Saturday, 18 August 2012

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San Tobacco to be a Top Sports person

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 06:30 PM PDT

Former India shuttler U Vimal Kumar’s advice for parents who want their children to be sporting personalities is that they should quit using all types of tobacco.

Kumar, who hails from Kerala and is the co-founder, director and chief coach of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, said the lifestyle of parents and their mentors have a direct impact on children.

“It is important that parents keep away from smoking and use of other forms of tobacco if they have sporting aspirations for their child,” said the former national, French Open and Welsh International Open badminton champion.

“At an impressionable age, children quickly imbibe whatever is done by parents and elders. A child gets the wrong message when seeing an elder person spit out ‘paan’ from moving vehicles,” added Kumar, who was the Chief National Coach in badminton.

Another expert points out that any tobacco use, adversely impacts stamina building, which is vital for a sportsperson.

George Mathews, medical officer, Sports Authority of India (SAI) here, said one of the most important factors determining the stamina of the athlete is the ability of the lungs to absorb oxygen from the atmosphere. In smokers, this is impaired and they find themselves out of breath quicker than non-smokers.

“Tobacco results in weaker bones and tendons with an increased susceptibility to injuries. Once injured, a smoker would find it tougher to recover. Calcium and other nutrient absorption are also reduced,” said Mathews, who is also a senior faculty member at the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education here.

Ajim Premji conferred with Honorary doctorate degree

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 05:30 PM PDT

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday conferred an honorary doctorate on eminent industrialist and Wipro chairman Azim Premji at the golden jubilee of Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B).

Premji was selected for the honour, the degree of doctor of science (honoris causa), for his “extraordinary commitment and contribution to trade and industry, for furthering the cause of values of business ethics and for his philanthropy and far-reaching vision”.

During the convocation, 2,006 degrees were awarded to successful students, said IIT-B director Devang Khakhar.

He said 55 students received medals in different categories, with the President of India Medal bagged by Kamath Pritish Uday of computer science and engineering, the Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Gold Medal awarded to John Joy of mechanical engineering department and the Institute Gold Medal going to Yashovardhan Sushil Chati of aerospace engineering department.

The prime minister gave away the honours and delivered the golden jubilee convocation address as the chief guest on the occasion.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, IIT-B Board of Governors’ chairman Anil Kakodkar and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

BJP vouches for assistance to poor students from all Religions

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would raise in parliament the issue of educational assistance to all poor students regardless of religion, said a leader of the party’s Tamil Nadu unit

Tamil Nadu BJP president Pon Radhakrishnan is on fast for the past two days at Maraimalainagar near here, demanding the extension of a scholarship scheme to all the poor students irrespective of their religion.

“BJP’s Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj spoke to Radhakrishnan and others assembled at the fast venue over phone today (Saturday) and assured them that the issue would be taken up by the party in parliament,” Vanathi Srinivasan, secretary of Tamil Nadu state BJP, told IANS.

According to Srinivasan, the central and state governments were providing scholarship to religious minorities.

“Our demand is that the scheme should be extended to all the poor students irrespective of their religion. The current scheme has the potential to trigger conversions to avail of this benefit,” she said.

According to Srinivasan, the scholarship scheme implemented in 2008 (central assistance 75 percent and state share 25 percent) is attractive as it not only takes care of poor students’ fees charged by the educational institutions but also provides a monthly assistance ranging between Rs.200 and Rs.3,000.

“The tution fee is paid directly by the government to the educational institution and the monthly assistance is credited to the student’s bank account,” Srinivasan added.

According to K.T. Raghavan, the BJP’s Kanchipuram district president, there was a marked increase in the number of beneficiaries under the scholarship scheme in Tamil Nadu.

He said the state government had provided scholarships under the scheme to over 300,000 higher secondary students as against a target of 137,607 students for the academic year 2011-12.

“Over a period of time, poor people may be tempted to convert to some other religion to avail of the benefit for their children,” he remarked.

Kerala faces ire over the Murder of Bihari Youth

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 03:30 PM PDT

Kerala government is facing ire over the unnatural death of 24-year-old Bihari youth S.S. Mann who was brought dead from a mental hospital here to the Medical College Hospital on Aug 4.

Mann was reportedly suffering from a mental illness.

The Kerala government ordered a crime branch probe Aug 6. Two officials of the mental hospital have been arrested in connection with Mann’s death.

But a group of activists led by journalist B.R.P. Bhaskar has claimed that the probe does not cover the alleged manhandling of Mann at Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram, from where police took him into custody on Aug 1.

