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  1. Ahead of the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2011, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian cricket team found themselves to be high on confidence and they had all the reasons in the world to do so. After all, they had just ended Ricky Ponting and the Australiansâ 12-year dominance over World Cup cricket, thanks to Yuvraj Singhâs match-winning performance in the quarter-final clash at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. #OnThisDay in 2011, Yuvraj Singh and Brett Lee gave their all for their respective teams. However, only one could win. 50s of Sachin and Gambhir as well as Raina's partnership with Yuvraj helped India win this quarter final against Australia. pic.twitter.com/jfVj1BUZDt â Rashmi (@Iam__Rashmi) March 24, 2020On the other side, Shahid Afridiâs Men in Green had just defeated the West Indies by 10 wickets in their quarter-final match and had no reason to doubt themselves against their neighbouring opponents, even though they were the hosts. However, the sheer significance of the historic rivalry is enough to overwhelm the strongest of men. For India, the need to make it to the finals and finally clinch the World Cup trophy after a drought of 28 years. For Pakistan, the desperation to break the curse of being winless against the Men in Blue in the history of the tournament. A WC SEMIFINAL CAN'T GET ANY BIGGER THAN THIS Sehwag sizzler at the top Lucky Sachin anchoring the innings MS-Raina with key knocks Indian bowlers having a field day#OnThisDay in 2011, India snatched another Mauka Mauka from Pak in a WC encounter, winning by 29 runsð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/gG7y5tuJRo â North Stand Gang - Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) March 30, 2020By the end of the day, only one team would go on to fulfil their dreams, the other, as we now know, would have to wait for at least 12 more years. Before the toss, Dhoni announced that he had replaced an inform Ravichandran Ashwin with an experienced Ashish Nehra. Afridi, showing faith in his Playing XI from the Windies win, didnât change a single man, and Shoaib Akhtarâs dream of facing the Indian batsmen in a World Cup duel remained unfulfilled. #OnThiDay in 2011 India beat Pakistan and qualofied for final of ICC cricket World Cup amd it was my first ever match which made me fall in love with cricket it made me extremely sad i remember those tears in @SAfridiOfficial eyes i remember shoaib akhtar got retired pic.twitter.com/PuqPjLliKr â Momina Shahzadian ðµð° (@IamMomina_19) March 30, 2019As India won the toss, an arrogant Shahid Afridi mentioned that the toss didnât matter anyway and that the Mohali pitch was in favour of the spinners. India, throughout the tournament, had dangerously depended on their two openers to give them a fleeting start and they had just the two men to get the job done. One on side of the pitch was Virender Sehwag, who scored 36 out of the 38 run-innings with boundaries before giving up his wicket Wahab Riaz on an LBW appeal, and on the other was the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, the man who was at the twilight of his illustrious career, and only one good innings short of scoring his 100th century. © Reuters After Sehwagâs early dismissal, Tendulkar knew that the burden of giving a good start to his captain would fall on his shoulders and he was ready for it. He continued to hold the fort while the bleeding of wickets didnât stop on the other end. First, Gambhir was sent back to the pavilion at 27, then Virat Kohli was dismissed on 9. Even the hero from the previous match, Yuvraj Singh failed to impress as he was bowled out by Riaz on a golden duck. © Reuters Tendulkar was hungry for the win, he wanted his 100th century and he wanted it against Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final. However, as the oldest veteran of the team, he also knew better than to lose his wicket in haste. Slowly but steadily, he struck 11 fours and never in his innings lofted a shot for a maximum, except that one time when he failed to keep it down and âBoom Boomâ Afridi caught him out at cover in the 37th over. The hope of watching their God complete the unprecedented journey of scoring 100 tons came to a crashing halt for millions of his fans. © Reuters Nonetheless, his 85 runs turned out to be enough to hold off Afridiâs batting-order as it was backed up by some fine bowling by the lastest team inductee, Nehra ji who, while giving away just 33 runs and picking up two wickets in his 10 overs, became the most efficient bowler against Pakistan. Other Indian bowlers in Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, all scalped two wickets each, as well. Most High Voltage World Cup Match India Vs Pakistan#OnThisDay in 2011 Sachin Tendulkar Made 85 Runs in WC Semi Final Mohali. 6 WC ODIs Vs Pak#SachinTendulkar Played 5 Match Sachin Won M.O.M 3 times INDIA WON ALL How Old Were You When India Beat Pakistan in 2011.? pic.twitter.com/zCNzdyKhdN â Sachinð®ð³ Tendulkar FC CrickeTendulkar (@CrickeTendulkar) March 30, 2020India won the match by 29 runs and went on to the final of the 2011 World Cup to meet Kumar Sangakkaraâs Sri Lankan squad for the ultimate recognition at Tendulkarâs home ground in Mumbai. As far as the match against Pakistan was concerned, the little master turned out to be godsent for Dhoni and Co. He was crowned a well earned âMan of the Match,â before he went on to address the Mohali crowd: âI would like to thank everybody in Mohali for the terrific support. The team played brilliantly. The way we bowled and fielded was awesome.â © Reuters âInitially, Viru got us off to a flier and we had to take our time and play out the spinners. We kept losing wickets which we did not want. Raina played well in the end,â he said in the post-match interview. âGoing back to Mumbai is a great occasion. We want to focus on the job that is ahead. All the five matches against Pakistan have been memorable.â The second half of the ICC World Cup 2011 journey for the Men In Blue was rather unique. For every match that India won during the knockout rounds, you could pinpoint the very specific player who led us to the other side. In the quarter-final, it was Yuvraj Singh, in the semis it was Sachin Tendulkar and in the final, it was going to be the then Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who would hit the greatest six of his career to win the World Cup trophy. View the full article
  2. This is a 27-year-old story where two titans of the technology world were competing with each other for the dominant personal computer spot. In August of 1997, Bill Gates saved Apple, which at the time was on the brink of bankruptcy. While most companies would let their rivals die out, this is the story of when two companies decided to help each other out instead of letting one fold. © Pinterest âBill, thank you. The worldâs a better place,â Jobs told Gates when Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple and offered free access to use Microsoft Office on Mac personal computers. This historic move saved Apple from going down under and in exchange, Apple dropped their lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming the company copied their operating system. 20 years ago this week, Steve Jobs was on the cover of @TIME, thanking @BillGates for "saving Apple." pic.twitter.com/AhUnLnOZ8t â Codecademy (@Codecademy) August 24, 2017However, 10 years later, the two CEOs met on-stage at the D5 tech conference and relived the memory of coming together. In the interview, Jobs said "Apple was in very serious trouble,â and what was really clear was that "if the game was a zero-sum game where for Apple to win, Microsoft had to lose, then Apple was going to lose.â âThere were too many people at Apple and in the Apple ecosystem playing [that] game,â he explained. âAnd it was clear that you didnât have to play that game because Apple wasnât going to beat Microsoft.â © Pinterest âTo me, it was pretty essential to break that paradigm,â Jobs said. âAnd it was also important that you know, Microsoft was the biggest software developer outside of Apple, developing for the Mac. So it was just crazy what was happening at that time. And Apple was very weak and so I called Bill up and we tried to patch things up.â For Microsoft, it was a new business opportunity as well as a way to get Apple back on its feet. While Gates did end up with 18.2 million Apple shares, but these were non-voting shares as Microsoft was their fiercest rival. Eventually, Gates sold all of Apple shares in 2003, however as of 2019, those shares would have been worth $40-50 billion. âThatâs worked out very well,â said Gates at the D5 tech conference. âIn fact, every couple years or so, thereâs been something new that weâve been able to do on the Mac and itâs been a great business for us.â Well, many thought that this tech mythic story wasnât true until the two CEOs met for an interview together. Thereâs no doubt it is a great story about the two rivals. It proves eliminating competition isnât the only way to win and in turn, working together helped both companies to become the richest organisations in the world. What makes this story extraordinary is the fact that Bill Gates at the time was a cut-throat businessman and had a reputation for not being apologetic. Today, Bill Gates is known for his generosity and philanthropy, but he was a very different person in 1997 who chose to save his rival rather than see it sink. View the full article
  3. Coronavirus, which has spread across the world, has now claimed more than 4000 lives already, and people are using desperate means to deal with the widespread of the pandemic. A few people in Mumbai burned an effigy of the virus instead of Holika Dahan and called it âCoronasurâ. © Reuters "Those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illnesses should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care," says WHO. The countryâs health ministries have suggested avoiding traditional greeting methods such as âshaking handsâ and âkissing on the cheeksâ to prevent people from getting infected. View the full article
