Saturday, 18 June 2011

First Look of ash in Heroine

According to reports, Madhur Bhandarkar's next, Heroine, will show Aishwarya at her boldest yet.
Post his hard-hitting films on socialites  and the fashion industry (Fashion), Bhandarkar zeroes in on the unseen life of an actress. Rumour has it that it may feature the Salman-Ash and the Saif-Kareena love affairs too.
With steamy scenes and a boy toy, to be played by Arunoday Singh, Ash will be seen amidst all the glitz and the glamour of Bollywood. Here's a peek at her oh-so-glam look.

First look of Big B in Bbudha.. Hoga Terra Baap

Bachchan Sr and Jr will shake a leg together once again after Kajra re. Here's a sneak peek of how big Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap is going to be in the picture Abhishek Bachchan posted on Twitter and captioning it “Yeh jahan khade ho jaate hain. Line wahi se hi shuru hoti hai!!!!”.

India fourth most dangerous place for women in the world : survey

New Delhi: The high number of female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking prevalent in India has placed it as the fourth most dangerous place for women in the world, according to a survey.

Afghanistan is the most dangerous place for women followed by Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia in the survey conducted by Thomson Reuters' Trustlaw Women, a hub of legal information and legal support for women's rights.

Three of these countries are in South Asia.

The poll asked 213 experts in the field from five continents to rank countries on their overall perception of danger as well as by six key categories of risk, health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, harmful practices rooted in culture, tradition and/or religion, lack of access to economic resources and human trafficking.

"India ranked fourth primarily due to female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking," the poll said.

Mumbai twins have same results in class XII | Identical twins score identical marks in class XII exams

Mumbai: Competition between the twin brothers started at the time of their birth, with one seeing the light of the world two minutes before the other.

After 16 years the race is still on, but this time it ended in a tie with both the siblings scoring the same percentage 90.73 in the SSC exams.

Family, friends and teachers of Pratik and Purvik Gohil, residents of Kandivli, could not believe their ears when they were told that the twins had scored the same marks.

Market Ragulator SEBI decision on Takeover Code| SEBI decision on Tekeover Code likely on June 30

Market regulator SEBI is likely to raise the trigger limit for open offer to 25 per cent when it takes a decision on the new Takeover Code for merger and acquisitions at its board meeting scheduled later this month.

"SEBI is likely to clear the Takeover Code in its board meeting scheduled on June 30," an official said.

An agreement seems to have emerged between the Finance Ministry and the capital market regulator for raising the trigger limit from 15 per cent to 25 per cent, as recommended by a SEBI panel but the government is not in favour of 100 per cent open offer, sources said.

"Certainly not 100 per cent," the official said when asked if the the open offer would be for the entire stake.

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Long Distance Relationships |

Let's be honest. Given a choice, I would never pick a long distance relationship. I mean, what's the point? Like Deepika says in Love Aaj Kal,
"Kya fayda? Relationship ke jo achche things hai woh nahin."
(What's the point? The benefits of a relationship aren't present.)

And yet, I guess long distance relationships do happen. No one gets into one for the sheer joy of it. It's practical (like the movie says) and we live in a world of super-pragmatism.

Anurag Kashyap makes an interesting observation (in his commentary of Dev D - quoted in context only, not words).

"In that time, people used to write letters to and wait for months to hear from each other. In this day and age, they talk every day, they chat and email. They are a part of each other's lives. They are emotionally connected. So the frustration is just physical."

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Oracle seeksin billions of dollars in patent lawsuit against Google over smartphone market

SAN FRANCISCO  - Oracle Corp is seeking damages "in the billions of dollars" from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.

The disclosure on Thursday was the first time either side publicly mentioned the cumulative scale of Oracle's damages claims.

Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android mobile operating technology infringes Oracle's Java patents. Oracle bought the Java programming language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

Poonam Pandey MMS surfaces online! | ponam pandey 's videos are not hot at all, as the tagline claims.

