Monday, 29 July 2013

Prague 2013: Official Trailer

Local police nail Akhilesh’s lie on IAS officer Durga Shakti’s suspension

LUCKNOW: A day after chief minister Akhilesh Yadav justified the suspension of IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal saying her orders had triggered communal tension in Rabupura, the local police in Gautum Budh Nagar on Monday deflated the CM's contention by stating that there was no communal flare-up in the area.

Adding credibility to the police claims is the fact that the government had not received any field report regarding communal tension in GB Nagar on Saturday. Sources in the state home department said such serious action is initiated against an officer only on the basis of a field report which outlines the need for urgency in such actions.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

'The pill' can change your taste in men

Three truths about the oral contraceptive, including how they change your preference in men (only soft-faced dudes welcome)

Popping 'the pill' to skip pregnancy may leave you with more than you bargained for — like a modified taste in men.

Birth control or oral contraceptive pills, a new study in Scotland reveals, could alter a woman's preference for a male partner. The pill leaves women, it seems, attracted to men with feminine facial features over those with macho angular faces.

Shahrukh Khan inspires X-Men star Hugh Jackman!

Two years ago when the two superstars came together on one stage, everyone wondered who was better.

Shahrukh Khan and Hugh Jackman were on the FICCI Frames platform two years back and one couldn’t dismiss the striking similarities between the two stars. Apart from getting ladies go weak in the knees,

This Is the 'Fastest GPU Ever' Made

NVIDIA has just announced an insane new GPU. Designed for (wealthy) graphic professionals, the Kepler-based Quadro K6000 is, apparently, "the fastest and most capable GPU ever built".
With twice the capacity of the Quadro 6000 that it replaces, the specs on this thing are just crazy: it has 12GB of super-fast DDR5 graphics memory, 2,880 streaming multiprocessor cores, ultra-low latency video I/O, and the ability to drive four simultaneous displays at up to 4K resolution. So, you probably need this on your home PC, right?

Trailer: Madras Cafe

D-Day movie review: A gripping, ingenious espionage thriller!

Director Nikhil Advani’s one-line narrative – ‘To bring back world’s most wanted man to India’ – is given life on the big screen in the most convincing way possible by his stars, Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Arjun Rampal

As a genre, espionage thrillers haven’t been explored too deeply in Bollywood, even though they are popular. Nikhil Advani’s latest presentation D-Day is an

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Facebook

Incessantly refreshing your Facebook homepage in the hope of seeing a new update or finding a new notification has become every person’s subconscious trait.

Resisting the urge to sleep and aimlessly surfing into the wee hours of the night has already robbed you of your sleep and peace. Keeping all that in mind, we shed some light on few vital reasons why you need to quit, or take a temporary break from Facebook.

1. Low Self Esteem

Quit Facebook - Low Self Esteem
Image Credit: Thinkstock
You put a hilarious status update and patiently wait for the likes to pour in, but after an hour you barely garner 5 likes. Looking away, you see your friend putting a lame one and he’s

Top 10 beer myths busted

Here are 10 reasons why beer is not really bad for you, if had in moderation. Please note, this is not an encouragement to imbibe, especially if you are a teetotaler or have a medical condition

1. Beer drinkers live longer


Moderate drinking is good for you, and beer is good for moderate drinking. Everyone knows that if you drink too much, it's not good for you. Let's not pull punches: If you're a drunk, you run into things, you drive into things, you get esophageal cancer, you get cirrhosis and other nasty conditions. But more and more medical research indicates that if you don't drink at all, that's not good for you either. According to numerous independent studies, moderate drinkers live longer and better than drunks or teetotalers. Beer is perfect for moderate drinking because of its lower alcohol content and larger volume compared with wine or spirits. And as that old

Monday, 22 July 2013

Maruti Gypsy: Monster Modification!

Thought going off-roading was fun in your stock 4x4 vehicle? Meet the 'Monster,' a heavily modified Maruti Suzuki Gypsy that devours off-road obstacles in a rather carefree manner.

