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Mumbai:Rani Mukerji ties the knot with Aditya Chopra secretly in Italy! - 4/23/2014


Mumbai: Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji married her long-time boyfriend and YRF scion Aditya Chopra in secret ceremony yesterday.

The couple chose Italy for their wedding location and the event was witnessed by close family and friends.

Yash Raj films has confirmed the news and issued a statement saying, We are happy to announce that Mr. Aditya Chopra and Ms. Rani Mukerji got married last night on 21st April in Italy. The wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family and friends.

While the whole world waited for years for them to come out open about their relation, Both Rani and Aditya dropped the M-bomb last night by tying the knot.

Rani Mukerji too shared the good news with world saying, I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me. It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us. The one person I missed terribly was Yash Uncle, but I know he was there with us in spirit and his love and blessings will always be with Adi and me. I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God's grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life – the fairy-tale continues.

Movie critic Taran Adarsh has confirmed the news by tweeting earlier this morning about the event.

Taran Adarsh tweeted, Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji got married last night on 21st April in Italy. The wedding was a very small intimate affair.

Finally the hoopla around their secret affair has got a name... congratulations to the couple!!!

Fleet of 3 aircraft ensures Modi is home every night after day's campaigning - 4/22/2014

Fleet of 3 aircraft ensures Modi is home every night after day's campaigning
Modi uses a fleet of 3 aircraft to ensure that he returns home every night after campaigning.

AHMEDABAD: Ever since he kick-started his campaign, Narendra Modi has been criss-crossing the country. But, BJP's PM candidate has rarely felt homesick, thanks to a fleet of three aircraft — one jet and two choppers — which bring him home every night.

Modi has addressed over 150 rallies across the country, clocking 2.4 lakh km, or an average of about 1,100km a day. He has logged in the most flying hours, followed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, industry experts said.

Almost every day, Modi takes off from Ahmedabad airport in an EMB-135BJ, an Embraer aircraft, for his rallies. The jet is owned by Karnavati Aviation, a group company of the Adani Group. "We record two movements of Modi's aircraft daily. No matter where he goes to address rallies, he always comes back home," said an air traffic control official.

Recently, Modi's aircraft was denied permission to fly by DGCA in Delhi for over two hours, following which he lashed out at the central government for stalling his movement. Ever since, Modi has increased the use of choppers to cover smaller distances. "Mostly, politicians use chopper to reach places where bigger aircraft can't reach," said an ATC official.

Over the past few days, Modi flew in an Augusta AW-139 chopper, owned by the DLF Group, for his rallies in north India, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

According to ATC officials, Modi has also flown in a Bell 412 chopper owned by a private charter service. According to experts, the cost of flying in a single-engine chopper is around Rs 70,000 to Rs 75000 per hour while in the case of a twin-engine chopper, the cost goes up to Rs 1 to 1.2 lakh per hour. For jets, the flying cost per hour comes to Rs 3 lakh.

Around 130 air charter service operators across the country are profiting from the extensive use of helicopters and business jets by parties and politicians. Industry sources said they're spending Rs 350-400 crore on chartered planes for campaigns.

The secretary of Business Aircraft Operator's Association RK Bali said the sector was witnessing negative growth of 2 per cent in the past two years but there had been a spurt in business after campaigning started. "This is the only boom time in the air charter services industry," he said.

Capt GR Gopinath, pioneer of low-cost aviation in India, said elections were a good time for the air charter industry. "It is more visible because of the glamour, sound and fury that surround a chopper or a business jet," he said.

Facebook 'love' story ends in tragedy - 4/21/2014

GN Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India: A young man shot dead a woman he met on Facebook and fell in love with after a three-year online relationship.

The romance blossomed on the social-networking site after Vineet Singh, 22, met Jyoti Kori, 45, a mother of three.

Their first meeting came to a tragic end when Singh was outraged after realising that Kori had lied to him on Facebook, claiming she was 21-years old and unmarried.

The incident took place in the postcard-perfect Marble Rocks Waterfall in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India.

After shooting Kori, Singh then shot himself and died at a local hospital later.

Police reported that Singh, who hails from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh state, was jobless, while Kori was the bored housewife, but a Facebook regular. 

Police learnt about the incident when Vineet, gasping for breath and soaked in his own blood, sought help from horrified people nearby.

Harinarayanachari Mishra, superintendent of police (SP)  in Jabalpur, said the two were in touch for about three years.

