IPL T20 Result: KKR did the Magic in the Opening Game, won by 11 runs

KKR Won Opening IPL Match, Beats Deccan Chargers

KKR has won the opening IPL 2010 match against Deccan Chargers. KKR lost the toss but played first as DC selected to field first. KKR made 161 run by playing first. But KKR was able to stop the DC to reach the target of 161 runs. KKR won the game by 11 runs.

Earlier, the much awaited IPL cricket tournament has started today in a grand style at the DIY Patil Stadium of Navi Mumbai. The tournament’s first clash is going on between the defending champions of the second edition of IPL held in South Africa Deccan Chargers Hyderabad and Star Studied Team of Kolkata Night Riders. Today Chargers won the toss and invited Kolkata knight Riders to bat first.Defending champions made a glorious start on the very first ball of the tournament by removing Manoj Tiwari ofKolkata Knight Riders. In the same over Sri lankan veteran Chaminda Vaas gave another big jolt to Kolkata Knight Riders by removing Skipper Sourav Ganguly.


In the first match of IPL 2010 Hyderabad Deccan Chargers seem to hitting bulls eye right from the commencement. After giving two big blows chargers gave two more blows to Kolkata Knight Riders in the last over of the first power play. Till now Kolkata Knight Riders were in a spot of bother by loosing four key wickets just at the score of 31 runs. But after that their batsman Owais Shah and Angelo Mathews showed stubborn Resistance and never say die attitude and took the team to a challenging total of 161 by loosing no more wickets.

By the end of KKR’s Innings Owais Shah remained unbeaten on 58 runs in just 46 balls and his partner also remained not out on 65 in just 45 balls. In this Partnership both of them added 130 runs.

In reply to the challenge of 162 runs set by the Kolkata Knight Riders the defending champions Deccan Chargers Hyderabad made got off to a flying start. Their openers Skipper Adam Gilchrist made 54 runs in 35 balls and VVS Laxman scored 22 runs in 14 balls. Once upon a time they were marching towards a comfortable win but suddenly Kolkata knight Rider’s bowlers have brought this game back in balance by removing Gibbs and symonds in quick session. So far Deccan Chargers Have Made 133 runs at the loss of 5 wickets in 17.1 overs.

Economy has turned around: Pranab

The government on Friday claimed that the economy has turned around and there was no longer uncertainty, despite the deficit monsoon and the drought situation in large parts of the country.

“Perhaps, we can most humbly claim that there is a turnaround … 7.2 per cent is not my pipe-dream, but it is reality…. The situation of uncertainty is no longer relevant,” Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said replying to a debate in Lok Sabha on the Union Budget 2010-11.

He pointed out that khariff (summer) production was estimated to fall short by 15-18 million tonnes, but the industrial growth was into double digits for the last five consecutive months and more than 15 per cent in the consecutive two months.

Russia to build 12 N-reactors in India, sell 29-MiGs

Giving a fillip to their ties, India and Russia on Friday signed 19 pacts, including three in civil nuclear field and one for purchase of 29 MiG-29 fighters besides inking the revised agreement on Gorshkov aircraft carrier, a deal that was stuck for three years over price.

Under the agreements in civil nuclear field, Russia will build 12 atomic plants — six in Kudankulam and six in Haripur in West Bengal.

The agreements were signed during the day-long visit of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who held comprehensive talks with his counterpart Manmohan Singh with an aim of exploring opportunities for further boosting the relations.

They also discussed regional issues, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the context of terrorism and agreed to intensify their consultations on Afghanistan the challenges posed by terrorism and extremism in the region.

The pacts in civil nuclear field are Agreement on Cooperation in the use of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes and Agreement on Road Map for the Serial Construction of Russian Designed Nuclear Power Plants.

An MoU was also signed on Nuclear Power between NPCIL and Atomstroy Export for construction of Third and Fourth atomic plant in Kudankulum in Tamil Nadu.

The revised agreement on Gorshkov aircraft carrier deal was also signed during the visit. The deal had initially been signed in 2004 at the cost of USD 1.5 billion, along with 16 MiG-29Ks. However, the Russians later demanded USD 2.9 billion, citing escalation of costs.

After protracted negotiations, the two sides settled at USD 2.34 billion.

No military ties with Pak because of India: Putin

Highlighting the special status accorded by Russia to its ties with India, Putin said his country did not have any military cooperation with Pakistan because it understands India’s concerns.

On a visit here, Putin said terror groups operating out of Pakistan and Afghanistan were a threat to the entire world and action against these would be in the “best interest” of Pakistan itself.

“Unlike many other countries, Russia does not have any military cooperation with Pakistan because we bear in mind the concerns of our Indian friends,” he said.

He made the remarks after his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during which the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues including Pakistan, Afghanistan and terrorism emanating from these countries.

The two leaders exchanged views on Afghanistan where Taliban are showing signs of resurgence.

Earlier in the day, Putin said at a programme that Russia understood well the concerns of India regarding banned terror outfits operating against it from Pakistan.

“Parts of Afghanistan’s soil continues to be used by terror groups. We understand the concerns of India regarding the activities of banned outfits in Pakistan,” he said.

Noting that Pakistan has taken action against those outfits in the last few months, Putin said, “We hope addressing the problem (of terror groups) will be in the best interest of Pakistan. We need to support those efforts.”

Putin said India and Russia were concerned over terror activities and were strategic partners in the fight against terror.

45 killed, over 100 injured in twin suicide bombings, 5 blasts in Pak

Taliban terrorists on Friday struck this eastern Pakistani city with two near-simultaneous suicide attacks targeting the Army in cantonment area killing 45 people, including 10 soldiers and injuring 100 others.

Hours later, five blasts in quick succession rocked two crowded localities in Punjab’s provincial capital but there was no immediate report of any casualty, injuring three persons including a policeman.

In the second major attack in the city within a week, the bombers, who were on foot, hit vehicles of the Garrison Security Force patrolling the cantonment near a mosque in the busy R A Bazar area at 12.48 pm local time.

An unidentified caller claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan while talking to Geo News channel.

Today’s attack came four days after the suicide car bombing of a special investigation unit in Lahore that too was carried out by the Taliban.

“Two suicide attackers struck the army vehicles which were on patrol. The blasts occurred 15 seconds apart,” said Special Superintendent of Police (operations) Chaudhry Shafiq Ahmed.

Forty-five people were killed and over 100 others injured in the attack, state-run Rescue 1122 service spokesman Fahim Jahanzeb told PTI.

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10 Ways To Watch IPL 3 2010 Cricket Series Online

We have previously shared the YouTube link to watch IPL 3 online. Below are few more links to watch IPL 3 streaming video online for free.

#1 YouTube: YouTube is the official broadcaster of IPL 3 2010 cricket series. You can watch streaming video online on YouTube without any subscription required.

#2 IPL Website: IPL official website will also be broadcasting online cricket matches so you can watch easily without any trouble. You can visit their website to see previous matches streaming as well as live streaming cricket matches.

#3 Ustream.tv: Ustream TV is one of the best place to watch cricket online. There are many streaming links available on Ustream to watch cricket online. Visit this link

#4 Justin.tv: Justin TV is also similar to Ustream TV. It provides many streaming links to watch cricket online. You can find various online TV links to watch IPl 3 cricket matches.

#5 Willow.tv: Willow.tv will also broadcast IPl 3 matches on their websites. It is easy to find streaming cricket links here compared to Ustream and Justin TV channels.

#6 Freecric.info: Freecrick.info will provide you match by match live cricket video. As soon as the cricket match starts you can watch it online on freecric.info. One of my favorite place to watch cricket online.

#7 Freedocast: You can search for various cricket matches links here. They will be providing live streaming as well. Although I have not tested this website, it seems pretty good enough to watch IPL 3 cricket matches online.

#8 Crictime: Crictime will also be broadcastion IPL 3 live cricket matches on its website. You can enjoy unlimited cricket on crictime. They also have bunch of old cricket matches available to watch offline.

#9 Livesportsonline: One of the best source to watch any sports events live online. They will be broadcasting IPL 3 2010 cricket matches as well.

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#12 Cric24: Cric24 also provides continuous 24 hours cricket matches to watch online.

IPL 2010 Opening Ceremony Started Live under Tight Security

Amid high security arrangements Indian Premier League (IPL) 20-20 tournament is all set to begin today in Mumbai.

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In Indian Premier League 2010 starting today with eight teams are participating in it. Authorities have confirmed the proper arrangements of security.

This forty three days tournament of 60matches will start with the match between last season winner Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders.

In only two years of time IPL has gained a magnificent success from its viewers. Dance of cheer leaders, Bollywood music and star presence has increased its viewership remarkably. This has also increased the cost of tickets this time going as up as 50,000 rupees.

Shah Rukh Khan’s KKR has only won nine matches out of twenty eight will begin as under-estimated team.

On the other hand Hyderabad’s Deccan Chargers became the surprise winners of second IPL tournament.

Due to security concerns and controversies regarding Pakistani players the excitement was quite low for this time of IPL’s tournament.

There were speculations of attacks from al-qaeda during the tournament of IPL, commonwealth games and hockey world cup which made the spectators worried about their safety.

This concern has made the authorities more apprehensive for the safety of the players as wellas the spectators.

Lalit Modi,IPL commissioner has said that they have done their best to safeguard the series and assures the smooth sailing of tournament.

IPL and News Channel War Ends – Time to Cash IPL T20

On Friday, the news broadcaster has ended their protest of the third season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after accepting the deal with the cash-rich Indian League Authorities. Rajdeep Sardesai, editor in chief of IBN network told on his Twitter account “The news broadcasters end boycott of IPL coverage.

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Let the show begin.” Before the IPL schedule the good news came as today the champions of IPL 2009 Deccan Chargers vs. Kolkata Knight Riders in Navi Mumbai on Friday night.
According to latest news by the IPL 2010, “There has to be a minimum of a 10-minute delay from the live telecast by the official broadcaster before telecast of any match footage by a news broadcaster.”

However concerned with the information the “news broadcasters will be allowed to telecast an exceptional event (newsworthy event of an exceptional nature) occurring during the course of a match with a minimum of a five-minute delay from the conclusion of the livetelecast of such exceptional event.” The fifteen point guidelines also involves a clause that the latest news and current affairs broadcasters will be permitted a maximum of 5.5 minutes of live IPL coverage in a single day with every match, “including not more than 4.5 minutes of deferred live coverage of match play and not more than 1.5 minutes of deferred in-stadium entertainment footage”.

Prior the main satisfaction was a diktat from the IPL authorities that the broadcasters which do not have rights now could telecast the live IPL coverage only half an hour after a match. There is also another area of disagreement on the latest and fresh coverage which has now been sort out. The news channels are also allowed to telecast an average of two minutes of coverage per half an hour of broadcasting broadcast “subject to not more than 5.5 minutes of fresh footage per match”.

The deal also tells a maximum of two repeats of coverage primarily telecast by the news broadcaster would be allowed per hour of telecast. With concern to IPL 3 broadcasting by News Channels, Niranjan Shah, the league’s vice chairman told IANS “It’s good that we have come to an understanding withthe news channels.

It’s a nice way to start the tournament. I find the channels are already full of news concerning IPL.” So now watch and enjoy the first match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Deccan Chargers of IPL 2010.

Ways to watch IPL Live Cricket Score and Video Streaming on Mobile and Internet (Youtube)

IPL Season 3 is about to begin in few hours and the fever is already started spreading across the TV, Internet and Mobile industry. If you want to keep yourself up to date with latest IPL live score and cricket updates via any form of communication among TV, Internet and Mobile, then here we will tell you the ways to get latest live IPL cricket score and IPL live stream.

Watch IPL Videos in your Mobile

Good news for many of you who want to watch videos and updates of IPL 2010. A mobile internet company, come out with an interesting package to keep the IPL fans up to date with latest IPL buzz.

You can get the access to IPL cricket matches videos now, thanks to July Systems, US based company, which is providing latest IPL updates via its mobile internet service named MIX.

To get the access the IPL updates, you have to call 08-123-123-123 using an internet-enabled cell phone and you will get the immediate information via SMS that how you can proceed and activate your service. You can have the live video scoreboard, ball-by-ball video replay of the games; magic scenes like 6s, 4s & wickets, interesting videos are the features of MIX.

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Watch IPL Live on Internet
If you are in internet user and outside home then may be you don’t have access to TV channel and you may be want to watch IPL matches on Internet. IPL officials have already found the solutions for such users and they have done a contract with Youtube to show the IPL live streaming of each match. To get the Youtube live video and IPL Live Score using internet click on the link below.

Click here to Watch IPL Live on Youtube

DLN also have a cricket score widget to check the latest live cricket score on internet. If you are a website owner or a Blogger then you can embed the following widget in your website or Blog by clicking on the get widget button below. This is a very good way to keep your readers informed about latest IPLlive score.

Pakistan is a difficult neighbour: Chidambaram

Interacting with the audience at the “India Today Conclave 2010,” Chidambaram said: “Pakistan is a difficult neighbour” and added that Kashmir is the key problem between the two.

“It is no secret that the ISI gets its support from Pakistan-based terror groups that run modules in India,” Chidambaram said.

Chidambaram stressed the need for India and Pakistan have a dialogue to find an amicable solution to their problems.

“The two nations are nuclear powers and war is not an option. So, we must talk. At other times, we must remain vigilant,” he added.

Commenting on what would be India’’s response if a Mumbai-style attack happened again, Chidambaram said: “If it is reasonably established that any 26/11 attack in future has its origin in Pakistan, India’’s response will be swift and decisive.”

When specifically pressed about whether India would opt military action as a response to such acts, Chidambaram said: “You can ask the question once the prompt and decisive action takes place.”

Chidambaram also asked Pakistan to verify the voices on the transcripts of the handlers of the 26/11 attacks.

He expressed his displeasure over Pakistan’s non-cooperation in the 26/11 probe.

“Assuming that state factors have nothing to do with terror in India, why has Pakistan allowed non-state factors to spread terror in India?” Chidambaram said.

CBI allegedly going soft on Lalu Prasad Yadav

POLITICAL COMPULSIONS arising out of Yadav-trio creating problems on Women Reservation Bill have allegedly made CBI take a soft stand in disproportionate-asset case against Lalu Prasad Yadav in Supreme Court.

CBI quite often dances to tune of political rulers at centre, a bitter fact even endorsed by former CBI chiefs and observed by courts. Country’s premier investigating agency also takes U-turn on cases involving politicians according to changed requirement of political rulers controlling CBI.

The best possible way is to appoint CBI chief by consensus between Prime Minister and Opposition Leader in the manner Information Commissioner and heads of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) are appointed.

Go green and save power

GO GREEN and save power- say goodbye to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps, now use LED (light emitting diodes) lamps.

In saving power, Delhi is leading the nation, citizens are using energy efficient lighting. After being high on CFL-powered energy efficiency, city is now turning attention toward LED (light emitting diodes) which are far more energy efficient than CFLs and contain no toxic like CFLs which have heavy metals mercury. One of the issues involved in switching from CFLs to a more energy-efficient model is the upfront cost.

Think of making the switch over the LED bulbs. LED is as green as it gets when it comes to energy efficient lighting products. Simply changing over to LED tube lights of any style can help lower your lighting energy bill up to 50 per cent to 60 per cent per month.

LED lamps have come a long way, now able to replace 75 to 100 watt incandescent bulbs with equivalent light output and only consuming 3 to 13 watts, the choice to switch to LED home light bulbs has never been easier. The most notable advantages of LED light bulbs over conventional light bulbs are LED lamps last upwards of 50,000 hours, so if you buy a LED light bulb today and leave it on for eight hours a day you will not have to change for over 10 years, overall extremely long life span.

These lights can be used in traffic signals, crosswalk signs and even holiday displays, parking garages, parking lots, outdoor parks and on streets. Regardless of which brand of CFL you choose, it is important to remember that each bulb contains a trace amount of mercury. This means that, unlike incandescents, they need to be recycled when the bulb burns out. LED lamps are eco-friendlier and wholly recyclable because it contains no mercury and you can throw it in the dust bin.

Andhra leader Diwakar Reddy changes direction!

FORMER MINISTER and senior Congress leader J.C. Diwakar Reddy has changed his stand with regard to united Andhra Pradesh. Now the leader wants Rayala (Rayalaseema) Telangana. He fears to be with Coastal Andhra Pradesh if the state is divided after Sri Krishna Committee report.
Soon after the statement of Home Minister Chidambaram regarding Telangana on November 9, 2009, some of the Rayalaseema leaders had shown their disinterest to be with Coastal Andhra Pradesh, if it was bifurcated. Though their initial intention was to be with Telangana, they demanded Greater Rayalaseema with the Coastal districts Nellore and Prakasam. Now some of them desire to be with Telangana as it would be more beneficial and geographically suitable.

In fact the same Diwakar Reddy has stated, since Telangana agitation started, that his own district Anantapur should be merged with Karnataka, if the state is divided.
After the statement of Botsa Satyanarayana (North Andhra), who wanted a division of state, had given a moral boost to Telangana leaders to some extent, Diwakar Reddy’s statement is giving more confidence to Telangana leaders that Unified Andhra agitation would become weak. Moreover Telangana leaders were already saying that all they want the state is to be divided and therefore their agitation for separation is right.
Lagadapati Rajagopal, MP of Vijayawada has been doing his own work to keep Andhra Pradesh unified. He had submitted one more set of papers citing the history of Telugus to Sri Krishna Committee. Earlier he had submitted 200 pages of statement to the committee twice.

Seeing all this, there seems to be no unity among the Andhra-Rayalaseema leaders to continue or argue in favor of a Unified AP state.

Govt proposes free treatment of heart, kidney for BPL persons

The government on Friday said treatment for heart, kidney and bone diseases is provided free of cost to all persons below poverty line (BPL) and at subsidised rates to others in government hospitals.

Replying to a supplementary in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government was making efforts to meet requirements as patients from all over the country come to Delhi for such treatments.

“We have started a two-pronged strategy – increasing the number of specialist and super-specialist doctors, and creating infrastructure,” he said.

“We are trying to upgrade both human resources and infrastructure simultaneously. This year 4,000 additional specialists and super specialists would be added,” he said adding that out of 8 proposed AIIMS-like institutions, six would be ready within next two years.

This would reduce burden on Delhi’s hospitals, he said.

The government has approved establishment of 8 AIIMS-like institutions with super-speciality facilities in Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttarkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

On whether there was a proposal to equip hospitals with newly-developed Nano-sensor technology, Mr. Azad said, “There is no proposal with the Ministry to equip hospitals with Nano-sensor devices for diagnosis of heart diseases.”

Manmohan Singh to get World Statesman award

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The Appeal of Conscience Foundation on Friday announced to felicitate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with its prestigious World Statesman Award for the year 2010.

The award would be presented to the Prime Minister in September, said John Negroponte, the former Deputy Secretary of State, at a reception hosted at the residence of Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Meera Shankar in Washington on Thursday.

Ms. Shankar said the Prime Minister has graciously accepted the award.

Among the past recipients of this prestigious award include British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (2009), French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2008), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2007) and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2006).

The Appeal of Conscience Foundation was founded by Rabbi Arthur Schneier in 1965. It has worked on behalf of religious freedom and human rights throughout the world.

This interfaith coalition of business, religious and foreign policy leaders promotes peace, tolerance and ethnic conflict resolution.

It also provides a voice of conscience to protect minorities at a time of increasing ethnic conflict in many regions of the world.

Women get permanent commission in defence services

In a major boost to women serving in the defence services, the Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Centre to allow grant of permanent commission to them.

Delivering a verdict on a batch of petitions filed by serving and retired lady officers, a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul decided the matter in their favour and asked the government to provide all consequential benefit to them.

The High Court had on December 14 reserved its verdict on the petitions for a direction to the Centre for granting of permanent commission to serving women officers like their male counterparts in the armed forces.

Currently, women are inducted in the Army as officers under the Short Service Commission for a maximum period of 14 years whereas their male counterparts are eligible to receive permanent commission after five years.

Indians more open to shifting jobs – study

What is the mindset of an Indian employee? Is he/she open to a job change? Or, is he/she satisfied by staying put at the existing workplace? Who is a risk-taker among the Indian employees? Why does one look for a new job? No serious thought has ever been given in India to get to the bottom of these questions. For the first time, perhaps, Ma Foi Randstad, the country’s largest HR (human resources) services company, has come out with an Internet-based study to understand the mindset of employees.

This exercise is part of its global-level initiative to try and map the attitude of employees towards changing jobs. The findings of its maiden review have just been out. And, Ma Foi Randstad Work Monitor will, henceforth, be a regular quarterly review.

It is an index that shows the extent to which employees are thinking of changing their jobs in the short-term. It also sort of measures their trust in job market, their fear over job loss and their willingness to shift job. The findings of the study have shown up a real surprise. Much to everybody’s surprise, the study finds the Indians more open about shifting their jobs in the next six months. India’s mobility index is the highest at 140 in the world, followed by Mexico, China and Turkey. At the bottom of the index are countries such as Luxembourg, Italy and Hungary. Interestingly enough, the study finds highly qualified people exhibiting lesser mobility inclination than others in India. Not surprisingly, it finds the employees in Bangalore most open for job change in the next six months. Significantly, it notes that the employees in the salary (annual) bracket of Rs. 5-10 lakh are least mobile in India.

The job mobility, the study says, has been hit in the last few months are so due to the economic slowdown in India and recession overseas. Consequently, the study finds ‘extremely limited movement’ in the past few months. If better prospect is the reason for people in the 25-34 age group to hop job, organisational issues clearly are the reasons for higher income group employees to look for a change.

According to the study, over 80 per cent of the Indian employees are confident of finding new jobs in the short-run. While employees in the 25-44 age group appear confidence-personified, the younger lot in the 18-24 age group is found to be low on confidence. Around 15 per cent of the employees interviewed are frightened about the job loss. An additional 57 per cent are in partial fear. Employees in Chennai, according to the study, are the most frightened about job loss.

Older employees, above the age of 45, are most satisfied in their jobs. Those in the age group of 25-34 are found to be least satisfied.

According to K. Pandia Rajan, Managing Director of Ma Foi Randstad, the study covered over 600 employees across cities and verticals in India. He is confident that the study will provide employers useful insights into the mindset of their employees and trigger greater engagement between them for mutual benefit.

India lags behind in women’s empowerment

India will continue to lag behind many countries including African nations in empowering women even after the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in both Houses of Parliament.
The Bill providing 33 per cent reservation in the Indian Parliament and State Sssemblies passed the Upper House on March 9.
Rwanda, South Africa and Cuba are ahead of India when it comes to the participation of women in politcs.
Rwanda, which is a ‘backward country’, has women’s representation of 56.3 per cent in the lower house.
India can ensure only 33.3 per cent reservation after the bill is cleared in the Lok Sabha and respective State Assemblies.
As per the data of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), India stands at 99th place among the 187 countries as far as representation of women in the respective legislatures is concerned.
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In Rwanda, there are 45 women members out of 80 in the lower house.
Sweden is in second place with 46.4 per cent. South Africa is also witnessing woman power with 44.5 per cent women in Parliament.
Cuba has 43.2 per cent women parliamentarians and a small country like Iceland is ahead of other countries with 42.9 per cent.
In comparison, a huge country like India is much behind other countries, including its neighbours Pakistan and Afghanistan.
At present, India has only 49 women representatives in the 545 member Lok Sabha, and 21 female MPs in the 256-member Rajya Sabha.
The representation of women in successive Lok Sabhas has remained bet-ween 19 and 49.
The Thirteenth Lok Sabha had a maximum of 49 members representing 9.02 per cent of the total strength of the lower house.
The 12th Lok Sabha had 43 women members who constituted 7.20 per cent of the total strength of the house.
Going further back, the 6th Lok Sabha had the lowest representation of women members — 19. They represented 3.4 per cent of the total strength of the lower house.
The government intends to push through the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha before the house adjourns on March 16 for a three-week break.
After the bill is cleared in the Lok Sabha, it will take at least two-and-a-half years for the completion of the process and identification of the segments which can be reserved for women politicians.
The Women’s Reservation Bill has managed to evolve a consensus among the three perpetually bickering factions in Indian politics — the
Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left Front — and hence was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday after 14 long years of being torpedoed.
It is, however, expected to face a stormy reception in the Lok Sabha where various regional parties are determined to fight it tooth and nail.
The National Election Watch (NEW), observed that a transformation will take place in Indian politics with the advent of more women over the next two decades, though initially women from political families may grab the seats.
The NEW Andhra Pradesh convener, Mr Ajay Gandhi, said: “33 per cent reservation for women would bring drastic changes in society and curtail the dominance of male politicians. The leaders of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar cannot digest the change and advancement of females in politics. That is why they are opposing the bill. As it was passed in the Rajya Sabha, there won’t be any problem in getting approval of the Lok Sabha.”
Women in politics often have to contend with the male ego that does not want to relinquish any power.
The question is how women can operate in this atmosphere of hostility.
Some 1300 women sarpanchs in Madhya Pradesh face false corruption charges levied by local politicians.
Many of them are discriminated against and insulted in villages.
Non-cooperation from officials and the intervention of husbands and family members are other hurdles women have faced in local bodies which have had women’s reservation since 1993.
Some senior leaders agree that all parties field more women merely to claim that they are encouraging them.
But in reality, the women are offered seats where their chances of winning are bleak causing very few of them to be elected to state assemblies.
Since the 33 per cent reservation includes reservation in assemblies, it will check this practice and ensure real empowerment, said the minister for roads and buildings, Ms Galla Aruna Kumari.
The minister for information and public relations, Ms Geeta Reddy, said that the induction of around 100 MLAs could be expected in the next elections.
Ms Reddy, who initiated the debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill said it was a historic bill and will pass without much difficulty in the lower house of Parliament.

Now Sena wants ‘Bombay’ removed from BNHS signboard

Suspected Shiv Sena activists vandalised the 126-year-old Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), demanding the word ‘Bombay’ be replaced by ‘Mumbai’ in its name.

Armed with bamboo sticks, around 40 activists marched into the premises and vandalised the society’s signboard by taking off the ‘B’ from ‘Bombay’ in the name last night, police said.

The building of BNHS, a body engaged in nature conservation research, is located opposite Maharashtra Police headquarters in south Mumbai.

They also put banners in Marathi with ‘Mumbai Natural History Society’ as its changed name.

No one has been arrested, police said, adding the society has not launched any complaint so far.

Top Naxals killed in Andhra Pradesh

A file photo of Sakhamuri Appa Rao
Two top Maoist leaders Sakhamuri Appa Rao and Solipeta Kondal Reddy were shot dead in two separate alleged encounters by the police in Prakasam and Warangal districts in Andhra Pradesh on Friday morning.

Police recovered AK – 47 rifles from both the encounter sites. Both the slain leaders are of the State committee member level. While Appa Rao had a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, Reddy had a reward of Rs 5 lakh on him.

In Prakasam district, the exchange of fire took place around 6.15 p.m. yesterday on a hillock near Isullapaya penta village under Pullala Cheruvu police station limits.

“A combing team which was returning had cited four or five naxalites on top of a small hillock. Police encircled it and there was an exchange of fire in which one naxalite was killed. He was later identified as Sakhamuri Appa Rao”, Prakasam SP, V. Naveenchand told The Hindu from the encounter site on phone.

Sakhamuri Appa Rao, who operated under different names in the Maoist party, had earned the distinction of being both an ideologue and a military strategist.

He was arrested in Hyderabad city in 1993 and was in Chanchalguda central prison for seven years along with Patel Sudhakar Reddy (Central Committee member who was recently killed in Warangal).

After he was released on bail in January 2000, he went underground again and had worked for a long time in Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC).

Rao would have been in the Central Committee of the Maoist party, but was demoted by several ranks, after certain allegations were levelled against him by his party colleagues. Later he was elevated to the state committee member level and the time of his death, he was believed to be taking care of the State Military Commission in Andhra Pradesh.

Appa Rao, police records show, was accused of being a mastermind of almost all the major naxal-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh ranging from the abortive assassination attempt on former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Alipiri of Chittoor and killing of IPS officer K.S. Vyas in Hyderabad. Appa Rao hailed from Khanapur village of Warangal district.

Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao in Warangal adds:

Solipeta Kondal Reddy, a top maoist leader was killed in an encounter with the police in the wee hours of Friday near Kodishala village in Tadvai mandal here.

According to the information reaching here, the exchange of fire took place between the Maoist party naxals and special party of police in the early hours. Later, the police found one naxal dead and recovered one AK 47 weapon and some kitbags from the spot. The combing operations by the police were still continuing in the forest area.

Speaking to The Hindu, Superintendent of Police, Shah Nawaz Qasim said they received information about the movement of Maoist party naxals for the past 10 days and they were planning for major violence in the district. As per preliminary information, the slain naxal was identified as Solipeta Kondal Reddy alias Tech Ramana, he said.

The encounter that took place after a long time in the district created tension all over. Since early hours, it was widely rumoured that Mohannana of Praja Prathighatan who was most wanted by the district police for long was killed in the encounter. The police too were not sure of the party to which the naxals involved in the exchange of fire took place for quite sometime.

With the help of former naxals, the police succeeded in identifying the deceased and confirmed that they belonged to Maoist party.

Solipeta Kondal Reddy, the other top naxal leader was from Chittapur village in Medak district and had gone underground in 1988 while studying in Badruka college in Hyderabad.

He was arrested by Mahankali police in the state capital in 1992 and on being given bail, he went underground some six months later. He was working in military and technical field of the Maoist party and had gone by the name of ‘Tech Ramana’ in his party.

He had worked as the secretary of the South Telangana Regional Committee (STRC) coordinating the naxalite movement in south Telangana districts.

A computer to read your mind

British scientists have developed a computer that can read human minds, a key breakthrough which they claim takes telepathy a step closer to reality.

According to them, the computer is able to decipher thought patterns and tell what people are thinking simply by scanning the brain — in fact, it can delve into memories and differentiate between different recollections.

In fact, this breakthrough follows research last year by the same scientists who used the same technique to track a person’s movements around a computer-simulated room.

For the current research, which focussed on the hippocampus, an area at the centre of the brain that plays a crucial role in short term memory, the scientists carried out an experiment involving 10 volunteers.

The subjects were shown three seven-second films featuring different women carrying out an everyday task in a typical urban street such as posting a letter or drinking a cup of coffee from a paper cup.

The volunteers were asked to memorise what they saw and then recall each one in turn whilst inside a magnetic resonance imaging scanner which records the brain activity by measuring changes in blood flow within the brain.

The computer algorithm then studied the electrical patterns and could tell which film the volunteer was recalling with an accuracy of about 50 per cent — which was well above chance, ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported.