Koda’s empire crumbles; money trail runs deep

CHEATING CHARGE: Madhu Koda will be charged under Section 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

CHEATING CHARGE: Madhu Koda will be charged under Section 420 and 120-B of the IPC.


New Delhi: Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda continues to claim that he is “innocent and is being framed” but it seems words may be his only defence.

With each passing day things have got worse for Koda. CNN-IBN has access to documents which reveal that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to file charges against Koda and his former colleagues.

Koda will be charged under Section 420 and 120-B of the IPC, both related to cheating and committing fraud. He will also be booked under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Koda’s colleagues Kamlesh Singh, Bandhu Tirkey and Sanjay Chaudhary will also be booked under similar charges.

The focus though, is on Binod Sinha who is a friend and key aide to Koda. Sinha is being charged of investing Rs 200 crore in real estate. He reportedly deposited as much as Rs 20 crore on several occasions in a Jamshedpur bank with the following account number: 006810114844001.

Sinha allegedly floated 14 companies in India and two companies in Dubai in collaboration with Sanjay Chaudhary. The cost of the much talked about mine in Liberia – $17 lakh – was all paid for in cash by Koda.

Till 2007, Koda was only investing in real estate. During this time he was a minister but his fascination with mines started in 2007 when he became the Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

Among others, Koda’s aide Tirkey reportedly bought flats in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar for Rs 8 crore.

The Income Tax department sleuths questioned Koda at his residence in Ranchi, after having discontinued it in the wake of his illness on November 3.

Koda has also been summoned by the ED on November 15. With evidence against him and his associates increasing by the day, his arrest seems to be imminent. But will he go down alone or will there be other big names as well who were his partners in crime?

Why is Jessica Lal’s killer allowed to party?

Shiela Dikshit to blame?

It was reported earlier that Manu Sharma, the person responsible for the death of Jessica Lal was given a 60-day parole by the Delhi government. Sharma is serving a life sentence for his crime but is out of the confines of the Tihar jail, and is having a jolly good time having a few drinks and chilling out with his pals.

Mr Murderer was granted parole on the grounds that he needed to participate in a ceremony for his grandmother’s first death anniversary. He had also pleaded to the court that he needed to attend to his business, which employs thousands of people. Sharma also said that he needs to take care of his aging, ailing mother.

But Mr Murderer was neither taking care of business, nor preparing dinner for his mother, he was in fact spotted getting jiggy with a few girls in a nightclub in Delhi.What’s more, on Saturday his mother addressed a press conference to promote a cricket match she helped organise. So why give Sharma a bail? And why haul him in prison in the first place?

The incident should be but embarrassing for Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who formally signed off on the parole request. However Dikshit shockingly defended her decision to let Sharma party at the nightclub. “All was done according to the rules,” Dikshit told reporters. “Whatever has taken place is under the provisions of law. The decision was taken by a committee that included the jail superintendent, home secretary, Delhi government, Delhi Police and the Lt governor,” Dikshit said.

“It is a right of a prisoner to apply for parole. The committee recommends a parole after reviewing a person’s complete case,” she added. According to Dikshit, the major factor for the parole grant was that Sharma fulfilled the pre-requisite of ‘good behaviour’ in prison. Just so you know, 20% of convicted killers in India are granted bail. Sharma was fond guilty of murdering Jessical Lal in 1999, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court seven years later.

It remains to be seen if Manu Sharma will attend the Sri Lanka Test series against India which begins on November 16th. He has until January 15th to do whatever he wants, that is, unless his parole is extended by six more months.

UK plans to monitor all Internet use, including Facebook

London, Nov 10 (ANI): The British Home Office wants communication firms to monitor all Internet use and retain information on how people use social networks such as Facebook.

Ministers confirmed their intention despite concerns and opposition from some in the industry.

Some 40 percent of respondents to the Home Office’s consultation opposed the plans, but ministers say communication interception needs to be updated, the BBC reports.

