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  • Indian-American boy to play Mowgli in Disney's 'Jungle Book' July 16, 2014

    Los Angeles: Disney has found its Mowgli in 10-year-old Indian-American Neel Sethi for its live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale about a boy who is raised by animals in 'The Jungle Book'. New York-born Sethi will be the only actor to appear onscreen in the project which is a combination...
  • Singapore backs call to destroy gay themed books July 12, 2014

    Singapore: A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles. The National...
  • Author James Patterson's young adult book franchise 'Maximum Ride' to come to life on YouTube July 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Best-selling author James Patterson has reached a deal to turn his young adult book franchise 'Maximum Ride' into an Internet video series that will be released on YouTube. Patterson sold exclusive online rights for 'Maximum Ride' to Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a production company and operator of YouTube channels,...
  • Is the world on the brink of a new Harry Potter series? Harry is 34. Neville Longbottom is an alcoholic. 15 things revealed in JK Rowling's explosive new tease July 9, 2014

    Author JK Rowling teased a new short story just days ahead of her man wizard Harry Potter's 34th birthday. Written as a news report by the magical newspaper Daily Prophet's gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, the story is set around a Quidditch World Cup final in the Patagonian desert and is...
  • Attention Harry Potter fans: JK Rowling posts story about Harry sporting a new cut on his cheek and attending Quidditch game July 8, 2014

    OMG, you guys! You will never believe what gossip columnist Rita Skeeter is reporting! JK Rowling has just posted a new short-story about Harry Potter attending a Quidditch World Cup game in a new article on her website, Pottermore.com. Harry, last seen waving his children onto the Hogwarts train at the...
  • The Silkworm review: JK Rowling casts a spell as Robert Galbraith June 28, 2014

    It's clear now, that JK Rowling's debut under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith was no flash in the pan. The Cuckoo's Calling was a taut, pacey read, and while The Silkworm feels like a longer one, she's packed a lot in. First things first, let's just admit that the main man,...
  • Chinese man dumped for being poor 7 years ago books four cinemas for 1st-day showing of 'Transformers' to spite ex-girlfriend June 27, 2014

    A jilted Chinese man spent $40,000 to book four entire IMAX cinemas for first-day showings of the latest 'Transformers' movie Friday to prove his ex-girlfriend was wrong when she dumped him for being poor seven years ago, he said. "Hu Xiaoyun: I was so poor when we were in our fourth...
  • Ben Kingsley to voice The Jungle Book's Bagheera June 27, 2014

    Los Angeles: Oscar winning British actor Ben Kingsley has signed on to play loyal panther Bagheera in Jon Favreau's new version of 'The Jungle Book'. The 70-year-old is set to join the cast of Disney's new live-action version of their classic 1967 animation, playing the wise black panther who watches over...
  • Sales Tax official arrested on attempt to rape charges on minor maid June 26, 2014

    A Sales Tax department official was booked for his alleged attempt to rape his minor maid in Sri Ji Dham Colony on Thursday. The teenage girl had herself lodged a complaint in this regard at Highway police station on Wednesday evening. According to the FIR, Sales Tax department official Dhuredra Chaturvedi...
  • Five-year old wonder boy breaks world record in limbo skating June 25, 2014

    Bangalore: A little boy is playing in the fountain in Bangalore's Cubbon Park on a Sunday afternoon. He runs in circles around the fountain as his mother runs after him with a towel. Like most kids his age, he too loves all those things that children indulge in. Playful, naughty, agile...
  • Novelist Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter prize June 20, 2014

    Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie is the winner of this year's PEN/Pinter Prize in recognition of his support for freedom of speech and generous help to other writers, the prize judges said on Friday. The prize, awarded by the British branch of the worldwide writers' association, is named for the late...
  • BSP antagonized many Dalits in UP whom the BJP wooed: Book..1 June 27, 2014

    Disaffection among a large section of Dalits for the Bahujan Samaj Party may have paved the way for fragmentation of this caste group in Uttar Pradesh and led to a "great possibility of them being co-opted in a Hindutva project", says a recently-released book. "The BJP is trying to acquire the...
  • 17-year-old enters Limca Book of Records for mathematical prowess June 18, 2014

    A seventeen-year-old youth from a village in Madhya Pradesh has entered the Limca Book of Records by solving complex mathematical sums correctly in a very short time. Rishabh Kaneria, who recently passed his 12th std examination, told reporters here that he set a record by solving ten arithmetical sums which involved...
  • No difficulty in implementing policies if PM can whip ministers: Shourie June 17, 2014

