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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swatch FIVB World Tour 2012

The Swatch FIVB World Tour 2012 is an International Beach Volleyball Competition which consists of consists of 9 tournaments with both genders and 5 separate gender tournaments.There are six Grand Slam tournaments and one World Championships.
  • Shanghai,China– Shanghai Grand Slam presented by Jinshan Xinchen, April 30–May 6, 2012
  • Beijing,China – Beijing Grand Slam, 7–13 May, 2012
  • Moscow,Russia – Moscow Grand Slam, 6–12 June, 2012
  • Rome,Italy – Rome Grand Slam, 12–17 June, 2012
  • Gstaad,Switzerland – 1 to 1 Energy Grand Slam, 2–8 July, 2012
  • Berlin,Germany - Smart Grand Slam Berlin 2012, 10–15 July, 2012
  • Klagenfurt,Austria– A 1 presented by Volksbank , 16–22 July, 2012
  • Stare Jablonki,Poland – Mazury Orlen Grand Slam, 13–19 August, 2012

Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake (DOB Jan 31, 1981)is an American singer, actor, and businessman who achieved early fame when he appeared as a contestant on Star Search and went on to star in the Disney Channel TV Series The New Mickey Mouse Club, where he met future bandmate J C Chasez.

Justin Timberlake released his debut solo album 'Justified' in 2002 which was a commercial success as it sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

Justin Timberlake released his 2nd solo album, 'Future Sex/LoveSounds in 2006 (2006) and debuting at number one on the Billboards 200 chart and continued his success.

The first two albums made him one of the most commercially successful singers in the world, each selling in excess of 7 million copies.

JT has won -
Six Grammy Awards and
Four Emmy Awards

Acting Career
Justin Timberlake also has an acting career, having starred in films such as -
The Social Network

Bad Teacher and

Friends with Benefits

Early in 1999,Justin Timberlake began what eventually became a high-profile celebrity relationship with fellow Pop Singer Britney Spears , with whom he had worked on the The New Mickey Mouse Club . The relationship ended abruptly in March 2002.

Justin Timberlake began dating Actress Cameron Diaz soon after they met at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards in April 2003. Regular rumours of break-ups reported in the tabloid press were either ignored or occasionally denied. On the Dec 16, 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live, Cameron Diaz introduced Justin Timberlake as the night's musical guest, and the couple officially split shortly afterwards.

Later in January 2007 Justin Timberlake was linked to Jessica Biel  when pictures surfaced of the two snowboarding in Park City, Utah during theSundance Film Festival.On May 12, 2007 romantic pictures of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel on multiple dates were published.After four years together, the couple announced their split in March 2011. However, by fall 2011 the couple appeared to have reunited, and in late Dec 2011,Justin Timberlake proposed to Jessica Biel.

Drought in Many States of India in 2012

Indian agriculture is heavily dependent on the climate of India : a favorable southwest summer monsoon  is critical in securing water for irrigating Indian crops.

 In some parts of India, the failure of the monsoons result in water shortages, resulting in below-average crop yields. This is particularly true of major drought-prone regions such as southern and eastern Maharashtra, northern Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.

Drought conditions loom over south Karnataka and central Maharashtra adding to concern at the severely deficient southwest monsoon in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.These States have been advised to go for early rabi (winter) plantation to make up for the shortfall in kharif sowing. Much will depend on the progress of the monsoon in the last week of July 2012.

With an average 40 % deficiency in monsoon rain in the northwest so far, farmers in paddy-growing Punjab and Haryana are stressed due to the higher cost of cultivation.

Two-thirds of the kharif sowing period are already over.

The Centre on Saturday July 28,2012 convened a meeting of the affected States, including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat.  Agriculture Secretary Ashish Bahuguna, who convened the meeting with the Principal Secretaries of the six States on a non-working day, said he reviewed the situation with the States that faced “contingency.” The situation is worst in Karnataka, where sowing of coarse cereals, pulses and oilseeds has been hit.

In the Pune-Sholapur-Sangli-Satara belt of Maharashtra, rainfall deficiency has severely hit the sowing of pulses and coarse cereals. About 8.5 lakh hectares remained unsown. These districts have been advised to go for early rabi sowing of guar, gram and maize to make up for the shortfall.

In Rajasthan, monsoon has been delayed in the western districts and jowar and bajra sowing on nearly 15 lakh hectares has been affected.

 India Faces Drought Since 2009

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said  on Thursday Aug 02,2012 that rains over the entire June to September season were now expected to be less than 90 per cent of long-term averages.

Between June 1 and August 1, rainfall was about 19 per cent below average, close to the 23 per cent shortfall in the 2009 season(India, one of the world's largest food producers and consumers with a population of 1.2 billion, last suffered a drought in 2009, which forced it to import sugar, pushing global prices higher)The monsoon is vital for the 55 per cent or so of farmlands that do not have irrigation. The four-month season accounts for 75 per cent of the country's annual rainfall and half of that is usually delivered in June and July.
Monsoon rains are considered deficient - a drought in layman's terms - if they fall below 90 per cent of a 50-year average. 


Unidentified Woman in Indian Team's Marchpast at the Opening Ceremonyof 2012 London Olympics

The London Games organisers on Monday July 30,2012 apologised to the Indian contingent over the issue of an unidentified woman gatecrashing into the Indian Team's Marchpast at the Opening Ceremony on Friday July 27,2012.
The woman in red shirt and blue trouser, later identified as Madhura Nagendra, a post-graduate from Bangalore.
"She had no business to walk with the Indian contingent and we are taking up the issue with the organisers. We don't know who she is and why she was allowed to walk in. It is a shame that she was with the athletes in the march past," Indian contingent's acting Chef-de-Mission Muralidharan Raja had said
LOCOG Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe had sought to cool down the frayed tempers among the Indians, saying that he would meet with the Indian delegation to discuss the matter.

"I was told about it. She sort of made it into the Opening Ceremony. She was a cast member who clearly got slightly overexcited. She shouldn't have been there," Coe said on Sunday July 29,2012.

Ruta Meilutyte(Lithuania)aged 15 wins Gold Medal in 100m Breaststroke Swimming at the 2012 London Olympics

Ruta Meilutyte aged only 15 years become one of the youngest women to win the Olympic title.Also became the first swimmer to win an Olympic medal competing under the Lithuania flag.


In 1980, at the Moscow Olympics, Lina Kaciusyte became Lithuania's first champion when she won the 200m breaststroke, competing for the Soviet Union.

Gujarat Governor Sanctions Prosecution Against Minister

For the first time in the history of Gujarat, the Governor has given her sanction for the prosecution of a Minister for his alleged involvement in a scam, ignoring the recommendation of the State government.

Governor Kamla Beniwal’s sanction against the Minister of State for Fisheries Purshottam Solanki was presented before the Gujarat High Court on Monday July 30,2012. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act is expected to be filed against Mr. Solanki soon for allegedly causing a loss of Rs. 400 crore to the State Exchequer while awarding fishing contracts without inviting tenders. 

The sanction granted against the Minister of State for Fisheries Purshottam Solanki can further extend the stand-off between the Modi Govt and Governor Kamla Beniwal, whose relationship soured earlier over the appointment of Justice R.A. Mehta, a retired judge of the High Court, as a Lokayukta member despite opposition by the Chief Minister in 2011.

