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  1. If you are almost 25 and still think saving and investing is not your cup of tea/coffee, or feel it's too early to think about retirement plans, then you let us tell you that you are going pretty wrong. Time is one of the biggest advantage young people have when it comes to investing, as you get plenty of time to learn from your mistakes. This is the time when you can afford to take calculated risks rather than later regretting living a mediocre life. If you want to become rich, start investing as there is no better way to make money. Don't believe me? Then do some research yourself about how rich people make money and why no becomes a billionaire working his whole life for someone else. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 1. Never invest money that you might need soon Professionals suggest that you should not invest the money if you will need it back in the next five years. This is suggested because if the market goes down during this period you won't be left with enough time to recover those funds. 2. You don't need to do it yourself You don't need to become an expert in investing or mug up the whole Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham before you start investing. There are financial planners, wealth advisors and consultancies who can help you. 3. Starting early gives you an edge over those who start late © AZ Quotes Time is the biggest factor that plays a pivotal role while making money. The sooner you start investing, the more time you can give your money to take the advantage of the compound interest. Also, the sooner you investing, you give yourself more chances to get better with your strategies. 4. Your long-term strategy must not be disturbed by every morning news Stocks are very volatile in nature so most of the market experts never advise any investor to alter their investment as per the news on the TV. Why? Statistics show that buying and selling stock so frequently does not work for most of the people. 5. Many a times you will fail © PictureQuotes We have all heard of the line that 'investments are subject to market risk.' And that is true and pretty fair as well. Stocks depend on many factors other than how the company itself is performing. No one gets rich without taking some calculated risk. In reality, you will fail sometimes as well. The thing is to learn from your mistakes and learn to play better. 6. You may have to pay taxes on your investments The money you make with the help of your investment is not spared without being taxed by the government and you'll owe what's called capital gains taxes. Though there are other ways as well as retirement plan investments which may not need to pay tax to the government. 7. Most of the times you will be charged fees If you are taking the help of an investment professional then you will probably have to pay him or her a flat fee or a percent share of your portfolio. If you are taking the help of a consultancy then also the same rule applies. 8. Bonds are loans you make © MumbaiTrader Blog For an instance, when you purchase a bond you are actually loaning a sum of money to the government. Now, after some time that entity has to pay you back the amount with added interest on the money. Buying and selling bonds aren't that feasible in India as we don't have a marketplace like the US for bonds. You can do so by investing in Mutual Funds which deal in such instruments. 9. Stocks are equity in any company When you buy a stock, suppose in a private company, you are actually buying a tiny part, in fact, a share of that company. You do not get ownership unless you hold a huge share in the company. Remember that stock is more often more volatile than bonds, and thus, they also yield high gains or steep losses. 10. You can track performance at the stock market Unlike bonds you can actually track the performance of the stocks of the company you have invested your money in. These are the companies which have made their Initial Public Offering(IPO) and are eligible to be traded on the stock exchange. In India, stocks are majorly traded on National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) or the Bombay Stock Exchange(BSE).
  2. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider's first teaser is out and for the first time, Lady Croft won't be a timed exclusive to a specific console or platform. The trailer is what you would expect it to be, where she fights some gun slinging baddies, rocking her bow and arrow and of course climbing rocks. It also appears that Lara's next adventure will be set in Central or South America discovering Mayan treasures and secrets. © Square Enix The teaser also confirms that the new installation in the franchise will release on September 14, 2018, and a full reveal trailer will come out on April 27th. The Tomb Raider franchise was rebooted back in 2013 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be the third game in the franchise. The last game, Rise of the Tomb Raider reviewed well, however, not many people got to play the game on launch date as it was a timed exclusive on Xbox One. However, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will launch on other platforms such as Playstation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — all at the same time. © Square Enix The Tomb Raider franchise has sold over 63 million copies worldwide. The original game led to one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, with the 2013 reboot inspiring a new blockbuster film that embodies the game's signature survival action style. Its protagonist Lara Croft has been a contemporary global icon for over two decades. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will tie off the trilogy with “the climactic finale of Lara's origin story,” according to some leaks. You can watch the teaser below to see what Lara is up to this time.
  3. Stephen W. Hawking, the British theoretical physicist who overcame a devastating neurological disease to probe the greatest mysteries of the cosmos and become a globally celebrated symbol of the power of the human mind, died at his home in Cambridge. Unable to move a muscle, speechless but for a computer-synthesized voice, Dr Hawking had suffered since the age of 21 from a degenerative motor neuron disease similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Hawking became the face of science genius with his extraordinary contribution to the field. Here are his major contributions to science and why he is regarded to be Albert Einstein's legacy. 1. Unable to move a muscle, speechless but for a computer-synthesized voice, Dr Hawking had suffered since the age of 21 from a degenerative motor neuron disease similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Initially given two years to live, he found the strength to complete his doctorate and rise to the position of Lucasian professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge. © Reuters 2. Hawking came to prominence in the early 1970s for work done in collaboration with mathematician Roger Penrose. They devised a revolutionary theory of gravity positing that if the universe obeys Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity and fits the standard model of physical cosmology, then it must have begun as an infinitesimally small point in the center of a black hole. In 1974, Hawking theorized that black holes emit radiation, a startling but now widely accepted conclusion that is central to modern theoretical physics. © Reuters 3. Hawking was such a fan of "The Simpsons" he allowed the animated Fox show to feature him during four separate appearances, and called it "the best thing on American television." Eddie Redmayne portrayed Hawking in 2014's "The Theory of Everything," which won Redmayne an acting Oscar. The film was adapted from "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," a memoir by Hawking's first wife, Jane. © GoodReads 4. “A Brief History of Time,” first published in 1988, earned him worldwide acclaim, selling at least 10 million copies in 40 languages and staying on the best-seller list for a record 237 weeks. Often referred to as “one of the most unread books of all time” for the hard-to-grasp concepts, it included only one equation: E = mc2 or the equivalence of mass and energy, deduced by Einstein from his theory of special relativity. The book outlined the basics of cosmology for the general reader. © White House Press 5. This comes as no surprise that the eminent scientist holds several accolades. Among others, Hawking holds 12 honorary degrees. He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1982. In 2009, he was honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then President Barack Obama. The scientist was also named a Fellow of The Royal Society. He kept cheating death (55 years to be precise). His ability to survive so long baffled medical experts, to the point where some doubted that he had received a correct diagnosis. But Hawking's mind was as intact as ever, and with the help of a computerized voice system controlled by a muscle in his cheek, he was able to continue his work. For all his remarkable fame and success, Hawking joked in 1993 that he had only one complaint: that his voice synthesizer didn't accurately reflect his British heritage.
  4. Potterheads unite. It's time to take your wands out, for the adventure we all have been waiting for is finally here. Yes, the first official trailer of Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is here. Let's just say it's time to freak out. Before you do that, though, let's talk about 5 things to freak out about. 1. At the beginning of the trailer, we see ministry officials apparating inside Hogwarts. How are they doing it? You can't just apparate inside Hogwarts! Does that mean we'll get to uncover something we didn't know earlier? Source: Warner Bros. Pictures 2. Jude Law makes a handsome Dumbledore, but does he measure up? We kind of saw a young Dumbledore earlier in Voldemort's childhood, and that version is still haunting us. But you have to agree, Jude does have the charisma. Fingers crossed! Source: Warner Bros. Pictures 3. Our favourite Jacob Kowalski is back. Wait, what? YES! Source: Warner Bros. Pictures 4. Dumbledore entrusts Newt with the mammoth job of incarcerating Grindelwald. Does it remind you of something? Can you draw a parallel? A much older Dumbledore and a young Harry in Newt's place - except this time the bad guy was Voldemort. Wow. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures 5. Newt has a battle-buddy. Who is that? Source: Warner Bros. Pictures All we can say is WE CAN'T KEEP CALM! Check it out for yourself:
  5. Google has released the preview of the next version Android, dubbed Android P (for now). The new OS version is out in the form of Developer Preview 1 and is likely to get an official introduction in May during Google's annual developer conference I/O 2018. Although the entire list of Android P features is not out yet, a lot has been revealed in the Developer Preview 1 of the new operating system itself. The first built is meant to give developers an idea of the new programming features that can be integrated into apps. Here's what's new in the initial release: 1. Support For The Notch © Android Police Yes, Google is following Apple. The Android P Developer Preview 1 comes with the 'Display Cutout' support. As manufacturers shrink bezels and the front-facing sensors leave a notch on your display, Android P will make it easier to support the cutout in the display with APIs to help create UI around that notch. This means full-screen apps with buttons on the sides will be able to actively avoid those notch areas in the display, which is great for everyone. You can go ahead and run it now, just head into the developer settings and set three different display cutouts on the device. 2. Fresh Colours And Design © Google The clock has moved from the far right to the far left side of Android P's top status bar. And since the new OS is optimized for notches that might cut into the top display area, it starts putting notifications right next to the time. This year, it's making things a bit more colourful with new icons to the right of sections like Network, Display, Battery, etc. The actual layout of things has barely changed, but the grayscale icons from Oreo are gone. The volume slider is now also placed vertically instead of horizontally as seen until now. Its placement has also been changed from top to side. 3. Improved Notifications © Google Image attachments and stickers are appearing in the notification now, replacing that dreaded "person has sent an attachment" message you get now. This new notification style will also give developers the option to add quick replies, similar to the system currently seen in Google Allo and the reply bot in Google's Reply app, though it's unclear yet how much control developers will have over these replies. 4. New WiFi Protocol © Google Android P will bring along the support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol also called WiFi Round-Trip-Time (RTT). This feature in will make it possible for apps to know how far you are from the WiFi access point you are connected to, and developers will be able to use that information to give you a more accurate location indoors. 5. More Privacy © CNET Google is doing much to improve the overall security of your information in Android P, but most of that is done in the background. There is a new feature, though, that locks down your device with the push of a button. Systems like sensors, camera and microphones will stop reporting to the apps as soon as it is idle, and any apps looking information from those sources will get nothing in return. 6. Better Image Compression With Android P, images will save more data while transferring and save more space on the handset as well. This will be due to Android P's support for HEIF image encoding. Apple devices are already running on this new images standard for quite some time now.
  6. Well, we all know Kim Kardashian is known as the selfie queen, because, come on, with pictures like these – Gonna miss the pink ðð¬ðð¸ð­ð A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Mar 9, 2018 at 7:44am PST – who wouldn't. But, there is someone out there, coming for Kim K and snatching that crown. Sorry, Kimmy, but two penguins have the best selfie that has been ever clicked in this whole world. Are you ready? I bet you aren't, because honestly, I wasn't. Eddie Gault It's like how your parents look at the camera when they video call you. This beautiful picture can have so many different captions, the possibilities are endless. But, before we move on to that, everyone needs to watch the whole video, because everyone deserves that kind of happiness in their life. #Penguin #selfie offers bird's eye view of life in Antarctica! Curious Emperors have been captured on film at the Auster Rookery near Australia's Mawson research station by expeditioner ð· Eddie Gault pic.twitter.com/MYle5Fshc7 — Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) March 8, 2018 So basically, the whole story behind this is that Eddie Gault, a researcher with the Australian Antarctic Division in Antarctica, was working when he decided to put his camera down on some ice for the penguins to inspect. Two curious emperor penguins quickly waddled over to it. The two penguins then caught themselves on the camera, and it looks like they were both shocked and delighted to see themselves. And, as for us, we're just appreciating this hilarious moment caught on film. I don't think any other viral video can top this, we've all peaked, let's just go home now. Remember how we were talking about captions? Well, people on twitter have it covered, let's look at some of the most hilarious tweets. It does, doesn't it? This just begs for subtitles! "is this thing on?...Hello?" https://t.co/peHR7up1Wq — Marc Jurblum (@mars_psych) March 8, 2018 “Is that us, bruh?” "Bruh, you seeing this?" https://t.co/j2r6nC8hTX — Evan Dennis (@Dennis_wglasses) March 8, 2018 What did it tell you? When your parents try to take a selfie for the first time https://t.co/fnSG94IypV — Tali Aualiitia (@taliaualiitia) March 8, 2018 It honestly looks like a Disney movie. I feel like I'm watching a Disney introduction ð — Amir (@AC_FoodSwag) March 8, 2018 Smile and wave. pic.twitter.com/CV9luJa7wm — Gus (@Gushearty) March 9, 2018 Straight outta Antarctica? pic.twitter.com/GgbRfME96D — a homemade coconut (@beardfear) March 9, 2018 Actually, it just reminds me of the show 'Pingu' because that was masterpiece. Also, how can we forget the penguins from Madagascar? Bottom line – Penguins are the best.
  7. Being a celebrity means that you and your life is always in the limelight and everything is up for speculation, and most of the time, it is still bearable and okay, but sometimes people cross a line. Yes, they chose this life but people also need to respect their privacy, after all they are also human, and not everything is supposed to be shared with the public. Twitter/Irrfan Khan Recently, Irrfan Khan revealed that he's suffering from a rare disease, probably because he appreciates his fans so much that he wanted to share everything with them, the good and the bad. But, the problem is that this was all he shared, but rumours started flying and there were way too many different theories since he posted his news on Twitter. ðð» pic.twitter.com/JXD8NKwH3D — Irrfan (@irrfank) March 5, 2018 Yes, everyone is curious and everyone wants to support him, but this is a private matter and he will share more when he feels the time is right. Making up random stories and starting rumours about different diseases he is suffering from just seems very insensitive right now. Youtube Soon after his tweet, rumours of him having a brain tumour went viral. Even after clarifications from his friend, the speculation continued and everyone was just focussing all their energy on the wrong thing. It seems like the rumours got so bad that Irrfan's wife, Sutapa Sikdar has finally spoken about the issue. She wrote a heartfelt message for everyone on Facebook, addressing everyone's concerns, thanking them for all the prayers and apologising for all the secrecy (which she doesn't need to, tbh). Here's the post: This is so well put, hopefully everyone will give the family time and privacy to deal with it. This is a time to just pray for him and he has doctors to figure out his condition, so no doesn't need media and random people on Twitter to diagnose him.
  8. 2018 has been pretty eventful so far. We have kids eating tad pods, people creating ruckus over a fictional movie and men getting turned on by a school girl winking! Here's another bizarre piece of information to add to the list- a conspiracy theory that Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves is actually immortal! Yes, it sounds exactly the way you've read it and we'll tell you how! First off, we have Mr. Paul Mounet, a 19th century French actor, who had a striking resemblance to Keanu Reeves. The resemblance is so uncanny that you really feel as if Keanu owns a time travelling machine! Not only are the physical similarities striking, but the fact that Mounet was a prominent actor in Paris really confuses us about the sheer universal coincidence! We just think Keanu dresses up in 19th century French clothing every now and then and sits down patiently to get himself painted. © Pinterest It's not just the uncanny resemblance but we actually think Keanu Reeves hasn't aged a bit since his absolute childhood hit 'Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure'! Which makes us believe that he's either immortal or needs to tell us which age-defining cream he is using! I am guessing Olay? While one may wonder the extent of cosmetic surgeries or Botox he may have used to give him the youthfulness we see but then again, it's been 29 years since he first appeared on screen and we really can't tell the difference between then and now! Which really presents the greatest dilemmas of all time: is Keanu Reeves really immortal? © Youtube It's not just his face that's ageless, it's the way he's been dressing over the years too! He's never really mixed up his style or experimented with clothes, ever! You will always find him in a black blazer and a t shirt underneath it. Style statement or sheer laziness, who is to know! © Facebook Well, this isn't a theory cooked up in a MensXP Monday morning meeting! We aren't that jobless! A poll conducted by the Tylt found that 74% of the people around the world think he is immortal! Who are we to contest that anyway? © Facebook Whether or not Keanu Reeves is immortal remains to be seen but for now we really hope and wish he continues his acting career as flawlessly as his never-ageing skin!
