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The President has approved awards of 368 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 65th Republic Day Celebrations.  This includes 03 Kirti Chakra, 10 Shaurya Chakra, 1 Bar Sena Medal (Gallantry), 48 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 02 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 1 Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 05 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 07 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 45 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal,  19 Yudh Seva Medal, 05 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 35 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 08 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 15 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 10 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 112 Vishisht Seva Medal.
In addition a total of 25 Mention-In-Despatches have also been announced for participating in Operation Rakshak.

KIRTI CHAKRA

  1. JC-618131L NAIB SUBEDAR BHUPAL SINGH CHHANTEL MAGAR, 5/5TH BATTALION THE GORKHA RIFLES (FRONTIER FORCE)
  2. WING COMMANDER DARRYL CASTELINO (25107) FLYING (PILOT) (POSTHUMOUS)
  3. SHRI BHRIGU NANDAN CHOUDHARY CONSTABLE/GD, 205 COBRA BN. (POSTHUMOUS)

SHAURYA CHAKRA

  1. IC-58543X LIEUTENANT COLONEL BIKRAM JIT SINGH ARMOURED CORPS / 16TH LIGHT CAVALRY (POSTHUMOUS)
  2. IC-61469M MAJOR MANDEEP SINGH GHUMMAN REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 1ST  ASSAM RIFLES
  3. IC-62853A MAJOR GAURAV THAKUR THE BIHAR REGIMENT / 24 RASHTRIYA RIFLES
  4. IC-70847F CAPTAIN SANDEEP BHARTIYA 17TH  BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT (MASHKOH)
  5. IC-72419F CAPTAIN MAHABIR SINGH 9TH  BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
  6. 15223301M GUNNER LALLAWMZUALA REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 18TH  BATTALION THE  RASHTRIYA RIFLES
  7. 5457286F RIFLEMAN RAN BAHADUR GURUNG 5/5TH  BATTALION THE GORKHA RIFLES (FRONTIER FORCE) (POSTHUMOUS)
  8. WING COMMANDER ADITYA PRAKASH SINGH (23172-B) FLYING (PILOT)
  9. WING COMMANDER NIKHIL NAIDU (23986) FLYING (PILOT)
  10. FLIGHT LIEUTENANT KRISHNAMOORTHY PRAVEEN (30394) FLYING (PILOT) (POSTHUMOUS)

Well I have just listed out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.

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On the 65th Republic day celebrations the Padma Awards will be given to several Indians for their contribution towards the country. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee has approved the conferment of Padma Awards-2014 today. This year the he has approved 127 awards which comprises of 2 Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan, and 101 Padma Shri Awardees apart from the 2 Bharat Ratnas that were announced earlier.

Bharat Ratna

  1. C. N. R. Rao – Scientist
  2. Sachin Tendulkar – Cricketer – Sports

Padma Vibhushan

  1. Dr Raghunath A Mashelkar – Science and Engineering
  2. B K S Iyengar – Yoga
  1. Padma Bhushan
  2. Gulam Mohammed Sheikh – Art-Painting
  3. Begum Parveen Sultana – Art-Classical Singing
  4. T H Vinayakram – Art-Ghatam Artist
  5. Kamala Haasan – Art-Cinema
  6. Justice Dalveer Bhandari – Public Affairs
  7. Prof Padmanabhan Balaram – Science and Engineering
  8. Prof Jyeshtharaj Joshi – Science and Engineering
  9. Dr Madappa Mahadevappa – Science and Engineering
  10. Dr Thirumalachari Ramasami – Science and Engineering
  11. Dr Vinod Prakash Sharma – Science and Engineering
  12. Dr Radhakrishnan Koppillil – Science and Engineering
  13. Dr Mrityunjay Athreya – Literature and Education
  14. Anita Desai – Literature and Education
  15. Dr Dhirubhai Thaker – Literature and Education
  16. Vairamuthu Ramasamy Thevar – Literature and Education
  17. Ruskin Bond – Literature and Education
  18. Pullela Gopichand – Sports-Badminton
  19. Leander Paes – Sports-Tennis
  20. Vijayendra Nath Kaul – Civil Service
  21. Late Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma – Public Affairs
  22. Late Dr Anumolu Ramakrishna – Science and Engineering
  23. Prof Anisuzzaman – Literature and Education
  24. Prof Lloyd I Rudolph and Prof Susanne H Rudolph – Literature and Education
  25. Dr (Smt) Neelam Kler – Medicine- Neonatology

Padma Shri

  1. Mohammad Ali Baig – Art-Theatre
  2. Nayana Apte Joshi – Art
  3. Musafir Ram Bhardwaj – Art-Instrumental Music- Pauna Manjha
  4. Sabitri Chatterjee – Art-Film
  5. Prof Biman Bihari Das – Art-Sculptor
  6. Sunil Das – Art-Painting
  7. Elam Endira Devi – Art-Manipuri Dance
  8. Vijay Ghate – Art-Instrumental Music- Tabla
  9. Rani Karnaa – Art-Kathak
  10. Bansi Kaul – Art-Theatre
  11. Ustad Moinuddin Khan – Art-Instrumental Music-Sarangi Player
  12. Geeta Mahalik – Art-Odishi Dance
  13. Paresh Maity – Art-Painting
  14. Ram Mohan – Art-Film Animation
  15. Sudarsan Pattnaik – Art-Sand artist
  16. Paresh Rawal – Art-Cinema and Theatre
  17. Wendell Augustine Rodricks – Art-Fashion Designing
  18. Prof Kalamandalam Sathyabhama – Art-Mohini Attam
  19. Shri Anuj (Ramanuj) Sharma – Art-Performing Art
  20. Santosh Sivan – Art- Film
  21. Supriya Dev – Art-Bengali Cinema
  22. Sooni Taraporevala – Art- Script Writing
  23. Vidya Balan – Art-Cinema
  24. Durga Jain – Social Work
  25. Dr Rama Rao Anumolu – Social Work
  26. Dr Brahm Dutt – Social Work
  27. Mukul Chandra Goswami – Social Work
  28. J L Kaul – Social Work
  29. Mathurbhai Madhabhai Savani – Social Work
  30. Tashi Tondup – Public Affairs
  31. Dr Hasmukh Chamanlal Shah – Public Affairs
  32. Sekhar Basu – Science and Engineering
  33. Madhavan Chandradathan – Science and Engineering
  34. Sushanta Kumar Dattagupta – Science and Engineering
  35. Dr Ravi Bhushan Grover – Science and Engineering
  36. Prof Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis – Science and Engineering
  37. Ramkrishna V HosuR – Science and Engineering
  38. Dr Ajay Kumar Parida – Science and Engineering
  39. Dr Malapaka Yajneswara Satyanarayana Prasad – Science and Engineering
  40. Kiran Kumar Alur Seelin – Science and Engineering
  41. Dr Brahma Singh – Science and Engineering
  42. Prof Vinod Kumar Singh – Science and Engineering
  43. Dr Govindan Sundararajan – Science and Engineering
  44. Ramaswamy R Iyer – Science and Engineering
  45. Dr Jayanta Kumar Ghosh – Science and Engineering
  46. Ravi Kumar NarrA – Trade and Industry
  47. Rajesh Saraiya – Trade and Industry
  48. Mallika Srinivasan – Trade and Industry
  49. Pratap Govindrao Pawar – Trade and Industry
  50. Dr Kiritkumar Mansukhlal Acharya – Medicine- Dermatology
  51. Dr Balram Bhargava – Medicine- Cardiology
  52. Prof (Dr) Indra Chakravarty – Medicine- Health and Hygiene
  53. Dr Ramakant Krishnaji Deshpande – Medicine- Oncology
  54. Prof (Dr) Pawan Raj Goyal – Medicine- Chest Disease
  55. Prof Amod Gupta – Medicine- Opthalmology
  56. Prof (Dr) Daya Kishore Hazra – Medicine
  57. Prof (Dr) Thenumgal Poulose Jacob – Medicine- Vascular Surgery
  58. Prof (Dr) Shashank R Joshi – Medicine- Endocrinology
  59. Prof Hakim Syed Khaleefathullah – Medicine- Unani Medicine
  60. Dr Milind Vasant Kirtane – Medicine- ENT Surgery
  61. Dr Lalit Kumar – Medicine- Oncology
  62. Dr Mohan Mishra – Medicine
  63. Dr M Subhadra Nair – Medicine- Gyneacology
  64. Dr Ashok Panagariya – Medicine- Neurology
  65. Dr Narendra Kumar Pandey – Medicine- Surgery
  66. Dr Sunil Pradhan – Medicine- Neurology
  67. Dr Ashok Rajgopal – Medicine- Orthopaedics
  68. Dr Kamini A Rao – Medicine- Reproductive Medicine
  69. Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah – Medicine- Surgery
  70. Prof Om Prakash Upadhyaya – Medicine
  71. Prof (Dr) Mahesh Verma – Medicine- Dental Science
  72. Dr J S Titiyal – Medicine-Opthalmology
  73. Dr Nitish Naik – Medicine- Cardiology
  74. Dr Surbrat Kumar Acharya – Medicine-Gastroentrology
  75. Dr Rajesh Kumar Grover – Medicine-Oncology
  76. Dr Naheed Abidi – Literature and Education
  77. Prof Ashok Chakradhar – Literature and Education
  78. Chhakchhuak Chhuanvawra – Literature and Education
  79. Keki N Daruwalla – Literature and Education
  80. Prof Ganesh Narayandas Devi – Literature and Education
  81. Prof Kolakaluri Enoch – Literature and Education
  82. Prof (Dr) Ved Kumari Ghai – Literature and Education
  83. Smt Manorama Jafa – Literature and Education
  84. Prof Rehana Khatoon – Literature and Education
  85. Dr Waikhom Gojen Meeitei – Literature and Education
  86. Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri – Literature and Education
  87. Prof Dinesh Singh – Literature and Education
  88. Dr (Mrs) P Kilemsungla – Literature and Education – Nagaland
  89. Anjum Chopra – Sports- Cricket
  90. Sunil Dabas – Sports- Kabbadi
  91. Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu – Sports- Mountaineering
  92. Dipika Rebecca Pallikal – Sports- Squash
  93. H Boniface Prabhu – Sports- Wheelchair Tennis
  94. Yuvraj Singh – Sports- Cricket
  95. Mamta Sodha – Sports- Mountaineering
  96. Parveen Talha – Civil Service
  97. Late Dr Narendra Achyut Dabholkar – Social Work
  98. Ashok Kumar Mago – Trade and Industry
  99. Siddharth Mukherjee – Medicine-Oncology
  100. Dr Vamsi Mootha – Medicine- Biomedical Research
  101. Dr Sengaku Mayeda – Literature and Education.

For the complete and Original list click here.


On the 67th Independence Day celebrations the President approved awards of 43 gallantry awards to Armed Forces, Paramillitary, and Police personnels. This includes 01 Ashoka Chakra, 02 Kirti Chakra, 10 Shaurya Chakra, 02 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 21 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 01 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry).

The list of the recipients of gallantry awards to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:-

ASHOKA CHAKRA:

  1. KLVSSHNV Prasad Babu, Sub-Inspector, Andhra Pradesh Police

KIRTI CHAKRA:

  1. Major Mahesh Kumar, Sena Medal, Punjab Regiment
  2. Lt CDR Abhilash Tomy, Navy Inspector Lohit Sonowal, Assam government

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

  1. Major Sanjeev Kumar, Armoured Corps
  2. Major Swagat Kumar Das, 9th Battalion, Sikh Light Infantry
  3. Major Amarjeet Singh, Mechanized Infantry
  4. Major Mohan Chandra, 4th Battalion, the Kumaon Regiment
  5. Captain Rampreet Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles
  6. Naik Balwinder Singh, Punjab Regiment
  7. Aadesh Kumar sea i cd iii (Navy)
  8. Aircraftsman Murali Kannan (posthumous)
  9. Je (civil) Manish (Posthumous), BRO
  10. PR Mishra, Dy Commandant, Central Reserve Police Force

Well I am just listing out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.


IPL 6 FINAL

Finally Mumbai Indians win the IPL trophy, and with this the most star-studded team finally get a hold of the trophy that eluded them for the last 5 years. And with this Sachin Tendulkar gets hold of a probably the only trophy that was missing from his trophy cabinet.

Mumbai Indians have always been a heavy spender at the IPL auctions trying to get hold of players that could possibly win them the trophy. They had won the Champions League in 2011 but somehow IPL trophy has eluded them. This year around they made many strategic changes like appointing Anil Kumble as the mentor, John Wright as the chief coach, and Ricky Ponting as the captain. This gave the world the opportunity to watch Sachin and Ponting open the innings together, definitely a breath-taking sight.

Though Ricky Ponting in the playing eleven did not work for them, but the courageous step of dropping him from the playing eleven and appointing Rohit Sharma as the captain proved to be a master stroke. Though I do believe that Ponting would have played a huge role from the sidelines, of mentoring Sharma to take on the captaincy.

Also Mumbai was one of the strongest team in the IPL with a very strong bowling attack of Jhonson, Harbhajan, Malinga, and Ojha (and all the other youngsters that got a chance proved themselves). Again the batting was bolstered by Karthikh, Sharma, Pollard, and Smith in supreme form ably supported by Rayudu and Sachin when required. But what took the cake was their fielding. Ponting and Pollard were involved in some breath taking catches, and their ground fielding was also superb with the likes of Sharma, Rayudu and Smith diving around and why should it not have been when they were being mentored by none other than Jhonty Rhodes.

Finally Mumbai Indians lived up to the expectations of their fans and they created that magic by being unbeaten at their home venue (Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai).

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But to be honest I am not really sure if all the Mumbai Indian fans were excited by this victory, as soon after the victory, came the announcement that Sachin had retired from the IPL. Probably we might get to see him one last time in the Champions League donning the MI clothing. I don’t know if the IPL would remain the same from next year with the absence of Sachin. Also, I am not sure for myself, as my alliances have been with Mumbai Indians for all these six years and that has largely been due to Sachin’s presence in the team. Though maybe he still would be around next year in a mentor’s role but I am not sure if my alliances would still remain with the team.

