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  1. Due to the ongoing protest in Delhi against the CAA and NRC, Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has recently given a thumbs up to Delhi Police Commissioner to have the power to detain people under the NSA (National Security Act, 1980) from January 19, 2020 to April 18, 2020. The Delhi Police claims it is a routine order that is regulated every quarter in order to maintain law and order in the country. However, keeping the current scenario of the country in mind, the police can detain any individual under this act who is seen as a threat to the national security or tries to harm the law and order in any way without any charges. The detained individual under this act is not charged by the police. © BCCL What Is The National Security Act? The NSA was brought in by the Indian parliament as an act in the year 1980. The act is focused on maintaining law and order in the country and is used for detention for individuals who try to hamper the law and order of the state or country. The act applies to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. The Act gives power to state and central government to detain people in order to prevent them from acting against the national security of the country or if they hamper relations of India with any foreign country or break the law and order in any way or if they disturb public order as well. NSA lets the official detain an individual without any charge sheet in the court and can detain the individual for up to twelve months. © BCCL Now, you must be wondering how is this any different from regular detention. Here you go! Usually, when a person is detained, he or she is informed the basis on which the detention took place or on what grounds they have been taken into custody but it is not the same with NSA. NSA gives unambiguous power to the government to keep the person in jail for days without informing them about the grounds of their charges and their right to bail is taken away. Moreover, they aren't allowed to talk to their lawyers. The detained cannot take their lawyer's help and can be detained for up to 12 months. A similar order was also issued on January 14 in Andhra Pradesh. View the full article
  2. National Assembly passed the Zainab Alert Bill for recovery of missing children on Friday. Photo: File On Friday, the parliament passed the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act, 2020, eight months after it was first tabled. The bill, which will become law once approved by the Senate, aims to protect and raise alert when a child goes missing or is abducted. The legislation has been named after Zainab, a six-year-old girl, who was kidnapped from her home in Kasur, and then raped and killed in 2018. The Act applied to only Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad and defines the child as anyone under the age of 18 years. National Assembly passes Zainab Alert Bill for recovery of missing children Other salient features in the Act:-Under the new law, a Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency (ZARRA) will be set up. The director general of the Agency will be appointed by the prime minister. It will be tasked to maintain a database of missing and abducted children, and work closely with the helpline, 1099, which will forward all reported cases to the Agency. -In case a child is reported missing, the ZARRA will activate alerts across the federal capital. Information, such as the child’s physical characteristics, habits, clothes ect, will be send to all relevant law enforcement agencies and the public at large. -In coordinate with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, messages will generated to all service providers regarding the child. Also the information will be sent to all electronic and print media as well as radio stations to disseminate. A helpline, 1099, will be set up to help the public report a missing or abducted child or any information related to a missing child. ZARRA will also issue monthly public reports and updates on its website about missing children. The Agency will set up a mobile application where the public can access all data related to missing and abducted children. In addition, a Child Protection Advisory Board will be established to ensure ZARRA is effectively preforming its functions from the registration of a FIR to the safe recovery of a child and the referral for rehabilitation. The police station, where a case of missing or abducted child is reported shall, immediately, within two hours, inform ZARRA. The bill also prescribes punishment for police officers who are do not comply, or hinder the process of reporting a missing child. The maximum sentence to a perpetrator will be life imprisonment and the minimum sentence will be 10 years.
  3. Selena Gomez on her love life and staying single: ‘I need time by myself’American vocal powerhouse Selena Gomez prior to her grand return to the world of music with her new album, has dropped some major bombs for her fans. In her latest interview with WSJ Magazine, the 27-year-old Lose You to Love Me hit maker is dishing the dirt about all the things in her life that remained away from the public eye. The interview, also featuring singer-songwriters Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, whom Selena collaborated with, revealed how the process of songwriting flowed for her. “Justin and I will go to the studio before [Gomez arrives] and gather ideas. I’ll text her to say, ‘What kind of mood are you in?’ One time she responded, ‘I’m feeling strong and happy,’ and then she said at the end of the text: ‘I really just want a boyfriend.’ I thought we should do a song about it. She got to the studio, and it all started flowing together,” said Julia. Explaining one of the tracks of Selena’s upcoming album Rare, titled I Want a Boyfriend, Justin explained: “One of the lyrics is about a fine line between a want and a need. Yes, she wants a boyfriend, but it’s not a need. She’s OK on her own, and we all should be too.” On the other hand, Selena during the interview revealed how she feels about being single since the past two years: “I need time by myself. I love going to my room at the end of the day. Just me and my dog. I got the full granny panties situation, stretched out in my bed.”
  4. Travelling is one of the best ways to call in the New Year, but to really be able to enjoy the holiday spirit, the best idea is to get the ball rolling as soon as the decision comes into the picture. No sooner have you decided on the destination that you should think about booking those tickets and rooms at the earliest, lest the best places will no longer be available because you chose to do this “a bit later”. Over the last few years, the world has gradually moved on from the 'same-old' hotel room to a more holistic experience of really living like a local in the area. With the option to opt for an entire apartment or villa, every travel destination has turned into a thrilling adventure. For inspiration, here are top five Bollywood celebrities who decided to AirBnB their way around the world, and truth be told that's all the push you'll need to make those New Year holiday plans. 1. Shah Rukh Khan During his recent visit to Los Angeles in the US, SRK stayed in a stellar, four-tier estate that befits a king's stay. King Khan even posted the pictures of the place and his stay on Instagram. Talking about his experience, he said, "Travel has always been a constant in my life. My work has taken me all over the world, yet the joy of discovery always remains. Whether it's the bliss of being in a new place or the opportunity to immerse myself in new cultures, I love experiencing every destination as a local would, with airbnb.” View this post on Instagram Finally the California sun is out....it's time for the Pool...maybe should dress right for it now at my @airbnb villa in LA #Ad #LAonAirbnb A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Dec 5, 2019 at 3:41pm PST 2. Katrina Kaif Bollywood heartthrob Kat chose to stay at a rustic cottage while on a vacation with her sisters in Colorado. She looked vibrant in the pictures she shared from her adventure in the snow-clad state. View this post on Instagram Just a little hop, skip and jump over to Colorado , Rocky Mountains â°âï¸ @airbnb #thatswhyiairbnb #ad ðâï¸ A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) on Oct 24, 2019 at 9:14pm PDT 3. Parineeti Chopra The bubbly Parineeti also partook of the joys of having an entire villa to oneself when she visited London during the holiday season. We totally recommend staying-in and chilling with a hot cup of coffee and a book when it's snowing outside. View this post on Instagram This is how I'm gonna be found in my cozy @airbnb for the next few days - Giant socks, hot chocolate and sweaters!! âï¸âï¸ð§£Obsessed with apartment living!!! 𥰠#ad A post shared by Parineeti Chopra (@parineetichopra) on Dec 28, 2018 at 5:21am PST 4. Shilpa Shetty Actor Shilpa Shetty too has indulged in the luxury of renting a villa for a vacation during her family trip to Dubai. She stayed in a gorgeous garden villa overlooking the Burj Al-Arab and just like most of her pictures, these were breathtaking too. View this post on Instagram Holidays are all about chilling by the heated poolð¬ #waterbabies #familytime Hair and photo by (my niece)@Vanshika.dhirð¬ðð A post shared by Shilpa Shetty Kundra (@theshilpashetty) on Dec 30, 2017 at 3:12am PST 5. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja During her visit to New York city in the US, Sonam stayed at a West Village townhouse with five stunning bedrooms, in-house gym and a vibe that screamed luxury! The cosy yet sophisticated aura of the place was visible in her pictures. View this post on Instagram Had the most incredible time in my @airbnb in #newyorkcity #greenwichvillage look at this stunning backyard! #thankAirbnb #ad #livethere A post shared by Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamkapoor) on Jul 30, 2017 at 2:30pm PDT View the full article
