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21-FEBRUARY-2012
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 10:58

57th Idea Filmfare Awards

 


Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan win Best Actor and Actress award respectively for Rockstar and
The Dirty Picture at the 57th Filmfare Awards, which was otherwise ruled by Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Rockstar

Hrithik, Farhan starrer snapped up 7 most popular awards-Best Film, Best Director, Best Dialogue, Best Supporting Actor (Male),
Best Movie (Critics), Best Cinematography and Best Choreography.

Ranbir Kapoor's Rockstar was not far behind with 5 Filmfare awards- Best Actor, Best Actor (critics), Best Music Director,
Best Lyrics Award and Best Playback (Male).

POPULAR AWARDS
Best Actor: Ranbir Kapoor for Rockstar
Award presented by: Rekha and Yash Chopra to Ranbir Kapoor
"I've grown up wanting a Best Actor Award. This is my fourth award. Every dream seems to be becoming a reality. It feels great. Thank you Imtiaz. I love you, Sir. Thank you for giving me hope and inspiration. Thank you for giving me Rockstar. And I'll see you at the Movies." - Ranbir Kapoor on winning the award.

Best Actress: Vidya Balan for The Dirty Picture
Award presented by: Sridevi and Boney Kapoor to Vidya Balan.
"It has been a night where women have shone, This award goes out to the women in my life... This award goes out to every woman. And of course everyone on the team of The Dirty Picture especially Milan Luthria." - Vidya Balan on winning the Best Actress Award.

Best Film: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Award presented by: Madhuri Dixit

Best Director: Zoya Akhtar for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Award presented by: Subhash Ghai to Zoya Akhtar

Best Dialogue: Farhan Akhtar for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.  
Award presented by: Chitrangada Singh to Farhan Akhtar
. "This feels really good. Zoya, Reena thank you for writing this amazing story and screenplay. Thank you to every actor for making every dialogue your own. A big thanks to my dad for writing the beautiful poetry in the movie that gave the dialogues that extra edge."- Farhan Akhtar on winning the Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue

Best Screenplay: Akshat Verma for Delhi Belly
Award presented by: Kabir Bedi and Kalki Koechlin Abhinav Deo, who collect it on Akshat behalf

Best Story: Sanjay Chauhan for I Am Kalam
Award presented by: Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson to Sanjay Chauhan
"I'd like to thank Kalam saab. Nila Madhav Panda, my director and the entire team of I Am Kalam. I'd like to thank my daughter and my wife." - Sanjay Chauhan on winning the award.

Best Actor (Critics) Award: Ranbir Kapoor for Rockstar
Thank you critics. Thank you Imtiaz. Without you nothing would've been possible. The cast and crew. The Producers. Rahman Saab. And everyone who has worked on this movie." - Ranbir Kapoor on winning the award

Best Actress (Critics) Award: Priyanka Chopra for 7 Khoon Maaf
Award presented by: Juhi Chawla and Shankar come to Priyanka Chopra .
"This black lady is the most coveted lady ever, and I have the entire team of 7 Khoon Maaf to thank for that. A big thanks to my family. Thank you Filmfare, the entire team. And thank you the film industry for believing in me." - Priyanka Chopra on winning the award.

Best Film (Critics) Award: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Award presented by: Mr. Balram Garg (PC Jewellers) and Bipasha Basu to Zoya Akhtra, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani.

Zoya Akhtra, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani come to collect the award. "It's difficult to get a balance between the critics and box office. Zoya managed that for us. I thank the entire team of ZNMD. Thank you Filmfare. Thank you Times of India. Thank you Eros." - Ritesh Sidhwani "I want to thank my cast and crew. Since this is the mother of all awards, I'm going to dedicate it to mine." - Zoya Akhtar, Director - ZNMD
Best Supporting Actor (Male) Award: Farhan Akhtar for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Award presented by: Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar to Farhan Akhtar.
"Thank you Filmfare, thank you jury for selecting this performance. I would like to thank Naseer for all the support... thank you Zoya, Reema, Ritesh, mom, Audhana... Thank you very much." - Farhan Akhtar on winning the award.

Best Supporting Actor (Female) Award: Rani Mukerji for 'No One Killed Jessica'
Award presented by: Mr. Ramesh Taurani to Vidya Balan and director Raj Kumar Gupta, since Rani Mukherji is not present.

SPECIAL FILMFARE AWARD:
Partho Gupte for Stanley Ka Dabba
Award presented by: Mukesh Bhatt and Mansvi to Partho Gupte


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Karan Johar comes on stage to announce the Lifetime Ahievement Award winner - Aruna Irani. Mr. Ramesh Sippy and Raveena Tandon present the award to Aruna Irani.
"Good evening. This is a very touching moment of my life; it's the happiest moment of my life. Thank you Filmfare for giving recognition to my work. Thank you Dilip Kumar saab for introducing me to the wonderful world of films at the age of 9 years. The industry taught me acting, dance, work, and gave an uneducated woman like me a platform. I came into the industry to execute a responsibility. I'd like to thank my family. My husband. My brothers. My fans. Thank you Filmfare for this immense happiness. God, you're very kind." - Aruna Irani on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award

Idea Sony Scene of the Year Award: The Dirty Picture
Award presented by: Manjit Singh and NP Singh of Sony to Vidya Balan, who comes on behalf of the producers of The Dirty Picture to accept the award

FILMFARE MUSIC AWARDS
Best Music Director Award: AR Rahman for Rockstar
Award presented by: Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone to AR Rahman
Trivia: This is the 2500th Filmfare Trophy to be given away. It's a diamond studded trophy designed by PC Jewellers.
"I want to thank Imtiaz, and all the singers of Rockstar, and everyone who has worked on the music along with me." - AR Rahman on winning the award.

Best Lyrics Award: Irshad Kamil for 'Nadaan Parindey' of Rockstar
Award presented by: Anu Malik and Anuradha Paudwal to Irshad Kamil

Best Playback (Male) Award: Mohit Chauhan for 'Jo Bhi Mein' from Rockstar
"Thank you so much. It's really special tonight over here. I want to thank my parents back home in Himachal. I want to thank Rahman saab for creating such awesome songs for Rockstar. I want to thank Imtiaz for his vision of Jordan, Ranbir Kapoor, Irshad for writing such wonderful lyrics... Thank you." - Mohit Chauhan on winning the award

Best Playback (Female) Award: Rekha Bhardwaj and Usha Uthup for 'Darling' of 7 Khoon Maaf
Award presented by: Imtiaz Ali and Urmila Matondkar to Usha Uthup and accepts the award on behalf of Rekha, too and breaks down. "Thank you Filmfare, the mother of all awards in India. In 42 years, this is my first award! It's unbelievable for me. Thank you to all the music directors, to my family for letting me grow, thank you to Vishal Bhardwajji" - an emotional Usha Uthup on winning the award.

