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  1. ?I want them to come in from everywhere,? Trump told reporters WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump, asked whether he wanted more immigrants from Norway, said on Tuesday that he wanted the United States to draw immigrants from nations around the world. ?I want them to come in from everywhere,? Trump told reporters. US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said last week that Trump had repeatedly use the word ?shithole? when speaking about African countries and the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Trump has denied using that language. The comment is the opposite of his administration's immigration policies, which include a complete ban on several Muslim countries from entering the US.
  2. MULTAN: Two more patients died of seasonal influenza in Multan taking the death toll to 23, Geo News reported Tuesday. A male patient and a female patient became the latest victim of the outbreak of seasonal influenza in the city. The outbreak has become a cause of concern among the authorities. More than 70 cases have been reported in Multan and adjoining areas so far, with the virus spreading to nearby towns and cities as well, according to sources. It was also reported that five doctors of Nishtar Hospital have also tested positive for influenza Seasonal influenza in Multan claims 21 lives in less than a month Two more patients have died due to influenza Moreover, there continues to be a steady increase in the number of people diagnosed with the disease. The citizens have also raised concerns pertaining to no facility for free-of-cost tests and vaccines for influenza patients at Nishtar Hospital, according to sources. A citizen shared that a private laboratory charges Rs2,500 to Rs4,000 for the test, adding that the vaccine is available for Rs400 to Rs1,000. Moreover, the virus is also spreading in Bahawalpur, where a 52-year-old became the latest victim of influenza taking the death toll to four up till now. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has already taken notice of the spread of influenza and directed relevant authorities to take all possible measures for its prevention. He also advised them to organise awareness campaign regarding the illness. Seasonal influenza can spread through contact with the bacteria discharged by an infected person's coughing and sneezing. Pregnant women, senior citizens, and children are at higher risk of contracting the disease.
  3. Friends is a classic TV show, no one can deny that. You can watch any episode at any point on time and still be very entertained. I know I'm not the only one always watching the reruns on Comedy Central these days. Recently, it was voted as the greatest sitcom of all time, and honestly, no surprises there. But, you know what's surprising? There are still so many people in the world who haven't seen even a single episode of 'Friends'. This is all of us when someone tells us they've never seen 'Friends'. It's been 24 years since the show premiered, and finally, on New Year's Eve Netflix released all 10 seasons for streaming in the UK. The One with the Show Everyone's Been Asking Us to Add. — Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) December 30, 2017 And, people have a lot of thoughts. Let's see everyone's first impressions of the greatest sitcom of all time, shall we? Fair warning – This may make you start another binge-watch session of the entire show. So first things first... my god the hair — Daniel Faulkner (@TheDanFaulkner) January 5, 2018 Accurate description? Watching Friends for the first time ever. Like Chandler and Rachel, Hate Ross, Joey creeps me out, Phoebe's fun in a scary way. And why does everyone mock Monica for trying to keep a clean, organized home? — Ellen Natalie (@EllenNatalie87) January 7, 2018 Well, Ross just sucks. Watching through Friends for the first time. Ross is a monster. What is Rachel seeing in him — Bee Wakefield (@Bee_Wakefield) January 5, 2018 Just really sucks. I'm watching Friends all the way through for the first time and Ross is an absolute ass. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE HIM? — Becky ð¾ (@Blupye) January 4, 2018 But, they were just on a break. I'm watching friends for the first time and for fucks sake can we just end the Ross/Rachel thing either way? Even when he's getting married to someone else we gotta do it? — Etruscan she-wolf (@chingchongcw) January 3, 2018 There's appreciation for the famous clothes. watching #friends properly for the first time.....I just want all the outfits minus the awful shoes — alisha (@alishajordanXO) January 9, 2018 And obviously, Monica. no offence but Monica Geller deserves Rachel Green level appreciation and attention. — minnie (@minmakesmusic) January 4, 2018 People caught onto that early. Watching Friends on Netflix and it's basically just nipples — Big Ron Bentham OBE (@UncleRBenson) January 9, 2018 We want answers. Watching FRIENDS on Netflix and I have questions: 1) was there no room in the wardrobe budget to purchase bras? 2) how cold were those sets? — Blake Northcott™ â­ï¸ (@BlakeNorthcott) October 31, 2017 Yay, more hate for Ross. Watching Friends for the first time n all I can say is that Ross is an absolute turnip — ⣠Annie ⣠(@justmagica_l) January 6, 2018 Same. Watching Friends with the boyfriend for the first time. His reaction when Ross says “Rachel” instead of “Emily” ðððð — Ellyn Tyler (@MissEllynphant) November 26, 2017 That's just a normal night for me. There's an episode of Friends where a group of 26 year olds are shocked that they drank 5 bottles of wine between 7 people over an entire evening and honestly that's way more unrealistic than the massive apartment thing. — Rebecca Manning Reid (@RebeccaCNReid) January 9, 2018 What kind of monster skips the into to Friends? Why, when I'm watching Friends, does Netflix ask if I'd like to 'Skip the intro'? Erm, no I want to sing along and do the clap to the intro like the melt I am?? — connor. (@connxrriding) January 9, 2018 You just gotta do it. If you don't drop everything to do the ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ in the friends theme song why even bother watching it ? — Alli Hutchison (@alli__hutchison) January 10, 2018 And, all of us summed up in one tweet. New year, same episodes of Friends I keep rewatching — Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) January 1, 2018
  4. [embed_video1 url= style=center] ISLAMABAD/KASUR: The grieving mother of seven-year-old Zainab, whose horrific rape and murder has shocked the country, says she just wants justice and ?knows nothing else?. She said this hours before her daughter was laid to rest in Kasur on Wednesday. Zainab?s body was discovered in a garbage pile on Tuesday, five days after she was kidnapped. The initial post-mortem report revealed that she had been raped multiple times and strangled to death. Speaking to reporters outside the airport, Zainab's father alleged that the police did not cooperate in finding his daughter. "If the police would have acted immediately, the culprit would have been caught." The father also appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the incident and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to provide justice. Zainab's mother weeps while coming out of the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Photo: Online While speaking to reporters upon arrival at the Lahore airport later, the father of the murdered girl thanked Tahir-ul-Qadri for taking out time for leading funeral prayers for his child. He said that the police and NADRA should employ their resources to identify the suspect. However, he lamented, that the authorities have completely failed in identifying the murderer so far. The father further demanded that the perpetrator be "publicly punished". The army chief condemned the murder of Zainab and responded to the appeal by the aggrieved parents, directing immediate all-out support to civil administration to arrest the criminals and bring them to justice. Speaking to Geo News, Zainab's sister said they would continue to fight till they receive justice. "What has happened to Zainab should not happen to anyone else." Her brother said the chief minister had taken notice, however, this was his normal routine. "We want justice from the chief minister. Police did not cooperate with us. The DPO had a non-serious attitude," he said. The alleged rape and murder of Zainab has led to protests taking place in various areas of Kasur. Protesters broke into the DC office and pelted police with stones. In retaliation, police opened straight fire on the protesters, resulting in two deaths. Minor girl allegedly raped and murdered in Kasur; two killed in violent protests Lahore High Court Chief Justice and Punjab CM have taken notice of the incident The chief justice Lahore High Court has taken notice of the incident and summoned reports from the sessions court judge and police officials. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered for the immediate arrest of those responsible, adding that no excuse would be tolerated. ?Made it absolutely clear to them that lip service would not work. I want the culprits involved in this heinous crime behind bars. Those failing in their duties will be proceeded against. Very painful incident!" the chief minister tweeted following a meeting on the Kasur incident which was also attended by police officials
