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  1. The International Space Station, as we all know, is currently the only fully functional space station in the Earth's lower orbit. It's the result of a partnership between European countries represented by the European Space Agency the United States, Japan, Canada, and Russia. Well, looks like there's going to be another space station by the year 2030 and it's going to be launched by none other than India. The same has been confirmed by the ISRO chief K Sivan during a press conference where he also talked a bit more about the project. © Reuters He made it a point to inform that India will not be joining the International Space Station (ISS) and launch its own space station, which will be an extension of the Gaganyaan project. “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme. So, subsequently, as a long-term plan, we are planning to have the space station in India. We are going to join the international community in manned missions to the moon, asteroids. We have a clear plan for the space programme,” Sivan said. The proposed space station will likely weigh 20 tonnes and it's said to be used for conducting microgravity experiments. India is targetting 2030 as the date to launch the space station and the preliminary plan is for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for up to 15-20 days in space. We still don't have a lot of details, but we hope to learn more after the completion of Gaganyaan mission. © Reuters As for the Gaganyaan mission, the government is said to have cleared a budget of Rs. 10,000 crore. It looks like there will be two flights from Sriharikota before the maiden flight with crew takes of sometime in 2022. ISRO's complete focus right now is on India's second moon mission, Chandrayan -2. It will take off on July 15 and will attempt to land near the South Pole of the Moon, which has remained an uncharted territory so far. You can learn more about the Chandrayan-2 mission right here.
  2. In a development that comes as a pretty big and a happy surprise to the people on social media, especially the residents of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the country is all set to open its doors to its first ever nightclub called the 'Halal' nightclub. Dubai and Beirut's famous club chain 'White' is already in talks and the place has been in the pipeline for a long time. The bar and the nightclub will cater to the needs of residents of the country and help them enjoy a well-deserved night-life, according to the Islamic norms. The news spread like wildfire on social media and people obviously have all sort of opinions. Bruh white jeddah night club is gonna be like 90% awkward people in it bruh. Wtf are you gonna do at a halal nightclub anyways? ð — . (@Lakofabettrname) June 12, 2019 Anyone interested to explain to me what is a Halal Disco/night club? I'm almost confused. — Walaa Al Ghussein (@WalaaGh) June 12, 2019 While some people are merely confused about this concept, many feel that the move is unnecessary. being civilized & modern does not need an opening of a night club with halal bar #justsaying hehehehe — Nurah AlSabah (@NurahMeshal) June 12, 2019 I can't believe that they're opening a nightclub in Jeddah! I mean wth it's right next to Mecca! oh wait the bar is HALAL lol.. — s (@xsuhyx) June 11, 2019 Also, some Twitter users are just interpreting the concept in their own way, of course. Mood : #دÙسÙÙ_ÙÙ_جد٠pic.twitter.com/fgxfCJSfE4 — Lamia (@Blaxy_Lia) June 12, 2019 © Twitter But then, some are genuinely excited and happy about this cool idea. Mood : ð¥ð¤ª #دÙسÙÙ_ÙÙ_جد٠pic.twitter.com/sQ3lsN8W6T — أبÙعبداÙÙÙ (@aboabdullah611) June 12, 2019 #دÙسÙÙ_ÙÙ_جد٠Mood pic.twitter.com/REQDZrTzEH — Essa ð (@essacool) June 12, 2019 All things said and done, everyone deserves a place to just let their hair down and party the night away!
  3. Yes, tonight will be the best night of the year to take a good look at the world's largest planet. Jupiter, the Earth and the Sun all line up in a row tonight, making up for prime viewing opportunities. Not just that, Jupiter is also said to be at its closest to us tonight, which means, you can even see four of its moons i.e. Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede if you have the right gear.Photo: © YouTube (Main Image) © NASA The cosmic event, dubbed 'Opposition' will occur at 6 PM EST, which is around 3.30AM according to the Indian Standard Time. You can expect to see the planet shinning bright like a jewel around the same time. According to the stargazers at NASA, this event only happens once every 13 months. So, if you miss out on taking a look at the Jupiter tonight, then you'll have to wait 13 months again to get a chance to see it up close. Of course, you can always check out the planet with the help of the images captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the massive planet, but there's nothing like taking a good look at the thing with your naked eyes. © Reuters Also, if you happen to have a good telescope, then you can also nerd out by spotting things like Jupiter's individual cloud bands and its characteristic Great Red Spot. But that's just optional. You'll still get a good view without any special equipment whatsoever. Enjoy!
  4. Off late, HBO has been churning out some great content for its viewers. After the mighty success of 'Game of Thrones', 'Chernobyl' is the new show taking disaster dramatics by storm, breaking records in every way possible. If you know about 'Chernobyl', you'll know it's a story that revolves around the true events that occurred in 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the lives of those who faced the consequences, post it. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was situated North of Ukraine SSR, near a city called Pripyat and it surely was one of the most gruesome disasters to have occurred in the history of mankind, results of which are still quite prominent and visible. © HBO Right now, the show is on its way to becoming the highest-ranking television series, ever and IMBD ratings prove its way ahead of the highest-ranked fantasy drama's namely 'Game of Thrones'! Yes, something has finally beaten 'Game of Thrones' records and that's a first, for sure. The average rating for the show on IMDB is 9.6/10, which way ahead of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Game of Thrones', which have a rating of 9.4/10. But unfortunately, Russia doesn't agree about its popularity and clearly doesn't like how HBO has projected the happenings in the show and is going ahead with its own version of the show on Chernobyl. A Russian network is making a fictional story on Chernobyl, based on a conspiracy theory, that claims that a CIA agent was sent to the nuclear power plant to carry out the acts of damage. This is because the Russian media does not agree to the plotline and the character arcs that are prevalent in the show and they find it strange that an American TV channel (HBO) has told stories about the Russian heroes in their own way. Several other Russian media houses have criticised the show for showing instances based on America's own understanding and perspectives when the disaster occurred far away from them. © HBO The Russians also believe that the American channel is using the show to tarnish Russia's reputation as a nuclear power, through demonstrating facts that aren't true from the show. One of the local papers also said 'the show is a caricature and not the truth'. "One theory holds that Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and many historians do not deny that, on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy's intelligence services was present at the station." states film director Alexei Muradov, to an international publication. © HBO With all these conspiracy theories flying about, the show is definitely going to be a lot more interesting and if you haven't watched it yet, its time you catch it, just to understand a bit of history. After all, weren't we all looking for something to replace 'Game of Thrones'? Even if this is a bit extreme as an alternative, it's definitely a must-watch!
  5. PUBG Mobile hype is causing some serious trouble in countries like India where a lot of people are currently dealing with gaming addiction. While some people have been arrested, others have even lost their lives or ended up with broken marriages. But PUBG Mobile developer Tencent Games, on the other hand, is enjoying by cashing in on all the hype. According to a new report from intelligence firm, Sensor Tower, Tencent has crossed $4.8 million a day in May. Yes, the company literally made $4.8 million a day i.e. over Rs. 33 Crores a day from PUBG Mobile and it's clone called Game For Peace that it launched in China. © PUBG Mobile With that, Tencent is now said to own the world's highest grossing mobile app and the highest grossing mobile game, which is just insane. Do make a note that these are just estimates, but even the exact value is expected to be somewhere in the same ballpark. The total amount is said to be 126-percent higher quarter on quarter in comparison to the $65 million that PUBG Mobile grossed in April 2019. It's also worth pointing out that the estimate excludes Android revenue from China. Of the total revenue earned by Tencent from PUBG Mobile and the new Game for Peace, over $101 million came from Apple's App Store and $45.3 million from Google's Play Store. The revenue from both games, when put together, is about 17-percent more than $125 million made by Honor of Kings, which is yet another smash hit title published by Tencent. © PUBG Mobile Sensor Tower's Head of Mobile Insights, Randy Nelson, who shared all this information, said, “App Store and Google Play users worldwide spent an average of $4.8 million per day last month between both PUBG Mobile versions. The chief rival to both of Tencent's titles, Fortnite from Epic Games, had its best month so far in 2019 on iOS, but its total player spending of $43.3 million was only about 43 percent of Game for Peace and PUBG Mobile's combined take for May.”
  6. Apple just announced iOS 13 for the iPhone and has started to roll out as a Beta for current devices. It comes with many new performance improvements and software tweaks to make the iPhone experience even better. One such feature is called "Optimized Battery Charging” and is designed to improve your battery's total life and health. © Macrumors The new mode can be found in the battery section of settings and you need to head to “Battery Health”. You can switch it if you want to extend your iPhone's battery life. When switched on, this mode basically learns from your usage and habits and then waits to finish charging to 100% until you need your device. © Pexels For a simpler explanation, if you charge your smartphone at night while sleeping, Apple will charge it to 80% and then wait an hour or so before you wake up to charge it up to 100%. This basically keeps your iPhone charged at optimum capacity and then charge the remaining capacity when you actually need it, instead of keeping the iPhone charged at 100%. © Reuters When any device with a battery is continually charging after it reaches maximum capacity, this, in turn, does affect the battery health. This new feature is essentially a life safer who want to keep using their iPhone without having the need of replacing the battery sooner than expected. This feature will eventually prolong the life of the device as long as possible. If you would like to check out iOS 13, you can follow our guide on how to install it on your device right now. According to Apple, these are devices that can take part in the iOS 13 beta - iPhone XS, XS Max iPhone XR iPhone X iPhone 8, 8 Plus iPhone 7, 7 Plus iPhone 6s, 6s Plus iPhone SE iPod Touch 7th Generation Source: Macrumors
  7. As soon as Ranveer Singh was roped in to play the main man behind India's first ever Cricket World Cup Win in 1983 - Kapil Dev, we had geared up for another solid sports biopic. Ranveer has had an amazing couple of years, with huge, successful movies like 'Padmaavat' and 'Gully Boy' under his belt, and it's only natural for us to be excited for his unique role in '1983'. He is known to completely throw himself into the process of 'becoming the character', something that sets him apart in Bollwood. For '1983', he needs to become the captain of the team, and he has been spending time with Kapil Dev for that very reason. Take a look. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 24, 2019 at 9:30pm PDT What we found noteworthy was the effortless style both these gentlemen were exuding, despite being in their most basic attires. While Ranveer wore a plain white T-shirt, Kapil Dev looked dapper in his usual fare - the plain white shirt. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 24, 2019 at 9:31pm PDT They prove that basic attires like summer staples that are extremely comfortable, are terribly underrated. One simply can never go wrong with them, irrespective of the occasion. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 24, 2019 at 9:30pm PDT All we can say is that we are extremely excited to see Ranveer snatch the World Cup on screen.
  8. If you haven't grown up watching the mystical city of Agrabah and imagining what would it feel like to have a flying carpet as your ride and a genie as your best friend, then you have clearly been living on another planet. Guy Ritchie's much-hyped millennial adaptation of 'Aladdin' finally released today and the reviews and reactions are pouring in. Fans were obviously concerned if their favourite childhood tale will be over-glorified or if it would survive the hype, but looks like everyone is pretty elated with what they watched. #Aladdin !!!!!!!! 10/10 I can't say enough good things about it. Literally my favorite childhood movie recreated thus far!!! ðð — brea varnell (@breauhhh_8) May 24, 2019 I was so worried that they were going to ruin my favorite childhood movie but the live-action version was EVERYTHING!ðð #Aladdin — its24karat (@its24karat) May 24, 2019 I've never smiled as much in a movie in my life until I watched #Aladdin. It met my expectations and passed them. This is the best Disney live action they've done hands down. ð — Alan (@GustheBuz23) May 24, 2019 From Will Smith's acting to Naomi Campbells' screen presence and even the background score, fans are thrilled to re-live their childhood on the big screen. The Aladdin remake had effects from out of this world, the soundtrack was incredible, Naomi Scott's Speechless gave me goosebumps. Definitely a masterpiece of a remake, the best remake Disney has done thus far. Let's see if The Lion King can top this. #aladdin — Bader (@26bloushi04) May 24, 2019 Leaving #Aladdin and: • Will Smith makes a FANTASTIC Genie. • Naomi Scott is our new supreme. • Mena Massoud's million dollar smile can power all of Agrabah. — Julius (@jbridge4th) May 24, 2019 They actually find a way to shoehorn some white people into #Aladdin. I'm honestly kind of impressed. — Unnamed Prince of Dorne (@thelindsayellis) May 23, 2019 In case you still don't know if you should book your tickets or not, here's something that will convince you. Loved, loved #Aladdin #WillSmith is absolutely delicious and does honour Robin Williams legacy ð§‍âï¸ð — Cremildaâ° (@cremildatwit) May 24, 2019 Do yourself a favour and watch this over the weekend.
