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The guy is just following the instructions I guess. 🙂

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India Shining ?????


Wow, India is really shining. 🙂

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 Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has apologised to the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) for wearing his hair open in an advertisement. “I apologise if I have hurt Sikh sentiments. It was not my intention to do so. In future I will take care of this,” he said. However, he also criticised the SGPC for taking up the issue in media.

“It’s bad that the SGPC took up the issue in media. If they had any problem, they should have called me like a son and told me. But, their action was wrong,” he said.

Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), considered to be mini-parliament of the Sikhs, demanded an apology from off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for wearing his hair open in the advertisement. “Harbhajan Singh should apologise for appearing in the advertisement if he considers himself to be a Sikh. Our religion prohibits keeping one’s hair open. We also strongly object to his appearing in the advertisement in this fashion,” SGPC President Avtar Makkar said.

He said that since Harbhajan was born and brought up in a Sikh family, he should have known that his religion did not permit keeping free-flowing hair. “We are not even supposed to eat if our hair is not tied,” he said. SGPC chief said Harbhajan should have refrained himself from appearing in the advertisement of the company, which is associated with a well-known liquor brand.

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“Amjad Khan and I struck a good friendship during Sholay. In fact, I wanted to play the role of Gabbar Singh and I told this to Ramesh Sippy (producer-director of the original Sholay),” Amitabh Bachchan said in a statement at the Le Meridien hotel in suburban Mumbai at a function held to reveal Gabbar’s Singh’s new look.It has been three days since the shooting of Ram Gopal Varma’s Sholay remake has begun and the film is expected to be released in May 2007.

“30 years ago Gabbar Singh was the villian of Sholay, but today I think he’s the real hero. This film is the greatest challenge of my life,” Varma said.

“I am overwhelmed and embarrased to unveil this new look,” said Bachchan.

Source:- Rediff

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Channel Set Max for Indian viewers :-

Sony Entertainment television Network won the ICC rights for cricket telecast during the Cricket World Cup in 2003 and thus, they have broadcasting rights of all the cricket tournaments which will be played under ICC’s tags. They won this honour at a price of USD 255 million whereas the previous World Cup’s telecast rights were sold at just 2 million dollars. This includessetmax.gif the coming ICC Champions Trophy and also the ICC Cricket World Cup in West Indies in March 2007.

The Hindi films and cricket channel of Sony, called as “Set Max” or “Sony Max” will do the telecast as they have been doing during the last two Champions trophies.

Commentary both in English and Hindi .

Well yes, its true. Set Max will telecasting the matches in Champions trophy in English while the other channel of Sony – Sab TV will telecast the cricket matches in Hindi. But Sab Tv will only show 6 matches – 3 matches of India, the two semi-finals and the final on 5th November. Here’s the schedule of 2006 Champions trophy.

The Commantators :-

As I said that Champions trophy matches will be shown both in Hindi and English, the commentators are bound to be different. To me, it matters a lot to whom I’ll be hearing during those tense moments in cricket matches and if you do care about them – here’s the list.

English Commentary
John Wright (New Zealand), Tony Greig (England/Australia), Geoffrey Boycott (England), Novjot Singh Sidhu (India), Ian Chappel (Australia), Barry Richards (South Africa), Sanjay Manjrekar (India), Arun Lal (India) and Donna Symonds – The female Commentator from West Indies.

Hindi Commentary
Atul Wassan, Maninder Singh, Saba Karim and Nikhil Chopra – Of Course, all from India.

What they will be showing :-

Remember Mandira Bedi. From a soap opera called “Shanti” on DD1, and a “not so lucky” actress in Bollywood, Mandira Bedi finally made a name for herself by sitting among cricket analysts during the World Cup in 2003. It was the first time a lady was involved mandira bedi With Set Max.jpgin a game which is driven by gentlemen for so many years… and this trend is not breaking during ICC Champions Trophy as well.

She will be supported by Charu Sharma – a well know cricket presenter who never played the game and together they will be presenting a show called “Extraa Innings”, which will be starting 2 hours earlier to every match and will run through the Innings interval to an hour from the match’s end.

So the show “Extra Innings” on Setmax will be starting at 12.30 every match day while the actual match in Champions trophy will start at 14.20 IST.

Prizes to be won though Set Max.

Set Max will be hosting plenty of contests for its viewers during this ICC Cricket tournament and if you are interested in it, read this.

How to get Set Max on my television :-

Set Max is one of the channel that you get through OneAlliance if you are using Dish Tv or Tata Sky satellite network. In fact, Set Max is a very popular channel through local cable operators in India, provided you are not living in Indian cities like Chennai and few others because Set Max is not available in those parts of our country.

You will have Set Max though “direct to home” methods anywhere in India but though local cable operators – you better check it out first.

For Cricket lovers living outside India, the offer for Set max might a little costly but here are the options – Set Max is available in USA, UK and Europe, South Africa, Middle east, Australia and New Zealand. I have found the following contact methods which might be able to help you find ways to get Set Max in your home —

The Contact address :
Sony Pictures Europe house,
25 Golden Square,
W1F 9LU.

The email to contact Set Max :
Mr. Rajan Singh : rajan_singh@spe.sony.com

Alternatively :

Bharti Kabre
Tel : +912267081323
Mob : +919820346384.
Email : bhartia@setindia.com

Will Doordarshan show these matches :-

Cricket is in veins of India people. And now when festival season on Dussera, Diwali and Eid has come, cricket might be the answer for people who will be spending little bit more time at home than office.

Although Cable Tv has penetrated into 48 million Indian homes, and over 65 million world Wide, The question of DD National showing the matches remains very important. The news is half good for cricket viewers in rural area’s of India, or at the places where Set Max doesn’t reach because DD1 – the national channel of our country will be showing the matches in ICC Championsdoordarshan.jpg trophy but only those involving India, the semi-finals and the final.

This means that you can watch India vs England on 15th October, India vs Wet Indies/Sri Lanka on 26th October and India vs Australia on 29th October on Doordarshan along with the Semi-finals on 1st and 2nd November 2007 and the final on 5th.

What about All India Radio :-

News is again good for people who like listening to the runniing commentary on Radio as AIR (all india radio) will be bradcasting the commentary for all the matches in ICC champions trophy.

Important notes :-

1. There will be two “Combination matches” which will be played between two teams formed among all the international players who will be here in India for ICC champions trophy. These two matches will be played in Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur and will be scheduled sometime after the ICC champions trophy final on 5th of November.

Here’s how you can buy the tickets for Champions Trophy and also for these two combination matches.

2. Doordarshan will “live telecast” the four day Nissar Mohammad Trophy cricket match between the winner of domestic championships in India and Pakistan. that is – between Ranji Trophy champions Uttar Pradesh and Pakistan’s national champions – Sialkot from 27th of September.

This Four day match will be played in India at Dharamsala. HPCA Cricket Stadium at be precise. Cricketers like Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina and Naved ul Hasan has already agreed to play the match between the national champions of the rival countries and school children will have a free entry into this match.

3. The above informtion is very much limited to cricket lovers living in India.

Source:- It’s Only Cricket

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This was the image that was carried in the daily telegraph about a year ago. This made big headlines at the time and people from West Bengal were furious at the paper for displaying this image. Well, it all seems to be true one year after the news first made healines. We all have seen him play for years, first as a regular player and then as the Captain of the Indian side. But the Bengal tiger’s days seem to be over. If there were any doubts of him making a comback to the Indian side for the World Cup, then the Challenger Trophey has put those doubts to rest. I can clearly see that Saurav Ganguly will not be able to make it to the Indian side for the Wolrd Cup. Call it politics, call it a conspiracy of Dravid and Chappel, call it his poor form but Dada will soon be history for Indian Cricket.

I am/was a big fan of his captaincy and always admired his guts to back his players. But you can’t stay in the side just for your captaincy. You have to lead the side from the front and that’s something that he wasn’t doing at the time he was stripped of his captaincy. Though I always felt that the way he was shunned out of the team was a little too disgraceful for a player of his stature. He was the most successful Indian captain and the selectors should have asked him to step down as a captain and given him atleast two series to see if he can recover from his poor form.

If this Challenger Series held the public’s imagination at any stage, it certainly didn’t beyond 7pm on Tuesday, when the tournament ended for Sourav Ganguly. The one thing that the public was keen to see – if they could manage to tune in to Neo Sports, the newly launched television channel that is broadcasting this series – it was how Ganguly would bat. And if he did not last long enough during his 24 against India Blue, it was even more disappointing today in his game against the Reds.

Only 3 runs from 9 balls before an angled bat outside off redirected the ball back onto the stumps via the inside edge, and suddenly the question surrounding Ganguly changed slightly. It was now not so much whether he could make it back to the Indian team, but whether he still deserved a place in the Rest of India team that would take on Uttar Pradesh in the Zal Irani Trophy match at Nagpur, starting October 9.

Truly sad days for the former skipper and in my honest opinion he should just retire and concentrate on his business.

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I have been a big fan of this show since Season 1. Season1 was a huge hit with some big names like Ehsaan Kureshi, Bhagwant Maan, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Sunil Pal, Raju Srivastav etc. Season 2 was also very good, though it could not reach to the same levels as Season 1 did. Some of the people that are good from Season 2 include Pratap Faujdaar, Ali Hassan & Irfan Malik, Rauf Lalla etc.

You can catch this show on Star One across the globe.

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Nearly eight decades after a concept video phone appeared in Fritz Lang’s classic movie ‘Metropolis’ in 1927 and a real one by the beginning of this century in the US, it is time now for the technology to hit Indian shores.

Surat-based YOU Telecom, formally known as Iqara Telecom India, is close to launching India’s first video phones that enable users to make both video and voice calls.

Moreover, it is also planning to usher in an era of non-metred calls, an advanced mode of billing that is prevalent in telecom superior countries like the US and UK. And the costs are around Rs 249 per month for unlimited calls, cheaper than an average entry-level pre-paid recharge coupon of Rs 300-325.

“IP video phones duplicate some of the functionalities of the computer, but is much like the normal black phones with a dial pad and other features. This works on an broadband Internet connection, is a plug-and-play device and the user doesn’t have to wear a headset like use a web camera,” says YOU Telecom chief executive officer E V S Chakravarthy.

The company plans to launch the services by the January next year. The equipment will be brought in from Taiwan and would cost around Rs 17,000 a piece.

YOU Telecom intends to levy a charge of Rs 249 per month for video calls, with subscribers encouraged to make unlimited calls to any destinations across the world.

The calls won’t be metred like the conventional telephone companies. “This paves way for introduction of unmetred scheme, the first of its kind in India,” he claims.

The only problem is that the video phones can only be used as the second phone in the house as they will not work with the plain old telephone system and it is not possible to connect them to another landline number.

However, various tariff modes would be made available. The services would be launched tentatively on January 14, 2007, he says.

Domestic calls could also be made from the company’s network, and the billing would be a similar “unmetred” scheme. So, if you have family and friends scattered around the world and would like to see them and converse with them, look no further.


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Serious Records next release is titled Chalakiyan, This album is due out late September/early October feat. productions from Jeeti, Kam Frantic and Aman Hayer with the golden voice of the 1 and only 1 Lembher Hussanpuri.

You can watch a preview of his new song below.



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