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  1. A gold laurel leaf removed from the crown Napoleon Bonaparte wore to his coronation sold for 625,000 ($735,000) euros at an auction in Paris on Sunday. The sale price far exceeded the estimate of between 100,000 and 150,000 euros, Osenat auction house said. The leaf was one of six cut from the crown ahead of the 1804 coronation, because the monarch considered it too heavy. The goldsmith Martin Guillaume Biennais gave the spare leaves to each of his daughters - with the auctioned gold carving having been passed through the family to present day. A leaf which was worn during the coronation but was later detached from the crown sold in the 1980s for 80,000 francs. Around 400 works dedicated to the French emperor were sold at Sunday's auction, including a decorated box engraved with gold flowers, also made by Biennais, which belonged to Napoleon's wife Empress Josephine which sold for 150,000 euros - three times more than expected.
  2. Unless you believe in the magic of day dreaming, there's hardly a chance you'll solve things without any effort. Concept application: while dressing for your height. Though, nothing can lengthen your body length for you, certain style tips/tricks create illusions of extended height. And if there's anyone who's single handedly raining on this parade, it's our handlebar mascot—Aamir Khan. In recent times, nothing that we've seen off the actor's wardrobe, has let us down on the style front. Sure, we've never witnessed anything extraordinary in his menswear, but there's a lot to learn from Mr. Khan anyway. He has always, without fail, succumbed himself to dressing for his (comparatively) short height. And if you're eyeing examples of our former statement, let's give you five. 1. For Lesson #1, you need a well-fitted pair of jeans in life. Nothing too baggy or low-rise, but a rather high/medium-rise pair of denim bottoms. No way in hell should you look stumpier than usual! Plus, darker the colour/wash, better for you. By doing so, you'll divert one's attention from the bottom to top—resulting in the illusion of extended length. Of course, Mr. Khan is hitting the hammer here! © Viral Bhayani 2. Joggers are way too chill, man. Having said that, cuffed joggers can cause havoc in men who're a little too short. But if you're maintaining a scooped neckline, dwindly hem and ending it right below the hip, there's nothing stopping your high stakes with style. © Viral Bhayani 3. Anyone short in height doesn't need to stay away from anything that stands-out. You can certainly stink of a pop colour sometimes, even if it's at the cost of wearing pink—that unfortunately, can turn you into a public joke. That said, if you do it anyway, wear a well-fitted pair and one ending right above the ankle. Plus, balance it all out with not-heeled, but well-elevated footwear. © Viral Bhayani 4. The point is, when you're short, you can't expose your natural body lines. Keep your apparel well-fitted, but leave some space for the imagination—distract people away from your flaws. Like here, if you're thinking of going in for a layering piece, look at fuller arms. They'll create a more streamlined view on your top half, eventually extending your length for you. © Viral Bhayani 5. Even though a hoodie is a kickass go-to option most times, a suit jacket is the best bet. By building up your shoulders and since pronounced shoulders lengthen your height, you're going to appear taller, come what may. But, pick a jacket that fits right—don't choke yourself with it. That'll just make you look shorter! © Viral Bhayani
  3. The career of a sportsperson can easily be divided into three pivotal stages: the beginning, middle and the end. Making an impact early in their careers can do wonders to their confidence, while making the most of their prime and, in turn, maintaining consistency can surely prolong their stint in their respective sports. But, as important as the beginning, the middle, and the last stage of their career is probably the trickiest. The consistency of their performance is no the longer the same. Father Time tends to catch up, their bodies degrade and the impeccable fitness levels that once helped them reach the pinnacle of the sport gradually drop a notch down. And, with the young guns breathing down their necks, athletes are eventually left facing the perennial question of when to call it quits and bow out from a sport they dominated all this while. Some athletes give in to the pressure and hang up their boots, while others have been seen overstaying their welcome to eventually become the subject of immense criticism - say, someone like MS Dhoni. © Reuters But, then there are those who accept the limitations at hand and work towards their strengths, eventually bringing out the fighter in themselves to shut the critics up, win back fans and turn the trickiest stage into probably the best phase of their career. And, no Indian athlete embodies that 'fighter spirit' better than MC Mary Kom does. For a large part of her career, she had no sponsors. The Indian boxing star even, on a few occasions, paid for her travel to participate in competitions and camps. But, since there's no shortcut to success, Mary defied all odds and came through with flying colours to dominate a sport long associated with men, especially in a country where women still continue to lurk in the shadows of their male counterparts. © BCCL At the age of 34, her hardwork and perseverance has once again paid off as she bagged the gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships in Vietnam. Participating in the light flyweight category, the 'Magnificent Mary' defeated North Korea's Kim Hyang-Mi 5-0 (unanimous decision) in the summit clash on 8 November. It was her sixth medal in the Asian Women's Boxing Championships and a staggering fifth gold medal, having won four gold medals and one silver in previous editions of the tournament. But, the lack of expectations on her comeback bid is what makes her latest feat even more important. © Reuters Ahead of the tournament, not many were rooting for the Manipuri boxer, especially due to her noticeable absence from the ring. And, the fact that she was marking a return to her favoured 48kg category after five years only raised doubts about her success in the coveted tournament. But, those who know the gutsy lady from Manipur wouldn't have been surprised by her absolute domination in Vietnam. She did it in the past, and if there was anyone to do it again, it would have arguably been Mary. Alienating her critics, the 34-year-old mother of three channelized all her energy and maintained focus on her goal to eventually repeat the heroics of her yesteryears. However, where Mary has excelled, Dhoni seems to have fallen short. © Reuters Once labelled as world's best finisher in international cricket, Dhoni is far from the dashing batsman that tormented opposition bowlers and enthralled Indian fans. His fitness levels are great (watch him take those singles), his know-how of the game still makes him an ideal player on the field and his wicket-keeping skills are just marvellous. But, when it comes to striking the ball, the Jharkhand cricketer is no longer the marauding batsman who could hammer at will. While he has long been known for his calm and composed approach, Dhoni of the present day seems to have been affected by the consistent criticism coming his way. With people questioning his place in the T20 format (as of now), the pressure seems to be getting to our 'Captain Cool' as he chases the ghosts of the past. © Reuters And, this is where Dhoni needs to take a leaf out of Mary's book. Just like the Indian boxing sensation, Dhoni needs to use all the criticism, work towards his strengths and let his willow do the talking. For someone as experienced as Dhoni, we'd say he is just a blitz away from shutting the self-proclaimed cricket pundits. Thus, as we celebrate the triumphant return of Indian boxing's postergirl, let's hope that her never-say-die attitude not only inspires Dhoni, but also those who continue to preach that they're not good enough and must quit.
