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  1. Roger Federer will not take up a wild card invitation to next week´s Dubai Championships DUBAI: Roger Federer will not take up a wild card invitation to next week´s Dubai Championships, the event´s tournament director has confirmed, with the new world number one opting for an awards ceremony in Monte Carlo instead. Tournament director Salah Talhak told local media that 36-year-old Federer, the oldest man to take the top ranking, said the seven-time champion intends to play the event in 2019. "I understand and I believe whatever´s good for him is good for us. You can´t really push him more," Talhak told Sport360. "Had he not won in Rotterdam he would have definitely come here." Earlier Friday, Federer tweeted his intention to travel to Monte Carlo next Tuesday to attend the Laureus awards ceremony where he is again a nominee. "Excited to be heading to Monaco for the @LaureusSport Awards! Good luck to all the Nominees - see you next week #Laureus18," tweeted the 20-time Grand Slam winner. Federer cannot lose the world number one spot next week even if old rival Rafael Nadal triumphs in Acapulco.
  2. Writer, director, and executive producer David Mamet takes part in a panel discussion of HBO's "Phil Spector" during the 2013 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California, US, January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas/Files LOS ANGELES: David Mamet has written a new play about film producer Harvey Weinstein, the Pulitzer Prize winner said in an interview published on Friday. The timing for production of the play ? currently titled Bitter Wheat ? is still to be determined, the report said. ?I was talking with my Broadway producer and he said, ?Why don?t you write a play about Harvey Weinstein?? And so I did,? Mamet, who has been a force in US theatre and film for over 40 years, told the Chicago Tribune. More than 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, triggering a wider impropriety scandal that has roiled Hollywood and beyond. Weinstein has denied non-consensual *** with anyone. Mamet gave few details of the play, and his representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Jeffrey Richards ? a Broadway producer with whom Mamet has collaborated often ? also did not immediately respond. Mamet explored the theme of sexual harassment in his controversial 1992 play Oleanna about a male university professor and a female student. ?I think about this a lot now. I have a bunch of daughters, a young son,? Mamet said in the interview. ?Every society has to confront the ungovernable genie of sexuality and tries various ways to deal with it and none of them work very well.? The Tribune report said an unnamed ?Chicago stage legend who is now a movie star? has expressed interest in the play?s lead role. Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his play Glengarry Glen Ross about male power set in the cut-throat world of real estate.
  3. Shlomo Filber (L) sits at the Magistrate Court during his remand in Tel Aviv, Israel, February 18, 2018. ? Reuters JERUSALEM: A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state?s witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader?s political survival, local media said. Shlomo Filber?s decision to testify for the state against his former boss is a dramatic turn for Netanyahu, whose inner circle had so far seemed watertight. Filber?s change of heart could leave the tough-talking Netanyahu at his most vulnerable yet, with one critic writing him off as a ?political corpse.? The development has also fueled speculation that Netanyahu, 68, will call a snap election to try to stall legal proceedings during the campaign and rally his right-wing power base behind him. Israel?s dominant political figure for a generation - in power since 2009 and for 12 years total since 1996 - Netanyahu calls the allegations against him a ?witch hunt? and has said he will seek a fifth term in a national ballot due in late 2019. Filber, who was appointed by Netanyahu to head the Communications Ministry, was arrested this week along with top executives at Bezeq Telecom (BEZQ.TA), Israel?s largest telecommunications company. In unsourced reports, Israeli media said Filber has now agreed to testify for the state in the case, in which police allege that Bezeq?s owners offered favorable coverage on media they controlled in return for favours from regulators. Bezeq, its owners and executives deny wrongdoing. A spokesman for the police fraud squad declined to comment. Filber?s lawyer was not immediately available to comment on whether a deal had been reached. Police recommended last week that Netanyahu himself be indicted in two unrelated corruption investigations. The attorney-general must decide whether to accept the police recommendation to charge him. In one he is suspected of bribery over gifts, which police say were worth nearly $300,000, that he received from wealthy businessmen. The other involves an alleged plot to win positive coverage in Israel?s biggest newspaper by offering to take measures to curtail the circulation of a rival daily. In another case revealed this week, one of Netanyahu?s former spokesmen is alleged to have tried to bribe a judge to block a case against Netanyahu?s wife for spending state money on personal catering. A spokesman for the Netanyahu family called the allegation ?hallucinatory.? So far, partners in his governing coalition have stood by Netanyahu, saying they were awaiting the attorney-general?s next moves. ?(Netanyahu) is presumed innocent until proven guilty, even if someone is trying to kick out the prime minister without elections,? Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home party, said on Israel?s Channel 13 after news of the state?s witness deal. Jewish Home has eight lawmakers in Netanyahu?s 66-seat coalition in parliament, enough to topple the government if the party leaves. Early election? Polls before Filber?s decision suggested Netanyahu would just about survive if an election were held now, despite widespread suspicion against him. A survey published on Feb 14 showed that almost half of Israel?s electorate believe police allegations of bribery against Netanyahu, while 25 percent said they believed Netanyahu?s denials. The remainder said they did not know whom to believe. But when people were asked whether he should remain in office or temporarily step aside, 49 percent said he should stay put, while 43 percent said he should step down temporarily. Netanyahu posted an opinion poll on Facebook on Wednesday commissioned by his Likud party that showed that it would boost its representation in parliament from 30 seats to 34 if elections were held now. But in an analysis headlined ?The final days of Netanyahu?s rule?, Aluf Benn, editor of the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, said his leadership ?has been dealt a harsh blow, apparently a mortal one.?
