Jul 10, 2008
Smith, who by his own admission is a great fan of Aishwarya, is not disappointed and believes that they will share good on screen chemistry.
"I would love to work with Aishwarya. She is gorgeous. I had even offered her roles with me. In fact for 'Hancock' also she was my first preference over Charlize," he told PTI in an e-mail interview.
The actor is still hopeful that would work together in future.
"I received denials all the times, may be she had some justified problems. But of course, I will do anything to work with Aishwarya," says a hopeful Smith.
The 'Independence Day' actor, whose latest superhero flick 'Hancock' is all set to release in India on July 11 is also a huge fan of Indian films industry and is currently exploring possibilities of working in an Indian film.
"I would love to work in an Indian film. I have seen a couple of Bollywood movies which had impressed me a lot. I also had a word with Karan Johar. Let's see what's there in store," says the actor.
"I love Indian cinema and its actors. Their energy level is just incompatible. The songs and dances in Bollywood movies are just amazing," he added. PTI
Jul 9, 2008
He seems quite comfortable in the 'reserved' company of girls.
Jul 4, 2008
Recycling has been taken to a whole new level thanks to a special type of seeded paper that grows into flowers.
The 'Plant-It' cards are impregnated with flower seeds that act like a mulch to retain moisture.
Once the green-fingered receiver has read the card they follow simple planting instructions and watch it sprout wild flowers a few weeks later.
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The three stages of the Plant-It card
The cards were designed by the Oakthrift Corporation in partnership with an American company.
Chief Executive Lloyd Freedman said, "The Plant-It seeded paper is made from 100 per cent re-cycled paper, soy-based inks, and organic pigments which grow into flowers when planted."
"We are introducing a new product to the UK at a time when everyone is conscious of green issues and especially the problems of landfills."
However, the process that stops the seeds from germinating during the paper mulching is shrouded in secrecy.
"Even we don't know how it works," Simon Woolf from Oakthrift admitted.
"Handmade paper is made out of a watery porridge-like substance that is then strained through a wire screen. Somehow the U.S manufacturers have stopped the seeds from sprouting at this stage.
One of the greeting cards that can be planted
Oakthrift have created a variety of £1.99 greeting cards and have branched out into creating ecological business cards, bookmarks, flyers and brochures.
"Now organisations can be at the forefront of environmental responsibility," Mr Freedman said.
"They can send out literature that fully demonstrate their green credentials."
The cards germinate quickly if planted inside. If recipients wish to sow them outside Mr Woolf recommends planting them in autumn as cool winter weather helps the seeds to germinate for the following year.
"There are so many possibilities with the Plant-it cards," Mr Woolf said.
"We are using annual wildflower seeds but we are looking into perennials. You could have different flower mixes, herb mixes, or even grass seeds for football clubs!"
He added that the cards would be appearing on the shelves of a major UK retailer later this year.
Plant-it cards can be bought online at www.homgar.com
But they are, apparently, the ultimate solution to rapidly rising sea levels.
This solution, by the award-winning Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, is designed to be a new place to live for those whose homelands have been wiped out.
The 'Lilypad City' would float around the world as an independent and fully self-sustainable home. With a lake at its centre to collect and purify rainwater, it would be accessed by three separate marinas and feature artificial mountains to offer the inhabitants a change of scenery from the seascape.
Power for the central accommodation hub is provided through a series of renewable energy sources including solar panels on the mountain sides, wind turbines and a power station to harness the energy of the waves.
Mr Callebaut said: 'The design of the city is inspired by the shape of the great Amazonia Victoria Regia lilypad. Some countries spend billions of pounds working on making their beaches and dams bigger and stronger.
'But the lilypad project is actually a long-term solution to the problem of the water rising.'
The architect, who has yet to estimate a cost for his design, added: 'It's an amphibious city without any roads or any cars. The whole city is covered by plants housed in suspended gardens.
'The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence of humans and nature.'
'Some countries spend billions of pounds working on making their beaches and dams bigger and stronger.
'But the Lilypad project is actually a long term solution to the problem of the water rising.
'And it has the other objective of providing housing for refugees from islands that have been submerged.'
Centred around a lake which collects and then purifies rain water, the Lilypad will drift around the world following the ocean currents and streams.
It will be accessed by three marinas and will also feature three 'mountains' to offer the inhabitants a change of scenery.
Power will be provided through a series of renewable energy sources including solar, thermal, wind energy, hydraulic and a tidal power station.
The city will actually produce much more energy than it consumes and be entirely 'zero-emission' as all the carbon-dioxide and the waste will be recycled.
Mr Callebaut added: 'It's an amphibious city without any roads or any cars.
'The whole city is covered by plants housed in suspended gardens. The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence of humans and nature.
'I think trying to accomodate the millions of people left homeless by environmental changes will prove to be one of the great challenges of the 21st century.'