  4. Customers crowd around a jewellery showroom during Akshaya Tritiya, a major gold-buying festival, in Kochi, India April 28, 2017. Photo: Reuters 1 MUMBAI/BENGALURU: Demand for physical gold was lacklustre in top consumers India and China this week, while the lure of the metal remained stable in Singapore, but India?s peak wedding season is expected to usher in renewed interest for bullion in coming weeks. Gold is considered an essential part of weddings in India, second-biggest consumer of the metal in the world after China, and it is a popular gift on such occasions. ?The wedding season has started. In the next few weeks, there are many wedding dates, which will boost demand,? said Kumar Jain, a Mumbai-based jeweller. Dealers in India were charging a premium of up to $3 an ounce this week over official domestic prices, unchanged from last week. The domestic price includes a 10 per cent import tax. ?Gold imports by (jewellery) export houses have fallen sharply in the last few weeks. That?s why the market is in premium, despite moderate demand,? said a dealer with a private bank in Mumbai. In October, India tightened gold import norms for jewellery exporters by restricting them from importing the yellow metal only for export purposes and not for selling in the domestic market. Meanwhile, in China, the market for the precious metal remained quiet, with premiums of $5 to $9 an ounce being charged over benchmark rates, as against the $6.50 to $10 range in the previous week. Benchmark spot gold was on track to register a small weekly gain, hovering around the $1,275.00 level as of 0919 GMT on Friday, but still below Thursday?s mark of $1,284.10, highest in nearly two weeks. ?Dips below the $1,270 level (toward the beginning of the week) spurred some buying, but the upside, (around the $1,280 level) limited purchases,? said Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong. Premiums in Hong Kong remained more or less unchanged from last week, in the 60 cents to $1.20 range. ?Premiums are quite low, and except for periodic large sales, the market is quiet,? said Joshua Rotbart, managing partner of J. Rotbart & Co in Hong Kong. In Singapore, premiums rose to 70-90 cents from the 50 cents last week. ?There has been interest from two segments, the wholesalers and high net worth individuals, so it is still strong,? said Loh Mun Chun, Director, Private Wealth at GoldSilver Central in Singapore. ?The wholesalers need to buy ... to produce jewellery, especially with some spillover demand coming from the Diwali and Dhanterras festivals, while the high net worth individuals ... buy to diversify their portfolio and they have the money.? Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday on Friday.
  5. Touted to be one of India's big prospects for a medal, Heena Sidhu left a billion fans disappointed after failing to qualify for the main event of 10m women's air pistol event at the Rio Games. A 14th-place finish and eventually an exit in the qualifying round was surely not what her fans expected from the former world no. 1, but the Indian shooter didn't just give up, she came back stronger and better than ever. © BCCL Going from strength to strength, the 28-year-old made a stellar comeback in the ISSF World Cup Finals earlier in February where she teamed up with Jitu Rai to strike gold in the mixed team event. Despite trailing in the semi-final stage, the Indian duo made a spirited comeback in the contest to win 5-3. In May, she had also won bronze in the women's 10 air pistol event at the Grand Prix of Liberation Plaza Shooting Championships in the Czech Republic. Shooting 218.8 in the eight-woman final, Heena finished third in the event which was won by Rio Olympic gold and bronze medallist, Anna Korakaki of Greece. Continuing her terrific form this year, Heena produced yet another brilliant performance to bag a gold medal at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane. The Indian star scored 240.8 in the women's 10m Air Pistol final to finish ahead of Australians Elena Galiabovitch (238.2) and Kristy Gillman (213.7) who finished second and third respectively. Apart from Sidhu, Deepak Kumar also gave the Indian fans a reason to cheer following his bronze-medal finish in the men's 10m Air Rifle event. In the same event, London Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang - who was expected to make India proud after creating a Commonwealth record of 626.2 points in the qualification round - sadly finished fourth. Here's how Twitter lauded Heena Sidhu for her extraordinary feat: Well done, @HeenaSidhu10, on your golden effort at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship. You've made the country proud. pic.twitter.com/w5g0Mpmw4F — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 31, 2017 Congratulations @HeenaSidhu10 on winning the gold medal at Commonwealth Shooting Championships ð¥ð#OGQ is very proud to support you ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/gvSaez0kpc — OGQ (@OGQ_India) October 31, 2017 Congratulations @HeenaSidhu10 on winning Gold at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships's 10m Air Pistol event. Your golden run continues! pic.twitter.com/EqEmnqb9Sx — Congress (@INCIndia) October 31, 2017 Congrats @HeenaSidhu10, for winning Gold in 10m Air Pistol event, Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane. You've done us all proud. — Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) October 31, 2017 Congratulations @HeenaSidhu10 on winning Gold for #India in 10 m Air Pistol event at #Commonwealth Shooting Championship, Brisbane. — Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) October 31, 2017 Congratulations @HeenaSidhu10 for winning the Gold medal in Women's 10m Air Pistol at Commonwealth Shooting Championship. pic.twitter.com/MqiG9F83ND — Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) October 31, 2017 Superb score of 240.8 in the final by @HeenaSidhu10. She is really on a roll. Congrats coach @CoachRonak. Doing an awesome job!! @OGQ_India — Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) October 31, 2017
