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  1. Although Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Lander failed to make its intended soft-landing on the moon, the mission is still considered to be a success. However, it looks like ISRO really wants to get that lander on the lunar surface, and hence the organisation has begun work on a second attempt. Earlier this month, ISRO Chief K.Sivan had confirmed the government's approval for a spacecraft and a rover to land on the Moon's south pole. The mission is scheduled to take place next year, but it looks like work has already begun. © Reuters While addressing at a space event in Bengaluru, ISRO chief K. Sivan confirmed yet again that they've started working on the third lunar mission i.e Chandrayaan 3 . The mission will see the landing on an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon's south pole. "We have started working on our third lunar mission to land an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon's south pole. The project work has gained momentum to launch the lander and rover by early 2021," he said. India's first attempt to land on the lunar surface, in case you don't know, didn't go exactly as planned. The Vikram lander crash-landed on the Moon's surface due to a velocity glitch. The orbiter, however, didn't have any issues and it continued to send valuable info back to ISRO. © Reuters That being said, the next mission will not have an orbiter. ISRO will only be sending a lander and a rover to the moon, which means the mission might not be as expensive as the last one. Still, the lander, rover and the rocket itself will cost a total of Rs 610 crores, out of which Rs 360 crore will go towards the GSLV-MkIII launch vehicle. It's the same vehicle that successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on July 22, 2019. Source: Firstpost View the full article
  2. Instead of their usual pictures, everyone has now been sharing a collage of their pictures and honestly, that's the only thing people have posted these past few days. The 'LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder' meme has spread like wildfire on the internet and has everyone going through all of their pictures to find the perfect one to fit every category. And, as always, even celebrities couldn't stay away from this viral trend, of course. Actually, it was all started by a celeb only, yep, legendary singer Dolly Parton was the one to bless us all with this self-indulgent trend. View this post on InstagramGet you a woman who can do it all ðA post shared by (@dollyparton) Also, is this the first proper meme of the year, and decade? Probably, and it's a very cool one, so that's great. After the first post, all the celebrities hopped on the bandwagon and now, it has officially spread to Bollywood as well. Well, we knew she would opt for Bumble instead of Tinder. View this post on InstagramDoing it all because Dolly said so. #dollypartonchallengeA post shared by (@priyankachopra) That caption, tho. View this post on InstagramAs you know I am a man of many expressions!! Many a time I am asked why I pout so much! Well I donât have an answer to that! I pout as soon as a camera is within 10 feet of me! I canât help myself! Itâs an inbuilt mechanism that activates itself on its own and no amount of requests for a smile or a candid laugh can take my pout away from me! Itâs a part of my lip till fillers replace it...Itâs now a part of my personality! I suck my cheeks, squint my eyes...pretend I am Brad Pitt ( in my head) and Voila! You have a 47 year old man who thinks he is Paris Hilton! ( also known as a midlife crisis) ...I am happy! So please donât rain on my pout parade! â¤ï¸ðA post shared by (@karanjohar) I like the videos, shows more effort. View this post on InstagramA man with a plan, family, attitude & hope ðA post shared by (@sidmalhotra) He decided to make the meme his own. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@ayushmannk) Well. View this post on InstagramForever good hair days! ðð @tresemmeindiaA post shared by (@jacquelinef143) The rhyming is an extra touch. View this post on InstagramInsta is my A gameð· Tinder for the flameð¥ For Linkedin one can try to be tame ð¼ FB for those throwbacks, no shameð¶ Different personalities, but Sara's still the sameðð» Sara ka Saara ðð»ââï¸ Sara @pumaindia ðð»âð»ðð»ðªð»A post shared by (@saraalikhan95) Good one. View this post on InstagramHusn Ke Lakhon RANG..Konsa RANG Dekhoge ð हà¥à¤¸à¥à¤¨ à¤à¥ लाà¤à¥à¤ रà¤à¤ à¤à¥à¤¨ सा रà¤à¤ दà¥à¤à¥à¤à¥ ð #diljitdosanjh #diljit #delhiA post shared by (@diljitdosanjh) Could've been better. View this post on Instagram#ForAllYourFaces ð¥°ð¥°ðð @facescanadaA post shared by (@kritisanon) Sorry, everyone, no one can top this. View this post on InstagramGet a guy who will play them all â¨A post shared by (@markruffalo) Okay, she killed it too. View this post on InstagramSo Which Gal Am I? ð¤·ð»ââ Some funny takes of the #DollyPartonChallenge Iâve seen from @dcnautasclub @wondervaughn @galgadotwonderfulA post shared by (@gal_gadot) View the full article
  3. It all began a long, long time ago. 2014 to be exact - in the early months leading up to Indiaâs most groundbreaking general elections so far. Before Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, several social outreach programmes were conducted to cement his influence among the masses - one of them being a campaign called #ChaiPeCharcha. Today, six years on, weâre seeing chai and politics mix once again - just in a very different camp. In a new campaign called âKaam Ki Chaiâ, the Aam Aadmi party has set up chai stalls throughout all of Delhiâs assembly constituencies, with various kinds of tea on offer, each highlighting various achievements and campaign promises of Delhiâs currently reigning party. The campaign was spearheaded by an Ahmedabad MBA-dropout named Praful Billor. Billor, who goes by the moniker âMBA-Chaiwalaâ, contacted the Delhi chief minister directly and offered to spread through the tea stall concept information about the work done by the Kejriwal government. © PTI According to party members, 30-40 volunteers will soon join him and put up tea stalls in all assembly constituencies here. © PTI The first available chai is named shiksha wali chai (education tea), and represents recent work on education facilities and programmes in Delhi, such as mega PTMs (Parent-Teacher Meetings) and the cabinetâs recent approval of a âSports Universityâ, which aims to help train and develop world-class athletes. Another variety named swasthya wali chai (health tea) represents the partyâs work on improving healthcare facilities in the capital for government hospitals, and initiatives such as free tests, surgeries and medicines, mohalla clinics and poly-clinics. The third kind, âspecial teaâ aims to highlight special subsidies such as cheap electricity, water and free bus/metro travel for women - while the last kind, vikas wali chai (development tea) focuses on the governmentâs doorstep delivery of citizen services, free Wi-Fi schemes and installation of CCTV cameras. © BCCL While Billor seems to clearly have a favourite, he insists that he is not directly associated with any political party and simply wishes to support good work being done. He said he decided to come all the way from Ahmedabad to put up a tea stall here as he believes that Kejriwal has delivered good governance in Delhi, which "is evident on the ground and needs no promotion". View the full article
  4. Vijay Deverakonda is a Tollywood star who has a brazen sense of style. His ensembles have at least one intriguing element that people don't stop raving about for a while. Remember the time when he created a buzz wearing sliders worth Rs 45K? Clearly, Vijay is OTT with his choices and he looks good, no matter what he wears. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Recently, he was papped at the airport with yet another head-turning fashion statement. And no, we are not talking about his joggers or mini pants, but his torn jeans that instantly stole all the thunder. Take a look here: © Viral Bhayani What's interesting about his pants is the fact that even though they are distressed, they still look super comfy for the airport. Add to that, his basic black T-shirt with a beanie makes it look uber-cool and this is truly a perfect way to jet off in style. It's unlikely that this trend will become obsolete and with so many versions -- from subtle rips to highly shredded -- these pants are now a popular choice. We have seen them on elite B-town celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor and Dino Morea, thanks to the edgy silhouette that instantly makes them a versatile addition. © Viral Bhayani Now, if you are figuring out a way to work your casual Fridays look or amp up your weekend style game, we got you covered with Vijay's recent fashion experiment. The subtle charm of this ensemble with a street style edge to it shows that he is raising the stakes only higher with his airport fashion. Kudos to you Vijay for that! View the full article
