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Vol-01. Issue-28. Bhopal. Monday Page-12. Price-`5/-

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APRIL 08 TO APRIL 14, 2013

The experiment of two powercentres in UPA is a failure: Digvijay

Huma's alleged fondness for director Abhishek Chaubhey may be a publicity stunt

Big fishes out of Lokayukta

reach as prosecution
sanction denied
uccessive Lokayuktas in Madhya Pradesh have been devising ways to somehow nail the big fishes even if the state/Central government denied permission to prosecute them on corruption charges. Former Lokayukta justice Faizanuddin decided to seek prosecution sanction against then deputy chief minister Subhash Yadav in Madhotal land scam from the governor after the state cabinet expressed its inability to decide on prosecution sanction sought by the Lokayukta. Faizanudddin approached governor Dr Bhai Mahavir, whose bitter relations with then chief minister Digvijay Singh was an open secret, seeking prosecution sanction against Yadav and obtained it too. The state government appealed against the governor's decision in the high court and later at the Supreme Court but failed to get any reprieve as the courts saw nothing unlawful in the governor sanctioning prosecution of a minister when a statutory body like the Lokayukta sought permission for it. His successor Justice Ripusudan Dayal saw the SC order in Prakash Singh Badav Vs state of Punjab as an opportunity to wriggle out of the mandatory prosecution sanction clause when the court laid down the principle that after a person quits the post which he occupied when he committed the wrongdoing for which prosecution sanction is being sought, he could



be prosecuted without sanction as he no longer enjoys the immunity given to public servants. Dayal interpreted the judgment in a manner which rendered prosecution sanction against All-India Service officials virtually unnecessary . The interpretation was that if an IAS officer has done something wrong as collector of Bhopal district, the moment he quits the post and is shifted to some other post; he will lose the immunity he enjoyed as the collector and need for prosecution sanction would become redundant. Using this principle, the Lokayukta during Dayal's stint prosecuted Vinod Semwal, DP Tiwari, Sanjay Shukla and Ajita Bajpai Pandey. But Dayal's interpretation could not stand legal scrutiny and all the cases were rejected by the respective trial courts for want of prosecution sanction. Faizanuddin had been contemplating prosecution of bureaucrats, for whom sanction of prosecution is not obtained during their service tenure, after retirement. The basic premise behind the move was that these officers would no longer be enjoying immunity given to public servants and his successors justice Ripusudan Dayal and justice PP Naolekar have put this thought in practice successfully. IAS officers UK Samal, DP Tiwari, Mukesh Kakkad were prosecuted on corruption charges after retirement and chargesheet against two more retired IAS officers, HK Vashistha and Jagdish Sharma, is likely to be produced in court soon.

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BHOPAL April 08 to April 14, 2013



I’m serving the state, comparing me with Modi is wrong, says CM
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan recently said o that it was wrong to compare him to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and those who do it know it themselves. Talking informally to media persons after attending a yagna organised at Samta Chowk here to mark the 33rd foundation day of the BJP, Chauhan said that he was serving Madhya Pradesh and was not looking at anything beyond it. In a dinner thrown to families of allIndia service officials at his residence on Friday , chief minister had said that Madhya Pradesh had improved its infrastructure to a level that it could now adopt China model for rapid development. Addressing party workers present during the yagna, chief minister said that BJP governments in various states were performing better than their counterparts of other parties in other states. Greeting workers on the occasion, he said that Madhya Pradesh was scaling new heights in terms of

development under the BJP regime and a greater impetus would be placed in this respect in future. Development has always been the BJP's agenda and his government was following the same agenda, he said. He expressed the confidence that the BJP workers with their hard work would pave the way for return of the party in power in

2013 once again. The BJP foundation day programmes were held all over the state with enthusiasm. Rallies, havan and yagna, recital of Sunder Kand, motorbike rallies, literary and cultural programmes were organised at different places to mark the occasion. Veteran BJP leader and MP from

Bhopal Kailash Joshi performed bhoomi pujan in Karond for construction of a community hall at a cost Rs 90 lakh. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, he said among umpteen political parties the BJP is recognised and appreciated as a nationalist party . State BJP president attended the foundation day function in Morena.

Just one doctor for 33,000 people in MP
n World Health Day, there is reason to get worried about the health of the people of Madhya Pradesh, as well as that of the government healthcare apparatus. It has been revealed that 170 people out of every 1,000 suffer from illnesses of various kinds, lasting over one month to over one year - a clear indicator of a weak treatment mechanism. A study by NGOs Child Relief and You (CRY) and the MP Lok Sangharsh Sajha Manch (MPLSSM) further states that there is only one doctor available for a population of 32,980 at district/rural level, one obstetrician and gynaecologist per 1,83,165 people and one paediatrician for a population size of 2,53,806 (as on March 31, 2012). In terms of area, the people of Dindori and Mandla faced the maximum burden of illness, at 248 and 235 cases of illnesses per 1,000 people respectively. They were followed by Satna (208) and Gwalior (185) districts. The study was carried out in 40 villages/urban settlements in the districts of Dhar, Indore, Sheopur, Gwalior, Damoh, Satna, Rewa, Dindori and Mandla. Madhya Pradesh lead of CRY Jaya Singh said: "Continuous illness leads to poor immunity and poor earning capacity and the vicious circle continues turning women and children in the family malnourished and prone to more serious illnesses." Women are the worst sufferers in most of the disease categories -- especially ailments of the digestive system, reproductive system as well as anaemia, malnutrition, skin-related problems and injuries, the report said. The reason is not hard to find: At district hospitals, there is a 55% shortfall of obstetricians and gynae-

Warren Anderson's extradition pending with US: CBI
Bhopal: The extradition request of former Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson, main accused in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, is still under examination as no decision has been taken by the US' Department of Justice in this regard, the CBI said in its status report filed with a local court. The status report was submitted in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) following a petition filed by the organisations working for the cause of gas tragedy survivors. The court had first issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Anderson on April 10, 1992 and later again on July 22, 2009, the report said. The CBI said it forwarded the request for extradition of Anderson on April 5, 2011 to the Ministry of External Affairs for onward transmission to competent US authorities through diplomatic channels. The extradition request of Anderson is still under examination and no decision has yet been taken by the Department of Justice, US in this regard, the CBI said. Earlier on June 7, 2010, the same court had convicted all the accused in the case except Anderson, officials of the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) US and UCC Hongkong as they are absconding. The Bhopal Gad Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangthan's Convenor, Abdul Jabbar alleged that since beginning the CBI was "not serious" on the issue of extradition of Anderson. The Sanghatan, along with other survivor organisations had filed a petition in the court in this regard. Jabbar said that since the stay on making Dow Chemicals, the current owner of Union Carbide, a party in the case was lifted by the high court, the local court should issue a fresh notice to the company . Satinath Shadangi of the Bhopal Group of Information and Action also put forth similar points in the matter following which the court said that it will examine all these issues and fixed May 3 as the next date of hearing.


cologists and 48% shortfall of paediatricians, while at community health centres the shortfall is 69% and 58% respectively . Also there was a huge shortage of paramedical staff like nurses, auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), technicians and pharmacists. The apathy for government healthcare centres is also very potent. Almost 84% of the population in the area under study (predominantly poor, rural and tribal areas in nine districts) shun government health care system and instead prefer the costlier private medical care or even self-medication and/or traditional treatment meted out by quacks. The reasons for not visiting government health centres are: Lack of proper treatment facilities, unavailability of doctors, sub-health centres not opening regularly and proper medicines not being available at these centres. The study details would be soon submitted to the state health department and the national and state commissions for protection of children's rights. Principal secretary of the state health department Praveer Krishna conceded that the health services situation was not too good in the state, but added that he would like to read the study first.


