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Friday, January 1, 2010

In the news Jan 2008

RBI to allow short selling of shares from Feb 1: Srcs (moneycontrol)
Independent Voters May Give Obama Edge in Iowa (Washington Post)
Big B is social ad superstar (Hindustan Times)
China to switch to lethal injections (Associated Press)
Iran's Ayatollah: No smear campaigning (AP)
Diplomatic push to end ethnic strife in Kenya (AFP)
Hugo Chavez softens tone for 2008 (Reuters)
BSP-Congress spat turns ugly, Maya threatens split (aol)
QE2 sets sail on last world cruise (AFP)
Pentagon Says Ships Harassed by Iran (AP)
Bloomberg and Others Begin Talks on a Nonpartisan Path(nyt)
Times and CNBC to Share Material on Web Sites (nyt)
Obama, McCain get early votes (AP)
Clinton Braces for Second Loss; Union, Senators May Back Obama (wsj)
Tour likely to continue after ICC sacks umpire (reuters)
Madonna: Blueberry cheesecake is better than sex! (rediff)
McCain, Clinton Bounce Back (wsj)
Britney’s intimate pics up for auction (new Indian Express)
Iranian TV: Pentagon Video, Audio Fake (ap)
Vajpayee deserves Bharat Ratna, says BJP (business standard)

Sensex recovers 1600 points (ndtv)
Selloff Extends Into Second Day (wsj)
Awaiting Wall Street’s Open, Asia Markets Plunge (nytimes)
Global share rout continues (guardian)Clinton, Obama Engage in Bitter Debate (ap)
Focus on India, China at WEF (ndtv)
Kumble tips India to level series (bbc)
Bhupathi-Knowles beat Bryans to enter semis (DNA)
India, China can help weather US recession: Kamal Nath (Hindustan Times)


I was determined: Tendulkar (rediff)
India salvage position with Tendulkar's 39th ton (newindpress)
Bilateral issues top Sarkozy's agenda (NDTV)
Societe Generale Hit By Fraud, Write-Downs (wsj)
Workaholic Sonia Gandhi won't take break, frets son (Reuters)
Attacks Imperil Militiamen in Iraq Allied With U.S. (nytimes)
How super-skinny Eva Longoria made Posh look normal-sized...and demanded to be to taken to Topshop (dailymail)
Carla Bruni snapped wearing 'wedding band' - and nothing else (dailymail)
Prodi to brave senate confidence vote (financial times)
First-time investors get a taste of capitalism (Economic Times)

Most malware now comes from legitimate sites (business standard)
World record thrills Gilchrist (Hindu)
India, France agree to boost military ties beyond trade (Hindustan Times)
Go easy or work will kill you (DNA)

sexiest women
10. Victoria's Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio makes it to any list
9. Singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor makes most men wish they were microphones
8. Descendant to Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis, Athina Onassis de Miranda is a competitive showjumper. Lucky horses
7 . At seventh place is the pretty Princess Mary, of Denmark.
6. Actress Jennifer Morrisson is a good reason to stare.
5. Christina Aguilera can be stunning sometimes, sure
4. The golden rule: there shall be no Hot Women lists without Angelina Jolie. Period

3. Interestingly, Spice Girl Mel C did better than her other partners by making the cut.
2. Now, Delta Goodrem is one helluva pretty singer.
1. But is this? Britney 'meltdown' Spears at number one? Do you really think she's the prettiest on the list

Obama routs Clinton in South Carolina (yahoo)


Replicate NCC spirit in other spheres: PM (Hindustan Times)

rediff: Headlines

BJP national council silent on Indo-US nuke deal

• Gilchrist times retirement perfectly
• Sino-Indian trade: It's helping only China

• Australia win series 2-1

indiainfo headlines

. BCCI mum on Kapil's remarks on IPL

. BJP asks Congress to reveal its PM candidate

. Sehwag's ton goes in vain, Aus win series 2-1

. 1993 blasts case: SC grants bail to Abdul Memon

. It's better to finish N-deal during Bush term: US

. Close defeat in Sydney still rankles Kumble

. EU urged to pressure Lanka to make peace

. Approach right authority on Setu, SC tells Jaya

• Chiranjeevi apologises for attack on Rajasekhar

UK supermarket to offer women bra price equality (reuters)

BJP decides to go alone in Karnataka
No fresh reports of bird deaths: Authorities
McCain, Romney battle in tight Republican race
'Queen must die or abdicate for Australian republic'
Oil falls below $90, stock markets weigh

Radiant Angelina Jolie fuels pregnancy rumours with a billowing red carpet gown (dailymail)


