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 Turn the clock around, gift your dad cosmetic treatment

New Delhi, June 15: Wondering what to gift your dad this Father’s Day? Men are becoming look conscious and don’t mind going for cosmetic treatments to enhance their looks. So, gift your dad a makeover package and it won’t pinch your pocket either.

Bollywood plays a big role in influencing people’s mindsets Thanks to stylish dads like Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan who know how to look younger even in their late 40s and early 50s, many want to follow suit.

According to Jamuna Pai, a cosmetologist based in Mumbai, nowadays men are very particular about their looks.

The most common problem men face are creases on the forehead, wrinkles near the eyes, droopy eye-brows and an irregular jaw line.

“Men mostly get worried about their forehead lines, wrinkles, fading glow with age. With Father’s Day just round the corner we are receiving calls from children who want to gift different cosmetic treatments to their fathers,” Mumbai-based cosmetologist Rashmi Shetty said.

A simple and efficient non-surgical treatment with dermal filler and Botox can give your dad a crisp, clean look without the sting and swelling.

There is Juverderm, hyaluronic acid based gel that can help in keeping skin hydrated and making men look youthful.

Talking about the change, Chytra V Anand, a Bangalore-based cosmetologist, said, “In the recent past, we have seen a visible change. Men have become very choosy when it comes to their appearance - be it clothes or physically. Everybody wants to leave a long lasting impact on the other person. Such treatments takes only a quarter of an hour. A scar-less, hassle free and near painless procedure is worth trying out.”

According to experts, such filler treatment lasts a year and since the treatment is completely non-surgical, scars are not a concern.

When it comes to pricing, normally, fillers like Juverderm costs Rs 25,000 per syringe, Botox Rs 400 per unit and other treatment ranges from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000. So, if you have been thinking about gifting your dad a correction treatment to iron out his forehead wrinkles and fine lines don’t waste anymore time. Just go for it.

Arushi Nigam, a 27-year-old living in Kolkatta, has already planned to gift his father a youthful makeover. (IANS)


 Pranab Mukherjee: Politician nonpareil becomes constitutional guardian

New Delhi, June 15: Pranab Mukherjee, set to be India’s next president, is a rare politician who has never been a mass leader but who commands the attention of the nation like few others in his tribe. It is a quality that is expected to stand him in good stead as he readies to step up into Rashtrapati Bhavan, the 340-room British-era presidential mansion sitting majestically atop Raisina Hill.

Although the quintessential number two in the Congress-led government, the 78-year-old Mukherjee is a man of unparalleled experience who has the rare distinction of having served at different times as foreign, defence and finance ministers. He has presided over cabinet meetings when the prime minister has been away for the last 25 years, but somehow the top post has eluded him because of, what political observers widely feel, the wariness of the Gandhi family.

That wariness goes back to the time after Indira Gandhi’s assassination in October 1984 when Mukherjee, a stickler for rules, is supposed to have pointed out to her son Rajiv Gandhi on a flight back from Kolkata that convention demanded that the second in command be the caretaker prime minister till the Congress party elected a new leader.  That was interpreted as a sign of his vaulting ambition and Mukherjee remained out of contention for the prime minister's job for the next 25 years.

A powerful orator and a formidable negotiator, Pranabda - as the Bengali bhadralok is adoringly addressed - came to acquire in his five decades of parliamentary politics traits that have earned him the admiration of even his political foes. He is considered a walking encyclopaedia on virtually everything related to politics and governance that makes it difficult for any bureaucrat to hoodwink or trip him.

Remarked a former secretary in the government who worked under him when Mukherjee was foreign minister: “He has a photographic memory for the fine print and remembers negotiating details and their articles and clauses like nobody can. So whatever you tell him, he will tell you more about it.”

His parliamentary career began in 1969 when his home state, West Bengal, was in ferment, with the left-wing ultra, knowns as the Naxalites, on the rampage. He kept getting nominated to the Rajya Sabha until 2004 when he was elected to the Lok Sabha.

From the time he first became a minister for revenue and banking by Indira Gandhi in 1973, Mukherjee has held a variety of portfolios in successive governments. He first headed the finance ministry in 1982, and holds the same post today.

In between, Mukherjee went through a bad phase when, after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, he fell out of favour vis-à-vis Rajiv Gandhi. He remained out in the cold for a long time, during which he formed a Congress splinter group that died a quick death.  But once he returned to the government, particularly under Manmohan Singh, a man who was once his junior in the finance ministry, he emerged with his prodigious bank of knowledge and varied political experience as the principal troubleshooter and consensus-creator in the government.

He is the man the Congress - both Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh - have turned to every time there is a political crisis. Each time, Mukherjee has risen to the occasion, and even if he has not always succeeded, he invariably left a mark in parliamentary debates. His indispensability is reflected in the number of key ministerial decision-making groups, known as Group of Ministers, he has been asked to head since 2004 -- of the 183 groups formed, 83 were are under him.

