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In the news Feb, 2008

Headline News


FM does the Santa act; presents please all Budget (Economic Times)
Budget: Farmers get Rs 60,000 cr package (Financial Express)
Budget 08 fills common man's pockets (moneycontrol)
Chidambaram Budgets for farmers, education (ibnlive)
Govt announces Rs60,000-crore loan waiver for farmers (livemint)
Industry gives thumbs up to Budget (Hindustan Times)
Taxpayers may gain up to Rs 44,000 per year (Times of India)
Election budget gives sops, writes off farm loans (New Indian Express)
Budget gives sops, writes off farm loans (Hindu)
Income tax exemption limit raised (DNA)
National Underwear Day celebrated in Brasilia (xinhua)


India's Budget Reaches Out To the Poor as Election Looms (wsj)
In what amounts to a starting gun for the next general election, India's government tomorrow will unveil a budget designed to reconnect the ruling Congress Party with its traditional voters: the poor.

In most likely the last budget before voters go to the polls in a general election that must be held before May 2009, Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram is expected to open state coffers to help India's lagging agriculture sector and depressed rural areas with infrastructure projects, subsidies on key products and programs for skills development. He also may scale back income tax for low earners. ...

Court bans deportation of terror suspect (guardian)
Louisiana Governor Pierces Business as Usual (nytimes)
Pregnancy in over 40s hits record high (telegraph)
Chidambaram expected to present "please-all" budget tomorrow (Hindustan Times)
Julia Roberts named Oscars' most stylish (xinhua)
New York Faces Double Whammy as Swaps Compound Failed Auctions (bloomberg)
Bacon Nets $39.7 Million in London Contemporary Sale (bloomberg)
World watching to see which candidate will face foreign hurdles (cnn)


Machines to man Indian airports (NDTV)
EU fines Microsoft record $1.35 billion (reuters)
Democrats Clash on Trade, Health and Rival Tactics (nytimes)
Turkish Troops Kill 77 Kurdish Rebels (ap)
The Last Lear's my best work till date: Shefali Shah (HIndustan Times)


Defiant Holly Willoughby insists: 'I love my curves - and I'll keep showing them off' (dailymail)

Mamma Mia: Christina Aguilera looks bustier than ever (dailymail)

India undersea missile test successful (Times of India)
U.S. Pushes Sovereign Funds To Open to Outside Scrutiny (wsj)
Obama’s Support Grows Broader, New Poll Finds (nytimes)
Bernanke, Greenspan at Fault as U.S. Faces Slump, Stiglitz Says (bloomberg)
Rail Budget: Cheaper fares, lower freights, easy travel (moneycontrol)

25.2.2008: Oscar Awards Headlines

'No Country' wins best picture (cnn)
'No Country' Sweeps Big Oscars (wsj)
N-deal failure can hurt India-US ties: Talbott (Hindustan Times)
Rising Inflation Creates Unease in Middle East (nytimes)

Finally, the big moment. Denzel Washington announces the nominees without any further delay. And the Oscar goes to No Country For Old Men (rediff)

No Country wins Best Film, Director (rediff)

Marion Cotillard: Marion Cotillard has won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in La Vie en Rose.


Marion Cotillard wins Oscar for best actress (reuters)
Daniel Day-Lewis gets best actor Oscar Award (ap)

The secret of how flat-chested Keira became a buxom pirate girl (dailymail)

Japan sends out high-speed Internet satellite (xinhua)
Ponting completes 100 (Hindustan Times)
Aussies advised not to tour India (rediff)
Lindsay Lohan, Eddie Murphy dominate Razzies (xinhua)

Cuban leader Fidel Castro poses in this photo taken by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during their meeting in Havana Jan. 15, 2008. Fidel Castro announced on Feb. 19, 2008 that he would not aspire to or accept the positions of president of the Council of State and commander in chief, in a statement published on the website of the official Granma newspaper


Waterboarding Is Focus of Justice Dept. Inquiry(nytimes)
Nooyi among 10 best women CEOs: Forbes (Hindustan Times)
Clinton tries to energize trailing presidential bid (reuters)
Fidel Castro rebuts U.S. call for change in Cuba (xinhua)
Microsoft Memo Looks to Ease Staff Concerns on Yahoo Bid(wsj)

Maria Sharapova

phoenixes and 880 peonies that took dressmakers three months to finish
Turkey launches land offensive into Iraq (reuters)
Turkish Army Begins Ground Assault on PKK in Iraq (bloomberg)
Clinton Jabs at Obama On Speeches, Health Care (wsj)
Clinton Donors Worried by Campaign’s Spending (nytimes)
Seeing red: Birthday girl Charlotte Church's bad hair day (dailymail)


Victory for Obama (Hindu)
U.S. missile hits spy satellite, Pentagon says (reuters)

Cuba blogs react to Fidel's exit (aljazeera)

Asian Stocks Rise on Earnings Expectations; Nintendo Advances (bloomberg)

The great passport giveaway: Up to 250,000 foreigners to get UK citizenship every year (dailymail)

aishwarya rai: Now that she has schools named after her, we hear Ash is getting all prudish and refusing to do anything steamy on screen. Has she forgotten the Dhoom 2 microminis?

