• Is swine flu going to be deadlier than before?

    TheHealthSite.com - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 4:06 PM IST

    While the swine flu scare still keeps us on the edge, a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) conducted by a team of Indian-origin scientists made it even more scarier. The study claimed that the flu virus that had claimed over 1,500 people and infected more than 27,000 people in India has acquired More »Is swine flu going to be deadlier than before?

  • Turning 50: B-Town's Khans 'happy', 'dabangg', creating 'dhoom'

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 3:18 PM IST

    New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) They're turning 50, but the indomitable clout of Bollywood's Khan trio - Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman - in the Hindi entertainment space continues to get stronger. Katrina Kaif, who played the leading lady to all the three, says it's their "passion, audiences' love and desire (to excel)" that keeps them going. He may have lost his cute college-boy looks he had in "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" and "Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin", but if Aamir stands out even today, it's for his ability to tell 'edutaining' tales. More »Turning 50: B-Town's Khans 'happy', 'dabangg', creating 'dhoom'

  • Naturalism has replaced drama on TV: Actress Divyanka Tripathi

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 12:30 PM IST

    Mumbai, March 13 (IANS) A wave of naturalism has brought a whiff of change in the content of Hindi TV shows, says actress Divyanka Tripathi, who credits the audience for pushing showmakers to pay greater attention to the storylines. Audiences have become very intelligent and they want to see intellectual shows," Divyanka told IANS. The actress, who has earlier featured in shows like "Banoo Main Teri Dulhann" and "Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale", also noted that dramatic story line has been replaced by "naturalism". "Naturalism has come. More »Naturalism has replaced drama on TV: Actress Divyanka Tripathi

  • Ssharad believes in letting rumours be rumours

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 11:46 AM IST

    Mumbai, March 13 (IANS) With stardom comes the constant public gaze over actor's personal and professional life. Ever since news of Ssharad and actress Divyanka Tripathi parting ways after seven years together came out, there's a long list of theories decoding the reason of their break-up. The actor, who is currently seen in historical Sony TV drama "Bharat Ka Veer Putra Maharana Pratap", says the role is "physically exerting". More »Ssharad believes in letting rumours be rumours

  • TV has undergone a major change: Umang Jain

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 11:44 AM IST

    Mumbai, March 13 (IANS) Umang Jain took a sabbatical from the arc lights to complete her studies. Now the actress is back on-screen with a fantasy TV show "Maharakshak Devi" and she is in awe at the transformation in the television industry in the last eight years. The working style, the value system everything has changed for good," Umang told reporters at the trailer launch of her ZEE TV show here Tuesday. More »TV has undergone a major change: Umang Jain

  • 'NH10' - dramatic telling of an urban fable (IANS Movie Review - Rating: ****)

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 11:20 AM IST

    As a road thriller about a couple waylaid by criminals on a bleak stretch of highway outside Gurgaon, NH10 holds a great amount of riveting resonance. As a thriller that tears into the monstrous gender inequalities that engender gruesome crimes such a 'honour killing', NH10 puts forward an even stronger case. More »'NH10' - dramatic telling of an urban fable (IANS Movie Review - Rating: ****)

  • Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040

    Reuters - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 5:39 AM IST

    A world virtually free of tobacco and its devastating health consequences could be a reality within 30 years if governments showed political will and took stronger action against cigarette companies, health experts said on Friday. The international group of public health and policy specialists, writing in The Lancet medical journal, said sale of tobacco should be phased out worldwide by 2040 and called for a "turbo-charged" international effort against its use. "A world where tobacco is out of sight, out of mind, and out of fashion -- yet not prohibited -- is achievable in less than three decades... but only with full commitment from governments, international agencies, such as United Nations and World Health Organization, and civil society," said Robert Beaglehole of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, one of the experts. Describing a "tobacco-free" world as one where less than 5 percent of adults use it, he added: "The time has come for the world to acknowledge the unacceptability of the damage being done by the tobacco industry and work towards a world essentially free from the... sale of tobacco products." Tobacco kills some 6 million people a year worldwide, according to the WHO. More »Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040

