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    After the humiliation they suffered in the ODI tri-series, India will look to make amends and take revenge against giant-slayers Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International here tomorrow.

    Here with a second-string team, India were dumped out of the just-concluded tri-series after suffering back-to-back defeats against the spirited Zimbabweans.

    The host team, which lost the tri-series final to Sri Lanka, would be plotting another shocker for the Indians tomorrow.

    The break that followed their tri-series ouster has given Suresh Raina's men enough time to chalk out their plans to avoid another stunner from Elton Chigumbura's fighting side.

    The key to India's success is batting and the line-up is desperately missing the heavyweights, who were rested from the series.

    Dinesh Karthik and M Vijay are not exactly the ideal opening pair for Twenty20s as both the batsmen are known to take their time in settling down at the crease before attempting strokes.

    In fact, the duo couldn't make much of an impact in the ODI series failing to score any memorable knock.

    Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Raina himself are the men in form and would look to continue their run in the two Twenty20s.

    A lot would be expected from Twenty20 specialist Yusuf Pathan, who would be aiming to prove his worth after being dropped from the ODI squad for the upcoming Asia Cup owing to poor run of form.

    On the bowling front, the Indian spin attack would be bolstered by the arrival of Piyush Chawla as Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha have not made a mark so far on the tour.

    The pace department is not too impressive either with the Ashok Dindas and Umesh Yadavs conceding too many runs for too few wickets.

    Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are high on morale despite the tri-series final loss to Sri Lanka. The team has shown the stomach for a fight and they would be looking to continue just that.

    Their batsmen showed decent form in the ODIs and would be looking to be slightly more aggressive in the shortest format of the game.

    Hamilton Masakadza, Tatenda Taibu and Charles Coventry are proven performers and the Zimbabweans would be hoping to get some explosive knocks from them to surprise the Indians once again.

    When Jahan Kumar became Jahan Bloch

    Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
    Jahan Bloch. Or is she Jahan Kumar?

    A lot is there in the name. Daughter of Mehul Kumar, the film makers who made many a 'masala' flicks during the 80s and the 90s, Jahan carries the surname Bloch. 'Now where did this one come from', one is tempted to ask?

    This is what the young girl has to say. "Our family's surname has always been Bloch. My dad is basically Mehul Bloch and that stems from the fact that my forefathers have been from Baluchistan, hence the surname. However, my father chose to be called as Mehul Kumar in Bollywood", says Jahan who is making her screen debut with KRANTIVEER - THE REVOLUTION, the sequel to Nana Patekar-Dimple Kapadia starrer KRANTIVEER.

    Why didn't she also opt for the surname Kumar?

    "Well, it would have looked a little funny to be called as Jahan Kumar", she smiles, "A Kumar is generally associated with guys. Also, I love the sound of Bloch and hence chose to be called as Jahan Bloch. Today, I have found my identity and I am proud to be known with this name."

    Talking about the film, Jahan reveals that her inclusion came during the scripting stage itself.

    "Dad was in the process of writing the script and as the role of this girl became quite powerful and challenging to enact, he asked me if I would be interested in playing it. Of course, I didn't have to think twice about it. I was game for it and soon found myself preparing for it. Now that the film is just a few weeks away from release, I can't wait to see how audience acceptance comes in", she signs off.

    Osama Bin Laden on Twitter!?

    Bollywood Trade News Network
    Here to provide us with his regular updates and opinions, the fake Osama Bin Laden is the newest to join Twitterville.

    Going by the name of "FakeBinLaden", the man in demand already has a plethora of fans on social networking site FaceBook. Reveals an inside source "Following in the footsteps of our many celebrities - the fake Bin Laden is here to entertain us with his thoughts and opinions. He already has created a stir on FB and is now here to take micro blogging site Twitter by storm"

    You can find this fake Osama Bin Laden on http://twitter.com/FakeBinLaden

    The identity of the face behind the "FakeBinLaden" is kept under wraps but he will regularly tweet his opinions and other news on an upcoming film also inspired by him

    The movie in question is Walkwater's and Abhishek Sharma's TERE BIN LADEN.

