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The musical maestro of Indian film industry, A R Rahman was born in 1966 in Chennai, India. Born to a composer father, R k Shekhar, Rahman had natural interest and talent in music. Since childhood he started playing keyboard, piano, synthesizer, guitar, harmonium. He was fond of synthesizer in particular as it was the ideal combination of music and technology. For his acclaimed musical composition, he was declared the Mozart of Madras. Rahman kicked off his journey in the ocean of music at the mere age of eleven, joining a musical troupe of Illayiraaja as a keyboardist and played in the orchestra of eminent composers that led him to the zenith of success. Later on, he joined Trinity College of Music in London, and passed out with a degree in Western classical music. Rahman got the first opportunity to enter into Bollywood in 1991 when he was asked by Tamil director Maniratnam to compose music for his movie Roja. His debut in the Bollywood brought him an immense success in the form of National Film Award, claiming the first music director to get National Film Award in a maiden movie. He also won a ?Filmfare R D Burman Music Debutant Award? for Roja?s Hindi version. From 1991 till date Rahman has become one of the most successful music director in Hindi movie industry and has accomplished many milestones by his music direction in the most marvelous way by using his exceptional perceptions. Some of the most successful movies under his music direction are Indian, Dil Se, Nayak, Bombay, Taal, Rangeela, and Jodhha Akbar etc. In recognition of his incomparable talents, Rahman has been the recipient of Filmfare awards for many times so far, including Padma Shri award in 2000.

Rift in NDA over presidential candidate

May 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Now the difference between NDA alliance on the president poll candidates has been surfaced as major component JD (U) has chosen its own way

IANS reporter's story wins award

April 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Azera Rehman, who reports for newswire Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), was Saturday judged one of the winners in a national story-writing competition, organised by the Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC).

Bangladesh's cricket tour to Pakistan postponed over security fears

April 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Dhaka, Apr 20(ANI): The Bangladesh team's proposed tour of Pakistan has been postponed with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officially announcing that it couldn't tour that country at this moment.

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Bloggers: Latest brand ambassadors to sell products

April 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) A friend asks you to try a product she vouches for. Chances are you will go ahead and buy it the next time you see it on the store shelf. It's all about credibility - a factor that's making brands turn to a new medium, blogging, to market their products.

'Brothers in Political Theatre' revisits India's Socialist stage, culture

April 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Noted cinema and stage personalities, brothers Balraj and Bhisham Sahni were committed to the art of change in the late 1930s and 1940s that tried to the create a new social order to tide over human sufferings - and bring culture to the masses with a message.

Pak party leader slams US bounty on Saeed's head as unjustified

April 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Islamabad, Apr 9(ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said there is no justification for the actions taken by the United States against Jammat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

Hafiz supporters rant against India

April 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Islamabad, April 7 (IANS) Members of Pakistan's Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) burnt American flags and shouted slogans against India to denounce the US for announcing reward money for their chief Hafiz Saeed's arrest.

US can contact me whenever they want: Hafiz Saeed

April 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Islamabad, April 4 (IANS) Hafiz Saeed, the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief for whom the US has announced a bounty of $10 million, has said that America can contact him "whenever they want", a media report said.

US review process delayed decision on Hafeez Saeed

April 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Washington, April 4 (IANS) The United States has attributed the inordinate delay in announcing a $10 million US bounty on Lashkar-i-Taiba chief Hafeez Saeed, alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, to its the long drawn review process.

India hopes Pakistan can take action against Saeed

April 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) India Tuesday hoped the US announcement of $10 million bounty for 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed will put pressure on the Pakistan government to take action against the founder of the Laskhar-e-Taiba.

'World recognises Pakistan shelters terrorist masterminds'

April 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) India said Tuesday the US announcement of a $10 million bounty to capture Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed was proof that the whole world now recognises that Pakistan is sheltering a terrorist mastermind.