Mann was arrested when he created a ruckus at spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram near Kollam on Aug 1.

He was charged with trying to attack the Mata.

The activists are pointing out that the government has taken action against five doctors attached to the mental hospital here and the two government hospitals in Kollam where Mann was treated, but ignored those who allegedly meted out rough treatment to him at the ashram.

The five doctors against whom action was taken were: One doctor appointed on contract basis at the mental hospital here, dismissed from service; two others transferred, and two doctors in Kollam district.

To protest the action, the Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) decided to boycott the out-patient department Saturday for two hours. The KGMOA has also declared a strike on Monday in the capital city.

Friends of Mann said they will Sunday take out a protest rally in Delhi at Jantar Mantar to coincide with Mann’s 24th birthday. Mann’s family has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into his death, terming it “murder”.

A team of police officials from Mann’s hometown Gaya visited the mental hospital here and spoke to the local police to ascertain the facts regarding Mann’s death.

“The state government is shutting its eyes to reality in the case. There is video footage showing that Mann was manhandled at the Ashram. A more effective probe has to take place,” said Bhaskar.

Mann’s death has rekindled the memories of V. Narayanan Kutty, a relative of former Kerala chief minister C. Achutha Menon, who met a similar fate 22 years ago. Demands are now being made that the unnatural death of Kutty be investigated afresh.

Kutty too was picked up by inmates of Mata Amritanandamayi’s ashram for being a nuisance there and was lodged in the mental hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. He died under mysterious circumstances.

VVS Laxman says Goodbye to International Cricket

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 02:30 PM PDT

VVS LaxmanVeteran India batsman V.V.S. Laxman ended all speculation about his career by announcing his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, barely a week after he was named in the squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand, starting here next week.

“I have decided to retire from international cricket with immediate effect,” Laxman said at a crowded news conference here.

It was being speculated that the genial Hyderabadi would announce his retirement after playing the first Test against the Black Caps at home or after the series.

“I feel it is the right time to move on. It is the right time to give the opportunity to youngsters. It was a tough decision to take. I have always listened to my inner conscience. I have always done that right through my career. There was a lot of debate in the last four days. But I don’t regret my decision,” said Laxman adding that it was a conscious decision.

“Till last night I was unable to make up my mind, but in the end I listened to my inner voice and arrived at my decision.”

The right-handed batsman, who was accompanied by his parents, wife and children, said he had conveyed his decision to the Indian cricket board president N. Srinivasan and the chairman of selectors K. Srikkanth Saturday morning — both reluctantly accepted his decision.

“It has been 16 long years since I made my international debut for India. I have always kept the country’s success and need ahead of my personal aspirations and hence while I would have loved to be contributing to the team’s success against England and Australia later in the season, I think it’s the right time to give opportunity to groom a youngster in home conditions before the tough tours overseas next year,” said the 37-year-old.

“I informed the chairman of selectors this morning that I would not continue playing for India. I also spoke to many of my teammates, they were surprised that I was retiring before the series. It was all very emotional.”

The wristy strokemaker represented India in 134 Tests, scoring 8781 runs at 45.97. He played one of the most memorable innings of 281 runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2001 against Australia setting up a stunning victory for India after following on, ending Australia’s consecutive 16-match winning streak.

Dimple Kapadia speaks up about her Romance with Rajesh Khanna

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 01:30 PM PDT

Rajesh KhannaDimple Kapadia, the estranged wife of Late Superstar Rajesh Khanna for the first time opened up about the time she spent with him. She said he was special and destined to be a superstar.

“I spent my life with him as I was 16 when I got married. He was not a normal man, he was a very special man,” Dimple said on the sidelines of the inauguration of “Retrospective of Rajesh Khanna-Superstar Forever” at the Siri Fort auditorium on Saturday.

“There are so many things I can say about him but what is very very special about him is that his DNA was that of superstar,” she added.

Recalling the last few days she spent with Rajesh Khanna, Dimple said: “In the last few days he said to me ‘Pack up, the show is over’. He also said that ‘I lived my life with lot of grace and please make sure that it lives forever’.”

The retrospective is being organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as a tribute to the cinema legend, who died July 18 at his Bandra residence after a prolonged illness. He was 69.

The three-day event starts Saturday and will screen ten of the actor’s landmark films. These are “Aap Ki Kasam”, “Aradhana”, “Aakhri Khat”, “Amar Prem”, “Kati Patang”, “Ittefaq”, “Avishkaar”, “Bawarchi”, “Safar” and “Anand”.

