gift not really needed but accepted all the same.

Scholes could probably bring out a DVD compilation of the goals he has scored from the training ground move that simply involves a team-mate dropping a corner into his path.

Typically, the former England star responded to Michael Carrick’s invitation to shoot by launching a thunderbolt goalwards.

Schwarzer should have saved but somehow allowed the ball to squirm its way into the opposite corner.

The Australian is normally the most reliable of goalkeepers but it seemed he had been struck down by a sudden attack of nerves.

Failing to hold a Cristiano Ronaldo cross that bounced right in front of him, Schwarzer could only watch on helplessly as Berbatov steered the loose ball goalwards, only for Aaron Hughes to make the goalline clearance.

The Bulgarian was a conclusive winner next time the trio were in close proximity though. John O’Shea created the opportunity, continuing his run into the box after laying a pass off to Carrick.

Scholes provided the flick on that O’Shea toed Berbatov’s way. Schwarzer and Hughes closed in, neither man made contact and the United striker gleefully tapped home.

Had Berbatov not followed Carlos Tevez in having a effort disallowed for a marginal offside decision, Fulham might as well have started making their way home at the interval.

Not that the visitors were likely to score twice against a team who last felt the sinking feeling of conceding a goal at the beginning of November.

Two brilliant passes from Scholes created a half chance for Berbatov to force Schwarzer into a good save, which at least gave the former Middlesbrough man something to cheer before his net was bulging again.

Rooney had only been on the field for two minutes after replacing Berbatov and had yet to touch the ball when Park Ji-sung let fly with a low cross-shot. He did not need a settling-in period though as he tapped home at the far post.

For a fleeting moment it looked as though Van der Sar would be picking the ball out of his own net as well, but Bobby Zamora spurned the gilt-edged opportunity

February 19, 2009 Posted by | sports | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saurav Ganguly says no to politics

After getting an offer from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to join the party in West Bengal, former India captain.Sourav Ganguly is being wooed to fight the coming elections from Uttar Pradesh, but he has not taken any decision, his wife, Dona indicated on Tuesday.

But later in Kolkata Ganguly said hat he was not good enough for politics. “It is not true. I am not good enough for politics,” Ganguly said when asked about a report of the possibility of his joining politics. Asked about reports that he planned to join Samajwadi Party, Ganguly quipped, “I have my own state.” “The West Bengal government definitely wants that he (Sourav) should step into politics and when I was in Lucknow for a programme, some minister who was there said that he should come and fight from UP,” Dona earlier said, but she was not sure whether it was the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which made the offer.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , | Leave a comment

Obama signs a stimulus package

President Barack Obama signed into law a $787 billion economic stimulus plan on Tuesday, predicting the package of spending and tax cuts marked “the beginning of the end” of America’s worst economic slide since the 1930s-era Great Depression.

On Wednesday, Obama will outline another big piece of his recovery effort — a $50-billion plan to help stem foreclosures — in Arizona, one of the States hardest hit by the mortgage defaults that are at the centre of the nation’s economic woes.

Speaking in Denver, the city where he won the Democratic Presidential nomination last August, Obama said the stimulus package — one of the most costly pieces of legislation in US history — cleared the way for Americans to begin “laying claim to a destiny of our own making.”

By signing the bill outside of Washington, a highly unusual move, Obama signalled he would continue taking his message directly to the American people as he tries to stay above the partisan tensions still gripping the Capitol. Opposition Republicans in both houses of Congress were nearly unanimous in voting against the plan that Democrats hope will save or create 35 lakh jobs.

Shortly after signing the bill, Obama issued a long-expected order to boost US troop levels in Afghanistan, where a resurgent Taliban has retaken much of the ground it lost early in the seven-year-old war. The additional brigades would add about 17,000 troops to the slightly more than 30,000 US forces currently in Afghanistan.

“This increase is necessary to stabilise a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,” Obama said in a statement.

That was a slap at his predecessor, George W. Bush, whom Obama has accused of slighting urgent national security needs in Afghanistan in favour of the war in Iraq.

Obama’s stimulus passage, despite stark opposition, was a major legislative victory for the new President, who was closing out his first month in office under a storm of economic bad news and public pessimism.

Even with the promise of a huge infusion for the economy, the stock market tumbled about 4 more percentage points on Tuesday as investors continued selling off equities in a retreat to safer ground.

At least one State, Missouri, quickly began putting the promised funds to work. Construction crews began work on a replacement for a rural Missouri bridge minutes after the bill was signed. Officials said they believed it would be the first project supported by stimulus funds.

With the stimulus measure in place, Obama now must take vigorous steps to prop up the deeply troubled financial system, ease the pain of Americans facing home mortgage foreclosures and save the teetering auto industry.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

