Monday, 25 June 2012

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India to host Afghanistan investment summit

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 06:36 PM PDT

India will Thursday host an investment summit focusing on Afghanistan, aiming to attract foreign investment into the war-ravaged nation, a statement said.

The summit, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with support from the governments of India and Afghanistan, comes in the light of new opportunities opening up in various sectors in neighbouring country, according to the Indian ministry of external affairs (MEA).

The summit will include presentations by Afghanistan government and others on the investment climate and opportunities there, apart from panel discussions on cross-cutting issues as well as sector specific themes.

Potential regional and international investors, including companies from India, will participate in the event.

The ‘Delhi Investment Summit on Afghanistan’ is being organised in line with India’s long-term commitment to assisting the people and government of Afghanistan as they build a peaceful, pluralistic, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, the MEA release said.

A Political Era ends with Pranob Da

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 05:35 PM PDT

 Respected among friends and foes alike, Pranab Mukherjee, the “most perfected politician of the current lot”, will leave active politics Tuesday marking the end of an illustrious career spanning four decades in the Congress and government.

The redoubtable number two in the Manmohan Singh cabinet since 2004, Mukherjee has been the chief trouble shooter of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.

The fact that he heads 83 out of the 183 group of ministers adds to his reputation for versatility, which few others can match.

Senior Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar said Mukherjee is unique as he can be firm and yet reach out to his opponents.

“He could be firm not only with leaders of other parties but with Congress leaders as well,” Aiyar told IANS.

Another trait Aiyar finds remarkable in Mukherjee is his “elephantine” memory on issues related to politics and governance.

The Bharatiya Janata Party too has nice words for him.

“Mukherjee is a seasoned politician and a good human being… he is a dedicated Congressman,” BJP’s national vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told IANS.

Mukherjee’s father Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee, a Congress politician, influenced him.

His political career started as a deputy minister for industrial development in 1973 and he became the finance minister in 1982, a post he holds currently.

His parliamentary career began in 1969 with a Rajya Sabha membership and he was nominated to the upper house until 2004 when he was elected to the Lok Sabha from West Bengal’s Jangipur constituency.

The 76-year-old Mukherjee is a man of unparalleled experience and has served as commerce, foreign, defence and finance ministers.

While the accolades have been many, there are some brickbats too.

According to senior journalist Kuldeep Nayar, Mukherjee served the Congress well for over four decades but “the only blot on him was when he, as union commerce minister, went along with former prime minister Indira Gandhi, who declared emergency in 1975, and her son Sanjay Gandhi, who had become an extra constitutional authority.”

Opinion on how Mukherjee as finance minister managed a slowing down economy of late too is varied.

Nayar said Mukherjee failed as he became bereft of ideas in the past two years while presenting the general budgets.

“He is leaving the economy in a mess,” Nayar told IANS, adding “he perhaps was thinking more about his presidency.”

However, political commentator N. Bhaskara Rao described Mukherjee as the most perfected politician among the existing lot across parties as he understands national issues, can analyse them and always found a solution to a political crisis.”

“He was the most relied upon leader by the Congress while making its strategy whether the party was in power or not,” Rao told IANS.

Though Rao said his absence from the government would be worrying for the Congress as the country is facing an economic crisis, Aiyar said “the Congress is bigger than any individual and would find a replacement of Mukherjee.”

Kashmir shrine gutted, probe ordered

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 04:35 PM PDT

The revered Peer Dastgeer Sahib shrine in Srinagar was gutted Monday, sparking protest by angry youths. An official said the holy relic of the 11th century Muslim saint was safe and a probe has been ordered into the fire.

“The holy relic (a hair of the saint’s beard) was kept in a fire/burglary proof vault inside the shrine. The holy relic is safe and has been retrieved,” a senior official of the state government told IANS.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a probe into the incident that destroyed the wooden shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, better known as Peer Dastgeer Sahib.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Sagar said Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Asgar Samoon would probe the reasons behind the blaze that destroyed the over 300-year-old shrine in the Khanyar area of the city.

