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“Slumdog” makers buy flat for homeless Slumdog child star


Once under fire for not doing enough for its impoverished Indian child stars, the makers of “Slumdog Millionaire” said on Wednesday they had bought a flat for one of them whose Mumbai shanty home had been demolished.

Director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson flew into Mumbai after pictures of Azharuddin Ismail and Rubina Ali picking ACthrough the debris of their homes — torn down by the civic authorities as illegal — were splashed in the media.

Smiling and hugging the children, Boyle said a home had been bought for Ismail, 9, who played the character of Salim as a child. He added they would soon buy one for Ali as well, who plays the young Latika.

Boyle, who came under fire for not doing enough for the children who lived in squalor despite the film’s success, blamed the media for raising the families’ expectations.

“Inevitably, the tension and pressure is media generated,” he said, after greeting Ali and Ismail with a hug.

“They were given access to a world, an extraordinary and glamorous world, and they understandably want their lives to be completely transformed,” said Boyle.

“The homes are a concern. That is one of the reasons why we built the trust,” he said.

The “Jai Ho” trust, named after the film’s award-winning track, and set up by Boyle and Colson, is meant to pay for the education and basic living costs of Ismail and Ali until they turn 18.

Boyle, whose rags-to-riches romance about a poor Indian boy competing in a TV game show scooped eight Academy Awards earlier this year, said he was pushing the trust to find a place for Ali before the monsoon rains, due around June 10.

A director for the trust said the apartment for Ismail was “comfortable, in a good neighbourhood (and) near his school” and cost “upwards of 2 million rupees” ($42,000).

“We have been trying to accelerate the process of re-housing the families, and one of the reasons we set up the trust is to deal with emergencies like this,” said Colson.

Boyle and Colson last month also donated 500,000 pounds to a non-profit organisation to support a programme for children in a slum in central Mumbai, where the film was largely shot.

In February, the state housing authority said it would give the two children apartments, but the families have not heard from them, said Rafik Qureshi, Ali’s father.

“The kids have done such a good job. They haven’t got anything. See where the kids are staying,” he said.

May 28, 2009 Posted by | Bollywood, Hollywood, Movie, music, News, Politics, world | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Photo Feature: LTTE Prabhakar Still Alive


This is the photograph that is circulating in websites in big way. Sources say that this picture was released by LTTE troupes those are still alive. But many also say that this picture is a morphed one. How can Prabhakaran see his own death news on television? There are many those say that the dead body identified by Sri Lankan soldiers is not of LTTE Prabhakarn but only his look alike and hence the real tiger is enjoying the news. Looking in close, many get that doubt as well. Adding to this, if the photograph is assumed to be a morphed one, then the News Paper ‘Dinamani’ that is in the hand of Prabhakaran has the title ‘Prabhakaran Veera Maranam’ in Tamil. So, is Prabharan’s death still a fiction? That has to be unleashed with convincing facts yet.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Politics, world | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sri Lankan military releases photo of LTTE chief Prabhakaran


With a pro-LTTE website raising questions over his death, the Sri Lankan army today said Velupillai Prabhakaran’s body has been found.

“Prabhakaran’s body was found near Nandikadal lagoon (in the No Fire Zone),” military spokesman Brig Udaya Nanayakkara told PTI.

He said Prabhakaran was in uniform and there were bullet wounds on his head.

Military officials, giving details of the encounter in which the LTTE chief was killed yesterday, said that Prabhakaran and his two top commanders, Pottu Amman and sea Tiger chief Soosai, drove out of their hideout in an armoured vehicle escorted by his armed cadres in an ambulance.

They tried to drive through the security cordon of army, triggering a 2-hour battle which ended when troops targeted the vehicle with a rocket and later took out the bodies.

Prabhakaran’s body, the officials said yesterday, bore burn marks apparently due to the direct impact of the rocket on the vehicle which was carrying the LTTE chief.

However, the pro-rebel Tamilnet website claimed that Prabhakaran was still “alive and safe”.

“I wish to inform the global Tamil community distressed witnessing the final events of the war that our beloved leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is alive and safe,” LTTE’s International Relations head S Pathmanathan was quoted as saying by the website.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics, world | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pak cricketer Ijaz Ahmed gets bail


Ijaz Ahmed, the former Pakistan batsman, was freed on bail on Tuesday ahead of his trial for fraud charges. Ijaz was arrested in March for allegedly issuing false cheques to a client and he was relieved to get bail after spending six weeks in jail.

A case had been registered against Ijaz Ahmed for issuing two bogus cheques of Rs10m and Rs0.5m respectively to two local property dealersSenior lawyer Ashtar Ausaf has moved the bail application before the LHC on behalf of Ijaz.

“We will now follow the case as I am in the right and will fight until my name is cleared,” Ijaz told AFP. “The last three months have been nightmarish. The PCB was supportive as they believed my innocence and did not disturb my job [at the Pakistan cricket academy]. I am thankful to them for supporting me.”

Ijaz had pleaded his innocence and said he would take the accusers to court. He was arrested on March 26, but was taken to hospital after suffering a bout of asthma and breathing problems

Ijaz played 60 Tests and 250 ODIs and was a member of the Pakistan team that won the 1992 World Cup. Following his retirement from international cricket, he had been working as the fielding coach of the national team for the last few months. He was earlier on the selection committee and had also served as senior coach at the National Cricket Academy.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics, Sports, world | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parakala Prabhakar quits Chiru’s Praja Rajyam Party


The rumors are in full swing in filmnagar political circles that Parakala Prabhakar who played the key role as official spokes person of the PRP is likely to resign for the primary membership of the PRP.



Yes,finally he quit the Praja Rajyam Party from the PRP office only.

Parakala prabhakar has appointed as official spokesman’s for praja rajyam party by the padmabushan megastar chiranjeevi.

In a Press meet he announced his resigning from PRP.He has released his resignation letter to the press.
He said,”PRP is a poisionous party(idi visha rajyam).”

“I am one of the founding members of the party. I had even signed on the documents to register the Praja Rajyam as a political party. I expected that the party would strive for clean politics. But it proved to be otherwise. This is a poisonous tree,” he told reporters at the party office.

Prabhakar alleged that all is not well with the functioning of the party.

“Initially, I thought mistakes are happening because of lack of understanding. But I began to think about the aim of starting the party. There is a flaw in the birth of the party itself,” he said.

He said he does not have the ability to reverse the process of decay in Praja Rajyam and thought it prudent to quit.

“Some people may think that this party is good because of my presence. I have a responsibility to tell them that it is an evil force,” he said.

Replying to a query, Prabhakar said he did not apply for ticket to contest the elections.

April 10, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Sikh Journalist threw shoe at India’s Home Minister P.Chidambaram


A Sikh journalist Jarnail Singh, a reporter for Dainik Jagran newspaper, stunned mediapersons and officials at a press conference this morning when he threw a shoe at P. Chidambaram, India’s Home minister. The shoe did not hit the minister, who continued to take questions. Jarnail Singh was immediately detained and told mediapersons that he did this as a mark of protest to the clean chit given by the Central Bureau of Investigations to Jagdish Tytler, a Congress leader accused in the anti-Sihk riots of 1984. “I do not think it (what I did) is the right way but the issue (1984 Sikh riots) is right,” he told IANS.

He hurled a shoe at the home minister protesting against CBI’s clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, but it missed the target.

Dainik Jagran editor Sanjay Gupta could not be reached for comment. The Editor’s Guild condemned the incident. “When a journalist goes out in the course of work, he is representing his readers and the paper. He has a much higher responsibility than an ordinary citizen. Some basic decorum should be maintained by a reporter. This is condemnable. Any action of a reporter should be in pursuit of the news, not publicity. As a reporter, one should be above caste and community. If you wish to act for any cause, you should become an activist,” said Sachidananda Murthy, secretary general of the Guild.

Throwing a shoe at a person of authority gained prominence as a mark of protest after an Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at the then US President George Bush in December. Several such incidents have been reported from around the world since then. In India, an activist threw a shoe at a Supreme Court judge in March.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics | Leave a comment

Obama’s Letter To His Daughters: Your Smiles “Fill My Heart”

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‘What I Want for You — and Every Child in America’

Next Tuesday, Barack Obama will be sworn in as our 44th President. On this historic occasion, PARADE asked the President-elect, who is also a devoted family man, to get personal and tell us what he wants for his children. Here, he shares his letter to them.

Parade Magazine has posted an open letter written by Barack Obama to his daughters Sasha and Malia. Here are a few excerpts; the full letter is available at Parade.com, and the print version is available from the January 18th issue. See if you can get through it without tearing up a little.

Letter goes like this,

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Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you’ve both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn’t have let you have. But I also know that it hasn’t always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn’t make up for all the time we’ve been apart. I know how much I’ve missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me-about how I’d make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn’t seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn’t count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that’s why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential-schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college-even if their parents aren’t rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

Sasha (l) and Malia Obama at play in New Hampshire in 2007.

Sasha (l) and Malia Obama at play in New Hampshire in 2007.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you’ll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country-but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free-that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better-and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It’s a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

Bumper cars at the Iowa State Fair in August 2007.

Bumper cars at the Iowa State Fair in August 2007.

I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you’ve had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much-although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

These are the things I want for you-to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That’s why I’ve taken our family on this great adventure.

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

Love, Dad

January 19, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics, world | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Concert kicks off Obama’s inauguration

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Washington’s  National Mall park on Sunday to begin celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama with a two-hour concert while hoping to catch a glimpse of the nation’s next president.

