Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review: Antardwand

Set in rural Bihar where nothing works except the law of the lawless, Antardwand takes the firm and gripping route to expose a hinterland-headline - the kidnapping of marriageable boys by desperate fathers of wannabe brides.
 
This was a prevalent malpractice in Bihar until some years ago. Not so much any more.
 
Debutant director Sushil Rajpal's film works more for its deeper resonances than just the surface sincerity. It is not so much the sensational value of the theme (dulha uth gaya) that makes Antardwand watchable as the treatment of the layers of socio-political irregularities and caste aberrations that generate a society of anarchy where kidnapping an aspiring groom is serious business.
 
The narrative is punctuated with bouts of savage humour. When the Delhi University civil service candidate Raghuveer (Raj Singh Choudhary) with a pregnant girlfriend (Himanshi), is kidnapped just yards away from his parents' home in rural Bihar, his confoundedness, and rage at the bizarre confinement is expressed in bouts and spasms of indignance.
 
The director knows the milieu well. He doesn't waste time exploring rural Bihar just because he has chosen to film his story on location.
 
The narrative never loses its momentum. Rather than opt for a dry docu-drama tone, director Sushil Rajpal has chosen to format the film as a thriller. The pace from the moment of Raghuveer's kidnapping to his escape is largely relentless.
 
The second-half of the plot gets more introspective as it becomes the story of the humiliated bride (newcomer Swati Sen, well cast) who finds herself with a man who has been forced to marry her. The rage of confinement and the anguish of rejection ooze out of the tense frames.
 
Sequences in the couple's bedroom with a gigantic tell-tale double-bed at its centre, capture the ironical nullity of a marriage based on bullying tactics. There is an element of naïve desperation in the couple's shared space.
 
The writing is hard-hitting but relentless, supple and slender. There is ample room for innuendoes in the dialogues and situations.
 
"Antardwand" avoids the easy road to realism. The ambience does not depend on how the actors pitch the accent in the spoken word or their body language. Though these are authentic, it's the deeper malaise of a society buried neck-deep in prejudices and superstition that the director focuses on.
 
The camera work by Malay Ray is exploratory but non-judgemental. Scenes of characters moving in and out of dark old-fashioned interiors are shot without wallowing in symbolism.
 
The performances are thoughtful. Akhilendra Mishra and Vinay Pathak pitch into the ambience of rousing realism as the father of the bride and the kidnapped groom, respectively. Raj Singh as the precious groom last seen in Anurag Kashyap's "Gulaal" again reveals an admirable ability to blend into the bleeding fabric of mofussil mayhem.
 
The film is suffused with sincerely sketched characters. Jaya Bhattacharya as the bride's far-from-persecuted bhabhi (sister-in-law) and for that matter the unknown actor Dadhi Raj Paney who plays Akhilendra Mishra's faithful servant, bring a kind of fringe fertility into the storytelling.
 
The finale is self indulgent in its idealism. A society so breached by gender and caste biases cannot be lit up by a sudden beam of optimistic light.
 
But no harm in trying.
 
"Antardwand" is a commendable attempt to examine the underbelly of rural Bihar. It doesn't purport to shake up the status quo. The film only wants to remind us that we need to heal our collective social conscience before curing the discrepancies that feed into our dream of emerging from the darkness into the light.
 

Obama to Address US on Iraq Transition

President Barack Obama will address the American people on Tuesday about the new advisory and training role for the U.S. military in Iraq. Mr. Obama\'s speech from the Oval Office comes after a visit with U.S. troops at Ft. Bliss, Texas and private visits at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington with soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.



The president is expected to explain to Americans what the U.S. has accomplished in Iraq since 2003, underscore a continuing commitment to Iraq\'s stability, and pay tribute to the sacrifices by American military personnel.



On Monday, Mr. Obama visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Out of view of television cameras, he sat down with some of the wounded from the conflict in Iraq and the ongoing combat operations in Afghanistan.



On Tuesday, the president is expected to visit the huge U.S. Army base at Ft. Bliss, Texas. It will be another chance for him to thank soldiers who served in the long Iraq conflict, before heading back to Washington.



The U.S. Defense Department puts the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq at more than 4,400, with nearly 32,000 wounded.



President Obama has stressed that regardless of whether one opposed or supported former President George W. Bush\'s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, Americans must honor the sacrifices of the U.S. military in helping to bring the United States to the point of formally ending combat operations.



What Mr. Obama said about the war in Iraq before he became president and what he says he believes now about the conflict were a major topic of Monday\'s White House news briefing.



Observing that if Mr. Obama had been president in 2003, the U.S. would never have invaded Iraq, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president has been consistent in criticizing a focus on Iraq rather than on Afghanistan.



\"Iraq, without a doubt, took our emphasis and our commitment off of Afghanistan. In many ways, we are having to make up for years of that -- years of not having the necessary number of forces in a country [i.e., Afghanistan] that poses an actual threat to our own security,\" Gibbs said.



Gibbs said Mr. Obama will attempt to put into a broader context what the U.S. military draw down in Iraq means for national security efforts and the fight against al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Southeast Asia and elsewhere.



Reporters asked Gibbs about any comparison between President Obama\'s speech, and the now famous remarks in 2003 by former President George W. Bush who, standing against a backdrop of a large \"mission accomplished\" banner, said: \"In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.\"



While the transition from a combat role in Iraq is a milestone, Gibbs said it does not mean that violence will end. He went on to outline the responsibilities that Iraqis will now bear.



\"What it means also is that this redoubles the efforts of the Iraqis. They will write the next chapter in Iraqi history and they will be principally responsible for it. We will be their ally. But the responsibility of charting the future of Iraq, first and foremost, belongs to the Iraqis,\" he said.



President Obama has set an end of 2011 timeline for withdrawing all U.S forces from Iraq. Until then, fewer than 50,000 American troops will advise and assist Iraqi forces, conduct counterterrorism operations and protect U.S. civilians and diplomats.



