Didn’t say anything wrong, ready to meet Bal Thackeray: SRK

Mumbai, February 06: Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who is currently the target of Shiv Sena over his remarks against the exclusion of Pakistani players in the IPL, arrived at the Mumbai airport amidst tight security on Saturday afternoon. Speaking to the media outside the airport, the actor said, “Whatever I will say will be misinterpreted and turned around. I have only said what an Indian would say. I am what I am because of Mumbai. I think there is a misunderstanding. And if (Bal) Thackeray calls me, I will go to meet him at Matoshree.”

While it is clear that SRK is in a mood to compromise, the Shiv Sena too has retracted from its earlier stance. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has said that he will allow the release of SRK’s latest film, ‘My Name Is Khan’.

Meanwhile, after an important meeting of the Shiv Sena at Matoshree, Uddhav Thackeray said that the statements in ‘Saamna’ have been misinterpreted and they have not stopped opposing Shah Rukh Khan. He also said that the Shiv Sena would plan further action after Shah Rukh makes his stand clear.

Earlier, Bal Thackeray had said in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’: “Let Shah Rukh release the film with the blessings of the Italian woman (Sonia Gandhi) and Yuvraj (Rahul Gandhi) without any protection and let it run in any theatre anywhere in the country. Sena will not oppose it.”

“Traitors, do whatever you want to do with the blessings of Congress. Sena won’t stop you. Why should the heads of Shiv Sainiks bleed and they be jailed without any reason,” Thackeray wrote.

The actor, who was in the US with co-star Kajol to ring the Nasdaq opening bell as well as to promote his film ‘My Name Is Khan’, had created a huge controversy back home, when he favoured the inclusion of Pakistani players in the IPL.

The change in the attitude of SRK as well as the Shiv Sena appears strange after a huge furore over the IPL issue. The further line of action between the actor and the party remains to be seen.

Students can bring change in society: SC Judge

Kurukshetra, February 06: Students can play a vital role in changing society as they have a decisive force to mould people around them, Supreme Court Judge Justice DK Jain said today.

Jain lamented that those people who follow principles and rules inside their house to keep it going smoothly, start violating laws once they are out.

“We should learn and practise duties and decent behaviour towards others to make the society trouble-free,” he said while speaking at a conference of the National Legal Literacy Mission here.

The conference, attended by a large number of legal luminaries and students, was organised by the Haryana Legal Literacy Authority and the Education department to create awareness among school and college students about various aspects of laws.

Justice Mukul Mudgal, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said children must learn and spread the message of rule of law.

President Pratibha Patil to visit IIT-Kanpur on March 5

Kanpur, February 06: President Pratibha Patil will visit IIT-Kanpur on March 5 to participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the premier institute.

The visit was earlier scheduled for February 22 but was postponed due to her engagements.

To preserve the 50 glorious years of its history in time, IIT-Kanpur has decided to build a ‘time capsule’ which the President will inaugurate.

The time capsule would store the details of all the research activities, academic tie-ups and other achievements of the premier institute.

The three-foot-long capsule would be made of a special kind of copper and would be placed in the institute premises.

“This is a special type of time capsule made of copper and it will preserve the data stored inside for thousands of years,” Sanjeev Kasalkar, Registrar of IIT Kanpur said.

The capsule has been built as part of golden jubilee celebrations of IIT Kanpur. It will also record the merits and contributions made by its professors and directors.

The registrar further confirmed that the information about the alumni of the engineering institute will be stored in the time capsule too.

When asked about the format in which all the data will be stored he said, ” We are yet to decide on the format of data storage but it will be done in a manner so that it is not destroyed.

Mumbai 1993 serial blasts’ key man nabbed after 17 years

Mumbai, February 06:Gangster Firoze Abdul Rashid Khan alias Hamza, one of the prime accused in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, has been arrested after being on the run for 17 years, a top police official said here Saturday.

Hamza, now 40, was an important mafia functionary and oversaw the landing and transportation of explosives used in the 13 blasts on March 12, 1993, which left 257 dead and over 700 injured.

Hamza, for whose arrest the government had offered a reward of Rs.200,000, was nabbed from his hideout in Koparkhairane suburb of Navi Mumbai Friday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria told mediapersons here.

He was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investgiations (CBI) which handled the investigations in the March 1993 blasts and has been remanded in its custody till Feb 15 by a Mumbai court.

Maria said Hamza was a key associate of Mohammed Dossa and was entrusted with supervising the landing of explosives, RDX, timers, triggers, etc, in small fishing boats in the Dighi Port on the Konkan coast a few days before the serial blasts.

From there, he arranged for the transportation of the explosives to Mumbai for assembling and then planting them at the targeted locations.

