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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Meera Is Being Sued By Father Of Her Fiance

Pakistani American Raja Pervez, who is the father of actress Meera’s fiance, has decided to initiate legal action against the star for swindling him out of $400,000, and not handing over a house in the Defence area of Lahore he had bought from her.
According to family sources, Raja Pervez asked his lawyer on Tuesday to initiate legal action against the actress. He has also renounced Irtza Rubab, commonly known as Meera, as the fiance of his son Captain (retd) Naveed Pervez. Raja Pervez said he had entered into a deal with actress Meera to buy a furnished house No 164 in GG Block of DHA for Rs20 million from her. A deed was signed by him and Meera in this regard and it was decided that the actress would hand over the house to him in six months. Actress Meera received a Bank of New York pay order worth US$400,000 from Raja Pervez on Oct 14, 2009 and both sides agreed that Meera would deduct the price of her house from the pay order and return the remaining amount to Pervez after encashing it.
Meera also sent a receipt, duly signed by herself and her mother Mrs Shafqat Zuhra Bukhari, to Raja Pervez after receiving the pay order. The pay order was deposited in Meera’s account titled Meera Enterprise in Al-Mashriq Bank of Dubai, and the amount was transferred to the account.
Raja Pervez said later on Meera neither hand him over the house nor returned the money, deposited in her account. Whenever she was asked for possession of the house, she used dillydallying tactics, and still one of her relatives was living in that house.
He said he had sent Meera a legal notice through his lawyer in this regard, but she did not respond to it. He said meanwhile Meera came to his house in the USA, but he did not ask her about the house possession as he was busy in the wedding ceremony of his daughter that day.
Raja Pervez said he would also contact Attique, who claims to be the husband of Meera, soon and extend him all help against Meera, and also seek his help. When he was asked why did he engage his son Naveed Pervez to Meera when the actress had deprived him of $400,000, he became emotional. He said his son was also repenting his decision of getting engaged to Meera after theft of his very costly wrest watch. He said his son purchased a diamond ring for Rs850,000 from a jewellery shop at MM Alam Road and gave it to Meera at the engagement ceremony. He said he had consulted his legal adviser and soon an FIR would be registered against Meera.

Tea Houses That Nourish Knowledge And Litreary Activities

A famous proverb prevails that a successful woman is behind every successful man. Someone else changed it as there is a large quantity of coffee behind a each successful woman. Well known poet of English T.S. Eliot had said that he measures his life with spoons of coffee. A politician had said that if he was provided a huge quantity of coffee then he would show his rule all over the world. The author of famous novel " Gulliver's travels" Jonathan Swift had said that coffee makes a person philosophy.
In the era of Turks Sultanate and in Middle East Muslims introduced a new coffee culture. They opened coffee houses that were called tea houses by Arabs. In the whole region millions of tea houses are the representatives of strong culture. The tea drinkers had made their social contacts stronger through these tea houses. In addition to discussing various topics the writers started writing books and articles while drinking tea while some used to narrate stories. Poets, writers and intellectuals when gathered in the tea houses their fans and amateur writers also started coming in the tea houses to learn poetry or writings from experienced poets and writers, and the tea houses became "mental power houses". These mental power houses enlightened the minds and hearts of the young generations. Taking from Usmani Sultanate to Europe and America thousands of tea houses got established. The Qissa Khawani (Story Tellers) Bazar of Peshawar is the most famous and typical example of these tea houses. Though in Peshawar it is called "Qahwa Khana" green tea serving restaurant.
The "Pak Tea House" of Lahore has been serving as a sitting and gathering place for well-known poets, writers, journalists, people belonging to fine arts and film industry etc, of the day. The Pak tea house was located in Lahore on Mall Road near the historical bazaar of Lahore "Anar Kali" and Blue Dome (Nila Gumbad).
The great poets, writers, cultural and literary personalities that regularly came to Pak tea house included Faiz aahmad Faiz, Ibn e Insha, Ahmad Faraz, Saadat Hassan Minto, Munir Niazi, Meera Jee, Kamal Rizvi, Nasir Kazmi, Prof Syed Sajjad Baqir Rizvi, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Dr Muhammad Baqir, Ashfaq Ahmad, Anjam Roomani, Qayyum Nazar and Intezar Hussain and many more.
Pak tea house also served as a center of political movements. People used to discuss political affairs with out ant risk/danger. This remainerd opened during the matial law regimes of Ayub Khan and Zia ul Haq. At the last this literary birth place of many poets and writers closed during 2006. The owner ahid Hassan wanted to start any other profitable business inspite of serving cup of tea to poets and writers who used to sit here for hours against drinking a cup of tea.He wanted to open tyre shop that he considered more money maker.

Adele's Boyfriend Is Planning To Propose On Her Birthday

Adele’s boyfriend is planning to propose on her birthday. The ‘Someone Like You’ hitmaker has been dating Simon Konecki since just before Christmas 2011, but the divorced charity director is so smitten with his new girlfriend, he is putting together plans to take her away in early May and ask her to marry him. A friend told heat magazine: ‘’After Simon divorced, he never imagined that he’d fine love like this again and be so happy. ‘’He told her he loved her after just a week and now they say it 10 times a day. Simon knows he wants to propose and hopes to do it on her birthday, which falls on a holiday weekend in May. He wants to take her abroad and do it properly it now all depends on her schedule.’’ Simon, who has a five-year-old daughter - has now moved into the 23-year-old star’s new mansion near Brighton.

