Monday, 6 August 2012

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The Mystery Surrounding Death of Anuradha Bali aka Fiza

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 03:16 PM PDT

AAnradha Balinuradha Bali, the Wife of former HAryana Deputy CM and Congress Leader Chander Mohan was found dead at her house in Mohali. It cannot be said whether it was a natural death or suicide or murder. Her body was found is highly decomposed state which indicates that the death took place at least 4 days ago.  There are many incidences which hint demolish any chance of Suicide.

1.No suicide note has been found in the house, where Bali had been living all alone after the death of her parents.

2. “The highly decomposed body was found on her bed in the house and was infested with maggots,” Darshan Singh Mann, DSP (city), told reporters outside her house.

3. Police also found a bottle of liquor, a glass, cigarettes and mouth freshner from the house.The body was swollen and had turned black

4. Tarun, a distant relative of Fiza, said that she “could not commit suicide as she was a strong woman”. However, he said that she was depressed for last many days and used to take sleeping pills in the night.

5  Satpal, a paternal uncle of Fiza, who opened the house with the help of police said that he last spoke to Fiza on her cell phone on August 1 and Fiza told him to come to her house for Rakhi on August 2. According to Satpal, he could not visit her or contact her on August 2 because Fiza’s cell phones were switched off. Satpal said that he again came to visit Fiza today and again found that main gate was not locked and immediately informed the Phase-11 police station. He said that he broke open the house with the help of police and they found her body on her bed

A Post Mortem Report in Awaited which would reveal the real cause of death, but the reliability of  a Post mortem Report  conducted after 4 days of Death is negotiable.

Raj Nirbhik, a local BJP Leader  and her foster Brother says “I met Fiza when her relationship with Chander Mohan went sour. I had suggested that she go back to her maiden name Anuradha Bali and drop any idea of taking revenge against Chander Mohan,”  Fiza wanted to contest elections against the former deputy chief minister of Haryana to “teach him a lesson” after he left her after marriage.

39 Year Old Anuradha Bali was Assistant Advocate General of Haryana when she quit her job and converted to Islam along with Harayana Dy CM,  Chandar Mohan in 2008 so that they could marry legally – he was already married. Ms Bali took the name Fiza and Mr Mohan became Chand Mohammad. The politician had to quit as Deputy Chief Minister and he was also disowned by his father, Bhajan Lal, who has served two terms as chief minister of Haryana.


Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh critical with Multiple Organ Failure

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 02:51 PM PDT

Former Maharashtra CM And present  Union science and technology minister Vilasrao Deshmukh  is critical after his Kidney and Liver Failed. He is on Life Support System at   Global Hospital Chennai where he was shifted from Breach Candy Hospital in a critical condition.  Deshmukh  is accompanied by his wife Vaishali and son Amit to Chennai.

“We are planning a liver transplant after stabilizing his vital parameters,” the doctor attending to him at Chennai’s Global Hospital said.”He is now on a ventilator. His kidneys are failing. We are evaluating him to see if he is fit enough for a transplant,” .  Doctors at the hospital said that Dr Mohamed Rela, liver transplant surgeon, who has performed more than 1,200 liver transplants is expected to perform Deshmukh's transplant surgery.

The 67-year-old former Maharashtra chief minister was flown to Chennai for treatment under the care of Dr Mohammed Rela. said a doctor requesting anonymity.

His actor-son Riteish Deshmukh has expressed willingness to donate a part of his liver to his ailing father. For this, doctors will have to certify that the tissues match. According to transplant rules, the surgery will have to be cleared by an authorization committee headed by the Tamil Nadu director of medical education. “We have not ruled out a cadaver transplant either. We will put him on the wait-list. But that is only after he stabilises,” said another doctor

The 67-year-old Deshmukh, ailing since some time with abdominal pains, was taken to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital last week for what was described as "a routine check-up".

Official sources said that since the past few months, Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra chief minister, has been taking light assignments to avoid strain on account of his health condition.

Apart from holding the charge for Science and technology ministry in the union government Vilasrao Deshmukh also holds the charge for micro, small and medium enterprises and earth sciences in the government. Mr. Deshmukh comes from Latur district in Marathwada region of Maharashtra where he started his political career at the grass root level. Mr.Deshmukh was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra twice and earlier held charge of the heavy industries ministry at the centre.

Sikhs in United States attacked over 700 times since World Trade Center Attacks

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 11:05 AM PDT

Sikhs  are having a very pathetic life in United States. Post 9/11 many American confuse them with Muslims and treat them with sub-standard and are often targeted with life attacks. The Oak Creek Shooting was a recent example of this. Around 700 cases of Attack on Sikhs has been reported post September 11, 2011.

The first person murdered after the 9/11 attacks was a Sikh, a gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, named Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was shot five times by aircraft mechanic Frank Roque, according to New York-based advocacy group Sikh Coalition.

Some Sikhs had their houses vandalised, others were spat upon. In some extreme cases, they were set upon by groups of people and beaten in a country which is home to about 700,000 Sikhs.

According to a CNN compilation, the attacks since 9/11 include:

* Sep 15, 2001: An aircraft mechanic named Frank Roque guns down Balbir Singh Sodhi outside a Mesa gas station.

* Dec 2001: Two men beat store owner Surinder Singh 20 times with metal poles in Los Angeles, while uttering, “We’ll kill bin Laden today”.

* March 2004: Vandals scrawl the words, “It’s not your country” in blue spray paint on the wall of the Gurdwara Sahib temple in Fresno, California. The temple was also vandalised a year earlier.

* July 2004: Rajinder Singh Khalsa is beaten unconscious by six men in New York City, after they taunt him and his friend about their turban. The beating leaves Khalsa with multiple fractures.

* Aug 2006: Iqbal Singh is stabbed in the neck with a steak knife in San Jose, California, while he was standing in the carport of his house. The attacker later tells police he wanted to “kill a Taliban”.

* Oct 2008: Ajit Singh Chima is punched and kicked in the head while out on his daily walk in Carteret, New Jersey. The attacker does not take anything from Chima.

* January 2009: Jasmir Singh is attacked outside a New York grocery store, with men shouting racial slurs. Two years later, his father is attacked.

* Nov 2010: Harbhajan Singh, a Sikh cab driver, is beaten by two passengers in Sacramento, California, with one of them calling him “Osama bin Laden”.

* March 2011: Gurmej Singh Atwal and Surinder Singh are gunned down in Elk Grove, California, while out on their afternoon walk. They are not robbed and had no enemies, family members say.

* Feb 2012: A Sikh temple under construction in Sterling Heights, Michigan, is defaced, with graffiti on the wall depicting a gun and a Christian cross. Someone also scrawls “Mohmed” on the wall.

The Biography of Wade Michael Page, the Killer of Oak Creek Shooting

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 10:33 AM PDT

Wade Michael Page, Oak Creek Shooting SuspectWade Michael Page has been identified as the man who killed 6 people in a Gurudwara located at Oak Creek in Wisconsin, United States.

Michael Page, 40, a United States Army veteran who served as a specialist from 1992 until 1998, was shot and killed by police in the parking lot of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee.

Page was in the Army from 1992 to 1998. He trained at Fort Sill, Okla., and served at Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Page worked as a repair technician for the Hawk missile system and later was detailed to Psychological Operations as a specialist.

Page rose to the rank of sergeant before being demoted to specialist and leaving the military in 1998. In June 1998 he was disciplined for being drunk on duty and had his rank reduced to specialist from sergeant. He was not eligible to re-enlist.  Later Page was  discharged from the Army  for “patterns of misconduct”.

Officials at the Southern Poverty Law Center said they had been tracking Mr. Page for about a decade because of his ties to the white supremacist movement and described him as a "a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band."

Michael Page had been a member of the racist skinhead band End Apathy, based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 2010, said Heidi Beirich, director of the intelligence project at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

Michael Page was a “frustrated neo-Nazi” who led a racist white supremacist band. Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the nonprofit civil rights organization in Montgomery, Ala., said Page had been on the white-power music scene for more than a decade, playing in bands known as Definite Hate and End Apathy. ”The name of the band seems to reflect what he went out and actually did,” Potok said.

“There is a whole underworld of white supremacists music that is rarely seen or heard by the public,” Potok said, describing lyrics that talk about carrying out genocide against Jews and other minorities, he said.

Page also tried to buy goods from the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group, in 2000, she said. The SPLC describes the National Alliance on its website as “perhaps the most dangerous and best organized neo-Nazi formation in America.”

