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India by withdrawing its troops from Depsang Plains of Ladakh de-facto has conceded this territory to China. It needs certain special talents to interpret an ignominious defeat as a diplomatic victory, says Ravindra Narayan Ravi.
It is over four weeks since the Chinese army intruded deep into the Depsang Plains of Ladakh, in the north-western sector of the India-China border, and the strategic community in India seems yet groping to make a sense of the aggression!
Utterances of the Indian government officials over the issue have been deliberately misleading and those of commentators largely speculative.
The government’s unyielding reluctance to share the facts with the country is at the root of wild speculations.
A 24-year-old IAS aspirant allegedly committed suicide, with the police stating that he was upset over a ‘goof-up’ in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) results published in Bangalore.
Manjunath V Y, a resident of Shrirampura in Bangalore, committed suicide by hanging himself in an under construction building on May 10 after he had left for his friend’s house in Kodagu area, they said.
According to the police, Manjunath was upset over finding a different name under his roll number in the list of selected candidates in this year’s civil services examination.
The victim had secured 264th rank in the examination, but in the final results after the interview, a different name was mentioned under his roll number on the list, they said.
Controversy over the walkout by BSP MP Shafiqur Rahman Burq from the Lok Sabha took a new turn as he refused to apologise for walking out of the House while national song Vande Mataram was being played. Burq said that …
London: A young Manipuri, serving as a Lieutenant in the British Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service, Khwairakpam Robin Singh, will receive the Star of Gallantry and the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross from the United Kingdom, for his exceptional bravery in week long fierce battle against the Al Qaeda in interior Afghanistan in 2011. The 27-year-old lead scout was part of a 47 member special force team, including 40 commandos, called in as a reinforcement to fight the Al Qaeda.
Singh’s parents, Sanajaoba and Memcha are very proud of their achiever son. “I told him – ‘you’re the junior-most in the family and since no one is at home, don’t go away’. He went away saying – ‘Mother, don’t worry, everyone has to die, whether at home or not’. Now he has got this award. I’m really happy,” said Memcha, Robin’s mother.
“He always loved the active service and doing what he likes the most, he is being awarded by the UK government. I am very happy,” said Sanajaoba, Robin’s Father. But even in the face of global recognition, braveheart Robin Singh remains rooted. He is very aware of the problems insurgency-hit Manipur faces.
Lt Singh has been away from service pending an enquiry since April 2012 after a Royal Maritime Helicopter crashed in Iraq. Now he will receive the Gallantry Award from the British government on 19th June. To add to the success his suspension has been cancelled and he has been asked to rejoin the service.
The Army today handed over two Pakistani boys, who had crossed the Line of Control (LoC) into India, to the Pakistan army as a goodwill gesture.
Rehmatullah, 15, and Inayatullah, 12, of Kotli area of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) had crossed over to the Indian side of the LoC in Nowshera sector on Friday in “search of employment”, said Col. RK Palta, the Jammu-based spokesperson of the army.
“During their stay with the Indian army, Rehmatullah and Inayatullah said they had left their country and crossed over to the Indian side in search of employment,” he added.
“The Indian army acted on humanitarian considerations. A message was conveyed to the Pakistan army over the hotline Saturday, conveying the intent to hand over the two boys back to Pakistan. A battalion commander-level flag meeting was held at Chakan-da-Bagh in the afternoon Sunday and the boys were handed over to Pakistani army officials,” Col. Palta said.
rediff made a new relevation to me today- Irrfan Khan began to be recognised internationally after Asif Kapadia’s The Warrior, where he plays a combatant who decides to give up his violent lifestyle only to be pursued by his bloodthirsty …
Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday condemned Pakistan parliament’s resolution on hanging of Afzal Guru and demanded that diplomatic relations with Islamabad should be scaled down along with suspension of confidence building measures
“Pakistan has crossed all limits by passing a resolution in its parliament on hanging of Afzal Guru. Pakistan has no right to interfere in the internal issues of India and the government of India should register its strong protest with Pakistan as well as in international community,” BJP president Rajnath Singh said in Jaipur.
He also said that the government should take initiative to pass a resolution in the Parliament to condemn the move of Pakistan government.
“PM should initiate in the matter and call back our high commissioner from Pakistan. Diplomatic relations should be scaled down and confidence building measures should be suspended. The government should also pass a resolution against the move of Pakistan,” he said.