  4. Hales, who has registered 13 centuries in 107 first-class appearances, is slated to feature in the upcoming PSL LONDON: Alex Hales has announced he is turning his back on Test cricket after signing a new limited-overs contract with county side Nottinghamshire following a similar decision by England team-mate Adil Rashid. Rashid last week said he intended to focus solely on shorter, white-ball cricket for Yorkshire this season and Hales has penned a deal until the end of the 2019 season that will see him feature only in 50-over and 20-over formats of the game. Hales´s decision is likely to strengthen fears that England´s top limited-overs internationals could abandon first class, or red-ball, cricket, which includes five-day Test matches, in favour of playing in lucrative domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world. The opening batsman proved crucial in Nottinghamshire´s domestic white-ball double in 2017 and is a regular in England´s limited-overs set-up with 58 one-day and 52 T20 international appearances. But the 29-year-old´s decision seemingly ends his hopes of adding to his 11 Test caps, the last of which he earned in August 2016. "For the next 18 months I´m excited to focus entirely on limited overs cricket and want to be part of a Notts team that retains the white ball double and a World Cup winning squad with England," he said in a statement on Twitter. "The decision to focus on my white ball game wasn´t taken lightly or on the spur of the moment, it´s one I´ve thought long and hard about. It´s also one I´ve discussed at length with the Notts management." Hales, who has registered 13 centuries in 107 first-class appearances, is slated to feature in the upcoming Pakistan Super League with Islamabad United following England´s one-day series in New Zealand but both he and Rashid were overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction. "Alex is entitled to make himself available for whatever format he wants to play, and we respect his decision," said Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell. "He´s an outstanding white ball player and we look forward to him helping us win more trophies in that format of the game."
  5. US President Donald Trump said Saturday the FBI was so caught up in the Russia probe that it failed to heed signs which could have prevented the Parkland school shooting. Photo: AFP file FORT LAUDERDALE: US President Donald Trump said Saturday the FBI was so caught up in the Russia probe that it failed to heed signs which could have prevented the Parkland school shooting. His comments came as he faces criticism from survivors of the attack over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, and after several thousand rallied in Florida to demand urgent action on gun control. "Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable," he wrote on Twitter. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" US authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs ahead of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 people were killed. The FBI admitted Friday it received a chilling warning in January from a tipster who said the gunman Nikolas Cruz could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents failed to follow up. But the attack, the 18th school shooting this year alone, has also renewed calls for greater gun control with several survivors leading the charge. One of them, 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez delivered a fiery address to a crowd of students, parents and residents in Ft. Lauderdale. "To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" she thundered, assailing Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby. The crowd chanted in turn: "Shame on you!" "We are going to be the last mass shooting... We are going to change the law," she vowed -- slamming the fact 19-year-old Cruz was able to legally buy a semi-automatic firearm despite a history of troubling and violent behavior. "The question on whether or not people should be allowed to own an automatic weapon is not a political one. It is question of life or death and it needs to stop being a question of politics," Gonzalez told AFP following her speech. In Washington, the political response has made clear that the powerful NRA pro-gun lobby remains formidable, while Trump himself suggested the root cause of mass shootings was a crisis of mental health -- making no mention of gun control. "If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and... how nothing is going to be done about it, I´m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association," Gonzalez said in her impassioned address. "It doesn´t matter because I already know. Thirty million," she said, citing the sum spent by the NRA to support Trump´s election bid and defeat Hillary Clinton. She then ran through a list of the pro-gun lobby´s talking points -- for example, that "a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun," that no law could ever stop a madman intent on killing -- answering each argument with "We call BS." The young woman´s powerful address immediately went viral, with her name a top trending topic on Twitter. Missed warnings In addition to the FBI´s missteps, Cruz was also known to local police after his mother repeatedly reported him for violent outbursts, while records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel show authorities investigated Cruz in 2016 after he cut his arms on messaging app Snapchat and threatened to buy a gun. The newspaper, citing Department of Children and Family Services documents, said the investigation came four days after Cruz turned 18 -- legally an adult, and thus able to buy a firearm. Investigators said there were "some implications" for the teen´s safety, but concluded that his "final level of risk is low as (he) resides with his mother, attends school and receives counselling" as an outpatient at a mental health centre, the Sun Sentinel said. Cruz later passed a background check, allowing him in February 2017 to buy the AR-15 rifle used in the massacre. Russia probe Trump spoke by phone Saturday with the Parkland mayor, the county commissioner and the principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to express his condolences and offer his support. He then pivoted to politics late Saturday with his allegations against the FBI -- though the federal government´s investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and collusion with the Trump campaign has been led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller since last May. There was no immediate response from the FBI to Trump´s latest allegation. Mueller´s investigation has so far swept up four members of Trump´s campaign, with two agreeing to work for the probe under a plea deal. On Thursday Mueller indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, but did not accuse any Americans of knowingly participating in that effort.
  6. BERLIN: Organisers of the Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday declined a call to have movie stars walk a black, rather than red, carpet as a symbol of support for the campaign against sexual harassment in the industry. After January?s Golden Globes ceremony where people wore black on the red carpet to express solidarity with the movement, more than 21,000 people signed a petition calling for the carpet itself to change color at this year?s ?Berlinale?. But one day before the festival opened, its director, Dieter Kosslick, said he understood the reasons for the campaign but had decided against ?symbolic politics? and wanted to instead focus on events discussing sexual harassment. ?We?d like to use our activities to dive deeper into the #MeToo debate than a carpet would allow, so we don?t plan to put a black carpet down at the Berlinale,? Kosslick said. The festival had already announced a panel discussion on sexual harassment, a counseling corner and a seminar that will encourage women who have suffered harassment to speak up and seek ways to boost equality in the film industry. Kosslick said some films were cut from the program due to sexual abuse allegations against people involved but he has declined to name them. Around 400 films will be screened at the 68th Berlinale which opens with U.S. director Wes Anderson?s ?Isle of Dogs?, an animated tale of a boy searching for his pet at a garbage dump where a fictional city has exiled all of its dogs. Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig, who voice characters in the film, are due to appear at the festival that some fans say is otherwise lacking in star power. ?This year I don?t think there?s as many real highlights,? said Scott Roxborough of The Hollywood Reporter. ?Aside from the Wes Anderson film which everybody wants to see and everyone is excited about, there are very few big films, either big Hollywood movies or even big art house movies.? The festival, renowned for films with strong political agendas, includes ?Khook? (?Pig?), an Iranian film about a blacklisted director and ?U-July 22? about the 2011 massacre of young people on a Norwegian island by Anders Behring Breivik. Other films in contention include a Western comedy called ?Damsel? featuring Robert Pattinson, ?Transit,? a German film about a man fleeing Nazi-occupied France, and ?Dovlatov,? a portrait of the Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov. Tom Tykwer, a German director best known for his 1998 film ?Run Lola Run?, heads the jury that will decide which of the 19 movies in competition wins the Golden Bear for best film and who gets Silver Bears for acting and directing. The festival in the German capital runs until Feb. 25.