  9. Of late, India has been shrouded in the grey clouds of 'intolerance' on multiple occasions. However, almost every single time, Indians have stepped forward to quash these allegations and have stood up in a show of communal harmony and brotherhood. Regardless of their religious beliefs and choice of food, people have always come forward to help each other by going out of their way, saving each other's lives, putting themselves in danger and have been one another's strength. © Twitter After Ayodhya's Sita Ram temple recently hosted an Iftar feast for their Muslim brothers and sisters, now a mosque in UP's Meerut district has opened its gates for the preparation of a Shiv Bhandara in its premises on behalf of a local temple. On the occasion of the foundation day of Somnath Shiv Mandir, the Jama Masjid in the Kotwali area took this beautiful step. Even the Muslim residents of the area helped in the preparation and distribution of the Bhandara among people. © Twitter As per an HT report, the Jama Masjid opened early and all the required apparatus like stoves, vegetables et cetera was brought into the premises. Furthermore, the water used for Muslim devotees was also put to use for the Bhandara and was also served to people for drinking. While the entire world tries to paint a different picture, people like these reaffirm our faith in humanity and our people. What a lovely message this sends to everyone, especially to those who try to divide our society.
  10. Very recently, the German national women's football team produced an ad campaign ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in which they spoke about how after winning one of the most prestigious European Championships, every woman of the squad received a tea set as medals for their glorious achievement. This was exactly three decades ago in 1989. Not a lot of news was made out of this because back then women were supposed to be making some good tea and the tea set would only add to their skills. Now, maybe in order to celebrate 30 years of sexual discrimination and the dominance of the male gender in sports, one of Spain's squash tournament's management team decided to repeat history, but only making it 10 times more interesting. “This is the 21st century, women aren't only meant to be making tea” they might have thought in their giant heads. “Let's reward them with *** toys instead!” Brilliant! Spain's Asturias Squash Championship 2019 saw some of the most competitive women squash players battle against each other on the squash court. They had trained night and day, putting in their blood, sweat and tears in order to achieve greatness in their game one day. For the 37-year-old Elisabet Sado Garriga, the day had finally arrived when she won the squash tournament a couple of days ago. Her reward? A gift bag with a waxing set to make her skin smooth, a foot care device to make those ugly feet pretty again and a branded “Pure Fantasy” vibrator because… needs. La imagen de los trofeos con los aberrantes regalos que ha denunciado @Ganamosconellas #ELTOPDELMACHISMO #sexismo #discriminación #Squash @revistalideras pic.twitter.com/P84iBsdSyx — Cristina Gallo (@crisgallo2) May 19, 2019 We have no idea as to why Garriga and the rest of the four place holders of the tournament got so offended that they registered a complaint against the tournament's management team that led to the Royal Spanish Squash Federation cancelling all tournaments for the year and even ordered the Asturian Institute of Women to investigate the matter. It is also believed that three of the helpless, sexist officials from the tournament were also asked to resign. Honestly, we do not even understand what all the fuss is about. After all, the club that hosted the tournament came out in public to say that whatever they did, it was not “done from a sexist standpoint.” If you ask us, rewarding an athlete with *** toys is always a great idea. Regardless of their gender, we are sure, they would be super excited to receive a token of appreciation that screams “you need to get laid!”. If anything, the sports tournament was too kind, thinking about the athletes' *** life like that. Do not see an issue with that...
  11. Doordarshan - what is the first thing that comes to your mind as soon as you hear that one word? Out of nowhere, the signature tune of India's first television provider begins to play out, and the iconic 'eye' logo, always visible to the right of the screen, begins to materialise in our mind's eye. The kind of nostalgia the combination of these two simple elements of the channel are capable of inducing is something every millennial will be able to relate to. However, Doordarshan and its over half a century-old logo is now trying to salvage its withering spirit, by reinventing and revamping itself. To keep up with the demands of the changing times, and establish a strong youth connect, Prasar Bharati had announced a 'logo design contest' in 2017. They received close to 10,000 entries for the same, out of which five logos have been shortlisted. It will be good to recall that the iconic “eye” logo of Doordarshan was designed by Devashis Bhattacharyya and appeared on television screens for the very first time on April 1, 1976. As expected, the channel, as well as its logo, enjoys a lot of loyalty. © Twitter So when Prasar Bharati said in a statement that, "The new logo while recalling the strong nostalgia associated with the DD brand, should reflect the aspirations of new India," and now announced the shortlisted designs, they have received a lot of backlash from people on Twitter. Doordarshan Logo Contest - Here are the top 5 logo designs selected out of more than 10,000 entries. pic.twitter.com/qV8Ni2Zkj8 — Prasar Bharati (@prasarbharati) May 20, 2019 People still think the original logo is the 'best' and we agree. Best pic.twitter.com/wwfMJxqPya — Chowkidar à®à®¾à®¸à¯à®®à®¿à®à¯à®ªà®¿à®³à®¿à®©à¯à®à®°à¯ ð®ð³ (@cosmicblinker) May 21, 2019 Honestly, we are also disappointed at the selections. Fire the selection committee . This is worse than clipart! — Anusha Yadav (@anushayadav) May 21, 2019 People can't believe these really are the only “best” ones. Sach batao kitne entries aaye the? Kyunki apne desh ka talent pool itna kharab nahi ho sakta. — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) May 21, 2019 Some people are even offended. Any junior artist in our graphic set up would have done better. Hate this competition business. Which self respecting professional will submit for a competition? Which is why this is the outcome. — | nisheeth sharan | (@nisheethsharan) May 21, 2019 People had better expectations. i guess the designer wants to seal the final nail in DD's coffin! Please pay a good designer and get the job done! All the logos were stolen from internet! — Giridhar (@cgiridhar) May 21, 2019 We can totally see where all the angst and disappointment is coming from. But what are your thoughts on this?