RD Burman Award for Best upcoming Talent: Krishna for Tanu weds Manu
Award presented by: Bhushan Kumar and Alka Yagnik to Krishna.

Best Choreography: Bosco-Caesar for 'Senorita', Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

"I'd love to thank Zoya, Carlos, Hrithik, Abhay, my wife, my son, Farhan Akhtar. Id' like to thank my younger brother and partner, Bosco": Caesar

"Mom, we got this the Black Beauty is ours": Bosco

Best Background Score: Ranjit Barot for Shaitan
Award presented by: Sonali Bendre and Goldie Behl to Bijoy Nambiar, who collects the award on Ranjit's behalf.

FILMFARE DEBUT AWARDS
Best Debut Director Award: Abhinay Deo for Delhi Belly
Award presented by: Madhur Bhandarkar and Hasleen Kaur to Abhinay Deo.

Best Debut (Male) Award: Vidyut Jamwal for Force
Award presented by: Chunky Pandey and Kajal Aggarwal to Vidyut Jamwal.
"I'm speechless. I'm very happy. Everyone who comes to Mumbai hopes he gets a good movie. I got that. A good producer, I got that. A good director, I got that. Then you want the film to make a hit, it was a hit, Then you want an award, I got that. I would like to thank Nishikant Kamat and a lot of other people, whom I will personally thank tonight." - Vidyut Jamwal on winning the award.

Best Debut (Female) Award: Parineeti Chopra for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl
Award presented by: Mr. Amrish Jain (Idea Cellular) and Dia Mirza to Parineeti.
"I told myself that if I won today, I wouldn't cry, but I can't help myself. Thank You the whole team of Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, my family. This is my sixth award this season, and it's so motivating. I'm going to work very hard. I've grown up watching the Filmfare Awards and to hold one now is an out of the world experience." - Parineeti Chopra on winning the award.


FILMFARE TECHNICAL AWARDS
Best Action: Mathhias Barsch for Don 2.
Producer Ritesh Sidhwani collects the award on his behalf. Ritesh dedicates the award to Priyanka's stunt double Bibi who died under unfortunate circumstances.

Best Cinematography: Carlos Catalan for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Award presented by: Mr. Shashi Shankar (Idea Cellular) and Mahie Gill to Carlos Catalan. "I'm very nervous. I'd like to thank my producers, Zoya: she's great fun to work with. I'd like to thank my Indian and Spanish crew"- Carlos Catalan on winning the award

Best Editing: Huzefa Lokhandwala for Delhi Belly
Abhinay Deo collects the award on his behalf.

Best Production Design: Shashank Tere for Delhi Belly
Award presented by: Kunal Kohli and Neha Dhupia to Shashank Tere for Delhi Belly.
Shashank isn't here, and Jim the co-writer of the movie collects it on his behalf.

Best Sound Design: Nakul Kamte for Don 2
Award presented by: Sarah Jane Dias presents the award to Farhan Akhtar.
Nakul wasn't here to collect the award but sent an acceptance speech with Farhan in case he won. And win he did!

Best Costume Design Award: The first Award of the night has been declared. Niharika Khan for The Dirty Picture
Thank you Filmfare, thank you Vidya for letting make me take your clothes off. Thank you to the actors who let me keep their clothes on: Nasseruddin Shah and the entire cast. Thank you Milan. Thank you my husband and children for letting me do my job. - Niharika Khan on winning the award.

Anna Hazare to receive Rs 25 lakh award for rural development

Social activist Anna Hazare will receive an award for his contribution to rural development, at a function in Delhi on February 23.

The award, instituted by a Delhi-based organisation, carries a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and citation, Hazare's aide Datta Awari told PTI from Ralegan Siddhi.

"Anna will attend the Team Anna core committee meeting in Delhi on February 22," Awari said.


Hazare returned to his native village Ralegan Siddhi on Saturday with core committee member Arvind Kejriwal, after taking ayurvedic treatment at a hospital in Bangalore for persistent cough, backache and swelling on hands and feet.

He had left Ralegan Siddhi on January 29 and went to a Gurgaon hospital for a thorough check-up, after which he went to Bangalore on January 31 and was there till Saturday.

Awari said Hazare has been advised regular walks, and he has been going around the village, inspecting ongoing work on ITI building and is also meeting villagers.

Yesterday, Hazare met activist Banda Maharaj Karadkar and discussed the issue of toll charges on state roads. Hazare has been a vocal opponent of the toll policy, saying people were being charged fee for badly built roads.


Global Bihar Summit 2012:

Nitish Kumar warms up to Nepal PM Baburam Bhattarai

Since his return to power for a second consecutive term with a landslide electoral victory in November 2010, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's rise to national prominence has been incessant. On Friday, he sought to add an international flavour to it .


It is not every day that the Prime Minister of another country comes to attend an event focused on an Indian state. And despite the expanse of its name, the Global Bihar Summit 2012, which opened on Friday, is nothing more than an attempt to showcase a resurgent state under Kumar..

The aforementioned Prime Minister of another country is Baburam Bhattarai of Nepal. A small country, but one that is strategically crucial and has at times had a testy relationship with India.



Bhattarai's presence at the summit - also attended by Reserve Bank of India Governor D Subbarao, his predecessor Y V Reddy, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and several prominent persons of Bihari origin - appears to have followed a careful build-up, intentional and otherwise .

Two weeks ago, Kumar extended a warm welcome to Nepal's Member of Parliament Pradip Giri at his janata darbar. And less than a week ago, 11 Maoist leaders from Nepal were acquitted by a court. The Bihar government has also requested the Union External Affairs Ministry to engage with Nepal on the river issue.

This river issue is critical to the state. More than two-thirds of its farmland are vulnerable to floods in Kosi, Burhi Gandak and Bagmati, all of them originating in Nepal. Several villages were wiped out by these rivers in 2008; some of them are believed to be buried under yards of sand. Harnessing these rivers can not only rid the state of this dance of devastation but also of some of its power problem.

