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Armstrong will always be my hero: Yuvraj
Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh Wednesday said fellow cancer survivor cyclist Lance Armstrong would always be his hero, despite the ban slapped on the American for use of performance-enhancing drugs.
However, the all-rounder said he was "worried" about the consequences that the cyclist may have to go through.
Yuvraj said he sent a message Wednesday itself to Armstrong wishing him happy New Year and telling him: "You will always be my hero, no matter what people say."
"I am worried about what all has happened to him. I am worried about the consequences," Yuvraj said.
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Virat Kohli available for crucial Eden ODI
Indian batsman Virat Kohli who suffered a foot injury in the first match in Chennai is available for selection for the crucial second One -Day International against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens here Thursday.
"Virat is available for selection for the match," Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni said Wednesday after the team's net practice here.
Kohli suffered the injury while bowling the 41st over of Pakistan's run chase. His backfoot slipped in the delivery stride and he landed on his knees. He limped off the field and Suresh Raina finished off the last ball of the over.
Kannada films go `Gangnam style`
Psy`s `Gangnam style` which went viral was one of the most viewed videos on YouTube last year.
The effect it has on Kannada films is also high. Dance choreographers are heavily influenced by this. Recently, a song was picturised in `Gangnam Style` for Bul Bul with senior artists like Rebel Star Ambareesh and the film`s hero Challenging Star Darshan.
The song has been choreographed by Harsha for the foot tapping music by Hari Krishna.
Another film which has used the `Gangnam Style` song is Upendra starrer Topiwala directed by RJ Sreeni.
SC may suspend MPs, MLAs facing crimes
India's top court says it will decide whether to suspend lawmakers facing sexual assault charges as thousands of women gathered at the memorial to independence leader M K. Gandhi to demand stronger protection for their safety.
The march came Wednesday as police prepare to formally charge six suspects in the gang-rape and killing of a student in the capital two weeks ago.
The rape triggered outrage across the country and sparked demands for stronger laws and tougher police action against those accused of sexual assault.
Chief Justice Altamas Kabir agreed to hear a petition from retired government administrator Promilla Shanker asking the Supreme Court to suspend all lawmakers from national and state legislatures who face prosecution for crimes against women.
The Gandhi memorial is a common protest site.
Check out the 2013 edition of the Kingfisher Calendar!
The reality series Hunt for the Kingfisher Girl
concluded with Serbian model Nevena Pejatovic winning the contest. The complete calendar is now ready for our viewing pleasure, Siddharth Mallya tells us in his tweet.
The calendar is available online at http://www.kingfishercalendar.com/2013/
Shot in South Africa by famed fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar, the calendar features six gorgeous women from around the world.
Don't blame me, blame the inactive government: Honey Singh
Punjabi rapper Honey Singh, who is under fire for the obscene lyrics of some of his songs, has spoken out against the uproar, saying his name has been unnecessarily dragged into the controversy.
"All this going on right now. They just needed an excuse and they've found one. CONGRATULATION!" Singh tweeted.
"Before you blame me, blame the government for not taking action against the rapists in the first place! Don't use me as an excuse! #HoneySinghIsInnocent - trend if you're with me! I've admitted that my past was a wrong choice, but now I deliver completely different music," he added.
A FIR was filed against the Punjabi rapper here Monday for his alleged use of vulgar lyrics of his song "Main hun balatkaria" (I am a rapist).
The outrage also led to the cancellation of Singh's performance in Bristol Hotel, Gurgaon, where he was supposed to perform on New Year's Eve, following an active online petition.
Delhi rape: Police to file e-chargesheet
The Delhi Police will file an e-chargesheet in the Delhi gangrape case. Police sources said that this was being done in order to maintain secrecy of content and facilitate fast trial.
The trial in the case will begin on Thursday and there will be day-to-day hearing at the Saket court. The prosecution has said that it will try to finish the trial in a month.
Naming anti-rape law after girl will be an honour, says her family
Family members of the 23-year-old woman who died 13 days after being gang raped on the night of December 16, have reportedly welcomed UNion Human Resource Development Minister Shashi Tharoor's suggestion of naming the revised anti-rape law after their daughter.
Media reports quoted the dead raped victim's family members, as saying on Wednesday that they have no objection to the move and added that it would be an honour to the girl.
"If her name is made public for this purpose, they have no objection to it," the family members said.
"If the government names the revised anti-rape law after her, we have no objection and it would be an honour to her," said her father.
Why Pongal is important for business of cinema?
Come Pongal and cineastes in southern India flock to theatres in large numbers giving the film industry special reason to celebrate the four-day harvest festival.
"Pongal is considered the biggest festival for south Indians. I've been following the industry closely for over 10 years now and never have I seen the passion for cinema deteriorate during this festival. Over the years, it has become more or less a ritual," trade analyst Trinath, who has been tracking the industry for over a decade, told IANS.
Pongal, celebrated Jan 13-16, is a thanksgiving festival at the end of the harvest season.
"Since the festival lasts for four days, it gives good reason for filmmakers to believe that audience will come, provided wholesome entertainment is given to them. Over the years, most star films released on this day have been successful too," Trinath added.
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India considering curbing gold imports - Chidambaram
India is considering raising the cost of gold imports, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to curb the country's current account deficit, which widened to a record high of 5.4 percent of GDP in the September quarter.
A sharp rise in gold imports, a hefty oil bill and falling exports due to the global slowdown have kept India's current account deficit at persistently high levels.
Trinamool Congress in 'vulgar' show controversy
Some Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers danced with women and threw money on them while celebrating the party's 15th foundation day on Tuesday.
The incident, a recording of which was aired on local television channels, triggered a controversy.
According to reports, the incident took place at Bhangore, near Kolkata, right in front of the local police station. Party workers also reportedly heckled the hired dancers.
The Opposition and members of the civil society have termed the show as "vulgar".
"This is very sad and shocking... I have never seen any such thing in my life," NDTV quoted noted theatre director and actor Usha Ganguly as saying
SC upholds appointment of Gujarat Lokayukta
In a setback for Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court has upheld the appointment of Justice R.A. Mehta as the Gujarat Lokayukta. Modi's government had challenged his appointment, claiming that the Governor has appointed the Justice without consulting the Gujarat Cabinet.
While the Court upheld that aspect of the case - agreeing that the Governor is bound to listen to the State cabinet - the Court said that since the Chief Justice of India had cleared Justice Mehta’s appointment, his appointment was legal.
Nearly 1,200 vehicles burnt in France on New Year's Eve
A total of 1,193 vehicles were burnt on New Year's Eve in France, according to the French government.
Setting cars ablaze in a display of vandalism has become quite a 'tradition' in French suburbs on New Year's Eve in recent years, reports Xinhua.
"When it concerns insecurity, there is nothing to hide... There is no significant change from torched cars and two-wheelers of recent years," French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said.
On New Year's Eve, 53,000 policemen and gendarmes, who are members of national police, were mobilised from across the country to ensure safety on roads, particularly in the famous Champs Elysee and Eiffel Tower where hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the New Year countdown.
US Senate gives final passage to fiscal cliff bill
Legislation to block the "fiscal cliff" is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. The bill will avoid, for now, the major tax increases and government spending cuts that had been scheduled to take effect with the new year.
Final approval came in the House on New Year's Night. The vote was 257 to 167.
The Senate passed the bill less than 24 hours earlier.
The measure raises tax rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, a victory for Obama.
It also extends expiring unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, prevents a cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients and cancels a $900 pay increase due to lawmakers in March.
Another provision is designed to prevent a spike in milk prices.9.30 am:
Sensex up 130 pts as stocks open on buoyant note
The BSE benchmark Sensex
shot up by over 150 points and the Nifty
hit a near 2-year high, as stocks rallied smartly in early trades on the Indian bourses, tracking a firm trend in Asian markets.
The Sensex is now up 130 points or 0.66% at 19,710.81. At 5988.50, slightly off a high of 5997.15 it touched a little while ago, the Nifty is now up 37.65 points or 0.63% from its previous closing mark.
Buoyed by the news that the U.S. policy makers agreed on a deal to avert a series of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts on Monday, the mood has turned quite bullish across the globe. Though there are concerns about near term economic outlook, investors appear to have shrugged off those worries for now.
Realty stocks are in demand once again. Power, bank, PSU, metal and capital goods stocks too are mostly up in positive territory in opening trades. Select automobile, oi and FMCG stocks have edged higher. Healthcare stocks are also trading mixed, while information technology stocks are slightly subdued.
The Delhi police will present the 1000-page charge sheet of the Delhi gang-rape case to a high court bench today and will later present the same to a Saket district court that will actually hear the case.
The accused will be charged with gang-rape, murder, destruction of evidence and dacoity.
The police will also reassemble the entire series of events that took place that night.
In other case-related events, the victim's postmortem report will arrive from Singapore and five fast-track courts for rape cases will be opened today.
Dhaka reels under high population growth
Dhaka has become one of the most crowded cities on earth, with a population density of 43,000 per square kilometre, making life harder for the residents.
Spread across 350 sq km, today Dhaka is home to more than 15 million people. The high population growth has made life difficult for the residents.
The loss of the green cover has led to more pollution and congestion, thus taking a heavy toll on people's health.
Unplanned industrialization, urbanization, and coupled with lack of public amenities like transport, and footpaths have compounded the problem, Xinhua reported Tuesday.
Experts blame the government's economic policy for the population growth in Dhaka, which saw a massive influx of people from the rural areas looking for jobs.
Hundreds of brick kilns on city outskirts also contributed to air pollution.
"This is the fastest growing megacity, but at the same time, this is also the most unlivable city," said A.K.M. Nurun Nabi, a professor with Dhaka University.
Dhaka has been recently ranked as the least livable city among 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
It was ranked based on five categories: Stability, health-care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
Some students have announced that they would go on an indefinite strike on the Osmania University campus from Wednesday.
The death of a woman student of Osmania University under suspicious circumstances at the house of her classmate triggered protests by students here Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old post-graduate student was found dead in the house of Shiv Kumar in Chatrinaka area of the old city of Hyderabad. Shiv Kumar is untraceable.
The girl is suspected to have been strangled to death. Police have also not ruled out sexual assault on the victim.