FA cup ManU wins Derby

Nani, Darron Gibson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Danny Welbeck all the 4 scored goals to lead ManU to a 4-1 victory.But Giggs  was at the centre of all the good work United produced on an eventful afternoon which leaves him just three wins away from becoming the first player since the 19th century to collect five winners’ medals in this most historic of competitions.Six weeks ago, United came to the same ground and were humbled as Derby basked in the glory of Nigel Clough’s appointment.The Red Devils reversed that result to book a Carling Cup final place, since when they have enhanced an unlikely quintuple bid by taking a stranglehold in the Barclays Premier League title race.een to ensure there was no repeat east midlands horror show, Ferguson sent his team – showing seven changes from the one that defeated West Ham last weekend – out with a sense of determination.Stephen Bywater was twice called upon to keep the visitors out, first denying Nani with a low save, then pulling off an amazing reaction effort to repel Park Ji-Sung.But it was already pretty obvious Derby needed an unexpected turn of events to emerge victorious and once referee Alan Wiley had rejected Rob Hulse’s claims for a penalty when he went down under Rio Ferdinand’s challenge, it was always unlikely to come.Nani seems to have lost his way a little in his second season at Old Trafford, yet he remains capable of those moments of genius for which compatriot Ronaldo is so famed.And, when he collected Ryan Giggs’ square pass and raced across the penalty area, the fierce 20-yard shot that followed was nothing out of character as it left Bywater with no chance.One Kris Commons free-kick that tested Ben Foster was about all Derby could manage in response before a bizarre period followed in which United were denied a goal that should have been allowed, and given one that should have been ruled out.Ronaldo’s celebrations were cut short by a very late flag after he raced clear and slotted the ball past Bywater. The officials needed to confer before acknowledging Giggs had flicked Ben Foster’s long throw through to the Portuguese superstar.Ferguson was not happy, making his feelings known to fourth official Rob Styles in no uncertain manner.Fortunately, United’s grumbles did not last too long, although how Rafael was not ruled to be offside as he ran straight in front of Bywater as Gibson volleyed in was a mystery.Any lingering doubt over who would be in the last eight was removed within three minutes of the restart.Giggs was again the provider, this time in routine fashion with a near-post corner which Ronaldo powered home, his elaborate celebration suggesting his 15th goal of the campaign should have come earlier.To all intents and purposes, it was game over, even if Miles Addison guided home a header to pull one back for Derby almost immediately.Ronaldo spurned a couple of chances to add to his tally, with Darren Fletcher failing to profit from a rebound.Enthusiastically Derby pressed forward in reply, Gary Teale bringing an excellent save out of Foster, handed a rare start ahead of record-breaking Edwin van der Sar.

But United were too good, with Giggs in particular truly majestic.At 35, with a barrow-load of trophies already, it could be argued the former Wales skipper is playing more consistently well than at any stage of his career.It still rankles with Ferguson that in the 1999 treble-winning season, Giggs, along with the remainder of United’s squad, was overlooked for all the major individual prizes in favour of David Ginola.

He further enhanced his credentials for this season’s player prizes by playing a role in Danny Welbeck’s late effort.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Delhi 6

The starcast of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s most awaited flick Delhi 6 gathered at a suburban mall in Mumbai to flag off the promotions of the film. The promotions were kicked-off through an unique caravan. And while the director enjoyed the moment the leading pair of the film also shook a leg for their fans .Taking center stage at the promotional event were the leading pair of the film Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor. The two did all that was required of them.They posed for the shutter bugs, clicked pictures with their fans and also shook a leg to light up the occasion.
“We will be holding something called the Delhi mela (fate) with chaats and bangles it’s all part for the promotional activity of the film,” said Abhishek.
“It’s a people’s film effort yehi rahegi ki Abhishek aur Sonam India main ghoome aur is film ko promote kare (Our effort is only that Abhishek and Sonam promote the film an take it to the people).” said Rakeysh. Apart from pledging their combined support to promote their film through this caravan ride across the country, Abhishek and Sonam also share a mutual admiration for each other’s acting prowess.”I think Abhishek is a fabulous actor, I think I’m very fortunate to be doing my second film with him,” said Sonam.”Sonam is a seasoned veteran by the way she’s performed in the film,” said Abhishek.Here’s hoping the audiences feel the same once the film releases on February 20.

February 16, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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January 19, 2009 Posted by | songs | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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Satyam’s disgraced former chief B Ramalinga Raju, his brother Rama Raju and former CFO V Srinivas will be questioned by the CID on Monday.They were transferred from Chanchalguda jail to CID custody on Sunday and will be questioned for the next four days by the CID.However, Raju is armed with a Hyderabad court order, cushioning him from severe grilling and also the police cannot question him in isolation. Raju’s lawyers will be present.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy has said that his government welcomes the CID probe.”We welcome CBI enquiry. we welcome any law enforcement agency to come and investigate any angle in this case,” said Reddy.

Meanwhile, the SEBI petition seeking permission to question Raju also comes up for hearing on Monday.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | software | Leave a comment

India to give Kasab’s DNA sample

India will give Pakistan another set of evidence on the involvement of Pakistani elements in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.DNA samples and fingerprints of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive for the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November 2008, are likely to be handed over to Pakistan soon.Sources say DNA sample is admissible as evidence to determine identity in Pakistani anti-terrorism court. India is also likely to name Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, leaders of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba, as conspirators of the terrorist attacks in the charge sheet.
India expects Interpol to issue red corner notice against the two Lashkar leaders.Pakistan, which has all but accepted that Kasab is a Pakistani, on Sunday said Indian investigators will “be more than welcome” to help in its probe into the terror strikes.Rehman Malik, chief of Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, said anyone found to be involved in the “heinous” attacks would be prosecuted under the country’s anti-terror laws. “All the culprits (involved in the Mumbai attacks) must be apprehended. Who will support such acts?” he said in Lahore.Earlier, during an interview with Geo News channel, Malik said Pakistan’s investigations into the Mumbai attacks are being conducted under the country’s laws and the government will not accept any foreign pressure in this regard.
Pakistan doesn’t need the assistance of foreign countries but investigators will “be more than welcome” to help in the probe. “Pakistan is very open and the inquiry officers have been bestowed with full powers to fulfill their task,” Malik said. If people were found of involvement in the “heinous” attacks, they would be prosecuted under Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Act. On January 5, India handed Pakistan a dossier of evidence that included information on interrogations, weapons and data gleaned from satellite phones used by the attackers who attacked iconic Mumbai targets such as hotels and a Jewish center.India said the material proved Pakistan-based militants plotted and executed the Mumbai attacks. Indian officials have repeatedly alleged that Pakistani intelligence agents were involved. Pakistan denies that, though it has accepted that Kasab is a Pakistani.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chandni Chowk to China

