kin of mumbai attack victims welcome

Relatives of victims of the 2008 Mumbai attack victims on Wednesday welcomed the execution of the lone surviving attacker, Ajmal Kasab, saying justice has been finally delivered. In Varanasi, Sunita Yadav, wife of victim Upendra Yadav, expressed her gratitude to the authorities for carrying out the execution.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

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A fire broke out in the heritage wing of the Mumbai's Taj Hotel. Taj Hotel is one of the main sites that came under attack during November 26 terror attacks last year.
Four fire tenderes include been rushed to the spot. Initial reports suggest that the fire was triggered by a short circuit.

All present in the building have been evacuated with the situation is reported to be under control

This is not the first time an accident has been repoted from the heritage wing post-26/11. In December too a fire had broken out on the 20th floor of the hotel.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Skip That Traffic; Fly Your Car shortly


America's Terrafugia Transition
is planning to uncover it is car-cum-plane vehicle called ‘The Flying Car - Transition'



If you wish you could own one of the slick vehicles that turned into robots during the 2008 movie 'Transformers' - well, dream on. However, you could hope to hop into one of those cars that can fly!

In a couple of years, when you're stuck in traffic, you'll have the option to fly off into a two-seater vehicle to reach your destination. An American company called Terrafugia Transition is planning to uncover its car-cum-plane vehicle called 'The Flying Car - Transition.'

The car commenced its historic first flight
On March 5 with 27 additional flights to be completed over the next several weeks.

That's right. The Flying Car will let you take a spin on the roads where it will be capable to fold up it is wings after you've vroomed pass the stratosphere.

India beat West Indies's in 20 runs



A merciless 131 in 102 balls from Yuvraj Singh helped India to a 20-run victory over a battling West Indies in Jamaica on Friday in the first into a series of four one-dayers.



Singh's powerful hitting helped India amass 339 for six, the second highest one-day international score at Sabina Park, but the determined hosts ran them close since they were bowled out for 319 in the 49th over.

Chris Gayle (37) and Runako Morton (42) put on 65 inside 10 overs for the opening stand before Ramnaresh Sarwan (45) and an aggressive Shivnarine Chanderpaul (63) kept West Indies up with the run-rate.

The home team needed 25 to won off the last three overs with two wickets remaining but RP Singh bowled Sulieman Benn for seven.



Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who had kept the flame burning with a smart 29 during 26 balls, was then caught by Harbhajan Singh off Ashish Nehra.

Before Friday's game only Pakistan, against Zimbabwe into the 2007 World Cup, had managed to surpass 300 in an ODI at Sabina Park.

West Indies's total is a second-innings record at the ground.

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NASA Gives Media, Public Look Inside Apollo Moon Rock Vault

HOUSTON -- NASA will offer reporters an unprecedented chance to conduct interviews with scientists inside the lab that stores moon rocks Apollo astronauts collected during their six missions. The July 2 interview opportunities from the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab and Storage Vaults at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will take place nearly 40 years after humans first walked on the moon.

Using the NASA Television's Live Interview Media Outlet satellite channel, news organizations will have a chance to talk with scientists who study the lunar samples. The interviews will originate from inside the lunar sample vault, amid the trays of moon rocks and soil samples. Among the samples are those Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin brought back to Earth in July 1969.

Live interview opportunities will be available from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CDT with lunar sample scientists Gary Lofgren and Andrea Mosie. Lofgren is the lunar curator at Johnson and has been with the lab since the Apollo era. Mosie has been a scientist in the current lab since it opened in 1979.

To participate in the interviews, journalists should contact Victor Scott at 281-483-4942 or victor.j.scott@nasa.gov no later than noon, July 1.

The public also will have an opportunity to take a virtual tour of the lunar sample lab and ask the scientists questions via Ustream and Twitter from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The public can submit questions to Johnson's Twitter account, @NASA_Johnson, beginning today and via Ustream live during the event. The tour and the question-and-answer session also will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

With single Swerving Free Kick, Brazil Darts into Final against U.S.

On a rare night when Brazil be not always the better team, it remained the more patient one and ultimately prevailed, 1-0, over South Africa into the semifinals of the Confederations Cup on Thursday

A late substitute, the defender Dani Alves, delivered his specialty into the 88th minute, drilling a free kick from 19 yards that nicked the inside of the right goal post and sent Brazil to the final against the United States on Sunday.



The outcome was a familiar one for Brazil, the five-time World Cup winner, which does not panic, but calmly waits for its opportunities. It scored during the 90th minute of its opening match to defeat Egypt and won in the waning minutes again Thursday on a set piece, which has become Brazil’s most dangerous threat at this tournament.

South Africa played with great resolve, compressing its defense, cluttering the middle of the field, largely preventing Kaká from making his penetrating runs on the counterattack. Instead, it is Bafana Bafana who surged with great enthusiasm in counterattack.

Ultimately, though, Bafana Bafana, or the Boys, could not finish their chances, either growing impatient or unable to get enough players forward into attack.

“Sometimes we could have been a bit more calm,” said Joel Santana, a Brazilian who coaches South Africa.

Playing in front of 48,049 home fans, which blew their plastic trumpets, or vuvuzelas, into enthusiastic support, South Africa gained confidence that should be invaluable when it hosts the World Cup next year. Yet it was Brazil that prevailed with unhurried insistence.

