- Anna Hazare not to form any Political Party or Contest Elections
- Bad Reviews of Kya Super Cool Hein Hum
- Osian’s film fest begins with tribute to Rajesh Khanna
- Youths defy Parents to support Anna Hazare’s Movement
- Anna blames UPA Government for conspiring against him
- Seperatists Leaders in Srinagar under House Arrest
- Unprotected Sex may lead to Hepatitis
- Maulana Azad’s Nephew urges to drop Akbarabadi Mosque Controversy immediately
- Andhra Boy’s Photo on top of Shiv Linga creates Furore across India
- Sunita Williams to watch Joker Movie from International Space Station
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 07:30 PM PDT
After Prolonged Challenge by Congress Leader Digvijay Singh to fight Elections, Social Activist Anna Hazare made it clear that he is neither joining politics nor launching a political party.
The 75-year-old anti-corruption crusader said several people have been asking him to come out with an “alternative” against corrupt politicians.
“I don’t think I should launch a political party or stand in general elections… My heart does not go with it. But I will give an alternative to people,” Hazare told IANS in an interview at the Maharashtra Sadan where he is staying.
The soldier-turned-activist, who last year shook the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with a spirited anti-corruption campaign, will Sunday join an indefinite fast now on near Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory, asking the government to introduce a Jan Lokpal Bill.
Three of his key aides have been fasting since Wednesday. Hazare sits at the venue eight-to-nine hours every day.
According to Hazare, people can pick their candidates and Team Anna will support them.
“I will tell people they should select their leaders themselves but not from the ruling or opposition parties. They should look for candidates with a clean background and those who have done something good for the society.
“We need good people to be elected to parliament as we don’t have good leaders from the ruling or opposition parties. We saw how the ruling party and opposition joined hands for increasing their salaries and stopping Jan Lokpal bill,” he said.
Hazare admitted there were not many people at the protest venue this time compared to last year when tens of thousands poured into Jantar Mantar and later the bigger Ramlila ground.
“Our protest is not (for) gathering crowds but (to attract) people who are passionate to work for the society and country,” he said.
But he added that thousands were simultaneously protesting and fasting in 500 districts across India.
Last year, the Jan Lokpal Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha but could not get through the Rajya Sabha.
“I don’t know why people are not coming,” Hazare said of the thin crowds, wearing his trademark Gandhi cap and starched white kurta and dhoti. He quickly added that this did not intimidate him.
“I am not bothered about it. For so many years I protested in a room in (my Maharashtra village) Ralegan Siddhi. If I was bothered by crowds, I would have held those protests in a big ground,” he said.
Hazare and his team want the Lokpal bill prepared by them to be passed by parliament in the monsoon session.
Hazare has given an ultimatum that if the government does not accept the demands by Saturday night, he will go on hunger strike along with his colleagues Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai at Jantar Mantar.
How long will his protest continue?
“I will continue to fast till I am alive to remove corruption from our system,” he replied.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 06:12 PM PDT
Sach mein, boss. Kya super-kool film hai. There are these two jobless, aimless, witless guys one of whom can’t act to save his life, and the other one who can act but has to pretend he can’t to keep pace with the one who can. Now, get a load of this. Sid (Riteish Deshmukh) is a struggling musician. Adi (Tusshar Kapoor) is a struggling actor. And they’re part of a sex comedy struggling to be funny in every single line that these two chaddi buddies utter to one another and to the world at large.
So the real hero of this masterpiece of murky mirth is the dialogue writer. He uses every possible occasion in the dialogue draft to slip in sexual puns. Not a single human orifice is spared in the furious fusillade of double innuendos. In that sense, this a very democratic comedy. It insults every one and everything from dogs to humans, from gays to gurus…you name it.
And why shouln’t it? This is after all the official sequel to a 2005 comedy that defied every rule of good taste.
“Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum” multiplies the filth manifold. The packaging and presentation are this time updated. The glamour quotient is enhanced with the presence of two engaging eye-candies Neha Sharma and Sarah Jane Dias who join in the vulgarity with a gusto that suggests a deep bond between risque humour and sex appeal.
So is risque sexy? Is raunchy cool? You decide. As far as I am concerned I am still too numbed by the ceaseless torrent of verbal obscenity to figure out if a barrage of dirty puns and phallic objects being stuck into every conceivable hole, strung together in a succession of gags and episodes can be called a film.
