Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Congress rejoices on Capt. Amarinder return

Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is the new president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi cleared his name for appointment on Tuesday.

His name figures in the list of 18 state presidents released by the party high command. Amarinder had earlier headed PPCC before the 2002 elections, which the Congress won and he became the Chief Minister.

Though there were many aspirants for the post, Amarinder was the only choice as far as his capability to lead the party for 2012 Assembly elections is concerned, according to political observers, who feel he is the only Congress leader who can take on Shiromani Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in the Vidhan Sabha polls. Outgoing president Mohinder Singh Kaypee may be adjusted at the Centre, sources hinted.
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Mobile Number Portability, finally, arrives

After a number of delays, the ever-elusive Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is finally here. The phased launch of the MNP implementation is set to kick start on Nov 1 in Haryana.

Union minister for communications A Raja on Tuesday, Oct 27 announced the launch of the much-awaited MNP in the national capital on the sidelines of BSNL awards ceremony.

"MNP would be partially operational from Nov 1. We wanted to inaugurate it in Haryana," said Raja.

This will be followed by a first phase rollout in 11 circles in north and west India from third week of Nov 2010, the minister informed.

Therefore, a pan- India rollout can be expected by the year-end.

Once the MNP is implemented, mobile users can shift to any mobile operator of their choice without changing their mobile numbers by paying a nominal transaction fee.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

\'Guzaarish\' offers brilliant and melodious tracks

The music of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming venture 'Guzaarish', featuring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in pivotal roles, is finally out.

Bhansali's debut music direction in the movie proves his immense talent in composing music as the album is truly divine, with the mood and feeling of the film captured brilliantly.

About the album

The 'Guzaarish' music album consists of 10 original soundtracks and there are no remixes in it. A huge change from the current trend of at least a remix of the title track.

Opening the album is the title track that just sets the mood right at the onset and is the best song of the movie. It is a love ballad sung by KK and Shail Hada.

The second song is 'Sau gram zindagi' crooned by Kunal Ganjawala that has a brilliant and melodious composition. It is a motivational track based on life and has English lyrics in the end.

Next is 'Tera zikr', a love song sung by Shail Hada and Rakesh Pandit. It is a slow track and though the music is good, it fails to maintain the tempo that was created by the other songs.

Adding pace to the album is 'Saiba' by Vibhavari Joshi that has an international feel and is a situational song.

Following it is 'Jaane kiska khwab' by KK, another melodious track with a lot of emphasis on instrumentation.

'Udi' is sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Shail Hada. It is another fast pace song, but not very impressive.

'Keh na saku' is another masterpiece in the album and the romantic song has been sung by Shail Handa. The slow song is appealing to the ear and one is sure to fall in love with it.

Harshdeep Kaur impresses with 'Chaand ki katori', a soft, pleasing and soulful song that will leave the listener spell bound.

Another song by KK is 'Daayein baayein', a love song that is not bad, but fails to create an impression.

The last track 'Dhundhli dhundhli\' sung by Shankar Mahadevan sets a meditative mood and giving edge to the song are the high pitched vocals of Mahadevan.

Overall, 'Guzaarish' is a one must-have album that cannot be missed by the music-buffs.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Health officials say death rates of HPV, breast cancer continue to decline

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2010, about 12,200 cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, and about 4,210 women will die as a result.

Cervical cancer used to be one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. The cervical cancer death rate declined by almost 70 percent between 1955 and 1992.

The main reason for this change is the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix (the lower part of the uterus — or womb) before cancer develops. It can also find early cancer in its most curable stage. The death rate from cervical cancer continues to decline by nearly 4 percent each year.

The most important risk factor for developing cervical cancer is being infected with Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is spread through sex with someone who is infected, and comes in two types: one causes genital warts and one causes cervical cancer. The type of HPV that causes cervical cancer does not have any symptoms, so the only way to tell if you have it is through a pap test, which can detect changes in cells on your cervix that can lead to cancer.

