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Slumdog tops Hollywood words

Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches movie that took the Oscars by storm, also produced two of the most influential words of the 2008 Hollywood awards season.

A language monitoring group said on Thursday that Jai Ho!, Hindi for Let There be Victory and the title of the movie’s Oscar Slumdog – the controversial term coined by the filmmakers for young slum-dwellers in Mumbai – were named the top “HollyWords” of the year that closed with last Sunday’s Oscars.

The Global Language Monitor, which uses an algorithm to track the frequency of words and phrases in the world’s print and electronic media, said it was rare for two words from the same movie to be ranked in its annual list.

Slumdog Millionaire crowned its awards sweep by winning eight Oscars, also including best picture and director.

Last summer’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull inspired the new expression Nuke the Fridge – a phrase coined on the Internet to describe a moment when a cinematic franchise has run its course.

The phrase came in third on the list, followed by Hmong – a mountain dwelling people in Laos – from the Clint Eastwood movie Gran Torino.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you….stranger”, the Joker’s twist on German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s epigram that was spoken by Heath Ledger in Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight was also among the Top Ten along with the line “There are no coincidences” from the animated movie Kung Fu Panda

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February 28, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tevez says I want to win everything

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Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has his heart set on winning an unprecedented Quadruple with the Red Devils.

The first leg of what would be an historic achievement for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men comes this Sunday when they play Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup final.

United are also leading the Barclays Premier League, fighting hard in the last-16 of the Champions League and are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Not surprisingly the Argentina international is eager to win as much as he possibly can.

“The best part of the season is coming up,” said Tevez of United’s trophy hunt.

“We’re in the last 16 of the Champions League, we are top of the league and we’re in the Carling Cup final.

“We want to win everything, that’s what the fans are demanding and we will try to win on all fronts.

“Let’s hope we can do that.”

Tevez is nearing the end of a two-year loan deal at Old Trafford with United having to negotiate a transfer fee and personal terms if they wish to keep him beyond the summer.

The pocket dynamo starred for United last season, but following the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford, Tevez has subsequently found himself relegated to the bench far more often than he would like.

Even so, he is determined to give his all to the United cause.

“My personal goal is to play as many minutes on the pitch and score as often as I can for the team,” he added.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , | 1 Comment

No salary hike next year, job cuts possible: TCS

As part of cost cutting measures to tackle global economic downturn, IT major TCS on Thursday said job cuts are possible and also ruled out salary hikes next year. TCS managing director S Ramadorai said “there would be no hike in salaries in the forthcoming year” and added that “job cuts are possible if the situation worsens”. Adding further that TCS has frozen “lateral intake” he said the company is reviewing variable pay component on employee salaries. The variable pay component of TCS employees differs between 22 per cent and 35 per cent of his/her gross salary, depending on employee rank, he said. Variable pay represents eight percent of the total revenue of TCS, whose headcount is 1.3 lakh. Ramadorai said the company is also looking into all aspects of cost reduction, including capex and infrastructure.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Martin Luther King III offers talks to terrorists

Martin Luther King III, son of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior, believes in initiating dialogue with terrorists.

Speaking to mediapersons at the American Center in the city on Thursday, King III said: “We should even speak to a terrorist who has also a son or a daughter. We should open dialogue with them. That is the way we can tackle terrorism.”‘

King III, who is on the last leg of his 14-day visit to India to commemorate 50 years of his father’s visit to the country in 1959, said non-violence is the key to solutions of all conflicts. “It may be the terror at Mumbai, or the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians or the one at Sudan. I believe non-violence as a philosophy can succeed in solving all these conflicts,” said King who is the founder of Realising the Dream, an NGO that aims at promoting peace and harmony across the world as well as alleviating poverty.

Earlier in the day, King paid a visit to Mother House and offered floral tributes. Later King attended a lunch hosted by Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Those who attended the lunch included former chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Congress Legislature Party leader Manas Bhuniya, Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee, artiste Shaoli Mitra, CPM state committee member Aveek Dutta and others.

The Governor presented books on Mahatma Gandhi to King. Later, he took him to Gandhi Memorial Bhavan at Beliaghata where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for almost one month during the 1947 partition.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

High alert sounded in India Bangla border

Border Security Force went on a high alert along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the Northeast in the wake of today’s rebellion in the Bangladesh Rifles in the neighbouring country. In Shillong, BSF Director General M L Kumawat discussed the situation with border force Inspector General (Assam and Meghalaya Frontier) Prithviraj.

Constant vigil is being maintained along the border and the development in the neighbouring country is being closely monitored, BSF sources said. The sources, however, said there has been no additional deployment of forces along the border.

In Tripura, a close vigil was being maintained along the 856 km border with Bangladesh.