chandnichowk Chandni Chowk To China is a big, bloated misadventure of a movie with a string of set pieces instead of a plot. There are too many gags, too many action scenes, too many item songs, and too much of everything, in fact. The film’s biggest crime, if you ask me, is that it’s an exercise in excess.Akshay Kumar stars as Sidhu, a down-on-his-luck street-side cook in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk who some Chinese tourists mistake for the reincarnation of their ancient warrior who alone can defend their village against the kung-fu crime-lord Hojo (played by Chinese actor Gordon Liu). Encouraged and abetted by Ranvir Shorey playing con artist Chopstick, Sidhu leaves behind his father (Mithun Chakraborty) and heads off to China, where much chaos ensues.
Inspired liberally from Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle, the comedy in Chandni Chowk To China, although largely slapstick, is enjoyable for the sheer good-natured goofiness Akshay brings to his character. I’m reminded of that scene in the aircraft where he repeatedly attempts to slam shut a stubborn overhead locker, or then that ingenious song sequence in which he fobs off the bad guys in his bumbling, drunken state. The film’s first hour is lighthearted and simple and most of the humor’s derived from Sidhu’s clumsiness and ineptitude. It’s when the film enters its second hour that the cracks begin to show.The track involving the estranged twin sisters — both played by Deepika Padukone — and their reunion with their beggar father is too convoluted and distracting, and it takes away from the film’s central story.

January 18, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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With several Bollywood projects in hand, southern beauty Asin Thottumkal moved to Mumbai from Chennai but says she has no plans to stay in the city permanently. ‘This is not a permanent shift from south Indian film industry to Bollywood, it’s just that I had two exciting projects, so I came here,’ Asin, who was adjudged the best newcomer at Nokia Star .
Screen Awards for her performance in Aamir Khan starrer ‘Ghajini’, told IANS. The 23-year-old actress, who was also in the Tamil version of ‘Ghajini’, will be next seen in Vipul Shah’s mega budget film ‘London Dreams’ with Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan.

January 18, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | 1 Comment

LTTE usig Tamil as a shield

Accusing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam of using the Tamils as a shield in the war against the Sri Lankan army, AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa rejected the argument that the outfit was the sole representative of the Tamils.“The killing of the innocent Tamils can be avoided if the LTTE allows them safe passage,” she told reporters at the party headquarters here on Saturday. She argued that the Sri Lankan army’s intention was not to kill the Tamils. “But the killing of innocents is inevitable in a war. No country is an exception.” She even took exception to the usage, ‘Eelam Tamils,’ saying it could not be used since there was no separate Eelam. Instead, she preferred the word, ‘Sri Lankan Tamils.’As for the demand for India’s intervention to ensure a ceasefire, Ms. Jayalalithaa said there was a limit to how far one country could interfere in the internal affairs of another country. While her party was for securing the rights of the Tamils on a par with those of the Sinhalese, the fact remained that the LTTE was a terrorist organisation.“Many countries have declared the LTTE a terrorist organisation. It has been banned in India.” Ms. Jayalalithaa said the fast observed by Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan, demanding a ceasefire in Sri Lanka, was a drama.
Asked about the support extended by the MDMK and the CPI, two allies of the AIADMK, to Mr.Thirumavalavan, she said there was no compulsion that the partners in an alliance should have consensus on all issues.

January 18, 2009 Posted by | politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Woods honoured to speak at Obama’s inagural

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World number one Tiger Woods has accepted an invitation to speak during U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration event in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” is the first of several events sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee for Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday. “I am honored that I was invited to this historic event and look forward to participating in Sunday’s festivities,” Woods said on his website (www.tigerwoods.com) on Friday. Arguably the greatest player of all time, Woods became the first African-American to win a major at the 1997 U.S. Masters. The 33-year-old clinched his 14th major victory at the U.S. Open in June but has been out of action since as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery. Woods is among several celebrities who will take part in Sunday’s event at the Lincoln Memorial where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Others include Hollywood actors Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah and musicians Beyonce, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder. George Stephens Jr, the event’s executive producer, said earlier this week a key theme would be Obama’s place in history among other presidents who have led the country in difficult times. “It’s not a celebration of victory; it’s about the country coming together for the future we’re going to face,” Stephens added. “There’s a sense of history about it. Much of the music will be in the context of that history. The Lincoln Memorial is a kind of sacred site.” Sunday’s event, which will be open to the public, will be shown on U.S. cable TV channel HBO, allowing viewers across the United States with access to cable or satellite television to view for free.

