Former cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin may contest the coming Lok Sabha polls on a Congress ticket. The Congress leadership has been in touch with him for the past few months.
With the TDP-TRS alliance looking strong in Andhra Pradesh, Azharuddin’s entry will boost the confidence of the Congress.
Azharuddin will be used by Congress to counter the powerful MIM influence on Muslim voters in Hyderabad.
The batsman might stand from his hometown Hyderabad. He has a huge fan-following there despite his premature exit from the world of cricket following allegations of match fixing in the late 90s.
Azhar has kept a low profile since his exit from the Indian cricket scene and runs a successful event management firm.
Speculation was rife in February last year that he may either join or campaign for the Telangana Rastra Samiti in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation polls. The talk was sparked by the hour-long luncheon meeting he had with TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao.
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Barack Obama will become the first black president of the United States of America on Tuesday.
He came, he campaigned and he conquered and now Obama’s swearing-in ceremony will watched across the world.
Inauguration Day in the US is steeped in tradition. The president-elect and family will start their day with the morning service at the St Johns Church.
Obama and vice-president elect Joe Biden and their families will then proceed to the White House, where they will be greeted by outgoing President George W Bush. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at the US Capital.
First Joe Biden will take the oath of office and then Barack Obama raising his right hand and putting his other hand on the Bible will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and attend inaugural parade.
On the eve of his inauguration, Obama paid tribute to the man who ushered in the social change which has helped US get its first black president – Martin Luther King
“Never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease but by the right we do when the moment is hard. I ask you to help reveal that character once more. And, together, we can carry forward as one nation and one people the legacy of our forefathers that we celebrate today,” said Obama.
Over 2 million people are expected to watch the swearing-in ceremony as well as Obama give his inaugural address.
At Penysalvania they are anticipating 3,00,000 people for viewing stands and many others will watch teh inaugural parade.
It is difficult to say what strikes the most about the next US president. Is it Barack Obama’s background, his education or is it his youth?
It is perhaps a combination of all of them, expressed in that one word – charisma.
January 20, 2009 Posted by Bala | Elections, General, Politics, USA, USA Related, World News | African, America, American, Bala, Balamurugan, Balamurugan R, Balgates, Barack, Barack Obama, Biden, Bush, Ceremony, Charisma, Church, George, George Bush, George W Bush, House, Inauguration, India, Joe, Joe Biden, King, Luther, Martin, Martin Luther King, Obama, Palin, Penysalvania, President, Prez, R Balamurugan, Sarah, Sarah Palin, Spain, St Johns Church, Swearing In, Tribute, United States, United States of America, US, USA, Vice President, Washington, White, White House, World | Leave a comment
He may be popular for all the wrong reasons, but Satyam’s disgraced founder Ramalinga Raju has beaten US President-elect Barack Obama on internet popularity charts in India, and is closing the gap abroad too.
By now infamous IT czar Raju shot to limelight earlier this month after disclosing what has emerged as the country’s biggest ever corporate fraud in India and has been called
‘India’s Enron’ right from the word go. Google’s search volume index shows Raju and Obama were generating almost equal searches from India during the first six days of the year, with Obama leading by a small margin. However, Raju jumped up the charts on January 7, when he admitted to a massive fraud of about Rs 7,800 crore.
The search volumes for Raju are estimated to have been over 10 times more than that of Obama on January 7, after which it has been declining consistently but Raju is still holding an edge over the US President-elect.
In terms of search volumes generated from various regions, Raju’s own state Andhra Pradesh is on top, followed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Delhi. In terms of cities too, the maximum search volume has been from Hyderabad, where both Raju and Satyam are based, followed by Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Mahape and Delhi.
As regards searches for Obama, Tamil Nadu has been on the top, followed by Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi among the regions. For cities, the maximum search volumes for Obama has come from Chennai, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. Outside India too, Raju has generated significant search volumes from UAE, Singapore, Finland, US, Poland, Australia, UK, Canada and Germany, but has lagged Obama. Raju has been searched for in Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Dallas and San Fransisco, while search queries have come in Polish language too, other than English.
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Just Be Strong enough to accept the challenges of life. Don’t ask life “Why me?”, instead smile and say “YES!..try me”.
December 17, 2008 Posted by Bala | Attacks, General, Politics, USA Related, World News | Ameica, Attack, Boot, Bush, Farewell, George, George Bush, George W Bush, Iraq, Iraqi, President, Shoe, Shoes, States, United, United States, United States of America, US, USA | Leave a comment
US President George W Bush (In picture) faces the wrath of an Iraqi journalist who hurls his shoes at him during his final visit to Iraq
On his ‘farewell’ visit to Iraq as US President, George W Bush had an unusual ‘encounter’ when an
Iraqi scribe threw two shoes at him, but the agile American leader downplayed the incident, saying “it’s a sign of a free society.”
The journalist, Muntadar al-Zeidi, threw two shoes at Bush — one after another — during a joint news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Sunday (December 14, 2008) and shouted “it is the farewell kiss, you dog”.
“All I can report is a size 10,” the president joked. Bush, who ducked both throws, said he has seen a lot of weird things during his eight-year-long Presidency and that he would term the latest incident as “one of the weirdest”.
“And it was amusing. I mean, I’ve seen a lot of weird things during my presidency and this may rank up there as one of the weirdest. So this happens and it’s a sign of a free society,” Bush said. “But I’m not insulted. I don’t hold it against the government. I don’t think the Iraqi press corps as a whole is terrible. And so, the guy wanted to get on TV and he did. I don’t know what his beef is. But whatever it is I’m sure somebody will hear it,” the US President told ABC channel.
After the incident, Iraqi government said that the scribe, who works with Al-Baghdadia channel which broadcasts from Cairo, has been held for questioning by the Prime Minister’s guards and is being tested for alcohol and drugs. Meanwhile, the television channel demanded the immediate release of its journalist and called the scribe as a “proud Arab and an open-minded man.”
Bush shoe attacker ‘detested America’
The Iraqi journalist who caused a furore when he hurled his shoes at visiting US President George W Bush “detested America” and had been plotting such an attack for months, colleagues said on on Monday (Dec 15, 2008).
Muntazer al-Zaidi, 28, was being hailed as a hero by some after his action against the US President who ordered the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and anti-US demonstrations were being staged in Baghdad and the holy shiite city of Najaf.
“This was a spontaneous action by an Iraqi citizen who was showing his dismay at seeing the President of the country which is occupying our nation,” said Liwaa Sumeissim from the anti-American Sadr movement.
The Iraqi government however branded Zaidi’s actions as “shameful” and demanded an apology from his employer Al-Baghdadia television, which in turn was calling for his immediate release from custody.
One of his colleagues in the Baghdad office of Al-Baghdadia said Zaidi had been planning to throw shoes at Bush if ever he got the chance. “When he said he was going to do it, we didn’t doubt him,” he said.
“Muntazer detested America. He detested the US soldiers, he detested Bush,” said another co-worker who also spoke on condition of anonymity.
An Iraqi lawyer said Zaidi risked a minimum of two years in prison if he is prosecuted for insulting a visiting head of state, but could face a 15-year term if he is charged with attempted murder.
In Cairo, Muzhir al-Khafaji, programming director for Al-Baghdadia television, described Zaidi as a “proud Arab and an open-minded man.” “We fear for his safety,” he told, adding that Zaidi had been arrested twice before by the Americans.
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GET IT CLEAR: Bush has said US will not be held to ransom by terror outfits
With India reaching out to the world community in the wake of Mumbai attacks, the US, Germany and Britain are sending their ministers and functionaries to India to discuss the developing situation.
Washington too is keeping the pressure up.
US President Bush made a statement saying even governments sponsoring terrorism will be held responsible.
“We’ve made it clear to Pakistan that we must do whatever to protect American people. Governments sponsoring terror are as guilty as the terrorists and will be held to account,” warned America’s President who will soon be making way for president-elect Barack Obama to take over.
The US reiterated that countries should deny safe haven to terrorists.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice too came down hard on the terror outfits and their nefarious designs.
Rice had said that those who want to disrupt good relations between India and Pakistan were at root, and that these non-state actors clearly used Pakistani territory. Rice continued to tell the CBS radio in the interview that there is reason for Pakistan to take up responsibility to act.
December 11, 2008 Posted by Bala | Attacks, General, India Related, USA Related, World News | America, American, Attack, Attacks, Bala, Balamurugan, Balamurugan R, Balgates, Barack, Barack Obama, Britain, Bush, Community, Condoleezza, Condoleezza Rice, Countries, Country, Elect, England, Face-off, Fight, George Bush, George W Bush, Germany, Government, Governments, Govt, India, Indian, Ministers, Mumbai, Obama, Pakistan, Pakistani, People, President, President-Elect, Protect, Rice, Safe, Secretary, Secretary of State, State, Terror, Terrorism, Terrorist, Terrorists, UK, United States, United States of America, US, USA, Warns, Washington, World | Leave a comment
The master statesman stood alone against fascism and renewed the world’s faith in the superiority of democracy
The avatar of fascism posed the century’s greatest threat to democracy and redefined the meaning of evil forever
He led a mass struggle for racial equality that doomed segregation and changed America forever
Brazenly defying the West, he revived Islam’s faithful and authored a new form of religious government. The prescriptions were often chilling
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As the world’s most famous prisoner and, now, his country’s leader, he exemplifies a moral integrity that shines far beyond South Africa
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US President-elect Barack Obama on Dec 01, 2008 named former Democrat rival Senator Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State in his incoming administration and retained Robert Gates as the Defence Secretary.
The team of Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden also officially announced other key members of their cabinet, nominating Eric Holder as Attorney General, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations and General Jim Jones as the new National Security Adviser.
“In this uncertain world, the time has come for a new beginning – a new dawn of American leadership to overcome the challenges of the 21st century, and to seize the opportunities embedded in those challenges,” Obama said in a statement issued by his transition team.
To succeed, a new strategy should be pursued that skillfully uses, balances, and integrates all elements of American power — military and diplomacy, intelligence and law enforcement, economy and the power of “our moral example,” the country’s first African-American President said.
“The team that we have assembled here today is uniquely suited to do just that. They share my pragmatism about the use of power, and my sense of purpose about America’s role as a leader in the world,” Obama, who will be taking office as the 44th US President on January 20, 2009, said.
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CONQUERING MOON: Ex-president APJ Abdul Kalam and ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair hold a model of the moon.
The moon is 3,84,400 km away from earth and on Nov 14, 2008, India became the fourth nation to have its flag flying on the moon’s surface when Chandrayaan-1’s Moon Impact Probe (MIP), with the Tricolour painted on it, touched down.
The 35-kg payload crash-landed on the lunar surface at around 2030 hrs IST. The MIP has started sending its first signals to Chandrayaan-1.
It also contains equipment which will help scientists design a lunar land rover for the upcoming Chandrayaan-2 mission.
The MIP is slightly smaller than an average TV cabinet. Inside the MIP there is a device to constantly check it’s height as it falls. Another device checks what the air on the moon is made of. There is even a video camera to photograph the moon from close range.
The photographs taken by the MIP will help Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) decide where to land India’s first moon rover, a few years from now.
The MIP also has the Indian flag painted on it’s sides and a Sanskrit verse which means “
The MIP disconnected from Chandrayaan-1 100 km above the moon. As it fell, it kept sending information back to the satellite.
Closer to the surface, rockets were fired, to slow down it’s speed and soften the impact on landing.
After half an hour of free fall, the MIP crash-landed on the south pole of moon.
The idea to send a MIP was first mooted by former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
If it weren’t for him, Chandrayaan-1 would only have orbited the moon.
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TIME FOR INDIA: Obama has already spoken to 15 world leaders, including the Pakistani President.
US president-elect Barack Obama called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday morning and discussed the Indo-US relationship.
Obama reportedly told Singh that the two countries can work together in many area.
“We need to give strength to Indo-US relations. The Indo-US strategic ties are very important,” Obama told Singh.
PMO sources said Singh congratulated Obama on his historic victory and said his success would be an inspiration for the oppressed people all over the world.
The Prime Minister also said that the relationship between India and the US was “very good” but “we should not be satisfied with the status quo”.
Singh conveyed his best wishes for the success of the Obama administration in meeting challenges that face the world.
The Prime Minister also invited Obama and his wife Mitchelle to visit India, the sources said.
Obama praised Singh’s contribution to the progress of India as Finance Minister earlier and the Prime Minister now.
Obama had reportedly called Singh on Saturday too but the Prime Minister could not take the telephone call from the US president-elect as he was travelling.
“I got a call on Saturday but could not take it as I was travelling,” Manmohan Singh had said on Monday on board his special aircraft while returning home from a two-nation visit to the Gulf.
Obama has already spoken to 15 world leaders, including Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, after his election.
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