Sunday, May 18, 2008

Get ready for some Big entertainment

Anil Ambani led Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group(ADAG) has big plans for entertainment industry. The company through its entertainment company Reliance Big Entertainment is finalizing plans to produce and distribute 69 films during the next twenty four months alone.

The company also plans to add another 300 cinema halls to its present kitty of around 100 that it operates right now.The Reliance Big Entertainment has signed a deal with Vidhu Vinod Chopra for two films including “Broken Horses”, a mainstream English film. The company has also signed a six film deal with Farhan Akhtar’s production house.

There are several much hyped film that are in the list that Ambanis have fnalised. The films include the much hyped Sarkar Raj as well. The film include Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan.

If this was not enough, the company is exploring the possibility of entering Hollywood in a big way as well by roping in big names from the Hollywood.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

World No:1 Justine Henin retires from tennis

Justine Henin announced her shock retirement from tennis. Currently,World No:1 in women's tennis, Henin from Belgium, ruled the women's tennis for nearly 2 years. She was nicknamed "Federer of Women's tennis".

she won 41 career titles and 7 Grand Slam singles championships: 4 French Opens, 2 United States Opens and an Australian Open. She also won the 2004 Olympic gold medal.The Belgian will not go for a fourth consecutive title at the French Open, which begins in 10 days. She chose not to try one last time to win Wimbledon - the one Grand Slam that eluded her.

Henin, dry-eyed and eloquent at a news conference in her native Belgium as she called it a career at age 25, effective immediately.
“It’s a page that’s turning; I don’t feel sadness, it’s more relief,” Henin said. “I know it’s a shock for many people, but it’s a decision I’ve thought long and hard about.”

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Shah Rukh licks my feet: Aamir Khan

A few months back, when Aamir was asked what he would like to ask King Khan, he replied, "I would like to ask Shah Rukh how it feels to be No. 2." While SRK took it in the right spirit, there certainly seems to be no love lost between the two superstars. Aamir Khan is at it again, this time far more fierce.

The latest comes in Aamir's blog where he talks about Shah Rukh licking his feet.In Aamir's own words: "Shah Rukh is licking my feet and I am feeding him biscuits every now and then. What more can I ask for?".

”Now, before you jump to any conclusions, let me add that Shah Rukh is the name of our dog. And before you jump to any further conclusions let me add that I had nothing to do with naming him. In fact, Shah Rukh is the dog of the caretakers of our house. When I bought this house it came with the caretakers and their dog!", Says Aamir in his blog.

”Some of my friends claim that I bought the house just because of the dog. I would have to be a serious fan of Shah Rukh's to want to do that. Your guess…."
He then takes one final dig at SRK, saying, "Well, Shah Rukh is once again begging for my attention, so let me get back to him. He smells too much, I think he needs a bath. Heel boy, heel."
We can't wait to read what King Khan has to say about Aamir talking about his dog, Shah Rukh, in his blog.

Slapgate Controversy:Harbhajan banned for 5 ODI's

The Indian board banned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for five one-day internationals on Wednesday for a slapping incident involving Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, his Indian team-mate.A three-man BCCI disciplinary committee panel which met in Mumbai today afternoon comprised of BCCI President,Sharad Pawar, Mr.Shashank Manohar and BCCI vice-president Chirayu Amin took the decision based on the report submitted by board-appointed Commissioner Sudhir Nanavati.

The disciplinary committee, which met on Wednesday, had decided to invoke Rule 3.2.1 of the BCCI regulations wherein the maximum punishment is 'a ban up to a maximum of five ODIs and/or three test matches'.

The ban means Harbhajan will miss the tri-nation series in Bangladesh also involving Pakistan as well as the first two matches of the Asia Cup tournament that will be held in Pakistan.On April 28, Harbhajan was banned for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season after being found guilty of slapping by the match referee.The punishment that has meant the off-spinner has nearly lost Rs 3 crore of his match fee.

"This is the last chance for Harbhajan. Any more acts of indiscipline would result in a life ban," BCCI President Mr.Pawar told. So, Harbhajan, surely, gets a big rap on his nuckles, which will be a big lesson for players like Sreesanth.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Woman to head missile project for the first time

After rising to the ranks of Lt Generals in the army and Air Marshals in the IAF, a woman is now set to head the country's key missile project.45-year-old Dr Tessy Thomas, one of the around 200 women scientists and technicians working for the DRDO, has been cleared to be appointed to the post of Project Director of the upgraded version of the 2000 km-long nuclear capable Agni-II missile.
Thomas is presently the Associate Project Director of the 3,000 km range Agni-III missile project.Asked about the new version of Agni-II being planned, Thomas, who was yesterday honoured along with the entire team of Agni-III by the Prime Minister, told PTI that "It is still a confidential project. It will be called Agni-II A (2)." "I like my job. I feel I am contributing to my nation's security," Thomas, who has named her son after the country's light combat fighter Tejas, said.A B.Tech from Thrissur Engineering College, Calicut, and M.Tech from Pune, Thomas is an expert on all solid system propellant.Thomas, who did the post analysis of the failure of the first Agni-III missile, said there were some shortcomings in the test of the missile which were overcome for a smooth flawless test flight on May seven.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Renault Nissan ties with Bajaj for the low cost car in the world

Renault-Nissan has announced a joint venture with Indian firm Bajaj to produce a $2,500 (£1,276) car.
The vehicle, so far known only as Codename ULC, will cost about the same as Tata Motors' Nano - which it has claimed is the world's cheapest car.
India will be the ULC car's main market with 400,000 to be made each year in a factory in Chakan, Maharashtra state in the west of the country.
Bajaj is the second-biggest maker of motorbikes in the country.
No details of the new car have been released, though production is expected to begin in 2011.
The Nano has captured the imagination of many people in India - making it a realistic prospect for some people who had previously not been able to afford to buy a car.
The four-door five-seater car, which goes on sale later this year, has a 33bhp, 624cc, engine at the rear.
It has no air conditioning, no electric windows and no power steering, but two deluxe models will be on offer.
India's domestic car market is predicted to boom in the coming years on the back of the country's fast-growing economy and increased consumer wealth.
Indian car sales are predicted to more than quadruple to $145bn by 2016.
However environmental critics have said that the car will lead to mounting air and pollution problems on India's already clogged roads.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Agni III test fired sucessfully

India has test-fired its longest-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Agni-III, officials said.
The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired off the coast of Orissa state in eastern India.
With a range of more than 3,000km (1,865 miles), the missile could hit targets as far off as Beijing and Shanghai, analysts say.
The Agni-III is India's most sophisticated long-range missile. It was successfully test-fired last year.
The first attempt to test the missile in July 2006 failed after it developed a snag during the flight and came crashing down into the Bay of Bengal.
The missile was re-configured for the second launch in April 2007.

Possession of the Agni-III will give India deep strike capability because it would have Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai and the US island base of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean well within its striking range.
The Agni-II missile, already tested and deployed, has a range of 2,000km (1,243 miles).
The Agni-1 has a range of 750km (466 miles).

Nuclear Deal is dead

The Indo-US nuclear deal is headed for the cold storage. The confirmation of this worst-kept secret was provided by government interlocutors at the meeting of the UPA-Left co-ordination panel here on Tuesday. Sources in the Left said external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee indicated that the wrangling over the deal here has already jeopardised the timeline for the operationalisation of the 123 Agreement. The IAEA governing body meeting in mid-May was supposed to take up the India-specific safeguards agreement. The die-hard optimists in the government were hoping to take the agreement to NSG at its meeting in Johannesburg on May 19. That this plan now stands aborted was clear when the panel decided to continue the powwows. The UPA-Left committee is now scheduled to meet on May 28.

Mr Mukherjee was candid in admitting the hurdles before the 123 Agreement. He told Left leaders that NAM countries reservations against non-NPT signatories getting access to nuclear fuel will embolden the nuclear Ayatollahs in Capitol Hill. The non-proliferation lobby has been making this point since 2005.

While the Left hopes that the exchange of notes and meetings at regular intervals will push the deal to its last breath, the government gets breathing time before it faces elections.
So, the most awaited pet project of PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, is virtually dead and buried.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Aamir injured again in the sets of "Ghajnii"

Aamir Khan was advised to take complete rest for three weeks after he injured his muscle. But he did not follow doctor’s advice and resumed shooting before the prescribed time. The result turned fatal when he got hurt again and pushed back Ghajini's shooting to three weeks.
On April 23, he was hospitalized after pulling a hamstring muscle at the Ramoji studio in Hyderabad and this time also he pulled it on his same leg. After his first injury, doctors advised him to take complete rest but Aamir was in a hurry to complete the shoot .
When he resumed the shooting yesterday and performed the same stunt, he injured himself again on the injured part and the result turned deadly. Ghajini is the most hyped film of this year and the rights of the film have already been sold at a whopping price. It stars Tamil actress Asin and Nishabd girl Jiah Khan.

Bollywood director plans Scarlett Keeling film

A Bollywood director is planning to make a film about Scarlett Keeling, the British teenager who was raped and killed on a beach in Goa.
Entitled Rave Party, film-maker Prabhakar Shukla intends his movie to shine a light on the seedier side of Goa. Famed for its beautiful beaches and hippy atmosphere, the southwestern Indian state has in recent years attracted drug dealers and addicts. "The film will speak the truth about the drug nexus in Goa," Shukla.
Atleast through the film, the Indian people will finnaly know the truth.
Maybe the culprits would come to light through the film.

Daler Mehendi lends his voice for Rajnikanth

Last week, there was gossip stating that Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi would lend his voice to a song for Superstar Rajinikanth in his new film Kuselan. Now the singer has sung a song called Perinba Pechukaran [Paer inba Paech kaaran]. This song is the title track of the film Kuselan.The singer has given his voice in many regional languages. But for the first time he has rendered a Tamil song composed by GV Prakash for Rajinikanth"s forthcoming Kuselan. Through this movie, he has made his debut in Tamil Cinema.According to Daler Mehandi, Many south Indian music directors had contacted him to sing in south Indian languages, but this was the biggest project among them. Daler expressed his pleasure to work with the music director GV Prakash.

Oil price rice : India,China the culprit says USA

Close on the heels of President George Bush's remarks linking Indians' food habits to rising global prices of commodities, the United States has now partly attributed the surge in oil futures to the increased demand in India and China."Many developing nations like India or China are having greatly increased demand, which obviously is having an impact on price," the senior White House official said responding to a question on the crude oil price crossing USD120 per barrel.

Highlighting the need for "domestic exploration", he said "We also have to do more in terms of building refineries. We haven't built refineries in about 30 years". Stanzel also spoke regarding Bush's remarks, which have drawn a lot of flak from every section in India, saying the United States saw "higher living standards" of people there as a "good thing". "We think that it is a good thing that countries are developing; that more and more people have higher and higher standards of living," he said. However, he apparently did not go back on Bush's point that Indian food habits were contributing to spiralling prices of commodities, which in turn, were worsening the global food crisis.