Decision to go bald for ‘Haider’ justified: Shahid Kapoor

Actor Shahid Kapoor has agreed to go bald for Vishal Bharadwaj`s ‘Haider’. He says the decision was driven by the fact that the look is justified for his role in the movie.

‘Haider’ is said to be the director`s adaptation of William Shakespeare`s `Hamlet`.

“I thought it is justified. When I read the script, I found it very interesting and I have tried to do something shocking whenever I have worked with Vishal. With him I have always tried to do something different,” the actor said here at a promotional event of his upcoming release ‘R…Rajkumar’ Friday.

Protein behind cancer spread identified

A new study has found that cyclin D1, a protein that helps push a replicating cell through the cell cycle also mediates the processing and generation of mature microRNA (miRNA).

The research suggests that a protein strongly implicated in human cancer also governs the non-protein-coding genome.

The non-coding genome, previously referred to as junk DNA, makes up most of the human genome, and unlike the coding genome, varies greatly between species.

1163 HIV positive people in Meghalaya: MACS

Health authorities in Meghalaya today said the number of people living with HIV/AIDS virus has increased many folds since 2007 when only 14 persons were tested positive.

Today 1163 persons are living with the virus and authorities believed there could be more who are yet to come forward to test.

Jain Temple to be opened at Medchal ON Dec. 8

For the first time in South India, Sri Jai Tribhuvan Parshawardham Medchal Teerth will be constructing 72 Jain temples at one place. The main temple will be of Shri Parashwanth Bhagwan and other 71 temples will be constructed around it. The temple will be installed on December 8 by Maharajasri PiyushSagarji. It will have the facility of boarding and lodging for teerth yatris.

Indian embassy in Bahrain to get new building

The groundbreaking ceremony of the much-awaited new building of the Indian Embassy in Seef, Bahrain, will be held next week.

Indian Ambassador Mohan Kumar announced Friday during the monthly open house in the embassy premises in Adliya that Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will attend the ceremony Dec 8, Gulf Daily News reported Saturday.

The Indian embassy in Bahrain has been functioning from rented accomodation since it opened in 1973.

‘Muslims should create Rs.50,000-crore educational fund’

Minority Affairs Minister K. Rahman Khan Saturday urged the Muslim community to draw up its own roadmap for the future and define its own priorities, adding that a Rs.50,000 crore educational fund should also be created.

Khan was inaugurating a national seminar on “Professionalisation of Education: Problems and Opportunities for Indian Muslims,” organised by the Centre for Promotion of Educational and Cultural Advancement of Muslims of India at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Sindhu cruises into Macau Open final

Indian top seed P.V. Sindhu cruised into the women’s singles final of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold at the Macau Forum here Saturday.

The World No.11 easily overcame a much lower ranked Qin Jinjing of China 21-13, 18-21, 21-19 in their first-ever encounter. Sindhu took an hour and eight minutes to win the semifinal and will take on World No. 30 and seventh seed Li Michelle of Canada for the first time in the title clash Sunday.

Sindhu, who won the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in May, has a great chance to bag another Tier-III title before the season ends next month.

Dikshit has tarnished India’s image: Modi

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Saturday attacked Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, saying her failure to provide safety to women has tarnished the country’s image.

“If the capital of our country has a woman chief minister, and our sisters and mothers are not safe, then the image of the country gets tarnished,” Modi said without directly referring to Dikshit.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate was addressing a rally at the Parade Ground near the historic Red Fort in Chandni Chowk of central Delhi.

Maoists attack Inter-City Express train in Bihar, 3 jawans shot dead

In a daring attack, armed Maoists on Saturday shot dead three GRP jawans and injured two others, besides looting five rifles from them in Sahebganj-Patna Inter-City Express in Bihar’s Munger district, police said.

The incident took place in the running train near a tunnel between Jamalpur and Ashikpur railway stations on Saturday evening, Jamalpur’s railway superintendent of police Amitabh Kumar Das said.

Two other GRP jawans sustained bullet injuries, he said.

The Maoists looted five rifles from the GRP jawans before making good their escape.

Disability Awareness walk on Dec. 3

“Disability awareness walk 2013” to spread awareness about Acts, facilities, rights and opportunities to disabled persons will be organised by Disabled Rights Forum on December 3 on Necklace Road from 7 am.
This walk is the first of its kind in India to be held on the occasion of “World Disabled day” to inform society about the problems of physically handicapped persons in the society. Kolli Nageshawar Rao, State president of Disabled Rights Forum said they would submit a memorandum to Governor E L S Narasimhan on the same day.

Venkatesh ‘NO’ to rayala T proposal

Minister for Minor Irrigation T G Venkatesh, who hails from Kurnool district, said they were against Rayala Telangana proposal.
Speaking to the media at Guntur today, Venkatesh condemned the verdict of Brijesh Kumar tribunal. The State, which has been facing problems due to agitations would suffer more loss due to the verdict of tribunal, he said. Venkatesh said the Centre brought the Rayala Telangana proposal following differences in the matter of Seemandhra capital

Lagadapati slams Botcha, to quit politics if T gets statehood

Congress MP from Vijayawada Lagadapati Rajagopal today said Telangana Bill will not be passed in the next session of Parliament.
Talking to media persons at Secretariat here, Lagadapati said the State will remain united. He expressed anguish over PCC Chief Botcha Satyanarayana for his remarks of disciplinary action against the leaders defying the party high command. He opined that no one will remain in the party if such action was taken. The PCC Chief should think repeatedly while making such remarks, he said.

Naidu holds lieutenants’ meet to discuss Krishna tribunal verdict

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu today held a meeting with party leaders in the wake of Brijesh Kumar Tribunal verdict on Krishna river water sharing.
The meeting, after discussion, would evolve a future course of action in protest against the verdict which deals a severe blow to Andhra Pradesh and totally against farmers’ interest.

Various political parties, including BJP and CPI termed the verdict as “gross injustice to the State” and blamed the Congress government in the State for its failure to put the case effectively before the Tribunal.

Kiran Kumar reddy Harps on united Andhra Pradesh again

Like a tireless Vikramarkha, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today reiterated his opposition to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Inaugurating Forest Officers’ Convention at Hitex here on Saturday, the Chief Minister asserted that next year’s Forest Officers Convention will be held in the united Andhra Pradesh only.

Over 200 delegates to participate in Indo-US summit

More than 200 delegates representing companies and institutions from India and the US will gather at the 9th Indo-US Resurgence Summit to be held Monday.

Talking to IANS ahead of the summit, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) regional president Lalit Bhasin said the companies would discuss collaborations and several joint venture agreements are likely to be signed during the summit.

“The focus will be on services sector. There is a huge scope to enhance cooperation in the areas like aviation, healthcare and technology,” he said.

Muslims should create Rs.50,000-crore educational fund

Minority Affairs Minister K. Rahman Khan Saturday urged the Muslim community to draw up its own roadmap for the future and define its own priorities, adding that a Rs.50,000 crore educational fund should also be created.

Khan was inaugurating a national seminar on “Professionalisation of Education: Problems and Opportunities for Indian Muslims,” organised by the Centre for Promotion of Educational and Cultural Advancement of Muslims of India at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Tarun Tejpal’s anticipatory bail plea rejected

A court here Saturday rejected the anticipatory bail application of Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague.

The order was pronounced by North Goa District and Sessions judge Anuja Prabhudessai.


Tewari’s veiled attack on Modi

In a velied attack on BJP leader Narendra Modi, I & B minister Manish Tewari warned creative communities that dark forces of “reaction and national subversion” are waiting in the wings and that freedoms available now should not be taken for granted.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here, Tewari said eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

“What we have celebrated over the past ten days is the freedom of the human spirit,” Tewari told artistes and others who gathered on the occasion.

Bangladesh opposition announces fresh 72-hour blockade

Bangladesh”s main opposition has announced a 72-hour blockade starting Saturday over its demand for a non-party caretaker government to oversee the January 5 national elections.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) made the announcement of rail, road and waterway blockade demanding cancellation of the election schedule and holding a free and fair election, the Bangladesh Chronicle reports.

BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the government did not permit them to stage protest and filed a false case against their top leaders.

Leona Lewis condemns Miley and Rihanna for popularizing twerking

Leona Lewis has claimed that Miley Cyrus and Rihanna are setting a bad example for kids by making the explicit twerking dance popular.

The 28-year-old British singer has called on parents to control what videos their kids are watching on television and condemned her music rivals saying, “Being sexual and in your face is not great for girls who are quite young”, the Mirror reported.

The ‘Bleeding Love’ singer added that the ‘Wrecking Ball’ hitmaker and the ‘Unfaithful’ singer are just “expressing themselves how they want to” but they might regret it one day. (ANI)

`Tomb raiders` `prove` Great Pyramids are 20,000 years old

Two German students, who stole into the Great Pyramid and scraped away some ancient writing, claimed that the Great Pyramids are 20,000 years old.

The students said that the fragments support their arguments that the construction of date of the Pyramids was much older than Pharaoh Khufu’s reign, reported.

It is believed that the Pyramids were “refurbished” by the Old Kingdom Pharaoh credited with its construction in the 26th Century BC and are evidence of a lost civilization.

Conductor’s son becomes RTC MD

Additional DGP J Puranchandra Rao assumed charge as the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.

Speaking to media persons later, Puranchandra Rao revealed that his father, Radha Krishna, was a conductor in RTC. “He struggled a lot for my education. Today, whatever I am, it is because of my father,” he said.

Can’t recreate ‘Nagada’ without Bhansali: Deepika

Deepika Padukone’s fluid and energy-packed dance in the “Nagada sang dhol” song from “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” has been widely appreciated but she doubts if she can recreate the grandeur of the number sans the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

She says the song’s popularity was the “least expected of the lot”.

“There were other songs in the album which we thought would become popular… this was the underdog,” Deepika told IANS.