  4. For some people, it was luck that favoured their journeys in Bollywood, but for Gajraj Rao it was years of good content and hard work that paved his way to success. Gajraj, eyeing cinema as his passion, joined the theatre scene in the capital city to start with. But a career in theatre is not really a high-paying one, ergo the actor did various odd jobs. He was a freelance writer at the Navbharat Times and Dainik Hindustan and he even dabbled in the garment export industry for some time. View this post on InstagramThank you @hiteshmulani for the lovely clicks ... #portraits #photography #varanasidiariesA post shared by (@gajrajrao)Finally, after trying several things for survival, he joined the advertising sector and eventually, he realized it was his true calling. And then, we saw him conquering the digital space with TVF. Things completely changed for Gajraj when he was appreciated for his performance as the romantic middle-aged man who grapples with parenthood in his 50s in Badhaai Ho. View this post on Instagram#Repost @neena_gupta with @get_repost ã»ã»ã» #Repost @badhaaihofilm with @get_repost ã»ã»ã» Mr. and Mrs. Kaushik, giving us major #couplegoals. ð Can they be any more perfect? ⥠#BadhaaiHo To watch this adorable couple, click the link in the bio. @sanyamalhotra_ @gajrajrao @neena_gupta @iamitrsharma @jungleepictures @pictureschromeA post shared by (@gajrajrao)Currently, he is awaiting the release of his upcoming movie, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. The entire SMZS team had travelled to the capital city for the movie promotions where I got a chance to sit and converse with him, something I was looking forward to, as I had caught up with him during the Badhaai Ho promotions as well. It was indeed gratifying to know that he remembered me from our last interaction which was around 2 years back. Before we started discussing Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and homosexuality being a taboo subject in our society, I asked him about the transition that happened in his life considering he had, initially, made a name in the digital space. Taking me back in time, Rao said, âSo, I used to direct ad films and there you had lavish sets, and suddenly we are shooting in small sets. I see them shooting in ek chotta sa cabin and I was like, 'phas gaya mamla'. I was like, 'I won't do it again' and when people told me that it will be something different, I agreed to do the sketches I liked. Back then, digital didn't have money and the first sketch with TVF was called TWITTER. Just after 10 days of its release, I was at a book shop in Juhu and some students came up to me and asked, 'Are you the same guy from YouTube?', and they started to ask for photos. Then, I realized the power of digital cinema and it went viral.â © TVF He went on to add, âFor me, it was the turning point and I gained trust in the digital cinema. Jab acha kaam ho raha hota hai toh set up matter nahi karta and this was the relationship I had with TVF. I keep doing their sketches on and off.â So, after experiencing the digital set up, it was Badhaai Ho that brought him into the spotlight and the audience started relating to his characters. Soon enough he is now making a comeback with Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, and I was curious to know if he feels that this Aanand L Rai movie would fare as well as the previous one. On this, he said, âHopefully, it will do the same as Badhaai Ho did. The trailer has got a positive reaction and people love it already. My team and I are very excited and happy about this venture.â Interestingly, in both Badhaai Ho and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, we get to see him share the screen space with Ayushmann. Out of curiosity, I asked him about how their relationship has evolved in the last few years. âJahan par Badhaai Ho ka journey ended, wahan se our relationship has gone a notch higher. Within one year, Ayushmann has done well with Bala and Article 15 and his journey actually becomes a learning experience for you. I actually learnt how he is dealing with adulation, success but interestingly, his temperament hasn't changed in these two years,â Rao said. © Junglee Pictures Praising Ayushmann, he went on to say, âHe is still the same which is indeed very praiseworthy. Even after delivering back-to-back hits, he has been keeping a balance and I am learning this skill from him. He is grounded and he keeps himself aware of the whole unit.â He even shared a particular incident that happened on the sets while they were shooting in Banaras, which spoke volumes about Ayushmannâs character. âOne of our crew members' sister was getting married while we were shooting in Banaras, and we thought of giving a gift. So, we all collected a certain amount to give it to him and when Ayushmann got to know about it, he said he wants to contribute and I was impressed by the fact that he added the equal sum of money that we all collected by himself. He is actually a good human being and I think, he is able to do all these hatke films because of his generosity,â said Gajraj. © T-Series Further, into the conversation, I conveyed to him how the audience is mostly in agreement with the fact that if Ayushmann, Neena Gupta and he are coming together on the big screen, it is a given that something great is in store. On this, he said, âFor pulling audiences to the screens, you need a bankable actor like Ayushmann Khurrana. You won't believe what happened a few days back. So, I was attending a marriage in a hotel so wahan ke durbaan ne bola sir ek photo lena hai and then, I told him ek movie aa raha hai and he knew about Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. He went to say ki aap ho, Khurrana sahab hai aur Neena ji hai toh sab set hai. It was like a compliment for me. People do take our jodi positively.â View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@gajrajrao)Soon enough our conversation changed its pace from its lighter note and veered into the core concept of SMZS. Badhaai Ho, in a way, had also addressed something that most people arenât very comfortable with. And now, with Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Gajraj is yet again talking about a controversial matter. âSo, Badhaai Ho had a bit of awkwardness wherein the lead couple is conceiving after they have their 50s but it wasn't really taboo. Here, homosexuality is a big taboo in the society and people even land up saying ki biraadri mein naak kat jayegi. With Badhaai Ho, this wasn't the case,â said Gajraj. He went to explain, âIn this movie, when the parents get to know that their son wants to get married to his male friend, they are, in a way, hit by a cyclone and their concern is how would the society perceive it and izzat pe baat aayegi. I am lucky that I have been part of movies which talk about such subjects. I am also grateful to Aanand L Rai and Bhushan Kumar for thinking that I am apt for this movie and I want to keep doing such interesting roles. If I would have made this movie, people wouldn't have come to the theatres.â Now, the inquisitive bit in me wanted to know how comfortable Rao was with the concept of homosexuality himself and not his character. Putting his stance, he told me, âYou can put it that way when this was discussed with me around 25 years ago, was an alien concept and I saw it through cinema. Back then, the projection was shown in a cheap way like buffoonery for that matter. They will make the character look way too feminine and your mindset becomes like this and you start thinking ki agar koi same-*** relationship mein hoga toh woh aisa hi hoga.â He continued, âWhen I used to assist in a production house, I met an intern there and after a few days of working with him, I got to know that he has a boyfriend. And then I realized that he is very much...normal. After knowing him for months, I came to one more realization that his 'disorder', as people say, is only restricted to the cinema and in reality, homosexuals are very much like everyone else. He told me that people used to treat homosexuality as a criminal offense and that's why koi khul kar baat nahi karta.â View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@gajrajrao) With this, the whole conversation moved to how Bollywood has evolved in terms of showcasing homosexuality on the big screens. I gave him an example of the show called Made In Heaven where Vikrant Massey is shown as a homosexual and he was quite bold in terms of portraying that on the screens. With Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, the filmmakers are discussing homosexuality on a larger scale and itâs no more restricted to the parallel or artsy cinema. On this, he said, âNot just that, we also had Sonam Kapoor's movie Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga which was based on the very same subject. The movie didn't work that well but I really liked the intentions behind making that film. They haven't scandalized it and I really liked it. I also feel like millenials, for that matter, are very accommodating and they are very aware. India is a young country and when your audience is understanding, it becomes easier for the filmmakers to make projects on such taboos. Our film is not at all preachy and it's about an incident of how a middle-class family gets to know about their son being a homosexual.â After discussing the serious aspects of SMZS, I wanted to know his takeaways from the film, as with every movie or a character, an actor tend to learn something. âThis movie is actually one of the biggest roles in my life. The bigger the role, the more the wait. I have learnt patience here and I have realized that this is not like my other projects. So, pure din mein ek scene hua location ke hisaab se and next scene next hoga. I actually learnt patience because of this,â said Rao. By now, it is well established that the actor is someone who is well-versed with social media and if you see him on Instagram, you would know that many youngsters follow him and, in fact, take career tips from him. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@gajrajrao) âYes, I have noticed that. Actually, youngsters send me Direct Messages on Instagram. They will ask for a video from me and tell me that they are upset because of papers. So yeh sab messages aate hai,â he said. Before we ended the conversation, I asked him what tips would he want to give to the scores of young talent in the nation, who are thriving hard to make their presence felt in the industry. âI, in fact, take tips from the younger generation (laughs). On a serious note, 20 saal pehle platforms nahi the par ab hai like TikTok and YouTube. If you know you are talented, start using these platforms if you are not getting work and be aware of literature and drama,â Gajraj said and signed off. We are excited to see him in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and hope he keeps entertaining us with such interesting and deep characters. View the full article
