YRFs Shah Rukh Khan starrer Fan postponed
Last Updated on Feb 07 2015

YRFs Shah Rukh Khan starrer Fan postponed

Being one of the most awaited movies of 2015, Fan has been garnering a lot of attention since its inception. Along with the obvious fact that it is a Shah Rukh Khan starrer, the film also marks the return of SRK - YRF collaboration after 2012 (Jab...
Box office report
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

Box office report

2015 hasn't really kicked off on a big note, as far as box-office numbers are concerned. While a few have been complete duds, others have just about recovered costs. Today's big release is R. Balki's Shamitabh staring megastar Amitabh Bachchan,...
Shreya Ghoshal gets hitched
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

Shreya Ghoshal gets hitched

Shreya Ghoshal surprised everyone this morning on twitter. The singer took on to the micro-site to announce her big day. She tweeted - Married the love of my life @shiladitya last night surrounded by our families n close frnds, exciting new life...
Dia Mirza to turn director with a romantic comedy
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

Dia Mirza to turn director with a romantic comedy

Dia Mirza who made her transition to acting after winning one of the most coveted beauty pageant crown earlier turned producer with her banner Born Free Entertainment. Now we hear that Dia, who recently tied the knot with Sahil Sangha, will soon be...
Uttarakhand geared up for Chardham yatra 2015: CM Harish Rawat
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

Uttarakhand geared up for Chardham yatra 2015: CM Harish Rawat

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat The infrastructure in Uttarakhand that was devastated by the flash flood catastrophe of 2013 has been rebuilt and the state has also developed additional facilities to welcome pilgrims for a safe...
No entry for Togadia in Bangalore; SC refuses to stay ban
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

No entry for Togadia in Bangalore; SC refuses to stay ban

Pravin Togadia The Karnataka High Court on Friday refused to grant a stay on an entry ban into Bangalore imposed against Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia by the Bangalore City police. A single judge of the high court Justice S Abdul...
Floor test won, but trouble not over for Nagaland CM Zeliang
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

Floor test won, but trouble not over for Nagaland CM Zeliang

The dissidents within the NPF have once again threatened to pull CM Zeliang down. Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang may have won the floor test with an overwhelming support of the entire House including the opposition Congress members’ votes,...
Aditya Roy Kapur to endorse Set Wet hair gel
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

Aditya Roy Kapur to endorse Set Wet hair gel

When the suave Aditya Roy Kapur started off his career as a VJ in one of the music channels, little did anyone know that one day he will go onto become one of the most sought after names in Bollywood. His towering performances in films like Yeh...
Varun Dhawan to endorse Campus shoes
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

Varun Dhawan to endorse Campus shoes

Whenever there is a mention of the silver screen's chocolate heroes, one of the names that undoubtedly pops up is that of Varun Dhawan, the dude cum stud who made his debut in the smash hit film Student Of The Year. Varun Dhawan, who is now all...
Nitish Katara murder case cost Rs 5.8 crore to state exchequer
Last Updated on Feb 06 2015

Nitish Katara murder case cost Rs 5.8 crore to state exchequer

The 12-year-old Nitish Katara murder case has cost the state exchequer Rs 5.86 crore including nearly Rs 75 lakh spent on the security and upkeep of three convicts Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehelwan, Delhi High Court said on...

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Saturday, Feb 07 2015
Being one of the most awaited movies of 2015, Fan has been garnering a lot of attention since its inception. Along with the obvious fact that it is a Shah Rukh Khan starrer, the film also marks the return of SRK - YRF collaboration after 2012 (Jab Tak Hai Jaan). However, the film which was supposedly the solo release, planning to cash in on the occasion of Independence Day with its August 14 release, has now been postponed. Fan which will feature superstar Shah Rukh Khan in a double role is now looking for another release date. The reason for the delay is said to be the post production of the film that may take longer than expected since the film promises to feature never before seen VFX on the big screen. As of now, no other release date has been finalized and an announcement on the same is expected soon. Directed by Maneesh Sharma, Fan also stars Ileana D'Cruz and Vaani Kapoor. On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan's another film Raees is all set to go on floor soon. While a lavish set for the same is being created in Mumbai's famous Film City, the superstar will soon start shooting for the same along with co-stars Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Saturday, Feb 07 2015
        It is becoming increasingly hard to ignore religion these days. It stares you in the face, each time you step onto the street, in the writing on the walls, in most social conversations and of late, in the newspapers too, on a regular basis. Barely two days before the polls in Delhi, the national capital is witnessing a massive protest over the repeated attacks on churches. The protests began after ceremonial items were reported stolen from St.Alphonsa's church in Vasant Kunj, Delhi on February 2. What is more, this is the fifth attack in the last two months. In December 2014, the police had to step in and provide security to all 225 churches in Delhi after a catholic church, St.Sebastian's in Dilshad Garden, North Delhi was gutted in a mysterious fire on December 1, leading to a sit in by Christians and their supporters alleging that it was arson. The police later confirmed that it was arson but no arrests were made. The atmosphere of fear and suspicion further increased when stones where thrown at the Syro-Malabar catholic church at Jasola in Okhla during evening mass on December 7. Moreover, in most of these cases, the thieves only stole sacred ceremonial stuff, but did not touch the donation box, which proves the intent was not just robbery, said Father Vincent Salvatore, St.Alphonsa's church, in an interview with the IANS. John Dayal, former president of the All India Catholic Union, told IANS, "Somebody is trying to target our (Christian) community. Since this is election time, it has another dimension. We see a clear pattern in these attacks." To add insult to the injury, the Delhi police chalked it off as a ‘stray' incident and added that there was no pattern in the repeated attacks on churches in New Delhi. This has brought on this latest wave of protests on February 5 outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi, which saw the police drag priests, nuns, women and children onto police buses to stave off the protest. The police may deny that there is a pattern in the church attacks. But there is another pattern here that would make us fools if we did not consider it. Eight months ago, in June 2014, a young techie from Pune, returning home from work, was killed by alleged members after derogatory pictures of Shivaji were posted on Facebook, triggering communal tension. Since then we have seen a Dussehra marked by religious clashes in Vadodara where two men were stabbed and a dozen injured; a Diwali marked by religious riots in Trilokpuri in Delhi; a widespread mass religious conversion happily endorsed by the Sangh Parivar and the minister of state for food processing, Niranjan Jyoti making an extremist comment like ‘Raamzade vs Haramzaade'. And now there are these mysterious attacks on churches. Of late, India's religious intolerance, which was previously lurking in the dark underbellies of our cities and remote villages in the countryside, seems to have catapulted out into the open. It's an uncomfortable sort of limelight which leaves us open to censure from a visiting President, Barack Obama, who exited after the Republic Day festivities with a parting shot, ‘India would only succeed if it didn't splinter along religious lines'. Many interpreted his comments about religious divisions in India as a warning to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, given his past. And if you thought that was censure enough, Obama clearly did not. On February 5, Obama also declared that the acts of intolerance in India "would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation." "India was full of magnificent diversity - but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs," said Obama during a National Prayer Breakfast address in Washington. We have also had editorials by foreign newspapers like New York Times, noting the growing religious intolerance in India. The NYT particularly referenced how the winter session of the Parliament was constantly interrupted by the uproar over a ‘homecoming campaign' by the RSS and VHP to reconvert