|59-year-old Santosh Parhar became |
the oldest Indian woman skydiver with her
tandem freefall jump at the Edmonton S
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
|US President Barack Obama says there is |
nothing new in the leaked documents.
Friday, July 23, 2010
|BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and L.K. Advani in New Delhi after paying floral tributes to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his birth anniversary. Senior BJP leaders held a meeting on the Amit Shah issue on Friday|
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday said its top leaders decided against attending the lunch hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against “misuse” of CBI by summoning Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
A case of rape and criminal intimidation has been booked against Salahuddin Ayub, principal of Parkwood International School at Manneguda near Vikarabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday became the first bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick up 800 wickets. He achieved the milestone when he picked up the wicket of Pragyan Ojha on the last day of the Test match against India at Galle.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monkhush Hossain Khan, a resident of Joramath Churmura area here collected a group of young men and drove them in his truck to the Sainthia station 40 km away after hearing about the accident.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Play of the day: It was a play which brought Spain the World Cup for the first time in their history. It came in the 116th minute when Fernando Torres tried to cross the ball from the left for Iniesta at the far end.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
New Delhi: He might be basking in the success of his recent hit I Hate Luv Storys, but Bollywood's chocolate boy Imran Khan rues the absence of superstar uncle Aamir Khan in his career.
"Aamir is really busy with his own career. He is generally very caught up with his own work. Being busy as he is, he really doesn’t have the time to babysit me," Imran told IANS.
The 27-year-old shone to glory with his launch vehicle Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na produced by his maternal uncle. He, however, saw failures in future outings Kidnap and Luck.
Asked if something was in the pipeline for the nephew-uncle duo to star together, Imran said: "Nothing on the cards right now. In life, if something good comes up, I’m sure we’ll do it."
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday's FIFA World Cup™ semi-final follows the unpredictable nature as Uruguay and Holland prepare to meet in Cape Town.
For Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay it places a return to the globe-conquering days of 1930 and 1950 within unexpected reach, while it can also be argued that Bert van Marwijk's Holland have surpassed expectations.
Uruguay, surprisingly South America's last remaining representation in the 2010 World Cup, may have won the maiden finals 80 years ago, before repeating the feat two decades later, but they are now in territory not chartered since finishing fourth in 1970.
Holland, famously finalists in 1974 and 1978, were the dark horse choice of many prior to the start of the tournament in South Africa, but it was also suspected that they would characteristically implode in a flash of in-house bickering that has undermined recent campaigns.
The fact that both sides have made it to the last four, along with Spain and Germany, therefore marks a significant achievement and sets an intriguing scene as fans get ready to gather close to Signal Hill.
There is perhaps a little more romance associated with underdog Uruguay's presence in the semi-finals, but Tabarez, who guided the nation to a round-of-16 place at Italia 90 in a previous stint in charge, is refusing to get carried away.
He has pointed to a level of expectation surrounding two-time champions which has not been satisfied over the past 40 years and he does not want the pressure to impact upon his players against a Holland team who have not lost in 24 matches.
Uruguay have earned many plaudits for the style of their football in topping Group A before defeating South Korea in the second round prior to the dramatic and controversial quarter-final elimination of Ghana, but they are still outsiders.
Tabarez's task has increased in difficulty due to the fact that influential striker Luis Suarez, having found his feet after a slow start to the competition, is suspended following his red card for the much-debated goalline handball that denied Ghana.
Defender Jorge Ciro Fucile is also ineligible, while captain Diego Lugano is an injury doubt and midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro has been ruled out of the finals due to a broken foot to place even more pressure on the shoulders of key man Diego Forlan.
Meanwhile, it is difficult to measure the strain on Van Marwijk. Is he now expected to deliver the World Cup or is he still earning praise for simply avoiding rows and bust-ups to get the Dutch to a first semi-final since 1998?
Van Marwijk's side have been criticised for lacking the characteristic Oranje, Total Football style of Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten, but it cannot be argued that they are not getting the job done.
After a 100 per cent record this summer, topping Group E and beating Slovakia before stunning favourites Brazil, Holland have still not lost since a friendly against Australia in September 2008 and they are expected to stretch that statistic.
The Dutch were boosted when main striker Robin van Persie was declared fit to play against Uruguay after a scan revealed his left elbow injury was not as bad as first feared.
With defender Joris Mathijsen also available again after a knee problem, Holland no longer have any injury worries, but midfielder Nigel de Jong and defender Gregory van der Wiel are out of the game due to suspension.
Headley has told interrogators from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that Ishrat was appointed to cover up for Javed, the commander-in-chief of the Lashkar in India.
Sources in the NIA told Headlines Today that Headley claimed Ishrat was recruited by Muzammil, who is in-charge of the Lashkar's operations in India. He recruited four other women as suicide bombers.
Headley claimed he had been in touch with all the women and often sent them on terror missions.
Ishrat was gunned down along with three others in Ahmedabad in an encounter rife with controversies. The police claimed that the four were Lashkar operatives out on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
But Ishrat's parents contested the claims, saying their daughter was an ordinary college-going girl from suburban Mumbai. The encounter was alleged to be fake and many Gujarat Police officers, including DIG D.G. Vanzara, were arrested.
AGNI, a network of citizen organizations
Gerson Dacuna, founder of Agni, a network of citizen organizations, said, "The city's (Mumbai) daily contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is Rs 300 crore, of which Rs 200 crore comes from the organised sector and remaining Rs 100 crore from the unorganised sector. Who will pay for the loss?"
"The bandh is illegal. Politicians are the reasons of all our problems and now they are calling a bandh to add salt to the wounds," said James John of Agni.
He further added, "We were among a group of petitioners who sought action by the Bombay High Court against two political parties and the State Government in the matter of a bandh in Mumbai called on July 30, 2003. The court upheld the view and that of Kerala High Court that bandhs are unconstitutional and illegal."
According to James, the court also agreed that those calling for bandhs should pay to make good any consequent damage to private or public property. Acting Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S U Kamdar had imposed a penalty of Rs 20 lakh on each political party, to be deposited in a fund for the city's welfare.
"We are amazed at the irresponsibility of political parties and their failure to heed to the letter and spirit of High Court orders. Why else call for a bandh? Such parties, under the guise of acting in the citizen's interest in the matter of price rise are hurting the very agenda. Bandhs reduce production; lower production means higher prices," James added.
On a conservative estimate, citizens of Mumbai lost Rs 50 crore during the July 30, 2003 bandh. The fundamental right to earn a living was violated and the worst affected were those who lack the means of easy redress, daily wage earners also represented the petitioning group.
James added, "We had moved court against the State Government for failure to protect life and property. Believing that bandhs should be put dealt with "an iron hand", the court issued directions to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police in 10 paras of their judgment about action to be taken when bandhs are declared."
James appealed to the political parties promoting July 5 bandh, to abandon this illegal and anti-people action and to note that it flouts court orders. "This can lead to higher liabilities. Penalties imposed in 2003 are only an indicative start," he said.
The company will invite expressions of interest by the end of this month, the newspaper quoted BSNL Chairman Kuldeep Goyal as saying.
The paper said outsourcing would help BSNL reduce investments it needs to roll out the 3G services.
Goyal told the paper the franchisee could be an existing mobile service provider or a company that had not won or bid for 3G spectrum.
The franchisee will manage customer acquisition, marketing and sales of BSNL's 3G services across the country, he said.
Vodafone and Bharti Airtel paid a combined $5.1 billion for 3G mobile licences in India last month, ending an epic auction that yields a bonanza for a deficit-strapped government.
national capital, but civic officials insist that the infection has been contracted from outside the city.
By Kuldip Nayar
CLENCHED fists in a rightist party are like outworn clothes. They neither give it a new look, nor a different entity. I imagine this is what some BJP leaders were trying to do when they stood in a row with their clenched fists to show defiance after staging a demonstration against the Congress government at Delhi.
Clenched fists are associated with radicals from the left. The BJP is associated with wooden sticks and khaki knickers, which its mentor, the RSS, has prescribed.
There is no doubt that the party has to turn a new leaf if it wants to be relevant. But it cannot do so by having its fists clenched. It has to jettison the RSS, which has been riding it like an old man on the shoulders of Sindbad the Sailor, from its back.
This means that the party has to get away from the ideology of Hindutva. It is a yesterday party, as its former ideologue Jaswant Singh said when he was ousted by the BJP. True, he is trekking back into the fold. But it does not indicate that the party is giving up its philosophy of parochialism. Nor has it clarified its stand on Mohammad Ali Jinnah, for praising whom Jaswant Singh landed in trouble.
Jaswant Singh had blamed Jawaharlal Nehru for partition, not Jinnah. The reason why the party has to clarify its stand is the hostility the BJP shows whenever the name of Qaid e Azam, founder of neighbouring Pakistan, crops up. L.K. Advani had to step down from the party leadership after he said that Jinnah was secular, while paying homage at his mausoleum at Karachi.
The issue that the BJP has to sort out is not whether Jinnah was responsible for the division of the subcontinent but whether his exhortation not to mix religion with politics is acceptable to the party. When it parades Narendra Modi of Gujarat carnage fame at the party's National Executive meeting (at Patna earlier this month), it projects the same policy of preferring religion for achieving pre-eminence in politics.
