Take Your Senses on a Stimulating Tour With Historical Attractions of Dhaka



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We truly understand that you are one of the ardent rovers who can't sustain without hopping from one location to another. You must be a globe trotter who takes a deep sense of pride in travelling as covering various places is certainly not a cakewalk. It requires time and effort. So, what have you decided? Where would you head to for an unspoiled holiday?
You perhaps have covered most of the exciting destinations by now and taken a plunge into a wealth of its appealing spots that were worth paying a visit to. How about visiting one of the Asian countries? Have you ever deemed taking up a vacation in Bangladesh?
Bangladesh is the country in the Asian continent where you would not find much tourists hailing from other countries. It is the country that even foreigners find pretty hard to locate on a map and it's the place foreigners are treated with respect and courtesy.
Let's take a journey together to the country's capital, shall we?
Dhaka - Recognized as the capital of Bangladesh the world over, Dhaka is of the prime cities of South Asia. The city is known to have attracted so many tourists from far and within the country. It is purely steeped in the historical tales that yet live to expose the varied facets. History buffs would love to add the classic tales to their savvy as they tend to get acquainted with the historical forts and monuments. You can book flights to Dhaka if you want to soak yourself in the times gone by which truly exist in the city.
Located on the banks of Buriganga River, Dhaka is known as the "city of mosques." It may hit you as a surprise that the capital of Bangladesh is well-known as the producer of the finest "muslin" on the planet. Nothing can deny the fact that Dhaka is the centre of commercial, cultural, political and industrial activities of the country.
You can visit some of the below mentioned highlights that are truly remarkable:
» Lalbagh Fort
» 1857 Memorial
» Baitul Mukarram Mosque
» National Zoo
» Central Shahid Minar
Dhaka was founded way back in 1608 AD and was known as Jahangir Nagar when one of the great Mughal Emperors, Jahangir was in extreme supremacy. The city has been under the influence of various emperors who erected historical attractions during the times of yore. Take cheap flights to Dhaka from Manchester and feel the verve of the city.

Kaminey Movie Review



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Kaminey Plot
Kaminey kicks off with Charlie, a henchman for three Bengali brothers who fix races, explaining how this world has gone from bad to worse. It's the same story that we have heard a million times but Charlie's lisp makes it interesting!
Charlie has lost big money as the jockey double crossed them. Following up on the jockey's lead about the man who paid him, Charlie runs off with his money and all the freebies in the hotel room where he confronts the man.
On the run Charlie unknowingly bumps into two corrupt narcotics cops and takes off in their car. As soon as he realizes the truth he hurriedly starts cleaning off his marks and while doing so notices a guitar case. Curiosity gets the better of him and he finds cocaine worth crores in the guitar case. He wants to walk away but then he knows this is his chance to move from the fhotcut of life to the chota fothcut. He gets in touch with his best friend, Mikhail, to help him move the coke.
In a parallel universe Guddu's life has taken a drastic turn with his girlfriend telling him that she is pregnant. She wants to abort, Guddu isn't too keen on that but then Guddu isn't too keen on marrying her as well for this would disrupt his planned out life.
Sweety finally tells him that she is Bhope's sister and her two bit-of-local-goon-aspiring politician brother would kill him. That pretty much decides it for him.
Tashi, the Goa based drug czar gives the two cops a few hours to deliver the coke which has to be passed on to some African dealer. The cops catch Guddu thinking him to be Charlie while Bhope kills Mikhail and nabs Charlie to get to his twin.
The cops and Bhope broke a deal wherein they switch the brothers. Charlie kills the cops and tells Tashi to pay up while Guddu decides to pay off Bhope with the cocaine to fuel his political ambitions in order to live in peace with Sweety. The brothers once again come face to face and confront secrets of their past that Charlie wants to forget.
The film steps on the gas to reach a thrilling climax! Shahid Kapur's double take--the lisping Charlie and the stuttering Guddu--is the main stay of the film and is matched step for step by Priyanka Chopra's spoilt Sweety.
Final Verdict on Kaminey
The entire cast stands up and delivers especially Chandan Roy Sanyal as Mikhail. Written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Kaminey has some excellent scenes like the cops forcing a stuttering Guddu to sing and spill the beans on his brother or the one where Charlie interrogates the jockey as the three Bengali brothers fire bullets while testing some weapons.
One of the better films to come out in ages, Vishal Bhardwaj's take on Mumbai's very gray underbelly replete with a whole bunch of quirky characters and crazy situations is a roller coaster ride on the wild fide. Don't miss this one for the world!
Kaminey Rating: 4½ out of 5
Kaminey Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor, Amol Gupte
Kaminey Genre: Drama / Action
Kaminey Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Kaminey Producer: Rekha Bhardwaj, Ronnie Screwvala
Kaminey Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Pakistan Cricket Team Captain and His Double Talk Post World Cup 2011 Semi-Final



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A very gracious Shahid Afridi not only kept his cool for a better part of the semifinal clash with India in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup but was a beacon of cordiality when he congratulated the Indian Eleven for outplaying them. Even after he landed in Pakistan he was calm and requested his nation to look forward from the great experience his young team garnered in its World Cup campaign. So, what happened in a matter of hours when he gleefully confessed to a lady reporter that his team suffered at the negativity spewed by the Indian media and the malevolence of Indian players is what makes them greater sportsmen?
Needless to say Afridi's interview triggered off a domino effect across India. From social media networks, to mainstream newspapers and television news debates just about everyone was more shocked than surprised at Afridi's two-faced statements. Was he being a sore loser or was there something else to his outburst? We have said in the past that there was immense strain on the two neighbors when they clashed at Mohali but from the looks of it one thing was clear--the team that lost was the first to crack under pressure. But the fact of the matter remains that had India lost the match the emotions of the Indian fan would have compelled them to do crazy things but the eleven Indian players who played the match wouldn't have resorted to the two lines that Afridi towed.
Afridi later told an Indian news channel during a live interview that he has been 'quoted out of context', which is the oft repeated answer to squirm out of any tight spot. The first time around he blasted Pakistani media for making every clash with India a matter of national pride, a war of sorts while the truth is that Pakistan loves all things Indians right from films to songs to television soaps and the second time around he said that Indian media is negative and Indian players aren't as large-hearted as they were.
Both these interviews are out there and Afridi can see them a million times like he told the Indian news anchor that he'd like to see the videos again to see what he said but the truth is as simple as this--he's damned if he speaks and damned if he doesn't.
There has been great criticism of the manner in which Pakistan played against India and perhaps with the passage of time relevant questions would have haunted Afridi and other senior players like Younis Khan. So could this be Afridi's ploy to ensure that everyone gets busy with his tirade and forgets asking him about the lives they showered on Sachin Tendulkar, his decision to delay the batting power or bat so low down the other that it felt like he wasn't even playing. With the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicking off in a matter of days no one in India would be interested how this issue progresses and perhaps that is what Afridi would be aiming for. One look at how India outplayed Australia, Pakistan and then Sri Lanka in order to become the World Champions and no one in the right mind would question Afridi and his team irrespective of the bizarre tactics employed by them during the semifinal.
The thing with Pakistan when they play India is that ever since the frenzied six that Javed Miandad smashed off Chetan Sharma's last ball in the final of the Australasia Cup in 1986 at Sharjah, everyone's hoping for a miracle. In the last 19 years India and Pakistan have squared off five times in World Cup matches and with each victory the memory of that six fades away. Match fixing, substance abuse and a bunch of other blemishes have marred Pakistan's image in the world of cricket. Can you imagine any Indian Minister 'warning' the team of match fixing hours before their biggest challenge? It's true that they have more prodigious talent than India but somewhere the Indian system, flawed as it may be imparts a greater sense of professionalism unto its players that transforms them into better players.
Even if Afridi had not said what he said things would have been fine. This Shahid Afridi double talk is nothing more than lip service for a nation that is bereft of things to look forward to; this is a desperate ploy on a talented cricketer's part to divert the attention of his countrymen till they ignore him once they start rooting for Indian city based teams in IPL!

ODI Batsmen Rankings 2007 (All Teams)



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Well January in back, and so is the second edition of Vineet's Cricket Rankings! And though there are some surprises the top of the heap is captured by none other than two of the most competitive cricketers of 21st century - Ricky Ponting followed by Matthew Hayden.
Ricky Ponting scored 1424 runs in 27 matches at an amazing average of 79.11 at a very high strike rate of 91.79!! He smashed 5 centuries and 8 half-centuries on the way to achieving this. Not to be left behind, Matthew Hayden scored 1601 runs in 32 matches at a very high average of 59.29 at a good strike rate of 89.19!! He smashed 5 centuries and 6 half-centuries on the way to achieving this.
Graeme Smith, Andrew Symonds and Sachin Tendulkar follow at 3,4 and 5. So the year 2007 was heavily dominated by Australian Batsmen, and the same way the Australian Team dominated the World Cricket.
Well, now for some surprises, Ten Doeschate remains in Top 20 (remember this site had picked him to be a player to watch last year). Shahid Afridi continued to dazzle with an annual strike rate of 161. A player like Haddin who has a position of No. 7 in the table continues to languish on the fringes of the Australian team (Does the Australian team also have a Seniorphilia like the Indians?). AB deVillers continued to be in the Top 10, a feat only Yuvraj could manage besides him. So we can certainly take deVillers and Yuvraj to be the players of the future!!
But the biggest surprise in Top 10 was DJ Reekers (Netherlands), and if you combine him and Doeschate you have a team to look out for - Netherlands!
Some surprises to watch for are LOB Cann (Bermuda), JM Davison (Canada), Robin Utthappa (India).
1 RT Ponting (Aus)
2 ML Hayden (Aus)
3 GC Smith (SA)
4 A Symonds (Aus)
5 SR Tendulkar (India)
6 Shahid Afridi (Pak)
7 BJ Haddin (Aus)
8 AB de Villiers (Afr/SA)
9 DJ Reekers (Neth)
10 Yuvraj Singh (Asia/India)
11 Mohammad Yousuf (Asia/Pak)
12 V Sehwag (Asia/India)
13 SB Styris (NZ)
14 Salman Butt (Pak)
15 LOB Cann (Ber)
16 AC Gilchrist (Aus)
17 HH Gibbs (SA)
18 S Chanderpaul (WI)
19 RN ten Doeschate (Neth)
20 JM Davison (Can)
21 RR Sarwan (WI)
22 Imran Nazir (Pak)
23 JH Kallis (SA)
24 MS Dhoni (Asia/India)
25 SR Watson (Aus)
26 KP Pietersen (Eng)
27 BC Lara (WI)
28 LPC Silva (SL)
29 S Matsikenyeri (Zim)
30 RV Uthappa (India)
Where are the top 5 batsmen of the year 2006?
Well RN Ten Doeschate whom this site had predicted as a hidden gem, continued his exciting run by remaining in Top 20. While Nathan Astle and Mark Trescothick faded into oblivion, Gilchrist continued to be a good bet, though Jayasuria was quite subdued this year.
40 ST Jayasuria (SL) (1)
19 RN Ten Doeschate (Neth) (2)
232 NJ Astle (NZ) (3)
retired ME Trescothick (ENG) (4)
16 AC Gilchrist (AUS) (5)
*These rankings are based on Players who've played 5 matches or more. These rankings are prepared solely by myself based on owned algorithms.
Vineet Raj Kapoor is one of the early entrants to the world of web. He left his high profile job as a Commercial Manager with Hutch in 1996 to start his own companies VirtualSoft Technologies & VirtualCity Informatics. Today his interests range from Animation, to New Media & Visual Communications - and supplemented with his high skills in creative writing he's already a leading expert in the field of e-branding!