Remember Poonam Pandey, who wanted to manifest her love for cricket in a strip- fest for our men in blue? Two videos of her on YouTube, tagged with catchwords such as Poonam Pandey ka MMS and Poonam Pandey undressing, are registering numerous hits these days. But the videos are not hot at all, as the tagline claims.
The catch is, unlike what the taglines suggest, there is nothing explicit in the videos.
They feature Poonam getting ready for a regular swimwear shoot.
And true to form, Poonam has actually posted the links on her Twitter and Facebook pages.
Could it be that she herself uploaded the videos with the provocative taglines in the first place?

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We finally get our hands on the 3.0-litre diesel version of the latest, cutting-edge Audi A8L and we find out if it has what it takes to beat the other two German luxury limos.

The wind howls through the canyon, accentuating the moonless night, as we snake along its winding bends. Moving at superhuman speeds, the craft we’re in barely makes a whisper. The thermal imaging cameras pick up targets ahead of us in the distance and marks out the human silhouettes on the eerie monochromatic infra-red display in the center of the cabin. I’m tempted to call out to my navigator to lock weapons and blow them away to kingdom come.  But that’s not really an option. Instead my right foot jumps from the throttle onto the brake. As we shed speed, reality comes crashing down and I realize that I’m not piloting a helicopter gunship into enemy territory, but instead cruising in the lap of luxury in the latest iteration of the Audi A8.

98 kg gold, Rs.12 crore cash found in Sathya Sai Baba's chamber

Around Rs.12 crore in cash and nearly 100 kg of gold were found from Yajur Mandir, the personal chamber of late spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba, at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi of Anantapur district, a trust official said.

A day after the Sathya Sai Central Trust opened the locks of Yajur Mandir, trust member and Baba's nephew R.J. Ratnakar Friday evening announced details of the cash and valuables found inside.

He told reporters at Puttaparthi that they found Rs.11.56 crore, 98 kg gold and 307 kg silver. Ratnakar said the cash would be deposited with State Bank of India (SBI).

Brazil Vale’s $1.1 Billion Target Metorex Gets Unsolicited Interest

Metorex Ltd., the target of a $1.1 billion takeover bid from Brazil’s Vale SA, received an unsolicited approach from another party.

“There is currently no certainty that Metorex will receive a firm intention to make an offer from the alternate party,” Johannesburg-based Metorex said today in a statement.

Vale, seeking to boost copper output almost fivefold to 1 million metric tons by 2015, bid 7.35 rand ($1.08) a share for Metorex on April 8 in a transaction giving the Rio de Janeiro- based company the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ruashi open-pit mine and the Chibuluma copper development in Zambia.

Metorex rose 4.9 percent to 7.66 rand, the highest closing level since Oct. 17, 2008, as of 5 p.m. Johannesburg trading.

“You can see from the price that the people in the know, and there are always people in the know, are obviously impressed by the quality of the bidder,” Vestact Securities Ltd. Managing Director Paul Theron said by phone from Johannesburg today. “Vale are not idiots. You can assume that they recognize a good value case,” he said, adding the company’s offer would send a signal to others highlighting the value of the investment.

Legal Battle

The bidder may be Chinese, Johannesburg-based news website Miningmx reported today.

Other companies operating in Congo include First Quantum Minerals Ltd. and Eurasian Natural Resources Corp.

First Quantum, the Canadian company in a legal battle with Congo over its Kolwezi mining license and assets, isn’t involved in the offer for Metorex, company President Clive Newall said in an e-mailed response to queries. “Definitely not us.”

Charlotte Kirkham, a spokeswoman at ENRC, wouldn’t comment. The London-based company, whose copper units include Central African Mining & Exploration Co. in Congo and Chambishi Metals Plc in Zambia, bought rights to the Kolwezi project in August. The deal prompted First Quantum to seek more than $1 billion in compensation.

A Vale official in Rio de Janeiro, who declined to be identified citing corporate policy, said the company wouldn’t comment.

Stalking a New Frontier: The Arctic

In 2007, Russia sent two mini-subs to the seabed two and a half miles under the North Pole to plant its flag — a move that, however symbolic, points to new rivalries over its potential riches. Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States also have territory in the Arctic Circle, and international conventions entitle them to economic zones within 200 miles of their borders. But Russia claims — without international support so far — that the seabed is an extension of its continental shelf, and Denmark has begun looking at the shelf off its territory in Greenland.

