Leading white goods and mobile handset manufacturer Samsung Wednesday launched a low-cost solar-powered mobile phone, and said it was planning to introduce about 20 more models by year-end.

The new handset, launched under its low-cost line of products – ‘Guru’ – at a price of Rs.2,799, has a solar panel on the back, which can be used to charge the battery anywhere the sun is shining.

‘We have developed this phone keeping in minds the needs of the consumers, especially for people in areas where the electric supply is unstable,’ said J.S. Shin, president and chief executive of Samsung, Southwest Asia.

The phone, christened the ‘Guru E1107’, can provide around 5-10 minutes of talk-time with one-hour of solar charging when the handset is turned off and sunlight has adequate intensity.

‘Solar charging can give you enough time to make few important calls when there is no electricity or you are not close to a plug point,’ said Sunil Dutt, country head of Samsung India.

The battery will attain full power with about 40 hours of solar charging.

‘But that is really not the intention behind the launch of this phone. It is to enable customers to make a call when there is no electricity,’ said Dutt.

The handset, the 11th model in the Guru series, will be in shops by month-end.

The first few batches of Guru E1107 will be imported from South Korea.

Saumsung has already launched about 20 models this year and plans to take this number to about 40 across categories.

Asked whether the company would consider introducing solar charging features in high-end phones, Dutt said: ‘We would definitely consider doing so.’

Samsung, which has invested about $44 million in developing its mobile manufacturing facility in Noida, also has ambitious plans for the huge Indian mobile market.

‘Our market share is in the early double digits currently. We plan to increase it by about 5-6 percent this year,’ said a company official.

Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was tortured by the Sri Lankan military before being killed, a leading human rights body said in a report released Wednesday.

The University Teachers for Human Rights (UTHR) quoted high-level military sources as saying that Prabhakaran was tortured in the presence of ‘a Tamil government politician and a general’.

The torture, it said, took place probably at the headquarters of the army’s 53 Division, which battled the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) before crushing it last month.

‘Several army sources have said that Prabhakaran’s (younger) 12-year-old son Balachandran was killed after capture. Our (sources) said that he was killed in front of his father,’ said UTHR, which has always been critical of excesses both by the military and the LTTE.

‘These sources added that this information is correct unless officers at the highest level are fibbing to one another.

‘Our sources in addition to several others have said that all the LTTE persons remaining in the NFZ (No Fire Zone) were massacred,’ it added in a 48-page report, an advance copy of which was made available to IANS.

Sri Lanka announced May 18 that Prabhakaran, founder leader of the LTTE, was killed in a lonely coastal stretch in the northeastern district of Mullaitivu where the Tigers had massed their forces before going down.

His body was put on display, placed on a stretcher, the back of the head blown off.

Sri Lankan minister Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan alias Karuna, a former confidant of Prabhakaran, had told IANS that the LTTE chief was shot dead with 18 of his guards.

Prabhakaran’s death marked the end of the LTTE’s dragging conflict that claimed 90,000 lives since 1983.

UTHR said: ‘Information seeping into the public domain from within the army points to capture or surrender, but the official responses dismissing this are a rehash of stories that public no longer finds credible. It is left to an impartial enquiry to answer this and related questions.’

UTHR pointed out that the government was evasive about the fate of Prabhakaran’s wife Mathivathani.

It quotes a brigadier as saying: ‘We had to look for Prabhakaran’s body because the world was interested in seeing it. But the body of his wife is not of any importance to us.’

The UTHR report said: ‘That would be the fate of the unknown hundreds of civilians and militants killed in those last days (of fighting).’

According to the report, among the LTTE leaders who surrendered to the army included Baby Subramaniam, a member of the group since 1976 and one of Prabhakaran’s oldest associates.