Christians and Muslims to Hinduism. The article blamed Modi for not reigning in the more hardline elements in the Parivar. Today, the Christian community sitting in on protest against the attack on their churches has also laid this issue on Modi's door. Father Jolly, one of the protesters, told BBC Hindi that the attacks on churches was making Christians "feel very unsafe". "The Prime Minister is still silent on the issue. In the backdrop of these attacks, he should come forward and issue a statement. He should give us confidence," he said. Now, the BJP may NOT be responsible for these attacks. But by staying silent on all these religion-related controversies, all of which have happened after the new government assumed office, they have invited these accusations upon themselves. When visiting dignitaries comment on religious violence in the country, doesn't it seem like it's too late for the PM to reassure them on his development agenda, his pet poll plank of ‘Achche Din' that got him voted into the office?   Image Courtesy: BCCL More on>> Balancing Act    
Friday, Feb 06 2015
The Badaun sisters' case just took a new turn. The complete Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report of the evidence gathered by the investigating agency has been submitted in court which states that the death of the two girls (15 and 14-years-olds respectively) wasn't a gangrape but suicide. The girls had called Pappu Yadav (one of the accused) to a nearby field. The elder of the two was having an affair with Yadav, and was founded half-naked in the field by their uncle, Babu Ram alias Nazru. A scuffle occurred between him and Yadav after which they rushed off in opposite directions. The girls "ashamed about being found out, committed suicide," reads the report. Since the case is sub judice we really wouldn't want to draw any conclusions. However, there are a few facts that scream out ‘hoax'. A dummy experiment conducted by a group of foreign journalists last year, had around 10 young girls climb the mango tree from which they both were found hanging. None of the girls could reach the height from which the two were found.   The CBI report however points to a faulty post-mortem report which was conducted by doctors in UP. "The menstrual blood of the younger girl was mistaken for blood from sexual assault. Moreover, discoloration in the genital area of the elder girl was opined to be due to sexual assault, but was actually because the bodies stayed hanging from the tree for 12 hours," said the CBI official, adding that the agency will send a report to the UP government on these lapses.While we stay away from forming opinions in this case, the sad part is that this is far from being a rare crime in India. If we for a minute believe the CBI report and reflect on the cause of the suicide - shame for being in a sexual relationship, it just shows us a harsh mirror of the Indian attitude that we continue to sport disguised under words like ‘culture' and ‘tradition'. We've been known to sex shame women and in this we, I include myself. Go back and reflect on how you reacted when you heard about a friend or a colleague or a relative who was possibly in a live-in or who got pregnant before marriage or who generally admitted to having sex! Although we quite well change our stance as we grow older and wiser, we've all had that quick one moment or maybe a nanosecond flash, when we hear the word sex, unmarried and woman together and form a judgment. It is that very minuscule spark that I wish we'd address. And that spark has deep-set roots in the Indian psyche. I remember my mother telling me about puberty when I was 12 I think, and that too right in the midst of a family chai time session. And the surprising part was that I didn't cringe at that time. I guess I didn't know that sex, puberty included, were not topics that could be discussed freely in the Indian household. However, I think my mother was quite ahead of her time. Because we, my brother and I, didn't grow up in an environment where sex was a taboo; there were so many discussions we could have with our parents without any embarrassment. And I am so glad I had them with my mother rather than get half baked knowledge from friends, porn movies and the newest invention back then, the Internet. The reason I cite an incident from my own childhood is because we tend to assume that talking to our children about sex is just going to lead to drastic events. A recent Times of India poll shows that almost 78 per cent of Indian parents avoid talking about sex with their children. And this includes discussions about puberty, sexual preferences and safe sexual practices. This lack of knowledge that we as kids grow up with is what sets the foundation for how we view sex all throughout our lives. It's amazing that we still manage to sweep it under the carpet then. Sexual education in schools is a joke in India with the closest that we get to sex is half-baked, embarrassing talks about puberty by a teacher who isn't open to any discussion after the session. Also let's not mix sex education with sexual relationships. Talking to your child about safe sex, consent and relationships will not make them go out and have sex the next day. No, it will rather turn them into responsible adults who know the meaning between consensual sex and rape. Between leching at women and respecting them. The difference between being an offender and a saviour!   Image courtesy: BCCL More On >> Balancing Act
