Top Gear producers have responded to the recent criticism over its India special.
A statement from the BBC read: “Our film showed the charm, the beauty, the wealth, the poverty and the idiosyncrasies of India, but there’s a vast difference between showing a country, warts and all, and insulting it.
“It’s simply not the case that we displayed a hostile or superior attitude to our hosts and that’s very clear from the way the presenters can be seen to interact with them along the way.
“We genuinely loved our time in India and if there were any jokes to be had they were, as ever, reflected back on the presenters rather than the Indian people.”
It’s been reported that Garry Sandhu was removed from the UK last night by the UK Border Agency.
Ikonz report that Garry was arrested on 27 October 2011 and detained then temporarily released in November while the UK Border Agency considered further representations. These were rejected and Mr Sandhu was re-detained on 16 December and removed yesterday (12th January).
“We will not tolerate abuse of the immigration rules. This man tried to evade our officers by adopting an alias and absconding. But his arrest and removal should send a message to all immigration offenders that they can run but they can’t hide. We will track them down and we will remove them” said Gail Adams from UK Border Agency.
A leopard attacked and injured four people after it strayed into a residential area in the north-east Indian city of Guwahati today.
The locals were seriously wounded by the leopard after it ran into a house on the busy Nabagraha Road in a central residential neighbourhood of Silphukhuri.
An auto rickshaw driver managed to cage the panicked leopard inside the house, which was kept locked until forest department officials arrived and sedated the animal.
Virender Sehwag hit a record-breaking 219 to make the highest individual score in one-day internationals in India’s match against West Indies in Indore.
The opener passed team-mate Sachin Tendulkar’s 200 not out against South Africa in February last year as he put the Windies bowling to the sword.
Sehwag said: ‘I never dreamt of it. I told Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) if we showed a little patience we could get a big one. But I was never expecting a double century. When I decided I wanted to hit a six, I went and did it with a straight bat.
‘I know people expected me to score a double-century, so thanks to them. And thanks to my family. I had said earlier that the top order was not contributing, and it was my job. When (Darren) Sammy dropped my chance, I knew God was with me.’
Tom Cruise arrived in India to promote the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Cruise landed in Delhi on Saturday and headed directly to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, accompanied by his M:I4 co-star Anil Kapoor.
After the visit, Cruise said: “Stunning. I love being here and I always wanted to see the Taj.”
Cruise then met with some of Bollywood’s biggest stars at a party – hosted by Kapoor – to be held in his honour.
“Tom is a really cool guy. When Anil asked him whom he’d like to meet from Bollywood and from other walks of life he said, ‘No-one and everyone’. Tom says he’s on a mission to promote Mission: Impossible. A source said.
The guest list for the party includes the Bachchan family, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Karan Johar.
Check out Lady Gaga looking stunning in a set of new shots, taken while in India.
The shoot took place at the country’s prestigious Taj Mahal hotel.
Chart-topping artist, Pitbull, is off to India this December!
“Are my fans in India ready to be a part of the Planet Pit? The wait is finally over and now for the first time ever, I’m excited to bring my live show to India. I can’t wait for my fans to join me where I’ll be performing all of your favourites.” Pitbull tweeted
Pitbull is set to grace the stage in Noida on 2nd December 2011, Mumbai on 3rd December 2011 and Pune on 4th December 2011.
India brushed aside England by 95 runs in the fifth and final one-day international in Kolkata on Tuesday to sweep the series 5-0.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 75 off 69 balls to power India to 271-8 after the hosts were sent in to bat by England captain Alastair Cook at the Eden Gardens.
India Fans on twitter were ecstatic with the whitewash after India’s disastrous tour of England in July-September, when India were routed 4-0 in the Test series to lose the world number one ranking.
MrVeeTheDJ tweeted: “England 176 all out. India complete a 5-0 series victory. Diwali came early…
Lewis Hamilton was given a Bollywood style welcome yesterday as 40,000 fans came to see the former champ in Bangalore.
The F1 Calender gets ready to race in India next month!
Brit Hamilton wowed the Indian crowd as he paraded in his world title-winning McLaren from 2008.
After seeing how many people had turned up to the event, part of Formula One’s promotional push ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on October 28-30, Hamilton conceded to being “overwhelmed”.
“It’s incredible,” said Hamilton. “I’ve visited India many times over the last couple of years and it’s never been more exciting to be here than now.
“The race is only weeks away and you can really feel the growing passion of the people, and the excitement levels continuing to build.
“Getting to drive my car on India’s public roads today was an incredible experience and I really hope it gave people a taste for the incredible spectacle of Formula One.”
Paris Hilton found her soft side when she spotted a beggar woman with a baby in her arms when her car was zipping past Andheri, India.
She slowed down and handed over a $100 note to the beggar woman.
The beggar had never seen this type of note before and unaware she was holding near enough 5,000 rupees!