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Chhattisgarh records third swine flu death

December 31, 2009 Comments off

Chhattisgarh has recorded its third death due to swine flu, a health official said Thursday.

The first casualty in the state was reported in August.

The influenza A (H1N1) virus killed a woman at Raipur-based Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Government Medical College and Hospital.

“Varkha Bajaj, 32, died at the hospital Tuesday but we received her swine flu sample test ‘positive’ from Delhi only in the early hours Thursday. The sample was sent for testing to the national capital almost 10 days back,” T.K. Agrawal, Chhattisgarh nodal officer for swine flu, told IANS.

He said presently the state has 41 swine flu patients and all are under treatment in state capital Raipur.

Categories: Health

Michelle, Hillary Clinton more popular than Obama

December 31, 2009 Comments off

President Barack Obama may be America’s most admired man this year according to a new poll, but two women edge him out as the most popular person according to another.

A Gallup poll released Wednesday rated Obama as clearly America’s most admired man with 30 percent of those surveyed voting for him. Former President George W. Bush came in a distant second with 4 percent while former South Africa President Nelson Mandela scored 3 percent in the poll.

But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that the president’s poll numbers pale in comparison to the favourable ratings of two women: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama.

Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in the survey have a favourable view of Obama, with four in 10 holding an unfavourable view. But the president’s favourable rating is 10 points below that of his wife and 6 points behind the secretary of state.

According to the poll, 68 percent of the public has a positive opinion of the first lady, with 19 percent holding an unfavourable opinion. Sixty-four percent have a positive view of Clinton, with three in 10 holding an unfavourable view.

The survey indicated that nearly nine out of 10 Democrats have a positive view of the president, with Independents split and more than 3 out of 4 Republicans seeing Obama in an unfavourable way. Obama’s favourable rating is down 6 points from August and 11 points from April.

In the Gallup poll, Hillary Clinton narrowly edged out former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Americans’ most admired woman with 16 percent of Americans rooting for her, while Sarah Palin won the admiration of 15 percent. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and first lady Michelle Obama came in at No. 3 and No. 4 with 8 percent and 7 percent respectively.

“Hillary Clinton has now been named Most Admired Woman 14 times since 1993, spanning her career as first lady, New York senator, and now secretary of state,” Gallup stated. “The three times she has not finished first during this time, she earned second place(to Laura Bush in 2001 and to Mother Teresa in 1995 and 1996).”

Categories: World

It’s tough to play a simple, beautiful girl: Priyanka Chopra

December 31, 2009 Comments off

She is smart, glamorous and one of the most sought after actresses in Bollywood, but Priyanka Chopra says it was difficult for her to portray a simple, beautiful girl in forthcoming film “Pyaar Impossible” and still try to hold the interest of audiences.

“When you do characters like one in ‘Aitraaz’, ‘Fashion’ or ‘Kaminey’, there are certain peripheries. For example, Sweety in ‘Kaminey’ won’t be able to speak English or she won’t wear jeans and top. They are also difficult, but the boundaries help. When I am playing a simple beautiful looking girl, how do I get your interest?” Priyanka said.

“Heroines ought to look beautiful, it’s their work. We look pretty, we wear great clothes but that’s our job. But how do I make you feel for her? That’s why these films are more difficult,” Priyanka, who has teamed up with Uday Chopra in the film, told IANS.

Written and produced by Uday, “Pyaar Impossible” is a romantic tale about a beauty and a geek. Directed by Jugal Hansraj, it shows how fate brings Uday and Priyanka come together and love blooms amidst all odds.

Talking about her character in “Pyaar Impossible”, Priyanka said: “I play Alisha who works in a software company. She has always been a popular girl, fun loving and one who loves life. But at a young age she has to take a lot of responsibilities and she finds it difficult to manage and her life becomes chaotic,” said Priyanka.

“Pyaar Impossible” is slated to release Jan 8.

The actress took three months before giving her final consent for the film.

“When I was offered the film, I was shooting for ‘Kaminey’. So I told them I will take some time to decide. It took me around three months to read the script, but when I read it, I felt I was reading a romantic book or a breezy novel and I immediately called Uday and gave my consent,” she added.

Priyanka was all praise for Uday and the way he has sketched the characters.

“Uday is a great human being and a very talented guy. The way he had written the story and sketched my character, they are very close to reality,” Priyanka said before leaving for New York.

She will stay there for two and a half months to complete Siddharth Anand’s “Anjana Anjani”, which also features Ranbir Kapoor.

“I am planning to enjoy the New Year’s eve in Times Square, but it’s so cold and there has been a blizzard too so I’m not sure whether I would be able to go out of my hotel or not,” said Priyanka.

Asked about her role in Farhan Akhtar’s “Don 2”, she said: “It’s coming by the end of next year. The only thing I can say now is that I have some superb actions in ‘Don 2’ and I am very excited about that.”

