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The soul person in India to be the recipient of the highest civilian award of two countries-Bharat Ratna of India and Nishan-e-Pakistan of Pakistan is he, Morarji Desai. This exemplifies the inner qualities of this political face that by virtue of his credentials to carry out the burden of a nation has been very efficient in bringing this country India to the door of growth and development. Morarji Desai, the ace politician was born and brought up in Bombay presidency in 1896 in a Brahmin Hindu family as well as educated in Wilson College, Bombay had a distinctive vision of life and morality through which he could understand the inner meaning of life and desired to devote his whole life in Indian Independence movement for the cause of the nation. Despite his large part in the freedom movement Morarji Desai stayed in politics of India after the independence and served the country from 1947 till his death. He was the only dominated politician and candidate to be the prime minister from 1967 to 1970. Morarji Desai was a true Gandhian follower and followed each of his principles at best and a great social reformer and activist. Desai has been grounded on severe criticism for some causes as his son used the power of his father to achieve his own ends. Desai had cantankerous relationship with Research and Analysis Wing and Desai used to say it a ploy of Indira Gandhi and demanded the close down of all its activities after he assumed the office of the Prime minister.
Mumbai, May 18 (IANS) He admits to having been closed to doing anything on TV, but never say no is the mantra for actor Abhay Deol, who carved a niche for himself with 'zara hatke' roles in films like "Dev D". He will now be seen on the small screen, which he says was completely unplanned.
Chicago, May 15 (IANS) Four Indian Americans are among 89 people charged with healthcare fraud running into about $233 million in false billing after a nationwide strike in eight cities, according to federal authorities.
Mumbai, May 15 (IANS) The Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is back with its fourth edition to encourage greater visibility of domestic and international queer cinema. It will screen as many as 132 movies.
Paris, May 14 (IANS) India's Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty and Neha Aggarwal won their opening qualifying matches at the World Table Championships here.
Mumbai, May 12 (IANS) Producer T.P. Aggarwal, who recently wrapped up shooting for Sanjay Dutt starrer "Policegiri", says the actor's wife Manyata "may step in" to promote the film, but clarified nothing has been "finalised" yet.
New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) High on confidence following their best showing in the 19th Commonwealth Championships here, a nine-member Indian table tennis team left Saturday for the World Championships beginning Monday in Paris.
New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Nineteen-year-old Soumyajit Ghosh helped India edge out England 3-2 for a place in the men's team final at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships here Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Teenager Soumyajit Ghosh helped India edge out England 3-2 for a place in the men's team final at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships here Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) The Commonwealth Championships is the only table tennis arena where India internationally enjoys the reputation of a champion nation. They invariably return with a bag full of medals and it should not be any different in the 19th edition of the tournament, beginning here Sunday.
Pune, May 3 (IANS) Parikshit Somani (Assam) and Zeel Desai (Gujarat) won a double apiece in the boys and girls sections, respectively, in the Om Dalvi Memorial ATF Asian Under-14 Series tennis tournament 2013, here Friday.
Pune, May 2 (IANS) Unseeded Pareen Shivekar and Utkarsh Bharadwaj continued their brilliant runs to reach the finals of the Girls and Boys singles, respectively, in the Om Dalvi Memorial ATF Asian Under-14 Series tennis tournament here Thursday.
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) The Election Commission Thursday told the Supreme Court that it has convened an all-party meet May 10 to demonstrate the voters verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) in the EVMs and evolve consensus on its introduction.
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) India can hope for a decent medal haul at 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships beginning at the Thyagaraj Stadium here Sunday.
Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) The Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) Sunday sought a high-level independent probe into the recent brutal attack on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian death row prisoner in a Lahore Jail.
Mumbai, April 27 (ANI): Four youths have been arrested by police in Mumbai for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Bollywood actress Prachi Desai says her mother has sacrificed "her dreams for me and I owe everything to her". She adds that she has yet to visit a theatre with her mom.
Panaji, April 26 (ANI): The Department of Tourism in Goa has banned drinking and carrying of liquor bottles on beaches in the state.
Washington, April 18 (IANS) All the eight Indians who participated in the ill-fated Boston Marathon escaped unhurt from the deadly twin blasts at the finish line with one hailed as a hero for acting as saviour to the victims.
Mumbai, April 11 (IANS) Iccha, one of the lead characters in "Uttaran", dies in the popular TV show. Vaishali Takkar, who plays her onscreen mom, says such things happen in a serial and feels viewers won't miss Iccha as Meethi will compensate for her absence.
New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Election Commission to file an affidavit on steps taken for introducing electronic voting machines (EVMs) with a facility that records in print each vote that is cast.
Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) The opposition in the Maharashtra state assembly created bedlam for the second successive day here Tuesday over Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's recent remarks on the people in drought-hit areas and attempted to bring a censure motion in the house.
New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson has called for a new model of e-governance where rulers must "surrender to the people" and allow democracy to be strengthened through the Internet.
Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) From his life as a model to that of an actor, John Abraham has flaunted all sorts of designer wear and casual wear. But he admits he doesn't mind being still called a clotheshorse as happened during his modelling days.
Panaji, April 2 (IANS) With the future of the multi-million dollar mining industry uncertain, Goa is now looking to Malaysia for inspiration and revival of its fiscal fortunes. The manner in which Malaysia converted adversity in the form of a fading tin mining industry more than 30 years ago and transformed into a tourism giant is a model which Goa tourism now seeks to emulate.
Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) T.P. Aggarwal, the producer of Sanjay Dutt-starrer "Policegiri" is deeply impressed with Sanjay's professionalism. He says Dutt, despite all his legal trouble, is trying to complete all projects before going to jail.
Karachi, Mar. 26 (ANI): Civil Society organizations have opined that the best confidence building policy between India and Pakistan will be not to arrest fishermen.
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Expanding his presence in the ad space, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has signed on as the brand ambassador of biscuit company - Parle's Gold Star cookies. The actor is thrilled.
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The inordinate delay in the appointment of a new national coach has forced the Indian players to train overseas for the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships.
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini has lost its "trust", the Supreme Court said Monday and barred him from leaving India. The judges said a person who comes and gives an undertaking before court could not claim diplomatic immunity.
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Actor Ajay Devgn will be seen speaking in five languages in his forthcoming movie "Himmatwala".
Mumbai, March 17 (IANS) David Dhawan, who churned out a string of hits with Govinda, says his bonding with the actor was the best and he missed him while shooting for "Chashme Baddoor" remake.
Mumbai, March 15 (IANS) Alarmed by the high prevalence of sleep disorders among the Indian population and the lack of specific data on this, an Indian-Norwegian group that is running a chain of clinics across the country to treat the disorders will now conduct detailed research on them and recommend remedial measures.
New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) The news that "The Great Gatsby" will open the Cannes International Film Festival in May, has left Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan delighted for the movie's team. It marks his Hollywood debut.
New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Not many know that Bollywood actress Prachi Desai, who rose to fame with films like "Rock On!!" and "Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai", loves balloon sculpting, pottery and dancing. She also loves globe trotting and feels travelling has made her a better person.
New Delhi, March 05 (ANI): Abhay Deol, who is over with the pre-production work of his first-ever production venture, is reportedly very nervous about shooting with his real-life girlfriend, Preeti Desai, for the first time.
New Delhi, Mar 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday rejected a PIL seeking a court-monitored independent probe into the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters deal which has been clouded by the allegations of kickbacks.
Mumbai, Ma Mar 1 (IANS) Sandhya Desai-Kupekar, widow of former Maharashtra speaker Babasaheb Kupekar, has bagged the Chandgad assembly seat in Kolhapur district, an official here said.
Mumbai, Feb 28 (IANS) The union budget 2013-14 presented Thursday that primised to be growth and investment oriented, some Mumbaikars felt, was unimpressive and there was nothing exciting in it.
Amid the much expectations, the Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has started the much-awaited budget, which will be the last one for the UPA-2 government.
New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has reached the Parliament to present India's 82nd Union Budget.
New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was set to present India's 82nd national budget in the Lok Sabha Thursday that will be the eighth such personal exercise for him -- two short of the record of 10 set by former prime minister Morarji Desai.
New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): The star cast of Bollywood's much awaited upcoming film, 'I Me Aur Main' - John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, Prachi Desai along with director Kapil Sharma and producer Goldie Behl - promoted their upcoming movie in the capital.
Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) Actor-producer John Abraham is the latest to support fight against breast cancer and urges women to get themselves checked.
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Television actress Krutika Desai Khan, who has gone bald for her role in "Uttaran", says she has no qualms in experimenting with her looks on the small screen.
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Given the state of the Indian economy, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is most likely to unveil concrete measures to revive growth and ensure fiscal discipline in the union budget to be presented Feb 28, economists and analysts believe.
Mumbai, Feb 22 (IANS) Actor-turned-producer John Abraham is happy with the amount of promotions of his film "I Me Aur Main" but says they are depending primarily on the film's content.
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Suresh Rana of Team Maruti led after day one of the 11th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally while favourite Gaurav Gill incurred heavy penalty in the first stage.
Ahmadabad, Feb.18 (ANI): Emphasizing on the urgent need to expedite the wheels of justice, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said a major problem being faced in delivery of criminal justice was delay and the entire process takes almost 15-16 years.