Also, came the announcement from Rahul Dravid from IPL, unfortunately since he is out from international cricket, this year’s Champions League would probably be the last time we would get to see him play on the screen. Again, towards the end IPL was surrounded by this spot fixing controversy. I really don’t know, why would any player indulge in such an activity, as IPL already a very high paying league, and all this has done is brought dejection towards the league in the minds of the fans all over the world.

All I can hope is that IPL would remain the same as it has been over the past 6 years with or without legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, and amidst all the spot fixing haphazard that happened this year.

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Sachin Tendulkar turned 40 yesterday, and as I could not write down a post yesterday, I believe it is never too late to wish the legend. So I would like to take this opportunity to wish him a very happy birthday and also thank him for all the glorious days of cricket I got to witness when he played for India, whether be it in tests or in ODIs. And his records in both the formats speak for themselves.

It is really unfortunate that he announced his retirement from ODI cricket in December, or else he could have become the first Indian to do so. Anyways, he missed on the longest ODI career due to his retirement, and since he did not play an ODI since Feb 2012, that would be considered as his last day of ODI career irrespective of the fact that he announced his retirement from the format in December. Though I would have loved to have watch him play against Pakistan in that series, and it could have been a fitting end to a career and against a team with which it all started in 1989. Though now he would seventh Indian player to play test cricket in his 40s, and the first to do it after since 1960, but this is subject to the fact that he should play a test match after this. Hopefully he would play against South Africa towards the end of the year. The most precious memory of his birthday I have is of 15 years back in 1998, when he turned 25, and when he smashed the Australian bowlers all around the ground to win the series. Yesterday he could not play a big innings against Kolkata Knight Riders, and was dismissed cheaply, but yes his team did not let him down and spoil his birthday party.

Anyways, I would want to wish him a very happy birthday again, and I hope to see him soon playing the test matches, and playing it for a few more years.

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20121221133537!Pepsi_IPL_LogoWell this year’s IPL is definitely one of the toughest in terms of competitive level. One-third of the tournament is over, and yet there is no certain team that would make through to the final 4. It is on Delhi Daredevils that look to be out of the reckoning for the final 4 spot as they have all of their first 6 matches, which they might need to win 8-9 matches of their remaining 10 matches something that looks difficult, but anything can be possible in cricket so they are not yet out of the tournament.

Well at the start of tournament, one would have bet 4 out of Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Royal Challengers Bangalore should make it to the top 4. Not much was thought of the other 4 teams of making it to the top 4. But surprisingly, team Delhi one of the strongest on paper has lost their first 6 matches, which probably make them the first team to be knocked out of the tournament. Again all of team Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore have should a little indifferent form in their first 5-6 matches. Though team Bangalore is placed second at this point, team Chennai at fourth, team Mumbai at fifth, team Kolkata at seventh, and team Delhi at ninth (last). The other underdog teams (especially Rajasthan Royals) have done well and in fact are at the top of the table at this stage. The other teams like Kings XI Punjab and the debutant team (Sun Risers Hyderabad) have shown indifferent form but have managed to scrape to victories on most of the occasions and they are placed sixth and third in the table respectively. Also, Pune Warriors have not played to the expectations of the fans but have defeated the big teams like Chennai and the I form Rajasthan and are currently placed at eighth, but yes they still have a very good chance to qualify.

Well who all are going to make it to the top 4, definitely looks like a surprise that would be awaited. Let’s wait and see what happens, I hope that at least Mumbai Indians makes through to the top 4.


For a long time the following image was displayed in different parts of the country to promote and advertise to make people of India proud to join the Indian Army.

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For the last couple of days, a new picture is appearing on the internet as an advertisement that is currently displayed in Shillong, featuring 9 Bollywood actresses (Priyanka Chopra, Priety Zinta, Simmi Garewal, Chitrangada Singh, Celina Jaitley, Amrita Singh, Gul Panag, Anushka Sharma, and Sakshi Tanwar, all Army Officer’s daughters), and urging the people to join the Indian Army. Though I am not sure whether this image is a genuine one or a fake (as though the official site of “Join the Indian Army” is mentioned on the banner, there is nothing on the website relating to this). Also, there is no word from any of the above celebrities of have having given their consent of the advertisement (though I feel that they would not really oppose to such a thing).

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After reading a couple of articles on the net relating to this picture, and I realized that this advertisement is more to promote a girl child in the Indian Army than an advertisement to join the Army, so in that case I feel this banner should have had a mention of AWWA rather than of “Join Indian Army” on the banner.

Anyways, if this is a true image, then it is a nice and an innovative way to urge people to join the Indian Army. All I can say is that, this advertisement is in a way a good representation of the exposure the kids of army personnel (I can say this, because even I am an Army officer’s son) get in their upbringing which thereby helps them emerge as winners in the field that they choose in their career.

Overall, I am surprised to such an initiative, and to a certain extent happy as well as Indian Army is getting innovative. And most of all is that this allows the kids of Army personnel (in this case these actresses), to contribute to the Indian Army, probably to which they owe a lot as it rightly pointed out by Gul Panag in one of her tweets.

About the join army ‘ad’.Whether in jest or not,I have no problem with it.I owe 100% of what I am to my AF upbringing. Proud of it. @rwac48

— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) April 14, 2013


dutt_1363847508Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to a 5-year jail term under the case of illegal possession of arms in the 193 Mumbai blasts case. A little over 5 years back in 2007, Sanjay Dutt was cleared of the conspiracy charges in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, but was found guilty of illegal possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol. Since this case was still under the Supreme Court Dutt was granted bail, and has been out since then. Now he needs to surrender within a month and complete the sentence term (he has already served 18 months in jail earlier). Though this a sad news for all his fans, but as an Indian I am proud that the supreme court is playing its role well and even prosecuting high profile people. Though the time frame can be a topic for debate as it has been nearly 20 years since those blasts took place, but as we say better late than never, it is good that criminals like Yakub Menon have been given death sentence. This does raise a little hope in the judicial system of India.

The complete news articles are as follows:

1993 Mumbai blasts: Five-year jail term for Sanjay Dutt

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. Dutt, who has already served 18 months of his term in prison, has four weeks to surrender.

The Supreme Court today also dismissed 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Yakub Memon’s appeal against his death sentence even as it reduced the punishment of 10 other accused to life imprisonment from death sentence considering the fact that they have spent 20 years in jail. It also upheld life sentences awarded to 17 others.

The apex court said there is no case for probation to Dutt because of the gravity of the crime. Dutt can file a review petition.

Dutt, who was convicted under the Arms Act for illegally possessing weapons, had been awarded six years imprisonment by the TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court.

However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

“He will have to serve another three-and-a-half year sentence. We had prepared him for the same,” Dutt’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde told reporters.

“We will wait for a copy of the Supreme Court judgement and then decide the further course of action,” he said. “He is a strong man and will fight back.”

In 2007, Dutt was cleared of conspiracy charges in the Mumbai serial blasts but was found guilty of illegal possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol.

The actor was the most high-profile among 100 people found guilty in the bombings trial. The 1993 Mumbai attacks were ordered by India’s most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim, police say.

The court also came down heavily on Mumbai police and customs officers at all levels. But for their wrong actions the 1993 bombings could have been avoided.

A TADA court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away. The court had also sentenced 20 to life imprisonment and 46 others, including Dutt, were given varying terms of imprisonment.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had faced flak for not challenging the TADA court verdict acquitting Sanjay Dutt of charges under the TADA but convicting him under the Arms Act and sentencing him to six years imprisonment.

However, in the course of the hearing of his appeal, the CBI had opposed the actor’s plea challenging his conviction and sentencing.

For a man who reportedly took to drugs in high school, hobnobbed with India’s most-wanted criminals and whose private life constantly made headlines, Dutt retains the sympathy of the industry and millions of fans who see him as a victim of his star lineage and own fame.

Dutt is the son of actor and former Congress minister late Sunil Dutt. His sister Priya is a Congress MP in the Lok Sabha. Their mother, late Nargis, had also been a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.

Dutt married longtime girlfriend Manyata in February 2008 and became a father to twins two years later. He has a daughter Trishala from his first marriage.

Through all his troubled years, Dutt managed to stay relevant in Bollywood, with his biggest hits being the two-series Munnabhai films in which he played a funny, do-gooder gangster.

Dutt wasn’t present in the court and was represented by his sister Priya.

A series of 13 car bomb blasts had ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993, resulting in the death of 257 people and injuries to 713. The locations that were targeted included fisherman’s colony in Mahim Causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, the Bombay Stock Exchange Building and the Passport Office.

Not linked to 1993 blasts: Dutt

In August 2012, Dutt told the Supreme Court that his offence of possessing a rifle and ammunition was not linked to the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

Appearing for the actor, senior counsel Harish Salve told the apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan that he came to possess the weapon in September 1992 when his father Sunil Dutt and sisters were facing threats as the senior Dutt’s help to Muslim victims annoyed some.

Salve said that the only caveat in putting Sanjay Dutt to trial under an anti-terror law was if there was any “inextricable linkage” between his possessing arms with the serial bomb blasts.

He said that this was the least common denominator that could be used for seeing any such linkage. He said that there was no linkage between Dutt possessing a rifle and the 1993 bomb blasts.

The court was told that Dutt had never met blasts accused Tiger Memon and all that he knew about him was hearsay from Samir Hingora in whose under-production film “Sanam” he was playing a role.

The senior counsel told this to the apex court hearing Dutt’s appeal challenging his conviction under the Arms act and sentence of six years awarded to him. The actor’s appeal challenging his conviction was being heard by the apex court.

As Salve commenced the arguments, the court pointed out that there were objections that the “CBI filed appeal against all making an exception for Sanjay Dutt”.

The court was apparently referring to senior counsel Jaspal Singh casting shadows on the impartiality of the CBI by not appealing against the TADA court verdict in Dutt’s case.

Jaspal Singh, who appeared for accused Yakub Memon, said that the CBI did not oppose the bail of Dutt who had confessed his guilt and weapons were recovered from him. (With agency inputs) ..”

1993 Mumbai blasts: SC upholds Yakub Memon’s death sentence

“The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and commuted the death sentence of 10 others. The apex court also upheld the conviction of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act in the terror attack and sent him to five years in prison.

However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

While confirming the death sentence of Yakub Memon, the bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan said he and other members of the Memon family had played a predominant role in the execution of the conspiracy that led to 13 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai on March 12, 1993, claiming 257 lives and leaving 713 injured.

While commuting the death sentence of the 10 other convicts to life imprisonment, the court said that they were mere subservients in the execution of the conspiracy.

The humble and underprivileged background of these 10 accused, who were mere instruments in the hands of “principal perpetrators”, were counted as mitigating circumstances by the court.

The court said that if Memons were the archers of the conspiracy these 10 were just arrows. The judges also slammed Pakistan for aiding and abetting the acts of terrorism in infringement of international obligation as a member of United Nations.

The court also came down heavily on Mumbai police and customs officers at all levels. But for their wrong actions the 1993 bombings could have been avoided.

A TADA court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away. The court had also sentenced 20 to life imprisonment and 46 others, including Sanjay Dutt, were given varying terms of imprisonment.

An anti-terror TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away.

A series of 13 car bomb blasts had ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993, resulting in the death of 257 people and injuries to 713. The locations that were targeted included fisherman’s colony in Mahim Causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, the Bombay Stock Exchange Building and the Passport Office.

The TADA court trial court of Justice P.D. Kode had commenced the trial on November 4, 1993, and pronounced its 4,230-page verdict on July 31, 2007.

The bombings, police say, were carried out at the behest of gangster Dawood Ibrahim to avenge the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and subsequent riots in which many Muslims were killed. A special anti-terrorism court had convicted 100 people in the attacks. (With agency inputs) ..”


I really don’t know whether I should say that the cities in India are getting unsafe by every passing day, or it is that the crime rate remains the same but a lot many cases are now getting known to public. Well whatever be the scenario, both suggest that the people are now more scared against crime than ever before, and also it does not portray the good image of the city/locality to the people living in other parts of the country and also it portrays a bad image of the country globally.

I have written a couple of blog posts recently relating to the gang-rape incident that took place a couple of months back in Delhi. And to be honest I have always believed that Pune has been a much safer city to live in when compared to many others like Delhi, Mumbai amongst others. But then another of an incident has just come to my notice a couple of days back in Pune, though this incident is not of the magnitude the Delhi incident was, but still it is a crime and could have been far worse than it now looks. But since I got to know of it because of it happening with one of my colleagues at work, it does sound scary, and so I thought of writing of it on my blog and also discuss a few issues.

This was an email that written by one of my colleagues at work (the victim), and since then this email has circulated within the organization like virus and now has even started to get distributed to other organizations as well. I guess this is the advantage of electronic media, as now more and more people would get educated of this and can take their steps of precaution. The email:

Hi All,
I am writing this because i feel u should all know about it. It is about the level of safety around here in Pune or anywhere in India. Is there anyone you can trust ??
 
On Friday 22nd February at around 8.30 in the evening I was on my way to Mumbai waiting for one of those carpools. One which stops at wakad bridge and drops you Mumbai for 150 bucks. So this blue color indica stopped and the driver was asking people for Mumbai. Since there is no street light in that area  I couldn’t see the car no. The driver kept asking for Mumbai. When one person decided to back out, I decided to get in the car. I got in the car and was sitting in the middle with 2 guys on each side of me. There were two other in the car i.e one the driver and the other sitting beside him.  The car started and all of them were quietly sitting as if they don’t know each other. I don’t know why all of the sudden i felt something was fishy. I told the driver to stop as I remembered some urgent work. But as soon as the next stop came the driver didn’t stop and the person on my right covered my mouth and my hand while the other person on my left held my neck and other hand using great force. I got scared and started shouting but they told me to shut or else they would kill me.They told me to bend and sit pressing my neck and then put a cloth on my head so that i don’t see anything i.e neither their face nor the direction in which they are taking me. I just shut myself out of fear. They started stealing everything and asking me all kinds of question. They took my money, my specs without which I couldn’t see anything , my laptop, my cloths, my mp4 player and almost everything. Things worth around 70k. They even asked me my atm pin and I even spoke the truth fearing what if they actually check and find out its wrong and kill me. The lowest of my life was when these people were discussing whether to kill me throw my body away or just leave me. I was literally begging for my life. Then they finally took me to some place and tied my hands, took me out of the car in some deserted area with bushes all around me. They then tore my t-shirt tied my mouth with it as tightly as possible. This is when again I felt I would get killed. But then they pushed me to the ground and tied my legs and ran away. I had no idea where I was and I couldn’t move my legs or hands. It was scary. I somehow managed to untie my hands and then my legs and then my mouth. I couldn’t see anything but ran in the direction of the light. Suddenly I saw a building and luckily a window with light. Ran towards it and got all the help. It was an army area in Dehu road off old Pune-Mumbai highway.
 
But my point here is please don’t ever travel in these car pools from wakad. Especially when you are alone. These people work in group and act as if they don’t know each other and later threaten to kill and steal everything. Please ensure you either travel in bus or with someone whom you can trust or with fellow Infoscians. Girls please travel with someone you know and can trust. Times are so bad nothing here in India is safe. Just make sure you don’t travel in these car pools because you never know what might happen to you. You can never trust these people. IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE FOR ME BUT I AM JUST LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. It still gives me chills just to think about it.
 
So I request to all please don’t ever take carpools which drop you to Mumbai from Wakad bridge. These people can never be trusted and please don’t leave office late as well. Complete your work as fast as possible and leave as early as possible. Ladies please leave early by buses or with someone you trust. Carrying a pepper spray with yourself all the time would be great. Today it was me but tomorrow it can be anyone. And these people can come up with any ideas anytime to steal from us. So please stay cautious and alert all the time.
Please forward this mail to all friends and relatives so as to ensure their safety. Please forward this to your friends across all DCs so as to alert them and ensure their safety.

Well this happened to one of my male colleagues. Also, this email speaks about the huge risk a non-regular Mumbai-Pune traveller carries. Especially, because a non-regular traveller would not get suspicious of the activity so easily, as this person got. And then falling in trap for such a person would be far easier than for a regular one. Again, what level of crime could have happened in a scenario if this would have happened to any of the female colleagues? How can they be safe, if such evets keep on recurring. All we can say is that every city is turning towards the bad bad world.

Now all these really create a lot of doubts in the mid of people who think that Pune is a very safe city comparatively. And again, is it that this probably a single case and to judge Pune as unsafe is wrong, or is it that this is one of those cases that has manage to surface into limelight. Whatever be the scenario, it is not good news for Pune residents I guess. Also, I hope that with this post I can reach out to maximum people around, and also manage to create an awareness amongst people so that they don’t fall into such traps.

My 8 Month (- so far) Onsite Diary !!!

Posted: February 19, 2013 by Shishir Gupta in India, Just For Fun
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Yesterday, I completed 8 months of working at the onsite office of our client. It is not literally the ONSITE as an IT professional would refer to. It is not much different in situation because my onsite location is not in any other country but it is in the same city, in fact in the vicinity of 2-3 kilometers of Cybage. So I would term this experience as onsite, with a difference. The overall experience in the past six months has been endearing to say the less, but to be honest it has nothing been less than a roller-coaster ride. It has seen many ups, and a few downs as well.

To be honest, when I started off, on June 18 2012, I was feeling jittery. It felt as if I was about to join a new organization as a new joinee. There were completely new set of people that I had to deal with, and since they all were our clients it seemed to be scary, and all the known face around I had was another of my teammate joining with me with whom I had never worked with before. So I had to adjust with this teammate as well, and then with the entire new client team.

As a few days passed by, we were loaded with a huge amount of work, something that could not have been handled with 2 people. And the biggest challenge was that we were asked to complete the work in 3 months. When I sat down to estimate the work I realized that 4 people would require around 6-7 months to complete the project. But probably, the client at that time did not understand what we were trying to explain. However, we started work, and we were always behind the schedule, and not just behind far behind. At the end of 2-3 weeks when we saw the task progress, we were not even 40 percent of where we should have been by then. By now the client understood our situation and reduced the targets to 50 percent as they could not reduce further as they too had budget constraints.

The task was still very much difficult, but by now I had managed to increase my speed and was able to achieve the targets, but as a team of two we were still behind the changed targets. Also, there was some friction that was getting created between the clients and the second resource which started to hamper the progress of the project. After near two months of work/struggle finally we managed to get two other resources on board for the project. Ideally we should have completed about 45-50 percent of the project by now, but we had not even crossed the 20 percent mark. I believe these statistics compelled the client to add two extra resources.

But I guess it was a bit too late, as now all four of would have to achieve the same targets (actually more) since we were way behind the schedule. The work went on well from there for in the third month, though the friction between the client and another of our team members only increased, and it did to such a level that the client wanted to replace her immediately. In all this time I had somehow managed to gain the confidence of the client by some consistent performance and dedication, but then as luck would have it I fell ill. I fell ill to Typhoid and then managed to get make it into a life threating illness (I believe this is something only I am capable of doing). I missed out two and half weeks of office for this, by one week being admitted in ICU, and the rest to hospital and bed-rest.

When I returned, we were about to complete four months, and with just half a month left for completion followed by one month to review and rework (as per schedule). When I was back, I realized that client had by now understood the situation and had already added a few more resources onto the project. And the biggest surprise was that with nearly 6 people working on the project in the two weeks behind me, we managed to get close to 75 percent completion of phase 1. And with 5-6 people still onboard after I joined back, we got back on schedule and finished the phase 1 in the next 15 days. This was something I guess, no one had expected, neither us nor the client. But then as the resources started getting removed from the project due to work on other critical projects the schedule was hampered again. The task of review and rework that was estimated for 1 month took us about 2 and half months, as we had to manage the change requests, new additions, and then since so many resources were working there were differences in the process of everyone’s work which led to a bigger amount of rework. And also eventually it was only two people who were working on the project for the last 2 months.

But finally at around the end of seven months we managed to deliver the project. I was very happy of this because I had initially estimated that the project would take 6-7 months with 4 resources, and we did deliver in 7 months, and the average number of resources on the project per day would have somewhere been around 3, not even 4. So this really made me happy.
But during all this all the resources who were hired on contract were let off (while one resource left the organization), with only I being the one who was retained of the total of 7-8 people. I don’t know whether I should be happy or sad of this, as yes my work has been appreciated and I have been retained or now I will be all alone and my task is going to get much tougher.

Later, having been assigned a new project (smaller and easier than the previous) felt good, and so the work continues. But this is not the reason why I have actually written my diary of last eight months here. I have probably done this, because in all this time I have managed to create a certain rapport with the team here. And I definitely understood many facts and cleared few myths.