    TERE BIN LADEN releasing 16th July 2010 is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about an ambitious young news reporter from Pakistan played by Ali Zafar who is desperate to migrate to the US in pursuit of the American dream. His repeated attempts to immigrate are shot down as his visa is always rejected. But when things couldn't look worse he comes across an Osama Bin Laden look alike. And that's when chaos strikes!

    Aruna Shields goes nude

    Bollywood Trade News Network
    After Bollywood hotties like Nandana Sen and Sherlyn Chopra, the relative newcomer Aruna Sheilds is next to bare it all in front of the camera!

    Aruna Shields, who made her debut in bollywood with PRINCE alongside Vivek Oberoi, is creating huge waves for her new film MR SINGH MRS MEHTA. As the bold actress will be seen posing nude for a particular sequence in the movie. Just like Hollywood actress Kate Winslet did in supremely successful film TITANIC, Aruna plays muse for a nude painting, and that is her turning point. For a girl who is trapped in middle class morality, to reach a point where she not only poses naked in front of a man who is not her husband but also doesn't care what the world will think when the painting becomes public

    Aruna Shields has gone for a complete image makeover with her new film MR SINGH MRS MEHTA, which releases on June 25. From a desi Bond babe, Shields has transformed herself into a girl-next-door from a small town in this film.

    Shields plays Neera Singh, an agony aunt columnist who discovers her husband is cheating on her. Also starring Prashant Narayanan, another Brit Asian actress Lucy Hassan and Naved Aslam, the film is written and directed by Pravesh Bhardwaj and produced by Manu S Kumaran and Tutu Sharma.

    MR SINGH MRS MEHTA is the story of Ashwin Mehta (Prashant Narayanan) and Neera Singh (Aruna Shields) who find that their spouses are having an affair. Drawn together by shame and anger, they find comfort in their growing friendship, even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates.

    MR SINGH MRS MEHTA also marks the debut of world renowned sitarist and Grammy nominated artist Ustaad Shujaat Husain Khan as a music composer.

    Unlike other foreign actresses who end up being one-film-wonders in Bollywood, with Mr Singh Mrs Mehta, Aruna Shields is definitely here to stay

    Stewart wants to perform at theatre

    The 20-year-old actress, who plays Bella Swan in the vampire franchise, wants to be on stage at the London's famous West End theatre, although she wants to start off in a small production, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

    'Unlike movie acting, you have to deliver the whole performance there and then. You live it every night. But anything I do will be small,' said Stewart.

    Stewart is said to be keen to appear on the West End after seeing her model-actor friend Eddie Redmayne star in 'Red' at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London.

    She is in talks with the theatre producer and director who have given her potential projects to consider. The actress is now busy promoting the third installment of the 'Twilight' series which will premiere in the US June 30.

    Kangy Busts Scalpel Saga!

    Kangna Ranaut is quite, quite amused. Tattle over her enhanced twin assets (ahem) and fuller lips, have almost forced Kangy to respond to the grapevine buzz with a plausible explanation.

    Reportedly, Kangy has been asserting to the scribe tribe that her more voluptuous frame is courtesy… a weight gain of seven kgs; a feat she's expressly… thrilled about!

    Declares Kangy in a tabloid chat, "Not only my breasts, but my overall frame has expanded. I do plan to lose the weight, most people have been complimenting me on my weight gain."

    Adds she, "But I do feel that it does make me look older. Though secretly, I do like myself this way and have not started going to the gym or doing yoga. On screen, my hollow cheeks look fuller and better, after the weight gain." Weighty matters, eh?

    And the World Cup winner is...

    Quit stressing over the winner of the FIFA World Cup!

    A Zulu sangoma, after a night of dreams and consultations with the ancestors, looks into the future to see the winner of the 2010 World Cup.

    The 70-year-old fortune teller, a cheerful lady called Constance, plays a critical role in Zulu culture, blessed with special powers to heal and divine the future.

    But she was mighty hard to find.

    A two-day search aided by street sellers and shop owners in the southern city of Port Elizabeth had produced nothing but a series of false dawns.

    It appeared one needed a sangoma to find a sangoma.

    Then a toothless lady of indeterminate age kneading dough on a pavement beside a taxi rank suggested trying a muthi herbal specialist off Govan Mbeki Road.

    The shop, an Aladdin's cave of pills and potions and ointments, had a high counter behind which were two people.

    One, a man, had his face painted in tribal warpaint.

