Harris says India may face 'brutal summer' from 'Johnson and company' during Oz tour

Ryan-HarrisKarachi, Aug 23 : With three months still left to go ahead of India's tour to Australia, pacer Ryan Harris has said that the hosts would not tone down their aggression and the visiting squad might face a brutal summer from Mitchell Johnson and company in the series in December.

Harris has declared that the Australians would seek to extend India's woeful away-from-home record when they kick-start the four-match series on December 4.

Cheryl Cole reveals she still 'doesn't like Louis Walsh'

Cheryl-ColeLondon, Aug 23 : Cheryl Cole has revealed that she and Louis Walsh still don't like each other.

The 31-year-old ' X Factor ' judge, who was earlier married to footballer Ashley Cole, said that she and Walsh "agree to disagree" and would work together without love lost, the Mirror reported.

According to the 'Call My Name' singer, the fight between her and the 62-year-old fellow panelist was good for the show.

Cole added that it would have been very boring if both of them thought in the same way. (ANI)

Kate Middleton invites Prince Harry's ex-girlfriends to his 30th b'day bash

Kate-MiddletonLondon, Aug 23 : Prince Harry's sister-in-law Kate Middleton has invited two of his ex-girlfriends to his 30th birthday party on September 15 at Kensignton Palace.

According to a source, the 29-year-old Prince had no problem with seeing his former girlfriends, Cressida Bonas, 25, and Chelsy Davy, 28, all under the same roof, the Mirror reported.

The source added that the Duchess of Cambridge might have also invited the 25-year-old charity worker, Camilla Thurlow, with whom Harry was linked after they met through his work for Princess Diana's anti landmine charity Halo.

Hamilton takes on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ahead of Belgium GP

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, Aug 23 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is the latest celebrity to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger got drenched earlier on this week.

Following his first practice session in Belgium on Friday ahead of this weekend's Formula One race, the Brit got absolutely soaked whilst still wearing his racing gear.

In a 20-second video posted online, Hamilton could be seen emerging from his car and walking towards the camera without saying a word before three men drench him with large buckets of water, The Daily Express reported.

Will Cameron Diaz marry Benji Madden?

cameron-diazNew York, Aug 23 : Cameron Diaz may "seriously be considering walking down the aisle" with Benji Madden, according to the reports.

Sources revealed that the couple had talked about marriage after the 35-year-old rapper pretty much moved into the 'Bad Teacher' star's house in Beverly Hills, New York Post reported.

Though the duo completely looks mismatched, but it wouldn't be surprising if the 'Sex Tape' star will get married to Madden. (ANI)

Has an alien 'thigh bone' been spotted on Mars?

Has an alien 'thigh bone' been spotted on Mars?Wellington, Aug 23 - Curiosity rover took a photo on August 14, which led conspiracy theorists believe that it was a 'bone-like' object on Mars.

NASA's scientists said seen by Mars rover Curiosity using its MastCam, this Mars rock might look like a femur thigh bone, however, mission science team members think its shape was likely sculpted by erosion, either wind or water and if life ever existed on Mars, scientists expect that it would be small simple life forms called microbes, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Romanian PM impersonates tennis star Simona Halep for 'Facebook popularity'

Victor-PontaLondon, Aug 23 : Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, recently pretend to be tennis star Simona Halep on Facebook to gain popularity, it has been reported.

Ponta posted a picture of the rank 2 champion in women's singles to his Facebook page and wrote; " Simona Halep has just launched her official Facebook page! I LIKE it, do you?" the Daily Star reported.

Although a picture of Halep was next to the "Like" button, the page actually shared in the sponsored post was Ponta's.

Gwyneth Paltrow 'OK' with ex-hubby Chris Martin dating J Law

Gwyneth-PaltrowWashington, Aug 23 : Gwyneth Paltrow is fine with ex-husband Chris Martin dating Jennifer Lawrence , it has been revealed.

Sources said that according to the 41-year-old actress, Coldplay frontman could do worse and she just wants him to be happy, Us Magazine reported.

The 'Iron Man 3' actress has remained close with the 37-year-old British rocker since their "conscious uncoupling" in March and she even gave the singer a challenge in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS video recently. (ANI)

Microsoft pays no taxes on 93 billion dollars held outside of U.S.

MicrosoftWashington, Aug 23 : Tech giant Microsoft saves almost 30 billion dollars by avoiding taxes and holds income accounts of 92.9 billion dollars outside of the United States.

According to Mashable, the U. S. government said that Microsoft is not doing its economic responsibilities as an American company while Microsoft claimed that it was only doing business.

Microsoft said that the cash kept overseas was generated outside the U. S. and that it would be spent there.

