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India / Pakistan spar over Shah Rukh Khan
Report dated 30/01/2013 @ 3:24 PM
Pakistan minister Rehman Malik, reacting to a first-person account by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan in an Indian magazine that focused on his experiences as a Muslim in the post 9/11 world, said he would request the government of India to provide him security, and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed chipped in too saying Khan should move to Pakistan if he did not feel safe in India.
Shah Rukh denied that he made the statement and said the controversy on the article is nonsensical and he urged people to read it before commenting. In the story published by India's Outlook magazine in association with the New York Times, Khan had in fact said "I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India. There have been times when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbour nation."
Of course Minister Malik's request to India raised the hackles of India's politicians who retorted that Malik should worry about his own country's security, India is perfectly capable of looking after their own citizens' security.
Shah Rukh responded to the fracas and stated that being an Indian is an unconditional truth of his life and he never said he felt insecure in India.
Students create gadgets to ward off assaults against women
Report dated 29/01/2013 @ 3:20 PM
People in India, even school students, horrified by the recent cases of rape and gang rapes. have been innovating and creating various products to safeguard women and fight off predators.
Four students in a Thane school designed a robotic sandal that can set off a distress signal if the wearer is being attacked. The sandal is fitted with metal rivets and if hit twice on the ground activates a wireless alarm in a small black box to be carried in a purse. It can also give the attacker a mild shock and sets off a recorded voice asking for help.
The engineer who guided the four 12 to 14 year old inventors says they plan to attach bluetooth to the sandal that will automatically send SOS messages to pre-set contact numbers.
Another student of grade XII who is a Times Scholar has created an anti-molestation device that can be worn like a wrist watch. It is a device attached with a nerve conduction velocity chip that measures the speed of an electrical impulse going through a nerve. When the chip detects an increase in the speed of impulses due to stress, the entire dial of the 'watch' is activated and becomes a shock device that gives shocks of up to 8 amperes, that can paralyse the attacker for several minutes, giving the victim a chance to escape. An attached camera takes photographs that can help identify the attacker.
Real estate prices could fall in coming months
Report dated 29/01/2013 @ 3:19 PM
Real estate experts say home prices in Mumbai and other Indian cities over the last few months reinforces speculation that a correction in the housing market could be on the cards.
Data showed a 16% drop in home sales across the biggest cities, a sign that inventory build-up across the country because of the economic slowdown could worsen. The situation is that critical that many developers have been forced to lower prices.
Also while new launches in parts of Mumbai happened at lower prices, other cities have begun facing pricing pressure due to a flurry of new project launches.
Sales of new homes in India have dropped due to high interest rates and job insecurity. Unsold inventory at the end of the December quarter was higher than the previous quarters, and it would take some 29 months for the backlog to be sold at the current pace of absorption.
History of Indian cinema tableau at Republic Day pageant
Report dated 29/01/2013 @ 3:18 PM
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry created the 'Cinema Mayur Pankhi' tableau at the 64th Republic Day parade, with a unique float that represented the rich cinematic heritage of the country and included a mythological bird-boat and tributes to landmark movies, legendary directors, musicians, singers and actors like Guru Dutt, Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.
They had planned to have the movie stars participate personally, but security reasons marred the plan.
NRI accused of using fake documents to divorce wife in Ludhiana
Report dated 29/01/2013 @ 3:17 PM
Charanjit Kaur of a Jagraon village has reported her NRI husband to police for not only betraying her but also divorcing her on the basis of fake documents.
Charanjit married divorcee Jasdip Singh Sekhon in 2007. This was his second marriage. A month after the marriage Sekhon went to Canada promising he would take her abroad as well. Soon after he and his family began demanding dowry and she filed a dowry harassment case them. A while later her in-laws claimed they had no relations with her as Jasdip had divorced her. It was then she investigated and realised he had used forged documents including an affidavit on which he pasted her photograph to get a divorce.
Punjab police have marked Charanjit's complaint for inquiry and have also confirmed they will pursue the case in Canada.