Vaccine to prevent HPV

The vaccine is called Gardisil. It protects against 70 percent of the types of HPV that cause cervical cancer and 90 percent of the types that cause genital warts. The vaccine is for girls ages 9-26. It is best to get vaccinated before becoming sexually active, as the vaccine will not protect against types of HPV that a woman is already infected with. Ask your doctor or call the health department for more information about this vaccine.

Breast cancer

In 2007, 134 women in Berrien County were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 31 died as a result of it, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Fortunately, the rates of deaths from breast cancer in Berrien County have been declining somewhat over the past 25 years.

Early detection is key to survival

The five-year survival rate among women whose breast cancer has not spread beyond the breast at the time of diagnosis is 97 percent. However, that rate drops to below 50 percent if the cancer has already spread.

There are many types of treatments available depending on how soon the cancer is discovered, so the important thing to remember is that the sooner the cancer is detected, the better the outcome.

Getting a mammogram is an extremely important step in early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram is a special X-ray picture of the breast that is able to show problems often much earlier than they can be felt by a regular exam. All women should begin getting mammograms at age 40 and repeat them every two years. If there are symptoms or a strong family history of breast cancer, your doctor may recommend beginning them earlier.

The Berrien County Health Department offers a program called the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program to assist women in getting breast exams and mammograms if they are more than 50 years old, uninsured (meaning no Medicare, HMO or PPO insurance) and meet certain income guidelines. Call the health department to see if you qualify.

All women should know the following breast health facts

• Women 20 and up should perform breast self exams monthly

• Women should have yearly mammograms starting at age 40.

• Clinical breast exams should be done yearly by a specifically trained health care provider

• To decrease your risk of developing breast cancer, exercise, eat fruits and vegetables, get adequate rest and don't smoke.

• All women are at risk for breast cancer, but some women have a higher risk: older women (especially around and after menopause), those with a family history of breast cancer, (especially before menopause) and those who never gave birth.

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Aditya Thackeray to head youth wing of Shiv Sena

Life seems to have come a full circle for Bal Thackeray as the third generation of the Thackeray family was launched into the political arena on Sunday.

Bala Sahib\'s grandson — Aditya Thakeray will now be spear heading the Yuva Sena, the youth wing of the Shiv Sena after Bal Thackeray introduced his grandson, Aditya Thackeray, to active politics on Sunday.

Bal Thackeray, who has always criticized the dynastic politics of the Congress family said, "I don\'t believe in dynastic rule. Uddhav was elected by Shiv Sainiks not me. I will never force my family members to join Sena."

Observers say Shiv Sena has decided to launch a youth wing under Aditya mainly to counter the growing influence of Raj Thackeray \'s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena among the Maharashrian youth. Sena feels it has too many leaders over the age of 50 and they hold no appeal among youngsters. Young Aditya hopes to solve that problem.

Aditya hasn\'t begun his political career on a high note. Now the onus is on him to create an identity that can match his grand entry.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

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Suspected poisoning kills four elephants in Assam

Four elephants, including two calves, died because of suspected poisoing near Assam\'s Kaziranga National Park over the past one week, sending out an alarm to the Centre and prompting the state authorities to act.

Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said in a statement on Thursday that an inquiry into the incident was on and \'strict action\' would be taken against the culprits.

The statement was issued after Union Forest and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh took up the issue with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi caling for an immediate probe and action against the culprits.

Two elephants calves died of suspected poisoining at Difolu tea estate on October seven.

Bodies of two adult pachyderms, one of them pregnant, were also found inside and outside Panbari reserve forest respectively on October 11 and 12.

In all the cases, the tongues and eyes of the animals turned blue, indicating use of poison, the park authorities said.

\'\'We suspect poison was used to kill the elephants. But it will be confirmed only after getting the forensic reports,\" a park official said.

However, a villager of Bokakhat in Golaghat district said it was improbable for the locals to poison elephants.

