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Jennifer Lopez dropped from IPL 6 over “Outrageous Diva Demands”

Jennifer Lopez was dropped from the opening ceremony of the upcoming Indian Premier League after organizers rejected her “outrageous diva” demands. The singer’s manager Benny Medina reportedly asked organizers to make a private plane available to the 43-year-old and pay for luxury hotel suites for her extensive entourage, including a …

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Himmatwala: It’s Tacky-Oh-Tacky fun!

This Bollywood ‘rewrite’ (according to its director) of the biggest hit of 1983 is an almost faithful remake with two significant additions: a pre-interval plot ‘twist’ and a key role for Richard Parker (last seen in Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’). Before the dosa-thin dated plot of revenge and retribution …

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Lord Ahmed apologises for “Jewish Conspiracy” remarks

Lord Ahmed has apologized “unreservedly” for blaming a “Jewish conspiracy” for his imprisonment for dangerous driving in 2009. In an interview with a Pakistani TV channel early last year, the Labour peer blamed his “harsh punishment” to collusion between the judiciary and “Jewish-owned media organizations” angered at his support of …

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COMMENT: Nick Clegg’s Folly and Bollywood Fried Chicken

Two weeks before the increasingly beleaguered Nick Clegg got on a stage to announce his ingenious plan to introduce “security bonds” to deter overstayers and illegal immigrants, I was contacted by a former officer of the Sri Lankan army. The officer – let’s call him Captain Daminda – had an …

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COMMENT: Nick Clegg’s Folly and Bollywood Fried Chicken

Two weeks before the increasingly beleaguered Nick Clegg got on a stage to announce his ingenious plan to introduce “security bonds” to deter overstayers and illegal immigrants, I was contacted by a former officer of the Sri Lankan army. The officer – let’s call him Captain Daminda – had an …

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Heads roll at JWT India after “insensitive” Ford advert

The Indian arm of advertising giant JWT has sacked several employees in its offices in Mumbai over a controversial bondage themed advertisement featuring former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The adverts – for Ford Motors India – depicted Mr Berlusconi glancing over three bound and gagged women in the boot …

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BBC ceases broadcasts in Sri Lanka following “interference”

BBC radio broadcasts on the Sri Lankan state broadcaster have been stopped with immediate effect because of continued interference in its Tamil programming. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation’s BBC streams have ceased although listeners on the Island can continue to listen to the service on shortwave and via online services. …

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Malala Yousafzai signs £2 million book deal

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, has signed a book deal worth a reported £2 million. “I am Malala” will be published in Autum 2013 and tell the story of her campaigning for girls education in Pakistan and being targeted by gunmen in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in …

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