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  1. Photo: Reuters Kuwait's government Wednesday said that reports of US troops withdrawal Camp Arifjan were incorrect and that the state news agency was hacked which had made the claim. Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) apparently reported on Wednesday that Kuwait's defence minister received a letter from the commander in chief of a US military camp in Kuwait "declaring imminent withdrawal of all US military forces in three days." "Receiving such letter from Camp Arifjan was unexpected and we are communicating with US Department of Defense for more details and information,” the agency had reported the minister as saying. Also read: Aramco shares hit lowest level since market debut as US-Iran tensions rise Top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was killed last week in a US strike on Baghdad´s international airport, which led to escalation of tension between the two countries. The Pentagon had said US President Donald Trump ordered Soleimani's "killing," after a pro-Iran mob this week laid siege to the US embassy. Declaring three days of mourning across the country, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to take "severe revenge" for Soleimani´s death. In a response to the US strike that killed Al Quds commander Qassem Soleimani, Iran fired multiple surface-to-surface ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that housed American troops. This was the first time that Iran has directly engaged the US military in conflict as previously the two countries waged battles against each other through proxies and militias.
  2. India is the best country in the world if you’ve a Canadian citizenship, says Indian artist Bollywood stars are reacting to a recent incident of violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) that saw several students injured at the hands of ruling party supporters. Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and many other actors have condemned the use of force against the students, expressing their support to the victims of the violence. Joining the chorus of condemnations, Indian comedian Kunal Kamra lamented the state of affairs in his country. The artist took a jibe at India with a sarcastic tweet that read: "India is the best country in the world if you’ve a Canadian Citizenship..." The JNU incident comes on the heels of a wave of protests that gripped the entire South Asian country over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a law that discriminates against Muslims.
  3. To mark the fifth anniversary of the Army Public School (APS) massacre, Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed that he will not allow the militant mindset to take over the country, reported Radio Pakistan.In his message, PM Imran pledged that the militants will not be allowed to hold the nation hostage to its “bigoted vision”.The premier said the blood of the innocent united the entire nation against all forms of extremism, terrorism, violence and hatred. The PM also lauded the sacrifices of the armed forces, police and law enforcing agencies in the fight against terrorism.Also read: The mothers of APS martyrs: Waiting on a promise, longing for justiceWhile, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the APS carnage will never be forgotten.General Bajwa’s remark were shared by Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Twitter."Five of the involved terrorists have been hanged through military courts,” the army chief said as he offered a "salute to the martyrs and their families"."We have come a long way in failing terrorism as a nation. United we move towards lasting peace and prosperity of Pakistan,” he added. Nation cannot forget the massacre of little angels/teachers President Arif Alvi in his message said "the nation cannot forget the massacre of little angels and teachers of APS."The president's office tweeted: "Hard to commemorate this day without tears in one's eyes."Also read: Remembering the martyrs of APS tragedyPresident Alvi reiterated the country's "pledge to root out terrorism and extremism in all its manisfestations". On December 16, 2014, terrorists stormed the army-run school and martyred around 150 people, including more than 130 young students. The incident shook the country and resulted in the formation of a National Action Plan to stem extremism and terrorism in the country, as well as the creation of military courts to try "hardcore" terrorists.
  4. A self-proclaimed 'godman' who goes by the name of Swami Nithyananda has been in the news for various reasons for quite a while now. You've probably read about him, seen his forwarded videos on Whatsapp or God forbid, actually know a devotee of his, but chances are, you are fairly acquainted with this personality. Our nation is a melting pot of culture and various religious beliefs which have co-existed since time immemorial. Swami Nithyananda is one such businessman, if one may call him who is the founder of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, which has numerous trusts, ashrams and temples across various countries. Back in 2010, he first became controversy's friend when a *** tape starring him leaked online and his public image suffered a major blow. With time, the row flew away like dust because, in India, faith is bigger than facts, sometimes, right? His divine intervention and people devoting themselves to his teachings continued just like before and soon, all was well. People who are firm believers of logic have been going out of their way to defy his videos, teachings and school of thought but sadly, none of their efforts have been able to stop his bank balance from soaring steadily. Nithyananda grabbed eyeballs when he was accused of rape and several cases under Sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural ***), 420 (cheating), 114 (criminal abetment), 201 (disappearance of evidence, giving false information), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and other charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) were filed against him. © Twitter In a rather interesting yet highly disturbing development, Nithyananda, a giant public figure with a pending criminal record against him, managed to flee the country leaving a stack of charges in his wake, but then again, we are not surprised because turns out, while it is a herculean task for the common man to get a passport and a visa and wait in queues and go through security checks, the 'most wanted' people of our nation can just fly away with no consequences. And now, to add a cherry on top of the cake, Swami Nithyananda has apparently created a new nation of his own, a Hindu sovereign country called 'Kailaasa'. According to various sources, 'Kailaasa' has been found on an island near Ecuador in Latin America. Want to know more