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  1. Like every other man on the forever-rotating (revolving) face of earth, Ahan Shetty too, prefers a hoodie over anything. But while for most male entities the piece is an off-duty staple, since Ahan's not really on-duty ever (he's 22 years old), it's probably his way of living life. And we say that, because if looked at his sartorial past, he's always been about the most practical ensembles (classic T-shirt, slim-fit jeans, converse shoes). To sum it up, when it comes to casual everyday style, Shetty's flying on a much higher plane than most. So without any surprises, his next outfit, as clicked by the Mumbai paparazzi, was another recipe of daily throw-on but well put-together styles: © Viral Bhayani One thing's established: we've really started to like this star kid's vibe. He's like most of us in lives, dressing to impress, but without the addition of looking like a try-hard. If he wears a classic white T-shirt for a casual outing, he knows how to drop out of the 'boring' cell. He'd either go for knee-ripped jeans then (not classic ones), or slip into a pair of stellar shoes. That are neither too starry, nor anything mundane. And that's exactly his treatment with the hoodie here. © Viral Bhayani But while he may have gone for typical-guy pieces here, he's stuck to a great consistency in his palette. All while maintaining a great pairing process to cop— solid all-over and prints out on the feet; a simple, easy and relatable hack. Plus, something that's very common among wealthy men around the world: minimalism. Additionally, instead of bringing in boring sweatpants/joggers on the forefront, Ahan flashing a pair of a cargo-joggers hybrid, that simply put: looks extremely comfortable, mating with a classic pair of Vans. Not denying, his gold-tinted sunnies are great pieces to own too—perfect to sport when the sun's in full bloom in the city. However, the sight above the frames isn't a great one to notice. In fact, this is what a disheveled mane looks like. Just not very attractive, unless you're Johnny Depp. © Viral Bhayani Point to note: while dressing for the day, you needn't venture beyond the horizon. Point to ignore: ignore the former.
  2. COAS Gen Bajwa in Sri Lanka - Photo ISPR Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Sri Lanka on Tuesday for a two official visit on the invitation of his counterpart. During the visit, General Bajwa remarked that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were probably the only countries which understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism. COAS held meetings with the Sri Lankan military leadership including the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chiefs of all three services. Upon arrival, General Bajwa was given guards of honour at the headquarters of all three services. The COAS also visited the Command and Staff College Sri Lanka and interacted with faculty and staff. The leadership of Sri Lankan expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Pakistan's unequivocal moral and material support during Sri Lanka's successful war on terror. They also appreciated successes of Pakistan Army in ongoing War on Terror. COAS highlighted that having cleared troubled areas from terrorists of all hues and colours, Pakistan is now going after their disorganised residual presence under Operation Radd-ul-Fasad. During the meetings, various new initiatives and ongoing projects were discussed to improve the existing defence ties between the two brotherly countries.
  3. “So how long did you stick to your New Year resolution?” is a common question we hear during this time of the year and it hurts, doesn't it? Most people have given up on making them altogether. The rest don't stick with them for too long because they've been led to believe that failure is inevitable. This is unfortunate because the idea of a New Year's resolution, albeit shrouded in pessimism, is a positive one wherein we recognize the need for self-improvement. Instead, the fault lies in our approach and the solution lies in Kaizen. Kaizen, which is Japanese for “change for better”. © Thinkstock/Getty Images What Is Kaizen? Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy that promotes “continual improvement” as the mindset to achieve long-term goals. It is accurately captured in the following saying by Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” It encourages the practitioner to take small steps in the right direction every day, regardless of the magnitude of the task at hand. Taking small, slow steps may sound like an impractical, lazy or wasteful method but how many times have you paid for a gym membership, only to abandon it in a couple of weeks? A gym membership is a huge commitment – a big step – and gym owners are not even thankful when they receive your unwise charitable donation. Instead, Kaizen advocates that you start going for a 10-minute brisk walk every day for a couple of weeks and then start gradually adding a portion of salad to your meals and then, once you've trained your brain to be a bit more disciplined, you purchase the gym membership. This gradual build-up to a steady program is the exact opposite of the usual pattern. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Getting Better At Getting Better Clearly, this is not the way to build a six pack in six days because the essence of Kaizen is that setting goals like “six pack in six days” is a bad idea. Kaizen is more of a mindset, less of a productivity tool. It's not result-based, it's process-based. For example, it will not help if you just hit deadlines. Trust me, I've tried and the MensXP editor wasn't very happy about it! Nevertheless, it can be used to review the process of working towards hitting a deadline so that next time, I can make a small positive change to my writing process and improve. When practicing Kaizen, it's never about the final result because there's always room for improvement regardless of success or failure. Kaizen is a journey, not a destination. In fact, Kaizen advocates for continuously upgrading your destination as you get better. Why Does It Work? Based on evolution, we have three brains although Bollywood makes a strong case for us having none. These are the cortex, the mammalian brain and the reptilian brain. The cortex is the part that makes humans unique – civilization, music, creativity, all reside in the cortex. The mammalian mid-brain has the amygdala which controls the fight-or-flight response. When faced with an imminent threat, the body is prepared to act reflexively which leads the thinking part – the cortex – to slow down or shut down altogether since the ability to do calculus is not a priority when being chased by a tiger! The problem is that the amygdala gets activated whenever we deviate from routine. For the amygdala, safety comes first even when I'm sitting comfortably in my chair, imagining about taking over the world or any other obscenely big step. © Pexels Fear is the immediate response to anything new and it's a normal part of our lives. Yes, it's normal, embrace it. When we decide to take a big step, the amygdala comes into play, thus restricting access to our cortex. Small steps are a way to bypass the amygdala so that one can harness the complete powers of their cortex. Thus, Kaizen encourages taking steps that are so small that they're painless to follow through. This changes the focus from the staggering task at hand (say, learning how to play the guitar) to just being a little better than your previous self (“Let's learn how to play the first 4 notes of the DDLJ tune.”). The Toyota Way A classic example of Kaizen in action is The Toyota Production System. Any worker in Toyota's manufacturing units can stop the assembly line to fix a minor defect. This goes against the conventional idea of mass manufacturing which translates to, “never stop the line, we'll fix errors at the end of the line”. Taiichi Ohno, a manager influenced by the idea of “small, continual improvement”, noticed that fixing errors at the end was a time-consuming, expensive process. He trained his workers in Kaizen. They were trained to identify small problems and carry out small actions that could fix the problem then and there. As a result, contrary to conventional manufacturing and management wisdom, Toyota's production soared. © Reuters They took it one step further when they opened up the suggestions box to everyone. While doing their job, anyone who took the effort to ask small questions, like “What if there's an Excel function that does exactly what I'm doing by hand?”, could put in suggestions for the upper management to review. The good ones were rewarded appropriately. This practice gave every worker the incentive to find Kaizen opportunities at every stage of the production pipeline and it worked. Today, Toyota prides itself on being a reliable, good quality, affordable brand and they consider Kaizen to be instrumental in their success. You Can Do It It's important to note that Kaizen and innovation (a radical change, by definition, i.e. a big step) are not mutually exclusive. The emphasis is on continual improvement and more often than not, it's easier to make a miniscule change than it is to innovate. Even right now, imagine you're asked to innovate, and then imagine that you're asked to make the smallest improvement in your routine. Irrespective of the actual work, doesn't the latter have a soothing effect on your brain unlike the former that feels like a tough, elaborate 'Roadies' task? Kaizen is all about ease of adoption. It'll guide you to move at a slower, relaxed pace to achieve lasting change. In his book 'One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way', Dr. Robert Maurer says, “If you hit a wall of resistance, try scaling back the size of your steps. (...) The essence of Kaizen is an optimistic belief in our potential for continuous improvement.” © Thinkstock/Getty Images Conclusion There's the age-old debate between hard work and talent. Talent is inherent skill (like being good at guessing the meanings of words from the context in which they're used) and hard work requires rigor (like completing a book with several tough words in it). For the bigger goals in life, talent tends to fall short and hard work needs to be done over a long period of time, the results of which come even later. Hard work always trumps talent but people rely on the latter because performing consistent hard work for weeks without seeing the desired results is a scary proposition. The process is plagued with questions like, “What if I never make it? Should I have listened to my parents and stuck to a regular job?” In such dire circumstances, the Kaizen philosophy is like a friendly pat on the back telling you, “There's always light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually, these small improvements will add up. They surely will! Don't be intimidated by the horizon, just look down and put one foot in front of the other. You can do it.” References: “One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way” by Robert Maurer, PhD
  4. Women are sensual creatures and everything you may or may not do to turn them on needs a lot of detailed attention and time. Men, of course, have more vocal bodies and minds, where their adrenaline gets a kick seeing something as evident as a woman's honkers or her round butt. But, for women, it's not that easy to get turned on just by looking at a man's physicality. There has to be a lot more that goes into making her take a walk around pleasureville. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Women thrive on oral *** and foreplay. It's their safety net because for them *** is not always the best. There is always a chance of missing out on climaxing because women don't always cum, even if they RSVP to a party. It's a stated fact. For you to build up the fizz, you have to first shake the can a bit! Even though women shy away from cunnilingus from time to time, it's by far the most pleasured activity they've ever indulged in. What your tongue can do down there, defines the way she sees *** and if it's something to look forward to, for her or not. If you spend enough time on her, down there and everywhere else, (before taking your junk out and riding her like a rodeo bull, i.e.), you're actually prepping her body and mind to experience intense or multiple orgasms. For women who have troubling climaxing, it's probably because men seldom indulge in proper oral *** with them. © Thinkstock/Getty Images To be fair, vulvas and vaginas are a bit tough to navigate and locate. You can clearly and easily lose your way. Besides, they're all different and they react to different types of stimuli, so it's not all roses and peaches down there. So figuring out what each one likes, can be quite a task tbh. Some vagina's like a turbo charged tongue on their clit, wherein some like a gentle all-tongue-slurp on their vulva. It's best to try every trick you can in the book to see what makes her go wild; or better yet, asking her what she likes and how she likes it, is the next best trick! So if you're Mr. lost losterson at work down there, and having a tough time deciding where to put your tongue or how many fingers can actually go inside her vag, we're gonna save you some trouble and TRY and make you the master of cunnilingus, after all! Pre-Heating The Oven To bake some delish goods, the oven has to be nice and hot first. You can't just take a dive with your tongue and make a mess down there! You have to sensually get to her clit, sans the mess. It's best to not focus on something you're not too skilled at. Make the whole experience an elaborate plan to stimulate every muscle in her body. Necking her neck, kissing her lips gently and going down with your tongue on her chest and beltline will definitely wire her brain in the right direction. Half the battle is won, if you give your woman the mental stimulation she requires before you go all out with her. So, do whatever you can with your words and hands before you reach the spot and give her the almighty experience. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Perf The Position She may know the best position to be in while you stick your tongue down there and do your thing but for your own convenience and benefit (to prevent a backbreaking experience, if at all) you can maybe put a pillow under her butt to lift her pelvis up. It'll be great for her comfort too. You have to make sure her knees are open wide so you have a far greater opening to work with and then you can easily part her lips down there wider than when Moses parted the Red Sea. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Staring Is Not Rude While rounding up women to ask them about their personal cunnilingus experiences, we came across many women who said that they love it when men are curious down there. *** shouldn't be rushed unless it's a quickie, obviously. So, if you have enough time, do your due diligence and study her vagina well. You can play with it while getting to know it better. It's like going on a date and asking her every possible question to get to know them better. You can stroke her outer lips with your fingers while parting them gently to see what lies beneath. Finding the G-Spot isn't as intense as it's made to seem and you'll only figure it out if you slowly unravel the mystery of the beautiful clit. Go on, spend some time staring and playing with her down there. It'll really help you. © Thinkstock/Getty Images The Technique All women want different things, that's a given but to know what they really want, you need to listen. Here, if there isn't much talking happening, you need to pay attention to her body movements. They will tell you everything you need to figure out. Yeah, you're probably not as intuitive as women generally are and you like things straight up but come on, shying away from basic homework should be the last of your agendas. The Basic Technique: Tonguing is as basic as it can get. Before you get your hands all wet (literally), go down there with your tongue and start with the up-and-down rhythm. The build-up should be like a crescendo. Eventually, the rhythm is gonna get you, so you can change your motion or try something new. The Two Finger Technique: After she's evenly wet, place your index and middle finger on the sides of her vaginal wall and slide them up and down, opening and exposing her vulva and her clitoris. You can place your tongue in the middle if you like. This helps in building sufficient momentum and it's quite a tease for her too. Don't slip your fingers in yet, let her enjoy this ride. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Slippery, Only When Wet: If she's wet enough, slide your middle finger in. If there is room for more, you can slide your ring finger in too. Now be wary of the fact that her vagina isn't a trampoline that your fingers need to vigorously jump on. Find her spot by studying her body movements and once you do, move your fingers slowly in accordance to her rhythm. Let her enjoy the stimulation. The Gecko Tongue: If you're trying to find her clit, don't jab her like a machine gun or pretend like you're writing alphabets with your tongue. Use the tip of your tongue or the entire tongue to explore her goodies. The clit is the central spot of the vulva and it does not take a rocket scientist to locate it. It's usually hidden beneath the point where the inner labia meet and form a hood. So find the hood (not with your fingers) and you'll find hidden treasure. Use Your Face: Sometimes using your whole face and not just your tongue can be incredibly helpful. For instance, if you're going for direct clitoral stimulation, try cupping her clit gently between your lips, while you move your head around. Be a nosy parker if you can and bring your nose in for some stimulation. If you have trouble with her smell down there, this entire activity isn't for you, bub. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Patience Will Get Her Off She may not always cum. Yeah, that's a given but you can try the best tricks of the trade to make her see stars. Just don't get all 'goal oriented' and lose focus on showing her a good time or having fun yourself! It's a given, that one of the sexiest things that turns a woman on is a man's patience and ability to act like being between a woman's legs is his favourite place in the world. It's your hopeless want to please her that will eventually get her off and not you struggling to find an easier way out! © Thinkstock/Getty Images So, the next time you go down on a woman, don't be nervous. Be yourself and go with the flow and the flow will eventually go with you too!
  5. Steve Jobs – the Apple Giant – was an American tech-visionary, entrepreneur, inventor, business magnate and industrial designer. He was the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Apple Inc. – a brand that revolutionized the way we live. He was also a majority shareholder at Pixar Animation Studios – a Walt Disney Company. Despite his boundless success, Jobs lived quite a modest life. He lived in a simple house in the neighborhood of Palo Alto, with an open driveway. He kept himself rooted and never let success get to his head. He was a genius man who led an ordinary life. However, he had a unique hobby, related to his cars. © nextweb Jobs was pretty infamous for his liking for the slot of the parking lot dedicated to the differently-abled. He was also considered an outlaw for driving around in his favorite car – silver Mercedes SL55 AMG, with a blank license plate. Yes! You read that right. There was no number plate on Jobs' car! It has been a mystery as to how he managed to drive a number-less car. Questions surrounding this weird penchant and how he pulled it off have always been flowing around on social media. Speculations like “he paid the fine every time he was caught” or “he had some special leverages granted by the Government of California” have been around. Some people have even gone to the extent of assuming that since he was stinking rich, maybe he bought a new car every month to keep up with his acquired taste for blank number plates! Well, no matter the inconsistent theories, we have solved this mystery for you. We all know that Jobs was a genius. This brainiac had somehow found a loophole in the 'California Vehicle Code' – the state rulebook containing traffic laws. And, it was through this loophole that he managed to drive a numberless number plate car without actually breaking the law. © autoblog According to the 'California Vehicle Code', any person who owns a brand new car has a time limit of six months to get a registered number plate and fix it to the vehicle. So, Jobs made an official arrangement with the car company where he could change cars after the completion of sixth months of the lease. This enabled him to exchange his old silver Mercedes SL55 AMG for another new one every time. Hence, he actually never broke laws as he was not required to use any number plate for his car during the given period!