Israel Would Not Inform US Before Its Strike On Iran

Israeli officials say they won't warn the US if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one US intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill. Israeli officials said that if they eventually decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the US would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel's potential attack.
The US has been working with the Israelis for months to persuade them that an attack would be only a temporary setback to Iran's nuclear program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defense minister Ehud Barak delivered the message to a series of top-level US visitors to the country, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House national security adviser and the director of national intelligence, and top US lawmakers, all trying to close the trust gap between Israel and the U.S. over how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Sleeping Pills Are Linked To Manifold Risks Of Premature Death---Study

Commonly prescribed sleeping pills are linked to manifold risk of premature death, says a study.
These medications were also associated at higher doses with a 35-percent increased risk of cancer as compared with non-users, but the reason for this is unclear.
Doctors led by Daniel Kripke of the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, looked at the medical records of more than 10,500 adults living in Pennsylvania who were taking prescribed sleeping aids.
The study ranged over two and a half years, and looked at widely-prescribed sleeping pills, including benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepines, barbiturates and sedatives.
The overall number of deaths that occurred during this period was small in both groups, being less than a thousand in total.
But there was a striking difference in mortality, the researchers
Those who took between 18 and 132 doses of the pills per year were 4.6 times likelier to die than the "control" group.
Even those who took less than 18 annual doses were more than 3.5 times likelier to die. "Rough order-of-magnitude estimates suggest that in 2010, hypnotics (sleeping pills) may have been associated with 320,000 to 507,000 excess deaths in the USA alone," says the study.
The average age of the people in the study was 54. The researchers say they took into account factors that could skew the comparison between the two groups, such as whether an individual smoked or had a pre-existing health condition.
However, they were unable to take depression, anxiety and other emotional factors into account, as these diagnoses are kept secret under Pennsylvania law.
Previous research into sleeping pills has found a link with car accidents and serious falls, "night-eating syndromes" of bingeing on food, regurgitation in the esophagus and peptic ulcer disease.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

100 The Most Influential Personalities In Human History----2 By Michal Hart

The writer of the book Michal Hart is a Christian but he impartially ranked Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Ahmad Mujtaba (PBUH), the top most personality of the history among great scholars, intellectuals, religious leaders and scientists who lonely revolutionized the lives of human being through the true religion Islam. His (PBUH) leadership was the most effective. He gave the reason of putting Hazrat Muhammad on top among the extra-ordinary people because according to him, the majority of the great and successful people took birth in the civilized centers, and were trained by the most capable and leaned scholars. While when prophet of Islam(PBUH) took birth, the Arab was a backward place away from the centers of latest knowledge and technology and Arabs were ignorant of the knowledge. His (PBUH) mother died when He was 6 years old. He was married in the age of 25 years, Almighty Allah Talked to Him through Jabrael angel and bestowed on him the status of a prophet. When He (PBUH) started preaching the Quresh people fearing risk of their effectiveness opposed Him (PBUH) strictly and He was compelled to migrate to Medina Munawwara that was an important turn in His life. He gained popularity as a Prophet of Allah and a great politician in Medina and number of followers of Islam increased tremendously. He (PBUH) returned to Makka as a conquerer after 8 years. Now He (PBUH) was recognized as Prophet and was an influential guardian of Arabian territory.
The writer gives another reason of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) being number 1 as compared to Christianity that has more number than Muslims in the world as Hazrat Isa (RA) had no that much effect on his Ummah as Hazrat Muhammadd (PBUH) had and Jesus Christ had few followers accompanying him when he was lifted by Allah to heavens. "Ahad Nama Jadeed" (Latest Charter) was organized by Saint Paul. Jesus Christ could not influence state affairs in his life as Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) did. Both religious and political aspects of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Ahmad Mujtaba (PBUH) were the strongest, according to Michal Hart.
The writer ranked Budha on No 5, Columbus 9, Galileo 12, Aristotle 13 and Moses Hazrat Mosa (RA) has been enlisted on No 15. The author selected Our Great and the Last Prophet as No 1 among the 100 most influential personalities of the history that included 36 scientists and Inventors, 31 political and military leaders, 14 philosophers, 11 religious leaders, 5 literary personalities, 2 adventurers and one industrialist during the last 5000 year history.
Michal Hart enlisted Darwin on No 16, George Washington 26, Marx 27, Adam Smith 30, Shakespeare 31, Alexender the Great 33, Napoleon 34, Marconi 38 and Aflatoon has been ranked on No 40 by the author. Hazrat Umar Farooq (RA), the second Caliph of Muslim has been enlisted on No 52 regarding influencing the world. Conquering Syria, Palestine, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa during the 10 year era of Hazrat Umar Farooq(RA) was due to the marvellous leadership of second Caliph, but according to the author the actual motive behind all his greater achievements was the personality and influence of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Ahmad Mujtaba (PBUH).
Author further ranks Ashoka on No 53, Queen Isabella 65, Fried 69, Machiavelli 79, Kennedy 81, Lenin 84, Mouze tung 89, Henry Ford 91, Queen Alizbeth 94, Machel Gorbachev 95 and Mahaveer is on No 100.
Author presents arguments for every personality's ranking and about Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) he says that after Him, during 7th century AC, the grand and vast empire (territory) of Muslims has no example in the history before this. Today, in Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Africa millions of followers of Islam are present. Declaring Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH) as the most successful personality of history, author says He (PBUH) proved himself to be the most influential leader of human history, He was unavoidable and all this achievements were impossible with out being a Prophet and messenger of Allah, the Almighty. His (PBUH) greater influences are existing in the today's history and that is why He the Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Ahmad Mujtaba (PBUH) is the most influential personality of human history that will be so till the day of Judgment.