  5. Following a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded Twenty20 International (T20I) series, the Indian cricket team found their next challenge in the touring Australian brigade for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). While India has been busy enjoying a dominant home run, the Aussies, too, have proved their worth by whitewashing Pakistan and New Zealand in Tests, recently. Apart from their form, the biggest cause of worry for the Indian team and their fans was Australia's spirited performance during their 2-0 win in the T20Is and a 3-2 triumph in the five-match ODI series. But, little did the home fans know of what awaited them at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. © Twitter/@BCCI Amid all the buzz surrounding what was tipped to be an exciting contest, the Indian fans reaching the Wankhede were informed about the ban on black colour. The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA) has been the talk of the town with the nation-wide protests hogging the headlines of newspapers and taking social media by storm. The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), owing to the security measures, decided to ban any sort of black-coloured clothing inside the stadium. The measure is believed to have been taken in a bid to avoid protests against PM Narendra Modi-led BJP government's act which has met with a lot of criticism lately. *IMPORTANT NOTICE* Those who are coming for #INDvAUS match, kindly don't wear black colour tshirts Entries are restricted for some security reasons for the same@BCCI @MumbaiCricAssoc — North Stand Gang - Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) January 14, 2020 Ahead of the 1st ODI, the unique directive, banning spectators from wearing black colour, was tweeted by 'North Stand Gang - Wankhede' for the visiting fans. "Those who are coming for #INDvAUS match, kindly don't wear black colour t-shirts. Entries are restricted for some security reasons for the same," the tweet read. While the move came in the light of avoiding any sort of protest against the CAA inside the stadium, the Indian fans visiting the Wankhede and on social media expressed their displeasure on the 'black' ban. I'm at the Wankhede stadium today. The colour Black is being banned (t-shirts, caps, anything) because it's a "symbol of protest". **** you, MCA. **** you very much. — Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020 @bhogleharsha I am not sure you remember our conversation on Twitter a few weeks back, but this is what spectators go through after paying INR 5,000 per person for a sub-standard experience. Why such arbitrary rules without any public announcements? Even SL is better than us. — Anand Batra (@anandrbatra) January 14, 2020 The MCA/Police should've released a statement well in advance. People travel from far off to watch the game after paying a ransom for the tickets. Absolutely rubbish. — Aniket Bose (@ABnormalConnect) January 14, 2020 Ye kya rule hai â¹ï¸ — Sanika Sawant (@SanikaSawant10) January 14, 2020 Update: Friend in black t-shirt was allowed inside because he wrapped the Indian flag around his t-shirt ð — Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020 Well this is new... Ban on Colour...Way to go ... "Abhi ishq ke imtehaan aur bhi hain..." — Ajaz Md Ghalib (@iamghalib) January 14, 2020 This "black" ban has now inadvertently put the spotlight back on CAA right in the backyard of the mute Indian cricket team. Thanks, government. Job well done. — Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020 View the full article
  6. Photo: FileKARACHI: Global credit rating agency Fitch Ratings on Monday affirmed Pakistan’s long term foreign currency rating at B- with a stable outlook, saying the country has taken positive steps on fiscal front as well as measures to strengthen external finance, reported The News. “Progress is being made towards strengthening external finances and positive steps have been made on the fiscal front, but considerable risks remain,” the New York-based rating agency said. Fitch said external vulnerabilities have been reduced over the past year as a result of policy actions and financing unlocked through an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, which have narrowed the current account deficit and supported a modest rebuilding of reserves. Also read: Huawei says 'survival' top priority as sales fall short “Still, external finances remain fragile with relatively low foreign-exchange reserves in the context of an elevated external debt repayment schedule and subdued export performance,” it noted. The IMF’s Extended Fund Facility is on track, with the first review completed in December. However, implementation risks remain high in Fitch’s view, particularly given the politically challenging nature of the authorities’ reform agenda. Fitch forecasts a further narrowing of the current account deficit to 2.1 per cent of GDP in the year ending June 2020 (FY20) and 1.9 per cent in FY21, from 4.9 per cent in the last fiscal year. Also read: IMF bailout to negatively impact Pakistan's short-run growth: Fitch It held import compression as the driver narrowing deficit, facilitated by rupee depreciation of around 30 per cent since December 2017 and tighter monetary conditions. Exports were forecast to grow modestly from a low base. The State Bank of Pakistan's (SBP) adoption of a more flexible exchange rate last May and capital inflows were also supporting a rebuilding of foreign-exchange reserves. Fitch expects gross liquid foreign-exchange reserves to rise to around $11.5 billion by FYE20, from $7.2 billion at FYE19. “We expect continued adherence to the new exchange rate regime to help rebuild foreign-exchange reserves and improve external resilience,” Fitch said. “Public finances are a key credit weakness and deteriorated further in FY19 prior to the approval of the IMF programme,” it noted. Also read: Pakistan budget deficit projected to increase to 6% in 2019: Fitch The agency said gross external financing needs of the country would likely remain high, in the mid-$20 billion range, over the medium-term due to considerable debt repayments and despite smaller current account deficit. Fitch said government debt rose to 84.8 per cent of GDP, well above the current ‘B’ median of 54 per cent, due to currency depreciation. Debt/revenue also jumped sharply to 667 per cent, compared with the historic ‘B’ median of 252 per cent. The government was consolidating public finances, but Fitch believes progress would be challenging due to the relatively high reliance on revenues to achieve the planned adjustment.
  7. Tennis queen Maria Sharapova on Sunday shared a picture of UK's Queen Elizabeth driving a car, saying that it made her smile. Taking to Instagram, the five-time grand slam winner wrote that the picture prompted her to tell her grandmother that "it's never too late to get that drivers' license". "This made me smile. It also made me call my grandmother and tell her it's never too late to get that driver's license," Sharapova wrote on the picture that she shared to her Instagram stories. The Russian tennis star is currently dating British millionaire Alexander Gilkes, who is known as New York’s best-connected Briton. His ex-wife is also a friend of Meghan Markle. According to reports, Gilkes is understood to have become friends with Prince William when they were both at Eton and is also said to be close to Prince Harry, who also went to the same school. He was also a guest at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle recently dropped a bombshell on the royal family with the announcement that they were quitting from their royal duties. The news not only caught the royal family by surprise, it also had the world talking about the couple's decision. The latest development even elicited comments from the world's most powerful man, US President Donald Trump.
