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Sunday, January 28, 2007

SAD NEWS- THE LEGENDARY COMPOSER O P NAYYAR NO MORE...

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From: m.iqbal
Date: Jan 28, 2007 6:21 PM
Subject: SAD NEWS- THE LEGENDARY COMPOSER O P NAYYAR NO MORE...
To: naamhs@gmail.com

O P Nayyar dies of heart attack

Mumbai, Jan. 28 (PTI): Legendary music director O P Nayyar, best known
for classic songs like "Jhumka Gira Re" and "Pukarta Chala Hoon Mein",
died of cardiac arrest at his home in Thane today. He was 81.

Rani Nakhwa, with whose kin Nayyar was living for over 10 years after
being estranged from his family, said, "He was perfectly alright until
3:30 pm, when he went to the toilet and collapsed inside. He was dead
before we could summon medical help."

Born on January 16, 1926 in Lahore (now in Pakistan), Omkar Prasad
Nayyar got his first break as a music composer in the film "Kaneez"
(1949).

Director Guru Dutt's "Aar Paar" (1954) was his first major success.
This led to his successful partnership with Dutt on films like "Mr And
Mrs 55" and "CID".

As news of his death spread, a pall of gloom descended on Bollywood,
where Nayyar was regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time
even though he had not been in the limelight for close to three
decades.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt described Nayyar -- who was always seen in
public in white attire and a hat -- as "an audacious man who was a
king in his time".

"Asha Bhosle owes whatever she is to him. The distinct sensuality that
was injected into Asha's singing was the contribution of this
extraordinary man," Bhatt said.

Extensive use of the typical Punjabi rhythm was the main
characteristic of Nayyar's music, and among his evergreen tunes were
"Kahin Pe Nigahen Kanhi Pe Nishana" (CID), "Mang Ke Saath Tumhara"
(Naya Daur) and "Ello Main Hari Piyan" (Aar Paar.

Nayyar worked extensively with singers Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle and
Mohammed Rafi but never with Lata Mangeshkar. Though he mostly
composed music for north Indian films, he also did the score for some
southern films, including "Neerajanam" (Telugu).

Before fading from the Bollywood scene in the early 1970s, he did the
music for hits like "Naya Daur", "Ek Musafir Ek Hasina" and "Kashmir
Ki Kali". He attempted a comeback in the 1990s with the film "Andaaz
Apna Apna" and recently appeared in the musical TV show "Sa Re Ga Ma",
on which he was accorded a standing ovation during a programme
dedicated to his songs.

Actress and Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore, who starred in
"Kashmir Ki Kali", said, "We will remember him and his contributions
will be there forever. His name will be there as long as there is the
history of music."

Singer Manna Dey said he was saddened by Nayyar's death as no one
could replace him. Actor Rajesh Khanna said "originality was the
symbol" of Nayyar, whom he described as a "charismatic personality".

TV star and actress Tabassum said, "O P Nayyar's death is yet another
shock for us. We were still to recover from the sorrow at the demise
of (noted writer) Kamleshwarji when we heard of the death of
kind-hearted Nayyar sahab."

(COURTSEY: THE HINDU on
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/009200701281820.htm)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Emma Faust Tillman, world's oldest known woman

Emma Faust Tillman

HARTFORD: A 114-year-old Connecticut resident who was born to former
slaves in North Carolina has become the world's oldest known woman
after the death this week of a Canadian woman.

Emma Faust Tillman, born on November 22, 1892, became the oldest
validated woman "supercentenarian" when 115-year-old Julie Winnifred
Bertrand of Montreal died on Thursday.

Ms. Tillman, of East Hartford, is now the second-oldest known person
in the world behind 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto
Rico, born on August 21, 1891.

They are among many validated supercentenarians on a list maintained
by the Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles and other
organisations.