Obama Wins Wisconsin for 9th Straight (ap)
Cricketers for sale! Stars go under hammer for IPL (ibnlive)


Fidel Castro Resigns Cuban Presidency (ap)
Musharraf's rivals win Pakistan election (reuters)
Musharraf foes triumph at polls (bbc)
PPP emerges biggest party in Pakistan polls (Hindustan Times)

Monkey goes nuts for glamorous Kate Winslet...before the dress is sold off her back (dailymail)

Kate Moss shows off her knobbly knees on night out with lover (dailymail)

Break-dancing Cruz Beckham, 2, upstages Spice Girls with his amazing dance moves (dailymail)

Two gorillas hold each other in an undated handout photo. Leah, the first gorilla ever seen using tools, has secured herself another small place in history by becoming the first gorilla captured on film mating face-to-face, researchers reported on Tuesday.
Gorillas caught having sex face-to-face (xinhua)
Aamir's Gajini remake sold at 90 crore (NDTV)
Grim Pakistanis going to vote amid security scare (

Musharraf urges reconciliation as Pakistanis vote (reuters)

Wikipedia defies 180,000 demands to remove images of the Prophet (guardian)
Wikipedia defies 180,000 demands to remove images of the Prophet (livemint)

Paris gets pulses racing with a raunchy burlesque performance (dailymail)
Heidi Klum Inc is the sexiest model in the business (dailymail)

Rel Power's bonus announcement leaves ADAG stocks buzzing

Did you know:- On Feb. 18, 1911:-
1911: The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.

Cyclist’s circumambulation (hindu)


Dollar Has Biggest Weekly Loss in 2008 on Signs Growth Slowing (bloomberg)
James Orange, civil rights activist, dies at 65 (cnn)
Pepsi drops Ganguly, Dravid; Ishant, Rohit in (DNA)
80 killed in Afghan attack (ap)

Cyclist’s circumambulation
Kosovo begins independence move (bbc)
India slump hands Australia win (bbc)
Scandal of patients left for hours outside A&E (guardian)

This recent picture released by Swiss car maker Rinspeed shows people aboard Rinspeed's new model, the sQuba, the world's first real submersible car that will be presented at the 2008 Geneva car show in March. The zero-emission electric sports car, with power supplied by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries, can perform a submerged stabile flight at a depth of 10 meters.

Kosovo's PM in independence nod (bbc)
Teacher loses 120 pounds, drops seven dress sizes (cnn)
Swiss create underwater car (xinhua)
World's fattest man drops 230 kilos, halves weight (xinhua)

Asian Stocks Rise for First Week This Year; Shipping Lines Gain (bloomberg)
Attempt to shoot down spy satellite to cost up to $60 million (cnn)
Smile! Heartbroken Cheryl Cole forgets troubles with a sunshine break with her Girls Aloud pals (dailymail)
13 cops among 14 killed in Orissa Naxal attack (Hindustan Times)
Fast-track divorce helped Dutt tie knot (ET)

DiCaprio and Danes in Romeo and Juliet (wsj)
Gunman Slays 6 at N. Illinois University (nytimes)
A flood of fake CVs for IT jobs (Times of India)
Glamorous Leona Lewis horses around on the set of her new video (dailymail)

World's largest swimming pool


Tension high for Beirut memorials (bbc)

Broken-hearted Cheryl Cole 'refusing to eat and down to six stone' after Ashley's cheating scandal (dailymail)

Pitt, Jolie named "most influential couple" (xinhua)

Sensex ends up 800 points (times of India)

Hezbollah to bury slain commander, Israel on alert (reuters)
Yahoo to repel Microsoft by possible alliance with News Corp (xinhua)

Indian origin woman among top 15 in corporate US (
'Mentally unsound' girl tops Mumbai University (DNA)

Police investigate death of Georgian oligarch (guardian)

Indian Twenty20 League agrees $50 million title deal (Hindustan Times)
Spice unveils sub-Rs 1000 cellphone (Times of India)

world's thinnest laptop.

Raj Thackeray arrested (Times of India)
Obama on a roll after three big wins (reuters)
Spielberg in Darfur snub to China (bbc)

Catherine Zeta Zones

People dressed as smurfs gather in Komin, Croatia, as they try to set a world record after failing in their first attempt February 3, 2008.

Scrutiny Tightens for Title Insurers (wsj)
GM offers all U.S. union workers buyouts (reuters)
Pakistan nuclear staff go missing (bbc)
Mortgage Crisis Spreads Past Subprime Loans (nytimes)
Climate change soon could kill thousands in UK, says report (guardian)


As Britain's sexiest chocolate ad hits 40 ... it's Joss - only the sultriest, funkiest Flake girl (dailymail)
After Big Defeats, Clinton Replaces Campaign Manager (wsj)
I made mistakes while campaigning for Hillary: Clinton (rediff)
Obama Wins Maine, Giving Him 4 Victories in Weekend (nytimes)
Sachin Tendulkar first to play 400 ODI innings (hindustan times)


Seamers bundle out Australia for 159 (

Clinton, Obama pitch to Va. Democrats (ap)

Kylie, queen of makeovers, gets a new hairdo (dailymail)

Ishant Sharma took 4 for 38 as Australia were dismissed for 159 in the 44th over at the MCG

Ishant Sharma picked up his fourth wicket of the innings when he dismissed the number 11, Stuart Clark for a nought. Clark drove from the crease, with the ball taking an edge and Dhoni completing the formalities. Australia were bundled out for 159, with Michael Hussey stuck at a well-paced unbeaten 65 at the other end.

Sreesanth then followed it up with another wicket of Bracken in his next over. Bracken tried to go over the top, but could only manage to hole out to Tendulkar, who took the simplest of catches. Australia, 155/9.

Eva Longoria works up a sweat in a racy new shoot (daily mail)
A Do-Over? Democrats' Fate May Ride on It (wsj)

6 Guantánamo Detainees Are Said to Face Trial Over 9/11 (nytimes)
Suspected suicide blast kills 14 at Pakistan election rally: minister (hindustantimes)
White House race contests resume (bbc)
In Las Vegas, chocolate seduces the senses (latimes)

Study Shows Men More Likely to Get Hooked

A recent study suggests that men are more likely to become addicted to videogames. Another more informal study shows that researchers are more likely to prove obvious things.

The Stanford University School of Medicine watched the brains of 22 young adults, 11 male and 11 female, checking for patterns of activity in certain parts of the brain. It seems that the male subjects experienced more of what a bad scientist would call "fun units" in a section of the brain associated with reward and addiction, and as their territory in the game increased the "fun units" did as well.

The report went on to note that the sun is hot and chocolate ice cream is delicious.


Miscalculations Dogged Romney From the Start (nytimes)
UK police say blast killed Bhutto (bbc)
Bhutto died from head injury in blast, Scotland Yard says (guardian)

Mounting Inflation Concerns Weigh on the Fed's Next Move (wsj)
By Sudeep Reddy

Federal Reserve officials are acknowledging increasing weakness in the

economy, signaling a willingness to cut rates again at their next

meeting. But inflation concerns are rising among some officials,

indicating the magnitude of their next move may be a matter of


In speeches this week, policy makers said they are expecting a sharp

economic slowdown during the first half as the housing slump, credit

crunch and market turmoil take a toll on consumers and businesses.

Janet Yellen, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco,

said in a speech yesterday that she expects the economy to escape

recession ...


US Polls: Obama bags 10 states | Hillary wins 6 (rediff)
Clinton Wins California, New York;
Obama Rallies Supporters for Change (wsj)
Support Divided, Top Democrats Trade Victories (nytimes)
Clinton victories slow Obama (guardian)
Breaking News: Early results show gambling Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 passing. Term-limits Proposition 93 is locked in dead heat. (latimes)

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets supporters at a Super Tuesday presidential primary elections night party in Phoenix.McCain, Clinton lead in early state returns(latimes)
McCain claims front-runner status, Dem race not settled (cnn)

5.2.2008 super Tuesday

Searching Yahoo for Value (wsj)
As 24 States Vote, a Grab for Delegates, and an Edge (nytimes)
John McCain tightens his grip over Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination (economist)
Flint comes under fire for housing plans (guardian)
residential hopefuls make their California Super Tuesday push (latimes)

• Australia blow off India at the MCG
• Yet to get your flat's possession? No tax rebate
• On retirement day, railway official dies on tracks
• Interpol warrants against kidney scam accused
• Delhi is not freezing, yet
• The Americans have finally panicked
• DDLJ director Aditya Chopra to direct again


