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  1. Exceptionally gifted people often do not lead normal lives. What is it about them that sets them apart? Their genius, their skill is often not an isolated gift in their lives. It is often accompanied by a hunger to succeed and a peculiar personality. Nikola Tesla, one of the most famous and successful inventors of the 19th century, was one such man. Popularly nicknamed the 'mad scientist', Tesla was responsible for a lot of modern inventions, particularly the alternating current system. 'Mad Scientist' Who Barely Slept © Wikimedia Commons Born in what is now Croatia, Nikola Tesla was as geeky as they came. The famous inventor had a dedicated routine that often left him with as little as 2 hours to sleep every day. He worked from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and would resume his work after dinner, often ending up awake all night. So rigid was his routine that even his dinner had to be served at exactly 8:10 p.m. and by the same person at the Delmonico's in New York where he often went to dine. It was this headstrong obsession with his work that led him to create a plethora of designs and inventions, besides the alternating current system. His path-breaking work in electric motors, x-ray, wireless lighting, radio and the famous Tesla coil was an immense contribution to modern technology. A Morbid Fear Of Germs And OCD Tendencies © Wikimedia Commons Tesla had his quirks. There is no great person in this world without eccentricities. The famous scientist had obsessive-compulsive tendencies and was obsessed with the number 3. He had a mortifying fear of germs and carried a stack of 18 napkins with him. A terrible bout of cholera in childhood was plausibly the cause of this extreme fear of germs. Not just that, Tesla had an irrational fear of pearls. Yes, pearls. He would refuse to talk to any woman wearing pearls; he is said to have sent his secretary back home when one day she turned up wearing pearls. The Suave And Good-Looking Genius Who Mostly Kept To Himself © Wikimedia Commons Standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 64 kilos, Nikola Tesla was a lean stylish man. It is believed he walked over 15 km every day and was quite particular about his clothes and grooming, something he considered important from a business point of view. He believed that to be successful, you had to look the part too. When Ideas Came To Him As Strange Visions © Wikimedia Commons We often find ourselves wondering how a genius's mind works. World-famous scientists, inventors, writers, artists – how do ideas come to them, how do they think of all that? In what comes across as a rather uncanny occurrence, Tesla often saw visions accompanied by flashes of light since childhood. Of course, he was quick to dismiss their uncanny nature, being the scientist that he was. But he saw ideas in these visions and could soon visualize entire inventions in his head before he even put pen to paper. It was really all in the head. (L to R)Tesla and Edison © Wikimedia Commons Nothing came easy though. During his stint at the Edison Machine Works, a joint venture by Thomas Edison and Charles Batchelor, he worked hard to improve Edison's lighting tech and come up with better street lighting systems, something Edison's direct current technology was unable to support. Despite his exceptional work, there was a fallout and it is believed Tesla was not paid his due. He struggled to keep his head afloat after leaving the company. Tesla ran pillar to post trying to gain support and investors for his alternating current system, finally landing a patent and an investor. Edison is said to have influenced public opinion against Tesla's model of AC system, even though eventually, Tesla was able to patent his invention and find a market for it too. In his lifetime, Tesla secured around 300 patents for his various inventions. His extensive work laid the foundation of many technological advancements that were to come and change the face of the modern world.
  2. Virat Kohli, the child growing up in West Delhi in the 90s, nurtured a dream like every kid to play for India and wear the blue jersey. 200 ODIs later, he's a champion batsman who's taken over the mantle from the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the middle order and now leads the team in all three formats of the game. Right from the very beginning, Kohli had the hunger to perform at the biggest stage and his consistency at this level has revealed what modern batsmen are truly capable of. Here, we take you on a journey of the matches that Kohli has played and the milestones that he's achieved. This is the story of that child from Delhi, who dared to dream and then woke up and worked hard to achieve it. 1. 17th August, 2008 - Kohli practices ahead of his One-Day International debut match against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. ©Reuters 2. Virat Kohli with Yuvraj Singh ahead of his fourth appearance for the Indian team in ODIs. He smashed his maiden fifty in the game against Sri Lanka in Colombo ©Reuters 3. The complexion of the Indian ODI team has changed a lot in 10 years. Here, Kohli is seen with Munaf Patel, a young Ishant Sharma and swing prodigy RP Singh. ©Reuters 4. But that's not to say that Kohli hasn't changed himself. Here's 'Cheeku' in his pre-fitness days. ©Reuters 5. As aggressive as ever. Virat Kohli after hitting the winning runs against Chennai Super Kings in the semi-finals of IPL 2009 ©Reuters 6. After playing just five games in his debut year, Virat Kohli proved that he could consistently score at the international stage ©Reuters 7. 24th December, 2009 – Kohli scores his first ODI century in Colombo. And as you would have probably guessed, India won that game easily. ©Reuters 8. His on-field performances though were not just limited to his batting skills. For a long time, Kohli's attitude on-field was a topic of discussion in most cricketing circles. ©Reuters 9. His uncontrolled aggression was seen as a liability as it could rub off wrongly on the teammates. ©Reuters 10. But that, as many critics discovered later, is what spurred him to go the extra mile. He finished off 2009 with an average of 54.16 in 10 ODIs at an impressive strike rate of 84.41 ©Reuters 11. If there's one season that shaped Kohli's career the most then it would be 2010. He not only cemented his place in the World Cup next year, he also established himself as a dependable batsman who could chase big targets ©Reuters 12. Take for example his innings against Australia in Vishakhapatnam. Scoring 118 runs, Kohli helped India chase a target of 289 runs. ©Reuters 13. He followed that century against Australia with another century against their neighboring New Zealanders to establish himself as a solid middle order batsman. ©Reuters 14. The 2011 World Cup was a big learning curve for the 22-year old Kohli. ©Reuters 15. After scoring a century in his first game of the World Cup (against Bangladesh), Kohli could muster just one half-century in the entire tournament. ©Reuters 16. He, however, contributed 35 runs in the critical partnership with Gautam Gambhir in the final against Sri Lanka at Mumbai. ©Reuters 17. After winning the World Cup, Kohli, in a heartfelt tribute to Sachin Tendulkar, famously said, “Sachin Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders.” ©Reuters 18. Not many people realize this but Kohli, despite being just two years into the Indian cricket team, scored 1381 in a calendar year (2011). He achieved that feat by scoring at an average of 47.62 runs per innings. ©Reuters 19. 28th Feb, 2012 – The day we got to know what Kohli was truly capable of. Needing 321 to win from just 40 overs to enter the CB tri-series finals, Kohli helped India chase the target in 37 overs. His blockbuster innings of 133 in 86 balls is still remembered as one of the finest by any Indian batsman in cricket history. ©Reuters 20. Kohli scored a staggering 1026 runs in just 17 matches in 2012 at an average of 68.40 to stamp his authority on the Indian middle order. At a time when stalwarts of Indian cricket were retiring, Kohli ensured that the transition was not as bloody as many critics had imagined. ©Reuters 21. For his incredibly sensational batting performance throughout the year, Kohli was awarded the ICC Player of the Year Award in 2012. ©Reuters 22. As the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team, Kohli started to channelize his aggression and began to focus on his fitness. ©Reuters 23. Kohli's hard work off the field started reaping great rewards. For the third year running, the Indian batsman amassed more than a 1000 runs in a calendar year (2013) ©Reuters 24. 19th January, 2014 – Kohli started to enjoy the thrill of chasing targets. This time however, Kohli's innings of 123 runs against New Zealand in Napier went in vain as the team lost by a narrow margin. This was the first time that India lost a game when Kohli had scored a century. This game made many of us realize why India's chasing prowess is entirely because of a man named V.Kohli. ©Reuters 25. Apart from becoming the owner of ISL franchise FC Goa, Kohli also launched a youth fashion brand in 2014 named 'Wrogn' and truly became the next Indian superstar after Tendulkar ©Reuters 26. With a string of low scores and a heavy test season in 2015, Kohli's average took a dip as he scored just 623 runs in 20 matches in that season in ODIs. That's not too bad but considering Kohli's class and talent; it's the worst that he has performed in his career so far. ©Reuters 27. In just 10 innings in 2016, Kohli scored heavily to amass 739 runs at a staggering average of 92.37. That superhuman effort continued to 2017 wherein he has scored 1197 runs in 23 innings, excluding the New Zealand series. ©Reuters 28. Kohli is a master of chasing big scores. Out of the 119 matches India has won with Kohli on the field, his average is a staggering 95.11 runs per innings in 72 of those wins while chasing. ©Reuters 29. At 28, Kohli is one of the fittest guys on the cricketing field at the top of his game. He's incredibly fast, technically sound, and getting better with experience. If not better, then he's at par with Tendulkar in terms of the numbers he's racking up year by year. ©Reuters 30. With such an incredible record over the years, it's indisputable that he's the man that India will look forward to, to lift the World Cup in 2019. ©Reuters
