Bangalore Tops The List Of India’s Most Corrupt Cities: Study


The IT capital of India, Bangalore, tops the list of the most corrupt cities in the country, followed by another southern state, Chennai, according to an anti corruption website ipaidbribe.com. This anti-corruption site has been set up by Bangalore-based NGO Janaagraha, reports Christin Mathew Philip of TOI.

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The website reveals that more than 22,000 people “confessed” of having paid bribe in some way or the other. Bangaloreans have paid 16 crore as bribe followed by Chennaiites with 7 crore, Mumbai- 6.97 crore, Delhi 4.4 crore, Hyderabad 2.9 crore, Kolkata 1.6 crore and Kochi 56, 101.

As stated by Joylita Saldanha, product manager of Janaagraha, Bangalore tops the corruption index mainly due to better knowledge about the organization and the website. He further exclaimed “There is also a good response from Chennai for the website. Most people are using the website to vent their anger at the system,” reports TOI.

“We get an average of 12,000 visits a day from across 544 cities in India. More than 20 ‘bribe experiences’ are reported on a daily basis from all parts of India. The amount varies from 4 lakh (for a seat in a medical college) to 20 (to be let off for a traffic offence),” Saldanha added.

The campaign is an initiative by Janaagraha with an aim to uncover the “market price of corruption” and help people to express their views about a leap in the current system, give them a platform to share their experiences related to bribe and people even ‘confess’ to have bribed someone.

We have not called anyone terrorist in Madras Cafe, says actor John Abraham


The actor defended his upcoming film after a Tamil outfit sought a ban on the film for allegedly portraying LTTE in a bad light.

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Actor-producer John Abraham‘s upcoming film Madras Cafe has run into trouble with Pro Tamil outfit Naam Thamizhar requesting the Tamil Nadu government to  ban the movie.

Alleging that the film portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a bad light, outfir founder Seeman has asked for a preview of the film before its official release on August 23.

The film, which stars John and Nargis Fakhri in the lead roles, is a political spy thriller set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War of the 1990s.

However, the actor who was in Chennai on Monday to release the trailer of Madras Cafe, has strongly refuted the allegations.

Talking to reporters, the actor said, “We have not called anyone ‘terrorists’ in the film. We haven’t taken sides… This film doesn’t take any sides. We probably will show them (those opposing the film) the film.”

“The film is not biased and is based on facts and actual situations,” he added.

The actor went on to add, “If someone wants to take a political mileage out of it, I can’t stop that. A lot of research has gone into the making of the film and it is unbiased. We have not taken any sides.”

While the John said that talks with to distributors in Sri Lanka were on for the release of the film there, Naam Thamizhar founder Seeman threatened to thwart any attempts to screen the film without a preview.

“Let them show us the preview before the release or else we will not only protest in front of all the cinema halls but also buy all tickets and shout slogans inside the movie halls not letting others watch it,” media reports quoted Seeman as saying.

Director of the film Shoojit Sircar has said, “The censor board has given U/A certificate, which means they don’t see anything objectionable in the content. Otherwise they would have cut the scenes. So, I would request them to watch the film first.”

#CSK – Chennai Super Kings hopes to encash its fanbase through retail spaces, clubs and merchandise


Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings will soon launch a resort-style health club in its home city in a move seen as a bid to ensure recent controversies such as the IPL match-fixing scandal do not impact its popularity.
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The IPL franchisee owned by India Cements also plans to venture into sportswear retailing and cricket gear market to add more income streams and stay connected to its fans throughout the year.

The 30,000-square feet health club-which will have facilities like gym, cafe, restaurant, and a rehabilitation centre for players – will open by the end of 2014, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) business head Chandrabhan Singh told ET.

“The health club will be a platform for a growing number of Chennai fans to meet and know each other,” he said.

CSK has over 21,000 paid members in its fan club. It plans to open two more such facilities in Chennai and venture into other cities depending on the success of the first club.

“We are looking for space in Chennai and need to be right with the business model. We are debating on whether we should buy the land or take it on lease,” says Singh.

The IPL team expects 60% of its revenues to come from outside of IPL. It currently gets 8% (around 14 crore) of its revenues from merchandising, while 48% comes through sponsorship. The franchisee sells around 73 items through 600 stores in the country.

“We have sold 1,20,000 products in FY13 and target to sell one million by 2016. The sponsorship money has also gone up by 22% in the last IPL season,” says Singh.

The IPL franchisee also plans to open a retail chain called Armor Clothing that will house motorcycling and racing wear along with other CSK merchandise. It also plans to get into cricket kit manufacturing space. The kit will be endorsed by team members and be available across the country.

“We are a sports entertainment brand and are looking to increase the lifestyle range,” Singh said.

CSK has tied up with PGC, a Tirupur-based retailer of Swiss brand Switcher, as its lifestyle merchandise partner. Its upcoming health club in Chennai will play host to the team’s fans and sell health-related products. All these efforts may also help motivate the team and to reduce the impact of recent controversies on its brand image.

Recently, India Cements MD N Srinivasan‘s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested for his alleged involvement in the IPL match-fixing scandal. Also, Srinivasan himself was forced to step down as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India till the investigation into the spot-fixing scandal is completed.

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Another controversy that impacted the team recently was over its skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni holding a stake in Rhiti, a sport management firm that manages him and Chennai Super Kings besides some other Indian cricketers.

By Sobia Khan, ET

#IPL6: Chennai add to Pune’s misery, inflict 37-run defeat on hosts #CSK


Suresh Raina worked his way to a superb 63 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni played an explosive 16-ball 45-run knock as Chennai Super Kings strengthened their position at the top of the table with a 37-run win over Pune Warriors in an IPL match, in Pune on Tuesday.

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Raina anchored the innings with his 50-ball knock and skipper Dhoni provided the late fireworks as Chennai overcame a slow start to post a challenging 164 for three.

Paceman Mohit Sharma then rocked the Pune top-order in a fiery spell in which he dismissed Aaron Finch (15), T Suman (0) and Yuvraj Singh (5) from which the hosts never recovered and managed just 127 for nine.

Finch was caught behind and Suman was trapped in successive balls in Mohit’s first over. He returned to scalp Yuvraj. Raina’s electric fielding resulted in run out of Robin Uthappa (10) which left the hosts reeling at 43 for four inside fifth over.

As if that was not enough, Luke Wright was run out in an unfortunate manner when Steve Smith played a solid straight drive but the ball touched Albie Morkel‘s foot before hitting the stumps and Wright was caught out of crease.

A terrible mix up meant that Abhihek Nayar too was runout. Smith handed back a simple catch to Ravindra Jadeja a few overs later and with that wicket Pune were on their way to their eighth defeat from 10 matches.

Earlier, Raina showed a lot of maturity while batting as he did the spade work along with S Badrinath (34) while Dhoni batted amazingly in his side’s remarkable recovery later on.

After losing Michael Hussey (5) and Wriddhiman Sahara (13) early, Raina and Badrinath steadied the ship with a 75-run stand for the third wicket.

But it was 61-run unbeaten partnership between Raina and Dhoni for the fourth wicket that spoilt all the good work Pune bowlers had done earlier.

It rained fours and sixes when Dhoni batted as Chennai collected 50 runs in the last four overs. Dhoni punished hapless bowlers with seven boundaries including three sixes, the last one coming off the last ball.

Raina helped himself with five fours and a six.

Indian American Devotee Ramalinga Raju Donates $3 Mn to Tirumala Temple


In a princely offering, an NRI devotee from US today donated Rs 16 crore to the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at nearby Tirumala.

M Ramalinga Raju, an entrepreneur based in the United States, handed over the offering in the form of a demand draft to top temple officials, temple sources said.
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They said this was the first such large cash offering made by an individual devotee from overseas.

Raju presented the DD to Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Chairman K. Bapiraju and the temple Joint Executive Officer K.S. Srinivasa Raju at the temple.

He requested the TTD, administering the cash-rich ancient temple, that Rs 11 crore be used to make a golden garland “sahasra nama mala” weighing about 35 kg and utilise the balance Rs five crore for the construction of a free-meal complex for pilgrims at Tiruchanur near here, they said.

This is the second large cash offering since last month. On March 27, a Chennai-based pharmaceutical firm had donated Rs two crore to the hill shrine, they added.

Source: PTI

Michael Vaughn lauds MS Dhoni on double-century


Former England captain Michael Vaughn lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday for his performance against Australia on the third day of the first cricket Test match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Dhoni scored an unbeaten 206 to take India to 515/8, to give the hosts a lead of 135 runs with two days left in the match. During his innings, which included 22 boundaries and five massive sixes, he scored at a strike rate of 84.77.

“The coolest man in world cricket MS Dhoni delivers when it most matters… Incredible innings against the Aussies… #Dhoni,” tweeted Vaughan.

In the process, Dhoni also crossed the 4,000-run mark in Test cricket. He also has the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman when he surpassed Budhi Kunderan‘s 192.

Legendary spinner Shane Warne was also impressed by Dhoni’s knock.

WOW, MS Dhoni is going off here in Chennai, amazing batting,” tweeted Warne.

Valentine’s Day Surprise by BMW for Indian Car Lovers – X1 Facelift leaked to be launched on 14th February


BMW X1 has already been introduced into globalmarket earlier which resulted in a huge success. The company has decided to regain the momentum again with the launch of face lifted version of X1 and has launched the same in Indonesia. The company was able to sell more than 3 lakh entities of X1 within 2 and half years from the launch of the vehicle into the global market. X1 is the most sold variant in the X series of BMW so far and thus the company has kept the model untouched for more than 3 years till now.

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The vehicle has been modified a bit on the outer side in order to make it much aerodynamic. The engine has been left untouched as there is no other better alternative for the 2.0 liter engine in X1. BMW will continue offering the diesel variant as well as the petrol variant of X1 with the same 2.0 liter engine. Diesel variant is capable of producing 150 bhp of power whereas petrol engine is capable of producing 177 bhp of power.

As per the information, BMW might include Start – Stop system in the face lift version of X1 for the first time. The basic design of the head lamps has been modified in this version and the front grill too has been altered. Design of the dash board of the car and interior has also been modified. However, X1 face lift might have a tough fight with the other appealing rival models such as V40 from Volvo that is going to be launched in few months, Mercedes B Class and Q3 from Audi.

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GoaOnWheels.com reported recently that BMW is importing the spares of X1 and the vehicle has been getting assembled at the Chennai plant of the company. The assembled X1 face lift vehicles are getting exported to Indonesia through Chennai ports and thus BMW is planning to launch the variant in the Indian market on 14th February. We have to wait until the official announcement from the company gets out.