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  1. Hackers have succeeded in infiltrating some targets, including at least one energy generator, and conducting reconnaissance on their networks-Reuters The US government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a report distributed by email late on Friday that the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries have been targeted along with government entities in attacks dating back to at least May. The agencies warned that hackers had succeeded in compromising some targeted networks, but did not identify specific victims or describe any cases of sabotage. The objective of the attackers is to compromise organizational networks with malicious emails and tainted websites to obtain credentials for accessing computer networks of their targets, the report said. US authorities have been monitoring the activity for months, which they initially detailed in a confidential June report first reported by Reuters. That document, which was privately distributed to firms at risk of attacks, described a narrower set of activity focusing on the nuclear, energy and critical manufacturing sectors. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell declined to elaborate on the information in the report or say what prompted the government to go public with the information at this time. ?The technical alert provides recommendations to prevent and mitigate malicious cyber activity targeting multiple sectors and reiterated our commitment to remain vigilant for new threats,? he said. The FBI declined to comment on the report, which security researchers said described an escalation in targeting of infrastructure in Europe and the United States that had been described in recent reports from private firms, including Symantec Corp. ?This is very aggressive activity,? said Robert Lee, an expert in securing industrial networks. Lee, chief executive of cyber-security firm Dragos, said the report appears to describe hackers working in the interests of the Russian government, though he declined to elaborate. Dragos is also monitoring other groups targeting infrastructure that appear to be aligned with China, Iran, North Korea, he said. The hacking described in the government report is unlikely to result in dramatic attacks in the near term, Lee said, but he added that it is still troubling: ?We don?t want our adversaries learning enough to be able to do things that are disruptive later.? The report said that hackers have succeeded in infiltrating some targets, including at least one energy generator, and conducting reconnaissance on their networks. It was accompanied by six technical documents describing malware used in the attacks. Homeland Security ?has confidence that this campaign is still ongoing and threat actors are actively pursuing their objectives over a long-term campaign,? the report said. The report said the attacker was the same as one described by Symantec in a September report that warned advanced hackers had penetrated the systems controlling operations of some US and European energy companies. Symantec researcher Vikram Thakur said in an email that much of the contents of Friday?s report were previously known within the security community. Cyber-security firm CrowdStrike said the technical indicators described in the report suggested the attacks were the work of a hacking group it calls Berserk Bear, which is affiliated with the Russian Federation and has targeted the energy, financial and transportation industries. ?We have not observed any destructive action by this actor,? CrowdStrike Vice President Adam Meyers said in an email.
  2. A projection of cyber code on a hooded man is pictured in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. Photo: Reuters The US government issued a rare public warning about hacking campaigns targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest evidence that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a report distributed via email late on Friday that the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries have been targeted along with government entities in attacks dating back to at least May. The agencies warned that hackers had succeeded in compromising some targeted networks, but did not identify specific victims or describe any cases of sabotage. The objective of the attackers is to compromise organizational networks with malicious emails and tainted websites to obtain credentials for accessing computer networks of their targets, the report said. US authorities have been monitoring the activity for months, which they initially detailed in a confidential June report first reported by Reuters. That document, which was privately distributed to firms at risk of attacks, described a narrower set of activity focusing on the nuclear, energy and critical manufacturing sectors. Homeland Security and FBI representatives could not be reached for comment on Saturday morning. Robert Lee, an expert in securing industrial networks, said the report describes activities from two or three groups that have stolen user credentials and spied on organizations in the United States and other nations, but not launched destructive attacks. ?This is very aggressive activity,? said Lee, chief executive of cyber-security firm Dragos. He said the report appears to describe groups working in the interests of the Russian government, though he declined to elaborate. Dragos is also monitoring other groups targeting infrastructure that appears to be aligned with China, Iran, North Korea, he said. The hacking described in the government report is unlikely to result in dramatic attacks in the near term, Lee said, but he added that it is still troubling: ?We don?t want our adversaries learning enough to be able to do things that are disruptive later.? The report said that hackers have succeeded in infiltrating some targets, including at least one energy generator, and conducting reconnaissance on their networks. It was accompanied by six technical documents describing malware used in the attacks. Homeland Security ?has confidence that this campaign is still ongoing and threat actors are actively pursuing their objectives over a long-term campaign,? the report said. Government agencies and energy firms previously declined to identify any of the victims in the attacks described in June?s confidential report.
  3. Protein supplements are the top selling supplements world over. Even in India, every fitness enthusiast who hits the gym consumes some form of protein supplements, to meet the protein needs. Let's see the kind of protein powders are available in the market and which one would suit you the best. Whey Protein Whey is the liquid which is extracted during production of cheese from curd. It is high in protein and lactose as it is derived from milk. Whey Protein Isolate has lesser amount of lactose and carbohydrates as maximum of it is lost during processing. Whey protein concentrate contains more lactose and a bit more carbohydrates than isolate. If you're lactose intolerant, you should choose whey protein isolate. Studies show that consuming whey protein after your workout leads to maximum protein synthesis. 2. Casein Protein Casein is also derived from milk like whey but is digested and absorbed at a slower pace when compared to whey. When casein comes in contact with stomach acids, it forms a gel which slows down stomach emptying and eventually there is a delay in absorption of amino acid into bloodstream. Benefit of slow absorption is that the muscles receive continuous supply of amino acids which prevents muscle protein breakdown. Based on various studies, casein has been more effective for increasing muscle protein synthesis than soy and wheat protein. Ideally casein protein should be consumed before sleeping to feed the muscles while asleep. Egg Protein Eggs are easily the most potent source of protein. In fact, they also help suppress hunger by making you feel fuller for a longer period of time. There are protein powders that are made from eggs. Leucine, the amino acid that plays a crucial role in building muscles is found in abundance in eggs. Only whey contains more Leucine than eggs. Egg protein powders are a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant but are non-vegetarians. 4. Pea Protein These protein powders are the latest to enter the supplement market. They are quite popular amongst vegetarians and the vegans for obvious reasons. Studies show that Pea protein absorbs slower than whey protein but faster than casein. There are researches to show that similar results were obtained when one group consumed whey protein for increase in muscles and other consumed pea protein. However, since this supplement has been recently developed, more convincing studies are required to conclude this. Rice Protein Though rice protein contains all the essential amino acids, it is too low in lysine which makes it an incomplete source of protein. Though in India, you generally won't find rice protein powders at supplement stores, it is quite easily available online. Like Pea Protein, Rice Protein powders are also a good choice for vegetarians and vegans. Since the demand for this kind of protein is low right now in the market, the price is generally high and the availability is less. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  4. Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira Rajput is again giving us some serious couple goals. Shahid Kapoor is happy to admit that his ?queen? Mira Rajput rules his heart Shahid and Mira are one of the cutest couples in tinsel town. The Bollywood star?s posts speak of the love and compatibility that the couple share, which was all too evident on the Koffee With Karan season 5 Shahid-Mira episode that was loaded with their mushy moments. Shahid has shared a new click with his wife, and we are in awe of the King and his real-life queen. Shahid is playing King Rawal Ratan Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali?s period drama Padmavati, which also stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini. Before the audience sees the actor sharing the screen with his Rani on the silver screen, he shared an adorable click with his real life ?queen? Mira Rajput. Instagram 579.2k Likes, 2,151 Comments - Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) on Instagram: ?The queen that rules my heart.? In the romantic photo, Shahid and Mira can be seen in the background holding King and Queen cards. The captioned will melt your heart! The queen that rules my heart. Shahid and his wife are giving some serious couple goals. Shahid Kapoor will be next seen in Padmavati which will release on December 1.
