Alone and I battle it out
Last Updated on Jan 17 2015

Alone and I battle it out

Amidst small films and Hollywood flicks, today’s big release is the Bipasha Basu-Karan Singh Grover starrer Alone. The film has been allotted 1000-1200 screens. The film is helmed by Bhushan Patel and marks the debut of television hottie...
Manish Malhotras big achievement
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

Manish Malhotras big achievement

Manish Malhotra has not only redefined fashion but has also made the entire nation go crazy over his creations. No doubt then the designer is one of the most famous personalities on various social networking sites. Now, he has crossed the big one...
Kareena to do an item song with Sidharth
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

Kareena to do an item song with Sidharth

Kareena Kapoor Khan will set the screen on fire in a sizzling item number for Karan Johar’s upcoming production, Brothers. That too with Sidharth Malhotra. Those in the know vouch that director Karan Malhotra is leaving no stone unturned to...
Secret diaries of our stars
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

Secret diaries of our stars

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Congress ‘corrective steps’ after Delhi polls
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

Congress ‘corrective steps’ after Delhi polls

Even as the infighting in the Punjab Congress is intensifying on the issue of the removal of incumbent PCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, the party high command is expected to take “corrective steps” only after the Delhi Assembly polls next month....
Censor board chief quits over MSG nod
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

Censor board chief quits over MSG nod

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In Delhi, BJP banks on Kiran Bedi, not a Modi wave
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

In Delhi, BJP banks on Kiran Bedi, not a Modi wave

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Rajasthan Congress plans offensive
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

Rajasthan Congress plans offensive

The Congress is planning to use high court observations against the ruling BJP in the panchayat elections. Though the high court refused to stay the panchayat elections on the grounds that interference at such a late stage would result in chaos and...
Top speed reforms for $20 trillion dream: PM Modi
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

Top speed reforms for $20 trillion dream: PM Modi

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RLD looks for allies in UP
Last Updated on Jan 16 2015

RLD looks for allies in UP

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Saturday, Jan 17 2015
Amidst small films and Hollywood flicks, today’s big release is the Bipasha Basu-Karan Singh Grover starrer Alone. The film has been allotted 1000-1200 screens. The film is helmed by Bhushan Patel and marks the debut of television hottie Karan Singh Grover. Well, this erotic horror is solely targeted for the single screen audience and the trailer looked promising on that front. Bipasha and Karan’s chemistry on and of screen has grabbed many eyeballs and also, the two have left no stones in promoting the film across India. The music doesn’t fall into chart-buster category but hasn’t gone completely unnoticed.Box-office wise the film has taken an average start with an occupancy of around 30 to 40 per cent. It might bank around Rs. 2 to 3 crore today. But the film is expected to gain momentum over the weekend.‘I’, the Tamil revenge drama directed by Shankar has been dubbed in Hindi and was even promoted on Bigg Boss 8. In Mumbai, the film has opened to below par occupancies despite the hype.Today’s other small releases include Crazy Cukkad Family and Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene. There was hardly any buzz about these two and they weren’t even promoted and have opened to poor occupancies. Well, the weekend is going to be a real litmus test for these films, big or small. Alone and ‘I’ are sure to give each other tough competition.
Friday, Jan 16 2015
Manish Malhotra has not only redefined fashion but has also made the entire nation go crazy over his creations. No doubt then the designer is one of the most famous personalities on various social networking sites. Now, he has crossed the big one million mark on Facebook. He's the very first Indian designer to break the big number. We spoke to Manish and he said, "Few days back I read a few tweets congratulating me for the one million likes on my Facebook page and so I had my office cross check the same. And it turned out to be true! This surprise was overwhelming. I'm very excited with the increasing popularity on social media as I'm more than happy to connect with my younger audiences and reach out to my fans! A huge thank you to every single one for all the love and respect!" His good friend, Karan Johar congratulated him on Twitter saying - “The superstar designer @ManishMalhotra1 crosses 1 million likes on Facebook!!! The only Indian designer to have achieved this milestone!!!”
Friday, Jan 16 2015
Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai was ‘offloaded' from her London-bound flight at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on January 11. She was not informed of the reasons for the offloading by the Immigration officials except to state that her name was on a list issued by the Government of India - ‘Look Out Circular'. It is being reported that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) submitted a report to the MHA on Tuesday on stopping Pillai from flying to London. According to sources, the IB had issued a ‘Look-Out Circular' to Pillai on January 9, on grounds of "national interest". What possible reasons could the government have to take recourse to such drastic action towards an activist with no criminal background whatsoever and who was flying to London at the invitation of the British Parliament? On the other hand, we have seen politicians with murder charges against them happily touring the world and they don't feature on the IB's list. So here's five reasons why we should support Priya Pillai. 1. Legal experts say that the entire procedure was illegal. The Intelligence Bureau has no authority to issue a circular like this. This kind of notice is only issued at the Court's orders or the MHA's, and that too for criminals who are wanted by the police and are absconding. And Priya Pillai has no criminal background whatsoever. So if Priya Pillai were to contest the legality of the IB's notice in court, she'd very likely win, hands down. 2. This is not the first time that Greenpeace has figured on the IB's list. Last year, in June 2014, the IB released a report citing that foreign-funded NGOs were impacting development progress in India. It labeled Greenpeace as ‘a threat to national economic security' for its protests against nuclear power plants and coal mining. So in September the same year, Ben Hargreaves, a Greenpeace activist with a valid UK visa was denied entry into India. But like I mentioned above, politicians on the other hand, are not subjected to this kind of treatment. And human rights violators like Mahinda Rajapakse got a red carpet welcome. What gives? 3. Priya Pillai's trip to London was a bonafide one, in fact even honorable; she was invited to speak in the British Parliament on the rights of forest communities being infringed upon for mining coal in India. She also had a valid business visa. It is being said that the primary reason for her being offloaded was her fight against the clearance given to Essar company's coal mining projects in India that threaten the forests and livelihoods at Mahan in the Singrauli coal belt of Madhya Pradesh. Pillai was going to apprise the British Parliament on Essar's activities in India. Was this a way to prevent her from doing so? 4. Development is crucial, yes. But targeting activists because they only want to protect the environment and communities which often gets uprooted in the face of development, is simply being devious and overbearing. Today the government has targeted well-meaning activists. Tomorrow it could be any other ordinary citizen whose activities may be perfectly legal, but get onto the IB's list simply because they do not like it. Not cool! 5. If these are not good enough reasons, then read what poet Martin Niemoller has to say: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.     Image Courtesy: ANI More on>> Balancing Act      
Friday, Jan 16 2015
Kareena Kapoor Khan will set the screen on fire in a sizzling item number for Karan Johar’s upcoming production, Brothers. That too with Sidharth Malhotra. Those in the know vouch that director Karan Malhotra is leaving no stone unturned to make this number a special one. Considering Sidharth looks upto Bebo and the actress feels he’s one of the most talented newcomers in the industry, we’re sure this song will be worth the wait.
Friday, Jan 16 2015
The leaders of both the JD(U) and the RJD may face the ire of their own MLAs now. The MLAs of both the parties on Friday accused their leaders in the presence of Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary and said that they were not being informed about the developments of merger. Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary had called a meeting of all the committees on Friday. The MLAs said that the leaders are taking them for granted and have never thought of discussing the matter with them. “We are not aware of the meetings, nobody tells us what’s going on in the party. We only come to know about the merger through media reports. We are members of the party, they should discuss the matter with us as well, we are in the party only to receive orders,” RJD MLA Bhai Dinesh said in Patna on Friday. The kind of allegations being levelled by the MLAs is enough to indicate that the gap between the party leaders and workers are increasing. Not only rebel MLAs but the MLAs who were said to be in favour of Mr Nitish Kumar have raised this issue and have indicated that they are not in favour of the merger. “Nitish Kumar will face a huge loss after the merger, JD(U) must not get into an exercise which could result in losing voters,” JD(U) MLA Sunil said. The MLAs said they have only been receiving decree from their leaders and they have never been called in for any meeting and the leaders who come down to Patna do not meet them to discuss the poll issues. Mostly JD(U) workers are coming out in huge numbers with complaints of indifference of the leaders of the party. “There is a one man show in our party, nobody listens to us, we feel that we must concentrate more on the Modi magic rather than indulging into something that may lead us towards a huge loss,” one of the MLA said in Patna on Friday. The murmurs only suggest that the strength of the rebels in both the parties have grown in the past few months. According to sources, the party workers wanted to oppose the merger in the beginning but they remained silent fearing action against them. The source added that nobody in the JD(U) is in favour of shaking hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav as he has lost his grounds in the state after losing two elections repeatedly but Nitish Kumar still has a clean face which could be ruined by the mere presence of Mr Lalu Yadav. The congress leaders too feel that merger between six parties with Samajwadi mindset won’t be easy. They hinted that that Samajwadi party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s hesitation in merging his own party with the other parties. Samajwadi party has a base only in uttar Pradesh and JD (U) and RJD has their base in Bihar only and they cannot pose a threat to BJP nationwide as it is a national party. According to congress leaders only their party has the capability to nail the saffron party. “There is a history of unification and split and the hesitation of some of the leaders is a clear cut indication that the merger is not an easy task, there are several technicalties”, senior congress leader Sadanand Singh said
Friday, Jan 16 2015
Two more UPA appointees in gubernatorial posts demit charge making way for NDA government’s own appointees in Raj Bhavans. Governor of Haryana Kaptan Singh Solanki was on Friday given additional charge of Punjab and Chandigarh as incumbent Shivraj Patil’s tenure ends on January 21. Further, Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh has been given additional charge of Himachal Pradesh where Urmila Singh demits office on January 24. The President has asked Kaptan Singh Solanki to discharge the functions of governor of Punjab, in addition to his own duties till further orders and also as administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said. It said Mr Kalyan Singh will discharge the functions of governor of Himachal Pradesh in addition to his own duties till further orders. Controversy has surrounded the NDA government’s gubernatorial appointments after it allegedly made it clear to the UPA appointees in Raj Bhavans to quit their charge. Five UPA-appointed governors M.K. Narayanan (West Bengal), Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland), B.L. Joshi (UP), B.V. Wanchoo (Goa) and Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh) submitted their resignations while two others were sacked. The BJP government’s move to remove UPA appointees, however, came under judicial lens after Uttarakhand governor Aziz Qureshi challenged the Central government’s move in court.
Friday, Jan 16 2015
The AICC has given final approval to Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi to reshuffle his council of ministers and proposed to drop at least eight Cabinet ministers who could not defend their Assembly segment in the LS elections. Disclosing that the AICC had fixed up an yardstick to gauge the performance of the Cabinet ministers in the LS elections to retain or drop the ministers, Congress insiders told this newspaper that eight ministers — Pradyut Borodoloi, Prithwi Manjhi Pranati Phukan, Akon Bora, Rajib Lochan Pegu, Nilmani Sen Deka, Tanka Bahadur Roy and Gautam Roy — who lost their Assembly seats in the Lok Sabha elections, may lose their place in the Gogoi Cabinet. Indicating that new ministers will be administered oath next week, sources said that Assam governor P.B. Acharaya will be available in the state after January 19 only. There were only six Cabinet ministers who could ensure lead for the party in the LS elections, sources said adding that the AICC has approved the names of Etwa Munda, Bismita Gogoi, Sarat Barkatoky, Bhumidhar Barman, Chandan Sarkar, Girinda Mallik, Sumitra Patir and Sukur Ali for ministerial berth. Pointing out that the AICC has decided to ignore the legislators who were pro-actively involved in the anti-Gogoi campaign, sources in the Congress party, however, admitted that in selection of ministers the formula of performance was not taken into consideration. Informing that Sukur Ali from Barpeta district was the only Congress legislator who could retain his victory margin, sources said that Sarat Barkatoky, where BJP got a lead on Congress candidate by a margin of more than 30000 votes in Lok Sabha elections, has been given a place in the proposed new cabinet with senior most Congress legislator Bhumidhar Barman. Sources in the AICC also admitted that Mr Gogoi had some reservation on proposed list but was over ruled by the AICC. Clarifying that four vacancies will remain their in the Gogoi cabinet, sources said that party has decided to fill up those vacancies after local municipal and town committees elections in the state. Apart from performance, the AICC has also taken ethnic, caste and religious equations into the consideration while selecting the new ministers, Congress party sources said.
Friday, Jan 16 2015
The government on Friday cut the price of petrol by Rs 2.42 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.25 a litre due to the drastic slide in crude oil prices in international markets. However, the reduction in prices of both fuels is less than what was desired after the fall in international prices because the government on Friday also, for the fourth time, hiked excise duty on diesel and petrol by Rs 2 per litre. If the government had not hiked excise on these fuels four times, petrol prices would have been cut by a further Rs 7.75 per litre (without including Friday’s cut) and diesel by Rs 6.50 a litre (without including Friday’s cut). The price of international crude oil has dipped from $112 a barrel (Indian basket crude) in June to $45 a barrel on Thursday. Petrol will cost Rs 58.91 a litre in Delhi from Rs 61.33 a litre. This is the lowest price of petrol in 44 months. Diesel will cost Rs 48.26 a litre in Delhi as against Rs 50.51 currently.
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