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Evelyn Sharma:Ranbir and I are good friends

Evelyn Sharma:Ranbir and I are good friends

Already on her fifth film in Bollywood, foreign import Evelyn Sharma seems to be quite the popular face for ramp shows, like the one she was recently in the city for. And in true Bollywood style, she's even had first her link-up, with co-star Ranbir Kapoor.

Quiz Evelyn about whether there was sparks off the sets, which made her other co-star Deepika Padukone feel uneasy. "Ranbir and Deepika Padukone are good friends, while Deepika.
 "Ranbir and Deepika Padukone hit it off well and since our characters in the film are always flirting with each other, there's, in fact, no scene in which we don't flirt. But, off screen, we're just good friends." 

In addition to working with many of the poster boys of Indian cinema, including Prateik and Ayushmann Khurrana,
Evelyn seems to be on a mission — to befriend popular stars in the south. "She happened to be in Chennai around the time of Dhanush's birthday, so she ended up going for it. But, honestly, the only things Dhanush and she have discussed are possible projects together and nothing more," reveals.
 "Deepika Padukone have received many great offers already. Deepika Padukone want to work with Mahesh Babu, and, of course, Dhanush too."
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Two days back, at a high profile fashion event in Mumbai held for the cause of Mijwan, Shabana Azmi's NGO based in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh had Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom walk the ramp along with some of Bollywood's top celebrities and other important people from Mumbai high society.

Mijwan is an enduring and endearing cause—linked with a cherished dream of Kaifi Azmi for their hometown in Uttar Pradesh—realised in more ways than one by his daughter Shabana.

A fashion event with appearances by those who live by fashion or endorse it in their lives in various ways is a great idea like a well fitting glove.

 Nita Ambani is not a Bollywood celeb too but she looks the part of a fabulous, fashion conscious woman, also sensitive about her social responsibility. That's a good fit. Not Mary Kom, a lauded sportsperson and woman of steel who looked like an oddity in the Manish Malhotra creation. She looked awkward and out of place

 The clothes didn't suit her personality and if this was about fashion, she wasn't contributing to its cause in anyway.

She may have received a thunderous applause as we are told but I find this co-relation uncomfortable. Not every winner need walk a fashion ramp to announce her endorsement of a cause, however noble. This cannot, after all, be the only way to lead a public life.

Having her as a special guest in the front row would have have been a better way to make her a part of the event.

Why Mary Kom should not think of acting in a movie that Sanjay Leela Bhansali plans to make on her. The writer argued why entertainment was not the boxer's primary commitment or nature of work and why her life's focus should be as clear instead of meandering.

 Here too on the ramp for Mijwan dressed in a Manish Malhotra lehnga ensemble,  Mary Kom that's not the one we love and admire. Its at this time when she has the most offers for public appearances and endorsements that she must play the game in her own way and box out the blurring lines that could threaten to make her just one more celeb. Instead of being the one and only Mary Kom she is at the moment.
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Ginger tea can reduce stress, aid digestion

Ginger tea can reduce stress, aid digestion

Packed with antioxidants, the humble ginger has a whole range of health benefits and is a 'must-have' in your kitchen!

Even one sniff of ginger tea can improve your mood, relieve stress and is great for digestion and aiding the absorption of food, experts have claimed.

Stomach acid is crucial to human digestion and when stressed its production can break down.

Hot water with a slice of lemon and chopped ginger is an excellent way to stimulate digestion, experts.

"Ginger can help as it stimulates the taste buds, triggering digestive secretions.

"Ginger contains a potent antioxidant, gingerol, which helps cleanse the harmful chemicals our bodies produce when we're worried, so ginger can help psychological stress too.

Ginger can also impede motion sickness, reduce inflammation, fight common respiratory problems and encourage normal blood circulation.

For ladies, placing a hot towel drenched in ginger tea on stomach provides relief from menstrual cramps.
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Maintain healthy eating habits even after losing weight

Maintain healthy eating habits even after losing weight

 It takes more than just a diet to keep your weight in check. 

A good weight-loss programme must have behaviour modification for long-term success. Regaining weight goes beyond just going back to old eating habits. As you drop weight, your body triggers mechanisms which encourage regain. There are several reasons why dieters can’t keep their weight off. 

