- Gambhir knew that he would win DLF IPL 2012 Title
- Poonam Pandey bares it all for Kolkata Knight Riders
- The Biography of Cricketer Manvinder Singh Bisla
- Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai to win maiden IPL Title
- Highlights of Satyamev Jayate Episode 4 dealing with malpractices in Medicine Sector
- Airtel ventures into Mobile Advertising Industry
- Child Saved after transplant of World’s smallest Artificial Heart
- Indian Students shifting from UK to Australia due to VISA woes
- Cannes rolls out red carpet for all from Films to Fashion
- 100 more Skill Development Centers to be built in India
Posted: 27 May 2012 01:06 PM PDT
“There is only one word that comes to my mind. Mission accomplished. We had strong belief in our team. We knew when the big day will come the guys would deliver. I want to thank our fans back in Kolkata, who had stood by the team during tough situations. We have done it for them,” Gambhir said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Now read the Excerpts from Gautam Gambhir's pre-match press conference.
On the contrast between his on and off-field demeanour.
I don't know what the real Gautam Gambhir is like. When you go out on the field, you don't go out to make friends. You go out to get results for your teams. And for that if I have to be aggressive on the field [so be it]. That's what I play cricket for; I play to win the game and not just to compete. So, on the field if I have to be aggressive at times, I have to be. If I can rub that energy off on the other 10 players, and I have always maintained that it's the Gambhir 11 players that make a successful captain. A successful captain doesn't make a successful team. So, I have never undermined my role as a captain and I've always believed that it's the 11 players that win you the game of cricket. Individuals can only contribute and they are picked to contribute. Tomorrow, if I get picked for a certain team, that is my responsibility to score runs. I am not doing anybody a favour. I am going out there to do a job for myself.
On playing a formidable CSK side in Chennai.
No doubt they are playing in their own backyard and they've been two-time winners, so they know how to play the finals. This is our first final, but you always believe that you go into a big game like this you start at 50-50. Especially in a T20 game when you go out on the field, there is no time to make comebacks; you always have to be on your toes. I've always maintained that Chennai is a very good side, especially in their own backyard. Their record speaks for them. So, we need to be up for it and we need to be more than 100 percent tomorrow to try and play some good cricket. And I've always believed that results are not in your favour, the only thing that's in your favour is to go out there and give your 100 percent. If we play to our potential, definitely we'll be having a good game tomorrow.
On the focus being on the Super Kings making it a hat-trick of IPL titles, ahead of the final.
They won twice in a row [IPL titles], so obviously the talk has to be around them. But I've always maintained that it's good to go into the game with a low profile. In such games there are no favourites, there are no underdogs. To me, everyone in a big game starts at 50-50; whoever plays well on that day takes the cake. Chennai is a very good side and whatever talks are happening about them, they deserve every bit of it. At the same time, we've played some good cricket and we've got a lot of quality; not only this year. The way we've played in the last two years, we deserve every bit of it [success].
On what the fans mean to the team.
Whenever we've walked on to the field, we don't go out to play for individuals. We've always wanted to give some joy back to the Kolkata people. I think they've given us fantastic support even in the first three years when things were not going our way. So, when we walk out on the field tomorrow, I can promise all the KKR fans that we'll go out there and give our 100 percent. KKR is not about one or two heroes, it's about the people who have supported us back home.
Posted: 27 May 2012 12:20 PM PDT
Internet Celebrity and the real cause of India’s Winning World Cup had a unilateral support for Kolkata Knight Riders this time. The babe tweeted after KKR won IPL Season 5 “Wowwwwwwwwwwww what ever team i supoort alwayz wins
Within minutes she uploaded a fully nude pic of her as the prize for Kolkata Knight Riders and Shahrukh Khan. The Internet Girl also warned people under 18 years of age not to view the pic.
This is for the first time that 20 year old Diva has uploaded a fully nude pic.
Twittiratti have mixed comments on her new pic. Many people term it as a fake popularity stunt.
