Karnataka IAS officer accused of harassing a widow

Bangalore: Former Haryana director general of police SPS Rathore using his clout to prolong the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case is not alone.

A senior IAS officer in Karnataka, DK Rangaswamy, faces allegations of misbehaving with a widow but despite complaints by the victim, he continues to survive thanks to his clout.

Rangaswamy allegedly misbehaved with a widow, R Yamini, who had come to him to process land records after her husband’s death two years back.

RTI queries reveal that Rangaswamy who was then the deputy commissioner of Ramanagaram district changed his own orders on her land three times because she refused his demands.

“Because of the sanction order, he demanded relationship in a wrong way. You may know what he demanded. When I refused he started harassing and registered a case in CCB against me regarding revenue matter. I got bail from the court,” claims Yamini.

Subsequent enquiries by then revenue secretary SM Jaamdar recommended Rangaswamy’s suspension. But Rangaswamy had many godfathers and Yamini approached the Lokayukta for help.

“First letter was in September. These type of officers will bring bad name to the government and one should take action. The chief secretary met me personally and he said he’ll take action too. Departmental action will be taken but nothing happened. I wrote another letter in April but still nothing happened. But the worst thing is he was given super-time scale. This is the position. The government now says it’ll take up the matter more seriously,” says Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde.

“Karnataka will deal with this aspect and take action against that senior officer who has indulged in activities that I term as anti-civil in nature by a civil servant. We’ll seek information and after getting information we’ll take necessary action,” says Karnataka Law Minister Suresh Kumar.

But for Yamini it has already been a two-year-long fight with a powerful bureaucrat.

Goa man accused of raping Russian girl surrenders

Panaji: John Fernandes, accused of raping a 25-year-old Russian girl in Panaji, surrendered before the Goa Crime Branch on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Fernandes accompanied by his lawyer Rajiv Gomes came to the crime branch office at Dona Paula at 1400 hrs IST.

The accused has been absconding after his anticipatory bail was cancelled by the Bombay High Court in December 2009.

The Supreme Court on Monday too had refused to grant anticipatory bail to the accused who allegedly raped the victim in his car on December 1, 2009.

The Goa Police were on the lookout for Fernandes, a local politician, after Judicial Magistrate first class, Margao pronounced him as absconder.

The girl had alleged that the accused spiked her drink and later raped her in his car near Colva beach.

Maharashtra blames 3 Idiots for KEM ragging

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Monday made a strange connection to ragging in KEM medical college in Mumbai to a ragging scene in the movie 3 Idiots. State officials suspect that a scene which shows students being ragged by seniors has inspired the ragging of 10 physiotherapy students of the KEM hospital.

Minister of Medical Education, Vijaykumar Gavit says, “If this film has incited this, we will take action.”

However, on Wednesday, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan made an effort to sound more diplomatic. He said, “Who said this was because of 3 Idiots? We will first check the movie and then decide.”

The censor board that cleared the movie is baffled. The Central Board of Film Certification and the filmmakers are both baffled with the government’s inability to differentiate between reel life and real life ragging.

Member Central Board of Film Certification, Nandini Sardesai said, “I think the government is missing the point. The film does not inspire ragging. It depicts ragging.”

Actor Aamir Khan added, “That scene from the film is clearly meant to be against ragging.”

People are saying that the government’s approach to the ragging problem in KEM is a trivial solution to a serious issue – targeting a film with a fictitious story to solve a legitimate problem that most colleges face in reality.

Nonetheless, this is not the first time the Maharashtra government has ignored the forest by focusing on the trees – from calling 26/11 a ‘small incident’, to declaring that ICSE students should get only 10 per cent of college seats, there seems to be no stopping the state’s string of irresponsible statements.

More holes in Govt’s bulletproof jacket deals

New Delhi: The lessons of 26/11 appear to have been forgotten in a hurry. Months after the Ram Pradhan Committee report indicted the Maharashtra government for the poor quality of bulletproof jackets, the issue has surfaced again.

It was the poor quality of life-saving bulletproof jackets that could have cost Mumbai top cop Hemant Karkare’s life in the November 26 Mumbai terror attacks. However, lessons have not been learnt from the unforgettable incidence.

CNN-IBN has unearthed serious violations in a recent tendering and approval process for 59,000 bulletproof jackets floated by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Rules have allegedly been bent by the nation’s premier Defence Research And Development Organisation (DRDO). Documents exclusively with CNN-IBN detail the testing process of all the eight bidders.

