Koyna takes a rainbow walk at a Gay Pride march

Mumbai, November 01: Koyna Mitra celebrated Halloween for the first time yesterday, in Chicago. Apart from dressing up in costume, she also attended the annual LA Gay Pride march.

The actress who has been staying in the US for the last few months, was back in Mumbai for a short break last week, but flew back just in time for the ‘trick or treat’ festival.


Karan Johar to miss SRK’s b’day

Mumbai, November 01: A sudden bout of high fever and suspected malaria put an end to Karan Johar’s plans of flying to Rome (‘A Roman holiday for SRK and family’, Hitlist, October 22) for the special screening and subsequent release of his film My Name Is Khan at the international film festival held there.


The director developed high fever while shooting for Koffee With Karan and was seen shivering on the sets, even though it was actually quite warm that day.

Why birthday girl Aishwarya will stay home this Diwali

Mumbai, November 01: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a matured woman, who knows how to balance her personal and hectic professional life.

It is a well known fact that ‘Bachchan bahu’ is very busy these days for her two upcoming releases Action Replayy and Guzaarish. But the actress is very much dutiful towards her family so she has planned to spend the festive season of Diwali with her in-laws and hubby.

Akki-Katrina are overrated?

Mumbai, November 01: It is not often that a lead pair in a Bollywood film is remembered for the wonderful chemistry that the actors share onscreen. While the Shah Rukh Khan – Kajol jodi is the most talked about in B-town, contemporary actors Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif have carved a niche for themselves onscreen.

But is the pairing overrated? That is what the film critics would like to think, because every film which features the Akshay Kumar – Katrina Kaif pairing does well at the box office in spite of the fact that it does not have a good storyline to match.

‘Wedding gift is being delivered’ message foiled al-Qaeda bomb plot

London, November 01: The alleged Al-Qaeda plot of parcel bombs on two United States-bound flights was foiled when intelligence agencies decoded the terrorists’ chilling message: “A wedding gift is being delivered.”

The code was cracked hours before the two packages containing explosive liquid explosive PETN were intercepted in the United Kingdom and Dubai.

The packages, which were being shipped by air from Yemen to synagogues in Chicago, were discovered on last Friday at East Midlands Airport in Nottingham, and at a courier facility in Dubai.

Telangana movement intensifies in Osmania University

Hyderabad, November 01: Osmania University once again echoed with pro Telangana slogans ahead of AP formation day celebration.

Four students of Osmania University resorted to indefinite huger strike demanding the government to cancel the Andhra Pradesh Formation Day celebrations on November 1st, and the ministers and all elected people’s representatives from Telangana region should keep away from the celebrations.

The agitating students announced to celebrate formation day as betrayal day and said the Telangana people were suffering from injustices for the past 50 years.

Meer Alam Mandi confronts negligence of govt. and municipality

Hyderabad, November 01: The oldest vegetable market of the old city better known as Meer Alam Mandi has transformed into a pile of garbage thanks to the negligence and carelessness of the state government.

The market comprising of above 400 shops where more than 5 thousand customers come to buy vegetables has been a victim of negligence of authorities.

Israel hides Rachel Corrie’s murderer

Jerusalem, November 01: Israel refuses to reveal neither the name nor the face of the military bulldozer driver who crushed pro-Palestinian US activist Rachel Corrie to her early death.

The third session of a hearing into the March 2003 killing of the 23-year-old Corrie in the Gaza Strip city of Rafah was held on Thursday in Israel with the presence of the man who drove the vehicle.

Dangerous criminal arrested, stolen cars recovered

Hyderabad, November 01: Malakpet police arrested a dangerous criminal and recovered from his possession stolen vehicles worth 22 lakh.

As per details Mohammad Azeem alias Salman 27, resident of Shahpur Jedimetla is a dangerous rowdy-sheeter and had previously been punished under attempted murder case and is being put on trial under another murder case.

I’m always under pressure to promote films: Ajay Devgan

Mumbai, November 01: Bollywood star Ajay Devgan may have appeared in Kaun Banega Crorepati to promote his forthcoming comedy Golmaal 3, but he actually opposes the new marketing gimmick of using TV shows to market movies.

“I am always under the producer’s pressure to do such things to promote films. If one is doing it, then another has to do it as well because it becomes a habit for the audience to watch such things,” Ajay told in an interview.

Imam-e-Kaba prays for peace in India

Mumbai, November 01: The 10 day Peace Conference organised by Islamic Research Foundation concluded with the prayer made by Imam-e-Kaba Al Sheikh Saud al Shuraim.

In his supplication to the Almighty Al Sheikh Saud al Shuraim prayed for peace and safety in India and for granting victory to the Muslim world. He declared the religious services rendered by Dr. Zakir Naik as exceptional. Almighty Allah alone will give him the reward for that. He said. He urged the Muslim brethren to be united for the sake of Allah and dedicate themselves for the eminence of Islam putting minor conflicts aside.

ElBaradei insists political change will come in Egypt

Vienna, November 01: Former UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei blasted Egypt’s “authoritarian” government and insisted political change was coming, in an interview Saturday with the Austrian daily Kurier.

“The more unpopular this regime becomes, the more it realises how much it is hated, the most authoritarian it becomes,” ElBaradei told the newspaper, according to a German transcription of the interview published Saturday.

“That’s untenable in the long term, change will come,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner promised.

Somali parliament approves new PM

Mogadishu, November 01: Somalia’s parliament on Sunday, in a much-delayed vote, approved the appointment of Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed as the country’s new prime minister.

