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  1. The ARPANET (predecessor of the Internet) was launched almost half a decade back, and the American, as well as the European research community, is widely credited for the Internet we use today. Modern computers have improved remarkably; just a decade back a 2GB microSD card was an amazing thing for the end consumer, today we're launching 1TB microSD cards. Until the 90s, India was relatively new to computers. Even after the boom, India emerged as an outsourcing country. While the developed world is committed to researching and developing, India has its own set of problems that prevent it from heavily investing in R&D. The country is at a nascent stage and lacks the all-around community support a researcher requires. This does not mean the country has failed to contribute at the international level. We've compiled a list of Indian born inventors who have marked their name in history thanks to their widely adopted technology invention. 1. Ajay Bhatt © BCCL He is credited for inventing the most widely used data transfer standard, the Universal Serial Bus (USB). He is a graduate from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and completed his post graduation from The City University of New York. Bhatt joined Intel in 1990 as a senior staff architect on the chipset architecture team in Folsom. He is the chief architect and co-inventor of technologies such as USB, Accelerated Graphics Port, PCI Express, platform power management architecture and various personal computer enhancements. The USB port has been defined and developed by several other companies such as Apple and Microsoft. It continues to reign as the unchallenged choice of connection for all gadgets out there today. 2. Vinod Dham © BCCL Vinod Dham is popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip, for his contribution to the development of highly successful Pentium processors from Intel. Dham did B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the prestigious Delhi College of Engineering and then pursued an MS degree in Electrical Engineering, where he specialised in Solid State Electronics. He is called the “Father of Pentium” for his role in the development of the Pentium processor. He is also one of the co-inventors of Intel's first Flash memory technology (ETOX). The tag Intel Inside had almost become a trademark for all the computers. Currently, he is the founding Managing Director of Indo US Venture Partners. 3. Pranav Mistry © Pranav Mistry Pranav Mistry is a computer scientist and inventor, he heads the Think Tank Team and is best known for his work on SixthSense, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Project Beyond. He has previously worked at Microsoft, Google, CMU, NASA, UNESCO, Japan Science & Technology before joining Samsung. SixthSense is an innovative augmented reality (AR) technology which allows users to pop up a screen on the wall by moving their fingers and control it with their fingertips in the air. He has also worked on various other projects like SPARSH, QUiCKiES, BlinkBot and more. 4. Anadish Pal © Gulf News He is credited with inventing the fuel-efficient internal combustion engine along with his contribution and patents on Rail Gun technology, gravitational waves, portable power sources. Today, he is the country's sole independent inventor with the maximum number of US patent grants. The patents include research on induction motor as a sensor, a Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV), a contact-less non-optical computer mouse suitable for 3D applications, a robotic platform, an electromagnetically controlled valve-less internal combustion engine, and more. 5. Krishna Bharat © Stanford University Krishna Bharat is a Principal Scientist at Google Inc, working in the area of user interface and algorithmic support for Web search and content analysis. He is an IIT Madras pass out and has a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech University, USA, Krishna is the person behind immensely popular Google News. Google News was one of Google's first endeavors beyond offering just plain text searches on its page. Also, he received the 2003 World Technology Award for Media & Journalism. Krishna is the acting head of Google's new R&D Center in Bangalore India.
  2. Most tales that have to do with India and Pakistan are usually related to conflict. But, in a rare moment captured in Russia, the soldiers from the two warring nations were spotted dancing together on Punjabi and Bollywood songs. The soldiers of India and Pakistan were attending 'Bharatiya Divas', an event organised by the Indian Army and members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in Russia. Reportedly, the soldiers of both the countries were attending a summit to participate in Peaceful Mission 2018. It is a mock anti-terror exercise that was held at Chebarkul from August 22 to 29. In this video, the soldiers are seen dancing on a popular song by Diljit Dosanjh. Indian & #Pakistani soldiers dancing together #SCO2018 exercise #Russia pic.twitter.com/690gAGsgSl — Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) August 28, 2018 According to media reports, as many as 3000 soldiers from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Pakistan participated in this drill. This is a rare show of camaraderie that's hard to ignore. Source: NDTV
  3. We've heard the wise say that life is unpredictable, but what they did not tell us was that this isn't just true about our life's final moments, but can even be applied to the most mind-blowing moments we live to experience in life. © Instagram This is the reason why every philosopher tells us to live in the moment and make the most of it. While we are busy tapping on our phones, clicking selfies or bending our fingers on a laptop at work, there are people who are taking this advice seriously and charging ahead with their hearts set on doing the right thing, by doing what they do best. This is the story about one of India's raging superstars, rapper Divine aka Vivian Fernandes from Mumbai who went from being a backstreet “gully” performer to a world-class rapper with an ardent fan following both in India and abroad. © Instagram His journey from being Vivian to Divine is a testimony that luck shines on those who dare to follow their heart and work hard. His rise to fame is nothing short of magnificent with his videos crossing the million mark within 24-hours of releasing. His songs are tales from the streets of Mumbai and range from satirical, autobiographical confessionals to rage anthem for an entire generation, that can instantly relate to the realities presented through his lyrics that talk about the city, its people and numerous other societal elements such as corruption and poverty. © Instagram Here is a 17-point guide to Divine's rise from being an underground rapper to an international performer. 1. Born Vivian Fernandes, Divine is a resident of JB Nagar in Andheri East. He had an abusive father who abandoned them due to which his mother moved to the Gulf to feed the family. He and his elder brother have been brought up by their grandmother. 2. He is a product of St. John Evangelist High School, Marol and RD National College. During his formative years as an aspiring artist, he used to play 'fillers' during college shows. © Instagram 3. Divine got hooked to the music created by Eminem and 50 Cent when a friend once gave him a CD. Inspired, he would labour over verses for hours after school. 4. His stage name is inspired by the peace he felt during his visits to the church in Marol with his grandmother. The Indian Express once quoted him, “when I began to rap, I called myself DIVINE. No other name came to mind”. 5. He started out as an underground rapper in 2011 and was a part of a hip-hop crew called Mumbai's Finest. © Instagram He became popular with his home-made YouTube video 'Yeh Mera Bombay', shot on the streets of his gully, in 2013. The video broke new grounds and received the best video of the year award from Rolling Stone India in 2014. 6. Mainstream success finally knocked on his door in 2015 when social media blew up following his collab with another Mumbai-based rapper Naezy for a track they composed together called 'Mere Gully Mein'. 7. In 2016, Divine launched his solo single 'Jungli Sher' which is a defiant anthem about growing up a broken family with limited means. The video became an instant hit on social media. © Instagram 8. He collaborated with DJ Nucleya in 'Jungle Raja' on Nucleya's album 'Bass Rani'. The track 'Jungle Raja' won 'Best EDM Track Of The Year' 2015 at the GIMA Awards. 9. Divine caught Sony Music India's attention during the Blue Frog Festival in 2014 and went on to launch his smashing debut single 'Jungli Sher' under Sony. 10. On 16 February 2017 he released his second single 'Farak' that topped the Indipop chart on iTunes India and collaborated with numerous artists such as Deep Jandu and Gangis Khas for ' Daru Daru' and India-American rapper and songwriter Raja Kumari for 'City Slums'. © Instagram 11. His big Bollywood debut came with the song 'Paintra' in collaboration with Nucleya, for the movie 'Mukkabaaz' that released on 1 December 2017. 12. January 2018 saw Divine's remix of Lil Pump's 'Gucci Gang' go viral. In March he collaborated with singer and music director Amit Trivedi for Irrfan Khan starrer 'Blackmail' on the song 'Badla'. 13. Amongst the many highs Divine has seen so far in 2018, the most special would be the release of his first single 'One Side' from his debut EP through his own label Gully Gang Records. © Instagram 14. The next big thing for the star was producing the soundtrack for 'Sacred Games' called 'Kaam-25' along with music producer Phenom. 15. Divine is one of the very rare rappers who has performed with a complete band featuring names like Randolph Correia, Jai Row Kavi and The Spindoctor, with between 5,000 and 15,000 people in attendance. 16. He was the first Hindi rapper to appear on BBC Asian Network's 'Fire in the Booth' with British DJ Charlie Sloth. © Instagram 17. Inspired by his life story and achievements, Zoya Akhtar decided to make a movie on the lives of upcoming hip-hop singer and rappers in Mumbai. The film called 'Gully Boy' is set to release on 14th February 2019 with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead. Bhai @ranveersingh slaying Jungli sher like a boss! ð¥ð¯â¤ï¸ðð½#GullyGang #Guttaflow #GullyBoy #VoiceOfTheStreets A post shared by D I V I N E (GULLYGANG) (@vivianakadivine) on Sep 7, 2017 at 5:48am PDT There, we laid it all out for you but there still remains one detail about the rapper that we haven't shared with you. © Instagram Even after attaining so much success and fame, Divine is a humble and rooted guy who won't miss a call from his mother under any circumstance. Why? Because he says, “ My mother's love means the world to me, so I often bring it up in my music.”
