Monthly Archives: January 2013

MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi surrenders, sent to jail

Hyderabad: In yet another blow to the MIM, its chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi was Monday sent to jail in Andhra Pradesh’s Medak district in connection with a case booked against him in 2005.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief surrendered before a court in Sangareddy town, 65 km from here. The judge sent him to judicial remand till Feb 2. He was subsequently shifted to a jail in the town.

The Hyderabad MP’s lawyers filed a bail petition on his behalf but the court adjourned the hearing to Tuesday.

Owaisi, who is prime accused in the case, surrendered after the court dismissed his petition, seeking cancellation of the non-bailable warrant pending against him.

The MIM leader along with his younger brother Akbaruddin Owaisi and others were booked by police on March 16, 2005, for obstructing officials from carrying out demolition of a place of worship to facilitate road extension at a village called Muttangi.

 Police reopened the case against them after Akbaruddin Owaisi was arrested earlier this month for making hate speeches. Akbar, a member of state assembly, is currently lodged in a jail in Adilabad district.

The police had produced Akbar before Sangareddy court on Jan 16. The court had adjourned the hearing till Jan 28.

Maharashtra HSC exams 2013:Time table changed

The timetable of Maharashtra HSC exams 2013 has been changed.  Students can visit to check the detailed timetable.

The decision has been taken  as the students and teachers  require more time to study the subjects’ revised syllabus. Recently the syllabus has been upgraded to CBSE curriculum.

The HSC chemistry paper, which was slated for February 27, will now be held on March 26. The Biology paper has been postponed from March 4 to 17.

One of the two new dates is kept on a Sunday so that it does not clash with any other board exams.

It is expected that HSC results will be announced before June 5.

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is a statutory and autonomous body established under the Maharashtra Secondary Boards Act 1965 (amended in 1977).

Delhi: Accused cries for justice, SC nods to listen his plea

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Supreme Court on Monday, Jan 21 agreed to listen the plea on transferring the fast track court hearing outside Delhi for one of the six accused of infamous gangrape case. A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir listed the matter for Tuesday after the advocate for accused Mukesh pleaded for an urgent hearing on the ground that free and fair hearing is not possible in New Delhi because of strong public sentiment against him. “The sentiment has gone into the root of each home in Delhi by which even the judicial officers and the state are not spared and in these circumstances, he cannot get justice in Delhi at all,” reads the petition which was filed by Mukesh through his counsel. The petition also said that “due to media reports and agitations and due to political statements and personal interest shown by the chief minister as well as various cabinet ministers, judiciary is under pressure to work against the petitioner.” The accused has sought transfer of the case to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. There are six accused in the case including a juvenile. Mukesh along with his five other accomplices had brutally raped a 23-year-old para-medical student and threw her out of a moving bus on Dec 16. Later, the girl passed away in a hospital in Singapore on Dec 29. Meanwhile, Delhi Police has been armed with further evidences to nail the six accused. Along with cellphone records and testimony from the dying woman. A DNA investigation of bloodstained clothes and body swabs has linked all five men and the juvenile accused to the heinous crime.

Oz Open: Sania-Bob, Wei-Bopanna in mixed quarter

India’s challenge ended in the men’s doubles event of the Australian Open with the defeat of Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor even as Sania Mirza and Bob Bryan progressed to the mixed doubles quarter-finals, in Melbourne on Monday.

Sania was joined in the last eight by Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)-Rohan Bopanna (IND) who beat Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)-Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-1, 7-5. The match lasted just 54 minutes.

The fifth seeded Bhupathi and Canadian partner Nestor were sent packing 3-6 6-4 3-6 by the unseeded Italian combo of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in the second round.

Sania Mirza and Bob Bryan are through to the last eight. Getty Images

Defending champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were shocked in the first round while Rohan Bopanna and Rajeev Ram could not go beyond the second round.

However, in the mixed doubles, all four Indian players are still alive with Sania and her new American partner Bob advancing to quarter-finals with a come-from-behind win.

The third seeded Indo-American team defeated the US team of Abigail Spears and 4-6 6-1 10-4 in the second round.

They will now fight it out with Czech team of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak for a place in the semifinals.

Match referee warns Kevin Pietersen over dissent during Ranchi ODI in ‘airport toilet’

England batsman Kevin Pietersen was informed about his punishment by match referee Andy Pycroft, for showing dissent during the third one-day against India in Ranchi in the men toilet of city airport. Pycroft asked Pietersen and England one-day coach Ashley Giles to step into the toilet at Ranchi airport to issue them with a warning as both teams waited for the charter flight that brought them to Chandigarh, as they head to Mohali to play the fourth ODI, the Daily Mail reports.

Pietersen may deem himself lucky to escape a fine for standing in incredulity when he was given out caught behind in Saturday’s third one-day international and then shaking his head as he finally left the field, the paper said. Yet perhaps Pycroft was merciful because Pietersen was clearly not out and umpire S Ravi’s decision, understandable as it was in another noisy, highly charged atmosphere, was the spark for another woeful England collapse, the paper added. Giles revealed his first meeting with Pycroft was in the gent’s toilet of the Ranchi airport, adding the match referee was right to speak to Pietersen.

Giles added players need to be careful with reactions to decisions, and added he Pietersen’s reaction was more of disappointment than showing dissent.


BANGALORE: A kidney transplant is often a tedious procedure. Many patients prefer to die a slow death rather than undergoing painful and costly dialysis because they can’t get a matching kidney. Unrelated transplants are denied by most hospitals due to legal hurdles, but now there’s a ray of hope.

In what’s claimed to the first-of-its-kind surgery, Narayana Hrudayalaya recently conducted successful transplantation of kidney across unmatched blood groups. Around 600 such transplants have been performed worldwide and 15 of them in India.

Syed Khadri, 27, technical support in a software company, underwent this procedure at the Narayana Institute of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation earlier this month and is recovering well.

When he had fever and started vomiting, Syed never thought that it would result in kidney failure. In January 2012, the left side of his face slowly started swelling.

This resident of Yelahanka went to a superspeciality hospital in Hebbal, where he was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure (CKD). He was immediately put on dialysis, but the only option for a long and healthy life was a kidney transplant. One of Syed’s relatives suggested he go to Narayana Hrudayalaya where nephrologists said a family members could donate a kidney. Syed’s blood group O+ matched that of his father Amirul, but the transplant was ruled out as Amirul is a cardiac patient.

The second option was his mother Fatima, but her blood group (B+) did not match his. Syed also registered for cadaver donation and was put on the waiting list. “About 30% of blood groups in a family didn’t match. Wealthy families can afford unrelated transplants, but poor patients have no option but to wait for a cadaver donation or be on dialysis. We suggested Syed go in for the immunoadsorption technology which helps kidney transplant even of unmatched blood groups,” said Dr Ishtiaque Ahmed, consultant nephrologist, Narayana Hrudayalaya.

Syed was put on medication in September 2012 and in the meantime, permission was obtained from the government’s authorization committee to perform the surgery. The hospital imported 2 filters from Sweden, which cost about Rs 3 lakh each.

Syed’s mother donated him a kidney on January 3 this yea and a team of 6 doctors performed the surgery. “This technology will decrease the need for unrelated kidney transplantation by around 30% and thereby increase donor pool within the family,” said Dr Ashley D’Cruz, senior transplant surgeon, Narayana Hrudayalaya.

The procedure

Normally, a person with ‘O’ blood group has anti ‘A’ and anti ‘B’ antibodies, which prevents her from receiving a donation from people with ‘A’ or ‘B’ blood groups. However, the immunoadsorption technology involves removal of antibodies through a special filter called the ‘glycosorb’ with careful monitoring of the antibody levels before and after surgery. Once the transplant is done at the low level of antibodies, rejection does not take place and the kidney can last the normal lifespan.

The cost

The surgery and postsurgery medication can cost up to Rs 14 lakh. Narayana Hrudayalaya performed Syed’s surgery at a subsidized cost due to his weak economic background and charged him Rs 6 lakh. He also received Rs 3 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Fund and some financial help from his family and father’s friends.

Polio drive achieves 85 pc target

Bengaluru: The State recorded a total of 85.35 per cent immunisation during the first round of Pulse Polio immunization for 2013 on Sunday.

“As per the target to administer oral polio vaccination to about 74,86,000 children below 5 years of age across the State, we succeeded in vaccinating about 63,90,000 on Sunday”, said Dr Karur B.V., Project Dir­ector, Reproductive Child Health, Dept of Health and Family Wel­fare.

Bengaluru Urban achie­ved 88.33 % immunization and BBMP area achieved 85.95% immunization, respectively. Among the districts, Udupi had the highest rate of polio immunization on the first day with 94.96% and the lowest was at Gulbarga with 71%.

“We hope to cover the remaining children below five years through house-to-house activity which will continue for the next two days in rural areas of southern districts and for three days in rural areas of north Karnataka and in all urban areas of the State”, said Dr Karur. Flagging off the Pulse Polio drive in the city, CM Jagadish Shettar said, “We have not received a single case of polio since 2007. Polio is a dreaded disease which affects children at a young age.We have to safeguard them”

No question of CAG reports leakage: Vinod Rai

Rejecting claims about leakage of CAG reports before being tabled in Parliament, Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai today said the figures calculated in different audits like 2G-spectrum, coal block allocation and Commonwealth Games issues were based on certain substances.

“The CAG reports on different matters is in public domain. We stick to our calculation in coal block allocation issue and others. If there is a debate, let it be,” Rai said while replying to a question on the criticism of CAG’s figure in certain scams at a seminar here.

Stating that every report was unique, he said the CAG did not make any calculation on its own. “We do it on the basis of certain substances,” he said.

Replying to a question on the claims about leakage of CAG reports to media before being placed in the Parliament, Rai said, “There is no question of any leakage. It is very simple. We are part of the RTI. If we are preparing a report and someone asked certain question under RTI, we have to give him/her.

“There is a ruling of the Central Information Commission saying that anybody wanting anything during the report preparation can get the reply,” he said.

On accountability, Rai said, “The job of the CAG is to audit, prepare reports and place them in the Parliament. What Parliament or Public Accounts Committee (PAC) do after that is not under us.”

BJP recalls Rajiv Gandhi’s speech as inspiring, passionate

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi today received praise from the BJP with the party describing his speech in the 80s as “passionate” and “inspiring,” while dismissing Rahul Gandhi’s Jaipur speech as that of an “opposition leader”.

“He (Rahul) certainly spoke like a leader of the Opposition rather than a person belonging to the ruling party,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said here.

Recalling Rajiv’s speech, she said, “I am able to recall when Rajiv Gandhi had taken over his role, a greater role in his party, he had spoken very passionately about how the party should get out of the hold of power brokers. It was a very, very inspiring speech, no doubt.”

Referring to Rahul’s address at the Congress Chintan Shivir, she said, “Today Rahul Gandhi has spoken with a great lot of idealism. I hope he is able to implement most of the things that he said within his own party first and prove it to the country that he is able to achieve it within his own party before he probably would ever become the PM, if at all, so good luck.”

On Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s Hindu terror statement, she said, “They first start saying saffron terror, they engage with terrorists and later on they say Hindu

terror. They also would like to call BJP and related organisations and sometimes name a patriotic, nationalistic organisation such as the RSS as a terror outfit.”

Taking on Shinde, the BJP leader said, “The Home Minister should better know that he cannot escape from the responsibility of bringing answers to the table rather colour of terror.”

Condemning this “periodic misleading of the people in the name of terror politics”, she demanded apology from the Minister. “We demand that the Home Minister retracts and also apologise for the statement,” she said.

District Congress hails Rahul Gandhi’s elevation

New Delhi, Jan 21: Finally, Rahul Gandhi’s coronation ceremony was done with great fanfare. Now, Congress has made it official that Rahul will lead the party in General Elections 2014. The newly appointed Vice-President of Congress is all set for his new innings. With his emotional and idealistic speech in Japiur on Sunday, Jan 20, Rahul touched every Congressmen. Even he managed to impress his critics to an extent. But, the question is: Can he prove himself to be a politician of steel? If Congress-led UPA comes to power for third consecutive time, can Rahul prove himself to a worthy Prime Minister of the country, which can lead it at a time when the nation is facing myriad problems. His critics say, Rahul’s speech was emotional and idealistic. He was dramatic too and received an equally dramatic reaction from Congress’s leaders and workers, who at the last day of Chintan Shivir in Japiur were found teary-eyed at the end of Rahul’s speech.

Right from angst-ridden Indians to large-scale corruption facing the nation, Rahul raised several issues. But his reference to his father Rajiv Gandhi and grandmother Indira Gandhi  helped him score brownie points. “Last night everyone congratulated me,” Rahul said. “But last night, my mother came to my room. She sat with me and she cried. She cried because she can see that power can be a poison.

And she can see it because she is not attached to it. Don’t chase power for the attributes of power, but use it to empower the world.” “It is my mother’s lifetime experience and my experience in eight years. We must not forget the negative aspects of power,” he said. “For me, the Congress party is now my life,” he declared. “The people of India are my life and I will fight for the people of India and this party. I will fight with everything I have. I invite you to stand up and take on this fight.” An emotional Rahul went down memory lane as he spoke about his grandmother Indira Gandhi’s assassination in October 1984 and how his father Rajiv Gandhi showed a “glimmer of hope” to the people. “I saw my father (Rajiv Gandhi) crying for the first time, but on the same day I saw him address the nation. There I saw a gleam of hope,” he recalled. “The Congress is made out of the DNA of Hindustan. The leaders of the Opposition don’t understand it.”

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