Violation No. 1

Two different samples of jackets were tested for live firing at the same time – 1305 hrs IST to 1320 hrs IST and 1312 hrs IST to 1318 hrs IST but the DRDO lab is a single bench test firing range, two samples just cannot be tested at the same time. How did the second test start before the first one finished?

Violation No. 2

As per the rule or standard operating procedure –‘wet jackets’ have to be fired at within 10 minutes of soaking but the document clearly reveals how a sample was fired at after 17 minutes and rejected. Ironically, other bidders did adhere to this guideline and passed the trial.

Violation No. 3

If a jacket is perforated during a test shot, testing must end and the sample stands rejected. But the report shows how shot number 4 from an AK-47 pierced the jacket and yet more shots were fired at the sample. In another case, when an MP5 bullet pierced a sample jacket, the shot was declared “unfair”, to allow testing to continue.

Even the declaration is a whiteout job endorsed only by RK Verma, one of the seven members on technical evaluation committee and the man who fired the shot.

Interestingly, of the 376 shots fired during the trials, this was the only shot declared unfair.

Jackets belonging to this vendor were approved in the technical bidding making it eligible for the financial bid.

CNN-IBN also found that lab test reports don’t have the signatures of five out of seven members on the technical evaluation committee. Ironically, the Union Home Ministry in an internal note has conceded it has received several complaints about these trials.

At least three complaints are currently being examined. An alleged audio recording which indicts a technical evaluation committee member is also being examined.

When CNN-IBN contacted Verma, who has been named in the complaints to the Ministry, he denied any wrongdoing but refused to come on camera and said that the Bureau of Police Research and Development were answerable.

Top level sources say that a worried Home Ministry has now halted the price bid for this tender.

The chairman of the technical evaluation committee will also be asked to explain. The Director General of CRPF – the head of the tender appraisal committee – will be consulted and DRDO will be hauled up and the ballistic trials will be held again if the Ministry is convinced that they were manipulated.

Churchill player Odafa denies molesting airhostess

Mumbai: Churchill Brothers captain Odafa Okolie on Wednesday denied the molestation charge levelled against him and two of his teammates by a SpiceJet airhostess.

”I have my wife, I have two children. This is only an allegation. This is not our country and that’s why we have been treated like this. I can’t play because they have spoiled my mood,” said Okolie.

However, SpiceJet Director Ajay Singh claimed that the players were not behaving in a proper manner.

“Passengers were concerned about the behaviour of the players,” said Singh.

SpiceJet has also issued a statement on the alleged incident.

“Some passengers misbehaved with and abused our crew on board flight SG804 from Goa to Kolkata via Mumbai. In the interest of the safety of other passengers, our pilot took a decision to offload them in Mumbai during the scheduled transit halt. The matter is under investigation with the concerned authorities,” the statement said.

Okolie along with Arindam Bhattacharya and Kalu Nnanna was arrested for allegedly misbehaving and molesting with an airhostess and other cabin crew members on board a SpiceJet plane on Tuesday night.

They were arrested after being off loaded from the SG 804 from Goa to Kolkata via Mumbai at the Mumbai airport and granted bail by a Mumbai court on Wednesday morning on a personal bond of Rs 5,000 each.

All three were booked on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman.

The entire Churchil Brothers team was going to Kolkata for their I-League match against Mohun Bagan on Friday.

Odafa is the highest paid player in the Indian football circuit and was judged the most valuable player in India’s premier tournament I-League

He was also the highest goal scorer in the I-League. Bhattacharya was judged the best goal keeper in the I-League and is also one of the top three goalkeepers of India.

Kalu is one of the main midfielders of the Churchill team and one of the Nigerian recruits of the club.

Govt to build 1 lakh houses for paramilitary personnel: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Jan 5 : Urging the nation to respect ‘men in uniform’, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the Centre would be building one lakh housing units for paramilitary personnel in next few years.

”We will be building one lakh housing units for paramilitary forces in next few years,” the Home Minister said, while acknowledging Idea Cellular contribution of Rs 2.50 crore for the Prime Minister’s National Defence Fund.

The Home Minister said police personnel deployed across the country live under difficult conditions, so there was a need to give them respect.

”The nation would be getting better police force if people respect the men in uniform,” the minister said.

He said the amount given by Idea, would be a help in providing better uniform, better shoes, better bulletproof jackets and provide better training to the police personnel.