She has also signed on for Vishal Bharadwaj’s tentatively titled “7 Husbands”.

Categories: Bollywood News

Googlephone is coming next week for $530

December 31, 2009 Comments off

A day after Google announced a media event for its Android mobile phone system next week, new details leaked out Wednesday about the first ever phone to be sold directly by the web search giant.

According to technology blog Gizmodo the Nexus One will be sold unlocked on a Google website for $530. The phone will work on GSM cellphone networks and will be offered at a subsidised price of $180 in the US by fourth-ranked carrier T-Mobile with a two-year talk and data contract costing $80 a month.

Google launched its Android operating system for cellphones in October 2008 and it is fast emerging as the most competitive rival to Apple’s iPhone. Manufacturers as diverse as HTC, Motorola and Samsung have based phones on Google’s open source software, but the Nexus One will be the first device to be branded and sold directly by Google.

Google is expected to officially announce the phone’s release at a media event Jan 5, and make the device available to customers on the same day.

Categories: Technology

Google smart phone may be launched Tuesday

December 31, 2009 Comments off

Apple’s iPhones will have a big competition on their hands as Google is set to launch its much discussed smart phone next week.

The new smart phone, Nexus One, may be unveiled Jan 5 when the internet search engine giant holds a media briefing about its smart phone business at its Mountainview headquarters in California. The Google-branded device will use its latest Android operating system called Anrdoid 2.1.

Android is already being used in more than a dozen smart phones by many vendors, including Motorola and Samsung.

The Google smart phone will compete directly with Apple’s popular iPhones in Internet browsing as well as playing video games.

Though the world’s second biggest company, valued at more than $196 billion, has mentioned the upcoming briefing as “an Android press gathering,” it has not confirmed whether the rumoured smart phone will actually be unveiled that day.

The Nexus One is likely to have a 3.7-inch AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) touch screen.

AMOLED, which is a bright display technology, needs no backlighting for the device to function. Since there is no backlight, touch screen looks brighter.

The Google GSM smart phone will also have a 5-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi connectivity.

According to mobile industry bloggers, Google may sell the smart phone unlocked, thus not locking buyers in long-term contracts with carriers.

The Google briefing is being held just two days ahead of the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas where global giants like Sony and Microsoft unveil their products for the next year.

Categories: Technology

Brittany Murphy’s death certificate spells out no cause of death

December 30, 2009 Comments off

Brittany Murphy’s death certificate was released on Tuesday but the document does little to reveal the cause of the actress’ untimely death.

The paper says the manner of Murphy’s death is still ‘pending investigation’ and the reason for death has been ‘deferred’.

The Los Angeles Coroner’s office is still waiting for toxicology tests before pointing out the exact cause of Murphy’s death.

The ‘Clueless’ star, 32, died of a cardiac arrest at her Hollywood Hills home.

She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.

A source in the coroner’s office revealed that the prescription drugs found in Murphy’s bedroom included: Klonopin (anxiety med), Carbamazepine (treats Diabetic symptoms and is also a bipolar med), Ativan (anxiety med), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), Hydrocodone (pain med) , Topamax (anti-seizure med also to prevent migraines), Propranolol (hypertension, used to prevent heart attacks), Biaxin (antibiotic), Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (depression med) and miscellaneous vitamins. Some of the bottles were full while some were empty, the source also revealed.

Dr. Bruce Goldberger, College Professor and Director of Toxicology at the University Of Florida of Medicine, believes a mixture of these drugs could have caused the actress death.

“At the moment it is pointing towards an overdose or at least that will have to be ruled out by the autopsy or toxicology results,” RadarOnline.com quoted him, as saying.

Murphy’s toxicology test reports will not be out for another few weeks.

Categories: Entertainment

‘The Tyra Banks Show’ employees spill the beans

December 30, 2009 Comments off

Just a few days after it was announced that ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ would be ending, the employees have begun to reveal what it was really like to work with the diva.

The employees have dished about how it was ‘pretty difficult’ to work with the supermodel.

“There had been high turnover of employees for years,” the New York Daily News quoted a past crewmember as saying.

The crewmember revealed that many people quit after just a few months because it was ‘pretty difficult to work for Tyra.’

“She and the higher-ups on the production staff could be extremely brutal. She really is a diva,” the source added.

An industry source, who has worked on the show agreed, adding, “Everything had to be done Tyra”s way.”

However, another staffer who worked closely with Banks says she indeed knows how to make good TV.

“Honestly, I don”t know how it would be to work under her. But for me, it was a good experience. Tyra just knows how she likes things done. And as for her ‘diva-ness,” well, it sells,” the staffer, who served in a high-level position, said.

Categories: Entertainment