BHOPAL April 08 to April 14, 2013



Chauhan BJP Foundation Day chaos: hosts Former MP minister assaulted by local leader dinner party for officers


hief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan recently hosted a dinner for IAS, IPS and IFS officers and their spouses at his residence. Special arrangements were

The 33rd Foundation Day of Bharatiya Janata Party turned into an embarrassment for the saffron outfit in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh as a local party leader assaulted a former state minister in full public view on Saturday . Gopilal Jatav, a minister in Uma Bharti government was slapped and punched on face when he directed district farmer leader Bahadur Singh Raghuvanshi against addressing the gathering. Miffed Bahadur ,nevertheless, insisted on speaking to other dignitaries and he stepped onto the stage unmindful of Jatav’s reservations. The former minister then reportedly hurled abuses at Singh for disobeying his command, which apparently prompted Singh to react in a violent manner. Strangely, more chaos prevailed on the stage as soon as things returned to normal as party cadres flocked to the stage to get themselves clicked, ignoring the presence of other senior leaders. As the party cadres jostled for space, there were verbal and mild physical exchanged between them. Only after someone abruptly called off the ceremony did things return back to normal. Taking serious note of the matter, Guna district president Hari Singh Yadav said that Bahadur Singh had been expelled from the party .

“For his indiscipline and assaulting a senior leader, the party has terminated his membership,” stated Yadav. Bahadur Singh, in his defense, argued that despite the grass-root workers and leaders doing all the organization and logistical work, nobody recognized them. He also admonished the fact that ‘leaders like Jatav who were unaware of ground realities got so much prominence’.

“I just wanted to boost the morale of the party workers. They did a wonderful job in pulling off such a wonderful function. How can he be so insensitive to the demands of workers?,” he added. Ironically, the incident comes on day when BJP patriarch LK Advani appealed to party leaders and cadres to maintain ‘discipline and honesty’ if they wished to come to power at centre.

made on the premises with large tents and decorative lights to accommodate the gathering. Addressing the gathering, chief secretary R Parasuram highlighted the achievements of the state government. He also narrated an incident: "Once a journalist asked to know one good attribute of the CM that has made the state doing so well. I told him that instead of one, I can tell him two qualities. These are strategic vision and inspiring leadership." The chief minister appreciated the role of the bureaucracy in the development of Madhya Pradesh. Emphasising that the infrastructure was now in place in the state, he maintained that MP should now embark on the path of further development like is the case with China. After concluding his address, Chauhan came back to the podium to mention the role of police in maintaining law and order in the state. Chauhan and his wife Sadhana Singh Chauhan also interacted with the family members of the officers. They expressed happiness over the way the officers were contributing in the overall development of MP, creating a momentum that helped the state dislodge Bihar from number one position in terms of highest GDP growth. He said the bureaucrats shoulder a greater responsibility in the holistic development of the state and they should continue to play their vital role.

India Sex Attacks Scared Away tourists visiting MP
BHOPAL The number of foreign tourists coming to Madhya Pradesh has increased as a result of enhancement of tourism infrastructure and campaigns being held at the national/ international levels. The number of foreign tourists to the state increased by 20 per cent last year while tourism business grew by 30 per cent, an official release said here today. The number of domestic tourists coming to the state was 5.30 crore during 2012 against about 4 crore during 2011. Similarly, the number of foreign tourists was 2.69 lakh in 2011, which rose to 2.75 lakh 2012. Minister of State for Tourism (Independent charge) Brijendra Pratap Singh said that both domestic and foreign tourists are getting attracted towards Madhya Pradesh Tourism in India is a large industry. According to Indias Tourism Ministry, 6.6 million foreign tourists visited India in 2012, earning the country $17.74 billion in foreign exchange. The World Travel and Tourism Council calculated that tourism generated $121 billion or 6.4% of the nations GDP in 2011. The rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi in December followed by two attacks on foreign female travelers has altered how tourists view India and led to a sharp fall in the numbers of foreign tourists, especially women, a study said. The study surveyed 1,200 tour operators from across the country who said that "concerns about the safety of female travelers" had impacted how foreign travelers viewed India. Since the December gang rape there have been two widely publicized incidents where foreign female travelers have been attacked. Last month a Swiss woman was gang raped in central India as she and her husband camped in a remote forest. In the second incident a young British woman says she was forced to jump out of the window of her hotel room to avoid a sexual attack in Agra, the city that is home to the Taj Mahal. According to the study, the three incidents have hurt tourism and nearly 72 percent of the tour operators said cancelations of holiday bookings came mostly from women tourists, most of them from Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. The study said that travelers planning trips to India had instead opted for other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. The winter months from November to March mark the peak tourist season in India.

In the three months since that attack, the number of foreigners travelling to India has dropped by 25 percent, according to the study by the New Delhi-based Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The number of women tourists has dropped by 35 percent, the study released late Sunday said.


BHOPAL April 08 to April 14, 2013



10-4-2013- Wednesday- Chettr Mah Krishnapaksh- Amavsya Positive direction- East and North Bad time - 12:39 pm to 2:13 pm Good time - 6:23 am to 9:31 am and 3:47 pm to 6:55 pm 11-4-2013-Thursday - Chettr Mah Shuklapaksh- Ekam (Chettri Nav Varsh) Positive direction- East and North Bad time - 2:13 pm to 3:47 pm Good time - 6:23 am to 7:57 am and 11:05 am to 2:12 pm and 5:21 pm to 6:55 pm 12-4-2013- Friday- Chettr Mah Shuklapaksh- Dwitiya Positive direction - North and East Bad time - 11:05 am to 12:39 pm Good time - 6:23 am to 11:04 am and 12:39 pm to 2:13 pm and 5:21 pm to 6:55 pm 13-4-2013- Saturday- Chettr Mah Shuklapaksh- Tritiya Positive direction - South and East Bad time - 9:31 am to 11:05 am Good time -7:57 am to 9:30 am and 12:39 pm to 5:21 pm 14-4-2013- Sunday - Chettr Mah Shuklapaksh- Chaturthi Positive direction- South and East Bad time - 5:21 pm to 6:55 pm Good time - 7:57 am to 12:39 pm and 2:13 pm to 3:47 pm 15-4-2013- Monday - Chettr Mah Shuklapaksh- Panchmi Positive direction- West and South Bad time - 7:57 am to 9:30 am Good time - 6:23 am to 7:57 am and 9:31 am to 11:05 am and 2:13 pm to 6:55 pm 16-4-2013- Tuesday - Chettr Mah Shuklapaksh- Shashthi Positive direction- West and South Bad time - 3:47 pm to 5:21pm Good time - 9:31 am to 2:13 pm By AACHARYA SARVESH E-Mail: Mobile: 9826609192

WikiLeaks bomb:

'Rajiv Gandhi
was a middleman for Swedish jets'
NEW DELHI nother defence arms deal and fingers are being pointed at first family of Congress. Latest WikiLeaks revelations have the potential to create a political storm in the country which could cost dearly to the Congress party, already plagued with scandals and corruption charges. The latest WikiLeaks revelations from US Embassy cables have named former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as an arms agent in a deal related to the sale of Swedish jets. National daily The Hindu has published their findings of the Kissinger cables, which claim that Rajiv Gandhi may have been a middleman for a Swedish Company before he became the Prime Minister. During the 1970s Swedish company SaabScani was trying to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India. According to the US cables, Rajiv Gandhi was 'the main Indian negotiator' for a massive aircraft deal for which his 'family connections' were seen as valuable. An October 1975 cable from the New Delhi


