Monday, 18 June 2012

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Death Toll due to Acute Encephalitis reaches 179

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 07:57 AM PDT

Death Toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome  has reached  179  since May.

Out of 473 AES victims, 179 died in different government hospitals till date, Additional Health Secretary R P Ojha said. The death of 122 children was reported from the SKMCH and Kejriwal charitable hospital at Muzaffarpur, 46 others died at the PMCH in Patna and 11 in the ANMCH in Gaya.

As many as 27 patients have been admitted in the hospitals with symptoms of the AES in the past 24 hours, Ojha said. He said that medical teams have been set up in Muzaffarpur (17), Patna (23), Vaishali (24), Sitamarhi (24), Gaya (24), Bhojpur (15), Nawada (15) and Nalanda (20) to identity AES patients in these districts

Microsoft to buy Yammer by end of June

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 06:51 AM PDT

Microsoft is planning to  buy Yammer by end of June for more than $1 billion, according to a source familiar with the details. Microsoft’s interest in Yammer, known for its social networking functions, could allow the software giant to beef up its offerings for corporations.

A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment. A representative from Yammer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Backed by PayPal co-founder and Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Yammer said it counts more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies as clients.

It raised more than $140 million in venture capital funding. Bloomberg, which first reported the deal, said the announcement about the transaction was expected at the end of June

Taj Corridor to be transformed into a Greenland

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 05:46 AM PDT

The Taj Corridor which has been always controversial would be transformed from a wasteland to a Greenland.
The Uttar Pradesh Forest Department has been told to draw up plans to green the 80-acre dump yard and graveyard along the Yamuna river on which former chief minister Mayawati wanted to develop a commercial hub and amusement parks.

But because the Archaeological Survey of India did not clear the project, the Supreme Court ordered its suspension in 2003.

“Yes, the chief minister (Akhilesh Yadav) called me and told me to speed up efforts to green the neglected corridor. Funds will soon be available and work will begin,” District Forest Officer N.K. Janoo told IANS. Yadav has a background in environmental engineering.

“But we have to follow all the directions of the Supreme Court, high court and the Archaeological Survey of India,” Janoo said.

Once completed, the green stretch will be a new attraction for tourists.

At present, the land is being used not only as a dumping ground for garbage but also as a place to bury bodies of children and aborted foetuses. The sprawling 80-acre platform, recovered through dredging of the river bed and refilling of the open space, was left unfinished after corruption charges were levelled against Mayawati. The charges eventually brought down her government.

The case against her has been on for long, but the Taj Corridor continues to remain an eyesore. Scores of foreign tourists daily visit the site and take pictures that are not too flattering.

Reports of the site being used as a burial ground have caused concern. Dozens of graves can be seen with the huge stones and boulders used for identification.

“While the Taj Corridor lies buried in the debris of politics, the platform is being used to bury dead children,” say office-bearers of the 125-year-old Kshetra Bajaja Committee which manages the Taj Ganj crematorium called Mokshdham.

Environmentalists have on several occasions expressed concern at the alarming pollution level in the Yamuna after hundreds of trucks of waste was littered around with carcasses of animals and bodies of children.

With no official agency willing to take care of what’s left behind in the corridor, locals have been using the site to their advantage.

“While children play cricket and guides draw in tourists with all kinds of yarns, devotees come to pay obeisance to the river,” said Pandit Gopi Ballabh Shashtri, a Yamuna devotee.

World in deep trouble says PM Manmohan Singh at G20

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 04:45 AM PDT

If the current global economic instability precipitates, India has far less ammunition now, than in 2008, to contain its fallout, Indian interlocutors said ahead of the G20 Summit here.

“The world is in deep trouble,” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told journalists, soon after landing at the San Jose del Cabo International Airport via Frankfurt. “Hope the G20 fill come up with constructive proposals to get the world out of the crisis,” he added.

“It is a more challenging crisis in many ways. I wouldn’t say at the moment it is more serious, since we don’t know if it will be managed or not,” Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said.

“In the first crisis, there was enough fiscal room to respond. There isn’t enough fiscal room to respond now,” he added, comparing the situation in 2008, when the crisis started, with the state of play now when it has threatened to resurface with far more damaging implications.

“When there is a big global crisis, emerging markets are not left unaffected,” he said. According to him the main reason for India’s slowdown were the result of what was happening across the globe. But he conceded that there were domestic problems as well that needed to be addressed.

“We will be lucky this year if we are between 6.5 percent and 7 percent,” he said on the growth rate he expected for the Indian economy for the current fiscal.

Ahluwalia, who is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s principal interlocutor at the G20 Summit, said the outcome of the Greece parliamentary elections – which could help the country stay in the Eurozone and induce reforms – may calm the markets a little bit.

But the situation demanded much more and that there could not be any short-term solutions. “My view is this slowdown cannot be handled by a quick-fix, ‘Lets speed up expenditure’ kind of balancing.”

