• Drishyam review: It's a promising murder mystery weakened by Ajay Devgn - Firstpost

    Drishyam, a Hindi remake of Jeethu Joseph's Malayalam film, opens with a declaration that it is based on an original story by Joseph. This is clearly designed to make Ekta Kapoor and anyone who has read Keigo Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X choke on their popcorn. Kapoor bought the rights to remake Higashino’s fantastic murder mystery in Hindi. Meanwhile, far away from Kapoor’s Andheri office, Joseph adapted the novel’s plot for a Malayalam film starring Mohanlal, and set it in an Indian village.

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  • First person: The story behind how Sanjay Gandhi slapped Indira six times at a dinner party

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lewis M Simons was the Washington Post correspondent in Delhi when the Emergency was imposed. Simons recounts how he got the story and the reaction of Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi when he met them long after the Emergency had been lifted. You did a story in the Washington Post quoting an unnamed source who claimed that Sanjay Gandhi had slapped his mother, Indira Gandhi, six times at a dinner party.

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  • BJP halts membership drive in Tamil Nadu after 45 lakh requests in 3 months - The Economic Times

    CHENNAI: The BJP has decided to halt its 'intensive enrolment drive' in Tamil Nadu before touching even the halfway mark, choosing instead to focus on training the new members in the run-up to the assembly elections scheduled for next year. The decision comes a week ahead of the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah to Tamil Nadu. As of July end, the party received 45 lakh requests for enrolment while the BJP had given the state unit a target of enrolling one crore members in Tamil Nadu through various means including the 'missed call' campaign.

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  • Why Your Husband Should Not Be Your Best Friend: 5 Witty Examples To Convince You

    For that, you would always need the reliable ears of your best friend. See the differences in these replies, and we are sure you too would agree with us that your husband should never be your best friend!

  • India wins patent war on hair loss formula - The Economic Times

    NEW DELHI: India scored an important success when it fully protected its traditional knowledge by stalling a leading UK-based laboratory's move to patent a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss. The move comes just days after India foiled a similar attempt by US-based consumer goods giant Colgate-Palmolive from patenting a mouthwash formula containing herbal extracts. The vigilance of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) helped protect the Indian products as the council in its submission to the European Patent Office managed to prove that turmeric, pine bark and green tea were being used as a treatment for hair loss in Indian systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Unani since ancient times.

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  • When Shoaib Malik Challenged Yuvraj To Dance

    Yuvraj Singh resembled MJ’s moonwalk to counter Shoaib Mallik’s challenge. The man who is being missed on the field to smash the ball and liven up the stadium is Yuvraj Singh. Well, it all commenced when Sania Mirza was off to Pakistan to relish Eid with her beloved Shoaib Malik and it was then when she posted a dubsmash dance dancing along with the Pakistan team to celebrate its victory against Srilanka. What followed was Yuvi’s sparking comment, “Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik were great athletes but terrible dancers”.

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  • SRK, Kajol wrap up ‘Dilwale’ in Bulgaria, return to India

    Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, who have been in Bulgaria for the shooting of their upcoming Rohit Shetty's 'Dilwale', finally wrapped up the schedule and returned to India.

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  • New Jersey Governer orders flags at half-staff for Indian-American technician - The Economic Times

    WASHINGTON: Flags flew at half-staff in New Jersey on Friday in the honour of an Indian-American emergency medical technician who was killed in the line of duty. At the order of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is also one of the Republican presidential candidate, flags flew at half-staff in the State on Friday in Patel's honour. "Hinal Patel's compassion for others and commitment to her community through providing care to those in need makes her a hero and a true role model for all New Jerseyans," Christie said. A resident of Piscataway and a graduate of both Piscataway High School and Rutgers University, Patel completed her training in 2012 and served her community by providing emergency medical services on behalf of the Spotswood Emergency Medical Service and the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company.

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  • Monthly Tarot Forecast for August by Mita Bhan

    Celebrity astrologer Mita Bhan unfolds Tarot Readings for the month of August 2015. Let's see what the cards reveal for your sun sign:  Aries August is the month of making choices. No more sitting on the fence. No more procrastinating. No more avoiding

  • Dear Apple: Please be nice to Microsoft

    It's been a few days since Microsoft Windows 10 launched, and so far I'm loving it — and that's coming from someone who's been using a Macbook for the last 10 years. There are lots of perks to buying into the Apple ecosystem. There's Handoff, an Apple feature that lets you shunt websites and draft emails from the phone to the desktop.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo proves he is the best man by buying Jorge Mendes a Greek Island for a wedding present

    Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t bother leafing through the Argos catalogue when he wanted to buy a wedding present for his agent Jorge Mendes. Instead, the Real Madrid star – who is best man at his long-time friend and confidant’s marriage today – decided to stepover the pyrex dishes, mug trees, fondue sets and towel (not Gareth) bales, and splash out a bit more than most of the 400 guests who are expected to attend. Greece has decided to sell off some of its islands in a bid to help clear up its crippling financial problems and according to Portuguese publication Move Noticias, Ronaldo splashed out anything from €3m to €50m for the non-disclosed land.

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  • Indians kidnapped by IS: Vijay was returning from Libya for good

    Bengaluru/Raichur/Tumakuru: It was a sleepless night for Sunitha Vijaykumar, 38, wife of Vijay Kumar, who was one of the four Indians detained by the Islamic State militants on July 29. The housewife, a mother of two, is now relieved after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed to her that her husband was released on Friday evening. Sunitha and her two sons, Suhas V. (19) and Siddarth (14), who stay in at their new residence in Kormangala 6th Block, were shocked when a senior staff from the university called in from Sirte, Libya around 10 pm on Thursday to tell them that Vijay Kumar had been detained at the Islamic State controlled area near Tripoli. Vijay Kumar and three other faculty at the varsity were on their way to the airport to head to India on Wednesday night when they were detained around 11 p.m., said Mr Hemant Kumar, Vijay Kumar’s brother.

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  • From Sonakshi Sinha to Karan Johar, Bollywood stars galore at Arpita Khan Sharma's birthday bash - Firstpost

    Bollywood stars came out in large numbers to celebrate the birthday of Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan Sharma.

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  • Missing plane draws eyes to land of molten lava and killer sharks

    By Joe Brock SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - As experts on the Indian Ocean island Reunion studied plane debris for clues in the search for missing flight MH370, scientist Nicolas Villeneuve was making his own discovery: the island's volcano was about to erupt. Reunion, a part of France that lies in the Indian Ocean around 370 miles east of Madagascar, gained newfound notoriety last week when a beach cleaner stumbled across a barnacled piece of an airplane wing known as a flaperon. The wreckage was flown on Friday to mainland France where experts hope forensic analysis will uncover if it was part of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished without trace in March 2014 along with 239 passengers and crew.

  • Jayalalithaa gives Rs 6 lakh assistance to ailing folk singer

    Responding to an appeal by indigent and ailing Tamil folk singer-cum-actress Paravai M

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  • ISIS just received a 'gift' — and now 'there's a lot of opportunity for high drama'

    Taliban leader Mullah Omar was officially declared dead this week, and the militant group is showing signs of major strain as a result. Omar's death could have huge implications that ripple past the Taliban itself — J.M. Berger, a Brookings Institution fellow and coauthor of the recent book "ISIS: The State of Terror," told Business Insider that this week's news could be a boon to the Islamic State. Although Omar has apparently been dead for more than two years, until this week the Taliban had been leading people to believe that he was still alive.

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  • Sushmita Sen's love for fish

    Sushmita Sen can’t do without seafood. The actress tucks into fish almost daily

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  • How a Chinese Billionaire Built Her Fortune - NDTV

    Zhou Qunfei is the world's richest self-made woman. Zhou, the founder of Lens Technology, owns a $27 million estate in Hong Kong. Zhou knows the drill. For years, she labored in a factory, the best job she could get having grown up in an impoverished village in central China.

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  • Salman, Shah Rukh never put any pressure on me: Farah Khan

    Shah Rukh and Salman. In fact, even when the two were apparently at loggerheads, film-maker Farah Khan stayed in touch with both of them. “People ask, ‘Did you have to choose between Salman and SRK?,’ but it never came from either of them. Never have they asked me, ‘Why are you going to the other’s house?’ or ‘Why are you going to his farm for his birthday bash?’ or ‘Why are you doing ‘Munni badnaam hui’ (Dabangg; 2010) when you are working on my film?’ Neither of the two ever put any pressure on me,” says Farah.

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  • Telangana deputy CM says will demolish Charminar if it becomes weak

    Hyderabad, Aug.1 (ANI): Telangana's Deputy Chief Minister Mehmood Ali on Saturday said spending 100 crore rupees on the maintenance of ancient structures or turning them into a museum was futile, and added that if the Charminar becomes weak, it too will be demolished. Ali remarked, "If Charminar becomes weak after 200-500 years, it will have to be demolished too. After becoming weak, it can fall any time and people may lose their lives." While pointing out that after spending 100 crore rupees on the Osmania General Hospital, the government will only get a warranty for 8-10 years, Ali said, "Instead of spending 100 crore rupees from the taxpayers' money and demolishing it 10 years later, we are turning it into a good hospital." When asked about turning the structure into a museum, Ali asked, "Where are we going to build a dawakhana?