US Embassy details information given to it by a diplomat in the Swedish Embassy. It says, "Mrs Gandhi's older son's only association with the aircraft industry has been as a pilot for Indian Airlines and this is the first time we have heard his name as entrepreneur." The very cable that mentions Rajiv Gandhi as an “entrepreneur” also states explicitly that US officials have “no additional information to either refute or confirm the above information.” The Congress has reacted to the story saying, "The credibility of WikiLeaks is questionable and any case the author is planning a political party . We don't give importance to the allegations and the cables". There is no independent confirmation or denial of the claim that the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s son, who was then a pilot with Indian Airlines, did in fact negotiate on behalf of the Swedish company Saab-Scania, which was looking to sell 50 Viggen fighter aircraft to India. The very cable that mentions Rajiv Gandhi as an “entrepreneur”

also states explicitly that US officials have “no additional information to either refute or confirm the above information.” The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded that the Congress comes clean on it. "Today, the WikiLeaks revelations are serious. They are connected to the first family of Congress. All defence deals have some relation with the Congress's first family. They should come clean on this, all the documents should be made public. We want the government, Congress and the family to come clean on it," BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said. A controversy over bribes paid in another armed forces deal with a different Swedish company, Bofors, had led to Rajiv Gandhi's and the Congress's defeat in the 1989 elections. This latest controversy can raise the pitch of those demanding early Lok Sabha polls. Experts believe that present scenario will give more opportunities to Mulayam, Mayawati and Nitish kumar to arm-twist the government.

Ajit Pawar should resign over his

'urinate' remarks: Aam Aadmi Party S

IAS officer Ashok Khemka transferred again
enior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had kicked up a political storm alleging irregularities in land deals involving businessman Robert Vadra and DLF, was on Thursday (April 4) again transferred by Haryana government for the second time in nearly six months. Khemka, at present Managing Director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, has been posted as Secretary, Haryana Archives relieving Vikas Yadav of the charge, an official release said in Chandigarh. During his 21-year-long career, 47-year-old Khemka has been transferred over 40 times.

NEW DELHI/ PUNE Taking up cudgels for farmers of drought-hit Maharashtra, fledgling political outfit Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday demanded the resignation of Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar for his insensitive remarks on the drought. The present water scarcity plaguing the state, especially Marathawada, is believed to be the worst since 1972. “It is sheer arrogance of power, knowing fully well that no action would be taken against him for such a shocking statement. This only proves further that all the parties, be it Congress, BJP, NCP or be it any other party are all together in looting the people of the nation. Aam Aadmi Party not only condemns the statement made by Pawar today but also demands his immediate resignation,” said AAP leader Manish Sisodia. Pawar had stirred a huge row on Saturday after he mocked a farmer who has been on hunger strike since 55 days, saying “There is this person from Solapur, sitting on hunger strike for 55 days demanding water be released from the dam. But where are we going to get water from? Should we urinate? And when we are not getting water to drink even urine is not

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coming easily,” Pawar had said in a rally on Saturday. Pawar’s statement drew ire from other political outfits as well, with Bharatiya Janata Party terming the comments as ‘lowest of low’ of Maharashtra politics. Notably, Aam Aadmi Party had also demanded resignation of Ajit Pawar after allegations of misappropriation of funds in irrigation sector surfaced in November 2012. It is alleged that irregularities to tune of Rs 20,000 crore had occurred in tendering an construction of dams in the state between 1999-2009, a period when Pawar was the state irrigation minister. AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal had then presented a ‘black paper’ in Roha district, said to be the stronghold of Nationalist Congress Party. Pawar confidante and present irrigation minister Sunil Tatkare is the legislator from Roha, and thus the AAP protest was intended to send a strong poltical message to the NCP. Though Pawar was forced to resign owing to pressure from other parties and within NCP as well, he was soon re-instated after his loyalist MLAs threatened of an agitation if he wasn't made back the deputy CM.


BHOPAL April 08 to April 14, 2013



Perfection! Is that really what we want?
BY: SWECHCHHA OJHA E-mail: The way we look at things shows who we are! There are some things that matter only to us or more to us than other people and when we try to tell them that those things should matter to them as much as they do to us, it’s not necessary that they will understand. It’s just like a song we totally love but when we try to make someone else listen to it they won't necessarily respond in the way we expect them to. I'm sure this has happened with everyone at least once in life! And that, for sure, is enough to explain what I mean to say! There is no way we can make others like whatever we like. Just like there is no way we can do whatever our parents think is right, and just like there is no way someone can play a flute when he likes the piano, or be happy with macaroni when what he actually likes is rice! No matter how hard we try not everything will happen just as we want. Have you ever thought what would happen if everything went just the way you wanted? It would be great and wonderful to have everything in your life just as you wanted! Just one little problem, you would then have no dreams, no wishes, no desires and nothing left to look forward to. Life will go smooth as ever and you will have no regrets, nothing that you want and haven't got, nothing that you need to ask for, or pray for, nothing you will have to wait for any more, no excitement in life. Hmm..It’s good..What's life without smoothness and no desires left? We all Desire and deserve a flawless and perfect life. So what's the harm in losing the desire and getting what the desire was for? So what if life just becomes a little boring and dull! It would be totally okay I guess. No jerks while we are driving just plain simple speedy smooth drive and straight to destination! Wow!! Just imagine, you love someone and get them right away, no hassles, no issues, no crying, no pain, no fights, no pros and cons written and nothing else considered, just plain simple marriage followed by a nice wedding dinner, or you want to become a guitarist, will make this simple walk a memorable experience with yourself, an experience that will outrank everything else, any nice trip you may have had, to any corner of the world. Just keep walking, reach somewhere else, where kids are going to school, people have started going out for work, shaking hands with each other, saying hello, smiling, talking, jogging, exercising, drinking their morning drinks, babies' cheeks turned to pink in the cool breeze, an old couple walking in the park with their sticks.. All this will open up your senses the same way as the spice I mentioned does. All this is not so easy to observe, experience and live, for walking this way in a misty morning, one has to leave the bed, the most comfortable place, get going, and walk! But after all this is done, the ultimate comfort awaits you. The colours of morning are going to embrace you within themselves as if you have worn a blanket of mist, with flowers all around you, smiling and touching you softly, cool breeze caressing your hair gently, a natural music in your ears, that fills you with freshness from within. Would anyone call this a discomfort? Would anyone, after feeling what this feels like, say smooth and perfect life is great? Well, a sane man would, but not someone who has lost all his senses to life! A good sleep deserves a fresh morning, a nice summer deserves a pleasant autumn, a chilling winter deserves a charming spring, a romantic love affair deserves a decent wedding, a good party deserves satisfied guests and nice starters deserves an awesome dessert, a cute baby deserves a sweet sixteen, a nice young couple deserves a peaceful old age together, just as a nice life deserves some struggle, and just as a life with a little struggle deserves success and happiness, every long discussion deserves a conclusion, every question deserves an answer, and just as every start deserves an end. So, it's just the way we look at things, that makes us who we are, and the things that matter more to us and don't matter to everyone the same way, are the things that make us fall into love with ourselves, and this is what give things an end that they deserve.

