Overwhelmed to be listed amongst most beautiful: Aishwarya Rai


Mumbai: Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who was ranked fourth in a recent poll of the world’s most beautiful women, says she is overwhelmed with the love showered on her by fans from across the world.

The survey was conducted by international website Hollywood Buzz.

The list saw more than four million people send in their votes selecting the most intelligent, desirable and successful women in 2013-14.

Overwhelmed to be listed amongst most beautiful: Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai who was ranked fourth in a recent poll of the world’s most beautiful women, says she is overwhelmed.

Aishwarya took the fourth place right after actresses Monica Belluci, Kate Upton and Angelina Jolie who took the first, second and third position, respectively.

“The results of this poll by Hollywood Buzz was brought to my notice in fact by my well-wishers whatsapping me…And I must admit its overwhelming to hear that over four million people across the globe have voted and listed me amongst their top choices with such beautiful and talented women,” the 40-year-old said in a statement.

“I say a huge loving thank you to all my well-wishers (fans) for making me smile and always being there for me…More power to our love,” added Aishwarya.

Indian engineers invent ‘anti-rape’ underwear


Indian engineers invent ‘anti-rape’ underwear

 

By:myjoyonline

Anti-rape underwear which delivers a 3,800 kilovolt shock to any would-be attacker has been created by a team of Indian engineering students.

After disabling the assailant, the undergarment has been designed to automatically send a text message to police or family members containing the GPS location of the attempted crime.

Pressure sensors on the garment, sewn in around the bust area, detect unwanted force and trigger the powerful shock. It can deliver up to 82 electric shocks, more than enough to disable any attacker.

Manisha Mohan, who helped develop the product, told The Times of India: ‘The lingerie with global positioning system, global system for mobile communications and also pressure sensors is capable of sending shock waves of 3,800 kV as well as alerts to parents and police.

‘A person trying to molest a girl will get the shock of his life the moment pressure sensors get activated, and the GPS and GSM modules would send an SMS (to the Indian emergency number) as well as to parents of the girl’.

Details of the device, which were published on the Indian technology website Techpedia, show how the electric shock circuit board, is ‘placed near the bosom’ after a survey found that attackers usually grab a woman in that area as they initiate a rape attack.

Ms Mohan added: ‘Studying in a convent girls school, we were always taught to be good to everyone around and bear a cheerful smile.

‘After stepping into the real, cruel world we realized that our smile could not last for long as the threat to our purity and integrity always lingered on.

‘Since the law makers take ages to come up with just laws and even after that, women are unsafe. Hence, we have initiated the idea of self‐defense which protects the women from domestic, social and workplace harassment.’

India has seen a spate of rapes in recent months including the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who later died.

That case sparked huge protests and widespread condemnation of the government and judiciary for their failure to protect women.

Last month a Swiss Woman was attacked and a British tourist told how she was forced to jump out of her hotel window when a man attempted to attack her.

The surge in violence against women is believed to be having a serious effect on the country’s tourism industry.

A recent study found that that in the last three months, the number of foreigners travelling to India has fallen by 25 per cent with the number of female tourists down by 35 per cent.

India Has World’s Second-Highest Number of Facebook Users at Over 43 million


The base more than doubled at the end of 2011 accounting.

NEW DELHI – India is fast becoming an important market for Facebook, with the country is now home to about 43.5  million users, narrowly beating Indonesia’s 43 million userbase.

The U.S. leads with 155 million users, while Facebook’s total global user base of over 800 million, if measured as a country, makes it the third mostpopulous country in the world after China and India’s billion-plus populations.

India’s base is notable given that Internet penetration is still nascent, estimated at about 120 million users.

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“We continue to focus on growing our user base across all geographies, including relatively less-penetrated, large markets such as Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, and South Korea. We intend to grow our user base by continuing our marketing and user acquisition efforts and enhancing our products, including mobile apps, in order to make Facebook more accessible and useful,” Facebook said in its filing.

The company also estimated that there are over two billion global internet users that Facebook aims to connect.

According to a survey of Facebook’s Indian demographics by The Hindustan Times newspaper, 72.8 percent of users are male while 48 percent are in the 18-24 age group with 27 percent in the 25-34 age group.

‘Barfi’ is India’s Oscar entry


MUMBAI: Anurag Basu’s “Barfi!”, a Bollywood love story about a deaf-and-mute man and his autistic friend has been chosen as India’s entry to the Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category, the Film Federation of India (FFI) said on Saturday.

“Barfi!” opened to rave reviews in September despite its unusual theme in an industry dominated by soppy romances or family dramas. Critics praised performances by the film’s lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.

“Usually films about handicaps are heavy, but we felt Barfi was very lively,” L. Suresh, a member of the jury and former FFI president, told Reuters. “It doesn’t make you sad at all.”

Twenty films were in the running for the coveted nomination and “Barfi!” was chosen out of the five films that made the shortlist.

“It gives us great satisfaction that a film we have developed and nurtured from its inception has met with so much love from audiences and critics worldwide,” Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director at Studios Disney UTV, said in a press release.

An Indian film has never won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar but “Lagaan”, “Salaam Bombay” and “Mother India” were shortlisted for the award. -AGENCIES

Kohli, Pathan star in India T20 win


Kohli, Pathan star in India T20 win

August 07, 2012 – Updated 2257 PKT

PALLEKELE: Virat Kohli cracked a half-century and Irfan Pathan bagged three key wickets to help India post an easy 39-run win over Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Tuesday.

In-form Kohli hit a 48-ball 68 for his maiden half-century in T20 internationals while paceman Pathan finished with 3-27 as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 116 after scoring 155-3.

