Headlines : 29th September, Friday

Twas a hot day in Chennai. People were sweating like George Bush trying to save the fancy china at his dinner party.

Thats right. Things got quite ugly between Musharraf and Karzai, the Afghan president at the dinner hosted by George Bush yesterday. They almost came to fistfights and Bush had to intervene and stop them from getting out of control. Can you imagine how bad it must have been if George Bush was the voice of reason at the table……?

At the dinner, Karzai blamed Pakistan of supporting the Taliban and Musharraf alleged that Karzai’s government has failed completely and he (Karzai) was unaware of the facts. The sad part – they are both spot on with their insights.

This is the big story in the US over the past two days. A gunman sensationally broke into a girls high school in Colorado and locked himself into a room with six teenage girls for over four hours!!!!!!. I know what you are thinking……….Bill Clinton hasn’t changed much since his days in the White House.

I can’t believe this. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are actually holding massive protests against the Court’s verdict to hang Mohammad Afzal in 2 weeks time. Afzal tried to bomb our Parliament, killed 9 security personnel and injured many others. I would like to insert a joke here but I think the fact that this guy has so much support is pretty funny in itself.

Meanwhile, the ICC has ruled in favour Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq in the ball tampering row and cleared him of all charges levelled against him. No such luck for Monica Bedi, though. She gets copped in the cooler for the next 5 years.

Shashi Tharoor’s chances are dwindling with the US pushing for a quick decision on the appointment of the next UN Sec-General. For once, the US is costing an Indian his job. Ironic, isn’t it?

Further, South Korea is reportedly offering millions of dollars to African countries and ‘incentives’ to UNSC members, in a bid to secure its candidate Ban Ki Moon’s victory in the next UN Secretary General poll. Tharoor can’t believe this. Bribing people to get things done? – thats OUR forte. The Koreans are beating us in our own game. What a shame!!!!!

Rang De Basanti is India’s official entry for this year’s Oscars. That’s great. Ironically, yet another MIG-29 crashed in Ambala two days after the nomination. Really.

Sania Mirza has pulled off a sensational upset by beating top seed Martina Hingis at the Korean Open. As they say, every (under)dog has its day.

The media is touting this as a revenge victory for Sania who had previously lost to Hingis in the Sunfeast Open. Going by that logic, Sania has around 73 revenge matches left to win this year.

Mirza says she is very happy and pleased with the win. In fact, she is so excited that she can’t wait to lose 6-0 6-1 to the unseeded player she is slated to meet in the next round.


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