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  1. PESHAWAR: A bill tabled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Saturday sought to provide care and rehabilitation for beggars while at the same time suggests punishment for 'habitual' vagrants or alm-seekers. . According to a copy of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Vagrancy Restraint Act 2020, the provincial government will form an institute known as the Dar-ul-Kifala which will serve as a shelter for vagrants. The shelter will be responsible for providing food, shelter, education and skills training for vagrants or alms-seekers who seek refuge or are brought there. The bill makes it possible for any vagrant to seek shelter at the Dar-ul-Kifala by proving to a Special Magistrate that he or she has no means of livelihood or a shelter. The vagrant will be kept there till such period as he/she is not provided a source of livelihood or applies for release himself/herself. The Act empowers police to search and arrest vagrants without warrant and seize any item liable to be confiscated from them as well. The bill also calls for a one-year jail term or a fine of Rs500,000 or both for anyone who "causes any person to solicit or receive alms". The legislation states that if the court finds a person to be a vagrant, then the said person can be sent to the Dar-ul-Kifala where he will be 'detained' for a period not exceeding three years. The bill seeks an imprisonment sentence not exceeding three years for persons who are deemed habitual vagrants or who have committed offences previously under the same Act.
  2. National Assembly passed the Zainab Alert Bill for recovery of missing children on Friday. Photo: File On Friday, the parliament passed the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act, 2020, eight months after it was first tabled. The bill, which will become law once approved by the Senate, aims to protect and raise alert when a child goes missing or is abducted. The legislation has been named after Zainab, a six-year-old girl, who was kidnapped from her home in Kasur, and then raped and killed in 2018. The Act applied to only Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad and defines the child as anyone under the age of 18 years. National Assembly passes Zainab Alert Bill for recovery of missing children Other salient features in the Act:-Under the new law, a Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency (ZARRA) will be set up. The director general of the Agency will be appointed by the prime minister. It will be tasked to maintain a database of missing and abducted children, and work closely with the helpline, 1099, which will forward all reported cases to the Agency. -In case a child is reported missing, the ZARRA will activate alerts across the federal capital. Information, such as the child’s physical characteristics, habits, clothes ect, will be send to all relevant law enforcement agencies and the public at large. -In coordinate with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, messages will generated to all service providers regarding the child. Also the information will be sent to all electronic and print media as well as radio stations to disseminate. A helpline, 1099, will be set up to help the public report a missing or abducted child or any information related to a missing child. ZARRA will also issue monthly public reports and updates on its website about missing children. The Agency will set up a mobile application where the public can access all data related to missing and abducted children. In addition, a Child Protection Advisory Board will be established to ensure ZARRA is effectively preforming its functions from the registration of a FIR to the safe recovery of a child and the referral for rehabilitation. The police station, where a case of missing or abducted child is reported shall, immediately, within two hours, inform ZARRA. The bill also prescribes punishment for police officers who are do not comply, or hinder the process of reporting a missing child. The maximum sentence to a perpetrator will be life imprisonment and the minimum sentence will be 10 years.
  3. Restaurant reservation app Dineout recently published a fascinating annual report, and amongst a list of interesting statistics, one in particular stands out. It seems like the city of Bengaluru has become an undisputed dining hotspot, with one man footing a bill of Rs 2,76,988 at a pub, while another watering hole clocked in over 1 million diners. That's a lot of dishes to wash and bottles to recycle. In fact, the bill is so ridiculous, it's just about what you'd pay to step out of a showroom with a brand new Maruti Alto or Datsun Redi-Go. Not interested in a car? The bill could also cover a trip to London and back again - in Emirates first class seats. Meanwhile, Udaipur stepped up as well - it seems like the 'City of Lakes' played host to the biggest number of couples, with the highest number of 'tables for two'. Indore had the most 'tables for four' reservations and oddly enough, seemed to dine out most often on Thursdays - 60% of Indians dined out on weekends, specifically. With the rise of restaurant culture in India's metros and a no-cooking lifestyle emerging across India's urban youth, it's not surprising that Indians dined out over 5 billion times last year, with 52% of us preferring to dine at casual restaurants as opposed to fast food outlets and fine dining options. Close to 4566 tables were reserved per hour, and the average bill value for dining out was Rs 1600, whereas for ordering in, it was Rs 300. It's also interesting to note that Indians are pretty late eaters - the global average dinnertime sits between 6PM and 8PM, while desi dinners usually happen between 8PM and 10PM. Gotta' blame post-work traffic for that one. So if you're worried that you've been spending too much on dining out, don't worry. You're certainly not alone. View the full article
  4. Bill, presented by Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, gets support from PPP. Photo: ReutersThe National Assembly on Friday passed the Zainab Alert Bill 2019, which will introduce a response and recovery mechanism for missing children. The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights had unanimously passed the Zainab Alert Bill on October 8, 2019. The bill was presented in the National Assembly today by Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari to mark the second death anniversary of seven-year-old Zainab Ameen Fatima, who was brutally raped and murdered in January 2018. Addressing the floor of the House, Mazari thanked Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Asad Umar and Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Mahreen Razaque Bhutto for expediting the bill's passage. The bill will pave the way for the setting up of the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency (ZARRA), where missing child cases will be reported. The bill also proposes a maximum life imprisonment and action action against those police officials who delay the investigation. Read also: Rape, murder of minor Zainab sparks outrage; two killed in Kasur protests The powers and functions of Zarra include the activation of alerts at the federal capital level whenever there is a report about a missing or abducted child. These alerts will include information on the physical characteristics of the missing or abducted child as well as any other data that will help in the child’s identification. The proposed authority will also coordinate with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for issuance of Zainab Alert SMSes and MMSes, and with the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to run tickers on television channels or any other available medium. It also envisions the setting up of a nationwide telephonic toll-free hotline number where any person may report a missing or abducted child. It also calls for the maintenance of an online database both in the National Commission of the Rights of the Child (NCRC) and the division concerned of every reported incident of a missing or abducted child. Read also: Violent protests against Zainab’s rape, murder continue in Kasur Zainab abduction caseZainab, to whom the bill is dedicated, was kidnapped on January 4, 2018, from near her aunt’s house in Kasur. Five days later, she was found dead in a garbage heap. On January 23, authorities had apprehended Imran Ali — a serial killer involved in other similar crimes — through a DNA match. Ali's DNA had matched samples taken from seven other minor girls who were abused and murdered earlier in Kasur. The suspect had also confessed to his crimes following his arrest. Satisfied over justice being served: Zainab’s father On February 17, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the case had sentenced Imran to death on four counts. Appealing the verdict, Imran had claimed innocence before the Lahore High Court and pleaded for the verdict to be declared null and void. On June 12, the Lahore High Court had dismissed Imran's appeal against the death sentence handed to him for raping and murdering the minor girl. On October 17, 2018, Ali was executed at the Kot Lakhpat Central Jail in Lahore.
