Monthly Archives: May 2014

Big B, Aamir Khan to launch Dilip Kumar’s biography

Mumbai :

Iconic veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s long-awaited biography “Substance and Shadow”, will be launched here June 9 in the presence of the thespian’s wife Saira Banu as well as Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.

The biography, which was earlier scheduled to be released on Dilip Kumar’s 91st birthday in December last year, is penned by author Uday Tara Nayar, who is also a close family friend of the Bollywood thespian. Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar is also likely to be present at the momentous occasion, said a statement Saturday.

Dilip Kumar, one of the best performers that the Indian silver screen has ever witnessed, gave six decades of his life to filmdom and worked in much appreciated films like “Jwar Bhata” “Mela”, “Naya Daur”, “Devdas”, “Madhumati” and “Mughal-E-Azam”. The launch event of his biography will be arranged, managed and executed by Samara Productions, Astrus Talent and Event Management and MOH Entertainment.(IANS)

source: / Headlines India / Home> Entertainment> News> Celebrities / Mumbai – Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Delhi Governor Najeeb Jung directs officials to provide relief to storm-hit people

Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung (Photo: DC)
Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung (Photo: DC)

New Delhi:

Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Saturday, directed Divisional Commissioner’s office to survey and assess damages to life and property caused by Friday’s dust storm in the national capital and provide ex-gratia or relief to the affected families.

Jung also instructed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) authorities to supply water in tankers in the affected areas immediately. “Despite prompt efforts by DJB, the Palla tube wells are still non-functional due to power failure in the area, affecting water supply in north-west Delhi. Further, there has been a major problem at Delhi-cantt pumping station, which affected water supply in south Delhi. There was also water supply problem in southwest Delhi, north and parts of New Delhi Municipal Council area, Saturday morning.

“Due to power failure, DJB could produce only 681 MGD of water, which is less by 154 MGD of their daily production,” said a press statement issued by LG office. DJB offices will remain open today and Sunday to ensure restoration of water supply in affected areas and the control room will function round the clock.

DJB is in constant touch with officers of Power department and discoms to ensure regular power supply to water treatment plants and booster pumping stations, said the DJB officials during a stock taking meeting chaired by Jung on Saturday, to review water and power situation in the national capital. Jung directed the Power Department that power supply in Palla region of North Delhi be restored today itself so that water supply is not affected further.

In the aftermath of the storm, there was major loss of supply from extra high voltage Northern region lines feeding power to Delhi and number of 400 kv, 220kv, 66kv, 33kv and 11kv high tension lines tripped. “At the time of thunderstorm Delhi was drawing around 5000 MW and load fell by around 4000 MW within one hour. The restoration of lines was taken on war footing and priority was accorded for restoring power to Delhi Metro, water treatment plants and NDMC area,” according to the statement. By midnight, majority of the load was restored and Delhi was drawing 3200 MW with around 200 MW load shedding.

On Saturday, the situation is normal in most of the areas but there may be rotational load shedding of 300 MW during peak hours. The major 220 kv links from Bamnoli to Pappan Kalan Grid, Bawana to Rohini Grid, Mandola-Gopalpur Grid have suffered breakdown with major damage of towers on each of these lines.

Measures like setting up of emergency restoration system (ERS) with the help of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) are being taken and power would be normalized by Sunday evening, said the statement.

Lt Governor also said that all efforts should be made so that there is restoration of power in affected areas by Sunday positively so that people do not suffer in the summer season.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs /  by  PTI  / May 31st, 2014

‘May’ the best Queen win

Taking home the crown: (Left) ‘Queen’ Babita Yadav with ‘Princess’ Seema Mirza (Photo: DC)
Taking home the crown: (Left) ‘Queen’ Babita Yadav with ‘Princess’ Seema Mirza (Photo: DC)


When asked, “Who would you save, your father or your boyfriend, if they are trapped in a room that has caught fire and why?” pat came the reply from contestant number 9, Seema Mirza, “My father, because he is in the audience right now.”

With the crowd in splits at her witty remark, the 19-year-old claimed the title of Princess Secunderabad Club at the Secunderabad Club May Queen Ball 2014 on Saturday. Babita Yadav, was the winner of Queen Secunderabad Club.

Seema Mirza, a 19-year-old student, and Babita Yadav, 37-year-old educator, are poles apart, but found themselves on common ground onstage the annual beauty pageant in which 10 young ladies (Princesses) and nine older ladies (Queens) participated.

Seema, studying B.Com at St Mary’s College is joining Manipal University this August. Seema entered this pageant to fight her fear of public speaking and walking in heels! “I am a sports person,” says Seema, who also won the sub-title of Ms Beautiful Hair.

“I participated to prove to myself that I can be both sporty and elegant. Walking in heels and wearing elaborate dresses was a huge challenge. Our choreographer told us that our answers should be smart, funny and get reactions from people,” says Seema, the only contestant to get the audience to laugh.

Educator and mother of two, Babita Yadav, winner of the Queen’s category, also won the two sub-titles — Style Icon and Talented. “I wanted to achieve something inspiring. Hence, I chose this pageant,” says Babita.

“As you grow older, you tend to forget yourself and get caught up in the whirlwind of daily tasks. But I believe learning is a never-ending process and that’s what my win stands for.”

“I hope to participate in beauty pageants in Patiala too. My family was very supportive and my kids are proud of their beauty-pageant-winning mom,” says Babita who is moving to Patiala soon.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Lifestyle> Fashion-Beauty / by Anisha Dhiman / May 19th, 2014

Arshad Ayub elected HCA president

Former Minister and incumbent president of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) G. Vinod has been eased out of the post and in his place, the vice-president and ex-Test cricketer Arshad Ayub has been elected as the president.

The HCA Executive Committee, which meet here on Wednesday morning, decided to ease out Mr. Vinod. This decision has to be ratified by the annual general meeting scheduled to be held on August 22. Mr. Vinod had earlier requested postponement of the meeting claiming he was busy with the Assembly byelections where he is contesting from Chennur in Adilabad district.

However, the HCA top brass felt that the meeting was long due and in the wake of the latest High Court order clearing all legal hurdles, it did not want to waste any more time. The other significant decision taken at the meeting was to hold the general body meeting where elections to various posts will also be held.

The EC also named senior IAS officer Jayesh Ranjan as the returning officer for the poll. “We have to go ahead with the meeting as the term of the office-bearers (except that of secretary) has effectively ended on May 31,” explained a senior official of HCA.

EC to go by guidelines

“We are aware Mr. Vinod is seeking a third extension of another two years as president, but a majority in the EC felt it was time we followed the guidelines,” he said.

However, there is no clarity yet on the secretary’s post as the incumbent M. V. Sridhar is yet to return from South Africa where his employers, Mahindra Satyam were associated as IT service providers to the just-concluded World Cup soccer.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – July 15th, 2014

MIM legislator a man of action

Newly elected Karwan MLA Kausar Mohiuddin (center) along with his supporters at Majlis party headquarters Darussalam. PHOTO: ASIF YAR KHAN / The Hindu
Newly elected Karwan MLA Kausar Mohiuddin (center) along with his supporters at Majlis party headquarters Darussalam. PHOTO: ASIF YAR KHAN / The Hindu

Kauser Mohiuddin spends at least two hours daily interacting with people. The municipal ward office at Tolichowki served as his office for last many years from where he operated.

It was just a few days ago that Kauser Mohiuddin was elected as an MLA from Karwan and the 42 year-old is already on the job. Right from conducting inspection along with officials to meeting his constituents, the legislator is a busy man.

“It is a great responsibility and I have to live up to the expectations of the party and the voters. A lot of developmental works are to be taken up in my constituency,” the legislator says.

Mr. Mohiuddin was president of Hakeempet primary unit of MIM party and his wife Najma Sultana is a corporator from Nanalnagar municipal division.

The municipal ward office at Tolichowki served as his office for last many years from where he operated. He still spends at least two hours meeting public everyday at the place before heading to Majlis headquarters Darussalam.

Born and brought up in Hyderabad, Mr. Moinuddin stays in a joint family along with his mother and five brothers at Hakeempet. He completed his Intermediate from Anwarul Uloom College at Mallepally and did his high school from Medak. “Actually my relatives stay in Medak, so I was sent to a hostel for schooling” he says.

As a pastime Mr. Moinuddin occasionally goes to Medak district where his family owns some agriculture land. “I just go and sit there and watch the activity along with my mother and children. To be frank I do not know a bit about cultivation,” he smiles.

When asked about the developmental plans for his constituency. He replies, “My priority is to provide clean drinking water in Karwan area. Better roads and litter free colonies is also on my agenda.” Also on his priority is providing better facilities at the Government Girls’ Junior College, Golconda, and at the government-run schools in his constituency.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Asif Yar Khan / Hyderabad – My 29th, 2014

Ebrahim nominated to FIA Council

The Governing Council of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of  India  (FMSCI) has nominated Akbar Ebrahim, a renowned driver coach and former Formula race driver, as India’s deputy representative at the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA).

FMSCI Chairman Vijay Mallya endorsed the decision and the FIA was informed about this, according to a FMSCI Media release here Saturday.

Mallya is the Titular Delegate of India and a member of the prestigious World Motor Sports Council of the FIA, which is responsible for all aspects of international motorsport at every level from karting to Formula One.

Ebrahim has replaced Vicky Chandhok in the role and will represent the FMSCI to lend a hand to Mallya in the FIA, the release added.

Ebrahim said: “While my predecessor worked hard to get F1 to India, my priority now would be to get more Indians into F1 and its likes. We are going to work hard to create opportunities for our sportspersons to step out and take on the world.

“We will make sincere efforts to align with global best practices and avail all possible assistance from international associates.

“India has all that is required for our kids and our sport to unleash, and what we need to do now is to package and present our case to the world. To start the campaign, we need to lead the charge in the Asian Region.”

Ebrahim had recently met FIA President Jean Todt at the FIA Asia Pacific Region Motor Sport Forum in Sri Lanka, where Todt had drawn everyone’s attention to FIA’s taskforce that is currently in operation in the Asia Pacific region.

“The idea behind this initiative is to interact, assist and coordinate between motor sports federations in this region,” said Ebrahim.

source: / Business Standard / Home> News-IANS> Sports / by IANS /  Chennai  – May 17th, 2014

Motorsports: Two podiums for Armaan Ebrahim

India ‘s   Armaan Ebrahim finished on podium in both the races in the second round of the Blancpain FIA GT Series here Sunday, marking a successful return after having suffered a high speed crash in the opening round in Nogaro (France) last month.

Driving for Fortec Motorsports in the Silver Cup Class, the Chennai driver finished an identical third in both the outings, less than a month after suffering a dislocated collar bone and a cracked rib in the qualifying of the sprint race.

In Sunday’s second race, Armaan’s car was hit from the rear early on, forcing him to drop behind, but recovered solidly to finish third. A stewards hearing later could see Armaan move up to the second spot in his class in Race 2 in which he finished 13th overall.

As the original car was completely written off and the new car due to arrive in another two weeks, Armaan drove the teams second car along with a new teammate, Miguel Torel.

The two one-hour tests was spent mainly on getting to grips with Mercedes SLS AMG as due to the crash in Round 1, no pre race tests were possible.

The grid being one of the most competitive in GT Racing with as close to six F1 drivers and most others being Platinum and Gold category drivers representing Factory teams, the top 14 cars were all within a second in Qualifying.

“Two podiums in the Silver Cup is a dream start after a bad crash in the last round in France. It takes a bit of time to get back in the groove especially when you have to contend with acute pain in the collar bone and ribs which makes it very difficult to be aggressive with the steering wheel in the high speed corners.

“Also, as this is the first time I am driving the Mercedes SLS AMG, it does require quite a bit of pre-season testing, and unfortunately we have not been fortunate to have that,” said Armaan.

source: / Business Standard / Home> News-IANS> Sports / by IANS / Fawkham (Britain) / May 18th, 2014

TENNIS / INTERVIEW ‘A great feeling to win a WTA title’

“It has been a good year so far, having entered a couple of finals including the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open. More importantly, I am ranked World No. 3 in doubles. I am trying to do as well as possible,” says Sania Mirza. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.

Photo: Nagara Gopal / Sportstar
Photo: Nagara Gopal / Sportstar

Sania Mirza…“I still think I have a realistic chance of being World No. 1 in doubles. I am very close to that right now. Before I stop playing, I think I can achieve this.”

Sania Mirza is upbeat after winning the women’s doubles title at the WTA Portugal Open recently. The 27-year-old player from Hyderabad and her partner, the 10-time Grand Slam winner Cara Black of Zimbabwe, defeated Eva Hrdinova (Czech Republic) and Valeria Solovyeva (Russia) 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

“Well, it is always a great feeling to win a WTA title. And this is in a way special, for it is my 20th title overall in the circuit,” says a visibly elated Sania.

For the record, Sania and Cara were playing their third final of the season, having finished runner-up at Indian Wells and Stuttgart earlier. The duo has won three titles from five finals.

“It has been a good year so far, having entered a couple of finals including the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open. More importantly, I am ranked World No. 3 in doubles. I am trying to do as well as possible,” says Sania in a chat with Sportstar.

“Cara Black will be my partner. It was a bit unfortunate that in Sydney early this year, she had a niggling injury. But she is fit now and so am I. Wish to come up with real good performances.

“When I look back, it’s good that Cara Black and I lost early in the Australian Open. It gave time for her to recover,” she says.

“We will be playing in the French Open together,” Sania adds.