  5. MOSCOW: A former Russian policeman convicted of killing 22 women went on trial Wednesday for a further 59 murders in a case that could make him Russia?s most prolific serial killer in recent history. Mikhail Popkov, 53, appeared in court in the Siberian city of Irkutsk after confessing to 59 additional murders and one attempted killing between 1992 and 2010, Interfax news agency reported. He is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2015 of raping and killing 22 women, and the attempted murder of two more. Popkov killed his victims after offering them rides late at night, sometimes in a police car, while he was off-duty around Angarsk, a city where he lives which is close to Irkutsk. He has been nicknamed "the werewolf" and the "Angarsk maniac" by Russian media. If convicted of 81 murders, he would exceed the total number of people killed by notorious figures like "chessboard killer" Alexander Pichushkin who killed 48, and Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted of 52 Soviet-era murders. At Wednesday hearing, which was closed to the media to avoid making public details of the sexual nature of his alleged attacks, prosecutors read out the charges against him, Interfax news agency reported. ?Not so scary after all? Popkov has reportedly described himself as a "cleaner" who was purging the city of prostitutes. The victims were all women aged between 16 and 40 except for one where Popkov killed a male policeman. Last month, Popkov told the Meduza news site he had killed his victims with a hammer or an axe and that after his first murder, he felt little fear of discovery. "The same situation would come up again, only this time I did everything more cold-bloodedly, controlling myself, realising it wasn?t so scary after all." He said he gave women lifts and targeted those who were drunk or living in a way he saw as immoral, telling the news site that "any society condemns the behaviour of a debauched woman." He said he would only attack a woman who "behaved as if she didn?t care where we went and the most important thing to her was partying" and linked the killing spree to suspicions that his wife was unfaithful. The murders took place while he was a serving police officer and after his retirement in 1998. ?Homicidal maniac? It was only in 2012 that he was caught when investigators re-examined the cases and carried out DNA testing, focusing on those who drove a make of car whose tracks had been found at crime scenes. Popkov later showed investigators the crime scenes and where the bodies were buried. Speaking to Meduza, lead investigator Yevgeny Karchevsky described him as a "homicidal maniac" who had "an uncontrollable desire to commit murders." Although Popkov is believed to have a personality disorder, he is judged to be sane and responsible for his crimes, Karchevsky said. Although there were a number of prostitutes and drug addicts among the victims, most were ordinary women with families, he said. "He wasn?t cleaning up the town from sin -- that was made up by the media," he added. The next hearing will be held on Monday.
  6. A man smokes in Budapest, Hungary, May 12, 2017. REUTERS Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition often develops as people age, but nicotine?s constriction of blood flow and promotion of inflammation are believed to contribute to the process, the study authors write. The researchers examined data on 331,941 construction workers who were part of a nationwide occupational health registry in Sweden. Workers were followed for an average of more than three decades, starting when they were typically in their 30s, and 1,623 of them eventually had surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Compared to people who never smoked, heavy smokers who went through at least 15 cigarettes a day were 46 percent more likely to have this spinal surgery, the study found. For moderate smokers who had up to 14 cigarettes a day, the increased risk was 31 percent, while ex-smokers had 13 percent higher odds of surgery. ?Smoking appears to be a risk factor for developing lower spine space narrowing that can lead to surgical treatment,? said senior study author Dr. Arkan Sayed-Noor, a researcher at Umea University. ?Quitting smoking can reduce the risk,? Sayed-Noor said by email. While some previous research has linked smoking to worse outcomes from spinal surgery, the current study offers fresh evidence that it can also increase the odds that back pain will require surgery, Sayed-Noor added. Overall, 44 percent of the study participants were non-smokers. Another 16 percent were former smokers, while 26 percent were moderate smokers and 14 percent were heavy smokers. The connection between smoking and spinal surgery persisted even after researchers accounted for other factors that can increase the odds of lower back pain such as aging and obesity. Smoking damages the spine in several ways, researchers note in The Spine Journal. Nicotine can damage spinal tissue, weaken bones and make back pain worse. Heavy smoking is also often accompanied by a sedentary lifestyle that may lead to muscle weakness and increase strain on the lower back. One limitation of the study is that researchers lacked data on exercise habits, the authors note. Most of the construction workers in the study were men, and the results might be different for women. Still, the findings add to evidence linking cigarettes to disc damage and back pain, said Dr. Jean Wong, a researcher at the University of Toronto who wasn?t involved in the study. ?There are multiple short and long-term health reasons for smokers to quit, and by quitting smoking, smokers can reduce their risk of back pain due to disc degeneration and spinal stenosis - which can be a debilitating problem in smokers,? Wong said by email. ?Although it may take multiple attempts, quitting smoking is the best thing a smoker can do to minimize the risk of spinal stenosis and other health problems.?
  7. People with heart disease have better long-term survival odds when they are married, a recent US study suggests. Compared to divorced, widowed and never-married peers, who were up to 71 percent more likely to die during a follow-up of several years, married patients also had fewer heart risk factors like high blood pressure and were more likely to be on heart medications. ?We measured biomarkers including cholesterol, high blood pressure and presence of diabetes. True, unmarried patients are dying more because they have these conditions. But just the marital status in and of itself is an independent risk factor,? senior study author Dr. Arshed Quyyumi of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta told Reuters in a phone interview. Quyyumi and his team looked at the relationship between marital status and incidence of cardiovascular death, heart attack and death from any cause in 6,051 men and women who had their clogged heart arteries cleared at Emory Healthcare hospitals between 2003 and 2015. Follow-up ranged from 1.7 to 6.7 years, averaging about three and a half years. Overall, the unmarried patients were 1.45 times as likely as the married patients to experience a cardiovascular event leading to death, 1.52 times as likely to have a heart attack and 1.24 times as likely to die from any cause during the follow-up period, the researchers report in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Widows fared the worst, with a 71 percent higher likelihood of heart attack or cardiovascular death compared to married patients. Divorced, separated and never-married patients had about 40 percent higher odds for those events. Past research has found that being married is associated with better health and survival overall, the study team notes, although the mechanisms involved need further study. ?It?s a culmination of factors,? said Dr. Rahul Potluri of Aston Medical School in Birmingham, UK, who wasn?t involved in the study. ?Benefits of marriage include the impetus to look after one?s health. There?s an increased likelihood to seek and obtain healthcare for the detection of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Keeping away from smoking due to a ?nagging partner? can also play a role,? he said. People with a spouse tend to have a greater purpose in life and are more likely to take responsibility for their health through diet, exercise and medication adherence, Quyyumi noted. But when a significant other is no longer in the picture, compliance starts to slip. Other possible explanations for the apparent protective effects of marriage include a lack of social support combined with acute stresses that come with divorce, extended bereavement followed by the loss of a loved one and the reduced interaction that comes with living alone, he said. A lack of social support has been thought to worsen outcomes in cardiac patients after divorce, Quyyumi said, suggesting that the emotional and financial stress of divorce may play a role in adverse outcomes. ?But it?s important to remember that divorce comes in different shades,? he added. ?It?s a mixed bag. For some it is stressful, but for many it can be a relief. Interestingly, previous studies have demonstrated that remarriage may attenuate the increased risk of a cardiac event often observed after divorce.? In the widowed group, it may have to do with psychological and behavioral events that accompany life?s course. ?Some people give up after the loss of a spouse. Bereavement shouldn?t be taken lightly and people who find themselves sick and alone must be aware that they are at a greater risk of a secondary cardiovascular occurrence, or worse, death,? Quyyumi said. ?We obviously cannot prescribe marriage to patients,? Potluri said. ?But we can emphasize the role of relationships and friendships in managing coronary artery disease.? ?Try to regain a sense of purpose,? Quyyumi said. ?Whether that?s finding another partner to compensate for the social support one has lost, becoming more involved in your children?s family or finding a church group. These things all help a patient to once again become more interested in saving their own life.?
