India prohibits use
of flag on underwear
NEW DELHI, India
India has banned the use of the national flag on underwear or on any other clothing worn below the belt, a report said yesterday.
However, sports figures and others can wear India's green, white and orange national colors on T-shirts, caps and coats, according to legislation passed Monday by parliament, The Hindu reported.
The legislation makes it illegal to "insult" national symbols by displaying them on clothes and accessories worn below the belt or on underwear, the newspaper said.
The legislation also makes it illegal to embroider national symbols on pillow cases and handerkerchiefs.
Interior Minister Shivraj Patil told parliament the measures were in response to suggestions by the public.
Best, worst in show
LOS ANGELES, California
When it comes to celebrity dog-raising skills, Joss Stone is tops and Paris Hilton is the dregs, according to an online poll of readers of two dog magazines.
Stone volunteered for the North Shore Animal League America after seeing images of pets stranded in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, according to The New York Dog and The Hollywood Dog magazines, which conducted the poll. The British singer also recorded a public service announcement seeking support for the homeless pets of the Gulf Coast.
Hilton was voted the world's worst celebrity dog-owner.
"First she loses Tinkerbell, then she ditches her for a cuter dog, then replaces that dog with a ferret, then a kinkajou monkey and then, I gather, a goat," said Leslie Padgett, editor of the magazines. "Recently Tinkerbell was spotted back in Paris' arms. But how long will she be in favor this time?"