  8. External storage has been improving over the years but nothing comes close to the speed and storage size of a portable SSD. We've seen a new wave of external SSDs launching but Samsung just took the cake with its latest offering. The South Korean company launched a new T7 Touch external SSD that has a fingerprint reader built-in for added security. Previous Samsung SSDs came with a password client that would protect the content of the SSD, however, now, it comes with a fingerprint reader that can be accessed from the body of the SSD itself. © Samsung Having a fingerprint reader is certainly a very clever idea especially if you want to protect your data and the SSD from theft. The new SSD is called the T7 Touch and it can read up to four fingerprints so that users can share the SSD with trusted users. © Samsung The body of the SSD is made of aluminium and Samsung claims it is drop resistant up to two meters. In terms of ports, there is only one USB-C port that can be accessed via a USB-C to USB-C cable or a USB-C to USB-A cable. It is worthy to note that the read and write speeds will be slower when using a USB-A cable. Speaking of the read and write speeds, the T7 touch is able to write speeds up to 1,000MB/s and read up to 1,050MB/s. To put things into perspective, that's twice as fast as the T5 portable we reviewed a while ago. © Samsung The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch will be available across retail channels, online and offline, from February 2020 in India. The Portable SSD's will be priced at INR 11,999 for the 500GB, INR 18,999 for the 1TB and INR 36,999 for 2TB. The variant without a fingerprint sensor called Portable SSD T7 is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2020. View the full article
  9. Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: APHere is a recap of events since the killing of a top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad by the United States on January 3, which escalated tensions between Tehran and Washington: US assassinates Soleimani On January 3 a US drone strike on Baghdad's international airport kills Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps' foreign operations arm, the Quds Force. Read more: How the US-Iran conflict unfolded in recent months Also among the dead is Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of the Tehran-backed Iraqi paramilitary network Hashed al-Shaabi. The Pentagon confirms Trump ordered Soleimani's assassination while the US embassy in Baghdad urges all Americans to leave Iraq "immediately". The killing comes days after thousands of pro-Iranian supporters stormed the US embassy in Baghdad, chanting "Death to America!", angered by US strikes against Hashed bases in Iraq. Those US strikes, on December 29, had been in retaliation for rocket attacks against US interests in Iraq in which a US civilian contractor was killed. Iran calls for revengeIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promises "severe revenge" for Soleimani's death. In Iraq, caretaker prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi warns that the US strike will "spark a devastating war in Iraq", while President Barham Saleh pleads for "voices of reason" to prevail. Read more: Iran vows to avenge Soleimani death in 'right place and time' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CNN that Soleimani had been planning imminent action "that would have put dozens, if not hundreds of American lives at risk". A Pentagon official says the US is deploying up to 3,500 more troops to the Middle East. Trump threatens 52 Iran sitesOn January 4, Trump warns that the US is targeting 52 sites in Iran and will hit them "very fast and very hard" if the Islamic republic attacks American personnel or assets. He says sites "important to... Iranian culture" are on the list. The next day, Pompeo insists any US military action against Iran will conform to international law after Trump is accused of threatening a war crime by declaring cultural sites as potential targets. Nuclear deal unravels further On January 5, Iran announces its fifth step back from the nuclear deal with world powers agreed in 2015, saying it will forgo a "limit on the number of centrifuges". Read more: Iran says to forego 'limit' on nuclear enrichment centrifuges Since May 2019 Iran has gradually freed itself from commitments to which it had subscribed, in response to the unilateral withdrawal a year earlier of the US which reinstated economic sanctions against Tehran. Funeral turns deadlyAfter days of mourning for Soleimani in Iraq and Iran, a stampede during a massive funeral procession in Iran kills more than 50 people. Iranian mourners take part in a funeral procession in Enghelab square in the capital Tehran. Photo: AFPIn Baghdad, Mahdi confirms he has received what the US called a draft letter, describing steps its military would take to "move out" of Iraq. In Washington, US officials scramble to deny the idea, calling the letter a mistakenly released draft. US Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, says the Pentagon's "policy has not changed. We are not leaving Iraq". Iran strikes backIran launches a volley of missiles early Wednesday at Iraqi bases housing US and other coalition troops. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020 allegedly shows rockets launched from Iran against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. Iran fired "more than a dozen" ballistic missiles, against two airbases in Iraq where US and coalition forces are based, the Pentagon said. Photo: AFPIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the strikes are a "slap in the face" for the United States and revenge for Soleimani's death is yet to come. Iraq's military said it sustained no casualties, and US President Donald Trump said initial casualty assessments indicated "all is well".
  10. OnePlus decided to show up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year and showcase a new phone. It's a concept phone so don't expect it to be made available for purchase. Called the OnePlus Concept One Phone, the new phone has a lot of interesting things to talk about. It's no secret that the OnePlus Concept One has a camera that magically disappears. Yeah, the marquee feature of the phone is that it uses a new kind of "electrochromic glass" that makes it look as if there's no camera at the back. What it does, is it essentially tints the lenses to make them blend into the body. Here, take a look at this image - © Twitter/ Austin Evans See how it works? It looks a little gimmicky, but that's what we have. It's also worth pointing out that the camera is not entirely invisible. You can still see it from certain angles, but it does a fantastic job of hiding it. But would someone want a disappearing camera, to begin with? Well, the only logical explanation to that is it'll look very slick on a phone that's completely black. The idea behind the concept is to hide and keep the camera discreet. It's purely aesthetics. The OnePlus Concept One is a big bright phone with O range leather. But imagine a phone with a slick glass body. Using this glass will keep the camera discreet, giving it a neat and clean look. So let's just say that the future OnePlus phones will be a treat to look at. With its industry-first disappearing rear camera, the #OnePlusConceptOne is a testament to our untiring passion for challenging convention. Witness the beauty of the unseen at #CES2020, January 7-10. pic.twitter.com/b5I4ma25pE â OnePlus (@oneplus) January 7, 2020 Also, it only takes 0.7 seconds for the electrochromic glass to turn on and off. According to OnePlus, it's the same time it takes to open the camera, so it'll be ready to go as soon as you launch the camera. The way it works is, the camera remains hidden when it's not in use, and it automatically shows up when you fire it up. What's interesting is that OnePlus says the glass can also be used as an ND filter, which is an absolute treat for photographers. So that's the only thing which makes the electrochromic glass useful beyond just aesthetics. There's an option in the camera software to enable it, which is very neat. © Twitter/ David Immel The OnePlus Concept One, as you can see, has leather. It's the Papaya Orange color, the same one which we're used to seeing from the McLaren edition OnePlus phones. OnePlus says it's the same leather that's being used in McLaren cars for the seat covers. Internally, the OnePlus Concept One has the same internals as the OnePlus 7T Pro. It sports a 6.7-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, is powered by Snapdragon 855+ processor with 12GB of RAM and 4,085 mAh battery. It has the same curved glass and metal sides. It looks pretty slick but it's sad that we won't be able to buy it, at least not anytime soon. We don't know if OnePlus is planning on implementing this tech in its next phone, but we're super excited to see what the brand comes up with. View the full article
