J Law not starring in 'The Hateful Eight'

Jennifer-LawrenceWashington, Aug 23 : Rumours about Jennifer Lawrence being lined up for Quentin Tarantino 's next movie ' The Hateful Eight' have reportedly been denied by the 24-year-old actress's rep.

The Oscar winning 'Silver Linings Playbook' star was being sought to fill in the only female role of prisoner Daisy Domergue, out of the eight characters, the Huffington Post reported.

The movie, whose script got leaked online earlier this year, is anticipated for a 2015 release. (ANI)


India's scooter major Bajaj to make motorcycles at Bangladesh plant

Bajaj AutoDhaka, Aug 23 - India's popular scooter and motorcycle major, Bajaj, will manufacture motorcycles at a plant in Bangladesh from June 2015.

According to the Daily Star, the Uttara Group, Bajaj Auto's local assembler, is set to build a Taka 150 crore plant, which will be operated and technically supported by Bajaj.

It is being reported that the motorcycle factory will be built on ten acres of land in the Zirani Bazar area of Gazipur District.


Support staff changes could have been made after ODIs: Rahul Dravid

Rahul DravidNew Delhi: Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has said that he would have preferred to wait till the end of India`s England tour to make changes to the support staff as such decisions could be "tough on everyone concerned".

Talking about the appointment of former India captain Ravi Shastri as Team Director after India lost the fifth and final Test against England in under three days to go down 1-3 in the series, Dravid said: "You don`t have problems if people want to make changes, it`s part of professional sport."


Study provides deeper insight into 'spectacular' Type la supernova

Study provides deeper insight into 'spectacular' Type la supernovaLondon, Aug 23 - A new study has helped astronomers to solve the mysteries related to the spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier in 2014.


Goldman in deal worth $1.2 bn over US bond claims

Goldman SachsWashington: Goldman Sachs has agreed to a settlement worth USD 1.2 billion to resolve claims that it misled US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky mortgage securities it sold them before the housing market collapsed in 2007.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, announced the settlement yesterday with the Wall Street powerhouse.

New York-based Goldman Sachs sold the securities to the companies between 2005 and 2007.

Under the settlement, Goldman is paying USD 3.15 billion to buy back the securities from Fannie and Freddie.


Fish and coral can smell bad neighbourhoods

Fish and coral can smell bad neighbourhoodsWashington - Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighbourhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs, scientists say.

Damaged coral reefs emit chemical cues that repulse young coral and fish, discouraging them from settling in the degraded habitat, researchers found.

The study showed for the first time that coral larvae can smell the difference between healthy and damaged reefs when they decide where to settle.


India's Mars orbiter to reach red planet in 33 days: ISRO

India Mars orbiterChennai: India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission was just nine million kilometres away from the red planet, Indian Space Research Organisation said today.

"Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is just nine million km away from Mars and 189 million kilometres away from the Earth. 33 more days to MARS," ISRO said in its social networking site.

Early this month, ISRO scientists ruled out Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre originally planned for August as the spacecraft was on track.


PACL to move Tribunal against Sebi order

SEBINew Delhi : Facing a Sebi order with charges of running an illicit money pooling scheme worth about Rs 50,000 crore, PACL Ltd on Friday said that it will approach the Securities Appellate Tribunal against the directive of the capital markets regulator.

"Sebi has unfortunately failed to recognize the submissions of the company that it can't be treated like a CIS. The company would now appeal this order before the Securities Appellate Tribunal," PACL said in a statement after the Sebi order.


Planning Commission veterans to deliberate on its replacement on Aug 26

Planning Commission veterans to deliberate on its replacement on Aug 26New Delhi : The Planning Commission has called a meeting of its former Deputy Chief and members on Tuesday to deliberate on the structure of the new body which will replace the 64-year-old institution.

"It is correct that they have called a meeting. They have invited me. But I will not be in Delhi so I would send my comments in writing to them," former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told PTI.


BJP hails 'minimal' power tariff hike; Congress opposes

BJP hails 'minimal' power tariff hike; Congress opposesChandigarh : BJP on Friday hailed the "minimal" 2.74 per cent hike in power tariff in Punjab, saying it will put minimum burden on people, even as opposition Congress opposed the hike.

Power regulator Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) today announced a hike of 2.74 per cent in power tariff for all consumer categories for 2014-15.

Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma said the 2.74 per cent hike announced by PSERC is the minimum burden the government could put on the people of the state.