Friday, Feb 06 2015
2015 hasn't really kicked off on a big note, as far as box-office numbers are concerned. While a few have been complete duds, others have just about recovered costs. Today's big release is R. Balki's Shamitabh staring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, South superstar Dhanush and newbie Akshara. The film is one of a kind and caters to a niche audience - the multiplex moviegoers. On one hand Shamitabh has opened to an average occupancy but on the other, the film is being raved by the critics. Which clearly means that a strong word of mouth will work wonders for it over the coming weekend. According to the first day occupancy reports, the film might collected Rs. 3 to 5 crores today. Watch this space for the weekend box office collection of this biggie...
Friday, Feb 06 2015
Shreya Ghoshal surprised everyone this morning on twitter. The singer took on to the micro-site to announce her big day. She tweeted - Married the love of my life @shiladitya last night surrounded by our families n close frnds, exciting new life awaits.Shreya Ghoshal married her long time beau Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya in a hush-hush ceremony. The wedding took place in traditional Bengali style. Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of hipmask.com and Rasilant Technologies.
Friday, Feb 06 2015
Dia Mirza who made her transition to acting after winning one of the most coveted beauty pageant crown earlier turned producer with her banner Born Free Entertainment. Now we hear that Dia, who recently tied the knot with Sahil Sangha, will soon be donning the directorial hat. In fact Dia Mirza is gearing up to turn director this year with a yet untitled film that will be a romantic comedy set in urban India. While not much is known about the story line, we hear that Dia couldn't resist directing the film after hearing the script. While currently Dia Mirza is working to achieve a stronger draft of the script, the film will be produced by her company and will have two young actors from Bollywood. The yet untitled venture is slated to go on floors in June 2015.
Friday, Feb 06 2015
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat The infrastructure in Uttarakhand that was devastated by the flash flood catastrophe of 2013 has been rebuilt and the state has also developed additional facilities to welcome pilgrims for a safe ‘Chardham yatra’ this year, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Friday. “After the devastation of 2013, we took into account nature’s warning and have put in place various measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for all pilgrims visiting the state. We are well prepared to tackle any untoward incidents,” Rawat said. The dates for the pilgrimage of Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib will be soon declared while the Badrinath Yatra will begin from April 26 of this year, he said. Rawat assured that the state is building a three-tier protection system that can prevent floods with three times the velocity of the 2013 disaster. Also, four helipads have been already built at pilgrimage sites for a enjoyable journey. Besides, Rawat said, biometric registration counters are already in place at entry points to the state and on yatra routes. Also put up are five base camps, 48 wayside amenities, seven ghats and 12 night shelters for the Chardham yatra in 2015. “A special task force comprising police and members from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering at Uttarkashi, has been set up for the Kedarnath route from Bhimbali which will function under the district magistrate of Rudraprayag. “Additionally, services of private helicopter operators have been engaged to take pilgrims to Kedarnath,” he added. The state government is also giving a tax holiday for one year to hoteliers en route to the Chardham, which will enable them to provide low-cost accommodation and food to pilgrims, he said. The Centre had also constituted a Cabinet Committee on Uttarakhand in 2013 following the catastrophe to push reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the hill state. “Under this (Cabinet Committee), Rs 7,000 crore budget was created for a period of five years to be funded partly by the central government, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. In the first phase, Rs 1,600 crore has been allocated, of which we have already spent around Rs 800 crore,” he said. Last year, 50 lakh travellers, including 5 lakh pilgrims who went on the Chardham yatra, had visited Uttarakhand, said state tourism secretary, Umakant Panwar. The state usually receives 1.5-1.2 crore tourists — mainly those coming on pilgrimage or for adventure trips. “We get three kinds of tourists, religious travellers, young adventurers and the high-end ones, including foreign visitors, who look for new, off-beat destinations,” he said. Uttarakhand has lined up a budget of Rs 300 crore for the financial year 2015-2016 that will comprise state as well as central grants for developing new destinations and facilities in the state, he said. The state is also developing a two-way ropeway for the Chardham pilgrimage that will be operational next year as also a modern town overlooking the gigantic lake and the Tehri Dam along with a ‘Himalayan Darshan’ to watch the best of the mountain range and a Ski Championship at Auli, Panwar said. Uttarakhand is also looking to cash in on film tourism and the topic will come up before the Cabinet on Saturday, he said.
