SRK's kiss story - JTHJ demanded it!
"I had a couple of rules actually - that I won't ride a horse and I won't kiss. Both are cumbersome. I don't know how to do both on screen," Shah Rukh said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2012 here Friday.
Ever since the release of Yash Chopra's directorial JTHJ Tuesday, social networking platforms have been abuzz about the kiss scene between Shah Rukh and Katrina Kaif. So, moderator Vir Sanghvi, on behalf of Twitterati, asked SRK: How come he kissed this time!
"I will be very honest. Adi (Aditya Chopra), Yash ji and Katrina, and I say this with all humility and thankfulness to them, that they knew I was awkward, I had issues and I am a very easy actor to work with. They are like my family and they said, 'You don't have to do this' and then they got together and they forced me and then even paid me for it."
"So... when heroines say that 'I wore a bikini because the story demanded me to', I did it (the kiss) because the story demanded it. Believe me or don't believe it," said the 47-year-old actor, who has been in showbiz for over two decades.
Shah Rukh feels doing something as intimate as a kiss on screen, is mechanical.
"It is very mechanical with 100 people telling you what to do. It's very odd. I don't even do photoshoots with heroines if it is not for my film and that is also rude, but I don't want to waste anyone's time. I find it very awkward taking my shirt off and posing. I can do it in character for film," he said.
Tension prevails in Hyderabad
Tension prevailed in Old City here after police lobbed teargas shells to disperse members of a community who allegedly pelted stones and burnt vehicles near the historic Charminar.
Scores of people marched towards Charminar after Friday prayers this afternoon which was heavily barricaded after different localities in Old City witnessed communal tension over the past one week.
The trouble broke out after some of the members reportedly tried to hold prayers inside Charminar and argued with the police for denying permission in this regard and pelted stones at the cops.
Two cars and three bikes were burnt and window panes of several other vehicles were damaged in stone pelting at various areas, police said.
Police initially used mild force to disperse protesters.
As the situation got tense, policemen fired teargas shells on the stone-pelting mob. Some protesters were also taken into custody. There were reports of injuries to few policemen in the incident.
Prohibitory orders were imposed in the troubled areas.
Shops and business establishments downed their shutters in the areas.
Security in the Old City area was stepped up with deployment of additional forces including RAF in view of Friday prayers today.
Malala's name being used to raise money in Britain
Several people from the British Pakistani community have begun raising money to "promote education" in the name of Malala Yousufzai, the teenaged rights activist shot by the Taliban and currently undergoing treatment in Britain.
The 15−year−old Malala is being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The News International said people have donated money in the girl's name, but that there was little transparency in how these funds are being raised, where the money will be spent and who will oversee the fund−raising as well as the implementation.
The BJP's women's cell is holding a protest outside the Irish embassy in Delhi. The party is protesting the death of Savita, who was denied abortion in Ireland due to the country's controversial abortion laws.
The Irish envoy to India has been summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs regarding the Savita case.
SP releases list of candidates for 2014 poll
Samajwadi Party today declared its first list of candidates for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with its president Mulayam Singh Yadav seeking another term from his Mainpuri seat.
"The party today releases its first list of 55 candidates for the coming elections, including 18 sitting MPs and MLAs, one minister and Speaker of the state Assembly," party spokesman Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters here.
Claiming that the party was taking a lead in declaring its nominees, Yadav said that there was a possibility that there would not be any changes in the list but can be done in extreme conditions.
The government has slammed the CAG after the 2G auction was deemed a failure. The government has said that revenue should not be the sole criteria for deciding government policy. It also maintained that policy is best left to the government.
'We are certainly not celebrating. I am upset that the consumer has not benefited,' said Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on the 2G spectrum auction.
'The telecom story is no longer a story we can share with the world. Sensationalism took over. You cannot extrapolate figures and sensationalize them and destroy the hen that laid the golden egg," he said.
The flopped 2G auction is proof that the 1.76 lakh crore 2G scam was 'a myth' according to the government.
Baba Ramdev was one among those who paid a visit to the Thackeray residence, Matoshree today. He said that the prayers of millions was with Bal Thackeray.
The yoga guru also went on to say that the Shiv Sena leader was a fighter and that he was confident of Thackeray's speedy recovery.
Reports suggest that only Uddhav Thackeray, his wife and a team of doctors from the Lilavati Hospital are in Thackeray's room.
The Samajwadi Party has announced its candidates list for the 2014 elections. The party has said that it is ready for early polls.
Temperature hits zero degree in Ooty
The temperature in and around the hill station, a major tourist spot, touched zero degree, with frost covering nearly a 10 kilometre area, officials said.
Tourists and citizens ventured out only after 8.30 am, as the biting cold made them sit indoors, they said.
A 'white carpet of frost' was seen over the plains, tea estates, including in and around the town, the famous botanical gardens and also Wenlock downs, they said.
Japan PM dissolves parliament, planning Dec. vote
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament Friday, paving the way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to solve Japan's myriad problems.
Noda followed through on a pledge to call elections after the opposition Liberal Democratic Party agreed to back several key pieces of legislation, including a deficit financing bill and electoral reforms. The Cabinet was expected to quickly announce elections for Dec. 16.
Noda's Democratic Party of Japan has grown unpopular thanks to its handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and especially its recent doubling of the sales tax. The elections will probably end its three-year hold on power.
I feel partly a citizen of India: Suu Kyi
"I feel myself partly a citizen of India -- a citizen of love and honour." This is how Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi today described her "friendship" with India and its people.
