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Do what your mother says: Sunita Williams

Last updated on: April 6, 2013 09:26 IST

Commander Sunita Williams, the second woman of Indian origin ever to explore outer space, was clearly overwhelmed by the huge crowd, mostly school girls, who had gathered to welcome her in Chembur, suburban Mumbai.
She was speaking at an event organised by the Indian Council of Social Welfare, a voluntary global charitable organisation that works for women's empowerment.
The scene at the venue before Dr Williams' arrival was electrifying as school girls in anticipation of meeting "a great astronaut", along with their mothers and grandmothers, jostled for every inch of space closer to the dais with a huge media contingent.

They were equally equipped with their mobile phones and tablets to capture their idol's photographs.
While a couple of small girls did confuse Dr Williams with another exemplary woman astronaut of Indian origin Kalpana Chawla, their enthusiasm to catch her glimpse was indeed remarkable. They knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime-moment and were all geared to soak in those moments.

Does Rahul's speech portray him as a confused leader?

Last updated on: April 6, 2013 09:26 IST

Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and a contender for prime minister in 2014, on Thursday offered a broad vision of 21st century India in his first major speech to business leaders that critics called vague and rambling.

Addressing a gathering of Indian business tycoons in New Delhi, Gandhi did not touch on any of the issues bedevilling Asia's third-largest economy such as high inflation, decelerating investment, a ballooning current account deficit and red tape that ties up infrastructure projects for years.

Instead, in a speech that was long on imagery and anecdotes but short on specifics, he called for a revamp of the political system to better respond to the needs of India's 1.2 billion people, a closer relationship between government and big business and unleashing the potential of the Indian "beehive".

I am not God of cricket: Sachin Tendulkar

Last updated on: April 6, 2013 09:26 IST

He might be revered by billions of fans but Sachin Tendulkar insists he is "not god of cricket" as many would like to call him as he does "make mistakes" unlike the almighty.
"I am not God of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn't," Tendulkar said at a promotional event in Bangalore. The 39-year-old cricketer, who has almost all the batting records that are there to be taken under his belt, said growing up he wanted to be a combination of Sunil Gavaskar and Vivian Richards.
"I wanted to be like Sunil Gavaskar as a kid. When I grew up and started watching players from outside, someone who attracted me was Vivian Richards.
"Everything that he did was effortless. I always thought I should be a combination of these two," Tendulkar said, while answering questions from children.

Bas Kar Delhi: It's enough now

Last updated on: April 6, 2013 09:26 IST

Two months ago, six people snuffed the life out of a 23-year-old student in the most brutal manner possible. The horrific incident unfolded inside a moving bus in Delhi, which is already notorious for being the 'rape capital' of the nation.
Callous politicians mouthed meaningless platitudes and inept police personnel blamed the victim for daring to take the bus as late as 9.30 in the night!
Unfortunately for our lazy authorities, the horrific incident took over the national conscience and refused to let go. The simmering discontent of a nation, which had so far preferred to look the other way while its womenfolk was brutalised, exploded into a massive movement of rage and protests.

Sunny Leone's debut item song 'Laila Teri Le Legi'

Last updated on: April 6, 2013 09:26 IST

Sunny Leone, who made her debut in Bollywood with Jism 2 last year, has turned item girl for Sanjay Gupta's forthcoming film Shootout At Wadala. Here's a look at her superhot number Laila Teri Le Legi which has already become a rage with Sunny at her seductive best.