Cutest Attraction of a Zoo


The four one-day-old cubs, with mom Sumba, have become the Belgrade Zoo’s biggest attraction.

Day-old white lion cubs lie next to their mother Sumba in their enclosure at Belgrade’s Zoo December 21, 2011. The four white lions cubs, an extremely rare subspecies of the African lion, have become the zoo’s greatest attraction. Another four white lion cubs were born in April earlier this year.

Italy’s iconic Vespa scooter


Italy’s iconic Vespa scooter, a rage with the Indian middle-class in its heyday, re-entered the country on Thursday after a 13-year hiatus as scooters come back in vogue.
Auto-making giant Piaggio has brought to India the LX125 — a high tech, gearless scooter — to take on competition from rivals such as Honda, TVS, Suzuki and Yamaha in the fast-growing market.
LX125 is powered by a 125cc, 4-stroke motor, producing a power output of 10.7 BHP and a torque output of 9.6 Nm.

Asia stocks fall as Europe debt woes flare anew


Asian stock markets fell on Thursday after a weak Spanish bond auction inflamed concerns about the European debt crisis and hopes faded for more help for the U.S. economy from the Federal Reserve.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1 percent to 9,717.93, after hitting its lowest intraday point since March 8 at 9,692.70.

The debt crisis in Europe flared anew Wednesday after a disappointing auction of government debt in Spain signaled investor confidence in the country’s finances is weakening. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 125 points, and the price of gold plunged to its lowest level since January.

That compounded worries that arose Tuesday, when minutes released from the March meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee gave no hint of a third round of bond purchases, dubbed quantitative easing III or QE3, to support the U.S. economy.

The Fed has already carried out two rounds of bond-buying, most recently in August 2010, to drive down long-term interest rates. Low bond yields generally encourage investors to shift money to buying stocks.

Analysts at Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong said in an email that “markets remained under pressure with a further digestion of the Fed’s minutes which shows no hints for QE3.”

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 1 percent at 13,074.75. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index finished down 1 percent at 1,398.96. The Nasdaq composite index lost 1.5 percent to 3,068.09.

Benchmark oil for May delivery was up 48 cents to $101.95 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $2.54 to finish at $101.47 a barrel in New York on Wednesday. It had not closed below $102 per barrel since Feb. 15.

In currency trading, the euro rose to $1.3152 from $1.3139 late Wednesday in New York. The dollar fell to 82.22 yen from 82.58 yen.

Toyota begins Etios exports


Automobile major Toyota, through its joint venture with the Kirloskar group, on Wednesday, began exporting Etios cars, manufactured at the Bangalore plant, to South Africa.

The first batch, of 247 Etios, were loaded on to m.v.Antares Leader, a roll-on-roll-off vessel, at the Ennore port in the presence of two Karnataka Ministers, R. Ashoka and Murugesh R. Nirani, and senior executives of the joint venture, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd (TKM), including its Vice-Chairman Vikram Kirloskar.

Addressing presspersons after the function, TKM Managing Director Hiroshi Nakagawa said the company was looking to export 20,000 Etios to South Africa annually. In a release, he said with the export of Etios “we have been successful in completing our vision of making Toyota Indian operations a strategic hub for both the domestic and global markets.”

Toyota SA Motors (PTY) Ltd Senior Vice-President (Sales and Marketing) Calvyn Hamman said that Etios was expected to help the South African company improve its market share, which it lost, with a presence in the growing small car segment. The demand for smaller vehicles was on the rise in South Africa, he said, adding that Etios would be promoted as an entry-level car for middle class households. The entry-level Etios would be priced at 116,000 Rands (about Rs.7.60 lakh), including the service plan.

The export model of Etios is built on the same platform as Etios and Etios Liva, manufactured and sold in India. However, it would be customised to suit the local requirements. The company will export only the petrol variants.