February 26, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chelsea wins 1-0 to Juventus

Didier Drogba rekindled Chelsea’s Champions League ambitions with a first-half matchwinner as Juventus were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.It gives Guus Hiddink’s side a slender advantage ahead of their last-16 second leg in Turin in a fortnight.Drogba, his season hampered by injury, suspension and a fallout with axed coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, looked back to his predatory best when he took a pass from Salomon Kalou and despatched the ball beyond Gianluigi Buffon in the 12th minute.Former Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of Juve, was given a warm reception by the home fans before the game.Ranieri is still held in high esteem by Chelsea fans even though he failed to win a single trophy during his four-year stint at Stamford Bridge.Ranieri’s welcome was reciprocated by the home fans for their new interim coach Guus Hiddink moments later.Hiddink was taking charge of a Chelsea side at home for the first time since his temporary appointment.
It was the English side who made the first inroads towards goal with Jose Bosingwa forcing Gianluigi Buffon into a save with a left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area in the fourth minute.
Four minutes later Drogba almost opened the scoring when he got ahead of his marker to turn a cross from Bosingwa just over the crossbar.But the Ivorian put the home side in front in the 12th minute when a superb through ball from Salomon Kalou provided him with a clear-cut shooting opportunity and Drogba supplied the required finish in style.It was the perfect start for the English side although Juventus claimed Drogba was offside before he fired the ball home from 10 yards.In the 15th minute, Drogba should have made it two when he met a corner from Frank Lampard inside the six-yard box.But the Ivorian inexplicably headed the ball wide of Buffon’s right-hand upright.
It required a fine save from Petr Cech to preserve Chelsea’s lead in the 21st minute, when Alessandro Del Piero tried to find the corner with an angled drive that was tipped round the post.Juventus were enjoying their best spell of the game with Del Piero always a threat.In the 31st minute, Ashley Cole saw a 30-yard shot deflected wide of the target with Buffon flatfooted.
The Serie A side were struggling to match Chelsea’s determination and the English team’s passion was underlined by two bone-crunching tackles from John Terry in space of a few seconds.The second one left Mohamed Sissoko requiring treatment before being classed as able to resume his duties.
In the 41st minute, Pavel Nedved tested Cech with a 20-yard low drive that the Chelsea goalkeeper dealt with adequately enough.Juventus were finding it hard to cope with the physical side of the game and Mauro Camoranesi also required lengthy treatment before continuing.Two minutes before the interval a handball by Drogba gave Del Piero the chance to level the scores but his free-kick was hit straight at Cole.It could have been worse for the visitors had Kalou not slipped as he tried to get on the end of Cech’s long clearance.Chelsea continued their high tempo at the start of the second half.
Some fine work by Lampard on the edge of the penalty area culminated in a shot from Michael Ballack that was wide of the target.An away goal would have tipped the tie in favour of the Italians and Nedved again tried to outwit Cech with a long-range effort but the Chelsea keeper was at his most alert to deal with the threat.Drogba, a constant threat, almost scored his second of the night when he got ahead of Nicola Legrottaglie to head a cross fromBosingwa just wide.In the 50th minute Juventus lost the services of Camoranesi with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Marco Marchionni.
Moments later John Mikel Obi was the recipient of a bad challenge by Cristian Molinaro and the Juve player was justifiably booked.Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Drogba was brought down by Legrottaglie in the 53rd minute but Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca rejected their appeals.It was all Chelsea now with a sustained spell of pressure ending in a 20-yard shot by Lampard straight at Buffon’s midriff.In the 57th minute, Ballack was yellow-carded for a foul on Nedved.
Cech was in trouble with a free-kick from Del Piero in the 59th minute. The Czech Republic international twice failed to gather the ball before it was eventually cleared by Terry.Marchionni then gave Cech a scare with an angled 25-yard drive that flashed just over the bar. Juventus piled on the pressure as the game entered the last 15 minutes but Chelsea’s rearguard admirably stuck to its task.Indeed, they prevented the Italian side from engineering a clear-cut chance despite having the lion’s share of possession in the closing stages.But it was Anelka who almost gave Chelsea the cushion of a second goal when his 20-yard effort flashed inches wide of an upright in the 87th minute.Nedved was wide by a similar margin in stoppage time but Chelsea held on for a deserved victory.

February 26, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | women | , , | Leave a comment

Goal less draw Manu Vs Intermilan

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has slammed referee Luis Medina Cantalejo after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Man United.

At a packed to capacity San Siro, the Serie A table-toppers were often made to play second fiddle to a United team who are attempting to retain the trophy they won last May in Moscow.

With the second leg to come at Old Trafford in a fortnight’s time, Mourinho has wasted little time in attacking Cantalejo, who the flamboyant Portuguese coach believes failed to referee the tie evenly.

“Maybe in the second leg we will have a referee who is on our side.