Pathan jolted Sri Lanka’s top order when he dismissed skipper Mahela Jayawardene (26), Tillakaratne Dilshan (0) and Upul Tharanga (5) in his opening three overs to reduce the hosts to 35-3.

Seamer Ashok Dinda finished with 4-19, including three wickets in an over, as Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for 20 runs. Angelo Mathews top-scored for Sri Lanka with 31.

Kohli earlier smashed one six and 11 fours being caught by Lahiru Thirimanne at deep mid-wicket off debutant paceman Shaminda Eranga, who took 2-30 off four overs.

Kohli, who scored two centuries in the recent five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka, put on 74 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane (21) and 48 for the next with Suresh Raina who made a 25-ball 34 not out.

Sri Lanka struck early after electing to field as Eranga bowled opener Gautam Gambhir (six) with his fourth delivery, but Kohli and Rahane propped up the innings.

Kohli went for his shots from the beginning as he hit pacemen Thisara Perera and Eranga each for three fours in an over. He reached his half-century with a four off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. (AFP)

Kohli, Pathan star in India T20 win


Kohli, Pathan star in India T20 win

August 07, 2012 – Updated 2257 PKT

PALLEKELE: Virat Kohli cracked a half-century and Irfan Pathan bagged three key wickets to help India post an easy 39-run win over Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Tuesday.

In-form Kohli hit a 48-ball 68 for his maiden half-century in T20 internationals while paceman Pathan finished with 3-27 as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 116 after scoring 155-3.

Pathan jolted Sri Lanka’s top order when he dismissed skipper Mahela Jayawardene (26), Tillakaratne Dilshan (0) and Upul Tharanga (5) in his opening three overs to reduce the hosts to 35-3.

Seamer Ashok Dinda finished with 4-19, including three wickets in an over, as Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for 20 runs. Angelo Mathews top-scored for Sri Lanka with 31.

Kohli earlier smashed one six and 11 fours being caught by Lahiru Thirimanne at deep mid-wicket off debutant paceman Shaminda Eranga, who took 2-30 off four overs.

Kohli, who scored two centuries in the recent five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka, put on 74 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane (21) and 48 for the next with Suresh Raina who made a 25-ball 34 not out.

Sri Lanka struck early after electing to field as Eranga bowled opener Gautam Gambhir (six) with his fourth delivery, but Kohli and Rahane propped up the innings.

Kohli went for his shots from the beginning as he hit pacemen Thisara Perera and Eranga each for three fours in an over. He reached his half-century with a four off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. (AFP)

Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna passes away


Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna passes away

NEW DELHI: Ailing Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna passes away at the age of 69 remaining critically ill, Indian media reported Wednesday.

The veteran actor was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital last week following reports of low blood pressure but was discharged on Tuesday and has been at his Mumbai residence since then.

Earlier on June 24, he was admitted to a hospital following kidney problems. The actor is hailed as India’s first superstar after 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 and 1972.

Bollywood’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna has been a part of the film industry for over four decades and has given hit films like ‘Aradhana’, ‘Safar’, ‘Kati Patang’ and ‘Anand’.

India tests long-range nuclear-capable Agni-V


India tests long-range nuclear-capable Agni-V

BHUBANESWAR: India on Thursday tested a new long-range missile capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in regional military rival China, a defence source said.

The 17-metre (56-foot) Agni V, with a range of more than 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles), was launched at 8:05 (0235 GMT) from a test site off the eastern state of Orissa, said an official at the site who declined to be identified.

“It will take some time to know whether it has been successful,” the official added.

India views the 50-tonne Agni V as a major boost to its regional power aspirations and one that narrows – albeit slightly – the huge gap with China’s technologically advanced missile systems.

A successful test would leave India knocking at the door of a select club of nations with inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with ranges of up to 8,000km.

Currently only the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – possess a declared ICBM capability. (AFP)

Beware of fake calls from Pak: India paper


Beware of fake calls from Pak: India paper

 

 

Monday  March  19 , 2012  9:25:35 PM

 

Indian newspaper said that fake lottery-winning calls from Pakistan are targeting Vodafone and Airtel users in India.

The following is the article posted on the website of an Indian TV:

It seemed like an innocuous missed call. And though I don’t generally call back numbers that I don’t recognize, I just did.

What came next was every bit a surprise. The person told me that I had won Rs 30 lakh in lottery. When I told him that I never buy lottery tickets, he replied that my number had been arbitrarily selected by Vodafone.

He then went on to ask me if I had a postpaid or prepaid connection. I told him if he was a Vodafone rep, then he should know the nature of my connection. But he went to say that he just needed to confirm the details.

Somehow the person’s tone didn’t seem to match that of typical salespersons so familiar to us – the receivers of pesky calls. It was too desi and heavily Punjabi accented Hindi. However irritating regular pesky callers may be, they do sound a lot more professional!

I became wary and decided to let out no information.

He wanted to know my name and number of family members. Also, that either I should give my address so that they deliver the money at home or bank details, so that it can be transferred online.

Convinced that it had to be fake call, I gave zero details and instead cross questioned him on details of the lottery selection process. Next was a complete give away – he said it was decided by the owner of Vodafone who lives in Canada! Being in the news business and knowing details about Vodafone, the fellow fell in a trap. He then told me to contact his head Surinder Singh at a number and decide a time for receiving the money.

I kept the phone down without giving any detail but searched the code. It struck me that +92 was Pakistan international calling code and further research revealed that apparently I narrowly missed being a victim of a huge scam involving Nigerians and Pakistanis.

Everyone out there, be extremely cautious. Don’t take any call from numbers starting with +9234. They are targeting Vodafone and Airtel users.