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Delhi gang-rape victim's body likely to be brought back to India today

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Singapore: The body of the 23-year-old medical student who died at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore early this morning, is likely to be brought back to India tonight for last rites.

Doctors said she died of severe organ failure. Her parents were by her side. "They bore the entire process with a great deal of fortitude and a great deal of courage," said TCA Raghavan, the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore.

Mr Raghavan was present in hospital when the student died.

The young woman, who was brutally gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, died at 4.45 am local time (2.15 am IST) after battling severe injuries for 13 days.

Her body has been taken in a police van from the super-speciality hospital where she was treated, to the Singapore General Hospital. Some formalities are expected to be completed there, before her parents fly back with her body to India later in the day.

Singapore has a big Indian population and special prayers had been organised at a temple in an area known as Little India.

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Gang rape Victim dies in Singapore Hospital

The 23-year-old victim of the brutal Gang rape and assault in Delhi that had triggered an outrage across India died early this morning here after putting up a brave battle for life for nearly a fortnight.

The girl, who was admitted to the well-known multi-organ transplant facility Mount Elizabeth Hospital here on Thursday morning in an extremely critical condition, breathed her last at 4.45 am (2.15 am India time). She was earlier treated at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.

"We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45 am on 29 Dec 2012 (Singapore time)," the hospital's Chief Executive Officer Dr Kelvin Loh said in a statement.

"Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome.''

Meanwhile, the hospital added: "We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle. We acknowledge the faith the Indian government and the patient's family have placed with us to ensure the best care possible was indeed provided to her at Mount Elizabeth Hospital".

"We share their huge sadness at her passing and will work with the High Commission of India to provide the family support in this time of grief," said Dr Loh.


Indian student brutally attacked in Germany about Islam conversion

Friday, December 28, 2012

A 24-year Indian student in Bonn was brutally attacked by Islamic extremists who slashed his tongue when he refused to convert, German police said today.

The Indian student was attacked on Christmas eve when he was on the way to his place in Bonn.

The men enquired about his religion and asked him to convert to Islam, warning him that they would cut his tongue if he refused to do so, Der Spiegel reported.

The student, who was not identified, told the police that he was attacked by two men from behind after he ignored them.

The attackers beat him up and slashed his tongue and flew in a car.

Police spokesman did not give details of injuries but said the information that the victim gave was credible.

A passerby found the bleeding student on the road and called an ambulance. The student was admitted to a local hospital and was released a day later.

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Swaziland bans miniskirts

SWAZILAND: Police in Africa's last absolute monarchy Swaziland have banned women from wearing miniskirts and midriff-revealing tops saying they provoke rape, local media reported on Monday.

Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889.

"The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women," police spokeswoman Wendy Hleta was quoted as saying in the Independent Online news. The ban also applies to low-rise jeans. "They will be arrested," she said.

Hleta said women wearing revealing clothing were responsible for assaults or rapes committed against them.

"I have read from the social networks that men and even other women have a tendency of 'undressing people with their eyes'. That becomes easier when the clothes are hugging or are more revealing," Hleta said.

However, the ban does not apply to traditional costumes worn by young women during ceremonies like the annual Reed Dance, where the ruling King Mswati III chooses a wife. The flamboyant king already has 13 wives.

During the ceremony, beaded traditional skirts worn by young bare-breasted virgins only cover the front, leaving the back exposed. Underwear is not allowed.

The law was enforced after a march by women and young girls last month calling for protection against a spate of rapes in the impoverished kingdom, almost entirely surrounded by South Africa. According to the media report, the march was blocked by police.


China court orders Apple to pay for copyright violation

BEIJING - Technology giant Apple has been ordered to pay compensation to eight Chinese writers and two companies for selling unlicensed books online, state media reported.

The California-based company was ordered to pay a total fine of 1.03 million yuan (US$165,908, S$203,000) to the plaintiffs for violating their copyrights, Xinhua news agency said.

The ruling was issued Thursday by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court, the report said.

Xinhua quoted a lawyer for the plaintiffs as saying they had seen applications that contained unlicensed electronic versions of their books available for download last year.

The downloads, which were described as being in great quantity and resulted in large economic losses for the plaintiffs, the lawyer was quoted as saying.

According to Xinhua, the court decided that the plaintiffs' "right of communication through information networks" covered by China's Copyright Law had been violated by Apple through its provision of apps that included the unlicensed books.

"As an IP holder ourselves, we understand the importance of protecting intellectual property and take copyright infringement complaints very seriously," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said Friday.

"We're always updating our service to better assist content owners in protecting their rights."

Wu said the company's App Store provides customers in China with a selection of more than 700,000 apps created by the company's developer community.

British girl missing for three years in Pakistan on way home

LONDON - A six-year-old girl is on her way home to Britain more than three years after she was abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan, police said on Friday.

Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson disappeared in November 2009 after going to stay with her father, Razwan Ali Anjum.

The former insurance salesman told the girl's mother, Gemma Wilkinson, that he was taking Atiya to Southport in northwest England but instead took her to the Pakistani city of Lahore.

He told his former partner that she was "never going to see Atiya again".

Anjum is currently serving a prison sentence in Britain for refusing to reveal his daughter's whereabouts despite a court order.

Just last month her 32-year-old mother launched a fresh appeal for information about her daughter.

