Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrived in India to hold summit talks, saying the talks would take Indo-Russian relation to the next level.
“Delighted to welcome President Putin to India. Looking forward to a productive visit that will take India, Russia ties to newer heights,” Modi tweeted in Russian ahead of his talks with Putin tomorrow on close strategic ties particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence.
“Times have changed, our friendship has not. now we want to take this relation to the next level and this visit is a step in that direction,” he said in a post on the micro-blogging site.
Russia was awaiting India’s decision to allot a site for construction of a new Russian-designed nuclear power plant and the issue may figure in the talks.
To improve two-way trade, Putin and Modi are expected to jointly interact with CEOs of major companies from both the countries.
The volume of bilateral trade was USD 10 billion in 2013 and both sides feel there was “huge opportunity” to improve it significantly. India has been working to have a trade pact with “Eurasian space” for improved trade and commerce which will also improve trade with Russia.
India’s exports, particularly food items, to Russia have gone up since sanctions were imposed against that country by Western nations for its interventions in the crisis in Ukraine.
India has been maintaining that it cannot be party to any economic sanctions against Russia.
Both the leaders are likely to discuss improving supply of rough diamonds by Russia to India. Russia is the world’s top producer of rough diamonds and India is one of its largest importers.
Putin will also inaugurate World Diamond Conference on Thursday.
In the defence sector, Putin may push for larger procurement of military hardware from Russia by India. Russia has been a major defence supplier to India and its share has been 60-70 per cent in the country’s import of military hardware.
Sources said specific discussions are likely to take place on various key projects including the envisaged gas pipeline linking Russia with India and the ambitious Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme.
Listing the joint strategic projects, Putin said these included construction of new units for Indian nuclear power plants, promotion of Russian Sukhoi superjet-100 and MS-21 passenger aircraft to Indian market besides manufacturing of helicopters and creating a “smart city” on the basis of Russian technology.
Actor couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza named their new-born son Riaan Riteish Deshmukh on December 6 at a private Barsa (naming) ceremony in Mumbai.
Genelia tweeted: Genelia Deshmukh ✔ @geneliad
Genelia and Riteish became parents to a baby boy on November 25, brought their bundle of joy home on November 29. (Also Read: Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza Bring Their Baby Home)
The entire Deshmukh family had converged for the naming ceremony of the newest member of the house. Genelia also tweeted:
Blessed to have the entire family under one roof- for the ‘Barsa’ (naming ceremony) of my lil one. – 2:30 PM – 6 Dec 2014
Earlier in the day Riteish had tweeted that he was more nervous changing his baby’s diaper than giving his first shot in front of the camera. He tweeted:
Mission Possible -successfully changed the first baby diaper. Was more nervous than giving my first shot in front of the camera.
Motherhood is definitely suiting well to the Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na actress, as she too had shared her experience of becoming a new mother. (Also Read: Genelia D’Souza Says Motherhood is “Magical”)
Genelia Deshmukh ✔ @geneliad
… Heaven is what I feel.. Magicallllllllllll .. Thank u again – 11:18 AM – 30 Nov 2014
The serial terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday bore an “unambiguous clear link to Pakistan,” and the elements involved were “right at the top,” the Indian Army has said.
“There has been a top-down coordination in Pakistan to synchronise the terror attacks,” Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, the top army commander in Kashmir, told NDTV on Sunday. This is because it is “not possible for non-state actors in Pakistan to operate without nexus with elements in official establishment”.
The packets of food the terrorists were carrying show they had been manufactured in Pakistan, ammunition and weapons show they have been produced by a Pakistani company, Lt General Saha said.
Thirteen people – a civilian, nine soldiers and three policemen – died in the four attacks on Friday, days before the third phase of assembly elections are to be held in the state.
The deadliest attack took place at the army camp in Uri, in which eight Armymen, including an officer, were killed. All six militants were also killed in the encounter which lasted over six hours.
Besides food packets, six AK rifles, 55 magazines, two shotguns, two night vision binoculars, four radio sets, 32 unused grenades and one medical kit were recovered from the dead terrorists.
Lt General Saha said there were no lapses on part of the army. “Can’t say any lapses at our end because our priority is to keep civilians safe, which we did… Sometimes, my men have had to pay a very high price but we do it for democracy.”