But many are cheerful for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl. A User Puneet Jain tweeted, “Poonam Pandey bares it all. Congrats KKR. You made her do what Dhoni couldn’t after WC“
Posted: 27 May 2012 12:06 PM PDT
Manvinder Singh Bisla is a wicket-keeper and right-handed batsman and usual opener. . He was Man of the Match in the 2012 IPL final against CSK due to his 89 in 48 balls, helping KKR chase down 190. He was born on December 27, 1984 at Hisar, Haryana.
In 2011 he was signed by the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.He played as the wicket keeper of kkr in first 5 matches when Brad Haddin was not available.He opened the batting with all rounder Jacques Kallis from South Africa
Hailing from Haryana, the opening batsman and wicketkeeper started out as a medium-pacer – he played the Under-19 World Cup in 2002 for India as a bowler. Having begun his first-class career with Haryana, he then played for Himachal Pradesh. In the 2011-2012 season he was not part of the Indian first-class set-up. He has been an IPL regular, having been part of the Deccan Chargers in 2009 and Kings XI Punjab the following season. He joined Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011. Bisla was the stand-in captain of the U-19 test team during their tour to England in 2002 season. The match ended in a draw.
Full name Manvinder Sultansingh Bisla
Born December 27, 1984, Hisar, Haryana
Current age 27 years 152 days
Major teams Deccan Chargers, Haryana, Haryana Under-19s,Himachal Pradesh, India Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab,Kolkata Knight Riders
Playing role Wicketkeeper
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Posted: 27 May 2012 11:38 AM PDT
Kolkata Knight Riders won the match comprehensively riding on the backs of Bisla and Kallis, both scoring wonderful half centuries. Chasing 191-run target, Kolkata Knight Riders lost Manvinder Bisla (89) after he added 136-run stand with Jacques Kallis to lead the run chase against Chennai Super Kings in the final match of Indian Premier League fifth season at MA Chidambaram stadium on Sunday.
After losing skipper Gautam Gambhir (2) early, Bisla slammed 27-ball fifty to resurrect Kolkata chase.
Bisla put on quick 100-run stand with Jacques Kallis as they took Kolkata over 100 runs in just 9.5 overs.
Chasing 191-run target, Kolkata lost skipper Gautam Gambhir (2) early in the first over against Chennai.
Pacer Ben Hilfenhaus struck in the first over to give Chennai an early breakthrough and reduced Kolkata to 3/1.
The moment Manoj Tiwary hit Dwayne Bravo to the square leg boundary for the second successive boundary, the delirious KKR players were all into the ground as their principal owner Shah Rukh was engaged in a frenzied celebrations.
The day however belonged to Bisla wasn’t supposed to play this match had Laxmipathy Balaji not suffered hamstring injury. The decision to drop Brendon McCullum was widely debated but the lad from Himachal Pradesh put all the speculation to rest as he emerged as an unlikely hero among the galaxy of stars.
Despite losing Gautam Gambhir early, Bisla played a blinder as he took on the CSK attack by the scruff of their neck. Four boundaries of an Albie Morkel over set the tone and couple of clean sixes of Ravichandran Ashwin meant that the Knights were certainly there in the match. The best part was that Bisla-Kallis duo saw Ben Hilfenhaus’ first spell without taking any risks and then launched into the other bowlers.
The Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings qualified for the playoffs. The final of the season was played at the Chepauk Stadium on 27 May, where the defending champions Chennai Super Kings played against Kolkata Knight Riders.
This edition of the IPL was the most competitive with 14 matches producing results in the last over, and a couple in the last ball.
There were a galaxy of former Indian cricketers in attendance, the brightest lights from Bollywood were in the stands, both teams had some of the biggest stars in the world game but the headlining performance came from little-known Manvinder Bisla as Kolkata Knight Riders prised the IPL trophy out of Chennai Super Kings’ hands. Bisla, who was without a Ranji Trophy side last season, made a mockery of his previous career Twenty20 strike-rate of 106 to play a jack-in-the-box innings that helped overhaul what had seemed a mountainous Super Kings total.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Kolkata Knight Riders team for winning IPL title for the first time beating two-time champion Chennai Super Kings in final by five wickets.
