2 Nov 2016

Book tells real, imagined stories of 1984 riots

New Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) A new anthology seeks to examine all aspects of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots by combining non-fiction pieces with fictional stories.

"1984: In Memory and Imagination - Personal Essays and Stories on the 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots", edited by Vikram Kapur and brought out by Amaryllis Publishing House, examines the human narrative of 1984 with stories, both real and imagined, of men and women whose lives were altered by that tragic chain of events and who continue to live with them to this day.

Higher Grade Pay for employees of Defence Industrial Establishments – Defence Ministry order

Higher Grade Pay for employees of Defence Industrial Establishments – Defence Ministry order

In stress, brain regulates social behaviour differently in men and women



Experts say that the social brain works quite differently in males and females. (Thinkstock)

The brain regulates social behaviour differently in males and females, according to a new study which suggests that stress-related mental disorders should be treated differently in men and women.

Researchers from Georgia State University in the US discovered that serotonin (5-HT) and arginine-vasopressin (AVP) act in opposite

Bedtime Smartphone Use May Affect Kid's Sleep, Health: Study



Sleep disturbance in childhood is known to lead to adverse physical and mental health consequences.
LONDON: Parents, take note! Kids who use smartphones or tablets at bedtime may be at over twice the risk of having inadequate sleep, which may lead to various health issues such as obesity and a poor diet, a new study has found.

Low fat diet may reduce migraine headache

There have been three comprehensive diets so far whose very composition may prevent headaches.
More than 180 studies on the subject of migraine and diet were reviewed for the purpose. 
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If you suffer from migraine, following a comprehensive diet that includes low fat may help to reduce those headaches, says a study conducted by an Indian-origin researcher.

Gautami announces separation from Kamal Haasan

Chennai, Nov 1 (PTI) In one of the most high profile splits in Tamil cinema, actress Gautami Tadimalla on Tuesday announced she was separating from veteran star Kamal Haasan, terming it as "one of the most devastating decisions that I have ever had to make in my life." 

"It is heartbreaking for me to have to say today that I and Mr Haasan are no longer together. After almost 13 years together, it has been one of the most devastating decisions that I have ever had to make in my life," she wrote in a blog whose link she later posted on her Twitter page.

Pilgrims take dip in Yamuna on 'Yam Dwitiya'

Mathura, Nov 1 (PTI) Pilgrims in groups of brother and sister today took a dip in Yamuna at Vishram Ghat here on the occasion of 'Yam Dwitiya'.

"Legend has it that brother and sister bathing in pairs at Vishram Ghat on the occasion will get salvation," noted saint of Brijbhumi, Guru Sharnanand Maharaj said.

1 Nov 2016

Land Pooling Policy issues discussed at a high level meeting

UD Ministry asks Delhi Government, DDA, MCDs to sort out issues to enable notification of Regulations

Issues that are holding back the notification of Regulations concerning Land Pooling Policy were today discussed at a high level meeting chaired by Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development.

Kerala declared Open Defecation Free

The State of Kerala today became the third State overall and the largest State so far to be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) (Gramin). The declaration was formally made by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, in a magnificent


Rafi's son demands public apology from Karan Johar

(PTI) Mumbai - 5Enraged over a dialogue about his father and iconic singer Mohammad Rafi in Karan Johar's latest "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", Shahid Rafi has demanded a public apology from the filmmaker and has asked him to delete the sequence.

In the recently released romantic-drama, Ranbir Kapoor's character, aspiring singer Ayan, tells Anushka Sharma (playing Alizeh), that many people have said his voice is like Rafi, to which, Sharma says, "Mohammad Rafi? Woh gaate kam, rote zyada the na?" 

Shahid says he did not expect a filmmaker like Johar to pass such a line under his watch and feels the damage has already been done.

"Karan Johar is a great filmmaker, I don't know how he used this line. He should have thought about it as he is the director. I did not expect this from Karan. I am ashamed of him, he is supposed to be a good director," Shahid told PTI.

"I saw the clipping. I haven't seen the film, so let me see the film first then I will think what to do. But a public apology (from Johar) is appreciated, and also removal of the scene. Although the damage is done. Let's see what he (Karan) can do from his side," he added.

Shahid says he got to know about the dialogue through Rafi fans and was deeply saddened by it.

"I am deeply hurt about the dialogue. I came to know that the dialguge doesn't take the story backward or forward. People have often mentioned or spoken about my father in films or in general in good way, then why all of a sudden this dialogue and this controversy." 

Shahid has also lashed out at "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" dialogue writer Niranjan Iyengar.

"It (the dialogue) is not good. My father is a verstaile singer, he has sung love songs, sad songs, bhajan etc. Niranjan wrote the dialogue and it seems he doesn't know anything about my father. What image (of Rafi) is he trying to put in front of the youth ? 

"Even after more than 36 years, people still remember my father, he is a legend. So many shows take place in his memory.. he has huge fan following. He (Niranjan) doesn't know what he is doing." 

Shahid said he is yet to talk to Johar regarding the issue.

Interestingly, the title of the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer also comes from the opening verse of the popular song "Ai Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan", which was sung by Rafi for the 1956 film "C.I.D." 

The legendary singer, who died in 1980, also sang for the first Dharma Productions film, "Dostana" which was directed by Yash Johar.

Pak SC orders corruption probe against PM Sharif

Islamabad in a jolt to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Supreme Court today ordered a probe into the Panama Papers scandal involving corruption allegations against the family of the beleaguered premier.

31 Oct 2016

Bangladesh post historic Test victory against England


Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, center, celebrates the dismissal of England's Zafar Ansari during the third day of their second cricket test match in Dhaka. ─ AP

Dhaka,  (AFP) Bangladesh today recorded their first Test victory over England, taking all ten wickets in a single session thanks to teenage off-spin sensation Mehedi Hasan to win the second Test by 108 runs and square the series.

Celebrations erupted at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla Stadium and across the country as Bangladeshis revelled in one of the proudest moments in their sporting history.

Rani, Deepika star in India's win against Korea


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Singapore, Oct 30 (PTI) An inspired second half performance saw Indian eves outgun Korea 2-1 in an exciting encounter at the 4th Women Asian Champions Trophy hockey here today.

The win puts India on top of the pool standings.

A composed first quarter saw both sides challenge each other in a midfield battle. India were the ones who were pushed to the back foot early on, conceding a penalty corner, but Rajani s smart save ensured both teams went into the first break locked in a stalemate.

Tharanga closes in on 100 as Zimbabwe toil

Harare,  (AFP) Upul Tharanga closed in on a second Test century as he became the latest Sri Lankan batsman to make the most of Zimbabwe's dropped catches in the first Test at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Kusal Perera cashed in on two dropped catches to score his maiden Test century on the opening day of the match, and day two saw Tharanga put down on 66 by Tino Mawoyo.

India beat Pakistan 3-2 to reclaim Asian Champions Trophy



Kuantan (Malaysia),  (PTI) Favourites India prevailed 3-2 over arch-rivals Pakistan to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy hockey, presenting a perfect Diwali gift to the nation here on Sunday.
Goals from Rupinder Pal Singh (18th minute), Yousuf Affan (23rd) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (51st) helped India surmount the challenge from Pakistan, who rallied from two goals behind through strikes by Muhammad Aleem Bilal (26th) and Ali Shaan (38th) in the title clash of the fourth edition of tournament.

Ranbir is here to stay: Anushka Sharma



Mumbai, Oct 30 (PTI) Actress Anushka Sharma has said that her co-star Ranbir Kapoor is here to stay and it's refreshing for a young actor like him to have done a variety of roles in the initial years of his career.
Teaming up for the second time after 'Bombay Velvet', Ranbir and Anushka's Karan Johar-directed 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' has managed to garner good business at the box office and may lift up Ranbir's plummeting career graph.

"Ranbir is a very good actor. He has given us some amazing films. I admire him for the choices he made at the beginning of his career. He did films like 'Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year', 'Rajneeti', 'Barfi'. It's refreshing to see a young actor making such kind of choices," Anushka told PTI.

Hillary Clinton gets Jennifer Lopez boost in Miami



Miami,  (AFP) Hillary Clinton took to the stage with Jennifer Lopez in Miami when the music superstar performed a free concert in the rain to encourage early voting in the battleground state of Florida.

The 47-year-old actress, singer and dancer whose toned physique appeared to defy gravity, powered through some of her greatest hits, including "Let's Get Loud" and "On the Floor" before an exuberant crowd who cheered and danced as rain drenched the outdoor amphitheater late yesterday.

Ranbir is the best actor: Aamir says after watching 'Ae Dil'



Mumbai, (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan is all praise for "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" and overwhelmed with Ranbir Kapoor's performance in the romantic drama, going to the extent of calling him the best actor.

Aamir tweeted that the Karan Johar's directorial venture is a "must watch".

"Just saw Ae Dil. WHAT a film!!! I just LOVED it! Karan has hit the ball out of the stadium. Ranbir, Aishwarya and Anushka have just killed it. Ranbir is the best actor! Period! A must see!" the 51-year-old actor gushed on the social networking site.

क्या आपने देखा दीपिका पादुकोण और विन डीजल का क्यूट दिवाली वीडियो!



नई दिल्ली। दीवाली के मौके पर बॉलीवुड अदाकारा दीपिका पादुकोण और हॉलीवुड के पहले को एक्टर विन डीजल ने सभी को दिवाली पर खास मैसेज दिया है। विन ने दिवाली की बधाई खास तौर पर हिंदी में दी है। गौर हो कि दीपिका विन डीजल के साथ हॉलीवुड फिल्म 'ट्रिपल एक्स' रिर्टन ऑफ जैन्डर केज' में काम कर रही है।

रणबीर कपूर के फैन हुए आमिर खान, तारीफ में कही ये बातें

सुपरस्टार आमिर खान फिल्म 'ऐ दिल है मुश्किल' में अभिनेता रणबीर कपूर के अभिनय से बेहद प्रभावित हुए.

उन्होंने कहा कि रणबीर एक बेहतरीन अभिनेता हैं. आमिर ने ट्विटर पर करण जौहर की फिल्म की प्रशंसा करते हुए कहा, 'ऐ दिल..' अभी अभी देखी. करण ने बेहतरीन फिल्म बनाई है. ऐश्वर्या, रणबीर और अनुष्का ने कमाल का अभिनय किया है. रणबीर बेहतरीन अभिनेता हैं.'



आमिर खान

'ऐ दिल है मुश्किल' में एश्वर्या राय बच्चन, अनुष्का शर्मा और फवाद खान भी मुख्य भूमिकाओं में हैं.

वहीं बॉक्स ऑफिस पर अभिनेता व फिल्म निर्माता अजय देवगन की फिल्म 'शिवाय' और करण की 'ऐ दिल है मुश्किल' एक ही दिन शुक्रवार को रिलीज हुई है.

इस फिल्म का निर्माण फॉक्स स्टार स्टूडियो और धर्मा प्रोडक्शन ने किया है.

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