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Mehdi Hassan passes away in Karachi
ndia-born Ghazal legend Mehdi Hassan, the melodious voice behind evergreen hits like ‘Patta patta, boota boota’ and ‘Kab ke Bichhare’, died today following
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multiple organ failure at the age of 84. Hassan, who had millions of fans in India and Pakistan, had been admitted to the Agha Khan Hospital in the southern port city
of Karachi some days ago. He had been in a serious condition and was on ventilator. “My father passed away at 12:22 PM after a long battle against different ailments,” his
son Arif Hassan said. Hundreds of fans gathered at the hospital on learning of his death. Hassan was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna
village in India’s Rajasthan state in 1927. His family migrated to Pakistan at the time of Partition in 1947. Hassan cut back on his performances in the late 1980s due to illness.
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Increase duty on diesel cars up to Rs 2.5 lakh: Jaipal Reddy
If the government accepts oil minister S Jaipal Reddy’s proposal, the price of small diesel cars could soon rise by Rs 1.7 lakh while medium-to-large guzzlers could become costlier by Rs 2.55 lakh a piece.
f the government accepts oil minister S Jaipal Reddy’s proposal, the price of small diesel cars could soon rise by Rs 1.7 lakh while medium-to-large guzzlers could become costlier by Rs 2.55 lakh a
piece. The proposal to impose additional excise duty on diesel cars is bound to trigger protests from automakers, who have seen sales growing at the slowest pace in seven months in May.
Domestic car sales declined 24% in May compared to the year-ago period due to high fuel prices and interest rates. The proposal drew a thumbs down from analysts and private players, who described it as
an excuse to avoid fuel pricing reforms. “From the RBI to C Rangarajan, head of the PM’s Economic Advisory Council, everyone has recommended deregulation of fuel prices. If you can’t do that for political
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two-year-old girl miraculously survived after her father, who was carrying her, was hit by a train moving at over 80 km/hr. Though he died on the spot, the impact knocked the girl, Pooja, out his hands and flung her into the air. “She landed in the nearby bushes about five metres away. The child did receive injuries but will survive,’’ said Sanjay Bhatia, additional DCP (railways). The train driver of the Kalka Mail informed the station master of the next station, Badli, about the incident and railway workers subsequently discovered the child, said sources. The incident was reported late on Wednesday night from the Samaipur Badli area in outer Delhi when the fatherdaughter duo were trying to cross the tracks illegally at 9.09 pm. The driver had halted the train for over seven minutes after the incident. The deceased, a barber, has been identified as 25-year-old Rajesh Thakur, a native of Madhubani district in Bihar. Pooja has been admitted in Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital where she is undergoing treatment. “It seems that Thakur failed to spot the speeding train that was headed towards Karnal in Haryana from Delhi as another train had just crossed the tracks from the opposite side. Though both victims were rushed to Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital, Thakur was declared dead on arrival by the doctors,” said the railway officer. Thakur lived with his wife Rinku Devi and three daughters - Rani (5), Kusum (3) and Pooja. He ran a barber shop in Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and was the family’s sole breadwinner. The incident is being probed
by the railway police. A senior railway officer claimed that the number of accidents at railway tracks would come down in the Delhi railway division if people paid heed to basic safety measures
and desisted from crossing tracks illegally. From five accidents in 2010-11 in which eight people were killed, the number has come down to three accidents in 2011-12 in which seven people were killed.
The officer said safety awareness campaigns were being carried out to raise awareness. However, locals said there were inadequate overbridges in the area which forced them to cross tracks dangerously.
Indian economy to grow 6.9% in 2012-13: World Bank
he Indian economy will grow by 6.9% in this financial year (2012-13) notwithstanding problems like policy uncertainties, fiscal deficit and inflation, the World Bank projected today, while cautioning that developing nations will have to face tougher times. “India will see growth (measured at factor cost) increasing to 6.9, 7.2 and 7.4% in fiscal years 2012-13, 2013-14
and 2014-15, respectively,” the World Bank said in the report titled ‘Global Economic Prospects’ . Referring to developments in 2011, the multi-lateral lending agency said that growth in India was particularly weak due to monetary policy, stalled reforms and electricity shortages. These factors, along with fiscal and inflation concerns, cut into investment activity, it added.
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Dhoni votes for the first time in life
Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leaves after casting his vote during Hatia constituency byelection in Ranchi on Tuesday.
ractise what you preach. Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also the brand ambassador of the Election Commission, has proved that he actually does it. In fact for the first time in his
life, the cricketer cast ballot in an assembly election on Tuesday. Mahi, who has been appealing people to participate in the festival of democracy, reached booth no 269 on the premises of Jawahar Vidya Mandir around 12.30pm
on Tuesday with his parents and brother-in-law to cast vote in the Hatia assembly byelection. Sporting a cap and a t-shirt, Dhoni reached the booth amid tight security because of the presence of a large number of fans outside
the school premises since early morning. There were at least 200 people apart from men in uniform when Dhoni reached the booth in his SUV. Ritika VJ, A class X student who has come here from Jaipur
for summer vacation, kept waiting for almost five hours. “I have come here for summer vacation at my grandparent’s house. When I came to know that Dhoni will vote at the booth I came here to have his glimpse,” said Ritika who also got an opportunity to shake hand with Ranchi Rambo. BCom student Saurav, who was also waiting since early morning, managed to reach close to Dhoni because of grate crash. “The crowd was not ready to listen to security men on duty as the main gate of the school. The moment Dhoni came out of his four-wheeler, we rushed towards him and I also got an opportunity to shake hand with him,” said an overwhelmed Saurav. He kept staring at Dhoni for a few minutes while shaking hands with the youth icon. Sources close to Dhoni’s family said this was the first occasion (since he attained 18 years) when he was in the city and cast his vote with his parents. “He wanted to send a message to the masses that no one should take elections lightly and make it sure that they cast vote to elect a correct representative,” said a family friend. To the dismay of the fans, Dhoni did not say any thing to them he just shook hand and waved towards the crowd before leaving for his house in the SUV.
Khaps meet to decide action against Aamir Khan
hap panchayats of Haryana, which have already warned Bollywood actor Aamir Khan against portraying them in ‘poor light’ and demanded his show Satyamev Jayte be taken off air, have now summoned a meeting of all village khaps of the state. The Sarv Khap Panchayat has been called to decide the course of action to be taken against the film star and respond to his attempts of maligning the Khaps and intruding into the social structure of villages in Haryana, said Randhir Singh, Head of Meham Chaubisi Panchayat, on whose
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invitation the meeting has been called Singh, who had also taken part in Aamir’s Satyamev Jayte, said that the Amir Khan’s show has sent a wrong message. “I got a call from a villager informing me that his three-year-old granddaughter told him that she too would marry by eloping,” said Singh. “What kind of changes the film star wants to bring in our society, his act would destroy the entire social structure of out villages that were living in brotherhood for decades.” There are around 110 khaps in Haryana, of which 72 are active.
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Rajasthan plays lifesaver with free drugs
ifty-three-year-old Ram Prasad of Bindaiyka village had to wait for a long time in a queue to get his medicines at Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital on Monday. But it was worth the wait as he got his insulin shot along with other medicines for free, thanks to Rajasthan government’s free drug distribution scheme. “I used to purchase insulin injections for Rs 165 but here it is free,” Prasad said. It has been eight months since Rajasthan government doctors stopped prescribing branded medicines on the government’s directions. They now prescribe only generic medicines. This has broken the established link between doctors and drug companies. But the government is facing challenges as well as patients do not get all the prescribed medicines at the free drug distribution centres (DDC). In the past eight months, the government has developed its own infrastructure to distribute generic medicines free. It constituted Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation (RMSC), headed by an IAS officer, for the project. Now, generic medicines are available at 14,964 DDCs at all government hospitals, community health centres, primary health centres and sub-centres in the state. RMSC has procured generic medicines worth Rs 230 crore in past eight months. Its managing director Dr Samit Sharma said, “We invite tender to procure medicines from drug companies. The difference between the costs of generic medicines we procure and cost of branded medicines can be gauged from an example. A particular brand of medicine used for diabetes costs Rs 117 but we purchase 10 tablets of generic medicines for diabetes at Rs 1.97. The government launched the scheme because we do not want a patient to die because of high cost of medicines. So, we are providing generic medicines free of cost.” Dr Sharma added that as a result of the scheme, patients at government hospitals has increased by 56%. “There are challenges, too, as I also faced threat from drug mafia. But we are trying to make the scheme more beneficial for the people,” Sharma said.
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Pharmacists have started demanding permanent jobs at drug distribution centres. According to them, even nurses in rural DDCs distribute medicines under the scheme. They have taken the matter to the court claiming only certified pharmacists must be used for dispensing medicines. Pharmacist Lokesh Kumar Gautam moved the Rajasthan high court demanding a stay on distribution of medicines by nurses under the chief minister’s scheme. “Nurses cannot distribute medicines. Under the Pharmacy Act, only pharmacists can distribute medicines,” he said. “We, therefore, demand that the government appoint 28,000 pharmacists to run the free medicine scheme,” he said. Also, not every patient is happy with the scheme. For Manju Devi (26), who came from Sri Madhopur around 80 km from Jaipur, the free medicine scheme has proved useless. She said she stood in DDC queues for medicines for nerve disorders but none was available. “The last time, I got only one medicine out of three prescribed by the doctor. This scheme is useless for me,” she said. The health department said that not all medicines are available at DDCs; only essential drugs are distributed free. A survey by law students of 11 universities to gauge the effectiveness of free medicine scheme found 62% of patients get 100% medicines prescribed by the doctors under the scheme. Besides, the state government has also taken stringent action against those doctors who were not prescribing generic medicines at government hospitals. In March, a
doctor was suspended in Bikaner for allegedly prescribing branded medicine to patients and also forcing them to purchase medicines from
drug shops outside the hospital. The state government has allocated Rs 300 crore for the scheme for 2012-13.
S President Barack Obama on Monday nominated India-born legal luminary Srikanth Srinivasan to the Federal Court of Appeals, the highest ever judicial appointment of an Indian-American in the U.S and a powerful reminder of the extraordinary strides the community has made while deeply integrating into American society. The nomination, which will have to be confirmed by the US Senate, puts an Indian-American in one of the most powerful positions in the American judicial system since the US Court of Appeals sets legal precedent in regions that cover millions of people. There are 13 Court of Appeals across the U.S. with 179 judges, and the Washington DC Appeals Court to which Srinivasan has been nominated is considered particularly influential, with Obama himself calling it ‘’the nation’s second highest court.’’ Because the US Supreme Court hears less than 100 of the more than 10,000 cases filed with it annually, Courts of Appeals serve as the final arbiter on most federal cases. If confirmed by the Senate, the judgeship is a lifetime tenure. Srinivasan’s nomination, along with that of New York Counsel Caitlin Halligan, both announced
by the White House on Monday, is not without controversy. Some Obama supporters are said to have opposed his name because of his work in the U.S. Solicitor General’s office during the Bush administration, and the Senate blocked Halligan’s nomination last year. But President Obama, who himself has a legal background, pushed ahead with the nomination, firmly backing the two appointments. “Caitlin Halligan and Sri Srinivasan are dedicated public servants who will bring their tremendous experience, intellect, and integrity to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,” Obama said in a statement. “This important court is often called the Nation’s second-highest court, and it stands more than a quarter vacant. Mr. Srinivasan will be a trailblazer and, like Ms. Halligan, will serve the court with distinction and excellence.” The appointment electrified the Indian-American community which has high visibility in the US. “We are tugging on the arc of history and bending it towards justice... gaining political popularity, strength and sophistication,” exulted Toby Chaudhuri, a Democratic strategist who has worked with the Clinton, Gore, and Obama
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campaigns. “This president has appointed a record-number who have shattered barriers across the country.” Other judges of Indian-origin serving currently include Judge Amul Thapar at the US district court of the Eastern District of Kentucky (Appointed Dec. 2007) and Jay Gandhi at central district of California (Appointed April 2010). “Sri” Srinivasan, as he is popularly
known, was born in Chandigarh and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, before receiving a BA, and later a JD and MBA from Stanford University. He clerked with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and litigated with distinction before the US Supreme Court and the US courts of Appeals, both on behalf of the United States and in private practice, before President Obama appointed him U.S Principal Deputy Solicitor General (to
replace another Indian-American Neal Katyal), a position he has held since August 2011. Srinivasan has also taught at Harvard Law School. His sister, Srinija Srinivasan, is one of Yahoo originals, employee number 5 of the company before she left the storied Silicon Valley start-up in 2010 after 15 years there. Obama also appointed her as a member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars in 2010.
