Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to build Titanic II


Clive Palmer, one of Australia’s richest men, has commissioned a Chinese state-owned company to build a 21st Century version of the Titanic.

The mining billionaire told Australian media that construction would start at the end of next year.

It would be ready to set sail in 2016.

The plan, he added, was for the vessel to be as similar as possible to the original Titanic in design and specifications, but with modern technology.

Mr Palmer told Australian media that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct the ship.

“It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st Century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” he said in a statement.

The announcement comes just weeks after the centenary of the sinking of the ill-fated Titanic.

The vessel, the largest luxury ship in its time, struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. It went down on 15 April 1912, leaving more than 1,500 people dead.

“Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it,” Mr Palmer said in response to questions from reporters on whether the Titanic replica would sink.

TitanicA number of events were held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking

The new vessel is scheduled to sail from London to New York in late 2016, if all goes as planned.

“It is going to be designed so it won’t sink,” he added. ”But, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.”

The cost of the construction is not known, a spokesman for Mr Palmer told Australian media.

The mining magnate from Queensland, who has strong business relations with China, has expanded into tourism. He owns a luxury resort on the Sunshine Coast and has plans to build a fleet of luxury liners.

His plan to build the Titanic replica was announced on the same day that he revealed plans, in a separate news conference, to contest the next federal election in Queensland.

He told reporters that he has expressed interest in standing for Queensland’s Liberal National Party (LNP), part of the conservative opposition at federal level, in the Brisbane seat of Lilley – currently held by Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan fourth most beautiful woman in the world: Poll


Mumbai: Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been voted the world’s fourth most beautiful woman in a recent poll conducted by online magazine ‘Hollywood Buzz’.

Rai ranked fourth on the list of ‘Top 30’ Most Beautiful Women after Italian actress Monica Belluci, American model-actress Kate Upton and Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

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

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan fourth most beautiful woman in the world: Poll

The Indian model-actress, who recently turned 40, thanked her fans and admirers across the globe for the honour.

The Indian model-actress, who recently turned 40, thanked her fans and admirers across the globe for the honour.

“The result of this poll was brought to my notice in fact by my well wishers. It is 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. A huge loving thank you to all my well-wishers for making me smile and always being there for me,” Rai said.

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.

Snapshot: Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha attend Ahana Deol and Vaibhav Vora’s wedding reception


Ahana Deol-Varun Vora’s wedding ceremony turned out to be a star-studded affair with all Bollywood bigwigs in attendance. Apart from the entire Bachchan clan, popular stars Rekha, Shah Rukh Khan were also spotted. If sources are anything to go by, Ahana met Vaibhav at the wedding of Esha Deol and Mumbai-based businessman Bharat Takhtani in 2012. Since the two were serious about their commitment to each other, their families gave their consent.


Saudi King called Zardari greatest obstacle to Pak progress: report


Monday, November 29, 2010
Saudi King called Zardari greatest obstacle to Pak progress: report NEW YORK: Saudi King Abdullah called President Asif Ali Zardari the greatest obstacle to Pakistan’s progress, according to an online report of New York Times that quoted Wikileaks as saying.

The report further quoted King Abdullah as saying: “When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body.”

The cables released by Wikileaks, the whistle-blower, disclose that aging monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, as speaking scathingly about the leaders of Iraq and Pakistan.

Speaking to another Iraqi official about Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, King Abdullah said, “You and Iraq are in my heart, but that man is not.” The king called President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan the greatest obstacle to that country’s progress. “When the head is rotten,” he said, “it affects the whole body.”

AFP quoting US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper, said King Abdullah urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme.

Leaked memos from US embassies across the Middle East recorded the king’s “frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program.”

The memo showed that the king told the United States to “cut off the head of the snake,” and said that working with Washington to roll back Iranian influence in Iraq was “a strategic priority for the king and his government.”