Live: Salman Khan inks 500 crore deal with entertainment channel

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 11:26 hrs

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Salman Khan inks 500 crore deal with entertainment channel

Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan has signed a 500-crore deal with an entertainment channel.

According to sources, the agreement, which is first of its kind in India, includes airing all of Khan's films that will release in the next five years.

The 47-year-old actor, who is considered to be the most popular celebrity on social media and whose popularity on TV is supposed to be multiplying with time, seems to have cast an indelible impact on viewers across all age groups.

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No rollback in diesel price hike, says Moily

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M. Veerappa Moily Saturday ruled out the possibility of government rolling back the decision allowing Oil marketing Companies (OMCs) to revise diesel prices from time to time.

"India is the only country where we have the regulation of the diesel prices. We have to pay dollars and billions of crore are paid. If we go on paying in dollars ultimately the country will become bankrupt," Moily said, when asked if government was contemplating rolling back the partial deregulation of diesel prices as demanded by the entire opposition and parties supporting the government.

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Armstrong wants to 'compete again'

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said in an interview to Oprah Winfrey that he wants to "compete again".

Armstrong, in the explosive interview aired Friday, finally admitted that he had taken performance enhancing drugs during his racing days, reports Xinhua.

"Hell, yes. I'm a competitor. It's what I've done my whole life. I love to train. I love to race," Armstrong told talk show host Oprah.

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Pakistani accused of 100 murders walks free

A Pakistani man accused of more than 100 counts of manslaughter in the port city of Karachi has been released after he was acquitted in many cases and got bail in the rest, a media report said.

Shahnawaz alias Ajmal Pahari was released from the Karachi Central Jail Friday, Geo News reported.

Jail authorities said Pahari was released after he was acquitted or secured bail in all the cases registered against him.

He had been detained since September 2012 under the maintenance of public order act.

Pahari through his counsel told a court that he had been detained without any justification or validity.

Pahari, who was arrested in March 2011, had been acquitted in 11 cases of violent crime.

He pleaded with the court that he was granted bail in the remaining cases, but police continued to detain him illegally.

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Militants blow up girls' school in Peshawar

Unidentified militants Saturday blew up a girls' primary school in Pakistan's Peshawar city, Geo News reported.

However, no casualties were reported in the incident in Budh Bair area.

Police said the militants planted the explosive material near the main gate of the school.

Two classrooms were destroyed and the school building was badly damaged in the explosion.

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Mani Shankar Aiyar targets Modi, says ' BJP is RSS puppet'

Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar on Saturday took potshots at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the country's main opposition party cannot hold a 'Chitan Shivir' like the ruling party at the Centre as they are the puppets of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

"They (BJP) should announce their leader. They are fighting like cats and dogs. We are having our 'Chintan Shivir' here, they can't even hold a 'Shivir' like this because they are the puppets of RSS what will they think. They are anxious, but they very well twisted the words and said that it's not Congress's 'Chintan Shivir' but the Congress is nervous. This is their thinking. The people have rejected them," he said, when asked about the Congress Party's Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014.

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Mexican inmates keep crocodile as prison pet

A routine inspection of a prison in Mexico led to an unexpected discovery of a crocodile in one of the prison cells, police said.

The crocodile, kept by inmates as a pet in the eastern city of Chetumal, was freed.

Policemen are trying to find out how the reptile ended up in a prison cell.

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The Chief Minister of Goa has promised action against a port official who made an insensitive comment after the rape of a 7 year old student. 'Insensitive comment by the official, police will take action against him,' said Parrikar.

'It is unacceptable that the evidence was destroyed and blood strains were removed,' continued the CM.

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Lifetime ban is "death penalty," says Armstrong

​Lance Armstrong says he received the "death penalty" for using performance-enhancing drugs and lying about it for over a decade, but the disgraced cyclist still harbours a strong desire to compete and hopes his lifetime ban will one day be lifted.

In contrast to the impassive confessions to doping Armstrong gave in the first part of his interview with U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey on Thursday, Armstrong struggled with his emotions as he discussed the impact his fall had had on his family.

Eyes welling up and pausing to gather his composure, Armstrong recalled the moment he told his children the accusations against him were true and said the fallout from the affair had left his mother "a wreck".

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13-year-old girl raped in Odisha, two held

Two people have been arrested in Odisha's Sundergarh district for raping a 13-year-old girl, police said Saturday.

The incident occurred Jan 10 near Chungimati village under Kansbahal police outpost area, about 480 km from state capital, but came to light only after the girl's family lodged a complaint with the police Thursday, sub-divisional police officer S.K.Panigrahi told IANS.

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Woman branded as witch beaten to death

 A 55-year-old tribal woman was beaten to death by her in-laws after they branded her a witch in Rajasthan's Banswara district, police said Saturday.

The incident took place Friday night at Moti Timbi village in the district, some 500 km from here.

"Veeta Devi was sleeping in the house when her brother-in-law and his family members barged inside and dragged her out," a police officer told IANS.

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Armstrong turns emotional in 2nd part of interview

Lance Armstrong finally cracked.

Not while expressing deep remorse or regrets, though there was plenty of that in Friday night's second part of Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

It wasn't over the $75 million in sponsorship deals that evaporated over the course of two days, or having to walk away from the Livestrong cancer charity he founded and called his "sixth child." It wasn't even about his lifetime ban from competition, though he said that was more than he deserved.

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A school bus conductor has been arrested for raping a 4-year-old in Mumbai.  The 4-year-old was raped in a school bus and is a nursery student according to reports.

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100 freed from Algeria hostage crisis: Reports

Around 100 foreigners taken hostage inside a gas plant by Islamist militants were freed by Algerian forces on Friday while the fate of another 32 remained unknown, media reports said.

Another report said around 30 hostages were killed along with 18 of the militants in the operation against the three-day standoff in the northwestern African nation.

Around 10 people from Japan, eight from Norway were among those still unaccounted for while British Prime Minister David Cameron said the number of Britons still at risk was "significantly" less than 30.

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Overcharging batteries eyed in Boeing 787 mishaps

In the case of the 787 in Boston, the battery in the plane's auxiliary power unit had recently received a large demand on its power and was in the process of charging when the fire ignited, a source familiar with the investigation of the 787 fire in Boston told The Associated Press. The plane had landed a short time earlier and was empty of passengers, although a cleaning crew was working in the plane.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order Wednesday temporarily grounding the six 787s belonging to United Airlines, the lone U.S. carrier operating Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced airliner. The Japanese carriers already had grounded their 787s, and airlines and civil aviation authorities in other countries followed suit, shutting down all 50 Dreamliners that Boeing has delivered so far.

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Propped up by the massive series-levelling win in the second ODI, India will look to keep the momentum going when they go into the third one-dayer against England here tomorrow, hoping that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's first match in his hometown will prove lucky.

After they fell short by mere nine runs in a high-scoring 326-run chase in Rajkot, India came back strongly in Kochi to level the series 1-1 with a 127-run win, their second highest margin of victory against England.

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