Every weekend a group of off-road enthusiasts called the Terrain Tigers like to get their tyres dirty in an off-road location just off the town of Gurgaon, Haryana. The vehicle of choice for most members of the team is the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. The Gypsy’s light weight combined with its rev happy engine, gives it commendable off-road credentials.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Ramaiya Vastavaiya movie review: Just for those who love romantic films!

Prabhu Deva’s new rom-com starring Girish Kumar and Shruti Haasan is uncannily similar to Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. Yes, the story is a tried and tested formula from the ’90s but fails to create the same magic

After directing two out-and-out action films – Wanted and Rowdy Rathore – Prabhu Deva has made Ramaiya Vastavaiya, a family entertainer with a few good comic punches and some fine performances. The only glitch – and it is a very big one – is that the story is predictable from start to finish. Add a dash of Sooraj Barjatya’s Maine Pyar Kiya and a bit of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil

Tu Hi Khwahish song has the ’70s bar feel!

We don’t know if it was a mere coincidence that Akshay Kumar’s latest bar song came out around the same time as the court’s decision on reopening dance bars

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara’s latest track has a certain ’70s charm – the set up, the music, the three dancers and Akshay Kumar’s vintage look

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Trashiest films you have to watch!

Ok so there have been many gems over Bollywood 100 year history. Some good, some great and some so bad they were actually good. So here's my list of stomach churning films that will leave you feeling grateful you still have a life after the ordeal of watching them. 

First up is an all time favourite, Kamaal R Khan's Desh Drohi. What Aamir Khan did for Gracie Singh's career in Lagaan, KRK single handedly ruined in one fell swoop. In fact at first glance Gracie is almost unrecognisable in her entry scene which includes

Sonam Kapoor: I have a man’s ego!

The Bhaag Milkha Bhaag babe reveals why she chose to not work with her father so far

“Very thoughtfully I tried not to do much with my father. It’s a very selfish decision, as I just wanted my own identity. So even when Aisha was produced, my sister (Rhea Kapoor) produced it.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Digital Museum Where Outdated Apps Can Live Forever

There's a crew of hero historians out there slurping up the Internet for posterity in case we want to see it later, but what about all the apps? Well now there's a place for them too. Parts of them, at least. was put together by Alli Dryer of Bottle Rocket Apps, and serves as the realitely new resting place for apps of old. The site doesn't index full copies of the apps, or provide any of their functionality, but instead it hosts a distinct kind of snapshot: a little five-second video that showcases each's signature look and feel.

Starlet Poonam Pandey can go to any lengths to grab attention.

This time around the queen of controversy does it by wearing nothing but a teeny-weeny thong in her debut movie Nasha.

When Poonam Pandey decided to strip for the cricketing heroes way back in 2011, it was amply clear that the babe was desperate to break into the world of showbiz. Ever since that

Monday, 15 July 2013

9 tips to maintain your Android device

Android's open nature may be lauded by many but it also leaves your device vulnerable to malware, freezes & slowdowns. Here we show you how to keep your devices running like new with little effort.

Manage your applications

Most if not all android devices have a built in task manager which shows you all the background apps (running apps) and lets you selectively remove them from memory.

Keeping them running will pull them up faster when you need them, but beyond a point, too many apps will slow the device down. the app manager is usually pulled up with a long press on the home or options button.

If you need to install a third-party app to do the same thing, you can get advanced task manager (by infolife) or android app manager (by smartwho).

The advantage that either of these apps can offer is a home screen widget which allows you to close running apps with just one tap.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Book Review: Consequences

Title: Consequences
Author: Nigel Fernandes
Publisher: Goa 1556
Pages: 214

Unchecked cases of drinking-and-driving is the theme of this maiden novel of an expat Indian writer who has expressed his sharp concern over the menace which claimed the life of his 20-month-old nephew.

Former Mumbai-based Nigel Fernandes, who had been in New Zealand and is now back in Goa, has just authored Consequences (Goa,1556/Rs.200), a 214-page thriller that deals with this deadly scourge that today afflicts many parts of India.