President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s October 14 appointment of the new premier was approved by 297 members of parliament, roughly three-quarters of those present.

Speaker of the house Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden announced “297 out of 392 have endorsed the prime minister … who has now got parliament’s confidence vote.”

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ElBaradei insists political change will come in Egypt

Vienna, November 01: Former UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei blasted Egypt’s “authoritarian” government and insisted political change was coming, in an interview Saturday with the Austrian daily Kurier.

“The more unpopular this regime becomes, the more it realises how much it is hated, the most authoritarian it becomes,” ElBaradei told the newspaper, according to a German transcription of the interview published Saturday.

“That’s untenable in the long term, change will come,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner promised.

Israeli tourists urged to boycott Turkey

Jersalem, November 01: Israel’s tourism minister called on his countrymen on Sunday not to holiday in Turkey, after reports that its National Security Council had defined Israeli policies in the Middle East as a threat.

“Our citizens have nothing to do in Turkey,” minister Stas Misezhnikov told reporters outside the weekly cabinet meeting.

“The Turks are causing themselves damage with all sorts of statements… The less we go there perhaps the better they’ll learn.”

Yemen hunts more suspects behind air parcel bombs

Yemeni, November 01: Yemeni security forces were on Sunday searching for suspects who posted parcel bombs on two US-bound flights after arresting a woman over an alleged Al-Qaeda plot that sparked a global air cargo alert.

The woman was detained on Saturday after being tracked down through a phone number on a receipt for the explosives-filled packages, which were found on freighter jets in Britain and Dubai the day before, Yemeni officials said.

Advani all praise for Modi’s leadership

New Delhi, November 01: Days after Sushma Swaraj subtly pointed out that Narendra Modi’s popularity is confined to Gujarat sparking a controversy and tension within the BJP, senior leader L K Advani on Sunday showered praise on Modi’s leadership qualities once again.

Advani as also other top leaders of the party had heaped praise on Modi after the BJP’s civic election victory. On Sunday, Advani posted an entry in his blog saying one of the “distinctive traits of Narendra Bhai’s leadership in Gujarat has been his imaginativeness”.

Hyderabad an integral part of Telangana: D Nagendar

Hyderabad, November 01: Clearing his stand minister for health D Nagendar said that he would not support any proposal of making Hyderabad a Union territory instead he would strongly oppose any such attempt.

During an informal talk with the newspersons here Mr. Nagendar stated that Hyderabad city had a distinctive history and no one could deny its long-standing history.

Reacting upon the reports of Hyderabad being made the Union territory the minister said that Hyderabad is in no way separate from Telangana region but is an integral part of Telangana region.

Curbs On Friday Prayers Attack On Islam

Srinagar, November 01: The grand mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Basheeruddin, flayed the government curbs on Friday prayers, saying that the practice was an insult to Islamic mores.

The moves assumes significance as the office of the grand mufti is widely believed to be the creation of Sheikh Abdullah, the founder of the ruling NC, to undercut the influence of the Mirwaiz family which has traditionally been a rival to the NC’s politics.

RSS on the offensive, to launch stir to combat terror charge

Nagpur, November 01: The RSS has decided to hit the streets on the issue of saffron terror. The outfit, which has been on the backfoot after the names of some of its functionaries were linked with cases of bomb blasts, has drawn up protest plans as its top brass decided to aggressively counter the terror allegations being hurled at it.

How the RSS activists assembled the bombs used in Ajmer blasts

New Delhi, November 01: The four mobile phone- triggered pipe bombs used in Ajmer Sharif and Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid blasts were assembled at fugitive accused Ramji Kalsangra’s house in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

The chargesheet filed by Rajasthan’s anti- terrorism squad ( ATS) in a Jaipur court on Friday says the four bombs were assembled by Kalsangra, another absconding accused Sandeep Dange and Sunil Joshi, the suspected mastermind of the blasts who was killed.

All the three men have served the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh ( RSS) in various capacities.

Bipasha to star opposite Josh Hartnett

Mumbai, November 01: The sizzling Bollywood hottie is going international. It has been confirmed that Bipasha has been confirmed to play a pivotal role in English-French director Roland Joffe’s film Singularity. The actor will be cast opposite Josh Hartnett who is known for his roles in films like Pearl Harbor, Wicker Park and Sin City.

The film is said to be shot extensively across Australia and India. ‘Singularity’ is also said to star Abhay Deol besides Hollywood actors like Chris Pine, Olga Kurylenko and Christopher Egan.

End corruption in 7 days: Pak Minister

Islamabad, November 01: Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has given heads of various departments under his ministry a one week deadline to end corruption.

Heads of departments would be responsible for monitoring corruption in their departments and they have been given a period of one week, till Nov 7, to eliminate corruption, Malik said during his visit to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) headquarters here.

While Andhra celebrates, Telangana activists mark ‘black day’

Hyderabad, November 01: Andhra Pradesh formation day celebrations began Monday morning amid protests in Telangana, where groups fighting for a separate state are observing the anniversary as a “black day”.

Tension prevailed in parts of Telangana as protestors tried to disrupt the official celebrations while dozens of leaders of various parties and their activists were arrested.

Saudi scholars endorse ban on female cashiers

Riyadh, November 01: Saudi Arabia’s top government-sanctioned board of senior Islamic scholars has endorsed a fatwa that calls for a ban on female vendors because it violates the kingdom’s strict segregation of the sexes.

The powerful committee said in its ruling Sunday that the mixing of sexes is forbidden and women should not seek jobs where they could encounter men.

The decision comes after a conservative preacher had called for a boycott of supermarkets employing female cashiers.