Friday, Feb 06 2015
Just a week ahead of the World Cup, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday became a father after his wife Sakshi gave birth to a baby girl at a private hospital. (Source: PTI) Just a week ahead of the cricket World Cup, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday became a father after his wife Sakshi gave birth to a baby girl at a private hospital. The 33-year-old cricketer became a first time father after his daughter was born at Fortis Hospital here in the evening. The baby weighs 3.7 kgs, according to the doctors. Dhoni is currently busy preparing for India’s title defence at the World Cup in Australia. Sakshi is generally seen travelling with his husband on tours but she didn’t travel with Dhoni during the Australia tour. Dhoni had tied the nuptial knot with childhood friend Sakshi Singh Rawat on July 4, 2010.
Friday, Feb 06 2015
Pravin Togadia The Karnataka High Court on Friday refused to grant a stay on an entry ban into Bangalore imposed against Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia by the Bangalore City police. A single judge of the high court Justice S Abdul Nazeer ruled that there was no illegality in the ban order issued against Togadia by police commissioner M N Reddi. Togadia was seeking to participate at the golden jubilee conclave of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to be held at the National College grounds in Bangalore on Sunday. The Bangalore police banned Togadia from entering the city stating that Togadia tends to make provocative statements in public gatherings which hurt religious sentiments. The entry ban on the VHP leader was issued under CrPC section 144 (3), for a week from February 5. The VHP leader approached the High Court terming the police commissioner’s order arbitrary and unconstitutional. Meanwhile in the wake of the ban on entry to Praveen Togadia the Bangalore police have gone on a high alert to prevent the VHP head from entering the city surreptitiously. Additional Commissioner of Police (law and order) Alok Kumar said all vehicles entering the city would be checked.
Friday, Feb 06 2015
The dissidents within the NPF have once again threatened to pull CM Zeliang down. Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang may have won the floor test with an overwhelming support of the entire House including the opposition Congress members’ votes, but trouble from within his ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) appears far from being over. The dissidents within the NPF have once again threatened to pull him down. “We will continue with our legitimate demand for Zeliang to step down as chief minister. Our move was not to dislodge the NPF government, but only to remove Zeliang, and this move will continue,” former industry minister G Kaito Aye, whom the 21 dissident NPF legislators had last month projected as an alternative to Zeliang, said in Kohima. “The question of removing the DAN government or going aganst our own party does not arise. That exactly is why we voted in its favour. But we will continue with our demand till such time it is achieved,” Kaito said. On Thursday, when Nagaland governor PB Acharya called a special one-day session of the state assembly in Kohima, all members cutting across party lines – including the eight Congress MLAs who comprise the opposition – voted in favour of the chief minister’s trust motion. While Chief Minister Zeliang claimed that “truth had prevailed”, the dissidents later met again and reiterated their demand for his dismissal. The dissidents are now also looking ahead to a decision by the Election Commission on a petition that the faction had filed seeking recognition as the “real” NPF. The Commission has fixed February 16 for both factions to file their claims. “The state has been engulfed by crisis after crisis in the seven months under the chief ministership of TR Zeliang. The chief minister has totally failed to provide an efficient administration and development was pushed to the backseat. Instability has gripped the state and the government is now under control of a few who formed a syndicate,” the dissidents later said in a press release. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha member and former chief minister Neiphiu Rio has blamed Chief Minister Zeliang for the crisis in the party and the government. “The chief minister should not unnecessarily blame me for the crisis. It is a creation of NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu and chief minister TR Zeliang. “The entire movement gained momentum because of the party president Shürhozelie becoming autocratic and his doors for the aggrieved legislators were closed, despite they approached him for discussions,” he claimed. “If they (Zeliang nd Shurhozelie) are blaming me for the crisis, then they have the guilty conscience for what they did while I was to leave for Delhi,” Rio said
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