  5. From the days gone by: Fawad Alam celebrates a century KARACHI: Fawad Alam?s continued non-selection in the Pakistan team is anybody?s guess, but Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi had something to say about the perplexing matter on Wednesday. During a press conference following his meeting with Chief Minister Sindh on hosting of PSL matches in Karachi, Sethi was asked about the deliberate ignorance of Fawad?s domestic performances, to which he replied that Chief Selector Inzamam, not him, should be asked this question. ?Ask Inzamam about Fawad?s non-selection. I won?t recommend on his behalf,? the PCB chairman said. ?I can recommend him but I cannot force [the selectors],? Sethi added. ?If you [media] feel that Fawad Alam should be selected, then [you should] pressurise Inzamam.? Fawad Alam has, as usual, been on a run-scoring streak this season, smashing yet another century in the country?s premier first class tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, earlier this month. Many had hoped that he would be an automatic choice after retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, but it did not happen. Selectors ignored the mountain of runs piled by Fawad and again picked other players over him for series against Sri Lanka. Karachi to witness PSL in Feb, ICC team arriving in four days: Sethi PCB chairman emphasises need to renovate Karachi's National Stadium ahead of PSL To put things in perspective, Fawad Alam?s batting average of 56.38 in 220 first class innings is third best among all the batsmen who made their first class debuts in 2000s. The only two players with better averages than Fawad are India?s Pujara and Australia?s Steve Smith. In last three seasons, Fawad scored 2070 runs at an average of 59.14.
  6. To watch a star-studded screening at Liberty Cinema, Mumbai, isn't less than a colossal experience. After all, this grand theatre has celebrated different shades of the film industry since Independence. This theatre has witnessed the success of many Indian classics and it once again came to life when Anurag Kashyap's film 'Mukkabaaz' was screened here for the Mumbai Academy of Motion Images. One can just imagine the huge crowd that came to watch his most-waited film. As soon the name 'Mukkabaaz' appeared on the silver screen, viewers couldn't contain their happiness. 'Mukkabaaz', unlike his previous films, unfolds a new chapter about love in the time of hate. This new rendition brings together a cocktail mixed with the right amount of punches that keeps you hooked to the story. © Twitter Shravan Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh) is an aspiring boxer from Bareilly and can do anything to be a national player. He meets Sunaina (Zoya Hussain), his boss Bhagwan Das Mishra's (Jimmy Shergil) niece and instantly falls in love with her. A beautiful love story brews between Shravan and Sunaina who is mute and uses technology to express her thoughts. Their beautiful tale is simple and touching. But what happens when you offend and hurt the ego one of the most powerful men in Uttar Pradesh? Your dreams are crushed, you struggle every single day and you don't get to choose who you love and you brace yourself for a never-ending fight. 'Mukkabaaz' (The Brawler) is about love, hate, passion, sports and everything above and beyond it. © Twitter The menacing character of Bhagwan Das Mishra is someone who can crush you to pulp. You don't mess with a man like him because when you do, he makes it his life's sole motto to ruin you and everyone around you. Hurt by Shravan and Sunaina, he vows to destroy them. You also have Ravi Kishan who becomes Shravan's coach and advices him that in order for the world to hear him out, he needs to win and make people value what he says. Kashyap introduces you to UP in a very different manner, unlike the one you witnessed in 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'. His vision of UP is cruel, vexed, enraged, corrupt, diluting yet true and real that you can't get over it when you leave the theatres. From casteism to the bureaucracy of Indian sports to not having the freedom to aspire and love, Kashyap brilliantly points out vital societal issues that sub-consciously make a huge impact in our lives. As Kishan says in the teaser of the film, “Uttar Pradesh ke Mike Tysen hai jinhe pehla mukka chalane se pehle ek Brahmin ki kanya se mohabbat ho gayi.” © Twitter In a country where we often talk about sports, 'Mukkabaaz' presents a true picture of how talented people struggle to achieve what they aspire and how power corrupts everything. The music of the film is yet another highlight that totally sweeps you away. Look out for the soundtrack 'Paintra' which will give you goosebumps with its beats. Every actor fits so well to their role that you wouldn't even think for a moment that they are just playing a character. The film takes pretty good time to establish its plot but it's engrossing all the way. P.S. The film didn't follow Kashyap's usual *** and violence formula yet stands out to be a film that every millennial must watch. The film is set to hit the theatres near you on 10 November.
  7. Chancellor Christian Kern ? Social Democratic Party's (SPOe) top candidate, Plitz List leader Peter Plitz, and top candidate and head of far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) Heinz-Christian Strache attend the first TV statement after general elections in Vienna, Austria, October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger1 BERLIN: After a series of setbacks for far-right parties in Europe this year, Austria?s anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO) delivered one of its strongest performances ever in an election on Sunday and could rejoin the government after a 12-year absence. Early projections showed the centre-right People?s Party (OVP), led by Sebastian Kurz, had won the most votes in Austria, with about 31 percent. The FPO was vying with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPO) for second place, with both parties between 26-27 percent. Kurz could now look to form a coalition with the FPO, which was last part of a government in Austria between 2000 and 2005. Below are key takeaways from the Austrian vote and its implications for Europe. The far-right is not dead There was a temptation after the Dutch and French elections this year to declare an end to the far-right populist wave in Europe. But last month?s German election, which saw the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party surge into the Bundestag, and now the Austrian election, say otherwise. Despite a hard shift right by the conservative OVP under Kurz, the FPO appeared close to the all-time high of 26.9 it won in 1999. That result paved the way for it to enter government, a move which prompted a horrified European Union to impose sanctions against Austria. If the FPO enters the government this time, expect little more than a whimper. The Austrian result showed that the refugee crisis of 2015 has left deep scars among European voters, especially in countries that were at the centre of the storm. The number of asylum seekers entering Austria has fallen sharply over the past year. But migration was the dominant theme in the election. ?The German election brought populism back to the centre of the debate and the Austrian election will strengthen that,? said Cas Mudde, an expert on far-right politics at the University of Georgia. Centre-right and far-right converge The Austrian election showed that the lines between Europe?s centre-right and far-right parties are blurring, with mainstream conservatives adopting a much tougher tone on immigration, Islam and domestic security. Austria?s Kurz is the poster-child for this shift and his success could encourage other centrist parties in Europe to adopt the same strategy. During the campaign, Kurz denounced the ?welcoming culture? towards refugees of 2015, said migrants rescued in the Mediterranean should be returned to Africa and promised to slash the benefits for newly arrived migrants. ?We see Kurz as a model for conservatives in Germany,? a senior figure in Bavaria?s Christian Social Union (CSU) told Reuters. ?We applaud him. He will change the dynamic in Europe.? After bleeding support to the AfD in the German vote, the CSU is promising a far harder line on immigration - a headache for German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she tries to form a new coalition government. Elsewhere in Europe, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte successfully fought off a challenge from far-right leader Geert Wilders in March by talking tough on migration. In France, hardliner Laurent Wauquiez is in pole position to take over the leadership of the centre-right Republican party. As centrist parties shift right on migration, radical right-wingers - from Austria?s Freedom Party to France?s National Front - are adopting a softer tone on Europe, dropping their threats to exit the EU and ditch the euro currency. Although differences on economic policy remain, the shifts could make the centre-right and far-right virtually indistinguishable in some countries. Trouble for Merkel and Macron A new Austrian coalition of Kurz?s OVP and Heinz-Christian Strache?s FPO would be a tougher partner for Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron as they push reforms of the eurozone and EU asylum policies. Kurz has praised Hungary?s Prime Minister Viktor Orban for building a fence along his border to keep out immigrants. And Strache has said Austria should join the Visegrad group of central and east European states - Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia - that are united in their opposition to EU migrant quotas pushed by Berlin and Brussels. Both parties are sceptical about steps towards closer integration of the eurozone, especially changes that would centralize powers in Brussels, such as Macron?s idea to create a budget and finance minister for the eurozone. Youth movement Kurz, on track to become the next chancellor of Austria, is just 31 years of age - young even by the standards of Europe?s recent youth movement, which saw Macron enter the Elysee Palace at the age of 39 and Christian Lindner, 38, lead Germany?s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) back into the Bundestag. Kurz and Lindner showed that young new faces can inject dynamism into old establishment parties that have lost their way with voters. Kurz rebranded the OVP as the ?New People?s Party? and changed its colours from black to turquoise. Lindner used trendy black-and-white campaign posters that showed him staring at his smartphone to revitalize the FDP?s image. Macron, who formed his own political movement, was able to paint himself as a rebel outsider despite having served for four years under failed French Socialist Francois Hollande. And don?t forget Italy, where the two top candidates in next year?s election are likely to be Luigi Di Maio, the new 31-year-old leader of the upstart 5-Star movement and former prime minister Matteo Renzi, who at 42 looks positively old by Europe?s new standards.
  8. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), and US Secretary of State John Kerry attend a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Files UNITED NATIONS: Russia on Friday complained that UN investigators, who, this week, travelled to a Syrian airfield allegedly used to launch the sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhun, did not take samples, a lapse described as "scandalous". Known as the JIM, the team from the joint UN-OPCW probe travelled to the Shayrat airfield ahead of the release later this month of its much-awaited report that could lay blame for the attack on the Syrian government. Russian foreign ministry official Mikhail Ulyanov told a briefing at the United Nations that four investigators visited the airfield, spoke to military personnel, and checked flight plans, but "did not take samples." "A reliable investigation is simply impossible without sampling," said Ulyanov, adding that this was "a scandalous situation". A spokesman for the JIM declined to comment. Ulyanov ? the foreign ministry's head of non-proliferation ? said the sarin attack at Khan Sheikhun was most likely caused by a bomb set off directly on the ground and not by a Syrian air strike. The United States, France, and Britain have accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of carrying out the April 4 air assault on the opposition-held village. At least 87 people, including more than 30 children, died in the attack that drew global outrage over the use of banned sarin as a weapon. A few days later, the United States launched a missile attack on Shayrat after concluding that Syrian aircraft, loaded with sarin gas, had departed from that airfield to attack Khan Sheikhun. During the UN briefing, Ulyanov showed photographs of children with dilated pupils from sarin exposure that he said had been "poisoned" with narcotics "to heighten the emotions around this chemical incident". After showing video footage of rescuers who quickly arrived at the town, the official said he had the "clear impression" that the team was there "well before it happened", suggesting it was staged. Syria's government has denied any involvement in the Khan Sheikhun attack and maintains it no longer possesses chemical weapons after a 2013 agreement under which it pledged to surrender them. Russia ? Syria's ally ? helped set up the JIM investigation to identify who is behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Moscow, however, is weighing whether to allow the JIM to continue its investigations when its mandate comes up for renewal next month. Ulyanov said Russia will study the JIM's report on Khan Sheikhun, to be released on October 26, to "judge if it deserves the extension".
  9. Walt Disney Co plans to cut about 200 jobs at unit ABC and other cable networks, according to a source familiar with the matter. The largest number of layoffs will be in operational areas, but there would be no job cuts at ESPN, the source told Reuters. The New York Times had reported in September that Disney had cut 250 jobs at its animation unit. Disney had around 195,000 employees, according to its latest annual filing.
