Ricky Pointing Slams Gavaskar

Ricky Ponting has lashed out at legendary Indian Sunil Gavaskar and other former players for often blaming the Australian team for on-field confrontations, saying the Indian opener was not an angel during his playing days.

“I know that over the past 10 years, probably longer, a notion has developed that the Australian team walks out onto the field intent on getting in faces and having a few words… Unfortunately, as soon as a spectator or a commentator spots one of my team chipping on opponent, they assume it is a pre-meditated attack,” Ponting said.

“The most laughable aspect is when I hear former players complaining, as though they never put a toe out of line in their day.

“I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out lbw in a Test match, but to hear him today you’d think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,” he wrote in his ‘Captain’s Diary 2008’.

Ponting said he was disappointed by the hypocrisy of former cricketers who never kept the standards in their hey-days but were demanding the same from his team

Tamil cinema’s legendary villain MN Nambiar dead

MN Nambiar, the original villain of Tamil cinema, died on Wednesday at his residence in Chennai following a heart attack.nambiarThe 89-years-old actor who breathed his last at 1230 hrs IST at his Gopalapuram residence is survived by one daughter and two sons.One of his sons, Sukumaran Nambiar, is a politician and a functionary in Tamil Nadu unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Nambiar started his career in 1935 as a villain in Bhaktha Ramadoss and acted in more than 1000 films over six decades.He also acted in Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi cinema but he’s best known for playing the villain opposite legendary Tamil actor MG Ramachandran.


Nambiar’s memorable films were Aayirathil Oruvan, Ambikapathi and Nenjam Marappathillai.


A Malayalee by birth, Nambiar, who later settled down in Chennai in Tamil Nadu for pursuing a career in acting, was born on March 7, 1919 at Kannur in Kerala.

Al-Qaeda message condemns Obama

In a message purportedly from Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda deputy called Mr Obama a “house negro” – a demeaning term implying he served white people. bin1

Mr Obama’s plan to bolster the US military presence in Afghanistan would fail, Zawahiri said.

If genuine, the message would be the first acknowledgement by al-Qaeda of the president-elect’s victory.

The audio message appeared on militant websites.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian by birth, is often referred to as Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man and the chief ideologue of al-Qaeda.

In the short message he warned Mr Obama of failure if he followed Bush administration policies in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

He also criticised Mr Obama – whose father is Muslim – for abandoning his Islamic roots.

“You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand with the enemies of Muslims,” he said.

On Sunday, in his first television interview since his 4 November election win, Mr Obama reiterated his commitment to shift more US troops to war-torn Afghanistan.

Stamping out al-Qaeda “once and for all” was a top priority, he said, and capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden was “critical” to US security.

Mumbai Juhu rave party – 100 test positive for drugs

 As many as 109 people who were arrested at a Mumbai rave party conducted at a high profile club — ‘Bombay 72 Degree East’ in Juhu, Mumbai on October 5 have tested positive for drug consumption. 

The police busted an on-going rave party and detained 231 people for consumption of drugs. Eight peddlers were also arrested. “We have reports that 109 have been tested positive. We will arrest them and take them to court. They may face punishment up to 6 months. But there is immunity for those willing to undergo de-addiction.” Vishwas Nagre, DCP-Mumbai said.

More than a hundred youngsters were arrested last month at a rave party in Juhu. The police said it would initiate legal proceedings against those tested positive. Just a little over six months back in March 2008, 271 partygoers were detained at a rave party raid in Pune. A large quantity of drugs was seized from the party including marijuana and hashish. Those detained were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days and were later released.