  12. The good folks over at Tencent Games have been working hard to bring some of the most popular games to mobile phones. They first started off with PUBG Mobile, which turned out to be a staggering success. The company also worked with Activision to bring 'Call of Duty' to mobile phones. Now, if the new reports are anything to go by, then it looks like Tencent is working with its US unit Riot Games to develop a mobile version of 'League of Legends', the world's most popular game. That's right, it looks like you'll soon be able to play 'League of Legends' on your mobile phones, and it's a huge deal. © Riot Games According to Reuters, multiple sources have confirmed that the mobile version of 'League of Legends' is Tencent's next big project. In fact, the company is said to have been working on the game for over a year now. The sources noted that Riot Games had declined Tencent's proposal to make the mobile version of 'League of Legends' years ago, following which the developer made multiple similar offerings like 'Honour of Kings', 'Arena of Valor', etc. The 'Honour of Kings', in case you don't know, was launched back in 2015 and became the world's highest grossing multiplayer online battle arena game. © Riot Games 'League of Legends' is nearly ten-years-old and is said to be the most popular title with a long history. “'League of Legends' is like the World Cup, whereas 'Honour of Kings' is just the Asia Cup,” one of the sources said. Right now, we're not entirely sure when this mobile version of the game will launch. However, it'll most likely bring in more Asian players, who're known to play more mobile games over desktop or console. Needless to say, it'll also pour in more revenue. 'League of Legends' brought in $1.4 billion in revenue last year, which is just insane. Source: Reuters
  13. In 1988, a 6-year-old boy went for his first live concert with his parents in New York. At the legendary Madison Square Garden, the kid, who was possibly one of Mithun Chakraborty's biggest fans, saw his idol perform live in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Fast forward to the present, and that 6-year-old fanboy found himself sharing screen space with his idol, Mithun Da as a co-actor, in 'The Tashkent Files'. © Prashantt Guptha The little boy we're talking about is actor Prashantt Guptha, who in an exclusive interview with MensXP, spoke about how his journey and how it is nothing less than a 'divine miracle' for him to do a film with Mithun Chakraborty. BTW, did we tell you, 'The Tashkent Files' has been critically acclaimed and is doing incredibly well at the box office? Taking cue from 'Gully Boy', Prashantt said, "the milestone success of 'THE TASHKENT FILES' gives me that apna time aayega kind of feeling." © Prashantt Guptha "From 'Issaq' to 'Neerja' to 'The Tashkent Files', I came here to stay and my time has come," - Prashantt Guptha. Being a fan is one thing, but working with your idol as a co-star is a surreal experience. When we spoke to Prashantt and the excitement in his tone said it all, "the joy of going from a fanboy to co-star is no less than a divine miracle. How can I ever forget the vivid memory of him dancing to 'Krishna, dharti pe aaja tu' in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Never did I imagine that 30 years later I would work with him in a film and be on the same poster." © Prashantt Guptha When asked about his experience, he said, "Had Dada not made me comfortable from day one, I would have been nervous throughout the whole film. That was one memorable moment, where you are sitting with him and cracking jokes, eating together and even get a compliment from him. When he heard this (New York concert) story, his eyes were glittering like there were stars in his eyes." Success stories don't happen in a day, as everyone goes throuh his or her fair share of struggle. For Prashantt too, it wasn't a cakewalk or luck that worked in his favour. From facing multiple rejections, humiliation at the hands of some people to battling depression; Prashantt's struggle not only made him stronger and wiser but also gave everyone around him hope that if you have willpower, then nothing can stop you. © Prashantt Guptha Everyone comes to Mumbai with dreams to make it big in Bollywood and so did Prashantt. But, when the harsh reality dawned on him, his perception of the industry changed, "I have never appreciated how some people have treated me. I hate how people ignore you. I hate that until you haven't made it big, there's absolutely no talk about your craft, your attitude or your decency as a human being. People look through your face, look through your eyes and they ignore you. That really hurts and belittles you." However, the treatment of some people never deterred him from doing what he wanted to do, "Indeed it is traumatic to remember the ways I was treated, but the learnings have healed me too. Looking back, I have nothing but gratitude for how these experiences with people, situations, and this industry overall have shaped my being and strengthened my soul." © Prashantt Guptha He further revealed, "Here in India, we have a saying, 'chai se zyaada ketli garam'. You'll be surprised to know the biggest people I've worked with, be it the Rajshris, Vivek Agnihotri or stalwarts like Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) saab and Mithun Da, have been the nicest. Yet with the 'gatekeepers' of the offices, the secretaries and at times assistants, I've been subjugated to so much belittling and mental torture. It was simply power-play. They didn't care where I came from, what I have done, how nice I am, whom I came through, or how talented I was." © Prashantt Guptha Things were never rosy for him. Multiple rejections and most importantly, the way people treated him, slowly slipped him into depression. "When you go through all of it, you become very bitter, you become very resentful, you hurt yourself and go through mental torture." When asked about the lowest point in his career, he said "There wasn't just one low point in my career. The accrued low points led to clinical, psychological and emotional issues and that was the worst of what I've been through. Even worse was the pain my journey put my family through." © Prashantt Guptha But Prashantt never gave up nor did he let depression or the clinical issues he was going through pull him down. He not only overcame depression, but also proved his mettle to the world like a true boss. In fact, he is grateful for having gone through depression, "because that shaped me as an artist in multiple ways. You learn so much about life, learn to help others and going through a very bad patch in life shapes you for the rest of your time." Having battled and overcome depression himself, Prashantt has an important message for his fans and all those people who are reading this right now, "Depression is a very bad thing and I would say it to anybody who is going through it, the best thing you can possibly do is talk to a friend or a relative. Talking to people will really heal you through this phase. I went through it and I have no regrets anymore. That time I did, but not anymore." © Prashantt Guptha Currently, Prashantt is working on