Home Office Minister David Hanson said: “Communications data is crucial to the fight against crime and in keeping people safe. It is a highly technical area and one, which demands a fine balance between privacy and maintaining the capabilities of the police and security services.”

“The consultation showed widespread recognition of the importance of communications data in protecting the public and an appreciation of the challenges which rapidly changing technology poses.

“We will now work with communications service providers and others to develop these proposals, and aim to introduce necessary legislation as soon as possible,” he added.

Both the police and secret security services have legal powers in the UK to intercept communications in the interests of combating crime or threats to national security. But the rules largely focus on communications over telephones and do not cover the whole range of Internet communications now being used, the BBC reports.

The Home Office says it wants to change the law to compel communication service providers (CSPs) to collect and retain records of communications from a wider range of Internet sources, from social networks through to chat rooms and unorthodox methods, such as within online games.

Ministers say that they do not want to create a single government-owned database and only intend to ask CSPs to hold a record of a contact, rather than the actual contents of what was said, the BBC reports.

Dalai Lama calls China’s objections baseless

Non political visit to India

Thousands of Buddhist monks and supporters welcomed Tibet”s exiled spiritual leader to Arunachal Pradesh in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district on Sunday.

The Dalai Lama arrived here in a helicopter in this remote Buddhist enclave nestled in the icy folds of the Himalayas, which he had passed through after fleeing Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

On arrival, Tibetan spiritual leader said his visit is merely a spiritual tour and China’s objection over such a tour was unwanted. He said his visit was non-political and China which did not pursue him and other Tibetans when they escaped to India, were now voicing different views on his visit to Tawang.

“That”s quite usual, wherever I go… It”s totally baseless. Wherever I go,” said Dalai Lama in Tawang.

“My visit here is non-political. However I just want to tell you one thing. The … stated or created a slogan, seeking truth from facts. So I want to tell you two facts. 1959, when we came across… no Chinese follows, no Chinese pursues us and then not only me, several thousand Tibetans cross this border. So as soon as they reach here, safe. This is number one fact. Number two fact, 1962, liberation army occupied Tawang and I think reached nearly Bomdi La. but then the Chinese government unilaterally ceasefire and withdraw. So at that time… but his other leadership unilaterally withdraw. So that also one fact. But now Chinese have different views. That”s something I don”t know. So I”m also a bit surprised. So now you must seek truth from these two facts,” said the Nobel Laureate Dalai Lama.

Speaking to mediapersons, Dalai Lama said: “Main things are two things, number one, promotion of human value. Wherever I go, now I just returned from Japan. The main thing is explanation. The ultimate source of happiness, successful life is within ourselves. If we rely totally on money in order to achieve happy life, it”s wrong. Money of course is important, however the ultimate source of inner peace, happiness in life is within ourselves. So that”s I originally call human value. That is within our self. That”s universal whether religious people or non-believer, same. So that”s my number one commitment. Number two commitment is promotion of religious harmony. So, now here also mainly like that, but Chinese communists, quite sad, my every movement, they consider something ”splittist” movement.”

Dalai Lama is scheduled to hold discourses in the three centuries old Tawang monastery and at nearby Dirang from November 9 to 12 and another at Bomdila before leaving for Itanagar.

China has repeatedly raised objection to Dalai Lama”s visit to Tawang area.

To China”s objection over Dalai Lama”s visit to Tawang, India has stated that the Tibetan leader was free to travel any part of India, but he was not allowed to indulge in political activities.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after meeting his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao recently in Hua Hin city of Thailand had stated that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama was an honoured guest of India and was free to travel anywhere he wished to.

India has maintained that the Tibetans are not allowed to indulge in political activities on Indian soil.

Shame! MNS members beat up Abu Azmi

Did you vote for Raj Thackeray?

Were you one of the people who voted for Raj Thackeray during the Mumbai polls? Do you support his wonderfully constructive, bias-free party that is the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena?

