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Brothers first to win KBC highest Rs.70 million prize
Report dated 21/09/2014 @ 1:43 PM

Brothers first to win KBC highest Rs.70 million prize Achin and Sartak Narula are now the first ever contestants to win the highest prize of Rs.7 crore in 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' the reality TV game show hosted by Bollywood mega star 71-year-old Amitabh Bachchan. The Narulas from Delhi won after answering all 14 questions correctly with the help of four lifelines.

Achin is a marketing manager and has been trying to compete in the show for 10 years but always fell short of being selected. Sartha is a student.

Bachchan who has hosted the show for 14 years was reportedly speechless when the brothers made it to the top prize. Gaurav Seth senior vice-resident marketing, Sony Entertainment Television called it a momentous occasion and congratulated the brothers.

Time names Alok Shetty architect 'leader of tomorrow'
Report dated 21/09/2014 @ 1:27 PM

Time names Alok Shetty architect 'leader of tomorrow' Alok Shetty, 28, an architect has been named "young leader of tomorrow" by Time magazine for his pioneering work in designing affordable flood-proof houses for slum dwellers.

Shetty who works with Bangalore based nonprofit Parinaam Foundation is designing homes for slum dwellers whose makeshift houses flood during the heavy rains and become breeding grounds for diseases like malaria. He has been working in Bangalore's LRDE slum that is home to some 2000 people. He did a Master's in architecture at Columbia University, and has designed flood-proof houses costing just $300, out of discarded scaffolding, bamboo and wood. The houses are affordable and easy to set up as it takes just four hours to erect and dismantle them.

He is seeking government subsidies to lower the price further for those who cannot afford the units. He also plans to boost access to health care and education in remote communities.

Time said it has named 6 inspirational young persons in its first class of 'next generation leaders'. Others named include an Israeli, a Chinese, a British Nigerian and a Tunisian.

India’s first transgender news anchor
Report dated 20/09/2014 @ 2:04 PM

India’s first transgender news anchor Padmini Prakash, 31, from Coimbatore, is a news anchor on the Lotus News Channel, becoming the first transgender television news anchor in India.

She has acted in a TV serial and has dealt with all sorts of pressure in the past during her days as a vocal social activist for transgender rights. She admits she initially found it daunting to anchor a live news show. She was also worried about focusing on diction and clarity, but her employers praise her, as do members of the transgender community and media veterans.

Padmini was a first year BCom student when she cut all ties with her family and dropped out because she could not take the stigma and pressure. She then became a Bharathanatyam instructor. She now lives with her partner in the suburbs of Coimbatore and has also participated in and won several transgender beauty contests.

Rose Venkatesan, the first transgender TV talk show host says Padmini is tough, determined and very capable of handling pressure.

Scam accused DG of Police commits suicide
Report dated 20/09/2014 @ 1:39 AM

Scam accused DG of Police commits suicide
Shankar Barua, the former director general of Assam Police who was being investigated by the CBI for his alleged role in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam has committed suicide by shooting himself with his licensed revolver at his home. He was 63.

The CBI had raided Barua's home in August, and examined his bank documents. They also raided the homes of former Assam health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and singer/filmmaker Sadananda Gogoi who is currently in CBI custody. Family sources say Barua's health deteriorated thereafter.

Police say Barua was in a nursing home for a few days after he complained of uneasiness in the chest. He was then discharged, and he shot himself soon after reaching home.

His body was taken to the headquarters of the 4th Assam Police battalion where police paid their last respects. He leaves behind his ailing mother, wife and two sons.

Delhi Varsity students complain about inefficient professors
Report dated 18/09/2014 @ 12:38 PM

Delhi Varsity students complain about inefficient professors After enduring two months of unsuitable inappropriate remarks such as 'Muslims brought homosexuality to India and taught Indians how to cheat and gamble' as well as 'extremely unsatisfactory lectures, some 200 students of MA English at the Delhi University's English department have signed a written complaint to the head of the department about the 'dismal teaching skills' of three newly appointed English teachers whom they want replaced.

One of the teachers is accused of often missing classes, lacking clarity, and not taking term papers for internal assessment. The second teacher's quip about Muslims was found condemnable. A third teacher completed Bertolt Brecht's Life of Galileo that normally takes several classes, in just two lectures.

Copies of the student's protest letter have been sent to the vice-chancellor, registrar and visitor- the President- and online complaints registered with the President's secretariat helpline and the ministry of HRD.

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