Gen Kapoor flags in all-women Army team that scaled Siachen’s highest peak

New Delhi, Sep 9 (ANI): Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor flagged in the first ever women expedition team for army corps of engineers to Indira Col, Siachen, today at Army Headquarters here.

The Indian Army has achieved another milestone in the history of Indian mountaineering by undertaking an ‘All Women Officers Expedition’ to Siachen glacier.

The Corps of Engineers in consonance with its spirit of adventure has organised this unique expedition to the highest and coldest battlefield in the world, Siachen Glacier, a junction point of three countries – India, China and Pakistan.

The expedition led by Major Megha Astagikar summitted Indira Col, located at an altitude of 20,187 feet, after trekking 103.10 kilometers on August 15, which coincided with the 62nd Independence Day.

Enroute to Indira Col, the team halted at eight camps to carry out acclimatisation, training and build-up of essential logistics. Braving inclement weather and extremely difficult terrain conditions, Indira Col was summitted well before the planned schedule.

The team traversed across the most treacherous high altitude terrain characterised by high avalanche-prone snow bound area with deep crevasses, steep ice-walls and scarce oxygen.

The 17 women officers expedition team was flagged-off by the Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Noble Thamburaj on August 3.

Prior to undertaking the expedition, a detailed planning and rigorous training in basic ice-craft and mountaineering skills was carried out by the team at the Army Mountaineering Institute, Siachen Base Camp.

Major AR Ramakrishnan, the trainer of the expedition team, inspite of being a battle casualty during ‘Operation Vijay’ summitted Indira Col alongwith the team making the achievement of the expedition spectacular and creditable. (ANI)

Rose McGowan loses elbow part during new film stunt

Washington, Sep 9 (ANI): Rose McGowan has lost some part of her elbow after suffering serious injury on the sets of her new film ‘Red Sonja’, which is being directed by her fiance Robert Rodriguez.

While last year, the ‘Scream’ star was quite upbeat about her stunts in the she-devil comic book adaptation, but now her injury has brought the production to a standstill.

“I had wrist and elbow surgery and they took part of my elbow out. I had really bad nerve damage from doing stunts – I do a lot of my own stunts,” Fox News quoted McGowan as saying.

“I could no longer use my arm, but now I can hold a fork and drive so we’re working our way up. It’ll probably be another six months of rehab, but It’s the price you pay for being really limber and being able to do back flips!” she added.

However, despite her Hollywood success, the 35-year-old actress had initially thought being an actress was a pretty pathetic profession.

“I wasn’t trying to be an actor, I was standing outside of a gym waiting for my friend to come out and this woman he knew kept saying, ‘She should be in this movie blah blah blah’ and I was like, ‘Gross, I don’t want to be an actor! Ew!’ and then I found out they would pay me enough money for a down payment on an apartment,” said McGowan.

“Otherwise I would have had to go back and live with dad in Seattle. The film, ‘The Doomed Generation,’ became this huge cult movie and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and I’ve been following the Yellow Brick Road ever since…” she added. (ANI)

Capello warns England Lions against being complacent against Croats

London, Sep.6 (ANI): Coach Fabio Capello has warned his England players that they need to be at their best against Croatia on Wednesday night – and also for the rest of the season.

The Daily Express quoted Capello as saying: “We have improved a lot since Croatia won at Wembley to prevent England going to the European Championships. Our confidence is higher. But I have also seen Croatia since we won 4-1 in Zagreb a year ago and they are in good form again.”

“It is important for the players to play well this season, but the most important thing is the spirit within the group. Marcello Lippi, after winning the World Cup for Italy, said he didn’t have all the best players in Italy in his squad, but chose who was right for the group as a whole. That is very important. It’s not always the best players who play in the World Cup. And it’s also about form at the time,” he added.

Capello said: “My philosophy is that I have to choose the best players, then create a spirit of the team. And it’s impossible to name a World Cup squad now – there are a lot of things to take into account. The first thing is that we have to get there!” (ANI)

London Mayor blasted for asking Brits to fast like Muslims during Ramadan

London, Sep 5 (ANI): The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has been criticized for asking Brits to fast for a day so they would know what it is like to be a Muslim.

Johnson said people should starve themselves from dawn until dusk during Ramadan and then end their fast during a visit to their local mosque.

Steve Uncles, South East chairman of the English Democrats, blasted Johnson’s comments.