Sagar, a legislator from Khanyar, said no effort would be spared to rebuild and restore the shrine.

Syed Khalid Hussain Jeelani, the custodian of the relics inside the shrine, has confirmed that all relics of the saint are safe.

“The holy relic (a hair of the saint’s beard), a historical manuscript of the Holy Quran and other relics are safe and have been retrieved from the shrine,” Jeelani said.

Both groups of separatist Hurriyat Conference headed by hardliner Syed Ali Geelani and moderate Mirwaiz Umer Farooq expressed shock at the incident and called for shutdown across the Kashmir Valley to mourn the tragedy.

Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah besides many other political and religious leaders also expressed regret over the fire incident.

Flames first appeared on the shrine’s roof around 6.30 a.m. and engulfed the entire wooden structure within minutes.

Dozens of fire tenders from fire service headquarters and adjoining areas were pressed into service to fight the blaze. But before it could be brought under control, the fire had destroyed the entire structure.

Scores of weeping and wailing devotees, especially women from the old city, gathered around the shrine praying loudly for the protection of the structure and the relics.

Markets in the old city shut down after the incident as police diverted all traffic from the old city to the uptown area.

Immediately after the blaze, youths resorted to heavy stone pelting at the police. A mob also attacked the Khanyar police station.

Police used tear smoke shells and batons to disperse the protestors.

As many as 20 people, including 10 protestors and 10 policemen, were injured in the daylong clashes.

A senior police officer said none of the injured has sustained any life threatening injury.

Interestingly, the saint, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, who was born in the Mazandaran province of Iran in 1077 AD, never visited Kashmir.

An Afghan governor, Sardar Abdullah Khan, brought the relics to the valley 337 years ago and established these at the shrine.

The saint is known as Peer Dastgeer and Ghaus-e-Azam by Muslims and as Kahnoow by Hindus.

Kerala to protect the Rights of Migrant Laborers in Gulf

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 09:03 AM PDT

Kerala Government is bidding to protect the rights of local laborers in Middle East. State’s Non-Resident Keralites’ Affairs Department (NORKA) will set up advisory committees in the Middle East to protect the rights of migrant kerala workers.
The panels will include representatives from the state government department’s field agency NORKA Roots, Malayalee organisations and eminent non-resident Indians, said Minister for Non-Resident Keralites Affairs K.C. Joseph.

“The committees will look into issues faced by migrant workers in the Middle East and will report and assist Indian embassies and missions in resolving them,” Joseph added.

The minister announced this during a regional consultation on the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) here.

A study by CDS, an autonomous research institute, recently estimated the number of Kerala emigrants living abroad in 2011 to be 2.28 million, up from 2.19 million in 2008, 1.84 million in 2003 and 1.36 million in 1998.

Countries in the Middle East are preferred destinations for a large number of migrant workers from the state.

Esha Deol Marriage to remain a private affair says Mom Hema Malini

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 07:35 AM PDT

Esha Deol Husband The Marriage Events of Esha Deol has begun with her s sangeet ceremony, her first pre-wedding celebration function  being held today.  It would be  an entirely  a private affair, says her mother, Hema Malini.

“Today is Esha’s sangeet ceremony, which will be held in a hotel. I don’t want to say where it is happening. It is a very private affair with close friends and family. The programme will begin at 8.30 p.m.,” Hema told IANS.

Esha is set to tie the knot with her beau Bharat Takhtani Friday.

Asked whether the danseuse will perform at the sangeet, she said: “I will not be performing tonight. Esha’s friends and Bharat will be performing tonight.”

Hema, who will drape a traditional kanjeevaram sari for the D-day, will wear a Neeta Lulla creation for the sangeet.

“Kanjeevarams are booked only for the wedding. I am wearing a sari tonight for the function. My designer has been Neeta Lulla so far. She is my main designer, but one of my outfits is also designed by Bhumika (of Shyamal and Bhumika),” she said.

