Wedding underneath the sky attended by 25000 Jews of worldwide

In Jerusalem on May 22, 2013 night as the heir to one of the most important Jewish ultra-orthodox families married his bride, in front as many as 25,000 guests.

Shalom Rokeach, who is 18, and his 19 year-old bride Hannah Batya Penet, wed in front of the guests, some of whom were so far away they needed binoculars to see the ceremony.

Shalom Rokeach is the eldest and only male grandchild of the leader of the Belz Rebbe dynasty, one of the largest Hasidic communities in the world. Being the only male, the newlywed is assumed to be the Rebbe’s future heir in leading the community.

The huge ceremony lasted until dawn, with police in Jerusalem forced to closed roads in the area. The wedding was also a massive social gathering for the Belz Rebbe, with members of the sect from all over the world arriving in Israel for the event.

The marriage of one of its descendants, who is considered aristocracy among Orthodox Jews, is big occasion and all members of the sect from all over the world are invited.


The wedding is a rare meet-and-greet opportunity for leaders of various Hasidic sects. Thousands of Belz Hasids from the United States and Europe attended the celebration, which lasted until dawn. A number of Jerusalem streets were shut down because of the size of the celebrations.

The bride, wearing a diamond encrusted traditional white dress, was kept veiled throughout the ceremony, after being escorted to meet her husband by female relatives. As in many areas of orthodox Jewish society, the male and female guests were kept separate.

Traditional Jewish weddings consist of two separate parts, the betrothal ceremony, known as kiddushin, and the wedding itself, known as nisuin. In between the two parts, the groom and his bride spend an hour in each other’s company.

The males wear formal clothing, including the Shtreimel hat and black overcoats called bekishes, which are worn on a daily basis by the fiercely traditional Belz Rebbe. Woman often cover their heads and wear high necklines and long skirts to conform to tznius – a code of ultra-orthodox modesty.

The community derives its name from the town on Belz in Poland. It was home to 3,600 Jewish people before the outbreak of the Second World War, before being occupied by Nazi Germany. There are thought to be more than 7,000 Belz Rebbe families today.

The wedding ceremony then takes place underneath a large four-poled stand with a canopy overhead known as a chuppah so the groom and his veiled bride can be married underneath the sky.

After the ceremony the bride and groom spend an hour together before the bride re-enters the chuppah and, after gaining her permission, the groom joins her. The couple is then blessed over a cup of wine at the conclusion of the ceremony.

All the male guests dressed in black and wore traditional shtreimel hats for the occasion, which traditionally separates the men from the women.

The men generally have beards and sidelocks (peyot).

Women tend to wear long skirts and shirts with long sleeves and high necklines as they adhere to strict guidelines of modesty.

After the women get married, they cover their heads with either scarves, hats or wigs (known as “sheitels”).

The above is based on the reporting of bellenews and independent.

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Gurunath vs Vadra: Politics and sports should not get mixed-PM

Should corruption of politics and sports be treated different? 

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday May 31, 2013 on the spot fixing and betting scandal that has rocked cricket in India, “Politics and sports should not get mixed.” Should law should not be equal for the corruption of politicians and sportspersons?

Gurunath’s betting connection with Dhoni, Stephen Fleming and Sakshi is exposed

Vadra is National Son-In-law but of which country?

Corruption is corruption that so ever does this. Law should be same for the corruption in sports and politics both. Corrupt politicians should be punished in the same way as sports personal.

There should not be Vatican City in India as in the country of Gandhis of 10 Janpath. In India there should not be any pope alike above law. I personally totally oppose the special treatment of Prime Minister and 10 Janpath.


Son-In-Law of BCCI Chief vs National Son-In-Law

There is probe against the Gurunath Meiyappan son-in-law of BCCI Chief for betting and helping to spot fixers. We should welcome this probe, but why should not probe against the other son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi for DLF-Vadra Scam?


Sports Minister, Sharad Pawar, Congress leaders Rajiv Shukla, Jyonti Raje Scindia and others want resignation of BCCI Srinivasan. We should welcome the demand of these politicians of highly status who are much away from the corruption. But question arises why the same demand of the resignation of Sonia Gandhi comes on the tongure of them? Arvin Kejriwal raised the corruption issue of Robert Vadra. But Kejriwal never uttered a single word against Sonia Gandhi’s hand in corruption. Why?


The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of International Cricket Council (ICC) had alerted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team principal Gurunath Meiyappan’s dealings even before the sixth season of Indian Premier League (IPL-6) started, sources in the international body said on Friday.

ICC warned about the Gurunath to BCCI: Refuting the allegations, BCCI president N. Srinivasan said, “I have checked with the BCCI officials. The Board did not receive any warning from ICC on Gurunath.”

The revelation opens up a fresh can of worms as, if true, the BCCI stands accused of ignoring the warnings because its president N. Srinivasan‘s son-in-law’s name being involved in IPL controversy and Vadra’s name being involved in DLF Vadra Scam. Difference is only that gurunath Meiyappan is son-in-law of Tamil Nadu and Vadra is national son-in-law of VVip status.

Corruption of Vadra is bigger than the corruption of gurunath Meiyappan
. Standard of Chairpeeson of UPA who nominated Manmohan Singh as PM is host high than the BCCI President Srinivasan. Difference is only that Srinivasan has only Indian Citizenship and Gandhis have also Italian Citizenship.

Should Congress Corruption and betting in cricket bd legalized?

In the wake of the cricket spot-fixing scandal, the six-year-old Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken a hit. But betting continues to thrive in the country even as investigation agencies reveal more details of the scandal every day. An estimated Rs.1,500 crore was riding on the IPL final match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

In the midst of the uproar over the scandal, Law Minister Kapil Sibal announced that the government would make a law to deal with unfair practices in sports. The legislation is likely to be ready by August. However, many experts say a new law will not stop cheating in sports.

“India should legalize sports betting,” says Carl Rohsler, Partner at Squire Sanders Hammonds, a UK-based law firm that serves global organizations involved in gambling. “Betting is a vice that cannot be eliminated. Instead of turning its back on the problem, the government should find solutions.”

We think that UPA government has already legalized (undeclared) the corruption of Congress besides Vadra’s scams because India has become the property of them since independence of India. Should any one be in India above the law as Vatican City in the Italy?

PM Nanmohan Singh is asked if the government was contemplating intervention into the scandal, Manmohan Singh said: “I would not like to comment on the type of things you have mentioned. This is under investigation.” 

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The prime minister refused to be drawn into the controversy that top politicians, including ministers, were holding top positions in the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI). 

“It is not proper for me to comment. I only hope that politics and sports don’t get mixed,” PM Nanmohan Singh told.



Cong vs Cong: How do Politicians and Maoists use each other?


Nand Kumar Patel and his son were not proclaimed target of Naxalites.Salva Judum founder Mahendra Karma is in Maoists hit list. He faced many naxal attack but lucky to save himself. Nad Kumar never faced Maoists attack in his life except 25 Sept, 2013. Still Diggi Raja, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said in a post on his personal blog that the rebels had been looking for Mr. Patel in this particular attack and had not been expecting the presence of Mr. Karma, but he didn’t say where he had gotten this information. Digvijay Singh want to say that that naxal attack was not due to Salva Judum. Is this not Congress vs Congress?

Is Digvijay Singh not become the killer of democracy as Maoists to contradict of his own version mentioned above: While conspiracy theories floated around in the state capital Raipur, Mr. Singh, in the same blog post, raised questions over the killing of Mr. Patel. “Why were they looking for Nand Kumar Patel, who was apparently not a supporter of Salwa Judum and who had been consistently opposing the police atrocities on tribals in Bastar? Why did they kill him and his son?” Mr. Singh asked. Is this not Congress vs Congress?



NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas, Union Minister Jairma Ramesh, Tribal Affair Minister K P Singh Deo, Ajit Jogi and others have openly opposed the Salva Judum, founder of which is their Congress leader in Chhattisgarh Mahendra Karma. Question arises they why did they appoint Congress opposition leader to Mahendra Karma? Why did Congress not expel Mahendra karma? Why is Congress playing still politics on the killing of Mahendra Karma, Patel and others without mentioning the sacrifices of the security personals? Is this not Congress vs Congress?

In fact Binayak Sen got Gandhian peace award and also got bail due to the Congress government.


BJP leader incharge of Madhya Pradesh accused the Congress of following a dual policy on Maoism and asked the rival party to immediately expel all Maoist sympathizers from the National Advisory Council. He named Dr Vinayak Sen as one of the alleged sympathizers accommodated in the planning commission as an advisor by the UPA government. 

Rahul Pandiata rightly gave details of the nexus between Maoists and the politicians in his blog at nytimes.In fact, the nexus between politicians and Maoists is quite old. In Andhra Pradesh, where the majority of senior Maoist cadre comes from, politicians have piggybacked to power on Maoist support. In 1982, the popular Telugu actor-turned-politician N.T. Rama Rao won the state’s chief minister post after calling the Maoists “Desh Bhaktalu” (patriots). But once he assumed his position, he went after them.

In 1989, the Congress Party snatched power from him by repeating the same formula: declare Maoists as patriots and use their popularity to win elections. This trend continued for many years.

In the Maoist-affected state of Jharkhand, bordering Chhattisgarh, it is widely believed that in many areas, one cannot win an election without shaking hands with the Maoists. In caste-ridden Bihar, Maoists have received political patronage for decades.

In the recent times, this murky association has come to fore in West Bengal as well. In a newspaper interview in April 2009, the Maoist leader known as Kishenji admitted that the rebels had sided with the mainstream leftist party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), in 2000 in West Bengal to fight another political party, Trinamool Congress. The guerrilla leader revealed that he had personally collected 5,000 cartridges from the Communist Party office to be used against the Trinamool Congress.

But in 2009, the tide turned. This time, the Maoists turned against the governing party and established liberated zones in the Lalgarh area of the state. This time, they had the support of Trinamool Congress.

In 2011, the Trinamool Congress snatched away West Bengal from the Communists, which had governed the state for more than three decades, and the seats in the Maoist-affected areas played a vital role in that victory. Immediately after winning the elections, the Trinamool chief, Mamata Banerjee, turned against the Maoists, and in November same year, Mr. Kishenji was killed near Lalgarh by security forces. Her own senior party member, Kabir Suman, spilled the beans about her ties with the rebels by writing in his book an account of how Ms. Banerjee had met two senior Maoist leaders.


More recently, the Home Department of the Maharashtra state government has cautioned that Maoist leaders and their supporters may have been elected to panchayats, local village-level governing councils.

Politicians and Maoists use each other?

Who says Maoists are atheists and not friendly to Congress?

Moles are in Chhattisgarh Congress which is responsible for the Maoists attack in which Mahedra karma, Patel and others have been killed. Mole in PMO, Air-hostesses wih a youth in Black car to breach at PM House, War room leak, LeT in Army & Air force and bloody dance of naxals still some say nation is safe in the hands of Congress-hand


Moles in Congress: Why did Maoists free to MLA Lakhma? Where is PSOPawan?As Sonia Gandhi’s man MMS, Rahul Gandhi’s man in Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi like that Ajit Jogi,s man in Chhattisgarh is Dantewada’s MLA Lakhma. Rumors are doing the rounds that there was a mole (or moles) in the Congress camp, who updated the Maoists of their location. Questions are being raised on why the Maoists spared MLA Kawasi Lakhma. Pawan’s disappearance has further stoked this intrigue as he was too junior to be of any value as a captive to the Maoists.


