Big four emerging economies meet for first summit

Yekaterinburg, Russia, June 16: Leaders from emerging giants Brazil, Russia, India and China are set to meet for the first summit of their informal BRIC grouping in a show of unity in the face of a sharp global slowdown.

The idea for the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) grouping was spawned after research by a US investment bank suggested the four economies were developing at such pace they could be amongst the world’s strongest by 2050.

I feel sorry for Dhoni: Smith

Nottingham, June 16: South Africa captain Graeme Smith offered his support to under-fire India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday after the defending champions crashed out of the World Twenty20.

India`s three-run defeat to England at Lord`s on Sunday sparked an avalanche of criticism aimed at Dhoni with his tactical thinking coming under fire from the country`s demanding fans.

Recipe: Chocolate Mousse

Disgusted at your favourite star being alleged of rape? Pump up your mood by creating this pure delight in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp cornflour
10 tbsp sugar
4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups cream
2 tbsp whipped cream (chilled)
3 tsp gelatine
6 cherries

Procedure:

Put 4 tbsp water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatine over it. Do not stir. Keep aside.
Mix coco and cornflour in 1/2 cup milk. Boil remaining milk with sugar, for 10 minutes.

Losing jobs, Satyam staff weigh legal options

Hyderabad, June 16: With their internet connections snapped, their office access cards to be taken away and all entitlements and reimbursement of expenses discontinued, Satyam employees who have been moved to the virtual pool are now considering moving the court to challenge the company’s decision to force a huge chunk of the workforce to sit at home.

Employees who spoke to this newspaper said that some of them had already approached lawyers to consider their legal options that they could use against the firm.

Russian veto ends UN mission to Georgia

United Nations, June 16: What’s in a name? Enough to anger Russia, which exercised its veto power in the UN Security Council and brought an end Monday to the nearly 16-year-old observer mission monitoring a cease-fire between Georgia and its breakaway Abkhazia region.

Russia’s veto late Monday toppled a Western plan to extend the life of the UN mission for another year, or even two more weeks, to work out a compromise. The vote was 10-1 with four abstentions — China, Vietnam, Libya and Uganda.

Speed of Iran vote count called suspicious

Cairo, June 16: How do you count almost 40 million handwritten paper ballots in a matter of hours and declare a winner? That’s a key question in Iran’s disputed presidential election.

International polling experts and Iran analysts said the speed of the vote count, coupled with a lack of detailed election data normally released by officials, was fueling suspicion around President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s landslide victory.

Palestinian dismay, US and EU cautious on Netanyahu

Ramallah, June 16: Palestinians voiced dismay on Monday over terms Benjamin Netanyahu set for a peace deal but the Israeli leader won guarded approval in Washington and Brussels for at least accepting Palestinian statehood.

In a speech on Sunday, Netanyahu responded to weeks of US pressure by endorsing for the first time establishment of a Palestinian state, on condition Israel received international guarantees in advance that the new nation would be demilitarised.

Motorists Rent Tyres to Pass Registration Renewal Test

Dubai, June 16: Hundreds of motorists across Dubai and Sharjah have been caught renting tyres to avoid the cost of buying new ones to pass vehicle tests for renewal of registration.

More than 2,000 trucks and cars across the two emirates were found with unsafe tyres between April and June as part of a nationwide inspection campaign by the Ministry of Interior. The motorists were found to be renting tyres for two hours to use them to pass the vehicle testing required for registration renewal.

July twin treat – eclipses of sun, moon

New Delhi, June 15: Come July, star gazers will be in for a treat — a total solar eclipse that will remain unsurpassed in duration for the next 123 years.

And in addition to it, they will also witness a lunar eclipse in the same month.

A total eclipse of the sun will be visible on July 22 from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of the Earth starting in India and crossing through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China.

After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean.

Sukhoi squadron in Northeast formally inducted

Tezpur (Assam), June 15: Four frontline combat aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI were formally inducted in India’s sensitive north-eastern region on Monday, a strategic decision to move advanced assets close to the Chinese border, defence officials said.

A defence spokesperson said four multi-role strike fighter jets at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Tezpur, about 185 km north of Assam’s main city of Guwahati, would soon be part of a Sukhoi-30MKI squadron comprising of 18 aircrafts.

Tides stymie fuel removal from sunken vessel

Anchorage, June 15: Divers began removing fuel from a sunken oil field supply ship in Alaska’s Cook Inlet Sunday, but the work was soon halted when the inlet’s notorious tides started rocking a vessel being used as a staging area.

Divers pumped out about 1,000 gallons (3,800 liters) of an estimated 30,000 gallons (114,000 liters) of diesel on board the sunken Monarch, according to a spokesman for the owner of the 166-foot vessel.

Yashwant Sinha says won’t quit BJP

Ranchi, June 14: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who quit as party Vice President while attacking the leadership for not taking responsibility for the electoral debacle, on Sunday said he was “happy” that his resignation has been accepted but maintained that he will remain in the party.

“I had sent my resignation to be accepted. Therefore I’m happy that my resignation has been accepted and I have no further comments to make,” the former External Affairs and Finance Minister said when his reaction was sought over the issue.

HC asks lower courts to fix time-frame for case disposal

New Delhi, June 14: The mounting pendency of cases has prompted the Delhi High Court to direct all judges in the lower courts to fix a time-frame of three years for deciding trial of each case.

“Each officer must fix time-frame for each stage of trial (like completion of pleadings, framing of charges, recording of evidence) and must ensure adherence by all concerned.