  6. It?s time to empower your children to be brave and safe. Talk now to help prevent child abuse. The brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur is not a one-off incident. Child sexual abuse statistics paint a grim picture of our society ? as many as 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across Pakistan every day, according to data collected by non-governmental organisation Sahil. Children are most vulnerable, least powerful, and least likely to be able to protect themselves from abusers. Child abusers often know how to emotionally manipulate their intended victims, gaining their trust well in advance of the actual abuse. [embed_video1 url= style=center] Here are some simple, every day actions that you can take as parents to help prevent child abuse: --Accompany your children outdoors, or ask a trusted member of the family to accompany your children in case you cannot. --Keep an eye out for your children, monitor their whereabouts. --If you have a caretaker/domestic help at home, don?t leave your children alone with them. Submit details of the caretaker/housemaid to your nearest police station as a precaution. --Designate a place for the children to play in. Make sure a parent/guardian of at least one of the children is present at the venue and keeping a watchful eye. Also, set a particular play time for the children. If they want to play for longer, make sure a trusted individual is present with them. Photo taken from Tabeer, a not for profit organisation with a mission to create awareness on health and social issues in the community, to the literate, semiliterate and the illiterate individuals alike and through conventional, unconventional and innovative means. --Don?t allow your children to enter strangers? houses, including neighbours you don?t know. --Don?t allow strangers inside your house/area/locale. --Don?t send your children to the shops/markets alone. --Talk to your children about abuse. Teach them about the good touch and the bad touch. --Tell your children to report any inappropriate touch to you immediately. --Tell your children to shout and say ?Don?t touch me!? if they feel uncomfortable with any touch. According to the latest numbers released by Sahil, an organisation that works on child protection with a special focus on sexual abuse, a total of 1,764 cases of child abuse were reported from across the country in the first six months of 2017 alone. Of all cases, 15 percent of the crimes were committed at the victim's own place, while 12 percent were said to have taken place at an acquaintance?s place. Also read: Child *** abuse statistics in Pakistan Statistics from another social awareness organisation Aahung show that as many as 47 per cent of child sexual abuse incidents are perpetrated by the relatives of the child. Around 43 per cent of the perpetrators are acquaintances of the child, while only seven per cent are strangers. It?s time to empower your children to be brave and safe. Talk now.
  7. Did you know that everything we learn is actually stored in our brain, and the brain can't store information if it doesn't physically change in some (usually routine) way? That means that the connections between the neurons in our brains should be changing systematically. This is known as rewiring your brain for the output you want out of it. To actually tap that side of yourself, you will need to sharpen your brain with various helpful activities. You yourself possess the power to improve your brain's capability through mental training that will impact your overall performance. Here is a list of such activities which will help you achieve success. 1. Practice brain aerobics. © Daily Health Post Practice makes perfect and the same goes for our brain when we regularly practice something that creates new neural patterns. The more the connections, the better the chances of your success will be. You can play chess, sudoku, crossword puzzles and any such activity that requires deep thinking. Most successful people allot at least 15 to 30 minutes to any activity that requires thinking. You should do the same. This is what billionaire investor Mark Cuban has to say on this subject, "What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It takes a willingness to learn, to be able to focus, to absorb information, and to always realize that business is a 24/7 job…" Just like you work on physical activities to keep your body in shape so you should do to keep your brain in a healthy shape to deliver desired results 2. Look for fresh ideas. © SlideShare If you want a new neural connection to form, you will need more new activities to always keep it fresh. Any new kind of information that will help you achieve your goals will create a database in your brain which can be accessed anytime, as required. For example,if you are interested in tennis then why not take some lessons and track your progress? You were interested in something challenging and the fact that you finally did it will ultimately strengthen your brain muscles and the belief to be successful in any field. 3. Visualize your future self © RichifyLife Have you heard about the visualization technique? It could be based on your memory of the past or it could be as simple as imagining yourself in a certain situation in future. Here, we are talking about the latter. While doing so, you will attract the needed energy to make that vision a reality. If you aspire to be a millionaire by the end of 2019, you should imagine that kind of a lifestyle, your priorities, your schedule, the kind of people you will meet and the attitude you will have. So, the next time you feel a lack of motivation, visualise yourself in that situation and see if you want that outcome or not and then act on it. 4. Focus your energy on a long-term goal. © Millo Someone wise once said, “If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” This is the only reality, my friend. You need to decide on what you want from your life and act on it. You should never offer the driving seat to anyone else. If you are feeling demotivated then maybe you need to think about your long-term goals. Even though it is not an easy job. Even rich people who once had money or passion as their biggest dream, now crave philanthropic deeds. So, your goals may vary but they should be big and challenging enough so that they keep you accelerated towards them. If you do that and enjoy the process, then no one can stop you from achieving what you want from life. 5. Shift to an exponential mindset © CodeCondo Below is the simplification of what an exponential mindset looks like. Such kind of a mindset takes thinking to the next level as it aspires for greater things which could be ten times larger than what a normal person would imagine. A person with such a mindset anticipates faster growth as they can already see it coming. They even look at failures as a part of the equation but always end up being ten times ahead, preparing for anything that you have to deal with, positive or not.
  8. None of the elements of a coherent policy was in place when the president tweeted to end US aid to Pakistan, said one official WASHINGTON: A surprise New Year?s Day tweet by US President Donald Trump in which he appeared to decree an end to US aid for Pakistan, sent US officials scrambling to suspend security assistance without even knowing how much aid they were freezing, four US officials said. The decision to freeze up to about $2 billion in security aid, according to a later estimate by US officials, to a nuclear-armed ally is the latest example of how, nearly a year into Trump?s presidency, US officials sometimes have to scurry to turn his tweets into policy. The Trump administration had been weighing an aid freeze for months, including in a meeting of top national security advisers before Christmas. Washington has for years accused Islamabad of providing sanctuary to terrorists. At the time of Trump?s tweet, a US assessment of Pakistani compliance with those demands was still under way. A cohesive US policy - including preparations for possible Pakistani reaction - was not expected to be completed until March or April, three US officials interviewed said. ?None of the elements of a coherent policy was in place, or even close at hand, when the president, in effect, made a policy announcement,? said one US official, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity. ?Despite a mad scramble to backfill a tweet, we still don?t have ... an effective policy in place.? Michael Anton, a spokesman for the National Security Council, did not address whether the tweet had sped up the policy process, saying Trump had made clear his intent to take a new, tougher stance toward Pakistan as part of the Afghanistan war strategy he unveiled in August. ?This action is being taken after months of careful interagency review. Any suggestion to the contrary is false,? he said. The State Department declined to comment. Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida when he posted his tweet at 7:12 am on January 1, after hosting a lavish New Year?s Eve party. Until then he had kept a relatively low public profile while he mostly golfed. The United States, he tweeted, had ?foolishly? given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid and ?they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!? It is not clear what prompted Trump to issue the tweet, which infuriated Pakistani officials. Pakistan?s National Security Committee of senior civilian and military officials denounced it as ?completely incomprehensible.? US Ambassador David Hale was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for an explanation. Caught by surprise on their New Year?s Day holiday, a small group of White House aides and other top officials scrambled to make good on the president?s unexpected statement, said a senior US official who was part of the consultations. There was no time to issue a formal White House policy directive outlining the amount of frozen funds, four officials said. When the administration confirmed that it was suspending security aid to Pakistan four days after Trump?s tweet, the State Department was still not able to quantify how much aid was at stake, underscoring how far US officials had been from implementing any policy before the president?s statement. Trump?s attempt to humiliate Pakistan unlikely to work: Olson Former US ambassador to Pakistan says Pakistan has greater leverage over the US than many imagine US officials later said the decision could affect about $1 billion in planned security assistance and $900 million to reimburse Pakistan for counter-terrorism operations. Another sign of the haste was the failure to give Pakistan the usual diplomatic courtesy of a warning before the president?s tweet, US officials said. Perhaps most seriously, they said, there was no time to prepare for possible retaliation. Tweet in search of strategy The Pentagon and State Department were especially concerned that Pakistan might close the air and land corridors on which US-led troops and Afghan forces in landlocked Afghanistan depend for supplies, the officials said. So far, Pakistan has not done so. At the time the decision was made, there was no agreement with neighbouring countries for alternative routes, five US officials said. ?It appeared to be a tweet in search of a strategy,? said Dan Feldman, a former US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. ?There seemed to be a flurry of inter-agency activity after that tweet to arrive at some sort of policy to frame it ... to prove it wasn?t just an impulsive tweet.? It was not the first time that US officials have been caught off guard by Trump?s fondness for formulating policy by tweet. Last year, Trump tweeted that the US government would not accept transgender people to serve in the military, catching the Pentagon leadership by surprise. His statement eventually had to be walked back.