In the 82nd minute, Alves replaced André Santos, who had a yellow card. It would be a redemptive night for Alves, who missed the European Champions League final last month for Barcelona because of a red-card suspension. On Thursday, his decisive chance came when his teammate Ramires is taken down outside the penalty area.

Itumeleng Khune, the South African goalkeeper, found just himself shielded by the defensive wall. And Alves curled the free kick off the right post.

“He trains every day on set pieces,” Dunga, the Brazilian coach, said. “It is one of the few opportunities we would have, a foul in front of the goal. It was perfect for us.”
Dunga said he had not watched the United States’ stunning 2-0 victory over Spain on Wednesday, preparing instead to face South Africa.

Last week, Brazil defeated the United States, 3-0, in group play of the Confederations Cup, scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes against the nervous Americans. South Africa, on the other hand, played assertively from the beginning and be able to keep Maicon, Brazil’s right back, from dangerous runs down the flank, something that troubled the United States.

“We scored right at the beginning and they had to come out and play,” Dunga said of the Americans. “If you score a goal early into a match, it helps tremendously.”

In the rematch on Sunday, it is imperative that the United States play more assertively in the opening minutes, as it did against Spain, midfielder Landon Donovan said.

“We need to start the game better,” he said. “It’s not only what it does on the field, but mentally what it does for us. I think starting aggressively helped us throughout the game” against Spain.

Asked if he thought the United States could defeat Brazil, Santana, and the South African coach, cautioned against any predictions.

“But Brazil is going to be much more careful than Spain be,” he said. “We should bear in mind Brazil is used to this type of play. It is a very patient team. It can build up, it can wait. It knows it has the quality players to overcome certain obstacles.”

Just as he seemed to suggest that his native country would prevail on Sunday, Santana added, “It be going to be a difficult game for Brazil, I have no doubt whatsoever.”

Matthew Booth, a South African defender, said Bafana Bafana had been inspired by the American victory over Spain. He said he believed the United States could also prevail against Brazil in the final.

“Absolutely, if the U.S.A. can keep up their work rate like they did against Spain,” Booth said. “It was a fantastic performance. If they can put up another performance like that and take their chances, the result is there for the taking.”

Michael Bradley, an American midfielder who will miss Sunday’s final with a red-card suspension, said: “We’ve said to ourselves we want to be a team in the big tournaments, on the big stage, which is fighting to win something. As a player, the individual stuff doesn’t mean anything. At the end of your career, you want to look and see how many medals you have, how many trophies you’ve win. Now we have that chance.”

India will bounce back: Sourav Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s boys were capable of shrugging off their World Twenty20 disappointment also would bounce back in the one-day International series against the West Indies, which kicks off on Friday.



“Sachin (Tendulkar), (Virender) Sehwag and Zaheer (Khan) will surely be missed… But I’m confident that the rest are quite capable of putting up a good performance against the West Indies as they are experienced in the ODIs,” Sourav Ganguly said at the felicitation of the youngsters at Videocon School of Cricket. The players recently won the Ambar Roy sub-junior meet, organised by the CAB.

He, though, had a word of caution for the Indian team. “West Indies are a good team. They have some quality players in Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul who can change the outcome of a game. It’s going to be a tough series.”

Sourav Ganguly downplayed India’s not-too-impressive performance in the World Twenty20 saying that Team India had consistently done well in the shortest format of the game.

“They have been doing well for the last one and a half years and failure in just one tournament shouldn’t be blown up like this.

“There’s not much to ponder on that failure,” said the southpaw.

Sourav Ganguly, who recently began his innings as a commentator, put his weight behind skipper Dhoni.

“He has been handling the job quite well. You can’t judge him by one tournament,” he reasoned.
However, he bypassed the issue of Team India’s controversial ‘unity parade’ at Trent Bridge saying, “I wasn’t present there when it happened. But they are a good team… So, these things shouldn’t be an issue.”

Speaking on the much-talked about fatigue factor, Sourav Ganguly said: “I don’t think fatigue was a big issue. All professional players… Even we had to play many matches. The ICC calendar is such that you will have a crunch schedule and you will have to cope up with that.”
When queried whether players were hiding injuries to be in the team, he said: “It’s not so... I don’t think anyone hides injuries to play for the national team. All the players are honest and I don’t think anyone would like to cheat his country.”

While picking Australia as the favourites for the Ashes, Sourav Ganguly, who takes a keen interest in football, said he hoped Brazil to win the ongoing Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Michael Jackson, King of Pop, dies on age 50

Pop star Michael Jackson died Thursday following a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles, officials held. He was 50.



The King of Pop, whose life of stardom also scandal kept him permanently in the headlines, is found unconscious at his rented Bel Air mansion and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Centre.

"We were notified by LAPD that Michael Jackson was transferred from his house to the hospital," said Los Angeles County Coroner Fred Corral. "He is unresponsive and pronounced dead at approximately 2.26 this afternoon."

Corral said an autopsy would be performed to check for toxicology and other problems. The results are to be released Friday.

A large crowd formed outside the medical centre also his home, playing Jackson's music, as news crews and reporters jostled for stories and as news helicopters hovered overhead.

