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  1. Following a brilliant 2-1 win in the ODIs against Australia, the Indian cricket team found their next challenge in New Zealand in what seemed like a rigorous tour. For a team that had enjoyed a dominating run in the home season, India were not only wary of their opponents but also faced a tough task of getting used to the conditions in a relatively shorter span of time. But, on 24th January, the marauding Indian team laid all doubts to rest after producing a dominating performance in the 1st T20I at Eden Park. Continuing their fine run this year, Virat Kohli's men began the five-match T20I series with an emphatic six-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead. Asked to bat first, the home team got off to a good start with both Martin Guptill (30) and Colin Munro (59) coming out all guns blazing against the Indian bowling attack. But, Shivam Dube gave the visitors a key breakthrough after getting Guptill caught by Rohit Sharma, whose acrobatic fielding at the fence pegged the Kiwis back. © Twitter/@BCCI Chasing over 10 runs an over, the 'Men in Blue' were handed an early blow by Mitchell Santner who sent the dangerous Rohit Sharma (7) back into the hut in only the second over of the Indian innings. With their key batsman back in the pavilion, the onus was on KL Rahul (56) and Kohli (45) who stabilised the Indian run-chase with a vital partnership of 99 runs for the second wicket. But, just when the visitors appeared to be cruising in the run-chase, Ish Sodhi dismissed Rahul after getting caught by Tim Southee in the 10th over. The Indian team, further, found themselves in a spot of bother after losing skipper Kohli a few overs later. The likes of Shivam Dube (13) and Shreyas Iyer (58*) did try to keep India in the hunt, but the former's dismissal in the 14th over, gave an opportunity for the Kiwis to come back into the match. View the full article
  2. The New Zealand cricket team was upstaged in their own backyard by a marauding Indian brigade last year. Travelling to New Zealand for an ODI and T20I series, the 'Men in Blue' left the hosts red-faced with a fine performance overseas. The Indian team killed the contest following three consecutive wins in the five-match ODI series before romping to a 4-1 triumph. And, then, despite some resistance from the hosts, secured a 1-1 draw in the T20I series. Undone at home, the Kiwis, months later, managed to exact their revenge in a stage and at a competition that mattered the most. Taking on one of the tournament's favourites India, the Kiwis sent the 'Men in Blue' packing and their cricket-crazy fans into a state of mourning following an 18-run triumph in the crucial semifinals. © Reuters Contrary to the popular perception, Kohli believes that New Zealand is filled with such nice cricketers that India will never be able to think of revenge against them. The Delhi lad further revealed that Team India was actually happy to see Williamson and his teammates secure their berth for the World Cup final. "Even if you want to think of revenge these guys are so nice that you can't get into that zone. It's all about being competitive on the field. They are one side that has set the right example for teams to carry themselves on the international stage. We were actually happy for them when they qualified for the World Cup finals. When you have lost you have to look at the larger picture. So nothing about revenge," Kohli revealed, while addressing reporters at the eve of 1st T20I at Eden Park. View the full article
  3. Vijay Deverakonda is a Tollywood star who has a brazen sense of style. His ensembles have at least one intriguing element that people don't stop raving about for a while. Remember the time when he created a buzz wearing sliders worth Rs 45K? Clearly, Vijay is OTT with his choices and he looks good, no matter what he wears. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Recently, he was papped at the airport with yet another head-turning fashion statement. And no, we are not talking about his joggers or mini pants, but his torn jeans that instantly stole all the thunder. Take a look here: © Viral Bhayani What's interesting about his pants is the fact that even though they are distressed, they still look super comfy for the airport. Add to that, his basic black T-shirt with a beanie makes it look uber-cool and this is truly a perfect way to jet off in style. It's unlikely that this trend will become obsolete and with so many versions -- from subtle rips to highly shredded -- these pants are now a popular choice. We have seen them on elite B-town celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor and Dino Morea, thanks to the edgy silhouette that instantly makes them a versatile addition. © Viral Bhayani Now, if you are figuring out a way to work your casual Fridays look or amp up your weekend style game, we got you covered with Vijay's recent fashion experiment. The subtle charm of this ensemble with a street style edge to it shows that he is raising the stakes only higher with his airport fashion. Kudos to you Vijay for that! View the full article
  4. In less than three months, Prithvi Shaw has made a second staggering comeback to the field and proven why he is one of the top prospects as the future of Indian cricket in the years to come. This time around, the batsman went on a rampage against the New Zealand XI in the second warm-up One-Day match amidst India's tour of the land of the Kiwis. Off just 100 deliveries, Shaw exploded for 150 runs with 22 boundaries and two maximums being struck from his bat. Prithvi Shaw smashes a quick 150 as India A put up 372 against New Zealand XIhttps://t.co/yDtcBWe9R0 pic.twitter.com/C1PSbQUuE3 — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 19, 2020 The Virar-born helped his side rack up a massive total of 372 runs before the Indian batting innings came to an end in the 50th over, while receiving significant contribution from all-rounder Vijay Shankar who slammed 58 off 41 balls. India A skipper Shubman Gill failed to impress as he was dismissed at 24. Good to see Vijay Shankar scoring in the death for which once he was known for. Three knocks like this along with one or two wickets in this season will help him to get picked in the Test squad(if he does even well there are chances for him to play ODIs as well). — cricfan (@KlBest) January 19, 2020 The 20-year-old cricketer in Prithvi Shaw is an