He said: “The indigenous culture of this country is based on Christianity and Paganism. Of course, as an open and tolerant society, if people want to practise other religions then good luck to them. But the state should not be funding them because otherwise we will lose our culture.”

Johnson, 45, was visiting the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre when he made these comments, the Daily Star reported.

“Whether it’s in theatre, comedy, sports, music or politics, Muslims are challenging the traditional stereotypes and showing that they are, and want to be, a part of the mainstream community.

“That’s why I urge people, particularly during Ramadan, to find out more about Islam, increase your understanding and learning, even fast for a day with your Muslim neighbour and break your fast at the local mosque,” Johnson said.

He added: “There are valuable lessons that people of all backgrounds can learn from Islam, such as the importance of community spirit, family ties, compassion and helping those less fortunate, all of which lie at the heart of the teachings of Ramadan.” (ANI)

Iran’s ‘wanted’ defence minister warns Israel not to attack its N-facilities

Jerusalem, Sep. 4 (ANI): Iran’s controversial new Defence Minister Ahmad Vahid has warned Israel not to attack the country’s nuclear facilities.

“Every move from the Zionist entity against Iran will be met with a harsh and powerful response from Iran,” The Jerusalem Post quoted him, Vahidi saying.

Vahidi also said that the overwhelming support he had garnered in the parliamentary vote on his appointment “attested to the anti-Zionist spirit of the Iranian parliament and people.”

Vahidi is a wanted by Interpol for masterminding the Buenos Aires Jewish centre bomb blast in 1994 that claimed 85 lives.

Buenos Aires has called General Vahidi’s inclusion in Ahmadinejad’s new Cabinet “an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the brutal terrorist attack”.

US President Barack Obama has termed Vahidi’s inclusion in the Cabinet as “disturbing”.

Vahidi gained support earlier this week when lawmakers said they would not bow to foreign pressures to reject him.

The chairman of the Iranian foreign policy committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said the allegations “will not have any negative impact on the assessment” of General Vahidi’s suitability for the job.

“Rather, it may increase his vote,” he noted.

Ahmadinejad has faced questions about the experience and expertise of some of the choices for his 21-seat cabinet. But on Thursday, he managed to win approval for many key posts that included the foreign, interior, intelligence ministries and Ahmad Vahidi as defense minister.

The parliament also backed Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi as health minister, making her the Islamic republic’s first female minister since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (ANI)

Oasis’ ‘Live Forever’ voted Greatest Song Of All Time

London, Sept 1 (ANI): English rock band Oasis might be going through a rough patch, but its popularity is reaching new heights – one of their early singles has been named the greatest song of all time in a new poll.

The rock band’s 1994 track ‘Live Forever’ has topped the greatest songs of all time list, with three of their songs figuring in the top four.

It’s ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and ‘Wonderwall’ songs also made it to the third and the fourth spot in the poll, reports the Telegraph.

The Killers’ single Mr Brightside – which only made it to number 10 in the UK charts in 2004 – was number two in the vote.

Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ came at the fifth spot.

The poll was conducted by countdown broadcast by radio station Xfm.

Xfm teamed up with radio stations from around the world, including KROQ (Los Angeles) and Triple J (Sydney) to put together the international chart.

The Top 10 are:

1. Live Forever – Oasis

2. Mr Brightside – The Killers

3. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis

4. Wonderwall – Oasis

5. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

6. I Am The Resurrection – The Stone Roses

7. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

8. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths

9. Bitter Sweet Symphony – Verve

10. Plug In Baby – Muse (ANI)

Supreme Court issues notice to Gujarat Government on Jaswant book ban

New Delhi, Sep.1 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Gujarat Government on a petition filed by expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh challenging the ban on his book — Jinnah: ndia, Partition-Independence.

The Narender Modi-led BJP government in Gujarat had banned his Jaswant Singh’s book alleging that it defamed the country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

“Jaswant Singh’s book questions role of Sardar Patel during the partition of India as well as his patriotic spirit. This is an attempt to tarnish the image of Patel who is considered the architect of modern united India,” a statement issued by the state government had said.

“It is a bid to defame Patel by distorting historical facts. So, the state government has decided to ban the book with immediate effect for wider public interest. As per the ban, there cannot be sale, distribution or publication of the book in the state,” it said.

“The book has been banned because it contains defamatory references regarding Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who is considered as the architect of the modern India,” a senior minister in the state government had said.

