'Satyamev Jayate' first episode marks 90 mn viewership

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan
Mumbai, May 16 — "Satyamev Jayate", the much-talked about TV show of Bollywood star Aamir Khan, in its launch episode was viewed by 90 million people and was the highest rated show with 4.1 television rating (TVR), according to Television Audience Measurement (TAM) data.
The first episode, which talked about female foeticide, reached out to 2.67 crore viewers, reported TAM. This, extrapolated to an all India (including urban and rural viewers) reach with Indian Readership Survey (IRS), means that over 90 million viewers tuned in to watch the episode.
"Satyamev Jayate" recorded a 4.1 TVR (TAM, All India that includes viewers over four years old) debuting ahead of "Kaun Banega Crorepati 5", which registered a 3.5 TVR in 2011. The data covered the entire Indian market, including cable and terrestrial homes, where only DD is beamed.
The first episode of "Satyamev Jayate" was aired May 6 in eight languages on nine channels, including seven STAR TV network channels, ETV Telugu and national broadcaster DD1.
The show has seen huge positive sentiment across viewers. It has generated much buzz on internet with "Satyamev Jayate" recording more popularity than its host Aamir on search engine Google India. It also trended on Twitter, occupying the top five slots out of 10.
The show airs every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Salman roars in 'Ek Tha Tiger', teaser gets roaring response

Salman Khan attends the launch of the Kallista Spa and Salon in Mumbai on April 20, 2012.

Mumbai, May 17 — Salman Khan jumps, punches and kicks like never before in "Ek Tha Tiger". The teaser of Kabir Khan's film has just been released and it has received a positive response from the film fraternity as well as the fans.
The teaser went online Thursday and it has also been released with the film "Ishaqzaade" Friday. Anurag Kashyap describes it as "intriguing", while Preity Zinta says Salman "rocks" in it.
The trailer suggests the Yash Raj Films (YRF) production is about intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan, and narrates the story of an agent named Tiger, essayed by Salman.
The trailer is purely action based, and hints at the core idea of the film. However, the romance bit of the film is not shown in the teaser as there is not a single footage of Salman with his co-star Katrina Kaif in it.
Nevertheless, it has hit the right chords with industry members, critics and trade analysts, who have lauded the teaser, which has Salman firing guns, jumping from quite a height, fighting ruthlessly and ultimately, walking with an intense look on his face.
Kashyap tweeted: "'Ek Tha Tiger' trailer is super awesome... very slick and very intriguing... super curious now... and envious... jaldi dikhao (show it quick) sir."
Preity wrote: "Saw the trailer of EK THA TIGER n Omg! Salman Rocksss!!!"
Filmmaker Goldie Behl was also all praise for the teaser, which jammed the YouTube view meter within three minutes of its launch and caused the YRF server to be in danger of crashing, according to Khan.
"'Ek Tha Tiger' teaser is awesome! Very rarely do we see commerce and art woven so seamlessly together kabirkhankk has rocked it," tweeted Behl.
Film critic Anupama Chopra, a Shah Rukh Khan loyalist is in awe of Salman after watching the trailer.
"Loved the trailer of 'Ek Tha Tiger'. Think I am finally ready to convert to the cult of Salman," Chopra said in her feedback, while film critic Taran Adarsh wrote: "'Ek Tha Tiger': It's the Baap of all promos. AWESOME. This one will shatter every record in sight. Await the new hurricane by."
Khan, who has earlier directed "Kabul Express" and "New York", is happy with the response.
"Thank you for the overwhelming response to 'Ek Tha Tiger' teaser," he tweeted.
The film, which will also see Katrina indulging in some daredevilry, is slated for an Eid release this year.

CBSE class X, XII results likely to be declared in coming week, ICSE class X results on May 19

The results of the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) Class X and XII examination conducted this year, are likely to be declared in the coming week. The exact date for the results has not yet been specified by the board.
The result of Indian School for Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Class X examination will be declared on May 19 at 3 pm, and Class XII results will be declared in the third week of this month.
Students can visit the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) website to view the results.
According to CBSE officials, students will receive SMS alerts on their respective mobile numbers registered with the board, when the results will be declared.
Students will be provided specific phone numbers on which they can either call or SMS and seek results after providing their roll numbers.
The results will be uploaded on the website of the board, and students will also be able to view their results on a separate link created for results at the website. Students will only have to provide their roll numbers and names on the link.
The phone numbers where students can call and ask for the result details have not yet been released by the board.
CBSE Regional Director RJ Khanderao said, “We have to identify service providers for the purpose of telephonic access to results. Soon we will release the numbers on our website. We will recommend students and parents to check the updates on the website on a daily basis.”

For CBSE Class X, the results will be declared in terms of grades and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) calculated out of 10 points. For CBSE Class XII, marks are calculated out of 100 per subject.
For ICSE Class X and XII exam, the total 100 marks per subject are divided in a way that 80% marks are based on evaluation of the final examination and 20% are based on internal assessment conducted in schools.

Aishwarya Rai's post-baby body forces India to confront its attitude to women

Aishwarya Rai is no stranger to Cannes. The Bollywood actor and former Miss World has attended the film festival 10 times, but her appearance on the red carpet next week is set to be her most talked about. The cause of a controversy raging in India lies not with her latest film – Rai is there to promote a  cosmetic brand rather than a new movie – but instead, bewilderingly, with recent photographs which suggest that, six months after giving birth to a baby girl, Rai has yet to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.

Many in India are asking whether the woman routinely referred to as the most beautiful in the world, and who occupies a place in Indian popular culture akin to Kate Middleton or Victoria Beckham, has an obligation to her fans to lose weight.
Born on 1 November 1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka, in the south of India, Rai was the second child of a merchant navy officer. Her modeling career began while she was still at school; at 18 she won the Ford supermodel contest, which led to her being cast in a television advertisement for Pepsi. In the 1993 commercial – which also featured future Bollywood heart throb Aamir Khan – Rai appeared for only three seconds but her pouting cameo brought her national fame. The following year she won Miss World. "That contest is seen as a bit of a joke in the west but Rai winning really mattered to India," said Rachel Dwyer, professor of Indian cinema at the University of London.
Rai then made the predictable move into acting, but with a surprising debut: Iruvar was a Tamil political thriller rather than a Bollywood blockbuster. She went on to star in more mainstream films such as Jeans, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and, most notably, Devdas, which brought her global attention. Unlike heroines from the 70s and 80s who were often healthily curvy, Rai's popularity rested on a body that was supermodel lean.

"Most of the films she has appeared in – with a few exceptions – have been critically trashed," said film critic Mayank Shekhar. "Her prime talent – if not her only one – is that the west perceives hers to be the most beautiful face to have come out of India."
"She is an icon because of her extreme beauty," said novelist Kishwar Desai, "and also because she has broken through to the international market and that means a lot to Indians."
Julia Roberts, in a quote endlessly recycled but never substantiated, is reported to have described Rai as the most beautiful woman in the world and it was the interest from the United States – where Rai was invited to appear on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Late Show with David Letterman – and from Britain – where she starred in Bride and Prejudice – that made her Bollywood's biggest star. In 2003 she was invited to join the Cannes jury alongside Steven Soderbergh and Meg Ryan. The decision, critics suggested, was motivated more by marketing than qualification – a suspicion not entirely laid to rest by Rai's comment on arriving at Cannes: "I am here to learn."
Shekhar said: "One has to make a distinction between her career as a public performer and as a film actress. Her career as a public performer is more successful than her film work."

