- India Faces 30 percent shortage of IAS Officer
- Sachin featured on the Cover Page of TIME Magazine
- HC asks Google to remove defamatory Blog against Ravi Shankar
- Punjab Youths break 59 coconuts with head within One Minute
- Watch the first looks of the Movie Ek Tha Tiger
- Son of N D Tiwari moves HC for early DNA Testing
- India to buy Trainer Planes worth $640 Mn from Swiss Firms
- Kingfisher ceases to be a subsidiary of United Brewaries
- Mamta Bannerjee to present Sachin with Golden Bat and Ball
- Bihar Government first to issue ID Cards to its Ministers
Posted: 10 May 2012 07:19 PM PDT
There is a shortage of nearly 30 percent officers in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), parliament was told Thursday.
Minister of State for Personal V. Narayanasamy informed the Rajya Sabha that against a total authorised strength of 6,154 IAS officers in the country, there were only 4,377.
“1,777 posts are lying vacant,” he said, adding that out of 4,377 officers in position, 3,392 are direct recruits and the rest are promotees from state civil services.
Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of vacant positions at 216, followed by Bihar which has 128 vacant positions, Madhya Pradesh (118), Rajasthan (112), and Jharkhand (100), he said.
The minister, however, said that the government was not rushing to fill the posts as it cannot compromise on quality, and training facilities were limited.
Posted: 10 May 2012 06:15 PM PDT
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been featured on the cover of the upcoming South Pacific edition of TIME magazine with the inevitable question: What would “The God Of Big Things” do next.
Since March 16, “when he smashed cricket’s equivalent of the sound barrier by notching his 100th century, the player deified by a billion Indians and revered by half a billion other cricket fans has been dogged by questions about what he would do next,” says the cover story of the issue dated May 21.
“Having reached a mark previously considered impossible, would he play on or would he walk away from the sport he has dominated for more than two decades” it wonders.
Asked about his expectations about himself, Tendulkar told TIME in an interview: “How am I going to go out and perform? That restlessness brings the best out of me, it’s a healthy sign.”
Tendulkar said he refrains from planning too far ahead on his future. “I don’t plan too far ahead, I’ve never done that. At most, I plan for the next tournament or series. I believe in approaching my targets step by step, and don’t look at the larger picture.”
It is important for him to enjoy his game and he reminds himself of that theory in tough moments, said the master blaster. “So much happens on and off the field that sometimes you forget to enjoy the game.
“That’s when things don’t go smoothly. There have been challenges along the way, some tough moments. But I would speak to myself and say ‘It doesn’t matter what the situation is, enjoy it’.”
He has always wanted to be completely focused on his game and did not want to think about the “commercial” side of it, Tendulkar said.
“I do (advertising) shoots, but not at the cost of compromising on my cricket. At no stage did I feel I would have to make compromises and earn an extra buck.”
Posted: 10 May 2012 05:04 PM PDT
The Delhi High Court has directed Google to remove, within 36 hours, derogatory content posted by a blogger against Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Justice Manmohan Singh, hearing a defamation case filed by followers of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, also issued notice to Google and Jitender Bagga who allegedly posted derogatory contents against motivational guru and his Art of Living.
“In case, interim order is not passed,the plaintiffs will suffer irreparable loss and injury. Thus, till the next date, the defendant No.2 (Google) is directed to remove all defamatory content about the plaintiffs posted by the defendant No.1 (Jitender Bagga) on defendant No.2′s website http://.blogger.com/ within 36 hours from date of knowledge of the order passed by this Court,” the court said, in its interim order.
“The defendant No.1 (Bagga) is restrained from sending any e-mail, posting any material over the internet which has a direct or indirect reference to the plaintiffs or the Art of Living Foundation or any member of the Art of Living Foundation, or His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,” the court further added while passing the order Wednesday. It was made available Thursday.
Seeking a permanent injunction, Vyakti Vikas Kendra, India Public Charitable Trust with some followers of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had filed a suit against the blogger and Google saying that they are aggrieved, and hurt on account of certain highly defamatory materials posted on a website.