  7. Ajay Devgn is back in action with his upcoming crime drama 'Raid', and while some of us were beginning to have second thoughts about this movie; the makers dropped an amazing trailer packed with high-octane action and drama, which confirmed that it's going to be one of the most kickass movies of this year. The trailer gave us two things – one is the powerful line “Heroes don't always come in uniform” and the second is this hilarious line-up of memes and jokes that people made out of one dialogue of Saurabh Shukla. Panorama Studios Ajay Devgn plays an honest, no-nonsense Income Tax Officer, whose ultimate aim is to bring Saurabh Shukla's character's black money and corrupt ways, to the surface. While, both Ajay and Shukla were immersed in a fiery battle of words throughout the trailer, there was one dialogue that caught people's attention and how. Director Raj Kumar Gupta might have had different thoughts when he got Shukla to say “Andar toh aagaye…bahar kaise jaaoge?” (You managed to get in, but how will you go out?) But when you have some genius minds and Twitter at our disposal, how can one not think otherwise. And that's exactly what happened. Panorama Studios Twitter could only see 'fodder for memes' written on this intense scene and took no time to rewrite the scene with their hilarious imagination. Friendzone be like pic.twitter.com/qngvTFpJUx — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) February 7, 2018 Marwari wallet to Money. pic.twitter.com/dhn8rG99Kl — Bruce Wayne (@WaizArd20) February 8, 2018 #Gameofthrones For more, Visit https://t.co/vR2idjVfwl pic.twitter.com/VTo3kJmnYb — MemeYatra (@MemeYatra) February 9, 2018 Marwadi dad once his son enters shop. pic.twitter.com/NI2CBcrb53 — Akshay Jain (@AkshayKatariyaa) February 8, 2018 When an Andheri guy catches Virar Local and wants to get down at Borivali. Mumbai Local Travellers: pic.twitter.com/ITIHAbhTHl — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) February 8, 2018 In fact, Twitter didn't spare Devgn too and unleashed their creativity to turn the movie's poster into these funny memes. ðð»ð¥ #kingkohli #INDvSA #RaidTrailer pic.twitter.com/p2aryueFrf — Freelance 007 (@James_Beyond) February 7, 2018 Honest poster of an Ajay Devgn movie. #Raid pic.twitter.com/SmDgktyorz — Bade Chote (@badechote) February 8, 2018 'Raid' is based on true events from the 1980s and stars Ajay Devgn, Ileana D'Cruz and Saurabh Shukla in key roles. 'Raid' is expected to hit the theatres on March 16.
  8. On days when Bollywood's Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan is not busy fanboying over Cate Blanchett at Davos or giving romance lessons to Virat Kohli; you can spot him pulling a rickshaw in some nook or corner of the street. In case you miss out on this magnificent sight, you can lookout for Anushka Sharma or Katrina Kaif too, since they were the ones travelling with him. It's one of those rare sights where you spot a celebrity riding in a rickshaw, and if in confusion you ask him “Chaloge Bhaiya?” trust us, you won't be alone. But, for those who saw them before their eyes instead on Instagram, like us, how can you they pretend to be so normal like it's no one business? Best memories begin with insane ideas...Girls taking me along for a ride called #Zero @aanandlrai @katrinakaif @anushkasharma A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Feb 2, 2018 at 2:21am PST Katrina Kaif is undoubtedly one of the best things that happened to Instagram and when you throw in Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and a rickshaw in the frame; you've got the perfect recipe for the most viral picture ever. Katrina shared this picture from the sets of Aanand L Rai's upcoming film 'Zero', yes the same film where Shah Rukh Khan plays a dwarf. She wrote, “the best chauffeur limousine you can order, back together again with @iamsrk @anushkasharma. Courtesy the incredible @aanandlrai #zero.” 'Zero' focuses on the lives of three people, a dwarf, an alcoholic actress and a failed scientist. The trio is coming together again after 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' and these behind-the-scenes pictures from the sets are driving us crazy with excitement. 'Zero' is expected to release on December 21.
  9. Almost a week ago, you must have seen a video going viral on the internet for its sheer stupidity. The video was of a man in Hyderabad, who 'like a boss' was clicking a selfie as a train approached him. From what we saw in the video, the ending was pretty horrific and he appeared to have either died or suffered serious injuries. If you didn't come across this video before, then have a look: Shocking!! A youth was seen close to a railway track in #Hyderabad in order to take a video selfie with the MMTS. A man can be heard asking him to move, though he insists to get the perfect shot, before the train hits him off. The youth reportedly is alive. @SCRailwayIndia pic.twitter.com/wMIGaxS1je — Hyderabad Times (@HydTimes) January 24, 2018 While the video went viral and took the country by storm, we all were left wondering about why would anyone be stupid enough to do something like this? And now, adding to the absurdity of this whole fiasco, it turns out that the man is indeed alive and has no serious injuries. A journalist posted a video where you can see him joking around with his friends: Now that's what I call a miracle !! The stupid Selfie man hit by speeding train is doing fine with no visible or serious injuries. #Hyderabad pic.twitter.com/I7aYWUFnzX — Aashish (@Ashi_IndiaToday) January 25, 2018 If you are wondering, 'Y he do dis?' then we have the answer. Another journalist revealed on her Twitter that the man in the video- Shiva and his friends decided to record this idiotic stunt in order to fool people. But we bet they never thought it would escalate so quickly. This guy Shiva n his friends created MMTS train accident fake video, fooled ppl as accident took place, this guy works in a gym at Madapur as general instructor, got this info from my teammate who goes to this gym, now this guy is absconding pic.twitter.com/QebASR3FcS — Nellutla Kavitha (@iamKavithaRao) January 25, 2018 Now it isn't exactly clear whether or not he suffered from any injuries at all, but from the newly surfaced videos he definitely looks in a jolly good state and we are of course relieved to see him healthy. Apparently, he claims he was trying to create awareness about the value of life when weighed against the dangers of taking such dangerous selfies. But that in no way compensates for what he did and how it could have had serious consequences.
