Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fish out of water: Baby dolphin swims back home after rescue

The two-year-old Indus blind dolphin was rescued from the Nara Canal and released into the River Indus on Saturday. PHOTO: NAEEM GHOURI/EXPRESS
SUKKUR: After a tough fight for survival, a two-year-old male Indus blind dolphin made it back home.
The baby dolphin was rescued from the Nara Canal and released into the River Indus on Saturday.
A group of villagers living by the Nara Canal found the baby dolphin struggling in the shallow waters and immediately informed the wildlife department in

10 things I hate about money

All the things you can’t buy because you aren’t as rich as the next guy.
1.    The luck of the draw. Some people are born with it, and if you aren’t fortunate enough to be one of them — well, that’s just too bad.

More unleaked leaks

Anne Patterson to State Department, dispatch #420520
Anne Patterson to State Department, dispatch #420520, 7th Sept, 2009:
Some sections of Pakistan’s press call me the American Viceroy. I resent this title. It implies that we’re practically running the government here. That’s so not true. We only control the President and the Prime Minister and the federal cabinet and many in the central and provincial legislatures and most key government officials and certain corporate moguls. That’s all! It doesn’t mean we’re running the whole country! A case in point: the other day the Prime Minister came over and asked me if he could hire a new janitor in the Prime Minister’s secretariat. “Oh Yussou,” I said

Terrorism in Pakistan fell 11% in 2010: Report

A Pakistani Ranger stands guard at a check point in Karachi on January 16, 2011. PHOTO: AFP
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan gained ground against militant violence in 2010, but urban “terrorism” is a growing threat and military success will not bring stability unless a comprehensive strategy is developed, a think tank said.
A report from the the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) to be released on Monday says the number of incidents of “violence and terrorism” in Pakistan fell by 11 per cent in 2010 compared with the previous year.

Semi-curfew to be imposed in Karachi

Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday announced that semi-curfew will be imposed from today in trouble areas of Karachi.
Talking to media at Karachi Airport, Rehman Malik said that the decision of imposition of curfew has been taken in the high level meeting which was held in Karachi.
Rehman said that partial curfew will be imposed in tense areas of Karachi. He further said that air surveillance would also be maintained.
He said that the police had arrested some

Tendulkar out of South Africa one-dayers

India’s Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the ongoing one-day international series against South Africa by a hamstring injury, the cricket board said on Sunday.
Tendulkar, 37, did not field during the South African innings in the second one-day international in Johannesburg on Saturday, which India won by a one-run margin.
“Tendulkar will not take further part in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a press release.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel will be

Priyanka Chopra turns poetess

Priyanka Chopra has been more in news recently for her link-ups with Shahid Kapur, but very few people know that she’s a budding poetess too.
At a recent women’s awards show, Priyanka paid tribute to three senior actresses, Saira Banu, Hema Malini and Madhuri Dixit, by writing a couplet for each of them.
Apparently Priyanka didn’t want just a normal song-and-dance routine. A source present at the awards, said, “Priyanka was not happy with the script given by the organisers. Time was running out and the

Toyota may shift to foreign production

Toyota Motor will consider shifting factories overseas if the yen stays high and puts pressure on its profits, the company president said.
“We do not wish to relocate production sites because of currencies and foreign exchange alone,” Akio Toyoda said in a Japanese-language online message dated on Friday.
However, he added, “if profits cannot be generated” despite efforts towards efficient, good-quality manufacturing and training, “we have no choice but to consider relocation of production sites as a real possibility.”

