Legendary Indian athlete P.T. Usha here Sunday selected six youngsters as India's "Speedstars", the country's fastest running sensations at a first-ever field talent hunt involving 76 finalists from 12 Indian cities.
A Chennai boy, M.S. Arun, who clocked 11.14 seconds in the 100-metre sprint topped the Under-16 category while Anita Das of Kolkata, clocking 12.79, topped the Under-16 girls.
In the Under-14 category, Pune girl Siddhi Hiray clocked 13.01 seconds and P. Silva of Hyderabad (boys) clocked 11.72 seconds.
New Delhi girl Shabnam Naik clocked 14.04 seconds in Under-12 while Mumbai boy Nilesh Batre clocked 13.31 seconds.
The event, organised by KOOH Sports under the aegis of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), saw the participation of over 10,000 children from 800 schools around the country in the past two months.
The six "Speedstars" will now go for a week-long intensive training in Australia, courtesy Griffith University, the official academy partner. They will be guided by Sharon Hannan, Olympic trainer and gather insights of professional the athletic circuit.
"The response generated by 'Speedstars' and initiatives like these would go a long way in cultivating next-generation athletes," said KOOH brand ambassador Usha.
The talent hunt was conducted across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Sonepat, providing a platform to deserving talent.
KOOH Sports, set up by a group of professionals in June 2010 to rekindle love for physical sports, is backed by TCS and HDFC, with the motive to improve the condition of sports in India.
Indian-origin man charged for fraud in US
US markets regulator SEC has charged an Indian-origin person of running a fraud investment scheme, wherein Chinese investors and other investors were allegedly duped of at least $150 million (over Rs. 800 crore) in hope of green-card American residency.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said in a statement that a district court has granted it a "temporary restraining order and asset freeze" against 29-year old Anshoo Sethi and two of his companies involved in running this fraudulent scheme, as its investigations continue further.
26-year-old man marries for the eighth time
A 26-year-old man from Patera Tola village in Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh gets married for the eighth time, deserting all his earlier wives.
Umendra Prasad Mahra tied the knot recently on February 7.
His sixth wife Devki Bhai Mahra had complained about him to Vandana Mandavi, a member of the Madhya Pradesh Women's Commission. Devki told Ms Vandana that Umendra had married her on September 7, 2009 but left her about a year back.
She said it was only after her marriage to Umendra that she came to know that he had married five times before marrying her.
According to Devki, the man stays with the wife till she gets pregnant and then would force her to go for an abortion and when she refused, he would leave her.
Tiger, leopard may be killed if posing danger to humans: NTCA
Tigers and leopards, accorded highest protection under the Wildlife Act, may now be killed with due permission from authorities if they pose a threat to human life or are disabled or diseased beyond recovery.
This is part of new guidelines issued by the National Tiger Conservation Authority in the wake of increased incidents of man-animal conflicts.
"Tiger as well as leopard are categorised under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, with highest statutory protection against hunting under Section 9 (1) of the said Act.
"Hence, such species can be killed if they become dangerous to human life or are so disabled/diseased beyond recovery," the guidelines for declaration of big cats as 'man-eaters' state.
I was detained for talking with media: Geelani
A day after he was detained following the hanging of Afzal Guru, Delhi University lecturer S.A.R. Geelani Sunday said his detention by police happened because he had spoken to the media.
"They did not want me to speak to the press, so they detained me," Geelani told IANS.
Geelani, who teaches at Zakir Hussain College, Delhi University, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the parliament attack of Dec 13, 2001. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2003.Read more
Biggest bathing day at Maha Kumbh
Amid blowing of conch shells, the biggest bathing day 'Mauni Amavasya' at the Maha Kumbh began early Sunday as millions of visitors walked to take a dip at the Sangam - the holy confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati.
With an estimated 20 million people in the Kumbh Mela premises, the auspicious day began with Naga sadhus (ascetics) leading the bathing, amid beating of drums and chanting of Sanskrit hymns.
Security forces are ready for the surge of devotees in the 58 square-kilometre premises of the once-in-12-years Maha Kumbh, the biggest gathering of people anywhere in the world.
Teacher burns kid for wetting his pants
A woman teacher was arrested for burning a nursery student using hot tongs for wetting his trousers while he was taking tuition at her residence in Kanpur, police said on Saturday.
The parents of the seven-year old boy reported the matter to Nazirabad Police station in Kanpur on Friday, and a case under section 307 (Attempt to murder) of IPC has been registered against the tuition teacher and her mother, following which they were arrested.
Tens of thousands of devotees thronged Prayag to take a holy dip at the Sangam on Mauni Amavasya, considered the most auspicious day of the Kumbh Mela on Sunday.
Security arrangements have been beefed up further as the festival comes a day after the hanging of Afzal Guru.
Alleged US cop killer's car found with weapons: reports
More than 100 police searched the snow blanketed California mountains for an ex-cop accused of three killings after his car was found nearby, reportedly with weapons and a broken axle.
Police are hunting for Christopher Dorner, a 33-year-old disgruntled former LA Police Department (LAPD) officer who had threatened to murder police in a chilling online manifesto. The search has focused on cabins above the ski resort of Big Bear, two hours east of Los Angeles, where Dorner's burnt-out pickup truck was found in nearby woods.
Police believe Dorner abandoned the truck when its axle broke, CBS News and CNN reported yesterday, citing anonymous sources. An arsenal of weapons and survival gear was found inside the truck, which Dorner set ablaze Thursday morning, the networks reported.
Curfew continues in Kashmir
Curfew continued in Kashmir for the second day today following hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru in Delhi's Tihar jail.
The restrictions on the movement of people in the Valley were tightened this morning as there were many violations of the curfew yesterday, official sources said.
At least 36 people, including 23 policemen, were injured in clashes between protesters and law enforcing agencies across the Valley after Guru's hanging yesterday.
Youth ditches live-in partner, charged with rape
A youth, in a live-in relationship with his childhood friend for over five years on the promise of marriage, has been charged with raping her.
In its charge sheet filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Jyoti Kler, police has said that Rohan, working with a multi-national company here, was raping his friend since 2007, while they were living together in a flat.
Allow us to perform last rites, Afzal's wife writes to Tihar jail officials
The family of Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar Jail Saturday, sought permission from the authorities to perform his last rites in accordance with religious traditions.
Guru's body was buried inside the jail premises, said officials.
In a letter to Jail Director General Vimla Mehra, drafted by Guru's lawyer N.D. Pancholi, wife Tabassum said the last rites of her husband should be performed in a dignified manner.
"We are writing you to please permit the family members to give Afzal Guru a proper dignified last rites in accordance with the religious traditions.
"If you could inform us when the family members can perform their 'Namaaz-e-Janaza', we would appreciate it," said the letter, a copy of which is with IANS.
"We do not wish to make it a political issue in an atmosphere which is already volatile but the family members, as citizens of India, have a right, which must be respected," the letter said.
Flights resume at NYC airports after snowstorm
New York's airports dug out from under nearly a foot of snow and started letting flights resume Saturday, while Boston's Logan Airport remained closed.
Logan Airport said it expects to open one runway by 11 p.m. Across the region, flights were expected to be back on close to normal schedules on Sunday, though flight-tracking website FlightAware said 115 Sunday flights had been cancelled as of Saturday evening.
Even with flights resuming, the airlines recommended that travelers check their websites before heading out to the airport.New Yorkers tell of hours stranded on snowy roads: Read more
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A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.
Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered YouTube blocked for carrying the film, which he described as "offensive to Islam and the Prophet (Muhammad)." He made the ruling in the Egyptian capital where the first protests against the film erupted last September before spreading to more than 20 countries, killing more than 50 people.
The ruling however can be appealed, and based on precedent, might not be enforced. A spokeswoman for YouTube's parent company, Google, said in a statement that the firm had "received nothing from the judge or government related to this matter."
The 14-minute trailer for the movie "Innocence of Muslims" portrays Islam's Prophet Muhammad as a religious fraud, womanizer and pedophile. It was produced in the United States by an Egyptian-born Christian who's now a U.S. citizen.
Similar orders to censor pornographic websites deemed offensive have not been enforced in Egypt because of high costs associated with technical applications. Blocking YouTube might be easier to enforce, though it also can be circumvented by active Internet users.
Rights activists say Egypt's ministry of communications and information technology has appeared unwilling to enforce such bans. The Cabinet spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.