London, Dec 19 : Hollywood actress Kate Winslet insists that she is a `feminist'.
The 33-year-old actress plays the role of an emotionally cramped woman in her new film `Revolutionary Road', based on the 1963 feminist classic by Betty Friedan.
The book lifted the lid on a generation of educated, 1950s women, condemned to housewifery, and deeply unhappy.
When asked about if she feels that she''s a feminist the actress replied, "probably I am", though not a strong one.
"I think I probably am," Guardian. co. uk quoted her as saying
Kolkata, Dec 24 : Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said hoarding and other "cost-push elements" and the hike in procurement prices of food items like sugar, paddy and wheat have played a key role in the high food inflation.
He emphasized that state governments should take effective steps against hoarding of food items in a bid to tackle the cost-push elements.
London, Aug 13 : A design that makes bikes as "intelligent" as computers has been unveiled by British Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman.
Thanks to the revolutionary system, the bike can never be stolen and has puncture-proof tyres, and it could be in everyday use by 2029.
Riga - Latvian Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis appeared Tuesday to back a controversial plan by his defence minister to buy 25 horses for an honour guard to welcome visiting dignitaries.
"I cannot agree it is a waste of money," Goodmanis said of the horse project that would cost 120,000 lats (250,000 dollars) from a defence budget of 304 million lats, plus
70,000 lats annual upkeep.
The horse guard would revive a tradition and could also be used in sporting events such as the modern pentathlon, said the premier, who originally questioned the idea.
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Copenhagen - Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday said his government had not decided on whether to stage separate referendums on Denmark's current opt-outs from the European Union.
Broadcaster TV2 earlier reported that Rasmussen's government planned two separate referendums. The first was likely in September on security and defence policy as well as justice and home affairs, while a separate referendum was due at a later date on the euro.
Singapore - Singapore's central bank on Monday launched a 200-million-Singapore-dollar (134-million-US-dollar) Islamic bond programme to promote the growth of Islamic finance in the city-state.
The bonds, called sukuk, are the first to be offered in a local currency by a non-Muslim-majority country.
"This sukuk is the sharia-compliant equivalent of Singapore government securities and is of the highest credit standing," said Heng Swee Keat, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, its central bank.
Reykjavik - Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson has broken his left shoulder in a horse-riding accident, news reports said Thursday.
Grimsson was riding Wednesday with a group of people including his wife at Hunavellir in the north-west part of Iceland when his horse tripped and he fell off, the reports said.
The president was taken to a hospital in Reykjavik where X-rays indicated that he had sustained a broken shoulder. Some 10 years ago the president sustained a similar injury.
Paris - He began life 80 years ago at the age of 15, and when his career ended nearly 50 years later, his creator said he was just shy of his 18th birthday.
Tintin, the ageless boy reporter, whose adventures have delighted children and adults all over the world, is celebrating his 80th birthday on Saturday, and the globetrotting teenager with the remarkable blonde forelock has never been more popular.
Washington, Feb 28: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shed more light on how rats perceive their tactile environment, by discovering that the rodents use their whiskers in similar fashion to the way humans use their sense of touch.
The researchers say that their findings open up new possibilities in examining similarities of perception across different species.
MIT neuroscientists used high-speed video to reveal rat whiskers in action and show the tiny movements that underlie the rat's perception of its physical environment.
Berlin - German industrial production posted a surprise fall in July, data released Tuesday showed, underscoring the fragile state of the recovery in Europe's biggest economy.
Adjusted for price and seasonally changes, output slumped 0.9 per cent month-on-month in July after rising by a revised 0.8 per cent in June.
Analysts had expected industrial production would post a rise of up to 2 per cent in July.
But a contraction in building sector output combined with a slump in the production of cars and mechanical engineering goods led to the overall drop in the nation's output.
However, when data for the two months of June and July are compared with May and April industrial output rose by 2.5 per cent. (dpa)
Washington - Rising obesity is placing a major strain on the United States' already troubled heath care system, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs.
Obesity now accounts for 9.1 per cent of US medical spending. A decade ago, it accounted for 6.5 per cent. More than a quarter of Americans are now obese, up from 18.3 per cent in 1998.
The group of private and government researchers said obesity is driving up overall US medical spending, and taxpayers are feeling the burden.
Obesity costs could reach 147 billion dollars for 2008.
Washington - The United States will boost its funding for health care programmes in poor countries, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, expanding a successful effort to combat AIDS and other diseases that was started by former president George W Bush.
The Obama administration will ask Congress for 63 billion dollars in funding over the next six years to expand basic health care access in developing countries.
Melbourne, Aug 14 : A group of Chinese women, who travelled overseas for cosmetic surgery, took immigration officers by surprise on their return because they no longer resembled their passport photos.
The 23 women, aged between 36 and 54, had bigger eyes, higher noses and slimmer chins than shown in their passports, according to the China Daily.
"After they took off their huge hats and big sunglasses following our request, we saw them looking different, with bandages and stitches here and there,'''' the Daily Telegraph quoted Shanghai Hongqiao Airport officer Chen Tao as saying.
"We had to compare their uncorrected parts with their photos very carefully.
Copenhagen - Low-cost Danish airline Sterling Airlines announced Wednesday it was to file for bankruptcy and has grounded all flights stranding thousands of passengers.
In a statement on its website, the airline cited that it had been impacted by the global financial recession that started in the autumn of 2007 and led to a "stagnation in the market."
The carrier also cited "significant fuel cost increases" as a factor that contributed to its problems, as well the global credit crunch that impacted its main shareholders in Iceland.
The Sterling statement said that passengers who had bought tickets online would not be refunded and would have to seek alternative flights home.