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already blamed Pakistan for sheltering terrorists who cross the border to target India. “I think Pakistan should try to stop these incidents, if they can’t, they should speak to India about it,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, has condemned the attacks, saying they were “desperate attempts to derail the atmosphere of hope” in the state, brought about by the high turnout in the first two phases of the elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting of Chief Ministers in the national capital today to discuss the structure, scope and role of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will skip the meeting amidst the ongoing stand-off between the BJP and Trinamool Congress over several issues. She is likely to send state Finance minister Amit Mitra as the state government’s representative to attend the meeting instead.
Though no reason was officially cited, he said Ms Banerjee is scheduled to leave on Monday on a two-day tour infrastructure-cum-promiton trip to Jharkhali/Sajnekhali/Sunderbans.
She was, however, criticised by the BJP for the decision. “The meeting (of chief ministers) is development-oriented. Mr Modi believes India will develop only when its states develop. She should respect our federal structure and participate in the meeting forgetting party politics,” said BJP Secretary Shrikant Sharma.
The Chief Minister had recently urged the Opposition parties to unite against the Narendra Modi government in Parliament.
“The Trinamool Congress is playing the role of main opposition in Delhi. That is why they are targeting us. Those in power in Delhi . But they cannot sweep us away with brooms,” she had told a party workers’ meeting recently. She had also accused the Modi government of “trying to sell out the country.”
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested as serious allegations such as rape has been hurled against him. The boy along with his friend was tied up and thrashed by a group of people who accused the boy of raping a 9-year-old girl. The two boys were beaten up and were handed to Narasimharaja Police on Thursday, Nov 6.
Police later released the friend of the accused as the cops were confident that he was not involved in the crime. According to sources, the incident took place on Nov 3 but everything came to light on Thursday.
The victim, a Class 3 student, was raped at the house of the accused. Accused threatened victim to face dire consequences if she reveals rape incident The victim’s mother died a few years back and there were nobody in her house who could take care of the child. Hence, his father used to leave the 9-year-old girl to his neighbour’s house and go to work.
The accused, who is the neighbour of the victim, allegedly had threatened her to face dire consequences if she speaks about the rape incident to anyone. The 9-year-old got scared and she did not disclose the reality to anyone. However, one of her aunts suspected something wrong and took her to hospital. After preliminary investigation, doctors suspected that the girl was sexually assaulted. After being questioned, the victim narrated the horrible incident to her aunt.
After hearing about the incident, villagers caught the accused and tied him to a pole and thrashed them. The girl and accused were sent to K R Hospital for examination. DCP A N Rajanna (Law and Order) said that based on the victim’s statement, they registered a case against the 17-year-old minor.
Padma Bhushan Kamal Haasan embarked on his cinematic journey at the young age of five with Kalathur Kannamma in 1960.
Five decades on, the widely feted and extremely versatile actor is still going strong.
As the mega star turns 60 today, here’s a look at some of his best films over the years.
Kalathur Kannamma (1960)
Kamal Hassan, a mere child, was pitted against industry stalwarts like Gemini Ganesan and Savitri.
However, Kamal not only won the President’s Gold Medal — Rashtrapathi Award — for his performance, but also a permanent place in the hearts of the Tamil audience.
This was just the beginning though.
After Kalathur Kannamma, Haasan played a double role in the film Paarthal Pasi Theerum and made an impressive debut in Malayalam cinema with Kannum Karalum in 1962.
He worked in six films as a child artist during the 1960s.
His last film as a child artist was with the legend MG Ramachandran in Anandha Jothi in 1963.
This was followed by a seven-year hiatus, during which he continued his education and also joined a theatre company under the guidance of TK Shanmugam.
It was in the 1970s when he returned to the big screen with KS Sethumadhavan’sKanyakumari, opposite Rita Bhaduri.
Apoorva Raagangal (1975)
Haasan was mostly seen in supporting roles until he got his first break in Tamil with Apoorva Raagangal in 1975.
A controversial social drama directed by K Balachander, the film dealt with the relationship between an older woman and a young man (and between the old woman’s young daughter and the young man’s father) and was considered far ahead of its times.
