July, 2011


Bodyguard music review

Music Directors: Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam Chakroborty Lyricists: Shabbir Ahmed and Neelesh Misra Singers: Salman Khan, Ash King, Clinton Cerejo, Mika Singh, Amrita Kak, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal, Alam Gir Khan and Shaan Again the Himesh Reshammiya returns to composing with Salman Khan-starrer Bodyguard. The composer, who has collaborated with Salman after six years, has churned out all the songs for the album except one that has been composed by Pritam Chakroborty. The album is out and out commercial, but its 12 songs offer nothing extraordinary or unique.Read More

Beware of online investments, SpeakAsia under scanning

MUMBAI: Investors alleged fraud on the Singapore-registered company SpeakAsia of about Rs 8,000 crore. Navneet Khosla one of the investors had registered a complaint against the company with the Mumbai police. He has accused SpeakAsia of cheating him of Rs 2.4 lakh. Investigators did not comment on this high figure saying they are still examining the firm’s accounts, investors say that many of them have put in lakhs of money into SpeakAsia. According to sources, the company has ‘recruited’ 20 lakh investors across the country, but its website pegs theRead More

Norway mourn after blood shed

NORWAY: One week after an anti-Muslim extremist killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage Norway has begun burying the dead people. Mourners of all ages vowed they would not let the massacre threaten their country’s openness and democracy. The first victim to be laid down by them was an 18-year-old Muslim girl. The gunman opened fire at a political youth camp and bombed the government headquarters in Oslo. Bano Rashid, a Kurdish immigrant from Iraq, was buried in a Muslim rite after a funeral service yesterday in theRead More

Caribbean Airlines jet crashed on landing in Guyana, no serious injuries

GUYANA: On Saturday a Caribbean Airlines jet crashed on landing in Guyana before dawn, luckily the 163 people on board escaped serious injury. Officials say the jet skidded past the end of the runway in the rain at Georgetown’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport. The Boeing 737 aircraft broke in two came to rest in a field on the edge of a 60-meter deep. U S and Guyana Investigators will retrieve the flight data and voice recorders for analysis in determining what caused the crash. Officials said, light 523 had leftRead More

Anti-Doping raids conducted in several cities

TRIVUNANTHPURAM: Fourth raid of the month by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted as a surprise check at the PT Usha School of Athletics at Kozhikode, Kerala, on Friday. A NADA team, headed by senior project officer V Jayraman raided the academy rooms and collected urine samples of six athletes for dope testing. There were no supplements found in any of the rooms, which were searched. Also earlier in this month NADA had conducted surprise checks at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala and Sports Authority of India’s centresRead More

Farmers calling a Mahapanchayat

NEW DELHI: On Saturday farmers from 50 villages in Noida have called a mahapanchayat to decide their next course of action on the land acquisition fight. A fortnight in office and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is ready with the much-awaited Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill. But will the bill be a slightly modified version of the archaic colonial Land Acquisition Act of 1894 or will it be a great leap forward. “There is not going to be involuntary displacement or involuntary acquisition,” National Advisory NC Saxena said. AsRead More

One more setback to renaming issue of Bhopal

BHOPAL: Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) General Council turned down the proposal of renaming of Bhopal citing constitutional provisions and merger agreement with the Central government. Madhya Pradesh government’s efforts to rename the state capital as Bhojpal yet again suffered a setback now. However, Madhya Pradesh minister for urban administration and development, Babulal Gaur told PTI on Friday, “the decision to rename Bhopal as Bhojpal was taken by the state government and now it will send the proposal to Centre for approval along with the opinion of the local body.” BabulalRead More

Positive reports of India-Pak latest dialogue

ISLAMABAD: Asif Ali Zardari President of Pakistan has welcomed the commitment of Pakistan and India to seek early solutions to their outstanding disputes. Associated Press of Pakistan reported, “Pakistan welcomes the commitment of the two sides to work together in seeking early and amicable solutions to all issues between the two countries,” Zardari said on Friday after foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar briefed him about the outcome of her July 27 talks with her Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna in New Delhi. After the dialogue, both countries had sought to openRead More

CPM leader did not see any harm in Anna’s decision to fast

BHUBANESWAR: On Friday Senior CPM leader Brinda Karat urge she did not see any wrong in social activist Anna Hazare’s proposed fast against the Lokpal Bill from August 16. In a meeting of women self-help groups (WSHGs), while addressing she said, “Every citizen has the right to protest. People’s struggle will strengthen democracy. Karat supported inclusion of the Prime Minister and the conduct of MPs in Parliament under the ambit of the proposed Lokpal Bill. Pointing out that the Standing Committee of Parliament had in 2001 recommended inclusion of theRead More

My surname does not reflect any caste: Amitabh Bachchan

MUMBAI: During a pormo of his latest film Big B said, “I’m proud to have a surname that does not reflect a caste.” With the director Prakash Jha and actor Manoj Bajpayee to promote his latest venture, “Aarakshan”, Bachchan shared his views on aarakshan or reservation and his experience on filming the first issue-based venture in his career. When asked about his stand on the issue of caste-based quotas in the country’s education system, Big B said, “I have grown up in a family where my father was a kayasthaRead More