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Woman gets 18 years for sending ricin-laced letters to Obama


A woman from Texas has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after sending US President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg letters laced with highly toxic ricin. Thirty-six-year-old Shannon Guess Richardson was sentenced Wednesday after having pleaded guilty in December to possessing and producing a biological toxin. Richardson had sent three letters from New Boston, Texas, outside Texarkana, before contacting the police and claiming her husband did it.

​Iran nuclear talks to be adjourned before deadline expires – diplomats


The talks between Iran and P5+1, a group of six world leading nations, over the Iranian nuclear program are to be adjourned on Friday, two days ahead of the informal deadline set for them, diplomatic sources told AP. Keeping the talks until the last hour despite no hope of bridging the gaps would give the impression of a desperate search for a solution, something the parties would like to avoid, the sources said. The deadline is likely to be extended

​Typhoon Rammasun leaves Philippines battered, moves towards China


The Philippines is dealing with the damage caused by the Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest to hit the country this year, which left 38 people killed and at least eight missing. The disaster destroyed about 7,000 houses and damaged 19,000, the national disaster agency said. The storm is now moving towards China and is expected to make landfall around midday on Friday somewhere between the island of Hainan and the southern province of Guangdong.


Russia not planning reopening Soviet spy base on Cuba – Putin


Russian President Vladimir Putin has refuted reports that Russia and Cuba agreed to resume work at the Soviet-built intelligence facility in Lourdes near Havana, Cuba. “No, it’s not true,” Putin answered a question during his meeting with reporters following the BRICS summit in Brazil. “There is nothing to regret, we are capable of solving the challenges in the field of national defense without this component, there is nothing unusual here, we in agreement with our friends closed the work of this center, we have no plans to resume work,” said Putin. Reports of resumption of work at the USSR’s largest electronic intelligence facility were published in Kommersant newspaper on Wednesday.

Suspected militant attack reported on Kabul airport


A number of explosions, possibly rocket propelled grenades, and bursts of gunfire were reported near Kabul International Airport at dawn on Thursday, according to eyewitness reports cited by Reuters. The Afghan capital’s airport, which is used both by civilians and the country’s military, serves as a base for NATO-led forces who have been clashing with Taliban and Islamic insurgents for well over a decade. Rockets are fired into the airport’s vicinity almost on a weekly basis, though the facility has largely escaped damage. It was unclear whether Thursday’s attack represented a more serious, frontal assault attempt. Officials reported that a number of militants had burst into a building north of the airport, and the transport hub had been closed to all flights.



​Taliban attack in Kabul Airport ends after all gunmen killed


The Taliban attack in Kabul International Airport in the capital of Afghanistan has ended after all the militants were killed, Gul Agha Hashimi, a senior police official, told AFP. The assault lasted at least four hours. Earlier, the Afghan officials confirmed that the gunmen seized two buildings under-construction, only 700 meters from the airport. They used them as a site to fire rockets and gunfire targeting both the airport and ISAF (NATO’s International Security Assistance Force) jet fighters flying over Kabul, said Aman. The airport, which is used both by civilians and the country’s military, serves as a base for ISAF, which has have been clashing with Taliban and Islamic insurgents for well over a decade.


HIV transmissions highest in 20 years in Australia


There were 1,235 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Australia in 2013, the largest number in 20 years, an annual report by the University of New South Wales’ Kirby Institute said. The rates have been stable for the past few years, but are 70 percent higher than they were back in 1999, when new diagnoses were at their lowest. The spread of the deadly disease is due to rise in unprotected sex, particularly among gay men, rather than better testing, evidence suggested.





Israel launches ground attack in Gaza


Benjamin Netanyahu initiated a ground attack  escalation in a ten-day offensive  killed more than 250 Palestinians.

Witnesses in Gaza reported heavy bombing from jets, warships and artillery stationed along the border late on Thursday, with much of the firing directed at northern Gaza.Electricity was cut off across a large swathe of the strip, though it was unclear why. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said: “The military objectives are twofold. “To strike Hamas as a terrorist organisation, which is globally labelled, so that they do not have the motivation to continue this aggression against Israel. “And second of all to strike the terrorist infrastructure, the rockets, the tunnels, the mechanisms that they are using to strike and attack Israel.”

An Israeli military spokesman said in an interview to a radio station regarding the recent death of an Israeli soldier during the ground offensive on Gaza: “We are checking the circumstances” of soldier’s death.

This was the first Israeli casualty since the start of the operation.

Palestinian officials said 19 Palestinians were killed in heavy fighting overnight, bringing the death toll to 259, including 39 children. More than 1,900 Palestinians have also been injured. The Israeli military said that one soldier was killed in the north of Gaza on Friday, but the circumstances surrounding the death remain unclear. One Israeli was killed by rocket fire from Gaza earlier this week.

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said that the ground operation amounted to “stupidity” and that the Israeli army would “pay a high price”. Sami Abu Zuhri, another spokesman for the group which controls Gaza, said: “It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people. We warn Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act.”  Diana Buttu, a former legal adviser to the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, said: “I think it’s high time that the Palestinian Authority go and sign on to the International Criminal Court and start charging Israel with war crimes. This isn’t the first time this has happened.” “They [Israel] shouldn’t be allowed to behave like they are above the law, and treat Palestinians like they are beneath it.”

Media agencies

NELSON MANDELA DAY observed in New Delhi


NELSON MANDELA DAY observed in New Delhi through 67-minutes of service.


UNIC New Delhi's photo.
UNIC New Delhi's photo.

 The UN observes Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July as a tribute to that iconic figure and his contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. In New Delhi,Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, Director, UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, joined diplomats and students in volunteering to clean Basant Lok Market in Vasant Vihar. This 67-minutes of service was organized by the High Commission of South Africa and Come, Clean India! to mark the 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life in the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. 


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Rains play spoil sport on the sets of Ye Hai Mohabbatein!


Recently the rains played spoil sport on the sets of Star Plus’;s Ye Hai Mohabbatein. Divyanka Tripathi who plays Ishita Raman Bhalla on the show was in for a rude shock when she found the ceiling of her green room leaking due to heavy showers. Divyanka who reported to the sets to shoot for a very crucial scene found her green room flooded and all the costumes for the show and her expensive make-up and laptop floating in the room.


Being a thorough professional Divyanka shifted her belongings to a safe area and changed into her get up so that the shoot is not disrupted.


“It was pouring the previous night as a result the ceiling gave away and started leaking. Since the door was locked-up and we had packed up no one realized that the room was flooded until the next day when I reported on the sets. My laptop, clothes for the shoot and other personal belongings were damaged. However we were shooting for a very crucial scene and we couldn’;t afford to cancel the shoot, hence, I changed and resumed with the shots.” said our very professional Divyanka Tripathi.


Watch Ye Hai Mohabbatein Monday to Saturday, 11 p.m. only on Star Plus!

Woodepecker Film Festival inviting Entries for the 2014 edition


Woodepecker Film Festival inviting Entries for the 2014 edition

Entries Invited for the 2ndedition of Woodpecker Film Festival (WFF) to be held at India Habitat Centre (IHC) this December


  • The film festival and forum will be organised from Dec 11-13
  • Entries are invited on hot button  issues ranging from environment, gender, livelihoods and religion and culture to social advertisements and science and technology
  • Last date for submission is September 1, 2014


New Delhi, July 17, 2014:After a roaring debut in 2013, the much acclaimed Woodpecker Film Festival (WFF) is now inviting Entries for its second edition. With more themes to cover and explore, this year’s festival will have an exciting range of short films, advertisements and documentaries focusing on socially relevant issues like environment, forest & wildlife, gender, children, livelihoods, religion and culture, animation and science & technology. The three day film festival will be organised from Dec 11- 13, 2014 at the, India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi.


Sharing more about the festival, Mr. Narender Yadav, Founder Director, WFF, said “We are extremely thankful to all the participants, jury members and the audience for a successful first year. This year also, we would continue with our efforts to promote young film makers through this platform. The festival’s mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of new cinematic traditions as a powerful tool for social change. WFF-2014 will showcase documentaries, short films and social advertisements on ten contemporary themes.” Further adding to it, Ms Tanvi Rustagi, Creative Director, WFF, said “It is an endeavour to successfully take emerging genres of cinema to a wider and more diverse audience in the country and at the same time bring together industry representatives, film societies, upcoming and established filmmakers as well as technical experts together.”


Film Categories: 

For the 2014  festival entries are invited in the following categories:


  1. Environment
  2. Animation
  3. Forest & Wildlife
  4. Social Advertising and PSAs
  5. Livelihoods
  6. Films for children
  7. Religion and Culture
  8. Science & Technology
  9. Gender
  10. Student Films






Entry Process & Deadline for Submission:

Entry Form along with Entry Guidelines is available on the festival website Early bird entries will be accepted till July 31, 2014 and regular entry for the festival will be open till September 1, 2014. Nominations are likely to be announced in the month of October. Films having duration up to 55 minutes and produced after 2012 only are eligible for participating in the film festival. The Nomination Jury will meet in the month of September and will select films for screening during the festival. The nominated films will then be presented to the Award Jury to finally select the winners of 2014 festival.


Woodpecker Awards

The Woodpecker Awards are aimed to inspire creativity and recognise the talent of Indian filmmakers who are focusing on alternative ways of filmmaking and experimenting with new ideas and issues. A trophy, citation along with a cash award will be presented in a gala Award Ceremony on Dec 13 in New Delhi. Apart from the 11 thematic awards there will be technical awards and Best of the festival award in this competitive film festival.


Focus on youth

The film festival is mainly focused to attract the young generation towards this exciting world of filmmaking. It is also an attempt to make them understand how cinema can be a powerful medium not only to highlight an issue but also to bring the desired social change. “To ensure that more and more film enthusiasts especially youngsters can come and watch these films, we will keep the entry absolutely free during the film festival. Also, special promotion of the festival will be done in colleges and institutes to ensure participation of large number of youth, in addition to filmmakers, media professionals, representatives from government and non-governmental organisations, advertising professionals and academicians,” said Mr Yadav.


About the Organiser

The film festival is part of the ‘Cinema for Change’ initiative launched by CMSR foundation, a not-for-profit Trust, based in New Delhi. The foundation has been established to harness the power of information, education and communications to achieve desired social change. Communication for Social development, education, public health, rural development, environment and media constitute the broad operational areas of CMSR foundation. (www.cmsrfoundation.corg)




For more information contact the festival team at 011-41661868/ 9810821868 or email:


The Woodpecker Film Festival

C/o CMSR foundation K86 – (Basement), Kalkaji, New Delhi110019

Narender Yadav

To Me

Today at 10:42 AM

Dear Sir,
I am happy to share that  we have launched the 2014 edition of Woodpecker Film Festival today with the announcement of Call for Entries. The film festival will be organised from Dec 11-13 at India Habitat Centre. Festival website is
This will be the second edition of the festival. Our last year;s festival was quite successful and was widely reported in the mainstream media. This year, entries are being invited on ten powerful social themes ranging from environment, gender, livelihoods and religion and culture to social advertisements and science and technology   
In this regard please find attached a Press Release along with festival Logo. 
Best Regards
Narender Yadav
Festival Director

Malaysian Boeing 777crashes in Ukraine


With reports of interface the passenger airplane of Malaysian airlines has crashed in eastern Ukraine village Hrabove aerospace.Malaysian airline plane was on flight from Amsterdam to Malaysia with 280 passengers and 15 members crew fear dead. Paaenger plane is shot down either by pro Russian rebels or lost control is still matter of debate.Plane was shot by Buk missiles at an altitude of 33000 ft height needs radar to Buk -anti craft guns in possession of rebels who don’t have the skill to identify the plane at high altitude.

Ukriaine army is not responsible for the plane crash  Malaysian airline claims to have lost control of Boeing 777  and villagers said the derbies is of plane but no bodies recovered till reports reaching this update.

Malaysian  PM said the action against the perpetrators shall be taken.  Tony Abbot Australian PM said its unspeakable crime as plane had 18 Australian on board. Obama call for early investigation and place of accident  to be kept intact. Bblack box MH 17 Malaysian Airline has been found by the pro Russian troop in occupation of crash site has sent the black box to Moscow in Russia for further investigation to which media has its reservations as black box is property of Malaysia because of plane belongs to that country.

. Further contemplative study suggest that the missiles shot the plane is of  larger design to be mounted on vehicles to shoot 10000Mtr in the sky and can be located on the satellite  exploration.

Hillary Clinton  said the plane  carrying passengers mostly from Europe and  Euro rage must spring up in capitals across Europe. Reports media

Updated 18 july

Media agencies


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