Idea Cellular Managing Director Sanjeev Aga handed a cheque of Rs 2.50 crore for the Prime Minister’s National Defence Fund to the Home Minister at a ceremony here this evening.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Aga said, ”On the first anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Idea Cellular initiated the nationwide campaign ‘Talk for India Hour’ and every call that Idea’s subscribers made that evening between 2036 hrs to 2136 hrs generated a total revenue of Rs 1.25 crore.” Idea Cellular doubled the amount and contributed a total sum of Rs 2.50 crore for the Prime Minister’s National Defence Fund, he added.

Shabana Azmi stresses need for women’s education, check on female killing

Jaunpur, Jan 5 : Bollywood actor and social activist Shabana Azmi today stressed the need for education among women and appealed to people to eliminate discrimination between the boy and the girl child.

”The people, specially the young blood, should step ahead to check any exploitation against the female fraternity,” Ms Azmi said while addressing scribes after inspecting the under-construction Kaifi Azmi building at Veer Bahadur Singh Poorvanchal University here.

Media can also contribute in an effective manner against any unjustice to the women, she added.

The former Rajya Sabha member said the people accused of killing females in foetus should be dealt with iron hands.

”Its time, when people should change their approach towards the women, who are actively participating in each and every field of society,” the activist said.

Also, the youth should have a major role in spreading awareness about the government schemes among the villagers.

Moreover, she expressed concern over the sky-shooting prices of essential commodities and the burden it was posing upon the poor.

She said the poor should reap the benefits of the government schemes.

Chidambaram’s Plan In Conquering Hyderabad?

Chidambaram has been sounding irresponsible by many of Telugus in the matter of Andhra-Telangana issue. While Samaikyandhra sympathizers felt that he made irresponsible statement on Dec 9th Telangana people felt that is the villain for their movement after Jan 5th.

But for what Chidambaram is doing this?

Many say that he is doing this to cut down the growth of Hyderabad and pilfer the glory and keep in his home state.

In monarchial era, kings used to wage wars and battles with muscle power on neighboring kingdoms to expand their empire. But in 2009, in democracy, Chidambaram used brain instead of muscle to achieve the same.

Obviously, many IT units are getting shifted to Chennai with the fear of pandemonium and uncertainty in Hyderabad. It is said that many companies right from Mahindra, Patni, Satyam, HCL, Wipro, Infosys and TCS are located in Hyderabad with huge employee base. Now many are worried if they will be shifted to Chennai. IT department of Tamilnadu confirmed that it has been receiving several inquiries from Hyderabad based IT companies with shifting proposals.

Adding to, some bigwigs in film industry is also planning to shift to Chennai which is an added shower on Chidambaram.

Pranab’s plain speak shocks KCR

Union minister Pranab Mukherjee said this evening that there was no chance of a separate Telangana happening overnight. Pranab also said that there can be no timeframe or time limit for the formation of separate Telangana.

Pranab Mukherjee also said that the statement of December 5 was made as KCR’s health was deteriorating and there was an urgent need to make him break his fast. He also said that a consensus was a must before a decision on separate Telangana can be taken.

With Chidambaram also ruling out fixing a specific timeframe for the formation of separate Telangana, KCR as well as the TRS activists and JAC is aghast at the turn of events in Delhi.

Policeman killed, 3 civilians injured in Srinagar terrorist attack

A policeman was on Wednesday killed and three civilians were injured as terrorists struck in the heart of Srinagar, entering a hotel lobbing grenades.

The policeman, identified as Mohammed Yusuf who was posted as driver of the Station House Officer of Maisuma Police station, was killed during the attack, official sources said.

Three civilians, including Rauf, a cameraman of a Delhi-based private news channel, were also injured and have been rushed to a hospital, they said.

The terrorists are believed to be holed up in the hotel adjacent to historic Amira Kadal bridge in Lal Chowk area. The police had recently claimed that there had been a drop in militant violence.

Exchange of fire between the militants and the security personnel is continuing, the sources said.

Grenade explosions and random gun-shots were heard till late in the afternoon, triggering panic among people.

The militants, believed to be “Fidayeen” (suicide squad), initially lobbed grenades on a CRPF picket at Pladium Chowk and followed it by indiscriminate firing around 2.15 pm.

The CRPF and police personnel deployed in the area retaliated and the militants, whose number could not be ascertained immediately, reportedly took shelter inside a hotel. They opened fire and lobbed grenades on the security forces.

The whole area was immediately cordoned off to neutralise the militants, a police officer said.

Immediately after the attack, people, including shopkeepers, present in the area fled to safety, while traffic went off the roads.

The entire area wore a deserted look with reinforcements rushing to the scene to tackle the situation arising out of the attack in the valley in more than two years.

The last suicide attack was carried out in Dal Lake area of Srinagar in October 2007 in which two militants were killed and three securitymen injured.

Today’s attack came a day after the National Conference-led coalition government completed its first year in office and listed in its achievements, improved security situation.

No consensus, experts panel may be set up on Telangana


TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao after the meeting

As the meeting of eight Andhra Pradesh parties convened by Home Minister P Chidambaram failed in producing a consensus on Telangana today, the Centre was learnt to be considering setting up a panel to hold consultations with all stakeholders.

The panel, which would buy the Government time to restore normalcy in the state, could be a committee of experts headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court, or a ministerial committee, or a mix of both.

The parties and their Andhra units largely reiterated their stated positions at today’s meeting. TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya asked the Centre to take immediate steps to create Telengana. PRP chief Chiranjeevi said his party was for a united Andhra. Representatives from the Congress and TDP were divided along Telangana and non-Telangana lines. The CPI(M) stressed the need for a peaceful resolution.

Except for the BJP, which sought the tabling of a statehood Bill in the next session of Parliament, all parties agreed on setting up a mechanism for further consultations. The MIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi wanted President’s Rule in the state to control law and order.

“It appears to me that no one is opposed to further consultations with other groups and stakeholders. Should such consultations become necessary, they were keen that these should be completed in a reasonable time,” Chidambaram said.

In a joint statement, the parties said they had expressed their views at the meeting and these had been noted by the Centre. “Meanwhile, it is our earnest appeal that peace, harmony and law and order should be maintained in the state.”

Remembering Rahman’s best songs on his 44th birthday

Rahman’s magic reached crescendo when he became the first Indian to win double Oscars for the song Jai Ho in the film Slumdog Millionaire, a BAFTA award and a Golden Globe award. On the home front, he has been honoured four times with National Film Awards.

From Roja to Jai Ho, AR Rahman, who turns 44 on Wednesday, has endeared himself to millions with his lilting melodies and created history with his double Oscar.

Rahman’s magic reached crescendo when he became the first Indian to win double Oscars for the song Jai Ho in the film Slumdog Millionaire, a BAFTA award and a Golden Globe award. On the home front, he has been honoured four times with National Film Awards.

On the occasion of the musician’s birthday, IANS goes down memory lane to recall some of the his all-time hits.

Roja — In 1992, Rahman made his debut as a composer with the soundtrack of Roja and the title track struck a chord with the audiences. Time magazine included Roja album in its list of “10 Best Soundtracks” of all-time in 2005. This poignant, romantic number in the voice of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam is slow-paced, with music and lyrics so profound that made it a chartbuster.

Ye haseen vadiyan — The Roja album included another great composition in Ye haseen vadiyan. Crooned by Chitra and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, the song is a treat to ears owing to its orchestration and vocals. Even after 18 years, the eloquent romantic number still has the same impact.

Tanha tanha — In 1995, Rahman’s compositions for Rangeela became an instant hit. The song Tanha tanha, sung by Asha Bhosle became chartbuster and was a song on everyone’s lips. The light, breezy track had good lyrics and was beautifully picturised on actress Urmila Matondkar.

Tu hi re — In the same year, he produced another winner in the form of Bombay. The song Tu hi re caught the fancy of music buffs. The sad romantic number captured the angst and the loneliness of a lover. Sung by Hariharan and Kavita Krishnamurthy, it’s an appealing and touching number.

Maa tujhe salaam — Rahman released his own album in 1997 and created a stir with the patriotic song Maa tujhe salaam. Sung by the composer himself, it became one of the most sought after versions of the Vande Mataram.

Chaiyyan Chaiyyan — The song from the film Dil Se was released in 1998 and broke many records. The song with a punch was crooned by Sukhwinder Singh and is still a hot favourite.

Piya Haji Ali — After churning out patriotic and romantic numbers, Rahman treated his fans with the Sufi song Piya Haji Ali in the movie Fiza. Rendered by Kadar Ghulam Mustafa, Murtaza Ghulam Mustafa and Shrinivas, the song that talks about divine power has tranquillising effect on the listeners.