In a 2010 online interview with End Apathy’s record label Label56, Page said he had founded the band in 2005 because “I realized … that if we could figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways it would be the start towards moving forward.”

Police were searching an apartment at a duplex in the Cudahy neighborhood near Milwaukee, presumed to be the residence of the gunman. Generators and floodlights were set up along the street and a bomb squad was on the scene.

Mr. Page was living in a rented apartment in Cudahy, about five miles from the sprawling temple Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, a suburb of Milwaukee.

A search of the Lexis-Nexis online records service showed that Page had lived at least 20 addresses in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Colorado, California and Texas.

Joseph Rackley of Nashville, N.C., said  that Page lived with his son for about six months last year in a house on Rackley’s property. Wade was bald and had tattoos all over his arms, Rackley said, but he doesn’t remember what they depicted. He said he wasn’t aware of any ties Page had to white supremacists.

“I’m not a nosy kind of guy,” Rackley said. “When he stayed with my son, I don’t even know if Wade played music. But my son plays alternative music and periodically I’d have to call them because I could hear more than I wanted to hear.”

Complete Story of Oak Creek Gurudwara Shooting on 5 August 2012

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 09:51 AM PDT

Oak Creek Shooting has been the worst attack on Sikhs ever in United States. 6 innocent Sikhs died while 3 were injured after a deadly attack on a Gurudwara located at Oak Creek in Wisconsin, United States.


Wade Michael Page, Oak Creek Shooting Suspect

Wade Michael Page, Oak Creek Shooting Suspect

A man identified as Wade Michael Page, who served in the U.S. Army for about six years, with  heavy build, bald white a and wearing a sleeveless T-shirt came up at the Gurudwara located at Oak Creek.  About 300 to 400 people were reported to be at the gurdwara during the time of the shooting . The temple was preparing for a meal which was scheduled to take place later in the day. Page walked up to  Satwant Singh Kaleka, the President of Sikh Gurudwara and killed him on the spot.

He then stalked through the temple as congregants, including women preparing a meal for services, ran for shelter and barricaded themselves in bathrooms and prayer halls. They made desperate phone calls and sent anguished texts pleading for help as confusion and fear took hold.

When  a 911 call  was made about 10:25 a.m. (11:25 a.m. ET),  Police was rushed to the spot  and killed the shooter, but one  officer got several bullets.

The gunman allegedly shot a police officer ten times as the officer tried to help another victim. The officer survived the shooting, but remained hospitalized Monday morning with serious injuries. The suspected gunman was later confronted and killed by another officer.

The first officer on the scene, Lt. Brian Murphy, entered a driveway and found a victim in the parking lot. As the officer left his car to help, Michael Page basically ambushed him.  Other officers arrived and saw the suspect in the parking lot and asked him to drop his weapon.  He didn’t respond, fired his weapon and hit a squad car and was shot dead by an officer.

Investigators who picked through the building afterward found four bodies inside the temple and two other victims outside, plus the gunman.

The wounded police officer had been shot eight or nine times in the face and extremities at close range with a handgun. None of the wounds were life-threatening.  The gunman had used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, which was recovered at the scene.

The children inside the temple taking part in a birthday party in the basement of the facility were among the first to hear the gunfire. They allegedly first thought it was fireworks. When they realized it was gunfire, they were the ones who ran and warned the adults.


Authorities said they were treating the attack as an act of domestic terrorism. American Sikhs said they have often been singled out for harassment, and occasionally violent attack, since the September 11, 2001, attacks because of their colorful turbans and beards.Some unspecified evidence suggests race or ethnicity may have played a role in the violence, but no links to extremist groups have been confirmed.


“He did not speak, he just began shooting,” said Harpreet Singh, relaying a description of the attack from the wife of his uncle, temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka.

Ven Boba Ri, a member of the temple's committee, said the man started shooting after he walked up to a priest who was standing outside, and shot him. Then he went inside and started shooting.

A Lady was in the front room when the shooter walked in. She said the 6-foot-tall bald white man — who worshippers said they had never before seen at the temple — seemed like he had a purpose and knew where he was going.

