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Co-founders of Yahoo are Jerry Yang and David Filo who were Electrical Engineering graduate students at Stanford University. The Yahoo! domain was created on January 18, 1995. Yang and Filo realized their website had massive business potential, and on March 1, 1995, Yahoo! was incorporated. In April 1994, directory of web sites originally called “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web” was renamed “Yahoo!”, for which the official backronym is “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”.

From their blog,

After many late nights and a lot of pizza, we decided to take the big leap, turn our hobby into a business, raise money and devote ourselves totally to building a company.  This was no sure thing.  For example, 15 years ago, we wanted a free service that was ad-supported. But the conventional wisdom was that our business needed to be subscription-based. Few people thought that advertising could be the key revenue generator for the Internet. Of course, the conventional wisdom was wrong and so today we know that August, 1995, the month our first ad went live, was a critical milestone in the history of Yahoo!, as well as the history of the internet.

This timeline from their flickr  tells the brief story of Yahoo

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Eyewitness US envoy says Hyderabad crash ‘heartbreaking’

Describing the crash of an Indian Navy aircraft in Hyderabad as tragic, US ambassador Timothy J. Roemer, who was present at the air show, said “these heartbreaking losses have even more piercing impact when you are part of the event”.

Roemer is leading an American delegation to India Aviation 2010 in Hyderabad.

“What began as such a promising day has sadly ended so tragically,” he said in a statement. “As the full extent of this tragedy is still becoming known, all of our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives or were injured, and with their families,” the US envoy said.

“These heartbreaking losses have even more piercing impact when you are part of the event,” he added.

An Indian Navy trainer aircraft crashed into a two-storied building in a densely populated locality during an air show here Wednesday, killing the pilot and his co-pilot and injuring four civilians on the ground.

RRB Secunderabad Recruitment 2010 Jobs Notification Details

Secunderabad (4th Feb 2010) : As of now, there’s no information in RRB website about RRB Secunderabad Recruitment 2010. According to sources a Notification will be released soon by RRB Secunderabad.

Once the Jobs Notification has been published, A candidate can apply for a post only in response to an Employment Notification.

About Notifications: Railway Recruitment Board issues Employment Notifications periodically for various posts required to be filled by the Railways. These notifications are invariably published in the ‘Employment News’, national, local and vernacular dailies, apart from being displayed on the website of the Railway Recruitment Board, Secunderabad.

About: Railway Recruitment Board, Secunderabad was established in the year 1978. Railway Recruitment Board Secunderabad caters to the recruitment needs of all the divisions, workshops and Head quarters Office of South Central Railway, Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications, Secunderabad Subsequently the recruitment for Visakhapatnam division of South Eastern Railway was attached to this Railway Recruitment Board. Railway Recruitment Board, Secunderabad conducts various Exams per year for various Posts in academic year 2010.

Contact Details:

Railway Recruitment Board Secunderabad
South Lallaguda
Andhra Pradesh
PIN CODE – 500017
Tel: +91 40-27789546, +91 40-27821663
Website: http://www.rrbsec.org/

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US envoy condoles Begumpet naval aircraft crash

U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer has condoled the crash of an Indian aircraft during an air show in Begumpet near Hyderabad.

“What began as such a promising day has sadly ended so tragically. As the full extent of this tragedy is still becoming known, all of our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives or were injured, and with their families. These heartbreaking losses have even more piercing impact when you are part of the event,” Roemer said in a statement issued by the US embassy.

The aircraft crashed into the third floor of a residential building as it was executing ”Sagar Pawan” formation. Both pilots manning the aircraft were killed in the mishap.

Sources said a detailed probe has been ordered into the crash that will be held under the supervision of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief, Naval Aviation.

Sources said the Kiran fleet may be grounded following today’’s crash.

Around seven people have been injured and have been taken to the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.