  8. LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chairman Dr. Tahirul Qadri on Friday said that nothing is more important than the integrity of Pakistan and said the country has given numerous sacrifices in the war on terror. The PAT chief was conducting a press conference in PAT's Secretariat and was addressing recent measures taken by the US against Pakistan after President Trump's January 1 tweet. Tahir-ul Qadri said that it is absurd that the US has put Pakistan on the watchlist, whereas, other countries where Muslim genocide has taken place are not being considered for the list. Qadri said that Pakistan has always been a sincere partner and it never wanted the US-Pak relations to deteriorate. As for Afghanistan, the PAT chief said that the landlocked country has always been a point of concern, adding that for Afghanistan?s safety no one apart from Pakistan can have the biggest contribution in its stability. Qadri said that the war against terror is Pakistan?s belief not a political point of view, adding that terrorism is against humanity and fighting it is a part of our ideology. The PAT chief said that Pakistan considers its minorities an important part of its social fabric. Hindus and Christians historically have been a part of the judiciary and army, he said. While responding to a question regarding Asif Ali Zardari lamenting lack of foreign minister in the past, Qadri supported the Pakistan Peoples Party co-chair?s views. He said that Khawaja Asif was made a foreign minister after the disqualification of Nawaz. The leaders for personal gains ignored important issues, added Qadri. On Jan 4, the US State Department has placed Pakistan on a Special Watch List for what it claims are "severe violations of religious freedom". In a press statement on Thursday, the State Department said it has also re-designated 10 countries as "countries of particular concern" under the country's International Religious Freedom Act for having engaged in or tolerated egregious violations of religious freedom. The move against Pakistan came amid a period of heightened tensions between the two nations, after US president Donald Trump said that Washington had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years.
  9. The move is part of a bid to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022 in the Nordic nation where 38 percent of parliamentarians are female - above the global average - including Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir LONDON: Other countries should follow Iceland which has become the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women, politicians and equal rights campaigners said on Wednesday. Iceland has been widely praised for introducing legislation on Jan. 1 that imposes fines on any company or government agency with over 25 staff without a government certificate demonstrating pay equality. The move is part of a bid to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022 in the Nordic nation where 38 percent of parliamentarians are female - above the global average - including Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir. ?Iceland is ranked as world?s most gender equal country by (the World Economic Forum) ... Clearly Iceland is very serious about gender equality,? former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark wrote on Twitter. Equal rights researchers said they hoped Iceland?s legislation would encourage others to follow suit in tackling the gender pay gap while also highlighting the need to address the lack of women politicians globally. The World Economic Forum reported last year reported an economic gap of 58 percent between the sexes and forecast women would have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace. This gap was highlighted amid growing concerns about the lack of female lawmakers globally as figures show only about one in four parliamentarians is a woman and fewer than one in five government ministers is female. Data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the international organization of parliaments, showed women held 23.6 percent of seats in 193 parliaments on September 2017. ?The new law by Iceland can help change attitudes to women in business as well as in politics, and inspire other countries to do the same,? said Virginie Le Masson, a research fellow at the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI). ?Ample evidence shows that women work as much as men and are still paid less,? she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. US independent Bernie Sanders, a leading liberal voice in the Senate, called on the United States to follow Iceland?s example. ?We must follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Iceland and demand equal pay for equal work now, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality,? he wrote on his Facebook page. Iceland, with a population of about 335,000, ranked top of the World Economic Forum?s Global Gender Gap Index in 2017 for the ninth consecutive year after closing more than 87 percent of its gender gap and top performer on political empowerment.
  10. Pro-government demonstrators hold banners during a march in the central Iranian city of Isfahan. -AFP TEHRAN: Iran saw another day of large pro-regime rallies on Thursday after authorities declared the end of deadly unrest and turned attention to addressing the economic concerns that fuelled protests. A week after demonstrations broke out, there was a very heavy police presence on the streets of Tehran, AFP journalists said, and no reports of fresh protests overnight. Limited activity on social media suggested unrest in provincial towns was also down. The US said it may look to impose fresh sanctions on Tehran over its "crackdown", but Russia warned Washington against interfering in Iran'´s internal affairs. Iranian state TV showed huge crowds marching in support of the government across 10 cities early Thursday, including Isfahan, Ardebil and Mashhad, where the protests first erupted a week ago. "We are together behind the leader," chanted the crowds, in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In a bid to address grievances that drove the initial unrest, Iranian authorities were weighing options including blocking unpopular measures in President Hassan Rouhani's recent budget. "The people's main demand now is for the government and officials to deal with the economic problems," Ali Akbar Velayati, an advisor to Khamenei, told the semi-official ISNA news agency. The head of the army, General Abdolrahim Mousavin, thanked security forces for "putting out the fire of sedition". A total of 21 people died and hundreds were arrested in five days of unrest that began on December 28 as protests over economic woes and quickly turned against the regime as a whole, with attacks on government buildings and police stations. 'Grotesque intervention' Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli on Thursday said 42,000 people had taken part in the unrest nationwide. It was a higher figure than the 15,000 given by the head of the Revolutionary Guards a day earlier, but still far below the hundreds of thousands that took to the streets during the last major protest movement in 2009. The unrest caused international concern, with the United States in particular accusing authorities of a crackdown on dissent. A White House official, who asked for anonymity, on Wednesday said Washington would look for "actionable information" to try to impose fresh sanctions on those responsible. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly tweeted his backing for Iranian protesters saying he has "such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government." Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted back on Thursday: "Trump has an odd way of showing 'such respect'" "From labelling them a 'terrorist nation' and banning them from visiting the US, to petty insults on the name of the Persian Gulf," he wrote, referring to Trump's use of the term "Arabian Gulf". Russia jumped to Iran's defence, with deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov telling state agency TASS: "Despite the many attempts to distort what is really going on (in Iran), I am sure that our neighbour, our friend, will overcome its current difficulties." The question now is whether Trump will continue to waive nuclear-related sanctions that were suspended under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Under the deal, Trump must actively lift certain sanctions every few months and the next deadline falls on January 12. Iran - which has long accused the United States and Sunni Arab rivals led by Saudi Arabia of interference in its affairs -- said external "enemies" were behind recent unrest. Online messaging and photo sharing platforms Telegram and Instagram remained blocked on mobile phones, having been interrupted soon after protests began. Telecoms Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi said Telegram would only be unblocked if it removed "terrorist" content. Parliament responds Iran's political establishment has closed ranks against the unrest, with even reformists condemning the violence. But many have also called on Rouhani to address the economic issues that drove the initial protests. There have already been moves in parliament to block the unpopular budget measures announced last month, which included cuts to welfare and fuel price hikes. "As concerns petrol prices, we must absolutely take into account the situation of the people because the tensions are absolutely not in the interests of the country," parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday. Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to mend the economy and ease social tensions, but high living costs and unemployment have left many feeling that progress is too slow. Rural areas, which have seen years of drought and under-investment, are particularly hard-hit. In the capital, there is widespread sympathy with the economic discontent fuelling the unrest, particularly an unemployment rate that is officially close to 30 percent for young people. But some Tehranis said US claims that they were desperate for freedom were overblown. "We do have freedom in Iran," Hamid Rahimi, a 33-year-old bank employee told AFP. "If the people of Iran have something to say, it's about economic problems. They want to see their demands, what they voted for, fulfilled."
  11. It's a tough job being the beau of Salman Khan's little sister. You're constantly under scrutiny, irrespective of where you go and what you do. Aayush Sharma, however, has surprisingly been holding his own, maintaining a 'cool-dude-who-goes-to-the-gym' image throughout. © Viral Bhayani While you wouldn't really expect him to hit a fashion-sixer, he, in fact, has managed to do it — that too just four days into the new year! Four words: Red hot Gucci Sliders. Terrified? So were we on hearing them, but then we saw him sporting a pair - and all our fears and doubts about the dude's fashion sense were wiped out. Oh, and about the slides, they are Gucci and cost more than INR 24,000 (yep!). And, just to put that in perspective, that's more than your house rent, our cab fares for the month, or our drinks bill for the entire year. © Viral Bhayani But that's how B-town likes to roll. So, behold, bhai's brother-in-law gloriously Gucci-ing it up with a pair of black slides with shiny devil red straps. And, if risk could be moulded into a pair of footwear — this would be THAT pair. It takes guts to even picture yourself sporting them, let alone actually venturing outside into the city and striking a pose for the hungry paparazzi. © Viral Bhayani Now, they are not your regular ol' chappals Bollywood is used to sporting on weekdays. It is ... dare we say ... the evolution of the dirty chappal (Remember those?). A snazzy new upgrade? Sure! And if he can afford it, why wouldn't he, given how the look worked out? An evergreen raglan tee paired with a pair of comfy-AF black joggers, accessorized with a cool black and white baseball cap, and a steel and black watch - it does not get safer than this, one might argue. Now hold your horses, fashion police, before you take out your 'We're bored' signs. We are not done yet. Did you notice his footwear? Please look at them? Yes, they are worth doing a double take on their own - but they injected some life to this particular outfit! © Viral Bhayani On a trend front, slides have always been a lazy bro staple - one you'd spot your neighborhood f*ckboi wearing, especially on a gloomy-ass day. And even though fashion folk have been trying to make it happen, they've always sadly been considered 'bedroom chappals'. But, that may change very soon. Here's hoping this trend gets some momentum with the Bollywood boys!
  12. This may sound uncanny, but Aryan Khan's been on our style radar lately. And much like Ibrahim Ali Khan, Aahan Shetty and the rest of the star kids, he too is only getting better with time. Because (with no surprises here), with the amount of bucks in their daddies' accounts, they're bound to stock on expensive labels, anything beyond our reach and stuff that's tailor-made (only) for the Gods. © Instagram/Aryan Khan However, on his Instagram of rasterised images, pixelated uploads and awkward square-sized crops—Aryan recently gave us a sight we didn't think we'd witness. And honestly, since he's no style God and not even close to being one anytime soon; we were quite surprised. But since life is unpredictable, here's what we spotted on the star kid's dope Instagram recently: © Instagram/Aryan Khan In case you're not aware, Aryan's wearing a pink Ksubi Placebo Paradise distressed cotton French terry sweatshirt here. A piece that's holed, ripped, distressed, peak hypebeast and 100 kilometers away from the daily celeb style rhapsody. And on the price point, while the sweatshirt retails at a price of INR 10,700, right now. © Barneys And considering no 20-year-old in my existence till now, has worn a sweatshirt this expensive, we're safely declaring the star kid as the richest 20-year-old. And for those who think an INR 10,700 sweatshirt isn't supremely expensive, we'd suggest you grab that silver spoon you were born with and give us a damn breather. Plus, whether these are Aryan's own earnings or his father's, we have absolutely no interest in. On a side note, we must also admit: only on rare occasions in Indian celebrity style, would you spot a celebrity looking this hypebeast (and flyyyy) in public. Or on social media, in Khan's case. Because to be frank, following popular culture AKA hypebeast isn't all that easy! Unless, of course, you're a Jordan-laced Ranbir Kapoor or husband to a certain Salman Khan's sister. © Instagram/Aryan Khan Back to the point, while Aryan could be a recluse to many (he's not seen and snapped everywhere), that's what makes him special to us. He may be an underground street wear Billy, but he doesn't shy away from flaunting his explicit graphic T-shirts, oversized denim jackets and pose like a Ninja on his Instagram. He's what we'd call, a closeted dresser. Only difference? His closet's worth more than your holiday home, homies. © Instagram/Aryan Khan Personally, 'hypebeast' for us is all about fitting into what's popular in street wear, flaunting expensive gear and doing what the sartorially-rich do. It's about sporting iconic brands, clunky kicks and sweatshirts/hoodies worn by the likes of Kanye West. Going by that theory, looks like, Aryan Khan is quite close to being a style God himself. Something, that our introductory statements of this feature are hating to admit to right now.
  13. Over the past few months and even years, Aadhaar has been in the news quite often. But unfortunately, most of the times, it was for the wrong reason. The government's directive of linking every possible official document that one has with their Aadhaar card did not go down well with the citizens of the country. However, all that backlash reduced drastically because well, what could one possibly do? What's done is done. If you want your sim, your bank account and everything else to work, you better link your Aadhaar card. © Paisa Bazaar However, what was revealed today has taken the entire country by storm. Time and again, the fear of our Aadhaar details being leaked have come to the forefront. And today, all of us have been proved right about it, even though we didn't want to be. The Tribune decided to conduct an investigation in Chandigarh to determine the security of Aadhaar details and the result was nothing short of shocking. © The Wire Rachna Khaira, a correspondent posed as a customer and contacted an “agent” who created a “gateway” and gave her a login ID and password to access the Aadhaar. All this happened in about 10 minutes for a mere payment of â¹500 through Paytm. When the Additional Director-General of UIDAI Regional Centre, Sanjay Jindal was asked about the same, he said, “Except the Director-General and I, no third person in Punjab should have a login access to our official portal. Anyone else having access is illegal, and is a major national security breach.” All this started around six months ago when anonymous groups were created on Whatsapp, who targeted around 3 lakh village-level enterprise (VLE), operators. As soon as the news came out, Twitter users were shocked to the core. 1. A Nightmare Indeed. Rs 500. That's all it takes for someone to steal the data of a billion citizens. Envisioned by UPA as a tool for inclusion, #Aadhaar has become an identity theft nightmare under the NDA. — Oommen Chandy In (@ChandyIn) January 4, 2018 2. Same Price As A Starbucks Coffee. Hello biometricked citizens of India. UIDAI's central server has been breached. All of our Aadhaar data, all 1 billion of us, can be bought for FUCKIN Rs 500! That's how cheap our info is. The government has screwed with all of our lives quite royally. — Meghnad (@Memeghnad) January 4, 2018 3. Great News For Hackers. Dear person who tried to hack into my FB last night (and failed), try hacking entire India's Aadhaar data - might be easier it seems. Just Rs 500 and the ENTIRE database is accessible. — वरà¥à¤£ (@varungrover) January 4, 2018 4. Let The Memes Begin. And I can't even go on a date with just Rs 500 ð¢ — East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) January 4, 2018 5. Hmmm… I've got ten mins....and in pretty sure some of my friends have money.....hmmm..... — Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 4, 2018 6. Can't Agree More. Wow! We are so badly fucked! — Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) January 4, 2018 7. This Is Escalating Way Too Quickly. Just imagine, if a journalist could access the database so easily (in 10 mins!) in just Rs 500, who knows which other foreign entity has already gained access? Someone from an enemy state might have gained access too. This is a giant giant national security disaster. — Meghnad (@Memeghnad) January 4, 2018 8. Cheaper Than Netflix. What's cheaper than a magazine or video streaming service subscription? Unrestricted access to the @UIDAI database. — Harsha Vadlamani (@Hrsha) January 4, 2018 9. What A Start To 2018. I give up. We are headed for disaster. — Ashish K. Mishra (@akm1410) January 4, 2018 10. This Is Scary AF. 500 bucks. That's how easy it was for someone to get access to the entire Aadhar database. This is going to get so bad, so quick. — Vijay Nair (@vijay_nair) January 4, 2018 The latest development in the story is that UIDAI has outrightly denied these claims and has called the Tribune's report a case of misreporting. Tribune's Story “Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details” is a case of misreporting. No biometric data breach @thetribunechd @rsprasad @ceo_uidai @timesofindia @firstpost @IndiaToday @ZeeNews — Aadhaar (@UIDAI) January 4, 2018 While We Are Sitting Here Thinking This: Thanks for your denial. Now waiting for you to share all details on this case of misreporting. — Ashish K. Mishra (@akm1410) January 4, 2018 All jokes aside, this is something that needs to sorted out as soon as possible or else the consequences could be severe.
  14. People cross 6th Avenue and 42nd Street as a cold weather front hits the region, in Manhattan, New York, US, December 30, 2017. Photo: Reuters NEW YORK: A record-shattering freeze kept its grip on much of the eastern United States on Tuesday, causing at least seven deaths and closing schools as forecasters warned of a storm that could slam some areas with blizzard conditions later this week. Late on Tuesday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 28 counties after the National Weather Service issued the winter storm warning. Boston tied a 100-year-old record on Tuesday when it marked seven consecutive days of temperatures that did not top 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.7 degrees Celsius). Up and down the coast, people working outdoors struggled with the frigid conditions. In New York City, Nayarit Delgrado, who promotes Times Square?s Madame Tussauds wax museum by handing out discount cards to tourists, said her secret to enduring long days outdoors was resisting the urge to check the temperature on her mobile phone. ?I just don?t want to know,? said the 40-year-old Bronx resident, who said she was bundled up in layers and tugged back a cuff at her wrist to reveal a rainbow of sleeves. Officials urged people across the northeast to alert social services if they saw people in jeopardy because of the cold. ?We want every resident to have shelter and warmth,? Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Twitter. Frigid weather gripped much of the country for the past few days, breaking temperature records in cities from Omaha, Nebraska, to Aberdeen, South Dakota. Higher temperatures toward midweek were expected to be accompanied by heavy snow on the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service. ?New York City will probably expect anywhere from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of snow,? weather service meteorologist Greg Gallina said. ?The maximum swath will be from southern Rhode Island to the south of Boston and into Maine. Southeast Maine will experience anywhere from 12 to 15 inches (30-38 cm) of snow.? Gallina said cities in northern Florida would experience freezing rain and maybe some sleet. Coastal areas in Georgia and South Carolina would start seeing snow as early as late Tuesday. Frozen South In Cobb County, Georgia, near Atlanta, three police officers were injured, one seriously, on Tuesday when their motorcycles hit a patch of ice on a roadway, local officials said on Twitter. Cold was expected to linger overnight in many parts of Texas, according to the National Weather Service. In Houston, two deaths on Monday night were believed to have been caused by exposure to the cold, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted on Tuesday. School districts in Iowa, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina cancelled or delayed classes. Water in a 750,000-gallon water tower in Evansdale, Iowa, froze for the first time, Mayor Doug Faas said in a telephone interview. The cold was blamed for the deaths of two men in Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In Wisconsin, a 27-year-old woman in Fond du Lac County died from exposure to the cold, ABC affiliate WBAY reported. In Charleston, West Virginia, a homeless man was found dead on a porch, and in Detroit a man was found dead outside a church. Police said he may have frozen to death, local media reported.
  15. French President Emmanuel Macron visits with guests during the Christmas party for children at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, December 13, 2017. REUTERS PARIS: The French have become more optimistic about the future that at any time in the past eight years, a survey showed on Tuesday, belying their reputation as a nation of pessimists. According to a Harris Interactive survey for RTL radio, 59 percent of the French were optimistic for 2018, the highest level since 2010 and 15 points higher than a trough in 2012. Supporters of President Emmanuel Macron?s party were the most optimistic, the poll showed, while those of the far-right National Front were the most pessimistic. ?There?s probably a bit of a Macron effect,? Harris head of political polling Jean-Daniel Levy said, pointing to renewed hope about European integration, one of Macron?s policy priorities. ?There is in particular the feeling of having a presidency that holds water, with good prospects on the economic front,? he told Reuters. ?It?s not only the end of the Hollande years,? Levy added, referring to the broad sense of malaise that marked the 2012-17 tenure of Macron?s Socialist predecessor Francois Hollande. ?The French hear a lot about a better outlook for growth, for jobs. There are signs that show France is less depressed.? For the first time in five years, a majority of 51 percent of the French said the past year was a positive one. That was in contrast with the 54 percent who thought 2015 and 2016 were negative - years that were marked by deadly Islamist militant attacks. The state of emergency instituted by Hollande over those attacks was lifted by Macron in November.
  16. LEFT: Austria?s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning the second-round Wimbledon match against France?s Gilles Simon in London, Britain, July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Tony O'Brien/Files; RIGHT: Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev in Eastbourne, Britain, June 30, 2017. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs/Files ABU DHABI: Former world number one and 12-time Grand Slam title winner Novak Djokovic will be more dangerous than ever when he makes his long-awaited return from an elbow injury, top 10 rival Dominic Thiem said Wednesday. Djokovic hasn´t played since retiring from his quarter-final at Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych in July, but the 30-year-old makes his comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday before launching his competitive campaign as the top seed at the Qatar Open next week. "We all know what Djokovic is capable of," said Austria´s Thiem who is also playing in the six-man Abu Dhabi field. "But now, if his injury is fine, he´s probably more dangerous and better if he had some time to recharge. I think everybody wants to know how he´s playing again and we´ll see his first matches here." Thiem feels Djokovic could make the same impact as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who came back from injuries this year. Federer won the Australian Open and a record eighth Wimbledon while Nadal claimed a 10th French Open and the US Open in a Slam sweep for the two veteran stars. Nadal and Federer also ended the year at one and two in the world. "I think we can expect the same from Djokovic because he is in the same league as Roger and Rafa. He is also one of the greatest players of all time," added Thiem who claimed his first-ever win in six meetings over Djokovic at the French Open quarter-finals in June. "It´s going to be an exciting year. There are players returning from injuries, but apart from Novak, nobody else will make a comeback like Roger and Rafa. "It´s too tough. I think everybody can look forward to a great and tense start of the season." Also back in action in the exhibition tournament, which starts at the Zayed Tennis Centre in the UAE capital from Thursday, is former women´s number one Serena Williams. The 36-year-old American was last seen in action winning the Australian Open for a modern-era record 23rd Grand Slam title in January. She then took a sabbatical to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September. Williams takes on reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a match scheduled just before the men´s final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening. Another player in the field looking to build on his successful 2017 is South African Kevin Anderson. The world number 15, who reached the final of the US Open before losing to Nadal, also welcomed the return of Djokovic and Williams. "It is dubbed an ´exhibition´, but the tennis this week in Abu Dhabi is great -- it is very competitive and everyone is going to give it their all. So, it would be a good way to return for both these players," said Anderson. "I think it is great. We all are eager to see what Novak is going to do when he comes back. And I heard just yesterday that Serena is coming here, so it is obviously very exciting for the tournament. "Serena is the greatest women´s tennis player of all time, and perhaps the greatest competitor -- man or woman -- that I have seen. It has been a long break for her, but I am sure she will come back more determined than before to succeed." The men´s field in Abu Dhabi features US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain´s Roberto Bautista Agut and 20-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev apart from Djokovic, Thiem and Anderson. Djokovic and Thiem have byes to the semi-finals. Nadal and three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka were scheduled to take part but pulled out to allow further recuperation from respective knee problems.
  17. Mark Cuban is a famous American businessman, investor, author, television personality, and philanthropist as well and he has a net worth of US $3.3 billions as of 2017. No one makes his or her money easily and many times important life lessons are only learned the hard way. The same thing happened with the billionaire Mark Cuban and here are his life lessons when it comes to money and the rules that he plays by. 1. Ditch that plastic © US News Money "Don't use credit cards. If you use a credit card, you don't want to be rich," Cuban said in a 2008 blog post( He says he learned this lesson the hard way, "I would charge something and think I would be able to pay it off and then not be able to. I can't tell you how many credit cards I had ripped up. The 18 percent or 20 percent or 30 percent you're paying in credit card debt is going to cost you a lot more than you could ever earn anywhere else. The average interest rate on any credit card is around 16.7 percent. 2. Watch how you spend your money © Mulpix "Be a smart shopper. You will quickly find that the greatest rate of return you will earn is on your own personal spending" says Cuban on his blog post. He further writes, "Save your money. Save as much money as you possibly can. Every penny you can. Instead of coffee, drink water. Instead of going to McDonald's, eat mac and cheese." He does not hesitate to suggest tips like buying two years' worth of toothpaste when it's 50 percent off. "There's an immediate return on your money," adds Cuban. This is what Cuban's "Shark Tank" co-star Kevin O'Leary has to say on spending his money. He says, do I pay $2.50 for a coffee? Never, never, never do I do that. That is such a waste of money for something that costs 20 cents. I never buy a frape-latte-blah-blah-blah-woof-woof-woof for $2.50." Kevin adds, "I drink coffee, one cup every morning. It costs about 18 cents to make it, and I invest the rest." 3. Make your money work for you © Thinkstock On this Cuban says, “All that money you didn't spend? Once you have at least six months salary saved, put what you can in a low-cost SPX mutual fund every month". Mutual fund returns are better as the in interest you get on your money works on the compounding principle and it gets better the sooner you start investing.
  18. If there's one thing everyone loves bashing besides the Kardashian sisters, it's the millennial generation. Even the ones who technically (as much as they would hate to admit) fall into the millennial bracket. Before you diss the millennials with your holier-than-thou grimace, let us tell you anyone born in or after 1981 is a millennial. Yes you, born in 1983, playing your guitar in the corner, you sire, are millennial too. The official millennial age is from 1981 to 1995. Anyone born from 1996 is Gen Z. Whether it's the selfie craze or Instagram food addiction, there's ample fodder for old school online pundits to pick on millennials. Called the snowflake generation, known to be too touchy, or too picky, or too obsessed about things, millennials have been dismissed a little too harshly, not that they care. While every generation has its idiosyncrasies and anomalies, it's the redeeming traits that set it apart and gets evolution rolling. There's much more to the millennial generation than we are willing to acknowledge. © Instagram_Ranveer Singh Virat and Anushka, both 29 year old, host their wedding reception at Mumbai today. One is a cricket sensation, the other a Bollywood star, there was a dream wedding, with designer wedding trousseau and a starry guest list – that's a millennial power couple for you right there. Not blinded by success, not swayed by a crazy fan following, Virat and Anushka have been grounded enough to value love. © BCCL As I put Insta stories of Christmas lunch, I came across a stunning picture posted by a travel account called Bruised Passports. It is a travel account of a couple who post the dreamiest travel pictures. Most of us would think perhaps they are just one of those blessed millennials with lots of money to live the dream life. Except that it is not true. High tea à la Oman @anantarajabalakhdar - kahwa and dates anyone? ðµðª â¨â¨ #bruisedpassports #onlyinoman #travel #love #sunset A post shared by Savi and Vid (@bruisedpassports) on Dec 13, 2017 at 2:04am PST Savi and Vidit, the couple behind Bruised Passports, have not had everything on a platter. While Savi spent all her savings and salary trying to earn a scholarship (which she did get) from one of the best universities in the world and managed to get a PhD, Vidit sponsored his own education through a hard-earned scholarship and a part-time job in Singapore. What the outside world sees as luxury travel, is an unconventional career built by 2 people who decided to pursue what they love. That's a millennial for you. Yes, we are online all the time but so is the business. Winter nights in Iceland come with a side of Northern lights and carpets of snow and stars - impossible not to stand and stare ðððð A post shared by Savi and Vid (@bruisedpassports) on Dec 24, 2017 at 4:37am PST That's the thing – millennials dare to dream and choose what they love. They are risk-takers, they are entrepreneurs, they are go-getters, they may instagram their food before eating but they are also the ones who will earn a million bucks out of instagramming that very food. It is the age of social media and millennials know very well how to use it to their benefit. From investing in bitcoin to becoming YouTube stars, millennials are 'killing' it and how. It's a great time to be alive – you can become a millionaire by typing on your keyboard from the comfort of your home. While Superwoman aka Lily Singh is one of the highest YouTube earners, back home young standup comedians have been holding houseful shows and releasing brilliant content online. Abhishek Upmanyu's 'Thoda Saaf Bol' saw tickets being sold out like hot cakes weeks before the show, while another young comic Sumukhi Suresh created a web series 'Pushpavalli' whose dark humour managed to make the viewer uneasy and hooked. © Youtube_Kenny Sebastian, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Zakir Khan The age of successful entrepreneurs is alarmingly young today. While 24-year-old Ritesh Agarwal started OYO Rooms at the age of 20, Ola Cabs' co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal was only 26 when he started the cab service with co-founder Ankit Bhati. Running a successful business is no longer the prerogative of the middle-aged. © BCCL And it's not just money that's caught their fancy. The millennial is socially aware. They stand up for what's right and what matters. Unlike the previous generations, they are not content with the status quo and are ready to fight what's wrong. From speaking against net neutrality to driving a viral campaign (#MeToo) against sexual harassment on social media, they have been keyboard warriors with a mission. The phrase 'MeToo' was created by social activist Tarana Burke to raise awareness about abuse, and thanks to social media and young women who did not hesitate to share their stories, it soon gained momentum as a worldwide campaign. The Humans of Hindutva page, that started this year, has been brutally breaking down, one sardonic post at a time, the fundamentalist dialogue that is threatening to take over the country. With over 123,302 people following the page presently, Humans of Hindutva has been functioning like the virtual batman of modern India. © Facebook_Humans of Hindutva Whether it was coming out to celebrate queer in gay parades or voicing their dissent on social media, young guns have been perceptive enough to discriminate between the good and the bad and pick sides. One can't afford to be neutral anymore is one lesson they learnt early. When the nepotism debate rang hollow in Bollywood that was conspicuous in its silence, All India Bakchod came out with a tongue-in-cheek parody which called out the double standards and sexist codes that run our Hindi film industry. The very millennial generation you accuse of being too narcissist is slowly and steadily bringing a social change. From breaking stereotypes to choosing to settle on their own terms, the young generation is chasing a life of happiness and satisfaction. They are speaking out in open mic poetry sessions and on their Twitter profiles. We are so far from the dumb stereotype the older generations would have us fit in. Young, successful, bold, independent and sharp – the millennial generation is anything but a shallow reflection of the previous generation. We work hard, party hard and love hard. We can move on after heartbreak and failure, but we can also stay put when the situation demands. We create memories and we spend money on experiences rather than on material things. We can stay up all night partying but we can also stay up late to work on that presentation. The thing is – the millennial generation might be living high on foodgasms and social media likes, it is so much more than just that, and it's time the world sees it for who it really is.
  19. As 2017 comes to a close, it's safe to say celebrity fashion had a great run this year. And unlike men like Kunal Khemu (who're still struggling to find their style), A-listers like Ranbir Kapoor are experimenting in abundance, for us to proclaim, that his style moves shook a lot of foundations this year. While he did turn to urban-minimalistic styles, f*ckboi staples and Yeezy boots all year round—every single outfit was contrarily different from the another and ventured a little further, every time. Here's a quick recap! 1. For starters, Ranbir's all-velour ensemble for a recent event, brought in the Christmas cheer along for us. Not forgetting, also a thought, that unusual fabric choices come as part of the Kapoor genes. © Viral Bhayani 2. This outfit below, that we'd like to call the 'Most Debatable Outfit' of 2017, featured a contrasting pick for the actor's glorious feet. Plus, whether the loose necktie was a conscious decision or his stylist's trickery for a quick night out, we absolutely fail to understand. That said, we're not complaining! © Viral Bhayani 3. In retrospect, this outfit was quite a stunner for us. Sure, the supremely-relaxed bottoms might not satiate the conscience of most men, but for us, chill AF has never looked this good. © Viral Bhayani 4. Kapoors don't care about belts with suits. Yet, if they wish to belt up one fine day (but happen to forget), they know the truth about hiding mistakes. They're good looking beings, who can do whatever the hell they want. © Viral Bhayani 5. Even Ranbir's round 'Lennon' sunglasses are no match for his well-fitted pink kurta here. Not forgetting, as a big surprise, Ranbir's black sliders that are mating quite well with ethnic wear. © Viral Bhayani 6. With the chills of F/W in full force now, black and wool coats are obvious choices to make. But while most of us are struggling with mastering the trick, Ranbir did it way back in the former half of 2017. That too, at an airport terminal. © Viral Bhayani 7. Solid white Biker jacket hybrids, without any surprises, aren't very conventional for most men out there. However, if Ranbir Kapoor wears them, you better cop. © Viral Bhayani 8. This is what you call a f*ckboi in pure, expensive gear. Plus, an outfit, that's probably the easiest one to get behind. © Viral Bhayani 9. While most globally-famous men sport tuxedos on prolific red-carpets, back home, Ranbir Kapoor does nothing different. © Viral Bhayani 10. Taking the high road with fashion, Ranbir's stoner-move of 2017 was undoubtedly this clean, green airport outfit. © Viral Bhayani
  20. DAVAO: Firemen Monday found the bodies of "around" 36 people after a deadly blaze at a shopping mall in the southern Philippines, a fire official said as the government launched a criminal investigation. The discovery raised to 37 the confirmed death toll from the NCCC shopping mall fire in the city of Davao on Mindanao island. The Davao region chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu, told weeping relatives of the missing that he personally counted "around 36" bodies in an office lobby at the gutted mall. City Mayor Sara Duterte, a daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, said earlier that 38 people were missing and feared dead in the fire, with one other unidentified body recovered on Sunday. "I personally counted them before I gave the information to our honourable mayor... around 36 in number," Kwan Tiu told weeping relatives, who clutched long-stemmed white flowers as they attended a mass. "As the ground commander of this operation my deepest apology for I was not able to save them," said the fire official, who joined a search inside the building at midday. The blaze began on Saturday, trapping call centre workers of US-based market research firm SSI, which announced on its website late Sunday that 37 of its 500 employees at the top-floor office had been "lost" in the fire. Philippine authorities ordered a criminal investigation Monday as allegations surfaced of locked or non-existent fire exits at the building, which its administrators denied. "By punishing those responsible, we can set an example to others so that hopefully there will be no repetition of those tragedies," Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said in a statement. Mall operators denied the claims. "There is no truth to that allegation. In fact as per accounts of those who got out, they were able get out thru the fire exit," Thea Padua, the mall´s public relations officer, told AFP by text message. Rescuers criticised Davao's fire marshal described the shopping mall on Sunday as "an enclosed space with no ventilation", though the authorities said they had yet to determine the cause of the blaze. Deadly blazes occur regularly in the Philippines, particularly in slum areas where there are virtually no fire safety standards. Corruption and exploitation mean supposedly strict fire standards are often not enforced. Some relatives of those missing earlier criticised rescuers for what they felt was the slow pace of recovery efforts. "They seem so relaxed," said Jolita Basalan, weeping as she waited for news of her 29-year-old son Jonas who worked at the call centre. "They are not pained because they don't have a child there. They told us to come here but no one is moving," she told AFP. SSI said it has arranged for counselling for its employees and will support funeral arrangements and set up a fund for the bereaved. "This terrible tragedy has left us with heavy hearts. We offer our condolences and prayers to the families and loved ones of the victims," SSI chief executive Gary Laben said in a statement on its website. The shopping mall fire compounded the Christmas misery in the south of the mainly Catholic nation, where tens of thousands were displaced by floods and landslides from a storm that also killed 240 others on Friday. In 2015 a fire tore through a footwear factory in Manila, killing 72. Survivors of that blaze blamed barred windows and other sweatshop conditions for trapping people inside the factory. In the nation's deadliest fire of recent times, 162 people were killed in a huge blaze that gutted a Manila disco in 1996. With low wages but strong English-language skills, the Philippines is a popular destination for international companies to set up customer call centres.
  21. Barcelona?s Lionel Messi celebrates at the end of the match against Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain, December 23, 2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez MADRID: Barcelona exploited a lacklustre Real Madrid to win the ?Clasico? 3-0 on Saturday as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal propelled the Catalans to a 3-0 win and lifted them 14 points clear of their rivals in the standings. Suarez capitalized on a wide open space in Madrid?s midfield to knock in a simple pass from Sergi Roberto following a breakaway move in the 54th minute. That opened the scoring after a tense but tight first half in the early afternoon sun at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi hammered in the second goal from the penalty spot 20 minutes later after Dani Carvajal was sent off for blocking a goal-bound header from Paulinho with his arm after Real were again easily picked apart on the counter-attack. Catalan defender turned winger Vidal hit the third in injury time to pile more misery on Madrid, who looked unrecognizable from the side that crushed Barca 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup in August. Real failed to capitalize on their chances in the first half as Karim Benzema?s header came off the post and Cristiano Ronaldo was denied by the flailing leg of Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. However, the European and Liga champions collapsed after the interval and Barca took full advantage. ?We are feeling very angry because it?s a defeat that hurts a lot but we are not going to give up,? Real coach Zinedine Zidane told a news conference. ?It?s a complicated moment because of the defeat and the three goals, I could say we don?t deserve this but football is like this. This is a very painful defeat, we are all sad, especially me. But we will come back much stronger.? Barca are nine points clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid at the top of the standings although Valencia could climb to second and close the gap to eight points later on Saturday if they beat Villarreal. Real are 14 points adrift but have a game in hand. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said it was premature to assume that his side had wrapped up the title or to count Real out of the running. ?Of course not, the first round of fixtures hasn?t even finished. We?ve got the advantage, but we don?t focus on that,? he said. ?We?re only focusing on our games, our points and our sensations.? Instead of the usual late evening kickoff time, Spain?s premier club fixture took place at 1200 GMT in a bid to capture a record television audience in Asia. Premature celebrations It was also played in the backdrop of a political crisis in the country, coming two days after elections in Catalonia in which separatist parties won a majority. Real?s supporters unfurled a giant banner before kickoff to boast of the unprecedented five trophies the team had won in 2017. The volume in the packed Bernabeu was cranked up when Ronaldo headed a corner in off the crossbar in under two minutes but the offside flag halted the premature celebrations. Barca, the only unbeaten team in the league, took a less active role than they have in recent games at the Bernabeu, with their best chances before the break falling to Brazilian midfielder Paulinho. They created a number of opportunities after the interval, however, and could have punished Real even further than they did.
