Dalai Lama joins Twitter
The spiritual head of the Tibetan Buddhist community, the Dalai Lama, has joined the social networking website Twitter to keep in touch with followers.
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama has joined Twitter," said a post on the website of the Tibetan government-in-exile on Tuesday.
The Dalai Lama had fled Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959 and is now based in this Indian town.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Around 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, over 100,000 of them in different parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.
Suniel Shetty Wants Rahul Gandhi To Save Indian Hockey
Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty is furious with the way Indian hockey is being run and he wants Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to save the sport.
Says Suniel: “Only he, with his initiative and youth power, can rescue hockey from the doldrums. Otherwise the game is doomed.” He intends to put forward an appeal to Rahul Gandhi on behalf of Indian Hockey Federation urging him to bring an impetus and sense of direction to the game.
The immediate provocation for Suneil’s ire was the fiasco that took place in Chandigarh on Saturday that was touted as being the ultimate teaser before next week’s World Cup.
It ended up being a damp squib when Bollywood representatives who were supposed to attend it were asked to stay away by the organisers.
Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol, who were shooting in Patiala and were expected to attend, cancelled at the last minute.
Protests Suniel Shetty, who champions the national sport, “It was not Dharamji’s fault. He was all set to travel from Patiala to Chandigarh when the organisers informed him not to come because of the chaos over the money the hockey players allegedly demanded. I was also told not to come. But I didn’t listen. And I’m glad I went. There were 30,000 expectant people at the stadium in Chandigarh.”
Saturday’s fiasco, where national hockey players apparently asked for Rs 5 crore at the 11th hour to play at the event, has not left Suniel disillusioned.
“I don’t know what happened between the event’s organisers and our boys. If they really asked for the money then they shouldn’t have. But think of it from their point of view. Hockey players are still underpaid. They’re under so much pressure from their families to give up hockey and do something more paying. How long can they withstand the financial pressure? We keep forgetting we have a Hockey World Cup coming up next week and we cannot allow our players to be demoralised,” he added.
Dawood’s Younger Brother Iqbal Changes Surname. Passport Denied.
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar’s younger brother, Iqbal, who was acquitted in the Sara-Sahara Shopping Mall case by a special MCOCA court in 2007, has changed his surname to Shaikh, reports DNA.
The fact came to light when Iqbal’s petition seeking a passport came up for hearing in the Bombay high court on Monday.
A division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and Mridula Bhatkar were surprised to notice that Iqbal had dropped his family name.
When questioned about this sudden change, Iqbal’s lawyer Jagdish Shetty informed the court that this was done in April 2009 and the surname had also been gazetted. "An official notification has been given in the gazette to this regard," Shetty said.
Later, while talking to the media outside the court Shetty said: "He had to face harassment wherever he used to go because of his surname. Dealing with government agencies was especially difficult, so he changed his surname to Shaikh in April last year."
Meanwhile the ministry of external affairs refused to issue new passport to Iqbal. The ministry order said that a passport cannot be issued to Iqbal as he "is likely to use it to aid and abet Dawood Ibrahim". Iqbal’s original passport was confiscated when he was deported from Dubai some years ago.
Iqbal had filed a petition in the Bombay high court last year complaining that his application for fresh passport had been rejected for no reasons. The high court had then asked the ministry of external affairs to give him a hearing and decide the case.
As the ministry rejected his application last month, the high court o Monday said that he was free to file a fresh petition challenging the decision. The present petition was disposed of by the court.
Parliament: Opposition floors Govt over prices
Tuesday, the second day of the Parliament’s Budget session, saw a major showdown over the way price rise should be discussed. Due to the uproar, both Houses had to be adjourned - first till noon, and then for the day.
"I could not hear what both side were saying, I couldn’t decide under what rule to allow the discussion," said Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.
The price rise issue dominated proceedings, with the Opposition insisting on an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha to discuss the issue of price rise, followed by voting, as previous debates have yielded no results. The government had agreed to a special discussion under Rule 193, which means a reply at the end of the debate, but no voting.
The BJP-led NDA also demanded suspension of Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha on the price rise issue, and asked for a debate on price rise under Rule 167 which allows voting.
"This government has completely failed to check rising prices," said Arun Jaitley, adding prices have risen since discussion on the issue in the previous winter session of Parliament. Sitaram Yechury (CPM) said the opposition was "very very agitated" on the issue and discussion should be held under substantial motion.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said there was consensus on discussion on the issue but not on procedure. A short duration discussion on the issue is listed later in the day, he pointed out.
But this did not satisfy the Opposition members who were up on their feet seeking discussion under Rule 167 and 168. "I am afraid we can’t conduct business like this," Ansari said before adjourning the House till mid-day.
The government has its back to the wall. While the Opposition is ready to go straight for the jugular in Parliament and outside on price rise, the government is also facing criticism from within the ruling alliance. Two of the UPA partners, the Trinamool Congress
and the DMK, are upset with the government’s handling of the price rise issue