It is little surprise then that Patna's roads, as they prepared to receive Bhattarai's cavalcade, looked cleaner and wider on Friday. Police jeeps patrolled the path to S K Memorial Hall, the venue of the summit's first day's sessions. Out of one of those jeeps, a hand holding a drying, curved twig waved to the rickshaws, the mainstay of intra-city transport, instructing them to keep to the extreme left of the road. Till late in the day, dividers, wherever they exist, were being dusted and painted.

Inside S K Hall's large auditorium, which burst at the seams with at least a thousand people, Kumar did not hesitate to acknowledge the chief guest's criticality to the state. "The solutions to our problems are not possible without Nepal's help," Kumar said at the inaugural session. And then he added for good measure: "Bihar's people think of the Nepalese people as their own."

Datawind out of Aakash project

Datawind, the Canadian company that was involved in the production of the world’s cheapest tablet Aakash will no longer be associated with the project, Telecom and HRD minister Kapil Sibal said on Monday.

The government has roped in the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and state-owned telecom equipment manufacturer Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) to further the development of the tablet computer. The minister said improved version of the tablet would be fully indigenous and would be launched soon at the same price.


"There have been some problems with Datawind, I must confess. Therefore, I have got into the act. IT ministry has got C-DAC and ITI into the act and I am going to ensure that this product is fully indigenous and truly an Indian product," he said.

A spokesperson of Datawind said the company “does not have any communication from the HRD ministry about this development.” To a query by Business Standard, ITI CMD K L Dhingra said the company was yet to get any official communication from the ministry. He, however, said ITI was quite capable of handling a project of this scale.

Originally developed by the Indian Institute of Technology-Rajasthan, Aakash tablet is available to students at Rs 1,100 after the government subsidy. So far, the manufacturing company Datawind has delivered 10,000 tablets to the Government of India. The project, however, ran into rough weather with allegations that it was using outdated technology with inadequate specifications. Besides, questions were also raised about the handling of tenders for the project by an educational institute like IIT-Rajasthan.

The Union HRD minister said the next version of the tablet Aakash-II would be launched sometime in the ongoing year. "Well, 2012... Aakash-II should be launched. There have been some hiccups in the way. Remember when you do a project of this nature and when your dream is as big as this, things are never that smooth."

Welcoming competition from market for development of the tablet, Sibal said the ultimate objective was to give a quality product to the children.

 

DRDO scientists to develop advanced

seekers for tactical missiles

Imagine a war scenario in which miniaturised missiles equipped with Precision-Guided Munitions (PGMs) are unleashed from a mother missile to take out select enemy targets like an ammunition depot while avoiding collateral damage.

A mother missile acts as a “force multiplier” and to achieve the desired result, each miniaturised missile will have a seeker to ensure its independent motion, irrespective of the mother missile's motion.
Seekers, which are of two types — radio-frequency and infra-red, enable a missile to acquire, track and home in on to the target. They are required for all tactical missiles (less than 300 km range).
Scientists at the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a key laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) missile complex here, have embarked on developing such seekers to eventually equip mother missiles with smaller missiles packed with PGMs.
The mandate of the RCI is to deliver avionic systems for all missiles, including anti-ballistic systems and anti-aircraft missiles.
In a bid to conduct trials without using the mother missile, a Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) has been imported to be used as a Technology Demonstrator for the project. A flight trial was conducted at the Integrated Test Range using the RPV along with a recoverable tow body by providing the vehicle the same velocity of a mother missile.
Good results were obtained from that exercise, RCI Director S.K. Chaudhuri told The Hindu on Sunday. More such trials would be carried out in stages to check the guidance, control and inertial navigation systems.
By the end of 2013, a crucial trial of the RPV with missile-launched PGMs to hit a target with both IIR (Imaging infrared) and mmW (millimteric Wave) seekers was being planned. Later, a flight test with a mother   missile would be conducted, he said.
Another frontier technology area in which scientists have begun work is to design and develop ‘Low Probability of Intercept Radar Seeker' to equip anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles.
This seeker will enable the missile to escape detection and jamming by enemy radars. Currently, Russia and the U.S. have such seekers, a senior RCI scientist said.
A few months ago, a major success was achieved when anti-tank Nag missile was flight-tested with an indigenously-developed mmW seeker.

World's most expensive telescope may

reveal origin of planets, Earth's oceans

 

Scientists hope that the world’s most expensive ground-based telescope, the 1.3-billion-dollar ALMA array high in the Chilean Andes, will unravel how planets form, and could solve the mystery of where Earth’s oceans came from.

Scientists described the telescope as the biggest leap in the technology since Galileo.

Together with another huge radio telescope, the Very Large Array (VLA), a collection of 27 antennae in New Mexico, ALMA is delivering the first insights into how planets form from the discs of gas and dust around young stars.


The ALMA and VLA telescopes will capture the early stages of how planets form from the disc of dust and gas around young stars, watching as the dust forms into pebbles then finally into young worlds

“These new ‘eyes’ will allow us to study, at unprecedented scales, the motion of gas and dust in the disks surrounding young stars, and put our theories of planet formation to the test,” the Daily Mail quoted David Wilner of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as saying.

The new telescopes will capture the first stages of planet formation -- the growth of dust grains and pebbles in the disks -- as well as show the gravitational interactions between the disks and new planets embedded within them.

“The power of ALMA and the expanded VLA also will allow us to study many more young stars and solar systems - probably thousands - than we could before. This will help us understand the processes that produce the huge diversity we already see in extrasolar planetary systems,” Wilner suggested.

One set of early ALMA observations, of a disk around a young star nearly 170 light-years from Earth, promises to shed light on a much closer question -- the origin of Earth’s oceans.

Scientists think much of our planet’s water came from comets bombarding the young Earth, but aren’t sure just how much.

The key clue has been the fact that our seawater contains a higher percentage of Deuterium, a form of hydrogen, than is found in the gas between stars.

“With further studies like this, we are on the path to more precisely measuring the percentage of Earth’s ocean water that might have come from comets,” Wilner added.

 

India, Russia to hold Exercise INDRA

Indian Army troops will proceed to Russia later this year for participating in the annual INDRA series of exercise between the two armies.

Moscow had called off the exercise scheduled to be held in June last year in Russia. An exercise between the navies of the two sides was also cancelled after Russia cited the engagement of their ships in rescue operations in Tsunami-hit Japan.

An Indian Army team is in Russia to hold discussions with its counterparts to prepare for the INDRA 2012 exercise planned to be held around the middle of the year there, Army officials said here.