Lulla, who styled Esha’s bridal look in “Na Tum Jaano Na Hum”, has also worked on her real life wedding attire.

“For Esha, costumes have been designed by Neeta Lulla and Rocky S. Neeta has designed for Esha’s wedding and mehendi, while Rocky has designed for her sangeet,” Hema said.

The sangeet ceremony will be followed by mehendi day Wednesday, and a traditional temple wedding Friday.

Political Parties plan event like Occupy Wall Street in Singur

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 06:50 AM PDT

With the Calcutta High Court striking down the law undoing the Singur land acquisition, CPI-M lawmaker Abdur Rezzak Mollah Sunday said he wants to organise an “Occupy Singur” movement on the lines of “Occupy Wall Street” for the benefit of the unwilling farmers of the rural belt.

“Yes, I am planning to launch “Occupy Singur” movement. It will be on the lines of the “Occupy Wall Street movement” that shook the entire world last year. Though the circumstances of the cases are totally different, the flavour of the movement will be same,” Mollah told IANS.

The veteran Communist, who was land reforms minister during the Left regime, is known as a loose cannon in political circles for his repeated out-of-turn remarks against a section of the party leadership, especially former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and former industries minister Nirupam Sen.

During his tenure as land reforms minister, Mollah had openly protested against the procedure of land acquisition in the Singur area of Hooghly district for the car plant.

On the “Occupy Singur” movement, he said the agitation will benefit the unwilling farmers of Singur who have received nothing and are leading a tough life after losing all means of livelihood.

“My movement is aimed at providing the unwilling farmers with a livelihood. We want that till the matter is resolved legally – as the state government is planning to go to the Supreme Court – either the unwilling farmers be allowed to cultivate their land inside the factory premises or they be provided with alternative fertile plot outside the plant area by the state government. This should be done so that they can at least feed their families,” said Mollah.

Lashing out at the state government, Mollah said it is pretending to stand by the farmers.

“The state government is saying they will stand by the farmers. But the fact is the farmers are dying there. How long will they fight poverty and hunger? They should be provided with the means of living,” he said.

The veteran communist also said he wants the Left, and democratic forces tocome out in support of the movement.

Delivering a jolt to Singur’s unwilling farmers, who had opposed land acquisition for Tata Motors’ Nano project in 2006, the Calcutta High Court Friday struck down as unconstitutional the Singur Singur Lan dRehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, which scrapped the land lease given to the automobile giant by the erstwhile Left Front regime.

The Occupy Wall Street campaign that began Sep 17 last year saw demonstrators camping out in New York’s financial district protesting against income inequality, corporate greed and the power of financial institutions.

Meanwhile,  Congress’  West Bengal unit Sunday said the Trinamool Congress-led state government must “introspect” to prevent any further mistakes.

“Neither industry nor agriculture, Singur has lost on both counts. The state government has lost the case in the high court. The state government needs a through introspection. If it doesn’t do that it will again commit a blunder,” said state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya.

Holding the land law, enacted by the state government last year to return land taken from the farmers as “unconstitutional”, the Calcutta High Court Friday ruled sections of compensation in the legislation were in conflict with the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

A day later, the Mamata Banerjee government kick-started a damage control exercise by calling a meeting of a virtually defunct panel that had played a key role in the movement against farmland acquisition.

Banerjee, several of her cabinet colleagues and thinkers attended the meeting of the “Krishi Jami Jibon Jibika Rakha Committee (Save Agricultural Land, Life and Livelihood Committee)” which had spearheaded the movement for return of land to the farmers whose land the then Left Front regime had reportedly acquired against their will for Tata Motors’ Nano small car plant.

Agriculture Minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya said the committee has decided to start afresh the movement for return of land to the unwilling farmers.

Bhattacharya however said he would have been happy had the state government called an all party meeting to decide the next line of action on the issue.

“I would have been happy if the chief minister convened an all party meeting. I would welcome any move on the part of the government to call an all party meeting,” he said.

