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Allah Rakkha Rahman (born January 6, 1966 as A. S. Dileep Kumar in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is a Golden Globe and National Film Award winning film composer, record producer and musician. His work has garnered considerable acclaim and a large global fanbase since his career scoring film began in the early 1990s.

Working in several of India’s various film industries, international cinema and theatre, by 2003, Rahman, in a career spanning over a decade, has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, and sold over 200 million cassettes[2] making him one of the world’s top 10 all-time top selling recording artists.

His first venture was malayalam movie “YODHA” which was before “ROJA”.His Soundtrack, “Roja” turned out to be the world’s 10th best soundtrack ever, as rated by Time Magazine, USA. He will compose two Mongolian songs one Japanese song for his upcoming Malayalam/Japanese Multi-Lingual movie Nairsan starring Jackie Chan & Mohanlal & also traditional songs. His acclaimed music compositions have led TIME Magazine to declare him the “Mozart of Madras” and several Tamil commentators have given him the title Isai Puyal (Musical Storm).

Rahman is the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West-End production. A four time National Film Award winner and conferred the Padma Shri from the Government of India, Rahman has received six awards for Best Music at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and eleven awards for his scores at the Filmfare and Filmfare Awards South each. In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music. A 2008 Critics Choice Awards winner for Best Composer, Rahman became the first Indian national to win a Golden Globe, winning for Slumdog Millionaire in the category of Best Original Score.


Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar pronunciation, born April 24, 1973 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. In 2002, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time next only to Sir Donald Bradman, and the second greatest one-day international (ODI) batsman of all time next only to Sir Viv Richards. The list was later revised to make him the greatest one-day international (ODI) batsman of all time. In September 2007, Shane Warne, the world-record breaking Australian leg spinner, rated Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest player he has played with or against. Sachin Tendulkar was the only player of the current generation to be included in Bradman’s Eleven, the dream team of Sir Donald Bradman, published in his biography. He is sometimes referred to as the Little Master or the Master Blaster.

Tendulkar is the highest run scorer in both Test matches and ODIs, and also the batsman with the most centuries in either form of the game. On October 17, 2008, when he surpassed Brian Lara‘s record for the most runs scored in Test Cricket, he also became the first batsman to score 12,000 runs in that form of the game, having also been the third batsman and first Indian to pass 11,000 runs in Test cricket. He was also the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals, and also the first player to cross every subsequent 1000-run mark that has been crossed in ODI cricket history. In the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, Tendulkar surpassed Australia’s Allan Border to become the player to cross the 50-run mark the most number of times in Test cricket history, and also the second ever player to score 10 Test centuries against Australia, after only Sir Jack Hobbs of England more than 70 years back. Tendulkar has been honored with the Padma Vibhushan award, India’s second highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honor.

Sachin Tendulkar is the most prolific run scorer in one-day internationals with 16,422 runs. With a current aggregate of 12,429 Test runs, he surpassed Brian Lara‘s previous record tally of 11,953 runs as the highest run scorer in test matches in the second Test of Australia‘s 2008 tour of India in Mohali. Sachin described “It is definitely the biggest achievement in 19 years of my career” on the day he achieved the record. He also holds the record of highest number of centuries in both Test (41) and ODI cricket (42). Throughout his career, he has made a strong impact on Indian cricket and was, at one time, the foundation of most of the team’s victories. In recognition with his impact on sport in a cricket-loving country like India, Tendulkar has been granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. He was also elected Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997 and is ranked by the objective scoring method of the Wisden 100 as the second best test batsman and best ODI batsman of all time.

Tendulkar has also consistently done well in Cricket World Cups (excluding the 2007 Cricket World Cup in which India were knocked out after only 3 matches). Tendulkar was the highest run scorer of the 2003 Cricket World Cup and 1996 Cricket World Cup. Tendulkar has scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs 7 times, and in one of these years he scored 1894 runs, easily the record for the highest number of runs scored by any player in a single calendar year for one day internationals. Tendulkar is also one of the very few players who are still playing in international cricket from the 1980s.

He has been Man of the Match 11 times in Test matches and Man of the Series 4 times, out of them twice in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. The performances earned him respect from Australian cricket fans and players.


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Who is answeable to this?

Who is answeable to this?

The Indians all over the world cannot forget what happened on 26/11. It was a direct attack on Indian democracy and our political system. The whole country was saddened and angered by the attacks. Their anger was further fuelled by the media and the media cleverly diverted the anger towards politicians. The politicians cannot find an exit route to this problem and for the first time in history of India decided to act. But all these things happened in the first few weeks.

The situation has changed now. The people’s anger is diminishing day by day and the media has got in to their regular mode and has started delivering gossips about bollywood. The politicians apart from making some Pakistan bashing now and then have got in to business and have started planning for the next vote. So exactly a month and a half after the deadly attacks there seems no scar of it on anybody.

I am asking my fellow Indians one question. DONT WE HAVE GUTS? Why are we taking an attack on us so easily and move on? Some may answer that life must go on but I guess we Indians are easy going. There is no unity among ourselves and always allow others (in this case Pakistan) to exploit us. We have become spineless. We never realize our strength. We are mild.