O rey chhori — In 2001 he composed another hit romantic number O rey chhori for the Oscar nominated film Lagaan. It is a sweet, mushy outing with intermixed Indian and western influences. While the Hindi lyrics have been voiced by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, the English part in the song has been rendered by Vasundhara Das. It is surely a pleasing and melodious song.

Saathiya — The title track of 2002 release Saathiya is worth repeated listening. The love ballad is perfect for all moods. Rhythm is the overpowering factor in the number and it clicks instantly. Sonu Nigam’s silken voice gives the already brilliant song an edge.

Roobaroo — The hip, young, carefree song from 2006 hit film Rang De Basanti, became an instant hit. Sung by Rahman and Naresh Iyer, the track belongs to the Indi-pop genre and was a favourite of people from all age groups.

Tere bina— Rahman has proved his mettle time and again, but his proficiency in creating romantic tracks is unmatchable, something he proved with Tere bina in the 2007 film Guru. Sung by Rahman himself along with Murtuza Khan, Quadir Khan and Chinmayee.

Jai ho — His composition for the song Jai Ho in the film Slumdog Millionaire turned out to be a turning point in Rahman’s career. It fetched him his first Oscar. Sung by Sukhwinder, the fast-paced, high-spirited, energetic song was liked not only nationally but internationally too.

Kabhi kabhi aditi — It is a light, uplifting song that makes you feel nice. Crooned by Rashid Ali, the song from the film Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na, is beautiful from the word go, the guitar strumming and the casual lyrics made it a favourite among the youngsters.

Khawaja mere khawajaKhawaja mere khawaja is another Sufi track from the talented composer and it hit the right chords with the audiences. The song, which was a part of the soundtrack of the movie Jodhaa Akbar, is a fabulous qawaali-based song sung by Rahman himself. The notes of harmonium are interwoven with those of stringed instruments that produced a sweet harmonic sound, making the song highly relaxing.

Masakalli — Rahman hit the bull’s eye last year with Masakalli from the film Delhi-6. The free flowing, addictive, fun song is crooned by Mohit Chauhan

How to invest in 2010

Every year comes with new investors, new companies, new products, new rules and new hopes in the market. Also at the start of a year, an investor makes lot of promises to herself. She promises herself to follow all the discipline, do all the analysis and take all the important financial decisions from which she had been escaping due to fear or lack of interest. Such actions might have resulted in some major losses, which will force her to change the way of dealing with money.

In the very beginning of 2010, let us have a look at some pointers for the new investment year. No one knows what 2010 has got in store for any of us. Who can guess whether it is a good year for cement sector or debt mutual funds or whether Sensex will again experience a below 10k level. The point is not how to predict the markets, which no one can actually do, but how to keep ourselves prepared for unforeseen losses.

 Tips! No-No – This is the first principle that any investor in the world should follow, irrespective of where she hails from (Indian, US or otherwise), portfolio size (Rs. 10,000 or Rs. 50 lakhs), asset class (equity, debt, real estate, gold, etc.). Working on tips or recommendations is the shortest and easiest way to wealth erosion in the medium to long term. But these tips need not be written off either! What an intelligent investor should take from these tips is the direction in which to do further enquiry. Which sector are the tippers pointing out at? This can give a lead and the investor can do some preliminary research to find out if the idea is worth it.

 League – League signifies all big-ticket investors and other market players like brokers, advisors and analysts. These people have access to very important information, know top-notch people of companies, and make huge transactions (which can influence prices of stocks significantly) and what not. Then why do we suggest not following them. This is because you cannot predict when the tiger will take a turn i.e. when they will change their decisions and sell a stock which was earlier talked about as a long-term investment. They may otherwise pull money from equity and put in gilt mutual funds. The better way to invest is to take your own calls about investment.

Homework – What will you say to a first standard kid who says – “I can’t do my homework myself. Mummy! Can you do it for me?”. I think the answer most likely will be “Who is going to sit for you on the exam day?”. Does not the same logic apply for us (adults) who are putting their hard-earned money in the market. How can we not do our HOMEWORK? By homework, we don’t mean doing complex calculations or talking to management of the companies or scrolling through newspapers of last ten years. Not everyone who invests in the market has the time and interest to do due diligence.  But at least having a look at the company’s financials, people and industry can give a fair idea about what kind of an investment it will turn out to be. What if ABC Securities Ltd. suggests you that buy Avtaar Technologies, which is the next IBM in the making. Will you ask him to put in Rs. 20,000 or should you at least find out some information about the company from any of the countless financial sites, look at its past profits, who are the major shareholders, size of the company, etc. Each investor in the market has its own checklist, but at least having a checklist is just about the minimum requirement for an investor.