Fitness in Bollywood and the NRI Connection



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Where do we see the latest fitness craze? Probably in Bollywood, the East Indian film industry based in Mumbai, India. In actual fact, long after we have grown numb listening to the latest Hollywood fitness fads, now Bollywood is constantly talking about the infamous "six-pack abs", having devoted the hype over recent films (Om Shanti Om) to this fact alone. What other fitness fads do we see in the Indian cinema arena? Actresses have taken up the famous "zero look" which is now a common feature of Hollywood actresses. This is the flat abs look that the Western world has grown weary of hearing about. For a long time, the infamous flat abs look has become symbolic of fitness. However, it is important to take a look at some of these extreme fitness crazes from a more serious standpoint. To sum up this very fact, we should take a look at a good quote from the Bollywood actor Shahid Kapur who was asked about getting into the "six-pack abs" look. He answered, "It is not a question of a six-pack. It is more a question of fitness and health and getting your body there. If I have to sport a lean look for a film, I will get my body there". Now doesn't this make sense? Any fitness trainer will tell you it's not how many hours you spend in the gym that is important. It is what you do while you are there and the other hours when you are not in the gym.
The world is getting polarized over the fitness mindset. There is the factual evidence of increased obesity the world over. Then there is the craze for super-fitness and thinness, thinking that these two symptoms are synonymous. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the work of an actor does demand extreme amounts of unrealistic fitness levels which are work related, it is not necessarily a sign of good health and health maintenance. Practicality rules when you are talking fitness and health. For example, vegetarianism is a big topic in the fitness arena incorporating differing mindsets. East Indian style of vegetarianism, which is actually lacto vegetarianism, does not include eggs. There is always the question of adequate protein intakes. In actual fact, a scientific analysis of this diet has indicated that the consumption of lentils in many forms actually makes the diet complete in protein. Lentils are consumed in large amounts, cooked in their original form with vegetables, or soaked and blended into cakes. However, it is true that a protein shake can compensate for any deficiencies in the eating patterns and that is what many Bollywood vegetarians resort to.
A fitness expert in nutrition can advise on adequate levels of nutrients in the diet, given the activity level of the individual. Getting your body where you want it to be and assigning it work to do is the job of a fitness trainer. Why would you guess on your prescription for medications? You would go to a trained physician or pharmacist for such advice. Similarly, it is disastrous to experiment with your fitness. It is the expert's job to determine your ideal attainable and maintainable fitness level. Don't take a guess and get into trouble with experimentation. Ask an experts advice. Most trainers give free consultations. Just ask and walk away if you feel you are not comfortable with the advice or with the trainer. Otherwise, there is no harm in trying out a session or two with a trainer and seeing what the possibilities are. Remember that you should always interact with your trainer. If you don't want to be pushed to the heights they want to push you, then let them know that you should take down your workout program a notch or two for now. This is the best in any relationship, of course, but more so when you are working actively with a fitness trainer. So go ahead and get started with a free assessment. What is holding you back? You have nothing to lose.
The Bollywood connections have put up another aspect which has loomed large recently in the minds of the Western world. What do Preity Zinta, Shahid Kapur and the Telugu actress Meena have in common? They have all acted as NRIs (Non-resident Indians) in East Indian films. The NRI connection seems to be the new box office draw. It looks like someone did some census arithmetic over the stats on NRI cinema-going numbers and came up with good dollar figures. This current generation of NRI is different than their father's generation. We want it all. A little bit of home and our feet firmly planted overseas. We speak our native languages with a bit of an accent although it is not apparent to us. It is apparent to any shopkeeper over in the homeland. Trust us on this one. Plus, we speak English with an overseas accent, which could be Canadian, American or European, depending on our home turf. This is where the filmmakers seem to overlook a dominant factor of NRI life. Our accents do differentiate us. I am waiting for Bollywood to do its casting call to include real NRI accents. I think that aspect of realism will have to wait.
Preity Zinta did a good job of her representation as an NRI in Kal Ho Na Ho. Her speech did not betray her character's long years in the US. Kabhi Alveda Na Kehna doesn't count because the characters grew up in India and were living in NYC for a short time, or so it seemed in the film. Plus there was a lot of natural style English in the movie which really made the characters believable as NRIs. Shahid Kapur , who looks a lot like John Ritter from Three's Company, has just finished working in a film which is due to be released soon. We will see if this film, Kismet Konnection, has the right NRI accent or not. Having just seen the promos to go on at this point, it doesn't look like the filmmakers paid any attention to this aspect. Our accents and manner of speaking betray us every time we go to our homeland that it is a big part of our lives. It is too big to be ignored. However, it would be the director's job to understand that and portray it. Would I really say " gaadi chalega"? Or in the Kismet Konnection trailer, I would probably say "am I the only one whose car doesn't start?" I haven't heard the word "gaadi" in a long, long time on this side of the pond. I think the word 'car' and other English expressions have really taken over. What were the filmmakers thinking on this? Perhaps scriptwriters could do more research on how NRI's talk, walk and behave. It really is a different world and we all get picked out when we go to India because of these very facets of our behavior.
To be believable, filmmakers must constantly think about their actors' accents. That is one of the basic aspects of a film's believability. Meena, who acted in Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu (1991), was clearly speaking English with a thick Indian accent in the film. This is highly unbelievable for an NRI. Her ability to speak Telugu however is not surprising as many who grow up abroad are taught the language by their mothers. If they learn it from birth, their ear will not create an accent when they speak their mother tongue. So the ability to speak the native languages without a huge non-Indian accent is believable. However, English has to be learned. I have seen interviews of the most recent crop of Bollywood actors and they all have real definite Indian accents in their English. Some of their language is also strange English to a foreign raised person. One glaring example of this is the use of the phrase "you must be knowing". English has a lot of grammar that remains unused by the majority of the English speaking population. I wish they would change the use of this expression to be "you must know".
While the newly found "extreme fitness" craze of "six-pack" abs and "zero" looks are not unexpected and healthy for the industry, it is time the East Indian film scene explored the proper English accents for their characters, especially if they are trying to portray the NRI population and make it seem believable to us. I am hoping we can look past these glaring deficiencies when Kismet Konnection opens July 18. One great thing these days is that we don't have to wait months for the DVD to come out so we can see it too. We can see it the same day (actually the next day because of the time difference). Thanks to increasing populations, new films are opening up in local theaters everywhere. They, however, do play at the weirdest of times, like Thursday afternoon at 12:30pm only. Maybe a few more years of NRI based films and we will be able to catch these films in theaters on Sunday afternoons, like other mainstream Hollywood films.
For the past 20 years Hema has worked with many individuals, including executives at large corporations, to reduce stress, improve general health and workplace productivity. A variety of personal interests and professional paths have led Hema to her current role as a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and nutrition and wellness specialist. Hema is listed in Who's Who in the World and is an author, lecturer and Can-Fit-Pro certified personal trainer who specializes in body-mind-spirit consulting and training women.

Is Liquidation The Only Solution?



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INTRODUCTION: CORPORATE INSOLVENCY
There has always been a difference of opinion as to who is to be taken care of the most, while a company gets insolvent: the creditors, the insolvent, the public, or the other stakeholders? This is the critical question. Certain theories are there to advance their answers as to which stake holder should be preferred to others. These theories include: The Creditors' Bargain Theory, Communitarian Theory and Multiple Values Approach. These theories differ in preferring to the interests of different types of stakeholders, but none of them insists on immediate liquidation of the insolvent companies, because, 'In most liquidations creditors are going to receive only a small percentage of what they are owed'.(1) So, what to do with the insolvents?
PICKING UP AN OPTION:
Liquidation:
In the event of insolvency, the liquidation has been the most common solution to the problem of insolvency of a company. Insolvency, nevertheless, is not the only reason for liquidation of a company. A company may be wound up for a number of reasons, even if it is not insolvent. However, winding up of an insolvent company may be carried out either voluntarily or compulsorily. Voluntary winding up is the one where the share-holders, believing that the company is unable to pay its debts, decide to wind up the same. On the other hand, compulsory winding up is executed under the orders of the court. These orders are passed on the request of the creditors, contributories, the Official Receiver, or the Department of Trade and Industry; or if the court itself is of the opinion that it is just and equitable to wind up the company. Upon winding up, the yield generated by the sale of assets of the company is distributed among the charge holders, in order of preference and according to the principle of pari passu (equal treatment of the creditors of the same class).
Though winding up is the fate of most insolvent companies, it is not every insolvency that leads to liquidation.(2) At one time winding up was the only real option available when a company was insolvent, but as companies became more critical to commercial life and legislation developed, provision has been made for forms of insolvency administration other than winding up .(3) An insolvent company, instead of going directly into liquidation, can choose any of the alternate options. These options include: receivership, administration and voluntary arrangements. These aim at avoiding, or at least minimizing the would-be losses inevitable in the event of liquidation. First preference of any of them is to save the company by having a chance of its rehabilitation. However, if the conditions are hopeless, then, as a last resort, they would go for winding up the company in the most suitable manner, with minimum possible losses.
Receivership:
A secured creditor of an insolvent company, usually a bank, may, instead of going for liquidation, appoint a Receiver to enforce the security. If the security or loan agreement, referred to as 'debenture', covers the entire or almost entire assets of the insolvent company, the receiver steps into the shoes of the directors and administers the affairs of the company, so as to realize its assets to pay off the amount due. In such a case, he or she is called an 'administrative receiver'. An administrative receiver tries to sell the company as a going concern, to get more value of the assets. Some researches shows that about 44% of companies in receivership are sold as going concerns.(4) Sometimes, his efforts to reach a more beneficial solution bear so much fruit, that a rescue becomes possible. Nevertheless there is evidence that receivers do continue to run businesses and on occasions incur a trading loss.(5) But, primarily, the role of a Receiver is to look after the interests of the secured creditor and ensure the satisfaction of the debts by the proceed of the assets that becomes available after their realization. Once appointed, he or she acts as the agent of the company, and has power to incur trading liabilities on its behalf, or to procure the breach of its contracts. The company's directors and other creditors have few rights to involvement in the decision-making process. Yet the administrative receiver's primary duties are owed to his appointing debenture-holder, rather than to the company, and this is the main disadvantage of receivership as a major corporate rescue procedure.(6) Furthermore, the appointment of an administrative receiver greatly restricts the operation of other, more collective insolvency procedures.(7) Then, the receivership is not a collective insolvency process, and is largely contractual, arising out of a charge/security given by a company to a creditor, usually a bank, often over the whole or substantially all of the company's assets.(8)
Administration:
An insolvent company, instead of going into liquidation, can also choose the option of administration by an external manager. The administration was primarily a procedure for the companies where no secure creditor held as much a charge as amounted to cover the whole or nearly the whole of the undertaking of the company. An external administrator was appointed by the court of the relevant jurisdiction on the satisfaction that a company is, or likely to be, unable to pay its debts. This, too, was an arrangement to dispose off the assets of a company and pay off the debts to the creditors, with the proceeds of the sale, through a neutral person. But, "the primary purpose of the administration now is to rescue the company."(9) While passing an order of administration, the court takes into account: the possibility of survival of the company or one or more of its components, probable voluntary arrangement between the creditors and the company, prospective compromise of the creditors on their claims, or at least, better prospects of realization of the assets prior to going for liquidation. Administration, now, is in essence, a temporary measure which either lays down the foundations for the rescue of the company or for its winding up on a more favourable basis.(10)
"It involves the appointment by the court of an administrator to manage the company for the benefit of creditors generally with a view to securing the survival of the company as a going concern, the approval of a voluntary arrangement under Part I of the Insolvency Act 1986, the sanctioning of a compromise under section 425 of the Companies Act 1985 or a more advantageous realization of the company's assets than would be effected on a winding up."(11)
Administration order brings about an automatic stay order: moratorium, dismissing any winding up petition, removing any administrative receiver and placing an administrator with the full authority and powers of the directors to manage the company, and take all appropriate decisions about its future. The moratorium provides the administrator with an opportunity to take and execute the decisions about the fate of the company, whether for its rescue or to make some other more beneficial arrangement for its winding up, without any pressure or harassment by the creditors. An administrator is usually an Insolvency Practitioner, officer of the court, or representative of the Department of Trade and Industry; and an administrator owed a duty to a company over which he was appointed to take reasonable care to obtain the best price that the circumstances as he reasonably perceived them to be permitted, including a duty to take reasonable care in choosing the time at which to sell the property.(12) Insolvency Act 1986 requires an administrator to act with the purpose of (i) rescuing the company as a going concern, or (ii) achieving a better result for the company's creditors as a whole than would be likely if the company were wound up, or (iii) realizing property in order to make a distribution to one or more secured or preferential creditors.(13)
Voluntary Arrangements:
In most jurisdictions insolvent companies can enter into a voluntary arrangement with the creditors. There are many different forms of agreement and these possess a bewildering variety of names: composition, compounding, compromise, arrangement, scheme of arrangement, voluntary arrangement, moratorium, workout _ in the case of an individual insolvent, an assignment (to trustees) for the benefit of his creditors.(14) However, these are categorized in two types: Formal Voluntary Arrangement, where an arrangement is made with the involvement of the court, under the cover of law _ in UK, a company can opt for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) _ and Informal Arrangement, where the debtor reaches an agreement with the creditors outside the court, without an appropriate shelter of law. In the event of any type of arrangement, if a company seems to be unable to run as a going concern, then a voluntary arrangement would usually require the creditors to compromise over the quantity of amount due as debt (though, at a rate, better than what would be expected in case of liquidation); and if it has a potential of rehabilitation, then it would normally require negotiation on time for repayment of the debt, for example, a break for a certain period of time, or payment in installments spread over a longer period. The purpose, again, is to save the company from liquidation, or at least, liquidation with minimum loss.
Informal arrangements could be more efficient, time saving and cost effective, if, however, they can work. To persuade the creditors to come to a new agreement may be a bit difficult, though in benefit of all the concerned. While it is not too difficult to make the creditor understand that ultimately get much more than is likely in case of winding up, it is nonetheless, not easy to maintain such a deal with a relatively larger number of creditors for a longer period of time.
Formal arrangements are provided in the law, hence more workable, under the auspices of the court after the company goes into administration, or even prior to that. CVA is a significant feature of UK insolvency regime. A company in administration can achieve the object of rescue by approval of CVA.(15) Before order of administration, the directors, and after that the administrator or receiver have to make a proposal for rehabilitation of the company or rescheduling the debts of the company etc. The proposal, after the approval of the court is to be put up before the creditors in a meeting. If 75% of the creditors agree _ in some jurisdictions the number may vary, like 66% in USA _ it becomes binding on everyone else. The whole idea of pushing through a CVA is to prevent the creditors putting the company into winding up.(16) CVA, once agreed, becomes binding on all who had notice of and were entitled to vote at the meeting.(17) Case law has described it as 'statutory binding,'(18) 'commercial agreement'(19) and a 'trust'(20) . This legal status makes a CVA more workable than an informal arrangement.
All the above options are available prior to going for liquidation of an insolvent company.
CORPORATE RESCUE:
There is increasing scope for business rescues through restructuring and reorganization where the enterprise is fundamentally sound and has good prospects of being restored to profitability. The so-called "rescue culture" has developed significantly in recent years.(21) 'The purpose of business rescue is not necessarily to prevent a company from being wound up or liquidated,' says University of Pretoria associate professor David Burdette. 'But even if the business cannot be restored to a solvent and profitable status, business rescue has shown that the return to creditors in the long run will be higher'.(22) It is very difficult to argue against the concept.(23) Certain measures can be adopted to attempt a rescue. In addition to negotiations with the creditors, company's rescue may require some other measures to be adopted. A change in management, sometimes along with other measures can help a company survive. Turnarounds are often accompanied by management changes, asset sales, and new finance or directors' guarantees. There is evidence that these changes significantly influence the bank's response and the likelihood of a successful outcome.(24) An insolvent company that wishes to raise working capital urgently can opt, after careful analysis, for issuance of shares at a discount, but it would require approval from its shareholders and the relevant regulatory body.(25)
Transnational Legal Scene:
Currently, companies facing difficulty in Hong Kong have little choice other than liquidation or receivership. An effective rescue procedure exists in other jurisdictions, such as the US (Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Act), UK and Australia (the process of "Administration"). In the case of Australia, the introduction of the corporate rescue regime has led to a marked decrease in the number of receiverships (from 380 cases in the year ended March 1997 to 240 the following year) and a rise in the number of "administrations" (from 421 in 1997 to 503 in 1998).(26)
Although, practically, in New Zealand liquidation is the primary ( and strictly speaking the only) collective legislative procedure for dealing with distribution and realization of assets of an insolvent company, yet aspects of statutory management procedure could be preserved in any rescue procedure, such as the moratorium and the powers of the manager.(27)
While there is no developed practice regarding informal corporate rescue processes in Pakistan, formal corporate rescue processes that are available to corporate debtors and creditors are almost similar to those of the UK. The Federal Government of Pakistan has also set up a Task Force for Revival of Sick Industrial Units. The issue in Pakistan is not the lack of an adequate and comprehensive legislative framework, but rather the lack of a speedy and efficient implementation process.(28)
South Africa is one of the most competitive countries in which to do business, it has an unhealthy number of liquidations. Though SA was one of the first countries to make provision for business rescue - through the judicial management provisions in the Companies Act - there hasn't been much success in implementing it.(29)
UK insolvency procedures are highly creditor oriented. Contractual rights are strictly enforced, and the courts have no power to intervene in the way the bank exercises its rights, say, to sell the business as a going concern, or sell the assets piece meal. However, where there is a possibility of a rescue being implemented, the courts will make a space, sometimes being most reluctant to help a judgment creditor to obtain execution.(30)Still there exists an elaborate rescue process outside formal procedures. About 75% of firms emerge from rescue and avoid formal insolvency procedures altogether (after 7.5 months, on average).(31)
Chapter 11 Regime:
It is commonly acknowledged that no other jurisdiction currently has a statutory procedure as effective as the US' chapter 11 in supporting business restructuring.(32) Rescue procedures are available to struggling companies immediately, at their instigation and timing, and at a far earlier stage in the process than would be the case in many other jurisdictions.(33) In many jurisdictions in Europe, including in the UK, France and Germany, insolvency proceedings are usually only capable of being implemented where the entity is, or is on the brink of insolvency. From management's perspective, the main driver in instigation insolvency proceedings in these jurisdictions is likely to be (at least in part )defensive - the directors will be motivated in starting proceedings by a desire to ensure that they are not personally (and in some case criminally) liable in respect of the company's indebtedness. In contrast, management in the US can plan for a chapter 11 restructuring, usually without the fear of personal liability and preferably at a point when rescue and rehabilitation of the company has good commercial prospects of succeeding .(34) It is no surprise to see the influence of chapter 11 on recent or prospective reforms to insolvency laws world wide as many jurisdictions move towards a more debtor-friendly approach.(35) The debtor friendly nature of Chapter11 suggests that less distressed firms (or even profitable ones) may enter Chapter 11 thereby increasing the incidence of going concerns compared with the UK sample.(36)
Complete harmonization of insolvency laws worldwide is not currently regarded as feasible.(37) However, most of the jurisdictions are aiming at the Chapter 11 model of insolvency regime.
CONCLUSION:
Liquidation of insolvent companies is comparatively an easier phenomenon. Court, liquidator or administrator has to assess the assets and liabilities of the company. Assets are sold out. Preferences of the creditors are determined. After making payments to the preferential and secured creditors, residual amount generated by materialization of assets is distributed among the unsecured creditor, and the company gets buried. An already dying company's affairs involve no risks, as such. No challenges are to be faced. No big decisions are to be made. Creditors, already prepared to face the consequence, get pacifies without causing much trouble to the persons involved in the process of administration. There are least uncertainties, actually, about the time to come. No liabilities of future results are there on the shoulders of the people responsible for the process, except for performing the immediate duties. An attempt to rescue the company is like one of treatment of a dying patient. If, despite putting all possible efforts, life could not be brought to him, the relatives would blame the doctor. Then, what is the need to get into such an exercise? Why not to let the leaving souls leave?
Needless to say, rescue is not always guaranteed under rescue processes, but there may be an opportunity for companies to revive the business, for jobs to be preserved, for debts to be satisfied, and in the event that liquidation is inevitable, for a better return to be provided for creditors.(38)
The resources used and the risks involved in an attempt to save a company from liquidation might be a matter of concern, yet even only small success rate would be desirable, as in the event of liquidation the percentage of recovered money does not reach the double digit, for most of the creditors.
From communitarian point of view, that attracts me the most, a single instance of successful rescue would be more beneficial to the society than tens of efficient liquidations.
REFERENCES
1- Keay, A (1998) "Preferences in Liquidation Law: A Time for a Change" Company Financial and Insolvency Law Review: Vol. 2 pp 216
2- Goode, R. M. (1997) Principles of corporate insolvency law 2nd ed London : Sweet & Maxwell p14
3- Keay, A. R. & Walton Keay, A. R. & Walton P. (2003) Insolvency Law: Corporate and Personal, Harlow: Pearson Longman pp 9
4- Franks, Julian and Sussman Oren (2000) "The Cycle of Corporate Distress, Rescue and Dissolution: A Study of Small and Medium Size UK Companies" http://facultyresearch.london.edu/docs/306.pdf>
5- Ibid
6- Ministry of Development , New Zealand (2004) "Current New Zealand Law in Context of Rescue" p3 7- Armour, John and Frisby, Sandra (2001) "Rethinking Receivership" Oxford Journal of Legal Studies: OJLS 2001.21(73)
8- Op. cit. Ministry of Development , New Zealand: p2
9- Op. cit. Keay, A. R. & Walton P. pp95
10- ibid
11- Op.cit.Goode pp 22-23
12- Re Charnley Davies Ltd (No 2) [1990] BCLC 760, [1990] BCC 605
13- Para 3(1)
14- Op. cit. Goode pp 20
15- Op. cit. Keay, A. R. & Walton P. pp 126
16- ibid pp 127
17- Section 5 of Insolvency Act 1986
18- RA Securities Ltd v Mercantile Credit Co Ltd ([1994] BCC 598)
19- Burford Midland Properties Let v Marley Extrusions Ltd ([1994] BCC 604)
20- Re Halson Packaging Ltd ([1997] BCC 993)
21- Op cit. Goode pp 15
22- Pile, Jacqui (2004) "Liquidation Industry: Overview" Financial Mail:
23- Milman, David, (2000) "Corporate Rescue: Principles and Pragmatism" Insolvency Lawyer Vol. Jan.
24- Op.cit. Franks et al.
25- Rizvi, Isa (2001) "Legal Issues: Pakistan"
26- Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries (1998) "Position Paper on Corporate Rescue"
27- Op. cit. Ministry of Development, New Zealand
28- Op. cit. Rizvi
29- Op. cit. Pile
30- Op. cit. Milman pp 12
31- Op. cit. Franks et al
32- Mallon, Christopher (2004) "Chapter 11: Relevant Beyond the US"
33- Op. cit. Mallon
34- Op. cit. Mallon
35- ibid
36- Op. cit. Franks et al
37- Op. cit. Mallon
38- Op. cit Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries
M Shahid Usman, Advocate
shahid.clc@gmail.com
m.shahid04@members.leeds.ac.uk
[http://www.clc.org.pk]
[http://www.flag.org.pk]
- LLM (2005) University of Leeds, UK
- LLB (2003) Punjab University, Lahore
- MA Urdu (1989) Punjab University, Lahore
- Visiting Lecturer, Centre for Actuarial Science, Institute of Statistics, University of the Punjab, Lahore
- Visiting Lecturer, Superior College of Law, Lahore.
- Partner of Commons Law Company, Nawa-e-Waqt Building, 4-Queens Road, Lahore
- Director Programs, FLAG _ The Foundation of Law And Governance _ A Trust for Research, Capacity Building and Advocacy