  10. MADRID: After Madrid set the clock ticking on the crisis over Catalan independence, ruling out talks and demanding the region's separatist leader halt his secession drive, here's what we know about Spain's biggest crisis in decades. Independence, suspended Following an October 1 referendum banned by the courts, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont told regional lawmakers he had accepted a mandate for "Catalonia to become an independent state". But he immediately said he was suspending the declaration to allow more time for talks with Madrid. Puigdemont and other Catalan leaders then signed an independence declaration, which a spokesman later said was "symbolic", leading to confusion over what exactly had been announced. The region of 7.5 million people remains deeply divided over independence. While separatist leaders say 90 percent of voters opted to split from Spain in the referendum, less than half of the region´s eligible voters actually turned out. Deadline from Madrid On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave Puigdemont a double ultimatum: decide definitively on independence by October 16 and, if he presses ahead, change his mind by October 19. If that deadline passes then Madrid will start proceedings to suspend Catalan autonomy. Under article 155 of Spain´s constitution, the central government has the power to impose direct rule over its semi-autonomous regions. Rajoy said he was prepared to invoke the never-before-used provision and urged Puigdemont to end his "fairytale" secession push. Puigdemont is under intense pressure from his pro-separatist allies and on Wednesday he accused Madrid of being "more scared of dialogue than of violence." No mediation Catalonia, a region with its own language and distinct culture that accounts for about one-fifth of Spain´s economic output, already enjoys significant powers over matters such as education and healthcare. It has long grappled with the idea of independence, but Spain´s economic crisis coupled with resentment with the central government over taxation -- and, more recently police, violence -- has pushed the secession cause to centre stage. Puigdemont has called for international mediation on the crisis, an idea repeatedly batted away by Madrid. Rajoy on Wednesday said there was "no mediation possible between democratic law and disobedience, illegality." EU states have been careful not to undermine the Spanish prime minister and countries such as France and Germany have called on Puigdemont to back down. Article 155 Spain is one of the Western world's most decentralised nations, with its 17 semi-autonomous regions enjoying various legislative freedom, from taxation to and health and policing. In the form of article 155, its constitution gives the central government the option to retake full control of a region it deems to be acting in a manner that "seriously threatens the general interest of Spain". Although it has never been used before, the provision allows Rajoy to take "necessary measures to oblige it forcibly to comply" with the constitution. Puigdemont now has until October 19 to end his current independence ambitions or risk Madrid imposing central control over Catalonia -- a move many fear may spark unrest. Analysts say that article 155 measures could include Madrid suspending the regional government, taking control of the region´s police force, closing its parliament and even organising new elections there. Constitutional reform? Lawmakers in Madrid are united against Catalan independence but the main opposition Socialist Party has said it will work with Rajoy to examine reforming the constitution. This project, initially due to last six months, will look at "how Catalonia remains in Spain, and not how it leaves," Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez said. In the short-term however it appears the government is poised to reduce Catalonia´s powers under article 155 rather than increase them via reform. Economic pressure Although one of Spain´s economic powerhouses, Catalonia is heavily indebted and has no access to international lending, relying on Madrid for funding. There are fears the long-term health of the wealthy region could suffer under independence, and a string of listed companies have already moved their legal headquarters -- though not their employees -- out of Catalonia as the uncertainty persists. Madrid last month already took the extraordinary step of placing Catalonia´s finance minister under its control and paying regional civil servants´ salaries. Ratings agency Standard and Poor´s said Thursday that in the event of a unilateral breakaway, "Catalonia would almost certainly bear the heaviest impact, possibly leading to a sharp showdown, and maybe even a recession."
  11. We may know quite a bit about the Shahenshah of Bollywood but do we know anything about the real Amitabh Bachchan? Here are 10 facts you may not know.
  12. Let's put this straight: ironing shirts is easy. Very, very easy. Fold it at the seam, invest in the right iron, identify the fabric for an appropriate heat setting and simply glide through the shirt. With an iron, of course. But that's just the drill. What about times when the creases go overboard? Almost turning your button down into crumpled gift wrapping paper. In such instances, you rather follow instructions we're listing down here and always end up with shirts that are wrinkle-free. © Thinkstock Step 1: Spot the right iron. There's a lot that goes into choosing the perfect iron—it's weight, the sole plate (AKA the iron's down below) and how often you'd be using it. Steam irons are the most popular options, and cheaper too. They moisten/relax the fabric first and then with the application of heat, remove all the wrinkles. To choose the best one for yourself, here are two factors to keep in mind: Sole Plate: From aluminum, non-stick, palladium, titanium-plated, stainless steel to cast iron—options for the iron face are in plenty. Go for #2, #3 or #5 if you're eyeing a smooth steaming experience. If you need a more heavy duty iron, pick ceramic sole plates over the rest. Besides that, check for how comfortable the iron is (while you're using it) and whether or not, it features the most important controls you need. Talking of important controls, here's what we mean... © Braun Heat/Steam Settings: Most steam irons available in India range from 1200 W to 1800 W. But we're not saying that the power consumption is directly proportional to the heat/steam produce of your iron. The size of the sole plate is crucial too! But having said that, more the power consumption, more the heat/steam. So all in all, depending upon how much time you're ready to invest, the quantity of clothes you iron on most days of the week, make a wise decision with your buy. Plus, look for options with different fabric types. And now...time to iron. © Philips Step 2: Read the label and choose the setting. Know the fabric you're ironing today. Don't end up with a harsh heat setting and burn your shirt like an effigy. Most button downs/casual shirts are made of cotton or cotton blends and can withstand a high heat setting. Synthetic fabrics on the other hand, can't. Here's some extra help with how to iron some commonly used fabrics: Pure Cotton: Spray some water, make the shirt a little damp and iron it inside out first. Go lengthwise, not in circular motions. Plus, always iron both sides of the shirt (not just the inside or the outside). Cotton Blends: For starters, pick a low heat setting. Follow the same drill—iron inside out and then the other side. And if need be, instead of ironing right on the fabric, use a thin cloth between the shirt and your sole plate. © Thinkstock Polyester: This fabric's not very heat-friendly. Or if we may, hardly tolerant to it. Use a handkerchief/a thin cloth for sure here. You don't want scorch marks ruining yours truly. Linen: In a country like India, linen and it's blends are used in plenty. Most of us own a linen shirt in our closets. But take extra care while ironing them! First off, spray some water on the opposite side of the area you're ironing on and then, vice versa. What we mean: wet the 'inside' if you're ironing the 'outside'. Plus, if the fabric starts to shine while you iron, you're doing something wrong. © J Crew Step 3: Go part by part, don't rush into it like a relationship. We'll tell you the truth—a well-ironed shirt was always ironed in parts. Not rushed into at the eleventh hour. If you're getting late, rather hop on a hoodie and head to work. You rather be casually dressed (cite some excuse, man) than appear like a indisciplined dog with a wrinkled dress shirt. Collar: With a doubt, your collar is the foundation of your shirt. It'll decide whether your necktie looks good or not. Open it flat out and iron from both the sides. Start with the underside. Iron inwards, instead of ironing outwards to achieve a crisp AF collar. Unless, of course it's a casual shirt—where the collars needn't look like freshly baked wafers. Cuffs: Your cuffs come second. They almost bear the same foundation as the collar, after all. Iron the inside first and then the outside. Flatten them out for easy accessibility. Plus, don't iron over the buttons, just slither around them. And in the case of a french cuff, don't apply too much pressure, you might shorten it's life span. © Thinkstock Yoke: In case you're not aware, the yoke is the top area of the shoulder and back section of your shirt. Start with ironing either the inside or outside of the shirt, moving all the way into the centre and then flipping the shirt, and repeating the drill. Simple. Back: Do the absolute same, iron the inside and then the outside. But this time, damp the fabric up a little (using a spray). Or best, blast some steam! © Thinkstock Front: You've always ironed your shirt from the front side first, right? Well, at least you know you've been doing it all wrong. Start with the areas around your buttons and pockets first and keep pulling the fabric from one hand for easy access (whenever required). Once done, iron the rest of the frontal ground. Sleeves: Fold the sleeves right at the seam, hold them tight and iron both sides. Easy.