Amitabh Bachchan gives full Thumbs up to Gangs of Wasseypur

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 06:26 AM PDT

Gangs of WasseypurAmitabh Bachchan has given full Thumbs up to Gangs of Wasseypur. Impressed with the “stark” and “painfully real” portrayal of gang war in “Gangs of Wasseypur”, Amitabh Bachchan feels that director Anurag Kashyup has allowed the visuals to flow as they would and says he would “strongly” recommend it.

Based on a true story by Zeishan Quadri, the film is set in Wasseypur, Jharkhand, known for gang war between between gangster Faheem Khan and businessman Sabir Alam over a scrap business.

It ran houseful in most parts when it opened Friday and footfalls are said to be increasing.

“Quite undoubtedly the moment of the day has been the film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (GOW), which I have had the great privilege to see. Indian Cinema at its best, honest, stark and as painfully real as possible.

“For one that has been born and lived a major portion of his life in almost similar environment, or at least exposed to it to some degree, I found so much that I could well relate to. And that has led to the authenticity…,” Big B wrote on his blog,, praising the crime thriller.

“Anurag Kashyap has not done any fancy shot taking and allowed the visuals to flow as they would, were one to be living those circumstances in real time,” he wrote.

The film is soaked in blood and revenge and has stellar performances by Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadha and Piyush Mishra.

The 69-year-old also praised the work of Manoj. They worked together in “Aks” and “Aarakshan”.

Amitabh wrote: “Manoj Bajpayee in particular, and of all the artists right down to the smallest in capacity and presence, has been beautifully done. No one looked or performed out of place. They just did enough and that was effective enough.”

“Importantly though, the film GOW touched and expanded on a topic that apart from the blood and gore and the violence educated us on a social issue which most of us may never have heard of. The disparities yes, on more social and moral levels, but also on a factor that concerns religion and the evil that exists within most of the polity even now about it.

“In all a glorious film and one that I would recommend strongly,” he wrote.

Prachi Desai happy with her role in I Me aur Main

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 05:22 AM PDT

Prachi Desai‘I, Me Aur Main’ is a perfect opportunity for me to change people’s perceptions about me,” says Prachi Desai who will be seen playing her age in the film. She adds that usually she has been offered roles older than her age.

” It is such a vivacious role. I don’t think people have normally seen me like that. The film is a perfect opportunity for me to change people’s perceptions about me,” she said.

Directed by debutant Kapil Sharma, John will be seen romancing five girls in “I, Me Aur Main”. Prachi is one of them.

She said: ” ‘I, Me Aur Main’ is a modern film. I play a girl who is very young. She just comes into John’s life and changes everything around him.”

The young actress started her career as the lead in TV show “Kasamh Se”, feels that the industry had a set perception about her and that nobody wanted to try her for new roles. According to her, she was always offered roles older to her.

“The reason for being offered roles much older than me was because that is the kind of role I had done on television. So, I guess, people wanted to stick to that. Nobody wanted to experiment with me. They just wanted to capitalise with what they had seen me as,” said the actress.

The 25-year-old made her big screen debut with “Rock On!” and later featured in “Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai”, “Life Partner” and recently released “Teri Meri Kahaani”.

Her next is Rohit Shetty’s “Bol Bachchan”. Releasing July 6, the film, which has Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead roles, is her first comedy and she is excited about it.

1948 Indian Hockey Champions wish best for London 2012

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 04:22 AM PDT

Three members of the Indian hockey team that won the gold at the 1948 London Olympics – Leslie Claudius, Keshav Dutt and Jaswant Rajput – Sunday hoped the 2012 squad can measure up to their standards.

The three Bengal men, who are well into their late 80s, still keenly follow the national team’s performance and is far from being impressed.

The trio along with 23 other Olympic gold medallists were felicitated by Hockey India (HI), with a one time payment of Rs.2 lakhs each, Sunday for their contribution to the game. Of the 34 honoured, 26 were present at the function.

Claudius, who has three gold medals and a silver, while talking to IANS recalled the olden days specially the 1948 Olympics.

