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  • Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour Gets NBC Special

    Prepare for Miley Cyrus to invade your living room: NBC announced the pop star’s "Bangerz" tour will be featured in a two-hour special to air on July 6th.

    Cyrus relayed the good news on Facebook yesterday. "Smilers! NBC is bringing #BANGERZTour straight to your living room!," she wrote. "Catch the 2-hour behind the scenes concert special on July 6 at 9pm/8pm CT!" 

    Stocked with behind-the-scenes footage and performances from her upcoming shows in Spain and Portgual, Cyrus’ NBC special should be an interesting test in network editing. The "Bangerz" tour has been a notoriously risqué affair, with the singer's raunchy performance including the riding of an inflatable penis.

    Music programming remains a hot commodity for TV networks: HBO recently announced a 10-part miniseries featuring highlights from Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter World Tour. Dubbed "Beyoncé: X10," a series of four-minute concert segments from the tour with air every Sunday evening ahead of the final season of True Blood.

    Cyrus stayed busy while on the road for her "Bangerz" tour. After performing together onstage in Los Angeles, Cyrus and the Flaming Lips hit the studio to record what Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne calls "completely weird" versions of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "A Day in the Life."

    The "We Can't Stop" singer says she hopes to write music with the Lips for her next album. "On my last record, everything we did was with computers," she told Rolling Stone. "But they're real musicians – they can change keys on a whim. I've never seen anything like it. They've had me on this journey that's greater than anything I've been on. It's really deep."

    Zendaya No Longer Playing Aaliyah In Lifetime Biopic

    Zendaya will no longer play Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic about the late R&B singer. The 17-year-old Disney star backed out of the project and a rep confirmed that she is "no longer involved" with the film.

    Zendaya was cast only two weeks ago and filming was scheduled to start this summer, with a fall release date. She was originally set to record four of Aaliyah's songs for the film. The biopic is tentatively titled "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B," and is set to trace Aaliyah's career from her debut on "Star Search" to her tragic death in 2001. She was killed in a plane crash at age 22.

    The network's PR department released a statement on Twitter and said that production is "on hold."

    The late singer's family has been vocal about their opposition to the biopic and said that they would make it hard for Lifetime to use recordings. "Because we control the masters, the rights and some images of the musical elements that we put together like the videos, and photo shoots and things that we did, what we can just withhold those elements from the production which we would do," Aaliyah's cousin Jomo Hankerson told The Wrap. But he was clear that they didn't have a problem with Zendaya's casting, just the idea of a made-for-TV movie. “This needs A-list actors, A-list talent that can breathe life into what we think is a phenomenal story," Hankerson told the New York Daily News.

    Rick Ross Arrested After Concert In North Carolina

    Rapper Rick Ross has been released after his arrest following a North Carolina concert.
    Greensboro Police Department spokeswoman Susan Danielsen says that Ross was taken into custody Friday night after the SuperJam concert. She says a court had issued an order for his arrest because he failed to appear in court on a previous misdemeanor marijuana charge.

    The rapper, whose real name is William L. Roberts, was taken into custody after his performance. Danielsen says he was released on $1,000 bond.

    Messages seeking comment weren't immediately returned by a spokesman for Universal Music Group or executives at a booking agency that works with Ross.

    The hip hop artist and MC was detained by police and taken into custody after his performance at the Super Jam concert.

    According to police, he was arrested for failure to appear in court for a previous misdemeanor drug possession charge. He was released on $1000 bond shortly after his arrest.

    Rick Ross, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II, reportedly took his stage name from infamous – now reformed – Los Angeles cocaine kingpin 'Freeway' Rick Ross, who later sued the rapper for using the name, however the suit was dismissed by the presiding judge.

    Serena shocker puts Sharapova in pole position

    Maria Sharapova has warned her Wimbledon title rivals she is peaking just in time to take advantage of Serena Williams' stunning exit.

    Sharapova, who has yet to drop a set after routing Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 in the third round, heads into the second week as the newly-installed favourite following Alize Cornet's shock 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over world number one Williams on Saturday.

    Serena's defeat is a huge boost for French Open champion Sharapova, who had been scheduled to meet the American top seed in the quarter-finals.

    That would have been a major obstacle to Sharapova's hopes of winning Wimbledon for the second time as she had lost her previous 15 meetings with Serena.

    But with Williams vanquished by Cornet's brilliant display on Court One, fifth seed Sharapova now has a golden opportunity to lift the Venus Rosewater dish for the first time since 2004, when she famously shocked Serena in the final as a 17-year-old.

    The Russian will face German ninth seed Angelique Kerber on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals and she struck an ominous note for her rivals by admitting she is hitting top form at just the right moment.

    "I'm pleased that I've gone three good matches in. I feel like I improved with every match," Sharapova said.

    "I started the first match a little nervous, which was expected. Once I got through that, I feel like I've elevated my game.

    "I feel like I'm serving better. I didn't face a break point after the first game. Like I said, it's really the footwork, little things, imposing yourself out there."

    It is the first time since 2006 that neither Serena nor sister Venus, beaten by Petra Kvitova on Friday, will be in the Wimbledon fourth round and with the draw also blown wide open with second seed Li Na's defeat on Friday, Sharapova could be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu.

    Families of Indians stranded in Iraq to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj again

    Family members of Indians stranded in war-ravaged Iraq have said they will be leaving for the capital New Delhi on Sunday to meet with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

    Speaking to ANI, Gurpinder Kaur, the sister of Manjinder Singh, one of the Indians abducted by Iraqi rebels, said, "We are going to meet the External Affairs Minister. We have not got any information (about our relatives) as yet. We will plead with her to bring back my brother who is stranded in Iraq. This is the second time we are going to meet the External Affairs Minister." She added, "If we do not get a satisfactory response, then, we will sit on protest at Jantar Mantar."

    Referring specifically to the  Indian government's special envoy to Iraq and former envoy to that country Suresh Reddy, Gurpinder asked, " If Suresh Reddy is not getting any success in his mission, then why are they (the Indian Government) not sending someone else?"

    The father of another reported Indian abductee said, " I am going there again. I will plead with them to bring my son back. I think there must be an opportunity in India so that youths do not have to go to work abroad? We want our son back, or else, we will sit on protest at Jantar Mantar." The mother said, " We are going to meet the External Affairs Minister. We are going to meet and try to get information from the minister. We want our son back. We want to know about my son's well being."

    On Saturday, it was confirmed that Sushma Swaraj would be meeting again with the family members of stranded Indian workers in Iraq on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.

    The families of stranded Indians have said that they far from satisfied with the progress being made by the Indian government in finding their children in Iraq.

    Manjinder Singh is among the 40 Punjabi boys abuducted by Iraqi rebels.

    Gurpinder Kaur said that a Punjab Government official had called her to say that the meeting with Swaraj had been fixed for 3.00 pm on Sunday. She said, "After meeting the minister, we will decide about the "dharna" at the "Jantar Mantar".

    Hira Lal, the brother of Sonu of Chamunda Devi village, said , " After June 15, they have not received any call from Sonu". He said they are praying for the safe return of all Indians and hoping that the government would escalate their efforts to bring back their children safe and sound.

    Once a Militant Stronghold in Iraq, Now a Battleground Again

     At one house, Iraq’s national flag fluttered atop a building that Iraqi soldiers had captured from militants two days before.

    At another, smashed household goods and furniture were scattered on the floor.

    Outside a third, hosting a meeting of Iraqi security force commanders, a captain from Iraq’s national intelligence service pointed to the far side of a murky irrigation canal.

    “Here it is safe now,” he said of Al-Daira. “But over there are more terrorists. That is where we will fight them next.”

    The village of Al-Daira lies about 30 miles south of Baghdad and within sight of Iraq’s main highway, in an area the American military called the Triangle of Death.

    A former militant stronghold, the area is a battleground again. The Qaeda splinter group now known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has resumed a campaign that its predecessors started — and had appeared to lose — before the United States withdrew its troops in 2011.

    The group’s tactics — a hybrid guerrilla-and-terrorist campaign of ambushes, bombings and sniper and mortar attacks, organized by fighters who blend among civilians — show that the militants are much more than a juggernaut, as lately portrayed. They are adaptive and alert to the lessons of Iraq’s insurgent past, and select different tactics for different places and situations.

    While establishing themselves in Anbar, in the west, they methodically resumed the campaign south of Baghdad started by Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Sunni militant group that formed after the American invasion and swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

    Chennai Building Collapse: Six Dead, 22 Still Feared Trapped

    Six people died after one of the two towers of a 11-storey under-construction building collapsed near Chennai on Saturday. (See pics)

    The incident occurred at Moulivakkam near Porur, about 20 km from Chennai.

