Popular porn film hides message about testicular cancer
Sydney, May 22 (IANS) In a first such awareness campaign about testicular cancer, an Australian advertising agency network and an adult film studio have inserted a public health message (with demonstration) in a newly-launched porn film.
In the film titled "Game of Balls", porn star Eva Lovia stops mid-action and speaks directly to the viewer, demonstrating how to check for testicular cancer, using her co-star as a prop, CampaignAsia.com reported.
She then points to an onscreen URL playwithyourself.org where men can learn more about testicular cancer and get help.
The ad agency M&C Saatchi in Sydney worked with leading porn movie studio Digital Playground and the non-profit Blue Ball Foundation to do this experiment with "Game of Balls," an X-rated parody of the movie "Game of Thrones."
The porn video was launched on www.digitalplayground.com, one of the most visited adult video sharing sites among Australian men.
So far, nearly 200,000 people have visited the site and total film views have crossed 1.5 million.
"We are overwhelmed with the amount of feedback we have been getting, from emails to Facebook messages to phone calls from all over the world," Blue Balls founder Jamie Morgan was quoted as saying.
Salman Khan's hero is Sylvester Stallone (Movie Snippets)
Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Actor Salman Khan, who has won the hearts of many in India and the world, says Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone is his hero.
The "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" actor called upon his 12 million fans on micro-blogging website Twitter to follow the legendary actor.
"Agar kisi ko follow karna hai? Bahar ka... Inko follow karo @TheSlyStallone. Aapke Hero ka hero Sylvester Stallone (If anyone has to follow a Hollywood star, then follow Sylvester Stallone. He is the hero of your hero)," Salman tweeted on Friday.
Stallone has also had a Bollywood stint. He did a cameo in Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor starrer "Kambakkht Ishq" in 2009.
Anupam Kher 'admires honesty' of body shamers
Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has been sporting a bald look for many years, doesn't mind being called "ganje" or "baldie", as he feels people are only being "honest".
The 60-year-old took to micro-blogging website Twitter, and posted: "When people on Twitter call me Ganje, Takle or Baldie. They think they are insulting me. But I admire their honesty for telling the truth."
Earlier this month, the actor visited the barber's shop, and he was sporting enough to share an image of a tray of items that he avoids being used on his head because he's bald.
'Dil Dhadakne Do' cast to rock 'Comedy Nights With Kapil'
The "Dil Dhadakne Do" star cast will be seen sharing the stage with comedian Kapil Sharma on the sets of "Comedy Nights with Kapil".
The episode will have actors Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Shefali Shah. The only ones who would be missing is the film's director Zoya Akhtar, and her brother Farhan, who has a key role in the entertainer.
Anil tweeted: "Who's ready for Comedy Nights with the Mehras...I mean Kapil! @KapilSharmaK9 #DilDhadakneDo."
Priyanka enjoyed the experience, and shared on Twitter: "Super fun to be on comedy nights @KapilSharmaK9 u make it such fun!Sidhu sir! @AnilKapoor @RanveerOfficial @ShefaliShah9 @AnushkaSharma #DDD."
The "Dil Dhadakne Do" special episode of the Colors's show will air on May 31.
Old Age Home couple ties the knot in Assam
Guwahati, May 22 (IANS) An elderly couple tied the knot here and is also to set out on Monday for their honeymoon in the Meghalaya capital of Shillong.
Shantanu Kumar Das, 73, and Manju Sinha Roy, 63, are boarders at the Old Age Home in Guwahati.
"It was love at first sight. They started an affair within days of their arrival at the Home. But we came to know of it only three months back. It was then that we decided on arranging their marriage," the Old Age Home's secretary Monika Sarma said.
Das, who hails from Karimganj district, was the first boarder of the Old Age Home, which came up in 2012. The same year Manju, belonging to Lalganesh area here, also arrived at the Home, said Monika.
"They are very happy as over 2,000 people attended their marriage. They would be staying here in the Home for the rest of their lives," Monika said.
Das is a retired engineer whose wife passed away a few years back. They had no children. He was staying in a rented house in the city before being brought to the Home by Monika and others.
Manju, on the other hand, had lost her parents a long time back and was staying at her brother's house. She was single and she came to the Home after her brother's demise.
"I was thinking that I would remain unmarried all my life. I am so happy that I am married now. This is certainly the happiest moment of my life. I am so thankful to Shantanu for choosing me as his partner," said Manju.
She also thanked the officials of the Old Age Home for their initiative and support.
The marriage, solemnized on Wednesday at the Home, received huge support as people from different walks of life participated in the ceremony.
Close to 2,200 guests attended and they were all offered vegetarian 'thalis'.
"We spent close to a lakh of rupees on the marriage. Das bought the jewelleries and clothes for the bride himself and we organised the rest. We also received donations from friends and well wishers," Monika said.
London cab driver jailed for killing US soldier
London, May 22 (IANS) A London cab driver has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of a US soldier in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2007, media reported on Friday.
Anis Sardar, 38, from Wembley, built bombs as part of a conspiracy to kill Americans fighting in the country. He was found guilty on Thursday, BBC reported.
The explosive devices were planted in or around the road near Baghdad in 2007, and one of the bombs killed 24-year-old Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson in September 2007.
Sardar's conviction in a British court for his role in the Iraq insurgency has been hailed a "landmark prosecution".
He denied all his charges.
He told the jury he became involved in the insurgency to protect Sunni Muslims from Shia militias, British Sky News reported.
Sardar was stopped at Heathrow Airport two months after Johnson's death, when he was on his way back to Britain from Syria.
Investigators found an Arab language bomb-making manual in his home.
Minor gang raped, murdered near Hyderabad
Hyderabad, May 22 (IANS) A minor girl was gang raped and murdered by unidentified people in Telangana's Ranga Reddy district, police said on Friday.
The incident occurred on Thursday night near Vikarabad, about 75 km from here.
According to police, the 15-year-old girl was kidnapped by four people when she was travelling in an auto-rickshaw with her father from Vikarabad to their village Ijrachittampally.
They stopped the three-wheeler, thrashed the girl's father and abducted her.
The victim's father lodged a police complaint.
The body of the victim was found near a hamlet on Friday. Police said the girl was murdered after the gang rape.
As the auto-rickshaw was not found on the scene, police suspect the involvement of the driver.
Ranga Reddy district police have formed special teams to track down the culprits.
Same-sex marriage referendum starts in Ireland
Dublin, May 22 (IANS) Polling stations in the Republic of Ireland opened their doors on Friday morning to some three million voters who will decide on the legalisation of same-sex marriage in a nation-wide referendum.
Citizens will have 15 hours to cast their ballots, and if a majority supports the measure, Ireland will be the first predominantly Catholic nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to get married as a result of popular will, Efe news agency reported.
The vote-count will begin on Saturday morning and first estimates could be out by noon, while the final result is expected to be announced a few hours later.
Projections have given a comfortable lead to same-sex advocates, although their opponents have gained ground in recent weeks, while a significant percentage of the electorate remain undecided.
On the ballot, the voters must select a simple "yes" or "no" to the proposition tendered by the Irish government coalition between Conservatives and Labour, which would defend the right that "marriage can be contracted according to the law for two people regardless of their sex".
In contrast, critics, including anti-abortion groups, ultra-conservatives and the Catholic Church, argue that these unions undermine the values of traditional family, and radically alter the processes of adoption and surrogacy, in addition to eroding the rights of the child.
The Republic of Ireland enacted the law on civil partnership in 2010, giving legal recognition to unmarried couples of the same sex for the first time in the country, but the law avoids describing unions as marriage, and they lack constitutional protections.
In another referendum also to be held on Friday, Irish voters will decide whether to cut the minimum age required to be president, which is a largely honorary post in the European country, from 35 to 21 years old.
Cameron starts push for EU reforms
London, May 22 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday said that he is determined to reform Britain's relationship with the European Union (EU) as he seeks to kickstart talks with European leaders on his plans.
At an ongoing summit in Latvia, he is making his case for change in the EU following the Conservatives' election victory in the May 7 general elections, BBC reported.
The prime minister said he expected "lots of ups and downs" in the process but wanted to give people a "proper choice" in a referendum due by 2017.
"All I will say is that there will be ups and downs. You will hear one day that 'this is possible', the next day something is impossible," he said.
"But one thing through all this will be constant and this is my determination to deliver for the British people a reform of the EU so they get a proper choice in that referendum we will hold before the end of 2017, that will be constant."
Cameron is slated to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, for one-on-one talks next week as he seeks to build momentum behind his reform agenda.
Friday's gathering of EU leaders was "an opportunity to start some of the discussions about reform of the EU", he said.
Liverpool manager Rodgers expects striker Sterling to stay
London, May 22 (IANS) Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is unequivocal that his club's stance over Raheem Sterling will not alter as he reiterated his belief on Friday that the young forward will not leave during the next two years of his contract.
Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, have experience in dealing with players who want to force a move away from them and Rodgers believes they will once again "show their strength" by refusing to buckle even if Sterling wants to move this summer, reports dailymail.co.uk.
"It's very difficult to comment on what other people speak about. We have always been clear. The concentration for myself is to continue to improve Raheem as a footballer," Rodgers said.
"Whether there are talks or no talks, he has two years left and I expect him to be here. It is quite simple," the 42-year-old added.
"I don't see Raheem being unhappy. His representative made it very clear he wanted to speak at the end of the season. I'm sure talks will take place over the summer."
Sterling has played 52 times for Liverpool this season, impressing enough to cement a place in the England starting XI.
Speculation about his future at Liverpool has now reached fever pitch, with his agent Aidy Ward pushing an aggressive agenda to state that Sterling does not want to stay.
For now though, he is a Liverpool player and Rodgers has no qualms about playing him.
"If he is fit, he will be available for selection," the Liverpool manager said.
"My relationship has not been affected. We have given Raheem an opportunity to play for one of the greatest clubs in the world. We want to resolve the situation but it does not change my approach to him. He is a good kid who has matured over the last few years."
Myanmar state handed over more than 200 boat people
Yangon, May 22 (IANS) Myanmar's navy on Friday handed over to the country's western Rakhine State government 208 Bangladeshi nationals who were found drifting at sea on a migrant boat.
The migrant boat carrying 219 people, including 208 Bangladeshi citizens, nine crew members and two interpreters, were rescued by Myanmar navy at sea about four miles west of Thinbawgway village in Maungdaw township of Rakhine State on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported citing a press release issued by the country's ministry of information.
Another empty boat was also found while the Myanmar navy ship was patrolling the sea.
After the rescue process, the boat people were sheltered at Alethankyaw village in Rakhine and humanitarian assistance was being provided to the migrants, it added.
Recently, Myanmar immigration authorities have repatriated 11 Bangladeshi refugees who drifted to shore near Oodaung village in Maungtaw, Rakhine state, after being forced to jump down from a boat bound for Malaysia.
-Indo-Asian News Service
I was called silly for doing 'Fashion': Priyanka Chopra
Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) With the success of content-driven films led by women like Anushka Sharma and Kangana Ranaut, one lady who is sitting back and smiling is Priyanka Chopra, who recalls how she was called "silly" for choosing to do a movie like "Fashion" back in 2008.
Having watched Anushka's production "NH10", Priyanka was all praise for the latter for keeping the flag of "girl power" flying high.
"Der aaye durust aaye. Just saw NH10 @AnushkaSharma! So proud of you... As a woman, an actor and a producer. Keep the flag flying high babe #GirlPower," the National Award winning actress posted on Twitter on Friday.
She added: "So good to see such amazing content driven films led by girls!it was so hard to get people 2 believe in us when I started. We were always 2nd.
"I was called silly for doing Fashion. As if it would harm my career! Hah! Look at us now! This movement will soon be a revolution! #ProudFemale."
So happy is Priyanka with this whiff of change in the film industry that she is now eager to watch Deepika Padukone-starrer "Piku" and Kangana Ranaut's dual avatar in "Tanu Weds Manu Returns".
"Can't wait to watch Piku n TanuWedsManu! GirlPower always," the "Gunday" actress tweeted.