Fred Kagan, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says Mr. Obama should avoid stressing anything that sounds like a declaration of a mission having been accomplished.



\"The mission is not accomplished in the sense of the establishment of a long-term, stable relationship with an Iraq that can defend itself and be stable in the region. That mission has not been accomplished. That is a core American national security interest,\" Kagan said.



In a recent New York Times interview, the outgoing U.S. commander in Iraq, Army General Ray Odierno, said the United States entered Iraq in 2003 \"very naive\" about the problems there, and he expressed concern about how long it will take to resolve Iraq\'s political stalemate.



Press Secretary Gibbs said on Monday that, with the way it went into Iraq and with the type of resources it went in with, the United States made some \"pretty huge strategic and tactical errors.\"



Resolving Iraq\'s political stalemate is one of the priorities on Vice President Joe Biden\'s agenda as he visits Baghdad. Biden will formally acknowledge on behalf of the Obama administration the end of the U.S. combat mission and handover of security responsibilities to Iraqis.(http://www.voanews.com)
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Army passes intel to Govt: PLA men at pass linking PoK to China

The Army has received confirmation that China deployed an infantry battalion of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the 15,397-feet Khunjerab Pass on the Karakoram highway this month for the security of its workers engaged in building a railroad. This railroad will eventually connect Xinjiang to the port of Gwadar in Balochistan, Pakistan.



The Khunjerab Pass straddles the border between China and PoK and is 272 km from Gilgit in the Northern Areas. This PLA deployment is expected to be raised to brigade strength (3,000 troops) as work on the railroad progresses in the Northern Areas.



Writing in The New York Times — the article was carried by The Indian Express — Selig S Harrison, director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy, reported that 7,000-11,000 PLA troops are already in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.



The Indian Army brass has taken note of the deployment of 1,000 troops at Khunjerab Pass but is not unduly alarmed about the build-up.
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Five security men killed in Chhattisgarh gunfight

Five security personnel were killed in a gunfight with Maoists in a forested area of Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region early Sunday, police said.



"Maoists ambushed a police patrolling party drawn from the Border Security Force (BSF), District Force (DF) and Special Police Officers (SPOs) in a thickly-forested area," Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) T.J. Longkumer told IANS over phone.



"Two BSF men, two DF personnel and an SPO were killed," he added.He said the gun battle took place in a remote area of Kanker district, 250 km from capital Raipur.

(http://www.thaindian.com)


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Manmohan Singh to visit CWG sites on Aug 29

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit the Commonwealth Games sites on Sunday, Aug 29.



Manmohan Singh is expected to visit for an on-the-spot inspection of the facilities and state of preparedness. The official told the Prime Minister expressed his wish to visit the sites when he chaired the meeting of ministers and senior officials on Aug 14, just 50 days before the Delhi mega event.



On Friday, Aug 27, Group of Ministers (GoM) extended the deadline for the completion of venues from Aug 31 to Sept 15.



Earlier in Aug, Prime Minister issued clear instructions that the facilities for the Commonwealth Games should be made ready in time and meet international standards as the eyes of the world were on the country.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Swine Flu Death Toll in Delhi goes up to 23

Delhi reported two more Swine Flu deaths on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 23 this year. At least 37 positive cases were reported across the city.



With the detection of 37 new cases, the total number of positive cases in Delhi has now gone up to 659. While one death was reported from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College reported the other death.



Delhi is already reeling under the rising Dengue cases. At least 43 new dengue cases have come up in Delhi on Tuesday, taking the number of positive cases to 496.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

19 years jail for Indian in rape case in Australia

An Indian national was jailed for 13 years by a court in Australia for allegedly raping a young university student in Melbourne.



The Indian national, Harjot Hundal Singh, rapped a 19 year old university student in Jun 2009. He was arrested at Melbourne airport a few days after the incident while trying to flee with a one-way ticket to Dubai and a connecting ticket to India.



The Victorian county court jailed Singh for 13 years and ordered him to serve nine years before being eligible for parole.



Media reported that in Jun 2009, Singh punched the student, grabbed and dragged her into his van. He drove the van for a few minutes and raped her.
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43 new dengue cases

Municipal Corporation of Delhi reported 43 new cases of dengue in the capital on Tuesday. With this, the toll has risen to 476 in the city. MCD said it has intensified the fogging drive in areas from where the cases are reported.



It further said maximum cases are being reported from south and central zone, and Shahdara (north). \"We have reported 102 cases from south zone, 90 from central and 43 each from Shahdara (north) and civil lines. We have intensified out drive and breeding checkers are spotting breeding in posh localities,\'\' said Dr NK Yadav, MHO, MCD.




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Monday, August 23, 2010

Heavy rains lash Punjab and Haryana

Heavy rains on Monday lashed many places in Punjab and Haryana affecting normal life even as people living along the swollen Yamuna river have been asked to remain vigilant.



Chandigarh was lashed by heavy rains this morning thus affecting normal life.



Office goers and school children were the worst hit as pools of water got collected on the roads affecting vehicular traffic.



Some flights from here also got delayed due to bad weather conditions.



People living along the Yamuna have been asked to remain alert following release of over 3.25 lakh cusecs of water into the river from Hathni Kund barrage near Yamunanagar yesterday.



Heavy rains during the last few days in the catchment area of Yamuna, Markanda and Ghaggar rivers have caused heavy discharge of water at Hathni Kund barrage.



District administrations of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Sonepat, Panipat, Faridabad and Palwal have been alerted, while state irrigation officials are keeping constant vigil on the embankments of Yamuna, officials said.



Sonepat district had been divided into twenty sectors to keep a vigil on the rising water-level in Yamuna, Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said.



A control room has also been set up in the office of Deputy Commissioner to give information about rising level of water in Yamuna.