  11. Vikrant Massey, who has charmed the audience with a slew of diverse roles, is now trying something different yet again with his upcoming movie, Chhapaak. He will be seen essaying the role of Amol, the life partner of Malti, an acid attack survivor played by Deepika Padukone. In one of the interviews during the promotion of the movie, he was asked about how can acid violence be eradicated from society, to which he said that parents should give sensible schooling to their sons and tell them to accept a woman's no as a no. © Fox Star Entertainment “There is a different kind of upbringing we give to the son of the house than the daughter, where we do not teach a little boy how to accept rejection. Later, it turns into an ego issue. In most cases of acid-violence, the boy throws acid on a girl when she rejects his marriage proposal,” Vikrant told IANS. View this post on Instagram Those in love don't mind the #NokJhok. Where there is love, there is forgiveness. . . . @deepikapadukone @meghnagulzar @foxstarhindi @_kaproductions @mrigafilms @zeemusiccompany @shankarehsaanloy @siddharth.mahadevan #Gulzar A post shared by Vikrant Massey (@vikrantmassey87) on Dec 17, 2019 at 8:55pm PST He went on to add, “The first step to stop the crime is to change the upbringing, and parents need to take that step. Boys need to learn to accept 'no' for an answer and (realize) why consent is of utmost importance. The right kind of parenting can build a progressive society I guess.” Well, that's quite a strong statement indeed that Vikrant has made. Calling on men to bury their egos and accept a woman's rejection, Vikrant wants men to know that throwing acid just to seek some sort of revenge is nothing short of barbaric and inhumane, and has no place in our society. © Fox Star Entertainment Coming to the movie Chhapaak, it is trying to start a conversation on acid attacks showing the life of real-life survivor Laxmi Aggarwal on the big screen. Deepika Padukone will be seen stepping into the shoes of Laxmi in the movie. Here's the trailer: Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak is slated to hit the screens on January 10. View the full article
  12. How far will go you to 'eat' something you love? Order a pizza twice a week? Go to Starbucks and get your dose of a special shot of coffee once a week? Okay, but what if one craves something which cannot be probably ordered on Zomato, for example, talcum powder. Lisa Anderson, a 44-year-old English woman who stumbled upon Johnson & Johnson baby powder while giving her young one a bath, has been addicted to eating it and can easily devour a 200 gm tub by herself in a day. © Twitter/DailyMail Lisa is addicted to the point where she needs to lick it off every 30 minutes and sometimes wakes up during the night to eat it when the pangs of hunger attack her. Also, she has spent over 8000 pounds (around Rs 7.5 lakhs) on buying talcum powder for oral consumption. She kept this a secret for over a decade before finally seeking professional help for this disorder. One might associate with Pica, which is a disorder where a person is obsessed with eating non-food items like paint, clay or in Lisa's case, talcum powder. Mother reveals she has an addiction to eating Johnson's Baby Powder https://t.co/8acknKdn9p — Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) January 6, 2020 In an interview, she explained her undying hunger for talcum powder. “I've always had it [talcum powder] in the house and would douse myself with it after having a bath or shower. I'd use it on the kids after giving them a wash no problem. And then one day I remember being in the bathroom and the smell was just overpowering. There was a bit of dust that had come off the top of the bottle. I had this sudden urge to eat it and I just couldn't fight it. I just licked it off my hand and really enjoyed it. It just hit this spot. It was satisfying a craving I never knew I had.” Let's hope she gets all the help she needs to fight this addiction as her life is important not for her own sake but for the sake of her five children as well. View the full article
  13. Photo: FileLOS ANGELES: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker continues to rule the cinematic universe, keeping its top ranking in North American theaters this weekend with $34.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. That brought the three-week domestic total for the Disney film — marketed as a grand finale of the nine-film Skywalker Saga — to $451.6 million. It has taken an additional $468 million overseas, as it inches closer to the $1 billion mark overall. Holding onto the second spot again was Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level, an action sequel with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart, which took in $26.2 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period. Overall, it was an impressive weekend for Sony, which had three films in the top five. Its Little Women moved up from fourth last weekend to third, with a take of $13.6 million. The Greta Gerwig-directed version of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel has drawn strong reviews from critics. Many were irate that it missed out on nods for best director or best film at the weekend´s Golden Globes. Saoirse Ronan did get a best actress nomination for her role as Jo March, but lost to Renee Zellweger (Judy). Disney grabbed fourth spot with Frozen II. The animated musical about Queen Elsa and her gang took in $11.9 million in its seventh week out. With an accumulated global total of $1.3 billion, it has become the top-grossing animated film of all time, surpassing The Incredibles 2, Disney said. Yet another Sony movie, new release The Grudge, placed fifth at $11.4 million. The supernatural horror film is a remake of a 2002 Japanese movie. The movie got a rare "F" rating from audiences — the lowest possible grade. It is only the 20th film in 40 years to do so, according to the CinemaScore website. Rounding out the top 10 were:Spies in Disguise ($10.4 million) Knives Out ($8.9 million) Uncut Gems ($7.6 million) Bombshell ($4.1 million) Cats ($2.6 million)
  14. The makers of Chhapaak have been spoiling fans with videos, pictures, promotional events and guest appearances left, right and center. Just recently a new BTS video was released, and it ended up shocking fans with its sweet surprise. In the video posted, director, Meghna Gulzar is seen trying her very best to shoot the movie despite a large crowd of fans flocking to the set. Deepika was heard talking about the production hurdles the film presented, and how shooting in Delhi was one of the most difficult of tasks. The star revealed that she would often have to miss her family, along with many other crew members on set, in one of the collective snip bits, fans get a glimpse of Deepika's husband, Ranveer Singh crashing the set. Deepika was caught greeting him with a peck on his cheek and this bit of PDA sent fans over the edge. Other bits of cute bonding times were also caught by the camera, as both stars were seen catching up while on set. Deepika was sitting in her full prosthetic makeup during the break, sitting with her arm around her man. Even Meghna was seen hugging her husband Govind Sandhu, and sharing a moment with her lyricist father Gulzar.
