• To all people shouting obscenities at me… you’re only proving my point: Aamir Khan

    Amid the storm over his comments at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, actor Aamir Khan Wednesday said neither he nor his wife Kiran have any intention of leaving the country. “First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying.

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  • From Deepika Padukone to Ranbir Kapoor: 5 stars who lost out on successful films - Firstpost

    We have all heard the rumours. Kareena Kapoor let Kal Ho Na Ho go and it was Preity Zinta's gain. Hrithik Roshan turned down the role of Akash in Dil Chahta Hai and it went to Aamir Khan. The list is endless. And so, here's an updated list of roles that prominent actors turned down: Deepika Padukone /Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Deepika was Sooraj Barjatya’s first choice for this logic-defying traditionalist blockbuster. And to the humble director’s credit he pursued his muse relentlessly. But Deepika couldn’t find the dates. Some sources have said she couldn’t connect with her role. Parineeti Chopra/Piku Shoojit Sircar went to Parineeti Chopra to play Big B’s beleaguered daughter in Piku. But she argued

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  • Is Make in India working, Rahul Gandhi asks Mount Carmel students; reply embarrasses Cong MP

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had an embarassing moment during his interaction with students at Mount Carmel in Bangalore on Tuesday. Slamming Modi government's Swach Bharat Abhiyaan, when the young MP asked the students if they saw India clean, the students responded in resonating 'yes'. It didn't end here as the Congress MP again asked the student if they thought the Make in India was really working and the students again gave the same reply, making the leader uncomfortable.

    The Indian Express
  • Katra crash: The pilot who wasn’t

    All my dear ones called me and were panic stricken,” Sumita Vijayan told M AIL T ODAY over an email. With pictures showing her as the dead pilot, Sumita vented her angst on Facebook on Tuesday saying, “ Dear all, please do not be overwhelmed with the rubbish by media!! I m very much alive and breathing!! ( sic)”. “ My father was an employee with Indian Airlines engineering wing and that is all,” she said.

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  • The Best Of B-Town At Masaba Gupta's Wedding

    The Masaba Gupta-Madhu Mantena wedding drew to a close on October 22 in Mumbai in what was a three-day gala celebration. The guest list included Sonam Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput, and many other prominent stars in the power list of Bollywood. Masaba Gupta was wearing a bridal outfit by Raw Mango along with jewels from Amrapali on her sangeet.

  • Andhra Capital: American architect replaces Dutch contender to design Amaravati

    Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has declined to participate in the competition to design the new Andhra Pradesh capital of Amaravati, following which the state government has contacted US-based architect Frank Gehry to come on board. Gehry, along with British architect Norman Foster and Italian-British architect Richard Rogers, will now be the contenders to build the Amaravati capital complex, which will include Raj Bhavan. The Asian jury comprises Delhi-based urban planner K T Ravindran and Pune-based architect Christopher Charles Benninger besides architects from Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

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  • Women are #HappyToBleed, then what’s the problem?

    On November 20, Nikita Azad wrote an open letter to Prayar Gopalakrishnan, the Devaswom chief of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Azad, with a few of her friends, started a week-long online campaign on Facebook titled "Happy To Bleed", which has garnered massive support from women across the country. It acknowledges menstruation as a natural activity which doesn't need curtains to hide behind," reads the description of the campaign inviting people to hold placards/sanitary napkins/charts saying Happy To Bleed, take their pictures, upload it to their profiles or post on the page.

    The Indian Express
  • Sheena Bora murder case: Emails show Mekhail wrote to Indrani for money

    Emails, purportedly exchanged between Mekhail Bora and Indrani Mukerjea, reveal Mekhail wrote to Indrani regarding financial assistance. The CBI did not list Mekhail as a witness in the murder case of his sister Sheena, though they said he continued to stay in touch with Indrani after claiming there were two attempts to murder him, police said. Four weeks ago, the CBI made inquiries with Mekhail in their office at Nariman Point.

    The Indian Express
  • Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra launch Viaan Mobiles

    Mumbai, Nov 25 (IANS) Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her businessman husband Raj Kundra on Wednesday launched Viaan Mobiles, named for their three-year-old son. Five variants of the mobile phones, which come with a special personalised service, are priced between Rs.849 to Rs.12,999. The phones were launched at a ceremony held here with celebrity guests Malaika Arora Khan, Farah Khan, Manish Paul and Jeetendra in attendance.

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  • Senior citizens are a roadblock to nation's development: Governor Ram Naik - News18.com

    Triggering yet another controversy, UP Governor Ram Naik accused the senior citizens of being a roadblock to the nation's development.

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  • Land price in Hyderabad breaks all records

    Hyderabad, Nov 25 (IANS) Breaking all records, an acre of land in Hyderabad has fetched Rs.29.28 crore to the Telangana government in an e-auction conducted on Wednesday.

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  • Jammu chopper crash: Pilot was among first women pilots in IAF

    Captain Sumita Vijayan, who was killed in the helicopter crash at Katra in Jammu on Monday, was one of the first women pilots in the Indian Air Force. A native of Attingal in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram district, 44-year-old Vijayan had retired from IAF as squadron leader in 2005 after 12 years of service. Sources from her family said Vijayan joined Himalayan Heli Services, which operated chopper services to the Vaishno Devi temple, as chief pilot a few years ago.

    The Indian Express
  • Uzbek women murdered: Police spotlight on human trafficking

    The first time Gurvinder alias Gagan, suspected of murdering two Uzbek women, met Masha, he was working the airport shift in his taxi. Masha, also from Uzbekistan, hired his vehicle and asked him to show her around Delhi and Agra. Gagan had obliged and 10 days later were married.

    The Indian Express
  • Child’s death in Hyderabad school: No checks and balances for lifts in schools

    In the absence of well-defined rules and regulations regarding use of lifts in schools, many multi-storeyed schools in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have installed lifts and allow students to use them disregarding their safety. Last week’s death of a four-year old girl in a school lift in Hyderabad has raised questions on the maintenance of  lifts in schools and the accountability of schools and municipal authorities, especially in primary schools. States like Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana have a Lift Act in which the rules are well-defined but there is no specific Act in Telangana or AP.

    The Indian Express
  • First NRI day: Akhilesh’s kinship with NRIs to finally fly, come Jan 2016

    AFTER A DELAY of almost a year, the Uttar Pradesh government appears all set to hold its first NRI Day. On January 4-5, 2016, just two days before the the National Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is due to begin, the Akhilesh Yadav government will likely hold the event in Agra, the invitation for which are currently being sent out to the NRIs and which would cost $100 (or Rs 6,500). In its attempt to woo the NRI crowd, the government has planned to give away “UP Ratna” to 10 individuals, all of whom hail from the state and have “done exceptionally in their respective fields” abroad.

    The Indian Express
  • Gadkari wants to build 100 km national highway per day

    Bengaluru, Nov 25 (IANS) Buoyed at construction of 18 km of national highways per day from 2km a year ago, union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said he wants a whopping 100 km to be built daily, as surface connectivity is the lifeline of the country's economy. "Though we are on target to build 30 km of highway per day by March, my unofficial target is to construct 100 km a day, as we need to expand the national highways coverage to 150,000 km from 90,000 km across the country," Gadkari said on Wednesday at the five-day international construction equipment industry expo here. Exhorting the construction industry to scale up and skill up to meet the government's ambitious target of developing roads and highways for speedy transport, he told about 500 delegates that funds for building them were not a constraint.

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  • Modi gifts Singapore PM reproduction of 1849 map

    Singapore, Nov 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gifted Singapore Premier Lee Hsien Loong a reproduction of a map of Singapore dating back to 1849. "Presented PM @leehsienloong a reproduction of a map of the island of Singapore dating back to 1849," Modi tweeted. On the second day of his bilateral visit to this city state, the Indian prime minister was hosted to a lunch banquet by Lee.

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  • 7 years after 26\/11, face of coastal security: 8 bamboo poles, 2 cops, 1 aluminium roof

    The only blemish on the horizon if you drive southward on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and look to the left at the open sea is a shack on an outcrop of rock before land gives way to water. This is a coastal police outpost, one of the many that watch over Mumbai’s shores. “We’re going to be at the front of the firing line should there be a repeat of the November 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.

    The Indian Express
  • British lady aviator lands in Delhi, as part of recreating historical flight to Australia

    It's not everyday that you have a woman aviator flying an open-cockpit vintage biplane from the UK to Australia. British female aviator, Tracey Curtis-Taylor landed at the Hindan Air Force Base near Delhi in her 1942 Boeing Stearman. This is part of Curtis-Taylor's endeavour to celebrate the pioneering days of early aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, and especially the achievements of revolutionary British aviator Amy Johnson.

    The Indian Express
  • Mallya hints at retiring soon to enjoy life

    There is nothing wrong in that," Mallya told reporters on the margins of the 16th annual general meeting (AGM) of United Spirits Ltd (USL) here. On the appointment of Diageo's Asia Pacific and Africa head Nicholas Bodo Blazaquz as USL vice chairman, Mallya said Nicholas brought huge amount of value, being responsible for the region. Mallya's observations came in light of British liquor major Diageo, which bought majority stake (54.7 percent) in USL in 2012 and took control, asking him in April to step down from the board as chairman and director, as it had lost confidence in him.

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