  5. The environment we live in definitely needs some form of aggressive intervention. And by that I mean some heavy-duty preventives that can ease up the corruption that has made a patterned stronghold around certain practices that are environmentally hazardous. And that is why the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) has recruited women to protect the world's natural heritage along Africa's Zambezi river and they're doing a phenomenal job of it. © Environews Twitter The group is called Akashinga, which means 'Brave Ones'. It's a privately funded and highly trained, vegan group of local women who come from rather disadvantaged backgrounds, who are assigned to protect the natural habitat of the lower Zambezi ecosystem. The organisation aims to hire and train about 2,000 women who will protect about 30 million acres of African wild lands by 2030. Imagine having a fully armed anti-poaching team full of women. Now that's something no one thought of before and something that will probably change the way the world looks at women and their role in society. Akashinga was founded in 2017, by an Australian Special Operations soldier, Damien Mander, as a part of his efforts to completely end poaching all across the jungles of Africa. The team is fully armed and is giving tactical and arms and ammunition training before they're given arms to fight the poachers. © Environews Twitter “Many current western solutions to conserve wilderness areas continue to struggle across the African continent, hampered by ongoing corruption, nepotism and a lack of partnership with local communities,” Mander told a popular environmental publication in an interview. "We saw that an alternative and highly innovative approach was needed, a response that worked with, rather than against, the local population for the long-term benefit of both their own communities and nature,” he added. Most forest reserves in Africa, especially the Lower Zambeni ecosystem, are areas with large tracts of land, which are usually used for trophy hunting and are not a part of the wildlife preserve. But even so, the animals from the protected area wander off into the areas where trophy hunting is common and fall prey to hunters. But the Akashinga represents an alternative for conserving wildlife in these parts by following the technique of big game management. “You cannot sustain an ongoing offensive against the local population as a means of conservation. The long-term solution depends on winning the hearts and minds of the community,” Mandar told the BBC in an interview. © Environews Twitter After the death of Cecil the lion in 2015, by a dentist from the USA, Walter Palmer, it leaves the big question of whether or not morals and ethics in hunting are sustainable in the long term. In all probability, if hunting isn't put an end to, it will be difficult to save these areas which are vulnerable homelands to a lot of species residing there. Mander realised the importance of being a vegan while fighting poaching. He even hired people who were ready to accept veganism, leaning towards the belief that it would be hypocritical to fight for animals and come back and eat more animals. “I don't miss meat at all, when I go home for leave and people try to feed me meat, I can't eat it because my stomach hurts if I do, and I tell people no, don't give me meat, I am vegan,” - An Akahinga ranger, Vimbai Kumire, told a popular publication in an interview. © Environews Twitter Other than turning vegan, the training for these women is hardcore. Well, it really has to be, since they're fighting criminals in the wild! The women are pushed hard and go beyond their threshold to endure what the actual reality can be in the wild. “Thirty-six women started our training, modelled on our special-forces training, and we pushed them hard, much harder than any training we do with men — we put them through hell,” Mander told a popular publication in an interview. He also revealed that out of the 36 women, only three gave up the training because it was too intense for them. Even though anti-poaching rules and laws are a bit sluggish around the world and not just in Africa, we need vigilant teams such as the Akashinga to monitor the most heinous crimes against animals. We're programmed to fight for our kind and our species but when we go beyond that and fight for animals, we go beyond our own selfish reasoning to help a species that we can't communicate with. © International Anti Paoching Foundation What Mander is doing in Africa is remarkable, especially with the inclusion of women and such anti-poaching squads should be set up all around the world, where forest lands along with their ecosystems are in grave danger. With inputs from Enviro News, World News. View the full article
  6. While the Indian cricket team ended the decade with a historic series win against the West Indies in Cuttack, their fans already have something special to look forward to as the calendar turns to January 2020. Three months ago, the national team's star bowler, Jasprit Bumrah experienced a stress fracture in his lower back ahead of the Freedom Series for Gandhi-Mandela Trophy against South Africa. Nonetheless, the cricketer went out with a bang, scalping seven wickets in the second Test match against a hosting West Indies team whilst helping his side get the win ahead of being diagnosed with the injury. Fair bit happened on day two in Jamaica - Ishant Sharma's maiden Test fifty, Jason Holder's five and Hanuma Vihari's 100. Oh, and that bloke Bumrah with a hat-trick and six of the seven West Indies wickets... #WIvIND https://t.co/Er59hh1Nxc pic.twitter.com/Moxz3e7PE1 — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 31, 2019 While Bumrah did a standup job in letting the fans know about his road to recovery, there was some tension in the air, especially due to the fact that stress fractures have proven to be devastating for cricketers in the past; just ask England's James Anderson and Australia's James Pattinson and they will cry their eyes out to you. View this post on Instagram Coming soon! ðªð¼ A post shared by jasprit bumrah (@jaspritb1) on Oct 29, 2019 at 12:15am PDT So, when the BCCI announced the squad to confirm Bumrah's inclusion for the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka and the ODI series against Australia that follows, it was a breath of relief for the country mainly because of two reasons. One, a healthy Bumrah can pick up his career right from where he left it three months ago and two, India desperately needed his excellence to be a genuinely good bowling attack once again. India's T20 squad against Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer,Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav,Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar#INDvSL — BCCI (@BCCI) December 23, 2019 India's ODI squad against Australia: Virat Kohli (Capt),Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul,Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (wk, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal,Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini,Jasprit Bumrah,Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami. — BCCI (@BCCI) December 23, 2019 Even though Deepak Chahar was doing 'OK' with the new ball, he was getting slammed out of the park in the death overs. His swings worked only so much and made him go out of variations once a set batsmen got a good read on him. On the other hand, Mohammed Shami justifiably couldn't shoulder the responsibility single-handedly, especially when odd weather conditions made it difficult for the spinners to work their magic. © Reuters With Hardik Pandya's unavailability and the unfortunate two-month sit-out for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, thanks to the National Cricket Academy's negligence, the situation begged for Bumrah to rise from the ashes. Even though the Windies failed to make the most out of the situation (and they nearly did), replacing Chahar with Bumrah would have ensured a whitewash series win against the Carribeans in both white-ball formats of the game. This was simply because of Bumrah's ability to act as an enforcer and provide results (or at least prevent bad results) at any moment of the bowling attack. It is this unique quality of his that made him the nuclear weapon for skipper Virat Kohli during the ICC World Cup 2019. © Reuters From trapping South African batsmen Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in the early overs of India's tournament opener to deeming the lower order of the Sri Lankan batting order useless, and even acting as damage control during the New Zealand contest in a losing effort, Bumrah was clearly the pillar Indian bowling massively depended on. Why is it that you don't see batsmen 'experiment' with their shots when it is Bumrah on the other side of the pitch? Miss the ball for a millisecond and you give away your wicket to one of his darting yorkers, swing the bat in the air carelessly off one of his bouncers and there is a fielder ready to dismiss you. Seldom does this freak of a pacer gives away extras and easy full-tosses are hard to come by. © Reuters Such is the terror of Bumrah, a man who doesn't look more intimidating than a Teletubby. And it is this terror that Virat Kohli's India thrived on for the better half of 2019. What does the new year and the new decade have in store for Bumrah, we are not sure. All we know is, the Men in Blue are exponentially better when "Boom Boom Bumrah" is there to back them up. View the full article
