Sunday, 23 November 2014

Massive search operation on in Hyderabad to flush out criminal elements

With a view to check criminal activities in the city, over 450 police personnel participated in a massive cordon and search operation to locate criminals and suspects at Hasnanagar area in Hyderabad in the early hours on Sunday.

During the operation, two alleged pickpockets identified as Md Muneer and Md Mohsin, a 'rowdy-sheeter' SK Masthan and an ex-convict in Arms Act Md Younus were taken into custody, a release said.

Apart from them, 14 suspected persons were taken into custody for questioning to verify their antecedents, the release said, adding that 65 motorcycles and 15 autos that had been stolen were also confiscated.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shamshabad Zone) K Ramesh Naidu and other senior police officers led the operation which was based on information that 45 criminals are residing at Hasnanagar under Rajendranagar police station limits, the release said.

The operation was launched on directions from Cyberabad police commissioner CV Anand following Telangana government's decision to provide a sense of security to people with "world- class policing".

The Cyberabad police, which has been for the past several months carrying out such massive search and cordon operations, will continue the same in Cyberabad limits to check criminals and criminal shelters with a view to induce a sense of security to the citizens of Cyberabad Commissionerate limits, the release added.

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Tunisia votes for first freely elected president after 2011 revolution

Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president, in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

More than three years since overturning Ben Ali's one-party rule, Tunisia has become a model of transition for the region by adopting a new constitution, the politics of compromise and avoiding the turmoil facing its neighbours.

"Another distinguished day in the history of Tunisia," said Mouna Jeballi, voting in Soukra district in Tunis. "Now we are the only country in the Arab world who does not know who their president will be until after the vote is finished."

Sunday's vote follows the general election in October when the main secular Nidaa Tounes party won the most seats in the parliament, beating the Islamist party Ennahda that had won the first free poll in 2011.

After its uprising Tunisia needs stability, with the new government facing the need to make the tough reforms in public spending demanded by international lenders to boost growth and create jobs, while also managing a crackdown on Islamist militants.

Nearly 30 presidential candidates are running but the Nidaa Tounes leader, Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old former Ben Ali official, has emerged as a frontrunner alongside the current president, Moncef Marzouki, who warns against the rise of one-party era figures like Essebsi.

Turnout looked lighter than the legislative election at polling stations around Tunis early on Sunday. Election officials said around 12% of the registered electorate had voted two hours after polling started.

Results will be released within 48 hours. But most analysts predict neither Essebsi nor Marzouki will win enough votes to avoid a second round of voting in December.

"Tunisians will have their say and I will accept their choice to consolidate Tunisia's transition," Essebsi told reporters after voting.


Deal-making between secular and Islamist rivals has been a feature of Tunisia's political success, including Islamists taking a more flexible approach to allowing officials in the Ben Ali era to return to politics.

But the ascent of former ministers and members of Ben Ali's RCD party is worrying some critics who say they fear their return will be a setback for the revolt against one-party rule and rife corruption.

Essebsi and other former officials say they were not involved in the abuses of the former regime, presenting themselves instead as technocrats having the skills which the country now needs in government.

A new Nidaa Tounes-led government will be formed after the presidential ballot. But the narrow lead it holds over the Islamists of Ennahda in parliament will mean tough post-election negotiations over the new administration.

Ennahda has not put forward a presidential candidate or backed anyone, leaving its supporters' choice open. However, Marzouki will seek to pull in Islamist support with his message of stopping the return of Ben Ali-era officials.

"The old regime wants to impose itself on these elections, especially after they won the most seats in the parliament," said bank employee Mohammed Souilmi before the vote.

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Tiger Woods announces Chris Como as his new swing coach ahead of golf return

Former world number one golf player Tiger Woods, who is set to return to playing in less than two weeks, has announced that Chris Como is his new swing coach.

Como, based in Texas, began working with Woods earlier this month and became the fourth swing coach for the 14-time major winner, since the American turned professional in 1996.

Woods tweeted in announcing the partnership that he is happy to have Como consulting and working with him on his swing, adding that he is excited to be back competing, Sport24 reported.

Como, who works out of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, was named by Golf Digest as one of the sport's best young teachers last year at age 35, telling the magazine he developed a curiosity about swing motions while growing up in California.

Como also revealed that he worked with a Japanese couple that spoke little English, convincing him of the value of new teaching strategies.

Among Como's prior pupils is Australian Aaron Baddeley.

Como replaces Sean Foley, a Canadian who was dropped by Woods last August. They had worked together since 2010, including a 2013 season in which Woods won five times and took PGA Player of the Year honors.

Woods won eight major titles while under the guidance of Butch Harmon from 1996 to 2003 and six more working with Hank Haney from 2004 to 2010.

The legend, who turns 39 next month, is chasing five more major titles to pass the record of 18 career majors won by Jack Nicklaus. But no one beyond age 39 has won more than three major titles.

Woods plans to play next in the Hero World Challenge on December 4-7 at Isleworth near Orlando. The invitational event benefits his charity foundation, the report added. 

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Ileana D'Cruz, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor—Who rocked it at the red carpet?

EntertainmentManish MishraDNAMumbaiKareena Kapoor KhanKareena KapoorPriyanka ChopraMalaika Arora KhanArpita KhanJimmy ChooSandeep KhoslaBollywoodSunday, 23 November 2014 - 5:35pmSunday, 23 November 2014 - 5:35pm
Rocking the florals: Ileana D'cruz opted for a printed Masaba dress fresh off the runway. She completed the look with a pair of statement earrings from Prerto and Jimmy Choo. We think she looked pretty. 

Dress it down like Bebo: Kareena Kapoor Khan wore a black tank top with a printed Alice + Olivia maxi skirt and nude Gucci Jackie shoulder bag. Bebo totally nails the look. 


Skirt mirth: Kalki wears a Shift by Nimish Shah skirt from the designer's latest fall line. She looked radiant thanks to her chameleon like demeanour but we'd rather see it with a cutesy top and minus the distracting belt. Nonetheless Kalki rarely gets it wrong. 

Airport chic: Malaika Arora Khan can make a gunny sack look like couture. She was recently captured at the airport in a Pinko sweater and a pair of distressed denims. She added a Gucci tote and matching snakeskin sandals for the great finish. Wow is the only word that comes to mind. 

Desi girl magic: Priyanka Chopra looked smouldering haute in this aubergine and gold sari by designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla which she wore at Arpita Khan's wedding.

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A soulful evening at Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad

A soulful evening at Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad

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Shah Rukh Khan opens up on his patch-up with Salman Khan, says they will be there for each other always

Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan had been at loggerheads for almost half a dozen years but when the duo decided to call their fight off, they did so in style. SRK dropped by at the Khan's to bless Arpita Khan and bonded with the whole family including Salman Khan. Not just that, when the duo stepped out of Galaxy, they were seen chatting and hugging each other and their age old fight had been done and dusted.  At a recent event, Shah Rukh Khan spoke about their patch up.

Also read: How Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan patched up?

"Not with arrogance but with utmost humility I say that Salman and me have had many moments of happiness in our lives and very few moments of sorrow but one thing which I can assure is that we will always be there for each other in life to share each other’s moments of happiness and despair”, SRK clarified when asked about the reported patch up. 

Read more: When Salman and SRK did a FaceTime call with Aamir after their patch up

Shah Rukh also attended Arpita's wedding reception two days back and behaved just like a family member would have- from greeting guests to helping elders and even dancing and engaging in a funny banter with Salman.  

On asking him further, SRK said, "When me and Salman meet personally our relationship is same as what it was 25 years back. There is no bad blood. From the outside, we are Pathans and hot headed guys and can have issues at times but nothing more to that. Arpita is close to me too. I have seen grow in front of eyes so the essence here was that our sister was getting married and we had to be there”

Also read: SRK and Salman dance to Chaiyya Chaiyya at Arpita's reception

Seems like the Salman-SRK war has come to a full stop and it's time their fans too rejoice together. 

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Transgenders disenchanted with Jammu and Kashmir polls, claim they're ignored

Claiming ignorance and social stigma as the reasons for a meager 97 transgenders as registered voters in Jammu and Kashmir, members of the third gender have asked political parties to address their issue of lack of acceptance in the mainstream.

As the state is abuzz with the ongoing poll process ahead of the five-phased Assembly elections starting November 25, those belonging to the third gender are disenchanted with it. Neelu, a transgender who is part of a dance group that performs at social functions, says she has no faith in any political leader or party.

"In 2008, I went to attend several election rallies and in every rally, the politicians talked about the issue of men and women, but nobody ever spoke a single word about the problems we faced," Neelu said.
She said politicians were not interested in their issues as transgenders don't form a vote bank. "We don't form a major vote bank for them, so they are least bothered about us. We don't exist for them and they don't exist for us".

47-year-old Kamla claims that there are a large number of transgenders in the state but they are afraid of being vocal about it due to social stigma and further leaving them disenchanted with the poll process.

"We too are humans, but we are not treated like one. People make fun of us as if it is our fault that we are born this way," said Kamla, a transgender hailing from RS Pura area and a registered voter from the constituency.

"There are more than 100 members of third gender in RS Pura alone whom I personally know, but as they are not interested in elections and have not registered themselves as voters," she added.

As per the data provided by the election commission out of the 72,25,559 voters registered in Jammu and Kashmir, 37,93,618 are male, 34,31,844 are female whereas only 97 are transgenders.

Out of the 97 registered voters from third gender, 75 are in Kashmir province, whereas Jammu has only 20 registered voter from the third gender, remaining two are in Ladakh.

"There are many reasons that the members of third gender have not registered their votes. We always encourage people above 18 years of age to register for vote, but it's up to the elected government to address their issues, so that they too feel like a part of mainstream," an official of the election commission requesting anonymity said.

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