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Pay GBP 150,000 to India March 23, 2015 16:46

A UK court has directed Pakistan to pay 150,000 pounds to India as legal fees in the 67-year-old Hyderabad Funds case involving the Nizam's money while terming Pakistan's behaviour as "unreasonable". Holding that Pakistan has no "sovereign immunity" in the case, the Judge ordered the Pakistan High Commissioner to pay the legal costs incurred by the other respondents in the case relating to the 'Hyderabad Funds' which is currently valued at 35 million pounds. The immunity waiver under the verdict, has opened the doors for India to recover the frozen funds through legal process, is irrevocable.Known as the 'Hyderabad Funds Case', it relates to transfer of 1,007,940 pounds and 9 Shillings to a London bank account in the name of the High Commissioner in the UK for the then newly formed state of Pakistan, Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola, at the Westminster Bank (now Natwest) in 1948. The money was transferred by an agent who claimed to be acting on behalf of the absolute ruler of one of the largest and richest of the Indian princely states, the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad.Following the partition in 1947 and the formation of the independent sovereign states of India and Pakistan, the numerous princely states were permitted by the UK to elect to join either of the two new states or to remain independent. The Nizam chose to remain independent.On September 18, 1948, Hyderabad was annexed to India. On September 20, 1948 the money was transferred to Rahimtoola by the agent. On September 27, 1948 the Nizam sought to reverse the transfer of money claiming that it had been made without his authority. The Bank was unwilling to comply with the Nizam's request without the agreement of the account holder. Such consent was not forthcoming, and for a number of years matters remained unresolved. India has all along sought its claim over the money maintaining that it was State monies and not Nizam's private monies.Stuck in a legal battle with no hope of resolution since 1960, Indian cabinet had approved efforts to pursue an out-of-court settlement with Pakistan and Nizam's heirs to recover the funds. With no State immunity for Pakistan over the funds, India has once again got the chance to get the money through the legal process.By Premji

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Dasari Narayana Rao in Trouble March 23, 2015 12:59

Veteran Director Dasari Narayana Rao has achieved a great and prominent place in Telugu film industry has been active in politics during the Congress rule and he even worked as the Central minister in the cabinet of Manmohan Singh. He has worked as the minister of state for Coal and he has been in trouble as the Enforcement Directorate has questioned him in the past regarding his involvement in the Coal scam in the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Orissa. The ED has kept on eye on the properties of the veteran director and the latest news is that he is in trouble. As per the latest news, the Enforcement Directorate is set to attach all the properties of Dasari in the coal gate scam. The Enforcement Directorate has identified all his properties and the attachment of these properties will be carried in the coming days. There are strong rumors that Industrialist Naveen Jindal has transferred Rs 2.25 crores to Dasari’s Sowbhagya Media Limited and in favor for this Dasari has allocated a coal block. Dasari strongly denied his involvement in the scam however as per the latest update, CBI has found some strong evidences which will pull the veteran director into trouble in the coming days. Let’s wait to see what happens next.

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New Capital of AP to be Amaravathi March 23, 2015 12:54

After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the newly formed Andhra Pradesh has been busy in acquiring the land to build a new capital. AP Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu has been successful in selecting the area of capital to be constructed and the government officials have been working day and night to get a better clarity on it. There were strong rumors that TDP and the AP government has planned to name the capital as Legendary NT Rama Rao’s name. However Chandra Babu has decided to opt out for a common name which will satisfy everyone. He has even visited various countries and many of them stepped forward to construct a new capital in Andhra Pradesh.As per the news, the new capital will be constructed in around 35,000 acres with all the needed facilities and he has discussed with his cabinet several times about the name of the capital which could not get a common approval. However the latest news is that Amaravathi has been confirmed as the name of the capital and even the Singapore officials have suggested the name of Amaravathi which has now been approved. The official announcement will be made soon  said the sources from the Chief Minister’s Office. The capital will be constructed in between Vijayawada, Tenali covering Thullur, Mangalagiri and Amaravathi.