about this newfound country? Check out its dedicated website which you can access here. According to the website, 'Kailaasa is a nation without borders created by dispossessed Hindus from around the world who lost the right to practice Hinduism authentically in their own countries'. There are various links, which are not updated yet, but which supposedly let you make donations and even become a citizen. © Kailasa Also, the economy is apparently a 'dharmic' one where cryptocurrency will be accepted and will also soon have a passport of its own. Talking about passports, Swami Nithyananda's Indian passport was also expired when he fled the country, which I think is not a big deal at all. What is happening in our democracy and why is it happening, I cannot fathom. What I do know is that until we, as humans, continue giving other mortals the status of a God, who is probably not taking care of his disciples, then we are simply inviting doom. It's one thing to be motivated and inspired by someone's teachings but being duped is another story. Well, for now, let's wait for some information about how this 'nation' is going to function and how the 'godman' actually managed to fly out with an expired legal document in the first place. Who do we really turn to for the answers here? View the full article
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  6. ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman threatened to shut down the entire country, on Sunday. The JUI-F chief was speaking to the Azadi March protesters at the H-9 venue when he said that the time was up for Prime...
  7. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Naeem ul Haque, lashed out at JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday after he threatened the premier with 'arrest'. Taking to Twitter, Naeemul Haque said that Fazl had fooled the country for decades...
  8. Hi, I'm 23 and I have only travelled to like 3 countries in my life. That's it. But, a 21-year-old just became the youngest person ever to travel to every single country in the world. Recently, Lexie Alford managed to reach probably the most difficult country to step in - North Korea - and completed her mission of travelling across the world's 196 sovereign nations. View this post on Instagram OFFICIALLY TRAVELED TO EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLDð𤯠â â â â â â â â â it's crazy to have years of hard work culminate into one single moment. I'm so grateful to everyone that's helped me get here. The greatest chapter of my life is coming to a close. Cheers to a new beginning ðâ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â Photos by @thomasbrag A post shared by Lexie Alford (@lexielimitless) on Jun 1, 2019 at 5:27pm PDT Right now, she hasn't officially broken the Guinness World Record as all of her 10,000 pieces of evidence is being verified but I'm guessing she's made it. Turns out, she started on this record-breaking journey without even knowing about it. Since her family owned a travel agency, she has been travelling to new places since she was a kid. She said, “Travel has been a part of my life since before I can remember. My parents would take me out of school and place me on independent study for weeks and months at a time every year.” View this post on Instagram 5 in-person trips to the embassy in Los Angeles, 2 formal interviews, 3 different tour companies/fixers, 2 LOIs, countless phone calls and 6 months later I finally made it to PAKISTAN ðµð° â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â The media always exaggerates and blows out of proportion but so far I can't get enough of this incredible country! Every day has brought not only new tastes & sights but also a renewed sense of appreciation for the kindness of people in faraway places. Even this truck driver's nice way of telling me to move out of the way was to just start driving forward slowly ðâ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â Thank you so much @cpicglobal for making this dream come true for me! A post shared by Lexie Alford (@lexielimitless) on Apr 27, 2019 at 11:26pm PDT She added, “My parents placed a lot of importance on exposing me to every way of life around the world and that had a very profound impact on the person I am today. I've always had a curiosity about other people's ways of life and how they find happiness.” View this post on Instagram Roasting marshmallows over the DOOR TO HELL ð¥ â â â â â â â â Last week I was camping in the middle of nowhere with @fearlessandfar & a bunch of drunk Russian speaking men. Being fed way too much food from the kindest locals and running around this pit of fire was definitely one of the most epic & memorable nights of my life. No one really knows how Darvaza Crater was created but it's been burning for over 40 years. Its such a fitting addition to this otherwise mysterious landscape. Have you ever seen anything like this before?? 𤯠#Turkmenistan A post shared by Lexie Alford (@lexielimitless) on Mar 26, 2019 at 2:00pm PDT She seriously went after the record just a couple of years ago when she turned 18. She realized she had already been to 72 countries and decided to take up the challenge and break the record. She said, “The very first time I thought about breaking the world record was in October 2016 in my home, California. I graduated from high school two years early and had gotten an associate's degree from a local college. I was ready to start my gap year when I dropped the idea of going back to school and began to pursue the record full-time.” And, she pays for everything herself as well: “I always knew I wanted to take time off to travel so I've been working every job I could find and saving since I was 12-years-old.” View this post on Instagram Curious girl ð A post shared by Lexie Alford (@lexielimitless) on Oct 23, 2018 at 10:30am PDT She also talked about how she manages her finances so she can go to new places and have new experiences. She said, “I do a lot of research in advance to find the best deals, utilize points and miles for my flights, stay in cheap accommodation like hostels or create content for hotels in exchange for accommodation. I've also made sure to keep my monthly overhead as low as possible by living at home with my parents, I don't have a car payment or student debt and I don't spend my money on unnecessary material possessions.” (Well, these are some useful tips for everyone with 'wanderlust' in their Instagram bios) View this post on Instagram Wakanda sunsets ðâ â â â â â â â â How many photos do you have on your camera roll? I'm almost to 23,000ð I think I may have a problem #sendhelp A post shared by Lexie Alford (@lexielimitless) on Jul 31, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT Here's her entire story and it can actually be pretty inspiring for people who want to travel, not gonna lie.