a film with veteran actress Revathi. On talking about his co-actor and the chemistry he shares with her, he said "I am currently doing a film with Revathi, where I play her son and that has been my toughest and most enjoyable role. Revati ji, who is a three-time national award winner, is by far one of the finest human beings." He is also doing another short film with actress Bidita Bag and a feature film with Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee. What's more, it is his hardwork and talent that has made him the only Indian actor ever to get cast as a lead in a Hollywood Christmas movie. The movie, 'A New Christmas' is the story of an Indian boy and an African girl, who meet in New York during Christmas and fall in love. © Prashantt Guptha From being a little boy in New York who moved to Mumbai and struggled to become an actor, Prashantt has come a long way, "My journey has made me a better actor, has made me a tougher human being, has taught me how to meditate and it humanises me in every way. But, I have no regrets. I have got from some fine examples to learn from. I learn from Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Tripathy and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Manoj Bajpai. These are the actors I look up to and actors I want to become like. And they all took a very long time." We all love reading and talking about success stories, but how many of us get that 'one in a million' chance to live one? Prashantt Guptha got it and he grabbed the opportunity with both his hands. Today, his inspiring success story has become a valuable lesson we all can learn from.
  14. Ever wondered why people are particularly in awe of characters like Sherlock Holmes or let's say, Littlefinger from 'Game of Thrones'? It's that clever brain of theirs which manages to set them apart from the rest of the crowd. Interestingly, such characters not only belong in the world of fiction, as sometimes, we manage to find them in the real world as well. via GIPHY A 27-year-old student has gone viral on the internet for an extremely bizarre yet ingenious reason. The student, who hails from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, was arrested after he tricked the employees of KFC into giving him free meals for a year. How in the name of Colonel Sanders did he pull this off? Well, our brilliant man here convinced the employees that he was sent from the KFC headquarters for quality check of the food being served in the restaurant. He would confidently walk into the store, and tell the same story at different KFC outlets and would end up getting a free meal. © Getty Images Look, I know what he did was wrong and everything, but you've got to admit it was bloody brilliant. I mean, clearly, he knows some kind of Jedi mind trick given how he pulled this off at every. single. KFC. outlet that he went to for a whole year! Who does that? Mere mortals like me can't even dream of walking into a shop and saying such things while making eye contact with the employees. Clearly, I am not the only one impressed with this student, as Twitter is losing its shit over the man and his antics and are hailing him as their new hero and have branded him a legend. First Mandela and now this poor man. WTF South Africa? A man needs his KFC. — Bree's Grampy (@vinnyc3) May 13, 2019 #SouthAfrica, y'all just gonna throw a man in jail for #KFC being stupid? #CmonMan https://t.co/3g7dVUnHHg — #BullpenInNeed (@ause7en) May 14, 2019 He should be knighted, not arrested!! The guy is a freaking LEGEND!!! ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ — Deano (@deansleckie) May 13, 2019
  15. According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple has started to finalise locations for its first retail store that is set to open in India soon. The report said that the company has 'redoubled its efforts' in India to open its first store in an upscale location. © Pexels The first location is said to be in Mumbai and will probably be at a site similar to iconic locations such as Orchard Street in Singapore, Regent Street in London and Gift Avenue in New York. Currently, Apple sells its products via authorised partners only, as the company did not meet local manufacturing and sourcing requirements. Apple has now increased manufacturing in India and is currently in talks with the Government for a retail store, the report says. Wistron's factory application for a new $1 billion factory in India was recently approved by the country's IT ministry, which means Apple will soon have an additional manufacturing unit here in India. The new factory will be manufacturing Apple's iPhone 8, in addition to the iPhone SE, 6S, and AirPods. Additionally, the Foxconn project is also in progress, which could be commissioned to assemble the rest of the iPhone line-up including the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR © Pexels “India is a very important market in the long term,” Cook said after the company's earnings report last week. “It's a challenging market in the short term, but we're learning a lot. We plan on going in there with sort of all of our might.” Last month, Apple slashed prices for the iPhone XR and offered a price cut of Rs 17,000. The price cut resulted in good sale numbers for Apple's latest smartphone and it seems like Apple is gearing up for a far more competitive strategy. Source: Bloomberg
  16. Ever since I read about the OnePlus phone and the community, I was sure I too wanted to get my hands on this beauty. It was the phone to have, and the price was a steal for a phone that had everything one needed--great camera, a sleek look and a vision that was tech goals. So my journey into the OnePlus bandwagon started with its first ever edition, and boy, I can proudly say I am a fan for life. OnePlus It's easy usage, simple yet sleek design and fast Operating System is just what makes this phone such a hit with the millennials. I mean yeah, we know we spend most of our time either on social media or clicking photos and this phone does complete justice to our needs. The rear camera combination is 16MP and 20MP with OIS, while the front camera remains 16MP. OnePlus 6T also sports a newer NightScape mode for better low-light pictures. The phone has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, which the company called Screen Lock. The battery is 3,700mAh with fast charging seen on other OnePlus phones. OnePlus And now, just days before the OnePlus 7 launch in India, OnePlus makers have announced a big price drop for OnePlus 6T and I am over the moon. The smartphone with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will be available for Rs 31,499 with Rs 9,000 off during Amazon Summer Sale. OnePlus 6T will also get Rs 1,500 instant discount on SBI credit and debit cards. This will be the last chance to buy the OnePlus 6T at a lowered price and I am already scouting for this fabulous deal online. The offer period is from 3 May, 12 PM onwards. The offer is live on Amazon.in, Oneplus.in, OnePlus exclusive offline stores, Croma outlets and Reliance. This is the cheapest the 6T has ever been and it's the last chance to buy one. So hurry up and join this exciting world of the OnePlus community.