  15. The incident at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has left the nation shook once again. Disturbing videos and photos of the breakout have been surfacing on the internet. A lot of celebrities including Swara Bhasker, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor and many more took to their social media to express their views. Recently, Ayushmann Khurrana also shared a poem written by him on Twitter around India's democracy. However, his cryptic tweet has left the people confused. Is he really supporting the students or not? Read his tweet here- à¤à¤à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨à¤¿à¤¯à¤¤ सॠबड़ा à¤à¥à¤ नहà¥à¤ धरà¥à¤® नहà¥à¤, सियासत नहà¥à¤. धन नहà¥à¤, विरासत नहà¥à¤. à¤à¤¿à¤¸à¥ à¤à¥ हॠसà¥à¤ नà¤, हॠà¤à¤²à¤ तॠà¤à¤²à¤ सहà¥, पर तà¥à¤à¥ à¤à¤¸ सà¥à¤ à¤à¥ नà¥à¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ हà¤à¤¼ नहà¥à¤, यहॠभारत à¤à¤¾ लà¥à¤à¤¤à¤à¤¤à¥à¤° हà¥, à¤à¤° à¤à¤¸à¤®à¥à¤ à¤à¤¿à¤¸à¥ à¤à¥ शà¤à¤¼ नहà¥à¤à¥¤ -à¤à¤¯à¥à¤·à¥à¤®à¤¾à¤¨ — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) January 6, 2020 His poem is in context of the violence that took place in Delhi's JNU but netizens wants the celebrities to take a clear stance and here's what they have to say- à¤à¤à¤¤ à¤à¤¾ पता नहà¥à¤ बात à¤à¤¾ पता नहà¥à¤ à¤à¥à¤ भॠलिठफरà¥à¤à¥ तà¤à¤¤à¥à¤° लà¥à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤° लà¥à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤° à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤¬ à¤à¥à¤ दॠà¤à¥à¤ à¤à¥ रà¥à¤ दॠबात पलà¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ मà¤à¤¤à¥à¤° लà¥à¤à¤¤à¤à¤¤à¥à¤° लà¥à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤° à¤à¥à¤¦ हॠबढ़à¤à¥ à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤° सिर सभॠà¤à¥ फà¥à¤¡à¤¼à¤à¤° à¤à¤¬ à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¬ दॠà¤à¤¾ वहॠà¤à¤à¤² सा मà¤à¤¤à¥à¤° लà¥à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤° लà¥à¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤°@rahulroushan — à¤à¤à¥à¤à¥à¤¯à¤µà¤¾à¤¦à¥ (@Tsudhir3) January 6, 2020 https://t.co/BeZt2n7YII — Saurav Taragi (@LifevsZindagi) January 6, 2020 तà¥à¤®à¥à¤¹à¤¾à¤°à¥ यॠà¤à¤¾à¤®à¥à¤¶à¥ à¤à¤² तà¥à¤®à¥à¤¹à¤¾à¤°à¥ बà¤à¥à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¥ लिठरà¥à¤¨à¤¾ बन à¤à¤¾à¤à¤à¥ !#JNUViolence #JNUUnderAttack — @AHindinews (@Mdshahzadalam4) January 6, 2020 Don't you think if you tagged the ones you happily click selfies with, the possibility of them listening to the plight of hapless students would increase? Or are you just going to capitalise on their suffering and make a movie out of this? — Akil Bakhshi (@akil_bakhshi) January 6, 2020 Film hi nahi dekhni aaj ke bad aise desh virodi logo ki — Kshatriya Brijendra Singh (@KshatriyaBrije4) January 6, 2020 #IndiaDoesSupportCAA we love u ayush — Hello Cinemað (@CinemaHello) January 6, 2020 Ab se me telugu movie hi dekhunga atleast they stand with nation ⤠Except siddharth movie.. — Vikram Singh ð®ð³ (@The__Vikram) January 6, 2020 Thank God @ayushmannk. I was beginning to think bollywood has grown on you and taken your spine away. Feel such relief it hasn't. Yet. — serendipity_believer (@JayantiBhasker) January 6, 2020 Ha ha ha...kindly go n have selfie with them... — Anurag (@Anurag83806263) January 6, 2020 On the personal front, Ayushmann Khurrana was on a vacation along with his wife Tahira and kids and was supposed to return by January 2020. What do you think of Ayushmann's obscure tweet? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  16. Gerard Butler is in India. Now, a lot of Hollywood celebs visit India, and do the usual touristy things, and people go 'let them be' - rightfully so, but we couldn't do it in this case because of the sheer degree of 'desiness' the '300' star has embraced in terms of his outfits and accessories. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gerard Butler (@gerardbutler) on Dec 31, 2019 at 7:28am PST He started off with his own version of Suryanamaskar (hey, he's paying obeisance to the sun and it does have a devotional vibe so don't @ me), and then went on to embrace the other quintessentially desi elements such as marigold maalas and cosy chaddars. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gerard Butler Ukraine ðºð¦ (@mr_gerrybutler) on Jan 1, 2020 at 12:44pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by GerardButler.MyGod (@gerardbutler.mygod) on Dec 29, 2019 at 2:02pm PST Looks like he went ahead and offered prayers to Lord Shiva as well, judging by his Tilak View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gerard Butler Ukraine ðºð¦ (@mr_gerrybutler) on Jan 2, 2020 at 12:31am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by GerardButler.MyGod (@gerardbutler.mygod) on Jan 1, 2020 at 5:52am PST Just look at that intensity, will you? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gerard Butler ðª (@gerardbutler.ig) on Dec 31, 2019 at 9:57am PST It does look like a spiritual tour, and we're just glad he had a good time. View this post on Instagram A post shared by GerardButler.MyGod (@gerardbutler.mygod) on Jan 1, 2020 at 5:51am PST He also met Yash Birla at Rishikesh. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Yash Birla (@yashbirla) on Dec 28, 2019 at 6:49pm PST He also did some soul searching in the narrow alleyways, somewhere within the hills. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gerard Butler Ukraine ðºð¦ (@mr_gerrybutler) on Jan 2, 2020 at 1:18am PST Well, all we can say is, now he is ready for whenever he has to play a desi character. Happy Holidays, Gerard! View the full article
  17. 2019, as we already know, was a fantastic year for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). After the 'Chandrayaan 2' mission, it looks like the organization wants to continue doing big things in 2020 as well. ISRO chief K Sivan, recently, addressed the media to outline some of the upcoming launches and missions. We're looking at two different big mission that are lined up for ISRO. One is 'Chandrayaan 3', which is a highly talked-about mission. Along with that, ISRO will also be working on the 'Gaganyaan' mission. It's said that the 'Gaganyaan' mission will be done in parallel with 'Chandrayaan 3'. © Reuters 'Gaganyaan' mission, for those of you who don't know, will be ISRO's first spacecraft mission. The mission will see India sending humans into space for the first time. The astronauts will be sent for a minimum for 7 days by 2022, which is simply awesome. The test flights for the mission will likely begin by the end of this year if everything goes smoothly. The spacecraft that will be used to carry the astronauts will be developed by ISRO and it'll consist of a service module and crew module. © Reuters The astronauts for the mission got shortlisted after a series of tests conducted both in India and Russia. All four of them have been confirmed to be Indian Air Force pilots. The astronauts will be trained in Russia during which they'll be sharing their expertise on human space flights. The training is set to begin by the third week of January. Although the 'Gaganyaan mission won't be finished by 2022, a huge chunk of the important work will be done this year itself, including the astronaut training. We hope to get constant and timely updated from ISRO on this, so we'll keep you posted. Source: Ministry of Info & Broadcast View the full article
  18. It's the beginning of a new year, and it looks like Samsung is looking to kick things off in the tech space with a new TV that looks like the one to buy this year. Samsung usually shows off new products at the CES show floor but this year, it looks like we won't have to wait for that. According to a German site 4KFilme, Samsung's new 8K TV will be ready to ship this year. The site has posted the pictures of these TVs on its site and says those are the first pictures of the 8K set which might be called the Q900T or Q950T. © 4KFilme We're not sure if the images are accurate, but if they are, then we're looking at the first TV with almost no bezels. We say almost because there's still a noticeable chin at the bottom. It's still smaller than the ones found on other TVs but it looks a little big compared to the other three sides. The site also says that it'll ship with a soundbar-friendly stand and a gap-free wall mount like before. Gap-free wall mount, for those of you who don't know, makes it look as if the panel is hung on the wall like a poster or a photo frame. From a distance, it looks as if you're using a projector to project the visuals on the wall. © 4KFilme Pricing of the TV is still unknown, so we'll still have to wait for that. But obviously, it won't come cheap. We're talking about a TV that has zero bezels after all. It might have a footprint of 65-inches or so because we doubt it'll be feasible to support a massive panel without the bezels. All said and done, we're glad that Samsung is still continuing to push the boundaries and cut off the bezels. This is something that we've been seeing a lot on smartphones and needless to say we'd be very happy to have TVs with so slim bezels. If you have a minimal living room space, then something like this would fit right in. We're also not sure about its India availability yet. So, till then, we have to make peace with Samsung's "The Wall" displays that can cost you to up to Rs 12 crore depending on the size of the panel. Source: 4KFilme View the full article
  19. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses a press conference in Multan. Photo: Geo News MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said that Narendra Modi's controversial anti-Muslim citizenship law has split India into "two schools of thoughts" and exposed the Indian government's "Hindutva" mindset. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, passed by the Indian parliament on December 11, offers citizenship to refugees of several faiths including, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism but does not grant the same to Muslims. The statute, deemed "fundamentally discriminatory" by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has triggered widespread protests in India, of which Qureshi took note in his press conference in Multan today. “There are protests all over India because of the Citizenship Amendment Act. India is completely divided over the move. It is split into two schools of thoughts,” he said. “The entire country is out on the streets protesting against the law. Twenty-five people have been killed in protests so far,” the foreign minister detailed. Qureshi said that the Indian authorities' internet blackout in India's northern states "has unmasked [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi’s Hindutva thinking". He said that Muslims, Hindu and Sikhs have all been protesting against the controversial law, noting that even the chief ministers of several states, including Assam and Madhya Pradesh, have been leading the rallies. 'India's global image stands tarnished' The foreign minister said that the world has also taken notice of the issue. “The international media has been publishing scathing editorials over what is happening in India,” he said, adding that "India’s image has been tarnished all over the world." Qureshi also addressed the situation in occupied Kashmir, which has been under a lockdown for nearly five months. He said that Islamabad has asked newly appointed Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud to have the issue of occupied Kashmir discussed at Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). “The Saudi foreign minister has assured us that he will raise the issue at the forum,” he added. 'No dialogue until situation in occupied Kashmir is resolved'Qureshi dismissed the possibility of any dialogue with India until the issue in occupied Kashmir is resolved. “Due to the situation in occupied Kashmir, Islamabad is not mentally ready to sit down with New Delhi,” Qureshi said. The foreign minister further said that Islamabad had written a letter to the United Nations (UN) over India’s military maneuvers in occupied Kashmir on December 12. “The letter states how India can affect peace in the region. On the basis of our letter, China has requested that military observers brief the UN about the situation in Kashmir.” “The world should know what India is capable of,” he asserted. “We are aware of our responsibilities and are doing what we can on diplomatic and political fronts.” Qureshi again urged the human rights bodies to take notice of the issue in occupied Kashmir. “The issue of Kashmir has taken such a turn for worse that we need an OIC session of the foreign ministers. We are trying to have the session as soon as possible,” he said. He also said that Pakistan has good relations with all the Muslim countries in the world and that “we will continue to make sure there are no issues between the Muslim countries.”
  20. When a movie stars Kangana Ranaut, chances are it is going to be a hit as the 'queen' of Bollywood surely has a natural hunch for picking very strong scripts and doing absolute justice to the content she brings on the big screen. Her next movie is a sports drama about a forgotten Kabaddi player who wants to make a comeback and get second chance. The trailer of Panga released yesterday and it is already impressing everyone on social media. In a period where people have a large appetite for sports biopics and the audience surely enjoys them, Panga looks like a refreshing take on the life of a player who has left her world behind her and is not a hermit in her self-made homely abode. Wonderful!!! All the best to the team. #LePanga #PangaTrailer https://t.co/yEnwLUOkVN — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) December 23, 2019 Saw #PangaTrailer and I couldn't stop myself from sharing my feelings. Tugged something so deep inside my heart that I just couldn't stop wiping the tears off my eyes even minutes after watching it. STUNNING!!! @foxstarhindi A HUGEEE CONGRATULATIONS!!! And KANGANA is â¤ï¸ — Vikrant Massey (@masseysahib) December 23, 2019 Fantastic! Looking forward! https://t.co/MH5jAxKT0j — Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) December 23, 2019 While Bollywood is supporting this wonderful movie, Kangana's fans are in awe of her acting skills and her choice of work. I bet there is only one actor in bollywood who looks different in every movie and live the character. This movie is a must watch. #PangaTrailer pic.twitter.com/344xG1U6A9 — Benidictinrupu (@benidictinrupu) December 23, 2019 Wow. #KanganaRanaut is so convincing as Jaya Nigam in #PangaTrailer I must say, this movie will redefine the way #Bollywood shows the women empowerment. No abuses, no shit, no melodrama. Complete pure talent. @Ashwinyiyer thank U for dis gem. @Rangoli_A give my love to Queen. pic.twitter.com/cFpzaNJfXh — à¤à¤­à¤¿à¤²à¤¾à¤· (@abhilasheart) December 23, 2019 #Panga is a story of strength & courage. A story that needs to be told in times we live in today @Ashwinyiyer Thank u for bringing this as always choosing some amazing stories and empowering others #KanganaRanaut as always you look great..looking forward to this :)#PangaTrailer — Rahul Chauhan (@RahulCh9290) December 23, 2019 The movie will also mark the Bollywood debut for Punjabi singer and actor Jassie Gill, who plays the role of her husband. The movie looks like a wonderful story of how true women empowerment should be depicted. A clean, wonderfully written story of a woman's dedicated hard work who refuses to give up in life. The movie is slated to release on January 24, 2020. View the full article