  4. Few weeks ago, the Indian cricket team was having a hard time coming to terms with their shambolic defeat at Lord's that pushed them closer to yet another Test series defeat in England. But, while the Englishmen were busy basking in a potential series rout of the visitors, the Indian team worked hard and took the field in the third Test with much-needed resurgence. The result - a 203-run win - was hard to swallow for the hosts, and absolutely delightful for the Indian fans back home. All the mistakes from the previous games were corrected: openers scored runs, batsmen looked more responsible with their improved technique and the bowlers adequately backed their side with impressive spells. For a team that was staring down the barrel, Team India made a resounding comeback to stay alive and set the premise of what turned into an exciting five-match series. But, winning one game is one thing, and then going on to win the series after being 0-2 down is another - a feat only achieved by Sir Donald Bradman's Australia back in 1936-37. Reuters But, if there's anything we've learnt from this Virat Kohli-led new crop of Indian cricketers, it is arguably their sheer will to prove the naysayers wrong. And, that same vigour was in full display on the first day's play of the fourth Test in Southampton. After winning the toss, England captain Joe Root - once bitten, twice shy - didn't think twice before deciding to bat first. You see, he had underestimated the Indian side at Trent Bridge when he thought his bowling unit can bowl them out after he opted to field first - a mistake that proved pivotal in his side's doom in the third Test. But, sadly for Root and home fans, the decision once again came back to haunt England. Eager to get off to a solid start on a surface that was being labelled as the "best batting track of the series", the hosts suffered an early blow in Keaton Jennings who made to look as if he has never played cricket before. "He's bowled a boomerang" Jennings simply can't get to grips with the swing from Bumrah and goes for 0. Watch the fourth #EngvInd Test.#Bumrah #ENGvIND #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/CXRRJPmz5w — sk blood _earaga (@Earaga_sk) August 30, 2018 After opening the bowling for India, Jasprit Bumrah - the man who'll not be picked by Michael Holding as his team's opening bowler in England - cut a sorry figure for Jennings on arguably one of the best deliveries in Test cricket in recent times. Not the one to retaliate with words, Bumrah let the ball do the talking as his ravishing in-swinger completely bamboozled the England opener who was eventually adjudged LBW in only the third over the game. The right-arm seamer came close to picking his second wicket in the fifth over, but the demons of 2017 Champions Trophy final came back to haunt him and India. Root was trapped in front of the stumps, but umpire Bruce Oxenford wasn't convinced. Since, it looked really close, Kohli had no hesitation in going for the review, but in the end it didn't matter as the replays clearly showed Bumrah overstepping at the crease. While Root and England had a sigh of relief, the Indian team and their fans - with bad memories of Fakhar Zaman's match-winning ton in the Champions Trophy final - feared the potential damage Bumrah's no-ball might cause. But, it didn't matter - thanks to Ishant Sharma. Watch : Ishant Sharma Traps England Captain Joe Root In Front Of The Wickets. #IshantSharma pic.twitter.com/UTw2941k6U — MS Dhoni (@MSDhoni7__) August 30, 2018 For someone who has been out of favour in limited-overs cricket, Ishant couldn't have found a better cricketer than Root to make him his 250th victim in the longest version of the game. Making full use of the swing on offer at Ageas Bowl, Ishant got the ball to nip back in sharply and Root got struck on the pads once again. The England skipper reviewed umpire Kumar Dharamsena's decision, but to no avail. The 13th over saw Bumrah producing his magic once again, only this time, it was poor Jonny Bairstow. Included in the fourth Test as a specialist batsman with Jos Buttler expected to carry out wicketkeeping chores, there was nothing special about Bairstow as he tickled the ball through to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps. If Bumrah and Ishant were busy weaving the magic with the ball, Hardik Pandya - who shocked everyone with his fifer at Trent Bridge - took just 13 balls to make his presence felt in the fourth Test. The Baroda seamer got Alastair Cook to poke one outside the off-stump as the ball edged off his bat and went straight into the hands of Kohli at third slip. Reuters Reeling at 36/4, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes tried to hold fort for England. But, their resurgence was broken by Mohammed Shami who lured Buttler in for a drive on a fuller delivery, only to extract an edge off his bat that allowed Kohli to take his second catch of the game. Shami struck again in the 35th over and once again sent a crucial batsman - Stokes - back into the hut. At the time of writing this article, England - who were tipped to wrap up the series in the 4th Test by loudmouth James Vince - were six wickets down for a mediocre total of 139 runs in 51 overs at Tea on Day 1. Theirs is currently a state that not many would have imagined, but such has been the performance of Indian bowlers that the fancied hosts just can't catch a break. While many lauded Team India for a spectacular turnaround at Trent Bridge, they still had serious doubts over the visitors' abilities to carry on the momentum and win the five-match series. Though it's way too early to say that India will win the 4th Test (let alone the series), but the Kohli brigade has surely made their intentions pretty clear with a spectacular performance on Day 1 at the Ageas Bowl.
  5. Going by the medals tally, it's safe to say that India has done a good job at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games. The athletes have repaid the faith of their coaches and fans through a series of medal-winning performances. But, more than the medals, it's the rise of unheard heroes in Indian sports that has captured the imagination of fans. Defying their humble backgrounds, tender ages and lack of popularity, these superstars have made the nation proud after making their months and years of hard work count on the international stage. On, 29th August, another name was added to the ever-growing list of Asian Games superheroes when an Indian athlete ended his country's 48-year wait for a gold medal in the men's triple jump category. © AP For a man who finished fourth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Arpinder Singh made no mistake and buried all his demons with a gold-medal finish at the Asian Games. Despite beginning with a foul on his first attempt, the 25-year-old managed to reach 16.58m on his second jump. But, it was arguably his third attempt that saw him reaching 16.77m and, thereon, securing a gold medal for his country. Arpinder's effort broke the deadlock for India's gold in the event after Mohinder Singh Gill won the top prize at the 1970 Asian Games. This is India's third gold in the men's triple jump event at the Asian Games. India has also won two silver - Labh Singh (1970), Mohinder Singh Gill (1974) - and as many bronze medals - Labh Singh (1966) and S Balasubramaniam (1982) in this category at the Games. © AP Uzbekistan's Ruslan Kurbanov managed to secure the silver medal with a personal best jump of 16.62m, while Kohei Yamashita's 16.56-metre jump gave Japan a bronze. Arpinder's compatriot Rakesh Babu Arayan Veettil almost came close to the podium, but eventually finished fourth with his best effort of 16.40m. Thanks to Arpinder, India can boast of 10 gold medals. India has now won 53 medals in total - 10 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze - and are currently placed ninth in the medals tally. Arpinder Singh , you beauty , what a Challang- 16.77m . Congratulations as we win a men's Triple Jump GOLD medal after 48 years. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/46ZYVROg9I — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 29, 2018 Nation is delighted and proud of Arpinder Singh for winning the Gold medal in men's triple jump at #AsianGames2018 . Many Congratulations. pic.twitter.com/B2nc4tFsDl — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 29, 2018 GOLD number 4âï¸âï¸from #TeamIndiaAthletics at #AsianGames2018 #EnergyofAsia presented to you by @ArpinderSingh18 Arpinder Singh of #India- 16.77m #India wins a men's Triple Jump GOLD medal after 48 years, In 1970, Mohinder Singh Gill won a Gold-16.11m@Ra_THORe @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/qLrQriRLbf — Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 29, 2018 Another gold for India! Arpinder Singh wins gold for the triple jump! #AsianGames — Advaita Kala (@AdvaitaKala) August 29, 2018 Arpinder Singh's amazing performance in the Men's Triple Jump event at the Asian Games is a huge morale booster for upcoming Indian athletes. Congratulations to him on his Gold Medal. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/Rumiv8HX1q — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 29, 2018 Congratulations to Arpinder Singh and Swapna Burman for their respective Gold's .Absolutely top effort #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/qMQqlt5aGV — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 29, 2018
  6. On a day when India's hopes of adding a gold to its medal tally were quashed away following PV Sindhu's loss in the women's singles badminton final, the country found a new hero in Manjit Singh. Rising to glory out of nowhere, Manjit arguably pulled off one of the biggest upsets at the Asian Games this year. Quietly going about his business in the men's 800 metres race, Manjit ended India's 36-year wait for an Asian Games gold medal in the event. Back in 1982, it was Charles Borromeo who bagged the top-prize for India in the same event, and this time it was Manjit who etched his name in the elite list of Indian sprinters - including legendary Sriram Singh - to have achieved the feat. But, this was not supposed to happen and Manjit was not supposed to win gold. He hadn't won a single domestic event all year. At best, he was expected to play the second fiddle to his fellow countryman Jinson Johnson - a more celebrated and popular Indian athlete who competed in the same category and finished second. Why, you'd ask? Well, you don't expect an athlete - who was just a pacesetter in someone else's race, a footnote in someone else's record - to dethrone that very guy on the international stage. © AP Two months ago, the state of affairs at the interstate championship in Guwahati was chaotic. The race had come to an end and the press was now desperate to get a piece of Johnson who broke a 42-year-old national record in the 800m race. With a brilliant finishing time of 1:46.65s, Johnson had also secured his qualification for the 2018 Asian Games. While everyone was busy celebrating the genius of the new national record holder, no one cared about Manjit who came second and within the qualification mark for the Games. Thus, when Manjit took his mark on the track at the Asian Games, all eyes were on Johnson and few would've expected anything from him. Once again destined for ignominy, Manjit didn't do his reputation any good after barely qualifying for the finals of men's 800m race. But, running his guts out in arguably the biggest race of his life, Manjit didn't just leave his opponents behind, but also left the naysayers hiding in shame. The 28-year-old trailed the likes of Johnson and Qatar's fancied Abdalla Abubaker for almost three fourths of the race. With Johnson and Abubaker sorting out their own tussle at the head of the pack, Manjit came to the fore with all the energy he had been saving for that very moment. Taking the track by storm, Manjit edged past the leaders and eventually ran across the finish line to realise he had achieved the impossible - a Asian Games gold. © AP Standing atop the podium with the national anthem running the background, Manjit was the perfect embodiment of a winner who had overcome almost everything life threw at him to rightfully secure his piece of glory. Ignominy wasn't the only thing Manjit fought. He was fighting his own demons - the ones that almost convinced him to quit the sport. Born into a family of farmers, Manjit was exposed to athletics by his father Randhir Singh Chahal - a former state-level shot putter who now sells milk to sustain the family. "He used to accompany me to different state-level athletics tournaments and saw me win several medals. That's how he got inspired to take up sports. As a child, he used to run with freedom on our farm land. He used to climb hillocks, run to Jind town and bring groceries," Manjit's father told TOI. Beginning his career in 2008, Manjit represented India as a 20-year-old at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The youngster did qualify from his heats, but eventually failed to progress from the semifinals. In 2013, he went on to secure the fourth position at the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune. While Manjit was still finding it hard to improve his performance, the worst was yet to come. © AP A hamstring injury kept Manjit away from the track for almost a year and a half. It also meant that his job - offered by Public Sector Unit ONGC - will also be in jeopardy. In 2016, ONGC decided against renewing Manjit's contract which ran its course of two years. If his injuries weren't enough to bog him down, ONGC's decision meant that Manjit will continue remain unemployed since 2016. As the frustration reached its tipping point, Manjit was hell bent on calling time on his career as a runner. The same year, he told his coach Amrish Kumar that he wanted to quit the sport. But, his coach motivated him and urged him to use all the frustration for his own good. Thus, began the journey of one of the most inspiring comebacks in Indian sports. Surrendering himself to his coach Kumar, Manjit forgot life as it was. He left his family in Jind and found a new home in his training camp. Such was his commitment to the sport and will to turn things around that Manjit visited his home in Jind only once a year. His busy schedule also meant that Manjit would have to stay away from his five-month old son Abir who is yet to see the face of his father. © Twitter He might have sustained injuries, struggled to get a job, stayed away from family and then trained like a warhorse, but when Manjit stood tall at the podium with the ever-shining gold medal across the neck, all his hardships would have surely smiled back at him (as if insinuating "we told you so"). An athlete going through tough times and then managing to overcome all the hurdles on his way to glory is nothing new in the ever-competitive era of modern-day sports. But Manjit's is a journey that surely doesn't end at the Asian Games gold, rather it begins with a promise of much bigger and greater things to come in future.
