New Delhi, Nov 30 : Indian cinematic icon Amitabh Bachchan Friday took to the Penguin Annual Lecture 2013 podium, much to the joy of an eclectic audience of almost a thousand, and left them more star-struck as he spoke about empowering the country's women, Indian cinema, poetry and more.
The 71-year-old, looking handsome in a black formal suit, reached the venue, the Thyagaraj Stadium here at the scheduled time. The sound of the audience's applause took over the netball court at the facility and Big B, as humble as he is, responded by flashing a smile and folding his hands to gesture a "Namaste".
New Delhi, Nov 29 : India will not offer any compromise on its food subsidy programme at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting next week, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said Friday.
Addressing a media conference here ahead of the trade liberalisation talks in Bali next week, Sharma said the Indian government's decision to provide food subsidy to poor people is a sovereign one and should not be taken up at the multilateral forums like the WTO.
New Delhi, Nov 29 : Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, Friday advised Indians to get regular eye check ups done.
"A society that gives importance to their health continues to thrive," he said at the launch of the country’s first institute dedicated to glaucoma and retina problems here.
Set up by Eye Q, a chain of eye care hospitals, the super-specialty centres offer the latest technology and medical skills to benefit people suffering from complicated cases of glaucoma and conditions arising in the retina.
It offers services like comprehensive screening examinations, eye pressure tests and intricate surgeries.
New Delhi, Nov 29 : The Indian economy grew at a sluggish 4.8 percent in the second quarter of the current financial year due to disappointing performance of the manufacturing and mining sectors, government data showed Friday.
This is the fourth consecutive quarter of economic growth below 5 percent. The growth had slumped to 4.4 percent in the April-June quarter.
According to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) here, the agriculture sector registered healthy growth of 4.6 percent, while manufacturing expanded at a sluggish 1 percent in the July-September quarter.
New Delhi, Nov 29 : Director Ali Abbas Zafar's forthcoming project "Gunday" will be dubbed in Bengali for the audience in West Bengal.
Produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF), this is for the first time that their production venture will be dubbed in Bengali for fans.
The movie will be released in Bengali on the same day it releases in Hindi.
Shot extensively in Kolkata and other parts of Bengal, the film's backdrop essentially lends itself to releasing the film in Bengali.
New Delhi/Hyderabad, Nov 28 : The draft bill for formation of separate Telangana state is likely to come up before the union cabinet on Dec 4 as the Group of Ministers (GoM) Thursday finalized its report.
The GoM headed by union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is likely to submit its report to the central government early next week. Its recommendations may be incorporated in the draft bill being prepared by the law ministry to carve out Telangana as 29th state of the country.
New Delhi, Nov 28 : In excess of 31,000 runners will take over the streets of New Delhi for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Dec 15.
Among the 31,000 runners, 11,700 will run the half marathon (21.097 km), an increase of over 1,600 from 2012. The Great Delhi Run has attracted 18,000 entries, the Senior Citizens' Run 1,200 while the Champions With Disability will have 200 participants.
Former Olympic 100 metres champion and World record holder Donovan Bailey of Canada will be the Event Ambassador along with 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh, who will be the special guest.
New Delhi, Nov 28 : The government is likely to offer financial assistance and other support to sugar mills to overcome the crisis over crushing and pay higher prices to sugarcane farmers, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K. V. Thomas said Thursday.
Talking to reporters here, Thomas said the central government is willing to consider all possible assistance to sugar mills so that cane crushing could start as soon as possible.
“The central government is willing to consider all possible the steps its to help the sugarcane farmers and the sugar industry,” Thomas said.
New Delhi, Nov 28 : BJP leader Vijay Jolly and party workers Thursday defaced the name plate and also poured black paint in front of the residence of Tehelka's former managing editor Shoma Chaudhury.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader said Chaudhury was suppressing facts and evidence against the magazine's editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague.
The BJP, however, distanced itself from the incident.
The protest began soon after the news of Chaudhury's resignation came out Thursday afternoon.
New Delhi, Nov 28 : TV actress Deepika Singh, who plays Sandhya in popular show "Diya Aur Baati Hum", was taken by surprise when she visited the sets of dance reality show "Nach Baliye 6". Her 'skills' were put to the test.
Deepika's character in "Diya Aur Baati Hum" is about to start her IPS training, and so, the actress had to showcase her physical strength by breaking a mountain of tiles.
