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  1. Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid were the poster couple for the millennial generation, and their break-up left many stumped and bewildered as no one saw it coming. It sure was a sad day when they announced they were going their separate ways. © Instagram It's not even been close to two weeks since they broke up, but it seems like people are more practical once they fall out of love. While heartache makes us common mortals do things like going on a rebound, getting apeshit drunk every night, calling our ex and focussing on our careers, loaded stars with a crazy amount of money have different plans. Zayn, who is already sporting a break-up tattoo , has now splurged on an insane bachelor pad in New York. He purchased the swanky new apartment for a whopping 10 million dollars, which amounts to Rs. 69.7 crore! © Stribling The 3,957-square-foot penthouse is a 4-BHK that was originally a silk showroom built in 1877. © Stribling © Stribling Also, there is a 1,061 square foot private terrace for an enviable view. © Stribling © Stribling The apartment is all decked up in muted tones of greys and off-white's and is actually not very far from Gigi's condo. © Stribling © Stribling If this is not bachelor pad goals, then what is? © Stribling © Stribling Who knew heartache came at such an expensive price.
  2. The 2017-18 season of the Indian Super League (ISL) found its winners in Chennaiyin FC, who defeated Bengaluru FC 3-2 in the thrilling final match on 17 March. The final game marked an end to an exciting season, but for the Kerala Blasters, the fight is still on - at least off the pitch. The two-time ISL finalists witnessed a forgettable season, finishing on the sixth spot with just six wins in 18 matches. And, if that wasn't enough to demoralise their camp, the Blasters now find themselves fighting to save their football turf at the Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) stadium. The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) is facing flak for proposing to host a One-Day International (ODI) between India and West Indies at the JLN stadium instead of considering the Greenfield International stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. © Twitter/rinoanto The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tours and fixtures committee had awarded the rights to host an ODI of the five-match series on 1 November to KCA, which has been keen on hosting the match at JLN - the home of ISL heavyweights Kerala Blasters. If things materialise, there are chances of a clash of dates between the Blasters' home matches and the proposed ODI, as the fifth season of the ISL is likely to begin from October. The Greater Cochin Development Authority leased out the JLN stadium to KCA for a 30-year period in 2014 and the state cricket body is well within its rights to host the match in Kochi. Notably, Thiruvananthapuram hosted the last international cricket match in Kerala — a T20I between India and New Zealand in November 2017. But, the KCA's firm stance on hosting the Ind-WI ODI at the JLN stadium has irked a lot of footballers including Blasters' CK Vineeth and Ian Hume, raising concerns over potential damage to the football turf at the JLN stadium. The hashtag - #SaveKochiTurf - has been used by the stars and fans across the country in a serious debate over the impending issue on social media platforms. So having read that there's a possibility of a ODI Cricket Match planning to be played in JLN Stadium in Kochi, I have to say this.... I was here for the 1st season of @indiansuperleague when they had 6-8 weeks to transform our field from a Cricket ground to a Football ground. They made great strides in doing so, but it was still some way off being an established field for top level football. The amount of time and money that has been spent since then, to get the pitch to the standard it is now for the U-17 @fifaworldcup and @indiansuperleague 4, it would be a travesty to tear it up for a one off cricket match! I understand the love of cricket in not just Kerala, but all of India, and I don't want to disrespect anyone for that. But there's a ground in Trivandrum that is Cricket specific, so why for the sake of one match, rip up a pitch that has taken years to get to the standard as one of the best in the country? Question..... Would they tear up Eden Gardens to stage a one off football match? #SaveKochiTurf â½ï¸ð®ð³ðð´ð A post shared by Iain Hume (@humey_7) on Mar 19, 2018 at 4:25am PDT Over the course of this week, I have read various reports that the turf at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium will be dug up to help facilitate the ODI cricket match between India and West Indies. For many different reasons, I feel this is wrong. #SaveKochiTurf pic.twitter.com/Y1RCm14Shd — CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) 19 March 2018 In an interview I gave to a friend a few years ago, I spoke of how in my childhood, I played football on a ground where there were three or four cricket matches happening at the same time. I would dribble past a defender, and then maybe a batsman before going towards goal. — CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) 19 March 2018 I believe that for sport to co-exist, it is important that they do not stop each other from growing. As a nation, we are fighting for success and to become better on so many fronts and a lot of time, effort and money has gone into the football pitch at the JN Stadium. — CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) 19 March 2018 This picture was clicked two years ago, at a time when over a hundred workers came in for days on end. I have never met any of them, and could never thank them for what they continue to do, but I must implore the authorities that their work is not thrown away. — CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) 19 March 2018 The JN Stadium is one of only six in India that are FIFA approved,a certification that will take immense effort to obtain again. When India has been known for being a 'cricket crazy' nation, is it really necessary to dig up a football pitch to play a cricket match? #SaveKochiTurf — CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) 19 March 2018 Us players spend 90 minutes on the pitch. FIFA officials come and go. Fans come, shout and leave. But throughout the year, there are men and women who spend countless hours under the sun making sure that our stage is set. Let's not do this to them. #SaveKochiTurf pic.twitter.com/5rHnzSstTH — Rino Anto (@rinoanto) March 19, 2018 Spoke to CoA Chief VinodRai to denounce Kerala Cricket Assn's bizarre decision to transfer the India-WI ODI from a match-ready Trivandrum stadium to Kochi, whose ground was last used for the U17 Football World Cup. He has promised to review the matter. KCA motives highly suspect — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) 19 March 2018 Thanks for the outpouring of support for my firm opposition to KCA's shifting the WI ODI to Kochi. Turf laid for top-class football would have to be dug up, while a cricket-ready SportsHub stadium in Trivandrum, the best in India, lies idle. Who gains from this suspect decision? — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) 20 March 2018 Hey @BCCI, how about we find another ground to play cricket on? It's not like this country doesn't have enough grounds. Leave Kochi alone. India anyway doesn't have enough FIFA approved pitches. Why dig it up?! ð#SaveKochiTurf #IndianFootball #KeralaBlasters pic.twitter.com/FmnSmOh0rt — Ankush Sharma (@OkayAnkush) March 19, 2018 JLN Stadium Turf in Kochi is being destroyed for a game of cricket. This is exactly what is wrong with sport in out country. Absolutely ridiculous. #SaveKochiturf — Manas Singh (@singhmanas90) March 19, 2018 When a sport is growing, we should give some leverage and space for it to grow. Destroying a turf to host one ODI match when there's alternative ground available, is going to be one the worst decisions. Together For football! #SaveKochiTurf @kbfc_manjappada — B Stand Blues (@bstandblues) March 20, 2018 How on earth @BCCI can think 2 destroy beautiful turf 4 conducting a ODI in JNS Kochi.KCA,GCDA pls act fast.V hav butiful Greenfield stadium at Tvm, why can't we stage ODI thr?Football fans are deeply hurt and a silent revolution may happen if its not acted fast.#SaveKochiTurf pic.twitter.com/b8XHwvCjrT — Somu P Joseph (@somupjoseph) March 19, 2018
  3. LAHORE: A Pakistani citizen was released from an Indian prison on Tuesday, after spending 25 years in the neighbouring country. The citizen named Siraj-ud-din Mohammad reached Pakistan today after obtaining his freedom from the prison. The Ansar Burney Trust played a major role in bringing Siraj to Pakistan. Siraj erroneously made his way into India at the age of 11. After running from his home in Mansehra, Siraj reached Lahore and mistakenly took Samjhota Express to India. After spending a great deal of time in India, Siraj married a woman from a Muslim family in 2005. In 2009, Siraj presented himself before police and expressed the desire to go to Pakistan with his family. Following which the police sent him to jail, from which he gained freedom today. An Indian NGO fought for Siraj?s right to Indian citizenship, however, he was sent to jail again. After Siraj?s plight made rounds on Indian media, the Ansar Burney Trust jumped into action to bring him home. After reaching Pakistan, Siraj was handed over to Edhi Welfare Organisation. Despite reaching his home country, Siraj's heart aches for his wife, two twin sons and a daughter back in India.
