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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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Friday, September 4, 2009

Space Buffs: Calling All

Do you love space? Are you good about sharing your love of the stars with the public? If so, we want you to become part of a growing network of space enthusiasts who include volunteered as NASA Solar System Ambassadors. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30.

Satellites and Submarines provide the Skinny on Sea Ice Thickness

While satellites provide accurate and expansive coverage of ice in the Arctic Ocean, the records are relatively new. Satellites have only monitored sea ice extent since 1973. To extend the record, JPL scientist Ronald Kwok and Drew Rothrock of the University of Washington, Seattle, recently combined the high spatial coverage from satellites with a longer record from Cold War submarines to piece together a history of ice thickness that spans close to 50 years. Analysis of the new record shows that since a peak in 1980, sea ice thickness has declined 53 percent. The study, published online August 6 into Geophysical Research Letters, shows that the current thinning of Arctic sea ice has actually been going on for quite some time.

Hiblitz: Rani returns with a bikini top

A lot of stir is being created for the comeback of Rani Mukherjee with ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ where she is paired opposite Shahid Kapoor. Since age and craze, both are slipping away from Rani’s hands, Rani has decided to switch over to the bikini avatar for the first time to woo her audience. For this, she has worked really hard to get a toned body. In keeping with her bikini rage Rani appears on the cover of ‘Hiblitz’ during a bikini top designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. How much her skin show pleases her fan following; only time can tell? Meanwhile, you check out the shots from ‘Hiblitz’ which proclaim the return of an all new and toned up Rani.

Main Aur Mrs. Khanna: on release October 26

Kareena Kapoor’s last project, ‘Kambakkht Ishq’, though much hyped, had failed to set the cash registers ringing at the box office. So, the actress is now pinning her hopes on her forthcoming ‘Main Aur Mrs Khanna’ which will hit the silver screen this diwali on October 26. Kareena has Salman Khan and Sohail Khan as her co-stars and bubbly Preity Zinta will also be seen doing a cameo into the movie.

Directed by Prem Soni the movie is a comedy based on the extra marital affairs. This is a love story about a married couple Samir and Raina (Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor) whose marriage lacks warmth and love and it be here that a club worker (Sohail Khan) comes in, falls in love with the wife and subsequently has an affair with her.

Check out the new wallpapers from the movie.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Japan's election: find new momentum

The ambitious climate policy of the winning Democratic Party will increase pressure on USA also other developed nations to raise their commitments.

Japan is likely to join the European Union as global frontrunners on climate protection, thereby increasing the pressure on other industrialized countries ahead of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen this December.

During his campaign, Prime Minister-elect Yukio Hatoyama of the Democratic Party has pledged for a 25 percent reduction in Japanese greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to the baseline year of the Kyoto Protocol, 1990. This is during line with the EU target of 20 percent – to be raised to 30 percent, if other developed nations follow. Earlier this year, the now defeated Liberal Democratic Party set a goal of eight percent reductions.

According to the original Kyoto deal, Japan should cut its emissions by six percent by 2012 compared to 1990, but so far emissions have increased – by nine percent.

Yukio Hatoyama is due to participate in UN-led talks on climate change into New York by the end of September.

Climate changes: Millions in Nepal facing hunger

Global climate change has disrupted weather patterns also slashed crop yields in the Himalayan nation, an international aid agency warned Friday.

Changing weather patterns have dramatically affected crop production in Nepal, leaving farmers unable to properly feed themselves and pushing them into debt, Oxfam International said during a report released in Katmandu.

The British aid agency described the situation as "deeply worrying."

"Communities told us crop production is roughly half that of previous years ... Last year many could only grow enough (food) for one month's consumption," said Oxfam's Wayne Gum, adding that less precipitation has been forecast this winter, which will make the situation worse.

More extreme temperatures, drier winters also delays in summer monsoons have all compounded the situation, the report said.

More than 3.4 million people in Nepal are estimated to require food assistance, with food stocks in farming communities will last only a few months, it warned.

Oxfam said Nepal will likely suffer more frequent droughts because of climate change. River levels will decline due to the reduced rainfall and glacial retreat, making it harder near irrigate crops and provide water for livestock.

Copenhagen: Final countdown

There are just 100 days to go until world leaders head to Copenhagen to draw up an international agreement to tackle climate change.

Participants at the United Nations climate change conference, which begins on 7 December, aim to agree binding targets to cut carbon emissions which will come into force when the targets agreed under the Kyoto Protocol end in 2012.

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More than 180 countries including the UK are expected to attend the two-week conference, which will continue the negotiations held in Bali in 2007 and in Poland in 2008.

Earlier this year, the Government published its Roadmap to Copenhagen, outlining its ambitions for the meeting.

These included cutting global emissions by at least 50% by 2050 and compared to 1990 levels, and providing a global fund of $100 billion a year by 2020 for climate mitigation work in the developing world.

Tanushree and Udita leave on the scary route

Both Tanushree Dutta and Udita Goswami are the sex kittens of our tinsel town and it is but obvious that stirs will be created when they appear together for the first time in a flick. The movie we are talking about is titled ‘Rokkk’ and is a horror movie that deals with supernatural element related incidents. The movie is produced by Icon Films also its producers are Krishn Chowdhary, Sumit Seghal and Vipin Jain. ‘Rokkk’ is directed by Rajesh Ransinghe (of ‘Sshh… Koi Hai’, ‘Aahat’ and ‘CID’ fame).