Documents of PMO and Home ministry reached to Naxalites

There were meetings on April 13, 2006 in the residence of Prime Minister and on August 29 in the office of the secretary of the Home Ministry Mr Duggal. In the meetings plans were documented against the naxalites. Those Documents are found with the gun downed naxlites in the forest of the Chhattishgarh. Is not this serious matter?

Sonia Gandhi’s Christian lobby and Nepali Maoists have become hotbeds of Christian activities,Sandhya Jain in the Daily Pioneer newspaper rightly said: “While second-in-command Baburam Bhattarai and his family are openly Christian, Prachanda does not proclaim his religious affiliations but his wife’s entire family is Christian. His guru, Chandra Pradesh Gajurel, was a Christian preacher. Sources estimate that the 42,000-strong Maoist army would be 30 per cent Christian, but the cadre are kept in the dark that the top leadership is predominantly Christian.” The question is, how did Nepal’s news media miss this undoutedly a big story? 
 250 Million Christians Will Be Persecuted in 2007, Christian Post 

What is Chrisian Ajit jogi doing in Chhattisgarh on behalf of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi?

Jogi vs Mahendra Karma



* Sonia’s emissary former Congress party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi on sept 3 met Maoist supremo Prachanda and his deputy Baburam Bhattarai at a hotel. Singhvi, legal expert, is seen as Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s emissary there.


“The news of the palace massacre made me wonder how these events will impact the big questions being discussed when I was in the  areas. Two key issues on the minds of the Maoist political and military leaders were: how soon the Nepalese army would be used against them and when India would get more directly involved in the conflict. When I interviewed Comrade Prachanda, the leader of the CPN (Maoist), he told me, “Ultimately, we will have to fight with the Indian army. That is the situation. Therefore we have to take into account the Indian army. When the Indian army comes in with thousands and thousands of soldiers, it will be a very big thing. But we are not afraid of the Indian Army…..” These are few words quoted from an article posted by Li Onesto and published in:


* As reported on Feb 3, 2005, Sonia Gandhi forced cops to let Naxal leaders free to murder democracy! Several Naxalite leaders importantly Ramakrishna, Sudhakar Peer, S. Appa Rao and those from Jharkhand and Bihar, were reported to have been allowed safe passage after the Greyhound commandos — of the crack anti-Naxalite force — surrounded them in a forest. Congress took support of Naxalites in Andhra to grip power in Andhra.


Mole in PMO: Congress will share ministry with Maoists as Nepal?

There were meetings on April 13, 2006 in the residence of Prime Minister and on August 29 in the office of the secretary of the Home Ministry Mr Duggal. In the meetings plans were documented against the naxalites. Those Documents are found with the gun-downed naxlites in the forest of the Chhattishgarh. Was this not the job of a member of Sonia’s Christian lobby?

* One naxalites arrested in Bhopal. He was legally the owner of an arms and exploseive manufacturing factory in Bhopal by registering it in the Industy office. In record his father was Shivraj Patil. He said he did so because Home Minister said that terrorists and naxals were their brothers and children. Who did Shivraj Patile reward of Home Ministry after his defeat in the Lok Sabha seat?

Present Home Minister Shinde who sees Hindu terror in many incidents without evidence: Five days after an unprecedented attack by Naxals, which wiped out the the top Congress leadership in the Bastar district, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will on Friday visit Chhattisgarh. 

His own party has expressed reservations over his extended stay in the US following the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. On his arrival in New Delhi on Thursday, Shinde explained he was consulting an eye doctor. 

The Home Minister told reporters here that he had an appointment with an eye specialist on May 28 and he returned to the country soon after. Shinde said he had received permission to stay in the US till May 29.

* Senior Congress leader and former CM of Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi on Nov 4, 2005 asked party leaders not to support the anti-Maoist movement as the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders were involved in the agitation. Why does Congress oppose ‘salva judum’ which was founded and still in the hands of Congress leader Mahendra Karma?

Is it not wrong to say that Sonia Gandhi is in top of the Maoist hit list?



PMO has become den of corruption: Now Jet-Etihad-gate after Coalgate Railgate Choppergate


Now Jet-Etihad gate after Coalgate, Railgate, chopperegate etc.: The air services pact signed by India and Abu Dhabi in April, allowing a four-fold increase in weekly seat entitlements for airlines between the two destinations in a move that was as sudden as it was audacious and that corruption hided pact was sent to the Cabinet for ‘post-facto approval’.

NewsX: The Jet Airways-Etihad deal has raised several eyebrows since it was signed. Whether it was the effect it could have on the National Carrier or the demand that other foreign airlines may now make, it is not deal that has found unanimous support. The Parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation has attributed the deal coming through mainly due to Civil Aviation largesse of enhancing the seat capacity to 36 thousand 760. But Janata Party President, Subramanian Swamy has come up with a string of allegations against the deal. According to him, the crucial deal pertaining to seats, routes and shares were done in a matter of four days.

A panel of MPs questioned the government decision in a report tabled before Parliament earlier this week, noting that the flying rights, or bilateral (which translate into a fixed number of seats for carriers of each country), were expanded despite the inability of Indian carriers to use them owing to their limited fleet.

The pact helped seal the Jet-Etihad deal. The move to secure a Cabinet nod, a first for such a bilateral air services agreement, is learnt to have been initiated at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office.



