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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sindhuja Rajamaran(17)India's youngest CEO

Sindhuja Rajamaran, a Tamilian who became the youngest CEO at the age of 14 in India.

Sindhuja's journey from an ordinary school girl to the CEO of a company, that makes commercials for other companies, started at the age of 10. Her father Rajamaran, an avid animator and cartoonist, taught her animation when she was 10. Today there are five people -- all men in their early 20s -- in the Chennai-based animation company called Seppan.

Sindhuja Rajamaran holds the Guinness World Record for becoming the youngest CEO in India

Pope Names Diplomat as Secretary of State, 'Deputy Pope' Saturday Aug 31,2013

Pope Francis on Saturday Aug 31,2013 made the most significant appointment of his pontificate so far, naming a veteran diplomat as his secretary of state, Vatican prime minister and chief aide - a role often called the "deputy pope".
Archbishop Pietro Parolin's appointment ends the era of Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone, who was widely blamed for failing to prevent ethical and financial scandals that marked the eight-year reign of former Pope Benedict, who resigned in February 2013

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, a 58-year-old Italian, is currently the Vatican's nuncio (ambassador) in Venezuela and was the Vatican's Deputy Foreign Minister for seven years until 2009

Portuguese Court Rule Against Govt's Austerity Plan Thursday Aug 29,2013

Portugal's Constitutional Court has struck down a key provision of the government's latest austerity programme, once again throwing the country's EU-IMF bailout into confusion.
Court President Joaquim Sousa Ribeiro on Thursday told a government plan that could lead to job losses for civil servants was against the country's "job safety guarantee" and therefore unconstitutional.
The plan is part of the latest round of austerity introduced by the government of Pedro Passos Coelho and is designed to cut 30,000 public jobs from a pool of 500,000, saving 4.7 billion euros by the end of next year.
But conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva asked the court to decide wether a requalification push within that programme was in fact legal.

US Supreme Court Judge to Perform Gay Wedding Saturday Aug 31,2013

US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to officiate at a same-sex wedding on Saturday Aug 31,2013 in what is believed to be a first for member of the nation's highest court.
A Supreme Court spokeswoman said on Friday that Ginsburg was to preside over the wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael M Kaiser and economist John Roberts

Ruth Bader Ginsburg(80) is the oldest judge in the top court and one of four progressive judges on the nine-member panel.

Zurich,Switzerland launches 'sex drive-ins' Monday Aug 26,2013

In an attempt to reduce open street prostitution and to improve security for sex workers, Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, is opening "sex drive-ins" Monday Aug 26,2013
The nine garage-style structures, located in Sihlquai, a former industrial zone in the city, are equipped with alarm buttons and guarded by security personnel to ensure the safety of the prostitutes. Customers are not allowed to leave the area with the sex workers.
"Prostitution has escalated in the city," said Michael Herzig, from the Zurich social services department. "It was done out in the open on the street and men harassed passers-by.
"It was noisy and dirty because men took the prostitutes to a side street and left used condoms on the streets. The drive-ins are more discreet and safer."
Herzig leads the project, which has cost 2.4 million Swiss francs ($2.6 million) to set up

Vijay Zol -Indian Cricket Player

Vijay Zol (DOB Nov 23,1994)came into prominence when he smashed a mammoth 451* off 467 deliveries (4x53 and 6x2)batting for almost eleven hours for Maharashtra against Assam in an Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy group game in December 2011

That marathon knock transformed his career as he was later picked for India's ICC U-19 World Cup side that won the competition in Townsville, Australia in 2012

Vijay Zol  kept on scoring runs after that, with 225 runs coming in six games for Maharashtra in the 2013 Vijay Hazare Trophy, which was followed by a century (109 off 63 balls) in a Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 game against Mumbai in March 2013

Vijay Zol captained India U-19 side for a tri-series in Australia in July this 2013 and vindicated the selectors' faith by leading the team admirably. In five matches, Zol scored 293 runs at 73.25, helping India winning the competition without losing a single match.  

Vijay Zol lead the Indian side in a youth series held in Sri Lanka and runs continued to flow in Sri Lanka as well, getting two centuries in as many innings at 150.50 in Tests and two half-centuries at 55.33 in three limited-overs games.  

Vijay Zol achieved the remarkable feat of scoring a century(110 Runs) in debut first-class innings on Friday Aug 30,2013 against New Zealand A featuring Test bowlers Mark Gillespie and Doug Bracewell in

2013 Indian Badminton League Final Mumbai Saturday Aug 31,2013

Hyderabd Hotshots and Awadhe Warriors have reached the final with an identical 3-2 win-loss record in the league. 

Road to the finals 

Hyderabad Hotshots

  • beat Awadhe Warriors 3-2
  • lost to Krrish Delhi Smashers 2-3
  • beat Pune Pistons 4-1
  • beat Mumbai Masters 3-2
  • lost to Banga Beats 2-3and
  • beat Pune Pistons 3-0 in the semifinals

Awadhe Warriors

  • lost to Hotshots 2-3
  • lost to Banga Beats 1-4
  • beat Krrish Delhi Smashers 4-1
  • beat Mumbai Masters 3-2
  • beat Pune Pistons 3-2and
  • beat Mumbai Masters 3-2  in the semifinals

2013 UEFA Super Cup Eden Stadium, Prague Friday Aug 30,2013

 The 2013 UEFA Super Cup was the 38th UEFA Super Cup, an Annual Football Match Organised by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European Club Competitions -
  • UEFA Champions League (Bayern Munich Winners of the 2012 UEFA Champions League Title)
  • UEFA Europa League(Chelsea FC Winners of the 2012 UEFA Europa League Title)
The 2013 UEFA Super Cup was played at the Eden Arena,Prague, Czech Republic on FridayAug 30,2013, and was the first to be held away from the Stade Louis II in Monaco since it became a one-legged match in 1998

Jose Mourinho(Head Coach of Chelsea FC) and Pep Guardiola(Head Coach of Bayern Munich) renew their coaching rivalry when Chelsea meet Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup on Friday
Neither of the two was in charge of the respective sides when Chelsea beat Bayern on penalties for the 2012 Champions League crown, nor when Bayern won the 2013 Champions League and Chelsea the Europa League

But their presence adds extra spice to the game

Stadion Eden in Prague was the stage for the final, which is usually held in Monaco

  Bayern supporters paint Stadion Eden in Prague red before the game

Chelsea FC Squad
Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle, Torres (Lukaku 97).

Bayern Munich Squad
Neuer, Rafinha (Javi Martinez 56), Dante, Boateng, Alaba, Muller (Gotze 70), Lahm, Kroos, Ribery, Mandzukic, Robben (Shaqiri 95)

Bayern Munich beats Cheslsea FC on penalties 5-4
Fernando Torres gave Chelsea an early lead with a fierce volley in the 8th minute

 A day after winning the UEFA 'Best Player in Europe' award for the 2012-2013 season, Bayern midfielder Ribery looked dangerous throughout and equalised in the 47th minute with an swerving drive from outside the area

Chelsea were left a man down when Ramires was sent off in the 85th minute after receiving his second yellow card for a rough tackle on substitute Mario Goetze

Three minutes into extra time, Eden Hazard picked up the ball on the left flank and cut into the area, leaving two defenders behind before unleashing a powerful drive past Neuer for what looked likely to be the winner in the 93rd minute for Chelsea FC

Chelsea Goalkeeper Peter Cech then pulled off a series of stunning saves as Bayern Munich pressed relentlessly for an equaliser - until Javi Martinez slotted in from close range with the very last kick of extra time and forced a penalty shootout for a result

Goal Scorers
For Chelsea FC -Fernando Torres(8)and Eden Hazard(93)
For Bayern Munich -Franc Ribery(47)and Martinez(120+1)

Penatly Shoot -Out
Romelu Lukaku's (Chelsea FC)penalty shoot was saved by Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Manel Neur

while all 9 players converted their penalties
Chelsea scorers in penalty shootout 
David Luiz, Oscar,Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard
Bayern Munich scorers in penalty shootout
Jerome Boateng, Xherdan Shaqiri,Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribery

Bayern's Franck Ribery, centre, holds up the Super Cup after they defeated Chelsea in the soccer Super Cup final between Champions League winner Bayern Munich and Europa League winner Chelsea FC at the Eden Stadium in Prague

 Bayern Munich became the first German team to win the UEFA Super Cup
Bayern Munich won their first UEFA Super Cup in fourth attempt, earning a first trophy with the team for new coach Pep Guardiola
Jose Mourinho has never won the Super Cup while it was the third victory for his fierce rival Pep Guardiola who also won it with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011

9th Asia Cup Hockey Tournament Ipoh, Malaysia Semi-finals Friday Aug 30,2013

SF 1 Friday Aug 30,2013 South Korea Vs Pakistan

South Korea took the lead through an immaculate penalty corner conversion by Jang Jong, and held on to it till half time 
South Korea struck again early on resumption off a penalty corner. A fierce shot by Jang Jong was saved by Salman Akbar, but Lee Nam Young pounced on the rebound to slot in the second goal
Pakistan scored from a penalty corner by skipper Imran Muhammad.
South Korea beats Pakistan 2-1 and enters the final of the 9th Asia Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia

SF 2 Friday Aug 30,2013 India Vs Malaysia

India produced an inspiring performance beating hosts Malaysia 2-0 to enter the final of the 9th Asia Cup hockey tournament on Friday
Raghunath took his goal—tally to seven when the big—bodied dragflicker converted India’s first penalty corner in the eighth minute 
India went into the breather leading by a goal
India increased  the lead in the 60th minute through Mandeep Singh’s who scored his fifth of the tournament after a fine one—two with Ramandeep Singh.

India beat Malaysia 2-0 and enters the finals of the 9th Asia Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia

India will play South Korea in the finals on Sunday Sep 1,2013

India had earlier defeated the Koreans 2—0 in the pool stages

Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2012 Passed by the Lok Sabha Thursday

The Bill, which seeks to provide just and fair compensation to farmers while also ensuring that no land can be aquired forcibly, will replace the archaic Act of 1894, "The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2012" stipulates mandatory consent of 
  • at least 70 %  for acquiring land for Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects and
  •  80 % for acquiring land for private companies.

The bill proposes compensation that is up to four times the market value in rural areas and two times the market value in urban areas. It was passed with 216 votes in favour and 19 against of the 239 members present voting for it in the Lok Sabha

Voting on the Bill went on for nearly three-hours. There was a last-minute hiccup when the Trinamool Congress demanded that the clause mandating private projects to take the consent of 80% of landowners be changed to 100 % as is prevalent in West Bengal.

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said, the States could change this provision ie the States are fully empowered to improve upon the land bill

The Govt has moved 165 amendments, the Opposition has moved as many as 116 amendments to the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, which seeks to replace the colonial-era Land Acquisition Act, 1894

 The bill also defines "public purpose" to include: Mining, infrastructure, defence, manufacturing zones, roads, railways, highways, and ports built by government and public sector enterprises, land for project-affected people, planned development and improvement of village or urban sites and residential purposes for the poor and landless and government-administered schemes or institutions, among others

Rupee Gains 85 paise per US Dollar Friday Aug 30,2013


The rupee regained some of its lost value against the dollar on Friday to close at 65.70/71 per dollar compared to its previous close of 66.55/56 on Thursday

 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decision to allow the public sector oil marketing companies to approach a mandated bank for their foreign currency requirements on a currency swap basis helped the demand move away from the spot market

 Tracking a rebound in the rupee’s value against the dollar, stock indices surged on Friday with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) gaining 218.68 points to close at 18619.72. 

 On National Stock Exchange (NSE), the 50-share Nifty closed at 5471.80, with a gain of 62.75 points

Friday, August 30, 2013

El Salvador's Secret Prison

Huddled together like cattle in a cage, some of the men of El Salvador's prison pits have languished in their rancid holding cells for more than a year. Designed only for temporary 72-hour stays, the sweltering cells, each 12 feet wide and 15 feet tall are crammed with more than 30 people - all veterans of the country's vicious war between the MS-13 and M18 gangs

First T20 England Vs Australia SouthamptonThursday Aug 29,2013

First T20 - England Vs Australia at the Rosebowl,Southampton Thursday Aug 29,2013

T20 Debut - Fawad Ahmed (Australia)

England won the toss and chose to field

Australia scored 248/6 in 20 Overs
Fall of Wickets(Australia)
David Warner                      01(in 5 Balls)
Shaun Marsh                        28(in 21 Balls with 4x2 and 6x1)
Aaron Finch                       156(in 63 Balls with 4x11 and 6x14)-maiden T20 Ton

Shane Watson                      37(in 16 Balls with 4x4 and 6x2)
George Bailey                      01(in 2 Balls)
Glenn Maxwell                     01(in 3 Balls)
Mathew Wade                     15*(in 7 Balls with 4x2 and 6x1)
James Faulkner                    05*(in 3 Balls)
Wicket Takers(England)
Jade Dernbach                     3-34(4 Overs)
Steven Finn                          1-45(4 Overs)
Stuart Broad                         1-47(4 Overs)

England scored 209/6 in 20 Overs
Michael Lumb                     22(in 11 Balls with 4x3 and 6x1)
Alex Hales                          08(in 9 Balls with 4x1)
Luke Wright                        04(in 2 Balls with 4x1)
Eoin Morgan                       00(in 3 Balls)
Ravi Bopara                        45(in 29 Balls with 4x4 and 6x1)
Jos Butler                            27(in 17 Balls with 4x1 and 6x2)
Joe Root                             90(in 49 Balls with 4x13 and 6x1)

Sturat Broad                       04(in 2 Balls with 4x1)
Wicket Takers(Australia)
Mitchell Johnson                 2-41(4 Overs)
Josh Hazlewood                 2-43(4 Overs)
James Faulkner                   1-39(4 Overs)
Shane Watson                     1-42(4 Overs)

Match Result - Australia won by 39 Runs and led the 2-match series 1-0
Player of the Match - Aaron Finch(Australia)

  • Australia's 248 for six is their highest total in Twenty20 Internationals, surpassing the 221 for five vs England at SCG on January 9, 2007

  • Aaron Finch scored 156 and thereby surpass Brendan McCullum's 123 agianst Bangladesh in 2012,the highest score in T20 International

  • Aaron Finch (156) has registered his highest score in Twenty20 Internationals - his maiden century. His previous best was 53 not out vs England at Melbourne on January 14, 2011

  • Aaron Finch is the first Australian batsman to record a hundred in T20Is, surpassing Ricky Ponting's 98 not out vs New Zealand at Auckland on February 17, 2005

  • Aaron Finch's 47-ball hundred is the second quickest in T20Is, next only to the 45-ball century by Richard Levi for South Africa vs New Zealand at Hamilton on February 19, 2012

  • Australia's eventual 248 for 6 was the second-highest total in a T20 international(next to Sri Lanka's 260 against Kenya)

  • The match-aggregate of 457 for 12 wickets is a world record in T20Is, eclipsing the 428 for ten wickets involving Australia and New Zealand at Christchurch on February 28, 2010.

  • Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh were involved in a stand of 114 for the second wicket - an Australian record in T20Is. The said partnership is the second highest for any wicket for Australia in T20Is, next only to the 133 between Watson and Warner for the first wicket vs India at Colombo (RPS) on September 28, 2012.

  • Aaron Finch and Shane Watson were associated in a stand of 101 for the third wicket - Australia's first century stand for this wicket-position in T20Is

  • For the first time in the history of T20Is, two century stands have been recorded in the same innings.

Sydney Latin American Film Festival Sep 4-11,2013

The festival will span 12 days and two Sydney venues, screening a high-calibre
selection of new-release features, documentaries and short films from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, the United States and Australia.

The Festival opens with the touching, hilariously lovable Brazilian film The Clown (O Palhaço)

Samba dancers from Sydney-based troupe Batucada Brasil (L-R) Rosa Lunden, Karina Cevallos and Daniela Garcia pose for photographs in their fantasia costumes ahead of the the 8th Sydney Latin American Film Festival in Sydney

Miranda Kerr Photo Shoot for V Magazine Sep 2013

Miranda Kerr(30)supermodel posed for pictures as Cicciolina, a famous Italian adult film star from the 1970s for the brand new photo shoot.
 Cicciolina is known for having given speeches with one of her breasts exposed

British Parliament Votes Against Military Intervention in Syria Thuirsday Aug 29,2013

A motion backing the use of force "if necessary" was rejected by 272 Voted to 285 in the British Parliament

The result will not only dismay allies in Washington and elsewhere seeking a wide coalition of support for air strikes to punish the regime but also raise serious questions about Cameron's leadership.

It is also a blow for Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who firmly backed the Government's position

Tony Blair's decision to take Britain into war with Iraq a decade ago on the basis of intelligence about weapons of mass destruction that later proved false hung over the debate. Hammond said he recognised that public and parliamentary opinion had been "poisoned by the experience of the Iraq dodgy dossier".

 The most recent opinion poll showed public support for air strikes falling to just 22%

Ed Miliband has urged the Government not to "wash its hands" of Syria, despite MPs rejecting military intervention.

The Labour leader said David Cameron must "find other ways" to put pressure on President Assad
Ed Miliband said  "I think this vote sends out a message to the world that Britain has learned the lessons of its past, it's learned the lessons of Iraq.

2013 US Open Sara Errani(4th Seeded) lost to Flavia Pennetta(Italy)Thursday Aug 29,2013

Flavia Pennetta (L) of Italy hugs Sara Errani of Italy after winning their 2013 US Open singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 29, 2013

Flavia Pennetta(Italy)ranked 83rd in the world beats 4th Seeded Sara Errani(Italy)6-3,6-1 in the 2nd round of 2013 US Open Women's Singles Match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 29, 2013

Sara Errani was -
  • 2012 French Open Runner-Up
  • 2012 US Open Semi-finalist