- Nasir Ali appointed as new Managing Director of Air India
- Birla Tyres not to commission Passenger Car Tyre Making Unit at Balashore
- Dara Singh Critical, shifted from Hospital to Home
- Sadhvi Pragya Thakur suffering from Breast Cancer
- Twitter users slam Swami Agnivesh for Urine Drinking Remarks
- Watch Online Chi Cha Leather Song from Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2
- Indian Army Chief Bikram Singh made honorary General of Nepal Army
- Indian Beauty Deana Uppal faces Racial insults in Big Brother Show
- Actress Laila Khan Murder Mystery solved by Mumbai Police
- India Singapore sign multiple Bilateral Agreements
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 06:30 PM PDT
Nasir Ali has beenhas been appointed as the new Joint Managing Director of Air India. Nasir Ali has been previously is heading a panel dealing with human resource issues. Ali is the second administrative official who has been posted in the airline by the civil aviation ministry after appointing Rohit Nandan as the chairman and managing director last year.
Earlier, Ali worked as director with the ministry. For some time he worked as an officer on special duty (OSD) in the airline and headed a four-member committee to find ways to implement the Dharmadhikari Committee recommendations on integration of Air India and the erstwhile Indian Airlines.
According to ministry sources, Ali’s appointment was under process ever since he was appointed as an OSD in Air India in June.
“A position at the joint MD level had to be created for Ali,” said a ministry official, who refused to be named.
He added that as joint MD Ali will be able to handle Air India’s integration issues in a better way.
Last year, a proposal to create two deputy MDs position was mooted but no concrete steps were taken, he said.
The committee headed by Ali was notified June 19. The government had unveiled June 1 the report of the Dharmadhikari Committee set up to address the contentious human resource issues related to the integration of the two airlines.
Although Air India and Indian Airlines were merged five years ago, there was hardly any integration of the two airlines’ cadres.
The Dharmadhikari Committee recommended the constitution of departmental committees to ensure that promotions were done in a fair manner.
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 05:30 PM PDT
Birla Tyres has said it is yet to decide on when to commission its passenger car tyre making unit at Balasore in Odisha.
“We have not yet decided that by when the unit would be commissioned. We are considering the present market conditions,” Chief Executive Arvind Singh told reporters on the sidelines of the annual general meeting (AGM) of Kesoram Industries here.
Birla Tyres is a division of the B.K. Birla flagship Kesoram Industries.
“Last year was not good for tyre industry itself and we did not do that well either. These are the reasons why we are still not sure by when will we actually commission it,” Singh added.
Once operational, the passenger car tyre making unit, which would entail a cost of around Rs.750 crore, is expected to have a capacity of 80 metric tonnes per day.
He said it would be wrong to say that the company had put the unit on hold.
“This unit has been on the anvil for quite sometime, but it would be wrong to say that we have put it on hold. We are assessing the equations every month to see how can we work this out,” he said.
Singh said the company currently was focusing on utilising the full capacity of our existing units which makes truck, bus, two-wheeler and three-wheeler tyres.
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 04:30 PM PDT
Critically ill actor-wrestler Dara Singh was shifted from hospital to his Juhu home late Wednesday as it was his family’s wish that the 84-year-old actor should be at home in the last stages of his life, a hospital official said.
“As his condition was deteriorating, respecting the wishes of the family he has been shifted home with ventilator and medicines. A nurse and doctor are at his home,” Ram Narain, COO, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, told IANS.
“They wanted him to be at home during his last stages. We have facilitated this,” he said.
Dara Singh was undergoing dialysis at the hospital. He was hospitalised Saturday.
The actor’s close friends including Dharmendra, Raza Murad and Farah Khan among others visited him at the hospital.
Dara Singh, who won the title of Rustam-e-Hind for his wrestling prowess, entered the film world in the 1960s.
He appeared in various films like “Watan Se Door”, “Daada”, “Rustom-E-Baghdad”, “Sher Dil”, “Sikandar E Azam”, “Raaka”, “Mera Naam Joker” and “Dharam Karam”.
