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Monday, August 25, 2014

MTV Video Music Awards Sunday Aug 24,2014


Taylor Swift showed off her perfectly toned legs in a high-cut playsuit

Taylor Swift 

Miley Cyrus covered hers up in high-waist leather trousers

Miley Cyrus  

Amber Rose showed off much of her voluptuous form in a revealing creation comprised of chain links

Near naked: Amber Rose showed off much of her voluptuous form in a revealing creation

Near naked: Amber Rose showed off much of her voluptuous form in a revealing creation

Jennifer Lopez sizzled in a crisscrossing silvery gown that displayed her toned waist and shapely legs
 Smouldering temptress: Jennifer Lopez sizzled in a crisscrossing silvery gown that displayed her toned waist and shapely legs 
 Smouldering temptress: Jennifer Lopez sizzled in a crisscrossing silvery gown that displayed her toned waist and shapely legs 

Katy Perry was obviously the object of affection as she arrived with rapper Riff Raff in matching outfits

Double denim: Katy Perry was obviously the object of affection as she arrived with rapper Riff Raff in matching outfits  

Beyonce Knowles  left little to the imagination in black lace dress that outlined her curvaceous physique

Star moment: Beyonce left little to the imagination in black lace dress that outlined her curvaceous physique  

2014 MTV VMA Winners

Video Of The Year
Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake ft. Majid Jordan: Hold On (We’re Going Home)

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams: Sing

Best Female Video
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J: Dark Horse

Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea: Problem

Best Rock Video
Lorde: Royals
Artist to Watch
Fifth Harmony: Miss Movin’ On

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z: Drunk In Love

MTV Clubland Award
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams: Stay the Night

Best Video With A Social Message
Beyoncé: Pretty Hurts

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé: Pretty Hurts

Best Editing
Eminem:  Rap God

Best Choreography
Sia: Chandelier

Best Direction
DJ Snake & Lil Jon: Turn Down For What

Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire: Reflektor

Best Visual Effects
OK Go:  The Writing’s On The Wall

Derbyshire Sign Cheteshwar Pujara

Derbyshire have signed India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on a short-term deal for their final three County Championship fixtures of the season.

Cheteshwar Pujara was not named in the squad for the forthcoming one-dayers against England
Cheteshwar Pujara averaged only 22.00 from 10 innings in the five-match Test series
against England
Cheteshwar Pujara has since returned to India and is not currently due to join up with Derbyshire until early September 2014
That would leave him free to make his debut against Glamorgan on 9 September.
"Pujara joining us at this stage of the season is a real boost for the lads," said Derbyshire elite performance director Graeme Welch. "We're an ambitious team and have an exciting group of players who are developing fast.
"With Shivnarine Chanderpaul now back in the West Indies preparing for Test match action and Marcus North focusing on our one-day campaign, Pujara will bring an added dimension to the side as we look to finish our Championship season strongly."

Derbyshire's remaining County Championship Division Two fixtures

31 August-3 September: v Worcestershire (Derby, 11:00 BST)
9-12 September: v Glamorgan (Cardiff, 10:30 BST)
15-18 September: v Surrey (The Oval, 10:30 BST)
23-26 September: v Leicestershire (Derby, 10:30 BST)
Derbyshire, relegated a year ago, currently lie seventh in Division Two, with promotion hopes extremely slim as they stand 62 points adrift (with a game in hand) of second-placed Hampshire.
They are 35 points ahead of bottom club Leicestershire, who they play in their final game.

2014 England Vs India Royal London ODI Series, First ODI AT Bristol Monday Aug 25,2014

England v India ODI schedule

25 August: 1st ODI, Bristol
27 August: 2nd ODI, Cardiff
30 August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge
2 September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston
5 September: 5th ODI, Headingley

England one-day squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wk), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).
India one-day squad: Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson (wk), Karn Sharma
India name uncapped trio in ODI squad

Seamer Dhawal Kulkarni, wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and spinner Karn Sharma are all in line to make their debuts.