Ms. Tillman, widowed for almost 70 years, takes no credit for her
longevity and says she has no secrets for other aspiring
supercentenarians. It was stated that she never smoked, never drank,
did not need glasses and agreed to wear a hearing aid only
reluctantly. — AP

http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/21/stories/2007012100032000.htm
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Friday, January 19, 2007

Fwd: IN THE NEWS-THE PULITZER WINNING COLUMNIST ART BUCHWALD DIES

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From: m.iqbal
Date: Jan 19, 2007 12:16 AM
Subject: IN THE NEWS-THE PULITZER WINNING COLUMNIST ART BUCHWALD DIES
To: naamhs@gmail.com

ikku

ART BUCHWALD

DIES

Associated Press

Jan 19, 2007
WASHINGTON-- Satirist Art Buchwald, who turned his infectious wit on
the life of Washington and then on his own failing health, is dead at
81.

Buchwald's son, Joel, said his father passed away quietly at his home
late Wednesday with his family.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author chronicled the life
and times of Washington for four decades, then cheated death and
laughed in its face in a richly lived final year that medical science
said he wasn't supposed to get.

Buchwald had refused dialysis treatments for his failing kidneys a
year ago and was expected to die within weeks of moving to a hospice
on Feb. 7, where he held court as a parade of luminaries and friends
came by to say farewell. But he lived to return home and even write a
book about his experiences.

"I'm having a swell time," he said of his dying. "The best time of my life."

"The last year he had the opportunity for a victory lap and I think he
was really grateful for it," said son Joel Buchwald. "He had an
opportunity to write his book about his experience and he went out the
way he wanted to go, on his own terms."

Neither Buchwald nor his doctors could say how he survived in such
grave condition, and he didn't seem to mind. "Nobody's been able to
really explain what's going on because I'm not taking dialysis,"
Buchwald told The Associated Press in May. "I have to thank my
kidneys."

He described his earlier decision to forgo dialysis and let himself
die as a liberating one. "The thing is, when you make your choice,
then a lot of the stress is gone. Everything is great because you
accept that you are the one who made the choice."

But when death didn't come nearly as quickly as expected, Buchwald
wrote that he had to scrap his funeral plans, rewrite his living will,
buy a new cell phone and get on with his improbable life. "I also had
to start worrying about Bush again," he deadpanned.

Buchwald was called the "Wit of Washington" during his years here and
his name became synonymous with political satire. He was well known,
too, for his wide smile and affinity for cigars.

Among his more famous witticisms: "If you attack the establishment
long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it."

Jack Valenti, former chairman and chief executive of the Motion
Picture Association of America, recalled Buchwald's humor. The two had
been friends since 1964.

"What Art had was the gift of laughter -- that's a rarity today,"
Valenti told AP on Thursday. "He could take simple ordinary things and
make you laugh. God knows all of us need that. I've been with him in
all kinds of situations, good and bad, triumph and tragedy but Art
always was able to see a little wisp of humor in everything."

Ben Bradlee, former Washington Post executive editor and a friend of
Buchwald for 60 years, said in an interview that Buchwald was "the
humorist of his generation." Buchwald was a Paris nightlife columnist
in the 1950s when he met Bradlee, whose paper carried Buchwald's
columns in later years.

Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts said in a statement: "Art was the
Mark Twain of our time.

"For decades there was no better way to start the day than to open the
morning paper to Art's column, laugh out loud and learn all over again
to take the issues seriously in the world of politics, but not take
yourself too seriously," he said. "The special art of Art Buchwald was
to make even the worst of times better."

His syndicated column at one point appeared in more than 500
newspapers worldwide. It appeared twice a week in publications
including The Washington Post and was distributed by Tribune Media
Services.

But he was best known in that realm for the court battle over "Coming
to America." A judge ruled that Paramount Pictures had stolen
Buchwald's idea and in 1992 awarded $900,000 to him and a partner.

