Twitter eyes acquisitions, sees making money in 2010

Micro-blogging site Twitter is interested in making more acquisitions as it continues to grow in popularity, co-founder Biz Stone said on Tuesday.

“That is something we are definitely interested in,” Stone told a news conference in Tel Aviv. “We made an acquistion last year that turned out to be an outstandingly good decision.”

He said there was nothing specific on the horizon.

“As our attention is grabbed by some of these developers, we will take a hard look at them,” Stone said.

Twitter bought search engine Summize in 2008.

Stone said Twitter will “start making money” in 2010 as it unveils a plan early next year on how it will produce revenue through advertising. He declined to give details but said advertising will be “non-traditional”.

“There are no dates when we need to break even. We have plenty of money in the bank,” he said.

In September, Twitter received a new round of funding from investors including mutual fund giant T. Rowe Price and private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, which analysts said set the stage for an eventual initial public offering or sale.

Sehwag, Gambhir tons put India on top

Openers Sehwag and Gambhir scored centuries and put on explosive opening stand of 233 runs. (Photo: AP)

KANPUR: Centuries from openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag left India in control on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Kanpur.Gambhir hit a superb 167 and Sehwag overcame a tentative start to clobber a typically blistering 131, the pair adding 233 for the opening wicket on a placid surface.Rahul Dravid then pressed home the advantage with an unbeaten 85 as India finished the day on 417 for two.Sachin Tendulkar, who joined Dravid in the final hour, was 20 not out.Kumar Sangakkara’s depleted attack was hammered around the park as India’s top order ensured there was no dramatic capitulation as in the first Test in Ahmedabad.Sehwag was uncharacteristically scratchy in the first hour and was dropped by Mahela Jayawardene at first slip before he could get off the mark, before going on to dominate the opening stand.He broke the shackles by driving Angelo Mathews for his first boundary in the 12th over and followed that with a pull to the midwicket fence in the same over.There was no looking back thereafter as he quickly overtook Gambhir and reached his 16th Test century off just 97 deliveries by turning Muttiah Muralitharan for a boundary to fine leg.Sehwag hammered Muralitharan for three consecutive boundaries as India sped past the 200 mark in the afternoon session and continued to accumulate runs at a breathtaking pace before Muralitharan made the breakthrough.Sehwag drove at a delivery with a little more air and picked out Tillakaratne Dilshan at extra cover.Gambhir, who had provided the early momentum, slowed as he neared his century but got there in style, skipping down the track to hit Rangana Herath for a straight boundary.It was his eighth century and second in succession after a century in the second innings in Ahmedabad.Together with Dravid, Gambhir added 137 for the second wicket, the run rate falling below five an over in the final session as Sri Lanka’s bowlers brought some pressure to bear.Gambhir was Muralitharan’s second success on an otherwise poor day for Sri Lanka’s bowlers, the off-spinner brilliantly latching onto a return catch.Dravid had batted steadily, if slowly in comparison to the openers, but proved just as effective.He reached his half-century – his 58th in Tests – by sweeping Muralitharan for a single.Sri Lanka took the second new ball with four overs remaining but Dravid and Tendulkar played cautiously to finish the day unbeaten.Ajantha Mendis, who took injured fast bowler Dammika Prasad’s place in the side, conceded 87 from 19 overs while Herath – the third specialist spinner in Sri Lanka’s attack – leaked 91 from 18 overs.

Most runaway kids are from Mahaboobnagar

MAHABOOBNAGAR: Mahaboobnagar district has gained the dubious distinction of having the most number of children in the age group of 10-14 from middle- class and poor families who run away from home due to bad financial conditions.This is according to a study conducted by Hyderabad based Bala Bandhu, an NGO fighting to protect child rights.The number of cases on runaway children has increased from 15 to 20 cases per day at Nampally, Secunderabad, Kachiguda railway stations, Mahatma Gandhi Bus Terminal (MGBS) and Kukatpally in Hyderabad. “Most of the children are from Mahaboobnagar district. From the daily count of 20 runaway children, at least 5 to 7 registered with the railway police are from Mahaboobnagar,” said Ch Ramesh Babu, Programme Manager, Bala Bandhu project.Ravi (name changed), a native of Mahaboobnagar, ran away from home when he was barely seven. His father had put him to work in a bicycle repair shop. It was not the hard work that bothered Ravi.It was the daily harassment by the owner of the shop. The last straw was when the boss burnt him with a welding torch as punishment for a minor mistake.Ravi jumped on a train headed for Hyderabad a few days ago and reached the Secunderabad Railway station.Ravi was found by Bala Bandhu volunteers as he was sitting on the platform bewildered and hungry, eating leftovers given to him by a passerby.In a counselling session by Bala Bandhu staff, Ravi revealed that he had run away from home as his parents failed to take care of him after the floods which affected their financial situation.In another case, Sarojini (name changed), hailing from Warangal aged 15, was found at the Secunderabad railway station, crying.According to Sarojini, her mother died when she was 7 years old, and her father remarried and she has three step-brothers and two stepsisters.Sarojini’s step-mother forced her to work as a maid in several houses. When Sarojini asked her step-mother to send her to school, she refused and started harassing her. She then ran away from her home and reached Secunderabad station.Ramesh Babu said that the Bala Bandhu identified as many as 1,289 children, who ran away from their homes from different places such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, and various places from Andhra Pradesh during 2008-2009.“Of the 1,289 children, as many as 1,164 were sent back to their homes after Bala Bandhu provided proper counselling to children and parents.The remaining children are being rehabilitated at Bala Bandhu centres, which are situated near Uppal. We manage these rehabilitation centres separately for boys and girls,” says Ramesh Babu.At least 30 full-time volunteers are working to identify street child and Bala Bandhu has set up help desks at Secunderabad, Nampally, Kachiguda railway stations.