Rain has delayed the start of the first one-day international between England and India at 
 Rain at Bristol
Prospects of a full day's play at Nevil Road appear bleak, with more rain forecast throughout the day

Match Result -The Match was Abandoned because of rain

2014-15 Barclays Premier League Monday Aug 25,2014

Manchester City Vs Liverpool

2014-15 Barclays Premier League Sunday Aug 24,2014

Hull City Vs Stoke City
The Match ended in a 1-1 draw

Tottenham Hotspur Vs QPR
Tottenham beats QPR 4-0

Sunderland Vs Manchester United
The Match ended in a 1-1 draw

2014-15 Barclays Premier League Saturday Aug 23,2014

Aston Villa Vs New Castle United
The Match ended in a goalless draw

Chelsea Vs Leicester
Chelsea beats Leicester 2-0

Crystal Palace Vs West Ham United
West Ham United beats Crystal Palace 3-1

Southampton Vs West Bromwich Albion
The Match ended in a goalless draw

 Swansea Vs Burnley
Swansea beats Burnley 1-0

Everton Vs Arsenal
The Match ended in a 2-2 draw

Saturday, August 23, 2014

India's First Ethanol-Run Bus Rolls out in Nagpur

India's first pilot project to test ethanol-run environment-friendly public buses was launched in Nagpur by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday Aug 22,2014

The "Green Bus" project is a brain child of Mr Gadkari, who claimed the carbon-dioxide emissions from the bus will be as low as 75 per cent to 90 per cent -- depending on the purity of ethanol.

Nonetheless, the emissions will be monitored for the next three months by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, the state and the central governments.

Ethanol is produced from molasses, a by-product of sugar mills. The Purti Group, of which Gadkari is a shareholder, runs several sugar mills and also sells ethanol.

2014 US Open (Tennis)August 25 – September 08,2014

The 2014 US Open will be a tennis tournament played on the outdoor hardcourts.

It will be 134th edition of the US Open,the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year.

It will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 Defending Champions
Rafael Nadal(Spain)was the defending champion in the men's event, however on 18 August the Spaniard announced his withdrawal from the event after failing to recover from a wrist injury, while Serena Williams(USA) is the two-time defending champion in the women's event.

Manipur activist Irom Sharmila charged with attempted suicide, jailed for 15 days

Manipur activist Irom Sharmila was on Friday Aug 22,2014 charged with attempted suicide and sent to 15-day judicial custody. Sharmila, who had refused to be examined by doctors upon her release on Wednesday, was taken away forcibly by police personnel from her protest site in Imphal.

Manipur activist Irom Sharmila, who was freed on Wednesday, has been regularly arrested and released since she began her fast in 2000 against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which grants special powers to the armed forces in "disturbed areas".

INS Kamorta, India's first indigenously built stealth warship commissioned into Navy Saturday Aug 23,2014

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday commissioned India's first indigenously-built stealth anti-submarine warfare INS Kamorta at naval dockyard in Vishakhapatnam.

The warship has been built by the state-owned Gardenreach Shipbuilders in Kolkata and is the first vessel in the Navy whose all weapon systems are manufactured indigenously.

Speaking at the ceremony, Defence Minister said, "One of the initiative of the government of India is indegenous manufacturing of defence equipment. I am sure INS Kamorta will serve this country effectively for a very long time."

INS Kamorta, which has enhanced stealth features make it less susceptible to detection, will form part of the Vishakhapatnam-based Eastern Command.

Kamorta is the first of four ASW stealth corvettes designed by Indian Navy's in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design (DND), and built by GRSE, a statement from the Eastern Naval Command said.

It would carry short-range Surface-to-Air missiles (SAM) and Active Towed Array Decoy System (ATDS).

It can also carry an integral ASW helicopter

Bodies of Malaysian MH17 victims arrive back home


Bodies of Malaysian MH17 victims arrive back home more than a month after the jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine

The bodies of 20 Malaysians killed when a passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine have arrived back in the country's capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
It was the first repatriation of victims from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to the country, whose government has urged people to wear black and observe a minute of silence and prayer.
A charted Malaysian Airlines jet arrived at the international airport from Amsterdam, where the bodies of all the victims were first taken.