  7. No wedding or play list is complete without some peppy Punjabi music which serves as a dancing magnet for us. However, some tracks are just meant to sing along or listening to them while driving through the city on a cold Winter day. We have listed out five such soothing Punjabi tracks which should be on your list for sure. Here's the list: 1. Baari Brilliantly written and sung by the talented Bilal Saeed and Momina Mustehassan, this soothing number is for everyone who is scared to open the doors and windows (translates to 'baari' in Punjabi) for a new special someone after nursing a heart break. 2. Dholna The superhit number from Qismat last year has been repackaged for fans, courtesy Gurnazar and B-Praak, the maestro. Croon to the new tune and enjoy this beautiful track all over again. 3. Haaye Ve Ammy Virk is back with another gorgeously sung soothing number which will take you back to your memories of a special someone. 4. Laare The Sakhiyaan singer, Maninder Buttar, is now back with his new song with a list of fresh complaints embedded in the lyrics of the track. This one has the woman accusing the guy of keeping her hanging as he continues to be indecisive of being with her forever. 5. Allah Ve This latest track by Jassie Gill traces the love one has for a lost someone as the singer urges God trying to understand why is one left alone in the mortal world. View the full article
  8. The winters are here and most of us have already started leaning towards hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep instead of hitting the gym. But, there's one guy who has already unlocked the ultimate level of fitness and is now making men burn in jealousy and women go weak in their knees. That guy is actor-comedian Kumail Nanjiani who has set social media on fire with his insane and unbelievable transformation. Until a year ago, Nanjiani was a guy with a great sense of humour and wit. Now, he's a guy with talent, humour and a ripped body with abs that will hurt when he laughs at his own jokes. Well, the guy even got an honorary mention in the 'Muscular Men' category on PornHub. View this post on Instagram It's been a weird couple of days... This is NOT photoshopped. Pornhub changed their picture of the Muscular Men category to... me. As I said, weird couple of days. A post shared by @ kumailn on Dec 17, 2019 at 8:44am PST In case you didn't know, Nanjiani has been roped in for Marvel's upcoming movie The Eternals and his transformation is for the role of Kingo. The same movie that has names like Kit Harington, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. Nanjiani wrote while sharing the pictures of his transformation on social media, "I never thought I'd be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I've worked way too hard for way too long so here we are." Same dude, same! We never thought, we'll be talking about your 'thirsty shirtless' pictures. Anyway, he further wrote, "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel's Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked. I would not have been able to do this if I didn't have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I'm glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time." View this post on Instagram I never thought I'd be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I've worked way too hard for way too long so here we are. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel's Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked. I would not have been able to do this if I didn't have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I'm glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time. So big thanks to @grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and made me understand true physical pain for months and months. Then, once we started shooting, a massive thanks to @davidhigginslondon and his team (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and making me strong, limber and injury free. I can almost touch my toes now. (And thank you for forcing me to do cheat meals David.) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals. And finally, the biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year. I promise I'll be interesting again some day. #thirstyshirtless (Photo by @markupson.) (edit: I left off one very important person: @lancecallahan who trained me for 6 years and helped me build the foundation I could use to do this. Thank you!) A post shared by @ kumailn on Dec 16, 2019 at 8:10am PST He also thanked his trainer for helping him achieve this and his wife Emily for putting up with his workout and dieting. The star cast also includes names like Richard Madden, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia Mchugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan and Gemma Chan. Seriously, if the names like Kit Harington, Angelina Jolie, and Salma Hayek weren't enough to raise our curiosity bar, Kumail just took things a notch higher with his unbelievable transformation. View the full article
  9. Drivers using phones while driving is still a major concern in many parts of the world. No matter how strict and efficient the law enforcers are, this still remains and will continue to remain a big issue. But the Australian police seem to have figured out a way to tackle the problem. AI Cameras! Yes, their solution is to use AI cameras to spot the drivers using mobile phones while driving. And it does it automatically, so it significantly eliminates the margin of error. The cameras being used by the New South Wales government uses AI to review photos for signs of phone use. It's the first time such a camera is being put to use to spot the lawbreakers. Once the camera flags a suspect, there are human reviewers to cross-check to prevent any false positives. For the first three times into the initiative, the drivers will get away with a warning. © Transport for NSW After that, however, they'll be imposed a hefty fine of $344 AUD which roughly translates to about Rs 17,000 and five demerit points. The fine can go up based on the zone in which you're breaking the law. The officials are pretty confident that this will lead to fewer incidents. They crunched some numbers from the test and noted that the initiative will prevent 100 fatal and serious injury crashes in the space of five years. Obviously, there's no way to tell if it'll bring down the fatalities for now. We'll know once the initiative picks up pace. That being said, we think it'll definitely keep the drivers in check. As it goes mainstream and the drivers get to know about it, they'll surely try to avoid getting caught paying the hefty fine. We really need a system like this in India where road accidents are still one of the primary reasons for a high death rate. Source: NSW Government View the full article
  10. Whatâs the ultimate purpose of education? Yes, it is to gain knowledge and skills, but for the most part it is a means to an end. An end that secures a comfortable existence for us on earth - one that demands we be active participants and contributors in running the society like a well-oiled machine. And how one is supposed to do that is by acquiring skill-sets that would deem us employable in the job market, thereby not only earn a living for our own sustenance, but in many ways add to the countryâs economy and growth as well. Indians especially swear by mass-production of individuals in this regard. From the moment we learn to hold our pencils, we are trained to recite our alphabets and multiplication tables in one breath. Thereâs literally no time to waste when it comes to knowing our grammar, understanding how Science works in the physical world or decipher the intricacies of Civics. The number game continues to grow stronger with every step we take to climb up the educational ladder. The hustle never stops. it doesnât spare the weak and continuous to crush a zillion dreams with every formula thatâs shoved down our throats and every 3-hour gimmick that decides our worth. Yet, despite giving close to 22-25 years of life trying to build a âstrong portfolioâ all with shit-expensive degrees and âextracurricularsâ to back us up, lakhs and lakhs of qualified Indian youths are sitting jobless at home. The situation in our home turf currently sucks so bad that recently 7,000 engineers and graduates applied for 549 posts of sanitary workers in the state Corporation. The three-day selection process for the job saw 7,000 applicants turning up for interviews, out of which a majority were engineers, post- graduates, graduates