Australian PM warns Indian students over revenge attacks

Sydney, June 10: A second night of protests by Indian students over perceived racially motivated violence against them prompted Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to warn Wednesday against the formation of vigilante groups.
“I fully support hardline measures in response to any act of violence towards any student anywhere – Indian or otherwise,” Rudd said. “And furthermore we also need to render as completely unacceptable people taking the law into their own hands.”

‘Pregnant man’ gives birth to second baby

Los Angeles, June 10: Thomas Beatie, the transgendered man who created history last year by giving birth to a baby girl, has done it again.

ABC News reported that Beatie gave birth to a son early Tuesday in Bend, Oregon, and that the child would be nursed by his wife, Nancy.

Beatie, 35, was born a woman, but legally changed his gender. He decided to get pregnant after it emerged that Nancy could not conceive. Photos of a bearded pregnant Beatie caused a sensation last year.

Tantra is not just sex: Upset Hindus tell actress Heather Graham

Mumbai, June 10: Hindus have criticized actress Heather Graham and other “Hollywood types” who apparently think of Tantra as just sex.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Tantrism was a major channel in Indian religious traditions and besides Hinduism, it also exerted considerable influence on Buddhism and Jainism. Sankaracharya had mentioned the names of 64 Tantras.

South Africa beat New Zealand by 1 run

London, June 10: South Africa rode on some excellent bowling to clinch a one-run win over New Zealand in a thrilling Group D clash of the ICC World
Merwe Twenty20 at Lord’s.

With both teams having already qualified for the Super Eight stage, this was about keeping the momentum going and South Africa earned the bragging rights as they restricted New Zealand to 127 for five.

But things didn’t go as planned for Graeme Smith’s men as they managed just 128 for seven after they were put into bat by New Zealand stand-in skipper Brendon McCullum.

Arshad gets down and dirty

Mumbai, June 10: Arshad Warsi can’t stop raving about his role in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Ishquiya shot in Gorakhpur.

But when it comes to the topic of his look in the movie

A 6.5-crore song!

Mumbai, June 10: Rohit Shetty gives new meaning to the phrase “got it for a
Fardeen Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan shooting for the song in Goa

The Bollywood director who spent Rs 6 crore on the song Tha Kar Ke featuring Kareena Kapoor and Ajay Devgan in Golmaal Returns, has upped the ante on another number in his next film — Ajay Devgan’s All The Best.
“Ajay is bindaas! The song is shot on all the actors — Ajay, Bipasha Basu, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan and Mughda Godse, it cost Rs 6.5 crore and is definitely bigger than Tha Kar Ke,” said Rohit.

I’m not a lesbian: Neetu

Mumbai, June 10: Neetu Chandra is beside herself with rage. A recent erotic photo shoot she did for a magazine has drawn the ire of a bunch of individuals who Neetu Chandra found her look too hot to handle.

“Until now, everyone has had their say. It’s my turn now. Till now, you will recall no controversy about me — none that was blown so out of proportion. The shoot has been given many names including ‘Lesbian Shoot’. It was interrupted because it was found too hot for Indian men to digest. And, never done in the history of Indian cinema,” she fumes.

Katrina’s advice to Claudia

Mumbai, June 10: Claudia Ciesla, the German model with the 38-DD cleavage and leading lady of Karma — Crime Passion and Reincarnation, is not really
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif “Salman Khan’s blue-eyed girl”.

BT learns there is no truth to the Claudia-Salman proximity theory.
The German model met the Bollywood hunk through a common friend at his home in Galaxy Apartments, Bandra. Present at the meeting was also Katrina Kaif, because Salman had asked her to be present when Claudia arrived and make her feel comfortable and at home.

TDP MLA faults Naidu

Hyderabad, June 10: The Legislative Assembly on Tuesday was agog with rumours that TDP MLA from Kovur in Nellore district, N Prasanna Kumar Reddy, was contemplating to quit Telugu Desam and join Congress.

The rumour spread like wild fire as Prasanna Kumar distributed a letter which he said he had written to party president N Chandrababu Naidu. In the letter, Reddy has advised Naidu to be wary of `chamchas’ and `buffoons’ who had “surrounded him and giving wrong advice leading to hasty decisions on important issues.”

Fine quality rice still eludes consumers

Hyderabad, June 10: The state government is finding it hard to live up to its promise of making fine quality rice available at Rs 20 per kg despite a
crackdown on hoarders across the state over the past fortnight.

Civil supplies minister J Krishna Rao on Tuesday said that a spate of raids on millers and hoarders across the state was yielding results with millers coming forward to sell fine quality rice (sona masuri) at Rs 26 per kg. The minister said raids by the vigilance and enforcement department across the state had resulted in the seizure of stocks worth Rs 119 crore.

Naidu hard sells TDP’s cash transfer scheme

Hyderabad, June 10: Congratulating chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on coming back to power in the state, opposition leader and TDP president N
Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday suggested that the state government implement the cash transfer scheme (CTS), which was the his party’s main electoral plank in the 2009 election.

Jealous senior killed MBA student

New Delhi, June 10: A fortnight after the murder of 26-year-old MBA student Anand Tewari, Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested a former student of a
management institute for allegedly bludgeoning the victim to death. Accused Rahul Chaddha (28) was detained on Monday night for his alleged involvement in the May 25 murder. Chaddha’s friends Arjun Acharya (27) and Arun Raghav (26), also suspects in the case, are absconding.

Sheetal gets bail, walks out of jail

Mumbai, June 10: After a night in the Byculla Women’s Prison, socialite and businesswoman Sheetal Mafatlal went home to her plush Altamount Road home on Tuesday. Additional metropolitan magistrate M J Mirza took over an hour to dictate the order before pronouncing her release on a bail of Rs 5 lakh.

14 dead, 57 hurt as bomb goes off in Pak hotel

Peshawar, June 10: A huge suicide truck bomb ripped through a luxury hotel Tuesday killing 11 people and wounding 52 in Pakistan’s Peshawar city, capital of a northwest province plagued by Taliban violence.

Two foreigners were among the dead in the devastating blast at the five-star Pearl Continental hotel, provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said, but would not reveal the nationalities.

Why Akshay married Twinkle?

Mumbai, June 09:There’s a soft side to the rough and tough Khiladi Kumar that not many know of. Through his blog, Akki recently revealed some sweet tit-bits about his personal life. Akshay Kumar, who has been married to Twinkle Khanna for about 8 years, reveals his reason of saying the ‘I Do’ to the beautiful lady.

Shahid Kapoor ditches IIFA for film

Mumbai, June 09: This year’s IIFA event at Macau seems to have ran into trouble as most of the A grade stars have backed out of the event. Saif-Kareena and Shahid won’t be attending the event while Priyanka and Hrithik will only make an appearance but not perform.

Shahid’s back-out at the last minute surprised us as just few days back the actor had confirmed the news about his performance at IIFA. Even the track on which he would be performing was declared.

What’s common between Aamir Khan and Roger Federer?

Mumbai, June 09: Roger Federer’s historic French open win Sunday has gone down so well among the sport’s enthusiasts that even superstar Aamir Khan couldn’t stop drawing parallel between himself and the Swiss.

The 27-year-old is infamous for shedding tears after winning a trophy and Aamir thinks even he does the same after his films do well at the box office.