But sources told Britain's Press Association agency that Atiya had been found in Pakistan after new information had come to light.

Police said Atiya was due to arrive at Manchester Airport later Friday. Anjum, who is in his late 20s, was given a fourth consecutive jail term by a High Court judge in April after he refused to reveal where his daughter was.

He indicated that Atiya was in Pakistan or Iran but said he did not know her exact whereabouts, a claim which the judge in the case said was "absurd".

Another judge has previously said the case was "as bad a case of child abduction as I have encountered".

It is thought Atiya was found after police issued a computer-generated image of what Atiya would look like now - a day before her sixth birthday in November.

Speaking then, her mother said: "It's been an absolute nightmare. As to her whereabouts we know nothing. We've had no contact.

"I'm worrying every day, every single day. Everything is affected by it. When I close my eyes I see her."


Mayan temple damaged in tourist ‘apocalypse’ frenzy

GUATEMALA: Tourists flocking to Guatemala for “end of the world” parties have damaged an ancient stone temple at Tikal, the largest archeological site and urban center of the Mayan civilization.

“Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage,” said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the site, which is located some 550 kilometers (340 miles) north of Guatemala City.

“We are fine with the celebration, but (the tourists) should be more aware because this is a (UNESCO) World Heritage Site,” he told local media.

Gomez did not specify what was done, although he did say it was forbidden to climb the stairs at the site and indicated that the damage was irreparable.

Temple II, which is about 38 meters (125 feet) high and faces the central Tikal plaza, is one of the site’s best known structures.

Friday marked the end of an era that lasted 5,200 years, according to the Mayan “Long Count” calendar. Some believed the date also marked the end of the world as foretold by Mayan hieroglyphs.

More than 7,000 people visited Tikal last Friday to see native Mayan priests hold a colourful ceremony and light fires as the sun emerged to mark the new era.

Critics complained that the event was really for tourists and had little to do with the Mayans. About 42 percent of Guatemala’s 14.3 million residents are native Mayans, and most live in poverty and endure discrimination. The ancient Mayans reached their peak of power in Central America between the years 250 and 900 AD. UNESCO declared Tikal a World Heritage Site in 1979.


Afghan Policewoman shoots dead NATO adviser

AFGHANISTAN: A female Afghan police officer on Monday shot dead a foreign civilian adviser in Kabul police headquarters, officials said, in the first “insider” attack to be carried out by a woman.

It is the latest in a series of insider attacks that have seriously undermined trust between NATO forces and their Afghan allies in the fight against hardline Islamist Taliban insurgents.

An ISAF spokesman said the victim, a civilian adviser, died of his wounds and the female police officer who shot him had been detained.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Seidiqqi, confirmed the incident and said an investigation was under way.

A senior security official speaking to AFP anonymously said the victim was a male adviser from NATO and the incident took place at Kabul police headquarters.

The officer was arrested by her other colleagues after the shooting, the official said.

The Afghan conflict has seen a surge in insider attacks this year, with more than 50 of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops killed by their colleagues in the Afghan army and police.


Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

BETHLEHEM : Thousands of Palestinians and tourists were flocking to the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas at the site where many believe Jesus Christ was born. This year's celebration carries special significance for many Palestinians, coming after 12 months in which their status on the world stage has been significantly upgraded.

Just last month the United Nations granted them the status of non-member observer state, and earlier this year they won their first UNESCO World Heritage Site designation -- for Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. The designation also included part of a pilgrimage route in Bethlehem, along which the traditional Christmas procession headed by the Latin Patriarch Fuad Twal will march later Monday.

Thousands of tourists are expected to join Palestinian residents of the city -- Muslim and Christian alike -- in lining the route to welcome the procession, which includes dozens of musicians and scout troupes from across the West Bank.

The parade will culminate in Manger Square, in front of the Church of the Nativity, which is built over the site where Christians believe Mary gave birth to Jesus in a cattle shed.

Several hours later, Twal, the most senior Roman Catholic bishop in the Middle East, will deliver the traditional midnight mass to the faithful. Scout troupes were already marching in the square to the rhythm of drums and bagpipes mid-morning, while hundreds of tourists looked on.

The mass is traditionally attended by top officials from the Palestinian Authority including President Mahmud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Last week, in his pre-Christmas press conference, Twal praised the UN decision to upgrade Palestinian status, calling it a “step towards peace and stability in the region.” “Israel can now negotiate on equal state-to-state terms for the good of all,” he told reporters, saying the Palestinian issue remained “the cause of all conflicts in the region,” and urging US President Barack Obama to take “immediate action” to push the peace process forward.

But Xavier Abu Eid, an advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said this year's celebration of Christmas would be particularly meaningful for Palestinians nonetheless.

“At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the prince of hope and the prince of peace and the Palestinian people have been hoping for 64 years to achieve a just peace,” he told AFP.

Srilanka and Iran discuss exchanging info

Sri Lanka and Iran discussed the possibility of exchanging information regarding legal and judicial matters. Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem who met the Head of Iran’s Judiciary Branch Ayatolla Larijani in Teheran on Sunday also recalled the relationship between the two countries in the fields of law development and politics.

Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem meets Head of Iran’s Judiciary Branch Ayatolla Larijani.
Both countries are members of the Non - Aligned Movement. Larijani said the law in Iran dates back to thousands of years and they have a rich and vibrant Islamic legal culture.

Hakeem said in Sri Lanka, the body of law consists of a mixture of English common law, Roman Dutch law and the country’s own laws.

The minister said Muslims in Sri Lanka are governed by specific laws based on Sharia on matters relating to marriage, divorce and succession.

He explained the successful implementation of mediation boards which has taken lot of burden off the Judiciary and has also offered an inexpensive dispute resolution mechanism to the ordinary people.

The minister said about 60 percent of disputes are settled through mediation boards.

Hakeem said Chinese and Nepalese authorities expressed a keen interest in the system. The minister said all mediators voluntarily extend their service.

The minister said Sri Lanka was willing to share experience with Iranian official about the mediation process. The two also discussed Human Rights issues. They noted that both countries have cooperated on Human Rights issues in the world forum. They discussed double standards and discriminatory practices adopted by certain countries on Human Rights violations.Minister Hakeem returned to the country yesterday.


Sri Lankan couple jailed in Dubai

 Immigration Officer

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced a Sri Lankan couple to six months in jail for offering Dh10,000 as a bribe to an immigration officer at the Dubai International Airport, requesting him to allow the woman to depart the country in spite of an entry and exit ban issued against her by the UAE authorities.

The couple was ordered to be deported after serving their jail term. According to records, the woman aged 39, confessed that in 1996 she entered the country on a maid’s visa and then she fled from her employer. She was deported in 2000 after spending two months jail for using forged documents and absconding from her employer.

She entered the country on a visit visa in 2008. She exited the country and re-entered on the sponsorship of her husband, a salesman aged 59.

She left the country and re-entered on a work permit sponsored by a stationery shop where she worked until attempting to leave on August 12, 2012 when she knew that she was under a ban.

She asked the immigration officer to help her and offered him Dh10,000 bribe to allow her to depart. She gave the officer her husband’s mobile number and said he will pay the amount.

The woman was arrested while attempting to travel using a forged passport. She confessed to getting it from a Sri Lankan after giving him with her photo and Dh1,000.

Corporal KS testified that while was on duty a passenger was referred to him by the immigration desk which suspected that she was a blacklisted person.

“While she was in the office, she offered me the bribe. I checked the system and found out that she had been deported with re-entry ban in 2000 for using forged documents. I told my seniors who asked me to continue talking to her. She gave her husband’s mobile number who, when contacted on phone, came to a coffee shop in the airport in five minutes. He put the money in a spectacle box and put it on the table. “After counting the amount which was Dh10,000, police entered and arrested him,” the officer said. 

Courtesy: Emirates24x7

Are You Ready for Kim Kardashian, Serious Actress?

Monday, December 24, 2012

This might not have been what the Mayans meant, but the apocalypse has potentially arrived today. (Okay, we kid.) The trailer for Tyler Perry's new movie Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (due in theaters on March 29, 2013) has debuted, and it introduces us to Kim Kardashian as a dramatic actress.

Though this is her biggest film role to date, the 32-year-old has had plenty of experience acting in TV shows like Drop Dead Diva, Beyond the Break and, of course, Keeping Up with the Kardashians (we know it's a reality show). Maya, her character in Temptation, is a very Kim Kardashian creation -- down to her skin-tight pink dress and knowledge of the social media world.

Surprisingly, Kardashian's acting doesn't seem as bad as we would have expected in the scenes shown in the film's trailer (above), though the last clip you see of her in the trailer is pretty awkward. Then again, Taylor Swift didn't seem like she'd be all that terrible in Valentine's Day, and that film definitely took our opinion of the "I Knew You Were Trouble" singer down a notch. It could be that the Temptation trailer is showing the only scenes that Kardashian is passable in, which wouldn't come as much of a surprise.

The transition from reality star to movie star has never been pretty, but maybe Kardashian is just trying to get her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Paris Hilton tried to leverage her celebrity from socialite to reality star to Hollywood actress, but fortunately that endeavor ended with The Hottie & The Nottie. While we think Kardashian could pull off being an actress a bit more successfully than Hilton did, hopefully this doesn't start her on the path to one day wanting to become a leading lady. Her three E! TV shows should hopefully be enough to scratch that itch.

As for the Temptation trailer? It actually does look pretty good, if you are into sexy melodramatic romantic movies , that is. Vote in our poll and let us know what you think!
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Non- Celebrate, married Star - Julia Roberts and Danny Moder

After a string of celebrity relationships went south, America’s Sweetheart finally found the love of her life in a civilian just like us. Julia Roberts, 44, met cameraman Danny Moder, 43, on the set of The Mexican in 2000, and got hitched in a super-secret ceremony at Roberts’ Taos ranch two years later. The pair (pictured at a party in Hollywood on Feb. 13) has three children together -- Henry, 4, and 7-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus. In 2009, Roberts gushed about their happy family to Allure, saying the kids are "seeing the things that he does and the way that he shares his feelings with me, and the way that I share my feelings with him. The coolest thing you can do for your children is to love each other in their presence."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond

Comedy queen Tina Fey, 41, met composer Jeff Richmond, 51, when they were just two struggling up-and-comers at The Second City theater in Chicago. Jeff stayed at Tina’s side as her career skyrocketed at Saturday Night Live and the pair married in 2001. They (pictured at the Date Night premiere in NYC on April 6, 2010) are now raising two daughters together -- Alice, 6, and Penelope, 6 months. Humor is clearly a tie that binds, and Richmond is secure being wed to one of America’s beloved funny girl. "She has her principles and she sticks to her principles more than anybody I’ve ever met in my life," he told Vanity Fair, adding that their marriage is "borderline boring -- in a good way."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Denzel Washington and Pauletta Pearson Washington

Denzel Washington, 57, met then-fellow unknown actor Pauletta Pearson, 61, at a hotel restaurant way back in 1977 -- they were both working on the same TV movie -- and 34 years later they are still going strong. The pair (pictured at a Hollywood premiere on Jan. 11, 2010) eventually wed in 1983 and raised four children together, although the Oscar-winner credits his wife with doing most of the parenting hard work. "When it comes to the kids, I give complete credit to my wife, Pauletta...Pauletta was the consistent one," he told Oprah Winfrey. Today, the pair have a modern relationship, which includes a healthy dose of time apart. "If I were Pauletta, I'd get sick of me... It's probably helped our marriage that we're apart a lot."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell

Forget Patti Stanger -- is Barbara Walters the true Millionaire Matchmaker? According to reports, the TV veteran is responsible for setting up her cousin Nancy Shevell, 51, and Paul McCartney, 69, after invitiing both to a dinner party in the Hamptons in 2007. Well, four years later, Walters was shedding tears of at the couple's wedding in London on Oct. 9 (pictured), which she said was "beautiful and wonderful." Engaged in May, the former Beatle and the American heiress seemed to have an uncomplicated relationship from the start -- surely a refreshing notion for both Macca, who finalized his messy divorce with Heather Mills in 2008 (which cost him $48.6 million!), and for Shevell, a cancer survivor who was a single mom. McCartney summed up their relationship nicely to the U.K.'s Sunday Times, "I just like being in love."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller

Seth Rogen, 29, and writer Lauren Miller, 30, (pictured at the premiere of 50/50 in New York City on Sept. 26) tied the knot on Oct. 3, in Sonoma County, Calif. "The wedding was more laughs than anything else," reported a source reported to Us Weekly. "Every other line was a joke. The crowd couldn't contain their laughter!" Even though the two seem to have a similar sense of humor, Rogen isn't fully responsible for luring Miller in when they met at a bar in 2004. The actor recently told iVillage that his best friend Will Reiser -- who the movie 50/50 is about -- is really the one who deserves the credit for introducing him to his lady love!

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer

Spiderman Tobey Maguire, 36, met future wife Jennifer Meyer, 34, while shooting Seabiscuit for Universal Studios back in 2003 -- she just happened to be the daughter of Universal boss Ronald Meyer. The pair (photographed at a SAG Awards afterparty on Jan. 30) welcomed daughter Ruby in 2006 and got hitched a year later, then had son Otis in 2009. Although this couple has a reputation for flying under-the-radar -- "they are similar because they are very guarded around people they don't know," one pal told -- Meyer did gush about her fabulous hubby’s parenting skills, telling he is "the best father in the entire world."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink

Patrick Dempsey, 46, didn’t know his life was going to change when he walked into a salon for a haircut, but that’s exactly what happened when he laid eyes on stylist Jillian Fink, 45. "From that moment, we just started flirting," the Grey’s Anatomy star told Life & Style. It took three years for their first date to happen -- they were both in previous relationships -- but the couple (pictured at the 2008 Emmy Awards) eventually wed in 1999 and went on to have three children together. Being married to Dr. McDreamy doesn’t sound easy, but Dempsey told the mag his wife takes it in stride. "Women fans can be very aggressive. I couldn’t handle it as well as my wife does!"

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Conan O’Brien and Liza Powel

A well-known bachelor until his late 30s, Conan O’Brien, 48, met Liza Powel, 40, on the set of his late night show in 2000, and quickly knew he had found the one. (Powel worked as an advertising copywriter at the time, and appeared in a skit about her trade.) Coco proposed 16 months later and the pair (pictured at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 18) married in 2002. The couple has two children together and Powel sweetly calls the funnyman a “softie” with the kids, telling he "really just wants to snuggle and make up with them immediately."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower

Like his films, the marriage between legendary actor Robert De Niro, 67, and Grace Hightower, 58, a former flight attendant and current philanthropist/socialite, has been filled with plenty of drama. The pair (photographed at a New York City gala on Sept. 26) married in 1997 -- De Niro gave her a whopping 10-carat ring -- had a baby in 1998, and filed for divorce in 1999. A nasty public battle ensued, with Hightower accusing the Taxi Driver actor of drug abuse, while De Niro accused her of breaking his rib aboard Marc Anthony’s yacht. Yet they managed to work things out, and even renewed their vows in 2004.

