Wednesday, July 7, 2010
| Updated at: 2015 PST, Wednesday, July 07, 2010|
KARACHI: The weather in Karachi turned pleasant on receiving intermittent downpours in various areas of the metropolis while traffic jams and power outages were reported in many parts of the city as rain water caused a number of feeders to trip, Geo News reported Wednesday.
Maximum rain, 43 mm, was recorded at Sharea Faisal.
Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Eban Khan directed the concerned authorities to take necessary steps in the wake of monsoon rains.
Rains started this afternoon, totally disrupting the traffic system while many part of the city suffered power outages as, according to KESC spokesman, rain water caused 30 feeders to trip. Train service was also affected as heavy rains lashed the city.
According to Met Department’s chief meteorologist Muhammed Riaz, the eastern parts of the city including Clifton, Tariq Road, Nazimabad, Saddar, Gadap Town and Orangi Town began to receive showers.
According to Met Department, the recent rain spell will continue intermittently during the next 24 hours.
Meantime, power supply in Hub and Hyderabad was suspended. The streams on the RCD Road in Hub started overflowing. The low-lying areas and rain rivers were inundated with downpours couple with gale-force winds in Hub and its suburbs, posing great problems to the local residents.
Besides, Hyderabad also received from light to heavy rains, which caused the power supply cut-off. The sweltering weather got more intense with no winds after light rains.
| Updated at: 1227 PST, Wednesday, July 07, 2010|
NEW DELHI: The third senior most officer of the Indian Navy was killed in an accidental firing during a training session at its southern Naval base in Kochi on Wednesday.
The Navy has ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the accidental death of Rear Admiral SS Jamwal, who was the Chief-of-Staff of the Southern Naval Command in Kochi.
As per reports, SS Jamwal was shot dead in an accidental firing when the officers of the Southern Naval command were being trained in the firing range of INS Dronacharya in Kochi.
The tragic incident has come as a major shock for the Naval forces and a CoI probe is likely to throw light on the sequence of events leading to the death of Rear Admiral Jamwal.
"I think only Harbhajan can do this," Murali, who currently has 792 wickets, told PTI. I don't know how old is he and how long he will continue. But he is the only one who can achieve this feat in Test cricket." Harbhajan, 30, has bagged 355 wickets in 83 Tests to date.
Murali said it would get increasingly difficult for spinners to set the kind of records he has. "In the current scenario Test cricket is dying. One-day cricket does not have bright future. Only Twenty20 is going to survive. So it will be difficult for any slow bowler to survive so long," he said.
Murali's was a significant factor in in Sri Lanka's fortunes as a Test-playing nation, but they were unable to win a Test in India, South Africa or Australia during his 18-year career. The absence of a win in either of these countries during his career, Murali said, remained his biggest regret. "I have achieved everything that an international cricketer can dream about. I have only one regret that I could not win in India, South Africa and Australia. But one cannot get everything in life."
Murali is just eight wickets away from reaching 800 wickets, and said reaching that landmark would mark a satisfactory end to his Test career. "I don't run after records. I have the world record in my name. Although if I could get eight more wickets, it will be a good way to end. I am sure I will be able to do that in one match. If not, no worries," he said.
When asked who was the toughest batsman he bowled to, Murali said: "If we talk about the consistency, then no other batsman can match Sachin [Tendulkar] and [Brian] Lara. They are the best against whom I have bowled. I had to put in extra effort against them. I am happy that I will be able to bowl Sachin in my last Test."
Murali said he is yet to decide whether to participate in the 2011 World Cup, but was available for the IPL. "I have not given it a thought yet [about the 2011 World Cup]. I cannot say that it is off my radar but I will think about this. After that I will be able to say something about participating in the tournament," he said. "I want to continue playing in the IPL till (Chennai Super Kings) needs me."
? ESPN EMEA Ltd. ODIs, who will retire from the longest format later this month, also said of Tests and 50-over cricket meant slow bowlers would struggle for survival.
They’re one of the most generous couples in Hollywood, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie received a personal phone call from a world leader to thank them for their generosity.
According to reports, Pakistan President, Asif Ali Zardari, called the couple to express his gratitude for their gift of $1 million to people displaced by anti-Taliban military operations in the country's northwest.
The “Changeling” actress has been the goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR since 2001, and announced the $1 million gift on World Refugee Day. She's said she pledged the aid to displaced Pakistanis because of the relative newness of the crisis in Pakistan.
The couple has been jointly running the Jolie-Pitt foundation, which made the gift last week
As we all want to make sure we have a glowing skin and we look youthful sometime we forget the very important things in life which naturally helps us look good and beautiful.
Express less doesn’t mean don’t express your emotions for other or don’t tell your loved ones you love them, however for young and glowy look it is very important that your heart is happy, your not upset and you are not always angry and expressing anger towards others. This is the reason to ALWAYS make sure you are less stressed and your not expressing anything which will make you upset.
2. Sleep proper e.g. take naps
It is very important to sleep well because lack of sleep can cause puffy eyes and dark circles as well as that lack of sleep can stress you even more which will cause not inner happiness.
3. Drinks lots of water
To look youthful, beautiful and glow-full it is very important for us to drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses of water because human body are just like plants they need water to keep healthy and fresh.
4. No smoke/alcohol
I am not going into details what smoking/alcohol causes to our body as well all know what smoking does to us e.g. lung cancer, bad breath and heart attacks however if you want to look young it is very important for you to stop smoking and drinking alcohol because it takes away the youth from you as well as that natural glow we humans have.
5. Keep away from the Sunlight
This is very important for all of us, men or women to keep away from the sun. Even if you are in the sun make sure before you leave your house you apply sun lotion otherwise you age faster then you should, also Sunlight triggers the body to make its own vitamin D, which is crucial not only for strong bones and healthy teeth, but for keeping the immune system healthy too. So if you want to look all glow-yy and youthful then you will have to apply sun lotion on before you leave your house.
Stars have to be dragged out of their beds to come to the studios. But Kangna Ranaut is different. Director Milan Lutharia says that if Kangna is called for an 8 am shift she’s there at least an hour earlier.
Recently, the light boys and unit hands of Once Upon A Time in Mumbai were pleasantly surprised when Kangna’s swank car drove into the studio compound simultaneously with the generators and the light trucks.
The unit didn’t even have a chair to offer their heroine because they were yet to unpack, but Kangna wasn’t ruffled. When she realised that she was very early, she spent the time walking around the shooting spot... unperturbed by the number of people staring at her. Of course hero Ajay Devgn was truly concerned, but when he realised that Kangna was enjoying her space, he just let her be.
Anyone would think that Abhishek Bachchan would be the natural choice to play Amitabh Bachchan's role in a "Agneepath" remake. However, Hrithik Roshan has been roped in to play the part in the new-age "Agneepath", while Mithun Chakraborty's award winning character has been completely done away with.
"When the idea of re-making 'Agneepath' came to producer Karan Johar, he right away locked in on Hrithik Roshan. It was a commitment to the actor, who is very keen to give his own interpretation to the character," a source revealed.
In fact, it was presumed by a very large section of the entertainment industry that Abhishek would play the eponymous part of Vijay Dinanath Chauvan. And Jaya Bachchan would play Vijay's mother, played with brilliant poignancy by Rohini Hattangadi in the cult orignal directed by the late Mukul Anand.
However, contrary to popular opinion, Abhishek was never offered the role in the remake.
"Hrithik will play it closer to Al Pacino in 'Scarface' than Mr. Bachchan in 'Agneepath'," says a source.
"Agneepath", it would be recalled, was deeply influenced by "Scarface". The remake, written and directed by debutant Karan Malhotra purports to pay homage to "Scarface".
While refusing to discuss the cast, producer Karan Johar says: "All I can say is that my 'Agneepath' is radically different from the 'Agneepath' that my (late) father (Yash Johar) produced. We've completely done away with the south Indian character played by Mithun Chakraborty in the original."
With that information, Mithun's dreams of seeing his son Mimoh cast on the role he originally played also goes up in flames.
Karan Johar's "Agneepath" would be a solo act featuring Roshan Jr, who will experiment with the rasping dialogue-delivery that Big B had attempted in the original 1990's gangster film.
Many thought that it was his gravelly way of speaking in "Agneepath" that made the movie a hit. But, Hrithik is determined to prove all the self-appointed soothsayers wrong.
"My father was very proud of Agneepath. I hope I don't let him down with my version of the film. Amit-ji had won the National award for it, it's a tough act to follow for any actor," Karan says.
After Aamir Khan, Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu is the latest celebrity to join microblogging site Twitter.
The actress, whose username on Twitter is "bipsluvurself", announced her entry saying, "Hello guys! late entry in twitterverse but nevertheless am here now. A big thank you to all my fans for helping me become who I am today."
"I am happy to be here and hope I get to share my experiences better with you all now. But, I need to hear from you all too," she added.
Bipasha got a warm welcome from her "Lamhaa" co-star Kunal Kapoor.
"If you are wondering why its suddenly getting so hot on twitter, its cause Bipasha is now on @bipsluvurself.. Phew, the temp (temperature) is really rising!!"
Karan Johar wrote: "BIPASHA BASU @bipsluvurself on twitter 2day!!!
Priyanka Chopra wrote: "Welcoming one of the most wonderful and gorgeous people I have met... The stunning Bipasha basu!! Encore guys!!! @bipsluvurself."
Ajay Devgn wrote: "Everyone, please welcome @Bipsluvurself to Twitter! Welcome aboard, this space is addictive."
Sunidhi Chauhan wrote: "The beautiful Bipasha Basu is here.. Follow her! @bipsluvurself. Hi Bipasha welcome on Twitter! Big hug."
Jewellary designer Farah Khan Ali wrote: "Lets welcome my friend and an absolute sweetheart Bipasha Basu @bipsluvurself to our tweet world. Love you Bips. "
When the country’s wealthiest resident Mukesh Ambani decided to build a private house on a 60-storeyed vertical palace in Mumbai, architect Hafeez Contractor couldn’t help remarking, “In any other city, he would have 10 to 15 acres to himself. In a congested city, he wants to go high up and enjoy the view.”
High-rise apartments are rapidly taking over from colonial bungalows in most metros. The whole of Juhu scheme and parts of Pali Hill, Bandra, the hub of Bollywood in the glam city of Mumbai, will soon become casualty to real estate greed. “Veteran actors Dilip Kumar and Manoj Kumar’s bungalows are likely to be razed,”says Vikas Dilawari, a conservation architect. Says Saira Banu, “We have three bungalows, one of which Dilipsaab is redeveloping.” Actor Ranbir Kapoor recently confirmed that his home, the iconic Krishna Raj bungalow that has been a landmark in the Pali Hill neighbourhood for decades, will be razed and in its place will come up a 14-storey structure that will house his parents on the lower three floors and him on the uppermost three.
With most of the areas controlled by the government’s masterplan, bungalows in Delhi may have a longer life. Says A G K Menon, convenor, INTACH, Delhi, “Mumbai doesn’t have such a complex and detailed plan, and there is no scope to expand unlike Delhi. There’s a lot of pressure on Mumbai since it’s a commercial centre.”
However, Sanjiv Srivastava, senior vice-president, National Real Estate Development Council, Delhi, maintains, “Villas and bungalows should not be allowed simply because these consume more land and help very few people.”
Essentially, it is the temptation to capitalise on the real estate prices that is luring many, causing bungalows to vanish from leafy environs. At times, there are many heirs, like in music composer late Naushad’s property at Carter Road, Bandra, leading to sub-division and redevelopment. Says conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah, “Only those bungalows that come under the heritage list and are protected by law will survive. Real estate prices are soaring. Bungalows on Prithviraj and Aurangzeb Road in Delhi cost anywhere between Rs 150 and Rs 300 crore!”
Commercial centres are replacing bungalows in the Central part of Kolkata (Park and Camac Street) where real estate prices are zooming. Explains Kolkata-based architect Anjan Mitra, “People are bypassing laws and the municipal corporation isn’t helpful.” With absolutely no heritage regulation, the situation is graver in the garden city of Bangalore. Says INTACH’s Satyaprakash Varanasi, “Bangalore has become a city of immigrants who lack pride in heritage buildings.”