January 17, 2009 Posted by | fashion | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

World bank ranks karnataka first

The World Bank has developed a new Investment Climate Index to help identify the key challenges and bottlenecks to be overcome in attracting business investment. In a policy research working paper, World Bank analyst Guiseppe Iarossi ranks the investment climate in 16 Indian States, using data from a survey of 4,000 entrepreneurs in 2005. Karnataka tops the list, with Kerala a close second. Tamil Nadu comes in at ninth place, overtaken by Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Delhi.

Having identified 46 variables descriptive of the business environment in the 16 States, the researcher grouped them into three categories: inputs, infrastructure and institutions. Two dimensions were identified for each category: the objective indicators of cost and the subjective indicators of perception.

Noting that both Delhi and Tamil Nadu seemed to be ranked lower than expected, the paper concludes that Delhi was dragged down by poor power infrastructure and the worst performance in terms of corruption of all 16 States. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, finds its rankings lowered by poor performance on access to finance, lack of skills and availability of technology, according to paper.

The Index attempts to rank the most important bottlenecks to a better business climate, so that governments can better prioritise policies to remedy them with appropriate interventions. Infrastructure is the biggest variable distinguishing between the best and worst States on the Investment Climate Index, with electricity being the single biggest constraint within that category. This is confirmed by both subjective and objective indicators, with the bottom six States in the rankings facing a large number of power outages and large losses due to such outages. The second most important constraint is poor transportation infrastructure, according to the paper. The World Bank used the 2005 data collected in its Investment Climate Survey to construct the new Index.

January 17, 2009 Posted by | business | , , , , | 1 Comment

Chennai may get 3G technology

CellOne subscribers in Chennai could be the first in south India to have a taste of 3G mobile telephony with BSNL Chennai Telephones preparing to roll out next generation communications in February.

A technical team of Chinese 3 G terminal vendor Huawei Technologies is currently engaged in installing the infrastructure to support the first tranche of 1.5 lakh 3G lines that would transform the way mobile users access the web.The projected speeds on the 3G platform are said to be at least 30 times faster than 2G technology.Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is slated to soft launch 3G services possibly in February first week and the likely dates are being worked out.According to plan, 3G services would initially be available to CellOne subscribers in Chennai before the rollout is extended to other major cities and towns in the State.Meanwhile, reports from Delhi indicate that the auctioning of spectrum has been deferred a few weeks beyond the already revised date of January 30 to enable the Centre to fix a higher reserve price for spectrum bands.Private mobile operators have been demanding a level playing field for launching 3G to negate any early mover advantage that BSNL and MTNL might get.

It is unclear as of now as to how long the telecom department proposes to put the technology on trial before going commercial.The logistics for ringing in 3 G services featuring high-speed data, video and voice transmission involves setting up an additional 1,000 base transceiver station towers. This would go hand-in-hand with the ongoing drive to augment the 2G network through the commissioning of another 2 lakh lines.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , , | Leave a comment

All survive in Newyork river

US Airways jet with 155 people on board ditched in the frigid Hudson River off Manhattan after apparently hitting a flock of geese on Thursday and officials said everyone was rescued.We’ve had a miracle on the Hudson. David Paterson told a news conference, calling the pilot a hero for landing the Airbus A320 plane in the fast-moving river.”The pilot somehow, without any engines, was able to land this plane … without any serious injuries,” Paterson said.New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg lauded the pilot for ensuring all those on board, including a baby, were safe.”The pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure that everybody got out,” Bloomberg said, noting that the pilot was calm enough to walk through the plane twice after landing to ensure everyone was out.

The pilot of Flight 1549 was Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of Danville, California. Sullenberger is a former Air Force fighter pilot with 40 years flying experience, according to the website of a safety company he founded.The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating reports the plane hit a flock of birds after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia airport.Witnesses saw the plane glide in low for an emergency landing, kicking up a cloud of spray in the river, which runs to the west of Manhattan island.US Airways said 150 passengers and five crew were aboard the Airbus A320, headed for Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shortly after takeoff, the pilot radioed flight controllers that he had hit birds, law enforcement sources said.Mark Wilkinson, a commercial pilot waiting for takeoff at LaGuardia shortly after the crash, said the ground controller told him the plane had sucked a bird into an engine after takeoff. He told Reuters in an e-mail that there were many geese near the runways.A passenger told Reuters that a few minutes after takeoff he heard what sounded like and explosion. “The engine blew. There was fire everywhere and it smelled like gas,” said Jeff Kolodjay, from Norwalk, Connecticut.He said the pilot told passengers to brace for impact. After the aircraft ditched, he said, “People were bleeding all over. We hit the water pretty hard. It was scary.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Priya dutt speaks

Amar targets Congress MP, reminds her Sanjay had campaigned for Jayaprada when Sunil Dutt was alive

Congress MP from Northwest Mumbai Priya Dutt on Wednesday denied media reports that the announcement by the Samajwadi Party to field Sanjay Dutt from Lucknow Lok Sabha seat had led to a family feud even as SP general secretary targeted her for her reported remarks. Singh said Dutt junior had campaigned for the party even when his father the late Sunil Dutt was alive.

Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Priya said her brother was free to contest the Lok Sabha elections from whichever party he wanted to and that his decision would never lead to any feud between them.

There was, however, a faint hint of disappointment on Priya’s part when she said she had not spoken to Sanjay about his seat selection. “Even when marriage happened, I came to know through the press. This time also, I am informed by the press. I am not the one to bring family feud into public domain.”

