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Satyamev Jayate aim to change the game

The premiere of the third season of Satyamev Jayate saw Aamir Khan take up the cause of sports in India with an aim to change the game. The episode cast the spotlight on achievers from all ranks of society, from villages to cities, and on organizations and individuals who had helped talent blossom irrespective of the athlete’s background. Among them, some of the most inspirational stories were that of footballer Akhilesh Paul and nine-year-old pro golfer Shubham Jaglan. Sports lawyer Rahul Mehra also spoke of the need of a sports law to ensure the equal and fair promotion of every sport by the government. Predictably, tweeters were in prime form on Sunday morning, sharing their views on the episode and its featured guests. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also tweeted about the show. Source: IndiaTimes

Asian Games: India finishes with 57 medals

The 17th Asian Games drew to a close with an enthralling cultural extravaganza on Saturday after 15 days of action at the end of which India managed to stay inside top 10. World sports powerhouse China topped the medals table for the ninth time with another staggering haul of 342 medals, which included 151 gold, 48 less than what they pocketed at home four years ago in Guangzhou. India finished eighth in the medals table with a total haul of 57, comprising of 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze. The medal count went down but Indian sports still had lots to celebrate with the men’s hockey team coming good after a long time to strike gold even as the legend of MC Mary Kom got bigger in a mixed Asian Games campaign for the country’s athletes in Incheon, South Korea. Pistol shooter Jitu Rai and freestyle grappler Yogeshwar Dutt…

Modi launches ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign

Wielding the broom, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the country’s biggest-ever cleanliness drive that is expected to cost over Rs 62,000 crore, asserting that the “Swachh Bharat” mission is “beyond politics” and inspired by patriotism. Debunking criticism that his government has been taking credit for every achievement, the Prime Minister acknowledged the efforts of all previous governments to make India clean. “All the governments in this country have made one or the other effort to do this work. Several political, social and cultural organizations have made efforts in this direction. I greet all those, who have worked,” Modi said in his 25-minute address at Rajpath, where he formally kicked off the five-year-long campaign that will cover 4,041 statutory towns. Administering a pledge to people to make India clean, he said that this task is not the responsibility only of safai karamcharis or the government but of all the 125 crore Indians. He said that Thursday’s campaign should not be seen as a…

Bangalore is India’s Most Vegan-friendly City

Bangalore, which boasts of a wide landscape of restaurants and eateries, added another tag with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) naming it the “Most vegan-friendly city in India.” In a release on Monday, PETA attributed the tag to pro-vegan initiatives which “reflect the growing hunger for meat-free and dairy-free dining. Apart from local all-vegan menus, the launch of such menus in popular hotels and restaurants has earned the city the label. Vegans are vegetarians who do not eat eggs or dairy products. In addition to vegan and vegetarian restaurants, various groups and forums that campaign for animal rights are active in the city, the PETA release said, including a guide to vegan restaurants, shops and cafés. “According to Google trends, searches for the word ‘vegan’ are on the rise across the country, and most of them come from Bangalore,” the release added. PETA will send Mayor…

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Bidding farewell to Orkut

Orkut, Google’s first foray into social networking, is closing down today. Announced three months back, Google is going to shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, on September 30 to focus on its other social networking initiatives. Orkut was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web’s most popular businesses. Orkut, which is widely used in Brazil and India, was launched early in 2004 – the same year that Facebook, now the world’s No.1 social network, was founded. The company said it would preserve an archive of all Orkut “communities” that will be available from September 30. “If you don’t want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account,” Google said. After Orkut shuts down on September 30, you will not be able to log in to…

Panneerselvam takes oath as the new CM

O. Panneerselvam, staunch loyalist of AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha, was sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a second time on Monday by Governor K. Rosaiah, followed by the induction of other Ministers. The ceremony was emotionally charged with virtually every member of the new Cabinet breaking down . Mr. Panneerselvam succeeds party General Secretary Jayalalitha after she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case by a Bangalore special court on Saturday. As the Governor invited him to take oath, Mr. Panneerselvam was in tears, but continued to read the pledge. He was seen wiping his tears frequently as his cabinet colleagues began taking oath, most of them also in tears. The ministers sat silently looking down. At the end of an agonisingly long ceremony, the Governor extended his customary greetings by patting them, but to no avail. Excerpts from The Hindu

16 die, 2 more in hospital after Jayalalitha verdict

At least 16 people committed suicide or died of cardiac arrest across Tamil Nadu after a special court in Bangalore convicted AIADMK supremo and TN Chief Minister J Jayalalitha in the 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case on Saturday and sentenced her to four years in prison. Two people have been hospitalized with severe burns. Police said three people hanged themselves, one AIADMK supporter committed suicide by self-immolation, one person ended his life by jumping in front of a bus and one person died after consuming poison after the court pronounced its verdict. Ten others died of cardiac arrest, apparently due to shock after Jayalalitha’s conviction, a police officer said. Two people, including a Class 12 student, attempted self-immolation self and have been hospitalised with severe burns. Another ardent AIADMK supporter chopped off his little finger in Tirupur. Ironically, the chief minister had in August written a letter to a woman who…

TN Chief Minister Jayalalitha jailed for corruption

Jayalalitha, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu has been sentenced to jail for four years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years. She was found guilty of amassing wealth of more than INR 66 crores which was unaccounted for. The three-time Chief Minister was sentenced to four years’ simple imprisonment and a Rs. 100-crore fine was imposed on her for offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Her co-accused — Sasikala Natarajan, V. Sudhakaran and J. Elavarasi — were sentenced to four years’ imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 10 crore each. Along with three others, Jayalalitha was sentenced to an immediate jail term, and was due to be sent to Parappana Agrahara prison in Bangalore. In consequence, Ms. Jayalalithaa stood disqualified as an MLA and lost her position as Chief Minister. She would now be barred from contesting elections for the period of conviction plus six…

7 highlights of Modi’s visit to US

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to begin his first official visit to the United States of America, to boost bilateral trade and investments. Here are the 7 highlights of Modi’s trip: Mr. Modi  arrives in New York where he will address the UN General Assembly, before heading to Washington for his first meeting with President Barack Obama. The visit is expected to go a long way in mending the strained relations between India and US. Trade and business are expected to top the agenda of the visit which comes a day after Modi unveiled his new ‘Make in India’ campaign, aiming to turn the country into a global manufacturing hub. During his four-day visit, he is expected to meet top leaders of Fortune 500 companies, including Google, IBM, GE and Boeing. At his talks with President Obama, he is expected to discuss issues “to expand and deepen the US-India…

Modi unveils ‘Make in India’ campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched an ambitious campaign titled ‘Make in India’ which aims to turn the country into a global manufacturing hub. The ‘Make in India’ campaign aims to turn the country into a global manufacturing hub. It includes plans to cut red tape, develop infrastructure and make it easier for companies to do business. Currently, manufacturing contributes only 15% to India’s gross domestic product. The new campaign aims to raise it to 25%. “Whenever I met business people for the last few years they would tell me – we want to shift out. It pained me that people of nation are forced to leave. We do not want any industrialist being forced to leave India. I can say that we have been able to bring about a change in last few months”, Mr. Modi said while unveiling the campaign in Delhi. “Make-in-India is a lion’s step”, said Modi, after launching…

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