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  1. Pakistan?s beloved couple Shehroz Sabzwari and Syra Shehroz continue to reaffirm our faith in love. Photo: Instagram Pakistan?s beloved couple Shehroz Sabzwari and Syra Shehroz continue to reaffirm our faith in love. Photos and videos of the couple from a recent wedding have taken over the social media and we can't help but gush. The actors, who tied the knot in 2012, can be seen dancing their heart out during a family wedding. Syra donned a Zara Shahjahan gharara choli for the event and stole the show. The wedding proved to be a star-studded event with popular stars such as Javed Sheikh, Saleem Sheikh, Momal Sheikh among others. The entire family had gathered together for the wedding and the nikkah was held at Lahore' Badshahi Mosque. Photo: Instagram Syra and Shehroz are one of the most loved and popular couples of the country who live life lavishly and are a perfect example of marriages made in heaven.
  2. Acceptance of the LGBTQ community in India has been a slow progression. The transgender community especially faces a lot of legal hassles even though there are legal rights and laws set up to help them out. Even though the community has the right to apply for education and employment using the 'other' category, as per Supreme Courts orders in 2014, many places in the country still haven't implemented this law! It's a tough life for transgenders and it almost seems like the will to sustain their growth and welfare by the government is a little bleak. © YouTube 28-year-old Atri Kar, a transgender from Bengal was going through the same struggle and wasn't able to exercise her fundamental right like she wanted to. An English teacher at Ramnagar Primary School, she went through too many hassles to be able to sit for the West Bengal Civil Service Exams, conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). The process took a long time, nearly a couple of years but finally Atri Kar became the first transgender from Bengal to apply for the exams from the 'other' category. Talk about perseverance and hard work paying off well! This step was made possible with Kar's determination to fight for her cause for two years and getting through to the CATs (Central Administrative Tribunal), Kolkata bench on February 27, allowing her to sit for the exam. "The order from the National Legal Service authority in 2014 had clearly stated that transgender should be treated as the third gender and proper reservations should be extended to them. What is frustrating is that at every step, we still need to move the court to even be able to enroll in the 'other' category." - Atri Kar (as told to Times Of India) © Atri Kar Facebook Two years ago a private coaching centre agreed to take upon Kar's case and sponsor her education, so she could clear the civil service exams back then. The problem at that time was that she couldn't apply for the exams under the 'other' category. That's when she moved the court, thinking it would help her case, but unfortunately, someone sent a message to the judge trying to sabotage her case and she had to accept the court's judgment, which was obviously not in her favour. This year again, the advertisement for the exam had the male/female option and a determined Kar moved the court again, and thanks to an interim order, Kar can finally fill up the 2018 form online and sit for the UPSC exams and hopefully sit for them on the 3rd of June. © Atri Kar Facebook The struggles for the transgender community will not end very soon. Their acceptance in society will take a while to seep in. But the little efforts made towards their welfare is a positive step towards their progression for sure.
  3. Vivian Kingma gets mobbed by teammates after taking a hat-trick, Namibia v Netherlands, 2015-17 WCL Championship, Dubai, December 8, 2017. Photo: Peter Della Penna THE HAGUE: On a fine summer´s day more than a century ago, a local and British sports team bowled what is widely believed to be one of the first-ever "international" overs in a cricket game in the Netherlands. Today, 136 years after the Dutch team lost by an innings and 56 runs against Uxbridge Cricket Club, the men in orange are setting their sights on competing in cricket´s ultimate tournament -- next year´s World Cup in England. The plucky Dutch are in Zimbabwe for the World Cup qualifying event starting Sunday -- which will give two teams who did not automatically make it like cricket giants Australia, India and South Africa, the chance to compete in the 2019 showpiece. "There is a lot on the line in the short-term," admitted Dutch coach Ryan Campbell, a former Australian national player who took over the reins of the Dutch national squad in April last year. Observers in the Netherlands agree, saying that under Campbell´s careful eye, working with the Royal Dutch Cricket Federation´s (KNCB) high performance manager Roland Lefebvre, the national team has made impressive strides in less than a year. ´Under pressure´ But the game of leather on willow has always seen its ebbs and flows in the low-lying Netherlands and the country´s cricketing highs -- although the stuff of legends -- can be counted on one hand. And while Dutch cricket is again hoping to rise in the international arena, there are worrying signs for the sport at home. "I won´t deny that cricket is under pressure in the Netherlands," said top KNCB official Alex de la Mar. "This is perhaps mainly because we have to compete more-and-more with football," he told AFP. Dutch veteran cricketer Ryan ten Doeschate. Photo: Peter Della Penna Many cricket clubs share their fields with their football counterparts and recent measures have seen soccer being extended into summer, eating up much of the already desperately short cricket season. In the football-mad Netherlands youngsters who show talent in both sports "are often forced to make a choice at a very young age as sports are not played in schools but at clubs," said former Dutch national player and international cricket coach Tim de Leede. "Unfortunately many of them choose football," said De Leede, regarded as one of the country´s greatest all-rounders and the Netherlands´ top World Cup wicket taker. Game of numbers The numbers tell a simple story: the KNCB counts some 5,500 members, the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB), over 1.2 million from a population of 17 million people. Fewer players mean less money, also internationally. While main cricket-playing countries like India, England and other Test nations get the lion´s share of funding, the Netherlands and other International Cricket Council associate members get far less to see their teams play. "It´s very simple... it´s money. I hate to say it but money changes everything," national coach Campbell told AFP. "You need cash for us to play more, to improve facilities and get the support of players if you wish to compete constantly on the world stage," he said. It is then not without irony that the Dutch national team -- which will now also compete as the 13th country in the 2020-22 ODI League against the world´s top teams -- still doesn´t have a main sponsor. Spirit of cricket Nowhere is the battle for Dutch cricket more visible than at the V.O.C. training hall just outside the western port city of Rotterdam. Being the country´s only full-time dedicated indoor training facility, it´s not uncommon to find a Dutch youth training session followed immediately by the national squad. Because of limited training times and bad Dutch weather, indoor sessions often run until late at night and take place irrespective of rain or even snow. Some believe that it perhaps best embodies the spirit of Dutch cricket -- a small tight-knit community where young players have easy access to the expertise of nationals like Dutch captain Peter Borren and former greats like Tom de Grooth. Former Dutch national player Tim de Leede. Photo: Getty Images The country´s selectors are now looking at these young and upcoming talent to carry the torch, said Campbell. De Leede´s 18-year-old son Bas recently got his call-up, while the triplet sons of Pakistan-born Dutch international Ahmed Zulfiqar were all selected to the 2017 squad. Also rising in the wings are other eager youngsters, some Dutch, but many from cricket-playing nations like India and South Africa "adding spice" to Dutch cricket, as Zulfiqar puts it. For now all eyes will be on the Netherlands when it faces Ireland on Sunday. "This will be our chance to show the world that we want to be more than just the 13th team," said captain Borren. "What better stage for us to shine," he asked.