  • Airliner shot down on July 17,2014 killing all 239 passengers and crew
  • Passenger jet landed in area controlled by pro-Russian separatists
  • Malaysian Prime Minister has brokered deal to have bodies returned
  • National day of mourning declared as first coffins return home


Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30,2014

Microsoft's Windows 9, the successor to the widely criticised Windows 8, will be unveiled on September 30th, it has been claimed.


Windows 9 is expected to feature  a new 'mini' Smart Menu
It will have separate windows for Metro-style 'tile' applications running on the desktop
Microsoft is also planning to remove its charms, an overlay used to access search, share, the Start Screen, devices, and settings.
It will also include Cortnana, a new virtual assistant similar to Apple's Siri. 

Currently codenamed Threshold, it is expected to include a 'mini' Smart Menu and separate Windows for its controversial Metro-style 'tile' applications.

Earlier this year Microsoft was forced to bring back its Start menu after users complained they were confused by its Windows 8 'tile' interface

Irina Shayk promotes her big screen debut in Hercules

Irina  Shayk's on-screen for a matter of minutes in her first movie Hercules

But model Irina Shayk has turned the film's promo trail into her own personal catwalk as she jets around the world with her castmates

And the Russian beauty was certainly the centre of attention at the film's German premiere in Berlin on Thursday Aug 21,2014

Cristiano Ronaldo strips for Men's Health Sep 2014 Issue


Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his body as well as his ball skills as he strips for Men's Health Sep 2014 Issue


Miley Cyrus is banned from performing in the Dominican Republic on moral grounds

The Dominican Republic Govt commission that oversees public performances is banning a September 13,2014  concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.

The commission said in a statement on Thursday that it took the action because Cyrus often 'undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.'

Tickets ranging from $27 to $370 for the concert in the capital have been on sale since July 2014

2014 Spanish Super Cup Friday Aug 22,2014


Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid to lift Spanish Super Cup

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid (agg 2-1)

The only goal of the game came in the second minute when recent arrival Mario Mandzukic latched onto a header from Griezmann after a long clearance from Atletico keeper, Miguel Angel Moya

Atletico controlled the first 20 minutes, but saw coach Diego Simeone sent off for protesting after 25 minutes after an action which saw him give the fourth official a slight slap around the neck

 Atletico Madrid won the Spanish Supercup 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the second leg of the competition in the Vicente Calderon Stadium Friday night. 

Following a 1-1 draw in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Tuesday night, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti made several changes to his side, most notably with James Rodriguez in the starting 11 along with Fabio Coentrao and Rafael Varene with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench after suffering a muscle injury in midweek

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez fail to fire as quickfire Mario Mandzukic secures Spanish Super Cup for Diego Simeone

 Last season Diego Simeone’s side pipped Real Madrid to the La Liga title, now they have beaten them in the Spanish Super Cup.

Both teams line-up for the start

Atletico coach Diego Simeone greets his Real Madrid counterpart Carlo Ancelotti (left) before the match

Atletico Madrid's Mario Mandzukic (centre) celebrates his second-minute strike against Real Madrid at Vicente Calderon on Friday Aug 22,2014
Delight: Atletico's Mario Mandzukic (centre) celebrates his second-minute strike against  Real Madrid at Vicente Calderon on Friday

Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 Bihar by-elections Thursday Aug 21,2014

The fate of the grand alliance of Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad and the Congress, which was recently formed to take on the resurgent BJP, was sealed with peaceful polling in the 10 Assembly seats in Bihar where by-elections were held on Thursday Aug 21,2014

But the voters in the state appeared to be less-than-enthusiastic about taking part in the by-polls, which had been billed as the 'semi-final for power' ahead of next year's Assembly elections in Bihar.
Only 46.42 % polling was recorded in the 10 constituencies where voting was held during the day.

This was about 6 % less than the polling recorded in the same constituencies in the 2010 Assembly elections. 

Polling was held in Bhagalpur, Banka, Parbatta, Rajnagar (reserved), Mohania (reserved), Hajipur, Chhapra, Narkatiyaganj, Jale and Mohiuddinagar constituencies.

The BJP had won six of the seats in the last Assembly elections while the RJD and the JD(U) has bagged three and one seat each.