Mr. Hamman said the modification included tyres to withstand higher speed. While the average speed on highways in South Africa is 120 kmph, motorists tend to go up to 160 kmph. The size of the automobile market (all vehicles, including trucks) is 5.90 lakh and the share of Toyota SA Motors in it is 18.5 per cent.

TKM Deputy Managing Director (Marketing) Sandeep Singh said the company was doing well after the launch of Etios and was focussed on expanding in to semi-urban and rural markets.

Levi and Ojha architect MI’s 8-wicket win


Levi and Ojha architect MI’s eight-wicket victory over CSK in IPL-V opener


Pragyan Ojha, the former Deccan Chargers bowler, took two wickets in his first two overs to spin new side Mumbai Indians to a dominating 8-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in Game 1 of Indian Premier League V here at Chepauk on 4th April 2012.

IPL title holders Chennai were coasting at 69-2, thanks to a thriving partnership between Suresh Raina (36) and Dwayne Bravo (19), when Ojha was introduced in the 10th over – a move that turned the tide in the visitors’ favor.

Ouch: Mumbai Indians batsman Sachin Tendulkar misses a shot while CSK captain MS Dhoni  looks on. Tendulkar retired hurt on 16

Ojha (2-17), Kieron Pollard (2-15) and Lasith Malinga (2-16) kept chipping away with wickets as Chennai were shot out for 112.

Later, Mumbai’s other debutant Richard Levi, who recently scored the fastest Twenty20 international century, blasted 50 off 35 balls to set the ball rolling for the visitors in their pursuit of 113 runs.

Super start: Mumbai Indians players celebrate the early dismissal of Chennai opener Francois Du Plessis at MA Chidambaram Stadium yesterday

Levi added 69 for the first wicket with Sachin Tendulkar before being caught in the deep but by then the Mumbai Indians were in a commanding position.

Tendulkar (16 retd hurt), despite playing second fiddle to Levi also entertained the crowd as he smashed Albie Morkel over extra cover for a huge six. But he left the field after hurting his finger thanks to a rising delivery from Bollinger.

KP Strikes: Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Dinesh Karthik celebrate the dismissal of Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Albie Morkel

Rayudu consolidates
Ambati Rayudu (18) and James Franklin (25) remained unbeaten to ensure that victory was attained with 19 balls to spare after Sachin Tendulkar (16) left the field retired hurt, and Rohit Sharma (0) was snared without troubling the scorers. For Chennai, only Doug Bollinger (1-34) and Bravo (1-14) finished with a wicket apiece.

Classy trinidadian: Mumbai’s new ’keeper Dinesh Karthik  looks on as Dwayne Bravo hits one of his three boundaries during his 19-run knock

The newly-laid 22-yard strip which had some patches of grass on either side turned out to be a nightmare for the hosts’ batsmen after Harbhajan Singh won the toss and elected to bowl.

While MI bowlers put up a spirited performance, CSK batsmen helped their cause as three of them including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were run-out.

Pollard and Malinga triggered Chennai’s lower-order collapse when the former dug one short into Albie Morkel’s (3) ribs and his lofted shot went straight to Ojha at deep square-leg. Malinga removed Ravindra Jadeja (3) and Bollinger (3) quickly to end Chennai’s innings.

Brief scores
CSK 112 in 19.4 overs (Raina 36, Pollard 2-15, Malinga 2-16, Ojha 2-17). MI 115 for 2 in 16.5 overs (Levi 50, Franklin 25 no, Tendulkar 16 retd hurt)

Karan Johar hits back at Priyanka Chopra


After Priyanka Chopra’s friends hit back at star wives (read: Gauri Khan) in a section of the press, it is now Gauri’s pals to do so. Her buddy Karan Johar took to his micro-blogging site to vent out his anger.


He states, “Using their hired PR machinery and hiding behind so called ‘friends’ to get news into tabloids is nothing but spineless and lame!! Some people need to wake up and smell the KOFFEE!!! Get a reality check before it’s too late!!! Grow up!!! and don’t mess with goodness.”


