‘Shinde should be sacked for dividing nation on communal lines’: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde should be sacked by President Pranab Mukherjee with immediate effect for dividing the country on communal lines.

“And, on the basis of the submission, the direction, the orders issued by the Home Minister for a gross violation of the constitutional provisions where the honourable Home Minister has chosen to segregate a community for a directive should be sacked by the President with immediate effect,” said BJP General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Plans for Harry Potter spin-off Quidditch film underway

Warner Bros may be planning a film, which would be a Harry Potter spin-off on Quidditch, it has been revealed.

Speculations were rife after the production studios recently took out several trademarks.

According to Collider, trademarks on The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages and Quidditch expert Kennilworthy Whisp have been taken out, Metro.co.uk reported.

Mum saves up for daughter`s future boob job

A former glamour model, who is now a stay-at-home mother, has revealed that she has already started saving money for her four-year-old toddler.

Emily Bramley stated that she wants her baby daughter, Maddie, to follow her in the modeling profession and has put aside 1,000 pounds for any future surgeries she might need, News.com.au reported.

Bramley told the Sun that if its a breast enlargement or bum implants that her daughter might need in the future, she can do that for her, as modeling is a great job.

Scarlett Johansson shows off sexy curves in magazine cover shoot

Scarlett Johansson has flaunted her famous sex appeal in a photo shoot for cover of `Interview` magazine, in which she talks about the rejection she felt while trying to act as a young New Yorker.

The 28-year-old bombshell, who has been in the acting business since she was 8, told ‘Black Swan’ director Darren Aronofsky that there was someone in her older brother’s class who was doing some commercials and theatre, so her mom took her to that kid’s agent because she loved musicals.

However, she was left devastated when the kid’s agent did not select her.

How plants respond to changing environment in geological time

In order to understand past climate and response of plants to the changing climate, researchers have discovered more than ten well preserved Neogene plant fossil sites in Southwestern China after ten years’ survey.

As the only direct evidence of past life, fossils provide important information on the interactions between plants and environmental change. Comparing closely related fossils from different geological periods is an efficient method to understand how plants respond to climatic change across a large scale.

Sandra Bullock vows to quit acting for son

Sandra Bullock, who adopted baby Louis in 2010, has revealed that she will quit acting if her work begins to negatively impact on her young son.

The Oscar winning star told Vogue magazine that she doesn’t want her son to have pressures brought on by what she does, so if she sees whatever she is doing is affecting him negatively, she will pack up and move to Alaska, Contactmusic reported.

Bullock also revealed that recent false speculation suggesting she was dating her married security guard Peter Weireter has also made her question her future in the Hollywood. (ANI)

New hope for sufferers of thyroid cancer

Patients with advanced thyroid cancer have for many years faced bleak prospects and no viable treatment options.

But now, building on recent discoveries about the genetics and cell signalling pathways of thyroid tumours, researchers are developing exciting new weapons against the disease, using kinase inhibitors that target tumour cell division and blood vessels.

Two recent clinical trials led by a researcher from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania showcase the great promise of these new approaches.

World Heart Day 2013: Heart disease kills 17.3 million each year

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), including heart disease and stroke, cause 17.3 million deaths each year worldwide, and by 2030 it is expected that 23 million people will die from CVDs annually, a report released Sunday said.

Sunday is being observed as World Heart Day. Every year since 2000, Sep 29 has been observed by the World Heart Federation as World Heart Day to spread awareness about the rising instance of heart disease.

No clinical trial of untested drugs in absence of mechanism: SC

No clinical trials should be allowed for new drugs till a mechanism is put in place to monitor them and to protect the lives of people on which drugs are tested, the Supreme Court today said.

A bench headed by Justice RM Lodha said that a system must be put in place to protect the lives of people and asked the Centre not to allow clinical trials for untested medicines.

The Centre also assured the apex court that it will not allow clinical trials for 162 drugs permitted by it earlier.

Abdomen operation instead of mouth: Doctors face action

The health department of the Tripura government has served notice on several doctors and other staff of a hospital here after a patient’s lower abdomen was opened and the urethra operated upon instead of a mouth biopsy, a minister said Monday.

The incident occurred at a government medical college in the state capital recently. Four doctors and three other medical staff have received notice in the matter, state Health Minister Tapan Chakraborty said.

Businessman shot at in Delhi market

A 39-year-old businessman was shot at in a crowded market here by unidentified men riding a motorcycle Monday morning, police said. He was immediately taken to a hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.

According to police, four to five rounds were fired at Jitender Singh, a resident of west Delhi’s Rajouri Garden, outside his office in the Tilak Nagar area around 9.30 a.m.

The attackers immediately fled the spot.

Diet, exercise combo alleviates osteoarthritis pain

Eighteen months of intensive diet and exercise together lead to less knee pain and better function among overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, a new research has revealed.

Stephen P. Messier, Ph.D., of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., and colleagues conducted a study to determine whether a 10 percent or greater reduction in body weight induced by diet, with or without exercise, would reduce joint loading and inflammation and improve clinical outcomes more than exercise alone.

Odisha man suspects wife’s fidelity, slashes her private parts

A man in Odisha, suspecting his wife of infidelity, allegedly tonsured her, slashed her private parts with a blade and stabbed her with a tubelight. The man has been arrested, police said Monday.

The gory incident occurred in the state capital Bhubaneswar Sep 24, but came to light only after the critically injured woman’s brother lodged a police complaint.

According to the victim’s brother, Ranjan Panda, 40, who runs a tent house had been torturing his wife Jasoda for dowry since they got married in 2005. He also accused his wife of infidelity.

Britishers don’t cook meals from scratch: survey

A recent study has revealed that one-sixth of Britishers prefer ready to make food options rather than using fresh spices and vegetables to prepare food.

The study done by Co-operative Food, a brand devised for the grocery business of the consumer co-operative movement in Britain, reveals that British families prefer to eat from packet-based or jarred ingredients to making evening meals at least four times a week, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Dishes like meatballs, sausage casserole and cottage pie are the favourite among people as they are easily available as packaged food.

Bihar sounds alert ahead of Lalu verdict

Authorities in Bihar have sounded an alert across the state Monday, apprehending trouble after the court pronounced verdict in a multi-crore fodder scam case involving Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.

A Special CBI court in Ranchi, Jharkhand, delivered its verdict in the case Monday, holding Lalu Prasad guilty.

However, the state authorities sounded alert well in advance fearing backlash from RJD supporters.

Fodder scam highlights

The multi-million animal husbandry department scam in Bihar, popularly known as the fodder scam, surfaced in early 1996.

The Patna High Court, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), ordered a CBI probe in 1996.

Lalu Prasad quit chief ministership in 1997 when his name figured in the CBI investigation as one of those involved in a fodder scam case.

The CBI filed total 61 cases. Of these, 54 were transferred to Jharkhand after it was carved out from Bihar in 2000.

Tattoos: Stylish but dangerous

The name of a loved one or animals are often tattooed on the bodies of many people and it surely makes a style statement. However, an expert warns that getting inked carries the danger of infections.

“Tattoos can put you at high risk of bacterial, fungal and viral skin infections. Chances of blood-borne infection also increases through tattoos,” Anup Dhir, senior cosmetic surgeon, Apollo Hospital, said in a statement.

“Apart from this, the dyes in a tattoo can cause severe allergic reactions,” he added.

Once you get inked, it becomes difficult to get rid of it.

Russian tourist found murdered in Brazil

A 17-year-old Russian tourist was found dead on the outskirts of Marica, a resort city near Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian police said.

Danshin Sergey Petrovich’s body was discovered Saturday morning on the banks of the Canal da Costa, a stream outside Marica.

The Russian tourist was shot at least three times in the head, police said.

Petrovich, a student, arrived in Brazil with four friends and a teacher Thursday for a vacation and was staying at a house belonging to some friends in Marica. The teenager went to a bar with his friends Friday night, police said.

Boy killed, 23 injured in Mexican church collapse

A boy died while 23 injured in Mexico’s northeastern state of Nuevo Leon Sunday when an under construction church collapsed following days of heavy rains, an official said.

According to Rodolfo Ambriz, mayor of Benito Juarez municipality, where Santa Clara de Asis church is located, the accident occurred Sunday morning at around 10 a.m. , Xinhua reported.

Rescue workers from the local Civil Protection Office and the Red Cross arrived at the accident site to rescue the people trapped under the debris.

‘P.K.’ to release June 6 next year

Rajkumar Hirani`s political satire `P.K.` is set to hit the screens June 6 next year.

Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films, in association with Disney UTV, have announced the release date of `P.K.` in an official statement.

After the success of `3 Idiots`, Hirani has teamed up again with Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for `P.K.` and the actor will be seen essaying the title role in the film.

Aamir was earlier photographed wearing a ghaghra and a blazer while shooting for the film. The actor was also seen carrying an old radio.

Kapil to introduce new elements in ‘Comedy Nights…’ set

Comedian Kapil Sharma is working to introduce new elements in the design of the new set of his show “Comedy Nights with Kapil” after the present set caught fire recently.

“Now that we are making a new set, I am trying to introduce new elements. We have started work on it and whenever it is done, we hope to shoot there soon,” the 32-year-old said here at a press conference.

Kapil also revealed that in the meantime they would be shooting two-three episodes on the sets of “Bigg Boss.”

Junior NTR a fitness enthusiast: Trainers

Florida-based fitness trainers John and Amber Shumate, who have been working closely with Telugu actor Junior NTR for nearly eight months now, say he is not only a committed artist but an equally committed fitness enthusiast.

“We have been working with him since February. He is very concerned about his fitness unlike other stars. He works in line with his fitness goals and that has impressed us a lot. We all know he is a star but we realized he is a fitness enthusiast too,” John told IANS.

Coming Soon: Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller ‘Revolution 2020’ as a movie!

After the phenomenal success of `Kai Po Che`, Disney UTV is producing a movie based on another of author Chetan Bhagat`s bestsellers – `Revolution 2020` – and has roped in Raj Kumar Gupta to direct the screen adaptation of the novel.

Gupta made his directorial debut with the studio and has helmed three films – `Aamir`, `No One Killed Jessica` and `Ghanchakkar` – with Disney UTV.

Gupta says he agreed to adapt and direct the bestseller as he was moved by it.

Not playing Lord Shiva in ‘The Immortals..’ : Ranbir Kapoor

Actor Ranbir Kapoor has clarified that he is not playing Lord Shiva in the movie adaptation of the best selling novel “The Immortals of Meluha”.

There are rumours that filmmakers Karan Johar and Ayan Mukerji have chosen Ranbir to play Lord Shiva in the film. But the versatile actor said that it is not true.

“Yes, I read it in the newspapers that it is ‘The Immortals of Meluha’, but that is not true. It is completely untrue,” Ranbir said here in an interview.