Bollywood welcomes Salman Khan’s acquittal in hit-and-run case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s acquittal in the 2002 hit-and-run case has evoked mixed reactions. While some have come forward in support of the verdict, some are calling it as unfortunate. Bollywood Actor Salman Khan’s acquittal is a relief for his family, but it is evoking mixed reactions from the public sphere. Many Bollywood personalities like … Read more

Priyanka Chopra sent a legal notice to Aseem Merchant

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has reportedly sent a legal notice to alleged former boyfriend Aseem Merchant, seeking to put the brakes on a planned biopic of Priyanka’s former manager Prakash Jaju. The actress alleges that the biopic, being made by Aseem, deals with her own life rather than Mr Jaju’s. Reportedly, Prakash Jaju and Priyanka … Read more

Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Lowland” shortlisted for this year’s Baileys Prize

Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian American novelist Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Lowland” has been shortlisted for this year’s Baileys Prize, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. The book, set in Kolkata and Rhode Island in the US, is about the lives of two brothers, their choices and their fate. Lowland was also shortlisted … Read more

World Poetry festival kicks off in New Delhi

The four day long World Poetry festival today kicked off in New Delhi on the occasion of World Poetry Day. 19 famous Indian poets along with 22 eminent poets across the globe are participating in the festival. Inaugurating the festival, renowned English poet George Szirtes said that poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition over … Read more

Sanjay Dutt parole extended by another 30 days

Maharashtra government today extended Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s parole by another 30 days on the ground of his wife Manyata’s illness. Dutt is convicted in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and lodged in Pune’s Yerawada Jail. He was granted a month-long parole on December 6 last year, for a second time. The actor was supposed … Read more

Suchitra Sen dies in Kolkata hospital after massive heart attack

Suchitra Sen – Veteran Indian actress died at a hospital (Belle View Clinic) in Kolkata on 17 January 2014 at 8:25 a.m., of a heart attack. She had been admitted due to chronic chest infection. Known as the Greta Garbo of India for leading a reclusive life after she left films, Sen was an iconic … Read more

Russell Johnson – Professor on Gilligan’s Island – Dies at 89

Russell Johnson died from kidney failure at his home in Bainbridge Island, Washington, on January 16, 2014, at the age of 89. He is survived by two original cast members of Gilligan’s Island, Tina Louise and Dawn Wells. Russell Johnson, an actor who made a living by often playing villains in westerns until he was … Read more

Oscar Nominations in 2014

Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards on January 16. Hemsworth and Boone Isaacs announced the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees … Read more

Javed Akhter among 22 writers selected for Sahitya Akademi Awards 2013

Eminent Urdu poet Javed Akhter, Hindi novelist Mridula Garg, Punjabi novelist Manmohan, Kashmiri writer Mohi-ud-Din Reshi and Tamil novelist R.N.Joe D’Cruz are among the 22 writers who have been selected for the Sahitya Akademi Awards-2013. Akhtar has been selected for his poetry book – “Lava” and Mridula Garg for her novel – “Miljul Man”. Announcing … Read more

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