 Many studies have shown that when overweight or obese people lose weight, their bodies undergo hormonal changes that increase hunger and satiety. Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells, which regulates appetite.

 It tells you when to stop eating. When the body loses fat cells, leptin levels decrease. Lowered leptin levels trigger hunger and make it harder to feel full with lesser food. Leptin levels can fall by as much as 65-70 per cent when the body loses fat.

These hormonal changes persist and may even become permanent. Other appetite regulating hormones like ghrelin and peptide YY also alter in a way that favours weight gain. 

There may be several other complex mechanisms and hormonal changes which may make you put on weight because of which regain of weight is a strong possibility. The nature of the diet also makes a difference. Following fad diets or going back and forth on diets also triggers the rebound effect. It lowers metabolism by 5-10 per cent, favouring easy regain. 

Then there is the issue changing habits. Without a permanent change in unhealthy patterns of eating and living, it is highly unlikely that weight loss will stick. For example, the benefits of having an early dinner will last only until it is done, and if you go back to eating late, you will begin to put on weight again.
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Sleeping for long hours can cut risk of diabetes in teens

Sleeping for long hours can cut risk of diabetes in teens

Extending sleep duration may help to reduce diabetes risk in youth, a new study has claimed.

The University of Pittsburgh have found that increasing the amount of sleep that teenagers get could improve their insulin resistance and prevent the future onset of diabetes.

"High levels of insulin resistance can lead to the development of diabetes.That if teens that normally get six hours of sleep per night get one extra hour of sleep, they would improve insulin resistance by 9 per cent.

The study tracked the sleep duration and insulin resistance levels of 245 healthy high school students.

Participants provided a fasting blood draw, and they kept a sleep log and wore a wrist actigraph for one week during the school year.

Sleep duration based on actigraphy averaged 6.4 hours over the week, with school days significantly lower than weekends.

Results showed that higher insulin resistance is associated with shorter sleep duration independent of race, age, gender, waist circumference, and body mass index.

Interventions to promote metabolic health in adolescence should include efforts to extend nightly sleep duration.
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The winner of Jhalak is....Gurmeet Choudhary

The winner of Jhalak is....Gurmeet Choudhary

After 16 weeks of hard core dancing extravaganza, India has chosen Gurmeet Choudhary as the winner of Colors dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa!

Gurmeet a novice and stiff dancer wooed the audiences and judges with his macho moves and stylish grooves to become a dancer par excellence. His never say die attitude got him a lot of support from his fans and well-wishers that helped him bag the coveted title. Rashami Desai Sandhu and Rithvik Dhanjani were the first and second runners up respectively. Awarding the winner were our ever inspiring jury, the purrrrfect Madhuri Dixit; blockbuster director Karan Johar; and ace choreographer, Remo D'souza.

The grand finale evening not only witnessed some breath taking acts from the three finalists, but also saw two legendary actresses Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi share stage which created an epic moment.

Gurmeet Choudhary was the lone survivor who started his journey of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa from day one. Along with his talented Choreographer Shampa, he showcased some breathtaking performances like robotic hip hop, semi classical moves and international dance forms like Rumba and Paso Doble. The judges were impressed by his dedication, hard work & seamless energy.

His performance graph was filled with highs and lows especially after his shoulder injury but under Shampa's guidance, he bounced back as a fighter. Gurmeet walked away with prize money of Rs. 40 Lakhs and the title of the winner of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa!

When Gurmeet came to Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, he was just an actor but today, Gurmeet can proudly say that he is  a good dancer too.Gurmeet would like to thank his wife Debina for her love & support. And most of all, he would like to thank all his fans and supporters who have stood by him through both the good and the bad times. 

On the occasion of the Grand Finale, Manisha Sharma, Weekend Programming Head, COLORS. "The objective this year was to deliver a never seen before experience of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa for viewers. Thee are delighted with the appreciation for the show coming in across demographics and geographies making it the best reality dance show on Indian television."

Myleeta Aga,General Manager and Creative Head of BBC Worldwide Productions India. "The essence of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is making non-dancer celebrities into dancers. Gurmeet's journey is a fine example of this journey. This season all of the contestants raised the bar of their performances by experimenting with new dance forms and concepts. The jury brought in their own flavour to make this season a memorable and entertaining one."