Udita and Tanushree will be seen as sisters in the movie and both of very are quite excited as the project is very different from the roles they have done before. This film is actor Sumit Seghal’s debut production venture. He states that the movie is based on real-life supernatural incidents also he has undergone through similar experiences.

Apart from Tanushree and Udita, the film stars Shaad Randhava, Sachin Khedekar, Ashwini Kalsakar, Priti Sharma, Nishi Ghanda Wad, Murli Sharma and Arif Jakriya.

Bollywood Arjun Rampal invites biggies to his ‘Lap’

Delhi saw some of its favorite stars in the city as Arjun Rampal launched his new restaurant `Lap` on Friday. The guest list looked impressive as it included Shahrukh Khan with wife Gauri, Hrithik Roshan with wife Suzzane, Karan Johar, Abhay Deol, Koel Puri, Rohit Bal, Imran Khan, also many others.

Shah Rukh Khan said, “Gauri has designed it with Arjun and Meher. I think it would be fabulous. I wish them all the best. I am from Delhi also wanting everyone to visit this place.”
Arjun said that his restaurant, located inside Samrat Hotel would stand out from the crowd with as it will offer “privacy” to its members and be “exclusive”.

“You have to become a member to know how incredible this place is. Its for people to enjoy. India can proudly say, we have a place to party. Its about privacy, a discovery of yourself,” Rampal said.

“I was waiting for ‘Rock On’ to release. Tomorrow is its first anniversary. I was not coming to Delhi because I needed to make money and give back something to Delhi. Films are my work that is one of my first priorities. This is just a hobby and passion for me. We are after all entertainers,” he added.

“I love women and want women to feel safe at ‘Lap’. That’s why it’s exclusive,” he smiled.

Minissha Lamba has art during her blood

Minissha Lamba scorched the screens with her dare-bare act in ‘Kidnap’ and immediately after that she gave some hot clicks for Maxim. But little do her fans know that Minissha’s mother is an avid painter and has been into painting for over 2 years now. Minissha has some 25 paintings of her mother adorning her house. These paintings range from beautiful sceneries to psychedelics. Minissha adores these paintings so much that she recently turned down a lucrative offer made by a gentleman to buy one of these paintings.

Minissha reveals, “Our entire house is packed with her work. A lot of my friends have asked her to hold an exhibition, but she doesn’t take them seriously. Recently, a man landed up at our doorstep expressing interest in one of mom’s painting titled Glorious Elements. Later, he revealed that he had seen the painting on a friend’s camera phone and he got the address from him with wanted to buy the painting.”

After this incident, Minissha has now advised her mother to hold an exhibition. “I think she needs to showcase her work. We are working on the formalities and plan to hold the exhibition sometime soon. I like the fact that people across all age groups love her work.”
This sure assures us of the actress’ arty connection.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Aishwarya: launches Longines Conquest Ceramic series watches

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the brand ambassador of Swiss watch maker Longines. She is recently in Hyderabad to launch Conquest Ceramic series watches from the brand. She looked million dollars into the black female suit with a perfect business woman look. She cleared a lot of rumors about herself at the event saying that she wasn’t down with Swine Flu and that Abhishek Bachchan is not getting a tattoo of her name inked on his arm. Check out Aishwarya Rai at the event.

Priyanka Chopra in 12 different stylish

Priyanka Chopra has worked very hard for her forthcoming flick ‘Whats Your Raashee?’ and so it does not come as surprise as she waits with baited breath for the film to hit the screens. Fir the first time during Indian cinema a female star will be playing 12 different roles. Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, the movie is an adaptation of the US based Gujarati writer Madhu Rye’s novel Kimball Ravenswood.

The story of the film revolves round Yogesh Patel (Harman Baweja) who always wanted to have love marriage, but must find his life partner within ten days to save his family from a disaster. So, he decides to meet one girl from each raashee – sun sign, so that he will get twelve chances to fall into the love. He decides to meet 2 girls in a day. Thus getting him six days to meet them, three days to make a final decision and he can get married on the tenth day.

Priyanka Chopra plays twelve different from twelve zodiac signs named Anjali, Vishakha, Kajal, Hansa, Mallika, Pooja, Rajni, Nandini, Bhavna, Jhankhana, Sanjna, Chandrika respective of zodiac sign. Check out Piggy Chops in12 new dazzling avatars.

Update JPL

Fire conditions around JPL have continued to improve throughout the day, and the Lab is no longer threatened by the Station Fire. However, there has been heavy smoke in the area. To ensure acceptable air quality for the safety of employees, the Laboratory will be closed on Monday except for mission-critical personnel.

Mission-critical positions will be determined by JPL's Deputy Director. Those designated individuals will be contacted by their supervisors to report on Monday. JPL and the Woodbury complex will be closed on Monday to all other personnel. Public tours originally scheduled for Monday will be cancelled.

A decision regarding reporting to work on Tuesday will be made by Monday afternoon. For updates, call (800) 303-4575 or (818) 354-8601, or visit this site. Updates will also be communicated to JPL personnel by JPL e-mail; through the State of the Lab call-in numbers; and the Emergency Communication System.

JPL employees who have been evacuated from their homes are asked to check in with Rick Roessler at 818-354-0805, 310-422-9853 or JPL staffers needing assistance are urged to call the Employee Assistance Program at 818-354-3680.