  5. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Well, in this weird yet funny scenario of seeking revenge, it was indeed served on the table in the form of a lavish dinner. A Reddit user shared his story of break up on the internet that has cracked up everyone on social media. He met his girlfriend while finishing his lifeguard certification course and everything was going fine until their mutual friend found out that the only reason this woman in question was involved with the guy was that he used to take her out for fancy meals. “I've really liked this girl for a while that I met at a lifeguard certification course, and I talked to her while I was there and we (I thought) ended up hitting it off. We exchanged numbers and social media and all that and we messaged for a few weeks before I asked her out to a movie, which she accepted,” he wrote. He added, “We'd been going on casual dates, nothing too serious and we weren't hanging out at my place or her place even though I'd hinted at the idea, for a few weeks before one of her friends (someone that was also at the lifeguarding course that I met and kept in contact with because he was cool) sends me this screenshot.” © Reddit Unfortunately hurt and deceived, the guy decided to take his girlfriend out on a date and make her pay the bill instead. “After seeing this, I asked her to go on a nice date with me to a hibachi grill restaurant. $20-$40 dollar plates and premium desserts are served here. I got the most expensive thing they had and so did she. We both got fancy ice cream and multiple refills on drinks,” he wrote. “I complimented her a lot and smiled consistently, before getting up to go to the bathroom and leaving. (I was also her ride). About 45 minutes after, I get furious texts from her saying that she had to have her mom come down and pay for it because she didn't have the money on her and that we were done. I know it's not a lot and it sucks because I thought she was actually into me but it felt pretty nice leaving her that way,” he revealed. Opinions on this was actually divided and everyone shared their take on this incident. © Reddit If there is any truth in this story, then we do feel bad for our bro out here. Hurting feelings to get some extra food is actually not a cool idea. Rest, the next time you date someone, make sure they aren't using you to buy them food! First world problems today are hilarious. View the full article
  6. An important session of the National Assembly got under way around noon on Tuesday to legislate on the tenure of the services chiefs' tenure. Prime Minister Imran Khan made a rare appearance in the Lower House as the assembly passes three amendment bills to formalise the tenures of the army, navy and air force chiefs. Before the start of the voting, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak took the floor to request the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to take back amendments it had suggested in the bills, saying he was making the request "keeping in mind the regional and national situation". Naveed Qamar, who spoke on behalf of the PPP in response to Khattak's request, noted that the amendments had been suggested to improve the bills but, after being approached by a government delegation and consulting with the rest of the opposition, the party had decided to withdraw them. Voting commenced shortly thereafter, with Speaker Asad Qaiser asking legislators to express their assent or dissent with 'Ayes' and 'Nays'. The bills were voted on clause by clause. Some opposition lawmakers, including MNAs from the Jamaat-e-Islami and representatives from erstwhile Fata walked out in protest over the bills. They had earlier announced they would not be supporting the bill on principle. All major parties had, however, lent their consent to it. In order to pass the bills, lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament on Monday adopted a resolution to suspend private members day to take up government business, reported The News. The private members day was scheduled to be held today (Tuesday) but now has been deferred to Wednesday. The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence had been summoned on Monday to discuss amendments to the Army Act, Air Force Act, and Navy Act. The committee had to reconvene just three days after it initially 'approved' the three bills aimed at regularising the tenure of the services chiefs. Also read: COAS service extension: Army Act amendment bill to make future extensions airtight The committee had to be summoned again after it was established that the rules and regulations of parliament were violated in the January 3 session of the committee. After the National Assembly's approval, the bills will be approved by the Senate Standing Committee on Defence before bills are passed by the Senate. The bills would become acts of Parliament once signed by the president. Law Minister Farogh Naseem had said that all political parties including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N ) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have approved the amendment bills. PTI, PML-N hold meetings Prior to the National Assembly session major parties held meetings to prepare strategy for the legislation. PM Imran chaired a meeting of parliamentary party of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and allied parties. All the MNAs were directed to ensure their presence in the assembly during the ongoing session. According to sources, PML-N reiterated its earlier decision of supporting the bills as decided by the party leadership. Former defence minister and senior PML-N leader Khawaja Asif said the members were bound to follow the party policy. Meanwhile, federal ministers Pervez Khattak and Azam Swati met with the PPP leaders and requested to maintain a peaceful environment in the assembly during the prime minister's presence. Changes sought in lawThe proposed amendments set the maximum age limit of the three services chiefs — chief of army staff, chief of air staff and chief of naval staff — at 64 years. If the bills get passed, the prime minister will have the power to extend the tenure of any service chief and the president will give his final nod to the extension or reappointment. Under clause 8B of Army Act Amendment Bill, the president, on the advice of the prime minister, may “reappoint the Chief of the Army Staff for an additional tenure of three (03) years, on such terms and conditions, as may be determined by the president on the advice of the prime minister, in the national security interest or exigencies, from time to time”. “Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or any other law, or any order or judgement of any Court, the appointment, reappointment or extension of the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), or the exercise of discretion by the appointing authority in this regard, shall not be called into question before any court on any ground whatsoever,” the bill states. Also read: Cabinet approves amendment to Army Act SC directs govt to legislate on COAS tenureBack in November 2018, the Supreme Court had asked the government to legislate on an extension in the COAS's services within six months, allowing General Qamar Javed Bajwa to stay in office until then. Prior to that, PM Imran in August had approved the extension in the COAS's services through an executive order. Former chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa had in late November taken up a petition challenging the extension in service of the COAS, deeming it 'in the public interest'. The court had subsequently suspended the notification of the extension in General Bajwa's tenure. Last month, after the top court issued the detailed verdict in the case, the government had filed a review petition in the SC, pleading the court to form a larger bench to hear the case, and requesting it to keep the proceedings in-camera. Side by side, it had launched the formalities to formulate a bill formalising the rules governing the army chief's extension and have it passed through parliament.
  7. Photo: FileFederal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak on Friday presented the amendment bills regularising services chiefs' appointment and tenure to Parliament after winning near unanimous backing of the opposition parties. Khattak introduced the Pakistan Army (Amendment Act), the Pakistan Navy (Amendment Act) and the Pakistan Air Force (Amendment Act) separately, according to local media. The bills were, under legislative procedures, initially referred to the Defence Committee, which according to Law Minister Farogh Naseem, accorded them unanimous approval. The bills will now be presented in the National Assembly for approval on Monday, January 6. The amendments sought through the bill seek to make future extensions of army, navy and air force chiefs 'airtight' as the bills state categorically that the decision to do so "shall not be called into question before any court on any ground whatsoever". While the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had decided to 'unconditionally support' the Army Act amendment, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had insisted that 'democratic legislative process' be followed as the bill is approved. Also read: Army Act amendment: PML-N lends unconditional support, PPP urges parties to follow democratic process 'Matter should not be politicised'Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq, while speaking about the army amendment bill the same day, said that a shortcoming in the law was being 'corrected' through the "people’s elected parliament”. Talking to reporters outside the National Assembly, Awan said the matter is "a constitutional and legal issue and should not be politicised". What amendments are being made to the armed services acts? According to a copy of the Army Act (Amendment) Bill available with Geo News, an extension in the tenure of an army chief (and other services chiefs) will not be challenge-able in any court of law in the future if the bill is approved by both houses of Parliament. Under clause 8-B of the bill, the president, on the advice of the prime minister, may “reappoint the Chief of the Army Staff for additional tenure of three (03) years, on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the president on the advice of the prime minister, in the national security interest or exigencies, from time to time”. “Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or any other law, or any order or judgement of any court, the appointment, reappointment or extension of the chief of the army staff, or the exercise of discretion by the appointing authority in this regard, shall not be called into question before any court on any ground whatsoever,' the bill states. Also read: COAS service extension: Army Act amendment bill to make future extensions airtight Cabinet approves amendments to billsThe federal cabinet, in an emergency meeting on Wednesday, had accorded its approval to the amendments required in the armed services acts under which the prime minister will be empowered to extend the tenure of all services chiefs, including the army, air force and naval heads. Earlier, on Wednesday, President Dr Arif Alvi had convened a session of the Parliament's upper and lower houses on a 24-hour notice. The move was unexpected as the upper house of the legislature had not met for 124 days apart from a requisitioned session. Also read: ECP issues list of lawmakers failing to disclose asset details SC directs govt to legislate on COAS tenureBack in November, the apex court had asked the government to legislate on an extension in the COAS's services within six months, allowing General Bajwa to stay in office until then, after briefly suspending the notification of the extension in his tenure. Prior to that, PM Imran in August had approved the extension in the COAS's services through an executive order. Also read: Govt files review petition in army chief extension case Former chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa had in late November taken up a petition 'in public interest', challenging the extension in service of the COAS. A three member bench of the top court had heard the case. Last month, after the top court issued the detailed verdict in the COAS case, the government had filed a review petition in the SC, pleading the court to form a larger bench to hear the case, and requesting it to keep the proceedings in-camera.
