Bachchans at Mukesh Ambani’s party

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan and sister-in-law Shweta Nanda attended the book launch of Ash’s favourite designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla at Antilla, Mukesh and Neeta Ambani’s bungalow in Mumbai on Saturday.

The designer duo launched their book India Fantastique.

Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan and Shweta Nanda

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Jenny McCarthy to pose nude for Playboy again

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Jenny McCarthy is posing nude for Playboy again – almost 20 years since the first time she appeared in its pages.

The 39-year-old blonde beauty will feature on the July/August cover of the famous men’s magazine and will strip for a naked pictorial. A representative for the publication has confirmed Jenny’s spread.

The model-and-actress started her career with a shoot in Playboy’s October 1993 issue and she went onto to be named Playmate of the Month and later Playmate of the Year and has appeared in Hugh Hefner’s magazine several times.

Jenny turns 40 in November and she previously admitted she wanted to bare all in the magazine one more time before she reached the landmark age.

She said: “I would absolutely pose for Playboy. I would be so flattered if they asked me. It’s probably not going to happen but I think I want to do it again.”

Jenny – who has a nine-year-old son Evan – also recently confessed she relies on the wrinkle-smoothing powers of Botox to stay looking young.

She said: “I’m an obvious Botox user. I tell everyone. I get Botox in my forehead. I just have my doctor do a little shot. But I also just take good care of myself.”

OLYMPICS 2012-Freedom of information

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During the day the Flame will visit a number of iconic landmarks including Caerphilly Castle, the Sail Bridge in Swansea, and the Swansea Live Site.

Today marks the beginning of the second week of the Flame’s 70 day journey around the UK. So far over one million people have come out to see the Torch Relay.

Torchbearers of the day include Colin Jackson, High Hurdling Olympian is set to carry the Flame in Swansea in recognition of his extremely successful career in Athletics and coaching of the sport.

Lorelei Westcott, 18, a talented gymnast from Llantwit Major was selected through the Coca-Cola Future Flames programme. Through her devotion to training youngsters in her school and community, and her own sports achievements, Lorelei was nominated for “Young Citizen of the Year” Lorelei now helps train members of the Welsh team and judges competitions throughout Wales. She will carry the Flame in Barry.

The evening celebration will take place at Singleton Park in Swansea.  The celebration will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. The line-up includes music from Kids In Glass Houses, a dance troupe who will provide a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport and dance act Twist and Pulse. There will also be entertainment from Only Men Aloud and Mark Jermin’s Dance School staged by Swansea City Council.

On Day 8 the Flame will be carried through the following communities:

Cardiff, Dinas Powys, Barry, Caerphilly, Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil, Treherbert, Ynyswen, Treorchy, Nant-y-moel, Ogmore Vale, Bryncethin, Bridgend, Laleston, Pyle, Margam, Taibach, Port Talbot, Briton Ferry, Neath and Swansea.

Star Group clinches Indian cricket’s broadcast rights

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Star Group on Monday beat competition from Multi Screen Media (Sony) to bag six-year broadcast and digital rights of India’s international cricket matches at home and domestic events like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and the Irani Trophy.

Star, in collaboration with ESPNCricinfo, bagged the broadcast, internet and mobile rights in India for a period of six years starting from July 2012 till March 2018.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned company’s six-year contract is valued at Rs 3,851 crore and will cover 96 matches in all.

It would be coughing up Rs 40 crore per match on an average much higher than the Rs 32.5 crore per match that Nimbus was paying the BCCI before its contract was terminated last year due to default in payments.

Star and Multi Screen Media (Sony) were the only two companies to make the bids but a total of five had filed the tenders.

“The BCCI is very happy with the deal. Now the media rights have been fully evaluated and fully priced with Star coming out with a such a deal,” BCCI president N. Srinivasan told reporters while making the announcement.

The second highest bidder was Multi Screen Media (Sony), which bid Rs 3700 crore. “Following a transparent process of verifying the eligibility of each bidder, the winner was chosen,” Srinivasan said.

Star Group’s India CEO Uday Shankar promised that the company would provide good telecast of the matches.

“I thank the BCCI for giving Star the broadcast rights. In collaboration with our partnbers ESPN, we will do a commendable job,” he said.

“We have already got channels. But the option of launching a channel if number of matches demand that is always open,” he added.

ESPN-Star already have the rights of all ICC events and also the rights of domestic cricket in England and Australia.

The BCCI’s marketing committee had set the price for category A games at Rs 31.25 crore per match (approx USD 6.1 million) plus Rs 1 crore (approx USD 0.2 million), while category B games were set at Rs 34 crore (approx USD 6.67 million) plus Rs 1 crore.

The board failed in its attempt to sell the internet rights separately last year, as the initial base price of Rs 3 crore and the subsequently reduced price of Rs 2 crore found no takers.

The matter has subsequently been referred for arbitration, with the Bombay High Court ruling that Nimbus must deposit Rs 305 crore (approx USD 60 million) with the court as security for the amount the BCCI claims it is owed by the company.

Nimbus has also made a counter-claim of Rs 600 crore (approx USD 118 million) from the board.

9 Superfoods for Your Heart

Heart Disease

The single most important step you can take for heart health starts with what you put on your plate

Garlic

Rx Effect: Reduces blood pressure and plaque

The Evidence: Research suggests that, much like the ACE inhibitor drugs that fight high blood pressure, garlic ratchets down an enzyme called angiotensin, which constricts blood vessels. Though the effect is modest compared with medications, garlic seems to have a significant impact on the buildup of plaque. In three randomized trials, Matthew Budoff, MD, professor of medicine at UCLA, found that plaque progression slowed by more than 50% in people taking garlic extract, compared with the non–vampire slayers—”and the nongarlic group was on standard drugs,” he says.

Try: The trials used 250 mg tablets of Kyolic aged garlic extract to standardize the dose. “But it’s always better to eat the real food,” says Gayl Canfield, PhD, RD, director of nutrition at Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami.