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October 31, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Anand wins world chess title

India’s Viswanathan Anand drew the 11th game of the 12-game World Chess Championship final with white pieces against Vladimir Kramnik to take an unbeatable 6.5-4.5 lead and retain his world title.

The game ended in a draw after 24 moves as Kramnik failed to find a win despite trying to complicate the game.

Anand won three games, the third, fifth and sixth and lost the 10th in a match that looked one-sided till Kramnik brought back some life with a win in 10th game.

In the 11th game, Anand needing only a draw managed that in a game that had a 1. e4 start and led to a Sicilian-Najdorf, which Kramnik rarely plays.

Kramnik went all out for a win and tried to create wild and unstable positions to throw Anand off-guard, but the Indian Grandmaster was upto the task.

In fact as Kramnik overstretched in a do-or-die battle, he actually allowed Anand greater play and may well have lost. But in the end the game ended in a 24-move draw.

According to the pre-match rules, the two players share the purse of 1.5 million Euros equally.


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October 30, 2008 Posted by | SPORTS | Leave a comment

Who owns the media in India?


Gujarat election have witnessed unaccountable money paid to media persons of both, print and electronic by Saudi Arabia to discredit Modi and the Hindutva forces, which Media did very faithfully without success.


There are several major publishing groups in India , the most prominent among them being the The Indian Express Group, the Hindustan Times Group, The Hindu group, Times of India Group, The Anandabazar Patrika Group, the Eenadu Group, the Malayalam Manorama Group, the Mathrubhumi group, the Sahara group, the Bhaskar group, and the Dainik Jagran group.


Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.


NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan . Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India . His wife and Brinda Karat are sisters.


India Today which used to be the only national weekly which supported BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.


CNN-IBN: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.


Star TV: It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church Melbourne.


Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collaboration with Times Group.


The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne , Switzerland . N. Ram’s wife is a Swiss national.


Indian Express: Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition) ACTS Christian Ministries have major stake in the Indian Express and latter is still with the Indian counterpart (guess married to an Arab).


Times group list:

Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and many more…

Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. ‘World Christian Council does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.


Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.


Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently.


The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India.


Kairali TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)


Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.


Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.


Gujarat riots which took place in 2002 where Hindus were burnt alive, Rajdeep Sardesai and Bharkha Dutt working for NDTV at that time got around 5 Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia to cover only Muslim victims, which they did very faithfully. Not a single Hindu family was interviewed or shown on TV whose near and dear ones had been burnt alive, it is reported.


Tarun Tejpal of regularly gets blank cheques from Arab countries to target BJP and Hindus only, it is said.


The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious.



October 29, 2008 Posted by | FACEOFF | Leave a comment

Be aware of your roots : by Francois Gautier


As a Frenchman, I was coached right from childhood that logic, what we in France call Cartesianism, is the greatest gift given to man. Thus, I taught my students in a Bangalore school of journalism that the first tool of a good reporter is to go by his or her own judgment on the ground, with the help of one’s first-hand experience — and not by second hand information: what your parents thought, what you have read in the newspapers, what your caste, religion, culture pushes you into.

Yet in India, logic does not seem to apply to most of the media, especially when it touches anything Hindu.

One cannot, for instance, equate Muslim terrorists who blow up innocent civilians in market places all over India, with angry ordinary Hindus who burn churches without killing anybody.

We know that most of these communal incidents often involve persons of the same caste, Dalits and tribals, some converted to Christianity and some not.

Then, however reprehensible the destruction of the Babri Masjid, no Muslim was killed in the process.

Compare this with the ‘vengeance’ bombings of 1993 in Mumbai, which killed hundreds of innocents, mostly Hindus. Yet Indian and western journalists keep matching up the two, or even showing the Babri Masjid destruction as the more horrible act of the two.

How can you compare the RSS, a bunch of harmless daddies, with the Indian Mujahideen, a terrorist organisation? How can you make of Narendra Modi a mass killer, when it was ordinary middle-class, or even Dalit Hindus, who went out on the streets in fury when 56 innocent people, many of them women and children, were burnt in a train? How can you lobby for the lifting of the ban on SIMI, an organisation which is suspected of having planted bombs in many Indian cities, killing hundreds of innocents, while advocating the ban of the Bajrang Dal, which burns churches when an 84-year-old Hindu swami and his Mataji are brutally murdered? There is no logic in the perspective of journalists in this country when it comes to minorities. Christians are supposed to make up two per cent of the population in India, but last Sunday many major television channels showed live the canonisation ceremonies of sister Alphonsa, an obscure nun from Kerala.