  8. Not everyone uses a smartphone as companies like Reliance Jio, Nokia and others have launched feature phones with 4G capabilities in the past. These phones are particularly popular amongst users who don't really know how to work smartphones or just prefer using feature phones. Having said that, digital payments took off with a great start in India with UPI payments being the most popular payment mode. © HMD-Global However, over half a billion users in India are not able to use digital payments simply because they use feature phones instead. In order to tackle this problem, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) collaborated with CIIE.CO and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to kickstart a competition for anyone who can figure out digital payments on feature phones. © Youtube/Microsoft The competition can be taken up by individuals or by enterprises and the best solution will win a total amount of Rs 35 lakh or $50,000. The second place will get a prize money of $30,000 while a prize money of $20,000 is up for grabs for the third spot. The last date to file your application for the competition is January 12, 2020. © HMD-Global One can apply for the competition via an online process and CIIE.CO & NPCI will select the most viable and promising solutions. Shortlisted individuals or enterprises will then be granted access to NPCI's API to start building their solutions. As per the website, the selected candidates will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to CIIE.CO team during the contest. “CIIE.CO can also facilitate introductions to other investors on a case to case basis. Winners will be evaluated for further acceleration/investment support via the Bharat Inclusion Initiative,” it said. View the full article
  9. Bill Gates as our Secret Santa, who wouldn't want that right? During this time of merry-making and joyful exchanges, a Reddit user hit a jackpot when she received a bunch of priceless gifts from her Secret Santa, who to her utter amazement turned out to be none other than Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The 33-year-old woman who goes by the name Shelby on the platform, had signed up for her 95th RedditGifts exchange and received the best Christmas present from her Secret Santa which included 14 sets of gifts weighing close to 37 kgs. Raise your hand if matching with Bill Gates for #RedditGifts Secret Santa is a life goal. ð‍âï¸Just when she needed it most, one lucky giftee (u/szor) struck Secret Santa gold & was blessed with the Christmas of a lifetime. Well done, @BillGates. https://t.co/pZelK3ao9v pic.twitter.com/RY4DrKHU6g — Reddit (@reddit) December 21, 2019 With things such as a manuscript copy of The Great Gatsby, memorabilia from Twin Peaks and a donation to the American Heart Association in memory of her late mother amongst a whole lot of other stuff is sure to top every Christmas wish. Shelby took to Reddit to share her joy and thank Bill Gates for the thoughtful gifts and said, "Bill Gates, you are a blessing. This year has been a complete rollercoaster of emotions for me; in March, I lost my mother completely unexpectedly only 10 days before my destination wedding. It has been hard to drum up holiday spirit this year, and this has been a zap taser of Christmas cheer. I have felt like I've been on another planet the past few days and I still cannot believe how lucky/cool/honored/all the adjectives I am to have had someone craft such a special and personal set of gifts just for little ol' me. And your donation to The American Heart Association in my mom's memory is the most special gift of all. It means more to me than I can express." © Reddit Reportedly, Bill Gates participates in the RedditGifts exchange every year and Shelby turned out to be the lucky one to match with him this year. The gift came with a personalised message from the man himself and read, "Wow, I'm impressed that this is your 95th Reddit gift exchange! You seem like a very generous person, and I hope my gift makes you smile this Christmas. I've included some fun things to enjoy both at home and outdoors - plus a couple of great books I think you'll like. At the same time, I know no gift will ever make up for losing someone so important to you. I was very sorry to hear about your mom, and I've made a donation to the American Heart Association in her memory. I hope you and your family find your "new normal" this holiday season." © Reddit If this itself isn't amazing, here is the list of gifts he sent Shelby. â Bill's Deck of Books 2019! â A Harry Potter santa hat â Hylian shield earrings â A very heavy and beautiful handmade Zelda quilt â A hammock (with bug net!) â Almond Rocca, Seattle mint chocolates, Jelly Belly's â Toys for her cat, Emmy! â Seven packs of assorted Oreos â A cat-themed logic game â Eight hardcover books â An extremely fancy manuscript copy of The Great Gatsby â A candle with a passage from The Great Gatsby inscribed â Two exceptional adult-level LEGO sets: Microscale Hogwarts and the retired UCS R2D2 (truth be told, I had previously splurged on both of these sets already; you must have gotten a perfect read on my interests so color me impressed!) â A plethora of Twin Peaks gifts including a shirt and sweatshirt; a book by director Jonathan Sanger and some memorabilia from his collection including 5 scripts from season 2 of Twin Peaks, and an embroidered L.L. Bean jacket worn by crew members during the second season of the show. View the full article
  10. Indian Home Minister Amit Shah. Photo: AFPNEW DELHI: The lower house of the Indian legislature passed controversial legislation early Tuesday that will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the northeast of the country.The Citizenship Amendment Bill provides that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians fleeing persecution in Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan can be granted citizenship. It comfortably passed the lower house with 311 votes in favour and 80 against just after midnight."This bill is in line with India’s centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, adding that he was "delighted" about its passage. But to Muslim organisations, rights groups and others, the bill is part of Modi’s push to marginalise India’s 200-million-strong Islamic minority. The Indian government denies the charges. "This is not a bill that is discriminatory," Home Minister Amit Shah said. "This is a bill to give rights, not to take them away from anybody."Testy debateModi’s government had tried to shepherd the legislation through parliament during its first term in power, but it failed in the upper house, where Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies lack a majority.After sweeping to victory in the April-May national elections, the BJP is now more confident it can push the bill through both chambers.During a lengthy debate marked by angry exchanges, opposition Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor said the bill "infringes upon the principle of equality before law" guaranteed to all persons, including non-citizens.The legislation seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955, which prohibits illegal migrants from applying for Indian citizenship.Under Modi, several cities perceived to have Islamic-sounding names have been renamed, while some school textbooks have been altered to downplay Muslims’ contributions to India.In August, his administration rescinded the partial autonomy of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, and split it into two. On Monday, 100 scientists and scholars at institutions in India and abroad published a joint letter expressing their "dismay" at the legislation, saying the constitution called for members of all faiths to be treated equally.But, they wrote, Modi’s "proposed bill would mark a radical break with this history and would be inconsistent with the basic structure of the constitution". The letter said such a careful exclusion of Muslims would "greatly strain" India’s pluralism.'Against infiltrators'The government has defended the bill, saying it was only aimed at flushing out infiltrators, and that Muslims did not face persecution in the three neighbouring countries."I say this again and again that this bill has nothing to do with the Muslims in this country. The Muslims in this country will be able to live here with dignity, are living here, and will continue to do so," Shah said."What are we doing now? We are giving the minority their rights." Shah has recently also proposed a "national register of citizens" that would see "each and every infiltrator identified and expelled" from India by 2024.The citizenship bill has led to protests in India’s northeastern states, where residents are unhappy about an influx of Hindus from neighbouring Bangladesh.In Guwahati in Assam state, protestors set fire to tyres, while tribal groups staged protests in Tripura. On Monday, prominent political groups opposing the bill called for a complete shutdown across all the states in the northeast on Tuesday.
  11. Demonstrators display placards during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a bill that seeks to give citizenship to religious minorities persecuted in neighbouring Muslim countries. Photo: Reuters Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned controversial legislation passed by the Indian Parliament which will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims.“We strongly condemn Indian Lok Sabha citizenship legislation which violates all norms of international human rights law and bilateral agreements with Pakistan,” PM Imran tweeted Tuesday morning.The premier described the move as “part of the RSS Hindu Rashtra design of expansionism propagated by the fascist Modi government.”. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill provides that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians fleeing persecution in Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan can be granted citizenship of India. There are no similar provisions for Muslim refugees.The bill sailed through the lower house with 311 votes in favour and 80 against shortly after midnight on Monday.The Foreign Office in a statement called the move “a complete violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international covenants on elimination of all forms of discrimination based on religion or belief”."The Lok Sabha legislation is also in complete contravention of various bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India, particularly the one concerning security and rights of minorities in the respective countries,” the statement read.Read also: India passes religiously discriminatory citizenship bill amid global outcryIt added, "The latest legislation is another major step towards the realisation of the concept of ‘Hindu Rashtra’, idealised and relentlessly pursued by the right-wing Hindu leaders for several decades. It is driven by a toxic mix of an extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology and hegemonic ambitions in the region.”"We condemn the legislation as regressive and discriminatory, which is in violation of all relevant international conventions and norms, and a glaring attempt by India to interfere in the neighboring countries with malafide intent," the statement added.US proposes sanctioning top Indian officialsThe United States on Tuesday also expressed concerns over the passage of the discriminatory bill."The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said it will propose sanctions against senior members of the Indian political leadership if the bill is enacted as law.The USCIRF in its statement noted that the bill specifically excluded Muslims, setting a legal criterion for citizenship based on religion."The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction; it runs counter to India’s rich history of secular pluralism," the statement said.The commission also condemned the bill as a ‘violation’ of the Indian constitution, relating it to recent efforts to introduce the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and nationwide. The NRC, like the citizenship bill, is widely believed to be the brain-child of the Indian Home Minister, Amit Shah."USCIRF fears that the Indian government is creating a religious test for Indian citizenship that will strip citizenship from millions of Muslims," the USCIRF warned.Read also: US considering sanctions on top Indian officials, including Home Minister Amit ShahIn a statement made separately early Tuesday, the US House Foreign Affairs Committee also condemned the passage of the contentious bill through the Indian lower house, saying that the so-called ‘religious test’ for citizenship undermined basic democratic tenets shared by the US and India.The ruling BJP in India had included the passage of the CAB as part of its manifesto released ahead of elections in May 2019.Protests erupt as India pushes for citizenship billThe citizenship bill also sparked protests in India’s northeastern states, where residents are unhappy about an influx of Hindus from neighbouring Bangladesh.In Guwahati in Assam state, protesters set fire to tyres, while tribal groups staged protests in Tripura. Student groups called for dawn-to-dusk shutdown in four districts of the state, while shops, businesses, educational and financial institutions remained shut and public transport stayed off the roads.“We will fight and oppose the bill till the last drop of our blood,” All Assam Students’ Union adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya told Reuters, underlining the region’s resistance against migrants amid fears that tens of thousands of settlers from neighbouring Bangladesh would gain citizenship.In Modi’s home state of Gujarat and the city of Kolkata, hundreds of people staged protests and marched against the proposed law.
  12. Twelve hours in debate, three years of buildup and one shredded document - the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, was passed in the Lok Sabha at midnight, as the world celebrates Human Rights Day on December 10. Needless to say, the new law almost instantly sent the country into an uproar across social media. Shortly after leaving the Parliament, BJP stalwarts Amit Shah and Narendra Modi congratulated each other on achieving the long-standing party goal. Thank you honourable PM @narendramodi ji. You are an inspiration and under your leadership we all strive harder each day to build a #NewIndia for our future generations. https://t.co/TZlR3QuUEL — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 9, 2019 Several party supporters joined in to support the duo - who have been on a hot streak of sweeping legislative movements through their 2019 terms. Triple Talaq - Done Article 370 and 35A - Done Ram Mandir - Done CAB - Done in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha next NRC - Next then UCC Coming All the mistakes done by one family in India is being corrected by @narendramodi Ji & @AmitShah ji .... but Hindus worried about ONIONS — Saffron Soul 2.0 ð®ð³ ð© (@SaffronS0ul) December 9, 2019 Hats off to #MotaBhai speaking since hours and giving his job more than 100%, at this age. I mean what a heroð #CABBill — kajal vador (@kajalvador) December 9, 2019 Meanwhile, opposition supporters vehemently argued against the act - both in Parliament and after the session was concluded. While the BJP argues that the CAB aims to support religiously persecuted minorities in neighbouring countries, the list - which mentions Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians - clearly excludes Muslims. With India having the world's largest Muslim population (over 20 crore), several people shared anger and resentment against the bill's passing. BJP: "Don't complain about lynching of Muslims in India. Go to Pakistan and see how Shias, Ahmedis and Balochs are being killed." Also BJP: "How can Muslims be persecuted in a Muslim nation? It's implausible. Citizenship only for non-Muslims." ð¤ð#IndiaRejectsCAB — Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) December 6, 2019 Deeply ashamed that Edapadi Palanisamy represents my state and our people. Supporting the #CAB shows his true colours, his lack of integrity and his desperate need to remain powerful at any cost. You will all be held accountable. Enjoy your temp power till then. #IndiaRejectsCAB — Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 9, 2019 All of this has occurred against the backdrop of massive protests erupting in states such as Assam, where indigenous populations fear that the bill - along with looming NRC revisions - will result in their language and culture being eclipsed. #BREAKING Students from Gauhati University Cotton University JB law college GU staff Gu law college Silpi Samaj Assam Engineering College takes out a huge rally in protest against the #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 in Jalukbari, Assam#IndiaRejectsCAB#IndiaAgainstCAB pic.twitter.com/ZXNwLqLQHP — Siddharth Setia (@ethicalsid) December 9, 2019 The Indian state of #Assam shuts down today to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (#CAB) amid tight security in Guwahati. #IndiaRejectsCAB pic.twitter.com/WovdCheo8z — Ahmer Khan (@ahmermkhan) December 10, 2019 Others simply argued that the government is drawing away attention from more immediate matters. Biggest problems faced by Indians today : unemployment, air pollution & water scarcity, state of public education and health, women's safety, rising income inequality, sinking economy, state of farmers, state of banks, corruption BJP's priority : CAB, NRC#IndiaRejectsCAB — Official PeeingHuman (@thepeeinghuman) December 9, 2019 While Indian economy is moving with 0% rate and the actual GDP is below 2.5%, the government wants to introduce NRC that would swallow of billions of dollars with no significant results. The state of Assam is a perfect example. #IndiaRejectsNRC#CABAgainstConstitution — Dr Yasir Nadeem (@Mufti_Yasir) December 5, 2019 Either way you look at it, the bill has split clear lines between its supporters and detractors. View the full article
  13. Uighur Act condemns Beijing's 'gross human rights violations' linked to crackdown in northwestern region of Xinjiang. Photo: ReutersWASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday that would apply sanctions...
  14. The smartphone market has seen significant growth not just in India, but across the globe. More are buying smartphones than ever, making it one of the fastest moving commodities. That being said, there's a good chunk of the population that prefers using a good old feature phone. I personally prefer using a dumb feature phone instead of a smartphone to stay away from all the buzzing notifications. However, there are things which you simply can't do on a feature phone. Making payments, for instance, is a huge pain. Although that could change very soon as NCPI has now partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundations to help create an app for the same. Exciting opportunity for #innovators worldwide to build payment solutions for feature phone users in India! Congrats to @CIIEIndia, @NPCI_NPCI & @gatesfoundation for launching the Grand Challenge. More details here - https://t.co/L52lNwLTvb — Nandan Nilekani (@NandanNilekani) November 22, 2019 NCPI (National Payments Corporation of India), for those of you who don't know, are the same people who brought us BHIM, which is a UPI-based payment. And they've collaborated with CIIE.Co and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to give away a huge reward to folks who make a working payments app for feature phones. They've essentially come together to announce a competition, in which they're calling out developers to provide innovative solutions to make this happen. The winner of the competition will walk away with $100,000, which roughly translates to about Rs 70 lakh. That's indeed a lot of money for making an app. That and think about the exposure which you will gain from this particular gig. Vishal Anand Kanvaty, Chief of Innovation at NPCI noted that a significant chunk of population in India still relies on feature phones. And he thinks a solution is necessary to move India into a cashless economy. “Feature phones hold a significant share of the mobile user base in rural and semi-urban populations to anchor India's move to a cashless economy rapidly. With the help of the government and the payments ecosystem, it is crucial that we should focus on providing smart and simple payment solutions to feature phone users," he said. © Reuters Obviously coming up with a proper solution isn't going to be an easy job, but that's exactly what the competition is all about. Winners will also get support from CIIE.Co Bharat Inclusion Initiative, that provides support to sustain startups in the country. If you think you have it takes to come up with a solution or if you think you somebody who can then let then ask them to do the needful by clicking right here. View the full article
  15. Did you ever imagine living in a world where even buying a cup of tea would make you feel a little uncomfortable? No, right? Well, brace yourself because things have gotten a little weird. We've learned that one of the famous Indian cafes in New Delhi is collecting its users' facial data without their consent. Yes, we're talking about 'Chaayos', which you probably already know, is one of the most popular retail chains that serves a range of beverages and snacks. It looks like they're trying to get rid of OTPs by replacing them with facial recognition systems. It sounds like the right thing to do because entering your login credentials, OTP, etc. can be a little annoying at times. But it's actually very weird in this case if you think about it. Like, what if someone just stops by and takes your picture without your consent? Sounds super creepy, doesn't it? Turns out, Chaayos has been doing this for quite some time now. At select Chaayos outlets, they've apparently installed facial recognition systems to eliminate the need to enter OTP and login as a returning customer. But they've been collecting facial date without the user consent and this was brought to notice by one of the customers on Twitter. Here's a video in which you can see the facial recognition system doing its thing without even asking for user consent. No warming message, alert page, etc. Just stand in front of the tablet and it takes a picture of your face. Check it out - In Chaayos' defense, it's worth pointing out that this is just a test which they're experimenting with to see if it works. They've also said that the facial data is securely saved and cannot be accessed by anybody including their own staff. But it's indeed quite alarming considering the fact that there are so many other cases of poor data handling. In fact, if you dig deep into Chaayos' terms and conditions, it says there's no guarantee that a customer data would always remain private to the company and we shouldn't expect it to always remain private. It certainly raises a lot of questions. You can read it if you want by clicking right here. Going through @chaayos terms and condition. This line, among so many others, stood out. This could be a on a t-shirt. pic.twitter.com/T4myye2WwC — Nikhil Pahwa , https://mstdn.social/@nixxin (@nixxin) November 21, 2019 They even say that "Your use of the website and voluntarily providing above-mentioned Personal information through facial recognition feature at the outlet/ store of the company constitutes your CONSENT to all the terms and conditions contained in this privacy policy (as amended from time to time) and you shall be bound by the same." Look, Biometric information is sensitive data and we don't think you should be giving out valuable data just like that for no valid reason. Yes, the system hasn't been installed at all Chaayos outlets and they say it's highly secure, but it's best if you use the standard OTP option. We're glad that Chaayos is giving an option to completely opt-out of the biometric option and even delete all your pictures from their database. You can also continue using Chaayos and buy their products without providing your phone number too. Here's an official statement given to MensXP by Chaayos - "At Chaayos, we are extremely conscious about our customer's data security and privacy and are committed to protecting it. Data from the facial recognition feature is encrypted and cannot be accessed by any party, including Chaayos itself except for the purpose of logging-in our customers. There is no third party sharing of the data for any purpose. And Chaayos does not use or process this information for any other purpose. Moreover, customers have the right to not opt in for facial recognition feature and instead use their phone number to enjoy benefits of our loyalty program. Even providing phone number is not mandatory to enjoy a cup of chai or other products at Chaayos. We also provide our customers with a permanent “Opt-out” feature on our website, where-in they can choose to permanently delete their pictures captured by our systems at any point of time . Our café staff are also well trained to help customers register or opt-out of the feature." In a country like India where there are no norms for using facial recognition and no privacy laws, this is just asking for more trouble. The idea of buying a cup of tea much quickly without having to go through the hassle of OTP sounds like a good idea, but it comes with its fair share of risks. After all, we're living in a world where sensitive data can be turned against us at any time. It's always a good practise to go through all the terms and conditions and know the system better before using them. View the full article
  16. Arguably one of the greatest English footballers of all time, Frank Lampard enthralled fans with his long-range screamers on the field and, a calm and composed demeanour off it. With 29 goals for England and a record 211 goals for Chelsea (in all competitions), Lampard was undoubtedly the best midfielder of his generation. Cherished by fans and respected by opponents, Lampard bid a teary adieu to his professional footballing career in 2017. But, the Chelsea legend couldn't stay away from the sport as he returned to football, this time in the managerial role, when he joined Championship club Derby County as their manager in 2018. And, for a man who thrived in the role of a midfielder, Lampard seems to be carving his own niche in the managerial role with the same vigour that once saw him capture the imagination of fans as a footballer. The 40-year-old has been having the time of his life with Derby County. And, more recently, he enjoyed his best night as a football manager on 16th May. © Reuters Building on, what is turning out to be a terrific season for them, Lampard guided Derby County to the Championship playoff semifinals after finishing sixth in the league. After losing the first leg 1-0 at Pride Park, Lampard helped Derby in staging a spectacular comeback in the second leg as they hammered Leeds United 4-2 to ensure they are now just a win away from joining the big boys in the coveted Premier League next season. ð¤©#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/n74XgRafGa — Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 17, 2019 Incredible scenes as the Derby players sing “Stop Crying Frank Lampard” in the changing room ð ð¥ @dcfcofficial pic.twitter.com/0kmOIuULh9 — ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) May 15, 2019 The thrilling comeback win understandably called for celebrations which, as expected, went long into the night. Derby County players and staff celebrated their triumph at the King's Head in Duffield. The pub also shared a video of them celebrating their playoff victory. And, if that wasn't enough, the fact that Lampard and his boys wracked up a 2,800-pound (over Rs 2.50 lakh) bill in their post-match celebrations, shows what victory really meant to this bunch. ð» - 209 beers ð¥ - 75 Jaegermeisters ð¸ - 64 shots of Vodka ....and 1 diet coke! 𥤠@dcfcofficials's Frank Lampard took his players out after their play-off semi-final win over @LUFC and it looks like they certainly enjoyed themselves...ð pic.twitter.com/aujxl99JUn — Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 17, 2019 But, it was Lampard, once again, who ran away with all the praise - this time for being the responsible manager. It has been learned that Lampard took care of the hefty bill that was accumulated through 209 beers, 75 jagers, 54 sambuca shots and 38 tequila shots. Well, if that's how the Derby is going to celebrate in the Championship, we can't help but wonder what this lot will do once they come to play in the Premier League.
  17. Who doesn't like to have a nice meal with great ambiance at the next new restaurant that's opened around the corner? We all do, isn't it?. We want to explore the latest, the most delicious food options available around us. And we want to do it all without having to shell out the big bucks. We are the generation that wants MORE and luckily for us, the guys at Dineout are all celebrating the millennial way of life with their #MonthOfMore. This month, you can explore the best of restaurants, eat lavish meals and go club-hoping, all at a flat 50% off thanks to Dineout's Great Indian Restaurant Festival 2019. During this #MonthOfMore, you'll not only get a discount on your food bill but also your drinks, buffet meals and more at over 6000+ restaurants in 11 cities across India. Overall, there are many explosive deals that you can Book Now on the Dineout app. These include: 50% Off Total Bill With this one, you've hit the jackpot. You don't need to focus on regular 1+1 offers and other limited deals. With Dineout's GIRF'19, you will get a flat 50% off on your total bill which includes food as well as drinks. The best part is you have an exciting list of restaurants to choose from like Warehouse Café, Tamasha, Lord of the Drinks and more! 50% Off Food Staying off drinks? Don't worry, make the most of the food offers and ask the chef to bring out the most expensive dish on the menu. And while you are at it, forget one cuisine and explore a plethora of different palates. You can explore a mix of restaurants like Mainland China, Punjab Grill, Chili's American Diner and more. Pexels 50% Off Buffet Now, this is what I call food heaven. Buffet meals are the best! The spread of appetizers, main course and desserts will just make your mouth water thinking about it. And because it's the #MonthOfMore, we get to enjoy this exquisite goodness at a flat 50% off. You can choose restaurants like Little Italy, Aloft, Lemon Tree Hotels, LaLit Hotel and more. 50% Off Alcohol Grab your friends and head out pub-hopping now! Because this offer is only going to last this month! All you need to do is get your gang together, set a time and place and make it a night to remember with the flat 50% off your alcohol bill. You can hop to places like Big Brewski Brewing Company, Hoppipola, Social, TGI Fridays, Smoke House Deli and more. Pexels And More Explosive Deals If you are big on fast foods, set meals and combos we suggest you grab this offer fast because this is a big one! You can get up to 70% off on GIRF at participating outlets like McDonalds, Chaayos, Pizza Hut, Wow Momos and more without even making a reservation. Also, you can get an additional 50% cashback on your booking fee by using a HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. My month of indulgence is here and I'm already booking my deals on Dineout before it's too late, what about you?
  18. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in India, which was passed in 2016, has come under grave scrutiny and protests in the North-East, especially in Assam and Meghalaya. The bill claims to be 'politically motivated' in these regions and has been termed 'anti-Assam' by BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad and has also been cruised by other regional parties. (c)Twitter The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was formulated by the government in order to change the deification of illegal immigrants in the country. The bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in July 2016, seeks to amend the citizenship act of 1955, to provide citizenship to illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who're either Hindu, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists or Parsis. The bill also aims to reduce the amount of time for staying in India to become a citizen in the first place. So, instead of 11 years, a minimum of 6 years of staying in the country would be required, if the bill is passed. (c)Twitter Following the new amendment made to the bill, Assam and Meghalaya reacted to it in a grim manner saying the move would make Assam a dumping ground for all Bangladeshi Hindus. The BJP coalition partner have threatened to cut ties with the party if the bill is passed as the locals believe it will affect the cultural identity and linguistics of the indigenous people of the state. Assam since then has been on protest on the passing of the bill as they believe the long standing concern over the issues of refugees is not going to be put to rest if the bill is in action. (c)Twitter The younger folks in the states have been very upfront about the government's agenda and have questioned it time and again. The ferociousness of their honesty is met with little or no answers so far. A few days ago a young 19-year-old boy Rahul Rajkhowa took to YouTube and posted a rap protesting the bill. The rapper adds, that while the government cannot even help rescue 15 miners stuck in an illegal coal mine, they're hell-bent on helping people from foreign countries based on their religion. The rap ends with the line "...and your agenda for progress is fake" and leaves us gutted with what young people from the North-Eastern states feel at the arms of apathy and agenda pushing. Watch the video here: (c)Twitter While the protests still continue against the BJP-led government in Assam over this bill, with All Assam Student Union (AASU) waving their black flags at the CM Sarbananda Sonwal, we're not sure what the end result might be. We just hope the government realises the fallacies and problematic situations that may arise with the bill in action and take a relevant step towards ensuring uniformity and peace in the region, instead.
  19. From her extroverted yet rebellious character in 'Tanu Weds Manu', to her bravely innocuous and underrated character in 'Queen', Kangana has come a long way to reach where all the A-list stars in Bollywood are at the moment. Her ability to direct her way towards more meaningful and wholesome roles is an added quality to her personality and she carries her strength as a woman, very comfortably, all around her. So much so, we really couldn't think of anyone else who would aptly fit the role of Manikarnika, from 'Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi'. (c)Zee Studios The role demanded someone who was very comfortable in their skin yet fierce and bold in their ideology, just like Jhansi ki Rani was. After the release of 'Queen', Kangana thought of pursuing a more technical side to films and hence thought of her stance as a director. After what seemed like a struggle of putting the beautiful film in front of a billion people, she proudly shares directorial credits with Krish Jagalamudi, for 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi'. (c)Twitter Rani Laxmibai was an epitome of survival of the fittest and gave gender roles another realm altogether when she contributed her half to fight for India's first war on independence. If anyone fits the bill to reincarnate her persona on screen, it's Kangana and here are some reasons why! (1) Her Determination To Achieve Anything While Kangana has come into the limelight for many controversies regarding her personal stance in life, her grit and determination to move forward and stand her ground has stood first and foremost. From her stand on the #MeToo movement to her fight to tell the truth about her past abusive relationships, she's managed to survive the fittest notions about being a strong powerful and determined woman and that clearly reflects in her character play as Manikarnika, in the movie. Manikarnika fought hard against the British rule to keep her kingdom intact and fought for her people rather than bowing down to the British. Her actual determination to achieve that dream and fight for it, is what makes Kangana more fitting to play the role. (c)Zee Studios (2) Her Tryst With Trying Tougher Roles If you remember her first movie, 'Gangster', you would know how complex that role was for a debutant and yet she bagged a Filmfare award for her performance for it. Kangana has always taken a variety of challenging roles, which make her characters stand out and you can never forget them. For instance, in 'Fashion', she played a model who was a drug addict, a role which is hard to fit into. Even though Priyanka stole the limelight for the film, Kangana's feature was well appreciated too. After taking numerous challenging roles to experiment and play with, she was truly deserving of one of the most challenging roles and she did fair justice to it as well. (c)Zee Studios (3) She's Fearless Kangana has always been known as someone who doesn't fear anyone. From calling Karan Johar the 'flag-bearer of nepotism' in the industry to speaking up against the Karni Sena threats, this woman fears nothing. She's always fighting her own battles fearlessly and has a strong belief system. So much so, people look up to her for the same. This is one of the main reasons why she fits the bill to play Manikarnika because her personality, as a whole, reflects her on-screen presence and makes the character more real and vivacious. (c)Zee Studios No, this isn't a paid article or a PR stunt to promote Kangana or her acting prowess. This is a critical review of someone who is a perfectionist in every right from someone who loved watching her on-screen and sharing a perspective or two. I really hope 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' does phenomenally well, because it's not just about Kangana's prowess to nail the role but a story about a legend who should never be forgotten. Watch the trailer here
  20. What, according to you, does a day in a billionaire's life look like? Thanks to Jordan Belfort from 'Wolf of the Wall Street', we can imagine most of it. But, that is reel-life. In real life, people who are rich beyond our imagination live just like us. There are days when they crave a burger, coke and fries; so they head to their favourite restaurant to grab one. No, they don't fly in their private chopper to get them airlifted from the restaurant, they stand in queue and patiently wait for their chance to come, JUST like any of us. Sounds impossible? Then maybe, it's just Bill Gates. © Reuters Microsoft founder, Bill Gates was spotted waiting in a line at Dick's Drive-In in Seattle over the weekend, for a burger meal that costs roughly around $8. Gates was standing casually in queue just like anyone else. If you thought he was some neighbourhood uncle waiting for his burger, trust me you won't be alone in thinking so. There was no celebrity air around him, and probably that's the reason why people around him couldn't identify him, or were in disbelief that the man standing in front of him is worth more than $95 billion. The picture was posted on social media by a man named Mike Galos, who mentioned that it was clicked by an ex-Microsoft employee and was originally posted on a closed Microsoft alumni board. He wrote, "When you're worth about $100,000,000,000, run the largest charity in the history of the world and stand in line for a burger, fries and Coke at Dick's like the rest of us...THIS is how real rich people behave unlike the gold toilet seat wannabe poser in the White House." People say, "A picture is worth a thousand words", but this picture of Bill Gates is a priceless souvenir of humility and modesty we all need to learn from.