  10. Fans in Japan are marking 40 years of Space Invaders, one of the original arcade games - AFP TOKYO: Block graphic aliens dropped down the window panes of a Tokyo skyscraper before being blasted into oblivion by enthusiastic gamers celebrating 40 years of the arcade sensation "Space Invaders". Four decades after the game took the world by storm, a high-tech exhibition is allowing enthusiasts to save the world from extra-terrestrial invasion in a variety of novel ways. Part of the installation sees the game projected inside the windows of a skyscraper?s 52nd floor, against the glittering backdrop of Tokyo's night skyline. Elsewhere at the "Play! Space Invaders!" exhibit, gamers interact more closely with their alien opponents thanks to motion-sensor technology that allows them to stamp or hit the invaders as they approach on the floors or walls. And for those with a touch of nostalgia, the exhibit also features the traditional game machines that first tempted players in arcades and pizza parlours decades ago. Space Invaders -- along with Pac Man -- was originally played on huge arcade machines - AFP Father of two, Keiji Ishihara, 50, remembers the frenzy that surrounded the game's original release when he was 10. "It was a big shock, a fever swept Tokyo, but boys like me didn't have much money to play at the time," he said, smiling as his son blasted away an alien. "It's beyond sci-fi that we can now access Space Invaders like this!" When the game was released in 1978, Japan's tech sector was still in its infancy, creator Tomohiro Nishikado said. "At the time, computers were not that well known in Japan so I learned everything by myself." "I came up with the characters and the concept. I did everything on my own. Looking back, it is quite impressive... I would say that I am surprised that I managed to achieve this." Takayuki Taketa, 46, first played the game in a bowling alley and was involved in the development of its revival as an art director. "It's fantastic to see the game being played again," he said, as electronic bleeps and bloops around him indicated the progress being made in the war against the aliens. "It makes me so happy to watch people's reactions and see them enjoy it after working on the project."
  11. To talk of Rahul Dravid's ability only tells you half the story. He exhibited greatness at its most humble and is one of the most impressive men to ever play the game. Dignified, fair-minded, eloquent, gentle, yet tougher than we will ever realise. A selfless cricketer and down-to-earth human being who always did and said the right things; the kind of man you'd want your son to look up to. There might be many strong walls around us but the greatest yet is the one and only, #RahulDravid. Happy birthday, Jammy! My best wishes for the U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/RICNJXzIWM — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2018 Greatness was not handed to him; he pursued it diligently and single-mindedly. Though he was technically sound, Dravid did not have the brutal audacity of Virender Sehwag, the poetic elegance of Laxman, the unfathomable enduring genius of Sachin Tendulkar or even the sublime cover drive of Ganguly. I've always looked up to Rahul Bhai, not only for his cricket achievements but also for the way he leads his life with simplicity and utmost dignity. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/gFjwgch20H — ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) January 11, 2018 What he did have was substance; one that aided the Indian team in crunch situations and allowed Dravid to establish his reputation as a miracle worker. Now, almost six years after his retirement, a lot of things have changed. The Indian cricket team has adopted an aggressive approach to the game. Dravid has traded his iconic willow for a coach's hat. And, today, the batting great has also turned 45. Friendship isn't about being inseparable but knowing and realising that inspite of not meeting regularly nothing will change. Wishing the very best to a dear friend, Rahul with whom I have shared some great memories #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/9BcLlN7wFF — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2018 For someone of Dravid's stature and success, the former great can pretty have anything he wishes for on his birthday. But, for the man we all know he is, it's needless to say that any materialistic gain on his birthday would excite him. So what exactly can you gift someone as grounded and humble as Dravid is? Well, a comic book should suffice. 13,288 Test runs 10,889 ODI runs 48 international centuries 1 legendary career Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid! pic.twitter.com/R1kdkFQH5w — ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2018 We all have grown up reading comics based on the exploits of fictional superheroes. From Batman to Superman, we've revelled in the heroics of superheroes that, more often than not, end up saving the day. But, if a fictional character can earn a comic book series, why can't a real-life superhero like Dravid get one? © Twitter That's exactly what Dindigul-based KS Divakar thought of before giving the perfect gift to the batting great on his 45th birthday. The 23-year-old has released a comic book called 'The Wall' which features 15 important incidents from the life and career of the Indian batting maestro. Divakar, a die-hard Dravid fan, believes that telling sports stories through visuals make it more appealing to children. "When we first started our blog, we wanted to write articles and have a cartoon based on it. We received a lot of appreciation, so when I started my website, Sportwalk, I wanted to do something unique. That's how we came up with the concept and the official Rahul Dravid Fan Club helped gather information," he told the TOI. © Instagram/@johncena While the substance that once reflected in his batting and character has transformed Dravid into a mentor who is busy shaping young minds in cricket these days, a comic book based on his life and career is not only the best-possible gift for the former cricketer, but also for his fans and budding cricketers who idolise 'The Wall'.
  12. Being the President of the United States of America, you would expect that Trump could get anything he wanted, but till now he still hasn't got someone to proofread his tweets, because let's be real, he needs someone big time and it honestly needs to be his top priority. Well sometimes, his blunders on Twitter are harmless and go on to become one of the biggest meme of the year. Remember 'covefe'? A typo that became an internet phenomenon. But, sometimes his random Twitter rants don't work out the way he hopes them too. We're just one week into the year, and Trump's tweets have made headlines almost every day, because every new tweet is more ridiculous than the last one. First, it was him threatening North Korea and if a nuclear war breaks out anytime soon, that one tweet can be considered a starting point. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018 Then, it was time for him to call himself a 'stable genius'. ....Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star..... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018 ....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018 Okay, the last two didn't have any typos or anything, but his tweets still need to be monitored, especially considering the disastrous one he sent today. He has a long list of screw ups on Twitter, and the latest one to join it is when he accidentally wrote the word 'consensual' instead of 'consequential'. The whole thing started when Trump decided to share an excerpt from 'The New York Post' opinion piece, 'We're still better off with Trump than Clinton' by Michael Goodwin. It seems like the POTUS just copy-pasted some of the parts of the article, but for some reason, changed one of the most important words. Misquoting the article, he wrote “His is turning out to be an enormously consensual presidency. So much so that … there has never been a day that I wished Hillary Clinton were President. Not one. Indeed, as Trump's accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought of Clinton in the W.H., doubling down on Obama's … failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right choice. This was truly a change election, and the changes Trump is bringing are far-reaching and necessary.' Thank you Michael Goodwin! (Please read entire column)” © AP Even though it was probably a mistake, people on Twitter did not let this opportunity to remind him that this wasn't the first time he had twisted what consent meant to him. The initial tweet was taken down as soon as they realized the mistake, and was replaced with the correctly worded one, but in the world of Twitter, any mistake is not forgotten so easily. You can delete and repost, but screenshots last forever. People were not in the mood to let this go at all, and took it upon themselves to remind Trump that they also never 'consented' to his presidency. The word in the editorial Trump is quoting was “consequential,” not “consensual.” This is not the first time Trump thought something was consensual when it wasn't. pic.twitter.com/ykdhvXHEBu — Bill Prady (@billprady) January 8, 2018 The hashtag, though. Yet again, Americans are confronted with evidence that Trump doesn't know what "consensual" means.#consensualpresidency — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 8, 2018 Shots fired. Trump had to delete his tweet calling himself a "consensual President," because at least 19 women know that's not true. — Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 8, 2018 How to cover up your mistakes. Donald Trump had to repost his tweets to correct errors, including typing “consensual” instead of “consequential” and posting an email address when he meant to give a link. Such a #StableGenius. pic.twitter.com/5iOA4jtAhl — Joel Klebanoff (@JoelKlebanoff) January 8, 2018 But, wasn't he a stable genius? The most revealing part of the quote Trump tweeted is that it used the word “consensual” instead of “consequential” meaning that Trump doesn't know how to copy/paste… — William “stable genius” LeGate ð (@williamlegate) January 8, 2018 Always on his mind. Trump tried to post a quote from a NY Post column praising him (what a shock), but replaced the word "consequential" with "consensual." For some reason "consensual" things are on his mind. pic.twitter.com/mpQTknqlwt — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) January 8, 2018 Enormously consensual. all very stable geniuses make sure to be an enormously consensual presidency — Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) January 8, 2018 Is it? Whatever the opposite of a Freudian slip is, “consensual” for “consequential” is it — Mike Sacks (@MikeSacksEsq) January 8, 2018 Everyone loves to troll him on Twitter, and he makes it quite easy, to be honest. For his own sake, President Trump should just get his tweets checked at least three times before hitting post.
  13. The man who is known to have redefined contemporary Indian music, AR Rahman, turned 51 on Friday. On the occasion, celebrities wished the Oscar-winning composer love and good health. Music composer Salim has wished Rahman good luck for the year. Playback singer Harshdeep Kaur has wished Rahman a happy birthday and expressed her liking for his work. Actor and singer Shruti Hassan has also sent wishes on Twitter. Singer Shreya Ghoshal has also posted prayers for the legendary music composer. Rahman started his career as a keyboardist. However, ever since he composed music for Tamil film Roja in early 1900s, there was no looking back.
  14. Visitors take photos at Niagara Falls as water freezed in mid-air on the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. Photo: AP 2 While Canadians pride themselves on living in cold weather, but the latest cold spell has proven too much even for them. Due to the sub-zero temperatures, the country?s biggest tourist attraction, Niagara Falls, has turned into ice. Here are some pictures of the frozen Niagara Falls: Temperatures almost reached -58 F (-50 C) in two central Canadian cities, Regina and Winnipeg. The "Canada 150" ice hockey tournament has been moved indoors from an outdoor rink in front of Parliament. Environment Canada on Friday maintained its extreme cold warning for six of the country´s 10 provinces, including British Columbia in the far west, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, as well as the Yukon territory in the northwest. "We invite all Canadians and visitors to consider the extreme weather conditions and to dress warmly and prepare accordingly to prevent frostbite and other injuries," the ministry said.
  15. While Manchester City has pretty much killed the excitement in the Premier League - thanks to their astronomical winning streak, all eyes are now on the January transfer window where other clubs will be looking to bolster their squads with some of the biggest footballers in the fray. The January transfer window will open on Monday, but Liverpool has already dropped a bomb after their sensational move saw the Reds securing the services of Southampton's Virgil van Dijk. The Anfield club splurged a staggering 75 million pounds ($100 million) to bring the Dutchman to Anfield and, in the process, made him the world's most expensive defender. © BCCL Van Dijk has been linked with a move to Liverpool for several months and the Reds were even forced to issue an apology following an alleged illegal approach for the Netherlands centre-back earlier this year. However, Jurgen Klopp's determination to sign Van Dijk finally came through with a world record fee for a defender. On Wednesday, Southampton announced that they have accepted the record fee for the move that will go through as soon as the transfer window opens on the 1st of January. Amid all the hullabaloo, Van Dijk took to Twitter and confirmed his move to Andfield. pic.twitter.com/OTcziKsHFl — Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 27, 2017 "Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player," Van Dijk wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of him with a Liverpool shirt. "Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football. #SaintsFC has reached an agreement with #LFC over the transfer of @VirgilvDijk in January. Full statement: https://t.co/BKhX6Q1mTm — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 27, 2017 "I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come," he added. © BCCL The 26-year-old has agreed a contract that will see him earn 180,000-pounds-a-week after setting his heart on a move to Liverpool ahead of City who were also interested in the defender. The previous world record fee for a defender was the 54 million pounds Manchester City paid Tottenham Hotspur for England right-back Kyle Walker in July this year. Absolute pleasure to play with @VirgilvDijk deserves all success in the future, one of if not the best cb in the league all the best big man pic.twitter.com/n3zV5Hda6N — Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) December 27, 2017 A fee of 75 million pounds would also be level with Romelu Lukaku as the second most expensive transfer in Premier League history, only behind Manchester United's 90-million-pound purchase of Frenchman Paul Pogba. Earlier in the summer window, the Brazilian Neymar became the world's most expensive player after his 200-million-pound move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona. Months later, Barcelona made Ousmane Dembele the second most expensive player of all time by shelling 96.8 million pounds for the Borussia Dortmund winger.
  16. In this photograph taken on December 22, 2017, Indian traffic policeman Ranjeet Singh directs traffic at an intersection in Indore. Photo: AFP INDORE: He is inspired by Bollywood and has a Freddie Mercury-style moustache -- but it is the Michael Jackson dance moves of traffic cop Ranjeet Singh that grab attention on India´s chaotic streets. Heads turn and drivers cannot fail to notice when the 38-year-old moonwalks across busy intersections, avoiding rickshaws and trucks in the centre of Indore, a city of two million people. "I have been a Michael Jackson fan for years and copied his moonwalk step to halt traffic 12 years ago," Singh told AFP. "Initially, people were surprised, but it worked wonders over the years and has gained popularity." In this photograph taken on December 22, 2017, Indian traffic policeman Ranjeet Singh directs traffic while "moonwalking" at an intersection in Indore. Photo: AFP "It´s a tiring task maintaining traffic amid noise pollution and reckless motorists but moonwalking amuses commuters and drivers," Singh added, after another tiring day seemingly gliding backwards across the street. Singh has become a social media phenomenon with nearly 50,000 people following his activities on Facebook while spectators add videos to sharing platforms every day. Singh claims the number of traffic violations at the high court intersection where he spends most days has fallen over the years. An Indian university is studying his methods to see whether he has cut traffic jams too. In this photograph taken on December 22, 2017, Indian traffic policeman Ranjeet Singh directs traffic at an intersection in Indore. Photo: AFP India´s city streets are notorious the world over for gridlock. Drivers, already battling crater-pocked roads and faulty traffic signals, often take out their anger on police trying to keep cars moving and pedestrians safe. Singh said some of India´s younger drivers have paid for their recklessness with their lives. "I have picked up the bodies of over 40 youngsters after accidents over the years and I feel terrible," he said. In this photograph taken on December 22, 2017, Indian traffic policeman Ranjeet Singh (2nd L) stands at an intersection in Indore. PHOTO: AFP "I just want youngsters to stay safe and follow rules." Singh´s colleagues were initially apprehensive when he used moves popularised by the late King of Pop to attract attention and manage traffic but they have since warmed to his unorthodox tactics, and he now gives moonwalking lessons to fellow officers. "My parents are very proud of me for doing my job with extreme passion and with an innovative twist that includes Michael Jackson´s step," he said.
  17. 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
  18. Abhishek Bachchan is one doting father when it comes to his and actress Aishwariya Rai?s daughter, Aaradhaya Bachchan. The child is more than often spotted accompanying her parents as they attend functions or events. Recently, a fan of the couple expressed her grievance on Twitter that so much travelling means missing school for the child, which is something not favourable for her studies. The objection did not go well with the dad, who was quick to slam any such notion regarding his baby girl. Abhishek went on the defensive and tweeted the sassy reply: ?Ma?am, as far as I know? Most schools are shut for the week-end. She goes to school on the weekdays. Maybe you should try it considering you spelling in your tweet.?? Recently, Bollywood diva and full-time mommy, Aishwariya was spotted flaunting a lookalike dress with her daughter at a wedding. The mother-daughter made a colourful appearance in the bright red dresses adorned with embellishments. In November, the celebrity parents held lavish celebrations for Aaradhya?s sixth birthday. The event was a star-studded affair as Bollywood celebrities attended it with their mini versions. Shah Rukh Khan came with his son AbRam, while Aamir Khan, Farah Khan and others also brought their children to the birthday bash.
  19. Potterheads know for a fact that the life-altering seven-book series written by Queen J.K. Rowling about a boy with a scar on his forehead are nothing short of pure magic which brought unmeasurable amounts of joy and happiness into their lives. But now there is another reason why Harry Potter fans can puff out their chests with pride. Turns out, all those who have read the Harry Potter series are way better humans than their peers, as they are more open-minded and have less prejudice than other, particularly towards groups and communities that are frowned upon by the common society. No this is not a random opinion, but a solid conclusion that was reached following a detailed study which was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The paper claims that those “reading the Harry Potter series significantly improved young peoples' perception of stigmatised groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees”. The research which was titled 'The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing Prejudice', conducted three studies to ascertain if extended contact through reading the best-selling books "improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups (immigrants, homosexuals, refugees)". It was found that identification with Harry Potter and disidentification from negative characters such as Voldemort and his team of Death Eaters "moderated the effect" of prejudice among the young readers. This does not come as a surprise as several plots in the stories have underlying comparisons to real historical events. For example, “Mudblood” is a foul term akin to a curse word, used for witches and wizards born to non-magical (Muggle) parents. Somehow it reminds one of the Nazis who treated Jews in a similar manner under the rule of Hitler. The Harry Potter books take a strong stand against the use of the term, and we even have characters fight back against those who think on the lines of “purity of blood”. In the seven-book series, most of Harry's friends and acquaintances comprise of those who are often looked down or frowned upon by society. The Weasleys- poor background, Hermione Granger- Muggle-born, Remus Lupin- Werewolf, Hagrid- half-giant, Luna Lovegood- eccentric daughter of an eccentric publisher. The list goes on with many more such names. It was a subtle yet strong message calling on young readers to make friends irrespective of a person's background or upbringing, a message that hit home for many. Honestly, Potterheads (including myself! Proud Hufflepuff) are not surprised by this revelation, after all, Voldemort was not just a twisted wizard gone wrong that everyone hated, but he symbolised everything wrong with the world. From killing innocents to playing politics behind the shadows and using people as pawns, Rowling wrote him as a character who was more than the embodiment of evil and Harry Potter's nemesis, but someone whom the people needed to rise and stand up to. It taught us the importance of faith, friendship and family. No wonder Potterheads are better humans! Now, here are 10 quotes that prove the books are not just about magic and teenagers, but also life lessons that are pure gold. 1. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” 2. “There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 3. “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.” 4. “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself." 5. “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” 6. "We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.” 7. "Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it." 8. “The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” 9. “"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." 10. “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
  20. Refugee advocates hold placards and banners during a protest rally in central Melbourne, Australia, November 4, 2017. Photo: AAP/via Reuters SYDNEY: Australia turned down on Sunday an offer to take 150 asylum seekers being held in an Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where UN officials have warned a humanitarian emergency is unfolding. About 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the camp on remote Manus island in Papua New Guinea, defying efforts by Australia and PNG to shut it. Food, running water and medical services were cut off by Australia five days ago. Australian authorities want the men moved to a transit centre elsewhere on the island at the start of a process the asylum seekers fear will result in them being resettled in PNG or another developing nation. The men also fear violent reprisals from the local community. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday her country was willing to take 150 asylum seekers from among those held on Manus island and another camp on the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru. Her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, however said Canberra preferred to work through an existing refugee swap deal he negotiated with former US President Barack Obama last year. Under that deal, up to 1,250 asylum seekers could be sent to the United States and Australia will in turn accept refugees from Central America. ?We want to pursue those, conclude those arrangements, and then in the wake of that obviously we can consider other ones,? Turnbull told Ardern during a media conference in Sydney. Relocating the men on Manus island is designed as a temporary measure, allowing the United States time to complete vetting of asylum seekers. Ardern acknowledged the two Tasman neighbours faced different immigration problems but said the offer remained open. The camps on Manus island and Nauru have been key parts of Australia?s disputed ?Sovereign Borders? immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores. Australia?s offshore detention policies have been heavily criticised by the United Nations and human rights groups but are backed the center-right government and the Labor opposition. UN rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news conference in Geneva on Friday about the ?unfolding humanitarian emergency? in the Manus island centre, where asylum seekers have been reported digging wells to try to find water.