And most of my realization happened, when my client manager asked me whether I would like to continue after 10 months contract is over (of course if the opportunity is given), to which I immediately responded to a “Yes” (without giving much of thought). And then after that I went back to think of why would I have responded a yes, when I am sure had it been any of the other resources the answer would have been a certain “No”. And then I understood that the team here at the client end is also very well bonded, something that is prevalent back in Cybage, so they really don’t corner you. This is something that other Cybage resources who were here would want to debate on for sure, but then I feel, we have always misjudged the team here. They are very caring and understanding. And I have also realized that we too need to understand their situation. They had tight budgets, and they took us on board with a certain level of expectation. At the start even they were not sure of the amount of difficulty and the work load that we would face, and this project has also been a certain level of learning for them as well.

They have definitely been supportive, as they did acknowledge are efforts, and even went out of the by adding extra resources whenever possible in spite of stringent budgets, so that some burden could be removed from us. I don’t think an unreasonable or a rude client (as most of the other team members perceived them to be) would do all this.

And probably the most important aspect is that the team here is small and all come from different backgrounds, and so suddenly they do not start conversing in their local languages (something that is very common in Cybage). Now this may sound stupid, but then a person who cannot understand what the others are talking about can feel left out, which unfortunately happens quite often back in Cybage (I am not saying with me, because I do understand Marathi – though I do not converse in it). But this can surely leave a lot of people offended. Specially, since what we are working is an MNC (a multi-national company), and so I ideally all we should do is converse in a language that people from all nations can understand and then interact, but most of us end up interacting in our mother tongue, which quite a lot of our colleagues, don’t understand forget about clients or people from other countries.

To be honest I actually wanted to raise these two points (1. Not to perceive about clients and their attitudes very soon, as that can lead to a lot of friction, and also finally to loss of work for the organization. 2. Secondly, I think we should see at the group and then interact with everyone in a language that everyone is comfortable in, and not the one we are comfortable in and that can lead to a discomfort amongst our colleagues). I believe these two reasons are the ones that led me respond in a “Yes”. And surprisingly, I have even started to realize that I might end up feeling a little awkward or out of place when I get back to my team and friends in Cybage, and be a lot more comfortable working here at the client office, were I really don’t have many people whom I can literally call friends, but then can call them as a lot more than acquaintance – as funny as that sounds. And now all I can do is wait to see if I am retained for a few more months or not.

Note: I have purposely not mentioned any names in this one, as the last time I did many of the friends whose names I had mentioned felt offended. So I really wanted to keep that aspect out, and actually I think I haven’t written anything that would make anyone feel offended, or have I?  


miNow this is something the cricketing word would be looking forward to, seeing Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting bat together. Ohh, what a sight it is going to be. Hopefully, we would get to see this in this years’ IPL as Mumbai Indians have bought Ricky Ponting in this years’ auction. Though he has been bought at the base price (maybe because he has retired and also as he was not in a great form before his retirement). Mumbai are known for such partnerships as in the first two seasons, it was Sachin opening along with Sanath Jayasurya, another legend from the shorter form of the game (The top two ODI run getters of that time). And now it could be Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting opening together (The top two test run getters).

The other buys in this season for Mumbai Indians were, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Jacob Oram. Well Jacob Oram is always a great buy because of his all-round capabilities, but I am not sure of Glenn Maxwell especially since he has been bought for a million dollars. Not sure whether he is worth that hefty amount especially when you are not sure whether he is going to make it to the playing eleven. Mumbai did not buy any Indian player this time (there were hardly in the auctions though), and again look a little weak on the Indian bench strength, but surely have the players that can take the team to the title.

The complete list of players is:
Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, Amitoze Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Pragyan Ojha, Ambati Rayudu, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Pawan Suyal, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishi Dhawan, Jalaj Saxena, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Mitchell Johnson, Dwayne Smith, Ricky Ponting, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jacob Oram.

To be honest, the seven Indian players that would make it to the eleven would be:
Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh / Pragyan Ojha (As I don’t see both the spinners playing together), Munaf Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni / Abu Nechim Ahmed.
(On second thoughts there can be a high possibility of playing both Harbhajan and Ojha in the team and that would mean only 1 from Munaf Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abu Nechim Ahmed and in that case it would be Munaf, provided he is fit, else it could be Dhawal). But this would impact the selection of the 4 foreign players to a large extent.

The four foreign players that would make it to the eleven should be:
Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, James Franklin / Mitchell Johnson / Jacob Oram, Ricky Ponting / Dwayne Smith
(To be honest, Pollard and Malinga undoubtedly make it to the eleven if fit. The other two slots would be depending on the requirement, whether they need two all-rounders, or 1 all-rounder and fast bowler, or all-rounder and a batsman, or a fast bowler and a batsman. Given that Johnson is primarily be a fast bowler but can also fill in the all-rounders spot. With the entry of Oram, Franklin’s selection looks difficult unless he used as an opening batsman.)

The most probable eleven looks like:
Opener – Sachin Tendulkar
Opener – James Franklin / Dwayne Smith
No. 3 – Ricky Ponting
No. 4 – Rohit Sharma
No. 5 – Dinesh Karthik
No. 6 – Ambati Rayudu
No. 7 – Kieron Pollard (Number 5, 6, and 7 can rotate depending on the match situation)
No. 8 – Harbhajan Singh
No. 9 – Lasith Malinga
No. 10 – Munaf Patel / Dhawal Kulkarni (Dhawal only in case Munaf is unfit)
No. 11 – Pragyan Ojha
12th Man – Mitchell Johnson
This gives them 4 bowlers (2 quick and 2 spinners) and 3 part timers in Pollard, Smith / Franklin, and Sharma. This looks like the team that would play in the eleven. But I somehow feel, with Munaf out of action for a long time, and Harbhajan not in great form off late, this looks like a weak bowling attack, with only Malinga the saving grace. Also in the batting, apart from Smith at the top and Pollard in the end they don’t have players can play big shots. All of Sachin, Ricky, Sharma, Karthik, Rayudu would be players who take time at the crease before playing big shots.

The other option could be play, Johnson instead of Smith / Franklin, which could look a good bowling attack, but that means a depleted batting. Especially in this case who would open with Sachin from Ponting, or Sharma, or Karthik, or the poor Rayudu (he has had to perform many different roles every season)? This would be surprising.

This is why I feel that they really don’t have big Indian names in the lineup, and the ones that they have are not really in great form. They have always tried to have a great foreign players bench strength, but that does not really matter as only 4 of them can play and of them Malinga and Pollard take the spots, leaving to a lot of choices for the remaining 4 spots.

Also, I have included Ponting in the playing eleven, because of his captaincy. With Sachin, having to take the captaincy again when Harbhjan stepped down, I think Ponting can be given the responsibility since Sachin too wasn’t very keen on captaincy.

Anyways all I can hope is that the team plays well, and wins its first title this year.

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On the 64th Republic day celebrations the President has approved awards of 359 gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.  This includes 01 Kirti Chakra, 11 Shaurya Chakra, 56 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 03 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 06 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 44 Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal,  12 Yudh Seva Medal, 02 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 07 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 04 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 116 Vishisht Seva Medal.

In addition a total of ten Mention-In-Despatches have also been announced for participating in Operation Rakshak and Operation Rhino.

The full list of the recipients of gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:

KIRTI CHAKRA:

IC-67270F MAJOR Anup Joseph Manjali BIHAR ReGIMENT / 24TH BATTAlION THE Rashtriya Rifles

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

  1. IC-65554M MAJOR SANDEEP KUMAR 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
  2. IC-65672A MAJOR MANISH PUNJ THE RAJPUT REGIMENT / 10TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
  3. IC-68806Y CAPTAIN A RAHUL RAMESH CORPS OF ENGINEERS / 72ND ROAD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (POSTHUMOUS)
  4. IC-72070P CAPTAIN Dinesh Kumar 9TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT
  5. IC-74882F Lieutenant Manish Singh 9th Battalion THE Parachute Regiment (Special Forces)
  6. JC-559638M Subedar Pradeep Beck BIHAR ReGIMENT / 24TH BATTALION THE Rashtriya Rifles
  7. 3398295W HAVILDAR VIR SINGH 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
  8. 2486356P Naik Rajeshver Singh 16TH BATTALION THE PUNJAB REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)
  9. 2486445N Naik Anil Kumar 16TH BATTALION THE PUNJAB REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)
  10. 13698975M Naik Krishan Kumar BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/13TH Sikh Light Infantry Battalion Group (POSTHUMOUS)
  11. Lt Cdr Inderjeet Singh, 05871-T

Well I have just listed out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.


On the 64th Republic day celebrations the Padma Awards will be given to several Indians for their contribution towards the country. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee has approved the conferment of Padma Awards-2013 today. This year the he has approved 108 awards which includes 11 awards in the category of foreigners/ non-resident Indians/ Persons of Indian Origin/Posthumous. The list comprises of 4 Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan, and 80 Padma Shri Awardees.

Padma Vibhushans:

  1. Shri Raghunath Mohapatra – Art
  2. Shri S. Haider Raza – Art
  3. Prof. Yash Pal – Science and Engineering
  4. Prof. Roddam Narasimha – Science and Engineering

Padma Bhushans:

  1. Dr. Ramanaidu Daggubati – Art
  2. Smt. Sreeramamurthy Janaki – Art
  3. Dr. (Smt.) Kanak Rele – Art
  4. Smt. Sharmila Tagore – Art
  5. Dr. (Smt.) Saroja Vaidyanathan – Art
  6. Shri Abdul Rashid Khan – Art
  7. Late Rajesh Khanna – Art
  8. Late Jaspal Singh Bhatti – Art
  9. Shri Shivajirao Girdhar Patil – Public Affairs
  10. Dr. Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai – Science and Engineering
  11. Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat – Science and Engineering
  12. Dr. Ashoke Sen – Science and Engineering
  13. Dr. B.N. Suresh – Science and Engineering
  14. Prof. Satya N. Atluri – Science and Engineering
  15. Prof. Jogesh Chandra Pati – Science and Engineering
  16. Shri Ramamurthy Thyagarajan – Trade and Industry
  17. Shri Adi Burjor Godrej – Trade and Industry
  18. Dr. Nandkishore Shamrao Laud – Medicine
  19. Shri Mangesh Padgaonkar – Literature & Education
  20. Prof. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – Literature & Education
  21. Shri Hemendra Singh Panwar – Civil Service
  22. Dr. Maharaj Kishan Bhan – Civil Service
  23. Shri Rahul Dravid – Sports
  24. Ms. H. Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom – Sports

Padmashree :

  1. Shri Gajam Anjaiah – Art
  2. Swami G.C.D. Bharti alias Bharati Bandhu – Art
  3. Ms. B. Jayashree – Art
  4. Smt. Sridevi Kapoor – Art
  5. Shri Kailash Chandra Meher – Art
  6. Shri Brahmdeo Ram Pandit – Art
  7. Shri Vishwanath Dinkar Patekar alias Nana Patekar – Art
  8. Shri Rekandar Nageswara Rao alias Surabhi Babji – Art
  9. Shri Lakshmi Narayana Sathiraju – Art
  10. Smt. Jaymala Shiledar – Art
  11. Shri Suresh Dattatray Talwalkar – Art
  12. Shri P. Madhavan Nair alias Madhu -Art
  13. Shri Apurba Kishore Bir – Art
  14. Shri Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan – Art
  15. Smt. Hilda Mit Lepcha – Art
  16. Smt. Sudha Malhotra – Art
  17. Shri Ghulam Mohammad Saznawaz – Art
  18. Shri Ramesh Gopaldas Sippy – Art
  19. Ms. Mahrukh Tarapor – Art
  20. Shri Balwant Thakur – Art
  21. Shri Puran Das Baul – Art
  22. Shri Rajendra Tikku – Art
  23. Shri Pablo Bartholomew – Art
  24. Shri S. Shakir Ali – Art
  25. Sh. S.K.M Maeilanandhan – Social Work
  26. Ms. Nileema Mishra – Social Work
  27. Ms. Reema Nanavati – Social Work
  28. Ms. Jharna Dhara Chowdhury – Social Work
  29. Late Dr. Ram Krishan – Social Work
  30. Late Manju Bharat Ram – Social Work
  31. Prof. Mustansir Barma – Science and Engineering
  32. Shri Avinash Chander – Science and Engineering
  33. Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande – Science and Engineering
  34. Prof. (Dr.) Sankar Kumar Pal – Science and Engineering
  35. Prof. Deepak B. Phatak – Science and Engineering
  36. Dr. Mudundi Ramakrishna Raju – Science and Engineering
  37. Prof. Ajay K. Sood – Science and Engineering
  38. Prof. Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan – Science and Engineering
  39. Dr. Manindra Agrawal – Science and Engineering
  40. Dr. Jayaraman Gowrishankar – Science and Engineering
  41. Prof. Sharad Pandurang Kale – Science and Engineering
  42. Smt. Vandana Luthra – Trade and Industry
  43. Ms. Rajshree Pathy – Trade and Industry
  44. Shri Hemendra Prasad Barooah – Trade and Industry
  45. Shri Milind Kamble – Trade and Industry
  46. Ms. Kalpana Saroj – Trade and Industry
  47. Dr. Sudarshan K. Aggarwal – Medicine
  48. Dr. C. Venkata S. Ram alias Chitta Venkata Sundara Ram – Medicine
  49. Dr. Rajendra Achyut Badwe – Medicine
  50. Dr. Taraprasad Das – Medicine
  51. Prof. (Dr.) T.V. Devarajan – Medicine
  52. Prof. (Dr.) Saroj Chooramani Gopal – Medicine
  53. Dr. Pramod Kumar Julka – Medicine
  54. Dr. Gulshan Rai Khatri – Medicine
  55. Dr. Ganesh Kumar Mani – Medicine
  56. Dr. Amit Prabhakar Maydeo – Medicine
  57. Dr. Sundaram Natarajan – Medicine
  58. Prof. Krishna Chandra Chunekar – Medicine
  59. Dr. Vishwa Kumar Gupta – Medicine
  60. Prof. (Capt.) Dr. Mohammad Sharaf-e-Alam – Literature & Education
  61. Dr. Radhika Herzberger – Literature & Education
  62. Shri J. Malsawma – Literature & Education
  63. Shri Devendra Patel – Literature & Education
  64. Dr. Rama Kant Shukla – Literature & Education
  65. Prof. Akhtarul Wasey – Literature & Education
  66. Prof. Anvita Abbi – Literature & Education
  67. Shri Nida Fazli – Literature & Education
  68. Shri Surender Kumar Sharma – Literature & Education
  69. Dr. Jagdish Prasad Singh – Literature & Education
  70. Late Shaukat Riaz Kapoor Alias Salik Lakhnawi – Literature & Education
  71. Prof. Noboru Karashima – Literature & Education
  72. Shri Christopher Pinney – Literature & Education
  73. Smt. Premlata Agrawal – Sports
  74. Shri Yogeshwar Dutt – Sports
  75. Shri Hosanagara Nagarajegowda Girisha – Sports
  76. Subedar Major Vijay Kumar – Sports
  77. Shri Ngangom Dingko Singh – Sports
  78. Naib Subedar Bajrang Lal Takhar – Sports
  79. Ms. Ritu Kumar – Fashion Designing
  80. Dr. Ravindra Singh Bisht – Archaeology