She said her family had always been with the Congress but added that “if Sanjay chooses to contest from anywhere, it will be his choice. He is free to make independent choices. There will not be any rift between siblings because of that. The seat from which I have been elected was given by the party to me; it is not our family heirloom. If the party chooses to give the seat to someone else, I will continue my father’s work. It is important for me to maintain my parents’ name”.

She also said it would be Manyata’s choice if she wanted to contest elections and that there was no malice between the two.

In New Delhi, while targeting her, Amar Singh told reporters: “When the late Sunil Dutt was alive, Sanjay had campaigned for Jaya Prada when she had contested from Rampur (in Uttar Pradesh). He (Sunil Dutt) should have then asked Sanjay not to campaign.”

The SP general secretary claimed that when the Congress had asked Sunil Dutt to campaign against Jaya Prada, he had refused. “He had said he would not campaign against people in the industry be it Jaya Prada, Shatrughan Sinha or Hema Malini.”

He also criticised noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani for equating Sanjay with Ansal brothers convicted in the Uphaar tragedy. “Ansals were involved in a mass murder,” he said.

Singh said if former cricketer Navjot Singh Siddhu convicted in a murder case could be allowed to contest elections, the same principle could apply on Sanjay.

January 15, 2009 Posted by | politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big B slams slumdog millionaire

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Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has criticised Slumdog Millionaire, the Golden-Globe winning movie which tells the rags-to-riches tale of an orphan from a Mumbai slum, for portraying India as a “Third World dirty underbelly developing nation”.”It’s just that the SM (Slumdog Millionaire) idea authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a Westerner, gets creative Globe recognition. The other would perhaps not,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.
If the movie projects “India as a third world dirty underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the mostdeveloped nations.”
“Conditions world over are so similar. Perceptions differ, but the reality of life and existence, unchanged. Comments for the film Slumdog Millionaire and the anger by some on its contents, prompt me to say the above,” Bachchan wrote.Bachchan recalled that the “commercial escapist world of Indian cinema” has vociferously battled for years, on the attention paid and adulation given to legendary Satyajit Ray at all prestigious film festivals of the West and not a word of appreciation for the entertaining mass-oriented box office blockbusters that were being churned out from Mumbai.
“The argument: Ray portrayed reality. The other escapism, fantasy and incredulous posturing. Unimpressive for Cannes, Berlin and Venice. But look at how rapidly all that is changing,” he said.Actor Irrfan Khan, who plays a police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire, has rejected criticism about the film and believes the reality of Indian poverty can’t be ignored.

January 15, 2009 Posted by | marketing | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ICC rankings

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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been toppled by his West Indies counterpart Chris Gayle, who moved up five ladders to perch on the top of the batsmen’s list in Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Rankings.Dhoni, who is on the second spot of the list with 779 points and an average of 46.84, had to vacate the top slot to Gayle, who have accumulated 783 points with an average of 40.63, thanks to a series of fine performances against New Zealand.The 29-year-old Jamaican managed an impressive 135 off 129 balls including nine fours and five sixes in the final ODI against New Zealand in Napier, although his side eventually lost the match.
The left-hand batsman was last ranked number one nearly five years ago (in April 2004) but he has not been out of the top 20 since the middle of 2002, an ICC release said.India’s left-hand batsman Yuvraj Singh slipped one rung down to the sixth place while South Africa captain Graeme Smith slided down two places to be fifth.Smith is likely to fall even further with injury forcing him out of the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia, starting on Friday.However, India’s master batsman Sachin Tendulkar retained his 12th spot with 708 points, while Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (740) remaining on the seventh slot.
In the bowlers’ list, which is headed by Australia’s Nathan Bracken, Zaheer Khan (660) is the only Indian, who retained the 11th spot with economy rate of 4.84.New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has slipped from the number one spot to second, while Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has gained one place to go fourth in the rankings.However, no Indian figure in the list of all-rounders, which is headed by New Zealand’s Jacob Oram.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UK PM says Pakki was unacceptable

Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday added his voice to those condemning Prince Harry for calling an Asian army colleague a “Paki” but said the royal’s apology was genuine and should be accepted.The 24-year-old prince issued an apology after his remarks, captured on a video made in 2006, were published on the News of the World website. He said the comments were made without any racist malice intended.”I think Prince Harry knows these comments were unacceptable,” Brown told GMTV, saying the sincerity of the apology could not be doubted.”I think the British people are good enough to give someone who has actually been a role model for young people and has done well fighting for our country, gone into very difficult situations with bravery, I think they will give him the benefit of the doubt.”Harry is set to face an Army inquiry and Brown said the prince would be meeting his commanding officer soon to discuss the comments.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Christiano Ronaldo FIFA player of the year

footyCristiano Ronaldo beat off competition from Lionel Messi, Xavi, as well
as Fernando Torres, and last year’s winner Kaka, to win the FIFA World
Player of the Year Award with a total of 935 vote points.In second place was Barcelona star Lionel Messi with 678, while Liverpool striker Fernando Torres finished third with 203.
AC Milan star Kaka was not far behind in fourth with 183, while Barcelona’s Xavi ended up fifth with 155.The
attacking wideman had a magnificent 2007/08 season, scoring 42 goals
for Manchester United, and capturing the Premier League, Champions
League and European Golden Boot. He followed this up this term by
lifting the Club World Cup in Japan.Ronaldo caps off a clean
sweep of the major awards, having also picked up the prestigious Ballon
d’Or (European Footballer of the Year) at the end of 2008.
The
23-year-old becomes the first English-based player to be named FIFA
World Player of the Year, and only the second Portuguese, following in
the footsteps of Luis Figo, who triumphed in 2001.
In the women’s category, Brazilian sensation Marta was victorious, winning for the third year in succession.
The
FIFA Fair Play Awards went jointly to the Armenia and Turkey Football
Federations for the work they did in helping bring the two countries
together politically, socially and football-wise.The FIFA Presidential Award was presented to the United States Women’s National Team.