  9. Game Of Throne's final season is just around the corner and I bet every 'GoT' fan is sitting at the edge of their seats, wondering what to expect for the next one month. In India alone, people are throwing 'Game of Thrones' theme parties, doing season re-runs and taking one quiz after the other to catch up with whatever they've missed out on, so they're in tune with the latest episodes. It's phenomenal really, how the most watched show on earth has put people together in such an awesome way. HBO Just recently, Instagram came up with some interesting data concerning Indian 'Game Of Thrones' fans and we believe it to be absolutely true and alarming at the same time. The data was gathered by Instagram depending on the relevant GoT conversations happening on the platform since the last 30 days and a lot of information regarding fan theories and watching habits were revealed. HBO In the data summation, it was gathered that India ranks fourth when it comes to discussing 'Game Of Thrones' on Intagram, and of course it was the fourth country across the globe which is most excited for the final season! The number one to be most excited about GoT is USA, then Brazil, Great Britain, India and then Germany. Which means, Indians on Instagram do interact about what they're looking forward to the most or about probable theories that could come to light in the final season. The level of attraction where GoT is concerned is a lot higher than any other topic on Instagram, according to the data. HBO The influence of GoT across all channels is so prominent that even dating apps like OkCupid have a relevant GoT feature on their app. They have made it possible for daters to date each other according to their favourite TV show and since GoT ranks the charts, users have been allotted GoT badges to help them find their perfect match based on the favourite GoT character or kingdom. I think that's fairly innovative and a great conversation starter to say the least! HBO Another fascinating data search found that many Indians also have favourite characters and are looking forward to their screen time in season eight. The most talked about GoT characters on Indian Instagram are Jon Snow, ranking number 1, followed by Daenerys Targaryen, Aarya Stark, Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister. So three Straks, two Targaryen's and one Lannister, who probably is a Targaryen according a popular fan theory, is who people want to watch in season 8! Not bad if I must say so myself. The nominated characters on Instagram actually all have a wise fan theory behind them, that's why their demand to see them again is most talked about. Well, most people just want to see what happens between Dany and Jon next TBH! HBO So, in case you're a GoT fan and you have participated on Instagram discussing the show, you're responsible for this apt and accurate data accumulation a day before the final season is out and we're happy we're progressing towards pop-culture in a slow yet steady manner. Here's to hoping all your theories and wishes regarding the series see the light of day!
  10. Every 80s or 90s kid has seen at least one Star Wars movie if not the entire series, which although consists of a lot of chapters, is worth a session of binge-watching (other than 'Solo', do NOT watch 'Solo'). Other than the fact that the series introduced us to one of the most iconic bad guys in Darth Vader and the wisest philosopher and master period, in Yoda, the elaborate lightsaber duels between the good and the evil was a primary reason for the geeks and nerds to stay up all night in long lines just to buy the movie tickets to the George Lucas classics. The whole concept of energy swords used for melee combats or for deflecting blaster bolts has been timeless and is one of the ideal weapons to have during the time of an apocalypse (personal choice). © AP Anyhow, it appears as if the Frenchmen responsible for sports in the country are bigger Star War geeks than the rest of the world took them to be. A nation of sword-fighting and fencing fans, France has officially recognised lightsaber dueling as a real sport. Believe it or not, the French Fencing Federation took this decision to encourage the younger generation to participate in the game instead of staying glued to their mobile phones and video game consoles. © AP “With young people today, it's a real public health issue,” federation secretary general Serge Aubailly told AP. “They don't do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs. It's becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one's thumbs.” Here are the two basic rules of lightsaber dueling: Rule 1: Before each blow, the lightsaber's tip must be brought backwards. Rule 2: Fighters have the option of waving the whole lightsaber, from tip to hilt, behind them or to their sides. That's not all. The Jedi-Sith dueling inspired 'sport' can soon make an appearance at the Olympics in the coming years as well. © AP ”We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect,” tournament organiser Michel Ortiz told AP in Paris. Get your passports ready guys. Time to move to France. May the Force be with you.