Soon after the blasts, he had hidden some of the extra explosives in a house in Kurla, northeast Mumbai and discarded some in the Kandalgaon Creek on the outskirts of the city.

Five days after the serial blasts – at Air India building, Regional Passport Office, Bombay Stock Exchange building, Zaveri Bazaar, Shiv Sena Bhavan, Plaza Cinema, Hotel Centaur Airport, Hotel Centaur Juhu, Hotel SeaRock and other places – besides hand grenade attacks in 3 more locations, he managed to sneak off to Dubai.

After staying there for a few years, Hamza moved to Nepal on a Nepali passport and lived there under an assumed identify of Ferozuddin before returning to Dubai, going to Pakistan thrice, before returning to India around February 2004.

Besides Hamza, there are a little over two dozen persons who are absconding in the March 1993 blasts case, the trial of which was completed three years ago.

The prime accused still absconding include Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, the dreaded Tiger Memon – the blasts’ mastermind – his brother Ayub Memon, their wives and Mohammed Dossa.

Rahul would not have been harmed even if moved without security: Uddhav

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has claimed that Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had to change his route during his Mumbai visit because of the Shiv Sena protests.

Uddhav told the media that the Sena’s agitation was successful despite heavy security arrangements. He also thanked the Sainiks who participated in the protest. “Our plan was to greet him with black flags and we succeeded despite the heavy security arrangements.”

He pointed out that the police had taken agitators into custody from several spots, including Bhaidas Hall at Vile Parle and Ramabai Nagar, Ghatkopar, where he addressed meetings.

Referring to Rahul travelling in local trains amid heavy security arrangements, Uddhav said the former would not have been harmed even if he had moved without the security guards.

Describing the heavy security arrangements as similar to Mussolini’s regime, Uddhav said there would be no terror attacks if the security continued to remain so tight forever. “Mumbai has become the ATM of Delhi,” Uddhav said referring to Rahul’s stop at an ATM booth en route to Andheri railway station, “One can take away money from Mumbai to Delhi anytime we are fighting against it.”

Uddhav said Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had to wait for several hours at Ramabai Nagar for Rahul, like a constable, and claimed that one of his cabinet colleagues was taking care of Rahul’s footwear. He said Rahul, who was so enthusiastic about exploring Mumbai, should have gone to ‘Chor Bazar’, where he could have found the jacket of 26/11 victim Hemant Karkare.