Corral said that he had suffered a cardiac arrest and local media reported Jackson had not been breathing when paramedics reached him. Reports from hospital first said he be in a coma, before numerous media reported his death.

"We are just stunned - I can't tell you what has taken place but everyone is just stunned," family spokesman Brian Oxman told CNN. Referring to reports that Jackson was in ill health, Oxman said he "feared and warned about" the level of medication that Jackson was taking, though he stressed that "he was in fine condition. We have never seen him in any kind of weakened condition".

Jackson is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.

Jackson had appeared increasingly frail and financially-challenged in recent years. Despite earning hundreds of millions of dollars he was reported to be $500 million in debt thanks largely to his eccentrically extravagant lifestyle.



Jackson's rented home was roped off after paramedics arrived to transport the King of Pop to the hospital.

Born in 1958 in Gary, Indiana, Jackson was a child star with the Jackson 5 and became one of the most successful recording artists of all time with the release of the album "Thriller" in 1982 - the best selling album of all time. His successful songs redefined the modern music video and forced MTV to start showing black performers, and paved the way for the acceptance of rap and hip-hop as mainstream musical styles.

Elevated to the stardom level of the Beatles and Elvis, he also introduced a new level of mega-stardom through his music and clothes, his dance moves, and his massive live concert tours.

"Michael Jackson made culture accept a person of colour - way before Tiger Woods, way before Oprah Winfrey, way before Barack Obama," said black leader Al Sharpton. "Michael did with music what they did in sport politics and music. No controversy will erase his impact."

He raised consciousness about the plight of Africa with the supergroup recording "We Are the World" in 1985. But after that most of his headlines were dogged by scandal - from his marriages to Lisa Presley and former nurse Debby Rowe, to his eccentric lifestyle behind the gates of his fantasy childhood estate, named Neverland, after the setting of the book Peter Pan.

He managed to settle an allegation that he molested a boy there in 1993, but was forced to face a sensational "trial of the century" 10 years later. He was ultimately acquitted of the charges, but the exposure caused huge damage to his career and financial situation.

At the time of his death he had been preparing for a 50-concert run in London that was meant to represent his comeback and secure his financial future.

Source: www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bollywood’s most Smooch-able star!

Recently former Bond girl Denise Richards, who will be seen with Akshay Kumar into the movie Kambakkht Ishq, said in an interview that Akshay Kumar is a good kisser.



"Akshay be so down to earth and very genuine. He made me feel very comfortable, plus he's a good kisser! I can see why he's India's sexiest actor," said Richards.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ronaldo, Kaka could debut for Madrid into Ireland

Real Madrid's world record transfer signing Cristiano Ronaldo also Kaka could debut for the Spanish side on July 20 in a friendly match against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin, the Spanish club said on Monday on its Web site.



Shamrock Rovers said the match, to be played at in the 3,500 seater Tallaght Stadium, is sold out.

"Shamrock Rovers F.C. members and season ticket holders purchased over 3,000 tickets into the 48 hour window over the weekend," the Irish club said.

Madrid are to spend July 13-22 preparing for the new season at the Carton House training ground in Ireland said director general Jorge Valdano.

"We are delighted with the trip to Ireland we have prepared so as to begin this very important phase in our preseason training," Valdano said.

"We know Shamrock Rovers is a very important team during Ireland and playing against them is going to suit us very well into our preparation," Valdano said.

Madrid have agreed to pay Manchester United a record 80 million pounds ($131 million) for Ronaldo and Kaka was signed from AC Milan for a reported fee of around euro65 million ($92 million).

Personal terms with Ronaldo are still to be agreed.

Ms.Dhoni warns teammates against hiding injury

After an injury exposé, Team India has got a wake up call from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.



Ms.Dhoni issued a no-nonsense warning to his teammates asking them not to repeat the mistake of hiding their injuries. Headlines Today had recently exposed how five crucial members of the Indian T20 squad hid their injuries.

According to reports, Ms.Dhoni gave a dressing down to his teammates on Sunday. He then asked them to be truthful about injuries or any other personal issues that could affect the team's performance.

This comes in wake of what happened when Virender Sehwag hid his injury from his skipper during the world T20.

Ms.Dhoni said the team is more important than the individuals and also issued a warning to the seniors asking them to come up with ideas to improve the team's performance.

This is exactly what Ms.Dhoni told his team: "For me, it's the team first and then the individuals and I hope it's the same for everyone in the group."

"If rest is the cure for an injury, a cricketer ought to opt for it rather than let fatigue or niggles become a major setback to him also to the team," he added.

NASA Lunar Mission Successfully Enters Moon Orbit

GREENBELT, Md. -- After a four and a half day journey from the Earth, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully entered orbit around the moon. Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., confirmed the spacecraft's lunar orbit insertion at 6:27 a.m. EDT Tuesday.

During transit to the moon, engineers performed a mid-course correction to get the spacecraft in the proper position to reach its lunar destination. Since the moon is always moving, the spacecraft shot for a target point ahead of the moon. When close to the moon, LRO used its rocket motor to slow down until the gravity of the moon caught the spacecraft in lunar orbit.