Seeking damage amount of over Rs.5 crore, the plea said: “Jitender Bagga has been indiscriminately sending e-mails and has published a large number of blogs on the website http://www.blogger.com/, which have highly vulgar, disgusting and abusive references towards His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, owner of Art of Living Foundation, and towards various other persons associated with the Art of Living.”
Seeking response from Google and Bagga, the court posted the matter for May 30.
Posted: 10 May 2012 03:56 PM PDT
Chandigarh: Punjab’s traditional ‘gatka’ martial art form may not have anything to do with coconuts but a determined group of Sikh youth from the state’s border district of Tarn Taran have claimed an entry into the Guinness World Records by breaking coconuts, a representative said Thursday.
The feat was achieved by Bir Khalsa Gatka Group at a contest organised April 18 in Rome.
The seven-member group was able to break 59 hard coconuts placed on the forehead of team members and broken by others with a baseball bat within one minute.
The earlier world record in this category was 41 coconuts broken in one minute, the said ‘gatka’ group leader Kanwaljit Singh.
“The group is very proud of the achievement. While five members placed the coconuts on their foreheads, two members broke them with baseball bats,” he said.
The other members of the group included Gurpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Naseeb Singh, Harpreet Singh, Ranjot Singh and Balwant Singh.
The group has about 200 members, mostly from Punjab’s rural areas. The group had earlier hogged headlines with their performance during a dance show on a TV channel.
“Our feat has been able to change the perception about Sikhs abroad. We will be participating in such events in other countries in future,” said Kanwaljit Singh.
Posted: 10 May 2012 01:56 PM PDT
Salman Khan’s starring Ek tha Tiger would be released this Eid (15 august 2012). The first teaser was released yesterday featuring Salman and Katrina. The movie is based around the life of a Young man Tiger who has been victim of the activities of Intelligence Agencies of India and Pakistan. R &AW and ISI have been featured extensively in this movie.
Watch the first looks of the movie below
Katrina Kaif performed also performed her own stunts in the film, describing them as “exciting, challenging and electrifying” . This is one of the first action films in her career.
Produced byAditya Chopra and directed by Kabir Khan, the film marks the third collaboration of Kabir Khan with Yash Raj Filmsafter Kabul Express (2006) and New York (2009). Though originally scheduled to release on 1 June, 2012, the film was shifted to August per request from Aamir Khan for releasing his film, Talaash on 1st June.
Reports claim that the film was initially offered to Shahrukh Khan, but as he was unable to go ahead with the dates, he had to be replaced by Salman Khan.
The movie has been shot across 10 countries, including Ireland, Turkey, Cuba, Iraq and India
Posted: 10 May 2012 01:54 PM PDT
Rohit Shekhar, who claims to be the biological son of veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari, Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking direction to Tiwari to furnish his blood samples at the earliest for a DNA test as per the court’s earlier order.
The high court April 27 had directed Tiwari to give his blood sample for a DNA test to decide a paternity suit and said that the leader can even be forced to do so if he refuses.
There is an urgent need of blood sample for DNA test as there are chances that Tiwari may depart from India in order to avoid the court order, Shekhar said in his petition while seeking an order restraining Tiwari from leaving India until he furnishes DNA samples.
Approaching the court, 32-year-old Shekhar said that due to the Tiwari’s advanced age (86), time is of essence and irreparable loss will be caused him if the samples are not collected at the earliest as vital evidence may be lost forever.
In his petition, he submitted that in case Tiwari fails to appear or furnish a blood sample on the date that will be appointed by the court, a commissioner be appointed to draw blood sample from him forcefully or otherwise.
Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri had said that if Tiwari continues to defy the court’s order to give his blood sample for DNA analysis, police force can be used against him.
Justice Sikri had passed the order on Shekhar’s plea challenging the order of Justice Gita Mittal, who in September 2011, said that Tiwari cannot be physically compelled or confined for submitting his blood sample for DNA analysis.
Through the present petition, Shekhar sought order from the court that he is the naturally born son of Tiwari and his mother Ujjwala Sharma, “a decree of perpetual injunction be passed, restraining defendent 1 (Tiwari) from denying in public or otherwise that he is the father of plaintiff (Shekhar).”
