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  1. [embed_video1 url= style=center] Pakistani-Australian powerlifter Maryam Nasim has her eyes set on gold in the upcoming powerlifting championship in Melbourne, which will be held in March. Maryam, who won a Silver medal last year, shared with Geo News that her goal is to perform better than she did last year. ?I am currently training for the upcoming competition five days a week,? she remarked, adding ?I do a full-time job and then after job, I train at the gym. I spend about four hours in the gym.? Maryam, who will participate in three competitions of 57kg-category, also pointed out that her training is getting harder. ?It is getting a bit harder and a little difficult. But I enjoy it my journey. I don?t put pressure on myself.? The female powerlifter said that she likes her profession as it allows her to eat all types of food. ?My diet includes protein, carbs as they are very important. If I don?t consume them, then I won?t have the energy to lift weight.? Maryam, who hails from Peshawar, is no less than superwoman. She works as a banker at day and follows her passion for powerlifting at night. The powerlifter currently resides in Australia, where she went to pursue higher education. She is known to be an expert at deadlifting, squats and bench press.
  2. NEW DELHI: Political apathy over the poisonous smog choking India´s capital has led many like businessman Kamal Meattle to take matters into their own hands, with an office building he says pumps air as fresh as from the Swiss Alps. From the outside, the Paharpur Business Centre looks like any modern office block. But inside it is a virtual jungle where rooms and corridors are lined with more than 7,000 potted plants and creepers. The greenhouse terrace, with artificial grass and green walls, houses an "air washing" system that moves polluted outside air through a series of cleaning filters. It is then pushed through the greenhouse where the plants remove bacteria, fungus, carbon dioxide and other toxins, before the air conditioning pumps it to workers on the floors below. "It would be like working in Gulmarg in Kashmir or Davos in Switzerland in this building," 73-year-old Meattle told AFP as he looked out at the smog from the protection of the lush rooftop nursery. "You are actually right now sitting in an air tank," he said, referring to the greenhouse where PM2.5 -- the most harmful particulates in the air -- registered nearly zero compared with 415 outside, according to Paharpur´s monitoring system. The outside level is more than 16 times the World Health Organization´s safe limit. ´I wanted a solution´ A Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate and trustee of Al Gore´s Climate Reality Project, Meattle began thinking about a clean office project years ago when he rejected doctors´ advice to move away from the polluted capital for his health. "I wanted a solution for myself and I didn´t want to leave Delhi," he said. His centre, whose tenants include Amazon, Samsung and Microsoft, is now rated the city´s healthiest building by the Indian government, and Meattle says people who work there benefit from improved blood oxygen levels, better brain function, and fewer asthma and eye irritation cases. Delhi chokes every winter as cool air traps a toxic blend of pollutants from crop burning, car exhausts, open fires, construction dust and industrial emissions close to the ground. The annual scourge has been particularly bad this season, and short-term measures -- such as shutting factories and restricting car use -- have failed to have a significant impact. In November, doctors declared a public health emergency and schools were shut across the capital. Fumes from backup generators are a central ingredient in the noxious cocktail, but one company is turning them into ink and paint with technology that can capture up to 90 percent of dangerous pollutants. Chakr Innovations, started by graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology, has capitalised on the smoke-belching machines that can be heard across the city. Black is the new green Its Chakr Shield is fitted to generators and converts carbon and other fine particles, including the most harmful PM0.3 and PM2.5 specks, into liquified soot through chemical and heat-exchanging processes. The captured carbon is washed down with a solvent and processed into ink pigment and paints. "What would have otherwise been a waste is captured and reborn to be used as a raw material again," said co-founder Arpit Dhupar, donning a t-shirt that says "black is the new green". Dhupar was inspired by seeing a diesel generator that was running a roadside sugarcane juice stall and turning the wall behind it black in the process. Chakr has fitted machines at more than 18 Delhi offices, and 30 other companies have signed up for the technology, including US giant Dell Computers, which will be using Chakr´s ink for printing on its cardboard boxes. Dhupar said that in 18 months, the machines had collected enough carbon to pollute about 1.5 billion litres of air. "We are running out of clean, breathable air in Delhi and our definitive objective is to make the access to clean air a basic right for everyone," he said. Others want to ensure that right extends to animals, including the high-performance ponies that compete on Delhi´s thriving polo circuit. The Army Polo and Riding Club recently ruled that horses used by the Delhi Army polo team must be allowed twice as many breaks to alleviate the physical stress of playing matches in toxic conditions. "By sheer logic and the levels of pollution that were there in Delhi we thought that it may cause a problem. The longer the pony plays, the exhaustion is that much higher," said the club´s chief executive, Colonel Ravi Rathore.
  3. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at a conference on the EU's next long-term budget after Brexit in Brussels, Belgium, January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir BRUSSELS: The EU executive called on Monday for an expanded budget to cover more spending on defence, security and controlling migration despite the upcoming departure of Britain, one of the bloc?s main paymasters. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker led calls during a forum debating forthcoming negotiations on a new seven-year budget for the share of the bloc?s economic output devoted to EU spending be increased by around 10 percent from 2021, the year after Britain will stop paying its substantial share. Juncker said that the EU costs taxpayers barely the price of a daily cup of coffee. German commissioner Guenther Oettinger ? his budget chief ? said Brussels? funding should be increased from its current 1 percent of gross national income across the bloc to something a little over 1.1 percent. National public spending in the EU is more than 40 times that level. Britain?s final departure from the EU budget at the end of 2020 ? after its formal Brexit in March next year ? will deprive Brussels of some 12 billion euros (10.58 billion pounds) from an annual budget now running around 140 billion euros. That hole has already prompted a round of sparring between other net contributors in the West, which do not want to make up the shortfall, and poorer, ex-communist Eastern states, which say they should not suffer from cuts in EU subsidies. Friction between east and west over issues like some eastern states? refusal to take in refugees has added to the tension, with some in the West proposing EU subsidy cuts in retaliation. Juncker and Oettinger made clear that the Brussels executive did not back big cuts in the kind of spending designed to narrow huge gaps in living standards across the old Iron Curtain. Nor was a major change on the cards in agricultural subsidies ? the biggest element in the budget and long a bugbear for London, which saw them as a hostage to militant French farmers. Not just one percent The Commission ? which will present its full proposal for the next ?multiannual financial framework? in May ? wants to cover the Brexit gap, plus some additional expenditure, though a half-and-half mix of savings in some areas and new revenue sources. Juncker said the cost of managing new problems with migration across the Mediterranean and defending against extremist attacks, as well as new EU programmes on joint defence and investment, required additional funding. ?All that cannot be funded from just 1 pct of Europe?s wealth,? he told the forum. Britain?s departure may make it somewhat easier to persuade governments to raise Brussels? funding ? an unprecedented cut in the last negotiations five years ago was driven in part by a push for savings led by the-then British premier, David Cameron. Oettinger ? a centre-right ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel ? said the Common Agricultural Policy and spending on regional ?cohesion? would have to be cut but should not be so drastic as to create deeper splits in the 27-nation Union. On cohesion funding, a reduction of 5-10 percent might suffice. New sources of revenue, he added, could include money from the ETS carbon emissions trading system, which aims to curb global warming and which now goes into national coffers, or perhaps a special tax on the production of polluting plastics. Mario Centeno from Portugal?s centre-left government ? the chair of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers ? said the EU budget should promote more being done jointly in Europe. ?We need a reformed and robust budget,? he told the forum. ?The decision to limit the annual payment appropriations to 1 percent of EU gross national income must be reassessed.? Centeno cited corporate taxation, value-added tax, energy, and transport taxes as possible sources of new EU funding.
  4. TOKYO: Nintendo is expecting to sell more than 20 million of its new "Switch" consoles in the next fiscal year, the firm´s president said, with sales outpacing its smash-hit Wii console in some places. Tatsumi Kimishima told Thursday´s Kyoto Shimbun newspaper that the momentum for Switch is stronger in some markets than that of the Wii, a smash-hit household console that sold more than 100 million units worldwide. Kimishima said he expected Switch to sell "more than 20 million" units in the year to March 2019. Nintendo launched the console in March 2017 with a price tag of $300 and aims to sell 14 million units through March 2018. Switch can be played both as a household console as well as a hand-held device. It has flown off the shelves and also sold well online, sparking an upgrade in the Kyoto-based company´s annual profit forecast. "We are seeing momentum beyond our expectations," Kimishima told the Kyoto Shimbun. "People have accepted the unique game experience that you cannot find anywhere else, where you can take it outside while also using it as a household console," he said. "In some countries, the pace is beyond what we saw with Wii," he said. In a separate interview with the Asahi Shimbun, Kimishima said holiday sales had been in line with expectations. He also said the company was "starting to think" what console would come after the Switch.
  5. File photo: Getty Images PORT ELIZABETH: South Africa talisman AB de Villiers has declared himself fit for the challenge of day-night Test ahead of the one-off match against Zimbabwe at St George´s Park from Tuesday. It will be the first Test appearance in almost two years for the 33-year-old, who had taken time off from the longer version of game while continuing to dominate bowlers in limited overs. "I pride myself in the fact that I can adapt to certain conditions and formats," he told reporters as the Proteas prepare for the first ever-four day match, also the first Test to be played under lights in South Africa. "I have worked hard on my game over the last six months. I started in July facing red balls at the University of Pretoria, getting some technical stuff sorted out, I feel more ready than ever to take it on. "I faced a few pink balls here last night on a spicy wicket, it was really tough. Then again it´s a great challenge, it´s the ultimate form of the game, it´s the greatest challenge to come out on top when the ball is moving around a bit." De Villiers did not see much difference between the formats. "It´s a mindset, a little tweak here and there. You have to have more patience with the red ball but you still have to play cricket strokes, it?s not like you are playing rugby, it is still cricket. "As long as you respect the conditions, sum up what is going on in a match situation, you can make it work." He allayed fears about the stiff lower back that kept him out of the three-day warm-up match against Zimbabwe in Paarl and was looking forward to a fruitful outing. "I want to contribute. I want to play knocks, have my say in the field with my experience and take some catches that can win games of cricket," he said. South Africa will host India for three Tests in January before their four-Test series against Australia in March and April. "We would like to be number one in the world, we are not far away. We know if we win a few series in the next three months against tough opposition we can achieve that," de Villiers said. "We will take it one step at a time, that will be nice to achieve, to be the number one team in the world and to maintain it for a few years.?