one day you get up and pick up a guitar and start playing like a rock star, you didn't need to learn, get to know the chords, no classes, no difficulties.. Wow!! You'd probably fool around dancing and singing, shouting out loud in happiness. All the roads known to you, you will have no difficulty reaching where you want to go, all the people your friends, you will have no competition, no enemy, no negative emotions too. But if you have ever tasted a dark chocolate with cinnamon, or a rum n raisins ice cream, or a nice Chinese dish, you will definitely understand the importance of the slight flavour of spice, sourness or sharpness in all these. All these are incomplete without these slightly contrasting tastes, just as life is incomplete without the little hassles that come in our way of success. Those little difficulties and hassles

are that little flavour of rum in the ice cream, cinnamon in the chocolate and spices in Chinese dish. And you know why they are important? They are important because the food gives us taste, but the spice or sourness opens up our long ago slept off senses. And there is nothing better than having your senses opened up. It is just like the cork placed on the bottle of champagne is opened up and it comes out flowing freely with a vigour and excitement that can be seen nowhere else other than in a person's opened up senses. Just move out in a misty morning and try to walk a mile, all alone, with a smile upon your face. It won't be very easy or convenient, but the feeling of walking in the morning mist, having no sign of sun anywhere near, a blurred vision of where you're heading, it

What Togadia really means by declaring Gujarat a ‘HINDU’ state by 2015?
BIPIN SASI t the Maninagar event, Dr.Praveen Togadia claimed that VHP would declare Gujarat a “Hindu State” by 2015 besides having its presence in all 18,000 villages of the State in the next two years. Dr.Pravin Togadia is MBBS in medicine followed by a master's degree in Surgical Oncology . He practised as a surgeon for fourteen years and built his own small hospital, Dhanvantri Hospital, in Ahmedabad. He gave up active practice to get involved in fulltime activism. The event was organised by the VHP to launch a new movement called ‘Hindu Ahead, for Hindu Security and Prosperity’ which aims to reach out to Hindus in villages, towns, cities and tribal areas. Gujarat a Hindu State by 2015 is an open Challenge to Secularism. What Togadia really means by declaring Gujarat a HINDU state by 2015 is that the communal forces will weed out Muslims from Gujarat or they will be forced out to go to some other States. Togadia sounds confident of declaring Gujrat as Hindu State by 2015, This speech may probably lead to a com-


munal conflict and a riot in near future. A State cannot be declared ‘a Hindu State’ by Muslims residing there. Then the probable solution would be preparing a communal force to weed out Muslims from Gujrat or a communal riot. When anger gets accumulates in the minds of a community and society/government is unable to find a solution, political elements may provide the tipping point for a conflagration and it results a communal riot. Anger has already seeded in the Muslim’s but they cannot condemn the efforts of VHP because of NaMo factor. Togadia is not a democratically elected leader and his announcement may only effect few uneducated religious group of people. If he speaks as a citizen, be assured 1.5 billion Indians also have Constitutional right to comment. Let the country be united as farsighted leaders made it a secular democratic India, rights for all due to multi-sects, cultural, linguist and community . India is a big and diversified country, although ruled by majority of Hindu population as secular democracy .Changing status of the Indian constitution is now a Wonderful idea… Togadias statement has laid a foundation for dividing the country now by sectarian wise states within the country . A Sikh state, a Christian State, a Dalit state, a Bangla State and a Naxalites State and what not. Let’s believe that Togadia fulfills his dream of a Hindu

State . Now, within Hindu religion there are many sects , Will Brahmins allow Dalit to enter in Hindu temple? Then a Dalit Leader will announce a Dalit region in Gujrat . Why Dr.Togadia wants to drag India to Stone age. The new religion in the world is Technology, Let’s utilize entire population to make India as strong country in the world with this ethnic bias and let’s stop passing stupid ideas on to our new generation. The absence of Narendra Modi at the function was conspicuous though the VHP organised the event in the area, which falls in the Gujarat chief minister's constituency . Indian states belongs to Indians and not to any particular religion , caste or economic segment . Gujrati’s are sensible enough not to follow path of VHP fascism. People like Owasi and Togadia are repeatedly violating the secular constitution of India . Togadia and his ilk to spread violence and hatred that would lead to further bloodshed. Hitler has same dream and led to death of millions. The socially-conscious citizens of the country must join hands to uphold the rights of expression of truth and reality against poisonous statements of communal politicians. Let's see to it that the fascist ‘Gujarat experiment’ is not repeated anywhere. Are we Indians strong enough to fight it ?


BHOPAL April 08 to April 14, 2013



The experiment of two power
centres in UPA is a failure: Digvijay
s leader of India's ruling political party, Gandhi has the reins of the world's second-most-populous country and tenthlargest economy. Son Rahul and Priyanka is next in line to take over India's most famous political dynasty . Last week, the Congress’ Digvijaya Singh told agencies that the model of having 'two power centres' has not worked well and suggested that Rahul Gandhi should not opt to nominate a Prime Minister if the party gets a majority in the next Lok Sabha polls. This controlling from behind doesn’t work for India. He was referring to the fact that Sonia Gandhi, leader of the largest party in the Lok Sabha, was not the prime minister. She had instead chosen Manmo-


han Singh, who cannot even get himself elected, to play that role, while she remained powerful, but in the background. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, when asked about the issue of two power centres coming into focus after senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh raked it up recently, curtly replied, "It is a useless debate. It is a creation of the media." Sonia Gandhi said, while rejecting prime ministership, that she never wanted office. Along with her conscience, blame must be portioned out to the Bharatiya Janata Party . In particular, the vulgar threat of Sushma Swaraj(who threatened to tonsure herself, a most unpleasant thought) which encouraged this rejection of the form of power but not its substance.

Know your train berth availability on Facebook

Yoga trainer of ‘spiritual guru’ detained in BSP leader’s murder case

New Delhi: The rail passengers have a reason to smile as the railways have decided to provide status of vacant berths in all the mail/express trains originating from New Delhi, Delhi Junction and Hazrat Nizamuddin stations on the facebook accounts. The facility is also likely to put a check on black marketing of tickets by TTEs. The passengers need to have a facebook account to know the availability of berths in the trains. You need to visit ‘Delhi Division, Northern Railway’ page on facebook where you will get detailed information about current status of berth with just a single click on ‘Current Reservation Availability System’. Commenting on the issue, Delhi DRM Anurag Sachan said, “The railway is also considering linking Anand Vihar and Delhi Sarai Rohilla stations with facebook page to provide information to the passengers.” However, the railway had announced to implement this plan in all the five divisions, Delhi, Moradabad, Ambala, Firozpur and Lucknow in 2011but the move didn’t fructify, thanks to lackadaisical attitude of the officials


yoga guru has been detained by Delhi Crime Branch in connection with the murder of BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj, officials said in Indore. Avinash Shastri, said to be the yoga trainer of a "spiritual guru," suspected to be behind Bhardwaj's murder allegedly over a land dispute, was detained from Umanand Parmarthic Nyas Ashram near the aerodrome in Indore on Thursday night, police said. Shastri was taken into custody and

interrogated by the Delhi crime branch police team at an undisclosed place, Aerodrome police station incharge Akilesh Dwivedi told reporters. Shastri is said to be a close friend of the spiritual guru and suspected to be in touch with the main accused in the case recently, Dwivedi said, quoting Delhi crime branch team officials. The police team from Delhi landed here a couple of days back after locating mobile phone links of the spiritual leader in Indore at the Ashram run by Umanand, he said. Umanand was

missing from the Ashram when the team raided the place on Thursday he added. The spiritual guru is said to have approached alleged shooters Purushottam Rana and Sunil Mann with the contract to kill Bhardwaj, the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Bhardwaj was murdered in his south Delhi farmhouse on March 26. Though the motive is yet to be clear as the main conspirators have not been nabbed, police suspect that property or money could be the reason behind the murder of Bhardwaj. (Agencies)