Pune, too, has lost many heritage treasures in the last few years. Bungalows of illustrious families like V Shantaram’s, that were laid out at Prabhat Road, Bhandarkar Road and around Koregaon Park area in the 1930s, have been converted into highrise apartm e n t s . Sharada Dwivedi, well-known historian who has managed to restore a few heritage sites in Mumbai, says, “Temptations are far too high. The owners of privately-owned heritage bungalows should be provided incentives for preservation.”
Unfortunately, Mumbai, the first city to get its heritage legislation in the country, has lost maximum splendour. Taraporewala Mansion, the heritage bungalow with elegant domes and intricate stonework that was once home to renowned writer, late Mulk Raj Anand, was razed to build Mittal Grandeur, a high-rise in Cuffe Parade; a similar Colaba heritage bungalow, Buckley’s Court met with the same fate. And now, the last bastion, Kilachand House in south Mumbai, may have to share its grounds with high-end residential flats.
Well, all is not lost, it seems. When industrialist Yash Birla proposed converting the landmark Birla House on Malabar Hill into a 44-storey highrise, last year, the heritage panel shot down the redevelopment proposal considering the historical and architectural importance of the bungalow that was frequented by Mahatma Gandhi on his visits to Mumbai. And as far as privatelyowned bungalows are concerned, it has now become each individual’s choice.
New Zealand customs has intercepted a shipment of over 1,700 pirated copies of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan, thus preventing an Auckland-based Indian video hire business from hijacking the release of the film.
According to a newspaper report, Raavan, which had its worldwide premiere on June 18, grossed $60,000 on its opening weekend in New Zealand, the third highest for a Bollywood movie in the past year.
The lawyer acting for the film’s distributor, Claire Tompkins of intellectual property law firm James and Wells, said her client received an anonymous tip-off about the shipment arriving on the film’s opening weekend on June 18.
She filed a Copyright Customs Notice that allowed customs frontline officers to be on the lookout and detain any pirated copies coming in. This resulted in the shipment being found and held that weekend.
The importer has since chosen to forfeit the goods rather than face being sued by the official distributor.
Goth queen’, ‘biker chic’ and ‘punk rocker’ are words you might not associate with Bollywood’s immaculately dressed fashionista, Sonam Kapoor.
But it seems that the leggy lass has recently developed a fashion fancy that tilts slightly towards the evil side. And what may this obsession be? Skull clothing and footwear. Spotted on the actress during her I Hate Luv Storys promotions were a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti Toe-Ring Skull Sandals and Alexander McQueen Skull Print Flats. She was again spotted wearing a skull tee at the film’s screening in Mumbai.
The skull sandals were the first to make an appearance with a simple grey dress, followed by the ballerinas with a slightly dressy LBD when she was in Delhi recently. The second time around, playing on the contrast between casual and chic, the ensemble didn’t strike quite the right note. And those who say that the actress seldom repeats her buys would have to eat their words, as she was spotted wearing the Zanotti sandals again on her return from another IHLS promotion in Allahabad.
But the Kapoor babe is not the only skull fan in Bollywood. Twinkle Khanna has also been spotted on previous occasions sporting Alexander McQueen skull clutches. So while Twinkle’s outfits may not have sparkled, the two skull handle clutches sure do strike the right note. And it seems that Bollywood can’t get enough of this ‘deadly’ trend, as Malaika Arora Khan seems to have the same clutch in silver.
Besides a link with Kareena Kapoor , Saif Ali Khan and Ranbir Kapoor have another factor in common. And the ‘link’, if we may call director Siddharth Anand that, is in a dilemma - his loyalty to the two stars, both pretty perfect for the films that he makes.
Both Ranbir and Saif stars are very close to Siddharth. In fact before Siddharth did two back-to-back films Bachna Ae Haseenon and Anjaana Anjaani with his childhood friend Ranbir, he’d done his first two films Salaam Namaste and Tara Rum Pum with Saif. So close were the two that the young director had vowed he would never make a film without Saif.
Spoken too soon! Ranbir and Bachna Ae Haseenon changed Siddharth’s priorities, much to the possessive Saif’s dismay.
Says a source, “Saif and Siddharth Anand were quite a team. And Saif had many ideas about how they could collaborate further. Then Siddharth’s family friend and childhood -buddy Ranbir came into the picture. Even Ranbir and Siddharth’s parents are friends. In fact the two are so close that Ranbir broke his one-film-onedirector rule and did two films with him.”
But then Siddharth is also very close to Saif and was troubled by the fact that he had alienated Saif for Ranbir.
Says the source, “After doing one film with Ranbir, Siddharth wanted to cast Saif and Ranbir together in the film to be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. But that didn’t work out. Siddharth instead ended up making Anjaana Anjaani with Ranbir and Priyanka for Sajid.”
Siddharth admits working with Ranbir is addictive. He is already scripting a third film for Ranbir. But before that, a moral obligation gravitates Siddharth towards another film with Saif.
Says Siddharth, “Yes, working with Ranbir is addictive. Once you work with him you want to work over and over again. But Saif is also a favourite, and he’s also a close friend. So yes, I’m doing a film with Saif early next year, followed by another film with Ranbir.”
Having said that, Siddharth Anand seems to be caught in a perennial dilemma. Both Saif and Ranbir are his close friends and the twain shall never come together.
Remember Ranbir’s resolution to do only solo starrers? Saif too needs to consolidate his position as a solo hero. To tear away from Ranbir and do a film with Saif would be a tough call for the director.
- Before they start talking, it's a good idea to start the conversation on a positive note and avoid topics that even skim the edges of anything negative.
- Do not make the mistake of asking them, "So what's up" Chances are that there's a lot in their case and they are about to unload it all on you.
- Focussing on all the good things in your life is a good way to deal with the negativity heaped by them.
- You are not responsible for the person's problems in life. Do not make them your own, even though you are an attentive listener. Don't feel guilty about someone else's mess-ups.
- If a person is hurt, chances are that he might want to see you hurt too. So, avoid falling for the trap when he or she tries to get a reaction out of you by hurting you anyhow.
- Empathise, but be firm in telling the person that it's about time that they start being more positive in life. Or subtly put across the name of a self-help book on positivity and recommend it to the person.
Abhay Deol was recently at the receiving end of embarrassment while shooting for his film ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA in Spain.
According to sources, the director of the film Zoya Akhtar suddenly decided to include a shot in the film in which all the three leading men of the film - Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol go shirtless.
While Hrithik and Farhan were game for this idea and even removed their shirts, Abhay was embarrassed at the thought of going shirtless.
The reason is easy to understand. While Hrithik and Farhan have great bodies to show, Abhay lacks one. The actor felt embarrassed to show his ordinary looking body. Finally the shot was canned and Abhay was seen wearing a vest while Hrithik and Farhan displayed their six packs.
Bringing shame to the Dharma Productions is none other than its newest "family" member Punit Malhotra. Unable to digest any criticism against his film, the director has apparently assigned his family to rat out and publicly defame anyone who dares to criticize I Hate Luv Storys. A well-known writer to an award winning novel has found himself being publicly attacked by family members of Malhotra when he decided to dedicate his status on Facebook to the film. The writer expressed that he did not enjoy the film and in fact walked out during the intermission. After dozen of his friends agreed with him, a family member to the director who happened to be a common friend to the writer added that his views were hardly credible and blasted him for giving him his opinion on the film. As a paying audience, the writer expressed that he is allowed form any judgment on the film. It was then that another family member got involved and decided to bring down the writer by calling his book "crassy" among many other names. Fans and readers to the novel took immense offense to this outburst by Punit's family members and took it upon themselves as they responded to the director's family members.
And it doesn't end there. Shobhaa De too has found herself being attacked for her criticism of the film. In her review of I Hate Luv Storys, the popular novelist called the film "plain unimaginative" and wondered how producer Karan Johar "approved of such a script." She also added if she did see the director of the "excruciating pointless film" she would "spank him." Malhotra and actress to the film Sonam Kapoor were not too thrilled with her criticism and in an act of rebuttal the director tweeted, "Guys pls don't take Shobha De seriuosly. She's a fossil who's getting no action and going through menopause. So just for her...Ma'am I AM WAITING TO BE 'SPANKED' IN PUBLIC... Ha ha ha" Very soon later, leading lady Sonam retweeted his comment. Of course, no one was surprised when the tweets were deleted only moments later.
Definitely unprofessional and very un-Dharma Productions like behavior from Malhotra and his Chela's. Wonder what producer Karan Johar has to make of this.