  9. Malala Yousafzai appeared in David Letterman?s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix. The Nobel Peace Prize winner who entered the show to a standing ovation discussed gender equality, extremism and the importance of education with the late-night talk show legend. ?We have to fight not just against the extremists but against the ideology that does not accept women as equal to men, that does not accept that women have a right to an education, that does not accept that women have the right to do a job, to decide our own future -- we have to fight against this ideology whether it exists in the mountains of Pakistan or in big cities like New York, Washington or anywhere,? the activist said while speaking to the late-night talk show legend. Malala added, ?To fix this, governments need to invest more money into education. Business people and members of society need to start thinking about investing in girls and their education. We just need an ambition and intention. What to do then is easy.? The activist added that it ?bothers? her that ?leaders talk about eradicating extremism and ending poverty and then they ignore education.? ?That?s the first thing you need to do. You need to give education to the future generation,? she asserted. The show which opened with the Nobel Prize winner giving Letterman and prospective students a personal tour of Oxford University which she is currently attending, keeps switching to clips of her life at the university. ??I am proud of my college and encourage students to apply,? said Malala who began her undergraduate studies in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) last October. ?I don?t really want them [prospective students] to ask me about personal things. Maybe one or two questions, that?s ok, but I do not want the tour to be focused on that,? she explained. When asked by Letterman if she had aspirations to hold a political positions, the 20-year-old replied, ?No. to be honest people just assume that if you study PPE at Oxford then you are going to go into politics but that?s not true. There are some politicians who have studied this course such as David Cameron and Benazir Bhutto.? Comments on Benazir Regarding what she thinks about Benazir, Malala said, ?She?s an inspiration. She told women not just in Pakistan but around the world that they can be leaders.? Comments on the Taliban On Taliban , Malala said Taliban knew education can empower women. ?They did not want that. They could not accept women as equal.? When asked what would happen had she not been shot, Malala said, ?I would still have been campaigning for girls education.? ?I did not realise how beautiful Swat was until I moved to the UK and looked out the window and asked where the mountains were,? she further said. ?I haven?t been back to Swat since I was attacked. Unfortunately it?s been a very difficult time. I tried to to go but I didn?t find the right time. I have received a lot of support in my country. There is this list for change. People want to see change in their country. I am already doing work there but I want my feet to touch that land.?
  10. For a cricketer who burst on to the international scene in 2008, David Warner has undoubtedly come a long way to establish himself as one of the most destructive batsmen in all forms of the game. A hard man to keep quiet, if Warner's bat isn't doing the talking, his mouth probably is, and either way you can expect an assertive approach from the Australian. And, Australia's ongoing tour of South Africa seems to be no different. After hammering a brilliant fifty in the first innings, Warner once again found himself in a fiery verbal exchange with an opposition player. The Australian vice-captain was seen lashing out at South Africa's Quinton de Kock who is believed to have sparked the incident. Following the tea break in the first Test on Sunday, the players from both the teams were making their way towards the dressing room when the incident occurred. In dramatic CCTV footage, a fired-up Warner was seen remonstrating with De Kock on the stairwell as the cricketers walked into the changing rooms. @davidwarner31 and @QuinnyDeKock69 Verbal Exchange during Tea Break. #AUSvSA pic.twitter.com/6Rr4Xkx2lQ — Thakur (@ThakurHassam) March 4, 2018 Such was the ferocity in Warner's approach towards De Kock that he was physically held back by his teammate Usman Khawaja and then shepherded into Australia's dressing room by skipper Steve Smith. On the other hand, Smith's counterpart, Faf du Plessis, was also seen rushing out from the changing room and having a few words with Aussie wicket-keeper, Tim Paine. Ugly scenes in Durban. Can only assume something very personal has been throw at @davidwarner31 for this type of reaction. Not a good look all round. #SAvAUS — Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) March 5, 2018 It appears that De Kock allegedly provoked Warner and sparked the verbal war with his derogatory remarks about the Australian's wife, Candice, who is currently travelling with her husband on tour. "Quinton got quite personal and provoked an emotional response from Davey. As far as I am aware we didn't get personal toward Quinton,” Smith was quoted as saying by The Australian. © Reuters “Those things on, you can't be getting into someone's personal life like that. You can't be getting into someone's personal life in my opinion. Obviously now it is in the hands of the officials,” he added further. A Cricket Australia spokesperson said on Monday: "Following the end of the second session there was an incident involving David Warner and Quinton de Kock on return to the changing rooms.” Gilly- Warner crossed many personal boundaries with the South Africans, so we can't be surprised when there is eventually a reaction. If players are happy to give it,they have to be prepared to take it,too. On both sides! But agreed not a good look. #SAvsAUS https://t.co/obTo0GO2H8 — Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) March 5, 2018 "The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee (Jeff Crowe) last night and it is now in the hands of the on field umpires and the match referee. Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played," he said. © Reuters South Africa, too, released a statement via team manager Mohammed Moosajee, who said: "It's rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game. The match referee had spoken to us after the day's play. We will await any further communication from the ICC around this incident". The visiting side eventually won the first Test in Durban by 118 runs and went up 1-0 in the four-match series, but the stairwell incident has sadly overshadowed their triumph and might fuel more incidents like these in the remaining matches. With revenge on their minds, the Proteas will take on the visitors in the second Test at Port Elizabeth on Friday.
  11. If it's one thing online dating has taught us, it's to never give up. I was contemplating what to watch on Netflix last Sunday, while at home, and a dozen things showed up on my screen. I remember hearing someone talk about this 'epic' movie on modern day relationships on Netflix and I couldn't find a better time to watch it. I cued the movie on and now I am sitting and penning down what I gathered from the movie that showed the 'dullness' of emotion, in too little a time. © Lost City 'Newness', a complete juxtaposition of the dating lives of a millennial couple, had me really intrigued. I started thinking about the solemn transition of old school dating to what it has become now and this movie made so much sense with that tangent in place. I am a sucker for old school romance where you stand your ground firm and fight anything plaguing the relationship but with the advent of a completely new dating age, situations are targeted for risks at the brink of a 'right swipe'. Although this movie tried to hold the essence of old school dating really hard, it also gave a rather submissive peak into what dating has now become, in the present. Although this movie is a constant reminder about not working too hard on relationships and the next love of your life could be a Tinder match away, it also throws an outline about 'what happens when you actually find love on a dating app'? Martin (Nicholas Hault) and Gabi (Laia Costa) are living a typical 'dull' millennial existence. Dull because they define their daily dose of excitement through probable Tinder matches. They both are addicted to Tinder and finding the right person to sleep with is on their agenda. Things don't always go as one expects them to and hence they keep meeting the wrong people all the time. Case in point: Martin shrugs off his colleagues to hook up with a Tinder Swipe. The evening doesn't go as planned and he finds out that the girl is down one too many Klonopin pills and she throws up. Gabi, on the other hand has her status on the dating app set as 'DTF' ( I am gonna let you Google that one on your own) and she's very clear as to what she wants. She matches with an Instagram model, who is mighty selfish in bed. After going through rancid experiences in their respective dating lives, they finally swipe on each other and that's when it begins! © Lost City What's expected to be a night of just *** turns out to be an all-nighter date. They spend the night talking and getting to know each other and eventually have *** that is both intense and satisfying. Gabi stays the night and the next day, while they spend it strolling about art museums and one montage later, they're a couple who have marathon bouts of physical intimacy! Before you know it, they're facing their first triumph as a couple: deleting their dating apps, together! Martin is extremely handsome and kind but terse while Gabi is free-spirited and an open book. Of course, complications arise due to their personality differences and after a huge fight one night, they term themselves as 'incompatible' and sleep with other people, simultaneously. After they come clean to each other about the mutual cheating, they decide to experiment with the likes of an 'open relationship'. Open relationships are an acquired taste and it's really not for everybody. I believe modernity offers so much ***, it's really so easy to stray and latch on to things that make more sense out of behaving a particular way. © Lost City For Marin and Gabi, seeing other people, while still seeing each other made so much sense in their ***-charged love life that they both tried to adapt to the lifestyle, to the best of their abilities. They spy on one another flirting, they keep no secrets and have threesomes and it seems to be working for the two of them. Or so they think. Being in a open or a polyamorous relationship is incredibly tough if you're not emotionally strong to handle it. Logically, it makes sense, while you find the 'forever mate', you're allowed to experiment and experience other fractions of love too. But to understand the dynamic of such a relationship, the couple has to be a bit brazen in life. The projection of an open relationship in this movie though has been a bit bleak. While they have intertwined Gabi's emotions and Martin's dilemmas, they have failed to make sense of why they've pegged a romantic story as a soiree of sexual fantasies. © Lost City But one good lesson that came out of this movie is the fact that people realise their mistakes only after they've made one too many. In this case, Martin and Gabi ultimately end up together after noticing how they're actually incomplete without each other, while philandering about with other men and women. Do open relationships strengthen the bond between an existing couple? Something to think about. © Lost City For now, I feel the audience was looking forward to falling in love with the idea of the characters being in love but that emotion was swiftly taken away from us. The basic essence of a couple in 'love' is missing in their characters and it makes the movie seem a little dull and dreary between the two of them, with no inner lives, no 'life, likes and the universe' kinda conversations and a black and grey perspective on everything. Is this the actual advent of modern day relationships? I shudder to think! Watch the movie and decide for yourself!
  12. With such an extraordinarily talented list of nominees in line for this year's Oscars, the competition is sure to be nail-bitingly close. With just a couple of days left for the Oscars, everyone is waiting with bated breath to know who will take home the golden statuette this year. Besides being the most prestigious and glamorous Hollywood events, Oscars have had its fun and big blunder moments that we can never ever forget. From calling out the wrong names for Best Picture to taking selfies with the biggies of the West, this awards night is indeed a starry affair. While you might have been following it for years now, waking up early to watch it live in India, we bet there are many facts about the Oscars that might leave you stunned. Here's a list of 12 fun facts about the Oscars aka The Academy Awards. It cost peanuts to attend the first Oscars (c) Tumblr The Oscars might look glamorous and amazing, but the very first ceremony in 1929 was small private affair held at Roosevelt Hotel - and a ticket cost just $5. What Did The Oscars Winner For Best Actress In 1929 Show Up In? (c) Pinterest While today what they wear makes the news, this wasn't the scene always. The difference was so much that the winner for Best Actress, Janet Gaynor, came dressed in an off-the-rack skirt, top, and scarf. Walt Disney Has Won 22 Academy Awards From 59 Nominations Shirley Temple in 1939 presenting Walt Disney with a Special Award and seven miniature statuettes at the Biltmore in downtown LA during the 11th Academy Awards. Disney was being recognized for producing "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the first full-length animated feature. A post shared by The Academy (@theacademy) on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:34pm PST In its 9-decade history Walt Disney has won the maximum awards. In total out of 59 nominations he won 22 competitive Oscars and 3 honorary ones. In fact, he was nominated once every year for almost two decades between 1942 and 1963. First Color Movie (c) Selznick International Pictures Well, this film did change many lives and made many love stories. The classic Gone With the Wind (1939) was the first color movie to win the Best Picture Award. Posthumous Awards Heath Ledger and Peter Finch are the only two people who have won an Oscar posthumously. Peter Finch in 1976 and Heath Ledger in 2009. (c) gifbin A 20-Year Wait (c) Tumblr In a strange turn of events, Charlie Chaplin's movie Limelight, which was produced in 1952, won an Academy Award in 1972—20 years after its first release. According to the Academy's rules at the time, a movie could not be considered for an Academy Award until it had played in Los Angeles. When Limelight finally played at a theater in Los Angeles in 1972, it became eligible for an award. The Academy Likes To Hand Out Fake Oscars (c) Twitter Prior to the main night, rehearsals are organised where all the celebrities and nominees come in. They practice their lines, the awards are announced and an award is given. A set of dummy envelope is prepared to mention each nominee's name. And as it's a practice event, even dummy Oscars of plaster are made and given out. Women Making History While the Oscars is a lot of things, one thing it has always been accused of is having a lack of diversity- from gender to colour. In the history of 90 years, Greta Gerwig is only the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director this year. The only woman to win an award in this category was Kathryn Bigelow for Hurtlocker in 2010. If Greta Gerwig wins this year, she will be the second woman to win an Oscars for Best Director. And Rachel Morrison is the first woman ever to be nominated for cinematography. It would be interesting to see if they make the history this year. (c) Twitter The Statuette Weighs More Than You Can Ever Think Of (c) Tumblr Most of the first time winners always comment that they didn't think the statuette would be so heavy. In all actuality, the Oscars statuette stands at 13 1/2 inches tall and weighs 8 1/2 pounds. It depicts a knight, holding a sword, standing on a reel of film which has five spokes, representing the 5 original branches of the Academy--actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers. Halle Berry: First woman of colour to win the Award On this day in 2002 Halle Berry was presented the Oscars for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in "Monster's Ball". #HalleBerry #MonstersBall #Oscars A post shared by The Academy (@theacademy) on Mar 24, 2015 at 5:13pm PDT Halle Berry was the first black woman to win an Oscars for Best Actress in 2002 for her movie, Monster's Ball. It was an overwhelming moment for the entire community. However, till date she is the only woman of colour to win an Oscars in this category. The Academy Awards Was Robbed...Like Literally (c) Gifmania Not many know but in 2000 the Academy was actually robbed. It happened when two men stole crates which were filled with 55 Oscars statuettes. All but three of the trophies were recovered after the crates were found thrown in the trash box. Time When Oscars Winners Were Announced In Advance (c) Twitter Initially, the Academy used to keep the names of the winners under a wrap. However, an exception was made for the newspapers, so they could publish the list out at 11 p.m. But things changed when in 1940 LA Times published the results in advance, giving out the spoilers. Since then the Academy has kept everything under the wrap and the content is kept a secret until the show goes live. For all whose who look forward for the awards, the 90th Oscars will go live on March 5 at 5:30 AM and you can watch it on Star Movies in India. It would be interesting to see who takes the golden beauty home this year. Let us know who do you think should win and why.
  13. The advent of modern dating has brought along many preconceived notions that are meant to baffle the sheer existence of romance in today's day and age. Finding love has become an ordeal while the inevitable question of where to meet the right person cripples the positivity of meeting someone at all! No, we're not being entirely cynical here but what are the chances of two people, who are very similar to each other in preferences and orientations, meet at a celebration of uniqueness and fall in love, with their own understanding of the other person. How often does that happenstance happen and how does it naturally nourish an association? (c)MensXP Love can be experienced in the most unexpected places, in the most unexpected ways! All you need to do is break away from prejudices and give yourself one fair chance! Well, this perfect story about Gunjan and Sudhir, meeting each other at the right time and the right place will summarise how prejudices shape our choices in life and how unclichéd a 'boy-meets-girl' scenario can actually be, if you let it be! (c)MensXP Gunjan and Sudhir's story is set against the backdrop of the Mumbai Gay Pride Parade, where they are helping their friends from the LGBTQ community, coordinate the parade and other activities together. The two benevolent characters are beautifully sewn into this rather conspicuous space together, and how they built their association thereon is a fitted narrative. Breaking stereotypes and understanding prejudices is the essence of their interaction! (c)MensXP What happens right after they meet is a beautiful rendition of 'right place, right time' with a pinch of a misplaced dilemma! Watch MensXp's first episode of 'Love On The Rocks' and see what turn Gunjan and Sudhir's story takes! Love On The Rocks LOTR is a series of 8 short films which will deal with the different facets of modern relationships and the trials and tribulations that young couples have to go through in this day and age. The concept of 'modern love and dating' from a millennial standpoint oscillates from passé to complicated! Here's a glance into millennial love and what it stands for today! All videos which are a part of this series will be standalone and across genres. Catch a brand new episode on MensXP's Facebook page every Wedneday!
  14. A lot has been said and done about Sridevi's sudden demise. From blaming alcohol to even accusing her husband Boney Kapoor, speculations have been making the rounds since the day she passed away. But the fact is that we lost our first female superstar and that is irreversible. Sari by @manishmalhotra05 and ⨠by @gemsjewelspalace A post shared by Sridevi Kapoor (@sridevi.kapoor) on Oct 22, 2017 at 1:24am PDT Her funeral that took place yesterday was just another proof of how loved she was. Thousands of her fans gathered along with the who's who of the Bollywood industry to bid their final goodbye. The cinema icon was given a state funeral with her body wrapped in the tricolor and a gun salute by the Mumbai Police. State honours at Sridevi's funeral, thousands mourn her https://t.co/3tMba1UIAl via @etimes pic.twitter.com/eeihjtEhsq — Times of India (@timesofindia) February 28, 2018 Post the funeral, Boney Kapoor penned down a heart-wrenching letter to express his feelings on losing Sridevi. He also thanked the media, Sridevi's fans for their constant support and also mentioned Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor for being the family's 'pillars of strength' during this tough time. Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor (2nd L) looks on as he stands next to the body of actress #Sridevi carried in a truck during her funeral procession in Mumbai, India, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas pic.twitter.com/VTlf3merdw — VOA DEEWA (@voadeewa) February 28, 2018 He also made a request for letting the family grieve privately and ended the letter with: “Our lives will never be the same again.” The statement was posted by him via Sridevi's twitter account. Read the full letter here: pic.twitter.com/VNgw7FY9rF — SRIDEVI BONEY KAPOOR (@SrideviBKapoor) February 28, 2018 Before Boney's letter, the family of the deceased actor also issued another emotional statement: pic.twitter.com/NXAgta3vMS — Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) February 28, 2018 Both the letters have left all her fans in tears and although we would never be able to feel exactly what the family is going through, we have to say that without Sridevi, Bollywood too, will never be the same.
  15. British singer of Pakistani origin and former band member of ?One Direction? simply does not need any introduction, he can arguably be called a global music icon for youth. Interestingly, Indian classical singer Kailash Kher would not agree with that, in fact, he DID NOT even know who Zayn is! (no exaggeration!) So, the young musician had an idea to cover Kailash Kher?s mega-hit song ?Teri Deewani? and shared it on social media. The rendition was an instant hit, garnering more than 799k likes on Instagram and thousands of comments. When Kailash was asked his opinion regarding Zayn Malik?s cover, the classical singer said he had no idea who the young singer was until someone sent him the video saying: ?Look, who sang your song?. ?I was like, ?Kaun hai bhai? (who is he?)? And then I went on to his Instagram and saw that he has covered the song and has over 27 million followers. That?s when I learnt about him and came to know that he is a big pop star in the West, who is a huge icon,? stated a Hindustan Times report, quoting Kher. While Kher was still trying to acquaint himself with the young global star, who usually shares renditions of famous hits on his social media, Zayn posted another rendition of Kher?s songs, Allah Ke Bande. But this time, Kailash Kher was ready! The Bollywood singer gave his precious feedback on the star?s attempt to dabble in sub-continental Sufi music. ?For Zayn Malik, I would suggest... we have our digital academy (Kailash Kher Academy of Learning Arts) coming up soon, where there will be a course dedicated to all our compositions, which include Teri Deewani and other superhits... [so] to know and learn the correct codes and nuances. It will help him improve his skills on such songs,? opined Kailash, according to the publication. ?Ermm, maybe Zayn did not anticipate such a sass-laden response from the maestro himself!) It wasn?t only that, Kailash did appreciate British-Pakistani star?s cover, saying that he was ?humbled and honoured? that his music has struck a chord globally too.
  16. In his recent interview, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak mentioned that Indians measure success with academic excellence and a good job, but lack creativity. “The culture here is one of success based upon academic excellence, studying, learning, practiSing and having a good job and a great life. For upper India, not the lower. I see two Indias. That's a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity? The creativity gets left out when your behaviour is too predictable and structured, everyone is similar. Look at a small country like New Zealand, the writers, singers, athletes, it's a whole different world,” he told the interviewers Pankaj Doval and Surojit Gupta. According to Woz, India has Infosys as an example of the big tech company and even that is not very innovative. We all know how true his statements are. India has been very competitive in terms of education for decades now, students are often burdened with earning and looking after their family since a young age. In circumstances like these, the education system, as well as the social mindset, is to concentrate on academics and move on in a safe and secure fashion. Citizens of developed countries have a cushion available, this enables them to try out new things and explore 'extra-curricular' activities. But as usual, there will always be a lot of people who'll take offence to Woz's statement. How dare an outsider who has no idea how things work here to comment on our lack of creativity? Tweets: So Steve Woz says Indians lack creativity. There's a reason why Steve Jobs got rid of this dolt earlier in the life of @Apple : and as for our creativity: he needs to spend a lifetime understanding Jugaad. — SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) February 27, 2018 Steve Wozniak says Indians aren't creative. I bet he hasn't heard about the PNB bank fraud. — Nischal (WazirX) (@NischalShetty) February 27, 2018 Take back your words Mr. Steve Woz. It was an indian who made the world's cheapest car ( nano). It was because of an Indian you are able to add zeros ( because it was an Indian who gave the world the number zero) behind the cost of your cheap mobile phones. — Satyanarayanan (@satish1468) February 26, 2018 Steve Woz stole code and hardware and made apple PC which was not even a new invention. APJ Abdul Kalam made most efficient GSLV rockets in the world. He made under water missiles and supervised the development of world's fastest cruise missiles. Lulz — Harshal (@Bhoolwerine) February 27, 2018 Woz... I believe you don't have knowledge to judge creativity cause only creative people understand others creativity — Kaushal (@Kaushal925Kumar) February 27, 2018 May be he should come to India and live here for a week. He will get to know how creative Indians are. NASA is running because of 30 percent Indians only. The only reason we are lagging behind is because of bad politics in our country. India is not spending well on R and D. — Mohit Garg (@mohitgarg34) February 27, 2018 Indians run some of the biggest technology companies Example-Google by Sundar Pichie Microsoft by Satya nadela — ððSreeram S Pðð (@Sreeram_SP_) February 26, 2018 On the flip side, there were a few who understood what he meant and were vocal about their support for the same: Yes we have to invoke that era because that was the era when we were independent n free to take decisions on our own.. The 800 odd years of rule has killed that ecosystem that helped such creativity to thrive. We are in the process of rebuilding that ecosystem. We wl get there — SCM Consultant (@oarhtanirs) February 27, 2018 I think Steve Woz is right! India is busy accumulating and not creating... Look at our businesses, media, influencers, musics, choreographs, cinemas... everything is so copied.May be coz we're too risk averse and choose to walk on a proven path at everything in our lives ð — Somenath Das (@somenathdasb) February 27, 2018
  17. ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar has said the party cannot perform in the upcoming general elections with the existing Rabita Committee. Holding a press conference, Sattar said it is better to forget about the forthcoming general elections in the presence of five individuals heading the party. He said that there is more than one head of the Bahadurabad faction. "One head of Bahadurabad party is Amir Khan, while the other is Khalid Maqbool. It is not possible to work with so many heads." The MQM-P leader said the biggest issue in talks with the Bahadurabad faction is uncertainty surrounding the head of the faction. MQM-P convenership petition in ECP: Response from Sattar summoned Open to negotiations with Farooq Sattar, says Khalid Maqbool Sattar further said that he was uncomfortable with the party being run by six heads and he is the only one to take the blame. The MQM-P leader also said that he would accept the Bahadurabad faction and embrace all its 24 members, but their lawyers have been setting them up. "What will they do if their deception is proved in courts tomorrow?" "I feel that we should not go to election commission or courts, while an arbitration committee is working to find out a way," he said. Sattar further said that arbitrators have been making efforts to save the MQM-P from fragmentation. "Talks have been ongoing, but on the other hand, they have removed me from the party." He also lamented that the other faction has always taken a lead in holding a presser against him.
