Sunday, April 30, 2006

FEATURE - Two years out of Israeli jail, Vanunu's life on hold

FEATURE - Two years out of Israeli jail, Vanunu's life on hold: "JERUSALEM (Reuters) - He served out his prison term two years ago and is widely reviled by fellow Israelis as a traitor, but nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu stands little chance of starting a new life abroad any time soon. "

WorldNetDaily: Impatient Mossad warns of 'monster in the making'

WorldNetDaily: Impatient Mossad warns of 'monster in the making': "If the visit to Washington last week by the head of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, was not enough to communicate Israel's growing impatience with the international community's failure to deal with Tehran's unchecked development of nuclear technology and bellicose threats to wipe the Jewish state 'off the map,' Ehud Olmert, prime minister designate, made it clear yesterday by denouncing Iran's president as a 'psychopath' and comparing him to Hitler."

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Police hunt Leone 'killer chimps'

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Police hunt Leone 'killer chimps': "Police in Sierra Leone are on the hunt for a group of chimpanzees, who escaped from their wildlife sanctuary after a fatal attack on construction workers."

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The F word

The F word: "The F word
By: Krishnakumar
April 22, 2006

What do the words g***u, chu***a, imaandari and sorry have in common? They are just some of the 387 unparliamentary words that will be expunged, if spoken in the state Assembly!

While some words are deemed as outright unparliamentary, there are some, which seem mild, but still fall in the same category. ‘Sorry’ is one such.

It is obviously allowed when used to apologise, but when used with reference to the Speaker’s ruling or any decision it becomes unparliamentary.

For instance, a member cannot say that a ruling by the speaker is a ‘sorry’ ruling. A member cannot express his difference of opinion with the Speaker’s decision by saying ‘sorry, I think otherwise’, as his decision is final and cannot be disputed under any circumstances.

Other unacceptable phrases are Chhote Sarkar, Bade Sarkar and Monkey House (to refer to House proceedings).

Definition of unparliamentary words is flexible and the list can be updated at any time.

The debate on the ban on dance bars in a recent session of the state Assembly added ‘bomb’ to the list.

A member had used the word to describe an item girl in Bollywood — something the House felt was not decent.

Similarly when a city MLA said, “Main tumhara ‘baap’ hoon” that too was expunged.

Members can’t call each other a ‘hero’, ‘villain’ or even ‘imaandar’. Reason? All MLAs are supposed to be imaandar.

On Thursday, BJP MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar used an unparliamentary word, while Finance Minister Jayant Patil was making his statement.

An angry Patil immediately stopped his speech and angrily told the BJP MLA, “Don’t think you can sit there and make a comment like that!” Patil rose to speak only after Mungantiwar apologised and withdrew his words.

Mungantiwar insisted that he hadn’t abused Patil and claimed that the word c*****a was liberally used in Vidarbha — where he came from - and it was not abusive.

“It might have a different connotation here, but in Vidarbha it is quite common. I just meant that does the minister think we are stupid (another unparliamentary term). I later apologised to Patil and told him what I meant and he said it was okay,” claimed Mungantiwar.

Another BJP MLA Eknath Khadse too used some harsh words, which went unnoticed by members of the House, but could be expunged if objected to.
Khadse and Mungantiwar were both suspended recently for allegedly using foul language with Deputy Speaker Pramod Shende.

The suspension was revoked only after a long discussion between the ruling benches and BJP leaders."

Friday, April 07, 2006

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Genocide survivor can't forgive

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Genocide survivor can't forgive: "Odette Mupenzi is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. Now in the UK and awaiting reconstructive surgery, she tells the BBC on the 12th anniversary of the start of the killings that she is not willing to forgive and forget the people who murdered her family and shattered her mouth and jaw."

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | SA's Zuma 'showered to avoid HIV'

Wow!!! :)

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | SA's Zuma 'showered to avoid HIV': "South African ex-Deputy President Jacob Zuma said he showered after sex with an HIV-positive woman, thinking this would reduce his risk of being infected."

