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  1. Time Raiders 2016 Dual Audio 480p & 720p [ Hindi Dubbed– Chinese ]
  2. Congratulation @Zarnish Ali Aik baar phir se Many Congrats you are the winner. Member Of The Month (MOTM) With Maximum Reputations and Posts. Thanks for be a part of Fundayforum Community and Team ! Proud of you Also i would like to congrats to Runner Up Members 2nd and 3rd Postion holders for September 2016 are: @Jannat malik 90 Posts @Urooj Butt 89 Posts
  3. France defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring against Belgium in their World Cup semi-final. Photo: AFPMOSCOW: France fine-tuned their preparations for the World Cup final against Croatia on Friday, desperate to overcome the bitter...
  4. The French squad is being considered as one of the most talented squads at the FIFA World Cup 2018. However, they come with the pressure of having been knocked out in the 2014 World Cup quarter finals by Germany and failing to secure the Euro '16 finals against Portugal. History Reuters Since 1932, the French national football team has featured in 18 of the 20 FIFA World Cups. They have always been a respectable name in world football, with legendary players like Michel Platini, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, and Thierry Henry having been part of the squad at different points of time. However, when compared with their European neighbours Germany, Italy, they haven't been as dominant. Their first noticeable run at the World Cup came in 1958, when they finished 3rd because of the heroics of Just Fontaine. Fontaine holds the record for scoring the maximum goals in a single World Cup campaign when he smashed 13 goals in 6 games at the 1958 tourney. They were able to repeat this feat in 1982 when they reached the semi-finals, and 1986 when they finished third place. The 1986 World Cup, however, is more recalled for Diego Armando Maradona's Hand of God. Their quest for glory was finally realized in 1998, when under Didier Deschamp's captaincy and Zidane's heroics, they lifted the cup on their home soil in front of a packed audience at Stade de France. 8 years later, Zidane exceptional performances single-handedly got his team to the finals yet again. That game is now remembered more for Zidane's head-butt on Italian Marco Materazzi than his chipped penalty that beat one of the world's finest keepers, Buffon. Current Form Reuters The French national team got knocked out by rivals Germany at the quarter-final stage in World Cup 2014. The French can take little solace in the fact that they were beaten by the strongest squad that year, as Germany went on to hammer hosts Brazil 7-1 in the finals, and eventually clinched the title. At the Euro 2016, they were pipped as one of the favourites to lift the cup, which was taking place on their home soil. After a great run of games where they played with attacking flair, Deschamp's defensive tactics in the final surprised many. France held the possession for long periods of time but failed to create spaces. Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio's heroics in front of the goal dampened their chances further. France's run to the World Cup 2018 qualification include a 4-1 victory against Bulgaria despite being 1-0 down, a 4-0 victory over the Oranje squad (Netherlands), and a 2-1 victory against Belarus, where current Chelsea frontman Giroud and Athletico Madrid talisman Griezmann scored the first half goals. They have also played 4 friendlies in the last 3 months, of which they won 3 and lost 1. They lost 3-2 against Columbia, and won their next three games 3-1 against Russia, 2-0 against the Republic of Ireland, and 3-1 against Chiellini's Italy. Expectations At The World Cup Reuters Expectations are very high from this talented and young French squad. In the two years since the Euro '16 finals, they have definitely matured both professionally and personally, and can take on much more pressure. This French squad has grown up watching the 1998 triumph, and for many, that was a trigger to pick up this beautiful game. They need to show that they are worthy successors to the 1998 team. Coincidentally, the leader of that '98 squad, Deschamps, is currently the coach. He can definitely share a thing or two about winning World Cup finals with his squad! The French team has always relied on a leader personality, such as Deschamps in 1998 and Zidane in 2006. All eyes will be on Pogba to pick up the mantle and be a leader on the pitch. Griezmann will be expected to display his goal scoring prowess. Squad Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandana (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (PSG) Defenders: Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Benjamin Mendy (Man City), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (PSG), Lucas Hernandez (Athletico Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgard), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidebe (Monaco) Midfielders: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Paul Pogba (Man Utd), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Athletico Madrid), Ousman Dembele (Barcelona), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille).
  5. At the turn of the century, Portugal managed to escape years of footballing anonymity and has since appeared in every major international tournament. Having boasted the likes of Luis Figo, Deco, Cristiano Ronaldo in their starting XI's over the years, one would imagine that Portugal can always be a safe bet to perform at the grandest stage. However, it's one of the teams that's caused punters and bookkeepers to lose a lot of money. Simply because, there has been no pattern to their success. Source: Reuters History Successes in the earlier part of the century were followed by ignominious World Cup exits in 2010 and 2014. However, just when everyone had lowered their expectations of them, they sprung up with the biggest surprise of all by winning Euro 2016, cruelly denying France a victory on home turf. A script eerily similar to the Euro 2004 final, when Portugal found themselves on the receiving end. Under lowered expectations, Portugal had well and truly left a mark on the world of football. As pundits continued to decipher the shock victory, a consensus had emerged that the Portuguese manager had built a strong and rigid defense, given that the attack was marshalled by a well-known entity called Cristiano Ronaldo. Source: Reuters Current Form Santos' men carried their momentum and proved to be an extremely tough opposition to beat as they lost just twice in 2017. However, since the turn of the year, the cracks have begun to appear in the Portuguese defense. Out of 4 matches played in 2018, Portugal have won just once, against Egypt, thanks to two injury time goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, drawn twice, and lost once to Netherlands, having conceded three goals in that match. Source: Reuters If their Euro 2016 win exuded confidence in the neutrals, their recent run of form dampens the mood. Critics will rightly point to an ageing defense, consisting of Jose Fonte, Pepe and Bruno Alves, who are 34, 35 and 36 respectively and past their best years. Portugal's defense, although well organised from a tactical perspective, may well serve as its Achilles' heel. Expectations Assessing Portugal's chances at the World Cup seems as hard as ever. While, the attacking aspect seems to have taken care of itself, it is the defense that should give Santos sleepless nights. Compared player to player, Spain are a superior side on paper, while Morocco and Iran, will be no pushovers in Group B. Source: Reuters However, given the wealth of talent and title winning experience in squad, Portugal are likely to get through this group, and anything less than a run till the quarter finals will be considered disappointing. Squad Given their recent success, one would imagine that Fernando Santos would stick to the same youthful side of 2016. However, surprisingly, Santos has axed 10 players from that squad with the biggest casualties being the Young Player of the Tournament in 2016 Renato Sanches, Andre Gomes, Eliseu and Nani (who has 100 caps btw), all of whom have had indifferent, if not miserable domestic seasons. Source: Reuters They have deservedly been replaced by the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes and Andre Silva. Their selections clearly depict that Santos is not afraid of making bold decisions and is ready to put his faith in youth and form. Moreover, Santos is likely to rely heavily on Bernardo Silva, who offers creativity, slick one touch passing and long range shooting from midfield, something Portugal have been accused of lacking in the last two years. Above all, it is Silva's ability to operate from both, midfield and forward positions which makes him so indispensable to this squad. He comes on the back of two title winning campaigns with Monaco and Manchester City, and it is this match winning mentality which Portugal will need if they are to succeed in Russia. Source: Reuters In spite of all the youth, Portugal will look towards their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo to lead the team. Come the end of the year, he will be taking part in his yearly ceremony at the Ballon D'Or. But, few would've expected him to be there at the turn of the year. As critics continued to write him off, Ronaldo, yet again, proved them wrong with a spectacular run of form in the La Liga and the Champions League and finished the season with 44 goals and yet another Champions League. If Portugal are to succeed, he must serve as their inspiration on the pitch. As for anyone doubting his leadership qualities, one only needs to be reminded of his performance from the dugout in the Euro 2016 final when he cheered, screamed and encouraged the players on the pitch to step up in his stead, after injury had forced him off.