In an utterly shameful incident on Monday that reflects upon the nature of the MNS, four MLAs of the party slapped Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi for taking his oath in Hindi. The MNS demanded he take his oath in Marathi, and when he denied, they surrounded him, before pushing and slapping him. To the horror of the 288-member house, one of the members hit Azam on the face and chest. As a result all four members, Ram Kadam, Vasant Gite, Shishir Shinde and Ramesh Wanjale have been suspended.

This incident is downright anti-national and unconstitutional. Azmi, who was understandably upset demanded the arrest of MNS chief Raj Thackeray. Ashok Chavan, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra defended Abu Azmi saying, “The Constitution allows a member of the Assembly to take oath in any language.”
Leaders of several political parties condemned the attack and demamnded Raj Thackeray be imprisoned with immediate effect. SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav congratulated Azmi for maintaining the honour of the national language by taking the oath in Hindi.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad warned that India could disintegrate if no action is taken against Raj Thackeray in the light of this incident. Prasad asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take the requisite steps to prevent any further acts like this. “If India splits, it will be because of elements like Raj Thackeray. If urgent steps are not taken to keep such elements under check, nobody can save the country from disintegration,” Prasad said. LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan said, “Hindi is our national language and Raj Thackeray and others responsible for the assault on Azmi must be arrested immediately.”

Who is to blame for Maharashtra’s shame? Does Raj Thackeray deserve any of the seats he has won in the recent elections? Should the MNS be banned altogether? Is the party giving a bad name to Maharashtrians? Should Azam have said a few lines in Marathi? Is the Congress-NCP, or the lack of its power to be blamed for this incident? Is Raj Thackeray taking Maharashtra for a ride for the Marathi Manoos’ vote? Will you remain a silent spectator? Its your turn to speak out!

WB: TMC leads in 7 assembly seats

New Delhi, Nov 10: In a replay of the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) has taken the lead in 7 out of 10 Assembly seats in West Bengal. Congress leads in two seats whereas Indepedent is leading in one seat.

While the Left is still to take lead in any of the assembly seats, Trinamool Congress seems to have geared up to give them a taste of the Lok Sabha polls held in May, 2009.

In East Belgachia seat, Sujit Basu of Trinamool Congress is leading by 4000 votes over his nearest CPI(M) rival Ramala Chakrabarty, widow of former Transport Minister.

In Alipur CPIM candidate is trailing behind TMC candidate Bobby Hakim by 10,000 votes, while the second round of counting in Egra showed former minister Prabodh Sinha of DSP leading the counting.

While A M Rappani of Congress is leading in Goalpokhar, Dibyendu Adhikari of Trinamool Congress is ahead in Contai seat.

The by-polls for 10 assembly seats were held in Kalchini (ST), Raiganj (SC), Sujapur, Goalpokhar, Bongaon, Contai South, Egra, Serampore, Alipore and Belgachia East.

‘Singh, Obama to take India-US ties to new level’

'Singh, Obama to take India-US ties to new level'

Washington, Nov 10: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama will create a framework to take their already “comprehensive partnership of mutual trust and confidence to a new level,” Indian ambassador Meera Shankar said.

Addressing prestigious James Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Houston’s Rice University, she said, “We are at an exciting moment of hope and opportunity as Prime Minister Singh and President Obama prepare to build on the progress we have made to take the relationship to a new level.”

Manmohan Singh will be visiting US on Nov 24. It is the first official state visit hosted by President Obama, considered a signal honour for India and showing the deep respect he has for the Indian prime minister.

“The nuclear agreement that has been as much a symbol as an instrument of the transformation in our relationship with an extraordinary breadth of our engagement (that) has taken us into, hitherto, uncharted territories, including defence, intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation,” she said.

“Today, the India-US relationship has evolved into a truly comprehensive partnership of mutual trust and confidence, intensifying political dialogue that is increasingly global in reach, and deepening strategic understanding,” Shankar added.

Dissatisfied with India over Dalai visit: China

Beijing, Nov 10: China has said that it was “dissatisfied” that India had allowed the Dalai Lama to visit the disputed region Arunachal Pradesh

Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Nov 10, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said India had ignored requests to halt the trip to Arunachal Pradesh by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

“The Indian side disregarded the solemn position of China in allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the disputed area of the eastern section of the China-India border region,” Qin said.