Back to Maths – No one, absolutely no one can deny the importance of numbers in the world of finance. But very few retail investors are aware of which numbers to look at and how. There can be a tutorial dedicated to financial analysis. However, having an understanding of investment variables is what is required, which depend on the type of investment. Say for e.g. in bonds you should know what is a coupon rate, yield, maturity, duration, credit rating, etc. In mutual funds, expense ratio, NAV, management fee, closing date, etc. In stocks there can be ‘n’ number of variable but common ones include EPS, P/E ratio, 52 week high/low, etc. You should know what a balance sheet, profit and loss account, cash flow statement and shareholding pattern depict. It may sound a lot of work but all this for a stock can be done in not more than one hour.

Following the above pointers might not yield 100% success but can save you from assured losses. Imagine that people do net search, seek user opinions, make visits and do everything else to buy a watch or mobile which might not cost more than Rs. 20,000. There are very few investors who take the effort of looking at their stock before buying it.

Every investor should take a resolution that he/she will be a more equipped investor in the Year 2010 and would face the market the same way as our Indian Cricket Team plays the twenty-twenty matches! …And this better be a resolution that is not broken!

 By BankBazaar.com  – an online marketplace for your personal loan and home loan needs.

Bomb threat in Mumbai, security tightened

Mumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) Security has been tightened at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station and other sensitive locations in Mumbai Wednesday following a threat to carry out explosions this afternoon, officials said.

 An anonymous threat call to carry out blasts in at least half a dozen locations was received by the Mumbai police control around 7.30 a.m. Wednesday.

The caller threatened to blow up around half a dozen targets — which he did not specify — just after noon today, officials said.

The railway and security authorities at CST were alerted and the entire station complex — a World Heritage Building — shifted to a high security gear.

Confirming the developments, an official spokesperson for Central Railways (CR) said: ‘We are taking all possible precautions, making announcements, deploying the dog squad and sufficient security personnel to ensure there is no untoward incident.’

He said there was no panic among the three million plus commuters who use the CR services daily.

Besides CST, security has been tightened at various locations, including the famed Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Prabhadevi, some five star hotels, Churchgate and Dadar railway stations.

 Indo Asian News Service

‘Social Networks Under Increased Threat in 2010’

McAfee Labs, in its latest report called “2010 Threat Predictions”, said it foresees an increase in threats related to social networking sites, banking security, and botnets in 2010.

 With the ever growing footprint of social networking websites, McAfee says sites such as Facebook will face more sophisticated threats. The explosion of applications on Facebook and other services will be an ideal vector for cybercriminals, who will take advantage of friends trusting friends to click links they might otherwise treat cautiously. The company also points out that along with Twitter’s success we have seen widespread adaptation of abbreviated URL services, such as bit.ly and tinyurl.com. These services now appear in all sorts of communications-making it easier than ever to mask the URLs that users are asked to click.

 Email attachments have delivered malware for years, yet the increasing number of attacks targeted at corporations, journalists, and individual users often fool them into downloading Trojans and other malware. McAfee warns that home users and IT personnel should provide extra protection for computers.

 Cybercriminals have long picked on Microsoft products due to their popularity. In 2010, McAfee anticipates that Adobe software, especially Acrobat Reader and Flash, will take the top spot. Also, Banking Trojans will become cleverer, sometimes interrupting a legitimate transaction to make an unauthorized withdrawal.

 Botnets are the leading infrastructure for cybercriminals, used for actions from spamming to identity theft. Recent successes in shutting down botnets will force their controllers to switch to alternate, less vulnerable methods of command, including peer-to-peer setups.

So, ensure you have your PC anti-virus software in place and have a safe year ahead.

Right way to eat fruits!

Follow these tips and get the maximum benefit from the fruit you eat..

 In General

Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator.

Refrigerate cut-up fruit to store for later use.

Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavour.

For the best nutritional value

Make most of your choices — whole or cut-up fruit rather than juice, for the benefits dietary fibre provides.

Select fruits with more potassium often, such as bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and orange juice.

At meals

At breakfast, top your cereal with bananas or peaches; add blueberries to pancakes; drink 100 per cent orange or grapefruit juice.

At dinner, add crushed pineapple to coleslaw, or include mandarin oranges or grapes in a tossed salad.