  6. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AFP ANKARA: A Turkish court on Monday handed life sentences to 104 suspects over their involvement in the July 2016 attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media reported.The...
  7. Donald Trump Jr. speaks during the Global Business Summit in New Delhi, India, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal/Files WASHINGTON: Donald Trump Jr., the US president?s eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the...
  8. Two years ago, the Indian cricket team romped their way to the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup final after winning all of their games in the tournament. However, India's dream of clinching their fourth U-19 title was quashed by a rampant West Indies brigade that ran away with the coveted trophy with a five-wicket win in the final. Though India missed out on the opportunity to record the most number of U-19 World Cup wins, the tournament, nonetheless, gave the cricket-crazy nation new heroes and some very exciting talent, poised to serve the national team in near future. India's wait for their fourth U-19 title was eventually fulfilled by the Prithvi Shaw-led brigade that defeated Australia to win the tournament earlier this year. But, it's India U-19 class of 2016 that's making all sorts of noise in Indian cricket these days. The likes of Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Wasington Sundar and Sarfaraz Khan have proved their mettle and continue to improve their skills in a bid to cement their respective spots in India's senior team. BCCI Their growth over the years, highlighting how far these youngsters have come, was thoroughly visible during the ninth match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season when Mumbai Indians (MI) locked horns with Delhi Daredevils (DD). It all began with Ishan Kishan, captain of India's U-19 team in the 2016 World Cup, whose artistry with the willow elated Mumbai fans. Coming out to bat at the No. 3 slot, Ishan clubbed the ball like a pro during his blistering knock of 44 runs that came in double-quick time - just 23 balls. The explosive left-hander, who is also keeping wickets for Mumbai this season, slammed five fours and two sixes while scoring at a strike-rate of over 190. Thanks to his blitzkrieg, Mumbai posted a mammoth total of 194 runs. BCCI But, if Ishan impressed everyone in the first half, his 2016 U-19 World Cup teammate Pant, too, had plans of his own to steal his old skipper's thunder. Chasing 194 runs, Delhi had to begin strongly in hopes of keeping their run-chase in check. But, after a steady 50-run opening partnership, Delhi lost their captain Gautam Gambhir in the sixth over. With Delhi looking to rebuild their innings, Pant walked out in the middle to partner Jason Roy. After beginning his innings with caution, Pant broke the shackles with his wide array of strokes, taking Mumbai bowlers to the cleaners. The left-hander smashed a brilliant 25-ball 47 including six fours and two sixes. BCCI Keeping Delhi in the hunt, Pant also stitched a pivotal partnership of 69 runs with Roy for the second wicket. He was finally dismissed in the 12th over after Kieron Pollard's brilliance in the field. Despite his dismissal, Delhi clinched their first win of the season - courtesy Roy's unbeaten 91. While Ishan's brilliant knock went in vain as Pant had the last laugh with his explosive innings, the ultimate winner in this duel was undoubtedly the India U-19 class of 2016. These guys will improve further, but watching them go from strength to strength with every game makes us believe that the future of Indian cricket is in safe hands. Some Explosive Hitting By Rishabh Pant. Especially The Way He's Rotating Strike Just After Hitting The Ball For Boundary Shows The Quality He Possess. Great Young Talent. ðªð #MIvDD #MIvsDD #IPL2018 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 14, 2018 Great to see Ishan Kishan bat like that, super talent #CSKvsMI — Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) April 7, 2018 Just love to watch Rishabh Pant bat, good as they are nowadays, this kid #MIvsDD — Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) April 14, 2018 ishan kishan superior to braindead rishabh pant already — ð¤ (@ElCrankoPunko) April 14, 2018 Step aside Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson... Here comes Ishan Kishan !!!#MIvDD — Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) April 14, 2018 Rishabh Pant should be playing for India! Not doubt In my mind! @BCCI @IPL — Ed Rainsford (@ed_rainsford) April 14, 2018 In Rishabh Pant and Ishan Krishna, India are lucky to have 2 young Wicket Keepers who are genuine match winners with the bat. Future looking great . #MIvDD #IPL2018 #IshanKishan #RishabhPant — Avinash Ravindranath (@iamavin26) April 14, 2018 Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant seem to be the hottest Indian talents right now, but something about their cowlashing technique doesn't excite me too much. I know Shubman Gill isn't in the best of forms now, but whenever I watch him bat, he makes me go "wow!" — Gully Cricketer (@streetcricketr) March 28, 2018 Ishan kishan plays all kinds of shots unlike Rishabh pant who only slogs! #MIvDD — Rasool ð (@imrasool) April 14, 2018 Ishan Kishan is way better batsman than Rishabh Pant. #MIvDD — Swapnil Mistri (@swapnilmistri1) April 14, 2018 Rishabh pant you beauty ⤠— anonymous0z (@adityashrm500) April 14, 2018
  9. FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Federal Bureau of Investigation oversight on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Files WASHINGTON: A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 US presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscow?s purported effort to interfere. The office of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies, including St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency known for its trolling on social media. The official who oversees Mueller?s work said the investigation was not finished. The court document said those accused ?had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election?. The indictment said Russians adopted false online personas to push divisive messages; travelled to the US to collect intelligence, visiting 10 states; and staged political rallies while posing as Americans. In one case, it said, the Russians paid an unidentified person to build a cage aboard a flatbed truck and another to wear a costume ?portraying Clinton in a prison uniform?. The surprise 37-page indictment could alter the divisive US domestic debate over Russia?s meddling, undercutting some Republicans who, along with Trump, have attacked Mueller?s investigation. ?These Russians engaged in a sinister and systematic attack on our political system. It was a conspiracy to subvert the process, and take aim at democracy itself,? said Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives. The indictment is silent on the question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, which Mueller is investigating. In a Tweet on Friday, Trump gave his most direct acknowledgement that Russia had meddled in the election, which he has frequently disputed. ?Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!? Trump wrote. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the allegations that Russian nationals interfered in US elections ?absurd? and ridiculed the idea that so few could undermine US democracy. ?13 against the billions? budgets of the secret services?? she asked in a Facebook post. The accused Russians are unlikely to be arrested or to appear in a US court on the charges, which include conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, bank fraud and identity theft. Echoes of intelligence report The indictment broadly echoes the conclusions of a January 2017 US intelligence assessment, which found that Russia had meddled in the election and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump. In November 2016, Trump won a surprise victory over Democratic Party candidate Clinton. Mueller?s indictment did not tie the meddling effort to the Russian government. But the earlier US intelligence assessment said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the US election. Trump has never unequivocally accepted the US intelligence report and has denounced Mueller?s probe into whether his campaign colluded with the Kremlin as a ?witch hunt.? Some of those charged, posing as Americans, ?communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign,? the indictment said. Last year, Mueller charged Trump?s former campaign manager and his deputy with money-laundering and other crimes and accepted guilty pleas from two former foreign policy aides for lying to the FBI. Friday?s indictment of the Russians, coupled with the FBI's disclosure that it failed to heed a warning about the Florida high school shooter, were blows to the White House, still reeling from the fallout of a scandal involving a former aide accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. US stocks had been up over half a percent but lost nearly all of that after the indictment came out. ?Conspirators? US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a press conference: ?The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States, with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.? The indictment describes a sophisticated, multi-year and well-funded operation, dubbed ?Project Lakhta,? by Russian entities to influence the election, beginning as early as May 2014. Russians unlawfully used stolen social security numbers and birth dates of Americans to open accounts on the PayPal digital payment platform and to post on social media using those fake identities, the indictment said. Mueller also on Friday reached an agreement with an American named Richard Pinedo, who pled guilty to aiding and abetting interstate and foreign identity fraud by creating, buying, and stealing hundreds of bank account numbers that he sold to individuals to use with large digital payment companies. According to a source familiar with the indictments, Pinedo is the person cited in the document as helping the Russian conspirators launder money, as well as purchase Facebook ads and pay for rally supplies, through PayPal Holdings Inc. Pinedo?s attorney, Jeremy I. Lessem, said in a statement that ?Mr. Pinedo had absolutely no knowledge of the identities and motivations of any of the purchasers of the information he provided.? The Russians sought to measure the impact of their online social media operations, tracking the size of US audiences reached through posts and other types of engagement, such as likes, comments and reposts, according to the indictment. Facebook said in a statement that it had previously disclosed the Internet Research Agency?s activity on its platform. ?We know we have more to do to prevent against future attacks,? said Joel Kaplan, Facebook?s vice president of global policy. Twitter, whose platform also was used, declined to comment on the indictment. The Internet Research Agency was registered with the Russian government as a corporate entity in July 2013 and St. Petersburg ?became one of the organization?s operational hubs,? for the project, the indictment said. The organization employed hundreds of people, ranging from creators of fictitious person to technical experts, and by September 2016, its monthly budget was in excess of $1.2 million, the court document said. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he had already seen evidence Russia was targeting US elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments. The indictment said the Russians it charged tried to destroy evidence of their crimes. For example, in September 2017, one of the defendants wrote an email to a family member stating: ?We had a slight crisis at work: the FBI busted our activity (not a joke). So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with colleagues.? The email continued: ?I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people.?
  10. A used container of the drug Narcan used against opioid overdoses lies on the ground in a park in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US October 26, 2017. REUTERS NEW YORK: Life expectancy in the United States dipped in 2016 as the number of deaths due to opioid drug overdoses surged and total drug overdose deaths rose 21 percent to 63,600, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Life expectancy fell to 78.6 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2015, the second annual decline in a row and the first two-year decline since a drop in 1962 and 1963. Opioid-related overdose deaths have been on the rise since 1999, but surged from 2014 to 2016, with an average annual increase of 18 percent, to become a national epidemic. From 2006 to 2014 the rise was only 3 percent annually on average and between 1999 to 2006 averaged 10 percent per year. In 2016, 42,249 people died from opioid-related overdoses, up 28 percent from 2015, while the number of deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as fentanyl and tramadol, more than doubled to 19,413, the CDC said. The 2016 rate of overdose deaths was up across all age groups but was highest rate among people aged 25 to 54. West Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania had the highest age-adjusted drug overdose death rates in 2016. The number of drug overdose deaths involving natural and semisynthetic opioids, which include drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone, was 14,487 in 2016. As the US opioid addiction epidemic has worsened, many state attorneys general have sued makers of these drugs as they investigate whether manufacturers and distributors engaged in unlawful marketing behavior. President Donald Trump in October declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, which senior administration officials said would redirect federal resources and loosen regulations to combat abuse of the drugs. However, he stopped short of declaring a national emergency he had promised months before, which would have freed up more federal money.
  11. Candles and flowers are pictured at the memorial at the site of last year's truck attack on a Christmas market ? which killed 12 people and injured many others ? at Breitscheidplatz Square in Berlin, Germany, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch BERLIN: Germany should learn from security shortcomings exposed by a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market a year ago and increase aid to survivors and families of victims, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. Anis Amri ? a failed Tunisian asylum seeker with extremist links ? hijacked a truck on December 19, 2016, killed the driver and then ploughed it into a crowded marketplace, killing 11 more people and injuring dozens of others. Merkel spoke on the anniversary of the attack at the unveiling of a memorial on the Breitscheidplatz square where it took place. The ceremony came amid criticism from families of the victims and from survivors about the government?s handling of the incident. ?Today is a day for mourning but also a day for the determination of making things better that did not work (in the past),? Merkel said. Merkel ? who met victims and relatives of those killed at the Chancellery on Monday ? said she would meet the group again in a few months to provide updates on lessons learned from Germany?s worst militant attack. Hundreds of people gathered with candles at the site after a church service at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church that was also attended by Berlin mayor Michael Mueller and former German President Joachim Gauck. The church bells tolled for 12 minutes ? one minute for each of those killed ? at 8:02 PM, the precise time when the attack occurred. The normally crowded Christmas market at the plaza remained closed all day on Tuesday. The memorial shows the names of the victims carved on the steps of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church near the scene of the attack. A long crack filled with metal and gold alloy runs through the steps and the Christmas market. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said support for the victims of the attack came late and had not been sufficient. ?It?s bitter that the state could not protect your relatives,? Steinmeier said addressing the families. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said the government had not been well enough prepared to avert such an attack. ?We can only apologize for the victims and the surviving relatives,? Maas wrote in an article published in Tagesspiegel paper on Tuesday. The German government has agreed to increase compensation payments to victims? families and survivors after complaints that the 10,000 euros ($11,820) compensation the German government had offered was insufficient, Kurt Beck ? an advocate for victims and survivors ? said on Tuesday. Dozens of protesters rallied near the Breitscheidplatz, carrying signs expressing solidarity with the victims but warning against turning the tragic event into a rallying cry against Islam, as some far-right groups have sought to do. ?I?m angry about the right wing?s efforts to instrumentalize this,? said Martin Pfaff, who organized the event. ?That?s why we?re making clear that racism cannot be an answer to terrorism.?
  12. File photo/Reuters The US Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers. Paras Jha has agreed to plead guilty to computer-crimes charges in the case, according to federal court documents unsealed in Alaska on Tuesday. The Mirai botnet was used to infect large numbers of internet-connected devices including webcams and video records, which were then turned into a digital army of bots that launched a series of attacks on websites and Internet infrastructure. Those attacks included one in October 2016 on an internet infrastructure firm known as Dyn that disrupted access to major Internet firms including Twitter, Paypal and Spotify.