Union minister Oscar Fernandes led an entire Indian delegation to the Vatican ceremony along with the Indian ambassador. It would be impossible in England, for instance, which may have a 2 per cent Hindu minority, to have live coverage of a major Hindu ceremony, like the anointment of a new Shankaracharya.What was NDTV, which seems to have deliberately chosen to highlight this nonevent, trying to prove? That it is secular? But it is absolutely disproportionate.  Some might even call it antinational.

The headline, ‘India gets its first woman saint’, in many newspapers, Indian and western, is misleading. India has never been short of saints. The woman sage from over 3,000 years ago — Maithreyi, Andal, the Tamil saint from early in the first Millennium CE and Akkamahadevi, the 15th century saint from modernday Karnataka, are but a few examples.

What many publications fail to mention in this story is that this is the first woman Christian saint, not the first Indian woman saint.

Such a statement is OK when it comes, for instance, from the BBC, which always looks at India through the Christian prism, but when it comes to the Indian media, it only shows their grave lack of grounding in Indian culture and history.

The same thing is true of Sonia Gandhi, who seemed, even though the Congress should by all means have already collapsed with 12 per cent inflation, scandal after scandal, a nuclear deal with the US that leaves India vulnerable to the Chinese and Pakistani nuclear threat, and bomb blast after bomb blast, still ruling India with an iron hand. Yet newspapers and TV channels keep praising Sonia Gandhi.

And the question must be asked: how is it possible that a nation of a billion people, with some of the best minds on this planet, allows itself to be governed by a non-Indian lady, who, however sincere she may be, is actively overseeing the dismantling of whatever is good and true in India? It would be impossible in France for a Hindu woman, or for that matter a non-Christian person, who is just an elected MP, to govern our country from behind the scenes like an empress. Why is it allowed in India and why is the Indian press so selfrighteous about it ? Finally, when will Indians start being proud of themselves and their own culture and stop looking down on their own society ? This inferiority complex, as expressed by NDTV’s live coverage of the canonisation of sister Alphonsa, is a legacy of the British, who strove to show themselves as superior and Indian culture as inferior (and inheritor of the ‘White Aryans’, a totally false theory). Is it not time to institute schools of journalism, both private and public, where not only a little bit of logic is taught, but where students are made aware of Indian history and the greatness of Indian culture, so that when they go out reporting, they use their own judgment and become Indian journalists, with a little bit of feeling, pride and love for their own country?


October 28, 2008 Posted by | ARTICLES | Leave a comment

Kandhmal: 66% Christian population growth in 10 years


Report Dt: 25/10/08

Kandhamal: According to data available with the district collectorate, there has been a 66 percent growth in Christian population in Orissa’s Kandhamal region. The Christian population in Kandhamal was 117,950 in the 2001 census, up from 75,597 a decade earlier.

Of the 42,353 who adopted Christianity between 1991 and 2001, only two followed law to change religion. “The Christian growth rate in the district is 66 percent as against 18.6 percent for the overall population growth in the district,” District Collector Krishan Kumar told.
Kumar said that the Orissa Freedom of Religious Act, which came into action in 1989, allows people to change or adopt any religion but all such individuals need to submit a form to the district magistrate.

“We have received just two applications not just between 1991 and 2001 but between 1989 and 2008. We must understand that every one must follow law,” Kumar explained.

However, he did not specify what action the district administration has taken to punish those who have violated the law.

Asked if he attributes the growth of Christian population to conversions, he said: “It could be because of two reasons – conversion and migration.”

Of the over 650,000 people in the troubled district, at least 53 percent are tribals, less than 20 percent Christians. Of the nearly 118,000 Christians, a majority has converted from Dalit families.

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October 27, 2008 Posted by | FACEOFF | 1 Comment

An LTTE-Sonia family link?


The LTTE suicide squad did plan and eliminate Rajiv Gandhi. But, why did the LTTE do it? Was there a larger conspiracy that extended beyond the LTTE as the strike force? Was the LTTE the author of the crime or the mercenary for some one else or for some purpose that yielded some benefit to it? These questions persisted even after the actual assassins were brought to book. The Narasimha Rao government appointed the Jain Commission to go into the conspiracy angle to the murder.

In its interim report the commission did exceedingly good work to bring on record evidence about the political forces involved in promoting the LTTE in Tamil Nadu that made the crime possible. Yet it made a mockery of its main work, the conspiracy angle. It floated dubious and wild theories, involving Mossad! CIA! Besides adding confusion, it ended up trivialising a very serious exercise. This also robbed the commission of its credibility.As the commission’s final report proved a flop, the Vajpayee government appointed a Multi- Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) in 1998 to unearth the conspiracy angle.

But the person who first demanded, but, ultimately made, investigation into the conspiracy to murder Rajiv Gandhi irrelevant was none other than his widow Sonia Gandhi. Her attitude to the investigation and suspected actors in the murder dramatically changed. Her conduct in 1997 when she was working to enter active politics was a stark contrast to her attitude after taking over the congress leadership on the Jain Commission issue.

In 1997, she demanded that the DMK which, the Jain commission had said, was part of the conspiracy, be sacked as a partner of the UF alliance and pulled down the government when the demand was not met. Her party insisted the entire facts about the conspiracy be investigated and revealed.

Addressing a meeting at Amethi, Sonia hinted that the DMK was a fan of the LTTE and charged that those who doubted the Jain commission report were diverting the attention from the investigation into the conspiracy to murder Rajiv and demanded that the probe be completed expeditiously (Indian Express 2.2.1998). But, once she took over the party leadership, she not only ceased to evince any interest in pursuing the Rajiv Gandhi murder conspiracy, but also began allying with the alleged conspirators themselves. The developments, put together, reveal a shocking picture.

The year after taking over the Congress, Sonia Gandhi makes a secret move. In the year 1999, she told then President Dr K R Narayanan privately that ‘neither she nor her son and daughter wanted any of the four convicts’ sentenced to death for Rajiv’s assassination ‘to be hanged’, and pleaded that no child should be orphaned by an act of the State. Noted the Indian Express (Nov 20, 1999) that before her plea for mercy to the Rajiv killers the Congress party was the leading opponent of mercy to them. This silenced the party once and for all. What transpired at her private meeting with the President was revealed not by Sonia, but by Mohini Giri (the former chairperson of the National Women’s Commission) and on that basis Nalini’s death sentence was commuted to life. (Frontline Nov 5-18, 2005).

Then, in February 2004, there were reports, editorially commented by the Island newspaper in Colombo on Feb 20, 2004, that Eduardo Faleiro, her emissary, had a secret meeting with the LTTE chief Prabhakaran at Killinochi. Island had also referred to reports that Sonia’s mother Ms Paula Maino had met Anton Balasingham, LTTE’s point man in London, in connection with the electoral alliance between the DMK and the Congress. While Eduardo Faleiro at least made a feeble attempt to deny the meeting, Paulo Maino would not even deny that.

Third, the Paulo Maino meeting preceded, and the Faleiro meeting succeeded, the unbelievable U-turn of Sonia Gandhi to forge alliance with the DMK which was accused by her own party in 1997 of being part of the conspiracy to murder her husband. The DMK-Congress alliance seems to have been agreed upon sometime in December 2003. In January 2004, Sonia met the DMK chief and concretised the alliance. The coming together of one of the alleged conspirators and the victim of the conspiracy made a mockery of any further investigation into Rajiv Gandhi murder. For the last four years there is not a single word spoken by Sonia on pursuing the Rajiv Gandhi murderers and on unearthing the conspiracy or for the extradition of Prabhakaran or Pottu Amman.

This is despite the fact that, when, on April 10, 2002, Prabhakaran met the press at Killinochi, he did not even deny that LTTE was involved in Rajiv assassination. Fourth, the LTTE too responded favourably to signals from Sonia that she was not against LTTE. On January 27, 2006, Anton Balasingham, told an Indian TV news channel that the Rajiv killing was ‘monumental tragedy’ and asked the people of India to be ‘magnanimous to put the past behind’ and deal with the LTTE.

Fifth, Sonia did not object to the inclusion of the DMK woman MP in whose house Sivarasan the main killer of Rajiv Gandhi had stayed for which she was detained under the TADA, as a minister in the UPA government. Sixth, the MDMA which was appointed by the NDA government after Sonia rejected the Action Taken Report on the Jain Commission, has virtually become defunct under the UPA regime. Since 2004, she has not uttered a single word asking what the MDMA is doing. And finally now in March 2008, Priyanka Vadra, Sonia’s daughter makes a secret visit to Vellore jail and meets the first accused in the murder of Rajiv, for over an hour.

Media reports say that they sat by each other’s side, cried and professed goodwill towards each other! No one knows what transpired between them. The meeting clearly illegal, looks almost a conspiracy, would have remained a secret had the media not exposed it. Priyanka said that neither Sonia nor Rahul or Priyanka believe in hate or anger, and that the visit was her way of coming to terms with the Rajiv Gandhi murder.