  18. US President Donald Trump arrives for the 2018 White House business session with state governors in the White House, Washington, US, February 26, 2018. AFP/Mandel Ngan WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Monday urged governors not to be afraid of the nation?s most powerful gun lobby as they seek to beef up school safety after last week?s deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Trump has embraced the National Rifle Association?s call to safeguard schools by arming teachers, but he also has voiced support for strengthening background checks for prospective gun buyers - a proposal the politically powerful NRA has traditionally resisted. ?Don?t worry about the NRA. They?re on our side,? Trump told more than 35 governors, including Rick Scott of Florida, during a White House meeting. ?If they?re not with you, we have to fight them every once in awhile. That?s OK. They?re doing what they think is right.? The long-simmering national debate between proponents of gun rights and advocates of firearms controls was reignited by the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, an affluent suburb of Fort Lauderdale. The 14 students and three adult educators killed were shot with a semiautomatic AR-15-style assault weapon, which authorities say was purchased legally last year by the accused gunman, Nikolas Cruz, when he was 18 years old. Cruz, now 19, a former Stoneman Douglas student who authorities say had a history of run-ins with the law and was expelled from school for disciplinary problems, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Trump, a Republican who backed gun rights during and since his 2016 presidential campaign, has been under pressure to show he is responding without alienating Republicans who oppose firearms restrictions. He plans to meet with lawmakers from both parties to discuss possible legislation on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. Age limit for rifles Trump had last week said he wanted to raise the legal minimum age for buying an assault rifle to 21. But on Monday - a day after he had lunch with three senior NRA officials - he failed to mention the idea in the school safety plans he discussed with governors. The NRA has opposed higher minimum ages for purchasing guns. The White House said on Monday that Trump was still looking at details of such a measure. The NRA could not be reached for immediate comment. Trump did express support for bolstering the nation?s system of background checks for gun buyers to better keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally disturbed. That could be an uphill battle, particularly heading into congressional elections in November. Past bipartisan pushes to fix gaps in the background check system after other tragic mass shootings have floundered in the US Congress, and some Republican senators have already expressed concerns about renewed efforts. An attempt by Senate leadership on Monday to quickly consider a bill and bypass time-consuming procedural steps was blocked by Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah. Senator John Kennedy from Louisiana told reporters that he wants to ensure people flagged as ineligible to buy guns have the right to appeal. ?We?re trying to work on language to say that if they?re going to send your name in, you?ve got to be notified first,? said Kennedy, noting people with common names could face problems. Arming teachers Trump told governors that he believes arming trained teachers is the most cost-effective way to protect students and deter would-be shooters. Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, told Trump that teachers in his state do not want to carry weapons. ?I have listened to the first-grade teachers who don?t want to be pistol-packing first-grade teachers,? Inslee said. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said more than 100 school districts in his state have trained teachers and other staff to carry a weapon and respond to attacks. ?Some school districts, they promote it,? Abbott said. ?They will have signs out front, a warning sign, ?Be aware there are armed personnel on campus.'? Florida plans to invest $500 million to have a significant law enforcement presence in every public school in the state, Scott told the governors meeting. Trump says would have run in Trump also lashed out at some of the law enforcement officers who were first to arrive at the school. ?The way they performed was, frankly, disgusting,? Trump said of reports that some deputies hesitated to go after the gunman. He added that he believed that if he were in the same situation, he would have run into the school ?even if I didn?t have a weapon.? An armed sheriff?s deputy who was assigned as the school resource officer resigned rather than face suspension. He was found to have stayed outside the building during the attack instead of going in to confront the gunman, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Trump has called the deputy, Scot Peterson, a ?coward.? An attorney for Peterson defended his actions in a statement, saying he had remained outside because he believed the gunfire was occurring outside the school. ?Allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue,? attorney Joseph DiRuzzo said in a statement. Investigators are also looking into reports from the neighbouring Coral Springs Police Department that three other sheriff?s deputies who were outside the school during or just after the shooting failed to enter immediately. Moreover, Israel has acknowledged his investigators are examining whether his office mishandled two telephone tips in 2016 and 2017 that warned Cruz was collecting weapons and might be inclined to commit a school shooting. Israel, a Democrat first elected sheriff in 2012, has come under sharp criticism from 74 Republican state lawmakers calling for him to be removed or suspended from office.
  19. The Indian cricket team has enjoyed a prolific run against South Africa in their backyard. The visiting team hammered the Proteas, first in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and then in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series. Theirs has been an all-round performance that eventually helped them derive favourable results in hostile territory. Now, if you think that we're talking about Virat Kohli & his teammates, you'd be wrong. Fortunately or unfortunately, this is in regards to the heroics of the lesser known Indian team comprised of women cricketers. While all eyes were on the Men in Blue during their much-anticipated tour of South Africa, the Indian women cricketers were also involved in a gruelling contest in the Rainbow Nation. Just like their male counterparts, the Indian women's team registered the ODI and T20I series wins against the Proteas. © BCCL At a time when Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan hogged the limelight for their artistry with the willow, the likes of Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur were also breathing fire with the bat. The only difference being the latter quietly doing their job to a much lesser fanfare and bare minimum spotlight. And, the fact that the women's ODI series between India and South Africa wasn't even televised, sums up the plight of women cricketers. So, when the Indian women's team scripted history with their double series win in a single tour of South Africa for the very first time in history, their heroics taking a back seat to pave way for the men's triumph was pretty obvious. But, that's nothing new. Indian women cricketers are used to being treated like that. Their efforts are often undermined and the cash rewards, if any, they receive are comparatively less than the men's cricket team. © Reuters Cricket, it is said, is one of only two things that truly unite Indians, the other being Bollywood. That August pedestal, however, doesn't have space for the women's team. In 2006, women's cricket administration was taken over by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as per instructions from the ICC to have a single body to run the sport in the country. In 2015, the BCCI announced central contracts for the women for the first time, four years after Pakistan did so. It was a meagre amount compared to what the men earn — a Mithali in Grade A would still earn less (Rs 15 lakh) than a Stuart Binny in Grade C (Rs 25 lakh) — but it was a start. © Reuters In contrast, Cricket Australia (CA) and its policies to treat the men's and women's team equally is a prime example. The Australian cricket board not only treats its women on a par with the men, the male players themselves accord more respect and recognition to their female counterparts. The fact that the women have their own Big Bash League (BBL) Down Under is proof of the women's power on and off the field. Ellyse Perry is as much a pin-up celebrity as Steven Smith, perhaps more. Since 2015, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been running the Women's Cricket Super League - its own version of domestic T20 league, on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and BBL. The White Ferns, the women's national team, is also on a par with the men in exposure and monetary terms. © Reuters In the West Indies, Deandra Dottin and Anisa Mohammed are bigger stars than most members of the men's side. But, here in India, the men would perhaps struggle to name half the women's national team players. A prime example was Kohli's epic fumble when trying to praise Mithali Raj while sharing a photo of her teammate Punam Raut last year. But, despite all that, the women's team has rarely allowed those things affect them, let alone reflect it in their performance on the field. The present-day scenario might not seem as bad as it used to be a decade ago, but we aren't exaggerating when we say that women's cricket still has a lot to catch up to. From regular broadcasts of their games to improving facilities, women's cricket needs a shot in the arm to reach its true potential. © Reuters And, a major boost seems to be coming through the BCCI who are currently toying with the idea of exhibition T20 matches for women during India's cash-rich T20 league for men this year. This move is to test the waters before BCCI launches an IPL-like women's T20 league. According to Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai, the BCCI is committed to conducting a women's IPL and this year could see some concrete movement on this front. If things go as planned, England, Australia and South Africa players could be invited for this year's event along with other Test playing nations. © Reuters For Indian women cricketers who have struggled for equality over the years, there's little doubt that the move can do wonders for their growth. Having a personal women's T20 league will ignite an interest from spectators and could very well help them earn the recognition they've longed for all this while. So, while Indian cricket fans anxiously count down the days for the eleventh edition of the IPL, let's hope that the BCCI is able to realise the idea of exhibition games for women. For all we know, Indian women cricketers not only deserve it, but going by their recent performances, they've literally earned it.
  20. Bollywood's superstar and veteran actress Sridevi's untimely demise has left a void in the hearts of everyone who loved her. Be it her family, the people who had the pleasure of working with her or her fans who worshipped her, this absence is something that needs more than time to heal. If you are a true fan, you'd probably know a lot about her already but in case you are intrigued, we have a list of lesser known facts about the beloved actress. 1. Sridevi's birth name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. She adopted the name 'Sridevi', and eventually was known by this name only all her life. © Instagram 2. While many actors thought that making debuts at 16 or maybe 18 years was a big deal, Sridevi was probably born a professional. The gorgeous actress accelerated her film career at the mere age of 4 with the Tamil movie, 'Thunaivan'. 3. For someone who faced the camera at 4 years of age, Sridevi took the humongous task of playing Rajnikanth's step mother in 'Moondru Mudichu'. Just FYI, she was only 13 years old at that time but still 9 years deep in the industry. © RMS Films 4. Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri in the year 2013, India's fourth highest civilian award. © Twitter 5. Not many are aware but 'Beta' and 'Darr', the movies which are now synonymous with the success of Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, were initially offered to her. However, she refused them since she was already doing a lot of movies with Anil Kapoor at that time and she thought that 'Darr' didn't offer her much as an actor. 6. Not just Bollywood but even Hollywood loved Sridevi. Apparently in 1993, celebrated director Steven Spielberg really wanted to cast her for 'Jurassic Park' when Sridevi was already enjoying a superstar status in India. She politely refused because she felt the role wasn't 'meaty' enough for her. © Twitter 7. Since she wasn't very comfortable with the language, Sridevi started dubbing for her own Hindi films with 'Chandni'. The actress was just 54 years old when she passed away and her last movie will be SRK' s 'Zero', in which she will have a guest appearance. While the film fraternity lost a superstar, Sridevi was much more than just an actor. She was a wife, a mother and a role model for millions of women in the country. We hope her soul rests in eternal peace.
  21. While the nation is still shocked with the news of Sridevi's untimely demise, there is one thing in particular that is making the internet go crazy right now. Around an hour before the news of her death broke; Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to express an unusual thought. He tweeted about how he felt 'uneasy'. T 2625 - न à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤ , à¤à¤ à¤à¤à¥à¤¬ सॠà¤à¤¬à¤°à¤¾à¤¹à¤ हॠरहॠहॠ!! — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 24, 2018 People on the internet are convinced that his 'intuitive' tweet was like a premonition about her death. The coincidence is too strong actually. Talk About Sixth Sense. ð #Sridevi #RIPSridevi pic.twitter.com/Lc69y5Ygx0 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 24, 2018 @SrBachchan सर, à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ à¤à¤¬à¤°à¤¾à¤¹à¤ बिलà¤à¥à¤² à¤à¤¾à¤¯à¤à¤¼ थà¥, à¤à¥à¤¯à¥à¤à¤à¥ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ दिल नॠà¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤¨à¤¹à¥à¤¨à¥ हà¥à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤à¤¦à¥à¤¶à¤¾ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ पहलॠहॠदॠदिया था। शायद वॠà¤à¤¬à¤°à¤¾à¤¹à¤ शà¥à¤°à¥à¤¦à¥à¤µà¥ à¤à¥ à¤à¥ à¤à¤¸ दà¥à¤¨à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ सॠà¤à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ सà¤à¤à¥à¤¤ था। #RIPSridevi @SrideviBKapoor — Chandan Kumar (@chandansingh_83) February 24, 2018 Strangely, back in the 80's when Sridevi was ruling Bollywood, everyone called her the female 'Amitabh Bachchan' of Bollywood as no other actress managed to garner so much love and appreciation like she did. Extreme premonition!! Some things are still beyond all scientific explanations. RIP SriDevi Ji. — THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) February 24, 2018 Sridevi passed away. Sir you had intution she was your coactor. ð¢ ॠशाà¤à¤¤à¤¿à¥¤ — hindustani (@important_talk) February 24, 2018 It's not everyday that coincidences like these happen. Many people believe that when something disastrous is bound to happen, we do get the vibe from the Universe. I am sure even Big B would be shocked to realise this, but such is life and it's astonishing ways of keeping us dazed. We hope her beautiful soul rests in peace.
  22. It is true that life cannot go on without you lying from time to time, but there are certain situations where you can not afford to lie. If you lie in your relationship, you will be investing in something which is eventually going to break and if you are lying on your job application, then you will keep living in fear of being exposed. Such lies can be poisonous to anyone and take a toll on one's health and it's better to learn from what the wise have said. Here are a few situations where lying is the worst option you can choose, hence choose your lies wisely. 1. Feeling Low At Work © Thinkstock This one is simple. If you are not feeling well, then there is no use sulking about it. Take the rest you need and don't force your body to suffer, as it will only make the pain or situation worse. In some cases, you can choose to work from home, but the important thing is learning when to not exert yourself pointlessly. 2. Your Feelings With Your Partner. © Thinkstock Whether you feel that your love for your partner is fading away, or there is a bridge you cannot gap, then you should not stop yourself from expressing your feelings to your partner without any hesitation. Let them know the truth and give them space and time to take the next step. It is their right to know the truth. If you lie, you both suffer and if you get the courage to speak, you free yourself from a huge burden and that's a good start. 3. Your Physical Appearance © Thinkstock You could have a large forehead, be dark skinned or look small or thin, but you should be always proud of your appearance. If you can't accept yourself for who you are, then how can you expect anyone else to? It is your peace of mind and confidence in your body that makes all the difference. If you are lying on social media or tinder due to this fear, then think of how cheated people will feel when they discover that it was not the real you and you broke their trust from the beginning. 4. Faking Fun At A Party © Thinkstock It's no use wasting your time when you are free and not enjoying. Going to a party just for the sake of it is simply a waste of your time and makes you feel alone, even though you might be surrounded by a whole lot of strangers. If you like reading a book and sipping your coffee, then do that instead of trying to make yourself feel included in the crowd. 5. Your Mental Health © Thinkstock No one is ever perfect and everybody faces some kind of problem at some point in their life. They may seem happier today but you do not know their past. If you know you are going through any kind of depression or stress then acknowledge it and don't hide from it. Remember, problems are solved when you summon the courage to face them and not when you try to run away from them, although you never can. 6. Anything You Share With Your Doctor © Thinkstock If you smoke pot, drink excessively or do anything that is affecting your health, and you then decide to hide it from your doctor, then my friend you are not solving anything but only inviting more trouble. A doctor is not a wizard who will know all your problems automatically. If there is something wrong with you, don't shy to tell it to your parents or doctor, as they are the ones who are really trying to help you. When you address the problem out loud, you then strengthen your willpower to step away from that addiction. 7. Your Application Resume © Thinkstock Photoshopping your offer letter or your last salary statement is one of the top-rated scams that job applicants are being accused of these days. There are certain agencies which are outsourced to the companies to have a proper background check on the information you provide to any company. If you lie there and are caught later, would you be able to tolerate the embarrassment of being called a fraud and then fired from your position? 8. A Mistake You Made At Work © Thinkstock We are all human and we all make mistakes but only a few are strong enough to admit the error they make at work. If by chance you get indulged in some wrongdoing or make a mistake, then whatever position you are at, you should never step back from taking the responsibility of your doing. It takes a man to admit a mistake, and ones who try to hide away are cowards and a good company is not built of cowards.