Try meat dishes that incorporate fruit, such as chicken with apricots or mango chutney.

As snacks

Cut-up fruit makes a great snack. Either cut them yourself, or buy pre-cut packages of fruit pieces like pineapples or melons. Or, try whole fresh berries or grapes.

Dried fruits also make a great snack. They are easy to carry and store well. Because they are dried, ¼ cup is equivalent to ½ cup of other fruits.

Fruit tips for children

Set a good example for children by eating fruit everyday with meals or as snacks.

Offer children a choice of fruits for lunch.

Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up fruits.

While shopping, allow children to pick out a new fruit to try later at home.

Decorate plates or serving dishes with fruit slices.

Top off a bowl of cereal with some berries. Or, make a smiley face with sliced bananas for eyes, raisins for a nose, and an orange slice for a mouth.

Offer raisins or other dried fruits instead of candy.

TV channel warned over wrong India map

 Miffed over the ‘misrepresentation’ of the map of India —- Jammu & Kashmir in particular—- in a National Geographic programme on the population density of rhinos in the subcontinent, the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has issued a warning to the channel.

 Saying that the ‘map shown by the channel was not in conformity with the outline map of India as published by the Survey of India, with regard to the area of Jammu & Kashmir, which is an integral part of India’, the Ministry has told the channel that it must adhere strictly to the Programme Code prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules framed thereunder.

 “The competent authority after considering all the facts and circumstances of the case, observations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), reply submitted by the Channel and after due application of mind has concluded that the National Geographic Channel has violated Rule 6 (1) (h) of the Programme Code. Strict compliance to this direction has to be ensured by the National Geographic Channel. Any further violation may entail stringent action”, the Ministry has said.

 The Ministry had issued a show cause notice dated 4th September, 2009 to the National Geographic Channel observing that the National Geographic Channel in their Programme telecast on 04.08.2009 showed the wrong map of India, while showing a programme on Rhinos in South Asia. Therefore the telecast/re-telecast of the above programme on National Geographic Channel appeared to distort the Map of India, it had said.

 The Channel submitted their reply dated 16.09.2009 and stated that they had ‘inadvertently’ shown the map of South Asia, which included an Indian territorial boundary which was not in conformity with the map of India published by the Survey of India.

Chetan’s book selling like hot cakes

Chetan Bhagat might have been marginalised by Raj Kumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra denying him due credit for their blockbuster movie 3 Idiots. But, there has been a positive side for India’s most loved author. His book Five Point Someone is selling like hot cakes all across the country. If leading retailers are to be believed the sale of his book on IIT life has shot up by almost 30 percent. This jump is even more in cities like Bangalore and Pune with a sizeable youth population.

Buzz up!Some major retailers in these cities have run out of stock for Five Point Someone. Not only that his other books One Night @ The Call Centre, The 3 Mistakes of My Life and the recent 2 States have also seen jump in sales since the controversy started. In his latest blog Chetan Bhagat has now expressed the desire to move on and walk the middle path. This after Raj Kumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra had threatened him with legal action.

JNTU to give 10% relaxation to students

Hyderabad :The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in the city has decided to ask all its affiliated engineering colleges to conduct special classes for students and give 10 per cent relaxation to the number of credits required to get promoted in order to make up for the loss of working days due to the Telangana agitation.
According to the university norms, it is a must for every engineering college to have at least 16 weeks of classes in a semester.
However, all the colleges in the region remained closed for more than a month due to the Telangana agitation. University officials decided to ask all the engineering colleges to conduct special classes either after college hours or in the weekends to make up for the loss of working days.
“Each subject should have 64 hours of teaching in a semester. We will ask all the colleges to conduct special classes and conduct 60 hours of teaching in this semester. If there are no more disturbance’s and these special classes are conducted peacefully, we can help students from losing an academic year. We will soon appoint an expert committee to discuss the relaxations that can be given,” said Prof. D.N. Reddy, the Vice-Chancellor, JNTU-Hyderabad.
The university will also give 10 per cent relaxation in the number of credits to help three lakh engineering, MBA and MCA students get promoted. Usually, engineering students need at least 50 per cent credits in a year for promotion.
The JNTU Vice-Chancellor said the varsity might eat into a few preparatory holidays in May to finish the syllabus and ensure the students graduate on time.

Upcoming Tests at a glance..