With innovative and engaging concepts like dancing to a live band, paying tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema, and getting paired up for performances with international Dancing with the Stars winners, this season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa stepped out of its zone and fulfilled all the promises by providing the audiences with wholesome entertainment.

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Kristen Stewart is most searched celebrity for fashion

Kristen Stewart is most searched celebrity for fashion
Actress Kristen Stewart has been named as the most searched celebrity for fashion. The 22-year-old, who has been in news for the infamous cheating scandal with director Rupert Sanders, has beaten Pippa Middleton, who was the most searched celebrity in 2011 but is out of the list.

Coming second to Stewart is singer Tulisa Contostavlos who is currently seen as a judge on The X Factor.
The third position has been filled by actress Zooey Deschanel, who is currently seen in television sitcom New Girl. Other celebrities who have made it to the top 10 most searched celebrities for fashion are:

1. Kristen Stewart

2. Tulisa Contostavlos

3. Zooey Deschanel

 4. Emma Watson

5. Miranda Kerr

6. Fearne Cotton

 7. Kim Sears

8. Kate Middleton

9. Sam Faiers

10. Cheryl Cole
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Anne Hathaway marries Adam Shulman

Anne Hathaway marries Adam Shulman

Hollywood star Anne Hathaway has tied the knot with actor and jewelry designer Adam Shulman after a four-year relationship.

The 29-year-old actress walked down the aisle in front of more than 100 guests who were invited for the wedding weekend, which started with a rehearsal dinner at the Ventana Inn and Spa in scenic Big Sur on the California coast, reported People magazine.

  A nearby private estate was secured for the ceremony. The bride wore a dress by Valentino, after the designer recently confirmed he would be in charge of creating her gown, while the groom dressed in a dapper tuxedo.

 The "Princess Diaries" star had asked Yifat Oren to plan the nuptials, the same person who helped Natalie Portman plan her wedding to Benjamin Millipied.

The wedding decor was inspired by nature, with many branches used to create a ceremony and reception to blend in with the majestic Big Sur surroundings, according to sources.

The couple got engaged last November.

Hathaway and Shulman celebrated their engagement at a party in New York in February with 125 friends and family members where, some of the family was meeting each other for the first time.

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‘1920: Evil Returns’: Vikram Bhatt is back to scare you

‘1920: Evil Returns’: Vikram Bhatt is back to scare you

 It seems that horror is the new 'romance' for Bollywood producers and directors. After Vikram Bhatt's Raaz 3, Ram Gopal Varma's Bhoot Returns (desi Paranormal Activity) and Suparn Varma's Aatma, surely the list is going to lengthen in the imminent days.

However, Vikram Bhatt, a vanguard of the horror genre, is again ready to shock the audience with his new supernatural thriller 1920: Evil Returns, a sequel to his earlier movie 1920. This film broadens Vikram's love for Scott Derrickson's Hollywood horror drama, The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

Starring Aftab Shivdasani, Tia Bajpai and Vidya Malvade in the lead, the trailer of the movie is just launched and is getting good reviews, especially for actress Tia Bajpai's awe-inspiring acting. After Vikram's Haunted, she would surely get rave reviews for her role in the flick.

1920: Evil Returns is also a comeback for Aftab (last seen in Players in 2012) and Vidya Malvade after 2010's Striker on silver screen.

For the movie Vikram Bhatt has given 'free rein' to actor, cinematographer and now director Bhushan Patel, who has been associated with Bhatts for movies like Tamanna, Dastak, Bambai Ka Babu etc.

Most part of the film is filmed in Sweden, especially for its palaces, country side and autumn season. Cinematographer Naren Gedia has stunningly captured the spirit and essence of the movie. Music of the film is given by Chirantan Bhatt.

The movie, as its trailer shows, is more spine-chilling and eerie than 192o.

1920: Evil Returns is scheduled to release on November 2, 2012.

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World Heart Day: Keep your heart healthy, advise doctors

World Heart Day: Keep your heart healthy, advise doctors

 Indians fall prey to heart diseases more than the people living in western countries. Every year, 17 to 20 lakh people die of heart attack in India reason being lack of physical activity and consuming food having high fat content among people.

As the world observed World Heart Day, city doctors cautioned people and advised to better wake up then never.