and diploma-holders. The sad reality of this situation is crushing. Imagine spending most of your early life slogging after those marks and degrees, spending not only precious time but hard-earned money of education that eventually fails to fetch you a decent job because âinflationâ, âmarket downâ, âglobal economic slowdownâ and what not. But no matter the excuse..err..reason, truth is that according to a recent Business Insider India report, the unemployment rate in October 2019 was highest in three years at 8.5 percent. And according to a survey by TechServe Alliance, engineering employment is declining on a month-on-month basis. Even then, none of this affects the mindset or priorities of desi masses who strongly believe in keeping the doctor-engineer-lawyer mass-production system up and running. Even as education in the country continues to become costlier, with average fees for professional courses standing at Rs 65,000, Indians continue to spend on high-end degrees in the hopes of a âsecure futureâ. Itâs sad to see that even as alternate careers and means of earning continue to come up and boom, we as a society have failed to let go of the traditional mindset and are holding back from embracing the change that could not only allow people to start their own enterprises but also generate employment for others at the same time. None of this is funny anymore - our education, the education system, our employment and possibilities for a better tomorrow. What are you going to do about it? View the full article
  11. Waste management is an issue of grave concern, not just in India but all over the world. Just the other day, I overheard someone call plastic the most fascinating, and yet the least destructive element ever to be found. It's produced in plenty and is not biodegradable, making it trash that'll always sit on the earth's floor, probably forever. Not just plastic, different non-biodegradable metals also pose a threat to waste management issues around the world. Our ocean beds are filling up with an innumerable amount of trash each day and while we sit and celebrate the next few steps to curb the problem, we have amidst us an artist who's already doing something relatably terrific. © CNBC 'Big Trash Animals' by Artur Bordalo is a series of artwork that aims to draw attention towards the waste management issue we're facing in the world today. His work focuses on the general lack of recycling single use plastic and metal items, which are found at landfills around the cities he works in, and creates some excellent animal sculptures from it. They stand out as installations in the shape of different animals, telling the world that we need to adopt healthy habits of disposing our waste intelligently, before it caves in and becomes a larger issue than it already is. The Portuguese artist has set up a range of his work in the USA, Estonia and Tahiti. His work phenomenally symbolises both the beauty of nature and the waste material that are a constant threat to it, everyday. Here are 20 of his sculptures, made from waste materials, across different cities. © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo © Artur-Bordalo Maybe we can think of something as innovative to solve waste management issues in our country and take the load off of the overflowing landfills. View the full article
  12. If you're like me who grew up playing EA's original Need For Speed Most Wanted, then you already know that it's probably the best racing game of all time. Not only was it the best car racing game of its generation, but it's also been the best Need For Speed game all these years, even though we've seen an abundance of NFS racers. After a rather disappointing release of 2017's Need For Speed Payback, EA decided to drop the new Need For Speed Heat this year. Honestly, I wasn't really excited to play the new NFS game when I saw the trailer. It felt like just another futile attempt to recreate the franchise's glorious days. But now that I've spent a lot of hours with the game, I think it's safe to say that it's one of the best Need For Speed games I've played in a long time. 1. Gameplay © Ghost Games/Electronic Arts As soon as you'll start playing Heat, you'll quickly realise how much it resembles a lot of racing games out there. Not only does it combines the elements of some of the older Need For Speed games, it feels as though the developers have taken a lot of inspirations from titles like Forza Horizon. But the fact that they've packed it in a "Day" and "Night" format is just impressive. You get an option to race during the day when it's all about sanctioned street racing and cop-free tracks or take your whip out during the night which is all about illegal underground street racing. So if you want a thrilling cop chase, then you'd probably be better off driving at night. During the day, the game feels more like Forza Horizon. © Ghost Games/Electronic Arts The fact that you can choose to drive whenever you want and participate in whichever race you want, with or without cops' intervention, got me hooked. If I am in a mood to, say, sit back and have a relaxing time racing, then I'd pick the day. But racing during the night, trust me, is a lot more difficult than you think. Just like any other Need For Speed game, you have different 'Heat' levels in the game. Higher the heat level, the more aggressive the cops will become. Even with a Level 3 heat level, I wasn't able to outrun the cops and had to pay a hefty fine to get out. It becomes more difficult when you're in the middle of a campaign mission and cops start chasing you. I'd also like to point out that you can play the game both online or offline, but you'll make a decision before jumping into the game since there's no seamless transition between the two as found on some other games like Forza Horizon. 2. Graphics © Ghost Games/Electronic Arts Graphics hasn't really been an issue when it comes to the Need For Speed franchise. Well, the NFS Heat looks better than every other NFS game. Visually, I am a huge fan of the way the game looks at night. Palm City is just a different world at night, dripping with neon lights and signboards everywhere. It also rains a lot in the game, and makes the game look that much better with wet roads that reflect the neon lighting of the city. It's just fantastic. Palm City is inspired by Miami and I think it's perfect for street racing. The map itself is quite big and simply cruising along the roads, gazing at some cool spots like space center, an abandoned racing oval, etc. is a lot of fun. And if you're tired of that, just transition to night time and get into a cop chase to add more spice to your gameplay. © Ghost Games/Electronic Arts You can also customise the way your cars and even your character looks. Yes, you get to choose an avatar and fit him or her with cool merch courtesy of brands like adidas. It's just an added touch of fun and makes it a bit visually appealing as well. And you don't necessarily have to run the game to customise your car. You can download the Need For Speed Studio app on your phone and do it while killing some time. 3. Cars & Customisation As I mentioned, NFS Heat allows you to customise both the cars as well as the character. More than the character, obviously, the level of customisation which you can achieve with cars is simply amazing. As someone who likes to spend an equal amount of time customising the cars inside the garage as much as riding it outside, it's quite awesome. The game will also let you use the same car for all kinds of races, so you no longer need to have multiple cars in your garage just to get into races like drifting. You can simply go to the garage, add the necessary tires from your inventory and get going. The game's upgrade system is also a massive improvement from what we've been seeing all these years. © Ghost Games/Electronic Arts One of the biggest additions to the game is the ability to swap engines. It's quite an interesting thing because you can essentially increase the overall potential horsepower of the cars without having to settle for a mediocre number. Heck, you can also tune your exhaust and you bet I spent a lot of time playing around with it. 4. The Final Say So, is the Need For Speed Heat worth your time and money? Hell yeah! Look, it's not a perfect game by any means. In fact, it's not bringing any radically new to the table. Need For Speed Heat is all about combining different elements from different races and presenting it as one helluva package. Yes, the game's campaign could have been much better since the main story isn't the one that'll stay with you after you beat it. © Ghost Games/Electronic Arts Apart from that, I think the developer 'Ghost' has finally come up with a Need For Speed title that's much better than what I expected. If you ignore the mediocre storyline and the far-too limited soundtrack, I think the Need The Speed Heat is a kickass game. Not only do I think it's the best NFS game this generation, but it's also the one that I had the most fun playing after the original NFS Most Wanted. View the full article
  13. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran said on Friday that there was no need for negotiations with the Azadi Marchers if his resignation was their only demand. The prime minister held separate meetings with Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi...
