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Why dead men keep getting shot
“Man develops breasts from eating chicken,” said the headline of a report sent to me by a reader in China.
 
I was about to dismiss it as an urban legend when a journalist colleague said it actually happened. The guy lived largely on wings of hormone-filled chickens and doctors said they were the most likely cause of him having grown breasts large enough to cause his male friends to suffer from complex, confused feelings.
 
All of us were horrified by the story except for one guy who said that if it happened to him, he would have to keep sneaking off to “have another look”.
 
This led to a conversation about people’s favorite bizarre headlines. One colleague offered a recent one from the US: “Michael Jackson Impersonator Charged With Molesting Boys”. He quipped: “I can only conclude that the guy took his profession very seriously indeed.”
 
And of course, you can find lots of examples of amusing headlines on the internet, like “Dead Body Found At Cemetery” and the like. These tend to be from the US, but journalists elsewhere like to point out that the rest of the world has some intriguing ones, such as “Woman with arms held”, a headline from the Times of India, and this one from Canada’s Toronto Sun: “Woman’s ‘stomach bug’ actually baby”.
 
A good one, source forgotten, was this one: “Miners refuse to work after death”, which conjures up images of mean bosses making departed spirits dig coal. And a paper in Hong Kong had this one: “China may be using sea to hide its submarines” - as if other countries hid theirs in the clouds or tucked them upright behind trees.
 
Then there are the typos. A misspelt caption in a California newspaper, the Modesto News-Herald, was odd in that country but would have made sense in parts of Asia or Africa: “Here the bridal couple stood, facing the floral setting, and exchanged cows.”
 
Harder to explain was a misprint in the Holland Evening Sentinel of Michigan: “It took many rabbits many years to write the Talmud.” Did the writer mean “rabbis” or was this the first miracle?
 
The most common odd headline is “dead man shot” which comes up all the time. In the UK Guardian recently, there was “Oklahoma cop shoots dead man” and in the Daily Mail: “Cambridgeshire police shoot dead man”.
 
The curious thing is that a dead man WAS actually shot in Australia recently. Forensic scientists in that country discovered that the victim died just before the bullet arrived. However, the shooter was still charged with attempted murder because he THOUGHT the man was alive when he pulled the trigger. I assumed the phrase “It’s the thought that counts” was what you said when grandma gave you a horrible jumper for your birthday, but apparently it also applies in law.
 
That means that when Google finally releases its mind-reading machine, all males on the planet are going to be in unbelievable trouble. (They might as well jail us all now.)
 
On the same lines, this writer was particularly worried by a headline in the La Crosse Tribune, a US newspaper: “Wisconsin woman takes husband to police for ‘talking stupidly’.” What, that’s illegal now? Does writing silly columns count?
 
Disclaimer:  Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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SC suspends order for permanent commission to women in navy
The Supreme Court on Friday suspended the operation of the Delhi High Court order which directed the navy to give permanent commission to all women officers serving the marine force as short service commission officers.
 
An apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice V. Gopala Gowda said that officers on whose plea the high court issued the order and who were in service in September 2008 when the navy extended the permanent commission to its short service commission women officers will continue to serve with the same terms and conditions.
 
The apex court order came as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told it that the high court had erroneously held it as a case of gender discrimination, overlooking the fact that in the navy neither men nor women - who are commissioned under short service category - can be given permanent commission.
 
Disclaimer:  Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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SEBI bars Vasundhara Realcon, directors from raising money from investors
SEBI asked Vasundhara Realcon Ltd and its directors not to dispose any of the properties or assets acquired by the company without prior permission from the regulator as well as not to divert the funds raised from investors
 
Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has asked Vasundhara Realcon Ltd and its directors to refrain from raising money from investors through issuance of securities.
 
SEBI said its probe found that Vasundhara Realcon had garnered over Rs2.23 crore by issuing non-convertible redeemable debentures (NCDs) to 468 people during 2010-11 to 2013-14. It further said that the actual number of allottees and the amount mobilised could be much higher.
 
The market regulator had received a complaint alleging that Vasundhara Realcon was collecting money through various schemes and investment plans.
 
SEBI said, Vasundhara Realcon and its directors Sandip Parui, Ashis Sarkar, Sahab Uddin Khan and Gauranga Roy are prohibited from mobilising funds from investors as well as from accessing securities market.
 
Chinmoy Ghatak and Priyabrata Roy, the debenture trustee of Vasundhara Realcon Debenture Trust are also prohibited from continuing with its assignment as debenture trustee in respect of the offer of NCDs of Vasundhara Realcon and also from taking up any new assignment or involvement in any new issue of debentures. 
 
The capital market watchdog also asked the entities not to dispose any of the properties or assets acquired by the company without prior permission from the regulator as well as not to divert the funds raised from the public.

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