  17. Do you remember the time, not so many moons ago, when an air of excitement and curiosity took over the entire household at the mention of newly-developed pictures, brought home straight from the photo studio? © Getty Images The process of clicking pictures was much more personal and cathartic back in the day. What with having to choose every shot wisely (and sparingly) unlike the senseless clicks we have become accustomed to nowadays. Along with the rolls of films we had to keep handy, the spare batteries we guarded with our life during long vacations, and the negatives we held so dear, the entire process was more involved, more meaningful somehow. © Getty Images Yet, the best moment lay in holding physical copies of the pictures taken a lifetime ago. Yes, it really felt that way at the time. After waiting for months, the film roll would finally be all used up, and we could pester the elders to drop the film at the nearest studio, and get the photographs developed. © Getty Images But nothing quite beats the thrill of setting our eyes on the final product and see for ourselves how every shot came out. You see, with old film cameras we couldn't know how good, bad or entirely pointless a picture turned out to be, until we got it developed and had it right before your eyes. At that point, one could either admire the pictures or break into a collective laughter riot over how “funny” the photograph is. © Getty Images Gone are the days when photos came out of tiny, dark rooms, filled with red light, and lined with rows and rows of freshly prepped photographs dripping with chemicals that magically brought the subjects to life on a piece of glossy paper. With changing times, even the simple old film camera has undergone tremendous changes. The advent, and then the explosion of digital cameras, followed by SLRs, DSLRs and more recently the top-notch smartphone cameras, completely replaced physical photographs with digital copies that hardly ever make it beyond our social media feeds. © Getty Images However, one man living in the pristine hills of Dehradun saw the worthy heritage the old cameras hold and decided to keep the legacy alive for future generations to appreciate, by collecting 250 different kinds of cameras. A businessman by profession, Amar Dhunanda told ANI what inspired him to take up this unique task. “I have collected other antique materials also. This is my hobby & an effort to preserve the legacy so that new generation would be able to learn how their ancestors used to operate,” Dhunanda told ANI. Dehradun-based businessman Amar Dhunanda has a collection of over 250 different cameras; says, "I have collected other antique materials also. This is my hobby & an effort to preserve the legacy so that new generation would be able to learn how their ancestors used to operate." pic.twitter.com/LR0gzOqK9K — ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2019 These pictures of Mr Dhunanada's collection are nothing less than a marvel for those of us who haven't laid our eyes on more than half the cameras on display here. Mr Dhunanda's efforts in trying to preserve the legacy inherent in the composition and functioning of these various cameras, is surely commendable. Maybe a day will come when we shall come to relive the magic of good ol' cameras, and the thrill physical photographs brought to life. Just like the Polaroid cameras have made a comeback recently?
  18. Rahul Sharad Dravid, the man who is hated by literally zero per cent population of the world, is someone who has seldom raised his voice about any agenda in public. Time and again, he has proven his worth, first as one of the most sturdy cogs of the Indian cricket team, then as a rock-solid batsman at the crease and finally, as the fine coach of the junior Indian cricket team. It was behind the invaluable guidance and experience of Mr Dependable himself, that the country's 'second-tier squad' known as Team India A was able to dominate versus the visiting England Lions in a five-match one-day series in January 2019. Not to forget the young Prithvi Shaw-led Under-19 squad that lifted the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup and later, the 2018 Asia Cup championship, which also came during the tenure of the Indore-born cricketing marvel. Credit: Reuters Having said that, his innocence has been taken for granted time and again, giving him a setback every time it was his moment to be recognised for his efforts and get rewarded. First, with not being appointed as the head coach of the Men in Blue and the post being given to Ravi Shastri, once Anil Kumble had resigned, and now with the whole National Cricket Academy (NCA) issue brimming. As the month of April began, Dravid made headlines for being the one and the only choice for the post of Head Coach of the Bengaluru-based institution, which is loaded with the state of the art technology and all the other provisions to produce the best crop of Indian cricketers for the future of the game in the nation. "Rahul has been handling junior cricket for a while now and the results have been phenomenal. It's only natural that he had to get involved with affairs at the NCA (in the present position). Now, he's determined to bring about a complete turnaround at the academy. With the kind of vision he has, it's already a given now that this is his role until he decides to stay,” Times of India had quoted an informed official, back in the day. Now, however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to not go ahead with that plan and instead requires Dravid to “apply” for the job just like all the new candidates, the Board has in mind. Sure, according to BCCI officials, Dravid is “obviously a favourite for the role” as reported by TOI, but this is nothing more than an insult to 'The Wall' and his legacy. Credit: Reuters Why does Dravid need to send in his resume? Well, apparently, the Board realised that in the past few years, they have had the misfortune of directly appointed some questionable personnel for high-level jobs and their inability to hold the positions has caused them huge disappointments. In order to prevent something like that from happening, they have decided to carry out the process of the typical CV-based appointments. The only silver lining may be the fact that once his tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team is over, even Ravi Shastri must apply for the position once again in order to get the job. *Phew*
  19. Apple's AirPods have become a cultural phenomenon and has become an icon when it comes to audio gear. It may not be the best earphones on the planet but it's surely the most convenient. AirPods 2, with a wireless charging case, is set to launch in India soon and many of you would want to use them with your Android smartphone. In fact, there is a way to use some of the AirPods features that are available natively if you use the earbuds with an Apple device. AirPods 2 offers some new features and familiar tech which has not been easy to replicate. You can read our full review here if you want to know more. How To Pair AirPods With An Android Phone © MensXP Pairing AirPods with an Android smartphone is fairly simple as it works similar to other Bluetooth earphones. At the back of the case of the AirPods, you need to long press the small button to make it discoverable. Once you can see the AirPods in your phone's Bluetooth settings, select and pair with the AirPods. It's easy and does not have any issues while connecting. How Can I Use Airpods 2 Features © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP The AirPods have neat features such as double tapping the earbud to skip songs and play/pause music with a single tap. You will be happy to know that this feature works with Android smartphones as well and works just like it does on the iPhone. Check Battery Life & Setup Google Assistant The AirPods 2 natively gives you battery levels when connected with the iPhone when you start using them or via the batteries widget. You can even use Siri without any additional setup on the iPhone. Having said that, making these features work on an Android smartphone is a bit more complicated. You will need to download third-party apps to take advantage of these features on an Android smartphone. © Google Play You can download AirBattery via the Google Play Store as it lets you interact with AirPods and see battery levels of each earbud and the charging case. You can alternatively use AssistantTrigger which essentially lets you do the same thing but also lets you set up Google Assistant functionality. You can fire up Google Assistant by double tapping on the earbud thanks to AssistantTrigger.
  20. DC is known for the depth and darkness it shows in its movies, and it is never just about good guys fighting the bad guys. It is so much more! It is about the struggles of the superhero, his fight with his inner demons and his struggles to keep at least some of his conscience alive. DC has produced much more than movies, it has produced characters. Characters which make you realise that even superheroes are not invincible. Characters which make you realise that everyone is fighting their own battle, no matter how powerful they are. Characters who don't have the spare time to entertain the audience by doing some silly things. But it all changed with 'Shazam'! 'Shazam' seems like a Marvel movie, more than a DC movie. Totally made for kids, with almost no depth. Good guys fighting bad guys, good guys win, then end. Hell, even Marvel came out of this kid-friendly storyline and gave us 'Infinity War'. Their only movie which actually has some depth. Thanos is the best character that Marvel created, a character with some depth. The way the audience loved him, DC should have set a new bar with the character of 'Shazam'. They should have launched something dark, someone, who has to fight the battles within before he can save/destroy the world. But unfortunately, Shazam came out as just another guy who got lucky. 'Shazam' reminds you of all the Marvel movies before 'Infinity War', and this is not a compliment. It is strictly for children and has zero scope for an adult fan who seeks deep emotions in a DC movie. What makes it worse is that the launch of this movie is almost after DC launched the show 'Titans', one of the best and certainly darkest shows of DC. It's really hard to understand what DC was thinking while making such a light movie. They could have made at least the second half a bit dark. Let's hope they stop this experimentation right here and get back to following their script which shows the inner battles of the character more than his battles with the supervillain.
  21. A catastrophic fire covered the medieval cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday. As per the reports, the fire burned for several hours, destroying the 850-year old cathedral's iconic spire and roof before firefighters could contain the blaze. Of course it's hard to find a silver lining in a mishap like this, but there's indeed some good news. Paris officials have said that they will be using 3D models made using the digital replicas of Notre dame to eventually restore the cathedral to its original glory. © Twitter Dr. Andrew Tallon created a digital archive of the building in 2015 by using laser scanning technology. He has apparently used the same tech to map other cathedrals throughout the world too. You can check out this video below to know exactly how he did it. Tallon's tech can be used to create some highly detailed 3D models, and that's exactly what the architects are going to be using to expedite the restoration process of Notre Dame. Seriously, his scans are incredibly detailed. Despite the glaring architectural loss, the cathedral is still standing tall and looks magnificent. Also, a lot of philanthropist and wealthy personalities have stepped in to pledge money to help with the restoration, which is always a good thing.
  22. The Apple Watch has some handy features that have helped save lives in the past. The Apple Watch Series 4 has a new feature called “Fall Detection” which basically detects when the user takes a hard fall. The feature taps the user's wrists and sounds an alarm so that it can catch a bystander's attention. Having said that, you're not always around people that can help which is why the fall detection feature can also notify local emergency services. © Apple The way it works is that if after taking a fall a user does not respond or is unconscious for more than a minute, the Apple Watch directly contacts emergency services and sends your location to the authorities. This feature helped save a Norwegian man's life a few months ago. © Apple The feature came in handy yet again when an 80-year-old woman fell in her apartment in Haidhausen, Munich. The woman fell and lost consciousness which in turn resulted in an automatic call being placed to Emergency Services. This is what the Munich Fire Department had to say: “Last night, an 80-year-old woman fell into her apartment and, thanks to her watch, unconsciously dropped off a necessary emergency call. Her watch was equipped with a fall detection system and alerted the emergency services after the fall. A dispatcher in the integrated control centre accepted the emergency call. He heard a band announcement telling him that a person had fallen heavily. Likewise, the clock transmitted the coordinates of the scene of the accident. The police used the data to identify an address to which an ambulance had been alerted. The ambulance crew found that the door was locked and the retiree could not open it. Then they called for the fire department, which opened the apartment door by force. During this action, the smartwatch alarmed the son, who had deposited his phone number as an emergency number. Since the woman was not injured, the ambulance crew cared her only until the arrival of the son. He took over the further care.” © Apple Not only did the Apple Watch notify emergency services, but it also notified the woman's son who arrived in time to see her get treated. The woman did not require hospitalisation because of the timely response by the Emergency Services. Had there been no Apple Watch, the injuries could have been severe, as the woman was unconscious. Source: Appleinsider
  23. The wheels of fortune have turned for Pankaj Tripathi and how! He is the face of rising stars in the field of acting, someone who has given his life a complete makeover purely based on his hard work and talent. The 'Mirzapur' actor recently shifted to a new home in Mumbai's Madh Island locality, but this hasn't erased the memories of his days of struggle. "It was our dream home, a love nest at the seaside. Now I've finally bought our dream house in Madh Island. My wife got very emotional after we moved into our new home." © Amazon Prime The actor's powerful performances have been turning every film and show he touches into a goldmine. However, he believes that his power and strength lies in being rooted to his identity and struggles that have helped him on this journey. "Today, my wife Mridula and I own our dream house. But I haven't forgotten my one-room shed with its tin roof in Patna. One night, the rain and wind were so intense that one of the tin sheets blew away and I was left looking at the naked sky," he recounted. © YouTube Currently, Tripathi is being lauded for his impeccable performance in 'Criminal Justice'. From tiniest roles and little screen time, to delivering memorable performances in 'Masaan', 'Newton', 'Mirzapur' and 'Criminal Justice', Panjak has come a long way. He told the media, "The praise for 'Criminal Justice' is pouring in. People who are knowledgeable about acting are praising me. Manoj Bajpayee called to say, 'Yeh tu kya kar raha hai? Kaise kar raha hai?' Manoj bhai is my role model and inspiration as he also came from rural Bihar and I felt that if he could become an actor, why can't I? It's a good feeling.” © Twitter Talking about his long, adventurous journey, Tripathi said, "Until a year back, I accepted any role that was offered to me. Now I'm in a position to pick and choose." Even then, Pankaj only takes strength from his years of struggle and looks at his journey so far in the industry, "With amazement and gratitude. Every experience has shaped the actor and human being that I am." Kudos to this talented man and his spirit. He indeed is a noble actor and a great human being.
  24. Winter dawned upon us this morning when the insane wait for the premiere of everyone's favourite, 'Game Of Thrones' finally happened! Now before we tread further, here's a little reminder that this might have some spoilers for those of you who didn't watch it at 6:30 am and are saving it for a Monday evening delight. For the rest of us who traded sleep, the first reactions for the first episode are rather lukewarm for now. Just finished #GameofThrones season 8 premiere. Gah, I'm glad to see all those characters again — xMelodicx (@x_Melodic_x) April 15, 2019 Forgive me for this spoiler but I cannot contain it because this is THE REUNION WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!!!! Jon and Arya FINALLY!!!!#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/lTbpjOXaNW — checks (@gwofcheka) April 15, 2019 Now the reunions we had been waiting for centuries finally happened. However, talking about the entire episode, many fans are slightly disappointed that it probably didn't live up to its hype. Am I the only one who didnt like it? Nothing happened at all. #GameofThrones — Sage Bias (@Sage_Bias) April 15, 2019 And then, a special mention to Arya Stark. The woman has grown up and how! We really can't wait to see her bad ass kicking a few baddies herself. The three heartfelt Arya reunions I was waiting for. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/kZby3Sj5im — Jamie Jirak (@JamieCinematics) April 15, 2019 The first episode was decent, filled with a few surprises and heart warming reunions so clearly fans are worried more doom is supposed to follow in the coming episodes. Think about it now that #GameofThrones started, I'm kinda scared to watch because I know that a shit ton of main character are going to die off. — Moar Cowbell (@MoarCowb3ll) April 15, 2019 And then the epic moment of truth for Jon Snow probably earned a hashtag of its own on Twitter. That moment you realise you been shagging your auntyððð #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/PQWgrKJkOA — LARUE (@LeonardoLarue) April 15, 2019 Drogon being the judgemental neighborhood aunt ð#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/cf6fAACqvp — Khaleesa (@achha_ladka) April 15, 2019 This is one of the quickest revelation, I've seen in a tv show. No time to waste. Winter is coming. For once, Jon do the right and take your responsibility!! So are we only going to get 1h per episode ? ð #GameofThrones #GOT #GOT8 #JonSnow #HBO pic.twitter.com/0BYSZmDsJa — Winnie Kalala (@WinnieKalala) April 15, 2019 Now the internet is divided over the first episode. While some believe the reunions and the shocking revelation for Jon Snow were just the tip of the iceberg, others are slightly disappointed with what they saw. However, one shouldn't really complain because it's GOT we're talking about and we all know insanity follows you when you least expect it!
  25. Before you start showering hate comments on us, let's make it clear - the title of 'Champion of the Earth' is not something we came up with. It was conferred to him by the UN in October 2018. Last week, the whole world was talking about PM Modi being honoured by UAE with the 'Order of Zayed', their highest civilian order. Fast forward to the present time and once again everyone is talking about PM Modi being honoured, only this time it's Russia. © Twitter PM Narendra Modi has now been awarded Russia's highest civilian award, 'Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle), for his exceptional efforts in promoting the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two nations. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree to award PM Modi with the same. President Putin signs the decree to award the Prime Minister of India @narendramodi the highest civilian award of the Russian Federation -"Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle"@PMOIndia @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy @KremlinRussia_E @PTI_News @mfa_russiahttps://t.co/WSogiFGcNf pic.twitter.com/gGwXnptvdZ — India in Russia (@IndEmbMoscow) April 12, 2019 PM Modi even took to Twitter to thank President Putin and the people of Russia for conferring this honour on him. He wrote, "Honoured to receive this prestigious award. I thank President Putin and the people of Russia. Foundations of India-Russia friendship are deep & the future of our partnership is bright. Extensive cooperation between our nations has led to extraordinary outcomes for our citizens." Honoured to receive this prestigious award. I thank President Putin and the people of Russia. Foundations of India-Russia friendship are deep & the future of our partnership is bright. Extensive cooperation between our nations has led to extraordinary outcomes for our citizens. https://t.co/4ppEC7ZAWe — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 12, 2019 He wrote in another tweet, "President Putin remains a source of great strength for the India-Russia friendship. Under his visionary leadership, bilateral and multilateral cooperation between our nations has scaled new heights." President Putin remains a source of great strength for the India-Russia friendship. Under his visionary leadership, bilateral and multilateral cooperation between our nations has scaled new heights. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 12, 2019 Talking about the award, the 'Order of St Andrew the Apostle' is the highest and the oldest state order of Russia. It was first established in 1698, abolished during the Soviet Rule and later re-established in 1998.
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