Nampally traffic police station in state of rot – HYD – India


HYDERABAD: Be it the latest gadgets, weaponry or training, police officials never get tired of claiming that they are well-equipped and more advanced than the police of other cities. But a visit to the Nampally traffic police station gives a clear picture about the poor state of affairs within the Police Department.Though there are about 66 policemen attached to Nampally traffic police station, one never finds them inside the station. Instead, they can be seen sitting in the nearby hotels or simply loitering around. The building housing the traffic police station is on the verge of collapse.A visit to the police station by Expresso revealed that the policemen do not have water to drink. “We get water from nearby hotels,” said a constable.The structure, which is more than a 100 years old, has two portions — one from where the traffic police station functions and the other where a checkpost has been set up.“We cannot take shelter inside the police station when it rains as the roof has developed cracks all over and it leaks,” the personnel said.At the rear portion of this police station is a dark room, which is the supposed barracks.The place is suffocating and adding to the woes is the unbearable stench from the toilet.The sanctioned strength of the police station is 66 including one Inspector, 8 sub-inspectors, 10 head constables and 44 constables. “It is becoming impossible to carry out our regular work in the police station and therefore we spend most of the time outside,” a constable said.Though senior police officials did identify four traffic police stations which are in poor condition, several years ago, nothing has been done to change the situation till date.Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, A Ravi Chander told Expresso that they have identified at least four such traffic police stations which are posing severe problems. The identified traffic police stations are — Nampally, Kachiguda, Mahankali and Mirchowk.“We have prepared the proposal to construct new buildings for these police stations and sent the list to higher officials for their approval. Within the next three months, the four police stations will have new buildings,” Ravi Chander asserted.Until then, policemen have no other option but to suffer.

Steeling themselves for life


MUMBAI: A year after 26/11, a Bhendi Bazaar resident, 68-year old Mohammed Hanif Peer Mohammed, still remembers his beloved brother-in-law, Mastan Qureshi, 50, who fell a victim to terrorists’ bullets at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) that night.”My sister Saeeda (40) and three children awaited the return of their father to Govandi (a northeast Mumbai suburb) as usual so they could have dinner together. He worked as a professional tourist guide and used to take foreign nationals in and around Mumbai on sight-seeing,” Mohammed recalled.Around 9.45 p.m., the horrified family learnt from the television news that there was firing at CST, one of the two main stations in Mumbai for suburban train services. The family was immediately concerned for Qureshi and tried to contact him on his mobile phone, but the number was not reachable.”Suburban trains had been suspended beyond Byculla so there was no way of reaching CST station. My sister called me and I launched a frantic search for Qureshi,” Mohammed said in a choking voice.After a few hours, they got a call from Qureshi’s mobile number and learnt that he had sustained bullet injuries and was rushed to Sir J.J. Hospital, which was close to Mohammed’s house.”He had the presence of mind to tell a fellow injured commuter to take out his home number from the telephone diary and call up. The other victim somehow obliged and conveyed the message to us, so I rushed to the hospital,” he said.There was a huge crowd of anxious relatives of the victims who were being taken there from different parts of the city where the terrorists had struck in quick succession, shocking the entire country that night.Mohammed managed to reach his brother-in-law but the hospital staff, despite all efforts, could not succeed in saving Qureshi.”My sister is yet to fully recover from the tragedy. All of us remind Saeeda that she has to now live for her children, daughter Sanaa and sons Tausif and Sohail.”The tragedy has steeled the family and the children have also matured. While Tauseef has started taking civil contract works, Sohail is awaiting a promised job offer from the railways.”The issue is stuck for over 10 months in some documentation formalities and bureaucratic hassles. If he does not get the job soon, we shall write to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, seeking her help. The children should not have a bleak future,” Mohammed said.This Nov 26, the family is planning to have a special commemorative prayer for Qureshi in Govandi and Bhendi Bazaar mosques and a traditional ‘fateha’ lunch.

 

No commemorative event by NSG on 26/11


NEW DELHI: The National Security Guard (NSG), which finally decimated the Mumbai attackers and lost two of its men, will not be organising any commemorative event to mark the first anniversary of 26/11.”We are not holding any prayer or candle light meeting Nov 26. There is nothing from our side,” a senior NSG officer told IANS.Asked why, the officer said: “We are an operational and special force. So we do not hold any such thing. Also we pray tribute to our martyrs on national police commemorative day Oct 21.”A year ago, NSG commandos gunned down eight of the 10 Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists who attacked Mumbai. The police killed one and captured another. The NSG lost Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and commando Gajendra Singh Bisht.

Obama says India is indispensable

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama Tuesday hailed India as an “indispensable” partner as he rolled out the red carpet for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the White House in the first official state visit of his presidency.Chilly, damp weather forced the White House to move the ceremony indoors where Manmohan Singh and Obama stood before photographers and television cameras in the East Room as a Marine band played the national anthems of both countries.Welcoming the prime minister and his wife Gursharan Kaur, Obama said: “Mr. prime minister, yours is the first official visit of my presidency and it is fitting that you and India be so recognised.””This visit,” Obama said, “reflects the high esteem in which I and American people hold for your wise leadership.”It reflects the abiding bonds, respect and friendship between our people, including our friends in the Indian American community who join us today,” Obama said.India External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, Indian Ambassador to US Meera Shankar and corporate leaders like Ratan Tata, Chanda Kochhar of ICICI and Deepak Parekh of HDFC were among the delegates with the prime minister.Obama said the visit at this “pivotal moment in history speaks of opportunity before us to build the relationship between our nations born in the last century, into one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century”.Citing the two countries’ shared history of struggle against imperialism, Obama told Manmohan Singh: “As the world’s largest democracies, we can keep faith with our common values: speaking out and standing up for rights and dignity to which all human beings are entitled.”He said India and the US shared the common story.”This is the story of two people who struggled to break from the Empire and declared their independence, two bold experiments in democracy, two constituencies which begin with same simple words ‘We The People’, two great republics dedicated to the idea of liberty, justice, equality and the never ending work of perfecting their use.”He said India’s and US’ story was of two “economic marvels fuelled by hard work and innovation”.”And today our nations are two global leaders driven not to dominate other nations but to build the future of security and prosperity for all nations. Mr prime minister, as we work to build that future, India is indispensable.”Obama said: “As leading economies US and India can strengthen global economic recovery in the world.”Calling India a nuclear power and a co-partner in preventing the spread of the world’s most deadly weapons and securing the loose nuclear material from terrorists, Obama said the two countries can pursue “our shared vision of the world without nuclear weapons”.He called India “an increasingly a global influential power” and said: “We can partner to meet other transnational challenges, developing clean energy, partnerships confronting climate change, stopping infectious diseases, reducing hunger and put an end to extreme poverty in our time.”This is the India that America welcomes today, a leader in Asia and around the world. These are the challenges we are summoned to meet in partnership,” Obama said.He said India and the US having known the pain and anguish of terrorism “can stand together, cooperate to prevent future attacks and promote the development and prosperity that undermines the hard extremists.”Manmohan Singh shared the thought and said “we should cooperate in addressing global challenges of combating terrorism, of making environment cleaner, and moving towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”Singh said it is a “moment of great opportunity” in our relations with the US which will help in meeting global challenges like terrorism.The prime minister said he was “deeply honoured” to be the first state guest of President Obama.He said the two countries were separated by distance “but (were) bound together by the values of democracy, pluralism, rule of law and respect of fundamental human feelings”.The two countries have created a partnership “based upon both principle and pragmatism”, said Manmohan Singh.”Our relations have been transformed and they encompass cooperation in all areas of human activity,” said Singh.He thanked the president and his wife Michelle Obama for receiving him during the Thanksgiving week, which is a family holiday period here.After making his statement, Obama escorted Singh out of the East Room for bilate

