• Africans in Khirki Extension use cinema to tell their story

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sun 6 Apr, 2014 2:28 PM IST

    New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) A group of five young Africans from south Delhi's Khirki Extension - where the infamous midnight "raid" targeting them took place almost three months back - have come out with a film documenting their lives and daily struggles in the working class neighbourhood. Considered "outsiders" and targeted with racial abuse, these Africans come from countries like Ivory Coast, Somalia, Nigeria, Cameroon etc. Some of the African nationals, present at the screening in the studios of Khoj International Artist Association, situated in one of the many narrow bylanes of the colony, said actions of some "bad elements" had miffed the locals and led to the ugly midnight incident three months ago. The then law minister, Somnath Bharti along with his supporters ordered police to search houses rented by Ugandan women in the area, claiming they were being used for drug trafficking and prostitution. More »Africans in Khirki Extension use cinema to tell their story

  • People don't realise the power of their vote: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sun 6 Apr, 2014 2:24 PM IST

    Noida, April 6 (IANS) When methodical Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui interacted with people in four Indian states for his new role of a TV reporter in a news channel, he was shocked to see that many don't realise the power of the vote - and discovered why "development" is just another word in politicians' dictionary. The "Gangs of Wasseypur" actor was in the office of Focus News Network in Noida, in the NCR region, that has roped him for its "Kehta Hai India with Nawazuddin Siddiqui" election special series that will go on the air from April 12 at 9 p.m. Making his small screen debut with the show, the 39-year-old actor travelled to Patna, Lucknow, Varanasi and Jaipur where he interacted with the locals: from rickshaw pullers to paanwaalas, and from students to shopkeepers - and got a sense of their outlook towards the general elections and governance. Some are voting because someone has suggested that they should vote for a particular party, and there are many who vote for those candidates who pay them to vote," Siddiqui told IANS in an interview. More »People don't realise the power of their vote: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

  • Google adds 'People' section to Google play

    ANI - Sun 6 Apr, 2014 11:59 AM IST

    Washington, 6 Apr (ANI): Google has quietly added 'People' section to Google Play. More »Google adds 'People' section to Google play

  • Peter Matthiessen, author-adventurer, co-creator of Paris Review, dies at 86

    Reuters - Sun 6 Apr, 2014 11:05 AM IST

    By Alex Dobuzinskis REUTERS - Naturalist Peter Matthiessen, an award-winning American author who helped create the Paris Review and brought to life tales from the wilderness centered on his excursions to faraway lands, died on Saturday at age 86, his publishing company said. "We are honored to have known him and his beautiful and wild mind." Matthiessen died of leukemia, his son told the New York Times, which said his death occurred at his home in Sagaponack, New York. The environmentalist and chronicler of indigenous peoples was the only author to win the National Book Award in both nonfiction and fiction, taking the prize in the first category with his 1978 "The Snow Leopard," about his travels in Nepal, and in the second with a 2008 collection of stories "Shadow Country." He also won acclaim for a 1965 novel "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" and a 1983 book "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" which delved into a 1975 gun battle between FBI agents and American Indian Movement activists. More »Peter Matthiessen, author-adventurer, co-creator of Paris Review, dies at 86

  • Dad took 31 years to be a star, give me 15: Soundarya Rajinikanth

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sun 6 Apr, 2014 10:06 AM IST

    Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Soundarya may have played it safe with her directorial debut "Kochadaiiyaan" by teaming up with her superstar father Rajinikanth, but she is feeling the pressure of high expectations. Rajinikanth, who rose to meteoric heights from a bus conductor to Tamil cinema's superstar, enjoys a huge fan following. Achievers' children can't afford to take their lineage for granted, Soundarya said. Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone plays the female lead opposite Rajinikanth in the film, which also features Jackie Shroff, R. Sarath Kumar, Shobana, Nasser, Aadi Pinisetty and Rukmini. More »Dad took 31 years to be a star, give me 15: Soundarya Rajinikanth

  • Mormon women, seeking wider role, denied entrance to all-male priesthood meeting

    Reuters - Sun 6 Apr, 2014 9:22 AM IST

    By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A group of about 200 Mormon women who want ecclesiastical equality sought but were denied admittance to a male-only session of their faith's spring conference on Saturday, in their bid to promote the ordination of women into the lay priesthood. Adorned in purple, members of Ordain Women marched through a hailstorm from a park to the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square, the heart of a four-block campus that is the global home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were seeking unfilled seats at the evening priesthood meeting at the faith's semi-annual conference. The actions have led to tensions between church officials and the women, who say they are steadfast in their faith but want to play a more significant role in the life of a religion that claims over 15 million adherents worldwide. More »Mormon women, seeking wider role, denied entrance to all-male priesthood meeting

  • Health Benefits of Squash

    iDiva.com - Sun 6 Apr, 2014 9:00 AM IST

    You don't have to be brilliant at a particular sport to enjoy its health benefits. Just pick up your racquet and squash your way to a great body More »Health Benefits of Squash

