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India to join superpowers by 2020

BRUSSELS: By the year 2020 India, China and the US will jointly contribute $1 trillion to the global economy, according to a study 'Foresight 2020' conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by Cisco Systems. The next fifteen years will see significant outpacing of the rest of the world by Asia, particularly the powerhouses of India and China, in gross domestic product (GDP), wages and consuming power. India will contribute 12.2% to global economic growth by 2020. The study projects the continued rapid growth of India as one of the fastest growing economies. By 2020, India as a trading nation will record the biggest jump in world ranking-from 24th to 10th. Propelled by fast growth in India and China, Asia will increase its slice of the world's GDP from 35% in 2005 to 43% by 2020. India's share in the global GDP will rise from 6.2% in 2005 to 8.8% in 2020. Developing Asia will account for two-thirds of the increase in employment growth, with India alone making up 30% of the net increase in global employment with 142 million new jobs.

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In 'Krrish,' Bollywood Gets a Superhero of Its Own
by Anupama Chopra, New York Times
Quoting from the review... 'fiercely handsome man with a painstakingly sculptured body"
... I can see where the 'fiercely handsome' part comes but 'painstakingly scultptured'?!! Anupama seems to be hyperbolically in love.. ;)

btw, lets hope all the special effects, costumes and Ching's marital arts that 10MM USD can buy makes Kkrish fun to watch.. The prequel to this movie, Koi Mil Gaya, was very disappointing, cliched, and the special effects sucked even compared to ET, which was made 25+ years ago. I saw the trailer to K..K...K...rish when I went to see "Fanaaaa...aaa..ugggh" recently and while it did look like Matrix-mixed-with-Spiderman, I am not sure it is going to be impressive to people fed on a steady stream of good special effects and action from Hollywood.

I think the lungi bit in the above review might be the reviewer throwing in some nonsense in leiu of a desi-metaphor.. seeing the Matrix-like long black leather costume, it is hard to imagine Roshans actually thought of a lungi as a superhero costume. Its a Roshan flick afterall.. not a Govinda-DilipDhawan caper! :)

Update: The word is in... not so super-powered after all. Krrish is Krrap, opine some.. although others have reviewed it to be Hrithik's best performance to date.

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