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  14. The Indian Air Force, the fourth most destructive air power in the world, was founded on 8th October, 1932. To commemorate the establishment of the Indian Air Force, Air Force day is celebrated all over India on this day. The Indian Air Force has been involved in five wars since its inception and has proved its worth in securing the blue skies of our country. Some of the major operations undertaken by the Indian Air Force include Operation ‘Cactus', Operation ‘Meghdoot' and Operation ‘Vijay'. © Facebook/IAF On this Indian Air Force day, we take a look at the wings worn by the IAF pilots, post-independence. The Air Force badges or wings consist of three main components. The monogram IAF, which is at the centre, the wreath surrounding the monogram and the state emblem mounted on top of the monogram. Here are the colours of the embroidery as depicted in the IAF badges: a) Wings and lettering - White (b) Laurel wreath - Brown (c) Shading, eyes of lions and the wheel - Black at the base of the state emblem (d) Tongue of the lions -Scarlet (e) Remainder of State Emblem –White The three types of wings currently being used are: 1. Standard Wings These wings are worn on the summer work uniform and winter jacket by the Indian Air Force pilots. The wings feature the standard IAF monogram on the 4 inch long wings brevet. The Ashoka Emblem is mounted on top of the IAF monogram. © Bharat Rakshak 2. Gold Bullion IAF Wings These wings are only 3 inches wide. The gold bullion wings are worn along with miniature medals on white mess dinner jackets. © Bharat Rakshak 3. Suede IAF Wings These wings are worn by pilots on flying overalls. These are the preferred wings rather than the regular silk wings for many pilots. © Bharat Rakshak
  15. Even before its release, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘2.0' has been stirring quite a storm by releasing images and videos from behind the scenes. Earlier this year, the makers shared a glimpse of their magnum-opus project, through a short clip that showed how the team is gearing up for one of biggest releases of 2018 that will be larger than life. Well, when you have two stalwarts in one frame even terms like ‘unparalleled' and ‘exceptional' are understatements. © Lyca Productions While our excitement has already reached the pinnacle, the makers are ensuring that it stays there until the movie's release, by sharing awesome videos of the film's making. Director Shankar is spreading his Midas touch on ‘2.0' and thanks to him our curiosity and excitement is growing with each passing day. And if you feel that we are exaggerating about the potential of this film, then this video is for you. For those who don't know, this movie has been shot using the latest 3D technology cameras directly. While talking about the film, Rajinikanth said “I was mesmerized when I saw the first shot in 3D on the screen. I was repeatedly watching it.” Akshay Kumar too voiced his opinion stating that “Working in 3D was much harder than I imagined. From the film set to every single shot, it was important for everything to be perfect.” The actors were joined by the film's cinematographer Nirav Shah, and lead stereographer Ray Hannisian who further discussed about the challenges and efforts that go in while shooting a 3D movie. Hannisian has earlier worked with big guns like Katy Perry, U2 and The Black Eyed Peas. © Lyca Productions As we all eagerly await the release of this promising film, this 3D featurette gives us an idea of how opulent and kickass this movie is going to be. While Rajinikanth reprises his role as Dr. Vaseegaran, Akshay Kumar is making his Kollywood debut and will play the role of his nemesis. Actress Amy Jackson too is a part of this project. After watching this video, we can say that this movie is going to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2018, possibly surpassing the likes of ‘Baahubali' and Stephen King's ‘It'. It is slated for a January release.
  16. This week's question is inspired by liquidfractals's reply to last weeks question. What is your favorite music and which bands would you have loved to see live? We learned many things; mostly that our team have poor taste in music. Brandon (Senior tech support and development) I like a lot of different genres. I grew up with rap and pop, but I like R&B, country, electronic and rock too. Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs n Harmony is probably my favorite rapper (and I've seen the group perform live), with Chamillionaire being a close second (and I've actually met him and talked to him one on one). I'd love to see Pentatonix live, that's on my bucket list I'd say. Mark H (Tech support) My tastes in music are quite eclectic. Given my age, "Rock & Roll" is at the top of the list, but after that it's "anything except Rap and Country". Who I'd like to see? Well.... I did have an invite from an older friend to attend Woodstock with him and his even older brother. Problem being, I was still very much a minor. Dad put the kibosh on that idea. I do wish I had gone. Marc S (Tech Support) I have lots of different genres of music that I listen to. Pretty much everything from Classical to hard trance, Whitney Houston to Marilyn Manson. I think if I was forced to pick just one, then it would likely be Progressive, or uplifting Trance. I could listen to this all day and night, and have produced some tracks, alongside one of my friends in the past. Rhett (Cloud Support) That's a hard one for me, I have kids, and a wife, we listen to all sorts of music, I'm not often in control of the station 😂 Matt (Senior Developer) Music is a huge part of my life. I listen to music all day while I work and I always have a pair of headphones in my pocket. My tastes change considerably depending on my mood but Sigur Ros, Radiohead, The National and Metallica are often on repeat. I quite like Apple Music as it often suggests bands that I've not heard of. I used to be a guitarist in a Metallica cover band in school. Thankfully it was before the internet existed so no shameful footage exists of those days. Mark W (Senior Developer) <looks over to now playing... "Miley Cyrus"> Maybe I won't take part this week... Jennifer (Designer) I listen to a lot of different genres and artists. Honestly my music tastes depend on my mood and what I'm focusing on. Thank god for Spotify. I listen to nearly everything except for Death Metal and Country (although I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule for both of them). I tend to lean to female voices over male voices most of the time. I have a special love for Five Nights At Freddys Fan songs, Portal Music and Pink Fluffy Unicorns (dancing on rainbows). I'd say some of my top artist loves would be: Amanda Palmer, Janelle Monae, Lily Allen, Nicki Minaj, The Pretty Reckless, Muse, Black Veil Brides, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5 and Skillet Daniel (Senior tech support and development) All kind of electronic music (DnB, Electro, Frenchcore... literally everything) Stuart (Senior tech support and development) I listen mostly to classical music (being married to an Opera singer does that to you). I do also enjoy listening to rock and metal. One band I would have loved to see live is Queen, but unfortunately that was a little (not much) before my time. Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite music is. If you have any questions for the team that you'd like to be featured, let us know and we'll queue them up!
  17. We been using the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus for a month now. Here's what we liked and disliked about each of them.
  18. MURREE: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited his alma mater Lawrence College Ghora Gali on the occasion of its 157 foundation day on Thursday. The prime minister addressed the ceremony and reminisced about his youth days he spent in the college as a student. ?Almost 42 years ago I studied from this place and it was a golden time period of my life,? said Abbasi. This institution is one of the finest and has produced numerous prominent personalities and politicians, he added. The Lawrence college was formed in 1860 after Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence. The College caters to educational needs of students from all four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in as the 18th prime minister of Pakistan on August 1. Abbasi was elected as the new prime minister following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court.
  19. You might know him as the main man of New York-based band Goldspot. Yes, we are talking about the composer and singer of song Evergreen Cassette. A song that many of us have heard during our college days. Singer and guitarist Siddhartha Khosla followed his passion and made his name in the tinsel town for a strong understanding of melody. In the past few years, he has created some amazing compositions for shows like The Neighbors, and The Royals films such as Fat Camp and Liv. But what got him the real critical acclamation is his score for Emmy nominated NBC's show 'This Is Us'. Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Sterling K Brown, the song has struck all the right chords among the audience and many have called it a tear-jerking track. The man is winning hearts with his beautiful composition and we ain't complaining. Bring it on Khosla, we totally love your creations! As Khosla gears up for the second season of the show, we interviewed the man who is moving many with his music and asked him about music, his inspiration, favourite composition and what's next in line. How did music and singing happen for you? What inspired you? My parents, growing up, they would play all the cassettes of old Hindi songs from the 1960s and 70s that they grew up on. And that's all I listened to as a kid in the US. I heard all the music they got with them from India. And that's how I learnt to sing as well because I heard all these Kishore Kumar songs and Mohammed Rafi songs…all these great legendary singers. So, that was my first introduction to music…listening to all this Hindi music and singing those songs. How did you form Goldspot? Right after college, I decided to form this band with one of my best friends from home. So, we just decided we would start a band together. It was pretty simple. I mean…we had a band in high school and then after college, we decided that we had to start a band together. And we ended up leaving after the first year of us doing this so that I can sing. So, yeah…it was right after college and I kind of had a choice between law school and starting a band. At one point, I thought I was just going away to law school, but in a weird twist of fate, I came to law school entrance and I had to cancel my score because the professor ended three of the sections early and I didn't get a chance to finish the test. I immediately cancelled my score and said that I'm not going to law school and instead, I'm going to start a band. Were your parents disappointed? Oh yeah, but today they couldn't be happier. Which Indian artist inspired you? Kishore Kumar. I think Kishore Kumar has one of the most beautiful voices of all time and the arrangements of the songs, especially that of SD Burman and RD Burman songs. They were just so beautiful! To this day, they are still my favourite artists. What inspired you while you were composing the music for 'This is Us'? You know, I'm working with such strong material…the vibe and the producing and the directing…it's just so incredible! I'm like ‘Dan Fogelman created this show and I know him from many years ago, he was my college roommate, we have a history together too' and any good art comes from the heart, from our personal narratives. That's what Goldspot is about for me and This is Us is about for him. And so, what inspires me is his stories and his experiences and also having been there with him through…you know the trials and tribulations of life that we all go through. To see that on screen through this incredible show just inspired me! And then we have this amazing cast…some of the best actors I've ever seen on screen together. So, if you have great quality work given to you for which you have to write music…it's pretty inspiring and pretty easy! Out of all the music that you've ever composed, which one is your favourite? Umm…I don't know…I think it's a tie actually. I guess in Goldspot music, probably the best thing I have ever written was Rewind. And then for This is Us, I wrote a song with a friend of mine called, ‘We Can Always Come Back To This'. It's a slow song, it's supposed to feel like a classic slow record from the 1970s in Memphis. I didn't sing it, but I wrote the song with a friend of mine and I produced it. To me, that was the most challenging thing I've ever done. That was not something in my normal deck. It was the kind of thing I had never done before! I welcome the challenge and it was a blessing really. Does your Indian origin make a difference to the kind of music you compose? Yeah, I think it does. You know, there are certain things that are the product of something we've done before or experienced before. I am who I am today because of all my education in Hindi music and western music. And my sound is a hybrid of those two worlds and singing is an integral part of who I am. It's in my blood. When I am writing, I am subtly referencing those sounds and melodies in my music. If given a chance, would you want to compose music for Bollywood? Well, if it's the right project, yes. What do you think is the future of Indie rock? I think it will always have a future. Indie rock means independent rock and there are always going to be independent artists and bands for as long as music will be in existence. It's where the future of music comes from. Music has always kind of come from them independently creating the sound. Indie rock will be followed. What do you do when you're not making music? I spend time with my kids and my wife. When did it dawn upon you that you've arrived? What was your ‘pinch me' moment? I don't think it's ever dawned on me that I've arrived. I still don't know if I've arrived. I just know that the key to doing anything is investing in yourself and believing in yourself. If you don't invest in yourself and believe in what you're capable of, then you'll never achieve what you want to achieve and you'll never know what you're meant to achieve. So, I really believe that the one thing I've done right is believed in myself and followed my passion. I know that it's a journey. I've had albums that have completely failed and albums that are completely successful. I've worked on film and television projects that have completely failed and film and television projects that are completely successful like This is Us. So, the key is to not stop. The key is to understand that your journey in life and your journey as an artist…any profession for that matter..is to never stop. Who is your favourite artist internationally? I'm a Beatles fan. What's next in line? I'm doing a new Marvel series called The Runaways for Hulu and a new CBS show called Me, Myself and I and Season 4 of Royals and now we're just getting started on Season 2 of This is Us that airs on Star World and pretty much will go on for months. So, there's a bunch going on. There's a couple of movies…there's one called The Sounding which is playing in all sorts of film festivals around the US. How's it going with This Is Us? Do you have anything in mind specifically for This Is Us now? This is Us…I don't have anything planned. I write a lot of music for the show. I get to work on episodes of the show, obviously, before anybody gets to see them. That's what I'm doing now. I've already gone through the first few episodes of Season 2 - you'll get to watch them every Saturday night from coming Saturday on Star World and honestly all I can say is that…this season is just so compelling. It's incredible! Do you plan to come to India to perform? Yeah, I do! I want to come. My schedule is…you know, brutal. I have been working most of the year now, 6-7 days a week sometimes. As soon as I get a break, I would love to come there. Which cities are you looking at performing in? You know, the festivals that I had done before…in Pune, Bombay, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore…those are always kind of…those areas are…maybe this time kind of mixed in with Kolkata…or you know, any place that will have you.
  20. Love him or hate him but you just can't ignore him! You might not like Karan Johar's attitude but you've got to agree that he is one of the wittiest men in tinsel town. From giving witty replies to serving 'Koffee' that we all love and savour, he is a master of entertainment and we love the way he brews the beans on his chat show 'Koffee With Karan'. (c) Hot Star The fifth season of the show concluded this year and there are many who are already excited for the next season. And if you are one of those people who wanted KJo to at least tell us about the next season, this piece of news will totally make your day! (c) Hot Star On International Coffee Day, Karan took to Twitter and dropped a hint about the next season of the chat show, creating a hustle-bustle on the social media. He tweeted out asking fans, “I may have changed the spelling but the love for it remains... season 6 anyone?” (c) Star World Within few minutes, Twitter gave its answer to the filmmaker with a “Yes”. This message by KJo totally looks like an unofficial announcement. #InternationalCoffeeDay....i may have changed the spelling ...but the love for it remains.....season 6 anyone? ðððððð pic.twitter.com/yulWovyd0K — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) October 1, 2017 As expected, people couldn't keep calm. Many wanted it to be back asap while some asked if he would ask questions beyond their *** life? One of the user tweeted, “Will you ask questions besides the stars' *** life? If not, then no thanks.” Check out some reactions here: Please please please. And let's get beyond the actors, this time. Directors, producers, critics, technicians, legends? Please? #KWK — Chaitanya Sharma (@CrazyFilmy) October 1, 2017 Ohh yes please — Deepika Padukone (@DeepikaPadukono) October 1, 2017 bring it on baby — vishwas (@iamvbs) October 1, 2017 Yes of course season 6 please âï¸ happy #InternationalCoffeeDay ððð — Rupa Rao (@PalkenbyRupa) October 1, 2017 Will you ask questions besides the stars *** life if not than no thanks ð — â¡â¡â¡ (@Minnale101) October 1, 2017 No thanks..preplanned chat session that too with vulgar jokes with your favorite people in the industry. Spare us from the same old jokes — π@Z®âYâ (@Nazriyatweets) October 1, 2017 Haha. Definitely — Ravi. (@Ravisrkian) October 1, 2017 Many also listed out the actors they would want to see in the next season. Some also demanded him to get Kangana Ranaut back on the couch and some asked him to get Hrithik Roshan and Kangana both together. Now that's a very bold demand, we must say. Only if you invite Kangana again! :p — Omkar. (@TheOmkarSethi) October 1, 2017 Invite Kangana and Hrithik together....it will be like parliament in session!ðð — Gaurav Deshmukh (@iGauravDeshmukh) October 1, 2017 Let us know if you are excited about the next season or not!
  21. Mythological stories have a large impact on our lives regardless of whether we believe in them or not. Since they are included in poems, everyday phrases, and even kids' syllabus. It is like those Twitter trends which you have no interest in, but can't ignore with the click of a button (unless that button says logout). Mythological stories can't have a binary answer. Some of them are proved true and some are clearly the creation of the bored human mind. We don't claim either in this article, just letting you know the alleged facts. Shivalingam Is Phallic © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images This is one of the most popular theory most of us were introduced with because of social media. So to the blessed 2% who aren't aware of the same, people claim that Shivalingam is basically an erect ***** with a vagina at the base. The only reason isn't that it literally resembles ***** but also the fact that ‘linga' is a Sanskrit word meaning gender or phallus. In 1900, Swami Vivekananda argued that the Shiva-Linga had its origin in the idea of the Yupa-Stambha or Skambha, the sacrificial post, idealized in Vedic ritual as the symbol of the Eternal Brahman. The conclusion basically is that temple claims that Lingam associated with Shiva means ‘spine' and not ‘*****'. Hinduism has 330 million gods This myth is as popular as the Shivalingam one but in the Western world. Proof? Check out this detailed article published by HuffPost titled ‘The 33 Million Gods of Hinduism' where the writer explored all the possible reasons in great details. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images There are multiple mentions of thirty-three Gods in Vedas. Basically, the term used to collectively refer to all the Gods of Hindu is ‘Trayatrimsa koti'. Trayatrimsa stands for thirty-three. The word Koti created all the controversy. Koti translates to ‘crore' but it's alternate meaning is ‘type'. That is how ‘Trayatrimsa koti' simply means that Hindus have 33 Gods. Hanuman Chalisa Is A Secret Code? © RadheGovind This myth is literally picked up from social media but it spread so much and is just too funny to not mention here. Not a long time ago, a message went viral on Whatsapp and Facebook that Saint Tulsidas has ‘encrypted' the distance between the Sun and the Earth. It goes without saying that Hindus went gaga over the same and shared the message everywhere. Multiple articles, Facebook posts and Quora answers were written on the same and people also wanted to update Wikipedia about the same. This is the epic message which started it all: "Yug sahastra yojan per Bhanu! Leelyo taahi madhu phal janu!!" we have 1 Yug = 12000 years 1 Sahastra = 1000 1 Yojan = 8 miles 1 mile = 1.6Km Yug * Sahastra * Yojan = per Bhanu 12000 *1000*8 miles = 96000000 miles 96000000 * 1.6Km = 1536000000 Kms to Sun Right after experts were done laughing they turned to explain how this didn't make any sense. 1 Yojana is about 12-15 km (the same is also mentioned on Wikipedia). 8 miles equals 12.875 km, which claims a fixed number for a range. Also, according to the Hindu mythological texts, the duration of each Yuga varies. The shortest Yuga, Kali Yuga, lasts for 4,32,000 years. The duration of all three other Yugas doubles in the hierarchy of Yugas. So clearly 12000 is an assumed number to drive to the final figure. Is Ram Setu Real? Regardless of whether you are religious or not, there are thick chances that you must have heard about the bridge Rama built from floating stones to reach Sri Lanka. According to the legends, it is a 30 km long and 3 km wide bridge and was said to be constructed by 10 million Vanaras (loosely translates to monkey men) in 5 days and was built 1.7 million years ago. People believe that the bridge was functional until a great cyclone in 1480 AD completely sunk it. © Pinterest - Aasavari Deshpande Kasralikar Fast forward to 1997, Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project was proposed to create a shipping route in the shallow straits between India and Sri Lanka. The project was seen by many as an attack on their religion. The Archaeological Survey of India cleared that there is no evidence of the existence of Setu in the first place so it cannot be destroyed. It is one of the most prolonged cases in Indian Judicial history which made the decision go back and forth multiple times as politicians and public parties got involved in the matter. The project isn't completed till date. Chinnamasta Chinnamasta is a 16-year-old Hindu Goddess of transformation and paradoxes whose name literally means ‘severed head'. This naked self-decapitated goddess, is usually standing or seated on a couple having ***, she holds her own severed head with a careless smile in one hand, a scimitar in another. If you aren't grossed out yet, there is more, three streams of blood ooze out of her head out of which two are directly fed to her attendants while her severed head consumes the third one. Please pass me the mouthwash. © Tumblr So basically there is no myth about this particular Goddess, just a lot of questions. Since the temples don't have a centralized library, there are the different versions of stories about why she is doing what she is doing. The one thing which remains constant in most versions is that she cut her own head to quench the thirst of someone. That does not explain the naked bodies under her but I guess we have enough knowledge for the day. Indian parents who claim to not understand Sci-Fi movies needs to answer this.
  22. There's a lot men are always on the look out for—the next big soccer game, Saturday night drinking, Apple's upcoming phone, a large portion of chicken wings and sometimes...even low maintenance situations in life. To sum it up, guys are hard working, sure but they yearn for an easy way out of every goddamn thing. Take for example, haircuts that are easy, breezy and versatile AF—buzz cuts. But while David Beckham, Aamir Khan, Zayn Malik, Shahid Kapoor have all glorified the 'do in life, most of us are vary of baring the head all. Truth is, buzz cuts are fun, suit most men and most importantly, require no pomade. If you're sporting one already or planning on taking the first plunge, here are 5 buzz cut styles that you should tap at least once in life. While dwelling into a buzz cut, your barber will ask you for one important question—what number? 'Number' meaning the guard on their clipper/trimmer. So here's the thing: every style of buzz cuts has a numerically-recognised guard attached to it, which work in the chronology of 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. To help you achieve your desired result, instruct the barber with the right number setting. Unless, of course, you trust them with an absolute blind eye. 1. Induction Cut © Just Jared The shortest of all haircuts, the Induction cut comes straight off the family of military recruits. While instructing your barber, ask him to get rid of the guards on his clippers/trimmer. What you need to achieve here: a balanced hair length throughout and not a clean-shaven scalp. 2. Burr Cut © Celebuzz Slightly longer than the Induction cut, this 'do requires the use of guards on your trimmer/clipper. To be precise, of #1 or #2 (depending upon your requirement). However, it requires constant maintenance, meaning—a frequent trim. Pro Tip: Maintain a slight stubble to add maturity to this sandpaper style! 3. The Butch Cut © Hair Cut Inspiration Using #3 or #4 on the trim setting, this particular style features about half an inch of hair length all over. You can opt for a slight fade on your sides (if you'd like) and keep it longer in length if you desire. Basically, the Butch cut is a safe bet! 4. Crew Cut © All Things Hair The perfect crew cut is is trimmed evenly with #4 or more, slightly longer in the front and on most occasions, tapered on the sides and back. A great deal for men with big foreheads! Use some pomade/wax to keep the crew cut in place. 5. High And Tight Cut © Live About A braver version of the undercut, the high and tight style however, works with very short lengths of hair. The back and sides are trimmed using #1 or #2 (as preferred) and the rest of the scalp is maintained at #3 or #4. The whole point is to create contrast with hair length! It's the most versatile style and as incentive, also adds length to slightly shorter face shapes.
  23. Technically, most men represent the hoodie-folk. Throw an expensive shirt at them, Balenciaga shoes, Supreme hoodies or even a Burberry trench coat—chances are, they'd pick the hoodie over any goddamn thing. And no matter what you say about the T-shirt and jeans combo, a hoodie is an indisputable casual wear piece to own. Get yourself out of bed, follow the drill, open the closet and slip into one—easy. Movie star/star kid, Ranbir Kapoor, too believes in the power of yours truly. Maybe it's his way of hiding holiday flab or a public display of his actual personal style (slob+hipster), but this Gucci jersey hoodie on him is making us rethink our Sunday dressing skills. © Viral Bhayani And yes, as the story title goes, the star attraction of this hoodie isn't its colour or the Gucci jacquard trims on the arms. Hold your horses, this piece is capable of turning itself into a sleeveless hoodie in a second. Yes, that's right. Notice the snaps on his shoulder seams below? That's crucial to this piece's dual personality. Just remove the sleeves using the snaps, and turn this full-sleeved comforter into a sleeveless silhouette. © Gucci Having said that, pulling off a hoodie isn't as easy as you'd expect. You need to style the staple with absolute caution. Your jeans/choice of bottoms can't be too relaxed, the shoes can't be dress shoes/gigantic and three, you can't have popping collars under the hoodie. Base line: it's a damn hoodie so wear it like one.
  24. The original porn king of the world, Hugh Hefner led an unapologetic life. Starting from a single photograph (of the iconic Marilyn Monroe) he built a magazine empire responsible for the sexual awakening of many generations of boys. Known for its erotic content, the magazine was a reflection of its founder who led an equally scandalous life in his Playboy Mansion. The man who was famous for popping Viagra like chocolate claims to have slept with thousands of women. The fact that he lived up to the ripe age of 90 is proof enough *** is good for your health. We picked a few facts from his life that reveal a little more of the glorious personality of the king of porn. A life lived just right. It is also reported that his class voted him as the ‘most likely person to succeed'. © Reuters/Disha Bhatia Clearly, the man had his priorities right. A former Playboy revealed how he lost hearing in one ear due to Viagra, and had to resort to hearing aids, but that didn't stop him from using Viagra. © Reuters / Disha Bhatia The man responsible for the sexual awakening of boys across the world was a virgin until 22. © Daily Mirror/ Disha Bhatia Even *** needs to be responsible. © Reuters/ Disha Bhatia Who would have thought the man who lived a life of pleasure and opulence would have served for 2 years in the army during WW II? © AP / Disha Bhatia © Daily Mirror/ Disha Bhatia © Reuters/ Disha Bhatia A crush that lasted for a lifetime. © AP/ Disha Bhatia © Wikimedia Commons/ Disha Bhatia
  25. Are you thinking of buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 8? Before you take the plunge, here are 5 things you should know about this smartphone.