March, 2011


Separation of Bollywood votes for Leela Samson

MUMBAI: Leela Samson a classical dance connoisseur prepares to take over as the Chief of the Censor Board, Bollywood and film makers from other movie industries stand divided on choosing Samson over other film industry people. As the Leela Samson has no direct experience in the film industry, apart from being an expert Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer. Some industry seniors opine that the choice of Leela Samson was a downslide compared to the earlier incumbents, Sharmila Tagore and Anupam Kher, both with decades of film industry experience. While some stakeholdersRead More

Indio-pak match create history for Television too

Wednesday’s India-Pakistan match in Mohali proved to be the biggest sporting event of the century, might not have lived up to the expectation of being a thriller but it did break all previous records. A record breaking number of audiences were glued to their television sets when India defeated Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-final. A total of 67.53 million viewers watched the match. That should not come as a surprise to a nation where cricket is a passion. The ad rates for the final match are said toRead More

Abhi and Kangna in Ramu’s new film

MUMBAI: Ram Gopal Varma has signed in Kangna Ranaut, who will play the character of Abhishek Bachchan’s wife in the film in his forthcoming dark action drama ‘Department’. When asked why he chose Kangna, RGV said that in fact he was smitten by her work in films like ‘Gangster’ and ‘Woh Lamhe’ where she played intense roles. Since then the director wanted to work with Kangna, but he was waiting for the right opportunity and apt film for her. Ramu said, “I didn’t want to cast her in anything insignificant.Read More

Citizenship problem of Kurds in Syrian census

Twenty per cent of Syria’s ethnic Kurdish population was deprived of Syrian citizenship following a controversial census in 1962, according to human rights groups. Now Syria has announced it will look into the plight of some 300,000 Kurds who have been denied Syrian nationality for close to half a century, a state media reported. SANA the state-run news agency said, “President Bashar al-Assad has ordered the creation of a committee charged with resolving the problem of the 1962 census in the governorate of Hassake.” Hassake, an area in northeastern Syria,Read More

2011 Census reports showed the slowest growth of population

NEW DELHI: Since independence in the decade to 2011 India’s population grew at its slowest pace, said government On Thursday. According to provisional results of the decadal headcount conducted last month India’s population grew to 1.21 billion, declared Census Commissioner C Chandramouli. A trend welcomed by some since it may lead to higher living standards and sounder public finances in a country with enough young people. Unlike the advanced countries of the West or even Russia and China , where ageing or shrinking populations have sparked worries about the impactRead More

Debo Kumar Bora killed in an accident

JORHAT: Debo Kumar Bora Assam Chief Minister Tarun Goigoi’s former press adviser was killed and his wife, son, driver and PSO injured when their car hit by a stationary truck in upper Assam’s Golaghat district. Congress sources said Bora was travelling overnight to arrange chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s press conference in Jorhat. According to official sources, Bora’s wife, who received serious injuries, son, driver and PSO were admitted to the Jorhat Medical College Hospital after the accident at Rongajan near the Kaziranga National Park around 2.20 am. Bora’s body was takenRead More

Huge celebrations all over India: India won the semifinal!

MOHALI: In a historic match of Wednesday at Mohali India beat Pakistan to get placed in the World Cup final. Now the India’s dream of a World Cup triumph at home is one step closer after their bowlers suffocated Pakistan’s batsmen to set up a 29-run victory in the semi-final in Mohali. Saturday’s decider will now be a battle of the hosts, and while Sri Lanka might have been surprised by the strength of India’s bowling effort, they would also have taken note of a slightly lacklustre batting performance. India’sRead More

Importance of India-pakistan match for MP government

BHOPAL: On Wednesday the Madhya Pradesh government declared a half-day holiday in government offices and institutions. Also ensure that people enjoy the India-Pakistan cricket semifinal clash in Mohali without a any power cuts between 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced Wednesday, “There would be no power cuts across Madhya Pradesh between 2 to 11 p.m. during the India-Pakistan semifinal match.” He informed, “We have bought 1,000 mega watt power so that people can watch the match comfortably.” The state government has already declared half working-dayRead More

Ban on book suggesting Mahatma Gandhi ‘bisexual’

MUMBAI: Author Lelyveld’s book “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle With India” was sparked by reports claiming the book maligns the father of India’s independence Mahatma Gandhi as bisexual and racist. As a result Pulitzer-Prize winning author Joseph Lelyveld’s new book about Mahatma Gandhi get banned by an Indian state. Politicians in the state of Maharashtra, home to India’s financial capital Mumbai, have asked the central government to bar publication nationwide. On Wednesday the Gujarat’s assembly voted unanimously to ban “Great Soul” in the state with immediate effect. TheRead More

Shiney sentenced for seven years punishment

MUMBAI: A fast track sessions court on Wednesday sentenced a seven years rigorous imprisonment to Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja for raping his maid despite the victim turning hostile during the trial. Judge P M Chouhan relied mainly upon the FIR in the case, while convicting the accused, Shiney’s lawyer Srikant Shivade told reporters who were not allowed in the court as the trial was held in-camera. As the judge felt that she had given false evidence, the court has also not accepted the maid’s evidence in the court that sheRead More