Moral high ground seems to be a cover for undisclosed political strategies. But where was this high moral ground when Sonia angrily pulled down the UF government on the ground that DMK, a suspected co-conspirator with LTTE, was part of the alliance? Is Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination a personal affair between the Sonia Gandhi family and the LTTE for the former to punish or pardon the latter? LTTE has neither confessed nor regretted its action for the Gandhis to pardon. The LTTE is even today unrepenting.

The prosecution case is that the LTTE supremo decided to avenge Rajiv Gandhi for sending IPKF to Sri Lanka and betraying the LTTE. But that was no personal decision of Rajiv Gandhi. The assassination was an act against the state of India.

This is how it should be seen and pursued. Neither Sonia nor Priyanka nor the Congress has the right to pardon the criminals who have challenged the sovereignty of India.

QED: Sonia Gandhi family and the LTTE connection is mysterious. Is the maverick Dr Subramanian Swamy right after all in his theory that LTTE and the Maino family have had links before?

By S.Gurumurthy

October 26, 2008 Posted by | ARTICLES | Leave a comment

BJP trains gun on FM over economy

 Sat, Oct 25 02:59 AM

Pointing to the bleak economic outlook, the BJP on Friday brought the UPA government and finance minister P Chidambaram in the firing line, demanding his resignation for his inability to handle the situation and instil confidence in the people and industry. “This is a crisis of confidence,” former finance minister Yashwant Sinha told reporters, addressing a special briefing in which he charged the Manmohan Singh government of failure bring stability into the system.

“Since March we have lost $38 billion of foreign exchange. It is a matter of great concern,” Sinha said, adding that today’s RBI move not to make any changes in the credit policy had only worsened the situation.

“Even when the Rupee has touched Rs 50 to the dollar and the share market is more than 1000 points down, the government and regulators are not doing anything to bring calm,” he said.

October 25, 2008 Posted by | ECONOMY | Leave a comment

Gold a safe harbour, investment advisors tell clients


With prices of gold expected to shoot up during the Indian marriage season beginning November, portfolio strategists have begun to advise clients to invest in gold as most other asset classes are in trouble following the global financial meltdown.

Every year, prices of gold shoot up in India during the marriage season, which starts in November, immediately after the end of the festival season.

“With stock and real estate markets not performing well, I am now advising my clients to invest in gold as gold prices are set to rise in the immediate future,” Kolkata-based investment advisor Bijay Murmuria told IANS.

Murmuria is director of Sumedha Fiscal Services and president of the Association of National Exchange’s Members of India (ANMI).

Echoing similar views, Prosanto Chandra, deputy managing director of eastern India’s largest jewellery chain, P.C. Chandra & Sons (India), said: “Gold prices will shoot up to around Rs.15,000-Rs.16,000 per 10 grams in November during the marriage season.”

At present gold prices are hovering around Rs.12,000-Rs.14,000 per 10 grams. The price of 24-karat gold Thursday was around Rs.12,000 per 10 grams.

Hence, investors can easily earn a return of anything between 15 and 30 percent in just one month, these experts said.

“People have begun to realize that buying gold at the beginning of the marriage season is a good investment option,” Chandra told IANS.

However, not everyone is equally optimistic as gold prices have been showing a lot of volatility in recent times.

“The price fluctuations are very erratic. Nothing can be predicted in a market situation like this. No laws work in this kind of situations,” Pankaj Parekh, regional chairman
of the Gem and Jewellery Exports Promotion Council, told IANS here.

Chandra believes gold prices will surely rise because while demand will shoot up due to the marriage season, supply of the yellow metal is drying up even as labour costs are increasing.

“We have learnt that some gold mines in South Africa are drying up, which is creating a demand-supply gap, and labour costs too are increasing,” Chandra said.

But will not high gold prices affect demand for jewellery and again push down prices?

Chandra did not think so as he believes Indians’ inclination towards gold jewellery during the marriage season is quite price inelastic. “High prices will not affect demand for wedding jewellery,” he said confidently.

Chandra should know as he is not only the largest maker and seller of gold jewellery in eastern India but also exports to countries like the US, the UK, Turkey, Dubai and Singapore.

Moreover, India is the world’s largest market for gold mainly because Indians simply adore the precious metal and, for cultural and religious reasons, buy gold jewellery on most auspicious occasions such as marriage or the birth of a new child or an infant’s first rice- eating ceremony and on Dhan Taras, the 13th day of the waning moon in the fortnight that ends with Diwali.

But Parekh begs to differ. “Young Indians are hardly bothered about buying gold on such occasions. We are losing 20 percent of our gold business to white goods and 10 percent to sister businesses, such as diamond and platinum.”