  23. Mohammad Amir (left) and Junaid Khan (right) are the only tow bowlers to have picked up hat-tricks in Pakistan Super League matches so far. A hat-trick ? a bowler dismissing three batsmen in three successive deliveries ? is a highly improbably event in the game of cricket. A (rather simplistic) analysis puts the probability of a bowler scoring an ODI hat trick at under 1/4500, or one in 4500 overs. That is a highly improbable event, but the number of highly-improbable events that came true with Junaid Khan's hat-trick on Friday, only the second hat-trick in the Pakistan Super League, was truly unbelievable. The superb three-in-three by the Multan Sultan paceman in the third match of the PSL's third edition not only mesmerized spectators, it also baffled the cricket statistician in all of us! By left-arm seamers The first hat-trick was taken by Mohammad Amir for Karachi Kings in the PSL first edition in 2016. Amir, who was then 23 years old and had just returned to cricket after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing, finished the match with figures of 3-27. Do you think the third PSL hat-trick, if it happens this season, will also go to a left-arm paceman? In Dubai Junaid Khan's hat-trick came during a league stage match, all which are taking place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Amir also scored his hat-trick in a match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on February 5, 2016. Looking back: Memorable moments of PSL ? Part I Time to re-live some of the most memorable moments from earlier PSL editions All matches of the first PSL edition took place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the second season, the Pakistan Cricket Board organised the final PSL match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Three matches of the third edition of the PSL this year are scheduled to take place in Pakistan--two in Lahore and one in Karachi. On Fridays We are not very superstitious, but isn't it incredible that both bowlers took their hat-tricks on Fridays? February 5, 2016 was also a Friday. Against Lahore Qalandars in their first matches of the season Another coincidence is that both hat-tricks were taken against Lahore Qalandars, but what is even more incredible is the fact that on both occasions, Lahore Qalandars were playing their first match of the season. Under Malik's captaincy Although Shoaib Malik may not have had a significant role to play in Junaid's hat-trick today, isn't it weird that both hat-tricks took place with Malik as the captain of the bowler's team? Malik played as Karachi Kings skipper during the first two PSL seasons. But new-comers Multan Sultans ? the sixth franchise of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) ? signed up the star all-rounder as their team skipper. Junaid, Tahir spearhead Sultans to second successive win Multan Sultans are fresh off a seven-wicket debut win against Peshawar Zalmi Maybe they knew about his effect on fast-bowlers and their ability to pick up quick wickets? Who do you think will take the next hat-trick in PSL? Will it be a left-armer? Will it be a fast-bowler? Will it happen this season? Perhaps we should ask a proper statistician to do the math!
  24. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Zardari on Friday said the ruling party's claim that it is being "kicked out" of Senate elections is not true. "You are [still in the race for] Senate elections, your candidates will contest independently," Zardari said while addressing a press conference here. Zardari criticised former premier Nawaz Sharif for trying to whip up rhetoric against institutions. "They are trying to whip up the rhetoric against the institutions and provoke the public," he said. ?Rebellion is being created in Punjab bureaucracy,? Zardari added. He added that his party has never provoked conflict between institutions, adding that it never benefits the country to have weak institutions. Commenting on the political crisis in the country, the former president said that Nawaz and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif did the same against PPP in the 90s when the judiciary gave verdicts against him. Zardari claimed the government's incompetence over the four years has allowed India to take advantage. "We are ready if India attempts any misadventure" he added. Continuing his tirade against Nawaz, Zardari said the former premier has not done anything other than business or for "commission". "He has never given any province its due share," the PPP co-chairman said.
  25. The story of how erectile dysfunction (ED) has been assessed and treated through the ages makes for a fascinating read. Formerly known as “impotence”, a word that comes from the Latin “impotencia” meaning “lack of power”, ED was for long ascribed to supernatural or psychological origins.1 Some ancient Indian and other cultures believed that ED could be treated with interesting natural remedies such as sesame powder, pulses, rice, salt, sugarcane, animal fat, butter and some other unmentionable ingredients!1 An ancient Arabic remedy suggested that topical treatment with jasmine and asafoetida (hing) could help.1 Today, thankfully, we know more about the causes of this condition and have treatments to address it – and now we would like to dispel any stigma still associated with it. Scientific studies have clearly shown that ED is not just “in the head” and most cases have an underlying organic cause that can be cured with the help of modern medicines and medical devices. But no cure is possible unless men and women are willing to admit the problem and not be embarrassed about asking for help. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Causes: The Ds and Es of ED ED, defined as difficulty in getting an erection, maintaining an erection or experiencing reduced sexual desire (loss of libido),2 is often the cause of much grief and anxiety in the bedroom. Healthy sexual performance involves the organs, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, chemicals and emotions,2 so naturally, many factors can contribute to the development of ED, such as:2,3 · Diseases or medical conditions: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and injury to the urinary system, spinal cord or ***** · Drugs: antidepressants, antiandrogens, appetite suppressants, sedatives and hypertension medication · Emotional/psychological reasons: stress, anxiety, depression and even guilt or anxiety related to sexual performance · Everyday habits: smoking, drinking, drug use, lack of physical activity Age has a role to play as well. The older a man is, the higher the likelihood of developing ED. However, aging does not “cause” ED and it can be treated, regardless of age.3 Here are some treatment options: Drugs © Thinkstock/Getty Images Oral Medications: ED is often treated with drugs (e.g. sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil and avanafil) that relax the smooth muscles found in many of body organs, including the *****, to increase blood flow in response to sexual stimuli. However, these medications cannot be taken if a person is taking medicines such as nitrates because it may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure.4,5 In some cases, a doctor may prescribe testosterone. Self-injections: Doctors sometimes prescribe a medication (alprostadil) that men are required to inject at the base of the *****. This increases blood flow causing an automatic erection that lasts for under an hour. There is minimal pain because the injection uses a fine needle.4,5 Suppositories: Here, with the help of a plastic applicator, a small drug (alprostadil) containing pellet that is as big as half a grain of rice, is inserted into the urethra (opening at the end of the *****). The drug dissolves and helps to increase blood flow causing an erection in 10 minutes, which lasts for half an hour to an hour.4-6 Devices Pumps or vacuum devices: A vacuum erection device consists of a plastic tube to be placed over the *****. An attached pump removes the air to create a vacuum which pulls the blood into the organ creating an erection. A band is then placed at the base of the ***** to maintain the erection for about 30 minutes. This method takes some getting used to because of some painless bruising, purple colouration and cold sensation but these usually do not cause any long-term trouble.4,5 Implants: This is a medical device that a doctor implants in the *****. The man can activate this whenever needed to achieve an erection and can choose when to return to normal.4,5 If you have noticed any symptoms of ED, do not be afraid or embarrassed to talk to your doctor about it. In my practice, I have often seen patients develop ED because of diabetes or hypertension. Remember, this condition could just be a signal from your body telling you that something is wrong – perhaps your blood pressure or blood sugar levels are higher than they should be. And there is a solution for everyone. Talk to your doctor about it so that you can together select the best course of treatment and also treat the underlying cause of the condition. Sources: 1. Shah J. BJU Int. 2002 Sep;90(4):433-41. 2. Mayo Clinic. Erectile Dysfunction – Symptoms and causes. June 2017. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes/dxc-20314091 3. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Symptoms & Causes of Erectile Dysfunction. July 2017. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes 4. Mayo Clinic. Erectile Dysfunction – Treatment. June 2017. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20314103 5. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction. July 2017. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/treatment 6. WebMD Medical Reference. How Does Alprostadil Treat Erectile Dysfunction? October 2015. http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/guide/alprostadil-treat-ed#2 Author Bio- Dr. Ajit Saxena, Senior Consultant for Robotic Surgery, Urology, & Andrology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi. He is specialized in treating prostate disease using a bloodless technique (Vapour resection) and also in treating impotence. He is a recipient of the 1996-97 International Japanese Organization 'OISCA' for his unique contribution in the realm of surgery, particularly in the domain of Urology. He is also the Founder President of Andrology India and currently President of Delhi Andrology Society.