Much as I went into The Fellowship of the Ring caring more about Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen than I ever could about JRR Tolkien, my interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine stems from the involvement of Gavin Hood and Hugh Jackman, and not from the legacy of X-Men comic books. ”

what_did_you_think_of_the_film-440x293Having said that, I rather liked Singer’s X-Men, loved X2 and probably thought more of The Last Stand than most people, so I do have a context in which I have invested in Wolverine-slash-Logan before. Have Gavin Hood and his collaborators fashioned a film that can make me invest again, or dare I hope it, even make me invest more? The opening scene kept me guessing as to how successful the film would ultimately be. It serves as a super-quick introduction to Logan’s rage and guilt, which are given as some kind of inner drive for him and visualised in the form of a howling motif we will see again and again. In the sequence, we see James Logan as a young child in the 19th Century, sharing a bedroom with his brother, later to become Vincent Creed and be played by Liev Schreiber (the separate surnames issue is not entirely clear, but I’m sure you will make an educated guess as to how it might be resolved). A man who appears to be their father rouses the children before another man arrives and violence erupts.

The events of this brief, fairly well presented and mostly exciting sequence are designed to provide some depth and motivation to the characters, and particularly in respect of the two brothers’ relationship, but it could honestly have benefited from running longer, opening out more and allowing a more meaningful relationship to form between the children and the adults. Nonetheless, what the scene does achieve would be greatly missed had the scene been skipped. On the subject of the cast, I think it is worth noting that Schreiber and Danny Huston offer more in terms of a general cool factor and credibility than on a scene by scene basis with their performances – the film isn’t really structured in such a way that they have to do any heavy lifting with their characters. Subsequent to this comes another sequence that strives very sincerely to establish the complexities of the film’s central sibling rivalry. Set into the titles, and stylized to play half like a flowing motion picture, half like a set of title cards, this sequence is a montage of wars, with the chronological presentation of Logan and Creed fighting, growing, changing and interrelating through a string of historic conflicts. There is likely to be some comparison made between this sequence and the opening titles of Watchmen. Both skip through time, both provide tone, context and some establishing character information and both are pretty successful – though this is likely to receive less enduring love from fans, devoid as it is of pop music, pop iconography or popping stylization. Indeed, by this point, the film seems to be building quickly towards and ever elaborate drama between the two brothers. It’s an arc that continues to sweep through most of the film, only occasionally getting knotted or falling off desperately. It wouldn’t be hard to have issues with how the brothers’ relationship changes through the last act – but, as you’ll see, it isn’t hard to have any number of issues with the last act in any way. A better structure would have allowed the first half of the film to expand and become more elaborate until it took up at least 85% of the narrative. This is where the most interesting stuff lies, and the stuff that could stand to be fleshed out considerably. The further past the halfway mark we go, while there are still many things to enjoy and appreciate, the higher the stack of problems rises.

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Ayngaran International’s forthcoming ‘Sarvam’ directed by Vishnuvardhan is a stylish romantic – thriller flick starring Arya and Trisha. Vishnu is coming back with his blue-eyed boy Arya after ‘Arindhum Ariyamalum’ and ‘Pattiyal’. Considered as the most stylish film of the time, ‘Billa’ starring Ajith was a super hit for the director and he is keen to cope up with the abounding expectations.

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Adding to the hype is, Arya’s latest ‘Naan Kadavul’ in which he has meticulously worked for three years and came out with an astounding performance. In an interview, he said that Bala was so concerned about his next project and was happy when he came to know it is ‘Sarvam’. The on-screen chemistry between Arya and Trisha is said to have evolved beautifully.

The title ‘Sarvam’ is christened by the makers depicting the fact that in any one’s life within a fraction of a second, their whole life could change outright for good or bad. No one has the control over the consequences that happens all of a sudden.

‘Sarvam’ has some good reasons to be anticipated with the first being Vishnuardhan’s script. A Civil engineer (Arya) and a child specialist doctor (Trisha) falls in love and all goes well until they run into a gang leader who’s chasing a father and son for unknown reasons. Jam packed with action and thrilling elements, Vishnu has co-written the screenplay with his associate Gokul.

