Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ajai, Nadia, Fouad hope to do well at Asiad

Ajai Appachu, Nadia Haridass, Fouad Mirza and Silva Storai
Ajai Appachu, Nadia Haridass, Fouad Mirza and Silva Storai

Bangalore :

Three of Karnataka’s excellent show jumpers from Embassy International Riding School, Bangalore, will make their way to Incheon, Korea for the 17th Asian Games to be held from September 19 to October 4.

Ajai Appachu and Nadia Haridass will represent the country for the second time in the Asian Games, while Fouad Mirza will make his debut. In 2010, Ajai was selected for Asian Games, but did not make it due to technical issues.

Equestrian has featured in the Asian Games ever since it was first staged in New Delhi in 1982. To date, Japan leads in the number of accolades collected at the Asian Games followed by South Korea and India.

Appachu, Mirza and Haridass train at Bangalore’s premier horse riding school, Embassy International Riding School (EIRS). They have meticulously trained under reputed instructors.

Appachu has earned several accolades at events across the world. Recently, he stood second at the renowned Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup in Scotland.

At 22, Mirza has performed splendidly, having won over 50 regional and international championship medals. He stood fourth at the Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup.

Nadia, a dressage specialist, has been a consistent performer in the category and has gained recognition in equestrian circles by winning many laurels and representing the country at both national and international platforms.

“I think we stand a good chance of winning in South Korea as we have the best horses. In the run-up to the Asian Games, we have been training hard in Europe and also participating in tough competitions,” said Appachu. Nadia, who trains under Olympian Hubertus Schmidt in Dusseldorf, Germany, said: “Competing against the world’s best riders in the qualifying rounds of Asian Games has infused confidence in me ahead of the big event. Qatar has spent a huge amount of money to prepare for the race and they can be tough opponents.”

“I am optimistic about winning a medal in the team event. Overall, the championship will be tough as Korea, Japan and Qatar have invested heavily on buying a good breed of horses,” said Oxfordshire-based Fouad.

“Nowadays, more parents want their children to pursue the sport and I hope we have some good performances at Asian Games,” said EIRS director Silva Storai, who was a professional rider herself, not too long ago.

source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bangalore / by S.S. Shreekumar / July 29th, 2014

Three horse riders from Bangalore for Incheon Asian Games

Ajai Appachu, Fouaad Mirza and Nadia Haridass, three of Karnataka’s senior show jumpers, would take part in the equestrian event of the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from September 19 to October 4.

Appachu, Mirza and Haridass train in Bangalore’s Embassy International Riding School (EIRS) and have qualified through five trials, qualifiers and competitions which were held from October last year to April this year, said a media release today.

There were five jury members involved in making the selections for each of the competition’s disciplines – jumping, dressage and eventing.

Appachu has earned several equestrian accolades at events world-wide and recently placed second at the Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup in Scotland and is also the chief instructor for budding equestrians at the school.

Mirza, 22, placed fourth at the Hopetoun Commonwealth Cup earlier this year while Nadia has been a consistent performer in the dressage category – representing the country at international meets, the release said.

The equestrian sport has been featured in the pan-Asian sports spectacle since the New Delhi Games in 1982 and to date, Japan leads the honours list, followed by South Korea  and India in that order.

source: / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / Press Trust of India / Mumbai – July 24th, 2014

Hardoi village boy tops CPMT

Lucknow :

Small town students excelled in the combined pre medical test results declared late on Monday night. While Shams Mohammad Khan of Tumurki village in Hardoi topped the exam, Abu Asim of Azamgarh bagged the second place.

Shubham Malhotra and Alia Zehra bagged the thrid and fourth positions. Priyanshi Swarup from Lucknow bagged the fifth position. Shobhit Garg, Mohd Arshad, Saurabh Kumar Patel, Kushagra Srivastava and Neelansha Varshney filled the remaining five slots in the top 10.

Controller of examination, prof AK Singh said that candidates would be able to see the result on the KGMU website after 12 noon on Tuesday.