The star-studded cast for the afternoon show in freezing temperatures and cloudy skies included Beyonce, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder, but there was little doubt about the real star of the day.

Obama, 47, will be sworn in on Tuesday as the 44th president – and the first African American one – of the United States, but the party is getting off to an early start on Sunday afternoon with the concert at the Lincoln Memorial, the first of a series of events leading up to the presidential oath of office on the Capitol steps on Tuesday.

“I drove 18 hours to be in Washington for this historical event and wouldn’t miss it for anything because I didn’t think this would happen in my lifetime,” said Maxine Anderson, 45, an African American from New Orleans, Louisiana accompanied by her three sisters.

The revellers braving the cold weather chanting and hollering slogans and cheering Obama’s message of hope and change at a time when the country is facing its worst economic crisis in decades and a long list of challenges abroad, including wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

People started gathering early on Sunday morning along the reflective pools at the footsteps of the monument that enshrines Abraham Lincoln, the president who freed the slaves, and the spot where Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. The Mall was filled with jumbotron televisions, banners and news media booths, as well hundreds of blue and green portable toilets.

Euan Collins, a British tourist who arrived from his native Britain on Saturday night to join in on the festivities. He was among the many who came early to stake out their spots ahead of the concert.

“This is the American election, which has certainly touched Britain,” Collins, 28, said. “And you know I’m also in Washington for this bloody huge party.”

Earlier, Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, after arriving on Saturday night following a train tour of stops to engage supporters in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

The concert foreshadows the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol building, which is expected to draw at least two million onlookers amid unprecedented security that was already being felt around Washington days ahead. But there were plenty at the Mall on Sunday ready to celebrate.

Delores Hardy, 68, of New Jersey, wanted to come so she could bring Obama’s message of hope back to her job at a detention facility for juvenile delinquents.

“Barack Obama really inspires me and enables me to bring hope to the kids at my centre,” she said. “I’m in Washington to see the fulfillment of Martin Luther King’s dream and carry this message to my kids.”

Alison Beck, a 34-year-old teacher who works in Britain, said she regretted not being in her native country on election night November 4, so she decided to make it back for the inauguration.

“Being out of the country for the election broke my heart and the inauguration gave me a reason to come home,” she said.

But not everyone was so optimistic about Obama future despite the world’s captivation with Obama, his wife Michelle and two young daughters Malia and Sasha.

“Obama’s been set up to fail,” said 43-year-old Brazilian Raoul Cota of the daunting challenges the president-elect will face when he moves into the White House and the frenzy surrounding his election begins to fade. “After Tuesday, once the love dies, he and the American people will face very real problems.”

Obama and his top aides have spent the two month since the election trying to build confidence with the public and carry the momentum from the election to the Oval Office and begin quickly on tackling the recession that wiped out nearly two million jobs last year.

Obama wants lawmakers to authorize more than $800 billion in spending on infrastructure and other projects he says can create up to three million jobs and pull the economy out of the crisis.

“Getting this economy moving again is absolutely paramount,” David Axelrod, a senior Obama adviser, said on CNN. “And so he is going to continue to work on that.”

Obama will also be trying to fulfil a campaign promise to end the war in Iraq and intensify US efforts against the Taliban in Afghanistan, but will also be dealing with a Middle East peace process shattered after three weeks of fighting between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Israel on Saturday declared a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict that has taken more than 1,000 Palestinian lives. Hamas announced a one-week truce on Sunday.

Obama has mostly kept quiet on the fighting, not wanting to break of pledge of “one president at a time” by weighting into international issues while President George W Bush is still in office.

“All of us are hopeful that a cessation of violence will hold,” Axelrod said, adding Obama will move quickly to diplomatically address international challenges.

“He intends to engage early and aggressively with diplomacy all over the world,” Axelrod said on CNN.

The free two-hour concert on Sunday afternoon will formally welcome Obama to Washington. On Monday, Obama, along with former secretary of state Colin Powell, will be issuing a national “call to service.”

During the train tour, Obama said the challenges he’s facing – the falling economy, two wars and global warming – were “different, but severe in their own right,” calling on the country to unite in confronting the problems.

“The events of the next several days are not simply about the inauguration of an American president,” Obama said on Saturday. “They will be a celebration of the American people.”

