Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hakuho starts strong as 'test meet' begins



Yokozuna Hakuho got back to the earnest business of winning Sunday, putting on his bravest face at a meet which this time is only for showcrowd at Ryogoku Kokugikan
After a match-fixing scandal caused the cancellation of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in March and following an earthquake and tsunami in the northeastern Japan — one of the worst natural disasters in the country's history — sumo resumed with a "test meet" to a surprisingly enthusiastic

In the day's final bout, Hakuho kept a watchful eye on Toyonoshima before calmly blasting the diminutive komusubi into the ringside seats with a rapid-fire salvo of slaps.

"I didn't want to think too much, but I had a good sumo bout today," Hakuho said of his first match in nearly four months.
"I would be lying if I said I haven't been affected by the scandal, but I have prepared well for this meet. I feel the joy of sumo again," he said.

The summer basho was replaced with a "Technical Examination Tournament," as the Japan Sumo Association grapples with regaining the public's trust following the scanda
Although no prizes, including the Emperor's Cup trophy awarded to the tournament winner, will be offered, performances will be gauged to draft the banzuke rankings for the Nagoya meet in July.

"It has been a dark situation for a long time now. But I've gotten through with the first day of competition. I am happy I could wrestle well," said Hakuho.

JSA chairman Hanaregoma spoke in his opening address flanked by Hakuho and the ozeki wrestlers before the day's featured bouts got under way at the 15-day meet, which will be free of charge to the public
"I would like to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims of the March 11 disaster. We are praying for a swift recovery to the region. As far as the problem with intentional spiritless sumo, we want to deeply apologize to the fans for the trouble that has been caused," Hanaregoma said.


Mukesh Ambani forgoes Rs 23.75 crore from salary

NEW DELHI: Billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani has decided to forego Rs 23.75 crore for the last fiscal from his annual compensation as chief of Reliance Industries while keeping his salary capped at Rs 15 crore for third year in a row. 

At the same time, the company's total remuneration for top management personnel, as also commission paid to non-executive directors, declined during fiscal 2010-11. 

In its annual report for the fiscal, the company said that "The Chairman and Managing Director's compensation has been set at Rs 15 crore as against Rs 38.75 crore that he is elgible as per the shareholders' approval..." 

RIL said the decision was taken to reflect "his desire to continue to set a personal example for moderation in managerial compensation levels." Ambani's salary has remained at Rs 15 crore since the fiscal 2008-09. 

At a time when there was a raging debate on right-sizing of CEO salaries, RIL had announced in October 2009 that Mukesh Ambani would take a pay cut as a result of which his pay package dropped to Rs Rs 15 crore for 2008-09 fiscal from over Rs 44 crore in 2007-08. 

Ambani was India's top-paid executive in 2007-08. Days before Ambani's decision, then Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid advised the industry to shun "vulgar" salaries. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had also spoken against "indecent" compensation. 

At that time, the company had also decided to adopt the capped structure method of working out executive compensation in RIL, instead of pegging it as a percentage of net profit. In fiscal 2010-11, Mukesh Ambani's pay included Rs 4.16 crore as salary, Rs 60 lakh as perquisites and allowances, Rs 1 crore as retiral benefits and Rs 9.24 crore as commissions. 

While his salary as also perquisites and allowances was unchanged from last fiscal, the retiral benefits fell from Rs 5.6 crore and commission rose from Rs 4.64 crore in 2009-10. 

Among top management personnel, Executive Director PMS Prasad's total remuneration rose to Rs 2.37 crore in fiscal ended March 31, 2011, from Rs 1.53 crore in the previous year. However, remuneration of each of two other directors, Nikhil Meswani and Hital Meswani, declined to Rs 11.05 crore, from Rs 11.14 crore in previous fiscal. 

The total remuneration for top management during the period fell to Rs 40.67 crore, from Rs 40.90 crore, while commission to non-executive directors declined to Rs 1.68 crore from Rs 1.75 crore. 

A non-executive director is paid sitting fee of Rs 20,000 for every board or committee meeting, besides the annual commission of Rs 21 lakh a year subject to a cap of 1 per cent of the company's net profit.



Jayalalithaa refuses to speculate on poll outcome, comment on Kanimozhi

Chennai, May 9 :Opposition AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa today refused to speculate on the outcome of the April 13 Assembly elections, counting of which, is scheduled for May 13.
Ms Jayalalithaa, who returned here this afternoon after holidaying in Kodanadu hill station, declined to speculate on the outcome of the poll results.

''Let the results come on May 13 and I will talk to you after that,'' she said in a brief chat with newspersons at the airport, on her return by a special flight from Coimbatore.

Later, talking to reporters at her Poes Garden residence, Ms Jayalalithaa expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by the Election Commission for counting of the votes.

''The EC has made elaborate security arrangements and we are satisfied with them. We are very happy about the arrangements', she added.

Ms Jayalalithaa also refused to comment on DMK defending its MP Kanimozhi, who had appeared before the CBI special court in connection with the 2G spectrum case.

Stating that the mattter is before the court, she said the CBI court has reserved its order for May 14 on the bail plea of Ms Kanimozhi. ''I will prefer to reserve my comments till the court pronounces its verdict on April 14.

On the CBI opposing Kanimozhi's bail plea, Ms Jayalalithaa said ''the court is seized of the matter. The court has heard the arguments. I will wait for May 14.'' Asked what was her target, a smiling Ms Jayalalitha said, ''you will know what my target is after the election results are out on May 13.'' Ms Jayalalithaa, who was accompanied by her close aide Sasikala, was given a rousing reception by senior AIADMK leaders at the airport.

Senior party leaders, including E Madhusoodanan, O Panneerselvam, K A Sengottaiyan, Sulochana Sampath and Saidai Duraisamy were among those who welcomed Ms Jayalalithaa.
Courtesy: UNI

TMMK welcomes SC judgement on Babri Masjid case

Chennai: Tamilnadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) has welcomed the interim orders passed today by the Supreme Court in the Babri Masjid case whereby the apex court stayed the September 30, 2010 land division verdict of Allahabad High Court in the Babri Masjid/Ram Janambhoomi title suit.
“TMMK welcomes the observations of the Supreme Court terming the September 30 Judgement of the Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow Bench as strange. We also appreciate the stand of the apex court that the division of the disputed property into three parts has opened a litany of litigations,” said Prof. M.H. Jawahirullah, president, TMMK.
“The observations of the Supreme Court have only vindicated the opinion expressed by a number of legal luminaries -- some of whom described the Lucknow Bench’s judgement as a panchayati judgement. The observations of the Supreme Court have reinforced the belief in judiciary. We appeal that the Supreme Court should expeditiously hear the case and deliver its final verdict soon,” Prof. Jawahirullah said in a statement today.

India's Supreme Court suspends ruling on disputed Ayodhya holy site

Lawyers welcomed ruling by India's Supreme Court Monday that suspended a ruling on the Ayodhya holy site. The ruling last year had divided the disputed site between Muslims and Hindus.

By Mian Ridge, Correspondent / May 9, 2011

New Delhi

India’s highest court Monday suspended a historic verdict that had sought to end controversy over one of the most hotly disputed religious sites in the world.

Last September, Allahabad High Court ruled that dusty patch of land in Ayodhya, a town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which has long been claimed by both Hindu and Muslim groups, should be shared.
For more than a century, members of the two religions had fought over the site, once home to a 16th-century mosque. Some Hindus believe the mosque, the Babri Masjid, was built over a temple to the god Ram. In 1992, a frenzied Hindu mob tore down the Babri Masjid with pickaxes and their bare hands. In the riots that followed, more than 2,000 people, most of them Muslim, were killed. It sharply exacerbated hostility between Hindus and Muslims and has often been cited as a reason for growing extremism among India's often alienated Muslim minority.

Monday, the Supreme Court suspended September’s ruling, saying that it was “strange” because none of the litigants in the case had asked for the land to be divided. It had “opened a litany of litigation,” it said.

Lawyers applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling, agreeing that no one had asked for the site to be divided.

The Babri Masjid has roused strong feelings India-wide not only because of the communal violence it has sparked, but because of the central role it has played in recent Indian political history. Still, with no date set for a final ruling on the site, the ruling is unlikely to inflame Hindu-Muslim ties in India, say observers.

In November 2009, a government inquiry determined that senior members of the right wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had incited the mob that destroyed the mosque. The BJP rose to prominence on the back of its antipathy for the mosque at Ayodyha and its promotion of Hindutva (literally “Hinduness”). In 1998, it came to power for the first time as head of a coalition government.

But in recent years, the notion of Hindutva has faded. In a general election in 2009, the BJP fared poorly. After fears that last year’s verdict could cause communal violence in UP or even nationally, the calm that followed was attributed to an easing of sectarian tensions in India.

Cedric Prakash, a Roman Catholic priest and prominent human rights campaigner, said that the Supreme Court was right to describe the earlier order as strange because faith and “sentiment” rather than fact lay behind it.

The Babri Mosque was commissioned by Babur, the founder of the Mughal empire, in 1528. For more than a century, a group of Hindus have claimed that Babur built over a Hindu temple. There is no archaeological evidence to support that belief, though the site has long been venerated by Hindus as well as Muslims. Some Hindus also believe that the site is the birthplace of their god Ram.

In 1949, Hindus reportedly placed statues of their own gods inside the mosque, claiming their presence was miraculous. When Muslims protested, authorities ruled the mosque a disputed site, and closed it down.

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வி.களத்தூரைச் சேர்ந்த கவிஞர் நிலாப்பிரியன் (எ) சாதிக் பாஷா அவர்களின் மகள் அப்ரின் பரகத் பெரம்பலூரிலுள்ள தனலட்சுமி மேல்நிலைப்பள்ளியில் படித்து வந்தார். தற்பொழுது வந்துள்ள தேர்வு முடிவுகளின்படி 1146 மதிப்பெண்கள் பெற்று அபார சாதனை படைத்துள்ளார். 

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