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Vince Vaughn and Kyla Weber

He dated Jennifer Aniston, but it took a lady outside of Hollywood to tame this notorious Hollywood swinger. Vince Vaughn, 41, reportedly met Canadian real estate agent Kyla Weber, 32, in 2008 through mutual friends and the actor told Ellen DeGeneres he proposed on Valentine’s Day the following year. The pair (pictured at a Chicago Bulls game on Feb. 20, 2010) wed in January 2010, and welcomed a daughter, Locklyn Kyla, that December. "I figured this is not a ship to be missed," Vaughn told Ellen. "She makes me laugh, she is wonderful. I'm just thrilled."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen

When affable funnyman Jimmy Fallon, 37, signed on to do Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore in 2005, he had no idea the Boston-based baseball movie would change the course of his life. During filming he met Nancy Juvonen, 44, Barrymore’s producing partner, and fell head over heels. He proposed in 2007, and they were married later that year -- here, the two are pictured at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. "[Married life] is still exciting and fun," Fallon pronounced to on the eve of their first anniversary. "You’ve got a pal to go to the movies with. I’m so happy." And really, isn’t that what married life is all about?

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Adam Sandler and Jackie Sandler

Comedian Adam Sandler, 45, met model/actress Jackie Titone, 37, on the set of Big Daddy, when she had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-role as a waitress who takes his order at a restaurant. The two (photographed at the NYC premiere of Just Go With It on Feb. 8) married in 2003 and Jackie made Sandler a real-life Big Daddy twice over. Although Sandler tends to stick to the jokes when discussing his personal life, he did let his softie side shine through to Jay Leno. When he revealed that his wife suffered from severe morning sickness while pregnant with their second child Sunny, the actor said he’d rub her back comfortingly and say, “We're gonna have another beautiful baby, I love you, thanks for doing this."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Eric Bana and Rebecca Gleeson

When Aussie Eric Bana, 43, won the “Bachelor of the Year” award from Oz’s Cleo Magazine in 1996 he received a free trip to New York. He brought along then-girlfriend Rebecca Gleeson, 40, a publicist and daughter of Australia’s chief justice, and proposed to her in the Big Apple, officially ending his bachelor reign. The pair (photographed at the Australian Open on Jan. 31, 2010) married in 1997 and has two children together. The Hulk star claims the key to their relationship is humor -- and real chemistry. "My wife and I really, really like each other as well as love each other," Bana told Women’s Health. "We definitely laugh together every day. And I don't mean chuckle -- I can make her really laugh."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Ethan Hawke and Ryan Shawhughes Hawke

Like the plot of The Sound of Music, Ryan Shawhughes was simply the nanny to the children Ethan Hawke, 41, shared with Uma Thurman. It was a little more than Ryan's skill with the kiddos that caught Daddy’s eye, and she and Ethan became so much more than employer and employee. The pair (pictured at a benefit in NYC on Oct. 28, 2010) married in 2008 and went on to have two children of their own. Although the couple generally keeps mum about their relationship in public, it would seem a passion for kids is a deep bond. Hawke has called fatherhood “the greatest pleasure of my life,” reported, “the only role that, if I fail, I will consider my life a failure.”

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston

Jeff Bridges, 62, has made a career out of playing quirky, broken souls (The Dude, Bad Blake in Crazy Heart, and the list goes on), but in real life he is anything but, in large part thanks to his wife of 30-plus years, Susan Geston, 58. “I’m the guy who makes the buck, but she’s the one who takes care of everything else,” Bridges told Readers Digest. The pair (pictured at the Oscars on Feb. 27) met in Montana on a film set in 1974 and Bridges says it was practically love at first sight. "She had a fun attitude, and I had a feeling of being at home -- a soothing feeling of being where I belonged," he also told the magazine. They married three years later and raised three daughters together.

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Jason Schwartzman and Brady Cunningham

We met him as a quirky kid when he played the title character in Rushmore, but the Bored to Death actor is all grown up -- and feeling lucky in love. Jason Schwartzman, 31, married fashion designer Brady Cunningham at their home in 2009, and it sounds like it’s been hearts and roses for them (pictured at an L.A. cocktail party on March 20, 2009) ever since. "I’m lucky I found a woman that I love and that’s amazing," the actor told He also gets cred for being a doting father-to-be while Cunningham carried their daughter Marlowe Rivers, born Dec. 4, 2010. While the couple was still expecting he said, "I’m there to make her feel comfortable and relaxed and we spend a lot of time talking to her stomach.”

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Chris O’Donnell and Caroline Fentress

Chris O’Donnell, 41, became a Hollywood heartthrob in his early 20s -- oh, those blue eyes! -- but even though he earned hordes of swooning female fans, the actor only had eyes for one woman: Caroline Fentress, 38, the sister of a college friend. "The first time I kissed her, I was like, 'Wow,'" Chris told Redbook. The pair (pictured at an Oscars viewing party in West Hollywood on Feb. 27) married in 1997 and went on to have five children together (impressive!). And the actor says he knew they were destined to be together. "I would think to myself, 'Could I imagine not marrying her?' And there was just no way."

Non- Celebrate, married Star Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim

Never one to stick to convention, quirky actor Nicolas Cage, 48, met much-younger wife Alice Kim, 27, when she was his waitress at an L.A. restaurant. Cage had already done the celebrity marriage thing twice -- once to Patricia Arquette and again to Lisa Marie Presley -- and his third marriage to Kim in 2004 has so far stuck. The pair (pictured at an NYC screening on July 7, 2010) welcomed a son, named Kal-El, in 2005. Yet this coupling is not without quintessential Cage drama. Although Cage told People ”I’m content” shortly after getting hitched, earlier this year the National Treasure actor was arrested in New Orleans and charged with domestic abuse, as well as disturbing the peace after an argument with his wife. The charges were later dropped.

