Amos, Kompally condemns Palwai’s remarks on T-Cong MPs

Congress MLC and Telangana leader Kompally Yadav Reddy on Monday condemned Rajya Sabha member Palwai Goverdhan Reddy’s statement that Telangana MPs were resorting to blackmail tactics on Congress president Sonia Gandhi instead of mounting pressure for the Telangana statehood.

Talking to media persons at Congress Legislature Party Office, Yadav Reddy demanded that Palwai Goverdhan Reddy apologise to Telangana MPs immediately and withdraw his such harsh comments. He hoped Goverdhan Reddy would restrain from making comments that insults the Telangana leaders.

Dy CM admits of SC, ST funds diversion

Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Raja Narasimha on Monday admitted that the State Government has diverted Rs 1400-1500 crore meant for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Tribes.

Briefing the media about the discussions that took place in the meeting of Cabinet Sub-Committee on SC, ST sub-plan at his chambers in the State Secretariat, the Deputy Chief Minister said that Rs 1400-1500 crore were diverted for other purposed in the last three years. However, he assured that the gap would be filled soon.

TDP demands CBI probe into Jagan’s alleged links with factionists

Telugu Desam Party MLC YVBG Rajendra Prasad on Monday demanded that the government order CBI probe into the alleged link between YSR Congress president Jagan Mohan Reddy and factionist leaders Maddela Cheruvu Suri, Bhanu Kiran and Mangali Krishna.

Talking to media persons at Telugu Desam Legislature Party Office, he alleged that Jagan Mohan Reddy has been running murder politics in the State at the behest of these factionist leaders. “Only the CBI probe will reveal alleged links of Jagan with these factionist leaders and truth will come to light,” he said.

TRS dismisses reports of differences with TP-JAC

Telangana Rashtra Samithi Floor Leader Etala Rajender on Monday refuted the media reports that claimed that differences exist between the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee.

Talking to media persons in the Assembly premises, Etala Rajender accused the media of publishing ‘baseless’ stories on ‘minor’ issues and alleged that the media wants to get mileage by showing them in magnifying lens. He advised media to stop ‘malicious campaign’ against the JAC and TRS.

CID cautions people against Nigerian frauds

The Crime Investigation Department on Monday issued a cautionary advise to the public against the alarming increase in Nigerian frauds/foreign funds transfer cases.

The CID has asked the general public not to respond in any manner to such fraudulent offers from abroad in the name of lottery or other forms. Public should immediately delete such mails/SMSs and register a complaint with the local police/Cyber Crime authorities, Additional DG (CID) SV Ramana Murthy said in a press release.

State Police postpone 5 KM Run Test for Muslim candidates

The State Police on Monday postponed the 5 KM Run Test for all the Muslim candidates who have applied for the posts of SCT SIS (Civil/AR/APSP) SPF and Station Fire Officer, 2011 in Hyderabad Range.

According to a press release, in view of the Ramzan festival, the candidates who have 5 KM Run Test for the above recruitment in between the dates of Ramzan fasting month from July 20 to August 21, they may participate for 5 KM Run Test on the new dates.

Four of a family commit suicide

Family of an insurance agent including two kids allegedly committed suicide ere,police officials said.”Family of Mahendra Patel, an insurance agent, seems to have committed suicide. Patel and her wife were found hanging from the house ceiling at Odhav, while their two kids prima facie appear to have been given some poisonous substance,” police said.
“It seems that the couple had committed suicide a few days back by hanging themselves and giving some poisonous
substance to the kids, and when foul smell started emanating,the neighbours complained to the police,” they said.

Mohammad Asif to be released from jail on May 5

Banned Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif will be released from prison on May 5 after completing his jail term in the United Kingdom.

Asif will decide when he plans to return to Pakistan after being released from prison, said his lawyer Ravi Gill.

“Asif will complete his jail term on May 5 and all formalities have been completed for his release,” he said.

Asif and his Pakistan teammates Mohammad Aamir and Salman Butt were given different jail terms by a crown court in London last year in October for being involved in spot—fixing during Pakistan’s tour to England in 2010.

Remove sanction, Iran tells West

The veto-wielding powers of the UN Security Council should work for the removal of sanctions against Iran, an Iranian lawmaker said Monday.

The parties involved in the nuclear talks could take confidence-building steps by working to remove sanctions against Iran, said MP Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, also an advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Xinhua reported.

Gambhir guides Knight Riders to sixth win in IPL

Skipper Gautam Gambhir struck his fourth half-century of the season and spearheaded Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings with two balls to spare in the Indian Premier League here Monday.

Gambhir’s innings of 63 (52b, 6×4, 1×6) saw the Knight Riders easily overhaul Super Kings’ modest total of 139 for five as the skipper added 70 runs for the third wicket with Jacques Kallis (34) to take the Knight Riders to their sixth win in 10 matches for a tally of 13.

Breastfeeding key to keeping infant gut healthy

Breast-fed babies have healthier gut than formula-fed infants, thanks to the mother’s milk, which encouraged beneficial bugs to grow and protect the infants from illness and pathogens, says a study.

The finding has been borne out by a new study that shows that differences in bacterial colonisation of formula-fed and breast-fed babies are involved in infant’s expression of genes.

Obese girls show greater poise when happy with their shape

Young women who may be obese but are happy with their size or shape show greater levels of self-possession, which offsets any ridicule they are likely to face.

The study led by Kerri Boutelle, associate professor of psychiatry and paediatrics, University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, surveyed a group of 103 overweight adolescents between 2004 and 2006.

Researchers assessed body satisfaction, weight-control behaviour, importance placed on thinness, self-esteem and symptoms of anxiety and depression, among other factors, the the Journal of Adolescent Health reports.

Dating co-stars is natural: Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson, known for her role in “Waiting For Forever”, feels it’s natural for actors to date their co-stars.

She too met her boyfriend of five years Hayden Christensen on the set of 2007 movie “Jumper”, reports

She said: “Dating co-stars is natural. When you’re working with someone, it’s habit. I met my man at work. I’m attracted to mysterious men. Every woman can relate to that, right?.”

But Rachel, who also dated her “O.C.” co-star Adam Brody for three years before they split in 2006, admits she doesn’t play by the rules when she is in a relationship.

Emraan gets his first ‘U’ certified film, thanks kids

Actor Emraan Hashmi, known for his serial kisser image, has revealed that he has signed his first ‘U’ certified film and gives credits to children for doing it.

“There is an untitled, Universal film, it would be my first ‘U’ certified film,” said Emraan.

“Actually, I was shooting in Jaipur three-four years back and some children told me that we watch your songs, but our parents don’t allow us to see your films. So I said, one day when I get a good script, I’ll definitely make a film for you all.”

Now, Ekta Kapoor in front of the camera

After becoming a successful producer, Ekta Kapoor faces the camera for the first time for her media school.

The 36-year-old has shot an audio-visual film to promote her media school – Institute of Creative Excellence.

“I want to assist in grooming young aspirants from every part of the country and provide them with specialised and modern technical expertise. I see so many newcomers and most of them have no idea about the craft, I wish to hone their talent,” she said in a statement.

DMK functionary hacked to death

A local DMK functionary was hacked to death in the presence of a Sub-Inspector at Uppukulam,police sources said today. Karuppusamy died on the spot in the attack last night,police said.
Police said the Sub-Inspector had come to the village along with Karuppusamy to question his daughter-in-law’s
father whether he had threatened to murder him (the DMK functionary).On seeing Karuppusamy, the father and his sons attacked and hacked him to death in the presence of the SI, police said, adding, they then fled.A case has been registered. PTI

Health of urban poor worse than rural poor: Parliamentary panel

Health indicators of the urban poor are worse than their rural counterparts, a parliamentary panel has said slamming the government for its failure to launch a key programme for the health of nine crore people who live in slums in big towns and cities.

With an increasing number of urban poor and few government policies for them, the report has slammed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for not launching the much talked about National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).

Punjab abolishes octroi on petrol, diesel

The Punjab government Monday announced its decision to abolish octroi on petrol and diesel in the state. This will lower prices of the fuel by up to Rs.2.

A state government spokesman said that the decision was taken in a meeting of the Punjab cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, here.

The abolition of octroi will reduce prices of petrol and diesel by Rs.1-2 per litre, officials said here.

The spokesman said that the state government had already abolished octroi on all items except electricity, petrol and diesel with effect from Sep 1, 2006.

Aditya Birla Nuvo to buy controlling stake in Pantaloon

Kishore Biyani-led Future Group said Monday it will spin off its branded apparel business Pantaloons into a separate entity, in which Aditya Birla Nuvo will infuse Rs.800 crore to acquire controlling stake.

On completion of the demerger process, subject to necessary and statutory approvals, the demerged entity will be automatically listed at the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange, Future Group said in a statement.

Israeli PM’s father passes away

Ben-Zion Netanyahu, father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Monday passed away at his Jerusalem home at the age of 102.

A statement released Monday by the Prime Minister’s Office here said that “last (Sunday) night, his son, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to visit him one last time”, before his father’s demise.

Netanyahu senior, a highly-regarded historian of the Jewish people, was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1910 and migrated to Palestine with his family in 1944, Xinhua reported.