Neither the cost of building the city or the cost of living there have been revealed.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global sea level is expected to rise between nine and 88 centimetres by 2100, with a 'best estimate' of 50 centimetres.
This is due to global warming which is causing the ice caps to melt.
In many places, 50 centimetres would see entire beaches being washed away, together with a significant chunk of the coastline.
On low-lying Pacific islands such as Tuvalu, Kiribati or the Maldives, the highest point is only two or three metres above current sea levels.
If the sea level was to rise by 50cm, significant portions of these islands would be washed away by erosion or covered by water.
Even if they remain above the sea, many island nations will have their supplies of drinking water reduced because sea water will invade their freshwater stocks.
There are also tens of millions of people living in low-level coastal areas of southern Asia, such as the coastlines of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Burma, who would be in danger.
Jun 29, 2008
3. Cher and Gregg Allman were married July 9, 1975, and split after nine days. Cher and Allman were married only three days after her divorce from Sonny Bono. Cher reportedly cried all the way home from Vegas, where the ceremony had occurred.
4. Dennis Hopper and Michelle Phillips were married on October 31, 1970, and split after eight days. The eight- day union was acomical one, to say the least. Both parties claimed to have been handcuffed, so as to not run away and the Halloween wedding provided for sentimental thoughts even years later.
5. Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra were married on November 14, 1998 and split after nine days. The pair had the marriage annulled stating fraud and an unsound mind. They remained on- again, off- again until their 1999 battery arrest, and then they were officially off.
—www. associatedcontent. com
Jun 17, 2008
Intelligence reports and police talk of heavy infiltration in Doda &Kishtwar and intruders building bunkers on hill- tops
By Syed Junaid Hashmi in Jammu
RAISING the spectre of another Kargil- like attack, heavily- armed terrorists from Pakistan have infiltrated into Indian territory and occupied positions in the hilly areas of the Doda region of Jammu.
Radio intercepts and information provided by locals form the basis of credible intelligence to suggest that terrorists belonging to the Lashkar- e- Tayyeba (LeT) and Jaish- e- Mohammad (JeM) have established apresence in the higher reaches of the Doda region, which includes two newly carved districts of Kishtwar and Ramban. Reliable sources have confirmed to MAIL TODAY about the possibility of a‘Mini Kargil’ being planned by these terrorist organisations. The infiltrations, initially small, have gradually increased over the last six months. “The presence of foreign mercenaries in the higher reaches of the hilly and mountainous district of Doda is worrisome. Wehave already intensified the combing operations. Their plans for creating a ‘mini Kargil’ in Doda will never succeed,” said K. Rajindra, inspector general of police (IGP) for Jammu. He said the terrorists and foreign mercenaries — who had the support of Pakistani security forces across the border and local recruits on the Indian side — were planning a “major terrorist operation” in the rugged terrains. The security forces were awaiting specific and location-wise inputs on the presence of the infiltrators, who are said to be mostly Pakistanis and Afghans. Heavy presence of the LeT and JeM cadres have been noticed in Marmat, Bonjwah and Chiralla areas of Doda district and in Marwah, Dacchan and Chattroo areas of Kishtwar. They are said to be regrouping in Neel, Chamalwas, Khari and Pogal Paristan areas of Ramban district, the sources said. The terrorists are now believed to be focusing on creating a supply line via Margantop that would enable them to keep the security forces engaged for at least 15-17 days.
Infiltrators are 250 km into India by now
Aim: To bleed the security forces
Their apparent purpose, according to intelligence sources, is to occupy the mountainous area for a short period with the intent of “bleeding the security forces” in an operation lasting about a fortnight. The sources said they had no inputs to suggest that the terrorists were planning to occupy the mountainous terrains of the Doda region. They could also be planning to hold the Indian security forces in an area for a long time and cause them heavy casualties, which would serve to rejuvenate their local cadres. The terrorists are believed to have penetrated 250 km to 300 km into Indian territory from the border and the Line of Control (LoC). Sources in the security agencies said they had “inputs” that the infiltrators were making underground bunkers for storing arms and ammunition that comprised a collection of grenade launchers, AK-47 rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, grenades, universal machineguns and heavy weaponry, said the sources. Modern communication gadgets had been provided to the terrorists for remaining in contact with each other without getting noticed. Efforts are currently in progress among the security forces to identify how the terrorist cadres established a large presence without being noticed. Sources in the state police said the heavily-armed and trained guerrilla fighters of the LeT and JeM had entered Doda via Anantnag. This route is said to be “safe” for the militants as it is a dense forest area with scattered population. It is in these areas that they had been spotted by shepherds. The police claimed the shepherds had seen them moving about the region, but they had not come to the villages. IGP (Kashmir) S.M. Sahai said the number of militants had dwindled in the Kashmir Valley. “Their number has reduced considerably on our side. They might be shifting to the higher reaches of Doda district through Daksum in Anantnag. Probably, these areas are safer for making hideouts and carrying out high-intensity attacks on the security forces from the higher reaches.” Then, at Samba for instance, one group of infiltrators cut the concertina wires lining the border zone and crossed over. This group appeared to have crossed over the LoC from Uri and Anantnag. However, there is no denying that the security agenclick image to enlarge
The security forces have been lax
agencies have been lax. However, the Army denied the dangerous activity involving the JeM and LeT cadres. “In that area, the situation is very much under control. We have almost wiped out militancy in the Doda-Kishtwar area and poll canvassing is happening in full swing there,” Lt Col S.D. Goswami, the Jammu-based Army spokesperson said. “This specific inquiry is surprising in the first place.”
‘The presence of foreign mercenaries in the higher reaches of Doda district is worrisome. We have intensified combing operations. Their plan of creating a ‘minor Kargil’ in Doda will never succeed’ — K. RAJINDRA, IG (Jammu)
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
1. Must be unmarried (because people are looking for future brides there)
2. Girls should not have very high level educational qualifications (high level education will lead to frustration in call center in mumbai and delhi )
3. Must not be fatty (Because ultimately girls are going to be fatty by shift job)
4. Must have a mobile number (to call girls at any time)
5. Must know English (Indian people are not much aware of taking help from call center)
6. Must know how to cook (Because girls will need to make food at any time)
7. Home should be near to main road (For easy daily transport at any time)
8. Girls should have enough bank balance to cover the living cost when fired from job.
the world's deepest swimming pool. The pool itself consists of a submerged
structure with flat platforms at various depth levels. The pool has two large
flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large
circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft). It is filled with
2,500,000 litres of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water maintained
at 30°C (86°F) and contains several simulated underwater caves at the 10m depth level. There are numerous underwater windows that allow outside visitors to look into the pools at various depths. The complex was designed by Belgian diving expert John Beernaerts as a multi-purpose diving instruction, recreational, and film production facility, and opened in 2004.
You can take only a few items of your own dive kit (computer, mask, pool fins) but no BCD, fins that require booties, regulators(unless they have an integrated air linked to your computer - but no DIN fittings at all). torches, etc... You are not allowed to practice any skills unless you have an instructor in your group.
Jun 13, 2008
Hey, what are you doing here?
Dont u know, I sell tickets in black over here..
2. In the bus: A heavy lady wearing pointed high-heeled shoes steps on your feet...
Sorry, did that hurt?
No, not at all, I'm on local anesthesia.....why don't you try again.
3. At a funeral: One of the teary-eyed people ask...
Why, why him, of all people.
Why? Would it rather have been you?
4. At a restaurant: When you ask the waiter
Is ! the "Butter Paneer Masala" dish good??
No, its terrible and made of adulterated cement. We occassionaly also spit in it.
5. At a family get-together: When some distant aunt meets you after years...
Munna, Chickoo, you've become so big.
Well you haven't particularly shrunk yourself.
6. When a friend announces her wedding, and you ask...
Is the guy you're marrying good?
No,he's a miserable wife-beating , insensitive lout...it's just the money.
7. When you get woken up at midnight by a phone call...
Sorry. were you sleeping?
No. I was doing research on whether the Zulu tribes in Africa marry or not. You thought I was sleeping....you dumb witted moron.
8. When you see a friend/colleague with evidently shorter hair...
Hey have you had a haircut?
No, its autumn and I'm shedding......
9. At the dentist when he's sticking pointed objects in your mouth...
Tell me if it hurts?
No it wont. It will just bleed.
10. You are smoking a cigarette and a cute woman asks...
Oh, so you smoke.
Gosh, it's a miracle .......it was a piece of chalk and now it's in flames!!!
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve|
|Cylinder arrangement||Single cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke||57×58.7mm|
|Maximum power||17PS / 8,500rpm|
|Maximum torque||15 N.m / 7,500rpm|
|Starting system||Electric Start|
|Engine oil capacity||1.0 liters|
|Fuel tank capacity||12 liters|
|Fuel supply system||Electronic fuel injection|
|Primary / Secondary reduction ratio||3.042 / 3.000|
|Clutch type||Constant-mesh wet multi-plate|
|Transmission type||Return type 6-speed|
|Gear ratios||1st=2.833, 2nd＝1.875, 3rd:=1.364, |
4th=1.143, 5th=0.957, 6th=0.84
|Frame type||Deltabox Frame|
|Caster / Trail||26° / 100mm|
|Tire size (Front / Rear)||80/90-17 / 100/80-17|
|Brake type (Front / Rear)||Hydraulic, single disc (Front / Rear)|
|Suspension type (Front / Rear)||Telescopic / Linked type Monocross|
|Headlight||12V35W / 35W＋35W|
|Overall length x width x height||1,995mm x 670mm x 1,070mm|
|Minimum ground clearance||160mm|
|Dry weight / Curb weight||120kg / 131kg|