Wednesday, 15 August 2012

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A letter from Sarabjit Singh to Sonia Gandhi

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 06:30 PM PDT

sarabjit singhIndian Prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is currently facing spying charges in Pakistan and is waiting for a death sentence has writtern a letter to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi urging her to take immediate steps else he couldnot survive in the Kot Lakhpathrai Jail of Pakistan.

He has alleged that jail authorities were serving him “unhygienic” food, which was “difficult to eat”, and he was being mistreated. Sarabjit’s counsel Awais Sheikh, who has recently filed a fresh mercy petition before the Pakistan President to commute the convict’s death sentence, brought his letters to India.

He has sent different letters through Sheikh for Congress President Sonia Gandhi, sister Dalbir Kaur and daughter Poonam. Sarabjit suspected that there were some “wrong contents in the food deteriorating his health day by day”, and a severe pain was developing in one of his legs.

Sheikh claimed that during a meeting with Sarabjit recently in the Kot jail, he himself tasted the food which was of poor quality and couldn’t be eaten by human being. Sarabjit also alleged that he was being “ill-treated” in the jail by staff as “taunting” by jail officials has become a routine matter.

He also alleged lack of medical facility inside the prison. He has urged Gandhi to appeal the Pakistan Government to grant visa to his family members, including his daughters and sister Dalbir Kaur to visit him, Sheikh said.

In a letter to his daughter Poonam, Singh has asked her to study hard. Singh also wrote about the ill-treatment and unhygienic food being served to him to his sister Dalbir Kaur. Panicked by the letter, Kaur urged Prime Minister Mamnohan Singh to direct the Pakistan based Indian High Commission to take up the matter with the jail authorities at the earliest to provide hygienic food and mandatory medical treatment to Sarabjit.

Vilasrao Deshmukh laid to rest in his Ancestral Village

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 05:30 PM PDT

Vilasrao DeshmukhFormer Maharashtra CM and Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh as cremated finally at his ancestral place in village Babhalgaon in the Latur district of Maharashtra.

Shortly before Deshmukh’s body was consigned to flames, a solemn-looking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi placed wreaths on the casket carrying the body of Maharashtra’s tallest Congress leader and twice chief minister at Dayanand Vidyalaya where it lay in state for public to pay their last respects.

A sea of humanity, including hundreds of moist-eyed women, converged here, on the outskirts of district town of Latur, for the last glimpse of the illustrious son of the soil who rose in their midst to walk the corridors of power in Mumbai and Delhi.

Union ministers Sushilkumar Shinde, Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, Vayalar Ravi, Rajiv Shukla, Mukul Wasnik, Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, his deputy Ajit Pawar and a host of Bollywood personalities also came to pay their last respects.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was also present. In a reflection of the goodwill some of soft-spoken Deshmukh’s political rivals had for him, BJP president Nitin Gadkari and party’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde were also present.

So were former Karnataka chief minister Dharam Singh. The last rites were performed by Deshmukh’s eldest son and Latur town MLA Amit at a family farm close to where his father Dagdojirao Deshmukh was cremated.

Deshmukh, 67, died yesterday at Chennai’s Global Hospital from serious liver ailment, a week after he was flown in an air ambulance from Mumbai in a critical condition.

Sonia walked up to Deshmukh’s widow Vaishali, who fought back tears, and held her in comforting embrace as the Prime Minister offered his condolences to the departed leader’s son Amit.

Deshmukh’s teary-eyed family members, including his wife, actor son Riteish and Dheeraj, acknowledged with gratitude the condolences with folded hands.

Mamata Bannerjee celebrates Independence Day in her different Style

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Kolkata: When it comes to making a difference, no one can beat Mamata Bannerjee. In her Second Independence  Day as CM, she shifted the venue of Ceremony to Indira Gandhi Sarani  in place of traditional Writer’s Building where it was being held for years

Besides the flag-hoisting at Indira Gandhi Sarani, earlier known as Red Road where the Republic Day celebrations are held every year, Banerjee took the salute at a ceremonial parade, which was also held for the first time.