• Mittal, Ambanis among world's 10 richest CEOs
• We'll overcome anti-incumbency factor: Advani

• 2 BDR men, 1 Indian killed in border firing

• Future of the $100 laptop
RBI: Rates unchanged

Andaman waters become safer
Protests after Musharraf lashes out at journalist
Wild weather in China kills 25, besieges heartland
BSE Sensex falls 1 per cent after RBI holds rates
No chitchat between Clinton and Obama
Falling satellite poses little threat to human life
The daily grind or how stress damages your teeth

RBI leaves key rate steady at 7.75 per cent


It's a victory of truth, says Bhajji's mother

No Test ban for Bhajji, Australia tour on

Sensex ends at 18,081 pts, down 72 pts

Mittal, Ambanis among wealthiest CEOs: Forbes

CBI probe sought into Gurgaon kidney racket

RBI keeps key policy rates unchanged

UGC asks Univs to declare results by July-August

Organ transplant law to be made simpler

Price of natural gas by ONGC to rise by 16 pc

TRAI seeks to lower number of telecom tariff plans

Home, consumer loans to remain high

Singapore opens sky with Scandinavian Europe

SAIL registers rise in Q3 profit


- Centre to amend organ transplant laws
- Thackeray's take on Modi upsets BJP
- Mittal assures Sarkozy on job cuts
- Firing at Indo-Bangla border, 4 dead
- Bird flu: Report from Bangladesh sought
- Delhi schools shut after cold wave

- Kenya clashes kill 49: Police
- Bhutto probe: Suicide bomber identified
- No chitchat between Clinton, Obama
- Foreign hand in Pak suicide attacks: Govt
- Protests against Musharraf increase
- Man arrested for threatening Bush

- Charges against Bhajji dropped
- BCCI welcomes decision on Harbhajan
- Bhajji's good conduct led to no ban
- Shaun Tait quits cricket indefinitely
- India bags second spot in ICC ranking
- Gilchrist thinks high of Indian team

- RBI keeps rates unchanged
- Mudra Lifestyle's net profit surges 77%
- Markets close flat after volatile trade
- Indian economy robust in Q3: RBI
- L&T Q3 net up 40%
- Investors call on RTI Act

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3 Bush's final State of the Union: Boost 'uncertain' economy

4 Democrats: Time running out 'to solve our problems'

5 Kenya lawmaker's killing sparks clashes

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After WB, bird flu could hit Northeast

Indian job seekers prefer online recruitment

Telgi sentenced to 10 yrs RI by CBI court

Sensex ends at 17,746 pts, down 346 pts

Australian cricketers told to cut the lip

Time to get on with the game, says Bhajji

Bird flu spreads to poultry farms in West Bengal

29 Indian IT firms among world's best 100

Gurgaon kidney racket victims recount horror
PM's Arunachal visit rakes up border row
Kolkata tightens up its act to prevent bird flu
Sensex blues: Down by 0.4 per cent, Bharti bucks the trend
McCain beats Romney to win Florida primary
Bankers hint at reviewing interest rates
Judge extends Microsoft's antitrust oversight to two years


- Mahatma Gandhi's ashes immersed
- '93 riots: Govt going soft on Thackeray
- SC slams DJB on Yamuna cleaning
- Cong trying to delay K'taka polls: BJP
- Kolkata takes to chicken-free diet
- Battle over MGR's legacy

- John McCain wins Florida primary
- Egypt tightens check on Palestinian flow
- Corruption trial on Hasina begins
- US expects fraud in Pak elections
- Myanmar charges democratic activists
- Hostage standoff ends in Venezuela

- Aus Twenty20 squad announced
- Cricinfo awards announced
- Racism row: How the battle was won
- Honda gets new F-1 car
- BCCI welcomes verdict on Bhajji
- Beckham plans an academy in Brazil

- Bharti Airtel Q3 net up 42%
- Markets close weak, Sensex down 333 pts
- DLF posts Rs 2,145 cr profit for Q3
- Oil prices above $92 in Asian trade
- Simplex Infra Q3 net at Rs 22 cr
- Rupee weakens to 39.42 a dollar


• 'When I woke up, my kidney was gone'
• Mr Chidambaram's Budget No. Seven
• FDI norms relaxed in civil aviation
• Bhupathi-Paes eye Beijing Olympics gold
• 'SRK hides behind creativity to defend smoking'
• Fake stamp paper case: Telgi gets 10 year RI
• 'I feel I'm the real Baa of the Viranis!'
• Images: Final farewell to the Mahatma
• Tendulkar's word saved Harbhajan