$10 mn bounty on me for opposing NATO supplies: Hafiz Saeed

April 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Islamabad, April 3 (IANS) Hafiz Saeed, the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief for whom the US has announced a bounty of $10 million, said Tuesday this was because he had opposing the rre-opening of NATO supply lines to Afghanistan, a media report said.

26/11 justice: India hails US $10 mn bounty for Hafiz Saeed

April 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) India's quest for justice for the Mumbai terror strike has been boosted with the US announcing a bounty of $10 million for 26/11 mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed as both countries renewed their resolve to defeat terror sanctuaries inside Pakistan and Afghanistan.

When a Bangladeshi judge set an example

April 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Dhaka, April 3 (IANS) A judge in Bangladesh refused to have his economy class seat in a Biman flight upgraded to a business class seat, saying the airline should not lose money from this service.

Haqqani network leader held in Afghanistan

March 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Kabul, March 31 (IANS) A leader of the Haqqani network, accused of several attacks on security forces and murder of civilians, was captured Saturday in Afghanistan, officials said.

Artists, thinkers outraged over crackdown on gay lensman's work

March 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Progressive artists and members of the intelligentsia have expressed outrage over the forcible closure earlier this week of an exhibition of gay photographs by noted lensman Sunil Gupta at the Alliance Francaise in the capital as part of the Francophonie Week.

Bangladesh celebrates 41st independence day

March 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Dhaka, March 26 (IANS) Bangladesh celebrated its 41st independence day Monday with tributes to the martyred war heroes.

Bangladesh to felicitate Indian defence officers

March 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Four decades after Bangladesh came into being, Dhaka will formally recognise the role played by Indian armed forces during the 1971 war, popularly called the Bangladesh Liberation War.

Pakistan Taliban warns MPs against NATO supply restoration

March 25, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Islamabad, March 25 (IANS) The Pakistan Taliban Sunday warned members of parliament against restoration of the supply line for NATO troops in Afghanistan and said they would target MPs and their leaders if they recommended restoration of supplies.

Osama wanted Obama assassinated so 'unprepared' Biden could lead US to doom

March 17, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Washington, Mar 17 (ANI): Before being killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden ordered his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of US President Barack Obama as it would throw America into crisis because Vice President Joe Biden was 'unprepared' for the job.

Osama wanted Obama assassinated so 'unprepared' Biden could lead US to doom

March 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Washington, Mar 17 (ANI): Before being killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden ordered his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of US President Barack Obama as it would throw America into crisis because Vice President Joe Biden was 'unprepared' for the job.

Border issues top agenda during India and Bangladesh home ministers meeting

February 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday held an all-important meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Shahara Khatun in New Delhi.

Border issues top agenda during India and Bangladesh home ministers meeting

February 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday held an all-important meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Shahara Khatun in New Delhi.

JUI says US should tell India to stop human rights abuse in Indian Kashmir

February 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Islamabad, Feb 23(ANI): Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said the United States should tell India to stop alleged rights abuses in the Indian side of Kashmir, rather than taking up the Balochistan self-determination issue.

JUI says US should tell India to stop human rights abuse in Indian Kashmir

February 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Islamabad, Feb 23(ANI): Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said the United States should tell India to stop alleged rights abuses in the Indian side of Kashmir, rather than taking up the Balochistan self-determination issue.

Tripura traders happy as Bangladesh opens Chittagong port for business

February 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Agartala, Feb 15 (ANI): After Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the opening of Chittagong and Mongla ports to India for trade, the business community in Tripura has expressed their over the news and look forward to boosting trade relations with their neighbour.

Bangladesh lawmaker points a finger at Begum Khaleda's role in failed December 2011 coup

February 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Dhaka, Feb 14 (ANI): A senior Bangladesh lawmaker has pointed a finger at former premier Begum Khaleda Zia, claiming that she played a role in a failed coup to overthrow the Sheikh Hasina's government with the help of retired and serving army officials.

