Friday, May 7, 2010


Important News


The Passport Seva Project, an e-project for faster delivery of

passports, has got another sting in its tale. The contract for

implementing the project, worth Rs.1, 000 crore (Rs.10 billion or

$21.4 million) was given to information technology major Tata

Consultancy Services in October 2008, with an implementation

timeline from June. Since then, there have been multiple deadlines,

in October and November. But the project is yet to take off as TCS

has been unable to provide fool-proof software.

The Passport Seva Project is an e-governance project of the Indian

government which is supposed to streamline and bring efficiency in

the process of distribution of passports.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing Aamir

Khan's award-winning film "Like Stars on Earth" (Taare Zameen

Par), its first-ever Hindi language release, on DVD on Jan 12 next

year. The critically-acclaimed film that won numerous Filmfare and

Screen Awards and was selected to be India's official submission to

the 2009 Academy Awards would be available on 3-Disc DVD/CD set

with a new English language track. It has a suggested retail price of

$29.99 (US) and $35.99 (Canada).

"Like Stars on Earth" includes seven infectious Bollywood dance

numbers, vividly imagined animated interludes and a brand new

English-language track for a cross-cultural celebration of creativity

and individuality. The emotional and entertaining release features an

eight-year-old misfit with his head in the stars who learns that being

different can also mean being special.

Produced, directed and starring Aamir Khan, one of India's

most acclaimed filmmakers (Lagaan, 2002 Academy Award nominee,

Best Foreign Language Film, India), the film was originally brought

to a worldwide theatrical audience by UTV Motion Pictures.

"Like Stars on Earth" also features young newcomer Darsheel

Safary in an astonishingly nuanced performance that earned him a

2007 nomination for Best Actor in India's prestigious Filmfare

Awards. It was one of India's top grossing theatrical films of 2007.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized leader in

the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and

Distribution Company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood

Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD,

Blu-ray Disc and electronic distribution. Buena Vista Home

Entertainment, Inc. is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who tackled World War II

in "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers," is set to bring

a novel based on the World War I to the big screen. The Oscar

winner has bought the rights to Michael Morpurgo's 1982 book

"Warhorse", which follows the relationship between a boy and his

horse in the backdrop of the war.

Actor John Abraham is deeply attached to the idea of wildlife

conservation. He's going to produce a film on tiger preservation to

be directed by internationally renowned filmmaker Mike Pandey.

The documentary film entitled "The Return of the Tiger" will

address the alarming disappearance of the species.

Actor Aamir Khan and singer Lucky Ali were among those who tried

to catch up with the new media in 2009. In 2009, two films "Blue"

and "3 Idiots" released their music on the digital format. While the

music of underwater thriller "Blue" was launched through micro chips

and pen drives, Aamir decided to float the music of his forthcoming

film "3 Idiots" on the internet.

The size of the music industry came down from an estimated Rs 8.3

billion in 2005 to Rs 7.3 billion in 2008, to a great extent due to

piracy. But new technology seems to have come to its rescue. The

digital trend is also spreading its wings to the non-film music

segment. Recently singer Lucky Ali refrained from indulging in

physical distribution of the music of his new album "Xsuie" he

released it online.


Putting an end to speculation, BCCI president Shashank Manohar

announced that Lalit Modi will remain the chairman of the Indian

Premier League till 2012.

Spanish leader Barcelona lifts up the World Club Cup (Football) in

Abu Dhabi by defeating Estudiantes of Argentina with Lionel Messi

chesting in the winning goal 10 minutes away from a penalty


Spain has been ranked No. 1 in the year-end FIFA standings for the

second straight year.

Australia has claimed consecutive Champions Trophy titles, scoring

four unanswered second-half goals to beat Germany 5-3 in the final.

It is Australia's 10th title overall in the leading men's field hockey


Rafael Nadal closed out his most challenging season with another

title, ending a four-match losing streak by earning two points for

Spain in the Davis Cup final. Nadal opened the best-of-five series on

indoor clay with a victory over Tomas Berdych. He then beat Jan

Hajek 6-3, 6-4 at Palau Sant Jordi in Spain's 5-0 win over the Czech


Serena Williams has been fined a record $82,500 for her tirade at

this year's U.S. Open and could be suspended from that tournament

if she has another "major offence" in the next two years. The

previous highest fine for a Grand Slam offence was about $48,000

to Jeff Tarango in the 1990s. Williams lashed out at a lineswoman

after a foot-fault call at the end of her U.S. Open semifinal loss.

Dec 24, 2009

Albert Scanlon, one of Manchester United's famed "Busby

Babes" and a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster, died on Dec

23, 2009. He was 74. Scanlon won the 1956 and '57 league titles as

an inside forward before the February 6 crash killed eight of his

United teammates on the way back from a European Cup match in

Belgrade. He scored 35 times in 127 matches for United before

spells at Newcastle, Mansfield and Lincoln. He retired in 1966.

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated Sachin Tendulkar on

completing 20 years in international cricket at a function in Kolkata

on Dec 23, 2009. The former Indian captain, Saurav Ganguly, was

also given a lifetime achievement award. Both are rewarded lifetime

golden family AC-first class passes by Railway Minister.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams are selected as the

International Tennis Federation's world champions of 2009.

Federer, who receives the ITF award for a fifth time, completed a

career Grand Slam by winning the French Open and captured a

record 15th major title by winning Wimbledon. He also regained the

No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal. Williams, who receives the ITF

honour for a second time, won the Australian Open and Wimbledon

to bring her career total of Grand Slam titles to 11.

Serena and Venus Williams were selected as women's doubles

world champions for the first time, making Serena the first player

since Martina Hingis in 1999 to receive both singles and doubles

honours. American twins Bob and Mike Bryan are the men's

doubles world champions for a record sixth time.

Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni received the Padma Shri

award for 2009.

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