enigma. He is someone the fans of the Indian cricket team want to put their faith in but also aren't too confident about, and it has nothing to do with his skills with the bat, which are obviously great. Shaw has been playing jump rope with his ability to be liked by the coaches, his teammates and the rest of the people around him. After coming back from being banned for eight months because of unintentionally consuming a prohibited substance, Shaw who was the opener for Mumbai during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, went on to score 63 runs off 39 balls. It was all well and good until Shaw decided to copy Virat Kohli's “my bad does the talking” gesture and got an earful by the viewers. Welcome back! He is making a comeback today and @PrithviShaw makes it a memorable one with a fine-half century for Mumbai against Assam in @Paytm #MushtaqAliT20. pic.twitter.com/hiBfiElhed — BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) November 17, 2019 This is the problem with the young players. Coming Back from a ban, scoring a half century against a relatively weaker bowling attack, and then making gestures. They need to learn to be humble. This over confident kid won't last long in the international arena. MARK MY WORDS! — Shubham Agrawal (@imShubhamA) November 17, 2019 Shaw has also been called out for living an undisciplined life because of which he had gone on to suffer from multiple injuries and was therefore ruled out of opportunities to make it big in the world of international cricket. “Whose loss is it? How long will it take for him to understand that he was brought into the Test team ahead of Mayank Agarwal, who was the most prolific and consistent run-getter in the domestic circuit that time. If Prithvi is not making the opportunity count, he can only blame himself. It's his lifestyle causing all the mess,” a source had told The Times of India earlier in January. “I wouldn't like to cite particular instances though there's a list of misconducts that have been reported. The last one was in Baroda. The Mumbai team manager was very angry and reported an incident. I wouldn't like to get into details here but something's very wrong. Someone needs to have a very clear and serious chat with him,” revealed another source about the cricketer's misdemeanour. Despite all the issues, the fact is that Shaw is a prolific batsman. It is his confidence in his skills that enables him to enter the field after being away for weeks and still put up big numbers. His 150-run knock in Lincoln is a mark for big things to come, provided he stays healthy and works a little on his attitude. View the full article
  5. Up until a few days ago, we were hearing a lot of rumors about Apple's iPhone SE 2. But the last couple of rumors have suggested that the iPhone SE 2 that we were hearing about would actually be called iPhone 9. Either way, it's a new iPhone, so it's definitely something to get excited about. The new iPhone 9 is said to be an iPhone 8 successor, which is why it'll apparently look similar to that. According to a new report by a Japanese publication, the iPhone 9's design will closely resemble the iPhone 8, which means it'll use the same chassis. © YouTube/ MKBHD However, the new iPhone 9 is said to feature a bigger display, so let's just say that we're essentially looking at a phone that looks like the iPhone 8, but with a bigger display. While the iPhone 8 featured a 4.7-inch LCD panel, the new one is said to come with a 5.4-inch display. A bigger display in the same body of the iPhone 8 also means that there won't be any room for TouchID or the button at the bottom. So, the iPhone 9 will have a TrueDepth camera for FaceID tech. As for the internals, it looks like the iPhone 9 will be powered by the new A13 Bionic chip, which is the same one that's powering the current-gen iPhones. That's great because it's one of the most powerful chips in the market right now. © YouTube/ MKBHD We don't know much about the optics, but if the rumors are something to go by, then we can expect to see an improved camera over the one found on the iPhone 8. Let's just wait for more info to roll out on that. But overall, the iPhone 9 is shaping up to be a really good device. The fact that it'll be smaller like the iPhone 8 and will pack all the latest and the greatest internals and features like FaceID will probably make it a lucrative option for people looking to upgrade from an older iPhone. And since we're not looking at an OLED panel with a notch or anything, it could also be priced relatively low, making it an absolute no-brainer. We're really excited to check out this new phone, so stay tuned for more info on the same. Source: Macotakara View the full article
  6. New security camera footage emerged on Tuesday showing two Iranian missiles hitting the Ukrainian airliner in Tehran last week killing all 176 passengers and crew on board. The projectiles were fired 30 seconds apart and explain why the plane's transponder was not working as it hurtled to the ground — it was disabled by the first strike, before being hit by a second, said the New York Times, which published the verified security camera footage on Tuesday. The blurry film, shot from a rooftop in a village four miles from an Iranian military site, shows the Kiev-bound plane on fire and circling back to Tehran's airport, the Times said. Minutes later, the aircraft exploded and crashed. Also read: Canada investigators to gain access to plane wreckage in Iran Iran had for days denied Western claims that the Boeing 737 had been downed by its missiles. Tehran came clean on Saturday when Revolutionary Guards aerospace commander Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh acknowledged a missile operator had mistaken the Ukraine International Airlines plane for a cruise missile and opened fire. The incident happened when Iran's armed forces were on heightened alert after launching a volley of missiles at Iraqi bases hosting US troops in retaliation for the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani on January 3. Iran has struggled to contain the fallout over its handling of the air disaster and the tragedy has seen hundreds of angry protesters, most of them students, take to the streets. New videos circulating on social media purported to show fresh protests on Tuesday evening at universities in Tehran, along with clashes between students and Basij militia loyal to the establishment. It was not possible to immediately verify the videos. Also read: How is the world reporting the Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq? Earlier, AFP correspondents said around 200 mainly masked students gathered at Tehran University and were locked in a tense standoff with youths from the Basij. Kept apart by security forces, the groups eventually parted ways. Around 30 people have been arrested in the protests over the air disaster, according to judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili. On Tuesday Tehran said it had made its first arrests over the shooting down of the plane, though it gave no details. 