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20150125

The makers of the highly anticipated Telugu period drama "Rudhramadevi",are eyeing for release in March

Chennai: The makers of the highly anticipated Telugu period drama "Rudhramadevi", which is currently in post-production phase, are eyeing for release in March.
"We haven't finalised on the date, but the plan is to release the film in March," the film's director and producer Gunasekhar told media . Starring Anushka Shetty as the reigning queen of Kakatiya dynasty, the film also features Rana Daggubati and Allu Arjun in important roles.

It's also touted to be one of the most expensive Telugu films being made in stereoscopic 3D format. The film has music by maestro Illayaraja and art by National Award-winning Thota Tharani.
source:agency

Wing Commander Puja Thakur led the ceremonial guard of honour for US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi: Wing Commander Puja Thakur led the ceremonial guard of honour for US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan Sunday.
Wing Commander Thakur walked Obama for the inspection of the tri-service guard of honour. This comes as 'nari shakti' (woman power) is the theme for Republic Day parade this year where Obama is the chief guest.

This Jan 26 will also be the first time when women contingents of the army, air force and navy will walk down the Rajpath.
source:agency

US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi's 'samadhi' (memorial) at Rajghat

New Delhi: US President Barack Obama Sunday laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi's 'samadhi' (memorial) at Rajghat.
He was accompanied by union Minister Piyush Goyal.

Obama observed a moment of silence, and took a 'parikrama' around the memorial.

He placed a huge wreath and the paid floral tributes at the memorial.
source:agency

20150122

AAP founding member Shanti Bhushan said that making Kiran Bedi the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi is a "master stroke"

New Delhi: AAP founding member Shanti Bhushan said Thursday that making Kiran Bedi the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi is a "master stroke" and she will make a better chief minister than AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
"Kiran and Arvind were both part of the Anna movement, it is definitely a master stroke by the BJP because it is a success of the Anna movement. People want somebody to be the chief minister who has an honest image...If a person who is a crusader against corruption becomes the chief minister, people will be happy," said Bhushan. Bhushan was part of the Jan Lokpal movement and India Against Corruption led by social crusader Anna Hazare. "Perhaps she would make a much better chief minister...," Bhushan told news channel Times Now. "Last year Kejriwal has offered the post of chief minister to her. It means he felt she would make a better chief minister, but she did not join AAP. I think from very beginning, she had some pro-BJP mind-set. I would have preferred if she was with AAP and became the chief minister."

The former law minister also alleged that the ticket distribution in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was faulty. "In the ticket distribution, he (Kejriwal) has given tickets on the basis of winnability," he said. Bhushan said that Bedi's nomination by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the success of the anti-corruption movement. "AAP's aim was to re-establish clean politics in the country. It has succeeded in the way it forced the BJP to bring Bedi in the party," he said.
source:agency

The BJP dismissed speculation on Sourav Ganguly joining the party

Kolkata: The BJP Thursday dismissed speculation on Sourav Ganguly joining the party, but union minister Babul Supriyo said if the former India cricket captain does join, it will be a big boost.
"I don't know about his joining the BJP. But, he is a very big icon and if he joins, the path that we are trying to walk under the leadership of our captain Narendra Modi, I think it will give a big boost," Supriyo, union minister of state for urban development, told media persons here. The speculation began after industrialist Harsh Goenka Wednesday tweeted that Ganguly was all set to join the BJP.

Goenka's brother and chairman of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Sanjiv Goenka, too denied having any knowledge about it. Earlier Thursday, BJP national secretary and party in-charge for West Bengal Siddharth Nath Singh dismissed the speculation, saying there was no truth in the industrialist's claim.

Ganguly, who has been nominated along with others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Swachh Bharat Mission, had earlier rejected ideas of taking the political plunge. "I am better off in the ground," Ganguly had said last year following reports that he was offered to contest the Lok Sabha polls on a BJP ticket.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Sukanya Samridhi Yojana'

Panipat (Haryana): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday launched the 'Sukanya Samridhi Yojana' which will enable parents to open bank accounts of girls under 10 years of age.Giving away the passbooks and other documents to five small girls during the function to launch the nationwide 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' (save girl child and educate her) campaign from Panipat in Haryana, the prime minister said the Sukanya Samridhi Yojana was aimed at providing social security for girls. "This is for girls under 10 years of age. Parents can deposit any amount from Rs.1,000 to Rs.1.5 lakh. There will be more interest (by banks) in this scheme compared to others. No income tax will be levied. When the girl is 21 years old, she will get the entire amount," the prime minister said.
Urging people to plant five trees to celebrate the birth of a girl child, Modi said the family can cut the trees when the girl is to get married. "This will help in covering the cost of the marriage," he said.
source:agency

Actor Murli Sharma is working with Akshay Kumar


New Year comes with aspirations, resolutions and dreams. So 2015 is full of mega releases for Bollywood buffs, with the biggest A listers going all out to line-up prospective record busters. Going by the biggest releases of the big boys of Bollywood, a series of big films will continue to hit the screens. In case of actor Murli Sharma, who have recreate the cop saga in his own innovative ways will be seen in many film releases this year! It will be more apt to say that it is going to be raining Murli Sharma's movies in 2015! . He got over half a dozen releases lined up. The talented actor will be seen in a very interesting part in the Akshay Kumar starrer "BABY" releasing on 23rd Jan.

Murli Sharma said, "I have always wanted to work with Director Neeraj Pandey. He is really a very good director and good human being. After almost fifteen years finally got a phone call from Neeraj Pandey and my dream comes true, I was on board as the quintessential PA to a minister in the movie BABY."

After the movie Baby actor Murli Sharma is looking forward to Varun Dhawan's "Badlapur" which will hit the theaters on 20 Feb. Soon he will be seen in Viacoms "Dharam Sanket Mein" then there is Mahesh Manjrekar's remake of Kaksparsh, Death of Amar produced by Remo, Bijoy Nambiar's "Wazir", "Snafu" with Abhay Deol and Govinda's home production "Abhinay chakra".

Being part of so many movies this year Murli siad, "I want to associate myself with films which is good and meaningful .my characters is really meant for me when I am signing a film ,Even I don’t look a banner whether it is small or big ,but yeah don’t want to compromise my job which is based on my character .So when I am looking scripts the only thing which attract me more is only powerful character . The actor further added, I do not categories a film as commercial or critically acclaimed one."  Well what we can say with so many films up his sleeve it's actually pouring films for Murli.

20150118

"Bigg Boss Halla Bol" series will witness the presence of the "Khamoshiyan" team - filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt along with actors Ali Fazal and Gurmeet Choudhary

Mumbai: "Bigg Boss Halla Bol" series, an extension of "Bigg Boss 8", will  witness the presence of the "Khamoshiyan" team - filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt along with actors Ali Fazal and Gurmeet Choudhary.
The trio will promote their forthcoming film on the show, and they will be seen entertaining the viewers along with the show's host Farah Khan. Bhatt will be seen interacting with the contestants inside the house. He will go in as a director who will audition all the contestants, said a source.

To create a love triangle between Rahul Mahajan, Karishma Tanna and Upen Patel, Bhatt will them enact scenes. Rahul will be seen as Karishma's husband in one such scene where she is at a party with her boyfriend Upen. As things heat up, Rahul will throw water on Upen's face.
Gurmeet and Ali will be seen entertaining on stage with Farah. Gurmeet will be seen shirtless on stage showing his physique and shaking a leg on the title track of his film, while Ali will gift Farah a limited edition "Fast and Furious 7" wrist band.

"Bigg Boss Halla Bol" series started with five challengers from past seasons of the show, competing with five "champions" from the eighth "Bigg Boss" seasons.
source:agency

Uma Bharati said that 2015-16 will be observed as "Jal Kranti Varsh (Water revolution year)"

New Delhi: Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati said that 2015-16 will be observed as "Jal Kranti Varsh (Water revolution year)".
In her concluding address at the Third India Water Week here, she said the programmes concerning water conservation will be observed all districts of the country as part of this programme.

Making a strong pitch for the revival of Yamuna, she said that more water start flowing in the river in the coming years due to efforts of the central goverment.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Water Rrsources Sanwar Lal Jat called for using irrigation techniques that save water.
source:agency

20150116

President Pranab Mukherjee allotted Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki additional charge of Punjab and of Chandigarh administrator

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Friday allotted Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki additional charge of Punjab and of Chandigarh administrator and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh additional charge of Himachal Pradesh, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said.Solanki gets the additional responsibility as incumbent Shivraj V. Patil completes his tenure Jan 21.In Himachal, Urmila Singh's gubernatorial tenure ends Jan 24.
source:agency

Swine flu claimed its first victim here in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: Swine flu claimed its first victim here in Uttar Pradesh when a retired army man died late Tuesday for want of Tamiflu, the drug used in its treatment, an official sid.
Officials said the deceased was admitted to a hospital Jan 7 with pneumonia symptoms.

His samples were sent to the Sanjay Gandhi Post-graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) where swine flu was confirmed. After this he was quarantined and shifted to a separate ward. However, his condition worsened late Tuesday and he died in the night, an official said. Admitting that Tamiflu was not available in the city, Chief Medical Officer S.N. Yadav said the drug would be available in the city in a day or two as they were expecting a consignment from the union government.
source:agency

20150115

I am not in a hurry for the merger of Janata 'parivar' :Lalu Prasad

Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Thursday said that he was in no hurry to merge the various Janata parties, saying the proposed unity will take more time.
"I am not in a hurry for the merger of Janata 'parivar' because any work or decision finalized in a hurry can be bad," he told the media here.

The former Bihar chief minister added that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was the final authority on the issue. "Mulayam Singh has been authorised by all of us to take the final decision." According to speculation here, Janata Dal-United leaders Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav are keen on an early merger of their party with the Rashtriya Janata Dal in view of the assembly elections this year. The Janata 'parivar' parties have spoken about uniting after suffering a rout in the Lok Sabha election last year.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the indomitable courage and valour of the army on the occasion of 67th Army Day

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday saluted the indomitable courage and valour of the army on the occasion of 67th Army Day and said he was proud of their determination.
"On Army Day, I salute the indomitable courage and valour of our army. We are extremely proud of their dedication and determination," he said in a statement.

All three service chiefs - Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Robin K. Dhowan and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha - paid tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here at India Gate Thursday morning. Army Day is observed on Jan 15 every year. The day is of great significance and is observed to commemorate the appointment of Lt Gen (later Field Marshal) K.M. Cariappa as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army in 1949.
source:agency

Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada is likely to join the BJP

New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada is likely to join the BJP and may be fielded against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi assembly election, BJP sources said Thursday.
According to a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, the party is banking on the actor's glamour quotient to win the New Delhi seat won by Kejriwal in 2013 after defeating three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Jaya Prada fought the 2014 Lok Sabha election as a Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate from Bijnor but lost. Meanwhile, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, former AAP legislator Vinod Kumar Binny and former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi too are likely to join the BJP soon, the sources said.
source:agency

Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra won the Best Actor awards at 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards

Mumbai: Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra won the Best Actor awards at 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards that took place at Bandra Kurla Complex here Wednesday night.
While Shahid got the Best Actor (Male)- Critics- for "Haider", Priyanka received Best Actor (Female)- Critics- for "Mary Kom". On the other hand, Shah Khan Khan went home with the Best Actor (Male) - Popular Choice - for "Happy New Year" and his co-star in the film Deepika Padukone was voted as the Best Actor (Female) - Popular Choice. 21st Life OK Annual Screen Awards 2015 ceremony was attended by many established Bollywood celebrities, including Hema Malini, Siddarth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Tiger Shroff, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan among others. Veteran actress Hema Malini was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award by Shah Rukh.

Debutante actor Tiger Shroff, who proved his talent with his debut film "Heropanti", received the Best Promising Newcomer (Male) while Best Promising Newcomer (Female) went to Patralekhaa for the movie "Citylights". Kangna Ranaut's "Queen" was awarded the Best Film while the film's director Vikas Bahl was conferred with Best Director award. The award function will be telecast Jan 25 on Life OK channel.
source:agency

Ashutosh Gowariker's mega project "Mohenjo Daro" will now hit screens in August 2016

New Delhi: Ashutosh Gowariker's mega project "Mohenjo Daro" that was intially set to release ahead of Republic Day 2016, will now hit screens in August 2016.
“Mohenjo Daro” starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde was intially set to release Jan 22.

The movie, jointly produced by Disney India's Studio business and Ashutosh Gowariker Production Pvt. Ltd. (AGPPL), will now release Aug 12, 2016, read a statement. The film depicts a love story set during the Indus Valley civilisation. This is Gowariker's fourth period film after "Lagaan", "Jodhaa-Akbar" and “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey". The filmmaker’s TV production “EVEREST” is currently on air.
source:agency

20150114

Actor Ali Fazal, who participated in a drag race Aamby Valley City to promote "Furious 7", is confident that he won't disappoint his fans

Mumbai: Actor Ali Fazal, who participated in a drag race Aamby Valley City to promote "Furious 7", is confident that he won't disappoint his fans with his appearance in the upcoming Hollywood action thriller movie.
The new film in the popular "Fast & Furious" franchise is all set for release April 3 worldwide. Ali is doing his bit to promote it. On Jan 11, he participated in a drag race.

"The 'Furious 7' producers Universal Studios had arranged the drag race as part of the film's promotion in India. Audiences in India won't be disappointed by the length of my role. I've enough footage to make my presence felt," he said. The young actor who started his career with an unbilled appearance in "3 Idiots:, is looking westward to expand his horizons. "I was offered a role in the series 'Homeland' which I couldn't do because the dates clashed with my film with the Bhatts -- 'Khamoshiyan'. But I wish I had done it. Look at how much notice the series got Nimrat Kaur," he added.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the nation on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Pongal, Bhogi and Magh Bihu

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday wished the nation on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Pongal, Bhogi and Magh Bihu, saying the festive spirit across India was "gladdening"."I convey my heartfelt greetings to our fellow countrymen and women on the various festivals across the nation," he said in a statement."The festive spirit across India is gladdening. It celebrates the diversity of India that we cherish and are extremely proud of," he added."Wishing everyone on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti," he said. "Greetings on Uttarayan. The sight of the skies full of colourful kites is a delight. Have a wonderful day with family and friends!" he said.
Modi also wished Pongal to friends in Tamil Nadu. "Best wishes to our hardworking farmers for a great harvest. May it bring more prosperity in their lives," he said. "My best wishes on Bhogi! May this special day bring happiness to all and usher in a brighter and better tomorrow, full of unprecedented joy," Modi added. The prime minister also extended his greetings to the people of Assam on the occasion of Magh Bihu, saying "may this festival add to the spirit of happiness and well-being".
source:agency

The three-day Sankranti festival kicked off with fervour and gaiety across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: The three-day Sankranti festival kicked off with fervour and gaiety across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Wednesday with the celebration of Bhogi on the first day.
This is the first Sankranti, the harvest festival, after Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh as a separate state.

Towns and villages in both the Telugu states came alive with the festivities with people setting bonfires on the streets with agricultural and household waste. The celebrations began in the early hours of the day with people cleaning their houses and burning old items with a belief that new things would usher into their lives. People gathered at street corners in the early hours of the day and lit up a Bhogi fire in which unwanted goods like old clothes, mats and broom sticks were burnt. Men, women and children went around the bonfires with prayers. Some sang and danced. Bhogi is also known as Indran and is celebrated in the honour of Indra, the Hindu god. Hindus worship Indra for good harvest and prosperity. Andhra Pradesh Minister for Major Irrigation D. Umamaheswar Rao participated in Bhogi in Vijayawada. Transport Minister S. Raghava Rao took part in the bonfire in Ongole. Villages wore festive look with women decorating the entrance with intricate rangoli designs. Young men took to kite flying. After thoroughly cleaning their houses, women set cow-dung balls called 'Gobbemma' and placed it among the rangoli patterns. They also put fresh harvest of rice, turmeric and sugarcane.

The houses were decorated with marigold flowers and mango leaves. 'Haridasus' and 'Basvannas', the uniquely attired alm seekers with ornately decorated ox, made rounds of the villages. The families, after offering prayers in temples, prepare various dishes, especially Pongal - made of rice and daal. Decoration of bulls, cock-fight, bull-fight and other rural sports mark the three-day festival.
source:agency

20150112

Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit had become the country's main economic summit: Arun Jaitley

Gandhinagar: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit had become the country's main economic summit while encouraging other states to organise events of similar kind.
"Today, many other states have adopted this approach. The government of India is committed to supporting any such initiative of any state government," Jaitley said in his speech at the summit here. Later talking to reporters, he said: "I think this has become the principle economic summit as far as India is concerned. Now I think this is where economic activity is happening." "The more the states organise it, the more their idiom and their attitude in support of investment change. It's a welcome phenomenon," he added. He said recent trends of states like Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal holding such summits was very heartening.

Addressing the session on corporate social responsibility, Jaitley said there is massive inequality in society that is visible through things like lack of access to clean drinking water and toilets, even though there is a widespread notion that the country is growing. "Even though we're growing, there's a huge amount of inequality," he said. Pointing out that before the Jan Dhan financial inclusion scheme, only 58 percent people had bank accounts, he said the scheme had reached 11 crore people, while transfer of funds into the accounts has started from Jan 1.
source:agency

Indian Film Dance Directors Association awarded Choreographer Sandip Soparrkar and Ganesh Acharya



Indian Film Dance Directors Association (IFDDA) hosted an event to felicitate the veteran and present day choreographers on the occasion of international Choreographers' Day. Present at the event were choreographers  Ahmed Khan, Ganesh Acharya, Longinus Fernandes, Hemu Sinha, Javed Sanadi, actors Jassi Kaur, Jesse Randhawa and more. IFDDA committee members Pappu Khanna, Rajendra Suvanam and Bhupendra Sayan (Bhupi) and other members welcomed all the choreographers and made sure the arrangements were class apart.

The event began with the Chief Guest of the evening veteran bollywood actor Jonny Lever lighting the diya n praying to God of dance Natraj, along with the other members of the association. The award ceremony started with everyone paying homage to choreographer Jay Borade who passed away a few months back.

The show then had IFDDA committee awarding and felicitating internationally renowned choreographer Sandip Soparrkar and bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya with "Award of Appreciation" for their contribution in the field of choreography. Sandip Soparrkar said, “I feel humbled n blessed that IFDDA has recognised my work and I am grateful to all my friends from the choreography world for being here to encourage me."

The event ended with a grand performance by Drum Cafe who also had a dynamic interactive session with all the choreographers and guests. The choreographers day is of great importance to all the dancers in the world. Awarding and recognising Indian choreographers for their hard work is an attempt of IFDDA for the past 3 years which has been very successful since its inception.

20150111

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi whether he would announce full statehood for Delhi

New Delhi: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi whether he would announce full statehood for Delhi at his first poll rally . "Tomorrow Modi ji addresses Delhi. He had promised full statehood for Delhi. Will he announce that tomorrow? Or will BJP do a U-turn on this issue also," Kejriwal tweeted Friday. Modi is set to address a public rally at Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi Saturday. In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections last year, Modi had promised to grant full statehood to Delhi after coming to power. The promise was also a part of manifesto of the Delhi BJP in the 2013 assembly polls. Delhi became a state in 1992 under the system of diarchy where the elected government is given wide powers, except law and order, which remains with the central government.
source:agency

20150109

Paris terror attacks -At least two people were shot dead during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket


At least two people were shot dead Friday during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, where at least five people were being held, official sources told AFP.

"There are at least two dead, maybe more, but for the moment we don't know," one source said. French officials suspect a man responsible for the murder of a policewoman in the street of a southern Paris suburb on Thursday could be the hostage-taker.

French police released mugshots of a man and woman wanted over the killing of the cop. They were named as Amedy Coulibaly, 32, and Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, and are considered "armed and dangerous".

The Porte de Vincennes area in eastern Paris was locked down with people told to stay indoors and police streaming into the streets after the fresh attack.

The man holding hostages in the kosher grocery knew at least one of the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a source told AFP.

Amedy Coulibaly, 32, was seen with Charlie Hebdo suspect Cherif Kouachi in 2010 during an investigation into an attempted prison break in France. Coulibaly was convicted for his role and was well-known to anti-terrorist police.

Meanwhile, French elite forces surrounded two brothers suspected of slaughtering 12 people in the Islamist massacre at Charlie Hebdo in an ongoing operation.

The massive manhunt for the two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, appeared to be approaching a dramatic climax as security forces laid siege to the CDT printing business in Dammartin-en-Goele.

Snipers were deployed on roofs and helicopters swooped low over a small printing business in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, only 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Paris's main Charles de Gaulle airport.

Ahead of the stand-off, police had already exchanged fire with the pair in a high-speed car chase. Prosecutors told AFP there had been "no casualties reported" in the immediate aftermath of the shoot-out.

One witness described coming face-to-face at the printer's with one of the suspects, dressed in black, wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying what looked like a Kalashnikov.

The witness told France Info radio that the man said: "'Leave, we don't kill civilians anyhow'."

Schools nearby Dammartin-en-Goele were evacuated and residents barricaded themselves indoors as the hostage drama unfolded.

One 60-year-old choked back tears as she said how elite forces burst into the shop where her daughter works and ordered them to take cover.

"My daughter told me: 'Don't be scared mummy, we're well protected. She was calm but me, I'm scared. I'm really scared," said the woman.

Prior to the standoff, the suspects had hijacked a Peugeot 206 nearby from a woman who said she recognised them as the brothers, accused of killing 12 people in Wednesday's attack on Charlie Hebdo, which repeatedly lampooned the Prophet Mohammed.

President Francois Hollande rushed to the interior meeting to be briefed on the situation as Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared that France was at "war" with terrorism, but "not in a war against religion."

"It will without doubt be necessary to take measures" to respond to the terrorist "threat," said Valls.

Two Air France planes were forced to abort their landing at Paris's main Charles-de-Gaulle airport and go round again 'due to the presence of helicopters... flying over the zone at low-altitude," the airline said.

'Mass casualty attacks'

The spectacular endgame came as it emerged the brothers had been on a US terror watch list "for years".

And as fears spread in the wake of the attack, the head of Britain's domestic spy agency MI5 warned that Islamist militants were planning other "mass casualty attacks against the West" and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.

Wednesday's bloodbath at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris has sparked a global chorus of outrage, with impromptu and poignant rallies around the world in support of press freedom under the banner "jesuischarlie" (I am Charlie).
US President Barack Obama was the latest to sign a book of condolence in Washington with the message "Vive la France!" as thousands gathered in Paris on a day of national mourning Thursday, and the Eiffel Tower dimmed its lights to honour the dead.
And as a politically divided and crisis-hit France sought to pull together in the wake of the tragedy, the head of the country's Muslim community -- the largest in Europe -- urged imams to condemn terrorism at Friday prayers.
In a highly unusual step, President Francois Hollande met far-right leader Marine Le Pen at the Elysee Palace later Friday, as France geared up for a "Republican march" on Sunday expected to draw hundreds of thousands.

Shootings linked

French authorities had raised the security alert to the highest possible level in the region of Picardy, to the northeast of Paris, as forces tightened their noose on the brothers, Cherif, 32 and Said, 34.
Around 24 hours into the manhunt, the brothers were identified after holding up a petrol station 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Paris.
Cazeneuve announced that a total of 88,000 security forces were mobilised across the country and that an international meeting on terrorism would take place in Paris on Sunday.
Nine people had already been detained as part of the operation, Cazeneuve said.

'Stupidity will not win'

Meanwhile, questions mounted as to how a pair well-known for jihadist views could have slipped through the net and attack Charlie Hebdo.
Cherif Kouachi was a known jihadist convicted in 2008 for involvement in a network sending fighters to Iraq.
Said, his brother, has been "formally identified" as the main attacker in Wednesday's bloodbath. Both brothers were born in Paris to Algerian parents.

A senior US administration official told AFP that one of the two brothers was believed to have trained with Al-Qaeda in Yemen, while another source said that the pair had been on a US terror watch list "for years".
The brothers were both flagged in a US database as terror suspects, and also on the no-fly list, meaning they were barred from flying into the United States, the officials said.
The Islamic State group's radio praised them as "heroes" and Somalia's Shebab militants, Al-Qaeda's main affiliate in Africa, praised the massacre as a "heroic" act.
Refusing to be cowed, the controversial magazine plans a print run of one million copies instead of its usual 60,000, as journalists from all over the French media landscape piled in to help out the decimated staff.
"It's very hard. We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win," said columnist Patrick Pelloux.


source:AFP

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will return to Yerawada Central Jail in Pune

Pune/Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will return to Yerawada Central Jail in Pune Thursday evening after authorities rejected his application to extend his furlough.
Dutt left his Mumbai home to report back to the jail at the end of his 14-day-long furlough Thursday.
source:agency

20150107

Hindus upset at Australian brewery continuing with Ganesh-Lakshmi beer labels

Despite apologizing and promising to re-design their bottles and packaging and removing the objectionable images from the website in 2013, Brookvale (New South Wales, Australia) based “Brookvale Union” brewery’s ginger beer is still carrying juxtaposed images of Hindu deities Ganesh and Lakshmi; upsetting Hindus worldwide again.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest in 2013, calling juxtaposed images of Ganesh and Lakshmi on a beer bottle “highly inappropriate”, and then thanked the brewery for apologizing and focusing on redesigning the beer; has now asked it to show some responsibility, respect and maturity and understand the hurt feelings of Hindu community.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, indicated that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees. Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi were highly revered in Hinduism and they were meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be used in selling beer for mercantile greed.

Rajan Zed urged Brookvale Union to immediately remove the Ganesh-Lakshmi images from the beer label, packaging and website; recall all the beer with Ganesh-Lakshmi images from the market; and re-apologize.

Zed further said that such trivialization of Hindu deities was disturbing to the Hindus world over. Hindus were for free expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more, but faith was something sacred and attempts at trivializing it tormented the devotees, Zed pointed out and added that businesses should be respectful to various faith traditions.

In a statement released on November 14, 2013, and published in “Beer & Brewer” magazine from New South Wales, the brewery said: “We have subsequently apologised for any distress caused and begun the process of removing the images from the website. We’re lovers, not fighters, we want to make it right… We are now focused on redesigning the Ginger Beer which hopefully all can be happy with!” It asked “graphic designers, artists, and even doodlers” to come up with a better design by November 24 and reportedly urged them not to use imagery that may be deemed offensive.

"It seems we have unintentionally offended our Hindu friends with the imagery on our Ginger Beer packaging…Brookvale Union is about great tasting, fun beverages and not about disrespecting anyone or their beliefs”, statement added.

In an email to Rajan Zed on November 12, 2013, Brookvale Union wrote: “…it was not intended to cause any offence. With the recent feedback brought to our attention, we will be re-designing our bottles and packaging.”

Label at this ginger beer bottle juxtaposed image of Lord Ganesh’s face and Goddess Lakshmi’s body, besides displaying various other Hindu religious symbols.

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Zed noted.

In Hinduism, Lord Ganesh is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and is invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking. Lakshmi is the goddess of good fortune and beauty and is also known as ‘world-mother’. Moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.

Brookvale Union, reportedly first founded in 1950 and whose tagline is "Quality Nonsense", defines itself as "Complex yet simple, safe but dangerous, smooth yet sharp, tight but loose.” Its Ginger Beer (4.0% ABV) comes in 500 mL bottles in a box (also carrying same Ganesh-Lakshmi juxtaposed image) of  12 and is described  as “Spicy yet mild, dry but wet, smooth yet sharp, tight but loose”.

Brookvale, a suburb of northern Sydney in Warringah Council, is part of Northern Beaches region.

Cycling the new Fitness Bug caught with bollywood Actor Vikram Singh

Vikram Singh a bollywood/tollywood actor also who is a trained boxer is geared up to promote Cycling as a new fitness mantra. "I have always been into hard core fitness and I want the children and youth of this country to develop the healthiest body for a positive living. The way population is increasing and no place for cars we should get into various form of transport and i personally feel CYCLING is the best non polluted Form of Transport and good for whole system. No parking problem and if people are concern for status symbol they can buy a LV or Hermes or any top brand cycle as these brands will definitely one day make cycles for this populated world”, said Vikram Singh.

This Locovicky Actor has been going to the sets of his film Rana Vikrama on a bicycle from his hotel .It’s about 5 kms ride. So keep Fit and Live healthy.

Art of Success for Parenting

New Delhi: Parenting involves a certain amount of discretion. There is no standard rule for all children. Different children may need different levels of attention, expressions of love, and toughness. Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of one’s life, but a challenging task for lifetime as well.
No matter what age the children are, the work is never done. To be a good parent, one need to know how to make their children feel valued and loved, while teaching them the difference between right and wrong.
Despite of the feeling, love and care of a parent for their child, parents are incapable to unabridged it in their strenuous life. Resolving the problem and armed with unparallel passion for life and people, Mr A.K Mishra, the celebrated motivational speaker brings the art of parenting for parents who experience the same dilemma. Art of Success teaches the parent to create a nurturing environment where the children feel like they can thrive and develop into confident, independent, and caring adults.


It is with this very intent that Success Guru AK Mishra, brings to you his acclaimed ‘Art of Success for Parenting’ program (http://www.successguruakmishra.com).
In the quest to be good parents, very often the same mistakes our parents committed while raising us gets repeated on our children. In this age where technology is taking over our lives, one often loses sight of reality and parenting. Thus this seminar instils in parents the confidence to tackle parenting.


A.K. Mishra continues to motivate and inspire thousands across the country and globe through his ‘Art of Success’ seminars where he brings together scientific techniques and spirituality to instil performance and personality. His seminars have benefited and motivated not just parents, but even students, corporate, teachers, and managers. He effortlessly devours the participant’s conscious of their entrapped potential and getting over their obstacles.
Mr Mishra espouses a holistic approach when it comes to parenting. In his seminars there is an equal emphasis on the various aspects of parenting. He says,  “Nurturing your child with a proper technique is a must which is attained only with managing mind, time, energy, and relationships by working constantly on mental, physical, social, emotional, financial, and spiritual development. The problem with parenting is that it does not come with a manual, so many a time as parents one isn’t aware of whether we are in the right track or not. This training is not a manual, even better this training is a guide to successfully achieve skills of customizing  parenting required for each age of child and their development. Entire team of AK Mishra’s At of Success wishes and taking a sincere initiative for all the parents to help them develop and adopt a genuine manner for the upbringing of their child.”

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Delhi -The AAP said the national capital has around eight lakh fake voters

New Delhi: The AAP Tuesday said the national capital has around eight lakh fake voters, and accused the BJP of being behind the "scam". "In Delhi, 3,96,914 voters have 11,50,509 voter identity cards, which means one voter has three to four cards," Aam Padmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said at a press conference. The former Delhi chief minister said he met Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath Tuesday to complain about the anomaly, and was assured that the matter would be looked into. He said it was a "humongous figure" and something needed to be done. AAP leader Ashutosh said it was a scam and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could be behind it.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a public appeal to not pollute the Ganga river

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday made a public appeal to not pollute the Ganga river while calling for a "time-bound, swift action and single-minded focus to ensure it is made pollution-free".
Presiding over a high-level meet on the "Namaami Gange" project, attended by union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Uma Bharati and Prakash Javadekar, besides top government officials, Modi made a public appeal saying: "Ganga ko ganda na karein (don't pollute Ganga)".

Modi said the 'Namaami Gange' vision should focus on urban sewage and industrial effluents to check pollution at its source.

A total 746 industrial units along the stretch of Ganga were identified as critical pollution spots, of which pulp and paper, tanneries, and sugar industries accounted for over three-fourths, a statement from the prime minister's secretariat said.
Emphasising the need to promote recycling of industrial waste water, Modi said the industrial units should be motivated to stop pollution, failing which action should be initiated within the framework of existing laws.

The prime minister also called for exploring the possibility of setting up modern, environment-friendly crematoria along the Ganga through private initiative, the statement added. The prime minister also gave the nod to "Ganga Vahini", a group of volunteers to help clean the Ganga river.
source:agency

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup- Yuvraj Singh's hopes of getting a late call-up were dashed

Mumbai: Injured all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was included in the 15-member Indian squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup starting Feb 14 but star batsman Yuvraj Singh's hopes of getting a late call-up were dashed as the BCCI announced the team for the mega-event here Tuesday.
Jadeja is nursing a shoulder injury sustained during training in the early stages of India's ongoing tour of Australia.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee met in Mumbai today (Tuesday) and selected the Indian team for the Tri-series between India, Australia and England to be played in Australia from the 18th of January," Sanjay Patel, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said.

"The Indian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be played in Australia/New Zealand from February 2015 was simultaneously selected."
Jadeja picked up the injury while training and wasn't considered for selection for the first two Tests of the ongoing four-match series and returned to India to undergo treatment.

Axar Patel was flown in to Australia as a substitute for Jadeja. Patel, the likely candidate to replace Jadeja in case of his unavailability, was also included in the squad.
Jadeja was also named in the ODI squad for the tri-series involving India and England to be played in Australia after the Test series.

Recent Test retiree Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named the captain of the side while Virat Kohli was declared his deputy.
India are the defending champions having won the trophy under the leadership of Dhoni at home in the 2011 edition of the quadrennial event.

But 2011 Cup's man-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh's outside chance of getting a call-up failed to materialise.
He was earlier kept out of the list of 30 probables alongside four other former heavyweights -- Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag.

India play their first match against Pakistan Feb 15.
The Indian squad for the World Cup: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

The Indian squad for the tri-Series: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni.
source:agency

Jacqueline Fernandez is now keen to work with 'Mr. Perfectionist' Aamir Khan

Mumbai: After romancing one of Bollywood's most eligible bachelors Salman Khan in the film “Kick”, Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez is now keen to work with 'Mr. Perfectionist' Aamir Khan, who is currently enjoying the success of his recent release “PK”.
Jacqueline was present at the launch of fashion photographer Dabboo Ratnani's 2015 calendar in Mumbai Monday. Here, on being asked about working with Aamir, Jacqueline said: “I want to work with as many amazing actors as I can, because that will only help me to grow as an actor.

“And of course, it is on everyone's wish list to work with Aamir Khan because his movies always have strong content and he is a fantastic actor,” she added.

On the film front, Jacqueline will be next be seen opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in "Roy".
source:agency

Model-actor Sonali Raut says she avoided melodrama during her stint in "Bigg Boss 8" but loved her "dramatic" exit

Mumbai: Model-actor Sonali Raut says she avoided melodrama during her stint in "Bigg Boss 8" but loved her "dramatic" exit when stars of forthcoming movie "Roy" came in to get her out.
Sonali was happy to exit in style.

"Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez came into 'Bigg Boss' house to get me. Arjun put a handcuff around my hand and escorted me out. I avoided drama throughout my stint in 'Bigg Boss', but I loved my dramatic exit," Sonali said.

Salman Khan's favourite contestant for this season's "Bigg Boss 8" was out of the 'house' Jan 3. She doesn't regret her eviction.
"I stayed as long as I could. To go on now would have been unbearable specially since Salman has also left. The show is just not the same for me any more," she said.

During her stint in the Colors' show, Sonali came to be known as the inhouse fashionista who did no work.
Laughing off the image, she said: "I refuse to entertain these allegations. Like all other negativity in the house, I've shut out this as well. I want to ask those who accused me of being lazy and not doing my work... if I didn't do my work, then who did it for me."

As for the charge of being blase, Sonali countered: "I just shut all negativity out. Believe me, that wasn't easy to do. The negativity was all around me. It was impossible to avoid it.
"I had to collect all my will-power together to remain calm. I kept reminding myself that I had better things to do in life than to worry about food hygiene and who said what to whom."

Sonali often found her fellow-contestants amusing in their endeavour to get attention.
"I could see them over-doing the emotions and drama for the camera. And I could only laugh at them. They made such a mockery of themselves. I wanted to be no part of the tamasha (drama)," she said.

Yet, she holds no grudge against anyone.
"They are all sweet in reality. It's the show that makes them behave the way they do," she said, and added that she wants either Pritam Singh or Gautam Gulati to win the ongoing "Bigg Boss Halla Bol" series.

"As for me I'm just happy to be out," she concluded.
source:agency

Bollywood celeb's at Muhurat and Song Recording of upcoming Hindi film ‘JD’



Ex- director of Bhartiya Gyanpeeth & eminent author Ravinder Kalia and his wife eminent author Mamta Kalia opened the Muhurat Shot of “JD” on Monday in Mumbai. Host of the evening was Director-Producer Shailendra Pandey who introduced the main cast and crew of the film that features Bollywood actor Govind Namdev, supermodel cum actress Jesse Randhawa, and introduces model Lalit Bisht as "JD".   Shailendra Pandey said, “The film is based on the life and hardships faced by journalists. It is an outright entertainer and heavy on concept”. Jesse Randhawa was seen bonding with her co-star Lalit Bisht. She said, “It’s great to be working with Shailendra Pandey who is brilliant at direction. I was fascinated by concept of the film which attracted me towards working with him”.



The songs have been rendered by singer Mamta Sharma who was seen recording an item number for the film, and Singer Rani Hazarika who was seen singing a peppy club song from the film. Mamta Sharma said, “I totally enjoyed singing this track for the film JD. The tunes are very catchy and the lyrics are going to be on everybody tongue once the track is out”.



Famous Bollywood actor Govind Namdev plays a crucial part in the film as the negative lead. He said, “This is a very unique concept and it is very interesting to work in a film like this”.Choreographer Sandip Soparrkar attended the muhurat to support his friend Shailendra Pandey and wished him good luck for his debut Hindi venture. Others who were present at the Muhurat were Music director Ganesh Pande, Lyrics and screenplay writer Kumar Vijay, Writer Suraj Prakash and more.

Hindus laud Australia Government agency for funding employees’ yoga classes

Hindus have commended IP Australia, an agency within Australia Government Department of Industry, for reportedly subsidizing its employees’ yoga classes.



Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, calling it a step in the positive direction, urged other Australia Government departments/agencies to do the same, thus incorporating yoga in the lives of government employees.



Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization,



Rajan Zed further said that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.



According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to an estimate, about 21 million Americans, including many celebrities, now practice yoga. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.



IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights. Patricia Kelly is its Director General and it is a listed entity within the Department of Industry.

Aircel Chennai Open 2015 Kicks off with a Fashion Show

Chennai: Reliance Trends, the official apparel partner of India’s Premier and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, Aircel Chennai Open through their active wear brand Performax, conducted the opening fashion show featuring top tennis stars of the tournament like Feliciano Lopez, Somdev Devvarman and others along with Show Stopper Shriya Saran at the Hyatt Regency, Chennai on January 5, 2015.

The players turned up the heat as they walked the ramp and the who’s who experienced a fun and stylish evening at the Hyatt regency, Chennai.

Sequence 1 - Indian Wear: The new spring summer 15 collection gives an interesting dimension to Indian wear with popular art forms like phool jhadi, bohemian raphsody, Jaipur pottery, & match pop art brought to life in innovative cuts and silhouettes. This is the exciting new range of SS' 15

Sequence 2 - Casual Wear Collection: Bright summery colours and unique cuts and sillouhettes is what defines this collection. Popular inspirations like hip hop, French prints in the forms of denims leggings, capris and funky trousers.

Sequence 3 - PARTY Wear: This diffusion line brings great dimension to the spring summer 15 range. The predominantly monochrome theme highlights stylish party wear dresses in contemporary sillouhesttes and fabrics.


Bols continued to host the official Player Party of the Aircel Chennai Open
- A magnificent gala that attracted the crème de la crème of Chennai’s party circuit -

Chennai, 6th January 2015: In its capacity as an official sponsor, Bols, a leading alcobev company in the premium spirits segment, hosted the official Player Party of the Aircel Chennai Open at Hyatt regency, Chennai on 5th January, 2015. It was a magnificent gala along the pool side that attracted the crème de la crème of Chennai’s party circuit. The company’s fourth year of continued association with the event speaks volumes about the trust and dependability of the tournament and the credible platform it offers marketers.

The who’s who at the party included Feliciano Lopez, Somdev Devvarman, Anand Amritraj, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes amongst others. At the event, Seed 2 Feliciano Lopez learnt how to make cocktails and competed with the Bols bartender.

The Twentieth Year celebrations of India’s only ATP World Tour stop are including a host of exciting activities sure to thrill tennis fans who are waiting to enjoy scintillating tennis action at Chennai’s SDAT Tennis Stadium. Initiatives include the launch of a special logo created to mark the occasion, a renovated venue, and a host of ongoing activities across India.

The Title Sponsor for the tournament is Aircel and the event is supported by a consortium of sponsors in the Platinum category, headed by the Government of Tamil Nadu.


About Aircel Chennai Open 2015

The USD 450,000 Aircel Chennai Open, owned by IMG and operated and organised by IMG Reliance, is India's and South Asia's only ATP World Tour event. Started in 1996, by IMG, a global leader in sports management and marketing, the event has completed 20 successful years of existence, branding Chennai and India on the global tennis map thus creating a legacy of sorts of promoting international tennis in India. Winner of the prestigious ATP's Player Services Award of Excellence (2006) for its outstanding organization and wonderful hospitality towards the participants and ATP's Best Marketing Award (2008), the tournament has acquired the status of a much sought-after tennis event for both players and fans alike in the International tennis circuit. The 20th edition of the event in India and 19th in Chennai will be held from 5th – 11th January, 2015 at the SDAT Tennis stadium in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The tournament is conducted in Chennai with the active collaboration of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA).

About Performax

Performax is a high performance active wear brand exclusively available at Reliance Trends India’s largest fashion destination. Lightweight durable and moisture managed, Performax is designed for maximum comfort and maximum performance.

Performax is equipped with performance based features like “Quickdry” which helps you stay cool and dry, “UV Protection” which protects you from harmful rays, “Compression Garment” which provides special support for better performance. “Fly Weight” light weight fabric which moves with the body, “high Stretch Fabric” for better movement.

The brand is available across 100 cities and 180+ stores of Reliance Trends.

About Bols Kyndal:

BOLS Kyndal is a joint venture between Amsterdam based Lucas BOLS BV and Kyndal India Pvt. Ltd. Lucas BOLS has brought their expertise of blending, distilling and their 400 years of heritage in the spirits business and Kyndal has brought to the fore their marketing & distribution expertise and their immense understanding of the Indian Diaspora to ensure BOLS X.O. Excellence Brandy is a success in the widely diverse Indian market. Today BOLS Brandy is the market leader in the premium brandy segment in thecountry. BOLS X.O. Excellence Brandy is pot stilled and matured grape brandy and is the first genuine grape spirit brandy in India. The BOLS Kyndal JV comprises of BOLS Premier XO Excellence, BOLS XO Excellence, and BootzAuthentic Genuine Grape Brandy.For more information, please visit www.bolsbrandy.com



About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.

About IMG Reliance

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company. The joint venture company will develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis-at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

Experience some of tennis’ greatest moments at the exclusive ‘Aircel Chennai Open Museum’

Part of the event’s 20th year celebrations, tennis fans will enjoy the tournament’s most memorable moments


Chennai: The 2015 edition of the Aircel Chennai Open, which kick started at Chennai’s SDAT Stadium today, is marking two decades since the very first game of India’s premier and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour stop was played. To commemorate fantastic achievements, unforgettable moments and offer Chennai’s tennis lovers an opportunity to travel back in time, the organizers have created an exclusive Aircel Chennai Open Museum in the stadium.

A special ‘Cradle of Indian Tennis’ wall at the museum will introduce fans young and old to every Indian tennis player who has made a debut in the tournament and charmed fans through the years. These Indian players include Srinath Prahlad (1996), Sandeep Kirtane (1996), Mahesh Bhupathi (1996), Leander Paes (1996), Asif Ismail (1996), Gaurav Natekar (1996), Susheel Narla (1997), Nitten Kirrtane (1997), Harsh Mankad (1998), Vishal Uppal (1998), Fazaluddin Syed (1999), Mustafa Ghouse (1999), Saurav Panja (2000), Sunil Kumar (2000), Prakash Amritraj (2002), Ajay Ramaswami (2002), Rohan Bopanna (2002), Stephen Amritraj (2003) Karan Rastogi (2004), Ashutosh Singh (2007), Vishnu Vardhan (2008), Yuki Bhambri (2009), Somdev Devvarman (2009), Sanam Singh (2010), Divij Sharan (2011), Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash (2012), Ramkumar Ramanathan (2012), N. Sriram Balaji (2012), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (2012), Saketh Myneni (2014), and Purav Raja (2014). Since its inception, a record 37 Indian professional tennis players have competed in the main draw of the tournament.

The seeds of India’s first and only ATP World Tour stop were sown in 1996. 20 years down, the tournament has grown into the marquee ATP tennis event in South Asia, giving birth to many a tennis champion, attracting some of the finest names in the world tennis circuit, including Rafael Nadal, Boris Becker, Patrick Rafter, Carlos Moya, Stan Wawrinka, Janko Tipsarević, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marcos Baghdatis, and Indian stars Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna among others and has spawned a multitude of fans across the nation.



Chennai has grown to become the indisputable home of tennis in India and the tournament has helped place the city on the international tennis map.

Other initiatives to celebrate 20 years include a recently concluded and highly successful trophy tour, the launch of a special logo created to mark the occasion, a renovated venue, and a host of ongoing activities..

The 20th edition is presenting an exceptional assembly of talent that includes four top-25 players and three 2014 ATP World Tour Award winners. Cutting off at 95, the strong player field for tournament is witnessing some of the world’s most exciting names in tennis converging in India. These include thrilling talent such as World No. 4 and Defending Singles Champion Stan Wawrinka, World No. 14 Feliciano Lopez, World No. 15 Roberto Bautista Agut, and World No. 22 David Goffin. Other leading players who will add excitement to the event include Spaniards Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Marcel Granollers, Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu and 2014 finalist Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The Title Sponsor for the tournament is Aircel and the event is supported by a consortium of sponsors in the Platinum category, headed by the Government of Tamil Nadu.


About Aircel Chennai Open 2015

The USD 450,000 Aircel Chennai Open, owned by IMG and operated and organised by IMG Reliance, is India's and South Asia's only ATP World Tour event. Started in 1996, by IMG, a global leader in sports management and marketing, the event has completed 20 successful years of existence, branding Chennai and India on the global tennis map thus creating a legacy of sorts of promoting international tennis in India. Winner of the prestigious ATP's Player Services Award of Excellence (2006) for its outstanding organization and wonderful hospitality towards the participants and ATP's Best Marketing Award (2008), the tournament has acquired the status of a much sought-after tennis event for both players and fans alike in the International tennis circuit. The 20th edition of the event in India and 19th in Chennai will be held from 5th – 11th January, 2015 at the SDAT Tennis stadium in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The tournament is conducted in Chennai with the active collaboration of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA).

About IMG
                                                                                                                                                           
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.

About IMG Reliance

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company. The joint venture company will develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis-at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

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Farah Khan has been roped in to host "Bigg Boss Halla Bol" series

Mumbai: Farah Khan has been roped in to host "Bigg Boss Halla Bol" series, but the choreographer-filmmaker says she isn't interested in entering the "Bigg Boss" house.
"I would never get into the house. I don't think I need to and I like to go home every day. It works for people who are upcoming and want to be noticed. It's the right platform for them. I don't need to be noticed anymore," the "Happy New Year" director told media. "It's a really tough thing. It's so isolated and cut off and at the same time there's so much negativity around. I am excited I am just hosting it," she added.

Superstar Salman Khan hosted multiple seasons of the celebrity reality show "Bigg Boss". Asked how it is to step into his shoes, Farah said: "I have been such a 'Bigg Boss' fan and that's an open secret. Everybody knows. For me, it's like going to Disneyland. I am stepping into Salman's shoes only because he is not available. He is fabulous as a host".

"Sometimes, even I get scared by Salman. Last season I called him and asked why he lost his cool. I think it's very clever of them to get me in because I am not in that zone. I am not another actress or hero so, I think for me my personality will be more different," she added.
source:agency

Search is on for the wreckage of the suspect terror boat: Indian Coast Guard

New Delhi/ Gandhinagar: Search is on for the wreckage of the suspect terror boat, the indian Coast Guard said Saturday, adding that surveillance has been increased along Gujarat coast.
Coast Guard officials said that ships and aircraft are continuing the search operation to recover wreckage or bodies of those who were seen on the boat.

However, an official said that with the sea being atleast 2,000 metres deep in the area, the task is not an easy one. Talking to reporters in Gandhinagar, Coast Guard Commander (North-West Region) Kuldip Singh Sheoran also said surveillance has been increased.

"We are alert round-the-clock, but due to these events we are on extra alert. Our ships and aircraft are doing their job of patrolling the sea," Sheoran told reporters. He said those onboard did not look like fishermen. "We saw four men on the boat... they were nowhere looking like fishermen, they were wearing t-shirts and half-pants, and this raised suspicion on our side," Sheoran said.
Asked if the men seen on the boat were terrorists, he said: "Multiple Indian intelligence agencies are jointly investigating the incident and they will go to the bottom to it." The suspicious boat was intercepted by the Coast Guard late Dec 31, and was traced and chased by aircrafts and vessels of Coast Guard.

While a warning was issued to the boat to stop for a check, it shut down its light, and four occupants seen onboard then went to a lower deck and set the boat afire. This led to an explosion, raising the suspicion of explosives being onboard.
source:agency

The number of cyber crimes in India may touch 300,000 in 2015

New Delhi: The number of cyber crimes in India may touch 300,000 in 2015, almost double the level of last year, causing havoc in the financial space, security establishment and social fabric, a study said.
"What is causing even more concern is that the origin of these crimes is widely based abroad in countries including China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Algeria among others," D.S Rawat, secretary general, ASSOCHAM said while releasing the joint ASSOCHAM-Mahindra SSG study "Cyber and Network Security Framework".

At present, the number of cyber crimes in India is nearly around 149,254 and is likely to cross the 300,000 by 2015 growing at compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 107 percent. According to the study, every month sees 12,456 cases registered in India. During 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the total number of cyber crimes registered were 13,301, 22,060, 71,780 and 62,189 (till May) respectively, it said.

Phishing attacks of online banking accounts or cloning of ATM/debit cards are common occurrences. The increasing use of mobile/smartphones/tablets for online banking/financial transactions has also increased the vulnerabilities to a great extent. The maximum offenders came from the 18-30 age group, the report added. These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyber space of a number of countries including the US, of Europe, Brazil, Turkey, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Algeria and the UAE, highlighted the study.
"Growing internet penetration and rising popularity of online banking have made India a favourite among the cybercriminals, who target online financial transactions using malware and India ranks third after Japan and US in the tally of countries most affected by online banking malware during the year of 2014," it said. As per the study, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra have occupied the top three positions when it comes to cyber crimes registered under the new IT Act in India.

Interestingly, these three states together contribute more than 70 percent to India's revenue from IT and IT related industries, it added.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the occasion of Prophet Mohammad's birthday Eid Milad-un-Nabi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday greeted people on the occasion of Prophet Mohammad's birthday Eid Milad-un-Nabi, hoping that the "spirit of peace, harmony and compassion" be strengthened.
"Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. May the spirit of peace, harmony & compassion be strengthened in society," Modi said in a tweet.
source:agency

Islam is the 'real home' of all religions in the world: Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that Islam is the 'real home' of all religions in the world and hence the real 'home coming' will be when people of other religions embrace it.
The MP from Hyderabad said that every child is born as a Muslim but his parents convert him to other religions. "The real home coming will be when people of other religions embrace Islam," he said, addressing a public meeting on the eve of 'Milad-un-Nabi' Saturday night.

The MIM leader said the Sangh Parivar was running a campaign in the name of 'home coming'.
"Muslims are being allured with Rs.5 lakh and Christians with Rs.2 lakh to convert. Only five lakh? What a joke. Muslims can't leave Islam even if you give them the wealth of the world," he said, amid loud cheers from thousands of people at Darussalam, the MIM headquarters. The Muslim leader invited people of all faiths to accept Islam but made it clear that there is no compulsion. "You come back. We can't give money but we guarantee you success in this world and thereafter," said the MP.

Stating that India is the country of 'our father', Owaisi said Adam who is the father of entire humanity landed in India when he came to Earth. He criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on 'ghar wapsi'. "Have you ever thought what will happen to the country. How foreign exchange will come to India. You announced that you will bring 100 billion dollars. Will this bring FDI (foreign direct investment)," he asked.
The MIM president decried attempts to link terrorism with Islam. He said terrorism can be eliminated from Earth only by following the teachings of Islam. "Islam came to end terrorism and repression. Allah sent Prophet Mohammad as Rehmat-ul-lil Alameen (mercy to the world)," he said.

Demanding action against Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Hafiz Saeed for killing innocents, Owaisi said the enemies of the country are enemies of Muslims. He said MIM has political differences with the Bharatiya Janata Party but supports any action against the enemies of the country and has made this stand clear in parliament.
source:agency

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Had a “lifetime experience” inside the Bigg Boss” house: Upen Patel

Mumbai: Actor Upen Patel, who became the latest contestant to be evicted from the popular reality show “Bigg Boss”, says that he had a “lifetime experience” inside the house and wishes he could have stayed inside there for some more time.
The 34-year-old, who was nominated alongside Dimpy Mahajan, Ali Quli Mirza, Pritam Singh, Karishma Tanna, and Sonali Raut, was ousted Thursday in a mid-week eviction as the show is all set for its finale Jan 3.

“I think other contestants were playing a better game, that's why audience voted me out this week. But I'm happy that I got a chance to enter the 'Bigg Boss' house,” Upen told media over phone from Mumbai. “I had a lifetime experience in 'Bigg Boss'. I wish if I could have stayed inside for some more time,” he added.
Unlike his good boy image which he had initially maintained in the house, Upen suddenly turned volatile and started picking up unnecessary fights with his co-contestants, forcing them to nominate him for this week's elimination. However, Upen, whose stint in the show lasted 101 days, says that such circumstances were created inside the house that he couldn’t resist, and it was because of these he got involved in the fights.

"I think the concept of the show is such that you cannot stay out of fights. For audience it is a show, but for me its reality where I have to stay there all time.”
The show will announce its five winners on Jan 3, who will compete with five former contestants (challengers) in the upcoming special series titled “Bigg Boss Halla Bol”. The special series, which will be hosted by filmmaker Farah Khan, will be aired Jan 4.

“Bigg Boss 8”, which airs on Colors is now left with 7 contestants excluding Ajaz Khan, who is a challenger.
source:agency

Actress Udita Goswami and her husband Mohit Suri welcomed their first child- a girl

Mumbai: Actress Udita Goswami and her husband Mohit Suri welcomed their first child- a girl, says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
“Mohit Suri and Udita have received a gift from the Gods! A baby girl has just descended from the 'skies' into their life,” Bhatt, also an uncle of Suri, tweeted Friday. Suri tied the knot with Udita in 2013 after dating her for about nine years.

His cousin Pooja Bhatt had launched Udita in Bollywood with her 2003 film "Paap" and two years later, Suri directed the actress in her second film "Zeher". The “Ek Villain” director is now busy with “Humari Adhuri Kahani”.
source:agency

Actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan says his son Arhaan has a fascination for films

Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan says his son Arhaan has a fascination for films but right now is concentrating on his studies.
"My son is 12 years and he is currently interested in studies," said Arbaaz. "He knows he hails from the film industry and yes, there is a fascination in him about films but let him grow up. We will encourage him if he is interested," he added.

The actor-filmmaker is currently busy promoting his production venture "Dolly Ki Doli". Directed by Abhishek Dogra, the film features Sonam Kapoor, and Rajkummar Rao among others.

source:agency

Mantri Developers wins CII-ITC Sustainability Awards third time in a row

Bangalore – Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd. has been applauded for its work in addressing sustainability by CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development and was conferred with Commendation for Significant Achievement Award at CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2014.


Expressing his gratitude for receiving the award for three successive years Mr Sushil Mantri, Chairman and Managing Director, Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd. said, “Mantri Developers has always attempted to make meaningful contribution to the society and environment. Such recognitions offer the much needed encouragement and motivation to continue programmes and introduce newer initiatives. These awards bring a renewed energy to our pledge to restore nature and care for the society.”


Mr. Prakash Javadekar (Honourable Minister of Information and Broadcasting & Environment), Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi (Member of Parliament), Mr. YC Deweshwar, Chairman, ITC) and Mr. Chandrajeet Banerjee (Director General, CII) were the prominent personalities to grace the ceremony. Mantri Developers ensures higher turnover, goes the extra mile to protect the environment and cares for the community. This appreciation renders the much needed support to the most significant contributions to the cause and encourages the leaders of this revolution.


Mantri has performed consistently at the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards by winning the award for three consecutive years. This award recognises Mantri’s continuous efforts to raise awareness on sustainable practices and the attempt to main stream these activities.



About Mantri Developers:

Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd. is a leading developer of world class Homes, IT Parks, Retail Spaces and Educational Institutions. Mr. Sushil Mantri founded Mantri Developers in Bangalore in the year 1999. In just 15 years, the company has built over 32 projects. Today, as part of its diversified portfolio Mantri Developers cumulatively has to its credit over 22 million square feet of constructed area, over 30,000 satisfied residents and 21 million square feet under various stages of construction. Mantri Developers has a track record of delivering 1.5 homes per day since inception. The company plans to focus on the residential sector, retail, hospitality, IT Parks and educational institutions in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. For more information, log on to www.mantri.in

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The Venkateswara temple earned Rs.832 crore as 'hundi' collection or offerings by pilgrims during 2014

Hyderabad: The Venkateswara temple, India's richest shrine located on the Tirumala hills in Tirupati, earned Rs.832 crore as 'hundi' collection or offerings by pilgrims during 2014.
Over 2.26 crore pilgrims visited the temple in Andhra Pradesh, about 550 km from Hyderabad. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which runs the affairs of the temple, said over 8.98 crore pilgrims were sold laddoos.

More than 1.15 crore people tonsured their heads. As many as 1,86,31,312 people were served food under 'annaprasadam'. The 'hundi' collection for the calendar year was equal to the offerings during financial year 2013-14. The TTD has projected 'hundi' collection at Rs.900 crore for 2014-15.

The overall revenue of the temple during 2013-14 was Rs.2,263 crore. This is likely to be Rs.2,401 during the current financial year.
source:agency

Ved Pratap Vaidik says people are opposing the Aamir Khan movie "PK" because of a "misunderstanding"

New Delhi: As Hindu right-wing groups continue their protests over "PK", veteran journalist and activist Ved Pratap Vaidik says people are opposing the Aamir Khan movie because of a "misunderstanding" and they should watch it before going against it as the movie is actually against religious frauds and people who have made a business out of religion and are conning ordinary people.
Demonstrations against the movie have taken place in Delhi, Agra, Bhopal, Ahmedabad and many other places across the country. Hindu organisations like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal say the movie hurt religious sentiments of Hindus.

Among those who have spoken against the movie are yoga guru Ramdev, Swami Swaroopanand Shankaracharya and Maulana Firangi Mahal. However, Ramdev close aide Vaidik says he is "amazed" at the people who are protesting against the film.

"Whatever Ramdev was told by people, on that basis, he issued the statement. But now perhaps, he will see the film and form his own opinion," Vaidik, who hit the headlines last year after he went to Pakistan and met extremist leader Hafiz Sayed, told IANS.
"The film is against hypocrites, against fraudulent people, against those who, in the name of god, or in the name of religion, are setting up their own 'dhanda' (business). "I was amazed why people are protesting against this film. The film should be watched before opposing it. They will stop opposing once they watch it. The people are opposing the film because of a misunderstanding, there is no other reason," he said.

"PK" portrays Aamir Khan as an alien who is fascinated by India. The film, which released Dec 19, also stars Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani and Sushant Singh Rajput. Vaidik also encouraged filmmakers to make movies that portray the truth and feels they should not be afraid of such protests.

"Filmmakers should be courageous enough to make such good artistic films which depict the truth. And they should never be afraid of those people who are protesting because they have not seen the film."
source:agency

Sandip Soparrkar and Jesse Randhawa throw New Year Party at their Residence


Year 2015 began with a bang for everyone, people made plans to welcome the New Year in their own unique style. Many Bollywood celebrities celebrated the New Year’s Eve with their friends and family. A galaxy of Bollywood stars attended the New Year Party thrown by bollywood renowned choreographer Sandip Soparrkar and his beautiful wife Jesse Randhawa at their  home for his National Achievement award. This Party turned out to be a star studded affair with bollywood stars Jackie Sheroff, Deepak Parasher, Vidya Sinha, Rohit K Verma, Aruna Raje, KS Sanjay, Madhumita Patil, Ranjeet Sharma, Amit Dolawat, Smilie Suri, Vineet Bangera, Makarand Deshpande, Lubna Adam, Nabhkumar Raju, Vijayshree Chaudhary, Sandeep Mahavir, Nilima Azim, Uma Dogra, Baljit Singh Chaddha, Om Kaliraman, Mita Vasist, Iris Maity and others.

Sangram Singh walked in with Payal Rohatgir and a basket full of fruits for Sandip and Jesse. The party witnessed live singing and music performance by Jam Buddies, they made all the guests  groove to famous old and new bollywood tunes. Others who were present at the party were Amy Billimoria, Varsha Usgaonkar, Mugdha Godse, Rahul Dev, Priyanka A. Shah, Nilesh Auti, Nakuul Mehta, Sachin Sharma,Tejaswini Kolhapure Saraswat, Shivani Khetan.

Sandip later thanked all his guests on his facebook page and posted exciting pictures of all having a blast. Guests in turn praised each moment spent at the party calling Jesse and Sandip perfect hosts. This was a perfect way to bring in the new year with just close friends and family.

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A BSF trooper was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers on the International Border in Samba district of Jammu region

Jammu: A BSF trooper was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers on the International Border in Samba district of Jammu region Wednesday, police said.
"Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the Regal border outpost of BSF in Samba district of Jammu region," a senior police officer saidin winter capital Jammu.

“A BSF trooper was killed in Pakistan firing, which is still going on (around 1.45 pm). BSF has effectively retaliated,” the police officer added.
source:agency

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has thanked Mahendra Singh Dhoni for giving the country "moments of great pride"

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has thanked Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket and gave up his captaincy of the Indian team in the long form of cricket, for giving the country "moments of great pride".
"It requires courage and immense self assessment to accept that you are done. Thank you MS, you gave us all moments of great pride!," Amitabh tweeted Wednesday.

The "Don" star is currently busy promoting his forthcoming film "Shamitabh".
source:agency

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, will next be seen sporting a cropped look for a TV commercial

Mumbai: Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has flaunted her long hair in several movies and at award functions, will next be seen sporting a cropped look for a TV commercial.
From curly ones to a straightened look, the 41-year-old has always surprised fans with her long locks. But now she will be seen in an all-new avatar in an ad campaign for an improved Total Repair 5 product range by L’Oreal Paris.

The former Miss World, who has been a L’Oreal brand ambassador for over a decade, will be seen showing off her short hair in the TV commercial, which will tentaively go on air Jan 3, 2015.
source:agency

Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt says she can’t believe that designer Isha Mantry is no more

Mumbai: Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt says she can’t believe that designer Isha Mantry is no more.
The 27-year-old fashion designer, who was originally from Mumbai, collapsed allegedly due to a drug overdose at an Electronic Dance Music festival at Candolim beach in Goa late Monday and subsequently died at a local hospital, the Congress alleged Tuesday.

Pooja is in shock.

“Isha Mantry I can't believe you have left us so early. You with the dancing eyes & shy smile! Why my love? WHY?,” she tweeted Wednesday. “What appalls me is the damn music did not stop at EDM even after Isha's body was carried off the floor. Are we that blasé? That brain dead?,” she added. She also advised her followers on Twitter to leave the chemicals behind.
“Stick to alcohol if you must guys! Smoke a damn joint! But for God's sake, leave the chemicals BEHIND. Life is too damn precious,” she tweeted. Her father and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt also took to the micro-blogging site to mourn the designer’s death.

“Amusing yourself to death! Do u know that when Isha Mantri our designer dropped to the dance floor & died, the music did not stop? Tragic!,” he tweeted.
source:agency

Rohit Verma to Kick Off New Year's Eve Celebrations in Goa

The Year is ending, and New Year is just round the corner. With this festive spirit, the B-Town glitterati are all set in a holiday mood. Just like us, Bollywood stars too look forward to bring in the New Year with their family, friends and loved ones. While some have kept their New Year's Eve plans under wraps, some stars are open about their plans and ready to shine bright this New Year’s night. It’s perfectly a time to celebrate leisure moments for our celebrities. As the countdown for the New Year has begun, we find Bollywood fashion designer Rohit Verma all set to have a blast in Goa with his friends.


Rohit Verma Said, "New year is the time to be together with our closed ones, so I decide to celebrate it with a twist. Me and my friends are going to celebrate the fresh morning of this new year in Goa. I want to wish all my friends and fans a very happy and prosperous new year."

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Celebs Flag Off "Entertainment ka Mela" MULUND FESTIVAL



The much awaited Mulund Festival is here, organized by Ex-MLC Charan Singh Sapra Chairman SEWAK (NGO), rocked the Eastern Suburb yesterday  as The Harley Davidson Bike Rally kicked off to an enthusiastic start in Mulund on the Eve of Christmas, with Mulund  bikers putting up a remarkable show of skill. they  breezed through Mulund roads, flaunting extraordinary biking talent, hot jackets and even their chic boots. The rally was courage personified, as it witnessed a social cause of "Save Girl Child" coming together to celebrate the spirit of womanhood. The Mulundites engulfed ‘Harley Davidson Bike Rally’, while the Owners brandished their Power Machines. The rally saw around 35 unique Harley Davidson bikes which were running over the Mulund streets for 2 hours.

The “MULUND FESTIVAL – Entertainment ka Mela” is started to Entertain the Residents - as it entered the 2nd day. Harley Davidson Bike Rally, Family Antakshari, Karaoke Singing, Badminton, Box Cricket … kept the people entertained throughout the Festive Christmas Day. The ‘Family Antakshari’ was a super hit among the families. The Star Attraction of this event was ‘Neha Mehta’ popularly known as ‘Anjali of Tarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma’. She praised Mr. Sapra for organising such a wonderful Festival & said “While entertaining the people and uniting them, thereby sending the message of Peace & Harmony." On first day Mulund witnessed Body Builders from around the World flexed their muscles thereby amazing the Mulundites with their hulky structures & Group Garba Competition made them shake their feet. Indian Body Builders of World Championship Level participated in this mega event. Chief Guest Bollywood Actor Mukesh Rishi who himself is a Body Builder, considering the participations from all over the world, said “Mr. Sapra has organised this event on a very Grand Scale & it can be rather called “World Festival” instead of “Mulund Festival”. Sugandha Mishra (Standup Comedian & Singer) graced the Group Garba Competition. She amused the crowd of thousands to such an extent that tears started running their cheeks. She also made the public dance with her.

The Grand Finale of festival will be held on Sunday 28th Dec 6.30pm onwards, which will witness a galaxy of stars from the entertainment world at the Nirmal Lifestyle Mall amidst famous personalities like Ayushman Khurana, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Dhupia & SAB TV starcast. The event will be graced by rocking performance of Shaan & troupe. There will be an added attraction of Standup Comedy by Sudesh Lehri.

Ritesh Deshmukh, Ayushman Khurana, Shaan and Sudesh Lehri Celebrated Mulund Festival


A five-day-long festival of Mulund the “Entertainment ka Mela” witness by the Leading lights from the Bollywood and Television industry have arrived in the Festival. Mulund Festival initiated by Charan Singh Sapra Ex - MLC & Chairman of Sewak (NGO) concluded yesterday with a Starring Goodbye to year 2014. The 5 day event started from 25st – 29th Dec 2013 was a Grand Success. It featured more than 10000 participants in 10 different events which included Karaoke Singing, Dancing, Box Cricket, Body Building, Badminton, Painting, Rangoli, Marathon, Carnival Junction, Harley Davidson Bike Rally and many more. Charan Singh Sapra said, “The Mulund Festival has proven to promote our great city and province by showcasing local and international talents in fashion, entertainment and cultural performing arts. I applaud all the sponsors, organizers, participants and attendees for promoting this annual cultural festival”. The festivals provide attendees with the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite celebrity.



The Entertainment ka Mela flag off my Singer-Comedian Sugandha Mishra, and followed Harley Davidson Bike rally with the message of “Save Girl Child”. Body Building competition was a mega hit where Body Builders from around the World flexed their muscles thereby amazing the Mulundites with their hulky structures Chief Guest Bollywood Actor Mukesh Rishi who himself is a Body Builder, considering the participations from all over the world, said “Mr. Sapra has organised this event on a very Grand Scale & it can be rather called “World Festival” instead of “Mulund Festival”.

On the grand finale of the festival people was seen grooving on the tune of Shaan which made crowd go crazy. Charan Singh Sapra was seen bonding with Ritesh Deshmukh, Sapra said, "We are bringing all the sections of societies & people of different age groups on a common platform & also give them a chance to exhibit & excel their talents.” Standup Comedian Sudesh Lehri was seen making people rolling on the floor with his jokes.



 Ritesh Deshmukh who was all in Marathi mood said, “Mulund Fest is an initiative for bringing about togetherness by the cosmopolitan crowd of Mulund. The festival was a great fun. I enjoyed a lot the audience was amazing." Sapra was seen honoring Bollywood star Ayushman Khurana who enthrall the audience with his melodious voice and sung his popular song "Mera Mann Kehne Laga", Ayushman said, “Its fun to celebrate mulund festival with all my fans.  It’s a beautiful fest I have ever seen." Bigg Boss fame Actor Pratyusha Banarjee was seen enjoying the performance, she said, “It was great fun and I am grateful to be here." Others who were present at the Harshad Chopra, Sumeet Raghvan, Rupali Bhosale, Atul Parchure, Paresh Ganatra, Aditi Sajwan and Manav Gohil. The festival was celebrated by mulundies with lots of fun and pomp.