Events in Hyderabad

Art Top
Absolut Hyderabad
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m. Alankritha Art Gallery Residence Inn, Lane Opp. Madhapur Police Station, , Kavuri Hills, Jubilee Hills A Photography exhibition by Lakshmi Prabhala.
Being Animal – Real, Imaginary and Holy
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m. ICONART, 1672 S.B.I bldg , Rd No 12 , Banjara Hills The gallery showcases the works of 14 artists on their tryst with ‘being animal’. The artists are Akshay Anand, Srikant Kurva, C Jagadish, LAxma Goud, Srinivasa Chary, Giridhar Gowd, Tailor Srinivas, Bharat Yadav, Bharat Yadhav, Jayaprakash, SK Sarkar, Girish Kulkarni, Rudra Mandal, Rayees Ahmed and Rupal Dave. Amala Akkineni will be inaugurating the show today at 6.30pm.
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m. Gallery Space, Plot no.1177, MLA Colony, Banjara Hills Anil C.S Rao is doing a solo show of photoshop paintings.
Shopping Top
Numaish 2010
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 3 p.m. to  10 p.m. Exhibition Grounds, Montgomerie Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Emirates Hills The 70 year old All India Industrial exhibition of crafts, textiles, electronics, toys, amusement, food and more, the Numaish is being held at the venue.
Anniversary Sale
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  8:30 p.m. Tesori I and IV Floor, Aditya Jagraj , Jubilee Hills Special offers during the first anniversary sale includes the entire range of paintings, vases, lamps, object d’art and various gift items. Avail up to 50% discounts and win exciting gifts on every purchase.
End of Season Sale
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  8:30 p.m. Envy, Near Cancer Hospital, Road No.10., Banjara Hills Get up to 60% off on clothing,handbags, foot fashion and accessories, International designer wear, party wear, casuals and more.
Annual Discount Sale
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  10 p.m. Oorja, 6-3-456/A/1,Model House, Beside Viswakarma Art Gallery, Punjagutta The store offers up to 40% Off on causal cottons and formal Kurtas, Tunics & Sarees.
Special Offer
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  9:15 p.m. Meena Jewellers, Beside Tanishq Jewellers, MJ Towers., Panjagutta. The store offers 50% off onmaking charges of gold and diamond jewellery.
Kalamkari Collection
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 10:30 a.m. to  7:30 p.m. Anagha 6-3-251/2/1/b, I Floor, Lane between Post Office and GVK I , Banjara Hills An alluring range of hand block printed Kalamkaris sarees in pure cotton, silk – cotton & Maheshwaris, salwar sets in cotton & silk-cotton, ready to wear cholis, appliqued blouse.
Unveiling of S/S 2010 by Kallol Datta
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m. Anonym, 275, Above Little Italy, Opp. KBR Park, Jubilee Hills The store is inviting Hyderabad to gear up for the change in season and get styled to face the heat. The most talked about designer from Lakme Fashion Week is the in house stylist for a day. Inviting Hyderabad to gear up for the change in season and get styled to face the heat. The most talked about designer from Lakme Fashion Week, in house stylist for a day exclusively at Anonym – Kallol Datta.
Eating Out Top
Strawberry Festival
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  11:45 p.m. Sweet Nirvana, Plot No.105, Phase II, Next to State Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur Celebrate strawberry season with a festival of refreshing strawberry smoothies, shakes,chocolate covered strawberries and deliciously sinful desserts.
Sea Delights
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 11 a.m. to  10:30 p.m. The Great Kebab Factory, Behind KBR Park, Banjara Hills The restaurant has introduced sea food platters. The menu has exotic dishes like Shrimp Olive ki seekh, Wasabi Mahi tikka, Til tinka jhinga, Tandoori trout and Tawe ke chatpatey Anari lobster, along with traditional dishes like-, Khas-Khas ki tali pomfret, Kuti mirch ke mahi pasandey, Tali til ki machhi, Bharwan pomfret and Pomfret Gulnar.
The fun Continues
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 7 p.m. to  10:30 p.m. Thank God Its Friday, I Floor, RK Cineplex, Road No.2,Banjara Hills The American Ddining place offers a three course dinner for two at Rs 299 as special offer.
Nightlife Top
House Music Night
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 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
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 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.
Ladies Night
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. Firangi Paani, City Center, BJN Floor, Banjara Hills The pud offers drinks on the house for ladies and DJ Amar will spin some lively music for the guests.
7th Anniversary Celebrations
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. Bottles and Chimney Eastern Marketing, Near Tirumala Music Center , Begumpet The pub celebrates the 7th anniversary with some great music event. 5th Feb: Fashion Show with top Leading Models and Miss Femina India and choreographer Achla Sachdevand, models Alesia raut, pooja Chopra, Radha Brahmbatt, Simran kaur Mundi, Soni kaur, ViduthJamwal, Sidharth Shukla and designer Shravan. 6th Feb: Order of Essence by DJ Nasha & DJ Nucleya – Live electronic set for the first time in Hyderabad. Day Four – Sunday grand Finale, The James Bond Girl ” Die Another Day Fame ” and a super pinup Model DJ Cathrine Mcqueen from UK ( spinning high energy house and progressive set )
Club Night
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. 10 Downing Street, #10, Lifestyle Building, My Home Tycoon, Begumpet Experience the ultimate level of party with DJ Tejas who will be spinning the best of bollywood and house for the guests.
Hip Hop Crew
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. Underdeck Taj Banjara , Road No.1,Banjara Hills Hip Hop Crew Gridlock will perform along resident djs-Dj Lucky & Dj Zain. They will spin the best of Hip hop.
Club Party
Saturday, February 6th, 2010. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. Torque, Hotel Green Park, Greenlands Tatva Kundalini (Aditya Anand) and One Tribe (Prateek Pandey the youngest Chill Om records artist will being together their music at the pub.

Flexi-hours make employees work better

 The study from Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom suggests that workers allowed flexible hours work more intensely than their counterparts with more rigid office hours.

 Management professors Clare Kelliher and Deirdre Anderson, who conducted the study, explain that the phenomenon is a kind of payment to the employer from the worker in exchange for the freedom to choose where and when to work.

 They surveyed more than 2,000 employees at three large multi-national, UK-based corporations to reach the conclusion.

 The responses to the questionnaire they had set indicated that employees who worked remotely one day a week and workers who had reduced their required weekly office hours tended to report higher job satisfaction, lower stress and higher loyalty to their company than employees who didn’t have flexible hours.

 Further, 37 random interviews hinted that flexible schedules are also linked to increased work intensity in the form of higher productivity and longer hours.

 Anderson and Kelliher claim that most employees are willing to maintain equilibrium with his or her employer.

 “We argue that flexible workers ‘repay’ the choice opened up to them, by means of extending a greater effort,” Discovery News quoted Kelliher as saying.

 Kelliher concluded, “In the article, we don’t necessarily present work intensification as a positive thing.”

 “There is a whole body of evidence which suggests that in the longer term, there are costs to employee well-being. We caution, therefore, that there may be longer-term costs associated with work intensification.”

 The study has been published in the January issue of the journal Human Relations.