  14. We all know that when it comes to wedding planning, grooms don't always make it to the top of the pecking order. Of course, in theory, it's their wedding, but in reality, they're ranked just below the bride, her parents, his parents, her siblings, his siblings, her BFFs (obviously), and maybe the planner, decorator and caterer! He's usually the semi-panicked man in the background, juggling emotions on both sides to make sure everything goes okay. Forget the celebrations, most gifts that you get are either household oriented or something bride-centric and that's exactly why every groom needs to insist on a gift registry, so the couple can get the gifts they both love, instead of a whole lot of jewellery, silver or saris! Here's why you need a wedding registry: 1. You'll actually get what you want: A gift registry lets the couple create a list of gifts, gift cards, holidays, cash or even charities they love, and share with their wedding guests. Most times, guests have no idea what the couple wants, and it's always harder to pick something for men! So here's your chance to let your loved ones know what's on your wishlist, so they don't wrack their brains and end up gifting something 'safe' like a lamp or silver Ganesha! 2. You're helping the world: We all know that a lot of money is spent every year on wedding gifts, and most of them end up being re-gifted or wasted as the couple rarely wants it. By letting your guests know what you want, you show them the respect of saying that their time, thought and money is valuable and should be spent on something you'll cherish. 3. It's a financially sound decision: Weddings are expensive. Setting up a home or going on a holiday after is even more so. Statistics show 80 percent Indian men go into debt post their wedding. By adding the things you need for your new home to your registry, you save substantial money and your guests have the satisfaction of knowing that their gift gave you precious memories or became a part of your new home! 4. You don't have to manage logistics: Weddings can be hectic affairs and managing your gifts is a serious pain. They get broken, stolen, lost and the works. Plus there is the added headache of carrying everything from the venue to your house and then packing and storing the gifts you don't want. With a registry on Wedding Wishlist, all your gifts get delivered to you post the wedding with a complete list of messages and contributions. You outsource the mundane, and receive the gifts when you are ready to unwrap them! 5. It's free to try out: To top it all, the Wedding Wishlist gift registry is entirely free! So even if you're apprehensive or unsure about creating one, give it a try among your close friends and family. The overwhelming response you receive from your guests, plus the joy you'll feel when you get the gifts you love will make you a true believer. View the full article
  15. Are you one of those slogging on a nice winter day just like us and handling all the work pressure at office? Then, I am sure you would need this piece of advice coming from a man who handles pressures on a daily basis in the industry which is quite known for it. MensXP got in touch with actor Sidharth Malhotra for our November cover edition and we asked him how does he handle the pressure of looking good all the time and always be aware of what's happening around in the industry. For Sidharth, the key is to balance things out. “Well absolutely, that's a very relevant question today. Mental health, not only in our profession - whether it's students or people working in corporate jobs, anything. I think all of us have become, as I was saying before, ambitious, but you need to learn how to balance it,” said the actor. “I mean, there are days and weeks I would not say that I'm not guilty of constantly thinking of work; I definitely am during release week or important outdoor sequences. But then there are weeks when I make sure, definitely, at the end of every year I don't work for 10 days - when there's family, on a holiday. I have to be in some part of the country - one family trip for sure because I don't stay with them,” added Sid. View this post on Instagram Don't call it a dream, call it a planâ A post shared by Sidharth Malhotra (@sidmalhotra) on Nov 4, 2019 at 4:47am PST He also said that we need to know how to manage our time because that's the most important factor to keep things in check. “I think that time, time management comes into play. I think now is when I realise the importance of having weekends off, or a Sunday off because you need that time to detox from your work as well. I personally feel - I might look like it, but I'm not so socially active in the Bollywood fraternity. It's not that you'll see me making plans every second day. Diwali may be or somebody's birthday or film success party, but not quite where I'd have dinner and have the same conversations, so I tend to make relationships outside, where we talk more about the other stuff which is happening,” said the actor. View this post on Instagram In between interviews! ðð»‍â Are you guys excited to watch #MarjaavaanOn15thNov? If yes, comment below with "Aye" A post shared by Sidharth Malhotra (@sidmalhotra) on Nov 1, 2019 at 4:58am PDT We totally relate to the idea of the weekends being off especially Sunday because you need one day to detox and rejuvenate for sure. Don't you think? On the work front, Sidharth Malhotra is all set to entice his fans with his upcoming movie, Marjaavaan. Stay tuned to MensXP for all the latest updates. View the full article
  16. Have you ever heard of an official impose a fine upon himself for wrongdoing? Well, it happened right here and we're quite taken aback TBH! The incident took place in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district, when the Ghaziabad District Magistrate imposed a fine on himself. While we may find humour in this situation, it actually speaks volumes on the true nature of humility and the understanding of conservation of our natural resources by a government official. © PTI Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on himself and other staff members after finding out that water was overflowing from an overhead tank of the collectorate building. While water conservation has become extremely important, Pandey obviously knows the long-term detriments of water scarcity in the city, before he imposed a hefty fine upon himself and his colleagues. He warned all the officers and the staff members that such wastage of water will not be tolerated or entertained in the future, since the country is heading towards depletion of the natural resource. A report by NITI Ayog says that by 2020, 21 cities in India including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad will run out of groundwater, affecting around a 100-million people. So, it's our civil and social responsibility as responsible citizens to save the natural resource by any means. After the Ghaziabad DM entered his office, he heard the sound of overflowing water, falling behind his room and immediately the entire staff was 'held guilty' for water wastage. The fine will be shared between all the officers and staff, and would be deposited in the treasury. © BCCL We certainly need ardent leaders like Ajay Shankar Pandey who lead by example of selfless good deeds done to save, preserve and protect the environment and our natural resources. Kudos to you, sir! View the full article
  17. We see too many examples every day that makes us believe that humanity and generosity are just words and there's not much of those two left in the world anymore. But here's how we need to learn a great deal from this 70-year-old man, Sitaram Das Baba who is feeding 500-600 people food every day. Sitaram is a native of Gujarat who is now settled in the holy town of Rameswaram and has been providing free food to tourists and pilgrims. According to ANI, his day starts at 5 am when he starts cooking food for people coming to his Ashram. © BCCL He serves North Indian and South Indian food to pilgrims who visit him in his Ashram. In an interview, Sitaram told ANI, "From the past 36 years, I have been doing this service. Here we provide North Indian food as well as South Indian food. This Ashram is open to everyone and there is no discrimination based on their gender, caste or religion.” Well, we do need more humans like Sitaram who'd selflessly feed people. The ashram is located near the Ramanatha Swamy temple in the Keelavasal area. Sitaram can serve these many people with donations he receives from people who visit his ashram. He has a team of ten people who helps him in taking his initiative forward. This just makes us believe that age is just a number and you can make a huge impact with a budding thought. View the full article
  18. From spotting a rare talent from across the world to sharing inspirational and sometimes funny stories; Anand Mahindra and his Twitter account, never fail to impress us with his knack of spotting the best of the world. However, this time Mahindra asked some pertinent questions that most people wanted answers to, but never dared to ask and sparked a heated debate on social media in the process. The debate is on whether some people genuinely need wheelchairs at the airports or just fake it. Reuters Mahindra asked his followers if we Indians are more unfit, have more senior citizens who travel or just "jugaadus" who order wheelchairs to get faster access through queues. In his tweet, he wrote, "Only flights to & from India at most airports have so many wheelchairs pre-ordered. Trying to figure out why. 1) Do elderly Indians travel more than others? 2) Do we have more infirm/unfit people? 3) Are we just jugaadus who order wheelchairs to get faster access through queues!?" Only flights to&from India at most airports have so many wheelchairs pre-ordered. Trying to figure out why. 1) Do elderly Indians travel more than others? 2) Do we have more infirm/unfit people? 3) Are we just jugaadus who order wheelchairs to get faster access through queues!? pic.twitter.com/eyIm5O4KB1 — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) November 2, 2019 Surprisingly, most people went with the option number three and revealed that most people ask for a wheelchair simply for convenience and to clear the security check faster. Some even gave instances where they saw people walking around the Duty Free stores and shopping and then later using wheelchairs to board the plane. One of the Twitter users said that international airline companies call it IAS - Indians Assisted Service. It's definitely the third! I've seen fairly fit looking people walking quite effortlessly during check in, switch to wheelchairs from security and immigration in mumbai. — Swathi Rishi (@Swathirishi) November 2, 2019 International airline companies jokingly call it IAS - Indians Assisted Service. Also common to see people walk around in duty free and then come back to their chairs. Genuine cases are rare. We are a laughing stock. — Chitra Subramaniam (@chitraSD) November 2, 2019 The last reason! — Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) November 2, 2019 Most of the wheel chairs are just scam. They don't really need it but take it as it is free. US airports charge even for a trolley may be charging wheel chairs in India will bring their usage down — Dr.P.S.VishnuVardhan (@drpsvvardhan) November 2, 2019 However, there were many who disagreed with Mahindra and mentioned how wheelchairs have actually been helpful and a boon for their elderly family members. This is a boon to my 83 year old father who uses it when he criss crosses our country thrice a year to visit me and my siblings in hyderabad, delhi and bengaluru. He has chronic arthritis and also suffered hip fracture a few months ago. — à°¶à±à°°à±à°¨à°¿à°µà°¾à°¸ ð®ð³ (@srinimv2004) November 2, 2019 Most of these are parents of folks settled in the west and many times are not well versed with navigating airports, their children hence ask for wheelchair assistance so that they don't miss connecting flights. It's opportunity for airlines to make money from what is complentary — Dimag Ki Batti (@batti_ki) November 2, 2019 U all are walking so you feel its easy to be in wheelchair. Just sit in a chair for a whole day. U will feel like dying. Those who all r teasing, seems u never faced it. Plz THANK God that u all r not facing.. I know because my son is wheelchair user from birth.. — Anchal verma (@Harshasheesh02) November 2, 2019 This lady on my flight last month was hale and hearty but needed a wheel chair because she could not read or understand English. So the wheel chair attendant managed her movement from departure gate to plane seat and then from plane seat to arrival gate where her son was waiting pic.twitter.com/IPkfyfvLJn — Amith (@amithpr) November 2, 2019 Sir, Tweet not in good taste. Please do not discourage such moves.#India has to go long way to achieve #DisabilityFriendly environment. #RPWD Act 2016 — Om Prakash, MD (Psychiatry) (@ompsychiatrist) November 2, 2019 View the full article
  19. "The problem is we have to show every three days that we are good," Zidane said earlier this month. Photo: AFPMADRID: Zinedine Zidane was hardly in a celebratory mood despite Real Madrid´s 5-0 thumping of Leganes on Wednesday which was their...
  20. Flying a drone in India has been a pain, thanks to the Drone laws in the country. It's now legal, but there's a lot that you need to do before your drone takes its first flight. This is exactly why we don't have companies like DJI selling drones officially in the country. Well, the only drones you can fly in India that don't need to go through the tedious registration process are the ones that come under 'Nano' category. So DJI just made a drone so small and so light that it doesn't need regulatory approval, even in India. Meet DJI Mavic Mini, a drone that only weighs 249g and fits in the palm of your hands when it's fully collapsed. Despite the small form factor, the DJI Mavic Mini packs pretty much everything that you'd find on a normal DJI drone like the Mavic Pro or DJI Spark. As for the optics, the DJI Mavic Mini sports a camera that can record 2.7K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps. You can also capture 12MP photos if that's your thing. DJI also claims that the Mavic Mini can stay up in the air for 30 minutes, which is the longest flight time we've seen for a drone. You also get 4km of max signal range from Mavic Mini, which is also great. © DJI The DJI Mavic Mini has front and bottom-mounted proximity sensors, DJI's entire suite of creative shooting, fly modes and even the return to home safety feature. We haven't had the chance to fly one yet, so we can't exactly talk about the experience, but we think it'll be more or less similar to the current DJI drones that are available in the market. The DJI Mavic Mini will release on November 11 at a starting price of $399. Even though you can fly it in India without any registration, we doubt if it will go officially on sale here. View the full article
  21. Plastic has become the topic of discussion around the world as it's the most polluting component found on earth currently. Rationally so, the world has become more conscious of the adverse effects of it and working towards its complete demise is all we should be thinking of. While economies are rising and falling, creating a cause for concern every now and then, we have a bigger cause right in front of us that we need to pay heed to and progress towards tackling that cause. (c)The Independant While plastic is found everywhere, one place we wouldn't expect it to be would be our water bodies. Unfortunately, our oceans and rivers are filled with plastic remains which are a great hazard for the existing aquatic lives. Recently, a small sized sea turtle was found dead with 104 pieces of plastic in its body. That's the fate of our marine life and while we urge people to dispose their plastic waste off a little more consciously, there's an organisation which has taken a step forward and is doing its bit to preserve our oceans from getting polluted further. (c)Youtube The Ocean Cleanup is an organisation that has taken the initiative to clean up the oceans. Started by a Dutch inventor, Boyan Slat at the age of 18, The Ocean Cleanup has implemented a very efficient mechanism to clean up the oceans and rivers, without taking much time. They don't use conventional vessels and nets for the cleanup but in fact rely on buoyancy to go ahead with the clean up drive. "The system consists of a long floater that sits at the surface of the water and skirt that hangs beneath it. The floater provides buoyancy to the entire system, while the skirt prevents debris from escaping underneath and leads it into the retention system, or cod end. A cork line above the skirt prevents overtopping and keeps the skirt afloat," as stated on their website. (c)The Ocean Cleanup The organisation has now recently developed a foolproof system to clean up the river, with 'the Interceptor'. On an average, 2.4 million metric tonnes of plastic flows through the rivers, according to reports, and most of it come from cities and villages. In India, people use the river for multiple purposes, including disposing off their waste. The waste found in the ocean comes mainly through the river and if there's a viable solution to prevent plastic from polluting the rivers, the marine life could be saved. The Ocean Cleanup's aim is to tackle plastic in 1000 rivers by 2025, as per the reports. The Interceptor is installed to the river beds, away from the passing boats. The mechanism involves a large barrier that blocks floating plastic pieces in the river. All the plastic trapped by the barrier is later sent to waste management. If in case, some trash is missed by the barrier, another system helps rectify that. After a thorough clean up, the trash travels through a conveyor belt, before it's segregated further for disposal. The system is powered by solar energy. (c)The Ocean Cleanup "When we think about solutions, we obviously need to think holistically. First and foremost, we need to move all the way upstream and reduce consumption and production of single-use, unnecessary plastics, and we need to better collect and recycle plastics and ensure materials are getting back into the supply chain for a circular economy. But then for the materials that are still escaping and currently not making their way in that system, the last line of defence is cleanup," said Nick Malos, a senior director of the Trash Free Seas programme at The Oceans Cleanup. (c)The Ocean Cleanup Of course we desperately need this mechanism to come to India and help clean our river beds as well. The amount of plastic trash found in some of our major rivers seriously amounts to a deadly cost for our marine lives, in the long run. While beach cleanup drives are a good initiation, a more rigid and impactful clean up system needs to be installed and it's time we economise on environmental causes wisely and have this very efficient environmental non-profit working with our water bodies too. View the full article
  22. The 74th season of the National Basketball Association or the NBA is set to begin from October 22, and for the first time in a really long period, you do not see one particular “super team” winning the title. The big trades and free agencies in the off season, surprisingly good rookies, and the time to literally heal all the wounds have given the new season a sense of refreshing uncertainty. With the pre-season behind us, here is everything you need to know about the 2019-2020 season of the NBA: Summer Blockbusters: Iconic Trades and Free-Agency Signings: © Instagram - Brooklyn Nets Eight reigning All-Stars: Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, D'Angelo Russell, Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook have changed teams during the offseason. That's the most reigning All-Stars to ever change teams in a single NBA offseason out of which, Durant, Westbrook and Rose have been former 'Most Valuable Players' of the regular season and Durant, Leonard have been former Finals MVP. Three players who were All-Stars in 2018 but not in 2019 namely Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins and Al Horford too will be seen in colours different from the previous year. Dynamic Duos (players to look out for): © Reuters After an era of title-hungry all-star players coming together to form the so called “super-team” the league has finally moved on to a comparatively more interesting and competitive era, that of dynamic duos: â Los Angeles Lakers: Lebron James and Anthony Davis â Los Angeles Clippers: Paul George and Kawhi Leonard â Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving â Houston Rockets: Russell Westbrook and James Harden â Dallas Mavericks: Luka DonÄiÄ and Kristaps Porzingis Legacies To Follow: â Battle: Los Angeles Ever since the Los Angeles Clippers came into existence 50 years ago, they have been branded as “ that other LA team”, simply because of the legacy that the Lakers have had in the past 72 years. And then there's also the fact that the Lakers have won 16 titles while the Clippers have won none. © Reuters However, this off-season has made the Clippers relevant once again. The critics and basketball pundits from all over the world even believe that this “other LA Team” might just become “The LA Team” this season and win their maiden NBA title thanks to the inclusion of last season's MVP candidate Paul George and the 2019 NBA Finals MVP and Champion Kawhi Leonard. Also, we have the new and upgraded Lakers side led by the powerful duo of Lebron James and Anthony Davis. © Reuters Having been well rested for over 200 days after missing the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, a 34-year-old James looks to get back to his winning ways and win his fourth NBA title. A hungry Anthony Davis in his prime alongside a brilliant but highly underrated supporting roster led by Danny Green, would be crucial in this rivalry between the two LA teams. â Lebron James' Return To The Finals? © Reuters Albeit the 3-6 losing record in the NBA Finals, the mere fact that he Akron-born star made it to eight consecutive finals is impressive. So when during his first season in the Lakers' purple and gold, he missed out on making it to the playoffs, many believed that the King's reign is over. However with the time to recover after years and years of gruelling seasons during which the team would look up to him in the moment of need, James can finally give the driver's seat to Anthony Davis and focus more on ball distribution and play-making. With a comparatively young and more talented team as compared to his Cleveland days, Lebron's second season with the Lakers surely brings a great opportunity for the King to not only make it to the NBA Finals but win it all. â Steph Curry's MVP Campaign © Reuters One of the key ingredients behind winning the MVP award is narrative and Stephen Curry, the man who revolutionised the game of basketball with his ability to score from beyond the arc, has just the narrative to win him that trophy. With Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala parting ways with the Golden State Warriors, Shaun Livingston retiring and Klay Thompson going down with a severe ACL tear during last season's finals and out of action for at least nine months, Curry will have to once again take charge a team which is not that “super” anymore. Sure he has Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell by his side to begin the season with, but after losing the roster that helped him win three titles in an instant, has to have a major impact on the shooter's performance. If he somehow manages to make it to the top four of the Western Conference teams by the end of the regular season, the case for him becoming the MVP once again will improve vastly. Opening Day: The regular season's opening day will witness two matches: 1. Toronto Raptors Vs New Orleans Pelicans © Reuters As they celebrate their 25th season, the Raptors figure to embrace the “defending NBA champions as underdogs” perception. Being dismissed or discounted applies to many of the team's players, including the late-blooming Kyle Lowry, No. 27 pick Pascal Siakam, No. 48 pick Marc Gasol and the undrafted Fred VanVleet. © Reuters New Orleans is one of the NBA's most intriguing teams, thanks to a dramatic offseason overhaul. The offseason included the addition of No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson who is one of the most highly anticipated NBA rookies in recent memory with names like Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball by his side. 2. LA Clippers Vs LA Lakers © Reuters The Clippers have never reached the Conference Finals, but expectations are high with All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining several returning players from last season's 48-win team. However, George will miss the start of the season as he recovers from offseason surgery on both shoulders. © Reuters The Lakers are seen as a potential championship contender with Anthony Davis by their side. They have missed the playoffs in each of the last six seasons, tied for the NBA's third-longest active drought. Before this stretch, the Lakers had missed the playoffs five times in 65 seasons. Check out the entire NBA 2019-2020 schedule, here.