  7. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is looking to purchase a stake in Paytm's parent company One97 Communications, according to a report by the Economic Times. This would be the legendary investor's first direct investment in the country's buzzing startup scenario. Vijay Shekhar Sharma-led Paytm has been in talks with Berkshire Hathaway since a few months to raise Rs 2,200-2,500 crore (US$ 300-350 million). The new infusion would value the company at about US$ 10-12 billion. © Reuters Currently, China's Alibaba Group Holdings and Japan's SoftBank are the lead investors in One97 Communications. Berkshire Hathaway is in talks to pick up a 3-4% stake in the company through a primary subscription of shares. The core product of One97 Communications is Paytm, which is currently India's largest payments-service provider. The company is also diversifying the business and has launched Paytm Payments Bank and Paytm Mall. The parent company will soon also enter the mutual fund and insurance space through Paytm Money. © Reuters "The deal, which is likely to be announced within the next two weeks, will be Berkshire Hathaway's first investment in the country's buzzing startup ecosystem. It will also be the company's first investment in a privately-held technology company in the world," the report added. © Twitter / VijayShekhar One97 Communications was launched in 2000 by Vijay Shekhar Sharma as mobile payments and recharge service. Paytm as a product was launched in 2010 and focused only on recharges in the beginning. Slowly, more payment options for bills, utilities, and services were added. The in-app Wallet is among the most popular in India and gained exponential traction after 2016's demonetisation. © Twitter/VijayShekhar Paytm claims it has achieved an annual run rate of 5 billion transactions and US$ 50 billion in GTV (Gross Transaction Value), which as a result of the phenomenal adoption of its services in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Currently, the company has expanded to Canada as well as Japan and is diversifying its business in India at a drastic rate. Warren Buffett holds zero investments in India right now, although he did partner with Bajaj Allianz to sell insurance back in 2011, which fell through after just two years. Source: Economic Times
  8. It was way back in the mid-90s when Indians got their first taste of reality TV and oh, what a memorable stint that was to behold for the audience! We're talking about 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' that was first aired in 1995 with Sonu Nigam as the host. People will tell you that this show was perhaps one of the most authentic shows that have made it to the idiot box, and served the purpose of both scouting young talents and entertaining the viewers all at the same time! However, in the last decade, the reality tv space has undergone gradual makeovers, rendering the shows more commercially viable by introducing not-so necessary elements to the shows, while the actual aim of airing these shows becomes secondary. via GIPHY But if you thought that's about it, you're wrong. There is a lot more that goes into the making of those teasers you watch on TV for these shows. An entirely varying algorithm works behind the scenes and only a handful come forward to share their first-hand experiences with an otherwise ignorant world. One such former participant, Nishant Kaushik, recently took to Twitter to share his experience on Indian Idol's 2012 auditions, which has presented the rather ugly side of Indian reality tv space. So Much Extra Right from having multiple hosts who tend to go overboard with the jokes and antics, to the judges that don't fit the bill as per the show's theme, as well as all the BTS drama that seems more than scripted in the first place, there's quite a bit we can do away with in these shows today. via GIPHY Kaushik's tweets go on to reveal just how much of it is messed up and all this inside scoop has left us feeling more than a little bamboozled. There's A LOT More Besides All That It started when Nishant decided to share his experience on the show in the form of a thread of tweets, and what followed wasn't something we were expecting to discover. Here's Nishant's first tweet: Brief, nonchalant thread about my auditioning experience at Indian Idol 2012 and why I think it is a perfect platform to destroy your dreams as opposed to its common perception as a breeding ground for talent. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 And so it began: I joined the queue at 7 AM. There were people who had arrived at 5 AM. Others who had camped overnight. False notion that early arrival = early audition. No one from the crew to dispel such notions. Gate opens 1 PM. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Imagine starting your day that early just for a chance to showcase your talent. That is what we'd call a lot of dedication right there. However, even when the gates opened and the participants thought their perils would come to an end, Nishant tells us that what they were met with instead, was mockery. Here: At 1 PM we were herded toward a stage on the school ground where the previous year's winner Shriram was lip syncing to Desi Boyz. A volunteer amongst us was sought to go and grab Shriram's feet mid-performance and shout "I wanna be Indian Idol!" Reward promised : early audition. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 With promises of "early auditions", one aspirant gave in to the temptation and thus began the retakes of staged gimmicks that continued late until 5 pm in the evening with no provisions for the gathered people except for a canister of water and one accessible toilet. During all this I met two interesting aspirants: one med rep from an Indian village I don't remember the name of, who dragged his right foot in a broken slipper. And another, who was blind in both eyes. And then I saw the crew make a merciless meal of both of these kind souls. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Nishant shared that when these two individuals were spotted by the crew they came with their cameras and mics to record their testimonies of struggle, which would serve as "meaty content" for the show's TRP. The crew even pestered a visually impaired man to come up with a sappy response to "what brings you here" and after he failed to do so, the crew crafted a reply for the guy themselves. At this point one of the aspirants lost his shit and stood up, demanding to see where the auditions were happening, to see the judges. One of the crew members charged up to him and slapped him. In front of thousands of people. SLAPPED.A.CONTESTANT. Yes this happened. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Finally, around 8 pm things started to move forward but there was still no sign of the auditions commencing anytime soon and when questioned, as you can see, participants were manhandled. Eventually, the crew started to hold voice screening process at random and chose the ones who sang horribly to go into a filming room where further mockery awaited them. That mockery went on. The judges relished that fellow's naivety, asking him to keep taking a pitch "higher and louder" till his voice turned into frail shrieks that sent them into peals of laughter. He came out in tears. Elsewhere in the corridor we heard of contestants fainting. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Nishant finally had the "luck" to clear three rounds before he got eliminated and he admits to having no qualms about it. Instead, he states that it made him happy to be finally going home. My summarized observation of Indian Idol was that it decorates and recognizes maybe 10 or less, very worthy participants annually. But en route it quashes a million people's hearts by disrespecting them, ridiculing and abusing them, denying them a conducive atmosphere to contest. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 The disillusionment was perhaps his prize and we're glad he chose to share these insights and inputs with us, because who knew that these shows, that have given the country some of its best talents and a platform to showcase that talent, could have so many hidden layers to them. True talent is rare. But every aspiring artist's pride stems from the encouragement it gets from its colleagues and friends and mohallawallahs and family. In those little nooks and crannies, each of them is a "star". Reality shows have no right to disrespect that. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Right from labourers to participants, no one is spared by the crew and what most of them get after a long and tiring day of 'auditions' is to go back home feeling ridiculed and mocked for their shortcomings. While on their path to find the true talent, these shows often end up quashing dreams and destroying people's confidence for life, besides scarring their memories forever. We sincerely hope things change for the better, but that's something only time and perhaps another Nishant from the future can tell.