  11. Russia is planning to disconnect the entire country from the internet in order to simulate cyberwar on the country. Russians ISPs will be required to redirect web traffic from routing points within the country that will be approved by the government's telecom watchdog. © Reuters Just like every other country, Russia currently uses the global framework to connect with devices all over the world. This will be a move by the country to test cyber security and the country's capability for independent internet that does not depend on global systems. The temporary disconnection takes place in the next few weeks. © Pexels During the disconnection, the country will also rely on its own version of Domain Name System (DNS), the directory of web domains and addresses. The experiment is a part of Russia's Digital Economy National Program which aims to protect the country's digital infrastructure even if other countries cut it off. According to a report by ZDNet “The Kremlin's ultimate goal for the program is to wean the country off foreign internet providers and keep the Russian internet independent so it would be protected against potential cyber attacks,” © Pexels Since all web traffic in Russia will pass through the government's routing points, it potentially means that Moscow will be able to censor the Internet, just like in China. China's internet censorship system, also known as the Great Firewall, blocks websites and censors certain words from social media to prevent citizens from seeing content unfavourable to the regime.
  12. Two months ago, India lost a braveheart while fighting terrorists in the Shopian district of the Kashmir Valley and we're still sullen and absolutely gutted with grief losing such a heroic man. Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani, a terrorist-turned soldier laid down his life in a gruesome encounter with terrorists and was buried with the utmost honour and respect in his own village-Chak Ashmuji in Jammu and Kashmir. He definitely brought a rare sense of honour to his little hamlet, surrounded by paddy fields and orchards, all around. But that's not all. Every soldier who fights a long and hard battle to protect us, while we sleep peacefully, needs a deserving accolade for his brave deeds and that's exactly what Wani received, with absolute honour. © Twitter India's highest peacetime gallantry medal, the Ashok Chakra, was posthumously awarded to Wani, for fighting fiercely and losing his life, a brief while after. Wani, an Ikhwan, was shot in a counter-terrorist operation in Shopian district two months ago, in which 6 terrorists were killed. An Ikhwan is someone in the state of Jammu & Kashmir who gives up militancy and takes a solid stand against it, while becoming absolutely pro-government and is a part of the counter-insurgency operations. When the news of his honour reached his village, no one reacted to it, no one shared any grief or happiness or even a condolence. Wani's family and the villagers didn't find anything spectacular about the award, as they believed these awards serve no purpose anymore. © Twitter “Nobody came, and why should they? When he was alive, we prayed for him to be safe at his place and us to be safe here. Now, when he is no more, what purpose will these awards serve?” Mushtaq, Wani's younger brother spoke to a popular publication. Unlike a few neighbouring villages around Wani's village, including Shopian, where Wani lost his life, his was very different and peaceful and the story shouldn't have been about the death of a soldier, who hailed from there. But because the village of Cheki Ashmuji was swaying towards pro-Azadi sentiments, its conversion to that of a militancy-stricken village, wasn't too far away. No one from the village actually joined militancy, but half a dozen of the men from the village are in the Army or Paramilitary Forces. © TOI Wani, whose family still resides in Cheki Ashmuji, had moved to a well-protected colony at Kulgam district headquarters after he joined the Ikhwan, almost two decades ago. A lot of militants, in fact, give up militancy in the early years and become Ikhwans to serve the Army and do away with terrorism. And that's what Wani believed in as well. His tryst with peace to his village and his nation grew bigger than the half baked purpose he was serving before. He was awarded the Sena medal in gallantry back in 2007 and a bar to the Sena medal in August this year and his death was a testimony of his bravado displayed in South Kashmir, where his battalion was attached with a unit of Rashtriya Rifles, which is a force especially put together to fight militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. © TOI President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday presented the Ashoka Chakra award to Wani's wife Mahajabeen and right after the award was given, an Army spokesperson described how Wani had fought till his last dying breath. “Under an intense hail of bullets from the terrorists, he eliminated the district commander of the LeT (Lashkar-e-Toiba) and one foreign terrorist in a daring display of raw courage. He took multiple hits, some to his head but injured another terrorist before falling. “He was a hero right from the beginning and always served (the cause of) peace (in Kashmir). His extraordinarily fearless and courageous persona was reflected in getting the Sena Medal for gallantry twice in 2007 and 2018" The Army official said. © Twitter Nazir Ahmed chose peace over violence and he fought for what was right, In fact, we learnt that Mahajabeen had fallen in love with exactly that quality of his and it was love at first sight for them, when the two met in school when they were just 15. A teacher and a mother of two, Mahajabeen said he always instilled a good value and belief system in her and his fierce love was enough motivation for her to cultivate young people to become good citizens for the country. © Twitter When he was set to receive the highest and most prestigious award for his martyrdom, she did not cry for his death. She was proud of the fact that he did something to set a brave example for the generation to come and for her, he was always her guiding light, her pillar of strength. "He had telephoned me the previous evening and enquired about our well-being. I had told him to take care of himself. But destiny had something else for him. He always wanted to make his 162/TA Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry battalion proud. For him, duty was supreme. He was a source of inspiration for people in our area and community," She told a popular news publication agency. © Twitter Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani will always serve as an inspiration to the Armed Forces and youngsters growing up, learning and reading about jawans like him, who gave up militancy for the greater good. He always had the interest of the nation at heart and gave his all to protect his family, friends, subordinates and strangers. This Republic Day, let's remember more such heroes and be grateful that they're always there to protect us.
  13. Former South African captain, AB de Villiers is one of the most loved cricketers in the international scenario. His accomplishments as a batsman are unmatched and have helped him make a name for himself in every country that he has competed in. Last year, much to everyone's utter surprise, de Villiers made an out of the blue decision to retire from all formats of the sport on an international level, in a video he uploaded from his Twitter handle. I've made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK — AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018 However, with the beginning of the New Year, de Villiers has decided to use his position in the cricketing world for a righteous cause. The South African has announced that he will be playing in the upcoming season four of the Pakistan Super League. Ever since the visiting Sri Lankan team's bus was attacked in Lahore in 2009, international level cricket has not taken place in the country due to safety concerns of the travelling players, with the exception of the Windies' visit for a three-game T20 series last year in April. In attempts to bring back international cricket to the country that worships the sport just as much as India, the Pakistan Cricket Board has been pushing for more and more PSL matches to be held inside the country rather than the UAE, where most of Pakistan's international level cricket competitions take place. De Villiers has decided to play in Pakistan, for the Lahore Qalandars, in the two matches that have been scheduled to take place at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on 9th and 10th March. A special message from our mentor and player @ABdeVilliers17 “Main Lahore A Raha Hun” ð¤©#DamaDamMast #MainHoonQalandar pic.twitter.com/Ye8j65Jwxl — Lahore Qalandars (@lahoreqalandars) January 14, 2019 "I felt that I had this opportunity to maybe make an impact to help international cricket return to Pakistan," de Villiers told BBC World Service's Stumped programme. “I was reluctant to go a few years back when we were all a bit worried, but I feel the time is right to go back there.” If things go as planned, de Villiers will probably be the greatest international player in the last 10 years to have played in Pakistan. "I sympathise with the people of Pakistan because they have been cricket-starved for no fault of theirs, but I am optimistic that the days are not too far when international cricket will return to Pakistan and the stadia will once again be packed with crowds," de Villiers said in an interview with ICC.
  14. On a fairly lighter side of things (pun intended), we have some great inspirational news from the other part of the world. East African country Rwanda, has officially banned skin lightening and bleaching products and we couldn't be happier about the country's decision. The government is now sending officials around the country to enforce the ban more openly. The country is leading a campaign against skin bleaching and similar substandard cosmetics, especially products that include hydroquinone, a skin-lightening agent, in it. After all, it took an African country to stand up against some very intangible and ridiculous beauty standards that have been placed in high regard, almost all over the world. © Twitter "It is been implemented by the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Food and Drug Authority and the Rwanda Standards Board," Simeon Kwizera, the PR and communications officer for the board told a popular publication. He also mentioned that the operations are being handled by technical people and that the police are ensuring all safety standards, while the operations are ongoing. The initiative was sparked by President Paul Kagame on social media, when he started a discussion on the need to ban skin whitening products, way back in November 2018. Well, it's a terrific move by the Rwanda government as they've realised the crucial health hazards that a chemical like hydroquinone can pose, even today. Yes, it's been given a green signal all across the globe but it's still designed to unnaturally change skin pigmentation, so it can be determined at hazardous. © Twitter While Rwanda has taken a stand towards the unethical standards of beauty, India is still lagging far behind in this sphere. The most Googled content on the internet in India still spells 'best fairness cream in India'. There's also a lot of search on 'why is India obsessed with fair skin'. A very paradoxical situation for a diverse country like ours, where 'let's scrub off that tan' is a very common thought process for most girls who go to beauty parlours. Matrimonial columns and sites still want a 'beautiful fair girl' for all the 'handsome, tall and dusky' boys out there, and most of these expectations make people, boys and girls alike, obsess with fairer skin. © Twitter We still don't understand though where this obsession comes from, but it definitely creates an imbalance that is bred amidst apathy and entitlement in our country. I mean. you need fairer skin to feel more confident and whole and if you don't possess it, you need to apply dozens of fairness creams and bleaches, with a heap load of chemicals in it, to magically transform your pigment to a lighter one. And it's not done for fun or for the sake of looking beautiful! No! It's done under immense pressure, to stand out in society and maybe get an equal opportunity somewhere! © Twitter Advertisements showcasing the need to use these creams, wherein a girl who goes for an interview, or is performing on stage doesn't do well unless she starts using a fairness cream to become more confident and voila! she's the best dancer or the best candidate, henceforth! Not only that, there's a fairness cream for men doing popularly well and is marketed in South India, endorsed by the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham and Siddarth Malhotra, and young boys are drawn to it like a moth to the flame. Although some celebrities like Abhay Deol and Nawazuddin Siddiqui have condemned the use of fairness products, we have a larger chunk of celebrities still endorsing it for even a larger audience. Thank U 4 making me realise dat I cannot b paired along wid d fair & handsome bcz I m dark & not good looking, but I never focus on that. — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) 17 July 2017 © Twitter The fact of the matter is the awakening for a secure sense of being has to come from within and not from TV commercials, other people's standards of beauty or even your own conditioning. Even if you're conditioned into believing dark-skinned people have to try harder in the society, there's a way to break that belief system and unravel positive thoughts towards 'just and equality' in your own psyche. © Twitter We really wish the Indian Government administers a similar ban as Rwanda has, but I guess we have way bigger issues to tackle right now and it may take time to do so. But here's hoping we slowly realise the redundancy for this obsession and take a stance on equal standards of lifestyle and beauty and build progress in a unidirectional fashion, together.
  15. When was the last time you went on a nice relaxing vacation? For me, it's been well over two years since I even left my city, so yeah, you can call me vacation deprived and i'm sure I'm not in this alone. Everyone is working so hard, just hustling their way through life that no one even has the time to go on a holiday anymore, and that's not me saying, it's kind of a fact now - India is the most vacation-deprived country in the world. Seriously, when will our country stop topping all the wrong lists? Coming back to being vacation-deprivation, a survey conducted by Expedia, a US based travel agency, found that 75 per cent of Indians don't travel enough and the number has gone up from 60 per cent last year. It also reported that even though nearly 41 per cent of Indians wished to go on a vacation, they couldn't and haven't been on a holiday in last six months all because of the workload. Only 3 per cent took a vacation every month while over one-third said they go without a vacation for six months to a year. Seriously!! Almost 30 of my leaves get lapsed per year without any remuneration.. just wasted.. unable to claim. https://t.co/IphPykRUio — Ish (@Phrustated) November 23, 2018 A disclaimer - yes, any survey like this won't be accurate, obviously, but it still shows a little bit of reality and yes, Indians are vacation-deprived and I'm the living proof of it. The survey was conducted across 19 countries among over 11,000 employed adults above 18 years of age. After India, came South Korea and Hong Kong taking the second and third place with 72 per cent and 69 per cent respectively. Coming back to India, there are more reasons for people not going on a vacation. Around 41% people reported that they couldn't afford a holiday. About 18% of Indians have the idea that professionally successful people don't take vacations, while 25% of employed adults feel they might miss out on an important work decision if they avail their full vacation. Furthermore, workers in the food & beverages, heath, and retail industries were found to be most vacation-deprived, while those employed in the real estate sector were least deprived. Well this one doesn't sound surprising at all! And now I know its not just me whose plans keep getting cancelled.... https://t.co/Sc9WvNREJP — sayak sinha (@saykonic) November 23, 2018 So yes, everyone, go rewatch 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' and take inspiration from Hrithik Roshan's character and just go on that much deserved vacation. Look at him, he went from a workaholic to having peace of mind, everyone should aim for that.