Tehran, Iran: Senior Iranian clerics have scolded President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for consoling Hugo Chavez’s mother with a hug – a physical contact considered a sin under Iran’s strict Islamic codes.
The rebuke follows a widely published photo showing Ahmadinejad embracing Chavez’s mother at the funeral of the late Venezuelan president in what is seen as taboo-breaking behavior in Iran.
Iranian papers on Tuesday cited clerics from the religious center of Qom who described the hug as “forbidden,” inappropriate behavior and “clowning around.”
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A fisherman’s family at Mumbai’s suburban Bandra has demanded filing an FIR against actor Salman Khan and his bodyguards for allegedly threatening them to shift their boats and fishing nets which were blocking sea view from the star’s cottages.
Three complaints were made at the Bandra police station in September 2011 and in May and December last year, but instead of registering FIRs against the bodyguards and actor, police have registered only non-cognisable offences, the victim Lawrence Falcon (65) said.
Salman Khan had bought two cottages Belle View and Benar at Bandra’s Chimbai area in 2011 and had barricades put up around them.
The fisherman’s family, who park their boats and put up fishing nets on the beach, alleged that Khan’s bodyguards started harassing them soon after he bought the property.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ravi Shankar has won one last Grammy.
The sitar virtuoso, ambassador of Indian music and friend of The Beatles, who died in December at 92, won best world music album for “The Living Room Sessions Part 1.”
Anoushka Shankar, his daughter, accepted the award on his behalf. The sitar player and composer was also a nominee for her album “Traveller.”
On Saturday, a lifetime achievement award was given to Ravi Shankar at The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards celebration. Just a few days before he died, Shankar learned that he would receive the honor and that he and his daughter were both nominated in the world music category.
Singer-pianist Norah Jones, Shankar’s daughter, and Anoushka Shankar accepted their father’s lifetime achievement award Saturday afternoon.
Reality One: In the year 1980 (Mumbai), A big showroom of Jewellery was looted by some men posing ‘Fake’ C.B.I Officer’s. Those men were never caught by the Police Authorities. The investigations was digging further and it was reported similar kinds of Robberies took place in some other parts of India. Reality Two: Neeraj Pandey who gave a cult classic ‘A Wednesday’ comes up with a film which is based on those Robberies where some men posed as Fake C.B.I officer’s plants a Real Heist. Reality Three: Top-Notch Actors get’s assigned to play the part of their Lifetime.
Reality Review: Four inglorious heroes posing as a C.B.I team plants fifty heists and one real C.B.I officer is assigned nab them. Ajay (Akshay Kumar) smart, daring and strong-willed. He’s the master-planner. Sharmaji (Anupam Kher), a weak-hearted, but the real ‘Loin of Punjab’. Iqbal (Kishore Kadam) and Joginder (Rajesh Sharma) who add muscle to the master-mind. In the late 1980?s these con-men pose as C.B.I officers and raid Dirty-Politician’s, Business Tycoon and Jewelers. No Official-Complaints made, No records or F.I.R’s, All four escape after every heist with a clean-chit and loads of black money. A Real C.B.I Officer, Waseem (Manoj Bajpayee) along with sub-inspector Ranveer (Jimmy Sheirgill) are assigned to nab them and a deadly chase begins when Ajay plants his last Heist in Mumbai.
Akshay Kumar shows his caliber of Acting in Full-Form. Kindly do not expect the routine Akshay Kumar comedy here, But his performance has lot more to offer. Anupam Kher rocks as Sharmaji. In fact, Anupam Kher is one such actor that refuses to leave your Brains even after you have left the Auditorium. Jimmy Sheirgill is class-apart. Please notice his character-turn once he realizes that he has become a ‘Victim’ of the Fake Imposter’s of C.B.I. As soon as the script goes in the hands of Manoj Bajpayee, The actor makes you feel that it’s his show. Brilliant performance by Manoj Bajpayee will leave you stunned. Kajal Aggarwal has nothing to offer, In fact she is wasted. Divya Dutta has an interesting role that provides some laughter. Kishore Kadam and Joginder lends a good support.
Director Neeraj Pandey deserves a standing ovation for the brilliance of executing this film. He weaves an intelligent, Mind-racing thriller which keeps you tightly strapped to your seats. The camera work by Bobby Singh deserves a special mention which captures the 1980?s era beautifully. The powerful background score enthuses the pace. The only place the film loses it’s grip is the romantic track and dance number which was really sounded very Un-Wanted.
A Wednesday was the first Indian film I believe I watched in India and without English subtitles. I still remember a friend translating for me the parts I did not fully understand and feeling how the plot was getting entangled and detangled in my brain. Such a stimulating film had me looking forward to acclaimed director Neeraj Pandey’s Special 26 (aka Special Chabbis) and I am glad the waiting is over.
While the director might have been facing nervousness this week before the release, one has to say that a trip to the cinema this weekend to watch it is pretty well worth it!
Special 26 is a film that takes up the true story of an “army” of conmen and makes us enter their universe and that of the officers who wish to capture them. The con artists are known for having carried out fake raids against the corrupt rich and famous in the 1980s, where they skillfully collected the willing victims’ black money by posing as income tax or CBI officers. These activities culminated with a famous scam raid they conducted at the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri jewelers.
I have to confess that one of the reasons I was also awaiting this movie is because it finally looked like Akshay Kumar was dropping the triple “Masala / Martial arts / Sexist comedy star” label he had been linked to in recent times and was ready to give acting a run for its money.
One absolutely failsafe way of figuring out the efficacy of a movie is to measure how heavy its runtime weighs on the audience.
Special 26 is actually quite a long film – it is a shade under two and a half hours. But it feels much shorter than it really is.
It glides by with such effortlessness that it leaves behind no unsightly footmarks.
Special 26 is an intelligently scripted, superbly acted, enthralling and believable heist film that is more than just that.
Special 26 is a cracker of a film. Con movies are difficult to make, especially when we have seen almost every kind of con on celluloid already. Ocean’s Eleven (2001), The Sting (1973), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Nine Queens (2002) you name it. For the first hour or so I was enjoying it but not quite loving it. It had two thrilling sequences but the rest of it didn’t soar, not to mention the wafer-thin characterization. During the interval, I wished the film would get better. I wanted to know these people more. I wanted to get wowed. Probably even wanted to get fooled. (A good con movie is always one step ahead of us). How many films these days actually do get better? How many films have a strong third act? Special 26 delivers exactly what I wished for.
Neeraj Pandey made a strong debut with A Wednesday (2008). A film unanimously loved by everyone and for good reason. I’m guessing the same feat would be repeated as Special 26 shows Pandey was not a one hit wonder. Sure it doesn’t have the topical pertinence of A Wednesday, but it still has the anti-establishment poke. We must not forget that Special 26, despite being based on real events, is first and foremost a piece of entertainment and in that it excels.
The film is about a group of con men. They raid a minister’s house posing as men from the CBI. Akshay Kumar plays Ajju, the leader of the fake CBI. Anupam Kher (who was as good as Naseerudin Shah in A Wednesday) gives another remarkable performance. The real CBI has Manoj Bajpayee at the helm and he is simply superb. During the film, I was wondering whose side I’m on. The real CBI or the fake one? I’ll leave you to have your own tussle with your loyalties.
The recreation of the 80s is downright terrific. From the clothes to the Fiats, it puts you right into that era. Sajid Khan’s remake of Himmatwala is being promoted with the tagline “The 80s are back”. Sorry Mr. Khan, you might want to rethink how you want to sell your film. We have already seen the real 80s back on screen.
India’s economic growth rate this fiscal year is estimated to be a poor 5 per cent, the lowest in a decade, on account of a weak performance by the manufacturing, agriculture and services sectors, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). This comes on a day when Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said the 8 per cent growth target for the 12th Plan (2012-17) stays.
In 2002-03, the GDP had grown at 4 per cent. Since then, the Indian economy has been expanding at over 6 per cent, the highest rate being 9.6 per cent in 2006-07.
The latest estimate of 5 per cent is the worst of all growth projections issued by the government and the Reserve Bank of India. Last month, the RBI had pared its GDP growth estimate for the fiscal year ending in March to 5.5 per cent, the worst since 2002-03.
The 5 per cent estimate for the entire fiscal year means that the pace of economic expansion has slowed sharply in the second half of 2012-13, given that GDP growth in the April-September period stood at 5.4 per cent.
India’s differently-abled athletes returned with the largest haul of medals in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games at Pyeong Chang, South Korea.
New Delhi: India’s differently-abled athletes returned with the largest haul of medals in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games at Pyeong Chang, South Korea.
The Indians won 46 medals — 13 gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze — from among mentally-challenged 2200 athletes from over 120 nations in the Games which ended on Tuesday.
India doubled its medal tally from the World Winter Games 2009.