Haasan was perfect as the angry young man rebelling against society and its norms.
While Srividya played the female lead, the film also marked the debut of Rajinikanth in a cameo.
Apoorva Raagangal was a huge success and was later remade in Hindi as Ek Nai Paheli with Kamal Haasan and Hema Malini in the lead roles.
16 Vayathinile (1977)
Director Bharathiraja made a sensational debut in Tamil cinema with 16 Vayathinile.
It was the first time in Tamil cinema a film was shot entirely outdoors.
Bharathiraja captured on celluloid the untouched beauty of rural Tamil Nadu in all its natural glory.
Haasan was widely described as brilliant as the lame country bumpkin, Chappani, equally supported by the memorable Parattai, played by Rajinikanth. Sridevi essayed their love interest.
Sigappu Rojakkal (1978)
In Sigappu Rojakkal, a thriller directed by Bharathiraja, Haasan played a psychotic killer disguised as a charming and sophisticated young businessman.
The film narrated the tale of a ruthless misogynist who preyed on young innocent girls and eventually killed and buried them in his garden. Sridevi, with who he made a winning combination, was the female lead.
Although a negative role, the versatile actor gave an exceptional performance and the film went on to become a major hit, successfully completing a 175-day run at the box office.
Raaja Paarvai (1981)
The 1980s were an important phase in Haasan’s career.
He turned producer with the film Raaja Paarvai in 1981.
He also made a remarkable debut in Hindi cinema with Ek Duuje Ke Liye.
His Telugu film, Sagara Sangamam, a dance-musical, which released in 1983, became a mega hit and went on to win two National Awards.
The actor himself won two National Awards in this decade, one for Moondram Pirai and the other for Nayakan.
Raaja Paarvai did not fare very well at the box office but went on to achieve cult status.
The film is about a fiercely independent blind violinist whose life is chronicled by a writer, played by Madhavi.
Haasan won rave reviews for his realistic portrayal of a visually impaired musician, but unfortunately as producer of the film he incurred heavy losses.
Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
Ek Duuje Ke Liye was the Hindi remake of director K Balachander’s own Telugu blockbusterMaro Charitra.
The film narrates a beautiful love story with a tragic end — two young lovers from the opposite sides of the Vindhyas struggle against a society that does not approve of a cross-cultural romance.
Haasan essayed the character of Vasu, a Tamilian deeply in love with Sapna (Rati Agnihotri), a North Indian girl.
Moondram Pirai (1982)
Written and directed by Balu Mahendra, Moondram Pirai was a beautiful and tragic love story.
Haasan, a school teacher, falls in love with Sridevi, an amnesic woman, who he rescues from a brothel.
But once she recovers, she has absolutely no memory of him, and the film ends on a tragic note with her deserting him.
The film won both Kamal (Best Actor) and Balu Mahendra (Best Cinematography) National Awards. Moondram Pirai was later remade in Hindi as Sadma.
Saagara Sangamam (Telugu-1983)
Directed by K Vishwanath, Saagara Sangamam highlights the struggles of an extremely talented dancer from a poor background, with a dream to participate in a high-level dance festival.
Haasan not only proved his acting prowess in the film but also demonstrated his exceptional dancing skills.
The film was dubbed in Tamil as Salangai Oli.
Haasan’s brilliant performance as Velu Naicker, a character based on the notorious Bombay underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar, won him his third National Award and also received worldwide critical acclaim.
Directed by Mani Ratnam (who is married to his niece Suhasini), the film chronicles the don’s life from when he was a young child who witnesses his father’s death, to his rise as a powerful don who protects the interests of South Indians living in Mumbai.
There was a remarkable decline in the number of films in the 1990s, but Haasan’s popularity continued to grow.
There were several super hits like Michael Madana Kaama Rajan (1990), Thevar Magan ((1992), Avvai Shanmughi (1996), as well as critically acclaimed films like Guna (1991) and Mahaanadi (1994), which won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.
But the highlight of the decade was Haasan’s fourth National Award, which he received for his phenomenal performance in the film, Indian.
A hard-hitting film that brought to the fore the widespread corruption in the country, Indianwas directed by Shankar at a budget of Rs 15 crore.