  3. A man walks with a bloody lip as demonstrators yell at him outside the location where Richard Spencer ? an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement ? is delivering a speech on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, US, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files On the morning of October 17, two days before Richard Spencer ? an avowed white nationalist and spokesman for the so-called alt-right ? was to speak at the University of Florida, my wife asked if I had heard anything about it. I had just returned from assignments on Barbuda and Puerto Rico, which were wrecked by hurricanes. In August, rallies by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, had led to a deadly clash with counter-protesters. I contacted my editors and asked for the Florida assignment. The evening before the speech, I walked around the Gainesville campus. All seemed calm; there were no protests. The area was blanketed by police because Florida?s governor had declared a state of emergency to try to prevent violence. Early the next day, there was a light presence from both sides. I met a self-proclaimed white nationalist named Tyler Tenbrink from Texas and photographed him. Later, he and two others were arrested on charges of attempted homicide in an altercation with protesters after Spencer?s speech. Over time, several hundred people protesting Spencer gathered in a ?free speech zone? near where he was speaking. Once his speech began, tensions ran high and a few skirmishes broke out, but overall it was peaceful. I sat to file my photos and suddenly people started running. I grabbed my cameras and followed them. In the midst of an angry crowd stood a man in a shirt printed with swastikas. The atmosphere was vitriolic. He had been punched in the face and was smirking as blood trickled down his chin. He had walked right into the free speech zone and this really physical crowd. I got in there and took my photo as police were trying to escort him out of the zone. People called him pejorative names; some spit at him. It was almost surreal. A black man stepped beside him and guided him out of the crowd and over the barricade, alternately speaking to him and shouting at him. I moved with them and watched as the man went off, seeming to disappear.
  4. Jon Snow knows everything now and the world will never be the same. Well, it seems like the last season of 'Game Of Thrones' show will be a rollercoaster of emotions, not just for the fans, but even the actors. Kit Harington, who has been playing the role of Jon Snow since the beginning of the show, revealed on BBC's The One Show that he started crying when he, along with all the other cast members, sat down for a read through of the final episode of the insanely popular HBO show. © HBO “We had a read through last week in fact, so I know everything now,” he said. “I cried at the end! You have to remember, I've done eight years of it... I get a bit weepy thinking about it.” Even though the final season will come out in 2019, just the thought of its inevitable end has everyone quite emotional, even now. The actor admitted that just the thought of it ending seems very strange to him, especially after he has given the show his everything for the last eight years. © HBO “I get a bit weepy thinking about it. It's going to be to a strange year. Saying goodbye to everyone, having your last scene with this person or having your last scene with that person. Not only you're attached to it, loads of people around the world are attached to it,” Harington said. Obviously, he knows his character's fate, but he has been 'sworn to secrecy'. In fact, the makers are going to unbelievable lengths to keep all the twists and turns that are about to happen in the season finale of the show under wraps. © HBO “[I was told], 'Don't tell them you're filming. Don't take pictures in Belfast. Don't do all of that,'” he said. “It's on lockdown!” Although, the fact that his time in Westeros coming to an end is making him a little “weepy” right now, he has previously admitted that he was pleased to be finishing his run on the show, as it will give him the time to pursue other projects. © HBO But, he can't escape Jon Snow, and he probably never will. Just recently, his fiancé Rose Leslie made him dress up as Snow for a “bad taste” costume party. Well, even though Kit now knows everything, we will still, unfortunately, have to wait two years for the finale. Also, this meme is a lie now. © HBO
  5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had already established himself as one of the deadliest finishers and successful captains in international cricket. But, on 2 April 2011, those two unique qualities combined together and etched Dhoni's name in the history books. The moment he smashed Sri Lankan seamer Nuwan Kulasekara for a towering six in the 49th over to end India's 28-year wait for a World Cup title at the Wankhede stadium will always remain one of the most iconic moments in the history of Indian cricket. But, that was a long time ago. A time when Dhoni's willow breathed fire. A time when the Indian fans could lean back and count on India's No. 1 finisher to get them over the line. Sadly, that era is far gone. Reuters Today, Dhoni is 36 and no longer the finisher he once used to be. The Jharkhand cricketer has traded the finisher's role for the one of a consolidator. But, that doesn't mean he's not important or influential anymore. If the recent run of Team India is anything to go by, Dhoni has noticeably excelled in his new profile. But, then again, who doesn't miss those big hoicks over deep midwicket, right? Well, Dhoni might have mellowed down in the game, but when he's training in the nets, the former Indian captain is still seen smashing a few out of the park. A similar incident came to fore during Team India's net session ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand in Mumbai. In a video shared by the BCCI on Twitter, Dhoni can be seen stepping down the track and hammering the bowler for a massive six - similar to the one that earned India their second World Cup title. When @msdhoni hits a big one at the Wankhede Stadium, it invariably takes us back to that famous six in 2011. pic.twitter.com/UGZkvpHWJJ — BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017 The BCCI captioned the video, "When @msdhoni hits a big one at the Wankhede Stadium, it invariably takes us back to that famous six in 2011." After beating India's Board President's XI by 33 runs in their second warm-up game, New Zealand will look to do just the same in their opening ODI enconter with India on October 22. Team India, who recently defeated Australia 4-1 in the ODI series, will be looking to continue their winning run against the Kiwis and reclaim the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings, which is currently held by South Africa following their win against Bangladesh following AB de Villiers' blistering hundred.
  6. Ah, the power of the internet! For the last few days, we saw the hashtag #SRKmeetsAruna trending everywhere on Twitter, where the whole internet came together to make someone's last wish come true. Aruna PK, a diehard SRK fan, is battling cancer but even though she's going through so much, she still has such a positive and cheerful presence on Twitter. And, that is why people on Twitter went all out to make her 'ultimate wish' come true. #KingKhan's biggest fan and a #cancer patient with critical health condition @Arunapk57 has her ultimate wish to meet @iamsrk#SRKmeetsAruna pic.twitter.com/Uel6kOHpki — Parikshit Sachdeva (@sachdevaparik) October 17, 2017 If you thought Twitter was just a place for jokes and trolling, think again. Being an @iamsrk fan myself, i hope he notices this to meet @Arunapk57 https://t.co/IuCScxwo1x — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) October 18, 2017 Please make it happen @iamsrk. Time is less, please meet the beautiful soul @Arunapk57, the greatest SRK fan. Please do! #SRKmeetsAruna — तà¥à¤¹à¤¾à¤° मà¥à¤®à¥ à¤à¤à¤à¤²à¥ (@MeetUunngLee) October 20, 2017 Dear @iamsrk Ur fan @Arunapk57 is suffering frm cancer, her last wish is to meet u. Pls meet her if u can.#SRKmeetsAruna #SRKplzMeetAruna pic.twitter.com/REi25gv6C0 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) October 20, 2017 And, now for today's happiest news, Shah Rukh Khan heard everyone! He recorded a video message for Aruna, which was shared by a Twitter account with tha handle @SRKuniverse. Heartwarming message from @iamsrk to @Arunapk57 SRK WINS HEARTS pic.twitter.com/snufolmdny — SRK Universe (@SRKUniverse) October 20, 2017 In the video, he thanks Aruna for “loving him so much, caring for him so much and thinking of him so much”. He also said that he, along with his family and friends, are praying for her. “We are doing duas, pooja mein yaad rakh rahe hain aapko. Aapki tabyat bahot jaldi theek ho jaaye.” He also mentioned that even though meeting right now would not be possible, he will make it happen soon. Well, we can't wait for all the selfies and videos of them together, which will surely happen soon. Later, Aruna's daughter Priyanka shared that SRK not only recorded a video, but he also spoke to Aruna on the phone, that made “her smile a big smile through her oxygen mask”. Thank you @iamsrk for the video & the phone call. You made @Arunapk57 smile a big smile through her oxygen mask! #grateful #SRKMeetsAruna — Priyanka (@priyankakhot) October 20, 2017 Her son also thanked him for this extremely kind gesture. Thank you so much @iamsrk, the first thing is off her bucket list! God bless you, sir.@Arunapk57 #SRKmeetsAruna — Akshat Khot (@akshatkhot) October 20, 2017 Internet is incredible! Honestly, you can hate Shah Rukh Khan all you want, but you can't ignore the fact that he is such a genuine human being. Twitter, never change!