In Haryana, Rohtak (42.2 mm), Bhiwani (19.2 mm), Karnal (11.8 mm), Panipat (26 mm), Sonepat (28 mm), Kalayat (65 mm), Rewari (19 mm), Fatehabad (9 mm), Jind (14 mm), Yamunanagar (51 mm), Hisar (63 mm) and Panchkula (15 mm) were lashed by heavy showers.



Mohali (16 mm), Amritsar (3.1 mm), Ludhiana (1.8 mm), Barnala (21.6 mm), Hoshiarpur (40 mm), Mukerian (21.1 mm), Ropar (6 mm) and Balachaur (25.2 mm) in Punjab also received rains.(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com)


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Nokia to acquire Motally

Optimized developer and publisher product offerings through mobile analytics functionality
Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Motally Inc., a privately-held US-based company. Motally's mobile analytics service offers in-application tracking and reporting, and is designed to enable developers and publishers to optimize the development of their mobile applications through increased understanding of how users engage. The service offering is planned to be adapted for Qt, Symbian, Meego and Java developers, and Nokia plans to continue serving Motally's existing customer base.
"The acquisition underpins Nokia's drive to deliver in-application and mobile web browsing analytics to Ovi's growing, global eco-system of developers and publishers, enabling partners to better connect with their customers and optimize and monetize their offering",  said Marco Argenti, Vice President, Media, Nokia.
Motally currently employs a team of eight people.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2010.
 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Russia assures more aid to Pak as Medvedev meets Zardari

Russia today promised all possible support to Pakistan in dealing with catastrophic floods, even as the second Russian Il-76 cargo plane with emergency relief is scheduled to land in Islamabad tomorrow.



Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and discussed the flood situation in the country, terrorism and the situation in the region, especially Afghanistan.



Zardari is in Russia to attend the quadrilateral summit hosted by Medvedev with his counterparts from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.



The summit will discuss cooperation in Af-Pak peace process, combating terrorism, drug trafficking and promoting economic interaction.



Welcoming Zardari, the Russian President said his country was ready to provide more assistance to Pakistan to deal with the worst-ever floods.



\"This is a severe disaster which caused many deaths and unfortunately brought great damage. We mourn with you and are ready to provide assistance to the Pakistani people. You can count on us,\" Medvedev said.



\"We would like to continue cooperating in fighting terrorism, drug trafficking and international crimes. That\'s why everything we discussed earlier could be continued, even though there is a good political dialogue, it is very important to develop economic ties,\" Medvedev said in his televised remarks at bilateral meeting with Zardari.



Medvedev, who has met Zardari four times in nearly two years, regretted that there has been no progress in bilateral economic cooperation.



\"I hope that we will be able to continue discussing this issue now in terms of bilateral economic cooperation and four-party cooperation in a number of projects,\" Medvedev was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.



During his bilateral parleys with Medvedev, Zardari was accompanied by his Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.



The second Russian aircraft with humanitarian aid for the flood-affected population of Pakistan will land in Islamabad tomorrow.



(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Pak violates ceasefire, targets three Indian posts on LoC

Pakistani army opened fire on three Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishnaghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir early on Thursday, army sources said. According to the sources, Pakistani troops targeted Kranti, Ghoda and Kirpan posts of the Indian army along the LoC in Mendhar area, about 230 km north of Jammu at around 12.30 am.



Soldiers guarding the posts caught in heavy firing which lasted for more than one hour. Pakistani army also fired mortars and rockets, the sources said.



Pakistani army had been violating the cease fire, which had come into effect in November 2003, to facilitate infiltration.



Army sources said that Pakistani army also wanted to cause tensions on the LoC.

(http://www.hindustantimes.com)
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sehwag sizzles in India\'s win

A wonderfully-paced 100-ball unbeaten 99 under pressure from opener Virender Sehwag enabled India, pursuing 171, defeat Sri Lanka by six wickets in a Micromax ODI tri-series match at the Rangiri Stadium here on Monday. India won with a bonus point.



Sehwag exploded towards the finish, pulling seamer Angelo Mathews for the maximum and striking off-spinner Suraj Randiv over square-leg for a six. With the scores level, he thwacked a no-ball from Randiv over the long-off fence but the stroke did not count as India had already clinched the match after the bowler overstepped the crease. Sehwag was adjudged Man-Of-the-Match.



Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (23 not out) provided Sehwag fine support in a decisive unbeaten 80-run partnership for the fifth wicket. The Indian captain\'s off-drive off Lasith Malinga stood out.



Unusually circumspect



Earlier, Sri Lanka\'s strategy was clear. The side had selected an additional paceman in Dilhara Fernando. The Indian batting was tested with short-pitched deliveries. Sehwag was unusually circumspect. He was also seeking rhythm and timing in conditions where batting called for application.



Gradually, strokes flowed from his willow. Sehwag punched a full length delivery from Lasith Malinga down the ground. The next delivery was pitched short, and the opener unleashed a scorching cut. When Fernando strayed in line, he was flicked with panache.



The left-handed Suresh Raina, appearing in his 100th ODI, lofted Nuwan Kulasekara over mid-off and put away a short delivery from Fernando past the point fence.



However, Fernando eventually got Raina (21) to miscue a pull off a short-pitched delivery. Upul Tharanga held on to the catch after appearing to drop it. The fourth-wicket pair, though, had added 59 vital runs.



Quick wickets



Earlier, India lost three wickets in a jiffy between overs nine and eleven. Opener Dinesh Karthik\'s idea was right but the execution wrong. He edged a cut off a short delivery outside the off-stump from seamer Angelo Mathews to be picked up at third man.



Then, Fernando moved a full length ball away from Virat Kohli in the corridor. The batsman nicked an attempted drive and keeper Kumar Sangakkara flung himself to his right to hold a tremendous catch.



Moments later, India was 32 for three when Rohit Sharma played around his front pad to be adjudged leg-before to an incoming delivery from Mathews. Rohit stood his ground and pointed at his bat; there seemed to be an inside edge involved here.



In the first half of the contest, India allowed the Sri Lankan tail to wag. Both Randiv (43) and Kulasekara (22) were provided width and room. Randiv drove Pragyan Ojha through covers and wristed Ravindra Jadeja. Kulasekara cut and slashed Ishant Sharma.



Ishant, finally, moved one away from the off-stump to end Kulasekara\'s tenure but the eighth wicket pair had added 39 crucial runs. A combative cricketer, Randiv proceeded to put on useful runs with Malinga and Fernando.



The Indian fielding was not always tidy and run-out opportunities were squandered. The side should have blown away the tail.



Brilliant start



Dhoni\'s wretched luck with the toss continued but the Indians had reasons to celebrate immediately after the start.



Praveen Kumar moved one from middle stump to off and the left-handed Upul Tharanga, hardly balanced, heard the rattle of timber.



Although much of the grass had been chopped off, there was deviation off the seam for the pacemen. And a thick cloud cover meant the swing bowlers were in business as well.



Praveen bowled a teasing line from a strong wrist action, shaping the ball away and bringing it in. The paceman won a marginal leg-before decision against Mahela Jayawardene with an incoming delivery; the batsman committed the folly of playing across. Praveen\'s first spell of 5-1-17-2 was influential.



Ashish Nehra\'s left-arm angle made this a new ball pairing of contrasts. Recovering swiftly from a strained glute, Nehra bowled with verve, angling his deliveries across, straightening the odd one and digging it short to force an error from the batsman.



He took out Kumar Sangakkara when the left-hander attempted to pull him from outside the off-stump.



Meanwhile, Tillakaratne Dilshan batted with typical flair. When Nehra pitched short, he pulled. A fuller length ball from Praveen Kumar was off-driven gloriously. And when Ishant Sharma, in for Abhimanyu Mithun, strayed in line, he was glanced fine.



However, Sri Lanka continued to lose ground. Thilan Samaraweera struggled before walking across to Ishant and mistiming a flick to short mid-wicket. The batting side had lost wickets and momentum.



With the team-management showing faith in him, Ravindra Jadeja bowled with greater control. The left-arm spinner castled Chamara Kapugedera when the batsman skipped down the track to a quicker, good length delivery, attempted a whip, and missed.

(http://www.hindu.com)
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Madani to surrender today

Even as the Karnataka and Kerala police are at pains to arrest PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, one of the prime accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case, the former has said that he would surrender in a local court in Kerala on Tuesday to avoid possible eruption of violence following his arrest.

"I have decided to surrender before the court just to help the Kerala administration maintain law and order. More than 75 percent people of Kerala are against my arrest and so protests are being held by various organisations. I don't want to become the reason for the law and order problems. If the police wish to arrest me, then I have nothing to say except welcoming them.'' He claimed that several Hindu and Muslim religious organisations were opposing his arrest. ''They know that I have been framed,'' he said.

In an exclusive chat with the Express, the 31st accused in the serial blasts said his arrest was politically motivated and targeted by several Central agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau. He, however, refused to name any political party behind his arrest warrant.

"At this time I don't want to name any political party. But the hand of the Central Investigating Agencies and Intelligence Bureau is clear. Their intention is to send me to jail for life. Even in the Coimbatore blast case, I spent more than nine years in jail, but was finally acquitted. I know I will win this case too as I have respect for the Indian Constitution and its judicial system,'' he said. "I am a true Muslim and I won't commit any act which hurts the common man. I believe in the holy Quran, which does not preach such acts. So why I should involve myself in bomb blasts?'' an emotional Madani said.

On T Nasir, the number one accused in the serial blasts, Madani said he never met him or knows him. "Nasir himself in a media interview has confessed that he never met me. But the police have framed me in this case,'' he said adding that he never visited Kodagu as claimed by the Karnataka Police.

He also denied police claims that his wife Soofiya, whose name is also mentioned in the chargesheet, spoke to Nasir.Being a social worker and helping oppressed people in a democratic way, I used to attend thousands of phone calls and my wife attended them. But I have never spoken about terror activities over the phone,'' he

asserted.

Moreover, Kerala police are giving me round-the-clock security and my movements in Kerala and outside are being monitored. "Even the details of food brought from outside are recorded in the police books,' he added and wondered how he can go to Kodagu without the police security?''

I have to move around on a wheel chair with three assistants. If I have gone to Kodagu, then the Kerala government has also to be named as accused. Why are the Karnataka police doing this?'' he asked.

Madani also said his condition was deteriorating and had his blood sugar levels reached 520 on Sunday evening. When I was arrested in the Coimbatore blast case in 1998, I weighed 110 kg and on release from jail 9 and half years later, I weighed just 4==8 kg. I am suffering from a coronary heart disease, kidney problems and lumbar problem." (http://expressbuzz.com)
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Motorola Continues to Demonstrate TD-LTE Leadership by Passing MIIT's Full Feature Set TD-LTE Lab Trial

LTE second-generation commercial hardware platform demonstrates the most TD-LTE functionalities as required by China Mobile and MIIT
BEIJING, Aug 16, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Motorola Solutions business of Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced today that it has passed China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) 2.3 GHz full feature set lab trial with a 100 percent pass rate. This marks an important development under the MIIT initiative to accelerate TD-LTE commercialization. This trial, completed at MIIT's TD-LTE lab, measured key TD-LTE functionalities; radio frequency (RF) performance; operation, administration and management (OAM) capabilities; interface conformity; hardware readiness and backhaul capability.

This milestone follows the recently announced TD-LTE field trial success initiated by the TD-LTE working group, set up by MIIT in June 2009 with China's three telecom operators and other key industry partners to develop a healthy TD-LTE ecosystem. As part of these efforts, Motorola was invited to conduct the TD-LTE lab trial in advance of the large-scale system trial. With its unmatched expertise in orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) mobile broadband technologies and class-leading TD-LTE solution performance, Motorola passed all requirements of the trial with the highest pass rate, demonstrating the most TD-LTE functionalities as required by the TD-LTE working group. Motorola also successfully demonstrated the transmit mode 7 (TM7) capabilities - an implementation of the beam-forming technique that enables operators using TDD spectrum to maximize coverage, capability and quality of service (QoS).