Wealtiest People Are Likely To Cheat More Than Poorer Folk

People from the wealthy upper classes are more likely than poorer folks to break laws while driving, take candy from children and lie for financial gain, said a US study on Monday.
The seven-part study by psychologists at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Toronto analyzed people's behavior through a series of experiments.
For instance, drivers of expensive vehicles such as Mercedes, BMW and Toyota's Prius hybrid were seen breaking the rules more often at four-way intersections than people who drove a Camry or Corolla.
They were also more likely to cut off pedestrians trying to cross the street than drivers of cheaper cars.
In another test using a game of dice, given the opportunity to win a $50 prize, people who self-reported high socio-economic status were more likely to lie and say that they had rolled higher numbers than they actually had. "Even in people for whom $50 is a relatively small amount of money, cheating was three times as high," said lead author Paul Piff of UC Berkeley. "It really shows the extreme lengths to which wealth and upper rank status in society can shape patterns of self-interest and unethicality," he told.
In other studies, people with higher status were less likely to tell the truth in a hypothetical job negotiation in which they were the employer trying to hire someone for a job they knew was soon to be eliminated.
And when given a jar of candy that they were told was for children in a nearby lab -- though they could take some if they wanted the richest people took more candy than anyone else.
Even Piff, who has studied the impact of wealth on people's morality and charitable giving in the past finding that rich people tend to give less to charity than poor people was surprised to see them taking sweets from kids.
"I was astonished," Piff said. "On average, people in the upper rank condition took two times as much (candy), so it was a pretty sizeable effect."
Also, in that particular study, researchers conditioned some of the subjects first to think of themselves as of a higher social rank by asking them to compare themselves to others with less.
The exercise showed that people could be trained to think more highly of themselves, and that they would in turn act with more greed and less ethicality, demonstrating that status drives greed. "We also got them to increase their likelihood of saying 'I'd do all these unethical things,'" such as keeping the change without saying a word if a coffee shop cashier returned them too much money.
The study, which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, theorizes that a series of factors "may give rise to a set of culturally shared norms among upper class individuals."
For instance, richer people are more independent from others, have more resources and are therefore less concerned with what others think of their actions than poorer people, the authors suggested.
According to Piff, people with more money tend to look more positively on greed and rely less on family and friend networks for support in times of need, and this elevated status tends to disconnect them from society.
"It is that very different level of privilege in your everyday life that gives rise to this independence from others, this reduced sensitivity to the impact of your behavior on others' welfare, and the prioritization of your self-interest," he said.
Certainly there are exceptions, said the study, pointing to famous upper-class whistleblowers at Worldcom and Enron; and wealthy philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
Previous research linking poverty and violent crime also disproves the notion that all poor people are more ethical than the rich, it added.
However, self-interest is "a more fundamental motive among society's elite, and the increased want associated with greater wealth and status can promote wrongdoing," it said.
Although the study focused on US subjects, with each of the seven parts measuring between 100 and 200 participants, Piff said the findings are likely to be relevant to societies outside America, too.
"These patterns are going to be particularly salient in societies where wealth is as unequally distributed as it is here," he said.

Russian Secret Service Has Foiled A plot To Assissinate Putin

Russian and Ukrainian secret services have foiled a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after the March 4, 2012 Presidential elections, Russian state television said on Monday.
Channel One said two suspects arrested in Ukraine earlier this year confessed of plotting to bomb Mr. Putin’s motorcade in Moscow on orders of Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, who had organised a bloody suicide bombing of a Moscow airport a year ago.
The suspects were arrested after an accidental bomb explosion at a rented flat in Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odessa which killed one of the would be terrorists. The men said they had come to Ukraine from the United Arab Emirates via Turkey. “They told us to come to Odessa and learn how to make bombs,” one of the two detained men identified as Ilya Pyanzin said in the Russian TV report. “Later, in Moscow, we were to stage attacks against commercial entities, with the subsequent assassination attempt against Putin.”
“The deadline was after the election of the Russian President," said the other man, Adam Osmayev.
Russians reacted with disbelief to the report. A call-in poll conducted by the popular radio Echo of Moscow found that 92 per cent of listeners thought it was an election trick to boost Mr. Putin’s popularity ahead of the coming election.
“Have they run out of amphora?” a listener asked sarcastically in reference to Mr. Putin’s publicised scuba diving last year, when he pulled to the surface two centuries-old Greek amphora jars. Mr. Putin’s press secretary later admitted that the diving exploit was a set-up and the jars had been placed on the seabed beforehand.
Media recalled that a similar report of an assassination plot against Mr. Putin and his protégé, Dmitry Medvedev, came four years ago, on the voting day in Russia’s Presidential election, which saw Mr. Medvedev succeed Mr. Putin.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Silence Romance "The Silent" Won 5 Oscars Including Best Film