Akshay Kumar's ''Joker''

Cast -Akshay Kumar,Sonakshi Sinha,Minisha Lamba,Shreyas Talpade

Directed by Shirish Kunder(Salman Khan,Akshay Kumar Preity Jinta starrer 'Jaan- E- Maan' fame)
Produced by Farah Khan, Shirish Kunder, and Akshay Kumar under the banner of Three's Company and Hari Om Entertainment
Music Composed by G V Prakash Kumar,Gaurav Dagaonkar
''Joker'' is scheduled for release on Aug 31,2012

'Kismat, Love, Paisa, Dilli' (KLPD)

Cast - Vivek Oberoi and Mallika Sherawat

The first look launch of 'KLPD' was held at RCity mall in Mumbai

KLPD is scheduled for release on Oct 5, 2012

2012 Olympic Games - Indian Medal Winners

1)Gagan Narang Wins Bronze in Men's 10m Air Rifle Event(Romania's Alin George Moldoveanu won the gold and Italy's Niccolo Campriani won the silver)on Monday July 30,2012

Amul wishes Gagan Narang on winning Olympic bronze medal


2)Vijay Kumar( Indian Army ) wins Silver Medal for India in the Men's 25 Metre Rapid Fire Event  on Friday Aug 03,2012.

The Gold Medal went to Cuban Leuris Pupo while Chinese Feng Ding got the Bronze Medal


3)Saina Newhwal Wins Bronze Medal

India's Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal in badminton singles at the London Olympics 2012 after she was declared winner in the play-off match as her Chinese opponent Wang Xin retired hurt.
Wang Xin won the first game 21-18 despite the injury she suffered at the end of the first game. She came back in the second game to win a point but the injury haunted again before finally pulling out of the match. 

Badminton Women's Single  Results

4)India's Mary Kom lost to Nicola Adams(GBR) 6-11 in the Women's Flyweight (51kg) semi-final on Wednesday Aug 08,2012, settling for a bronze medal at the London Olympics

Nicola Adams, ranked No. 2 in the world for flyweight boxing and the the current European Champion and three-time World Championship silver medallist dominated  Mary Kom(India) in the ring with a flurry of powerful combinations.

Earlier Bouts of Mary Kom in the 2012 London Olympics
1)The 1st Olympic round was held on Aug 05, 2012, where Mary Kom defeated Karolina Michalczuk(Poland) 19-14 (3rd women's boxing match ever to be fought at the Olympics)


2)On Aug 06,2012,Mary Kom defeated Maroua Rahali(Tunisia) 15-6

Amul hails Magnificent Mary's Olympic feat


5)Yogeshwar Dutt defeated Korea DPR’s Jong Myong Ri in the 3rd Round of Repechage to claim Bronze Medal in the 60kg Wrestling Competition.

The Korean wrestler took the first period 1-0, but Yogeshwar Dutt took the second by the same score line before taking the final period 6-0 to win

Yogeshwar Dutt defeated Bulgaria's Anatolie llarionovitch Guidea in the qualification.

 He then lost to Russia's Besik Kudukhov in the pre-quarterfinals, but his Olympic medal hopes were kept alive when he qualified for the repechage round after Kudukhov, the bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games, won his quarter-final match 3-1 against Iran’s Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari and semi-final 3-0 against Myong Ri to qualify for the final. 
In the first round of Repechage Yogeshwar Dutt defeated Puerto Rico's Franklin Gomez Matos, the world No. 2

 and in the second he beat Esmaeilpoorjouybari(Iran)

NOTE - It was India's 3rd Wrestling Medal at the Olympics after Kashaba Jadhav's bronze in the 1952 Helsinki Games and  Sushil Kumar won a Bronze Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games

 6) Sushil Kumar won India its 6th and final medal of the 2012 London Olympics after settling for silver in the final of the Men's 66kg Freestyle Wrestling event
Sushil Kumar has created history by becoming the first Indian to win two individual Olympic medals (has won Bronze Medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics)
Sushil Kumar who reached the final after defeating Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals, was beaten by Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu 3-1 in a short and swift final

Sushil Kumar defeated Tanatrov of Kazakhstan 3-1 in the semi-finals

Sushil Kumar defeated defending champion Ramazan Sahin of Turkey in the Round of 16 and defeated

Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Naruzov 3-1 in the quarter-final. 

Amul hails Sushil Kumar's Olympic feat