For the complete and Original list click here.


I was reading an article on Yahoo relating to the Delhi Rape case, and I am was really shocked at some of the comments passed by the lawyer of the accused. Here is the complete article:

“”The five persons accused of gang-raping and killing of a 23-year-old Delhi girl in a moving bus have got lawyers to defend them.

All the accused also assaulted her 28-year-old male friend. Both were thrown out of the bus after around 40 minutes, battered, naked, bleeding and shivering. The lady’s friend will be the main witness in the case.

Meanwhile, a lawyer who volunteered to defend one of the six accused, Mukesh, brother of the main accused Ram Singh, said the victim and her friend were responsible for the assault.

Manohar Lal Sharma, a 56-year-old Supreme Court advocate, said the victim’s friend was responsible for the attack as the couple should not have ventured out on the streets at night.

He further went on to say that he never heard of a respectable woman being raped in the country.

Speaking to The Independent, Manohar said: ‘I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.’

Blaming the victim’s friend, Manohar told The New York Times: ‘This all happened because of the lust of the boy. This is the boy who should be hanged. He’s responsible for everything. He should be punished.’

In an interview with Bloomberg, Manohar was quoted saying that he was ‘confident that the men will be proved innocent because there are a number of problems with the police investigation.’

“We will plead not guilty. We want this to go to trial,” Manohar told Reuters.

“We are only hearing what the police are saying. This is manipulated evidence. It’s all on the basis of hearsay and presumption.”

Manohar said the police had rushed through the investigation against the five men even when they were not ready with the key detail of the age of the sixth member of the group, who lured the woman and a male friend into the bus and, according to leaked accounts, was the most brutal in the attack.

“When you have not even established the age of this person, how can you go to court bringing the charges against the others, and say your investigations are complete,” Sharma said.

“We all know how police investigations are carried out in India.”

Manohar also accused that Mukesh was being brutality tortured in police custody.

Sharma said police had sexually assaulted his client with a stick and humiliated him. “They urinated in his mouth, they did all kinds of things to him. He is facing the same torture now from the jail inmates,” he said.

Lawyer VK Anand is representing the main accused Ram Singh, ML Sharma is defending Mukesh, AP Singh is representing Akshay alias Thakur and Vinay Sharma, while the fifth accused Pawan Gupta will be represented by counsel Vivek Sharma.

The sixth accused is a juvenile and his case is being heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.

The police have charged the five under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.”

I really don’t understand how can an advocate pass such comments. I am fine with him pointing the flaws in the system, and the process that are followed in the investigations done by police department. Even his raising the points of the accused being tortured in the prison during investigation are valid to be raised (though one would say that these guys deserved for what they did) as these accused are not declared guilty by court as yet, and if we want/expect the overall system to be good, then we need the judgement to come out from the judge and whatever punishment is given, must be carried out.

But how on earth did he get the courage, the brains to speak a comment like “never heard of a respectable woman being raped“. I don’t know what exactly was thinking of when he spoke these words. These words are probably trying to disgrace the entire womankind. And this coming from an advocate, who must have said that in front of a judge in a courtroom, is actually a disgrace for the entire nation. I know he has to do a very tough job of defending these accused, but still how can one actually come up with such a statement. I know we have the right and freedom to speak, but we cannot really pass such comments. I would request Mr. Manohar Lal Sharma to please appologise for your statement in public if you do not want a public outrage against you. All I can say to Mr. Sharma is that the people whom you are defending have done an unpardonable crime, but even you are not much behind by giving such a statement.

And by saying another of his statement where he was asking the victim’s friend to be hanged, he has surely cracked the joke of the year, and probably even of the century. I must say this person is pretty humrous in nature. I don’t know why is he wasting his talent in courtrooms, he should appear in laughter shows on television. I am sure he would have more such humrous one-liners to speak.

I am really disappointed by reading that article, and that is why I had to write about it here. And my disappointment was more because, I too was in favour of a court trial to take place as these accused had the right to face the trial, defend themselves. In fact initally when I got to know of advocates coming ahead to defend them, I really admired the people for doing what was correct for the judicial system as a whole. But with such comments I am left shocked. All I can say is that I have always been proud of our country’s pledge all along where we said “All Indians are my brothers and sisters”, and today I am disgusted saying this line again thinking of these accused and largely thinking of you. Those people attacked just one girl, you have attacked all the women of the country. If I have to put it in your own words, you are the more “respectable” person than the accused, and this is what was not expected from you. All we expected from you was to fight for these accused with dignity, and not by getting down to their level.

I really don’t know if this is another of those cases that will go on and on, and Mr. Sharma has really done well in extending the case so far, but I don’t mind (though I would really be unhappy), if he can delay the judgement by coming out with good points in defence, but all I can hope is that he fights the case with a lot more social sensibility.

Rahul Dravid turns 40 today!

Posted: January 11, 2013 by Shishir Gupta in Cricket, India
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Rahul Dravid turns 40 today, and here I would like to take this opportunity to wish him a very happy birthday and also thank him for all the glorious days of cricket I got to witness when he played for India, whether be it in tests or in ODIs. Although he was always branded as a test player, his cotribution to ODI cricket has not been any less.

With whatever has happened in the test series against England at home last month, all I can say is I really missed him on the field. I really felt we needed him on the field especially since the tracks in Mumbai, Kolkata, and in Nagpur suited his style of batting more than that of the stylish strokeplayers we have in the current side. He definitely would have been an asset (as he has been throughout his career), in that series despite his growing age.

Also, it is unfortunate that he announced his retirement 10 months back as  had he been playing today, he could have mastered another record of becoming the seventh Indian player to play test cricket in his 40s, and the first to do it after since 196o. Unfortunately the record would have to wait for some more time.

Anyways, I would want to wish him a very happy birthday again, and I hope to see him, again with the Indian team (maybe as a coach) sometime soon.