The case dated to a 1983 Paramount contract for rights to Buchwald's
story "King for a Day." The studio had dropped its option to make such
a movie in 1985, three years before releasing "Coming to America"
without credit to Buchwald.

Both stories involved an African prince who comes to America in search
of a bride.

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Oct. 25, 1925, Buchwald had a difficult
childhood. He and his three sisters were sent to foster homes when
their mother was institutionalized for mental illness. Their father, a
drapery salesman, suffered Depression-era financial troubles and
couldn't afford them.

At 17, Buchwald ran away to join the Marines and spent 3 1/2 years in
the Pacific during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant and
spending much of his time editing a Corps newspaper.

Despite his successes, the perennial funny man said he battled
depression in 1963 and 1987.

A family spokeswoman said Buchwald would be interred at the Vineyard
Haven Cemetery in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where his wife Ann is
buried.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

ormakkal undayirrkkanam

Balakrishnan sworn in as CJI
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Press Trust of India

Sunday, January 14, 2007 (New Delhi):

Justice K G Balakrishnan was sworn in as the 37th Chief Justice of
India on Sunday. He is the first Dalit to assume the post.

President A P J Abdul Kalam administered the oath of office and
secrecy to Balakrishnan (61).

Balakrishnan succeeds Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal and will have a
tenure of three years and four months.

"He's getting a good position and I am very happy about it. When he
was studying, he faced some difficulties but now that he has achieved
this, I am very happy," said Sarada, Justice Balakrishnan's mother.

Known informally as "Bala" among his colleagues, Konakuppakattil
Gopinathan Balakrishnan will retire on May 12, 2010.

Long innings

Before joining the apex court on June 8, 2000 as a senior judge,
Balakrishnan was Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court and then the
Madras High Court.

Coming from a humble background, Balakrishnan was born in the village
of Thalayolaparambu at Kottayam in Kerala on May 12, 1945.

After graduating in law from the Maharaja Law College in Ernakulam, he
was enrolled as an advocate on March 16, 1968 in the Kerala Bar
Council at Kochi, and practised on the civil and criminal side.

On January 10, 1973, he was appointed munsif in the Kerala judicial
service and promoted as assistant sessions judge on July 23, 1982.

After serving as deputy registrar (judicial) in the Kerala High Court,
he was appointed an additional judge on September 26, 1985 and became
a permanent judge on July 11, 1986.

Balakrishnan was appointed Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court on
July 16, 1998. He became Chief Justice of the Madras High Court on
September 9, 1999, before being elevated as a judge in the apex court.
(With PTI input)

Friday, January 12, 2007

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The Hindu : National : Scuffle between two judges


Scuffle between two judges

Ahmedabad: In an unusual incident, two senior judges of the Gujarat High Court had a scuffle on Thursday over a personal matter, court sources said.

The scuffle took place between Justice B.J. Sethna and Justice P.B. Majumdar.

The Acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, Y.R. Meena, spoke to journalists about the incident. "Justice Majumdar did tell me orally about the incident he had with Justice Sethna." It is learnt that when Justice Majumdar and his wife were on morning walk, Justice Sethna crossed them and invited them for a cup of tea to his house.

Discussions between the two judges over tea at Mr. Justice Sethna's house turned into arguments and ended up in a scuffle, court sources said.

High court sources said Justice Sethna allegedly `manhandled' Justice Majumdar and also `abused' him.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Fwd: Diocese settles claims in Washington / comment from Iqbal

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From: iqbal m <m_iqbal_kochi@yahoo.co.in>
Date: Jan 6, 2007 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: Diocese settles claims in Washington /
To: nam <naamhs@gmail.com>

Pithaave ivar cheyyunnathenthennu ivarkku ariyilla, ivarodu porukkename...

m.iqbal



nam < naamhs@gmail.com> wrote:
Diocese settles claims



SPOKANE (Washington): The Spokane Catholic Diocese has agreed to pay
$48 million to people molested by priests as part of a deal to emerge
from bankruptcy, a Federal mediator announced on Thursday. The
settlement is the latest of several similar agreements around the U.S.
Federal Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive said the Spokane settlement
also included non-economic provisions that would provide survivors
``with some measure of closure and allow them to move forward and
continue the healing process.'' Last month, the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Portland filed a plan that would pay $75 million to
settle nearly 170 claims of priest sex abuse. Also last month, the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced a $60-million agreement to settle
45 sex abuse claims. Other large settlements include $100 million paid
to 87 claimants last year by the Diocese of Orange in Orange County,
California. — AP

Diocese settles claims in Washington /

Diocese settles claims

SPOKANE (Washington): The Spokane Catholic Diocese has agreed to pay
$48 million to people molested by priests as part of a deal to emerge
from bankruptcy, a Federal mediator announced on Thursday. The
settlement is the latest of several similar agreements around the U.S.
Federal Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive said the Spokane settlement
also included non-economic provisions that would provide survivors
``with some measure of closure and allow them to move forward and
continue the healing process.'' Last month, the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Portland filed a plan that would pay $75 million to
settle nearly 170 claims of priest sex abuse. Also last month, the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced a $60-million agreement to settle
45 sex abuse claims. Other large settlements include $100 million paid
to 87 claimants last year by the Diocese of Orange in Orange County,
California. — AP

Thursday, January 04, 2007

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Fwd: [എന്. ആര്. ഐ.] കൈരളിയും കൊക്കക്കോളയും

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Subject: Fwd: [എന്. ആര്. ഐ.] കൈരളിയും കൊക്കക്കോളയും
To: rifagroup@googlegroups.com


ആഗോള ഭീമന്മാരെ തുരത്താനും പ്ലാച്ചിമടയിലെ ജനങ്ങളെ "വെള്ളം കുടിപ്പിക്കനു"മായി പാര്ട്ടിയും പാര്ട്ടിചാനലും അശ്രാന്ത പരിശ്രമം നടത്തിയതും നടത്തിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നതും മലയാളികളായ മലയാളികള്ക്കെല്ലാം നന്നായിട്ടറിയാം ..നല്ലത്..!!

ഞാന് ഒരു പാര്ട്ടിയുടെയും വക്താവല്ല പ്രത്യേകിച്ചും ഒരു പാര്ട്ടിയോടും അമിതമായ മമതയോ പ്രത്യക്ഷ വിരോധമോ ഇല്ല എങ്കിലും നാവിലൊന്നും പ്രവൃത്തിയില് മറ്റൊന്നും സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നതു കാണുമ്പോള് പ്രതികരിച്ചു പോകുന്നു. കേരളത്തിലെ പ്രബുധരായ ജനങ്ങളെ കാലാ കാലം പറ്റിച്ചുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നതും ഇതേരീതി ഉപയോഗിച്ചു കൊണ്ടു തന്നെയാണ്. പാര്ട്ടി പറയുന്നതെന്തും വെള്ളം തൊടാതെ വിഴുങ്ങാന് അണികള് എന്നും കൂടെയുണ്ടാവുമല്ലൊ. മൈക്കിനു മുന്നില് ഒന്നു പറയുക പിറ്റേന്ന് മാറ്റിപ്പറയുക ആ മാറ്റിപ്പറച്ചിലിനു പാര്ട്ടിയുടെതായ ന്യായങ്ങള് കണ്ടെത്തുക. റെക്കൊര്ഡ് ചെയ്തതു മായ്ച്ച് റീ റെകോര്ഡ് ചെയ്യുന്നപോലെ അണികളുടെ മസ്തിഷ്കത്തിലേയ്ക്ക് സമയാസമയം ഓരോ ഡാറ്റ ഫീഡ് ചെയ്തു കൊടുക്കുക ഇതത്രെ ഇപ്പോള് പാര്ട്ടിക്കാര് ചെയ്തു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നതു.