  21. Shah Rukh Khan with his friends in Alibaug. Photo: Karan Johar's Instagram profile NEW DELHI: Bollywood's superstar Shah Rukh Khan turned 52 on Thursday. He is one of the most popular Indian stars in the world. With 25 years since his debut, Shah Rukh has achieved everything that he had dreamed of in the struggling phase. He is one of the biggest superstars. It?s King Khan?s birthday who is not only Baadshah of Bollywood but people's hearts too. The world has been celebrating for the past one week. For days now, top trends on Twitter have been showing a countdown to Shah Rukh Khan?s birthday. As the celebrated star turned 52, tributes from fans are busy pouring in. His friends and family are already celebrating with him at his farmhouse in Alibaug. Pictures from the Instagram accounts of Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra already reveal what a gala time they are having. Among hundreds of millions of fans all over the world, two high-profile fans have also confessed to being SRK's fans ? renowned Brazilian author Paulo Coehlo and Pakistani women's rights and education activist, Malala Yousafzai. It is worth sharing fact that Shah Rukh never wanted to be an actor, as his keen desire was to be a sportsman, particularly a hockey player. However, a knee injury shattered his dreams and triggered events that led him to foraying into the world of acting, gradually making his way from plays to television to the big screen. In his career span of 25 years, SRK has played the role of some desirable romantic hero. Be it Raj from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Rahul from Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham, Devdas from Devdas, he has essayed roles of a happy, sad, and heartbroken lover conveniently and made us fall in love with them. Shah Rukh was born on November 2, 1965 in New Delhi to Meer Taj Mohammed Khan and Lateef Fatima. His grandmother loved to call him Abdul Rehmania. His parents named him Shahrukh Khan, which means face of the king. But he prefers his name written Shah Rukh Khan. Khan attended St. Columba's School in central Delhi. He completed his bachelors in economics from Hansra.
  22. The king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan turns 52 today and like a kid who gets excited on seeing something unimaginable, our excitement too knows no bounds. Despite crossing the golden 50, he can easily give any actor half his age a run for his money. Does anyone know what elixir is he drinking every day? Be it his effortless acting, his charm to set the screens on fire with a crackling chemistry with his leading ladies, or sweeping people off their feet with his witty one-liners; Shah Rukh Khan is the undisputed king of romance, wit and sarcasm. Be it movies, his Twitter or Instagram or his classic TED talks, SRK is the only actor, who can make the whole world bow in front of his charisma. After mesmerizing the world with movies like 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' and 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' and giving men across the country a hard time to impress their girl, SRK even got Google CEO Sundar Pichai on his show, 'TED Talks India: Nayi Soch'. His popularity is no joke! Although the actor began his birthday celebrations last night with his close friends and family in Alibaug, this did not stop his fans from flooding the road outside his residence 'Mannat' just to wish the superstar. Just like his fans, celebrities too flooded their social media with birthday wishes for the King. © Instagram/ Farah Khan From Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Dia Mirza, Siddharth Malhotra to SRK's best bud Farah Khan; everyone wished the birthday boy, who looks boyish in a simple jeans and checked shirt. one of the kindest most intelligent caring people I know ..... happiest happiest to u , may all the love and care you give to others all come back to u .love you ð A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Nov 1, 2017 at 6:29am PDT happy birthday SR ðð A post shared by Alia â¨â­ï¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:11pm PDT A very happy birthday to one of the most charming, caring, considerate people in the world @iamsrk! #NoOneLikeYou #HappyBirthdaySRK pic.twitter.com/a6OssmorC9 — Dia Mirza (@deespeak) November 1, 2017 Happiest birthday to my handsome friend @iamsrk .. lov u always ♥ï¸♥ï¸♥ï¸ pic.twitter.com/9pLerqSsn7 — Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) November 1, 2017 Happiest bday to a man who makes u fall in love just by his aura and a bundle of energy that can give red bull a run @iamsrk happy bday sir — siddharth malhotra (@sidpmalhotra) November 1, 2017 Red Chillies Entertainment, SRK's production house too rolled out a heartwarming video for his birthday. We are because you are! Here's wishing the King of Hearts, our very own @iamsrk a very happy birthday! #HappyBirthdaySRK pic.twitter.com/71gPn2eE1h — Red Chillies Ent (@RedChilliesEnt) November 1, 2017 A very happy birthday @iamsrk bhai. May God bless u with health, happiness, peace and of course a lot more super-duper hits #srkbirthday — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 2, 2017 A great actor and an even greater personality. Happy birthday, @iamsrk. Wish you the best #JabTakHaiJaanð pic.twitter.com/OvfW0VhGd9 — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 2, 2017 #HappyBirthdaySRK Allah Bless u Bhai you Inspire Millions Of People In The World♥ï¸ @iamsrk Real Dilwalað¯ pic.twitter.com/faGlbwxPzK — Ajaz Khan (@AjazkhanActor) November 1, 2017 #HappyBirthdaySRK. @iamsrk Wishing you long life. Your sense of humour in #AapKiAdalat was a treat to watch. pic.twitter.com/ZFxTSEl1mN — Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) November 1, 2017 Happy Birthday, @iamsrk ! I'm sure all your #JabraFan-s are gonna turn it into a national festival, like they always do! Much love! — VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) November 1, 2017 It's That Heart Of Gold & Stardust Soul, That Makes You So Beautifulâ¤ï¸ Love Ya! Happy Birthday @iamsrk �� @ ManishaDRatnani #HappyBirthdaySRK pic.twitter.com/gO39XMzG95— DABBOO RATNANI (@DabbooRatnani) November 1, 2017 West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee too wished him birthday on Twitter. Very happy birthday to you @iamsrk Wish you all health and happiness in future — Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 1, 2017
  23. Venus Williams produced a vintage display full of guts and determination to grind out a 7-5 6-7(3) 7-5 victory over Jelena Ostapenko in their White Group encounter at the WTA Finals on Tuesday. Both players had lost their opening ties on Sunday so were desperate for a victory to keep their future fate in the eight-woman event in their own hands and neither appeared willing to budge in a titanic three hour and 13-minute marathon. In the end, the 37-year-old Williams emerged from a bruising encounter that featured 20 breaks of serve with a victory built on her calmness at the key moments and ruthlessness when offered a chance to attack her opponent?s weak second serve. ?Sometimes you need some luck. I don?t know if I had any tonight as I had to work for every point,? Williams said in a courtside interview. ?It?s not easy when you lose the first match. Both of us were in the same situation and you have to fight, what else can you do, to live another day.? The match started with Ostapenko trying to force the pace with the high-risk strategy that carried her to French Open glory, while Williams was content to pick up free points as her opponent sprayed a plethora of attempted winners wide or long. The Latvian edged ahead in the opener, however, and even served for the set at 5-3 but the veteran American dug deep and reeled off six consecutive games to first steal the set and then move ahead in the second. The 20-year-old battled back as the pair traded two breaks apiece before Williams brought up her first match point in the 10th game that she failed to convert when she dumped a forehand into the net as Ostapenko continued to go for her shots. The pair?s inability to hold serve spilled over into the tiebreak and Williams handed Ostapenko three set points with a wild forehand and the Latvian levelled the contest on the first of them when the American netted a backhand. Four more breaks of serve followed in the decider until Ostapenko rallied from 0-40 to hold in the ninth game and the Latvian saved three more break points in the 11th before finally running out of lives when she sent a backhand wide. Williams could smell blood and a booming ace brought up three more match points and the American sealed victory on the second of them with a crosscourt backhand winner. Spanish world number two Garbine Muguruza takes on Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova in the second White Group match later on Tuesday. Both players won their opening matches on Sunday.