"Motorola has once again demonstrated the maturity and advancement of our TD-LTE solution," said Dr. Mohammad Akhtar, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Solutions in Asia Pacific. "Passing the comprehensive MIIT TD-LTE lab trial is an important milestone to bring TD-LTE to a large-scale field deployment. The success of TD-LTE deployment in China, bolstered by the growing cooperation of an ecosystem, bodes well for its adoption in other regions of the world and Motorola's ability to help operators launch early commercial TD-LTE networks."

The TD-LTE lab trial utilized Motorola's latest commercial LTE hardware platform, including the industry's first TD-LTE capable 4Tx/8Rx radio head and Motorola's fourth-generation, LTE-Advanced-capable WBR 700 LTE baseband. Motorola's TD-LTE 4Tx/8Rx radio head supports advanced multiple input and multiple output (MIMO) schemes, including multi-user (MU) MIMO and beam-forming to provide unprecedented capability and coverage for TD-LTE operators, while the WBR 700 offers up to four times the capability of the average LTE baseband currently on the market in a 1U rack with the most compact size in the industry.

Motorola has taken the lead in TD-LTE development, attaining significant achievements. In November 2009, Motorola was selected by China Mobile as the primary solution partner for the world's first pre-commercial TD-LTE network at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, providing indoor TD-LTE network coverage for major pavilions including the China Pavilion, Expo Center and US Pavilion. Earlier this year, Motorola teamed with China Mobile and Innofidei to demonstrate the world's first end-to-end TD-LTE experience via a TD-LTE USB dongle. Motorola accomplished the industry's first TD-LTE multi-vendor terminal interoperability demonstration. These experiences are now being demonstrated during the expo - which runs from May 1 - October 31 - to an anticipated 70 million visitors from around the world.

Adding to its list of industry firsts:

  • First over-the-air (OTA) TD-LTE data session on the TD-LTE network in Shanghai
  • First company to successfully complete and pass the TD-LTE key functionalities test initiated by China's MIIT
  • The only vendor able to complete all RF test cases in China Mobile's TD-LTE trial, including reaching the TD-LTE theoretical maximum data rate in 20 MHz and successfully scheduling multiple user devices on the same sector
  • First live drive tour demonstration of TD-LTE at ITU World Telecom in Geneva in October 2009, demonstrating 82 Mbps in a real-world environment (maximum theoretical data rate in that TD-LTE configured 1DL/UL ratio profile)

Motorola is one of the few vendors in the industry that has expertise in, and is committed to, investing in multiple wireless broadband technologies, both FDD LTE and TD-LTE, as well as WiMAX. In addition to the TD-LTE trials with MIIT, Motorola is actively engaged with many global tier-one operators on TD-LTE trials.

For more information about Motorola at Shanghai Expo, please visit our Shanghai Expo Digital Press Kit. Learn more about Motorola's LTE solutions by clicking here.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini praised for its compact style and performance by the European EISA Awards

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London – Sony Ericsson is pleased to announce that the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini has been awarded "European Mobile Phone 2010-2011" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA*). Chosen for its unique combination of compact size and excellent performance with a comprehensive range of features, the accolade highlights Sony Ericsson's commitment to deliver smartphones optimised for communication and entertainment through its Sony Ericsson Xperia™ smartphones.
Editors from 50 special interest magazines across Europe singled out the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini as their number one mobile phone, highlighting the mobile phone's style and design features and the easy way you can use it to communicate with just one hand. This recent accolade follows the earlier announcement that the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini has received the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award 2010.
The official award citation from the EISA jury reads: "Xperia X10 mini from Sony Ericsson is a very small and stylish mobile phone. Nonetheless, it delivers excellent performance with a comprehensive range of features such as GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G and a 5 megapixel camera with flash. The phone runs on the Android platform and offers users the full benefits of a much larger device although its touch screen size is just 2.55-inch (6.48 cm). Its small size and weight and variety of vivid case colours make it perfect for introducing the fairer sex to smartphone technology."
"We're delighted Sony Ericsson has been recognised for refining the smartphone user experience," said Timo Maassmann, Global Product Marketing Manager Sony Ericsson. "Over time, the relationship people have with their mobile phones has changed significantly. Consumers have moved away from using them as pure communication tools to creating a more personalised entertainment experience. As a result, mobile phones were growing in size. Sony Ericsson has identified the need for a compact and powerful mobile phone with all the benefits that come from a smartphone platform."
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

PM addresses nation from close enclosure at Red Fort

With weather playing truant, prime minister Manmohan Singh today spoke from a closed enclosure while addressing the nation on Independence Day as the meteorological office had predicted the possibility of rain.



Singh, attired in his trademark blue turban, spoke in Urdu from the ramparts of the magnificent Red Fort, which was under a heavy presence of gun-totting security men.



Usually, the prime minister speaks from an enclosure which is not fully covered, but this time, prediction of rains as well as last year\'s experience prompted authorities to go for the closed enclosure.



Last year, there was heavy downpour during the Independence Day celebrations.



However the weather appeared relenting, with no showers, and an overcast sky sparing the visitors the intense heat of the sun. Though humidity was an irritant forcing people to use invites and papers as fans.



Sare Jahan se Achha -- the famous line of Mohd Iqbal -- reverberated the air during the Independence Day celebrations as over 3,000 school children, dressed in saffron, white and green, welcomed the prime minister with loud cheers and applause.



They listened attentively to the prime minister\'s 35-minute address and responded with loud cheers and applause time and again.



Singh arrived at the 17th century Mughal monument in his motorcade and was received by defence minister AK Antony,

minister of state for defence MM Pallam Raju and three service chiefs at the Lahore Gate.