Silent romance "The Artist" won five Oscars on Sunday including best film, and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" also took five of the world's top movie honors on a night where stories about movies felt the love of Hollywood. “The Artist," a black-and-white tale of a fading star who finds redemption through romance in the era when silent movies were overtaken by talkies, added to its best film victory with Oscars for its French star Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicius, as well for musical score and costume design. "I am the happiest director in the world right now.Thank you for that," Hazanavicius told the audience of stars including George Clooney, Michelle Williams, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Dujardin was equally excited, exclaiming "I love this country" before thanking the Academy, fellow filmmakers and his wife and recalling silent actor Douglas Fairbanks as an inspiration.
Meryl Streep won for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who is slipping into dementia in "The Iron Lady." It was Streep's third Academy Award out of 17 nominations. She joked that the audience was probably tired of seeing her, then added, "whatever." But Streep couldn't hide her emotion as she choked up while thanking her husband and talking about her long career.
Director Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," which tells of a boy lost in a train station and serves as an ode to early filmmaking, came into the night with a leading 11 nominations and picked up five wins for cinematography, art direction, sound editing and mixing and visual effects.
Veteran Plummer, a star of classic film "The Sound of Music," won his first ever Oscar for his portrayal of an elderly gay man who comes out to his family in "Beginners," making Oscar history becoming the oldest ever Academy Award winner at age 82. "You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all of my life," he said, looking at his golden Oscar, which was celebrating its 84th awards ceremony.
Spencer, a relative newcomer in contrast to Plummer, had to hold back tears as she accepted her trophy for her portrayal of a black, southern made in civil rights drama "The Help."
"Thank you Academy for putting me with the hottest guy in the room," she said holding her Oscar in her hand. She then went on to talk about her family in Alabama and could not hold back her tears as she joyously accepted her trophy.
In other major wins, the foreign language film award went to Iranian divorce drama "A Separation." "I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment," said its director Ashgar Farhadi.

Pakistani Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid- Chinoy Won Oscar For Her Documentary

Pakistani filmmaker and first-time Oscar nominee Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Academy Award on Monday for her documentary about acid attack victims, a first for a Pakistani.
In her acceptance speech, Chinoy dedicated the award to the women of Pakistan. "All the women in Pakistan working for change, don't give up on your dreams, this is for you," she said.
Directed by Daniel Junge and produced by Sharmeen Chinoy, the film follows British plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who returns to his homeland to help victims of acid burns.
More than 100 people, mainly women and girls, are disfigured in acid attacks every year in Pakistan, although groups helping survivors say many more cases go unreported.
"The women who decided to be a part of the documentary did so because they wanted to make their voices heard and wanted to bring attention to this form of assault," Chinoy said in an interview conducted before she won the Oscar.
"The main reason that they are in 'Saving Face' is to make their stories heard and have an impact."
Many victims are women attacked by their husbands, and others assaulted for turning down a proposal of marriage. One girl in the documentary describes how she was burned after rejecting the advances of her teacher. She was 13 at the time.
Another woman featured in the film is 25-year-old Rukhsana, whose husband threw acid on her and her sister-in-law doused her in gasoline before her mother-in-law lit a match and set her on fire.
Chinoy said she hopes the cases in her film will resonate for others in Pakistan.
"It is a story of hope with a powerful message for the Pakistani audience. I felt this would be a great way to show how Pakistanis can help other Pakistanis overcome their problems," she said.
Chinoy's films have won international acclaim. Her 2010 documentary, Pakistan's Taliban Generation, won an International Emmy Award.
The documentary competed against "God Is the Bigger Elvis," a Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson film about a mid-century starlet who chose the church over Hollywood; "The Barber of Birmingham," a Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday film that follows the life of 85-year-old barber James Armstrong and the legacy of the civil rights movement; James Spione's war film "Incident in New Baghdad"; and "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," a film by Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen that follows survivors of Japan's 2011 earthquake and their struggle to recover from the wave that crushed their homes and lives.

Wikileaks Begins Publishing More Than 5 Million US Based Confidential Emails

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks on Monday began publishing more than five million confidential emails from US-based
intelligence firm Stratfor, the anti-secrecy group said.
The messages, which date from between July 2004 and December 2011, will reveal Stratfor's "web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods," claimed a WikiLeaks press release.
"The material shows how a private intelligence agency works, and how they target individuals for their corporate and government clients," added the press release.
The online organisation claims to have proof of the firm's confidential links to large corporations, such as Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co. and Lockheed Martin and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is currently in Britain fighting extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning on rape and sexual assault allegations, and WikiLeaks has long expressed concern that if he is sent to Sweden, Stockholm would quickly send him on to the United States.
Washington is eager to lay hands on the founder after the organisation's publication of hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic files.