I am not a perfectionist: Aamir

Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao make a perfect intellectual couple. Aamir’s perfectionist aura complements the super talented lady, who is all set to make her directorial debut with ‘Dhobi Ghat’. The actor, who contemplates over a hundred times before doing a film, surrendered to his wife, who dons the captain’s cap in the film. And Aamir is more than happy to be helmed by his loving wife.
In an interview , Aamir Khan talked about his upcoming film ‘Dhobi Ghat’.
Aamir said that When Kiran Rao told him that

Bill Gates calls on President Zardari

Bill Gates, head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Saturday called on President Asif Ali Zardari and offered to assist Pakistan in its anti-polio drive and immunization of children against several diseases.The Pakistani leader thanked Gates for the offer and invited the foundation officials to work out modalities with respect to expanding the polio vaccination program in the country. President Zardari said Pakistan will put together an effective team to work with the foundation on national immunization program. Zardari said this year the anti-polio campaign will be launched on January 24.

Rahman wins Best Original Song Award in Los Angles

Music maestro A.R. Rahman won the Best Original Song award at the 16th Critics’ Choice Movie awards Friday.
The 45-year-old music mogul won the award for the song “If I Rise” for Danny Boyle’s film “127 Hours”, a collaboration between Rahman and pop star Dido.
The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) to honour the finest in cinematic achievement.
The star-studded ceremony was held at the Hollywood Palladium. “The Social Network” was named the

Ranbir Kapoor And Katrina Kaif Spotted… Fixed?

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif have been talked of as a couple for sometime now. But given that the duo are not seen hanging out or doing any film together, whether they are in a relationship or not, cannot be confirmed! The two, however, met up at Ranbir’s sister’s house recently, and the paparazzi spotted them together just in time!
Are they seeing each other?
Rumour has it that Katrina is too possessive about him. And Ranbir, as we know, is so very fond of messing around with hot gals in his life and movies! Ranbir has

Neil Nitin Mukesh turns 29

The Bollywood heartthrob and grandson of legendary Indian singer Mukesh, Neil Nitin Mukesh, turns 29 on Saturday.
Unlike the other emerging stars of Bollywood like Ranbir and Imran, Neil’s movies have never made a great impact in B-Town but his acting skills have received appreciations from his fans.
Here are some of the interesting facts about the actor.
It is said that Neil Nitin Mukesh’s name was given by legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar after astronaut Neil Armstrong, as his father was a big fan of Neil Armstrong.
Before becoming a hero, he had assisted Aditya Chopra

Miss Nebraska wins 2011 Miss America pageant

A 17-year-old aspiring politician from Nebraska captured the Miss America crown on Saturday after beating 52 other young women from across the United States.
Teresa Scanlan won a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run with the crown at the competition at the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas, giving the Cornhusker State its first-ever win at the pageant.
Pageant officials said she was the youngest Miss America since the pageant’s first competition in 1921, when Margaret Gorman of the District of Columbia won at age 15.

Ruslaan dating Salma Agha's daughter not Niharika

Ruslaan dating Salma Agha`s daughter not NiharikaRuslaan Mumtaz is dating Zarah, the daughter of Salma Agha, his mother's good friend

Ruslaan Mumtaz is dating Salma Agha's daughter Zarah. They met six months ago at a common friend's party and took an instant liking to each other. Sources reveal that they are quite serious about each other. 

A source close to Ruslaan reveals, "They met each other through their moms. Ruslaan's mom Anjana Mumtaz and Salma Agha are friends. 

Since Zarah has always live in Dubai, she didn't have any friends in Mumbai, and Ruslaan was the first friend she made in the city. 

He then introduced her to his own friend circle. Ever since they've been hanging out together." 

Family friends

Ruslaan hesitantly says, "We are family friends

Sameera's next-door... Family

Sameera`s next-door... FamilySameera Reddy finds herself a home right next to her parents' building

After living with her parents for years, Sameera Reddy has finally bought herself a 3 BHK flat on the fifth floor of Casa De Rosa in Bandra, right next to the building where her parents stay!

The actress confirms, "I had this dream of having my own place and had been searching for the last couple of years. 

I went everywhere from Bandra to Worli and Juhu and Versova but couldn't find the place that met my demands." 