  16. We finally laid our eyes on Bollywood's most favourite newly-weds last evening, when the couple posted their first wedding pictures on photo-sharing platform Instagram. Deepika looked resplendent in the gorgeous Sabyasachi ensemble, with intricate thread-work details and laden with bridal jewellery. Ranveer on the other hand, looked his dapper best in ethnic-wear, that complemented his loud and stylish vibe and persona to the T. View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:36am PST However, now that the excitement of the wedding images has finally cooled off, the attention seems to have shifted onto Deepika's wedding ring. People have taken note of the huge solitaire that Deepika was seen sporting in the photograph (besides a couple of others she had on). As per a latest report by Bollywoodlife.com, the humongous rectangle solitaire set in platinum is supposedly worth somewhere between Rs. 1.3 - 2.7 crores! Deepika is now amongst the top women who sport some of the most expensive wedding rings. View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:36am PST If figures are to be believed, as suggested by dailyhunt.in, Asin wears the most expensive wedding ring worth around Rs 6 crores. Followed by Shilpa Shetty's at Rs 3 crores and falling in the same bracket as fellow B-town actress Priyanka Chopra whose ring is estimated at Rs 2.1 crores. Now that is a HUGE amount of money, enough to fund the dream wedding of any middle-class bride!
  17. Porn has been around for decades, we all remember the days of passing around CDs with movie covers. Distribution of the forbidden content is now done online and thanks to deep internet penetration worldwide, the volume at which we are consuming porn is enormous. While it continues to remain a forbidden thing in many cultures including India, there have been no signs of consumption going down. While many countries like the USA have accepted the hard truth that porn is practically unstoppable and better to function like every other industry with regulations, Uganda thinks in the opposite direction. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has given out a directive to all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block 27 websites for streaming porn. © Kampala Dispatch / President Yoweri Museveni Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director of the UCC said they have identified 17 popular local sites as well as 10 international sites and have asked ISPs to block them. He also added, "The commission is in receipt of a list of Internet sites with pornographic content from the Pornography Control Committee. The committee has established that the list of the websites attached hereto is currently streaming pornography to Uganda in breach of section 13 of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014." © The Observer Back in 2016, the country had announced the purchase of a pornography-detection machine and it was set to arrive in September 2016; thankfully we haven't heard more on that since then. Seems like the policy-makers are busy "identifying" porn websites since it's actually their job now. The country also has a special Pornography Control Committee (PCC), it is responsible for generating the list of banned websites and block them by coordinating with the ISPs. © Pexels This isn't the first time we are hearing weird laws and regulations coming out of the country though. In June, Uganda's parliament passed a law that let the government tax the use of social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and more. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip. The President has also said in the past that he wants to ban oral *** in the country because he believes the mouth is only for eating. Source: iAfrikan
  18. When Sonam Kapoor was getting married, we overheard jokes about people feeling bad for her husband because the poor thing would be stuck all day outside trial rooms and boutiques, because of the cutthroat fashionista that Sonam is. Let's just say it never quite panned out (it's directed towards the joke-makers), because do you guys even know Anand Ahuja? The more we observe the man, the more confident we get to put our foot down and declare that he's a bigger fashionista than our Sonam, and rightfully so. Especially, when it comes to his expertise, and more importantly, passion for shoes, it definitely won't be an exaggeration to brand him the biggest sneakerhead in the country right now. Still not convinced? We have compiled 20 images that conclusively prove this. Take a look: 1. What we won't do to own this colourful pair of Air Jordans. They are a staple in Anand's shoe closet. © Instagram 2. He's clearly a firm believer of the fact that pink sneakers are the best sneakers. Same, Anand, same. © Instagram 3. His friends know that sneakers are the best gifts. These Adidas Originals pairs with a twist by Pero is proof. © Instagram 4. These ultra hypebeast animal print sneakers by Nike that can't be tamed by mere mortals. Phew! © Instagram 5. For him, a game of basketball is as much about functionally connecting with a beloved pair of kicks, as much as the game itself. © Instagram 6. The fact that he's obsessed with these golden boys, is just a stamp on his claim as a seasoned sneakerhead. © Instagram 7. He's a fan of these Adidas sneakers made of - wait for it - ocean plastic, and owns the left one (he wants the right one). © Instagram 8. Red Bull might not give him wings, but this pair of Air Jordan 1 'Gold Medal' sure does. © Instagram 9. He owns, and clearly cherishes the Pigalle LeBron 12s, the MVP of basketball shoes. © Instagram 10. Another dope pair of Air Jordans. Love them! © Instagram 11. When he had a heart-to-heart discussion with Virgil Abloh (Artistic Director, Menswear, Louis Vuitton) about the collaboration of #purevnv with Nike. © Instagram 12. Just look at these pastel ultra high-tops. We are speechless. © Instagram 13. Who won't lust after this sick pair of Safari Foams? © Instagram 14. His passion for Basketball is etched deeply in his choice of shoes. Just take a look at this dope pair here. © Instagram 15. This blush pink pair of Air Max is one of his favourites. We want to steal them. © Instagram 16. The result of the collaboration of VegNonVeg (his sneaker outlet brand) with Nike. © Instagram 17. Anand is so possessive about this pair, that he keeps them in a safe (that's what he said on his Insta post when someone commented saying they want to steal them). Good move, Anand. © Instagram 18. He's the proud owner of these rare Yeezys, that Masaba Gupta and Sonam Kapoor have no clue where to get. © Instagram 19. These matte black fishnet beauties by Adidas are straight out of a ramp. They look weatherproof, too. Are they, Anand? © Instagram 20. These Flyknits are definitely an apt symbolic representation of his gutsy sense of style when it comes to sneakers, just like he so eloquently phrases in his Insta post: "F*ck fear, choose love." © Instagram
