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Bollywood Legend Amitabh Bachchan Awarded Honarary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – Australia

India’s biggest cinematic star brought a little bit of Bollywood to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) yesterday.

Amitabh QUT Bollywood Legend Amitabh Bachchan Awarded Honarary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology (QUT)   Australia

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan (centre) with QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Sharma and QUT Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake

Amitabh Bachchan, who has starred in more than 180 Bollywood films, said he was humbled by the experience to receive the honarary doctorate.

“A good education is the most valuable thing a human can possess. In the world beyond these walls fortune comes and goes but education can never be taken away,” Mr Bachchan said.

“Education helps us to strengthen and fortify convictions not to be swayed by preoccupation of caste and creed, race and religion.”

Mr Bachchan, who will launch today a Creative Industries Bursary in the name of his late father Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan, said he hoped that his trip to QUT would help to strengthen bonds between Australia and India.

“I feel very honoured they have chosen to name this bursary after my father. I think it is a wonderful gesture of inter-country relationships, where students from one country go and share the experience in another country and vice versa. I am happy it’s happening between India and Australia,” he said.

“Any form of higher education is very useful in today’s world… I have many friends in India who send their kids to Australia to study and I know they are very happy.

“I do believe large numbers of Indian students seek education in Australia and I hope that continues to grow.”

The intimate ceremony was given a touch of Hollywood with renowned Australian Director Baz Luhrmann appearing via video link to personally congratulate Mr Bachchan, who this week finished filming a scene for The Great Gatsby, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I’ve been an admirer of Baz Lurhmann and his films Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet. I think he’s magnificent not just in the subjects he picks but his own interpretation of them on film. He has a unique style and each of his works are a piece of art,” Mr Bachchan said.

“I hope to come back here one day and work with him again.”

The ceremony, which took place two years after Mr Bachchan declined the honour due to the attacks on Indian students in Victoria, said he was satisfied that now was the appropriate time to accept the offer.

“It’s been a very warm welcome. I’ve only been seeing smiling faces and experiencing great hospitality. That was something that was an aberration and it’s over now,” he said.

“To find myself in a foreign country, and to have this recognition from them is truly amazing. I do not have enough words to thank you for having bestowed on me this great honour. I value it a lot.”

Anticipated hit Bollywood movies in 2012

We are already in October of 2011. 2012 is fast approaching and a lot of Bollywood fans might be wondering about what lies ahead as far as hit Bollywood movies in 2012 are concerned. We can sense the scenarios and possibilities looking at the titles, actors, directors and plots of the films.

Looking at the line up for 2012 so far, I can say that the year 2012 looks brighter and more promising for the Hindi film industry or Bollywood. Why? It is because of a number of reasons:

The number of successful sequels that are scheduled to be released in 2012; actually 9 of them so far. Interesting isn’t it? These include Krrish 2, Housefull 2, Hya Kool Hai Hum 2, Jannat 2, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2, Raaz 3, Race 2, Dhoom 3, Partner 2 and Dostana 2.

Actors invloved in some of the scheduled films include superstars like Shah Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Rosha, Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar. Actresses involved include established super stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukherji and rising Bollywood beauties such as Genilia D’Souza, Asin, Sonakshi Sinha and teen sensation Anushka Sharma. The Sri Lanka beauty queen Jacqueline Fernandez who debuted in Aladin (2010) and won  Internatiojal Indian FIlm Academy Award and Stardust Award for Best Female Debut in 2010 will be acting alongside Emraan Hashmi in Raaz 3. That could be be a quite blood-rushing romance.

Some of the films are directed by leading directors such as Yash Chopra (Number 1), Karan Johar (Student of The Year), Vikram Bhatt (Raaz 3 and dangerous Ishq), Abbas-Mustan (Race 2) and Anurag Basu (Barfee).

Therefore, the following films are my anticipated hit Bolywood films in 2012. There could be more films added to the list as films are added to the Bollywood Movie Calendar 2012 with announcement of new movie release dates.

1) Jab Tak Hai Jaan

This film is directed by the legendary Bollywood film director Yash Chopra. This is the first film he directs after 8 years. This film has all the ingredients to that makes a film a hit film or a blockbuster. The director is legendary. The Stars are exceptional starring the King of Romance SRK,  the most popular actress in our industry today Katrina Kaif and teen-sensation Anushka Sharma.The music is composed by Oscar winning music composer AR Rahman and the lyrics will be penned by another Academy award winner Gulzar. If this isn’t the biggest movie of the year, I would be surprised.The realeae date for this fim is November 12, 2012.

2) Talaash

The title ‘The Act of Murder‘ is tentatively titled. This is another Amir Khan film directed by Reema Tyagi. With Amir Khan the film is enriched by the two of the most talented leading ladies in Bollywood – Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor. This is a Farhan Akhtar production in partnership with Excel Entertainment. Earlier there were speculations about it being called as ‘Zakhmee’ but the makers of the film dismissed it. Talaas sees Aamir Khan returning to cop-avatar after Sarfarosh.The release date for Talaash is November 30, 2012.

3) Ek Tha Tiger

This is a re-union of former love couple Salman Khan and Katrnia Kaif.  Other actors include Usha Uthup (7 Khoon Maaf actress) and Ranvir Shorey. Ek Tha Tiger is produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Kabir Khan. The film’s original score and soundtrack will be composed by Sohail Sen, who already has begun working on the film. The lyrics will be penned by Neelesh Misra. This is a romantic thriller. It’s release date is scheduled as June 1st 2012.

Ek Tha Tiger song ‘Aashique

4) Agent Vinod

This is a spy film directed by Sriram Raghavan. Th film’s leading actors are Saif Ali Khan and his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor.Originally set to release in December 2011, Agent Vinod was postponed following a delay in its shooting schedule and will now release on 23 March 2012.

Agent Vinod song ‘Mujrae

5) Student of the Year

This is a new adventure by the extraordinarily successful director Karan Johar as this is the first time ever, a Karan Johar directed movie wont star Shahrukh Khan as the main protagonist. Instead it will feature 3 newcomers – Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. This film is produced by Karan and SRK (Red Chillies Entertainment). Student of the year will be a romantic comedy with music by Vishal – Shekhar. This will be a true test for Karan who has so far only worked with established superstars. Student of the Year’s release date is set to July 2012.

6 ) Kya Kool Hai Hum 2

Kya Kool Hai Hum is the sequel to the 2005 hit, Kya Kool Hai Hum. The film stars Riteish Deshmukh and Tusshar kapoor in the lead roles from the previous film, new additions to the cast include Bipasha basu. Directed by Sachin Yardi and Produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor.Release date of Kya Kool Hai Hum 2 is April 6 2012.

7) Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a romantic comedy film produced by Karan Johar under the banner of his ‘Darama Productions’. This film is special in the sense that this the first time Imran Khan (nephew of the superstar Amir Khan) appear together in a film. Supporting actors include Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ram Kapoor and Ratna Patak Shah. The film is set to be released on February 10, 2012.

8) Tezz

Tezz is an upcoming Hindi action thriller film directed by Priyadarshan. The film features an ensemble cast; including Mohanlal, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Kangna Ranaut, Sameera Reddy and Zayed Khan in main roles. It is expected to hit theatres on 27 April, 2012. The stunt choreographer had been Gareth Milne, the stunt co-ordinator of Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Tezz was earlier titled “Bullet Train”. The official trailer was released on January 4, 2012.

9) Agneepath

Agneepath is remake of the 1990 Hindi film o f the same name. It is directed by Karan Johar’s former assistant Karan Malhotra. Hrithik Roshawill play the role originally played by Amitabh Bachchan. Priyanka Choprawill be the female lead. The character played by Mithun Chakraborty has been totally done away with in the remake. The main villain will be played by Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor will play another negative character.  Agneepath will be released on 26 January 2012.

10) Joker

Joker is a science fiction film. The story supposedly is about how creatures from outer space change the life of a simple individual.One interesting element of the film is Akshay will be accompanied by the stunningly beautiful rising Bollywood diva Sonakshi Sinha. Other actors include Shreyas Talpade and Minissha Lamba. This film is set to be released in August 31, 2012.


Under the direction of Anurag Basu, Barfee is a murder mystery. The main actors are Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanaka Chopra and South Indian actress Ileana D’Cruz. Sources say, Ranbir’s character in the movie is deaf and dumb. This will be the first biggie of 2012. Barfee will be released on July 13th 2012.

12) Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2

The sequel to one of the best movies of 2010, several changes have been made to OUATIM  2. None of the main actors will be a part of the sequel to be once again directed by Milan Luthria. Akshay kumarplays the role of Dawood Ibrahim (played by Emraan Hashmiin the prequel) and Sonakshi Sinha will be his love interest. Illeana D’Cruz from down south is also a part of the film. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai is set to be released on 17 August, 2012.