- Orissa tribals protest govt apathy
- Oil prices: Cabinet to meet next week
- Bird flu scare in Darjeeling hills
- First PM visit to Arunachal in 12 yrs
- MIG 21 fighter crashes in Bengal
- Hundred Dalit students arrested

- Giuliani drops out of Prez race
- Romney accuses McCain of dirty tricks
- First meet on Kenyan negotiation
- Italian president calls for interim govt
- John Edwards quits White House race
- John McCain wins Florida primary

- India minus Sania go down vs Indonesia
- Tendulkar set to make his T20 debut
- Ponting says players are unhappy
- Ponting doubtful for Twenty20 match
- United return to top in Premiership
- CA blast ICC for goof up

- Oil falls by more than one dollar
- Markets close weak amid choppy trade
- Govt eases FDI caps in few sectors
- Bharti Airtel Q3 net up 42%
- Rising rupee hitting wages in IT sector
- SEBI to make close-ended MFs attractive


• K'taka: Militant was planning to strike N-plant
• Party CMs should not behave like dictators: Cong
• Arunachal is our land of rising sun: PM
• People may endorse whoever they wish: Hillary
• Internet woes? BPOs say 'no problem'
• We can't shut up and play: Dhoni
PM's Arunachal visit rakes up border row
Kolkata tightens up its act to prevent bird flu
Sensex blues: Down by 0.4 per cent, Bharti bucks the trend
Giuliani, Edwards quit White House race
Bankers hint at reviewing interest rates
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A hunger born of hardships

It was the morning after at Melbourne Park. The players’ lounge was empty of players. Men and machinery made loud noises as Rod Laver Arena began its transformation from the epicenter of tennis into a concert hall that will soon provide a stage for Hilary Duff and Iron Maiden.

But for a few hours more, Novak Djokovic was still at the scene of his greatest tennis triumph. After a night of minimal sleep and maximum satisfaction, Djokovic, the new Australian Open champion, sat at a massive, polished table in the offices of Tennis Australia and explained what he had in common with the other 20-year-old who won a Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne this year: Maria Sharapova.

"I think she’s a very strong female," Djokovic said. "She doesn’t allow anybody to fool with her, and she shows it every time on the court. We are kind of on the same line in life. We’ve been through difficult things in our career, and we appreciate success much more."

It has been possible of late for tennis observers to think less about hunger, one of the traditional engines of success. Roger Federer comes from a comfortable background in Switzerland; Rafael Nadal from an affluent family in Majorca. Justine Henin and the Williams sisters, who emerged from modest beginnings, have been multimillionaires for years.

But this year’s first major tournament was a reminder that the desire born of economic hardship and cultural upheaval is a powerful motor for an athlete. For the first time at a Grand Slam, all four of the women’s semi-finalists represented Eastern European nations with Sharapova from Russia, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic from Serbia and Daniela Hantuchova from the Slovak Republic. Djokovic’s victory also made him the first Serbian man to win a major singles title.

All four women and Djokovic had to leave their countries at early ages for the sake of their careers. Such sacrifices can clearly backfire. Sharapova’s coach, Michael Joyce, said he sometimes joked with Sharapova’s father Yuri that he had probably given false hope to many a tennis family. Yuri Sharapova left Russia with extremely limited means when his daughter was 7-years-old, and she eventually began training at the Bollettieri Academy. "There’s millions of people like him that don’t have daughters that have that talent," Joyce said.

Djokovic, unable to find acceptable training conditions, left his parents and Serbia when he was 12 to board at the tennis academy run by the former Yugoslav star Niki Pilic in Munich.

"This is a professional sport and some have a more difficult way, some have an easier way," Djokovic said. "It just depends where you grow up. It’s a matter of luck in the end, but that’s life. But probably this hunger for the success which we all have and still have, you can see it in the girls like Sharapova and the girls and guys from Serbia. "You see how much they appreciate to be in that position and how much energy and emotions they put on the court. I know for myself I play with a lot of emotions, both positive and negative."

Djokovic said his parents, who operated a restaurant in the Serbian mountains, had to work long hours to make his career possible. "You can’t imagine what they’ve been through," he said.

What is surprising about Sharapova, already one of the world’s wealthiest and most visible women at 20, still projects that ferocious desire with a racquet in hand. "I think that’s always going to be there," Joyce said. "The day she loses that is the day she should just hang them up."

Sharapova said she was more interested in its effect on herself than her adversaries. "I don’t care if they think it’s intimidating or not," she said. "I try to take care of my business out there, and that’s the most important thing, the belief you have on the court. I believe I’m capable of playing great tennis. I know I can do it. There’s no doubt in my mind."

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