84th Academy Awards Ceremony Begins At Hollywood

Hollywood's biggest night got under way on Sunday with the start of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, as two odes to
film-making -- "The Artist" and "Hugo" -- go head-to-head for Oscars glory.
"The Artist," a silent black-and-white tribute to American cinema, earned 10 Oscar nominations, just one fewer than Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," a 3D family film that looks at the work of a early French film pioneer.
Billy Crystal, in his ninth appearance as Oscars host, opened the show with a comic video montage of scenes from films nominated for best picture and others from 2011 that earned warm applause from the A-list audience.
Following months of campaigning and a flurry of lesser prizes, Tinseltown's annual awards season has reached its high point with the most prestigious honors of them all the coveted golden Oscar statuettes.
Hundreds of millions around the globe were expected to tune in for the ceremony, after A-listers strutted their stuff down the most-watched red carpet in the world.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Oscars Are Big Business For Stars And Filmmakers

The Oscars are big business for stars and filmmakers but they also spell big bucks for limo firms, caterers, designers and thousands of others as Hollywood rolls out the red carpet.
In fact, the Academy Awards on Sunday are the climax of the annual awards season which generates fortunes for those behind the scenes in Tinseltown, who keep the champagne flowing, parties buzzing and posh frocks just right.
From the Golden Globes to the Grammys, the Screen Actors Guild ceremony to the Razzies, the awards shows -- and all those pre- and after-parties, keep everyone busy from November to February every year.
You don't have to go far to stumble on a red carpet in Hollywood even outside awards season, film premieres regularly attract scrums of cameramen, photographers and fans spilling across sidewalks outside key movie theaters.
So a visit to the cinema can sometimes turn into a scramble through a melee created by an arriving celebrity, lensmen's flashlights and shouts of "Angelina, over here!" ricocheting around the cinema lobby.
But Angelinos are used to it, and many depend on it for their livelihoods, as - like the annual harvest elsewhere - the first two months of the year bring huge crops of orders for everything that surrounds the shows.
Tony Adzar, founder & CEO of Red Carpet Systems, is one of those reaping the benefits: in February, he sells twice as much carpet as he does in August, and his is only one of dozens of similar firms.
To get to the parties, people of course need limousines.
The larger companies, which have a fleet of maybe 25 luxury vehicles, are booked to capacity and are able to give their affiliates and subcontractors a lot of business.
ITS works closely with Sequoia Productions, which has organized Hollywood events for 23 years and produces the traditional post-Oscars soiree known as the Governors Ball.
The ball brings together the governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars. On Sunday night, 1,500 people will attend.
For Sunday's ball alone, Sequoia employs 150 technicians, 400 catering staff and a management team of 30. The company unveiled its menu last week, chosen by Austrian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, also an Oscars veteran.
Red Carpet provider Adzar said awards season is exhausting, but essential for his and many other businesses in Hollywood.

Friday, February 24, 2012

100 The Most Influential Personalies In The Human History--Michal Hart (1)

We the Muslims believe in Allah and after Him the greatest and the last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Ahmad Mujtaba sulla Llaho Alaiha Wassalam (PBUH). We love our prophet more than our lives, children and than any other worldly thing. We are the followers of true religion in the Universe and for the humanity. Our Prophet is the last one , no other prophet will come after Him. He Is Khatam ul Mursaleen. For us He is the First and the Last. All this is believed by Muslim and is part of our religion. and belief. But, when you read or listen by a non Muslim that Your Great Prophet is the First of all the scholars, intellectuals, scientists, politicians, religious leaders, administrators and the inventors who have taken birth in the world till to-day ( but we believe those who will take birth till the Day of Judgment), how much you will feel gladness and happiness that would have no bounds.
Michal Hart is the author who wrote a book," 100 Most Influential Persons In History". He ranked our Prophet on number 1 among those politicians, scholars, religious leaders and prophets who left long-lasting and permanent impacts on the mankind regarding religious, wisdom, intelligence, politics, in science or inventions. Michal Hart who ranked our grand prophet as No. 1 is a Christian, living in the surrounding that have Christianity as their religion, but he wrote the book impartially and ranked His Prophet Jesus Christ(Ibn e Mariam) on No 3. He ranks Neuton on No 2 between the two Great Prophets. He gives the reason to keep Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH)on No first that the personal sole role of our great prophet(PBUH) in the promotion of Islam was highly prominent, whereas the promotion of Christianity was due to more than one person Hazrat Isa (AH). He termed Saint Paul on No 6 and writes that his role in the promotion of teachings of Christianity and diverting the attention of the people to the religion was more. He declared the Prophet of Islam as a bright star in the galaxy and says that some people will be astonished and some will criticize but He the Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH) was the only great historical personality who was the most successful equally on the both the religious and worldly fronts. Michal Hart further writes, "Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) founded the world's great religion and spread ed it in the whole world."

Oscars----- Past And Present

Here are some interesting and offbeat facts about the Oscars, past and present:
Meryl Streep this year extends her lead as the most-nominated performer in Oscar history with her 17th nomination, for her role as former British premier Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
Billy Crystal will host this year's Oscars show for the ninth time after actor Eddie Murphy pulled out at the last minute amid a row over anti-gay remarks by a producer, who also quit. Bob Hope hosted the Academy Awards the most times, 11 by himself and seven with co-hosts.
Musician John Williams now has a total of 47 nominations, including two this year. He ranks second only to Walt Disney as the most-nominated individual in Oscar history. Among living people, Woody Allen, who has been nominated 23 times including twice this year, is second only to Williams.
Iran's "A Separation" is the first screenplay written in Farsi to receive an Oscars writing nomination.
The Kodak Theatre, home to the Oscars for the last decade, is no longer called that, after the iconic photo company went bankrupt and pulled out of a sponsorship deal barely a week before this year's show. The Academy this week began referring to the venue as the Hollywood and Highland Center, the shopping and entertainment complex which includes the former Kodak Theatre. It is not known when the Kodak sign will come down.
German Oscar-nominated director Wim Wenders's "Pina", which showcases the work of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch, is the first 3D film nominated in the documentary feature category. "The Artist" is the 10th predominantly black-and-white film to be nominated for cinematography since 1967, when the separate black-and-white category was eliminated. Previously nominated: "In Cold Blood" (1967), "The Last Picture Show" (1971), "Lenny" (1974), "Raging Bull" (1981), "Zelig" (1983), "Schindler's List" (1993), "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001), "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), and "The White Ribbon" (2009).
George Clooney is for the second time nominated in two different categories for two different films in the same year. This year it's as best actor in "The Descendants" and for adapted screenplay in "The Ides of March"; in 2005 he won best supporting actor for "Syriana" and was nominated for original screenplay for "Good Night, and Good Luck."
Woody Allen, with his best director and screenplay nominations for "Midnight in Paris," passes Billy Wilder by becoming a seven-time double nominee for directing and writing on the same film.
For the first time in Oscars history, nine films were nominated for Best Picture. Over the last two years the number in that category has been increased from five to 10, in theory to increase the range of films which could be shortlisted, but the rules were changed after last year to a complicated formula which results in between five and 10 being chosen.

Fatal Adverse Effects Of Some Medicines

Punjab Institute Cardiology in Pakistan is a famous hospital and heart patients usually visit the institute for heart trouble. The expert doctors examine the patients and prescribe medicines and some are distributed to them free of cost. Few weeks back many heart patients suffered from low number of platelets and hospitalized but the number of affectees was in thousands and some of them recovered but 120 lost their lives.
The matter was invested on high level and laboratory tests of the tablets were conducted in and outside the country which revealed that one of the medicines had dangerous high level of a chemical called piremethamine. This chemical is usually used in the drugs prescribed for malaria treatment and it lowers folic acid level in human body. This acid help body to make blood but in the medicine its quantity was 10 times higher. So, the patient taking 2 tablets per day received 20 times more piremethamine. So, the firstly patients new blood ceased to regenerate and then heart attack caused their death. Though this happened due to wrong constituent of chemical in the tablets but still some medicines taken at a time cause fatal consequences due to interacting with each other.
Today medicines taking is the daily routine of many people. These save our lives from diseases. Hundreds of people take vitamin and mineral tablets, some control hepatitis, diabetes, blood pressure and several other disorders so the importance of medicines can not be overlooked. But, it is a fact too that medicines could turn into having negative role instead of positive one, in six ways. These are commonly called side affects and medically known as "adverse drug reaction". These side affects should not be considered as ordinary ones because according to a recent report this is the sixth cause of death in the world.
The latest American medical reports revealed that the adverse drug affects target nearly 2 million to 3 million people in the USA and out of them one million lose their lives. The six causes adverse reactions are:-
*--- Two kind of medicines react with each other.
*--- Medicines and food mixing may create negative affects.
*--- Reaction of alopathic and herbal medicines.
*--- Some clash between disease and medicine i.e. the medicine if could not treat
the disease may start creating side affects.
*--- Medicine may produce allergy specially on skin.
*--- Wrong diagnosis or prescription of a medical doctor.
Those men and women may face side affects of medicines who take more than two medicines daily. They must consult doctor if they are taking different kinds of medicines for different treatments. They can also benefit from Internet facility where they can find guidelines for taking medicines.

Wife Of Former British PM Is Taking Legal Action Against Hacking Of Her Voicemail

The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair has begun legal action over the alleged interception of her private phone messages, her lawyer said Wednesday, making her the latest public figure to be drawn into a hacking scandal that has shaken the country’s media. Barrister Cherie Blair, 57, issued a statement through a London law firm that has pursued phone-hacking cases against Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers on behalf of several high profile clients. “I can confirm that we have issued a claim on behalf of Cherie Blair in relation to the unlawful interception of her voicemails,” lawyer Graham Atkins, of Atkins Thomson, said in the statement.

Pakistan Pressurized By US To Allow Bases Near Iranian Border

The United States is reportedly putting pressure on Pakistan to allow Washington to establish intelligence bases in the country’s Balochistan province to gather intelligence on Iran, Indian media reported on Wednesday.
According to a report published by The Times of India, the US Congress has been discussing a resolution to recognize the right of Baloch people to self-determination as a means of putting pressure on Islamabad to give in to the US demands.
The move elicited angry reactions from Pakistan’s top leaders including Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who described it as an attack on the country’s sovereignty.
Pakistan’s foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, also said though the resolution was an isolated move by a few individuals, it “is contrary to the principles of the UN Charter and international law.”
The report said that three officials, two from the security agencies and one from diplomatic circles, confirmed that American diplomats and military leaders have been requesting for permission to allow their agents to operate near the Iranian border in Balochistan.

Pakistani Sets Martial Arts Kick Record

Pakistani Ahmed Amin Bodla has broken the world record of martial arts kicks in one hour.
Bodla who is 18 years old set the record by kicking 6,370 times in one hour.
The record was previously held by an Indian.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Foreign Countries And Agencies Are Opposed To The Qwadar Port

Foreign countries and agencies strongly opposed to the Gwadar Port and determined to drive a wedge between Pakistan and Iran are involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan, military sources say.

They told TheNation that Gwadar Port had the capacity to bring about economic prosperity in the impoverished Balochistan and this was precisely what the enemies could not tolerate.
Similarly, the sources said, the countries that did not like cooperation between Pakistan and Iran were out to employ all sorts of machinations to create differences between the two Islamic states. They patronise terrorist organisation Jundullah for activities inside Iran.
The United States, CIA, XE Services (the new name of erstwhile Blackwater), India and Israel, the sources said, were some of those involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan and are fanning secessionist tendencies among angry Balochis.
The interior ministry, the sources said, has failed to deport such elements from Balochistan, because of which the terrorist activities are still going on.
Terrorist activities and daily killings in Balochistan have created unrest among the people, providing some leaders with an opportunity to speak against the Federation. Some of them have also started talking of an independent Balochistan.
The government and some political parties plan to hold separate conferences to discuss threadbare the grievances of the people of Balochistan and their possible solution. However, the enemies have also stepped up their efforts to fan sense of deprivation among the Balochis.
The people of Balochistan allege that a military operation is going on against them.
However, sources say that the army and FC had never ever launched any operation on their own and instead had always acted on the orders of the provincial government. This clearly means that the provincial government is responsible for what the two institutions are doing there.
The sources said the army and the FC retaliated only when they were attacked by terrorists and miscreants.
The army and the FC have started about half a dozen projects in Balochistan with a view to providing jobs to some 20,000 locals. So far, 15,000 people have already been appointed and another 5,000 would be absorbed by the end of the year.
Answering a question, the sources said they were not satisfied with the role of the media in the coverage of the Blochistan situation.
While the activities of separatists, terrorists and criminals are getting no coverage on the electronic media, what the FC and other law enforcers were doing in self-defence were being blown out of proportion. Nobody bothers to question who was involved in target-killing of Punjabis, who was stoking sectarianism and who was resisting development projects.
They said that many Baloch leaders were opposed to development process in their province, probably because it undermined their authority. They cited the example of a mining project operationalised by the FC after some 26 years.
Nawab Khair Bux Marri expressed his views about this project in an interview. Without mincing words, the elderly leader said: “My back was not broken even when my son died. But this project has broken my back.”

Rahman Malik Said Cases Against Baloch Leaders Will Be Withdrawn

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announced that cases against Harbiyar Marri, Brahamdagh Bugti and other Baloch leaders will be withdrawn.
Speaking after a meeting on Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan, Malik said he would welcome the Baloch leaders back to Pakistan personally.
The Interior Minister added that he had met Harbiyar Marri in London.
Commenting on Pervez Musharraf and calls of the Baloch leadership that action should be taken against the former president, Malik said he would take action once the Balochistan government wrote to him.
Malik also called on the Baloch and national leadership to attend the governments All Parties Conference on Balochistan.

Business Of Buterflies Is On The Rise In Colombia

Not long ago, Olga Lucia Salazar was breaking chicken necks and plucking feathers under scalding water for a living. Now, at double her former wage, the single mother of three raises gorgeous blue butterflies.
"All I had to look forward to was miserable arthritis and permanently swollen hands," Salazar said as she arranged about 60 pistachio-sized chrysalises in a cotton-lined white cardboard box. "I can do this at home taking care of my kids. And I work for myself. There is no one screaming orders at me."
Over the last decade, butterfly exporter Alas de Colombia has given disadvantaged women here steady incomes and converted the iconography of this once war-torn valley from AK-47s and combat fatigues to fluttery symbols of peace and hope.
Based in nearby Cali, Alas de Colombia is owned by the mother-daughter team of Patricia and Vanessa Restrepo, who saw an opening in a growing market for butterflies at weddings and nature exhibits. "When we started, we knew nothing about entomology and the life cycle of butterflies," said Patricia, 56, who spent 25 years practicing corporate law before co-founding Alas de Colombia with her daughter. "It took us three years to research their mating habits, what sorts of plants they like to eat and how and where they lay their eggs."
For the record, she called the butterflies' mating ritual an "aerial ballet," with the male fluttering around the female "until she permits him to couple in a union lasting 15 minutes or more. The two do an aerial pas de deux, often with one of the mates beating his or her wings to keep the couple aloft.")
After a slow start in 2001, the company keeps 25 women busy as suppliers and ships up to 8,000 butterfly chrysalises a month, mainly to live butterfly exhibits in the United States. Customers include the San Diego Zoo, the Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas, and the Chicago Academy of Sciences' Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. It's the only Colombian firm licensed to export the insects.
Once in the chrysalis stage, the bugs take 10 to 20 days to emerge from their cocoons, a window the Restrepos use to air-freight their products to their far-flung destinations in time for their emergence as butterflies.
Doug Taron, a curator at Notebaert, said Alas de Colombia is one of the museum's most valued suppliers in Latin America, not least because the big-winged, blue Morpho peleides, the company's top-selling bug, is "drop-dead gorgeous." "A high percentage of chrysalises they send us, well over 80%, emerge as beautiful, healthy adult butterflies," Taron said. Live butterfly exhibits are increasingly popular, he said, because "they are non-threatening insects with a complex and interesting life cycle, and they are great hooks to get people interested in science and nature."
The nice thing about Colombian butterflies such as the blue morpho is that they flutter gently and "behave well," never dive-bombing visitors as do more aggressive bugs in the insect universe, said Michael Weissmann, an entomologist in Northglenn, Colo., who is a consultant for a Denver butterfly broker.
"They feed on flowers or fruit nearby, and don't smash against the glass all the time as if trying to get out. Blue morphos are active fliers with stunning colors," Weissmann said, adding that Alas, which means "wings," has a reputation for providing "more bug for the buck."
The company sells thousands of live butterflies a month in Colombia, where Morpho peleides is a national peace symbol and its release at weddings, birthdays and other celebrations is a colorful gesture of best wishes for the future. (The company releases 5% of the butterflies it raises.
Although the company seems to run like clockwork, Vanessa Restrepo, 30, said there were times she wondered whether she made the right decision turning down lucrative job offers after college to go into the insect business. "Yes, it would be nice to make a big salary like many of my classmates in university, but working with these beautiful creatures, improving Colombia's image abroad and having some social impact makes up for it," she said. "Working with my mother has been just a bonus, a gift."
The idea for the business grew from a senior thesis that Vanessa wrote at Cali's Javeriana University, an assignment to invent a unique business.
She had just been to an amusement park in central Florida with a live butterfly exhibit, and based her thesis on a hypothetical company that would supply insects to such exhibits. Her mother filled her in on the red tape and permits she'd need to get an export business off the ground.
"This sort of business didn't exist in Colombia before we came along. My mother and I had to invent it," Vanessa said. "There was a lot of trial and error, and we had to convince many people in the government. We had the good fortune to be pioneers, and we brought our dream to earth."

