Aziz’s Dream Date: As all Aziz Ansari fans know, the star comedian is currently fascinated with the modern world of dating and romance. In an interview with the Portland, Ore., paper Willamette Week, Ansari opined on everything from apps like Tinder and Snapchat to his idea of the perfect date:
I’m really a homebody these days. My perfect date would start with me and the lovely lady cooking a meal together at my house. I’d make us some nice cocktails, and after dinner we’d just chill out and watch Jurassic Park and/or Mrs. Doubtfire on Blu-ray.
Disney Exec Raves About Million Dollar Arm: The chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn told a crowd at CinemaCon yesterday that the upcoming film Million Dollar Arm was the highest tested film he’s ever worked with. “And that includes the first Harry Potter, which was so highly anticipated,” he said. The movie is based on the true story of two Indians who had never seen a baseball game before and then end up winning a reality show and getting a shot at the minor leagues. It stars Aasif Mandvi and Jon Hamm and will be released on April 16. [Deadline]
Nepal and Bangladesh are Officially Polio Free: The World Health Organization is set to announce later today that both countries are polio-free after going three years without a new case. The other countries that will also receive the polio-free designation are Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste. This means that Pakistan is the only South Asian country in which polio remains a threat. Sadly, health workers in Pakistan continue to work under extremely threatening conditions because militant groups oppose vaccinations. A 35-year-old polio worker in Peshawar was killed just this week. [Ekantipur]
A Look At the Life of India’s Last Polio Case: Speaking of polio, CNN’s Moni Basu recently profiled 4-year-old Rukhsar Khatoon, who was the last Indian to be diagnosed with the disease three years ago. Little Rukhsar’s story is particularly sad because her parents deliberately chose not to vaccinate her because she was a sickly child and were worried the vaccinations would adversely affect her. [CNN]
India is Sick and Tired of VIP Motorcades: In a country where it seems like just about every rich person can pass as a VIP, India’s middle class is speaking out against the VIP motorcades that can often snarl traffic for hours. India’s Supreme Court seems to agree — last year it banned motorcades for all but the most senior officials. [Washington Post]
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