NB: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who he is referring to. It’s obviously Priyanka.

Reportedly some star wives and a producer-director had launched a nasty campaign against PC. Wonder what Piggy Chop’s friends have to say to KJo now? Tee hee!

IPL 5 set for a gala opening


Chennai: A galaxy of stars, including Amitabh Bachchan and American pop star Katy Perry, will set the ball rolling for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a glittering opening ceremony that promises to enthral the audience here on Tuesday. High-octane Twenty20 cricket will get underway on April 4, promising excitement and entertainment for the audience in the next 54 days when nine teams featuring international stars and unheralded players will be competing.

Having proved its success in the past four editions with growing popularity, the Indian cricket board’s money-spinning event will formally be launched with the IPL Opening Nite. The dazzling show will be graced by Bachchan and other Bollywood stars, including Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan.

The gala ceremony at the YMCA College of Physical Education would also feature all the nine team captains taking the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge. Although very little information has been shared on the opening ceremony, whose tickets start from Rs. 1,500, the evening is expected to provide a sumptuous feast of dance and music for the fans with Perry set to perform for the first time in India during the show, which will also have India’s dancing sensation Prabhudeva.


The tournament proper will kick off on April 4 with the holders Chennai Super Kings taking on the last year Champions League Twenty20 winners Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match at the MA Chidambaram stadium. Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar will play for the first time before home fans after achieving the feat of 100 international centuries in the Asia Cup.


A total of 76 matches will be played at 12 venues across the country in the run-up to the finals on May 27 here. The league stage will comprise 72 ties with each team playing the other eight in a home-and-away format. The play-offs would be hosted by Bangalore and Chennai, the finalists from the previous edition.


The edition has been reduced to a nine-team affair after last-year entrants Kochi Tuskers Kerala were terminated by the BCCI in September last for a breach of terms of agreement. Expectedly, not many are daring to hazard a guess on the favourites to win the coveted trophy, though the MS Dhoni-led Chennai and Mumbai are in the forefront.

Star Group clinches Indian cricket’s broadcast rights

Star Group on Monday beat competition from Multi Screen Media (Sony) to bag six-year broadcast and digital rights of India’s international cricket matches at home and domestic events like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and the Irani Trophy.

Star, in collaboration with ESPNCricinfo, bagged the broadcast, internet and mobile rights in India for a period of six years starting from July 2012 till March 2018.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned company’s six-year contract is valued at Rs 3,851 crore and will cover 96 matches in all.

It would be coughing up Rs 40 crore per match on an average much higher than the Rs 32.5 crore per match that Nimbus was paying the BCCI before its contract was terminated last year due to default in payments.

Star and Multi Screen Media (Sony) were the only two companies to make the bids but a total of five had filed the tenders.

“The BCCI is very happy with the deal. Now the media rights have been fully evaluated and fully priced with Star coming out with a such a deal,” BCCI president N. Srinivasan told reporters while making the announcement.

The second highest bidder was Multi Screen Media (Sony), which bid Rs 3700 crore. “Following a transparent process of verifying the eligibility of each bidder, the winner was chosen,” Srinivasan said.

Star Group’s India CEO Uday Shankar promised that the company would provide good telecast of the matches.

“I thank the BCCI for giving Star the broadcast rights. In collaboration with our partnbers ESPN, we will do a commendable job,” he said.

“We have already got channels. But the option of launching a channel if number of matches demand that is always open,” he added.

ESPN-Star already have the rights of all ICC events and also the rights of domestic cricket in England and Australia.

The BCCI’s marketing committee had set the price for category A games at Rs 31.25 crore per match (approx USD 6.1 million) plus Rs 1 crore (approx USD 0.2 million), while category B games were set at Rs 34 crore (approx USD 6.67 million) plus Rs 1 crore.

