Diesel, petrol prices up

Oil marketing companies (OMCs) Wednesday raised diesel and petrol prices respectively by 50 and 70 paise a litre, excluding taxes. The new rates will come into force from midnight.

State-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said the depreciation of the rupee and hardening of crude prices in the international market had necessitated the hike.

Smaller states should be formed for better administration: Bihar CM Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday welcomed the creation of a separate Telangana state, saying the Janata Dal (United) has always been in favour of smaller states.

“My party, the JD (U), has always supported smaller states. There will not be any trouble if more states are formed and the number of states increases. It is our guiding principle that there should be smaller states for better administration. So, we never oppose the formation of new states,” he told media here.

Will welcome TRS’ merger with Congress, says Digvijay

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said he will welcome merger of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with his party now that a decision on Telangana has been taken.

“TRS supremo Chandrashekhar Rao has said in the past that if the Congress gives us state of Telangana we would be very happy to merge TRS with the Congress.

“Now that a decision (on granting statehood to Telangana) has been taken, we would welcome TRS’ merger with Congress,” he said.

The Congress General Secretary was talking to reporters outside the Madhya Pradesh Congress office here.

How to make up for infidelity

Sometimes a person might stray away from their relationship, but if they apologise the right way, they could get away with it. According to Huffington Post, for an apology to be genuine and be accepted, one has to do a fair amount of introspection to figure out what they are apologizing for. Instead of passing the blame, accept responsibility. When one admits to their partner that they hurt them with their actions, one should give a full account of all the wrongs committed, the report said.

Rajnath Singh pulls up Congress over delayed Telangana decision

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Wednesday welcomed the expected creation of a separate Telangana state, but lashed out at the ruling Congress Party for having delayed a decision for three years.

“Telangana will be formed after the decision of the CWC, but I believe that there has been quite a delay in taking this decision because it was a 2009 declaration of the Congress Party that we will build a separate Telangana state,” Singh told media here.

Woman asks men for sex and captures their reactions as part of social experiment

An attractive American woman surprised random men by offering them to sleep with her as part of a social experiment.

The video shows Andrea asking numerous men whether they would have sex with her, the News.com.au reported.

While most men were stunned by the offer and others were happily astounded, one guy got so furious by the proposition that he threatened to call the police.

When and where the video was shot is unclear, but it was later uploaded to YouTube and titled ‘Asking Guys for Sex: A Social Experiment’.

I have the best boobs, says Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan has claimed she has the best boobs in the whole world.

The former ‘Coronation Street’ star boasted about her twin assets to FHM magazine, before praising Brit actress’ Kelly Brook and Michelle Keegan for their “incredible” bodies, the Mirror reported.

The Brit model also confirmed the demise of her relationship with footballer Scott Sinclair, saying that she is single at the moment. (ANI)

Salman Khan India”s most searched celebrity online

New survey conducted by Vuclip for the year”s second quarter has revealed that Salman Khan, one of the most eligible bachelors in Bollywood, is the most searched celebrity online in India, who topped the list with his style and charisma leaving behind other top models, actresses” cricketers and singers. Surprisingly, the actor was also featured as the second most searched celebrity after Ayu Azhari, a famous actress, in Indonesia. Here are the top celebrities searched for in India in the second quarter of this year. 1. Salman Khan 2. Katrina Kaif 3. Sachin Tendulkar 4. Ranbir Kapoor 5.

65 percent of Indian consumers share mobile videos as compared to 53 percent globally

65 percent of Indian consumers share mobile videos as compared to 53 percent globally and mobile phones are preferred hands down to desktops for watching movie trailers. Vuclip, the world”s largest independent mobile video and media company, today unveiled the findings of its second quarter 2013 Global Video Insights report by putting a spotlight on trends in mobile video sharing, most popular genre of movies trailers, and the most searched celebrities. More than 14,000 responses were received globally within two days. Results varied by age group and region.

Mealtime chatter helps boost children’s confidence

Talking at mealtimes improves children”s communication skills, a new study has revealed.

The poll of 35,000 UK children conducted by the National Literacy Trust has found that kids who sit with families and talk during meals are more confident, the BBC reported.

However, the study, which surveyed kids aged eight to 16, from 188 schools across the UK, suggested that more than one in every four misses out on daily mealtime chats with their families.

Oprah’s OWN network turns profitable 6 months sooner than expected

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, which struggled through layoffs and executive departures, is finally brining in the cash, as two new Tyler Perry series – ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ and ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ – has helped lure viewers.

According to Discovery Communications, which jointly owns the two-year old channel, OWN moved out of the red faster than expected, the New York Daily News reported.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav told the publication that the network had the highest growth of any cable network in the second quarter and the company had signed on 30 new ad partners. (ANI)

Is FB planning to sell TV-style ads for 2.5 million dollars-a-day?

Social media giant Facebook is speculated to offer television styled commercial ads on its site for as much as 2.5 million dollars per day.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, sources have claimed that Facebook would offer 15-second spots to advertisers much like its Instagram videos allowing marketers their way directly into a person’s feed.

US soldiers posted in Afghanistan busted for using craigslist for sexual hook ups

The US military is cracking down on soldiers posted in Afghanistan who reportedly use craigslist for hooking up.

According to the New York Post, though military commanders forbid US servicemen and women from having sex outside of marriage while stationed in war zones, hundreds of soldiers have posted racy ads on craigslist looking for covert encounters.

Al Jazeera announces 12 US bureaus

Media network Al Jazeera has formally announced its 12 bureaus in the US which will be launched on August 20.

According to the Politico, the new bureaus are located at Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.

Al Jazeera America’s senior vice-president for newsgathering, Marcy McGinnis said that it is critical for the network to have bureaus strategically placed throughout the US so that it can cover the news from wherever it happens.

Obama urges ending political logjam, bolstering job creation

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a policy framework to help break through the political logjam in Washington and spur job creation in the nation. During his latest speech focusing on economy in Chattanooga, U.S. state of Tennessee, Obama stressed U.S. policymakers should secure a better bargain for the middle class — a national strategy to make sure everyone who works hard has a chance to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Girl pal says even phone sex ‘15 times a day was not enough’ for ‘over-sexed’ Weiner

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is too sex obsessed to hold such a high and dignitary post, his girl pal has said.

In a raunchy interview, Weiner’s former gal pal Sydney Leathers said that he used to call her up to five times a day, and almost every day, to have phone sex, and that still was not enough for him. Leathers said that Weiner could have 12 girls talking to him, beating off 15 times a day and that wouldn”t be enough.

WikiLeaks whistleblower Manning cleared of ”aiding enemy” charges but still faces 136 yrs imprisonmet

Bradley Manning, the US soldier who gave a number of classified files to WikiLeaks, has been cleared of aiding the enemy but still faces a potential life sentence in prison. A US military court martial did not find Manning on a lock-up-for-life charge of aiding the enemy by leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents. Judge Colonel Denise Lind however convicted the 25-year-old soldier on five charges of espionage, five of theft, one of computer fraud and a series of other military wrong-doings.

BJP threatens to stall Assembly session in Bihar condemning blasts at Mahabodhi temple

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday threatened to stall assembly session in Bihar, condemning the series of explosions in and around the Mahabodhi temple complex. Party workers and legislators gathered outside the Legislative assembly in Patna holding placards asking the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to answer as to why there were terror attacks on the world famous Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya inspite of a warning issued by the Centre.

Manchester City owner”s family in human rights violation `soup` in UAE

The family of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has been accused of human rights abuses after a trial in Abu Dhabi, as his brothers were widely denounced as repressive and ”fundamentally unfair”. According to The Guardian, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have vehemently protested against the mass arrest of 94 people, their alleged torture while in Abu Dhabi jails, and said that it was a ”fundamentally unfair” trial.

EU diplomat says ousted Egypt prez Morsi in good health

Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi is ‘well’, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has said. Ashton said she had two hours of frank, in-depth discussions with Morsi on Monday, but did not give further details of the conversation.

She said Morsi was in good health and good humour, and described the talks as friendly, open and very frank, but refused to elaborate. She added that the ousted leader had access to TV and newspapers. According to the BBC, she is the first foreign diplomat to meet Morsi since he was detained after being overthrown on 3 July.

Norwegian mass killer Breivik applies to study political science at Oslo University

Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik has applied to study at the University of Oslo. The move has triggering debate among university staff, who look likely to be forced to accept him. According to the Local, Knut Bjarkeid, the director at Ila Prison, where Breivik is serving a 21-year sentence, said he would encourage such a move. He said that the prison will always try to pave the way for inmates to get a formal education, so that they are able to get a job when they come out.