Contingents of the of the Kolkata and state police, the Rapid Action Force, Eastern Frontier Rifles, CISF, Mounted Police, Fire Brigade and personnel of security agencies took part in the march past. Independence Day celebrations have been held at a venue near Writers Buildings since 1948. 40-odd tableaux representing various state government departments, including micro and small-scale industries, stole the show.

Hundreds of school children also took part in the marchpast. Members of the cabinet, consular corps, defence personnel and senior state and central government officials were present at the function.

Earlier, Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee had said that people’s participation was almost nil during Independence Day celebrations, but with the change in venue people would be able to take part as on Republic Day. Elaborate security arrangements were made at the Indira Gandhi Sarani with intelligence personnel of the Kolkata police keeping tight vigil.

Chaat lined up for British Street Food Awards 2012

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 03:30 PM PDT

Indo British Entrepreneur Manjit has lined up famous Indian dish Chaat for British Street Food Awards 2012. She is  one among 16 finalists out of over 3000 entries for the contest.

The awards, to be announced in London on September 15 and 16, celebrate the variety of street food available across Britain, usually sold in vans and trolleys stationed at key locations in city centres and some residential areas.

Based in Leeds, Britain-born Manjit has enticed customers with her freshly prepared street food sold from a ‘thela’ named ‘The Number 1 Chaat Station’, which also plays songs on a vintage sound system.

After awards organisers announced the 16 finalists, Manjit is preparing to slowly roll her ‘thela’ all the way to London, where the finalists will congregate with their vans and trolleys outside celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant for the judges and food lovers to adjudicate.

She started her company ‘Manjit’s Kitchen’ on 2009 when she was made redundant from her office job, and soon gained culinary popularity as her vegetarian offering went down well with people who prefer authentic Indian food to dishes that are customised to the British palate.

Food journalist and founder of the awards Richard Johnson writes: “In the old days, British street food meant cheap sausages and overfried onions, served off rusty metal handcarts. But that’s changing. And about time too.

“For a nation that’s stacked with food magazines and food programmes, we’ve run out of excuses”. He adds: “Our food isn’t a joke any more – we’ve got more three-starred Michelin restaurants than Italy. So it’s about time we got our street food sorted too. And make every single one of us proud to be British”.

Popular Indian street food such as ‘pani puri’, ‘kachori’, ‘vada pav’ and ‘pao bhaji’ are now widely available in London and others towns.

Since 1810, when Sake Dean Mohamed from Patna opened the first Indian restaurant in Britain, the ‘Hindoostanee Coffee House’ in George Street, central London, the Indian food industry has grown exponentially as Britain’s love affair with spicy Indian food continued over the years.

Today, there are over 12,000 Indian restaurants across Britain and the industry is estimated to be worth 4.2 billion pounds annually, including the revenue from the large volumes of packed Indian food sold in supermarkets.

China Pakistan participate in Indian Independence Day Function

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 02:22 PM PDT

China and Pakistan, the two eminent neighbors of india participated in Independence Day Celebrations at Sikkim and Jammu & Kashmir respectively.

BSF troopers and Pakistani Rangers  greeted each other and exchanged sweets along the border in Jammu sector.

Pakistani Rangers walked up to the Zero Line, 45-km from here, to greet their counterparts from the BSF. The Pakistanis brought sweets and gifts for BSF jawans, officials said. BSF troopers had also greeted their counterparts on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day yesterday.

They also presented Pakistani border guards gifts and sweets, the officials said. The BSF troopers and Pakistani Rangers had decorated their border posts to mark the occasion

A delegation of Chinese army  joined their Indian counterparts in celebrating India’s Independence day at the border post in Nathu La.

Led by Senior Colonel Wang Ji Ping, the Chinese delegation crossed over to the Indian border post at a height of 14,130 feet and participated in the ceremony in which flags of both the nations were hoisted and national anthems sung.

The ceremony was held close to the zero border on the Nathu La pass here. “This action is conducive to peace and tranquility and will maintain the trust between Chinese and Indian people. ” Chinese delegation leader Wang Ji Ping said.