  4. When the insane screen power of two majestic, amazing actors combine, excitement is usually the choice of reaction we have. In this case, it's the brilliance of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt combining with the excellence of director Quentin Tarantino. The trio is all set to make a movie together this year. © Instagram © Instagram The movie will be an action-packed, nail biting drama. According to the latest report in Reuters, the movie is apparently called 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' and revolves around the Charles Manson murders. DiCaprio will apparently play the role of a TV star and Pitt will play his stunt double. Tarantino has reportedly been working on this script for about five years. “I'm very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt”, he mentioned in a statement. © Instagram While Leonardo finally got to kiss the Oscar trophy after winning one for 'The Revenant' in 2016, Brad Pitt has only enjoyed the pleasure of being nominated. However, that's not a measure of his brilliant acting. Tarantino has two Oscars to his name already. This movie is all set to be released next year and by the whole looks of the star cast, the director and the story line, it's safe to say that this will be one big hit!
  5. India and South Africa might have been at loggerheads with each other on the field in Cape Town but after India clinched the T20I series with a seven-run win, there was one thing that brought both the teams together. The current water crisis in Cape Town compelled the teams to do their bit to help the city. © Twitter After the third and last T20I of the three-match series, Indian captain Virat Kohli and his South African counterpart Faf du Plessis donated Rs. 5.5 Lakh to the Gift of the Givers Foundation, which is the largest disaster relief organization of the African continent. The donated money will be used to drill boreholes as well as to supply bottled water to organizations in need. #CSAnews Proteas and Indian teams make donation to #SaveWater and #EveryDropCounts campaigns in Cape Town Water Crisis ... https://t.co/PhZM6YKm4Y pic.twitter.com/hpOjA6iT4A — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 27, 2018 Du Plessis explained the purpose behind this noble gesture, "Both teams had first-hand experience of the Water Crisis in Cape Town and, having chatted to Virat, we decided to get our teams to sign some jerseys which we auctioned off with the funds raised going to assist the Cape Town Water Crisis. We also wanted to create awareness and hope that other organizations and sports codes follow in our direction.” In case you aren't aware, since last month, Cape Town residents have been asked to restrict their water consumption just 50 litres of water per day. Mayor Patricia de Lille also fears that the city has "reached a point of no return" and if the current conditions prevail the city will soon run out of all water. Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when the taps will run dry https://t.co/mgZWBSwosG — Cape Town-South Africa Water Crisis by @bridgetti (@CPTWaterCrisis) February 25, 2018 Kohli too expressed his views on the city, “Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and whenever we visit and play at Newlands, we are treated extremely well by the local people. By creating awareness of the drought, we are playing our part in highlighting the drought so people can see the seriousness of what is taking place in the Mother City.” This small humanitarian act has allowed both the teams to win over a million hearts and gain more respect, not just as cricketers but as human beings.
  6. Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: Geo News file PATOKI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is all set to hold a public meeting in Patoki today. The Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif along with other prominent leaders is expected to address the rally. Shehbaz likely to be elected interim party president After Nawaz Sharif's disqualification as party head, the ruling party is likely to elect Shehbaz as its interim president at a meeting of the central working committee (CWC) in Lahore later today. The Punjab chief executive would likely be elected as the permanent party president through the party's general council within 45 days. The party leadership earlier agreed that apart from the senior vice-president of the party, the CWC can also elect another office-bearer as the interim president. The meeting is likely to adopt a resolution reposing its confidence in Nawaz Sharif.
  7. Xi Jinping, who is also party chief and seen as the country's most formidable ruler since Mao Zedong, has been president since 2013. ? Reuters BEIJING: Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader for decades, could stay in office indefinitely after the Communist Party called for the removal of presidential term limits. Xi, who is also party chief and seen as the country's most formidable ruler since Mao Zedong, has been president since 2013 and the 64-year-old leader would have to step down in 2023 under the current system. But the party's Central Committee proposed deleting from the constitution the stipulation that a president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" of five years, the official Xinhua news agency reported Sunday. "I think he will become emperor for life and the Mao Zedong of the 21st century", Willy Lam, politics professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told AFP. "If his health permits, he wants to serve 20 years, which would mean until 2032 as secretary general of the party, and 2033 as state president," Lam said. The proposed change, which would also apply to the vice-president, will be submitted to legislators at the annual full session of the rubber-stamp National People's Congress starting March 5. Xi is expected to be given a second term in office during the two-week-long session. Xi has been chipping away at the collective model of leadership that was promoted by Deng Xiaoping, the architect of the country's economic reforms in the 1980s. Xi's two predecessors, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, both served two five-year terms, but he has signalled bigger ambitions. Name in constitution At the 19th five-yearly Communist Party Congress last October, Xi unveiled a new seven-member Politburo Standing Committee ? its top ruling body ? that lacked any clear heir apparent to him. He was also given the customary second term as party general secretary, a job which does not have a formal term limit. Xi also saw his eponymous political philosophy ? Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era ? included in the party's charter, an honour only accorded to one previous leader, Mao, during his lifetime. The Central Committee also proposed adding Xi's "thought" to the national constitution, joining Mao again. Since taking over as party general secretary in late 2012, Xi has waged a remorseless battle against corruption, which has seen more than one million people punished. Some also see the campaign as a means for him to eradicate internal opposition. A major outcome of the 19th Party Congress was the decision to establish a new anti-graft agency, the National Supervisory Commission, that will coordinate investigations at all levels of government and expand its remit to include non-party members. The Central Committee proposed listing the commission as a new state organ in the constitution. 'Without opposition' Xi told party officials on Saturday the constitution was key to building a moderately prosperous society, building a modern socialist country and realising the "Chinese dream of national rejuvenation" ? his slogan to restore the nation to its former glory. "No organisation or individual has the privilege to overstep the constitution or the law," Xinhua quoted him as saying. Xi is keeping a key ally by his side as he cements power. The feared former head of the anti-graft agency, Wang Qishan, stepped down from the Standing Committee last October because at 69, he had reached the traditional retirement age. But Wang was selected earlier this year as a deputy to the upcoming National People's Congress annual session, fuelling speculation that he could become Xi's vice-president or gain some other influential role. Another ally and new Standing Committee member, Li Zhanshu, could become head of the National People's Congress. "[Xi] would then ensure that his constitutional reform is adopted without opposition," said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, China politics specialist at Hong Kong Baptist University. Xi's presidency has been marked by the return of a personality cult and a major crackdown on democracy and human rights. Earlier this year the party mouthpiece People's Daily further cemented his elevation by publishing an article that for the first time referred to him as "lingxiu" ? a Mao-era honorific with more reverential and spiritual connotations than the ordinary terms.
  8. T-shirts hang on a fence near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, US, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper In the week since 17 of David Hogg?s classmates and teachers were gunned down in Florida, he and his fellow high schoolers have launched a movement that reshaped the gun control debate almost overnight and may influence the US midterm elections. Staring boldly into TV cameras, Hogg and other students who survived the Feb. 14 Parkland school massacre, have demanded lawmakers restrict gun sales and are targeting politicians funded by the pro-gun National Rifle Association (NRA) lobby. They have taken to social media to urge peers to hold a National School Walkout on March 14 and converge on Washington 10 days later for the ?March For Our Lives.? Plunging into a debate that has long polarized the United States between those defending gun ownership as a constitutional right and those demanding measures to stop mass shootings, the students are now focusing on the November elections. ?We get out there and make sure everybody knows how much money their politician took from the NRA,? Hogg said. They want to influence not only those casting their first ballot this year but all voters to make choices along gun-rights lines. Aid from Oprah, George Clooney The students seem to have made more progress in a few days than years of anti-gun advocacy that has stumbled on opposition from congressional Republicans who fiercely defend their constitutional rights to own guns. The students? movement is forcing donors to cut funding to the NRA and pressuring lawmakers to stop taking money from the politically influential gun rights group. The teenage activists themselves are collecting millions of dollars from celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, enjoy pro-bono advertising from people in Hollywood and organizational know-how from groups including the Women?s March. What may be different about the Parkland students is their almost instantaneous mobilization and the power of social media, where their passionate speeches have gone viral, experts said. ?It?s this perfect storm of young people whose authority to speak cannot be denied because their friends were just murdered, have control of social media, the ability to speak to mass media, have celebrity support and organizational infrastructure,? said Sasha Costanza-Chock, an associate professor of civic media at MIT. Democrats have rushed to support the teenagers, hoping the movement can help them in the midterm elections by boosting historically-low turnout among young Democratic voters. ?We need to embrace this movement,? said Democratic strategist Rodell Mollineau. ?It very well may be that the solution to gun violence in this country is a generational solution instead of a partisan one. This might be the generation that finally breaks through on this issue.? Republicans, on the other hand, warned that it was unclear whether the students would gain momentum beyond Florida, where they pushed Republican Governor Rick Scott to propose tighter gun laws on Friday. ?I would be cautious to recognize any national trend based on one week in which passions have been high,? said Republican strategist Rory Cooper. Economic aid 'the government has failed to provide' The NRA did not respond to a request for comment. In recent days, NRA officials have lashed out at gun control advocates, arguing that Democratic elites are politicizing the Parkland rampage to erode gun rights. Showing their support for the students, dozens of US colleges and universities - including at least three Ivy League schools - have said their application processes will not consider disciplinary action taken against high schoolers who protest last week?s killings in Florida. Hogg took to Twitter on Saturday to urge vacationing students to boycott Florida during their upcoming spring breaks and instead visit Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from a devastating hurricane in September. The US Caribbean territory is ?a beautiful place with amazing people. They could really use the economic support that the government has failed to provide,? Hogg wrote. To gun rights groups, Hogg and his friends are being used by gun-control organizations to seek the same gun ban proposals that failed after mass shootings including the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 'Politicians need to be afraid' Dave Workman, the senior editor of The Gunmag.com, said he suspected the high schoolers had support from gun-control groups based on their increasingly polished arguments. ?That may be more of a problem with credibility than an asset,? said Workman, whose magazine is the publication of gun rights group The Second Amendment Foundation. The students themselves say they do not need anyone?s approval and refuse to align with any political party, pointing out that both Republicans and Democrats take NRA money. ?Honestly, both sides are pretty corrupt and I?m not willing to take a side unless I know the person,? said Hogg. ?These politicians need to be afraid.? Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest US gun control advocacy group, formed a youth branch this week after receiving thousands of enquiries from students around the country and is opening chapters in four states. Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, praised the Parkland students for bringing an end to years of inaction. ?These teenagers have done the impossible,? said Wolf, a member of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. ?And all it took was a group of angry children with the right message to slap some sense into somebody.?
  9. One of the buses that were set ablaze. Photo: Geo News screen grab ISLAMABAD: Protesters set two buses ablaze after a student was killed while boarding one of the vehicles in Gujar Khan city of Rawalpindi district on Wednesday. According to the police sources, students were getting on a public bus when the driver sped it away killing one. The deceased was a student of first year at Sarwar Shaheed Government Degree College. The incident left passers-by enraged who set two buses on fire. Bus being burnt in Gujar Khan. Photo: Geo News screen grab A similar incident occurred in Faisalabad in September 2017 when an intermediate student, Haider Ali, was run over by a public bus in front of Government Islamia College. Following the incident, Haider?s fellow students set the bus on fire. The frenzy did not subside soon as they then set on fire five other buses and damaged other vehicles plying the road. Students set six buses on fire in Faisalabad after classmate is run over Intermediate student Haider Ali was reportedly run over by a bus in front of Govt Islamia College The students turned into a violent mob and even kept the rescue and police officials away wanting to let the fire burn. Police officials later managed to take control and sent the protesting students scramming. Owners of the buses that were burnt and damaged registered their protest with the police.
  10. An ongoing dispute with her in-laws had led the latter to set the mother-of-three ablaze, according to the woman's family. Photo: Geo News KASUR: A woman's in-laws allegedly sprinkled petrol and set the woman on fire over a minor family dispute in a village in Punjab's Kasur district. According to a spokesperson of Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, the 27-year-old ? a resident of Ladheke village situated in the outskirts of Lahore near Raiwind ? has suffered burn injuries to 80 percent of her body and is in a critical condition. An ongoing dispute with her in-laws had led the latter to set the mother-of-three ablaze, according to the woman's family. The family has appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif to take notice of the case and serve justice. The Inspector General of Punjab police Captain (R) Arif Nawaz Khan took notice of the incident soon after it was reported and ordered a probe into the matter.