Terror gang members to walk free following sentence reduction

February 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

London, Feb.10 (ANI): Members of a terror gang that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange could walk free in less than six years after they were given double the normal reduction in sentence for entering guilty pleas yesterday.

Jailed terrorists radicalizing young Muslim inmates in UK

February 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM

London, Feb.6 (ANI): Jailed terrorists are radicalizing vulnerable young Muslims in prison, a report by British members of parliament has disclosed.

Jailed terrorists radicalizing young Muslim inmates in UK

February 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

London, Feb.6 (ANI): Jailed terrorists are radicalizing vulnerable young Muslims in prison, a report by British members of parliament has disclosed.

'Hosanna' was not meant to hurt sentiments, says 'Ek Deewana Tha' team

February 5, 2012 at 8:59 PM

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): The team for the upcoming film 'Ek Deewana Tha' has cleared the air over their song 'Hosanna'.

'Hosanna' was not meant to hurt sentiments, says 'Ek Deewana Tha' team

February 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): The team for the upcoming film 'Ek Deewana Tha' has cleared the air over their song 'Hosanna'.

Over 200 killed in Syrian government's worst crackdown till date: Activists

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Damascus, Feb 4(ANI): At least 200 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Homs in the most brutal government crackdown till date in the 11-month old uprising in Syria, activists have said.

Over 200 killed in Syrian government's worst crackdown till date: Activists

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Damascus, Feb 4(ANI): At least 200 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Homs in the most brutal government crackdown till date in the 11-month old uprising in Syria, activists have said.

Over 200 killed in Syrian government's worst crackdown till date: Activists

February 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Damascus, Feb 4(ANI): At least 200 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Homs in the most brutal government crackdown till date in the 11-month old uprising in Syria, activists have said.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood slams 'foreign funded' protests

February 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Cairo, Feb 2(ANI): The Muslim Brotherhood has slammed the ongoing protests in Egypt, and echoed the country's military rulers' view that secular and liberal were funded by foreign countries to spread chaos across the country.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood slams 'foreign funded' protests

February 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Cairo, Feb 2(ANI): The Muslim Brotherhood has slammed the ongoing protests in Egypt, and echoed the country's military rulers' view that secular and liberal were funded by foreign countries to spread chaos across the country.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara wins big at Filmfare awards

January 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' swept away most of the popular titles at the 57th Idea Filmfare awards held in Mumbai on January 29.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara wins big at Filmfare awards

January 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' swept away most of the popular titles at the 57th Idea Filmfare awards held in Mumbai on January 29.

Anti-American protest in Kashmir for release of Pakistani scientist jailed in US

January 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Srinagar, Jan 27 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir's women separatist outfit, Dukhtran Milat protested on Friday to sought the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui who is jailed in America.

Anti-American protest in Kashmir for release of Pakistani scientist jailed in US

January 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Srinagar, Jan 27 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir's women separatist outfit, Dukhtran Milat protested on Friday to sought the release of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui who is jailed in America.

World's third smallest surviving baby heads home after 5-month ordeal

January 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

London, Jan 22 (ANI): The world's third smallest surviving baby could fit in the palm of her dad's hand and weighed just 9.5oz when she was born on August 30 last year.

'Senior Al-Qaeda commander killed in Pak drone strike had planned to attack West'

January 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

London, Jan 21(ANI): A senior Al Qaeda commander killed last week had been living for four years in Manchester and was plotting to launch attacks on the West.

PDP protests against Abdullah Govt's apathy towards locals

January 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Jammu, Jan.20 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) activists staged a protest here on Friday against the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government's apathy towards the general public and demanded that patients suffering from major illnesses be airlifted to good hospitals for better treatment.

PDP protests against Abdullah Govt's apathy towards locals

January 20, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Jammu, Jan.20 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) activists staged a protest here on Friday against the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government's apathy towards the general public and demanded that patients suffering from major illnesses be airlifted to good hospitals for better treatment.

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