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Cyclonic winds speed up monsoon
With the development of cyclonic circulation over east central Arabian Sea on Tuesday, the southwest monsoon finally showed promise of progressing further into the country.
ith the development of cyclonic circulation over east central Arabian Sea on Tuesday, the southwest monsoon finally showed promise of progressing further into the country. In the next three days, the system which had so far stalled over coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu shortly after its onset on June 5 will
become stronger over the west coast and Konkan. “Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation, the southwest winds have become much stronger. In the next three days, the system should hopefully cover Konkan, Kerala and coastal Karnataka, some parts of Madhya Maharashtra, interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu,
Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh. It will continue to remain behind its normal date of arrival over these regions but if one were to consider the deviation of seven days, the system is still within its normal range,” said M Mohapatra, scientist E, IMD. Monsoon is also expected to hit Mumbai by June 15, five days be-
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Climate change will boost number of West’s wildfires
limate change will make wildfires in the West, like those now raging in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, more frequent over the next 30 years, researchers reported on Tuesday. More broadly, almost all of North America and most of Europe will see an increase in wildfires by the year 2100, the scientists wrote in the journal Ecosphere, a publication of the Ecological Society of America. The US Southwest - Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - is the fastest-warming region of the United States, and this warming trend will worsen droughts, alter
growing seasons and increase wildfire risk, the non-profit research organization Climate Central reported. On Tuesday, 20 large wildfires were burning in eight Western states, from Idaho and Wyoming to California and Arizona, according to the US Forest Service. A map of active fires is online at activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/ . Using satellite-based fire records and 16 different climatechange models, an international team of researchers found that while wildfires will increase in many temperate zones due to rising temperatures, fire risk may actually decrease around the
equator, especially in tropical rainforests, because of increased rainfall. “In the long run, we found what most fear - increasing fire activity across large areas of the planet,” said lead author Max Moritz of the University of California-Berkeley. “But the speed and extent to which some of these changes may happen is surprising. These abrupt changes in fire patterns not only affects people’s livelihoods, but also they add stress to native plants and animals that are already struggling to adapt to habitat loss,” Moritz said in a statement. Co-author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University said
this study gives a unique global perspective on recent fire patterns and their relationship to climate. Climate scientists, including those affiliated with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have projected that more frequent wildfires would be likely in a warming world. Other effects of global warming include more severe storms, floods and droughts, these scientists have said. Controlled fires In a separate study, researchers approved of the intentional setting of controlled fires, a wildfire-fighting technique that has sometimes raised questions about its impact on wildlife. Writing in the June issue of the journal BioScience, researchers at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley reviewed two decades of research on the ecological impact of cutting forest wildfire risk,
especially in the southern Sierra Mountains, where precipitation was at half of normal levels. The idea behind so-called controlled burns is to reduce the amount of fuel that would feed a wildfire. The new study found that these fuel-reducing fires do not cause substantial harm. “The few effects we did see were usually transient,” Berkeley’s Scott Stephens said in a statement. “Based upon what we’ve found, forest managers can increase the scale and pace of necessary fuels treatments without worrying about unintended ecological consequences.” A warming climate makes the carbon dioxide stored in forest soils decompose faster, sending more climate-warming carbon into the atmosphere, researchers at the University of California-Irvine and elsewhere reported Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Illness no one talks about
This could get your tongue all knotted up. Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) is a disease that afflicts one in 25,000 people worldwide. But what exactly is MPS, It is a rare genetic disorder caused by the lack of some enzymes which results in gene mutations. It is common in India, too, though there are no figures to corroborate how many suffer from it. In fact, so little is known of this disease that when both of Manjeet Singh’s sons were diagnosed with MPS in 1995, they were as shocked as befuddled. While elder son Prince was five, younger son Raja was three. “Initially, I became numb. I started going mindlessly from hospital to hospital and gurdwara to gurdwara for succor till doctors told me it
was a genetic illness which came under the umbrella of Lysosomal Storage Disorders,” says Singh. MPS patients don’t produce enough enzymes that break down complex sugar chains. This results in sugar molecules accumulating in cells and tissues, causing damage to organs such as the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and the central nervous system. This progressively gets worse as more cells get damaged. Physically and mentally, such patients stand out, with symptoms like flat nasal bridge, thick lips, enlarged mouth, cloudy corneas, short stature, stiff joints and speech impairment. Initially, it isn’t easy to gauge if a child has been struck by MPS. Singh says his children
were normal till 3-4 years and even went to school but couldn’t cope. “Slowly, both boys became skeletal. Their fingers started bending inwards, their gait became awkward and their belly protruded. While they understand certain things, know relatives and play on the laptop, their behaviour is childish and they prefer to watch cartoons.” And, he has to rush them to the hospital many times a year. For Ritu Bhasin, her five-yearold son Raghav’s MPS is a reminder of her brother who had a similar condition. “It never struck me that my child could get the same disorder. It was only when he was two months old that we noticed his big forehead and consulted doctors.” Raghav has two sisters and like any normal child fights with them. But Bhasin says there are
behavioral problems such as stubbornness, rudeness and violence. He goes to a special school where he has learned to recognise colours, write numbers and alphabets, says a relieved Bhasin. What is the solution? Prenatal diagnosis is one, says Dr Ratna Puri, consultant, Center of Medical Genetics, Gangaram Hospital, as with each pregnancy there is a 25% greater chance of the child getting MPS. A new but expensive treatment is enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) every week, says Dr Sujatha Jagadeesh, consultant geneticist at FCRF Hospital, Chennai. “Intravenous infusion of enzymes reduces the enlargement of the liver and decreases respiratory problems. But ERT should be started early before the baby develops symptoms in the
brain.” Another solution is bone marrow transplant, but again, this should be done before two years, says Jagadeesh. Funding is a major problem in this illness. Singh, who is the coordinator of LSDSS, says ERT costs Rs 80 lakh to one crore annually and is a lifelong treatment. ERT for Type II MPS is manufactured only by a US company. “We have been asking the government to start a corpus fund in this regard,” Singh says. To create more awareness, LSDSS will organize a programme for doctors and children on May 15 in Delhi. And yes, Singh does worry about the future — of his Prince and Raja. The uncertainty will always gnaw at him. But Bhasin assures, “With time and patience, things work out.”
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indiantimes the particle and its linked energy field, thought to have given mass to matter and shape to the universe 13.7 billion years ago. Researchers on the collider’s separate ATLAS and CMS detectors have been “blinded” - or cut off from findings from the rival team and even from different groups inside their own. CERN spokesman James Gillies said the centre would want to make any important announcement, once there was something to say, in Geneva. “As for what ATLAS and CMS may or may not have in the 2012 data, that’s only known to a few people in each experiment right now,” he added. “Blinding” is used in science to ensure that different groups working on identical experiments but with different if similar equipment do not influence the outcome of each other’s research. If they then come to the same conclusion, they can safely be seen to have independently validated each other’s results, clearing the way to actually claiming a discovery. In December 2011, after some 16 months of collisions at lower energy levels tha n this year, both teams joined at CERN to say they had separately seen “tantalising glimpses” of the Higgs but needed more time to be sure if it was really there. Data still coming in after last weekend’s analysis cut-off will be processed later in the summer. Physicists say that more than half of the collisions produce nothing of scientific value and the record of their tracks are automatically dumped.
hysicists investigating the make-up of the universe are closing in on the Higgs boson, an elusive particle thought to have been key to turning debris from the Big Bang into stars, planets and finally life, scientists said on Tuesday. Researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) are using their Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s biggest particle accelerator, to try to prove that the mystery particle really exists. Poring over huge volumes of data, CERN physicists are confident they are now closer to achieving that aim, outside scientists with links to two key research teams at the Switzerland-based facility said. “They are getting quite fired up,” one scientist outside CERN but with links to the experiment who declined to be named told Reuters. Strong signs of the Higgs were being seen in the same energy range where it was tentatively spotted last year, the scientists added, even though the particle is so short-lived that it can only be detected by the traces it leaves. The quest for the obscure but scientifically crucial Higgs boson is being conducted by harnessing the LHC’s high energy accelerator, which is located on the edge of Geneva, to replicate the Big
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Bang, the process scientists believe brought the known universe into being. The Higgs is named after Briton Peter Higgs who in 1964 first came up with a detailed idea of what it might be and is the last major missing piece in the so-called Standard Model of how the universe works at the elementary particle level. Its formal discovery, once it is endorsed by the world scientific community, would almost certainly ensure a Nobel prize for Higgs, now 83 and retired, and perhaps for at least one other European physicist and one American. SPECULATION The scientists spoke of their CERN colleagues’ progress after research chiefs at the Swiss facility decreed a cut-off last weekend in the processing of all data related to the search for the particle ahead of a major physics conference, ICHEP, in Melbourne in mid-July. There has been widespread speculation that a major announcement on the Higgs, based on careful analysis of the most interesting of over 300 trillion proton collisions in the LHC so far this year, may be made at that gathering. But there was no confirmation from CERN itself that it was close to formally announcing it had discovered
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Big Bang particle discovery closer, CERN scientists say
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Film Festival Press Conference By Pummi McLane
he Consul General of India, Dr S.K.Behera was impolitely and disrespectfully treated at the recent Indian Film Festival press Conference which was held at the famous boutique Hotel, Cullen, Commercial Road, and Prahran on the morning of Monday the 11th of June 2012. Bollywood personalities Kunal Kohli, Vicki Bahri, Sabhyasaachi, Jugal Hansraj Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapur were in attendance for the press conference for western and Indian Media. Unfortunately, mismanagement by the organisers failed to observe the universal golden rule of good manners. This was most visibly evident in the poor, shabby treatment of His Excellency, failing to remember that when promoting joint ventures between countries and cultures, it is even more important and significant to treat all respectfully and equally. Even a simple request like a publicity photograph for Dr Behera’s teenage daughter with her favourite actress was denied, which hurt and upset him. Prompting his hasty
departure marred with anger and disappointment. This was noted and observed by both western and Indian guests alike. What was the criteria for the movies selected at this year’s re-vamped film Festival?