Ragging is crime against humanity: President


PANAJI: President Pratibha Patil, who was awarded a degree of doctor of letters (D.Lit) at the 22nd annual convocation ceremony of Goa University Tuesday, exhorted students to desist from ragging, calling it a “crime against humanity”.”Ragging in all our universities and educational institutions must stop. It is a crime against humanity and a shameful behaviour. Education must develop cultured attitude and social awareness, otherwise it is unrelated to life and its environment,” Patil said.The president also asked students not to rush for ‘popular’ subjects like commerce and management and asked them to study equally important basic science subjects at the university level and focus on research and innovation.”With 54 crore youth, India has one of the largest young populations of the world. We have a responsibility to ensure that they receive proper education,” she said.Patil urged the youth to stay away from drugs. “Drug addiction is becoming an increasing threat for our youth. It is said that first you consume the drug then the drug consumes you. I hope awareness about its ill-effects would also be taken up by the platform.”She also urged universities to assess the requirements of the job market well in advance and structure courses in a manner that will help their students enter the employment market, prepared for jobs available.”In India the problem is more of employability than of employment, which means that the skills that people have are not appropriate for securing employment,” she said.Earlier, Goa Governor S.S. Sidhu, also chancellor of university, conferred the doctorate on Patil for her contribution towards the upliftment of society and special attention to deprived section of society.Thirty two students from different faculties were awarded PhD degrees and 376 postgraduate students received their masters degrees on the occasion.

 

‘Cyber terror next big threat’


NEW DELHI:Pakistani cyber criminals deface nearly 60 Indian websites every day, says celebrity cyber security expert Ankit Fadia, adding that cyber terrorism is the biggest threat India is facing today.”The next big war that the country may have to wage against terror will be on the Internet. The network infrastructure of the country may be attacked any time. Social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Orkut and Myspace may also pose a threat,” Fadia told IANS in an e-mail interview.Fadia, 24, is considered “one of the best and the youngest ethical hackers in the country”.He is an authority on computer security systems and digital intelligence. The computer whizkid, who at the age of 16 cracked an encrypted al Qaeda mail for an intelligence agency soon after the Sep 11 attacks, has a degree in information security from Stanford University in the US.He advises top-of-the-chain global MNCs, the Singapore government and Indian police forces in network security and digital upgrades, and hosts a television show on ethical hacking.”Pakistani cyber criminals deface nearly 60 Indian websites a day, but in return only 10 to 15 Pakistani websites are defaced. It has been going on since 2001. India may be the IT capital of the world, but as far as security issues are concerned the country is lagging far behind,” Fadia said.”Most countries have been victims of cyber terrorim some time or the other. Since 2000-01, Pakistani criminals have been defacing Indian websites and writing derogatory messages against India. It is known as Hacktivism, hacking into websites to spread a political, social or economic cause.”Fadia, who was working with the Central Bureau of Investigation till a couple of years ago, said: “As more and more aspects of our lives are now online, the danger of cyber terrorism is only rising.”Terrorists are now using “VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) chats, hidden messages inside photographs, draft e-mails and encrypted pen drives to communicate across the world, he said.After the Mumbai terror attacks last year, Fadia worked with the police “to decode various VoIP messages that the terrorists passed on using various VoIP software (Skype and Google Talk) before the attacks to plan the strike.”The police had also found various e-mails that were sent by the terrorists. I worked with the police to trace the e-mails back to the source and determine the exact geographic locations of the terrorists.”Fadia said: “At that time, India needed proof that the terrorists had indeed come from Pakistan. However, the initial e-mail trace revealed that the mails were sent from Saudi Arabia and Russia. After further investigation, we realised that the mails were sent from Pakistan and the terrorists had used proxy servers to disguise their locations.”For the past couple of months, the security expert has been “working on a project on how social networking websites are the next big threat for individuals. I am also writing a book on spies, hacking and national security,” he said.According to Fadia, cyber laws in India may be quite good, “but the problem is that the police who enforce those laws are not trained properly. If anyone lodges a cyber crime complaint at the nearest police station, I am sure that nine out of 10 times, officials attending to you won’t even know what you are saying.”The threat of terrorism has “sort of legitimised the demand and the necessity for ethical hacking”, Fadia felt. “Especially after the Mumbai attacks, everyone realised the need for ethical hacking. An ethical hacker determines the various security loopholes in a company’s network and comes up with protection mechanisms to fix them.”It is like hiring a criminal to break into your house and then asking the criminal to suggest ways to prevent a real break-in from taking place.”Fadia wrote “The Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking” when he was just 14. It became an international bestseller, sold over three million copies and was translated into 11 languages.Fadia said: “According to NASSCOM-IDC surveys the demand for ethical hackers is estimated at 77,000 in India and 188,000 worldwide currently.” He has trained more than 15,000 executives in systems security.Fadia got his first computer when he was 10.”At 12, I suddenly developed an interest in computer hacking. The fact that it was illegal attracted me. I hacked into the database of my favourite Chip magazine at 13. I defaced the magazine website and put up my website instead. But I wrote to the editor of the magazine and told him what I had done and how he could fix the security loophole so that such incidents don’t happen again. The editor offered me a job.”