  • Univision star fired for 'Planet of Apes' quip about Michelle Obama

    Reuters - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 5:31 AM IST

    Spanish-language U.S. television network Univision fired presenter Rodner Figueroa after he likened first lady Michelle Obama to a cast member of the film "Planet of the Apes," the network said on Thursday. Figueroa made the comment during an appearance on the popular talk show "El Gordo y La Flaca" on Wednesday while discussing the work of a makeup artist who works to copy the looks of famous people. "Look, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's part of the cast of the film 'Planet of the Apes,'" Figueroa said in Spanish. "Rodner Figueroa made comments regarding First Lady Michelle Obama that were completely reprehensible and in no way reflect Univision's values or views," the Miami-based network said in a statement. More »Univision star fired for 'Planet of Apes' quip about Michelle Obama

  • Discover Taiwan – Discover Beauty!

    Yahoo India Lifestyle - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 3:43 AM IST

    Formosa is what the Portuguese called Taiwan when they came here in the 16th century and saw the verdant beauty of the island. More »Discover Taiwan – Discover Beauty!

  • South Korea's tallest skyscraper rises in cloud of fear

    Reuters - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 2:32 AM IST

    By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - At 92, the man who built South Korea's biggest retail empire is finally making his mark in the Seoul skyline as the country's tallest tower takes shape - just as public faith in corporate giants crumbles into safety fears and mistrust. Shin Kyuk-ho first envisioned a landmark for Lotte Group 28 years ago, when family-run conglomerates, or 'chaebol', like his led the rise of South Korea's economy. It makes no difference that Shin is one of South Korea's most successful businessmen and that Lotte has no record of major safety blemishes. After a ferry sinking last year that killed 304 people, South Koreans were shocked into a mood of zero tolerance for safety lapses, and the scale of the 3.7 trillion won ($3.3 billion) Lotte World Tower project is matched by the level of public scrutiny. More »South Korea's tallest skyscraper rises in cloud of fear

  • Terry Pratchett, author of fantasy 'Discworld' novels, dies at 66

    Reuters - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 1:16 AM IST

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Terry Pratchett, the British author whose fantasy novels sold in their tens of millions worldwide, has died of a rare form of Alzheimer's disease aged 66, his publisher said on Thursday. News about the death of Pratchett - who campaigned during his final illness for legalising assisted death - came on his Twitter account in a series of tweets written in the style of his Discworld novels, where Death always talks in capital letters. Pratchett died at home surrounded by his family with his cat sleeping on his bed, Transworld Publishers said. Continuing to write, he completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014 before succumbing to the final stages of the disease. More »Terry Pratchett, author of fantasy 'Discworld' novels, dies at 66

  • London fashions a show in memory of designer Alexander McQueen

    Reuters - Fri 13 Mar, 2015 12:44 AM IST

    By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - A butterfly headdress, feathered gowns and garments crafted from horns, hair and seashells went on display in London this week in a exhibition celebrating the work of the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. McQueen was famous for his daring creations and avant-garde fashion shows which drew upon themes of nature, history, romance and tragedy. Trained as apprentice on London's Savile Row, the designer rose from an east end London boyhood to become of the world's leading talents in fashion before he took his own life five years ago. More than 240 pieces of McQueen's work feature in the exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, including dresses made from feathers and hand painted glass, as well as intricately embroidered kimonos and lace-covered antlers. More »London fashions a show in memory of designer Alexander McQueen

  • After first lab-grown burger, test-tube chicken is next on menu

    Reuters - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 8:31 PM IST

    Professor Amit Gefen, a bioengineer at Tel Aviv University, has begun a year-long feasibility study into manufacturing chicken in a lab, funded by a non-profit group called the Modern Agriculture Foundation which hopes "cultured meat" will one day replace the raising of animals for slaughter. The foundation's co-founder Shir Friedman hopes to have produced "a recipe for how to culture chicken cells" by the end of the year. The researchers say their task is more difficult than producing the first lab-grown hamburger, a $300,000 beef patty cooked up at Maastricht University in the Netherlands after five years of research financed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Gefen, an expert in tissue engineering, said the plan is to culture chicken cells and let them divide and multiply. More »After first lab-grown burger, test-tube chicken is next on menu