Delhi Belly, here they come?
There are some good comic actors here, giving really bad performances. The gay jokes are stretched to limits beyond offensiveness that climaxes with the two ladies dressed as Chandramukhi and Paro singing “Dildo la dildo la”.
That pun on the original song Dil dola from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Devdas” was smsed ad nauseam when the film was released in 2002.
Most of the pssst-pssst jokes in this farce fest come across laboured and tired. Deshmukh, a comic actor of impeccable aptitudes, does his best to breathe life into gags and situations that elevate puerility to an art form. He succeeds in making us titter when we aren’t busy squirming over the onslaught of obscenity.
The rest of the cast takes the cult of crassness to hammy heights. Anupam Kher, for example, plays a millionaire in Goa who believes his dead mom has been reincarnated as a canine. And when he catches his alleged ‘mom’ doing what doggies do when they are in a film of this sort, he assumes his mother is now getting on her four legs what his father never gave on two legs.
If you think the above situation is funny, then go ahead. Go for the film and laugh your head off at the frenzy of phallic jokes.
Oh yes , lest the other gender feels left out there’s a ‘joke’ about the other kind of genitilia too when Ritesh dumps a cat into Tusshar’s hands and says, “Take it. This is the only pussy you’re ever going to get.”
Pussy or not pussy, that is hardly the question. Humour them. Laugh.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 06:07 PM PDT
New Delhi : 12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival, kicked off here Friday with a tribute to the late actor Rajesh Khanna. A short film chronicling the career of Bollywood’s first superstar, who passed away July 18, was played at the opening ceremony of the 10-day cine extravanganza.
The festival, returns after a two-year hiatus, promises to bring forth an eclectic mix of films from all over the world for the movie buffs.
“When we decided to revive the festival after two years hiatus, we knew we had a daunting task ahead, but what were clear about is that it would be a bigger better and a more exciting event,” Indu Shrikent, director of the festival, said at the opening ceremony.
“We are touched by the overwhelming response and support, which has infused a lot of enthusiasm in us. It is this synergy that will be on display in the coming days of the festival,” she added.
The first day saw the inauguration of an exhibition from the Osianama archives, honouring the divas of Indian cCinema, marking the year-long celebrations for the 100 years of Indian cinema.
The posters of 1943 film “Hunterwali Ki Beti”, 1949′s “Mahal”, 1969 film “Aradhana” to the 1972 film “Raja Jaani”, among others, are on display.
The festival opened with the screening of controversial Japanese animated film “Asura”. It was banned from being showcased in Japan for being too violent.
The ceremony also saw Egypt-based film critic Samir Farid being conferred with the lifetime achievement award. Farid is an icon in the field of film criticism not only in Egypt but worldwide. Born in Cairo, he has authored over 60 books, contributing significantly to Arab and Egyptian cinema.
Neville Tuli, Osian chairman, revealed, unlike the previous festivals, this time they are using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to connect with people and expand their reach.
“There are few new mechanisms that we have adopted – Facebook and Twitter. Earlier I thought that these mediums were just for young people, but now I realise how mistaken I was. It’s a whole new world and a wonderful way to reach out,” he said.
As many as 175 films from 38 countries will be screened at the festival that will end Aug 5.
The focus this time is on freedom of creative thought and expression. The curatorial team has brought together some landmark films from the history of world cinema made against prevailing censorship norms.
Movies from countries like China, Estonia, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria are set to be screened at the festival.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 07:30 AM PDT
Chanchal Sharma, a resident of Noida, was stopped by her parents from taking part in the indefinite fast held by Team Anna against corruption. The 23-year-old, however, rebelled against the diktat and has been fasting at Jantar Mantar for what she thinks is a good cause.
Chanchal calls her action as a “baghavat” (revolt) against her family but has no regrets as she wants to do something for the society and country.
“My parents were against me taking part in all these activities but I was firm that I want to support Anna Hazareji’s fight against corruption. I revolted and came here on my own without telling my parents and will sit on fast till we manage to get the Jan Lokpal bill passed,” Chanchal, who was wearing a white salwar suit, told IANS at the fast venue.
“I have stopped taking calls of my parents for they would only ask me to come back, which I won’t,” says Chanchal, a science graduate who has applied for lecturership in a government college and is hopeful of getting a job soon.