    Mumbai: If bureaucrats are to implement the policies of the government, they would do so very efficiently if there is a prime minister who can "whip ministers and secretaries into doing their work", former Union Minister Arun Shourie said. "If you really want bureaucrats to implement policies, they will very efficiently...
  • Malaysia vows to track down MH370, authors claim foul play June 15, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia on Sunday vowed to hunt Flight MH370 missing for the past 100 days with "renewed vigour", even as two authors of a yet to be released book on the plane sensationally claimed that its disappearance was "deliberate" and "calculated". "It has been 100 days since MH370 went missing....
  • Batman exhibit to open in California June 11, 2014

    London: An exhibition based on the 'Batman' film franchise is set to open in California. The exhibit will feature props, costumes, cars and memorabilia from Tim Burton's Batman movies and Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy, reported Contactmusic. "You'll get see a wide range of authentic costumes including those worn by Poison Ivy,...
  • Asus unveils Transformer Book V, a 5-in-1 Windows-cum-Android hybrid device, at Computex 2014 June 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Asus is taking convergence to a new level with what the company says is the world's first five-mode laptop. It features a Windows and Android laptop and tablet as well as an Android smartphone. A 5-inch smartphone docks into the 12.5-inch screen tablet that can be attached with...
  • Kangaroo brains on menu as first Aussie cookbook goes on show May 30, 2014

    If you have ever wanted to prepare a meal of kangaroo brains fried in emu fat with a side dish of roasted wombat, there's a cookbook in Australia just for you. The 'English and Australian Cookery Book' -- hailed as the country's first recipe book using native ingredients -- has gone...
  • Sachin Tendulkar features in Maharashtra's school textbooks May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Maharashtra government has added a chapter on Sachin Tendulkar in the school syllabus so that children are inspired by the iconic cricketer. Class IV students in Maharashtra would now get to learn about the living 'God of cricket' as part their curriculum from this academic year, since a...
  • Two young magician sisters make it to the India Book of Records May 27, 2014

    Mangalore: Two young magician sisters from the city have made their way to the India Book of Records. Anjana Malli (8) and Apoorva Malli (6), daughters of magician couple Rajesh Malli and Shubha Raj have entered the India Book of Records as the youngest magicians, renowned magician Kudroli Ganesh said in...
  • Snapshot: Emma Watson graduates from Brown University; tweets selfie wearing black cap, gown May 26, 2014

    Providence: It's graduation day for movie star Emma Watson. The British actress best known as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" movies was among 2,000 graduates receiving degrees Sunday from Brown University. She tweeted a photo of herself in cap and gown. Watson graduated with a bachelor's degree in English...
  • Original page of Tintin drawings sets comic strip record at auction May 25, 2014

    Paris: An original page of drawings featuring the intrepid boy reporter Tintin sold at auction Saturday for more than two million euros, a new world record for a comic strip. The piece, dating from 1937 and signed by the creator Herge, went to an American collector after 15 minutes of furious...
  • Popular comic Tinkle enters Limca Book of Records May 22, 2014

    Mumbai Children's monthly Tinkle, from the house of Amar Chitra Katha, has entered the Limca Book of Records for being the 'only all-comic magazine for children . The June issue of the magazine has been dedicated to this record along with a double spread proclaiming the entry into the record book. The...
  • Writer Taslima Nasreen tweets she does not have cancer, test result shows her tumour is benign May 15, 2014

    Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has confirmed that she does not have cancer, days after she tweeted that she underwent a biopsy to determine the cause of a tumour. Nasreen tweeted that her tumour is benign. In fact, a visibly relieved Nasreen tweeted "It's BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN BENIGN...
  • Modi's books capture stores, talk about his governance, economics May 9, 2014

    New Delhi: There are already 10 books on BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in stores. The latest one that seems to be flying of shelves is by London-based biographer Andy Marino named 'Narendra Modi: A Political Biography'. Talking about Modi, Marino says, "I was quite surprised...
  • Minors over 10 years can operate bank accounts: RBI May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Minors above 10 years of age can open and operate independently savings bank account and use other facilities like ATM and cheque books. The Reserve Bank on Tuesday issued the guidelines allowing minors to operate bank accounts independently with a view to promote financial inclusion and bring uniformity...
  • 'The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi' a meticulous study of the birth and spread of AAP May 6, 2014

    He may be a toddler in Indian politics but Arvind Kejriwal is also its "sole symbol of hope, a true aberration to the existing structures, an outsider who has challenged established parties and ideas of the past". The Congress and the BJP may speak about the young but it took...
  • Robin Cook's latest book 'Cell' works in parts May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: I wanted to read Robin Cook's last book 'Nano' but somehow I couldn't. I have heard great things about the medical thrillers that he has written over the years but somehow I couldn't really lay my hands on his books. When Pan Macmillan who happens to be the...
  • 'Bucketlist Of A Traveloholic' will make you envy its author May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: I envy Sarika Pandit. I absolutely do. What she did to follow her passion was just so commendable. Well, what exactly she did, for that you will have to read her debut book 'Bucketlist of a traveloholic' that I have just finished reading from cover to cover. Sharing...