  6. ISLAMABAD: Government is determined to upgrade technology in the flagship carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to improve the airline?s services, a senior official said on Tuesday. ?Advancement in technology is a dire need of the time, and we are committed to extend the technology and to furnish Pakistan International Airlines with the latest equipment to serve our customers at large,? said Prime Minister's Adviser on Aviation Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi while talking to Regional Vice President of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Asia Pacific Conrad Clifford. Clifford was on a visit to the Aviation Division where he met the premier's aviation adviser. The two discussed different avenues for mutual cooperation in the field of aviation including cargo improvement, human resource development, fuel conservation, fleet optimisation and safety measures in particular. Khan apprised Clifford about the government?s efforts for the betterment of the aviation industry, specifically the reforms to uplift the standards of the national carrier. He emphasised on frequent interactions and close cooperation with IATA for the betterment of PIA. The IATA official appreciated the reforms taken by the government and termed them ?an unavoidable step?. ?PIA is recuperating its position and we hope that it will be sustaining its status with dignity,? he said in a statement. The meeting identified different gaps in the technology sector and rooms for improvements in PIA and decided to extend support in different sectors in general and technology, in particular, to help the airline meet international standards. The struggling state-owned PIA was incurring around Rs3.1 billion per month in losses as its Gulf-based rivals such as Etihad and Emirates are eating into its market share, former chief executive of the airline Bernd Hildenbrand told Reuters in an interview early this year. Hildenbrand, in a briefing to a Senate committee, also blamed the country?s open skies policy for growing market shares of international airlines as PIA was facing difficulties to face competition with its aging fleet. Earlier, the government planned to privatise the struggling airline but put the plan on the back burner following opposition from employees.
  7. As a member of India's reputed 'Chappal Brigade', it gives me immense displeasure in saying: Bollywood enjoys a pair of chappals. Or what posh (but low salaried) men would call—flip flops. But well, there's something about a pair of chappals on a man, you see; they bring you repentance, a few hundred stares down there (not the sexual ones) and a kilometer of distance from the hot sheep. Sounds rewarding, doesn't it? But well, unfortunately, 5 prolific, widely-followed men in the movie biz are absolutely averse to our banter here. In casual wear or formal wear, they've creepily introduced flip-flops as normalcy in our eyes and walked themselves into our Hall of Shame. Let's take you through a stream of these unfortunate events. 1. Consider Akshay Kumar's formal wear a little too doubt-less here, but the overall dress code is a complete no-no. If there's any place that allows a flip flop allowance, in most probability, is the actor's vanity van's lush (but cramped) rest room. Twinkle, let's get a tweet here? Source: Viral Bhayani 2. But that was the start. Randeep Hooda's rendition of an overall messed-up, straight out of a romp look is clearly a breaking point for our Chappal debacle. But nothing, we repeat, nothing can make us miss the sweat patch as well. Great going, Hooda, gotta help us into your hood too. Source: Viral Bhayani 3. Exemplary #3, Bipasha Basu's current (and the world's ex)- Karan Singh Grover. But gossip column apart, we're thanking our stars for the sight of denim here, and ripped white jeans that are incessantly relaxed. So to say, that if there's anything we'd like to applaud him for here, it's the fact that he's living up to his reputation as a scraggly-dressed day dresser. Source: Viral Bhayani 4. Talking of KSG, here comes John Abraham. Who left Bipasha Basu for reasons we're absolutely glad. But what a shame! Even a break-up didn't make him keep his chappals away. Or did he just take his earthy palette a little too far here? Love his lounge-like style otherwise, but chappals—NOPE. Source: Viral Bhayani 5. Aditya Roy Kapoor may have bedded a lot of Bandra women (so to say), but if there's anything he's missed besides taking off his condom in time (allegedly), it's the ability of giving his chappals a miss. Lousy pants, loose shirt, let's save this pedicured-judgement for another time, you guiz. Source: Viral Bhayani
  8. Wall Street stocks rose modestly early Monday to open a holiday-shortened week that will launch the Christmas shopping season, a pivotal stretch for retailers. Photo: AFP file NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks rose modestly early Monday to open a holiday-shortened week that will launch the Christmas shopping season, a pivotal stretch for retailers. There was no pattern among leading retailers early in the trading session, with Best Buy and Macy?s higher and Williams-Sonoma and Target lower. Analysts expect good overall holiday sales due to the solid US economy, but predict some retailers will struggle to keep profit margins robust due to heavy discounting and the influence of online options. About 20 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 23,394.81, up 0.2 percent. The broad-based S&P 500 rose 0.1 percent to 2,580.25, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.2 percent to 6,793.69. Analysts were expecting lower-than-usual trading volumes due to the Thanksgiving holiday, which will shut markets on Thursday and result in a half-day of trading on Friday. In merger news, chipmaker jumped 7.8 percent after it agreed to be acquired by Marvell Technology Group for about $6 billion. The deal will lift Marvell?s total potential market to more than $12 billion.
  9. Italy's Silvio Berlusconi gestures during the television talk show 'Porta a Porta' (Door to Door) in Rome, Italy, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/Files ROME: In a post-Harvey Weinstein world, logic would dictate that Silvio Berlusconi ? who hosted wild parties and brags about his sexual prowess ? would not have a ghost of a chance at political resurrection. But logic and Italian politics have never been synonymous. On Monday, the four-time former prime minister?s right-wing bloc relished a huge political victory in regional elections in Sicily. Silvio, as his die-hard adoring acolytes simply call him, was back in the driver?s seat. ?Berlusconi is Alive,? was the headline in La Verita, a right-wing newspaper, on Tuesday. The mainstream Corriere della Sera ran a cartoon showing Berlusconi, wrapped in a burial shroud, emerging from a tomb-like Lazarus in the New Testament. The regional Sicilian ballot ? in which Berlusconi?s candidate, Nello Musumeci, won big ? was seen as a dry run for national elections due before May. As the 81-year-old media tycoon campaigned tirelessly for Musumeci, betting that a victory in Sicily would be the springboard for a national return to power of the centre-right, the ex-Premier?s *** scandals were no issue. ?Unfortunately, this is a country where if one violates rules on sexual ethics, he is admired,? said Anna Foa ? a history professor who is on a team of women who write a monthly edition on women?s issues of the Vatican newspaper L?Osservatore Romano. Earlier this month, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned after admitting touching a radio presenter?s knee repeatedly in 2002 ? relatively tame behaviour compared to Berlusconi?s past *** scandals. ?This is a country ? and I am sorry to have to say this ? where breaking the rules brings votes,? Foa said. ?Everyone wants to be the one who breaks the rules and gets away with it, and Berlusconi did this in a sphere that people like best ? the sexual sphere.? Bunga Bunga ?Bunga Bunga? ? the term of uncertain origin that the billionaire media magnate gave to his wild parties at his plush residence near Milan ? is now part of the modern Italian lexicon. Partly as a result of the *** scandals, Berlusconi went through a very public divorce from Veronica Lario ? his second wife ? in 2014. His current partner, Francesca Pascale, is 49 years his junior. Berlusconi is due to stand trial on charges he bribed witnesses to silence them over accusations he paid for *** with young women. In an earlier, related case, he was acquitted of having *** with one when she was still 17. He denies all wrongdoing. But far from being a hindrance, commentators say that in Italian politics, scandals can help, if only because voters believe there is little left to hide. ?Berlusconi is like a used car that comes with a guarantee. You know what you are going to get,? said Giovanni Orsina ? the professor of modern history at Rome?s Luiss University. ?Even a person who is 81 years old and has gone through all these issues and scandals can seem appealing..., not because of his own strength but because of the weaknesses of others.? For now, Berlusconi cannot run for office due to a 2013 tax fraud conviction. But he hopes the European Court of Human Rights overturns this ban in time for him to run next year. Even if the courts deny him the chance, he would still be calling the shots as leader of the centre-right in the event of a victory at the national elections. More than 50 women have accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of having sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades. He has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. The allegations against Weinstein have prompted many more women as well as men to share stories in the media about improper behaviour by powerful men in their countries. Not so in Italy, where women have for the most part remained silent despite confidential polls showing that many were asked for sexual favours in order to keep their jobs or advance their careers. ?We are still a backwards country where women who speak out about sexual abuse are accused of exaggerating,? said Michela Marzano ? an Italian philosopher who teaches at Paris Descartes University. ?There is an unconscious adoption of the concept of a patriarchal order and male superiority and there is very little solidarity among women.?
  10. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files The S&P 500 approached its highest ever close on Wednesday as a rally in video game-makers helped offset doubts about an ambitious Republican plan to cut corporate taxes and weakness in banks. Apple rose 0.65 percent, putting it on track to end the day with a market value above $900 billion for the first time. Take-Two Interactive Software jumped 10.8 percent after the video game-maker offered a stronger-than-expected revenue forecast for the holiday quarter. That sparked a rally among its competitors, with Activision Blizzard surging 5.80 percent and Electronic Arts adding 1.9 percent. Investors were nervous about the potential outcome of the Republican plan unveiled last week that would cut corporate taxes while eliminating a range of popular tax breaks. The bill is expected to face strong opposition from interest groups. Republicans have yet to score a major legislative win since Trump took office in January, even though the party controls both chambers of Congress as well as the White House. ?It?s a complicated, messy affair to get a tax bill passed,? said Tim Dreiling ? the regional investment director for US Bank Private Wealth Management, with $150 billion in assets under management. ?There is going to be some give and take before we get a final tax package to be voted on.? The S&P 500 has risen about 21 percent since the election of US President Donald Trump a year ago, partly on the back of his promises to cut taxes and other business-friendly measures. At 2:23 PM ET (12:23 AM PST, Thursday), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.05 percent at 23,569.28 points, while the S&P 500 had gained 0.13 percent to 2,594.04. At that level, the S&P 500 was below an intra-day record high set on Tuesday but was higher than its previous record closing level on Monday. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.28 percent to 6,786.64. Five of the 11 major S&P sectors were higher, led by a 0.98-percent rise in consumer staples. The tech sector was boosted by a 1.45 percent rise in Qualcomm. Snapchat-owner Snap fell 16.6 percent a day after reporting much-slower-than expected advertising revenue and user growth. Snap said China?s Tencent bought a 12-percent stake in the company. Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.07-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.16-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.
  11. WARSAW: Poland on Wednesday agreed to test a cybersecurity pilot programme for the aviation sector as Europe's EASA civil aviation authority tackles the potential threats posed by hackers to air traffic. "We want to have a single point in the air transport sector that will coordinate all cybersecurity activities... for airlines, airports and air traffic," Piotr Samson, head of Poland´s ULC civil aviation authority, said in Krakow, southern Poland, at a two-day conference co-hosted with the EASA. While insisting that air travel is currently safe from cyber attacks, EASA executive director Patrick Ky told AFP it was incumbent on aviation authorities to take preventative measures to mitigate potential cyber-threats. Polish officials attending the "Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation" conference also announced the creation of a "rapid reaction unit" for cybersecurity incidents. Despite the assurances of experts in the field, computer systems failures triggered by hackers or accident have caused flight chaos in recent years. Poland´s flagship carrier LOT was briefly forced to suspend operations in June 2015 after a hack attack. The airline´s spokesman described the incident as the "first attack of its kind". Thousands of British Airways passengers faced chaos in May as the airline was forced to cancel more than a hundred flights from London´s Heathrow Airport following an IT system failure. BA officials ruled out a cyber-attack, pointing instead to a power supply issue.
  12. So the second season of the cult Netflix original 'Stranger Things' was bestowed upon us by the Duffer Brothers and it doesn't matter if you believe in celebrating Halloween or not, you've got to thank them for this amazing gift! If you are a true fan like me, then chances are either you have already binge watched the season over Saturday night or like your calories, you are counting episodes and trying hard to extend it over this week at least. For your hungry eyes, here's a list of six shows that match the vibe of our beloved 'Stranger Things' : 1. 'The OA'- It is like a treasure found in a coal mine. Very less publicity, brilliant concept and even after one year of dropping this drug on our minds, Netflix continues teasing us about the second season. Prairie comes back home after years with an intriguing tale about her absence. Just like 'Stranger Things', there's a group of school kids who join her quest. 2. 'Fringe'- This JJ Abraham sci-fi series follows FBI agents from the fictional fringe division who use fringe science to investigate unexplained, perplexed happenings around them. Good thing is that the show spans five seasons and over 100 episodes, so binge away my friend! 3. 'Misfits'- The characters of this show are based in London who suddenly have superpowers embedded in them after a storm hits the city. It's a combination of sci-fi, supernatural sprinkled with dark comedy and action. 4. 'Freaks And Geeks' - For starters, this show has been listed under the '100 greatest shows of all time' by the TIME magazine. 'Stranger Things' has a star cast of stellar kids who are geeks and freaks to others at the same time. This show is enjoyed best if you fell for the fuzzy 80's vibe from ST, no sci- fi in this one though. Still worth a watch. 5. 'Black Mirror' – This one is pretty famous and chances are most people have watched at least one episode. This anthology series created by Charlie Brooker is pretty intriguing and plays with your psyche. The best part is that all episodes are stand alone so you don't always have to pick up from where you left. The 'black mirror' signifies the dark undertone of the hazard that the technology on our screens pose today. 6. 'Twin Peaks'- This American mystery, horror, drama is dated from the year of 1990. This cult show revolves around one major question- who killed Laura Palmer? The show is headed by FBI agent Dale Cooper who is looking into the murder of Laura in the mysterious town of Twin Peaks. Pretty similar to the investigative vibes of Jim Hopper. A tub of popcorn, some pizza, a good sound system and you are ready to go!
  13. "It would be a snowball. It was not really about the ranking to be quite honest. If I was closer in the points race (to Nadal) it might have been." On Sunday, Federer claimed his first success against del Potro in a Basel final, after the South American beat him in both 2012 and 2013. He now has won a Tour-leading seven titles this season after beating Nadal in the Shanghai Masters final a fortnight ago. Federer has also captured the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles in 2017. He admitted frustration after failing to win the opening set on Sunday. "Being up two breaks should be enough to beat almost anyone. I was also up in the breaker. I had way too many wasted opportunities," he explained. "I didn't have the best serving day, I struggled. It was mental and physical, I'm glad I found a way somehow." Del Potro will be playing for a fourth successive week in Paris after coming back earlier in the season from wrist problems, as he looks to snatch a late place for the eight-man event in London. The 29-year-old reached the Shanghai semi-finals and won in Stockholm earlier this month before his run in Basel. Federer lost only two sets during the week as he improved his head-to-head record to 17-6 over del Potro, with a third win in four matches against the former US Open champion in 2017. "It's unbelievable how well Roger is playing," said del Potro. "I hope to be in such shape when I'm his age. But I doubt I will be."
  14. Nandita Das (R) speaking to the movie lede Nawazuddin Siddiqui during the shooting of the movie. Photo: Manto Bollywood actress and filmmaker Nandita Das said that her upcoming directorial Manto, based on the life of South Asian writer Saadat Hasan Manto, will hit the theatres by mid-next year. The shooting of the movie has been completed, said the director during the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival, Indian media reported. Regarding the movie, she said ?It's been an incredible journey. A lot of credible people have been a part of it. I think I am fortunate enough to work with a great cast and crew.? She added, ?Hopefully, by mid next year, it should be in theatres." On working with actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rasika Dugal, she said: "Both of them are wonderful. Honestly, both are very accomplished actors and wonderful human beings. When you spend so much time with actors, you also want to work with good people. I feel fortunate that they have fully dedicated themselves and they are real troopers, she added. "If you ask as a director how happy you are after shooting the film, then it's a tricky one. But I just know that it can't get any worse. It can only get better when you are in post-production," she said. She also shared that editing is her favourite part of the filmmaking journey. "All the mistakes you have done while shooting, now you can sort of try to make it better.? The first look of the movie Manto was finally unveiled at 70th Cannes Film Festival. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of protagonist while Rasika Duggal plays the role of Manto's wife named Safiya. Earlier in the year, some pictures from the movie set had surfaced.
  15. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files NEW YORK: Major stock indexes edged up to post record closing highs on Wednesday with sector moves in the S&P 500 showing preference toward so-called defensive stocks. While Wall Street reaction was muted to minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting, a report that a market-friendly candidate was being pushed as successor to Janet Yellen at the helm of the US central bank helped indexes close near the highs of the day. Real estate, utilities, and consumer staples were among S&P 500 sectors that posted gains, while financials were pressured by a slip in Treasury yields and industrials also fell. ?You?ve got sector rotation grinding the indexes higher and it?s hard to see what stops that,? Art Hogan ? the chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York ? said. Federal Reserve policymakers had a prolonged debate about the prospects of a pickup in inflation during their September meeting, but many policymakers still felt that another rate increase this year ?was likely to be warranted?. ?Nothing changes the opinion that the Fed is likely to hike rates after the December meeting,? Hogan said. Stocks ended near session highs after a report from Politico said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was pushing president Donald Trump to name Jerome Powell ? seen as a safe pick for financial markets ? as the next Federal Reserve chairman. ?The market prefers status quo,? Ken Polcari ? the director of the NYSE floor division at O?Neil Securities in New York ? said. ?Everyone knows rates are going up but they prefer the policy that Yellen has laid out. Maybe the market is telling you it thinks it?s going to be status quo.? Powell is seen as closer policy-wise to Yellen than another front-runner, Kevin Warsh. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 42.21 points (or 0.18 percent) to end at 22,872.89, the S&P 500 gained 4.6 points (or 0.18 percent) to 2,555.24, and the Nasdaq Composite added 16.30 points (or 0.25 percent) to 6,603.55. Gains in Wal-Mart and Johnson & Johnson nudged the Dow Jones Industrial Average to another record high but declines in financials kept gains on the S&P 500 in check. J&J rose 2.1 percent to $136.65 after Jefferies upgraded the stock to ?buy,? saying the company?s pharma division would help it top analysts? profit estimates. The consumer staples sector got a boost from gains in Wal-Mart, which rose 1.9 percent, as well as from Kroger, which jumped 1.2 percent to $20.78 after news that it was exploring the sale of its nearly 800 convenience stores. Banks take the focus as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup report results on Thursday, with analysts warning that results in the sector will largely be held back by low trading volumes compared with a year earlier. ?Third-quarter results of large banks are expected to be tepid,? Stephen Biggar ? an analyst at Argus Research ? said. ?Trading revenue (will be) down due to low volatility and loan growth remaining flat to slightly negative.? With the S&P 500 up 14 percent in 2017, investors are betting on strong earnings growth across the S&P 500. Wunderlich?s Hogan said the catalyst to stop the grind higher in stocks would be ?some big names missing the mark in earnings, away from any hurricane-related explanations?. General Electric fell 1.2 percent to $23.07 after JPMorgan said a dividend cut was ?increasingly likely? and lowered its price target on the stock. Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.49-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.01-to-1 ratio favoured advancers. The S&P 500 posted 48 new 52-week highs and nine new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 147 new highs and 28 new lows. About 5.67 billion shares changed hands on US exchanges, compared with the 6.1 billion daily average over the last 20 sessions.