He said that the counseling schedule would be uploaded on the website in a day or two.

source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Kanpur / TNN / July 18th, 2014

Alisha Abdullah talks about her meeting with John Abraham in Hyderabad

Alisha Abdullah with John Abraham
Alisha Abdullah with John Abraham


She is spotted with some of the hottest hunks all over the country and biker-actress Alisha Abdullah enhanced that image recently when she and John Abraham bumped into each other in the city.

She even posted a photo online of the two rekindling their friendship, saying it was fantastic to get back in touch with John. “It was a chance meeting. We both ended up being in the same hotel, but a very fortunate coincidence indeed. I know John from nearly five years back when we were both brand ambassadors for a product, and though we have remained friends over time, you know how difficult it is to keep in touch in our industry. However, he was really excited to see me.”

And the bike-crazy duo apparently decided to collaborate on a project. “When he saw me looking fit and glam, John proposed the idea of working together and I was only too happy to agree, I mean, who wouldn’t? John was as warm and friendly as ever. He’s off to Los Angeles now, but we have set up a meeting for the second week of August to get together and brainstorm. The way he has maintained his body over the years is truly awesome, and I was absolutely gushing over him,” Alisha laughs. While shooting for her second movie is about to start, the racer says she’s struggling to balance her film, sport and fashion commitments. “But when the lure of Bollywood comes calling, it’s hard to say no,” she says.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Entertainment> Tollywood / DC / Gautam Sunder / July 28th, 2014

Commonwealth Games 2014: India’s Rahi Sarnobat Wins Gold, Anisa Sayyed Takes Silver in 25m Air Pistol

Playing the gold medal match against her compatriot, Rahi Sarnobat scored eight points to Anisa Sayyed’s two.


Rahi Sarnobat won gold and Anisa Sayyed silver to take India’s medal haul from shooting Saturday to five after clinching the top two spots in the women’s 25-metre pistol event of the Commonwealth Games at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre here. (Medals Tally)

Rahi and Anisa ensured that another gold and silver were added to India’s tally after finishing in the top-2 of the semifinals. The bronze was clinched by Australia’s Lalita Yauhleuskaya, who defeated Malaysia’s Alia Azahari in the bronze medal playoff.

Earlier Saturday, Prakash Nanjappa won the men’s 10m air pistol silver  while  Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul brought in a gold and silver, respectively, from the women’s 10m air rifle event  to make sure India won five medals Saturday, all from the same discipline.

In the final, Rahi, who hails from Kolhapur, proved too good for Anisa by shooting a total of eight points to her 33-year-old opponent’s mere two.

The 23-year-old Rahi had also topped in the semifinals with 16 points while Anisa finished second with 14 to enter the summit clash.

source: / NDTV Sports / Home> NDTV Sports> CWG 2014> News / by  Indo-Asian News Services / Saturday – July 24th, 2014

Aquib shines in a drawn tie

KSCA Mysore Zonal League

Mysore :

A century by opener Aquib Khan (109, 9x4s, 1x6s), of Jaihind CC ‘A’ was the highlight of the drawn KSCA Mysore Zone first division league tie played against Mysore Cricket Club at the PET grounds, Mandya on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The Scores: I Division: Jaihind CC ‘A’: 268 in 77.2 overs (Aquib Khan 109, Vishwanath Sadanand Teja 39, Prithvi Shekara 31, B Harish three for 27., Shivaprasad two for 29, Chandrashekar two for 29, N.M. Giridhar two for 34) drew with Mysore CC 160 in 44.1 overs (Chandrashekar 77, K. Harish 20, Shashidhara four for 15, Prithvi Shekara three for 45, C.K. Chandrashekar two for 30) and 228 for five in 60 overs (Chandrashekar 40, Giridhar 48, K.M. Sharath 49, Shivaprasad 35 n.o., C.K. Chandrashekar two for 31, M.A. Aquib Khan two for 28). Jaihind CC ‘A’- 3 points; MCC-1 point.

II Division: At Mysore: Karavali Cricketers 272 for eight in 50 overs (Mohit Nain 77 n.o,Prathik 51, B.M. Poovaiah 36, Adwitheeya 28, Parameshwar 21, S. Vinod four for 46, N. S. Jagath two for 56) bt Bellur CC 77 in 20.5 overs (Mohit Nain four for 12, S.S. Kumar four for 21).

Star CC, Chamarajanagar 146 in 36.4 overs (Naveen Kumar 51, Md. Muzamil 27, Sanketh Shetty two for 27, Varun Mahendra two for 16, Rohith Tiwary two for 11) lost to Saraswathipuram SC 147 for eight in 37.4 overs (Ashun Kumar Shetty 50, B.S. Suhas 49, Aravinda four for 27, Anil Kumar two for four).

At K R Nagar: III Division: Professional CC 220 in 46 overs (Nagendra Dutta 46, Nishanth Yadav 53, N. Dheeraj 31, N.S. Madan 29, K. Rahul three for 20) bt Navajyothi CC 83 in 28.3overs (Dheemanth 27, N.S. Madan four for 17, N. Mahesh two for 13).

IV Division: SGKM 200 for nine in 50 overs (Amruth H. Dev 46, P. A. Venkatesh 44, Sadashiva 20, T.M. Shashank two for 20, Laxmisagar two for 19, S. Bajpai two for 26) lost to Venus CC 203 for four in 44.2 overs (Umesh 94 n.o, Sudharshan 40).

source: / Star of Mysore / Home>  Sports  News  / July 22nd , 2014

Urdu’s journey over centuries to be shown on television

‘Dastan-E-Urdu’, a 13-episode miniseries will bring on television for the first time evolution of Urdu over centuries and will aim to break misconceptions about the language among the youth.

The show, which will be aired weekly on Doordarshan National from July 27, will depict the history of the language, how at one point of time, Hindi and Urdu were considered one and what led to that disintegration.

It is produced by filmmaker and Urdu activist Kamna Prasad and directed by Aparna Srivastava Reddy.

“Today’s generation has myths about Urdu and we want to bring clarity to that. They think it is a foreign language and just got adapted in India but that’s not true. It’s an Indian language and its history starts from India,” Prasad told PTI.

The show aims to captures all nuances and aspects of Urdu’s poetic opulence and its universal appeal, by interviewing Urdu experts like eminent lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar, Pt Gulzar Dehlvi and Professor Mushirul Hasan, among others.

“I already knew many of them personally as we keep meeting at Mushairas I organize, in fact Javed Akhtar attends every Mushaira I hold and they are all experts in the field of Urdu, so I spoke with them at length about its history and relevance in today’s scenario,” said Prasad, who has also done the research work for the show.

The producer says series was initially planned to be aired on DD Urdu.

“We first planned for Urdu-loving audience but Doordarshan decided that it should be aired on DD National as the language has national importance and it deserves to reach a wide audience,” Prasad said.

source: / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / Press Trust of India / New Delhi – July 25th, 2014

JMC’s students cooperative store adjudged best

Jamal Mohamed College Students Cooperative Stores, Tiruchi, being awarded as the Best Student Cooperative Stores /.Photo: Special Arrngement / The Hindu
Jamal Mohamed College Students Cooperative Stores, Tiruchi, being awarded as the Best Student Cooperative Stores /.Photo: Special Arrngement / The Hindu

The store managed to achieve a sales turnover of Rs.13 lakh last year and a maximum dividend of 14 per cent has been paid to its members for the last 20 Years.

Jamal Mohamed College Students Cooperative Store has been adjudged the best store among the 276 student cooperative stores functioning in Tiruchi district for the year 2012-13. It won the award for the second consecutive year.

The store has been functioning as an outstanding student store ever since it came into being in 1953. All the students of Jamal Mohamed College are enrolled as members of this store. The teaching and non-teaching members have also been admitted as members and they have to pay a share capital of Rs.100. The student store at present accounted for 109 teachers and non-teaching staff as members and over 2,500 students as associates. The store managed to achieve a sales turnover of Rs.13 lakh last year and a maximum dividend of 14 per cent has been paid to its members for the last 20 Years.K. K. Selvaraj, Managing Director, Tiruchi District Cooperative Union, handed over the shield to Khaja Nazeemudeen, Secretary and Correspondent of the College, and Khaleel Ahamed, treasurer, in the presence of Mohamed Salique, Principal, and Syed Ghayas Ahmed, secretary of the cooperative stores.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Tiruchirapalli / by Special Correspondent / Tiruchi – July 20th, 2014

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: I don’t believe in destiny, but hard work

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, 39, keeps his life easy, so that he can perform the complex roles on screen. He is sensitive, strong and open and loves his mother the most in the world. While being a theatre actor is his fallback option and security in life, he takes his time to decide on a film, as he knows that an actor like him is not spared for his mistakes. 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui

What made you come to Mumbai?

I am from a family of farmers from Budhana near Muzaffarnagar. I studied till Class XII in my village only and did farming all throughout, along with my father. We are eight siblings and I am the oldest. I went to Hardwar to do my B.Sc, but realised that since I had not specialised in any course, I could only manage a job as the chief chemist in a petrochemical factory in Baroda. I then came to Delhi, where someone showed me a play on stage. Before that, I had no interest in acting, but seeing the play, I realised that this is what I wanted to do, as I got fascinated by the chemistry between the actor and the audience. I joined theatre and after doing it for over a year, I joined full- time NSD. I started doing street plays and did that for four years. We used to do four shows on a day. On days when we got shows, we had money, but if we didn’t have a show, we did not have money that particular day. So, I thought that agar bhooka hi marna hai, toh kyun na Bombay jaake maraa jaye? And I shifted to Mumbai in 2001.

We really got to know you from Gangs Of Wasseypur in 2012. What did you do for so many years after coming to Mumbai?

I came here to work in TV, but at that time, things were changing on TV and everything was becoming glossy. So if a dark person like me was taken, they would have had to put a baby light and that would delay production and so, I did not get success even on TV. I then did a few small roles in C-grade films. For the sake of just earning money, I also did a lot of crowd shots in films, but when the camera came to me, I would hide my face so that no one saw me. People would think that he calls himself from NSD and look what he is doing. Even to be a junior artiste, you needed a card, which I didn’t have. One time, I got caught as I didn’t have the card and had to bribe `1,000 to the junior artist coordinator. I did that for three years. I then started doing one-scene roles and hoped that I would get at least two, given that people would say that I did the first one well.

My mother mortgaged her jewellery to educate me

But my struggle continued and for five years, I got only one scene, till in 2009, when I got a role in Peepli Live and then Kahaani. Anurag Kashyap had met me in 2003 when he too was struggling. He had told me then, ‘If I become anything, I will give you a film.’ Post Kahaani, I was in my village when he called and said, ‘I have a role for you that you always wanted to do.’ I heard the narration and he signed me for Gangs Of Wasseypur.

Did you lose hope at any time?

Despite being from NSD, I was not getting work for so many years and I had started feeling irritated with that. Financially, I would survive borrowing money from other theatre actors, even though they too did not have money to lend. If I asked them for `100, they would probably have only `50 to spare and that too, I could not guarantee as to when I could return it. I was a mahir (an expert) at borrowing money. I would return the money, but to do that I would again borrow money from someone else. I always travelled without ticket in trains. I never travelled in buses, as we would need to buy a ticket. So I would walk to the nearest station and then go wherever I wanted to, without a train ticket. We were 4-5 actors sharing a room just 15 feet by 12 feet, which also included a small bathroom and place to cook.

The biggest problem was that if I went to any film office, they would look at me and ask rudely, ‘Haan, kya hai?’ I would say, ‘Actor hoon.’ They would say, ‘Dekhne se toh nahi lagta.’ And that was the biggest problem. And that problem was not just in Mumbai. It had been my problem in the village, where, when I told them that I was going to Mumbai to become an actor they would say, ‘Dikhta toh hai nahi tu actor jaisa yaar.’ So that would always frustrate me and I really felt bad. I would feel angry, but when I looked at myself in the mirror, I would realise that haan yaar, baat toh sahi hai. Despite being insulted so much, I would not have returned to either Delhi or my village, as I had solace that at least in Mumbai, there was anonymity.

When I had no money, I would find out which friend had work and money at that point in time and would go and stay with him for a week. All of us theatre guys did that. I had come to terms with the fact that nothing would happen in my life. Marriage was a distinct thought. Girls would not even befriend me, forget about marriage. And why would they? I had neither money, nor looks and nor was I successful. One thing I had decided was that come what may whether I make it or not, even if I have to continue doing small roles, I will, for the sake of my self-respect, not go back. Even though I never expressed my feelings to anybody, my mother was always confident about me, in fact over-confident. I used to find myself very unlucky in life. But today I feel ki sab der se hua par achcha hua. I don’t believe in destiny. I believe in hard work.

What does working with Salman Khan in Kick mean to you?

I was very excited to work with Salman to the extent in the beginning, I would feel scared that it should not get cancelled. He is such a big star with such a vast reach. Due to working in Kick, my smaller films will be benefited.

Who do you love the most in the world?

My mother. Even though she was uneducated, she always felt that she must educate us. She never interfered and wanted me to do whatever I wanted to. Even when I was leaving the village, she never held me back. She also disciplined us a lot. I have seen her sacrificing a lot for me. She even mortgaged her jewellery for my education. In our side, people are quite aggressive and the attitude there is quite goonda type, so you feel it’s good for your child to get out and she always wanted that for us, even though my parents still live in the village. What she likes the most about me is that I have always been responsible. If she gave me work to do for the cows at 5am, no matter what, be it winters or summers, I would be awake doing that. I was very obedient, responsible and hard-working.

Even though I hated doing farming and wanted to just get out of the village, I would work from 5 in the morning till 5 in the evening. We would go to sleep latest by 8pm. There was electricity in our village only for 2-3 hours a day so all my life, I studied under a lamp. Till today, wherever I am, I get up at 5 in the morning. Whenever I get a gap, I go to my village and spend 10-12 days there. Nothing has changed there. Electricity still comes only for 2-3 hours and I feel angry seeing that but I get a lot of sukoon (solace) there. Everything seems to be at a standstill there just the way you left it, your friends are the same and you just somehow feel that life is okay.

source: / The Times of India / and Bangalore Times / Home> Entertainment> Hindi> Bollywood / by Priya Gupta / July 22nd, 2014

Comm St property sale sets city record at Rs 62,500 a sq ft

Prestige Group head Irfan Razack buys a 4000-sq ft plot once owned by the late Ambaram Fakirbhai. The property is just a block away from a shop from where the rags-to-riches story of the construction group began

Irfan Razack says he bought the property since it is close to their first store, Prestige Men’sStore, on Commercial Street
Irfan Razack says he bought the property since it is close to their first store, Prestige Men’sStore, on Commercial Street

Virgin land in the heart of the city is priceless. Those with ramshackle old buildings on them command a hefty price. But the benchmark was raised on Monday when a plot on upscale Commercial Street was sold for Rs 62,500 per square foot — the highest in the city so far.

Irfan Razack, head of the Prestige Group, the top realty firm, purchased the 4,000-sq ft plot from the heirs of late Ambaram Fakirbhai, the textile businessman who once owned large swathes of land in the area now known as Indiranagar. Razack was the lone bidder in the auction.

The plot, which bears municipal registration numbers 15 and 16 and includes a dilapidated building, was bought for a staggering Rs 25 crore at a public auction. This is the second largest realty deal in Bangalore in the last fortnight; the previous one was an eight-acre plot in Koramangala which sold for Rs 345 crore.

“The going rate around Commercial Street is in the Rs 40,000 – 45,000 per sq ft range,” a realtor who monitors transactions in the central business district said. “But the Ambaram deal is a real stunner.”

The Prestige Group are not saying what they plan to do with the plot just as yet, but a source said, “The area is close to the hearts of the Prestige Group founders as they started with a cloth shop on Commercial Street close to the Ambaram plot. By buying land a stone’s throw away from their old store, they have shown that they want to stay attached to their Commercial Street roots.”