\'\'We can\'t believe it. We offer prayers to elephants as god,\" he said.

According to reports, more than 700 people have been killed by wild elephants in Assam over the past one decade, while 300 elephants died durig this period.

Assam is the land of elephants with about 5500 pachyderms having habitat in the state, according to the last animal census report.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Party is supreme than any individual, says Sukhbir Badal

Commenting on the suspension of Manpreet Badal from party and dropping from cabinet, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Wednesday categorically said that Party was supreme not any individual. He affirmed that in a democratic set up, it is the party that runs the show.

Talking to media persons after inaugurating Railway Under Bridge here Badal said that the suspension of Manpreet Singh Badal from SAD was based on the recommendations of Disciplinary Action Committee. He said that nobody was above the Party as it was party that makes a leader.

When asked about loan waiver the Deputy Chief Minister said that Shiromani Akali Dal from the very beginning was of the view that Centre must write off the debt without any condition as it was the result of long innings of President's rule during militancy coupled with heavy tax concessions to the adjoining hill states resulting in flight of capital from the State. Badal said that SAD was regularly impressing upon Centre governments that the huge debt of the State was the result of firstly due to its fight against militancy for more than a decade and then relentless efforts of its farmers making country self reliant on food grain front. He said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and he himself was continuously writing and meeting Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Planning Commission for debt waiver.

Besides this, Member Parliament Harsimrat Kaur Badal was also forcefully raising this issue in Parliament. He said that Punjab had fought the Nation's war against inimical forces and now feeding the whole country by bleeding its only source of ground water resulting in major future challenge of ground water scarcity. He pointed out that if there was any loan waiver offer, and then it should be between Union and State governments and without any concrete proposal discussion on it was superfluous.

He asked that if Congress led UPA government was sincere towards Punjab then it should unconditionally waive off total debt of the State so that instead of servicing debt and its interest with its revenue, Punjab Government could concentrate on putting Punjab's developments back on track. Earlier he inaugurated Rs. 17 crore Railway under Bridge (RUB) here connecting Paras Ram Nagar and Partap Nagar to Bathinda City.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Narendra Modi sweeps Gujarat again

With BJP\'s loosing its ground in its south bastion, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi leads BJP to a sweeping victory in Gujarat municipal polls. The BJP has won elections to all six municipal corporation - Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat jamnagar and Bhavnagar. The voting for 6 municipal corporations was held on Sunday.

BJP won 58 seats in the 69-member Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) House. The Congress bagged the remaining 11 seats and improved its tally by one from 10 it had won in the 2005 elections. Among the winners were Mayor Sandhyaben Vyas of BJP.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had campaigned extensively in Rajkot by addressing three public rallies in the last week of campaigning. City BJP president Dhansukh Bhanderi expressed his happiness at the people\'s verdict.

Accepting defeat, local Congress leaders said they had expected a good show in the RMC polls by the party as it had wrested the Rajkot Lok Sabha seat from the BJP after many years during the last Parliamentary elections.

Over 2,100 candidates were in the fray for more than 558 seats for elections in six municipal corporations in Gujarat.

Ruling BJP as well as Opposition Congress had campaigned extensively and had also roped in national leaders for the polls.

The BJP had made the arrest of Amit Shah, a close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, by the CBI in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case as one of the main issues as all its national leaders alleged that the arrest amounted to misuse of CBI by the Congress and asked people to give its mandate through their votes.

Congress on the other hand had focused more on local issues saying that the corporation polls were about civic amenities and highlighted assistance given by the Centre to the state under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission for development of infrastructure in cities.

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CWG medal tally 2010: India 31, England 27, Australia 64

It was a historic moment for India at the Commonwealth Games 2010. For this India had to wait for 52 years. Woman discus thrower Krishna Poonia was at the centre of attraction after she won the gold medal.

The whole stadium gave Poonia a rapturous welcome at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as she landed on the podium to receive her gold medal. She grabbed the top honor by throwing the discus to 61.51 metres. The most interesting of the show was that she got full support from her other team-mate Harwant Kaur. She bagged silver with a 60.16 m throw. Seema Antil too followed them by grabbing the bronze, completing 1-2-3. This all was possible because of the 58.46 metre effort.

This is for the first time India's track history that such a feat has been accomplished by women. The Indian men's trio of shot putters Jugraj Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Bahadur Singh Chouhan had achieved the unthinkable for the first time at the Asian Championships at Manila some 37 years ago.

By grabbing the gold in filed, Poonia wowed some 35,000 spectators who had turned up at the stadium to watch her win the medal. There was a jubilation at the stadium with many breaking into singing "Jana Gana Mana." They all enjoyed the moment. It reminded many of the 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh's golden run in the 400 metres at Cardiff in 1958.

When the anthem was sung, all those present at the stadium including journalists, security personnel, started singing the anthem. They were pleased to see that India continued to rock at the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Krishna said: "I can't express my happiness at the support I see all around. I enjoyed it and I thank all the people who came to support me." The 28-year-old Poonia was also ecstatic for being part of history.


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Monday, October 11, 2010

Bihar boat mishap: 22 killed, 20 missing

At least 22 people, including eleven women and three children, were killed and 20 others went missing on Sunday after a country-boat sank in the river Ganga in Bihar's Buxar district, police said.

The ill-fated boat, carrying around 45 passengers, was going to Dalupur from Uttar Pradesh's Ballia when it got caught in a whirlpool and capsized in Brahmpur police station area.

"Twenty-two bodies have been fished out. Local divers are engaged in search operations for the missing," DGP Neelmani told PTI in Patna.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident and directed state disaster management authorities to intensify rescue operations.

A compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh would be provided to the kin of each of the deceased, officials said.

District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police were camping at the spot to oversee rescue work. One company of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been sent to the spot to intensify search operation for the missing, the DGP said.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Red onions effective in preventing heart disease--study

As per Chinese researchers, regular consumption of red onions is quite effective in preventing the risk of heart disease in human body by removing the bad cholesterol responsible for triggering the fatal condition.

Commenting on the study findings, lead-study author, professor Zhen Yu Chen at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, said in a press statement that despite various studies carried out on the benefits of onions to humans "a little is known of how their consumption interacts with human genes and proteins involved in cholesterol metabolism within the body."

So they decided to conduct this research in order to distinguish this very interaction of "onions with enzymes in an attempt to explore the underlying cholesterol-lowering mechanism."

He added, "This study is the first of its kind to investigate the interaction of red onions with biological functions."

Onions for long are known for their various health benefits such as reducing cancer risk, prevention from common cold and cough, and now helpful in preventing coronary diseases.

Research study findings:

To come to this conclusion, Chen along with his team of researchers took some hamsters, which were then put on high-cholesterol diet for few days.

After this, hamsters in the lab were fed crushed-up red onions regularly everyday for the coming eight weeks.

When researchers analyzed their bad cholesterol or low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, after eight weeks, they found an average of 20 percent decrease in LDL.

Meanwhile, researchers found that enzymes in red onions do not effect good cholesterol, also known as high density lipoprotein (HDL), in any way. HDL is known for protecting heart against the risk of stroke and heart diseases.

"The results support the claim that the regular consumption of onion reduces the risk of coronary heart disease," noted study researchers in their study report.

Lowers stomach cancer risk:

Chen went on to add in the report, it has been found in previous studies that cancer risk is much lower in places/countries where onion is the part of peoples' daily diet.

For example in China, where people eat more onion and garlic than any other countries nationals, the risk of their suffering from stomach cancer is forty percent lower than average.

Even in Georgia, US, where Videlia onion is grown and consumed, cancer diagnosis is lower than in any other part of the country.

Red onions are quite popular in countries like Middle East, China, India and Mediterranean whereas in Britain white onions are most preferred.