  16. Asad Shafiq in action during Dubai Test DUBAI: All hopes rest on Asad Shafiq and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed as Pakistan look to save the Test series against Sri Lanka by clinching an improbable victory in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday. Both Shafiq and Sarfraz hit fighting half-centuries on Monday to thwart Sri Lanka and set up an enthralling finish to the second and final day-night Test in Dubai. Shafiq scored an unbeaten 86 while skipper Ahmed was 57 not out as they lifted Pakistan from a perilous position at 52-5 to 198-5 at close after being set a daunting target of 317. The pair added 146 for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand to leave Pakistan needing another 119 runs with five wickets in hand to level the series. Sri Lanka won a nail-biting first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs. Both Shafiq and Sarfraz batted confidently to raise hopes of Pakistan maintaining their unbeaten record in nine Test series in the United Arab Emirates, their adopted home since 2009. Shafiq brought up his 19th Test fifty with a well-timed cover drive off fast bowler Suranga Lakmal, his first 50-plus score in 12 innings. Sarfraz smashed part-timer Kusal Mendis for his fourth boundary to complete his 14th Test half-century. Pakistan made a disastrous start when opener Sami Aslam fell for one, caught in the slips off Lahiru Gamage. Opener Shan Masood and Azhar Ali (17) added 31 for the second wicket before the batting collapse began with Azhar caught off fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep for 17. Earlier, paceman Wahab Riaz grabbed four for 41 and left-arm spinner Haris Sohail took three wickets in a single over to dismiss Sri Lanka for 96 in their second innings.
  17. When you combine some of the best actors of the millennial generation like Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor with ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, hearts start racing because one doesn't expect anything less than a miracle.The amount of buzz that ‘Padmavati' has created months before its release and for that matter, months before even its trailer was released, is not something that happens with every Bollywood film. Controversies and stunning posters showcasing the looks of the characters acted as the cherry on top of the cake. SULTAN ALAUDDIN KHILJI #Khilji — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) October 2, 2017 SULTAN ALAUDDIN KHILJI #Khilji — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) October 2, 2017 SULTAN ALAUDDIN KHILJI #Khilji — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) October 2, 2017 Putting an end to the misery of fans, the team finally announced that the trailer of Padmavati will be released at 1.03pm today. From Deepika Padukone, to Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh--the film's lead stars tweeted, “#PadmavatiTrailer arrives today at 13:03. Stay tuned! @FilmPadmavati.” #PadmavatiTrailer arrives today at 13:03. Stay tuned! @FilmPadmavati — Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) October 9, 2017 You must be wondering why 1:03 p.m. to be exact. The significance of the time of the release of the trailer is believed to be the first fight between Maharawal Ratan Singh and Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The battle was fought in 1303 AD for the very first time. Deepika Padukone is seen playing the role of Rani Padmini of Chittor, while Shahid Kapoor features in the role of her husband Rawal Ratan Singh. And Ranveer Singh is playing the role of the menacing Alauddin Khilji. The expectations were riding really high and without a doubt, they were exceeded. The trailer which unexpectedly focuses a little more on Shahid and Ranveer's characters is breathtaking, to say the least. Stunning and picturesque sets, subtle yet noteworthy chemistry between Deepika and Shahid and Ranveer's intense and dark AF character along with the excellent cinematography- our hearts definitely skipped a beat. Have a look for yourself: Deepika is her regal self, Shahid surely justifies the look of the royal ‘Rajput', but it is the narcissism of Ranveer as the ravenous Khilji that takes the cake. The film is all set to hit the silver screen on December 1, 2017 and the fans and movie buffs can't wait to watch this epic film.
  18. You know when BBC comes out with a TV series; it's going to be good. But this time with the release of the trailer for ‘Blue Planet 2', they have exceeded our expectations (which by the way were set really high). In case you aren't familiar with what ‘The Blue Planet' is then we assure you, you are in for a treat. Blue Planet is a nature documentary series which was created and produced by the BBC in 2001. It is narrated by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough. © Reuters The Blue Planet series was called "the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world's oceans" comprising eight, 50-minute episodes, each of which examined a different, never-seen-before aspect of marine life. The series went on to win a number of Emmy and BAFTA TV awards for its music and cinematography. Now 16 years later, the makers are back with the second part which is essentially a ‘prequel'. The trailer for ‘Blue Planet 2' has been released and it gives us a preview of what we can expect from the full series and it is nothing short of stunning. The series will not only be narrated by Sir David Attenborough, but will also feature a song made in collaboration between Radiohead and legendary film composer Hans Zimmer who has scored over 150 films including Gladiator, The Dark Knight trilogy, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. © Nerdist They have reworked the track “Bloom” from Radiohead's 2011 album The King of Limbs, re-recording the composition with BBC Concert Orchestra. “Bloom was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it's great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark's sequel,” singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead said in an interview. From spitting dolphins to ‘dancing yeti crabs', sea dragons, giant cuttlefish to walking starfish- you'll find the footage of every aquatic animal that you've ever known about in this series, that took 4 years to make. But from what we see, the results are worth it! © BBC © BBC The visuals are so stunning that one can even compare them to Pixar stories. At least that's what Producer Mark Brownlow says. "You're meeting little tusk fish that can pick up shells and smash them. You've got an octopus that can disguise itself from a shark attack. The level of characterization we're getting from our animals, they are almost like real life Pixar stories,” he said in an interview. If you still aren't convinced, then spare 5 minutes and watch this beautiful trailer: The exact release date of the series hasn't been released yet however it definitely will hit our TV screens in 2017, on BBC One.
  19. BERLIN: Germans voted Sunday in a general election expected to hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term while the hard-right nationalist AfD party was expected to make history by winning its first seats in parliament. Europe´s most powerful woman appears all but assured of winning another term, in theory matching the 16-year reign of her mentor Helmut Kohl. Surveys suggest her conservative CDU/CSU alliance has a double-digit lead over its nearest rivals, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Martin Schulz. Polling stations in Europe´s top economy will close at 1600 GMT, with exit polls due out immediately afterwards. With four other parties predicted to clear the five-percent threshold to enter the Bundestag, the highest number since the 1950s, it could take months of coalition wrangling before the next government takes shape. But mainstream parties have already ruled out talking to the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), which is polling at 11 to 13 percent and could emerge as Germany´s third-strongest party. Alarmed by the prospect of what Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel branded "real Nazis" entering the Bundestag for the first since World War II, politicians used their final days of campaigning to urge voters to reject the AfD. "This Alternative for Germany is no alternative. They are a shame for our nation," former European Parliament chief Schulz told a rally on Friday. The latest surveys put support for Merkel´s conservative block at 34-36 percent, with the SPD trailing at 21-22 percent -- which would translate into a historic low for the party. Despite bracing for a drubbing, Schulz was all smiles as he and his wife cast their ballot in his western hometown of Wuerselen. Merkel and her husband voted at a polling station near their flat in central Berlin. By 1200 GMT, turnout was steady compared to the 2013 election at about 41 percent, according to official figures. Bombshell Merkel, 63, whose campaign events were regularly disrupted by jeering AfD supporters, said at her final stump speech in the southern city of Munich that "the future of Germany will definitely not be built with whistles and hollers". Observers say a strong showing by the AfD, which has capitalised on anger over the influx of a million migrants and refugees since 2015, would hit Germany like a bombshell. "If the AfD becomes the leading opposition party, they will challenge key themes," said Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. "It will very much change the tone of debate in parliament." Aside from the populist noise, the past two months of campaigning have been widely criticised as lacklustre, with few hot-button issues dividing the main contenders. Commentators say Merkel´s reassuring message of stability and prosperity has resonated in greying Germany, where more than half of the 61 million voters are aged 52 or older. Schulz, on the other hand, has struggled to gain traction with his calls for a more socially just Germany at a time when the economy is humming and employment is at a record low. The SPD has also found it hard to shine after four years as the junior partner in Merkel´s left-right "grand coalition", marked by broad agreement on major topics, from foreign policy to migration. ´Sleeping-pill politics´ In the final stretch, the more outspoken Schulz told voters to reject Merkel´s "sleeping-pill politics" and vote against "another four years of stagnation and lethargy". Germany´s best-selling daily Bild at the weekend said 61-year-old Schulz found his voice as he neared the finish line, and praised him for "fighting until the end". "Germany doesn´t just need a chancellor. It also needs an opposition leader. Schulz has started to sound like one," the newspaper wrote. The CDU and the SPD have signalled they aren´t keen to continue their loveless marriage, and many rank-and-file SPD members believe the traditional working-class party would benefit from a stint in opposition to rekindle its fighting spirit. This would leave the presumed winner Merkel in need of new coalition partners -- possibly the liberal and pro-business Free Democrats, who are hoping for a comeback after crashing out of parliament four years ago. Another potential partner would be the ecologist and left-leaning Greens party, which, however, starkly differs with the FDP on issues from climate change to migration policy. Indecision Pundits have pointed out that a significant number of voters remained undecided until the last minute, suggesting the final outcome could throw up some surprises depending on turnout. In the western city of Frankfurt, 66-year-old Harald said he was still unsure who to vote for as he headed home from his night shift as a security guard in the leafy Westend suburb. "I will make up my mind once I´m in the polling booth. You can forget about the AfD," he told AFP.