During the visit, the Indian team will also see the area where the exercises are supposed to be held, they said.

Since 2003, India and Russia have conducted five of the INDRA-series joint ground and naval exercises. The last such exercise was held between the two countries' army units in India in October 2010.

Meanwhile, Indian is also engaging armies of Singapore and Indonesia in war games to learn from each other's experience of counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations.

A platoon-level exercise, consisting 30 troops, would be held with the Indonesian Army at the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) at Vairangte in Mizoram from February 12, the officials said.

During the 22-day exercise, troops from Indian and Indonesian armies will participate in several joint drills and exercise to hone their skills in counter insurgency and counter terrorism, they added.


Hi-tech security for 76 railway stations

High-tech security systems will start functioning at 76 railway stations before the end of March this year. The railway ministry has said that these stations were selected for the first phase of the modernisation of security at stations.

The ministry is providing Integrated Security System to 202 “important and sensitive” stations in the first phase. The remaining 126 stations will get this system next year, in 2012-2013.


This system provides for multiple screening and checking of passengers right from the point of entry. There will be dedicated control rooms at strategic locations for round-the-clock monitoring through the Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) based surveillance system. The CCTV system will be installed in the station area to cover the entire station premises including concourse, waiting halls, platforms, over-bridges etc, said the ministry.

The CCTV system will be internet protocol-based and will have important video analytics which will give automatic signals in case of suspected baggage, excessive crowd, intrusion by unauthorised persons etc.

However, for personal screening, hand-held metal detectors and doorframe metal detectors would be in use. Frisking would be done in suspected cases. Baggage screening will be done through large size X-Ray machines. Bomb Detection and Disposal System will be available with latest equipment at important stations.

Automatic vehicle scanner will be provided at entry gates from where vehicles enter into the station premises.

A scanner will be integrated into the Control Room meant for surveillance. Trained Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are being deployed to ensure proper functioning of the Integrated Security System.

Boundary wall along with barbed wall fencing will be provided to station premises to prohibit unauthorised entry or exit.

 

Guidance Plus: Stimulating environment for research

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research embraces world-class research in fundamental sciences, with a commitment to train youth and help them pursue a career in science research.

One of the most renowned centres for science research in our country is the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

The institute began functioning on the campus of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in June 1945 and moved to Mumbai in October that year. Apart from the main campus in Mumbai (Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai – 400 005, website: www.tifr.res.in), the institute has campuses in Pune, Bangalore, and Hyderabad.


It is a national centre funded by the Union government through the Department of Atomic Energy. The institute made a start with the Cosmic Ray Group. The Nuclear Emulsion/Electron Magnetism Group was set up in 1953. Computer Science and Technology came up at the centre in 1954. The main building at Colaba was inaugurated by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962.

In the 1960s, the institute expanded to include the Molecular Biology Group and the Radio Astronomy Group. The 1970s saw further expansion of the institute by adding the Theoretical Astrophysics and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education.

Over the next two decades, the institute developed by establishing new national centres — The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics in Pune, The Centre for Applicable Mathematics in Bangalore, and The National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore. The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences was established as part of the TIFR in 2007.

The TIFR embraces world-class research in all areas of fundamental sciences, with a commitment to train youth in the fascinating world of science research.

The TIFR is a deemed university that runs programmes leading to the award of M.Sc., Ph.D., and integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. degrees.

The institute provides opportunities for basic and advanced research in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, and science education for talented and strongly motivated students. Its distinguished faculty, world-class facilities, and stimulating research environment offer a fine platform for aspiring young men and women to a career in science research. Let us look into the details of the research opportunities in the various units.
Research facilities

There are opportunities for Ph.D. and integrated Ph.D. in certain subjects:

Mathematics: School of Mathematics, Mumbai, Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bangalore.

Physics: Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mumbai.

Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Mumbai.

Department of High Energy Physics, Mumbai.

Department of Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Mumbai.

Department of Theoretical Physics, Mumbai.

National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune.

Biophysics: Department of Chemical Sciences, Mumbai, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.

Chemistry: Department of Chemical Sciences, Mumbai.

Biological Chemistry at National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.

Biology: Department of Biological Sciences, Mumbai, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.

Computer and Systems Sciences: School of Technology and Computer Science, Mumbai.

Science Education: Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai.

Also, Material Science, Optics and Biology at TCIS, Hyderabad, and Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore.

Now we shall go into the details of research facilities in different schools and faculties.

School of Technology and Computer Science

This school, located in Mumbai, offers programmes leading to a Ph.D. in two specialist streams: computer science and systems science. Candidates with the following qualifications are eligible for admission to the programmes.

BE, B.Tech., ME, M.Tech., MCA, and M.Sc. computer science, electrical engineering, electronics Engineering and information technology with a consistently good academic record. Exceptionally well-qualified students with BE, B.Tech., ME, M.Tech., M.Sc., or equivalent degrees in other disciplines will also be considered.

There will be an entrance examination and an interview for admission. As part of the programme, students have to complete an exploratory project for one semester. Those who have completed a two-semester project as part of their ME or M.Tech. degrees may apply for a waiver in the project requirement.
Path to Ph.D.

Pass the qualifying examination. Seek registration for Ph.D. by applying to the subject board within six months. Show the name of the thesis contemplated, the name of the adviser, and a broad description of the topic of research in the letter.

After the completion of the Ph.D. research work, get the permission of the thesis adviser and forward a synopsis of the thesis to the subject board for obtaining approval for submission to the university office. Repeat the same procedure to obtain prior approval for submission of the thesis.

After the subject board approves the submission of the thesis, the evaluation of the thesis and the award of the Ph.D. degree will follow as per university guidelines.

School of Mathematics

The school runs a graduate programme leading to the award of a Ph.D. degree. With its distinguished faculty engaged in high-quality research in a broad spectrum of areas, the school provides a stimulating environment for pursuing doctoral studies.

The minimum qualification for admission to the Ph.D. programme is a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, science, and technology (BA, B.Sc., B.Math., B.Stat, BE, and B.Tech.). Those without a Master's degree are encouraged to undertake the M.Sc. programme of the school as well.

Candidates who are interested in applied mathematics may seek admission in the TIFR Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bangalore.

