Live: Fidel Castro photos appear to debunk rumours of his death

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 22, 2012 14:52 hrs

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Fidel Castro photos appear to debunk rumours of his death

Revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time since March, refuting persistent rumours that he was gravely ill.

Venezuela's former vice president, Elias Jaua, showed reporters a photograph of the 86-year-old retired Cuban president, stating that the pair had held a five-hour meeting.

Castro then apparently personally accompanied Jaua to a top hotel in Havana, after their meeting on Saturday, the Telegraph reported.

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Guns N' Roses confirm maiden India tour this December

American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, behind international hits like November Rain, Don't Cry, and Catcher In The Rye, are all set to come to India on their maiden tour this December.

The band, which comprises of Axl Rose, DJ Ashba, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Richard Fortus, Ron Thal, Chris Pitman and Frank Ferrer, will be performing in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gurgaon on December 7, 9 and 12 respectively.

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Kingfisher offers 3 installments of dues to staff before Diwali

A fresh bid was made today by Kingfisher Airlines to resolve the 23-day-old impasse with its striking employees by offering upto three installments of their salary dues before Diwali but the protesters insisted on a written assurance alleging that the management had earlier backtracked.

The offer was made to the employees representatives, who have been demanding payment of pending salary dues of at least four out of seven months before they resume work, held a meeting with management representatives at the Kingfisher House in Mumbai.

"There has been no written communication from the management in this regard. We don't know about any such offer," a pilot, who was part of the meeting, told when asked whether the management had offered to clear two-three installments of salary dues before Diwali in November.

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"Sickened" UCI strips Armstrong of Tour wins

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life on Monday after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) sanctions against the American.

"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," UCI President Pat McQuaid told a news conference as he outlined how cycling would have to start again.

"The UCI wishes to begin that journey on that path forward today by confirming that it will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and that it will recognise the sanction that USADA has imposed."


4:05 p.m:
After completion of the last rites, Yash Chopra has been cremated in the presence of sons Uday and Aditya.

3:50 p.m:
The last rites for Yash Chopra have begun in the Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai.

3:30 p.m:
Katrina tweets her goodbye: Yash Chopra - The Man who Taught Your Parents how to Love - Gracefully . RIP Yash Chopra.

3:30 p.m:  "Dear Yash ji, you won’t be hearing this now. I wish I had told you this while you were alive. We admired you a lot; we got our confidence out of your work," said Kamal Haasan. Read more of his tribute here.

3:28 p.m:
Shah Rukh Khan and Big B console Yash Chopra's bereaved family - wife Pamela and sons Aditya and Uday

3:25 p.m:
@bhairavigoswami tweets 'Watching the final journey of Yash Chopra saddens the heart. Montages from films of the King of Romance are making me sentimental.'

3:20 p.m:
Kajol, Tanuja, Chunky Pandey, Subhash Ghai, Manoj Kumar and other stars arrive to pay their last respects

3 p.m.: The veteran filmmaker's final journey begins to Pawan Hans crematorium

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Don't give mobiles to girls: BSP MP

A BSP MP has kicked off a controversy by saying that girls should not be given mobile phones.

"Don't give mobile phones to children, especially girls. I say this at all the places where I make my speeches. And if any of these kids have a mobile, take them away. What are they missing anyway? What are the girls missing without mobile," Rajya Sabha MP Rajpal Singh Saini said.

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First look at Iron Man 3

Here's your first look at Marvel's Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr. This is only a sneak peek at the trailer, which comes out on Tuesday, October 23.

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Yash Chopra deserved to live longer, says Big B

"An association of 44 years abruptly comes to an end. He went away too soon and too suddenly. He deserved to be with us longer. Yash Chopra, a friend first, a creative legend later, has passed away this (Sunday) evening in the late hours," Amitabh wrote on his blog

"As I sit beside his still and flower-decked body in his studio within the portals of the large common patio, there does not pass a moment when all that we shared flashes by. This colossal studio that he built after years of hard work and labour, shall for the next day, house his last physical remain.

"I doubt if he had ever dreamt that this unique and most distinguished facility would find space to accommodate him in the state that we see him today," he added.

"I last saw him on my birthday celebrations. He was indisposed and the doctors advised him rest, but he was insistent on coming over. He had made a commitment he said," wrote Amitabh.

"He had been asked to speak, one among four others that did that evening, over the sit-down dinner. His words still ring in my ear and what remains are the resonance of his goodness and feeling that he exuded towards me," he added.

However, Amitabh has one regret.

"For some months lately, he had been calling and telling me to drop by in the early hours of the morning as I returned from the gym for 'just a chat - no work, no issues, just a chat'. I had promised him that I would, and I never was able to," wrote Big B.

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Yash Chopra to be cremated today

Veteran Bollywood director, screenwriter and producer Yash Chopra, who died at a Mumbai hospital of multiple organ failure on Sunday, will be cremated here on Monday.

He was 80 when the death came.

His admirers are paying their last tribute to Chopra from 9 am to 12 noon at Yash Raj Studios, where his body is kept, reports said.

The filmmaker, who had been hospitalised last Sunday with Dengue fever, is survived by wife Pamela and sons Aditya and Uday.

Chopra, who was born on Sept 27, 1932, had announced his retirement from directing this year on his 80th birthday.

12.13 pm:

21 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

At least 21 Taliban militants were killed in Afghanistan as its army and police backed by NATO forces stepped up attacks on them across the restive nation, the country's interior ministry said.

"Afghan National Police (ANP) in partnership with army and coalition forces launched 11 cleanup operations in Kunduz, Uruzgan, Wardak, Ghazni, Farah and Helmand provinces, killing 21 armed Taliban militants over the past 24 hours," Xinhua reported Monday quoting the country's interior ministry.

The security forces also detained eight militants besides seizing weapons and ammunition and defusing 24 mines, it added.

11.23 am:

Fasih Mohammed arrested in Delhi airport after Saudi's deport him

Fasih Mohammed, a man named by the 26/11 handler Abu Jundal, was arrested in the New Delhi international airport today after he was deported from Saudi Arabia and put on a plane to India.

The suspected Lashkar operative has been taken by a special cell of the Delhi police and will be interrogated about his role in various terrorist attacks in India.

10.20 am:

No formula to satisfy everyone: Anurag Kashyap

People should first make films they are excited about and then find the audience, says filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

"There is not a single film that is for every audience. There is no such formula. They should just make films they are excited about and then figure out the audience," Kashyap told IANS in an interview.

"We cannot mould a film so that every one understands it. If you try to cater to everyone's needs, then you can only make a 'khichdi'. Khichdi caters to everyone," he said.

Anurag Kashyap, who earlier made "Dev D", a modern-day retelling of a 19th century story, spoke of audiences putting limits on creative people.

"People want a filmmaker to keep making the same thing," he said.

But now audiences do not know what the filmmaker would do next, he said. And they are accepting new kinds of films, he added.

"It would be scary when they would wish to watch the same kind of a few years ago," Kashyap said.

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Today in history -

Amid all the excitement over Felix Baumgartner's free-fall feat, today was perhaps the most direct ancestor to that feat - the first parachute jump.

In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin (gahr-nayr-AN') made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.

Thought for Today: "Life is easier to take than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable." — Kathleen Norris, American author (1880-1960).

0930 hrs

After 2 yrs, Mumbai developers step on gas

Mumbai realty developers, whose projects were stuck for a couple of years due to lack of approvals and confusion on development rules, are using the current Dussehra-Diwali season to launch new projects, in the city and its suburbs.

At least two dozen new projects have been launched in Mumbai and its suburbs since the onset of Navratri last Tuesday. Consultants and developers expect similar numbers till the middle of next week.

0900 hrs

Gold hits 1-month low on dollar

Gold and silver fell to their lowest in more than a month on Monday as investors turned to the safety of the dollar after tumbling U.S. equities sparked concerns about the health of the global economy.

Gold hit a low around $1,713 an ounce and was standing at $1,720.21 by 0027 GMT, hardly changed from Friday, and down from an 11-month peak of $1,795.69 marked in early October. Silver tracked gold lower.

0830 hrs

British envoy to meet Narendra Modi today

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will meet the British High Commissioner to India, James Bevan in Ahmedabad on Monday. 

The meeting marks the resumption of diplomatic relations between Britian and Gujarat, which were strained after the 2002 Gujarat riots. Two weeks back, the UK had claimed that it was looking at normalising relations with Gujarat.

0800 hrs

Striking employees of Kingfisher Airlines on Sunday said they will meet the management today to find a solution to the 20-day strike that has crippled operations and led the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to suspend the carrier's licence.
"We will hold a meeting with the management (on Monday) in Mumbai. We also want the airline to start operations and to become viable again," a senior official, who is on strike, told IANS in New Delhi.
"We will consider any offer presented by the airline which is logical and meets the minimum criteria of our demands," the official added.

Nearly, 6,500 employees of the airline face the possibility of losing their jobs if the airline continues to be in a state of lockout, which has been extended till October 23.
The average monthly wage bill of the airline is said to be around Rs.21 crore.

Also, filmmaker Yash Chopra, who passed away on Sunday evening at a suburban hospital, will be cremated today. Chopra had been in Lilavati Hospital since October 13 after he was diagnosed with dengue. The 80-year-old director died on Sunday following multi-organ failure.

Chopra will be cremated at 3pm today at Chandanwadi crematorium in south Mumbai.

"From 9am to 12 noon people can come in at the Yash Raj Films studio in suburban Andheri to pay their condolences. He (Chopra) will be cremated at 3pm at Chandan Wadi," YRF spokesperson said.

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