All through his political career, he has been successful in maintaining an unblemished image and upholding probity in public life. He devours books, works well past midnight, and said in a rare peek into his personal life in an interview some years ago that he hardly was able to find time for his family and his only interaction was often limited to giving his wife a goodnight peck before retiring to bed well past the usual bedtime.

His sharp memory, quick wit and persuasive skills are widely respected. In what can be called a tribute, BJP star LK Advani once remarked that the Congress-led UPA government would not last a day but for Mukherjee.

His Congress colleagues whisper he is a Chanakya, ancient India’s fabled political philosopher, but he largely well liked for his knowledge and sagacity.

He is down to earth, lives modestly, and has admitted many a time that he cannot speak polished English. For one who is supremely self-confident, he can be humble. But he has a temper, and has more than once apologized to MPs for raising his voice. Once a pipe smoker, Mukherjee has now quit smoking. Today he tells people to kick the habit - by regularly hiking excise duty on tobacco. (IANS)


 YSR Congress sweeps AP by-polls; wins 15 assembly seats, 1 LS seat

Hyderabad, June 15: Riding on a strong sympathy wave, jailed MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s nascent YSR Congress on Friday decimated ruling Congress bagging 15 of the 18 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in by-elections in Andhra Pradesh in a showing that could be a political gamechanger in the state. Congress won just two assembly seats, while main opposition Telugu Desam faced a complete rout drawing a blank in a keenly awaited outcome in which the 39-year-old Kadapa MP is fighting a bitter public battle with the Congress over his father and late chief minister Y S Rajsekhara Reddy’s political legacy. In the by-polls, touted as the “semi-finals” ahead of the 2014 Assembly elections, the TRS managed to scrape through with a slender margin of 1,562 votes in Parkal, the lone assembly seat in Telangana region, as it faced a close contest from the nominee of the 15-month-old YSRCP.

With Friday’s results, the Congress saw its majority reduced to just seven seats having 155 MLAs in a House of 294. The YSRCP tally increased to 17. In the final analysis, the Congress lost 14 seats as it held 16 seats, won in 2009. The other two were won by PRP in 2009 but now fell in the YSRC kitty. The TRS gained one more seat Parkal, thanks to the by-election. YSRC’s M Rajamohan Reddy won the Nellore Lok Sabha seat defeating high-profile T Subbirami Reddy of Congress by a margin of 2,91,745 votes. It was also a loss of face for actor-turned-politician K Chiranjeevi as the YSRC wrested the Tirupati Assembly seat he vacated upon his election to Rajya Sabha in March. The victory of YSRC was so resounding that the Congress lost deposits in four constituencies though it managed to win two seats, largely on the caste factor. Lodged in the Chanchalguda prison as an undertrial in the disproportionate assets case against him, Jagan sent out a clear warning signal to the Congress that he will be its nemesis in the next elections as people are solidly behind him. (PTI)


 Pranab thanks Sonia for President candidature

New Delhi, June 15: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee thanked Congress President Sonia Gandhi for nominating him as the UPA candidate for the Presidential election and said he has accepted the offer with humility.

“I am deeply hounoured on my nomination as the candidate for the election to the office of President of India by my party and UPA-2. I am grateful to Congress President Sonia Gandhi for this recognition. I accept this offer with all humility,” he told reporters at his office here.

Mukherjee said, “In my long political career spanning over five decades, I have been fortunate to receive love, affection and confidence of my party colleagues and also the members and leaders of all political parties. I am deeply indebted to them. I will now again seek their indulgence and support for the next few weeks.” “We have requested all political parties to lend their support,” he added.

On who will replace him as the Finance Minister, Mukherjee said, “It is up to the Prime Minister to decide who will be the next Finance Minister...the Congress President and the Prime Minister will decide. I do not think I am depository of all knowledge and expertise. In our government and in our party there are a number of people who can handle difficult economic situation. The Prime Minister himself is an eminent economist and under his stewardship we will overcome this temporary crisis.”  (PTI)


 After Pranab who, ponders Congress

New Delhi, June 15: With Pranab Mukherjee being named the UPA’s candidate for president, avid speculation on who would replace him began almost immediately in the Congress on Friday.

Mukherjee’s possible elevation to the high office would mean the party would have to find two people who could replace him as finance minister and leader of the house in the Lok Sabha. The redoubtable number two for decades, Mukherjee has been the chief troubleshooter for the United Progressive Alliance government through many a crisis.

According to party insiders, while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may like to appoint Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia or C Rangarajan, who heads the prime minister’s Economic Advisory Council, as the next finance minister, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi would prefer a party veteran for the key cabinet post.

Ahluwalia’s controversial remarks over the new poverty line at Rs 32 per day have already ruffled a lot of feathers in the party as well as among the allies.

Among the names being discussed in the party and circles include senior leaders like Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, Human Resource Development and Communications Minister Kapil Sibal and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.

Sharma had recently taken a potshot at Ramesh for his "new found love for economic reforms" by suggesting that fertiliser, fuel and food subsidies, which target the Congress' key constituency of farmers and the common man, be done away with to reduce fiscal deficit.

