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  1. You're never too cool to eat "bhutta" during the monsoon and there will come a time when you'll see it being roasted on the roadside, to which you'll instinctively roll your car window down and garishly yell at the vendor to have a freshly masala-d one sent to you. Should we put a spoke in your wheel though? Did you know that if you were driving the GAC Enverge, you'll probably be forced to skip the "bhutta" unless you decided to get out of the car and get it yourself-- it looks like you can't roll down the car windows in the Chinese automaker's ridiculous concept! How will you ever ash your cigarette outside the car, waiting for an epiphany wave to wash over you while listening to "Bittersweet Symphony". Welcome to the future, it looks bleak: boo fricken' hoo, no window roll downs for you! © AP It appears that the car windows have VR screens in-built for infotainment. Does that mean you'll probably not even see the "butta"? If you have the screens on? Probably. Bummer. Mind you, the car is a beauty queen with a shiny disposition and a body so rounded that Beyonce would suffer a bruised ego! The head and tail lamps are what could give the city lights at Madison Square, a run for their money. That's what will attract you to it, in the first place. Is giving up bhutta a small price to pay for this piece of art? Probably not. © AP Car windows aside, the car in itself may be a little "meh", even if in its concept stages. It's a crossover in a time of clear classifications-- either a sedan or an SUV for you, not many appreciate the middle. We love the dihedral doors and the snazzy air intakes but that's not enough to make it user compatible! © AP Now, look at the dash, for instance-- minimal, in a world where there is an information overload, and the acid green glow on it is definitely not its most charming feature. The dodgy looking rectangular steering is not enough to redeem the poorly done interiors, either. What about the powertrain? It's a current-arian, alright, an all-electric vehicle capable of doing nearly 600km on a full charge. But, the Chinese automakers threw in some fancy engineering by giving it a fast charge range of up to 385km in merely 10 minutes. That is something you could give up the "bhutta" for, if green energy is what you swear by. © AP Could you challenge someone to a quick straight line in the vehicle? Can't say, but we'll know in the latter half of 2019 because that's when the brand claims it will make its first deliveries. Ok GAC, we'll put the "bhutta" dilemma aside and wait for the Enverge production variant to make it worth the sacrifice (if we sacrifice it, that is) Just check out the reveal:
  2. Everybody wants a sneak peak into the life of billionaire entrepreneur and youth icon, Elon Musk. Don't you? He is presently managing SpaceX, SolarCity, Tesla, Neuralink, and The Boring Company. Talk about multi-tasking! Whether it is his dream of colonizing Mars or building one of the fastest cars in the world, Musk never seems to disappoint. Most of us know about his professional accomplishments and amazing companies he has built over the years, but barely anyone has seen what goes in his personal life. He often uses Twitter and Instagram for different purposes and occasions and that is exactly what gives us a glimpse into what goes on in his life. Here is a list of such moments of success, failure, happiness, childhood and family which he has shared on various social media platforms. 1. Elon Musk on his cousin's farm in Canada at age 17, wearing a hat on a hat, holding that sweet hammer. On my cousin's farm in Canada at age 17, wearing a hat on a hat. Check out my sweet hammer... A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on May 12, 2017 at 7:43pm PDT 2. Elon Musk being a part of the famous comedy show “The Big Bang Theory.” The Big Bang Theory. I love trains. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Oct 28, 2015 at 11:58pm PDT 3. Enjoying the bonfire, whiskey and music. Whiskey, fire, s'mores and JC Also, hotdog or not hotdog? A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Oct 26, 2017 at 2:29am PDT 4. Musk sharing the video of Falcon Heavy standing on the former Apollo 11 moon rocket launchpad. Falcon Heavy now vertical on the former Apollo 11 moon rocket launchpad. At 2500 tons of thrust, equal to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at full throttle, it will be the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two. Excitement on launch day guaranteed, one way or another. Hold-down test fire next week. Launch end of the month. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Jan 4, 2018 at 4:19pm PST 5. Musk with a SpaceX crew member Rick (((and Morty))) crew at SpaceX!! Nerd overload ... A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Oct 19, 2017 at 6:07pm PDT 6. Elon Musk with his then girlfriend, Amber Heard. Having moo moo at Moo Moo Gold Coast with @AmberHeard, @CreepyPuppet and @CowanFilms A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Apr 23, 2017 at 4:42pm PDT 7. Family time with his children Piggyback rides around the Opera House A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on May 29, 2017 at 10:23pm PDT 8. Elon Musk showing the newly built Tesla's 100MW battery in South Australia. South Australia A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Sep 29, 2017 at 6:24am PDT 9. Musk showing us the future of aviation. Travel to any point on the planet in 30 minutes flat! South Australia A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Sep 29, 2017 at 6:24am PDT 10. Elon Musk with his younger brother, Kimbal Musk Thanksgiving in the Rockies. Love my bro @KimbalMusk. Radishing t-shirt courtesy of his company, @thekitchen. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Nov 25, 2017 at 11:25am PST
  3. We have all heard about Jack Ma's incredible rags to riches story and how he conquered the internet market in China. The founder of the Alibaba Group is one of the world's most influential businessmen and philanthropists. He is known for expounding his philosophy of business, and is a leading innovation visionary. As of today, his total fortune adds up to $48.3bn. Do you know how much he earned as a school teacher in his early days? He would only make $12 a month at a local university. That's a huge leap, in terms of being successful. He was rejected from a dozen universities like Harvard and from American companies like KFC as well but he never stopped and always believed that one day ithings would change. Today, he is the CEO of one of the biggest internet companies in the world. That's his perseverance and life story right there. Here is a list of famous quotes by Jack Ma to help inspire you and take your business to the next level. 1. On ethics © MensXP 2. On teamwork © MensXP 3. On the right cause © MensXP 4. On perseverance © MensXP 5. On Motivation © MensXP 6. On Dreams © MensXP 7. On learning from others © MensXP 8. On doing business the right way © MensXP 9. On focus © MensXP 10. On competition © MensXP 11. On knowing yourself © MensXP 12. On money © MensXP
