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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dara Singh - Arnold's Forerunner, India's Pride

Playbill advertising the World Wrestling Champion
As a world wrestling champion, a movie star and a politician, he foreshadowed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Dara Singh, who turns 80 on November 19, 2008, says after starring in over 120 films that the big screen was never his aspiration.
"I was never interested in doing films. I was pulled into the industry because of the fame I received from wrestling. I was forced to do King Kong (1962) and it became a hit and that started my film career," said Dara Singh .
"But I made it clear to the filmmakers at that time that my main concern was my wrestling career and I would not compromise on that. They agreed. However, after beating American wrestler Lou Thesz in the 1960s and becoming a world champion, I started concentrating on my film career."
Dara Singh said he never wanted to play a negative role.
"The only thing I never wanted to do and have not done so far is playing a villain. I was always adamant to do positive roles and I also made it clear to the filmmakers that I will not accept a villain's role," he said.
Not many know that prior to starring in Babubhai Mistri's King Kong, Dara Singh had done cameos in films like Sangdil (1952), Pehli Jhalak (1955) and Jagga Daku (1959).
Born in 1928 in Amritsar, Punjab, Dara Singh is credited to be the first hero in Bollywood to bring the machismo appeal on-screen with his well-built body.
Commenting upon that, he said: "It felt good to be the first macho actor as my colleagues at that time were very thin and lanky. No one had a body like mine."
Much like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hollywood, Dara Singh's career, too, rose because of his body, landing him roles in hero-centric films like Rustam-E-Baghdad (1963), Faulad (1963), Hercules (1964), Tarzan Dilli Mein (1965), Sikander-E-Azam (1965), Rustom-E-Hind (1965), and Boxer (1965), among others.
After 1970, he forayed into direction and directed six films in Hindi and Punjabi - Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar (1970), Mera Desh Mera Dharam (1973), Bhakti Mein Shakti (1978) and Rustom (1982) among them.
Dara Singh has been immortalized among younger viewers for his portrayal of the monkey king Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar's TV adaptation of the epic Ramayan (1986).
On being asked what keeps him going, he quipped: "One should keep working. Otherwise, you grow old."
Dara Singh was also seen on TV in programmes like Had Kar Di and Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka. Right now, though, he doesn't have any plan to go back to the small screen.
"TV demands a lot of time and is too tiring. I won't do any TV now. That way, I am better off playing a grandfather or some other role in a film or two," he said.
Dara Singh still picks up roles that he "feels like doing."
He was also upbeat about new actors working out in the gym for a muscular look.
"New actors want to be like Salman Khan, so they hit the gym for a body like his, which is good for them. At least, they stay fit that way. But they should not consume any body supplements, which in the long run harms the body," he suggested.
So how did Dara Singh maintain his body in his prime?
"In those days, we used to maintain ourselves by a healthy diet that included milk, homemade butter, almonds and chicken soup," he replied.
On his birthday, Dara Singh only planned to spend time with his family. He said he was "content with whatever I have done in life."
"I've done everything in life. In fact, I have also worked with everyone from thespians like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor to the new league of actors."
[Trivia: Dara Singh became the wrestling champion of India before winning the World Championship Crown. Later in life, he, too, dabbled in politics -  though he is not to be confused with another "Dara Singh," a Hindu fundamentalist who adopted the actor's macho name and was, not too long ago, convicted for the murder of some Christian missionaries in India.]

Wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh hospitalised in critical condition
Mumbai: Wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh, who is known for his roles in 'King Kong' and 'Faulad', suffered cardiac arrest and was admitted to a city hospital in a 'critical' condition, according to the doctors.

"He is very, very critical. He was brought in an emergency condition to hospital at 5:15 pm. He had suffered cardiac arrest. He is in ICU and we are monitoring his condition hour-by-hour," Dr Ram Narain, Chief Operating Officer at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in suburban Andheri, told PTI tonight.

Earlier, the 83-years- old actor's son, Vindu, had said that his father was serious.

"He is serious. There is blood clot in his brain or he has suffered heart attack... We are not sure what has happened. We have been told that he is under observation for 24 hours," Mr Vindu said.

The veteran actor played the character of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar's television series 'Ramayan' and was last seen in Imtiaz Ali's "Jab We Met" in 2007.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Philippine Brides, Don't Be a Fool

What to know when considering a Philippine Bride

The Philippines is a poor country and has a reputation for relationship fraud. Of course there are plenty of good, beautiful and honest women seeking marriage with foreigners. There is also an active population of scammers, fraud schemes and old fashioned gold diggers. Some women seek financial gain and lifestyle upgrades, an escape from poverty. Others are actually seeking a loving relationship, marriage and something new and exciting. How to tell this difference is the key question.