'Real rift'Recent protests have been much smaller than nationwide demonstrations against fuel price hikes that turned deadly in November. But one commentator said the latest rallies showed there was a "real rift between the people and the authorities". "I hope that (police restraint) will continue and that no lives are lost, because this could be a catalyst for more protests," Mehdi Rahmanian, director of reformist daily Shargh, told AFP. In another sign of growing dissent, a group of artists cancelled their participation in the Fajr festival, held each year on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to Hamshahri newspaper. Also read: British ambassador to Iran arrested: UK govt President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday Iran's judiciary "must form a special court with a high-ranking judge and dozens of experts... The whole world will be watching." "Anyone who should be punished must be punished". The office of Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he spoke to Canada's premier Justin Trudeau on Tuesday for a third time since the crash, with the latter asking for help from Kiev in liaising with Iranian authorities to help identify bodies of Canadian citizens.
  7. While our entire focus was on the devastating effects of the bushfires in Australia currently, we missed out on the chance to witness something spectacular coming back to life, amidst all the chaos and fire. © Twitter When we thought the flora and fauna have forever ceased to exist in Australia's burnt forests, we were absolutely wrong. Murray Lowe, an Australian photographer, residing in New South Wales, shared images from Kulnara on the Central Coast of NSW, on Facebook, that show new flowers and leaves blooming in the ashes. The photographer has captured the essence of life, after forests were destroyed in the fire, and it's nothing short of beautiful. In fact, his caption on Facebook for these pictures says it all! "Went out to the fire grounds in Kulnura area again after a light rainfall the previous night, and found quite a bit of ant activity and leaves with rain drops cradled in them to provide water for insects in general. There is life out there and so marvellous to see it all once again regaining it's foot hold on this parched and scorched landscape," the caption read. Check out the images here: © Murray Lowe Photography Facebook © Murray Lowe Photography Facebook © Murray Lowe Photography Facebook This is definitely a silver lining for the continent as it gives up hope for a brand new life. It's almost like equating Australia to the Phoenix, which is actually emerging from the ashes, ready to welcome change in the most positive way ever. Murray Lowe has actually given us a lot of relief by releasing these pictures in the public domain and here's hoping the burnt forests of the continent are restored to normalcy, with its wildlife growing in numbers, hereon. View the full article
  8. Razer is known for bringing some of the best products at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) every year. Some of their prototype devices like crazy triple-screen laptops have stolen the show previously. So, we were super excited to see what the company brings to the table this year. Since mobile gaming has become so popular in 2019 and it's only expected to grow even more in 2020, it looks like Razer decided to do something for the mobile gaming community. They showcased something called the Razer Kishi gamepad, which is one of the best gamepad we've ever seen for mobile phones. Here, check it out - One of the best things about the controller is that it connects to the phone directly via the charging ports instead of a Bluetooth connection. It's perfect for low-latency gaming, something which is very crucial for competitive gaming. And since the gamepad uses the port, Razer has included a passthrough charging at the bottom right side. That way, you won't have to worry about running out of battery while hitting your targets. This is unique to this gamepad and not a lot of controllers offer that. © Razer Kishi also comes with a "universal fit", thanks to its gamevice belt on the back. With the help of that, it can fit in both small and XL-sized phones very easily. So, let's just say that any new phone with a USB-Type C or a lightning port will work with the Kishi controller. As for the buttons, the controller has the standard shoulder buttons, one D-Pad and four regular buttons basic controls. It's perfect for both current mobile games as well as cloud gaming. Cloud gaming, for those of you who don't know, is said to be on the rise and it looks like we'll soon be able to play our standard console games on our mobile phones. © YouTube/ Engadget So, imagine racing in Forza Horizon 4 or taking down enemies in Gears 5. Yes, it's going to be awesome. We didn't get a chance to play with the controller just yet, but we just can't wait to get our hands on it and play the games. Unlike Razer's laptops and phones, most peripherals make their way to India, so we think the new Kishi controller will also be available soon in the country. We're not sure about the pricing yet, but it should be priced at around $100, which is roughly around Rs. 7,000. View the full article
