SPRING

  • Beji Caid Essebsi wins Tunisian presidential elections 4 days ago

    Tunis: Nidaa Tounes candidate Beji Caid Essebsi won the second round of Tunisia's 2014 presidential elections with 55.68 percent of the votes, the Tunisian Elections Board (ISIE) announced on Monday. Moncef Marzouki, the second candidate in the runoff, received 44.32 percent of the votes, Xinhua cited Chafik Sarsar, head of the...
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival: Reese Witherspoon to be conferred Chairman's Award at for 'Wild' December 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actress Reese Witherspoon is to receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Chairman's Award. The 38-yea-old actress is being recognised for her role as Cheryl Strayed in 'Wild' an adaptation of Strayed's memoir about hiking 1,100 miles up the Pacific Crest Trail following the death of her mother,...
  • Tunisians hold first fair presidential election November 23, 2014

    Tunis: Tunisia took another step forward in its peaceful transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy. Many Tunisians weighed security against the freedoms brought by their revolution and by its democratic transition, which has remained on...
  • ISRO releases picture of Comet Siding Spring taken by Mars Orbiter November 12, 2014

    Chennai: On a day when European Space Agency (ESA) is attempting to place a robot Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday released images of Comet Siding Spring, taken by its Mars Orbiter 'Mangalyaan' last month. ISRO's Mars Orbiter had the opportunity to witness the Comet Siding Spring...
  • Passing comet peppered Mars with shooting stars, say scientists November 8, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: The comet that sailed by Mars last month spawned thousands of shooting stars per hour and created a new layer of ionized particles high in the planet's atmosphere, NASA scientists said on Friday. At twilight, the Martian skies likely took on a yellowish hue from sodium in vaporized comet...
  • ISRO's Mangalyaan witnesses cosmic event as Comet Siding Spring flies past the orbiter October 20, 2014

    New Delhi: India's Mars Orbiter mission Mangalyaan witnessed a unique cosmic event on Sunday as Comet Siding Spring flew past the orbiter. A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars, wowing space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter. Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), made its closest encounter with Mars at...
  • NASA orbiters set for close encounter with comet near Mars October 18, 2014

    Washington: A comet called C/2013 A1 or Siding Spring will pass within about 139,500 kms of Mars on Sunday, NASA said in a statement. The distance is less than one-tenth that of any known comet flyby of Earth. "This is a cosmic science gift that could potentially keep on giving, and the...
  • Comet Siding Spring to fly by Mars on October 19, ISRO re-positions Mangalyaan October 16, 2014

    Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has repositioned its Mars Orbiter, as the national space agency along with its counterparts around the world are expecting Comet Siding Spring to fly by the Red Planet on October 19. "We have repositioned the Mars Orbiter, as the Comet Siding Spring is...
  • At least 42 killed in suicide bombing in Yemeni capital October 9, 2014

    A suicide bomber killed at least 42 people on Thursday when he detonated an explosives-laden belt in a district of the Yemeni capital where the powerful Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement had planned to hold a rally, medics and witnesses said. A witness in Sanaa counted at least 20 bodies immediately after...
  • Rachel Louise Carson: Google doodles the environmentalist's 107th birthday May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Rachel Louise Carson was an American biologist who was well known for her writings on environmental pollution and the natural history of the sea. The Google doodle commemorating her 107th birth anniversary showcases her love for nature. Rachel Carson was born on May 27, 1907 and she grew up...
  • Beautiful, talented, go-getter, loyal, gypsy: Vanessa Hudgens on Selena Gomez April 7, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer-actress Vanessa Hudgens has praised her close friend Selena Gomez for being a loyal person. The 'High School Musical' star talked about her friendship with Gomez, 21, during a web chat with fans on April 5, reported Us magazine. Hudgens, 25, was asked by a fan to describe Gomez in...
  • Raj Bhawan ablazes with colours as two-day spring festival kicks off February 22, 2014

    Uttarakhand Raj Bhawan was ablaze with colours on Saturday with Governor Aziz Qureshi declaring the two-day annual spring festival (Basantotsav) open. As the festival got underway at 11 am the Raj Bhawan gates were flung open for people to move in and have a look at the wide variety of flowers...
  • 2day spring festival 'Basantotsav' to begin at Raj Bhawan tomorrow February 21, 2014

    The sprawling lawns of Raj Bhawan will break into a blaze of colours on Saturday as a twoday annual spring festival gets underway in its premises. To be inaugurated by Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi, the festival named 'Basantotsav' is scheduled to begin at 11 am on Saturday and will be free...
  • Sandra Bullock to receive Desert Palm Award at PSIFF November 16, 2013

    Los Angeles: 'Gravity' star Sandra Bullock will be awarded the Desert Palm Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). The 49yearold star is set to travel to the festival's 25th edition at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 4 to receive the honor alongside actor Matthew McConaughey, reported...
  • Egypt: Morsi calls it a 'full coup' as army ousts him July 4, 2013

    Cairo: Egypt's first democratically elected president was overthrown by the military Wednesday, ousted after just one year in office by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that brought the Islamist leader to power. The armed forces announced they would install a temporary civilian government to replace Islamist President Mohammed Morsi,...
  • 22 million Egyptians sign petition to oust Morsi June 30, 2013

    Cairo: More than 22 million Egyptians have signed a petition calling for the country's Islamist president to step down, the youth group leading the signature campaign said on Saturday on the eve of mass protests aimed at forcing Mohammed Morsi from office. The planned demonstrations, which could plunge Egypt once...
  • England to play Ashes tour match in town called Alice May 7, 2013

    Sydney: England will play a twoday match against a Chairman's XI in Alice Springs between the first and second Tests on their Ashes tour of Australia later this year, Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday. The match, originally scheduled for Canberra, will take place on November 2930 with the England team travelling...
  • Penguin India back with their 10-day Spring lit fest March 14, 2013

    New Delhi: In its fourth edition, Spring Fever is Delhi's first-ever literature spring festival, and the only festival of its kind organized by a leading publisher in India. The ten-day festival will be held in India Habitat Centre from 15th to 24th March (7pm onwards) and will encompass a...
  • Google Reader to be shut down on July 1 March 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Google has announced to shut down Google Reader, one of the world's most popular RSS readers, as part of its new spring cleaning ritual. The service will not be available after July 1, 2013. Before Google shuts down its service, it allows users to download a copy of all...
  • Number of Syrian refugees reaches million mark: UN March 6, 2013

    Geneva: The number of Syrians who have fled their country since a deadly civil conflict erupted two years ago has hit one million, the UN's refugee agency said on Wednesday. "With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every...
  • James Franco: Wouldn't mind having sex on screen January 31, 2013

    Los Angeles: Actor James Franco, whose all recent releases have been sexdriven, says he wouldn't hesitate to really have sex in front of the cameras if required. The actor's recent movies were 'Interior Leather Bar', 'Kink' and 'Lovelace', reported Aceshowbiz. Asked if he'd pull a Shia LaBeouf, who claimed he...
  • 'English Vinglish' runnersup at Palm Springs January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Gauri Shinde's 'English Vinglish' starring Sridevi is one of the runnersup of the MercedesBenz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival, according to an official release on the festival's website. Australian film 'The Sapphires', directed by Wayne Blair and based on the...
  • Will online freedom of speech decrease even further? January 11, 2013

    The internet's a brave new world in so many waysdriven by the young invigorating the old. About 150 million Indians are on the web now. Earlier, to express ideas publicly, you had to go through a newspaper, magazine, TV or a radio station before. The guardians of media regulated how...
  • Bradley Cooper, Naomi Watts get top awards at Palm Springs January 8, 2013

    A blast of Golden Globe nominees, and Oscar hopefuls headed to California, for the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival gala over the weekend, to set the ball rolling for the awards season. An early Oscar indicator, Palm Springs Festival proclaimed Bradley Cooper as the best actor for his role in...
  • Protests against gangrape India's Arab Spring: Zakaria January 8, 2013

    Washington: The popular protest across India against the brutal gangrape case of a 23yearold medical student, in a way is the country's Arab Spring, believes Fareed Zakaria, one of the most influential foreign policy journalist in the US. "In a way, this is India's Arab Spring. But it needs to...
  • Watch: Beckham's son Romeo models for Burberry December 18, 2012

    Los Angeles: Soccer star David Beckham and Victoria Beckham's second son Romeo has made his modeling debut as a new face of Burberry. Romeo, 10, was handpicked by the label's Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey and appears in the Spring/Summer 2013 campaign, reported Ace Showbiz. The gaptoothed youngster shows a wide...
  • The Last Word: Tony Blair on Middle East crisis, media regulation December 10, 2012

    In this episode of The Last Word, Karan Thapar interviews exBritish Prime Minister Tony Blair and gets him to speak on the crisis in the Middle East and the need for media regulation. ...
  • Gandhi Jayanti: poster contest at Cairo's Tahrir Square October 3, 2012

    Cairo: Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary has been observed in Egypt where a poster contest was organised to capture the essence of his message at the iconic Tahrir Square which witnessed a peaceful prodemocracy revolution last year. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri and renowned Egyptian artist Mohamed Abla jointly garlanded Gandhi's bust...
  • Assange mocks Obama, accuses him of twofacedness September 27, 2012

    United Nations: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the US of playing dual politics supporting a revolution in the Middle East, while at the same time, gagging his whistleblower organisation. "It must have come as a surprise to the Egyptian teenagers who washed American teargas out of their...
  • Google doodles the spring equinox March 20, 2012

    New Delhi: March 20 marks the arrival of the spring season in the northern hemisphere. This date is also referred to as the vernal or spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the fall or autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere. Google has put up its 2012 spring equinox doodle on...