If she asks for money, put the brakes on. Beware of family or medical "emergencies" where the woman needs cash and financial support fast. Know that sending money via Western Union is likely lost in the event that she's a scammer. Understand that the scammers are professional criminals and are very difficult to distinguish between an honest and trustworthy woman.

Educated yourself by reading about scam and fraud methods. Knowing about the different scams will help you recognize any foul play. The schemes and fraud efforts vary in strategy, but all have one thing in common, money. Money is usually requested in the form of advance fee fraud, where the criminal needs help with school, medical, rent, family, visa, etc. You can read more about the fraud types at Wikipedia's site for relationship fraud and advance fee fraud. This is a major step in prevention.

Once you understand the fraud types and warnings signs, consider a trip to the Philippines. Get to know her and her country. See for yourself who you're dealing with. This is a key step in not only preventing fraud, but also in establishing a meaningful relationship. Take time to get to know her. A Philippine woman in a hurry to marry is a major red flag.

Lastly, if all checks out, get a professional background check by a firm with a local presence in Manila and Cebu. Wymoo offers confidential investigations and has years of experience dealing with potential brides and relationships in the Philippines.

Best of luck, and do your homework!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cloudburst in Uttarakhand; 1 dead, 4 injured, Char Dham yatra hit

Landslide hits Uttarakhand, 1 dead, 4 injured

Dehradun: Cloud burst followed by a landslide left one person dead in Sehkot area of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand on Thursday.
The massive landslide also damaged a hotel and injured four other persons. Many other houses are reportedly damaged; official confirmation is awaited.
Meanwhile, another landslide in Pirahi in the same district has led to the temporary closure of the highway from Rishikesh to Kedarnath and Badrinath.
As the pilgrimage to the revered shrines Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, popularly known as the 'Char Dham Yatra' is in full swing; the landslide has stranded thousands of pilgrims.
The six-month long pilgrimage season began from Yamunotri and Gangotri, they were opened on April 24. The shrine of Badrinath opened on April 28, while the shrine of Kedarnath opened the next day.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pic of the Day : Rishikesh Heaven

 ऋषिकेश की मन को छूने वाली फोटो

उत्तराखंड के सातवे मुख्यमंत्री की कुछ खास बातें

नाम .. विजय बहुगुणा
जन्म स्थान .. इलाहबाद (पिता ने विधायक
बनकर तुरंत दूसरी शादी कर
डाली ताकि पहाड़ी पत्नी से निजात मिल सके )
शिक्षा दीक्षा .. इलाहबाद
भाषा .. गढ़वाली कुमौनी नहीं आती
शक्ल .. ठेट पूरविया
अंडर वर्ल्ड माफिया और आतंकवादी दाउद
... इब्राहीम के पुराने वकील
एयर इंडिया के वर्कर्स की तरफ से केस लड़ा और
बिक गए और एयर इंडिया के वर्कर्स जो सुप्रीम
कोर्ट में केस जीत चुके थे उसे प्रबंधन के साथ
मिलकर हरवाया
देश के इतिहास के पूर्व जज जिन्हें पद से
हटाया गया!
पार्टी विधायको को हरवाया निर्दलीयों पर
लाखो खर्चे!
सांसद रहते कभी भी टिहरी लोक सभा से
सम्बंधित सवाल नहीं उठाये!
उत्तराखंड राज्य के हित में कोई उपलब्धि नहीं !
ये मुखमंत्री क्या उत्तराखंड का भला कर
सकता है ??