വര്ഷങ്ങളായി പാര്ട്ടി നേതൃത്വം കൊടുത്തു പ്ളാച്ചിമടയിലെ ജനങ്ങളുടെ വികാരം ആളിക്കത്തിച്ച് കൊക്കക്കോള കമ്പനിക്കെതിരെ എന്തൊക്കെ പ്രക്ഷോഭം സൃഷ്ടിച്ചു . എന്നിട്ടിപ്പോള് ഒരുളുപ്പുമില്ലാതെ കൈരളിയിലും പീപ്പിളിലും കൊക്കകോളയുടെ പരസ്യം സം പ്രേക്ഷണം ചെയ്യുന്നു.!. മറ്റുചാനലുകളില് വരുന്ന (അമീര്ഖാന് മോഡല് ചെയ്യുന്ന) അതേ പരസ്യം!! എന്തൊരു തൊലിക്കട്ടി!!. ഒരു വശത്തു പാറ്ട്ടി പ്രക്ഷോഭവും മറുവശത്ത് ഇതൊരു ശുദ്ധപാനീയമാണ് എല്ലാവരും കഴിക്കണം എന്ന പാറ്ട്ടിചാനലിന്റെ പരസ്യവും. എന്തൊരു വൈരുദ്ധ്യാത്മകത!!.

ഇപ്പൊഴും ഒരു പക്ഷെ പാര്ട്ടി സെക്രട്ടറിയുടെ കയ്യില് അണികള്ക്ക് കൊടുക്കാനുള്ള ഉത്തരം റെഡിയായിട്ടുണ്ടാവും " പാര്ട്ടി വേറെ ചാനല് വേറെ" എന്നു എന്തു നാണം കെട്ട പരസ്യവും വാങ്ങിയാലല്ലെ പുതിയ കെട്ടിടത്തിനുള്ള ശിലയ്ക്കുമേല് കെട്ടിടം നിര്മ്മിക്കാനവൂ.

അങ്ങനെയെങ്കില് സഖാവേ ഇതിനെക്കാള് നാറിയ എന്തെല്ലാം വഴികള് കിടക്കുന്നു പണമുണ്ടാക്കാന് ..!!. നാണം കെട്ടും പണമുണ്ടായാല് നാണക്കേടതു മാറ്റിക്കോളും എന്നാണല്ലോ പഴഞ്ചൊല്ല്.

Monday, January 01, 2007

OUTRAGEOUS -EDITORIAL, THE "HINDU", DEC 31, 2006

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Full Text at http://www.hindu.com/2006/12/31/stories/2006123103600800.htm

Opinion - Editorials

Outrageous

Saddam Hussein was a leader whose brutal actions and calamitous
miscalculations brought unimaginable suffering to the people of Iraq
and neighbouring
countries................................................................

However, it would be mendacious for anyone to claim that justice was
served when Mr. Hussein was executed before dawn on December 30, 2006.
The judicial process set up to prosecute Mr. Hussein for "crimes
against humanity" was designed by a United States-led coalition that
had itself committed the supreme war crime of unprovoked aggression
against a sovereign nation. The fact that the coalition's illegal
invasion and occupation had caused the death of over 600,000 Iraqis
evidently made no impact on the collective conscience of its leaders.
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That all these legal proceedings were nothing but a sordid farce
became clear to the whole world when the Prime Minister of Iraq, who
had announced ahead of the appeal court's verdict that the former
President would be executed before New Year, even usurped the
judiciary's prerogative of setting the date for execution.
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The Indian Government must take a forthright stand against this
outrage. It needs to go beyond its expressions of "disappointment,"
its indirect criticisms of "victor's justice," and its pious hopes of
"reconciliation" and "restoration of peace and normalcy" in Iraq.
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While condemning this outrageous case of "victor's justice," the
world must express its solidarity with the people of Iraq, whose
sufferings seem to know no end.

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