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The Best Look from Tahira Ethnic for pre-look of 2014

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Cast: Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem, Anuj Sachdeva, Makarand Deshpande

Direction: Amole Gupte

Rating: ****

‘Hawaa Hawaai’ is a delightful tale, striking just the right chords that tug at your heartstrings. Amole Gupte has infused so much personality and emotion into his characters that each and everyone stays with you much after you have left the theatre.

Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare (Partho Gupte) watches longingly as children his age glide past in shiny new roller skates. For a teenager who has had to drop out of school to make ends meet, learning to skate is a far cry. However, our child hero has an undaunting spirit and exceptional friends who not only fuel his ambitions but are also instrumental in their own little way to aid him achieve the impossible.

It is adorable to see his teenage friends - a car mechanic, a rag picker, a zari weaver and a flower seller – use their ingenuity to craft together a roller skate. Sunidhi Chauhan’s ‘Ghoom Gayi’ plays in the background, creating just the right atmosphere as the momentum builds and we see our young hero’s dreams take wings.

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Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2014 Match 42   Preview: CSK look to seal playoffs spot. Read more...

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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.

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Sugar is the culprit behind heart diseases

Research Fellow with Otago's Department of Human Nutrition Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Professor Jim Mann and colleagues have conducted a review and meta-analysis of all international studies that compared the effects of higher versus lower added sugar consumption on blood pressure and lipids (blood fats or cholesterol) - both of which are important cardiovascular risk-factors. 

They located dietary intervention trials published in English-speaking journals between 1965 and 2013, comparing diets where the only intended differences were the amount of sugars and non-sugar carbohydrates consumed by the participants, and which measured the effects of these diets on lipids and blood pressure. 

They found 37 trials reporting effects on lipids and 12 reporting effects on blood pressure. The findings from the individual trials were then pooled to determine the overall effects from all the studies. 

Dr Te Morenga says previous research showed that there did not appear to be any special metabolic effect of sugars making people more likely to gain weight on high-sugar diets compared with low sugar diets when the total amount of carbohydrates and energy remains the same. 

The research has been published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

 

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