New Delhi, Oct 30: The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response of the Centre and the Enforcement Directorate on the bail plea of businessman Gautam Khaitan, arrested last month in a money laundering case related to the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP
Shah Rukh Khan's Happy New Year must have opened huge at the box office but over the weekdays, the collections have dropped and now it is maintaining a rather steady pace at the box office. After a cumulative total of six days, collections of the SRK starrer is at par with that of Salman Khan's Kick at the box office.
Happy New Year opened up to a huge response at the box office raking in over Rs 40 crore on the first day and continued to maintain a steady pace to become the fastest 100 crore entrant, beating Aamir Khan's Dhoom 3. But given that Aamir Khan's film enjoyed a nice Christmas holiday week, collections kept coming in the range of over Rs 20 crore till the sixth day.
Salman Khan's Kick on the other hand, opened to around Rs 26 crore at the box office but it maintained a constant pace, earning in the range of Rs 25 crore with its fifth day being Eid. It settled for about Rs 148.30 crore after its sixth day and the SRK-Deepika Padukone starrer earned around Rs 11.50 crore on its sixth day to take the total to Rs 148.36 crore, which is almost equal to Salman's Kick.
In the long run, Aamir's Dhoom 3 lifetime looks extremely difficult but it needs to be seen if Happy New Year holds its ground and trod past Salman's Kick.
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Genoa handed Serie A leaders and titleholders Juventus a dramatic first league defeat of the season when Luca Antonini scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give them a 1-0 win on Wednesday.
Napoli continued on their erratic way as they threw away chances in a 1-1 draw at Atalanta where Jose Callejon fired over an open goal and Gonzalo Higuain scored a late equaliser, only to miss a stoppage time penalty.
Inter Milan, for the second successive match, won 1-0 with a controversial penalty, this time against previously unbeaten Sampdoria, as Mauro Icardi converted in the 89th minute amid angry protests from the visitors.
Mattia Destro and Daniele De Rossi gave AS Roma a 2-0 win over promoted Cesena as they pulled level with Juventus at the top. Both have 22 points from nine games, six ahead of AC Milan, Sampdoria and Udinese.
Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin kept Juventus at bay, his repertoire of saves including two brilliant stops from Alvaro Morata, and Angelo Ogbonna hit the crossbar for the visitors, before Antonini scored with almost the last kick of the game.
Napoli, who beat Verona 6-2 on Sunday with an Higuain hat-trick, found life much tougher at Atalanta and fell behind when German Denis scored with a diving header against his former club just before the hour, only Atalanta's fourth goal of the season.
Callejon should have levelled five minutes later but managed to fire his effort over from almost underneath the crossbar.
Atalanta had Luca Cigarini sent off for a second bookable offence before Higuain scored on the turn with four minutes to go. But the Argentine turned villain when his penalty was saved by Marco Sportiello in the second minute of stoppage time, leaving his side joint sixth alongside Lazio, Inter and Genoa with 15 points.
Under-pressure Inter produced another scrappy performance and were preparing for a crescendo of jeers at the San Siro until Alessio Romagnoli was judged to have pushed over Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Icardi converted from the spot, as he did against Cesena on Sunday.
Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic pushed away his players as they remonstrated with match officials at the end.
Juan Cuadrado set up two goals, the first finished off with a brilliant touch by Khouma Babacar and the second by Borja Valero, in a 3-0 win for Fiorentina over Udinese. Senegal's Babacar also opened the scoring when he tapped in from a rebound just before halftime.
Cagliari and AC Milan drew 1-1, Victor Ibarbo opening the scoring before Milan's Giacomo Bonaventura replied with a superb curling effort, and Palermo beat Chievo 1-0.
Matteo Darmian's early goal gave Torino a 1-0 win over Roberto Donadoni's Parma, who are bottom after losing eight of their nine games.
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New Delhi, Oct 30: Shashi Tharoor, who was sacked as Congress spokesman in the wake of his effusive praise of Prime Minister, on Thursday attacked the Narendra Modi government for ignoring the martyrdom of Indira Gandhi, whose death anniversary falls tomorrow.
The Kerala High Court has upheld the state government's no-liquor policy in a major blow to bar owners in the state. But in a minor reprieve, the court in its verdict said that bar licenses for four...
PESHAWAR Pakistan (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Pakistan's northwestern region of Khyber, the military said on Thursday, as it stepped up a two-week-old offensive against Taliban militants in the area.
Brazil's central bank raised interest rates on Wednesday, surprising investors with a bold move that signals President Dilma Rousseff could make more market-friendly policy changes after her narrow re-election victory on Sunday. In a divided vote, the central bank's board decided to raise its benchmark Selic rate by 25 basis points to 11.25%. All 43 economists surveyed in a Reuters poll this week expected the bank to keep the Selic at 11%.
With the hotly contested presidential race over, the central bank moved swiftly to anchor inflation expectations at a time when markets are wondering if Rousseff is willing to overhaul her policies to regain the trust of investors. The bank said inflation risks had become less favorable since its last rate-setting meeting in early September due to more intense price increases. In light of that, the committee considered it appropriate to adjust monetary conditions in order to guarantee, at a lower cost, the prevalence of a more benign inflation outlook in 2015 and 2016, the bank said in its statement.
Five of the eight members of the bank's monetary policy committee voted to raise the Selic, and the other three wanted to keep it unchanged. This definitely is a great step forward to rebuild the credibility of the inflation-targeting regime. Very well done, said Alberto Ramos, senior economist with Goldman Sachs in New York. This is market friendly. Whether this means other (market-friendly) steps will come, only time will tell. Inflation hovering above the official target ceiling of 6.5% has increased pressure on the central bank to raise borrowing costs. The central bank aims to keep inflation at the center of the target, between 2.5% and 6.5%.
Still, most economists had expected the bank to refrain from action until Rousseff announces changes to her economic team. After narrowly defeating Aecio Neves, who was favored by many investors and business executives, on Sunday, Rousseff pledged policy changes to reverse economic weakness that cost her support among Brazil's middle class.
The leftist leader is considering a close aide or a business executive to replace Finance Minister Guido Mantega, who will step down at the start of her second four-year term on New Year's day. Some of the central bank board members could also be replaced in a second term, according to local media.
Brazilian exchange and stock markets have been volatile since Rousseff's re-election victory on Sunday, with some investors hopeful that the threat of a credit downgrade next year could force her to adopt more policies that are favorable toward business. Markets will likely rally on Thursday as investors interpret the rate hike as a step toward more orthodox policies, analysts say. This change in monetary policy may be interpreted as a possible change in economic policy in general, said Jankiel Santos, chief economist for Espirito Santos Investment Bank in Sao Paulo. The bank will not stop here, this should be the start of a new tightening cycle.
The surprise hike could also pave the way for the government to raise fuel prices, helping state-run oil company Petrobras recover from policies that have forced it to sell imported fuel at a loss to cap inflation, analysts say. The most urgent task facing Rousseff's new economic team will be tightening the federal budget to ward off the threat of a credit downgrade next year. Less public spending in 2015 would ease inflationary pressure and allow the central bank to opt for a shorter rate tightening cycle. A sharp depreciation of the Brazilian real, nearly 10 percent since September, has helped fuel inflation by making imports pricier. Expected increases in government-controlled electricity and fuel prices are also projected to quicken inflation in coming months. Central bank chief Alexandre Tombini has warned that the bank will not be complacent and that it was ready to resume a year-long tightening cycle if needed to bring down inflation. The bank forecasts inflation to stay high in the next two years, but gradually move back to the target's center. The central bank drastically cut rates to record lows in 2012 but was forced to raise them again following a jump in public expenditures and after a severe drought caused electricity prices to rise, accelerating inflation.
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From viral videos to selfies, listicles and throwback Thursday photos, candidates in the November 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned. Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes.
Virtually all candidates are on Twitter and Facebook. Some have Instagram accounts brimming with snapshots from the trail. Most raise money by email and many buy online ads. At a fraction of the cost of traditional direct mail, phone calls and television advertising, online campaigning is already becoming a crowded field. So politicians and their backers try to stand out.
Before campaigning for the 2014 elections started in earnest, supporters of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filmed a then-trendy Harlem Shake video. In it, a McConnell-masked man dances alone and then is suddenly surrounded by thrashing costumed volunteers, some dressed as President Abraham Lincoln, Rosie the Riveter and a Republican-symbol elephant.
College Republicans filmed a spoof of TV reality show Say Yes to the Dress in which a woman chooses a wedding dress and a Republican governor, despite her mother's assertions that a less appealing dress, and a Democrat, are better.
Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat fighting to keep his Senate seat, snapped a selfie with former President Bill Clinton.
Charlie Baker, Republican candidate for governor of Massachussets, posted a throwback photo of himself at a 1979 Aerosmith concert, contributing to the popular social networking meme of posting old photos on Thursdays.
Iowa's Democratic Representative and Senate candidate Bruce Braley and Colorado's Democratic Senator Mark Udall joined other lawmakers posing for Instagram photos of themselves to endorse the NOH8 (no hate) campaign in support of same-sex marriage.
Alaska Democrat Mark Begich and the conservative group Americans For Prosperity produced dueling listicles, online articles structured as illustrated lists, on Buzzfeed: 8 Times Mark Begich Gave the EPA The 'Green' Light and The Koch Brothers and Alaska.
Iowa Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst took YouTube by storm with perhaps the most memorable video of the cycle, an ad where she announces she grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm and would apply pork-cutting to Washington's spending to make 'em squeal.
Will Ritter, co-founder of Republican political ad firm Poolhouse Digital, said what stood out to him in this cycle was that web videos ceased being just a side-show for TV ads.
Instead of fighting for the hour and a half or two hours that (people) have at home to watch TV, why not pay attention to the time spent at work surfing the web or during the lunch break? said Ritter.
One academic study found that 340,000 extra votes in the 2010 midterm elections were generated by a Facebook feature that reminded people to vote on Election Day and showed users photos of their friends who said they already voted. Facebook will bring back the feature this year in more than 10 languages.
But it remains unclear to what extent politicians' own social media antics translate into votes on Election Day. It's not an exact science, said Ritter.
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Mumbai, Oct 30: Even as the overall sentiment in the real estate sector has improved, buyers feel property prices across top 10 cities are likely to remain stable for the next six months, according to a recent survey. The Housing
BJP leaders including Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi have been arrested in Birbhum in West Bengal, where they were trying to enter a village despite restrictions after three people were killed in clashes on Mond...
Scientists have found several types of rare, genetic differences in more than 14,000 DNA samples from parents, affected children, and unrelated individuals that are linked to increased risk of autism.
According to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and the Autism Sequencing Consortium, the number of definitive autism genes has been increased to almost fourfold to 33, compared to the 9 genes most closely tied to risk in recent years by similar studies in several labs. It also identified more than 70 additional, likely ASD genes. Each of these genes is mutated in more than 5 percent of individuals with autism, signifying a large, relative contribution to risk for a complex genetic disease.
By casting a wider net, a research team from 37 institutions found that previously unsuspected sets of genes may be involved in ASD risk, including some that control how nerve networks form in the brain. Occurring in one out of 68 children in the US, ASD affects a person's social interactions, including communication, as well as behaviors with varying levels of severity.
Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director of the Seaver Autism Center, said that the steps they added to their analysis over past studies provide the most complete theoretical picture to date of how many genetic changes pile up to affect the brains of children with autism.
The study authors were able to assess the effects of both inherited genetic differences and those that happen spontaneously in the sperm and eggs that go on to form human embryos. While small, rare genetic differences in the top 107 genes were found to confer a relatively large jump in a person's risk, many more changes in other genes add smaller amounts of risk. According to the authors, the interplay between gene variations, both common and rare, holds the key to understanding autism.
Along these lines, the team, by looking at how many times variations occurred in each of the 107 genes, was able to predict that small differences in about 1,000 genes will eventually be found to increase autism risk.
The study was published in the journal Nature.
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Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq would reportedly seek consistency while his counterpart Australia's Michael Clarke would look for runs in the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from Thursday.
Pakistan humiliated Australia by a big 221-run margin in the first Test in Dubai and now seek their first series win over Australia for 20 years. Misbah, however, has been concerned with the lack of consistency of his team, regarded as the most unpredictable in the world.
Misbah said that the complaint people have with Pakistan is that they don't play consistent cricket so they have to focus on consistent performance in this match, Sport24 reported.
In the case of another win, Misbah would equal Imran Khan and Javed Miandad's record of most Test wins for Pakistan with 14. He said that it would be important to win the series against Australia.
He said that it would be very important because they have not won a series against Australia for a long time, adding that Pakistan has a very good chance to win and that can win back the confidence.
Meanwhile, Clarke refused to accept there was extra pressure on him for not scoring runs in the first Test. He said that it doesn't feel any different to any other Test match to him, adding that his expectations are always very high for himself personally to make sure he is scoring runs and for this Australian team to have success.
He said that he doesn't feel any more expectation or any more pressure, adding that it's about playing their best cricket over five days and if they do that he is confident Australia can win the Test match.
Australia have lost their last five away Tests against subcontinent teams, following their 4-0 rout in India early last year, the report added.
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Shah Rukh Khan thanked Salman Khan for promoting his film on reality show Bigg Boss. saying it proves that there are no issues between the duo.I think its extremely gracious of him to have done that. I thank him from the bottom of my heart because it also takes away from the fact that when people talk about issues between actors (it proves that) we dont have any issues, Shah Rukh said.In Kolkata to promote his latest release Happy New Year, the 48-year-old actor said wherever there is a platform they talk about each others work and promote it in the way possible.On last weekends episode of Bigg Boss, Salman had promoted the film by doing a small gig for SRK and he had even tweeted about the movie.Happy New Year director Farah Khan said Salman has always been their friend.He has been very encouraging and he loves the madness of our movies, she said.The two superstars, who had a public fall out in 2008, are now seen to be sharing positive vibes and even greeting each other at parties.
Srinagar, Oct 30: Separatist leader Muhammad Yasin Malik, who has called for a boycott of the coming Jammu and Kashmir elections, was Thursday taken into preventive custody here.This was done to maintain law and order in the city, a police officer
New Delhi, Oct 30: There was considerable scope for Britain and India to work together to tackle many security challenges globally, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday on meeting Defence Minister Arun Jaitley.A statement from the British High Commission
A Syrian army helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in the northern province of Idlib, camp residents said on Wednesday, and video footage appeared to show charred and dismembered bodies.
Footage posted on YouTube showed corpses of women, children and burning tents while people scrambled to save the wounded.
It's a massacre of refugees, a voice off camera said. Let the whole world see this, they are displaced people. Look at them, they are civilians, displaced civilians. They fled the bombardment, the man's voice said.
A man in another video of the Abedin camp, which houses people who had escaped fighting in neighbouring Hama province, said as many as 75 people had died.
Syrian state media did not mention the bombing. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence in the civil war, said 10 civilians died.
Reuters could not independently confirm the attack. Barrel bombs are crudely made containers filled with nails, metal shrapnel and explosive material that are dropped from helicopters.
Rights groups say they have been dropped by the army on densely populated neighbourhoods in defiance of a United Nations Security Council resolution banning the indiscriminate explosives.
The United States said it was horrified by the reports of the bombing while adding it could not confirm details.
The attack on the Abedin camp was nothing short of barbaric, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. Unfortunately, if it is confirmed to be the work of the (Assad) regime, it is only the latest act of brutality by the regime against its own people.
One video shows a man arriving at the scene on a motorbike. He runs into the camp and screams at others to pick up the bodies, trying to convince them that the people on the ground with limbs missing might still survive if taken to hospital.
This one's good! This one's good! he shouts, telling two men to carry a limp body with one leg hanging from strips of flesh to a nearby pickup truck. Pick him up from the stomach not the leg, he screams.
Nearly 10 million people have been displaced by Syria's civil war, which started with pro-democracy protests but grew into an armed revolt when security forces cracked down on the demonstrations. More than 3 million refugees have fled the country, and the conflict has killed close to 200,000 people, according to the United Nations.
Both the Syrian government and insurgent groups are accused by rights groups of killing civilians and destroying homes.
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Australia passed laws on Thursday aimed at preventing young people from becoming radicalised and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as those in Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant groups.
Last month, the United Nations demanded that all states make it a serious criminal offence for their citizens to travel abroad to fight with militant groups, or to recruit and fund others to do so, in a move sparked by the rise of Islamic State.
Security analysts have put the number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria, travelling from scores of countries around the world, in the thousands.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament at least 70 Australians were fighting in Iraq and Syria backed by about 100 Australia-based facilitators.
The government had cancelled the passports of about 70 people, Abbott said.
It's to protect other countries who shouldn't have to host Australians intent on mayhem, and it's to protect us, Madam Speaker, because Australians do have a right to come back to this country, and the last thing we should want is people on our streets who have been radicalised and brutalised by participation in terrorist activities overseas, Abbott said.
Australia is on high alert for attacks by radicalised Muslims or by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East, having raised its threat level to high and undertaken a series of high-profile raids in major cities.
The government, which recently warned that the balance between freedom and security may have to shift, is also introducing controversial data retention laws it says are needed to tackle security and criminal threats.
Critics say the data laws go too far in compromising privacy, will be too costly and could open journalists and whistleblowers to hefty prison sentences.
ReportWorldReutersSydneyAustraliaHigh AlertIslamic State (IS)TerrorismMiddle eastmilitantsRaidsTony AbbottUnited Nations (UN)IraqSyriaThursday, 30 October 2014 - 2:12pm Australian police conducted anti-terror raids in Sydney in September. Reutersdnai.in/cqBx66