  4. Let's get a few things straight, no robot can ever replace our furry friends no matter how intelligent they are. Having said that, Sony showed off their awesome robot pet at CES 2018 again with the robotic dog “Aibo”. © Reuters According to Sony, “It forms an emotional bond with members of your household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion.” —umm, maybe?The robot itself moves along 22 axes and has actuators that are tiny in size to help make it move smoothly. The robotic dog's eyes are made up of two OLED panels which can display “emotions”. The robotic doing itself cannot last that long on a single charge and according to Sony, it can prance around for almost two full hours. The annoying bit about the robot is that it requires at least three hours to be fully charged. © Reuters According to Sony, Aibo can learn about its owners and what makes them happy; adjusting its behaviour in accordance with the data it gathers. The dog is also capable of seeking out owners on its own if it feels lonely. The digital dog uses deep learning technology and can also interact/analyse sounds/images. Aibo also uses cloud computing to learn about experiences from other Aibo dogs and owners. © Reuters Aibo works in sync with an app that can be used to download new tricks, access images taken from its eyes and also adjust settings. Sony will charge a subscription fee i.e. $26 per month for a minimum of three years. The subscription will give owners Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, cloud backup, and access to the app's features. The robotic dog costs about $1700 and will only be sold in Japan as of now as there aren't any plans yet to release it outside of Sony's homeland. If you want to see how the robot dog functions, we recommend you check out the video below:
  5. Arguably one of the most popular and iconic cricketer in the modern era of the sport, Virat Kohli once again gave his fans a lot to cheer for after a sensational run in 2017. Tearing his opponents apart, the right-handed batsman amassed 2,818 runs last year - the third-highest tally ever recorded in a calendar year. Only Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara with 2,868 runs in 2014 and Australia's Ricky Ponting with 2,833 runs in 2005 have scored more runs than the Indian captain in a single year. Following an unforgettable year, Kohli faced a daunting task to continue his fine run in the overseas conditions against the likes of South Africa in a gruelling tour. © Reuters But, the fans were somewhat convinced that their pragmatic leader will come good yet again. However, what eventually unfolded in the first Test in Cape Town, didn't just have Team India on the backfoot, but also left the fans disappointed. After a decent bowling performance by the Indian side, the star-studded batting line-up of the no. 1 Test side fell like a pack of cards. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma failed miserably against the fiery bowling attack bolstered by Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Kangiso Rabada and Morne Morkel. © AP Even the all-mighty Kohli couldn't negate the seam bowling prowess of South Africa as his stay at the crease was cut short by Morkel at a lowly-score of just five runs. Barring Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the dismal show of the Indian batsmen left India reeling, and Kohli's wicket was a big nail in the coffin for the Indian batting line-up. It was only a matter of time before Indian fans expressed their disappointment and began criticising the Delhi lad on the social media. There were a bunch of fans who even made Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma the scapegoat for her husband's forgetful outing. But, there was one fan in particular who arguably took it too far. Devastated by his favourite cricketer's performance in the first innings, a Kohli fan got so upset that he attempted self-immolation by pouring kerosene on his body before setting himself on fire. The man has been identified as Babubal Bairva - a resident of Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh. [UNSEEN VIDEO]: @imVkohli with teammates leaving for hotel as the 3rd day of 1st test is called off due to rain! #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/BNf3muVLq2 — Virat Kohli Fan Club (@TeamVirat) January 8, 2018 The 65-year-old was immediately rushed to a local hospital after his family and neighbours heard his cries before rushing in to douse the fire. The retired railway employee suffered injuries on his head, hands and face. But, thanks to the immediate medical care, he is now in a stable condition. "The man in his statement accepted that he was too upset with the dismissal of Virat Kohli and set himself ablaze. During the probe, we found no other reason which could have driven Bairva to this extreme step," News18 quoted the Do Batti police station Assistant Sub-Inspector PS Alawa as saying. Surprisingly, this isn't the first time when a fan had gone to such extremes. Last year, following India's heart-breaking defeat against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final, Bidyut - an ardent Indian cricket fan in Bangladesh - committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.
  6. The South Korean electronics giant LG, announced on Sunday that its new 88-inch 8K TV will be at its CES 2018 booth on the show floor. The eye-blowing 8K resolution, at 7,680x4,320 pixels, is four times that of 4K, and 16 times more than the standard full-HD, 1,080x1,920-pixel resolution. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas, but you don't have to wait until then to see what LG has up its sleeve. Previously, the largest OLED screen size was 77 inches, and it came in 4K only priced at $22,000. While this combination is currently offered by the likes of LG Electronics, Sony and Panasonic, they all source their large OLED panels from LG Display. © LG Display LG recently got an approval from the South Korean trade ministry to build a new organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel production facility in China. The company earlier announced that it will invest in large-sized OLED production in Guangzhou, China. “The successful development of the world's first 8K OLED display is a milestone for the 8K era and underscores the exciting potential of OLED,” LG Display CTO In-Byung Kang said in a statement. “OLED is clearly a next-generation technology leader and for this reason, LG Display is accelerating its research and development into OLED so that we can provide differentiated products to customers and markets.” © Samsung QLED Curved TV, Picture by Samsung Meanwhile, Samsung shifted from OLED to QLED panels last year, making LG Display the only large-sized OLED display maker in the game. At CES 2017, Samsung unveiled three QLED TVs - the Q9, Q8 and Q7. The company has claimed that its QLED TVs are better than OLED TVs. “The 8K OLED displays can also maintain their slimmer design, as the self-emissive OLEDs do not need backlight units. LCDs with 8K resolution, however, inevitably get heavier and thicker because backlight units need to be placed directly behind the panels to achieve the same level of brightness and picture quality as 4K products,” LG Display noted in a press release. You can still expect to see a few 8K screens on display at CES 2018 next week, however, and this new 88-inch panel from LG Display will be the cream of the crop.
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  8. Lorde WELLINGTON: Israel?s ambassador to New Zealand on Wednesday appealed to the pop star Lorde to meet him after she cancelled a show in Tel Aviv after appeals from activists for her to shun Israel as a protest against its treatment of Palestinians. Itzhak Gerberg, Israel?s ambassador to New Zealand, said in a public letter it was ?regrettable? that the concert had been called off and the boycott of his country represented ?hostility and intolerance?. ?I invite you to meet me in person to discuss Israel, its achievements and its role as the only democracy in the Middle East,? Gerberg said on the Embassy of Israel?s Facebook page. Lorde?s representatives did not immediately respond to request for comment on her response or whether she planned to meet the ambassador. The 21-year-old New Zealand singer had been slated to perform in Tel Aviv in June as part of a global tour to promote her chart-topping second album ?Melodrama?. Campaigners have been urging her to scrap the show, calling in an open letter on Dec. 21 for her to pull out as part of a boycott to oppose Israel?s occupation of the Palestinian territories. ?Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation,? campaigners Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, wrote on news website The Spinoff. ?We believe that an economic, intellectual and artistic boycott is an effective way of speaking out,? they said. Lorde said on Twitter at the time she was speaking with ?many people about this and considering all options?. Eran Arielli, the promoter of the concert, said on Facebook on Sunday that the show was off. ?The truth is I was naive to think that an artist of her age would be able to absorb the pressure involved in coming to Israel,? he wrote in Hebrew. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was launched in 2005 as a non-violent campaign to press Israel to heed international law and end its occupation of territory Palestinians seek for a state. Artists who have boycotted Israel include Pink Floyd?s Roger Waters and Elvis Costello. Other major stars, such as Elton John, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, the Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber and Rihanna have performed in recent years in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?s right-wing government has long campaigned against the BDS movement, describing it as anti-Semitic and an attempt to erase Israel?s legitimacy.
  9. JERUSALEM: New Zealand singer Lorde has cancelled a planned show in Israel after facing pressure from supporters of a boycott of the Jewish state over its occupation of Palestinian territory. The 21-year-old, who enjoyed phenomenal success while still a teenager, announced last week a Tel Aviv performance in June as part of a tour. After criticism from international and New Zealand activists, Lorde announced on Sunday she was cancelling the performance in Israel. "I´ve received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show," Lorde wrote in a statement distributed by Naranjah, the Israeli promoters of her Tel Aviv show. "I´m not too proud to admit I didn´t make the right call on this one," she said of the initial decision to perform in Israel. "I´m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance." In a statement to AFP, Naranjah said: "We forgive Lorde and wish her a successful tour in Russia and the US." The movement behind the pressure on Lorde is known as BDS -- Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions -- and says it is inspired by the campaign that targeted South Africa´s apartheid regime and is seeking an end to Israel´s occupation of the West Bank. In July, BDS activists failed to get Radiohead to call off its show in Tel Aviv despite heavy pressure from artists such as Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and director Ken Loach. Israel sees BDS as a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism -- a claim activists firmly deny, calling it an attempt to discredit them. A few politically active musicians have called off shows in Israel over the past years, including Lauryn Hill and Elvis Costello.
  10. Kid Rock inducts rock band Cheap Trick at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, US, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files The company that owns the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which for years had dubbed itself the ?Greatest Show on Earth,? filed a lawsuit accusing singer Kid Rock of using the slogan unlawfully. Feld Entertainment, the production company that owns the longtime circus show and associated intellectual property, said in a lawsuit filed Friday that singer Robert Ritchie, known professionally as Kid Rock, and Live Nation Entertainment were infringing the circus? ?celebrated and valuable? trademark by using the slogan on the singer?s upcoming U.S. concert tour without permission. The company, in the lawsuit filed on Friday in U.S. district court in Tampa, charged trademark dilution and infringement, unfair competition, injury to business reputation and unjust enrichment. ?We have authorized licensees for Ringling Bros. and The Greatest Show On Earth, but Kid Rock is not one of them,? Feld general counsel Lisa Joiner said in a Friday statement. Among Feld?s licensees are restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, telecommunications provider MetroPCS [METRRW.UL] and nonprofit Easterseals, according to the lawsuit. Representatives for Kid Rock and Live Nation did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday. The company said it had contacted Kid Rock and Live Nation repeatedly to ask that they stop using the slogan but was ignored. The lawsuit asked the court to stop the unauthorized usage of the slogan in connection with Kid Rock?s tour and merchandise, and award Feld profits derived from the slogan?s use and triple unspecified damages. In May, Feld Entertainment ended its storied Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus show in New York after nearly 150 years of showcasing animals, clowns and acrobats to millions. The finale came a year after the company bowed to pressure from animal rights activists and agreed to stop using elephants as its featured attraction in its performances, which it said affected ticket sales amid high operating costs. Feld earned more than $50 million annually in the last five years from goods and services sold under the trademark, according to the lawsuit. Kid Rock, who also included the concert slogan on his Twitter profile, will kick off his 2018 nationwide tour on Dec. 31 in Kansas City, Missouri, according to his website.
  11. Malala Yousafzai seen leaving the set of David Letterman's new show - Photo: TMZ Pakistan?s Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai will be appearing on David Letterman?s new television show. Malala was spotted by celebrity news website TMZ leaving the set of Letterman?s show. She was asked how the show went, to which she replied: ?It was great.? David Letterman/File photo Malala is expected to be the second guest on the show, with reports stating that the first guest will be former US President Barack Obama. David Letterman?s new show will entail six hour-long episodes and will air on Netflix from May 2018. Malala in 2014 became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner and is an advocate of girls' education. In the past, she has appeared on several US TV shows including The Daily Show with John Stewart and Ellen.