The flag hosting ceremony was followed by an interaction between Indian and Chinese delegations. Several Chinese officers had also brought their family members and children along for the celebrations. The interaction, in which the camaraderie was clearly visible, went on for nearly two hours.

As the Indian side performed bhangra and sang folk songs to entertain the visitors, the Chinese too participated enthusiastically and danced along with the hosts.

“The annual feature started after the confidence building measures which were put in place in 1993 after the treaty for border peace and tranquility,” Brigadier Ravi Jhaldiyal, Commander 63 mountain brigade said. Jhaldiyal led the Indian delegation in welcoming Chinese officers and their families.

Burning Cigarette caused fire in Union Home Ministry

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 02:01 PM PDT

Fire in Union  Home Ministry in June was due to the use of Cigarette or Bidi which was thrown on Waste Paper Basket, as per the investigation of CPWD.
The fire, described as minor by the fire department, broke out in a staircase on the second floor of the home ministry building in North Block in Delhi June 24.

The place of fire, according to the ministry at that time, was close to the offices of the home minister.

The fire was doused and no major damage was reported.

However, it had occurred within days of a massive fire at the Mantralaya or the Maharashtra state secretariat building in Mumbai and raised concerns over fire safety in key ministries in the national capital.

The reply to a Right to Information application filed by Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga to seek information on the incident says that an area just above the place where the fire started was used by some people for smoking.

“A fire broke out in the staircase June 24 around 2 p.m. and damaged a wooden door and some electric cables,” the CPWD says.

“On inspecting the site, cardboards being used as mats, water bottles, cigarette stubs, etc, were found. It was also found that immediately above the fire affected portion, the place was being used by some persons regularly for sitting and other activities.”

“It seems the fire occurred due to persons, who usually used this place, would have thrown burning bidi or cigarette stubs through the window on the waste papers,” it adds.

The reply also says that access to the fire affected area was through a terrace which was opened only twice a day, but does not explain how the smokers reached the spot.

“To access the place where the fire had taken place one has to enter from the terrace which is always locked and is opened twice a day by CISF (Central Industrial Securities Force) personnel at the time of hoisting and lowering the national flag,” the reply adds.

In India, smoking is banned in public places, including government and private offices since October 2008.

Shatrughan Sinha : From Doctor’s Supervision to Daughter’s Care

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:30 PM PDT

Shatrughan Sinha, who is back home from hospital after bypass surgery, is now under his daughter Sonakshi Sinha’s observation.

The 66-year-old has been asked by his daughter not to meet too many guests or use his phone. He can’t step out alone for anything except his morning walk.

“There’s only one woman I am afraid of. I can’t defy any command from my daughter. She has taken away my phones and put me under house arrest,” Sinha said.

Sonakshi, who made it big in Bollywood with “Dabangg”, makes sure that her father continues to maintain the same diet and routine that he followed in the hospital.

Fondly called Bihari Babu and Shotgun, Sinha was admitted at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri July 2 after he complained of breathlessness following some paint work at his residence.

During investigation, blockages were discovered in the coronary arteries and, based on medical advice, he underwent surgery.

He was finally discharged Sunday evening.

He is happy to be home and says it is the first time he has been away for such a long time.

“I have never been away from home for this long. It’s been complete 40 days. Even the longest outdoor shoots during my career did not stretch that long. My wife (Poonam) and children (Sonakshi, Luv and Kush) were always there for me in the hospital. Thanks to them and my doctors, I am born again,” said the actor, who debuted in 1969 with “Saajan”.

He gives full marks to his surgeon Dr. Anvay Mulay for giving him a new life.

“We were advised to opt for a more senior surgeon. But we had full faith in Mulay. He made the entire procedure of surgery and recuperation seem like a cakewalk,” he said.

Sinha, the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Patna Saheb, Bihar, wants to spend sometime at his ancestral home in Patna, as soon as he’s allowed to travel.

“I have already sent a letter to Parliament asking for sick leave. As soon as I can travel, or rather my dear daughter would allow me to travel, I want to go to my home there,” he said.