NEVER get involved with a married man

The reasons to not get involved with a married man are plenty — heartbreaks, being called the 'other woman' so on and so forth. Here are some sound reasons as to why you shouldn't be dating a married man 


No matter how much you try to prove yourself right — there are no justifications when it comes to dating a married person. It is considered to be 'ethically wrong' and could hamper your life in more ways than one. 

Friday, 12 July 2013

More people using search engines with 'zero tracking' feature

LONDON: The secret snooping program of the US government may have stirred doubts and fear amongst the internet users, but a search site with 'zero tracking' feature has basked in the popularity. 

According to the Guardian, search site 'DuckDuckGo' saw huge rise in traffic post the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

Within days of revelations, founder of the site, Gabriel Weinberg noticed that his site, which pledges not to track or store data about its users, was getting 50 percent more traffic than ever before and is going up with more revelations about NSA and GCHQ's internet tapping. 

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag movie review

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s fine direction, Prasoon Joshi’s elaborate writing and the extraordinary performances from Farhan Akhtar, Divya Dutta and Pavan Malhotra make this one an engaging watch

We met Sonam Kapoor ahead of the release of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s magnum opus Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, starring Farhan Akhtar in the lead role of the legendary sprinter

New Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41MP camera

NEW YORK: Nokia has unveiled a new Lumia phone with a powerful 41MP camera that promises sharper images, even in low light.

The Nokia Lumia 1020, powered by Windows Phone 8, was introduced on Thursday at an event in New York. The 41MP camera records more detail than other camera phones and even tops point-and-shoot cameras. More pixels mean more sensors for capturing the light that forms an image.

Did 'absolutely right thing' in 2002, Narendra Modi says

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has said that he had done "absolutely right thing" in 2002 when the state was hit by riots and that an SIT set up by the Supreme Court had given him a "thoroughly clean chit".

In an interview to Reuters news agency at his official residence in Gandhinagar, the first since he was appointed the chief of BJP's election campaign committee in June, Modi was asked if it was frustrating when many people define him by 2002.
He responded by saying that he would feel guilty if he had done something wrong. "Everyone has their own view. Frustration comes when you think 'I got caught. I was stealing and I got caught.' That's not my case."

Thursday, 11 July 2013

LG's World's Slimmest 1080p Display Is Impossibly Thin

With everyone racing to become the thinnest, slimmest thing in technology, LG just showed off how skinny it has gotten. Millimeters matter man! LG's new 1080p HD display is perfect for giganto smartphones at 5.2-inches big and just 2.2mm thin. On top of that, it only has a 2.3mm bezel which makes it practically floating glass.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Policegiri movie review: Strictly for Sanjay Dutt fans!

The fun part of Policegiri is that no one, not even director K Ravi Kumar, seems to take the proceedings seriously
Film: Policegiri; Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Prakash Raj, Prachi Desai; Director: K Ravi Kumar

Madras Café first look: John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri get together for this political thriller!

Indian scientists use neem protein to fight cancer

The medicinal power of the humble neem, widely used in India as an insecticide and germicide, is now being channelised by a group of Kolkata scientists to wage a war against cancer. 

The team of researchers at the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) here has shown (in its two successive papers) how a purified protein from neem leaves inhibits growth of tumour cells in mice. 

Instead of targeting the cancer cells directly, the protein - Neem Leaf Glycoprotein or NLGP - modulates the immune cells (cells that are responsible for providing immunity to the body against harmful agents) present within the tumour environment and also in the peripheral system like blood. 

Immune cells are normally hostile to cells that are dangerous to the body including cancer cells. However, in a unique role-reversal during tumour development, these crucial defence elements are enslaved by the cancerous cells to promote their growth and proliferation. Therefore, instead of destroying the lethal cells, the guard cells actually favour their growth. 

What makes NLGP special is that the extract modifies the milieu of cells surrounding the tumour (called tumour microenvironment or TME) and spurs these cells towards a normal state that is debilitating for toxic cells like cancer cells.

According to probe report:Pakistan's obsession with India led to successful Osama raid

ISLAMABAD: US Navy SEALs were able to sneak into Pakistan covertly to kill Osama bin Laden because of advanced American stealth technology and the Pakistani military's obsession with India.
The leaked report of the Abbottabad Commission said India remained the focus of Pakistan's military "despite a growing American threat including actual border raids, drone strikes, special operations, the spread of a hostile spy network" among others.

"Given the negative developments in US-Pakistan relations in recent years, there was no basis to limit defence planning to only one front in the east (with India), while ignoring the border and airspace in the West," it said.

It noted that apart from tensions with the US, there were also differences with Afghanistan and a developing strategic relationship between Afghanistan and India on one hand and between India and the US on the other.

Iranian Scientist Claims To Have Invented A Time Machine

With the headline “Iranian Scientist Claims to Have Invented ‘Time Machine’,” and a picture of the Delorean from “Back to the Future,” The Telegraph stirred up some controversy earlier this week.
According to the UK paper, there´s been yet another scientist who claims to have invented a Time Machine which does not operate in any way like most think a Time Machine should.
This latest invention, created by Ali Razeghi, doesn´t deliver a human to the past or even displace time in any way at all. Instead, this machine which Razeghi claims can be assembled with only $400 worth of parts, prints off predictions about a persons life several years in the future.
The article has been turned upside down by HuffPost, which has found some oddities in Razeghi’s story.

UK restaurant owner to customers: if you are allergic to black people, don’t come

LONDON: A note on the door of a local restaurant in UK has gone viral across the world.

Tired of customers turning away because of her colour, cafe owner and mother of three, Martha-Renee Kolleh in Leeds has put up a sign on her front door informing customers that she is a black woman, telling them "if you are allergic to Black people, don't come in".

The sign reads "Attention. Everyone be aware, I am a black woman, and always will be. If you are allergic to black people, don't come in."

"But I you prefer quality wholesome meals in a clean environment, come in. I don't bite," the note added.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

6 manly qualities women love in men

It's not just about being tall, dark and handsome. There are certain 'manly' qualities about guys that can make any woman go weak in her knees. And while you may think it's all about the looks, guess what? There's more. It's a potent mix of both, physical attributes and of course, that all important emotional touch. Here, we tell you about six points you need to heed. 

Well groomed 

Yes, we said tall but the reality is that height is really not as important a factor as how you present yourself. Just like guys like a woman who is well turned out, women too dig guys who ensure that they are perfectly groomed a la Leonardo DiCaprio. The basic funda women believe in is that if you are careful enough to take care of yourself, they can trust you to take care of them. So, remember guys, sloppy dressing, uncombed hair, dirty nails, smelly socks, stained shirts or jeans and the likes are an absolute no-no when you are trying to make that all important impression on someone from the opposite sex. 

Ind vs SL: Bhuvneshwar guides India to tri-series final

Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar wreaked havoc with a brilliant opening spell as he powered India into the final of the Celkon Mobile Cup Tri Series tournament with a commanding 81-run victory over Sri Lanka via Duckworth Lewis method in another rain-affected match.

The 22-year-old Kumar had career-best figures of 4 for 8 runs in six overs as Sri Lanka were bundled out for a paltry 96 in 24.4 overs in pursuit of 178 in stipulated 26 overs as Virat Kohli, in his maiden stint as captain, guided the 'Men In Blue' into the title round. India will again meet Sri Lanka in the final at the same venue on Thursday.

India thus topped the table with 10 points including bonus points from the last two encounters having lost the first two matches and also eliminated hosts West Indies in the process.