“It was an important Olympics since it was being held after 12 years due to the second world war. But it was an easy tournament for us. The only time we were tested were in the semi-final against the Netherlands but we still won it 2-1. The final against England was also easy as we beat them 4-0,” said Claudius.

Claudius said that the game has much changed since then. “Today the game has become quick and players are also bigger. In our generation the players were shorter but we still got away because the game was skill based. But now the game has become faster and physical as well. This time there are 6-7 strong teams in the tournament and I would be eager to see how India performs.”

Dutt said playing Olympics is not an easy task and ask the players not to go just for the sake of participation.

“Every time were participated we wanted to make an impact. We played for the gold. Olympics is not an easy task. There is lot of responsibility when you represent the country. The players must me made aware of this sense of responsibility,” he said.

Asked if he has seen the current batch playing, Dutt said: “I haven’t seen the current crop of players playing much but I have heard a lot about them. Playing European teams in Europe will be difficult.”

Rajput sees a bright future in Indian hockey.

“It pains us to see how the standards of Indian hockey has fallen. But now I can only see a bright future for the Indian team. The boys have worked hard and they need our blessings and support for the Olympics. It has been long since India have won a gold medal. The country is thirsty for a gold medal,” he said.

Other Olympic gold medallists S.M.Ali Syeed, Charanjit Singh, G.Nandy Singh, Balbir Singh couldn’t attend the event due to health reason while Allan Sheofield, Darshan Singh an Gurdev Singh are settled abroad.

List of players who were felicitated Sunday: V.Baskaran, Rajinder Singh, B.B.Chettri, Sylvanus Dung, Davinder Singh Garcha, Gurmail Singh, Ravinder Pal, M.M.Somaya, M.K.Kaushik, Charanjit Kumar, Surinder Singh Sodhi, Mervyn Fernandis, Zafar Iqbal, Mohammed Shahid, Balbir Singh, Dharam Singh Mann, Harbinder Singh, Gurbux Singh, A.S.Bakshi, Haripal Kaushik, Hardayal Singh, R.S.Bhola, Raghbir Lal, Jaswant Rajput, Keshav Datt, Leslie Claudius.

India refuses to support Decision Review System

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 03:50 AM PDT

India has refused to change its stance on the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) even as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive committee recommended its universal application in both Tests and ODIs.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) still believes that the DRS is not foolproof.

“We wish to clarify that while the DRS was discussed at the meeting, the BCCI’s stance on the same is unchanged,” said BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale.

“The BCCI continues to believe that the system is not foolproof. The Board also sticks to its view that the decision on whether or not to use the DRS for a particular series should be left to the Boards involved in that series,” he added.

The ICC chief executive committee during its two-day meeting in Kuala Lumpur recommended the universal application of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) in both Tests and ODIs after being satisfied with independently conducted research.

The CEC, during its two-day meeting over the weekend, discussed the reviews. It was satisfied the technology enhancements provided by new Hotspot cameras and the results of the independent research on ball tracking conducted by Ed Rosten, an expert in computer vision technology.

Rosten had tested the accuracy and reliability of ball tracking in a recent Test series and concluded that the results were 100 percent in agreement with the outcomes produced from his assessments.

CEC accordingly recommended to the ICC Board that, subject to the members’ ability to finance and obtain the required technology, DRS should be mandatory for all Tests and ODIs.

The CEC also said that hotspot cameras must be included in the minimum requirements (two cameras) alongside ball tracking technology. The committee also made a a minor amendment to the LBW protocols whereby the ‘margin of uncertainty’ regarding the point of impact with the batsman should be the same as that provided for the point of impact with the stumps.

During the meeting it was also decided that the number of successful reviews will be retained at two per innings for a Test and one per innings for an ODI.

“We have made good progress in independently testing ball tracking and the new enhancements has resulted in the CEC unanimously supporting the ICC Cricket Committee’s recommendation to universally apply the DRS in all Test matches and ODIs,” said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

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