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India becoming military training hub for 38 countries March 23, 2015 12:38

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar late on Sunday said India was planning to export defense materials and training military personnel of at least 38 countries. "At least 38 countries are sending their defense personnel for training in India. We are encouraging them. We are giving them more slots. We are also considering supplying some sort of defense materials through export or through line of credit to the countries so that they can depend on India for their defense," Parrikar told.When asked about the participation of China in these training, China is also participating in the exercise, Parrikar said, "We are yet to send invitation. It's an open matter. Once the list is prepared, you can know."Parrikar said, India does not want to dominate any other country but increase its own strength through partnership and friendship. Defense Minister said, "We are organising a naval exercise in Vishakhapatnam where international fleet will participate. It will be a spectacular show of basic exercise of infrastructure." Parrikar said, "The defense ministry has already finalised the OROP (One Rank One Pension) scheme. However, certain financial and administrative procedures will be followed. The first positive thing is that it has been prepared properly. It involves an amount of about Rs 8,000 crore."He said, "You cannot raise a regiment by caste or region. I would ensure that defense presence is felt more in Odisha so that you can get more people trained, get more people in the army and employment," he said.By Premji

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World leaders condole demise of Lee Kuan Yew March 23, 2015 12:06

Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died on Monday. He was 91 years old. The country's first and longest-serving prime minister, Lee took Singapore through a traumatic split with Malaysia in 1965 and helped the country to transform what was then a sleepy port city into a global trade and finance centre. World leaders expressed their condolences on Lee's demise.Prime Minister Narendra Modi: A far-sighted statesman &a lion among leaders, Mr Lee Kuan Yew's life teaches valuable lessons to everyone. News of his demise is saddening. In this hour of bereavement, our prayers are with Mr. Lee Kuan Yew's family and the people of Singapore. May his soul rest in peace.Barack Obama (US President): A visionary who led his country from Singapore’s independence in 1965 to build one of the most prosperous countries in the world today, he was a devoted public servant and a remarkable leader. He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one the great strategists of Asian affairs.Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary General): During his three decades in office, he helped Singapore to transition from a developing country to one of the most developed in the world, transforming it into a thriving international business hub. Its founding father will be remembered as one of the most inspiring Asian leaders.David Cameron (British PM): Mr Lee made Singapore into one of the great success stories of our modern world. He was always a friend to Britain, if sometimes a critical one and many British Prime Ministers benefited from his wise advice, including me."He was a genuine political giant." Tony Blair pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew.George W Bush (Former US President): Laura and I are saddened by the death of Lee Kuan Yew. The father of today's Singapore transformed his country and helped usher the ASEAN region into the modern era.John Kerry, I join those around the world in honoring the life of Lee Kuan Yew - he turned #Singapore into one of most dynamic countries in the world.Tony Abbott (Australian PM): Fifty years ago, Lee Kuan Yew led a vulnerable fledgling nation to independence. Today, thanks to his vision and determination, Singapore is one of the world's most successful countries.Lee Hsien Loong (Yew's son and current Singaporean PM): We won't see another man like him. To many Singaporeans, and indeed others too, Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore.Tony Tan (Singaporean President): Mr Lee dedicated his entire life to Singapore from his first position as a legal advisor to the labour unions in the 1950s after his graduation from Cambridge University to his undisputed role as the architect of our modern Republic.Najib Razak (Malaysian PM): I am saddened to hear about the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of Singapore. I pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew's determination in developing Singapore from a new nation to the modern and dynamic city we see today.John Key (New Zealand PM), Lee Kuan Yew was a man of rare qualities who unified Singaporeans. His loss will be deeply felt by his family and the people of Singapore.By Premji

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Rajnath's tough message to Pakistan March 23, 2015 11:56

"Pakistan should ponder as to how long this atmosphere of terror ('dehshat gardi ki mahol') will continue. I want to ask Pakistan, how long do you want to keep the border red with terrorism? It must come to an end," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said at a BSF function at Attari. Remembering the statement by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh said one can change his or her friend but not neighbours and that is why the NDA government wanted friendly relations with Pakistan. "Vajpayee had offered the hand of friendship to Pakistan. He not only wanted friendly relations with Pakistan but heart-to-heart relations between the people of the two countries. "But what did we get in return? Kargil war," he said. The home minister said India won that war and wants to move forward and make friendship with Pakistan "but, so far, we have not been able to achieve what we want".Home minister has laid the foundation stone for a new viewers' gallery at Attari, the border post with Pakistan. The Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post is famous for the beating the retreat ceremony held jointly every day by BSF and Pakistan Rangers. The new-look gallery, with an increased seating capacity and additional facilities for tourists, will be constructed at a cost of Rs 25 crore.By Premji