Tiwari had on June 1 last year refused to appear in the high court dispensary to give his blood sample for DNA test to ascertain Shekhar’s claim, saying he cannot be forced to do so.
Posted: 10 May 2012 12:51 PM PDT
Indian Cabinet has approved the proposal for Indian Air Force to buy 75 basic trainer planes from a Swiss firm under a long due deal worth $640 million (Rs.2,900 crore).
The Cabinet Committee on Security, the country’s highest defence and security decision-making body, gave the clearance for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to sign the deal with Swiss manufacturer Pilatus for its PC-7 turbo trainer plane, the official said here.
The defence ministry had cleared the plane as the winner of the contract late last year following a rigourous flight trials.
Pilatus’ PC-7 beat Korean Aerospace KT-1 and American Hawker-Beechcraft T-6C Texan-II planes in the contest to win the deal.
The Pilatus planes are to replace IAF’s fleet of 125 Hindustan Piston Trainer-32 (HPT-32) planes, along known as Deepak, from the Hindustan Aeronautics limited stable.
India had grounded the fleet of HPT-32 in 2009 following a series of crashes. The plane had persistent fuel supply system problem that could not be sorted out, resulting in 108 engine cuts, claiming the lives of 23 pilots.
Posted: 10 May 2012 11:48 AM PDT
Vijay Mallya-led United Breweries has said that Kingfisher Airlines has ceased to be its subsidiary after the carrier allotted shares against optionally convertible debentures to certain entities.
The company said in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) that it has a high exposure of over Rs.12,215.18 crore in the airline.
“Kingfisher Airlines has ceased to be company’s subsidiary as on Feb 18, 2012, consequent upon it alloting shares against optionally convertible debentures,” the company said in the filing.
“The company has significant exposure on various counts to Kingfisher Airlines as on March 31, 2012. These include investment in equity/preference capital at Rs.2,118.48 crore, corporate guarantees to banks,aircraft lessors at Rs.8,925.86 crore.”
As on Dec 31, 2011, UB Holdings’ stake in Kingfisher stood at 40.1 percent, but it declined to 34.55 percent on Feb 18, 2012 after an increase in the airline’s equity base pursuant to issue of shares to some entities in lieu of certain convertible bonds.
In another unrelated development, the airline had to cancel nearly 17 flights flights from New Delhi to various domestic destinations as a group of pilots called in sick.
The pilots are said to be protesting against non-payment of salaries, which were supposed to have been paid on May 9. Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya had written to the staff assuring them that their dues would be paid on May 9.
In April a group of employees had gone on a flash agitation claiming that their salaries had not been paid even after the management had committed to clear the dues for the last four months.
The cash-strapped airline had suspended operations to several cities in the last week of March and asked its staff to stay at home till it managed fresh funding.
The airline’s international operations had been suspended after the International Air Transport Association (IATA) barred the carrier from its inter-airline clearing house and billing and settlement plan accounts due to non-payment of dues.
Kingfisher has a debt of Rs.7,057.08 crore. Its net loss widened to Rs.444.27 crore for the quarter ended Dec 31, 2011 from Rs.253.69 crore in the October-December quarter of the last fiscal.
Posted: 10 May 2012 11:13 AM PDT
Sachin Tendulkar will be presented a golden bat, ball and 100 guineas for scoring a century of international hundreds by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee before the Indian Premier League clash between the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders here Saturday.
The felicitation is a joint venture by the state government and the Cricket Association of Bengal, it was announced Thursday.
“He is coming here for the first time after achieving his feat. So we want to fete him in a befitting manner,” CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya said while briefing reporters after the association’s working committee meeting at the Eden Gardens.
The batting genius will be handed over a memento and a citation, said state Sports Minister Madan Mitra.
Posted: 10 May 2012 11:11 AM PDT
Bihar Government has decided to issue Identity card to all its ministers. Until now no Minister used to get Identity Cards.
“The cabinet secretariat has began the process,” an official said. Such cards were until now made available only to bureaucrats and legislators.
The official said due to lack of identity cards, Bihar’s ministers often faced embarrassing situations while visiting other places in India — as they could not prove who they were.
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