Vajpayee, Advani pseudo-moderates: Babri report


NEW DELHI: The top BJP leadership including Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi have been severely indicted and called “pseudo-moderates” by a Commission that probed the demolition of Babri Masjid 17 years ago. The Justice M S Liberhan Commission of Inquiry also attacked former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh saying, the destruction of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992 was carried out in a “duplicitous and under-handed manner” which was not worthy of a democratically-elected government. The four-volume report running into over 1000 pages and government’s Action Taken Report (ATR) on it were tabled in Parliament by Home Minister P Chidambaram, a day after a leak of the report in a national daily. The Commission, which was set up 10 days after the incident and got 48 extensions, recommended a law providing for exemplary punishment for misuse of religion for acquiring political power and disqualification of political parties and candidates who have religious agenda. It its ATR, government promised that a bill to check communal violence was being contemplated which will include provisions on some these recommendations while the Election Commission would also be moved to look into them. “The Sangh Parivar has spent long years and mobilised its immense media clout to numb the sensibilities of the masses and at the very list to ensure the complete absence of resistance to its designs. “The attempts by the pseudo-moderate elements even within the Parivar were predictably of little significance and were destined to fail, whether by design or otherwise,” the Commission said. It held that “as the inner core of the Parivar, the top leadership of the RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal and the BJP bear primary responsibility. Turning to the BJP, it said “the much repeated and much denied remarks attributed to Govindacharya, who called Vajpayee a ‘Mukhota’ or a mask may be appropriately applied to the BJP’s top leadership at the time collectively”. It noted that even without leaders like Joshi, Advani and Vajpayee, the RSS might have been able to achieve de facto clout but would not have been able to legitimise its hold on the Indian system by translating that clout into political success. In this backdrop, the BJP was “an essential ingredient” in the Parivar smorgasbord, and essential to capture de jure power and authority, in furtherance of its goals of establishing the Hindu Rashtra. “Be that as it may, the evidence that has been laid before the Commission does not show that the pseudo-moderates were in-charge of the situation, much less capable of changing the course the campaign was taking,”it said.

Babri: Truth and Dare


Leader of the Opposition L K Advani

NEW DELHI: The leak of the Liberhan Commission Report is being seen as a silver-lining for the faction-ridden BJP, which is passing through a rough patch, with the RSS donning the role of a big brother and dictating to the BJP on the leadership issue. At a time when Leader of Opposition L K Advani was planning his retreat and the party leadership was busy settling scores with one another, talk of the Ram Mandir Movement has once again refreshed memories of the veterans, who are vying to take “pride” in being associated with it.Agitated that the name of former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee has been unnecessarily dragged in, Leader of Opposition L K Advani, along with the senior leaders like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and M Venkaiah Naidu succeeded in paralysing the proceedings of both Houses of Parliament and at the same time restricting their focus on the “plant” of the story.Without going into the larger issue of whether the demolition of the Babri Masjid was justified and whe-ther they had a role to play in the destruction of the mosque, the BJP leade-rship has set its sights on patching-up with the RSS by taking pride on being “associated with the Ram Mandir Movement.” The larger question of whether L K Advani will use the issue to continue as Leader of Opposition is not known, though doubts are being raised whether he would quit soon after the winter session of Parliament, as decided earlier.For Advani, the Liberhan Commission report comes at a time when his relations with the RSS is strained and the latter is keen to see him retire sooner than later.Damage controlThe Congress went into damage control mode. Party president Sonia Gandhi called an emergency meeting of top Congress leaders to work out a strategy that holds good both within Parliament and outside.Delaying the tabling of the controversial report till after December 6 has been advocated by the Congress top-brass in the meeting.

 

TDP chief sends copy of CEC report to Rosaiah

HYDERABAD: Leader of the Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu has alleged that Chief Minister K Rosaiah is being `indifferent’ to the Obulapuram Mining Company’s irregularities.Responding to the chief minister’s comments that he was yet to get a copy of the report of the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court on illegal mining in Anantapur district, the TDP president sent a copy of the report to him.In a letter to the chief minister, Naidu said: “During your interaction with the press, you have, inter alia, remarked that you will obtain a copy of the report of CEC for your perusal, if necessary. I am herewith enclosing a copy of the same in the hope that its contents will convince you of my argument on the urgency of action against illegal mining.’’ “Once again, I wish to impress upon you that the report of the CEC is quite revealing on the role of the State government and illegal mining by the OMC. Any further attempt to prolong this illegal exploitation, under technical reasons, is outrageous and would be nothing but blatant surrender before the mining mafia.’’ Naidu pointed out that the Special Chief Secretary (EFS and T) in his letter in April, 2009 was directed to request the minstry of enviroment and forest to review its orders on the plea that the high-level committee appointed by the State Government had already fixed the boundaries and “none of lessees have encorached any reserve forest land and no mining is allowed outside the leased area’’.“When the CEC made caustic remarks against your government, and when CEC itself stated that it is advising State government to take action, we expected a different kind of response as the head of the government.However, you choose to make this as an electoral issue throwing irrelevant challegens which is quite unexpected of your stature and office.We are always ready to accept your challenges but, we believe that, counter- attack strategy cannot be used when issues of public interest are involved,’’ Naidu said.