"Lunar orbit insertion is a crucial milestone for the mission," said Cathy Peddie, LRO deputy project manager at Goddard. "The LRO mission cannot begin until the moon captures us. Once we enter the moon's orbit, we can begin to buildup the dataset needed to understand in greater detail the lunar topography, features and resources. We are so proud to be a part of this exciting mission and NASA's planned return to the moon."

A series of four engine burns over the next four days will put the satellite into its commissioning phase orbit. During the commissioning phase each of its seven instruments is checked out and brought online. The commissioning phase will end approximately 60 days after launch, when LRO will use its engines to transition to its primary mission orbit.

For its primary mission, LRO will orbit above the moon at about 31 miles, or 50 kilometers, for one year. The spacecraft's instruments will help scientists compile high resolution, three-dimensional maps of the lunar surface and also survey it at many spectral wavelengths.

The satellite will explore the moon's deepest craters, examining permanently sunlit and shadowed regions, and provide understanding of the effects of lunar radiation on humans. LRO will return more data about the moon than any previous mission.

Slumdog 'goon' arrested

Ajit Pandey, 20, who starred in Slumdog Millionaire as the hired goon of the gangster played by Mahesh Manjrekar, seems to have taken the film’s



message of rising against odds, to heart. With somewhat disastrous consequence.

He was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch on Sunday from his Bhayandar residence for allegedly extorting money and trying to bag film roles bsy threatening producers on phone.

Pandey, who has also acted in TV serials like Saarthi and Oh Darling Ye Hai India, hit upon the novel idea of calling up film producers posing as a certain Irfan Husri, an associate of Chhota Shakeel. In his underworld avatar he would tell producers to give a break to “his man” Pandey in their films or face death. If they couldn’t offer a role then they needed to pay ‘Husri’ Rs 20 lakh.

To cover his tracks, he would then call up the same producer again, this time as Ajit Pandey, saying that he’d got a threat from Irfan Husri that if he did not work with the said producer he would be bumped off. Pandey even went to the extent of lodging a complaint with Mira Road police saying that he was getting threatening calls from Irfan Husri. A crime branch officer said, “He would call up saying, ‘Aey producer! Main Irfan bolta hun. Ye Ajit Pandey apne gang ka hai lekin abhi sudhar gaya hai. Isko kaam dene ka, nahi to uda doonga.’ He would also claim allegiance to the D gang. Pandey used a sim card from Madhya Pradesh registered in the name of his friend to make these calls. He got the card when he had gone to his native place in MP a few months ago,” revealed the officer.

“He used the same modus operandi to extort money from producers on behalf of his actor friends, whose payments were due,” said Crime Branch chief Rakesh Maria.

“He also called up producers of some small films he had acted in and threatened them in the name of Shakeel asking them to pay Ajit Pandey’s dues at the earliest. We arrested him on Sunday and he has been remanded in police custody till June 28,” he added.

One of the many people Pandey called was Pramod Kapoor of Ramanand Sagar productions. Kapoor refused to give in to these threats and reported the matter to the police.

Initially, the police too thought that it was some goon calling from MP, but upon investigation, all evidence pointed towards Pandey.

“When we saw that the supposed goon was calling every other producer for giving roles only to Pandey, we figured that Pandey must have something to do with the goon,” said an officer close to the investigation. “And sure enough, he did.”

Source:www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Aishwarya and Abhishek plan to start a family after that year

A lot of people during the industry have been wondering why Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been working so hard lately even as she balances her time between her two sets of parents at Jalsa (the Bachchans) and La Mer (the Rais).



Fact is that Aishwarya is into a hurry to finish up all her pending assignments so that she can keep a part of the year 2010 free for family affairs, and that includes motherhood.

A source close to the couple said, “The two of them are fed up of relatives, stranger’s also relative strangers asking them when the stork is visiting. Secretly, they feel pressurised. It’s as if their parenthood is a public issue. Even when they are at airports waiting to board flights, over-exuberant ladies rush to them with an inquisitive look on their eager faces. Even before these fans open their mouth, Abhishek knows exactly what the question is, and he gets visibly annoyed. Aishwarya handles such over-inquisitive attention far more graciously.”

Luckily there has been absolutely no peer pressure on Abhishek or Aishwarya about parenthood from either side. Neither the Bachchans nor the Rais be the type who badgers their children asking when they will start a family.

But Aishwarya already has a plan, and parenthood probably comes next year when she completes her pending assignments, also that includes a parade of topnotch films including Vipul Shah’s Action Replay, Shankar’s Robot, Mani Ratnam’s Raavana and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish for which Aishwarya starts shooting in Goa during August, followed by Abhinay Deo’s Crooked.

In addition there are filmmakers like Rohan Sippy, Vishal Bharadwaj, Rituparno Ghosh and Ashutosh Gowariker waiting patiently during the queue to sign her.

A source said, “This no doubt is the busiest phase of Aishwarya’s career. Such a flurry of assignments has never been seen before in any married actress’ life and she’d be foolish to let such opportunities slip by. Luckily, Abhishek is thoroughly supportive of her career. She wants to complete as many of these assignments as she can to before she becomes a mother. Because once she gets into that role she wouldn’t want a few other distractions. That, Aishwarya is sure of.”