  12. French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia will be honoured by London's Design Museum with a major exhibition next year following his death on November 18 at the age of 77. "Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier" will run from May 10 to October 7, showcasing more than 60 pieces personally selected by the iconic designer. "Azzedine Alaia was recognised throughout his life as a master couturier who expressed the timeless beauty of the female form in the most refined degree of haute couture," the museum said. "The Design Museum will now present this unique exhibition planned by Alaia himself, exploring his passion and energy for fashion as he himself intended it to be seen." Alaia was born to a farming family in Tunisia in 1940 and studied sculpture at the fine arts school in Tunis before working at a modest neighbourhood dressmaker's shop. He rose to fame in the 1980s, refusing to march to the beat of international fashion weeks and instead releasing his collections in his own time, with scant concern for publicity. He became known as the King of Cling for his form-fitting gowns. "I like women," he told AFP in a 2013 interview. "I never think about doing new things, about being creative, but about making clothing that will make women beautiful."
  13. A photographer looks at the sky at night to see the annual Geminid meteor shower. Photo: AFP PARIS: A thin, waning moon should allow for uninterrupted views Wednesday night of the annual Geminid shooting star show, set to be "spectacular" this year, astronomers say. At its height, the meteor shower should yield a shooting star every minute, offering plenty of opportunity for wish-making, they said. Peaking on Wednesday night, it will be "particularly rich in bright meteors, or fireballs," the Irish Astronomical Association (IAA) said. "There will be no moonlight to interfere so observing prospects this year are very good." Meteors, or shooting stars, are produced when small particles from space enter the Earth?s atmosphere at high speed, burn up, and streak across the sky. The Geminid particles, so called because they appear from an Earthly perspective to be streaming out of the Gemini constellation, actually come from a mysterious space rock, about five kilometres (three miles) in diameter, called Phaethon. "Phaethon?s nature is debated," said Bill Cooke of NASA?s Meteoroid Environment Office. "It?s either a near-Earth asteroid or an extinct comet, sometimes called a rock comet." Some astronomers say there may be more meteors this year because of Phaethon?s close approach to Earth. Three days after the shower, it will shave past at a distance of about 6.4 million miles (10.3 million kilometres), or 26 times the distance of Earth to the moon. Given its size and proximity, Phaethon is classified a "Potential Hazardous Asteroid ? not the closest to Earth but "quite close for such a big one!" according to the IAA. "Although there?s no risk of a collision this time, it could potentially come much closer in future, which is why astronomers around the globe will be studying it closely this time." An impact from a body of that size would be "catastrophic", causing tens or hundreds of millions of deaths, the IAA said. In the meantime, though, Phaethon provides a yearly, December meteor fix. The show can be observed from anywhere on Earth where the sky is clear and dark, though it is best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere. "You?ll need to be well away from cities and towns to escape the light pollution," the IAA said. "You don?t even need binoculars, just your own eyes. If coming out from a bright room, wait at least 10 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark outside."
  14. Arguably one of the most popular and iconic athletes in India, it's needless to say, everything Virat Kohli does, ends up making headlines. Whether he is on the field breaking records or off it being a normal guy, the Indian captain is always in the spotlight for his exploits. The past few days have turned out pretty much the same for Kohli. The Delhi lad, under much hype, tied the nuptial knot with his long-time girlfriend and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy. Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. pic.twitter.com/aobTUwMNAK — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 11, 2017 Ending months of speculation, both Virat and Anushka took to their Twitter handles to confirm the reports of their wedding with a heartfelt message and wedding pictures. Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. pic.twitter.com/Scobdiqk7l — Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) December 11, 2017 "Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey," Virat and Anushka said, in a joint statement. As soon as the newly-wed couple confirmed the news, wishes poured in from every corner of the country including Kohli's teammates and Anushka's colleagues in Bollywood. While some expressed their happiness on the special day for the couple, others wished them a happy married life. Congratulations you two! @imVkohli , I'll share the husband handbook with you. @AnushkaSharma , keep the surname ð — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 12, 2017 However, amid all the wishes, Kohli's teammates and dear friend Rohit Sharma didn't just wish the couple, but also came up with a special advice for Kohli's bride Anushka. Rohit, who is leading Team India against Sri Lanka in Kohli's absence, took to Twitter and wrote: "Congratulations you two! @imVkohli , I'll share the husband handbook with you. @AnushkaSharma, keep the surname". There hasn't been a reply from Virat or Anushka on Rohit's tweet yet, but we expect the couple to share a few laughs with the Mumbai batsman when they host a special function for cricketers and Bollywood celebrities in Mumbai on 26 December. There will also be a formal reception for close friends and families in New Delhi on 21 December.