After inspecting the guard of honour, he unfurled the tricolour. The tricolour, however, did not unfurl smoothly and the Flt Lieutenant Neha Chauhan, who was assisting Singh had to intervene.



As the tricolour opened majestically, the cannons boomed and the sound of 21 guns.



The prime minister began his speech condoling the loss of lives in the Leh landslide tragedy, to which some children clapped, making the scene awkward for the teachers manning them.



The applause was however not as frequent and exuberant, with the children clapping six times during the 35-minute address. Last year, 13 rounds of clapping were witnessed during the speech.



The applause was the loudest when Singh referred to the Right to Education Act and assured that his government was leaving no stone unturned in dealing with price rise.



A mention of Commonwealth Games, which Singh said was

a matter of national pride, also elicited applause from the audience.



Some of the young children who clapped enthusiastically, however, said they did not get a word of what the prime minister said, but were all too happy to sing the national anthem at the historic monument.



The prime minister\'s speech was also marked a few pauses and fumbles, while he referred to petrol price hike and climate change.



Mahatma Gandhi and Norman C Borlaug also found a mention in Singh\'s address, as he referred to the environmental concerns of the day and the need for another revolution in agriculture.



The national capital was mentioned twice in the prime minister\'s address as he spoke about the upcoming Commonwealth Games and expressed confidence that Delhi would successfully

host the extravaganza, and when he referred to the new T3 terminal as an excellent example of India\'s efforts to improve

its infrastructure.



As the prime minister\'s address ended with loud cries of \'Jai Hind\', a large number of balloons were released in the air to signal the spirit of true freedom, amid loud cheers from the children.



Congress president Sonia Gandhi, leader of opposition LK Advani, external affairs minister SM Krishna, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, HRD minister Kapil Sibal, urban development minister Jaipal Reddy were among the dignitaries who attended the function.



Many children, who attended the ceremony for the first time, said they were delighted to see the prime minister speak in person, and insisted they would like to visit again.



\"We liked the prime minister making a strong reference to the need for investing in agriculture, and that of another revolution in the farm sector,\" said Mayank, an NCC cadet and a IX standard student of Ramjas School, Chandni Chowk.



Akshita, a VI standard student of IP School candidly confessed that she did not understand a word of the prime minister\'s speech, but said she was delighted when he waved to the children from his vehicle.



\"I would like to attend the Independence Day celebration again as it was a pleasure to sing the national anthem along with so many people at the Red Fort,\" she said.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rajinikanth returns to Mumbai after 15 years

Mega star Rajinikanth will fly to Mumbai after a gap of 15 years for the music release of his upcoming movie Robot (Endhiran).



The actor who is known to avoid public appearances, will make an exception for Robot (Endhiran).



Bollywood biggies Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan have also confirmed to attend the music launch.



The movie has Aishwarya Rai Bachchan playing the female lead opposite Rajinikanth. Music maestro AR Rahman has given the musical score of the movie and it has been directed by Shankar.





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CPM, BJP targeting Mamata: Trinamool

The CPM and the BJP are trying to malign the image of Mamata Banerjee, who had merely conveyed her condolences for those who died in political clashes, the Trinamool Congress has alleged.



"She (Mamata) said peace must be restored at all costs and violence avoided and in course of her speech, she had conveyed her condolences," said party leader Subrata Mukherjee at a rally held in Esplanade on Friday. "The CPM and the BJP are trying to close their gap by raising their voice over this non-issue."



Reiterating the line, party leader Partha Chatterjee added: "Communalism and N-deal have ceased to remain barriers between these two parties and they are now fighting together to resist Mamata Banerjee."



The rally was held in protest against the rising number of political clashes between the CPM and Trinamool in various parts of the state — Patrasayar, Ketugram, Barrackpore, Sashan and Baruipur — and the breach of security while the minister's convoy was returning to Kolkata from Lalgarh.
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Husband arrested for Bangalore school teacher\'s murder

Three days after a 29-year-old Delhi Public School (South) teacher was found brutally murdered in her residence near Bannerghatta Road, the police moved swiftly to advance investigations that resulted in the arrest of her husband on Friday.



The woman, Priyanka Gupta, was found murdered in her Venkateshwara Layout apartment on Tuesday with her hands tied and throat slit. Priyanka's husband, Satish, an employee of Infosys's Human Resource Department, had initially told the police that at 5:45 am on Tuesday she called him when he was on a walk to inform him that some newspaper agents were at the door trying to sell subscription.



On Thursday, the police were able to ascertain that Priyanka had not called Satish at all. Verification of phone records indicated that Satish took Priyanka's phone along on his walk and called himself using his wife's handset.



"That was done to create an alibi and divert the police's attention," an officer associated with the investigation told Deccan Herald.



The police arrested him on Wednesday night at Hulimavu and produced him before the magistrate's court at Koramangala on Friday. "We have arrested Satish. He is in police custody. We have subjected him to a detailed interrogation," said Commissioner of Police Shankar Bidari. The police are likely to subject him to a medical test.



Satish reportedly told the police he eliminated his wife as he was fed up with her attitude. She would always make fun of his sexual vitality. She would always call him up on his mobile phone and disturb him. She would protest whenever he went to his parents' house.



Satish said Priyanka would take sleeping pills and had taken some tablets before the incident. On the day of her murder, he invited her for a game. He closed her eyes with a scarf and asked her to touch him. A few minutes later, he suggested that they play some other game. He told her to imagine dacoits had come inside the house and they were tying her hands. He then tied her hands and took out another rope, tied around her neck and strangled her. He touched her body and found it still to be warm. To ensure her death, he took out a knife and slit her throat.



The police are now on a probe into the money, handgloves and other materials used to commit the crime. The police are likely to take Satish's parents into custody for questioning. Sources said the police have also decided to question a family friend identified as Mamatha from Lucknow who had played a key role in arranging their wedding. She is stated to be very close to a few top police officials in Bangalore.



