Foreign students leaving UK debts

Posted in photos on March 1, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam

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Up to 70% of students from other European Union countries are failing to repay student loans they took out while at UK universities, the BBC has learnt.

The Student Loans Company says 2,240 students should have begun repayments but 1,580 are not accounted for.

A Spanish student said she had heard nothing five years after graduating.

The government says the SLC is doing what it can to track people down. Take-up of the entitlement is growing fast, with 46,000 now having borrowed £130m.

Students from EU countries have been eligible for low interest loans from the British taxpayer to pay for their tuition fees since 2006.

EU students are entitled to the same allowances as those in the countries in which they study.

So the loans are available for those at universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. EU students at Scottish universities do not normally have to pay fees.

Most of those involved are still at university so are not due to begin repaying loans until the year after graduation or withdrawal from university, and once they are earning more than £15,000. Lower salary levels apply in most other European countries.

SLC figures show that 2,240 students were due to begin repayment in 2007 and 2008. But 59% of those due to start paying back their loans in 2007 did not do so, while last year that number rose to 70%.

According to the SLC records those students, some 1,580 of them, are unaccounted for. The loans for both years were worth about £3.8m.

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British ‘careless’ with liberties

Posted in photos on March 1, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam


British people have been “careless” with their civil liberties, but that is beginning to change, former shadow home affairs minister David Davis has said.
Speaking at the Convention on Modern Liberty on Saturday, Mr Davis said people were growing increasingly angry at government intrusion in their lives.

More than 1,000 people joined the event in London and at venues across the UK.

Other speakers included former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti.

Gatherings were also be held in Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester to debate issues such as the “database state”, counter-terrorism laws and press freedom.
‘Being alienated’

Mr Davis, who resigned from the Conservative front bench last year to fight a by-election on the issue of civil liberties, said the British public had been “casual” with their freedom and privacy in the past.

“They treat it carelessly, like a very old suit that they have had a very long time, [but] times are changing.

“Something is happening in the hearts and minds of our country.”

The past doesn’t count, we’ll start afresh: Dhoni

Posted in photos on February 24, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam


Under him, India has hardly put a foot wrong but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni refuses to bask in past glory and insists it will be a fresh start against New Zealand in the first cricket Twenty20 International on Wednesday.

World champion in this slam-bang format, Dhoni’s men have an edge over the hosts on paper but the Indian captain believes his teammates would have to start all over again.

“I believe every game is a new game,” Dhoni said on the eve of the tour opener, adding “You have to start from scratch.”

Dhoni put Wednesday’s match in perspective saying it would not set the tone for the remainder of the series.

“It is not like if you have won the first game it makes a huge difference for the entire tour. It is a 50-day tour and the team that will be victorious will be the one that plays good cricket for a consistent amount of time,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni’s team does not lack match-winners but the Indian captain said he wanted complete team effort where each and every player would chip in.

“Last year we did well as a team. The important thing is that we don’t rely on one or two individuals. We have been performing as a team. In most games, you see that a lot of people have been contributing. Part-timers have done the job well with the ball. We have improved as a fielding unit as well, and that helps, too.

“We have the kind of players who can really win games on their own, but we are always looking for the whole team to perform. In theses conditions the batsmen could get out to a good ball and this is when you want the whole team to be at a level where each and everyone is performing. Whatever limited opportunity one gets, if he performs it helps the confidence of the whole team,” said Dhoni.

Dhoni rated New Zealand as a competitive side and said, “They have a good bunch of players. They believe in contributing. They take pride in their fielding which is important in one-day cricket. They are a competitive side.”

Dhoni also reckoned that inputs from former India coach John Wright, now a Kiwi selector, would help the hosts.

“Being an international cricketer and a coach, he will know the shortcomings. John will know the psychology of each and every Indian player. That psychological part of the input given by John will help them,” Dhoni said.

Expectation would be high as Dhoni’s men go into the series but the Indian skipper seemed unperturbed by that.

“What we have done in the last few months is that we have diverted our attention from the expectations to the process and what we want to achieve. Expectation is set by others and can be too high to achieve. As individuals you know your potential and you know what you can do and accordingly you can fix it. This is what I want to do in this series,” he said.

Dhoni also spared a thought for the weather here and said, “The temperature has been up and down. The wind is pretty cold. A lot depends on the conditions tomorrow. If it is cloudy and there is a bit of rain, it will help the seamers. But if there is too much rain, the ball will become soggy and the batsmen will benefit. At the end of the day it will depend on how the weather pans out. But overall, it has been cold so far.”

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26/11 chargesheet by Wednesday; LeT men in Pak to be named

Posted in photos on February 24, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam


Mumbai:::::: Police will file a 5,000-page chargesheet on Wednesday into the 26/11 audacious terror strikes that had held the entire financial capital of the country to hostage for 72 hours in which over 180 people were killed.

The lone survivor terrorist of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba — Mohammad Ajmal Amir Iman Qasab — will face charges ranging from waging war against the country to murder, attempt to murder and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code and under the stringent MCOCA, officials said.

He is also being charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. “The nearly 5000-page chargesheet is ready and will be filed before a Metropolitan Magistrate on Wednesday,” special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said on Tuesday without going into further details.

Besides Qasab and nine other Lashker terrorists, the chargesheet is expected to name around 20 more wanted accused, believed to be hiding in Pakistan, including Yosuf Muzzamil and Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 26/11 carnage.

Qasab and his associate Mohammed Ismail Khan had allegedly gunned down ATS chief Hemant Karkare, DIG Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Ashok Kamte in an encounter near the Cama hospital, besides killing commuters at CST station.

Oscar 2009 winners-21 winners -pictures

Posted in photos on February 23, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam


Penelope Cruz was the first winner of the night for Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Simon Beaufoy brought the first Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Dustin Lance Black received the Best Original Screenplay for Milk.
Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black presented the awards for achievement in animation.
Michael O'Connor accepts the Oscar for achievement in costume design for his work on The Duchess during the 81st Academy Awards.
The Family of the late actor Heath Ledger, from left, Ines Ledger, Kate Ledger, and Kim Ledger accepted the award on his behalf for Best Supporting Actor for The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Jochen Alexander Freydank holds the Oscar for best live action short film for Spielzeugland (Toyland).
James Marsh, right, and Simon Chinn accept the Oscar for best documentary feature for the film Man on Wire.
Ian Tapp, from left, Resul Pookutty and Richard Pryke accept the Oscars for achievement in sound mixing for their work on Slumdog Millionaire.
Megan Mylan holds the Oscar for best documentary short subject for Smile Pinki.
Jerry Lewis accepts the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Richard King kisses the Oscar for achievement in sound editing for his work on The Dark Knight.
Chris Dickens accepts the Oscar for achievement in film editing for his work on Slumdog Millionaire.
A.R. Rahman, left, accepts the Oscar for best original song Jai Ho from the motion picture Slumdog Millionaire from Alicia Keys. Rahman also won the Best Original Score award for this film.
An ecstatic Danny Boyle holds his Best Director award that he won for Slumdog Millionaire
Kate Winslet won her first ever Oscar this year. It was in the Best Supporting Actress category for the film The Reader.
Sean Penn earned his second Oscar for Best Actor this year for his performance in Milk.
The entire team of Slumdog Millionaire appeared on stage to receive the Best Motion Picture award.

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Posted in photos on February 23, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam

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Posted in photos on February 23, 2009 by RAKESH sikhinam