  • Dos and Don'ts: Mind Your Beauty Ps and Qs

    iDiva.com - Sun 6 Apr, 2014 9:00 AM IST

    Let's admit it. We all shamelessly commit beauty faux pas, time and again. Although it's embarrassing, we do end up applying lippie or brushing our tresses in a restaurant or before a meeting at work. Is public preening that inevitable? Follow these dos and don'ts to becoming Miss Perfect Etiquette More »Dos and Don'ts: Mind Your Beauty Ps and Qs

  • Waheeda Rehman unveils 'Conversations with Waheeda'

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 8:02 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) Unveiling "Conversations with Waheeda Rehman" authored by Nasreen Munni Kabir, veteran actress Waheeda Rehman Saturday said she doesn't like the idea of biographies. "I don't like the concept of biographies but I would credit it (this book) to Nasreen for her patience. Why should anybody know about my personal life so we have made it into an interview," Waheeda told reporters at the event. The book shares an insightful view of Waheeda in a question and answer format. More »Waheeda Rehman unveils 'Conversations with Waheeda'

  • Don't eat pakodas, go vote on polling day: Kapil Sharma

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 2:58 PM IST

    New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) People should realize that polling day is not an occasion to sit at home and eat pakodas, but to exercise their franchise for a better government, said noted comedian Kapil Sharma. Kapil, the host of popular show "Comedy Nights With Kapil", has been roped in by the Delhi poll panel as its brand ambassador to woo the voters in the capital, so that they come ahead to exercise their voting rights. More »Don't eat pakodas, go vote on polling day: Kapil Sharma

  • Gul Panag: A former Miss India with an agenda for Chandigarh

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 2:22 PM IST

    Chandigarh, April 5 (IANS) Gul Panag may be new to politics but the former Miss India has already proved she is no pushover in the election for Chandigarh's lone Lok Sabha seat. When Gul -- as she is widely known -- entered politics as late as last month as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate, she had to hit the ground running. Look at my work and see what agenda I have for the future and then take a decision," Gul, 35, tells voters in Chandigarh. She has been adhering to a 20-hour work schedule for the last over 20 days to establish herself politically in Chandigarh. More »Gul Panag: A former Miss India with an agenda for Chandigarh

  • 'Thenaliraman' based on fictional stories: Producer

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 12:28 PM IST

    The makers have made the announcement after a few Telugu groups recently raised a voice against the film for portraying two of most popular historical characters - Thenaliraman and king Krishnadevaraya, in poor light. "The film 'Thenaliraman' produced by us is an imaginary story conceived on the basis of Thenaliraman's moral stories. This film neither reflects the life history of Thenaliraman nor that of any person with whom Thenaliraman is associated with," read a statement from the production house AGS Entertainment. More »'Thenaliraman' based on fictional stories: Producer

  • Approached by AAP to contest election, says Ayub Khan

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 11:52 AM IST

    Mussoorie, April 5 (IANS) Actor Ayub Khan says he was asked by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to contest the Lok Sabha election from northwest Mumbai but had to back out due to other commitments. However, I have gone and campaigned for Medha Pathkar who is now contesting from there," Ayub told IANS here. More »Approached by AAP to contest election, says Ayub Khan

  • See What Your Facebook Photos Really Say about You

    Bollywoodshaadis.com - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 10:27 AM IST

    If you thought Facebook was just there to share messages and stay connected with friends, think again. Here are some crazy yet common poses that many couples absolutely love to post on Facebook. More »See What Your Facebook Photos Really Say about You

  • George Washington's spy ring comes alive in AMC drama 'Turn'

    Reuters - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 9:34 AM IST

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The world of espionage has been brought to life by characters such as James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer on film and television, but a new AMC drama is going back to spy origins with America's own founding father, George Washington. "Turn," which premieres on Sunday, tells the story of four childhood friends who find themselves pulled together as spies during the height of the American Revolutionary War in 1778 in New York's Long Island, under the orders of General Washington. The series is based on Alexander Rose's 2007 book "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring." The Culper Ring was formed by Major Benjamin Tallmadge, who chose an unsuspecting group of his friends, civilians who opposed the British occupation of New York - farmer Abe Woodhull, pub landlady Anna Strong and fisherman Caleb Brewster. More »George Washington's spy ring comes alive in AMC drama 'Turn'

  • U.S. names Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives indigenous ambassador

    Reuters - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 9:32 AM IST

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday named Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives its first "inclusion ambassador" in an effort to promote rights and economic opportunity for Colombia's displaced indigenous communities. The alliance is part of efforts by the U.S. government's anti-poverty agency to help Colombia transition away from its civil conflict which has uprooted about 5 million people, according to Colombian government figures. Grammy award-winning Vives and USAID have a nationwide tour slated for the summer. The singer will mentor indigenous music groups and appear in a series of events aimed at highlighting indigenous culture, USAID said in a statement. More »U.S. names Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives indigenous ambassador