Brazil creating anti-pirate force after spate of attacks on Amazon riverboats

Authorities in the Brazilian Amazon are to create an anti-piracy taskforce following a spate of attacks on riverboats in the northern state of Pará.

The rapid-response unit was unveiled by officials after an attack in which 11 heavily armed thieves stormed a passenger boat heading for the state capital, Belém.

Blackberry firm shares fall sharply |RIM shares had fallen by 21.65% on the Nasdaq exchange in New York.

Shares in Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion have fallen by more than a fifth since it announced disappointing results on Thursday.

The company said that it had missed even its lowered expectations and reduced its profit forecasts.

RIM's net profit was $695m (£430m) in the three months to 28 May, down from $769m in the same period last year.

It warned in April that its profits would be low because of lower shipments of its Blackberry phones.
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By mid-morning local time on Friday RIM shares had fallen by 21.65% on the Nasdaq exchange in New York.

RIM has announced a cost-cutting programme, which will include job cuts.

Can Lady Gaga crack India? | Lady Gaga singer

Lady Gaga, who has millions of fans around the world, is trying to expand her reach in one of the world's largest consumer bases - India.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, she spoke of her ambitions.

"The reason I'm going to India now is because I can," she says. "I didn't have the money or the resources before to travel and bring all of my things with me and reach an entire new territory of fans."

It is a fanbase which could prove extremely lucrative if she's able to capture it.

With a growing economy, and a population of more 700 million people under the age of 30, India's rising middle classes have more money to spend.

Bollywood music is still the most popular genre, which might explain why, as part of her mission, Lady Gaga has remixed a number of her songs to give them a more Indian flavour.
She has released four mixes of Judas and Born This Way, reversioned by the American-Indian music company Desi Hits, which creates East-West "fusion" content targeted at South Asians the world over
Recruited as remixers are Salim and Sulamain, two of Bollywood's most popular composers, and Panjabi MC. A reworked Judas adds the melancholy sound of the sitar and the soft beats of a Tabla drum.
"Bollywood is so vibrant and colourful and larger than life in many ways - and Lady Gaga is too," says Anjula Acharia-Bath, CEO of Desi Hits.
"I think it's natural that she would gravitate towards that."
Lady Gaga has been eyeing India and Bollywood for some time, says Acharia-Bath, and she's expressed an interest in singing Born This Way in Hindi.

Saudi Arabia women drive cars in protest

Women in Saudi Arabia have been openly driving cars in defiance of an official ban on female drivers in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The direct action has been organised on social network sites, where women have been posting images and videos of themselves behind the wheel.

The Women2Drive Facebook page said the direct action would continue until a royal decree reversed the ban.

Last month, a woman was arrested after uploading a video of herself driving.

IMF warns of increased risks to the world economy |The International Monetary Fund has warned that the risks facing the world economy have increased.

The fund said it was concerned about the continuing Greek debt crisis, the arguments over US deficit plans and the need to curb growth in Asia.

But it said it expected global growth to remain on track, though it lowered its forecasts for the US and UK.

The IMF predicted that the world economy would grow at a rate of 4.3% in 2011 and 4.5% in 2012.

The fund called for greater political leadership in dealing with the eurozone debt crisis and the budget crisis in the US.

Vancouver riots: A kiss amid the chaos?

In the aftermath of the ice hockey riots which broke out in Vancouver on Wednesday night, the Canadian public have been left asking two questions.
Firstly, how did their city, considered by many to be one of the world's most pleasant to live in, come to be the scene of such wanton violence? And secondly, was that really a photograph of a couple locked in a passionate embrace lying in the street between rioters and police?

Friday, 17 June 2011

Fatal floods hit China forcing over 500,000 to flee

China has raised the disaster alert to the highest level, as flooding spreads across central and southern provinces

Days of torrential rain have forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people in

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His debut release, My World, followed on November 17, 2009, and was eventually certified platinum in the United States. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Car news : Volkswagen sells record 2 billion cars in bid to be world leader

Wolfsburg, Germany - Europe's largest carmaker, Volkswagen, sold a record 2 billion cars of its flagship brand worldwide in the first five months of 2011, the company reported Tuesday, in a bid to become the global market leader by 2018. Sales of the Volkswagen brand in the first five months...