The ban on Jaswant’s book came after he was expelled from the party during its Chintan Baithak in Shimla more than a fortnight ago.

Singh’s book, which has created a furore in India, is selling like hot cakes in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Booksellers in the two cities had imported more than 3,000 copies on Saturday and sold them out by Monday morning.

Not only intellectuals, but people from different strata of society have also shown interest in the book, in which Singh has praised Jinnah and described him as a leader who had strong faith in united India, while blaming Sardar Patel for the partition in 1947.

“I have never seen such a response to any author in about 30 years of being in the book selling business,” a shopkeeper in Rawalpindi told Online.

“My basic purpose of buying this book is just to know what compelled the BJP to expel one of its senior leaders having a long association with the party,” said a reader.

The sale of the book is good; in fact it is better than that of any other book at the moment,” said another Islamabad-based bookseller.

Earlier, a famous book store in Lahore sold 100 copies of the book in a single day which indicates how eager the Pakistanis are to know the reason what prompted the BJP to expel the former Foreign Minister and end his 30 year long association with the party.

“We had received 100 copies on last Wednesday. All the copies were sold out the same day. Now we expect more copies on Saturday,” said Rana Saeed, the owner of the shop.

Excited by the response the book has received, its publishers are already considering to bring out an Urdu version of the book.

Singh was expected to visit Pakistan to launch the book, but his son Manvendra Singh said his father has not applied for a visa, and as far as he knew. (ANI)

Everyone should do their allotted hours of work: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Sep 1 (ANI): Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday inaugurated a biometric identification system in his ministry to ensure punctuality among the staff.

“I hope that people will absorb the spirit and the purpose behind the system which is being introduced. This is a message to the whole country that everyone must do their work for the allotted hours,” he said.

“The Ministry understands that some flexibility is needed but whoever comes late will have to work that much time extra,” he added.

The Web-based system consists of 15 machines installed at various gates in three buildings where offices of MHA are housed, namely – North Block, Jaisalmer House and Lok Nayak Bhawan.

Under this system, all officers/officials of the Ministry will be registering their arrivals in the morning and departure for the day.

There are around 2,700 employees in the Home Ministry of which 1,500 work in the North Block premises. (ANI)

George Clooney to marry his Italian girlfriend?

London, Aug 31 (ANI): George Clooney may soon walk down the aisle with his Italian girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis.

According to sources, the actor has asked his lover to move into his main home Studio City pad in LA.

“George has really fallen for Eli and wants her back with him in LA on a permanent basis,” the Daily Express quoted a source as saying.

The insider added: “It’s obviously a big step, particularly as George has been such a free spirit for so long. But it seems she really could be the one for him. Whether she goes along with the idea remains to be seen.”

Canalis is already known to have become a near-permanent resident at his Lake Como home.

She is said to have given her approval to his new abode on the Adriatic.

Clooney parted ways with his ex-girlfriend, Sarah Larson, last year. (ANI)

Nepal Vice President’s position defunct from today

Kathmandu, Aug 31 (ANI): Paramananda Jha’s position as Nepal Vice President has become defunct from Monday with Jha’s refusal to take oath in Nepali within the deadline given by the Supreme Court.

Rejecting the Supreme Court ruling that ordered him to take fresh oath in Nepali, Vice President Jha has declared that he will decide whether to retake the oath only if the Constitution is amended.

“The situation is that the mother language of Nepalis people so far has not been respected by the previous decisions of the Supreme Court and the government level. Thus, I can think about the issue of oath-taking only after the government and the Constituent Assembly (CA) honours the mother languages,” Nepalnews quoted him as, saying.

He also criticized the Supreme Court’s order to him to re-take oath in Nepali or else vacate his post.

He called the Supreme Court’s verdict ‘prejudiced’ and against the tenet and spirit of the interim Constitution and said it serves no purpose other than to start a “language war” as it is against the basic right of the people “to take oath in his own mother tongue”.

He also complained that some political parties supported the “anti-constitution” decision by staying quiet.

Supreme Court had issued a verdict on August 25 ordering him to take oath in Nepali within a week and that failure to do so would render his position defunct.