Akshay be a good kisser: Denise Richards

Former Bond girl Denise Richards has done some passionate scenes by Bollywood star



Akshay Kumar into Kambakkht Ishq and says he is a good kisser.

Richards insists that no man in Bollywood can match his skills, according to reports. "Akshay be so down to earth and very genuine. He made me feel very comfortable, plus he's a good kisser! I can see why he's India's sexiest actor," said Richards.

She admits she struggled with the language barrier while filming her first Bollywood movie, but got a helping hand from her co-stars and hopes to do another Bollywood movie.

Releasing on July 3, the movie also stars Hollywood actors Sylvester Stallone also Brandon Routh.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Apple feasts on demand for smart phones

The company sees sales of its 3G S pass 1 million units in just three days.



A thirst among shoppers for stylish cellphones that can do more than make calls and take grainy snapshots has helped Apple Inc. ring up sales of more than 1 million units of its high-end iPhone 3G S just three days after the device went on sale, the company reported Monday.

"Even with a down economy, food, shelter, clothing and now smart phones are becoming an essential part of people's lives," quipped Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner Inc.

Driving the enthusiasm for smart phones is a desire by consumers to use their handsets for a host of computer-like functions, such as browsing the Internet, sharing photos, updating their status on social networks, playing games with their friends and checking e-mail, Dulaney said.

Apple, which launched its first iPhone two years ago, previously reported it had sold more than 21 million units by March 28. Market research firm ISuppli Corp. projects that by the end of the year, the Cupertino, Calif., company will have carved out 10% of

the global market for the fast-growing smart phone category, up from 8.4% last year.

Although mobile handset sales overall are expected to drop 12.3% worldwide, smart phones are projected to grow 11.6%, ISuppli analyst Tina Teng said.

"People are holding on to their phones a lot longer in the bad economy," Teng said. "But when they do get new phones, they tend to choose smart phones."

That's good news not just for Apple, but also for Palm Inc., which released the Palm Pre smart phone June 6. Although Palm has not released sales figures, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky recently issued a report estimating the company will sell more than 2.6 million Palm Pre phones in the next year.

"Smart phones are really on a tear," Dulaney said. "From May [of] this year to January of next year, you will see more smart-phone announcements than you have ever seen before."

On Monday, T-Mobile USA Inc. unveiled its myTouch 3G multitasking smart phone with Google Inc.'s latest Android operating system. The carrier has sold more than 1 million of the original Google phones, which were released last fall.

With the latest handset, available late next month, T-Mobile is emphasizing the various ways consumers can customize or, as the carrier calls it, "personalize" their phones -- including through menu options and the array of available Android applications. The phone includes a program called Sherpa that learns about users' real-world preferences as they visit various restaurants and businesses in their towns and suggests, for instance, new places to go.

Enabling users to add such applications has helped fuel iPhone sales. Consumers have downloaded more than 1 billion applications from Apple's iTunes online store for their iPhones and iPod Touches.

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is returning to work this month after a six-month medical leave, boasted in a statement about how applications were driving sales: "iPhone momentum is stronger than ever."

Apple shares fell $2.11, or 1.5%, to $137.37.

Source:www.latimes.com

At 8%, India to grow fastest into '10: World Bank

The World Bank has projected an 8% growth for India during 2010, which will make it the fastest-growing economy for the first time,
overtaking China’s expected 7.7% growth.

The multilateral lender has revised upwards the development rate for the Indian economy this year to 5.1% from an earlier projection of 4%, according to its Global Development Finance Report released on Monday. India has consistently outperformed growth forecasts by the World Bank in the past.

The prospects for the global economy remain ‘unusually uncertain’ despite recent signs of improvement into some parts of the world, the report points out. Barring a few countries, including India and China, the bank has cut 2009 growth projections for all other economies and expects the world economy to contract by 2.9% this year.

"Developing countries are expected to develop by only 1.2% this year, after 8.1% growth in 2007 and 5.9% growth in 2008.

"When China and India be excluded, GDP in the remaining developing countries is projected to fall by 1.6%, causing continued job losses with throwing more people into poverty," the report said.

The report calls on governments around the world to be vigilant when drawing up strategies to reverse the recent expansionary monetary and fiscal policies once the world economy takes off.

The bank has urged rich countries to boost the flow of credit to developing nations to help speed up economic recovery. “Developing countries can become a key driving force during the recovery, assuming their domestic investments rebound with international support, including a resumption in the flow of international credit,” said Justin Lin, chief economist at World Bank.

Despite the gloomy picture for this year, the bank says growth in developing countries, led by India and China, could reach 4.4% into 2010 and 5.7% by 2011.

Since global growth will only return to its full potential by 2011, the gap between actual and potential output, unemployment also disinflationary pressures continue to build, the report adds.

This World Bank report compares with a more upbeat assessment by the International Monetary Fund, which said last week the decline in global output has moderated also it may raise its 2010 growth forecast for the world economy.

India's Satyam to announce new CEO, CFO - news

Indian fraud-tainted outsourcer Satyam Computer Services Ltd (SATY.BO), which be acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra (MAHM.BO) group, is expected to announce a new chief executive, the Economic Times reported on Tuesday.