An interesting factor is popular Malayalam actor Indrajith (as the father) and Telugu director JD Chakravarthy (who acted in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Sathya’ a decade back) is in the cast for giving a fresh look to the movie. Rohan, a young boy is debuting in the role of the son. Cinematography in action- thriller flicks carries a lot of weightage and the responsibility is shouldered by ace cinematographer Neerva Shah (Dhoom, Pokkiri, Billa) while editing is handled by Srigar Prasath.

Musical score composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja is peppy and lively. The audio recently launched is going good in the charts. Billa’s rocking background score gave a rich feel for the movie and Yuvan is said to have recreated the magic once again. Out of the five songs, one of it has been shot completely featuring CGI effects which will enthrall the audience. In present times, stunts are being choreographed so realistic and the same way is undertaken for this film. Art direction by Manu Jagath alias Manoj, who is a long-time associate of Sabu Cyril is one of the major assets. First half of the film has been shot in Chennai while the entire second half has been done in Munnar.

Vishnuvardhan always delves into disparate themes with films like ‘Arindhum Ariyamalum’, ‘Pattiyal’ and ‘Billa’ to his credit. ‘Sarvam’ made by a dedicated and talented cast & crew is a flick to watch out for which will hit the screens this month.

Hollywood is known to be the most successful film industry of the world. This industry has introduced many talented and beautiful actresses. Below are some of the most beautiful actresses of the present day Hollywood.


Angelina Jolie:

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This Oscar winner and good will ambassador of UN has been declared to be the most beautiful people by People Magazine in 2006.

Her father is one of the famous actors of Hollywood, Jon Voight, and mother Marcheline Bertrand, is an actress. Being born to such parents, Jolie had a knack for acting. Jolie was a fashion model. She started her acting career with a low budget movie Cyborg-2.


Julia Roberts:

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This Pretty Woman is America’s sweetheart. With her beautiful smile and brilliant performance, she dazzled the audience and critics. She is not only one of the most beautiful actresses but also the highest paid in present day Hollywood. Julia always loved animals and wanted to become a veterinarian and later studied journalism. She followed her brother after his success in Hollywood. The People Magazine declared her one of the most beautiful people in 2000.

Scarlett Johansson:

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Scarlett started her career at a very young age and acted in plays before coming to movies. Her film career started at the age of fourteen. Her first movie was North with Laura Nelson. In 1998, she caught every body’s attention for her performance in The Horse Whisperer. After this movie, she did not have to look back. With her performance in movies like Ghost world, Lost in Translation, Girl with Pearl Earring she won the hearts of Hollywood film lovers. In 2003, she got two nominations for Golden Globe.

Jessica Alba:

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This girl of Mexican-American descent suffered from various physical maladies. Yet, she is considered as one of the most beautiful actresses of Hollywood. Jessica’s father was in the Airforce and they moved to different places. Jessica started her career at the age of five with a small role in a movie called Camp Nowhere. After that, she appeared in numerous television commercials and drama series. Her big break came in 1999; she worked with Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed Before.

Natalie Portman:

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This girl is a rare combination of brain and beauty. A straight “A” student in her school and a Harvard graduate, Natalie started honing her acting skill at a very young age. During her holidays in schools, she used to attend theatre camps. Her film career started in 1994, by appearing in a movie titled Léon. The movie was a success and she did supporting roles in Heat, Everyone Says I Love You, Beautiful Girls, and Mars Attacks. I liked her performance in the Star War sequel. She played the character of Queen/Senator Amidala very well.

Sophie Marceau:

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This French actress came from a very ordinary family. Her father was a truck driver in Paris. When she was fourteen, she came to know from her friends that Claude Pinoteau, a movie director, was looking for a teenager actress for his movie Boum, La. She auditioned for the role, got the role and became star overnight. Sophie is a very accomplished actress and received many awards.