Addressing a packed gathering of students and teachers at her alma mater Lady Shri Ram College here, Suu Kyi reminisced her formative years in the prestigious institution and said she never felt "far away" from India.
PM's Pakistan visit unlikely
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to visit Pakistan for now because the country is yet to fulfil India's expectations on 26/11, said CNN IBN.
During his visit to Ajmer in July, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had invited Singh to make a trip to his ancestral village in Punjab province on the occasion of Guru Nanak's birth anniversary, which falls later this month.
But this visit was highly unlikely, said the news channel, quoting sources.
India wants Pakistan to provide it with voice samples of suspects, speedy trial of Lashkar suspects and restrictions on Hafiz Saeed, who was allegedly behind the attack in Mumbai that killed 166 people.
Sri Lanka Tamil party urges UN to open probe into civilian deaths
Sri Lanka's main ethnic Tamil party is urging the United Nations to make amends for its acknowledged failure to protect civilians in the final months of the county's civil war by opening an international investigation into civilian deaths.
A U.N. report released Wednesday said the world body took inadequate steps to protect civilians during the bloody final months of the civil war, calling it a "grave failure."
A separate U.N. report released last year said up to 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians may have been killed in the final months of the conflict, which ended in May 2009.
M.A. Sumanthiran, a lawmaker for the Tamil National Alliance, said Friday that the U.N. must make amends for its failure by launching an international investigation into the civilian deaths.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory to the government of Assam. The advisory has cautioned and alerted the Assam government about the recent incidents of violence in Assam. 6 people died since saturday after clashes in Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon.
Today's Highlight in History:
In 1946, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded at the conclusion of a conference in London.
In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.
In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union.
In 1917, Georges Clemenceau again became prime minister of France.
In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
In 1959, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.
In 1960, Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable died in Los Angeles at age 59.
In 2002, In an open letter to the Iraqi Parliament, President Saddam Hussein said he had no choice but to accept a tough, new U.N. weapons inspection resolution because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unilateral war on the Iraqi people.
'Thuppakki' objectionable scenes to be removed
Producer Kalaipuli Thanu and director AR Murgadoss have agreed to remove certain scenes in Thuppakki “which hurt the sensitivity of the Muslim community”.
Many Muslim organisations have been agitating for the removal of the scenes. Kalaipuli Thanu said: “We did not want to hurt anyone’s sentiment. We regret if it had hurt the Muslim community and we are removing the objectionable scenes at the earliest.”
Blast kills two in Pakistan
Two paramilitary personnel died in a bomb attack Friday morning in Pakistan.
The explosion took place around 6 a.m. in Balochistan province near the Afghan border, and targeted a vehicle of the paramilitary force, Xinhua reported.
SP MLA's domestic help allegedly involved in gang-rape of minor
A 12-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by a domestic help of the Samajwadi Party MLA from Sadar, and his associates at the legislator's house here, police said on Thursday.
Rakesh and some of his associates allegedly abducted the girl while she had gone to attend to nature's call on Tuesday night and took her to MLA Jagram Paswan's house.
The MLA was not present in the premises at the time of the incident.
She was locked in a room for 21 hours and allegedly gang-raped, police said, adding that the girl was later dropped at a secluded place last night using the MLA's vehicle.
On reaching her house she told her family about the incident leading to a strong protest by them and their neighbours who gathered at the MLA's house.
A case has been lodged and further investigations are on to identify the rest of the accused, police said.
Tibetans self-immolate in restive west China
A U.S. broadcaster says two young Tibetans died after setting themselves ablaze in far west China, the latest in a string of suicide protests over Beijing's handling of its Tibetan regions.
Radio Free Asia said by email that a 23-year-old woman and a male teenager whose exact age was not known set themselves on fire separately Thursday in Tongren country in Qinghai province. The statement said both died.
There have been dozens of self-immolations since 2009 in China's Tibetan regions and at least 10 in the last week.
Tibet support groups overseas say the increase in protests in recent days is meant to highlight Tibetan unhappiness with Chinese rule as the country's leaders hand over power to younger successors at a party congress in Beijing.
Three civilians killed in Gaza air strike
Three Palestinian civilians were killed late Thursday in an Israeli air strike in Gaza, hospital officials and witnesses said.
The air strike targeted a house in Beit Hanoun city in northern Gaza, Xinhua reported.
With the latest casualties, the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks rose to 19 since Wednesday. Twenty other people were wounded in Thursday's air strike.
Google to invest $75 mn in wind farm
Google will invest $75 million in a wind energy project to power one of its data centres in the US, the company announced Thursday.
The Rippey wind farm, located in the US state of Iowa, has a capacity to produce 50 MW of electricity. With this, the search giant's total investment in clean energy projects has now risen to nearly $1 billion, Xinhua reported.
The California−based company had last year created a $280−million fund in partnership with SolarCity, an American solar energy company, to generate clean energy.
Bracing up for an opposition onslaught in Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host dinner for UPA leaders today to firm up a joint strategy on various issues like FDI that are expected to come up during the session beginning next week.
Singh's dinner with UPA leaders comes close on the heels of his similar interactions with leaders of crucial outside supporters Samajwadi Party and BSP. He hosted dinner for SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh last week and followed it with lunch for BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday.
The Prime Minister is reaching out to allies and outside supporters as the government faces the prospect of a motion entailing voting on FDI and even a possible threat of No-Confidence Motion.