Talking of her future in doubles, she says: “Definitely, you have to keep changing your goals as the days pass by. I still think I have a realistic chance of being World No. 1 in doubles. I am very close to that right now. Before I stop playing, I think I can achieve this.” On the changes in the game ever since she won her first WTA singles title in 2005, the winner of two majors says: “It is really huge — the standard of the game in the last six to seven years. It is more of physical strength now. Longer rallies are the order of the day. Need to be able to sustain your fitness levels. I don’t think tennis has ever been so demanding physically as it has been of late.”

Answering a query on her fitness, Sania says: “I feel pretty good in terms of physical fitness. Some odd niggles will be there, but nothing major.”

She goes on: “I can’t say how my career will be after a few more years. I want to take it year by year. As you all know, there was a phase when I thought it was all over because of the wrist injuries in 2010 and the number of surgeries I had to undergo.

“But I came back well to enter a Grand Slam final and win a Grand Slam title too later on. Results which made me believe that it was not all over.”

Sania is perturbed over some media reports suggesting that all is not well with her marriage with Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik.

“Life is hectic and very demanding for both of us since we are professional sportspersons. This, we were pretty well aware of before we got married. Definitely, this is not the way you like it to be — being away from each other. But there are very few options when our focus is on our respective sporting careers,” explains Sania.

“Definitely, there are times when we do feel why we should go through these testing times. But we are aware of the goals ahead since we believe that there is a lot left in us to be in sport.

“Ours is a special relationship and let me tell you we never discuss the media reports on our marriage.

“Let me remind you, we did not get married for the sake of fans. Our relationship continues to be special. Definitely, it hurts when the media intrudes our privacy. But again, we can’t go around and keep answering every one around,” she adds.

source: / Sportstar / Home> Tennis> Interview / by V. V. Subrahmanyam / Vol. 37, No.22 – May 31st, 2014

IPL 7: Never Seen Such an Innings, Unbelievable Hitting, Says Gautam Gambhir

Yusuf Pathan’s knock drew high praise from Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, who has himself played several match-winning knocks for KKR and India.


Having watched with awe Yusuf Pathan’s fireworks that enabled his side finish second in the round robin stage of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on Saturday admitted he had not see such an innings before.


Pathan (72 of 22 balls) plundered seven massive sixes and five fours as he slammed the fastest IPL fifty to propel the Knight Riders to a four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad with 34 balls to spare.

Replying to the visitors 160/7, the hosts needed to overhaul the total within 15.2 overs, but thanks to Pathan’s blazing knock, they reached 161/6 in oly 14.2 overs at the Eden Gardens.

“I have never seen this sort of innings in my career…unbelievable hitting… I can only dream of it, but I saw it in reality,” Gambhir said after the match.

“We always wanted to finish it in 15.2 overs, this is what we play cricket for,” said Gambhir, whose side will take on Kings XI Punjab in the first qualifier here May 27.

Gambhir, however, conceded that his team did not bowl well in the initial overs, besides dropping some crucial catches.

“But this is not the time to talk about negatives, I have never seen such an innings,” he said.

Visibly happy after his batting performance, Pathan called it his best innings and said he had hit form at the right time.

“It feels great when the ball hits the middle of the bat and travels a long way.”

“My hundred for Rajasthan was a good knock but I got run-out and we couldn’t win the match, but this time we won, this feels like my best innings.”

source: / NDTV Sports / Home> Sports Home> IPL 2014> by Indo-Asian News Service / Sunday – May 25th, 2014

India vs Pakistan ICC Under-19 World Cup: Aamir Gani provides India much-needed breakthrough

Source: Under 19 World Cup  / Match : India U19 vs Pakistan U19

Spinner Aamir Gani provided India Under-19 a much-needed breakthrough when he dismissed Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq for 39 in their ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 match at Dubai on Saturday.

Pakistan reached 115 for one halfway through, and need another 148 runs to win the clash.

Imam faced 62 balls and cracked two boundaries as he stitched a solid 109-run partnership with Sami Aslam in a bid to provide their side a strong start in a huge chase.

Sami was batting on 65, accompanied by Hassan Raza on one.

This was after the the Indian bowlers providing a strong start, not allowing the opposition batsmen to get away early on.

Earlier, Sanju Samson  and  Sarfaraz Khan added 119 runs for the fifth wicket to help India  set a 263–run target against Pakistan in the seventh match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 at Dubai on Saturday. Electing to bat, India scored 262 for seven from their allotted 50 overs.

Samson scored 68 off 101 balls and Sarfaraz hit a quickfire 74 to help India revive from a precarious position of 94 for four from 20 overs.

Sarfaraz played strokes around the ground as he was the more aggressive one in the 119-run stand between him and Samson, which set the platform for a competitive total.

source: / The Cricket Country / Home> News / by Cricket Country Staff /  February 15th, 2014