SEO - The Best Ways To Make Money Online With Your Internet Business



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Search engines are the best way to find your website and make more traffic to your website. There are also other tips and technique to capture your visitors which are Google analytics, link exchange, referring websites but the one and major thing to keep in mind that your website should be Optimize enough which maintain your visitors flow to your website. Here are few things I have discussed which are very important during optimization and making money online from your new online business point of view.
1- Optimize your content - unique or at least good content
First of all try to compare your target and goal of your business with the visitors who will read your website content. If you are making a off-set printing website then try to use history of its off-set printing process. Latest technologies used for this process. Current major issues for this process. Why this printing process is cost effective for your clients. What are your features offers for off-set printing. This will add value to your website for the visitor.
2- Optimizing Landing pages - Optimize your website for business opportunity
You should optimize your each landing pages of your business separately, so that your different hundreds of keywords and key phrase optimized and increase its numbers. SEO experts thoughts that your meta description and keywords tag does not add much values these days but they just add some value to the keywords and phrases. Try to optimize your whole website pages separately so that they can be found different landing pages in the search engines.
3- Internal Links of your website can be benefits for your online products
Search engineers agree on this point that you must add links to your website internally and externally. These are called inbound and outbound links. Try to anchor those texts which are in your keywords and key phrase. This will give the value to your keywords.
Use some good header and footer by linking some more important pages of your website. Use your main keywords in the anchor text.
4- Avoid a Common mistake
Do not use the words like " about us " , " click here" , " read more" as the anchor text. These words do not help your products for optimizing them at all.
5- Link Building
You need to focus much on your website optimization. Search engine optimization is not a single action to do all this activity. It requires considerable knowledge, practice, and time to increase and get top search engine position.
6- Importance of a Keyword
Keywords are the main role of this all plan. If your site has right keywords and significant keywords and key phrases then it is the key of success for your online business. Used mostly searchable keywords and keyword phrases in this Meta keywords tag. Use different no of relevant keywords.
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Younis And Misbah Should Be Separated By Umar Akmal And Shahid Afridi



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Pakistan has found a perfect balance to their team after the loss against New Zealand and eventually defeated Australia quite convincingly. They did strike the balance between aggression and stability by dropping Ahmad Shahzad and retaining Asad Shafique for the Australia game. Pakistan is the most versatile team in this tournament and the only thing they needed to do is to use their resources judiciously.
There is still one issue that the Pakistan team management needs to address. They needed to rethink the batting position of Yunis and Misbah. Yunis and Misbah coming to bat after each other would not work in most of the situations, especially while chasing the target. If both of them are at the wickets together, they will find it difficult to rotate the strike, and would give up their wickets as they have done in the game against New Zealand and Australia. The role of Yunis and Misbah would be stay at the wicket rather than up the ante. So there has to be one of them at the wicket with some aggressive bat, while the other one is waiting in the dressing room to take charge if there is further batting collapse.
Yunis Khan should be followed by Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal. While Yunis Khan play the game at his own pace scoring on easy balls, the batsmen like Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal can take a few risk. That would also mean that Pakistan have a proper batsman in Misbah-Ul-Haq down the order, and there is Abdul Razzak who can score briskly at the other end if needed.
The bottom-line is that Yunis and Misbah should be separated by Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal. Misbah can be quite handy down the order as he can bat according to the situation.
1. Kamran Akmal
2. Mohammad Hafeez
3. Asad Shafique
4. Yunis Khan
5. Shahid Afridi/Umar Akmal
6. Shahid Afridi/Umar Akmal
7. Misbah
8. Abdul Razzak
9. Umar Gul
10. Wahab Riaz/Shoib Akhtar given that he does not bowl short balls and full tosses
11. Rehman/Saeed Ajmal
Shoib Akhtar can be given a chance if he gives the assurance that he will not bowl full tosses and short stuff. Whenever he has bowled short and full tosses, he has been hit for a lot of runs. If Shoib Akhtar can bowl straight on the wickets and hit unplayable spots, he could provide Pakistan extra edge in Semi-Final and Final and help Pakistan in their mission to win the World Cup.

Jammu and Kashmir - The Country Without a Post Office



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Since the dawn of independence, Kashmir is the main cause of disagreement between India and Pakistan. The only difference today from what it was in 1947 is, that the state seems to be more divided and communalized. Regular attempts by both countries took place to resolve the dispute through various means: from bilateral talks, wars and state sponsored militancy but the crisis sustained as the major source of tension and dispute between them. Today the divide among the Hindu and Muslim communities has enormously widened up in the region, credit goes to the intensified promotion of religious politics by major political parties from both sides. When one side desires to justify the 'Two Nations theory' that emphasizes that Muslims and non-Muslims cannot live together, the other side promotes jingoistic nationalism and demands Muslims to be treated as second-class citizens. Religious sentiments are repetitively injected to both communities, as it is a well-known fact that religion is the only topic that can easily rouse the ordinary people to fight against each other. History confirms again and again the famous Karl Marx maxim "Religion is the opium of the masses". An elderly Muslim shopkeeper in Udarana, a mixed Hindu-Muslim village near the town of Bhaderwah, expresses this enormous divide "Now we hardly visit each other's homes or patronize each other's shops. ...We really don't have love in our hearts for each other." From the early nineties, Hindu-Muslim relations have rapidly been diminished in the state.
Jammu and Kashmir's first political party, the 'Muslim Conference' was founded in 1932 with Shaikh Abdullah as its President. While a student at Aligarh Muslim University, Shaikh Abdullah was influenced by liberal and progressive ideas. He became convinced that the feudal system existing in the land was to blame for the miseries of Kashmir, which was ruled in an oppressive and autocratic manner by a Hindu monarchy. 'Muslim Conference' changed its name to 'National Conference' in 1938 on the objective to create a broader platform and allow people from all communities to join the struggle against the monarchy of Maharaja Hari Singh. At the time of partition, when the Maharaja was hesitating over the choice of acceding either to India or to Pakistan, Shaikh Abdullah supported India. He was appointed Prime Minister of Kashmir on March 17, 1948. Until the monarchy existed, most Muslims in the region were landless laborers. Along with the Dalits, they were also treated as untouchables by the 'upper' caste Hindus. Under Shaikh Abdullah, radical land reforms were introduced in the state, through which sharecroppers, mainly Muslims and Dalits, got land previously owned by Rajput and Brahmin landlords. His effort made him a hugely popular mass leader. In 1953, the Indian government betrayed Shaikh Abdullah by sacking him from the Prime Minister's post. He was accused for conspiring against the State and jailed from 1953 to 1975. Meanwhile, the Indian Constitution, vide Article 370 had granted a special status to the state guaranteeing it autonomy except for defense, foreign affairs and communications. After his release, he had sworn in as the Chief Minister in 1977 with a massive mandate. For the next five years, until the death of Shaikh Abdullah in 1982, Jammu and Kashmir was politically calm and stable. The separatist movement in the Kashmir Valley restarted from April 1988. The movement gathered momentum through a close nexus between Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Pakistan, which reached its peak in the mid nineties. The present controversy on the Amarnath Shrine Board land transfer and the subsequent incidents must be read based on this history.
Amarnath Shrine Board land transfer fiasco
The Amarnath Caves are one of the most famous Hindu shrines located in the Himalayas at the altitude of 12,760 feet. The caves are about 88 miles away from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu is the winter capital). It is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations for the Hindus and attracts about 400,000 pilgrims (Yatri) every year. In the year 2000, the 'Shri Amarnath Shrine Board' was set up to take care of the pilgrims passage (Yatra) to the caves that was previously conducted jointly by tourism department of the state government and Dharamarth Trust. The Yatra and Yatris were largely assisted by the local people of the region, who are Muslims. Apart from the obvious gesture of religious harmony, the Amarnath Yatra is also economically important for the local people.
On 26 May 2008, the Congress-led coalition government of Jammu and Kashmir decided to transfer 100 acres of forestland to the 'Shri Amarnath Shrine Board' to set up temporary shelters and facilities for the pilgrims. The government decision snowballed into a huge public outcry in the Kashmir valley. During protests, six people were killed and 100 injured in police firing at Srinagar. The coalition partner PDP pulled out its support and the government was reduced to a minority. Keeping in mind the coming state election and under pressure from different quarters, the government revoked the order on 1 July. Immediately, violent counter protests sparked off in the Jammu region spearheaded by 'Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti', a conglomeration of several Hindu chauvinist groups but with a large mass support. Here also at least three people were killed by police firing. Questions are raised by the 'Samiti', which was formed around the Hindu sentiment, that if the decision to transfer the land was revoked after the protests in the Kashmir region, why not it is further restored after the more aggressive Jammu counter protests? On 7 July, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned after losing the trust vote in the state assembly and Governor's rule was imposed in the state.
In this political chaos, the role of the PDP (Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party) was the most to condemn. The decision to transfer the forestland to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board was a unanimous cabinet decision cleared by the state forest ministry and the deputy chief minister, both top notches from the PDP leadership. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti's remark that she came to know about the decision only from newspaper reports were a full-size lie. The fact is that the PDP leadership could not foresee the huge public protests following the order and when the situation turned worst did a volte-face to safeguard its political ambitions in the coming election. After the government revoked the land transform order, PDP started demanding a credit for it. This is a clear example of the politics of opportunism being played by political parties jeopardizing the life of the ordinary people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The aftermath
The present turmoil has clearly shattered the myth of Jammu and Kashmir as a single entity. The deep-rooted religious and social divide prevailing in the region is entirely exposed now as a 'Jammu versus Kashmir' dispute. In the Jammu region, the Muslims are a minority compared to Kashmir where the Muslims are the majority. Therefore, while protesters in Jammu enforced an economic blockade of the Kashmir Valley by stopping traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, on 11 August separatist leaders of the Kashmir region instigated a march to Muzaffarabad (the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir referred as PoK) bypassing Jammu. The intention was to explore new trading options by crossing the Line of Control, the temporary border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The march violated the imposed curfew, clashed with the security forces leading to ten more deaths including All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz. The polarization in the state became absolute and there is no space of suppleness visible from either side now.

Shahid Ali Khan - Pakistan Hockey Goalkeeper



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Shahid Ali khan ( Born: December 16, 1964 ) is a retired field hockey goalkeeper from Pakistan, who later became the Pakistan's goal keeping coach. Shahid Ali khan represented Pakistan for about twelve years from 1981 to 1993. From 1986 to 1989 he was dropped from the side because of his poor form. He made his comeback because of his absolute firmness of courage and was able to succeed Mansoor who was the number one custodian in the year 1990. His great match temperament helped him once again to become the goal keeper for the Pakistan Hockey team. His memorable performance of stopping a Dutch penalty stroke in 1982 world cup semifinals at his age of 17 that too in his second international match was commendable.
During Shahid Ali Khan's days because of the fast and true synthetic surf, attempts and attacks on the goal was more. Shahid Ali Khan (Weight 60kg, Height 5.7) played about 135 matches and he was considered as one of the best goalkeepers of field hockey. He was one of the players of Pakistan Hockey team that won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles California. He was also responsible for winning a bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain in the year 1982 when he was just 18 years old.
In earlier days Pakistan goal keeping was considered as the weakest, there was no technical perfection and their performance was purely based on their courage and bravery. Shahid Ali Khan was one of those technically perfect goal keepers like Mansoor Ahmed and Saleem Sherwani. Shahid Ali Khan became a prominent hockey goal keeper when Indian Junior hockey team visited Pakistan in Feb 1982. He has won many gold medals in various competitions. He has seven silver medals and three bronze medals to his credit and he was rated as the goal keeper of highest class. Some of his shows have helped Pakistan in winning vital matches in the International competitions. Recognizing his outstanding performance he was awarded the Presidents' pride of Performance medal in the year 1993.
The concept of a goalkeeper coach in field hockey has been the trend these days because it is more important to provide expert guidance to the goal keeper to improve technical performance. He has been the goal keeper coach for Pakistan because goal keepers play a very important role. He insisted the goal keeper to come forward and attack during penalty corners unlike the European method of staying back. He is a strong believer of home coaches than foreign coaches for the Pakistan hockey team. He felt that the foreign coaches will find it difficult in local conditions and communication will become a major problem.
Pakistan's goal keeper coach Shahid Ali Khan successfully turned Khairul Nizam the Pakistan goalkeeper who was not moving between the posts and changed him to a more flexible and reliable goalkeeper. When he was appointed as Malaysia hockey team's goalkeeper coach he improved Malaysia goalkeeper Kumar's performance. Kumar and Shahid Ali Khan had a wonderful understanding which is incomparable. Kumar's willingness to work hard and Shahid Ali Khan's dedication made the pair very successful.

Shahid Afridi, a Hero for Cricket Fans



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Shahid khan Afridi, a great hero of Pakistani cricket team, was born on 1st March in the year 1980 in Khyber Agency, the area of (FATA) Federally Administrated Tribal Areas. Shahid Afridi passed his childhood days in Karachi and played cricket for the street teams. This attacker of the ball, was brought forward by Imran Khan in a match against Kenya, at Nairobi on October 2nd 1996. He played the first world cup of his life in 1996. However, he made his test career debut two years later in the match against Australia in Karachi.
One of the greatest records, due to which Shahid Afridi is well known amongst cricket fans, is that he has the record of making fastest one day international century in just 37 balls. A reason why Shahid Afridi is famous, especially among Pakistanis is that he has hit the maximum number of sixes in one day international matches. Afridi's career, at the beginning, was cool and calm, but as he gained experienced, he was given many responsibilities, and he proved himself as a good leg spin bowler.
Afridi commonly known as boom boom, was given this name by India commentator Ravi Shastri, when he made the record of third fastest century against India. Shahid Afridi is a player for the format of limited players as he can not resist for too long. His debut in T20 cricket was against England in 2006. He was the key player in T20 world cup 2009, which was won by Pakistan. Shahid Afridi had been handed captaincy recently, after the resignation of Younis Khan, when Pakistan won the world cup of T20 under his captaincy. Shahid Afridi is currently the captain of Pakistan cricket team in 20 overs cricket, as well as 50 overs.
There is a number of questions related to Afridi's married life, but it is for sure that, Sahibzada Shahid Khan Afridi has married a girl name Nadia, and he has two daughters. His marriage year is a question mark for all his fans.
Shahid Afridi is trying to lead Pakistan cricket team towards success, and for this purpose, he is working hard day and night to finish the controversies Pakistan cricket team and board is facing. He is the hero, and ideal for many cricket fans. Shahid Khan Afridi has been made the captain of Pakistan cricket team, in the upcoming world cup 2011. The career of boom boom Afridi is at its end.

Shahid Kapur: A Destiny's Child or Not?



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"I guess, I am destiny's child. Tell you why. A friend of mine was going for an audition and I'd dropped in there. One of the assistants there insisted that I too should queue up. I did it just for a lark. Two days later, I learnt that I was shooting with Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Kajol for the Pepsi ad." Any guesses who could be this destiny's child? It's Shahid Kapoor also known as Sasha, especially the ones who think he's cute. From wooing the teenage girls in his chocolate boy romances like 'Ishq Vishq' and 'Vivah' to sweeping the critics off their feet in 'Kaminey', Shahid has undoubtedly come a long way. Speaking of his films, the highly lauded "Jab We Met" deserves a special mention. Experts believe that the blockbuster movie in which he starred with his then-girlfriend Kareena Kapoor proved to be the turning point in his career.
As a child, Shahid acted with Ayesha Takia in the Complan ad "I'm a Complan boy". His next notable ad was the Pepsi super starrer ad featuring Shahrukh, Rani and Kajol. Thereafter, he was seen in music videos and commercials. Does the song 'Aankhon Mein Tera hi Chehra' by 'Aryans' featuring Hrishita Bhatt and Shahid Kapur ring a bell?
His parents, mother Neelima Azeez and father Pankaj Kapoor, are actors. Well, Neelima is still remembered as Shehnaz from the 1980s Doordarshan serial Phir Wohi Talash where as Pankaj Kapur is a 3 times national award winner and is known for his roles in Office Office, Maqbool and Karamchand Jasoos.
Though his parents divorced when he was only three, Shahid maintains that the news of his parents' separation did not affect him much, owing to the love and affection he received from his maternal grandparents, "Thanks to the care and concern of my grandparents, I was never so affected by my parents separation. My mum and I lived with them in Delhi's Press Enclave (Saket). My nana Anwar Azim, was the editor of Sputnik brought out by Urdu Blitz", Shahid had said in an interview with Zeenews in 2008.
Industry insiders say that Shahid Kapoor loves to maintain a low-profile, has a boring life and is shy. It was an enamoured Kareena Kapoor who 'pursued' the shy Shahid! It's been also said that Shahid doesn't mind the numerous link-ups with his co-actresses and good-looking celebrities. He has been linked up with Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan and Sania Mirza.
Recently Shahid was in the news for flying an F16 in Bangalore on Feb 12 at the Aero India 2011 for his movie 'Mausam' which is being directed by his dad Pankaj Kapur. He flew in the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft as a copilot with Paul 'Bear' Wendell up to 6G speed, did a loop and also had a mock drill with F16. 'Mausam' where Shahid is playing a fighter pilot is touted to be one of the biggest romantic movies in 2011 and judging by the posters of the movie it appears that the movie is set in a different era. With "Jab We Met" considered as Shahid's best romantic performance till date, I wonder whether his role in Mausam can surpass his fondly remembered role as Aditya Kashyap.
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