Sunny Singh, 21, of Milwaukee, said a friend pulled into the temple’s parking lot, heard shots and saw two people fall down. The friend then saw the shooter reload his weapons and head to the temple’s entrance,


The victims were identified as Sita Singh, 41, Ranjit Singh, 49, Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65, Prakash Singh, 39, Paramjit Kaur, 41 and Suveg Singh, 84.Parkash Singh, was an assistant priest at the temple for six or seven years.

Satwant Kaleka, was the founder and president of this  temple.  His Son Amardeep Kaleka said his father, who had three grandchildren, came to the U.S. in 1982 with $30 in his pocket. He said he was found with a knife two feet from his body, indicating he was fighting off the shooter. ”My dad has always been a protector,” he said. “He was a hero yesterday.”


India has reacted strongly to the Sikh Temple Massacre at Oak Creek in Visconsin US. Prakash Singh Badal, CM of Sikh dominated Punjab  described  it as "deeply painful and shocking" the attack by gunmen on devotees at a Gurudwara in the US and urged the authorities there to ensure that the sanctity of religious shrines is maintained.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is a Sikh, stated that he was “shocked and saddened” by the attacks, adding: “That this senseless act of violence should be targeted at a place of religious worship is particularly painful. … India stands in solidarity with all the peace-loving Americans who have condemned this violence.”

US President Obama said in a statement that "Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin," the president said. "At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded."

The mayor of Oak Creek, Steve Scaffidi, said that Sunday was a "tragic day for our city”. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims," Mr. Scaffidi said. He added that Oak Creek was an open, diverse community. "The Sikh community is what helps make our city strong," he said.

Rana Singh Sodhi of Gilbert, Ariz., had two reactions when he learned of Sunday’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin: He asked for more Phoenix police patrols at local temples, and he thought of his brother. His brother, Balbir, was the nation’s first post-9/11 hate-crime victim. He was killed at a Mesa, Ariz., gas station by a gunman simply for wearing a turban.


Young India desires Social Status, Money and a Girl says Chetan Bhagat

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 08:41 AM PDT

The Aspirations of of next generation is simple. Job, Girl and a Social Status, revealed by best selling Author Chetan Bhagat.  All they desire is  ”Meri Naukri, Meri Chokri (My job, my girl)”.

“They want a good life and a great girlfriend. If your cause will help them get a good life, then they are with you. That is what young India wants. The social causes must be linked to this ambition,” Bhagat told IANS.

The author of best-sellers like “Five Point Someone”, “One Night@The Call Centre”, “Two States” and “Revolution 20:20″, Bhagat has has put together his newspaper articles on the changing India into a volume of non-fiction, “What Young India Wants: Selected Essays and Columns (Rupa & Co)”.

The chapters look at an assortment of issues in society, politics, economy and the youth. Two short stories at the end of the book are the fictional elements making for an interesting mix of facts and fiction.

Bhagat has strong views about the country’s economy. He pleads that “if India is an agricultural country, shouldn’t we have carried out some massive infrastructure projects across the country”.

Bhagat substiantes his claim with an example. “Over two-third’s of our agricultural land is dependent on rain. In contrast, only one-third of China’s land is not irrigated. Developed countries depend very little on rain… Let’s face it, the Indian farmer is not cared for,” Bhagat says.

The writer, who was an ivestment banker earlier, said “the approximately 6-8 percent growth in GDP does not talk much about the country’s economic propress”.

“New job creation has dropped significantly. We have reached a point again where new graduates who are out of college cannot get jobs. Inflation is the result of the poorly-managed economy,” Bhagat said.

There was no one in the government to take decisions, Bhagat said. “It is the result of the divided people that we are. The more divided we are, the more the coalition politics exists. People are more interested in their own communities than the country,” Bhagat said.

The writer observed that “India has a warped sense of diversity”.

Too many people are making decisions and therefore “there can’t be any consensus”, he said. “The government’s own allies won’t let important decisions being taken.”

The writer forecast that in the 2014 election, “corruption will be an issue”. “They (the anti-corruption lobby) have injected that factor,” he said.

Bhagat, who now lives in Mumbai, is also deeply involved with mainstream cinema with two of his new books being adapted into Bollywood movies.

“The 3 Mistakes of My Life” has been made into “Kai Po Che” by Abhisekh Kapoor of “Rock On” fame. “It is a Gujarati word. When the kite is cut in the kite festival Kai Po Che is the cry of the warrior. The movie will be released in January 2013,” he said.