    23 people have been rescued so far and the injured are being admitted to the Ramachandra Medical College and Hospital for treatment. Around 22 people are still feared trapped under the debris of the residential building.

    Chennai police Commissioner S George told NDTV, "The National Disaster Management team is conducting rescue work. Six workers who are trapped have been identified and we are trying to rescue them.The cause for the collapse is not clear but rescue operations will continue through the night."

    Expressing grief over the incident, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa issued a statement saying that the Chennai Police Commissioner and other senior officials are on the spot and tough action would be taken against those responsible.

    Bollywood actress Parineeti flaunts her back in a Pretty Dress Photo

    Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra made heads turn by flaunting her back in a pretty white dress at an event held recently in Mumbai.  She made it a style statement when she constantly posed for the shutterbugs who were also impressed with her stylish dress.

     It must be noted that Sonam Kapoor who is considered as the fashionista of Bollywood once gave a statement about Parineeti Chopra on a TV show saying that she wears tight clothes. So, now what do you say Sonam?

    Suresh Raina Denies His Love Affair With Shruti Hassan

    Popular Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, who is playing for Chennai Super Kings in latest season of IPL, has denied his love affair with South Indian actress Shruti Hassan. His clarification is coming following the rumours that he is dating the actress. It was reported that Shruti often spotted cheering for CSK and Suresh considered her as a lucky mascot. There was said to be a mature relationship developing between the two.

    Suresh Raina Denies His Love Affair With Shruti Hassan 
    Suresh Raina, who was shocked to read reports about his relationship, took to his Twitter page to clear the rumours. The left-handed batsman and off-spin bowler tweeted, "Too many media reports which no one even tries to confirm. This is to clear once & for all. I'm not dating ANYONE (sic)." However, this is not the first time, he has been linked with someone. He was rumoured to be dating Poorna Patel, Anushka Sharma and Rakhi Sawant in the past.

    Meanwhile, Shruti Hassan has not made any comment on her secret relationship with Suresh Raina. The actress was also linked with actors like Dhanush, Siddharth, Girish Kumar, Rithvik Dhanjani and few others in the past, but none of them has come out true. People in Film Nagar feel that love affair with Suresh Raina must be mere rumour and there is no truth in the reports. Continue to see read more Suresh Raina and Shruti Hassan's Love Affairs.

    Pune will get once a day Water supply from Tomorrow

    To deal with water shortage in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has announced water cuts for Pune. Starting Saturday, Pune will be getting water supply only once a day.

    The city will face 12 per cent water cut from Saturday as the level of water in the four dams which provides water to the city is pretty low. Moreover, there has been no rainfall in the catchment near the dams.

    The announcement was made by Pune mayor Chanchala Kodre on Thursday. She said, "The city gets 1,250 MLD water, but since there is a water shortage, we will be getting only 1,100 MLD water from the irrigation department from Saturday. Considering the acute shortage of water and with no rain, we have decided to supply water only once a day instead of twice a day for the city."
    On Wednesday, the civic administration had held a meeting with irrigation department officials to take a review of the water situation in Khadakwasala, Temghar, Warasgaon and Panshet dams. The announcement of water cut was
    made after party leaders in PMC held a meeting on Thursday.

    Kodre said, "At present, 1.93 TMC water is available for the city compared to 5 TMC water that was there around this time last year. Since there is no rain, there will be 12 per cent water cut in the city. Considering the present water level and the imposed cut, the available water will fulfill the need of the city till August 15."
    Pune city is divided in 76 wards. Out of these, 34 wards get water twice a day.
    But now, all these wards will also be getting water only once a day from Saturday. The areas which get water from Parvati, Warje, Wadgaon pumping stations will face 20 per cent water cut.

    The PMC administration is keeping a close eye on the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for their forecast regarding rain. "IMD experts have predicted that there is a possibility of good rains from second week of July and till that time we will be taking a review of the water situation," Kodre said.

    The administration has claimed that it will be taking help of women self-help groups and school students to create awareness about water conservation. The civic administration has also made it clear that they will be keeping an eye on the private contractors who supply water to various areas by tankers.

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