  5. As far as American pop-culture icons go, Mickey Mouse is, in a word… indestructible. The rotund rodent might have taken a back seat for the company in recent years, but that's just a drop in the ocean for one of the world's most recognisable cartoon characters. Ever since his debut in 1928's Steamboat Willie, Mickey has found himself in everything from countless mountains of merchandise to theme parks, video games and even bizarre war propaganda during World War 2. Today is the Big Mouse's birthday, a time honoured tradition at Disney that's been celebrated for several years now. Despite this massive legacy, perhaps his most enduring contribution to the world of entertainment took place far before Disney became a household name. This is the story of a visionary animator, an uncompromising film studio, a rabbit and of course, a very specific mouse. 1. Walt Disney Gets Pissed Like every good story in Hollywood, this one starts with someone screwing over someone else. Back in the mid-1920s, animator Walt Disney and his older brother Roy had successfully set up the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. Initially working with producers Winkler Pictures, the Disneys tasted initial success with Alice Comedies, before Universal Studios joined in and asked Disney to make a new show. This project then became Oswald The Lucky Rabbit. via Gfycat While Disney did not earn much from Oswald, his character was an instant hit upon release, bolstering the young animator to approach the bigwigs at Universal. Confident that he had the upper hand due to his cartoon's popularity, Walt Disney walked right in and asked the executives for a budget raise. Unsurprising by Hollywood executive standards, Disney was in for a rude shock. Not only was his request binned, he was told that Winkler Pictures CEO, Charles Mintz, had poached away several members of Disney's animation team. Universal had the clout to do this because they retained the rights to use Oswald, and to add further insult to injury, told Walt that he could stay on the project if he took a 20 percent pay cut. via GIPHY There are no two ways about it - Walt Disney was absolutely furious. 2. Of Man & Mouse Disney's response to this well-planned backstabbing was to do two things. First, he vowed to never settle for less than complete ownership of his characters. Secondly, he sought out one of his oldest friends - animator Ub Iwerks. Both men had sailed the rough seas of early-era animation together, and Iwerks was the only one that Disney could rely on at the time. Their first efforts at making a new character were good, but not quite enough for Disney. During these manic, late-night brainstorming sessions, both artists came up with several designs, some of which were saved for later projects. Caption: Horace Horsecollar & Clarabelle Cow - two early creations of Iwerks' and Disney's, 1931. One day, while travelling on a train headed to California, inspiration struck Walt. He produced a few simple drawings and along with Iwerks, carried out a series of anatomical adjustments to the original Oswald formula - after shortening the ears, lengthening his nose and stuffing him up a little, the duo stepped back and checked out their work - the rabbit was now a mouse. © Disney This startling new creation was initially named Mortimer, much to Walt's wife's distaste. She then suggested the name we've all come to know and love - Mickey. 3. Mickey's Rise To The Top Fresh off the illustration table, Mickey Mouse certainly had a lot to prove. Disney's first Mickey shot, 1928's Plane Crazy wasn't the runaway hit they were hoping for. Even the second film, The Gallopin' Gaucho, failed to pick up distributors. Like several things in life however, third time's the charm. Steamboat Willie is more than just Mickey's public debut. Back in the 1920s, the silent film era was just beginning to be influenced by the advent of synchronised sound, and on watching Alan Crosland's The Jazz Singer, Walt became committed to becoming a pioneer with this revolutionary new technology. © The Jazz Singer's theatrical poster, 1927. Naturally, some doubt accompanied the process, as few thought that a sound cartoon would seem believable enough. A test audience consisting of Disney employees and their families was set up, with live sound being produced in the very same room. Whistles were blown. Pots and pans were struck in timing with the slapstick actions of the characters, while Walt himself provided the grunts, squeaks and other unintelligible voices required. This was clearly a man absolutely devoted to his work, and who believed in it like no one else. In one of his earlier interviews, Walt said, “The effect on our little audience was nothing less than electric. They responded almost instinctively to this union of sound and motion. I thought they were kidding me. So they put me in the audience and ran the action again. It was terrible, but it was wonderful! And it was something new.” The film was picked up for distribution and ran for two weeks - for which Disney was paid $1,000, or roughly $15,000 in today's money. Cartoons at the time were played before main shows at the cinemas - Steamboat Willie happened to be the cartoon of independent feature film, Gang War. Steamboat Willie is perhaps one of the most important pieces of visual art ever made, while Gang War is all but forgotten today. The cartoon's success brought Disney substantial fame, critical reviews and made the mouse a much-beloved cartoon icon. Soon, Disney set his sights on the next great masterstroke of his career - marketing. Walt quickly started up a line of Mickey merchandise, and within two years the Mickey Mouse Club, a fan club for children, was up and running. © Disney sold his Mickey plush dolls in the form of 35-cent sewing kits, so that even poor children could own one. Through the decades that followed, Mickey has been a pretty upstanding, honest and generally likeable character (unlike his famous contemporary, Donald Duck). He's done everything from edutainment shows for toddlers, obtain the powers of a mighty wizard, fought against Nazis and even lost his girlfriend Minnie to a long chain of tough guys - but he always finds a way, usually through cleverness and sheer determination, to save the day. © Walt Disney's last photo taken at Disneyland. Sounds a lot like an old animator we knew. Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse! View the full article
  6. While Bangladesh and India are currently in the middle of a two-match Test series, we are here to talk about bowler Jasprit Bumrah who has made headlines yet again but this time without even delivering a single ball. The 25-year-old pacer is currently out of action and on his way to recovery after suffering a stress fracture and played his last 50-over match all the way back in July 2019, when India fell to Kane Williamson's New Zealand side in the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final. While the Men in Blue failed to make it to the final and compete for their third title, Bumrah's consistency to keep delivering one deadly ball after another, and with the kind of precision only a handful of athletes can, made him an international success. The Ahmedabad-born is still atop the ICC Men's ODI Bowlers Rankings, five months since he made his last white-ball delivery. Congratulations to Indian Captain Virat Kohli & Jasprit Bumrah for maintaining their respective top spots in the latest ICC Rankings. ðð®ð³#KreedOn #ViratKohli #Jaspritbumrah #ICC #ICCRankings #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/ZJITOLMjnZ — KreedOn (@kreedonworld) November 12, 2019 During the World Cup tournament in England and Wales, Bumrah played in nine matches and averaged wickets per game with an economy rate of 4.33 runs. With 797 points, Bumrah continues to lead the bowlers from all around the world in the 50-over format of the game with New Zealand's Trent Boult and Afghanistan's Mujeeb Ur Rahman in second and third spots with 740 and 707 points respectively. [RANKING UPDATE] @imVkohli maintains pole position in the latest @ICC ODI Player Rankings for batsman & sitting pretty at the top with 895 rating points. ð (Pic Credits: @PTI_News) @BCCI #KingKohli #TeamIndia #ViratGang pic.twitter.com/o88nx8duSy — ViratGang® (@ViratGang) November 13, 2019 The Men in Blue continue to dominate in the batting department as well, thanks to the brilliant form Indian skipper Virat Kohli is in currently. Kohli remains on top in the ICC Men's ODI Batsmen Rankings with 895 points followed by Indian opener and vice-captain Rohit Sharma just 32 points behind Kohli for the second spot. Overall, India are ranked second in the world and trail the World Champions England with team ratings of 122 and 125 respectively. View the full article