13) Raaz 3

The director of Raaz 3Vikram Bhatt has recently said that for him, Raaz 3 is the most important film of his life. The cast of Raaz 3 include Emraan Hasmi , Jacqueline Fernandez and Bipasha Basu. The film is in 3 D and therefore more scarier than the previous 2 films. Expected release date is September 7, 2012.

14) Housfull 2

Directed by Sajid Khan, Housefull was one of the Top 5 grossers of 2010. The second part in the series will have a combination of actors who were already a part of the first film and a few new faces. Asin, Zarine Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez are the new leading ladies while Kapoor brothers Rishi and Randhir are also a part of the film. Suresh Raina and cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni are rumoured to make special apperances. That’s not all, Rani Mukherji has an item number! Sajid sure has loads of surprises in store when Housefull 2 releases worldwide a week after IPL 5 on 1st June 2012.

15) Jism 2

Jism 2 is directed by Pooja Bhatt. The main actors are the famous Canadian pornstar Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh. It is the sequel to the film Jismwhich had John Abraham and Bipasha Basuin lead roles. The film marks the debut of Indo-Canadian pornographic actress, businesswoman and model,Sunny Leone in ollywood. ism 2 was launched on 1 December 2011, on popular Indian television show Bigg Boss, making the launch a first time ever in the history of Indian Cinema. Mahesh Nhatt compared Jism 2 to Italian romance drama Last tango In Paris. The film will be released on August 3, 2012.

How Steve Jobs Health Declined

steve jobs with apple How Steve Jobs Health DeclinedThe death of Technology giant Apple’s former CEO and Co-chairman Steve Jobs, 56, was sad news for many in the world, especially millions of people who purcheased the wonderful devices like iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. Recent images of him show a frail and weak man. However, he was a healthy, handsome and strong man before his health problems started in 2004, after he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cance.

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Steve Jobs with other co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1977

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula and Ron Wayne. However Ron sold his 10% share of of Apple to just 2300 just after 12 days. Jobs together with Wozniak ushered in the Apple II, which went on sale in 1977. It was the first “practical” personal computer, eventually dominating the education market in particular.

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The 3rd co-founder of Appl Ron Wayne

Jobs left Apple Computer in 1985 and set out to develop a new OS and computer company, dubbed NeXT. He returned to Apple in 1996 when the company purchased NeXT for $429 million, and took over as chief executive in 1997. Now, Apple is the one of the most profitable companies the world has ever seen with a market cap of $350 billion.

He underwent surgery in 2004, received a liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves of absence as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down in August and turning over the helm to Timothy D. Cook, the chief operating officer. When he left, he was still engaged in the company’s affairs, negotiating with another Silicon Valley executive only weeks earlier.

When he died he was worth more than $8.3 billion fortune through his holdings in Apple and a 7.4 percent stake in Disney (through the sale of Pixar).

The following pictures show how Steve Jobs’ health declined over the years and how health and smart he looked before.

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Steve Jobs when he was healthy and bulky (left) and how he looked recently (right)


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Gradually he was becoming frail after the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2004Steve Jobs in 1977

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Steve Jobs in 1984 with then Apple president John Scylley introducing Macintosh personal computer

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Steve Jobs in 1998


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Steve Jobs in 1999, introducing the G3 main tower and studio displays at the MAC World Expo

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Steve Jobs on 12 June, 2005, delivering his commencement address at Stanford University

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Steve Jobs with his wife Laurene Powel in 2007 after launching iPhone

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Steve Jobs in 2008 with Google cheif executive Eric Schnidt and You Tube co-founder Chad Hurley

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Steve Jobs in June 2010, launching iPhone 4

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Most recent pictures of Steve Jobs in 2011, before his death

American cable television Turner Network Television (TNT) will air two broadcastes of the 1999 made-for-TV movie about the start of two of the most important tech companies of all time. “Pirates of Silicon Valley” narrates the competitive beginnings of tech tycoons-to-be, Jobs and Bill Gates. Noah Wyle stars as the Apple visionary and Anthony Michael Hall as the PC genius.

My All Time Favourite International Songs (9): Kalimat (Words) by Majida el Roumi (Arabic)

Majida el Roumi (Arabic: ماجدة الرومي‎) is one of the most famous Arabic singers of the modern day. She was born in Kfarshima, Lebanon, on December 13, 1956. Her song Kalimat (words) is her trademark song. This song is sung so elegently and the meaning of the lyrics is also so romantic. Kalimat is written by the legendary Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani. Kalimat, which was reelased in 1991 was her first pan-Arab hit.


ماجدة الرومي – كلمات (Majida el-Roumi – Words)
يُسمعني.. حـينَ يراقصُني
Yosmi3oni 7ina yoraqisoni
He tells me,When he dances with me

كلماتٍ ليست كالكلمات
Kalimatin laisat kal-kalimat
Words that aren’t like words

يأخذني من تحـتِ ذراعي
Ya2khothoni min ta7ti thira3i
He takes me underneath my arm

يزرعني في إحدى الغيمات
Yazra3oni fi a7dal ghaimat
And plants me in a cloud

والمطـرُ الأسـودُ في عيني
Wal-matarol aswado fi 3aini
And the black rain in my eye

يتساقـطُ زخاتٍ.. زخات
Yatasaqato zakhatin zakhat
Pours down… pours

يحملـني معـهُ.. يحملـني
Ya7miloni ma3aho ya7miloni
He carries me with him… he carries me

لمسـاءٍ ورديِ الشُـرفـات
Li masa2in wardi shorofat
To a night on a rose-filled terrace

وأنا.. كالطفلـةِ في يـدهِ
Wa ana kal-tiflati fi yadihi
And I am like a child in his hand

كالريشةِ تحملها النسمـات
Kal-rishati ta7milohal nasamat
Like a feather carried on the breeze

يهديني شمسـاً.. يهـديني صيفاً
Yohdini shamsan ..yohdini saifan
He gives me a sun… he gives me a summer

وقطيـعَ سنونوَّات
Wa qate3a snownowat
and a flock of swallows

يخـبرني.. أني تحفتـهُ
Yokhbironi anni to7fatoho
He tells me… that I am his masterpiece

وأساوي آلافَ النجمات
Wa osawi alafa najmat
And I am equal to thousands of stars

Ùˆ بأنـي كنـزٌ… وبأني
Wa bi anni kanzon wa bi anni
And that I am a treasure… and that I am

أجملُ ما شاهدَ من لوحات
Ajmalo ma shahada min law7at
More beautiful than any painting he’d ever seen

كلمات كلمات كلمات
Kalimat kalimat kalimat
Words words words

يروي أشيـاءَ تدوخـني
Yarwi ashya2a todawikhoni
He tells me things that make me giddy

تنسيني المرقصَ والخطوات
Tonseni al-marqasa wal-khatawat
That make me forget the dance hall and the steps

كلماتٍ تقلـبُ تاريخي
Kalimatin taqlibo tarekhi
Words that upturn my history

تجعلني امرأةً في لحظـات
Taj3aloni imra2atan fi la7athat
That make me a woman in seconds

يبني لي قصـراً من وهـمٍ
Yabnili qasran min wahmin
He’s builds me a castle of illusion

لا أسكنُ فيهِ سوى لحظات
La askono fihi siwa la7athat
I don’t live in it except for a few moments

وأعودُ.. أعودُ لطـاولـتي
Wa a3oudo li tawilati
And I return, I return to my table

لا شيءَ معي.. إلا كلماتْ
La shai2a ma3i illa kalimat
With nothing with me… except words

كلماتٍ ليست كالكلمات
Kalimatin laisat kal-kalimat
Words that aren’t like words



My All Time Favourite International Songs (8): “Elsood Eyouno” by Mustafa Amar (Arabic)

Mustafa Amar (or Qamar) is a famous Egyptian singer. His song “Elsood Eyouno” (black eyes) is one of his hit songs.


Black Eyes

can’t handel her love or her pain or her fire
god forgive her (x2)

her black eyes her black eyes
her black eyes melted me
and her love mad me tired
and the nights kept me up what can i do

i will give her everything expensive i even steal the stars from the sky
that’s it she is wirtten for me what can i do
iwoke up with the pain air
and what throw me to love air

can’t handel her love or her pain or her fire
god forgive her (x2)

her cheeks are like grabes if i come closer i have to buy
if i come closer to her will she give me to drink

i left her and she called me and i came bake why why
iam diying for her eyes and this beautiful women is draving me carzy
her black eyes her black eyes
her black eyes melted me
and her love mad me tired
and the nights kept me up what can i do

My All Time Favourite International Songs (7): “Didi” by Khaled (Arabic)

“Didi” is one of the most famous songs of the Algerian singer Khalid. Khaled Hadj Ibrahim (Arabic: خالد حاج ابراهيم, born 29 February 1960), better known as Khaled, is a raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (Arabic for “Young man Khaled”) and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab Worldand across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title “King of Raï”.

Did is his signature song and became extremely popular in the Arabic-speaking countries and also in several other countries, including Indiaand Pakistan. The song was used also used in a Bollywoodfilm titled Shreeman Aashiq. He also performed the song “Didi” at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World cup.

Translation of the lyrics of Didi

ena bhar aaliya ou entia la
(I’m burning in the fire of love but you’re not)
ma ndeerik ba’eeda ma nebki aalik
(I will not make you away from me so I don’t cry later i.e. he wants to be always close from her)
la zhar la memoon la aargoob zine
(but I just have a bad luck and destiny)
didi, didi, didi, didi, zin di wah
(take take, take take, take take, take take the beautiful girl away)
didi wah, didi, didi di hazzine daaayyeeeah
(take take, take take, take take take this beautiful girl away)
ma ndeerik ba’eeda ma nebki aalik
(I will not make you away from me so I don’t cry later)
ma ndeerik ba’eeda ma nsaksi aalik
(I will not make you away from me so I don’t ask about you later i.e. because she’ll always be close from him he’ll know everything about her and won’t need to ask people about her)
la zhar la memoon la aargoob zine
(but I just have bad luck and destiny)
la baadouk aali l’jbal l’ghamqa
(even if they take you to the top of the highest mountain…)
derna l’melqa fil’jbal l’ghamqa
(I will still come to see you)
hzamt l’meryoula aala men darga?
(This literally means “who doesn’t know her belt?”. It’s a metaphor that means “everybody knows her” or possibly means that she’s known well by other men because she always hangs in bars, or maybe he’s just saying “just like a woman that hangs in bars is known very well to other men, it’s also very clear how I feel towards you (e.g. I love you)”. This last one makes more sense to me and it’s probably what Khaled is trying to say)
la zhar la memoon la aargoob zain
(I have a bad luck and destiny)
la zhar la memoon la qassam zain
(I have a bad luck and destiny)
qees el-shebka fil’bhar ou ebki aal’zhar
(drop the fishing net in the sea and cry on the bad luck — this is another metaphor, he’s describing his bad luck just like a fisherman who drops his fishing net in the sea and gets no fish)
hzamt l’meryoula aala men darga?
(who doesn’t knokw her belt? (explained above)
rofd ahta ya moul el-taxi
(he’s talking to the taxi driver but I’m not sure what he means by “rofd ahta”)
hzamt l’meryoula khait spylo
(her belt is made of “spylo”)


la zhar la memoon la aargoob zain
(I have a bad luck and destiny)
la zhar la memoon la qassam zine
(I have a bad luck and destiny)
qees el-shebka fil’bhar ou ebki aal’zhar
(drop the fishing net in the sea and cry on the bad luck)


aynik ki ayni aynik naymeen
(your eyes are sleepy — he’s describing her eyes, he says that they’re not wide open, they’re opened a little bit only. This is a sign of beauty (for him at least)
aynik ki ayni aynik mbalgeen
(your eyes are nice)
aynik ki ayni aynik shabbeen
(your eyes are beautiful)
derna el-melqa fil’jbal l’ghamqa
(I’ll come to see even if you’re on the top of the highest mountain)
derna el-melqa aand el-soosi jarha
(or I’ll come to see you in the neighborhood (i.e. wherever she is, he’ll do anything to see her)
rofd ahta aa moul el-taxi
(he’s talking to the taxi driver, but again, I don’t know what he means by “rofd ahta”)

My All Time Favourite International Songs (6): “Bitlomoni Leih” by Abdel Halim Hafiz (Arabic)