  6. A salesperson attends to a customer (not pictured) inside a jewellery showroom, during Akshaya Tritiya, a major gold-buying festival, in Mumbai, India April 28, 2017. Photo: Reuters Demand for gold jumped in India this week on account of Dhanteras and Diwali, but high prices took some sheen off the yellow metal?s lure during the key festival period this year. Demand in the world?s second largest gold consumer usually strengthens during the final quarter as the country gears up for the wedding season soon after the festivals when buying bullion is considered auspicious. After poor sales during Dussehra festival, demand improved significantly over the last two weeks, but was still 15 per cent lower than last year?s Diwali, said Nitin Khandelwal, chairman of All Indian Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation. ?In some regions, demand was nearly 30 per cent lower than normal, but in others, it was at par compared with last year. Overall for the country, demand was down around 15 per cent.? Local gold rates were at a premium of up to $2 an ounce over official domestic prices this week, unchanged from last week. ?Consumers were price sensitive and buying less gold than last year. They had a very tight budget,? said Mangesh Devi, a jeweller in the western state of Maharashtra. Gold prices in India have risen nearly 8 per cent so far in 2017. ?This year, my husband?s business is down due to GST (Goods and Services Tax). That?s why I reduced spending on gold,? said Sangeeta Pardesi, a housewife, who buys gold on Dhanteras every year. The launch of the GST in July, which transformed India?s 29 states into a single customs union, has hit small and medium-size businesses and consumers overall. Elsewhere in Asia, there was a slight uptick in demand for physical gold, with benchmark spot gold rates headed for a weekly decline after touching a one-week low of $1,276.22 an ounce on Thursday, pressured by a firmer dollar. ?There was some buying as prices fell, especially around the $1,280 level,? said Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong. However, investors remained cautious, awaiting direction on economic policy and market reforms during the 19th Communist Party Congress in China which kicked off on Wednesday and were also focused on the upcoming elections in Japan, he added. In top consumer China, premiums charged ranged between $8 and $12 per ounce over the benchmark this week, compared with $9-$14 a week earlier. Premiums of 50 cents were being charged in both Hong Kong and Singapore this week versus the 40 cents-$1.10 and 50-60 cents levels respectively in the previous week. In Tokyo, gold continued to be sold flat versus the benchmark.
  7. ZURICH: While London?s sewers can get clogged with fatbergs made up of grease and diapers, it seems Switzerland?s waste system is flecked with silver and gold. Researchers last year detected 3 tonnes of silver and 43 kg of gold in effluent and sludge from waste water treatment plants - amounting to around 3 million Swiss francs ($3.1 million). But before people start hunting in their drains for jewellery, the government study said the tiny particles were likely to be mostly from the watchmaking, pharmaceuticals and chemical industries, which use the metals in their products and processes. ?You hear stories about an angry man or woman throwing jewellery down the toilet, but we didn?t find any rings, unfortunately,? report author Bas Vriens said on Thursday. ?The levels of gold or silver were very small, in the micrograms, or even nanograms, but when you add them up it?s pretty substantial.? Researchers are now studying if it is worthwhile to extract the metals that end up in sewage sludge before usually being burnt, but so far it has not found to be cost-effective. Higher levels of gold were found in the western Swiss region of Jura, believed to be linked to watchmakers that use the precious metal to decorate their expensive timepieces. There was also a higher concentration in the southern canton of Ticino due to the gold refineries in the area. This was the only region where it might make sense to recover the metals, Vriens said. Other trace elements including rare metals such as gadolinium - used in medical imaging - were also found by the scientists from the government?s Institute of aquatic science and technology (EAWAG). Their discovery is the latest example of wealthy Switzerland finding riches in unusual places. Last month an investigation was launched after toilets at a Geneva bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $100,000 in high-denomination banknotes - a bit different from the huge fat mass that blocked an east London sewer. The Swiss metal concentrations complied with regulations and were removed before humans drank the water again, the study said. ?It wouldn?t make sense for people to boil their tap water to recover gold or silver because it has already been filtered out before it re-enters the drinking water supply,? Vriens said.
  8. LONDON: Precious metal gold sank to a two-month low on Friday, as US payrolls data stoked hopes of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike, dealers said. The price of gold slid to $1,260.64 per ounce in afternoon London deals. "Gold was pressured this week by increasing prospects of higher US interest rates," said ForexTime analyst Lukman Otunuga. US payrolls contracted in September for the first time in seven years as major hurricanes left workers idled in southern states but unemployment continued to fall, official data showed Friday. Total non-farm employment fell by 33,000 net positions for the month, with a steep drop-off in hiring at restaurants and bars, according to the labor department. But the unemployment rate fell another two tenths to 4.2%, its lowest level since February of 2001. Average hourly earnings, a closely watched measure of wages which can point to looming inflation, popped by a surprising 0.5% to $26.55. "The further decline in US unemployment and the impressive spike in average earnings have pushed up the prospect of the rate hike from the Fed in December," added CMC Markets analyst David Madden. "The metal has lost ground over the past four weeks, and that trend could stay in place as dealers will be looking toward the US central bank meeting at the end of the year."
  9. A customer pays after buying gold ornaments at a jewellery showroom during Dhanteras, a Hindu festival associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in Mumbai, India October 28, 2016. Photo: Reuters MUMBAI: Gold smuggling in India, the world?s second-biggest consumer of the metal, is likely to rise during the country?s peak holiday season as buyers try to avoid paying a new sales tax and to dodge new transparency rules. In August, India moved to include gold sales under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The law makes it mandatory for jewellers to keep records of customers? personal identification numbers or tax code number for transactions above 50,000 rupees ($761.50). Indian gold demand typically rises in the last three months of the year as consumers buy more for the wedding season as well as for festivals such as Diwali and Dussehra. ?The government implemented the PMLA rule but it didn?t take efforts to popularise. Customers are not aware of the rule and are hesitating in giving necessary details,? said Surendra Mehta, secretary of the India Bullion and Jewellers Association. ?Unaccounted sale will rise in the festive season as some customers are trying to buy without bills.? The tax avoidance recalls the unintended consequences of India?s decision to raise import taxes on gold to 10 per cent by August 2013. The duty failed to curb demand but revived smuggling networks which, the World Gold Council estimates, imported 120 tonnes of gold in 2016, over one-fifth of total annual arrivals. ?The new rule is turning out to be counterproductive. Instead of giving required details, customers are buying without proper receipts to save tax,? said Harshad Ajmera, the proprietor of JJ Gold House, a wholesaler in the eastern Indian city Kolkata. The sales tax on gold rose to 3 per cent from 1.2 per cent as part of a new nationwide sales tax regime that started on July 1. ?Jewellers are buying smuggled gold at discount in cash, then making jewellery and selling it to consumers without receipts,? said Daman Prakash Rathod, director at wholesaler MNC Bullion in the southern city of Chennai. In India, less than 4 per cent of the people pay income tax. Many tax evaders choose to park their illicit wealth in gold as it is nearly as liquid as currency in the country. The new limit of 50,000 rupees is too low and makes it mandatory to seek identification details of almost each customer, said Kumar Jain, vice president, Mumbai Jewellers Association. ?The rule has hurt sentiments. Usually demand improves ahead of Dussehra but this year demand is very weak,? Jain said. Indians will celebrate Dussehra on September 30, a holiday when buying gold is considered auspicious. Rural demand for gold, the driver of two-thirds of India?s demand, was weak because of erratic monsoon rains and rising gold prices, said Mangesh Devi, a jeweller in the western state of Maharashtra, who caters mainly farmers. Local gold prices have risen nearly 9 per cent so far in 2017. India?s food grain production from summer-sown crops is likely to fall 2.8 per cent in 2017/18 from a year ago.
  10. ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN: Pakistan Saturday took off with a flying start winning a gold, a silver and four bronze medals on the opening day of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which are formally to be kicked off Sunday with over 6,000 athletes from 65 Asian countries taking part in 21 different disciplines. Pakistan's Shahzeb Nawaz and Muhammad Rafique in the men?s duo show final upset Thailand witnessed by a jamp-packed indoor complex. The duo earlier upset Turkmenistan's twin brothers Ahmad Tanriberdiyew and Yousaf Tanriberdyew, after taking a bye in the opening round. Shahzeb and Muhammad Rafique in a close fight secured 45 points against 44.5 of the strong Thailand pair, leaving a difference of 0.5. Talking to APP, Shehbaz Nawaz and Rafique said they had undergone a hard training back home. After recording a victory against the host Turkmenistan, winning the gold medal was their target. Turkmenistan was a strong team and their defeat had boosted their morale that they could also beat Thailand, they added. Meanwhile, Pakistan grabbed two silver and three bronze medals in jujitsu and one bronze medal in traditional wrestling. The international duo Abu Hurrara and Ammar grabbed silver medals by defeating Tajikistan and then claiming the golden point when their fight with Thailand tied on 80 points each. They later lost the gold medal fight to host Turkmenistan. In the women duo show classic event, Sonia Manzoor and Komal Emmanuel grabbed bronze medals while Thailand won the gold medal and Turkmenistan took silver medal, respectively. Pakistan lost to Turkmenistan and Vietnam, and defeated arch-rival India. In the women duo show, the same pair won the bronze medal while Thailand won the gold medal and Turkmenistan the silver medal, and in the mixed duo classic, Pakistan's another pair of Shahbaz Nawaz Janjua and Rafique Siddique lost to Turkmenistan and Thailand and recorded victory against Tajikistan to grab a bronze medal. In the traditional wrestling Ambareen Massih won bronze medal in 58kg weight while her sister Humaira lost. Earlier, 135-member contingent of Pakistan led by Chef de Mission Amjad Ali Khan was warmly received by Turkmenistanian Olympic officials. The Turkmen children chanted slogans: "Long lasting Pakistan-Turkmenistan friendship" at the bird-like newly constructed international airport like other 65 participating countries of Asia. Pakistan is taking part in nine different Games comprising Athletic, Belt Wrestling, Free Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Traditional Wrestling, Tennis, Taekwondo, Kick-Boxing, Weightlifting. Meanwhile, all is set for the formal opening ceremony of the much-anticipated event on Sunday evening with Ashgabat illuminated with multi-colour lights, colourful fountains and multi-banners on the roads leading to the Olympic City. In a media briefing Chairman Olympic Committee of Asia Charles Lo, CEO Games James Bulley and Operation Manager Games Annasuket KAKAYAV said Turkmenistan was the first Central Asian country to host any of the OCA events and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berglimuhamedow along with dignitaries, including President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistanwould grace the formal opening ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony will be held at the newly built Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. The impressive venue located at the center of the complex is a one of a kind facility and set to leave a long lasting legacy for Turkmen sports, especially as a football and athletics venue. With the 45,000-seating capacity Olympic stadium, Ashgabat boasts some truly impressive numbers, with a massive cast of characters, incredible feats of engineering and infrastructure, intricate arrangements in catering, and a slew of other preparations completed to accommodate the incoming athletes from Asia and Oceania. There are 45 countries of Asia and 19 Oceana countries, as well as one refugee team competing under the Olympic banner?a first for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The number of sports slated for the Ashgabat 2017 programme, including everything from Belt Wrestling to Track Cycling, with four of those sports part of the Olympic Games programme. There are 351 medal events and a total of 1870 medals would be awarded. A total of 15 different venues prepared according to international needs for the competitions spread out across the 1.5 sqr-km Ashgabat Olympic Complex. Out of the 15 venues 13 venues are newly built, with state of the art facilities at par with the best in the world, while two facilities have been fully upgraded for the games. There are 700,000 numbers of tickets available for spectators to view the 220 sport sessions on the Ashgabat 2017 programme, with ticket costs between 7-10 TMT (US $3). There will be 7000 young performers prepared for the most awaited opening and closing ceremonies with 8000 devoted volunteers helping the visitors to this beautiful Ashgabat City, famous at White Marbal City.