  11. Martin Guptill reached his second T20I hundred, New Zealand v Australia, Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series, Auckland, February 16, 2018/AFP AUCKLAND: Century-maker Martin Guptill became the highest-scoring player in Twenty20 international history as New Zealand pummelled Australia´s attack to set a 244-run target in the fifth match of the T20 tri-series on Friday. Guptill plundered nine sixes and six fours to score 105 off 54 balls as New Zealand finished on 243 for six after winning the toss and electing to bat at Eden Park. It took Guptill´s international T20 career total to 2,188 runs, surpassing compatriot Brendon McCullum´s 2,140, with India´s Virat Kohli the next highest on the all-time list with 1,956. Guptill´s 49-ball century was New Zealand´s fastest T20 ton and the team total of 243 equalled the highest ever posted by the Black Caps. He received sterling support from fellow opener Colin Munro, who also took advantage of Eden Park´s short boundaries to smash 76 off 33 balls. In all, New Zealand´s innings included 18 sixes and 14 fours. Australia are unbeaten so far in the series and will need to be at their best to overhaul the mammoth target and maintain their record. Australia have already reached the series final and a New Zealand win would also guarantee them a spot in the decider at England´s expense.
  12. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, February 7, 2018. REUTERS LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to unite her feuding cabinet and convince a skeptical European Union that Britain knows what it wants from Brexit in a series of speeches over the next few weeks. Britain is hoping to seal a transition deal next month to smooth its exit from the EU, and reach agreement on a long-term trade agreement later this year. However, Brussels said last week a transition deal was not a certainty and that London needed to clarify what it wanted from the EU. May?s government will aim to address that in a series of six speeches by the prime minister and other senior ministers in the next few weeks, which her office dubbed ?The Road to Brexit?. ?Brexit is a defining moment in the history of our nation,? a source in May?s office said. ?As we move along the road to that future, we will set out more detail so people can see how this new relationship will benefit communities in every part of our country.? A BMG poll on Sunday for the Independent showed 74 percent of Britons were unclear about May?s overall Brexit strategy. As well as facing pressure from Brussels, May also needs to unite a cabinet and Conservative party, still deeply split between those who voted for Brexit in 2016 and those who didn?t, behind a single vision for Britain?s future outside the European Union. May will host senior ministers at her country residence, Chequers, to try to broker an agreement between the different factions in her cabinet. RALLYING CRY May?s first speech, to be delivered at a conference in Munich next Saturday, will set out the security relationship Britain wants with the EU. She will deliver another setting out Britain?s future partnership, although a date for that has yet to be confirmed. Foreign minister Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit advocate, will begin the ?Road to Brexit? series with a speech on Wednesday, described by May?s office as a ?rallying cry to those on both sides of the Brexit debate?. Brexit minister David Davis will outline how Britain?s businesses can maintain their global reputation after Brexit in an as yet unscheduled speech. Trade minister Liam Fox and cabinet minister David Lidington will also give speeches. Finance minister Philip Hammond, seen as the most pro-EU member of May?s cabinet, will not give a speech. May?s authority on Brexit, already weakened after a failed gamble on a snap election last year, has been further damaged by ideological splits between ministers, exacerbating concerns that Brexit talks may fail and the government collapse. Conservative lawmaker and prominent critic of May?s EU exit strategy, Anna Soubry, warned on Sunday that the type of Brexit the government was seeking did not have majority support in parliament, which will get a say on the final exit deal. Last week, Japanese businesses warned May that they would have to leave Britain if trade barriers after Brexit made them unprofitable.
  13. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in a still from 'Finding Fanny' Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have always given their fans a lot to speculate about their alleged relationship. But latest reports suggest that the two are (finally!) ready to take things to another level. If the rumours are to be believed, the Bollywood stars are planning to tie the knot in an exotic beach wedding this year. ?Yes, Ranveer and Deepika are getting married this year and it is going to be a destination wedding. They both are beach bums and you can expect a beach wedding. It will be an intimate affair though with just close family and friends in attendance,? a source told India.com. The couple have dropped subtle hints but never admitted publicly about their relationship Some reports further suggest that the couple will get married in mid-2018. The two will also host two wedding receptions, one in Mumbai and one in Bengaluru, as Deepika?s family is based there, as per reports. When asked about taking their relationship to the next level, Deepika recently said in an interview: ?Hmmm...and what would the next level be? It's not obvious. I don't know if marriage per se... Because I believe every relationship has its natural progression. I'm discovering that myself.? Deepika and Ranveer were last seen in the movie ?Padmaavat?, which released on January 25 after months of delay due to the controversy it stirred in sections of the Indian population.
  14. South Korea's Unification minister Cho Myoung-gyun guides Kim Yong Nam and Kim Jon Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong to a meeting room in Incheon today. Photo: Yonhap via Reuters 1 INCHEON/PYEONGCHANG: North Korea?s ceremonial leader and US Vice President Mike Pence may have their first face-to-face encounter today at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, as Washington prepares more sanctions against the North. Any contact between the two will likely be tense after Pence said South Korean President Moon Jae-in gave his backing to additional measures the United States is planning to try to curb North Korea?s missile and nuclear programmes. Pence said Moon acknowledged the effectiveness of sanctions in bringing North Korea to inter-Korean talks. ?President Moon reaffirmed to me his strong support of our extreme pressure campaign to continue to bring additional sanctions on North Korea,? Pence told reporters. He spoke after paying tribute at a memorial for 46 South Korean sailors killed in the sinking of a warship in 2010 that Seoul blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack. Pence arrived in South Korea on Thursday and spoke with Moon, both reiterating their commitment and cooperation to defuse tensions as North Korea pushes ahead with its weapons programmes in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. Kim Yong Nam, North Korea?s nominal head of state, landed in South Korea today along with leader Kim Jong Un?s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, aboard her brother?s private jet. Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, meets South Korea's Unification minister Cho Myoung-gyun in Incheon, South Korea Feb 9, 2018. Photo: Yonhap via Reuters1 The white aircraft had Democratic People?s Republic of Korea, North Korea?s official name, inscribed in black in Korean on its side, followed by the North Korean flag. Kim Yo Jong and her delegation were greeted by government officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon, before boarding a bullet train to Pyeongchang. A special train had been prepared just for the visitors, a Blue House pool report said. Smiling and seemingly unfazed by cameras flashing during the airport meeting, Kim Yo Jong wore a black coat, matching ankle boots and carried a black purse. Dozens of South Koreans at the airport tried to snap photos of her on their mobile phones. She is the first member of North Korea?s ruling family to visit the South, while Kim Yong Nam is the most senior North Korean official to make a cross-border trip. The pair will have lunch with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday, Moon?s office said. Riots and games Pence has kept open the possibility for some contact with the North Koreans in South Korea, while reiterating Washington?s insistence that denuclearisation by North Korea is a necessary condition for peace. Pence, Kim Yo Jong and other world leaders will attend the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea, later today. US Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before their meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, Blue House in Seoul, South Korea February 8, 2018. Photo: Reuters Hundreds of anti-North Korea protesters scuffled with riot police hours not far from the main stadium before the opening ceremony was due to begin. ?Moon regime is leading Korea to destruction? read one of the banners the protesters were holding up. Moon will hold a welcoming reception for his top guests before the Games open, a presidential official said, where Pence and Kim Yong Nam could sit at the same table with Moon. South Korea hopes the Olympics can demonstrate its efforts to defuse tensions and foster inter-Korean rapprochement, and athletes from the two Koreas will march together under one peninsula flag for the first time in more than a decade. Nearly 500 North Koreans have arrived in South Korea for the Olympics, which run through to February 25, including a cheering squad, art troupe and taekwondo demonstration team. However, the inter-Korean Olympics detente has raised concerns in Washington and Tokyo that Seoul may undermine the US-led campaign of global pressure to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes. Moon held a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, during which they discussed the North Korea standoff and the sensitive issue of ?comfort women?, a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan?s wartime brothels. In opening remarks provided by the Blue House, Abe said he wished to reaffirm close cooperation between Japan, South Korea and the United States in regards to North Korea. Abe said before leaving for the Olympics he wanted to convey to the world that that cooperation ?will not waver?.
  15. Watching Ajay Devgn as an officer clad in uniform is something we are all used to by now. And we have to give it to the man for playing such roles with extreme finesse. But you know what'd be more interesting? Seeing him as a hero WITHOUT the uniform and luckily for us, that's exactly what his upcoming film 'Raid' promises. © Twitter We got our first look at the film with the poster, which shows Ajay sitting among what looks like heaps of cash and gold. The poster also revealed Ajay's character- Amay Patnaik, Deputy Commisioner of Income Tax, Lucknow. Amay Patnaik, Deputy Commisioner of Income Tax, Lucknow takes charge today at 11:30 AM on the T-Series Official YouTube Chanel. #RaidTrailer@ajaydevgn @Ileana_Official @rajkumar_rkg @saurabhshukla_s @ItsAmitTrivedi @PanoramaMovies @writish @KumarMangat @AbhishekPathakk pic.twitter.com/bqtaxB0IJp — TSeries (@TSeries) February 6, 2018 Honestly, just that little description of his character was enough to have us hooked. And fortunately, we didn't have to wait much for the trailer because it's here today. The film is set in the city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. It is set in 1981 and is based on a famous and the longest Income Tax raid that took place in UP. © Panorma Studios Ajay as the fierce and badass Commissioner is spot on. So much so, that you'll thank the filmmakers for having chosen him to play the character. No one would have done it better than Ajay. © Panorma Studios Ileana is at her resplendent self and is the perfect wife to Ajay's character. The chemistry and love equation between them is beautiful and there is no doubt about the fact that Ileana plays these 1980-90's roles perfectly. © Panorma Studios And how can we not talk about the villain? Saurabh Shukla is giving a powerhouse performance and the confidence exuded by his character is just what was needed to match up to Devgn's toughness. © Panorma Studios Watch the trailer: The film is set for a release on March 16, 2018.
  16. Fans set off fireworks while celebrating the Philadelphia Superbowl LII victory over the New England Patriots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Eagles´ first Super Bowl victory set off rowdy celebrations in Philadelphia as people who poured into the streets set at least one fire and damaged property early on Monday, images on social media showed. Joyous football fans burst into jubilation in gatherings at bars and took their party into the streets, jumping up and down, setting off pyrotechnics and singing the fight song "Fly Eagles Fly." Some went further and ignited a fire in the middle of a street that firefighters soon extinguished. Other images showed a light pole tipping over and the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News website Philly.com reported smashed windows and toppled awnings. Police in riot gear and on bicycles formed lines to control crowds and push people back, social media images showed. Fans celebrate the Philadelphia Superbowl LII victory over the New England Patriots Some people broke a display window at a department store near City Hall, and looters broke into a convenience store, grabbing merchandise and screaming, "Everything is free," Philly.com reported. Nearly all the light poles on one side of City Hall were toppled, and a car outside a hotel was tipped on its side, Philly.com said. Philadelphia police and fire officials did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for information. The Eagles, coming into the game as underdogs, defeated the five-time National Football League champion New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis on Sunday. In Boston, local media reported somber Patriots fans spilling out of local bars and heading home in the cold winter drizzle as temperatures dipped into the 30s (Fahrenheit). Eagles stun Patriots to win maiden Super Bowl title Philadelphia Eagles upset New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl "We haven´t had a single incident, thank God," said a Boston police dispatcher. Over in Amherst, Ma., State and University of Massachusetts police had more trouble as about 2,000 people flooded the streets near UMass Amherst and began throwing objects, setting off smoke bombs, fireworks and starting fistfights. The Boston Globe reported a number of injuries and that at least six people were arrested as police used pepper spray to disperse the angry fans.
  17. The country's biggest fashion extravaganza - Lakmé Fashion Week - just got over. This year, we witnessed a no-holds-barred, lavish display of flamboyance on the ramp along with the right mix of sophistication that kept us asking for more. The overall spread proved that men's fashion in India is finally ready to go to the next level. Here is a list of 9 showstoppers in their ultra stylish avatars. 1. Saif Ali Khan Royalty runs in his blood and he reminded us all about that. He walked the ramp in this stunning royal black ensemble for Shantanu and Nikhil. © Instagram 2. Karan Johar KJo gives a whole new meaning to '50 Shades of Grey' in this shimmering outfit by Falguni and Shane Peacock. © Instagram 3. Rahul Khanna Known for his impeccable taste and sophistication, Rahul Khanna lived up to his reputation by donning this elegant white minimalistic silhouette by Narendra Kumar Ahmed. © Instagram 4. Karan Singh Grover Karan Singh Grover embraced a conspicuously adventurous flair in this coral pastel number by Raamz and Chandrika, replete with an enormous feather. © Instagram 5. Kartik Aaryan Kartik Aaryan gave us a never before seen oriental silhouette with this layered pastel outfit by Amit Wadhwa. © Instagram 6. Riteish Deshmukh Riteish looked like a picture of sophistication in this rich navy ensemble by Shantanu and Nikhil. © Instagram 7. Shahid Kapoor Shahid Kapoor gave us all #GroomGoals in this stunning white sherwani/bandhgala hybrid by Anita Dongre. © Instagram 8. Saqib Saleem Saqib Saleem made us all want to try on a jumpsuit, courtesy this unusual grey number by Two Point Two Design And Styling House. © Instagram 9. Bhaichung Bhutia Bhaichung Bhutia looked dashing in this asymmetrical coordinated set in traditional Sikkimese weaves by Karma Sonam for the North East Mojo show. © Instagram
  18. Listen up, guys. This man that I am talking about right now is my role model and my hero. And I am sure most of you will agree with me after I tell you what he did. No matter which age group, demographics or part of the world you belong to, it's a universal rule that in every single group there is one friend who is an ultimate freeloader or borrower. In fact, most of you have gotten so used to him taking things and never returning it, that you have now lost hope in getting them back ever. But, when someone took something 'precious' from a certain Sushil Kumar, he decided to not let it pass just like that, and did something so unpredictable that the Internet is now cracking up at his creativity. Pexels Kumar, who is an assistant engineer (meter) in the electricity urban test division of Moradabad, had given a matchbox to his junior Mohit Pant a couple of days back. When Pant did not return the matchbox, Kumar went ahead and wrote an official letter to him. Mind you the letter had a stamp too. In fact, the letter was extremely well written and detailed and gave out everything in the subject line itself - "For not returning the matchbox borrowed on January 23”. We are not even close to joking when we say, that Kumar wrote a letter asking his junior to return the matchbox, while we can't even get our friends to return our favourite T-shirts, lighters or money that they took from us. Twitter It's not just the subject line, but also the content inside that hilariously explains his urgency to ask his junior to return the matchbox that had '19 matchsticks', and the absence of which caused 'unspeakable miseries'. Honestly, we are now curious to understand what those 'unspeakable miseries' are which were caused due to the absence of a matchbox. He wrote, “A matchbox which was kept in the office to light Mortein (mosquito coils) was borrowed by you at 8.40 pm on Tuesday, January 23. It had 19 matchsticks. But, as a matter of deep sorrow, even after a week, the matchbox has not been returned, causing unspeakable miseries to the staff, especially in evening." Asking him to return it within three days, he wrote, “You are directed to kindly ensure that the aforementioned matchbox is returned within three days of the receipt of this letter. Also, it should be ensured that no confrontational situation is born out of this dispute and mutual faith is restored among co-workers. In a situation contrary to one desired, you will solely be responsible for any official action." Pexels One should learn a lesson or two from Kumar on how nothing is too small or big and if one borrows something, then it's your job to ensure that the person returns it too. But as it turns out, it was actually a sample letter that Kumar wrote to teach a newly joined untrained computer operator. While looking for issues to write on, it struck him that his colleague hadn't returned a matchbox. Speaking to TOI, Kumar said, “"An untrained computer operator who recently joined our department had asked me to provide format for an official letter marked to our seniors. I was about to write a sample letter on some other issue when there was a sudden power cut. As I needed a matchbox to light the candle, it reminded me that my colleague Mohit Pant hadn't returned it to me. I wrote the sample letter on this, but didn't dispatch it. However, somebody from our office clicked a picture of the letter and posted it on social media.” As for Mohit, the person in question, he said, “I learnt about it on Friday evening when my colleagues started calling me up. I later received a copy of the letter on WhatsApp and contacted Kumar sir who explained to me the whole thing.” So what if it was a sample letter, this is by far one of the coolest tricks we have ever seen to get something back. And Internet being an ocean of quirk and creativity welcomed this idea with open arms and flooded social media with their hilarious reactions. I once had someone - a senior resident in my dental college - ask me to return his rubber band.https://t.co/VC8vjdr4GV — Jihadi Colin (@JihadiColin) February 4, 2018 Most Creative Guy in the Government. "Matchbox letter sets internet on fire" https://t.co/ppk09dD7WM via @TOICitiesNews — Kupamanduka (@Kupamanduka1) February 4, 2018 *Give me my 19 sticks back!!* This letter should go down in the history books of business communication as the epitome of writing standards. #Epic #Shit https://t.co/LZ3DtJL7dR via @TOICitiesNews — Smit Khurana (@SmitKhurana) February 4, 2018 Forget the matchbox, look at the handwriting. Am pretty sure he wrote the letter just to showcase that! — Milap Barmecha (@Milap_Barmecha) February 4, 2018 Matchbox letter sets internet on fire - Times of India https://t.co/ERGvG63nk4 - This is called as dedication, commitment, responsibility & accountability towards work & in dealing with public monies. Should be a nominee for Bharat Ratna award. @TimesNow @htTweets @ndtv @aajtak — S. Anoop Kumar (@s_anoopkumar) February 4, 2018
  19. CAIRO: Two more potential presidential election candidates in Egypt withdrew on Saturday, leaving the way clear for incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stand unopposed. Only Sisi, in power since 2014, has so far officially announced his candidacy in the election for which voting is set for March 26. Nominations for candidates remain open until Monday. Zamalek football club boss Mortada Mansour announced on Facebook on Saturday that he will not be a candidate, despite previously saying that he would. The head of the old liberal El-Wafd party, Sayed El-Badawi, also withdrew on Saturday and announced his backing for Sisi. On Wednesday, rights lawyer Khaled Ali, seen as the last real challenger to Sisi, stepped aside. The National Election Authority announced on January 8 that the deadline for applications would be January 29. Under Egyptian law, presidential hopefuls must collect endorsements from at least 20 lawmakers, or at least 25,000 registered voters, with a minimum of 1,000 signatures from each of at least 15 provinces. Since December, one by one, all of the president's likely challengers have either ruled themselves out of the race or been sentenced to time in prison. Sisi, who was elected president a year after heading the 2013 military ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday officially submitted his application to stand for a second four-year term. His regime is regularly accused by NGOs of human rights violations. But the government says its priorities are reforms to the economy and the fight against "terrorism", and accuses its detractors of seeking to harm Egypt´s interests.
  20. Nadal retired early in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match with Marin Cilic MELBOURNE: World number one Rafael Nadal faces three weeks out after being diagnosed with a torn inner hip muscle during his Australian Open quarter-final defeat, his management said Wednesday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion had a scan in a Melbourne hospital after he retired early in the fifth set of his match with Croatia´s Marin Cilic on Tuesday. "The MRI (scan) showed a grade one injury of his illiopsoas on his right leg," his management said in a statement. "He will be resting over the next days once back in Spain and will start with anti-inflammatory physiotherapy. "He will start his rehabilitation and pre-adaptation process to the tennis court in two weeks, starting progressively his training and practice." The Nadal team said the Spanish star was expected to be fully recovered in three weeks and could resume playing in Acapulco late next month. "Three weeks is the normal time to totally recover and he will resume his tennis schedule as planned, playing Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami," the statement said. Cilic reaches semi-finals after Nadal retires hurt Sixth seed Cilic will meet Briton Kyle Edmund for a place in the final The Spaniard was forced to withdraw when trailing Marin Cilic 0-2 in the fifth set and called on tour organisers to do more to halt injuries to top players. His comments followed the withdrawals of Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori before the tournament started and Novak Djokovic struggling ahead of his exit on Monday. "Somebody who is running the tour should think a little bit about what´s going on. Too many people are getting injured," Nadal said. "I don´t know if they think a little bit about the health of the players. I don´t know if we keep playing on these very hard surfaces what´s going to happen in the future with our lives." It was the second time Nadal had been forced to pull out with injury in Melbourne after calling it quits in the third set of his 2010 quarter-final against Andy Murray with a knee problem.
  21. All eyes will be on Hollywood Tuesday as the Oscars nominees are unveiled, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ahead by a nose in an awards season overshadowed by the industry´s war on sleaze. LOS ANGELES: All eyes will be on Hollywood Tuesday as the Oscars nominees are unveiled, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ahead by a nose in an awards season overshadowed by the industry´s war on sleaze. In a departure from previous years, there are very few clear frontrunners for the March 4 gala, making the major categories a genuine sprint to the finish line rather than the perfunctory coronation sometimes inflicted on viewers. The announcements are also being seen as an opportunity for the industry to support female filmmaking, with the #MeToo and Time´s Up campaigns against sexual misconduct and gender inequality a mainstay of the 2018 awards circuit. After 12 months of breakthrough movies by women about women -- led by directors such as Dee Rees, Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig -- the Oscars could also right the historic wrong of female filmmakers rarely getting acknowledged. "Whatever happens, the #MeToo movement will... play a big part in the event," predicted Tom Wood, a film writer for the millennial-skewing viral content portal Lad Bible. "Hollywood is still being rocked by allegations of historical sexual abuse from some huge names and they will be looking to grow the movement to empower victims to speak out against their abusers and raise awareness." Three Billboards The nominated movies, actors and filmmakers will be unveiled at a pre-dawn announcement, with industry watchers placing Three Billboards -- buoyed by strong showings at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards -- in pole position for best film. The movie, about a campaign for justice waged by "the Dirty Harry of grieving mothers" -- hat tip to Vanity Fair for a clever turn of phrase --, is also favourite to win the best actress (Frances McDormand) and supporting actor (Sam Rockwell). But the movie faces stiff competition from Gerwig´s coming-of-age tale Lady Bird and Guillermo del Toro´s fantasy romance The Shape of Water. In a year when the top awards could be relatively evenly spread, expect same-*** romance Call Me by Your Name, dark satire Get Out, tense war movie Dunkirk and Pentagon Papers thriller The Post all to be in the mix too. Tuesday´s nominations follow weekend awards ceremonies hosted by the guilds of both producers and actors -- ceremonies seen as bellwethers for the Academy Awards. The Shape of Water, a 1960s-set fairy tale about a mute government laboratory janitor falling in love with a merman-like creature, was deemed best movie by the Producers Guild and picked up best director for Del Toro at January´s Golden Globes. But the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) gave the victory for best cast -- deemed as encouraging a signifier for the best picture Oscar as the producers´ endorsement -- to Three Billboards. Sunday´s SAGs also rewarded Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya), as well as McDormand and Rockwell for Three Billboards, all of whom took home trophies from the Globes or the Critics' Choice Awards. Janney and Rockwell should expect strong competition in the Oscars supporting acting categories from Globes nominees Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) and Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird). 'A lot can happen' Oldman -- perhaps the only clear leader in the major categories -- has remained the firm lead actor frontrunner for weeks, while McDormand and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) face a photo finish in March. Tempting as it always is by late January to view the Oscars race as done and dusted, there are invariable twists in the final weeks as movies lose momentum or are tainted by scandal. Allegations, ranging from harassment to rape, have dogged Hollywood since October, leading to the downfall of numerous powerful figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor and Brett Ratner. Figures tainted by the scandal such as James Franco (The Disaster Artist) have seen their Oscars campaigns badly damaged or, in the case of Spacey -- who was expunged from All the Money in the World after filming was completed -- wiped out entirely. Meanwhile, stars attending the various Tinseltown ceremonies -- whether through defiant acceptance speeches at the podium or sober attire on the red carpet -- have been careful to send a message that Hollywood is no longer tolerating sleaze. Roughly 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- a more diverse bunch than the old white men´s club maligned in previous years -- stopped voting for nominees on January 12. "The point is, there´s a very long phase two still ahead, two weeks longer than usual due to the Winter Olympics," Variety magazine´s awards editor Kris Tapley wrote on Sunday. "A lot can happen. Final Oscar ballots are due in 37 days -- an eternity."
  22. It's been 17 years since the wonderful 'Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein' happened to us. The dewy innocence of Dia Mirza, the chiselled handsomeness of Madhavan and the one movie which made everyone notice Saif, was a delight with its simple storyline and even better songs. “Sach keh raha hai deewana” is still the go to song for most of us when we get kicked in the heart. The good news is that Madhavan and Saif Ali Khan are all set to reunite as co-stars on the big screen after a hiatus of 17 long years. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Saif and Madhavan will be seen in an Anand L Rai movie which will be directed by Navdeep Singh. The director had to choose between Anushka Sharma's production 'Kaneda' which will feature Arjun Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh, and this Saif-Madhavan movie, and he chose the latter. Deepak Dobriyal is also set to join the star cast and if rumours are to be believed then Zoya Hussain (from 'Mukkabaaz ' fame) will play the lead. ð A post shared by Zoya Hussain (@zyhssn) on Jan 5, 2018 at 7:18pm PST The super talented #deepakdobriyal with his wife #larabhalla yesterday at #kuchbheefealafaz a film by @iamonir special screening. A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jan 22, 2018 at 9:12pm PST Madhavan was last spotted in 'Breather', which is a thrilling web series and Saif was recently seen in 'Kalakaandi'. The upcoming movie is going to be a historical, period drama and given by the current history of movie bans, we just hope this one doesn't face the flak that 'Padmaavat' got. The movie is going to go on floors from the next month onwards and will be shot across Mumbai, Rajasthan and UP. It sounds like an exciting collaboration though!