Confirming the transaction, Razack told Bangalore Mirror, “The property is very close to my property – Prestige Men’s Store. I bought this because there is only one property between this and our property. The Prestige Men’s Store is a family business run by me and my brothers (two of them). It was a matter of pride to buy a property on this street.”

On the exorbitant price, Razack indicated that he had little choice. “The court had fixed a minimum price of Rs 25 crore for the property,” Razack said. “We were the only ones to participate in the bidding as two others who had registered their names, didn’t participate. Though the price is on the higher side, I don’t think I will regret my decision five years later. It is a family deal and my company has no role in this. This was a personal decision.”

The auction brought the curtains down on a 43-year-old feud by heirs of Ambaram over the land. “Since the heirs could not reach a consensus on sharing the prime property, the court decided to auction it,” sources said.

According to the copies accessed by Bangalore Mirror, the original propositus was Ambaram Fakir Bhai. He married Jeeva Bai and after her death, he married Girija Bai. They had six sons — Thakurdas, A Venilal, A Ramanlal, A Sukhlal, A Krishna, A Narayan — and five daughters — Umiya Ben, Vichkore Ben, Parvathi Ben, Narmada Ben and Tara Ben.

After the death of Ambaram, his eldest daughter, Vichkore Ben, filed a suit for partition of her 1/12 share in the estate left behind by her father. Though the suit was still pending, she sold her right, title and interest in favour of four of her brothers — Krishna, Venilal, Sukhlal and Narayan. Similarly the other four daughters received a certain sum of money from these four brothers in lieu of their share in full and final settlement. Thakurdas and Ramanlal were each allotted 1/7th share.

The above suit culminated in final decree proceedings initiated by Thakurdas in 1981. A commissioner was appointed to work out the modalities of actual partition. He reported to the High Court that the properties were not divisible and that it should be disposed in a public auction. Dispute arose in regard to the mode of partition of shop premises No 15/15, Commercial Street and premises No 27 F, E and D of Hospital Road. It resulted in a civil revision petition before the High Court (CRP No 2920/1973).

All the brothers, however, had reached an agreement that Thakurdas and Ramanlal were to be given first option to purchase 5/7 share of the parties to the suit by depositing Rs 10.71 lakh in the trial court on or before November 14, 1974. When they failed to deposit the amount, the other brothers – Venilal, Sukhlal, Narayan and Krishna — purchased the share of Thakurdas and Ramanlal by depositing a sum of Rs 1.75 lakh each.

Since the four brothers did not have funds, they had obtained a loan from Vijaya Bank to buy their bothers’ shares. It was also agreed that immediately after the purchase of share of Thakurdas and Ramanlal’s shares, premises bearing No 15 and No 16 of Commercial Street and premises No 27 F, E and D of Hospital Road will be substituted as security for the repayment of the loan in place of the individual properties of Venilal and Sukhlal.

Property was locked for 15 years

The three brothers entered into possession in April 1976, while another brother, Narayana, took actual possession of the entire premises in 1978. But he kept the premises under lock and key for 15 years, rendering it unfit for human habitation. Moreover the loan obtained from Vijaya Bank had not been repaid despite repeated reminders. A fresh suit was filed in 1991 for partition of the property. The suit was contested and during the pendency of the suit, two brothers, Venilal and Sukhlal, died.

During the pendency of appeal, parties decided to settle the matter amicably and they filed a compromise petition before the High Court on September 5, 2005. The court decided to auction the property.

Earlier bids unsuccessful

The court’s reserve price for the Commercial Street property was set at Rs 12 crore, while that of the Hospital Road properties was Rs 6 crore. All bids were to commence for a price higher than the reserve price indicated above.

Advocate K N Krishna Rao, representing the family members of Ambaram, told Bangalore Mirror, “During 2005, the Hospital Road property was sold for Rs 18 crore at an auction, but there was no buyer for the Commercial Street property. The Commercial Street property was again put up for auction in 2008 and again there were no bidders. Finally on Monday, the auction was conducted with the initial bid amount of Rs 25 crore and if was successful.”

source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Cove Story / by Atul Chaturvedi, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / July 23rd, 2014