Friday, 13 April 2012

Shah Rukh Khan detained by US immigration en route to Yale

Actor Shah Rukh Khan was detained for two hours at an airport in New York after arriving in the US to address students at Yale University.
Khan – who flew into the city’s White Plains airport in a private jet – only received immigration clearance after intervention by the Indian Consul General.
The actor had been scheduled to attend a Press Conference before travelling on to the Ivy League university to receive a fellowship and speak to students.
Reports say the press conference and the lecture had to be delayed by more than 3 hours due to the actor’s detention.
Arriving at the press conference, Khan commented, “Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom.”
The US Customs and Border Protection Agency later released a statement apologizing for the incident.
In 2009 the actor was detained for two hours at Newark airport in New Jersey because, he said, “he had a Muslim name.”
-          Staff Reporter (Edited by Vijitha Alles)

Pak students to UK to face interviews as Oxford warns against new rules

Pakistani students applying for a visa to the UK are to face compulsory interviews with visa officers, according to a report in the Guardian.
The new rule has reportedly been imposed after a secret Home Office study suggested that 40% of all potential students were spurious applicants.
The newspaper said that Home Secretary Theresa May will announce that “bogus” students will be blocked from entering the UK when the measures are introduced.
Pakistani students wishing to study in the UK have applied for visas via paper applications over the past decade.
The pilot study, which was carried out by the UK Border Agency, suggests that 40% of applicants for student visas from Pakistan are likely to prove ineligible for the document, mainly due their inability to speak English.
According to The Guardian, the study was conducted through consulates in 13 countries; from India and China to Nigeria.
It found 38% of applicants from Bangladesh would be considered ineligible for a student visa. In most cases this was because applicants were unable to answer basic questions in English without the aid of an interpreter. The failure rate in other countries was projected at 29% in India, 28% in Egypt and 27% in Sri Lanka.
In Canada and the US, which are predominantly English speaking countries, the failure rate is projected to be 4%.
Reports say the compulsory interviews will gradually be extended to other countries after the pilot scheme in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, The Vice Chancellor of Oxford University has urged students from India to not be deterred by strict new visa rules introduced by the UK government this month.
Andrew Hamilton said the scrapping of the Post Study Work scheme on 6 April will have serious consequences with students looking to other countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia for their education.
New immigration rules mean fewer non-EU students are allowed to stay on in the UK after the end of their studies.
Ministers estimate there will be 70,000 fewer student visas issued as a result over the next 12 months.
Its estimated non-EU students bring close to GBP10 billion into the British economy annually.
-    Vijitha Alles

“I love Rajnikanth…and Jesus”: Rakhi Sawant

Unabashed publicity monger and everyone’s favourite (come on, admit it!) ‘Item Girl’, Rakhi Sawant has expressed her unreserved, unequivocal, unconditional and uninhibited love for Rajnikanth after the follically-challenged (albeit hirsute on-screen) South Indian megastar’s SON-IN-LAW ditched her at the last minute at a planned dance performance.
Ms Sawant, assuming her now-familiar, trout-pout-enhanced curled lip and crossing her legs a-la Sharon Stone, in a timely fashion, told the Times of India that she was heartbroken after Dhanush (what’s with the mononyms these days? India’s booming but everyone’s becoming fans of Madonna?  Move on people!) left her standing at a planned performance of something called ‘Kolaveri Di’; which is apparently a dance involving an exotic variety of curry leaf, according to my informed sources.
Thankfully, just as her emotions (I actually mean her hormones) threatened to go into meltdown, Rakhi Sawant found Jesus.  Yep, you read that right.  The guy on the cross.
She says, “I was told that his (Dhanush’s) advisers told him to stay away from performing with me because I am a controversial girl. He thought his reputation as a big star would get hampered!  I was very hurt, but then I saw Jesus' face smiling at me and telling me 'Rakhi don't worry, I will always love you!"
As her emotions (hormones) went into overdrive, she added, "Rajinikanth is my dream man! I respect and love everyone and everything attached to him! Dhanush is his son-in-law, and I am a big fan of Dhanush's songs and acting skills. Even though he didn't show respect towards me and treated me as an untouchable, I pray that his songs and films become more popular than ever! "
After having expressed her undying love for the South’s biggest movie star, Ms Sawant casually proceeded to tear the South’s work ethos to pieces: "Seeing what Dhanush did to me, I realised how nice our Bollywood stars are! Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt and even cricketers like Kapil Dev have performed happily along with me and never made me feel small or belittled!"
Kapil Dev?
That’s sailed over the long-on boundary!!!!
-    Tung-in-Chick