The counting of votes will take place on August 25,2014

Jennifer Lopez's appearance on Chelsea Lately Thursday Aug 21,2014

Jennifer Lopez's known for her taste in younger men.
And in a new interview Jennifer Lopez, 45, talks about her approach to relationships and whether or not she'll get married any time soon.

The pop diva, who recently split from her 27-year-old toy boy Casper Smart, told Chelsea Handler on Thursday Aug 21,2014 that she likes 'being in a relationship' and is not the promiscuous type.

Supreme Court of India(SCI)questions NDA Govt for delay in appointing Opposition Leader Friday Aug 22,2014

An assertive Supreme Court, which had consistently kept the UPA government on tenterhooks by questioning its policies and showing zero tolerance for corruption, is continuing with its aggression and activism against the NDA regime.

The SCI  on Friday Aug 22,2014 took on the NDA Govt for the seventh time in the three months since it assumed office, questioning the delay and lack of consensus in choosing a Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha, which has put the selection of the Lokpal in limbo and will affect appointments to several other constitutional posts in the CBI, CVC and NHRC.

The LoP is a key member in the selection panel for all these posts

As the second largest party in the Lok Sabha with 44 seats, Congress has been demanding the LoP post for itself but the Speaker, taking into consideration the opinion rendered by the Attorney General, has rejected it by saying the party does not have the requisite 10 per cent of seats - 55 in the 543-member House

According to the Speaker, the Congress, which has 44 members in the Lok Sabha but claims the support of 60 UPA lawmakers, cannot officially get the LoP post as it lacks the mandated 10 per cent of the strength of the 543- member House.
The ruling BJP, which is in no mood to grant the LoP status to the Congress, has cited past precedents when there was no LoP during Congress governments in 1980 and 1984.
The issue has become a major bone of contention between the BJP and the Congress, which is in no mood to give up its claim. The Congress' argument is that not only is an LoP a democratic safeguard against the brute majority of the NDA in the lower house, the parliamentary post is needed to clear appointments to several anti-graft and rights bodies like the CVC, CBI, Lokpal and NHRC.
As a counter to the precedents cited by the BJP, the Congress has maintained that the situation was different two decades ago when the LoP had no role in clearing such key appointments.
"The decision of the Speaker was in utter disregard to the law and appears to be clearly influenced and coloured by the partisan agenda of the BJP-led government," said Sharma.
Indicating the mood in the government, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Congress should respect the Speaker's decision.

In this context, a bench headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha stepped in and decided to go into the issue of interpreting the provision of LoP in the Lok Sabha for appointing members of statutory bodies in a situation where there is no recognised LoP as in the current scenario.
The SCI also gave the government an ultimatum to decide the issue in two weeks

Slamming the absence of the LoP, Lodha said, "The person holding the post is the voice representing the view different from the government. Statute presupposes the existence of a LoP. Important appointments like the Lokpal cannot be kept in cold storage for want of such a post. Why does not the government realize that LoP is also essential for a fair selection to other constitutional posts also?"
The court granted the government two weeks to make its stand clear and come prepared at the next date of hearing on September 09,2014
Noting that the matter is very significant, the bench rejected the plea of the government, which sought four weeks to prepare on the issue.

Monday, August 18, 2014

France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad has been stripped of his 3,000m steeplechase gold medal at the 2014 European Championships held in Zurich,Switzerland for taking his shirt off on the home straight. 

Mekhissi-Benabbad waves after removing his shirt approaching the final hurdle

Mekhissi-Benabbad put his top in his mouth after pulling clear of the field.

Initially he appeared to be shown a yellow card by an official but was subsequently disqualified.
Frenchman Yoann Kowal now wins gold, Poland's Krystian Zalewski gets silver and Spain's Angel Mullera wins bronze.

R. Ponni, Superintendent of Police, Nagapatinam District chosen for Kalpana Chawla award

R. Ponni, Superintendent of Police, Nagapatinam District has been presented with the Kalpana Chawla Award for courage and Daring Enterprise by the Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa during the Independence Day Celebrations at St. Fort. George on Friday Aug 15,2014

R Ponni joined Indian Police Service in 2008. During her stint as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Chengalpattu, she intercepted 26 sand-laden lorries and got them booked for illicit sand quarrying and smuggling. Earlier, as ASP, Tirupattur (Vellore district), she nabbed a stolen vehicle, eventually leading to detection of a number of cases and recovery of about 70 sovereigns of gold jewellery, stated an official document.