“Two States” will go to the floors in November, Bhagat said.

Shreya Ghosal joins US Physicians live Music Tour

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 07:30 AM PDT

Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal is joining an American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) sponsored nine-city spectacular musical programme combined with educational and networking opportunities across the United States.

The programme has been organised with the objective of bringing continuing medical education (CME) and non-CME sponsored medical lectures, exhibits, gala dinner, community outreach talks and lively musical nite in each of the nine cities, AAPI said.

The programme starts with the first performance on Sep 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina with the grand finale on Oct 7 in San Jose, California.

Other performances will be in New York Sep 22; Columbus, Ohio Sep 23;

Orlando, Florida Sep 28; Houston, Texas Sep 29; Atlanta, Georgia Sep 30; Washington DC Oct 5; and Dallas, Texas Oct 6.

“It all began with the idea of strengthening the relationship between the AAPI chapters and national office,” says Dr. Narendra Kumar, President of AAPI.

The Ssminars and workshops will be led by accomplished faculty of leading cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and psychiatrists.

Each of the nine medical educational programmes is expected to have an audience of 250-400 physicians, which will be followed by annual gala event and entertainment.

The AAPI Charitable Foundation, which is committed to serve the poorest of the poor in remote areas of India and the US,currently oversees 17 clinics in as many states in India.

Moving forward, the Foundation wants to “fulfil our organization’s goal of supporting at least one clinic in each Indian State,” said Foundation Nick Nipan Shroff.

Garo Leader Champion R Sangma planning Peace Talks

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Meghalaya’s outlawed Garo National Liberation Army’s (GNLA) arrested supremo Champion R. Sangma is exploring the possibility of peace talks with the government, his lawyer said Sunday.

“He (Champion) wants to discuss with me the legal proposition (of holding talks),” Sangma’s legal counsel Sujit Dey told journalists here.

However, the lawyer said that he had no idea whether the rebel leader was going to start peace talks.

“I do not know anything about that (starting peace talks). He only wanted to obtain the legal proposition,” he added.

Sangma, whose outfit is fighting for a separate Garoland, was arrested July 30 near the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. He met his legal counsel Saturday and hinted the possibility of holding talks with the government.

He is wanted by police for masterminding several crimes, including killings and extortion in insurgency-ravaged Garo Hills in western Meghalaya, has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

“These are serious sections under the law and non-bailable offences, but it will be up to the discretionary power of the court whether to grant bail,” Dey said.

Moreover, he said that he would apply for the certified copy of the case record after getting permission from the court of the additional deputy commissioner (judicial), East Khasi Hills to further know the charges against Sangma.

“We will also seek information in relation to the record of Sangma’s service – his appointment and the circumstances which led to the termination of his service – and whether any service benefit is lying before the government,” Dey said.

Sangma, a former deputy superintendent of police, deserted the Meghalaya police and floated the GNLA in November 2009.

The outfit, which had been outlawed by the Indian government, forged an operational alliance with the United Liberation Front of Asom and the NationaL Democratic Front of Bodoland, which provided it access to sophisticated arms and ammunition, and enabled it to unleash a reign of terror in the three impoverished districts of Garo Hills.

Over 35 people, including security personnel, have been killed in the Garo Hills in the last one year by GNLA rebels, who number around 100.

Corporate Social Initiatives to promote Artistic Culture in India

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 05:30 AM PDT

A handful of initiatives that have brought big business houses to promote visual art with incentives and new platforms is trying to open an alternative door for Indian art in the face of shrinking government support and a market slump.

Two new ventures – the Skoda Prize and the Avani GenNext Award 2012 – are trying to tap into the creative potential of young artists below 45 with cash awards and opportunity for foreign residency to hone their art practice in a global environment.

The awards are sponsored by the European carmaker Skoda, a subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group and the Kolkata-based builders Avani Group. The Skoda Prize, instituted in 2009 by Skoda Auto India and 70 EMG, carries a cash award of Rs. 100,000 for the winner, Rs. 50,000 for a breakthrough artist and residencies for the runners-up in collaboration with the Swiss Arts Council.

In Kolkata, leading builders Avani Group has tied up with the city-based Aakrti Gallery to award a “Gen Next” artist under 40 with a cash purse of Rs 100,000 this year. The artist will be chosen from among the participants of the gallery’s annual GenNext exhibition in October by a jury of “four visitor-judges” and an outstation judge.