  • 'Jesus Christ Superstar' U.S. arena tour to start in June

    Reuters - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 9:31 AM IST

    By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1970s rock musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be resurrected with a 54-city U.S. summer tour, promoters said on Friday. The show, with lyrics by Tim Rice, chronicles the final days of the life of Jesus. British actor Ben Forster, who plays the title role, said the tour "is my American dream about to come true." Brandon Boyd, lead singer of the American rock band Incubus; John Rotten Lydon, former frontman of the punk rock group the Sex Pistols, is also part of the cast. More »'Jesus Christ Superstar' U.S. arena tour to start in June

  • Boot Camp Workout to Get in Shape

    iDiva.com - Sat 5 Apr, 2014 9:00 AM IST

    Gearing up to say â'I do'? Get in shape quickly with the bootcamp workout More »Boot Camp Workout to Get in Shape

  • 'Cinderella', 'Phantom', 'Mamma Mia!' alter Broadway schedules

    Reuters - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 10:49 PM IST

    Fans of some of Broadway's top musicals will be able to see their favorite shows on a different day and time as producers introduced Thursday matinees to meet audience demand. "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," "Mamma Mia!" and "The Phantom of the Opera" have begun Thursday matinees in addition to, or instead of, the usual Wednesday afternoon performance. "We banded together and decided to be pioneers on this and to see if we can make it work," said Robyn Goodman, the producer of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" and Tony winning musicals "Avenue Q" and "In the Heights." "It will be a trend if it works," she added. "Cinderella," starring Grammy-nominated pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen in the title role, will feature two week-day matinees - Wednesday and Thursday - but there will be no performance on Wednesday evening. More »'Cinderella', 'Phantom', 'Mamma Mia!' alter Broadway schedules

  • Former President George W. Bush's brush portrays world leaders

    Reuters - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 10:46 PM IST

    By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday revealed a series of portraits of world leaders he painted in a new pursuit that he said has "opened my mind," even though it left him exposed to joking criticism from his mother. An exhibit titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" opens Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. It will feature Bush's paintings of some two dozen world figures he worked with during his 2001-2009 presidency, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Dalai Lama. "No telling how these people are going to react when they see their portrait," Bush said in a taped interview on NBC with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, a special correspondent for "Today." A self-portrait and a painting of his father, George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, also are part of the exhibit. More »Former President George W. Bush's brush portrays world leaders

  • Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

    MensXP.com - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 6:44 PM IST

    Read about treating your pimples without using risky cosmetic procedures. Get free tips on keeping your skin healthy. More »Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

  • Mithun attacks BJP for trying to cut into Trinamool votes

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 6:10 PM IST

    Kolkata, April 4 (IANS) Veteran actor and Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Mithun Chakraborty Friday accused the BJP of trying to cut into the votes of his party to defeat its candidates in West Bengal and said the state will suffer if such a ploy succeeds. Campaigning for Trinamool candidate from Asansol, Dola Sen, Mithun - in his inimitable style of dialogue delivery - raised the slogan "Har Ghar Didi, Baar Baar Didi" eulogising party chief Mamata Banerjee. The National Film Award winner spoke partly in Hindi and partly in Bengali at a largely attended public meeting in Kulti under Asansol sub-division of Burdwan district, as he mocked the prospects of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has fielded Bollywood crooner Babul Supriyo from the seat. The motive behind this attempt to cut into the (Trinamool) votes is to defeat Trinamool anyhow," he said to thunderous applause as he shared the dais with Banerjee. More »Mithun attacks BJP for trying to cut into Trinamool votes

  • California tweening: the making of a 12-year-old yogi

    Reuters - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 5:44 PM IST

    By Mike Blake and Mary Milliken ENCINITAS, California (Reuters) - Jaysea Devoe is a yoga instructor who has the challenging job of teaching fidgety preschoolers the ancient practice, but once her charges get going, she says, "they really start to focus and listen." Devoe knows a thing or two about childhood and focus, for she is only 12 years old and just recently became a certified yoga instructor after completing 200 hours of teacher training. She is believed to be the youngest certified female yoga instructor in the United States. In addition to her pint-size students aged 4 to 6, Devoe teaches teens and fellow tweens in her California beach town of Encinitas and is about to start a family yoga class. Oh, and she just told her dad she wants to look into making eco-friendly yoga mats. More »California tweening: the making of a 12-year-old yogi

  • Inspiring to do every scene of 'Mary Kom': Priyanka

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 5:36 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) National Award-winning actress Priyanka Chopra, who is yet to devote 15 days to complete shooting of the biopic on India's champion boxer M.C. Mary Kom, says every scene in the film is inspirational. It's been so tumultuous yet wonderful," Priyanka posted on her Twitter page. The actress is currently busy shooting for the film, based on Olympic medal-winner and world champion Mary Kom's life. Directed by Omung Kumar, the movie is slated to release on Gandhi Jayanti Oct 2. More »Inspiring to do every scene of 'Mary Kom': Priyanka

  • We take Rajinikanth jokes positively, says star's daughter

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 4 Apr, 2014 3:24 PM IST

    Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) Superstar Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya says people create jokes on her father as they believe he can do the "impossible". Sample these - "Rajinikanth can eat dosa with chopsticks"; "Rajinikanth can cure cancer with his first aid box"; "Rajinikanth can sneeze with open eyes". More »We take Rajinikanth jokes positively, says star's daughter

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