- Bollywood Superstars are remembered only after Death says Bipasha
- Kanda was cleared off Charges in Income Tax Official Assault Case
- Rajasthan bans Cellphone Usage for Girls
- Court renews Police custody of Gopal Kanda
- FIR against Media for reporting Rape and Suicide in West Bengal
- Assam Violence picks up again, Curfew in Chirang and Kokrajhar
- Assam Militants Organizations shifting base to Myanmar
- NAM Summit 2012 starts on August 26, PM heads for Iran
- Green Tea helpful in treating Tobacco addicts
- India Fires Prithvi Ballistic Missile in Bhubaneshwar
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 06:30 PM PDT
“An actor’s life is very sad. The biggest of superstars in our country fade away after some time and are remembered only when they die. But what to do? It is very vulnerable, very sad, but that is the way it is. Nothing is permanent in their life,” Bipasha told IANS on the phone from Mumbai.
A classic example is that of Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood’s first superstar. All but forgotten for almost a decade, he emerged briefly in a rather sad TV spot and the next thing we knew was that he was in hospital, came out, went in again and came out for the last time – only to die a few days later. Of course, there was a nationwide outpouring of grief – and this is just the point Bipasha is making.
“Once you achieve success, you just want to work, you don’t want to be forgotten. It is an emotion that every actor worldwide, male or female, goes through,” said the 33-year-old, who plays an actress whose career is on the downfall in her forthcoming film “Raaz 3″.
Directed by filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, the movie, a sequel to 2009 film “Raaz”, also stars Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta.
Bipasha says people want to know everything about an actor’s life and that is the reason films like “The Dirty Picture”, “Raaz 3″ and “Heroine” are made.
“Acting is a very enigmatic line. Being a celebrity people always want to know about your personal life – what you are? What you eat? How you live? Where you go? Who are you dating? How you breathe?”
“Raaz 3″ is about struggle of an actor’s life to attain fame and success. And the actress says that an actor’s life makes an interesting proposition for a movie theme.
“It is an interesting profession to make a film on – either the actor’s life or an actress’. In today’s time everybody wants to be an actor. It is a fascinating profession and people want to know about behind the scenes. And that is the reason there have been so many movies made on the same topic,” said Bipasha, who made her acting debut with the 2001 film “Ajnabee”.
So, are such films actually based on real life incidents?
“These are all fictional and little drawn from reality. Such films are basically different types of storytelling of different directors, which make for very interesting stories,” added Bipasha.
An actor’s personal life has always made headlines and even the Bengali beauty has not been spared – be it her relationship with “Raaz” co-star Dino Morea, or her romance with actor John Abraham and their break-up.
Though she does not let all that bother her a lot, she says media and people should not forget that actors need some privacy.
“Poeple are always interested to know what you are doing in your personal space. It makes great news for people to discuss over a meal. But they forget we are also humans, who have a personal life, struggles and we too go through good and bad times.
“It is quite harsh at times to expect an actor to be okay with whatever is written about him. Actors and not super humans, they are normal people,” said the actress, who has also worked in Tamil, Telugu and Bengali language films.
Known for her performances in films like “Corporate” and “Dhoom 2″, Bipasha is game for well-written comedies.
“I am dying to do a comedy. I am a funny girl and blessed with a mad sense of humour. I think I can pull off comedy nicely. I don’t like slapstick comedy but, yes, situational comedy works for me,” said the actress, who has done comedy films like “No Entry” and “All The Best”.
Last seen in “Jodi Breakers”, Bipasha’s future projects include English film “Singularity” and director Suparn Varma’s horror project “Aatma”.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 11:20 AM PDT
Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, accused of abetting the suicide of flight attendant Geetika Sharma, was let off by police in a 2008 case of assault on income tax officials, an official said.
Kanda was the main accused in the assault on income tax officials during a raid at his MDLR Airlines office, but he along with his relative, an additional chief judicial magistrate in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, was let off in April 2012, a police official said Saturday.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) lodged at the Civil Lines police station in Feb 2008 here, Kanda, his relatives Govind Aggarwal and Motilal and 50 others were booked under sections 332, 353, 148, 149, 506 of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Arms Act.
The FIR was filed on the complaint of the then Deputy Director of Income Tax (Unit One), Aashutosh Verma.
Kanda and his associates had assaulted the income tax raiding team with weapons and snatched away files and floppies that were taken into custody from the MDLR office, according to the complainant.
However, after a probe, the police report which was submitted to the court gave Kanda and his relatives a clean chit.
The next hearing in the case would be held Sep 10.
A property dealer-turned-politician, Kanda was elected as an independent legislator from Sirsa in the 2009 Haryana assembly polls and joined the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government as minister of state for home.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 10:30 AM PDT
After girls in a Uttar Pradesh village were banned from using mobile phones about a month ago, a village panchayat in Rajasthan has prohibited minor girls from carrying mobiles and directed them to cover their heads when going out of home.
The village council has also ordered minor boys not to play music on their mobile phones.
The restrictions have been imposed in Kishorpura village near Udaipurwati town of Jhunjhunu district, some 200 km from here.
“The panchayat recently held a general meeting in which village elders expressed the view that mobile phones were spoiling girls,” Kishorpura sarpanch (council head) Bimla Meena said.
Following the meeting, the elders decided to impose a ban on the use of mobile phones by minor girls from the village.
“The minor girls have been asked not to use and carry mobile phones. They have also been directed to wear proper clothes. They will have to keep their heads covered with stole. It would make them look decent,” Meena added.
The village head did not specify the punishment to be meted out to any girl found flouting the panchayat’s edicts.
Most of the villagers were, however, in agreement with the panchayat order.
“It has been observed that mobile phones have given ‘unnecessary’ freedom to girls, which is distracting them from following our culture. The panchayat’s decision will be followed strictly in the village as it has been accepted by all,” Ramkesh Kumar, a resident, told IANS.
Earlier in July, the panchayat of Asara village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district had issued similar orders, banning girls from using mobile phones and stepping out of their houses without male escort.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 09:30 AM PDT
Metropolitan Magistrate Devender Kumar Jangala sent Kanda to three days’ police custody for questioning.
Police sought an extension of Kanda’s custody to recover his three mobile phones through which he called and sent text messages to Geetika. They also want to seize the official phone that the victim returned after she quit Kanda’s group.
The investigators said that all the four phones were required to get details of calls and text messages, recover a computer hard disk, get information on Kanda’s visit to Dubai and details of some employee working in the former minister’s company.
Police told the court that a probe into Kanda’s Dubai visit was also required as at that time Geetika was working there in another airlines.
Police said that financial transactions of Kanda’s educational society, where Geetika was working, were also needed to be investigated.
The initial payment made to create the society was released from the account of Geetika, police said.
Kanda’s counsel opposed the police plea for an extension in his custody for questioning.
The former minister was arrested Aug 18.
Geetika, 23, who earlier worked in Kanda’s now-defunct MDLR Airlines, died on the night of Aug 4-5 at her house in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar area.
Her two suicide notes named Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha for harassing her and driving her to suicide. Both have denied the allegations. Chaddha is in judicial custody.
After Kanda’s airlines ceased to function in 2009, Geetika was given another assignment in the group owned by him.
Kanda, who was forced to resign as minister of state for home and urban local bodies in Haryana in the face of public outcry over Geetika’s suicide, was booked for abetment to suicide by Delhi Police.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 09:14 AM PDT
Launching a scathing attack on the media, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accused it of abetting suicides and rapes and warned that police would lodge cases against those resorting to lies.
Banerjee’s harsh comments came at a meeting of the Trinamool’s youth wing – Trinamool Yuva – at a time when the media has been regularly highlighting an alleged spurt in incidents of rape, police torture and administrative excesses in the state.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, West Bengal tops states in crimes against women.
The chief minister said business houses now controlled the media. “The employees are told to go all out in their criticism, and spread canards a dime a dozen.”
Quoting Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim, Banerjee said some media houses pay Rs.50,000-100,000 to people who utter whatever they are asked to say.
“I have been told that even people can be made to lodge police complaints, and, if necessary, withdraw them at a later stage,” she said.
Banerjee alleged that peasants’ suicides were abetted by the media, which was now carrying out a false propaganda on rapes.
“Just because you have a channel you cannot abet suicides, you cannot abet rapes, you cannot pollute people’s minds so that they resort to criminal offence,” she said.
“This is a crime. First the channels give a breaking news, then they wait for the contradiction. In the process two days are gone. In the interest of business, they make guinea pigs of the political parties, people,” Banerjee said.
The chief minister said where the allegations were genuine, the administration would take an uncompromising stand to nail the culprits. “But the police will lodge counter complaints in cases built on lies. This is the system. This is the law.”
During the recent platinum jubilee celebrations of the state assembly, Banerjee had taken on the judiciary, alleging there were was corruption in a section of judiciary.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 08:28 AM PDT
Violence in Assam has risen again killing 5 more people this time in Chirang District. Curfew has been imposed in the entire territory of Kokrajhar and Chirang.
Earlier, Bodoland Peoples’ Front MLA, Pradeep Brahma, was arrested on Thursday for his alleged role in the ethnic riots in state. MLA’s supporters had, then, warned the state government to release their leader or face their wrath.
The unending month-long violence has taken the lives of many people and left thousands homeless.
Displaced Bodo tribals have started returning home from relief camps in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts, but Muslims living in temporary shelters in Dhubri district are staying put.
According to Assam government figures, the number of relief camps in Kokrajhar has come down from 90 to 54.
The number of inmates of the relief camps in Kokrajhar and Chirang has come down from nearly 3 lakh in the last week of July to 1 lakh now.
Government authorities have, however, managed to close only six relief camps in Dhubri, a Muslim-majority district bordering Bangladesh. Nearly 1.5 lakh people are still living in 133 relief camps in Dhubri. Only 29,000 people have left the relief camps in Dhubri.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 05:52 AM PDT
Terrorist outfits of the northeastern region have shifted their bases to neighbouring Myanmar following crackdown by the Bangladesh security forces, an official of the para-military Assam Rifles at Agartala, Tripura said on Saturday.
“Several terrorist groups of the northeast India have been shifting their camps to Myanmar after the Bangladesh security forces continued their crackdown against them,” Inspector General of Assam Rifles Satish Dua told reporters here.
“All the central and state security forces have been asked by the union home ministry to maintain a strict vigil about the movement of the militants in the northeastern region,” he added.
Dua, who reached here Friday, met Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and top officials of the central and state security forces to discuss strategies to curb militancy in the state.
He said that Tripura has successfully tamed the 45-year-old phenomenon of secessionist terrorism.
“Separatist outfits have been trying to strengthen their groups in Tripura. They are now trying to be pro-active ahead of the next year’s assembly polls,” he said.
“The security forces, including the central forces, are also getting ready to retaliate in a befitting way,” he added.
Tripura’s Director General of Police Sanjay Sinha said that the separatist outfits have been trying to strengthen their factions in Tripura ahead of the assembly polls early next year but security forces are ready to tackle them.
Tripura’s two militant secessionist outfits – NLFT (National Liberation Front of Tripura) and the ATTF (All Tripura Tiger Force), both banned by the Indian authorities – have set up bases in Bangladesh along with the outher outfits of the northeast region, and receive support from other separatist outfits of the northeast.
According to an official document, currently the number of NLFT cadres is 150 to 155, and the ATTF has 10 to 12 guerillas.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 05:41 AM PDT
Non Alignment Movement Summit 2012 or NAM Summit 2012 shall commence from August 26 at Tehran, Iran. The two day summit shall be attended by the leaders of 120 Member nations including India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will leave for Tehran on Tuesday and will address it on Augst 30-31.
“Our relations have been strong. As for trade, the balance is in favour of Iran and we would concentrate on increasing trade,” Mathai, who will Sunday attend a trilateral India-Afghanistan-Iran meeting in Tehran ahead of the NAM summit, said.
India’s imports from Iran in 2011-12 were at $12 billion and exports were at $3 billion.
Asked whether Washington had raised its concerns over Iran at the meeting here earlier this week between visiting US Permanent Representative to the UN Susan Rice and Indian officials, including Mathai, the foreign secretary said: “We did discuss issues relating to Iran but informally.”
Pressed whether India would convey the US concerns on Iran, Mathai replied: “Peace and security are our (India’s) primary concerns. This is our concern and we don’t have to take anyone else’s concern as a priority.”
To a query on whether the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline project was still on, Yash Sinha, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran), who was also present at the briefing, said the issue would be discussed at next month’s meeting in New Delhi of the India-Iran joint working group on hydrocarbons.
According to Mathai, meetings are also planned on the sidelines of the NAM summit between Manmohan Singh and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as also the leaders of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal. He, however, would not go into specifics of what was expected of the meeting between Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
“We are also hoping for a pull-aside with the president of Egypt (the currrent NAM secretary general),” Mathai added.
This will be Manmohan Singh’s third NAM summit after Havana (2006) and Sharm el Sheikh (2009).
Asked about India’s expectations from the summit, Mathai said: “NAM remains as relevant today as when it was created (in 1961). We need to re-invigorate the movement for a greater focus on the issues of global governance, reform of international institutions, food security and energy.”
“The time has come to give grater emphasis to global issues,” he added.
Questioned about New Delhi’s stand on the Iran’s reported move to press for a resolution on Syria at the NAM summit, Mathai said India did not believe that the declaration that would be adopted would go beyond what had been stated in the final document of the ministerial meeting of the NAM coordinating bureau at Sharm el Sheikh in May.
On Syria, the document says: “The Ministers took note of the efforts of the international community to deal with the situation in Syria. They welcomed the efforts by (former UN secretary general) Mr. Kofi Annan, and called for full implementation of the joint envoy’s plan and its six points, and the Security Council resolutions” on the issue.
“We fully endorse this position,” Mathai said.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 05:03 AM PDT
Drink green tea to get over the nicotine urge, say Chinese researchers — and this is a finding that medical professionals in Kerala have reacted positively to.
A recent study titled ‘A Revolutionary Approach for the Cessation of Smoking’, published in Science China Life Sciences, a peer-reviewed open-access journal, cites how researchers used custom-developed cigarettes with components of green tea as filters in a bid to treat addiction to smoking.
Phinse Philip, a lecturer in the Community Oncology Division of the Malabar Cancer Centre, said pharmacotherapy such as nicotine replacement therapy had generally been found effective in getting smokers to give up the habit.
“A majority of users smoke as it purportedly gives them some form of relaxation. The oral intake of the amino acid L-Theanine, uniquely found in green tea, is known to have anti-stress effects and acts as a relaxing agent. The study conducted in China shows that green tea may be an alternative to quit this addictive habit,” Phillip said.
Even though there has been a nationwide ban on smoking in public since 2008, it continues to be rampant in public places in Kerala, including bus stops and cinema halls.
Around 21.9 per cent of Kerala’s population is addicted to smoking and in the process, makes itself vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases such as cancer, heart ailments and osteoporosis.
Thomas Varughese, head of surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery at Kochi’s Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre, said drinking green tea after quitting smoking completely could contribute to reversing the possibility of lung cancer.
“Green tea, which is rich in antioxidants, can help in restoring the oxidant/antioxidant imbalance among those who have quit tobacco-use completely, both smoking and smokeless, provided they have used it long enough to cover the impact of the period of use,” said Varughese.
He also pointed out that smokers typically have low levels of vital nutrients like Vitamins C and E, zinc, calcium, folate and the Omega-3 essential fatty acid which are vital for the human body’s immune system and proper metabolic activity.
“Consumption of green tea can boost the body’s immune system by fighting free radicals and can reduce the risk from damage caused by toxins in cigarette smoke,” Varughese added.
Posted: 25 Aug 2012 04:56 AM PDT
India has today successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from a military base in Orissa.
The surface-to-surface missile with a range of 350 km was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district, about 230 km from here.
“The test was a 100 percent success,” M.V.K.V. Prasad, director of the test range, told IANS.
Prithvi is India’s first indigenously built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under the country’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
The missile, with a flight duration of 483 seconds reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km, has the capability to carry a 500 kg warhead.
Prithvi, which has features to deceive anti-ballistic missiles, uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and reaches its target within a few metres of accuracy.
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