Dr Siddhant Jain and Dr Mohammad Ali informed people that every year 1.75 crore people risks various types of cardio-vascular diseases, which is more than the total number of deaths due to malaria, HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis collaboratively.

It is not only men who develop heart disease but out of three women one dies of heart diseases. Even young population too is at risk due to their changing lifestyle.

Doctors suggested few changes which could possibly avert the risk of developing heart disease. They urged people to indulge few minutes daily in physical exercises and get routine health check up done so as to diagnose the rising problem at initial stages.

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Rajesh Khanna's last film to be released on 70th birth anniversary eve

Rajesh Khanna's last film to be released on 70th birth anniversary eve

Veteran actor Rajesh Khanna's last film 'Riyasat', which he shot for before he died July 18, will release in theatres Dec 28, a day before his 70th birth anniversary, director Ashok Tyagi says.

The late superstar has a prominent role in the movie. It is almost ready, but Tyagi wants to release the film on Rajesh Khanna's birth anniversary.

They can release the film at any time, but they want to release it on Dec 29. Since it is a Saturday, it will be releasing it on Dec 28, just a day before Kakaji's (Rajesh Khanna) birth anniversary,

The director says Rajesh Khanna has left a letter behind, and that shall be opened just before the release of the film.

 "Kakaji has left a sealed letter behind him, which he wanted us to read before the release of the film. So we will be opening his last letter either on his birth anniversary, or just before the release.

For his role in 'Riyasat', Rajesh Khanna is said to have sat and watched the DVD of the 2005 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 'Sarkar'.

"Before starting the film, he watched Amitabh Bachchan's 'Sarkar' as he is also playing godfather in the film. It's a very different subject and he had shot almost 95 per cent of the film.

 "The entire nation will hear Kakaji's voice in the film," Tyagi, who had started shooting the film in February 2011 and finished it in October.

Rajesh Khanna died in July after prolonged illness and a liver infection. But he had wrapped up most of the shooting for 'Riyasat'.

"Kakaji shot most portions, the ones he wanted. But yes, they were tempted to shoot more. And if his health permitted, thye would surely have shot all of it. Then all of a sudden his health started deteriorating and he left all of us suddenly.

'Riyasat' also features Gauri Kulkarni, Aryan Vaid, Aryeman Ramsay and Raza Mura
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Oh My God: Will Akshay Kumar be third time lucky in 2012?

Oh My God: Will Akshay Kumar be third time lucky in 2012?
It seems trade pundits were right when they declared in the beginning of 2012 that the year is going to belong to Akshay Kumar. The actor has again made his presence felt with 'Oh My God'.

 The film has opened to mainly positive reviews with most of the critics praising the film for its unique central theme. If 'OMG' becomes commercially successful then it will be Akshay's third hit film in the same year.

Though Akshay Kumar is not the hero of the film but his cameo is worth watching. He is one of those under-rated actors of Bollywood who have done well in certain genres in the past but have never received the kind of appreciation they deserved.

 However, the situation has changed for Akshay in last couple of years. Due to a bankable niche audience base, he has emerged as one of the reliable actors for the producers.

His last film 'Joker' bombed at the box office but prior to it he had given two big hits. 'Housefull 2' had a huge starcast but Akshay's comic skills made the film watchable. His return to action proved to be lucky in 'Rowdy Rathore'. The film set the cash registers ringing.

'OMG' is getting good word of mouth publicity and is likely to attract more audiences during the weekend, and thus Akshay would be hoping for another hit in 2012.
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PNB Recruitment 2012 – Apply Online for 2985 Clerk Vacancies

PNB Recruitment 2012 – Apply Online for 2985 Clerk Vacancies

Punjab National Bank (PNB) has issued notification against recruitment of 2985 Single Window Operator- A Vacancies in Clerical Cadre. Indian citizens who have taken the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruitment in Clerical cadre conducted by IBPS in Nov-Dec 2011 and who have a valid Score card are only eligible to apply.

Eligible candidates may apply online on or before 10-10-2012. Other details like age limit, educational qualification, application fee details, selection process and how to apply are given below…

PNB Vacancy Details:
Total Number of Vacancies: 2985

Name of the Post: Single Window Operator – A

Age Limit: Candidates’ age must be between 20 years and 25 years. Cutoff date for determining age limit would be 01-08-2011. (Age relaxations will be as per Govt rules).