  13. A combined photo shows former DNC Vice-Chair Donna Brazile (L) during Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, July 26, 2016, and former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) onstage at 'An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton' during the BookExpo, New York, US, June 1, 2017. AFP/Saul Loeb and Angela Weiss WASHINGTON: Explosive revelations by a top Democratic operative that the 2016 primaries were tipped in Hillary Clinton's favour have convulsed the party as it struggles to rebuild, and whipped up accusations of cheating from President Donald Trump. Donna Brazile ? the Democratic National Committee's interim chairwoman during key months of the presidential campaign ? said Clinton's team essentially took over day-to-day operations of the DNC, in essence rigging the system against Senator Bernie Sanders, who was challenging Clinton for the party's nomination. In a book excerpt published Thursday by Politico, Brazile said her DNC chair predecessor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had "let Clinton's headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired" when it came to controlling party strategy and staffing. She also said that an agreement reached between the DNC and Clinton's campaign to bring the party out of debt allowed Clinton to "control" party finances, strategy, and the money raised. "This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party's integrity," Brazile said. Political Washington shuddered with the revelations, with members of the Sanders camp crying foul and demanding changes to the DNC framework. As of Friday, Neither Sanders nor Clinton had responded publicly to Brazile's remarks. Rigged Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Sanders ally who campaigned with Clinton after she won the nomination, expressed exasperation over what happened. "This is a real problem," Warren, seen as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, told CNN. "We've got to hold this party accountable." Asked whether she believes the system was rigged, Warren said "yes." Trump seized on the crisis Friday, telling reporters that Brazile's book shows that Clinton "bought the DNC and stole the election from Bernie." He also took the unusual step of suggesting that US justice officials investigate one of his political rivals. "Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems," Trump said at the start of a series of tweets about the scandal. "Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept," he said. Pocahontas is a nickname -- some call it a slur -- that Trump has repeatedly used to refer to Warren, in reference to her self-proclaimed Native American ancestry. Minutes later, as he departed for an extended trip to Asia, Trump tweeted from Air Force One that Sanders supporters "have every right to be apoplectic." "I always felt I would be running and winning against Bernie Sanders, not Crooked H, without cheating, I was right." Brazile, 57, is a longtime Democratic strategist, having worked on several political campaigns. She became a Democratic analyst for CNN. Although she was on leave since July 2016 to serve as interim DNC chair, she resigned from the network that October after hacked emails released by WikiLeaks showed that she had shared questions with Clinton's campaign ahead of a debate sponsored by the network. The new DNC chairman Tom Perez, who served in President Barack Obama's cabinet, did not respond directly to the Brazile allegations. "We're moving forward," Perez insisted to CNBC. "One of my goals here as DNC chair is to make sure that the nominating process for 2020 is a process that's totally fair and transparent for everybody," he said, adding that the Democratic primary debate schedule will be set "well in advance" of knowing who the candidates will be. Sanders had complained last year that the debate schedule was set to favour Clinton because they were held during off-hours so that fewer people saw Clinton's challengers.
  14. DUBAI: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had arrested 46 members of a militant cell responsible for a deadly suicide bombing attack on Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) Mosque in the holy city of Medina last summer that was blamed on Daesh. The suspects, which included foreign and Saudi citizens, were detained in the Western port city of Jeddah, state news agency SPA quoted the interior ministry as saying. Three suicide bombers and two members of the security forces were killed in the unprecedented attack on the Prophet’s (PBUH) Mosque – which is one of the religion´s holiest sites. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack nor did the interior ministry statement blame a specific group. Daesh, based in Iraq and Syria, has carried out a series of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014, killing scores of people, mostly members of the Shi´ite Muslim minority and security services. It has vowed to uproot Gulf monarchies it accuses of being in the thrall of the West.
  15. The whole world was glued to the television when this year’s Miss Universe pageant results were being announced, we know we know, partly because of the major f*ck up that Steve Harvey did last year while announcing the results – he announced Miss Colombia as the winner while it was Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach who won the crown. Having said that, this year saw some really good contenders and beating all their counterparts, Miss France Iris Mittenaere won over everyone and took home the Miss Universe 2016 crown. © Reuters It’s great to see that all these women who participated in this contest are not only drop-dead gorgeous but are intelligent and driven as well, which is truly inspiring to say the least. However, of all the contestants, there was one who equally deserved the crown and can be called the ‘dark horse of the race’ – it was the runner-up, Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier. This 25-year-old beauty looks nothing short of a goddess in this golden gown. 24k magic ?? I am so proud to represent my country?? Thanks @fernandomarin1053 for this wonderful evening gown! #iamhaiti #haitianpride #haiti #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverso #misshaiti #65thmissuniverse #misshaitiuniverse #missuniverse2016 A photo posted by Raquel Pelissier (@raquelpelissier) on Jan 26, 2017 at 10:33pm PST No one can be a better example for the phrase “Beauty with Brains” than her. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision. To be a woman is to be a fighter Photographer: @emilnaguib Make-up: @salomonvalencia Hair: @fabianchacone #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverso #misshaiti #65thmissuniverse #misshaitiuniverse #missuniverse2016 A photo posted by Raquel Pelissier (@raquelpelissier) on Jan 17, 2017 at 4:15am PST In fact, Pelissier is also working on a research project on the regeneration of the optic nerve. It is also said that one of her goals is to help find a cure for blindness. All glammed up ? Photographer: @carlosvelezfoto Make-Up & Hair: @victoriadukebeauty Styling: @lacasahermosa A photo posted by Raquel Pelissier (@raquelpelissier) on Dec 30, 2016 at 6:58pm PST Almost seven years ago, she survived an earthquake that destroyed her hometown. This inspired her to not only value her life but to also fight for her goals and dreams. These are the traits of a true fighter! "Be the change that you wish to see in the world "- Mahatma Gandhi A photo posted by Raquel Pelissier (@raquelpelissier) on Dec 1, 2016 at 7:33pm PST Pelissier is quadrilingual, that is, she can speak French, Spanish, Haitian Creole and German. She also likes going to museums and reading books. If you don't know where you are going, you'll probably end up nowhere !! #FocusOnYourGoals #InvestInYourself #Roadtomissuniverse ?? Photo: @alexg.dr Make-Up: @kate.pedie Swimsuit: @acuariotrajesdebano Accessories: @Rosasdecristal Hail: @salonsalomerd Styling: @Chrispuesan A photo posted by Raquel Pelissier (@raquelpelissier) on Dec 7, 2016 at 6:58am PST She is said to train in crossfit and also enjoys doing aerial dance. If you were from where I'm from, then you would know??? #toallmyhaitians #haitianpride Photographer: @fredericgeorges Hair & Makeup: @mattidomingue Swimwear : @attitudebylory Location: @moulinsurmer Styling: @chrispuesan #MSM2016 A photo posted by Raquel Pelissier (@raquelpelissier) on Dec 25, 2016 at 9:11am PST Pelissier truly is an inspiration for all the women around the world. Less is definitely more ? Photographer: @carlosvelezfoto Make-Up & Hair: @victoriadukebeauty Styling: @lacasahermosa A photo posted by Raquel Pelissier (@raquelpelissier) on Dec 30, 2016 at 5:43am PST How can one be so beautiful! Universe, Let's do this !? #iamhaiti #haitianpride #haiti #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverso #misshaiti #65thmissuniverse #misshaitiuniverse #missuniverse2016 Photographer: @emilnaguib Make-up: @salomonvalencia Hair: @fabianchacone A photo posted by Raquel Pelissier (@raquelpelissier) on Jan 23, 2017 at 12:08am PST
  16. Apple is winning the slow and steady race in India to gain a considerable market share in the second fastest economy for smartphones. Apple managed to sell 2.5 million iPhones in 2016 and while many might think these are baby steps in India, it cannot be ignored that a premium phone sold that many units in a market that is defined by price sensitivity. These numbers released by Counterpoint Research tells us that most of these sales came from the iPhone 7 launch. Apple came in at 10th place when it comes to phone sale rankings; however, Apple remained the firm favourite in the premium phone category. © Pexels Since India is a very price-sensitive market, most smartphones bought in India cost around $150 or less, which suggests that Apple has achieved an amazing feat given that the company sells one of the most expensive phones in the Indian market. Companies like Xiaomi, Vivio, Lenovo and Oppo have enjoyed good sales figures thanks to their aggressive pricing and remain on the top of the mountain due to their low price driven handsets. Apple is reportedly considering manufacturing phones in India, in order to compensate high prices that the company faces due to tariffs and middle salesman. This will also enable Apple to save on tax thanks to PM Modi’s ‘Make In India’ initiative. Source: Cnet
  17. Why do we love rollercoaster rides? Why do we love that twisted feeling in our gut when we’re free falling through the air? It’s the very same reason we love watching horror movies, because we as human beings love that adrenalin fueled feeling of absolute terror. We love being scared! Other than the sheer excitement horror movies bring, they are an excellent way to get that cute girl you’ve brought with you to the movies to cozy up a bit closer! So, the next time you think of planning out a date night and wonder what flick to switch on, try these terrifying tales from 2016. 1. 31 If you’re up for a gore galore, 31 is exactly what you need! Rob Zombie delivers an excellent horror film with an exciting storyline of 5 carnival workers surviving a madhouse of 31 murderers known as “The Heads” all dressed as clowns (yikes!). We say the clown factor is enough to stir up our childhood fears, and for some of us, adult fears too! Brace yourself for enough blood and gore to last a few nightmares too! © Tumblr 2. The Conjuring 2 If you’ve seen the first one then you don’t need us to tell you that this one is one spine-chilling scare after the other! Ed and Lorraine Warren are back to their do-gooder ways of saving poor souls from the malicious and hungry evil spirits that haunt this world. They try and help a single mother raising 4 children on her own in a house filled with creepy spirits and demonic nuns (like we needed another reason not to go to church)! This is one of the best movies of the year, a must watch; only if you’ve got an iron heart though! © Twitter 3. Don’t Breathe If you weren’t afraid of the dark before, you’ll surely be now! This flick is about a group of 3 friends that get trapped in a blind mans’ house while trying to break into it. Little did they know that this retired army veteran has a few secrets of his own… the kind that can’t get out. A gripping and twisty storyline gives you such a thrill that you’ll find yourself holding your own breath along with the main characters! Add it to your Christmas list! © Twitter 4. Hush Silence is golden, but not in this heart pounding thriller! Maddie Young has lost her hearing in her teen years and is now living in the woods, absolutely secluded from society. Unfortunately, her peaceful world turns terrifyingly twisted when a masked psychopath decides to make her his new plaything. This movie is petrifying in a special way, and with an unexpected twist of the hunter underestimating his prey. © Twitter 5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies We all know the classic tale being re-told here, but wait, did we say zombies? Women in beautiful 19th century dresses, corsets, high riding stockings and don’t forget the samurai swords! The lovely ladies on screen are entangled in a love story between social classes while simultaneously being completely bad-ass while kicking some zombie butt! We say any original idea when it comes to zombie movies is a welcome thought, so check this one out! © Twitter 6. Lights Out After watching this supernatural horror flick, you’ll be thinking twice the next time you decide to turn the lights off. It follows the story of a young woman who discovers that her half brother is having trouble at home, so she pays him a visit. He lives with her mother, who seems to be extremely troubled by what at first seems to be a mental condition, but to your and our horror (and pleasure) we find out there is a lot more to the situation than meets the eye. Check this flick out, but make sure you’re sitting in a dark room, with enough shadows to tickle your mind. © Twitter 7. The Purge: Election Year This movie is the 3rd part of a series that has definitely got something to say, politically. It shows us exactly how terrifying human beings and our minds can really be. It definitely had some satire due to the political angle of it since we all know how certain entities have emerged recently, willing to do whatever it takes to “Make America Great Again”. If you wondered what it would be like to give in to the absolute human desire to kill our enemies, then you must, must, must watch this film. © Reuters 8. Ouija: Origin Of Evil If you weren’t completely sold with the first one, we believe you should give the second one a chance. They completely turned the game around with a genuinely scary and dramatic sequel in which an innocent game of Ouija turns horribly wrong. We’ve all played it, some of us might indulge in a little talking to the dead after a few drinks, so check this flick out and we’re sure you’re hands will be shaking the next time you venture to do so. © Twitter So what are you waiting for? Call that cute girl over, grab the popcorn and turn off that light switch (if you dare)!
  18. This year might have seen many ups and downs, but the one thing that remained strong was the stellar list of hot women. They induce global warming, are true sizzlers and regardless of their ethnicity, they have one thing in common, they are all crazy hot. Here are the top 50 hottest women of 2016. 1. Priyanka Chopra- We had to make her the Numero Uno. Our ‘desi’ girl went international and made sure the entire world was at her feet. Hey... @womenshealthmag #regram A photo posted by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Oct 20, 2016 at 8:46am PDT 2. Katrina Kaif- Her smile already melts hearts, and this year also saw her killer abs make their debut and set our screens ablaze. #katrinakaif A photo posted by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif_official) on Jul 15, 2016 at 1:59am PDT 3.Malaika Arora- She is clearly the yummiest mummy in the country right now. No further questions please. Vintage vibe in @saiidkobeisyofficial for @dessangemumbai styled by @manekaharisinghani #mua? @meghnabutani #hair @dessangemumbai A photo posted by Malaika Arora Khan (@malaikaarorakhanofficial) on Nov 16, 2016 at 5:48am PST 4. Nia Sharma- She made it to the top ten list of Asia’s sexiest women and beat Alia and Katrina as well. Hot stuff! Just what girls do best... 'pose' with poise @stylebysusmita #DressbyShahidamir A photo posted by Nia Sharma (@niasharma90) on Oct 9, 2016 at 2:37pm PDT 5. Mouni Roy- This Bong beauty is too hot to handle. She oozes sexy in the telly world which has others clad in six yards of silk. Need to go to a physic fare #stateofmindaf A photo posted by mon (@imouniroy) on May 13, 2016 at 2:43am PDT 6. Lisa Haydon- Hubba Hubba! This woman breathes fire. Someone get an extinguisher please. A photo posted by Lisa Haydon (@lisahaydon) on Jan 25, 2016 at 7:22am PST 7. Disha Patani- She had one of the most successful debuts in Bollywood this year and is also Tiger Shroff’s alleged girlfriend. On another note, she is a hottie we totally dig! ?? photo by @rahuljhangiani makeup by @flaviagiumua hair by @marcepedrozo ❤️❤️❤️ styling @pranavhamal ?❤️ A photo posted by disha patani (@dishapatani) on May 8, 2016 at 8:43pm PDT 8. Erica Kaar- She is the beauty we all watched in ‘Shivaay’ this year. People might have forgotten the movie, but her pretty face stays fresh in our memories. #india #mumbai #bollywood #shivaay A photo posted by Erika Kaar (@erikakaar) on Jan 9, 2015 at 9:07am PST 9. Aishwarya Rai- We are baffled by this bundle of gorgeousness who crossed 40 and still puts any new comer to shame. A ‘Timeless beauty’ is what this former Miss World is, and she proved she rules when she lit the screen up this year in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. A photo posted by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (@aishwaryaarai) on Nov 2, 2016 at 9:20pm PDT 10. Gigi Hadid- Zayn Malik has his‘Pillow talk’ with her but we can’t stop gazing at her deep eyes. Sigh! @si_swimsuit release night, nyc :) A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on Feb 17, 2016 at 8:27am PST 11. Bella Hadid- The younger Hadid girl became a Victoria’s Secret angel this year and besides the ramp, she walked right into our hearts as well. A photo posted by Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) on Dec 10, 2016 at 12:15pm PST 12. Kim Kardashian- She has been on the sexy radar ever since she came into limelight. She‘ll probably always be a *** symbol, every year. Selfish in Mexico A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Aug 22, 2016 at 11:03am PDT 13. Khloe Kardashian- It’s inevitable that the Kardashian sisters are listed here. Khloe surprised everyone this year when she turned into a health freak and my God, she looks hot ! Nothing like these baby blues ??? living for my Good American Good Cuts A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Nov 5, 2016 at 11:35pm PDT 14. Kylie Jenner- She is not even 20 years old, has the world running after her, and even Diljt Dosanjh has a crush on her. Kylie is sexy and how. Sneek peak from the KYLIEJENNER2017 calendar dropping December 10th on KylieJennerShop.com @thekylieshop A photo posted by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Dec 5, 2016 at 8:36am PST 15. Pia Wurtzbach- She was crowned ‘Miss Universe’. Why do we need to explain anything? And finally in Francis Libiran blue ? Tickets to the 65th Miss Universe competition are on sale now! ? Photographed by @filbertdkung A photo posted by Pia Wurtzbach | Miss Universe (@piawurtzbach) on Dec 22, 2016 at 5:34am PST 16. Amal Clooney- Lawyer by profession, George Clooney’s beautiful wife and the personification of ‘beauty with brains’. Have a great weekend! ? A photo posted by Amal Clooney (@amalclooney) on Feb 26, 2016 at 6:02am PST 17. Ivanka Trump- Donald Trump’s daughter is a beauty bomb too. Tonight, I was honored to introduce my father @realdonaldtrump and to speak about a policy that's incredibly close to my heart. A photo posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Sep 13, 2016 at 7:23pm PDT 18. Margot Robbie-Everyone loves Miss Harley Quinn, and of course she exudes sexiness in abundance. Thank you to the divine @jonathanvanmeter for letting me tat you up for our @voguemagazine interview! A photo posted by @margotrobbie on May 13, 2016 at 2:50pm PDT 19. Ruby Rose- She’s gearing up to kick ass in ‘Xander Cage’ but she already sits politely on our sexy list. It's been a while since I've been blonde... ? hmmm.. Maybe 2017? A photo posted by Ruby Rose (@rubyrose) on Sep 23, 2016 at 11:01pm PDT 21.Martha Hunt- Another Victoria’s hot shot who is ultra steamy and keeping her on this list is totally legit. My @nightswith coming soon A photo posted by Martha Hunt (@marthahunt) on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:16am PST 23.Nidhi Sunil- Clearly one of the hottest Indian models in the internationals circuit who oozes oomph. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concern, relax into the world #friday A photo posted by Nidhi Sunil (@nidhisunil) on Nov 11, 2016 at 5:26pm PST 24. Ashika Pratt- She is one of the most famous models from New Zealand and calling her hot is kinda putting it very mildly. Beach day ? @chrisdwyerphoto_ A photo posted by Ashika (@ashika_pratt) on Dec 21, 2016 at 8:34pm PST 25. Adriana Lima – This Brazilian beauty has the boys going ga-ga over her. All the FREAKING time. Brazilian vibes ???????? Showing off my UNICORN NAILS ???? A photo posted by Adriana Lima (@adrianalima) on Dec 22, 2016 at 5:55am PST 26. Iulia Vantur- Salman’s alleged girlfriend is also one of the hottest women we currently have in India. Buna sa va fie ziua #bunasavafieinima #haveagoodday #smile #enjoy #flowers #white #nature #love A photo posted by Iulia Vantur Official Account (@vanturiulia) on Mar 31, 2016 at 1:23am PDT 27. Emma Watson- Our little Hermione Granger grew up to be one of the most beautiful and arguably one of the hottest women Hollywood has seen. #Repost @calvinklein with @repostapp. ・・・ At the #metgala, actor + activist @emmawatson in a custom Calvin Klein Collection look designed in collaboration with @ecoage and made from sustainable cotton, satin, and taffeta woven from recycled plastic yarn. #mycalvins #manusxmachina A photo posted by Emma Watson (@emmawatson) on May 2, 2016 at 6:34pm PDT 28. Sofia Vergara- She is one of the main reasons we love ‘Modern Family’ and like she calls it, she is a total ‘Papi’, too , a really hot one! Paraiso???? A photo posted by Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara) on Dec 23, 2016 at 5:44pm PST 29. Deepika Padukone- She was rated as Asia’s sexiest woman, and when you see her you’ll have no doubts about it. @deepikapadukone looks sensational in this red ensemble for the #IIFA2016 press conference! Stay tuned to see more of her looks from Madrid! -Team DP A photo posted by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Jun 23, 2016 at 10:43am PDT 30. Cara Delevigne- This English supermodel is like a cake baked in oven. Hot and absolutely alluring It's yours so own it @puma #DoYou #PUMAWomen A photo posted by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on Sep 26, 2016 at 7:23am PDT 31. Melania Trump- Besides being Donald Trump’s wife, she’s also one of the hottest first ladies in the continent. A look back at a glam #MelaniaMoment ✨ • • • #makeamericagreatagain #makechristmasgreatagain #donaldtrump #trumptower #maralago #melaniatrump #firstlady #firstladymelaniatrump #flotus #potus #peotus #donaldjtrump #trumo2016 #maga #trumptrain #memes A photo posted by Melania Trump Fashion (@melaniatrumpfashion) on Dec 27, 2016 at 11:56am PST 32. Sunny Leone- When you talk about being sexy, then this ‘baby doll’ is on that list by default. Proud to be a part of Laila Main Laila from @RaeesTheFilm. The journey has just begun. #Aa Rahi Hoon! @IAmSRK @ritesh_sid @rahuldholakia @FarOutAkhtar A photo posted by Sunny Leone (@sunnyleone) on Dec 18, 2016 at 8:38pm PST 33. Megan Fox- You can literally dive in those eyes. Damn hotness! Once a vampire...always a vampire. A photo posted by Megan Fox (@the_native_tiger) on May 26, 2016 at 7:49pm PDT 34. Nikki Bella- Motivational speaker and a workout queen, Nikki is crazy hot and a total sizzler. Oh, and she has the key to John Cena’s heart. A photo posted by Nikki Bella (@thenikkibella) on Dec 18, 2016 at 6:03am PST 35. Emilia Clarke- The Mother of Dragons and everyone’s beloved Khaleesi, Emilia Clarke is one of our favourite sexy women in the world. Channeling my inner @beyonce for this premier, #QUEENS4LIFE. @hairbyadir @monikablundermakeup @petraflannery putting the crown on riiiight....? #gottabringtheAGameforagameofthronesnight A photo posted by @emilia_clarke on Apr 10, 2016 at 11:19pm PDT 36. Chitrangada Singh- She is effortlessly hot. That’s all. #femina #cover #shoot #bollywood #ChitrangdaSingh #model #babe A photo posted by Chitrangda Singh Official (@iamchitrangda) on Jul 7, 2016 at 7:06am PDT 37. Nargis Fakhri- She has the face that seriously could start wars. Because your eyes said you were feeling it too. . . . . . . #magazine #shoot #fashion #fun #lofficiel #india #actress #model #hot #sexy #boatshoot #mumbai #life #mylife A photo posted by Nargis Fakhri (@nargisfakhri) on Nov 11, 2016 at 1:04am PST 38. Natalie Dormer- No one could escape the spell of the beloved Margery Tyrell in GOT, and in real life also she is quite bewitching. #nataliedormer A photo posted by Natalie Dormer (@natalie.dormer) on Nov 28, 2015 at 7:59pm PST 39. Kendall Jenner- The elder Jenner sister is a bombshell and one of the top models around pre show with @russelljames A photo posted by Kendall (@kendalljenner) on Nov 30, 2016 at 10:30am PST 40. Kourtney Kardashian- the oldest Kardashian sister rules hearts even after giving birth to three kids. It all runs in the family, this staying perennially sexy business. Styling diaries: Angel Ball. On my app. A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Nov 23, 2016 at 3:09pm PST 41. Monica Dogra- Probably one of the hottest musicians we have in our land. #ThrowBack .....Shot by an old friend @anushkam ..... #Maxim . . #DMoney #MonDog #MonicaDogra A photo posted by Monica Dogra / Aka Shaa'ir (@monicadogra) on Dec 19, 2016 at 6:08am PST 42. Sushmita Sen- She won the ‘Miss Universe’ crown ages ago, but she continues being high on life and that is very sexy! I love #laughter and anyone who can make me laugh ??????mine sounds like 'popcorns popping' ? yours? ? it has an amazing way with the #heart hence VERY Good for our #health ???? lets indulge in our #unique laughter more often!!! I say.. 'Lets BLING it on' ?????? #mmuuaaah ??❤️ A photo posted by Sushmita Sen (@sushmitasen47) on Jun 18, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT 43. Shibani Dandekar- Another hottie artist on our list. Makes us swoon hard. behind the scenes today @renge_india ?? A photo posted by Shibani Dandekar (@shibanidandekar) on Nov 13, 2016 at 11:42pm PST 44. Kate Upton- She is like a sweet melody playing around you, serene and beautiful. I'm ready for a #pinacolada ! Happy it's the weekend! #labordayweekend #guess #ellenvonunwerth A photo posted by Kate Upton (@kateupton) on Sep 2, 2016 at 10:49am PDT 45.Emily Ratajkowski- Took your heart, then your breath, stirred it well, and gave it back to you. Go breathe now. Mood 2 A photo posted by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on Dec 7, 2016 at 5:59pm PST 46. Diva Dhawan- Her name is self explanatory. She is a true ‘diva’, just like her name. Hello delhi, let's make it quick #bpft#weekendwear stylin by @gabriellademetriades A photo posted by Diva Dhawan (@diva.dhawan) on Dec 2, 2016 at 2:23am PST 47. Sophie Turner- The benign onscreen Sansa, is quite a stunner in real life. #SAGs @rebeccacorbinmurray @houseofherrera @chanelofficial @jimmychoo @cwoodhair @georgieeisdell A photo posted by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Jan 30, 2016 at 10:26pm PST 48. Bipasha Basu- The recently married Bong beauty has been a staple when it comes to listing ‘sexy’ and ‘hot’. Partyyyy ! The perfect custom little black dress styled with @hauteelan in @Monsoori_official for @manishmalhotra05 birthday party. A photo posted by bipashabasusinghgrover (@bipashabasu) on Dec 5, 2016 at 12:31pm PST 49. Bani J- S he is muscular, sexy and has a raw energy that radiates every time you look at her. I like to match my hair to my shoes sometimes?? Ultra light, breathable, cushioned comfort. A gift to my feet ?#MyFirstColeHaan ? The new 2.ZEROGRAND sneakers from @colehaanindia is what future feels like. Really stoked for their launch in India. #ColeHaanIndia #ElegantInnovation #shoegame #loa #matchgame #matchpoint #representing #ad #yougottatrythesetobelievehowlighttheyaredoe ? by @gandhinitin A photo posted by ⚡Lady RocknRolla ⚡ (@banij) on Aug 24, 2016 at 3:24am PDT 50. Candice Swanepoel- We can go on and on about this, but the list has to end somewhere. Last, but not the least, Candice is gorgeousness sprinkled with hotness. Goodluck angels! With you in spirit ?? A photo posted by Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandices) on Nov 30, 2016 at 7:34am PST
  19. As 2017 draws closer, a sense of relief can be felt. For, 2016 really was the most heartless year ever. Humanity died a brutal death across the world with terrorism at its peak and we lost some of the most eminent personalities we’ve grown up idolizing. We’re almost done with 2016 but it would really be unfair to move on without looking back once at those we left behind this year. Jayalalithaa © BCCL Almost a month, and the nation still cannot deal with Amma’s absence. No politician ever, in the Indian history, governed with such respect, influence and love. R.I.P. Amma. Alan Rickman © Facebook Alan Rickman’s death was an irreparable loss for an entire generation that grew up watching Harry Potter. The man made us believe in magic, taught us the value of true love and made us want to be better people. Then, cancer took him away, leaving the world heartbroken. David Bowie © Reuters The greatest singer of all times, David Bowie may not be around anymore, but he’d always be alive through his words and music. George Michael © Reuters The image of George Michael being discovered lifeless in his house, on the morning of Christmas, is heartbreaking. We hope the man who dedicated his life to music and the fight for equal rights for LGBT is in a better place now! Prince © Richard-E.-Aaron The more you say about this legend, the less it is. Prince died of drug overdose earlier this year and it was the biggest loss to the world of music. The world shall never get another Prince ever again and that realization is haunting. Pratyusha Banejree © Twitter Not even 25 years old, the most popular TV actress hung herself from the ceiling in her Mumbai house, leaving the whole nation in a state of shock. It’s sad to know someone as seemingly successful and happy as Pratyusha would decide to end her life under the pressure of making it big in the entertainment industry and an emotionally abusive relationship. Muhammed Ali © Twitter A boxing legend, Ali passed away this year after losing his battle with Parkinson’s disease that went on for 32 long years. Let’s take a moment to salute his fighter spirit. Rajesh Vivek © YouTube 2016 was also the year when we lost Rajesh Vivek, a lesser known name but a very popular face of Indian entertainment. Thank you for entertaining the country all your life, Rajesh. You shall always be remembered for your incredible talent. Razak Khan © YouTube Razak Khan, the man who chose to be the jester, the one who made sure we had a memorable and fun childhood passed away this year. He may not have been one of the biggest names in the industry but his noteworthy contribution in Bollywood shall never be forgotten! Carrie Fisher © Reuters An almost 20-year long allegiance with Princess Leia came to an end when the news of Carrie Fisher’s demise broke. ‘Star Wars’ shall never be the same without you, Princess. Fidel Castro © Reuters The Cuban revolutionary and politician breathed his last this year and left everyone mourning. His political career really was an incredible success story. Sulabha Deshpande © YouTube Last seen in ‘English Vinglish’. Sulabha Deshpande was a constant throughout our childhoods, be it her celebrated presence as a theatre veteran or a popular TV actor. Losing her was like losing our own family member. That’s how loved she was. R.I.P. Here’s hoping 2017 brings in a much needed ray of hope and light.
  20. Bollywood has had a good year. Besides brilliant films, it gave us some great music to listen to, and on loop. While movies like ‘Airlift’ and ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ gave us beautiful romantic numbers to add to our playlists, ‘Dangal’ gave us that perfect inspirational number to get us going through those painful workout sessions. We compiled a list of the best songs Bollywood saw this year that will be on our playlists for a long time. 1. Kala Chashma – Baar Baar Dekho The song that became the wedding anthem of 2016, ‘Kala Chashma’ was an instant hit. The original version of the song has been popular since forever, and Badshah’s version, coupled with Katrina’s super toned abs, just made it go ‘higher’! 2. Ikk Kudi – Udta Punjab Amit Trivedi’s ‘Ikk Kudi’ was a moving number that wove magic in the film and added heart to Alia’s powerful performance. Originally sung by Shahid Mallya, the song had two other equally beautiful versions, sung by Diljit Dosanjh and Ali Bhatt. 3. Channa Mereya – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil One of the most soulful songs of the year, ‘Channa Mereya’ acquired a permanent place on our list of favourite songs. With music by Pritam, lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and vocals by Arijit Singh, the song that appeared at an emotional point in the movie, left many misty-eyed. 4. Soch Na Sake – Airlift An incredibly soul-stirring composition, ‘Soch Na Sake’ remained one of the most requested songs on radio this year. With Amaal Mallik, Arijit Singh and Tulsi Kumar providing the vocals, and Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur playing out a mellow mature love story, the song could melt the coldest of hearts. The original version, sung by Hardy Sandhu and with lyrics by Jaani, was equally moving. 5. Chitta Ve – Udta Punjab You can’t help but experience an adrenaline rush listening to this absolutely trippy number from ‘Udta Punjab’. Amit Trivedi really created a heady tune with this one. 6. Jag Ghoomeya – Sultan Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s melodious voice lent magic to this number that had Salman create a trademark dance step that, by the way, is not as easy as it looks. 7. Teri Khair Mangdi – Baar Baar Dekho Love is back and how! The pain of heartbreak and the beauty of true love is so well brought out in this song, you’d listen to it on loop. Hat-tip to Bilal Saeed for the music and vocals. 8. Dariya – Baar Baar Dekho The kind of song that makes you well up with emotions. Going back to the beautiful Punjabi folk songs that talked of lovers separated, this one folds in itself the warmth and comfort of real love. Arko, the singer-lyricist-composer of the song, has done a great job. 9. Tere Sang Yaara – Rustom One of those songs for which you love Bollywood. Atif Aslam’s voice and Arko’s music work beautifully together to create this romantic number that remained among the most loved songs this year. 10. Kar Gayi Chull – Kapoor & Sons It became the ultimate party song this year, as Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar and Neha Kakkar went wild with this one. Alia and Sidharth’s sparkling chemistry made sure the song raised temperatures at every party. 11. Bolna – Kapoor & Sons So many beautiful love songs this year, we can’t decide which is the best! ‘Bolna’ from ‘Kapoor & Sons’ is sheer love. Arijit Singh and Asees Kaur render the song magical with their melodious voices. 12. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi – Befikre We couldn’t have a headier tune this year! Vishal-Shekhar’s music, Arijit’s vocals and Jaideep Sahni’s lyrics, coupled with Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor’s ‘befikre’ antics, make this song totally addictive. Gotta stop listening to it on loop now. 13. Kaun Tujhe – M.S. Dhoni -The Untold Story Sung beautifully by singers Palak and Amaal Mallik, this one is a tear-jerker. Try not to fall in love with Disha Patani after listening to it. 14. Humma Humma – OK Jaanu We love AR Rahman’s legendary ‘Humma Humma’ so much that we love the remix version too. Though we’d prefer the original over the remix any day, Badshah’s reinvention is not bad. Old wine in new bottle, we’d say. 15. Dhaakad – Dangal After ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, this is our song for all the fitness inspiration we need. Terrific lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by Raftaar, this one is a breath of fresh air that will leave you with a lump in the throat. 16. Itni Si Baat Hain – Azhar Yet another beautiful love song on our list, Pritam and Arijit Singh manage to create magic again. Special mention: Afreen Afreen Although not Bollywood, Coke Studio’s version of ‘Afreen’ was just too good to be left out. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan created magic with the song two decades ago and immortalized it as one of the best songs ever. Coke Studio reinvented it with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan, and the result was as beautiful. Gotta play it on repeat. Happy new year to you all!
  21. Want to end your 2016 on a scary note? Well, I bet horror fans would love to do that. Here are the 10 of the most disgustingly scary horror movies that went unnoticed in 2016. So if your sadistic and gore loving, lonely self has no party to go to, here’s your scare fest laid down for you to enjoy. 1) Rats © YouTube The movie takes you deep into the disease ridden world of rat infestations, from New York to the dirtiest slums of India. Director Morman Spulock has blended reality with gore and horror so immaculately, that you’ll want to skip eating a meal after watching this movie. 2) Hush © YouTube A blind helpless woman is stalked by an intruder and what unfolds in this chase will have you biting your nails till the very end. Spoiler- There’s a haunted mirror in the house as well. 3) The Invitation © YouTube A group of estranged friends gather at a Hollywood Hills house for a reunion. The story takes a grim turn when the host surprises them with his gory cultish surprises. There are so many surprises in the movie that you will have your heart thumping throughout and couple that with some really bloody gory scenes. That’s a cult movie right here! 4) The Wailing © YouTube Easily 2016’s most disturbing commercial horror film, ‘The Wailing’ follows the story of a Japanese man whose mysterious arrival in a small Korean village leads to unexplained and violent deaths. The movie’s descent into darkness is so grueling that you will want to turn the TV off. 5) Raw © YouTube A young freshman woman at a veterinarian school is subjected to ridiculously humiliating and bloody rituals as a part of her ragging as she comes face to face with her love for human flesh. The visuals are grotesque and the direction is impeccable. 6) The Devil’s Candy © YouTube A mentally disturbed guy abandons his home after brutally murdering his parents. The house is then inhabited by a painter with his wife and daughter. The murderer guy shows up on house and tells the family that they will all die. The demonic undertone of the movie will grow on you and the usual psychotic killer thing has been knit beautifully. 7) The Eyes Of My Mother © YouTube A black and white horror treat, ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ is a beautiful nightmare that just won’t leave your subconscious. A mentally disturbed young girl is raised by an equally disturbed mother at an isolate countryside house forms a murderous bond with a lunatic killer living in her barn. Each and every scene in the movie is at its disturbing best. 8) Under The Shadow © YouTube In the middle of the 1988 Iran-Iraq war, a mother finds herself and her daughter in the clutches of a demon. There are scares that will have your blood rushing and the mystery will keep you hooked. 9) Southbound © YouTube It’s scary, it’s gory and it will **** with your brain. ‘Southbound’ is a fest of creepiness that’s only imaginable. There are back stories but no endings on to any. It will leave you scared and frustrated. It a fantastically done ride through hell and it will give you sleepless nights. 10) Bone Tomahawk © YouTube 4 men venture out to save villagers from man-eating cave dwellers. There are scenes so brutally gory that you will not forgive yourself for watching them. If you got the balls, this movie will rip ‘em off!
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