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Actor John Abraham had a special date with female radio jockeys and print and TV journalists here for an open chat with them. But he says the meet should not be considered a promotional stunt for his movie "I, Me Aur Main".
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Actress Chitrangada Singh, who is married to golfer Jyoti Singh Randhawa, says being emotionally satisfied in a relationship is extremely important to her - just as it is for her on-screen character Anushka in upcoming film "I, Me aur Main".
Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Actress Prachi Desai, who will be seen in "I Me Aur Main", says men will be able to relate to John Abraham's character in the film which will eventually lead them to valuing women in their lives.
Patna, Feb. 17 (ANI): Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Sunday alleged that the UPA Government doesn't want the truth behind the alleged corruption in Agusta Westland deal to come out because Congress president Sonia Gandhi's family is involved in the deal.
Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) Item numbers are no different from normal songs and are "extremely beneficial" for an actress' career, believes Prachi Desai.
Film: "Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story"; Actors: Vivek Oberoi and Neha Sharma; Director: Vinnil Markan; Rating: **1/2
Mumbai, Feb 15 (IANS) On screen, Bollywood actress Prachi Desai has often played characters much older than her 24 years. But she is glad that she plays her age in Sanjay Dutt-starrer "Policegiri".
Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) She made it big with television show, but actress Prachi Desai does not approve of how the medium has become today and feels that it is regressive in nature.
Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Actor-producer John Abraham, currently busy promoting his film "I, Me Aur Main", says he is the most imperfect man.
New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) Singer-composer Adnan Sami came as a guest on "Nautanki: The Comedy Theatre" and enjoyed Imam Siddique's performance the most.
New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday permitted a killed former Congress MP's widow to file a fresh petition challenging the SIT's closure report on Gulberg Society carnage during the 2002 riots.
Mumbai, Feb 2 (IANS) A hunt for an item girl is on for Sanjay Dutt-starrer "Policegiri", a remake of Tamil hit "Saamy".
New Delhi, Feb. 1 (ANI): Noted U.S. journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thomas L. Friedman's views on the delicate balance between environmental concerns and economic planning generated significant buzz at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) on Friday.
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) "Vishwaroop", the Hindi version of actor-director Kamal Haasan's controversial film "Vishwaroopam", released across India Friday with varying response but it remained banned in Tamil Nadu.
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) "Vishwaroop", the Hindi version of actor-director Kamal Haasan's controversial film "Vishwaroopam", released peacefully Friday to an average response, which was likely to pick up over the weekend.
Panaji, Jan 30 (IANS) Wobbly dentures and not sharp teeth is what Goa's much-hyped Lokayukta appears to be having, political activists say criticising the recently amended public ombudsman bill tabled in the state assembly.
Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) New and innovative formats are paving their way into Indian showbiz. Taking the trend forward is a new show "Nautanki: The Comedy Theatre", which is set to bring Broadway style theatre to the small screen.
Washington, January 23 (ANI): Doonya classes, which combines high-energy aerobics and conditioning with the hip-swaying, arm-swirling exuberance of Indian folk, pop and classical dance, is being lead by an Indian-origin girl in a New York studio.
Mumbai, Jan 21 (IANS) "Nothing is unfilmable," says author Salman Rushdie, whose "Midnight's Children", an epic Indian tale of partition, independence and emergency told with touches of magical realism, has been turned into a movie by Deepa Mehta.
Mumbai, Jan 13 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan has bought a Samsung Galaxy Note II and says that the handset's functions are so mindblowing that he has no clue about how to work it.
Mumbai, Jan 12 (IANS) Small screen's popular vamp Urvashi Dholakia was Saturday night announced the winner of the sixth season of controversial reality show "Bigg Boss". Celebrity image consultant Imam Siddique made his mark as the runner-up at the finale, which saw a good dose of Bollywood.
New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central government on a PIL seeking "thorough and fair" probe by the CBI into the setting up of an illegal telephone exchange by BSNL at the residence of Dayanidhi Maran during his tenure as communications minister.
Mumbai, Jan 9 (IANS) The third edition of a festival dedicated to the memory of mystic poet and saint Kabir began in the city Wednesday. The event will see workshops, concerts and film screenings at different locations over five days.
Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) Model-turned-Bollywood item girl Yana Gupta will participate in the "Bigg Boss 6" finale - she will enter the house in a cage and later she will perform.
New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Friday welcomed the strong protests in India and demands for curbs on crimes against women, but noted that violence against Dalit women has been going on for long without protest.
New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday said that nationalism was not the monopoly of the state and it could not point fingers at those who question the conduct of its counter- insurgency operations in Manipur.
New Delhi, Dec 25 (ANI): 'Aamir' star Rajeev Khandelwal and his co-star Tena Desai were spotted promoting their upcoming movie 'Table No. 21' at Cafe Coffee Day in Mumbai.
Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) It's the time for year-end celebrations. While big names from Bollywood have decided to take a break, celebrities like Sunny Leone, Sameera Reddy and Parineeti Chopra are set to perform at New Year Eve galas.
Thane, Dec 9 (IANS) Corporate leaders from India and other countries spent two days here learning how spirituality and teachings of Bhagwad Gita can help promote industrial fortunes, at a seminar called Artha addressed by spiritual guru Radhanath Swami.
Panaji, Dec 8 (IANS) It is as if some evil eye has been cast on Goa's golden goose - its beaches - which year after year harvest tourists by the hundreds of thousands.
Patna, Dec 8 (IANS) Khadi will be now be promoted as a brand and a designer wear to popularise it among the youth, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) chief said here Saturday.
Mumbai, Dec 4 (IANS) The top two seeds Sri Vaishnai Peddi Reddy of India and Hana Mortagy of Egypt in the girl's category sailed into the second round of the ITF-CCI Junior Boys' & Girls' under-18 Tennis Championship.
Mumbai, Dec 4 (IANS) Director Anwar Khan, who was once an associate of Manmohan Desai, says he wanted to carry forward the genre of family-oriented films made popular by the late producer-director, and that is why he took so much time to come up with his debut directorial "Four Two Ka One".
Mumbai, Dec 4 (IANS) A day after getting all powers to manage Shiv Sena, its executive president Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday donned a new mantle -- that of the editor of party mouthpieces Saamana and Dopahar Ka Saamana.
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Usha Desai, a sex worker in Maharashtra's Parbani district, has been successful in fighting AIDS, but it is the struggle against social exclusion and stigma related to the disease that has cost her more.
New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Sanil Shetty and Madhurika Patkar of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) won the singles titles at the North Zone National Ranking Table Tennis Championships at the Thyagaraj Stadium here Thursday.
New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Top seed Soumyadeep Roy and teenager Harmeet Desai sailed into the men's singles quarter?finals at the North Zone National Ranking Table Tennis Championships at the Thyagaraj Stadium here Wednesday.
Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) Himesh Reshammiya is not only co?producing "Khiladi 786", but even has a role in the movie.
New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) The Election Commission Monday agreed in the Supreme Court to modify its instruction on poll expenditure used for random search and seizure of unexplained cash and other illicit articles often used for inducing voters.
Washington, Nov 21 (IANS) In yet another appointment of an Indian American to a key administration post, President Barack Obama has named former Asia Society president Vishakha N. Desai as member, National Museum and Library Services Board.
New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) Annu Kapoor is set to recreate the magic of his memorable show "Antakshari" with some of the actors of Zee TV's popular shows in a one?off episode.
New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): Leaders of the Shiva Sena on Friday claimed that party's supremo Bal Thackeray is responding well to treatment at his 'Matoshri' residence in suburban Bandra here.
New Delhi, Nov. 15 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, several top industrialists and other luminaries from various walks of life visited ailing Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray at the latter's Matoshree residence in suburban Bandra here on Thursday, even as there were conflicting reports about the state of his health.
New Delhi, Nov. 15 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai on Thursday said party supremo Bal Thackeray's heath is improving steadily.
Mumbai, Nov 15 (IANS) Ailing Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's condition was described as "critical" early Thursday, top party sources said.
Panaji, Nov 14 (IANS) Cashew, which is distilled to make popular Goan drink feni, also has the power to revitalise the state's pits left barren by excessive mining, say agriculturists and scientists.
Mumbai, Nov 11 (IANS) Former Pakistan law minister Iqbal Haider, who died in a Karachi hospital Sunday, was due to visit Mumbai Nov 26 on the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, an activist said here.
New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) Kedhar Jadhav of Maharashtra and Arlen Konwar of Assam hogged the limelight on the second day of the round 2 of Ranji Trophy matches Saturday.
New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) TV actress Rashami Desai, who became popular after playing Tapasya in "Uttaran", is ready for her comeback to the daily soap. She says being a part of the show has been a life-changing experience for her.
New Delhi, Nov 4 (IANS) BJP leader L.K. Advani Sunday slammed the arrest of Puducherry RTI activist S. Ravi for his tweets on the wealth of Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's son Karti, saying it only reflected the 1975 emergency mindset.
Dubai, Nov 3 (ANI): Indian tourist officials in Goa have warned that they will shut down the Playboy club, which is set to open next month, if there is any evidence of "obscenity, vulgarity or nudity."
Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) The bilateral trade between India and Mexico is expected to surge from $4 billion to $10 billion by 2015, driven by economic reforms in both the countries, a visiting Mexican official said here Thursday.