Archive for 02/07/2013

Directed by Hari, ‘Singam 2’ stars Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, Vivek, Santhanam, Radha Ravi, Nassar, Vijayakumar, Rahman, Mukesh Rishi, Manorama and Nizhalgal Ravi.

‘I had to ensure that ‘Singam 2’ was grander than the first. Audiences loved the character played by Suriya in ‘Singam’. Therefore, I had to ensure it looked different and larger in terms of characterization, performance and even screen aura,’ said director Hari in an interview with IANS.

Click on, for exclusive snaps from ‘Singam 2’

London: Actor Hugh Jackman says his character Wolverine in the upcoming ‘X Men’ franchise is vulnerable in every way.

The 44-year-old’s character faces loneliness in ‘The Wolverine’ and is anguished over the death of close friends and his love Jean Grey, reported Contactmusic.

“In this story, he becomes literally vulnerable in every way. Not just emotionally, but physically vulnerable, and those implications were fun to play,” Jackman said.

“You see Logan at his lowest point at the beginning of this movie; the tragedy of his wasted life. For the sake of not only himself but everyone around him, he thinks it’s better to be away because when he comes back to the world, there’s destruction and pain,” Jackman added.

‘The Wolverine’ is set post the events of the movie ‘X Men: The Last Stand’, which was released in 2006.

“I have a hero who has lost everything and everyone, some at his own hands. In some cases the casualty of being [nearly] immortal is that you outlast the mortals you love and you have to go on forever without them.

“For me, finding a character in that predicament of being lost emotionally, but not depressed, was the classic predicament of Westerns and samurai films,” says James Mangold, the director of the film.

Mumbai: Always looking good can be a tedious job, admits Nargis Fakhri, who entered the Bollywood with “Rockstar”. But at the same time she feels it is important to take special care of skin and hair, especially during monsoon, and shares her beauty regime.

“I think looks are important but not as important as your skill as an actor is. It’s your craft and your ability to perform needs to shine. The audience will come to see a pretty girl on the screen, maybe twice, but after that they want you to bring more to the table,” Nargis told IANS in an exclusive interview.

Even though the actress has been blessed with a flawless beauty, she said it is “annoying” to look her best at all times.

“It all depends on what your idea of perfection is. It’s not a struggle as much as it is annoying and time consuming. I enjoy fashion, so I like experimenting with looks, but make-up is one thing I could do without,” she said.

Having said that, for the actress taking care of her tresses and skin during monsoon is important.

“I need a beauty regime that guarantees results. In monsoon, my hair becomes unmanageable as the moisture in the air swells up the hair. I get the ultimate conditioning benefit by the 20 minutes’ deep conditioning treatment with hot, coconut-based hair oil. It works wonders for my tresses,” said the actress.

“It is also important to keep your scalp dry during monsoon as dampness leads to hair fall. I try to carry an umbrella when I step out in rains to ensure my hair isn’t exposed to the rain water,” she said.

Talking about her skin care regime, Nargis said she makes it a point to cleanse and moisturise her skin in rainy weather.

“Cleansing and moisturising your skin is very important during monsoon. All my skin care products are light, so they allow my skin to breathe in the humid weather. I never skip moisturising my skin with a natural ingredients-based moisturiser. This beauty ritual is important in all seasons.”

“Last but not the least, drinking plenty of water is always a good idea as it keeps skin hydrated and supple,” she said.

The actress also makes it a point to wear comfortable and light clothes in the rainy season.

“Clothes made of any light fabric, which can be dried easily, are perfect for monsoon. Cottons are my personal favourite. I avoid wearing light coloured clothes as getting off mud stains can be a task. Plus, carrying wet wipes always comes in handy if you ever receive an unexpected splash,” she said.

What is your style statement this monsoon?

“Comfortable and easy, I stick to shorts and t-shirt with gum boots,” she said.Image

New Delhi: The monsoon is often linked to romance and this rainy season brighten up your wardrobe by adding outfits in hues of red, green, and bright purple.

“Dark colours are popular as they don’t make mud and water stains prominent. Red, green, bright purple and blue are good choice. However navy and black are good evening wear options,” suggests designer Pam Mehta.

In terms of fabrics, Mehta feels one should go for “gabardine, denim and crepe silk – they works best in monsoon as they repel water”.

There are few things that a girl should keep in mind while choosing the silhouette.

“Don’t over accessorise, girls. For a day wear, light tunics, tank tops are popular if teamed up with trousers, also one piece knee length dresses in bright prints and colours work best. Avoid white, see through and heels in monsoon. Flip flops are a good option to stay comfortable and be on the move,” said Mehta.

Like girls, boys too can keep in account few things for the season, says designer Sunil Mehra.

“The dominant colours for boys includes blue, green and indigo. It is important to use the right fabric during monsoon as there are certain fabrics which lose their sheen once wet so ideally one should go for cotton as the fabric dries up fast,” said Mehra.


It’s no coincidence that the UN’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Time for Action to Stop Violence Against Women’. Women all over the world face violence in their everyday lives just as women in India do. And the day dedicated to women’s rights is an ideal time to renew the pledge to end that violence in all its forms

How apt that this should be the United Nations’s chosen theme for International Women’s Day, 2013. It’s no coincidence that the global concern aligns with the Indian. It’s a message, loud and clear, that women all over the world face violence in their everyday lives just as women in India do.

