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They went around for a year and have spent a year talking about each other since their split. After Deepika Padukone aimed some below-the-belt ones at former beau Ranbir Kapoor on Koffee with Karan she called him “unsexy” and suggested he endorse a condom brand RK beat his ex to the white couch on Simi Selects: India’s Most Desirable.

In the opening episode on STAR World, the Kapoor beta referred to her as “a nice girl” with whom he had shared a “wonderful relationship”. Then, he hit back for her KJo comments with “I wish she had picked up the phone and spoken to me” rather than go “public” to wash dirty linen.

Deepi darling got a chance to return the compliment and also turn the knife in a bit in the second episode of India’s Most Desirable on Sunday night. In the face of Simi Garewal’s coiffed grilling, she talked about her then (Ranbir) and now (Sidhartha Mallya).

She started off on a catty note “I have learnt from my previous relationship not to be dependent on one person” but then hid her claws and described RK as “a wonderful person” who she continues to be friends with!

What must have hit RK where it hurts? Her giggles about Mallya (Jr).


You needn’t envy your cousin in Mumbai anymore. After weeks of suffering in the sweltering heat, Calcutta got its first and fulsome taste of the monsoon.

Delayed by more than a week, the monsoon brought with it the reprieve of scattered thundershowers from Wednesday afternoon followed by the deluge of Friday. The city went under, flooded streets causing traffic snarls. The big loser? The Calcutta commuter, of course.

Jol Sovan our mayor, if you please deserves a dunking (and not like the nudge-and-wink one Mamata Banerjee gave him in a swimming pool not so long ago) for focusing on his party and forgetting about the people, growled some. Not even god can save the city from waterlogging, groaned others.

With the Met office predicting a “normal” monsoon, brace for more days of rolling up those jeans and wading through yuck water.


Did you score 75 per cent in your Class XII exams and still manage to make it through a good college? Consider yourself lucky that you aren’t queuing up for a seat this year.

Last Wednesday, Delhi University caused an uproar across the country by pegging the admission cut-off at 100 per cent! The capital’s premier Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) was the first to set the three big digits as the admission benchmark for its BCom (Hons) course, with others like Jai Hind College and Hindu following suit.

With parents crying foul, HRD honcho Kapil Sibal termed the 100 per cent cutoff “irrational”, even as students scurried from one college to another in the hope of bagging a seat. The DU vice-chancellor has promised a drop in cutoffs as subsequent admission lists are declared, but with a limited number of seats on offer, that may be too little, too late.


“We get to see them grow closer than ever before,” actress Stana Katic, who plays the spunky Kate Beckett in Castle, had told t2 at the beginning of the third season.

After two seasons of playing cat-and-mouse with each other and the audience Richard Castle and Kate Beckett locked lips in episode 13 of Season 3 of the popular STAR World show, on Wednesday night. The backstory to the kiss? The two were trying to get past a security guard pretending to be a PDA couple when Castle grabbed Beckett and kissed her. That too for a full half minute (in picture left). The result? “That was amazing!” from Castle after she kisses and kicks (the guard, as soon as he lowers his guard)! The chemistry? Sizzling!!

A crime series with a thriller writer (Castle) teaming up with a New York homicide detective (Beckett) to solve one murky case after another, Castle is one of the most popular English language shows on Indian TV. Guys, stick around the Castle-Beckett fireworks have only begun.

British siren Elizabeth Hurley won one of the quickest divorces in history, ending her four-year marriage to Indian textile tycoon Arun Nayar in just 92 seconds! The London High Court granted a decree nisi to the couple neither of whom were present at the hearing citing Nayar’s “unreasonable behaviour”. The Hurley-Nayar marriage to be dissolved in six weeks broke down in December last year after the Austin Powers star was caught on camera kissing Australian cricketer Shane Warne. Will the divorce now mean wedding bells for Warnie and Liz? “No way!” was the tweet from Hurley.


Nine days after keeping the government guessing, Baba Ramdev ended his fast against corruption with a tumbler of juice in Dehradun last Sunday.

The yoga guru, who started a hunger-strike against black money on the Ramlila grounds in New Delhi on June 4, was admitted to hospital seven days into his fast. He purportedly gave in to the “request” of his followers and ended his fast two days later, with aide Balakrishna asserting that Ramdev would “take this satyagraha forward till his last breath.”

Once out of hospital, Ramdev promptly held a press conference to lash out against the Congress, but was soon silenced when a video clip highlighting his links to the BJP

Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank reportedly discussing over phone when and how Ramdev should end his fast was aired on TV channels.

What will Baba Ramdev do next? Try and think of something ‘fast’.


Living up to her pre-election promise, chief minister Mamata Banerjee put all her might behind the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill, 2011, which was passed by voice vote along with some amendments brought by the government last Tuesday.

The bill which empowers the West Bengal government to return land in Singur to farmers who had parted with their land and also did not accept compensation when it was taken up for the Tata Nano plant was passed amid a heated exchange of words and a dramatic walkout by the Opposition, citing “legal loopholes”.

The bill seeks to scrap the CPM’s 997.17-acre land lease with Tata Motors, enabling the government to take back the land to fulfil the Trinamul Congress’s poll promise of returning 400 acres to the farmers who were unwilling to sell their land.

Though Mamata is heaving a sigh of relief having fulfilled her commitment, the loopholes in the bill primarily brought on by the government’s haste may just have bought it a ticket to a series of court cases or a payout of hundreds of crores.

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