  22. As a child, Jeff Bezos lived with his grandparents but he was toubled by one thing there. His grandmother smoked a lot of cigarettes and he could not bear that smell. Somewhere from an advertisement, he got to know that a puff a cigarette could lose you 2 minutes of your life. So, one day Jeff decided to do the calculation for his grandmother and went on to tell her exactly that. He told his grandmother that by smoking cigarettes she had reduced her life by 9 years. To this, he had expected an appreciation for his smart mathematical skills but instead, his grandmother started crying. That day his grandfather called him and spoke to him these golden words,”It is harder to be kind than clever”. That lesson stayed with Jeff forever and he firmly believed his grandfather's wise words. © Hongkiat Jeff says cleverness is a gift and kindness is a choice. He says when you are 80-years-old and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating the most personal version of your life's story, it should compact and meaningful. It will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are but a congregation of our choices, so build yourself a great story. © Princeton University In another instance when Jeff decided to quit his job and shared his idea of selling books online with his then boss. When he approaced him, his boss said, “It is a very good idea Jeff but it would be an even better idea for someone who already did not have a very good job.” He asked Jeff to think about it for next 48 hours. The rest is history as Amazon is all over the interne now. Jeff says that you should be asking yourself these basic questions: Will inertia be your guide or will you follow your passion? Will you choose a life of ease or a life of service and adventure? Will you follow a dogma or will you choose to be original? When it's tough, will you give up or will you be relentless? Will you be a cynic or will you be a builder? Will you be clever at the expense of others or will you be kind? You can watch his complete speech below:
  23. This file photo taken on October 01, 2014, shows gold medallist India´s Mary Kom reacting after being declared the winner of the women´s flyweight (48-51kg) boxing final match against Kazakhstan´s Shekerbekova Zhaina during the 2014 Asian Games at the Seonhak Gymnasium in Incheon. 1 BANGALORE: She is a five-time world champion, mother of three and member of parliament, but Indian boxer Mary Kom believes that at 35 there is plenty more glory in the ring to come. Dubbed "Magnificent Mary" for a glittering career that has already inspired a Bollywood biopic, veteran Kom last month defied critics who wrote her off by winning a record fifth Asian women's championships title in Vietnam. Driven on by the legacy of three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, she has now set her sights on the Commonwealth Games in April, and even the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 where she hopes to improve on the bronze medal she won in London. "I am really inspired by Muhammad Ali, who was a legend across the world. He is my mentor and my only inspiration (is) his achievements," she told AFP. "And he was such a great boxer -- that is why I am still able to do this." The Asian title in November was her first gold at international level since winning the Asian Games in 2014. But Kom has long rejected the doubts of those who have highlighted her age and questioned her ability to combine boxing with being a mother and an MP in India´s upper house. "I am still fit. Some people talk about the X-factor and say ´she cannot perform´. That is always the mindset. "So I say there is no X-factor ... I have more experience and I am getting better and better," added Kom. In her bid for gold, she has dropped back down to the 48kg category she fought in when she first grabbed headlines at the 2001 world championships. "The Games will soon be here," she said referring to the Commonwealth event in Australia´s Gold Coast. "I am trying my best to improve day-by-day." Kom said the Indian government and much-criticised Boxing Federation of India (BFI) were providing "good facilities" so she has no excuses for not being ready. This file photo taken on October 01, 2014, shows gold medallist India´s Mary Kom being splashed with cold water between rounds of the women´s flyweight (48-51kg) boxing final match against Kazakhstan´s Shekerbekova Zhaina during the 2014 Asian Games at the Seonhak Gymnasium in Incheon. Photo: AFP 1 Early struggle It is a far cry from recent years. Infighting in the Indian federation led to Kom failing to make the 2016 Rio Olympics. No Indian boxers took part in qualifying. "It was very unfortunate because the reason was there was no federation, they were fighting each other to hold power, be president," said Kom. But businessman Ajay Singh´s election as BFI president last year has ended the turmoil. Like her hero Ali, Kom had her own struggles growing up, with her rise from an impoverished family in the remote northeastern state of Manipur being made into a 2014 Bollywood movie starring Priyanka Chopra. "In the beginning, it was difficult to get my own gloves, it was difficult to even buy one glove and my family did not support me in the beginning," Kom said. "They were worried that if I got injured, who will take the responsibility? "Everything moves with money only. If we want something to eat or to buy clothes or do anything, without money you can´t do anything," she said with a laugh. Blessed with three sons, Kom is now happy juggling roles as a mother, lawmaker and gym owner. But she insists that boxing remains her top priority. "That is obviously very difficult. People might also say how can she maintain all these things? How can she keep performing? It is a question of will and mindset," she said. "Whether I am going to a parliament session or programme or my own personal programme, that is secondary. The first priority is training, the rest comes second and that is why I am still performing."
  24. The price of bitcoin fell more than 10 percent on Wednesday to as low as $15,800 at a cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp. It has since pared some of the losses and is down about 7 percent in early trade. The digital currency has been sliding since it had hit a record high of $19,666 on Sunday.
  25. A new species of lizard called acanthosaura phuketensis in Phuket. Photo: AFP BANGKOK: A Vietnamese 'crocodile lizard' and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year, researchers said Tuesday. The Southeast Asian countries flanking the Mekong river, which snakes down from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea, are among the most biodiverse in the world. Each year scientists announce scores of new species discovered in the region, which includes Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. But there are fears that many more species could die out before they are found in the region whose jungle and river ecosystems are increasingly threatened by roads, dams and a thriving illegal wildlife trade. In total, scientists confirmed 115 new species in 2016 after a lengthy vetting process, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). They include 11 amphibians, two fish, 11 reptiles, 88 plants and three mammals. "While the global trends are worrisome, and the threats against species and their habitats here in the Greater Mekong are massive, these new species discoveries give us enormous hope," said WWF's Lee Poston. "But we have to do more to protect their habitat and prevent them from entering the illegal wildlife trade," he added. The new finds include a bat with a horseshoe-shaped face and a snail-eating turtle discovered by scientists in a local market in northeastern Thailand. The Crocodile Lizard, a scaly reptile that hails from northern Vietnam´s evergreen forests, was also among the new species announced on Tuesday. Although the reptile was first discovered in 2003, it has taken years to confirm its status as a separate subspecies. Coal mining and pet trade poachers have gravely endangered the lizard, whose numbers are estimated to be fewer than 200, scientists said. Two new mole species were also found in Vietnam, with researchers noting that their underground dwellings have helped protect them. Over the past 20 years more than 2,500 new species -- amounting to around two per week -- have been discovered in the Greater Mekong, WWF said.