 

 

Kruti Jain receives Young Visionary of the year award

Mumbai: Ms. Kruti Lalit Kumar Jain, Young Director of leading Mumbai-Pune based developer Kumar Urban Development Limited(KUL) received the “Young Visionary of the Year” at the 6th National “Chanakya” Awards for achievers instituted by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI). She also won the ‘Young Achiever’s Award at the Real Estate Award Ceremony presented by the Stars Group. Ms. Kruti Jain was presented the PRCI award by Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives & Rural Development.


Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) is a National registered corporate body of public relations professionals, corporate communicators, advertising & media practitioners and Academicians. PRCI has been established to enrich professional development and networking opportunities for higher standards of PR practice. With its national headquarters at Bangalore, PRCI has active Local Chapters in Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kerala, Kolkatta,Lucknow, Manipal, Mizoram, Mysore, Mumbai, Pune and Vadodra.

The PRCI annual corporate collateral awards 2012 are the most prestigious event in the realm of  Corporate Communications presented annually to recognize talent andprofessional standard. On receiving both the award, Ms. Kruti Jain said, “It’s a great feeling every single time when you go up on the stage to receive the award. These awards for me are a source of motivation and it makes me feel that the hard work that I am doing is recognized and is acknowledged. This gives me assurance that I am taking the right steps towards success and makes me work even harder towards my goal”

Kruti Jain has been involved in the real estate business since the age of 15. She has more than seven years of experience in managing the operations, design and development, sales,media and marketing functions of the Company. She is also the youngest member of the managing committee of CREDAI and the chairman of bulletin NSDCD.

Being actively working on the world class township at Hinjwad and the excitement of running an organization that can make a difference, Ms. Kruti Jain is the youngest member of the managing committee of CREDAI, convener of the Real Estate Academy of Developers and City Greening Committee at CREDAI, Pune. She was also the convenor of Labour Welfare Committee at CREDAI, Pune. She has received the Youngest Entrepreneur award from Top Management Consortium for the year 2005 from Friends Circle Group, Pune in 2006. She was also conferred the Yuva Entrepreneurship Award by the Pune Real Estate Summit & Excellence Awards2008. She has been the director of KUL Company since February 3, 2007.

 

Narendra Modi to decorate 170 cops with medals

For the first time since 2003, Gujarat police personnel will be honoured with service medals in an official award-giving ceremony. Chief Minister Narendra Modi will present the medals to over 170 cops and 40 home guard officials of the state on February 15 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.


Highly-placed sources in the state home department said, “These awards have been announced by the President and the Governor as appreciation of police personnel' services to society. It includes officials from the rank of police constable to the additional director-general of police. Every year awards are declared at the time of Independence Day and Republic Day. Now, there are no standard operating procedures for awarding the medals by any particular dignitary.”
Sources in Police Bhavan told DNA that so far no such event has ever taken place where cops have been given the President’s medal for their services. They said the awardees had to collect the medals from New Delhi after their announcement. “No awards were ever given in such a programme by anyone for the last decade,” the sources said.


‘INDIA’S BEST AWARDS’ by Travel+Leisure_1st edition

New Delhi : To celebrate the five trendsetting years in the South Asian region, TRAVEL + LEISURE India & South Asia announced the results of its 1st edition of the ‘India’s Best Awards’ at Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya, New Delhi on 17th Feb’12. The polling was conducted as a reader’s poll both through the magazine and online in 2011, and culminated in the first announcement of its winners. 49 awards across 29 different categories that range from the best country, emerging destination, cruise, business hotel, airport, luxury train, destination spa and honeymoon destinations in India and across the world, were felicitated by eminent personalities like         Mr. R. H. Khwaja- Secretary Minister of Tourism; Ms. Ruby Dhalla- Canadian politician of Indian origin; Designer Rohit Bal; Ms. Aarti Surendranath-Film producer and many others.


On this occasion CEO and Publisher Piyush Sharma said “In a short span of five years, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia has established itself as the most credible publication in the travel and luxury space, much in line with its worldwide positioning. It is great for us to now announce the launch edition of the much-awaited and most coveted T+L India’s Best Awards which reinforces T+L’s leadership position,”



“Travel + Leisure India & South Asia was the first international title to launch in the Indian subcontinent in September 2006, and we felt that the time was right to conduct our first readers poll awards as over 500,000 readers have been reading our magazine for over five years and we were sure that the results would be very authentic and credible,” says Payal Kohli, Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia. “We are very excited to award the winners in our inaugural Awards ceremony today in the presence of so many important dignitaries, members of the travel fraternity and also with Nancy Novogrod, Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure, who was also here in Delhi when we launched the magazine over five years ago, and has been a mentor for us through the years.”

Rajasthan was the biggest winner winning in three different categories as best cultural, heritage and honeymoon destination. Dubai and Mumbai top the list in the best party destinations in the world and India respectively. Odisha and Turkey have been voted best emerging destinations while Singapore scores as the best city in the world for Indian travellers and Hong Kong is the stopover of choice for family travel. ITC Maurya, New Delhi was a favourite with women travellers and Delhi won the best food destination award.

 


10th edition of Desert Storm rally from Feb 20

New Delhi: Close to 300 enthusiasts will compete in the 10th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally, beginning here on February 20.

Depending on the endurance levels, the rally has been split into three categories -- XTREME, XPLORE and ENDURE, the organisers said in a statement.


The event will see countries top rallyists compete against each other on the Time Speed Distance (TSD) format to cover a distance of over 3,500 kms in a span of six days, the statement added.

Starting from New Delhi, the rally will undertake the testing night rallying leg before entering destinations such as Sardarshahar, Bikaner and Pokaran.

In its third leg, the rally would cover treacherous terrains of the great Thar Desert in Jaisalmer and drylands of Bhuj. Here on, the rally would enter the marshy landscape of the great Rann of Kutch in the final lap.

After six action packed days, the rally will culminate on February 25 in Ahmedabad.

The rally for the first time would also see the introduction of truck category with four AMW trucks competing in the ENDURE category.

The scrutiny of the rally cars will take place here on February 18 and 19.

"Every year we face the challenge of bringing more excitement and thrills in the rally. Our core team tries to build on this aspect either by adding newer routes or new categories and even modifying routes making them more challenging to drive on for the rallyists," Shashank Srivastava, Chief General Manager (Marketing), Maruti Suzuki said.

 

Iranian warships dock at Syrian

naval base, China warns of civil war

AMMAN/BEIRUT: China accused Western countries of stirring civil war in Syria and two Iranian warships docked at a Syrian naval base, underscoring rising international tensions over the near year-long crisis.

