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  • 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...
  • Controversial Nazi-themed Indonesian cafe reopens June 21, 2014

    Indonesia: A controversial Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia that closed shop last year after sparking international outrage reopened on Saturday with its walls still bearing swastikas and a painting of Adolf Hitler. The SoldatenKaffee ("The Soldiers' Cafe") was voluntarily shut down last July following death threats to the owner Henry Mulyana,...
  • Orlando Harry Potter attraction enchants despite glitches June 20, 2014

    Orlando: The signature ride of the new "Harry Potter" attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando, a roller coaster with passenger cars that pitch, heave and spin 360 degrees through a 3-D film adventure, was shut during a media preview on Thursday after minor glitches the previous night. "Escape from Gringotts" is...
  • Visitors will get to retrieve a magical object in the new Harry Potter themed area May 13, 2014

    Orlando: The centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Universal Orlando Resort will take visitors into Gringotts bank to help retrieve a magical object and re-create a scene from the wildly popular book and movie series. Universal executives announced Tuesday that the ride will be called "Harry Potter and the...
  • Jackie Chan plans to build a theme park in Beijing September 19, 2013

    Los Angeles: Action superstar Jackie Chan says he plans to build a theme park called 'JC World' in the city's Yizhuang district. Chan, 59, said the park will be about three-quarters of a square mile in size and will feature five sections, each with a different theme, offering visitors a...
  • Unpublished Borges manuscript found in Argentina September 6, 2013

    Researchers combing the archives of Argentina's national library have found an unpublished manuscript written by literary giant Jorge Luis Borges. Librarians Laura Rosato and German Alvarez found an alternate ending to the Borges short story 'Tema del traidor y del heroe' (Theme of the Traitor and the Hero), which was first...
  • News briefs: College teachers want 60% posts in LU bodies in Lucknow August 7, 2013

    After demanding the right to be PhD research guides, the Degree College Teachers’ Association has pressed for increased role in the Lucknow University’s decision making bodies. In a meeting with vice-chancellor SB Nimse on Tuesday, representatives of the teachers’ association said a well-set ratio of 60:40 should be implemented in letter and...
  • Maharashtra CM denies giving Shiv Sena any assurance for a theme park June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan says that he has not given any assurances to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for setting up of a theme park at the Mahalakshmi Race Course in Maharashtra. Uddhav had claimed on Sunday that a theme park will be set up at the...
  • Mumbai: BMC unlikely to renew Mahalaxmi race course's lease May 14, 2013

    Mumbai: The iconic race course at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai may soon by replaced by an international theme park. The Shiv Sena ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) says it may not renew the 99-year lease to the Royal Western Indian Turf Club which runs the race course. The lease expires on...
  • James Bond bosses want Adele to sing next theme song March 3, 2013

    London: Producers of James Bond franchise reportedly want singer Adele to repeat her 'Skyfall' success with a new smash-hit tune. The bosses want the 24-year-old to sing the theme song for the next 007 movie as well after she won an Oscar for 'Skyfall' theme, reported Sun Online. "Producers are thrilled...
  • World Book Fair: Tribal literature theme of fair January 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The World Book Fair 2013 beginning February 4 will celebrate indigenous literature with its theme, "Indigenous Voices - Mapping India's Folk and Tribal Literature", and commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda with a special pavilion exhibiting photographs and books from the spiritualist's life. The fair will...
  • Daniel Craig wants Adele for the next Bond film January 7, 2013

    London: Actor Daniel Craig wants multiple Grammy winning singer Adele to sing the theme song for the next Bond film after her global smash with 'Skyfall'. The 24-year-old singer would be the first repeat Bond singer since Shirley Bassey sang 'Goldfinger', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'Moonraker', reported Daily Mirror online. Craig, 44,...
  • Chennai: Airhostess dies after being thrown off an adventure ride October 3, 2012

    Chennai: A 20-year-old air-hostess was killed in a freak accident on Tuesday after she was thrown off an adventure ride inside an amusement park on the outskirts of Chennai. The victim, who hailed from Nagaland suffered head injuries, was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced her dead. The...
  • Google's Olympic song video crosses 6 lakh views August 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Taking the musical route in cheering Indian contingents for the London Olympics this year, the theme song "Aap agar saath hain, toh jeet bhi saath hai" composed by Swanand Kirkire and Shantanu Moitra, has reached a new high by winning accolades from netizens all over. "It's Time You...
  • Now upload your own images as Gmail themes June 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Are you bored of all those old themes that Google offers to spice up your Gmail account? If yes, then here is good news for you. Google has announced that its users will now be able to bring an even more personal touch by setting their own background...
  • India needs time to open up to gay films October 18, 2011

    Mumbai: In India it has recently become a criminal offence to discriminate against people due to their sexual orientation. But commercial Indian films are far from catching up with the law and still hide under the curtain of comedy -- all for a reason, say filmmakers. "There is an anxiety when...
  • Cameron to build an 'Avatar' theme park September 22, 2011

    London: Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron to bring the world of 'Avatar' to life at Disney parks. The 2009 movie 'Avatar' become the highest-grossing film of all time and fans will soon be able to experience Cameron's fictional planet Pandora for themselves...
  • Radcliffe enjoys free Harry Potter rides July 17, 2011

    Los Angeles: There is something about the Harry Potter theme park in Florida that actor Daniel Radcliffe loves - that he doesn't have to pay to go on the rides. The 21-year-old actor, who essayed the role of the boy wizard in all eight films of the "Harry Potter" franchise, was...
  • Rahman's CWG song tweaked to make it peppy September 16, 2010

    New Delhi: 'India bula liya', the Commonwealth theme song, composed by Oscar-winner A R Rahman, has been tweaked and turned into a "peppy sports anthem". The original version of the song got a lukewarm response from the audience and was openly criticised by CWG Organising Committee's executive board member V K...
  • Rahman's CWG song courts fresh controversy September 11, 2010

    New Delhi: AR Rahman's music composition for the Commonwealth Games seems to be generating unending controversies. Some well-known names in Indian classical dance who were supposed to perform on his tune have simply refused to do so. The initial plan was that Rahman's composition would have been used as an introduction...
  • BJP leader not impressed by Rahman's CWG song August 29, 2010

    VK Malhotra, who is also the Vice President of IOA, said Rahman's song is not as inspiring as Shakira's Waka Waka. ...
  • AR Rahman's 'Swagatham' to be CWG theme song August 16, 2010

    New Delhi: The Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Commonwealth Games has finalised Oscar winner AR Rahman's Swagatham as the theme song for the mega event and it will be made public in 10 days, the panel's head said on Sunday. "GoM has finalised the theme song. A.R. Rahman will give...
  • Watch: Best theme pandals in Kolkata September 22, 2011

    Theme pandals are something that durga puja organisers always bank on to get the maximum visitors. ...
  • Sneak Peek: Rajasthan Royals' new music video March 25, 2009

    New Delhi: It's Shilpa Shetty's wake up call to her IPL rivals. A new music video of the Rajasthan Royals featuring the team's co-owner Shilpa herself has been released. ...
  • Ganesh Chaturthi: Ganesha pandals dazzle devotees September 5, 2008

    Mumbai: Ganesh Chaturthi was marked by some magnificent celebrations across the country. Unison chants of "Ganapati Bappa Morya" resounded the air at the Ganapati pandals across Mumbai. Lakhs of devotees, some from as far as the US, have gathered to get a glimpse of their favorite God Ganesha. They say that...
  • Ganesh pandals have it all: Harry Potter to Shanghai September 17, 2007

    Mumbai: Lord Ganesha is overlooking a curious sight at a pandal in Sewri this year called Mumbshang - a combination of chawls and skyscrapers and a combination of Mumbai and Shanghai. “You can't stop development. We want the common Mumbaikar to see what his Shanghai will look like. Social messages are...
  • Bollywood theme park in Mumbai soon July 14, 2007

    Los Angeles: Mumbai, India's entertainment capital and home to Bollywood, will soon get a theme park in a studio complex on the lines of Universal Studio in Los Angeles. This will be a state-of-the-art township with a studio, a theme park, hotels, a movie museum and shopping malls. The Maharashtra government has...
  • The dark side of Harry Potter | Pics: Crazy About Harry July 12, 2007

    New Delhi: Harry Potter's surrounded by death. He's an orphan. And not just any orphan. After all, he's been orphaned by none other than the most deadly wizard around - Lord Voldemort. J K Rowling's seventh and final book promises to be as dramatic and traumatic as all the rest....
  • Composing theme songs for Maa Durga September 29, 2006

    Kolkata: In Kolkata, with less than a week to go for Durga puja celebrations to begin, organisers are commissioning Bangla bands to compose theme songs for them. One such band, Jowar, has made a mark by capturing contemporary issues in their songs and now the band members are busy recording...