  21. What would you do if you had the chance to interact with one of the world's most richest man that there is? Coming across such an opportunity would give us the power to shower them with some of our most eager questions! So, finally, when the opportunity presents itself, we will surely have the most superb (read eccentric) queries to pose to our heroes. © Reuters The world knows him as the face of Microsoft, or as the possessor of the former 'World's Richest Man' title. We are talking about Bill Gates, and the man is currently second only to Amazon's Jeff Bezos in terms of their riches. Gates holds the second rank on the list of world's richest men, and he is currently worth $90 billions as per Forbes' 'World Billionaires 2018' list. World's richest or not, generations of young students, entrepreneurs and professionals have been inspired by Gates' vision and achievements. Millions of people around the globe look up to him for the inspiration that he is. Similarly, Gates never disappoints his admirers and tries to interact with them as often as possible. © Reuters During his last interaction,Gates participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on social networking site Reddit. While numerous questions were posed by eager participants, the response to UncomfortableChuckle's question has shed new light on Bill Gates beliefs and ideologies. UncomfortableChuckle asked Bill Gates, “If you could give 19-year-old Bill Gates some advice, what would it be?” and Gates' response has been nothing less than a revelation. One read, and we realise that such clarity of thought and depth in perception only comes from experiencing life and being at the very top of the financial ladder. © Reuters Yet, every word that left Gates' mouth in response to the question are such gems, that we cannot help but admit that no school in the world would ever want us to learn about it. However, Gates swears by it and we can totally understand why. Here's the advice Bill Gates would like to give his younger self, that we can relate to as well: “I would explain that smartness is not single dimensional and not quite as important as I thought it was back then. I would say you might explore the developing world before you get into your forties. I wasn't very good socially back then, but I am not sure there is advice that would fix that — maybe I had to be awkward and just grow up?” © Reuters Allow us to break it down for your better understanding. There seem to be three very significant things that Gates is talking about, and here is exactly what you need to know about the life-altering advice: 1. Unlike What School Tries To Tell You, Being Smart Isn't Everything What Gates seems to be saying at the very onset is that smartness comes in many shapes and sizes, and it isn't the only prerogative that promises success. On the other hand, Bill Gates is actually suggesting that one must keep the curiosity alive and never stop gaining more knowledge. 2. Travel Should Top Your To-Do List Bill Gates then suggests that exploring the world while one is still young and able should turn into a priority. Travelling around the world and exploring new places and cultures allows a person to become more perceptive and aware, which helps them gain personal and professional insights. © Reuters One such exploration in South Africa changed Bill Gates and his wife's perception when they witnessed what extreme poverty and diseases looked it. Gates called the experience “phenomenal” and the couple later went on to establish the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to fight poverty and hunger around the world. 3. Being Shy Doesn't Make You 'Weird' The last thing Gates pointed out was that being shy isn't as weird as people suggest it to be. One should be okay with how they are, shy or not, and make the most of their strengths. Surely you remember how our teachers told the shy kids in the class to “speak up more often”, “participate more often” and the likes. All of this makes complete sense. The man gets the things our school hardly ever understood.
  22. Damn it! It's like my social media feed has been hijacked by some guy named 'Kaleen Bhaiya'. Everywhere I look, every scroll I take, I bump into at least one mention of 'Kaleen Bhaiya' who is apparently calling out to everyone on my feed. View this post on Instagram Jana toh padega...Kaleen Bhaiya ne bulaya hai A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Oct 8, 2018 at 5:37am PDT When Sir Ravindra Jadeja calls people, they come running. But yeh Kaleen bhaiya kaun hai? Woh bulaaye toh jaana chahiye kya? — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) October 8, 2018 View this post on Instagram Sab kuch chod ke, chale hum Kaleen Bhaiya se milne. Wish me luck! #KaleenBhaiya A post shared by Faisal Khan (@faisalkhan30) on Oct 7, 2018 at 11:31pm PDT Now, who is he? What does he want and why is he online? Well, I went into an overdrive and have come up with these 5 very convincing conspiracy theories about the man himself. Let's go through each one of them: New age Tamraj Kilvish? Chrometechny For all die-hard Shaktiman fans, a little birdie told us that Shaktiman might be coming back. Do you remember the arch nemesis of the most famous superhero, Shaktiman – Tamraj Kilvish and his killer tagline - “Andera Kayam rahe”. Maybe Kaleen bhaiya is the new super villain to our new age Shaktiman? A great superhero deserves a great supervillain after all! An Underground Don Who Has Finally Resurrected? Vectorstock So from my day-long research on social media, I feel I might have cracked this mystery about Kaleen Bhaiya's identity. He could be one of Mumbai's very own don/bhai who has finally resurrected- straight onto the lap of our beloved social media. Do you think Chota Shakeel might be the brain behind this? Is he the reason why millennials are running helter-skelter on the internet? So who could be his target? Indian Version Of 'The Ring'? Fanpop Is Kaleen Bhaiya a desi, 4G super speed era version of the ghost from 'The Ring'. You get a phone call and then you die in 4 days? Is It An Android/Computer Virus? The IT Guys What if this is the work of some malicious virus that is wreaking havoc in our lives? This infected virus could be the reason why our lives are acting up in the worst possible manner. So that's how viruses are named in 2018? Bigg Boss' Wild Card Entry? Twitter Oh, why did we not think of this? Bigg Boss is already gripping viewers all across the country. So could Kaleen Bhaiya be a wild card entrant on the show? Well, these are just some of the conspiracy theories around Kaleen Bhaiya that we can think of. If you too have seen social media erupting with Kaleen Bhaiya's stories, then do write in the comment section who you think he is. C'mon, reveal your identity already Kaleen bhaiya!