Despite pursuing a sustained military crackdown on the opposition in cities across the country, President Bashar al-Assad forged ahead with plans to hold a referendum at the end of the week.

Activists in the western city of Hama said troops, police and militias had set up dozens of roadblocks, isolating neighbourhoods from each other.


"Hama is cut off from the outside world. There are no landlines, no mobile phone network and no internet. House to house arrests take place daily and sometimes repeatedly in the same neighbourhoods," an opposition statement said.

Government troops extended their control on Hama after an offensive last week that concentrated on northern neighbourhoods on the edge of farmland that have provided shelter for Free Syrian Army rebels.

The rebel fighters have been attacking militiamen, known as shabbiha, while avoiding open confrontations with armoured forces that had amassed around Hama.

Government forces also maintained their siege of pro-opposition neighbourhoods of Homs, south of Hama on the Damascus-Aleppo highway. Opposition activists reported sporadic morning shelling of Baba Amro district.

Security forces also mounted a campaign of arrests and raids in two suburbs of Deraa city and loud gunfire was heard, activists said. The reports could not be independently verified.

In Damascus, activists unfurled a pre-Assad era national flag over a road bridge at the edge of the capital, YouTube footage showed.

The Monday actions followed a weekend which saw one of the biggest demonstrations yet in Damascus as the uprising against Assad's 11 year-rule neared its first anniversary.

Security forces have killed at least 5,000 people, according to human rights groups, in a campaign to crush the revolt while the Assad government says it has lost more than 2,000 soldiers and security agents in what it describes as a struggle against foreign-backed terrorists,

The conflict has also pitted Western and Gulf-led Arab powers against Assad allies Russia, China and Iran.

The former have condemned Assad for the bloodshed and called for him to step down. Beijing and Moscow say all sides are to blame for the violence and the crisis should be resolved through talks, not foreign intervention.

China's Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily, in a front page commentary on Monday, said: "If Western countries continue to fully support Syria's opposition, then in the end a large-scale civil war will erupt and there will be no way to thus avoid the possibility of foreign armed intervention."

A Chinese envoy met Assad in Damascus on Saturday and backed his plan to hold a referendum this coming Sunday on a new constitution which would lead to multi-party parliamentary elections within 90 days.

Syria's official SANA news agency said about 14,600,000 people throughout the country were eligible to take part in the referendum. The West and Syrian opposition figures have dismissed the plan as joke, saying it is impossible to have a valid election amid the continuing repression.

WESTERN FEARS

Assad has ruled Syria for 11 years after succeeding his father Hafez on his death. The Assad family belongs to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, in a majority Sunni country, and there are fears the uprising could break down into a full sectarian conflict.

Meanwhile two Iranian naval ships docked at the Syrian port of Tartous on Saturday, Iran's state-run Press TV reported. The ships were said to be providing training for Syrian naval forces under an agreement signed a year ago.

Iranian defence minister Ahmad Vahidi, quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency, said: "Our ships passed through the Suez canal and it is Iran's right to have a presence in international waters."

With Shi'te-led Iran already at odds with the United States, Europe and Israel over its nuclear programme, the deployment was likely to add to Western concerns that the Syria crisis could boil over into a regional conflict if it not resolved soon.

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, asked about the Iranian move at briefing in Jerusalem, said Assad was supported by Iran and the Hizbollah militant group and that Russia and China had given him "a licence to kill".

"Iran invests a lot in trying to save the Syrian regime, by advising them, by supplying equipment, by sending people and maybe by also sending these ships through the Suez Canal," he said.

Foreign ministers at a G20 industrialised and emerging nations meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, said they were worried about whether a peaceful solution could be found.

The West has ruled out any Libya-style military intervention but the Arab League, led by Saudi Arabia, has indicated some of its member states were prepared to arm the opposition.

In Washington the senior US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, said intervening in Syria would be "very difficult" because it was not like Libya.

Syria's army is very capable, with a sophisticated, integrated air defence system and chemical and biological weapons, Dempsey said. It was also not clear who or what the fragmented opposition was exactly, he said.

A so-called " Friends of Syria" conference is scheduled to take place in Tunisia this Friday, bringing together Western and Arab powers.

Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd, speaking in Los Cabos, said the group aims "to place maximum pressure on president Assad to go, to end the butchery that we see day by day unfolding in Syria and to make sure we have a durable and peaceful political transition".

 

America marks 50th anniversary of first man to orbit the earth

John Glenn made his historic space flight alone in 1962 but celebrated its 50th anniversary on Monday among hundreds of people within his orbit, from fellow headline-making astronauts and NASA's administrator to family, friends and students at Ohio State University, where the public affairs school bears his name.

They watched footage of the launch, laughed at his enduring sense of humour and showered him with applause, praising the man who became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, told the audience at the celebratory gala that Mr Glenn was "no ordinary pilot." There was a need for leadership in the space programme in the early 1960s, Armstrong said, and Glenn "literally rose to the occasion."
The former astronaut and US senator from Ohio, now 90, circled the Earth three times in five hours and was viewed as a national hero for helping to lead the United States into space.
"I think the hero thing is in the eye of the beholder," Glenn said during a question-and-answer session with Annie, his wife of nearly seven decades. "I don't look at myself that way."
Asked about his heroes, Glenn said he admires different qualities in different people, such as the perseverance of former US Rep Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was severely injured in a shooting last year.
Her husband Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and commander of the space shuttle Endeavour's final mission, was the night's featured speaker and said he was honoured to be sitting between two of his own heroes, Armstrong and Glenn. He brought the audience a message from Giffords: "Be passionate. Be courageous. Be strong. Be your best."
Glenn urged the audience to support research and education and shared the lessons he learned when he was among the top military test pilots presented in 1959 as the Mercury Seven. The only other surviving Mercury astronaut is Scott Carpenter, who called out the memorable line "Godspeed John Glenn" moments before the rocket ignited for Glenn's space flight.
"With a lot of work and a lot of people organised, you can do almost anything," Glenn said.
Earlier Monday, Nasa had surprised Glenn with the kind of anniversary gift only a space agency can give, enabling him to speak live with the International Space Station from a stage at Ohio State University.
Sitting on stage with Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden, he chatted with three space station crew members about space research and Nasa's future. Commander Dan Burbank appeared by video link, flanked by two flight engineers floating in the zero-gravity environment, and said the crew was delighted to help commemorate Glenn's momentous trip.
"Fifty years ago today, Friendship 7 was orbiting planet Earth, and that helped in a very big way, paved the way for America to become a space power, and to go to the moon, and to do the things that we're doing right now on the International Space Station," Burbank said.
Glenn had a light-hearted but educational exchange with the crew, asking them about the types and number of experiments on board – more than 100, they said – and explaining to his gravity-bound audience of more than 200 people that, for example, a candle burns differently in space than on Earth.
When Bolden asked the astronauts which experiment they'd like to hand off to Glenn if he could join them, Burbank suggested research on the "regenerative environmental control systems" on spacecraft.
"That's a fancy word for our lavatory," flight engineer Don Pettit added. "So he wants to put Sen. Glenn busy fixing the plumbing up here."
Mr Glenn took the humour in stride, replying: "That's exactly what I thought I was going to get assigned to."
Bolden joked that Glenn sometimes bugs him about making a trip to the space station. Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space in 1998, at age 77.