  9. If you're a Star Wars fan, it's likely that you'll remember the iconic twin suns of Tatooine: Cool, aren't they? A young intern at NASA however, has just discovered a new planet - where you might be able to spot the greatest sunrise of all time - with two suns at once. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, also known as TESS, is a specialised space telescope that was launched into orbit by SpaceX in 2018 with the specific purpose of discovering exoplanets. The term refers to planets outside of the solar system, and as you might imagine, they're not particularly easy to spot. © NASA; An illustration of TESS working in orbit. The most common method of discovering them is locating dark spots in front of distant stars - caused by planets revolving around their respective stars and blocking their light from reaching us. This phenomenon is known as a 'transit', and TESS is able to detect them by using four powerful cameras to capture 1296 images of the same patch of sky across 27 days - that's a single hi-res image every half-hour. © NASA; Optics engineer Greg Balonek prepares a TESS flight lens for modal testing at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The intern, Wolf Cukier, joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, after his junior year of high school at Scarsdale High School in New York. He was assigned to study variations in star brightness captured by TESS and upload it to the Planet Hunters TESS citizen science project. © New York Post; Wolf sitting at his desk in a NASA jumper. Note the physics textbooks and telescope - he's clearly in the perfect line of work. "I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit," Cukier said in a statement from NASA. "About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet." What's remarkable about Cukier's discovery is that the planet is 'circumbinary' - revolving around two suns instead of one like in the solar system. There are only about two dozen such planets discovered, making the intern's fortunate finding all the more special. Designated as TOI 1338 b, it is the only planet in the TOI 1338 system and revolves around the twin suns every 95 days - both of them revolve around each other much faster at 15 days and are considerably different from each other. One is 10% larger than our Sun, while the other is just a third of the Sun's mass, and is much dimmer and smaller. If you're looking to catch that special sunset however, it's quite unlikely - the system is 1,300 light years away from Earth, and is 6.9 times the size of our planet - making it likely that even if we survive the journey and the harsh radiation and heat from two suns, TOI 1338 b's gravity is likely to crush us like a grape. Unfortunately for Wolf, he doesn't get to name his discovery - although his brother suggests that 'Wolftopia' would be pretty cool. View the full article
  10. Restaurant reservation app Dineout recently published a fascinating annual report, and amongst a list of interesting statistics, one in particular stands out. It seems like the city of Bengaluru has become an undisputed dining hotspot, with one man footing a bill of Rs 2,76,988 at a pub, while another watering hole clocked in over 1 million diners. That's a lot of dishes to wash and bottles to recycle. In fact, the bill is so ridiculous, it's just about what you'd pay to step out of a showroom with a brand new Maruti Alto or Datsun Redi-Go. Not interested in a car? The bill could also cover a trip to London and back again - in Emirates first class seats. Meanwhile, Udaipur stepped up as well - it seems like the 'City of Lakes' played host to the biggest number of couples, with the highest number of 'tables for two'. Indore had the most 'tables for four' reservations and oddly enough, seemed to dine out most often on Thursdays - 60% of Indians dined out on weekends, specifically. With the rise of restaurant culture in India's metros and a no-cooking lifestyle emerging across India's urban youth, it's not surprising that Indians dined out over 5 billion times last year, with 52% of us preferring to dine at casual restaurants as opposed to fast food outlets and fine dining options. Close to 4566 tables were reserved per hour, and the average bill value for dining out was Rs 1600, whereas for ordering in, it was Rs 300. It's also interesting to note that Indians are pretty late eaters - the global average dinnertime sits between 6PM and 8PM, while desi dinners usually happen between 8PM and 10PM. Gotta' blame post-work traffic for that one. So if you're worried that you've been spending too much on dining out, don't worry. You're certainly not alone. View the full article
  11. A new Assassin's Creed is probably on its way and the existence of the game was leaked via website listings. Ubisoft has not officially announced the game but leaks are pointing towards one of the biggest games in the series. The game listed on the websites was called Assassin's Creed Ragnarok and is expected to release later this year. © Ubisoft A leak that was posted on 4Chan and later on Reddit revealed detailed information that sounds believable but we still suggest you take it with a pinch of salt. According to the leaker, the game will launch in September 2020 and will be a cross-generational game. It will support four-player co-operative mode or with a single character that can be either male or female. It is said to have role-playing mechanics similar to Assassin's Creed Odyssey and will also introduce a new weapon durability feature. The game will also feature a hidden blade, an iconic feature that was not included in the previous iteration. © Reddit Leaks also suggest that the game will be set in the 9th century and will deal with Norse mythology. The map is also expected to be larger than ever and will expand to cities like Paris, London and Kiev. There will also be more emphasis on mythical beasts that will be protecting temples and other key locations. Previous Assassin's Creed games have leaked in the past and most of the rumours have turned out to be true. It would be interesting to see how Ubisoft will adopt Norse mythology into the Assassin's Creed world. We could expect the game to be announced sometime later this year. We may hear more about the game at E3, this June. View the full article