Vajpayee, Advani pseudo-moderates: Babri report

NEW DELHI: The top BJP leadership including Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi have been severely indicted and called “pseudo-moderates” by a Commission that probed the demolition of Babri Masjid 17 years ago. The Justice M S Liberhan Commission of Inquiry also attacked former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh saying, the destruction of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992 was carried out in a “duplicitous and under-handed manner” which was not worthy of a democratically-elected government. The four-volume report running into over 1000 pages and government’s Action Taken Report (ATR) on it were tabled in Parliament by Home Minister P Chidambaram, a day after a leak of the report in a national daily. The Commission, which was set up 10 days after the incident and got 48 extensions, recommended a law providing for exemplary punishment for misuse of religion for acquiring political power and disqualification of political parties and candidates who have religious agenda. It its ATR, government promised that a bill to check communal violence was being contemplated which will include provisions on some these recommendations while the Election Commission would also be moved to look into them. “The Sangh Parivar has spent long years and mobilised its immense media clout to numb the sensibilities of the masses and at the very list to ensure the complete absence of resistance to its designs. “The attempts by the pseudo-moderate elements even within the Parivar were predictably of little significance and were destined to fail, whether by design or otherwise,” the Commission said. It held that “as the inner core of the Parivar, the top leadership of the RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal and the BJP bear primary responsibility. Turning to the BJP, it said “the much repeated and much denied remarks attributed to Govindacharya, who called Vajpayee a ‘Mukhota’ or a mask may be appropriately applied to the BJP’s top leadership at the time collectively”. It noted that even without leaders like Joshi, Advani and Vajpayee, the RSS might have been able to achieve de facto clout but would not have been able to legitimise its hold on the Indian system by translating that clout into political success. In this backdrop, the BJP was “an essential ingredient” in the Parivar smorgasbord, and essential to capture de jure power and authority, in furtherance of its goals of establishing the Hindu Rashtra. “Be that as it may, the evidence that has been laid before the Commission does not show that the pseudo-moderates were in-charge of the situation, much less capable of changing the course the campaign was taking,”it said. .

Philippines Gunmen Kill at Least 24

Massacre Claims Candidate’s Wife and Aides as They Travel to Register Him for Governor’s Election

Armed men kidnapped and killed at least 24 people in the southern Philippines on Monday, carrying out an unprecedented act of violence six months before presidential and regional elections.

The midday attack on a convoy of several dozen political supporters and journalists was an apparent attempt to block the nomination of a local politician planning to run for provincial governor in the May elections, the Philippine military said.

The Philippine Army has been mobilized to track down the gunmen who carried out Monday’s massacre in Maguindanao. The province has a violent past. In May, above, the military took action there against rebels.

Philippines hostages

The fate of the rest of the convoy — and the identity of their attackers — remained unclear. The army’s searches in the area, where the political landscape is dominated by clan disputes, hadn’t turned up any survivors by Monday evening. However, the politician, Ismael Mangudadatu, told a local radio station Tuesday that four people had survived the massacre and were under his care, Reuters reported.

Election-related violence is commonplace in much of the country, especially in the anarchic south, where Islamist separatists, private armies, chieftains and vigilante groups have long competed for power and influence.

Monday’s killings bear the hallmarks of a political act rather than terrorism — and, like much political violence in the country, probably have local origins and little to do with the national contest to find a successor to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, political analysts said.

The attack happened in the province of Maguindanao, on Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippines. Mindanao’s overall population is mostly Christian but pockets of the island are majority Muslim.

Maguindanao is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a section of the island’s central hinterland that has had a measure of political autonomy since it was established in 1996.

While many analysts said they thought Monday’s attacks stemmed solely from a local political dispute, Mindanao has a violent past, in part due to the presence of al Qaeda-backed terrorist groups such as Abu Sayyaf.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner told local media that about 40 people traveling in a five-van convoy were abducted by about 100 gunmen while en route to file the election nomination papers of Mr. Mangudadatu, a vice mayor in the region.

Mr. Mangudadatu had said he planned to contest the governorship of Maguindanao province against the family of Andal Ampatuan, a previous governor and a powerful regional clan leader.

The long-running feud between the Mangudadatu and Ampatuan families worsened several months ago when Mr. Mangudadatu declared his intention to run for the governor’s job.

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Mr. Ampatuan and his aides couldn’t be reached to comment, and haven’t said anything to the local media.

Soldiers found 21 bodies in the area, including those of Mr. Mangudadatu’s wife, Genalyn Tiamzon-Mangudadatu, and several journalists and lawyers traveling with the group. Thirteen of the 21 dead were women, Lt. Col. Brawner said, noting there were signs that some recovered bodies had been mutilated. Three more bodies were found later, increasing the toll to 24.

Mr. Mangudadatu said in a local television interview Monday that he feared being abducted or worse if he registered his candidacy for the gubernatorial post in person, or sent men to do that job. That was why he sent his wife and other female relatives and aides to do it, Mr. Mangudadatu said, emphasizing that he never imagined anybody would attack them.

In the interview, he said his wife called him on her mobile phone shortly before her abduction to say around 100 armed men had halted the convoy. “Then her line got cut off,” he said.

The Philippines’ National Union of Journalists said at least 10 local reporters were part of the Mangudadatu convoy to cover the election nomination and were presumed dead.

“Never in the history of journalism have the news media suffered such a heavy loss of life in one day,” Paris-based media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said. “The frenzied violence of thugs working for corrupt politicians has resulted in incomprehensible bloodshed.”

Philippines President Arroyo said she ordered top security officials to oversee the military’s efforts to track down the killers. “No effort will be spared to bring justice to the victims and hold the perpetrators accountable to the full limit of the law,” she said.

Registration began last week for national and local elections in May. More than 17,800 positions will be contested, including half the Philippines’ congressional seats, as well as the presidency.

Putting Indo-U.S. Ties Back on Track

President Obama first needs to clarify how India fits into his broader vision of the world.

Since taking office, President Obama has made a point of emphasizing the range of challenges he inherited from his predecessor. Yet the president is squandering one positive inheritance: a robust strategic relationship between India and the United States. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official state visit to the U.S. this week presents an opportunity to get things back on track.