  24. Capri Cinema was opened to the public to screen Canadian filmmaker Althea Thauberger?s experimental documentary film ?Pagal, Pagal, Pagal, Pagal Filmy Dunya? It?s unusual for a single-screen cinema house advertising the latest foreign hit on boards outside to screen a documentary film based on its own history. But, on Monday afternoon, Capri ? one of Karachi?s oldest cinemas ? did just that. As part of the ongoing Karachi Biennale 2017 (KB17), a two-week-long contemporary art festival, Capri Cinema was opened to the public for an hour to screen Canadian filmmaker Althea Thauberger?s experimental documentary film ?Pagal, Pagal, Pagal, Pagal Filmy Dunya?. The film not only delves into the iconic cinema?s history but also features fictional scenes by incorporating actors who were either staff members or moviegoers who often visited the theatre. It also portrays the relationship of workers with the cinema especially during the turbulent times when it was set on fire by an angry mob in 2012. Althea?s work is known for its experimental nature and is often featured in art galleries. However, for this project she chose the silver screen as a medium. ?In this case, the film is a documentary because it is about Capri Cinema and the converging communities associated with it namely the staff members and the patrons,? she said in her pre-screening talk. The Canadian artist?s fascination with Karachi began four years ago when she first visited Karachi. This year, she is visiting as a participating artist on invitation from Zarmine Shah, a KB17 curator, since Althea?s previous work had centered on sites and their relationship with a city. She explained that she developed an architectural interest in the Capri Cinema building when Aziz Khattak, the cinema?s general manager, gave her a tour. When several movie theatres in the city were shut down in 2012 in the wake of protestors torching cinemas in Saddar during a rally against a foreign-made anti-Islam movie, Althea said she saw Capri as an icon which has survived the difficult time and is still thriving. ?I see the cinema as a reflection of the city at large,? she said. ?People from all walks of life come together and there are very few places remaining which can give such ambience.? She also lauded the cinema owners for welcoming her project with an open mind and expressing their commitment to keeping the cinema accessible to the public. According to Momin Zafar, the co-director, the project held significance for him because he was working directly with the people to whom the existence of cinema really mattered. The film gave an opportunity to many people to perform for the first time in their lives and it also helped them identify with themselves as well as the city, he said. ?I think it?s really important to engage with the city and its people. These are the ways to create new dialogues,? Zafar added. Zehra Nawab, another co-director, echoed similar views, saying that the film was a tribute to Capri Cinema which has watched the city grow and unfold. ?It?s the only single-screen cinema of its kind right now. We wanted to show that and celebrate it in an experimental-art film,? Zehra said. Incidentally, as soon as the screening ended, the regular cinema patrons piled in to watch the foreign movie scheduled for the afternoon. Perhaps implying that art cannot actually be taken to the people if it is not promoted to them in a way they can relate to. Another screening of the documentary is scheduled for November 2. This was originally published in The News.
  25. Euro and Dollar banknotes are seen in a picture illustration taken October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Files TOKYO: The dollar edged down on Tuesday as attention turned to who would be the next head of the US central bank. US President Donald Trump told reporters on Monday he is ?very, very close? to deciding who should chair the Federal Reserve after interviewing five candidates for the position. These include current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, whose term expires in February, as well as Fed Governor Jerome Powell, Stanford University economist John Taylor, Trump?s chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh. Appointment of a more hawkish candidate would give the dollar a lift. Investors are also following US tax reform developments. The Senate?s approval of a budget resolution on Friday raised hopes that Trump?s tax plans would move forward this year. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, edged down 0.1 percent to 93.817. The dollar inched 0.1 percent lower to 113.36 yen, pulling away from a three-month high of 114.10 yen hit in the wake of Sunday's general election in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?s coalition scored a decisive victory, reassuring investors that his ?Abenomics? economic reforms would continue, including the Bank of Japan?s yen-weakening easy monetary policy. ?The risk-on sentiment has stalled for now,? Masashi Murata, senior currency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman in Tokyo. ?The Japanese election result was not so surprising, and was mostly priced in,? he said. The euro added 0.1 percent to $1.1754, as investors awaited the European Central Bank's policy meeting on Thursday. The ECB is expected to signal that it will take small steps away from its ultra-easy monetary policy stance. Catalonia?s separatist crisis continued to pressure the euro. Madrid has invoked special constitutional powers to dismiss the Catalonian regional government and force elections, to counter the independence movement. A vote in the national Senate to implement a direct rule on Catalonia is due on Friday.