The 55-year-old Dimple, who was accompanied by daughter Rinke, thanked the ministry for organising the retrospective and help Rajesh Khanna fans relive the memories.

“I like to salute his each and every fan for having made this possible. I think the one thing that he would have said if alive today to his fans is – ‘humein tumse pyar kitna yeh hum nahi jaante, magar jee nahi sakte tumhare bina’.”

“I would like to thank DFF and the information and broadcasting ministry for having this retrospective. Thank your for giving a chance to relive his memories,” she said.

Also present at the opening ceremony was producer-director Om Prakash, who worked with Kaka, as Rajesh Khanna was fondly called, in “Aap Ki Kasam”.

“It’s the great gesture to remember Kaka with his films including ‘Aap Ki Kasam’, in which I had the privilege to cast him. Rajesh and I had an association for so many years. He was a very warm-hearted person and a great actor. I think he was an asset and rather pride of any filmmaker he worked with,” said Om Prakash.

North East Student Exodus brought down to standstill

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 12:30 PM PDT

Exodus of northeast people from Bangalore to Guwahati reduced to a trickle — about 100 Saturday from thousands till late Friday — even as security has been tightened with the deployment of 600 Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel across the city.

“Only about 100 unreserved tickets to Guwahati were sold till 4 p.m. at the city station in contrast to over 8,500 tickets till late Friday. We do not see the need to operate a special train late Saturday, as the unprecedented rush of passengers to northeast has drastically declined,” South Western Railway (SWR) Bangalore divisional manager Anil Kumar Agarwal told IANS.

With no direct express train to Guwahati from Bangalore Saturday, as it is operated thrice in a week — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the absence of northeast people, especially students in thousands at the city railway station was conspicuous.

“We have sold a record 29,363 unreserved tickets to Guwahati and beyond on three consecutive days from Aug 15 to 17 at the city railway station and operated eight special trains with 151 coaches, mostly general second class and luggage vans to clear the heavy rush of passengers,” Agarwal said.

The hundreds of railway employees and porters here heaved a sigh of relief to see normalcy returning at the city station, which was besieged over the last 72 hours with thousands of passengers heading to northeast cramming the platforms, booking counters, waiting lounge and restaurants, waiting for the elusive special trains and other trains to Chennai and Howrah.

“We had to scramble to arrange at short notice so many (151) unreserved and general second class coaches from our and Mysore divisions in our zone (SWR) and other divisions of Southern Railway, South Central Railway and Central Railway. It was an uphill task to detach many such coaches from regular passenger trains to assemble two-three special trains a day,” Agarwal said.

Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa, who hails from Karnataka, visited the station and reviewed the arrangements, including security situation to ensure safety of passengers and visitors.

Interacting with about 100 northeast people waiting to board any train to Guwahati or Howrah via Chennai, Muniyappa urged them to cancel their trip and stay back in the city, as the state government had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure their safety and security of their property.

“No need to rush northeast unless you have to go for a holiday break or festival. Bangalore or other cities in the state are safe. There is no threat to your life from anyone. You have the protection of the state police and our people are hospitable here,” Muniyappa asserted.

In view of the Eid festival Monday and uneasy calm in the city due to rumours and fear of attacks on northeast people to avenge the month-long ethnic violence in the lower Assam region, six companies (100 each) of the RAF have been stationed in sensitive areas where migrants are residing in large numbers.

“We have also intensified patrolling across the city with a dozen mobile squads and deployed additional state reserve police at vital installations, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals, shopping complexes and VIP areas to maintain peace and ensure law and order till Tuesday,” Bangalore Additional Police Commissioner Sunil Kumar told IANS.

Education Loan – A Right to Every Student in India

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 11:20 AM PDT

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has said an education loan is a right of every student and the officials with the public sector banks (PSBs) who are found rejecting a large number of applications may be penalised for denying the loans.

“Bank account is a right of an individual. It is not a gift of a bank and bank loan is a right of every student,” Chidambaram told reporters here after meeting with the chiefs of public sector banks (PSBs) adding that the issue of education loans is close to his heart.

“No application from a deserving candidate, if he/she meets the parameters, should be turned down by the (bank) officer receiving it. If a loan is not given, the decision can be taken only at one level higher to the officer receiving the loan application,” Chidambaram said.

This was the first meeting between Chidambaram and the chiefs of PSBs since he took over charge of the finance ministry Aug 1.

The agenda of meeting contained four issues relating to education loans including expansion, time-bound disposal of applications, education loans for meritorious students admitted under management quota and loans for professional diploma courses.