  4. There is nothing more distressing and painful than losing your parent. When India lost its 'Chandni' on 24th February 2018, the members of Kapoor family lost more than just an actress. Boney Kapoor lost the love of his life, his partner, his friend and daughters Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor lost their beloved mother. The demise of Bollywood's first female superstar still gives us goosebumps. It's difficult to believe that the silver screen will never lighten up with her smile again. Happy 21st Birthday to Janhvi Kapoor. Hope you get all the happiness in the world Girl. . . #bollywood #janhvikapoor #happybirthdayjanhvi A post shared by Bollywood (@bollywood) on Mar 5, 2018 at 5:35pm PST Today, the glamorous diva's elder one Janhvi has turned 21 and one can just imagine that it's not one of the bestest days. This year, she celebrated her birthday without her mother. Finally breaking her silence, few days ago, she took to her Instagram and shared a photo expressing her grief. “On my birthday, the only thing I ask of all of you is that you love your parents. Cherish them and devote yourself to making them feel that love. They have made you. And I ask that you remember my mother fondly, pray for her soul to rest in peace.” wrote Janhvi Kapoor in a heartbreaking post. “Let the love and adulation you'll showered on her continue and please know that the biggest part of my mother was the love she shared with papa. And their love is immortal because there was nothing like it in the whole world. Nothing as joyful and pure and no two people as devoted to one another as they were. Please respect that because it hurts to think anyone would ever try to tarnish it. Preserving the sanctity of what they had would mean the world not only to my mother but also to a man who's entire being revolved around her, and her two children who are all that remains of their love. Me and Khushi have lost our mother but papa has lost his “Jaan”. She was so much more than just an actor or a mother or a wife. She was the ultimate and the best in all these roles. It mattered a great deal to her to give love and to get love. For people to be good and gracious and kind. She didn't understand frustration or malice or jealousy. So let's be that. Let's be full of only good and give only love. That would make her happy, to know that even in death, she gave you all something. The courage and inspiration to fill yourselves with nothing but love and rid yourselves of bitterness in any way and form. That's what she stood for. Dignity, strength and innocence." On my birthday, the only thing I ask of all of you is that you love your parents. Cherish them and devote yourself to making them feel that love. They have made you. And I ask that you remember my mother fondly, pray for her soul to rest in peace. Let the love and adulation you'll showered on her continue and please know that the biggest part of my mother was the love she shared with papa. And their love is immortal because there was nothing like it in the whole world. Nothing as joyful and pure and no two people as devoted to one another as they were. Please respect that because it hurts to think anyone would ever try to tarnish it. Preserving the sanctity of what they had would mean the world not only to my mother but also to a man who's entire being revolved around her, and her two children who are all that remains of their love. Me and Khushi have lost our mother but papa has lost his “Jaan”. She was so much more than just an actor or a mother or a wife. She was the ultimate and the best in all these roles. It mattered a great deal to her to give love and to get love. For people to be good and gracious and kind. She didn't understand frustration or malice or jealousy. So let's be that. Let's be full of only good and give only love. That would make her happy, to know that even in death, she gave you all something. The courage and inspiration to fill yourselves with nothing but love and rid yourselves of bitterness in any way and form. That's what she stood for. Dignity, strength and innocence. Thank you for the love and support everyone has shown us in the past couple of days. It's given us hope and strength and we can't thank you all enough. A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) on Mar 2, 2018 at 10:09pm PST Thank you for the love and support everyone has shown us in the past couple of days. It's given us hope and strength and we can't thank you all enough," she added. Well, though Sriji had different plans for her daughter's birthday, Janhvi celebrated her birthday in the most unexpected way. She was seen cutting a few cakes and later spent her day at an old age home. May all your wishes come true.. ðð @janhvikapoor A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor / Khushi Kapoor (@janhviandkhushi) on Mar 6, 2018 at 3:00am PST They're mine â¤ï¸ @janhvikapoor @muskan_chanana A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor / Khushi Kapoor (@janhviandkhushi) on Mar 6, 2018 at 6:05am PST @janhvikapoor you're my light!I'm so proud of you. May you always have a reason to smile â¤ï¸ A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor / Khushi Kapoor (@janhviandkhushi) on Mar 6, 2018 at 5:00am PST @janhvikapoor celebrated her 21st birthday at an old age home ðð #HappyBirthday #JanhviKapoor #BirthdayLove A post shared by HELLO! India (@hellomagindia) on Mar 6, 2018 at 5:45am PST At this time of grief, the whole Kapoor family is seen supporting Janhvi and Khushi. We just wish Janhvi lights up the screen and rises to fame just like Sridevi did. Happy birthday, Janhvi!
  5. Ask any Delhiite about their favourite mode of travel and they will give you over a thousand reasons to travel in a metro or a cab. But, ask a Mumbaikar and he will have a dozen more reasons on why travelling in a local train is possibly the best experience one can ever have. It's fine if you don't believe our words, but we are sure you will be convinced after you see Shardul Thakur's picture, which is the testimony of the same. After all it's not every day that you spot your favourite crickter travelling in a local train like any other regular guy, after delivering a kickass performance against South Africa. Twitter Clearly, just like us, Shardul Thakur's fans too were left confused after they saw him in the train. In fact, some even searched for his picture on Google to confirm if it's the same right-arm fast paced bowler they think he is. After getting off his flight, while Thakur could have posed in front of cameras while getting inside a fancy car, he did something totally unexpected and won our hearts with his humility. He went to the Andheri railway station and took a local train to his home in Palghar. Twitter In an interview with The Indian Express, Thakur even joked about how he went from 'business class to first class'. Shardul said that he wanted to get home and had his headphones on, but “I could sense people in the compartment looking at me and wondering whether I really was 'Shardul Thakur'. A few college kids then Googled my picture just to be sure and then asked for a selfie.” Shardul further said that people were actually amazed to see an international cricketer travelling with them, “Some old-timers were recalling how they've been seeing me in the train for years. But my feet remain very grounded. I have not received anything on a platter and worked hard for it.” Success never came easy to Shardul. But the fact that he overcame all the obstacles, achieved what he wanted and yet never forgot being humble is what makes us feel proud of him. People taunted him, called his names and even tried to break his resolute to become a part of the national team; but Shardul overcame it all and became one of the most hardworking, sincere and best players in the team. Twitter “People would often ask me when I'll play for Mumbai and India in the train. Some would taunt me as well saying 'why are you after cricket, itna door se aa ke thodi koi India ke liye khelega. Stop doing time pass'. But I knew what I had to do. I have devoted my life to cricket, and at the same time also finished my graduation.” It's very rare to see a famous celebrity or Cricketer take public transport, without getting swarmed by fans. So when we come across these stories, how can we let it pass just like that? Twitter too was in awe of Shardul's humble nature and let's just say he deserves all that praise and respect that is coming his way. Success earned is definitely due to hours of immense hardwork but it is important to stay grounded at the same time ð @imShard 'Business class âï¸ to First class ð' ð pic.twitter.com/mDq0qahxnS — Lakshmi Narayanan (@lakshuakku) March 3, 2018 Back to the basics.... #ShardulThakur When you are going up in life things like these help a person to be humble and down to earth #Respect#India https://t.co/zEu8S1xDGs — Süsh Dhôrë (@sushD20) March 3, 2018 Shardul Thakur showing you how! #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/Aje8bCqB8O — Cricking (@CricKingApp) March 3, 2018 Even Central Railways tweeted about the same and mentioned how he even went to purchase the ticket before boarding, while there are some who still get penalized for travelling without a ticket. The suburban local train - The best and fastest mode of transportation for the poor and rich, unknown and celebrities, both - @imShard Shardul Thakur on board Mumbai's lifeline after returning from South Africa tour - Purchased ticket before boarding - hats off to his simplicity. pic.twitter.com/62aRUDzR6j — Central Railway (@Central_Railway) March 3, 2018 Shardul Thakur got off the Emirates flight on his return from South Africa with the cricket team. He straight went to Andheri railway station and boarded a local Mumbai train to Palghar, just like he has almost his entire life. Such humility! pic.twitter.com/M7Z70tNExy — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) March 2, 2018 Times of Ipl Contracts & Times of being a Current India Player too...A Boy still traveling by Train to his home after coming from South Africa..Touched to see these feet on the ground..Do well Shardul Thakur... pic.twitter.com/iezE3DsZNM — Reetinder Sodhi (@ReetinderSodhi) March 2, 2018 'Success is not in what you have but who you are,' Maybe Author Bo Bennett had ace right-arm bowler Shardul Thakur in mind when he said this. Shardul's journey is not only inspiring but worth remembering for those who want to make it big in the world. With Thakur's exceptional performance against South Africa, where he took 4 wickets for 52 runs in the final ODI, we can see that this man will be going places, but in his beloved local train.
  6. John Abraham is back. And along with him, his 'chappals' too, have made a nasty comeback. Why on earth are his pairs still being worn in public or why do flip-flops even exist — are questions we're not ready to answer today. All we know is, we're 0% down for movie stars being spotted in slippers, even if they're eyeing a lot of ease. If you've earned the fame, you'd rather dress for the part. ©Viral Bhayani Some of you might say, "Even we wear slippers, what's wrong with it?" Then boys and men, let's put this out there: we're not against the concept of flip-flops in public. Personally, we too, are fans of flip-flops at the beach or in situations when you're up to no good. Flip-flops are perfect for settings when you're feeling unnecessary. But that's talking from the perspective of us lesser mortals. ©Viral Bhayani If you're a movie star, or to be precise, John Abraham, you can't be seen walking the streets of Mumbai in the most formidable form of footwear in the world. Chappals as we call them, can't be a movie actor indulgence. ©Viral Bhayani Having said that, we're not denying that the actor's one of the most relatable celebrities out there. Besides his flip-flops, his outfit's quite an ordinary-guy ensemble. Just a V-neck T-shirt and cargo joggers are two pieces you'll find in any guy's wardrobe. So all in all, let's give this a pass.
  7. Many people find themselves in a rut when choosing between working out at home and getting a gym membership. As someone who has spent a decent amount of time training, both at home and at the gym, I can definitely vouch that a gym routine is the real deal. Here`s why:- 1. Balanced Training First things first, at home, you won't have access to a complete range of equipment. Unless you have spent a ton of money on a home gym or have every basic free weight of different poundage, you can only work on limited exercises. Everybody isn't Frank Medrano, you know. Because a gym offers a variety of equipment, you can hit all the muscle groups in your body in a balanced manner. These days, it`s not uncommon to see gyms fully equipped with Crossfit, TRX suspensions and Kettlebell equipment. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 2. Motivation Humans are often motivated when they see people who are better than themselves. Unless you are self -motivated, you may have trouble working out consistently on your own, in isolation. When you are at a gym, you meet people of different abilities and strengths and that might rub off on you. Let`s say you are working out with someone at a gym and you see him warming up with weights which you will be using as a main set. This will, as a result, motivate you to improve your training, diet and supplementation. The atmosphere of a gym also plays a big role in inspiring and motivating you. 3. On The Floor Exercise Learning Watching all those YouTube tutorials will only make sense if you practice on the actual machines. You should never underestimate what you can learn on-floor. Beginners have a lot of scope of improvement and learning as well. Qualified gym trainers or many iron lovers with years of experience can and will correct your technique under their watchful eye. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 4. Wasting Money On Home Equipment Even if you have the right equipment at home, chances are that you will tend to be irregular. This leads to equipment being neglected and finally being put on re-seller sites. What a waste! Get a gym membership instead. Daman Singh is an internationally certified sports Nutritionist and an athlete competes in Strongman and powerlifting without the aid of Anabolics .He also runs a YouTube channel named :- SIKHSPACK and you can follow him on Instagram and trains Drug free population .
  8. Members of the emergency services work at the site of an explosion which destroyed a convenience store and a home in Leicester, Britain, February 25, 2018. Photo: Reuters LEICESTER: An explosion destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester on Sunday, injuring at least six people, officials said. British police said there was no immediate indication that the explosion was linked to terrorism. Pictures and videos posted on Twitter showed flames leaping into the sky from the site which was reduced to rubble. ?All emergency services are currently dealing with this,? the police force said in a statement. ?Please avoid the area.? Later it said the blast was being investigated with the fire service. ?At this stage there is no indication this is terrorist-related,? Leicestershire police said. A local hospital said two patients were in a critical condition and four people had less severe injuries. A photograph published by the Leicester Mercury newspaper showed a blaze and the rubble of a destroyed building which the newspaper said housed a convenience store and a flat above it. ?We heard an absolutely massive explosion. It was pretty frightening,? the Mercury quoted an unidentified resident, who lives a few streets away, as saying. ?We went to look out of the upstairs windows and saw loads of smoke, and then a few seconds later massive orange flames.? The city?s fire department said it sent six fire engines after the reports of a large explosion and a building collapse. The Leicester Mercury said debris had been blown across the road in front of the site. Police said a number of other buildings were damaged and homes and businesses in the area had been evacuated.
  9. Mitchell Santner struck Adil Rashid for consecutive sixes, New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Hamilton, February 25, 2018/Getty Images HAMILTON: A century by Ross Taylor and lusty late hitting by Mitch Santner delivered a last-over victory to New Zealand against England in their first one-day international in Hamilton on Sunday. In a match filled with twists and turns, the outcome hung in the balance until Santer smacked a six in the final over to get New Zealand home with four balls to spare. Rival captains Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan both said the initiative "ebbed and flowed" throughout the match. "There wasn´t much between the sides and I think that´s reflected in the result," added England skipper Morgan. Taylor with 113 and Latham (79) paved the way for the New Zealand win and when England produced a middle-order collapse Santner hit a match-winning 45 off 27 deliveries. Ben Stokes celebrated his return to international cricket with the crucial wicket of Latham to snap a 178-run stand with Taylor and have New Zealand at 205 for four in the 40th over. They slipped further to 244 for seven before Santner lashed out to chase down England´s 284 for eight. "When we broke the partnership we knew we were back in the game but taking it towards the end we just didn´t have enough in the tank," said Morgan. Williamson, who won the toss and elected to bowl, expecting the dew to have an effect late in the day-night match, singled out key moments which went New Zealand´s way, particularly with bowling late in the England innings. "We had to play a lot of cricket before the dew came in but I think it was a factor tonight," he said. "A lot of credit to the death bowling. To keep them to 70-something in the last 10 was a very good effort," Williamson added. "It was a brilliant partnership (from Taylor and Latham) but also from Mitch Santner at the end to bring us home." Whiff of victory New Zealand were in trouble at the start of their run chase as they fell to three for 27 in the 10th over. Taylor, with his 18th century, and Latham clawed the home side back into the game with their 178-run stand before Stokes stepped up to remove Latham for 79. Latham´s dismissal sparked a middle-order collapse with three wickets falling for 10 runs. As Taylor started to run out of partners, he tried to up the pace to get New Zealand home but with 25 balls remaining and New Zealand needing a further 45 runs, he was stumped on 113. But if England had a whiff of victory, Santner had other ideas with a rapid two fours and four sixes to get New Zealand home. Stokes, returning for his first international since a nightclub incident five months ago, had an undistinguished turn at bat after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl. The all-rounder lasted 22 balls and was gone for 12 while the foundation of the England innings was laid by Root, with 71 off 75 deliveries and Buttler who belted 79 off 65 before he was run out off the penultimate ball. England were looking at a score of more than 300 until tight New Zealand bowling restricted them to just 31 runs between the 42nd and 48th overs. New Zealand were immediately in trouble at the start of their chase when Colin Munro belted a six off the second ball he faced and was gone two balls later without adding to his score. Kane Williamson only managed eight off 23 balls and Martin Guptill went for 13. Stokes, discarded by England for five months after a nightclub incident, had an economical four-overs in his first bowling spell that only cost 15 runs. When he was recalled with Taylor and Latham in full flight and New Zealand 187 for three, he went for 11 in his first over before having Latham caught by Root at mid-on.
  10. Six teams, more international stars and hopes that PSL can be staged entirely in Pakistan from 2019 KARACHI: The Pakistan Super League launches its third edition in Dubai on Thursday, adding a sixth team, more international stars and with hopes that the Twenty20 tournament can be staged entirely on home soil from 2019. The new Multan Sultans and the confirmation of a slew of international greats such as Shane Watson and Brendon McCullum has given a lift to fans eager to forget last-year´s spot-fixing scandal. And the decision to stage the three final matches of the PSL at home, in Lahore and Karachi, could pave the way for the entire tournament to be staged in Pakistan next year. The Sultans, bought by the Schon Group for $5.2 million -- twice the price tag of the previous most expensive team in the franchise, the Karachi Kings -- are coached by legendary Pakistani paceman Wasim Akram and skippered by Shoaib Malik. They will take on defending champions Peshawar Zalmi in the opening match in Dubai Thursday, after a rousing opening ceremony set to include a performance by US rapper Jason Derulo. Pakistan has staged its international fixtures in the United Arab Emirates in recent years. But a dramatic improvement in security saw officials stage the PSL final in Lahore last year, its biggest match in nearly a decade, a move which boosted hopes the cricket-obsessed country could become an international venue once more. This year two of the three play-offs are planned for Lahore, with the final due at the National Stadium in Karachi on March 25. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said he hopes that in 2019 the entire tournament will be played at home. "That will pave the way for a full series in Pakistan by a top team," Sethi told AFP, speaking from Dubai ahead of the tournament. "We are very satisfied that PSL has become an international brand in two years." Busy schedules mean top foreign players such as England´s Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales and Jason Roy are only available for part of the tournament as are Bangladesh´s Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmuddullah Riyadh. But the presence of stars like Australia´s Watson and Chris Lynn, the West Indies´ Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, and New Zealand´s McCullum and Luke Ronchi will lift interest. Karachi back in the fray Wasim stressed that officials are also eager to seek new talent from Pakistan. "We found Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali from the first two editions of the PSL so the main aim is to hone the talent of local players," he told AFP. One of the most exciting new players on show will be lanky fast bowler Salman Irshad, who is set to become the first player from Kashmir. Another fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and batsman Sahibzada Farhan -- both from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province -- will also be on the radar. Along with early teething problems, the league was rocked by a spot-fixing scandal last year which ended in five-year bans on Islamabad United openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif. "We are working with the Anti-Corruption and Safety Unit of the International Cricket Council to make sure that strong measures are in place to stop fixing," said Sethi. Also on a trial will be Karachi, the sprawling port megacity set to host the final. Cannot wait to lift PSL trophy in Karachi: Sammy 'Pakistanis love me, and I love them back' Karachi is rolling out head-of-state level security to stage its first high profile match in nine years. The last international fixture played at the National Stadium was between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in February 2009, just one week before a fateful match in Lahore, where militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus. The assault left eight people killed and seven visiting players injured, and became the incident which drove international cricket from the country. But four T20 internationals -- three against a World XI comprising of players from seven countries, and one against Sri Lanka -- held following the PSL final last year have helped restore confidence.
  11. The death of Joanna Demafelis worsened a diplomatic flap between the Philippines and the Gulf States. Photo: AFP ILOILO: More than a hundred relatives and supporters of a Filipina domestic worker, whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait, brandished banners demanding justice as her coffin was returned home on Saturday. The family of Joanna Demafelis openly wept as the white casket was unloaded at an airport cargo terminal in the central city of Iloilo. "Justice for Joanna D Demafelis," was emblazoned on banners and on T-shirts worn by the crowd which included a congressman and local officials expressing their anger over the death of the Filipina whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait earlier this month. The incident worsened a diplomatic flap between the Philippines and Kuwait with President Rodrigo Duterte alleging that Arab employers routinely rape their Filipina workers, force them to work 21 hours a day and feed them scraps. He has also banned the deployment of new workers to Kuwait and ordered airlines to fly home any of the 252,000 Filipinos working there who wish to return. About 10 million Filipinos work abroad and the money they remit back is a lifeline of the Philippine economy. Their treatment abroad is often a political issue at home. Kuwait's foreign minister previously condemned Manila's "escalation," of the issue but Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday the Kuwaiti ambassador had assured him his government was "outraged" over the killing and determined to find those responsible. A distraught Eva Demafelis could only say "I am sad," when asked by reporters about the death of her daughter. "She does not deserve the manner in which she died. She was beaten up," said an aunt, Rosela Demafelis Taunan, referring to local news reports about the 29-year-old domestic worker's death. "She decided to go abroad because she wanted to help her parents repair the house that was damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)," in 2013, the aunt recalled. The slain domestic worker also wanted to finance the college education of her youngest sister, Joyce, the aunt said. Residents lined the highway as the funeral convoy escorted by police cars and motorcycles made its way to Demafelis' hometown, about a two hour's drive from the city. Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said late Friday that "working groups" from both countries were discussing forging a memorandum for protecting the rights of Filipinos in Kuwait, many of whom are working as domestic workers. Domestic workers in that country are not covered by ordinary labour legislation, and accounts of Filipinas being subjected to abuse and exploitation in the Middle East have long circulated.
  12. Kei Saito of Japan trains during Short Track Speed Skating practice ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games/File photo PYEONGCHANG: Japanese short track speed skater Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition doping test on the day of his arrival in Pyeongchang and has been expelled from the Winter Olympics, Japan team officials said on Tuesday. Saito, a reserve athlete who had not yet competed in South Korea, was provisionally suspended after testing positive for masking agent acetalozamide and a final ruling would be issued after the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said. Masking agents are often used to cover up banned performance-enhancing substances. This is the first doping case during the testing period of the Olympics in South Korea and comes as Tokyo prepares to host the Summer Games in 2020.Team Japan officials said Saito was tested hours after arriving in the athletes´ village on Feb 4.The athlete said he was stunned by the finding. "I am shocked by this as I have never tried to commit doping," Saito said in a statement. "I have been trained in anti-doping. I have never taken a steroid so there is no need for me to mask something, and I never had to drop weight by using this medicine. "So I have no motivation to use this. I want to prove my innocence but I do not want to burden my team so I accepted this decision," he said. Team chief Yasuo Saito said the athlete had also been tested at a training camp on Jan. 29 on the order of the International Skating Union (ISU) and his test was negative. "We respect the athlete and his will and intentions, and in conjunction with the Japanese skating federation we will continue to look into this matter with all our means," he added. The team chief said it was "inexplicable" how the athlete could have tested positive but in order not to burden his team mates he agreed with the International Olympic Committee proposal to have him removed from the Games. He added that while the suspension was only provisional it was better for the athlete to leave as there was no time to clear his name. "There was no opportunity to prove his innocence during the Olympic Games. It was a difficult decision, one he did not want to take, but he accepted to leave the Olympic village so as not to cause problems for his fellow team members," the team chief said. Doping cases are rare among Japanese athletes and this is the first for the country at a Winter Olympics. Last month, however, sprint canoeist Yasuhiro Suzuki admitted to spiking a rival´s drink with an anabolic steroid to scuttle his Olympic dream, and was banned for eight years. He now faces a lifetime ban from the Japan canoe federation.
  13. Intezar Ahmed, 19, was killed after the police's Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) officials opened fire on his vehicle on Khayaban-e-Ittehad, DHA on January 13. Photo: Geo News file1 KARACHI: The Sindh Home Department formed a high-level committee for the Intezar murder case after on Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah?s instructions Monday afternoon. Intezar Ahmed, 19, was killed after the police's Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) officials opened fire on his vehicle on Khayaban-e-Ittehad, DHA on January 13. Father of the murdered youth Ishtiaq Ahmed met the Sindh chief minister earlier today who ordered a notification about the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to be issued within an hour. In a prompt response to Shah?s order, the Sindh Home Department issued a notification of the formation of a high-level committee led by Additional Inspector-General (AIG) of Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Sanaullah Abbasi. The six-member JIT includes Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Zone Azad Khan, officers of intelligence agencies, Rangers personnel, and officers of the police?s special branch, said the notification.
  14. MOSCOW: The body of a Russian pilot killed in fighting with terrorists in Syria has been brought back to his home country, the defence ministry in Moscow said Tuesday. "In cooperation with Turkish colleagues, Russian military intelligence brought back to Russia the body of an attack pilot, Major Roman Filipov, who died as a hero on February 3," the defence ministry said. In a separate statement, the Kremlin said that the Hero of Russia award, the country's top honour, had been posthumously bestowed upon Filipov for his "heroism, courage and bravery". Filipov will be laid to rest on Thursday with military honours in line with his family's wishes in the city of Voronezh, some 500 kilometres south of Moscow, the defence ministry said. After Filipov's warplane was shot down over Syria's Idlib province on Saturday he parachuted to the ground and was killed in a clash with terrorists as they tried to take him hostage. Moscow said its Su-25 warplane had been shot down by a portable anti-aircraft missile system. Armed with an automatic pistol, the badly wounded pilot opened fire on the terrorists closing in on him and then blew himself up with a hand grenade to avoid capture. Before taking his own life he shouted "This is for our guys!", according to video footage released by terrorists and broadcast by national television in Russia. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a powerful terrorist-dominated alliance, said the Russian warplane had been shot down in retaliation for a ferocious bombing campaign by Russian warplanes over Idlib. Moscow says Filipov's plane was shot down during a mission to monitor a ceasefire in the so-called Idlib de-escalation zone set up by Russia, Turkey and Iran to reduce violence in the war-torn country. Russia's defence ministry also said it had asked Turkey for help in receiving the wreckage of the Su-25 warplane. Russian experts want to identify the origin of the anti-aircraft missile system used to shoot down the plane. President Vladimir Putin announced on a visit to Syria in December that the task of Russian forces in Syria had been largely completed. More than 40 Russian servicemen have reportedly been killed in Syria since Moscow's intervention in the conflict on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015.
  15. A firefighter inspects a facility to support senior people on welfare, where a fire occurred, in Sapporo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on February 1, 2018. Photo: Reuters TOKYO: Eleven people died after a fire broke out at a residence for elderly people with financial difficulties in northern Japan, police said on Thursday. Television footage showed the three-storey building engulfed in flames and dozens of firefighters battling the blaze in snowy conditions. Pictures of the aftermath showed the blackened husk of the building, whose roof had apparently collapsed due to the fire. The victims -- eight men and three women -- were among 16 residents of the facility in Sapporo, Hokkaido, run by a local organisation. The other five residents escaped with minor injuries, a police spokesman told AFP, adding that authorities were investigating the victims´ identities. Police said they had launched a probe into the cause of the fire first alerted at 11:42 pm (1442 GMT) Wednesday via an emergency call, the spokesman said. The facility is aimed at supporting elderly people with financial difficulties by offering low-cost accommodation and helping them find work, public broadcaster NHK reported. It is usually unstaffed overnight, according to local media. The accommodation was originally a Japanese inn built around 50 years ago that was later turned into the welfare facility. "As there were many oil tanks (for kerosene stoves) there, I heard a number of small explosions," a 67-year-old woman in the neighbourhood told Jiji Press. "Luckily, the only damage to our house was some cracks on the window," she was quoted as saying. After dawn, police and firefighters were combing the black remains of furniture in freezing temperatures. Another woman in the neighbourhood, 65, said when she spotted smoke and flames while she was watching the total lunar eclipse from the window of her house, Jiji Press said. "The smoke and flames were rising vertically. If there had been wind, the damage would have been bigger," she told Jiji. "The surrounding area was bright as if it were a day because of efforts to extinguish fire, and smoke lasted until near the dawn," she said. Others saw ash falling like snow in the vicinity of the fire, local media reported. The fire sparked memories of a similar incident in Sapporo in 2010 when seven residents of a private nursing home for the elderly were killed in a pre-dawn fire. Four women and three men aged in their 60s to their 80s died when the blaze swept through the two-storey wooden house. In that case, all the residents were believed to suffer from dementia.
  16. ISLAMABAD: The French mountaineer who was saved in a daring night-time rescue on Nanga Parbat flew home Tuesday, vowing to come back to scale other mountains. Elisabeth Revol was rescued by an elite group of Polish climbers who scaled part of the 8,125 metres mountain in darkness overnight Saturday and Sunday to reach her. They were unable to reach a second climber, Polish national Tomek (Tomasz) Mackiewicz, however, making the "terrible and painful" decision to leave him behind. "Good bye Pakistan. I will come again to climb mountains of Pakistan but not Nanga Parbat," Revol said in a departure message shared by the Alpine Club of Pakistan. French climber rescued from Nanga Parbat; Polish partner left behind Elisabeth Revol has been rescued and will be shifted to Skardu when weather permits; Polish Tomasz Mackiewicz is yet to be recovered "Thanks to all official(s) including Pakistan Army, Alpine Club of Pakistan and local authorities," she was quoted as saying in the message. "Revol left Pakistan at 3:00 am local time on Monday night with an aim to come back soon," Karrar Haidri, a spokesman for Alpine Club of Pakistan, confirmed to AFP, adding that she had flown to her home country. The French-Polish pair ran into trouble after making a late descent to a camp Thursday. They were trapped on the side of the mountain for the night without a tent, battered by frigid temperatures and high winds during the winter season. The rescue mission was launched after the missing alpinists were located Friday by fellow mountaineers using binoculars. They spotted Revol attempting to climb down while Mackiewicz appeared to be crawling due to frostbite. The team of Polish climbers with support from the Pakistani military launched the rescue attempt Saturday afternoon, flying in from the base camp of K2 -- the world´s second-highest peak -- to reach the stranded duo. Pakistani climber Karim Shah, who was in contact with the expedition, said the rescue effort was unmatched in the climbing world, with the team ascending 1,200 metres in complete darkness along a treacherous route without a fixed rope. The rescue team were part of a Polish expedition seeking to become the first mountaineers to summit K2 in winter when good climbing days are rare and storms can send temperatures plummeting. The team was evacuated by helicopter after a five and a half hour descent down the mountain to Nanga Parbat's Camp One early Sunday. Revol was later flown to Islamabad and hospitalised with reports of "severe frostbite on her hands and feet." Nanga Parbat, in northern Pakistan, is the world's ninth-highest mountain at 8,125 metres. It earned the nickname "killer mountain" after more than 30 climbers died trying to climb it before the first successful summit in 1953. In July last year, a Spaniard and an Argentinian were presumed dead after they went missing while trying to summit Nanga Parbat. The first winter ascent of the mountain was only managed in 2016. K2 remains the only "8000er" yet to be conquered in winter.
  17. The life of our Indian Army jawans is certainly not easy. While they safeguard our borders, there is constant gamble, where their peace of mind and life is concerned and they have to find means to find things that are therapeutic, things that take them away from the nuances of war and combat. (c)Indiatimes One such thing that they certainly miss is some great home cooked food and while they're protecting our borders, at the remotest of areas in the country, there really isn't any scope for a proper home cooked meal, especially the one that is made by their own mothers, or as we usually say- 'ma ke haath ka khaana'. Getting the taste of real ma ke haath ka khaana seems next to improbable for them since they're really far away from their own mothers and the closest semblance of anything that tastes remotely of home is their bottles of homemade pickle they keep tucked away, in their luggage, to get the real essence of mom's cooking. (c)Indiatimes Recently though, Fortune Food made their dream to taste food cooked by their mom, turn to reality. How you ask? A surprise visit was arranged by the mothers of the Jawans who're posted at the Srinagar Base Camp. The mothers arrived at the Base Camp, and cooked their favourite dish, the one's enjoyed by their sons and daughters, at the Camp. The moment captured was quite overwhelming and the element of surprise and excitement, was quite emotionally packed. This is definitely the sweetest effort made by Fortune Food, to connect mothers to their children, who are fighting at the border, putting their lives in danger, so we can all sleep peacefully. Kudos, to such a great effort! Truly, ek sachi koshish! Watch the video below, and get all teary eyed!
  18. The Home Ministry of Sindh on Saturday wrote a letter to the administrations of all four provinces, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and Kashmir in light of the pending arrest of former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for Malir Rao Anwar and his team. The letter also mentioned the pending arrest of Zareen Dawar ? the person who, on social media, offered a bounty on Anwar's head. A team was also set up to arrest the fugitive police official and his accomplices, Geo News reported, with CJP Justice Saqib Nisar ordering Anwar to be taken into custody in three days. In this regard, Sohail Anwar Siyal ? the Interior Minister for Sindh ? said it was advisable for Anwar, the wanted police officer, to appear in front of the inquiry committee, especially due to the fact that the investigation revealed the encounter he conducted was "fake". Anwar needs to state the truth, Siyal noted, adding that upholding the law is obligatory for everyone. In Rao Anwar?s interest to face the court, says IG Sindh SC has given the IG three days to arrest the suspended police officer Earlier in the day, A.D. Khawaja ? the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for Sindh ? urged the ex-SSP to "face the court" and adopt a "legal course" of action rather than continue evading detention. Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Khawaja weighed in over the "disappearance" of the suspended police officer. ?I think that [Rao Anwar] should face the court and court a legal course. The court will listen to his legal arguments,? he said.
  19. Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal speaking to press. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal said on Tuesday that the investigation committee probing the Naqeebullah killing case is going in the right direction. Speaking to journalists after meeting police officials to ascertain developments on respective Naqeebullah, Intezar and Maqsood killing case, he reiterated that the provincial government is not trying to save anyone and neither it will. "Having a contact with someone doesn't mean that we have given him license to kill," the home minister said. Siyal said that the government has not given permission to anyone to kill innocents. The provincial home minister said that a legal process in the Naqeebullah case will be started after the registration of FIR by the deceased?s family, which is expected today. ?I will visit the families of Intezar and Maqsood today,? Siyal announced. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today summoned suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar and senior officials of the Sindh government in the Naqeebullah killing case. SC orders Rao Anwar's name on ECL after failed attempt to go abroad SSP Anwar, wanted in an inquiry into the extrajudicial murder of Naqeebullah in Karachi, attempted to go abroad from Islamabad airport The hearing of the case will take place at the apex court's Karachi Registry on January 27. Earlier today, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) foiled Anwar?s attempt to leave the country from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. SSP Anwar is wanted in an inquiry into the extrajudicial murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan who was among four suspected terrorists killed in an ?exchange of fire? with a police team on January 13 in Shah Latif Town, Karachi. 'Anwar Khan' The FIA refused to let Anwar board a Dubai-bound flight around midnight due to his suspicious travel documents, which included a dubious NOC ? reportedly issued by the Sindh government on Jan 20 ? a ticket under the name of "Anwar Khan". FIA officials said Anwar was not taken into custody as they did not have any such orders, adding that his name is also not on the Exit Control List (ECL). Earlier reports had stated that the suspended SSP was not physically present at the airport but had instead sent his documents through an associate. Meanwhile, sources within the Sindh government informed that the provincial government did not issue any NOC to Anwar, adding that the suspended Malir SSP did not ask for any leaves neither was he given one. Rao Anwar denies reports Speaking to Geo News after the news was aired, Anwar said the reports being aired on the media in this regard are false. He claimed that he did not attempt to go to Dubai today though he will leave whenever he wants to go there to meet his children.
  20. It was a starry night for Bollywood as they felicitated some of the best works of the year 2017. The whole film fraternity came together to attend the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018, in Worli, Mumbai. The stage was set and the biggies looked forward to who takes the black lady home. Bollywood's favourite Shah Rukh Khan and witty filmmaker Karan Johar hosted the event, cracking everyone up. As the night started, we got a glimpse of some great performances, photos, clips, that within no time started making its way on the social media. #Repost @global_star_shah_rukh_khan (@get_repost) ã»ã»ã» King @iamsrk performance at #FilmfareAwards2018 . . . . . . . #srk #shahrukhkhan #bollywood #kingofbollywood #kingkhan #shahrukh #kingofromance #iamsrk #srkian #srkians #king #kingofhearts #srkajol #india #bollywoodactor #jabharrymetsejal #srkuniverse #anushkasharma #srk_story_of_the_struggle_and_success #badshah #srkbiggestfansfromindonesia #baadshah #khan #raees #salmankhan #srkmalaysia #badshahkhan #srkfan A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrkturkish) on Jan 20, 2018 at 1:03pm PST @akshaykumar You can easily guess who this superstar is performing at 63rd #JioFilmfareAwards #filmfare #filmfareawards2018 #filmfareawards #JioFilmfareAwards2018 #Filmfare2018 A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@genie_luv_akki) on Jan 20, 2018 at 9:23pm PST Irrfan Khan and Vidya Balan won Best Actors in a leading male and female category. This is Vidya's sixth Filmfare award in her career. 'Hindi Medium' bagged the Best Film award and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari won the Best Director Award for 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'. You deserve this award @balanvidya â¤! I'm very happy for you, we are proud of you! ðThank you for Sulu!ð #vidyabalan #filmfareawards #bestactress #tumharisulu #rekha #filmfareawards2018 ðððððððððð A post shared by â¤BestActressOfBollywood⤠(@vidyabalanteam) on Jan 20, 2018 at 2:17pm PST The key moment arrived when Miss World 2017 @manushi_chhillar found herself embroiled in banter between @ranveersingh and @iamsrk , who dispensed tips on how to make it in the industry. â¤ï¸ - Sunday Times #FilmfareAwards2018 #RanveerSingh #kingofhearts #superstar A post shared by RanveeriansWorldwide (@ranveeriansfc) on Jan 20, 2018 at 4:41pm PST What made this award a fair and pleasant watch was the fact that unlike the previous award shows where Varun Dhawan won the Best Actor award for 'Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya', over Irrfan Khan and Rajkummar Rao and 'Golmaal Again' took home the award for Best Film, Filmfare critics took the other road, making some equitable choices. Check out the complete list of winners who won big at the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018: Best Film: 'Hindi Medium' Critics' Award for Best Film: 'Newton' Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female): Vidya Balan for 'Tumhari Sulu' Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) : Irrfan Khan for 'Hindi Medium' Critics' Award for Best Actor (Male): Rajkummar Rao for 'Trapped' Critics' Award for Best Actor (Female): Zaira Wasim for 'Secret Superstar' Best Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' Best Debut Director: Konkona Sensharma for 'A Death in the Gunj' Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male): Rajkummar Rao for 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Meher Vij for 'Secret Superstar' Best Dialogue: Hitesh Kewalya for 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' Best Screenplay: Shubhashish Bhutiani for 'Mukti Bhavan' Best Original Story: Amit Masurkar for 'Newton' Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film: Jackie Shroff for 'Khujli' Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film: Shefali Shah for 'Juice' People's Choice Award for Best Short Film: 'Anahut' Best Short Film (Fiction): 'Juice' Best Short Film (Non Fiction): 'Invisible Wings' Best Music Album: Pritam for 'Jagga Jasoos' Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for 'Roke na ruke naina' - 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' Best Playback Singer (Female): Meghna Mishra for 'Nachdi phira' - 'Secret Superstar' Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for 'Ullu ka pattha' - 'Jagga Jasoos' Lifetime Achievement Award: Mala Sinha and Bappi Lahiri Best Choreography: Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani for 'Galti se mistake' - 'Jagga Jasoos' Best Background Score: Pritam for 'Jagga Jasoos' Best Action: Tom Struthers for 'Tiger Zinda Hai' Best Cinematography: Sirsha Ray for 'A Death In The Gunj' Best Editing: Nitin Baid for 'Trapped'
  21. Authorities launched a torture probe and set bail at $9 million for the parents after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house on Sunday and called 911 using a cellphone found inside. LOS ANGELES: A California couple has been arrested after authorities found a dozen of their malnourished children held captive in their home, with one as young as two and some shackled to beds in the dark, officials said Monday. Authorities launched a torture probe and set bail at $9 million for the parents after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house on Sunday and called 911 using a cellphone found inside. She was so "emaciated" that officers said they originally thought she was only 10 years old. The 13 victims who had been held captive at the Perris, California home range in age from two to 29, the Riverside County Sheriff´s Department said in a statement. They were not named. "Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner," the statement added. "Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29. The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty." The sheriff´s office said "the victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving." The parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, were booked on torture and child endangerment charges. Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services assisted in the investigation.
  22. KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal has said that they would make the case involving police killing of a youngster, Intezar, in Karachi an example, so that no one could dare do such a thing again. Intezar Ahmed, 19, was killed after Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) officers opened fire on his car on Khayaban-e-Ittehad road of the upscale Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area late Saturday. Speaking on Geo News' programme 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath', the home minister said that police are meant for public safety and if they fire on [the people], then the masses stop trusting law enforcers and the government. Girl accompanying slain Karachi teenager says did not see assailants: sources Girl, who was a friend of slain youth, has told police she was in the car when Intezar was shot by police He said that shooting a suspect directly is permissible nowhere in the world. "You cannot open fire unless the suspect is armed." Siyal said the decision to deploy plain-clothed personnel in district South of the city was taken in view of rising incidents of mugging there, but this does not mean that one opens direct fire. Reassuring the victim's parents that they would be delivered justice, he said that one of the suspects involved in the killing is on the run, but he is being chased. The minister vowed to bring forth 'black sheep' in the police and said they would make an example out of it, in order to make a policeman think a hundred times before committing such an act.
  23. In what was earlier intrinsic to mainly football, the advent of fan clubs and groups have now transcended across other sports. But, these aren't your average fans travelling to the ends of the world to follow their teams. In fact, these are a bunch of loyal supporters whose sole purpose in the stadium is to motivate their team and intimidate the opposition. In a sport as static as cricket, the gaze of the television director, and thus the viewer, is invariably drawn to the loudest, the boldest, and most vivid. You could just turn up, buy a ticket and watch the cricket match, but where's the fun in that when you could do a lot more? Especially, start drinking as early as 9AM in the stadium and hurl abuses at the opponents. The descendants of those crazy people are, of course, the various fan clubs we've come across in cricket. From England's infamous Barmy Army to Pakistan's Stani Army, the touring groups of troubadours and sing-song merchants - who so energise their respective teams - provide noise and colour in cricket. © Reuters Similarly, in a country where cricket is considered a religion and cricketers labelled as demigods, India, too, enjoys its fair share of fan clubs and support groups. We all know Sudhir Gautam, the man who diligently followed Sachin Tendulkar or even the Bharat Army which was founded in England and continues to travel with the Indian team. It is often joked about that even if Virat Kohli and his team went on to play on Mars; there would be a couple of fans waiting to cheer them on. So when the visuals of the SuperSport Park in Centurion for the second Test between India and South Africa showed just the Proteas thronging the stadium, it came as a dampener. © BCCL However, just as one started to lose hope, from behind all the jazz, came the sound of the Dhol and a group of noticeable Indian supporters matching the South African fans in every chant and musical note. A group of 40-50 individuals shouting their lungs out and beating the Dhols kept the Indian cricket team motivated on foreign soil. With their Bhangra and chants of 'India, India', the group identified as the 'Punjab United Club' has been stealing the thunder of the jazz music being played at the Castle Corner during the second Test. The group has travelled all the way from Johannesburg to support the Indian team and especially their favourite cricketer, 'King Kohli'. © BCCL “We are a group of about 40-45 people, including the kids, and we have come here to support the Indian players. We belong to the Punjab United Club and we are based in Johannesburg. This is our first visit to the SuperSport Park, but we are always present at the Wanderers in Jo'burg. The kids also wanted to watch their favourite player (Kohli) so we are all here and looking to enjoy ourselves,” Parminder Singh, chairman of the club, told News18. Asked about the atmosphere in the stadium, Parminder said: “We are loving every bit of this. While we are going to be definitely there at the Wanderers for the third Test as well, we will come back for the second ODI, sixth ODI and the second T20I. Not to forget the fourth ODI and the first T20I in Johannesburg. We love our cricket and nothing better than watching our Indian stars in action.” © BCCL Despite a narrow loss in the first Test at the Newlands, the group has little doubt that their team will level the series 1-1 after bouncing back in the ongoing Test. “Wait till Kohli hits a hundred and gets even with the Proteas. The boys will surely win here. Also, we want to wish Kohli a very happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti,” Parminder said. Virat Kohli now has 150+ score against all test teams whom he has played. Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Waugh are the only batsmen to hit 150+ against all test teams. #SAvIND — RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) January 15, 2018 On a track that is not as devious as the one at Newlands, the Indian cricket team has struggled on the back of a disappointing performance by their star-studded batting line-up. But, at a time when other Indian batsmen failed to negate opposition bowlers, Kohli has kept his team in the hunt with a well-fought 150. In the modern era of cricket, where fan clubs and support groups continue to bolster their respective teams, the availability of a group like the 'Punjab United Club' in the stands is almost like an extra player in the stadium for India, especially overseas where the world's no. 1 Test side has struggled to derive favourable results in the past.
  24. The season finale of 'Bigg Boss 11' is yet to air but thanks to th strong power of social media, the name of the winner is already out there. After the news of Vikas Gupta's elimination floated on the internet, it became very obvious that Shilpa was taking the trophy home and that has happened. Sources and the famous Arshi Khan, both have confirmed the news. #ShilpaShinde Shilma win @BiggBoss 11. Congrats Ma. Thanks @ColorsTV @BeingSalmanKhan @EndemolShineIND — Arshi Khan (@ArshiKOfficial) January 14, 2018 Congrats Shilma, love you very much — Arshi Khan (@ArshiKOfficial) January 14, 2018 Shilpa had a stellar fan following and has been one of the best players in the history of Bigg Boss. She was lovingly called 'Shilma' by some contestants who saw her as a mother figure and on the other hand, her relation with Vikas Gupta became a hot topic for TRP's. © Colors Shilpa was already in the news thanks to her contoversy surrounding her previous show, 'Bhabhiji Ghar Pe Hai'. She was often at loggerheads with other contestants, namely Hina Khan and was criticsed for not performing tasks. However, barring her fights with Vikas and Arshi, she kept her cool and played with poise. She beat Hina Khan in the final race and is taking a cash prize of Rs. 44 lakh as well. While Vikas and Hina fans might be dissapointed, Shilpians around the world are rejoicing!
  25. Ambanis are the richest people in India, all thanks to the multi-billion empire called Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), which is managed by Mukesh Ambani. The family's fortune is so big that one can easily understand why the Ambani residence 'Antilia' is estimated to be the world's second most expensive after the Buckingham Palace. The inside view of the mansion is lavish and a symbol of the extravagant lives of the richest family in India. Let us throw light on what makes 'Antilia' the most expensive home in India. © Twitter 'Antilia' Is Located On The Most Expensive Street The major reason behind the mansion being the costliest one is the fact that it is located on Altamount Road in South Mumbai, which is believed to be one of the most expensive residential areas in the world. Also known as the mini Beverly Hills of India, the price of land per square foot here is as high as â¹800,000. Surprised? Each Floor Is No Less Than A Two Story Building! You will be astonished to know that 'Antilia' has a total number of 27 stories. The mansion is designed to survive natural calamities and earthquakes (8 Richter scale). The ceilings are higher than the regular ceilings, walls made of imported stones and materials strong enough to keep the house stand tall. © Twitter A House With Its Own Car Service Station It is a well know fact that Mukesh Ambani loves expensive cars. In fact, his mansion has dedicated 6 floors to accommodate his cars, other than a big garage which can hold as many as 168 cars. Ample Space For Three Helipads At the top of the mansion, there is ample space for three helipads. We know that Ambanis are VIPs and so their guests. Who wants to travel in a car when you have ample space for a helicopter in your home? The Entire House Has Elevators Who wants to take the stairs when you have elevators, no one or two but nine of them! How easy that sounds if someone wants to take a little trip inside the mansion. © Twitter 'Antilia' Is Another Version Of A Luxury Hotel Imagine a house that is equipped with incredible recreational spaces including gyms, spas, yoga and dance studios, a personal theatre for at least 50 people, a salon and an ice cream parlor too. What a life! And A Dreamy Ballroom This appears right from a Disney princess film. Every now and then the Ambanis throw parties and get together gigs for their high profile guests. For such occasions, the ballroom must be a place to hang around. No Floor Is A Repetition Of The Other It is believed that Ambanis love to be unique and doing things which make them different from others. This is evident from the fact that no room in their lavish mansion is a copy of the other room. Neither the style nor the structure and architecture of any of the rooms match. The mansion has a big garden and hundreds of plants indoors to keep the house cool in summers. But who must be taking care of this billion dollar sky-scrapper? There's a team of 600 people employed inside 'Antilia'.