  9. The sequel to Bollywood thriller 'Aankhen 2' is happening and the cast sounds mighty impressive. The previous instalment. that was quite critically acclaimed, was directed by Vipul Amrutlal and featured Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Sen. In 2002, when Bollywood was making cliche films, this movie grabbed eyeballs with its refreshing concept, gripping script and edge-of-the-seat plot. It's been 16 years and finally, we have a confirmation that the sequel is taking place with none other than Big B taking the lead. Set to be directed by Anees Bazmee, the movie has already created quite a buzz. A source told Mumbai Mirror, "Amitji liked the script and has given his nod to the project. Anees Bazmee has begun prep and will start shooting in 2019. The team is targeting an early 2020 release." The makers of the upcoming action thriller confirmed the news on its official Twitter handle. "Gear up for the new heist-thriller! @ErosIntlPlc & #TarunAgarwal to produce #Aankhen2 starring @SrBachchan. More big names to be announced soon in the ensemble cast, watch this space! Dir. by Anees Bazmee, film to go on floor in 2019 & release in January 2020," read the tweet. Gear up for the new heist-thriller! @ErosIntlPlc & #TarunAgarwal to produce #Aankhen2 starring @SrBachchan. More big names to be announced soon in the ensemble cast, watch this space! Dir. by Anees Bazmee, film to go on floor in 2019 & release in January 2020 @ErosNow — Eros Now (@ErosNow) August 24, 2018 The makers want new talent onboard with Bachchan and are considering Vicky Kaushal and Sushant Singh Rajput for the same. But what makes it interesting is the fact that we might see AB alongside superstar Jackie Chan, as the script revolves around a casino in China. There is a huge possibility that we might see the two biggest stars of all time sharing the screen together. 'Aankhen' had an interesting story in which Big B played the lead who manipulates three blind men (Akshay, Paresh, Arjun) into preparing for a major bank robbery. Sushmita Sen, who is being blackmailed by Big B, has no choice but to train them. It will be quite is interesting to see if the second instalment does justice to the original one.
  10. Back in 1932, when Major Dhyan Chand-led team hammered USA 24-1 at the Olympics, the margin of their victory looked like it was going to stay in the record books as one of the iconic moments in the history of Indian hockey. That win remained India's biggest victory margin on the international stage for almost 86 years. Now, fast-forward to 2018, and what seemed like an impossible record to break, has indeed been shattered by the current crop of Indian hockey players. On 22nd August, the Indian men's hockey team managed to pull off what their predecessors could only dream of - improve on the country's 24-1 victory margin. FT| The Indian Men's Hockey Team score 26 goals against Hong Kong China in their third game of the @asiangames2018 which saw 4 players claim hat-tricks and a sublime team effort to achieve the large score-line on 22nd August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvHKG pic.twitter.com/UiqYtgzbsq — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 22, 2018 Locking horns with Hong Kong, the Indian team massacred their opponents to notch up an unbelievable 26-0 win in their Pool A encounter of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Rupinder Pal Singh emerged as the top-scorer for his side with five goals to his name. His teammates Harmanpreet Singh and Akashdeep Singh contributed with four and three goals, respectively. The likes of Lalit Upadhyay, Varun Kumar and Manpreet Singh scored two goals apiece, while the rest of the goals were scored by Sunil SV, Surender Kumar, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Amit Rohidas, Chinglensana Kangujam, Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Dilpreet Singh. After a thumping 17-0 win over Indonesia, Indian men's #Hockey team now defeated Hong Kong by 26-0 & broke the 86-years old record of highest victory margin in an International match. This is outstanding performance. Well done Team India. Keep it up.#AsianGames2018 #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/lCDtPuYPLp — Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) August 22, 2018 While the dominant display by India helped them in rewriting the history books, their sensational effort was still not good enough against the astronomical feat of New Zealand who currently hold the record for the biggest win in international hockey owing to their 36-1 triumph over Samoa in 1994. Nonetheless, the Indian fans will be happy to see their team romping to their second big consecutive win in this year's competition after they fired 17 goals past Indonesia in their first Pool A game. Until that point, it was India's best showing at the Asian Games with their previous best being the 12-0 win against Bangladesh in 1982. If the men, under the tutelage of new coach Harinder Singh, are busy enjoying their rampant run at the Games, the Indian women's hockey team isn't far behind either. The women's team left inexperienced Kazakhstan red-faced with a 21-0 scoreline in their Pool B clash on 21st August. FT| The Indian Women's Hockey Team's fantastic all-round show during their game against Kazakhstan at the 18th Asian Games 2018 spurs the team on to an impressive 21-0 victory at the competition on 21st August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvKAZ pic.twitter.com/zkRidWMAwq — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 21, 2018 A total of four Indian women players bagged a hat-trick of goals in what was arguably one of their best performances in international hockey. They also missed out on a chance to enter the history books by just one goal to match the all-time Asian Games record of 22-0 - a feat also achieved by the Indian team when they decimated Hong Kong in 1982. They followed it up with another clinical showing against Indonesia who were forced to endure a 8-0 defeat in their first Pool B game. On the back of some big wins, the Indian women's team will now face South Korea in their third group game on 25th August, while the men's side will be seen sweating it out against Japan on 24th August.
  11. HMD Global - the licensed partner who is responsible for selling Nokia branded phones worldwide, has launched the Nokia 6.1 Plus today in India. The phone was launched in China a few months back and was called the Nokia X6, it is also the first Nokia branded phone to sport a notch. This year we've seen companies launch new midrange devices every few months, each trying to outsmart the other in some way. The midrange segment has never been this competitive and companies are always on the lookout for something unique. © HMD Global This year, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2 have been blockbuster hits and every other maker is trying to catch up. This competitive environment means users have more choices to choose from in terms of both, price and functionality. The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone runs on Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Like almost every other midrange phone out there, it has a microSD card slot for expandable storage in a Hybrid SIM setup. © HMD Global The phone runs on stock Android, and ships out of the box with Android 8.1 Oreo. In line with all Nokia branded phones, the 6.1 Plus is also a part of Google's Android One program. The stock experience also means the phone will receive software and security updates a lot faster than competing phones. The phone houses a dual camera setup on the rear consisting of a 16 + 5-megapixel configuration along with an LED flash. The setup supports 4K video recording, portrait mode, and intelligent scene recognition. The front of the phone houses a 16-megapixel shooter that also supports portrait mode and Face Unlock. © HMD Global The phone has a fingerprint scanner on the back and the Nokia branding on the front chin. The phone runs on a 3060mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 via a USB Type-C port. The phone is priced at Rs 15,999 (64GB) and will be sold exclusively via Flipkart and Nokia Online Store starting August 30.
  12. Talk of good looks, good looks and good looks (in the words of Kareena Kapoor) and there's no way in hell Nick Bateman won't cross your path. The Canadian model and actor (now living in Los Angeles) is a rather celebrated name in the Hall Of Handsome Men, thanks to the year 2014, when he gained millions of Instagram followers, overnight. Reason? His face, his uploads, his lifestyle, his beard — that caught the fancy of men and women alike. While the females wanted a piece of him, the men — well, the men just wanted to look like him. It was quite a fair deal. Fast-forward to 2018, the genetically-blessed human is now in India, to attend the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive'2018 (that's scheduled for the 22nd to 26th of August). Snapped arriving into the country last night, we spotted the good-looker in a F/W ensemble, but in the S/S weather of the movie capital. Little did he realise! Giving him the benefit the doubt though, since he's from across the sea, let's just say — he wasn't aware. © Viral Bhayani But, to be honest, while the ensemble wasn't appropriate for landing into Mumbai, India — it wasn't a droop either. And on a side note, this could be his way of layering up for the A/C blast aboard or even at airport terminals of his connecting cities. Don't we all like to cosy up anyway? Let's just give this a pass. The outfit consisted of a solid-black T-shirt, black knee-ripped jeans, a long, distressed olive green hoodie and brown ankle-length boots. He topped things off with rings on the fingers and a few quick rounds of pieces around the neck. Quite a winning outfit for ease of movement! © Viral Bhayani But as we said, since it wasn't the most appropriate style-move for the season, the guy was quick to strip, in public. In no time, he slipped out of his hoodie, giving us a sight of his black tank top beneath (which earlier just looked like a black T-shirt), also putting his big guns on display. Now, that's a Spring/Summer piece reserved with Bollywood biggies! Going by that theory — looks like, Bateman knew what he was going for here. © Viral Bhayani In conclusion, maybe not season-appropriate (however, global travel-ready), Nick Bateman's airport style is damn near perfect. Minimal, functional and easy to take off. The latter's key, right?
  13. Everything has its pros and cons. Hair — that thing you love styling daily — is just one of the things we're focusing on here. While they help define your face better, they also come with a set of problems, like hair-thinning, dandruff and frizz, that start to look (and get), rather awry most times. Now, that's not what you want right? Here, we've listed down product recommendations for 3 common hair problems men face. Thank us later if they end up being your ultimate solution. 1. Thinning Hair Ever heard of hair-thickening shampoos? Even David Beckham uses them. Why? Because over time, as your mop turns to gradual thinning, their use will boost the over-all bounce. The special polymers in such products will show a 20% improvement over time, resulting in thicker-looking hair. But that's just the start. Besides this, you can also use a thickening cream (like the one while styling your hair, to give them a bounce instantly. As for the shampoo, try the GO247 Mint Thickening Shampoo, we'd say. © Amazon India 2. Frizzy Hair Unfortunately, 'frizz' is a harsh reality on your scalp. Almost all of us have been faced with it at least once in our lives. But the good news is, with the use of a single product post shampooing every day, you can get rid of the frizz over time (no matter how intense it is or not). First off, stop shampooing too often, in case you are. Two, invest in a shampoo+conditioner (like this one) that's very moisturising, something, that conditions your hair more than shampooing it. Or best — start using a leave-in conditioner after a hair bath. They'll lock the moisture in with some major aggression. Try the Living Proof No-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner. © Amazon India 3. Dandruff-Ridden Hair If you've been facing dandruff troubles for a while, don't lose hope yet — dandruff can be treated with the right products and a good direction. First off, massage your scalp vigorously while shampooing. #2, shampoo every day. And most importantly, use an anti-dandruff shampoo every day. But the deal is, depending upon the intensity of your dandruff problem, your cheap off-the-rack product might not work. We'd suggest, you give the Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Original Formula Shampoo a try. © Amazon India
  14. Our former prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away on August 16th, in New Delhi. He was 93. Learned, wise and a man of great stature, Vajpayee Ji was a whole nation's ideology on its own and he never failed to promote his progressive ideas, in the then regressive environment. His prime-ministership lasted for 6 years, from 1998 to 2004 and he was the first non-Congress politician to complete 5 years as the PM of India. (c)Twitter A Bharat Ratna awardee, his premiership was significant and eventful in shaping India's democracy back then and definitely making it the fastest growing economy, post globalisation. Not just that, he also put in a lot of effort for the downtrodden by introducing social reforms to uplift their standard of living. I personally feel Atalji is among the best PM's that our country has ever experienced, just by the sheer abundance of his knowledge, his stance on the nation's progress, sans favouritism in any way and his relations with the country's people and the world outside. Here's taking a look at 10 of his remarkable achievements, through his tenure from 1998 to 2004 as the prime minister Of India. 1. His Excellent Work In Foreign Policy There's been some really good work that's gone into maintaining bilateral relations with a lot of countries, post the cold war era. Vajpayee boosted trade relations with the US, which in turn led to the historic visit of the then president Bill Clinton in 2000. His government also put in a lot of efforts to improve economic ties between India and China but due to the border dispute tension, not much was achieved from that. To resolve the border dispute issue, Vajpayee's government initiated a structural mechanism for a 'high-level' dialogue, to absolutely do away with the dispute. His 'Look East' policy also helped in improving India's ties with countries in South East Asia. This policy is being carried out by PM Modi till date. (c)Twitter 2. Strengthening Indo-Pak Ties Vajpayee's greatest foreign policy move till date has been improving the severed ties between India and Pakistan and he didn't leave any leaf unturned while trying his best to mend the ties between the two conflicted countries. I am sure most of you remember a bus service that was started between Delhi and Lahore. Yes, that was under his efforts to normalise the situation as much as he could. On February 19, 1999, a bus service from Delhi to Lahore was inaugurated and he was the first to travel to Pakistan to meet his then counterpart, Nawaz Sharif. (c)Twitter The effort was well received by the people but Vajpayee was also laughed at for his pragmatism. But this move paved way for a larger cause. There was untimely peace seen between the two nations through the Lahore declaration, which also opened up talks on nuclear non-proliferation and increasing trade relations. The two nations finally saw common goals being put into place. (c)Twitter 3. Privatisation One of the most important achievements during his tenure, was his commitment to reducing the government's role in carrying out businesses and this led to the formation of a disinvestment ministry. He privatised VSNL, BALCO and India Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. Of course, there was a lot of controversy looming around his actions post globalisation, but this also set the government in motion for the future to come, through his move to privatise a few companies. (c)Twitter 4. Putting India On The Nuclear Map On May 11, 1998, Vajpayee announced that India had carried out three nuclear tests, which shocked the media and the public. Two days later, India carried out two more tests. The Pokhran-II nuclear bomb tests were carried out at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. While the US and other nations imposed sanctions and questioned the scientific validity of these tests, for us as a nation, it was a day of great technological advancement and a rather bold move by the three top politicians who had conducted the tests- Atal Bihari Vajpayee, defence minister George Fernandes and foreign minister Jaswant Singh. This move put India on the nuclear map, amongst other powerful nations and the government later declared May 11 as 'Technology Day'. (c)Twitter 5. His Contribution Towards The Education Sector Remember the 'Sarva Siksha Abhiyan', which was launched in 2000-2001, by the Vajpayee government? The then NDA government, under this dream project, had announced to provide free and compulsory education to children between the ages of 6-14 years. (c)Twitter Due to the success of this project, which was introduced in 2000, there was a significant decline in school dropouts from 80 lakh in 2009 to 30 lakh in 2012! Today, there are 19.67 crore children enrolled in 14.5 lakh elementary schools in the country, as told by the SSA official website. This is the best move the education sector has seen in our country so far. (c)Sarv Siksha Abhiyan 6. Revolutionising The Telecom Industry The Vajpayee government's telecom policy revolutionised the telecom industry in India and till date, Vajpayee is referred to as the 'father of modern telecommunication in India'. The NTP (national telecom policy) was a big success under his leadership. The telecom sector witnessed an unprecedented growth in the number of mobile subscribers, foreign and domestic investment and a number of reforms which were imperative for the industry back then. (c)Twitter He was an ace economic reformer of course, and due to that very reason, the telecom industry saw some really positive changes, all of them which are still beneficial to us till date. The new telecom policy which was introduced by his government allowed companies to provide mobile services on a revenue share basis, as opposed to the fixed fees they were paying. This was one of the things which led India to open its doors to become a globally competitive nation. 7. He Led The First Successful Coalition Government Coalition politics was absolutely a new concept back then and it led to Vajpayee leading large coalition parties with diverse backgrounds and different ideologies. He was the first PM to lead a coalition government and he did it very successfully and without biases. He was also the first non-congress Prime Minster to complete 5 years in office. (c)Twitter 8. Improvement In Infrastructure The Vajpayee government launched 'The Golden Quadrilateral' (GQ), which was one of the biggest projects in the roadways sector, in post-Independent India. The GQ project connected Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai through a network of highways. Another infrastructural project which was very successful was the 'Pradhanmantri Gramin Sadak Yojna'. The project aimed at connecting even the inaccessible roads, through all the villages in India. Both these projects were an immense success in the roadways and infrastructure sector and definitely had a positive hand in India's economic growth. (c)Twitter 9. His Presence Of Mind During The Kandahar Fiasco On December 24, 1999, Indian Airlines flight IC-814, from Kathmandu to New Delhi with 176 passengers on board was hijacked by a Pakistani extremist group Harkat-Ul-Mujahideen. They demanded the release of three terrorists who were being held as prisoners in India, in exchange for the passengers on the flight. Vajpayee surrendered to their demands and saved the lives of the people on board. The then defence minister Jaswant Singh escorted the prisoners to Kandahar himself, where the aircraft was stationed. (10) Introduction of The Fiscal Responsibility Act Vajpayee's government help raise the GDP to about 8 per cent, while it was in power! He also introduced the 'Fiscal Responsibility Act, which aimed to reduced India's fiscal deficient and boost the public-sector savings, which rose from 0.8% in GDP in FY 2000 to 2.3% in FY 2005. (c)Twitter 11. His Stern Message To Narendra Modi During The Gujarat Riots During the Godhra riots, the NDA government was criticised for its complacency and was accused of doing nothing to condone the riots back then. This was also because Gujarat had the BJP government in power, led by the now PM, Narendra Modi. In a rebuke to the then Gujarat CM, Vajpayee stated his grief and his disbelief of the events that had happened there, in a statement addressed directly to the CM saying- "CM Modi should follow his Rajdharma, and not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or religion." This statement was as genuine as it could be and we knew that the Vajpayee government absolutely condoned the vicious acts of violence that took place in Gujarat in 2002. (c)Twitter Vajpayee was known as the 'Bheeshm Pitamah' of the Indian politics, and rightfully so. The country saw its truest, most utmost development back then and his reforms are still carried out by today's government. The best orator, Vajpayee was selected by the PM before him, P.V Narasimha Rao, to lead the delegation and represent India in Geneva and address issues pertaining to Kashmir back then. Even though Vajpayee was from the opposition, Rao had enough faith in a man who would put all his biases aside and stand for what is right. And he did that till the last day of his reign in the year 2004. (c)Twitter The only PM who stood on an even ground when India was going through one of the most turbulent times while dealing with religious and political instability. He saw through all of that and was greatly respected and accepted by all the politicians across party lines and by the democracy at large. I am sure his legacy will continue to live on and also hope the current and the future government(s) abide by the beautiful example he has set on how to run a country, flawlessly.
  15. Team India's inability to deliver the goods away from home is nothing new. And, it's quite understandable too. You see, playing tracks are generally prepared to favour the home team. Then there are the conditions. As alien as they might prove for the visitors, the home side is undoubtedly more comfortable in its own den. India does it too by deploying the spinning wickets. And the sight of visiting teams being blanked by Indian spinners at home is not really a surprise. So, if every team prepares the surfaces to suit their respective teams, how does one identify who's better? The answer is quite simple. While winning at home surely boosts the points in rankings for a team, it's their ability to perform in hostile territory that truly makes them a dominant force in the sport, worthy of being called the world's no. 1 side. And, that's exactly why Virat Kohli's men - currently the top-ranked Test team - must justify their no. 1 tag in the ongoing England tour. After showing signs of positive cricket at Edgbaston, the Indian cricket team were left red-faced owing to a shambolic batting display at hallowed Lord's. The world's best team in the longest format was ripped into pieces by the England quicks before being handed a loss of the magnitude of an innings and 159 runs. Such was the disappointment that the Indian captain had to publicly ask the Indian fans to "not give up on the team". © Reuters Amongst some noticeable problems for India, the biggest seems to be their opening conundrum. The men, tasked with the responsibility of giving their team a solid start and setting the foundation for the middle order, have failed miserably so far. The three opening options - Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul - have neither made a mark, nor looked convincing against the opposition's seam bowling prowess. It's not like these three men don't have the variety and skill to help India get off to a comfortable start, they surely do and their individual performances across the globe is a testimony to that. But, defeating England in their own territory demands special application and solid intent - something that has sadly eluded the three men in question. While Dhawan was sacked from the playing XI after scoring just 39 runs in the first Test, Vijay (26 runs at Edgbaston) and Rahul (17 runs at Edgbaston) could only add 0 and 18 respectively at Lord's - a catastrophe that pushed India's opening woes into the spotlight. If the three proven openers couldn't survive the test of master tormentor James Anderson and his mates, who would? © Reuters The collective failure of Indian openers switched our focus to the likes of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. Since the 2013-14 season, while Mayank has amassed over 3000 runs including eight hundreds in first-class cricket, Shaw has slammed close to 1500 runs including seven tons. But, that's domestic cricket on Indian pitches. And, the fact that Shaw is still in his teens and Mayank has no international experience surely ruins their chances. So, who else? Well, India's 'Hitman' has come up with an answer. Rohit Sharma, who has been force to be reckoned with in limited-overs cricket, is well-aware of India's ongoing opening troubles and has offered his help. The Mumbai batsman has offered to open the innings for India in the longest format. "Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it," Rohit said during a promotional event. © BCCL Now, it's quite generous of Rohit to offer his help at a time when Team India needs it the most. But, is he any better than the other three openers? On his day, Rohit is unstoppable with the willow, weaving the magic one generally associates with someone like Lionel Messi. But, just like the Argentine, Rohit tends to shoot blanks more often for his national team than hitting the mark with consistency. There is a reason why he is not a regular choice in the longest format and was not included in India's Test squad for the first three Tests. In the 16 Tests he has played away from home, Rohit has scored 710 with just four fifties to his name. In fact, the last time he played in England, the right-hander was dismissed for the paltry scores of 28 and 6 in two innings. Now, one might argue that Rohit's statistics in the limited playing time he got in the longer format might not do justice to his abilities, but there is no denying that the marauding right-hander lacks consistency, patience and temperament to stay at the crease - virtues of success in Tests. Rather than throwing Rohit as an opener into the turbulent sea, India would probably be better off giving another go to either of their current openers. If that seems far-fetched, then India would be better off roping in Shaw or Mayank despite their lack of experience. Trying the two youngsters might seem foolish, but didn't a young Sachin score brilliant hundreds in Australia and England after the senior batsmen had failed? © BCCL Shaw is nearly as much a genius as Tendulkar was in regards to his uncanny footwork and aggressive stroke play. And, there is a great possibility of the youngster coming good against a fearsome bowling attack as that of England. On the other hand, Mayank has a great hand-eye coordination like Virender Sehwag and even if his footwork is as flawed as Viru, he still makes for a potential candidate. The fact is Indian selectors should not overlook candidates just because they're young or lack experience. The only parameter that matters is the ability of a player to deliver the goods. If someone is capable enough, then he must be given a chance over those who've stuttered time and again. If France thought the same of Kylian Mbappe, we probably wouldn't have seen the genius of a 19-year-old on the world's biggest stage. Trying Rohit in the longest format is a recipe for disaster, especially when the likes of Anderson and Stuart Broad at staring down at the other end. The Mumbai cricketer is supremely talented by anyone in their sane mind would know that he would be the worst bet in the Test team, let alone opening the innings for India. Having lost two successive games, India are now just one loss away from suffering another Test series defeat in England. But, it's not only their no. 1 tag and pride that's on the line, the Lord's debacle showed how a cricket powerhouse like India can be made to look mediocre, highlighting their complacency at the top - something they must prepare for to negate such challenges in the future.
  16. The Indian landscape serves as the perfect canvas for myriad artists to get inspired, hone their skills and display their talents. The music scene in India has emerged loud and proud over the last few years with music festivals being a huge hit amongst the audience and artists alike. The cheering crowd, mind-numbing to even soulful music, there is something to be said about the shared experience of music festivals. © MensXP One such festival that has touched the hearts of innumerable Indians since its inception in 2014 is the 3-day music carnival that's gotten popular by the name of Magnetic Fields. This three day event of unadulterated contemporary music and arts takes place in the Alsisar Mahal in Rajasthan and conducted its uber successful fifth edition in December last year. Magnetic Fields has surfaced as one of India's premier music events that's as much about experiencing music as it is about serving as a melting pot of futuristic sound and music from all around the world. Spearheading this entire movement of music and art are Munbir and Sarah Chawla who have taken it upon themselves to give India a taste of its own cultural heritage as well as experience the widening horizon of world music all at once. The First Steps © MensXP The idea and concept behind it all was shaped when Munbir and Sarah met in London. Munbir was studying sound production in the UK and Sarah was into organising cultural events and productions. Since Munbir was working closely with artists from the electronic space, they saw the charge spreading fast. This led to their getting together to start an online music magazine that came to be known as 'Wild City'. © MensXP When recession hit UK, they decided to move to India and explore the music and events scene here. Starting from scratch, they began to make inroads into India's love for good music and the Magnetic Fields Festival was born out of this need for Indians to interact with music on a deeper and more personal level in 2013. Here's More On Their Story When the duo launched the first edition of the Magnetic Fields Festival, it was special because since the beginning they've always tried to create something meaningful and maintain it over the subsequent years of production. They admit to having given their all to make this festival a success, be it financially or mentally. Their passion and dedication must have touched a chord with the attendees because looking at the success of the event over the years, Munbir states that things seems to be finally paying off - at least mentally if not financially. © MensXP From having 400 people in attendance in the first year to upscaling that to 4000 in the fifth and moving from 20 tents in the first year to 450 in the latest edition and form selling out their tickets two days before the fest to now those getting sold out in mere 20 minutes, they have come a long way. All The BTS Scoop For You Producing a successful festival of such magnitude takes a lot of effort and Munbir tells us how they begin to plan for the next fest almost as soon as the previous one ends. Right from brainstorming on the kind of content they want, the changes that need to be made to even making the bookings, they always think ahead. Less sleep, longer hours in the office and working on multiple layers, a lot goes into these productions but Munbir has no complaints. © MensXP Talking about why they chose to start Wild City in India, Sarah states that at the core it was always going to do events in India. Even though they started with the idea to bring international artists to the country, they ended up discovering that many supremely talented Indian producers and artists were also looking for a platform. Today, Wild City is much more than an online music magazine - they organize everything from little parties to cultural showcases. That's pretty brilliant, isn't it? What Makes Magnetic Fields Special Right from having predefined and individuals programs to involving the emotions of the audience, they choose the music sessions based on the location and the kind of vibes it attracts.They aim to tell a story through their series of programs right from the moment a visitor wakes up! When they landed in India and explored the music festivals here, they decided to bring their own touch to it and harness the inherent cultural talent that exists in the country and bring it to the forefront. © MensXP Today, after five years of great offerings to the community, Magnetic Fields has come to mean a whole lot to an entire community of music lovers and the duo which to maintain that value within their brand. Having brought their passion and dreams together and turning the two into reality by offering such a fulfilling and entertaining fest to the masses in India, Munbir and Sarah stand as examples for what all can be achieved when you want to make others happy through your venture. What you receive then, is much more than a sense of accomplishment, there is also mutual love and happiness shared by the end of it.
  17. Finally, all the rumours that have been floating about for months can come to rest now, as Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are all set to finally celebrate their engagement on Saturday. The American pop sensation landed in India with his family last night and Priyanka was there to receive them. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani PeeCee finally flaunted her engagement ring in a picture with Ranveena Tandon on Instagram, which was enough for her fans to lose their minds. Peecee and I getting our pouts in order ! ð #potraitlightingð¡ #shotoniphonex A post shared by Raveena Tandon (@officialraveenatandon) on Aug 14, 2018 at 1:08pm PDT While the media and the paparazzi went into a frenzy as Nick and his family arrived in Mumbai, Priyanka, who was there to receive them, very smartly managed to steer clear from their lenses and left in a different car without getting spotted. © Viral Bhayani Throughout her relationship with Nick, Priyanka has been keeping a low-key profile and has been trying to maintain her privacy as the big day approaches. © Twitter Even in June, when the couple came to Mumbai, they had their car covered so they couldn't get photographed. Later, the couple made an official appearance at the Ambani event. © Twitter But before that, Nick and Priyanka made their relationship official on Instagram, resulting in a world-wide meltdown. Nick Jonas posted this video of Priyanka Chopra via #IGStories . ð¬â¤ • • • #video #nickjonas #priyanka #priyankachopra #couple#night #india #outfit #style #stylish#beautiful #goals #smile #cute #inlove #cuteness #couplegoals #nightoutfit#nicholas #nicholasjonas #jonas #JonasBrothers#like #love A post shared by NickJonasFandom (@nickjonasfandom) on Jun 22, 2018 at 4:02pm PDT Nick's mother Denise and his father Kevin Jonas Sr., were seen carrying a Tiffany & Co package, which honestly didn't leave much to the imagination. © Viral Bhayani ð #nickjonas sweet parents at #priyankachopra home along with @anjula_acharia @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 16, 2018 at 11:48pm PDT We guess the package has a big surprise for PeeCee just like her engagement ring, which seems to have finally surpassed the bar set by her late father Ashok Chopra. © Viral Bhayani This is the first time that Priyanka and Nick's families will be meeting each other. Even his brothers Kevin, Joe and Frankie Jonas have arrived, however, they were not captured. And one more video - third angle precisely ð #nickjonas with his parents @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 16, 2018 at 11:42pm PDT #nickjonas arrives on mumbai with parents. #priyankachopra too was there to recieve them @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 16, 2018 at 12:12pm PDT The couple got engaged on Priyanka's 36th birthday. It was then that Nick popped the big question and she said yes. In fact, to select the perfect ring for his lady love, Nick had the entire Tiffany store in London reserved for his particular use. The ring is estimated at a retail value of over $100,000, as per reports. #PriyankaChopra arrives in Delhi after attending #nickjonas concert in Singapore #airportdiaries #exclusive @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 5, 2018 at 11:48pm PDT Talking about their relationship and Nick's trip to India, Priyanka told People's magazine, “We're getting to know each other and I think it was a great experience for him. That's what he said. I think he really enjoyed it. It was really beautiful. He had a great time.” Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Jonas spotted at Lavo last night in Singapore! ð pic.twitter.com/PXnFRcl8Kt — Priyanka Malaysia FC (@Priyanka0nline) August 5, 2018 The engagement rumours reached a crescendo when Priyanka walked out of Salman Khan's 'Bharat'. But even then, Priyanka refused to confirm anything and asserted that her personal life wasn't for public consumption. However, Nick finally confirmed it when a fan wished him about the same and he politely thanked the fan. © Twitter Priyanka and Nick are throwing a grand bash tomorrow, officially announcing their engagement. The couple is expected to tie the knot soon as well, as Nick and Priyanka don't want to wait too long after getting engaged. © Twitter Well, we are super happy for our desi girl and can't help but wonder if Nick will break into a Bollywood jig all decked up in a sherwani, just for her?
  18. If you grew up to your elder siblings or your parents crooning to Bryan Adams' songs then hold your heart because if luck would have it, the legendary Canadian singer is all set to kick off his India tour this October. © Instagram This is not going to be the first time he sings for his Indian fans but the excitement level is sky high, nevertheless. The rockstar who gave us hits like 'Summer of 69', 'When You're Gone', 'Cloud Number Nine', and 'Everything I Do I Do It For You' will start his tour from 9th October in Ahmedabad, he will then play in Mumbai on 12th October, Bangalore on 13th and will finally end in it Delhi on 14th October. The tour was announced by the singer himself in an official statement. “Namaste India. At the onset I'd like to wish each one of you a very happy Independence Day. India is one of my favourite places in the whole world. The love and generosity that I have experienced here is immense." If you're a fan, you know you don't want to miss this one!
  19. Ever since they landed in England for their much-anticipated tour, the Indian cricket team knew the kind of expectations they carried as they chased the elusive dream of proving their mettle in hostile conditions. They did well to win the T20I series 2-1 before narrowly missing out in the ODIs. But, their biggest test was arguably the five-match Test series where Virat Kohli and his team were looking to right the wrongs of their forgettable 2014 tour. The first Test at Edgbaston saw India putting their best foot forward with a spirited performance on the field. Even though they ended up losing the first Test by a narrow margin of 31 runs, the Indian fans were still happy as the much-improved showing promised a good contest in the remaining four games. However, contrary to popular perception, dreams of a billion fans back home were shattered to pieces following the turn of events in the second Test at Lord's. The promise of a good contest was sadly transformed into a brutal and shambolic hammering as India lost the match by an innings and 159 runs. © Reuters The Indian cricket team was so poor that it beggared belief. If Kohli's team selection left everyone scratching their head, the unbearable misery of Indian batsmen against master tormentor James Anderson was a sight every fan back home dreaded for. There was no surprise to see the fans, pundits and even former cricketers drawing general consensus to slam the lack of fight displayed by Team India. If this was the case of Indian supporters, you'd imagine the sheer delight of England and their fans. In fact, former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott minced no words while absolutely shredding Kohli and his men to pieces in his column for the Daily Telegraph. "India have come to England complacently and arrogantly thinking they can bat the same way and everything will be OK on the day. Any time you do not plan and work at your cricket, the game will kick you up the backside, and India deserve the thrashing they are getting," Boycott wrote. © Reuters "So far, the Indian players have let themselves and their supporters down. The batting has been so naive and irresponsible, it has bordered on stupidity. Wafting drives at tempting outswingers is thoughtless," Boycott added further in his column. While Boycott's comments might enrage the Indian fans, the Englishman does make a crucial point in his assessment of Kohli's men. The fact that Kohli scored 54 per cent of India's total in the first innings and then held fort for his side in the second, shows how dependent the visitors are on their captain. No other batsman has looked convincing or challenging enough to negate England's fierce seam attack. The openers have become a major worry, while the middle-order has proved unreliable to aid India. Having lost two successive games, Kohli and Indian selectors must address all these questions if they intend to bounce back in the series, or else their world no. 1 tag (in Tests) would stand for nothing.
  20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his live address to the nation on its 72nd Independence Day, announced that the country will be sending its first manned space mission by 2022. The mission will be called Gaganyaan and will put India in the league with countries like the US, Russia, and China who have been able to pull off a manned space mission. © ISRO The Indian Space Research Organisation, better known as ISRO, plans to send three Indian astronauts into space and the first mission is set to take place within 40 months from now. It is estimated the mission will cost $1.28 billion or Rs 90 crores. The first phase of the mission will involve deploying the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV MK III) which also host a crew of trees into a low earth orbit. The mission is expected to last five to seven days. The GSLV MK III is India's most powerful rocket and was first used last year in June. The rocket was used to deliver a GSAT-19 satellite into orbit to provide internet access. © ISRO ISRO plans to launch the rocket from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh from the same space launch station that was used for the GSLV MK III launch last year. The same space station was used to launch the Polar Satellite mission that delivered a record-breaking 104 satellites into orbit. The plan is not set in stone as of now as the GSLV MK III nor the GSLV MK-II have been tested for flight with humans. ISRO also told The Times of India that it is still looking for locations for a possible landing site. The landing site needs to have no habitation around them for a safe landing. Source: NDTV
  21. 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' a ninth grade English paper once asked me. It was a 20-mark essay, and I had 20 minutes to earn them. I rolled up my sleeves, and pulled out my cursive best. The thing is, I wanted to be a great many things. © Unsplash/Joel Bengs I wanted to be a chef, I wanted to be an actor, I wanted to be a painter, I wanted to be an astronaut, and for two weeks after I turned 11, I even wanted to be a National Geographic correspondent, if only because my older sister said that she wanted to be one. My essay – and the time allotted to write it - might have come to an end at this point, but my story didn't. From the age of six to sixteen, I raced through changes. My styles, my sexual leanings and my haircuts changed, and so did my dreams. Only, what did I never dream of being? Myself. All my years of adolescence, I had struggled to find myself, even though I struggled comfortably – I was so used to push my problems under a hypothetical carpet, and pretend they didn't exist, that I never realized the lies I was hoarding up – little white lies, they wouldn't hurt anyone, would they? It was an easy, lazy life. I used this complacency as a security blanket, and wound it around myself whenever thoughts of the future terrified me. What would coming out (as a gay man) be like? Would it be a cakewalk or a walk down the plank? Would I have to talk about my feelings? Would I have someone to talk about my feelings to (a fair question, because I grew up thinking that you were only allowed to talk about your feelings at expensive therapy sessions, sappy book clubs or when watching romantic tearjerkers)? © Unsplash/Steve Halama Growing up was always a mark of independence – no more school, no more staying at home, no more rules, no more restrictions, no more getting worried over your mother's eighteen missed calls (well, almost) – it seemed like a technicolour dream, being so free-spirited. But honestly, I didn't know what I would do with all the freedom. Independence (or the mere thought of it) petrified me. What would I do being free? Would I finally have to be myself? People are terrified to be themselves, especially when bravery is an option, and not an obligation I've been called manipulative, selfish, a coward, a sore loser. Why would I want to be myself then? I'd rather be someone nicer and more admirable; I'd rather be someone else. And that's exactly what I did. Some enjoy the peace that comes with accepting who you are, but most of us waltz on the fence in the middle. Take sexuality, for instance. We can stir ourselves to walk free and fabulous, but we'd rather stay safe and sound in the cage of heteronormativity. I made myself feel at home in the cage till I was twenty-one. The thing about independence is that it doesn't come gift-wrapped and express delivered to your front doorstep. It needs to be earned, or fought for. © Pexels Coming to terms with your sexuality and stepping out of the closet isn't easy – especially when in a country like India, where minds can be as narrow as Bandra's bylanes, even if you are an upper-class well-educated man (and sometimes, especially if you an upper-class, well educated man). Everyday life is a battle. As countless films and American television shows have told us, you don't just wake up one morning and walk out into the sunlit world. To reach the closet door, you need to push through your woolens, those 'buy-one-get-one-free' shirts you bought on an impulse but will never wear, and the odd tangle of smelly socks, greying underwear and smutty novels you don't want your mother to find. It will be tough, especially if you've been hoarding – and holding back - all your life. And even when you do, it's a never-ending process – those closet doors that everyone talks about? They are revolving. Week after week, you will find yourself coming out to friends, family, acquaintances, and (occasionally) drunken strangers at the bar. Perhaps, one day it will not be the big deal that it is today, and you won't have to worry whether your words are followed by a kiss to the cheek or a punch to the mouth. Every new acceptance is a fresh slice of independence, and you'll wolf it all down without worrying about empty calories or complex carbs. It will be liberating, the way you feel after you've survived a last-minute clearance sale. Only this is the clearance sale of regrets. Fortunately, my personal coming out story reeks of acceptance and Hallmark cards – it happened at the dinner table, one Friday evening back in early 2015, over cups of chamomile and desiccated coconut biscuits. I sat my parents down, and told them everything in a diligently rehearsed 17-minute monologue. © Unsplash/Dan Gold In 18 minutes, it was done. Questions were asked, hugs were exchanged, a tear was shed (that would be me). My mum went for a walk with her friends, and my dad continued solving the crossword puzzle. They accepted it with a simple shrug (and lots of love and support over the next couple of years, but this is the not a story about that). My sexuality was just another fact. What about the war of words I had been expecting? The emotional bloodshed? The years of torment at the hands of society? They never came, even though the history books said that they would. Times are changing, and somewhere over pop culture references and more inclusive media representations, my parents and peers had changed as well. The history books had it wrong. What they did get right was this - freedom felt liberating. © Reuters The freedom to stay single. The freedom to be a sexual deviant. The freedom to wear a skirt (if you are a man) or a jersey (if you are a woman). The freedom to wear both. The freedom to wear neither. The freedom to never find your way back home. The freedom to stay in for the night, with Netflix and a bottle of wine (that would be me again). What do we do with the freedom then? Do we let it consume us? Terrify us into never seeking it out? We do neither. We simply unwind and enjoy it with a cup of tea. Preferably chamomile.
  22. Congrats people, you can go back to loving 69! No, I'm not being NSFW, but just over a month ago, the Rupee hit an all-time low at â¹69 against the US Dollar. A lot of people started hating 69 for the first time, just because of this. But now everybody will be relieved to know that it's not the case anymore. But, we still have to worry about how there's been another 'all-time low' in less than two months. Our country is doing so well, wow, I'm so impressed. 10 years ago, the value of one dollar was about â¹42 but in just a decade, it's close to being the double of that. “The fall in rupee is in line with global decimated emerging markets currency, accentuated by the Turkish crisis,” Sanjiv Bhasin, executive VP-Markets & Corporate Affairs, India Infoline told TOI. But, who needs all these 'facts' when you have a government and a Prime Minister to hate? PM Modi is now being targeted on Twitter with people asking if these indeed are the 'achhe din' he promised. Even the Congress decided to take a shot at the Centre and posted this. Modiji finally managed to do something that we couldn't do in 70 years. pic.twitter.com/jCFH79YrCQ — Congress (@INCIndia) August 14, 2018 That hashtag tho. #RupeeisDead @RahulGandhi @divyaspandana @priyankac19 @nsui look at Modi vikas . INR is sinking ,economy gone in ICU . Is this vikas ?Hamara desh badal raha hai . pic.twitter.com/4Mc8HE3vgS — Hopeless Indian (@Schdhry19) August 13, 2018 This is it, this is the best tweet to come out of this disaster. 1 Dollar = 70 Rs/- 1 Euro = 80 Rs/- Looks like DOLLAR and EURO are taking revenge on India for naming underwear brands on their names ð — Pankaj Baid (@pankajbaid17) August 13, 2018 Uhh. Once again modiji created history Where Rs is 1 st time at its low value (70 rs per $) against dollor#CongressIsWinninghttps://t.co/IymooTAloa — swapnil mahantare (@s_mahantare) August 14, 2018 So intense. Tomorrow is our Independence day (15 Aug) and dollar rate is Rs.70/$1 I don't feel we're independent, we're moving towards slavery again. I don't know when these politicians actually start working and leaving their policies behind. Should I say happy Independence day? — Jagdish Kashyap (@Jagdish1O1) August 14, 2018 That's exactly what I was thinking. Probably the Indian rupee is chasing the INDEPENDENCE YEAR mark!?!#RBI #rupeefallsagain — Abhishek Tiwari (@abhi7863) August 14, 2018 Yes, get to it. Best way to celebrate 71 years of independence, make it one more Rupee by evening...#RupeeInICU #Rupee #HappyIndependenceDay2018 #IndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/9Oj6Se8Jbj — Nava Mohan Rao.... (@iamnavamohan) August 14, 2018 An achievement, indeed. Rupee at 70. Another 'first time in 70 years' achievement! — Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) August 14, 2018 A lesson for everyone? In 2014,Modi made falling value of rupee to accuse Dr Manmohan Singh as a weak PM In 2018, as rupee value to Dollar breaches 70 for first time Modi's credibility is at stake. Allegations at times boomerang. Modiji think before you speak. ð pic.twitter.com/lml1eNM3a7 — K . Chandrakumar ð¤ (@kurup62) August 14, 2018 Great way to look at it. When I perform in India - One US Dollar = 70 Rupees?? WTF!! Our economy sucks!! When I am performing in USA - One US Dollar = 70 Rupees?? Wow!! Our economy is amazing!! — Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) August 14, 2018
  23. The news hit the wire today that the Delhi police force is all set to welcome an all-women SWAT team, made up of 36 exceptionally talented and well trained North-Eastern women. India will now be one of those few nations across the world to have such a SWAT team. A brainchild of Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, these 36 women constables have been inducted into the squad after being trained under specialists from around the world for fifteen months! © TOI The team is trained to handle terror strikes and hostage crisis in urban locations. The commandos have received rigorous Krav Maga training in unarmed combat and will be equipped with MP5 submachine guns and Glock 21 pistols. Armed To Shield Having received better ratings than their male counterparts from their trainers at the Police Training College in Jharoda Kala, they will be stationed across various strategic locations in central and south-Delhi, besides being onboard anti-terror vans called Parakram. © TOI TOI quoted Pramod Kushwaha, DCP (Special Cell) saying, “They are experts at unarmed combat, ambush and counter-ambush, jungle operation, urban operation which includes building interventions, vehicle/bus intervention and VVIP security. They have also been imparted basic knowledge of explosives and IEDs apart from being trained to use a wide array of weapons”. We're are totally backing this move by the government and can't be more proud of the unit, which is all set to be officially inducted into Delhi Police by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. This has to be one of those instances where you manage to set an example for others to look up to and in this case, it has to be for all women, to match steps with the men in this world, and show everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. It surely is a welcome news right before India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day.
  24. When it comes listing all of the essential equipment that one requires when playing any sport, shoes are often underrated in the larger scheme of things. When in reality, the type of shoes you're wearing plays a monumental role in determining how you perform. While this is true for most sports, it becomes especially true for badminton. We at MensXP understand this all too well, and so have compiled a list of the best badminton shoes for beginners and experts alike. Here Are The 6 Best Badminton Shoes In India That Will Help In Upgrading Your Game 1. Li-Ning Play Badminton Shoes © Amazon India Equipped with a non-marking sole and featuring an upper made of microfiber, these badminton shoes from Li-Ning come in a variety of colour combinations including blue and orange, magenta and white, and blue and neon green. Priced at Rs 2,406, they make for an affordable and reliable option. MRP: Rs 2,406 Buy it here 2. Adidas Men's Quick Force Ind Badminton Shoes © Amazon India Adidas is a brand that needs absolutely no introduction whatsoever, and so you can be rest assured, that these Quick Force badminton shoes from their collection will help you take your court game to the next level. Made of synthetic fibre, they come in two different colour variants - navy blue/silver and neon green/white. They also come with 3 months of warranty, giving you absolutely no reasons to miss out on them. MRP: Rs 3,917 Buy it here 3. Vector X Warrior Badminton Shoes © Amazon India Priced at a mere Rs 948, these Warrior badminton shoes from Vector X provide the most value for your money out of any of the shoes mentioned on this list. Made of PU and mesh, they come equipped with a non-marking EVA rubber sole that gives them high shock absorbing capability, non-toxic synthetic leather that is super eco-friendly and a stylish quarter design that will help you stand out from the crowd. MRP: Rs 948 Buy it here 4. Yonex Super Ace 03 Unisex Badminton Shoes © Amazon India Infused with power cushion technology that helps enhance shock absorption and fastens compression recovery, these Super Ace 03 badminton shoes from Yonex are worth every single penny. They also come equipped with Tru Shape technology that provides incredible stability and comfort, as well as HEXA grip technology for agile and stable footwork. Simply put, they are a strong contender for being the absolute best badminton shoes out there. MRP: Rs 3,399 Buy it here 5. Nivia Super Court Badminton Shoes © Amazon India Yet another budget-friendly option that doesn't hold back on quality, these Super Court badminton shoes from Nivia come with an asymmetrical fit that will give your foot the stability it needs during a competitive badminton match. Featuring a textured outsole, patterned grooves, and a reinforced heel collar, they also have a stylish overlay detail that gives them a modish touch. MRP: Rs 1,143 Buy it here 6. Puma Men's Veloz Indoor Ng Badminton Shoes © Amazon India Puma is one of the world's leading sports brands and this Veloz Indoor variant is no exception. Tailor-made using a mix of synthetic PU and mesh, these badminton shoes give you durability and comfort - making them the perfect option for budding badminton players. Additionally, the non-marking rubber outsole will give you the necessary grip and stability needed for such a competitive sport. MRP: Rs 4,999 Buy it here
  25. Xiaomi has officially confirmed today that it will be bringing the Pocophone lineup in India soon. It has long been rumoured that the company is working on a new branding, POCO, that will concentrate on premium phones. Just yesterday, Xiaomi launched the much anticipated Mi A2 in India. Xiaomi India's Lead Product Manager, Jai Mani, confirmed the upcoming launch of POCO on Twitter and everyone is excited to see what the company will be launching. This pretty much confirms that Xiaomi is planning to launch the new series in India. Today is a special day. I'm excited to start sharing more about the new project I've been working on. Wish me luck! @IndiaPOCO @GlobalPocophone pic.twitter.com/tZcAUjmgI5 — Jai Mani (@jaimani) August 9, 2018 The Pocophone F1 has been leaked multiple times in the past and is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor along with at least 6GB of RAM. The leaks also suggest the phone will have a metallic build along with a notched display. The phone also has liquid-cooling technology along with a massive 4000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge. On the front, it will sport a 6-inch display and the rear is expected to have a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup. The front camera will be a 20-megapixel shooter and have AI-powered features like the portrait mode. © SlashLeaks The handset is said to be equipped with 6GB of RAM, 64GB storage, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It's likely to come pre-loaded with Android Oreo-based MIUI 9.0. However, the exact information regarding the POCO range of smartphones hasn't been officially confirmed yet. Leaks have also confirmed that the phone will sport a USB-C port along with the headphone jack. © SlashLeaks The device will be competing against the recently launched ASUS Zenfone 5Z, OnePlus 6 and Huawei's Nova 3. While the midrange segment has always been very competitive in India, the last few months have seen a rise in top-tier devices as well. India is a huge market for Xiaomi, hence it comes as no surprise that the new POCO branding will be unveiled first here. This won't be the first time Xiaomi has started a sub-brand though, it already runs the BlackShark branding in China for gaming phones and also has Amazfit for smartwatches. What do you think about the new lineup that Xiaomi is bringing to India? Let us know in the comments section below!
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