  9. We have all heard about Jack Ma's incredible rags to riches story and how he conquered the internet market in China. The founder of the Alibaba Group is one of the world's most influential businessmen and philanthropists. He is known for expounding his philosophy of business, and is a leading innovation visionary. As of today, his total fortune adds up to $48.3bn. Do you know how much he earned as a school teacher in his early days? He would only make $12 a month at a local university. That's a huge leap, in terms of being successful. He was rejected from a dozen universities like Harvard and from American companies like KFC as well but he never stopped and always believed that one day ithings would change. Today, he is the CEO of one of the biggest internet companies in the world. That's his perseverance and life story right there. Here is a list of famous quotes by Jack Ma to help inspire you and take your business to the next level. 1. On ethics © MensXP 2. On teamwork © MensXP 3. On the right cause © MensXP 4. On perseverance © MensXP 5. On Motivation © MensXP 6. On Dreams © MensXP 7. On learning from others © MensXP 8. On doing business the right way © MensXP 9. On focus © MensXP 10. On competition © MensXP 11. On knowing yourself © MensXP 12. On money © MensXP
  10. Who says he can?t celebrate his batting in his world-famous style as well? We are used to seeing Hasan Ali do his trademark celebration after ripping through opponents? wickets. Hasan Ali's trademark celebration But today, he smashed New Zealand?s bowlers all over the park to reach his highest ODI score of 51 (off 31 balls), in the second Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI in Nelson. And, of course, that warranted a memorable celebration. Batting or bowling, Hasan Ali loves his style. So do his fans. This is how he celebrated his fifty against New Zealand in Nelson, January 9, 2018/Getty Images Needless to say, his trademark celebration looked as awesome as when he does it while bowling. Watch it here: Fans couldn't get enough of it. Even the ICC couldn't resist. Celebration goals, indeed.
  11. Every New Year, hundreds of people make one very common resolution and that is to lose their belly fat and get abs. Though we have been publishing research-based articles on fat loss for a while now, a lot of people still follow a lot of senseless advice floating on the internet. Once again, here we are giving some very logical and credible advice on how to get rid of belly fat and love handles while building rock solid abs. 1) Stop Doing Hundreds Of Side Bends And Twisters Many fitness YouTubers have been recommending these two exercises and promise belly fat/love handles reduction. Well, even if you do these for a million reps for the rest of your life, you will not lose an inch of belly fat. Why? Because you cannot spot reduce fat! Your body loses fat as a whole. And please, the same thing applies to face fat, belly fat or wherever you are holding fat. 2) Consume Adequate Amount Of Protein “I just want to lean out. Do I also need to consume a decent amount of protein?” Yes, you do! Optimal protein intake is not just for bodybuilders or powerlifters, it's important for every human being. Your body can either lose the fat and muscle which will make you skinny fat. Or it can lose fat and build some lean muscle which will enhance your body composition and metabolism. Building and maintenance of muscle mass requires adequate protein consumption. Aim for 1.5-2g of protein per Kg of your bodyweight. So, if you are weighing 90kgs, your consumption should be 135-180gms of protein per day. Individuals with a higher body fat % need not consume that much protein. 3) Increase Your NEAT NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. It involves the burning of calories on all activities other than exercise or sports. Some examples of NEAT are walking your dog or taking the stairs instead of the elevators. Your body's metabolism is predetermined by your genes. And you can only workout for a couple of hours 3-5 times a week. But you can still burn a lot of calories if you up your NEAT. There has been plenty of research on this and I have personally lost a decent amount of fat by simply increasing my NEAT. 4) The Only Two Exercises You Need For Abs 'Abs are made in the kitchen.' You have probably heard this and it is 100% true as well. But just like any other muscle group, abs also need to be worked on. Thus, some amount of direct ab training is required. Though there are plenty of strenuous and fancy looking ab workout routines by fitness models, you don't need to do them. Rope ab crunches and weighted captain's chair leg raise are more than enough. Perform 3 sets of each with 10-15 reps twice a week and progressively overload. If this is supported by a well-structured diet and weight training, you will have abs in no time. 5) Order Protein When Eating Out You cannot out workout your diet. The fundamental requirement for losing fat is a caloric deficit diet. But life happens and you cannot consume your planned meals all the time. There will be plenty of times you will need to eat something outside. In such cases, it is best to consume high protein foods rather than foods rich in fats or carbohydrates. No, fats & carbs are not bad. But out of the three macronutrients, protein has the highest thermic effect. If you consume 200 calories from protein, a lot of calories are lost in heat during digestion and only 120 calories are available for your body to process. This allows you to be in a caloric deficit despite eating out. There you go guys, THAT'S ALL you really need to do.
  12. Apple has confirmed that all Macs, iPhones, iPads and other devices (except Apple Watch) are vulnerable to the newly revealed Spectre and Meltdown Intel, ARM and AMD processor vulnerabilities. Taking advantage of a vulnerability that has been around for 20 years, Meltdown and Spectre exploit a CPU performance feature called “speculative execution.” Speculative execution exists to improve computer speed by enabling the processor to work on multiple instructions at once, sometimes in non-sequential order. The Meltdown and Spectre bugs allow hackers to read and access this information in the OS kernel memory by taking advantage of the delay in its rollback. (c) Reuters Who is affected? All modern Macs and iOS devices are affected. While Meltdown mainly affects Intel-based Macs and PCs, in Apple's case it also affects iOS devices. Spectre affects all iOS, macOS, and tvOS. WatchOS is unaffected by the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. How can you stay protected? Apple revealed that it had already released 'mitigations' for Meltdown in iOS 11.2, so make sure you keep an eye out for any new updates made available for iOS on your iPhone or iPad and go into 'Settings' to check what version of iOS you are running. Ensure your Mac is up to date by hitting the apple in the top left of your menu, selecting About This Mac, and checking if your version number reads macOS 10.13.2 or greater. Apple says the patches don't measurably affect performance, and it'll continue to develop more mitigations for future updates. (c) Reuters Don't jailbreak your iPhones. Those who jailbreak their devices are potentially more vulnerable to malware, particularly when vulnerabilities exist at a processor level. When it comes to Spectre, Apple explains that it is possible (though extremely difficult) to exploit the weakness in JavaScript running in a web browser. Apple will release an update for Safari for Macs and iOS devices in the next few days. That update will mitigate such exploit techniques. Even third-party browsers like FireFox and Chrome are still infected. Look out for an app update from the App Store in the coming few days. Don't download apps from untrusted sources. It's good practice to be vigilant about what applications you run on your computer (Mac or iOS). Both of these newly revealed exploits need to be running on your system, so it makes sense to avoid installing or using any applications you don't trust.
  13. Do you know that to achieve its planned production rate of 500,000 cars per year by 2018, Tesla will require today's entire worldwide supply of lithium-ion batteries? Yes, that is the demand. The Gigafactory was born out of necessity to be able to supply enough batteries to support Tesla's projected vehicle demand. The factory is used to make battery cells and drivetrains for the company's electric cars. Although the company has struggled to produce its first mass-market electric car, the Model 3, so far, Musk has said the company plans to accelerate production in 2018. © Tesla Now, if you are thinking about why the factory is called that then let us tells you that it derives its name from the word “Giga”, which is the unit of measurement representing “billions.” Recently Elon Musk went on Twitter to promote job openings for Tesla's Gigafactory, which is located in Sparks, Nevada. He tweeted,”Come work at the biggest & most advanced factory on Earth! Located by a river near the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains with wild horses roaming free.” © Twitter/elonmusk The tweet was linked to Tesla's website where applicants can read more about the Gigafactory and thus submit their resumes and work-related details. This is their online job board list which contains all of the available positions at the factory. Elon claims that the Gigafactory will cover over five million square feet once it's finished, and it will be able to make more battery cells than any other lithium-ion battery factory in the world. Making battery cells available on a large scale is an essential part of his plan to make both the batteries and the electric cars they're used in even more affordable. Although this is not the first time Elon Musk has come forward looking to recruit brilliant talent through Twitter, as he has done so in the past as well. He has promoted Tesla job listings on the social media site when the company was building its Autopilot development team in 2015. So, do you think you have what it takes to work along with Elon Musk?
  14. It's a known fact that one of the greatest prequisites required for some good *** is how you initiate a kiss. Making out is as essential as pre-heating an oven to bake your goodies. If you need your baked goods to be perfect, play around with the temperature a little first. Most people have different techniques and indulgences where kissing is involved. If you're trapped in the fervour of emotions, kissing someone you like can be exciting and intense at the same time. If it's something casual, then it's only fair to have your tongue game on point and make it an eventful victory, with the most flexible part of your body. A good kisser, who knows how to use his tongue just about right, will go a long way, as opposed to someone who is just crappy at kissing. To be absolutely honest, tongue kissing can be a scary ordeal. It's like putting something moist and slimy into another person's moist and slimy body cavity and acing the technique. If you do it wrong, there is no coming back from it. I mean it's not as bad as being held at gunpoint or escaping a nuclear attack but it dims your chances to get laid, if at all. So, if you're a first timer or want to use your tongue with your partner more adequately, check out some of these super easy ways to do so. Take It Slow You're not going to war really, you're in a very free flowing, easy going sort of space so don't rush it! Unless, of course, it's a heated make out session. Ease your way into kissing and for crying out loud, don't stick your tongue right in at first and move it around like a mouse looking for cheese. Kissing someone should be relaxing and sensual, so go in nice and slow and when you settle in, you'll eventually find your groove. © Giphy Follow Your Partner's Lead You can tell almost instantaneously when the right time is to move in with your tongue. If they appreciate the initiation, they will open their mouth wilfully for you to go about and explore. Just take the lead here and go with your partner's flow and you'll fall in sync. © Giphy The Pressure Should Be Just About Right The pressure has to be just about right. Think about it like a handshake. If it's too aggressive, you'll end up squeezing the life out of someone's hand! If it's too limp, you're a pansy. So, it really all depends on the kinda pressure you apply. Don't force your tongue down their gullet, that'll just repel them. It will also lead to teeth clashing, or pushing them back with force, which can get annoying. Just be tender and gentle, when you first initiate a kiss. © Giphy Don't Shy Away If your partner isn't taking the lead then don't shy away taking it instead. It's absolutely okay to. Just slide your tongue gently and touch their lip with your tongue, so that they slightly part them, so you can slide your tongue all the way in. If they don't react, you needn't worry. Just pull back gently. They might not be ready for some tongue action yet! © Giphy How Much Tongue Is Too Much Tongue? Using too much tongue can absolutely ruin the kiss and make her lose interest in you altogether. When you start kissing someone, don't use your tongue at first. Think of it this way- your tongue is your final armour you're gonna slay her with! Figure how to use your lips instead, at first. Start with a slight peck on her lip and then caress her lips with yours before you pull the big guns out. When there has been enough lip action, slowly inch your tongue towards her lips and part them gently. Gently being the keyword. if you do it too aggressively, it can go a bit overboard. Remember, your tongue is a very strong muscle, so don't rush it in! Once there is some sort of reciprocation from her end, with her tongue, you start swirling your tongue around her mouth slowly and if she appreciates that, you're good to go! Always go with the 'less is more' technique. © Giphy Swirling Is The New Sexy When you finally find a home for your tongue inside her mouth, gently swirl it around at first. Don't thrust, it's not your dick! you want to feel her mouth with her tongue, not injure it! Also, don't lick her teeth or let your tongue lay there, flaccid wondering what to do next! It's best to kiss and tongue at the same time. So when you do swirl your tongue, use your lips to kiss her too. Here's a trade secret: sucking on your partner's tongue and lips is a big turn on and by sucking we don't mean suck the life out of it. Gently suck on either, like it's a piece of candy. © Giphy Practice On Your Hand Yes, you read that right! That's the best way to figure how much pressure your tongue is actually capable of. Try practicing on the back of your hand. Push your tongue against it as hard as you can then as soft as you can and when you find a middle ground, go with exactly that pressure when you use your tongue during the kiss. © Giphy There isn't anything to get nervous or anxious about kissing or getting some tongue on tongue action. If it's your first time with someone or first time ever, just go with your natural instinct and base that on your partners reaction to your touch. Kissing is therapeutic and tonguing is sexy! So mix the two up as much as you possibly can!
  15. Facebook accounts and telephone records can be used to pinpoint the best individuals to vaccinate to stop a disease outbreak in its tracks PARIS: Facebook accounts and telephone records can be used to pinpoint the best individuals to vaccinate to stop a disease outbreak in its tracks, researchers said Wednesday. Such people would be "central" in their social networks, and thus likelier to spread disease-causing germs from one group to another. Assuming there is an outbreak, and not enough vaccines for every person in the world, immunising these well-connected individuals would remove social "bridges" by which germs can spread, experts wrote in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The study, which tracked the digital and physical contacts of more than 500 university students, concluded that people who are central in their digital networks are also central in their real-life human networks. "If you are a hub for your friends in the sense that you have many contacts via phone calls or on Facebook, making you a bridge between diverse communities, chances are high that you are also likely to be a bridge to connect those communities in case of an epidemic, such as influenza," study co-author Enys Mones of the Technical University of Denmark told AFP. "By understanding the online contacts, we can find individuals who are such central members of the population and focus targeted counter-measures on them when there are limited resources for vaccination." Using computer modelling, the research then calculated that vaccinating these "central" individuals would be "almost as efficient as the most optimal (existing) vaccination strategies". It was also cheaper, as digital activity is easy to trace. The goal of vaccination is to reduce the size of the population at risk of infection. It achieves something called "herd immunity", whereby unvaccinated people are increasingly unlikely to come into contact with an infectious individual.
  16. Pakistanis did not take too kindly to US President Donald Trump?s tweet in which he accused Pakistan of giving nothing by lies and deceit to the United States. The tweet was widely condemned by government officials, politicians and analysts. Pakistanis on Twitter were also very critical of Trump. Some termed Trump as the biggest cartoon in history. He was also termed the master of the u-turn after his contradictory statements about Pakistan. For some, the US president's tweet showed his fear and frustration with Pakistan. Pakistanis also termed the tweet as Trump accusing Pakistan due to US failure in Afghanistan.
  17. 2018 is here and Bollywood celebrities welcomed in the New Year with style. Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan spent the New Year in Switzerland along with their son Taimur. Pictures shared by designer Manish Malhotra showed the couple looking stunning. Here's one of Taimur smiling for the camera. Big B ? Amitabh Bachchan celebrated the New Year with his family and particularly enjoyed taking some pictures with his grandchildren. Priyanka Chopra rang in the New Year with family and close friends in London. Katrina Kaif decided to take off to Thailand to enjoy some vacation time. Bollywood stars also greeted fans via Twitter.