“I don’t want to go into details of things like how we didn’t have a penalty. Everything was against us, every little detail.

“You watch how many free-kicks they had and we had. The way we got yellow cards and they did not. I think the tendency was clear.

Despite a succession of clear chances, including one in the last seconds that Cristiano Ronaldo cannoned into Julio Cesar’s chest, a vital away goal for United would not come.

Whilst admitting that he was disappointed with the draw, Ferguson was quick to rubbish Mourinho’s suggestion that the match officials had been biased towards the visitors.

Is he serious? I saw a marvelous refereeing performance,” declared the wily Scot.

“Of course, there’s a disappointment that we have not won the game, but with our record at Old Trafford we should have a great chance.

“I just hope it (the draw) foes not come back to bite us,” Ferguson added

February 25, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Obama wants to watch Slumdog Millionaire

Now US President, Barack Obama is mesmerized by Slumdog Millionaire.According to the White House Obama wants to watch the acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire.
The exhilarating rags-to-riches fairy tale set in Mumbai,swept the Oscars with eight awards including the best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay; with A R Rahman becoming the only Indian to bag two Oscars for the best score and original song.

February 25, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

26/11 Attacks

Militants behind last year’s attacks on Mumbai used cell phones that were activated in the United States and paid for with funds sent from Italy, an Italian newspaper reported on Tuesday.Corriere della Sera daily said India sent the intelligence information to Italy and other countries so anti-terrorism investigators could attempt to expose any ties to the network behind the November assault that killed at least 179 people.
Islamabad acknowledged for the first time this month that the November assault was launched from, and partly planned in, Pakistan.Corriere said Italian authorities were investigating a wire transfer sent to the United States from the northern Italian city of Brescia by a Pakistani-born suspect.
The suspect, named Javaid Iqbal, sent the funds via Western Union to pay for five cell phones with Austrian country codes – three of which were used by the attackers, Corriere said, citing the Indian dossier

February 25, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog honored at the Indian award shows? With all of the acclaim that Slumdog Millionaire is receiving, do you think that it will be honored at any of the Indian award shows (Filmfare 2009, IIFA 2009, etc.) despite the bit of contempt that some big people have shown the movie?

February 24, 2009 Posted by | poll | , , | Leave a comment

Rahman’s family at oscars

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A.R Rahman graced the red carpet event before the beginning of 81st Annual Academy Award with his beautiful wife Saira Rahman. She is wearing some stunning traditional clothes. Love her for that!

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Art | , , , , | 1 Comment

Ambani’s reunion

Mukesh and Anil Ambani, who parted their ways in 2005, will be once again come together under the same roof on Tuesday on the occasion of their mother’s 75th birthday. This has triggered a speculation of a possible rapprochement between the two.

There have been reports time and again about a possible reunion between the two ever since they shook hands at an industrialists’ meet convened by Opposition Leader L K Advani at his residence in the capital last year.

The family reunion at the celebrations on Tuesday would see the two siblings coming face to face for the third time in less than two months.

No comments could be obtained from spokespersons of both the sides despite several attempts for comments on whether the two siblings would be present at the birthday celebrations of Kokilaben. S

She had hammered a truce deal between Mukesh and Anil to end more than a year long ugly battle being fought in public domain.

A family source indicated that it had always been Kokilaben’s endeavour to ensure that past should not come in the way of the relationship in the family, while the two brothers continue to grow their businesses.

February 24, 2009 Posted by | politics | , , , | Leave a comment

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February 24, 2009 Posted by | dating & relationships | Leave a comment

A.R.rahman wins 2 Oscars

It was a dream run at the Oscars for India. Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s rags-to-riches romance set in India, Slumdog Millionaire, won eight Oscar awards for best feature film, direction, original song, original score, sound mixing, editing, adapted screenplay and cinematography. Smile Pinki, a 39-minute short film in Hindi and Bhojpuri, directed by Emmy-nominated producer Megan Mylan won the best documentary short subject Oscar.Rahman he is a true Patriot he dint even forget the national language and his mother toungue and praised his mother and the only God.His speech was true and his performance of o saaya was scintillating.

February 23, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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February 22, 2009 Posted by | dating & relationships, entertainment | , , | Leave a comment

Flintoff ruled out of fourth test

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was today ruled out of the fourth Test against the West Indies in Barbados.

Flintoff, 31, underwent a scan on his injured right hip yesterday and the results showed a muscle strain.

He will be reassessed over the coming days in the hope that he will be fit for the final Test in Trinidad and the one-day series which follows.

The Lancashire star was clearly struggling during the third Test in Antigua, which ended in a disappointing draw for England on Thursday, but still sent down 17 overs in West Indies’ second innings as the tourists chased victory.

Seamer Amjad Khan and all-rounder Ravi Bopara have been called up to the senior squad as cover and could play in the two-day warm-up match which begins in Barbados tomorrow.

Flintoff has already been ruled out of the fourth Test which starts on Thursday, with the fifth match, scheduled to commence on March 6, his target for a return.

A one-day practice game against an WIPA President’s Select XI is next up on March 14 before a one-off Twenty20 international which precedes the 50-over series.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ronaldo scores

Cristiano Ronaldo was a happy man on Saturday after his stunning free-kick helped Manchester United beat Blackburn 2-1.The Portuguese dynamo’s superb second-half set-piece at Old Trafford handed Sir Alex Ferguson’s men their tenth straight league win, a victory that takes them eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.Although second-placed Liverpool can reduce the gap on Sunday if they beat Manchester City at Anfield, Ronaldo was delighted with both the win – aided and abetted by Wayne Rooney’s opener – and United’s table-topping position.”The most important thing is that we are top of the table and now we are eight points ahead of Liverpool,” Ronaldo told United’s official television channel.”I’m very happy that we got three points. It was a very tough game. “The manager said before the game that it was going to be one of the toughest games of the season. He has experience and he knows better than anyone. “We saw in the game that Blackburn created chances and they were a dangerous team playing on the counter attack.”We controlled most of the game and had more opportunities. At the end of the day I think we deserved to win because we looked to score goals.”
Ronaldo also revealed that he was far from happy that he had been booked for diving, especially when Rovers midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen fell in the box but did not get booked.”I thought Pedersen dived. It wasn’t a penalty. Pedersen dived and didn’t get a yellow card, but I dived and he did book me! But I suppose that’s just the situation of the game,” Ronaldo explained.Despite being frustrated over his booking, Ronaldo was quick to say just how delighted he was with his 60th minute winner, a trademark free-kick that was hit with terrific power and which gave Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson little chance.
“I was pleased with my goal, it was a good free kick and an important goal. I’m looking forward to seeing it on television!”

February 22, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , | Leave a comment

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February 22, 2009 Posted by | sports | | Leave a comment

Chelsea boss Guss Hiddink

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New Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is confident he has inherited a unified squad after failing in his search for possible divisions.The Blues have been stung by reports of discontent in the dressing room with skipper John Terry hinting that Luiz Felipe Scolari was not supported by all players.Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack have both emphatically denied agitating for the removal of Hiddink’s predecessor, who departed Stamford Bridge 10 days ago.One of the tasks facing Hiddink has been to asses player morale yet during his first week in charge the Dutchman has found only harmony.”I am not totally naive,” said Hiddink, speaking to the English media for the first time this morning.”I wanted to see whether anything which has been said about the recent past is true.”You can see when you play games whether the players get emotional.”You can’t mask things then – you show your emotions and show whether you get at a certain player.”But I haven’t seen that. They respect each other. What I noticed is that they are a united squad.
“There are 20-plus players and I’m realistic enough to know that one to 11 will be very happy and the rest will want to play.”But they know they are in a big club and that not everyone can play.”I’m not fully aware of the struggles that went on before and I’m not that interested in what people assume to be struggles.”I’ve noticed how people behave and how people do or don’t get on with each other, but in my view that has not happened so far.”I have watched the team from a little distance in the locker room over the last few days and I can’t see any division.”Hiddink will perform his Chelsea duties alongside his role as Russia coach, a post he is contracted to hold up to and including the 2010 World Cup.However, a successful spell at Stamford Bridge would raise serious doubts over his departure with his close relationship with Roman Abramovich potentially smoothing the permanent transition from Russia to Chelsea.But the 62-year-old is adamant he remains committed to Russia and only took the Blues position because of convenient gaps in the international fixture list.”The situation is that Chelsea made a decision. They asked me to help until the end of the season,” he said.
“I have a full-hearted obligation with the Russian Football Federation which I will fulfil until the end of the season.”The international calendar is such that at the end of March there are two games and then nothing until June.”If the schedule had been different, it would have been difficult. So I will go back in March and then again at the end of May.”I’m here until the end of the season and with regards to who Chelsea are signing after that, it’s up to them not   me.”Hiddink’s first match in charge is tomorrow’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash with third-placed Aston Villa.Chelsea sit 10 points behind Manchester United but Hiddink refuses to concede the title race and is determined to finish the season with some silverware.”Realistically it’s difficult to catch United. If you’re leading with 10 points you feel comfortable. But things can change in a few minutes,” he said.”In the other two competitions Chelsea are still in the race. That’s the challenge – I’m not just here to pass time until the end of the season.”The players are used to winning trophies so let’s try and repeat it. If we don’t we can’t be happy.
“The priority is Villa Park. It’s the cliche answer – the next game is the most important. After that it’s Juventus.”

February 21, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment