In The True Face of
Jehadis, Amir Mir,
Pakistan’s well-known investigative journalist, focuses on the
militant Islamic groups, their links with the military and
intelligence establishment of Pakistan, and how terror charities are
thriving in the aftermath of the earthquake in October 2005
being decl- ared as terrorist support organisations by the United
States and having their bank accounts frozen by Pakistan for their
alleged al-Qaeda links, three banned Islamic charities — Al-Rashid
Trust, Al-Akhtar Trust and Ummah Tameer-e-Nau — took full advantage
of the October 8, 2005 earthquake in the Pakistan-administered Azad
Kashmir, using it as an opportunity to come out in the open, revive
themselves and resume their so-called social welfare activities.
to caves of Bombay
The Maharashtra Tourism
Department has adopted the Trimurti statue of the Elephanta caves as
its logo. But little has been done to ensure that the sculptures
inside these five groups of caves are well protected, writes Vinaya
of Bombay! Yes! I am referring to more than two hundred heritage caves
with sculptures rivalling that of the famous Ellora, within 20 km of
the city centre of Bombay! Does commerce alone makes a global city?
This is the question the Archaeological survey of India or the Tourism
Department of Maharashtra and the city planners of Bombay have to
decide, for around Bombay are six groups of caves — Mandapeshwar,
Kanheri, Jogeshwari, Karla, Mahakali.
a tiny historical town, is all geared up to welcome its visitors with
a display of its architectural grandeur. There is something for
everyone—tourists, archaeologists, historians, art lovers,
architects, and students of culture, religious studies and literature.
key to Cleopatra’s power
of Cleopatra and immediately you can conjure up an image of the
Egyptian queen in her characteristic hairdo adorned with a cobra
headgear. But apparently there was more to Cleopatra’s hairstyles,
as she used them in calculated ways to enhance her power and fame.
And the Oscar goes to...
the 78th annual Academy of Motions Picture and Science
awards, popularly referred to as the Oscars, ended for another year,
it was interesting to read and watch sections of the Indian media
lament as to why Indian films have made so little impact on what is
considered by many as the world stage of cinema.
Are some of our top-notch
directors looking at an alternative career? Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar
and Shaad Ali have all proved themselves closet-actors.
moans Madhavan. "If all the big-shot directors of the country
turn to acting what will we do?" He has a point. First it was
only Subhash Ghai who dug the idea of doing flash appearances in his
films. We couldn’t blame him. Ghai had come into the industry with
the express purpose of being an actor.
Stone happy to strip again
Instinct star Sharon Stone has revealed that she will be
happy to strip in a movie again, but only in her original flesh sans
digital enhancements. The
stunning actress recently stripped for racy scenes in the new movie Basic
Instinct: Risk Addiction, and admits she is prepared to appear
nude in future films.
trademark curly locks are gone but A. R. Rahman continues to be as shy
as ever. Ask him about the new look and he mumbles "I had shaved
my head before leaving for Haj in January, so my hair is still growing