PMO involved in the Jet-Etihad Scam

On April 24, India and Abu Dhabi increased their weekly seat entitlements from 13,600 seats to 50,270 seats. The same day, immediately after the announcement, Jet Airways announced it was selling a 24 per cent stake in the carrier to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad.

Following the deal, Jet plans to connect 23 destinations in India to the world via Abu Dhabi and would require these higher entitlements to increase connectivity between the two countries.


Avitation Ministry

“The PMO wanted us to get it approved by the Cabinet. We have sent it for post-facto approval. As a result, the increase in bilateral entitlements pact will be kept on hold until the approval comes from the Cabinet,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official.



Talks between the UAE and India started on 23 April and were extended to the next day.

On 24 April, Etihad announced it was purchasing a stake in Jet Airways after four months of talks.

Later the same day, the aviation ministry released a statement that it had approved an additional 36,670 seats on weekly flights between India and Abu Dhabi.

This access was allowed despite CAG’s criticism of a move to grant increased flying rights to Dubai between 2005 and 2010.

Dubai carriers had the rights to operate flights with 10,400 seats a week to India in 2003-04 to six cities. This increased to 54,200 seats a week by 2008-09 to 14 cities.

The rights benefiting Dubai-based Emirates were granted when Praful Patel was aviation minister. The move was criticized by CAG, which said India’s interests were not protected in the bilateral talks with Dubai.

CAG said in its audit report that more flying rights should not be granted until India had its own hub.

Air service access and capacity entitlements are typically granted under agreements at the country level, but in the case of the UAE, India has signed such agreements with each emirate, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 “The Parliament committee as well as CAG (in 2011) has already commented about lucrative routes of Air India generously given away to other foreign carriers on bilateral agreements resulting in huge national losses,” the panel said in its report. “It should not be repeated.”

“Prime facie this move appears to facilitate one airline to strike a deal with a foreign airline for its stake sale at a huge premium. The committee feels that the huge premium could be a backhanded way of obtaining access to the huge civil aviation market in India.”


Public-Private Policy

In other words, the government has tweaked national policy to pave way for a private deal, according to Sitaram Yechury, the chairman of the panel. Jet needed Etihad badly. The Indian carrier’s desperation was evident in the sale of its Heathrow Airport slots for $70 million to Etihad earlier this year, unprecedented in aviation history. Thanks to the stake sale, Jet will be able to reduce debt of $2.16 billion.

But the UAE carrier had no pressing need to buy into Jet. To understand why, one has to examine Etihad’s rivalry with Emirates Airline, the flagship carrier of neighbouring emirate, Dubai. Emirates dominates the India-UAE market with a nearly 30% market share.

To a Middle East carrier, the Indian aviation market is attractive on two counts: one, Indians form the biggest expatriate population in the region and two, more passengers are flying between their region and South Asia than any other. Even with Jet on its side, Etihad would still be able to control only about 20% of the market.

But with bilaterals, it would be a whole new ball game. In one stroke, Etihad would have caught up with Emirates.

There are striking similarities between events related to Emirates and Etihad in India. Between 2005 and 2010, India increased the bilateral entitlements of Dubai from 10,400 seats to 54,000, which single-handedly helped Emirates establish its lead in a lucrative market.


If Air India had objected to the Dubai bilateral, this time it was joined in its protestations by a chorus of private carriers (that have since been allowed to fly abroad) and privately managed airport operators. In both instances, their objections came to naught. ….read more

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Mr.Telangana Cong MP, 3 Others to Quit, Join TRS

Keshav Rao said: ‘My father was Hyderabadi, I call myself Mr Telangana’ : Congress leader K Keshava Rao and two party MPs from Andhra Pradesh G Vivekanananda and Manda Jagannatham will join Telangana Rashtra Samiti.


No one calls him ‘Mr Telangana’ but Keshav Rao Jadhav is arguably the original ideologue of the movement for a separate Telangana state. In 1952, he led protests against the fact that 30,000 government jobs had been given to people from coastal Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Today, this retired professor of Osmania University remains active in a movement he hardly dared dream might be successful.


The resigning MPs were also hurt when they were completely ignored by Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a recent dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Delhi on the occasion of completion of nine years of UPA Government.



NDTV reported: “The Congress did give a big blow to the people because for the last nine years, they have been indulging in some kind of procrastination. The party high command could have done something, but they didn’t. Most lawmakers want Telangana, but neither the Chief Minster nor the Congress is willing to listen. We want Telangana and there is no compromise on that,” Mr Rao told NDTV.


Mr Rao also said that many more Congress leaders in Andhra Pradesh will follow suit soon.


Along with Mr Rao, Lok Sabha members G Vivek , Manda Jagannatham and Rajaiah also quit the Congress after a meeting with TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao in Hyderabad.


The Congress leaders said they would formally join TRS at a public meeting in Hyderabad June 2.


“Two Members of Parliament belonging to Congress have quit along with Keshav Rao. They have done every efforts to bring out the issue of Telangana. All three of them decided to join Telangana Rashtra Samithi,” said TRS leader KT Rama Rao.


Mr Rao, along with two other Congress leaders, had earlier warned the Congress to decide on the issue of separate statehood for Telangana, failing which they will quit the party.


“I don’t know why Keshav Rao and others have quit the party. I will talk to Keshav Rao who is my friend,” Congress spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das said.


The BJP slammed the Congress for betraying the leaders. “This Congress-led government has a habit of betraying its own people and we have seen many examples of that. The government created an illusion about Telangana and because of that, Mr Keshav Rao and others quit the Congress in frustration,” said Meenakshi Lekhi, spokesperson, BJP.


The leaders have been in the forefront of the Telangana agitation. They held a sit-in the premises of the Parliament during the recently-concluded session.