January 13, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Satyam waits for its new boss

The newly appointed board of Satyam Computer Services said on Monday finding a new CEO for the scam-hit company and restating its finances were its top priority. A possible merger with a rival company is also on the table.

On their first day at work, the three members of the board touched down in Hyderabad, held a quick review with company officials at Satyam’s headquarters and then addressed the media, in an attempt to talk up sentiments and restore confidence among employees and customers. They picked their words carefully.

They expressed optimism, but didn’t seek to undermine the challenges that lie ahead. They didn’t set a timeframe for putting Satyam back on track, but promised to give it their best shot.

All told, the best possible scenario for Satyam, experts said, would be one wherein the company eventually finds a buyer. Deepak Parekh, who anchors the new board for now, said the option of merging the company with a rival firm “is always open”, but gave no details.

To find a buyer, Satyam has to first come clean with its finances, which were rigged by its disgraced former chairman, B. Ramalinga Raju, allegedly to the tune of at least Rs 7,100 crore. Parekh said an independent auditor would be appointed within 48 hours to restate Satyam’s finances.

This is also crucial to raising money to pay salaries of its 53,000 employees and meeting running expenses. “There is a doubt (about financial numbers) in everyone’s mind, including ours,” he said.

“Unless we get some authenticated numbers, no bank will give money.” The board will also persuade Satyam’s clients to pay earlier for the services they have already received.

Former NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik, who is also on the new board, said the speed and decisiveness with which the government intervened had helped restore some confidence among Satyam’s stakeholders. “It’s not completely gone.

There is perception of some stability now,” Karnik said. On Monday, Satyam’s shares rose 44 per cent to Rs 34.40, on hopes of a revival.

But most analysts maintained that it would be difficult to entirely undo the company’s slide. As Parekh said himself, getting a good chief executive officer isn’t going to be easy, because “very few want to leave their job and come to a company with such uncertainty”.

Moreover, employees and customers need continuous assurance, and all of that has to be done in a transparent manner, in public glare. Already, clients are looking to switch and employees are passing on resumes to headhunters.

The board needs to be expanded, but few competent candidates are available in the market. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a meeting of senior government officials in Delhi to review the Satyam issue.

“It’s a hell of a job,” said Omkar Goswami, economist and an independent director on the board of Infosys Technologies. “The best thing that can happen to the company is that it finds a buyer.

In the worst case, it faces liquidation, but I hope that doesn’t happen

January 13, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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Top place in the movie industry’s Golden Globes awards has gone to the Indian-based drama “Slumdog Millionare.” At the ceremony in Los Angeles it swept four categories, including best director for Danny Boyle. “Slumdog” features a young Indian man in Mumbai who’s looking for love and competing for money on a television game show. Kate Winslet won two awards for best dramatic actress for her role as a frustrated housewife in “Revolutionary Road” and a German woman in “The Reader.” The Globes are a precursor to Hollywood’s Oscar awards.

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | music | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

World Bank names blacklisted Indian IT firms

The World Bank on Sunday said it plans to publish in the future the names of all companies it bans from doing work with the poverty-fighting institution, and immediately listed three Indian companies.

The Bank said the move aligns its disclosure practices for companies involved in wrongdoing that work on development projects financed by the World Bank and those that provide goods and services directly to the institution.

“This change was made in the interest of fairness and transparency,” the Washington-based lender said in a statement.

Until now, the World Bank has only published the names of debarred companies involved in Bank-financed projects, but has not listed blacklisted firms that receive direct contracts from the institution under its corporate procurement program.

“There are currently three companies that have been debarred along with their affiliates under the Bank Group’s corporate procurement program,” the Bank said.

It said it debarred Satyam Computer Services, India’s fourth-largest software company, for eight years in September 2008, and Wipro Technologies, India’s No. 3 software company, for four years in June 2007 both for “improper benefits to bank staff”.

In addition, it said it had also barred India’s Megasoft Consultants for four years in December 2007 for “participating in a joint venture with Bank staff while conducting business with the Bank”.

All three companies were involved in different contracts and their debarments are not related.

The World Bank has long been under pressure to step up its fight again fraud and corruption within the institution and in projects it finances in developing countries.

Satyam’s chairman and founder Ramalinga Raju resigned last week after revealing years of accounting fraud in India’s biggest corporate fraud. Raju admitted last week that about $1 billion, or 94 percent of the cash on the company’s books was fictitious.

The World Bank acknowledged only in December it had debarred Satyam following press reports that the company had been blacklisted three months earlier for “improper benefits” given to Bank officials.

In Mumbai, Wipro Ltd said in a statement its revenues from the World Bank were insignificant and the decision by the Bank to bar it would not affect business and earnings.

Shares in Wipro fell more than 12 percent after the World Bank said it had barred the company from its direct contracts.

January 12, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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Fans of director Danny Boyle’s work will find much to appreciate in his latest film, Slumdog Millionaire, a sweeping, hopeful story about a boy in the slums of India who becomes an instant celebrity after he wins millions on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. Adapted by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) off the novel Q &A by Vikas Swarup, the tale is framed within an interesting narrative structure that revolves around the young man, Jamal, being interrogated for fraud by the police, who cannot believe that a “slumdog” orphan could possibly have known the answers to the questions on the show.

Boyle uses this conceit to take us back and forth from the police station, where Jamal (Dev Patel) is tortured to get him to confess how he cheated, to his appearance on the show, to the events throughout his youth that led to him knowing the answers to the game show questions. How did a boy growing up in the slums amid piles of garbage and filth know which US president is on the one hundred dollar bill, or who invented the revolver? Boyle takes us back through Jamal’s life story to show us the mean-streets education that led to him knowing the answers, while managing to avoid making the set-up feel contrived.
The scenes that take place during the game show are a masterwork of interplay and intellect, as Jamal duels verbally with wealthy, narcissistic host Prem Kumar (veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor), who’s sort of a Hindi version of Regis Philbin. There’s a certain level of class struggle going on within the framework of the game show, pitting the wealthy, arrogant host against the soft-spoken, affable kid from the slums. Kumar, fearing that the eminently likable young man might detract from his own popularity with the audience, taunts Jamal for being a poor chaiwalla (tea bearer) and subtly — and not so subtly — tries to get Jamal to cash in and end his winning streak. What Kumar doesn’t get is that Jamal’s not really in it for the money at all.

A screenwriter friend I talked to after last night’s sneak screening called Slumdog “Dickensonian” in style, and that’s a fairly apt comparison. While Boyle immerses the viewer in the poverty and tragedy of life as an orphan in the slums of Mumbai, he deftly avoids delving into the murky realm of “poverty porn,” which treats the lives of those caught in such circumstances gratuitously. This is a character-intensive story, with the narrative lens focused firmly on Jamal, who, in spite of growing up amidst filth, abuse and the threat of starvation, emerges with his spirit, honesty and courage intact.

The heart of the film, though, is the thread of love and friendship between Jamal and another young orphan, Latika, who’s befriended by Jamal and gruffly tolerated by his older brother. The trio call themselves “The Three Musketeers” — Jamal and his brother having been enraptured by the classic tale when they attended school before their mother died. Fate, life, and adults preying on the vulnerable youth of Mumbai’s slums conspire to keep Jamal and Latika apart, but Jamal never sways from his belief that he and Latika are destined to be together.

This love story, interwoven throughout the film, lends a classical, metaphorical level to the film that adds depth to its mainstream-audience friendly, accessible surface. Orphaned children in places like Mumbai are easy prey for adults who force or coerce them into servitude as beggars, prostitutes, and criminals. Jamal’s older brother succumbs to the lure of crime as a path out of poverty; Jamal, on the other hand, does what he has to in order to survive — when you’re five years old, homeless and starving while the adults around you kick you around like a dog for merely trying to scrounge enough to keep from dying, the morality of theft and ownership doesn’t really amount to much — but he never loses his sense of fairness, justice and compassion.

Jamal’s pursuit of Latika is single-minded; She is the only thing in his hard-knock life that he’s ever cared about other than his mother and brother. Even when Latika gives up and resigns herself to the life of abuse that it seems fate has mapped out for her, Jamal is her white knight, relentlessly fighting to free her from the prison in which beauty and destitution have trapped her.

Patel, with his wide-eyed openness and mournful brown eyes, utterly charms as Jamal — I want to see much more from this young actor in the future — and all the cast, including the kids who play Jamal, Latika and his brother in their childhood, bring life and energy to their roles. Sweeping cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle brings the slums of Mumbai to life, finding the beauty and humanity amidst crushing impoverishment that most of us who will see the film could never imagine surviving, much less thriving in.

There’s sadness and tragedy within Slumdog Millionaire — starvation, genocide, child prostitution and overwhelming oppression — but there’s humor, humanity and dignity as well. Boyle, stepping outside the UK to focus his lens on India, seems to have freed himself here to bring his brilliance as a director to its fullest fruition. Slumdog Millionaire is Boyle’s best film to date, which is saying quite a lot; He’s made a joyous, fun, and wonderfully accessible.

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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A.R. Rahman’s Hindi song from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is a now a hot favourite at the Oscars. What is not so well known is that the song, ‘Aaja aaja shamiane ke taley’, was originally written for another movie.

Song writer Gulzar had written the song for Subhash Ghai’s latest release ‘Yuvvraaj’.

“I wrote a song ‘Aaja aaja shmiane ke taley/Zari wale neele aasman ke taley’ for Subhash Ghai’s ‘Yuvvraaj’. But then for some reason Subhash felt he didn’t need that song in the film,” Gulzar said.

“So Rahman suggested that we use the track in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ because it fits perfectly. We asked Subhash and he readily agreed. I must say it was very generous of him.”

The number has now entered the Best Song category at the Academy Awards. It also fetched the Los Angeles Critics Choice Award for best score and has been nominated for the New York Critics Choice Award.

Brushing off the praise from Gulzar for allowing the song to be in another film, Ghai said: “Nothing generous about it. Give and take is an integral part of any creative field.

“Look at M.F. Husain Saab’s generosity. He called me up all the way from Dubai to say he loved ‘Yuvvraaj’. After the battering that it got his words came as balm to my soul, specially when Husain Saab said he saw the film twice and liked it even better the second time.

“I happily gave the ‘Aaja aaja…’ song to Rahman when he said it was needed for Danny Boyle’s film. I felt the song was slightly too soft and subtle for the aggressive character (Zayed Khan in ‘Yuvvraaj’). I’m glad they could use it.”

Any regrets, now that the song is going places?

“None at all. Every film and every song has its own destiny. That song was meant to be in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. I’m just happy that a Hindi song is being noticed, heard and hummed in the US by non-NRI audiences,” Ghai said

January 12, 2009 Posted by | music | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zardari appeals to world to diffuse indopak relation

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday asked the international community to come forward and diffuse tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Speaking at a dinner hosted for foreign envoys at the presidential palace, Zardari expressed concern that “prevailing Indo-Pak tensions could sabotage efforts being made for bringing stability and peace in the region.”

“The international community should take stock of the challenges being faced by Islamabad and the ground realities,” Zardari was quoted as saying by the Geo TV.

He also renewed the Pakistani Government’s stance that “no compromise could be made with terrorists”.

The envoys of India, the US, China, Britain, Russia and France were among those who attended the dinner besides Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

However, Federal ministers, secretaries and senior officials were also present.

Zardari had recently hosted a dinner for the envoys of Muslim nations and Saturday’s dinner was hosted for envoys of other countries.

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CITI may get $2billion for smith barney deal

Citigroup Inc is in advanced talks to sell its Smith Barney brokerage unit to Morgan Stanley, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, in a move that would further dismantle the financial supermarket that has been bailed out by the U.S. government.Under the deal being discussed, the two banks would set up a joint venture. Morgan Stanley would control it with a 51 percent stake and expect to buy Citi’s 49 percent share over three to five years, the person said. Talks are “serious” and “advanced” but may still fall through. Both banks declined to comment.Separately, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin resigned immediately as a senior counselor to New York-based Citigroup, following months of criticism of his performance, as the bank’s sinking share price led to a government rescue. The 70-year-old Rubin will remain a director until the bank’s annual meeting later this year. He joined Citigroup in 1999.

A combined brokerage would have more than 23,000 financial advisers before attrition, ranking as the world’s largest retail brokerage, surpassing rivals Bank of America Corp and Wells Fargo & Co.Citigroup ended September with 14,735 brokers, and Morgan Stanley ended November with 8,426. Last week, Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch & Co, and Wells Fargo bought Wachovia.Citigroup could boost its capital levels by doing the deal, and Morgan Stanley could diversify its sources of revenue. The U.S. Federal Reserve is pressing the two banks to do a deal because of the potential benefits to both, CNBC reported on Friday.

Combining the two businesses could also help Morgan Stanley and Citigroup cut costs. Brokerages are expected to suffer this year as broad weakness in stock and bond markets globally weigh on trading volume.A joint venture would reestablish ties between Citigroup Chief Executive Vikram Pandit and Morgan Stanley, which he left in 2005 after being passed over for a promotion in favor of fixed-income chief Zoe Cruz. She had faulted Pandit for being unwilling to take enough risk.

Shedding Smith Barney would be the latest, and perhaps the boldest step in dismantling Sanford “Sandy” Weill’s original conception for Citigroup when his Travelers Group Inc bought Citicorp to create the world’s largest financial services conglomerate.Pandit is trying to shed hundreds of billions of dollars of assets and reduce risk after Citigroup suffered $20.3 billion of losses in the year ended Sept 30. The bank has taken $45 billion from the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, $20 billion of which came from a federal bailout in November that will also limit potential losses on some assets.

Placing the business in a joint venture would likely allow Citigroup to record an immediate accounting gain, boosting its capital. And the bank would still be able to receive revenue from the business.A brokerage venture could allow Morgan Stanley to diversify its revenue streams, fewer than four months after Chief Executive John Mack turned it into a bank holding company. Many traditionally strong businesses for Morgan Stanley, such as hedge fund prime brokerage and commodities trading, are expected to be less profitable in coming years than they were a few years ago.But the deal may not be entirely positive for Morgan Stanley. As it takes over Citigroup’s brokerage business, it might have to offer incentives for brokers to stay, potentially boosting costs. Morgan Stanley plans to reduce risk and become more aggressive in gathering deposits. It got $10 billion of TARP money

January 11, 2009 Posted by | global | , , , , | Leave a comment

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Indian bowlers TrouBles NewZeAland Top order-Live match

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Srilankan cricketers injured!!

The Sri Lanka cricketers were on their way to the Gaddafi stadium when their bus was attacked by 12 armed terrorists near Liberty market. A grenade was also thrown at the bus but it missed.

Jayawardene said the players just wanted to spend time with their families now. “I am a Buddhist and I think we have done some merit in our previous birth to escape with minor injuries.” He also said the attack on the team could have happened anywhere and could not be pinned down to Pakistan. “In the future, I think all of us will step back and look at the bigger picture besides just touring abroad, taking into account our families.”

Muttiah Muralitharan said he saw images of his life flashing by when the bus came under attack. “All the while bullets were being sprayed at our bus, people around me were shouting. I am glad to be back.”

While most of the players had minor injuries, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paravitana had to be taken to hospital for their wounds in Lahore.

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