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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tim Kring and Nokia push boundaries of mobile entertainment with Conspiracy For Good

Unique social benefit entertainment experience successfully captures public imagination to establish scholarships, five libraries in Africa

Espoo, Finland - Heroes creator Tim Kring and the Ovi by Nokia-powered new social benefit entertainment pilot, Conspiracy For Good(TM) (CFG, http://www.conspiracyforgood.com/), concluded successfully this past weekend with more than half a million downloads of CFG casual games and apps from Nokia's Ovi Store, over 4,000 dedicated members joining the global movement online, enthusiastic attendance at the four live events in London, and huge support recorded from partner charities.

"The Conspiracy For Good has been two years in the making with Nokia," said Tim Kring, 2010 International Digital Emmy® Pioneer Award winner for transmedia storytelling. "We had a team of more than 130 experts working behind the scenes in five countries across three continents making sure that this was the best entertainment experience possible and to ensure  the charity causes were the true heroes of this immersive story."

Partnerships with charities for CFG were uniquely interwoven into the narrative, taking actual roles within the story and creating a new way to reach potential supporters of their respective causes. The new approach created unprecedented interaction with the CFG communities and will result in 50 scholarships being provided for young women in Africa as well as the establishment of five children's libraries in Zambia in association with Room to Read. These libraries will be stocked with more than 10,000 donated books in association with the Pearson Foundation. These highlights join many other worthy causes that were supported by the CFG movement.

The first of its kind, this project used the extensive reach of Nokia's Ovi platform with online and physical participants joining CFG from more than 165 countries and enjoying a variety of Ovi content, apps and services.

"This is the most comprehensive Ovi offering to date integrating almost every service to help advance the story," said Tero Ojanpera, executive vice president, Nokia. "A specially developed app using Nokia's Point & Find, called Conspiracy For Good: DeadDrop, created a new dimension for augmented reality and opens the door for content owners anywhere to use participatory entertainment powered by Ovi to extend their brands."

CFG is at the forefront of a new transmedia entertainment movement in which the storyline played itself out across multiple platforms. Participants became part of the story and found tools and clues to move the narrative forward both in the online and real worlds by using music, apps, mobile games, alternate reality gaming (ARG), live events, and interactive theatre that was produced in association with International Digital Emmy® award-winning production company, The company P.

The Conspiracy For Good pilot titled "Read the Signs" focused on literacy as the social cause. The fictional narrative followed the actions of a schoolteacher, Nadirah X, CFG spokesperson Ann Marie Calhoun, and the underground resistance movement, Spira. The movement, which dates to the 2nd century, recruited members of the public to help Nadirah X and Ann Marie in their task to bring down evil corporation Blackwell Briggs before it could install an oil pipeline and destroy a Zambian school and library. Online and real-world game play also raised awareness and generated donations for partner charities including Kids Company, Doctors of the World, READ International, Room to Read and the Pearson Foundation who partnered with Nokia to provide resources to schoolgirls in Chataika village in Zambia.

CFG participants, fans, charities and doers of good deeds around the globe are invited to stay tuned for clues about the next episode.



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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Changes in Nokia Corporation's own shares

Espoo, Finland - Based on previously announced decisions of the Board of Directors to issue shares held by the Company, 80 323 Nokia shares (NOK1V) held by the Company are today transferred to 46 participants of Nokia's equity-based incentive plans as settlement in accordance with the plan rules.  

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US no to combat drones for Pakistan

Mindful of the Indian concern about the misuse of its military supplies to Pakistan, the US has refused to provide combat drones to Islamabad. It will offer them tactical, short-range UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) instead.



"The US has been clearly observing how the equipment provided to Pakistan was being used and there is a choice what to provide and what not to provide to the country," said Michele Flournoy, US under secretary of defence, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Islamabad had recently requested Washington to provide armed drones (weaponised unmanned vehicles). The two tactical UAVs will be used for surveillance during military operations in FATA.



Flournoy is the principal advisor to US secretary of defence Robert Gates on the formulation of national security and defence policy, the integration and oversight policy of DoD (department of defence), and plans to achieve national security objectives.



Flournoy, who met defence minister AK Antony, national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and defence secretary Pradeep Kumar, spoke about a new framework for cooperation between both the countries for homeland security and to combat terrorism. It has been put together by the Indian home ministry and the US department of homeland security.



Defence minister Antony will visit the US in the last week of September with a focus on cooperation on regional security matters and discussions about strategic concerns. These issues will be further taken up during president Barack Obama's visit to India in November this year, where he will address a joint session of both houses in parliament.



About the pending agreements between both nations, like the contentious CISMOA Communication and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement), LSA (Logistic Support Agreement) and BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation), Flournoy said, "The US has offered these agreements to India, but they were not requirements, instead a choice that India could make."



Big ticket defence deals, like the M777 ultralight howitzers, C-17 heavy transport aircraft, 126 fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF), additional C-130J transport aircraft, are in the pipeline, many of whom are through the direct FMS (foreign military sale) route, between the governments.



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Kalki\'s sex video from That Girl in Yellow Boots leaked

Actress Kalki Koechelin, who played the role of Chandramukhi in Dev D, is back in news and this time too for her bold scenes in her forthcoming film That Girl in Yellow Boots.



A few sensational scenes from the movie, directed by her boyfriend Anurag Kashyap, have been leaked on the internet.



The five minute video has Kalki using abusive language and a very initmate scene.



That Girl in Yellow Boots is about a girl who goes in search for her father and during that period she is forced to work at a massage parlour.



The film written by Kalki herself, has already received critical acclaim and will be screened at the forthcoming Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival next month.





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Monday, August 9, 2010

India to make ship owners pay for Mumbai oil spill

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for a report from the Shipping Ministry on the oil spill that continues to ooze out of Panamanian cargo vessel MSC Chitra which collided with another cargo vessel MSC Khalijia on Saturday.



The Centre said legal action has been initiated against the owners of the two cargo ships.