There are 350 people from across the country sitting on indefinite fast with Team Anna members – Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai – demanding an independent inquiry into corruption charges against 15 cabinet ministers and enactment of a strong anti-corruption law.
“Of the 350 people, about 40 percent are in the age group of 20-35 years. We are really happy to see so many youngsters supporting the movement for they will carry this movement ahead,” said a Team Anna volunteer, looking after the fasting people.
Rupraj, a resident of Vaishali in Bihar, left home on the pretext of finding a job and landed here to support Team Anna.
“I have been taking part in Team Anna protest since they started. Earlier, I used to come for two-three days but this time I decided to join the indefinite fast. When I told this to my parents, they got angry and started shouting at me,” said the 21-year-old, who has just completed his graduation.
Asked how he managed to come to Delhi then, Rupraj said: “I told them I am going for a job interview and they happily agreed. I am not taking any phone calls from my family members and will go back only after it is over.”
For these youngsters it was the passion for giving something to society and the country that made them rebel at home.
“I listened to my heart and decided to come here despite my family expressing unhappiness. I think this is a golden chance, when we all together can uproot corruption from our system… I want to become part of this historic movement,” said Pawan Kumar, a property dealer from Ghaziabad.
The 25-year-old is hopeful that his movement will help in removing corruption in India.
Many other youth participants at Jantar Mantar have been skipping classes to join the protest.
“I had bunked classes to hang out with friends or to catch a movie so many times but this time I am doing it for a noble cause. Of course, my parents don’t know about it and I don’t mind,” reveals Sujata, an engineering student.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 06:30 AM PDT
Anti Corruption Crusader Anna Hazare has again accused the government of trying to break the unity of Team Anna by holding secret talks with him.
Talking to reporters here, Anna Hazare said: “V. Narayanasamy wrote a letter to me and gave it to my team so that they feel Anna is talking with government. They are trying to break our team.”
“It was their conspiracy to stop me from attending this agitation,” he said.
V. Narayanasamy, who is Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, however, hit back saying he wrote only in response to Anna Hazare’s letter.
Narayanasamy Friday termed the indefinite fast by Team Anna at Jantar Mantar here as an attempt to “fool the people”.
He said their intentions have been exposed after they “announced launching a political party”.
“It is good they told very openly today (Friday) that they are forming a political party. Their intentions are exposed,” Narayanasamy said.
“We brought the Lokpal bill according to our commitment, it is now with the standing committee (of parliament). We have taken lot of steps. In spite of that, they are agitating because they have an agenda,” he said.
“The people who are sitting at hunger strike, they go and take rest in Maharashtra Sadan. They are fooling the people of this country,” the minister added.
Narayanasamy’s comments came after Anna Hazare, in an interview to a news channel Friday, said: “If people say that Anna should enter politics, then I could think about it.”
He, however, added a quick disclaimer: “I will not go into politics but I will give a political alternative to the people. I will not fight in elections. But if anyone fighting against corruption launches a political party, I will support it. I think the people are ready for an honest candidate.”
Friday is the third day of Team Anna’s indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar. Team members Arvind Kejriwal, Gopal Rai and Manish Sisodia are sitting on an indefinite fast against corruption and in support of a stringent Jan Lokpal bill.
Anna Hazare is likely to join the fast Sunday after his four-day ultimatum to the government ends.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 05:30 AM PDT
Separatist leaders in Srinagar have been put under house arrest Friday to ward off a law and order problem over protests against the killing of a youth by the army.
Syed Ali Geelani, who heads the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq of the moderate group have called for condemnation of the killing of 19-year-old Hilal Ahmad Dar in Bandipora Tuesday after the Friday prayers.
Besides, Yasin Malik of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has called for a march to the headquarters of the United Nations Military Observers’ Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Srinagar after the Friday prayers.
Contingents of local police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been placed outside homes of the leaders to prevent them from leading the protests.
Armed forces have also been placed outside the home of another separatist leader, Muhammad Nayeem Khan, to prevent him from moving out.
Hilal was killed in an army ambush in Bandipora’s Aloosa village. While his family and villagers say he was innocent and was shot while coming out of a mosque, the army maintains he was an armed militant from whose possession a weapon was recovered after the shootout between the army and a group of militants.
The commander of the army’s Srinagar-based 15th Corps Lt. Gen. Om Prakash Thursday ruled out a probe, but Defence Minister A.K. Antony has ordered an enquiry into the youth’s killing.
Geelani has also called for a complete shutdown across the valley Saturday to protest the incident.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 04:30 AM PDT
Casual one-night stands and multiple partners could be the starting points of serious health concerns. Not just for HIV, which most people are now aware of, but more for hepatitis.
Expressing concern over the low awareness among people, especially youngsters, about hepatitis, doctors say that much more needs to be done to spread the word about the disease, like has been done for HIV/AIDS.
“Very often, I have young patients coming to me for a post-exposure test for HIV after unprotected sex, or sex with multiple partners. What they don’t realise is that the probability of contacting the hepatitis B or even C virus through the sexual route is much higher than HIV,” Monica Mahajan, senior consultant at Max Hospital here, told IANS.
The inflammatory disease of the liver affects 100 million with chronic hepatitis B infection in the Southeast Asian region, WHO said. According to doctors, two to five percent of India’s population is affected by hepatitis B.
D. Sreenivasa, consultant at the gastroenterology centre at Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, said that 20 percent of the population is prone to the infection in the future.
Mahajan said the hepatitis virus is 50-100 times more contagious than HIV.
“Sexual contact is one of the most common routes for the virus to spread. But it can also spread through other body fluids like blood; so beware of infected needles. Having said that, cases of the virus spreading because of blood contamination has gone down relatively,” Mahajan said.
“Mother-to-child transmission is also mostly taken care of because of all the screening tests that a pregnant women goes through. Plus, now the universal immunisation programme includes protection against hepatitis B, making children less vulnerable. So it’s those in the sexually active age group, in 20s-30s, who are unaware that they are vulnerable,” she added.
The infection can cause acute illness with symptoms such as nausea, dark urine, vomiting and abdominal pain.
According to WHO, about 65 percent of those with hepatitis B and 75 percent of those with hepatitis C do not know they are infected. In the case of hepatitis B, sometimes the infection remains asymptomatic for almost two decades, before becoming chronic hepatitis and seriously affecting the liver, sometimes leading to liver cancer.
“Around 60 percent of liver cancer cases in India is because of hepatitis B,” said gastroenterologist Arul Prakash of Chennai’s MOIT Hospitals.
The good news, however, is that there is a vaccination for hepatitis B.
“Fortunately, there is a vaccination which can protect one from hepatitis B. Unfortunately, not many people know about it. I often get students applying to foreign universities, coming to get their health certificates, and having no clue that there is a vaccination for hepatitis,” said Satish Koul, internal medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.
“Without undermining the risk of HIV, it is pertinent to know that we lose more people to hepatitis B than to the aforementioned, and that the mode of transmission of hepatitis is same as sexually transmitted disease (STD),” Koul told IANS.
To state an example which is worth emulating, Fortis’ Sreenivasa said: “Taiwan had a very high incidence of hepatitis B but after the vaccination against it was introduced, it came down to zero. Now it doesn’t have any new infection cases”.
“Awareness is the only way out and the health sector, hospitals and even the media should take the initiative to do that. Free screening camps can also be organised,” Sreenivasa told IANS.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 03:30 AM PDT
The Stir for Delhi Akbarabadi Mosque has created further chances of Hindu-Muslim Tension. Instigated by some small local politicians in order to get name and fame, this controversy can take the form of Babari Majjid .
Firoz Bakht Ahmed, the grandnephew of great Freedom Fighter Maulana Azad says that the matter should be dropped immediately else it would again lead to communal riots across the country. Read below what he says.
I am worried that unless the Akbarabadi Masjid row near Delhi’s Jama Masjid is nipped in the bud, it might become Babri Masjid-2.
Some smalltime politicians are trying to politicize the entire matter by instigating the masses at the site where foundations of a mosque were discovered while digging for Delhi Metro July 6. At the same time, motivated elements from Hindu communal groups are trying to create tensions.
Amid all this, the judiciary needs to be complimented for handling a sensitive issue in a manner most competent.
One thing that I see is that most people from both the communities have not really cared too much about this deadlock as they have had enough of Babri Masjid and Ram temple row.
The local legislator, Shoeb Iqbal, has been trying two things.
For the last seven years, he has been after various civic agencies asking them to build the Akbarabadi mosque which it was known once existed.
When its remains were recovered during Delhi Metro work, he reportedly met the Delhi chief minister twice.
Despite her assurance that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) should be allowed to determine the historicity of the findings at the site, Iqbal started building the mosque himself.
Akbarabadi Masjid’s history goes back to the times of Shahjahan. Aizaz-un-Nisa Begum or Akbarabadi Begum was the second wife of the emperor who got the mosque built in 1650.
The mosque assumed importance as the Urdu translation of the Quran was done at this very place for the first time during the Mughal era.
It was also a centre for mutineers from all faiths and walks of life in 1857. It is said that important decisions taken here were finally stamped at Jama Masjid, just behind it. When the first war of indepenedence was crushed, the English took revenge by destroying, among other things, the Akbarabadi Masjid.
The nearby Jama Masjid was occupied by the English, who turned it into a huge barrack. British soldiers often entered it wearing shoes.
The Fatehpuri Masjid about a kilometre away was auctioned for Rs.29,000 along with the many shops attached to it. It was restored to Muslims when senior citizens of Delhi met the Viceroy in 1893.
That would not have happened without the efforts of secular Hindus like Rai Bahdur Seth Chhunnamal, Lala Hadhyan Singh as well as Pandit Roop Saran Upadhyaya.
Whatever is constructed or deconstructed at the present controversial site following the ASI report, the decision should be accepted by one and all.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 02:44 AM PDT
Laxman Johnson is a Boy from Tirumala Andhra Pradesh who has crossed all the limits Secularism provided by the constitution of India. This lad posted a photograph on Facebook in which he was standing on Top of Shiv Linga, which is considered most sacred by Hindus.
According to a local website, Johnson is standing proudly on the religious deity keeping both his legs over it. His one leg is on the Shiv Linga’s platform, whereas, the other over the head. Not just this, to surpass the sarcasm, he is also wearing shoes to add to the disrespect of the Shiva and play with the sentiments of Hindu followers.
On the other hand, he claims to be the ‘Son of Jesus’ – the beloved Christians’ deity. The post has brought fumes on the social network as people are yelling their hearts out to get this man trapped soon.
The Picture was removed purposely after it created a furore among Internet users, but several copies of it is being circulated on Internet demanding a FIR to be registered against him.
According to an unofficial report, 12 FIR was Lodged against Laxman Johnson in Mumbai. Shiv sena has demanded a strong Action against him or they will go for a nationwide protest against him. Shiv Sena members burned his house in Mumbai and he and his family members ran away leaving his house and hiding out from Mumbai. Hindus are demanding strong action against him so that no else can dare to do this kind of shameless act for hurting religious belief.
Some of the posts by Facebook users also claim that he should be getting the kind of punishment that no one should even dare to do it this way.
As per Laxman’s Facebook account details, he studied from Evergreen High School and resides in Mumbai.
Sachin Kumar, who works for a private firm has posted, “His Work is as Black as he is but he doesn’t know what he is doing. He doesn’t know that Lord Shiva Loves every Human. He Loves him also otherwise how can he stand on his head?”
People have got fumed enough that they have even claimed to kill the man.
One Abhilash Ks says, “He should be shot at site.”
On the other hand, a few of them have also claimed that the man should be spared to destiny.
Sureshrajan Srinivasan says, “In the name of shiva …. leave him … he will get back soon …. he doesnt know wat he has done ….. the biggest mistake of his life.”
The deed has come on the social forum and still the police is not taking any action on this fellow. He needs to be dealt hard, claims one Meenakshi Rangnathan on the post.
The question is not just about standing on the prestigious Shiva Linga rather the question is all about respecting each others’ religion. India indeed is one of the biggest lands where people of all casts and religion reside. This man seems to have been overdone by his rigidity and mindlessness.
Posted: 27 Jul 2012 02:13 AM PDT
The Film starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha is to be released in August.
“They wanted it to be up there, but I think one has to take permission a year in advance. So the process is on,” she added.
According to Farah, whose husband Shirish Kunder has directed the Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer, the team is in talks with officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to see if it can be made possible for Williams to watch the film.
Williams is currently on her second space odyssey to the International Space Station.
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