  7. Hasan Ali's unique celebration style SHARJAH: Hasan Ali is officially the world´s best one-day bowler, with an early career record surpassing even legendary compatriot Waqar Younis and a unique ´bomb explosion´ wicket celebration which is just as eye-catching. The 23-year-old, who is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in just 14 months. He became the joint third fastest bowler to claim 50 one-day wickets with the mark achieved in 23 matches, the same number as Australian icon Dennis Lillee and four games fewer than Waqar. Since making his ODI debut against Ireland in August in 2016, Hasan is the leading wicket taker with 54 victims. He is also the best this year with 43 wickets in 17 matches. "It´s a dream come true," Hasan told AFP. "I set many goals in my childhood and to be the world number one bowler was amongst the top." Hasan has helped Pakistan to a 4-0 lead in the current series against Sri Lanka with 12 wickets, including 5-34 in Abu Dhabi. He also played a leading role in Pakistan´s Champions Trophy win in June in England where he finished with 13 wickets and was named player of the tournament. But what has also attracted fans around the world is his celebration every time he takes a wicket -- he mimics a bomb explosion, pumping the blasting mechanism which leads to the blast. Hasan first played cricket in his native town of Ladhay Wala Wraich near Gujranwala, an area famous for producing wrestlers and kabbadi players. Hasan´s elder brother Ataur Rehman noticed his talent at an early age and organised a gym and a pitch in the backyard of their family home. "My elder brother was the greatest influence on my career and after a few first-class seasons I was picked by Peshawar franchise in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL)," recalls Hasan. Recruited as an emerging player, Hasan was mentored by former England coach Andy Flower and ex-Pakistan paceman Mohammad Akram. "I have been blessed with success and the Champions Trophy victory was the best thing. The next big goal is to win the 2019 World Cup in England," said Hasan. Former Pakistan captain and legendary paceman Waqar praised Hasan but warned against piling too much pressure on his shoulders.
  8. Apple announced their most expensive iPhone yet i.e. the iPhone X and there are a few exceptional users who want to pimp out their smartphones with utmost luxury. (c) Gray Yes, there are enough stupid people out there who would spend $1,345 on an iPhone case that costs more than the iPhone X itself. A Singapore based company Gray made the Advent Collection iPhone case that is made of titanium. Why is it so expensive? (c) Gray According to the company, the case is made of a solid block titanium that is further processed into a case. The case is then given treatment to give it a rainbow glow and each of the cases are numbered, like pieces of art. For a phone case that has a simple job of protecting your smartphone, it's awfully expensive and unnecessary. Having said that, most luxury products are not about functionality or needs as it is all about exclusivity. Is it worth the money? (c) Gray To be honest, an iPhone case that relatively protects your smartphone well can cost up to INR 3,000. An Otterbox or Spigen but if you want to feel special and have a high income to waste $1,345, then you should probably check it out. The Advent case has sharp angles and gives its a very aggressive look. It reminds us of many supercars because it has the same masculine look you can expect from a Lamborghini car. Here's a video then explain the super expensive iPhone cover better. Each Advent iPhone case is individually hand-torched and details such as the logo & the unique serial number are etched with a laser. Gray's limited edition Advent Aurora is made of aerospace grade 5 titanium, which is two times stronger than stainless steel but weighs only half. This metals usually used in aircrafts and is one of the reasons why it carries such a heavy price tag. Only 100 are available, so if feel splurging on an iPhone case, you better hurry.
  9. Harvey Weinstein at the Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi, October 15, 2007. REUTERS/Steve Crisp/Files NEW YORK: Could Harvey Weinstein go on trial for sexual assault, rape or harassment? Experts assess his mounting legal woes with around 40 actresses publicly accusing the disgraced Hollywood mogul. New York police are pressing two *** crime investigations, London police are pursuing allegations from three women and Los Angeles detectives have interviewed an Italian actress alleging she was raped in 2013. Legal eagles say the 65-year-old, twice married father of five could potentially go on trial in civil or criminal courts and is likely to be hit by out-of-court settlements that could see the mogul declare bankruptcy. Could Weinstein be charged? The allegations against Weinstein range from harassment to sexual assault and rape. The producer insists that all sexual relations were consensual. Many of the accusations date back 10 to 20 years, and as such could be subject to the statute of limitation laws, which would prevent prosecution, although these vary in different US states. In New York, there is no statute of limitations on rape in a criminal court, but lesser sexual assault offenses cannot be prosecuted after five years have elapsed. Manhattan detectives are investigating alleged forcible oral *** in 2004, an offence serious enough to potentially still be prosecuted. The Los Angeles investigation of the alleged rape of an Italian actress in a hotel room near Beverly Hills in 2013, is also recent enough to be prosecuted. The trouble is finding enough evidence to bring charges and be reasonably confident of securing a conviction, says criminal lawyer and ex-prosecutor Michael Weinstein (no relation). "You need a credible victim and you need evidence," he says. And preferably from the day or the day after. "Either a first-hand account of what happened or a text message, email message which describes the inappropriate behaviour." What are the obstacles to criminal prosecution? Manhattan's district attorney Cyrus Vance ? whose *** assault case against IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn collapsed in 2011 when his accuser changed her story ? decided in 2015 against prosecuting Weinstein. An Italian model wore a wire in which the producer admitted to harassment but Vance decided the evidence was insufficient and the model not credible enough. The difficulty of persuading a jury that sexual assault took place "beyond a reasonable doubt" was underscored this year at the trial of disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, which ended in a hung jury in Pennsylvania. On the other hand, there is "a lot of public pressure in these cases", to bring charges, Ann McGinley ? a law professor at the University of Nevada ? says. Civil suits? The burden of proof is less onerous in civil suits, New York sexual harassment lawyer Bryan Arce says. O.J. Simpson was acquitted of double murder at his criminal trial in 1995 but was later ordered in civil court to pay $33.5 million in punitive damages over the double murder of his wife and her friend. But even civil suits are subject to statutes of limitations. Even in rape cases, suits must be brought within five years in New York. Victims can seek damages for loss of earnings, loss of career, emotional distress, and punitive damages for malicious intent and egregious behaviour. While amounts vary, they rack up into millions, McGinley said. "I consider it highly likely that there will be civil lawsuits filed against him, I also consider likely that they will be settled," she told AFP. Fox News paid out millions to settle allegations against its late former boss Roger Ailes and star presenter Bill O'Reilly. How might Weinstein pay up? According to The New York Times, Weinstein has already reached eight private settlements with women. The amounts involved were not disclosed. But if civil suits snowball, Arce warns Weinstein could protect himself by claiming "some sort of bankruptcy". "The floodgates have now opened," he said. "There is only so much money to go around? at that point, that's when you claim bankruptcy." Whatever the outcome, none of it is good for the former Hollywood boss. "The story is not going to end well for him," concluded Weinstein, the lawyer.
  10. Ever since Google announced their highly anticipated Pixel 2/ Pixel 2 XL, the world has been curious as to which smartphone is better: The iPhone 8 or The Pixel 2? Google may have a firm grip over the software domain, the search engine giant also took a huge leap this year in terms of hardware. Apple launched a very familiar yet powerful smartphone, but competition is getting hotter and if you are finding reasons why the Pixel 2 is better than the iPhone, we will give you some. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone 8 has some awesome features that the Pixel 2 lacks but the Google smartphone has a few tricks up its sleeve that blows the iPhone out of the water. The Camera is one of the best (c) YouTube Both the iPhone 8 and the Pixel 2 have great cameras and in order to find out which one is better, we need to look at the DxO test. The Pixel 2 scored 98 while the iPhone 8 scored 94. The Pixel 2 has a 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, dual pixel phase detection, OIS and laser autofocus. The Pixel 2 can also take bokeh shots using a single lens as compared to the iPhone 8. This is possible because of Google's superiority in the software game. The front camera on the Pixel 2 can also take bokeh shots which are only available on the iPhone X and not the 8 and 8 Plus. 2. It's Less Boring (c) YouTube The iPhone 8 has carried over the same design language as the past four generations with the exception of the removal of the headphone jack. Pixel 2 has followed suit when it comes to the removal of the 3.5mm jack, however, it looks different from its predecessor. It features a different look because of the two-tone metallic and glass body. The Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL also happens to be lighter and more compact than the iPhone 8/8Plus which makes it easier to handle and can easily fit in your pockets. 3. Google Assistant Is Smarter (c) YouTube Apple has certainly improved Siri and make it sound more human-like, however a recent study by Stone Temple found that Google Assistant answered correctly 91 percent of the questions asked. The same set of the question was asked to Siri and could only manage 62 percent. The new Active Edge feature lets you squeeze the phone to launch Google Assistant making it more easily accessible than Siri. 4. Unlimited Photo Storage (c) YouTube The marquee feature of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl is the camera lens and in order to complement that feature, Google provides unlimited photo storage. You will get unlimited original-quality (not compressed) storage on Google Photos for the next three years. Apple does not provide iPhone users with anything remotely similar to this and you have to pay extra if you require additional cloud storage. 5. Cheaper Flagship Device The Google Pixel 2 will retail in India for INR 61,000 for the base model of 64 GB and INR 82,000 for the 128 GB model. That is significantly cheaper than the iPhone 8 as it arrived with a price tag of INR 64,000 for the base model and INR 70,990 for the iPhone 8 Plus. Both devices are flagship devices and don't really seem cheap, however, if you compare the two; Pixel 2 takes the cake. 6. It Has Fast Charging (c) Google The Pixel 2 can get up to 7 hours of power by simply charging it for 15 minutes. This only shows that one can power up the juice in just a few minutes and go about their day. Pixel 2 users will not have not wait a long time for it to have the power again. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus does offer fast charging however you need to purchase a separate adapter and cable to do so. In addition, the iPhone 8 can get half of its battery capacity in only 30 minutes as it has a smaller battery capacity. 7. Better Display (c) Youtube The Pixel 2 looks eerily similar to the iPhone 8, however, if we look at the specs, The Google Pixel 2 simply has a better screen. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 AMOLED, 441 PPI display. On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 8 is a 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 LCD, 326 PPI display. In terms of pure specs, the Pixel 2 has a brighter screen and has a slightly higher pixel density. Pixel 2 also uses AMOLED technology which gives deeper blacks, always on display, more vivid colours and aids in saving battery life. 8. Both Phones Have The Same Feature Set (c) Youtube This is probably my favourite thing about the two Pixel smartphones. Apple forces people to make a choice between two models that have a different set of features. The iPhone 8 Plus has dual cameras which are not present on the smaller model and it even has an extra gigabyte of RAM. Google offers the same features on both smartphones even though they look quite different from each other. Both smartphones are largely the same under the hood (only difference is battery size) and offer the same camera setup and features. This is a huge deal for customers who prefer to have a smaller phone and get the same features as the larger device.
  11. Protein supplements are the top selling supplements world over. Even in India, every fitness enthusiast who hits the gym consumes some form of protein supplements, to meet the protein needs. Let's see the kind of protein powders are available in the market and which one would suit you the best. Whey Protein Whey is the liquid which is extracted during production of cheese from curd. It is high in protein and lactose as it is derived from milk. Whey Protein Isolate has lesser amount of lactose and carbohydrates as maximum of it is lost during processing. Whey protein concentrate contains more lactose and a bit more carbohydrates than isolate. If you're lactose intolerant, you should choose whey protein isolate. Studies show that consuming whey protein after your workout leads to maximum protein synthesis. 2. Casein Protein Casein is also derived from milk like whey but is digested and absorbed at a slower pace when compared to whey. When casein comes in contact with stomach acids, it forms a gel which slows down stomach emptying and eventually there is a delay in absorption of amino acid into bloodstream. Benefit of slow absorption is that the muscles receive continuous supply of amino acids which prevents muscle protein breakdown. Based on various studies, casein has been more effective for increasing muscle protein synthesis than soy and wheat protein. Ideally casein protein should be consumed before sleeping to feed the muscles while asleep. Egg Protein Eggs are easily the most potent source of protein. In fact, they also help suppress hunger by making you feel fuller for a longer period of time. There are protein powders that are made from eggs. Leucine, the amino acid that plays a crucial role in building muscles is found in abundance in eggs. Only whey contains more Leucine than eggs. Egg protein powders are a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant but are non-vegetarians. 4. Pea Protein These protein powders are the latest to enter the supplement market. They are quite popular amongst vegetarians and the vegans for obvious reasons. Studies show that Pea protein absorbs slower than whey protein but faster than casein. There are researches to show that similar results were obtained when one group consumed whey protein for increase in muscles and other consumed pea protein. However, since this supplement has been recently developed, more convincing studies are required to conclude this. Rice Protein Though rice protein contains all the essential amino acids, it is too low in lysine which makes it an incomplete source of protein. Though in India, you generally won't find rice protein powders at supplement stores, it is quite easily available online. Like Pea Protein, Rice Protein powders are also a good choice for vegetarians and vegans. Since the demand for this kind of protein is low right now in the market, the price is generally high and the availability is less. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  12. If you want an edge in your lifting capacity and you are a natural athlete, Creatine is your savior. In the same way, if you want your muscles to have a fuller look, creatine is the supplement that will help you. With this piece I will break down the science behind the consumption timing of creatine and how it affects its efficiency. Also, should you be taking creatine on non training days? Let's dig into the answers. Creatine Timing- Pre Or Post Workout? The question- should creatine be taken before, or after the workout? Or can it be consumed irrespective of the clock? To answer this, let's look at some studies. A study conducted by Exercise Metabolism Unit compared the timings of supplement intake. One group consumed creatine near to their workout (Pre or Post) and another group took creatine keeping a gap in between their workout (Pre or Post). The group which took creatine soon before or after their workout gained more strength and muscle mass as compared to the group that took creatine in the morning or in the evening, irrespective of workout timings. Therefore, it certainly does make sense to take creatine near to your workout, either immediately before or after. Creatine On Rest Days- Should You Or Shouldn't You? The only purpose to take creatine on rest days is to keep creatine levels in your muscles elevated. If you are loading creatine, you have to follow the loading cycle which requires you to take 20gm of creatine irrespective of your training days. If you are on the maintenance dose of 3 to 5gm per day, you still have to take it on the rest days to maintain the high levels on creatine concentration in your muscles. However, it is more important to not to skip creatine on rest days if you are loading creatine otherwise loading will not happen. A continuous high dose of 20gm is necessary for 5 days to load it. On the other hand, even if you miss a maintenance dose of 3 to 5grams on your rest day, it won't make a major difference. Ideally, you should take it on rest days too. Another important thing to note is that creatine absorption increases if it is consumed with carbohydrates. Also, protein and amino acids also increase the extent to which your body retains creatine. Therefore consuming creatine with a balanced meal of carb and protein is also a good strategy to follow for maximum absorption of creatine. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  13. It's okay to have celebrities as role models when it comes to your fitness goals. Having a pro bodybuilder, a professional athlete or even a fitness trainer as a role model is great. Yes we know it takes hard work, vision, dedication to get to a level where you deserve applause and praises but it can also be a little boring to be constantly following people who behave like monks. A balance of work and pleasure is very healthy and also a great way to go about life. Here are 5 celebrities who I think know how to strike the balance between their fitness lifestyle and their work. Also, more than anything, these dudes saty fit year round and don't just get in shape when the camera's watching. 1) Jason Momoa You may know this boisterous, strong long haired man for his role as Khal drogo in game of thrones. He is also all set to break records with his most anticipated role that is coming up this year with Aqua Man. Jason Mamoa is one damn fit mofo, standing at 6.3 in height; he has the musculature of a Greek god. His style of working out is very unique when compared with other celebs. Loves doing cross fit and is a mountain climber at heart. In fact, Momoa has been into climbing for decades now. Nothing is too risky for this man. When he is not shooting or climbing random rocks he is either riding bikes or drinking Guinness beer and getting drunk. Girls seem to love the beer froth that gets on his moustache and beer while he sips. How does one maintain such an amazing physique and abs and still drink like a fish is something to think about? 2) John Abraham What is so special about this Indian hunk of an actor is his true dedication to the term fitness. And he does it without making his life look boring. While most Indian male celebs drink, smoke and do drugs, this man stays away from all these habits. He is a very clean eater. Leads a regimented lifestyle and never misses a workout. A long time ago his bike accident made news, however the next day his instagram posts showed he was up at 6 am working out and pumping up those muscles in spite of his injuries . What is really great about this person is that, he has time for his passion which is riding bikes, makes time for his marriage, and for his parents, and also runs a production company producing some good movies. Now there's nothing boring about this guy. 3) Arnold Schwarzenegger While most youngsters were 'just doing things' Arnold dedicated himself to becoming the best built man in the world. And indeed became Mr. Universe at just 21 years old. What happened after that is rock and roll history. Every set he performed at the gym got him closer to his goal of being the best and one day taking over Hollywood by storm. He invested into multiple businesses even before he acted in his first movie. While people told him he would never make it big in Hollywood, he made time to learn English, study business, understand the craft of acting and made history. Even though he made all his dreams come true, having a net worth of over 300 million USD at the age of 70 as you read this, he still workouts twice a day. He wakes up at 5 am to do his cardio followed by some breakfast and news paper reading, finish off all his work for the day and then back at the gym in the evening to lift weights. This man made a lot of sacrifices as a youngster but he sure as hell made time to have some fun by keeping up with the hippie era by smoking weed , or messing around with a lot of women at the Venice beach . He did it all and yet managed to get all he wanted in life. 4) Conor mc gregor The only UFC star to dare challenge Floyd 'Money' Mayweather at his own sport, Mc Gregor was much applauded for his fighting spirit in the ring. Taking home a 100 million dollars at 29 years old is no joke either. His training is unmatchable, his discipline and dedication to each and every practice session is what got him where he is today. It took a lot of hard work, tears and sweat for this young man to be on the news and have such a fat bank account. His flamboyant lifestyle of wearing the best of designer clothes, top end cars and best vacation spots is how a bad boy who has earned it all would live. 4) Christian Bale When it comes to transformations, this man needs no introduction. Some of his transformations were so extreme that it makes you wonder how someone could have the will to go through something like that. What is even more amusing is how he regained all that lean muscle and weight back for his role in batman after losing it all in the Mechanist. What you can learn from this man is that if you put your mind to something, there is nothing you can't do. Christian bale's multiple transformations teaches us that, give your all and set goals and targets and then go ahead. Although his skinny physique is not what fitness enthusiasts should look for, it's his dedication to literally look unrecognizable just by making changes in nutrition and workouts is what can be looked up to. Helius is one of Mumbai's most promising fitness professionals and part time kettle bell lecturer. His knowledge on nutrition and trainer soft skills management is well recognized. To know more about him CLICK HERE, and mail your queries about fitness to heliusd@hotmail.com.
  14. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/69f4c5cd30e09e3255a3d8a507062efc.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMjAvMjAxNyAyOjM2OjQ3IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9ajhqQTRZU3BXemoxa0lBSEJ6WkQ2UT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday met with Afghanistan's Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal and said terrorist attacks can not shake our resolve for peace in the region, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday. The army chief, in his meeting with the Afghan envoy, further said terrorism has affected both the countries equally. On the occasion, Gen Bajwa also paid his respects to the families of the victims and condemned the attacks, added ISPR. Militants launched two separate attacks on Afghan security installations earlier this week, killing dozens of soldiers, the latest in a series of devastating assaults that have left more than 120 people dead and underscored spiralling insecurity. Dozens killed as Taliban launch fresh assaults on Afghan bases The militants sought entry into the base through explosive-laden Humvee vehicles At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed and nine wounded in a Taliban-claimed assault on a military base in southern Afghanistan which saw the insurgents blast their way into the compound with at least one explosives-laden Humvee, the Afghan defence ministry said. A security source in Kandahar put the toll at 50 dead and 20 wounded. The militants razed the base in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district in Kandahar province to the ground, according to the ministry.
  15. BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia´s appointment of its first female head of sports should attract more women into gyms and onto sports pitches in a nation where women are not allowed to exercise with men, female sports organisers said on Friday. US-raised Princess Reema bint Bandar last week became the first female president of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports that manages sports-related activities for both men and women in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom, local media reported. Her appointment came amid a series of changes for women in Saudi hailed as a new progressive trend including giving women the right to drive and encouraging more women to work. But a guardianship system, under which a male family member must grant permission for a woman to study, travel and other activities, remains in place. Lina Al Maeena, who formed Jeddah United, Saudi Arabia´s first private female basketball club, in 2003, said the princess´ appointment was significant. "It´s going to be changing stereotypes because of her appointment in that role as the head of both genders," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Jeddah. Female participation in sports has long been a controversial issue in Saudi where women cannot exercise with men and there are no public sports facilities for women as many conservative Muslim clerics consider sport for females as immodest. Saudi Arabia didn´t send any women to the Olympics until 2012. But this has taken its toll, with around 44 percent of women classified as obese in Saudi Arabia which has some of the world´s highest rates of obesity and diabetes. Susan Turner, chief executive of NuYu, the kingdom´s first chain of female fitness centres, said bint Bandar´s appointment would bring women´s health to the "forefront". "It´s everybody´s right to have access to these facilities and to look after their health women are realising that if they are not doing (exercise) already it is just bringing those statistics and facts to light," said Turner. According to the kingdom´s Vision 2030 reform plan, only 13 percent of the Saudi population exercises at least once a week. The plan aims to boost that number to 40 percent. Bint Bandar - daughter of a former Saudi ambassador to Washington - championed the licensing of female-only gyms and sports clubs in her previous role leading the women´s section of the national General Sports Authority. Turner said she hoped in addition to getting more women into sports her own business would benefit. "For us to be able to grow more clubs and that we can get licenses and knowing that somebody very confident and very capable is in charge of sports..it just gives us a huge amount of confidence," Turner said by phone from Riyadh. Al Maeena, who is also a member of the advisory Shura Council, said having a woman in the role would have a knock-on effect across Saudi society. "I see a lot of business opportunities, a lot of women empowerment," she said.
  16. Taking a break from trolling, the internet has come together for a good cause this time. Aruna PK is battling cancer and has one ultimate wish. Back in March, she celebrated six years of surviving cancer, and after thanking her doctors and family, she even thanked Shah Rukh Khan, who she considers her biggest source of strength, even though he doesn't know it. Time for some celebration - 6 years of being a cancer survior âºï¸ — Aruna (@Arunapk57) March 3, 2017 I am full of gratitude to Doctors, family and friends and last but not least @iamsrk for being source of strength he doesn't even know he is https://t.co/qpTh9lEhSQ — Aruna (@Arunapk57) March 4, 2017 The diehard SRK fan has a positive and cheerful presence on Twitter and this time around, she tweeted about her last wish – to meet Shah Rukh Khan. And, it's so incredible to see how people on Twitter are going all out to make her wish come true. #KingKhan's biggest fan and a #cancer patient with critical health condition @Arunapk57 has her ultimate wish to meet @iamsrk#SRKmeetsAruna pic.twitter.com/Uel6kOHpki — Parikshit Sachdeva (@sachdevaparik) October 17, 2017 Using the hashtag #SRKmeetsAruna, everyone has started tweeting to King Khan, hoping he will notice it soon enough. If meeting someone means life to them, would you meet them @iamsrk? Your die hard fan @Arunapk57 needs to meet you once.#SRKmeetsAruna pic.twitter.com/6hW2OIeTlE — Parikshit Sachdeva (@sachdevaparik) October 17, 2017 Hey @iamsrk please meet your biggest fan @Arunapk57 mam.please meet her and complete her last wish.#SRKmeetsAruna — à¤à¤¦à¤¿à¤¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾ राà¤à¤ªà¥à¤¤ (@adityarajput001) October 20, 2017 @iamsrk Meet your truest fan already @Arunapk57 who is actually battling cancer with the love she has for you! #SRKmeetsAruna pic.twitter.com/yLpXSw58MF — Akshat Khot (@akshatkhot) October 8, 2017 @iamsrk please meet @Arunapk57 who is not just your biggest fan, she is a fighter survivor. U will be delighted to meet her!#SRKmeetsAruna — Arpita (@arpita_dg) October 20, 2017 @iamsrk sir ur fan and a #cancer patient with critical hlth cnditn @Arunapk57 has her wish to meet u#SRKmeetsAruna pic.twitter.com/ix63WqYWpd — Rishabh dubey (@dubeyrishabh09) October 18, 2017 Dear Mr.Khan, please make this happen. Being a worshiper of yours I can totally relate to her feelings. @iamsrk #SRKmeetsAruna Luv — Susruto Mukherjee (@SusrutoM) October 20, 2017 And, this is simply why the internet is a beautiful place. Moreover, Aruna and SRK have interacted before as well. Back in January, he replied to her tweet about going to watch 'Raees'. Thank u my love. Hope u enjoy it. https://t.co/RCNofzL9Z4 — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 28, 2017 Hopefully, he notices her once again.
  17. Choosing a career path is quite a hard decision, and it happens very often that you realize that you're not made for the job you've just started working on. Well, seems like it's a universal thing as Lulu the Labrador is also going through the exact same thing. The adorable pupper was training to be an explosive detection K-9 for the CIA. Well, I don't have to explain what an important (or should I say 'im-paw-tant') and noble job it is, but Lulu quickly came to a realization that this wasn't the career path for her. And, it turns out she just couldn't even pretend to be motivated, she basically just didn't care about sniffing out bombs, which is literally a life and death kind of a situation. We're sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn't interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09 — CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017 In an extremely important 'pupdate' blogpost, the CIA explained how they had no choice other than letting Lulu go : “For some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn't temporary. Instead, this just isn't the job they are meant for. Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives. Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.” Lulu wasn't interested in searching for explosives. Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX — CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017 Even though Lulu was going through her explosive training to become a bomb dog, but she decided that maybe she didn't want to be a bomb dog. But, it's okay, it happens to the best of us. But, on a happier note, she has been adopted by her handler and spends her days playing happily with the children of the family, as well as their other pet Labrador, Harry. Apparently, now she is the best at sniffing out dead rabbits and squirrels in the backyard of her new house. Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D — CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017 Even though it wouldn't have been easy to lose such an adorable recruit, this was still the best decision for Lulu, and it seems like she's fully enjoying her retirement now. We'll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/Mbcr9C7wUY — CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017 All the best, Lulu! You have your whole life ahead of you to just relax and play now.
  18. A BOSU ball is a fitness training device, invented in 1999 by David Weck consisting of an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform. The device is often used for balance training. This is one type of equipment that is found in most gyms and households of fitness enthusiasts. It can help you improve your balance and flexibility, sharpen your reflexes, and reshape your body over a period of time. © Menshealth How To Use It Correctly Ball-side-down which is slightly advanced as compared to the opposite side removes that stable platform and forces you to rely even more heavily on your stabilizer muscles and your core. As far as the movements themselves, you can do just about anything on a BOSU ball for a full-body workout. Balance is extremely important in your functionality. Your body always performs best when all your muscles are uniform in size and strength and are uniformly balanced and working together. If your muscles are uniform and balanced, you will have less pain in your joints as you get older. Bodily pain is the result of unbalanced muscles that are being overused by one side of your body. The bosu ball training can help rectify this by building balance and 'proprioception'. Balance and flexibility are important in all your physical activities that you do. As you age, balance and flexibility become more and more important and if you work on them they will greatly enhance the quality of your life! Balance and flexibility are actually more important even though in day to day life the chances of us moving on unstable surfaces are not that often. © stack A List Of BOSU Ball Exercises That Can Be Done At Home Or At The Gym 1. Push-Ups—Ball Side Down This is just like a regular push-up except you are balancing your body while on the BOSU ball. It will help work your core, triceps, chest and shoulders. This helps improve your balance coordination also. 2. Squats—Ball Side Up Stand on the ball with your legs hip-width apart and squat. Hold the squat for three seconds before standing. This works your legs, glutes and core. 3. Mountain Climbers—Ball Side Down Place your hands on the sides of the BOSU ball with a firm grip. Hold a steady plank position. When you're ready, lift your right leg a few inches off the ground. Bring your knee to your nose, and then switch legs. Switch legs for 30 seconds at any pace you like. Make sure you keep your stomach tight. 4. Side forearm Plank-Ball side up Set the BOSU ball down with the flat side on the ground. Place one forearm on the BOSU ball and extend your feet out so that you are lying on your side. Tighten your core and lift up into a side bridge/plank. Move up and down at the top or hold statically for 30 seconds or more. 5. Single leg Romanian deadlifts –Ball side up Place the BOSU with the platform side down. Stand on the BOSU on one leg with a slight bend in the knee. Bend at the hip and extend your free leg behind you for balance. Lower your upper body until it's parallel to the ground. Then return to the upright position slowly and with control. Make sure to keep your hips in a steady position without letting them sway to one side. To make this more difficult, you can hold a dumbbell or Kettlebell in the opposite hand of the leg that is standing. Workout Variety and Entertainment Switching up your workout every few weeks is one of the best ways to keep from getting bored. The changes in your routine force your body to new challanges, they also keep you entertained. This is a great tool for sports specific training too. Helius is one of Mumbai's most promising fitness professionals and part time kettle bell lecturer. His knowledge on nutrition and trainer soft skills management is well recognized. To know more about him CLICK HERE, and mail your queries about fitness to heliusd@hotmail.com.
  19. Even though Diwali is over (phew!) and we can finally breathe in Delhi—all thanks to the (slightly controversial) cracker ban—wedding season a.k.a. the season to wear loads of ethnic clothes, and dance till 4 a.m. in the morning is just getting started. And if you're anything like us and already bored of wearing the same blacks, greys, and whites, it's officially time for some new clothes. For some much-needed inspiration, here's a comprehensive list of celebrity-approved (and idiot-proof) combos that are definitely going to leave a long-lasting impression and make you the best-dressed man in the lot. Let's roll… Shahid Kapoor makes for a perfect arm-candy for the wife, Mira's turquoise number in a white-on-white-on-white ethnic combo. Three reasons why this white look—a slightly unusual colour for an evening event, works wonderfully on Shahid: 1) It sits perfectly with his groomed-to-perfection beard 2) The details of the outfit—the military buttons, the tailored pants etc. give it a luxe edge 3) Black dress shoes FTW! © Viral Bhayani Varun Dhawan's new-age black and white outfit is fashion-forward without being cartoonish. A simple Mandarin collar kurta paired with skinny pyjamas perfectly compliment the over-the-top bandhgala-jacket-hybrid. Mr. Dhawan finished off his lady-killer look with styled-to-perfection hair and shiny dress shoes finish. © Viral Bhayani By the looks of it, Sidharth Malhotra is obsessed with red and shades of red—especially when it comes to ethnic wear outings. We are absolutely not complaining because the man can definitely pull it off. Like this asymmetrical red kurta paired with a maroon-ish bandhgala and skinny white pyjamas. Bonus points on the shiny maroon loafers! © Viral Bhayani Ranbir Kapoor's Rockstar-approved all-black outfit is anything but simple. Cue the details—shiny Bandhani-inspired embroidery, tapered pants and those super-cool Chelsea boots. © Viral Bhayani Actor Mohit Marwah's outfit is a tribute to old school done right. Velvet Nehru jacket with printed pocket square paired with jodhpurs should be your go-to outfit this wedding season! © Viral Bhayani Yes, you can look manly in emerald green. Just look at OG TV heartthrob Ejaz Khan! He nailed it with his festive-y green kurta and off-white pyjamas. © Viral Bhayani Hate dressing up for wedding functions? Vicky Kaushal's unstated kurta and dhoti look are exactly what you need. © Viral Bhayani Pro-tip: To nail an understated look opt for woven sandals instead of heavy-duty dress shoes or loafers!
  20. Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is probably the biggest festival celebrated by Indians around the world. We decorate our homes with diyas and go on shopping sprees to catch the best of deals on gadgets. The festival marks the end of the harvest season but it also brings people from all walks of life together. Being a millennial, I chose to stalk Diwali pictures on Instagram instead of my daily newspapers. I noticed many photographers and influencers used the new iPhone 8 to capture some surreal moments. Apple's official Instagram account also featured and payed homage to the festival of lights with some incredible photos under the “Light Series”. “Light will always find its way over darkness.” #ShotoniPhone by Mohammed A.N. @mohammedabdulnoor - 2. Ashish P. @ashishjparmar - 3. Chandan K. @khannachandan - 4. Mahaveer P. @mocksterr - 5. Arati K.R. @aratikumarrao - 6. Gursimran B. @coffee.karma A post shared by apple (@apple) on Oct 17, 2017 at 6:30pm PDT Here are some images that we feel captured the true essence of Diwali in India, all through an iPhone's camera lens. © Instagram Customers shop for lights during the festival of Diwali in the Santacruz West area of Mumbai, India Photographer: Prashant Vishwanathan © Instagram Customers look at lanterns on display during the festival of Diwali in the Dadar West area of Mumbai, India Photographer: Prashant Vishwanathan © Instagram Celebrating the festival of lights in Bengaluru Photographer: Ashish Parmar © Instagram © Instagram Celebrating the festival of lights in Coimbatore Photographer: Varun Aditya © Instagram © Instagram Diwali in Goa is marked by burning an effigy of the demon Narakasur who was defeated by Lord Krishna to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Photographer: Sephi Bergerson
  21. Virtual Reality will change the face of cinema in the next decade -- but only if content keeps up with the advances in technology, industry experts at the Busan International Film Festival predict - AFP BUSAN, South Korea: Virtual Reality will change the face of cinema in the next decade -- but only if content keeps up with the advances in technology, industry experts at the Busan International Film Festival predict. VR is already being heavily promoted by the tech giants, with Facebook and Microsoft launching new headsets they hope will ensure the format goes mainstream. Studios and film-makers are also poised to capitalise, as cinema industry reports estimate VR could generate as much as US$75 billion a year in revenues by 2021. Earlier this year, the IMAX chain opened its first VR cinema in Los Angeles, while the leading film festivals -- including Cannes, Venice, and Tribeca -- now have sections dedicated to recognising ground-breaking work in the medium. "Facebook and Apple are pouring billions of dollars into this industry and these hardware developments are key but it will all come down to content and we are excited by the way that is developing," explained Korean-American filmmaker Eugene Chung, whose production "Arden's Wake" won the Best Virtual Reality award at Venice in September. Chung insisted the format is going to shift public perception and expectations of cinema. "We?re really building the future," he said. But revolutions in cinema do not always play out; despite their early hype, 3D movies have struggled to rival traditional film consumption. IMAX has scaled back its 3D screenings, while box office figures in the US show declining audience interest, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. But proponents of VR insist this time, it is different, and the format is likely to succeed because it fully immerses viewers in the imaginary environment. BIFF programmer Park Jin, who organised the event's VR section, which comprises more than 30 features, documentaries and animations, described VR as the "future of cinema". 'A strange game' In Busan there has been a huge buzz around the VR programme, with constant queues to experience what is on offer -- both individual booths and a cinema are showcasing films. "It feels a bit strange at first, a bit like a game, but once I got used to the equipment it was quite exciting,? said 60-year-old Kim Young-min, who had come to BIFF to take in a retrospective of legendary Korean actor Shin Seong-il but had been lured over to the VR show by her daughter. Experts say therein lies the catch -- the "computer game" feel to some shows can be a little off-putting. "We need to find some emotion and how to engage the viewer in that," said filmmaker Che Min-Hyuk, a producer at the VR Lab run by Korean media industry giants CJ. "As filmmakers with VR we still don't really know how far it will take us and the audience." Chung conceded the industry needs to tread carefully -- going to the movies will not be the same social experience if everyone is in their own world wearing headsets. "We think the impact of this medium is going to be incredibly powerful," he said, admitting that it would be a voyage into the unknown in terms of social impact. "There's a first spaceship factor. When video games came out I think we as a society underestimated their impact so there are definitely things we need to look out for in VR in the coming years." But film giants are embracing the challenge. At the Cannes festival this year Oscar-winner Alejandro G. Inarritu showcased his VR production "Meat and Sand", while Warner Bros created a trailer in the format to promote Stephen King adaptation 'It'. Dreamscape Immersion, whose investors include Steven Spielberg, 21st Century Fox, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, last month signed a deal with AMC Entertainment, the world's largest theatre chain, to rollout "Virtual Reality Multiplexes" where members explore storylines in virtual worlds and interact with other people's avatars. Director Jerome Blanquet, whose film "Alteration" won an award at the Tribeca Film Festival, said: "VR is like a dream. You can walk, you can fly, you can do anything."
  22. The Supreme Court, in its final judgment in the Panama Papers case on July 28, directed the National Accountability Bureau to file three references against the Sharif family. Avenfield properties reference A reference against Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam, sons Hussain, Hasan and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, relating to the Avenfield properties (flats 16, 16-A, 17 and 17-A Avenfield House, Park Lane, London, United Kingdom), was directed to be filed by NAB. "In preparing and filing this Reference, the NAB shall also consider the material already collected during the course of investigations conducted earlier, as indicated in the detailed judgments," the court ruled. Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Est Reference The second reference was against Nawaz, Hussain and Hasan regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment ? companies reportedly owned by the Sharif family and whose source of funding were not made clear to the Supreme Court during the Panama Papers case hearing. Flagship Investment Ltd Reference Panama Case: Judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [embed_video1... The third reference was also ordered against Nawaz, Hussain and Hasan regarding the companies mentioned in paragraph nine of the judgment. These are around a dozen offshore companies, including Flagship Investment Limited, based in the UK and UAE and reportedly owned by the Sharif family. The companies are: Flagship Investments Limited, Hartstone Properties Limited; Que Holdings Limited; Quint Eaton Place 2 Limited; Quint Saloane Limited (formerly Quint Eaton Place Limited), Quaint Limited; Flagship Securities Limited; Quint Gloucester Place Limited; Quint Paddington Limited (formerly Rivates Estates Limited); Flagship Developments Limited; Alanna Services Limited (BVI); Lankin SA (BVI); Chadron Inc; Ansbacher Inc; Coomber Inc; and Capital FZE (Dubai). Wide scope of investigation The court also ordered NAB to include in its proceedings all other persons including Sheikh Saeed, [nephew of Ishaq Dar?s wife] Musa Ghani, [son of a retired officer from London Stock Exchange] Kashif Masood Qazi, [Nawaz?s friend] Javaid Kiyani and [National Bank of Pakistan President] Saeed Ahmed, who have any direct or indirect nexus or connection with the actions of Nawaz, Hussain, Hasan, Maryam and Dar, leading to acquisition of assets and funds beyond their known sources of income. The bench also gave NAB the option to file supplementary reference(s) "if and when any other asset, which is not prima facie reasonably accounted for, is discovered". NAB finalises four references against Sharif family, Ishaq Dar The Supreme Court, in the Panama Papers case verdict, had given NAB six weeks to finalise the cases and submit them in accountability courts The accountability court will then proceed with and decide the aforesaid references within six months from the date of filing. However, some reports claim the six-month deadline will begin from the indictment of the accused. The Supreme Court also stated that if the accountability court finds any deed, document or affidavit filed by or on behalf of the respondents or any other person to be fake, false, forged or fabricated, it shall take appropriate action against the person concerned as per the law.