Soucre: फेसबुक उत्तराखंड

SC: panchayats enjoy Constitutional status

NEW DELHI: Panchayats can formulate their own programmes of economic development and social justice as they enjoy a Constitutional status, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The apex court said Article 40 and Articles 243 to 243-O envisages that the framers of the Constitution had envisaged village panchayat to be the foundation of the country's political democracy - a decentralised form of government where each village was to be responsible for its own affairs.
Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhya passed the ruling while allowing an appeal filed by the village panchayat of Calangute in Goa challenging a Bombay High Court order which had taken the view that the local body cannot challenge any decision taken by the executive authority.
In this case, the Additional Director of Panchayat-II had overruled a resolution passed by the panchayat quashing the permission granted to a private company for carrying out certain commercial activities.
Though the panchayat appealed against the official's decision the high court dismissed it following which it appealed in the apex court.
"The primary focus of the subjects enumerated in the Eleventh Schedule is on social and economic development of the rural parts of the country by conferring upon the Panchayat the status of a constitutional body.
"Parliament has ensured that the Panchayats would no longer perform the role of simply executing the programmes and policies evolved by the political executive of the state. 
"By virtue of the provisions contained in Part IX, the panchayats have been empowered to formulate and implement their own programs of economic development and social justice in tune with their status as the third tier of Government which is mandated to represent the interests of the people living within its jurisdiction", the Bench said. 
The apex court said the Constitution's Preamble, Part IV and Part IX must guide our understanding of the Panchayati Raj institutions and the role they play in the lives of the people in rural parts of the country.
"The conceptualisation of the village panchayat as a unit of self government having the responsibility to promote social justice and economic development and as a representative of the people within its jurisdiction must be borne in mind while interpreting the laws enacted by the state which seek to define the ambit and scope of the powers and the functions of Panchayats at various levels.
"An analysis of Article 40 and Articles 243 to 243-O shows that the framers of the Constitution had envisaged village panchayat to be the foundation of the country's political democracy - a decentralised form of government where each village was to be responsible for its own affairs," the Bench said.
According to the court by enacting the Constitution (Seventy-third Amendment) Act, Parliament has attempted to remedy the defects and remove the deficiencies of the Panchayati Raj system evolved after independence, which failed to live up to the expectation of the people in rural India.
"The provisions contained in Part IX provide firm basis for self-governance by the people at the grass root through the institution of panchayats at different levels.
"For achieving the objectives enshrined in Part IX of the Constitution, the state legislatures have enacted laws and made provision for devolution of powers upon and assigned various functions listed in the Eleventh Schedule to the Panchayats", the court said.
Hence it directed the High Court to issue notices on the issue raised by the panchayat and decide the matter on merits. PTI 

2006: Calangute panchayat grants permission to builder for construction at Porbawado, Calangute. Locals complain that builder has blocked access to well and chapel.
MARCH 2008: Following complaints, Calangute panchayat passes resolution for revocation of occupancy certificate.
MARCH 2009: The panchayat passes another resolution and revokes permission to the company. 
2009: Company challenges the ruling on grounds that it was contrary to rules of natural justice.
JULY 2009:Panchayat revokes earlier resolution and issues notice to the company to   stop further construction and fixes site inspection for August 4, 2009.
2009: Company challenges panchayat notice before Additional Director of Panchayat, who passes ex-parte interim order.
JULY 2009: Company applies for permission to use property as guest house, but panchayat rejects application. Company then challenges the decision.
FEBRUARY 2010: Additional Director of Panchayat passes final order, directing panchayat to reconsider application of the company for grant of permission to use the property for running a guest house.  
2010: Panchayat challenges order in High Court, but High Court dismisses petition.
Panchayat then challenges matter before Supreme Court.

Monday, July 2, 2012

NRI in Canada asked to pay alimony to estranged wife in India

NEW DELHI: A non-resident Indian has been asked by a Delhi court to pay an alimony of Rs 33,000 a month to his estranged wife living here.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Ila Rawat ordered Puneet Arora, residing in Canada with his parents and sister, to pay maintenance to his wife from January 2010 when she had moved the court for the alimony.
The sessions court's order came on the woman's plea for modification of a magisterial court order, which had allowed her an alimony of Rs 33,000 a month but had slated the date of its payment from August 5, 2011, the day the trial court had given its ruling.
"The respondent no. 1 (Puneet) is directed to pay Rs 33,000 per month towards maintenance and for rent amount to his wife (the petitioner) from the date of filing the application," said ASJ Rawat, slating the 10th day of every month as the date for payment of the alimony.
In her plea, the woman had said she was married to Puneet on September 15, 2009 with her parent giving sufficient dowry to him as per his family's demand.
She said Puneet left for Canada after a fortnight of his marriage and when she joined him after five months after grant of visa, she was not treated properly and was not given the status of wife.
She said her in-laws and husband threatened, harassed, tortured, taunted and even beat her up despite receiving ample amount of dowry from her parents.
She also alleged that her husband was having an extra marital affair with a divorced woman in Canada and with whom she had seen him in objectionable position.
Ultimately, she was forced to leave Canada on December 7, 2009 and took shelter at her parental home in India without any monetary help from her husband for her maintenance and day to day expenses, she said.