 

Eurozone ministers approve $170-billion bailout for Greece

Eurozone finance ministers have reached an agreement on a second bailout for Greece worth 130 billion euros (172 billion dollars), diplomats in Brussels said early Tuesday after more than 12 hours of negotiations.

AP reports:

After more than 12 hours of talks, the countries that use to euro reached an agreement early Tuesday to hand Greece 130 billion euros ($170 billion) in extra bailout loans to save it from a potentially disastrous default next month, an European Union diplomat said.


The euro surged as the news broke, climbing 0.7 percent to $1.328 within minutes. While much depended on the details of the deal, a final agreement on the bailout for Greece will take some pressure off the 17-country currency union, which has been battling a serious debt crisis for two years.

The deal details of which were still being worked out by European finance ministers in an all-night session in Brussels was expected to bring Greece’s debt down to 120.5 percent of gross domestic product by 2020, according to the official. That’s around the maximum that the International Monetary Fund and the euro-zone considered sustainable.

The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement was pending.

The country needs the 130 billion ($170 billion) bailout so it can move ahead with a related 100 billion ($130 billion) debt relief deal with private investors. That deal needs to be in place quickly if Athens is to avoid a disorderly default on a bond repayment on March 20.

Last week, a new report from Greece’s debt inspectors indicated that the country’s debt would still be close to 129 percent of GDP by the end of the decade, despite massive new spending cuts planned by Athens and a tentative 100 billion debt relief deal with private investors.

That level would have prevented the IMF and some euro countries from putting up more rescue money on top of a 110 billion bailout Greece received in 2010.

Moving in and out of talks with bondholder representatives and consultations among themselves, the IMF and the European Central Bank, the ministers pushed private investors to accept steeper losses, going beyond a 50 percent cut in the face value of their bonds.

It was unclear what the final deal with bondholder representatives looked like, but the lower debt level suggested that they compromised further. The big question will now be how many banks and other investment funds will actually agree to participated voluntarily and whether Greece will have to force some holdouts to sign up to make the deal effective.

 

Banks lower interest rates on home, education loans

Banks have started scaling down interest rates on education and home loans after repeated hikes over the last two years as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has eased its tight monetary policy.

The State Bank of India (SBI) is likely to cut interest rates on education loans by up to one per cent from Monday.

According to sources, SBI decided to reduce interest rates on study loans by 0.25 per cent to one per cent across various maturities at a meeting of its asset, liability committee (Alco) during the weekend.


For a loan of Rs 4 lakh, interest rates are expected to be reduced by 0.25 per cent to 11.75 per cent while for loans in the Rs 4 to Rs 7.5 lakh range, interest rate is likely to be cut by one per cent to 12.50 per cent. For loans above Rs 7.5 lakh, the rate is likely to be lowered by 0.25 per cent to 12.25 per cent.

SBI is also offering a concession of 0.5 per cent on interest rates for loans given to female students.


SBI chairman Pratip Chaudhuri had said last Monday that the bank may have an Alco meeting and will have education loan rate cut on top of the agenda.

Chaudhuri had, however, ruled out any possibility of a reduction in the base rate or home loan rates saying they are of long-term nature. SBI's base rate stands at 10 per cent as of now, which is the lowest in the country.

The education loan book of SBI constitutes under seven per cent of its Rs 1.75 lakh crore retail loan portfolio. In the December quarter, the bank saw its education loan books swelling by 14.17 per cent.

Meanwhile, two smaller public sector banks have announced a cut on interest rates on home loans by 0.25 per cent.

Central Bank of India brought down the interest by 0.25 per cent to boost credit demand.

Accordingly, loans up to 25 years and under Rs 30 lakh will be available at a reduced interest rate of 10.75 per cent from bank.

The Pune-headquartered Bank of Maharashtra also announced a similar reduction in its housing loans under Rs 25 lakh up for a five- year tenor at their reduced base rate of 10.60 per cent.

Both the banks have also waived processing fees on home loans.

 

Veteran Tamil actor SN Lakshmi passes away

Veteran Tamil actress S N Lakshmi who had donned the role of a 'mother' in most films, passed away here last night after a heart attack.

She was 85. She was admitted to a private hospital a couple of days back and the end came around 0100 hrs on the morning of Feb 20th. Her body was brought to her residence at Saligramam, where people from the tinsel world paid their last respects.


Her body will be taken to her native Virudhunagar district where the last rites would be performed tomorrow.

The versatile Lakshmi had acted in several Tamil and Telugu films, her memorable ones being 'Michael Madhana Kamaraj,' 'Mahanadhi' and 'Kadhala Kadhala.

She had acted with top stars like M G Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan.

Condoling her death,Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said that Lakshmi, a recipient of the state government's prestigious titles like 'Kalaimamani' and 'Kalaiselvam,' had acted in more than 1,500 films and 6,000 dramas.

 

Rs 1250 cr World Bank aid for

irrigation schemes in Bengal

BHAGABANPUR (WB): The World Bank will provide a financial assistance of Rs 1,250 crore for minor irrigation schemes in West Bengal to help the state raise farm sector output, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here today.

He also noted that not much work was done in West Bengal for undertaking minor irrigation projects and the state's foodgrain production has suffered due to this.


"The World Bank will provide aid for Rs 1,250 crore for minor irrigation projects in the state," Mukherjee said at the launch of the flood control project of the Keleghai, Baghai and Kopaleswhari rivers in East Midnapore district here.

