Bikini Killer Charles Shobhraj‘s 22-year-old wife Nihita Biswas is told to be featured in a reality TV show, Bigg Boss 5. From the time Nihita announced her love for the convicted killer, she was expected to cash in the popularity she got from linking herself to the controversial character.
An Indian Newspaper, Times of India, has told that Nihita has already confirmed her presence in the show. Bigg Boss show, known for presenting controversial content, goes on air in October. Nihita is expected to arrive in India by the end of September for the preparation of the show.
The Indian cricket fans are happy for their win after loosing for the last 27 years. But, some are disappointed due to Poonam Pandey’s decision to respect the ‘Indian values’ and not strip in front of them – sort of an April Fool’s joke.
The Indian cricket team has won the Cricket World Cup after 28 years. And, as promised Poonam Pandey is planning a strip tease show for the team if BCCI approves and arranges for the feat. Poonam however was forced to switched off her phone when she got variety of calls, some full of threaten and others requesting her to fulfill her promise.
Poonam is still willing to perform her show for the team if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) approves and arranges the venue. It looks like, Poonam is not confident such shows will be approved by the public in India. So, she has proposed to do it in a bit more liberal places like a French city, Paris.
Sonali Bendre’s wardrobe malfunction during the Karan Johar’s party at the Four Seasons Hotel is the hottest topic of discussion these days. Although Bendre’s spokesperson has denied the rumor it is not going to subside soon.
There have been numerous such incidents in Bollywood the past. Let’s see the top 5 of such embarrassing moment (sometimes the viewers are more embarrassed than the celebrity involved).
1. Yana Gupta
This was the hottest incident of 2010. Yana Gupta surprised everybody in a children’s charity event by showing up without her panties. She admitted her mistake but she also added that it was not a big deal.
The other day, I accompanied one of my good friends to a financial institute to sell a concept for a television commercial (TVC). The client suggested showing money or gems as a part of the concept. My friend’s logic was not to show money in the advertisements of banks or financial companies. He said, that will have negative impact on the mass and will not generate result, as expected. This got me thinking. Why not? After all, it is all about money.
In the eastern side of the world, people are shy to talk about sex but, at the same time, they are busy generating more babies compared to the western world. Asia has more than 60% contribution to the world’s 6 billion plus population out of which, China and India combined contribute 2.5 billion. People in the western world are open and freely talk on sex and ideas associated with it. How come their population is a lot less compared to those who believe that sex is a taboo? Read the rest of this entry »
[Update: I had written the original post in a hurry so, I have changed some wordings. I hope Kantipur editors will come up with some valid arguments.]
Some people thought that my previous article, Journalism Ethics, Dabur and Miss Nepal, was biased. I want to make myself clear, by telling that, I still believe in the spirit of the article, Indian Embassy – Real Juice – Real motive, and Indian Media, I wrote on August 28. A few points:
- Kantipur owes me an explanation. Why didn’t they cover the Miss Nepal event? I am still not convinced Kantipur did something ethical.
- Not publishing major news based on one’s personal problem (or, organizational dispute) implies that the Indian Embassy was right in telling our journalists are unethical (even if, it is still baseless).
- Am I baised ? Yes, a little bit. Previously, Kantipur writers simply ignored my enquiries through previous articles and emails (on Maya Bazin and Smita Thapa issues). The article was targeted to thick skinned, writers there.
My friend Aakar argued that he thinks Kantipur publication is doing what it should. Dipak Bhattarai and Aakar sent me the link to The Hindu article. It was a very detailed and in-depth analysis of the background of the current problem. I have summarized the articles below:
Excerpts from Nepali Times article.
In 2011 Indian government expects to produce a touchscreen tablet costing $35.
The Linux based computer can do word processing, web browsing and video-conferencing.
It can also be made more environment friendly by installing a solar power option at an additional cost.
While unveiling the device on July 22, India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said, “This is our answer to MIT’s $100 computer.” Sibal hopes to get the cost down to $10 eventually.
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Indian Rupee has got its own symbol. Similar to Dollar ($), Pound Sterling (£) and Japanese Yen (¥), and Euro (€), Indian Rupees has got a symbol. The new symbol is designed to look like a Hindi alphabet ‘RA’ (र) and part of a English alphabet ‘R’. Indian currency has become the fifth currency to have its own graphical symbol.
The new symbol is also meant to differentiate the Indian Rupee from the rupee of Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Rupiah of Indonesia.
The symbol was designed by D Udaya Kumar, a graduate from IIT Bombay. The design got selected from 3,000 designs entered for the competition announced by the RBI. Udaya Kumar is awarded Rs. 2.5 lakh as a prize money.
It is planned that the symbol will be adopted in India within six months and all over the world within a year. The symbol however won’t be printed in the currency notes.