  20. Rohingya refugees queue for aid in Cox´s Bazar, Bangladesh - Reuters YANGON/ DHAKA: The United States wants Myanmar to take urgent action to end violence in Rakhine state, where a military offensive has created a crisis that could jeopardise its economic and political transition, a US official said on Friday. Bangladesh and aid organisations are struggling to help 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who have arrived since Aug. 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a Myanmar crackdown that the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing. A senior UN official said an estimated $200 million would be needed to help the refugees in Bangladesh for six months. Aid workers fear a humanitarian crisis is also unfolding in Rakhine state, though Myanmar has restricted access. ?We think, urgently, actions need to be taken to stop this violence and facilitate humanitarian assistance, lower the rhetoric, lower the tension and ... start doing the hard work to solve the longer-standing problems,? US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy told reporters. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of international criticism over the plight of the Rohingya, for not speaking out more forcefully against the violence or doing more to rein in security forces over which she has little power. The tension between majority Buddhists and Rohingya, most of whom are denied citizenship, has simmered for decades in Rakhine, but it has exploded several times over the past few years, as old enmities, and Buddhist nationalism, surfaced with the end of decades of harsh military rule. Murphy, who spent three days in Myanmar this week, said there were ?many points of responsibility? and he wanted to see everyone follow through on commitments Suu Kyi made to uphold rights and the law in an address to the nation on Tuesday. ?There?s the elected government, there are the security forces which have authorities that don?t fall under the purview of the civilian elected government, there are local leaders and there is the broader population, among which there are many emotions and many tensions,? he said. ?Significant responsibility sits with security authorities and local officials in Rakhine state and we are looking for their cooperation to make these commitments a reality,? Murphy told reporters on a conference call from Bangkok. Myanmar dismisses accusations of ethnic cleansing, saying it has to tackle the insurgents, whom it accuses of setting fires and attacking civilians as well as the security forces. While the United States has urged action to halt the violence, China, which has close economic and political ties with Myanmar, has welcomed measures by the government to alleviate the situation in Rakhine state. ?Incentive for terrorists? Murphy said the military?s response to the August insurgent attacks had been disproportionate and the country risked a terrorist backlash. The attacks were claimed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which Murphy referred to as a ?so-called group? of which little was known. It denies links to foreign militants but the government says it is connected to global terrorism. ?Whether or not this organization has ties elsewhere is not particularly germane, given the fact that it could be creating an incentive for foreign terrorists to look at a new opportunity and this is among the risks that we have shared with Burmese stakeholders,? he said. Bangladesh was already home to some 400,000 Rohingya who fled earlier bouts of violence and persecution. Given the ?massive numbers? arriving in the past few weeks, the United Nations was expected to launch an appeal for $200 million to help them for the next six months, an official said. ?It has not been confirmed, but it is a ballpark figure, based on the information we have,? Robert D. Watkins, U.N. resident coordinator in Bangladesh, told Reuters in an interview in Dhaka. Watkins said the situation had not stabilized in terms of new arrivals so it was difficult to say how many people to plan for, or how long. ?We don?t want to plan a 10-year operation, obviously, because we want to maintain hope that there will be a way for negotiating a return of the population,? he said. ?We can?t plan too far in the future, because it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy ... politically, it sends a strong signal, which we don?t want to send, which is that people are going to be here for a long time. ?And our donors are not prepared to respond to anything beyond a one-year time frame, given the massive amounts of money we are asking for.? Aid groups in Bangladesh have warned of a public health disaster unless help is increased massively. ?We need to scale up quickly,? said Dr N. Paranietharan, the World Health Organisation representative in Bangladesh. ?If we don?t drastically improve water and sanitation we will face water-borne diseases including cholera.?
  21. Back in 2009, the Sri Lankan cricket team was on its way to Lahore's Gaddafi stadium for third day's play of their second Test match against Pakistan. But, little did they know that a group of terrorists were on their way through Liberty Chowk with the sole intention of carrying out a multi-pronged attack on the Lankan convoy. Using RPGs, hand grenades and guns, the attackers took aim at the bus carrying the cricketers. The Pakistani driver of the team's bus was shot, but in a remarkable feat of endurance and extraordinary presence of mind, he managed to drive the team away from the assault to safety. © Reuters Tragically, seven people were killed - including six policemen - and another 20 injured in the attack. The injured included seven members of the Sri Lankan cricket team. While the visiting cricketers literally dodged a bullet, the incident undeniably turned out to be the worst-ever blow to Pakistan cricket. Since then, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been trying to repair their reputation in international cricket. While the Pakistan cricket team was forced to play their so-called home fixtures in the UAE, an entire generation of their home fans was deprived of experiencing the game first-hand in a country where cricket is arguably the most-celebrated sport. Since then, no top Test team has toured Pakistan on security concerns with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) desperately trying to restore their reputation in international cricket. Even when Zimbabwe visited the country in 2015, the International Cricket Council (ICC) refused to send any match referee and umpires for their limited-overs series. © Reuters However, after persistent efforts that saw a successful edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year where the tournament's final was held at the same Gaddafi stadium, the home fans finally had something to cheer for. Riding on the success of the PSL, PCB's bid to revive international cricket in Pakistan got a major boost through the highly-anticipated World XI series. The Pakistan national team will be seen locking horns with the 15-man World XI squad - coached by Andy Flower - comprised of players from all the top Test-playing countries in a three-match T20 series. © Reuters But, while all the eyeballs focus on the much-awaited series, the Pakistani fans were seen ruing the absence of Indian stars especially the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Really pleased that PCB- ICC have joined hands to bring cricket back home to Pak. Would 've been great to see some Indian players too — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 25, 2017 @imVkohli.we miss u in lahore virat kohli.y u not comeee? — Imran rajput (@Imranra31593414) September 11, 2017 Definitely if Indian players like kohli and Dhoni visits to play there will be huge impact of returning of cricket in Pakistan ! — Azhar (@Azharazzu25) September 12, 2017 With the three T20 clashes scheduled for September 12, 13 and 15 at the Gaddafi stadium, the ICC has also sent its match referee, Richie Richardson to supervise the series and an influential member of the world body, Giles Clarke also landed with the World Eleven side on Sunday night. Clarke who heads the ICC's special task force on Pakistan cricket has played an instrumental role in bringing the World Eleven to the country although the tour is going to cost the PCB a whopping USD 3 million in costs including payment of around USD 100,000 to each of the 14 players from South Africa, Australia, England, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. World XI squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Colin Miller, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel (SA), George Bailey, Tim Paine, Bn Cutting (Aus), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Grant Elliot (NZ), Paul Collingwood (Eng) Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree (West Indies)
  22. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been hogging the limelight for quite some time now for his US visit, and trust us, ‘Artificial Intelligence' has nothing to do with his popularity. Rahul Gandhi is currently on a two-week trip to the US where he will meet world leaders. However, while he was busy addressing students at the University of California in Berkeley on ‘India at70: Reflections on the Path Forward', social media was busy testing and questioning his intelligence back home. © Reuters Rahul Gandhi is known for making gaffes during his speeches. While, people try to scoop out controversial statements from the speeches of other leaders, in Rahul's case they look out for the funny mistakes he makes. This time around too, people were quick to notice the minor error he made in the number of Lok Sabha seats while answering a question. In our schools, we were taught that there are 545 seats in the Lower House (543+2 seats reserved for the members of the Anglo-Indian community). However, Rahul thinks there are 546 seats, at least that's what he said in the speech. People are amused also because Rahul Gandhi is being considered as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 elections by the Congress party and that he isn't aware about the fact that there can't be even number of members in the Lower House. Artificial Intelligence..!! ðð — ð¹Payalð¹ (@payal_choksi) September 12, 2017 @OfficeOfRG is right,545 seats including 2 nominated Anglo indian seats plus 1 seat of speaker.There are 545 MPs but seats are 546⺠#RGinUS — Chaloo Pandey (@chaloo_pandey) September 12, 2017 ye ek seat doremon k gadget se niklwayi hai. — pankaj sharma (@gr8pankajsharma) September 12, 2017 Please give him a break. Ultra rich guys like him can't be expected to know the concept of even & odd numbers — Rajesh Chandra (@trajchandra) September 12, 2017 #RahulGandhi says there are 546 (not 545) members in Lok Sabha! How can a legislative House have even number of members? #RGinUS — Rakesh M Chaturvedi (@ET_Rakesh_RC) September 12, 2017 Too much to expect #RahulGandhi to make it through the evening without at least a minor gaffe. (Lok Sabha strength is 545 members, not 546.) — Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) September 12, 2017 Well, this isn't the first time that Rahul has made such a gaffe during a speech. While talking to the people in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, he once said “You all are demanding a potato factory in your area, but you should understand I am an opposition leader. I can put pressure on the government, but cannot take the decision. I cannot open a potato factory for farmers.” He actually wanted to say factory of potato chips, but this goof up gave people a chance to have a good laugh. In another incident, when he was addressing the students at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, he said “One day you're going to run this country, run the institutions, you will be the Steve Jobs in the Microsofts and the leaders…the Facebooks of this country.” Time and again his statements have made people hold their stomach while laughing. In fact, although it wasn't exactly a mistake, people couldn't help but point the irony out. He said, “Most of the country runs like this, so don't go after me, Akhilesh Yadav a dynast, Mr Stalin a dynast, Mr Dhumal's son a dynast.” He even gave examples of Ambani and Amitabh Bachchan. As expected people were quick to point out that the examples he mentioned aren't the only ‘dynast' in the Indian politics. — ð¯Kð°â°âð°ð¯ (@rohanrwt96) September 12, 2017 Dumb #RGinUS forgot BJP and Communists parties covering 3/4th of Indian States..don't adopt Dynastic hierarchy in their Top leadership.. — Hunting_Hunters (@eparitosh) September 12, 2017 There will be a time when congress party itself will put a ban on public appearances of RaGa — Ronakk Patel (@PatelRon9) September 12, 2017 Meanwhile, Akhilesh & Stalin waiting for Raga to comeback ðð — Acer (@aceroholic) September 12, 2017 At the end, we can say that Rahul Gandhi's latest gaffe will go down in the golden pages of Indian politics. And while he continues to give such brilliant speeches, nothing has been talked about ‘Artificial Intelligence' so far.
  23. Well, Kartina Kaif is a total heartthrob and we just love her. There is no doubt that she is extremely gorgeous and makes our hearts skip a beat with her infectious smile. I never make the same mistake twice .... I make it 5 or 6 times just to be sure ð A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Sep 3, 2017 at 3:19am PDT But if you thought that there was just one version of our dear Kat, you are mistaken,boy! Looks like we are surrounded by more beauties like her and we are very pleased to find one who looks exactly like Kat! Tiger shoot ......... 44 degrees ð play time with @biancahartkopf and @zahirabbaskhan A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Aug 4, 2017 at 9:41pm PDT Meet Salmoi Chopra, a “bad feminist” as she classifies herself. She is currently a blogger and even though many might not know her, she is quite popular on Instagram with 219K followers. She is an actor and a traveller. And her Instagram account gives us a glimpse of both. But apart from all this, at present, she is making everyone go gaga over the fact that she bears an unusual resemblance to Katrina Kaif. And well, she does! Part 2/2 The lesser she exposes, the more respected she'll be. Because girls from good families don't show skin. Which goes to say that girls who show skin - deserve it? And so days after we killed the men that raped India's Daughter, we discovered there wasn't just one of her. No, you may call her ‘fearless' with pride but I guess it's time you realize that we're all, unfortunately, daughters of a nation that only wants fearless daughters in homes outside of their own. We take part in candle marches for someone else's daughter and yet we cage our own. Nirbhaya. Haryanas Nirbhaya. Delhis Nirbhaya. North India's Nirbhaya. Bangalors Nirbhaya. Mumbais Nirbhaya. You say it with so much pride, but what once felt like a salute to her now feels like a slap in my face. Her name was Jyoti.. but I understand, it's my fault. It's our fault for being born into a body with breasts & a vaginaâ—âboth of which solely accordingly to you exist for pleasure. Your pleasure, my shame? I understand, that you're going to go to the furthest of your powers to take away her rights because you're petrified of her strengthsâ—â because you don't genuinely believe that the liberation & education of women is what will be the growth of our country, no, our women are sacred, kept safely behind walls, just like our goddess. I understand that this isn't the end, this is just the beginning. And it breaks my heart to see that a lot more daughters in every corner of our country are going to end up ‘fearless', if you don't understand this too. #linkinbio #educateindia #indiasdaughter #bethechange #saynotorape #freethenipple #womenempowerment #humanity #writersofinstagram ð¸ @m3anker A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on May 18, 2017 at 3:38am PDT #Part1/5 "The man. That fucking found meâ—âapproached me because I was an abusing, crass girlâ—âthe man that thought it was CUTE, telling me it wasn't “okay” to swear anymore because now I was his girlfriend. I will never wrap my head around that. Men abuse each other all the time, you'll watch a film like Omkara where every man starts & ends his sentences with abuses… You loooove All India ‘Bakchod', but when women do it – it's wrong? Your ears start bleeding! Because women are suppose to be classy and elegant and pure. But what if I'm not pure? What's being someone's girlfriend got to do with it anyway? Am I supposed to change who I am and fit into the criteria of a fucking girlfriend? So its okay to pick up a girl that uses swear words, but once you make her your girlfriend, lets filter that shit out because “it was fine back then, we weren't together”. **** that. It's a different thing that I ended up staying in that relationsip another year after ‘the talk' happened bcos I was naive, but really.. **** that kind of love. That's not love. That's double standards. I'll abuse when I want, how I want – & if you as a man don't appreciate it – don't try to get into my fucking pants. Your hormones are so high when you see a hot girl that even her ****,shit,bitch words sound like prayers to you, her mini skirt looks like a lehaga, but a few months down the line, it's do this, wear that – Yuck. So I am not girlfriend material. And baby, I am proud of it." Continue reading at Link is up in Bio! #youowneverythingthathappenstoyou #beyou #selflove #loveyourself #toxicrelationships #theslowlife #love #girlfriendmaterial #thecrassgirl A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Nov 27, 2016 at 1:40am PST This is uncanny!! Here's to a happy breezy Monday . May the force be with you . A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on May 28, 2017 at 10:46pm PDT When candids end up being favorites. #traveldiaries #australia #southaustralia #adelaide #adelaideactors ð¸ @zackrosser A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on May 16, 2017 at 7:55pm PDT Don't tell her what to do my love, she's only being alive. Don't tell her what to do my love, just because she thrives. Don't tell her what to do my love, she isn't stamped or owned, don't tell her what to do my love - didn't see you complaining while she moaned. Don't tell her what to do my love, this isn't about wrong or right. Don't tell her what to do my love, are you scared she'll put up a fight? Or are you scared, that she just might? Her dreams are bigger than your fears, she wasn't born to be owned, stoned or boned. She's rebellious, she's loud, she's in your face - she's not bounded by colour, height, boobs or race. She's strong, she's feisty, she's full of flaws, she didn't ask you to build them, so don't ask her to live by your laws. She's a piece of art, shes hard working, and she's a mirror to your self-doubt, is that why, baby, she's always so talked about? You whisper names, you make up stories, you're scared she'll prove you wrong; so you've stopped your rumours at nothing, not even her thong. Don't tell her that its for her own safety, don't tell her not to want more - while the men that touched her & caressed her, are left outside to roar. Don't tell her that this is all her fault, you quietly shifted the blame. The smoke may be coming out of her mouth, but he's the one that lit the flame. Her legs were open, or she's drunk at a bar, oh for **** sakes she wasn't any safer when she sat behind her dad that night in the car. Dont tell her she's out of control, when they're selling her body at the price of her soul. Don't tell her she's like your sister & daughter, when you know they're selling acid over the counter, like they're selling water. Don't tell her what to do, my love, she's more than just a cultural whore. Yet the only reference you could make to prove your manly hood is when you claimed to have made her sore. Don't tell her what to do my love, one day she'll shine & make you proud, that is, if you don't wrap her body in a shroud. Don't tell her not to move, emote or feel my love, she isn't indeed a Tree. Teach her instead to say **** You to the world, because well behaved women, rarely make history. Photo @zainaliphotography A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Nov 8, 2016 at 5:32am PST Sister from another mother :P âï¸ â­ï¸ ðð Talk to me today. What's on your mind, kids? Monday blues? Motivated? Are you happy? I hope you are. It doesn't take a lot to smile through it all. This ones back from my first beach sunset in adelaide. By far my favorite day so far... I felt like I was on top of my shit - so every time I'm having a downer, I try to remember that feeling, breathe it back into my system. You go find your happy memory today. X #breathe #traveldiaries #happinessis #goodvibesonly #love #dontworrybehappy #melbourne #glenelgbeach #adelaide #australia #mondayblues #mondaymotivation Red velvet one piece @flirtatious_india Hand made necklace @studio.anviksha A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on May 7, 2017 at 8:36pm PDT "As an actor you spend all your life trying to do something they put people in asylums for" - Jane Fonda said that. Then Leonardo Dicaprio went on to say how he got paid to be somebody else & it was a great outlet because he wasn't sure of who he really was, it varied every day. Katherine Hepburn considered it the perfect idiots profession. After all, even a child of age 4 could do it, she said. Jennifer Lawrence says people often ask her how she stays level headed, & she wonders why wouldn't she? She's not saving lives. Doctors save life's & firemen run into buildings on fire and we're just making movies. It's stupid. Marlon Brando says acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. Meryl Streep, a woman I really admire, says curiosity is the essence of her acting. She's curious what it would be like to be you. Rachel Weizs once said when people find out she's an actress, she sees the 'Whore' look flicker across their eyes. Miranda Richardson said "Insecurities, commonly regarded as a weakness in normal people, is the basic tool of an actors trade." And Benedict Cumberbatch, a man like that I think rarely exists in a world like ours and his ability to make you feel is.. commendable. Claims he has real acting scars. My point being? No, I don't think actors are "perfectly normal human beings", I believe they're highly vulnerable, over sensitive, occasionally lonely, quite neurotic, usually unsure, yet more self aware than usual. It's true, we get paid to do something that people are put in asylums for. I don't think I'm just an actor - I'd like to believe I'm more. I'm a writer & an artist. Im a human being with desires to change the world in more ways than I am possibly capable of, yet I am selfish on days where I look for peace of mind - but which great human that ever changed the world was peaceful? If you're looking for inner peace you meditate & become a monk, or live in the hills, you don't change the world. That requires a certain amount of unsettling, uneasiness within you. That's not normal. But in a world where to be normal is to be conveniently ignorant, I'll choose crazy any damn day. A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Sep 26, 2016 at 1:09am PDT Ain't she beautiful? I tried to think of something to say for this photograph for 3 days, and finally decided that I couldn't. Either this photograph is just too beautiful the way it is, or I'm struck with another block - but here it is anyway. My favorite sunsets in Mumbai. So surreal. If this isn't magic then what is? ðð #love #sunsets #mumbai #heaven #horses #ocean #happinessis #magichour #salonichopra #adelaide #australia #southaustralia #mumbaisunset #writersblock ð¸ @photowalktd A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on May 3, 2017 at 8:54am PDT This one life... Be you. Be crazy. Dream. Wander. Love, with your all. Don't be afraid of making a mess. Be crazy, ... and hopeful. But don't forget to breathe. ð #aintnosunshine #love #life #happinessis #midweek #slowmantra #breathe #beyou #becrazy #aintnosunshine #mumbai #salonichopra ðµ Ain't no sunshine when she's gone - Bill Withers ð¸ @lensthing Lenses by: @freshlook_lenses A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Jul 27, 2017 at 5:24am PDT And she's BACK! She's back in your lives as DJ Rave, throwing multiple bombs at ya in the form of potential life decisions, and she's back in mine as @elenasparrow - we just spent such an amazing day together! Watching a movie & sipping our coffees walking down alleys we've probably walked on a hundred times before but never really stopped to admire it's beauty before. Today we did. We also chose to say no to negativity & hate & anything that tried to destroy our vibe. Just a plain simple No, because often it's really as simple as just walking away. You don't have to make an effort to smile. It's literally a muscle movement away. Smile first, then decide your feel. It makes all the difference in the world. I'm so excited about starting a PIEGON FREE LIFE with you from tomorrow (I got us both fish nets for our balconies. My pigeons PEE in my balcony. I know you think pigeons don't piss, but you haven't woken up to puddles of yellow water outside your room, have you? And it wasn't me for sure. May have to check with the boys upstairs) You know how they say, an end is just a beginning? Well... I must learn to live without screaming & shouting at the pigeons, they really did help with my anger management issues, but maybe this is a new beginning to a calmer, more positive space that we can progress in! Thank you Aye, for adding so much happy drug into my life all the time. I know it's been a tough couple of days, but you are surrounded and constantly producing so much happiness all over, that nothing & no body could destroy your vibe. This is all part of the journey. Every day, you're learning to be an even better version of yourself and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to witness it. And come on, let's just accept it. No one pulls off septum rings better than us! ð #IshaRave #AyeshaSaloni #TheSlowLife #positivity #inspired #motivate #friendshipgoals #love #neighbours #girlsontop #mtvgirlsontop #girlsjustwannahavefun #happydrug #septumring #raverats My septum ring by @skatingduck A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Sep 14, 2016 at 1:09pm PDT Both are just killing it! Hope everyone's having an easy breezy Sunday with lots of Pancakes Sun Love Friends Movies #sundayrequirements A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on May 6, 2017 at 11:13pm PDT When I'm asked to talk about one aspect of physical appearance - I can't. It's like asking me my favorite song - I could never tell you just one. I, unlike other kids, grew up with multiple 'issues' in my physical appearance. From head to toe, I always had some incurable, non stereotypical thing going on for me. Ichthyosis to Alopecia to Dry Skin - if it existed, it found me. I, unlike other kids, also woke up one day & decided to become an actor! Kids aren't encouraged to become 'actors' unless they're superficially beautiful, let alone kids with 101 imperfections - but I wanted to do it - regardless of my B sized Cup, my 5'4 height, my nose, or my skin. I'd always think, "what's that got to do with anything? Acting is about portraying life & life doesn't only happen to cover models - life happens to everybody. Everyone has a story to tell. I want to breathe those stories, and live in their skin - how does it matter what one looks like?" - little did I realize the world is made up of too many people who don't want to see imperfection, or reality. A huge part of film making is about selling an unrealistic, perfect world to the layman. Glamour = Ignorance is bliss.. & yet I somehow managed to do things my way. The ð is to stand your ground & believe in yourself. I always stood by my morals & decisions bcos I wasn't their definition of 'beautiful' - I saw myself for my thoughts & my goals.. I saw people for theirs. That's when I decided I'd encourage other kids to do the same. I wanted to raise better humans with beautiful hearts. I wanted to inspire girls to be more confident in their own skin, instead of shit like "this is my better side on camera". Beauty to me was never skin deep. When my friends talked about scars on their flawless skin, I felt disconnected bcos I'd grown up with scales all over my body! So at an early age I learnt that I liked having my hair messy, my clothes torn, and my teeth crooked. That's what made ME happy. It felt comfortable. Eventually, life will go on; you can either love it, or whine through it, but it goes on; the ð is to find beauty within - Always remember, skin is just a layer that protects the magic within. â¨@loco_latte A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Apr 30, 2017 at 10:11pm PDT She even looks like Nargis Fakhri! The beauty industry is a hoax. It's main business is your insecurities. It feeds off of you. Magazines are all about focusing on how you're "not OK" & they can help make you "perfect". It's ridiculous that there are billionaires running businesses out of your body issues. Lowering your self esteem while making you believe that you're somehow getting "better". It's okay to want to look sexy. Of course. I'm horrible at flirting and portraying *** - but that doesn't mean I don't like to try. This photograph for an example was an attempt at one similar thing. To look seductive. I decided I wouldn't cake my face with make up, OR even do up my hair, & try to keep it as natural as I could. Because feeling/portraying sexy is wonderful - but letting someone else decide your sexy - is not. You're sexy when you're comfortable. You're sexy in your wheat skin tone. A pimple can't stop you from being fucking hot. Nor will a bad hair day. You don't have to have the perfect body, the perfect toe nails. That is a load of bulshit that they sell you, just so that you can become insecure enough to then try to fix a problem within you that never existed to begin with. I have a stomach. My fingers aren't "beautiful" in the way they'd say they are. My skin isn't like butter. My hair is frizzy. But LOOK! This photograph is a perfect example of why you mustn't give a shit about what society tries to tell you. Or sell you. You don't need 100 products to look/feel good about yourself. You already look like a cover girl. Don't get lost in the crowd. Before you know it, you'll be lost in the world of Beauty Magazines. Honestly if I had to dedicate my time reading, I'd read things from @berlin.artparasites & @elephantjournal & @chakabars & if I were to be inspired by women, it would be women like @lenadunham @sophiabush & @amy__schumer . Remember that we become what we surround ourselves with. So surround yourself with people that tell you you're beautiful first thing in the morning. Read good literature. Think good thoughts. Learn about life & humanity. THATS Sexy. PC @amit_agarwal25 A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Jun 18, 2016 at 1:51am PDT Doesn't this remind you of ‘Baar Baar Dekho'? En Route Phi Phi. PS: this is the floating walkway that I spoke about that day! Also, my foot is healing. Thank you my instalovers for all the love! ð #phiphiisland #phiphi #traveldiaries #birthdayweek #love #Krabi #TheSlowLife A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Aug 5, 2016 at 11:28pm PDT I've been wanting to do this from the moment I got to Phi Phi. And I finally did it today. Kayaking is extremely interesting because you see people smoothly drifting through it around you, while you struggle to go straight for just 5 seconds before your kayak is heading in another direction all over again!! The trick is to be patient, to work simultaneously with water instead of fighting it. To cut through it, but with love. And to never rush. If you cut right, your speed automatically will decrease. Unlike man made roads, that are stagnant and do not move, water is unstable, has motion, and a mind of its own. Kayaking isn't like driving a car. You are not the only one in control of the direction you're headed towards... you must remember to work with the water & not against it. Because once you're out there, in the middle of the deep blue sea - there's just you, your kayak, and the sea. You've gotta share its vibe. The whole process requires so much patience that when you finally get it right, it's just so calming & peaceful to drift your way through. If you've seen Moana, you know what I mean when I say it's like the Ocean has chosen you. But hey, sounds exactly like life, doesn't it? You see others lives & wonder how they're smoothly sailing through it all but that's the catch - everyone's struggling, everyone's occasionally tired, some people have just figured out the trick to doing it well and made being alive their passion - and that's why they enjoy the process while others struggle and curse their way through it. But in the end - we've all got to complete the journey and make it back - it's up to you how you choose to live that journey. ⨠#kayaking #love #fun #happiness #phiphiisland #kohphiphi #traveldiaries #workoutmotivation #ocean #waterchild #theslowlife A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Jan 2, 2017 at 4:26am PST She even has those lips! Blue pillow hat + yellow salwar kameez ( gold sequins optional ) = #fashiongoals ð A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Apr 29, 2017 at 11:45pm PDT This. One last time. #HairTodayGoneTomorrow ð¸ @photowalktd A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Apr 6, 2017 at 5:16am PDT "I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited." - Sylvia Plath. #wordporn #sylviaplath #author #thebelljar #goosebumps #foodforthought #lifehacks #limitedmind #desire #innervoice photo courtesy @zainaliphotography A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Jul 20, 2016 at 2:26am PDT She even reminded us of ‘Pashmina' from Fitoor, wearing almost the same dress. © Twitter "I felt like I was going to throw up. My throat felt chocked and my insides were racing their way out. My mind scattered and my skin numb, but pain was never skin deep.. it seeped its way into my heart and broke it into millions of pieces. Exactly what I was afraid of. My heart was too ashamed to break for you, all over again. My heart that broke for you, 100 years ago, standing 10 ft away, before. For centuries we had been at war. Me against you. Yours against mine. This time as my heart shattered to the floor, it made no sound at all. It silently accepted the pain, sucking it out of my body and into itself, leaving me with nothing but pins and needles. I was ashamed of every weak step I took away from you, knowing that history was repeating itself - over and over again. Once again, somewhere in the world, Devika would fall in love with Ashfaq. Once again, their hearts would beat together. Zameena will resist, but Abhay won't care about this world and it's unfair ways. Somewhere, buried, a Jodha would allow herself to let the tears roll down her cheeks, for what else should one do, if not mourn for a life like ours? Loveless, dictated. Every time, their voice echoed in my head, every single time you tried to remind me of why we were worlds apart, my silly heart looked right through you, finding one of its own, unblinded by the lies they teach you in the name of God, and our hearts began to beat together. Little did it know it wasn't about you, it wasn't about me. This was a war I was too weak to win. This war between the devils, was no place for love to exist. For her who ran as fast as she could, for her who died, for her who fought till her last breath, for her, I swear, I tried. My legs are tired, and my eyes are sore - you chose to walk away, but I sure as hell was meant for more. So I pick up the broken pieces, scattered on the floor, leaving no trace of having been here before. No she must never know, that lives were sacrificed, and tears were shed, for there's still hope that Taufeeq and Maya, will live to change the world instead." - Saloni Chopra #writersofig #humanity #bethechange #love #lovestory #words ð¸ @photowalktd A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Mar 27, 2017 at 2:35am PDT Wouldn't it be great to see them sharing screen space together? Two beauties! on set ...... #tigerzindahai @biancahartkopf @zahirabbaskhan A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Aug 5, 2017 at 7:00am PDT Photo Courtesy @amit_agarwal25 A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Dec 9, 2016 at 2:32am PST Don't give me a pen & paper. Give me a hand to hold & ground beneath my feet. Don't sweep me off with words, hold me instead when I fall. Don't kiss me all day, but hug me tight when I'm trying my hardest to leave. Don't promise forever, I'm happier with today. Don't ask me to bind you down with a contract. Don't expect that to save us, or assure us. Expect me to fall in love with you, every single day, without being told to. Without reasoning. Without law. But with instinct. With the need to wake up next to you every morning. With desire. Its not that I can't settle down. I'm not always on the run. I'm not scared. I'm just a thinker. I ask questions. I love love. What's in my heart matters more than what's in court. I'm going to have a love story that goes down in history. Because I can handle it. I can handle love. And pain. And happiness. I'm capable of crossing bridges & climbing mountains - but I can't sit across you at a dining table every night. I don't want to be your wife. I want to be your lover. Your partner. Your dirty slut. But I'll look after you like a mother. I want to be your best friend. I'll never be your better half, you are whole. So am I. I enjoy the thrill. The excitement. The anxiety of waking up every morning, & wondering if we're still in love. Having to try. Knowing - love is all that's holding us together. Not spoken vows, not legalities, not the social jazz. Just love. And one day, when I look at my daughter & son - I want to be able to raise them knowing they can follow their heart. In a world full of people telling them how to live & what to be.. I want them to learn