  21. When Chadwick Boseman, I mean T'Challa said, "Wakanda forever", looks like the US government took it way too seriously and actually believed in it so much that they made the country their trade partner. Yep, apparently a fictional country that only exists in Marvel's cinematic universe is USA's trade partner. Black Panther was such a great movie, and turns out way too realistic, that it made even USA believe it's real. This is the power of Marvel. This hilarious piece of information was discovered by Francis Tseng and he was kind enough to share it with everyone on Twitter. Wakanda is listed as a US free trade partner on the USDA website?? pic.twitter.com/xcq1OFTIPh — Francis Tseng (@frnsys) December 18, 2019 Turns out USA is trading ducks, donkeys, and chickens, among other things, with a made-up country. Oh no, that's a lot of wasted resources. ??? pic.twitter.com/YwRf7aQj3h — Francis Tseng (@frnsys) December 18, 2019 *Jake Peralta voice* No doubt, no doubt. fwiw, the US would no doubt try to liberalize Wakanda's markets and flood it with cheap subsidized corn — Francis Tseng (@frnsys) December 19, 2019 Does this mean the US has access to vibranium? That definitely is not a good idea. Also, is this proof that Wakanda is real and is actually hidden? Are they keeping their advanced technology to themselves? Is Bucky still chilling with his goats there? Guess we'll never know. Soon after the tweet went viral, Wakanda's name was removed, for obvious reasons, and a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) spokesperson clarified that Wakanda was added to the list by accident during a staff test. There's some sense of humour from their side as well. While we removed the Kingdom of Wakanda from our list of US free trade partners, our relationship will always be strong #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/wiRSCIdfGh — Dept. of Agriculture (@USDA) December 19, 2019 People are obviously very excited about the vibranium we'll all get it soon. Whoo hoo, vibranium for everyone! pic.twitter.com/t8MxrBKmeg — NoSpoilersDearie (@dwsherlockfan) December 19, 2019 Yes please. Their flying anti-gravity craft would be very welcome for any family outing. — Ursula&Ray Collins (@rcrcoll6) December 19, 2019 T'Challa, where are you? I don't. I think we should immediately demand an explanation from the king. — Zinduko (@Zinduko) December 19, 2019 Same. I KNEW IT IT'S ALL REAL TAKE ME TO WAKANDA PLEASE I WANT TO LIVE THERE STOP HIDING THE TRUTH FROM US https://t.co/eL1YFdf9Ub — Andy Stein (@AndySteinMusic) December 19, 2019 Well, obviously. SO UNFAIR that Wakanda was dumping their Vibranium on US! We need the tariffs so America's Vibranium farmers can compete! Captain America's shield should be made with 100% American Vibranium! — Elliott Baer (@elliottbaer) December 19, 2019 What is this gif? pic.twitter.com/QAjRpFSMEA — âï¸ Kriss âï¸ (@SuthernReddLegz) December 19, 2019 Oh, for sure. If #BlackPanther2 doesn't include this as an Easter egg in the movie I'll be disappointed — Kumusha Kwedu (@jShingiMagada) December 19, 2019 Thank you. Quid pro quo. Thank you Captain America! pic.twitter.com/OBqLy00kr2 — stuart l (@stuful) December 19, 2019 Great reaction picture. pic.twitter.com/of1iI2ukgj — Robert Casiano (@Chano_3) December 19, 2019 View the full article
  22. WASHINGTON: The English word "love" can be translated as "sevgi" in Turkish and "szerelem" in Hungarian -- but does the concept carry the same meaning for speakers of all three tongues? Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History have used a new tool in comparative linguistics to examine emotional concepts across the world, finding the way we think of things such as anger, fear, and joy depends on our language. Their paper drew on data from nearly 2,500 languages, from large ones with millions of speakers to small ones with thousands, and was published in the journal Science on Thursday. Sometimes, words used to describe emotions are so unique, it seems they are rooted exclusively in a particular culture. The German word "Sehnsucht," referring to a strong desire for an alternative life, has no translation in English. Nor does the word "awumbuk," used by the Baining people of Papua New Guinea to describe feelings of listlessness that hosts feel after their guests leave. But many other emotional states are named across the world´s languages, leading scientists to wonder how close their meaning really is. To approach the question, the team relied on "colexified" words, which refers to when a word has more than one meaning and the different meanings are seen by speakers of that language as conceptually similar. For example, the English word "funny" can mean both humorous and odd, and humor is often found in things that are odd. In Russian, the word "ruka" is used for both the hand and the arm, in Japanese, "ki" can mean both tree and wood, and in French, "femme" means both woman and wife. The researchers constructed networks of colexified emotional concepts and compared them across languages and language families, finding the words varied greatly in their nuance even if their meaning was equated in translation dictionaries. In Austronesian languages, for example, "surprise" was closely associated with "fear," whereas in the Tai-Kadai languages of southeast Asia and southern China, "surprise" was linked to the concepts of "hope" and "want." "Anxiety" was closely related to "anger" among Indo-European languages, but was linked more to "grief" and "regret" amongst Austroasiatic languages, while the concept of "pride" likewise correlated to positive or negative emotions depending on culture. - Primary emotions hardwired - "Not every language family seems to see emotion in the same way as the other, and that´s a really important finding on such a large scale," Kristen Lindquist, a psychology and neuroscience associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and the paper´s senior author, told AFP. The analysis found that those language families with similar colexifications were close in geographic proximity, suggesting the variation could be tied to patterns of trade, conquest and migration. Yet there were some universal findings too: all languages distinguished emotions based on whether they are pleasant or unpleasant to experience, and whether they involve low or high levels of arousal. Few languages equated the low-arousal emotion of sadness with the high-arousal emotion of anger, and few viewed the pleasant emotion of "happy" as similar to the unpleasant emotion of "regret." That supports the idea that certain primary emotions are hardwired into mammalian brains, which humans have added to over millennia through new experiences that they have gone on to name. "There are the basic building blocks of emotion, but humans have been scaffolding on these building blocks for thousands of years within our cultures," Joshua Jackson, a doctoral student at UNC-Chapel Hill and the lead author, told AFP. "The way that we´ve named emotions, the way we communicate emotions, has been an important part of that process and that´s why we have so much diversity in how we express emotions today."
  23. People expect jewellery, cash, exquisite artefacts or in some cases wisdom to be passed down from one generation to the other as part of their family heirloom. But, a family in Michigan have been passing down a fruitcake as their family heirloom. In case, you're wondering if it's a recipe to that fruitcake, you're wrong. It's a Christmas fruitcake that was baked in 1878 by Fidelia Ford. How is the family preserving the cake since the past 141 years is a question that intrigues and haunts us at the same time. via GIPHY Fidelia baked the cake as part of her tradition and let it age a year before serving it to a family member. However, she died at the age of 65 and couldn't see her family eat the cake she baked for them. Reportedly, the cake got passed down as a family heirloom with Fidelia's great-grandson Morgan Ford being the custodian of that cake for 93 years. In 2013, Morgan breathed his last and his daughter Julie Ruttinger took over as the custodian. According to reports, she said that her father "took a lot of pride in it" and treasured the cake till his last breath and even flaunted it at church and several family gatherings. While that's an emotional story, people on the internet weren't quite moved after hearing that story. In fact, they were really grossed out and minced no words in expressing the same on social media. The infinite fruitcake is infinite. ð — jodi (@jodster112) December 14, 2019 Please send a piece to my ex wife to see if it's still good. — Jim Kilgus (@KilgusJim) December 14, 2019 pic.twitter.com/ojR62dC9IQ — âð¦ðð âð£ð ðððð (@MimiLeroch) December 14, 2019 I thought our 140 year old family pickle was gross. — Matthew “Surefire” Cohen (@gudslide) December 14, 2019 test that for DNA — Nate Harger (@NateHarger) December 14, 2019 Great. Smelly petrified fruit. Gross... — Meh. (@Nailtech41) December 14, 2019 Gross on so many levels. — Kevin (@kmrailey) December 14, 2019 Think of how much you could sell it for as "art"! — Rain (@Rain02892136) December 14, 2019 View the full article
  24. The 26-year-old farmer Pradeep HR from Hiriyur in Chitradurga district in Karnataka sings western songs better than its original singer. The entertainer not only sings but also dances while singing these songs. He sings Justin Bieber's song 'Baby' even better than Bieber himself and it may sound shocking but a lot of the village locals don't understand the language but enjoys his songs. Here's a video of Pradeep singing 'Baby' and we cannot deny that it is better than the original. According to The New Indian Express, Pradeep failed the English exam during his graduation and has very less knowledge about the language. He said, “This was the time I developed an interest in English songs and western music.” He not only sings in English but in Chinese and Japanese as well. “I don't know either Chinese or Japanese languages. But I listen to the songs in those languages repeatedly and follow the accent and tune. I always plug in earphones and constantly listen to songs whatever I am doing,” he added. He also said, “By God's grace, I can change my tone and pitch to suit the track and the singer.” The video and his talent have surfaced on the internet and clearly, he deserves all the praise. Pradeep, however, makes a living by working on the field. View the full article
  25. An age-old precursor for women across the board before sexual intercourse is obviously to get on the 'pill'. Contraceptives are essential in every way for women who do not wish to procreate by having unprotected ***. Of course, it's on the woman to have better sense and either get on a hormonally induced birth-control pill, or probably wear a diaphragm, cervical cap or even insert an intrauterine device, to prevent pregnancy. (c)Firstcry Parenting While it's become a default setting with most women, the side effects, pain thresholds and somewhat rogue(ish) mood swings at times are mere suggestions of how 'this is what life's really about'. Well, maybe it's time to change that thought process and include men into the picture a little less sporadically. Yes, condoms are obviously there and apart from acting like a contraceptive, they prevent both men and women from contracting various sexually transmitted infections and diseases but do all men really wear a condom during intercourse? Let's focus on a rural setting. The man of the house comes home after a debaucherous night with alcohol and wants to have *** with his wife. They have four children already, who're helping them make ends meet. He doesn't request but demands that she adheres to his basic carnal needs and yes, she does. They have ***, without protection and a few weeks later, she finds out she is pregnant again because he refused to wear a condom. (c)Twitter Now, let's focus on something similar kids do in college. While going out, drinking together is the best way to break the ice, getting drunk and having *** without a condom, out of an uncontrollable frenzy has become a dramatic piece of happenstance. No, I am not comparing a rural lifestyle to that of an urban one. I am comparing the basic flaw these two analogies have in common. The dismay in using the simplest form of birth control which is easily available. Procreation has become the woman's responsibility and the only option men have as a 'forever' mechanism to birth control is a very painful vasectomy. Well, that's about to change very soon. In our journey to achieve the most intense orgasms, we often bring along consent but condoms don't really feature as much as they need to and hence the women end up popping birth control pills, if they have the right means and access to them and if they don't, well, we're a billion plus people, for a reason. But hold on, there might be an apt solution to this 'problem'. The 'Male Contraceptive Injection', which has been in the works for a while now has just come to India, and unlike most of its target audience, it's safe to use. The Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR) successfully completed the medical trials of the world's first injectable male contraceptive drug and it's ready to barge in to the Indian market, so that men can use it as an alternative to the painful procedure of vasectomy, which is currently the only form of male sterilisation available in the world. (c)Twitter The injection does promise no side-effects except being injected on the sperm-containing tube near the testicles (vas deferens), a procedure that will be proceeded by anaesthesia of course. The process is called Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (RISUG) and it injects polymers into the *****'s vas deferens, that have the capability to hold back your sperm, when you fail to do so yourself! The promised shelf life of the injection is 13 years, which means you may need maybe 4 of these in your entire lifetime. Other options like pills and gels are also going under testing but ICMR has certified this as a foolproof method to literally hold your horses, while having ***. ICMR is currently awaiting approval from the Drug Controller General of India. But we didn't want to wait before asking the men around us how they feel about this specific medical breakthrough. of going through years in college and later, scrounging for rubber or just 'winging' it when it was too much of an effort to procure. This is what they had to say: (1) "I'm okay with anything that involves not having to wear condoms, plus it's about time that we took the pressure of having to take morning after pills or the constant anxiety of getting pregnant off women and put some of that pressure on men" Siddhant Rai, 27, Special Project, ILN (2) "Well it's better than vasectomy that's for sure. 13 years is not bad if you want to **** around with minimal consequences. It might appeal to people in their 20s. Actually, it can appeal to any age. Personally, I think I'm too old for this. Probably I would probably like to procreate some day." Deepro Banerjee, 35, Freelance Video Producer (3) "Even though I haven't used contraceptive injections yet I feel it's a great product (provided its success percentage is better or equal to the other options available in the market). Assuming it is a long lasting solution over condoms I feel it is a better and safer option. Also given that the experience of safe *** without a use of latex would be far superior to existing options available, I feel it is a step in the right direction keeping intact the importance of safety and also without the intimacy being compromised." - Amman, 37, Head-IPs and Experiences, ILN (4) "I don't think there is a lack of intent in me or many other men around me. I would've liked the product even more if it could do more about STDs rather than just pregnancy prevention. Because I would still end up using other contraceptives like condoms for that. Also, I hope there are products which gives men an option for a shorter shelf life. I may not want kids now. But maybe 6 years down the line I would. Although, I don't mind injecting my ***** with a clinically tested and tried product as long as it gives both me and my partner a piece of mind after every intercourse." - Porus Kumar Singh, 28, Chief Program Manager (5) "Honestly, I'm totally okay with the 'contraceptive' bit... It's the 'injection' that throws up many questions. Where will I be injected? How often will I have to inject myself? Is this a one-time thing or do I have to be ON it? And yes, I'd consider using it if these parameters don't freak me out :) and of course, I'd like to talk to my partner and see how she feels about the entire thing as well." - Shomi Gupta, 37, Filmmaker, Writer (6) "I welcome contraceptives for men. Considering condoms aren't a hundred percent effective, and how adverse the side-effects of contraceptives for women are, this is pretty cool. The only reason I'd be hesitant to take them is that I'm afraid of needles haha." - Lakshman Parsuram, 30, Audio Engineer (7) "Till date, women have had to deal with the consequences of unprotected ***. The contraceptive injection levels the playing field and provides an opportunity for men take up the responsibility of birth control. I always practice safe *** using protection but would open to a safe contraceptive option if my partner was uncomfortable taking a contraceptive pill." - Angad Khanna, 30, Head of Communications Well, while expecting an absolute dismissal of the idea of contraceptive injections for men, the men I spoke to had balanced, well-rounded and positive views in favour of the contraceptive. It makes procreation bit more planned and not archaically non-negotiable and of course keeps the needs of the women right on top. Especially when men are being sensitive towards women popping a morning after pill, which is not the best alternative for her in the long run. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images Well, we hope a significant breakthrough is made in this field and the government ideates programmes to initiate this procedure in most rural spaces in India. For now, we're waiting for the final approval and slowly and steadily accepting the whole and idea and thrill behind the new male contraceptive injection. View the full article
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