According to reports, United States companies hold almost two trillion dollar income in foreign accounts. (ANI)

J Law not starring in 'The Hateful Eight'

Jennifer-LawrenceWashington, Aug 23 : Rumours about Jennifer Lawrence being lined up for Quentin Tarantino 's next movie ' The Hateful Eight' have reportedly been denied by the 24-year-old actress's rep.

The Oscar winning 'Silver Linings Playbook' star was being sought to fill in the only female role of prisoner Daisy Domergue, out of the eight characters, the Huffington Post reported.

The movie, whose script got leaked online earlier this year, is anticipated for a 2015 release. (ANI)

India's scooter major Bajaj to make motorcycles at Bangladesh plant

Bajaj AutoDhaka, Aug 23 - India's popular scooter and motorcycle major, Bajaj, will manufacture motorcycles at a plant in Bangladesh from June 2015.

According to the Daily Star, the Uttara Group, Bajaj Auto's local assembler, is set to build a Taka 150 crore plant, which will be operated and technically supported by Bajaj.

It is being reported that the motorcycle factory will be built on ten acres of land in the Zirani Bazar area of Gazipur District.

Support staff changes could have been made after ODIs: Rahul Dravid

Rahul DravidNew Delhi: Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has said that he would have preferred to wait till the end of India`s England tour to make changes to the support staff as such decisions could be "tough on everyone concerned".

Talking about the appointment of former India captain Ravi Shastri as Team Director after India lost the fifth and final Test against England in under three days to go down 1-3 in the series, Dravid said: "You don`t have problems if people want to make changes, it`s part of professional sport."

Study provides deeper insight into 'spectacular' Type la supernova

Study provides deeper insight into 'spectacular' Type la supernovaLondon, Aug 23 - A new study has helped astronomers to solve the mysteries related to the spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier in 2014.

Goldman in deal worth $1.2 bn over US bond claims

Goldman SachsWashington: Goldman Sachs has agreed to a settlement worth USD 1.2 billion to resolve claims that it misled US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky mortgage securities it sold them before the housing market collapsed in 2007.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, announced the settlement yesterday with the Wall Street powerhouse.

New York-based Goldman Sachs sold the securities to the companies between 2005 and 2007.

Under the settlement, Goldman is paying USD 3.15 billion to buy back the securities from Fannie and Freddie.

Fish and coral can smell bad neighbourhoods

Fish and coral can smell bad neighbourhoodsWashington - Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighbourhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs, scientists say.

Damaged coral reefs emit chemical cues that repulse young coral and fish, discouraging them from settling in the degraded habitat, researchers found.

The study showed for the first time that coral larvae can smell the difference between healthy and damaged reefs when they decide where to settle.

India's Mars orbiter to reach red planet in 33 days: ISRO

India Mars orbiterChennai: India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission was just nine million kilometres away from the red planet, Indian Space Research Organisation said today.

"Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is just nine million km away from Mars and 189 million kilometres away from the Earth. 33 more days to MARS," ISRO said in its social networking site.

Early this month, ISRO scientists ruled out Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre originally planned for August as the spacecraft was on track.

PACL to move Tribunal against Sebi order

SEBINew Delhi : Facing a Sebi order with charges of running an illicit money pooling scheme worth about Rs 50,000 crore, PACL Ltd on Friday said that it will approach the Securities Appellate Tribunal against the directive of the capital markets regulator.

"Sebi has unfortunately failed to recognize the submissions of the company that it can't be treated like a CIS. The company would now appeal this order before the Securities Appellate Tribunal," PACL said in a statement after the Sebi order.

Planning Commission veterans to deliberate on its replacement on Aug 26

Planning Commission veterans to deliberate on its replacement on Aug 26New Delhi : The Planning Commission has called a meeting of its former Deputy Chief and members on Tuesday to deliberate on the structure of the new body which will replace the 64-year-old institution.

"It is correct that they have called a meeting. They have invited me. But I will not be in Delhi so I would send my comments in writing to them," former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told PTI.

BJP hails 'minimal' power tariff hike; Congress opposes

BJP hails 'minimal' power tariff hike; Congress opposesChandigarh : BJP on Friday hailed the "minimal" 2.74 per cent hike in power tariff in Punjab, saying it will put minimum burden on people, even as opposition Congress opposed the hike.

Power regulator Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) today announced a hike of 2.74 per cent in power tariff for all consumer categories for 2014-15.

Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma said the 2.74 per cent hike announced by PSERC is the minimum burden the government could put on the people of the state.

PM addresses IITs' Boards of Governors conference at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Aug 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of IITs at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he exhorted them to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by the common people in their day-to-day life.

At the conference named 'Science is Universal', PM Modi said that technology must be local.

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