This public role included not only acting but also brand endorsements, charitable work and a high-profile marriage. Rai is said to earn more than $16m annually for endorsing such brands as Longines, Lux and L'Oréal – for whom she is appearing in Cannes. Alongside the commercial endorsements, she also lends her fame to social causes. She has committed to donating her green eyes to blindness charity Eye-Bank after her death. Last month it was announced that a school named after her is being built for girls in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh.
She also stays in the headlines because of her eventful love life. Before her marriage she was in a relationship with actor Salman Khan, which ended acrimoniously with Rai releasing a press statement saying: "I have endured his alcoholism and misbehavior, and I have been at the receiving end of his abuses – verbal, physical and emotional, infidelity and indignity." Khan denied the allegations.
In 2007 she married another actor, Abhishek Bachchan, the son of Amitabh Bachchan, India's most loved film star. Human rights groups criticized Rai for promoting a Hindu tradition associated with the caste system by 'marrying' a tree ahead of the wedding – apparently to overcome astrological differences with her fiance. On the wedding day 300 policemen were stationed around their Mumbai home and one young woman, who claimed she was Bachchan Jr's former girlfriend, slit her wrists on the street outside and required 40 stitches. The wedding sealed Rai's admission into the Bachchan dynasty. "She had it all," said Desai. "Picture-perfect looks, winning Miss World and then marrying the most eligible bachelor in India by marrying into one of this country's most respected families: it is a fairytale life."
The criticism of Rai's post-pregnancy figure has been fierce . "Aishwarya is like a goddess," said Showbusiness columnist Shobhaa Dé. "She is held up as the ideal of beauty and so there is an expectation on her to look perfect at all times."
The image that sparked the storm in India showed Rai in the back of a car on her way to a party being thrown for the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, where Ban is believed to have asked her to be the global face of the UN's girl child campaign. The Indian media, though, was less interested in the job offer than the fact that Rai looked like a 38-year-old woman who had recently given birth.

One website posted a video, complete with elephant sound effects, entitled "Aishwarya Rai's shocking weight gain", which has been seen more than 500,000 times. "She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit," suggested one commenter. Another added: "She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery."
The criticism has started a debate about Bollywood's attitude towards women and motherhood. "There is a glorification of motherhood in India and Indian cinema," said cinema professor Shohini Ghosh. "But people are confused because they don't know whether to glorify Aishwarya in her new motherhood or lament that she is not looking like a runway model."
India has long grappled with the question of what beauty means, but in an age of global media Indians are familiar with western celebrities and how quickly some of them appear to regain their pre-baby bodies. "The role models being held up are Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham," said Dé. "But our body frames are different – we have wider hips and curves – so this whole business of looking desperately skinny two weeks after giving birth is a western import."
The career trajectory of female Bollywood actors has been downwards after they married and had children. From 50s star Nargis to Rai's mother-in-law Jaya Bhaduri, who largely retired after marrying Amitabh Bachchan, the assumption was that Indian audiences were not willing to accept as a screen heroine a woman known to be married and a mother. But there are signs of progress: this month two other women – Madhuri Dixit Nene and Karisma Kapoor – are making film comebacks after having children.
Rai's appearance at Cannes could be an important cultural moment. "It could be a turning point in making us stop and review the absurd expectations we have of our female celebrities," said Dé.
"The timing is right for us to start learning to accept women with a few more curves and appreciate that gorgeous women do age," said Desai. "But the question is would Aishwarya want to age gracefully in front of us and will we let her?"
Born: 1 November 1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka
Career to date: model, Bollywood actor, humanitarian
High point: winning Miss World 1994, winning FilmFare best actress award twice, besting David Letterman on his US TV chat show
Low point: after ending her relationship with fellow actor Salman Khan she told the Bombay Times: "There were times when Salman got physical with me, luckily without leaving marks. And I would go to work as if nothing had happened."
What she says: "I always knew I would be successful. So there was no element of surprise."
What they say, allegedly: "The most beautiful woman in the world" (Julia Roberts)

New mom diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria days after giving birth