  7. A couple of years have gone by since a match was held in Feroz Shah Kotla stadium during Delhi's infamous winter season and the air condition of the region has continued to deteriorate with time. In 2017, Sri Lanka had come to India for a three-match Test series. After the first match ended in a draw and Team India won the second match, Suranga Lakma's men travelled to Delhi for the third and final match of the series with the hopes of ending it in a tie. Evidently a weaker team, there was little to no hope for the Sri Lankans to win against Virat Kohli's mighty side. So when their medium-fast bowler Lahiru Gamage complained of breathing issues which resulted in a 16-minute halt in the game, the fans of Team India thought that they were looking for excuses to delay or cancel the match. When Gamage called for the doctors once again, our skipper lost his cool and threw his bat in frustration and eventually declared the first innings at 536/7. The social media being its usual ruthless self trolled the Lankans for an “Oscar worthy performance”: And the oscar goes to Sri Lankan players for their amazing acting skills. #DelhiSmog #INDvSL #delhipollution pic.twitter.com/MSW8hFFsKz — Subhankar Banerjee ð®ð³ (@SubhankarBan) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan actors showing their skills in India.#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/qDCiOvAShn — Murugesan Ayyandurai (@a_muru_masi) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan Players Are Wearing Masks. No, That's Not Due To Smog. They're Hiding Their Face Out Of Shame. ð#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bYGzQLki7E — VIJAYANANDA REDDY (@vizagleo) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan actors showing their skills in India.#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/4uCAPCRz9a — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) December 3, 2017 It was however later revealed that Gamage and Suranga Lakmal's complaints of respiratory problems were real and that the two cricketers in fact ended up vomiting in the Sri Lankan dressing room. Later, all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva also reportedly threw up. What was rather surprising to see was the way the then acting president of the BCCI, CK Khanna reacted to the crisis, calling out the opposition for creating 'unnecessary fuss' simply because the 20,000 fans inside the stadium had no problems sitting there, breathing the same toxic air. "If 20,000 People In The Stands Did Not Have A Problem & The Indian Team Did Not Face Any Issue, I Wonder Why The Sri Lankan Team Made A Big Fuss. I Will Need To Talk To The Secretary And Ask Him To Write To The Sri Lanka Cricket."- BCCI Acting President CK Khanna#INDvSL #Kohli — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) December 3, 2017 What was not accounted for in Khanna's assessment of things was the fact that Lakmal and Co. came from a land where the general air quality readings were below 50, which is at least 10 times better than what the readings for Delhi is on a good and healthy day. It is unfortunate to see that despite the incident took place two years ago and with a new administrative body taking care of Indian cricket, the BCCI's approach towards such serious concerns continue to be casual. @SGanguly99 It is truly disappointing that @BCCI is treating Bangladesh team so poorly. When there is already high pollution rate, how can our players play in such a condition ! Very Nasty work @BCCI_Tweet #INDvBAN — Sultan Mashud (@MaximSalman1) November 1, 2019 The Sourav Ganguly-led Indian cricket board, despite receiving numerous letters and requests from former players and environmentalists, are going ahead with the Delhi match which is scheduled for later today, further risking the health of the visiting Bangladesh side. Our interim skipper Rohit Sharma's take on the pollution sounds the same as that of CK Khanna from two years ago. "We didn't have any problem when we played the Test match here (against Sri Lanka). We are not aware of the exact discussion and I haven't had any problem," said the white-ball opener, completely ignoring the opposition's health. It's not a shame that we are discussing about pollution only when it threatens a cricket match. What's more embarassing is we discussed the same when it happened two years ago, and we did nothing significant to overcome it.#DelhiPollution#IndvsBan pic.twitter.com/j47tdGwj1g — MSK Saravana (@Ed_MSK) November 1, 2019 If we have said it once, we have said it a thousand times. Normalising the kind of pollution Delhi experiences every year is not the solution and if that is the way we want to spend our rapidly decreasing life-span, we have no right to expose people from other countries to such toxicity. View the full article
  8. It seems obvious that Aarav will be a spitting image of his father, Akshay Kumar, but sometimes, the resemblance between the father-son duo is really uncanny. © Viral Bhayani Especially when we consider the way that they dress. At Amitabh Bachchan's Diwali party this year, both of them turned up in what can only be described as quintessential Indian outfits that are worthy of a strong father-son twinning moment. Where Akshay is in a kurta that is fairly modern and has a number of contemporary touches to it, Aarav was seen in a kurta set that had a very antique appeal to it, something that Akshay would have worn a decade or two ago. © Viral Bhayani That's not to say that what Aarav is wearing is by any way outdated. Rather, he seems to be more appropriately dressed for the occasion. The thing with most Indian ethnic wear for men is that they age really well, and do not really get outdated, as long as you take care of them properly. © Viral Bhayani Coming to Akshay's kurta, it is a masterpiece in itself. The pearly white embroidery works really well against the baby pink base, and has a rather understated charm to it. That said, the kurta is not at all simplistic and has been constructed really tastefully. Aarav's kurta, on the other hand, is a very tasteful classic piece of traditional Indian kurtas. Again, on a base of baby pink, we see some really exquisite gold and silver zari work. © Viral Bhayani And can we just add that Twinkle Khanna looks rather elegant and classy in the traditional suit? That's one way of coordinating your outfits for any occasion. Fashion goals for the family, anyone? View the full article
  9. One of the worst kept secrets in the history of modern cricket has to be the real age of the former Pakistan cricket team captain, Shahid Afridi. The man, who is considered to be 44 years old right now, based on various public records, has finally revealed in his autobiography titled 'Game Changer', that at the time of registering his name for an Under-14 cricket tournament during his childhood, he had no idea how old he was and filled in whatever age the people around him told him to. That age got recorded into the Pakistan Cricket Board's files and went on to become Afridi's official birth year. Amused by the fact that Shahid Afridi has revealed the worst kept secret in international cricket. But I have always believed that unless you are playing an U19 World Cup, your age doesn't matter. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2019 The record for the fastest hundred in the ODI format of the game was under the name of Afridi who, while batting in international cricket for the very first time hit a ton in just 37 balls, which is 11 fewer than the previous record set by Sri Lanka's Jayasuriya against Pakistan in Singapore six months earlier. At the time, it was officially declared that the Afridi was in fact a 16-year-old, which made the record that much more impressive. Now, the former skipper has come out in the open saying that his actual age at the time was 19 (21 according to the autobiography) and the gravity of that record just crumbles down. A byproduct of the revelation of the whole facade is that cricket fans have now brought back Afghanistan's extremely talented cricketer, Rashid Khan into the spotlight, trying to figure out his “real age”. According to his ICC profile, Rashid Khan was born on 20th September 1998, which makes the ICC World Rank 1 (T20I, Bowling), all of 20 years of age right now. Clearly, after the Shahid Afridi episode, people online are not buying Khan's story: Shahid Afridi : I was born in 1975 and not 1980 Cricket fans to Rashid Khan : pic.twitter.com/d1HCXXgAE0 — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 3, 2019 Shahid Afridi today, Rashid Khan tomorrow ðð — ACS ð¹ð¹ð¦ð¬ (@AdamSamuel__) May 3, 2019 Is Shahid Afridi younger than Rashid Khan? — Keyur (@_bollywoodlover) May 11, 2019 Rashid Khan koi angle se 20 21 ka nhi lagta ...his actual age is above 25 ....just like Afridi.. — Abhishek Pandey (@paandey1993) May 9, 2019 After the successful release of Shahid Afridi's game changer Rashid Khan has started working on his autobiography as well. The name of the book will be The Age Changer Will have at least 1 chapter dedicated to Afridi in that too.#GameChanger — Azlan Mahmood (@azlanmahmood1) May 4, 2019
  10. The Desi community in the UK right now are going to feel even more at home. Cab giant Ola has now launched autos in England! Ola has launched an entire fleet of Bajaj and Piaggio autorickshaws in the Liverpool area with the aim of overtaking Uber. © Twitter People were pleasantly surprised to be surrounded by colourful 'tuk-tuks' and were offered free rides as well. Also, these auto rides will ensure that a large amount of the fare will go to the driver itself. From India to the streets of Liverpool. Indian Startup OLA launches OLA Auto 'Tuk Tuks' in Liverpool, UK! pic.twitter.com/QNwSCxfK6N — Social Ketchup (@social_ketchup) March 26, 2019 Ola hit the market in a big way when it paved its way into the streets of Cardiff back in August last year. Ever since then, the company has been going quite strong and with the new fleet of cool autos, it is bound to give Uber a stronger competition. However, funnily enough, this is not the first time we are looking at pictures of an auto in the streets of Europe because in 'Aap Ka Suroor', Himesh Reshammiya already showed us how autos work in Germany, remember? © Action Concept Film Well, hope our Desi crew in Britain is having fun now.