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Lee Kaun Yew - Singapore’s First Prime Minister Passed Away March 23, 2015 11:16

Lee Kaun Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore and the founder of Modern Singapore has passed away today at the age of 91. He was the country’s longest serving Prime Minister till date after it’s split from Malaysia. He was responsible for the sleepy port city to emerge as a global trade and world class finance centre in the world. He has been suffering with severe pneumonia and has been admitted in Singapore General Hospital on February 5th. He has been struggling since then and he has passed away peacefully at the hospital at 3: 18 AM revealed the Prime Minister’s office. After a long journey he has handed over the responsibility to younger generation in 1990. “In the end, my greatest satisfaction in life comes from the fact that I have spent years gathering support, mustering the will to make this place meritocratic, corruption-free and equal for all races - and that it will endure beyond me, as it has,” Lee said in his 2013 book One Man’s View of the World. His legacy included an efficient government with less corruption along with low tax rates which attracted foreign investments that helped Singapore rank top in the surveys. Rest In Peace Lee Kaun Yew.

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NTR - Sukumar Film Updates March 23, 2015 11:09

Young Tiger NTR has scored his much needed hit with Temper which released in February. The movie minted huge money all over and emerged as one of the biggest hit in the career of NTR. Puri Jagannadh directed the movie and Kajal Agarwal played the female lead. NTR has signed his next film in the direction of Sukumar and the movie is in final stages of pre production. The movie shoot has been planned from March but it has been delayed as Sukumar is currently busy scouting the locations for the film which will take some more time to complete.As per the latest update, the regular shoot of the movie will start from April 17th in UK which will be a long schedule shot exclusively in UK. Rakul Preet Singh will romance NTR in the movie and Devi Sri Prasad will compose the music. Dandayatra has been the rumored title for action entertainer and Sukumar revealed that the movie has enough amounts of entertainment. Ratnavelu is the cinematographer for the movie and top producer BVSN Prasad is producing the movie on Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra banner. The movie will complete shoot and will release for Sankranthi 2016.

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Anushka’s Rudramadevi Audio Launched March 23, 2015 10:24

Talented actress Anushka is gearing up for release with her latest film Rudramadevi which completed shoot. The audio of the film has been launched in style in two grand events in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The first three songs of the film have been released on Saturday in a grand event in Andhra University Engineering College Grounds, Vishakapatnam. The whole movie unit attended the audio launch which included Anushka, Rana and Gunasekhar along with the whole movie unit. The second audio event took place at Warangal Fort, Warangal. The audio launch witnessed huge crowds at the fort as the story happened in Warangal. Allu Arjun and Anushka released the audio of three songs in this event. Gunasekhar explained the hard work he has taken for the movie and he expressed his confidence on the movie. Anushka, Rana, Allu Arjun, Catherine and Nithya Menon played the main leads in the movie and Ilayaraja composed the music. Gunasekhar produced the movie on Guna Team Works banner. Rudramadevi has been slated for a massive release on April 28th.

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King Khan wished Kriti Sanon on Twitter March 20, 2015 19:09

The King Khan, who is known for comforting and confronting his co-artists and new talents who foot with a lot of hopes and anxiety gave a pat and wished Kriti Sanon, who is costarring in Shah Rukh Khan’s next movie Dilwale. The superstar took to Twitter to wish Kriti Sanon Thursday night for her next film - Dilwale - directed by Rohit Shetty.His tweet read:   Interestingly, the film has Kajol sharing the screen space opposite Shah Rukh. The duo delivered blockbusters like ‘Baazigar’, ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenga’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ and ‘My Name Is Khan’.‘Dilwale’ will see Kriti romancing ‘Badlapur’ boy Varun, who is equally excited to be a part of the film.Speculations are rife that Kajol’s real life husband Ajay Devgan, who is a dear friend of filmmaker Shetty may make a special appearance in the film.   - Manohar

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