from me, they can be, whatever it is that sets them free. I want them to grow into adults, wanting a marriage - not a wedding. To cherish life. And never take people for granted. I want them to feel with all that they have. To cry like they've never cried before, to love with all their heart & orgasm with their whole body. I want to teach them to live & not just breath... I - want to live. I want to be the change I wish to see. Sincerely, Every girl out there that deep down inside believes she's meant for something a little more. #RunAwayBride A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Jul 4, 2016 at 10:11am PDT Hello Sonali, we still can't over the fact that you look so much like Katrina Kaif! Happy Independence Day my India. But also, Happy Independence Day Pakistan. Let's not forget that once upon a time, we were one... and the borders we've drawn, are only man made. Somewhere here, your grandmother was born, and somewhere there, in the hearts of humanity, I am another you; I am another you. I don't live on your land, but my land is the same too. The air I breathe, is a breath by you. I too have a heart like yours, stuck in a cage, mine too grows bitter, and bitter by age. I walk down the same streets, feeling like a victim in their eyes, sometimes I take a scarf and cover my head, I too live the same lies. I may not pray, but don't you pray for peace? Because I hope for the same too... I have a dream, and I have a desire, burning within me is the same fire. I fall in love, and I too feel pain, when you tell me I'm not the same. I look the same, I swear my blood is red... I too cry when those nasty things are said. I want a life, and a love so strong, and it's been next to me all along. A border. A line. I didn't create this, and neither did you... But when I go to sleep at night I often wonder, if you think of being me, the way I sometimes think of being you? To Countries that were once united, I hope one day we can find it in our hearts to at least love once again. Patriotism to me isn't about blindly loving and never criticizing your own, but instead accepting our flaws to become better with every passing day. To nourish and to grow. Isn't that what Love is? Saloni Chopra #independenceday #indiapakistan #humanity #india #love #writersofinstagram #writersofig #wordporn #foodforthought ð¸ @mikegasm_ A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Aug 15, 2017 at 1:22am PDT I went from being the kind of girl that 'doesn't get along with girls and only has guy friends' till couple of years ago, to being surrounded by the strongest, wildest, kindest, most empathetic, loving, giving, caring women in this whole world! Thank you for showing me how incomplete my life was without women. Thank you for inspiring me, for always mothering me, for being there for me whether that's 2 pm or 4 am - for never making me feel like my silly dramatic reactions to things are as silly as they really are, and, for being there on my birthday with me. I may be the luckiest girl in this world, filled with so much love. The past few days have been extremely overwhelming because I can't stop counting my blessings. And I hope every girl can have women like you in her life while she's growing up to show her how beautiful life really is. Girls aren't always about bitching and jealousy and make up - it's what a huge part of the world wants you to think they are, it's what even WE think we are - but we're so much more than that. We are sensitive and vulnerable and strong. Women, in all shapes and sizes, are conquering the world. Reaching their dreams. Supporting their families and caring far too much about the future of humanity. If you want to see how women talk, enter any clubs female loo on a weekend - you'll see girls bonding over sanitary pads and fixing each other's straps and sharing the warmest of smiles - some even drunk dancing like they're childhood friends. Others wiping tears and holding back each other's hair, reminding their fellow soul sisters that they deserve better. They deserve to be loved right. Women are magic - and I'm so proud of knowing a few such gems in my life. I love y'all. My Magical ones ⨠ð #myladies #birthdayweek #girlsnightout #birthdaynight #happinessis #women #love #gratitude #stronggirls #bombay A post shared by Saloni Chopra (@redheadwayfarer) on Aug 5, 2017 at 10:47am PDT Tell us what do you think about this beauty in the comments below!
  24. Venus Williams, enjoying one of her finest seasons at age 37, charges after her eighth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown in Thursday's women's semi-finals. US ninth seed Williams, the 2017 Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up, is the US Open's oldest semi-finalist and the oldest in any Slam since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994. "It's such a wonderful feeling, because you put in so much work to be able to succeed at these moments," said Williams, on the verge of making three Slam finals in a year for the first time since 2002. Williams faces compatriot Sloane Stephens in a showdown of African-American stars at Arthur Ashe Stadium, a sign the namesake barrier-breaker's dream of tennis racial diversity is alive in the 20th anniversary season of the world's largest tennis venue. "It's great for American tennis. It's great for African-American women," Stephens said. "I hope that we keep it going." Ashe, the first black man to win a Grand Slam title when he captured the 1968 US Open, battled racism and bigotry with grace and patience until his death in 1993. "He's a total legend," Williams said. "He played during a time where he couldn't just focus on the tennis. I'm very blessed to be able to focus on my game. But he had to fight because of the colour of his skin. "It was a completely different time. So I can't even imagine the pressure he was under. To come out of it with grace, as a champion, it's incredible." Williams will return to the world top five for the first time since January 2011, her highest level since being diagnosed with the strength-sapping illness Sjogren's Syndrome. Williams reached her first Grand Slam final at the 1997 US Open -- the year Ashe stadium debuted. "At that time during the Open, something just clicked for me, just understanding how to win these matches. So that was huge," Williams recalled. "It was a very beautiful moment for me. After that I never looked back, I just went bigger. It was awesome." Stephens, who missed 11 months with a left foot injury before returning at Wimbledon, beat Williams in the first round of the 2015 French Open in their only prior match. "Venus is just our leader. I think as a whole, she's just like what everyone looks up to. She's a great player, a great person. She's a great leader," Stephens said. "Being on Fed Cup teams with her, there's not anything bad you can say about Venus. I'm just honoured to be able to play at the same time as her. I'm happy she's still playing. She means a lot to the game." American resurgence If Americans Madison Keys and CoCo Vanderweghe win Wednesday, they will join Williams and Stephens in the first all-American US Open semi-finals since 1981. "It has been a great two weeks for American tennis, seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well," Williams said. "It's great to see this resurgence and I hope it can continue." Stephens, who has matched her deepest Slam run from the 2013 Australian Open, remains amazed at her run. "If someone would have told me when I started at Wimbledon that I'd be in the semifinals, I would have said they're crazy," Stevens said. "Making semifinals of a Slam is a complete neutralizer. Anybody's game. I just have to focus on myself. That's all I can really do." Williams adopted much the same notion, saying, "I have to focus on what's happening on my side of the court, make evaluations out there when I'm out there in terms of strategy and see what's working."
  25. An air traffic control tower is pictured at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, August 23, 2017. Photo: Reuters NEW DELHI: India is considering setting up remote air traffic control (ATC) towers to cut costs and overcome labour shortages, government sources told Reuters, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to open dozens of regional airports to boost air travel. Remote monitoring allows traditional concrete control towers to be replaced with dozens of high resolution, infra-red cameras around runways that feed live images to screens in buildings far from the airport. The technology, used in countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland and Sweden, enables flights at multiple airports to be monitored from one location, reducing the need for air traffic controllers and physical towers at every airport. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has initiated a study on remote monitoring of flights, with a recommendation expected in September, one of the sources said. A decision to proceed could be a boost to companies like Sweden's Saab and Canada-based Searidge Technologies that are in talks with the airport regulator to bring the technology to India. "India is one of the biggest opportunities in terms of the business potential," said Varun Singh, marketing director at Saab India, adding that it has held several discussions with the airport regulator. Searidge, which has set up remote digital towers in Hungary, Albania and Azerbaijan, said it has also presented its technology to the airport regulator. Air passenger traffic in India, the world's fourth biggest market, is growing at over 20 per cent annually. Plans are underway to revive 50 regional airports in the next two years under a new scheme to boost connectivity between small cities. Low-cost carriers IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe, and SpiceJet have ordered dozens of new, small planes from European turboprop maker ATR and Canada's Bombardier to fly regional routes. Regulator key The AAI is working with India's aviation safety watchdog, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on the study and has sought information from countries where remote towers are in use, one source said. The plan hinges on DGCA's approval because remote tower technology is not standardised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, which is still drawing up regulations. In the meantime, countries follow their own safety guidelines. "Remote ATC is all the more needed for India given our vast area, low traffic at regional airports and the need to keep airfares low," said Amber Dubey, India head of aerospace and defense at consultancy KPMG. However, in several parts of India availability of reliable power and telecom connectivity are a challenge, said Dubey. While there have been power failures at ATC towers at two of India's biggest and busiest airports ? Delhi and Mumbai ? in the past, no incidents or accidents occurred as a result, according to local media reports. The bigger concern, however, is the transfer of data from the airport to the remote tower. An ATC official at India's airport regulator said they are yet to understand how the data transfer will work, what medium will be used and what the backup will be. "If the (data transfer) medium goes blank, the airport will be cut off," said the official, who did not wish to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Controllers would also need to be trained to recognise and adapt to local conditions, including weather and topography, of multiple airports instead of just one, the source added. Costs and challenges The economics are appealing, however. The cost of servicing a regional airport with remote monitoring could be between 15-50 per cent of building individual concrete towers, depending on how many airports are monitored, according to estimates by Saab. Savings also come from not having to station air traffic controllers, who are in short supply, in remote parts of the country for only a couple of flights a day. India has over 3,100 controllers but needs close to 3,900, and with more airports planned, demand is set to rise. "With low traffic levels, controllers can monitor flights from multiple airports," said Neil Bowles, head of Air Traffic Management at Searidge. Saab, which has been operating remote towers in Sweden for two years and is in talks with about 10 other countries, said to ensure uninterrupted electricity it would equip the remote tower with backup supply similar to how it is done at airports. "Whatever you do for normal towers, you will do for this," said Saab's Singh.