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Flashy sports cars are male 'short-term mating signal' by us researchers

Men who buy flashy sports cars might be more successful at getting a date, but women do not see them as good marriage material, a study suggests.

Researchers from Texas and Minnesota carried out tests on nearly 1,000 people to find out the signals sent out by spending behaviour.

Although men used spending on luxury items as a short-term mating signal, women did not spend to attract men.

The study appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The US researchers discovered that women found a man who chose to buy a flashy, expensive product - like a Porsche car - more desirable than the same man who bought a non-luxury item, like a Honda Civic.

However, women are aware of a man's intentions in acting this way, the study says, because women found the man with the Porsche less desirable as a marriage partner than as a date.

Daniel Beal, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Rice University, said the sports car started to lose its sheen.

"When women considered him for a long-term relationship, owning the sports car held no advantage relative to owning an economy car.

"People may feel that owning flashy things makes them more attractive as a relationship partner but, in truth, many men might be sending women the wrong message."

According to the study, men who flaunt expensive, showy items like Porsches to woo potential sexual partners are like peacocks who display their tail feathers before potential mates.

But they said that not all men favoured this strategy - only those men who were interested in short-term sexual relationships with women.

Women, in contrast, did not spend excessively to attract men.

Jill Sundie, lead author of the study and assistant professor of marketing at University of Texas at San Antonio, said: "Obviously women also spend plenty of money on expensive things. But the anticipation of romance doesn't trigger flashy spending as it does with men."

Good news for cadanian Federal cheques out June 20 despite postal lockout

Canada Post reminded Canadians on Thursday that despite the labour dispute, postal workers will be delivering two million public pension and government cheques across the country on Monday, June 20.

An agreement was reached with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in March 2011 to ensure delivery of the cheques.

The cheques being delivered include the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Veteran's Affairs Pension Plan, Canada Tax Benefit and Receiver General of Canada.

The Crown corporation also said Quebec's Pension, Child Assistance and Income Security cheques as well as Alberta's Pension cheques will be delivered on that day.

All post offices will be open on June 20 to allow customers to retrieve their cheques, but they will not be handling any other retail transactions.

Princess Kate Middleton Photos

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It's easy to see why Kate Middleton went unrecognized while shopping in London, wearing skinny jeans and a ponytail. But a few hours and a Jenny Packham gown later, the Duchess of Cambridge was transformed

Royal Ascot in hats | Royal Ascot horse race 2011

The first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting was held at Ascot, England, on June 14, 2011. Top hats and tails remain compulsory.

Tonsil hockey steals show at Vancouver riot

Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Zoa Morani worked as an assistant director to Rajkumar Santoshi for Halla Bol and Farah Khan for Om Shanti Om and also trained in acting from Anupam Kher's acting school Actor Prepares. Eventually, she made her film debut as an actress with Shah Rukh Khan's Always Kabhi Kabhi, believing that the movie would be a perfect launch pad for her in Bollywood.

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Kerala girl scored 100% in all subjects

FOR M. S. Shreelakshmi, a student of Kerala Board who has applied to DU’s St Stephen’s College, no cut- off can prove to be a hurdle this year.

At a time when Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) has made applicants doubt the possibility of scoring a perfect 100 in at least four subjects, Sreelakshmi’s report card is quite the shocker.

A student of commerce, she has scored full marks in all her six subjects.

"Not only does she have 100 per cent in her best- of- four aggregate, but also in all the six subjects,” said N. Raghunathan, teacher in- charge, economics.

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The change of season calls not only for lighter fabrics and abbreviated hems but for a reconsideration of one’s grooming practices too. Whether it’s a sunscreen with enough SPF to withstand the summer’s harsh rays or a simple update of hairstyle, a change to your regimen can be as refreshing as a new pair of shorts. Modeled on the season’s It boys — who themselves reflect the wide spectrum of male beauty today — these tips and trends will help you embrace the transition effortlessly. Go to interactive feature >>

How to Shop a Flea

Alex Bell and Shira Entis know their fleas, from Elephant’s Trunk in Connecticut to Portobello Market in London. Which you would expect from the girls who started the awesome line of handbags and totes called Fleabags.

