Wednesday, 16 May 2012

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Rekha-Jaya rivalry reappeared after 20 years in Parliament

Posted: 16 May 2012 03:51 PM PDT

When Cinestar Rekha was taking oath in Rajya Sabha, everyone’s eyes were on another Superstar Jaya Bachchan. Naturally, TV reporters present there also focused their Cameras on Jaya which has caused a wild uproar in the parliament.

After this controversial, some MPs complained this to Chairman Hamid Ansari. However, Jaya Bachchan herself did not complain to the Chairman on the issue.

In a release, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat dismissed reports that Jaya Bachchan has filed a complaint that the House cameras focussed on her when cine star Rekha took oath as a member.

“The news reports are factually incorrect,” the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said in a press release after television channels carried reports that Bachchan had complained to Ansari regarding “certain aspects of the coverage of the proceedings of the House”.

The release said Bachchan has written to the Chairman, Committee on Government Assurances, with a copy to the Secretary General on matters pertaining to assurances given on the floor of the House.

The media had played up the oath-taking event against the backdrop of the perceived rivalry between the two film stars of 70s and 80s.

Infosys Founder Narayan Murthy awarded by Florida University

Posted: 16 May 2012 01:47 PM PDT

Narayana Murthy

Narayana Murthy

Infosys Founder and currently its Chief Mentor Narayana Murthy has been felicitated with  Global Leadership and Free Enterprise awards by the University of South Florida. The two awards were presented to Murthy by USF President Judy Genshaft at a ceremony in Tampa, Florida.

While talking to its students, Murthy talked about his current duties as Infosys chairman emeritus, which keeps him busy though not involved in the day-to-day operations, and then engaged in a question and answer session.

Murthy recounted details about the impact of changes in the tech world that “transformed the entire scenario” for corporations and “opened up unlimited and enormous opportunities,” most significantly the introduction of super computers and online transaction capabilities.

Maria Valentino, who mentioned how impressed she was with the business culture she found during her visit to Infosys as a student, asked how his company managed to maintain its values. Murthy responded that, because of his middle class background, it was not as difficult to do as it might be for the mass of people eking out a living.

“You need a spirit of sacrifice and you need to have trust,” he said. He explained how the company’s ethos has its roots in the very first meeting held at his house in Mumbai with his six fellow founders. Their discussion was focused on profitability. Murthy focused their attention on “seeking respect,” “living in harmony with society” and making sure “you don’t shortchange your customers”.

When you do those things, “Revenue will come. Profit will come,” he said.

In response to a question about the chances of Murthy entering politics, he mentioned his preference for “rational discussion” and the difficulty the political world offers for such a discussion, he expressed some hesitation

Vidya Balan dreams of making Films with King Khan

Posted: 16 May 2012 01:14 PM PDT

KahaaniKahaani Doll Vidya Balan wants to do films with Shahrukh Khan. She revealed this while releasing the DVD of her superhit Kahaani. She accepts that she is in awe of Raj, the character played by Shahrukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

“I think every woman wants a Raj and that is why I have always wanted to work with Shahrukh Khan. Whenever we work together I would like it (film) to be a relationship story.

“When one thinks of romance the foremost names that come to my mind are Rajesh Khanna and Shahrukh Khan.” Vidya, who has given hits like “Paa”, “The Dirty Picture” and “Kahani” has never worked with any of the three Khans of Bollywood.

The actress said she would like to work with all of them.”I think all three Khans — Shahrukh, Aamir, Salman — have their own individual styles.

I would like to work with all of them. But I must say …hats off to Aamir for his TV show ‘Satyamev jayate’. I think only he could have done this,” Vidya said.

“I would love to pair with Abhishek. Also, I would like to work with Hritik because I haven’t worked with him before, I am very much greedy, I want to work with all good actors and directors,” she said.

Regional School Textbook shows Pakistan as a part of India

Posted: 16 May 2012 12:47 PM PDT

Some of the Textbooks in Our Country speak that Pakistan is currently a part of India and PV Narsimha Rao is the Prime Minister of Our Country. This was highlighted by AIADMK member S Semmalai in Lok Sabha today while referring to the controversy over Ambedkar cartoon in CBSE textbooks during a discussion on Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Bill, 2011.

“In the CBSE textbooks of Karnataka, it is mentioned even now that Pakistan is a part of India. It went on to state that American constitution is based on capitalism. Class-III students of Urdu medium in Andhra Pradesh are taught that P V Narasimha Rao is the Prime Minister of the country,” Semmalai said, evoking laughter all around the House.

Finding further faults with the textbooks, he said, “In the CBSE textbooks, a forest is defined as a group of trees and heavy industry is defined as one where heavy type of raw materials are used.”

The member said that only 15 per cent of graduates are suitable for employment and it is a sorry state of affairs. It reflects the poor quality of education at all levels, from primary to higher levels.

He lamented, “If this is the quality and stuff that we provide to our students, one can imagine what will be the standard of our students.

“Unless we make concerted efforts to allocate six per cent of the GDP to education, our goal will remain unreachable,” he added.

Satyamev Jayate Fails to amass handsome TVR Figures

Posted: 16 May 2012 12:33 PM PDT

Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate may be path-breaking in social issues, but its has failed to get a suitable TV Rating (TVR). Infact the  Opening TV Rating of  Satyamev Jayate far lags behind most of the Big Starrer Show on TV. For Instance  Amitabh’s Kaun Banega Karorpati (S2) had an opening TVR of 19.75, while Satyamev Jayate has a Opening TVR of 3 merely.

This does not mean a failure, as Aamir did not gives a damn to TVRs or TRPs. Additionally he chose not to broadcast it during Prime Time when most users remain glued to TV. Additionally he has made it a based on Social Issues while most of the Big Star Shows are related to entertainment. We must appreciate the risk Aamir has taken with regard to this Show.

Below is the Opening TV Ranking of Various TV shows starring Top Bollywood Celebrities.

HostshowchannelYearTimingOpening TVR
Akshay KumarMaster Chef India (season one)Star PlusOctober 16, 2010Saturdays and Sundays2.59
Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi (season two)ColorsSeptember 7, 2009Monday to Thursday4.37
Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi (season four)ColorsJune 3, 2011Fridays and Saturdays2.95
Amitabh BachchanKaun Banega Crorepati (season one)Star PlusJuly 3Monday to Thursday8.96
Kaun Banega Crorepati (season two)Star PlusMay 8Monday to Thursday19.75
Kaun Banega Crorepati (season four)Sony TVNovember 10Monday to Thursday6.21
Kaun Banega Crorepati (season five)Sony TVAugust 15Monday to Thursday5.24
Bigg Boss (season three)ColorsOctober 4Monday to Sunday4.57
Hrithik RoshanJust DanceStar PlusJune 18, 2011Saturdays and Sundays, 9 pm3.68
Salman KhanDus Ka Dum (season one)Sony TVJune 6Fridays and Saturdays3.35
Dus Ka Dum (season two)Sony TVMay 30Fridays and Saturdays2.22
Bigg Boss (season four)ColorsOctober 3Monday to Saturday4.83
Shah Rukh KhanKaun Banega Crorepati (season three)Star PlusJanuary 22Monday to Thursday12.33
Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?Star PlusApril 25Friday to Sunday3.37
Zor Ka Jhatka Total Wipe OutImagine TVFebruary 1Monday to Friday2.61

Book on the success of DMRC and E Sreedharan released

Posted: 16 May 2012 07:05 AM PDT

A Book titled 25 Management Strategies for Delhi Metro’s Success: The Sreedharan Way reveals the success strategies of Delhi Metro. Written by Delhi Metro’s Chief Public Relations Officer Anuj Dayal, the book chronicles the stupendous journey of the new-age transport system in the national capital in the past 10 years.

The book which was released on Tuesday by Sreedharan’s successor and DMRC managing director Mangu Singh gives the entire credit of the organisation’s growth to the principles followed by  E Sreedharan, who infused a new work environment.

“The book encapsulates the ten years of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and its successful journey, from the concept to construction to the running stage — and the difficulties faced during the initial years and the management principles evolved by E. Sreedharan,” Dayal said.

Priced at Rs.350 and available at Metro Museum, the book lists 25 strategies that are being followed at the DMRC, and form its success.

Delhi Metro makes over 2,400 trips a day, covering about 70,000 km and carrying around 18 lakh passengers on working days.

Lara Dutta reveals her motherhood and about her Child

Posted: 16 May 2012 05:56 AM PDT

Lara DuttaBollywood actress Lara Dutta feels that gone are the days when actresses’ career hit dead end once they became mothers. She says she will sign a film in a few days.

“I will be signing my next film in two-three days. It will be an easy role for me to jump back to. My own production will be later,” Lara told reporters Tuesday here at the launch of her DVD – Parental Yoga With Lara Dutta.

Lara, who wed ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupati in 2011, gave birth to her daugther Saira in January this year.

“So many actresses have become mothers. They have all taken their time to come back. So, I think this is an outdated concept that if someone has become a mother, so she will sit at home. I can’t wait to come back,” she said.

She says that she is enjoying her motherhood. “The love for your child becomes so unconditional that the reality of who you really are becomes very clear to you because that is totally reflected in your child. That kind of unconditional love, which you experience, makes you very vulnerable. It also makes you aware of the world and everything which surrounds it,” she said.

“She is totally using and abusing me and I am very happy about it. She is wonderful and is a lovely little girl. She is a joy to be around and I am thoroughly enjoying it,” added the 34-year-old.

She was speaking at the launch of her DVD – Parental Yoga With Lara Dutta.

Lara and Mahesh Bhupati’s daughter was born Jan 20. She also informed reporters that she had a caesarean section baby.

“I had a C-section because of the way Saira was placed. I think I have got back pretty quickly, considering it has been just three months,” Lara said.

“My film choices are obviously going to be dictated by Saira’s welfare. I am not going to do films which would require me to stay on the sets from morning to night or for multiple days in a row. So, I will pick my choices very carefully. I am excited with what’s coming my way already,” said the 34-year-old.