\"Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board has already initiated legal action against the owners of the ships,\" Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh told Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour while responding to members\' concerns over the issue.



He said the government would make a detailed statement on the issue in Parliament tomorrow.



Two Panamanian cargo ships - MSC Chitra and Merchant Vessel Khalijia - collided off the Mumbai coast on Saturday causing an oil-spill from Chitra.



Raising the issue, Shantaram Luxman Naik (Congress) said the incident has put the fishing community of the area in \"deep trouble\" and asked why there was not even a preliminary statement from the concerned authority.



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Sunday, August 8, 2010

मुझे अपनी सुंदरता पर गर्व है - बिपाशा बसु

बॉलीवुड अभिनेत्री बिपाशा बसु ने कहा है कि उन्हें अपनी सुंदरता पर गर्व है और इसके लिए उन्होनें बेहद मेहनत की है.



उन्होनें कहा कि मुझे ग्लेमरस रोल के लिए जाना जाता है परंतु मैं अब ग्लेमरस भूमिकाएँ नहीं बल्कि सार्थक रोल करना चाहती हूँ. बिपाशा ने हाल ही में रिलीज हुई फिल्म लम्हा में ऐसा ही एक रोल किया था.



उनकी आगामी दो फिल्मों में भी उनका रोल ग्लेमरस नही है. इसमें से एक फिल्म है \"आक्रोश\" और दूसरी है \"दम मारो दम\". एक फिल्म प्रतिष्ठा के लिए मौत और दूसरी ड्रग माफिया पर आधारित है.
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Leh flash floods: 150 dead, 400 missing

A day after a series of massive floods and mudslides hit Leh town and adjoining areas, the magnitude of the natural disaster is still sinking in as rescuers struggle to reach remote areas that have been totally cut off by the deluge. While more than 400 are believed to be missing, acres of "mud fields", that were till Thursday housing colonies and villages, are still to be dug up, escalating fears that the toll could go up drastically.



Scores of houses in areas adjoining Leh, particularly in Choglamsar, are currently buried under several feet of mud, dimming chances of people being rescued alive. With entire neighbourhoods washed away in the flash floods in the town of 10,000, the local administration is finding it difficult to establish how many are missing and buried under thousands of tonnes of mud.



While the flash floods washed away several buildings, the mudslides that were triggered by the massive inflow of water caused huge casualties. At places, houses are buried under 10-12 feet of mud and workers fear it could take several days to dig them out. The priority of the local administration and military forces that are handling the rescue efforts is to open the road links to Leh so that bulldozers and earth moving machinery can be brought in.



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Friday, August 6, 2010

26/11 officials to depose via videolink in Pak trial

India will not send to Pakistan the magistrate who recorded the confessional statement of the sole surviving 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab, but may let him and the investigating officer (IO) of the case depose through video conferencing before a Pakistani court trying the Mumbai attack accused.



In fact, government is even ready to send the IO, Ramesh Mahale, in case the anti-terror court in Pakistan does not agree to his deposition through video conferencing.



India's decision comes in response to the Pakistan court's insistence on depositions from Mahale and additional chief metropolitan magistrate R V Sawant Waghule. It is aimed at eliminating any alibi for Pakistani authorities to let off those, including Laskhar commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who have been arrested. Kasab's confessional statement is crucial for Lakhvi's trial.



India had earlier said that confessional statement of Kasab was part of the dossier submitted to Pakistan, and that it should serve the purpose of the anti-terror court. Pakistan, however, got back saying that the court procedures mandated depositions by the magistrate and the IO.



In its latest communication on the issue, Pakistan asked India to respond before Saturday whether it would send the magistrate and the investigating officer.



Waghule, being a judicial magistrate, cannot be sent to Pakistan. However, sources said he could appear through video conferencing in the Pakistani court without being subjected to cross-examination.



A petition is being moved in the Bombay High Court to allow the magistrate to appear through video conferencing.

Pakistan's contention is that the charges against the seven Lashkar-e-Taiba activists, including its operations commander Lakhvi, are based on Kasab's statement in Mumbai and hence the magistrate and the investigating officer who were involved in recording that statement should appear before the anti-terror court there.



India has already provided to Pakistan copies of Kasab's statement that was recorded in Hindi and Marathi in the presence of Waghule. An English version is also available with Pakistan.



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Leh flash floods: 100 killed, over 350 injured

At least 100 people have been killed and many more are missing after flash floods hit Leh in Ladakh. Reports said a number of people were killed and many injured in a massive cloudburst on Thursday night.



Four policemen have also been killed during rescue operations. 25 army personnel are reported missing.



The cloudburst triggered torrential rains, mudslides and flash floods. A number of homes were completely destroyed and over 350 injured people were taken to Army hospital.



With communication links breaking down, the exact number of casualties is not known yet. But authorities fear that the number of dead could be over a hundred.



The J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who held a meeting today afternoon on the disaster, will be visiting the flood affected areas.



\"There was a lot of chaos at night. Our studio complex has been completely destroyed and there are no transport facilities. Water seeped into our transmitter. It\'s a lot of struggle repairing it now,\" said one of the residents.



The Srinagar-Leh Highway has been cut off as a crucial bridge between Syong and Nemu was washed away. The Leh airport runway, however, is now operational.



Old Leh city is worst affected, with the main hospital, SNM Hospital, flooded and the main bus stand flattened. The city\'s main telephone exchange is also submerged.



An Indo Tibetan Boder Police camp and a number of government offices have also been damaged.



The Army has rescued around 50 CRPF jawans trapped in the camp.



The Army\'s 14 Corps has mobilised 2000 engineers and infantry troops and is using helicopters for rescue works.



Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed grief over the loss of life and property in the flash floods in Leh and announced an ex-gratia relief of ` one lakh each to the kin of the deceased and ` 50,000 each to the seriously injured.



\"The Prime Minister is grieved to learn about the loss of life and property in the flash floods which hit Leh after a cloud burst\" last night, a PMO statement said.




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