  12. President Donald Trump. Photo: ReutersWASHINGTON: The United States piled new sanctions on Iran's already crippled economy Friday and defended the killing of a top Iranian leader, saying he had been planning an "imminent" attack on US embassies. The sanctions, announced at the White House, marked the latest salvo in a US-Iranian confrontation that risked sliding into war a week ago with the deadly US drone attack on general Qasem Soleimani, by some measures the second most influential person in Iran. In response, Iran fired volleys of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops, without causing casualties. While President Donald Trump said he would not respond further militarily, Washington is intent on maintaining pressure. The sanctions mean "we will cut off billions of dollars of support to the Iranian regime," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the White House. The measures targeting Iran's steel industry and eight state officials came on top of massive sanctions already aimed at bringing the country's economy to its knees. Read also: Iran civil aviation chief confident Ukraine plane not hit by missile US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that sanctions so far "have deprived the regime of billions in revenue." "Oil revenues (are) down by 80 per cent and Iran cannot access roughly 90 per cent of its foreign policy reserves," he said. "As long as Iran's outlaw ways continue we will continue to impose sanctions." Among the senior Iranian officials targeted in the new measures were Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, the Iranian armed forces deputy chief of staff and Gholamreza Soleimani, the head of the Basij militia, a volunteer force loyal to the regime. Seventeen Iranian metals producers and mining companies were listed. The sanctions also included a network of three entities that are based in China and the Seychelles as well as a vessel "involved in the purchase, sale, and transfer of Iranian metals products," the Treasury said in a statement. 'Imminent' threat questioned Critics are questioning why Trump — who has been impeached and faces a Senate trial in the coming days — ordered Soleimani's killing last week. The administration has pushed back against accusations that Trump acted recklessly, insisting that longtime US foe Soleimani was on the brink of launching an attack and had to be stopped. On Thursday, Trump said that Soleimani had been planning to blow up the US embassy in Baghdad. However, officials did not back up that scenario. Iran plane crash: US officials hand over 'important data' to Ukraine On Friday, Trump shifted, saying "probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad." "I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies," Trump added in an excerpt of an interview due to air later on Fox News. Earlier, Pompeo said the US had "specific information" on "imminent" attacks "against American facilities, including American embassies, military bases." But "we don't know exactly which day it would've been executed," he said. The United States has been at loggerheads with Iran, a fierce regional rival of US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, for decades. Soon after Trump came into office he withdrew from an international accord meant to give Iran the ability to develop civilian nuclear power while under supervision. Trump claimed that Tehran was cheating and trying to obtain a nuclear weapon. At a reelection campaign rally in Ohio on Thursday, Trump referred to Soleimani as "the world's top terrorist." "He was a bloodthirsty terror and he´s no longer a terror. He's dead."
  13. WASHINGTON: The United States piled new sanctions on Iran´s already crippled economy Friday and defended the killing of a top Iranian leader, saying he had been planning an "imminent" attack on US embassies. The sanctions, announced at the White House, marked the latest salvo in a US-Iranian confrontation that risked sliding into war a week ago with the deadly US drone attack on general Qasem Soleimani, by some measures the second most influential person in Iran. In response, Iran fired volleys of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops, without causing casualties. While President Donald Trump said he would not respond further militarily, Washington is intent on maintaining pressure. The sanctions mean "we will cut off billions of dollars of support to the Iranian regime," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the White House. The measures targeting Iran´s steel industry and eight state officials came on top of massive sanctions already aimed at bringing the country´s economy to its knees. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that sanctions so far "have deprived the regime of billions in revenue." "Oil revenues (are) down by 80 percent and Iran cannot access roughly 90 percent of its foreign policy reserves," he said. "As long as Iran´s outlaw ways continue we will continue to impose sanctions." Among the senior Iranian officials targeted in the new measures were Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran´s Supreme National Security Council, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, the Iranian armed forces deputy chief of staff and Gholamreza Soleimani, the head of the Basij militia, a volunteer force loyal to the regime. Seventeen Iranian metals producers and mining companies were listed. The sanctions also included a network of three entities that are based in China and the Seychelles as well as a vessel "involved in the purchase, sale, and transfer of Iranian metals products," the Treasury said in a statement. - ´Imminent´ threat questioned - Critics are questioning why Trump -- who has been impeached and faces a Senate trial in the coming days -- ordered Soleimani´s killing last week. The administration has pushed back against accusations that Trump acted recklessly, insisting that longtime US foe Soleimani was on the brink of launching an attack and had to be stopped. On Thursday, Trump said that Soleimani had been planning to blow up the US embassy in Baghdad. However, officials did not back up that scenario. On Friday, Trump shifted, saying "probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad." "I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies," Trump added in an excerpt of an interview due to air later on Fox News. Earlier, Pompeo said the US had "specific information" on "imminent" attacks "against American facilities, including American embassies, military bases." But "we don´t know exactly which day it would´ve been executed," he said. The United States has been at loggerheads with Iran, a fierce regional rival of US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, for decades. Soon after Trump came into office he withdrew from an international accord meant to give Iran the ability to develop civilian nuclear power while under supervision. Trump claimed that Tehran was cheating and trying to obtain a nuclear weapon. At a reelection campaign rally in Ohio on Thursday, Trump referred to Soleimani as "the world´s top terrorist." "He was a bloodthirsty terror and he´s no longer a terror. He´s dead."
  14. Under-fire Deepika Padukone visits temple, prays for new film 'Chhapaak'MUMBAI: Bollywood's top actress was snapped praying in a temple on Friday ahead of the release of her new film as a storm continued to rage over her attendance at a recent student protest. The presence of Deepika Padukone, 34, at the demonstration in New Delhi on Tuesday broke with the unspoken tradition of Bollywood stars remaining for the most part apolitical. It unleashed a furore on social media with detractors accusing the actress of a publicity stunt to promote her latest role as an acid attack survivor, while others applauded her courage. On Thursday Smriti Irani, a former model and TV actress who is now a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, accused her of being unpatriotic. Padukone was "standing with people who celebrate every time a CRPF jawan is killed," Irani said, referring to an Indian paramilitary soldier. Members of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have called for a boycott of her film Chhapaak (Splash), which came out on Friday. They have urged moviegoers to watch Tanhaji, a swashbuckling historical epic about a Hindu general, instead. Padukone was attending a protest after an attack blamed on a group close to the BJP at a Delhi university last Sunday injured 34 students while police allegedly stood by. The incident followed several weeks of protests nationwide against a new citizenship law during which police have been accused of using excessive force, with at least 25 people killed. Media reports said that Modi's government has also shelved a promotional video featuring Padukone in which she speaks about the need to give acid attack survivors equal opportunities. Meanwhile two Indian states and one union territory run by the main opposition Congress party have cut government taxes on tickets for Padukone's film.
  15. Birds of Prey is less than a month away and even before its release, people are turning into proper DC stans, thanks to the latest trailer. Well, Margot Robbie aka Harley Quinn does have that power, for sure. The new trailer dropped today and it's as colourful and crazy as you would expect it to be. It starts off with our poor lil Harley getting over her breakup with Joker. You should do whatever you want to cope, cry, eat cheese while crying, blow up your ex-boyfriend, it's called self-care. But, after that, she realizes that there are plenty of supervillains who want her dead, of course, and that includes Ewan McGregor's Roman Sionis, a mafia don known as Black Mask. What else is left other than to make a (suicide) squad? She teams up with four other women who are on Black Mask's hit list to take him down: Gotham City cop Renee Montoya, pickpocketing runaway Cassandra Cain, the vigilante the Huntress, and supernaturally screaming lounge singer Black Canary. The best part is obviously at the end when it's revealed that she has a pet hyena named Bruce. I mean, of course Harley Quinn will have a hyena named Bruce. Here's the trailer: The trailer has obviously got everyone very excited for the movie and going by the response, it looks like there'll be a lot of new DC fans after this. It looks great! This sequence is already a serve #BirdsOfPrey pic.twitter.com/52nEAIrq3n — Harley Quinn Updates (@HarleyMovieNews) January 10, 2020 Good enough. I don't care how good/bad the movie is, this is my reason for seeing it #BirdsOfPrey pic.twitter.com/EGToY8KWGQ — Ink Hyaena (@InkHyaena) January 10, 2020 Hmm. not harley taking a big lungful of cocaine lmaaooo #birdsofprey pic.twitter.com/tQKRqMvKXg — númenwhórë (@sIickslack) January 9, 2020 For sure. this is how gotham city's worst nightmare looks like #BirdsOfPrey pic.twitter.com/eoD0luoqKr — sasha ðð (@quinnftwidow) January 9, 2020 Yep. Our first look at Roman Sionis becoming #BlackMask! #BirdsOfPrey pic.twitter.com/Kh81bjwrVm — Ewan McGregor Daily (@EwanDaily) January 9, 2020 It's great. I love the aesthetic Gotham looks amazing #BirdsOfPrey pic.twitter.com/aZXVvHXwJR — Anthony (@brooklynbatman_) January 9, 2020 Great detail. Bernie holding Harley's tissue is sending me. #BirdsOfPrey pic.twitter.com/gMsMZLYHEx — Adam Stabelli (@AdamofGotham) January 9, 2020 Makes sense. Me waiting 1 more month to watch #BirdsOfPrey pic.twitter.com/FYvvsjPvBn — Formerly known as Oracle (@4eyed_Rhea) January 9, 2020 View the full article
  16. Around a fortnight ago, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act, calling it 'constitutional' and asking states to implement it aggressively, especially calling for strict action to be taken against protesters and the media houses supporting them. The current Chief Justice of India, Sharad Bobde, chose to respond to the petitioner, Mumbai-based Puneet Kaur Dhanda, in no uncertain terms. “Country is going through difficult times. Endeavour should be for peace. Such petitions don't help,” Chief Justice Bobde told her lawyer, who made an urgent mention for early hearing of the petition. The CJI also went on to list over 60 petitions challenging the Act. Bobde Begins © Twitter Born 24th April 1956, Justice Bobde comes from a long legacy of eminent lawyers from Nagpur - his father, Arvind Bobde, was well known for handling several high-profile cases as the advocate-general of Maharashtra in 1980 and 1985, while his late brother Vinod Bobde was a Supreme Court lawyer and constitutional expert. After an early education in Nagpur, Bobde went on to study law at Ambedkar University - developing a fondness for inter-collegiate tennis and public speaking along the way. In 1978, he finally made his way onto the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court - becoming a senior advocate in 1998 and a Bombay High Court judge in 2000. Bobde's Career In The Judiciary © Twitter In short, Bobde has developed a strong image in the eyes of other lawyers, developing a reputation for quick-thinking and unbiased decision-making. “Bobde is cut and dried. He goes by the letter of the law,” says Vikas Singh, ex-President of the Supreme Court Bar Association. “He takes his work seriously,” added ex-Supreme Court judge, Madan B. Lokur. This comes with little surprise, since many of the cases Bobde has been a part of were landmark judgements - he has taken on rulings related to the Aadhar system, anti-abortion cases, religious sentiments, pollution crises in New Delhi and most recently, the Ayodhya land dispute. As of now, Bobde has spent just 52 days in the CJI seat. A charismatic figure with an interesting set of pastimes. The proud owner of a Royal Enfield Bullet, he's even known to be a motorcycle enthusiast and made headlines for injuring himself during a Harley-Davidson test-ride back in February 2019. Let's hope that the tenure ahead of him goes a bit smoother than his ride did. View the full article
  17. Geo.tv/FilesLAHORE: Punjab is set to establish a state-of-the-art medical facility for blood diseases and bone-marrow transplantation, the provincial health minister, Dr Yasmin Rashid, announced on Tuesday. The decision to establish the Punjab Institute of Blood Diseases and Bone Marrow Transplant was made on Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar's directives, with the formal announcement being made during a Dr Rashid-chaired meeting of the health authorities at the Specialised Healthcare & Medical Education Department. The department's secretary, special secretary, and additional secretary, Barrister Nabeel Awan, Silwat Saeed, and Nadir Chattha, respectively, as well as Professor Dr Tahir Shamsi, a renowned expert on bone marrow transplants and the director of the National Institute of Blood Disease & Bone Marrow Transplantation (NIBD) and other senior staff members were also present in the meeting. Dr Rashid said: "This will be a 200-bed institute and will be equipped with top quality diagnosis and treatment facilities for blood diseases and bone marrow transplants. This institute will provide specialised and advanced level treatment to hereditary diseases, Thalassaemia, Hemophilia ITP, and other similar disorders and diseases." She reviewed all arrangements and preparations, including the PC-1 of the new institute during the meeting. Dr Shamsi presented a technical briefing on the scale of the diseases and possible interventions to control and treat them. He assured of complete technical support from his institute. The institute would also work on the prevention component related to hereditary diseases in addition to transplants. The institute's specialists and staff would be trained on modern lines. "We hope that this facility will help us to save millions of lives in Punjab. This is a first of its kind initiative and will be a great service to the people of Punjab," the minister said.
  18. Police complaint launched against Akshay Kumar's new add. Photo: TFIPOSTAkshay Kumar, Bollywood powerhouse recently got into legal troubles due to his latest washing powder commercial that was aired. The star's role is that of a warrior who returns home to his kingdom after successfully slaying his enemies. In the add, when one of the soldier's wives taunts the army for having dirty clothes, Akshay is heard saying that if an army can win battles, they can also wash clothes. However, it seems as though the commercial was not well received by the audience, particularly the Marathi people. According to TOI, they filed a police complaint in the Worli police station in Mumbai against the star for allegedly mocking the Marathi culture and hurting their sentiments. Akshay has not responded to any of the claims as of yet.
  19. The Realme 5 Series turned out to be a huge success in India. The company ended up selling a ton of Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro devices, and now, they're bringing a new phone in the series today. Called the Realme 5i, it's replacing the Realme 5 and it's more like an upgrade to it. The highlight of the phone is the quad-camera setup and the 5,000 mAh battery. Let's check it out - The Realme 5i, as you can see, has a different design at the back. It doesn't have the crystal design anymore and instead, has a textured back. The Realme 5i sports a 6.52-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1600. It also has a waterdrop notch on the front that houses an 8MP selfie camera. It's powered by the Snapdragon 665 SoC, just like the Realme 5. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is a standard thing for budget phones. In terms of the optics, the Realme 5i sports a quad-camera setup which includes a 12MP primary sensor, an 8MP sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 2MP portrait lens, and a 2MP macro lens. There's a 5,000 mAh battery inside that's keeping the light on and it's running on ColorOS software based on Android. Pricing And Availability © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Realme has launched the new Realme 5i at Rs 8,999 in India. The phone will be available in two colour variants i.e. Green and Blue and it'll be available exclusively through Flipkart starting January 15, 2020. View the full article
  20. The changes are being made according to the chief minister’s vision, and are aimed at providing better facilities to the masses. Photo: FileQUETTA: Provincial Secretary for the Health Department, Muddassir Waheed Malik, said Wednesday that new reforms have been introduced in the health sector to bring about changes in government-run hospitals of Balochistan. The changes are being made according to the chief minister’s vision, and are aimed at providing better facilities to the masses, the official said. While talking to media, Malik said that strict action would be taken against absent doctors and other staff members if hospitals do not perform adequately, which will encourage doctors and staff to perform honestly and responsibly. Malik added that funds for the health sector have also been increased in the financial budget 2019-20 under the directives of Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan to address hospitals' problems. Read more: PM performs groundbreaking of Balochistan Health Complex, Gwadar airport The chief minister has directed that the latest equipment be provided to respective hospitals to ensure quality of treatment, he said. He said that the provincial government is also utilising all available resources to improve the public's confidence in government-run hospitals, saying that it was a "top priority" of the government to resolve problems of health department employees, including doctors, because the health staff is directly responsible for improving services in hospitals. He added that a health team was being formed to address the current shortage of doctors and availability of medicines to facilitate people in the rural areas of the province. He also urged doctors to play a more responsible role for the betterment of needy patients.