Lara informed the reporters that she would think about her next production venture in the second half of the year.

Satyamev Jayate Impact: Children come forward against Female Foeticide

Posted: 16 May 2012 04:47 AM PDT

To spread awareness about female foeticide, a group of 30 children reached Delhi after travelling a distance of 2,300 km accoss India, including 18 cities, on bicycles.

The group, which comprises 15 girls and 15 boys, started its journey from Sangli in Uttar Pradesh and will end at Sonipat in Haryana.

These 30 children have covered cities like Karad, Satara, Pune, Ahmadnagar, Malegaon, Chahsgaon, Dulia, Shurpur, Sendava, Dewas, Guna, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Dholpur, Agra, and Mathura, before reaching Delhi.

These children were welcomed by Shiv Inder Singh, managing director, Firefox Bikes Pvt. Ltd.

“Firefox is honoured to be associated with this cause. It is very important that each one of us play a positive role in saving the girl child. Firefox would continue to support causes for the betterment of the society,” he said.

ZNMD girl Kalki Koechlin reveals much of her struggle in Bollywood

Posted: 16 May 2012 03:36 AM PDT

Kalki KoechlinKalki Koechlin comes from a non-film background, but the actress has managed to carve a niche for herself with her unconventional choice of scripts. She however admits it is hard to keep up the good work in filmdom.

“I feel lucky enough to have had a good start by working in alternate niche films like ‘Dev D’ that have a different style. I have got an opportunity to work with some very good directors, but it is hard to keep up the good work,” Kalki told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

“It is very important to choose the right kind of roles; and do not rush into grabbing projects. It is important to be patient. You might work for eight-nine months and be out of work for the rest of the time,” she added.

The 29-year-old is known for portraying unconventional characters. She ventured into filmdom with critically acclaimed “Dev D”, where she played a young girl who ends up becoming a prostitute. Later she did films like “Shaitan”, “That Girl In Yellow Boots” and most recently “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” and “My Friend Pinto“.

The actress is now gearing up for the release of political thriller “Shanghai”. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, it takes a dig at the sad state of affairs in the country.

The film has been inspired by a mid-1960s book “Z”, by Greek writer and diplomat Vassilis Vassilikos. “Shanghai” will have its world premiere at the 13th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards to be held in Singapore during June 7-9. It features Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol and Prosenjit Chatterjee.

“I think youth are getting frustrated with the sad state of affairs of the country. And they are becoming more aware of the current situation. The Anna Hazare movement was the best example of it. It had such a strong impact on the youth of the country,” she said.

” ‘Shanghai’ talks about dreams and reality. People here talk about converting the country into Shanghai; they promise good infrastructure, good facilities, but reality is something different. There is no water, there are potholes on roads.There is a prevalent ‘chalta hai’ attitude here. It’s high time something should be done,” added Kalki.

This is the first time that Kalki is working with Dibakar and the actress admits that the filmmaker is “a tough taskmaster”.

“He is a perfectionist and knows what he wants. He almost made me cry during the shoot. It was a month- long shoot in a small town of Latur and Baramati, where there was no proper food, no hot water, no proper resting place too. We had nothing much to do there, but that helped us stay focussed on our work and enact our scenes properly,” she said.

“He pushes people to such an extent that they are bound to give good performances,” she added.

The actress has now begun shooting for Vishal Bharadwaj’s supernatural thriller “Ek Thi Daayan”, which features Emraan and Konkona Sen Sharma.

World Bank Report shows India improving in Logistics

Posted: 16 May 2012 02:31 AM PDT

Global trade logistics performance slowed down over the last two years amid the global recession but India – ranked 46th among 155 countries – and others that pursued aggressive reforms continued to improve, according to the World Bank.

India with a Logistics Performance Indicators (LPI) score of 3.08 was ranked 46th in the World Bank’s latest survey on trade logistics with Singapore with a score of 4.12 listed as the top performer among the 155 economies included in the report.

Countries like India, Chile, China, Morocco, South Africa, Turkey and the US all improved their previous performance, according to the study, which is based on a comprehensive world survey of international freight forwarders and express carriers.

According to the LPI report, high income economies dominate the top logistics rankings, while the economies with the worst performance are least developed countries that are also often landlocked, small islands, or post-conflict states. In the upper-middle income country category, top performers include South Africa, China and Turkey.

In the lower middle income category, India, Morocco and the Philippines have above average performance improvements. And among low-income countries, outperformers included Benin, Malawi and Madagascar.

“Infrastructure stands out as the chief driver of progress in top performers, followed by improvements in logistics services, and customs and border management,” said Mona Haddad, Sector Manager of the World Bank’s international trade department.

“All top performers show strong cooperation between the public and private sectors, and a comprehensive approach in the development of services, infrastructure and efficient logistics.”

Only by fostering cooperation between the public and private sectors, and by considering the impact of all agencies on the supply chain can a country create sustainable improvements in its logistical capabilities, the study suggested.

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