‘Perfectionist’ Aamir Khan defends nudity on ‘PK’ poster

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Mumbai: Superstar Aamir Khan, who has left many intrigued and many ridiculing him over his nude look in the poster of his upcoming film ‘PK’, says it`s not for publicity. Calling it “key art”, he says it depicts the story of the film.

Talking about it, Aamir said: “When you (audience) will watch the film then only you will be able to understand the idea behind (the poster). But I would just like to say that the kind of filmmaker, the kind of writer Rajkumar is, he always tries to present the things, his thinking, in a unique way and that`s why I am his huge fan.”

Aamir spoke on the sidelines of a screening of Marathi film ‘Saturday Sunday’ here Wednesday.

Citing the example of the poster of one of his past production and directorial debut, ‘Taare Zameen Par’, he said: “In the poster of `Taare Zameen Par`, the child (actor Darsheel Safary) is sitting in the front on the school bench and I am sitting behind him. So it is a kind of key art…the image that tells you much about the story and so is the poster of `PK`.”

“This is not for publicity, not for us atleast. Infact, this poster embibes all the elements of the film.”

Meanwhile, a case was also filed in a court in Kanpur recently against Aamir, director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. They were accused of promoting nudity and vulgarity through ‘PK’ poster.

However, the actor is hopeful that everything will get clear once people watch the film when it releases in December.

“We are getting a mixed response from the people. But I feel that when they will watch the film, their doubts will get cleared,” the 49-year-old said.

‘PK’ also features actor Sanjay Dutt, Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput. IANS

 

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Soft, hot layer found deep inside Moon

News4u- Features Desk- Tokyo: Researchers have found a soft layer deep inside the moon which is also extremely hot.

An international research team, led by Dr. Yuji Harada from Planetary Science Institute, China University of Geosciences suggested that the interior of the Moon has not yet cooled and hardened and the heat would have been effectively generated in the layer by the gravity of the Earth.

The research team performed theoretical calculations to understand what type of internal structure of the Moon leads to the observed change of the lunar shape and these results were derived by comparing the deformation of the Moon as precisely measured by Kaguya (SELENE, Selenological and Engineering Explorer) and other probes with theoretically calculated estimates.

It was found that the observed tidal deformation of the Moon could have been well explained if it was assumed that there was an extremely soft layer in the deepest part of the lunar mantle. The previous studies indicated that there could be the possibility that a part of the rock at the deepest part inside the lunar mantle might be molten. This research result supported the above possibility since partially molten rock becomes softer.

This research provides a chance to reconsider how both the Earth and the Moon have been evolving since their births through mutual influence until now. ANI

 

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Gaza rockets hit Israel as truce unravels

News4u-News Desk-Two rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into southern Israel before dawn on Friday, as a 72-hour truce appeared to be reaching an end.

And two senior Hamas officials said the Palestinian militant movement would not extend a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza that expires at 0500 GMT Friday, accusing Israel of rejecting their demands for a truce.

A leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a smaller faction in Gaza that is also present in Cairo-mediated truce talks, confirmed the factions had decided not to extend the ceasefire.

Israel had said earlier it was ready to “indefinitely” extend the ceasefire. Then at about 0130 GMT the army sent out a text message to journalists, saying: “Just now, two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. No injuries reported”.

“Terrorists have violated the cease-fire,” it added on its official Twitter site. There was no immediate Israeli military response, an army spokeswoman said.

Hamas representatives and those of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel had been meeting in Cairo for talks with Egyptian mediators on extending the ceasefire.

A senior Palestinian official earlier accused Israel of procrastinating, warning it could lead to a resumption of the fighting when the deadline runs out.

“The Israeli delegation is proposing extending the ceasefire while refusing a number of the Palestinian demands,” he said, without elaborating.

A spokesman for Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned on Thursday that fighting would resume if their demands were not met, first and foremost to open a sea port to the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

“If there is an agreement, it will be possible to extend the truce, but if there is not, we will ask the delegation to withdraw from the talks,” a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address.

Four weeks of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas killed 1,890 Palestinians, and 67 people on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers.

Ayman Taha, a former spokesman for Hamas - the son of one of the group’s founders - was found dead on Thursday in a neighbourhood of the city that was heavily bombed by Israel, the movement said.

UN figures indicate that 73 percent of the Palestinian victims - or 1,354 people - were civilians. Of that number, at least 429 were children.

Hamas and Palestine Liberation Organisation officials laid out a number of demands, starting with the lifting of Israel’s eight-year blockade on Gaza.

They also want the release of around 125 key prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Despite the withdrawal of all its troops from Gaza by the time the three-day truce began early on Tuesday, Israel has retained forces along the border who are ready to respond to any resumption of fighting.

 

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Time for action by developing nations on climate change: Javadekar

News4u-News Desk- Noting that response of many countries is not adequate to combat climate change, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said time has come for enhanced action by developing nations.

“We are at a very critical stage in our effort to combat climate change. While science prompts towards greater action, we find that response of countries is not adequate. We must incentivise action — the first step in this regard is enhanced action by developing countries”, the Minister said.

Javadekar was addressing the 18th BASIC ministerial meeting on climate change in New Delhi on Friday which is being attended by ministers of Brazil, China and South Africa.

Maintaining that the issue of climate change and global warming is not country specific but interdependent in nature and requires cooperation among nations, the Minister said India has taken a number of action on voluntary basis with its own resources in pursuance of a sustainable development strategy.

“India has announced a voluntary 2020 mitigation goal of reducing emissions, he said. India has formulated its national climate change action plan with eight missions which is being strengthened, Javadekar said.

The Minister also said that the country has designed a low carbon strategy for growth and has set up ambitious renewable energy targets.

“We have also encouraged states to prepare their own state action plan on climate change to take the fight to local level…27 states and four UTs have already done it”, the minister said.

Noting that the government is committed to the cause of a clean and green environment, he said the Union Budget has underlined initiatives to tackle climate change.

Clean energy cess on coal has been increased from Rs 50 per ton to Rs 100 to raise more revenue for clean energy and cross subsidising solar and other renewable energy.

A sum of Rs 100 crore has been allocated for national adaption fund for climate change while Rs 100 crore has been allocated for new ultra modern super critical coal based thermal power technology, he said.

 

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Jaswant Singh suffers head injury, in critical condition

News4u-News Desk- Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh is in a critical condition after being operated upon for a head injury at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi following a fall at his residence.

The 76-year-old former Defence Minister was admitted to the hospital at around 11 PM on Thursday after he fell down, sources said.

A senior doctor at the hospital said on Friday that Singh has been operated upon for head injury and he is in a critical condition in the ICU.

Singh, who had also served as External Affairs and Finance Minister, was expelled from the BJP early this year after he decided to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Barmer in Rajasthan as an Independent when the party decided to field someone else.

He had lost the election.

 

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Domestic car sales rise 5.04%, bikes up 6.17% in July

News4u-Business Desk- Domestic passenger car sales grew 5.04 percent to 1,37,873 units in July this year as compared to 1,31,257 units in the same month of 2013.

According to the data released by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), motorcycle sales during last month grew 6.17 percent to 8,59,290 units from 8,09,386 units in the same month previous year.

Total two-wheeler sales in July 2014 grew 13.73 percent to 12,87,462 units from 11,32,066 units in the same period of previous year.

Total sales of commercial vehicles were down by 13.64 percent to 47,765 units from 55,310 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said.

Total sale of vehicles across categories registered a growth of 12 percent to 15,86,123 units in July 2014 as against 14,16,182 units in the same month of 2013, it added.

 

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Snowden gets 3 more years in Russia: Lawyer

News4u-News Desk- Edward Snowden’s lawyer has said the NSA whistleblower has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years.

Snowden, last year was granted temporary asylum of one year in Russia, but that ran out on August 1.

His lawyer, Analtoly Kucherena, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Snowden now has been granted residency for three more years, but that he had not been granted political asylum.

That status, which would allow him to stay in Russia permanently, must be decided by a separate procedure, Kucherena said, but didn’t say whether Snowden is seeking it.

Snowden was stranded in a Moscow airport last year en route from Hong Kong to Cuba, shortly after he released extensive documentation about National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

He reportedly spent a month in the airport before receiving the temporary asylum, but was seen only at one tightly restricted meeting with human rights representatives.