The commercial was shot in the beginning of her career, sometime in 1999, was directed by Ken Nahoum. The ad art director was illustrator Tommy Kane and the ad was shot in India. Bipasa has posed topless in the ad and she looks very sensual.
The YouTube video is attached below:
According to Bipasha’s spokesperson, Bipasha had done this ad in 1999 when she was modeling for Ford Modeling Agency in New York. The spokesperson said that the ad was was done as an international assignment and was meant for the international market.
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Vatsala Sharma won the Miss India Worldwide Nepal pageant organized on 6th March, 2010. The event was previously announced to be held on 27th of February but no reason was given for the delay.
23 year-old Sharma will represent Nepal in the Miss India Worldwide, a contest among non-resident Indian beauties in Durban on March 27. Vatsala also bagged Miss Beautiful Skin in the event held at Kathmandu on Saturday.
The 5 ft 6 inch India born beauty holds a degree in Business Studies from Pilani in Rajasthan. A total of 12 out of the 46 applicants of Indian-origin, aged between 18 and 27, were selected for the pageant.
The title of first runner-up handed over to Aiman Khan, a 19 year-old beauty. Mangolika Chakravarty, 23, became the second runner-up in the contest. Chakravarty, a radio jokey, also bagged Miss Friendship and Miss Talent.
The rice I am talking is not ‘green’ in color but is green in terms of saving the environment.
Agricultural scientists in India claim that they have developed a variety of rice that doesn’t require cooking. The soft rice is invented in Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, India.
The rice, named Aghoni Bora, looks similar to other varieties but it can simply be soaked in cold water for about forty-five minutes before it can be eaten.
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“This is insane, God is great again.’’
That is what AR Rahman said after receiving his second Grammy Award at Los Angeles. The 44-year-old Indian musician pocketed the Best Compilation Soundtrack and the Best Motion Picture Song at the 2010 Grammy Awards for scoring the tunes of Slumdog Millionaire.
Before that, Rahaman had won the Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, Best Original Score at the Golden Globe Awards, Anthony Asquith Award for Best Film Music at BAFTA for his musical contribution for the movie.
These days there are numerous beauty contest being held in Nepal and one more contest is going to be held in February.
If you are a woman of Indian origin, resident in Nepal and aged between 18 and 27 years; here is your chance to participate in Miss India Worldwide beauty contest. If you are eligible, you need to hurry up and send your application by February 4, 2010. The event will be held on 27th of February.
The call for contestant features 2008 title holder – Miss India Worldwide 2008, Shagun Sarabhai.
Two Nepali students came in first place in a watercraft race in the 15th International competition for Science, Mathematics, Astronomy and Computer Science (QUANTA 2009) held in Lucknow (India) from 14th to 17th November 2009.
Rishav Khanal and Nagendra Ghimire, O-Level students of Budhanilkantha School came in first place in a watercraft race with their "Missile Boat".
The competition is a unique race designed to test the ingenuity, assembly skills, and understanding of practical problems of the participants. The participants had to bring a working model of a battery powered craft, 12 inches by 8 inches, designed to cross 25 m length of water in the competition.
Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000, is set to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for playing 12 roles in Ashutosh Gowariker’s forthcoming movie "What’s Your Rashee?". The movie is based on US based Gujarati writer Madhu Rye’s novel Kimball Ravenswood.
Anjali, Vishakha, Kajal, Hansa, Mallika, Pooja, Rajni, Nandini, Bhavna, Jhankhana, Sanjna, and Chandrika are the 12 different characters depicting 12 zodiac signs in the Ashutosh Gowariker directed movie. It is told that the producers have already sent her name the Guinness board.
But she is not the first actor to have achieved them maximum roles for a single actor. Lupino Lane, a British actor, played 24 different roles in a 1929 silent movie â€œOnly Meâ€. The funny movie was only 15 minutes long.
In India, Kamal Haasan was the first actor who played 10 roles in a movie named â€˜Dashavatharamâ€™. Another actor Sanjeev Kumar played nine roles in â€˜Naya Din Nayi Raatâ€™. That makes Priyanka the first Indian actor to play 12 roles.
I guess, Priyanka will be the first female to act in 12 different roles for the record.
If you are planning to travel and India is your chepest option be prepared to budget for extra travel time. Europe also followed suit in most-delayed airports in the world.
FlightStats, a service that tracks historical and real-time flight information has found that only 49.95 percent of flights arrived in time in Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport was second with 50.89 percent on-time arrival. Slideshow on the top airport with notorious arrival time record in 2008 gives the whole picture.
On the brighter side, airports in Japan and Korea had the least-delayed airports in the world in 2008. All Japanese and Korean airpots taken in study (out of 200 busiest airpots) had more than 82% on-time arrival. (more here)