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Railway Budget 2015-2016, Expectations and Reality February 26, 2015 10:02

Railway Budget for the period of 2015-2016 shall be presented by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today. So far all the Railway ministers have given top priority to their own states or regions for benefitting in next elections. Suresh Prabhu, who has floated to BJP from Shiv Sena, secured the portfolio of Railways. He may follow his preceders by prioritizing his own state Maharashtra or Modi’s state Gujarat. But many are expecting the best from him today like improvised safety measurements, more trains in busy routes, quality in services, etc.Indian railways is catering nearly 23 million commuters every day. To serve the passengers, 12,617 passenger trains run every day and 7172 stations are being utilized for the transactions. However, passenger trains or coaching trains are not profitable to railways, and 67 percent of revenue comes to railways from freight (goods/transportation) services only.The minister may not announce more number of new trains but likely to urge centre for financial assistance of 50,000 crore for completing the pending projects, for which railways need Rs. 1.82 lakh crore. More clarity is expected regarding high speed or bullet trains in already mentioned routes. The views from the report of “Citizen Inputs for Railway Budget 2015-16”, Revised Collective inputs from 75,000 Citizens in Make Railways Better Citizen Community, in which 13000 voters participated,Top priorities for Railway Budget 2015-2016 should be:1. Cleanliness (43%)2. Safety Improvement (35%)3. Reservation Systems Upgrade (13%)4. Food and Amenities (9%) The railway minister has to come across clear agenda for completing the pending projects, announcing new passenger trains in busy routes, hygiene and safety improvements, Swachch Bharat mission in Indian Railways, and new bonus to the railway employees.-Kannamsai

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Nag in a Kannada remake? February 25, 2015 18:25

Tollywood King, Nagarjuna Akkineni is very busy these days. He is balancing the small screen and big screen simultaneously. Nagarjuna already has two projects in hand and now he is showing interest in a Kannada film which might be remade in Telugu. 'Mythri' featuring Puneet Rajkumar and Mohan Lal which released last Friday and met with good reviews. The film is doing well at box office too. Nagarjuna will be watching the movie later this week and he will take a final call whether to remake the film or not. However, it will be interesting to see which role Nag will play as there are two vital roles in the film, one of a matured man and the other of a young man. The film could be a multi-starrer if an upcoming actor is roped. At present Nag has 'Soggade Chinni Nayana' and a multi-starrer with Karthi under the direction of Vamsi Paidipalli.- TVR

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Ireland win a nail-biter February 25, 2015 18:06

Ireland is proving to be a tough competitor in the World Cup winning every match. Against UAE on Wednesday, Ireland won a neck-to-neck match and made their place even stronger for the next round. But credits to UAE which held their nerve and gave Ireland a hard time in the field. The Guld nation also committed many mistakes like dropping the catches which proved too costly in the end. Ireland captain Porterfield won the toss and put UAE to bat first. It was a good start by UAE but all of sudden they lost four wickets in quick succession. Khurram Khan, Shaiman Anwar and Amjad Javed who helped UAE to post a good total. Anwar scored a century and became the first UAE batsman to hit a hundred in World Cup. In the end it was 278 runs on the board for UAE. Chasing the total, Ireland did not have a impressive start. Opener Stirling was dismissed cheaply but another opener Porterfield and Joyce batted effectively. Together they put a half century stand but then could carry on further. Three wickets in no time, made Ireland fall in defence and they slowly pushed the score board. Until 35th over Ireland seems to be heading towards a loss, then came the pinch hitter Kevin O'Brien, along with Wilson used the batting powerplay and brought the game back. In the end, Ireland used its chances and chased the total successfully with four balls to spare. - TVR

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Rahul Gandhi to be made President? February 25, 2015 17:44

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi who is on a leave, is likely to made the President of AICC in April month. According to the sources, the AICC sessions which are likely to be held in April in Bangalore, Rahul will be given the complete authority of the Congress party. Mr. Gandhi's mother Sonia has been leading the Congress since 1998 and it would be a huge task for the 44 year old MP from Amethi at a time when there is a huge crisis in the party.Rahul Gandhi was made the vice president in 2013 but failed to lead the Congress to victory in the 2014 annual elections. The previous government which was lead by Congress, also did not dare to announce Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate, as it would have a major impact on the political career of Mr. Gandhi. Currently on leave, Rahul wanted to take some time off for introspection of the election debacle and uncertainty within the Congress party. Post the election defeat, many are pitching their voice for Rahul's sister Priyanka but she has been away from the party proceedings. Apparently Rahul wants to replace many leaders in the party from holding key positions and bring in young blood. But this decision is not being appreciated by the leadership and so fumed by Rahul reportedly went on a holiday. - TVR

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Brahmi as 'Weekend Venkat Rao' February 25, 2015 16:39

Brahmanandam's presence is enough to set the silver screen ablaze. His comic timing, mannerism make audience cry out of laugh and now the top comedian is getting ready to entertain in a new character. Brahmi will be seen as 'Weekend Venkat Rao' in hero Ram's upcoming movie 'Pandaga Chesuko' and the production unit, it will be a major highlight of the film. 2015 has been a serious year for Tollywood as films with message centric won the appreciation of the audience. Brahmanandam's comedy touch is out for a while but 'Pandaga Chesuko' will be an out and out entertainer. The shooting of the film is in final stages and is expected for Summer release. Rakul Preet Singh and Sonal Chouhan are female leads in the film while Gopichand Malineni is the director. Thaman is scoring music.- TVR