  19. Oops, it didn't come home and while the people of England are dealing with that crushing disappointment – and maybe planning their tattoo removal surgeries because of premature celebrations – there is one country in particular where everyone is over the moon about their victory and the fact that they defeated England. Yep, Croatia was probably the happiest country in the world yesterday but no one was more excited about the win than the country's President Kolinda Grabar-KitaroviÄ. She has been making headlines throughout the World Cup for her cheerful and overall excitement for all of Croatia's victories so far, and her victory dance after her country defeated Russia during the quarterfinals last week even went viral. She didn't even hesitate to celebrate right in front of the Russian Prime Minister, who didn't look amused at all. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-KitaroviÄ dances in front of Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev during today's match. pic.twitter.com/aDgkmCbHVY — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 7, 2018 Being the President has its perks, obviously, but instead of going to Russia in a chartered plane, she decided to be there for the action, even while travelling and flew to the host country in economy class alongside other fans. Before the semi-final yesterday, she also posted encouraging words for her team and after their win, she had nothing but praise for the team for making it to the finals against France on Sunday.
  20. For a player who grew up to the sound of grenades exploding all around him. Who was considered too weak to play football. Luka Modric just guided Croatia to their first football World Cup final. What a terrific way to silence everyone who ever doubted him! © Reuters Football fans and journalists have been guilty of overlooking the genius of certain footballers who are overshadowed by others who hog the limelight. While there is no shame in being the hero behind the scenes at Real Madrid, such has been the dominance of Luka Modric at this World Cup that we simply can't ignore him anymore. © Reuters Don't let his golden locks, diminutive stature, and teenage-like looks confuse you. He plays with the heart of a lion as evidenced by his performances in Russia. He has been an omnipresent entity for Croatia during this World Cup. © Reuters Modric is no stranger to adversity. At the age of 6, his grandfather was murdered by Serbian militants who were gunning down villagers in the small village of Modrici during the Balkan Wars. With four Champions League trophies to his name, it's hard to imagine this genius had such troubled beginnings. © Reuters At the age of 32, he has tireless stamina, often chasing lost causes even when his Croatian side have been in comfortable positions in the games. Moreover, every Croatian attack seems to be based on the brilliance displayed by Modric in the midfield. Whenever his defenders are pressed by the opposition's attack, Modric slides back, receives the ball, displays trickery on the ball and releases one of his teammates. The quality that allows him to do all these tasks at once, is his composure on the ball, as no situation is difficult enough to faze him. © Reuters He's been incredibly hard to dispossess and even harder to mark, as the opposition's defense have been left chasing his shadow during this World Cup. And what's more? In Croatia's match against Argentina in the group stage, he displayed all his qualities at once, as he dribbled past Nicolas Otamendi with ease and placed a vicious 25-yard-shot past a helpless Caballero. © Reuters Never one to grab the spotlight, Modric couldn't hold himself back as he proudly proclaimed that England's arrogance before the game had spurred him and his teammates on. After a quiet first half, Modric imposed himself on the game in a way he's best known for. Modric ran circles around Jordan Henderson and always found himself in space to distribute the ball all over the pitch. © Reuters At the end of extra time, Croatia would have played a match's worth of extra football in this World Cup. However, the Croatian captain once again led by example and brushed off any suggestions of fatigue. His work ethic hadn't reduced as England looked tired and Croatia looked lively as ever. He was key to their performance in the extra time, as Croatia saw themselves through yet again. Croatia are now the first team since England in 1990, to have all their knockout games go into extra time and win. Modric, the ultimate midfielder, has been at the heart of these inspiring performances. © Reuters As Croatia enter the first final in their history, they will once again look to their captain to serve as their inspiration. Modric will be up against France's N'Golo Kante, who has rivalled him for the title of the World Cup's best midfielder, and indeed, its best player. As we have an enticing encounter on our hands, we can't help but applaud Luka Modric and his genius at this World Cup. While the Golden Ball has more often been awarded to a player on the side of the losing finalists, there is no doubt that regardless of the outcome of the final, Luka Modric deserves it.
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