“China firmly opposes the Dalai Lama’s visit to the disputed area of the eastern section of the China-India border region. The visit by the Dalai Lama to this disputed area has exposed his anti-China nature and his attempt is doomed to failure,” he said.

“China expresses strong dissatisfaction about that,” he added.

China claims 90,000 sq km of the remote Himalayan region, that it sees as ‘southern’ Tibet.

Assam bypolls: Cong wins both seats

Guwahati, Nov 10: Ruling Congress party has bagged both assembly constituencies on Tuesday, Nov 10, defeating opposition candidates by convincing margins.

Wajed Ali Choudhury defeated Asom United Democratic Front’s (AUDF) Abdur Rahman Ajmal, son of party chief Badruddin Ajmal, by more than 6,000 votes in the South Salmara seat in western Assam.

Bhimananda Tanti won from Dhekiajulu, defeating Asom Gana Parishad’s (SGP) Shib Charan Sahu by more than 21,000 votes

Chhattisgarh by-polls: Congress thrashes BJP

Raipur, Nov 10: Contrary to the initial trend, Congress thrashed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to grab the Vaishali Nagar assembly seat in Chhattisgarh by-polls.

Till the 11th round of counting, Congress candidate Bhajan Singh Nirankari was trailing against BJP opponent Jageshwar Sahu. Gaining quickly in the last five rounds, Congress grabbed the seat defeating BJP by 1,600 votes.

While the media has termed this a ‘shock deafeat’, the analysts have called this drubbing ‘a considerable blow’ to the BJP.

The saffron party has ruled Chhattisgarh since Dec 2003 and even in the May 2009 Lok Sabha Elections BJP won 10 out of 11 LS seats in the state.

UP by-polls: BSP leads in 8 in 11 assembly seats

Lucknow, Nov 10: Mayawati-led Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) has secured a massive lead in eight out of the eleven constituencies in Uttar Pradesh that went into polls on Saturday, Nov 7.

However, the results so far are not very encouraging for Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Both the parties have failed to take lead in any of the the seats.

In the lone Lok Sabha by-election in Ferozabad Congress’ Raj Babbar was leading.

The election was neccessitated as the Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son, Akilesh Yadav quit. SP fielded Mulayam’s daughter-in-law, Dimple Yadav to is trailing against Congress; Babbar by at least 4,000 votes.

10 failed doomsday prophecies

Washington, November 9 (ANI): Scientists have listed ten failed doomsday prophecies, which undermines the seriousness of the 2012 end of the world prediction by the ancient Mayans.

 According to National geographic News, the first failed domsday prophecy was when some ancient Romans saw the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius as a sign of a coming apocalypse, which never came.

 Then, there is the case of many Christian Europeans entering the year 1666 with trepidation, as the Bible describes 666 as the ominous Number of the Beast.

 A prolonged plague that had wiped out much of London’s populace in 1665 didn’t help assuage fears, and when the Great Fire of London occurred, many believed their time had come.

 The appearance of Halley’s comet in 1910 stirred apocalyptic hysteria among Europeans and Americans, many of whom believed that the comet’s tail contained a gas “that would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet,” according to French astronomer Camille Flammarion, as quoted in the book Apocalypses.

 Since its founding in the 1870s, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian offshoot, had prophesied that the world would end in 1914.

 Though nothing of the sort happened in 1914, ever since then, the religion’s followers have been predicting that the world will end “shortly.”

 Author Richard Noone predicted that on May 5, 2000, the planets would perfectly align and end life as we know it by sending melting ice barreling toward Earth’s Equator.

 Television evangelist Pat Robertson preached that sometime in the 1980s, Jesus would return to Earth, after the biblical doomsday event known as the Rapture.

 Doom and gloom can also spark scientific innovation, as occurred in 1774 in Friesland, Germany. A vicar hoping to boost his congregation circulated a “little book of doom” that said the solar system would be demolished during an upcoming conjunction.