“We’ve been lovers of flea markets forever,” Bell says. “When I met Shira at Brown University, we bonded over great market deals.” Currently, their favorite markets are Chelsea’s on 25th street and that up-and-coming hidden gem Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (406 West 39th Street) on Saturdays. As quasi professionals, however, they never venture forth without a game plan, which includes the following advice:

Paris (France) :Flipping Through Portable Artwork

Today, an increasing number of artists from different disciplines are introducing books as original, autonomous works of art. The books are printed in small editions, often numbered and signed, and are displayed in art spaces, museums and auction houses. The trend is particularly visible in Paris, where galleries, universities and dedicated events are promoting the medium.

“The main point about this trend is that these aren’t exhibition catalogs,” said Camille Henrot, a Paris-based artist who mainly works on sculpture and video. “They aren’t derivative products of a larger project, but an independent project in their own right, even when created in relation to an exhibition.”

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Girl commits suicide for scoring 85 per cent

Bangalore: It is 100 per cent trauma. The suicide of a young girl in the city, who scored 85 per cent is a sad example. The girl took the extreme step as she could not get into a college of her choice.

The young generation is finding it extremely tough to cope with the pressure of expectations.

"Even when our percentages are as good as 90 per cent we still don't get the college we want, only because the cut-off is irrational and high. We are really very disappointed and the peer pressure is so much, that we cannot stand not getting what we want," said Suraksha, a student.

All over the country the cut-offs are spiralling, more so in the prestigious colleges.

In Delhi, the presitigious Sri Ram College of Commerce announced a cut-off of 100 per cent for non-commerce students wishing to apply to its B Com (Honours) course.

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Report: Facebook users more trusting, engaged | Facebook new survey

A new survey is countering views that social networks isolate people.

According to the study from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends and get more social support than their non-networked counterparts.

The survey released Thursday found that, when all else is equal, people who use Facebook have 9 percent more close ties in their overall social network than other Internet users.

Nokia begins pre-orders for the E6 in India

Nokia has announced today that consumers can pre-order the next addition to its touch and type series Symbian phones, the Nokia E6. After pre-booking, consumers will need to deposit Rs. 2000 at their nearest Nokia Priority Store to secure their device. The device will be available on store shelves from July 15 2011.

The E6, which retails for 345 pounds in UK, was expected to launch in India for about Rs. 25,000. It will now be available at the much lower price of Rs. 17,999 which can also be paid via three-monthly installments offered by Nokia.

Hundred firefighters vs central London blaze

London: Roughly 100 firefighters are battling a rooftop blaze in central London.

The fire at a ten-storey building being refurbished on The Strand sent smoke billowing throughout the area.

Officials said Tuesday no injuries have been reported. The building was evacuated.

Residents in the area are being advised to shut their windows to keep smoke out of their apartments.

Google launches voice search on desktop

San Francisco: Making Google search requests on many office and home computers soon won't require a keyboard.

A feature announced Tuesday will allow people to speak their search requests while sitting in front of their desktop computers just as they already can on smartphones running on Google Inc.'s Android software.

The spoken-request option will be available only on Google's Chrome browser. It will be activated by clicking on a microphone icon inside Google's search box. Chrome users will get the new feature within the next few days.

Kuala Lumpur Report : Malaysian executives dive into water for board meeting

Kuala Lumpur: It was a board meeting with a difference. The executives did not wear the traditional suit with tie, instead they donned wet suits and carried air tanks.

The venue too was not the board room but underwater.

Ten Malaysian entrepreneurs held the 15-minute meeting 4.2 metres below the water among stingrays and rabbit-fishes at an aquarium here yesterday.

Berlin : Long-term kidney threat in E. coli victims

Berlin: As Europe's E. coli crisis wanes, some experts are now warning of a looming threat: possible long-term kidney complications for many of the victims.