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Savvy Online ::: In Focus - Sleeping with the Enemy

Savvy Online ::: In Focus - Sleeping with the Enemy: "Sleeping with the Enemy

Sumita Chakraborty on why gangsters attract some of our actresses.

From casting couches, ‘roll in the hay for roles’, to dancing to the beck and call of producers and top heroes … many Bollywood actresses have been known to walk the edge, to grab their slice of name, fame and success. In fact, in their bid to climb the steep rungs of the ladder to make it, they have knowingly flirted closely with danger by ‘wining and dining’ even the dreaded underworld.
In fact, with the arrest of actress Monica Bedi who was recently deported to India from Portugal, along with ‘husband’ mafia don Abu Salem, who is the prime accused in the 1993 bomb blast case in Mumbai, the underworld-Bollywood nexus is back in the spotlight.
Guns & Roses
Indeed, reams have been written about certain actresses and their fascination for the badlands of Mumbai’s mafiosi. It started way back in the ‘70s when yesteryear smuggler Haji Mastan became the first homespun don to marry a small-time actress Sona (Heena Kauser) who, then used her husband’s connections to get more films. Years later, hushed whispers also told torrid tales of Bollywood actresses like Mandakini, Mamta Kulkarni, Nagma and Anita Ayub, to other small-time heroines like Sonika Gill and their underworld paramours.
Doll Moll
‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ actress Mandakini was rumoured to be Dawood’s brother Anees Ibrahim’s pet squeeze at one time, and has supposedly, even had a son through him. Pakistani actress Anita Ayub’s close connections with the mafia had, allegedly, got producer Javed Siddique killed by a Dawood hitman because of his refusal to give her a role in his film. According to the police, Ayub is believed to have been close to Dawood.
Furthermore, starlet Sonika Gill, who played a plum role in Subhash Ghai’s blockbuster ‘Ram Lakhan’, is currently said to be a hostess in a Dubai-based hotel rumoured to be run by Dawood. Likewise, Mamta Kulkarni, known for her bare dare act, has supposedly married a narcotics smuggler Vicky Goswami. Actress Nagma too has recently come in the line of fire. While investigating the gutkha case, police sources have revealed that Anees Ibrahim had sent her Rs 10 lakh in hawala money, though Nagma vehemently refutes these claims. In fact, she has also been named by Abu Salem as “Anees’ girlfriend”, which also she strongly rebuts.
Divulges a top police source, “We know of several starlets and well-known Bollywood actresses who have been close to underworld gangsters.” Producer and director Mahesh Bhatt says, “There is no denying the fact that there are people (men and women) in Bollywood who have social relations — and at times, have even crossed them with the underworld.” He, however, demands a clearer picture and says, “Please investigate and tell us who amongst us are the bad boys or girls.”
‘Monica’ Gate
Bhatt’s wish was granted with the deportation of Monica Bedi and Abu Salem. Said to be a ‘limited’ actress, Monica had never made a mark in the Bollywood vista. Her alliance with Abu Salem, however, yielded lead roles with top heroes in films like ‘Jodi No 1’ and ‘Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabat’. Therein too lies a tale. Supposedly, during one of the shooting schedules of ‘Jodi No 1’ director David Dhawan was shooting scenes with his heroes Sanjay Dutt and Govinda, while the heroines, Twinkle Khanna and Monica Bedi, were cooling their heels in their makeup rooms. One call from Monica to Abu Salem and supposedly, David Dhawan did a volte face and shot lengthy scenes with Monica then after. Producer Rajiv Rai, if you recall, was shot at by Abu Salem’s men, so it was definitely remarkable when for his very next film ‘Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabat’, Monica Bedi was signed on for a meaty role.
Don’s Gal"

Offshoring The Offshorers -

Offshoring The Offshorers -