Never written a song that needs beeping out: Honey Singh

Yo Yo Honey Singh on how he had done no 'tayyari' and didn't know how to manage his image when the controversy surrounding his songs got out of control

Pehle koi channel muh nahi lagata tha, phir Bollywood bhi aa gaya
When I was a kid, I used to learn the tabla, but after that, my family didn't encourage music. My father wanted me to be an engineer and join his business. I didn't understand that because I'd started learning music programming through the internet, and because music is all digital now, I wanted to learn more. I didn't get permission for that, so I left home. It was a lot of struggle, a lot of meeting people and understanding the industry. The idea was never to be a rap artiste or a mainstream artiste, the idea was to be a music producer. I started working in England, but I had no identity in the music industry. I came to Mumbai in 2004, and lived there for eight months. I tried a

Top 10 Health Tips for Men

When it comes to health care, we men are like ostriches. We bury our heads in the sand. We are much less likely than women to visit our doctors regularly, take symptoms seriously and live a healthful lifestyle. Maybe that’s one reason why women have a seven-year average survival advantage on us! 

Yet it’s obviously important that men of all ages become more proactive about their health. And an easy way to start is to follow these 10 basic steps to maintaining health and vitality. 

1. Eliminate "White Foods" from Your Diet. White flour, white sugar and other processed foods are not only devoid of vitamins and minerals, but they’ve also been stripped of their natural fibre. As a result, they rapidly drive up blood sugar levels, which contributes to weight gain, diabetes and a host of other health problems. Avoid breads and baked goods made with white flour, sugar-laden sodas and snack foods. Instead, focus on eating fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. 

Apple MacBook Air 11in (Mid-2013) review.

The 11-inch version of the MacBook Air provides a welcome improvement in battery life, as well as performance that bodes very well for the forthcoming generation of Haswell-based laptops. 

£849 (128 GB); £1029 (256 GB)
Manufacturer: Apple

It can't match the outstanding battery performance of its 13-inch counterpart, but the updated 11-inch version of the MacBook Air still provides a welcome improvement in battery life, as well as performance that bodes very well for the forthcoming generation of Haswell-based laptops.

The basic design of the MacBook Air remains unchanged – which is hardly surprising as it set the template that legions of Wintel Ultrabooks have followed in recent years.

Impressive Features of Samsung's Galaxy Mega

Samsung is a dominant force in the smartphone market. In fact, Samsung and Apple together generate nearly 100 percent of all profits in the smartphone space. Samsung's Galaxy S 4, which comes with a 5-inch display and a whopping 13-megapixel camera, is leading the company's smartphone line and has reportedly reached 20 million unit sales in just two months in the market. But Samsung is also winning over customers with several other Android-based devices that appeal to various consumer needs. One device that is currently attracting customers is Samsung's Mega smartphone line, which includes one handset with a 5.8-inch screen and another with a 6.3-inch display. These devices are designed to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets and effectively carve out a new slice of the market that neither Apple nor any other major competitor is currently competing in.

KTM 390 Duke launched at Rs 1.80 lakh

One of the most awaited motorcycles in the country, the KTM 390 Duke, can be all yours at an incredible price tag of Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-Showroom Delhi). Bookings to commence from June 26, 2013

It’s finally here! The eagerly anticipated bike from Austrian off-road motorcycle specialist KTM, the 390 Duke, has been launched. Its younger sibling the 200 Duke arrived in India early last year and really set the benchmark of just how much fun a high-performance small-capacity single-cylinder motorcycle can be. Aimed at addressing the vacant space between the 200cc and the 600cc segment, the 390 Duke seeks to take the 200’s madness a little further. And this isn’t just a bike for India mind you – KTM, along with Bajaj, has designed this new motorcycle to sell across all of KTM’s international markets (about 80-odd countries) much like its smaller capacity 200cc sibling. Related: KTM 390 Duke Special Coverage

Stylistically, not much has changed from the 200 Duke. The 390 uses pretty much the same chassis and cycle parts but to set itself apart, features a white colour scheme on the tank panels along with the trellis frame and wheels powder coated in customary KTM orange. The choice of colours really does help the 390 distinguish itself but the bike’s real piece-de-resistance is its 375cc single-cylinder engine which puts out a whopping 45PS of power and 35Nm of torque. As it keeps most of the external components same as the 200 Duke, the 390 Duke is able to weigh in at a fairly featherweight 145kg. Combine that mad power output and the low kerb weight, and you’ve got some serious performance on your hands.

Probe ordered after CCTV footage of couples petting in Delhi Metro lands on porn sites

NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation ordered an internal inquiry and lodged a complaint with cyber cell of city police into reports that CCTV footage of couples getting intimate at metro stations found their way to porn sites.
DMRC executive director of corporate communications Anuj Dayal said the management has taken serious cognisance of the reported leakage of the CCTV footage and was taking necessary measures.
"DMRC is conducting a thorough internal inquiry into the reports of circulation of objectionable video clips. The Delhi Metro management has already reported the issue to the Cyber Crime cell of the police," Dayal said.
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which looks after the security of commuters in metro stations, said their personnel do not have any access to the CCTV footage in metro stations.
CISF personnel do not operate from control rooms in metro stations and could not have accessed video footage or circulated them, said CISF officials.
More than 250 clips of couples getting intimate in near-empty trains have been reportedly uploaded on a number of adult sites.
"The reported leak of CCTV footage of couples making out in near-empty trains has raised a very serious issue of privacy," said metro commuter who wished not to be named.

Jaguar F-Type Launched

Prices for the Jaguar F-Type S variant is Rs 1.37 crore and the range topping F-Type V8S will sell for Rs 1.61 Crore (ex-showroom Mumbai, pre- Octroi)

It is certainly more than just another addition to Jaguar’s impressive line of sports cars and GT models. As the British marquees only open top two-seater sports car ever made since the iconic E-Type, the F-Type represents a return to the company’s heartland, and it is now finally here in India.

Only two of its three variants selling internationally will be available in India, the F-Type S and F-Type V8S. They are powered by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 380PS on tap, and its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol that produces a massive 495PS.

Skoda Rapid Leisure special edition launched.

Starting from a price of Rs 7.79 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) the Rapid Leisure will include special features like portable navigation system with rear view camera, rear parking sensors, 15" alloy wheels, door sill covers and leatherette seat covers

The Czech car maker’s mid-size sedan has begun selling rapidly off late thanks to some clever short-term financing options like its Rapid EMI Holiday offer and the 100 per cent finance scheme that was made available to customers earlier this year.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Parvez Rasool-First J&k Player to play for India

 JAIPUR: "It's a closed chapter," said Parvez Rasool. The Kashmiri youth was detained by Bangalore Police in 2009 in connection with terror attacks in the city. He was later released for lack of evidence.

The detention of Rasool, a member of the Under-22 cricket team that was to play in the C K Nayudu Trophy, had triggered protests from Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, which denounced the police action and demanded an apology from the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA).

The members of the J&K Under-22 team staged a protest later against the humiliation meted out to Rasool.

"I want to look forward and prove myself. My focus has always been on cricket," The 23-year-old all-rounder said. Rasool is the first cricketer from the valley to be picked for the India A team for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Rasool, an off-spinner who is handy bat down the order, will be part of the 15-member squad announced by the selectors, in Mumbai, for the Zimbabwe tour on Friday.

"It was a not a great thing to happen in the past and I don't want to think over it," he said. Ask him about his dream and he says, "Like any other cricketer, I too want to play for India. I am sure that if I play well, I can make it big," a beaming Rasool said.

Rasool said without the guidance former India captain Bishen Sigh Bedi, his dream would not have been possible. He also thanked his childhood coaches Abdul Qayoom, once a poster boy of J&K cricket, and Rajesh Dhar for his success.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah called on promising cricketer to make the state proud after he became the first cricketer from the valley to be selected in the Indian cricket team for the upcoming ODI tour of Zimbabwe.

"Well deserved selection. Make us proud now," the J&K CM wrote on his twitter page.

'Porn' makes men hopeless in bed

It's a known fact that most men watch porn. But are you one of those guys who regularly get their dose of viewing adult material on the internet?
And in doing so, have you become sort of a global citizen in the world of porn? If yes, then you could be heading for trouble, especially if you're under the impression that viewing things people do in videos can actually make you better in the sack. According to a research study, watching online porn can affect men's performance in the bedroom.

Micromax launches Canvas 4

 Micromax announced Canvas 4, a smartphone that would replace Canvas HD as the company's flagship Android phone.

Canvas 4 is not much different from its predecessor. It is powered by MT6589, the quad-core processor made by MediaTek that also powers Canvas HD. Just like its predecessor, Canvas 4 also has a 5-inch screen with 720p resolution.

The device has 16GB internal storage and 1GB RAM; the storage is expandable with microSD card.

High achievers more prone to romantic jealousy on Facebook

People who are high-achieving in academics are more likely to experience feelings of romantic jealousy on Facebook, according to a new study. 

US researchers conducted several studies of undergraduate students and found that the higher a student's grade point average (GPA), the greater their levels of 'Facebook jealousy'were. Participants were asked to envision several hypothetical scenarios, such as discovering a message in their partner's Facebook inbox from a person of the opposite sex that reads "What are you up to later?" 

Saturday, 6 July 2013


Each year, the Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend & Awards enchant the world from an exotic locale. The culture, the colours, the locals, the flavours, all become an inseparable part of the magic of IIFA, giving each Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend & Awards its own unique experience. Over a period of 4 days, IIFA organises press conferences, parties, film premieres, film festivals, business forums, celebrity special events and the glamorous IIFA Awards Ceremony marked by out-of-the-world performances, pomp and pageantry and fans from all over the world.

IIFA 2013 Host: The Venetian Macao

Macao’s first integrated resort, The Venetian Macao, opened in 2007 with a distinctive interior that resembles the beautiful city of Venice, Italy.
The Venetian Macao features 3,000 luxurious hotel rooms, with a variety of room types to accommodate every guest’s preferences. Choice of rooms ranges from a family Suite – Macao’s first children’s themed room – that’s ideal for family fun, to a Paiza suite for VIP guests that comes complete with prestigious facilities for the distinguished guest. Each room offers over 70m² of spacious comfort and refined luxury.

Massive win against West indies

Far and away and across time zones India routed the West Indies by 102 runs to clinch what was a must-win match for them in a tri-series with not many takers.

After two straight losses to begin their campaign, normalcy was restored with a favourable result in Duckworth-Lewis affected match.

But it was difficult to focus on Virat Kohli’s bossy century and the terrific seam bowling that gained India a crucial bonus point on Friday.

For while Kohli was smashing an 83-ball 102 at the Queen’s Park Oval, almost as far away at the shrine of another sport with deep colonial roots, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro were co-producing an exhilarating, sapping, five-hour Wimbledon semifinal, begging for attention with extraordinary athleticism and impossible shot making.

Movie Review: Lootera

The film set in the year is 1953, is a love story of Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha) and Varun (Ranveer Singh).
 Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane

Starring: Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh, Vikram Massey, Arif Zakaria and Divya dutta.

 Story:The year is 1953. Pakhi,, a Zamindar, in an aristocratic world. In this tranquil existence enters an archaeologist, Varun, seeking help from the Zamindar with a letter from the Archaeological Society of India. With his remarkable knowledge of books and music, and expertise in his own field, Varun impresses the Zamindar, stealing his way into the life and heart of the family; especially Pakhi’s. As love blossoms, Pakhi is drawn towards Varun’s captivating reserve and easy-going charm. Following a series of inevitable uncertainties and misunderstandings, she comes to terms with her feelings for Varun on the eve of his departure. She shares them with her father and Varun finds himself agreeing to marry Pakhi.But strange are the quirks of fate, queer the vicissitudes of misfortune. A shocking realization about Varun shatters Pakhi’s life. She turns reclusive.Pakhi struggles to move on with her life, determined to forget him and their relationship. Until one day, he lands up at her door-step under the most extraordinary circumstances.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Human head transplant is possible: Italian neurosurgeon

Human head transplants could now be possible using currently available medical techniques, according to an Italian neurosurgeon who thinks he has worked out how it could be done. In a project proposal published by the medical journal Surgical Neurology International , Dr Sergio Canavero outlines his method for the " Head Anastomosis Venture" — or HEAVEN.