“I’m happy over the victory of KKR. All the teams played well. In a game, there is victory and defeat. I congratulate KKR team specially for winning the title,” she told. Shahrukh, co-owner of KKR, is the brand ambassador of West Bengal and the victory of his team has been all the more heartening, she said.
Accompanied by Shahrukh from state secretariat of Writers’ Buildings, she went to the Eden Gardens to watch the first match of KKR against Delhi Daredevils on May 5.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shadab Jakati, Subramaniam Badrinath.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Brett Lee, Iqbal Abdulla, Manvinder Bisla (wk), Shakib Al Hasan.
Posted: 27 May 2012 09:08 AM PDT
Aamir’s Satyemev Jayate this time took a steep turn from Social Stigmas and highlighted a graver problem faced by common people Aam Aadmi
It showed how Major Pankaj Rai all set to share how he lost his wife, who was suffering from a kidney ailment. Pankaj Rai’s wife Seema was operated by doctors without his permission. Even after spending Rs 8.25 lakh Rai couldn’t save his wife. Rai calls these doctors Maut ka Saudagar.
Should every state government follow the example of Rajasthan and open generic medicine stores throughout their state so that all citizens get medicines at the lowest possible price? Aamir salutes doctors who are working selflessly and tirelessly in the genuine spirit of their profession — helping people and being healers — and appeals to medical students to hold such doctors as their ideal.
A major part of health care is the pharmaceutical profession. And the cost of branded medicines can be astronomical, as can the difference between these and generic medicines. Dr Samit Sharma talks about the reason for pharmaceuticals’ pricing, while in reality they are quite able to sell generic drugs more widely. Dr Samit Sharma says the exorbitant costs of medicines put even basic drugs out of reach for poor people — and this is not even necessary because the real cost of the medicines is much less.
Just as there are people who are part of the problem, there are people who are part of the solution. Dr Devi Shetty outlines the medical insurance scheme which helps even the poorest person to get the best medical treatment. The tests that doctors prescribe are sometimes not required at all, and often the doctors know that there is nothing wrong with the patient, so they ask for a ‘basin test’ in which the blood is collected and simply thrown in the basin, and the result is stated to be normal.
The system of commissions and payoffs is rampant, and sickening. And unscrupulous doctors are to be found everywhere, even operating among the poorest sections. Pharmaceutical representatives give doctors ‘incentives’ to
It is generally believed that health is wealth; one can tackle any of life’s problems if one is in good health. But when one is not in good health, whom does one go to for help?
Medical Council chief Dr K K Talwar promises that action will be taken against erring doctors.
And Finally, the Episode Song Naav
Posted: 27 May 2012 08:39 AM PDT
Bharti Airtel, India’ largest Cellular Service Company has forayed into India’s mobile advertising segment, a company official said.
Airtel’s m-Advertising platform is designed to meet demands of advertisers such as inventory management, campaign management, reporting and analytics. Airtel will equip advertisers to connect with their potential customers in a personalised way through their mobile phones. K. Srinivas, president-consumer business, Bharti Airtel, said.
India’s mobile advertising market currently is valued at over Rs.100 crore and is expected to reach Rs.144 crore by 2013, according to a report jointly published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India and research firm IMRB.
“Personalisation, sharp segmentation and contextualisation are increasingly making this platform exciting proposition for brands,” Srinivas said.
“With the mobile advertising market poised to grow by more than 40 percent over the next few years, Airtel with its technology, scale and customer intelligence is placed uniquely to leverage this growing medium,” he added.
Through this platform, advertisers will be able to leverage multiple communications outlets and tools such as mobile internet (WAP), messaging services and Airtel digital TV to engage their audiences, according to Srinivas.
It will not only create opportunities for increasing brand saliency but also conversions using technologies such as mobile couponing for segments such as youth and smartphone users. With this platform, companies can also extend their access to the rural audience with voice solutions, Srinivas said.