  11. There is no greater joy for a teacher than to see his/her students living their dreams, and touching new heights of success. A teacher meets her success through every achievement and milestone her students touch, and experiences the joys of life through their success stories. A similar story unravelled some 30,000 feet above air for a play school teacher named Sudha Satyan, who was aboard a plane flying to Chicago in the US. When she was all settled in for the journey, the in-flight announcements from the pilots revealed that Sudha was being flown to the US by a Captain Rohan Bhasin, and she wondered if it was the student from 30 years ago. Just imagine that moment when she hears “Capt Rohan Bhasin” Your son must have been thrilled. Indeed #WarmsTheCocklesOfMyHeart . — Louvina Andrade (@LouvinaA) March 25, 2019 The 3-year-old zealot had introduced himself as a 'Captain Rohan Bhasin' to Sudha, during their first introduction, and this possible coincidence 30 years down the lane from that incident made Sudha reach out to the cabin crew and inquire how she could get in touch with the captain. Turns out Captain Rohan Bhasin of Air India was indeed the same boy Sudha Satyan had taught many moons ago at her play school, and he really did fulfill his dream of becoming a 'Captain' after all. #WarmsTheCocklesOfMyHeart.... During Playschool admission, the teacher asked my son his name. Nonchalantly he answered, "Capt Rohan Bhasin". And he was just 3. And today, the same teacher was enroute to Chicago. And he was indeed the Captain. ð¤ð¨‍âï¸#StudentTeacherReunionâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/nGAqZSKUnF — Nivedita Bhasin (@nivedita_bhasin) March 24, 2019 Captain Rohan's mother, who is also an Air India Pilot, shared a heartwarming post of their reunion with a then and now photograph on Twitter, and wrote: 'During playschool admission, the teacher asked my son his name. Nonchalantly he answered, "Capt Rohan Bhasin". And he was just 3. And today, the same teacher was enroute to Chicago. And he was indeed the Captain.' The reunion was teary and full of happy smiles, but it seems Twitter is all for this reunion, and cannot stop gushing over it. It's amazing how you have inspired all your childrenâ¤ï¸ — Richa S Mukherjee (@richashrivas) March 25, 2019 What a lovely reunion! — Janaki Kulkarni (@janaki_kulkarni) March 24, 2019 Beautiful ððð. Dreams do come true! — Ashaba Faridah (@AshabaFaridah) March 24, 2019 Thats very lovely, best moment for a teacher to see her student reached his goal...truely amazing — Jitendra Bhavsar (@jitu_bhavsar) March 26, 2019 It's a touching and a heartwarming gesture by Rohan. Greater still is that the teacher remembered his name. That I think was the best Gurudakshina ever in recent years. Guru Brahma! — mathew thomas (@mat3201981) March 26, 2019 Words cannot describe this moment. Never would someone might have seen such a dream becoming reality. Blessed are the people who are a part of this wonderful event. — Vivek (@vsormasd) March 26, 2019
  12. Probably one of the most hardworking and well respected members of the Indian and international cricket fraternity, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was one of the athletes who was kept in the spotlight for the infamous spot-fixing incident that took place in 2013. The event rose to actor Vindu Dara Singh and the Chennai Super Kings leader Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested by the Mumbai Police on alleged betting rows and maintaining close contact with the bookies. During the investigation, a lot of players were interrogated and pressurised to break, in order to come out with the truth. “The team was involved, I was accused too. It was a tough phase for all of us,” said a very serious MS Dhoni in the trailer for 'Roar of the Lion', a Hotstar documentary. “Fans felt that the punishment was harsh. Coming back was an emotional moment and I have always said, what doesn't kill you makes you strong.” In 2017, a committee established by Justice Mukul Mudgal surfaced a report which basically describes Dhoni's willingness to play according to the demands of the bookies against a match against the Rajasthan Royals. © India Today “The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is actually match fixing,” said the former Indian skipper. Watch how @msdhoni and a bunch of men in yellow jerseys wrote one of India's greatest comeback stories. #HotstarSpecials is proud to present #RoarOfTheLion. Trailer out. pic.twitter.com/nkWpV1EPnl — Hotstar Specials (@HotstarSpecials) March 10, 2019 When Meiyappan was found guilty of the crimes, the entire Chennai Super Kings franchise was barred from competition for two years, keeping the then two-time IPL champs away from the league in 2016 and 2017. During the span of two years, MSD was bought by the brand new franchise, Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016. While the franchise came seventh amongst eight teams that year, they succeeded to make it to the final the next season, only to lose to Rohit Sharma and the Mumbai Indians. After the ban on CSK was lifted the next season in 2018, Dhoni retained his 'Thala' status as he, along with Suresh Raina, got the city of Chennai their third IPL title.
  13. It was a chilly Sunday afternoon in Bengaluru, the roads were empty and the offices closed. If you were new in the area, you'd ask out loud: “What has happened to one of the busiest and happening cities this nation?” The answer: India Vs England. People found themselves stuck in front of their televisions, unable to blink amid one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2011 ICC World Cup, the host, Team India was to go head-to-head against a dominating force in England. Paul Collingwood, skipper Andrew Strauss and the notorious Kevin Peterson had taken the Englishmen to heights never seen before. On the other hand, the Men in Blue looked rock solid with Sachin Tendulkar getting over his woes and thoughts of retiring from the sport, Virender Sehwag finding his mojo and MS Dhoni's outstanding winning streak, while a young Virat Kohli was on the rise. After winning the toss, in a not-so-popular decision, Dhoni decided to bat first. Unable to stick to the crease for long, opener Virender Sehwag was dismissed by Matt Prior off Tim Bresnan. However, it was the second opener and the 'god of cricket' Sachin Tendulkar who showed his true form to us mortals as he took the English bowlers to task. Be it pacer James Anderson or orthodox spinner James Yardy, the master blaster spared no one. In a beautiful innings, Tendulkar scored a toasty 120 to record his 47th ODI ton and the fifth World Cup century - more than any other player in the history of the game. Check out "WC 2011: Sachin Smashes 120 vs Eng" on Hotstar!https://t.co/aU9p38gFoz — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) February 27, 2019 Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh were excellent sidekicks to Tendulkar's heroic performance as they scored 51 and 58 runs respectively. Team India built a mammoth total of 338 for England to chase. People expected England to swing for the fences from the first ball, but nobody expected captain Andrew Strauss to explode like that. Watching him destroy the spinners made people want to shoot themselves in the foot. Both Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh were visibly frustrated as Strauss sent deliveries to every corner of the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. After scoring an incredible 158 off 145 balls, the English batsman was finally sent away on an LBW appeal by bowler Zaheer Khan. Despite Strauss' sendoff, England managed to hang on to the ropes as future skipper Ian Bell shouldered the batting order, scoring 69 in 71. Even though the English tailenders were on the crease, the Indian fans were holding their breath as the fate of the match was to be decided on the very last ball. On a perfect delivery by Munaf Patel, Graeme Swann tried to go for the big one, but the ball went straight to the mid-off fielder Yusuf Pathan, who made no mistake in getting hold of it and the batsmen were pinned to taking a single. After 100 overs of action-pact innings spearheaded by Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Strauss, one of the greatest encounters in the history of ICC World Cup ended on a tie as commentator Ravi Shastri very rightly said: “No team deserved to lose.”. One of the most exciting @cricketworldcup encounters ever? We think so!#OnThisDay in 2011, India and England tied a thriller in Bengaluru! ð®ð³ ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ pic.twitter.com/p1ndpaS6el — ICC (@ICC) February 27, 2019
  14. It's 1955. The Cold War is in full swing. Thriller writers are having the time of their life. As for the rest of us, the threat of nuclear armageddon hangs over us, like, well, a mushroom cloud. In the middle of all this, the USAF's B-52 Stratofortresses keep making sorties, flying out of bases in the UK, going up to the Soviet Union's border. Just in case… via GIPHY Fast forward to 2018. The world's changed unimaginably. The President of the United States argues with people on something we call 'Twitter'. But the B-52 is still soldiering on, flying missions in the South China Sea, reminding the PRC that the United States is still around, even if it's bogged down with fights over silly walls and whether the President had an affair! The Mean Machine - Boeing's B-52 Stratofortress The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a legendary war machine - it's been around for longer than most of us, and thanks to constant upgrades, it's still on the frontlines. © Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb for US DoD The Balkans, the Gulf War(s), Afghanistan. It's been there, bringing a reign of destruction on people Uncle Sam doesn't like. And it's gonna be around for many years to come... The B-52 project started in 1946 - just after the Second World War ended. The Cold War was starting, and the US wanted something to maintain its dominance. Designed to carry massive nuclear (and thermonuclear) weapons, the B-52 first took to the air in 1952, entering service in 1955. The B-52 Was A Harbinger Of Doom Even though the B-52 was later used with conventional weapons - it was responsible for carrying out several 'carpet bombing' missions in the Vietnam war - it was really meant for World War Three - carrying hydrogen bombs to attack the Soviet Union if the 'balloon ever went up'. via GIPHY One of the bombs the B-52 carried was the B61- which had a yield of nearly half a megaton. Another was the Mark 39 - which, hang on to your hats, had a yield of nearly 4 megatons! For reference, the bomb that levelled Hiroshima was just 20 kilotons. Always Ready As part of Operation Chrome Dome, B-52 bombers were kept constantly airborne - the reasoning being that even if the Soviet Union managed to 'take out' the US's ICBMs on their launchpads with a first strike, the B-52s (and the US Navy's missile submarines) would be around for retaliation. Even better, they could dissuade the Soviet Union from even trying to start a nuclear war. © Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield for US DoD All That Flying With Nukes Was Risky Did you know that we nearly faced nuclear armageddon in 1961? The US and Soviet Union weren't about to attack each other (though they came close on several occasions in the sixties). What happened was that a B-52 carrying two Mark 39 bombs broke up in mid-air, and the crew eventually bailed out. As it turns out, the two bombs fell out of the aircraft, and one of them got activated - with only one final switch preventing it from going off! The B-52 Even Shot Down A Fighter Jet! You wouldn't imagine a big, lumbering bomber to be able to shoot down one of the most legendary fighter jets ever, but that's exactly what happened in Vietnam back in 1972 - the tail gunner in a B-52 managed to shoot down the newest, deadliest jet fighter of the time - the MiG-21. A one-off? Heck, no! Another crew in another B-52 repeated this feat some days later! Pretty impressive, isn't it? © Staff Sgt. Michael Battles for US DoD This Massive Bomber Might Be In Service For Another 50 Years The B-52, like every other piece of military equipment, has been getting upgrades throughout its life - the last major version first flew in 1961, with production stopping a year later. Of course, it's been given a lot of nips and tucks over the years, with fancy new electronics being retrofitted. © Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry for US DoD That means that even the youngest B-52 is well over 50 years old - but what's even more surprising is that the USAF might keep on flying these aircraft for another half-century. That's right, the B-1 Lancer (a gorgeous machine for sure), the F-117 stealth fighter, and the B-2 stealth bomber came much later, but nothing has managed to replace the B-52! © NASA There's a new upgrade programme on its way, with new engines, and new avionics, and who knows, the next generation might grow up marvelling at this 'Big Ugly Fat F@#er' (the nickname given to it by US troops in Vietnam) which has managed to outlast every other machine!
  15. Our personal experience taught us that an average Indian wedding celebration lasts anywhere between 3 and 4 days. But, Bollywood made us realise that we've been wrong all this time. If the latest trend of Bollywood weddings is anything to go by, then there is no end to the pre-wedding and post-wedding parties. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 28, 2018 at 7:00am PST For instance, let's talk about Deepika and Ranveer aka DeepVeer ki Shaadi. The couple first had their pre-wedding mehendi and sangeet, followed by two weddings (one in Konkani style and one in Sindhi style) and after the second reception, we officially lost the count. View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:36am PST But, after Deepika's latest revelation, it looks like we will have to start counting once again. Deepika, who dated Ranveer for 6 years before tying the knot with him in Italy's Lake Como, recently revealed that she got engaged to Ranveer four years ago. Deepika dropped this bomb during an interview with Filmfare. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Dec 1, 2018 at 7:46am PST Seriously, guys! Why did you not throw a party back then? Why did you test Smriti Irani as well as our patience by making us wait for hours for your weddings pictures? On the work front, Ranveer is currently basking in the success of 'Simmba' and Deepika is gearing up for her upcoming project 'Chappak' that is based on the life of an acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal.
  16. Actress Tanushree Dutta's story has triggered a domino effect in the industry, leading to the #MeToo movement finally arriving in India. Her story has also given the power and courage to many women to come forward and share their harrowing experiences, and to let the world know who the real culprits are. Instagram Social media is flooded with stories of women getting assaulted or harassed at the hands of those in power, and names like Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sajid Khan and more; have surfaced in the list sexual offenders. Although the movement is gaining momentum now, there was a male Bollywood actor who was humiliated 2 years ago, for sharing his #MeToo story. Instagram We're talking about actor Adhyayan Suman, who in a series of tweets, mentioned how he was shamed 2 years ago, "A lot of people asking me to share my #metoo story...I am sorry but when I did that 2 years ago I was shamed and humiliated...my parents whom I love the most had to listen to some obscene things on National TV." A lot of people asking me to share my #metoo story..iam sorry but when I did that 2 years ago I was shamed and humiliated...my parents whom I love the most had to listen to some obscene things on National tv ..I was clearly told that a guy with a failed career doesn't — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018 In 2016, Adhyayan had spoken about his relationship with actress Kangana Ranaut, with whom he co-starred in 'Raaz: The Mystery Continues' and how she physically abused him when the two were dating. He further mentions in the tweet, "I was clearly told that a guy with a failed career doesn't have the right to share his painful and dark experience." Have the right to share his pain full and dark experience.The handful of people who supported me I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And I am happy that at lest this moment is giving a chance to all the people who have had to #MeToo — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018 Suppress thier dark and depressing experiences for so long ..I hope all these people at least get their closure without being judged the way I was! #MeToo — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018 He further wrote that since he didn't get any support back then, wasn't taken seriously and was trolled instead, he does not want to retell his story, now that he has left his past behind and moved on. He hopes that all the people who are sharing their stories will get closure without being judged the way he was. #MeToo is a movement empowering men and women alike to come out in the open and speak up. My tweets were a way of reaching out to all the people who wanted to be heard and not to gain any publicity in this hot debacle. I spoke up 2 years ago and I was shunned , criticised on — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 13, 2018 national tv. I wasn't believed then and I don't want to waste time retelling a story already out for the public to read . To all the media houses calling me and asking me to speak up in an interview,I do not wish to. I didn't have ur support then and I definitely don't need it — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 13, 2018 now when I've left my past behind and moved on, a stronger man. Thanks. — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 13, 2018 We are not in support of or against anyone, nor are we trying to give out our judgement here. But, there's one point where we completely agree with Adhyayan Suman, #MeToo is not gender specific. It is a movement that empowers both men and women to come forward and speak up against those who did wrong to them.
  17. File PhotoKARACHI: Two long-sought dacoits were arrested Saturday night during an operation conducted by the law enforcement agencies in the metropolis' Sharafi Goth, Geo News reported, citing a police officer.The arrested suspects ? identified...
  18. Two decades ago Steve Jobs stood on stage and unveiled the original iMac that completely changed everything for Apple. At the time, Jobs was Apple's “interim CEO” and introduced a translucent computer with whacky colours to the world. It was unveiled on May 6, 1998, and was probably the tipping point for the company to re-invent itself. © Apple Just like how Apple shocked the world by removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the original iMac garnered its fair share of controversy in 1998 as well. At the time, Apple opted to remove the SCSI, ADB, and GeoPort and swapped with a USB port and a CD-ROM drive. It was considered a controversial move back then which somewhat feels a norm today, thanks to every other company adopting the same configuration until today. © YouTube The original iMac was also forward-thinking in terms of connectivity as most PCs at the time did not include a built-in modem. The original iMac was the first desktop computer to include a built-in modem that would be able to support 56 kbit/s speeds. Sure that seems awfully slow when compared to today's internet speeds; however, it was a marvel at the time as broadband was still developing at the time. © Apple The iMac today is a very different piece of hardware when compared to the original as it has gone through some drastic changes with every passing year. The original iMac sold for a period of 4 years before Apple introduced the iMac G4 in 2002. It was the first time a computer had embraced an LCD that was suspended on an angle-poise neck. This design has remained prominent from numerous iteration to the iMac and iMac Pro today. Apple is expected to completely revamp the iMac line again as the company is now looking to build custom processors just like the company already does for the iPhone. Apple is expected to completely end its dependency on Intel's chips by 2020 and introduce a new range of iMacs and MacBook Laptops with custom-made chips. This would not only be revolutionary but also allow Apple to innovate more aggressively with software changes that work in tune with the custom chips. If you want to go back in the past and see the unveiling of the original iMac, you can watch the video below:
  19. Muslim refugees crowd onto a train as they try to flee India near New Delhi in September 1947. Photo: APRefugees in India?s western state of Maharashtra have been granted land ownership rights 70 years after fleeing what is now Pakistan, when the...
  20. There are always some life lessons you think you could have told your 10-year-old younger self. 10 years ago you might have been a much different self and since then you must have learned many lessons either through books, your teachers, and parents or through tough experiences. So, here are a few experiences that should help you in shaping your life in a much better direction: 1. Never waste time with jerks © Thinkstock/Getty Images As the famous American entrepreneur Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Never waste time with people you think make you feel low or negative. We often waste time impressing such people or trying to be liked by them. If one remains in such a company for a time then slowly and gradually he or she starts acquiring their habits which are no good to anyone. Jerks exist, so beware. 2. Enjoy time spent with family © Thinkstock/Getty Images It is only with time that we start regretting not spending enough time with our loved ones when they are gone, or are not that approachable. They are the ones who cares for us the most and that too without demanding anything in return. Try and spend as much time with your family and loved ones before time runs out. 3. Don't be over critical of yourself. Learn to move on It is not necessary to analyze the meaning behind every word spoken by someone. Being over critical about every conversation and situation is simply inviting all the imaginable stress to your life. Take life as it comes and know that nothing is permanent, neither your sufferings nor your joys. 4. Get your morning routine sorted © Thinkstock/Getty Images If you have ever woken up early in the morning then you know how it feels to have an organised day. You get your time to workout, bathe and eat breakfast without rushing, and have a healthy conversation with your family members. On the other side, if you wake up late you mess up everything in your hustle to reach office on time. Start waking up early and you will see how beautiful life is. 5. Start writing things on a piece of a paper © Thinkstock/Getty Images Now, this task has got nothing to do with how good or bad or writing skills are. Now, this has been scientifically proven that putting things down on a piece of paper has many benefits. On one side, it reduces stress as you can clearly analyze what has been going on wrong and on the other hand, you can make your to-do list and give a healthy kick-start to the day. 6. Travel as often as you can © Thinkstock/Getty Images If you have ever gone trekking you will be able to directly connect to what I am trying to say. Travelling introduces your mind to new places which you had never imagined before, it challenges your ability to continue, it gives you a chance to get out of your comfort zone. It has so many benefits in terms of mental and physical aspects as well. The more you travel, the more you get to know about different cultures and how beautiful this world is. 7. Share without expecting anything in return What is the point of sharing and donating towards someone's welfare, when you are walking around beating your own drum about it?. Always share things without expecting anything in return and only then will you get to experience that 'happy' feeling. 8. Get out of your comfort zone. © Thinkstock/Getty Images No one has ever achieved any greatness being in their comfort zone. If you want to learn, then you've got to make yourself vulnerable to the reality and deal with it. It is the only way. You will feel pain, pressure but that's how you will develop skills you need to succeed in this world. 9. Do not run away from taking any responsibility Taking responsibility is one such habit that should be cultivated from childhood itself, but it becomes even more essential when one becomes financially independent. When one earns by himself or herself then he or she becomes responsible for himself as well his family. Taking on responsibilities makes you a better and more reliable person and brings more opportunity for you to grow. 10. Enjoy small moments along the way. You must have heard that is not the destination but the journey that matters. If you keep on stressing over the final outcome then you may miss the precious moments during the journey itself. Keep a smile on your face, talk it out, laugh with strangers and that's how the journey of life must be traveled.
  21. The vehicle of Intezar Ahmed. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: The girl accompanying 19-year-old Intezar Ahmed, who was allegedly gunned down late Saturday by police officials in Defence Housing Authority (DHA), said on Wednesday that she met the deceased, "who was like a brother", a week ago. Intezar was killed after Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) officials opened fire on his car on DHA's Khayaban-e-Ittehad Road. Following the incident, police registered a case and arrested eight ACLC officials. Madiha Kayani, in an interview to a private news channel, narrated the incident today. She said her and Intezar were in his car. They got burgers after which Intezar?s friend came and shook hands with him, but Intezar did not get out of the car. Intezar murder case: Girl's statement sheds new light on DHA shooting Intezar, 19, was killed after ACLC officers opened fire on his car on Khayaban-e-Ittehad road of upscale DHA area late Saturday Madiha says that a black car then followed them and tried to block their path, after which another bike and car came. "I asked Intezar 'what?s going on'. I was scared. They started shooting after which I tried to save myself. God knows how I escaped after the shooting ended. I swear to God I don?t know who the shooters were," she says. Once the firing ended, Madiha slid out of the car and hailed a rickshaw but had to go back to the car as she had forgotten her mobile phone. Talking about the suspects, she said, "it was dark and I could only tell that there was a cleanshaven man without glasses. He?s friends with Intezar". When asked if that person [Salman] is in the police, Madiha replied in the negative and said he's a "sweet innocent guy, don?t drag him in the case," adding that she met Intezar through Salman a week ago, "he was like a brother". One suspect gets bail for Rs0.5 million Moreover, on Wednesday, additional sessions judge (South) approved the bail of ACLC sub-inspector Tariq Rahim. DHA shooting: New details emerge from CCTV video of Intezar Ahmed's murder Police involved in my son's murder, no confidence in investigation, Intezar's father tells Geo News Rahim, who is in custody, received interim bail until January 23 after submitting a Rs500,000 surety bond. Also, investigators said the initial forensic test of the two weapons used in the incident revealed that one weapon fired 12 rounds and the other six. Details of whom the weapons belonged to will be revealed when the report is completed. Police includes girl in probe Late Tuesday, investigators told Geo News they have included the girl in their probe. In her initial statement, the same girl had stated that the shooting was so intense that she could not catch a glimpse of the person who opened fire on their vehicle. CCTV video of the murder Earlier on Tuesday, the father of the deceased teenager said that he had no faith in the police investigation after he was shown the CCTV video of his son?s killing. Police kill youth in Karachi: Family appeals to CJP, COAS for justice Police had earlier maintained that the boy was killed in firing by unidentified assailants on motorcycles Speaking to Geo News, Intezar?s father said he had seen the CCTV video of the shooting that claimed his son?s life adding that the shooters took aim and fired at his son. He said that there was a girl sitting inside the vehicle but he does not know who she was, and demanded that she be brought to light. ?That girl is the eyewitness of this murder,? the father stated, adding that he was not shown the complete footage, but only of the shooting. ?The police is involved in my son?s murder,? the father said adding, ?why isn?t the girl in the video being brought forth?? On Monday, DIG South Azad Khan had told journalists that police got the CCTV footage of the incident and all the policemen involved had been arrested. Narrating what he saw in the CCTV footage, Intezar?s father Ishtiaq Ahmed told Geo News that his son?s car was forced to stop by a black coloured vehicle. After Intezar stopped his car another vehicle approached his car from the left side. The first (black) car gave a suspicious signal to the second vehicle, the father said, after which men in civilian clothes on motorbikes arrived on the scene. Karachi youth killing: Eight suspects remanded into police custody Two more ACLC personnel surrendered themselves Sunday night, police say Earlier on Tuesday, the medico-legal officer's (MLO) report was released which confirmed that Interzar died from a single bullet wound behind his ear. The report also disclosed that other than the aforementioned body part, there was no mark of a bullet or torture on the body of the deceased. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has also ordered a judicial inquiry into the murder of Intezar, a formal request of which was received by the Sindh High Court on Wednesday (today).
