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My piano, my friend, says Celina Jaitly

Former beauty queen-turned-actress Celina Jaitly says her piano is one of the gifts she treasures most. “One (of) the best gift my parents ever gave me was my piano ..it has been my friend through all the agonies and ecstasies of life,” Celina posted on her Twitter page. The 29-year-old was last seen in comedy film “Thank You”.

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BJP leaders meet CM Yeddurappa

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley Friday met Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to persuade him to quit as directed by the party but he seemed to be holding out. As the two leaders talked to Yeddyurappa at his residence on Race Course Road near the state secretariat, scores of his supporters outside shouted slogans: “Yeddyurappa ...

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Fresh legal battles erupt over Nepal’s Pashupatinath temple

The 17th century Pashupatinath temple that is also a Unesco-declared World Heritage Site is now tangled in fresh legal disputes with seven officials of the trust governing Nepal’s oldest Hindu shrine moving court over their “wrongful” sacking. The seven officials of the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust, which is now headed by the culture minister, filed separate writ petitions in the ...

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Faulty metal detectors guard Kerala temple treasure

The four metal detectors placed at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple – estimated to house treasure valued at Rs.1 lakh crore – are faulty, police said Friday. Additional Director General of Police Venugopal K. Nair, who is currently overseeing the security of the temple, told that the metal detectors work on and off. The four metal detectors kept at the four ...

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Government releases draft of land acquisition bill

With a spate of controversies and clashes over acquisition of farmland for private projects, the government Friday unveiled a draft bill to make the process transparent and equitable to all stakeholders, notably rural owners, with provisions not only for high compensation but also post-sale rehabilitation. The name: National Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011. The thrust of the ...

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India circulates draft land acquisition bill

The government Friday released a draft land acquisition bill that seeks to put in place a legal framework to not only protect the interests of owners and prospective buyers, but also those whose livelihoods depend on the acquired physical asset. Land markets in India being imperfect, the government intends to enact a transparent and flexible set of rules and regulations ...

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Another US varsity with hundreds of Indian students under scanner

Another US educational institution with hundreds of Indian students has come under the scanner with dozens of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raiding offices at the University of Northern Virginia. Based in Annandale, a Washington suburb, it is an unaccredited, for-profit private university that calls itself the most popular American university for students from India. Some 2,400 students of which ...

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ICICI Bank net profit up 30 percent

The country’s second largest lender ICICI Bank said Friday its net profit rose by 30 percent to reach Rs.1,332 crore ($298 million) in the April-June period of the current fiscal on the back of strong credit growth and lower provisions. The bank’s total income rose to Rs.9,261.4 crore for quarter ended June 30, as compared to Rs.7,493 crore during the ...

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Mamata Banerjee gifts megastar Big B ‘mishti doi’

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan sat in his Mumbai residence and relished some “mishti doi (sweet curd)”, gifted to him by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “And now I as I sip the ‘mishti doi’ gifted to me last night in a most touching and generous manner by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee… The 68-year-old recently went to ...

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Women in Bihar plough fields, sing to please rains gods

Women in Bihar’s Buxar district are performing a curious ritual to reduce the rain deficit in the state — ploughing fields, singing and dancing at night to appease the ‘angry’ rains gods. Scanty rainfall in July has upset farmers who were hopeful of a normal monsoon this time after facing two consecutive drought years. Hence, the ritual. According to Shanti ...

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No consensus on women’s quota bill, says Bansal

Over a year after the Rajya Sabha passed the women’s quota bill amidst drama, the government Friday said consensus among political parties on passing it the Lok Sabha was still elusive, thus indicating it may not see the light of the day during parliament’s 39-day-long monsoon session beginning Monday. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told reporters at the customary ...

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Idea Cellular quarterly net profit declines 12 percent

Idea Cellular Friday posted an increase of 12 percent in its consolidated net profit at Rs.177.3 crore for the quarter ended June 30. The results were impacted by the fees paid for 3G licences and the charging of related interest cost. The company had posted Rs.201.4 crore net profit during the like period of the previous financial year. “With the ...

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Top Speak Asia official detained by police for questioning

The chief operating officer of Speak Asia, a Singapore-based firm that offers handsome rewards to registered members who participate in online surveys for clients, was detained Friday by the economic offences wing of Mumbai Police. Tarak Bajpai has been detained for investigation into a possible multi-crore rupee fraud, said Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of the Mumbai police. The move comes ...

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A ‘school’ with Saif as music teacher, megastar Big B as principal

Here’s your chance to study in a “school” where megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be the principal, and actors Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar will teach music, acting and the arts to students. The initiative, for the promotion of Prakash Jha’s forthcoming film “Aarakshan”, on caste-based reservations in the Indian education system, is being organised by RED FM ...

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