Though Home Minister P Chidambaram may also like to throw in his hat in the race to fill up the vacancy in the neighbouring North Block office, which he once occupied, the Congress leadership may not like to move him, given his track record in controlling terrorism, said some sources.

The sources further said that in case the Trinamool chief, who is opposed to Mukherjee’s candidature for the high office, decides to pull out of the UPA, there could be a vacancy in Rail Bhavan, headed by Banerjee's confidant Mukul Roy.

“There is no dearth of talent in the faces will emerge to face new challenges,” said a senior Congress leader indicating that finding a replacement for both Mukherjee and Roy would not be much of a problem. (IANS)


 Aamir hopes Ferrari Ki Sawaari beats 3 Idiots success

Mumbai, June 15: Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani starrer Ferrari Ki Sawari hits the theatres on Friday and Aamir Khan hopes that the film does so well at the box office that it beats the success of their movie 3 Idiots. Ferrari Ki Sawaari is Rajesh Mapuskar’s directorial debut and has been produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. “The film has not been made with the intention of crossing the Rs 100 crore mark. If that had been our intention, we would have been making at least one film a year. I take three years to make a film. If money was the intention, then every year we would have been making two films,” said Hirani.  (IANS)


 Bipasha indulges her sweet tooth in London

Mumbai, June 15: Fit and fabulous Bipasha Basu is indulging in sinful delights in London, and totally loving it! The actress is in London to shoot the last schedule of her debut international project Singularity. “Living in London is dangerous! Desserts here are to die for and constantly tempting me! Scones and clotted cream and now Eaton mess is messing me up,” tweeted Bipasha. Later, she took to Twitter again, and wrote: “Croissants and mini doughnuts now! OMG! Am being constantly fed on this set! Help!” She didn’t stop at that. Bipasha also dug her teeth into a chocobar. “Total holiday mood, though I am shooting! Walking around in Soho with my yum chocobar! Crisp London weather and wonderful peopl,” she wrote along with a picture. All through her indulgences, she has been missing her good friend, designer Rocky S. (IANS)


 Preity signs two more films after Ishkq in Paris

New Delhi, June 15: Preity Zinta, who is back to concentrating on films after a few years’ break, has signed two more films after Ishqk In Paris. “I have signed two more films, but I can’t talk about them right now. They will be announced soon,” said the 37-year-old actress. Buzz was that director Neeraj Pathak was waiting to sign her for his new film Bhaiyyaji Superhit. Preity, who was last seen starring in the 2008 film Heroes, is currently shooting for her much-hyped comeback project Ishqk in Paris, which is her debut production as well. “I am currently very busy shooting for Ishqk in Paris, it is releasing on September 21,” she said.  (PTI)


 Trinamool calls Mulayam a ?traitor?, hopes faor consensus on Kalam

Kolkata, June 15: Terming Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav a “traitor” after his party’s about-turn in extending support to union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature for president, the Trinamool Congress leadership on Friday said they are still hopeful about having a consensus on APJ Abdul Kalam as the next president of India. “We all know that Mamata Banerjee sticks to whatever she says. Now it is for the people of the country to decide on the betrayal of Mulayam Singh,” Trinamool MP Sukhendu Shekar Ray said. In less than 48 hours, the Samajwadi Party on Friday did a U-turn on its support to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as the country’s president, now backing him wholeheartedly. On Wednesday, Mulayam Singh had, along with Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, virtually rejected the candidature of Mukherjee, a name suggested by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The two leaders had suggested the name of former president Kalam, along with two other names as possible candidates for the post.  Banerjee had on Thursday stated that she and Mulayam were steadfast in their support for Kalam. However, on Friday the SP extended support to Mukherjee’s candidature. “In politics there is nothing called last word. We have heard that both SP and BSP have extended their support, but you must keep in mind one thing that presidential election is still far away. We stick to our stand and we are hopeful about clinching a consensus. We stick to whatever our Chief Mamata Banerjee said,” Trinamool Congress state president and MP Subrata Bakshi said. (IANS)


 Right to kill in self-defence only on reasonable fears: SC

New Delhi, June 15: A person can kill one under the right of self-defence only on reasonable apprehensions of threat to his own life from the offender, the Supreme Court has ruled. A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said the injury which is inflicted by a person exercising the right should be commensurate with the injury with which he is threatened. “Right of private defence cannot be used to do away with a wrong doer unless the person concerned has a reasonable cause to fear that otherwise death or grievous hurt might ensue in which case that person would have full measure of the right to private defence. The right given under (IPC) sections 96 to 98 and 100 to 106 is controlled by Section 99. To plead a right of private defence extending to voluntary causing of death, the accused must show that there were circumstances giving rise to reasonable grounds for apprehending that either death or grievous hurt would be caused to him,” said Justice Radhakrishnan, writing the judgement for the bench. The apex court gave the ruling while disposing of an appeal by one Arjun who had challenged his conviction by the trial court for a murder with the Bombay High Court affirming it. Section 99 of the IPC explains that the injury which is inflicted by a person exercising the right should be commensurate with the injury with which he is threatened. (PTI)


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