Some say, it was a poor and inaccurate representation of the diversity and depth of the present day Indian Film Industry. Do the selected movies represent the true face of the 21st Century country of India?
Or was the choice simply a sentimental delusional ride of yesteryear? I do hope Film Victoria, The Victorian State Government and the Citizens of Victoria ‘Get their monies worth‘ and future Film Festivals capitalise on the golden
oppurtutinity of educating the viewers of the rich and diverse history & geography that is India. Heres hoping future Film Festival will better run with more transparency and professionalism that it so truly deserves.
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Soon, you can ‘print’ your shoes at home
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ave the perfect dress for the night out but no good heels to go with? Don’t worry. A new technology that promises to revolutionize wardrobes in the future is in the works and will allow you to quickly and cheaply ‘print’ your own perfect shoes at home. According to trend forecaster Jane Monnington Boddy, a director for market analyst Stylesight, within the next decade or so you’ll be able to quickly and cheaply ‘print’ your own perfect shoes at home. “This will revolutionize wardrobes,” she said. “It really is the future of fashion.” It may sound unbelievable, but crude versions of this new technology are already available for around 600 pounds from certain online electronic shops, the Daily Mail reported. Like all hi-tech gadgetry, prices are expected to drop as the technology becomes more mainstream. The technology though in its nascent stage is based on 3D printing which operates in a similar way to your inkjet printer, which prints ink in layers to form a image. Instead of ink, however, a 3D printer uses molten plastic to create a solid object. Hundreds of fine, 0.1mmthick layers are stuck on top of each other by the machine to produce the item. The printers themselves look like a cross between a microwave and a bread machine, and are about the same size.
ouths who heavily use mobile phones and computers run a greater risk of sleep disturbances, stress and affecting their mental health. “Public health advice should, therefore, include information on the healthy use of this technology,” says researcher Sara Thomee from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Doctoral student Sara Thomee and her research colleagues have conducted four different studies looking at how the use of computers and mobile phones affects the mental health of young adults. These studies, which included questionnaires for 4,100 people aged 20-24 and interviews with 32 young heavy ICT (information and communication technologies) users, reveal that intensive use of mobile phones and computers can be linked to stress, sleep disorders and depressive symptoms, according to
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a Gothenburg statement. “We looked at the effects both quantitatively and qualitatively and followed up the volunteers a year on,” says Thomee, who will present the results in her upcoming thesis. “The conclusion is that intensive use of ICT can have an impact on mental health among young adults,” says Thomee. The studies reveal, for example, that heavy mobile use is linked to an increase in sleeping problems in men and an increase in depressive symptoms in both men and women. “Those who find the constant accessibility via mobile phones to be stressful are most likely to report mental symptoms,” says Thomee. Frequently using a computer without breaks also increases the risk of stress, sleeping problems and depressive symptoms in women, whereas men who use computers intensively are more likely to develop sleeping problems. “Regularly using a computer late
at night is associated not only with sleep disorders but also with stress and depressive symptoms in both men and women,” says Thomee. A combination of both heavy computer use and heavy mobile use makes the association even stronger. One conclusion is that public health advice to young people should include information on how to use ICT in a healthy way. “This means taking breaks, taking time to recover after intensive use, and putting limits on your availability,” Thomee says.
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Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai!
isaster strikes quite early in the day with Ritu Pathak crooning ‘Madam Malai’ for Veena Malik. Okay, so there has been ‘Jalebi Bai’ as well as ‘Shalu Ke Thumke’. However this one is a plain downer, what with lyricists Naresh and Anand Balraj going all out to make the song enticing and not succeeding one bit. If lyrics and music are plain bad here, one has to see the song’s picturisation to believe the kind of low that ‘Madam Malai’ takes. If this wasn’t enough, the musical team takes the album as well as film 30-40 years back with a track that sings glories of - hold your breath - ‘Vada Pav’. This is what the song has been titled as well and with Vinod Rathod given charge to go
all out with his vociferous self, the results are expectedly bad. Written by Nasir, the song goes into ‘biryani’, ‘bangla’, ‘gaadi’, Ambani, Salman, Mumbai and other things before coming back to ‘Vada Pav’. A quick skip that can’t be tolerated for even half its duration. From this point on lyricist Vijay Akela takes over though one doesn’t really expect any turnaround in the fortunes of Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai!. Mamta Sharma who can be heard singing item numbers for any and every film today gets one to her name in this film as well and expectedly, the song belongs to an ‘outright reject’ category. Yet another song that hails the glory of Mumbai, ‘Mumbai Money Hai’ is set in the 80s and doesn’t even jus-
tify the sensibilities of the era gone by. By the time ‘Apun Ki Life’ comes, one wonders whether the film should have had Mumbai in its title. Third song in a row with Mumbai as a centre of attraction, it could well be a record to have as many as three songs about the city in a single Bollywood album. Still, one gets reasonably interested
in listening to the song since Amit Kumar returns after a hiatus behind the mike. However the very fact that he was roped in this setup means it would have been futile to expect anything worthwhile. This is exactly the case as he along with Bali Brahmabhatt only brings on yet another absolute downer in the album. Arun Daga is the singer
roped in for ‘Nadiya’ and this time around the makers try to get all philosophical by talking about ‘jeevan’ being compared with ‘nadiya ka paani’ and stuff alike. Well honestly, by this time it is clear exasperation that sets in and though the musical team tries to get in an element of rock into the proceedings, it is time to say ‘sayonara’ to the album and just move on.
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Apple takes on Google with own maps, better Siri A
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pple took the wraps off its own mobile mapping service and made its enhanced Siri voice-search available for iPads as it rolled out souped-up software and hardware on Monday to help it wage war on Google. CEO Tim Cook, who took over from late co-founder Steve Jobs last August, spearheaded the unveiling of new services -- such as in-house mapping and beefed-up Siri software -- to help keep at bay Google and its fast-growing Android mobile platform. Its new mobile operating software -- the iOS6 -- comes with a mapping system “built from the ground up,” said software chief Scott Forstall, sidelining the Google map service that the Internet giant has invested heavily in. Apple’s map service comes with three-dimensional images of cities called “Flyover” along with real-time traffic updates and turnby-turn navigation. And Siri, the innovative voiceactivated iPhone search-feature users have criticized as faulty and inadequate, is now available on iPads and recites a larger database of answers, especially sports, restaurants and movies. It is also integrated into the new mapping service. Finally, executives said Apple has integrated No. 1 social network Facebook deeper into the operating system, allowing Siri-users to post photos with voice commands.
LinkedIn may report further data loss: Experts
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inked I n , criticized for inadequate network security after hackers exposed millions of its users’ passwords, said on Saturday it had finished disabling all affected accounts and did not believe other members were at risk.
The company, a social network for business professionals, promised to beef up security, days after more than 6 million customer passwords turned up on underground sites frequented by criminal hackers. The break-in - the latest in a string of high-profile internet breaches around the world - has damaged the reputation of the high-flying company with more than 160 million members, and raised questions about whether LinkedIn had done enough to safeguard the private information of its users. Some cyber-security experts had warned that the company could uncover further data losses over coming days as it tries to figure out what happened. In its blog post, LinkedIn said it had notified all affected users - whose accounts had not been accessed - and added it did not think other users had been compromised. “Thus far, we have no reports of member accounts being breached as a result of the stolen passwords. Based on our investigation, all member passwords that we believe to be at risk have been disabled,” it said in a blog post. “If your password has not been
disabled, based on our investigation, we do not believe your account is at risk.” LinkedIn is a natural target for data thieves because the site stores valuable information about millions of professionals, including well-known business leaders. It has hired outside forensics experts to assist as company engineers and the FBI seek to get to the bottom of the break-in. The company said on Friday it did not know if any other account information was stolen besides passwords. But customers whose passwords were among those stolen were still getting notified by LinkedIn as of Friday afternoon, days after news of the breach surfaced. The way the company responds to the theft will play a critical role in determining the extent to which the incident damages LinkedIn’s reputation, experts said. LinkedIn shares rose 2.6 per cent to $96.26 on Friday. While the breach has not appeared to hurt the stock, investors are likely watching the matter closely because the stock carries one of the loftiest valuations in technology.
Saakshi Tanwar aka Priya meets with an accident in Bade Acche Lagte Hain
fter coming up with various methods to increase the TRP of Sony TV’s Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Ekta Kapoor will now introduce a scene where Saak-
shi Tanwar aka Priya will meet with a fatal accident. We all know that all is not hunky dory between Ram and Priya in Bade Acche Lagte Hain. Problems, conflicts and
difference of opinion form the chip of their misunderstanding. The audience will now get to see Priya meet with an accident. Whether the public will enjoy
Rucha Gujrati of Saas Bina Sasural gets beaten by hubby, in-laws
ucha Gujrati, who played Kiya in Saas Bina Sasural on Sony TV and several other serials is going through a very troubled marriage. Rucha has accused businessman husband Mitul Sanghavi and her in-laws of domestic violence. Rucha Gujrati of Saas Bina Sasural, Rang Badalti Odhni and Saas v/s Bahu among many others had accepted way back in April that she has been emotionally and physically abused by her husband Mitul Sanghavi and his parents. According to sources, Rucha’s
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marriage has hit the rocks and she has finally approached the court for justice. As per TOI, Rucha Gujrati, who tied the knot on October 24, 2010 began experiencing trouble soon after the wedding. While on their honeymoon trip, Mitul apparently picked a fight with her for not sharing the honeymoon expenses and even beat her up. Sources close to Ruchi even alleged that soon after they returned from the honeymoon, his parents began ill treating her for some reason or the other. Apart from imposing innu-
merable restrictions on her, Rucha Gujrati was asked to look after her own expenses even though they were against her acting career. Mitul even misbehaved with Rucha’s father who had gone to his house to speak. He reportedly grabbed him by his collar and hit him. He then pulled Rucha by her hair and slapped her, thereby leaving her lips bruised. Though Rucha is going through a very bad phase in marriage, she doesn’t want divorce, provided her husband and in-laws treat her with respect.
the new twist in the serial is yet to be seen. In the yet to be telecast episodes, the police will come to Ram’s party to arrest Sid (Mahesh Shetty). Since many
people have died consuming medicines produced by his company, the police wants to take him in custody for attempt of killing.
Satyamev Jayate’s 7th episode on casting couch?
n the era of saas bahu shows, Satyamev Jayate is an example of how an idiot box can be made a medium of change in the society. The chat show, whose earlier episodes dealt with social issues like female infanticide, child abuse, dowry, illegal medical practices, honour killings and disability will talk about the realities of Indian film industry in the seventh episode. Actor Aamir Khan recently told on ‘Asar’ programme of ABP News that in his next episode of Satyamev Jayate will talk about actors and
stars. So, does that mean the actor will also talk about casting couch. Everyone in the industry knows that casting couch is the bitter truth of Bollywood. Many actresses have admitted in the past that casting couch does exit. Also, Aamir Khan on every episodes reveals some really shocking truths. Talking about his previous episode Aamir Khan also said that he will not apologies to the doctors as he has not done anything wrong and he is ready to face legal action.
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Tandoori Chicken (Tandoori Murghi) Recipe Ingredients • • • • • •
Method • Prick the flesh of the chicken all over with a fork. Then, using a sharp knife, cut slashes in the flesh to allow the marinade to penetrate. Place the chicken in a nonreactive large, shallow dish. • In a nonreactive bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, ginger, cumin, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and salt. Stir
1 (3-pound) chicken, cut into serving pieces, skinned and trimmed of all visible fat 1/2 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or malt vinegar 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon peeled and grated or crushed ginger root 1 tablespoon ground cumin
until well-mixed, then pour the mixture over the chicken and rub it into the flesh, turning the chicken several times. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. (Do not marinate for longer than 2 days.) Remove the chicken from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking. • The chicken may be grilled or roasted. If using a charcoal grill, prepare a fire for direct-heat cooking. Position the grill rack
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1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste Vegetable oil, for brushing Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish Slices of cucumber, red onion, tomato and lemon, for garnish
5 inches from the fire. Allow the coals to burn until white ash covers them and the heat is moderate. • Remove the chicken from the marinade, pressing lightly to extract excess marinade, and brush with oil. Place the chicken pieces on a well-oiled grill rack and; grill, covered, with the vents open, turning 3 or 4 times, 45 minutes or until the juices run clear when a piece is pierced
near the bone with a knife. • If roasting, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan, brush with oil, and cook, turning once, 25 to 30 minutes until the juices run clear when a piece is pierced near the bone with a knife. • Serve with sprigs of cilantro and slices of cucumber, red onion, tomato, and lemon.
Smoking and drinking has ‘little effect’ on sperm counts
ifestyle advice given to tackle male infertility may be futile and could delay other options, according to researchers in the UK. Their study in the journal Human Reproduction said smoking, alcohol consumption and being obese did not affect semen quality. However, they warned that avoiding them was still “good health advice”. Wearing boxer shorts rather than tighter underwear was linked to higher sperm levels. Advice for doctors by the National Institute for Health June 2012 Edition
and Clinical Excellence says men should be warned about the impact of smoking, drinking and taking recreational drugs on their sperm. Smokers A study by researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester compared the lifestyles of 939 men with poor sperm quality with 1,310 men with normal sperm quality. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote There is no need for them to become monks just because
they want to be a dad” End Quote Dr Allan Pacey University of Sheffield The study showed there was little difference in the number of mobile sperm between patients who never smoked and those who had a 20-a-day habit. There was “little evidence” that recreational drug use, a high BMI or excessive alcohol consumption affected sperm quality. Dr Andrew Povey, from the University of Manchester, said there was these lifestyle choices were hugely important
for wider health but “probably have little influence” on male fertility. He said: “This potentially overturns much of the current advice given to men about how they might improve their fertility and suggests that many common lifestyle risks may not be as important as we previously thought. “Delaying fertility treatment then for these couples so that they can make changes to their lifestyles, for which there is little evidence of effectiveness, is unlikely to improve their chances of a
conception and, indeed, might be prejudicial for couples with little time left to lose.” Wearing boxer shorts was associated with higher-quality sperm. Dr Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield said: “In spite of our results, it’s important that men continue to follow sensible health advice and watch their weight, stop smoking and drink alcohol within sensible limits. But there is no need for them to become monks just because they want to be a dad. “Although if they are a fan of tight Y-fronts, then switching underpants to something a bit looser for a few months might be a good idea.” There are other measures of fertility, such as the size and shape of the sperm or the quality of the sperms’ DNA, which were not considered in the study. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is reviewing the evidence. A NICE spokesperson said: “The draft update of our fertility guideline is currently open for consultation. “However, until the update of this guideline is published later this year, the NHS should continue to follow the recommendations in the current fertility guideline.” www.indian-times.com.au
amous for its magnificent palaces, old temples and the impressive fort, Gwalior was the erstwhile capital of the Scindias. Lying 122 km south of Agra and 423 km north of the state capital Bhopal, Gwalior occupied strategic importance throughout history. Also known as the ‘Fort City’, the massive hill fort of Gwalior served as the seat of several northern Indian kingdoms. Mughal emperor Babur is believed to have described the fort as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in Hind’. Gwalior was among the five princely states which enjoyed 21 gun salute during British rule. Along with Hyderabad, Mysore, Jammu and Kashmir and Baroda, Gwalior held important stature within British India. Gwalior is the headquarters of Chambal region and a major industrial and commercial region. Often referred to as the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is the fourth largest city of Madhya Pradesh and an education hub. The city is also famous for Scindia School located inside the Gwalior fort. Established in 1897, it is among the prominent boarding schools of India. It was originally started exclusively for nobles and princes and housed in the erstwhile barracks of the British soldiers. Gwalior is also known as city of music. Gwalior is one of the oldest gharanas or schools of Hindustani classical music. The city is the final resting place of Tansen, the musical genius and one of the nine gems of Emperor Akbar’s court. Sarod Ghar, the first ever museum dedicated to Indian musical instruments, is based in the city. History It is believed Gwalior was named after sage Gwalipa, who cured King Suraj Sen of leprosy. The history of Gwalior can be traced back to the 8th century AD. According to historical records, Gwalior was under the rule of the Hunas in the 6th century and later under Gurjar Pratiharas of Kannauj till 923 AD. In 1196, Qutub-Uddin Aibak of the Delhi Sultanate captured the city. His rule was followed by that of Shamsud-Altamash in 1232. The splendid Gwalior fort was constructed by Raja Man Singh of Tomar dynasty in the 15th century. When Peshwa Baji Rao expanded Maratha Empire to the north, Ranoji Shinde
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was in charge of the conquests in Malwa. When Peshwa’s control weakened and Maratha confederacy was formed, Ranoji established his kingdom in Ujjain. The capital was later shifted to Gwalior. The Scindias (anglicized from Shinde) held sway over many of the Rajput states and even conquered Ajmer. The Scindias were forced to accept British suzerainty after the Third Anglo-Maratha war. The city was also witness to several momentous episodes of the Revolt of 1857. After the fall of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai sought shelter at Gwalior fort. When the rebels took control of the fort, the British attacked Gwalior. Lakshmibai died fighting in Gwalior. Maharaja Jivajirao Scindia acceded to India and the princely state was merged with other states to become Madhya Bharat. Culture Culturally, Gwalior is a mix of two rich cultures, namely Bundeli and Braj. Ahir dance of the region is well-known. It is generally performed by communities which have traditionally been into cattle herding. The relatively new Sun Temple is dedicated to the sun god and is an exact replica of the famous Sun temple of Konark, Orissa. Gwalior Gharana, among the oldest gharanas, flourished under the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar. The Dhrupad genre in Hindustani classical music, believed to be the oldest musical tradition, thrived under the patronage of Raja Man Singh Tomar. Baijnath Prasad alias Baiju Bawra was a musician at the court of Man Singh. Celebrated musician and singer Tansen’s mortal remains are buried in Gwalior. Every year, the city holds Tansen Sangeet Samaroh in his remembrance. Sarod maestro Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan also hails from Gwalior. His grandfather Ghulam Ali Khan Bangash was a musician at the Gwalior court. Gwalior is also known for its architectural splendour. The Gwalior fort is an example of medieval architecture. Gujari Mahal, built by Raja Man Singh Tomar and dedicated to his queen Mrignayani, is an impressive structure. The striking Jai Vilas Palace is a mix of Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian styles.
Shopping Gwalior is famous for its handicrafts and leather products. Visit the shops at Rajwada, Lashkar and Patankar Bazaar for artifacts with a royal touch. Shops specialize in art and craft items such as lacquer ware, jewelry, dolls and hand woven carpets. Gwalior is also a good place to buy Chanderi Saris. You will find a huge variety of Chanderi saris at the Chowk at Bara. Silver boxes decorated with images from Man Singh Palace, a Gwalior favourite, makes wonderful gift item. Where to stay If you want to save time commuting, opt for a hotel along Naya Bazaar which is the heart of Gwalior. Most of the budget hotels are located here. A decent air-conditioned room in a budget hotel would cost between Rs 800-Rs 1500 per night. A deluxe hotel room with a bar, pool and internet access could cost between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500. Gwalior also boasts of several luxury hotels which offer facilities like discotheques, health clubs and 24 hour coffee shops. The luxury hotels would cost between Rs 4,000 and Rs 7,500. Where to eat People of Gwalior like to have kachoris, samosas and other fried snacks served with potato curries and chutneys. Jalebis, rabdi, kebabs, bhutte ki kees (curry made of grated corn), mawa-bati, khoprapak and malpua are popular. Also try out Morena Gajak, made of jaggery and sesame. Almost all hotels have in-house restaurants and cafés. You will also find delicious food at Chhatri Bazaar and Ratnakar Bhawan. The famous City Mall has several eateries and some international fast food joints like Domino’s Pizza and McDonald’s. Besides Indian, some restaurants also serve Continental and Nepali dishes. Indian Coffee House located on Station Road serves vegetarian food. Breakfast favourites include dosa, scrambled eggs, etc. It also serves proper main-course menu, including thalis. Don’t forget to try their coffee. Best time to visit Gwalior has extreme climatic conditions, very hot summers and chilly winters. Best season to visit Gwalior is from October to March.
B-town next glam queen is set to make the audience swing a Prabhudheva’’s ‘’Rowdy Rathore’’ with Akshay Kumar. IndiaGlitz where she shared her heart about the film and m What are you doing in the film? I play a very sweet and simple girl named Paro who comes from Patna. She is mastikhore. She comes to Mumbai and falls in love with the guy who is from Mumbai who is poles apart from her. Its a sweet love story throughout the drama, action and very well woven. Have you seen the original? I have seen the Telugu one with Anuskha. She has done a brilliant job. It is a Prabhu sir film and he has turned around it in his way. I am sure you will enjoy. It took 2 years after Dabbang for your 2nd release. Was it your conscious decision? No... No... In fact getting into the films was not conscious. I was studying Fashion Designing but became an actress. It is just coincidence happened. I don’t have any regret to be seen on big screen for 1 and half year. I was busy shooting all these movies I have signed, endorsements, shows. So I have being working non-stop. When you were younger once you said that you will never do movies? What makes you to do it? I thought but I guess its destiny. I was almost on the verge of becoming a fashion designer but a film like Dabangg is offered to you than you can’t say no.
Was it Salman? Yes, when I was studying FD Salman used to say me “Leave all this and become an actress” but he used to always encourage me to join the industry. You chose quite essential next door girl character? See, I don’t choose role which comes to me as a quite essential girl. I choose the film... a. I believe the character b. Audience would like to see me in that character c. Overall big picture I want to be part off It’s a very 2nd year of mine in the industry and I am happy playing the role. Don’t you feel typecast just as an Indian girl? So what, I am an Indian girl. When other girls wear western outfit nobody ask them that they are typecast as a western girl. I like these characters and these characters are very much different from each other in fact.
Even if script demanded bikn It’s a complete NO because not that kind of person. I am br up in a certain ways and have restrictions to follow and I don any reason to change. The aud has accepted me fully clothed.
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How open you are with bikni? I am not open to biknis but I am open What suggestion or adv to western outfit... If the script is good Shatru sir gave you? and entire packaging is good, if I like He said, “if you can’t be the bes the role and character and if I felt that I be different”. can carry the character. I am a normal jeans T-shirt Mumbai girl. Are you getting new butte before the release?
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avoids clash with Hrithik Actor books Eid and Christmas 2013 much in advance for his upcoming releases
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e hasn’t had a single release so far this year, but it looks like Salman Khan is already planning his next year’s big releases. Considering that the release date determines the kind of opening a big star film will register, it is learnt that the actor is scheduling his next film with Sooraj Barjatya for Eid 2013 and brother Sohail’s next directorial venture for Christmas later in the year. Buzz in the trade is that
Salman is so upbeat about Bade Bhaiyya, Sooraj’s next, his full fledged film with the Barjatya banner after Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) that he has decided to advance the production. “Initially, Sooraj’s film was to start in February next year. But now, Salman is so enthusiastic about the script and working again with his director buddy that he has decided to prepone it to November, ” says our source.
States is back in news and while there are rumours abound that Imran Khan has been signed to play the male lead in the film, the slot is still open for the female lead. Few contenders who have emerged for the role are Deepika Padukone, Asin and Priyanka Chopra. Though one waits to hear an official announcement from the makers, one of the three making the final cut isn’t being ruled out. Reason being all three of them share a good professional alliance with Sajid Nadiadwala after having worked with him over the years and a much hyped film like this only adds on to the profile. “2 States is a love story of a Punjabi boy and a South Indian girl. If Sajid Nadiadwala would be looking at an actress who brings in a certain authenticity of playing a South Indian character, the choice boils down to only two heroines - Asin and Deepika Padukone - due to their roots. Moreover, Asin has a good experience of working in films down South as well so that’s an added advantage. Incidentally, Sajid has a good
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tuning with both since he has worked with them in Housefull franchise”, says a source. Priyanka Chopra could well be in contention though the fact remains that she is not a South Indian and hence playing a part in 2 States would be quite an experiment. “She is a capable actress though and if given an opportunity, she would go for it. After all, didn’t she just pick the Maharashtrian traits so well in Kaminey as well as Agneepath. Moreover, she too has been Sajid’s leading lady in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Anjaana Anjaani”, the source adds. On their part though, all three girls are keeping mum and it is a wait and watch situation for all involved. Since Sajid has till date not given an official confirmation around even Imran playing the main lead, it may be a while before Deepika, Priyanka or Asin get a call from the makers. “Well, don’t rule out the possibility of a surprise in store here. Who knows, it may turn out to be someone else altogether? This is Bollywood, anything is possible”, the source quips.
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Monthly Astrology - June 2012 Aries – Mesha This is not a favourable position. You should take proper care of your health and you should also remain careful while driving as you will be prone to sustain injuries which can even make you bedridden. You should also keep a close check as fire can cause some havoc during this period. The health of your children may cause you some concern. You should try to overcome your argumentive tendency as this would otherwise lead you to have conflicts at your workplace. You should do better by staying away from any speculative investments for keeping your financial position in a stable condition. By putting forward your endeavours you may increase your own earnings to some extent. Taurus – Vrushabha You may have to face many problems in your home-front and in respect of property-matters. Health problems of the family members may also cause you some concern. There might be loss of property and you may have forced change of residence. You may become tense, worried and pessimistic during this time. Dealing in land, buildings, building construction materials and agricultural implements could fetch you good returns. Gemini – Mithuna You must excercise care and caution as your enemies could otherwise ferment troubles for you and make you a victim of
slander or disrepute. Time is not propitious for romantic liaisons and extravagant tendencies if not curbed could give rise to financial problem. Your health also needs more care as you may suffer from minor ailments. You may feel irritated but you should try to diffuse your tensions which will smoothen things for you. By adopting a compromising attitude and dealing in a tactful manner you could be able to tide over domestic conflicts. Cancer – Kataka You may suffer from skin diseases and feel nervous. Your sources of earning may get squeezed whereas you may not be able to control excessive expenditures. You may associate yourself with lower-class people for which your near and dear ones might feel concerned. By excercising willforce you must try to change your outlook. If you cannot change your behaviourpatterns, your popularity will be on the wane and people will start distancing themselves from you Leo – Simha You will be fortunate in all respects and will become more religiously inclined. Your financial position will be much improved and socially you will gain eminence. You will have new acquisitions that will make your life more comfortable and increase your satisfaction. You will have journeys and pilgrimmages to distant places. You may develop some foreign connection also from which you will be benefitted. Your family-life will be peaceful and happy. Your children will be a source of pride to you. You will acquire some
special knowledge in some subjects of interest which you will conveniently utilise for solving problems. Virgo – Kanya You will be somewhat indisposed and your enemies can create troubles for you. Your children may not remain in good health. Medical and other wasteful expenditures could tilt your balance while your income may shrink and your investments could be in a stage of stagnation. Journeys in connection with profession will not bear fruit during this period of time. Time is not propitious for you; so you must refrain from speculative investments. Your friends may not be very helpful during this time. So you should think twice before making commitments. Libra – Tula Your earnings will improve and you will have gains from various sources. You may be benefited by receiving a windfall quite unexpectedly. You will form new friendships and will become very popular in your friends’ circle. Some of your ambitions may be realised and you may have new acquisitions that will add to your comfort. You will lead a prosperous and happy family-life; there could be a celebration in the family. The performance of your educational activities, will instil a sense of pride and joy in your mind. You may spend a lot for having some renovations done to your house-building. Your mother may suffer from some minor ailments.
Scorpio – Vruschika You will be very fortunate and will receive special favours from the authorities. You will be successful in all your endeavours and rise to a powerful and lucrative position. Some of your cherished desires will be fulfilled and you may have new acquisitions. Your family-life will be happy with comfortable surroundings and socially you will gain more popularity. Your relationships with relatives and friends will become more cordial. You will be a centre of attraction in social gatherings. Sagittarius – Dhanu This position offers mixed influences. You may become less energetic and lose confidence. Your wandering tendency and wasteful expenditures may increase. The health-condition of some of your male relations may deteriorate and arouse your anxieties. Your earnings will be somewhat increased. The position however is favourable for securing higher education, having long journeys and pilgrimmages; it is also a propitious period for developing foreign connections from which you can derive benefits in future. Capricorn – Makara You should take every possible care for avoiding quarrels and conflicts; you should not get entagled in any Lawsuit also. Your health needs much more care and you should be very cautious while driving as you will be prone to sustain injuries and suffer blood-loss. In professional sphere, you may face many
problems which you should try to sort out peacefully. The period is not favourable and you must let the adverse period pass over by lying low. The period is not good for finances; so think twice before making any new commitments. Aquarius – Kumbha You may have problems either with your business or marriage partner and the health of your spouse may make you anxious. Romantic liaisons if any could take a bad turn and you may become a victim of slander and disrepute. You may be emotionally disturbed and may not be in good health. Journeys in connection with profession may not bear fruit excepting in the direction of east. For securing new deals the period is not favourable. You should try to avoid quarrels and confrontations by being diplomatic. Pisces - Meena You will become very courageous and will conquer your enemies. You will be victorious in conflicts. By putting forward your endeavours in a proper manner and by facing situations with confidence, you will make excellent progress in your professional sphere and will have boosted earnings. You will receive favours from authorities and form new relationships. You will become very popular in your circle of acquaintances and your social status will be considerably improved. If you wish to knowthe difference between Eastern & Western Astrology you are invited to visit http://jyotisha.00it.com/Difference.htm
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DEPRESSION Q. How do i fight my depression ? Ans : Life is an emotional roller coaster. Some days you feel like nothing can stop you. Other days you feel utterly hopeless. Most of the time you’re somewhere in between. Understanding the pattern of positive and negative emotions will help you put your feelings in perspective. Next time you feel down, just remember that it’s a natural emotion that will inevitably pass. Knowing that a feeling of depression is only temporary makes it less dreadful. * Spend time with positive people. * When you consider everything good in your life and compare it to the problems of less fortunate people, the issue that’s making you depressed won’t seem as serious. * Change the scenery (environment) u are, just make changes to anything (may be rearranging your room). * Going through the same
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routine, day after day, can be monotonous and depressing. It often leads to getting caught in a rut. To get out of it you need to temporarily change your routine. If you can, take a day off from work. Do something you don’t normally have time for or something you’ve never tried. In the long run, taking a day off every now and then to get out of slump will make you happier and more productive. * Animals and nature live in the present moment and they show love unconditionally. Observing and interacting with them will help you get over your problems. * Above all, the best way to stop feeling depressed is to take action. What is your biggest problem? How can you alleviate it? Once you decide to stop moping and start moving forward you won’t have time to feel depressed. Action will occupy your mind and give you something to look forward to. Once you get some results, you’ll build momentum and positive thinking will keep getting easier
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his is a film about two “young bachelors” and one “young at heart” bachelor. It’s a humorous take on their respective love stories. Mischievous Amit (Sharman
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Joshi) and shy Jai (Manish Nagpal) are two small town boys who come down to Mumbai for admission in Dhariwal College. To his credit, Amit ends up in a jam when he teases Neha (Raima Sen) and Nisha (Ria
Sen) on the very first day of college and manages to drag poor Jai into this mess too. They are brought in front of principal Shalini Devi (Himani Shivpuri) and somehow manage to keep their admission in the college intact. But their biggest problem is that they don’t get a room in the college hostel. Not being very affluent, the boys can’t just go to a hotel or rent a furnished flat for the duration of college. They employ the help of an estate agent, who finds them a client who rents out a room in her house for cheap, the only condition being: no single men allowed, only families/married couples. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Jai is transformed into Jaya and Amit is the lucky husband. When the tenant couple goes to meet their landlady, they stand dazed to find out that it is their college principal Shalini Devi. Innocent to the con, Shalini Devi agrees to allow this couple in her home. The double whammy for the “couple” arrives when, the next morning, Amit and “Jaya” find out that Shalini Devi has two neices.... The very two beautiful girls they got into trouble with in college: Neha and Nisha. Now starts the real confusion of romance and love. Amit falls madly in love with Neha but she
of course doesn’t look at him because according to her he is married. Nisha falls hard for Jai in college without knowing that he is playing wife “Jaya” to Amit. On the other hand Jai refuses to indulge her advances as he wants to sincerely concentrate on his studies and make his parents proud. The whole college is exasperated with Principal Shalini Devi’s autocracy and strictness so both Amit and Jai involve their professor Deepak Verma in a crazy plan. The encourage Deepak to have an affair with Shalini. They think that love can change everything and if Shalini falls for Deepak then maybe she will become softer and loving towards the whole world in general. Amit and Neha coach Deepak in the matters of the heart and love. The college campus is now ringing with love stories of three couples. Amit-Neha, Jai-Nisha and Deepak-Shalini. And just when these stories are about to reach a happily ever after, comes the climax with a resounding BOOM. Everyone’s real identity and real reasons for falling in love are discovered by each other and all hell breaks loose. Three Bachelors - a story full of comedy, romance and confusion!
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I am lucky to EscapE : Aksha y Kumar B-town entertainer Akshay Kumar - the Khiladi of all is set to regain his crown of action King after seven years with the hit director and ace dancer Prabhudeva’’s ‘’Rowdy Rathore’’ which is hitting the screens this Friday. Akshay in a tete-a-tete with IndiaGlitz shares it all.... After 7 years you are back in action. Why you have taken 7 years gap and do you think Rowdy Rathore is perfect for your come back in action? According to me this movie is the best launch for me. Rowdy Rathore is a raw action film directed by Prabhu Deva. It took 7 years because I wanted to take break from action. Before that I did action for 14-15 years but it’s never too late and now constantly I have 3-4 action films in hand. How different is the action in this film than your previous films? It is different. It is a raw action. I was more into martial arts and technical fights but it is a practical and complete street fight. How was the dancing experience with a great dancer like Prabhu Deva? Well surprisingly Prabhu sir is such a big choreographer but he didn’t choreograph me. In the film he didn’t choreographed but he used to help me and make the steps in such a way that it appeared simple. How rowdy you are in real life? I am very rowdy... Rowdy Rathore is getting compared to Dabbang. Your comment. It feels good when it is compared to big and hit film but not with the flops. Producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not an action film producer but when he offered you the film what was our reaction? See, producing is different and directing is different. I don’t think he would like to direct any action film and even if he does then I am sure it will be defiantly be good because he loves action film. He called Prabhu sir and they held a meeting where he said that he wants to make a film with lots of action, then we came up with Rowdy Rathore. Even the title is suggested by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. How much input SLB has in it? He came to the set on very 1st day then he never came to the set. He gave the keys to Prabhu sir and told “when you are done with the film then show me”. Any special training for this street type fight? Every day I take training so there wasn’t any requirement to take any other training. Has today’s action become safer with those special effects? Yes. Now it’s safer than earlier as now there are number of machineries for that. Who is not verse can also do it for screen but the thing is you have to work hard in it. Any action film offered during these 7 years? I used to get many offers but I deliberately left it out. Is there any particular film which caught your attention so you wanted to come back in action? No. I am back in action because I wanted to. You have not grown original mustache. Because it would have taken 72 days to sit at home without work and I cannot afford that luxury. 20 years in industry which genre have you mastered? After doing 12 comedy films you don’t become master of it, after doing 15 action films you don’t become master of action. Action, comedy, thriller, horror, drama.... The more you get into you explore more. It is just a genre but there are lots of branches which we are not even aware off. Every year people come up with new thing in every genre. I see myself learning more and more from these kinds of films. You are someone who is always away from the controversies what is the reason behind it? Might be I escaped controversies. At times there are situations which becomes controversies. Nobody likes to see negativity about them in press. Everyone wants to hear good things about them. At times you get trapped in such situation but I am lucky to be escaped. lucky to be escaped.
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Shraddha Kapoor cast opposite Aditya in Aashiqui 2
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he cast of the film Aashiqui 2, a sequel to the Rahul Roy- Anu Aggarwal musical blockbuster Aashiqui, has now been finalized. The film will be a love triangle starring Shraddha Kapoor opposite Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shaad Randhawa. The makers had conducted a nationwide talent hunt to cast fresh faces in the film, but unfortunately none of the participants matched their requirement. They then decided to cast Shakti Kapoor’s daughter Shraddha, who was last seen in
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“Rohit always showcases some larger-than-life and high power sequences but at the same time ensures that the stunts are performed keeping in mind the actor’s comfort level and also the safety of the unit. Whenever he feels that the stunt is even slightly dangerous, he takes charge.” So if you see this daredevil director seated in the car or bus that’s doing some mean stunts, don’t be surprised.
Y-Film Luv Ka The End, yesteryear actress Mumtaz’s nephew Shaad Randhawa, who was launched by the Bhatts in Woh Lamhe and Aditya Roy Kapoor, who starred in Action Replayy and Guzaarish. According to producer Mukesh Bhatt, Aashiqui 2 would do for Shraddha, Aditya and Shaad what the first Aashiqui did for Rahul, Anu and Deepak Tijori. Aashiqui 2 is a contemporary love story. Jeet Ganguly will compose seven original tracks for the film.
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director himself driving the vehicles which include stunts with the actors such as Kareena Kapoor’s entry shot in Golmaal 3 where she’s standing on the bonnet of a red sports car. This time around too in Bol Bachchan, the director will be seen driving a bus which has Abhishek Bachchan, Prachi Desai and Krushna along with many actors seated on the roof. Says a source from his unit,
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irector Rohit Shetty whose name is synonymous with action packed masala blockbusters is back again with yet another comic caper Bol Bachchan. Shetty is known as a perfectionist and ensures that each shot of the action sequences which include cars and buses are perfectly executed. In fact, on several occasions in his previous movies, one has seen the
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Ekta - Vidya Grace the cover of Verve
he Dirty Picture duo, producer Ekta Kapoor and actress Vidya Balan, feature on the cover of Verve magazine’s June 2012 issue. This is a special issue on India’s 50 Most Influential Women and Ekta and Vidya feature in the list. On the cover, Ekta looks stunning in an Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla champagne chiffon sari and Vidya looks gorgeous as always in a Sabyasachi embroidered sari.
Speaking about her diverse yet massy projects, Ekta says, “I try to make entertaining projects; I am not here to make a paragon of virtue and make a sad story which is seen by four people at a film festival.” On featuring in the Power List, Vidya says, “For me, power is an acceptance of self. When I accepted myself completely and felt unapologetic about the way I am and about my decisions, the world began to accept me in the same way as well.”
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was it since ver ja Poo , announced rial cto dire Bhatt’s venture Jism 2 has been making waves. The film, which marks the Bollywood debut of Indo-Canadian adult film star Sunny Leone, also stars Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh. While the film is just a few days away from completion, the latest buzz is that Sunny Leone’s voice in the film will be dubbed by none other than
, Pooja Bhatt herself. Apparently it papa Mahesh Bhatt felt that t would be better in the interes of the film if they dubbed Sunny’s voice and since Pooja herself has been so closely associated with the film as writer- director, he suggested her to dub for Sunny. be would Pooja ny’s Sun for g dubbin character Izna in Jism 2.
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e is the current heartthrob and his father was a heartthrob in the 1980s. The two stars of two different decades will soon be seen performing at IIFA 2012. IIFA seems to have a lot of surprises in store for its audiences this year. With the new choreographer Prabhu Deva on board for the award ceremony, they have gone on to sign Ranbir-Rishi Kapoor to perform at the award ceremony in Singapore. This will be the first time that
father and son will be performing together on stage. The act is choreographed by Prabhu Deva and he is making sure for it to stand out. Both father and son have not appeared in any films together (apart from a commercial), and this will be the first time that Ranbir will perform at the IIFA and that too with his legendary father. A source said, “Ranbir will be performing on ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Tai Tai Phis’ among his hits from last year.”
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Ranbir and Rishi to perform together at IIFA
Saif and Bebo
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Saif - Kareena to get married on October 16
Anushka to be the face of Sofy napkins?
he meteoric rise of the model turned actress Anushka Sharma has been truly phenomenal. No wonder then, she has become a darling of not just the film industry but also the FMCG brands.
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According to Bollywood Hungama’s reliable sources, Anushka Sharma has now been signed up as the brand ambassador of Sofy sanitary napkins. The official announcement of the same is being awaited.
n the first official confirmation from the family, the wedding date is confirmed by Saif’s mother Sharmila Tagore. The other details about the wedding of the year have come to light through reliable sources close to both families. Apparently, Kareena will continue with her career, just as her gorgeous to-be-mother-in-law. Says a source, “Sharmilaji’s best innings as an actress started after marriage. In fact Saif was a baby on the sets when Sharmilaji was doing one of her most celebrated film Aradhana. Kareena intends to follow her mom-in-law’s career model. She will do two films a year after marriage. After she completes Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine she goes straight into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela.”
In fact Kareena has made it clear to the worried Bhansali there will be no wedding break. It’s going to be a very quiet wedding for the long-standing Kareena Kapoor-Saif Ali Khan pair. And as confirmed by Saif’s mother, the date is October 16. However, according to sources the wedding, to be held at the Pataudis’ ancestral home in Pataudi, would be a very quiet affair in the presence of only immediate family members from both sides. Says the source, “Since it’s still very soon after the family patriarch Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi passed away, the entire family agreed to a low-key wedding. Kareena and her folks readily agreed to a closed family-only wedding. However, a large reception after the wedding was
seen to be imperative, considering both Saif and Kareena have such a vast network of friends in the film industry.” The venue for the wedding reception is still undecided, though the chances are that the couple would fly down the same day (October 16) after the wedding at Pataudi to Mumbai for the reception. Says the source, “The details are now being worked out. But the honeymoon won’t occur immediately. She has no intentions of letting her career slacken after marriage.” When contacted Saif’s mother Sharmila Tagore confirmed October 16 to be the wedding date. “Yes, that’s the date. Then a reception, though not a very big one.”
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arkbrook in Point Cook is proving very popular with first home buyers and with the Victorian Government First Home Buyers Grant soon to be discontinued, house and land packages are now selling quicker than ever before. Parkbrook offers the ideal position in Point Cook, with nature and great amenities on your doorstep. A meandering park and wetland with walking and cycling tracks will be a feature and it will provide seamless access to the open
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Parkbrook in Point Cook, First Choice for First Home Buyers Centre, kindergarten and Sports Pavilion are under construction. A P-9 School is proposed adjacent to Featherbrook Oval. Nearby schools include Carranballac College, Westbourne Grammar, Point Cook Senior Secondary College and the selectentry state school, Suzanne Cory High. The CBD is 22kms away and easily accessed by car (via Boardwalk Boulevard and Geelong Freeway) and there are a number of local public transport options, including Hoppers Crossing and Aircraft train stations and a bus that stops at the entrance to the estate.
Point Cook is now renown for its recreational facilities and parklands and these include the beaches of Point Cook Coastal Park, Port Philip Bay, the Sanctuary Lakes and Werribee Golf Courses and the Werribee Park Zoo. Parkbrook is a project of awardwinning developer, Central Equity Land, a company that prides itself on developing model communities with beautiful natural features and excellent amenities. Central Equity Land also developed the adjacent Featherbrook estate. Central Equity Land’s marketing manager, Jeremy Vile says, “We have a range of construction-
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Robert Downey Jr.
Charlie Sheen talks wanting to sleep with Denise Richards again
Iron Man 3
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harlie Sheen seems to be slowly getting it back together after a weird moment in his life, but one thing he wants to get back is Denise Richards. Sheen recently opened up to ‘Rolling Stone’ about wanting to get his ex back in bed, states UsMagazine. com. “She still looks f-cking great. Do I want to? Yeah! Does she? Don’t know,” Sheen commented. However, it sounds like Richards won’t be up for it as she has previously commented that they “sleep in separate rooms” while traveling together with their children.
Kristen Stewart opens up about being bullied
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ans have something new to look forward to as it is reported that Robert Downey Jr. has started filming for ‘Iron Man 3.’ It is reported that filming has started in Wilmington, North Carolina with it eventually moving on to Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China, states Hollyscoop.
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r i s t e n Stewart may be a young Hollywood star with major movies under her belt, but life wasn’t always so great for her. Stewart recently opened up to ‘Vanity Fair’ about how she used to be bullied as a young teenager, states UsMagazine.com. “I remember this girl in sixth grade looked at me in gym and was like, ‘Oh my God! That’s disgusting — you don’t shave your legs!’” Stewart revealed. But that wasn’t the only thing she was teased about: “I remember being made fun of because I wasn’t wearing Juicy jeans. I didn’t even think about it. I wore my gym clothes.” It’s pretty likely that those other girls aren’t making fun of her now.
Shane Black is allegedly set to direct the third film. Gwyneth Paltrow will reportedly be back for the next film while Don Cheadle will also reprise his role as James Rhodes/War Machine. It is also reported that Guy Pearce will be joining the cast for the third film.
afael Nadal, whose oncourt routine includes picking the rear of his shorts and diligently lining up his water bottles, labels facing away, is making a habit of winning French Opens. The Spaniard made it a record seven on Monday with a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win over world number one Novak Djokovic, ending the Serb’s hopes of becoming only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. But Nadal is a reluctant superstar whose idea of a late night is being pictured after 10pm watching his beloved Real Madrid. He says “please” and ‘”thankyou” to ballboys and ballgirls and when he’s not hammering the life out of tennis balls and squeezing the spirit out of opponents, he’s happiest on the golf course or fishing with friends at his Spanish home on Manacor. Victory on Monday took him beyond the six Roland Garros titles of Swedish legend Bjorn Borg and onto 11 Grand Slam crowns in total, one behind Roy Emerson, three off the 14 of Pete Sampras and five from Roger Federer’s record of 16. Not that the 26-year-old will be shouting it from the rooftops. “I have much more than I ever dreamed,” said Nadal, whose win under gloomy Paris skies boosted his career earnings to a very sunny $50 million.
Maybe, but most men of his age can indeed only dream of appearing in a steamy pop video with Shakira as his did in 2010. Nadal’s talents were spotted and nurtured early. His uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, played professional football for Barcelona and the Spanish national team. But it was another uncle, Toni, who has overseen his career, who introduced him to tennis when he was three. He made his professional debut in September, 2001, as a 15-yearold, losing his first match in Madrid but winning his first a week later in Seville. His first win on the ATP Tour came in Mallorca the following year, two months short of his 16th birthday. By 2003, the world was taking notice when Nadal went through qualifying at the prestigious Monte Carlo Masters and reached the third round. He has since won the title on the Riviera eight times. By 2004, he was the youngest player to feature in a Davis Cup winning team and in 2005, he became the first man since Mats Wilander in 1982 to clinch the French Open on his debut. Nadal has suffered a few bumps along the way. His defeat to Robin Soderling at the French Open in 2009 -- his only loss at Roland Garros in 53
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic their Men’s Singles final tennis match during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 11, 2012 in Paris.
matches -- came at a time when his long battle with knee injuries threatened to overwhelm him. His parents Ana Maria and Sebastian also separated at that time and Nadal’s misery was compounded when he had to tearfully withdraw from Wimbledon where he had been defend-
ing champion. Nadal was being written off then, as he was in 2011 and into January this year when he lost seven finals in succession to Djokovic, three of them at Grand Slams. The last of those was in Australia where the Serb clinched a six-
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It’s just routine for king of clay Rafael Nadal
hour marathon, the longest final in a major of all time. But Nadal, fit again and with the bandages long removed from his troublesome left knee, swept through the claycourt season at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome before clubbing his way into the record books on Monday.
We are a tough team to beat, says Sania Mirza
India’s Sania Mirza (left) and Mahesh Bhupathi hold their French Open trophy after defeating Poland’s Klaudia JansIgnacik and Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez in their mixed doubles final at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.
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ahesh Bhupathi’s 38th birthday gift came in the form of a 12th Grand Slam title, when he partnered with Sania Mirza to win the mixed doubles title at Roland Garros. And he promptly dedicated the win to his four-month old daughter Saira. “This title has come after a long time,” he said during the presentation ceremony, “it is my first title after my daughter was born. This is for her.” An ecstatic Sania told the gathering, “It’s Mahesh’s birthday today and I am glad we won because now I don’t have to think of a gift for him.” But Mahesh hadn’t won a mixed doubles title with the same partner twice (Mahesh and Sania won the Australian Open Mixed Doubles title in 2009). “I was worried about that,” he said, “It’s good to get it out of the way. I enjoy playing with Sania, we are good friends, and we make a good team.” Sania, who called Hesh one of the best doubles players
ever, said, “He’s a close friend and we share great chemistry on court, lifting each other’s spirits and game when the chips are down. We’ve shown that we are a tough team to beat. I’m hopeful about getting a wild card entry for the Olympics.” Excerpts from an interview with Sania: Has it sunk in that you now have two Grand Slam titles? A Grand Slam title is what tennis players live for and it’s a great thrill to win one. It’s only now that the feeling of winning my second Grand Slam is sinking in. Mahesh is as thrilled as I am at winning his 12th Grand Slam title! You said Mahesh is one of the best doubles players. What are his strengths? His backhand returns and net game are world-class. This complements my groundstrokes and return of serve, which are my strengths. Your experience at the French Open? Mahesh and I have been combining brilliantly on court and it’s showing in the results. Our opponents made a strong
start in the final, but once we started asserting ourselves, we looked the stronger team and deserved to win the title. You lost in the first round of the women’s doubles. Do you see this as a setback to your Olympics plans? Any loss is disappointing, especially at a Grand Slam, but I’m glad I was able to put it behind me and come up with a title with Mahesh. I think winning the French Open is an achievement in itself. How do you plan to celebrate this win? We had a private dinner at a friend’s restaurant in Paris, but apart from that, we do not have the luxury to celebrate extensively. I’m already in Birmingham for my next tournament and Mahesh is in London to start his grasscourt season. How did Shoaib feel about your win? Obviously he’s thrilled and feels proud of my achievements. He’s a professional sportsman himself and fully understands the value of this victory!
Chetri to lead Indian hockey team in Olympics
Goalkeeper Bharat Chettri on Monday was named captain of the Indian hockey team in the Olympics.
ndia on Monday named a 16-member hockey squad, to be led by goalkeeper Bharat Chetri, for next month’s London Olympics, ending days of speculation but as expected without any major surprises. Only two changes were made from the squad that finished third in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Malaysia with striker Yuvraj Walmiki and Rupinderpal Singh being left out, preferring veteran Ignace Tirkey and Gurwinder Singh Chandi in their place. Walmiki and Rupinderpal’s axing was on expected lines as the duo had been struggling of late. Walmiki has also not fully
recovered from the injury he sustained during the Olympic qualifying event in February though he played in Malaysia. The squad was picked after a two-day selection trials at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune on June 6 and 7. Star mid-fielder Sardar Singh will be the vice-captain of the team. The selectors decided to go in with two goalkeepers in captain Chetri and PR Sreejesh for the quadrennial sporting extravaganza to be held in London from July 27 to August 12. According to the squad announced by Hockey India, Sarwanjeet Singh and Kothajit Singh would travel with the team to London as standbys. The duo can
only be included in the main team in case of any serious injury to the first 16 players. Veteran Tirkey will marshall the three-man Indian defence along with drag-flick duo of Sandeep Singh and V R Raghunath. Talismanic Sardar will lead the mid-field, India’s strongest area, in company of Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra and Gurbaj Singh. Striker Gurwinder Singh Chandi made a return to the squad after recovering from his hamstring injury sustained during the Olympic test event in London last month. Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Tushar Khandker, S V Sunil, Dharamvir Singh and S K Uthappa complete the forward line-up.
Ferrari defend one-stop strategy
errari boss Stefano Domenicali has defended Ferrari’s Canadian Grand Prix strategy despite conceding four places during the latter stages of the race. The Italian team elected to gamble on a one pit-stop strategy
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on Sunday in a bid to beat McLaren driver and eventual race-winner Lewis Hamilton to victory in Montreal. The Spaniard was fighting Hamilton and defending drivers’ champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull for the lead throughout
the race at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, and moved to the front of the field when Hamilton pitted for fresh tyres. The Maranello-based outfit decided to gamble by not mirroring the Englishman’s move, hoping that Alonso’s tyres would sustain
their grip to the end of the race. However, the 30-year-old’s tyres wore away quicker than expected and he could do nothing to stop Hamilton, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France, Mexican Sergio Perez of Sauber and the late-stopping Vettel passing
him before the chequered flag as he eventually finished the race in fifth place. Domenicali acknowledged that the gamble had not paid off but insisted his team had made the right call at the time. “Of course with hindsight it is easy” he said, “my kids who are seven and eight years old could do the right thing. “Honestly when we did the first pit stop, we did the right choice because we jumped one position, but it was not clear at that moment if it would have been one or two stops - because otherwise we would have kept Fernando longer on the track. “Then, considering the pace and considering the way that Fernando was managing the tyres, we discussed with Fernando and apparently the tyres were keeping up a pace that was good in terms of having a one-stop strategy. “Then, when you arrive at a certain moment, you have to go for one solution or another one, so at that stage the situation -- the elements that we had -- were okay so we kept going in that direction. “After that, I cannot say anything more than with hindsight of course it was the wrong thing to do.” Double-champion Alonso was also adamant that Ferrari’s strategy was the right call. “I don’t agree that it was the wrong strategy. Grosjean nearly won the race with one stop, so one stop was the right strategy,” he explained. “We tried to win the race not stopping behind Hamilton and we went for it and it didn’t work, but I was happy with the approach and the points.”
SEX - A DIVINE PROCESS: AYURVEDA A
ccording to Vatsayana kamasutra- Unfulfilled Love is fatal. If a man or a woman doesn’t get a chance of union after seeing and the liking the other person, it can cause them such symptoms like constant thinking about their subject, lose of sleep, emaciation, abstinence, shamelessness, madness, fainting and death – in that order. Ayurvedic medicine and Kamasutra both suggests guidelines to avoid such miserable conditions and to fulfil their desires to stay physically healthy and mentally strong. Latest medical research also highlights the same above point; these researchers also acknowledge ‘suppressed sexual feeling cause schizophrenia’. The reasons such as the fear of society and lack of knowledge of sexuality of the other sex are the principle reasons of suppressed sexuality. The notion and societal programming that sex is wrong also counteracts on their minds. Even within married life, man and woman may be suppressing their sexual desires. This too is not healthy. These sexual feelings are like water in a reservoir – without a controlled opening, the dam can once collapse, causing huge lose to society. Sex, according to Ayurveda and the Kamasutra, is a divine process that is responsible for the very existence
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of human race on the face of earth. Kamasutra, the ancient science of love and love making describes in detail a variety of factors involved in practicing safe and fulfilling sex. According to Ayurveda, children are an asset. From having intercourse to delivering children and bringing them up with healthy body, mind and imparting in them, the training to see
life in positive life and showing them the good way of life is an elaborate process. One noticeable thing about Ayurveda is the relative silence about family planning, contraception methods, or abortion – why destroy the greatest asset one can get? SalSantanangal (or children of good qualities, physically, mentally and spiritually) is the ultimate aim of sex.
Ayurveda Vajeekarana Chikitsa (Aphrodisiac Treatment) Aphrodisiac therapy or treatment has a prominent place in Ayurveda. It is part of Vrisha, one anga or branch in ashtangaAyurveda or eight principle branches of Ayurveda. Removing the imbalances of doshas through the Panchakarma therapy or tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha) comes before
vageekarana chikitsa (aphrodisiac therapy). Good physical qualities, semen quantity and quality, is the main aim of vajeekarana chikitsa (Aphrodisiac Therapy). There is also a list of eligible qualifications for both men and women. The man should be compatible to his woman in physical, mental, and on spiritual basis. The only place to ejaculate semen is vagina – masturbation and all other forms of unnatural sex are (Such as abnormal sexual perversions) prohibited. Although Kamasutra suggests 64 different sexual positions, Ayurveda recognizes only the common method –woman bottom and man top. Vageekarana chikitsa or Jaara chikitsa (aphrodisiac therapy) suggests Panchakarma for purification of physiology and semen. Ayurveda suggests physical union of loving couples as the one way to enjoy divine pleasure. In order to achieve the maximum benefits one should take regular Ayurvedic aphrodisiac herbs to live the life with ultimate vitality. By : Dr C.R.S.KUMAR, B.A.M.S (Gold medalist), Dip in Yoga, Master of Public Health (Deakin) Master of Health Promotion (Deakin) Consultant Ayurvedic Physician and Panchakarma specialist Ph 0402282745 Email: email@example.com www.jeevahealth.com.au
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Replace ghee with canola or olive oil
hen a recipe calls for ghee or butter, substitute it with canola or olive oil for better health. Both these oils can help you to shed weight and reduce liver fat, lipids and triglycerides, says a study. The study conducted by the Diabetes Foundation (India) (DFI) and the National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC) has found that consuming olive or canola oil can help in decreasing weight, waist circumference and reduce liver fat, lipids and triglycerides. A group of 90 people were part of the study for three years from June 2007 to 2010. They were divided into three groups and asked to use one type of cooking oil — olive, canola or any other oil. “After a period of six months itself, we found that those who used olive or canola significantly reduced there weight, liver fat and triglycerides,” said Seema Gulati, head of nutrition
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research group at N-DOC. The group which used olive oil significantly reduced the body weight, waist circumference and liver fat. As for the 30 people who used canola oil, they reported a decrease in waist circumference and a significantly improved insulin and blood glucose. The group which used other oils, except the soybean or sunflower oil — which have a high content of mono-unsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) — as cooking medium had not showed any significant changes. “If the different traditional Indian oils used across the country are replaced by olive or canola oil, it can lead to multiple health benefits,” said Anoop Misra, director and head of department of diabetes and metabolic diseases at a leading hospital. he said that the study has important implications for Indians who are at heightened risk for diabetes and heart disease.
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ruits are the best medicine is a well known fact. We also know that a cup of fruit juice a day is sure to guarantee a clear complexion. How about a massage with a fruit pulp or a fruit facial? Fruit facials have been there for at least a decade now. But with people getting more wary of effect of chemicals on the skin, majority of them are now resorting to using something from their own kitchen. What better way to pamper your skin than with pure stuff which is free of toxins and not in the least harmful to your skin? Besides the fact that they hydrate and rejuvenate your skin, the very smell of a fruit on your face is quite destressing. Unlike the chemical beauty treatments, fruits are costeffective, natural and also bring a visible difference. Here are a few fruits and their properties, choose what suits you best! Banana: This is one fruit that’s abundantly available in India all through the year. We know it’s a good source of iron, magnesium and potassium and helps reduce menstrual cramps. The effect of banana on skin too is not something that can be ignored. Banana is rich in vitamin A, B and E and hence works as an anti-aging agent. A fresh mashed banana facial can do wonders to your skin.
Lemon: Lemon juice is an important ingredient in most Indian recipes. This is also a fruit of all seasons and almost always finds place on your kitchen shelf or refrigerator. With its vitamin C content, its juice will keep your skin beautiful. A glass of warm water with a tsp of honey and a dash of lemon juice on an empty stomach every morning is a great skin cleanser. With its astringent properties, it can be used to lighten the skin tone and also diminish acne scars. Rub the inside of a lemon peel on your elbow remove dark spots. Mix lemon and honey and use it as a natural bleach on your skin. Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away is cliched, but its health benefits are undisputable. Apple’s antioxidant property prevents cell and tissue damage. Studies by nutritionists have shown that apples contain abundant amounts of elastin and collagen that help keep the skin young. Applying a mixture of mashed apple, honey, rose water and oatmeal can act as a great exfoliating mask on your skin. Orange: Rich in vitamin C that improves skin texture. Like apple, orange too contains collagen that slows skin aging process. Rub the insides of orange on your skin to tighten the skin. Oranges can
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Treat your skin to fruits this summer
be dried and powdered and used as a natural scrub. Like lemon, oranges too help clear skin blemishes. Papaya: The benefits of this fruit on skin have perhaps been talked about since the time of our ancestors. Papaya is rich in an-
tioxidants and contain a special enzyme called papain that can kill dead cells and cure skin impurities. A glass of papaya milk or just applying the flesh of papaya on your skin can do wonders to your skin. Mangoes: Rightly called the
king of fruits for not just its taste but also for health benefits. The soft pulpy fruit has an amazing effect on skin too. Rich in vitaminA and antioxidants, it fights skin aging, regenerates skin cells and restores the elasticity of skin.
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How to drink and not add calories
ith a little handy information you can enjoy a drink or two and
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still manage to keep diet your on track Never thought it was possible
to drink and watch your weight at the same time? It’s time to get smart about it. No one can really ignore the empty calories additional sugar alcohol and its mixers bring into your body, but there are a few tricks to enjoying an occasional drink and keeping the love handles at bay. Here are a few dietfriendly drinking tips that can come in handy, especially as the festive and barbecue seasons comes calling. Choose wisely There are a few diet-friendly alcohols that pack in fewer empty calories and weight clinchers than others. If you are watching your weight and counting calories, you don’t have to sit sipping juices at parties. Don’t forget portion control in addition to selecting the right drink. A few good choices (less than 100 calories) are — a shot (25ml) of gin with diet tonic, a shot of white rum with a soda, a small glass of wine or champagne, or a single measure of whisky or brandy. Opt for light beer. Keep away from cream liqueurs or sangrias since they ride heavy on the calorie count.
Pace yourself Alternate alcoholic drinks with mineral water or diet soft drinks. Make a glass of wine last longer by turning it into a spritzer — add sparkling water or lemonade. Not only does this reduce your chances of getting tipsy, it also hydrates the body and reigns in far fewer calories than the other heavy weights. Be prepared Avoid alcohol induced binges and cut down on calorie intake overall by being prepared. Fortify yourself with a healthy breakfast and lunch based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, potatoes or cereal) along with a little protein (lean meat, fish or soya bean). If you think you won’t be able to eat while you drink, have a pre-drink meal or light snack, ideally with some fat, to line the stomach and slow down the alcohol absorption into your system. A hearty sandwich or a bowl of porridge or yogurt is ideal. Steer clear A handful of peanuts have around 150 calories and a bag of chips has a deadly 183 calories.
If it’s a pre-meal lunch or dinner drink you’re having, avoid these snacks altogether. Try waiting for your starters to arrive before you start drinking. If nibbles are necessary, breadsticks are a good option. One at a time Don’t let others top up your glass. Finish a whole glass of your drink before you get another. This will ensure you know exactly how much you are consuming during the course of your session. Morning after If the next morning, you feel like you grossly overshot your limit and are nursing a headache, there is a healthier option for a fry-up that doesn’t call for oodles of calories. Try a lighter option of poached or scrambled eggs on a whole wheat bread. Eggs contain cysteine, which is siadi to break down the destructive chemicals that build up in the liver after a night of drinking. Milk, yogurt with fresh fruits, and poha are also simpler, healthier alternatives that will help ease your discomfort without much drama.
WINTER AILMENTS IN CHILDREN >>
Winter is just around the corner and bringing along with the cold weather the onset of some dreaded childhood illnesses. Most conditions share the same symptoms making it difficult to find out which ailment your child exactly has. It is necessary to understand and be aware of the different types of winter ailments so that a parent can assess the situation and act in time if a need to go to the doctor exists. Moreover, remember that once again, your favourite Homeopathic remedies are always by your side to make any episodes easier to manage and get over for you and your little ones. COLDS: Colds are caused by a virus that infects the nose, sinuses, throat, and airways, and are often spread through contact with mucus. Children get approximately 6 – 10 colds each year during the winter months. You can identify a child with cold when symptoms include sneezing, a stuffy and/or runny nose, coughing, scratchy sore throat, and red, watery eyes. Other signs are chills, aches, a mild fever and swollen lymph glands. FLU: Out of the 15% to 20% of the population who get affected by flu each year, children account for the majority of cases and are at least 2 to 3 times more susceptible than healthy
adults. Children under 2 are at most risk. A virus infects the lungs and air ways and can be spread through direct contact or airborne particles through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include a sudden fever, usually above 101°, accompanied by chills and shakes, extreme fatigue, muscle aches, a hacking cough, nausea, and vomiting. PNEUMONIA: The child’s cough can get worse, and a breathing trouble and or a persistent high fever can set in, or bloody mucus can be produced which can all be signs of pneumonia
and need to be diagnosed at the right time to avoid complications. BRONCHITIS: This is more common in kids under 5 and 25% of the affected population are unfortunately kids. This is usually caused by virus, bacteria or allergens and involves inflammation of airways. Symptoms include difficulty breathing and a severe cough that may last several weeks. Your child may also develop a slight fever that in severe cases will spike to above 102°. Cool-mist humidifiers or steam vaporizers help ease breathing. Also cough expectorants are very helpful along with Homeopathic remedies,
irrespective of the bacterial or viral nature of the infection. SINUSITIS: About 10% of children’s colds develop into sinusitis. It is an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses that’s usually caused by allergies or another infection. Symptoms include nasal congestion, thick nasal discharge, as well as pain, tenderness, swelling, and pressure around the nose, persistent cough, sore throat, or bad breath leading to fever and chills. ASTHMA: Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood illnesses. It is a result of airway inflammation and hyper-responsiveness to various triggers. Symptoms of asthma vary widely and can range from audible wheezes to intermittent or persistent cough, exercise intolerance, shortness of breath with minimal exertion, and waking up with shortness of breath or cough. Maternal smoking, allergies or a family history of asthma, house dust mites, cockroaches, mould, and indoor pets are all important triggers. The frequency of asthma attack in young children is higher during the winter months when there are more upper respiratory infections. ADENOIDS: The adenoids are lymph nodes located in the throat behind the nose. Infections commonly cause swollen or
blocked adenoids. Symptoms include a blocked nose, snoring, sore throat and yellow or green mucus in the nose. Adenoid infections in children can lead to middle ear infections and glue ear. GASTROENTERITIS: Outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhea caused by gastroenteritis (inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract) typically occur in late winter or early spring. While most episodes of gastroenteritis in young children are attributable to rotavirus, many other viruses can cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. Gastroenteritis generally gets better on its own, however, young children are at particular risk for dehydration. Winter illnesses are an inevitable part of childhood. Homeopathy, or any other medicine for that matter cannot and should not stop them. But Homeopathic remedies make sure that the ailments are not stressful or traumatic, physically or mentally for the child or the parent. Homeopathy helps to greatly reduce the intensity and frequency of the illnesses and develops a strong and healthy immune system in our children by accurate constitutional and acute prescribing. You may ask your personal query to Raj Kothuru (Homeopath) via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0425 761 826 / (03) 9077 5044 regarding any of your health problems. You will be offered authentic information and an opinion as to what best can be done pertaining to your ailment.
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Got Computer Eye Syndrome?
isual stress that occurs from too much close-up work with a computer can cause fatigue as well as reduced efficiency. Here’s a way out of this disorder... Of course, you can’t stay away from your desktop or laptop. But you can avoid the eyestrain that results from it. There are ways out of the hazard called Computer Vision Syndrome that can lead to blurred vision, headaches and more. Experts suggests ways to fight computer vision syndrome: Change your postures and see that your
computer is at a safe distance form your eyes. Blink quite regularly while keeping your eye on the computer. Reduce contrast of computer Take breaks when you are sitting and working on computer at a stretch Paint bright walls behind the computer a darker colour so as to tone down the strain. Use glare screens for the computer. Take a break too: The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends a 15-minute break for every two hours of computer use.