“In the 1980s, corporate houses took interest in art but they probably looked at it as a business opportunity. When the markets slid, they probably realised that arts did not have enough to give back to businesses. Prizes, on the other hand, encourage young artists to work better,” art auctioneer Vikram Bachhawat, director of the Aakriti Gallery, told IANS.

Anirudh Daga, the managing director of Avani Group, believes that as corporates “it is the responsibility of the business houses to breathe new blood into art by drawing young artists out to exhibit their work”. “I don’t think visual arts have received enough corporate support,” Daga told IANS, adding that “to support art, one must have an understanding and appreciation of art”. A collector of old and young art, Daga said his business group was “committed to supporting young artists”.

Corporate support for visual arts in India battles a perception block that art exists for arts’ sake, fanning debates.

“In such a diverse creative field as contemporary Indian art, there are bound to be hugely diverse opinions – including arguments for and against maintaining the purity of art. Frankly, the more opinions expended on Indian art, the more relevant it becomes,” said Martin Da Costa, CEO of Seventy EMG, the force behind the Skoda endowment for art.

“India is crying out for a modern cultural renaissance as the success of the Jaipur Literature Festival and the India Art Fair have shown,” he maintained. For long, corporate support to Indian art has been confined largely to collecting. The Taj group of hotels and later the Maurya group had acquired a large body of original Indian art works as lobby and interior decor. The Imperial Hotel in the capital has the largest collection of “British Company Art”.

The economic boom of the early 2000s saw corporate houses investing in Indian art for profit. A spate of initiatives by business houses like Reliance, Religare, Emami, Jindal and the Shiv Nadar Foundation have broad-based the exhibition platform for emerging artists across mediums and developed the market for a wider section of buyers with education and guidance.

“We have taken a slightly different approach to art. Our focus is on the development of Indian art and the market,” says Amit Swarup, president of Religare Art, which owns a sprawling art display-cum-education space in an upscale south Delhi mall.

The financial investment company which diversified into art five years ago “is reaching out to new buyers like corporate CEOs, who have the money to buy art but have not traditionally bought art. They need someone to guide them through the whole process with art appreciation courses. We have been conducting art appreciation classes for a couple of hours every alternate Saturday for the last five months for new buyers. Our clients are mostly financial investors,” Swarup told IANS.

“We do not want to target the 200-300 established collectors in the country. We cannot operate in a restricted environment,” Swarup said. Corporate collections of Indian art had become a casualty in the meltdown of 2008, with plummeting prices triggering large-scale sell-offs. The biggest favour that corporate organisations can do to Indian art now is to “cut down on the lavish decoration of receptions and boardrooms and redo them with original Indian artworks,” says Ajay Seth, founder and chief mentor of Copal Art.

“We rarely find any original works of art in corporate offices. Just think of a M.F. Husain, Raza or a Tyeb Mehta in the boardroom. I want every Indian corporate entity to invest a portion of its surplus cash in the acquisition of original Indian art,” Seth told IANS.

Copal Art has been lobbying with the government “to allow corporate investment in art as deductible expenditure in their balance sheets”, Seth said.

Anuradha Bali aka Fiza hangs herself to Death

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 04:40 AM PDT

Anuradha Bali aka Fiza the wife of former Haryana Deputy CM Chander Mohan, has been found dead at her home in Mohali near Chandigarh.The police believes she has committed suicide, though no suicide note has been found.

Her body was found hanging from a fan in her house. Initial reports say that she might have died some days ago; neighbours called the police to complain about a foul smell emanating from her house. The police investigated to find her dead.

Ms Bali was the Assistant Advocate General of Haryana when she quit her job and converted to Islam along with Mr Mohan in 2008 so that they could marry legally – he was already married. Ms Bali took the name Fiza and Mr Mohan became Chand Mohammad. The politician had to quit as Deputy Chief Minister and he was also disowned by his father, Bhajan Lal, the then chief minister of Haryana.

In January 2009, Mr Mohan left Ms Bali, to reunite with his first wife and their children. He then converted back to Hinduism in a ceremony at a temple. Ms Bali had reportedly spent the last few months in deep depression and had repeated fights with her neighbours; the police were called few times to intervene

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