  23. Chris Hemsworth is not just one of the fittest people in Marvel, but also the entire Hollywood. I mean, that's like a pre-requisite for playing Thor in any movie other than Avengers: Endgame. He's a gym bro out and out, but not the cringey, annoying one, but the kind that would give anyone the motivation to actually start working out or maybe take their workouts to the next level. He, obviously, spends a good amount of time working out, so it's no surprise that every other thing he posts online is videos of him doing just that. But, what sets him apart is his content. Unlike the usual crowd, who post gym-mirror selfies and flaunt oiled abs at the same damn gym every time, Chris likes to mix it up and actually show all the crazy workouts he does. Well, if that's not inspiring, I don't know what is. I probably heard about 'underwater workout' for the first time because of Chris. View this post on Instagram Huge thanks to @marlow_warrington @xptlife @lairdhamiltonsurf for running us through some intense pool/breath/water training. Great to try something new, keep the body guessing. Train/Eat/Live well @centrfit ð¤ð¤ A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Jul 18, 2019 at 2:30pm PDT His latest video on Instagram is also no different. He is so hot, oh wait, scratch that, it was so hot that his shirt apparently burst into flames. View this post on Instagram It was so hot my shirt literally burst into flames, luckily I was wearing my favourite pair of fire retardant shorts 𥵠give this circuit a go 6 times through @centrfit A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Oct 17, 2019 at 8:50pm PDT Can one of my life goals be working out with Chris? View this post on Instagram Wrestling some iron with Jorge and Zoco while yelling loudly and playing dramatic music. Wanna see more of this madness? Check out @centrfit! (Link in bio) A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Sep 22, 2019 at 6:56am PDT Is it just me or does that look fun? View this post on Instagram Punchy little circuit this one. 6 exercises, 6 reps, 6 rounds, no rest between individual exercises, 1 minute rest in between each round or just throw up and power through ðªð¤¢ð¥ check out @centrfit for more movement, nutrition, and mental fitness tips and techniques!!#thedevilsburn A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Aug 7, 2019 at 7:18pm PDT Now, that's a workout with a view. View this post on Instagram Just crushed a workout from the @centrfit app. Launched about a month ago and the goal was to create a holistic all-encompassing approach to building the best version of yourself. The feedback so far has all been in that arena, so we couldn't be happier! Thanks to everyone who's on board. If you haven't checked it out, head to Centr.com or jump into the @Apple App Store and get involved! (link in bio) #CentrOwner ððªð¤ A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Mar 23, 2019 at 1:00pm PDT Just wow. View this post on Instagram Mixing it up. Get creative. Keep moving. Variety is key! ðªðª @centrfit A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Feb 13, 2019 at 4:48pm PST And, that obviously led to this hilarious video. View this post on Instagram The student has become the master. #Repost @jackblack ã»ã»ã» Mixing it up. Get creative. Keep moving. Variety is key! ðªðª Who did it better? #ThorWorkout @chrishemsworth âï¸ - @mrtaylorstephens A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Feb 26, 2019 at 12:53pm PST There's never a boring workout. View this post on Instagram Trying to lock in on my workout spirit animal for 2019 @zocobodypro @da_rulk A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Jan 11, 2019 at 7:11pm PST Something anyone can do at home. View this post on Instagram Try this 10 times through ð¤®Cheers to @da_rulk for giving us this little leg burner. No equipment needed, low impact and super functional. You'll feel like you're wearing a pair of concrete gum boots afterward ð¬ðª @zocobodypro A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:33am PST "Mixing it up." View this post on Instagram The character I'm playing at the moment is ex-military so I've been mixing up my training working with a few super humans with military backgrounds - the focus is on strength, speed, mobility and little to no rest to build endurance. Feeling goooooooood!Also been working on the sound I make after side kicking the heavy bag yeoooooooow ðªðªððð¤ð¤ðð #giveitacrack A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Nov 13, 2018 at 8:04am PST That Thor glove, tho. View this post on Instagram Outdoor session in London for MIB!! Cheers to @zocobodypro for posing as an alien and letting me beat up on him. Sorry for the boot in the face ð¬ð #MenInBlack ð¥ @azzagrist A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Jul 27, 2018 at 7:43am PDT Think you have it in you to get through these workouts?
  24. With the rising levels of pollution in the capital, the Delhi government has decided to implement the long gone odd-even scheme once again. It's also done to curb the traffic situation post festivities in the city and lord knows we need it, especially right now. Last time the odd-even scheme had a certain effect on the traffic and the air when it was implemented and this time around we hope it works even better. The scheme will be implanted from November 4 to November 15, 2019. © BCCL The first implementation of the scheme was in January 2016, and it was re-implemented again in April 2016 by the Aam Aadmi Party. Although the basic crux of the scheme remains the same, there are a few changes here and there you should know about before it comes into action from 8am to 8pm, every day. (1) Two-Wheelers Will Be Exempted All two-wheelers will be exempted from the rule, but only during peak hours - 8am to 11am and then again from 5pm to 8pm. Beyond these timings, the odd-even rule will be applied to two-wheelers too. So, if you commute by a two-wheeler on most days, make sure to do so during peak hours. © india Today (2) Women & People With Disabilities Exempted Women drivers, women driving with kids in their cars who are less than 12 YO, cars with all women occupants and people with disabilities are exempted from this scheme too. Maybe it's unfair for some of you, but that's the law! © New York Times (3) Private CNG Vehicles Will Not Be Exempted Unlike 2016, this time, private CNG vehicles will not be exempted from the odd-even scheme. © The Hindu (4) Vehicles From Outside Delhi Will Not Be Exempted Any car or even two-wheeler coming from outside Delhi, i.e. even Haryana and U.P. will not be exempted. Once you enter the city, the rules apply to any and every private vehicle. © BCCL (5) Vehicles Carrying School Kids Will Be Exempted Vehicles ferrying kids from schools will be exempted from the rule because kids are our future, so why not! © BCCL (6) Increase Of Violation Fine The New Motor Vehicle Act has stated that those not adhering to the new odd-even scheme will be fined INR 4,000, double of what was fined back in 2016. © Delhi Traffic Police Lastly, a good piece of news for frequent cab commuters, the cab aggregator Uber has decided to do away with surge pricing during the time the odd-even scheme is applicable! So, go crazy over booking an Uber and ditch your cars for a while.
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