  15. It's been over four years since one of India's most destructive batsmen, Virender Sehwag, bowed out of international cricket. But after hammering opposition bowlers all around the park, the former Indian opener seems to have found a new pitch as he continues to enthral his fans with his ever-entertaining wit off the field. From unique birthday wishes or hilarious comparisons, Sehwag has continued to get the better of the opposition with a potent mix of fun, puns, sarcasm and also, what is now being labelled as, just simple 'Sehwagasm'. On 12 December, the so-called Sehwagasm once again reigned supreme on social media after the former Indian opener tweeted his birthday wishes to fellow countryman Yuvraj Singh, who is celebrating his 36th birthday today. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T W X Y Z , you will find in plenty. But UV is only one rare one. Happy Birthday dear friend @YUVSTRONG12 . May your fight continue to inspire many. pic.twitter.com/hV06ByVZBW — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 12, 2017 Taking to Twitter, Sehwag tweeted: "A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T W X Y Z, you will find in plenty. But UV is only one rare one. Happy Birthday dear friend @YUVSTRONG12. May your fight continue to inspire many". While Sehwag got full marks for being innovative, other Indian stars highlighted Yuvi's fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude. Happy birthday to my big brother @YUVSTRONG12 ...hope you a great year ahead! Cheersð¤ð¤ðððð pic.twitter.com/N6x20WMI4D — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 12, 2017 Many many happy returns of the day paji ðð @YUVSTRONG12 @circleofcricket @ICC pic.twitter.com/vizLSumjai — Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) December 12, 2017 To someone who has taught us to keep fighting always. You've made us all proud at various stages with your powerful performances. Wishing you a very happy birthday @YUVSTRONG12 May God bless you.âï¸ððª pic.twitter.com/yngSHrJc5e — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) December 12, 2017 Happy Birthday @YUVSTRONG12 . You have been an inspiration with your will-power and never say die attitude. May you remain blessed. pic.twitter.com/wYPnhB1do6 — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 12, 2017 Happy Birthday to an inseparable part of my life. Wish you nothing but the very best in everything @YUVSTRONG12 . May you have a great year ahead. pic.twitter.com/P32Wy0VdWh — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 12, 2017 Happy Birthday Yuvi paa. Wishing you a great year ahead with lots of success and happiness. Take care and see you soon. @YUVSTRONG12 ð — Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) December 12, 2017 @YUVSTRONG12 happy birthday young man ... — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 12, 2017 Happy birthday paaji @YUVSTRONG12 may you continue to inspire us forever! Lucky to have played and learned from u ðð¼Baba ji hamesha khush Te chardi kalaa ch Rakhan #legend #inspiration #hathð pic.twitter.com/gopCr0kbeN — Mandeep Singh (@mandeeps12) December 12, 2017
  16. If one was to explain a larger than life experience in one word, the first thing that will come to our minds is Bollywood. Nothing, I repeat nothing can beat Bollywood movies, when it comes to masala, big fat weddings or parties. But, actress Rani Mukherji proved us wrong by hosting this lavish and grand (please add a couple of extra 'A's in your mind) party, which looked like a scene from a big-budget film, sans the script. While we were still recuperating from the glitz and glamour at Shah Rukh Khan's Alibaug birthday party, Bollywood was all geared up to have a gala time at Rani Mukherji's daughter Adira's birthday as she turned two this year. And we were not exaggerating when we said that it was a grand party, the guests vouch for the same. Shilpa Shetty, posted a picture from the birthday on her Instagram and captioned it, “Adira's birthday party was like the premier of a magnum opus. Well done, Rani Mukherji.” #AdirasBirthdayparty was like the premier of a magnum opusð¬ðHa ha Well done #Rani happiest birthday to your dollðð#gettogether #friends #fun #celebration #picoftheseason A post shared by Shilpa Shetty Kundra (@theshilpashetty) on Dec 9, 2017 at 8:01am PST The line-up of guests was pretty impressive and these pictures are proof that Bollywood sure knows how to party, be it on-screen or in real life. The party was reportedly hosted by Rani and Aditya Chopra at the Yash Raj Studios on Saturday evening. From Shah Rukh Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan to Karan Johar, everyone attended the birthday with their kids and instantly gave us a rush nostalgia of how we used to celebrate birthdays as kids. Our parents too used to accompany us at our friend's birthday bash and interact with other parents while we stuffed our mouths with whatever cake was left on the table. Well, this 'parents' meet' was surely something and this picture of Kareena's kid Taimur hanging out with Karan Johar's kids Yash and Roohi, and making new friends, is possibly the cutest take-away from the party. And a new friendship begins....#yash #roohi #taimur A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 9, 2017 at 6:17am PST Karishma Kapoor too posted pictures from the birthday party on Instagram and thanked Rani for “a lovely evening.” Taimur chilling ð #birthdaypartyðððâ¤ï¸ Thank you rani for a lovely evening ! #beautifulmoments#birthday#friends#family#fun ð¸ #photocredit @theshilpashetty A post shared by KK (@therealkarismakapoor) on Dec 9, 2017 at 6:53am PST #birthdaypartymodeð well done rani ! ð#funwithourkidsâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸âð¼#momsquad A post shared by KK (@therealkarismakapoor) on Dec 9, 2017 at 8:45am PST Other guests in attendance were Sridevi, Alia Bhatt, Rekha, Raveena Tandon, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shweta Bachchan, Shamita Shetty, Tusshar Kapoor, who came with his son Lakkshya. Shah Rukh Khan attended the party with his son AbRam. Daddy love ð @iamsrk with #abramkhan A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Dec 9, 2017 at 5:47am PST And while we can go on and on with the guest list, let's look at these pictures from what can be touted as the grandest party of this year. Taimur and Yash!!!!! A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Dec 9, 2017 at 8:46am PST Landed in time for my baby's baby ka happy birthday ðððð#happpiestbirthdayyð»ð° my dear #adira! I love birthday parties! Fab host Rani! A post shared by Raveena Tandon (@officialraveenatandon) on Dec 9, 2017 at 10:47am PST New HQ : KING KHAN @iamsrk At #RaniMukherjee Daughter #Adira Birthday Bash . #srk #shahrukh #shahrukhkhan #kingkhan #bollywood #badshah #king #dwarf #mannat #kkkg #gauri #gaurikhan #AbRam #abramkhan A post shared by Deepak Srkian (@deepaksrkian) on Dec 9, 2017 at 8:33am PST These pictures are breaking the internet #yash #roohi #taimur at #ranimukherjee's daughter #adira's birthday bash @karanjohar's kids and @therealkareenakapoor' s son together are looking cutest A post shared by VANRAJ fashion DiArieS (@vanrajfashiondiaries) on Dec 9, 2017 at 7:02pm PST Bappi Lahiri's grandson, Swastik bansal too attended the party (but without any gold). #bappilahiri grandson #swastikbansal at baby #adirachopra bday bash A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Dec 9, 2017 at 10:11am PST
  17. Pop legend Michael Jackson's "huge impact" on contemporary art will be explored in a new exhibition in Paris and London next year. The "groundbreaking" show claims it will tell the "untold story" of how the king of pop became "one of the most influential figures in art of the last half century", inspiring artists from Andy Warhol to David LaChapelle and Grayson Perry. Works featuring Jackson by some 40 artists including Gary Hume, Maggi Hambling, Catherine Opie and Yan Pei Ming will be brought together for the first time in "Michael Jackson: On the Wall" at the National Portrait Gallery in London in June, before the show travels to the Grand Palais in Paris in November. Jackson is credited with helping turn the music video into an art form, and of popularising the robot and moonwalk dance moves. Curator Dr Nicholas Cullinan, who runs the London gallery, said the show takes "an entirely new and quite radical approach by exploring the cultural impact of a unique figure through contemporary art." Jackson was trying to revive his waning controversy-dogged career when he died aged 50 in 2009 from an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol on the eve of a comeback tour. By then he had sold more than 184 million records and CDs, with his 1982 album "Thriller" still the biggest seller of all time. Cullinan said the exhibition "breaks new ground in its subject matter" and in the range and origin of the artists involved, all fascinated by "what Jackson represented and what he invented". "It is rare that there is something new to say about someone so famous, but here that is the case," Cullinan added.