 The extremely bright comet Hale-Bopp, discovered in 1995, last buzzed Earth in March 1997, when out of frenzy, thirty-nine people, part of a religious group called Heaven’s Gate, committed suicide, believing that a UFO riding the comet’s wake would rescue them from a doomed Earth.

 Then, there was the case of the Y2K bug at the end of the 20th century. It was predicted that a bug caused by a calculation error would cripple computers and other machines and lead to mass chaos, none of which actually happened.

 When the Large Hadron Collider fired up in September 2009, some critics speculated that the world’s biggest atom smasher could spawn a black hole that would devour Earth, which was proven to be incorrect when the machine was actually started. (ANI)


Monday most popular sick day

Monday is the most popular day for workers calling in sick, a new UK research has confirmed.

The study, by consultant firm Mercer, found that more than a third of all sick leave is taken on the first day of the week.

What’s more, the highest rate of absence by far occurs in January, the study added.

And the most common reason for absence was musculo-skeletal problems. Following them were viral infections and stress-related illness, reports The BBC.

The findings are based on an analysis of sickness management records for 11,000 employees from a range of private sector organisations.

The study found that 13 of the 20 most popular days for sickness absence occurred in January — six of these between 2 and 9 January.

On Thursday 3 and Friday 4 January nearly 5 percent of the total employee population was absent on sick leave.

The study found that 35per cent of all sick leave is taken on a Monday.

However, the lowest sick leave rate was recorded on Fridays at just 3 per cent of the total.

Researcher Phiroze Bilimoria said: “Monday sickness and frequent short-term absences can be a symptom of low employee engagement and morale within certain teams or departments.”

Professor Cary Cooper, an occupational health psychologist at the University of Lancaster, said: “People are doing more work under more demanding conditions so are under more stress and need more rest and recuperation.

“Some employees may feel the weekend is not enough so they take the extra day. But I suspect what is happening is people are lying about their reason for sickness absence.

“It is more believable to use back pain as a reason as often stress is seen as a four letter word. It’s seen as embarrassing.”



Katrina married to Indore MLA Ramesh Mendola?


 Indore, Nov 9 (PTI) In real life her marital status may still be single, but a fake certificate prepared here suggests that Bollywood diva Katrina Kaif is the better half of local BJP MLA Ramesh Mendola. A marriage certificate approved by Indore Municipal Corporation claims that the actress married the local MLA on December 2, 2008 and got the same registered with the civic body on December 11 the same year.


“The marriage certificate is totally fake and was not issued by the municipal body. It must be an act of some mischievous persons,” IMC marriage registrar Dr Natwar Sarda told reporters.

“It appears that somebody first scanned the IMC marriage certificate and then with the help of some software showed the bollywood actress and MLA as husband and wife,” Sarda said. The IMC has taken the issue seriously and will soon lodge a complaint with the police so that the persons who have done it can be booked for the crime.

Laugh your way to good health

 Buenos Aires: Some 400 clowns and doctors skilled at clowning took part in an international conference in Buenos Aires to present scientific evidence, backed by their own experience, to show why laughter was healthy.


The third International Congress of Hospital Clowns, which was held Nov 7-8 in the Argentine capital, brought together artists and health professionals from around the world who combine humour with health care, the Spanish news agency EFE reported.

 “All over the world there are doctors who work with the art. Some put on clown noses and some don’t. But in almost all regions, in Europe, the United States and Latin America, there are hospital clowns at work,” said Argentina’s Jose Pellucchi, artistic director of Payamedicos (Doctor-Clowns).

 The organization has some 500 members, mostly doctors, specially trained in how to clown around with hospitalized patients to help them get better.

 In European countries and the US, for example, there is a growing trend in medical centres to hire professionals with this comedic-therapeutic profile.

 According to Pellucchi, using the clown’s art in health care goes back to ancient Greece, where people with manic episodes were taken to see theatrical dramas, while those suffering depression were treated to comedies.

 “There are pictures from the beginning of the 20th century that show the presence of clowns in hospitals. But the technique got a big boost from the movie “Patch Adams”, the doctor said.

 In the 1998 film Robin Williams plays Patch Adams, a US doctor who promoted “laugh therapy” and was responsible for making the technique a part of modern medicine.

 Among other positive effects, Pellucchi said that his organization has studies showing that, after doctor-clown treatment, patients’ blood pressure drops by 13 percent.

 Among the lecturers at the congress was Argentina’s Alejandro Gruber, who for years has worked in Israel where he founded a company of hospital clowns as part of a project that also encourages integration, since Palestinian and Israeli patients who are admitted share the same rooms.

 Also taking part in the Buenos Aires meeting was the group of “Clowns No Perecederos” (Non-perishable Clowns), made up of 50 artists, an organization founded during Argentina’s severe economic crisis of 2001-2002.

 “People felt guilty about laughing and also, because of the severity of the crisis, they couldn’t go to shows because they had no money. That’s when we decided to put on shows where the price of a ticket would be some non-perishable food item that would be donated to children’s dining rooms. That way people could laugh guilt-free,” Cristina Marti, founder of Non-perishable Clowns, told EFE.

 The artist, who trains clowns, said that “getting laughs, causing pleasure is very healthy”, but added that there are significant differences between ordinary clowns and hospital clowns.

 “There are a lot of things a hospital clown cannot say or do, while an ordinary clown is allowed to do whatever he comes up with. He doesn’t have so many things to be careful about as he would in front of a patient in a precarious state of health,” Marti said.

Google to acquire AdMob, sets foot in mobile tech

Internet behemoth, Google which is all set to take over the mobile display ad technology, on Monday, Nov 9 spent 750 million dollars in stock taking the first step towards the acquisition of AdMob.

Founded in 2006, AdMob has come to be known as the best in the field of mobile display advertising. Apart from the display ads on iPhones, it recently set up a unit focused on ads for Android phones.

AdMob founder and CEO Omar Hamoui posted a blog on Monday, Nov 9 sharing his excitement over the deal, which he believes is a milestone for those producing, consuming, or monetizing engaging products on mobile.

In the Google’s blog post written by Google’s Susan Wojcicki, vice president of product management and Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering, the Internet major also expressed excitement over creating ‘great mobile advertising products’ to ‘encourage even more growth in the mobile ecosystem’.

This friendly take over is not only to expected to bolster Google’s expertise and technology in mobile advertising, but also give advertisers and publishers more choice in the area.

Vadodara: Youth kills himself over Google Wave

Vadodara, Nov 10: Failing to decipher the features of the new social networking service, Google Wave, 24-year-old MBA student committed suicide on Sunday, Nov 8 night after composing a suicide note on MS Word titled ‘Suicide_note.docx’.

The MS word file is being considered as the conclusive evidence confirming that the death of Dildar Leherwala was a suicide, reports Faking News.

“I know Google Wave is going to be bigger than anything else on internet. And being unable to understand its features fully, I feel like a loser and find myself unworthy of this life. I simply cannot show this miserable countenance to my friends and family. Thus I fully own the responsibility of ending my life and hope to be reborn with a brain fully compatible with Google Wave,” the note reads

Friends and family of the Dildar, who studied in MS University Vadodara, recollect him as an ‘internet freak’. The report published on Nov 9 also reveals the extent to which Dildar was addicted to Internet.

He reportedly had 13 e-mail accounts, profiles on 21 social networking websites apart from login IDs on at least 200 websites to get access to almost anything on the internet and maintained a file on his laptop with all the login information.

Dildar’s friends also revealed that he was excited and restless over Google Wave since ten days. When an uncle from US finally sent him the invite on Friday, Nov 6, he locked himself up with the it.

But when he went offline in the night, the friends suspected something was wrong. They rushed to Dildar’s room to find him dead. He killed himself by crushing and chewing laptop batteries.

The family of Dildar are planning on filing a law suit against Google for his death.