According to the court verdict, Jha cannot perform any duty of the Vice President and that he is not entitled to special security and privileges given to him as the Vice President. (ANI)

Sikkim boy spreads awareness on social issues with motorbike stunts

Gayshing (Sikkim), Aug.27 (ANI): In a unique act, a 21-year-old man in Sikkim is spreading social awareness among youth against drug addiction, excessive drinking and on AIDS by performing various stunts on motorbike.

Milan Pradhan, stunt rider, fascinates large number of crowds as he performs various formidable stunts on motorbike.

All the time Pradhan is riding, popping wheelies or sometimes burning rubber.

He performed recently in Gayshing town of Sikkim with another stunt rider.

“I want to give the message to young boys that by doing stunts you can earn a very good name and ensure a bright future. You will get busy in some work. You will forget about drugs once you are busy. By sitting in a room and taking drugs will not achieve spoil your name but stunts will make your future,” says Milan Pradhan, stunt rider.

He says the young boys love motorcycling and if they could be drawn into stunt riding which needs a high level of fitness and concentration, it will keep youngsters busy in a constructive way and they will have less chances of getting into drug habits.

Pradhan is a college student. He devotes most of his time learning new motorbike driving skills in style, when he is not attending classes or doing assignments.

He tells that he started trying stunt-riding when he was in his early teenage. The family was hesitant to allow him try hand on motorbike stunts.

But Pradhan managed to convince them by showing his daredevil spirit, which helped him keep away from attracted to drugs.

His love for performing tricks on motorbike has led him to appear for the MTV ‘Stuntmania’ and now he wants to pursue stunt biking to a greater level.

Organisers of the event said that generally the youth are interested in fast life, which sometimes can trap them into drug-addiction and anti-social activities. Motorcycle race or stunt riding can give them alternatives that match with their fast life but in a positive way.

“Biking goes very well with the present-day youth. The youth are very interested in fast cars, fast bikes. And with the fast life comes the very possibility of getting drawn to drug addiction, alcoholism and also the fear of AIDS. So with the youth coming and watching such programmes… we want to motivate them towards like diverting their lifestyle or mind to constructive things,” said Anand, organiser of the bike stunt show.

Organisers say such events will go a long way in attracting the youth to stunts and thereby indirectly diverting their minds from drugs and alcoholism.

Sikkim is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and shares international borders with Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. The northeastern belt, including Sikkim, has recently become a favourite transit point used by drug peddlers for smuggling drugs.

The unofficial data shows that use of alcohol has traditionally been prevalent among the local people. The state government has been running campaigns to create awareness on drugs and associated HIV/AIDS.

Alcohol use is traditionally prevalent in Sikkim and National Family Health Survey-2, Government of India, shows a significant prevalence of alcohol use in Sikkim- Boys (32%) and Girls (17%) among above 15 years of age. By Tashi Pradhan (ANI)

UML says PM’s India visit a success

Kathmandu, Aug 24 (ANI): The CPN (UML) has stated that the five-day official visit of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to India was “successful and fruitful.”

The Standing Committee meeting of UML held at the party’s central office on Sunday said that the visit was successful and thanked the Prime Minister after he briefed the committee over the highlights of his visit.

Meanwhile, former Foreign Minister and Chairman of Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) Upendra Yadav, has said that Madhav Kumar Nepal’s recently concluded India visit was just a continuation and that it failed to attain any achievements.

Kantipur quoted him as, saying that Madhav Kumar Nepal’s India visit failed to accomplish tasks of national interest.

“We could not see any solid proposal that would have abated the yearly deficit of billion rupees. No talks regarding the maximum exploitation of Nepal’s water resources have been made,” he said.

He also said that Prime Minister has not raised the issue of border encroachment during discussions with his Indian counterpart.

He also said that Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala’s decision to back out of the trip at the last moment was against the spirit of diplomatic norms.

“It’s an extreme mistake in part of Foreign Minister to back out of India tour after sending in the name list of Prime Minister’s entourage” he added.

However, during the visit both India and Nepal included a new trade treaty and agreement to control unauthorized trade, particularly from a third country.

The treaty is aimed at widening the bilateral economic engagements.

The new agreement will replace the existing arrangements since 1991, which was extended from time to time.

The trade treaty, which has been under negotiation for the last two years, aims at enlarging the scope of the existing institutional framework. As per the treaty India gives duty-free access to its market to goods manufactured in Nepal. (ANI)

Despite Ashes loss, Ponting unlikely to be removed as skipper, says Roebuck

Sydney, Aug.24 (ANI): Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is unlikely to be evicted, nor is he likely to step aside after becoming only the second skipper from Down Under to lose back-to-back Ashes series in England, feels cricket columnist Peter Roebuck.