Posted: 27 May 2012 06:05 AM PDT
Italian doctors have saved the life of a 16-month-old boy after they implanted the world’s smallest artificial heart in him, Daily Mail reported Friday.
The device, which only weighed 11 gm, kept the toddler alive until a donor organ was found. The boy had the operation at Rome’s Bambino Gesu hospital last month and had the implant for 13 days before he had a transplant.
The baby was suffering from a disease that gradually makes the heart weaker, stopping its ability to pump blood effectively.
“This is a milestone,” said surgeon Antonio Amodeo.
Doctors said the device, invented by US doctor Robert Jarvik, had been previously tested only on animals. The hospital needed special permission from Jarvik and the Italian health ministry before going ahead with the procedure.
Posted: 27 May 2012 05:14 AM PDT
In a classic reversal of a situation a few years ago, Australian universities now stand to benefit from the recent tightening of student visa rules and a drastic fall in enrolments in Britain from India.
British universities have experienced a fall of more than 30 percent in Indian enrolments while the percentage of the number of enrolments and visa grants for Australia is reported to be in three figures.
The number of Indian student visa applications for Australia has gone up by a whopping 120 percent in the last nine months while the number of visa grants has also improved by nearly 80 percent in the same period.
Eric Thomas, president of Universities UK – the representative organisation for Britain’s universities – has reportedly written to British Prime Minister David Cameron, warning that the immigration changes could cost the country as much as five billion pounds ($8 billion) in tuition fees alone.
The recent immigration crackdown is reported to have led to Indian students shunning British universities.
Besides Australia, the Canadian and European universities and vocational training institutes are also benefitting from international students looking for overseas options other than Britain.
In a similar scenario a few years back, Indian students had shunned Australian education providers after the country tightened immigration rules.
The massive decline in Australia’s number two source for international students, India, led to the Australian government ordering a review of the enrolment and student visa process.
Among other recommendations, a former New South Wales minister, Michael Knight, had pressed for a post-study work visa for international students in his “Strategic Review of the Student Visa Programme 2011″ report.
British authorities, on the other hand, have abolished Post Study Work Scheme for international students. Many critics of the immigration curbs consider this as the single-most damaging of a “multitude of recent policy changes”.
Indian students seem to be have reacted negatively to the denial of work rights in Britain as the number of applications for British student visas from India and other South Asian countries is on a sharp decline.
To make it worse for international students interested in working while studying in Britain, the Cameron government has also removed work rights for most private college students. Work rights for other students were also reduced to just 10 hours a week.
Australia and other countries under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) wooing international students are much more liberal as far as work rights for international students are concerned.
The ongoing economic gloom affecting Britain and other European countries is also forcing some Indian students to study in safer havens like Australia and New Zealand where unemployment rates are much lower.
Posted: 27 May 2012 03:05 AM PDT
From international divas like Angelina Jolie and Diane Kruger to Bollywood beauties like Aishwarya Rai and Mallika Sherawat, everyone puts her most stylish foot forward at the gala.
The best movies are screened at the fest, with top-rated filmmakers and A-list stars from the world congregating at the French Riviera. But what’s not amiss is a lot of fashion – elaborate cocktail gowns with intricate embroidery and superflous trails, teamed with eye-catching accessories.
Some like it over-the-top, while some keep it minimalistic, but the fashion quotient at the 12-day red extravaganza doesn’t go unnoticed as the paparazzi keep a constant tab on the hits and misses year by year.
From Angelina Jolie’s strapless black gown, Natalie Portman’s white ruffled dress by Givenchy to the Atelier Versace gown worn by Freida Pinto or Sonam Kapoor’s classic white gown by designer Jean Paul Gaultier – fashion divas have been setting statements and trends with their red carpet appearances at the event.
According to designer Shane and Falguni Peacock, who have designed for the likes of international icons including Madonna, Britney Spears and Katy Perry, “Cannes is a fabulous place for fashionistas.”
“Cannes is a classy haute couture affair where all fashionistas come out to play. The look needs to be nothing less than perfect with the perfect synergy between high levels of fashion, glam and elite class,” Falguni told IANS.
“It is abuzz with a high dose of film and fashion and is where everyone looks their best. It is a compliment to us as designers, if a celebrity chooses to wear one of our creations for an event of such calibre,” added Shane.
What with some of Aishwarya Rai’s disappointing choices of attire in previous seasons of the fest, Indian beauties, including Aishwarya, now go out of their way to get the perfect look for their red carpet moment.
Designer Pria Kataaria Puri said: “Cannes film fest is a big and great opportunity for designers to showcase their talent since it has become a big fashion and film glamour event.”
“Everyone eagerly waits to see what everyone is wearing, and there are some points one needs to keep in mind when selecting an outfit. One should realise it’s an international event, and people should keep in mind the colour and silhouette trends abroad.”
Freida, who had a fairytale ride to fame with “Slumdog Millionaire”, grabbed camera lenses with a pink Michael Angel gown on the first day of this year’s fest May 16. Her lime green coloured Atelier Versace number on day two also won a thumbs up from fashion critics.
Bollywood’s “Maiyya maiyya” girl Mallika Sherawat, who is at Cannes for the fourth time, sported a a bold nude-coloured gown with a high neck and a low back. The dress was so body-hugging that the actress took to Twitter and said it was “literally stitched” on her body.
It was a welcome change from the over-the-top, blingy, attention-seeking golden ensemble she wore for her first appearance at Cannes in 2005 when she accompanied international action star Jackie Chan for “The Myth”.
All eyes are currently set on Aishwarya, whose post-pregnancy weight has become the talk of the town in the Indian and international media alike.
Earlier, the former beauty queen-turned-actress received many brickbats for her sunflower yellow sari, parrot green sari and shimmering white gown, but she made up for her fashion misses with her selection of a one-shoulder gown by Elie Saab last year.
Sonam, who is Cannes-bound this year too, stole the limelight during her debut appearance at the festival in 2011 when she opted for a white gown by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Among Hollywood bigwigs, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Berenice Marlohe and Jane Fonda have impressed fashion critics with their wardrobes.
Chastain’s nude chiffon Gucci gown with gold detailing on the bodice, Kruger’s gold sequin-encrusted Vivienne Westwood gown and Marlohe’s gold lame Emilio Pucci gown have turned out to be head turners at the ongoing edition so far.
At 74, Fonda, who proves glamour is ageless, grabbed eyeballs with a bronze Atelier Versace and black and white Stella McCartney gown.
In the past, international artists including Rachel McAdams have sported designs by Indian jewellery brand Amrapali at the gala as well.
With such a plethora of designs and colours from all nooks and corners of the world, Cannes seems to be becoming another fashion hub.
Posted: 27 May 2012 02:02 AM PDT
The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) will open 100 more training centres in the country, a top official said Friday.
“Our target has been revised to 400,000 persons from 250,000 persons for the year 2012-13. In this context, we will establish at least 100 more training centres to expand presence in the country,” Dilip Chenoy, NSDC managing director, said here on the sidelines of a programme.
“Currently, we have 526 centres and 2,951 mobile centres spread across 365 districts. We hope to increase our district-wise presence by at least 20 percent,” he said.
Modelled on the public-private partnership mode, the NSDC was set up as part of the National Skill Development Mission to fulfill the growing need in the country for skilled manpower across sectors and narrow the gap between the demand and supply of skills.
“Our objective is to contribute significantly (about 30 per cent) to the overall target of skilling/upskilling of 500 million people in India by 2022, mainly by fostering private sector initiatives in skill development programmes and providing funding,” said Chenoy.
The NSDC will set up a pilot project in West Bengal and Haryana on vocational education programme in schools.
“Currently, we have undertaken a skill gap survey in 14 states including Haryana and West Bengal. We are to start a vocational education programme for school children above class 9 in West Bengal and Haryana on a pilot basis which will later be extended to other states subject to the success of the programme,” he said.
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