India is a diverse and secular democratic state that, despite its imperfections, is politically stable and offers a model for other developing countries. Like China, India started shedding its socialist economic shackles and is now growing at a rapid clip. Since it shares many key security concerns with the U.S—such as the spread of Islamist fundamentalism, preventing the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, stabilizing Pakistan and preventing the domination of Asia by a resurgent China—India has the potential to become America’s most important partner in Asia. Yet, after nine years of rapidly improving ties, there are tangible fears in New Delhi about America’s commitment to that partnership.

Washington’s intense focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan has provoked worries in New Delhi that the Obama administration is once again linking its relations with India and Pakistan. This risks undoing one of the more successful policies of the Bush administration, which instead dealt with each nation on its own merits. Of course, Washington would be ill-advised to execute an “Af-Pak” strategy without considering India’s role: It is the fourth-largest donor to Afghan reconstruction efforts and is viewed as a friendly power by many Afghans. India could also play a central role in any effort to stabilize Pakistan by, among other measures, strengthening the civilian government vis-à-vis its recalcitrant military. Accordingly, India’s current dialogue with the separatists in Kashmir, resumed after three years, is a step in the right direction. But making the U.S. relationship with India contingent on progress in Pakistan is problematic because it fails to sufficiently account for America’s different interests in the two countries. Historically this policy has held the India-U.S. relationship hostage to events beyond India’s borders that New Delhi cannot control.

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The Obama administration’s approach to Asia has also left New Delhi wondering if Washington still seeks India’s emergence as a world leader. In 2005, a senior member of the Bush administration set a policy goal of “help[ing] India become a major world power in the 21st century.” Although officials in Washington and New Delhi would never admit it, shared concerns about China played a key role in driving the upswing in Indo-U.S. relations under the previous U.S. administration. In contrast, Mr. Obama’s statement in July during Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan’s visit to Washington that “the relationship between the United States and China will shape the 21st century” has fueled Indian suspicions that Washington seeks a “G-2” arrangement with Beijing as the new arbiter of global affairs. These fears have only been compounded by last week’s U.S.-China joint statement that acknowledged a role for China in India-Pakistan bilateral relations. This strongly suggests that India is now viewed as merely as a player in its immediate neighborhood rather than a future power in Asia.

To ease New Delhi’s concerns and put the relationship back on track, the Obama administration first needs to clarify where India fits into both its Asia policy and its broader vision of the world. A statement supporting India’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council would send a reassuring signal to New Delhi.

Second, India’s status as a strategic priority needs to be translated into concrete policy guidance for the Pentagon, State Department and Commerce Department bureaucracies that manage the day-to-day aspects of the relationship. Much of what was achieved during the previous administration was due to the personal attention paid to the issue by Mr. Bush and other senior members of his administration. Absent that guidance, parts of the U.S. government seem adrift. For instance, cooperation in defense research, co-development and production has been anemic—hindered by mechanical application of U.S. export control laws that fails to reflect the priority of strategic partnership. Mr. Obama could re-assert presidential leadership by issuing a national security directive that would lay out a consistent stance toward India that would guide agencies in forging economic, technological, strategic and social ties with India.

Finally, on the first anniversary of the November 26 Mumbai attacks, the Obama administration should send an unequivocal message on terrorism by supporting India’s demand that Pakistan bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. Islamabad’s delay in prosecuting the alleged plotters of these attacks has not only held up the peace process between the two nations but has also prolonged India’s national trauma. The attempted compartmentalization of terror groups on the part of U.S. and Pakistan—by differentiating between Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, or between sectarian and Kashmir-focused militants—needs to stop. The U.S. and India must present a united front against all these groups and their benefactors.

When it comes to relations with New Delhi, Mr. Obama’s drive to distinguish his approach from that of the Bush administration risks squandering one of the major foreign policy developments of the past decade. Despite some differences, partnership between India and the U.S. has the potential to shape global affairs in many positive ways. It is important to continue the momentum imparted to this relationship by making real gains and helping those in India who advocate for closer bilateral ties. Otherwise the next few years in Indo-U.S. ties will be best defined as a stylistic White House photo-op—lacking in substance and completely irrelevant.

Mr. Ladwig is a doctoral candidate in international relations at Merton College, University of Oxford. Mr. Mukherjee is a doctoral candidate in international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Big Bang machine achieves first particle collisions

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ZURICH (Reuters) — Scientists have smashed together proton beams for the first time in a 27-kilometre tunnel under the French-Swiss border in an initial step toward discovering how the universe came into existence, they said on Monday.

Scientists at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) hope experiments will already start giving clues about the origins of the universe in the coming months as the world’s biggest particle collider starts moving to full power.

“It’s a great achievement to have come this far in so short a time,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer about the collision, achieved by sending two bunches of subatomic particles around the ring in opposite directions.

It is only three days since the “Big Bang Machine,” or Large Hadron Collider (LHC), was switched back on after being halted by an accident 14 months ago, just 10 days after its first start-up.

Earlier, physicist Steve Myers told Reuters it could take until 2011 for beams of protons to hit top velocity in the nearly $10 billion experiment, which involves scientists from dozens of countries.

The key aim of the project at the CERN research center is to try to discover how the universe took shape, after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago spilled out matter at vast speeds and energies that eventually became suns, stars, planets and then life itself.

Experiments in a previous collider at the CERN research center near Geneva at the foot of the French Jura mountains staged particle collisions producing energy very close to that of the Big Bang.

The LHC operating at its full might should recreate conditions like those just one billionth of a second after the primeval explosion.

The scientists now plan to increase the beam intensity and accelerate the beams further so they can gather enough collision data by Christmas to help set up experiments.

MSNBC.com Takes Over The @BreakingNews Twitter Account

 

 

MSNBC.com Takes Over The @BreakingNews Twitter Account

BNO News, “owner” of the 1.4 million follower @BreakingNews Twitter account, has signed an agreement with MSNBC.com that will see the news site take control of management of the account, according to PaidContent.

This is not an investment in BNO nor an acquisition clarifies MSNBC, but it is the first client to join Dutch founder Michael van Poppel’s next phase of the company’s growth – BNO News Wire, a headline news service to be launched in January.

So how will the account work under MSNBC.com? Supposedly very similar to in the past with links to various sources except now with a feed specifically full of MSNBC.com’s links, driving more traffic to its site.

Msnbc.com is the online news outlet for the NBC News family. In addition to NBC News content and material produced by the site’s own staff, msnbc.com also hosts articles and features from several partners, including The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine.

The web site is developed in Redmond, Washington, on the Microsoft campus (Microsoft are 18% owners) and news content is produced out of newsrooms in Redmond, New York, and London. It is the news provider for MSN, the portal site and online service operated by Microsoft, but it is editorially and financially separate.

According to Nielsen Online, msnbc.com has risen above Yahoo! News and CNN for the position of top news site from June 2008 through May 2009, measured by unique visitors in the U.S.

Events & Movies Today – HYDERABAD

Evening Snacks
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  6 p.m.
Promenade, Aditya Park, Ameerpet. An array of South and North Indian snacks and light meals at the Promenade.

Midnight Biryani
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 11:30 p.m. to  3 a.m.
Tulips, Hotel Greenpark, Greenlands, Begumpet. Tulips is serving an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryanis. Other delicacies like Haleem, Sheermal, Paneer Burjee and desserts are also available.

Southern Delicacies
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. noon to  3 p.m.
Deccan Pavilion, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, Begumpet. The coffee shop is offering authentic Hyderabadi biryanis and delicious kebabs along with other Chinese and continental cuisines. Also on the menu are soups, salads, cold cuts, pastas and desserts.

Snacks and Desserts Buffet
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  7 p.m.
Sweet Nirvana, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur. A variety of savoury snacks like chicken barbecue and even desserts are up for grabs.

Lunch Buffet
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 12:30 p.m. to  3 p.m.
Tandoor, White House Building, Begumpet. An authentic North Indian buffet – peas pulao, paneer tikka, biryanis, desserts and more.

Awadh Food Festival
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 5 p.m. to  11 p.m.
The Great Kebab Factory, Next to MLA Colony, Road No.12, Banjara Hills. Some of the famous dishes on menu are smoked Kebabs like Kakori Kebab, Lucknowi Chaamp, Murgh Wajad Ali, Dum ki Nalli with vegetarian delights like Dahi ke Kebab, Dohra Kunbh, Makkai ki Tikki and desserts like Apple jalebi, Rabdi Lachchadar and others.

The Cocktail Festival
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. noon to  11:45 p.m.
Novotel Hyderabad, Hitech City, Madhapur. The factory is ready to churn vivid cocktail mixes all through the month. The festival is in contrast to the regular Oktober festival celebrated across the globe. The USP of the drinks will be matching with the days of the week, like Mojito Mondays, Tropical Tuesdays, Whiskey-mixed Wednesdays, Tequila Thursdays, Frozen Special Fridays, Sangria Saturdays and Shooter Sundays and also on the changes and the preferences of the crowd.

Dim-Sum Festival
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  11 p.m.
Golden Dragon, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. The menu consists of a wide-range of Dim Sums in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options like baby spinach and spring vegetables dim sum, five spiced mushroom dim sum, garlic and cabbage dim sum, burnt garlic fish dim sum, chicken dim sum, crispy shrimps dim sum and delicious desserts from Executive Chef Nitin.

House Music Night
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  1 a.m.
Dublin, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, Opp. to Walden, Begumpet Rocking party tracks by in-house DJ Daman.

From Goa With Love
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Seasons Bar, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Singer Wahida belts out hit songs from 70s, 80s to latest chart busters.

Russian Melodies
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Atrium Bar, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Russian singer Polina will perform at the bar. She is versatile and covers a wide variety of world styles, from contemporary popular repertoire to retro and hip-hop.

Films
Games Of Love And Chance
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  9 p.m.
Sri Sarathi Studios, , Ameerpet The second film of Kechiche draws its restless energy from its setting in the Parisian projects, recently the scene of widespread rioting by marginalized young second generation immigrants. Tunisian born Kechiche gets inside the head if a shy teenager (Osman Elkharraz) who overcomes the taunts of his friends to act in a school production of a classic 18th century play, if only to perform opposite the girl of his dreams.

Shopping
Season Sale
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Planet Sports, Shop No.1-2, Afzia Towers, Opp. Lifestyle, Begumpet. There is a 20% discount on apparel, footwear and other sports accessories for women and men.

Festive Collection
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
New Meena Bazar, Abids. The store is has an exclusive range of reviting kurtas, pyjamas and sherwanis, featuring Lucknowi, Chikandari, Kashmiri works, Brocades and thread embroidery in exotic range of colors and designs. The fabrics used to create these masterpieces include plain cotton, crushed cotton, cotton silk, linen tissue silk and ploy silk.

Designer Jewellery
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Musaddilal Jewellers. Designer jewellery collection for Diwali and the wedding season. The collection specialises in diamonds, ruby, antique jewellery like satlada, chokers and much more.

Designer Collection
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Personna, Road No.8, Banjara Hills. The store is displaying formal and party wear apparel from famous designers like Manoviraj Khosla, Troy De Costa, Wendell Rodricks and many more.

English
Fly Me To The Moon
PRASADS IMAX
NTR Gardens, LIC Division PO, Hyderabad, 500-063. , 2344-8989
16:45
2012
PRASADS IMAX
NTR Gardens, LIC Division PO, Hyderabad, 500-063. , 2344-8989
11:45 and 22:45
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
14:00, 17:00 and 20:00
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:10, 13:40, 16:15, 18:30, 19:15, 21:40 and 22:20
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
10:15, 16:00, 19:15 and 22:30
Cine Planet Multiplex
Kompally., 2765-4321
10:15, 16:00, 18:30 and 21:30
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
10:30, 13:30, 16:35, 19:40 and 22:45
Talkie Town
Shetty’s Complex, Aland Road, Bombay Highway, Miyapur.,
11:30, 14:30, 18:15 and 21:15
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
10:40, 13:20, 16:20, 19:00 and 22:30
A Christmas Carol
PRASADS IMAX
NTR Gardens, LIC Division PO, Hyderabad, 500-063. , 2344-8989
14:45, 18:45 and 20:45
Twilight
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
16:50
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
12:00 and 23:00
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:45 and 19:30
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
20:30
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
13:40 and 20:00
Whiteout
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
13:10
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
20:30
Hindi
London Dreams
Padmavati Cineplex
Kachiguda, Opp: Suprabhat Hotel,
11:30, 14:30, 18:00 and 21:15
Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
16:45, 19:45 and 22:45
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:20, 13:00, 15:20, 19:05 and 21:50
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
13:15, 17:45 and 23:00
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
11:00, 16:00 and 22:00
Tivoli
Secunderabad, 2784-6747
11:30, 14:20, 18:30 and 21:30
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
10:50, 13:45 and 22:20
Ramakrishna Glitterati
NTR Estate,J N Road, Abids., 2474-1699
11:30, 14:30 and 18:00 and 21:15
Kurbaan
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, 20:00, 22:00 and 23:00
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:00, 12:40, 13:15, 15:50, 16:25 and 22:15
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
10:00, 16:25, 19:20 and 22:20
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
10:00, 13:00, 16:15, 19:30 and 22:45
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
10:40, 13:40, 16:45, 19:20 and 22:30
Talkie Town
Shetty’s Complex, Aland Road, Bombay Highway, Miyapur.,
11:30, 14:45, 18:00 and 21:30
Sensation Insomnia
Next to Police station, Lakdi-ka-pul, 2323-3455
12:00, 15:00, 19:00 and 21:45
HITECH 70mm
Near Cyber towers, Hitech City,
11:00, 14:00, 18:00 and 21:00
Anand
Opp. Wesley Boys College, S.P.Road, 2790-6405
10:30, 14:30, 18:00 and 21:00
Priya 70mm
Mallepally,
10:30, 15:00, 18:45 and 21:30
Tum Mile
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
22:30
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:00 and 22:45
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
14:00
Ramakrishna-70 mm
NTR Estate,J N Road, Abids, 2474-1699
11:30, 14:30, 18:00 and 21:15
Telugu
Magadheera
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
17:00
Bendu Appa Rao
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
20:00
Odeon 70mm
RTC X Roads, 2765-1438
11:15, 14:15, 18:00 and 21:00
Ek Niranjan
Cine Planet Multiplex
Kompally., 2765-4321
15:45 and 21:30
Shanti
Narayanguda., 2322-3580
11:15, 14:15, 18:00 and 21:00
Village Lo Vinayakudu
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
17:00
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
20:15
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
13:30
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
17:00
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
13:45, 16:30 and 19:20
Devi 70 mm
RTC ‘X’ Roads, 2763-7811
11:15, 14:15, 18:00 and 21:00
Kurradu
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
14:15
HITECH 70mm
Near Cyber towers, Hitech City,
11:00, 14:00, 18:00 and 21:00.

BC student organisations call for bandh today

HYDERABAD: Several Backward Classes student welfare associations on Monday found fault with Sate Government’s proposal to do away with fee reimbursement scheme for students belonging to backward communities. In a press release here, the students associations said that such proposal would financially impact scores of B.C students who are pursuing various professional courses across the State.

Andhra Pradesh State Backward Class Students Association and Andhra Pradesh Economically Backward Classes Welfare Association have given a bandh call to all the colleges in the State on Tuesday to protest against the proposed government’s move to roll back fee reimbursement. If the Government fails to withdraw the proposal, then the student organisations plan to intensify the stir.

Stray incidents mar GHMC elections


On guard: Policemen deployed in large numbers following a clash between MIM and BJP cadres in old city during the GHMC elections on Monday.

HYDERABAD: The first elections to the GHMC passed off peacefully on Monday even as stray incidents of clashes, attempts to attack opponents and heated arguments between leaders were reported.

With the government declaring Monday a holiday and commercial establishments remaining closed, the main roads wore a deserted look. No violence was reported from any part of the city but stray incidents kept the police on tenterhooks till evening.

Mild tension prevailed at polling booth no. 15 at Young Model school in Kabootarkhana coming under Puranapool division when MIM nominee’s husband Raj Mohan allegedly attacked the BJP’s election agent.

The BJP workers demonstrated in front of the Hussainialam police station demanding action against Raj Mohan. A case was registered.

Abduction rumour

Around noon, Sardar Ali Khan, father-in-law of Amjedullah Khan of MBT contesting from Azampura, went to polling station no. 21 in Chanchalguda to cast vote.

He allegedly abused Ahsanullah Khan, cousin of MIM nominee Aslam Khan, while the latter slapped him.

Hyderabad MP and MIM president, Asaduddin Owaisi, who went around polling stations riding pillion on a bike, allegedly attacked Jawed, an agent of an independent candidate at Shivarampally of Rajendranagar.

Jawed’s friends initially accused the MP of forcibly taking away Jawed to an undisclosed location in a car but the latter returned after some time and said that he fled the spot after an argument with the MP.

Reacting to the ‘abduction’ reports, Mr. Owaisi said he had objected to Jawed being allowed as election agent since the latter was a history-sheeter. “Is Jawed a kid to keep him in my lap and take away,” he said rubbishing the kidnap charge.

Polling was disrupted for sometime in a polling booth at Rashida function hall of Kurmaguda division when BJP and TDP nominees, Sahadev Yadav and Ravinder, respectively, picked up arguments with the polling staff on some issue. The polling resumed after officials pacified them.

Unidentified persons, believed to be TDP activists, pelted stones on the vehicle of MIM candidate, Mohsin Balala, at Panjeshah in Mirchowk breaking its windscreens. Police rushed to the spot and dispersed members of both the groups readying for a clash.

Cash seized

Asifnagar ACP Venkateshwara Rao seized Rs. 10,000 from BJP candidate of Mehdipatnam division, Bangaru Prakash, while the latter was moving in a vehicle.

The Banjara Hills police registered a case against one Vamshi and six others on charge of travelling unauthorised in a candidate’s vehicle.

Police averted a clash between Praja Rajyam and Congress workers at polling stations 9 and 10 at Mangalhat coming under Asifnagar division.

The two groups were trading charges of influencing the voters. They were sent away after stern warning.