Whether white onions are as effective as red ones in combating cancer and heart diseases is not clearly known as of now.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Shooter Vijay wins gold; Indian tally reaches 17

Indian shooting contingent\'s dream in the ongoing Commonwealth Games continued as Vijay Kumar won India\'s 17th gold medal setting a new record in 25 metres rapid fire pistol event at Karni Singh shooting range on Friday.

Vijay was in supreme form as he blazed through qualification while setting a new Games record. In the finals also Vijay was unstoppable as he led throughout to finish at the top with a new Games record of 787.5 points.

Earlier in the day, Gagan Narang teamed with Imran Hasan Khan to win his third gold in the 19th CWG. He won gold in the pairs 50-metre rifle.

The Indian duo beat England\'s James Huckle and Kenny Parr scoring a Games record 2325 in the finals. Huckle and Parr totalled 2308, same as bronze winners Jonathan Hammond and Neil Stirton of Scotland.

Narang earlier won the men\'s 10m air rifle pairs with Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, whom he beat a day after to claim his individual gold medal.
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Crook launches debutant Neha Sharma

The Bhatt camp of tinsel town is known for introducing fresh faces in Bollywood. Their film Crook: Its Good To Be Bad is one more example of this. Neha Sharma, usually seen in the Telugu film industry, made her debut with the Mukesh Bhatt production. The film hits the screens today (October 8). Though Neha Sharma is relatively an unknown face in Mumbai, she is a successful actress in south. She has starred opposite Ram Charan Teja, son of superstar Chiranjeevi, in 2007 hit Telugu film Chirutha.

Crook: Its Good To Be Bad is in a spotlight with popular actor Emraan Hashmi starring opposite heroine Neha Sharma. Reports circulating in the media are already rife with expectations from the actress, who spent her childhood in the small town of Bhagalpur in Bihar. She moved to Delhi to complete her graduation from NIFT.

Neha Sharma is very well known for her dancing skills also. With accomplished names like Pritam Chakraborty as the music composer and Mohit Suri as the director of Crook: Its Good To Be Bad, there is very little chance that Neha Sharma will fail to make a mark in her debut venture. The film deals with the recent racial attacks that Indians, residing in Australia, had to face from the Australian natives. Neha Sharma plays a girl named Suhani, born and brought in Australia.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010


Aircel the fast growing Pan India telecom operator in the country, today announced the launch of the first Tele Healthcare delivery, 'Aircel Apollo Mobile HealthCare' for the consumers in India in association with the leader in Integrated Healthcare, the Apollo Hospitals Group. With a subscriber base of over 45 million, Aircel, the fifth largest service provider along with Apollo will address Healthcare and reach out to the masses anytime anywhere with the help of dynamic products, i.e. Tele Medicine and Tele Triage to begin with.

Tele Medicine provides interactive healthcare in real-time online utilizing modern technology and telecommunications. This allows the patients to consult physician /specialist over video for immediate health care. Tele Medicine is an invaluable tool in healthcare as it helps patients to get service from doctors even in remote areas without the need of patient's physical presence at doctor's clinic. The patient data is collected through various processes like history, data-entry, biometrics and integration of medical equipment. The data is stored and shared between healthcare professionals to diagnose, treat and follow-up be it (regular treatment, post–surgery etc). Some of the significant benefits are, reduced patient health risks; enhanced access to care for patients living in rural/remote areas; reduced healthcare delivery costs; saves time and travel; minimized hospital admissions and objective and timely clinical information. This will be available at exclusive Aircel Retail outlets and at other Retail outlets as well. This service will be available to the consumers starting at Rs. 250 only.

Mr. Gurdeep Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Aircel said, "It is always our endeavor to provide the best and the most relevant products and services to the masses at large and open to them a world of possibilities. 'Aircel Apollo Mobile HealthCare', is going to address the most critical part of our lives i.e. 'Health' which is often neglected due to lack of resources and access as there exists a regional imbalance when it comes to Healthcare facilities in the country. This initiative with Apollo Hospitals Group, will bring a revolution in Healthcare as it provides the best in Medical Care on your Mobile anytime anywhere. We will roll-out our services from Chennai and gradually go Pan India."