  22. The land that was to become Israel represented 54 percent of mandate Palestine, though Jews accounted for 30 percent of the population-AFP PARIS: The UN plan that partitioned Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, was adopted 70 years ago. The resolution led to the creation of Israel, but an independent Palestinian state has yet to see the light of day. Here is a recap. Palestine handed to UN After World War II, Britain´s grasp on power in Palestine was slipping. It had received a mandate for the territory from the League of Nations in 1922. But things had changed radically since then, following the Jewish Holocaust, mounting pressure from underground zionist groups, the creation of the Arab League and increased US involvement in the Middle East. In February 1947 London announced it would give up control of Palestine, handing it over to the United Nations, which had replaced the League of Nations. A three-minute vote The UN General Assembly in New York adopted Resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine on November 29, 1947. In a vote that took less than three minutes, Palestine -- home to 1.3 million Arabs and 600,000 Jews -- was divided into three entities which were to be formed by August 1, 1948. The Jewish state was allocated 14,000 square kilometres (5,400 square miles) of territory, while the Palestinians were to keep three regions spanning 11,500 square kilometres (4,400 square miles). A special international zone was created for Jerusalem and its surrounding areas. The land that was to become Israel represented 54 percent of mandate Palestine, though Jews accounted for 30 percent of the population. The UN plan also laid out details on citizenship, transit rights, economic union and a declaration that each of the independent states allow access to holy sites and respect the rights of religious communities and minorities. Common US, Soviet Union front Even though Britain had prompted the session that called the vote, it abstained because of the explosive nature of the text. Having regularly changed its position over the Palestinian issue, London was at this point broadly on the side of the Arabs. Arab states were against, calling for the creation of a single, democratic and independent Palestinian state encompassing the whole area. However they came up against an unexpected alliance between Cold War foes the United States and the Soviet Union which made it possible to get the two-thirds majority needed for the text to be adopted. While the Soviet Union wanted Britain out of Palestine, the United States leadership, encouraged by Jews inside the country, backed the formation of an independent Jewish state. Dream for Jews, Arab nightmare While Jewish leaders accepted the UN plan, some zionists rejected it because the territory that was granted fell far short of the Greater Israel to which they aspired. But in Tel Aviv there were scenes of jubilation among Jews. Arab countries rejected the project. And among Palestinians there was a deep sense of injustice, with the number of violent incidents in Palestinian territory eventually escalating. On May 14, 1948, Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the creation of the State of Israel after the end of the British mandate in Palestine. The first Arab-Israeli war broke out a day later. By the end of the conflict, Israel occupied 78 percent of mandate Palestine. A Palestinian exodus began, with more than 760,000 eventually leaving. During the Six-Day War of June 1967 Israel took more territory, occupying the West Bank, east Jerusalem -- which it went on to annex -- and the Gaza Strip, from which it unilaterally withdrew in 2005. It also took parts of the Golan Heights from Syria and Sinai from Egypt, which it later returned in 1982
  23. Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf announcing the imposition of emergency on November 3, 2017. Photo: File 1 ISLAMABAD: A decade has passed since the unconstitutional imposition of emergency by the-then president and army chief General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. On November 3, 2007, Musharraf suspended the Constitution, had 60 judges arrested for not taking a new oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), and imposed a ban on news channels and political gatherings in the country. In reaction to his measures, lawyers, political activists and members of the civil society all over the country rose up and were regularly seen on streets protesting his authoritarian mode of governance. After imposing the emergency, Musharraf had said in a midnight television address that he decided to act in response to a rise in extremism and what he called the paralysis of government by judicial interference. ?I fear that if timely action is not taken, then God forbid there is a threat to Pakistan?s sovereignty,? he said, adding that, ?I cannot allow this country to commit suicide.? In the capital Islamabad, armoured personnel carriers and military trucks patrolled the streets while roadblocks with metal barriers were set up on the main thoroughfares. Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, whose earlier suspension in March marked the beginning of a slide in Musharraf?s popularity, was sacked. Chaudhry was escorted home by police from the Supreme Court where he and other judges had refused to endorse the emergency. Pakistan?s top news channel, Geo News, faced a ban of 77 days under the Musharraf regime's emergency. President General Pervez Musharraf administers the oath of office to Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar (R) as Chief Justice of Pakistan under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) following the imposition of emergency rule at President's House in Islamabad November 3, 2007. Photo: Reuters At present, Musharraf faces a high treason case against his 2007 actions, which was initiated during the tenure of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif?s premiership. The special court indicted him in 2014. However, in March 2016, the former chief of army staff left the country on grounds of medical treatment. Musharraf is also facing a separate case in an anti-terrorism court, known as the judges' detention case, based on an FIR against the retired general registered in August 2009. The former army chief is accused of detaining over 60 judges, including chief justice Chaudhry, after the proclamation of a state of emergency in the country. A journalist protesting against imposition of emergency. Photo: Reuters The emergency was imposed and the judges were suspended at a time when the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice Chaudhry, was expected to rule on the legal status of the presidential election in which Musharraf was re-elected a month earlier. Later, the Supreme Court, in its verdict on July 31, 2009, declared the emergency ?unconstitutional? and de-notified the judges who took oath under the PCO.
  24. NEW YORK: Thirty years ago, before heading to work at the New York Stock Exchange, Peter Kenny left his home in lower Manhattan and made a detour to the nearby Our Lady of Victory church to pray to St. Jude, the Roman Catholic patron saint of desperate and lost causes. The reason was the stock market crash known as ?Black Monday? on October 19, 1987. ?Blessed mother get me through this,? he prayed. Kenny, now senior market strategist at Global Markets Advisory Group in New York, was a newly minted member of the New York Stock Exchange, having joined the exchange in February that year. He was stunned by the events that unfolded the previous day, the worst trading day in US history. ?I don?t think anyone was prepared for what actually transpired in the overseas markets, which led to the bloodbath on Monday,? said Kenny. When it was over, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI had lost 22.6 percent in one day, equivalent to a drop of about 5,200 points in the index today. The benchmark US S&P 500 index .SPX plunged 20.5 percent on Black Monday, equal to a drop of over 520 points today, and the Nasdaq dropped 11.4 percent, comparable to a drop of about 750 points. In 1987 US stock prices had climbed steadily all year, as they have in 2017, with each of the three major US indexes hitting record highs in late August. But September turned into a difficult month, with each index falling more than 2.0 percent, though not by enough to raise alarm bells among investors. But as the calendar flipped to October, the selling in US equity markets intensified. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI and S&P 500 .SPX fell more than 9.0 percent in the week before Black Monday. On the morning of Monday, October 19, 1987, Art Hogan, then a floor broker at the Boston Stock Exchange, expected a possible rebound for stock prices. Nothing had prepared him for what was to unfold. ?It was clear in that first hour... this was going to be as bad as we?ve seen in our lifetimes,? said Hogan, now chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York. Many describe the events of Black Monday as the first instance of computer trading gone haywire, caused by the use of portfolio insurance, a hedging strategy against market declines that involves selling short in stock index futures. The prior week?s fall in US stocks led to selling by investors in Asian markets to limit losses. Those losses then signaled investors in Europe to sell, which caused increased selling by the time US markets were to open on Black Monday. ?It was like nobody wanted to question the computer,? said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O?Neil Securities in New York, who was a 26-year-old in his second year as a member of the NYSE. ?Then what happens is it feeds on itself because as the prices got worse the risk management software kept spitting out a new message - You need to sell more,? said Polcari. Portfolio insurance, the short selling of stock index futures to protect against a decline in value, caused computerized program trading to issue sell orders as a safeguard against more losses. Instead, losses intensified, causing even more sell orders in a feedback loop. With computer trading in its infancy, the floor of the NYSE was filled with more members than today, with trades executed by hand on paper. Thousands of traders scrambled to handle the tidal wave of selling, with volumes so extreme prices were delayed by hours, further complicating the process. ?The opening was 90 minutes (delayed), so you knew there was a lot of influx of orders, the futures (contracts) were down, everything was down, so we knew we were in for a rough ride,? said Peter Costa, president at Empire Executions Inc in New York, who has been working on the trading floor since 1981. The widespread selling and delay in reporting prices also hit the stock options market, said Gordon Charlop, a managing director at Rosenblatt Securities in New York who was trading options on the American Exchange at the time of the crash. ?The options market slowed down to a crawl because nobody could really figure out how to derive options prices from equities because we weren?t sure what the equity prices were,? said Charlop. Of the 30 companies whose stocks are in the Dow today, slightly less than half were in the index at the time. American Express (AXP.N) lost 26.2 percent on Black Monday, Procter & Gamble (PG.N) plunged 27.8 percent, and Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) tumbled 23.4 percent. ?The price movements in the stocks were not like anything I had ever seen prior to that day, or since that day, in fact,? said Ted Weisberg, floor trader with Seaport Securities in New York, who has been a member of the exchange since 1969. ?It was in fact the scariest day, the most emotional day, except when we came back to work after September 11, that I have ever spent on the trading floor.?
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