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Will Ferrell and Viveca Paulin

Funnyman Will Ferrell, 44, met Swedish native Viveca Paulin, 42, at an acting class in 1995, and it seems the pair have been keeping each other laughing ever since. Although the duo remain noticeably mum about their relationship, the couple (pictured at an L.A. event on April 16) has welcomed three sons together -- the last famously debuted early last year just hours after Paulin and Ferrell appeared on the final taping of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The two own a home in Paulin’s native Sweden, and ran multiple marathons together.

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld

Mega-comedian Jerry Seinfeld, 57, met the former Jessica Sklar, 40, in 1998, at a Reebok Sports Club in Manhattan just before the then-public relations executive was slated to walk down the aisle -- with another guy! The wedding went through, but Jerry and Jessica (pictured at a NYC event on Sept. 13, 2011) struck up a slightly scandalous relationship only a few months later and married in 1999. They have three children together. "I'm married ten years next week, and it's as big a joy for me now as it was when we first started dating," he told O Magazine in April 2010.

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis

Despite wooing the likes of Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson on-screen, Scottish-born actor Ewan McGregor, 40, has long had eyes for one woman: production designer Eve Mavrakis, 45. The pair (pictured at a Burberry party in London on June 28) met while working on the British TV show Kavanagh Q.C. in 1995 and married later that year. Together they had two biological daughters, and adopted two more. (McGregor announced his most recent adoption this summer.) Although McGregor is known for keeping tight-lipped about his family, he sweetly told Britain’s Daily Mail, "I certainly didn't have a checklist for my ideal woman. I was very young when we met and I just fell in love with her. I knew I wanted to be with her, and I still do."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery

Dr. McDreamy isn’t the only Grey’s Anatomy cast member to wed a non-celeb. On-screen love Ellen Pompeo, 42, also looked outside the celebrity pool for a mate, and found the perfect one in music producer Chris Ivery, 43. The couple (pictured at a Soho House brunch in West Hollywood on Feb. 12) met in a Los Angeles grocery store (yes, really) in 2003 and began dating about six months later. The couple dated four-and-a-half years before getting engaged. They married in 2007 and welcomed daughter Stella two years later. Although the couple is known for their discretion, Ellen uncharacteristally gushed to that she and Ivery "have a very strong bond, and we just understand each other. He’s just a real companion."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn

It’s hard to have a more scandalous start to a relationship than Woody Allen, 76, and Soon-Yi Previn, 40 (pictured at the 2011 Amfar Gala in New York on Feb. 9). The tabloid world turned upside-down in 1992 when they discovered the legendary actor/director, long linked to Mia Farrow, was romantically involved with Farrow’s adopted daughter -- 35 years his junior. Yet the unlikely couple tuned out the vociferous critics and quietly wed in Italy in 1997. They remain together today and adopted two children. Despite telling Vanity Fair the relationship has a “more paternal feeling,” Allen calls Previn, "one of the truly lucky things that happened to me in my life."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson

Going strong for more than 30 years, Samuel L. Jackson, 63, and LaTanya Richardson, 61, met while they were both outspoken student activists in college. The duo (pictured at a gala in New York on Sept. 26) joined the same edgy student acting troupe and married in 1980, but it was Jackson’s star that rose, eventually landing him parts on Broadway and beyond. Yet it was Richardson’s quiet strength behind the scenes that helped Jackson quit drugs and rocket to the A-List while raising daughter Zoe. "They did something that a lot of other people don't," a friend of the couple told People. "They honor their commitment to stay together, for better or worse."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney

Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross, 49, became anything but when she married stockbroker Tom Mahoney, 53, in 2006 -- a first marriage for both (pictured at a Newport Beach, Calif., resort on Dec. 31, 2010) at the ages of 44 and 48, respectively. The pair, who met in a flower shop, welcomed twin girls a year later. Marcia told she knew Tom was “a keeper” when he stayed in bed with her playing word games to take her mind the Emmy nominations that morning (fortunately, she snagged one) and gushed that Tom is her "favorite beauty product." She said, "I think that beauty comes from being happy and connected to the people we love, and his love makes me feel beautiful."

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso

Matt Damon, 41, knew he had found the one when he spotted then-bartender Luciana Barroso, 35, at a bar in Miami in 2003, while filming the prophetically titled Stuck on You. "Something incredible happened the first time I saw her, the Contagion star sweetly told Hello! Canada. The couple (pictured at the Contagion premiere in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 3) married in 2005 and Damon became an instant father to Barroso’s then-7-year-old daughter, Alexia. The duo went on to have three more daughters together -- Isabella, 5, Gia, 3, and Stella, 15 months. "I can’t imagine my life having not gone down that road. I can’t imagine what my life would be now. I don’t want to imagine it," he also told the magazine.

Non- Celebrate, married Star - Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault

Things haven’t always gone smoothly between Mexican actress Salma Hayek, 45, and French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, 49, but the actress swears that’s only made them stronger. The pair (pictured at a Gucci event in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 2) met five years ago in Italy, had a daughter, Valentina Paloma, three years ago, got engaged, got unengaged and eventually reconciled before marrying in 2009. "When you get back together, you do it completely sure that this is what you want, and completely in appreciation of what you have," she told the New York Times T Magazine earlier this year. "So in our case, it was the best thing that could have happened to us, as much as it was painful."

Mostly Divorces case in Bollywood - Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon

It seems that Bollywood actors have embraced the notion of Hollywood expiration date and ditch. In recent years saw some of the longer-term couples, they go to a divorce and be famous, had to wash their dirty linen in public. Here's a look at the five most shocking divorce cases in the Hindi film industry.

Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon: Rumors say that Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar had been deeply in love and had tied the knot, even in secret. When she began dating Akshay Kumar Twinkle Khanna, Tandon asked for a divorce. According to the media, had been praying Akshay Raveena to accelerate the process of divorce in order to marry Twinkle Khanna. Meanwhile, after the release of Dhadkan, Shilpa Shetty revealed that Akshay had been unfaithful and now two with her, creating a strain on his relationship with Twinkle.

How to Hidden Costs in the Housing Loans

By Madhav Puranik, Chief Manager (Credit), State Bank of India

What are the different purposes for which home loan can be taken?
Home loan is available for following purposes: i) To purchase or construct a new house/flat ii) To purchase an existing (old) house/flat iii) To extend, repair, renovate or alter an existing flat iv) To purchase a plot of land meant for purpose of construction of a dwelling unit.
What are the main steps involved in the process of taking a housing loan?
There are two stages in the housing loan process 1) Sanction of the loan 2) Disbursement of the loan as per the progress of construction of the property.

What are eligibility conditions for the home loan?
Generally, following conditions must be fulfilled: i) minimum age of applicant: 21 years ii) salaried or self-employed with regular income Who can be the co-appli cant for the loan?
Generally, i) All co-owners need to be co-applicants ii) All co-applicants need not be coowners.

When can I apply for the home loans?
You can apply for the Home Loan even before you have selected your property or before the start of construction. You will get in -principle approval for the loan amount which will help you decide your budget and plan the purchase of house/flat.

Can I get more than one housing loan?
Two housing loans can be given to an individual provided he has the capacity to repay. The loans can be for same property (repairs/extension etc) or for different properties.

How much loan can I get?
The loan amount is based on two criteria: Age and Net Monthly Income (NMI). You can get maximum loan upto 85% of the cost of the property including the cost of land, registration charges etc.(A) If the loan for repairs, extension etc. of the house, the loan amount will be 80% of the cost of repairs/extension. (A) The loan amount will be 70% for purchase of land for construction of house. (A) However, the loan amount is also linked to the age of applicants.

If you are between 21 and 45 years of age, you will get maximum loan equal to 48 times total of Net Monthly Income (NMI) which is net monthly income after all deductions including statutory deductions like Provident Fund (PF) and Income Tax from Gross Income and other income from all sources.(B) If your age is above 45 years, you will get maximum loan equal to total 36 times of NMI as above and others income from all sources. The actual loan amount is lesser amount of A & B linked to cost of property and age. What are the fees payable and when are they payable?
The following are the different types of fees payable: A) Finance Companies i) Processing fee: generally 0.8 % of loan amount ii) Administrative charges: 1.00 % of loan amount B) Banks i) Processing fee: normally 0.5 % of loan amount at the time of application.

ii) Search report charges by the Advocate at the time of sanction.

iii) Equitable mortgage charges: for stamp duty payable to the Government at the time of documentation.

For A & B Property Insurance Charges at the time of disbursement What are the components of NMI?
The NMI is income from all sources of an salaried individual It Includes: 1) The NMI from the salary of applicant 2) The NMI from the salary of co-applicant/spouse 3) The income from other sources like a) Rent from the existing/proposed flat b) Agricultural income c) Income from tuitions, tailoring etc.

In case of self employed/professional the NMI is Annual Income after deduction of income tax divided by 12 (as per I-T return) plus other income as at 9.3 above.

Over how many years can I pay the loan?
You can repay the loan over a maximum period of 20 years for both Floating Rate Loans and Fixed Rate Loans. The term will not ordinarily extend beyond your age of retirement (if you are employed) or on reaching 65 years of age whichever is earlier. If the applicant's age is about the retirement age then he may be required to take a suitable (generally single premium) Life Insurance Policy to cover the risk upto the repayment period of loan.

The Bank will help you to determine the repayment period to suit your convenience and financial ability.

What are the advantages of 15 and 20 years terms?
A) 20 years Repayment Period In the initial years of the loan, more interest is paid off than principal, meaning larger tax deductions and greater take home salary.

B) 15 year Repayment Period Here, you pay more principal earlier, meaning lesser tax deduction and lesser take home salary.

How do I pay an EMI?
The EMIs are paid by means of Post Dated Cheques (PDCs) drawn in favour of the Bank.
Generally, after the full disbursement of the loan, 36/48 PDCs of the account, where salary/business income is credited, are required to be given to the lender.

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Why is he shot the 24 people in US primary School

Monday, December 17, 2012

The mother of the loner who massacred 26 pupils and staff at a US primary school may have played a major part in his catastrophic mental breakdown, it emerged last night.
Friends and family portrayed Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy as a paranoid ‘survivalist’ who believed the world was on the verge of violent, economic collapse.