BJP leader Vani Tripathi arrived at a compromise, filed no case :Police
NEW DELHI A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has alleged that she was assaulted by a gang of drunk men in Delhi on Thursday . Police, however, said the politician had "arrived at a compromise with the other party" and that none of the men were drunk."No action has been taken as she (the BJP leader) did not register a complaint and arrived at a compromise with the other party," a police officer told reporters. BJP General Secretary Vani Tripathi had alleged that she was assaulted by five men, who were driving a Scorpio SUV near Savitri cinema in Greater Kailash (GK) a posh locality in south Delhi. "I was coming back after a meeting in Vasant Vihar around 9.30 pm when my car was hit by a Scorpio car in GK," Tripathi told reporters. "They (the five men) were all drunk. My car was damaged and even the tyres burst. They then tried to pull me out of the car," she said. Tripathi added that her driver showed courage and pushed her attackers away. "My driver locked me inside the car and countered them. I called the police but their arrival got delayed because of the traffic," she said. Police, however, said that none of the men were drunk and after a commotion between drivers of the two vehicle Tripathi called police and reached the C R Park police station. According to the officer, the men in the Scorpio work as white-washers and the driver was going to drop them. Tripathi said that she did not want any action against them as they belonged to poor families, the officer added. (Agencies)

Wi-fi facility in New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express
New Delhi: The Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal launched the wi-fi facility in New DelhiHowrah (12302) Rajdhani Express at Delhi station on Tuesday . "Many passengers feel the need to access internet while travelling," an official said. Passenger will be given login and password for the duration of the journey based on the ticket details. Railway sources said this service would act as a pilot and is proposed to be introduced in Shatabdi and Duronto trains as well.


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The film finally gets a go ahead from the High Court provided the makers pay the remaining dues within eight weeks


he Zanjeer remake has been embroiled in a host of controversies since its inception. The film has been the bone of contention between the Mehra brothers – Amit Mehra, Puneet Mehra and Sumeet Mehra. Adai Mehra Productions Pvt Ltd (AMPL) owned by Amit Mehra, and Prakash Mehra Productions (PMP) which is a property of all the three brothers, have been stuck in a legal tussle for quite some time now. AMPL acquired the rights of Zan-

jeer from PMP, but the latter claimed that the dues weren’t settled for the remake starring Priyanka Chopra and Ram Charan Teja. The total amount that was to be paid was Rs 4.10 crores. As per the Bombay High Court order, AMPL now needs to clear the remaining dues of Rs 1.18 crores within eight weeks for the movie to be released. Well, we hope all the hindrances are cleared before the Hindi and the Telugu remake of the film hits the screens.

Huma's alleged Film Review | Chashme Baddoor fondness for D director Abhishek Chaubhey may be a publicity stunt
Mumbai: Rumours of Huma Qureshi’s alleged romance with her Gangs of Wasseypur director Anurag Kashyap first surfaced during the promotions of the film. Adding fuel to the fire, a tabloid recently wrote about their special bonding over plates of biryani. However, the grapevine is buzzing with rumours that Huma has now developed a sudden liking for her Dedh Ishqiya director Abhishek Chaubhey . Recently however Kalki Koechlin slammed rumours of her troubled marriage with Anurag and instead stated in no uncertain terms how they were still together, as reported in tabloid. avid Dhawan’s Chashme Baddoor will bring out the raging purist in you. The purist, you thought, never existed because you are not against the idea of remakes and reinvention. Against this film, your hidden purist will rouse and cry . Dhawan mutilates Chasme Buddoor, the beautiful comedy directed by Sai Paranjpye, which came out in 1981. It is a film about three young slackers, unemployed and dreaming in stagnant 1980s’ India. The original, a restored version of which also released this Friday in select theatres, is about bourgeoise dilemmas of the time; it is about confused attitudes towards morality, sex and romance. Paranjpye looked at them with sympathy as well as humour. True to its time but enduring in the way the prosaic becomes humorous, Paranjpye’s film remains a favourite among Hindi film-crazy Indians. In Dhawan’s version, the jokes are loud and facile, and piercing in the bad literal way . Characters and performances are accordingly doltish. Remember Dhawan’s early 1990s’ films like Raja Babu and Coolie No. 1?Chashme Baddoor has the exact template—mindlessness and regressive humour as motives for mass appeal—but set in an India where there are malls. The characters are as sexist as those Govinda staples; the writing uses stereotypes only for insipid jokes. The production value is abysmally low—cinematography, costumes, choreography and even some locations are eyesores. Zafar, Siddharth, Sharma and Pannu try to pull off a Govinda without the gift of comic timing and with overacted gags. Rishi Kapoor is in a role that

seems to inspire only indifference, although even so he has some cute moments as the boisterous and bumbling Joseph in love. Chashme Baddoor could have been a riot; it ends as a hollow scream.


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In conclusion


anjan Das, CEO and MD of SAP Indian subcontinent died after a massive cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Wednesday. One of the youngest CEOs, he was just 42 year old

What killed Ranjan Das and Lessons for Corporate India ? R
out a small line in the reports that Ranjan used to make do with 4-5 hours of sleep. This is an earlier interview of Ranjan on NDTV in the program. Well-known cardiologist on the subject of 'Heart Disease caused by Lack of Sleep' have distilled the key points below in the hope it will save some of our lives.

What killed Ranjan Das and Lessons for Corporate India ? A few months ago, many of us heard about the sad demise of Ranjan Das from Bandra, Mumbai. He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. It was common to see him run on Bandra's Carter Road . Just after Diwali, on 21st Oct, he returned home from his gym after a workout, collapse! d with a massive heart attack and died. It was certainly a wake-up call for corporate India . However, it was even more disastrous for runners amongst us. Since Ranjan was an avid marathoner ( in Feb 09, he ran Chennai Marathon at the same time some of us were running Pondicherry Marathon 180 km away ), the question came as to why an exceptionally active, athletic person succumb to heart attack at 42 years of age. Was it the stress? While Ranjan had mentioned that he faced a lot of stress, that is a common element in most of our lives. We used to think that by being fit, one can conquer the bad effects of stress. The Real Reason However, everyone missed

Ideal Sleep
In brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM ( Rapid Eye Movement ) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding. During the night, you alternate between REM and non-REM stages 4-5 times. The earlier part of sleep is mostly nonREM. During that period, your pituitary gland releases growth hormones that repair your body. The latter part of sleep is more and more REM type. For us to be mentally alert during the day, the latter part of sleep is more important. No wonder when you wake up with an alarm clock after 5-6 hours of sleep, you are mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM sleep). And if you have slept for less than5 hours, your body is in a complete physical mess ( lack of non-REM sleep ), you are tired throughout the day, moving like a zombie and your immunity is way down. Finally, as long-distance runners, you need an hour of extra sleep to repair the running related damage.

Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper food, exercising ( marathoning! ), maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. In our opinion, that killed him. If you are not getting enough sleep (7 hours ), you are playing with fire, even if you have low stress. Unfortunately, Ranjan Das is not alone when it comes to missing sleep. Many of us are doing exactly the same, perhaps out of ignorance. Please forward this mail to your colleagues/friends as possible, especially those who might be short-changing their sleep. If we can save even one young life because of this email, we would be the happiest person on earth.

1. 2. 3. 4. Short sleep duration ( <5 or 5-6 hours ) increased risk for high BP by 350% to 500% com pared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night. Young people ( 25-49 years of age ) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less. Individuals who slept less than 5 hours a night had a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks. Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood concentrations of High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-cRP), the strongest predictor of heart attacks. Even after getting adequate sleep later, the levels stayed high!! Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin(IL! -6), Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha (TNF-alpha) and C-reactive protein (cRP). They increase risks of many medical conditions, including cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease. Sleeping for <=6 hours per night leads to 18% increase in heart disease.

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Shipping ministry to DoT issues notices to Vodafone, Idea Cellular award Rs.24,000 cr projects this fiscal


he ministry of shipping has plans to award 30 port projects worth Rs.24,000 crore in the current fiscal year, according to secretary P.K. Sin-

ha. The ministry aims to create a capacity of 280 million tonnes through these port projects, Sinha said. The shipping ministry missed its target of awarding 42 projects in the last fiscal year. It could only award 32 projects entailing a total investment ofRs.6,800 crore for a capacity of 180 million tonnes, according to Sinha. Minister of state for shipping Milind Deora said the government was working to expedite port projects by introducing reforms in security clearances and tariff regulations

New Delhi: The department of telecommunications (DoT) has served notice on Vodafone India Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd to stop offering third-generation (3G) mobile phone services in circles, or telecom zones, where they did not win spectrum in the 2010 auction of the radio waves. The companies have until Monday to stop the services. The notices include a penalty component of Rs.550 crore (11 circles) for Vodafone and Rs.300 crore (six circles) for Idea, or Rs.50 crore for each circle where they have committed the violations of the telecom licence conditions, two senior DoT officials said on condition of anonymity . The penalty would be payable in 15 days. DoT’s move comes a day after a two-member division bench of the Delhi high court set aside a stay on a similar notice served on Bharti Airtel Ltd, which approached the Supreme Court on Friday to appeal against the order. Vodafone and Idea may move the apex court on Monday against DoT’s order. The two companies declined to comment on the DoT action. The department has served the notices on the phone firms after they were found to be offering 3G services in telecom circles where they did not win spectrum in the 2010 auction. Of the 22 circles, Bharti won the spectrum in 13 circles, Vodafone in nine and Idea in 11. Through a pact signed in July 2011, the operators were using each other’s spectrum to offer 3G services in circles where they didn’t win the radio waves. DoT officials deemed these pacts illegal because their operating licences did not allow them to offer the services where they didn’t win spectrum. Analysts believe the move will affect 30% of phone companies’ total 3G subscriber base. Together, the three telcos have around 12 million 3G subscribers, including nearly seven million with Bharti, three million with Idea, and two million with Vodafone. Bharti was served the notice on 15 March and was able to get a stay from the high court on 18 March

from a single-judge bench. This stay was set aside on Thursday . Bharti faces a penalty of Rs.350 crore for offering the services in seven circles where it did not win necessary spectrum. Idea shares fell 2.73% to Rs.103.25 and Bharti dropped 1.13% to Rs.270.65 on BSE on a day the benchmark Sensex slipped 0.32% to 18,450.23 points.


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All about Bachelor's of Mass Media: Ms. Manjula Srinivas


n conversation with Ms. Manjula Srinivas, the head of the department of Mass Media at KC College. She tells us about Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) as an undergraduate course, about the need for specialised training for the dynamic media profession and also talks about the Master's programme started in KC College. Q. Ma'am, you have played a key role in developing the course of Bachelor's of Mass Media (BMM) along with the University of Mumbai. Can you tell us more about this course and how it came into being back then? Ans: The Bachelor's of Mass Media as an undergraduate program started in the year 2000. Very few colleges opted for a media program which had 36 different papers. We at KC college, under the dynamic leadership of our principal started the program and have been efficiently running it for the last 13 years. As an academic council member from 2006-2009, I tried to streamline a vast array of things for the media educators by conducting several workshops and meetings and revamping the syllabi from time to time. Q. As the Head of the Department of Mass Media of one of the top most colleges in Mumbai, you are one of the most dynamic

educationist of the city. Share with us some of your experiences that sets apart the mass media department from the other departments in any college. Ans: India Today magazine in its recent survey has identified our course at KC college to be one of the ten most sought after undergraduate programs. I find the faculty and the students sharing an excellent rapport amongst them. The program comprises a practical component which encourages students to make projects and presentations throughout their degree program. Several guest lectures from industry professionals bring in the most updated inputs to the students, from the industry to the classroom. Q. BMM has become one of the most sought after courses in Mumbai. Can you explain the reason for this craze? Ans: Craze as a word seems very superficial to me. Inclination and commitment to pursue a program followed by a career in media can be often a challenging task. Just having a craze need not neccessarily be the reason for students to opt for BMM. There has to be a kind of passion,sincerity and commitment to do the course. Sometimes I find students applying for all the courses and then changing streams. For instance I have seen students applying for medicine and if they clear

the entrance tests, they leave the BMM seat. I see no logic in such choices. Bottom line is to follow your passion and not just the latest 'craze' because the initial craze wears off. Q. Ma'am, you have also introduced a post graduate course- Masters in Communications and Journalism in KC College. Tell us more about this. Ans: MACJ is a two year masters degree affiliated to the University of Mumbai which we have started at KC. The response has been tremendous and the program is doing as well as the undergraduate program of the department. Q. Share your views on the need for specialized training for media professionals in today's scenario when many students are enamored by the glamour of the media industry. Ans: Several internships done by the students during their course exposes them to the various avenues which they can pursue as future career prospects. Specialized training is required because it is not all about glamour out there. The enamoured feeling reduces to a certain extent when they have done a couple of internships. They now know how the media industry works and what kind of hardwork is involved.

Angelina Jolie opens school in Afghanistan


ollywood star Angelina Jolie has opened a school in Afghanistan through her foundation The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. The 37-year-old actress has funded the girls only educational establishment, which caters to between 200 and 300 students, just outside of Kabul and hopes it will be the first of many schools she sets up, reported E! online. Jolie plans to fund more schools by selling her own self-designed accessories collection, the Style of Jolie, to retail stores for the first time with 100 per cent of the profits going to her new foundation, The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. "Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need," Jolie said. The United Nations Goodwill Ambassador is known for her charity work and last year was left in tears after visiting a Syrian refugee camp where she delivered a speech portraying her 'concern' at the situation there. "I am very concerned, the world is very concerned. What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them. "What they described on the ground, hearing it from them is so horrific. When you meet so many innocent people and civilians, the people of Syria are asking who is on their side, 'Who is going to help us as the months go on?" she had said.

newly-installed video conference facility in Rashtrapati Bhavan will enable President Pranab Mukherjee to interact with the Vice-Chancellors of various universities right from his official residence. "A new room for Video-Conferencing has been created from where it is expected that the President will interact with the Vice-Chancellors, faculty and students of Universities for which he is the Visitor," a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said. The President today visited newly refurbished Vivekananda and Tagore suites located in the ground floor of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Noted classical singer Girija Devi


anxious over Prez to interact with VCs Teachers restructured 4-yr course through video conferencing D
became the first guest to use Vivekananda suite recently after work was done to restore it to original glory . "These suites which are meant for use by guests of the President have been newly renovated, refurbished and decorated with paintings, artifacts and pieces of classical furniture collected from different parts of Rashtrapati Bhavan," the statement said. The President's official residence has also now got a new Research and Reference Centre. "This Research and Reference Centre is for the use of the President as well as officers of Rashtrapati Bhavan," it said.

Wi-Fi Internet module for cars launched by BSNL
harat Sanchar Nigam Limited has launched a Wi-Fi module for cars that will enable people to use Internet while they are travelling. BSNL’s Indore division, which launched the module on Wednesday, claims it is probably the first of its kind in the country . A WiFi technology module that costs around Rs.5,000 to Rs.6,000 was first installed on an experimental basis in the official car of BSNL Indore unit’s General Manager G C Pandey . According to Pandey, this was probably the first model in the country where the car has an antenna which receives Wi-Fi signals with a 3.5 mbps speed, from an exchange based on CDMA technology . The model is expected be adopted by customers in a big way, once it gains popularity . BSNL had recently launched the Penta T-Pad WS707C tablet with built in SIM card slot for voice calling and 2G connectivity . The device is priced at Rs.7,999. The Penta T-Pad sports a 7inch capacitive touch screen display running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device features a 2-megapixel rear and a VGA front camera as well. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM and a Mali 400 GPU. It comes with 8GB of internal storage with additional support for upto 32GB via microSD. The Penta T-Pad measures 10.5mm in thickness and weighs 340 grams. It boasts a 3,000mAh battery and comes pre-installed with a host of popular applications including Facebook, Skype, NexGtv and more.


elhi University does it again. From delay in examination results to admissions, they have now failed to restructure the to-be introduced 4-year undergraduate programme within time. Sources at DU reveal that a select group of teachers from each department had been asked to prepare the curriculum for the new course, which was to be submitted to the Vice Chancellor by the 11th of March, or as some sources say the 20th. Either way the deadline has been overshot by most departments, and with just 3 months left for the university to start enrolling students, this delay has received much flak. The teachers have criticized the proposed reforms citing issues like shoddy infrastructure, undemocratic representation of college teachers in syllabus making, hasty and unplanned manner of increasing student workload. As a result many senior teachers have been kept in the dark and have been asked to only work on the design and their opinion has definitely not been taken into consideration as to how and why a 3 year honours programme can be diluted and converted into a 4 year course. According to a senior teacher from Miranda House, 'DU is still trying to cope up with the changes made with the introduction of the semester system. Asking us to convert the syllabus of a rigorous 3 years honours programme, into one of 4 years that too within 15 days is something close to impossible'.

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NEW YORK ance Armstrong's plan to return to athletic competition was stopped by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) as he was pulled out of

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Pune Warriors by 22 runs
HYDERABAD Tearaway pacer Dale Steyn grabbed three wickets in a sensational over as Sunrisers Hyderabad spanked Pune Warriors by 22 runs in a low-scoring Pepsi IPL match at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium on Friday.


Bumrah wows Amitabh Bachchan by his performance against RCB
a swimming event. Armstrong, who is serving a lifetime ban from Olympic sports because of his doping violations, will not compete in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas this weekend after FINA raised objections on Thursday . The 41-year-old American, as a US Masters Swimming member, would be allowed to compete in the 40-44 age group because the master's event did not test its athletes for drugs. But FINA sent a letter to US Masters Swimming officials saying that they must bar Armstrong from its event according to the World Anti-Doping Code as the organization is overseen by swimming's international body . The US Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong from sanctioned competition for life for his use of performance-enhancing drugs during a cycling career and he was stripped of his seven titles of the Tour de France. In January 2013, Armstrong admitted during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used steroids, blood boosters and other banned performance-enhancing drugs and methods during his career. (Agencies) MUMBAI he IPL fever has already gripped cricket fans across the country and even Bollywood celebrities are no exception. It was Jaspree Bumrah who emerged as a shining star by claiming three wickets in the match played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians on Thursday . The match was so exciting that it has given high five to Amitabh Bachchan as well. Big B was closely watching the Thursday’s match and tweeted to praise Bumrah’s performance. The mega star was immensely impressed by the unusual bowling action of rookie Jaspree Bumrah. It gave him such a lift that he could not resist himself from posting about the bowler on twitter. He praised the unusual actions when Bumrah took two quick wickets. Further, when Bumrah continued to shine and took third wicket, Bachchan tweeted “BUMRAHHHHHHH !! done it again… another wicket !! Jaspritey kithhe siga yaar tu inne din”. The tweets from Amitabh Bachchan shows that the IPL fever has gripped people from all walks of life including Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan. (Agencies)



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erful People'. The report also mentioned Bank of Baroda, the public sector bank with the biggest international presence, as receiving “successive wire transfers of several hundred thousand dollars from Dubaibased currency exchanges suspected of laundering organised crime proceeds.” The firms included the al-Dirham Exchange named in an Indian government dossier on Dawood Ibrahim’s operations. Bank of Baroda today confirmed its relationship with the Dubai exchange, but denied “any involvement” in the “alleged transfer of funds as reported in the media.” In a press release issued this morning, Bank of Baroda’s Chairman and Managing Director, SS Mundra, had this to say about CNN-IBN’s revelations that the Karachi-based ganglord was using its Nassau offshore operation to launder

money: “In response to some of the news items appearing in a TV Channel regarding the purported transfer of funds through Bank of Baroda, Nassau Branch, Bahamas, it is clarified that Bank of Baroda, Nassau, has been maintaining, among others, the account of Dubai Exchange for last several years. It is a KYC (know-your-customer) compliant account where transactions take place in (the) normal course of business to established banking channels. All AML (anti-money-laundering) guidelines are followed. Hence we deny any involvement of Bank of Baroda in alleged transfer of funds as reported in the Media. We further clarify that Bank of Baroda, Nassau Operations are conducted strictly within the regulatory framework of host/home country and are subject to usual systemic controls”.

Dawood’s purported transfer of blood-money through Bank of Baroda

n an exclusive report yesterday, media reported how “crime kingpin Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar’s cash has begun washing up on the shores of Nassau island…Ibrahim has emerged as the principal provider of financial services to narcotics traffickers and jihadists across South Asia – a business pegged at over $3.5 billion a year, which uses front companies to access the global financial system.” Dawood Ibrahim has been ranked at number 50 in the Forbes list of 'The World's Most Pow-

Pres. Obama Apologizes For Calling Kamala Harris ‘Best-Looking Attorney General’
LOS ANGELES ( President Barack Obama apologized to Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris for remarks he made about her looks at a fundraiser in Northern California Thursday . While the president also acknowledged Harris as being “brilliant,” “dedicated,” and “tough” during the Democratic luncheon in the Silicon Valley, he also said she was “by far, the best-looking attorney general.” Obama talked to Harris later that night via phone, but not before the television talking heads and the blogosphere had a field day over his comments. “It’s sexist,” said Sam Bennett. “That simple comment drops her like a stone electorally and makes voters much less likely to see her as qualified or worthy of their vote.” Women rights attorney Gloria Allred, who was an Obama delegate at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, said Obama’s apology was the right thing to do. “It’s not the crime of the century,” said Allred. “On the other hand, it’s something he needed to apologize for. We just would like women to be treated seriously and have an equal shot at elected office and any job in the United States for which they are otherwise qualified.” Political consultant Fiona Hutton agreed the remarks raise serious issues for women in politics and in the working world. Hutton, however, doesn’t believe it will be a major political problem for the president. “I think it’s a one or two-day flap that’ll ricochet around California. I think things move on. I think you may have certain bloggers on the conservative side who may want to continue, but I think to the real world, there are probably a lot more pressuring issues,” she said. Willie Brown, a former state assembly speaker and San Francisco mayor, said Obama’s opponents are just looking for something to attack the president on. “They can’t criticize him for budget, they can’t criticize him for taxes on the rich, they can’t criticize him for medical care, they got to say something,” he said. Harris’ office released a statement that said the attorney general and the president have been friends for many years and she strongly supports him.