  18. TV host Seth Meyers arrives for the 40th Anniversary Saturday Night Live (SNL) broadcast in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files LOS ANGELES: Late night talk show host Seth Meyers will host the 2018 Golden Globe movie and television awards ceremony in January, organizers said on Monday. It will be the first Golden Globes hosting gig for Myers, 43, whose Late Night with Seth Meyers airs on NBC. The Golden Globes ceremony ? an informal and boozy dinner attended by hundreds of A-list stars ? is one of the biggest in the Hollywood awards season that culminates with the Oscars in March. The 2018 ceremony will take place on January 7 in Beverly Hills and will be broadcast live on NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ? which votes on the awards ? said in a statement. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement that Meyers ?will be taking a closer look at this year?s best movies and television with his unique brand of wit, intelligence, and mischievous humour?. Meyers began his television career on satirical sketch show Saturday Night Live in 2001 and was a cast member for 13 seasons, serving as head writer for nine seasons. As Golden Globes host, he follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Fallon, British comedian Ricky Gervais, and comedy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
  19. The most-anticipated Fashion Show of the year is back and it's bigger and better! C'mon guys, don't pretend like you aren't excited. You have to admit that the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is every man's favourite guilty pleasure and this year, we cannot wait to see the supermodels who walked the ramp. This year it was hosted in Shanghai, and the preparation for the mega event were way too extravagant. From the Angels' fitness regimes, dazzling performers to the Mouawad-designed Fantasy Bra, everything was just bang on! Sponsored by OPPO, the Selfie Expert, all the supermodels (including Lily Aldridge and Candice Swanepoel who are international brand ambassadors for OPPO) were given freebies including the new OPPO F5 6GB phones and oh boy, these Victoria's Secret Angels did a marvelous job of clicking a bunch of pout-selfies and group pictures before they hit the runway. Check out these behind-the-scenes clicks before you catch the Fashion Show on TV. 1. Lemaka Fox Giving That Seductive 'Come To Me' Look 2. Karlie Kloss Peacing Out While Getting Her Blondes Straightened Up 3. And The Cutie Bruno Padilla Joining Her With Her Rollers On 4. Leila Nda and Megan Williams Pouting Their Heart Out In Unison 5. Bella Hadid Setting Up Her Hair For The Ramp With A Dozen Hair Stylists Around 6. Megan Williams Striking That Enticing 'Off-To-Bed' Pose 7. Lily Aldridge Clicking An Outdoor Selfie While Everybody Is Busy Doing Their Make-Up 8. And The Whole Brigade Of Victoria's Secrets Angel Teaming Up For Group Pictures 9. Here's The Sexiest Wide-Angled Group Photo Clicked On Stage With The Angels In Leather Bombers Ahem! No need to say it, but these genetically-blessed Angels are just too hot to handle (even in the pictures). Especially with the new fashionable OPPO F5 6GB, which #CapturesTheRealYou with its AI beauty technology, their level of hotness is at least a few degrees higher! Apart from this, the phone also has a stylish and fashionable red color and powerful 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM storage for smooth and fast user experience. Already dreaming about the Victoria's Secret Angels clicking a selfie with you, aren't you? OPPO F5 6GB
  20. Christmas came early, and in the best or worst way possible – it's all about how you want to look at it. Vladimir Putin's 2018 calendar is here and it's packed with photos of him doing manly stuff because he's a manly man and no one can doubt his manliness. He's the leader of the largest nation in the world, and the Russian President has no shortage of admirers. Obviously, there will be plenty of people in awe of Putin's action-packed, testosterone fuelled lifestyle, and for them this calendar would be perfect, and quite inspirational. © BCCL It will provide you with all the motivation you need in the world and honestly the best part of the calendar is the cover, which features Putin snuggling up close to a leopard kitten. So cozy, and both of these fearless creatures have the exact same pose. But, that's just the beginning; the calendar showcases many sides of Putin, with him doing every 'manly' thing he could think of – from hunting shirtless, to riding a Harley Davidson motorbike to cuddling a kitten. © BCCL There so many more 'macho' moments, like Putin laughing while completely decked out in an ice hockey uniform, or throwing an opponent to the floor on the judo mat. It's very obviously highlighted that he is quite a busy man. Out of all of the pictures inside the calendar, the best one has to be the July one, which shows Putin trekking topless through shrub land while carrying a massive rifle. Is it as Russian as it gets? Well, it perfectly shows how every single person should spend their summers. © BCCL In August, there's quite a change in the setting. It shows Putin on a boat in an all-white ensemble, admiring a fish which he looks to have just caught. And, then for March, Putin is taking down some poor guy with an expert-looking judo slam. He's such a badass! But, with some pictures, he highlighted the politician in him, and had some serious looking pictures of him standing looking very stately, and one of delivering a speech as well. © BCCL The calendar is currently available of eBay, and honestly it's stealing, because it's not just a calendar, but will also work as motivational posters. What a deal! According to eBay, there are 6,000 copies of this wall calendar for sale with the seller calling it 'highly collectable' and a 'great gift'. I can't figure out if they're being serious or not. © BCCL So, if you know someone who loves Vladimir Putin, you know what to get them for Christmas.
  21. Humaima Malik celebrated her birthday on Monday with a number of her fellow TV stars and artists attending the event. The actor, who has done some very praiseworthy roles in both TV drama and films, shared pictures on Instagram showing her clad in what looked like a plain yet trendy long denim gown. Fawad Khan, Adnan Siddiqui, Farhan Saeed and Imran Abbas also joined in the celebrations. But it was the birthday cake which seized the day! Though it looked more like a wedding cake, it was beautiful nonetheless. A three-layer cake with golden-coloured frosting is all one needs for one's birthday, indeed!
  22. Models Alecia Morais (L), Maggie Lane (C) and Xiao Wen get ready backstage before the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song SHANGHAI: Victoria?s Secret?s glitzy annual fashion show hit the stage in China for the first time on Monday, though without several of its ?Angels? and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. At a packed Shanghai stadium, British singer Harry Styles opened a 45-minute show of singers, dancers, and lighting theatrics ? along with a line-up of models sporting the brand?s flamboyant and racy products. Model Devon Windsor presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song The run-up to the show, however, was dominated by Hadid?s withdrawal and reports about visas being denied over political sensitivities ? a headache for the brand as it looks to grow in China. Perry and Hadid have both drawn criticism in China. At a 2015 concert, Perry appeared to show support for Taiwan, a self-governed island that China considers a wayward province yet an integral part of its territory. Model Vanessa Moody presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song1 The issue has underscored a dilemma for global brands, sports franchises, moviemakers, and performers looking to tap China?s big-spending consumers while keeping on the right side of often stringent rules about content and behaviour. ?Brands have to be much more aware of politically or morally sensitive topics here,? Ben Cavender ? a Shanghai-based principal at China Market Research Group ? said, adding the lure of the market meant most people would nevertheless take risks. Model Megan Williams presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song ?It?s a very different political environment than their home markets and we?re at a time when China is on a drive to clean up behaviour and push a sort of moral code.? China has long kept tight control of performers it allows into the country. Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bjork, and Bon Jovi are all banned over perceived bad behaviour or for broaching sensitive topics like Tibet or Taiwan. 'Payback' Model Adriana Lima presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song1 Under President Xi Jinping, a push to reinforce socialist ?core values? in cultural products from video games to music shows has also meant firms like game developer NetEase Inc and the producers of the Grammy Awards have had to clean up their offerings. Hadid tweeted last week that she was no longer attending Monday?s show. That followed a video posted online of her squinting her eyes while holding a small Buddha statue, which went down badly in China. Model Maria Borges presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song US media reports said Perry was denied a visa due to her support for Taiwan. At her 2015 show, she draped a flag of the democratic island around her shoulders. The Global Times ? an influential state-run Chinese tabloid ? wrote in an editorial ahead of the show that it was ?logical? the two had been denied visas due to their past actions. Model Lais Ribeiro presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song ?Payback was unavoidable,? it said. ?Those who are serious about developing careers in the Chinese market can draw lessons from this case and learn to abide by the rules in China.? Victoria?s Secret did not respond to requests for comment. Asked whether or why Hadid and Perry had been banned from coming to China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he did not know the details of the situation, but that China welcomed foreigners for ?normal? business, tourism, and cultural activities and issues visas to those who meet its conditions. Model Alessandra Ambrosio presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song ?But, at the same time, I want to say that like all other countries, China as a sovereign state has the right to decide itself in accordance with its laws and policies whether or not to issue papers to foreign citizens,? Lu added. Reuters could not reach Hadid for comment. Perry did not respond to a request for comment. After-party? The show ? held in Paris last year ? blends fashion, fantasy, and entertainment, and has featured scores of supermodels, celebrities, and musicians since its inception in 1996. Model Martha Hunt presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song1 Its China outing could help Victoria?s Secret tap a domestic women?s market forecast to be worth $33 billion by 2020, according to Euromonitor. The brand opened its first mainland China store in Shanghai this year. For the Shanghai show, guests went through government vetting and faced tight security on the door with facial recognition scans and passport checks. The absence of some stars didn?t go unmentioned. Model Sara Sampaio presents a creation during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song ?It was unfortunate that the other models couldn?t make it, but they were there with us in spirit,? model Herieth Paul told Reuters TV on the ?pink carpet? after the show. But most fans at the event didn?t seem put off by the snaking queues, visa issues, or a chilly Shanghai night. ?It was fabulous and fantastic,? Monica Chen, 22, told Reuters. ?Now I?m looking for the after-party.?