Indian intelligence team fails to quiz US LeT man

Washington, Nov 10: A team of Indian intelligence officials failed to question American national David Coleman Headley, arrested by the FBI on charges of plotting a major terror attack in India.

Sources familiar with the visit of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officials termed ‘bureaucratic’ and ‘procedural’ hurdles as the main reason for them not being successful in interrogation of Headley.

The Indian team arrived in Washington on Nov 1 and was scheduled to grill Headley the next day. The names of the members have not been revealed to the media so far.

The FBI chargesheet said, Headley was being used by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to target the National Defence College in New Delhi, the Doon school in Dehradun and Woodstock school in Mussoorie.

Rain-related casualty in Tamil Nadu goes up to 71


Girls use a thermocol raft to reach their home at a flooded street in Chennai on Monday

The rain-related casualty in the State went up to 71 with the Nilgiris accounting for the death of 42 persons in the landslides.

Tirunelveli and Villupuram districts recorded the death of six persons each. The overall figure took into account those who died since October 1, a senior official of the Revenue department said.

An official release stated that the Nilgiris District Collector was directed to pay Rs. One lakh each to the families of the deceased. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi asked Ministers Veerapandi S. Arumugam and Pongalur N. Palanisamy to rush to the Nilgiris. Commissioner of Revenue Administration and Principal Secretary N. Sundaradevan and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) K. Radhakrishnan also left for the rain-hit district.

The services of the National Disaster Response Force had also been pressed in. The Chief Minister advised the officials to dispatch adequate strength of personnel from other departments such as Fire and Rescue Services, Health and Police, the official release said.

For women only

 Mumbai — Looking for a job? If you are a woman interested in a part-time/full-time vocation or wish to volunteer your time at an NGO or even work from home, Naukriforwomen.com is your click to employment.

 The website is a one-stop career portal that aims to empower Indian women by facilitating employment while giving them the opportunity to discuss and seek advice on various issues related to the workplace. The website is an initiative by Priya and Pullak Mohanty, who have also co-founded the popular Memsaab.com.

 “The idea came about when we looked at the working population in the west and saw that the number of men and women were equal. But in India, the population of working women comprises only 13 per cent of the total work force. We feel every company and employer has a moral responsibility to help bridge this gap,” says Mohanty.

 Thus started the Naukriforwomen.com community, where women can connect with each other and realise their true potential. So far, more than 5000 jobs have been posted on the portal with more than 1000 success stories.

 Tough start

 The portal is enthused by the belief that women possess special qualities and their workplace needs are different from those of men.

 Through this initiative, the site aims to provide a common platform where both employers and job seekers can communicate directly and understand each other’s needs to make the workplace women-friendly. Mohanty says, “The initial days were tough. We started with only 20 odd jobs on our site. But now we have thousands. Every day, we adapt and improve to meet the needs of the community.”

 To post jobs at Naukriforwomen.com, prospective employers and recruiters have to register themselves. After a thorough background check, the account is approved of, after which they can post jobs. Every job posted on the site has to go through an approval process by the support staff. The site already has over 2500 registered employers and recruiters who post relevant jobs for women across all strata of society.

 Let’s celebrate

 The founder duo celebrates when someone writes in about her successful journey to securing a job. Last month, the site crossed over 100,000 registered users and also reached another milestone when it registered 2,500 employers and recruiters. But Mohanty feels that the most memorable day will be when the site is instrumental in helping every single individual of the community attain her dream job.

 A few people, though, have criticised the service as a feminist movement. “But every time we receive a “Thank you” note from our successful job aspirants, we are overjoyed,” smiles Mohanty. And though Mohanty feels that they have miles to go before they can call the venture a success, they are almost about to realise their objective in terms of providing an exclusive job listing and professional networking opportunities for the benefit of the working women.

 The founders want to take the site to every Indian household. Mohanty adds, “Our aim is to inspire and encourage all women to contribute to their family income, even if they don’t want to venture out of their homes.”

 Hindustan Times