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, "Apollo Group has continuously been at the helm of several game-changing innovations in Indian healthcare. Our partnership with Aircel will forever transform the way Healthcare is delivered to the citizens of this country and accelerate the Apollo Group vision of touching a Billion lives. Our HealthHub will deliver quality healthcare services using a combination of brick-and-mortar and virtually delivered online services."

Tele Triage is a solution to manage patient health concerns and symptoms via a telephone interaction by doctors anytime, anywhere. This service provides a structured medical advice and a disposition based on the symptoms and is available round –the- clock, from qualified Apollo Clinicians. It provides basic healthcare at the convenience of your home. It is Low -cost, High- quality innovative healthcare solution on your Mobile. In case you need Medicine (OTC) then the Doc can have it delivered to you through Apollo Pharmacy. In case of an emergency the Doc can send an ambulance through the Apollo Chain where-ever possible. Also, if you need to set up an appointment with a specialist then the Doc will do the needful. This service will be charged to consumers at Rs. 45 per consultation.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Youngest Liver Transplant Recipient in India

Eight-month-old Akshu became one of the youngest recipients of a liver transplant in the country after doctors conducted a nine-hour surgery to save her life.

The daughter of Rifleman Anil Kumar, Akshu suffered from a liver failure and her parents had given up hope of her surviving the illness. However doctors at the army's R.R. Hospital in Delhi Cantt performed a marathon nine-hour surgery with a piece of her father's liver before confirming that the baby was recuperating well.

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How to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL)?

What is a PIL?
Public Interest Litigation (PIL) - litigation for public interest. PIL was started to protect the fundamental rights of people who are poor, ignorant or in socially/economically disadvantaged position. It is different from ordinary litigation, in that it is not filed by one private person against another for the enforcement of a personal right. The presence of 'public interest' is important to file a PIL.

A PIL can be filed when the following conditions are fulfilled:
- There must be a public injury and public wrong caused by the wrongful act or omission of the state or public authority.
- It is for the enforcement of basic human rights of weaker sections of the community who are downtrodden, ignorant and whose fundamental and constitutional rights have been infringed.
- It must not be frivolous litigation by persons having vested interests.
Who may file a PIL?             
The Supreme Court (SC), through its successive judgments has relaxed the strict rule of 'locus standi' applicable to private litigation.

Any person can file a PIL provided:

  • He is a member of the public acting bona fide and having sufficient interest in instituting an action for redressal of public wrong or public injury.
  • He is not a mere busy body or a meddlesome interloper.
  • His action is not motivated by personal gain or any other oblique consideration.

How to file a PIL:
A PIL may be filed like a write petition. However, in the past the SC has treated even letters addressed to the court as PIL. In People's Democratic union v Union of India, a letter addressed by the petitioner organization seeking a direction against the respondents for ensuring observance of the provisions of famous labour laws in relation to workmen employed in the construction work of projects connected with the Asian games was entertained as a PIL.
The SC has encouraged the filing of PIL for tackling issues related to environment, human rights etc.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CWG: Indian shooters begin gold haul

The shooters began India\'s quest for gold in the ongoing 19th Commonwealth Games on Tuesday with Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang shooting a Games record 1193 to win gold in the 10m Air Rifle Men\'s pairs events at the Dr Karni Singh Range here.

Minutes after they won the first gold for India, Anisa Sayeed and Rahi Sarnobat also set a Games record to win a gold in the 25m pistol women\'s pairs event. They shot 1156/1200 to pip the Aussie pair who had led them till the last series of shots.

In a nerve-wracking contest, the Indian women shooters, who were trailing the Australian pair, took a eight-point lead with 10 shots to go. In the final series of shooting, the Indians, trailing by one point took a 11-point lead and pushed Australia to the second place by a 10-point gap.India added a third medal from the shooting range as Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh won the silver in the 50m pistol men\'s pairs event.

