Mahesh Bhatt launches Indo-Pak peace anthem `Dil Ki Udaan`

Mahesh Bhatt recently unveiled a promotional ‘Indo-Pak peace anthem’ titled ‘Dil Ki Udaan’ for a Punjabi cross border film ‘Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya’ in Mumbai.

The anthem is composed by an Indo-Pak band of musical duo Mudasir Ali and Hamza Akram.

The 64-year-old filmmaker told the media that this flick talks about Mahatma Gandhi’s values of Love and Peace and everyone should support it.

Pakistan flips and flops on Bhasha Dam, then puts it on hold

In a series of gaffes, Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar first announced on 20th August that his government had supposedly arranged funds for the 4500 MW Diamer-Bhasha Dam estimated at a cost of 12 billion dollars.

Pakistan media reported that The World Bank (WB) had withdrawn its condition of seeking a no-objection certificate (NOC) from India for releasing funds for the dam.

Finance Minister Dar said,” We have convinced the WB that it is not legally necessary to seek the NOC from a neighboring country” (read India).

Syrian Electronic Army hackers warn of ‘many surprises’ to come

The pro-Assad ‘hacktivist’ group Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), who recently attacked major news website New York Times and Twitter has reportedly warned of further attack on media companies.

The SEA has not only warned of attacks but also suggested that media companies should ‘expect’ them as they have ‘many surprises’ to come.

A spokesman for the group said that UK parliament’s vote against military intervention in Syria is the right thing adding that such intervention had many consequences and will affect the whole world, BBC reports.

Why insomniacs struggle to concentrate

A new study has tried to explain the reason behind people suffering from insomnia having trouble concentrating during the day even though objective evidence of a cognitive problem is lacking.

Lead author Sean P.A. Drummond, PhD, associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, said that they found that insomnia subjects did not properly turn on brain regions critical to a working memory task and did not turn off ‘mind-wandering’ brain regions irrelevant to the task.

Men earn double bonuses than women

Male managers receive bonuses that are double that of what women get, a study has revealed.

According to the study, of 43,000 managers, conducted by Chartered Management Institute (CMI), male managers’ average extra payments were 6,442 pounds last year as compared to 3,029 pounds for women, the BBC reported.

The CMI said men’s salaries were almost 25 percent higher than women’s.

The study also showed that men will be earning 141,000 pounds more in bonuses over a lifetime.

At senior levels, the pay gap for both basic and bonuses, were higher.

‘I knew his hand was there’, says victim of Robin Thicke’s `butt-grab`

The woman at the center of Robin Thicke’s ‘butt-grab’ incident has admitted that she knew he was grabbing her rear, but didn’t realize it was caught in the reflection of the mirror.

The blonde beauty in question, Lana Scolaro, told Celebuzz that the photo, which showed the married singer grabbing the socialite’s derriere, was taken in the DJ booth at MTV VMAs after party, Radar Online reported.

Scolaro told the site that she had posted the pic on Instagram and didn’t notice the reflection, but someone noticed it and commented.

Sharad Yadav demands immediate arrest of Asaram Bapu

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) President Sharad Yadav on Saturday criticized the attack on journalists by supporters of self proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu in Jodhpur, and demanded the latter”s immediate connection with a sexual assault case on a minor. “Today his (Asaram Bapu) supporters attacked IBN-7 journalists, and even in Bhopal, we saw how his supporters were manhandling media. Wherever he is going, he is getting aggressive at the media, because he knows that the media will reveal all the facts about him. That man is only involved in money and land.

Tyson blames busy schedule for alcohol addiction relapse

Mike Tyson, who had remained sober for four years, has blamed his busy schedule and a return to his childhood home for his alcohol addiction.

The former boxing champion hit headlines earlier this month when he tearfully admitted to being a “vicious alcoholic on the verge of dying” in a press conference.

And in an interview on US breakfast show Today this week, Tyson revealed once he started drinking again, the situation got out of control fast.

Tyson attributes his latest setback in sobriety to too much going on in his life at one time.

Golf makes ”hole” in millionaire Murray”s riches!

Defending US Open champion Andy Murray may reportedly lose 500,000 pounds after a failed investment in an exclusive Surrey golf course, whose development plans were cancelled by the High Court. According to The Independent, the Beaverbrook Golf Club would have been the 141st course in the county, where Murray lives with his girlfriend Kim Sears, but a High Court judge quashed the planning permission granted to developers Longshot Ltd.

Snowden documents reveal US intelligence’s multi-million ‘snoop-op black budget’

The documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reportedly throw light on the multi-million budget of the US’ intelligence agencies and how a large chunk of that expenditure is incurred by the CIA.

The breakdown of the ‘black budget’ of the US intelligence agencies has never been disclosed publicly before, however, the documents reveal that the CIA’s budget is the most expensive, worth 14.7 billion dollars from a total of 52.6 billion dollars of 16 intelligence agencies.

Jodhpur Police reaches Asaram Bapu’s Indore ashram to quiz him

The Jodhpur Police on Saturday evening reached self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s ashram in Indore to question him in connection with the sexual assault case of a schoolgirl.

According to reports, a team of medical doctors have also been called at the ashram.

Asaram Bapu’s son Narayan Sai told the media here that the police personnel have been asked to quiz his father till 10 p.m.

Jodhpur Police DCP Ajay Pal Lamba earlier this evening said Asaram Bapu will be arrested if he did not cooperate with the police personnel.

Pak HC summons SHO for non-registration of FIR against Musharraf

The Islamabad High Court has reportedly summoned Station House Officer (SHO) Aabpara Police Station on September 2 for non-registration of FIR against former president Pervez Musharraf despite court orders.

The court also questioned the SSP regarding why the case is not being registered against Musharraf for initiating the Lal Masjid operation.

The IHC resumed hearing of the contempt plea filed by the son of former Imam of Lal Masjid Abdul Rashid Ghazi, Haroon Ur Rashid Ghazi against the non-compliance of police of the court orders for registering FIR against the former ruler.

India books Hockey World Cup spot by beating Malaysia 2-0 in Asia Cup semi-final

India have ensured their place in the Hockey World Cup after they beat Malaysia 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Asia Cup being played in Ipoh.

According to The Star, India, who got their goals through defender V.R. Raghunath (7th) and Mandeep Singh (60th), will face defending champions South Korea in the final on Sunday. Malaysia will take on three-time champions Pakistan in the third-placing match, the report said. (ANI)

Korea shatters Pak”s Hockey World Cup dreams with 2-1 win

South Korea has shattered Pakistan”s dreams of qualifying for next year”s World Cup by beating them 2-1 in the semi-final of the Asia Cup being played in Malaysia. According to The Dawn, Pakistan, the most successful team in hockey with four World Cup titles, needed to win the Asian event to claim the sole qualifying ticket from this tournament. Coach Tahir Zaman said that it was bad news for Pakistan hockey but the country had to live with the reality and make a long-term plan for its hockey. Pakistan will play Malaysia in the third place match. (ANI)

Putin urges Obama not to intervene in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed Saturday his US counterpart Barack Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize winner while urging the latter not to initiate armed intervention into Syria, Xinhua reported.

“What would I say (to Obama)? I would address him not as a counterpart, not as a US president, not as a head of state, but as a Nobel Peace Prize winner,” Putin said on a visit to Vladivostok amid bubbling Western attempts to hit the Syrian government.

Recalling US military move in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Russian leader asked: “Has it settled any problem?”

Syrian opposition claims troops led by al Assad’s brother launched chemical attack

Syrian opposition activists have claimed that troops led by President Bashar al-Assad’s brother, Maher al-Assad, were responsible for the suspected chemical weapons attack in Damascus.

Syrian activists have provided videos as evidence showing several men wearing red berets, which is part of the Republican Guard’s uniform, at alleged launch sites of the chemical weapons, the Washington Times reports.

Maher commands the regime’s Republican Guard, the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division and special forces, which are tasked with protecting the regime, the report added.

Woman allegedly raped by three brothers-in-law

A woman was allegedly raped by her three brothers-in law at Murmuria Tea estate in Jorhat district, police said today.

Based on a complaint lodged at the Cinnamora outpost by the alleged victim’s father, the three brothers identified as Dipak Phulmali (18), Krishna Phulmali (19) and Sujit Phulmali (22) were arrested today, police sources said.

The FIR claimed that the three committed the crime when their elder brother and the woman’s husband was in an inebriated condition in their home at Bahoni labour line of the tea garden last night, the sources said.

Dec 16 gangrape: victim’s brother tries to attack minor

The younger brother of December 16 gangrape victim on Saturday allegedly tried to attack the juvenile who he was awarded three-year sentence for the rape and murder of his sister by Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) here.

“When the judgement was being delivered by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel, the victim’s younger brother tried to attack the minor,” the sources at the Board said.

Delhi woman gangraped by cops, their friends; 4 arrested

A Delhi-based woman was allegedly gang-raped and her male friend assaulted by two police constables and their three friends here on the outskirts of the national capital.

Four of the accused, including the two PAC constables, have been arrested for the incident that took place yesterday, and the PAC jeep used by them has also been seized, SP (City) Yogesh Singh said, adding that hunt is on to nab the fifth accused.

Govt medical officer held for raping teen

A government medical officer was today arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in Pathardi village, about 60 Km from here, police said.

The accused has been identified as Dr S P Huse, an officer in the health department in Pathardi, police said adding that the incident took place yesterday.

The minor victim was admitted to a government hospital in Ahmednagar for treatment, Police Inspector Ashok Rajale told PTI.


Delhi gang-rape: Swamy to file petition in SC to quash verdict

Expressing his displeasure over the juvenile accused being sentenced to just three years at a reformatory home in connection with the December 16 gang-rape case, Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that he would file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging or asking for the quashing of this order on the grounds that it has been passed on an incomplete law.

India asks its citizens to leave Syria

India has asked all its citizens to leave Syria in view of escalating violence in the West Asian country.

“We are in touch with our Mission in Damascus who are also in contact with the approximately 25-30 Indian citizens in Syria. All Indian citizens are safe. Previously, we had advised all Indian citizens in Syria to return to India. They have once again been advised to leave Syria,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin in response to query on Indians in Syria.

Asaram Bapu should not feel nervous ‘if innocent’: Digvijay Singh

Taking a jibe at Asaram Bapu, accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday said this running around by the self-styled godman Bapu was hurting his image.

“If Asaram is innocent then why is he feeling nervous? Law is equal for all. This running around is hurting his image,” he told media here.

The police were today clueless about the whereabouts of Asaram Bapu, who is believed to have fled his Bhopal ashram.

Syrian govt did not use chemical weapons: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that the Syrian government had never used chemical weapons and described the recent chemical attack in a Damascus outskirt as a provocation.

“As far as this incident is concerned, it is well-known that the Syrian government used to turn to the world community with a request to inspect, what it thought, cases of using chemical weapons against civilians by militants. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” the Russian leader told journalists.

According to Putin, the Syrian government troops are now on the offensive.