Aussies tame T20 champs; win by 9 wickets

Sensex ends at 18,233 pts, up 585 pts

Nanda fails to turn up before CBI due to fever

Zoos across India put on alert amid bird flu fear

Indians still go to Iraq for jobs despite govt ban

Woman held in US for trying to rip Sikh's turban

Kanishka probe: Special public hearing on Feb 14

North east must have permanent peace, says PM


Cold wave batters normal life in northern India
Bird flu spreads to UP; Culling started
48 blocks affected by Bird Flu in West Bengal
NCEUS proposes growth centres

Lokayukta sleuths in Karnataka raids IAS, IPS and IFS officer’s premises
22nd Suraj Kund Mela begins
President Pratibha Patil arriving in Bangalore today
Regional News Bulletin from AIR Dharwad in Kannada

US asks Germany to send more troops to Afghanistan
More violence in Kenya; killing led to postponement of peace talks
Explosion at fireworks factory in Istanbul killed 20
Arnold endorses John McCain for U.S Presidency

Sensex up by 253 pts in early trade
SEBI scrap initial issue fee on closed-end mutual fund schemes
CPI(M) urges govt to re consider its decision to relax FDI norms
Two ASG to deal with direct, indirect tax cases in SC, HCs

T20: Australia win by 9 wkts
India clinch hockey test series against Belgium
Ponting may miss Twenty20 match at Melbourne
Cricketers show more civility on field: Oz PM

Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for USD 44.6 billion (Times of India)

News Flash: Blow to Osama; top al-Qaeda leader Abu Laith Al-Libi killed
Top al-Qaeda commander dies in Pakistan
Nithari, kidney scam: Testimonials of Indian apathy?
Sensex falters after rising in early trade Finger-thin cables tie
Internet together Scientists study how HIV hides in body



Fuel price hike: Left threatens to snap ties

Night Test cricket soon to be a reality

Probe BCCI role in Bhajji verdict, May urges ICC

Culling may begin in states bordering Bengal

Bhajji verdict: BCCI rejects blackmail charge

Centre halts sealing in Delhi; reopens sealed ones

Nano is the mega buzz in Stuttgart

India, US to cooperate in space flights

New broadcasting guidelines bill in offing


• Sailors died due to gas leak: Navy
• Gujarat can change the fate of India: Modi

• How FM wants transparency in stock market
• Busby Babes, legacy lives on | Munich disaster
• Fisichella sets astonishing pace for Force India


* Snipes acquitted of tax fraud, conspiracy
* Militants turn disabled into human bombs
* Small-plane crash kills 6 in North Carolina
* White House hopefuls burn millions on TV

* Officer's death shocks New Orleans
* Michelle Obama: 'Black enough' questions silly
* CNNMoney: 1 million Evenflo car seats recalled
* U.S. to pay $50,000 to immigrant in drugging suit
* Killing of model-bodyguard stuns Moscow
* Bowl alert: Double-dipping really IS unhealthy
* Big shark chomps bitty shark at aquarium Video
* Ex-fiancee breaks silence on Ledger's death
* Vanity license plate sells for $6,800,000 Video


- Delhi govt to begin de-sealing
- Wombs on hire in Gujarat's Anand
- Polio virus P3 hits UP, Bihar
- Mayawati defends officials' suspension
- Dixit confident of SC approval on sealing
- Karnataka gets first luxury train

- Bus blast in Lanka kills 20
- Unsound women used in Iraq blast
- US-Russia agree on Uranium imports
- Hillary-Obama Hollywood faceoff
- Life in China disrupted due to snowfall
- A380 first plane to use bio-friendly fuel

- Egg thrown on Murali's face in Australia
- Ganguly's absence baffles Ponting
- India look to get into one-day groove
- Australia's No.1 tag under threat
- Golf: Watch Indian Masters for free
- Aussies angered by CA backdown

- India's merchandise exports up 21.7%
- BoB to expand operations in Trinidad
- AI for non-stop New York-Delhi flight
- Inflation rises to 3.93%
- Royal Bank of Canada comes to India
- Future Capital lists on average note



Ahmedabad: 6 killed, 40 injured in hotel collapse
• India's soft power is on the rise: Shashi Tharoor
• 7 signs that employees hate the boss
• Hamilton racially abused in Alonso's backyard
• The editor who defined Indian journalism
• Hire and fire plan: Good or bad? Tell us!
• Week's best | SRK: 2007 was my best year
• Sexiest celebrity mom? | Most romantic film?