Satyam, which would be rebranded as Mahindra Satyam, be once India's fourth-largest outsourcer. It shocked investors in January when it revealed it had overstated profits for years. [ID:nBOM394323]

C.P. Gurnani, president of international operations at group firm Tech Mahindra (TEML.BO), be expected to be appointed CEO of Satyam replacing A.S. Murty, the newspaper said.
Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director Anand Mahindra is scheduled to address a news conference on the group's IT business at 3 p.m. (0930 GMT).

Subramaniam Durgashankar, who earlier headed the mergers and acquisition unit of Mahindra & Mahindra, the country's largest tractor also utility vehicle maker, is expected to take over as chief financial officer at Satyam, the Business Standard said.

The newspapers said Sanjay Kalra, president of strategic initiatives at Tech Mahindra, could be promoted to CEO.

A Satyam spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.
Tech Mahindra, which be 31 percent-owned by Britain's BT Group (BT.L), emerged a winner in an auction in April for a controlling stake into Satyam. (Reporting by Ami Shah; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)

‘Kites' to hit screens during December

Mumbai (IANS): The much-talked about Hrithik Roshan starrer "Kites" is scheduled for December release also producer Rakesh Roshan also director Anurag Basu have also agreed on how different the English and Hindi versions of the film would be.
The supposed steamy scenes between Hrithik and his co-star Barbara Mori would be the same into both versions.

"We can't cheat Hindi audiences. The so-called steamy scenes will be the same during both versions. The visuals will remain unchanged in both. There won't be anything radically different in the two versions because Hrithik and Barbara speak English-Hindi and Spanish, respectively during both English and Hindi," Basu told IANS.
Also there would be voice-overs in Hindi and English, both done by Hrithik whose love story the film chronicles into a style that would recall David Lean's "Brief Encounter" and K. Balachander's "Ek Duuje Ke Liye".

About being designated the director of the decade at International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards during Macau, Rakesh Roshan said: "I'm flattered. There were other truly deserving directors into the reckoning. I must've done something right."

I won't mediate among Kat and Bips: John

It's a well-known fact in the movie industry that Katrina Kaif and Bipasha Basu can't see eye to eye. Almost similar is the case with John Abraham and Salman Khan. But the movie New York has done something unusual in these Bollywood relationships.

This movie has brought Katrina Kaif and John Abraham so close to each other that the grapevine has been abuzz with rumours of an affair between them. Both are all praise for each other; also say that they had a gala time while shooting together for the Yash Raj movie directed by Kabir Khan.



As expected, there was no love lost between John's New York co-stars with his long-standing girlfriend Bipasha Basu.

So will John play the peacemaker among his two leading ladies?

We asked John during an interview also this is what Dostana's hot dude had to say, "I am not here to play the role of a mediator. Bipasha is a grown up, mature woman. So is Katrina Kaif. They are both experienced enough to sort out their own issues. I was there to play the character assigned to me in the movie also not to act as a mediator between Katrina and Bipasha."

On being asked if Katrina was initially apprehensive interacting with him, he said, "She felt bit awkward in the beginning but later we got along very well. We had a blast while shooting for the movie."

Interestingly, even Katrina doesn't seem keen to bring John plus Salman any closer. The leggy lass echoed the same concerns as that of John. Katrina said, "I don't think anyone needs to play the role of a pacifier for anyone. We are all adults. If we feel the need to sort out our problems, we will do it on our own."

Talking about her experience of working with John and Neil, the actress said, "We all got along pretty well with each other. Everyone had his or her own space also we were comfortable in that. I compliment the director of the movie, Kabir Khan, for such a congenial atmosphere."

AI plans to save Rs 500 cr into wage bill

With the aim of reducing its employee cost by Rs 500 crore annually, loss-laden public sector carrier Air India will examine its existing wage agreements with its unions, representing nearly 31,000 employees, also review all performancelinked incentives (PLI) and flying allowances.



The company has formed a four-member committee comprising members from finance and personnel to look into the wage structure with suggest ways of cutting the flab.

Air India is estimated to have incurred losses of over Rs 3,000 crore in 2008-09 and be looking at financial help from the government to tide over the crisis. The country’s largest air carrier by fleet size has an annual wage bill of about Rs 3,000 crore of which Rs 1,400 is the performance-linked incentive. The company has a cumulative loss of about Rs 5,300 crore.

Civil aviation secretary M Madhavan Nambiar, the company CMD Arvind Jadhav and financial advisor into the ministry E Bharat Bhushan met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s principal secretary TKA Nair on Monday to discuss the airline’s proposal seeking government fund infusion.

“Air India, which has not resorted to retrenchment or layoffs till date to tide over the financial crisis arising out of difficult market conditions affecting airlines world over, has constituted a four-member committee comprising officials of HR and finance to examine the wage agreements, including flying allowances and productivity linked incentives, entered into between the management also unions, associations and guild,” a company statement said.

The airline recently deferred the June salary of its staff by 15 days citing cash problem during the company. It also urged its top managers to voluntarily forego its July salary.

Shahrukh Khan Sends chills down Karan's spine

The kind of backlash that Shahrukh Khan received for his recent comments on Prophet Mohammed, that too from his own community, seems to have sends chills down Karan Johar's spine. The incident has forced the terrified filmmaker to pick up his research book to make sure that his much-talked-about movie My Name be Khan doesn't fall into dirty waters.