Brain Transplant of NASA Rover Curiosity gets over

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 11:25 AM PDT

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has announced that it has completed “brain transplant” on Mars rover Curiosity.

As its main and backup computers have been successfully upgraded with new software after a four-day effort, Curiosity is now a big step closer to begin its mission of finding out whether life has ever existed on Mars, according to the JPL.

Curiosity has been on the surface of Mars for over a week now since it successfully touched down Aug 5, reported Xinhua.

JPL announced Friday that Curiosity would undergo a “brain transplant” for four days during the weekend to update the software on the rover’s main and backup computers, a necessary step before Curiosity can begin roving.

“We have successfully completed the brain transplant,” said Curiosity mission manager Mike Watkins at the JPL.

“Now we are moving on to a new phase of functional checkouts of the science instruments and preparations for a short test drive,” he added.

The first drive, possibly within a week or so, will likely include short forward and reverse segments and a turn.

Curiosity has a separate drive motor on each of its six wheels and steering motors on the four corner wheels. Preparation and testing of the motor controllers will precede the first drive, according to JPL.

After the test drive, the planning schedule has an “intermission” before a second testing phase focused on use of the rover’s robotic arm.

For the intermission, the 400-member science team will have the opportunity to pick a location for Curiosity to drive to before the arm-testing weeks, the JPL said.

“It’s fair to say that the scientists, not to mention the rover drivers, are itching to move,” said JPL’s Ashwin Vasavada, deputy project scientist for Curiosity.

Scientists at the JPL uploaded the new software from Pasadena onto Curiosity, which had travelled 350 million miles to reach the Mars.

While the new software sat dormant, the spacecraft used flight software optimized to direct it through the Martian atmosphere and safely land on target in the Gale Crater on the Martian surface, according to the JPL.

Scientists said the newly uploaded software is optimised to drive the rover, operate the robotic arm and scoop up and analyse soil samples.

With that software successfully loaded, engineers are back to testing the rover’s various operational and scientific instruments.

Scientists calculated that it would take several weeks to get Curiosity ready to work on Mars when it first landed and had hoped that the rover would drive by early September.

“Today, they’re building their code from scratch,” said Watkins.

“The first few days after landing, they had a pretty solid script. All that was on board and they activated it with small changes. Now, we’re assembling all this from scratch on the ground,” said Watkins.

Olympian Vijay Kumar awarded with Rs 1 Crore in Himachal Pradesh

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 10:30 AM PDT

Pistol shooter Vijay Kumar has been honored by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal for winning an Olympic silver medal.

At the state-level Independence Day function here, Dhumal gave a cash award of Rs.1 crore to Vijay, who belongs to the state. He was also honoured with Himachal Gaurav award.

The army man was also offered a residential plot in the industrial town of Baddi in Solan district.

Vijay, who is subedar in the Dogra Regiment of the Indian Army, was here along with his father Banku Ram, a retired subedar, and mother Roshni Devi.

“I’m grateful to the people of the state for extending love and encouragement. I want to train the youth of the state (in shooting)”, Vijay told IANS.

Refuting rumours of his quitting the army, he said: “Whatever I have achieved, it is due to the army. It has played an important role in shaping my career.”

Vijay belongs to Harsour village in the Badsar area of Hamirpur district.

Salman again asks Madhuri Dixit, Hum Aapke Hein Koun

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 09:30 AM PDT

Madhuri DixitSalman Khan and Madhuri Dixit recreated the magic of their hit film “Hum Aapke Hain Koun”  on the sets of “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5″ recently.

22They even enacted the famous scene from the song “Didi tera dewar”.

Salman used a catapult to aim at Madhuri’s derriere just the way they did in the 1994 film, and the duo even danced together to a few other numbers, said a source from the sets.

While Madhuri is among the judges on the dance reality show, Salman came to shoot for a special episode with his “Ek Tha Tiger” co-star Katrina Kaif.

Salman even shook a leg with Katrina to her hit item number “Sheila ki jawaani”.

The former off-screen couple will be a part of the show’s forthcoming episodes, to be aired Saturday and Sunday.

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