The plan panel deputy chair also did not see much of a problem on account of the fact that India has a short-term debt of $137 billion that it has to repay, arguing such outflows will be met by similar inflows. He also said the country also had enough reserves to service the debt, adding that for an economy like India’s, which was growing at around 6-7 percent, bankers would only be happy to lend money.

Manmohan Singh, who arrived in this Mexican resort town Sunday, hoped that the G20 Summit would manage to find meaningful solutions to how to arrest the current global economic turmoil and restore growth.

He will start his engagements Monday with a meeting he is hosting for the BRICS leaders — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South African President Jacob Zuma.

IFS Officer pens down mythological Novel Jaal

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 03:38 AM PDT

An IFS Officer penning down a mythological novel might sound discreet, but in case of Sangeeta Bahadur it is a satisfying experience. Posted in London, she wrote her mytho-comics Jaal, which combines laws of matter, the Hindu story of creation, mythology, Vedic philosophy and metaphysics to weave the epic of Aushij, the Lord of Maya (illusion) and Arihant, a young warrior with divine powers. Arihant is both a Taraak (saviour) and a Vinashak (destroyer).

“It is an adventure story. I have created my own mythology. It is completely invented,” Bahadur, director of the Nehru Centre in London, told IANS during the book’s launch here over the weekend.

“I have not borrowed from mythology. There have been authors who are doing these kinds of mythology and re-interpretations. But we (my husband and I) did not want to deliberately project the Indianness. We wanted to tell a powerful story,” she said.

The novel was released by Selja, the Union Minister for Culture and Urban Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

In Britain, “Jaal” earned the rare honour of being released in the House of Lords by filmmaker Shyam Benegal May 15.

Published by Pan Macmillan, the novel is the first book in the epic Kaal trilogy comprising “Vikraal” and “Mahakaal”.

Bahadur gives her husband Yuresh, her collaborator, his due share of credit.

“The concept and depth were his. I put it together in words over the last nine years with breaks,” she said.

An Indian Foreign Service officer, Bahadur has in the last 25 years been posted in Spain, Bulgaria, Mexico and Belgium, besides having served in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

She was born to a family of civil servants in Kolkata.

“This is not my regular kind of writing. It (“Jaal”) is an epic, more like the “Lord of the Rings”, rooted in the Vedic concepts of how the world was created. Einstein once wanted to know how did God make the world and from it we made a story,” Bahadur said.

She then created the villain, Aushij, who spread ignorance and illusion.

“He is the Lord of Maya but he gets caught in his own web. He begins to believe in his myths. Arihant, his counter force, transcends the illusion. He is sent by the creator as an avatar. He has to fight like a god. There are ‘siddhis’ (powers) in him which are his strength,” she said.

“He is an Indian metaphysical superhero,” she said.

One hears the echoes of the myth of Kalki– the avatar of Vishnu sent to deliver the world from dark age of Kaliyug to Satya Yug, the age of truth.

But Bahadur’s characters and locales veer from the original myth just when the reader begins to rake his memory searching for the source.

The story uses “a primordial war between the four children of Adi Purush and Adi Shakti – Aushij and his three siblings – in the 51st year of creation” as backdrop.

Bahadur said her book would allow young readers to relate to history. “Our grandparents told us stories,” she said.

IIM Alumni becomes Dean of Yale School of Management

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 02:34 AM PDT

An Alumni of IIM Ahmedabad, Prof Anjani Jain has been appointed as Dean of Prestigious Yale School of Management .

Jain has earlier served in multiple leadership roles at the Wharton School of the, University of Pennsylvania, will join Yale on July 1, Dean Edward A. Snyder announced Monday.

The school recently introduced a Master of Advanced Management programme and participated in the launch of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a collective effort by 21 international business schools to understand the challenges posed by complex global markets.

With the planned move to Edward P. Evans Hall, SOM’s new campus, in late 2013, the New Haven, Connecticut based school intends to significantly increase the number of students in its master’s degree programmes.

“Anjani is highly motivated by Yale SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society, and I am confident he will make important contributions as the school continues to grow in scope and influence,” Snyder said.

As senior associate dean for the full-time MBA programme, Jain will focus on Yale’s flagship full-time MBA programme, assuming lead responsibility for admissions, career development, and student and academic services, it said.

Jain has had a distinguished and impactful career at Wharton over the last 26 years, including ten years as vice dean of its full-time MBA programme. For the last two years, he has been the vice dean of the MBA programme for executives.

Jain has taught a range of courses and conducted important research in production and operations management, and he will contribute to the Yale SOM curriculum as a senior lecturer.

Among the many teaching and education awards he has received, Jain was recognized for his contributions to African-American students with the Howard E. Mitchell Award.

Jain received a BS from the University of Indore in India, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a PhD. from the University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Management.