An Upstate, S.C. mom is in critical, but stable condition after her husband said she was diagnosed with a flesh-eating bacteria days after giving birth to twins. Lana Kuykendall was discharged Thursday evening from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, and was admitted into Greenville Memorial Hospital about 13 hours after coming home to the Upstate, friends said.
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Friend Kayla Moon said Kuykendall was having a lot of pain and noticed a spot on her leg. Moon said that spot grew quickly.
"(Kuykendall) just kept getting worse in front of your eyes. She would just get worse and worse and worse. Every minute it was like she was going down," said Moon. "She was never really able to hold (her babies) and enjoy it."
Friends said no one is sure how Kuykendall contracted the bacteria.
Friend Krissy Davidson said Kuykendall came through her last surgery well, and for now, she said it seems the bacteria has stopped spreading.
"Right now, just very worried, very upset. Still in disbelief that here is my friend, who just had these two beautiful babies, and now she is intubated upstairs, and not able to enjoy the bonding experience, and enjoy the babies," said Davidson, outside of GHS. "We're just asking people to pray for her, and lift her up at this point."

Bihar TET results: Only 3.59% men, 1.57% women cracked the primary examination

PATNA: Merely 2.81 per cent candidates cleared Bihar Primary Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), the results of which were declared here on Monday. Pass percentage of women candidates is even more deplorable.
Only 1.57 per cent of candidates belonging to fair sex cleared the test that would make them eligible to get a job of teacher in the state government-run primary schools having classes from one to five. The pass percentage of men candidates is 3.59.

Results of upper primary TET (for schools running classes from 6 to 8) is little better. Around 17 per cent candidates cracked the test. Pass percentage of women and men candidates in this category was 14.49 per cent and 17.98 per cent respectively. However, state education minister P K Shahi, while releasing the results at the state secretariat here, said that the pass percentage of Bihar students in the TET was not "too bad."
"In the upper primary TET, the candidates have done better than the national average of pass percentage which used to be in between 5 to 12 per cent," the minister explained. However, he also added the quality of results depends on the merit of the appearing candidates.
Giving details of the results, the minister informed that a total of 21,62,929 candidates appeared in the TET for primary schools. Of them, only 60,730 candidates cleared the test. The successful candidates include 13,261 women.
In the upper primary category, a total of 5,17,408 candidates appeared for the test. Of them, 87,254 passed the examination. The successful candidates include 24,074 women, the minister informed while releasing a data-sheet comprising social category-wise break-up of passed candidates and their percentage.
Among the social categories, just 0.40 per cent of women belonging to scheduled castes (SC) could crack the test, while the pass percentage of scheduled tribes (ST) women candidates is 0.66 per cent. Shahi also informed that the results of Secondary Teachers Eligibility Test (STET) was almost ready and it would be announced in near future. He said a special examination for around 1.08 lakh STET applicants, who had boycotted the test at various centres in the past, would be conducted in June this year.
programme for the proposed June examination would be announced soon. A special examination for the 4,000 primary and upper primary TET examinees, whose OMR sheets were lost in transportation, would also be arranged in June.
To a question whether all successful candidates would be given jobs in government schools, the minister said, "The government would have to maintain a balance between the available vacancies and resources. We will recruit only such number of teachers for whom the government can easily arrange salaries on time."
He could not give specific number of teachers to be appointed among the successful candidates.
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Karnataka SSLC Results On May 17 - Check Websites | www.kseeb.kar.nic.in

Bangalore, May 16: As announced in Daijiworld last week, results of Karnataka SSLC examination conducted for the year 2011-12 will be announced on May 17, said state Primary and High School education minister Visweshwara Kageri.
Within three hours of press conference results will be available on official websites of higher education board.
The results will be available on the following websites www.kseeb.kar.nic.in  and http//results.karnatakaeducation.net/
On Friday results will be also available on notice boards of schools. It can be recalled that due to confusions in the question paper, Karnataka Education Board has granted six grace marks in Maths and one grace mark for Science to all the students.