Many of the roughly 3,200 E. coli patients are recovering and returning home, and only a handful of new cases are being reported.

But along with a record death toll of 38, the outbreak also produced an unprecedented number of patients with a rare ailment known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, which can lead to kidney failure.

Germany usually sees some 40 to 50 such cases a year; 784 people suffered from HUS in the outbreak. The complication usually hits about 10 percent of E. coli patients and kills up to 5 percent of those infected.

France to use DNA database in Air France probe

Paris: French investigators will use a Brazilian DNA database to help identify the remains of victims of an Air France crash two years ago, the head of a group representing the victims' Brazilian families said Wednesday.

All 228 people aboard Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris died when the Airbus A330 dived into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crash, but the probe leapt forward in April, when underwater robots retrieved the plane's black box flight recorders and several bodies.

'Che' Guevara's revolution diary|Cuba publishes 'Che' Guevara's revolution diary

Havana: Cuba has published revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara's journal from the guerrilla campaign he fought with Fidel Castro.

"Diary of a Combatant" covers the period from 1956 until late 1958, days before the Cuban Revolution swept Castro to power.

It begins with his arrival in Cuba aboard the yacht "Granma" with Fidel and Raul Castro and covers his march from the eastern side of the island to the capital.

Hackers say they hit CIA website | Hackers hack CIA websites

Washington: A group of hackers who breached the Senate computer system earlier this week claimed responsibility for problems with the CIA's website on Wednesday.

The group, known as Lulz Security, tweeted "Tango down -," and there were difficulties throughout the early evening accessing the agency's website.

The computer mischief appeared to be targeting the CIA's public website, which does not include classified data and has no impact on the CIA's operation. CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf said the agency is looking into the reports.

New York state assembly passes gay marriage bill | Good news for gay in New York state

(New York): New York's Democrat-led Assembly has passed a bill to legalise gay marriage and a critical vote by the state Senate could take place this week if that chamber's Republican majority brings the measure to the floor.

Assemblyman Charles Lavine said on Wednesday that he believes his chamber's approval of gay marriage means that somewhere America's founding fathers "have smiles on their faces."

But Assemblyman Dov Hikind said gay marriage is wrong in the eyes of God.

Gay marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, DC. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has shepherded the bill in New York.

Empire State Building |Feud over views from the Empire State building

New York: It is pretty much compulsory on any tourist's to-do list. You ascend to the 86th-floor Observatory of the Empire State Building and soak in the big city in all its dizzying splendor, and probably get dizzy yourself.

Or, for those otherwise inclined, you can stop at the second floor of the building and witness the skyline from there. Do not eat beforehand. That is where the New York Skyride is, a roughly 15-minute simulated helicopter ride. The stomach-churning tour around the city is narrated by Kevin Bacon, whom you just about never run into at the Observatory.

Kate-William won't hire housekeeper | Aware of austerity drive, Kate-William won't hire housekeeper

London: Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has shelved plans to hire a housekeeper as she has reportedly decided to do household chores with husband Prince William.

The 29-year-old Kate has asked royal aides not to find them help at their Kensington Palace apartment even though an advertisement was placed, says the Daily Express.

Aides said the couple were "sensitive" to economic difficulties in the country.

Who is Ayman al-Zawahiri?

New Delhi: The FBI lists him as a man of unknown height, weight or built, with 13 known aliases and a bounty of 25 million dollars on his head.

This Sunday, June 19, Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri will celebrate his 60th birthday. His coronation as Osama bin Laden's successor and the new head of the deadly Al Qaeda brings focus on a man who is also known as The Doctor and the Teacher - telling epithets.

New Potter website|JK Rowling launches mysterious Potter website

New York: JK Rowling has a mysterious new website.

Spokeswoman Rebecca Salt confirmed on Thursday that is a new project for the "Harry Potter" author. She said the site is "not a new book" and "not directly related" to the final Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which comes out next month.

Salt says they "aren't saying any more than that!"

The site itself offers little beyond a scrawled message from the author that reads "Coming soon ..." Rowling already has a personal website, .

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