January 19, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics, world | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jammu and Kashmir election results 2008

Counting begins at 8 AM on December 28

   Parties Leads Results
 
   PDP 21   0  
 
   Cong 13   0  
 
   NC 28   0  
 
   BJP 15   0  
 
   Others 10   0  
 
   Total 87 0

6 state Election results

 

 Chhattisgarh Results  
 Results 90  
 
  BJP 49  
 
  Cong 38  
 
  Oth 3  
 
 Delhi Results  
 Results 69  
 
  Cong 42  
 
  BJP 23  
 
  Oth 4  
 
 Mizoram Results  
 Results 40  
 
  Cong 32  
 
  MNF 4  
 
  Others 4  
 
 Madhya Pradesh Results  
 Results 230  
 
  BJP+ 142  
 
  Cong+ 71  
 
  Ind & Oth 17  
 
 Rajasthan Results  
 Results 200  
 
  Cong 96  
 
  BJP 78  
 
  Oth 26  

 

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Parties Leads Results
 
PDP 18 3
 
Cong 12 1
 
NC 21 6
 
BJP 13 3
 
Others 9 1
 
Total 73 14

 

J&K Election Results | Jammu and Kashmir Election Results | JK Elections | Omar Abdullah | 6 State Election Results Via RediffWhy J&K will remember the 2008 polls ? 

The 2008 assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir [Images] will be remembered for a host of reasons. Post 1996, it is the first election which has passed off peacefully, without any major untoward incident marring the process. In the wake of the election boycott call given by the separatists, the voter turnout, particularly in the conflict-ridden valley of Kashmir, has been much higher than expected.

There are certain aspects about this election that cannot be brushed aside. Even those who braved the bitter cold and waited for hours outside polling stations, reiterated that they were casting their vote for the development of the valley and that ‘Azaadi’ runs through their veins.

Over 1,354 candidates, including 468 independent candidates and 67 women contestants, are in the fray for the 87-member Assembly. As many as 1,354 candidates, including 78 from the Congress, 85 from the National Conference, 64 from the Bharatiya Janata Party and 78 from the People’s Democratic Party are contesting this time.

Total assets declared by the candidates, in their affidavits filed before the respective returning officers, sum up to a whopping Rs 7,769,012,944. The NC has the maximum number of crorepati candidates (33), followed by the PDP (18), the Congress (17) and the BJP (8).

The PDP is fielding a number of young candidates, with as many as 22 candidates below the age of 35. The NC, with 18 candidates below the age of 35, is at number two, followed by the BJP and Congress with 15 each.

The 2008 assembly election has also witnessed unprecedented participation by women — as voters and as candidates.

There were only 29 women candidates in the fray for the 2002 assembly elections. The number has more than doubled this time.

In 1972, four women candidates were elected to the state legislature, and that remains the highest number of women legislators in the state. The record is likely to change this time.

The PDP has fielded nine women contestants, followed by the BJP (5), the Congress (4), and the NC (2).

Like all other poll-bound states, J&K also has its share of candidates with criminal cases registered against them. The NC has fielded five such candidates, followed by the PDP (2), the BJP (2), and the Congress (1). 

Source: rediff.com

December 28, 2008 Posted by | Politics, Results | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journalist threw his shoes at Bush during Iraq visit and Bush says its size 10

 

Just shoe do you think you are ... George W. Bush, inset, reacts after a journalist threw his shoes at him.

Just shoe do you think you are ... George W. Bush, inset, reacts after a journalist threw his shoes at him.

A journalist hurled two shoes at US President George W Bush on his farewell visit to Iraq on Sunday, highlighting hostility still felt toward the outgoing US leader who acknowledged that the war is still not won.

“This is the end!” shouted the protester, later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadiya television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo, Egypt.Muntazer al-Zaidi jumped up as Bush held a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, shouted “It is the farewell kiss, you dog” and threw his footwear.

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The president lowered his head and the first shoe hit the American and Iraqi flags behind the two leaders. The second was off target.

Zaidi, a reporter with the Al-Baghdadia channel which broadcasts from Cairo, was immediately wrestled to the ground by security guards and frogmarched from the room.

Soles of shoes are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture.

After Saddam Hussein’s statue was toppled in Baghdad in April 2003, many onlookers beat the statue’s face with their soles.

Bush laughed off the incident, saying: “It doesn’t bother me. If you want the facts, it was a size 10 shoe that he threw.”

He later played down the incident. “I don’t know what the guy’s cause is… I didn’t feel the least bit threatened by it.”

Bush, on his fourth and final official trip to Iraq since he ordered the March 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam, admitted: “There is still more work to be done.”

As he and Maliki signed a security pact setting out new guidelines for US troops in Iraq, the president said: “The war is not over, but with the conclusion of these agreements… it is decisively on its way to being won.”

Earlier, Bush ventured out in a motorcade through Baghdad streets, the first time he has gone somewhere other than a military base or the heavily protected Green Zone.

Bush hands over the delicate task of overseeing the US withdrawal from Iraq in five weeks to Barack Obama, who has pledged to turn the page on the deeply unpopular war.

“I’m so grateful that I’ve had a chance to come back to Iraq before my presidency ends,” he said at a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Bush has staunchly defended the invasion that triggered years of deadly insurgency and sectarian violence that has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and more than 4200 American troops.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | News, Politics, world | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments