"There is absolutely nothing wrong with me," says celebrated lensman Jagdish Mali who is "embarassed" at the controversy questioning his mental and physical health.
"...I am healthy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with me. I don't know why this controversy about my health was started, and by whom," said Mali.
According to sources, Jagdish is diabetic and relies on insulin injections to stay fit. When he forgets his insulin shot, he gets disoriented. Recently, the photographer was seen walking in a semi-nude condition in Andheri and was spotted by actress Mink Brar who called Salman Khan for help.
But Jagdish says he was taking a walk when he was approached by a lady, who turned out to be Mink.
"I couldn't recognise her. I didn't know who she was. Does that make me unwell? Log to kuch bhi likh dete hain. I am a technician and an artiste. I've been part of the film industry for decades. Never before have I felt so embarrassed," he said.
Mali is saddened by the callousness that was shown in declaring him mentally and physically ill.
"No one tried to get in touch with me. No one asked me, 'Are you well?' They simply took the lady's (Mink) word for it and declared me unwell," he said.
Mali is unaware of Salman's interest in his health and the star's harsh words for his daughter Antara Mali, who featured in films like "Company" and "Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon".
At a recent event Salman reacted to Antara's statement that her father doesn't need help, saying: "Your father is seen walking in a semi-nude condition on the road and you are saying he doesn't need help... You tell me then who needs help?"
Commenting upon that, Mali said: "I don't know what Salman is saying. But Antara is a fine daughter. Really, there is no tragic story of insensitivity and neglect here."
Two days after an officer, investigating a case against Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, was found hanging from ceiling, police were yet to register an First Information Report, a media report said.
It has been 48 hours since the mysterious death of Kamran Faisal, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officer in the team probing the Rental Power Plants (RPP) case, but no FIR has been lodged yet in his death, The News reported Sunday.
Faisal held the position of an assistant director with the NAB, the country's anti-corruption agency.
The initial report has cited that the cause of Faisal's death was suicide. However, his relatives claim that he was murdered and are seeking a judicial inquiry.
His relatives alleged that torture marks were found on his body, which had also been shown to the media.
It has been reported that Faisal was under stress during the investigation of the RPP case and had requested to be recused from the probe.
Assistant Commissioner (Secretariat) Noman Yusuf has been named the inquiry officer to find out the reason behind Faisal's death.
NAB insiders told Geo News that Faisal, who had written the report on the case, was "mentally tortured" by senior officials to change the report but he refused to budge.
Faisal was assisting investigation officer Asghar Khan in a mega corruption scandal allegedly involving the prime minister.
He was one of the two officials suspended for recommending that the Director General of NAB should submit references against the accused in the two RPP cases to the NAB's head office.
"The time has come to question the centralised, unaccountable system. Decision making must shift from Delhi to the panchayat,"
"Until we start to respect and empower people, we cannot change anything in this country... all are closed systems, designed for mediocrity, mediocrity dominates,"
More highlights from Rahul Gandhi's speech
Last night my mother came to my room because she sat with me and cried.. she cried because she understands the power so many seek is a poison
She can see it because she is not attached to it
We should not chase power for the attributes of power, we should only use it to empower the voiceless
We are no longer seen as worthless and we are seen as the future
Nations are raised on a foundation of hope - I see the Congress party as a embodiment of that hope
For me, the Congress party is my life, the people of India are my life and I will fight for the people and this party
I will fight with everything I have and I invite all of you to stand up and take on that fight
Rahul Gandhi will work for everyone - youth congress, Mahila Congress
I promise you that I will treat everyone alike - try and listen and understand you
I have understood that in politics - we need to work in depth and not in a hurry. Change should be long-term
Congress is the largest political outfit in the world - but there are no rules here
We do not focus on leadership development. In 5-6 years there should be a situation that if a chief minister is required in any state we have giants
We need 40-50 leaders who can run not just states but the whole country - each state should have 5-7 people who can lead it
If someone asks what the Congress does, we should say we build leaders for India - leaders who are backed by everyone in this country
When tickets are distributed the district , block presidents are not asked - the decision is taken top down
People from other parties come in, lose elections and move on, workers see these leaders parachuting in
If leaders do not perform, someone else should be given a chance
Our people stand against us in elections, there are independents contesting - we need to take action against them
I do not know everything, no one does, but there are millions of people and someone somewhere has the knowledge
I will look for that knowledge, I will ask senior leaders
Rahul Gandhi further added:
India is more connected today than it has ever been - no longer possible to contain an idea whose time has come
Direct cash transfer will allow us to realise dreams with an empowering system - 99% of people's money can go to them
We prepare a revolution - giving people their due is bribing the country
They say because they are scared because they understand what adhaar can do, and more importantly what people in Congress can do
Balance of power must shift away to the Panchayats
Cong must continue to wage a relentless battle against social prejudices against women, tribals.
This is a party but is infact a family - maybe the largest not just in India but the world
I am optimistic because I see the compassion, the energy within you
Highlights from Rahul Gandhi's speech
Why is it that ministries do the work of Panchayats? Why does the SC do the work of lower courts?
No matter what state or which party, why do a handful of people control the entire space?
Power is grossly centralised in India, we only empower people at the top
I meet people in high positions with no understanding of issues - this happens because we don't respect knowledge, we respect position
No matter how much knowledge you have , if you don't have position you are not heard - this is the tragedy of India
Success in these systems does not come through building but by excluding; not by pushing people forward but holding them back
Corrupt people stand up and talk of eradicating corruption
People who disrespect women everyday talk of women's rights
We need the aam admi to participate in politics
There is a young and impatient India that is demanding a greater voice
The time has come to question the centralised, unresponsive systems - the answer is not to run them better but to transform them completely
Highlights of Rahul Gandhi's speech
I want to thank you all for the support shown to me.
It's a huge honour for me.. The party has taught me a lot in the last 8 years.
Congress Party will support every Indian.
The Green Revolution restored the voice of the farmer; the IT revolution literally gave people the voice.
Manmohan Singhji unleased the voice of thousands by giving entrepreneurial rights.
For the first time, people are being ensured their rights.
Rahul Gandhi begins his first speech as the Vice President of the Congress Party.
Indian Embassy to aid 'deserving' amnesty seekers stuck for tickets in UAE
The Indian embassy in the UAE has announced it would provide financial help to amnesty seekers from India who are unable to cover their ticket fares out of the UAE.
M.K. Lokesh, India's ambassador to the UAE said tickets would only be provided based on need. He said they would offer help but only for those who deserve it, such as women, those who have been in jail, people who are bankrupt and the like, reports Gulf News.
KBC 6 comes to an end, Big B sad
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been associated with "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC) since its inception in 2000, has just wrapped up the sixth season of the game show and says while shooting the last episode, there was "a feeling of great remorse".
The last episode will be telecast on Republic Day Jan 26.
"The season endeth here of KBC! A sadness prevails and there is a feeling of great remorse...," Amitabh posted his Facebook page Sunday.
Amitabh's down-to-earth attitude and ability to connect with the contestants as well as the audiences effectively are the qualities that helped him become the star on the small screen too. His popularity motivated the producers to hire him again and again.
Out of the six seasons, the 70-year-old hosted all of them except for the third one, for which Shah Rukh Khan had slipped into the host's chair in 2007.
"A feeling that cannot be described in words... it is the audience that comes so religiously and stays so calm and disciplined... thank you all ... I hope I can be back with you soon... love to all," he wrote.
The sixth season of KBC went on air Sep 7 last year and during the show, Kashmir-based Manoj Kumar Raina won Rs.1 crore, while Mumbai-based home tutor Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney walked away with the bumper prize of Rs.5 crore and became the first woman to win the big prize on the show so far.
Home Minister Shinde has accused the BJP and RSS of running terror camps to promote Hindu Terrorism. While speaking at the Congress Chintan Shivir in Jaipur Shinde said, "The RSS and BJP are running terrorist training camp to spread Hindu terrorism."
The BJP in turn has hit back saying that the Home Minister is under political pressure to make such a statement. He is putting the peace and stability of the country at risk by making such statements, said the BJP.
Kolkata airport new terminal opens today
President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the integrated terminal building of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here on Sunday.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and civil aviation minister Ajit Singh are expected to be present at the programme.
The new terminal will be able to handle an annual traffic of 20 million passengers as compared to the present 7.46 million.
