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■ Film’s premiere in Toronto cancelled

Mausam to be on screen on Sept. 23

–– Ashton Kutcher Actor


Mumbai: Much-talked about film Mausam, which was scheduled for a Friday release, will now hit the screens across the globe September 23. The decision has been taken to avoid fragmented release, said Shahid Kapoor, who plays the lead role in the film. “We are here to announce the changed release date of our film from September 16 to September 23. The reason for this is that we had applied for two permisions — a NOC (no objection certificate) from the IAF (Indian Air Force) and certification from the censor board. We got U-certificate from the censor board, but IAF gave us a conditional certificate because they wanted a 30-second scene from a particular sequence to be corrected,” Shahid told reporters here Wednesday. “They wanted a tiny little

FAMED CLIMBER BONATTI, 81, DIES Rome: Italian Walter Bonatti, one of the world’s celebrated mountain climbers who for decades was embroiled in controversy over the first ascent of Pakistan’s K2, has died at age 81. He succumbed to an illness on Tuesday in Rome, according to his editor Baldini Castoldi Dalai. Bonatti pioneered routes for peaks in Europe, South American and the Himalayas.

MONEY DOES NOT MOTIVATE DiCAPRIO Los Angeles: Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has grossed more than $1 billion at the box office over a span of 18 years, but the actor says that money isn't what motivates him to pursue new projects. The 36year-old, who has given hits like Titanic, Blood Diamond, The Departed, Shutter Island and Inception said money didn’t matter to him until he entered his 30s and wanted to produce, GQ magazine reported.

detail changed. Because the scene required computer graphics, even a small change requires a lot of time. That is why it took us so many days to make the


Abhishek injured while shooting, gets 6 stitches ACTOR ABHISHEK Bachchan was injured near the eye while shooting a scene for his next film Bol Bachchan at City Place here on Wednesday. The actor received six stitches on the injury which will take a few days to heal. “Abhishek had an accident on a set in Jaipur. He has just flown back... 6 stitches near eye... Is well .. Will take some days to recover,” his father Amitabh Bachchan tweeted.Abhishek was shooting with a rickshaw and fell from it, according to sources. He also received mild injuries on a hand and leg. The 35year-old actor was taken to a private hospital from where he left for Mumbai in a plane. — PTI


Chris “The Dutchess” Walton shows off her fingernails, measuring 6.02 metres in length, at the New York Public Library on Wednesday. Walton, who has been growing her nails for 18 years, will enter the Guinness Book of World Records. — AFP

Actress Priyanka Chopra during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Tuesday night. — AFP



A LETTER penned during the revolt of 1857 by Nahar Singh, king of the then princely state of Ballabgarh, is set to go under the hammer soon. The handwritten letter to Lord Ellenborough, the governor-general of India from 1842-44, is to be sold at the Bonhams “Photography and Travel: India and Beyond” auction in London, on October 4 and is expected to fetch an estimated £1,000 to 1,500. “The letter, it seems was written as a ruse to deceive the British in the event of his capture... As he was fully committed to the cause of Indian Independence” says an official statement by the auction house. — PTI

SCIENTISTS HAVE discovered fossilised remains of a large predatory fish with a fearsome mouth which they believe prowled North American waterways some 375 million years ago. The lobe-finned fish, now called Laccognathus embryi, probably grew to about five to six feet long and had a wide head with small eyes and robust jaws lined with large piercing teeth. The beast was likely a bottom-dweller, waiting on the seafloor to lunge at prey passing by, the researchers said. “I wouldn’t want to be wading or swimming in waters where this animal lurked,” Edward Daeschler, of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, said. — PTI

McCARTNEY TO MARRY FIANCEE THIS WEEKEND BEATLES LEGEND Paul McCartney has reportedly planned to wed fiancée Nancy Shevell at his English farmhouse this weekend. The 69-year-old musician proposed to New York socialite Shevell, 51, in May 2011 after four years together, and they have been rumoured to be planning to exchange vows at McCartney’s Sussex, retreat this weekend, reported Us magazine. “It will be a small, intimate wedding. It’s going to be very elegant and classic,” a source said. The couple is also said to be organising a second party in the Big Apple following the farmhouse celebration. “They are having a big party in New York to celebrate later on,” the source added. The nuptials to Shevell will be McCartney’s third. His first wife Linda died in 1998 and his second marriage to Heather Mills ended in a bitter divorce in 2008. — PTI

STAR BOMBARDS PLANET WITH RADIATION A nearby star is bombarding its companion planet with a barrage of X-rays, hundred thousand times more intense than the earth receives from the sun, a Nasa discovery says. This radiation from star CoRoT-2a is stripping about five million tonnes of matter from the planet CoRoT-2b every second, suggests data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. CoRoT-2b has a mass about thrice that of Jupiter and 1,000 times that of earth. It orbits its parent star at a distance roughly 10 times more than that between the earth and the moon, the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics reports. “This planet is being absolutely fried by its star,” says study co-author Sebastian Schroeter. — IANS

correction. We got the NOC last (Tuesday) night,” added the actor. The screenings of the film at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival were also cancelled due to the censor delay, the organisers said. “We are extremely disappointed that the studio has informed us that the film will not have received the necessary regulatory approvals in India, forcing us to cancel all screenings of Mausam,” Cameron Bailey, co-director of the festival, said in a statement. Mausam, a romantic film, is Shahid’s father Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut and in the film Shahid plays a fighter pilot and is seen “flying” a fighter. The romantic saga will see Shahid falling in love with a Kashmiri girl, played by Sonam Kapoor. — IANS

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS? Models walk the ramp during Mercedes-Benz Spring 2012 Fashion Week in New York on Tuesday.

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Can a computer tell when it hurts? It can if you train it, US researchers said on Tuesday. A team at Stanford University in California used computer learning software to sort through data generated by brain scans and detect when people were in pain. “The question we were trying to answer was can we use neuroimaging to objectively detect whether a person is in a state of pain or not. The answer was yes,” Dr Sean Mackey of the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, whose study appears in the journal PLoS One. Currently, doctors rely on patients to tell them whether or not they are in pain. And that is still the gold standard for assessing pain, Mackey said. But some patients — the very young, the very old, dementia patients or those who are not conscious — cannot say if they are hurting, and that has led to a long search for some way to objectively measure pain. — Reuters


Model Jessica Stam (from left), actress Jennifer Garner with a fan and Marissa O’Donnell during Toronto International Film festival on Tuesday. — AP


X disease brings financial losses Weakness AASHIMA DOGRA LONDON

A condition of severe weakness called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), prevalent in the UK Asian community, affects atleast 2.6 per cent of the country’s population and incurs heavy financial burden on UK economy and patient families. New research showcased at the

British Science Festival has quantified these monetary losses to be over 102 million sterling, much more than the amount spent on treatment and research. Children suffering form CFS are severely affected, making them unfit for regular schooling and in need of full-time care. According to the study, their families experience a

monthly loss of around £247 in income and spend £206 more than usual. “In almost all the families we looked at [either of the parents] have had to reduce or give up work and at the same time they were increasing expenditure on their children buying beds, special diets, entertainment and other child care,” said Dr Esther Crawley of University of

Bristol, paediatrician and lead author of the study. Early detection and treatment is the best way to neutralise personal and economic problems brought on by CFS. “We found that on average families suffer for 3 years and then seek medical services only 18 months after quitting their jobs,” she said. Given the nature of the symptoms, diagnoses is

not easy; in the UK only 40 per cent of the GPs are confident about diagnosing it in its early stages. Scientists insists on better training for GPs to recognise CFS as a severe medical condition as they are the first entry point to specialised treatment. The data came form families of patients that are actively involved in treatthe ment.


Washington: A new study has found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, kicks off cancer-killing mechanism in human saliva. Researchers at the University of California, led by Marilene Wang, found that curcumin suppresses a cell signalling pathway that drives the growth of head and neck cancer. The inhibition of the cell signalling pathway also correlated with reduced expression of a number of pro- inflamma-

tory cytokines, or signalling molecules, in the saliva that promote cancer growth, said Dr Wang. “This study shows that curcumin can work in the mouths of patients with head and neck malignancies and reduce activities that promote cancer growth And it not only affected the cancer by inhibiting a critical cell signalling pathway, it also affected the saliva itself by reducing proinflammatory cytokines,” she said. — PTI

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