REPORTER POST Ranchi Last Page 01 FEBRUARY 2015 Sonam Kapoor never wanted to use father's name for career Mumbai : It's always thought that Bollywood's star children have it easy, but actress Sonam Kapoor says that at the very beginning of her film career, she had decided not to make the most of her father Anil Kapoor's p o p - ularity. "When I joined the film industry, I became very defensive because people were so mean. They were like, 'She is Anil's daughter and she will get things very easily'. So I said, 'I am never going to use my dad for anything'," Sonam, who forayed into acting with "Saawariya", said. From there on, Sonam says "I did everything on my own". "I called the directors on my own. I never called my dad for help. My dad said to me, 'I have worked very hard for 50 years so that my children can have a better life. Why aren't you using it?'. "He says, 'I have done this for you guys, so use it'. But I was like, 'I can do it on my own'. But no matter how much I did, people still say it's because of my dad," added the actress, who went on to feature in movies like "Raanjhanaa" and "Khoobsurat". Now Sonam's brother Harshvardhan is set to make his film debut via Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's "Mirziya". 8 SUNDAY We hugged and patched up: Ajaz on Ali Mumbai : After an open public brawl with Ali Quli Mirza inside "Bigg Boss Halla Bol" and his subsequent eviction, Ajaz Khan was back inside the 'house' to even out his score with the former. He says they have patched up. Ajaz was shown entering the show Friday. On being back in the "Bigg Boss" house, Ajaz said: "I didn't want to. Not after the unceremonious way I was thrown out. But my fans wanted me back very badly. I had to return for their sake." Once in, Ajaz did what was uppermost on his mind. "I confronted Ali, asked him pointblank why he behaved the way he did with me. He admitted his mistake. We hugged and patched up," he said. Ajaz feels contestant Gau- tam Gulati has every chance of winning "Bigg Boss Halla Bol", which will end Saturday. "Pritam (Singh) and Gautam are both very promising. They've a huge fan following and either could win. But Gautam has an edge. I've asked all my fans to vote for him," he said. 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' sequel is better: Rohit Shetty Mumbai : Having hosted the fifth season of reality TV show "Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi", filmmaker Rohit Shetty is convinced that its "sequel" - the sixth season - is packed with more action and that it's "better". Shetty is also hosting the sixth season, shot with 14 celebrity contestants in the beautiful environs of Cape Town. At the launch of the new edition here, the "Chennai Express" and "Golmaal" director cited an example, saying how in the film world, people say they that if one's doing a sequel to an action or comedy film, then it should be bigger than the previous movie. "As far as this show is concerned, I have to say that this sequel - 'Khatron Ke Khiladi 6' - is better," he said. Pushing the boundaries of action, adventure and entertainment, the new season of the show is slated to go on air on Colors Feb 7. The line-up of celebrity contestants this year includes actors Ashish Chowdhry, Hussain Kuwajerwala, Harshad Arora, Iqbal Khan, Sana Khan, Sagarika Ghatge, Rasami Desai, Asha Negi and Ridhi Dogra, the multi-faceted Meiyang Chang, Kabaddi star Rakesh Kumar, reality show star Siddharth Bharadwaj and item girl Nathalia Kaur. Shetty says he wasn't sure of the casting of the "sequel" as he hadn't met many of them before the show. However, after 'Khamoshiyan' - full of moronic mumbo-jumbo By Subhash K. Jha Film : "Khamoshiyan"; Cast: Sapna Pabbi, Ali Fazal and Gurmeet Choudhary; Director: Karan Darra; Rating: ** The biggest puzzle in the public domain, besides the question, "Why US President Obama chose to mouth Shah Rukh Khan’s lines from "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'?" is, "Why does a sensible intelligent man like Vikram Bhatt chose to write such stupid shiver givers?" "Khamoshiyan" makes you shiver. But not in fear. It just makes you shake in embarrassment for all the ghosts and spirits who are so royally snubbed and insulted by such travesties of terror. Maybe the spiritual world could sue for defamation. And then there should be an added penalty for wasting three talented young hopeful actors looking for a break. All "Khamoshiyan" gives them is a pathetic plot where creaky doors and spooky apparitions get more playing time than the actors who have to look scared and shattered when they are probably laughing behind the camera wondering who in this day and age believes in such moronic mumbo-jumbo. Not the progressive Mahesh Bhatt for sure. Why Mr.Bhatt who has made some of the most pathbreaking films in recent times would choose to back something so shrouded in the raga of the regressive is beyond comprehension. But all is not lost. There is a brand new version in this fearful film of the Khemchand Prakash-composed classic "Aayega aanewala", which launched the career of Lata Mangeshkar as the voice of the nation. 