Educational Qualification: Applicants must possess a Graduate in any discipline with 50% marks or equivalent qualification from the University/Institute recognized by the Govt. of India, working knowledge of MS Office and should have scored minimum cut off marks in the Common Written Examination conducted by IBPS and should be holding a valid score card issued by IBPS.

Application Fee Details: Candidates must download the Cash Voucher from PNB official website and make the payment at any of the PNB branches. Amount of fee would be Rs. 100/- for General and OBC candidates and Rs. 20/- for SC/ST/PC/EXSM candidates.

Selection Process: Selection of eligible candidates would be made on the basis of IBPS CWE score and Personal Interview.

How to Apply: Eligible candidates need to apply only through Online mode from PNB website on or before 10-10-2012. After submission of application candidates can take a printout of the system generated on-line application form to be submitted at the time of the interview. The registration number and password generated should also be retained for future reference.

Instructions for Online Application:
1. Log on to Bank’s website to apply for the post online and select the ‘Recruitment’ link.
2. Select the appropriate link for downloading Cash Voucher for making payment.
3. Take print of Cash Voucher and make the payment at any of the PNB braches.
4. Revisit the Bank’s website using the same website address mentioned above and this time select Click to Apply Online link.
5. Select the Apply Online link for online registration, fill all marked details carefully and check once for accuracy before submission.
6. Upload previously scanned photograph and signature at the places provided and click on ‘Submit’ button.
7. Take print of Application Form and retain it along with the cash voucher for submission at the time of Interview (if asked for).

Important Dates:

Starting Date for Online Registration: 26-09-2012
Closing Date for Online Registration: 10-10-2012
Payment of Application Fees: 26-09-2012 to 10-10-2012

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CCS HAU Hissar Recruitment 2012 – 34 Tea CCS HAU Hissar Recruitment 2012 – 34 Teaching & Non-Teaching vacancies

CCS HAU Hissar Recruitment 2012 – 34 Tea CCS HAU Hissar Recruitment 2012 – 34 Teaching & Non-Teaching vacancies
Choudary Chandra Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU) has issued notification against recruitment of 34 Teaching and Non Teaching vacancies. Eligible candidates apply through prescribed format on or before 25-10-2012. Other details like age limit, educational qualification, selection procedure, how to apply and important dates, are given below….

CCS HAU Hissar Vacancy Details:
Total Number of Vacancies: 34 Posts
Name of the Posts:

1. Dean, College of Agriculture – 01 Post
2. Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology – 01 Post
3. Plant Pathologist (Pulses) – 01 Post
4. Scientist (Plant Breeding) – 01 Post
5. Associate Professor (Microbiology) – 01 Post
6. Microbiologist – 01 Post
7. Joint Director (Statistics) – 01 Post
8. Scientist (Agril. Economics) – 01 Post
9. Assistant Scientists – 05 Posts
10. Assistant Professors – 06 Posts
11. Junior Pedologist – 01 Post
12. Assistant Engineer (SWE) – 01 Post
13. Assistant Breeder – 01 Post
14. Junior Agronomist – 01 Post
15. Senior Medical Officer – 01 Post
16. Public Relations Officer – 01 Post
17. Store Purchase Officer – 01 Post
18. Drawing & Craft Teacher – 01 Post
19. Junior Engineer (Civil) – 01 Post
20. Training Assistants – 03 Posts
21. Training Assistants (KVK Farm) – 03 Posts

Educational Qualification:
Candidate should possess doctoral degree/ master’s degree in relevant disciplines for teaching posts and MD/MS/ Masters Degree in relevant disciplines for non-teaching posts.

Application Fee:
Candidates need to pay application fee, a bank draft of Rs. 750/- (Rs. 190/- for SC/BC of Haryana) for the posts at Sr. No. 1 to 18 and Rs.400/- (Rs.100/- for SC/BC/Persons with Disabilities of Haryana) for the posts at Sr. No. 19 to 21. The fee should be drawn in favour of “The Registrar, CCS HAU, Hisar” and payable at Hisar should be attached with each application form. No amount will be accepted through cheque, cash, money-order or postal-order.

Selection Process: Selection can be done on the basis of interview.

How to Apply:
Candidates need to download application form given in the website The duly filled application form along with mandatory details, application form, attested photocopies of required certificates and documents should be received to the address at “The Registrar, CCS HAU, Hisar-125004-02” on or before 25.10.2012 up to 4.30 p.m. (09.11.2012 up to 4.30 p.m.).

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UPSC Mains New Pattern from 2013

UPSC Mains New Pattern from 2013

The change in the UPSC mains paper may likly to be effective from year 2013. It must be noted that the changes in the prelims exam pattern have already been implemented in the year 2011. These changes in the pre exam was welcomed by almost all the students but the introduction of new syllabus in the form of CSAT led to disappointments in some sections of candidates. This introduction helped the sience and engineering students but humanities students had to bite the dust and adjust to the new conditions. Another section which was disappointed with the new CSAT pattern was the set of people who had already made several unseccessful attempts. Many of them skipped the exam looking to save the attempt.

This time UPSC is trying to make the playing field for everyone. There will be backlashes from the people who have written the exam under old pattern because of their difficulty to adjust. On the whole, the change is going to bring more equality, rationality and simplicity to the Civil Services(UPSC) Exams.

Why in 2013 only and not 2012?
Two successive committees (Alagh committee and 2nd ARC) have recommended the pattern change in clear terms. These reports are already out in public. Since there is very small time gap for the 2012 exam.Moreover, a high level panel has been set-up to finalize the details of new syllabus and pattern in December, 2012.

What will be the magnitude of change?
The details of the subjects have not been finalized yet. The suggestion about removing of optional subjects date back to 2008 when second Administrative Reforms Committee presented its report. Second ARC had suggested that UPSC should only keep two compulsory GS papers and an essay paper for Mains Examination.
Current Mains pattern consists of 2 General Studies Papers and 4 optional subjects Papers (2 each). These 6 papers constitute 1800 marks (300 by 6). there is an Essay Paper and Personal Interview as well of 200 and 300 marks each. These all constitute 2300 Marks. There is also a qualifying paper in an Indian Language.
The estimates say that the pattern will be similar to the General Studies but the number of papers will be increased and every subject of GS will form a separate paper in new format. The table below will give you an idea of the new and old pattern of Mains Exam.


Why is it Required?

This is a million dollar question. The need to change the pattern by removing the optional subjects in mains and replacing them with the relevant compulsory subjects is being voiced by experts from a long time. Even UPSC is committed to doing it. Let us see what are the factors which makes this change inevitable:
  1. To Bring Rationality:- The candidates should be tested for their suitability as a Civil Servant and not as a source of information. Thus, only those subjects need to be tested which will give a fair idea of their Administrative Skills.
  2. To Bring Equity:- Since all the candidates will write the same papers, their answers will be evaluated on the same standards. This will bring people from all backgrounds to the same platform.
  3. To Remove Redundancies:- The pattern of testing of candidates in their graduation subjects has no use. Their subject-wise academic knowledge can be easily checked from their degree mark sheets.
  4. To Bring simplicity:- The current system is somewhat complex with varying level of difficulties and evaluations. Some of the subjects become favorites of candidates because of their high success rates. These factors consume a lot of energies of the aspirants. This will be done away with.

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Yash Chopra to Shah Rukh Khan:Wrote poetry for Meena Kumari

Yash Chopra to Shah Rukh Khan:Wrote poetry for Meena Kumari

Yash Chopra, the grand old man of Bollywood directors, turned 80 today. And as a birthday treat, actor Shah Rukh Khan hosted a very special live chat with Mr Chopra who has directed SRK in Darr, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Veer-Zaara and now in Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

In conversation with SRK, Yash Chopra spoke about he became a filmmaker even though his family originally wanted him to become an engineer.

His elder brother, director-producer B R Chopra, wanted the young Yash to study engineering. With his mother's blessing and Rs 200 in his pocket, Yash Chopra arrived in Mumbai in the 1950s and was given a job assisting his brother.

He ended up working with B R Chopra, who wanted the young Yash to work with Raj Kapoor's RK Films, for two years and directed his first film Dhool Ka Phool in 1959.