 The police officer, who got a cheque for Rs. 5 lakh, a medal and a certificate, served the two districts during 2010-2011.

Tamilisai Sounderrajan appointed BJP TN unit president

The BJP on Saturday Aug 16,2014 appointed Dr.Tamilisai Soundararajan as its Tamil Nadu unit chief.

Tamilisai Soundararajan, a fiery speaker and daughter of former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president Kumari Ananthan,a workaholic and a vocal campaigner during the recent Lok Sabha polls,Dr.Tamilisai Soundararajan will also be the first-ever woman to steer the BJP leadership in the State. She takes over the reigns at a crucial juncture when the party is aiming for a larger presence in the State ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections.

Her nomination brings to end the prolonged suspense on who would take over the responsibility from Pon. Radhakrishnan, who had to give up his party post after he became a Union Minister in May 2014

n this August 6, 2014 photo Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a Tamil book “Narendra Modi... Suvaimigu Theneer Thuligal (Narendra Modi and Memorable Tea Moments)” by its author Tamilisai Soundararajan in New Delhi

Bypolls for Lok Sabha Seats vacated by Modi, Mulayam, KCR on September 13 ,2014

Elections to fill 11 vacancies in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly along with three by-elections to Lok Sabha constituencies, vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Vadodara), SP chief Mulayam Singh (Mainpuri) and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (Medak) will be held on September 13,2014

Counting will be held on September 16,2014 

An announcement by the Election Commission on Saturday Aug 16,2014 said these elections would be part of the exercise to fill up 33 Assembly seats and three Lok Sabha constituencies.

Mahela Jayawardene Retires From Test Match Cricket

Mahela Jayawardene ended his 149-match, 17-year Test career with 11,814 runs at nearly 50 runs an innings on Monday Aug 18,2014 against Pakistan in the 2nd Test Match at Colombo
 His contribution in his final match was 58 runs including 54 in the second innings and three catches at his customary slips position. His half-century was his 50th 50-plus score, joining his 34 Test centuries.

Career Statistics
Test Debut -against India in Colombo in 1997
Played 149 tests for Sri Lanka, scoring 11,814 runs at an average of 49.84.
has scored 34 test centuries and 50 fifties in tests.
scored six double centuries and one triple century and has a highest score of 374, during which he combined in a record 624-run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara.
taken six wickets in tests with his medium-pace bowling
was appointed Sri Lanka's captain in 2006 and led the team till 2009 before standing down
During the stint he also led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, where the team lost to Australia
returned to the helm for a second stint in 2012 but quit after a year, handing over the captaincy to Angelo Mathews.
 has led Sri Lanka in 38 tests, winning 18 of those matches
finished as Sri Lanka's second highest run-getter in tests behind Kumar Sangakkara and seventh in the all-time list of top scorers in  Test Matches

Kaun Banega Crorepati 8

The registrations of Kaun Banega Crorepati 8 were commenced on July 22,2014 and the shooting held in Surat on August 02,2014.This is the first time that KBC will be shot outside

The grand premiere episode of the series will be aired on Sunday August 17,2014 at 8:30 PM.

The tagline for the season is "Yahan Sirf Paise Nahi, Dil Bhi Jeete Jate Hain"

The season will be aired regularly on Sony TV from 18th August on every Monday - Thursday at 8:30 PM

Television comedian Kapil Sharma would be the first guest of the show in the grand premiere episode

A cancer survivor, quiz junkie and homemaker has become the latest contestant to win a crore on TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 8. 
 She's done it! The moment Megha answered the vital 14th question, and changed her family's life
 Newly-minted crorepati Megha Patil with host Amitabh Bachchan
Megha Patil, who hails from Vasai in Mumbai, walked away with Rs 1 crore after answering all 14 questions correctly in an episode that was shot on Tuesday Oct 14,2014 and will be aired soon.