'Mini brain' in spinal Structure of anxiety disorder cord helps us balance protein revealed Washington : New research has revealed the crystal structure of a key protein, TSPO, which is associated with several forms of anxiety disorders. By identifying the structure at the atomic level, scientists can now pinpoint where drugs may interact with the protein. "Many other scientists have studied this protein, but what exactly it is doing has been very difficult to determine," said Shelagh Ferguson-Miller, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Michigan State University in the US. "Drugs and other compounds bind to TSPO, but without knowing the structure, their effects are hard to interpret. Now that we have obtained the structure, it could provide important clues regarding anxiety disorders and the basis for a new generation of anti-anxiety drugs," Miller added. TSPO plays a key role in shuttling cholesterol into mitochondria, the cells' powerhouse where the cholesterol is converted to hormones. These hormones are essential for our body functions. Using X-ray technology, the team was able to solve the crystal structure of the protein - creating an image of TSPO at a molecular level. This gave researchers a better understanding on how TSPO interacts with cholesterol and how this relationship affects the creation of steroid hormones. "One reason that TSPO's function has been so hard to pin down is that many studies have been done in the complex and diverse environments of whole cells and tissues, where a clear-cut interpretation of the results is difficult," said Fei Li, a researcher and co-author from the Michigan State University. "We were able to obtain a pure protein that was still functional, but isolated from these complications," Fei Li added. The study appeared in the journal Science. Whales can hear through their bones New York : Using computer simulation of a fin whale head, scientists have discovered that the skulls of at least some baleen whales have acoustic properties that capture the energy of low frequencies and direct it to their ear bones. Baleen whales, also known as mysticetes, are the largest animals on earth, and include blue whales, minke whales, right whales, gray whales and fin whales. These whales can emit extremely low frequency vocalisations that travel extraordinary distances underwater. The wavelengths of these calls can be longer than the bodies of the whales themselves. "Bone conduction is likely the predominant mechanism for hearing in fin whales and other baleen whales. This is, in my opinion, a grand discovery," said lead researcher and biologist Ted W Cranford from San Diego State University (SDSU). According to San Diego engineer Petr Krysl, humans experience a version of this phenomenon too. "We have that experience when we submerge entirely in a pool. Our ears are useless, but we still hear something because our head shakes under the pushing and pulling of the sound waves carried by the water," Krysl noted. The fin whale skull used for their experiment now resides in SDSU's museum of biodiversity. It is possible that these new findings will help the governments decide on limits to oceanic man-made noise, but Cranford stressed that what's most important about their project is that they managed to solve a long-standing mystery about a highly inaccessible animal. "This research has driven home one beautiful principle: Anatomic structure is no accident. It is functional, and often beautifully designed in unanticipated ways," the authors Printer/Publisher/Owner: Nityanand Shukla, B/3 Mukul Kunj, Near BSV School,Niwaranpur, Doranda,Ranchi -834002 (Jharkhand). E [email protected], Printed at Farooqui Tanzeem, 3rd Floor, Anjuman Plaza, Main Road, Ranchi,834001 Editor: Nityanand Shukla, M-9431169656. RNI Title code: JHAENG00063 shooting with them in Cape Town and seeing them facing their fears head on, he says: "The new season is better because of the 14 contestants". Of all the contestants, he felt "Uttaran" girl Rashami was the weakest, but she proved him otherwise by performing the stunts one after the other fearlessly. Washington : US researchers have discovered a "mini brain" hidden in our spinal cord that helps us remain balanced while maneuvering our way through crowd or walking across an icy parking lot in winter so that we do not slip and fall. Such a task happens unconsciously, thanks to a cluster of neurons in our spinal cord that integrate sensory information and make the necessary adjustments to our muscles. "When we stand and walk, touch sensors on the soles of our feet detect subtle changes in pressure and movement. These sensors send signals to our spinal cord and then to the brain," explained Martyn Goulding, professor from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a California-based independent scientific research institute. "The study opens what was essentially a black box, as of until now, we did not know how these signals are encoded or processed in the spinal cord," he added. Every millisecond, multiple streams of information, including signals from the light touch transmission pathway that Goulding's team has identified, flow into the brain. One way the brain handles this data is by preprocessing it in sensory way stations such as the eye or the spinal cord. But until now, it has been exceedingly difficult to precisely identify the types of neurons involved and chart how they are wired together. In their study, the Salk scientists demystified this fine-tuned, sensory-motor control system. Using cutting-edge imaging techniques, they traced nerve fibres that carry signals from the touch sensors in the feet to their connections in the spinal cord. They found that these sensory fibers wire together in the spinal cord with another group of neurons known as RORI neurons. The RORI neurons, in turn, connect with neurons in the motor region of brain, suggesting they might serve as a critical link between the brain and the feet. When Goulding's team disabled the RORI neurons in the spinal cord using genetically modified mice developed at Salk, they found that these mice were substantially less sensitive to movement. When the researchers had the animals walk across a narrow, elevated beam a task that required more effort and skill - the animals struggled. "We think these neurons are responsible for combining all of this information to tell the feet how to move," added Steeve Bourane, postdoctoral researcher in Goulding's lab. The work offers a robust view of neural pathways and processes that underlie the control of movement and how the body senses its environment, the team concluded. The paper was published in the journal Cell.
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