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Cast: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Lillete Dubey, Rati Agnihotri
Direction: Devika Bhagat
‘One By Two’ deserves an award for the most uninspired piece of work. This is the kind of experimental film, which should have been probably been a film school project and never made it to the big screen.
Abhay Deol sleepwalks through a film that reeks of shoddy writing and dull characterization. Amit Sharma (Abhay Deol) is a lousy employee, a boring lover and basically a loser who loves to wallow in self-pity after his girlfriend ruthlessly dumps him. Instead of channelizing his energy into something worthwhile, he continues to be obnoxious to people around in more ways than one.
In a parallel world, Samara Patel (Preeti Desai) with a size zero body and very long legs aspires to become a successful dancer. Her mother (Lillete Dubey) is an alcoholic and she has a spate of bad luck before she can realize her dream. Unlike what the trailers would have you believe, the two lead characters actually have little in common. In fact if you go to the film expecting a real life romance will play out on the big screen, you’ll be super disappointed because our characters don’t even meet till the very last scene in the film.
The supporting cast of the film deserves a special mention for being the most irritating ensemble cast in recent times and Preetika Chawla would sure lead the pack if there was a way to gauge irksomeness. Lillete Dubey is saddled with a clichéd part – single mother, alcoholic and insecure, it’s difficult to rise above that prescription.Read more...
IND VS NZ 1st Test In Auckland
NZ 1st Innings 503 allout and 2nd Innings 105 allout
IND 1st Innings 202 allout and 2nd Innings 366 allout
India Lost by 40 Runs in 1st Test in Auckland against New zealand.
India started test series with loss host lead the 2match series with 1-0 .
Apple buys back $14 billion of shares in two weeks
Apple Inc has repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks since it reported disappointing first-quarter results, a company spokesman said.
Apple bought $12 billion of shares via an accelerated share repurchase program (ASR) and $2 billion of shares from the open market, the spokesman said. An ASR usually involves a company buying its shares from an investment bank.
The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which interviewed Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook.
Cook told the paper that Apple was surprised by the 8 percent decline in its shares on January 28, the day after it reported quarterly results.
Apple shares fell after the company reported lower-than-expected holiday-period iPhone sales and issued a weak revenue forecast.
With the latest round of repurchases, Apple has bought back more than $40 billion of its shares over the past 12 months, which Cook said was a record for any company over a similar span. ( http://link.reuters.com/xas66v)
"It means that we are betting on Apple," Cook said.
"It means that we are really confident on what we are doing and what we plan to do. We are not just saying that. We are showing that with our actions."
The share buyback was part of Apple's plan to repurchase $60 billion of its shares.
Excluding the latest purchases, Apple returned $7.7 billion to shareholders through dividends and buybacks in the December quarter, bringing the total under its capital return program to $43 billion.
Cook told the paper that Apple would issue updates on its buyback program in March or April.Read more...
Drink Coffee, Live Longer
The National Cancer Institute (NIH) study, just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked over 400,000 older adults for almost 14 years and found that those who drank the most coffee were the least likely to die during the study. Men and women who drank four to five cups a day were, in fact, the least likely to die.
"Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in America, but the association between coffee consumption and risk of death has been unclear. We found coffee consumption to be associated with lower risk of death overall, and of death from a number of different causes,'' said lead researcher Neal Freedman, PhD, of the NIH. "Although we cannot infer a causal relationship between coffee drinking and lower risk of death, we believe these results do provide some reassurance that coffee drinking does not adversely affect health."
In other words -- this research doesn't prove it was the coffee that kept those long-livers from keeling over, but it's certainly not hurting them. Also noteworthy: researchers said that it didn't matter if the coffee was caffeinated or not -- good news if you get the jitters after one cup!
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