He was last seen in the 2007 release “Jab We Met”.
Dara Singh also appeared in TV serials and is best known for his portrayal of Hanuman in “Ramayan”.
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 03:31 PM PDT
Bhagwan Jha, Brother-in-law of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who has been implicated in 2008 Malegaon blast Case,has claimed that she is suffering from breast cancer, which is at an “advanced stage”. He also produced reports from Mumbai’s Indian Cancer Society to support his claims at a press conference. Pragya is in the custody of the Bhopal police.
Pragya Singh Thakur has been in Bhopal's Swami Vivekananda Regional Spine Centre for the past two months, recovering from a spinal ailment, and has been seeking bail from the High Court on health grounds.
Jha claimed that the government kept the truth under wraps despite knowing that Pragya was suffering from cancer. “It wants the sadhvi to die of cancer to prevent a nationwide uproar if she is proved innocent and the theory of saffron terror falls flat,” Jha said, blaming the Centre and the ATS for Pragya’s “condition”. However, the case has been with the NIA for over a year.
In June this year, a test was conducted on Thakur in Bhopal, with the mass sample in her right breast sent to the Indian Cancer Society in Mumbai.
The medical document under the society's letter head which was produced by Jha at the press conference states that "invasive ductal carcinoma" has been detected in the right breast.
"Doctors had treated and taken a sample of the mass in June last month when she was admitted in Bhopal. The samples were sent to the Indian Cancer Society, which finally gave its diagnosis to us this week. This news has come at a very strange time. We are worried for her health as she is already undergoing stress and acute pain due to her spinal problem. We will now provide this medical record to the High Court to expedite her bail procedure. She needs to undergo immediate surgery and also the relevant course in chemotherapy. We are willing to co-operate with the investigation at all stages, but we need to seek bail to ensure she has a safe life ahead," Jha said.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials confirmed knowledge of the medical document, but added that only the court has the right to call for a verification of the diagnosis and decide on subsequent bail.
Pragya’s advocate Naveen Chomal said he moved an application in the special MCOCA court about three weeks ago for bail on medical grounds. “As the request was not granted, we have filed an application before the Bombay high court,” said Chomal.
Meanwhile Twitter Users have launched an Active Campaign #FreeSadhviPragya to get Sadhvi Pragya Thakur released from Police Custody even after 4 years. Till date, no charges could be proved against her. Lets hear what Twitter people have to say
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 02:46 PM PDT
Swami Agnivesh has witnessed the outcry of Internet users ever since he defended the Vishwa Bharati University Hostel Warden’s Action of forcing a girl child to drink her own Urine. Swami Agnivesh has been trending top on Twitter in past 24 hours and Twitter users have been critisizing his comment on the Urine Drinking Case.
"Why is there so much fuss made about the suggestion given to Visva-Bharati' Patha Bhavan school girl who was suggested to consume her own urine by her hostel warden, Uma Poddar, as cure for bed wetting. It is a simple piece of advice by the hostel warden, which has created so much ruckus by the girl's parents and then by the media," Agnivesh said in a statement.
Agnivesh said that he himself had bed wetting problem till adulthood and had used the traditional cure called "Shivambu" or "Swamootra Chikitsa" while being imprisoned at the Ambala Jail during the Emergency days.
He also cited examples of former prime minister Morarji Desai, former defence minister George Fernandes, former Haryana chief minister Devi Lal as having practiced the method and benefiting from it.
While the Comment of Swami Agnivesh can be justified in the context of what Former PM Morarji Desai used to do, a forceful drinking cannot be supported. Listen to what Twitter users have to say
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 02:05 PM PDT
The First Musical Trailer of Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 is out. A Song titled Chi Cha Leather has been relased on Internet which gives a fair good idea of the events of movie. It has been sung by a 12 year old girl Durga. Gangs of Wasseypur part 2 would be released on August 8, 2012. It is sequel to part one starring Manoj Bajpayee. The lead role in Part 2 is played by Nawazuddin Siddiquie alias Faisal Khan.
Watch the Song Chi Cha Leather online below
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 11:20 AM PDT
President Ram Baran Yadav formally conferred the rank on Gen. Singh at a ceremony in Kathmandu also attended by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, members of his cabinet and Nepal Army chief Gen. Chhatra Man Gurung.
The Indian and the Nepalese armies traditionally honour each other’s chiefs by conferring the honorary rank of general.
The Nepal Army chief was similarly conferred the honorary rank of general of the Indian Army by President Pratibha Patil in December 2009.
Speaking on the occasion, Gen. Bikram Singh said it was “a great honour” to have been bestowed with the honorary rank.
“This will further strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries and their armies,” he said.
The Indian Army chief returns to New Delhi Friday.
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 10:30 AM PDT
In 2007 actress Shilpa Shetty was the victim of racial remarks on “Celebrity Big Brother”. Five years later, Indian British model Deana Uppal faced similar “insults” from a fellow contestant Conor McIntyre on the British reality show. On the show, she has been adderesed as a “piece of shit” by Conor McIntyre.
Uppal is the current Miss India UK and has done modeling assignments in the UK and India. She has apparently infuriated housemates with her alleged inability to wash up or cook, because she is used to her mother doing everything for her and because she employs servants in India.
After watching the show, 1,200-plus viewers filed complaints against the racits remarks to Ofcom, Britain’s television regulator and it has mounted a probe.
The incident occurred on June 25 episode and many viewers thought that McIntyr’s behaviour amounted to bullying, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
A teenager was taken into custody for questioning in Whitehaven, Cumbria (north England), after he allegedly posted online racist abuse about Uppal.
The Ofcom spokeswoman said that the incident in which housemate McIntyre “launched a tirade of insults against Deana Uppal”, prompted 1,108 complaints. “Many viewers thought it amounted to bullying,” she said.
In another episode, aired on June 28, a female housemate called a black contestant “ridiculous gorilla” with “no sanitation” and Ofcom said it registered 114 complaints from viewers about the remark, which was perceived as racist.
A Channel 5 spokesman said the broadcaster is committed to complying with Ofcom’s broadcasting code and “will help to facilitate a speedy investigation into this particular episode of ‘Big Brother’.”
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 09:33 AM PDT
Actress Laila Khan Murder Mystery has been resolved by Mumbai Police Special Investigation Team. Yesterday it discovered six skeletons at her ancestral house and after severe investigations arrested her stepfather Parvez Tak.
Making a breakthrough in the case that had baffled everyone for months, the Crime Branch recovered the skeletons from Laila Khan’s farmhouse in Igatpuri near Nashik, around 130 km from here.
Preliminary forensic reports reveal that five of the skeletons were of women and one of a man.
Pieces of jewellery, synthetic clothing and underclothing were found on the skeletons.
According to police, Parvez Tak, the third husband of Laila Khan’s mother Selina, said he first killed her (Selina) in a fit of rage.
Laila and her siblings witnessed Selina’s murder and so he killed them too, said police.
“Parvez Tak confessed to having murdered Laila Khan along with her entire family. He also took help from Shakir Wani Hussain, a Kashmiri watchman he had hired two months before the incident. On Tuesday, he agreed to point out the spot where he disposed off the bodies,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters here.
“Parvez Tak said he had a heated argument with Selina and killed her. Laila and her siblings were on the first floor and came down after hearing loud voices. He then killed them with the help of Shakir,” Roy said.
Roy said police were not ruling out the possibility of the murders having being premeditated.
“Parvez Tak was insecure about the fact that Selina was still in touch with her second husband Asif Shaikh and that she relied on him and trusted him,” Roy said.
“Moreover, Laila was married to a man who reportedly said the family would have a better life if they settled in Dubai. Selina trusted Shaikh to dispose of the family’s properties in Mumbai,” he said.
Parvez Tak did not possess a passport and felt he would be left stranded in India if the family moved to Dubai.
Also, two months before the incident in February 2011, Parvez Tak had sacked the watchman of the farmhouse and hired Shakir Wani Hussain, a resident of Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir.
Parvez Tak, also from Kishtwar, was a small-time road contractor. He is also a suspected member of the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Police said that after the murders, Parvez Tak and Hussain first went to Laila Khan’s flat in Andheri in Mumbai in a sports utility vehicle, packed items of day-to-day use and went back to Igatpuri.
“In Igatpuri, they also took with them Laila’s sports utility vehicle Mitsubishi Outlander. Police in Jammu recovered the abandoned Scorpio last year. The Outlander was recovered earlier this year from outside Tak’s office in Kishtwar,” Roy said.
Police also recovered two knives and a rod from the crime scene. One knife was found in the pit where the bodies were buried and the other knife and the rod were found inside the house.
“Both Parvez Tak and Hussain will be charged with murder (Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code) and causing disappearance of evidence of offence (Section 201),” Roy said.
Five units of the Crime Branch along with forensic experts and toxicology doctors from J.J. Hospital in Mumbai were part of the search operation that started Tuesday after Tak agreed to point out the crime scene.
Roy said the farmhouse was set on fire with diesel taken from generators.
“This must have been done to destroy fingerprints, blood stains and other evidences of murder,” he said.
Roy also said that although forensic examination reports would shed light on the identity of the six skeletons, Parvez Tak’s confession matched the description of the crime scene and the events that took place when the family was murdered.
Apart from Laila (30), her mother Selina (52), her sisters Zara (25) and Azmina (32), brother Imran (25) and cousin Reshma Khan (19) were the most likely victims.
A Mumbai metropolitan court Monday remanded Parvez Tak to police custody till July 19.
Laila Khan, whose real name was Reshma Patel, was last seen in the 2008 film “Wafaa” with veteran actor Rajesh Khanna.
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 09:20 AM PDT
India and Singapore today signed multiple deals and agreement for bilateral cooperation in various fields. One agreement , continuing the military training that Indian armed forces extend to their Singaporean counterparts, was signed by Indian Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and Singapore’s Permanent Secretary for Defence Chiang Chie Foo.
The agreements were signed to coincide with the state visit of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to India at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and after the two leaders met for formal talks.
“Prime Minister Lee and I have decided to step up bilateral cooperation and exchanges in the fields of defence and security. To this end, we have just signed a memorandum of understanding to renew the bilateral arrangement between our air forces on joint training and exercises,” Manmohan Singh said in a statement to the media.
On the occasion, the two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Indian labour and employment ministry and Singapore’s education ministry concerning cooperation in the field of vocational education and skills development.
The MoU was signed by Indian Labour Minister Malikarjun Kharge and Singapore Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.
Another MoU signed was between the Delhi government’s training and technical education department and Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education on cooperation in the field of vocational education and skills development.
The memorandum was signed by Delhi Chief Secretary Praveen Kumar Tripathi and the Singapore institution’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Development) Benjamin Tan.
The agreement will facilitate the setting up of a greenfield world class centre in Delhi to provide state-of-the-art facility for skills development.
Describing Lee’s visit to India as “a milestone” in the bilateral relations, Singh said India will host the India-ASEAN commemorative summit later this year to mark two decades of the relations and expressed delight over Lee agreeing to visit India on that occasion.
India and Singapore had signed a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, which was the first agreement of its kind that India had signed with any other country, in 2005 during Lee’s visit then.
“Singapore is a close friend and valued regional partner for India. Our relations are broad-based and multi-faceted. They are underpinned by a confluence of interests spanning political, economic, cultural, defence and security issues,” Singh said, describing his discussion with Lee as “very fruitful”.
Singapore, being India’s foremost trading partner in ASEAN, is also a major source of FDI inflows into India.
“I welcomed additional Singapore investment into India, particularly in the infrastructure sector, where Singapore has great expertise.
“We agreed to expedite the conclusion of the ongoing second Review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement that would further facilitate trade in goods, services and investment,” Singh added.
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