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Saif Ali Khan- Kangana Ranaut's upcoming film titled 'Mr Chalu' Open in new window
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That Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut are going to share screen space in Reema Kagti's next directorial venture is known to all. But now we hear that the untitled film has finally got a name. It is now called Mr. Chalu. Mr. Chalu will have Saif reprise his Casanova image which he proudly flaunted in films like Cocktail, Hum Tum and others. Saif will play the perfect ladies man on his journey to find the right girl for himself. The right girl here, being played by Kangana, of course.  Kangana and Saif have never teamed before and it would be really nice to see how this new pair steam everything up. ReportEntertainmentDNA Web TeamDNA WebdeskMumbaiWeb ExclusivespecialKangana RanautReema Kagtisaif ali khancocktailHum TumWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 7:09pmWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 7:09pm

Siddharth has 25 looks in "Kaaviya Thalaivan" Open in new window
The Hindu
Director Vasantha Balan, who has earlier done films like Veyyil and Angadi Theru, has finished his much-awaited period film Kaaviya Thalaivan. The film, which has Siddharth, P...

World holds its breath, mostly hoping Scots vote "No" Open in new window
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PARIS (Reuters) - The world is holding its breath but mostly hoping Scotland will vote No to independence from Britain in Thursday's referendum.

Hand embroidered beauties Open in new window
The Hindu
Fans of embroidery, here?s a line-up to get you nostalgic ? convent embroidery, phulkari, pattiwork, sujani, sozni, aari, chikan, kantha, Kashmiri aari ? all feature on Indian and Western ready-to-...

On a Hindi path Open in new window
The Hindu
As Hindi week gets underway, theatre groups staging Hindi productions talk about the charm of the language

PIL filed in Supreme Court on controversy created on Sai Baba Open in new window
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Saidham Charitable Trust, which manages various temples in Maharashtra including that of Sai Baba, today approached the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the Centre to restrain people from making derogatory statements against the saint. The petitioner submitted that the government be ordered to restrain Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati and his followers not to make any statements against Sai Baba. It also pleaded that he and his followers be not allowed to remove Sai Baba's idols from any temple across the country. The case was mentioned before a bench of justices A R Dave and U U Lalit but Justice Dave recused himself from hearing the case. The belief and religious sentiments of lakhs of devotees of the trust and also of crores of devotees of Shri Sai Baba located in India and outside have been irreparably hurt by the libelous, slanderous, defamatory, insulting and abusive language and words used by Shri Shankaracharyaji and his followers, the petition said. It said despite such apparent abusive language used by Shankaracharya, the Centre or the state government have not taken any stern action to protect and respect the sentiments of lakhs of devotees of Shri Sai Baba. ReportIndiaPTIMumbaiMaharashtraJustice DavedevoteesState governmentSai BabaSwami Swaroopanand SaraswatiSupreme CourtSwaroopanand SaraswatiThe Supreme CourtpetitionWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 7:02pm

?India?s foreign policy will buttress stand-alone ties with China? Open in new window
The Hindu
China has a long-term strategy to develop cooperation with India

For PM Narendra Modi, President Xi Jinping, a Walk by the River, Dinner and Business Open in new window
They will get down to business from tomorrow. This evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his guest Chinese President Xi Jinping strolled down the Sabarmati riverfront, stopping to sit on an ornate...

Neha Dhupia says no to Julie 2 Open in new window
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Who can forget how she created ripples with her debut Bollywood movie Julie? We're talking about former Miss India Neha Dhupia. The reason being, the 'boldness' of the movie and particularly because we don't really expect to see a goody-goody beauty pageant winner playing hard core roles like that of a prostitute. The movie didn't go on to become a blockbuster but Neha Dhupia is surely remembered for it. Recently it is learnt that the actress refused to do a sequel of her debut movie, Julie 2.  Yes, I was offered Julie 2. But I refused it because that's not something I want to do right now, the 34-year-old actress was quoted as saying. Seems like Neha is shying away from doing bold roles and wants to do something more substantial than just skin show. Then why didn't she make this her mantra from the very start? I'm very interested in doing different kind of cinema. When I did Julie, I wanted to do it, but right now I am not interested (in it), she said.  Dhupia will soon be seen in Ikkis Topon Ki Salami, a comedy-drama. Also, she's awaiting the release of Ungli, a Karan Johar production. Let's see how these movies fare for her. We wish you all the best lady! ReportEntertainmentLisa AntaoDNAMumbaiWeb ExclusivespecialblockbusterBollywoodJulie 2Karan JoharNeha DhupiasequelWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 6:56pmWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 6:56pm

Asian Games: India bank on Saina, Sindhu for medals Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Once again the onus of winning medals will fall upon the young shoulders of Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu, who are Indias best bets in the badminton competition that gets underway at the 17th Asian Games here Saturday at the Gyeyang Gymnasium.India have sent a 13-member contingent - eight men and five women - to vie for medals in seven categories after top doubles player Jwala Gutta pulled out due to a sprain.Apart from the five regular categories - mens and womens singles, mens and womens doubles, and mixed doubles, mens and womens team events will also feature at the quadrennial event. The two team events will be based on the Thomas and Uber Cup formats which comprise three singles and two doubles competitions.Saina and Sindhu will lead Indian women - P.C. Thulasi, Tanvi Lad and Ashwini Ponnappa - while recently crowned Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap will take charge of the mens squad which includes Akshay Dewalkar, K. Srikanth, Pranaav Chopra, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, Sourabh Verma, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy.Competition will be tough for Saina and Sindhu as, unlike in the Olympics, there will not be any limitation of the number of Chinese participants. World No.1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui, defending Asian Games champion Shixian Wang and former World Champion Yihan Wang will be top contenders for the medals.To upset any of them and bring back a medal for India will a big achievement, especially for a country which has not seen a medal from the discipline since 1986 when the mens team clinched bronze in Seoul.Other than that, Indian shuttlers have managed to win only six other Asiad medals, all bronzes with the first coming at the 1974 Tehran Games and the other five coming at home in 1982 New Delhi.This is possibly Indias best chance to break the jinx with two strong womens singles participants.However, with the pullout of Jwala, the doubles team has been weakened and Ashwini will have to fall upon scratch combinations to form teams in both womens and mixed doubles as Tarun Konas name was not cleared by the sports ministry.But India has an outside chance of winning a womens team medal if the shuttlers play to their potential and a team competition is all about momentum.Though the mens team is larger than the womens, their chances of winning medals are lesser. Kashyap will have to ride on his Commonwealth Games form and play out of his skin to have any chance of winning a medal. Rising star Srikanth certainly poses threats to oust top-10 players but consistency is his Achilles heel.Verma and Gurusaidutt are talented prospects but to expect medals from them will be a bit too much to ask. However, Gurusaidutt surprised one and all to clinch the bronze at Glasgow, so it is a never say never situation.Nevertheless, the mens team combined, like the womens squad, has a chance of winning a metal but the talented youngsterss morale has to be boosted constantly by chief national coach Pullela Gopichand.

BJP's bad days have begun, says SP Open in new window
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Claiming that communal issues like 'Love Jihad' failed to fetch votes for BJP in the assembly by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav today said people preferred harmony while voting for SP candidates. BJP's communal trick worked during the Lok Sabha polls but it failed to check corruption and prices of essential commodities after coming to power which also contributed to its defeat in the bypolls, he told reporters here. Now bad days have started for those (BJP) who made the promise of 'acche din' during the Lok Sabha polls, the SP spokesman said. Shivpal charged BJP with whipping up communal passions in the state to derive political mileage. Their communal trick worked during the Lok Sabha polls but this time issues like 'Love Jihad' backfired for the party, he said. The outcome of the just-concluded bypolls showed that SP had a strong base in the state, Shivpal said.  ReportIndiaPTILucknowAssemblyBJPBypollsElectionsLok Sabha Pollslove jihadSamajwadi PartyUttar PradeshWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 7:31pmWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 7:31pm

IndiGo inks USD 2.6 billion deal with Chinese bank ICBC Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Indian and Chinese businesses on Wednesday inked agreements worth USD 3.43 billion, including the USD 2.6 billion deal between low-cost carrier IndiGo and China's largest Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC). Under pact with IndiGo, ICBC will finance the no-frill airline's plans to purchase over 30 aircrafts. The announcement of MoUs, signed at a India-China business meeting organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), coincides with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday for a three-day visit to India. The Gurgaon-based carrier signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ICBC Financial Leasing Company Ltd to execute the deal. Through this MoU, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) will provide IndiGo financial solutions for the introduction of A320 and the other family of aircraft to the fleet in the form of sale and lease back or financial lease or commercial lending. The number of aircraft would be over 30 and the value of the deal would reach to the amount of USD 2.6 billion, IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh told reporters. Under the MoU, ICBC will provide financing for the planes through either a sale and leaseback, financial lease or commercial lending, IndiGo said in a statement. IndiGo, one of the few profitable airlines in the country, already has a relationship with ICBC and this new effort to further explore the collaboration will cement the relationship for the longer term, the statement said. The no-frill carrier has 81 aircraft in its fleet at present. The other agreements inked cover a range of sectors such as aircraft leasing and financing, telecom, chemicals, wind power components, cotton yarn and fabric, synthetic fibre and seafood.  Some of the other agreements signed include the one between Reliance Communications and Huawei Telecommunications (India) Co. Pvt. Ltd for 2G and 3G network expansion, and a 450 MW wind power spare parts purchasing agreement between Mingyang Wind Power and Global Wind Power.  ReportMoneyPTINew DelhiFICCIIndia-chinaIndigoairlinesWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 6:47pm

Warm hosts, loving guests Open in new window
The Hindu
The Kerala Travel Mart showcases the State to the world. This time the fraternity pitches for reinvention

U.S. authorities seek information on pricing data: Ranbaxy Open in new window
The Hindu
Ranbaxy Laboratories said on Wednesday that federal authorities in the United States had sought details on how it reports pricing data for some products eligible for reimbursement under the Medica...

IndiGo inks 2.6 bn deal with Chinese bank ICBC Open in new window
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New Delhi, Sep 17: Indian and Chinese businesses today inked agreements worth USD 3.43 billion, including the USD 2.6-billion deal between low-cost carrier IndiGo and China's largest commercial bank ICBC. Under pact with Indigo, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Not another brick in the wall Open in new window
The Hindu
The book Masterpiece of a Master Architect: CDS unveils how Centre for Development Studies showcases the architectural concepts of Laurie Baker

Art for living Open in new window
The Hindu
The women of Nedumaram Village strike an example of self-sustenance by making beautiful art pieces out of palm leaves for a living

Indigo inks $2.6 bn leasing deal with Chinese bank Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Budget passenger carrier IndiGo has signed a $2.6 billion finance and leasing agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) under which the latter will finance more than 30 new aircraft, it was announced here Wednesday.Wang Hejun, commercial counsellor at the Chinese embassy, made the announcement at a Ficci-organised India-China business meeting here that began soon after Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Ahmedabad at the start of his official visit to India.Under the memorandum of understanding, the Chinese bank will provide IndiGo with financing for the planes through either a sale and lease back or commercial lending deal.The agreement is part of the financial cooperation deals among the trade and investment deals worth billions of dollars expected to be signed during Xis ongoing India visit.Among the other financial agreements, Wang said China Development Bank is to give Indias Exim Bank a loan of $200 million.The Bank of China has agreed to open a branch in Mumbai, he added.Agreements worth over $3 billion are to be signed during Xis visit, the nature of which promises to take the India-China economic relationship to a new level.Agreements will be signed Thursday to set up two industrial parks in India that would lead to the creation of 150,000 new jobs, the Chinese diplomat said.The business initiatives during the Chinese presidents India visit are designed to address the issue of trade deficit by having more Chinese investment in India, said Sanjeet Singh, director in the commerce ministry.The event ended with various MoUs being signed between Indian and Chinese companies.

I am? Ajaykumar, Chaatwallah Open in new window
The Hindu
I am 22-years old and this is my first job. Everyday, I light the stove by 3 p.m. and serve chaat items to customers till 10 in the night. I was hired to run a small chaat stall attached to a fast...

High Court allows BARC workers to move Centre on Bhabha bungalow Open in new window
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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed employees of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) to make a representation before the union government on their plea to declare the bungalow of nuclear scientist Homi Bhabha in Mumbai as a national monument. BARC employees, who had filed a PIL seeking to convert the bungalow into a museum, told a bench headed by chief justice Mohit Shah that they had documents to show that Bhabha's bungalow 'Mehrangir' was more than 100 years old and as such the Centre can declare it as a national monument. Accordingly, the bench disposed of the PIL, saying the petitioners can make a representation to the Centre for declaring the structure as a national monument. The PIL was filed by BARC employees, represented by the Atomic Energy Workers and Staff Union of BARC president Prashant Worlikar and president of National Forum for Aided Institutions Employees (Department of Atomic Energy) Raam Vitthal Dhuri. The sprawling sea-facing house of the father of India's nuclear programme was recently auctioned to a businessman for over Rs 300 crore by the National Centre for Performing Arts, its custodian. Earlier, the Centre had evinced keen interest in acquiring the mansion but later it told the court that under the central laws it could not acquire the property and hence had asked the state government to take over the structure. The state government also said that the proposal to convert the bungalow into a heritage monument was under its consideration. The PIL had demanded that the bungalow be declared a national monument. The late Homi Jehangir Bhabha was a renowned person throughout the world and an asset to our country. He spent all his lifetime in the bungalow and also ran his office from here. Bhabha is the father of Atomic Research Centre in India. In such circumstances, the bungalow owned and possessed by late Homi Jehangir Bhabha can very well fall under the four corners of being a heritage structure and is required to be preserved, the petition had said. Bhabha lived at 'Mehrangir', one of Mumbai's landmarks, for several years before his death in an air crash in the French Alps in January 1966, following which his brother Jamshed Bhabha became the custodian of the property. A patron of fine arts and culture, Jamshed looked after the property till his death in 2007 after which it was transferred to NCPA, an institution he had nurtured.  ReportIndiaPTIMumbaiBhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)Heritage StructureBombay high courtNational Centre for Performing ArtsWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 6:35pm

Tripura Donates Rs 1 Crore to Flood-Hit Jammu and Kashmir Open in new window
The Tripura government will contribute Rs 1 crore for the relief of flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir, a state minister said in Agartala on Wednesday.

Kolkata: Indefinite Taxi Strike Starting Tomorrow Open in new window
Starting tomorrow, taxis in Kolkata will be off the city roads for an indefinite period in support of various demands by the owners including a fare hike and dropping of legal proceedings against 450 ...

Women and Child Development Ministry launches drive to sensitise kids on abuse Open in new window
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With many incidents of child abuse going unreported, a drive will be launched to sensitise children to express if they encounter any inappropriate touch, request or demands, even in writing if they are not comfortable orally. The exercise will be launched by the Women and Child Development Ministry in collaboration with the HRD Ministry in schools across the country to bring to the fore cases of child abuse. We will start an exercise with the help of NGOs as a part of which we will go to schools and make students aware about good and bad touch, WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi said today. She said talks are already underway with an NGO about the programme which will also be an awareness venture to educate students about inappropriate or uncomfortable touches, requests or demands. In India most cases of child sexual abuse go unreported due to fear of social stigma and lack of faith in government institutions. According to UNICEF, one in three rape victims in India is a child and more than 7,200 children, including infants are raped every year in the country. You know lot of children do not know what inappropriate touching is and then we will also hand out a form which they can fill up. We are going to work with Human Resource Development Ministry to see how we can get through all schools. Those students who are not comfortable to speak out will get an option to write them down. Many cases of physical abuse go unreported and the idea is to make the children open up, Gandhi said.  As part of the awareness campaign, the WCD ministry will also stage plays in villages and show films to educate children so that they can guard against physical abuse. Also, the Ministry will form teams which will inspect all the homes across the country to see if children are being given proper facilities and environment. In a step towards curbing child abuse, India has enacted a law for Protection of Children from Sexual Offences. A 2007 report on children abuse by the WCD ministry says that two out of every three children were found to be physically abused. Out of 69 per cent children physically abused in 13 sample states, 54.68 per cent were boys. Over 50 per cent children in all sample states were being subjected to one or the other form of physical abuse. Further in terms of sexual abuse, 53.22 per cent children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest percentage of sexual abuse among both boys and girls. Further 21.90 per cent child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse and 50.76 per cent other forms of sexual abuse.  ReportIndiaPTINew DelhiWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 6:56pmWednesday, 17 September 2014 - 6:56pm

Attack On Ujjain Vice Chancellor: Arrested Saffron Men Still Defiant Open in new window
Fifteen men of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal have been arrested for the attack on Jawahar Lal Kaul, Vice-Chancellor of Ujjain's Vikram University. Mr Kaul had asked his students to help th...

Scots' support for independence lags on eve of referendum Open in new window
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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - On the eve of Scotland's historic referendum, polls showed support for staying in the United Kingdom just ahead of backing for independence but tens of thousands of citizens were still agonising over which way to vote on Thursday.

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