Modi has an image which projects him in the country as a protagonist of Hindu rashtra (state). He is in the midst of several cases, which implicate him for the anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat. When the BJP invites him to its Bihar sitting, the party gives a message that he is the party's mascot in the forthcoming state assembly election and, ultimately, in parliamentary polls.
It was obvious that the BJP was provoking state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has a secular image and who leads the coalition with the BJP but wants to convey that he is not guided by what the BJP thinks or does. Therefore, he had to cancel the dinner for BJP executive members and return the Rs.5 crore that he had received from Gujarat for flood relief in Bihar.
Following its own agenda, the BJP placed an advertisement in regional newspapers showing Modi and Nitish together on a platform. Bihar has a large Muslim population, which could not have been happy over the photo. Nitish had to act to assure the Muslims that the publication of the photo was BJP's doing. His party, Janta Dal (U), tried to paper over the differences as if it was a personality clash.
But Nitish Kumar's approach was fundamentally different. He does not think that he can live with personalities like Modi if the BJP thrusts on Bihar. Whatever is the JDU thinking, it looks that Nitish Kumar would like to go it alone when the state goes to polls. He may well pave the path for a third front, which is badly needed in the country.
The BJP is beginning to understand Nitish's long-term policy. It may, therefore, fight the state election on its own. Turning its back on Nitish, the BJP under the leadership of Nitin Gadkari, an RSS man, has made it clear that the party would rather sacrifice even an assured victory under Nitish than give up Modi, who it wants to project as its prime minister candidate in the next Lok Sabha election.
But party has gone over this exercise before and has found that Modi is not an acceptable face. Karnataka had to stop his visit when the state BJP government was contesting a by-election.
Rightist parties all over the world have been a wellspring of new ideas. Why is the BJP stuck at the same thinking since its inception? That Hinduism is in danger is not accepted by Hindus, who constitute 80% of India's population. The electorates in Pakistan or Bangladesh do not return the candidates sponsored by the Jammiat Islami, which appeals in the name of religion. In these countries also the Muslims who constitute the bulk of population do not think that Islam is in danger. Therefore, the Jammiat gets less than a two-digit figure in elections.
The BJP is still the second biggest party in parliament, and rules in some seven states. Its validity is not because it placates Hindu extremist elements but because it is considered by the voters as an alternative to the Congress. The left is still absorbed in its outmoded ideology. What do the people do? They want a viable alternative. Therefore, they turn to the BJP when they find the Congress becoming increasingly corrupt and intolerably arrogant.
Were the BJP to become a centrist party and shed its anti-Muslim image, it could provide the alternative. Why doesn't the party talk about economic programs? The Congress adopts at every party meeting an economic resolution. The BJP does not even attempt to do so.
The Conservatives in the UK were out of power for 18 years because they were seen as a bunch of right-wingers. They recovered only when they were seen adopting progressive steps. With the type of communal agenda the BJP has -- periodically there is an outcry for building the Ram temple where the Babri masjid stood before destruction -- it has little future. The mood of the country is different. It is looking forward to development.
In fact, I am surprised that Jaswant Singh is returning to the BJP without ensuring that it overcomes the tag of a yesterday party. True, his dilemma is that a politician has to have a platform to survive. But this is no basis for compromising with one's principles. Or, maybe, this is the way the politicians function.
What is being rubbed into Jaswant Singh is that his return may coincide with the return of maverick Uma Bharti. Her qualification is that she jumped into the lap of Murli Manohar Joshi with joy when the Babri masjid was being pulled down, stone by stone. I thought Jaswant Singh was a sensitive person.
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Kuldip Nayar is an eminent Indian columnist.
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Chandigarh, July 5 (PTI) The south-west monsoon brought heavy downpour in various parts of Punjab and Haryana today, throwing normal life out of gear and bringing down mercury sharply, met officials said. The city here received around 117.8 mm of rainfall this morning, met officials said.
In Haryana, Ambala received 174.1 mm rain followed by Panchkula at 122mm, Kurukshetra (92 mm) and Karnal (89.4 mm). In Punjab, Mohali received 110 mm of rains followed by Ludhiana (66.6 mm), Ropar (66 mm) Patiala (46.8 mm) and Jalandhar (30 mm).
"The monsoon today further advanced into entire Punjab, Haryana, Union Territory Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, due to which the region received widespread rains," Director of the Meteorological Department Surender Paul told PTI here. Last year, the monsoon had hit the region on June 30.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Inflation is in double digits and fuel prices have risen since the government deregulated oil prices, and now the Opposition is taking what it says is the aam aadmi's protest on the streets.
If that's not all, the Left is also protesting against the fuel hike on Monday, demanding a rollback.