Out of 17 Lok Sabha members from Telangana, Congress has 12 MPs. Three of them are ministers at the Centre while two others have never been part of pro-Telangana group.



On Aug 27, 2006 in Hyderabad National Democratic Alliance convener George Fernandes said: “I cannot imagine the separate Telangana State issue being resolved without a struggle,” Extending “full” support for the cause, he suggested that the momentum had to be stepped up so as to bring pressure on the Congress to concede the “genuine” demand.

Faulting the Congress stand, he said when a majority of parties accepted the fact that “injustice” had been done to Telangana for decades it was “unfortunate” that the party was not ready to agree.

When the issue was raised in Parliament by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti MPs, other members supported their argument, and said the region had been neglected, he pointed out. Most MPs supported the struggle by TRS chief K.Chandasekhara Rao who quit his ministerial post to launch a struggle for statehood.


He said the Congress while maintaining silence after the debate referred to the TRS leaders’ remarks that the party had broken its promises. By denying a separate State, it had cheated the people of the region, Mr. Fernandes added.


Asked to comment on the Congress stand that the second SRC would deal with the demand, he said the party was known for its “manipulative politics”. On the stand by some party leaders that a separate State could be carved out only after declaring Hyderabad a union territory, he said these issues had to be dealt with carefully.


To a query on a private member’s Bill on Telangana, he said such a move would not serve any purpose. Telangana Jana Parishad convener Keshava Rao Jadhav was present.


News of before 7 years may turn into reality now if tomorrow Congress MPs will resign to join TRS. Mr. Telangana will make a history, if Congress will be defeated in the coming election of Andhra and Telangana will take a separate state as in the NDA rule Chhattisgarh had become a separate state.


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“Caged parrot” Sinha is taking back his clean chit given to Anil Ambani

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which had said  in the first week of Oct 2011 it was still probing the role of the Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG) chairman, Anil Ambani, in the 2G scam, has given a clean chit to him in the structuring of different firms and transfer of funds relating to Swan Telecom.


Now that given clean chit is being taken back by the CBI has sought Anil Ambani’s inclusion along with wife Tina Ambani as witnesses in the ongoing trial in a special court. This is new development that could bring top industrialist Anil Ambani within the ambit of the 2G scam trial.


SC said CBI is a caged parrot: CBI still do and will do being a captive in cage of invisible mighty master. CBI has forgotten to fly. Fodder Scam defamed Ranjit Sinha became CBI Director: Be Corrupt and Got Promotion


 “The investigation did not reveal any evidence, either oral or documentary, to implicate Anil Ambani in the structuring of different companies and transfer of funds,” the agency said in its status report to the Supreme Court on September 29, 2011.

The CBI was filing its response to a note from petitioner Prashant Bhushan in, which he had sought to create a “wrong impression” about the fairness and impartial nature of its investigations.

Among other things, Bhushan had alleged it was inconceivable that three employees could have created a convoluted maze of companies to disguise Swan’s real ownership and taken Rs 1,000 crore of company money without the approval of the chairman of the Board.

The CBI said at the time of filing of applications to the Department of Telecom (DoT) for Universal Access Service (UAS) licences, the share holders of M/s Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd included M/s Tiger Traders Pvt Ltd (91.1 per cent) and M/s Reliance Telecom Ltd (9.1 per cent).


The share holders M/s Tiger Traders Pvt Ltd included two companies namely M/s Zebra Consultants Pvt Ltd and M/s Parrot Consultant Pvt Ltd. All these three companies were holding each other in an inter-locking structure. Fund invested by M/s Tiger Traders Pvt Ltd in equity of M/s Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd were ultimately sourced from M/s ADAE Ventures Pvt Ltd.

On March 2, 2007, M/s Tiger Traders Pvt Ltd further invested Rs 95.50 crore in the equity of M/s Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd. These funds were ultimately sourced from M/s Sonata Investments Ltd. Besides this, few small amounts were transferred to M/s Tiger Traders Pvt Ltd from M/s AAA Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd, the CBI said.

Now fter the observation of Supreme Court two Union Ministers Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal has resigned and bureaucrat CBI director Ranjit Sinha is not only safe but also thereafter has become much mighty. This is the reason he praised Supreme Court. Before this incident sacrifice of bureaucrats first taken to save the Ministers. In this way CBI this time has written a history in his own way.


Govt and CBI should not take Supreme Court observation as the teaching of saint which is not necessary to follow. Government and CBI both are guilty in scams but nothing punishment is given to them. So they are walking as a mad elephant.


Media reported on May 30, 2013: Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) chairman Anil Ambani and Tina Ambani are among 70 news witnesses CBI wants to summon for examination in order to “strengthen” its case against the accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Confirming the move, CBI director Ranjit Sinha told TOI, “Yes, we have filed an application in the 2G court for calling additional witness including Anil and Tina Ambani in the 2G spectrum allocation case. They will help in strengthening the prosecution case.”

With only 25-odd prosecution witnesses yet to be examined by the court, the additional list of witnesses is sure to prolong the trial process at a time when proceedings are reaching a crucial stage although the CBI feels that the additions are warranted.

CBI’s decision indicates that the agency is keen to examine the Ambanis in the context of their alleged role or links to Swan Telecom, one of the firms to have benefitted from illegalities in the allocation of 2G telecom licences in 2008 when A Raja was the telecom minister.


CBI has alleged that Swan Telecom Private Ltd was nothing but a front company of Reliance ADAG, promoted by Anil Ambani, aimed to “circumvent” the policy that debarred existing players from seeking 2G licences.

In February this year, a CBI witness had identified the signature of Anil Ambani on the documents attached to the account opening form of AAA Consultancy Services Co. (Pvt) Ltd, allegedly an “associate” firm of Reliance ADAG.

