Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Srilakshmi gets conditional bail

Senior IAS officer Y. Srilakshmi was released from Chanchalaguda Central Prison on Friday evening after she was granted conditional bail by a CBI court.
Ms Srilakshmi was arrested by the CBI almost a week ago for her alleged role in the Obulapuram mining scam.
As a condition of her bail she had to execute two sureties, each of Rs 25,000. While granting bail, the court directed that she should be available to the CBI whenever required for the purpose of investigation
CBI judge B. Naga Maruthi Sharma also directed that she should not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case so as to dissuade him to disclose such facts to the investigation agency, and she must surrender her passport.
The court which heard arguments from both sides on Thursday, felt that bail could be granted as all the allegations made against the petitioner were based on documents and because she is a woman and is not keeping good health.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

‘Silk Smitha’ fever sweeps the South

She may not have been on the film scene for the last 15 years. But who can forget her seductive eyes, luscious lips and curvaceous dusky figure?
This was the phenomenon called Silk Smitha who ruled south cinema in the early 80s and died under mysterious circumstances in 1996.
The seductress, who lured millions of fans with her oomph factor still continues to draw huge crowds even after her death — for her biopic.
Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has shed her inhibitions to give a whole-hearted, convincing portrayal of the sex symbol. Released this Friday, The Dirty Picture, the much hyped Hindi film on the life and times of Silk Smitha, has all tickets sold out till the weekend.
Trade pundits feel that such an opening for a Bollywood film clearly shows that it is only the ‘Silk Smitha’ factor which is bringing Tamil audiences to the theaters.
The movie, bought by Metro Net, has been released in 150 screens in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Since Silk was more popular in Tamil cinema, the film has been dubbed in Tamil and simultaneously released here.
Abirami Ramanathan who has released the film in his multiplex says, “The advance booking for DP is full till Monday, which was expected. Silk Smitha had a huge following and everyone is curious to see how she has been projected by the Bollywood producers.”
He also reveals that the response in Kerala is amazing. Silk enjoyed big status in Malayalam cinema in the late 80s.
Sources add that akin to a Rajini or Kamal, or Ajith or Vijay films, extra shows are being planned in some of the suburban screens due to overwhelming response.
The Dirty Picture takes aim at the filmy men who exploited Silk Smitha, says a veteran filmmaker who watched the film on the first day first show. Apparently, not just film buffs but the entire industry is keen to watch the film in the theaters.
Ace director S.P. Muthuraman, who had cast Silk in several of his films including in Rajinikanth starrer Paayum Puli and Kamal’s Sagalakala Vallavan says, “Silk Smitha had a style of her own and was admired by all. She was an obedient and cooperative girl. If a film is made on her, it is but natural that everyone would want to watch it.”
Sura, a renowned writer and publicist who had worked for one of her films Play Girls opines, “Despite being an item girl, she always commanded respect in the industry. And no other actress till today has mesmerised one and all, irrespective of age, like Silk Smitha did, Everybody, right from a three-year-old kid, to teenagers, to women, to senior citizens were her fans.”
Re-living the Silk heyday is a powerful intoxicant as audiences flocking to see the film are discovering…

Monday, 13 August 2012

2nd ODI: India beat Windies by five wickets

Virat Kohli smashed a robust 117 to power India to a five-wicket win over the West Indies in the second one-day international on Friday despite Ravi Rampaul’s record tail-end knock.
Rampaul cracked 86 not out, the highest score by a number 10 batsman in one-dayers, to help the tourists post a challenging 269-9 in the day-night match in Visakhapatnam.
India were struggling at 84-3 before passing their opponents’ total with 11 balls to spare for a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, with Kohli hitting 14 fours in a 123-ball knock for his eighth one-day hundred.
Kohli received valuable support from Rohit Sharma, who scored a solid 90 not out for a second successive half-century. The pair put on 163 for the fourth wicket to shape India’s 11th successive one-day win at home.
The West Indies were in deep trouble at 63-5 after being put in to bat in overcast conditions, but Rampaul and opener Lendl Simmons (78) helped their team set a stiff target.
The previous highest score by a number 10 batsman in one-dayers was an unbeaten 73 by Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in 2009.
Rampaul gave a superb display of power-hitting during his 66-ball innings, as he bludgeoned six sixes and as many fours and put on 99 with Kemar Roach (24 not out), the third-highest stand for the last wicket in one-dayers.
The West Indies were 149-8 in the 31st over before adding 120 runs for their last two wickets to frustrate India.
Rampaul, a left-handed batsman and right-arm paceman, and Roach returned to trouble India with the ball as they removed Gautam Gambhir and Parthiv Patel to reduce the hosts to 29-2 before rain stopped play for nearly 40 minutes.
Roach struck with his second delivery when he accounted for Patel, who was caught by skipper Darren Sammy at second slip, while Gambhir fell to a superb one-handed catch by Adrian Barath in the covers off Rampaul.
Skipper Virender Sehwag was dropped twice during his 35-ball 26 before being caught by Andre Russell at long-off off part-time spinner Marlon Samuels, but Kohli and Sharma ensured the victory with a big stand.
Indian pacemen Umesh Yadav grabbed three wickets and Vinay Kumar two to do the early damage.
Simmons steadied the innings with a 56-run stand for the sixth wicket with Kieron Pollard (35), who was adjudged caught by wicket-keeper Patel off the gloves after smashing spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for two successive sixes.
Simmons was the ninth man to be dismissed, run out while coming for a second run after hitting one six and eight fours in his 10th half-century in one-day internationals.
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