The aircraft was a part of the Indian Navy’’s ”Sagar Pawan” acrobatic display. (ANI)

Government faces Opposition heat on price rise

Both houses of parliament could not transact any business in the first half of the day, as the opposition members raised an uproar over the price rise issue, leading to an adjournment of both houses twice.

In both houses, as soon as the session started, opposition lawmakers were on their feet, demanding roll back in fuel prices.

The heated exchanges forced Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and the Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari to initially adjourn the houses till 12 p.m., and subsequently till 2 p.m.

The BJP said the government should immediately roll back the hike in fuel prices.

“As far as price rise is concerned, we are very clear and the country is also very clear, people want this hike to be rolled back. Even some of the parties which are supporting the ruling party UPA, they also requested the prime minister to rethink and then go for aroll back,” senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said.

Meanwhile, the rollback in fuel price hike has been ruled out by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Terming the hike as necessary step, the government said that it would try and absorb the hike so that the burden does not fall on the common man.

The CPI-M, however, said it is not satisfied with government’’s contention that the price rise will help in higher growth.

“We are not satisfied with government’’s contention that the price rise will help in growth rate of the country. We have said the Congress-led government has failed on the front of price rise. Today every household is suffering from the price rise,” Brinda Karat, senior CPI-M leader, said.

NDA convenor Sharad Yadav threatened build a consensus with all the opposition parties to evolve a programme on country-wide shutdown.

“We are trying to build consensus with all the parties to evolve a programme for country-wide shutdown on price rise. We are expecting people of the country to associate with our movement,” he said. (ANI)

Surya Kiran plane crashed in Hyderabad Begumpet Airshow

A plane has been crashed in Hyderabad at exactly 11:54am today on Wednesday morning. According to News channels Indian Navy’s flight Surya Kiran HZT-32 which was used in Air show in Begumpet airport has suddently went down and crashed in to a Three stair building in New bowenapally.

According to eye witnesses the flight has been crashed into the 3rd floor of the building. An eye witness sivarama krishna who called tv9 said ” Only some people have been injured in this accident no one killed and the pilots are also safe they used parachute and landed safely with minor injuries”.

The plane crashed during a formation that was part of an air show organized for the inaugural event of the India Aviation Summit.

Surya Kiran plane crash News will be updated.

Latest Update  – The plane crashed in to a Pent house in which 4 persons were staying they got injured. The two pilots who were in the plane were killed in the crash.

2 pilots killed, 4 civilians injured in Hyderabad crash

 

 

Four Naval aircraft in action minutes before one of them crashed at Bowenpally, in Hyderabad, during an airshow as part of the second International Exhibition and Conference on Civil Aviation, Indian Aviation 2010, at Begumpet airport in the city on Wednesday.

A Kiran aircraft of the Sagar Pawan Aerobatic Demonstration Team of the Indian Navy’s aviation arm participating in an aerobatic display to mark the inauguration of the India Aviation 2010 in Begumpet airport crashed into a building in Bowenpally locality on Wednesday morning.

Residents looking at the building where a Naval aircraft crashed during an air show in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Two pilots died and other civilians, living in the building were hospitalised in a serious condition. Firemen were struggling to control the flames that erupted in the two-storied building into which the aircraft crashed.

Eye-witnesses said the HJT-16 Kiran MK.II trainer aircraft, part of a fleet of four aircraft, spiralled out of control as thousands of horrified spectators watched. The plane crashed into a building near Arya Samaj in New Bowenpally, on the northern parts of the city.

Thick plumes of smoke could be seen emanating from the building.

Crashes into mobile phone tower

The plane crashed into a cell phone tower atop the two-storied building bringing down the tower and the water tank. A Maruti van parked adjacent to the building was totally crushed as the debris fell on it. A house adjacent this building was also damaged.

Eye witnesses said the aircraft rammed into the cell phone tower and broke into flames. They recalled seeing one of the pilots bailing out. Police and Defence authorities have taken over the crash site.

Zeenat, a middle aged home maker, who resides in a portion on the second floor of the building, was out along with her son when the aircraft crashed into the building. She was not sure whether her husband who was supposed to have left for office had done so. Her repeated attempts to call him did not fructify and she suspects that he could have been trapped indoors at the time of the crash.

The two-storied building with a penthouse has nearly 10 portions which are let out by the owner, Loth Mallaiah. The owner lives on the ground floor.

“It was spiralling and then it crashed”

V. Rishi, a final year student of MCA told The Hindu that he was watching the aerobatic display and noticed ‘one of the planes breaking away from the formation. It was spiralling and then it crashed”, a shocked Rishi recalled.

The aerobatic show was to mark the inauguration of India Aviation 2010, the second edition of the international civil aviation exhibition and conference at Begumpet. More than 190 companies including Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Beechcraft, Air Bus and Bell are participating in the five-day event.

Hyderabad had hosted the first edition of the exhibition in 2008.

PTI adds:

One of two naval aerobatic teams in the world

Formed in 2003, the Sagar Pawan team had last performed at the MiG 29K induction ceremony in Goa on February 19.

It is one of the only two naval aerobatic teams in the world along with the ‘Blue Angels’ of the US Navy and uses four Kiran MK-II trainer aircraft based at the Indian Naval Air Station Hansa in Goa.

In a span of three days, this is the second mishap involving the aerobatic display teams of the Indian armed forces.

On February 27, an ALH Dhruv of IAF’s Sarang helicopter display team crash-landed in Jaisalmer due to loss of power while rehearsing for the Vayu Shakti air show there.

A pilot of IAF’s Suryakiran Aerial Display Team (SKAT), which also flies the Kiran Mk-II aircraft, had met with an accident on January 21, 2009, killing the pilot.

Another Surya Kiran aircraft crashed on March 18, 2006 near its home base in Bidar during a training sortie, killing Wing Commander Dheeraj Bhatia and Squadron Leader Shailender Singh.

In 2010, the IAF has lost two fighter aircraft — a MiG-27 and a MiG-21. Last year, the IAF had recorded 11 air mishaps, of which five involved MiG-21 aircraft.

 

 

3 killed in Hyderabad air show plane crash

Hyderabad: Two Navy pilots and a civilian died and two persons were injured when a Navy plane crashed at an international aviation exhibition and hit a building in a residential area near Begumpet airport in Hyderabad.
Officials tell CNN-IBN the aircraft belonged to the Indian Navy’s aerobatic Sagar Pawan team and it crashed into a two-storied building while performing an aerobatic manoeuvre with three other aircraft.
The aircraft, part of the Navy’s aerobatics team that uses four trainers, was unable to pull up from a dive and went into a spiral as the planes were breaking away from the formation and going at different directions.
IANS reports the aircraft, an HJT-16 Kiran Mk2 trainer built by Hindustan Aeronautics, crashed a couple of minutes before noon near the old Begumpet Airport in the heart of the city.
The air show began at 11:05 am and 15 minutes into the air show one of the aircraft was seen breaking away.

 

Navy Plane crashes during the airshow in Hyderabad

 

A Navy plane has crashed into a multi-storey building in a residential area near Begumpet, Hyderabad. One of the pilots on-board has been confirmed dead. The 4 people injured have been taken to hospital. Firefighters have reached the spot to douse the fire.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that one of the planes was unable to elevate after a diving stunt.

The plane, part of the ‘Sagar Pawan’ contingent of the Indian Navy, was performing a stunt during India’s second aviation summit, which began in Hyderabad today. Over 100 commercial and passenger transport companies like Boeing, Airbus and Cessna are currently taking part in the event.

India navy craft crashes at show

An Indian navy aircraft taking part in an an air show in the southern city of Hyderabad has crashed.

Local TV channels showed pictures of the Suryakiran plane crashing into a residential area as it was performing an acrobatic routine.

Smoke could be seen rising from a building. It is not yet known what caused the crash.

The India Aviation 2010 show, a civil aviation exhibition, opened on Wednesday and will go till 7 March.

Rosaiah speeding up Metro Rail

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Rosaiah today asked the minister and officials of the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) to speed up the process of finalisation of awarding the works for Hyderabad Metro Rail project with a firm deadline.

He directed the officials of the Metro Rail Project to monitor every stage of the project and see that the contractors strictly adhere to the milestone and said it was one of the most prestigious projects of the State Government and was very particular to complete it right on schedule.

The officials told the chief minister that financial bids for the project were due in April and the new concessionaire was expected to be in place by May this year. The ground works for the project will be launched in November and most of the sections will be thrown open to public travel in about four years while the total project will be completed in five years.

Reviewing the progress of the project with MAUD Minister Anam Ramanarayan Reddy and officials, the chief minister said that Hyderabad was expanding fast and traffic congestion continued to be one of the major problems.

In view of this, former chief minister YS Rajasekahara Reddy had conceived the HMR project.

The chief minister directed the officials that keeping in mind Maytas consortium’s failure to achieve financial closure, they should further tighten the pre-qualification criteria, apart from increasing the bid security from Rs 60 crore to Rs 240 crore and performance security from Rs 240 crore to Rs 360 crore. Being implemented in publicprivate partnership (PPP) at an estimated cost of Rs 12,132 crore, a maximum of 40 percent of the project cost will be given as viability gap funding by the Central and State Governments.

The selection criterion in the financial bids is the lowest grant sought by the successful bidder and the Union Government has already sanctioned Rs 2,363 crore as its share of gap funding for the project.

The Metro Rail will cover three highdensity traffic corridors of the city, spanning over 71 km, providing a reliable, efficient and world-class public transport system together with the Shamshabad international airport and the Outer Ring Road (ORR).

Eight consortia applied for pre-qualification and on the basis of independent evaluation reports of their technical and financial credentials by reputed technical, legal and financial consultants, the State Government pre-qualified all of them a few days ago to participate in financial bids.

Hyderabad mall sealed to recover property tax

Acting tough against defaulters, municipal authorities in Hyderabad Tuesday sealed a leading shopping mall for failing to pay Rs.2.8 crore in property tax. However, a few hours later the mall paid Rs.1 crore to get the seal lifted.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Tuesday evening said that Hyderabad Central has paid Rs.1 crore towards property tax arrears and promised to clear the remaining dues within a week.

The shopping mall, which had not paid the arrears since 2006, came forward to pay the amount a few hours after GHMC sealed the mall, which has a chain of stores, cinema theatres and food joints.

The municipal body also issued notices to other malls, shopping complexes, shops and hotels as part of its drive to collect Rs.180 crore arrears towards property tax.

GHMC central zone commissioner K. Bhaskar told reporters that warrants and red notices were issued to defaulters. There are at least 10 people who have not paid their dues of over Rs.1 crore each. More than 400 property owners are due over Rs.5 lakh each to GHMC.

The official warned that the civic body would seize the property of all those who were not paying their property tax.

TDP chief attacks UPA over prise rise

Criticising the UPA for not being able to “visualise beyond today”, the Telugu Desam Party today said the country would be pushed into a severe food crisis if the agriculture sector was not properly taken care of.

“The Government of India is not concentrating on agriculture. There are no policies on agro-processing or post-harvest technologies. There are no incentives for the farmers to encourage higher production and productivity. All this has pushed agriculture sector into doldrums,” TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu said here.

Talking to reporters at party headquarters ‘NTR Bhavan’ this evening, Naidu ridiculed the Centre’s claim that foodgrains would be imported from abroad to meet the shortages here.

“No country can supply foodgrains to India as other countries too are facing food shortage,” he pointed out.

India’s biggest civil aviation expo to begin today

The stage is set for the commencement of India Aviation 2010, the second edition of the international civil aviation exhibition and conference, at the Begumpet airport here on Wednesday.

As many as 190 companies, including 115 from abroad, representing the who’s who of the aviation industry — including Boeing, Airbus, Cessna, Bombardier, Beechcraft and Bell — are participating in the five-day event from March 3 to 7 to explore business opportunities with prospective customers.

After the success of the first edition in October 2008, India Aviation 2010 will include static and flying display of over 40 aircraft, providing an ideal platform for companies to further their commercial aircraft activities and support services.

The exhibition — the biggest of its kind in the civil aviation sector in the country — is set to offer opportunities to companies that are vying with one another to grab their share of the huge investments being proposed by the government in the aviation sector. The projects include the renewal and building up of the necessary infrastructure in the coming years.

Though the A380 — one of the major attractions of the previous edition — would not be on display, the Boeing 777-300, the large aircraft from Boeing’s stable, several small-sized business jets and a host of choppers will more than compensate its absence.

The first three days of the expo, to be inaugurated by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, will feature business interactions between delegates from different countries. It will be open for the public on the last two days.

Mr. Patel will hand over the state-of-the-art A320 aircraft to Air India and Indigo, and the Sagar Pawan aircraft of the Navy are set to dazzle the skies with their display at the inaugural.

India Aviation 2010, Civil Aviation Ministry, Praful Patel

‘DDLJ’ completes 750 weeks in theatre

The evergreen love story of Raj and Simran, ‘Dilwale Dulhahiya Le Jaenge’ has set yet another record by completing 750 weeks in theatre.

The film, which follows the romance of two NRIs who despite being madly in love refuse to elope, opened to full houses and rave reviews all over the world way back in 1995 when it was released.

It is the longest running movie in the Indian cinema and continues to pull audiences at the central Maratha Mandir theatre here.

The film was the directorial debut of Aditya Chopra and starred the Bollywood’s golden pair, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead.

One of the biggest blockbusters of all times, DDLJ is presently running in its 15th year. The film is memorable not only for its plot but also for being a launchpad for Shah Rukh as the king of romance in the Indian film industry.

DDLJ, which is still remembered for its dialogues and soulful music, also gave one of the most evergreen onscreen couple Shah Rukh and Kajol, who later delivered many hits, the recent being ‘My Name Is Khan’.

UK Racism On Rise, Muslims Stigmatized

Racist attacks against Muslim and other ethnic minorities in Britain are on the rise, with politicians and media fuelling hostility and prejudice against minorities, a new European report finds.

“Muslims, migrants, asylum-seekers and Gypsies and Travellers are regularly presented in a negative light in the media,” says the report by the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI.

“Political debate in the United Kingdom continues to include some elements of racist and xenophobic discourse.”

The report shows that racist attacks against ethnic minorities have tripled from 31,000 in 2003 to more than 38,000.

More than 13,000 race or discrimination cases were successfully prosecuted in 2007-2008, against 8,800 for the previous two years.

“More efforts are needed to prevent such violence from occurring,” says the report.

The report says that asylum-seekers were often vulnerable to hasty decisions to reject their claims, unnecessary detention and intense public hostility.

“At the same time, measures put forward by the authorities as part of proposals to consolidate immigration legislation foreshadow generally more restrictive policies in this field, and hostility towards migrant workers appears to be increasing.”

Ethnic minorities are taking the full brunt of racism in Britain.

Estimates show that 87,000 members of ethnic minorities have been a victim of racially motivated crimes.

Figures also show that ethnic minorities have the worst unemployment and housing crises in the country.

Some 70% of all ethnic minorities live in the 88 most deprived areas, compared to 40% of the general population.

Stigmatized Muslims

The ECRI finds that Muslims were taking the full brunt of anti-terror measures in Britain, including the stop and search powers.

“Anti-terror provisions also continue to cause concern,” says the report.

Many British Muslims, estimated at two million, have complained of maltreatment by police for no apparent reason other than being Muslim.

“Research has shown that Muslims feel stigmatized and alienated by these measures,” says the report.

“Young Muslims who have been regularly stopped and searched feel increasingly marginalized.”

The controversial stop and search powers have been under repeated criticism from human rights groups in and outside Britain.

A 2009 report by the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, Lord Carlile of Berriew, estimated that between 8,000 and 10,000 stops per month were taking place but none had resulted in convictions.

In January, the European Court for Human Rights has dismissed the random police stop and search measures as a serious breach of human rights, asking London to suspended them.

‘MNIK’ among top 5 box office hits

New Delhi: Shah Rukh Khan starrer “My Name Is Khan” (MNIK) has become the highest Bollywood earner in the Middle East with $3.3. million in collections.

“In other Islamic markets too, it continues to grow and has crossed over to non-diaspora audiences. In Indonesia, for example, the film has grown from six to 14 screens and has seen a jump of 300 percent in week three,” Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios India, said in a statement.

The film is to open in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria March 10.

So far, “MNIK” worldwide earning is about Rs.174.6 crore ($37.5 million) with India contributing Rs.102.2 crore and international markets recording around Rs.72.4 crore.

Directed by Karan Johar, “My Name Is Khan” explores lives in the post-9/11 period in the US. The movie has Shah Rukh playing a man with Asperger’s Syndrome and Kajol plays his love interest.

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), “MNIK” is now tracking to become the number four movie of all time, competing with Hollywood blockbusters like “The Dark Knight”, “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen”, “Spider Man 3” and “Twilight: New Moon”.

Online CAT results out

New Delhi: The much-awaited results of the Common Admission Test were announced Sunday by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The scores uploaded on the official website will be the deciding factor for admission to the IIMs and around 100 other management schools.

“IIMs have announced the CAT 2009 scores at http://www.catiim.in. Candidate short-lists for interviews by each IIM will also be announced on the CAT website as and when the institutes are ready with the list,” said an official statement issued by the institutes.

At least 241,000 Masters in Business Administration (MBA) aspirants had registered to appear for the first online CAT examination spread over 11 days in November last year.

However, all students could not appear for the exam due to technical glitches and were accommodated in various test slots until January. The results were scheduled to come out earlier this month but were repeatedly delayed as organisers claimed that compiling results was taking time.

BBC downsizing its work force, plans to shut Radio channel

London: The BBC is to slash spending on its online services and close two radio stations in a shake-up designed to boost programme funding, it said today.

Speaking to staff, Mr Thompson also announced that half of the websites on BBC online would close by 2013. Among the closures will be teen services Switch and Blast, with Mr Thompson admitting Channel 4 should lead the way with these audiences.

The strategy review has now been submitted to the BBC Trust and a public consultation period will take place.
Mr Thompson pledged that in the future, 90p of every licence fee �1 will be spent on programming and the corporation would spend 25% less on BBC online.

The review said more money will be ploughed into international news and the BBC must put a higher proportion of the licence fee into quality programmes to make “fewer things better”.

As a result of the changes Mr Thompson said he expected the plans would see an extra �600m ($893m) diverted into programme making.

Radio 2 needed to “sharpen its distinctiveness in its range of music and speech” and while the quality of local radio should be increased, he proposed sharing more programmes across outlets during off-peak periods.

During the briefing Mr Thompson said the earliest 6 Music and Asian Network would close would be by the end of 2011.
It was reported on Friday that the two digital stations would be closed, after the report was leaked.

Following the leaks, the BBC was heavily criticised by music industry figures, with the heads of the British Phonographic Institute and the Association of Independent Music saying they were “surprised and alarmed” by the reports.

Music producer and musician Mark Ronson told BBC Radio 5 live that he was “definitely joining the petition” to keep 6 Music on air.

He added: ” It would be a bad thing if it closed down. It’s great old music, it’s great new bands. People on that station love music.”

Speaking on air, Asian Network presenter Sonia Deol said: “Somebody is asking me on the text ‘aren’t you angry’, of course I’m angry by the stuff that’s going on in the news, but I absolutely love the BBC Asian Network and Asian audiences and the show is going to carry on.”

Meanwhile, broadcasting workers’ union Bectu, said up to 600 jobs could go.

General secretary of the organisation, Gerry Morrissey, said: “These cuts are totally unnecessary and are purely politically motivated. “It is obvious that the BBC is being bounced by its competitors and by the political climate ahead of the upcoming general election.

“It is not acceptable for the BBC to be offering up services and jobs as some kind of sacrifice ahead of the general election.”

Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, added: “Public pressure can help persuade the BBC to put its viewers and listeners first, rather than allowing the corporate media barons to have their way and begin dismantling a vital national service.

“These plans smack of an attempt to appease commercial and political interests. Hard-working staff shouldn’t be used as a political football and we will fight any compulsory redundancies.”

Union leaders will meet Mr Thompson on Wednesday but have already warned industrial action might take place to fight the cuts.

Mr Thompson has denied that the proposals have anything to do with the forthcoming election.

“The proposed changes we are announcing today are not a piece of politics. It is also not a blueprint of a small BBC or a BBC that is in retreat from digital,” he said.

He added: “It is exactly because the media is changing so fast that we must articulate our public service mission and our values more clearly and consistently than ever before. There can be no turning back on our digital journey. “But we also have to recognise the profound challenges facing much of commercial media.

“And that, while some attacks made on the BBC are destructive and baseless, others represent legitimate concern about the boundaries of what we do, and about our future public service and commercial ambitions. We need to listen more closely than we have in the past.”

BBC Worldwide is expected to go through a period of change, with the possible loss of magazines such as Top Gear, Radio Times and Gardeners’ World.

It will also move to a more international focus, deriving at least two-thirds of its revenue from outside the UK by 2015.

I love India but country rejected me

New Delhi: Political leaders, intellectuals and artists in India kept silent when right-wing outfits targeted him, legendary painter M.F. Husain says “with deep pain” in his heart.

“I still love India. But India doesn’t need me. I am saying this with deep pain in heart,” Husain told Gulf Madhyamam, Kerala-based Malayalam daily Madhyamam’s Doha edition, in an interview.

“India is my motherland. I can’t hate my motherland. But India rejected me. Then why should I stay in India?” the 95-year-old painter said in his first interview after accepting Qatar citizenship.

“When Sangh Parivar outfits targeted me, all kept silent. No one, including political leadership, artists or intellectuals came forward to speak for me. But I know the fact that 90 percent of the people of India love me. They are with me,” he said.

“Only 10 percent of people, including some politicians, are against me,” Husain said.

Husain has dozens of lawsuits against him across the country for his paintings of goddesses that some Hindus find sacrilegous. The artist has been living abroad as a fugitive since 2006.

He said he was not worried as people across the world love him.

“India’s continuing governments could not protect me. So, it is very difficult for me to stay in such a country. Politicians are eyeing only votes.”

“Now, they are asking me to come back. I was in exile…There was no one to speak for me. No governments recalled me. Now they are asking me to return after one country offered me citizenship. How can I trust a political leadership that refused to protect me?” he said.

“Is there any surety that I would be given protection in India?” Husain asked.

He stressed that the cases against him went against an artist’s self-expression, and maintained that he did not want to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

“It is a move against art and the artist’s self-expression. I never intended to hurt anyone’s sentiments through the art,” he said.

“I only expressed my soul’s creativity through art. Art’s language is universal language. People who love it beyond all narrow viewpoints are my strength,” he said.

“I enjoy complete freedom in Qatar. Now Qatar is my place. Here no one controls my freedom of expression. I am very happy here,” he said.

Husain added that he would visit India, if he gets the opportunity.