  23. NEW YORK: Thirty years ago, before heading to work at the New York Stock Exchange, Peter Kenny left his home in lower Manhattan and made a detour to the nearby Our Lady of Victory church to pray to St. Jude, the Roman Catholic patron saint of desperate and lost causes. The reason was the stock market crash known as ?Black Monday? on October 19, 1987. ?Blessed mother get me through this,? he prayed. Kenny, now senior market strategist at Global Markets Advisory Group in New York, was a newly minted member of the New York Stock Exchange, having joined the exchange in February that year. He was stunned by the events that unfolded the previous day, the worst trading day in US history. ?I don?t think anyone was prepared for what actually transpired in the overseas markets, which led to the bloodbath on Monday,? said Kenny. When it was over, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI had lost 22.6 percent in one day, equivalent to a drop of about 5,200 points in the index today. The benchmark US S&P 500 index .SPX plunged 20.5 percent on Black Monday, equal to a drop of over 520 points today, and the Nasdaq dropped 11.4 percent, comparable to a drop of about 750 points. In 1987 US stock prices had climbed steadily all year, as they have in 2017, with each of the three major US indexes hitting record highs in late August. But September turned into a difficult month, with each index falling more than 2.0 percent, though not by enough to raise alarm bells among investors. But as the calendar flipped to October, the selling in US equity markets intensified. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI and S&P 500 .SPX fell more than 9.0 percent in the week before Black Monday. On the morning of Monday, October 19, 1987, Art Hogan, then a floor broker at the Boston Stock Exchange, expected a possible rebound for stock prices. Nothing had prepared him for what was to unfold. ?It was clear in that first hour... this was going to be as bad as we?ve seen in our lifetimes,? said Hogan, now chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York. Many describe the events of Black Monday as the first instance of computer trading gone haywire, caused by the use of portfolio insurance, a hedging strategy against market declines that involves selling short in stock index futures. The prior week?s fall in US stocks led to selling by investors in Asian markets to limit losses. Those losses then signaled investors in Europe to sell, which caused increased selling by the time US markets were to open on Black Monday. ?It was like nobody wanted to question the computer,? said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O?Neil Securities in New York, who was a 26-year-old in his second year as a member of the NYSE. ?Then what happens is it feeds on itself because as the prices got worse the risk management software kept spitting out a new message - You need to sell more,? said Polcari. Portfolio insurance, the short selling of stock index futures to protect against a decline in value, caused computerized program trading to issue sell orders as a safeguard against more losses. Instead, losses intensified, causing even more sell orders in a feedback loop. With computer trading in its infancy, the floor of the NYSE was filled with more members than today, with trades executed by hand on paper. Thousands of traders scrambled to handle the tidal wave of selling, with volumes so extreme prices were delayed by hours, further complicating the process. ?The opening was 90 minutes (delayed), so you knew there was a lot of influx of orders, the futures (contracts) were down, everything was down, so we knew we were in for a rough ride,? said Peter Costa, president at Empire Executions Inc in New York, who has been working on the trading floor since 1981. The widespread selling and delay in reporting prices also hit the stock options market, said Gordon Charlop, a managing director at Rosenblatt Securities in New York who was trading options on the American Exchange at the time of the crash. ?The options market slowed down to a crawl because nobody could really figure out how to derive options prices from equities because we weren?t sure what the equity prices were,? said Charlop. Of the 30 companies whose stocks are in the Dow today, slightly less than half were in the index at the time. American Express (AXP.N) lost 26.2 percent on Black Monday, Procter & Gamble (PG.N) plunged 27.8 percent, and Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) tumbled 23.4 percent. ?The price movements in the stocks were not like anything I had ever seen prior to that day, or since that day, in fact,? said Ted Weisberg, floor trader with Seaport Securities in New York, who has been a member of the exchange since 1969. ?It was in fact the scariest day, the most emotional day, except when we came back to work after September 11, that I have ever spent on the trading floor.?
  24. We don't realise how we gamble our lives with all that air pollution around us. The quality of air quality is alarmingly high, and even banning crackers is not helping the deteriorated situation. #changetheair is one such campaign that is urging everyone to start the change around them. This video captures the stark but the sad reality of what life around us has become now. the good people at Airoshine are using the power impact of social media and trying to make our country a better place for our own good. #changetheair has bee trending on Twitter and many people have joined in to make an impact. Shiv wants to everyone,to abide by what we share on social media and implement a clean and green Diwali. #ChangeTheAir pic.twitter.com/SonXCfFiYc — AIROSHINE (@AIROSHINE) October 18, 2017 The ban on crackers has been one of the best moves on the Govt's part, and we should respect it and it should get implemented.#ChangeTheAir pic.twitter.com/ccDtRlVXcj — AIROSHINE (@AIROSHINE) October 18, 2017 Reducing the impact of the pollutants will take a long time, but the war is half won if people are willing to take the necessary measures and most importantly, say no to crackers on Diwali. Let the Kids breathe clean air. Say NO to Firecrackers #ChangeTheAir pic.twitter.com/eZe5W9gVu6 — AIROSHINE (@AIROSHINE) October 18, 2017 It's important to start awareness at the most basic level and most importantly it's vital that the kids around us understand the importance of having a green and a clean Diwali. Just listen to what this little one has to say. Have a clean and Green Diwali! #ChangeTheAir #RightToBreathe pic.twitter.com/kXdl7sZSDr — AIROSHINE (@AIROSHINE) October 18, 2017 This Diwali , please burn the evil around you, not crackers. This is your country, and it's your moral responsibility to not only make this land a better place but to give yourself the gift of a healthy life by breathing clean air.
  25. Maryam Nawaz appears before the accountability court on Oct 19, 2017. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz said on Thursday that it is for the first time the ?Sicilian Mafia? is appearing before the courts. The former prime minister's daughter was likely referring to a reference to the notorious mafia by the Supreme Court in June this year while hearing a contempt case against the then ruling party member Senator Nehal Hashmi. Hashmi, in a leaked video, had threatened those "investigating the prime minister's son". Talking to members of the media inside the courtroom where a corruption hearing against her and family is under way, Maryam said, ?First they awarded us a punishment and then the trial started?. Govt regrets SC judge's 'mafia' remarks in Nehal Hashmi case ?The honourable judge leveled baseless allegations against govt, She said Nawaz Sharif is likely to come back at the end of this week or next week, adding that her mother Kulsoom?s health is improving and she is undergoing chemotherapy. The hearing is presently under way. Mafia reference The apex court, which took suo motu notice of the remarks, came down hard on Hashmi over his controversial speech, with Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed commenting that only mafias and terrorists threaten children in the way that he [Hashmi] did. Justice Azmat also 'congratulated' the attorney general for being part of a 'mafia' government. Panama verdict: Justice Khosa's dissenting note references 'The Godfather' The Godfather reference in Panama Case verdict Moreover, Supreme Court Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, in his dissenting judgment of April 20, 2017 in the Panama Papers case, had begun his judgment with a quote from The Godfather.