• Tamasha review: Deepika is luminous, Ranbir is powerful but this Imtiaz Ali film is neither - Firstpost

    Imtiaz Ali and Ranbir Kapoor’s second collaborative effort, Tamasha, is a bit of an enigma. It reveals less about its two protagonists than it withholds. It is tightfisted about emotional outflow. But still creates a very dramatic case history for its protagonists. Many parts of the film read (and I deliberately use this word in place of ‘look’) like newly-done miniature paintings posted on ancient walls that have many stories to tell…the walls, not the newly placed paintings. A quality of newly-assumed angst hovers over the lives of the protagonists, Ved and Tara, who are wretchedly unhappy in the way Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone could never be in their last outing together. In Yeh Jawani

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  • Indrani’s driver to CBI: She took 2-hr beauty break on day of murder

    “Jagah dekhkar madam boli Sheena ke liye achha jagah hain (Seeing the spot, madam said this is a good spot for Sheena)”. On April 23, 2012, Shyam Rai recalls a recce outing, cruising through Pen where Indrani Mukerjea asked him to stop at a point. Flanked by a hillock and a forest bush on one side, and a stream on the other, it was a calm Indrani who confirmed the location for Sheena, he says.

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  • ‘Hang Ujjal Dosanjh for treason before charging Aamir Khan with sedition’

    Aamir shared his pain and anxiety about the "disquiet...despondency" abroad the land of India. For that he has been charged with sedition. It is shocking that in today's Indian democracy, an Indian - be it Aamir, Shah Rukh or Girish Karnad - can't freely discuss their feelings and ideas without being threatened bodily harm and death, told to leave the country or charged with sedition. No Indian - Modi, Aamir or any other - needs to prove his/her patriotism.

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  • What led to govt-Congress thaw: wedding invite, phone call and some realpolitik

    It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi inviting Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the first meeting between the two at the former’s residence on Friday evening. What led to that meeting between the two bitter rivals was a combination of policy deadlock, realpolitik and personal compulsions, top BJP and Congress sources told The Indian Express. The decision to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi was 100 per cent the Prime Minister’s move.

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  • Air India's Hyderabad-Delhi-San Francisco flight from December 2

    Hyderabad, Nov 27 (IANS) Air India will operate a thrice a week flight from Hyderabad to San Francisco via Delhi from December 2. Starting its journey from Hyderabad, the flight will travel non-stop from Delhi to San Francisco. The passengers travelling to San Francisco will undergo all custom and immigration formalities at Hyderabad airport itself for their onward journey.

  • Gold dips to near 6-year low, set for 6th straight weekly drop

    Gold dipped to its lowest level in nearly six years on Friday and was heading for a sixth straight weekly decline under pressure from a firm dollar and prospects of a U.S. interest rate rise next month. Spot gold hit $1,055.99 an ounce, its lowest since February 2010, and was down 1.5 percent at $1,057.27 by 1314 GMT. U.S. gold futures also fell 1.3 percent to $1,055.90 an ounce and were also headed for a sixth consecutive weekly decline.

  • Liquor ban in Bihar: Nitish Kumar’s poll promise to women comes at a high cost

    When the first phase of the Bihar assembly polls made it clear that women had outvoted men, political pundits looked into the reasons for it. Another reason was Nitish Kumar being able to create a constituency - a caste neutral one - among women in an otherwise casteist Bihar. Bicycle scheme for girls, 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayats, a gender budget and several women-centric moves have earned Nitish Kumar instant popularity.

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  • Ashwin Had AB de Villiers For Breakfast This Morning

    The world's best batsman had no clue how to counter the India off-spinner.

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  • Cricket: Tendulkar junior impresses selectors

    The 16-year-old son of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is on the road to forging his own career as a top-flight cricketer after being selected as an all-rounder for Mumbai's youth team. After scoring a century and taking four wickets in a trial tournament, Arjun Tendulkar was on Thursday named in the 15-strong squad to represent Mumbai in India's main under-16 competition, the Vijay Merchant Trophy. "He did well in the selection trials... The selectors have picked him as an all-rounder," Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary PV Shetty told the Indian Express.

  • Easing of China one-child policy too late for those who lost only child

    By Kim Kyung-Hoon BEIJING (Reuters) - Cui Wenlan was devastated when she heard the news last month that China was scrapping its one-child policy. Cui's story underscores the punitive nature of China's family planning policy, beyond the more well-known stories of forced abortions and sterilisations, and highlights the plight of an estimated million "shidu" families, or those who have lost their only child. China, the world's most populous country with nearly 1.4 billion people, says the once-child policy has averted 400 million births since 1980, saving scarce food resources and helping to pull families out of poverty.

  • Indians lured by Islamic State now want to return home

    According to recent intelligence reports, there are 15 Indians who are still part of ISIS, but killings of six fellow Indians and ill treatment meted out to them by the ISIS top brass - mainly comprising Arabs - has left them dejected.

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  • Pot belly now common among Indians on low incomes too

    London, Nov 27 (IANS) Traditionally thought to be a mark of prosperity, obesity is no longer confined to the rich in India. The study published in the online journal BMJ Open showed that women are more likely to carry a spare tyre. Fuelled, in part, by India's rapid economic growth in recent years, obesity has trickled down to all levels of society, the researchers said.

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  • Indian hackers deface Pakistani websites on 26/11 anniversary

    Cyber crime experts' claim several hacking groups carried out a mass defacement operation on key Pakistani websites to pay "homage to the martyrs of 26/11 terror attacks".

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  • Delhi HC to police: Why hide behind trees to challan violators

    The city’s traffic police came under fire from Delhi High Court over traffic snarls in the city, during a hearing on a PIL regarding air pollution Friday. The bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked why traffic police personnel “hid behind trees” to challan traffic violators instead of standing visibly on the road to ensure that violations did not occur. The bench had earlier observed that traffic congestion was a major source of air pollution in the capital.

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  • Satya Nadella to visit Hyderabad next month

    Hyderabad, Nov 28 (IANS) Microsoft Corporation CEO Satya Nadella will visit his home town Hyderabad next month, an official said on Saturday. A Telangana government official told IANS that Nadella will be visiting the city in December. Nadella is likely to meet Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and also his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu besides visiting the Microsoft India Development Centre here.

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  • Satisfied we did not surrender to Shiv Sena’s threat: Sudheendra Kulkarni

    A month-and-a-half after his face was smeared with ink, Sudheendra Kulkarni, former BJP leader and aide to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said Friday that he feels satisfied that he did not surrender to Shiv Sena’s threat. Speaking at Pakistan High Commission in Chanakyapuri, Kulkarni advocated a possible bilateral visit to Pakistan by PM Narendra Modi before SAARC summit in Islamabad next year. Last month, Shiv Sainiks smeared Kulkarni’s face with ink over him hosting the launch of former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book Neither a Hawk nor a Dove in Mumbai.

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  • Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for dam burst

    Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP.AX) (BHP.N) (BLT.L), and the biggest iron ore miner, Vale SA (VALE5.SA) (VALE.N). Teixeira said the suit will be filed on Monday.

  • More than 25 pc middle, low class Indians `beer-bellied`

    Washington, Nov 27 (ANI): Seems like obesity is no longer confined to India's prosperous elite as more than one in four middle-aged Indians on low and middling incomes has been found to carry an unhealthy midriff bulge, with women most likely to carry a spare tyre.

  • Experts optimistic Tut's tomb may conceal Egypt's lost queen

    By Eric Knecht LUXOR, Egypt (Reuters) - Chances are high that the tomb of Ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun has passages to a hidden chamber, which may be the last resting place of the lost Queen Nefertiti, experts said on Saturday. There is huge international interest in Nefertiti, who died in the 14th century B.C. and is thought to be Tutankhamun's stepmother, and confirmation of her final resting place would be the most remarkable Egyptian archaeological find this century. Discovery of Nefertiti, whose chiselled cheek-bones and regal beauty were immortalised in a 3,300-year old bust now in a Berlin museum, would shed fresh light on what remains a mysterious period of Egyptian history.

  • Poland's decision not to extradite Polanski confirmed after appeal ruled out

    By Wojciech Zurawski KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - A Polish court's decision to deny the extradition of film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction became legally binding on Friday after an appellate prosecutor's office said it found no justification to appeal it. "Speaking for Polanski, I can say that we feel a great relief that this case has ended," Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski's lawyers said. "And this means that it will be possible for Polanski to start making a planned film in Poland." The appellate prosecutor's office in the city of Krakow said in a statement on Friday that its analysis of the evidence collected in the case showed the earlier court decision on denying extradition had been correct.