According to Chidambaram, under the new policy if an increase in education loan rejections is detected then there can be punitive actions against the branch manager.

“One case of application rejection or two cases may be an oversight issue, but if the branch reaches a critical number like five or ten cases of rejection then there can be action against the manager,” said Chidambaram.

“It is very important that every students who meets the parameter must get a loan because it’s a right.”

The PSBs are working up on the modalities surrounding the Budget announcement of a credit guarantee fund for education loans. They are also working on a mechanism for rating of institutions, courses and students for loan disbursement.

Supreme Court warns accused should not gain from police lapses

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 10:30 AM PDT

An accused facing trial should not be allowed to take advantage of slipshod investigation by police, the Supreme Court has said, cautioning judges against acquitting an offender if the prosecution case stood unshaken.

“This court has repeatedly observed that the court must not get influenced by the inefficiency of the investigating agency and acquit the accused if the core of the prosecution case is undented and established,” said the apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai.

Pronouncing the recent judgment, Justice Desai said that an accused getting away with the inefficient investigation by police would amount to “putting a premium on inefficiency at the cost of cause of justice”.

The court said this while upholding the conviction of Joginder and Varun Kumar accused of murdering Pushpinder in the corridor of Ahir College in Rewari in Haryana April 7, 1999.

Rejecting their plea, the apex court said that despite police inefficiency and carelessness “we find that in the instant case, the core of the prosecution case or the substratum of the prosecution case has remained”.

The court quashed the July 11, 2006 Punjab and Haryana High Court order directing a third accused to undergo life imprisonment. He was a juvenile at the time of committing the offence.

While directing the release of juvenile accused, who at the time of the incident was 17 years five months and 23 days old, the court said that he should have got the benefit of the Juvenile Justice Act .

The accused earlier sought to dent the prosecution case on the basis of some lapses in police investigation and the statement of area police station chief which allegedly contradicted the testimony of witness Ram Chander Yadav.

The court observed that Station House Officer Raja Ram made a statement that was contrary to the deposition by the witness “to cover up his inefficiency”.

Since the trial court convicted the three accused in 2000 on the strength of a single witness, the apex court said: “It is well settled that conviction can be based on the evidence of a sole eyewitness if his evidence inspires confidence. This witness has meticulously narrated the incident and supported the prosecution case. We find him to be a reliable witness.”

The judges noted that main complainant Karambir Yadav was won over by the accused and doubts were sought to be cast upon the acts of courage of witness Ram Chander Yadav who held the two accused while they were attacking the victim.

It was contended that Ram Chander Yadav could not have held two people together because he was disabled and had just one hand.

Noting that Ram Chander Yadav’s left arm was upto the elbow, the apex court said: “Courage and strength are qualities which differ from person to person and one cannot discount the version of Ram Chander Yadav on the basis of surmises.”

“It appears to us that while the complainant, because of lack of courage resiled from his statement, Ram Chander Yadav has courageously stuck to it. This speaks volumes,” the judgment said.

The court also pointed to “an unholy attempt to subvert the (trial) court proceedings” when Ram Chander Yadav’s father Ram Singh moved an application before the court saying that his son “had not witnessed the incident; that his name was cited because he is a friend of the deceased and that the complainant had kidnapped him”.

Ram Chander Yadav denied the story when the trial court sought clarification from him.

How Pakistani Websites created Communal Tension across India ?

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 10:28 AM PDT

Various groups in Pakistan were successful in creating a massive violence and communal tension in India just by means of Technology. By faking photographs for Assam and Myanmar riots and sending threat SMS, they were able to trigger a exodus of over 30,000 North Eastern people from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other states of India.

According to Union home secretary R K Singh,”A total of 76 websites were identified where morphed images were uploaded and bulk of these were uploaded in Pakistan,”.

“We believe it is highly reprehensible. I think it needs to be made known to everybody that this is something that is being done from Pakistan. The bulk of it has been done from Pakistan,” he said.

He said all these websites have since been blocked. As a step towards rumours being spread, Government has imposed a 15-day ban on bulk SMSs and MMSs.

Singh said bodies of victims of cyclones and earthquakes in different part of the world were shown as victims of violence in Myanmar in the morphed images.

Apart from these websites, 34 more have been identified and government was in the process of blocking them soon, he said.

Driven by rumours, over 30,000 northeast people have left Bangalore fearing attacks on them while many of them have fled Chennai and Pune in the last three days, notwithstanding assurances from the Centre and the state governments.

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