But it was Bindra and Narang who set the range on fire with some precision hitting. World record holder Gagan shot a spectacular sequence of 99, 100, 100, 99, 100, 100 to total a grand 598, while Beijing Olympic gold medallist Bindra\'s series read 100, 98 ,99, 100, 99, 99 for a total of 595 in the first shooting event of the 2010 Games.
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Rajnikanth juggernaut takes over US box office

Setting a huge recording for a Tamil film which was also dubbed into Telugu and Hindi, the Rajnikanth juggernaut Endhiran (Robot) grossed over the weekend an estimated $1.56 million in North America.

While Robot, which was showing in 139 theaters is the toast of the town, the romantic film Anjaana Anjaani had a decent opening. It grossed $517,000 in 91 theaters.

This is an awesome gross for any Indian film, particularly a Tamil film, said a distributor who asked not to be named. But people forget a number of theaters doubled the admission price for many shows to $25, some even charged $40 which would be more than the Imax admission price for Avatar.
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Monday, October 4, 2010

World media dazzled by CWG opening ceremony

The spectacular opening ceremony for the XIXth Commonwealth Games on Sunday put the spotlight back on to the Games. And for a change, the media that had largely been critical of Delhi\'s efforts in the build up to the Games, showered praise for the wonderful show.

The Guardian said, \"Concerns of recent weeks forgotten as dazzling event launches games amid atmosphere of national pride and celebrations.\"

The Telegraph, also published from London, described the event as, \"The biggest sporting spectacle India has ever hosted kicked off in typically colourful fashion... And there we were thinking it might never happen.\"

The Herald Sun that comes out from Melbourne went a step ahead comparing the opening ceremony to that of the Beijing Olympics stating, \"Indian Games officials should feel proud of the opening ceremony, classy and showy but somehow warmer and less contrived than the Beijing experience.\"

The Australian, published from New South Wales, wrote, \"After weeks dominated by the old India of corruption, poverty and chaos the new \"Incredible India\" of diversity and cultural pride showed its face.\"

The opening ceremony took place at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium that was dressed like a newly wed bride with Henna on her hands.

And just so that the athletes don\'t miss out on all the action, the teams marched into the stadium right at the beginning of the programme, a first for the Commonwealth Games.

The most beautiful moment of the night though was the huge roar for the Pakistani contingent. The 620-member strong Indian contingent led by Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra got a stand ovation from the crowd.

While Prince Charles declared the Games open, President Pratibha Patil said, \"The Games are now open. Let the Games begin.\"

The cultural show took the audience on a journey of the country showcasing the diversity that is India featuring everyday life of the common man.

In the end, all the negativity and criticism was forgotten as \"Jiyo Utho Badho jeeto\" becomes the mantra for the next 11days.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Marketing students asked to sell Mahatma Gandhi\'s bio

The Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal (BSM) at Tardeo regularly sells a hundred copies of Mahatma Gandhi\'s autobiography, \'My Experiments With Truth\'.

Recently however, there was a different demand for this organisation that is committed to propagating Gandhi\'s literature, when Professor Dr P S Prasad of Powai-based institute, NITIE called in asking for 10,000 copies of the book.

Prasad, a faculty of marketing at the institute, has assigned the 180 students of the final year the task to sell the book across the city.

Starting today (Gandhi Jayanti), these students will be seen selling the autobiography at various places in the city including streets, railway stations, and corporate offices, among others.

When asked about the inception of the idea, Prasad said, \"Gandhi\'s book is 24-karat truthfulness. In the educational institution, we have a curriculum but the technique is missing.

This book fills the void. Like Gandhi teaches that committing a mistake is human but one has to learn to accept it. He even talks about small, trivial things but all with truth.\"

Gaurav Singh (23), a student of Prasad\'s class, who is participating in the event, explained their execution plan, saying, \"We have divided the event for expediency. First we will reach out to the corporate sector and then hit the streets.