The new airport terminal has 40 immigration counters, 26 conveyor belts, six customs counters and 18 aerobridges. It also has 11 parking bays, which will take the total number to 23.
According to reports, the airport can now handle an Airbus 380. Earlier, it could not handle aircraft not larger than a Boeing 747.
ITD Cementation and its parent, Italian-Thai Development Public Co Ltd, Thailand, executed the Rs 1,800 crore modernisation project.
Co-education the problem, educate girls separately, says Jamaat chief
It is good to educate girls, but they should be educated separately, suggests Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief Moulana Jalaluddin Umri, asserting that the "problem starts with co-education." He also favours death for rapists.
According to him, law alone cannot curb rapes. It was important for the government to change the social environment too.
"Obscenity is common in society," Umri told IANS in an interview. "The problem starts with co-education. We are saying educate the girls as much as you want, but give the education separately."
The RSS has made it clear to the BJP that Nitin Gadkari is to remain the President of the BJP for the second term according to media reports. Senior leader L K Advani had suggested the names of Modi and Sushma Swaraj as possible contenders for the post. But the RSS had rejected these suggestions.
The Prime Minister ended his address at the AICC meet thus:
By 2016-17, we should be able to achieve an economic growth of 9 per cent.
In the 12th Plan, we are focusing on planned urban development. We are making improvements in the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Development Mission for that.
Our policies will benefit only when they are implemented properly.
To reduce corruption in government work and increase accountability, we have taken many steps.
Unlike many political parties, we believe in secularism and development for all sections of the society.
In the end, only the Congress understands the needs of the country and knows how to solve its problems.
As I see it, the Jaipur meeting has reaffirmed the commitment of the Congress on its core values: inclusive development, empowerment of women and their safety, meeting the challenges of urbanisation, improving quality of governance, curbing corruption, pursuit of foreign policy based on protecting our national interest.
If the Congress moves ahead with this agenda, I do not see why the Congress will not capture the hearts of minds and people in the next elections.
With the leadership of Soniaji and Rahulji, we shall deliver.
The Prime Minister went on to say:
We have introduced several schemes for the development of the backward sections and women. But we must also admit that implementing this laws is equally important.
The country recently debated the security of women after the recent gangrape of a woman in Delhi. We must not forget that women's participation in our economy is critical.
I have already said that it is important to ensure women's security in public places; we are ready to bring about any law that ensures women's security.
Our efforts have ensured the end of India's isolation by countries that use nuclear energy. The results of this will be for everyone to see in the coming years.
Pakistan committed an inhuman act on the LoC on January 8. We have told Pakistan that this could affect our bilateral relations.
We want good ties, but Pakistan too needs to take steps in that direction.
Some highlights from the PM's speech
We need to have an effective communication strategy so inform the people of our development achievements.
Often people are unaware that the schemes that they benefit from have been introduced by the Centre.
Often, non-Congress state governments take credit for policies of the UPA government.
Country's development under NDA was 5.5 per cent. Under UPA, the GDP grew over 8 per cent. We achieved this during global economic recession.
If we compare UPA and NDA regimes, our poverty alleviation rate is 2.5 times theirs.
During NDA regime agricultural growth was 3 per cent. We have increased it to 3.7 per cent over the past eight years.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is currently addressing the AICC meet in Jaipur. His speech focused on growth, the youth and the poor of the country.
'We need to reassure our youth that we understand their aspirations and shall meet them.We have been trying to bring in inclusive growth. We have been particularly focused on the poor and underprivileged,' said the PM.
Original Batmobile from TV series sells for 4.2 million dollars
The original Batmobile from the 1960s television series has sold at auction for $4.2 million.
A spokeswoman for the Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz., says the winning bidder has not been disclosed following Saturday's auction.
The 19-foot-long black, bubble-topped car was used in the "Batman" TV show that starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader.
The car's owner — famed auto customizer George Barris, of Los Angeles — transformed a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into the sleek crime-fighting machine. On the show, it boasted lasers and a "Batphone" and could lay down smoke screens and oil slicks.
Barris' publicist says his client is pleased with the auction result.
Sonia Gandhi went on to say that Congress will fight forces that threaten the unity and integrity of the country.
She also spoke about the recent set of tough economic reforms taken by the government. 'Global recession is having an effect on India and has forced the government to take some hard decisions, which have hit the people. We should explain to the people the reasons for these hard economic decisions,' said Sonia.
'If we work well, there is no doubt we will be re-elected again in the 2014 elections. This is the time to work hard. As the country's main political party, the people's expectations from us is higher. We cannot let down the people who have supported us,' said the Congress President while ending her speech.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is currently addressing the AICC meeting at Jaipur. She touched upon subjects such as corruption and the Delhi gang-rape. She also expressed her happiness over the fact that a youth from the Congress party had showed great interest in the Chintan Shivir. "I'm delighted with the participation of younger colleagues," said Sonia.
She spoke about the need for women to feel safe and secure in the country. Sonia said that the death of the gangrape victim will not go in vain and that the rape had shaken the entire nation.
Sonia also assured that she will continue to press for a law for 30 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and assemblies.
The All India Congress Committee is meeting at Jaipur today. Some of the key points in the draft Congress declaration are as follows:
The Congress calls on all secular and progressive forces to unite in an ideological battle against those who polarise society.
The Congress will go to the people on the basis of performance of the UPA government and the promise of stability and good governance.
Party acknowledges there is a rising educated and aspirational middle class, especially in urban areas. Will continue to create new opportunities for them.
Dialogue with Pakistan must be based on accepted priniciples of civilised behaviour. When these are violated, India should not hesitate to take credible action.
Gadkari set for another term as BJP chief
Nitin Gadkari appears all set to get a second consecutive term as BJP President.
The BJP is expected to issue a notification on Monday for the party's presidential elections.
Gadkari is expected to submit his nomination for the post.
Celebrities, businessmen and dabbawallas run for a cause in Mumbai
Actors, businessmen, doctors and dabbawallahs, environmentalists, sportspersons including many foreigners and others joined over 40,000 enthusiasistic citizens at the 10th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon here, braving the Sunday morning chills.
The runners are highlighting various causes ranging from female foeticide to saving tigers to good health through the marathon and are sprinting in various categories for different lengths.
The marathon was flagged off by Governor K. Sankaranarayanan near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
Srinagar-Jammu highway reopens
As the weather improved across the state Sunday, the Srinagar-Jammu highway was reopened for one-way traffic after three days, an official said.
"Traffic will move from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway today (Sunday). Drivers are advised to drive cautiously as slippery road conditions exist at places on the highway," said an official of the traffic department.
As reports of non-availability of electric power continued to pour in from different parts of the Kashmir Valley, engineers of the power development department (PDD) said they had restored 80 percent supplies till Saturday evening.
On 2nd term eve, Obama cites commitment to service
On the brink of a second term, President Barack Obama invoked Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to service Saturday as inauguration-goers flocked to the capital city for a distinctly American celebration including an oath-taking as old as the republic, a splashy parade and partying enough to last four years.
"I think we're on the cusp of some really great things," Vice President Joe Biden predicted for a country still recovering from a deep recession.
Freshly built inaugural stands at the Capitol gleamed white in the sun, and hundreds of chairs for special guests were set out on the lawn that spills down toward the National Mall as the president and vice president began their inauguration weekend.
Hundreds honor information activist Swartz in NYC
Portraying his suicide as the product of injustice, friends and supporters at a memorial Saturday for free-information advocate Aaron Swartz called for changing computer-crime laws and the legal system itself.
At a New York City ceremony that was part tribute and part rallying cry, Swartz — who killed himself this month as he faced trial on hacking charges — was painted as a precocious technologist, erudite activist and hounded hero. One speaker called him nothing less than an "Internet saint."
To prosecutors, the 26-year-old Swartz was a thief whose aims to make information available didn't excuse the illegal acts he was charged with: breaking into a wiring closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and tapping into its computer network to download millions of paid-access scholarly articles, which he planned to share publicly.
The Air India will operate an additional flight from Jammu to Leh in Ladakh region today, the AI Station Manager (Jammu) said here on Saturday.
Due to cancellation of flight AI 450 on January 18 from Jammu to Leh, the IA will operate an additional flight on January 20, he said.
Additional flight AI 1449 will arrive from Leh to Jammu at 0930 hours and flight AI 1450 will depart at 1000 hours.
All stranded passengers are advised to report to airport at 0830 hours, the Station Manager said.