Manipal University has invited applications for its online entrance test (ENAT-2010) to be held between April 1 and May 20 to be held at Ernakulam, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Chennai and Bangalore for admission to MBBS, BDS, BE, B.Pharm., Pharm.D., and integrated MBA. Last date: March 13. For details visit www.manipal.edu .

Apply for CLAT- 2010 (Common Law Admission Test) before April 2. Detailed notification will be published in the first week of January 2010. Website: www.clat.ac.in .

Apply for all India entrance test for sub-officers course conducted at the National Fire Service College, Nagpur. The test will be held on February 28 at Chennai, Nagpur, Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata. Last date: January 11.Website: www.NFSadmission.com

Apply before January 25 for the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) to be held on February 7 (computer-based test from February13 onwards). Website: www.aima-ind.org .

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) will hold its common entrance test on May 8-9 for admission to its various courses. Admission details will be available at the website www.cusat.ac.in .

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, has invited applications for admission to fellow (Doctoral) programme in management (FPM). Specialisations are in finance accounting and control, IT and systems, marketing, organisational behaviour and human resources, quantitative method and operations management and strategic management. Fellowships: Rs.17000 to Rs.18000. Last date: January 31.

www.iimk.ac.in/fpm/fpm.php .

Christian Medical College and hospital, Ludhiana, has invited applications for entrance test to be held on February 21 at Ludhiana, New Delhi and Chennai for admission to MD, MS, MDS and PG diploma in various disciplines. Download application forms and prospectus from www.cmcludhiana.org . Last date: January 29.

IIT Madras has invited applications for Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE 2010) to be held on May 2 for admission to its five-year integrated MA in economics, English studies and development studies. In Kerala, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram will the test centres. Apply online before January 21. Website: http://hsee.iitm.ac.in .

Indian Council of Agricultural Research has invited applications for All Indian Entrance Examination for admission to Bachelor’s (AIEEA-UG 2010) and Master’s (AIEEA, PG-2010) degree programmes in agriculture and allied subjects offered at the agricultural universities across the country. AIEEA-UG 2010 will be held on April 17, and AIEEA- PG 2010 will be held on April 18. Download application form and information bulletin up to February 16 from the ICAR website www.icar.org.in .

Apply for BITSAT- 2010, a computer-based online test conducted during May 10 to June 10 for admission to BE, M.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc. (Tech) programmes of BITS Pilani. Last date: January 30.

Apply online for ISAT-2010 (IIST admission test) to be held on April 16 for admission to the B.Tech programmes in aerospace engineering, avionics and physical sciences. www.iist.ac.in/IIST/ISAT2010 , www.isac.gov.in/iist . Last date: January 31, 2010.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode has invited applications for admission to its fellow programme in management (FPM). The areas of specialisation include finance accounting and control, IT and systems, marketing, organisational behaviour and human resources, quantitative methods and operations management. Last date: January 31. Website: www.iimk.ac.in/fpm.fpm.php

The National Board of Examinations has invited applications for DNB-CET (superspeciality) examination and fellowship entrance test. Last date: January 7. Website: www.natboard.edu.in

The School of Management under the Pondicherry University has invited applications for admission to two-year full-time MBA programme. Selection is based on CAT 2009 score, group discussion and personal interview. Website: www.pondiuni.edu .

The University of Delhi has invited applications for admission to the M.Tech. programmes in nuclear science and technology, nanoscience and nanotechnology, chemical synthesis and process technologies and MCA. Selection is based on JAM test score and interview. Website: www.du.ac.in .

The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, Thiruvananthapuram, has invited applications for entrance examination for admission to Lateral Entry B.Pharm. course. Last date: January 9. Website: www.cee-kerala.org .

The DOEACC Centre, Calicut, has invited applications for admission to its postgraduate diploma in embedded system design, wireless and mobile applications from February 17. Website: www.doeacccalicut.ac.in

The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, has invited online registration for admission to its two-year postgraduate diploma in management (agriculture) and one-year postgraduate diploma in intellectual property and technology management in agriculture. Last date: January 31. Website: www.naarm.ernet.in , www.specialtestnaarm.ernet.in

The Veterinary Council of India has invited applications for all India-level entrance examinations to be held on May 8 for admission to B.V.Sc and AH course conducted at veterinary colleges across the country. Application forms available from January 4 to February 15. Website: www.vci-india.in

Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, has invited applications for admission to medical postgraduate (MD/ MS/ MDS) and PG diploma in various disciplines. Last date: January 29. Admission test will be held on February 21. www.cmcludhiana.org .