The board failed in its attempt to sell the internet rights separately last year, as the initial base price of Rs 3 crore and the subsequently reduced price of Rs 2 crore found no takers.

The matter has subsequently been referred for arbitration, with the Bombay High Court ruling that Nimbus must deposit Rs 305 crore (approx USD 60 million) with the court as security for the amount the BCCI claims it is owed by the company.

Nimbus has also made a counter-claim of Rs 600 crore (approx USD 118 million) from the board.

Akshay Kumar, John Abraham in a brawl


Close on the heels of a much public spat between actors Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Shirish Kunder, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham almost came to blows on Friday at their film’s screening. Caught on camera by our photographer who was late in leaving the venue after the screening of their upcoming film Housefull 2 at a theatre in Mumbai, the actors got into a heated argument that soon escalated into what seemed like a physical fight. While most guests had left by then, the few eyewitnesses revealed that the altercation got to a point where the actors’ bodyguards had to intervene. The private screening of the film, meant for close friends, and family, apparently ignited a debate about who was behind the success of their last hit Desi Boyz (2011), which fared well at the box-office.

“Someone made a joke comparing the two, and what started as a harmless banter suddenly got serious. Back in the day there were some rumours of rivalry between the two even during their film Garam Masala (2005); so that could have made matters worse. Both of them are known to be hot headed anyway,” said a crew member of Housefull’s production team, requesting anonymity.
Ironically, the two have maintained a cordial relationship in the press as there have been regular reports about Akshay’s son, Aarav, being a big fan of John. The actors who got miffed at spotting our shutterbug clicking pictures, refused to respond to our messages. ‘Everything’s well. It was just a silly argument that’s sorted,” explained the film’s spokesperson later.

Bollywood’s on a short fuse
Of late, there have been several instances of Bollywood personalities getting into physical fights and subsequently hitting headlines for the wrong reasons. On January 29, actor Shah Rukh Khan allegedly slapped filmmaker Shirish Kunder (left) at a bash hosted by Sanjay Dutt to celebrate the success of Agneepath. On February 22, actor Saif Ali Khan got into an ugly brawl with NRI Iqbal Sharma and allegedly punched him, breaking the latter’s nose.

Joint aspiration

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
Joint aspiration

Joint aspiration

Synovial fluid analysis is a series of tests performed on synovial (joint) fluid to help diagnose and treat joint-related abnormalities. To obtain a synovial fluid sample, a needle is inserted into the knee between the joint space. When the needle is in place the synovial fluid is then withdrawn. The sample is sent to the lab for analysis.

Synovial fluid analysis

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

Synovial fluid analysis is a group of tests that examine your joint (synovial) fluid. The tests help diagnose and treat joint-related problems.

How the Test is Performed
A sample of synovial fluid is needed for this test. Synovial fluid is normally a thick, straw-colored liquid found in small amounts in joints, bursae (fluid-filled sacs in the joints), and tendon sheaths.

After the area is cleaned, the health care provider will insert a sterile needle through the skin and into the joint space. Once the needle is in the joint, fluid is drawn through it into a sterile syringe.

The fluid sample is sent to the laboratory. The laboratory technician will:

Check the sample’s color and clarity
Place it under a microscope, count the number of red and white blood cells, and then look for crystals (in the case of gout) or bacteria
Measure glucose, proteins, uric acid, and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH)
Culture the fluid to see if any bacteria grow
How to Prepare for the Test
Normally, no special preparation is needed. Tell your health care provider if you are taking blood thinners, because they can affect test results or your ability to take the test.

How the Test Will Feel
Sometimes, the health care provider will first inject numbing medicine into the skin with a small needle, which will sting. A larger needle will be used to draw out the joint fluid or synovial fluid.

This test may also cause some pain if the tip of the needle touches bone. The procedure usually lasts less than 1 to 2 minutes.

Why the Test is Performed
The test can help diagnose the cause of pain, redness, or swelling in joints.

Sometimes, removing the fluid can also help relieve joint pain.

This test may be used when your doctor suspects:

Bleeding in the joint after a joint injury
Gout and other types of arthritis
Infection in a joint
What Abnormal Results Mean
Abnormal joint fluid may look cloudy or abnormally thick.

Blood in the joint fluid may be a sign of injury inside the joint or a body-wide bleeding problem. An excess amount of normal synovial fluid can also be a sign of osteoarthritis.

Infection of the joint — unusual but more common with repeated aspirations
Bleeding into the joint space
Ice or cold packs may be applied to the joint for 24 to 36 hours after the test to reduce the swelling and joint pain. Depending on the exact problem, you can probably resume your normal activities after the procedure. Talk to your health care provider to determine what activity is most appropriate for you.

Alternative Names
Joint fluid analysis; Joint fluid aspiration

Orthopedic services

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

Orthopedics, or orthopedic services, is the medical specialty that involves the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of your body’s bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Any number of medical problems can affect the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Bone problems may include:

Bone deformities
Bone infections
Bone problems may include:
Bone tumors
Need for amputation
Nonunions and malunions
Spinal deformities
Joint problems may include:

Joint pain
Joint swelling
Ligament tears
Common orthopedic-related diagnoses based on body part:

Ankle and foot:

Foot and ankle deformities
Hammer toe
Heel pain
Heel spurs
Joint pain and arthritis
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Hand and wrist

Joint pain
Tendon or ligament injury
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Ganglion cyst
Rheumatoid arthritis

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
Impingement syndrome
Loose or foreign bodies
Rotator cuff tear
Rotator cuff tendinitis
Torn labrum
SLAP tears

Cartilage and meniscus injuries
Dislocation of the kneecap (patella)
Ligament sprains or tears (anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, medial collateral and lateral collateral ligament tears)
Loose or foreign bodies
Osgood-Schlatter disease

Dislocation or separation
Loose or foreign bodies
Tennis or golfers elbow (epicondylitis or tendinitis)
Elbow stiffness or contractures

Herniated (slipped) disc
Infection of the spine
Injury to the spine
Spinal stenosis
Spinal tumor
Spinal cord injuries

Imaging procedures can help diagnose or even treat many orthopedic conditions. Your doctor may order:

Arthrograms (joint x-ray)
Bone scans
Computed tomography (CT) scan
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
Sometimes, treatment involves injections of medicine into the painful area. This may involve:

Corticosteroid injections into joints, tendons and ligaments, and around the spine
Hyaluronic acid injection to help relieve arthritis pain
Surgical procedures used in the treatment of orthopedics include:

Arthroscopic surgeries
Bunionectomy and hammer toe repair
Cartilage repair or resurfacing procedures
Cartilage surgery to knee
Fracture care
Joint replacement (arthroplasty)
Ligament reconstructions
Repair of torn ligaments and tendons
Spine surgery, including diskectomy, foraminotomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion
Newer orthopedic services procedures include minimally invasive surgery techniques, advanced external fixation, and the use of bone graft substitutes and bone-fusing protein.


Orthopedic care often involves a team approach. Your team may include a doctor as well as a non-doctor specialist such as a physical therapist, as well as others.

Orthopedic surgeons receive 5 or more extra years of training in the care of disorders of the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors have 4 or more extra years of training in this type of care after they graduated from medical school. They are also referred to as physiatrists. They do not perform surgery although they can give joint injections.
Sports medicine physicians are doctors with experience in sports medicine who have a primary specialty in family practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, or physical medicine and rehabilitation. Most have 1-2 years of additional training in sports medicine through subspecialty programs in sports medicine. Sports medicine is a special branch of orthopedics designed to provide complete medical care to active people of all ages.
Other doctors that may be a part of the orthopedics team include:

Pain specialists
Primary care doctors
Non-doctor health professionals that may be a part of the orthopedics team include:

Athletic trainers
Physical therapists
Social workers
Vocational workers