  23. Maria Sharapova beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) to storm into third round MELBOURNE: Unseeded Maria Sharapova Thursday showed she is a serious contender for the Australian Open by swatting aside a 14th seed who had given her major trouble in the past. Sharapova, back in the top 50 after a 15-month doping ban, demonstrated all the shot-making that made her a five-time major winner as she destroyed gritty Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) on Rod Laver Arena. The Russian, who faces Angelique Kerber next in a mouth-watering clash of former Australian Open champions, warned she was still improving less than a year after her comeback last April. "She´s had success here," she said of Kerber, the 2016 title winner. "She´s had success playing out here in these conditions on these courts. I want to see where I am on that level." The Latvian had thwarted the Russian´s Grand Slam comeback in the last 16 of the US Open last year. In their next encounter in Beijing Sevastova was only denied after more than three gruelling hours in a titanic three-setter. On Thursday, it was a different story as Sharapova sped through a sizzling first set in just 23 minutes for the loss of only nine points. "I played really well at the net, finished the balls off with a swing volley or good volley," she said. "Something I´ve been working on, and definitely improved in the match today." Sevastova characteristically fought back in the second but the only time the 2008 Australian Open champion and crowd-favourite wobbled was when serving for the match. "She never really lets up," Sharapova said. "But I got through it. I did the job in two, and that´s not something I did, you know, towards the end of last year. "I think that´s an improvement." Dramatic demolition As temperatures soared towards 40 Celsius (104 Farenheit) on the hottest day of the tournament so far, it was a dramatic demolition. The Latvian, who reached back-to-back quarter-finals at the US Open in 2016 and 2017, briefly woke up to break the Sharapova serve for the first time early in the second set. The jolt to the Sharapova juggernaut was evident and she began to make unforced errors as service holds and breaks were exchanged. At 4-4 a backhand winner got Sharapova to break point and when a second screamer followed it was greeted by a double-fist pump from the Russian. But still Sevastova was not done and broke back again to force a tiebreak. Sharapova regathered and was not to be denied as she hit a scarcely believable forehand crosscourt winner on the run to get to 5-2 before closing out the match with a scream of joy, a fist pump and a huge smile. "I did my job in two sets against someone that´s been troubling in the past for me. I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory," said Sharapova. Sharapova, one of the highest earners in women´s sport, suffered a string of early defeats after her comeback but has been working her way back up the rankings since. She broke through to win the Tianjin Open in October -- her first title since 2015 -- and enjoyed a run to the semi-final in Shenzhen to start the year.
  24. Milind Sonam and Anita Komwar's love saga is a beautiful story to look at. Breaking down barriers, the duo has been with each other despite all the ups and downs, giving the rest of the country some serious relationship and fitness goals. So, when Milind fells in love once again, the news literally broke hundreds of hearts. Did you do your pushups today ? #Fitterin2018 #100BeforeYouSleep #Live2Inspire #FitnessStartsintheMind A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Jan 7, 2018 at 3:54am PST The 51-year old is enjoying every bit of this new phase in life, just like a giddy teenager. When the world found out about their relationship, they attracted various trolls. But when two people are head over heels in love, nothing matters. Milind and Ankita are going steady and judgmental people who can't stop looking for reasons to criticise them should definitely take some running lessons. 12k with @earthy_5 on beach road and up dolphin hill in Vizag ! #VizagGoingPINK on 7th #LadiesBeTHERE !!! A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Jan 4, 2018 at 8:54pm PST While there were speculations about the two getting hitched, we truly can't get over how they display their love and affection to the whole world without any hesitation. Love is a beautiful feeling and Milind proves that with every photo he shares of Anita. One glance at those snaps and you can see how happy and content he looks around her. Getting back to marriage, Milind finally went on record and talked about his wedding plans with his lady love. Recently, at the cover launch of Health & Nutrition magazine, Milind was asked about his plans to get married to Anita. Find your sunshine ! #BetterHabits4BetterLife #Fitterin2018 Make every choice count :) A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Jan 3, 2018 at 2:29am PST Without even thinking twice he said: “Marriage is always in the offering. Ankita and I have discussed marriage. There's no finalized date yet but we have discussed marriage. I'll be happy to get married to her. She is an amazing person. I often keep telling her how lucky she is to have a hot boyfriend like me.” How simple and lovely! Well, one can expect an official announcement soon.
  25. Will she? Will she not? This speculation about Vidya Balan playing India's first female Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has been creating a buzz in B-town for almost two years now. But finally we have an answer and we are already excited about the outcome. Vidya, who is critically known for playing powerful characters, has actually acquired the rights of Sagarika Ghose's book 'Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister'. And she will be seen playing the titular role. The confirmation came when Sagarika took to Twitter and announced the news saying, “Just signed the contract for movie rights for my book "Indira, India's Most Powerful PM" with @vidya_balan and @roykapurfilms! Utterly elated!! Look fwd to seeing INDIRA on screen! @juggernautbooks #IndiraTheMovie” Just signed the contract for movie rights for my book "Indira, India's Most Powerful PM" with @vidya_balan and @roykapurfilms! Utterly elated!! Look fwd to seeing INDIRA on screen! @juggernautbooks #IndiraTheMovie — Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 10, 2018 Now, that's some good news after all. The 'Tumhari Sulu' actress' fans have been waiting to hear this news for a very long time and this confirmation comes as a relief. It all started in 2015 when director Manish Gupta went to Vidya with this script, she was blown away and instantly loved the idea of playing India's Iron Lady. However, getting a green signal from the Congress office for Manish was a tedious task. © Twitter But there is nothing to worry about anymore. As per the rules, when a film is based on a book, you don't really need permission from the political party to make a film. So one thing is sure, this film isn't getting stalled because of political influence. In fact, one can even expect the official announcements to be made soon. In fact, Sagarika's book doesn't really portray Indira Gandhi in a bad light as it hardly deals with the controversial aspect of her tenure. It deals with different aspects of Indira's life; like her failed marriage, reasons behind the Emergency in 1975, her unsettled relationship with her son Sanjay Gandhi, and other political issues. That's the reason why Congress Minister P Chidambaram was the one who launched this book in the first place. © Twitter For many who are still wondering. Let us tell you, the fate of the film won't be like Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Indu Sarkar', which was brutally chopped before it was given a clearance certificate by the CBFC, nor would it hurt anyone's sentiments per se. So, let's get ready to see Vidya all decked in crisp cotton saris playing one of the most talked about and influential leaders of India who changed the whole political scenario of the nation.