The tiles had an additional element of fire which made them even more difficult to be broken. Actor Gurmeet Choudhary, a "Nach Baliye 6" contestant, stepped in to help her out.
New Delhi, Nov 27 : Tehelka magazine's managing editor Shoma Choudhury Wednesday denied indulging in character assassination of a woman colleague allegedly sexually assaulted by editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal.
"I strongly reject the allegations in the media that I am involved in any manner with any slander, intimidation or character assassination of the complainant journalist," Choudhury said in a brief statement.
"This is a malicious campaign that has no basis in truth," she said. (IANS)
New Delhi, Nov 27 : Law Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday denied any links with Tarun Tejpal, also saying he had no shares in the Tehelka magazine.
Messages have been circulating on social networking sites saying Tejpal's mother is related to Sibal.
"I did not expect the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) to stoop to this level. They can attack me politically, they must not bring my family into it. Tarun Tejpal's mother is not my sister," Sibal said Wednesday.
New Delhi, Nov 27 : State miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) would soon be empowered to explore coal bed methane (CBM) gas in its mines, Petroleum Secretary Vivek Rae said Wednesday.
"We are about to authorise Coal India to explore its coal blocks for coal bed methane," Rae said in his address at the Energy Security Conference 2013 here.
The conference was organised jointly by the ministries of external affairs, power and petroleum and the Confederation of Indian Industry.
The petroleum ministry has auctioned 30 CBM blocks while three others have been allocated on nomination basis. It is the authority for CBM exploration.
New Delhi, Nov 27 : Maruti Suzuki Wednesday recalled 1,492 vehicles, including Ertiga, Swift, Dzire and A-Star, manufactured between Oct 19-26, for correcting defective steering columns.
According to the company, 306 units of Ertiga, 592 units of Swift, 581 units of Dzire and 13 units of A-Star will be recalled for checking and replacement of the steering column if found defective.
"This exercise is limited to vehicles within the above specified range and does not pertain to any other vehicle of the Company or any of its exports," the company said in a statement.(IANS)
New Delhi, Nov 26 : Actor Ajay Devgn, who has partnered with Brillstein Entertainment Partners to launch a US-based production house Shivalaya Entertainment to back independent Films targeting a global audience, says he is excited to be part of the changing scenario in the Hindi film industry.
The development and financing outfit will focus on independent films which will aim for broad appeal.
New Delhi, Nov 26 : Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday accused the government of failing to bring the masterminds of the Mumbai terror attack to justice.
"(The) centre's failure to bring the real perpetrators of 26/11 to justice is disappointing," Modi tweeted.
"It is high time (the central government) acts decisively," the Gujarat chief minister said.
Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack by 10 Pakistani terrorists that left 166 Indians and foreigners dead. One of the terrorists, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was arrested -- and hanged.
New Delhi, Nov 26 : Actress Madhuri Dixit has been roped in as the brand ambassador of air fragrance brand Odonil. She is happy to endorse a brand which is all about "freshness and transformation".
"I can’t wait for the new campaign to break. It’s a lovely film filled with flowers, fragrance, magic and two cute little fairies,” Madhuri said in a statement.
Talking about the new product Odonil 2X, the Bollywood beauty said: “It shows the ‘double fragrance’ of the new Odonil 2X through a magical transformation of the environment and the people it surrounds."
New Delhi, Nov 26 : State miner Coal India Limited (CIL) has identified 126 new projects with an estimated capacity of 438.04 million tonnes (MT) to be taken up during 12th Plan period.
"Out of these 60 projects are likely to contribute about 88 MT during the terminal year of 12th Plan, that is, 2016-17," the coal ministry said in a release Tuesday.
CIL has proposed an outlay of Rs. 25,400 crore in the 12th plan period, in addition to an ad-hoc provision of Rs. 35,000 crore to acquire coal assets abroad and develop the coal blocks acquired in Mozambique.
New Delhi, Nov 26 : Actor Saif Ali Khan has taken to TV reality shows with full gusto to promote his forthcoming film "Bullett Raja".
The actor is excited about the film and to reach out to his fans, he will be seen spreading a buzz about the movie in a dance reality show as well as a popular comedy show.
New Delhi, Nov 25 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley Monday accused the central and some state governments of "linking the battle against terror to vote bank considerations" and said the response to terror attacks was still "woefully slow".
In a post on social networking site facebook, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said there was need to introspect after five years of the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.
The attack, which started Nov 26 and ended three days later, left 166 people dead.