Saturday, January 31, 2009

All for money...

More skeletons are stumbling out as the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad delves deeper into the past record of arrested IPS officer Saji Mohan who was picked up on 25 January near Classic Club at Oshiwara in north Mumbai while passing on 39 kilograms of heroin to a drug dealer. 
In nearly two years with Narcotics Control Bureau the 1995 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, Mohan virtually assumed a dubious status of a don, running the network of professional drug dealers and peddlers in at least nine states that sold heroin.
Today when he was produced in a magistrate’s court at Mazgaon the ATS revealed Mohan allegedly hired a contract killer to finish a dealer who defaulted on payment for a 10 kilo heroin consignment. His remand to police custody has been extended to 7 February. 
As a zonal director of NCB at Chandigarh he had busted drug rings operating in the north. About six police officers were suspended by the IGP there when he exposed their connection with the drug mafia. 
No one suspected that Mohan would in due course launch his own drug syndicate specifically fulfilling the "needs" of Mumbai. 
His two contacts in Mumbai ~ a businessman Vicky Oberoi and old associate Rajesh Kumar of Haryana police ~ have also been arrested by the ATS. 
Oberoi, according to police, is well connected and used to circulate in elitist groups which include some top cops of Mumbai. 
When a police informant (khabri) approached an assistant inspector Mr Sunil Mane his reacted in disbelief. But, nevertheless, spoke to ATS chief Mr KP Raghuvanshi. 
Mohan was kept under watch. After ascertaining the veracity of kahbri’s inputs ATS succeeded in arresting Mohan with heroin in his possession.
He has been changing his statements/versions often ATS said but as the investigation continues the emerging murky underworld of this highly qualified and intelligent drug-lord has startled the ATS. It reminded ATS detectives of another IPS officer Rahul Sur of 1981 batch who at the helm of Mumbai’s anti-narcotic cell manipulated the seized contraband and sold them to drug dealers. When Sur sensed his imminent arrest fled the country with family. 
He is absconding for 12 years and is believed to be settled in America. Mohan had no such good fortune.

Slum tourism after Slumdog millionaire..

With the success of Slumdog Millionaire, the curiosity about Mumbai's slums, particularly Dharavi - Asia's biggest slum has greatly increased.

Krishna Pujari, a tour operator from Reality Tours fields dozens of questions about the movie and life in Mumbai's slums, as he takes interested tourists on slum trips.

"People ask us was the film shot here in Dharavi. We show them the spots where some of the scenes were shot. Some of the people do come after watching the film," he said.

"I watched the film and was excited to come on this tour. It's nice to watch it again now after seeing the real life story," said American tourist, Emeris.

Many tourists visit the slum and are surprised at what they see.

"There's so much positive stuff happening, the industries. I don't think that's reflected in the film," said Dutch tourist, Emeris.

"The poverty was shown in the film. But there were so many other different aspects that we saw after we came here," he added.

Slum tourism, though targeted at foreign tourists, is fast catching on with ordinary Mumbaikars too.

"After watching the movie I would wish to visit Dharavi because the way it is potraid in the movie one feels visiting Dharavi," said a resident of Mumbai, Mitisha.

"We pass by but we really don't know how it would be to live there, so it would be interesting to actually go and have a look inside and spend some time there," sais another Mumbai resident, Hari.

Danny Boyle gave us a peek into Mumbai's slums with Slumdog Millionaire, but to get a real experience of what life in Dharavi is like one can take a slum tour.

And with the resounding success of the film abroad and the buzz in India, the slum tourism industry is expected to reap the benefits.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Golden Globe award winners....

Mumbai is going nuts over the unprecedented pouring of awards on Slumdog Millionaire...

Rejoice Mumbai Rejoice.......

Take a look....

Best Motion Picture, Drama: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Vicky Christina Barcelona

Foreign Language Picture: Waltz With Bashir

Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Dramatic Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Dramatic Actress: Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: Colin Farrel, In Bruges

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader

Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Original Score: A.R. Rahman Slumdog Millionaire

Animated Film: WALL-E

Song: Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler

Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award: Steven Spielberg

Great news for corporate India.

When Raju brothers slept in the jail at Chanchalguda at Hyderabad, Government of India appointed a high power independent board to ensure the revival and salvage of Satyam.
This move will give some respite to Satyam investors.

The Satyam story needs to be looked in Totality,

just a month before all was fine with the company according to the auditors,Banks and statuary authorities.

How all this suddenly changed?

Aint all mentioned above equally to blame?

What about the corporate excellence award given to Satyam some time back?

When Indian corporate fights to answer this Enron like scandal there goes a stalwart of India in to troubled land of Sri Lanka and starts its Telecoms services?

Yes,Its Airtel which has launched 2.5 G and 3 G services in Sri Lanka from today.
I have all ways advocated the cross functioning and  sharing of wealth and knowledge in SAARC countries to be the best peace plan.
Now instead of the government its India's number one Mobile company doing the good work.
All the best Airtel and kudos to Corporate India for being Brave..

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Satyam not at all Sundaram!!

What do you call a company which causes a loss of 10,000 crores for its investors in a day?
A CEO who accepts that he messed up the accounts and tried to divert the legitimate money of investors in to his privately owned company?
A company which gets banned by world bank for theft of information and bribing.
A company started by a farmer but ruined by sons?
A company which had ADR and listed on NYSE?
India's fourth largest software exporter?
Answer is Satyam but not sundaram!!
So much for corporate governance?
So much for audits?
So much for integrity?
The average man on Dalal street who believes in the dreams of small entrepreneur will think twice before investing In any new start up.
Very bad day for corporate India.I am afraid are there many more such Satyams hiding under the disguise of people friendly companies??