Deposing as a CBI witness, Hasit Shukla, president of Reliance Communications, had identified the signatures of Anil and Tina Ambani on the documents.

In its charge sheet, CBI had alleged AAA Consultancy Services Co. (P) Limited was one of the associate companies of Reliance ADAG, whose group firm Reliance Telecom Limited had used Swan Telecom, an ineligible company, to get 2G licences.

Moving an application under Section 311 of the Criminal Procedure Code before special CBI judge OP Saini, the CBI sought permission to call 70 more witnesses. Section 311 of CrPC gives the power to the court to summon any person as a witness, at any stage of any inquiry, trial or other proceedings, even if the witness was not in the initial list of witnesses.


Profile: Rituparno a gay icon, understood women more than women themselves

Shoojit Sircar expressed that he felt illiterate in front of an eminent director like Rituparno Ghosh. “I don’t think in this country anyone understood women better than him. In fact, he understood women better than any woman could understand herself. He understood relationships and he was a milestone in Indian cinema,” added Shoojit. Rituparno lived his life on his terms and was frank about his sexual orientation.


Director and actor Rituparno Ghosh died in Kolkata died at 7.30 am on May 30, 2013. The filmmaker suffered a massive cardiac arrest. He was 49. Ghosh was suffering from pancreatitis

Rituparno Ghosh had just finished filming Satyanneshi – a mystery caper by fictional sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi in whose role he cast fellow director Sujit Ghosh.


Early Life

Rituparno Ghosh was born in Kolkata on August 31, 1963. Both his parents were related to films. His father was a documentary filmmaker and he grew up in a world of movies. He went to Kolkata’s South Point School and then studied economics at Jadavpur University.


Ghosh made 19 films and won 12 National Awards. He began his film career with ‘Hirer Angti’ (The diamond ring) starring Moon Moon Sen  in 1992, after a short stint in advertising. His second film Unishe April, starring Aparna Sen and Debashree Roy, won the National Award for Best Feature Film. This film explored a man’s failed attempt to ingratiate himself into the graces of a prosperous household to get hold of the property. Whether Gandharva Kumar’s magic tricks work forms the movie’s climax.


In a little over a decade, Rituparno Ghosh has established himself as one of the best directors in contemporary Indian cinema. Though he has largely worked in Bengali, his native language, with stories and themes that are rooted in Bengali culture, his films have broken geographical and linguistic barriers to reach out to national and international audiences.


Rituparno Ghosh followed up the critical and commercial success of Unishe April with a string of acclaimed films including Dahan starring Rituparna Sengupta and Indrani Haldar, Bariwalistarring Kirron Kher, Titli starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Shubho Mahurat starring Raakhee and Sharmila Tagore.


The blockbuster Chokher Bali starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in one of her most acclaimed roles. She also starred in his Hindi language film Raincoat with Ajay Devgn.


Rituparno Ghosh directed Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta in English film The Last Lear.


He had won the Special Jury award this year at the National Film Awards for ‘Chitrangada’, a film based on the story of Chitrangada from the Mahabharat, who struggles with his sexual identity. The film, which Rituparno Ghosh also starred in, was seen as semi-autobiographical and mirrored the director-actor’s own struggle with gender and identity.


While accepting the award, he said, “This award has been given to non-conventional sexuality. People in India had started accepting it at their individual level but this award to the subject is from the government’s side. So it is a signal that they are accepting it.”


Rituparno Ghosh also acted in the films Arekti Premer Golpo and Memories In March.


In September last year, Ghosh had expressed his take on India’s official entry to the Oscars. He lamented how regional cinema, including his own, was ignored for such honours.


Ghosh was adjudged the `big director of decade` by the public in the `Big Bangla Movie Awards 2010`.


Rituparno Ghosh was also a gay icon who lived his life in his own terms in recent years, often dressing boldly to boast his effeminate bearing.

Just Another Love Story (Aar Ekti Premer Golpo) is a strikingly original film that explores alternative sexual orientations and identities across two generations.

Director Kaushik Ganguly says, “I chose Rituparno to play Abhiroop because he would understand the minute psychological, physical and social nuances of the character the best. He is sensitive about gays and people with homosexual orientation. He has changed the way he talks and walks for this character.” Not really, Rituparno practically plays himself in the film.


Ritu says, “There’s so much interest in this film because I’m playing a gay filmmaker but everyone has assumed I’m playing a real character. The film is not about me. Why are journalists trying to find scandal in an actor’s life through the character he plays? The subject matter on sexual orientation is far more important than the strange connections that are being made between the film and my life. I find it distinctly distasteful that the actor’s sexual orientation is being extended into the character he’s playing. At least I’m courageous enough to confront my own sexuality. I don’t need to engage in an art form to address my sexuality. It’s indecent and humiliating.”


After “Arekti premer golpo” (Just another love story) and “Memories in March”, both of which have strong gay protagonists and Rituparno Ghosh stepping out in front of the camera, the Bengali film director has now completed shooting his first “queer” film, which is also a metaphor for his own sexual transformation.


Ritguparno Ghosh was in Kathmandu before two years to talk about his life, films and the recent “queer shift” in career at “Count me IN”, a three-day conference by New Delhi-based rights organisation Crea to raise awareness about the ongoing violence against the marginalized: differently abled women, sex workers, gays, lesbians and transgenders.


The “significant shift” in Rituparno’s life – when he began publicly appearing in a woman’s persona – had “a lot” to do with the passing away of his mother.


“Queers are supposed to be irresponsible to their families, ” he told a spellbound audience. “People think their parents don’t love them. My world centred around my parents.”


His wish not to see them suffer social ridicule held him back from revealing his sexual identity.


After his mother’s death, the other factor that gave him the courage to come out of the closet was Singur, the town in West Bengal’s Hooghly district where people’s protests at the taking over of their land to build the Tata Group’s Nano car factory led to violence, deaths and ultimately, the withdrawal of the factory.


“I was editing a publication and my first edit was on Singur, ” he said. “It gave me a sense of courage. I thought if I can write against an establishment… it opened the door for other avenues of courage.”


The two biggest artistic and cultural influences on him came from Rabindranath Tagore, who has been an abiding influence on all Bengalis and whose transitions from the male into the female voice have never struck a discordant note, and Satyajit Ray.


“If somebody had influenced me to become a filmmaker, it was Ray. He set a masculine prototype for film directors. People were proud of his height and his English. People (like me) who wear danglers and kajol to parties (were regarded) as an insult to Ray,” Ghosh said in an interview.


Talking exclusively to Zee Media, veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal said, “Rituparno followed the legacy initiated by stalwarts like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen. He had a high sense of aesthetic and had a great ability of tell stories and handle actors. There is hardly any flaw in his kind of filmmaking. His passing away is a huge loss to the film industry.”

Rituparno was working on ‘Satyanweshi’, a film on Byomkesh Bakshi.




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Rituparnoghosh in Just another love story

PIL vs IPL: Cheating Case Filed against BCCI : DoesKejriwal think so against national son in law?


Case of Cheating Filed against BCCI in Mumbai Court: Does kejriwal think so against national son in law?A member of Jharkhand Cricket Association today filed a complaint with the magistrate’s court here against BCCI and its functionaries for “cheating” the public in the wake of spot-fixing scandal.



BCCI president Srinivasan may step down tomorrow as reported by Business Standard. May we hope the same be happened soon in corrupt politics of the UPA Govt by starting the resignation of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But perhaps we can’t hear the same. President, Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister are untouchable. Nobody want to touch them. 


BCCI president Srinivasan may step down tomorrow as reported by Business Standard. May we hope the same be happened soon in corrupt politics of the UPA Govt by starting the resignation of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But perhaps we can’t hear the same. President, Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister are untouchable. Nobody want to touch them. 

Prashant Bhushan is an advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India in Delhi and a social activist. He has been involved in many Public Interest Litigation cases and is a strong political companion of Arvind KejriwalJi. Are the hands of Sonia Gandhi and national son in law less corrupt than the BCCI chairman?

Besides corruption drum beating against Vadra a son in law of Sonia Gandhi, nothing is done by Kejriwal and Bhushan. Even they never uttered a single word against the corruption of Sonia Gandhi. Now they reach up to Goa beach. Why are they hesitating to take legal action against Vadra and Sonia Gandhi if they are not fighting in the name of opposition party to divide the votes to strengthen ultimately the Congress?

Complainant Naresh Makani alleges that all the matches of IPL were fixed, and the franchise owners were involved in it.

“The circumstances clearly establish that the matches are not arranged as sporting events but those have been arranged to earn billion dollars wrongfully,” reads the complaint. “Intentions of the organisers and accused named in the complaint was to wrongfully gain money by match fixing and spot fixing those matches,” it adds.

The complaint names BCCI functionaries, along with Gurunath Meiyappan, the owner of (CSK) Chennai Super King, arrested by Mumbai police. Makani wants a separate case of cheating registered against them.

The complaint also mentions that a 2012 report on anti-corruption measures, commissioned by International Cricket Council, had stated that IPL was ripe for match fixing to take place. The complaint would come up for hearing on May 31.


Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said the BCCI chief should quit. “BCCI is inquiring into allegations of match and spot fixing. As there is a conflict of interest in this inquiry, the BCCI President should tender his resignation on moral grounds, pending its outcome.”


Is Manmohan Singh resigns on moral ground? If there is no place of moral in politics, how it should be in cricket? If politics is for doing scams, how can you avoid it being so the BCCI? There is not breakable link between politicians and the cricket associations what so ever that may be.


“If need be, for cleaning up of cricket, then temporarily IPL may be banned.” Jagmohan Dalmiya former BCCI and ICC chief 

Former BCCI President Sharad Pawar on Wednesday, demanded a Home Ministry inquiry into all the 75 matches of the scandal-hit IPL VI

Spot-fixing: Rajeev Shukla says not keen to take up IPL chairman’s post next year. It means his eye is on BCCI Presidentship Srinaivasan.

Spot-fixing: Greedy players affecting credibility of other cricketers, says VVS Laxman. LaxmanJi, if we make the cricket a medium of making money doing corruption then how can you hope from cricketers? As at the slavery period slaves and even girls were being auctions openly, like that there is going on auctions of players. So how can you hope they play for cricket viewers instead of the winners of the bid?


Obama must step up a national investigation commission: Catholic order to pay $16.5 million to more than 400 claiming sex abuse

An order of the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to pay $16.5 million to more than 400 adults who said they were sexually abused as children by religious leaders, the parties announced on May 23, 2013 in separate statements.


The victims claimed abuse at schools and child-care facilities belonging to the Christian Brothers and the Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc, in 17 U.S. states and Canada from the late 1940s or early 1950s until the 1980s, said James Stang, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs.


The settlement agreement reached in U.S. bankruptcy court also enables the victims to pursue more assets from the Christian Brothers such as real estate or insurance claims, Stang said.


A committee representing the accusers, who claimed abuse by mostly brothers of the order, agreed to the settlement terms.


In 2011, the Christian Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in response to the sexual abuse claims.


“Intense negotiations during the past three months have led to painful concessions in bringing about this mutually agreed upon settlement. This settlement will allow an opportunity to recommit ourselves to bringing the gospel of Jesus,” Brother Kevin Griffith of the Christian Brothers said in a statement.


Both sides noted the agreement establishes safeguards to protect children from future abuse.


In April, the Vatican said Pope Francis wanted the Catholic Church to “act decisively” to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished.


The Catholic Church’s crisis began in Boston in 2002 when media began reporting how cases of abuse were systematically covered up and abusive priests were shuttled from parish to parish instead of being defrocked and handed over to civil authorities.


Since then, the Catholic Church in many countries has set up new guidelines to deal with cases of past abuse, prevent new cases, report abuse to police, and stop potential abusers from entering the priesthood in the first place.




Petition by Jerry Slevin:

Many thousands of children have been, and continue to be, sexually abused in religious organizations. Local political leaders and prosecutors have been, and continue to be, unable and/or unwilling to curtail this. President Obama must step up and establish a national investigation commission as Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, just did effectively and decisively. Otherwise the horrors of 200 deaf boys being sexually abused allegedly by a single priest will occur again, as shown in the award winning HBO documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa. As President Obama recently said, protecting defenseless children is the first duty of government.


Sister Maureen Paul Turlish of New Castles says: No religious denomination can or should be trusted to police its priests, ministers, rabbis or hierarchy in regard to the sexual abuse of children. Besides, why would anyone trust a church whose history has shown such failures in the past. Read the 2005 and 2011 Grand Jury reports on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Look at the history of the Orthodox Jewish community in New York. These are two of the worst present day examples.


Dr Rosemary McHugh,M.D. says: As a physician, I have met many who have been sexually abused. I myself was sexually assaulted by a Carmelite priest years ago. It is important to stop this abuse and to make the predators accountable to civl law.


Carmen Durso of Boston says: The sexual abuse of children is a national mental health epidemic. This abuse is occurring throughout all child serving organizations. The President should order the Center for Disease Control to examine the problem and report on effective ways to combat it. He should also order the Justice Department to draft model civil and criminal statutes to deal more effectively with the related legal issues, such as statutes of limitation. He should order the Department of Education to provide incentives for education programs which would alert children, at an early age, to the methods used by abusers. Only a comprehensive approach will begin to make a dent in this problem.


The Catholic sex abuse cases are a series of convictions, trials and investigations into allegations of child sexual abuse crimes committed by Catholic priests, nuns and members of Roman Catholic orders against children as young as 3 years old with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14. These cases included anal sex, and oral penetration, and there have been criminal prosecutions of the abusers and civil lawsuits against the church’s dioceses and parishes. Many of the cases span several decades and are brought forward years after the abuse occurred. Cases have also been brought against members of the Catholic hierarchy who did not report sex abuse allegations to the legal authorities. It has been shown they deliberately moved sexually abusive priests to other parishes where the abuse sometimes continued. This has led to a number of fraud cases where the Church has been accused of misleading victims by deliberately relocating priests accused of abuse instead of removing them from their positions.


In the 1950s, Gerald Fitzgerald, the founder of a religious order that treats Roman Catholic priests who molest children, concluded “(such) offenders were unlikely to change and should not be returned to ministry,” and this was discussed with Pope Paul VI (1897 – 1978) and “in correspondence with several bishops.” In 2001, sex abuse cases were first required to be reported to Rome with the publication of Pope John Paul II’s Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela.


– previously, an individual Ordinary was permitted to handle the accusations. This change placed all such cases under the auspices of Cardinal Ratzinger, who served as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 until he was named Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.


The Dallas Morning News did a year-long investigation, after the 2002 revelation that cases of abuse were widespread in the Church. The results made public in 2004 showed that even after the public outcry, priests were moved out of the countries where they had been accused and were still in “settings that bring them into contact with children, despite church claims to the contrary.” Among the investigation’s findings is that nearly half of 200 cases “involved clergy who tried to elude law enforcement.”


In July 2010, the Vatican doubled the length of time after the 18th birthday of the victim that clergymen can be tried in a church court and streamlined the processes for removing “pedophile priests.


The cases received significant media and public attention in Canada, Ireland, the United States, and throughout the world. In response to the attention, members of the church hierarchy have argued that media coverage has been excessive and disproportionate. According to a Pew Research Center study, media coverage mostly emanated from the United States in 2002, when the Boston Globe began a critical investigation. By 2010 much of the reporting focused on child abuse in Europe.


From 2001-2010 the Holy See, the central governing body of the Catholic Church, has “considered sex abuse allegations concerning about 3,000 priests dating back up to 50 years” according to the Vatican’s Promoter of Justice. Cases worldwide reflect patterns of long-term abuse and the covering up of reports. Church officials and academics knowledgeable about the Third World Roman Catholic Church, say that sexual abuse by clergy is generally not discussed, and thus is difficult to measure.[ In the Philippines where as of 2002 at least 85% of the population is Catholic, revelations of child sexual abuse by priests followed the United States’ reporting in 2002.


In the United States, which has been the lead focus of much of the scandals and subsequent reforms, Bishop, an “online archive established by lay Catholics,” reports that over 3,000 civil lawsuits have been filed against the church,some of these cases have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements with many claimants. In 1998 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas paid $30.9 million to twelve victims of one priest ($43.5 million in present-day terms). From 2003 to 2009 nine other major settlements involving over 375 cases with 1551 claimants/victims, resulted in payments of over $1.1 billion USD.[note 2] The Associated Press estimated the settlements of sex abuse cases from 1950 to 2007 totaled more than $2 billion.


Bishop Accountability puts the figure at more than $3 billion in 2012.Addressing “a flood of abuse claims” five dioceses (Tucson, Arizona; Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Davenport, Iowa, and San Diego) got bankruptcy protection. Eight Catholic dioceses have declared bankruptcy due to sex abuse cases from 2004-2011