The Filipino house maid working in Dubai, the white woman out on a street in Nairobi, the tea estate worker in Sri Lanka, the student in a bus in Delhi… they can all become victims of various forms of violence perpetrated on women. It happens in remote villages, in crowded, cosmopolitan cities, in families living below the poverty line and in affluent homes.

When Her Courage was launched in the wake of the renewed cry for safety and equality, caused by the Delhi gang rape, the spotlight was turned on the place of women in Indian society. Women across the country face various forms of violence, abuse and harassment, violating their right to leave with dignity and to achieve their full potential as individuals, homemakers and achievers on the career front.

And still, there are women who’ve battled the odds with remarkable courage to become pioneers, trend-setters and inspirations for others. While looking at the shackles that bind Indian women, Her Courage salutes also those who’ve broken free. It celebrates these women and their never-say-die spirit. It attempts also to bring men into the conversation and to explore how they can join the cause.

And, now, on March 8, which was first marked with protests by Russian women workers demanding their rights, before spreading to the West and being declared International Women’s Day by the UN in 1977, it’s time to renew the pledge to ensure the right of women everywhere to live and work in safety and with dignity.

After all, a promise is a promise.

Hong Kong: Tens of thousands of protesters, some waving British colonial-era flags, marched in Hong Kong to denounce the city’s leaders and demand universal suffrage on the 16th anniversary of the territory’s handover to China.

Tropical Storm Rumbia brought rain and strong winds as demonstrators bearing banners saying “Democracy now” and “Down with the Chinese Communist Party” started off from the city’s Victoria Park to march to the financial district of Central. The annual rally for democracy comes amid concerns in the southern Chinese city that Beijing is increasingly meddling in local affairs.

A widening income gap and soaring property prices have also contributed to the turnout as protesters focused their anger on unpopular Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. “The main goal of the rally is to push through for genuine democracy and to ask for Leung Chun-ying to step down,” Jackie Hung, of the Civil Human Rights Front, which is organising the march, told AFP.

The July 1 rally comes after a survey published by the Hong Kong University found that only 33 percent of Hong Kongers took pride in being a Chinese national, the lowest level since 1998. Leung was appointed by a pro-Beijing committee last July, promising to improve governance and uphold the rule of law in the territory of seven million people.

He is charged with overseeing the transition to universal suffrage to appoint the city’s leader, which was promised by 2017, though critics say little or no progress has been made on the issue as the deadline draws nearer. ‘A major task of the current-term government is the implementation of universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017 in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law,’ Leung said Monday.

‘With the greatest sincerity and commitment, the SAR government will launch a consultation at an appropriate juncture,’ he added.’People don’t want elections with Chinese characteristics. The government should start consultation now so Hong Kong can have genuine democracy,’ protester Yeung Yuk, a 28-year-old social worker, told AFP.

According to a poll conducted by the Hong Kong University released last week, Leung’s approval rating stands at 46.2 percent. Early Monday, China’s national anthem blared as the Chinese and Hong Kong flags were raised outside the harbourside Convention Centre in a ceremony to mark the 16th anniversary of its handover to China.

Adobe Systems Incorporated said it had agreed to acquire privately held Neolane, which operates a software platform for managing digital marketing campaigns over multiple platforms, for $600 million in cash.

The maker of Photoshop and Acrobat software said the move would “bring critical cross-channel campaign management capabilities to the Adobe Marketing Cloud.”

Adobe Marketing Cloud is a set of tools encompassing analytics, social, advertising, targeting, and web experience management solutions.

Neolane, whose clients include Barnes & Noble and Bridgestone Tires, operates a software platform for automation and execution of campaigns across the Web, email, social, mobile, call center, direct mail and point of sale.

Adobe said the acquisition, expected to close next month, will not materially affect its revenue forecast and adjusted financial results for the current fiscal year. Neolane CEO Stéphane Dehoche will continue to lead the former Neolane team as part of Adobe’s digital marketing business.


The Reader’s Digest Association Inc and its affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than four years in February

The publisher of the Reader’s Digest magazine said it expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of July after the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York approved its reorganisation plan.

The Reader’s Digest Association Inc and its affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than four years in February, citing a greater-than-expected decline in the media industry.

“The court’s confirmation of our restructuring plan is an important step for our company and sets the stage for our future as a much more focused company,” Chief Executive Robert Guth said in a statement. The publisher, which had earlier filed for bankruptcy in 2009, will see its debt reduced by more than 80 percent to about $100 million under the restructuring plan, the company said. It will also convert about $465 million of secured notes to equity.

The company says rag-pickers and civic workers will get at least Rs.3,000 more per month to sustain their livelihood by collecting garbage in 10 civic wards across the city

Bangalore: FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) major ITC Ltd Saturday extended its ‘wealth out of waste’ programme to Bangalore by roping in rag-pickers and civic workers to make the city greener by cleaning up its garbage.

“As ambassadors of the programme, rag-pickers and civic workers will get at least Rs.3,000 more per month to sustain their livelihood by collecting garbage in 10 civic wards across the city and segregating them for recycling,” ITC’s food division chief executive Chitranjan Dar said at a function here ahead of the third anniversary of the ‘National Recycling Day’ July 1.

Involving Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in the novel initiative, the pilot programme will cover all sections of society spanning households, offices, shops, schools, malls, hotels and hospitals.

“The programme will also cover post-consumer FMCG waste, which has become a major source of litter across the city. The civic corporation will provide dry waste collection centres in each ward to segregate wet garbage by its staff,” Dhar said.