Katrina Kaif Is Thinking For Arranged Marriage

Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif has reportedly asked her mother to look for a suitable groom after failing many times in her love life.
Katrina Kaif might have had a successful run at the box office but the same cannot be said about her love life.
Following the big Khan fallout on her birthday, the actress had decided to give up on her romance with Salman Khan.
Following her first big break-up, the actress was dating Ranbir Kapoor but that too didn't go anywhere.
After failing miserably on the romantic front, now Katrina has decided to stay away from the industry as far as matters of the heart are concerned.
If reports are to be believed, Katrina is ready to settle in for an arranged marriage and has asked her mum to look for a suitable groom for her.

Medicines Sometimes Become Enemies

It was during June 2009 when the most popular singer of the world Michal Jackson was preparing for his concert show" This is it" and he had hired the services of a medical doctor Konard Murray to keep him healthy. Michal was suffering from insomnia, so doctor prescribed the tablets Proponill for sleep and that made Michal to have sleep. But, Michal did not know that when this medicine is taken along with other medicines to get relief of depression could result in dangerous effects. Michal was taking the medicines for depression i.e. leurzapam and medazolam. This was the fatal interaction of all the three medicines that caused sever heart attack and due to which Michal Jackson died on June 25, 2009.
*--- Fifty eight year Larry is the inhabitant of London. He suffered from stomach disease Bowl Sinodreem 2 years back. Doctor suggested him to take Triflouperzine having brand name ( Stellazine), but incapable doctor did not know that this medicines is not given to bowl sinodreem patients. Larry used the medicine for six months but the initial symptoms of parkinsoism appeared in him. In the disease muscles are pulled and patient feels trouble in walking and getting up and down. Larry's doctor did not realized that his prescribed medicine produced this disease. So doctor suggested eldopa for the treatment of parkinsoism along with previous medication. Larry did not recover even after 6 month period.
He was too tired of the doctor's treatment that he visited another doctor specialized in Perkin's disease. He was an experienced doctor, he studied his full history of sickness and came to know that the patient's disease was due to taking triflouperzine medicine. So he stopped this medicine and during next few months he also stopped Larry taking Eldopa. Larry got soon recovered and there was no symptom of Perkin's.

30,000 Years Old Fruit Seeds Regenerated Into Full Flowering Plants

Fruit seeds stored away by squirrels more than 30,000 years ago and found in Siberian permafrost have been regenerated into full flowering plants by scientists in Russia, a new study has revealed.
The seeds of the herbaceous Silene stenophylla plant, whose age was confirmed by radiocarbon dating at 31,800 years old, are far and away the most ancient plant material to have been brought back to life, said lead researchers Svetlana Yashina and David Gilichinsky of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The previous record for viable regeneration of ancient flora was with 2,000-year-old date palm seeds near the Dead Sea in Israel.
The latest findings could be a landmark in research of ancient biological material, and highlight the importance of permafrost in the “search of an ancient genetic pool, that of preexisting life, which hypothetically has long since vanished from the earth’s surface,” they wrote.
The study, to appear in today's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, described the discovery of 70 squirrel hibernation burrows along the bank of the lower Kolyma river, in Russia’s northeast Siberia, and bearing thousands of seed samples from various plants. “All burrows were found at depths of 20-40 metres from the present day surface and located in layers containing bones of large mammals such as mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, bison, horse, deer, and other representatives of fauna” from the Late Pleistocene Age.
Scientists were able to grow new specimens from such old plant material in large part because the burrows were quickly covered with ice, and then remained “continuously frozen and never thawed,” in effect preventing any permafrost degradation.
In their lab near Moscow, the scientists sought to grow plants from mature S. Stenophylla seeds, but when that failed, they turned to elements of the plants’ fruit, which they described as “placental tissue,” to successfully grow regenerated whole plants.