  11. Shoaib, a resident of Gujrat, was found in possession of gold jewellery worth over Rs20 million LAHORE: Customs authorities on Saturday seized 4 kilogrammes of gold from a passenger travelling from Manchester at the Allama Iqbal International Aiport. Shoaib, a resident of Gujrat, was found in possession of gold jewellery worth over Rs20 million, authorities said. 20kg heroin seized from PIA plane at Islamabad airport Sources said the drugs were hidden in the plane's catering cabin He has been taken into custody by the customs authorities for questioning.
  12. Two months ago, we published the story of very young Indian weightlifting prodigy being mentored by the Indian Army. His name's Jeremy Lalrinnunga and we were the first ones to acknowledge his incredible skills and the laurels he's racking for the country. In a country where it is hard to find weightlifting training centers, this incredible budding athlete has been making us incredibly proud. To give you a quick flashback- Jeremy began training as a boxer but the Indian Army mentors looked at the weightlifter in him and he was taken under the wings of Prestigious Army Institute of Sports, Pune. Just after few years of training, Jeremy began lifting 100+ kgs. His 170kg squat can put the most religious gym bros to shame. Jeremy stepped on to the competition stage last year and the following are his achievements from just 2016-2017 alone: 1) 2016 National Weightlifting Championship- 3 Gold Medals 2) Youth World Weightlifting Championship Malaysia Oct-2016 3) 107 Snatch(silver), Clean and Jerk- 127kg, Overall silver © IWF 4) 2016 Commonwealth Youth Weightlifting Championship- Gold Medal 5) 2016 Youth Asia Weightlifting Championship- Silver 6) 2017 National Weightlifting Championship 7) Youth Category (3 gold) and Junior Category (1 gold and 2 silver) © IWF 8) 2017 Thailand World Youth Weightlifting Championship But these achievements are merely a stepping-stone for the young lad, his ultimate goal is to win an Olympic Gold for India in weightlifting. Yesterday, Jeremy conquered another victory by snatching Gold in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Competition at Australia. His winning lifts included a 109 kg Snatch and 131kg Clean and Jerk at a bodyweight of 53kg. #109#snatch#commonwelth#championshipð #lifterjeremyðï¸ A post shared by jeremy ralte (@raltejeremy) on Sep 5, 2017 at 7:11am PDT Comparing it to his last tournament a few months ago, Jeremy has raised 1 kg on the bar in Clean and Jerk, which is pretty impressive. India's national records in 56kg weight category in the snatch and clean and jerk are 119 kg and 147 kg respectively. And considering that Jeremy is only 14-years-old, we believe he has the potential to break these records and raise our national flag at the Olympic podium. We wholeheartedly congratulate Jeremy and the team of coaches from the National Institute of Sports and Army Institute of Sports for nurturing such incredible athletes for our nation. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  13. The 7th season of ‘Game of Thrones' has ended and so has our watch. The finale has left us in whirlwind of emotions and we have been replaying everything in our heads ever since. Too bad if you haven't watched it yet, we suggest you do not read any further because this piece has more spoilers than the hair in your head. First things first, Jon and Dany have finally hooked up after leaving fans on the brink of a climax with their sexual tension. Strangely enough, the intimate scene is coupled with the scene of Jon's bloody birth. Don't know why but we think Dany might soon have a child of her own. While Cersei might have sunk to her lowest yet and she is not budging even for the White Walkers, we see a point in her madness. Let your enemies fight and kill each other. One dragon is already dead; she might not have to fight at all to win this war perhaps. Nevertheless, let's take a moment to savour some of the best moments of this episode! They started off with a cocky joke Not without Bronn bringing things into perspective Brienne looks at the Hound like Tormund looks at Brienne! She means she is glad he is alive Arya could so have been their daughter Aaand a reunion that is anything but conventional We bet there's gonna be an insane battle between the Hound and the Mountain in the next season What. An. Entry. Too bad you gave away news of your dead dragon while trying to brag That look on Cersei's face when she is greeted by the Wight We are secretly hoping the evil genius Qyburn comes up with a plan for the White Walkers Of all the places and all the times, you chose this moment to bend the knee?! Yes, talk to the queen and tell her you love me, not her Or maybe she already knows Bingo boy! You haven't lost that edge. Wine suits you The only time Jon Snow made sense And also the only time Theon was glad to miss Little theon I swear it felt as scary as when the teacher singles you out and you haven't done your assignment Could watch this scene a thousand times Uh, well, one minute Mr Three-Eyed Raven, you are sitting with Samwell Tarly Erm..hi…wanna test out the witch's prophecy? Aegon Targaryen We loved this reunion better than any in the show! So that's basically Daenerys' dragon destroying the Wall for the White Walkers. Nicely played
  14. Of all the noteworthy words our beloved Captain Jack Sparrow said in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, there was one dialogue that kind of stuck in our minds - “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate”. And we guess neither Johnny Depp nor the kids of BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada will forget those words, especially after Depp paid a surprise visit to the hospital dressed as Jack Sparrow. Today #BCCH patients were delighted by a visit today with one of the world's most famous pirates, #CaptainJackSparrow. pic.twitter.com/ORsDDsO84Z — BCChildren'sHosp Fdn (@BCCHF) August 15, 2017 No treasure can be bigger than bringing a smile on someone's face and making them feel special and Depp did exactly that. The hospital appreciated the actor's gesture by posting pictures of the 54-year-old Depp who is currently busy shooting for his new comedy drama ‘Richard Says Goodbye'. #JohnnyDepp showed he has a heart of gold by stopping by and spending over 5.5 hours with our patients and their families yesterday. pic.twitter.com/ZnJxqMzBqH — BCChildren'sHosp Fdn (@BCCHF) August 15, 2017 They wrote, “Johnny Depp showed he has a heart of gold by stopping by and spending over 5.5 hours with our patients and their families yesterday.” They wrote in another post that “Johnny Depp as “Captain Jack Sparrow” sails into Vancouver to visit BCCH patients.” Johnny Depp as “Captain Jack Sparrow” sails into #Vancouver to visit #BCCH patients. pic.twitter.com/rB3N9Z9tbf — BCChildren'sHosp Fdn (@BCCHF) August 15, 2017 Depp looked really happy and excited to be meeting and posing with the kids and we are sure that his young fans didn't feel any different. © Facebook / BC Children's Hospital Foundation In the five hours he spent at the hospital, he not only spent quality time with patients but also participated in sword fights with some of them and filled the air with laughter and joy. © Facebook / BC Children's Hospital Foundation In a video posted by the hospital on their Facebook page, the actor was seen playing with the kids and jokingly said one of the young patients “How do you do? I have no sword. I come in peace.” © Facebook / BC Children's Hospital Foundation The kids too were extremely excited and elated meeting their favourite pirate. One of them even said in the video, “I didn't wake up in the morning knowing I was going to see Johnny Depp today.” He didn't get out of his character while enjoying with the kids and made their dreams come true. This is not the first time that the actor paid surprise visits to his fans. In April, the actor reportedly surprised riders on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Last year, he visited Great Ormond Street Hospital in London as well.
  15. OnePlus announced a brand new colour variant for the OnePlus 5 and will be available to purchase on Amazon.in for the Independence Sale. The variant is called the “Soft Gold” OnePlus 5 and it will be available with 6GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage. This variant has a white front, different from the midnight black version. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Speaking on the new launch, Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India, said “As a maker of the most beautifully designed smartphones, it gives us immense joy to introduce the latest OnePlus 5 with even more refined and elegant Soft Gold finish this festival season. The latest OnePlus 5 Soft Gold will appeal to those who are looking for the perfect balance of beautiful design and powerful features.” © OnePlus According to OnePlus, it takes an average of 180 days to perfect the gold coating on a smartphone and the surface has been sandblasted and polished with intense precision. The limited edition OnePlus 5 will be available starting tomorrow at 12:00 am IST and will sell for INR 32,999. Customers can purchase the smartphone via Amazon.in or oneplusstore.in The Gold edition on the OnePlus 5 is identical to the one launched in June i.e. it has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood and a 3,300 mAh battery. The display of the OnePlus 5 remains the same i.e. a 5.5-inch screen 1080p AMOLED display. OnePlus is also releasing the 8GB RAM/128GB Internal storage variant in the Slate Grey option in the coming weeks and it will be available to purchase on Amazon.in, oneplusstore.in and the OnePlus offline store in Delhi and Bangalore.
  16. Pakistan has won two gold medals in South Asian Karate Championship being held in Colombo. With Pakistani player Nargis? gold medal win in the below 68kg category ? Pakistan has bagged two gold medals in the tournament. Earlier, another Pakistani player, Shahbaz Khan claimed gold medal under 61 kg category. Pakistani team has won two gold, four silver and three bronze in the tournament.
  17. Caeleb Dressel won an historic seventh gold medal in Budapest on Sunday BUDAPEST: Caeleb Dressel brought the curtain down on the world championships with an historic seventh gold medal in Budapest on Sunday, equalling the record of swim legend Michael Phelps. Dressel swam the third leg of the men´s 4x100m medley relay to leave him with seven golds to equal fellow American Phelps´s record from a single worlds set at the 2007 championships in Melbourne. "I´m very happy to be done, pretty tired," admitted the University of Florida student after winning four golds in 48 hours. He had become the first swimmer to claim three world golds in one session on Saturday by winning the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and mixed 4x100m freestyle titles in a jaw-dropping 98 minute-spell. "I was seeing a star being born, he´s such a great guy, I thought I was witnessing the start of an awesome career," said US backstroker Matt Grevers after witnessing Dressel make history. Dressel´s seven golds include three individual titles in the 50m, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, plus relay golds in the 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m mixed freestyle, 4x100m mixed medley and Sunday´s 4x100m medley. His stunning display has earned comparisons with both Phelps and Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The performances have been the icing on the cake for the USA, who finished with 38 swimming medals in Budapest -- over five times more than nearest rivals Britain, who won seven. Not to be outdone by the men, the USA broke the world record in winning the women´s 4x100m medley relay as Simone Manuel touched the wall at 3:51.55 minutes to break their own record set at the 2012 London Olympics. Michael Phelps pictured with Caeleb Dressel/file photo Lilly King got the evening off to a bang with a world record in winning the women´s 50m breaststroke. King clocked 29.40 seconds, breaking the four-year-old record, with Russia´s Yuliya Efimova taking silver at 0.17 back. The victory was King´s second of week over Efimova, who took bronze in the 100m final but had beaten the American over 200m with a commanding display on Friday when King finished fourth. Swedish sprint queen Sarah Sjostrom picked up her her third sprint title in Budapest with victory in the women´s 50m freestyle final having set the world-record in the semis. She also won the 50m and 100m butterfly finals and leaves Budapest with two world records after she became the first woman to swim the 100m freestyle under 52 seconds last Sunday. Hungary´s ´Iron Lady´ Katinka Hosszu was roared on by the crowd as she won the women´s 400m individual medley to complete the IM double. This is the third straight world championships where Hosszu has won both the 200m and 400m IM title and she is also the world-record holder in both events. She admitted the crowd carried her home at the end of a punishing week after also racing in the 100m and 200M backstroke, the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly. France´s backstroke ace Camille Lacourt brought down the curtain on his career as the 32-year-old won the men´s 50m gold for the third straight championships before retiring. America´s Chase Kalisz is continuing the legacy of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the men´s 200m and 400m IM after he won Sunday´s final over the longer distance. Kalisz clocked a new championships record time of four minutes, 05.90 seconds in the 400m final to complete the IM double in Budapest. "Those guys are my idols, just to be behind them is cool for me," said Kalisz in regards to Phelps and Lochte, who won the 400m IM five times between them. "I don´t think that I will ever be on the level of those guys, I think they are just a step above the level that anyone in our sport will ever be. "For me to continue our tradition of IM -- well I grew up with that. I watched those guys and watched them dominate.
  18. Mexico's Jesus Molina, left, jumps into the arms of teammate Hugo Ayala following Mexico's goal by Rodolfo Pizarro during the first half of a match against Hondurason July 20. Photo: Roy Dabner / Associated Press LOS ANGELES: Defending champion Mexico claimed the final semi-final berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over the offensively-challenged Honduras national team Thursday at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Rodolfo Pizarro scored the only goal of the contest in the fourth minute, finishing off a nice passing series in front of the Honduras´ goal as Mexico took another step towards trying to win a record-extending eighth Gold Cup championship. Orbelin Pineda started the play on the left side with a short back pass to Jesus Duenas, who redirected across the front of the goal to the back post, giving Pizarro an easy tap in. Mexico advances to Sunday´s semi-final to set up a rematch of the 2015 final against Jamaica, who punched their ticket earlier in the day with a 2-1 win over Canada. Mexico and Jamaica faced each other in the group stage where they played to a 0-0 draw. The semi-final will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The USA and Costa Rica will square off in the other semi-final at AT&T Stadium on Saturday in Dallas, Texas. Honduras is eliminated from the Gold Cup after failing to score a goal in four games. Their only win came when French Guiana had to forfeit their game in the group stage after they fielded an illegal player. Mexico reached the semis despite fielding a B-team roster that includes just one player from their fourth place Confederations Cup squad. The seven-time tournament champions Mexico are now unbeaten in 10 consecutive Gold Cup contests. Mexico had several opportunities to add to their goal total, but either failed to get a shot on goal or the Honduras defense broke up the scoring chance. Honduras had one last chance to equalize in the 93rd minute on a free kick but the ball sailed wide and deep, leaving them without a clear shot on net. Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto said he was proud of the way his team competed. "I am not happy but somehow satisfied," said Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto. "We won in behavior in the Gold Cup even if we didn´t score or win." ´Figured it out´ Earlier Thursday, goals in each half from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams secured victory for the ´Reggae Boyz.´ "It wasn´t easy," said Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake. "Canada is a very good team. When we got the second goal I think we lapsed a little bit. They scored a beautiful goal. We figured it out and we won the match." Jamaica got off to a dream start at the University of Phoenix Stadium when Francis scored after only six minutes. Forward Darren Mattocks pounced on a stumble from Canada defender Steven Vitoria and darted into the area before squaring for Francis, who thumped his finish high into the roof of the net. Mattocks almost doubled Jamaica´s lead shortly afterward only for his shot to be well blocked by goalkeeper Milan Borjan. Canada striker Cyle Larin went close six minutes before the break but his shot was parried to safety by Andre Blake. Jamaica doubled their lead five minutes into the second half with a sublime goal from Williams. The Charleston Battery forward picked up Mattocks´ layoff before curling his shot from outside the area beyond Borjan. Canada hit back with a superb long-range strike from Cardiff City´s Junior Hoilett to set up a nervy finale. Hoilett came close to levelling with another thunderbolt from distance in the 71st minute, only to see his shot brilliantly turned around the post by Blake.
  19. A woman walks past a golden ATM, marking the location of the first 'hole in the wall', which opened fifty years ago in Enfield, Britain June 27, 2017. Photo: Reuters Five decades since it heralded a transformation in the way people obtained and used cash, the world's first ATM was turned into gold for celebrations of its fiftieth anniversary. The brainchild of Scottish inventor Shepherd-Barron, the first ATM (automated teller machine) was opened on June 27, 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank. English actor Reg Varney, who starred in the British TV comedy show "On The Buses", was the first person to withdraw cash from the new machine. Now there are an estimated three million cash machines across the globe with some 70,000 cash machines in the UK alone which dispensed 175 billion pounds in 2016. The world's most northerly machine is at Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway and the most southerly located at the McMurdo station at the South Pole. To commemorate the anniversary, Barclays transformed the ATM at its Enfield branch into gold, added a commemorative plaque and placed a red carpet in front for its users. "Even though recent years have seen a huge uptake of digital banking and card payments, cash remains a crucial part of most people?s day-to-day lives," said Raheel Ahmed, head of Customer Experience and Channels at Barclays.