Mr Chopra also spoke about his love for poetry and how he became good friends with actress Meena Kumari after he wrote her a poem. "I was a Punjabi munda and I had hair," that Meena Kumari encouraged him to be an actor. He said to her, "I speak so fast that the film made will be very short." While working on his brother B R Chopra's Sadhna (1958), Yash Chopra became acquainted with the film's heroine Vyajayanthimala, who told him he had the focus to be a director.

Yash Chopra spoke about how his elder brother gave him his first break as director with Dhool Ka Phool. The elder Chopra decided to allow his assistants on Naya Daur and Sadhna to direct their own films. Yash Chopra landed the director's job after O P Bedi, the chief assistant, left to do an independent film.

SRK, an admirer of Dilip Kumar, asked Mr Chopra what it was like working with the actor in Mashaal. Mr Chopra spoke about how Dilipsaab had rejected his film initially even though he said he liked the story. When he later agreed to do the film, he invited Mr Chopra to his Juhu cottage where they discussed each scene in detail, over some home-cooked chicken meals. Mr Chopra said that he found Dilipsaab's inputs very helpful, and the food delicious - especially a keema and egg dish!

Shah Rukh Khan related to Yash Chopra an anecdote about how he had abandoned watching Mr Chopra's Lamhe, starring Sridevi, halfway through the movie. He had just started out in Bollywood and had gone to watch the film with his friend Vivek Vaswani, his co-star from Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. Midway through the movie, SRK's secretary arrived to tell him that Yash Chopra was considering casting him in a movie and was asking to meet him. SRK left the movie straightaway, without even pausing to ask if Mr Chopra wanted to meet him at that very moment, and went to the director's office. The movie was, of course, Darr.

Why did Yash Chopra wait for eight years after Veer-Zaara to make Jab Tak Hai Jaan? The biggest reason that he didn't direct a film for this long was because he felt there very good films were being made and that he would have to make something extra special to match up.

The director say that he would retire after Jab Tak Hai Jaan, his 22nd and last movie.

Yash Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan also treated the audience to an impromptu rendition of classic hit song Ae Meri Zohrajabeen from Mr Chopra's movie Waqt.
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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on Education

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on Education

UN scribe secures US$1.5 billion to meet education target - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday secured over US$ 1.5 billion in commitments for a new initiative to make education a top global priority and boost progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on education.

Today which gives Education First a boost towards achieving its goals at a launch of Education First on the margins of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly holding in New York.

Our shared goals are simple,  want children to attend primary school and to progress toward higher education that will help them to succeed in life.

The promise of quality education to any child. The stakes are too high. When we put education first, we can end wasted potential and foresee stronger and better societies for all.

PANA learnt that Education First seeks to make a breakthrough to mobilize all partners both traditional and new to achieve universal primary education ahead of the 2015 target date for the MDGs.

An additional US$ 24 billion is needed annually to cover the shortfall for children out of primary and lower secondary school.

 Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Timor-Leste and Denmark were among countries that pledged to intensify their support to the new global partnership called ‘Education First.’

In addition, dozens of top companies and private foundations have mobilized over US$ 1.5 billion in new financing to ensure that all children and young people have a quality, relevant and transformative education.

Western Union Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation were among the first to solidify their support for the initiative.

Western Union pledged to directly move over US$ 1 billion for education globally, providing US$ 10,000 per day in grants for 1 million days of school.

 MasterCard’s ‘Scholars Programme’, the US$ 500 million education initiative will allow 15,000 talented, but economically disadvantaged students, particularly from the African region, to access and complete their secondary and university education.

Participants at the launching included Heads of State and ministers from UN member states, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, heads of UN agencies, young people, civil society representatives and Chief Executive Officers of major corporations.

In the next five years, Education First will focus on three priorities -- putting every child in school, improving the quality of
learning and fostering global citizenship.

The launch was followed by a discussion of the goals of initiative and the critical need to put education on top of the global agenda.

The panel discussion was chaired by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and panelists were Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi of Myanmar, teacher representative Teopista Birungi Mayanja of Uganda and youth representative Charles Young of Jamaica.

According to UNESCO: ``At the end of the 1990s, 108 million children of primary school age were not enrolled in schools and that number has fallen to 61 million today'.

It also noted that, ``the gap between boy and girl enrolment has also been greatly reduced.  These are significant achievements, largely due to national and international resolve to act on shared goals for education'.
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