NCERT to publish book on brave heroes, women achievers

The Union Human Resource Development Ministry has said that it will ask the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to publish ‘Veergatha’, a book on brave heroes, in consultation with the Ministry of Defence.

Disclosing this, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said at the NCERT’s 52nd General Council Meeting in New Delhi, the book’s focus would be on women achievers and freedom fighters.

Puneet Issar, Sonali Raut eliminated from ‘Bigg Boss 8’

Veteran actor Puneet Issar and model-actress Sonali Raut have been evicted from controversial reality show ‘Bigg Boss 8’.

The duo was evicted last night at the show’s finale, giving way to a special series ‘Bigg Boss Halla Bol’, where
the remaining five contestants– Gautam Gulati, Pritam Singh, Karishma Tanna, Dimpy and Ali Quli Mirza– will be competing with five new challengers.

IIT-Kanpur students turn down Rs 1 crore per annum offers

Considerations of professional fulfilment and a desire to pursue higher studies have trumped offers of eight-figure salaries during placements at IIT Kanpur as four students chose to turn down jobs which would have paid them more than Rs 1 crore yearly.

Guess who’s M.F. Husain’s new muse? Mamata Banerjee!

New Delhi, May 14: Depicting her as “essence of Indian womanhood”, Doha-based Indian artist M.F. Husain has sketched Trinamool Congress chief and soon to be chief minister Mamata Banerjee in a black-and-white graffiti for a leading daily.

This etching, typical of Husain’s Bharat Mata and Gajagamini style of figurative drawing, shows Mamata Banerjee in a slimmer and more glamorous avatar.

Is John secretly dating Deepika?

Mumbai, April 21: If filmmakers turned the cameras to capture the behind-the-scenes at film sets, they would be guaranteed blockbuster hits. After all it’s the film sets that go on to define Bollywood’s friendships and fallouts.

This time around, Rohit Dhawan’s Desi Boyz has given John Abraham and Deepika Padukone an opportunity to bond.

IGNOU announces 2 new courses in gender, women’s studies

New Delhi, March 10: Celebrating the centenary of the International Women’s Day, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced new programmes in gender and women’s studies.

The university had organized a day-long function at the IGNOU campus on March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The new programmes include development of a project to be converted into Certificate/Diploma in Gender and Nutritional Security, Certificate/Diploma in Gender & Labor and Certificate/Diploma in Gender in Cinema.

AR Rahman to perform at Nobel concert

Mumbai, November 18: Oscar winning Indian musician AR Rahman has joined pop stars Barry Manilow and Jamiroquai in the lineup of artists to perform at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo.Rahman, who won two Academy awards for his score in’Slumdog Millionaire’will feature in the December 11 show honoring this year’s peace laureate, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will host the concert, which is always held a day after the prize ceremony.

Recession stems exodus of Indian Army officers

New Delhi, January 15: The slump in the global economy had a silver lining for the Indian Army – it stemmed the exodus of middle-rung officers to greener pastures by 50 percent.

The Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor made the revelation Thursday.

“As opposed to 600 plus people who had applied for pre-mature retirement in 2008, in 2009 the number came down to 280 people,” Kapoor told reporters here at the annual press conference ahead of the Army Day Friday.

“Hopefully the trend will continue,” the army chief added.

Indian American Muslim group calls on Indian Home Minister to clarify his remarks on Jihad

Indian American Muslim group calls on Indian Home Minister to clarify his remarks on Jihad

Washington, DC, December 26: Indian Muslim Council-USA an advocacy group dedicated towards safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, calls on Indian Home Minister Chidambaram to clarify his remarks on Jihad in his address to Intelligence Bureau on Wednesday the 23rd of December, 2009.

China promises not to interfere on Pak issue

New Delhi, December 23: The India-China tango at the Copenhagen climate meet may pave the way for a cessation of hostilities between the two Asian giants who have been locked in a war of words over Arunachal Pradesh and Kashmir for several months.

Court asks AIIMS to admit OBC candidate to course of choice

New Delhi, December 13:The Delhi High Court has asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to allocate a seat, in the course of his choice, to an aspirant who sought to appear in counselling both under the general and quota seats but was not allowed.

I thought ‘Kaminey’ offer was a crank call: Amol Gupte

Mumbai, August 24: Amol Gupte has received praise for his performance as a Maharashtrian mafioso in Vishal Bharadwaj’s recently released dark thriller “Kaminey”, but when the writer-director was first approached for the role he thought someone was playing a prank on him.