“Endeavour shall be made to gradually reduce the average trial period of each case (civil and criminal) to 2/3 years,” the Delhi High Court has said, issuing a slew of directions to enhance the disposal rate.

‘Racism exists in Oz but entire society not affected’

Melbourne, June 14: Admitting that “racism” did exist in Australia, the country’s top official on race relations on Sunday said the entire society was not affected by it but warned that the recent spate of attacks on Indians might hurt education market and other areas of trade.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma said Australia could not allow a repeat of what happened in the 1990s, when racial comments by politician Pauline Hanson enraged people across Asia.

He said attacks on Indian students in Australia had the potential to hurt the students market as well as other trade.

Recipe: Peanut Cookie

Make crispy, crumbly cookies by following this simple recipe. Ingredients:

• 1 Cups flour
• 1/2 Cup shortening
• 1/2 Cup peanut butter
• 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 Cup light brown sugar
• 1/2 tsp Vanilla
• 1 tsp Baking powder
• 1/2 tsp Salt
• 1 Egg

Procedure:

• Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and keep aside.
• Now cream shortening, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in vanilla and egg.
• Add flour mixture to the above and stir to mix well.

BSNL drops plan to bid for Tunisia license

New Delhi, June 14: BSNL has dropped its plans to bid for telecom licence in Tunisia as the PSU finds the returns not enough to enter that market through bidding of licence.

“We did not bid for Tunisia… we did not find returns on our investment,” a senior BSNL official told PTI.

Earlier the PSU’s CMD Kuldeep Goyal had said BSNL was planning to bid for telecom licence in Tunisia and get a footprint in the African market, which has immense potential.

SRK to perform daring stunts in Don 2

Mumbai, June 14: Farhan Akhtar says Shah Rukh Khan will be performing daring stunts in Don 2.

He’s always game for the audacious. But the health problems really frustrate him,” says the director referring to the SRK’s shoulder surgery this year.

But now SRK is all set to bounce back with a full-on actioner in Don 2.And there’s Priyanka Chopra for company again.

Bipasha Basu who has been eased out of Race 2 firmly believes leading ladies don’t have a future in sequels.

Shah Rukh Khan in Tax Trouble

Mumbai, June 14:King Khan might have been Bollywood’s highest advance tax payer last year. But the I-T department has not forgotten that the man still owes them Shah money from nearly ten years ago.

The Bombay High Court on Thursday admitted an appeal, by the I-T department, challenging an order of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), which had ruled in the star’s favour in June 2008.

In the first of its appeals, the I-T department seeks to claim a sum of Rs 19.43 lakh from the actor, out of a total exemption of Rs 72.67 lakh for the assessment year of 1998-1999.

Antara Mali’s secret wedding

Mumbai, June 14: Actress Antara Mali has married Che Kurrien, the editor of GQ India magazine in a secret ceremony on Friday evening. Antara Mali

Once the leading lady of many a Ram Gopal Varma film and celebrity photographer Jagdish Mali’s daughter,

Antara fell in love with the 29 year-old editor of the leading men’s luxury magazine. Before helming GQ, Che has worked with the Reuters, Time Out Mumbai and The Indian Express.

I live by the moment: Salman

Mumbai, June 14: Salman Khan over coffee… that’s what we present in this free, frank and no-holds-barred interview with the hunk conducted uncharacteristically Salman Khan shows off his eight-pack abs. More Pics
amidst the chaos of a sea-facing cafeteria close to his house in Bandra.

India’s Goa shocked by serial killer confessions

Panaji, June 14: When police in Goa first arrested Mahanand Naik, little did they know that he would soon send shockwaves through the Indian resort state popular with tourists from all over the world.

Detectives picked up the auto-rickshaw driver on suspicion of rape and blackmail in April but after weeks of questioning found themselves faced with a serial killer who admitted to snuffing out the lives of 16 young local women.

Nan Khatai

The traditional nan khatai is actually very simple to make. A popular cookie of the sub-continent, it can be made easily at home.

Ingredients:

• 50 gms Fine Sooji
• 85 gms Powdered Sugar
• 1 tsp Vanilla
• 150 gms Maida
• 120 gms Butter
• Few almonds and cashew nuts

Procedure:

• Cream the butter and sugar till the mixture turns fluffy.
• Add vanilla followed by maida and sooji.
• Make smooth dough of this mixture.
• Roll out medium sized balls and put a cashew nut on the top of each piece.

Six more MMTS trains for the city

Hyderabad, June 13: With the increase in the number of commuters taking MMTS trains and demand from passengers, six more trains will be added to the MMTS fleet.

These trains will have more commuter-friendly features when compared to the existing ones, including an increase in seating capacity.

The MMTS project wing of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) ordered for the six trains recently from the Integral Railway Coach Factory, Chennai.

PM must make AP his first visit: YSR

Hyderabad, June 13: Andhra Pradesh is lucky for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, feels chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. Firmly believing that the PM’s
visit to AP, first to any state after assuming office in 2004, augured well for the party and the country, the chief minister has written to Manmohan Singh urging him to visit Andhra Pradesh first again in his second stint.

Recipe: Oat cookies

Try out this lip smacking, easy to make recipe.

Ingredients:

1 Cup oats
1 egg
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1 Cup chopped pecans

Procedure:

Put oats in an oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.
Beat the egg.
Add salt and sugar.
Blend well.
Mix oats, vanilla and pecans.
Pour the mixture by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheets.
Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes.
Store in air tight containers.