The students will also travel to different cities across the country as well as their native places to try to sell the book.\"

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Friday, October 1, 2010

धरती जैसा पहला ग्रह पाया गया

अंतरिक्ष वैज्ञानिकों का दावा है कि इस ग्रह को सौर मंडल से बाहर ऐसे इलाके में देखा गया है जिसमें जीवन की संभावनाएं पहले से ही जताई जा रही हैं. इसे \"गोल्डीलॉक्स जोन\" कहा जाता है. अमेरिकी संस्था नेशनल सांइस फांउडेशन की ताजा रिपोर्ट के अनुसार इस ग्रह की हमारे सौर मंडल से दूरी अन्य ग्रहों की अपेक्षा कम है. इसके अलावा इसकी अपने उपग्रहों से दूरी भी न बहुत ज्यादा और न बहुत कम है. साथ ही इसका तापमान भी संतुलित कहा जा सकता है और इसी आधार पर इसे पृथ्वी के समान होने का दावा किया गया है.

इससे जीवन वाले एकमात्र ग्रह पृथ्वी को साथी ग्रह मिलने की संभावना बलवती हुई है. इसकी तारों से दूरी 120 खरब मील आंकी गई है. यह दूरी तारों से अन्य ग्रहों की दूरी की तुलना में कम है. इस ग्रह की खोज का दावा करने वाले कैलीफोर्निया विश्वविद्यालय के वैज्ञानिकों का कहना है कि सौर मंडल से बाहर का यह पहला ग्रह होगा जिस पर जीवन की संभावनाएं तलाशी जा सकती हैं.

इस ग्रह का आकार पृथ्वी के समान ही है जबकि इसका वजन धरती से तीन गुना ज्यादा है. साथ ही वैज्ञानिकों ने इसकी सतह पर पानी मौजूद होने से भी इंकार नहीं किया है. शोध दल के प्रमुख प्रो. स्टीफन वोट ने कहा है कि इस ग्रह के बारे में जो जानकारियां मिली हैं उससे इस पर जीवन की संभावनाएं तलाशने का दावा भी पुख्ता होता है.

उनका कहना है कि इतने कम समय में और कम दूरी पर पृथ्वी जैसा ग्रह मिलना इस बात का संकेत है कि इस तरह के और भी ग्रह आकाशगंगा में हो सकते हैं. अगर दुनिया भर के अन्य अंतरिक्ष विज्ञानी इस खोज को अपनी मान्यता दे देते हैं तो फिर इसे पृथ्वी जैसे खोजे गए अन्य ग्रहों में सर्वाधिक समरूप कहा जा सकता है.

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सुन्नी वक्फ बोर्ड और हिंदु महासभा जाएंगे सुप्रीम कोर्ट

अयोध्या विवाद पर हाई कोर्ट के फैसले पर सुन्नी वक्फ बोर्ड ने कहा है कि वह इस मामले को खत्म नहीं कर रहे हैं और अदालत के फैसले के खिलाफ सुप्रीम कोर्ट का दरवाजा खटखटाएंगें. वक्फ बोर्ड के वकील जफरयाब जिलानी ने पत्रकारों को बताया कि विवादित जमीन को तीन हिस्सों में बांटे जाने के फैसले के खिलाफ अपील की जाएगी क्योंकि यह फार्मूला वक्फ बोर्ड को मंजूर नहीं है. मुस्लिम नेता असादुद्दीन उवैशी का कहना है कि उन्हें इस बात का अफसोस है कि अदालत ने ठोस सबूतों को भी नहीं माना है. अखिल भारतीय हिंदु महासभा ने भी सुप्रीम कोर्ट जाने का निर्णय लिया है. उसका कहना है कि रामजन्मभूमि को तीन हिस्सों में बांटे जाने के फैसले को उन्होंने चुनौती देने का फैसला लिया है
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