PM arrives in Mexico to participate in G20 Summit

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 01:31 AM PDT

PM  Manmohan Singh has  arrived in Los Cabos , Mexico  for the G20 Summit with the hope that the two-day event will find meaningful ways out of the current global economic turmoil and restore growth.

“The world is in deep trouble,” the prime minister told journalists, soon after landing at the San Jose del Cabo International Airport via Frankfurt. “Hope the G20 fill come up with constructive proposals to get the world out of the crisis,” he added.

The prime minister will start his engagements Monday with a meeting he is hosting for the BRICS leaders — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir
Putin, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South African President Jacob Zuma.

Apart from attending the summit, he is also scheduled to meet a host of other leaders Monday, including Mexican President and host Felipe Calderon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A pull aside with US President Barack Obama is also expected, officials said. Bilateral talks will also continue Wednesday.

The Indian side felt there was some positive signals emerging ahead of the G20 Summit with the results of parliamentary elections in Greece indicating that the debt-laden country could remain in the Eurozone.

In fact, ahead of leaving for Mexico, the prime minister had expressed concern over the situation.

“This situation in Europe is of particular concern, as Europe accounts for a significant share of the global economy and is also India’s major trade and investment partner,” the prime minister said.

“Continuing problems there will further dampen global markets and adversely impact our own economic growth. It is our hope that European leaders will take resolute action to resolve the financial problems facing them.”

The prime minister, on an eight-day overseas visit since Saturday, is also set to attend the Rio+20 Summit on environment at Rio de Janerio to which he leaves Tuesday night and reaches the next morning.

Gangs of Wasseypur impresses Shridhar Raghavan

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 01:14 AM PDT

Gangs of WasseypurWriter Shridhar Raghavan, who has written scripts for films like “Khakee” and “Dum Maaro Dum”, says he loved “Gangs of Wassepur” and is waiting for the second part.

“I did not like, I loved it. Congrats and awaiting the second part eagerly. Totally blown by ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. Epic, violent, poetic, visceral, dramatic & yet dark humour filled revenge saga spanning half a century,” Raghavan tweeted.

A private screening of the film was organised Saturday and Raghavan also attended it. The cast of the film boasts of names like Manoj Bajpayee, director Tigmanshu Dhuila, Richa Chadda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Appreciating director Anurag Kashyap and other actors, he posted: “Superbly directed and shot. Deadly performances by Bajpayee, Tigmanshu, Richa, and Nawaz. Everyone. Fabulous score, great lines.”

Both parts of “Gangs Of Wasseypur” are a gritty take on the coal mafia.

Releasing June 22, the movie was recently screened at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival and the premiere was houseful.

Ek Tha Tiger Trailer to be released on June 29

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 12:00 AM PDT

ek tha tigerSalman Kan starrer Blockbuster movie Ek Tha Tiger’s trailer would be released on June 29.
“Finally finished editing the theatrical trailer of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. If you liked the teaser wait till you see this one. We will bring it out at the end of this month on June 29,” director Kabir Khan tweeted.

A romantic thriller, “Ek Tha…” is produced by Aditya Chopra.

Salman-Katrina will be seen together on the screen after four years. Their last film together was 2008 release “Yuvvraaj”.

Watch the first looks of the movie below

Star in Sky named after Madhuri Dixit

Posted: 17 Jun 2012 11:08 PM PDT

Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit now has a star named after her shinning in sky. This was made possible by a group of the “Dhak Dhak” girl’s fans.

“Wanted to thank my fans for the honour. They had a star in the Orion constellation named after me,” Madhuri tweeted.

A group of 13 members of The Empress Fanpage met the actress Thursday on the sets of dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa”, which she is judging, to present her the star certificate.

The certificate by Star Foundation reads: “A celestial body in the sky above has been named in honour of Madhuri Dixit-Nene and is officially located in the constellation Orion.”

For Madhuri, it has been a glorious journey since she debuted with “Abodh” in 1984 and received wider public recognition with hits like “Tezaab” in 1988 and 1989 release “Ram Lakhan”. After that she gave some of the big hits such as “Saajan”, “Dil”, “Beta”, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun” and “Dil To Pagal Hai”.

The 45-year-old has won five Filmfare Awards and holds the record for gettting maximum number of best actress nominations at the Filmfare Award. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, by the government of India.

In 1999, the actress married Shriram Madhav Nene, a cardiovascular surgeon and relocated to Denver, US. After staying there for almost a decade, she has shifted her base back to Mumbai, along with her husband and two sons.

Post-marriage, Madhuri worked in “Aaja Nachle”, which didn’t do so well. But her stint as the judge on dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4″ gave her a chance to reconnect with her fans in a big way.

Now she has has signed Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Dedh Ishqiya” and Anubhav Sinha’s “Gulab Gang”.

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