“This is not the end of Ponting’s captaincy. In another dispensation, his sacking would be inevitable. But he knows that Australian cricket is more likely to back him. It is hard for foreigners to understand the prestige attached to the position. He survived losing the Ashes in 2005,” says Roebuck in an article for the Sydney Morning Herald.

While acknowledging the Australians fighting spirit to stave off inevitable defeat, Roebuck said Ponting was typically defiant, and fought hard to turn back the inexorable tide.

Mike Hussey, he says, chose a fine time to recover his form and displayed the tenacity required to keep his captain company.

“In any case the defeats have been close, the solitary victory was unexpected, several great players have withdrawn and the captain’s overall record remains impressive. Moreover it has been an especially tough tour. Australia have lost four out of five tosses, the last of them crucial, two senior bowlers arrived with hardly any overs under their bonnet and the tyro opener and leading bowler started badly, a combination that caused untold complications. As well, England seemed to have combed the cricketing world to raise a side,” Roebuck said.

In his opinion, Australia kept picking the wrong side.

“Nathan Hauritz’s omission at The Oval was a culpable blunder made by a think tank given the chance to examine a pitch allowed to bake under a hot sun for several days. Australia also need to put its bowling resources to better use,” he says.

“It is rare for an Australian captain to be allowed to keep playing once he has stood down. Other countries may field several former captains in their line-ups but that is not the antipodean way. Ponting knows that resignation and retirement are closely intertwined,” he concludes. (ANI)

‘Sex symbol’ tag hurts me, says Megan Fox

London, Aug 24 (ANI): Movie siren Megan Fox says that she gets hurt every time she is called a sex symbol.

She told the Daily Star Sunday: “The attention, that other people are telling you that you are beautiful, only feeds insecurities and sort of makes it unbearable.”

The Transformers beauty also admitted that she regularly smokes cannabis and has therapy to help her beat the sex demons that have tormented her since childhood.

Fox blames her ultra-strict religious upbringing for her deep insecurities.

She said: “I was raised Pentecostal, which is one of the most extreme denominations of Christianity that exists. Everything is evil and wrong and will send you to hell.

“So I had lots of talks about how sex was evil, sex was bad.”

However, she said that her role in her new film Jennifer’s Body had helped. She plays a teen who becomes a man-eater after being possessed by a sex-mad spirit.

She admitted: “I get to exorcise my demons through her. She has really deep, unfriendly insecurities which I can relate to.”

And when asked how she escapes her torment at home, she said: “I usually smoke weed and watch Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.” (ANI)

Villagers organise age-old stone pelting festival in Madhya Pradesh

Chindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Aug 22(ANI): Hundreds of people in Madhya Pradesh’s Chindwara district hurled stones at each other as part of a centuries ritual to mark the annual festival known as Gotmar Mela on Saturday.

In the festival, men from Pandhurna and Sawargaon, villages, located on opposite banks of the river Jamuna, hurl stones at each other.

“As per the ritual, when people of the Pandurana village try cutting a Palash tree and sneak it away, people from the Sawargaon would pelt stones on them. This year, however, Sawargaon people put the tree in the centre of the village. They offered prayers to the Palash tree and then they prayed at the temple of the Goddess Chandi,” said Nikunja Srivastava, District Magistrate of Chhindwara district.

The Madhya Pradesh Government and Human Rights Commission discourage the tradition of stone pelting citing the ritual as “inhuman and criminal”.

However, the festival, which claims many lives and leaves people injured, was subdued this year as compared to previous years following the Government efforts to discourage the practice.

Despite the measures taken by the administration to keep away any untoward incident, about 48 people, including two policemen, were injured and about 65 people were arrested.

“Administration and representatives of people have been creating awareness among people that this is an inhumane ritual. They should certainly celebrate the festival with full spirit but not hurl stones at each other. This is against the rules of Human Rights Commission. And I can see positive changes taking place in people this year,” Srivastava said.

“The administration banned the ritual following directives of the state Human Rights Commission and offered the participants its full support in holding any other cultural and religious event,” e added. By Sachin Pandey (ANI)

No personal grudge against Musharraf but trial a ‘must’: Sharif

Islamabad, Aug. 22 (ANI): Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had no personal grudge against former President General Pervez Musharraf, but that it was a unanimous call of the country to try the former general under Article 6 for disregarding the Constitution.

Interacting with media persons at Punjab House here, Sharif said Musharraf’s trial is ‘must’ to ensure supremacy of law.

“It is a golden opportunity to block the path of military interventions and if the government does not move against the dictator, it would be a great disappointment for the nation,” Sharif said.

He said with the Supreme Court declaring Musharraf’s November 3, 2007 acts as ‘illegal’ and ‘extrajudicial’, the Government had no option but to try the former military ruler.

Sharif also threatened that the PML-N would come out of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms if the PPP government fails to revoke the 17th Constitutional Amendment as soon as possible.

He also regretted the delay in implementation of the Charter of Democracy (CoD) in true letter and spirit.

Earlier, in a meeting with his close associates and party workers, Sharif expressed disappointment at Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s decision not to try Musharraf for high treason.

Referring to Gilani’s statement in the National Assembly where he asked the opposition to come up with a unanimous resolution for Musharraf’s trial, Sharif said he never expected this from Gilani.

“I was not expecting this kind of statement from Gilani. He broke my heart,” The News quoted Sharif, as saying.

He said Gilani’s statement suggests that he supports Musharraf’s illegal acts.

During the meeting, Sharif also clarified that he was never approached by any foreign diplomat asking him to ‘forgive’ Musharraf.

Responding to a question, Sharif said British diplomat Mark Lyall Grant had never discussed any deal with him before the resignation of Musharraf.

“Grant never asked anything more and informed him that he is going to the United Nations as the new British envoy,” he said. (ANI)

Naked beauties on horsebacks recreate Lady Godiva’s epic ride in Surrey

London, Aug 22 (ANI): Four frisky frillies galloped naked on horsebacks around a racetrack to promote an upcoming Ladies Day.

They recreated Lady Godiva’s epic ride at Kempton Park in Surrey.

Emma Glover was one of four naked beauties. She rode horse Misty to victory, beating fellow beauties Chloe Tweedie, 23, Alex Finch, 24, and Emily Taylor, 23.

“We wanted to launch our first Ladies Day with an iconic image – one to really remember,” the Sun quoted a spokesperson for Kempton Park in Surrey as saying.

“And what better way to capture the spirit of Ladies Day than by recruiting Kempton Park’s very own modern-day Lady Godivas,” the spokesperson added. (ANI)

Batman helmer abandons plans to direct movie version of The Prisoner

Washington, Aug 19 (ANI): Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has given up all plans of directing a film based on the cult British TV series The Prisoner.

Nolan was to direct a big budget blockbuster version of the 1968 show starring Patrick McGoohan, and his exit has now kicked of rumours that he plans to start early with his third Batman movie.

The director has, however, left behind The Prisoner in a complete mess. The movie’s producer Barry Mendel has said they might not be able to start on the film before movie executives see the level of success that its new TV version – featuring Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel – achieves.

Contactmusic quoted Mendel as telling CineFools: “Nolan has dropped out of it but we have a first draft (of the script) by David and Janet Peoples who wrote Twelve Monkeys. It’s a good draft and we’re working on the script right now.

“If the series was wildly popular that might effect us. The screenplay (we’ve got) is such a re-imagination of the series, if you think of The Avengers that wasn’t a commercially successful film but it was very much in the spirit of the original show, this looks and feels so different that the tenants of the show are apparent but the execution of it is so different that I think it is unrecognisable.” (ANI)

Bollywood stars extend best wishes on Independence Day

Mumbai, Aug 15 (ANI): Eminent personalities from Bollywood extended their greetings on the occasion of India’s 63rd Independence Day.

Actors and singers from exhibited with spirit and patriotism on the occasion.

During a music launch here, eminent Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas said: “India has won its independence 63 years ago. This is a very proud moment for us, and I wish everyone a very happy Independence Day.”

Former actress Poonam Dhillon said India’s Independence should not be taken for granted, but it should be treasured. “Whatever negative things have happened till now, today we must realise that our freedom and unity is very significant for us. We take our independence for granted. We should remember that we won our independence with great difficulty and therefore, we should treasure and enjoy it,” she added.

Actor Sohail Khan proudly claimed himself to be an Indian.

“I am very proud to be an Indian and a happy Independence Day to all Indians,” exclaimed Khan. (ANI)

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