Since receiving the temporary asylum, his whereabouts have not been made public. The case has been significant contributor to the tensions between Russia and the United States.

“I don’t think there’s ever been any question that I’d like to go home,” Snowden said in a television interview in May. “Now, whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say. That’s a debate for the public and the government to decide. But, if I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home.”

 

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Justin Bieber bonds with Malala Yousafzai

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Angeles: Pop star Justin Bieber spoke to Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai on FaceTime and soon posted a picture showing off their friendship.

The Canadian heartthrob took to Instagram to share a photo of him and the 17-year-old education activist`s video chat, reportedly.

“Just got to FaceTime with Malala Yousafzai. She has such an incredible story. I can`t wait to meet her in person and talk about how I can support her and the @malalafund. #love,” the `Baby` hitmaker captioned the snap.

The Pakistani girl caught people`s attention in 2012 when she was shot in the head for voicing her support for education for girls. She kept campaigning for good cause despite the scary experience. In July, she showed support to 200 Nigerian girls who were abducted by Boko Haram.

Bieber, who is also a supporter of Make-A-Wish foundation, has been making headlines for his antics. PTI

 

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WHO calls ethics meeting over experimental Ebola drug

News4u-News Desk-The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it was convening an ethics meeting next week to explore the use of experimental treatment in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The move comes after two health workers from the US charity Samaritan’s Purse were treated with medication that the WHO said had never been tested and shown to be safe in people.

“We are in an unusual situation in this outbreak. We have a disease with a high fatality rate without any proven treatment or vaccine,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of the UN health agency.

“We need to ask the medical ethicists to give us guidance on what the responsible thing to do is,” she said in a statement.

Samaritan’s Purse members Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were stricken with Ebola while treating patients in Liberia.

The patients, who were rushed to the United States amid tight medical security, were reportedly given an experimental drug known as ZMapp.

Both have shown improvements in their health and are now being treated in isolation at an Atlanta, Georgia hospital.

There is currently no registered medicine or vaccine against the Ebola virus — which in the past has shown fatality rates approaching 90 percent — but there are several experimental options under development.

The WHO said experimental drugs raised questions about whether they should be deployed during such an outbreak and, given the extremely limited amount available, who should receive them if they were used.

“The gold standard for assessing new medicine involves a series of trials in humans, starting small to make sure the medicine is safe to use.

Then, the studies are expanded to more people to see how effective it is, and how best to use it,” said the WHO.

“The guiding principal with use of any new medicine is ‘do no harm’. Safety is always the main concern,” it added.

The Ebola virus causes fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle aches and sometimes organ failure and hemorrhaging.

The ongoing outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest in history, having killed 932 of the more than 1,700 infected.

 

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Odisha floods kill 35, affect 1.8 million

News4u-News Desk- The floods triggered by heavy rains in the past week have affected nearly 1.8 million people in Odisha with the death toll rising to 35.

Eight more deaths were reported from 24 of the state’s 30 districts, taking the number of those killed in rain-and flood-related incidents since July to 35, a revenue and disaster management department official said.

Although the situation is fast becoming normal, the water level in Mahanadi, Devi and Baitarani rivers is flowing above the danger mark at some places, he said.

The situation continues to remain grim in Bhadrak and Jajpur districts, he added.

He said the floods have affected nearly 1.8 million people and half-a-million livestock while destroying 15,943 houses so far.

Crops over 208,911.9 hectares were damaged and 69,430 people evacuated after rain water flooded homes and streets.

A total of 243 free kitchens are being run to provide meals to the flood-affected.

As many as 11 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and 30 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams are assisting the administration in rescue and relief operations, he said.

Authorities were anticipating several coastal districts will be flooded after 50 gates of the Hirakud dam on the Mahanadi river in Sambalpur district were opened Wednesday evening following heavy rain in the upper catchment area.

The released dam water has already passed the delta head Mundali in Cuttack and it was well within the safe limit. “Therefore, the possibility of high flood in the downstream area is ruled out,” the official said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who made an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts said the situation is improving and announced the flood-affected people will be provided relief for the next seven days.

 

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