With young Indians below the age of 40 comprising the majority of both resident and non-resident Indians, Parekh does have a point there.

Emphasising the point, he said: “During the 1940s, Indians spent as much as 32 percent of their monthly income on gold but today they don’t even spend two percent on jewellery.”

Both Parekh and Chandra, however, agreed that branded gold jewellery still has a future because young Indians are extremely brand conscious and their purchase decisions are driven by advertisements.

As for most investments that involve predicting future price movements, the jury is out on this one as well and only good old time will tell whether investing in gold is really a safe harbour when a global financial tsunami has all but washed away all asset classes!

Source: Internet

October 25, 2008 Posted by | BUSINESS | Leave a comment

Gilchrist clarifies his remarks with Sachin

Gilchrist clarifies his remarks with Sachin

Press Trust of India
Friday, October 24, 2008 (New Delhi)

Under attack for questioning Sachin Tendulkar’s honesty in the racial row during India’s acrimonious tour of Australia, Adam Gilchrist on Friday spoke to the champion batsman and clarified his remarks which has prompted angry reactions from the cricket establishment in India.

Though Sachin Tendulkar himself refused to comment on the issue at a function in Pune, television channels reported that Gilchrist called him to say that the media had misquoted him.

Gilchrist, whose remarks generated a huge controversy, said his statement was taken out of context and then blown out of proportion. He said he had written four pages on the incident in his autobiography ‘True Colours’ but the media chose to quote just two sentences.

The former Australian vice-captain also said that he would clarify his side of the story in an article to be published on Saturday.

In his autobiography to be released next week, Gilchrist has hinted that Tendulkar was a sore loser and questioned his honesty in the racial row involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds that threatened to go out of hand during India’s tour Down Under early this year.

Gilchrist said Tendulkar had initially told the hearing that he could not hear what was said because he was “a fair way away”. But during the appeal which followed, Tendulkar said that Harbhajan used a Hindi term that sounded like “monkey” to Australian ears.

Gilchrist’s remarks prompted angry reactions from the cricket establishement in India with former players and administrators describing the remarks as “unfortunate and uncalled for” and said it was only a marketing gimmick to sell his book.

Former Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar described Gilchrist’s remarks as just a “marketing strategy”.

“You have to write something sensational to sell a book. I think it’s a marketing strategy that Adam Gilchrist has adopted. Very unfortunate, but a fact,” Vengsarkar told a private TV Channel.

Rajiv Shukla, Chairman of the BCCI Finance Committee, also took strong objection to Gilchrist’s comments, saying the remarks were uncalled for.

“I think Mr Adam Gilchrist should think twice before making any observation about Mr (Sachin) Tendulkar,” Shukla said.

“He is widely respected and now the kind of reputation he commands throughout the world, I don’t think he will stoop to this level.

“So the observations made by Mr Gilchrist are uncalled for and I don’t think he should comment on a person like Tendulkar in this language. I think it is better to ignore his remarks,” he said.

V R Manohar, BCCI President Shashank Manohar’s father and the lawyer who contested the Andrew Symonds-Harbhajan Singh case in Australia, also came in defence of Tendulkar.

“He was at the centre of the pitch where Tendulkar was the nearest man at the distance of one foot… as a matter of fact, witnesses like (Michael) Clark and (Matthew) Hayden, they have given, what you call as untrue versions, according to me, because they could not have heard.

“They were at such a long distance but they are supporting falsely these accusations. Whereas Tendulkar was the nearest man and it is only requiring common sense that the man nearest will hear the most and that has been accepted by the New Zealand High Court judge (who was heading the tribunal), Manohar said.

Former Cricket Board secretary Niranjan Shah was also highly critical of Gilchrist and accused the wicket keeper-batsman of sensationalising the incidents during the ill-tempered Sydney Test.

“He wants to sensationalise the incidents to sell his book. As everyone knows everything was properly handled by the authorities with the appointment of proper men to conduct the hearing after a proper procedure was put in place,” said Shah who was the secretary of the BCCI during that period in January.

“It was like a court hearing and the matter was settled properly. Everything was fine. After the matter is over, to claim these things in the book is nothing but foolishness,” he added.

M V Sridhar, media manager of the Indian team during the Australian tour, also felt Gilchrist’s remarks were a publicity gimmick.

“It takes me by surprise and I am definitely disappointed that the person who has played cricket at the highest level and who has shown examplary sportsman spirit, comes across and says this,” Sridhar said.

Source: Internet

October 24, 2008 Posted by | SPORTS | Leave a comment