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ABOUT VISHUvishu-kani
Vishu is a Malayalum festival held in the state of Kerala (and adjoining areas of Tamil Nadu) in Indian on the first day in the Malayalum month of Medam (April-May). Festival of Vishu is also known as the Malayalum New Year day and thus it becomes all the more important for the Malayalees regardless of their religion or sect. Simmilarly this festival is celebrated in almost all the places in India by the Hindus but by the different names. In Assam this day is called Bihu, in Punjab Baisakhi and in Tamil Nadu Puthandu.

vishu2007-001The Vishukani or the auspicious sight is the arrangement of ‘konna pua’, a yellow laburnum flower, fruits like jackfruit and mangoes, vegetables like gourds and snake gourds, ornaments made of gold, bell metal mirror with a white, pleated cloth tied to it’s handle (supposedly used by Goddess Parvati), the traditional bronze vessal’Uruli’ filled with rice, items used for daily worship (asthamangalam), clothes with pure gold zari, a split coconut, some coins in a silver cup, some water in ‘od ‘, a traditional vessal and a ‘grantha’, which is a palm leaf manuscript or the Bhagwat gita.


Twenty20 cricket has been dubbed as the batsmen’s game. Bowlers hardly have a chance as the batsmen go all out to get the maximum runs in the short span of 20 overs.

But in conditions where the ball is doing a bit, the bowlers can still turn out to be match-winners, believes Yuvraj Singh .

Kings XI Punjab captain Yuvraj said the fast bowlers will play a big role in this year’s Indian Premier League since the Twenty20 tournament would be played on the fast pitches in South Africa .

“This time all the teams are balanced but the conditions in South Africa will be different. The wickets will be faster and fast bowling will be very important for the teams. I think the bowlers will play a big role in this IPL,” Yuvraj said in Mumbai on Saturday at a promotional event to announce sponsors for his IPL team.

The Indian left-hander also seemed unfazed by the fact that a few of his key Australian players like Shaun Marsh , James Hopes and Brett Lee might have to miss the first half of the tournament. The Australian team is scheduled to play Pakistan in five ODIs and a Twenty20 International in the UAE from April 22 to May 7.

“We have made it clear that international commitments come first for every player, so if anyone is called to play for their country we will not stop them. Many of our players are also coming back from injury so I can’t say anything now about the make up of our team, but only when I will meet up with the rest of the squad,” he said.

Yuvraj also revealed that the IPL would be a good practice for all the international stars before the all-important Twenty20 World Cup to be held in England in June.

“I think the IPL is a very important tournament looking forward to the Twenty20 World Cup. It has come at the right time before the World Cup.

All the teams will play 14 games each before the semi-finals so all the players will get a lot of practice,” he said.

The left-hander said he has spoken to the Sri Lankan duo in his team, Kumar Sangakkkara and Mahela Jayawardene , who were attacked in Lahore by gunmen during their Test series in Pakistan. Yuvraj said the duo has recovered from that shocking incident and looking forward to playing for the Kings XI Punjab.

“I spoke to Sangakkara and Jayawardene recently and they are fine now. The incident was very shocking when I heard about it. I was batting with Dhoni in Napier when someone told me that Sangakkara was shot and my hands started shivering immediately and I just could not bat after that. I was later relieved to know that no one suffered serious injuries and thank God they are all fine now.”

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested three top Satyam executives for allegedly aiding the Rs 8,000-crore Ramalinga Raju scam. The CBI DIG, Mr Lakshminarayana, said the vice-president (finance), Mr G. Ramakrishna, the general manager (finance), Mr D. Venkatapati Raju and Mr Srisaialam ahd been arrested.
They will be produced in the special court for CBI cases on Monday. “They were involved in making ficticious invoices, preparing fake balance sheets and were part of conspiracy,” said Mr Lakshminarayana. The CBI also seized laptops and computers of the officials that were suspected to be used used in fudging records.

The Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi slammed his long-time fans and friends who had left him saying, “It is better for people with such weak character to leave the party.”
He said he was pained that his long-time fans and friends were leaving him because they did not get tickets to contest the elections. He never knew politics could destroy human relations, he told a meet-the-press programme organised by the AP Union of Working Journalists.
“Those who adored me for 30 years have switched loyalties just because of denial of tickets,” he pointed out. “I call it childish. I am not angry with them.”
The PR had allotted tickets to three aspirants among fans of Chiran-jeevi. The party did not accommodate other fans as they had lacked clout among the people, he added.
Chiranjeevi, made light of the desertions, saying they were common in every party. Leaders whose views differ with the party line leave abruptly, he said. He asserted the Praja Rajyam would remain intact.
However, Chiranjeevi did express regret over the resignation of the party vice-president, Mr C. Anjaneya Reddy. “I was shocked by Mr Reddy’s exit. He is a sincere and committed leader in the party. I am ready to apologise for any wrongdoing,” he said.
That seemed to have worked, as Mr Reddy later met Chiranjeevi at the Praja Rajyam for about an hour and withdrew his resignation.
Rebutting the cash-for-seats allegations levelled against the party, Chiranjeevi said these accusations were scripted by his political rivals and they had “succeeded” in this false propaganda. He said the rail engine would remain the PR’s common poll symbol despite the objections raised by the Rashtriya Krantikari Samajwadi Party.
Women and differently-abled persons, who were not given due share of tickets, would be accommodated in the Legislative Council, he said.

Telugu superstar and Praja Rajyam Party chief Chiranjeevi on Saturday filed his nomination papers for the Tirupati Assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh

The Telugu megastar has less assets in his name than his wife. The couple, however, has beaten Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and his wife, who declared assets of Rs.770 million (Rs.77 crore).

The Praja Rajyam party president, who filed his nomination papers in Palacole assembly constituency in his native West Godavari district Friday, declared in an affidavit that he has immovable assets worth over Rs.303 million (Rs.30.32 crore) while his wife Surekha is worth Rs.480 million (Rs.48 crore).

The megastar, who plunged into politics last year after a three-decade-long film career, also declared that he has movable assets of over Rs.35 million (Rs.3.50 crore) while his wife’s movable assets are worth over Rs.61 million (Rs.6.16 crore).

The movable assets of Chiranjeevi include Rs.634,521 cash, Rs.2.1 million (Rs.21 lakh) deposits, Rs.11.2 million (Rs.1.12 crore) bonds and shares, a Honda CRV car worth Rs.827,150 and gold worth Rs.19.5 million (Rs.1.95 crore).

The immovable assets of Chiru, as the actor is popularly known, include his Jubilee Hills residence here worth Rs.143.6 million (Rs.14.36 crore), a house in Chennai worth over Rs.20 million (Rs.2 crore), land at four different places including Hyderabad and Chennai valued over Rs.130 million (Rs.13 crore).

Chiru’s wife owns houses, flats and other property here, on the city outskirts and in Chennai. They include a Jubilee Hills residence here worth Rs.40 million (Rs.4 crore), another house here worth Rs.12.4 million (Rs.1.24 crore), three houses in Chennai together worth over Rs.35 million (Rs.3.5 crore).

She also has in her name 4.10 acre land in Kokapet on outskirts of Hyderabad valued at Rs.85 million (Rs.8.5 crore), 9.8 acre land in Medak district worth Rs.46.4 million (Rs.4.64 crore), another land in Gacchibowli here worth Rs.19.2 million (Rs.1.92 crore) and plots at three places in Chennai worth over Rs.65 million (Rs.6.50 crore) and another plot in Karnataka worth over Rs.40 million (Rs.4 crore).

The 53-year-old actor, who has starred in 149 films, is also contesting the assembly elections from Tirupati constituency. His brother-in-law and film producer Allu Aravind, who is contesting for the Lok Sabha from Ankapalle, is worth Rs.240 million (Rs.24 crore).

The chief minister’s son Jaganmohan Reddy, an industrialist who is the Congress candidate for the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat, has already declared that he and his wife Bharati together have assets of over Rs.770 million (Rs.77 crore).

The chief minister, who is seeking re-election from Pulivendula assembly constituency in Kadapa district, declared that he owns assets worth Rs.13.4 million (Rs.1.34 crore) while his wife Vijayalakshmi has assets worth Rs.9,943,122.

Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu, who filed his nomination from Kuppam assembly constituency in Chittoor district, declared in the affidavit that he and his wife N. Bhuvaneswari own assets worth Rs.500 million (Rs.50 crore). Majority of the assets are in the name of Naidu’s wife.

Zaheer Khan claimed four wickets to give India the upperhand against New Zealand on day two of the third and final Test in Wellington, on Saturday.

Zaheer ran through the Kiwi top order to claim four for 46 as New Zealand were reduced to 140 for seven in reply to India’s first innings score of 379.

Ross Taylor was the only batsman to offer some resistance with a solid 42 before he was unluckily ruled out caught down the leg side off Harbhajan Singh , who claimed two for 23 in 16 overs.

At tea on the second day, Brendon McCullum [Images] was not out on 7 and Tim Southee on 1, with the hosts needing another 40 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Morning session: (68 runs, 25.1 overs, 3 wickets)

Resuming on 375 for nine, India’s first innings lasted for just 10 minutes before Ishant Sharma was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum off Chris Martin for 18.

The visitors added just four runs on the second day and lasted 13 deliveries before being bowled out for 379 as Munaf Patel was left stranded on 15.

India must thank their lower order for taking them to this score after they were reeling at 283 for seven at one stage. The last three wickets added 106 runs between them as the tailenders proved their worth with the bat after the top order batsmen failed to carry on after getting starts.

Martin finished as the most successful bowler, claiming four for 98 in 25.1 overs, while Tim Southee and Ian O’Brien took 2-94 and 2-89 respectively.

(New Zealand innings)

Both Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma started off well and stuck to a good line and length making the batsman play as much as possible. With not much help from the pitch, the two pacers were looking to use of the windy conditions at the Basin Reserve.

Zaheer had a huge leg before shout turned down against Tim McIntosh in the fifth over of the innings as the batsman was struck in line with the stumps but having the bat close to the pads saved him.

Martin Guptill looked comfortable right from the outset and brought up his first boundary in the sixth over when he lashed Ishant through point.

Zaheer toiled patiently and was rewarded when he went round the wicket and forced Guptill to chop a short delivery onto his stumps for 17.

McIntosh broke the shackles somewhat with consecutive boundaries off Ishant in the eighth over to move to 12.

Zaheer then put New Zealand in some early trouble when he claimed the wicket of Daniel Flynn for 2. The left-hander tried to defend one that pitched just outside the off-stump and swung out, taking the edge straight to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Ishant didn’t seem to find his rhythm bowling into the wind and was replaced by Munaf Patel after a spell of four overs. While Zaheer was using the wind to his advantage, Munaf was concentrating on just keeping it tight and bowling a tight line and length.

Munaf bowled a probing spell of five overs, giving away just eight runs, before he was replaced by Harbhajan Singh.

While McIntosh seemed to content defending everything that came his way, Ross Taylor came out with a positive frame of mind but soon found himself also tied down by the Indian bowlers.

At the lunch interval, New Zealand reached 64 for two in 23 overs with McIntosh on 24 (62 deliveries, 4 boundaries) and Taylor on 17 (45 deliveries, 3 boundaries).

Zaheer used the windy conditions to his advantage as he claimed two for 18 in eight overs, while the rest of the bowlers kept a tight line and length.

Post lunch session: (76 runs, 27 overs, 5 wickets)

It was Zaheer who did the trick for India after the lunch break.

McIntosh was beaten by the extra bounce from the left-armer, which he could only edge it straight to first slip. The left-hander never looked at home during his knock of 32 from 74 deliveries before being undone by Zaheer.

A few quiet overs followed before Taylor broke the shackles with a cracking boundary through the covers to move to 33.

New Zealand’s hero of the series Jesse Ryder then disappointed when a rather careless shot caused his downfall for 3. The left-hander tried to slash a short delivery from Zaheer over the slips but got a fine edge which was taken by wicketkeeper Dhoni.

James Franklin walked in at number six but right from the outset he looked all at sea. Things suddenly came to a standstill for New Zealand as the Indian bowlers dried up the runs with hosts reaching 120 for four in 41 overs.

Harbhajan then compounded New Zealand’s woes by claiming the key wicket of Taylor for 42. Harbhajan pitched one around the leg stump which Taylor tried to play fine down the leg side but could only edge it behind which was neatly taken by Dhoni. However, closer look at the replays indicated that the ball had missed the bat and hit the thigh pad instead.

Franklin ran out of patience before sweeping Harbhajan straight to Sehwag at square leg. The left-hander made 15 from 42 deliveries but never looked comfortable in the middle as New Zealand slipped to 125 for six.

Daniel Vettori showed his intent immediately as he took on Ishant’s short deliveries and smashed a boundary and six through the third man region in the 45th over.

However, Ishant extracted revenge in his next over. The pacer beat Vettori with another short delivery but this time it was much close to the batsman who could only edge it behind for 11.

Dhoni immediately realised that the best chance of bundling out New Zealand before the follow-on target of 180 was to keep Brendon McCullum in check. The Indian captain immediately spread his field around when McCullum came on strike, but once Tim Southee took strike everyone surrounded him.

At the tea break on day two, New Zealand reached 140 for seven in 50 overs, still trailing India’s first innings score by 239 runs.

It was Zaheer, who single-handedly turned the match in India’s favour, with two-wicket bursts on either side of the lunch interval for impressive figures of four for 46 in 14 overs. Harbhajan came up with another impressive performance bowling 14 consecutive overs in the second session for figures of two for 23 in 16 overs.

It is now only McCullum who represents New Zealand’s best chance of avoiding the follow-on, but one is pretty sure that even if they don’t manage it, India will choose to bat again.

This is so shocking . . . . . swish black money deposits was an Olympics event . . . . .
India would have won a gold medal hands down.
The second best Russia has 4 times lesser deposit. US is not even there in the counting in top five !! India has more money in Swiss banks than all the other countries combined !!!!

Recently, due to international pressure, Swiss govt. agreed to disclose the names of the account holders only if the respective govts formally asked for it.

Indian govt. is not asking for the details . .
. . no marks for guessing why ????

We need to start a movement to pressurise the govt. to do so !!
This is perhaps the only way, and a golden opportunity, to expose the high and mighty and weed out corruption !!

Is India poor, who says? Ask Swiss banks With personal account deposit bank of $1500 billion in foreign reserve which have been misappropriated, an amount 13 times larger than the country’s foreign debt, one needs to rethink if India is a poor country?.

DISHONEST INDUSTRIALISTS, scandalous politicians and corrupt IAS, IRS, IPS officers have deposited in foreign banks in their illegal personal accounts a sum of about $ 1500 billion, which have been misappropriated by them. This amount is about 13 times larger than the country’s foreign debt. With this amount 45 crore poor people can get Rs 1,00,000 each.
This huge amount has been appropriated from the people of India by exploiting and betraying them.

Once this huge amount of black money & property comes back to India , the entire foreign debt can be repaid in 24 hours. After paying the entire foreign debt, we will have surplus amount, almost 12 times larger than the foreign debt. If this surplus amount is invested in earning interest, the amount of interest will be more than the annual budget of the Central government. So even if all the taxes are abolished, then also the Central government will be able to maintain the country very comfortably..

Some 80,000 people travel to Switzerland every year, of whom 25,000 travel very frequently. ‘Obviously, these people won’t be tourists.
They must be travelling there for some other reason,’ believes an official involved in tracking illegal money. And, clearly, he isn’t referring to the commerce ministry bureaucrats who’ve been flitting in and out of Geneva ever since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations went into a tailspin!

Just read the following details and note how these dishonest industrialists, scandalous politicians, corrupt officers, cricketers, film actors, illegal sex trade and protected wildlife operators, to name just a few, sucked this country’s wealth and prosperity. This may be the picture of deposits in Swiss banks only. What about other international banks?

Black money in Swiss banks — Swiss Banking Association report, 2006 details bank deposits in the territory of Switzerland by nationals of following countries :

Top Five
1. India —- $1,456 billion
2. Russia —$ 470 billion
3. UK ——-$390 billion
4. Ukraine – $100 billion
5. China —–$ 96 billion

Now do the maths – India with $1456 billion or $1.4 trillion has more money in Swiss banks than rest of the world combined.

Public loot since 1947: Can we bring back our money? It is one of the biggest loots witnessed by mankind — the loot of the Aam Aadmi (common man) since 1947, by his brethren occupying public office.
It has been orchestrated by politicians, bureaucrats and some businessmen. The list is almost all-encompassing. No wonder, everyone in India loots with impunity and without any fear. What is even more depressing in that this ill-gotten wealth of ours has been stashed away abroad into secret bank accounts located in some of the world’s best known tax havens. And to that extent the Indian economy has been stripped of its wealth.

Ordinary Indians may not be exactly aware of how such secret accounts operate and what are the rules and regulations that go on to govern such tax havens. However, one may well be aware of ‘Swiss bank accounts,’ the shorthand for murky dealings, secrecy and of course pilferage from developing countries into rich developed ones.

In fact, some finance experts and economists believe taxhavens to be a conspiracy of the western world against the poor countries. By allowing the proliferation of tax havens in the twentieth century, the western world explicitly encourages the movement of scarce capital from the developing countries to the rich.

In March 2005, the Tax Justice Network (TJN) published a research finding demonstrating that $11…5 trillion of personal wealth was held offshore by rich individuals across the globe. The findings estimated that a large proportion of this wealth was managed from some 70 tax havens. Further,augmenting these studies of TJN, Raymond Baker — in his widely celebrated book titled ‘Capitalism’ s Achilles Heel : Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free Market System’ — estimates that at least $5 trillion have been shifted out of poorer countries to the West since the mid-1970.

It is further estimated by experts that 1 % of the world’s population holds more than 57 % of total global wealth, routing it invariably through these tax havens. How much of this is from India is anybody’s guess. What is to be noted here is that most of the wealth of Indians parked in these tax havens is illegitimate money acquired through corrupt means.

Naturally, the secrecy associated with the bank accounts in such places is central to the issue, not their low tax rates as the term ‘tax havens’ suggests. Remember Bofors and how India could not trace the ultimate beneficiary of those transactions because of the secrecy associated with these bank accounts?


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