The song Bitlomoni Leih (Why do you blame me?) by Abdel Halim Hafiz is a breathtakingly romantic song. He is considered to be one of the Great Four of Arabic music (along with Umm Kuthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and Farid Al Attrach). is known as el-Andaleeb el-Asmar (The Great Dark-Skinned Nightingale, Arabic: العندليب الأسمر‎). His music is still played daily throughout the Arab World.  His way of singing, the popularity of his songs and his behavior made him a role model for almost every modern Arab singer.Halim is still remembered in the hearts of many people, even years after his death. The two composers Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Mohamed Al-Mougy both said, “Halim is the smartest person I ever knew”. Mohammed Al-Mougy also added, “Halim is very original in all of his work”. Abdel Halim died of liver failure on March 30, 1977 (few months before his 48th birthday) while undergoing treatment for Bilharzia in King’s College Hospital, London. His death brought sadness and shock waves to the entire Arab world as a result, His funeral (in Cairo) was attended by millions of people – more than any funeral in Middle East history other than that of President Gamal Abdel Nasser. He had many more dreams and goals that he wanted to achieve and surpass and could have, but his early death stopped him.

Also some people committed suicide once they heard Halim has died. It is reported that at least four women has committed suicide by jumping off the balcony during his huge funeral march. He was buried in Al Rifa’i Mosque (مسجد الرفاعي) in Cairo. Abdel Halim Hafez’s song Khosara (خسارة) received notice in the Western world in 1999 when producer Timberland used elements from it for Jay Z’s recording ” Big Pimpin.” Two complete bars from “Khosara” were rerecorded, not sampled, and used without permission from the song’s producer and copyright holder, Magdi el-Amroussi. Jay-Z’s use of an interpolation, rather than an actual sample, may allow him to avoid paying royalties for the use of the song. Over 300 of his songs were recorded and he starred in sixteen classic films, including “Dalilah” (دليله), which was the Middle East’s first color motion picture.

Translation of this song:

Part 1
بتلوموني ليه .. بتلوموني ليه
Bitlimoni leih? Bitlimoni leih?
How can you blame me? How can you blame me?
لو شفتم عينيه .. حلوين قد إيه
Law shoftom eineih… hilween add eih.
If you saw her eyes, and how beautiful they are,
ح تقولوا إنشغالي وسهد الليالي
Hat qolo inshighali wa sohd el layali.
You would say my captivation and my restlessness,
مش كتير عليه… ليه بتلوموني
Mosh kiteer aleih… leih bitlimoni?
Are not too much for her… how can you blame me?
Part 2
أسير الحبايب يا قلبي يا دايب
Aseer el habayeb, ya albi ya dayib.
I am the captive of my beloved, oh my weak heart.
في موجة عبير من الشعر الحرير
Fi mogeit aabeer min shaar el hareer.
I am trapped within the aroma of her soft hair.
ع الخدود يهفهف ويرجع يطير
Aal khidood yehafhaf… we yerga yiteer.
Which brushes against her cheeks, and then flows in the wind.
والناس بيلوموني وأعمل إيه يا قلبي
Wel nas bey limoni we aamil eih ya albi?
And everyone blames me and what can I do, oh my heart?
عايزين يحرموني منه ليه يا قلبي
Ayzeen yehremoni mino leih ya albi?
They want to deprive me of her, but why oh my heart?
Part 3
من يوم حبه ما لمس قلبي
Min yom hobo ma lamas albi,
From the day her love touched my heart,
فتح الباب للشوق يلعب بي
Fatah el bab lel shoq yelaab be.
She opened the gates of passion to overcome me.
وهو حبيبي وهو نصيبي
We howa habibi. we howa nasibi,
And she is my darling, and she is my fate.
وهو النور لعينيه وقلبي
We howa el nour le einaya we albi.
And she is the light for my eyes and my heart.
وهو شبابي وهو صحابي
We howa shababi, we howa sahabi.
And she is my youth, and she is my friend.
وهو قرايبي وكل حبايبي
We howa qaribi wa kol habaybi.
And she is my family and everything that I love.
والناس بيلوموني وأعمل إيه يا قلبي
Wel nas bey limoni we aamil eih ya albi?
And everyone blames me and what can I do, oh my heart?
عايزين يحرموني منه ليه يا قلبي
Ayzeen yehremoni mino leih ya albi?
They want to deprive me of her, but why oh my heart?

Is Maldives Really Doomed to be Submerged Under Sea?

More than 300,000 strong population of the small island nation of the Maldives have been living in fear of total extinction for quite some years now. BBC website describes the Maldives “as vulnerable to a rise in sea levels associated with global warming”. Such descriptions spark fear in the mind of every Maldivian.  The country’s current president’s own warnings that the Maldives is “likely to disappear under the waves if the current pace of climate change continues to raise sea levels”, increased this fear. It is well known that the UN’s Inter- Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made publicity about the threat of rising sea levels to island states such as the Maldives. The media has run many articles puffing up this notion that the islands are doomed. Now, the most recent saga in this controversial issue is the news that Times Atlas is going to print the World Map without Maldives from its upcoming 14th edition. This was mentioned in a blog post of UK newspaper the Telegraph. However, this blog post, which was written by a climate change sceptic, James Delingpole, later turned out to be a spoof.

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Maldives is portrayed as a tropical paradise

The highest point in Maldives is only 8 feet above sea level. The highest scientific body on climate change UN’s Inter- Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) puts predictions of 21st century sea level rise at 9 to 88 cm. There are many variables – including how much the expected increase in precipitation will add to snow packs and, most importantly, our greenhouse gas emissions over the next decades. What we do know is that even a small amount of sea level rise will have profound negative effects.

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Maldives is a leading honeymoon destination in the world

Nature Geoscience, one of the top journals in its field published a study on projected sea level rise confirming the conclusions of the 2007 report from the IPCC. It used data over the last 22,000 years to predict that sea level would rise by between 7cm and 82cm by the end of the century. However, Nature Geoscience has been forced to withdraw this study, due two separate technical mistakes in the paper, which were pointed out by other scientists after it was published. A formal retraction was required, rather than a correction, because the errors undermined the study’s conclusion according to Mark Siddall, from the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Bristol. The IPCC said that sea level would probably rise by 18cm-59cm by 2100, though stressed this was based on incomplete information about ice sheet melting and that the true rise could be higher.Many scientists criticised the IPCC approach as too conservative, and several papers since have suggested that sea level could rise more. Martin Vermeer of the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland and Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany published a study that projected a rise of 0.75m to 1.9m by 2100. The paper – entitled “Constraints on Future sea-Level rise from past sea-level change” – used fossil coral data and temperature records derived from ice-core measurements to reconstruct how sea level has fluctuated with temperature since the peak of the last ice age, and to project how it would rise with warming over the next few decades. In a statement the authors of the paper said: “Since publication of our paper we have become aware of two mistakes which impact the detailed estimation of future sea level rise. This means that we can no longer draw firm conclusions regarding 21st century sea level rise from this study without further work. “One mistake was a miscalculation; the other was not to allow fully for temperature change over the past 2,000 years. Because of these issues we have retracted the paper and will now invest in the further work needed to correct these mistakes.” In the Nature Geoscience retraction, in which Siddall and his colleagues explain their errors, Vermeer and Rahmstorf are thanked for “bringing these issues to our attention”. Perhaps the most damming evidence of fraud against IPCC is the uncompromising verdict of Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change. The verdict of Dr Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story.
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A figure from the booklet “THE GREATEST LIE EVER TOLD” by Dr Nils-Axel Mörner

Dr. Mörner says that despite fluctuations down as well as up, “the sea is not rising”. “It hasn’t risen in 50 years.” If there is any rise this century it will “not be more than 10cm (four inches), with an uncertainty of plus or minus 10cm”. And quite apart from examining the hard evidence, he says, the elementary laws of physics (latent heat needed to melt ice) tell us that the apocalypse conjured up by Al Gore and Co could not possibly come about. The reason why Dr Mörner, formerly a Stockholm professor, is so certain that these claims about sea level rise are 100 per cent wrong is that they are all based on computer model predictions, whereas his findings are based on “going into the field to observe what is actually happening in the real world”. When running the International Commission on Sea Level Change, he launched a special project on the Maldives. Six times he and his expert team visited the islands, to confirm that the sea has not risen for half a century. Before announcing his findings, he offered to show the inhabitants a film explaining why they had nothing to worry about. The government refused to let it be shown. The UK Channel 4 documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle produced by British television producer Martin Durkin, presents scientists, economists, politicians, writers, and others who dispute the scientific consensus regarding anthropogenic global warming. The film’s basic premise is that the current scientific opinion on the anthropogenic causes of global warming has numerous scientific flaws, and that vested monetary interests in the scientific establishment and the media discourage the public and the scientific community from acknowledging or even debating this. The film won best documentary at the 2007 Io Isabella International Film Week. My conclusion based on all of these scientific studies, is that it is too early to decide a nation’s fate merely based on computer models. Also, it is striking to learn that while they give such warnings, they are not talking of contingency plans once the nation is submerged. Where they will be located, or how they will deal with the situation of climate refugees.