It is said that Karan is treading cautiously, as his movie My Name Is Khan, starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol
, is based on terrorism unlike his earlier movies. The film is about Islamic isolation and focuses on how a Muslim individual fights for his identity in this ruthless world.

Rumours have it that protest against the film has already started and that the unit of the movie was denied shooting in the Mosque in US. But Karan Johar is unperturbed by all the rumours. He is not giving way to the protesters.

It may be recalled that the police have filed a FIR against Shahrukh Khan following complain from Mumbai Aman Committee, a religious organisation, alleging that his recent comment on Prophet Mohammed has hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community.

Saif's highway trip for love!

Actor-turned-producer Saif Ali Khan recently hit the streets of San Francisco just before find a girl for himself. Relax, things are just fine between him also Bebo -- this was for his forthcoming venture Love Aaj Kal since the girls selected by the casting agent into the US were shot down by director Imtiaz Ali.



Explains Imtiaz, "We had gone to the US to do a recce of the location twice also we got everything in place except for the blonde American-looking girl who would play an important person in Saif's life into the movie. It was an easy cast as everyone thought getting a blonde girl would be a no-brainer. The casting director there showed me many pictures but I somehow did not like anyone. We were very tense since we just had three days left to find someone, train her and shoot with her."

At this crucial juncture, Saif and Imtiaz thought of holding on the highway auditions.
"Still we were not getting anybody...till the last night before we were supposed to shoot when a person from the crew spotted a girl outside a nightclub also called me. Her name was Luna Livinsky and she was a 23-year-old born to hippie parents. I loved her and she is open to work with us. Saif too gave the nod and we shot with her the very next day. She has done a good job into the film given the short notice period."

Sania Mirza 'dressed for achievement



India's Sania Mirza faces a triple challenge to reach the third round at Wimbledon: knock out a seed, beat one of her best mates -- with make sure she's got enough clothes.

Mirza faces Romanian number 28 seed Sorana Cirstea in the second round -- now as soon as the pair works out whose kit is whose.

French Open quarter-finalist Cirstea had to sort out her friend by some spare clothes before Mirza beat Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

"We are really good friends. We're one of those very few who actually stay in touch even while we're not on the tour," Mirza told AFP.

"We be joking about it just before. I didn't have any clothes also said 'can you please give me some clothes to wear'.

"She said 'yes, I'll give it to you'. And I said 'yes, but if you win and I win, I play you, I'll need clothes since well!’ And she said 'I'll still give it to you!'.
Thankfully the pair has now sorted out enough outfits to see them both through Wednesday's encounter.

"We both have enough kit now. I don't need to borrow stuff from her now!" world number 85 Mirza said.



But joking aside, there spirit is no love lost when the pair clash on court.
"We're both going to try our best, obviously. You have to make a conscious effort to put a line since you are friends," the 22-year-old said, looking forward to the match.
"When you go on court you are just rivals and opponents with when you go off court you're friends again.

"But we're both professionals also we know where to draw the line. May the best player win."
Though the pair is firm friends, they have never faced each other during a competitive match.
Mirza did not include the chance to check out Cirstea's first round match as they were playing simultaneously on adjacent courts.

"We've never played against each other plus we've practiced just once or twice together so it's not like we know each other's game inside out," Mirza said.

"I watched her play at the French Open and she has been into great form.
"She's seeded. I have to play a seed during the second round so I guess I have no pressure on myself. I'm just trying to play my best. On paper, she's supposed to win. But this is tennis also anything can happen."

Mirza entered the All England Club having reached the semi-finals at Birmingham, the pre-Wimbledon warm-up grass court tournament, and is confident about her form on the surface.
"It's been going good. I've always liked playing going on grass. It be one of my favourite surfaces also it suits my game," she said after beating Groenefeld, a one-time top 15 player ranked 23 places above her.

"On grass especially, if you drop your serve then it goes off quickly sometimes.
"I've tried to work on my serve a lot into the last few weeks and I feel like it's getting better every match that I play.

"At 5-2, deuce, to get an ace at that point be probably something I couldn't have done a year or two ago."

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England 'leaps also bounds' ahead into women's game



New Zealand captain Aimee Watkins said England were "leaps and bounds" ahead into women's cricket after the hosts won their second straight major final to lift the World Twenty20 trophy here at Lord's.

England, who beat New Zealand to win the 50-over World Cup during Sydney in March, agaian proved too strong for the White Ferns at Lord's on Sunday into a six-wicket success.

Fast bowler Katherine Brunt took three wickets for six runs since New Zealand, previously unbeaten at the tournament, were bowled out for just 85.

England then saw star batsman Claire Taylor makes 39 not out since they won with three overs to spare.

Several members of the England team are on contracts to coach cricket with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also promote the sport in schools through the 'Chance to Shine' initiative.



These contracts enable the players to participate in major tournaments without jeopardising their profits.
It is a set-up that has helped propel England to the forefront of the women's game also Watkins said: "The infrastructure they have now and the amount of money the ECB has poured into them have put them ahead by leaps and bounds of other top three nations (Australia, India and New Zealand)."

New Zealand coach Gary Stead added: "England set the standards at the moment. They've win two World Cups and today felt a little bit like the amateurs playing the professionals.

"It's the first time we've been knocked over. They are setting the standards at the moment with it's something we need to get better at."



England captain Charlotte Edwards, who is looking forward to leading the team into a successful defence of the Ashes in the one-off Test against Australia later this season, said: "It was a lot easier than I thought it might be.

"New Zealand were playing good cricket coming into this game also I would have taken 85 coming into today.
"A lot of credits have to go to our attack because they bowled superbly well, the best bowling performance of the tournament.

"The 50-over World Cup was the ultimate prize but this, for the profile of the match and the coverage we're probably going to get around the world, it's probably up there with that.

"We're just delighted. We came back from the World Cup and we wanted this trophy also now we've got it to show the 50-over wasn't a fluke."

England showed they could chase a stiff target when, during Friday's semi-final, they made 165 for two to beat Australia by eight wickets at the Oval.

"I think on Friday we surprised a group of people," Edwards said.

"It is probably the perfect game with it being England against Australia and winning in the last over so I think we're definitely showing that women's cricket is a force to be reckoned with and hopefully we can get more and more people watching us this summer."

Saina breaches Chinese citadel into title win, enters big league



Just before leaving home for a series of tournaments, Saina Nehwal, who had been following the French Open keenly, be repeatedly told by her mother Usha that if unknown Swedish player Robin Soderling could upset champion Rafael Nadal, beating a Chinese opponent on the badminton court would not be impossible either.

On Sunday into the Indonesia Open final, Saina trumped China�s brightest new star, World No. 3 Lin Wang, 12-21 21-18 21-9 to complete a historic first for an Indian woman in the badminton Super Series. In her first Super Series final, it is a remarkable fight back by Nehwal, after wading through a draw boasting the world�s best.

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In fact, the 19-year-old and World No. 8 had raided the Chinese citadel twice within 24 hours, having beaten Lu Lan during the semi-finals on Saturday. But what really stood out was how Saina composed her win, playing truly Indian-style badminton and dominating with quick dribbles at the net, to carry forward the legacy of Prakash Padukone with P Gopichand. From a city that has produced elegant cricketers such as Mohammad Azharuddin and V V S Laxman, Saina�s wrist work would have made a few Hyderabadi proud.

Fired-up Pak lift ICC World T20 title



Pakistan won their first major title in 17 years when they stunned Sri Lanka by eight wickets into the ICC World Twenty20 final at a sell-out Lord's here on Sunday.

Seamer Abdur Razzaq claimed three wickets as Pakistan bowled also fielded aggressively to restrict Sri Lanka to 138-6, then coasted home easily with eight deliveries to spare.

Shahid Afridi hit an unbeaten 54 off 40 balls, his second consecutive half-century, with former captain Shoaib Malik made 24 not out during a match-winning partnership of 76 for the undefeated third wicket.

Pakistan, runners-up to India in the final of the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa two years ago, ended Sri Lanka's unbeaten run in the tournament with style. Pakistan last win an official multi-nation tournament in 1992 when Imran Khan's team lifted the World Cup by beating England in the final at the Melbourne cricket ground in Australia. Sunday's win by Younus Khan's team gave Pakistanis back home reason to cheer as the cricket-mad nation has is deprived of international tours due to security concerns in the volatile nation.

The International Cricket Council has already ruled out holding World Cup matches into Pakistan in 2011 following the militant attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore on March 3.

Pakistani openers Kamran Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan ensured there were no early scares as they put on 48 for the first wicket in seven overs. Sanath Jayasuriya broke through with his first delivery during the next over when he beat Akmal in the air with his left-arm spin and had him stumped for 37 off 28 balls.



Jayasuriya then took a catch to get rid of Shahzaib off Muttiah Muralitharan for 19, but Afridi and Malik took Pakistan home amid loud celebrations from their fans into the stands.

Sri Lanka was dealt quick blows after captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss with elected to take first strike on a slow wicket. The Lankans slumped to 2-2 in the first nine balls and that became 34-4 before Sangakkara himself led the rescue act with a defiant unbeaten 64 from 52 balls. Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews put on 68 for the unbroken seventh wicket as Sri Lanka plundered 59 runs into the final five overs.

Mathews returned unbeaten on 35 off 24 balls.

Pakistan got off to a sensational start when teenage fast bowler Mohammad Aamir sent back the in-form Tillekaratne Dilshan with the fifth ball of the match.

Dilshan, the tournament's leading scorer with 317 runs, miscued a pull shot off the speedy left-armer and be caught at backward square-leg by Shahzaib Hasan for zero.

Four balls later, Shahzaib grabbed his second catch at mid-off as Jehan Mubarak skied a leading edge off Razzaq, who shared the new ball with Aamir.



Jayasuriya counter-attacked with a six with four in Razzaq's second over, but the bowler hit back two balls later as the left-handed veteran edged a ball on to his stumps after making 17.

Razzaq, who replaced the injured Yasir Arafat after ending his links with the rebel Indian Cricket League, struck again into his third over when Misbah-ul Haq dived to his right at slip to remove Mahela Jayawardene for one.

While Shahid Afridi bagged the 'Player of the Match' award, Tillekaratne Dilshan is declared the 'Player of the Tournament'.