Monday, February 28, 2011
India's government has unveiled its annual budget, saying that the economy is expected to grow at 9% in 2012.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the growth rate for the current fiscal year was projected at 8.5%.
He said inflation would decrease over the next fiscal year - the current rate is 8.4%. But food price inflation, at 17%, "remains a concern".
'Salaried people, may be up to Rs 5 lakh...they need not file the (income tax) return,' CBDT chairman Sudhir Chandra told reporters at the customary post-Budget press conference."
Cameron arrived on the red carpet of the hottest post-Academy Awards party in a tight off-the-shoulder monochrome print mini with frill detail - although not many people were looking at her frock.
Instead, all eyes were on the 38-year-old's toned physique, which the actress has been perfecting with rigorous bootcamp-style work outs with her baseball-playing boyfriend Alexander Rodriguez, 35."
Tens of thousands of patients are initially told that their symptoms are ‘nothing to worry about’ or advised to take painkillers or antibiotics for months.
They have to make repeated trips to their doctor before being given a correct diagnosis, the report concludes."
Also, hugging and kissing your partner frequently helps your bond with him. Studies show that happy married life leads to good health. Top happy marriage factors include time together, communication, good sex, and financial compatibility, plus shared lifestyle, personality type, and interests."
According to a report by the National Commission on Population, India's population is expected to reach 1.19 billion by 2011, 1.27 billion by 2016, 1.34 billion by 2021 and 1.4 billion by 2026."
Inception and The Social Network were next in line, gaining four and three Academy Awards in various categories respectively.
Colin Firth bested the legendary Jeff Bridges in True Grit, Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network, James Franco in 127 Hours and Spanish actor Javier Bardem in Biutiful. The director of The King’s Speech – a story about King George VI of England – Tom Hooper, and screenwriter David Seidler, also captured Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards."
Countries including Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Moldova and Serbia will be stripped of millions of pounds a year, following an inquiry ordered by International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell."
Stephen Glover: The witch hunt at the Telegraph will backfire - Stephen Glover, Opinion - The Independent
This infographic confirms most of what we saw yesterday in that Webtrends pre-Oscar buzz graphic, with a notable exception."
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I saw all the nominated films (yes, even Winter's Bone) and here's who I would pick and who seems likely to win.
A movie about Facebook sounded boring, but The Social Network was the most entertaining film I saw. But The King's Speech is favored and it was fantastic, too.
David O. Russell got so many good performances out of the cast of The Fighter. But it sounds like David Fincher will win for The Social Network and that's hard to argue against."
About one percent of the queries on Google are for recipes, the company said, and the new vertical intends to make it easier for people to find recipes across the web. Keeping with its search roots, Google isn’t showing the recipes in the results, and is linking to recipes on sites like Epicurious and the Food Network, which likely alleviates some worries about Google’s newest effort."
Actually, it's oral sex.
Scientists say that 64 percent of cancers of the oral cavity, head, and neck in the U.S. are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which is commonly spread via oral sex, NPR reported. The more oral sex you have - and the more oral sex partners you have - the greater the risk of developing these potentially deadly cancers.
'An individual who has six or more lifetime partners - on whom they've performed oral sex - has an eightfold increase in risk compared to someone who has never performed oral sex, Ohio University's Dr. Maura Gillison, said at a recent scientific meeting, according to NPR."
Whether it was movie stars, musicians or models, Herb Ritts had a way of getting to the ESSENCE of a person."
He has 36 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and his eldest child is 52
The oldest father of twins in Britain has had another child at 72 and - he says he wants even more children.
Richard Roden is now a father of 13 after his 26-year-old wife Lisa gave birth to a daughter Madison last month.
Less than two years ago the former welder became the oldest man ever to have twins when his young partner gave birth to Emily and Ruby."
Swansea Police said 25-year-old Daniel Boyce has been charged with stealing money from the Regal Cinemas at the Swansea Mall."
'Samajwadi Party will support those who fight against corruption, including Swami Ramdev,' SP general secretary Shivpal Yadav told reporters in Sisauli near Muzaffarnagar."
'Since rural incomes are going up, people are eating better by shifting from cereal to protein (rich diet) and it is leading to food scarcity,' Subbarao told students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar yesterday."