    The other, a woman, was Constance.

    "You've made it," she smiled, as if she had been expecting the visit all the time.

    After negotiating her fee, Constance opened a door into a storeroom packed with sacks of dried roots and animal hides hanging from a makeshift washing line.

    Through a curtain at the back was her "office" -- with a frayed floral couch, more bags of herbs and plant extracts, and shelves crammed with somewhat incongruous tins of Jeyes Fluid household cleaner.

    "I use all this to make my medicines," she said, easing her generous frame into a chair beside, which was a small table with incense and a yellow candle.

    "When someone comes to me and wants me to help them with trouble in their life or look into the future, I get them to light this candle. That way I can see through them, I can see what the problem is," she explained.

    "I help cure people who are mad or who have AIDS using 'muthi'."

    Constance has been a sangoma for 12 years.

    "My father and my sister were sangomas, and when they died they came to me in a dream and told me 'you have to be a sangoma now'," she said.

    "I didn't want to, but they made me ill. They hit me with sticks, I couldn't walk.

    "They sent me into the sea for seven days to sleep. When I woke up I accepted to become a sangoma.

    "I went away to train for one year. Then my ancestors came back to me and said 'you can finish the training now, you are a sangoma'.

    "I then slaughtered five goats and one cow."

    She says she has many clients, rich and poor, black and white, old and young, who turn to her for a multitude of reasons.

    "People come to me because they have problems sleeping, or with their marriage, they want to know the future, or they are ill. I help them all."

    Football players also turn to herbalists for potions, balms or talismans to boost their performance or treat injuries.

    More than 30 percent of African athletes use traditional medicines, according to one survey.

    Johannesburg's Ellis Park stadium is a hop from major medicine markets, and an ox was slaughtered at the showpiece Soccer City site to bless the 10 World Cup pitches.

    Asked about the World Cup, Constance shuts her eyes, as if asleep, in meditation, then opens them sharply.

    "All the teams here are strong, but I have to consult my ancestors, I have to ask them what they think, and they will tell me in my dream tonight.

    "Come back tomorrow, and I will have your answer." The next day, Constance is again waiting behind the counter, with the answer not to eternity but almost as important.

    "Argentina will win the World Cup."

    Is a kiss worth jail+90 lashes?

    They know it is banned, yet they still don't let that fact cut any ice with their love life, or passions!

    A Saudi court has convicted a man and sentenced him to four months in prison and 90 lashes for kissing a woman in a mall.

    The government-owned daily Al-Yom reported on Thursday that Saudi religious police arrested the man and two women after they were seen on mall cameras "engaging in immoral movements in front of other shoppers."

    The report says the man, who is in his 20s, was seen with a woman "sitting on one of the chairs, exchanging kisses and hugs." It's unclear what the other woman was doing.

    The kingdom enforces a strict interpretation of Islam, which bans unrelated men and women from mingling.

    The paper says the man is to receive three batches of lashes and is banned from malls for two years. The women will be tried in another court.

    2010 Suzuki Swift Spied On

    Auto spies never cease to amaze me; this time with the spy shots of the 2010 Suzuki Swift prototype. Slated to break cover at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the refurbished version of Suzuki’s best-selling model is expected to be Swift by name and swift by nature. In spite of the heavy camouflage, it’s very clear that the new Swift will retain its curvy looks. The stylishly revamped head and tail lamps are clearly evident in the spy shots.
    These spy shots have been doing the rounds since mid 2009. Now, a Hungarian website has released more revealing shots of the new Swift [see the gallery below]. A curvier rear, a pronounced slot for the license plate and the ‘waterfall’ tail-lights and more rounded rear-view mirrors are easily recognisable.

    According to Autocar, the new Swift is expected to offer more passenger space, with an increase in the wheelbase very likely. The car, however, still sports a non-independent suspension at the rear. The engine that powers this car is also likely to be carried over – it’s an evolution of the K-series (K12) motor that powers the current Swift and Ritz. Variable Valve Timing is expected on the European car, and this could come to India as well, just like it did with M16A on the SX4. Suzuki will also continue with the very successful 1.3-Multijet from Fiat, or DDiS. What is clear, however, is the fact that Suzuki seems to have gone the VW way – its new model is very evolutionary.
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