Osama's son wanted to kill Bhutto: Book

Romney wins Maine Republican primary

US recession good for Indian IT firms

India, Pak youth throw ideas to strengthen ties

India to undertake solar electrification

BBC in race law over job advertisement

38 bombs seized from coastal village in TN

My background makes me a global leader: Obama


Kenya opposition urges peacekeepers
Egypt moves to close Gaza border
Countdown to Tuesday | Maine GOP caucuses
Report: 5 dead in mall shooting | Watch
SI: Expert NFL writers forecast Super Bowl XLII
Slain Marine laid to rest with unborn child
CNNMoney: Volvo recalls 82,000 cars
Ticker: Clinton takes shots at Obama, McCain
Report: Cease-fire reached in Chad
Afghanistan 'appreciates concern' for journalist
Clues from old snapshot solve drowning mystery
Can't sell your house? Raffle it off
Vanity license plate sells for $6,800,000
Ex-fiancee breaks silence on Ledger's death


- Dera chief attacker identified
- Chawla issue: BJP slams govt
- Maharashtra tops in farmer suicide
- Six killed in Ahmedabad building collapse
- Indo-Pak ties: Youth chart road to peace
- Snow blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway

- Twin bombings kill seven in Lanka
- Five killed in Chicago store shootout
- Egypt closes border to Hamas today
- Romney wins Maine Republican primary
- Bhutto named Osama's son as conspirer
- Sarkozy-Bruni make it to the alter

- Rain stops play again
- Tait's decision highlights 'burnout'
- Khan survives toughest test
- Lampard return set to lift Blues
- Shiv Kapur moves into top-10
- Symonds 'blood boil' at Hansen's blame

- Yahoo to further evaluate Microsoft offer
- How safe is stock fluctuation?
- Hyundai opens second car plant in India
- CPI demands hike in Budget outlay
- Electricity produced from jatropha oil
- Pak, India to discuss gas project


Suicide blast kills six people in Sri Lanka
Father of dead AIIMS student writes to Ramadoss
US candidates race against Super Tuesday clock
Yahoo to take time evaluating Microsoft offer
China winter chaos sparks railway stampede; 1 dead
An unloved new island in Maldives
Brazil carnival indulges in safe sex drive



• Mumbai on alert | MNS backtracks on remarks
• Bachchans keep mum | 'No attack on AB's home'
• In God we trust, but in gold we invest
• Select your Indian team for the second ODI
• North-East assembly elections: Issues at stake
• Venus Williams to play at Bangalore Open
• Aamir's arty side | Making Jodhaa-Akbar dance


- Cong, CPI showdown likely over EC
- Fire breaks out in Kanpur factory
- Orissa pays homage to Jalashwa martyr
- Ahmedabad hotel collapse toll reaches 10
- India, Pak to mull options on bus service
- North India reels under cold wave

- Eight feared killed in Pakistan blast
- Blast marks Sri Lanka Independence Day
- Tadic wins Serbian presidential polls
- US voters flocking to make history in '08
- Stage set for tight 'Super Tuesday'
- Sarkozy's popularity hits new low: Poll

- East Bengal stun Mahindra with 1-0 win
- Paes not to play in Davis Cup tie
- We have depth in our bowling: Lee
- Kapur slips to 25th, Jeev 19th
- Fire or Retire: India's new theme
- Murali expected nasty greeting in Oz

- Major thrust on agriculture: Pranab
- Oil below $89 in Asian trade
- Petrol price hike likely this week
- Markets close firm on global cues
- Indiabulls to enter life insurance biz
- Yahoo to further evaluate Microsoft offer


Decision on fuel price hike deferred

Sensex closes at 18,686 pts, up 443 pts

Slain Al Qaida commander openly met Pak officials

LTTE will not be given a free run in TN: Karuna

Indonesia reports 103rd bird flu death

Peace talks resume to end violence in Kenya

IOC breaks promise over China's press freedom

FIR filed against MNS leader Raj Thackeray

Mayawati on warpath with Governor Rajeswar

Parsvnath ties up with ITC for hotel management

Reliance Power to list on bourses on Feb 11

McDonald's expects profits from next fiscal

Jindal Saw outbids GMR, Tata to bag contract

LIC targets Rs 5,000 cr premium income

Amitabh Bachchan's residence attacked
How Google could go Yahoo!
Sensex closes 2.4 per cent up;
Reliance leads the way Bapu-inspired
Brit to walk through India penniless!
Microsoft deal bad for Internet, says Google
Now test diabetes a bloodless way; with exhaled air
A painting raises spectre of family's Nazi past

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