  18. While everyone kept criticising him and thought that by this time he would be out of the 'Bigg Boss' house, Luv Tyagi went on to prove everyone wrong changing the whole climax of the game. With just couple of weeks left, Luv, a commoner who entered the house with four padosis is literally giving all the celebrity contestants' sleepless nights. Who would have thought that he would be the chosen one and Priyank Sharma who is quite popular among the millennials would have been evicted from the house? From being called a loser, Hina Khan's pawn to 'bail-buddhi', this underdog is turning the game, scaring many strong contestants. Be it mastermind Vikas Gupta, Hina Khan or Shilpa Shinde, everyone has been stunned with the way Luv has come so far in the game. Well, it's not just them but even viewers are in dubiety of the manner in which he garnering such a huge amount of support. Wonder who is voting for him? Then this rally is the answer to all your questions. One will be surprised to see the way rallies are being organised by Luv's family to save him. If you think we are kidding, take a look at these videos and we bet you will be left dumbstruck as well. भाà¤à¤¯à¥à¤ à¤à¤ वà¥à¤à¤¿à¤à¤ à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤à¤¤à¤¿à¤® दिन हà¥, à¤à¤¾à¤¨ लà¤à¤¾ दॠसब। मà¥à¤¬à¤¾à¤à¤² à¤à¥à¤¨ à¤à¥à¤¨ à¤à¤° वà¥à¤à¤¿à¤à¤ à¤à¤°à¥ दà¥à¤¸à¥à¤¤à¥ à¤à¥ मà¥à¤¬à¤¾à¤à¤² सà¥ðA genuine Gentleman Tyagi⤠Vote for luv Tyagi now on voot app ð #luvtyagi #Luvtyagi #bigboss11 #tyagi @tyagiyo A post shared by Tyagiyo Ke लाडलॠbalak (@tyagiyo) on Dec 27, 2017 at 7:35pm PST Luv Tyagi luv Tyagi har jagh bhai ke charche â¤The commenor is loved by the whole Indiaâ¤ðª Keep supporting luv Tyagi â Genuine contestant â Tyagi land Village Makanpur ðª #luvtyagi #bb11 #tyagi #tyagiji @ A post shared by Tyagiyo Ke लाडलॠbalak (@tyagiyo) on Dec 30, 2017 at 1:00am PST धनà¥à¤¯à¤µà¤¾à¤¦ दà¥à¤¸à¥à¤¤à¥! भाठà¤à¥ à¤à¤¸ बार सबसॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ पसà¤à¤¦ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤° à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥ हॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ वà¥à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ लिà¤à¥¤ ðâï¸ #luvtyagi #bb11 #tyagi #tyagiyo #bigboss @tyagiyo A post shared by Tyagiyo Ke लाडलॠbalak (@tyagiyo) on Dec 29, 2017 at 12:19am PST Just look at the appeal for votes being done! You would think this is political. Huge rally on Support of tyagi boy luv Tyagi Pls vote for luv Tyagi now on voot app and make a commenor win big boss 11⤠#luvtyagi #bb11 #tyagi #brahman #tyagiji #manveergurjar A post shared by Tyagiyo Ke लाडलॠbalak (@tyagiyo) on Dec 27, 2017 at 6:01pm PST Tyagi Tyagi luv tyagi â¤ðª Vote for agenuine guy luv Tyagi â¤â #luvtyagi #bb11 #brahman #tyagi #tyagiyo @tyagiyo A post shared by Tyagiyo Ke लाडलॠbalak (@tyagiyo) on Dec 27, 2017 at 6:36am PST Luv hails from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh and resides in Gurugram. But the vote appeals are taking place even in nearby states like Bihar. People from the Bhumihar and Gujjar communities are doing their bit in supporting him. धनà¥à¤¯à¤µà¤¾à¤¦ दà¥à¤¸à¥à¤¤à¥! भाठà¤à¥ à¤à¤¸ बार सबसॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ पसà¤à¤¦ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤° à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥ हॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ वà¥à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ लिà¤à¥¤ ðâï¸ #luvtyagi #bb11 #tyagi #tyagiyo #bigboss @tyagiyo A post shared by Tyagiyo Ke लाडलॠbalak (@tyagiyo) on Dec 29, 2017 at 12:19am PST लव तà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤à¥ à¤à¤¸ हफतॠnominate हॠà¤à¤¬ à¤à¥à¤° लà¤à¤¾à¤¦à¥ .Voot app पर वà¥à¤ à¤à¤°à¥ सबसॠवà¥à¤ à¤à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤.à¤à¤¿à¤¤à¤¨à¥ लà¥à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¤¤à¥ हॠसबसॠलव तà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤à¥ à¤à¥ लिठवà¥à¤ à¤à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤. à¤à¤ दिल à¤à¥ सà¤à¥à¤à¥ à¤à¤à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¥ à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¾à¤ . वà¥à¤ फà¥à¤° लव तà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤à¥ #tyagi #tyagiyo #bb11 #bigboss #tyagiji #36biradri #bhaichara #gujjar #jaat #tyagig A post shared by Tyagiyo Ke लाडलॠbalak (@tyagiyo) on Dec 19, 2017 at 3:23am PST Ab zor lagana hai luv luvTyagi ki jitana haiâ¤ð Aisa moka Baar Baar nahi milta nominate hote hi vote kro or krvao ð Tyagi in big boss11 #tyagi #tyagis #tyagiyo #luvtyagi #tyagitude A post shared by Tyagiyo Ke लाडलॠbalak (@tyagiyo) on Nov 24, 2017 at 12:24am PST Boy now that is totally something! Looking at this, all we can say is that Luv has an alarmingly massive fan following outside the house. In Arshi Khan's famous words, “Awam sab dekhti hai” and it looks like people are totally in love with the commoner. Let us know what you think about this.
  19. One of the highly popular and most decorated wrestlers in the country, Sushil Kumar became the face of Indian wrestling when he bagged a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Two years later, he became the first Indian to win a world title in wrestling after his triumphant campaign at the World Wrestling Championships. But, it was arguably the 2012 London Olympics that truly established Sushil as the undisputed champion in Indian wrestling. Improving on his Olympic stint in 2008, Sushil clinched a silver medal after losing the final bout to Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. In the process, Sushil became the first individual to win two Olympic medals for independent India. However, just when his fans and India's wrestling fraternity expected him to scale new heights, the Delhi wrestler faltered and since then, has struggled to regain his form and place. The 34-year-old did win a gold medal at this year's Commonwealth Wrestling Championships, but the last three years have been pretty frustrating for the iconic wrestler. Twitter A nasty shoulder injury kept him out of action for three years. When he did recover, Sushil was forced to sit out of the Rio Olympics after being denied a trial by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) amid allegations that he spiked the drinks of his fellow wrestler who had qualified for the coveted tournament in his weight division. In November this year, Sushil finally had a reason to cheer for after being crowned as the new national champion in the 74-kg category. But, what looked like a great comeback for India's forgotten wrestler, was more of a political victory rather than a statement on the mat. Surprisingly, Sushil had qualified to represent his employers - Railways Sports Promotion Board - for the Nationals without fighting a single man as he was handed walkovers by his opponents. After the trials, the procession of walkovers continued at the Nationals where his opponents from the quarterfinals till the gold-medal round chose not to fight him out of respect. Twitter It wasn't Sushil's fault that he literally walked his way to win the Nationals. But, for his own confidence and to the sheer pleasure of his detractors, his controversial triumph robbed him a chance of staking his claim on the medal in a way that he deserved and wanted. On Friday, Sushil gave his fans something to cheer for after qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. But, even there, his victory in qualification rounds was marred by a massive brawl between his supporters and bitter rival Parveen Rana who was once his disciple. As soon their bout ended, the supporters from both the Kumar and Rana camp got into a fistfight. Rana also lodged an FIR with the Delhi Police against the two-time Olympic medallist and five of his supporters after the brawl that left his brother with head injuries. #WATCH: Scuffle broke out between alleged supporters of wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Parveen Rana at K. D. Jadhav Stadium in Delhi; reason not yet ascertained — ANI (@ANI) December 29, 2017 It is believed that Sushil's camp was upset with Rana after he bit the popular wrestler during their bout in the semifinals. "He (Rana) bit me but no problem, it might be his tactics to stop me from performing well. All this is a part of sports," Sushil told reporters. I played a good bout yesterday (against Sushil Kumar), but there was a lot of cheating there...I was made to lose. Waiting for my next fight now, will perform better than the previous one: Wrestler Parveen Rana — ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2017 On the other hand, Rana claimed that he was targetted alongside his brother by Sushil's supporters for "daring to take the ring" against the decorated wrestler. "I could only recognise five people and I named them in the report along with Sushil. I was the main target, but I grappled out of their clutches in time and entered the main competition hall,” he said. It is worth noting here that Rana, who was sent to represent India in the Rio Olympics after Narsingh Yadav failed the dope test, is a product of Sushil's alma mater, the Chhatrasal Stadium akhada in Delhi. Rana was mentored by Sushil Kumar, who is 10 years his senior, at the iconic training ground. Final selection trial for upcoming #Commonwealthgames Jai Hind ð®ð³ — Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) December 29, 2017 However, the duo parted ways last year after Rana decided to shift his base to Rohtak to train with Satyavarth Kadian - the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medallist. “I felt I should come out of Sushil's shadow. So I decided to move out,” Rana told Hindustan Times. In fact, Rana, out of respect, had given a walkover to the more popular wrestler at the Nationals in Indore last month. More recently, he lost his semifinal bout at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships to Sushil who went on to win the gold medal in Johannesburg. Twitter Rana, on 29 December, had also alleged that Sushil's supporters also gave death threats to him and dared him to participate in the much-anticipated Pro Wrestling League (PWL) slated to begin in January. While Rana will present newly-launched franchise Vir Maratha, Sushil - who was the most expensive wrestler at the auctions - will play for Delhi Sultans, who shelled out Rs 55 lakh to secure his services. “The incident (brawl) has made me mentally stronger. I hope to perform better in my future bouts,” Rana said about his face-off with Sushil in the PWL. With age catching up on Sushil and Narsingh Yadav serving a doping ban, Rana is an obvious choice for India in the 74-kg category and a direct threat to his old mentor who is trying to reclaim the lost glory.
  20. For some or the other reason, 2017 hasn't exactly made it to the top of our favorite years list and this, in fact, is a popular opinion across the world. The dreadful year has finally come to an end and our B-town celebrities definitely know how to welcome the New Year in style. While most of them are off to some foreign location with friends and family, others are bound to India because of work or other commitments. 1. Jacqueline Fernandez The Sri Lankan beauty is celebrating the New Year with her family in Bali and making us all swoon over her pictures. Famfam â­ï¸ A post shared by Jacqueline Fernandez (@jacquelinef143) on Dec 27, 2017 at 8:58pm PST A bit wobbly and fell on my face a few times but catching a wave was so worth it! ð§ð»‍âï¸ A post shared by Jacqueline Fernandez (@jacquelinef143) on Dec 28, 2017 at 7:41am PST 2. Salman Khan After celebrating his birthday this week with one hell of a party with his close friends and family, the Tiger of Bollywood is celebrating the New Year too with his family in Mumbai. © Twitter 3. Shah Rukh Khan Being the doting father that he is, SRK too will be in Mumbai to spend time with his kids who are back in the country for their vacations. © Twitter 4. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma After a Tuscany wedding, two receptions in Delhi and Mumbai, the newly-married couple is headed to South Africa but for work as the upcoming cricket series is going to take place in the first week of January. © Twitter 5. Alia Bhatt Much like Jacqueline, Alia too is currently in Bali with her girlfriends and is making us all envious. Feels ð A post shared by Alia â¨â­ï¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Dec 28, 2017 at 10:24pm PST 6. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani The rumored couple was seen leaving for vacation and were then spotted at the Colombo International Airport. As they were getting clicked with some fans, the duo bumped into none-other-than Ranveer Singh. #TigerShroff #DishaPatani spotted with #RanveerSingh and Some lucky fans at Bandaranaike International Airport ( Katunayak, Sri Lanka )ðð I wonder what did he say to make them laugh ðð @iTIGERSHROFF @DishPatani @RanveerOfficial @TeamTIGERSHROFF @AyeshaShroff @ranveercafe69 — Dishapatani Queen (@satyam20157) December 28, 2017 7. Deepika Padukone Now we don't have any pictures as proof as of yet, but rumours have it that the alleged couple would be together, welcoming the new year either in Maldives or in Sri Lanka. Ranveer was spotted on the Colombo International Airport however, Deepika was spotted by a fan in Vienna only recently. © Twitter 8. Akshay Kumar Akshay is currently vacationing in Cape Town, South Africa and is celebrating Twinkle's birthday with their kids. And from what he is posting on social media, it looks they are having a gala time. Forever making every ride full of adventure and amusement, my favourite companion...for life! Happy birthday, Tina ð — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 29, 2017 Soaking up some South African sun with this good boy ð #MorningSnuggles — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 28, 2017 While these celebrities have been updating us with their whereabouts, others like Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor have kept their New Year plans under wraps. However, there is no doubt that they too would welcome 2018 with a bang.
  21. Authors of self-help books are still struggling to find the most generic statement that instantly guarantees success but all of them agree that performing an action consecutively for 21 days makes it a habit. As it turns out, they made this claim by doing as much research as a five-year old who decides that his dream is to operate elevators professionally. What Does Science Have To Say About The Myth of 21 Days? © Thinkstock In his book "Making Habits, Breaking Habits", Jeremy Dean, a certified psychologist, cited research carried out at University College London and summarised the results, "There are all sorts of stories explaining its origins (the 21 day rule), most of them standing on science-free ground. On average, across the participants who provided enough data, it took 66 days until a habit was formed. And, contrary to what was commonly believed, missing a day or two didn't much affect habit formation.” The time it takes to form a habit depends on the person and the nature of the habit. If your aim is to have a glass of water before breakfast then the 21-day rule works fine. If you aim higher, don't be surprised if you find yourself naked on the street on the 22nd day of being sober. Why Bother With Understanding Habits Think of your brain as a computer. Either way, each habit is a little autopilot program that you can load into your brain and then perform automatically in the given context. Most people use the autopilot software created randomly by the events and environment of their lives. If you ordered a large pizza the first three times you binge-watched a TV series, odds are that you will order one for the fourth series you watch as well. © Thinkstock Habits have three important characteristics. Firstly, habits come under the purview of our subconscious mind. We raise our hand to turn on the light when we enter a room even during a power cut, out of habit. Secondly, it happens automatically in response to a context (that of entering the room). Habits are strongly rooted in context and environmental stimulus. Lastly, because of their repetitive nature, they provoke little emotional response by themselves. Which means, if you start listening to your favourite song every day on your way to work then soon enough, it won't be your favorite. Pro tip: Want to get over an annoyingly catchy Honey Singh song? Make it your alarm tone! The Trick To Forming Good Habits Habit formation requires patience, determination and other qualities that no one has by default. It's a struggle but the catch is that it gets easier with repetition because it provokes no emotional response. Here are 6 things to keep in mind before starting your journey: 1. Make sure the ultimate goal is achievable The first thing is to truly believe that the ultimate goal is worth achieving. To determine whether a goal is worthy of effort, force yourself to think about the negative aspects of your goal and the obstacles you will face. Proceed further only when you're sure that the probability of success is high. 2. Don't visualize the end result Visualising the end result fools the mind into believing that it has already reached its goals. Instead, visualise the process of working towards the goal. Imagine yourself sweating profusely in the gym and women covering their faces or taking wildly roundabout routes to avoid your treadmill. This is a much more realistic and practical image of how the habit formation process is going to feel like. © Pexels 3. Don't break the chain Jerry Seinfeld, a famous American comedian, came up with a simple way of keeping track of one's progress. He wanted to inculcate the habit of writing jokes every day. He bought a huge wall calendar and he would strike off the date on the calendar by making a big cross if he wrote a page of jokes that day. Then, his only aim was to simply not break the chain of crosses. 4. It's fine if you skip a day, don't be so hard on yourself Another aspect of habit formation that the self-help authors miscommunicated is that skipping a day or two doesn't have a major impact on the process. As long as you keep bouncing back for progressively longer stretches of time, you are on the right track. So, if leg day was too rough then don't strain yourself the next day. That's your deceitful brain trying to get you injured so that you don't have to go to gym altogether. 5. Layering Don't bite off more than you can chew. It's easier to approach tiny specific goals. Returning to the example of exercising daily, start with doing cardio once a week, then twice, then thrice and so on and so forth. Similarly, add strength training gradually to your exercise routine. Breaking down habits and layering them is the only way to achieve automaticity for a complicated and physically gruelling task like exercise. This process is for creating a strong habit and not designed for building six packs in one month. For that, you need a genie in a bottle. © Pexels 6. Implementation intentions It helps to use the if-then format to create specific goals, also called implementation intentions. For example, suppose your aim is to be healthier, your implementation intention can be, 'if I'm about to get in the car for a short trip, then I should walk.' Implementation intentions can be used to shield your weak habit from adverse thoughts. For example, 'if I feel too tired to practise the piano after work, then I will first listen to some inspirational music to help motivate me.' or 'if I'm about to troll celebrities on the internet, then I will get a life first.' How To Break A Bad Habit Breaking bad habits is simpler in theory but much harder in practice. It is recommended to consult a psychologist or counsellor and the support of a family member is often necessary to phase out bad habits. As an overview, here are the three main points that one should remember: 1. Practise mindfulness. Recognising when, where and how the bad habit is triggered is the first step to breaking it. 2. Willpower is a limited resource, use it but don't rely on it. Instead, try to use the pre-commitment strategy. If you're tired of pulling down your Twitter timeline every 5 seconds, add a browser plugin like StayFocusd that irreversibly blocks social media sites after a certain period of time. Since habits are rooted in context, if you get rid of the trigger, your willpower will have an easier time. © Pexels 3. Focussing on suppressing bad habits leads to constantly thinking about the bad habit. This is counterproductive. Research suggests that the solution is to replace the bad habit with an alternate habit. If you are visiting adult websites too often, start playing blitz chess online. Have you ever seen Viswanathan Anand act inappropriately? No because it's impossible to be aroused while playing chess. Try it! Conclusion The fact that we can rewire our neural pathways to live better lives is impressive and inspirational. As the old saying goes, “The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.” So, get out there, upgrade your brain and build that six pack! With inputs from: “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” by Jeremy Dean
  22. Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with his wife and mother was a chance for Pakistan to garner some brownie points by depicting its humanitarian side to the world. Instead, what transpired once Jadhav's kin landed in Pakistan was humiliating to say the least. "Aap ek dashtgard ki maa hain, kya kehna chahti hain iss baare mein? (You are the mother of a terrorist, how does it feel?)," asked one of the swarming journalists shamelessly to the visibly shaken old woman. Even for a country that views India as an eternal enemy, this was a new low. While Jadhav is accused of espionage and has been kept in Pakistan Army custody since March 2016, the Indian Government has maintained that he was an Indian Naval officer and not a RAW spy. © NDTV According to the detailed account from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the wife and mother of Jadhav were instructed to change clothes, take off the mangal sutra, bangles and bindis. Not only that, Jadhav's wife was also asked to remove her shoes and they were never returned to her. A Foreign Ministry official later said that the shoes were suspected to contain a 'metal object' and had been sent for forensic test. What began as a 'humanitarian' gesture, quickly turned into a diplomatic tug of war and Pakistan lost all leverage that it seemed to have at the start of the Kulbhushan dialogue. When you add the Pakistani side's explanation of the whole incident, you can understand that they were just playing to their domestic audience on the birth anniversary of Mohammad Al Jinnah. “This meeting has nothing to do with the case pending before the International Court of Justice or with politics,” said Muhammad Faisal, spokesperson for Pakistan's Foreign Office. “Let me be very clear that Pakistan permitted the Indian request totally on humanitarian grounds in line with Islamic principles and teachings. Islam is a religion of peace... and it was a gesture of good faith and has nothing to do with consular access.” Many reports from within Pakistan show that Foreign Ministry officials actually congratulated the journalists who were present to berate the mother-wife duo upon their arrival. This kind of animosity hasn't been witnessed for a long time even though Indo-Pak relations have stooped to a new low especially after the cross border strikes conducted by India. © jiamumbai The apparent alteration in Pakistan's attitude to grant direct access to Jadhav for his immediate family members was the result of the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May which stayed Jadhav's execution, especially because due process was not followed in Jadhav's military trial. The obligatory meeting set up by Pakistan, which proved to be a terrifying ordeal for his family members, will now be seen in a very different light. Although it was meant to deliver some ammo for the Pakistani advocate in the upcoming ICJ meet in January, what actually transpired will further diminish Pakistan's standing in the international court. Jadhav, for now, is under no immediate threat of execution and the case in all probability will linger on for some time. Meanwhile, the headlines circulated through domestic media in both India and Pakistan, continue to remain brutal in this tug of war. Spy or not, Jadhav's case will test the Indian diplomatic strength on international forum, because in the end it will come down to saving his life even if he spends the rest of it rotting in a Pakistani jail.
  23. Unless you partied a little too hard this Christmas and chose to sleep the whole day today, you would have realised by now that there is only ONE thing that's breaking the internet and flooding everyone's feed, Virushka's grand and larger than life Mumbai reception. While, all eyes were glued on Virat and Anushka aka 'Virushka', there was someone who came and stole the entire limelight from this power couple, who were until then the stars of the night. It was none other than our King Khan, SRK who came and swept everyone off their feet with his killer charm. King of Romance is here at the reception ð #viratkohli #virat #anushka #anushkasharma #married #happilyeverafter #happilymarried #yay #India #bollywood #bollywoodactress #wedding #indianwedding #mumbai #srk #shahrukhkhan #actor #indian #bollywoodactor A post shared by love ðcouple ðð«friendship (@relatedtolove) on Dec 26, 2017 at 11:08am PST Shah Rukh Khan is the uncontested and unquestionable king of Romance, who has some air around him that makes every woman go weak in their knees. Since time immemorial, people have been trying to copy his style or at least inch closer to unlocking the ultimate level to impressing women. Since it was Virushka's grand reception party, SRK decided to share his secret with Virat and taught him how to impress Anushka. Honestly, after this, all we can say is this man sure knows how to win hearts. The love between them is so Adorable @iamsrk gives a dialogue ð â¤ï¸ #virushkareception #virushkawedding#virushka #anushkasharma#shahrukhkhan #kingkhan #viratkohli #viratanushka #couplegoals #lovebirds #mumbai â¤ï¸ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@viratkohli18.insta) on Dec 26, 2017 at 10:03am PST The secret was that famous dialogue from SRK's movie 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', which also starred Anushka Sharma. In fact, SRK also danced with Virushka, making it THE most happening party of all time. @virat.kohli @iamsrk dance together @anushkasharma @virat.kohli . . #anushkasharma #anushkavirat #virushka #virushkawedding #weddingdress #wedding #weddings #weddingphotography #photography #photographer #photooftheday . #love #highlights #highlife #couplegoals #friends #viratkohli #viratanushka #bollywood #cricket . #reception #receptiondress #gorgeous #glow #bride #beauty #beautiful A post shared by S"World (@fashion.s_world) on Dec 26, 2017 at 10:44am PST And another one… Watch video ð Mumbai Reception...⤠#VirushkaRECEPTION . . . . . #viratkohli #anushkasharma #virushka #virat #kohli #anushka #sharma #virushkaslays #virushkaforever #stregishotel #srk #shahrukhkhan #virushkawedding #nitaambani #viratianforever #viratianforlife #viratian #runmachine #couplegoals #cheeku #reception #mumbai #chasemaster #instabollywood #bollywood #airport #airportlook #viratians_18 #viratians A post shared by VIRAT KOHLI ⤠( on Dec 26, 2017 at 10:43am PST #Repost @instantbollywood with @instatoolsapp ã»ã»ã» Watch Video ð¹ : Shahrukh congratulates the newly wed Virat & Anushka. @InstantBollywood â¤ï¸ â¤ï¸ â¤ï¸ . . #virushka #viratkohli #anushkasharma #virushkawedding #virushkareception #instabollywood #instantbollywood #srk #shahrukhkhan A post shared by Mr.Kohli and Mrs.Kohli Sharma (@_virat.__.kohli_) on Dec 26, 2017 at 10:52am PST We think this was possibly the best gift that Virat could have ever asked for. This trick will definitely help him in the long run. From Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Sagarika and Zaheer, Saina Nehwal, Katrina Kaif, to Kangana Ranaut, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and MS Dhoni with Sakshi and baby Ziva; the best of both worlds, Bollywood and Cricket, have turned up today to bless Virat and Anushka who are hosting their second reception in St. Regis, Mumbai.
  24. Investing your money has never been this easy. With the advancement of technology, one can now start investing for as low as Rs 1000 a month just with the help of one's smartphone. Though technology has made it that easy, you can not just start investing without a proper plan. You need to invest as per your future requirements. It could be paying the down payment of your car or property or your anything else, really. Here is how you can take your first steps towards investing your money correctly. 1. You need to start investing early. © YouTube/Alliance Group You should not wait for a reason to start investing. Instead, you should start investing as soon as you get your first paycheck. Waiting for your bonus, or a raise is just not a good enough reason. The sooner you start investing, the better your returns will be . Also, the returns you get depends on the compound interest which gets better the longer you invest your money. 2. Do not invest blindly. © Guide Me Trading Investment is only good when you or your consultant have proper knowledge of the funds you are investing into. These days, investments in Bitcoin is in the news all over the world. Its price is taking steep turns. The currency is so volatile that most of the investors are calling it another bubble which could burst any day. So investing your money into such a thing could be hazardous. 3. Pay for a professional consultant. If you have the money to invest, there are people who can help you achieve so. You can hire a financial planner to systematically invest your money into growing funds. You may not have complete knowledge of the subject but a financial professional does. They can charge you by the hour or charge a basic flat fee but never choose one who asks for the percentage of your investment. 4. Invest at least 15 percent of your income. The best way to get this 15 percent invested before you start spending your money or paying your loans is to have your money automatically taken out of your paycheck and sent straight to your investment accounts. That is one of the best ways to really invest your hard-earned cash. 5. Minimize your taxes © SlidePlayer The more you manage, or minimize the amount you pay in taxes, you'll also save a ton of cash to be used in compounding your money or investing. Learn the tax code and find loopholes you can take advantage of. If you think you do not have enough time to do so, you can hire a chartered accountant in the meantime and you can start working on understanding the system better. 6. Beware of fees When you begin investing, you may face three types of fees that those institutions may charge for the service. Try to find a scheme which charges the lowest in terms of those fees. It could be the annual fee (0.2 to 6 percent of your total investment), transaction fee and front-end loads(5 to 6 percent of the total investment). So be on the lookout for one of the three. So, how have you guys invested your cash?
  25. Master of needles/England-based tattoo artist, Mickey Malani is our big #Beardo for today. He may not have a beard as famous as his clients, but at least it's equally good-looking, drives you to offer compliments and is often celebrated (or maintained) with much fanfare by the man's personal groomer. So, for our second edition of '30 Days 30 Beards', he shows us what it takes to reach a beard-high. © Mickey Malani Do You Think Beards Are Overrated? Absolutely overrated! If you look at it realistically, more than half the men can't even pull them off. How Has Growing A Beard Changed Your Life? For me, it's not just about the beard; the moustache comes along too. And while it does drive a lot of attention to your face, it calls for a few extra minutes and increased expenses for its styling/maintenance. But I'm not complaining! What Made You Grow It In The First Place? I've always been very experimental with my look. But primarily, since I reside in England, I'm heavily inspired by the hipster trend. © Mickey Malani Do Women Dig The Beard Or Clean-Shaven Men? Until last year, my answer would have been bearded men! Razor Or Trimmer? And How Often... Umm...a pair of scissors; twice a week. The first day for a basic trim and the other, to carefully shape it. Plus, I've never changed my groomer till date—it's important to have the right one that understands your face shape and knows what suits you best. Ever Tried Beard Oils, Shampoos, Conditioners Etc? Of course, beard oils and softeners! © Mickey Malani Your Best And Worst Beard Phase? Well, frankly, the Indian summer pokes me a little. But otherwise, I'm good! Beards need care. What's your regime like? I usually maintain a good distance from my mug and only allow my personal groomer to touch/play with it.