  23. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have utterly dominated during 2017 but as the season ends there is a palpable sense that the top of the men's game is in a state of rare flux. Federer and world number one Nadal rolled back the years to reclaim the top two ranking spots and hogged the four Grand Slam titles as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray slipped off the radar. But the season ended with a new name on the ATP Finals trophy after Grigor Dimitrov triumphed in London. So with a clutch of new faces in the top 10, are we witnessing a changing of the guard or just a blip? Roger and Rafa show Can ageing Federer and Nadal still keep up the pace? Federer, 36, shocked observers by returning from a six-month injury layoff to win the Australian Open, beating Nadal in a thrilling five-setter. That set the stage for a year of Grand Slam domination, with Nadal picking up his 10th French Open and winning the US Open for the third time while Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon Crown. Nadal, 31, pulled out during the Paris Masters with a right knee injury and was forced to call it quits after the first round in London but sounded upbeat about his chances of being ready to compete at the start of next season. Federer looked short of his best during his semi-final defeat in London at the hands of David Goffin but stayed positive, saying he had had an "amazing year" as he plotted for next season. Neither sound like they have plans to go anywhere yet. Can Djokovic, Murray recover magic? Both Djokovic and Murray were forced to wait their turn to taste success but they eventually made up for lost time. Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic, currently ranked 12th, is set to make his return in Abu Dhabi late next month after six months out following an elbow injury, with questions over whether he has the motivation to dominate tennis again. Murray has dropped to 16th in the rankings after months out with a hip injury but he remains focused on returning to action in Australia after Christmas. Federer expects Djokovic, Murray and Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka to return and provide a sizzling start to 2018. "I expect greatness from them," said Federer. "I wouldn't be surprised if it worked out for them like it worked out for me and Rafa. "I also hope Kei (Nishikori), Tomas (Berdych) and Milos (Raonic) all find their way back on tour ... in Australia because that would make it a quite epic comeback. "Then you mix them together with the new guys ... It could be a very cool start to the year." Can Dimitrov build on ATP Finals win? Winning the biggest title of his career has propelled Bulgaria's charismatic Dimitrov to the dizzy heights of third in the world and given him high hopes for 2018 after his best ever season. The 26-year-old has never gone further than the semi-finals at a Grand Slam, and there is a danger he could be part of a generation squeezed between the "Big Four" and an up-and-coming younger group. But he is eyeing even bigger prizes next season after his breakthrough win in London. "One of my main goals is to win ... a Grand Slam tournament. This has always been a dream of mine," said the Bulgarian. New blood? Alexander Zverev, 20, is a man in a hurry. The German had a season to remember with five trophies, including two Masters titles. The leader of a pack of richly talented youngsters that includes Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov has shot to world number four even though he disappointed in London. "It's been an awesome year," Zverev said. "Still, the end of the year was absolute crap for me. If I played the whole year like I did (at the end) ... I don't think I would have finished top 50. "But that's OK. I'm going to go on holidays now. Then I'm going to work hard in the off-season."
  24. Pope Francis (L) shakes hands with Italian Police chief Franco Gabrielli during a private audience ? with members of Executives and Personnel of the Central Direction for Road and Rail Police ? at Sala Clementina, Vatican, November 20, 2017. Vatican Press Office (Osservatore Romano)/Handout via AFP VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday called on police to show "mercy" during traffic stops while standing firm against those who use the streets as their own Formula 1 race track. Meeting with representatives of the Italian traffic and railway police, the Argentine-born pontiff spoke of an "increasingly complex and tumultuous" reality on the roads. "We must take into account the limited sense of responsibility of many drivers, who often do not seem to realise the serious consequences of their distraction, such as their misuse of mobile phones or their non-compliance of safety laws," Francis said. "This is caused by a haste and a competitiveness that have become a lifestyle, which views other drivers as obstacles or adversaries to be overtaken, transforming the streets into Formula One tracks," he added However, the pope said police officers should show "mercy" towards the rule-breakers, which he said meant not associating the person with the crime and trying to understand the reasons behind the person's actions. But showing "mercy is not a sign of weakness", the pontiff said, "nor does it require giving up the use of force".
  25. SHANGHAI: Victoria?s Secret?s glitzy annual fashion show hits the stage in China on Monday night for the first time, but will do so without several of its ?angels? and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. Hadid has confirmed her absence, while reports have swirled ahead of the show about visas being denied over political sensitivities and strict controls around the Shanghai event - a potential headache for the brand famed for its racy lingerie. Victoria's Secret to charm China with fashion gala Here is everything you should know about the annual festival! Perry and Hadid have both drawn criticism in state media and online in China, the former for appearing at a concert in 2015 to show support for Taiwan, a self-governed island that China considers a wayward province and an integral part of its territory. The furore underscores the challenges for global firms looking to hold major live events in China, even as music producers, Hollywood and sporting franchises increasingly look to tap into the country?s fast-growing entertainment market. ?Brands have to be much more aware of politically or morally sensitive topics here,? said Ben Cavender, Shanghai-based principal at China Market Research Group, adding the lure of the market meant most people would nevertheless take risks. ?It?s a very different political environment than their home markets and we?re at a time when China is on a drive to clean up behaviour and push a sort of moral code.? China has long kept tight control of performers it allows into the country. Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bjork and Bon Jovi are all banned over perceived bad behaviour or for broaching sensitive topics like Tibet or Taiwan. Under President Xi Jinping, a push to reinforce socialist ?core values? in cultural products from video games to music shows has also meant firms like game developer NetEase Inc to the producers of the Grammy Awards have had to clean up their offerings. Hadid, penned to be one of the Victoria?s Secret ?Angels? at the show, tweeted last week she was no longer attending. The tweet followed a video posted online of her squinting her eyes while holding a small Buddha statue drew ire in China. U.S. media reports said Perry was denied a visa due to support for Taiwan at a 2015 show where she draped a flag of the democratic island around her shoulders. Influential state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times wrote in an editorial ahead of the show that it was ?logical? the two had been denied visas due to their past actions. ?Payback was unavoidable. Those who are serious about developing careers in the Chinese market can draw lessons from this case and learn to abide by the rules in China,? it said. Victoria?s Secret did not immediately respond to requests for comment. China?s foreign ministry declined to comment on Monday, but said last week it welcomed people who came to China for ?normal? cultural events. Reuters could not reach Hadid for comment. Perry did not respond to a request for comment. The show, held in Paris last year, blends fashion, fantasy and entertainment, and has featured scores of supermodels, celebrities and musicians since its inception in 1996. The firm claims to sell the world?s ?sexiest panties and lingerie?. The pre-show theatrics are an unwelcome distraction as Victoria?s Secret looks to grow in a women?s underwear market expected to hit $33 billion by 2020, according to Euromonitor. The firm opened its first mainland store in Shanghai this year. But getting in the government?s bad book would be even worse, said Ryan Bao, a Beijing-based executive at SM Entertainment. South Korean performers he worked with had been frozen out over the last year amid a political standoff between Beijing and Seoul. ?The government is very smart. It wouldn?t openly say someone was banned or give the reason, but would find a way to keep them out anyway,? he said.