Kori's husband, who works as a clerk in the irrigation department, and their three children, including her 21-year-old eldest daughter, had no clue about what was going on.

Witnesses said when Singh was brought to the hospital, he kept saying a married woman had cheated him.

The two had never exchanged photographs and their meeting on Friday was their first, said police, who learnt that Kori had told her family she was going to her mother's home for two days, while Singh told his parents he was going to Delhi to hunt for a job.

The woman left home and went to her parental home on Thursday, but left early in the morning.
It was not immediately clear how Singh managed to get the murder weapon.

Sringeri: Kabeer killing: No case against ANF personnel yet, victims booked! - 4/21/2014

Sringeri, Apr 21, 2014: No case has been registered against ANF personnel who shot a civilian to death at a check-post near Sringeri in Chikmagalur district last week.
Kabeer (23), a resident of Krishanpur had lost his life in the alleged fake encounter in the wee hours of Saturday while transporting cattle along with four others.

Home Minister K J George said that action would be taken against the personnel involved in the incident only after CID submits a preliminary investigation report.

When Mangalore North MLA Moihiuddeen Bawa appealed Mr George for CBI while participating in a debate on Kannada news channel, the latter rebutted it saying, “For each and every incident we can't order CBI probe, said an arrogant George.

Ironically, the Sringeri police have registered a case under Sections of 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), and 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code, against the encounter survivors, who were legally transporting the cattle.

Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim body slams Salim Khan, Salman for praising Modi - 4/19/2014


Aligarh: The Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis has slammed Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his father and film writer Salim Khan for praising Narendra Modi for pure commercial gains.

FMSA, a body of Aligarh Muslim University, mostly comprising Muslim intellectuals, passed a resolution her yesterday.

Reacting sharply to Salim Khan's launching the official Urdu website of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, recently, FMSA criticized Khans for practicing worse type of political opportunism for sake of pure commercial gain.

Individuals like Salim Khan, supported by the media, were going overboard in praising the so-called Gujarat model of economic growth without verifying the ground realities, FMSA secretary Jasim Mohammad said in the resolution.

It was further stated in the resolution that Salman Khanhad participated in annual Saifai Mahotsava organized by UP government in Etawah in January, when children and victims of Muzaffarnagar riots were allegedly dying from cold in relief camps and have now joined the Modi bandwagon to appease forces, which face charges of genocide in Gujarat.

It was also mentioned that core issue was not about supporting or opposing any political party but taking a moral stand when the very basic principles on which the constitution was founded are under threat.

Six killed in Everest avalanche: mountaineering official - 4/18/2014

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Six killed in Everest avalanche: mountaineering official
Kathmandu:  At least six climbers have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early on Friday, with all of the dead believed to be Nepalese sherpas working on the peak ahead of the start of the climbing season, officials said on Monday.

"Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.

The avalanche occurred at around 6:45 am (0100 GMT) at an altitude of about 5,800 metres (19,000 feet) in an area known as the "popcorn field" which lies on the route into the treacherous Khumbu icefall, Sherpa said.

He said that many other climbers had also suffered injuries, but could not give exact numbers.

A tourism ministry official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the climbers were all of Nepalese origin and were preparing the route to the summit ahead of the main climbing season which kicks off later this month.

"So far, we know that 14 Nepali climbers were taking equipment and baggage up to the area, it is unclear how many have been hit," the official said.

An executive at a US climbing company told CNN that the avalanche had struck while guides were preparing the route for mountaineers.

Vamanjooreans U.A.E.to stage Twin Konkani drama's on May 30 - 4/17/2014

Roshan Desilva Dubai: Vamanjoreans U.A.E., a vibrant association of Vamanjoor-parishioners residing in U.A.E. is all set to stage a drama of great play write Late MicMax titled: 'Chintnen, SobdanAniKarnen'. There will also be another drama of Late M.P.DSs Kazarachi Dhorne. The twin dramas will be staged at the Sh. Rashid Auditorium on Friday, May 30, 2014, starts 6:00p.m. onwards.

Vamanjoor Parish of Mangalore Diocese has been blessed with very famous dramatis/actors as a hosts of talented artists, poets and drama writers and journalists born and lived in this parish. To name a few; Late Cha PraD'Costa, a great poet and play write who resided in Vamanjoor. 

The main goal of Vamanjoor association is to help under privileged of their parish. Special attraction of the drama is to introduce Vamanjoorean talented actors to UA.E and audience and all actors will be flown from Vamanjoor. 

The play 'Chintnen, SobdanAniKarnen' will be directed by award winning director Denis Monteiro, who has acted and directed almost all of Cha Pra's dramas. Vamanjoor’s young music director and singer RoystonPinto will be providing music for this drama.

For more info: Jhonson Monteiro: 050-7282738 , Jerry Lobo – 050-4621410, Ronney Serrao – 050-4503425, Stephen Menezes- 055-6543161

Dubai : Konkani singing contest and GVOM auditions on May 16 - 4/17/2014

Roshan Desilva Dubai : Mangalore Konkans Dubai is pleased to announce 'Konkani Gaayan Spordho 2014', a singing contest for the young and old on Friday May 16th, 2014 at the Jordanian Social Club (Opposite to St. Mary’s Catholic Church), from 10 AM onwards.

The competition is also considered a preliminary round to select  Six best in each of the Male Solo and Female Solo Categories (Above 18 Years)  to qualify for the semi-finals of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' to be held in September 2014.

Date : 16th May 2014
Venue : Jordanian Social Club – Dubai (Opposite to St. Mary's Catholic Church)
Timings: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online Registration : Click Here


1. The competition is open to all Konkani Speaking individuals with valid UAE residency visa. The language of singing is KONKANI only.

2. Participant should report at: Morning session 09:30 AM (Categories 1, 2, 3) Afternoon session before 2:30 PM (Categories 4,5,6,7,8,9,10)

3. Participant should complete his/her birthday on May 16, 2014 to be eligible to participate in a respective category. Participant born on 16th May or after must select the category of lower age group. Proof of age should be provided upon request of the organising committee.

4. Time limit: Solo & Duet - 3 Minutes max, Group Singing -5 minutes max.

5. Participants in a Group: Minimum 6 and Maximum 10. A contestant of a particular group is not eligible to participate in another group singing.

6. Only one musical instrument / accompaniment is allowed per solo contestant and maximum two for a group.  Electrical, Electronic instruments, Karaoke Music may not be used.

7. Contestants may not to refer to Lyrics written on paper, palm or any other medium. Referring to lyrics in any format will render the participant disqualified.

8. Last date for submission of entries is 30th April 2014.

9. Total number of entries for each category is limited to a first come first served basis.

10.  Mangalore Konkans Dubai reserves the right to amend/cancel any item of the event without prior notice in case of insufficient entries or for any other unavoidable reason.

11.  Presentation should not be offensive / abusive in any respect. Should such a discrepancy be noted, the contestant will be immediately disqualified.

12.  First 6 winners from each category of Male and Female Solo Singing(18 years and above category) will qualify to enter into Semi Finals of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore', participation in which is restricted to Konkani speaking individuals from Mangalore only.

13.  A panel of judges will judge the contest and their decision is final and binding.
For further information please contact Deepak Machado on 050-7035220 or Walter Peris on 050-4553265.

You may also email your entries to : events@mangalorekonkans.com

Mers in UAE: 'Avoid contact with infected' - 4/17/2014


  • Dr Asim Malek

Dubai: The Mers virus attacks people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, renal failure and heart disease, a specialist said, advising others to wash hands frequently.

Dr Ram Shukla, specialist, infectious diseases at Al Zahra Hospital in Sharjah, said Mers can also infect the healthy and the young, as it did the young nurses in Al Ain, but it will not affect them as seriously as those with chronic diseases and the physically disabled.

He advised that everyone should be careful when dealing with chronic disease patients, especially those showing symptoms such as cough, cold, pneumonia-like symptoms, and if they develop high fever.

It is important now to practise hand hygiene, he said. Dr Shukla said training programmes should be conducted for hospital staff so that someone infected cannot slip into the ward and infect others. “There should be a higher index of suspicion at hospitals, he said. “People should be educated about the disease,” he said.

Do hospitals have infection control systems in place?

Dr G. Y. Naro, specialist emergency medicine, Rashid Hospital, said there is nothing to be scared about at the moment. Hygiene is of prime importance. He said the large number of diabetics in the country should be extra cautious and report any infection immediately.

He said infection control is an integral part of Rashid Hospital. There is a task force that collaborates with all wards. It is a requirement under the JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation, he said.

Most of Dubai's public and private hospitals are JCI-accredited, according to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

What should people be aware of about Mers?

A doctor at Adnoc (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) said the 100,000 employees are being advised through email and through its education committee on the precautions everyone should take.

The most important is to recognise the disease, said Dr Taha Al Hassan, family physician at Adnoc Clinic in Abu Dhabi. Avoid direct contact with someone ill and coughing and sneezing, he said. “There is no need to panic as all precautions have been taken to limit the number of cases, he said.

He said the symptoms of Mers coronavirus (Mers-CoV) is high fever, sore throat and runny nose [same as in flu]. it attacks everyone, irrespective of age, and especially those whose immunity is compromised, he said.

Is there a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV)?

Dr Shukla said there is no cure for Mers coronavirus at present. None of the three viruses [spreading across the globe] have a cure,  he said. At present Sars is rampant in China and the deadly, virulent Ebola is killing people in the Central African country of Congo.

Where did this virus come from?

A doctor in Abu Dhabi said it was not yet confirmed whether Mers originates from camels.

There is an association with camels, said Dr Shukla. Camels most probably are the suspect carriers. Why they do not suffer from the disease and how they transfer the virus we do not know yet, he said.

The camel is the amplifier host, he said, just as the civet cat was the amplifier host in China after being bitten by a fruit bat, he said.

Mers is similar to Sars and has a high rate of infection, and especially affects those in closed, prolonged contact with the infected, he said.

Should we be scared?

Residents have no need to panic, said a leading medical professional who has treated several of the patients infected in Abu Dhabi over the past year. Even after two years, the world has seen only about 200 cases. Moreover, in the case of viruses that transmit easily, there are clusters of people who have interacted with one another and have been infected. We have not seen this in the case of Mers-CoV, as there are still just a handful of scattered cases, said Dr Asim Malek, chairman for infection control and chief of infectious diseases at Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

Suspected patients must be taken away from crowded emergency rooms and isolated and, once the diagnosis is confirmed, medical professionals must wear medical gowns and gloves when treating the patient. Stringent adherence to these rules prevents transmission, Dr Malek said.

ubai: The Mers virus attacks people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, renal failure and heart disease, a specialist said, advising others to wash hands frequently.

Dr Ram Shukla, specialist, infectious diseases at Al Zahra Hospital in Sharjah, said Mers can also infect the healthy and the young, as it did the young nurses in Al Ain, but it will not affect them as seriously as those with chronic diseases and the physically disabled.

He advised that everyone should be careful when dealing with chronic disease patients, especially those showing symptoms such as cough, cold, pneumonia-like symptoms, and if they develop high fever.

“It is important now to practise hand hygiene,” he said. Dr Shukla said training programmes should be conducted for hospital staff so that someone infected cannot slip into the ward and infect others. “There should be a higher index of suspicion at hospitals,” he said. “People should be educated about the disease,” he said.

South Korea ferry rescue under way - 4/16/2014


Lucy Williamson: Images reveal how quickly the ship went down

A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized and then sank off South Korea.

The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from Incheon to the southern resort island of Jeju.

One person had died and almost 150 more had been rescued, officials said. Other passengers were told to jump into the sea to await rescue.

A total of 34 naval, coastguard and civilian ships were involved in rescue efforts, as well as 18 helicopters.

Images showed the ferry listing at a severe angle and then later largely submerged, with only a small part of its hull visible.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye had ordered coast guard commandos to search the ship so that no-one was left behind, Yonhap news agency reported. Navy divers were also reportedly on scene.

So far, a total of 147 people had been rescued, South Korean officials said, out of the 452 passengers and 24 crewmen on board the vessel.

A sinking South Korean passenger ship is seen at the sea off Jindo on 16 April 2014 Dozens of passengers have been rescued but the fate of many others remains unknown
The South Korean passenger ship (C) is seen mostly submerged in the water off Jindo on 16 April 2014 More than 30 ships are involved in the rescue
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One body had been recovered from the ship, the coastguard said.

It is not yet clear what caused the incident, but witnesses described hearing an impact, before the ship listed and quickly sank.

One passenger told the YTN news channel: "We heard a big thumping sound and the boat stopped.

"The boat is tilting and we have to hold on to something to stay seated," the passenger said.

Another passenger said the ship was "shaking and tilting", with people tripping and bumping into each other.

News agencies said the ferry had sent out a distress signal about 20km (12 miles) off the island of Byungpoong at about 09:00 local time (00:00 GMT).

Angry parents have gathered at the school to demand answers, reports the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul.

Earlier reports put the number of passengers on the ferry at about 350. The vessel is reported to have a capacity of up to 900 people.

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