About staying next to her parents, she says, "My dad wanted it to be close to mom and him as I sleepwalk and that can be dangerous sometimes. 

When I found the flat in Casa De Rosa he was most relieved." Sameera says she loves Bandra as she has

Sallu to do Farah's next even if no other actor wants to

Sallu to do Farah`s next even if no other actor wants toSalman Khan tells director Farah Khan that he's willing to sign her next film even if no other actor is 

After Tees Maar Khan, speculation is rife about Farah Khan's next film. Will she go back to Shah Rukh Khan? Will Akshay Kumar act in her next? 

Or will be it a film with newcomers like Karan Johar is making? Or will it be Salman Khan, who did a cameo in her last film. 

A industry source says, "After the release of Tees Maar Khan when Salman heard that Farah Khan was feeling low, he called her and told her to start writing her next film, and that he would star in it, whenever it was ready." 

No reservations

Most actors would think twice before working with a director whose last was panned by critics, but Sallu has no such reservations. Says a source, "Salman goes out of his way to help anyone he loves. 

Have Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh split?

Have Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh split?Although there's been a buzz that Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh have split, a friend of the couple swears they are still going strong. 

The success of Band Baaja Baaraat has brought them even closer. The lovebirds are keeping their romance under wraps because they don't want it coming in the way of their work. 

They are both highly ambitious and want to give their career precedence over the love life. 

Anushka, who is three films old has been giving tips to her beau on how to keep his head on his shoulders. A source reveals, "She even tells him what to say in interviews. He values her advice and follows it." Yawn.

Lara's wedding: Exes Dino Morea and Kelly Dorje axed from guest list

Lara`s wedding: Exes Dino Morea and Kelly Dorje axed from guest listDino Morea and Kelly Dorje won't attend Lara Dutta's marriage next month

Lara Dutta is getting married on January 17 to tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi in Goa.

Around 300 guests are expected to attend. However her ex-beaus Kelly Dorje and Dino Morea have not been invited. Clearly, the actress doesn't believe in the for-old-times'-sake sentiment.

What's strange is that in the episode of Koffee With Karan, that airs this Sunday (January 16), the actress told the host that she is still good friends with her exes Dino Morea and Kelly Dorje.

Still friends?

While her relationship with Dino ended abruptly and bitterly, Lara was with Kelly for 10 years, and they've remained friends after the break-up, so it's surprising that his name is missing from the guest list. 

In KWK, when Karan had asked her about

Love at first shot: Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan seeing each other?

Love at first shot: Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan seeing each other?Debutant co-stars of Karan Johar's 'Student Of The Year' are already dating each other, even before their shoot begins 

B-Town is filled with tales of co-stars falling for each other while shooting for their first screen pairing together. 

However, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan who make their debut in Karan Johar's Student Of The Year, hit it off even before shooting began.

The two met during casting and liked each other almost immediately and are now seeing each other. 

While Varun has been a Dharma regular and even assisted Karan on My Name Is Khan, Alia is a rank newcomer. Even though their first encounter was awkward, things changed when they started reading for the film. 

A source says, "Both come from filmy families. 

Alia is Mahesh Bhatt's daughter and

Katrina's Mile-high Nakhras: How Dare You Touch Me?

Katrina`s Mile-high Nakhras: How Dare You Touch Me?A flier tells us about the hue and cry made by B-Town's nakhrebaaz: Katrina Kaif and Kangna Ranaut

Air travel is stressful. Especially for actors who are forever on the run from one corner of the globe to another. Just because they are travelling in first class, doesn't make it any easier.

The long flights, the lack of sleep and the time difference between two countries can be quite taxing, and sometimes people lose their cool. 

We came across this frequent traveller who related to us the tantrums thrown by Kangna Ranaut and Katrina Kaif while flying. Here's what happened...


Says a source, "Katrina was travelling for her promotions for Tees Maar Khan and she'd fallen asleep, without making her seat upright, or tying her seat belt. 

Before take-off the airhostess called her