  20. NEW YORK: The Pakistani-American father of a soldier killed in Iraq who eviscerated Donald Trump during last year?s election campaign will publish a children?s book about the Constitution in November, his publishers announced. Harvard-educated lawyer Khizr Khan shot to fame in the United States for delivering a damning indictment of Trump at the Democratic National Convention, accusing him of sacrificing nothing for the country and stressing the importance of an inclusive America. Trump hit back hard, saying Khan had "viciously attacked" him and refused to apologise for suggesting that Khan?s wife Ghazala had stood silently at his side because she was not allowed to speak, triggering uproar within his party. "This Is Our Constitution" will be a non-fiction hardcover suitable for children aged 10 and over and be released simultaneously with Khan?s adult memoir, "An American Family," on November 14, Random House Children?s Books said Thursday. Khan grew up in Pakistan, before immigrating with his wife to the United States in 1980. Their son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004 and posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He delivered one of the most memorable speeches of the Democratic convention, in which he honoured his son?s sacrifice, accused Trump of smearing the character of Muslims and questioned whether the Republican candidate had even read the Constitution. His publishers said the book would introduce young readers to the history and contents of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and why they are important. "This book is my humble effort to pay tribute to our future leaders, the true custodians of our Constitution, and to all of the human dignities enshrined in our Bill of Rights, as the making of our republic continues," Khan said. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers acquired world rights for the book, said Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher of Random House Children?s Books.
  21. Our society loves two types of heroes – one who works for the betterment of people and helps bring justice in real life; and the other who fights the evils breeding in a parallel world, romances his lady love and entertains us with his antics on screen. Time and again our beloved Bollywood actors have placed themselves in both ‘real life’ and ‘reel life’ shoes and evolved as role models the world loves to follow. From Shah Rukh Khan to Irfan Khan, Aamir Khan to Akshay Kumar, most of them have done their bit to give back to society. Now, actor Sushant Singh Rajput has joined the bandwagon of philanthropists and will be providing free education to the underprivileged kids. © Instagram “My team is working on the idea where we are selecting a group of schools, and we will take a merit test of the kids,” Sushant said, according to a report published in Hindustan Times. He further added, “If the kids pass the exam, we will take care of their education cost for a year.” While talking about his initiative, he said that the kids will have to sit again for the test to get free education. Sushant thinks that this process will make students more competitive, and excite and encourage them to study more. Further, he feels that every kid has a right to basic education and we second his opinion. © Maddock Films Sushant credits his mother for making him realize the importance of education, “My mother always taught me that we educate our children not to become a doctor or engineer, but the impact of basic education reflects on their thought process and decision making.” He further believes that even if one is getting into a profession like acting, their basic education will open their minds and make them think analytically. We truly respect you Sushant for such wise thoughts. “Therefore, I have taken this small step towards providing basic education to deserving children.” The actor is currently busy in the promotions of his upcoming film, ‘Raabta’ which will hit the theatres on June 9. Source: Hindustan Times
  22. While the great Sachin Tendulkar remains India's biggest cricket icon, former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no less than a demi-god himself. The Jharkhand cricketer, over the years, has been one of the most popular cricketers of his generation. Whether it's his impeccable set of leadership skills or his marauding batting prowess, Dhoni rules the hearts of cricket fans across the globe. From celebrities to other sports stars, Dhoni's popularity knows no bounds. So, when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan revealed that he would even sell his pyjamas when it comes to buying Dhoni in the IPL auction, we weren't surprised. Twitter So much so that a Bollywood movie "MS Dhoni: An Untold Story" has also been made highlighting the struggles and exploits of the Indian cricketer's journey. If by any chance Dhoni missed out on connecting with certain individuals, his biopic only opened the floodgates for new fans. And, Caster Semenya is the latest addition to that list. The South African runner, who was apparently unknown to the Dhoni's exploits, couldn't stop herself from confessing her love for the right-hander. While Dhoni was busy doing the chores during Pune's clash with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the 2016 Olympic gold medallist took to Twitter to express her feelings. @msdhoni i have just watched your film.. Inspiring story it is.. #msdhoniuntoldstory... Salute.. — Caster Semenya (@caster800m) May 3, 2017 "@msdhoni i have just watched your film.. Inspiring story it is.. #msdhoniuntoldstory... Salute," she tweeted. After taking the Bollywood box-office by storm, the popular movie seems to have broken new barriers overseas. But, more importantly, the legend of Dhoni continues to grow stronger in almost every corner of the world.
  23. TOKYO: A solid gold Darth Vader mask is going on sale in Japan, with a $1.4 million price tag for a one-of-a-kind likeness of science fiction's most famous villain. Jeweller Ginza Tanaka on Tuesday showcased the 15-kilogramme (33-pound) sculpture, which has been commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary this year of the release of "Star Wars". The mask will be available for purchase on May the fourth -- a date known among fans as "Star Wars Day" because of its similarity to one of the franchise's most famous lines: "May the Force be with you". The jeweller also plans to release gold coins specially designed to celebrate the anniversary in the more affordable price range of $1,200 to $11,000. Ginza Tanaka, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has in the past created other gold commemorative products including a Christmas tree, samurai helmets and footballer Lionel Messi's left foot.