He said the flood control measures of the three rivers of Keleghai, Kopaleshwari and Baghai would cost Rs 650 crore. "The Centre will provide 75 per cent of the cost and the state the rest. The project will be completed in three years," he said.

Praising West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for coming forward to find a permanent solution to floods in the area, Mukherjee said aspirations of the people living in 10/12 blocks in East and West Midnapore districts were not met in the past.

"During monsoon, people residing in the area are affected by floods every year. In the 2010-11 Budget when Banerjee was the railway minister and Bengal was in the cusp of a political change, I had announced that prevention of erosion of major rivers like Keleghai-Kopaleshwari and Padma-Ganga will be taken up as a national programme", he said.


Kerala temple authorities begin sorting

treasure worth Rs100,000 crore

Rituals at Thiruvananthapuram's Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple will be affected on Monday, as local authorities begin the mammoth process of sorting out and documenting its treasures as ordered by the Supreme Court.

The treasures in the temple vaults are reportedly worth over Rs100,000 crore.

Last week, the Supreme Court restrained a Thiruvananthapuram court from passing any further orders on the ongoing dispute relating to the assets and management of the famed temple, as it said that it was already monitoring the case.


Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The shrine is currently run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore.

The temple is one of 108 Divya Desams (Holy Abodes of Vishnu) and principal centres of worship of the deity in Vaishnavism.

The temple, constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Tamil Alvar saints (6th?"9th centuries CE), with structural additions to it made throughout the 16th century CE, when its ornate Gopuram was constructed.

The temple is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple at Thiruvattar. The Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple gave its name to Kerala’s state capital Thiruvananthapuram. ‘Thiru’ ‘Anantha’ ‘Puram’ means Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha.

The city is also known as Anandapuram (City of Bliss) and Syananduram (Where Bliss is not far off). Ananda refers to Shree Padmanabha himself.

The principal deity, Padmanabhaswamy, is enshrined in the "Anantha-Sayanam" posture (in the eternal sleep of Yoga-nidra on the serpent Anantha).

The Maharajah of Travancore bears the title, "Shree Padmanabha Dasa’ (Slave of Lord Padmanabha).

 

Lost 18th century Sanskrit grammar manuscript

by Jesuit missionary found in Italy

Arnos Padre tried to assimilate essence of Indian culture with that of the West

A Sanskrit grammar manuscript of grammarian, lexicographer and philologist Arnos Padre, which had been lost for over two centuries, was found in an Italian monastery recently.

The manuscript, Grammatica Grandonica, written by the Jesuit missionary Fr. Johann Ernst Hanxleden, popularly known as Arnos Padre, three centuries ago, is considered as one of the earliest missionary grammars in Sanskrit.



Toon Van Hal, a Belgian scholar and professor at the Centre for the History of Linguistics, Leuven University, traced the lost manuscript to the Convento di San Silvestro, a Carmelite monastery in Monte Compatri in the Province of Rome.

Christopher Vielle, a Luxembourg scholar who is conducting a study on Arnos Padre's manuscript, said Grammatica Grandonica bore a considerable influence on Sidharubam — the first Sanskrit grammar ever printed in Europe (1790).

Professor Ville and European Indologist Jean Claude Muller, who visited the St. Francis Xavier France Church, Velur, near Thrissur, founded by Arnos Padre, were on a mission to publish Grammatica Grandonica.

They came to India to participate in the International Sanskrit Conference held in New Delhi recently.

Born at Ostercappeln near Osnabrück in Hanover, Germany, Fr. Hanxleden (Arnos Padre) arrived in India on December 13, 1700, as a Jesuit missionary.

He built a church at Velur in 1712 and spent most of his remaining days there.

The church and the building were declared as protected monuments by the Kerala government in 1995. Arnos Padre has been remembered for his efforts to integrate the culture of the East with the West. He tried to assimilate the essence of Indian culture and literature with that of the West.

Proficient in German, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Latin, Syriac, Portuguese and Tamil, the Padre compiled Malayalam-Portuguese and Sanskrit-Portuguese dictionaries.

His Malayalam poem, Puthenpana, based on Christian themes, has been to Christian households what Ezhuthachan's Adhyatma Ramayanam is to the Hindus. He wrote several essays in Latin based on the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Bhagavatam and Vedanta Saaram.

 

 

Foreign institutional investors' inflow

into Indian stocks reach $4bn

NEW DELHI: Adopting a bullish stance on India, overseas investors have pumped in about Rs 14,000 crore in the Indian equity market so far this month and the experts expect this positive trend to continue further.

Since the beginning of 2012, the FIIs have infused a total of Rs 24,225 crore ($4 billion) into Indian stocks, after taking into account Rs 10,358 crore of net inflow during January 2012.

During February 1-17, 2012, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were gross buyers of shares worth Rs 47,895 crore, while they sold equities amounting to Rs 34,028 crore, translating into a net investment of Rs 13,867 crore ($2.81 billion), as per data available with market regulator Sebi.


Market analysts attributed strong FIIs inflow in the domestic market to the reversal in RBI's monetary policy and the subsequent impact of improved liquidity position.

The foreign fund houses have also infused Rs 799 crore in the debt market so far this month. This takes the overall net investments by FIIs into Indian markets to Rs 14,666 crore ($2.97 billion) for this period.

Stock market inflows in the first 17 days of February, at Rs 13,867 crore, were higher than that for the entire month of January 2012, which stood at Rs 10,358 crore.

"FIIs have been infusing money into the Indian market due to change in RBI's monetary policy that have added liquidity to the system. This liquidity will help in growth of the country," Wellindia executive director Hemant Mamtani said.

"Indian market will continue to witness inflows in the whole year," he added.

Strong surge in FII inflows in 2012 so far has helped boost the equity markets as well as helped the Indian rupee to strengthen.

The stock market barometer sensex gained 6.37 per cent or 1096 points in February. The index finished at 18,289.35 on February 17, the last trading session of the month, gaining 135 points from its last close.

It is not only India which has witnessed an upsurge in investment, equity funds focused on all emerging markets put together have seen an inflow of over $19 billion in 2012.

"In 2012, FIIs infused money into the Indian market mainly on account of easing inflation, a relaxing of foreign investor restrictions and the RBI's policy moves," CNI Research Head Kishor Ostwal said.

FIIs had mostly stayed away from Indian equities in 2011. They flocked toward the debt market in 2011 with a net investment of Rs 20,293 crore, while pulling out Rs 2,812 crore from equities.

 

 


 

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