The procedure would involve severing the heads of two human patients simultaneously using an "ultra-sharp blade" , cooling and flushing out the "recipient" head before attaching its new body with an advanced polymer "glue" . Dr Canavero suggests that the realigning of head and body could also be achieved using "electrofusion" , in an approach not entirely unlike that of Mary Shelley's Dr Frankenstein.

But the Italian, who works for the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group and has previously published research on whole-eye transplants , says that his project is no fiction, and bases it on a similar experiment on Rhesus monkeys in the 1970s in which the patient survived for eight days.

A few years after this first test 40 years ago, its protagonist Dr Robert White noted that: "What has been accomplished in the animal model — prolonged hypothermic preservation and cephalic transplantation, is fully accomplishable in the human sphere."

In laying out what he says is "the groundwork for the first successful human head transplant" , Dr Canavero admits that his polymer gel reattachment method (known as GEMINI) would not be perfect . But he notes that: "as little as 10% of descending spinal tracts are sufficient for some voluntary control of locomotion in man."

He says that full and open research on the topic could bear fruit in just two years, and that the first patient should be someone young, with a fully-functioning brain, but suffering from "progressive muscular dystrophies or even several genetic and metabolic disorders".

Uttarakhand disaster: Even relief has signs of Sonia, Rahul

Some Uttarakhand Congressmen are using relief supplies sent by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to launch a Congress publicity campaign.

Hundreds of food packets and relief supplies have Congress posters stuck on them. They bear photos of the two party leaders and a message that these have been sent by them.

A senior state Congress leader said the Congress president had sent about 110 truckloads of relief supplies. There were no instructions to use the sad occasion to for publicity. "I'm deeply shocked to see food packets and relief supplies carrying Congress posters and banners," an Uttarakhand Congress Committee member said.

Congress state leader Yashpal Aryra said he wasn't aware of these posters. "If it's being done, it's shameful. This isn't time to play politics but to help survivors."

CBI files chargesheet, says Ishrat Jahan encounter was 'fake'

The CBI has filed its first chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan 'fake encounter' case on Wednesday in Gujarat high court. Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed by Gujarat police nine years ago. 
In its chargesheet, the agency accused cops DG Vanzara, Tarun Barot, JR Parmar, NK Amin accused of murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence.
The CBI also said that Ishrat Jahan was not a terrorist, but the three others killed along with her in a fake encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad nine years ago had alleged terror links, the CBI has concluded in its chargesheet filed before the court. 

The CBI has said the three — Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Shaikh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar — were allegedly planning attacks in Ahmedabad. It added Pranesh was using Ishrat, a Mumbai college student, as a shield to escape detection. The four were killed in cold blood 

"The three men were in touch with a Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taibahandler, Muzammil. The three were identified as terror suspects by the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau during telephone interceptions. They were planning to unleash terror attacks in Ahmedabad, but Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was not their target," said a CBI official. 

The Gujarat police crime branch had claimed the four had come to the state as part of the LeT's plan to kill Modi. 

CBI investigations have revealed that Ishrat and Pranesh were on their second visit to Gujarat when they were caught at Vasad in Vadodara. 

The CBI chargesheet includes statements of nine police officers, who were part of the staged encounter. The statements, recorded under section 164 of CrPC in a Mumbai court, prove sequence of events in the case. 

A crime branch official has revealed in his statement that weapons planted on the four — an AK 47 and two 9 mm pistols — after the encounter were sourced from the IB office in Gujarat. 

CBI also has evidence to prove the involvement of IB joint director Rajinder Kumar in this case. A crime branch official has revealed that Kumar, along with Gujarat IPS officers DG Vanzara and PP Pandey, came to Arham Farm outside the city to question Rana. 

At Kotarpur waterworks, where the encounter was staged, crime branch officers had fought with each other when a police inspector and a commando refused to fire at the four. Two of their colleagues then snatched their weapons and fired at them.