North Korea warns embassies over safety following missile threat
orth Korea has warned foreign embassies in Pyongyang that it cannot guarantee their safety from the threat of conflict after 10 April, and has advised them to consider pulling their staff out of the capital. The message to diplomats came as tensions in the region continued to escalate despite international efforts to defuse the situation. South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited Seoul military sources as saying two Musudan missiles had been positioned on mobile launchers on North Korea's east coast. The missiles are believed to have a range of at least 1,875 miles. That would cover South Korea and Japan and possibly the US territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. South Korea reacted to the missile activity by deploying two battleships capable of intercepting and destroying ballistic missiles. The US has already moved interceptor missiles and warships to the region to defend against a possible attack. In Washington, officials attempted to calms nerves rattled by several days of bellicose rhetoric, saying the feeling in the White House and the Pentagon was that any threat to the US or its allies was not imminent. The Foreign Office in London dismissed the embassy warning as an attempt by the North to create the impression that it was in imminent danger of an attack by the US, adding that it had no intention of evacuating staff. "The British embassy in Pyongyang received a communication from the North Korean government this morning saying that the North Korean government would be unable to guarantee the safety of embassies and international organisations in the country in the event of conflict from 10 April," it said. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "The DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] has responsibilities under the Vienna convention to protect diplomatic missions, and we believe


they have taken this step as part of their continuing rhetoric that the US poses a threat to them. We are considering next steps, including a change to our travel advice." A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Pyongyang said North Korea had "proposed that the Russian side consider the evacuation of employees in the increasingly tense situation". Denis Samsonov said Russia was not planning to evacuate at this stage as there were no outward signs of tension in the North Korean capital. The language and actions from the Obama administration in response to North Korea last week was relatively strong. There are signs, though, in the past few days that it may have decided that some of this may have been a mistake, making a bad situation worse. The language of the White House, the state department and the Pentagon has become noticeably more muted.


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Media made a hero out of Modi: Digvijay War of words begins between Cong & BJP
nterestingly, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has declared its first list of candidates for 21 assembly seats, six months ahead of the polls. "BSP will fight the election on the issue of inflation and corruption," said state president Sadanand Markandey . Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday declared that it has teamed up with "small" parties and will be contesting for 20 seats. Chitranjan Bakshi, a member of National Executive Committee of CPI said Chhattisgarh Sanyukta Morcha will be an alliance of nine parties including Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch, CPI, CPI (M), Rashtriya Gondwana Party, Loktantrik Samajwadi Party among others. tribal girls in government ashrams -to hold demonstrations and rallies in district headquarters, particularly those where the party believes it needs to strengthen its position. Congress leaders, it appears, have resolved to bury their personal differences and put up an united fight. Recently former chief minister Ajit Jogi told local media that he would be happy if senior Congress leader Charandas Mahant leads the party . Mahant responded that he and Jogi are united in their fight against the BJP. "How can we oppose each other," Mahant said. The camps of veteran Congress leaders like Motila Vora and VC Shukla also have a striking presence in Congress. The BJP on the other hand has decided to brave the political fight under the leadership of Raman Singh. All messages on welfare measures, state policies and advertisements released by the government carry the image of the chief minister. "We have catered to the needs of every section of society particularly tribals, farmers and those in backward regions. Nine new districts were created in 2012 to fulfill the aspirations of local people and bring the administration closer to them," said Singh, who is banking on development and various populist welfare measures including the Food Security Act. Raman presented 'Aam Admi' budget in an election year. The BJP has hinted that to ensure their return to power, some sitting members of Parliament might be fielded during the assembly elections, besides denying tickets to many sitting legislators. This assumes significance since every seat matters when the election is expected to be a closely contested one. oth the BJP and Congress are all set to hit the roads in order to garner mass support for their party . The opposition Congress is busy giving final touches to its 'Parivartan Yatra' (March for Change) that will be launched on April 12 and continue till June, covering all 90 assembly constituencies. Party spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said the focus of the yatra is to expose the failures of Raman Singh's government. Similarly BJP is taking to the roads around the same time. According to party sources, the road map of Raman's month long Vikas Yatra (March for Development) is ready and the yatra would begin from the conflict-zone of Bastar in April. Of the 12 assembly seats of Bastar, which was earlier known as a Congress stronghold, the BJP won 11 seats. The focus of the yatra is to woo the people with the flagship schemes, initiatives and programmes launched by the state government. During the past one year, the Congress had aggressively challenged the ruling party's earlier mass contact yatras. The Congress opposed the annual 'Gram Suraj Abhiyan' (village good governance) drive through its 'Vada Nibhao Abhiyan' (Fulfill the promise campaign). When BJP launched 'Nagar Suraj Abhiyan' in November 2012, the opposition countered it through 'Nagar Bachao Abhiyan'. As the saffron party decided to initiate a mass contact programme -- Gaon Gaon chalo, Ghar Ghar chalo abhiyan, the Congress has launched 'Har Ghar Congress, Ghar Ghar Congress' campaign from April 1.

Chhattisgarh assembly polls:

he AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh recently said that the media was responsible for making a hero out of Gujarat

chief minister Narendra Modi, who, according to him, did nothing new for the state. The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, who was on a five-day private tour of Tadoba tiger reserve in neighboring Chandrapur district recently, said that Gujarat was always ahead in terms of development and progress that is visible, did not happen overnight. “Modi has done nothing new for the state. Gujarat was always a vibrant, pro-industry and a pro-development state,” he said and asked what new initiatives did Modi take after taking reins of Gujarat. He strongly criticized the BJP for inducting Amit Shah, an accused in two fake encounters in Gujarat, as national general secretary . “This has exposed the BJP. It is a pointer to its election strategy in the ensuing general elections,” he added. Answering a question, he reiterated that people of the country want to see Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of the party in next elections. “Rahulji is our leader and leader of the largest party after the election he would become the Prime Minister,” he said. The senior Congress leader also visited Anandwan, a community rehabilitation centre for leprosy patients and the disabled from downtrodden sections of society set up by noted social activist Baba Amte. Singh interacted with leprosy patients and met Dr Vikas Amte, son of Baba Amte during his visit. Singh was taking rest at Tadoba Tiger reserve for the last five days. “I had been to Tadoba to reduce my mental stress,” he said and informed that he had sighted as many as 11 tigers during his five-day stay in the reserve.

ith the assembly elections due later this year in Chhattisgarh, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the main opposition Congress will leave no stone unturned to gain one-upmanship in the people's court through allegations and counter-allegations. The war of words between the two national parties in the bipolar politics of the state has already begun. With the stable BJP government led by chief minister Raman Singh yearning for a hat-trick, there is greater pressure on Congress. Political pundits and analysts maintain that Congress suffered defeat largely owing to infighting and factionalism. "We have given a call to party cadres to put up a united fight. There are no differences among the party leaders who are reinforcing the party base," claimed PCC president Nand Kumar Patel. Senior Congress leaders admitted that they had failed to expose BJP's "corruption and incompetence" during previous elections and could not regain the lost ground in tribal belts. "Everything depends on our current course of action. It is a do-or-die situation," said a senior Congress leader who further added that the party has no other option but to take an aggressive stand in targeting the government -- over corruption, poor governance or 'defective' policies. AICC general secretary and Chhattisgarh in-charge BK Hariprasad has been conducting dialogue and introspection sessions with the party leaders and workers for the past one year. The party remains diligent and never misses an opportunity -- be it CAG report, mining, law & order, reservation issue or even sexual abuse of poor




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