Haasan effortlessly essayed two contradicting characters, one a crooked, RTO official and the other his father, a 70-year-old freedom fighter determined to end corruption in the country.
The film won three National Awards and went on to become one of the highest-grossing Tamil films of the time.
Hey Ram (2000)
The 2000s were mostly dominated by commercially-driven films. Barring a few, most became huge hits.
Films like Thenali (2000), Panchathantiram (2002), Vasool Raja MBBS (2004), Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006) and Dasavathaaram (2008) ruled the box office during this period.
Sadly though, good films like Hey Ram (2000) and Anbe Sivam (2003) failed to set the cash registers ringing.
Written, directed and produced by Haasan, Hey Ram was a period drama set amidst the raging riots and chaos that prevailed in the country during Partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Haasan essayed the role of Saket Ram, whose wife is brutally raped and killed during the hostility and vows revenge on Gandhi, who he believes was responsible for India’s partition.
The film had Shah Rukh Khan essaying a significant role.
Hey Ram won three National awards and was also chosen as India’s official entry to the Oscars for the year 2000.
The current decade seems relatively slower, there have been only two releases in the last four years, Manmadhan Ambu and Vishwaroopam.
Written, directed and co-produced by Haasan, Vishwaroopam was made at a whooping budget of over Rs 95 crore.
But despite being marred by controversies, Haasan had the last laugh, when his film grossed over Rs 300 crore, making him the only actor in South India with two films in the prestigious Rs 200-crore club (Dasaavathaaram was the first).
The huge success of Vishwaroopam prompted a sequel, which is expected to release early next year.
Also in the pipeline are Uttama Villain and Papanasam, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Drishyam.
After slamming the Telangana Chief Minister KCR over the issue of media threats, today many of national media have criticized the new state of Telangana saying it has some bleak statistics now on the table.
They have slammed the government over 350 farmer suicides in a period of five months after the state formation on June 2 this year. At the same time, today even the opposition is arriving in House ready to attack the TRS government on the issue of farmers’ suicide.
The issues are including the massive power and water crisis which is resulting in those tragic deaths. National media has also stated that rather than working to address this issue, TRS government is trying to blame AP CM Chandrababu Naidu who has brought power supply on track in the state.
While it is not sure how KCR and his team of ministers have prepared for this onslaught, it is about time they come up with sensible responses and measures. With national media’s focus on Telangana state, it has become somewhat embarrassing for Telugu people.
Leader of Opposition, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s plight continues to haunt him. The young leader who is desperate to make a mark on the people and throw mud on the government is continuously failing to do so. Jagan had announced ‘YSR Congress Poru Baata’ against the government for failing to fulfill all its electoral promises. But the response for the protests is very bleak.
Ground Reports suggests that the Poru Baata could not even force hardcore YSR Congress supporters to come on roads and demonstrate. For any instance we have a pack of 50 people who attended the program in Rajahmundry town and the biggest irony is that there are 20 Police men to avoid any untoward incident. The protest lasted for just 15 minutes and they dispersed in no time.
We have seen the local Sakshi reporters there trying to bring common people to the protest area trying to show bigger crowd on TV but they could not do it and finally cancelled the live telecast from Rajahmundry. With the electoral defeat, leaders trying to sneak out from the party and cadre totally disappointed, it will take a big deal for YS Jagan to steer the party.
After KCR it was his nephew Harish rao who participated actively in Telanagana Movement.After KCR Harish has known to be the No. 2 in the TRS ever since its formation in 2001. But his position in the party became a subject of hot debate after Chandrasekhar Rao’s son Rama Rao entered active politics.
There were reports both Harish and KTR eyed on the CM chair and some even said that some sort of cold war was happening between the leaders.However, the news is far from truth. In an interview to a leading English daily, the Telangana minister for legislative affairs and irrigation Harish rao rubbished the allegations and said that the propaganda was made by the Opposition.
He added that reports of “differences” between them were only a creation of some vested interests aimed at creating a rift in their family.He also said that he and KTR loved to work under KCR’s leadership.
He further added that he and KTR have perfect understanding and both work together on all issues.The irrigation minister also said that it was too early to think about the nest Chief Minister of Telangana.. KCR is very healthy and he will rule the state for the next 15-20 years; Quipped Harish.