  23. The might of an actor lies in their ability to act, yes, but it is equally about creating an impact capable of leaving the audience intrigued and hooked on for more. An actor does not just portray a character and performs on stage or the screen, but also works on the delivery that does justice to the demands of the character and renders it memorable to every theatre or movie-goer. While we talk about such fine actors, there's got to be a mention of the man of the moment, who has every cinema enthusiast going gaga about the endless possibilities over a particular '007' development. © Reuters News has surfaced that we might be looking at Idris Elba as the next “double-o-seven” in the making and we couldn't be more satisfied with the choice. Known best for his dynamic acting skills and a voice that has played a pivotal role to making many roles highly memorable (think Shere Khan in the 'Jungle Book'), we bear no doubts that Idris makes for a great fit as “Bond, James Bond” in the upcoming movies after Daniel Craig's departure from the franchise next year. More On The Man Himself © Reuters For those who might not be well aware of the man in question, Idris Elba is a 45-year-old British actor, who has made a name and carved a niche for himself in Hollywood. Fondly remembered for his stellar performance as Stringer in 'The Wire' and BBC's home production drama 'Luther', Idris has time and again showed the world that he holds immense potential to go from suave to ruthless and from sinister to disarming in a matter of few characters (or even frames for that matter). The news of him having potentially bagged the role of 007 started doing the rounds when he posted this intriguing tweet - my name's Elba, Idris Elba. pic.twitter.com/kEyyaVg8JX — Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 12, 2018 This got the tabloids into a frenzy and the news soon hit the screens across the world. However, within a little while, after the 'hype' began to gain momentum, Elba posted a new tweet that acted as sort of a killjoy to all the premature celebrations. This is what he had to say - Don't believe the HYPE... — Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 12, 2018 While we agree that we'd love to have a confirmation, this tweet has, however, left all of us hanging and we simply can't wait for a confirmation (or sadly even a denial) on the rumours! Now, while we have been voicing our support for this choice, you surely didn't expect us to leave you hanging without giving you valid reasons for it. Here are Elba's performances in 5 major productions that will re-affirm that he is indeed the best choice for the iconic role. 1. Stringer Bell From 'The Wire' © YouTube We had to kick off our argument with this one. The character of Stringer Bell portrayed by Elba in 'The Wire' is perhaps how the world went gaga over the man. His captivating and charismatic take on the aide de camp to a drug lord Barksdale, goes well with the cool and panache exhibited by Bond in difficult situations. Stringer Bell is calm and calculative with a display of intelligence we identify with 007. Convincingly cutthroat and well assessed in his means to achieve his targets, Bell reminds us of Bond's obsession of completing his missions to the T. 2. John Luther From 'Luther' © YouTube The titular role that put Elba on the map was that of detective John Luther who exhibited more than a few similarities to Bond's ways in this show. The otherwise calm Luther's demeanour stood out in greater contrast when he lost his cool, again reminding us of Bond, who is known to play to cool and sharp at all times. The show's violent edge also comes in handy when we're trying to pitch the two characters' combating skills against each. Severe and exuding vibes that scream danger, Luther chooses to stay aloof and within a shell, with not many friendships to count on, much like Bond. 3. Commandant From 'Beasts Of No Nation' © YouTube Another one of Elba's memorable portrayals, he does justice to the characters that are complex and flawed with defunct morals. His portrayal of a brutal and nuanced commandant or leader of a militia sets him as the predator who fights for the cause. The Commandant stands as an example of how situations can turn any man into a beast. The character and its struggles are relatable and on the other hand, remind us of Bond and his skilled antics and methods to achieve his goal without caring about the means. Charisma, strategy and resources all pulled into one - like Commandant, like Bond! 4. Nelson Mandela From 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' © YouTube When most actors shuddered at the idea, Elba came through as the perfect fit to play one of the world's most loved political leaders of all times. The stellar performance he renders in the movie befits Mandela's amazing life story. Elba effortlessly presented the leader's struggles and strengths, thereby giving the world a closer look at the man's life. From the myriad shades of Mandela that he showcases on the screen, it can be said that he possesses the capability to portray the multi-hued and demanding character of James Bond. 5. Stacker Pentecost From 'Pacific Rim' © YouTube The leader of the pack and the one who sounded the cry of war and claimed his right to might, Marshal Stacker Pentecost came through as the ideal person to look up to. The depth of character and gravity that he showcases sets him in line to take up Bond's role in the truest sense. Pentecost is stern but can be kind too, just like Bond is to M, and knows just the right way to make people follow his commands. © Reuters Based on the many skills and acting calibre exhibited by Elba over the years and across various genres of film and drama, we bear no doubt in our minds that he is indeed a great choice for Bond and is more than capable of doing justice to the iconic character.
  24. For a man who lurked in the shadows of prominent stars for the better part of his playing career, Aakash Chopra still had a fairly decent run in the domestic circuit. Playing for Delhi, he scored 783 runs in the 2007-08 season to guide his team to the Ranji Trophy title. The same season saw him scoring 310 runs and playing a pivotal role in North Zone's title-winning campaign in the Duleep Trophy. Post-retirement, Chopra began his second innings in cricket and quickly became one of the most highly sought after commentators and analysts of the game. Thanks to his know-how of the game, the 40-year-old has struck a chord with Indian fans, who have been ardent followers of the former Delhi cricketer on social media. © BCCL He is one of those rare individuals, who has the capability of influencing the minds of fans and drawing a reaction, something that many can only dream of. A similar incident came to the fore recently, when Chopra shared a photograph of what looked like a restaurant bill on social media. Paid nearly 7 Lac for a meal ðð¤£ðð Welcome to Indonesia ð®ð©ð pic.twitter.com/LYySPXPN3c — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 15, 2018 While the food items - which mainly included Indian vegetarian dishes - appeared in order, it was the total amount of the bill that left everyone scratching their heads. The former Indian cricketer apparently paid close to 7 lakh for what looked like an ordinary meal in Indonesia. "Paid nearly 7 Lac for a meal. Welcome to Indonesia," he tweeted. Known for his wit and humour, Chopra was trying to poke fun at his fans by claiming that he paid 7 lakh for a meal. But, in reality, he paid 7 lakh Indonesian rupiah, which translates to around Rs 3,300. While some fans came up with witty replies, others trolled the Indian commentator for his post. Translates to approx. 3500 in Indian rupees :) — Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) July 15, 2018 How cheap is this even not a engineer get 7 lakh per annum — Suraj Mishra (@SurajMi51087850) July 15, 2018 Akash bhai sorry to say....but this post not suitable to u bcz u r always been a good analyst... So u have to analyse money exchange before u post....bdw for your commentary 100% ...love — CA. Shailesh Prajapati (@Shailes93594208) July 15, 2018 Not a person to judge but Indonesia me bhi chole bhature??? Kamaal karte ho.. — MMG (@OldThibido) July 16, 2018 Hope the Veg Kebab was worth the price of 135k! 𤪠— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) July 15, 2018 Never understood why Indians go abroad and eat from an Indian restaurant. — Nikhil srikumar (@NikhilSrikumar) July 15, 2018 Bhai utney mein aadmi 2 baar Court marraige karley , woh v Taj mein Party dey kay !! — Debabrata Nayak (@nayak_debabrata) July 15, 2018 Haha curry is 90K while kulcha is 123K :-) — Hiren Patel (@hirenvpatel) July 15, 2018 ððItna Sara rupia hazam karlia !! — Aritra Dey (@Captain_akshay) July 16, 2018
  25. Bill Shine departs after a meeting with Donald Trump, the then-US President-elect, at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has announced that...
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