I am not advocating war against Pakistan but we should destroy the elements within us (even if it is our government) trying to divert us from anger. We need a government which is not soft but a strong government which could strike our enemy hard. We have to look out for leaders who should unite us but unfortunately we have nobody. Let us develop the leaders we want from young India. Let us feed them nationalism and not communalism. We are Indians first and my kind request to everyone reading this is don’t let your anger go any time soon.

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Under threat?

Under threat?

CHENNAI: Security at the airport has been beefed up following information that a flight bound for either Europe or the US might be hijacked, airport


sources said on Sunday.Europe or the US, might be hijacked.

The sources said an Internet centre in the US received an e-mail that said a flight emanating from India, bound for either

They said police are checking vehicles round the clock and many police officials were moving around the airport complex in plainclothes.

The e-mail threat comes close on the heels of a recent letter found in Tiruchirapalli airport that said there could be terror attacks on airports in south India. The letter prompted authorities to tighten security at airports across the country.


About 200 CISF commandos have descended on the Chennai airport which now resembles a fortress. But on closer scrutiny, chinks in the


security armour are obvious.

A multi-layer security ring has been thrown around the airport, from the runway to the periphery of the airport premises, and barricades put up to slow down vehicles.

But there are no metal detectors or mirror undercheckers to detect vehicles fitted with explosives.


chennai: security at the chennai airport has been put on high alert after three anonymous calls were received stating that an indian airlines aircraft would be hijacked wednesday.
all the three calls in tamil were received by the ia
office in a span of 15 minutes from 10:15 am, ia sources said.
according to the sources, the callers’ tone sounded like that of a woman or a child.
immediately, the airlines security informed the airports authority of india duty officer, who in turn alerted the airport police.
ia sources said the enhanced security measures would continue throughout the day. a review meeting of various agencies was also held in connection with the matter.
in a related development, security measures at railway stations in tamil nadu have also been beefed up.
railway police said passengers were being frisked and their luggages being checked before being allowed to board respective trains. sniffer dogs were also used for conducting searches, sources said.
at central railway station here a vigil was being maintained with the help of closed circuit tv also.

New Delhi: Airports in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai were on Wednesday night put on high security alert in the wake of intelligence inputs that terrorists of Pakistan or Afghanistan origin may strike these installations by this weekend ahead of the anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid.
The Civil Aviation Bureau is understood to have sent out the alert to the three airports following intelligence reports that several suspected terrorists have infilitrated into the country to carry out strikes.
Keeping this in mind, sources said, “ladder-point” (at the time of boarding the plane) security checks have been introduced.
Major airports across the country, especially those in the western region, have been on high alert and extra vigil for the past few days following the terror strikes in Mumbai.
Extra surveillance has been mounted in most of the airports, with additional CISF and police personnel being deployed to keep an eye around the terminal as well as the perimeter.
Sniffer dogs have been deployed in some airports, while watchers in plainclothes were also put on the job. Sky Marshals were being put on planes flying on sensitive routes, sources said.

“Due to the alert, we have 10,000 policemen on duty looking after various parts of the city,” the commissioner said. “Normally, we would not have so many policemen on duty, but we have to check suspicious vehicles and lodges.”

Initially, the city police will be on a high alert for 10 days. Sekar said. “After that we may need to mobilise additional resources. By tweaking shifts and allowing policemen to take rest in turns, we can maintain the alert status for months if need be.”

The city police has 18,000 personnel. Sekar admitted that routine work like maintaining traffic, maintaining law and order, court proceedings and VIP security does not leave too many policemen for anti-terrorist work.

“We want people to be alert for out of the way objects,” he said. “Like when you are in a mall, you see a tiffin box. People normally don’t carry their lunch for shopping. Or you see a car parked on your street for three days. Or an unclaimed bag on the bus or train. They have to call us when in doubt.”

On his meeting with the citizens groups, Sekar said, “We have called the IT people, mall and theatre owners, lodge and cyber cafe owners. We will tell them how they can cooperate with us. They all have private security guards. We will tell them what they need to do. How to do vehicle checks, how to check people and when to inform us.”

“Cyber cafe owners have to be alert or later they will face embarrassing situations,” the commissioner added. “Lodges too have to alert us when they feel suspicious about any person’s identity.”

New Delhi: An e-mail threat from Deccan Mujahideen, the mastermind behind the Mumbai attack last week has put Indian airports on high alert. The e-mail specifies that the terrorist group are planning to attack three major Indian airports-Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore between December 3 and 7. In the light of the threat, security is beefed up in these airports.The e-mail was sent from Saudi Arabia and received by Indira Gandhi Airport officials, Delhi.

There was also panic in the Tis Hazari courts, Delhi after an anonymous caller threatened to blow up the complex, leading to proceedings being suspended for the day not just in the lower courts but also in the Delhi High Court, police said.

“A call was received at the nearest police station at 9.12 a.m. claiming that six people would enter the court complex in lawyer’s dress and would plant explosives in the premises,” the official added.

He also said that the sprawling court complex in north Delhi would be blown up between 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

“We have rushed to the scene along with the bomb disposal squad. Intensive searches are being carried out in the court complex,” the official added.

Following the threat, the Delhi High Court suspended all the hearings, which were scheduled today, to Friday.




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