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Google acquires Toro February 25, 2015 15:43

Internet giant, Google has bought mobile marketing company, Toro but the financial terms of the deal was not disclosed. Toro announced the acquisition via its blog which stated, “With greater resources and distribution now available at our disposal, we're excited to join Google and continue our mission of making the lives of app developers easier.”Toro helps developers market their apps on social media platforms like Facebook and provides services and tools to help software makers boost their user numbers. Toro was originally known as Red Hot Labs Inc which was founded by Amitt Mahajan and Joel Poloney. Toro the creator of FarmVille introduced it in Facebook which got a tremendous response. However, the company has announced that it won't create any new campaigns and would continue its support to the existing customers. Toro has raised USD 1.5 million funds from investors and Google Inc will compensate the amount which means the deal was done for a fancy price tag say the trade analysts. - TVR

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Abu Salem gets life sentence February 25, 2015 14:32

Gangster Abu Salem and his driver Mehendi Hasan were sentenced life imprisonment in the murder of builder Pradeep Jain in 1995 by a Special TADA Court. The judgment came after the duo were convicted in the crime and prosecution, defensive presented their extensive argument before the court. The prosecution lawyer asked the court to award life term imprisonment until the end of Abu Salem's life ends while the defence lawyers asked the court to grant only 25 years sentence in all the nine cases in which he was charged. Naeem Khan one of the accused who plotted the conspiracy along with Abu Salem and Mehendi Hasan  in October 1994, was the strong evidence in the case. This judgment is a major jolt to the Dawood Ibrahim gang and the verdict also cannot be appealed in the same court or Bombay High Court. Abu Salem is expected to approach the Supreme Court of India, however there are minimal chances to revoke the sentence. In 2005, Abu Salem was captured in Portugal and the understanding between the two countries made him to land in India. The Indian government had given an undertaking to Portugal government that Salem will get neither the capital punishment nor a sentence exceeding 25 years of jail. The judgment of TADA court has clearly ignored the understanding of India and Portugal. Salem fought many legal battles but this is the first case where he was convicted and was awarded a sentence that too for a life term. - TVR

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Spouses of H-1B Holders can work February 25, 2015 13:26

The US government will now allow the spouses of H-1B visa holders to work beginning from May 26, 2015. This move could benefit about 1,79,000 people in the country and Indians the most would benefit from this new law. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS] will begin accepting applications for work visas from H1B spouses from the given date. The existing law for H-1B visa holders doesn't allow spouses to work and under the new law, the spouse will get an Employment Authorisation Card and may begin to work in the United States. According to the latest stats, 76 percent of the dependents in US hail from South Asian countries and due to the laws, they could not contribute to their families financially and it is affecting the growth. The new law will also allow the spouse to pursue a new career. The South Asian Americans Leading Together [SAALT] has applauded the decision of the US government. The Telugu Association of North America said in a statement that, “This decision is going to directly affect many of our life members as they would now be able to join the professional workforce and chase the ‘American Dream.’- TVR

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Pawan, Dasari combo is 'Satyagrahi' ? February 25, 2015 11:52

Way back in 2006, Pawan Kalyan in his own direction, started 'Satyagrahi' film. But due to reasons best known to him, the project was shelved and ever since, Pawan and Dasari project was announced, many in the industry are anticipating for further details of the project. According to the highly placed sources,  the script of  Pawan's 'Satyagrahi' underwent major modifications and Dasari came forward to produce it. However, an official confirmation is yet to arrive. Further, the source added that Dasari who is impressed with director Puri Jagannadh, might rope him on the radar to helm the project. If it is so,  then it would be the third combination of Pawan and Puri after 'Badri' and 'Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu.' The tinsel town has been abuzz with all the speculations. So let us wait to see how true these rumours will turn out to be. Coincidentally it was Dasari Narayana Rao who arrived as chief guest for the launch of 'Satyagrahi' then. The legendary director gave the first clap for the first shot which was filmed on Pawan Kalyan. - TVR

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MP Governor Asked to Step Down! February 25, 2015 11:04

The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked Madhya Pradesh Governor, Ram Naresh Yadav to step down from the post after he was named in the FIR in connection with a multi-crore exam scam involving politicians and government officials. Mr. Yadav has been accused of taking bribes from candidates who have applied for the Forest Guards positions in 2013. He is booked under the charges of corruption, misuse of high level official position and cheating. As per the legal proceedings, Presidential sanction is required to charge sheet any Governor while the Special Task Force is investigating the role of Governor's son involvement in the scam. The Governor is accused of misusing the letterheads to recommend candidates and aspirants allegedly bribed government officials to make it to the list of those who cleared the test, without taking the exam. The alleged scam involved five officials of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board and all of them are currently in jail. The main opposition Congress party has been stressing of Governor resignation but the government was ignorant. With the Task Force naming Governor in the list, the Union Ministry was prompt in asking Mr. Yadav to quit the post with immediate effect.- TVR

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