She is reported to have been struggling to hold herself together and had been stockpiling food, water and guns in the large home she shared with her 20-year-old son in Connecticut.
Mrs Lanza, 52, was a ‘prepper’ – so called because they are preparing for a breakdown in civilised society – who apparently became obsessed with guns and taught Adam and his older brother, Ryan, how to shoot, even taking them to local ranges.
That backfired horrifically on Friday when Adam Lanza began his killing spree by shooting his mother dead in bed.
He fired four bullets into her head – possibly as she slept – then took three of her guns to Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where he killed 20 children and six staff.
Lanza’s aunt Marsha said Nancy was ‘self reliant’ and that they talked a lot about how she was preparing for the economic meltdown.
She said her former sister-in-law was meticulous about never leaving guns out, but made no secret of having an imposing firearm collection.
It included not only the two handguns and semi-automatic assault rifle used in the killings but also two traditional hunting rifles.
She would boast about them in a local bar and also showed them off to her landscape gardener.
‘She told me she liked the single-mindedness of shooting,’ said Dan Holmes, who looked after the large garden around her rambling home. He also recalled how Mrs Lanza would go target shooting with her boys ‘pretty often’.
Mr Holmes revealed how Mrs Lanza – who divorced Adam’s father Peter, a wealthy  senior executive at a financial services company, in 2008 – never liked people to see inside her house.
‘I would ring the bell on the front door and she would come out the side and meet me,’ he said. ‘It was a little weird. It’s stranger now thinking back on what happened.’
As for her son, he was described yesterday as a ‘ghost’ – an autistic genius, according to former school fellows, but also a ‘deeply disturbed’ young man who was so withdrawn that even many of his closest relatives hadn’t set eyes on him for years.
It emerged last night that police are trying to repair a computer hard drive which was found shattered on the floor in the killer’s bedroom but which they believe may hold vital clues to his motives.
Friends who regularly played Mrs Lanza at a dice game said they too never managed to see the inside of her home.

During 15 years of playing together at alternating homes, Mrs Lanza’s turn to host the game was always skipped, said Rhonda Collens.
Fellow players and her neighbours described her as generous but reserved, a ‘nice lady’ who loved to make small talk about their gardens.
But others noted that beneath the mellow exterior, she was highly-strung and appeared to be ‘holding herself together’.
Like Mr Holmes, they never met Adam, a reclusive youth who had few if any friends and spent most of his time in two adjoining bedrooms in the family home.
There he would spend hours on his computer, much of the time devoted to playing violent games.
Neighbours said Mrs Lanza, who grew up on a New Hampshire farm, recently took time off from a job in finance to spend more time with her troubled younger son.
Despite initial reports that she was a kindergarten teacher at the school her son attacked, she had no connection with it and was described by a neighbour as ‘just a stay-at-home mom’.

While her older son Ryan, 24, had a successful career in a New York finance house, there is no evidence that the 20-year-old killer ever had a job. And despite his addiction to the computer, he kept away from social networks and had neither a Facebook page or a Twitter account.
Ryan Kraft, who babysat for Mrs Lanza when Adam was ten, said the boy was prone to serious temper tantrums. The fiercely protective Mrs Lanza insisted the babysitter never left Adam on his own for a moment, even to go to the lavatory.
But he remembered her as an ‘engaged’ mother who did her best to arrange playdates for her sons.
Marsha Lanza, the killer’s aunt, described him as a ‘nice, quiet’ and ‘very, very bright’ boy who had issues with learning.
That verdict tallies with the accounts of fellow school pupils who said he was very bright, particularly at maths, but painfully shy.
Catherine Urso said her son, who was at school with him, described him as ‘very thin, very remote and one of the goths’.

Kate Leen, who was at school with him in their early teens, added: ‘You would say ‘‘hi’’ and he would say ‘‘hi’’ back but he didn’t give you a lot to work with. He wasn’t exactly welcoming.’
Alex Israel, who was in his class at Newtown High School, said she was convinced he was a ‘genius’, adding: ‘He was always different – keeping to himself, fidgeting and very quiet. His parents – particularly his mother – reportedly drove him hard to succeed.’
Others recalled that he carried a black briefcase when everyone else had backpacks, joined a technology club, cementing his reputation as one of the school nerds, and declined to be photographed for the school yearbook.
His school years came to an abrupt end when his mother had a dispute with local education officials and ended up having her son home-schooled.
The Lanzas moved to Sandy Hook in around 1998 but Mrs Lanza and her husband divorced ten years later amid rumours that their difficult younger son had put a heavy strain on their marriage.
She had no real need to work again after reportedly extracting $200,000 a year in support from her husband.

It appears she was not only estranged from her ex-spouse but also possibly from her older son. Before he was questioned by police over his brother’s crime, Ryan Lanza claimed he had not seen Adam since 2010.
Mrs Lanza’s brother, a former police officer named James Champion, said he hadn’t seen his younger nephew in eight years.
Police say a member of Adam’s family – probably his brother – has told them he suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.
Experts have insisted the condition, while prompting the sufferer to withdraw into his own world, would not be responsible on its own for making him go on a homicidal spree.
That said, the experts note that if he had mental problems, these, combined with years of social isolation, inadequacy and the easy availability of an arsenal of firearms, could have been a recipe for disaster.


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