Being an Idol for Young Girls in India Is Not Easy

It's still not sunk in," says 18-yearold ZoyaAfroz, about being crowned Ponds Femina Miss India Second Runner Up 2013. The Lucknow lass says she still pinches herself to feel it's all for real. "I always wanted to be a Miss India, and now when that dream has come true, I can't thank God enough," she says. "It's been four days since I was crowned and the phones haven't stopped ringing. More than me, it's my mother and father who are happy. They are the ones who have supported me in all of this and stood by me like a rock. This crown is all because of them," shares Zoya.

"The Miss India title is so huge, I am realizing it now. As a kid I used to tell my mom that AishwaryaRaiBachchan was my idol and I wanted to be like her, but now when I have been crowned a Miss India myself, I know it's not just about glamour and beauty. There's so much more to it and my respect for the former title holders has increased so much. Because they have done justice to this title, and I hope I can do too. This title has changed my life. There's so much of respect and recognition involved with being a Miss India. Being an idol for all the young girls in India is not an easy task," she gushes.

 

Source: times

 

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Oblivious Tom Cruise looks far from grey-t in his dodgy clobber

Tom Cruise may be a highly-acclaimed box office star – but he won’t be winning many plaudits for his taste in fashion.

The actor wore a ghastly grey combo of suit and roll neck jumper at the Hollywood premiere of his new movie Oblivion.

He was joined at the high-profile movie bash by his co-stars Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough, who both looked particularly dazzling posing next to drably-dressed Tom.

Olga flashed her cleavage in a plunging frock, while pale-skinned Brit Andrea was on glowing form in an elegant cream gown.

Meanwhile, Tom has vehemently denied that he discussed his divorce on a German TV show earlier this week.

ProSieben reported that the Hollywood titan said he was surprised by his split from former wife Katie Holmes.

The network quoted him as saying: “I did not expect that. Life is a challenge.

“To be 50 and have experiences and think you have everything under control, and then it hits you - that's what life is.

“Life is tragicomic. You need a certain sense of humour.”

However, a spokesperson for the actor insists the quotes have been fabricated.

The rep said: “The entire interview was about his career. He was not asked any personal questions.”

Source:The Sun

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Pablo Neruda: Chile exhumes poet's body in murder probe

The grave of Pablo Neruda in the garden of his home in Isla Negra, Chile Members of Chile's Medical Legal Service have begun digging up the grave Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in Isla Negra

Forensic experts in Chile will shortly exhume the remains of the poet, Pablo Neruda, who died in 1973.

The Chilean authorities want to establish whether he died of cancer or was poisoned on the orders of Chile's military ruler, Gen Augusto Pinochet.

Pablo Neruda, a Nobel Prize winner, was a member of the Communist Party and a staunch supporter of ousted Chilean president Salvador Allende.

He died aged 69 just 12 days after Gen Pinochet's coup against Mr Allende.

The poet's family maintains that he died of advanced prostate cancer.

In 2011, Chile started investigating allegations by his former driver and personal assistant, Manuel Araya, that Mr Neruda had been poisoned.

Mr Araya says Pablo Neruda called him from hospital, and told him he was feeling sick after having been given an injection in the stomach.

Pablo Neruda in a file photo from 1971 Pablo Neruda had planned to go into exile in Mexico

Mr Araya's allegations are backed by the Chilean Communist Party, which says that Mr Neruda did not exhibit any of the symptoms associated with the advanced cancer he is reported to have died from.

Members of Chile's Medical Legal Service began to dig up Mr Neruda's grave on Sunday.

The poet is buried next to his wife Matile Urritia in the garden of their home on Chile's Pacific coast in Isla Negra, some 120 km (75 miles) west of the capital, Santiago.

A nephew of Mr Neruda, Rodolfo Reyes, said the family wanted to know the truth "regardless of whether he died of natural causes or was murdered".

Mr Neruda, best known for his love poems, was a close friend of the socialist president Salvador Allende.

After Mr Allende was toppled in the 11 September 1973 coup, the poet arranged to go into exile in Mexico, where he was expected to join the opposition to the military rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet.

Historian Fernando Marin is one of those who thinks Mr Neruda's plans to go abroad, and his sudden death, were linked.

"No one doubts that there was a plane waiting for Pablo Neruda at Pudahuel airport when he died," according to Mr Marin.

"He had a urinary infection and an adenoma (benign tumour) on his prostate according to the medical tests, but he wasn't going to die," Mr Marin told Reuters news agency.

More than 3,000 people were disappeared and killed under the 17 years of Gen Pinochet's military rule (1973-1990).

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Giant Tarantula Discovered

 Venomous Sri Lankan Spider Threatened By Deforestation ,It's huge, fast, venomous and the size of a human face. For some, Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula discovered recently in Sri Lanka, is the stuff of nightmares.

But for wildlife advocates, the spider might represent another cause for conservation: The tree-dwelling spider is threatened by habitat destruction.

"They are quite rare," Ranil Nanayakkara, co-founder of the Sri Lankan organization Biodiversity Education and Research, told Wired. "They prefer well-established old trees, but due to deforestation the number have dwindled and due to lack of suitable habitat they enter old buildings."

Although some experts would like to conduct DNA sampling to determine whether the giant tarantula is in fact a new species, taxonomical evidence strongly suggests that it is a member of the genus Poecilotheria.

Poecilotheria are tree-dwelling tarantulas that known for their bright coloring and potent venom.

In 2010, biophysicists at the University of Buffalo identified a protein in tarantula venom that showed promise as a possible treatment for muscular dystrophy.

According to National Geographic, the goliath bird eater tarantula of South America may be the largest spider in the world, with a leg-span that can reach up to a foot in diameter.

Source:amkon.net

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A Swedish Hotel Where Guests Pay to Be Homeless

A Swedish organization is offering visitors a unique hotel experience: They can spend a night as a homeless person for $15. The "hotel," run by Faktum magazine in the city of Gothenburg, has 10 "rooms," including a sleeping bag in a park, a dirty mattress under a bridge, or the floor of a vacant paper mill. There have been some 1,000 bookings since the hotel's establishment in November, the Local reports.

"Few actually make it through the night and we had a very cold, harsh winter. But some really tried, with one woman managing to stay for about four hours," says the magazine's editor. "A couple of guests ... told me that it made them appreciate their ever day life in a new way. The simple things like a warm bed, a roof, and a job." But the local government doesn't love the project, he notes. "We really want to raise awareness of the homeless situation so that our politicians will take action," he says. But "they like to think that everything is fine in our city."

Source: fodor's.com

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