PM addresses IITs' Boards of Governors conference at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Aug 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of IITs at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he exhorted them to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by the common people in their day-to-day life.

At the conference named 'Science is Universal', PM Modi said that technology must be local.


Neha Dhupia, Chitrangada Singh walked the ramp at LFW 2014 in Mumbai

Neha-Dhupia-Chitrangada-SinghNew Delhi, Aug 22 : Neha Dhupia and Chitrangada Singh recently set the ramp ablaze at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) in Mumbai.

The 33-year old actress looked stunning in an orange coat paired with a cropped top, a skirt and cigarette pants as the show stopper which beautifully displayed the designer's flair for layers.

Dhupia credited the exotic design of Swati Vijaivargie as an all time wearable collection.


'Semi-artificial leaf' shows faster photosynthesis than natural counterpart

semi-artificial-leafWashington, Aug 22 : Researchers have developed a new solar cell, described as an " artificial leaf", which mimics the electron transfer of photosynthesis, at a much faster rate than observed in nature.


Frankie Sandford's hubby Wayne Bridge trains her for 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Frankie-SandfordLondon, Aug 22 : Frankie Sandford is getting trained hard for the ' Strictly Come Dancing ' show by her footballer husband, Wayne Bridge, it has been revealed.

According to an insider, the 25-year-old singer started the training with her 34-year-old husband six weeks before talking about her appearance in the show with the producers to make sure she was " ready for it", the Mirror reported.

The source revealed that the 'All Fired Up' singer, who wanted to feel confident about her "revealing clothes" on the dance-floor, has been going on three-mile morning runs.


Now, upload video from any source on Vine

Now, upload video from any source on VineWashington, Aug 22 : Twitter owned six second video app Vine has announced that users can now import video from any source, as long as the file can get to their iOS camera roll.

Earlier, Users had to create Vines totally within the Vine app, which meant that all the restrictions of the 4:3 aspect ratio Vine camera were applied to users' recording endeavors, Mashable reported.

Now users can edit videos in iMovie and then upload it to Vine. Users can even mix and match two videos. (ANI)


Jessica Alba reveals how perception of female roles in films has evolved

Jessica-AlbaWashington, Aug 22  : Jessica Alba has revealed that the perception of female roles in films has changed over time, as there are a lot of different stories nowadays which revolve around women and even about women who support men.

The 33-year-old actress, who will be playing the role a lasso-swinging stripper who goes from damsel in distress to vengeance-seeking badass in ' Sin City: A Dame To Kill For ', said that her character Nancy Callahan loses it for a second, but then finds her strength and people get to see her personal evolution on how she becomes who she is, Huffington post reported.


'Injured' Prior planning to make England comeback against Windies in April

matt-priorJohannesburg, Aug 22 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has dismissed suggestions that his international career is over and has targeted April's series in the West Indies for his return from a long-standing Achilles problem.

Prior will undergo surgery next month on the injury, which has dogged him for two years, and flared up in the home series against India, forcing him to step aside after England lost the second Test last month.

Many were quick to write off the right-hander because of the success of his replacement Jos Buttler, who scored 200 in three innings as England won the remaining Tests to claim the series 3-1, Sport24 reported.


Pak's Information Minister challenges Lahore court ruling against Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Aug 22 : A Lahore court's ruling ordering the registration of a murder case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and several other PML-N leaders over the Model Town incident has been challenged by the country's Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed.

According to the Dawn, Rasheed challenged the ruling in the Lahore High Court in a personal capacity, which the court has admitted for hearing.

Lahore High Court's Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa will be hearing the case today.


Liz Hurley won't allow son to watch new 'sexy' show 'The Royals'

Liz-HurleyLondon, Aug 22 : Elizabeth Hurley has revealed that she won't let her son watch her upcoming show 'the Royals' as she thinks its too sexy him.

The 49-year-old actress said that her 12-year-old son Damian has visited the set of the drama serial, but she wouldn't want to watch it, the Mirror reported.

Hurley added that the show is an extreme, sexy adventure into royalty and its quite out there, and that for her this is like sex, drugs and rock 'n roll at Windsor Castle. (ANI)


It's sunlight that controls carbon dioxide in Arctic

Arctic-SunlightWashington, Aug 22 : A new study has found that it is sunlight, and not the microbes, that controls creation of carbon dioxide (CO2) from material emitted by Arctic soils.

According to the scientists, the finding was particularly important because climate change could affect when and how permafrost was thawed, which begins the process of converting the organic carbon into CO2.


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