Liv Tyler:

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I first saw her in the music video of Aerosmith with Alicia Silverstone. OOH!! These two were reeaaaaaally cute. At that time I did not know about this beautiful girl. Then again, I saw her in the movie That Thing you Do. She played the character of a girl from small town. I could never forget that innocent face and beautiful lips. Daughter of Steven Tyler, vocal, Aerosmith, Liv came to know about her real father at the age of nine. Since then, she changed her name from Liv Rundgren to Liv Tyler. She started her career as a model and appeared in music video. The amazing thing about this beautiful actress is that she never took any acting lesson.

Christina Ricci:

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Christina looked really cute as Wednesday Addams in Addams Family. Pumpkin is one of my all time favorites. In this movie, she played the role of a sorority girl who falls in love with a handicapped person. She breaks all the norms of perfectness and chooses to spend her life with a person who is abnormal according to the social standard but has a good heart (ALL these beautiful things only happen in movies!!!). Like Liv Tyler, Christina did not have any formal training in acting. She started doing commercials at the age of six. In 1990, she got her first break in Mermaids. Her performance got the attention of the audience and critics. Her success came after she worked in movies like Casper, Now and Then and Monster.

Mena Suvari:

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I remember her for her phone sex scene (bow! Wow!) with Chris Klein in American Pie 2. Mena Suvari started her career in television shows; Boy Meets World and ER. Success came after she starred in American Beauty and American Pie. The funny thing about this actress is that she appeared in three movies whose titles start with America: American Pie, American Beauty, and American Virgin.

Alexis Bledel:

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Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born in Houston Texas. She started her career as a fashion model. Her success came after she starred in TV series Gilmore Girls. She also worked in hit movies like Tuck Everlasting, Sin City. Alexis’ first language is Spanish. Her parents encouraged her to work in community theatre when she was eight. From there, she moved into modeling. She studied in St. Agnes Academy Houston.

The Changeling star won 58 per cent of the votes in an online poll conducted by Vanity Fair magazine.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen – who wed American football star Tom Brady in February – came a distant second with only nine per cent.

Four per cent of respondents chose Gothika star Halle Berry, handing her third place.

The survey asked women to choose the most attractive lady from a list of 19 famous women, including singer Beyonce Knowles, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, model Bar Refaeli, Queen Rania of Jordan and Carla Bruni – the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

On its website, Vanity Fair said: “Of the billions of women on this planet, only 19, we believe, could start wars.

“These modern-day Helens of Troy come from both hemispheres and include legends and ingenues, a queen, a First Lady and at least two bedmates of Leonardo DiCaprio.”

DiCaprio previously dated Gisele and is currently in a relationship with Israeli supermodel Bar.

It’s not the first time Angelina – who raises six children with her long-term partner Brad Pitt – has won a title of this kind.

Last month, she topped a list of the world’s most beautiful people compiled by Who magazine.

Kate Winslet came second in the antipodean survey.

Who is the World’s Most Beautiful Woman? Conducted by Vanity Fair:

1) Angelina Jolie 58 per cent

2) Gisele Bundchen 9 per cent

3) Halle Berry 4 per cent

4) Penelope Cruz 3 per cent

4) Scarlett Johansson 3 per cent

4) Jennifer Connelly 3 per cent

4) Queen Rania of Jordan 3 per cent

4) Bar Refaeli 3 per cent

5) Catherine Deneuve 2 per cent

5) Freida Pinto 2 per cent

5) Natalia Vodianova 2 per cent

5) Ziyi Zhang 2 per cent

5) Beyonce Knowles 2 per cent

5) Cate Blanchett 2 per cent

6) Elle MacPherson 1 per cent

6) Kate Moss 1 per cent

6) Gwyneth Paltrow 1 per cent

6) Kerry Washington 1 per cent

6) Carla Bruni 1 per cent