  • Shingora brings fashionable home decor to Indian market

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 6:26 PM IST

    New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) After establishing itself as a brand for unique scarves, stoles, wraps and pocket squares, luxury textile brand Shingora has now brought its home label to the Indian market. Its new range of products, which are made of Australian wool and pure Indian cotton, have a balance between the traditional Indian designs that are lifted to suit contemporary tastes, and colours that lend it an international touch. Today, people are looking for blankets that are relevant to them -- which are both usable and also decorative," Amit Jain, president, Shingora Textiles Limited, told IANS. The products will be available at various multi-brand stores across India and their e-commerce portal shop.shingora.net. More »Shingora brings fashionable home decor to Indian market

  • Unfamiliar faces make film look real: 'NH10' director

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 1:12 PM IST

    Mumbai, March 12 (IANS) Director Navdeep Singh, whose film "NH10" stars only one commercially popular Hindi actress Anushka Sharma, says unfamiliar faces add to the realistic feel in a movie. "NH10" also features actor Neil Bhoopalam and Darshan Kumar, but they are relatively less popular in filmdom as compared to the "Band Baaja Baaraat" actress. Asked why he didn't cast any top-rated actors for "NH10" apart from Anushka Sharma, Singh said: "It was not a deliberate choice, but I feel the more we keep the characters real and unfamiliar, the more the film will look real. More »Unfamiliar faces make film look real: 'NH10' director

  • Reality shows too real for me: Ssharad Malhotra

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 12:34 PM IST

    Mumbai, March 12 (IANS) Be it dancing, acting, cooking or singing -- reality shows have become an integral part of TV entertainment. While the actor took part in a dance reality show "Yeh Hai Jalwa" back in 2008, he seems to have weaned off the trend. "I did a dance reality show in the past. "Bigg Boss" has become an embodiment of such a reality show. More »Reality shows too real for me: Ssharad Malhotra

  • Haven't sold rights for 'PK' remake: Rajkumar Hirani

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 12:30 PM IST

    Mumbai, March 12 (IANS) Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani says that he has neither sold the rights of his film "PK" for a Tamil version, nor is he planning to remake it. "We haven't sold the rights (of "PK") yet. More »Haven't sold rights for 'PK' remake: Rajkumar Hirani

  • Don't let go of uniqueness: Nawazuddin to newcomers

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 12:08 PM IST

    Mumbai, March 12 (IANS) His powerful avant-garde roles in offbeat Indian films have set Nawazuddin Siddiqui apart from the true-blue heroes of Bollywood. Nawazuddin, who was last seen as a Machiavellian villain in Sriram Raghavan's "Badlapur", feels that once most actors get a taste of fame, they start behaving in "a hero- type manner", which takes away their individuality. "Among what young actors bring with them, there is a uniqueness in every one of them. When you're embodying a character, you should have your own uniqueness, that is very important," Nawazuddin told IANS in an interview. More »Don't let go of uniqueness: Nawazuddin to newcomers

  • Book Talk: Jemimah Steinfeld offers peek into Chinese bedrooms

    Reuters - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 10:50 AM IST

    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - A British journalist's book on her China experience is packed with the pillow talk of the young middle class in a country where social values have not kept pace with economic growth. The lifestyles of the colourful characters populating "Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China" superficially resemble those of the West. Steinfeld spoke to Reuters about young people carving out their identities in a rapidly changing China. Q: What are the factors Chinese youth consider while making romantic decisions? More »Book Talk: Jemimah Steinfeld offers peek into Chinese bedrooms

  • Brain-training, exercise, diet keep elderly mental decline at bay

    Reuters - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 5:36 AM IST

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Older people at risk of dementia who follow advice on healthy eating, exercise and brain-training can slow down cognitive decline, particularly in their ability to organise and regulate thought processes, researchers said on Thursday. While previous research has shown links between cognitive decline and factors such as diet, heart health and fitness, this trial was the first using a gold-standard design of a "control" group versus a "treatment" group to show that addressing those risk factors might slow or prevent deterioration. Cognitive decline can be a precursor to dementia, a brain wasting disease that is becoming ever more prevalent as populations age. Cases of Alzheimer's, the most common form, and other types of dementia are expected to triple to around 135 million worldwide by 2050, according to the campaign group Alzheimer's Disease International. More »Brain-training, exercise, diet keep elderly mental decline at bay

  • A Minute With - Sean Penn on 'Gunman,' Haiti and superheroes

    Reuters - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 3:37 AM IST

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sean Penn is not all gruff voice and intense gaze. A: It appealed to me in a way that a lot of action movies haven't appealed to me, because the consequences of violence were present throughout, and yet that didn't seem to create a ponderous weight on the energy of the picture. More »A Minute With - Sean Penn on 'Gunman,' Haiti and superheroes

  • Oregon city considers penalizing pot growers for smelly marijuana 

    Reuters - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 1:00 AM IST

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - The Oregon city of Medford, where officials say residents have long grumbled about the odour of marijuana growing operations, is considering a regulation that would fine pot growers if their marijuana is too smelly, city officials said on Wednesday. The city's legal staff has drafted an ordinance that would fine both medical and recreational marijuana growers whose operations are too malodorous up to $250 a day and would give the city power to seize plants if growers don’t come into compliance. In addition to containing odours, marijuana growers would be required to keep their plants locked up and out of sight in Medford, a city of nearly 80,000 people in southern Oregon whose economy is at least partly based on conventional agriculture. Since Oregon legalized medical marijuana in the late 1990s, Medford citizens have consistently complained about the smell of weed, and council members decided to act on the issue after state voters opted in November to legalize recreational marijuana, Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell said. More »Oregon city considers penalizing pot growers for smelly marijuana 

  • Report of shooting in Miami Beach home of rapper Lil Wayne a 'hoax' - police

    Reuters - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 12:58 AM IST

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A report of a shooting at the Miami Beach home of Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne was declared a hoax by police on Wednesday after a search found no evidence of victims or shots fired. Earlier in the day Miami Beach police said they received a call on a non-emergency line from a person saying he had shot four people at the home and needed assistance. "We can say for sure it was a hoax," police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said after a SWAT team searched the home in an exclusive island neighbourhood. "We were unable to locate any victims or subjects." Miami Beach police tweeted "unfortunately this appears to be a "swatting" call," referring to a trend of police receiving false emergency calls, sometimes targeting celebrities. More »Report of shooting in Miami Beach home of rapper Lil Wayne a 'hoax' - police

  • Disney's 'Cinderella' taps grown women and their purchasing power

    Reuters - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 12:55 AM IST

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fairy tales and frothy princess gowns might be the perfect draw for kids, but with Walt Disney Co.'s retelling of the "Cinderella" story, the grown-ups might find themselves doing the fantasising. British director Kenneth Branagh has taken the fairy tale that Disney's 1950 animated film made famous and turned it into a live-action spectacle. Stars include Lily James as Cinderella, Richard Madden as her Prince Charming and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the glamorous, wicked stepmother. Branagh said he wanted to bring Cinderella into the 21st century with woman power. More »Disney's 'Cinderella' taps grown women and their purchasing power

  • Florida golfers undeterred by large alligator on putting green

    Reuters - Thu 12 Mar, 2015 12:26 AM IST

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Golfers at a course in Florida on Wednesday were careful to putt around a large alligator, days after the beast was photographed lounging on the edge of the green in an image that went viral on Facebook. A women's tournament went on as planned at the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, on Florida's west coast, as the gator, estimated at 12 to 13 feet (3.6 to 4 meters) long, reposed in full view of about 100 participants, said Mickie Zada, the club's general manager. More »Florida golfers undeterred by large alligator on putting green

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