Nidhi Dutt talks to a slum family and a middle class family to find out how they are coping with the strains and stresses of India's boom and asks what they would like from India's next budget."
The jail log tucked under his left arm, Utthan Paul, in his clean grey shirt and brown trousers, has the air of a small-town schoolteacher about him. His “room” is a short walk from the imposing gates of the Alipore Central Correctional Home in south Kolkata. As you follow his five-foot-tall, rotund frame down a quiet alley inside, it takes you past a low iron gate beside a signboard that reads “Hanging Area”. It makes you stop, and think, especially about the implications of the surreal pink, green and blue hand-painted paisleys adorning the board. Paul intervenes helpfully. “Look behind you. People like BC Roy, Netaji and Jagadish Chandra Bose were held by the British in those rooms at the top,” he says with a smile, intent on putting a stop to the flurry of questions running in your head. After 16 years of serving a life term, Paul is a deft mind reader. And a part-amused, part-cynical spectator of life and society — a personality that translates into his sharp essays that have been published in the literary magazine Nabarka (New Sun), brought out by the West Bengal Department of Jails."
The NRI's wife allegedly promised to pay Rs 2.5 lakh as 'supari' to the gang. Marital discord and his insurance money appear to be the motive for the crime, police said on Saturday."
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Venom already has provided leads for therapeutics to treat arthritis and erectile dysfunction, and compounds found in venom are being studied to create organic, earth-friendly pesticides."
But does this mean they are not getting enough? I don't believe so.
Thanks to oft-repeated assertions that our ancestors slept longer than we did, not to mention claims that a lack of shut-eye can cause high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, and it's easy to see why we think we are chronically deprived of sleep."
A fellow passenger told the IANS (Indo-Asian News Service):"
The economic survey also suggested India should open up trade in services to global players as “FDI inflows and trade in services have a close relationship”."
Stars including Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher, Robert Pattinson, Miley Cyrus and Barbra Streisand are on the shortlist for the Razzies, billed as “saluting the worst that Hollywood has to offer each year.”"
A research team, led by Simona Bo at the University of Turin in Italy, found the odds of a person becoming obese declined by 30 per cent for each hour of sleep they managed, reports the Daily Mail.
Friday, February 25, 2011
The guy was incredibly wealthy, good looking enough to get any girl, a nerd super-rockstar who had just convinced my school to buy a bunch of NeXT machines (which, btw, were in fact the best machines to program on at the time) and I just wanted to be him."
OK, it wasn't the Oscars and Steve Jobs is not Colin Firth.
But there was a sort of Best Board Member vote at Apple's (AAPL) shareholder meeting this week, and the outcome was a surprise."
The victim, a student of class three, had gone missing since November 28 last year and a report had been filed with the police in the connection, they said."
The apex court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice K.S. Panicker Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatanter Kumar said this on a petition by the Society for Unaided Private Schools of Rajasthan."
Julian Assange attacks 'rubber-stamp' warrant as he loses extradition battle | Media | guardian.co.uk
Speaking outside Belmarsh magistrates court in south-east London after the judgment, Assange attacked the European arrest warrant system."
Thursday, February 24, 2011
India v England: Police to flood stadium in Bangalore after ticket chaos for Cricket World Cup 2011 match - Telegraph
Mustafa Abedel-Jalil, who resigned on Monday amid violent clashes between protesters and security forces, said: “I have proof that Gaddafi gave the order about Lockerbie.”"
World Cup 2011: High Court limits number of complimentary tickets | Cricket News | ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 | ESPN Cricinfo
But why would Kumaraswamy want another channel when his wife Anitha is the head of Kasturi? It is hot news in political circles that he is buying it for ‘chhoti memsaab’ Radhika."
But, the situation is anything but comfortable. In almost every way possible, the World Cup has got off to a terrible start for the paying public. If things carry on the same way, there’s every chance that we would have done our worst.
Here, then, are 10 ways the organisers are killing the cup, even as it has just begun."
Cricket World Cup 2011: Australia captain Ricky Ponting and the players in the last-chance saloon - Telegraph
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Recently, the world got to know a little more about the man's eccentricities through Wikileaks cables.
For instance, Gaddafi dislikes long flights and has an apparent fear of flying over water which regularly causes logistical headaches. During every international summit he attends, the Libyan delegation cannot fly more than eight hours and would halt overnight if the journey was to be longer.
Then there are some of his practices that are pretty infamous. On foreign trips, Gaddafi sets up camp in a luxury Bedouin tent and is accompanied by armed female bodyguards.
Take a quick peek into the colourful world of Colonel Muamer Gaddafi."
Bollywood's sultry actress Mallika Sherawat has agreed to do two item songs in producer Prakash Jaju's upcoming movie 'Bin Bulaye Baarati'. Although it is a small budget film that stars actors like Aftab Shivdasani, Nisha Kothari and veteran Om Puri, Mallika is reportedly charging a princely amount of Rs 3 crore for her two item numbers."
You may remember Dr Khare as the pleasant man who begins Dr Singh's press conferences; last week, he told Times Now anchorman Arnab Goswami on national television that the February 16 media interaction was not an 'interrogation' of the prime minister."
The following transmission is from a summary of the what happened during the meeting, sent from the Embassy Tripoli to an unknown destination."
Busting the 8-Hour Sleep Myth: Why You Should Wake Up in the Night | Biphasic Sleeping | Insomnia & the Science of Sleep | LiveScience
'China should overtake the US to become the largest economy in the world by 2020, then be overtaken by India by 2050,' financial services group Citi said the report."
Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the Bloodhound car will mount an assault on the land speed record."
Berlusconi shut down the city’s biggest park in June 2009 to allow the visiting Libyan leader and his entourage of all- female bodyguards to set up camp by the 16th-century Villa Doria Pamphili. A year earlier, Italy agreed to pay $5 billion over 25 years to its former colony in reparations."
An alcoholic drink a day can help keep heart disease at bay, according to a review of 30 years of research.
The work, published in the British Medical Journal, showed a 14% to 25% reduction in heart disease in moderate drinkers compared with people who had never drunk alcohol.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned twice on Wednesday after members representing the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Congress vociferously raised the separate Telangana state issue in the House.
TRS MPs K Chandrasekhar Rao and M Vijayashanti stalled House proceedings, demanding the status of their notice for adjournment on Telangana issue.
After the Sanjay Dutt- Bipasha Basu starrer Lamhaa turned out to be a box-office turkey, producer Bunty Walia has suffered another blow.
Model-actress Debi Dutta, who was dating him for two years, has now left him. They parted ways three weeks ago.Walia, the head honcho of G S Entertainment, was apparently quite in love with Debi, who was seen as a childhood friend of Ranbir Kapoor's in Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year.
The House witnessed three adjournments till 2 p.m. as TRS chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his party colleague M. Vijaya Shanthi, repeatedly stormed the Well of the House to press for adjournment motion on the issue."
In the whole of 2009, 897 farmers had committed suicides across the country."
Four persons, including two women, were arrested here today for running a sex trade in a moving car."
These words sound wholly of the moment, whereas they come from a book published 40 years ago. In the first weeks of 1969, meetings calling for a separate state were held in towns and villages in Telangana. As a result of the ‘continuously rising tempo of the Telangana movement’, the police came out in force, and ‘lathi-charges, firings and the resultant violence became the accepted way of life in Telangana’."
The United States has restated its commitment to keep the Internet free and make it a bulwark of democracy but, unsurprisingly, there is no chorus of welcome for its fulsome defence of online freedoms. In a recent university address titled “Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices and Challenges in a Networked World,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton berated authoritarian regimes and praised the people of Tunisia and Egypt for using digital tools to organise democratic protests.
Almost a year after violent protests over demands for a Telangana state carved out of Andhra Pradesh, the Indian government has to grapple with the issue once again.
A report by a panel set up to examine the issue and suggest options to deal with the decades-old demand was made public on Thursday.
According to Circle Inspector (Rural) Harischandra Reddy, in the suicide note Srisailam stated that he was committing suicide as he was worried that Telangana may not be formed. He was survived by wife and two children. The police registered a case and investigating."