  21. Explainer: What to expect at Harvey Weinstein's New York rape trialNEW YORK: Jury selection begins on Tuesday in the rape trial in New York of Harvey Weinstein, once one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and criminal sexual assault. Here is what to expect from the trial:WHO ARE THE ACCUSERS?More than 80 women have publicly accused Weinstein, 67, of sexual misconduct, helping to fuel the #MeToo movement over the last two years. The criminal charges against him refer to just three accusers. Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant on a Weinstein Company television show, has said that Weinstein forcibly performed oral *** on her in his Manhattan home in July 2006. Actress Annabella Sciorra, best known for her role on HBO’s The Sopranos, has said Weinstein raped her in her Manhattan apartment in 1993. Prosecutors have accused Weinstein of raping another woman in March 2013 in Manhattan. She has not been publicly identified. Weinstein has said that any sexual encounters he had were consensual. WHAT ARE THE CHARGES?Weinstein is charged with a criminal sexual act in the first degree against Haleyi, and with rape for the 2013 allegation. He is charged with predatory sexual assault over both allegations. Sciorra’s allegation is too old to be the basis of a separate charge, but is a crucial part of the predatory sexual assault charges, which require prosecutors to establish a pattern of serious *** crimes against multiple women. Predatory sexual assault is the most serious charge against Weinstein, carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison. WHO WILL TESTIFY AGAINST WEINSTEIN?Haleyi, Sciorra and the 2013 accuser are almost certain to testify in a trial that is expected to last up to eight weeks. Prosecutors may also call three other women to testify about encounters with Weinstein, even though he is not formally charged with crimes against them. Their testimony is intended to bolster the charges by showing that Weinstein had a consistent pattern of behavior. Prosecutors have also said that they expect to call Barbara Ziv, a professor at Temple University in Pennsylvania, to testify as an expert on the trauma resulting from sexual assault. WHAT IS WEINSTEIN’S DEFENSE?While criminal defendants and their lawyers typically avoid revealing their strategy before trial, Weinstein has dropped some hints. Weinstein’s lead lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told Reuters that Weinstein had a “slew of witnesses ready to go.” She has said the defense would be introducing emails and text messages to prove that Weinstein’s accusers maintained relationships with him after his alleged assaults. His lawyers have also said they plan to call psychologist Deborah Davis, of the University of Nevada, Reno, to testify as an expert on memory, suggesting that Weinstein may try to call his accusers’ recollections into question. WHAT OTHER LEGAL RISKS DOES WEINSTEIN FACE?Even if he is acquitted in Manhattan, Weinstein faces separate criminal charges announced on Monday by prosecutors in Los Angeles. Lawyer Rotunno declined immediate comment on those charges. Weinstein was charged with sexually assaulting two unidentified women in 2013, said Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. He was charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting the other.
  22. There have been plenty of rumours about a new affordable iPhone that many have touted as the new iPhone SE 2. A fresh leak shows off renders of the new phone that gives us a closer look at the smartphone in question. The new leak from renowned leaker @Onleaks and iGeeksBlog shows the full view of the device and from other points of views. These images are based on renders from a leak which means the design can change once it eventually launches. We advise you to take this rumour with a pinch of salt. © Twitter/Onleaks The image reveals a slimmer phone that has rounded edges, big bezels, a lightning port and no 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone in the image looks awfully similar to the iPhone 8 and is probably why the smartphone will be a bit more affordable as it is using a design previously used by Apple. And finally comes your very first look at #Apple's highly anticipated #iPhoneSE2 aka #iPhone9! 360° video + stunning official looking 5K renders + dimensions, on behalf of my Friends over @igeeksblog -> https://t.co/vXBBRhDlgA pic.twitter.com/YQHMEZUz9e — Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) January 7, 2020 Since it looks so similar to the iPhone 8, there is a good chance that this upcoming phone may just be called the iPhone 9. However, there will be upgrades under the hood that may include a more powerful chipset, better camera and a bigger battery. Since it will be a new smartphone by Apple, it will also probably run iOS 13 out of the box. These renders also may not look exactly like the final product as previous leaks have indicated different design aspects before. However, it remains to be seen whether the new iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9 will launch with these designs. Currently, there is no news when the smartphone will launch and how much it will cost. View the full article
  23. A new year not only means something that will kick off a list of resolutions and new ideas, but that also means we'll have a myriad of new movies and shows to watch. Here are some of the most awaited Punjabi movies which are releasing this year: 1. Qismat 2 One of the most popular Punjabi movies, which was literally the result of a song Qismat going viral to the point that fans wanted a whole movie out of it. The first part garnered great reviews and continuing the legacy of this romantic drama, the second part will be releasing in September this year. View this post on Instagram ððð»ð¤ A post shared by Ammy Virk ( à¨à¨®à© ਵਿਰਠ) (@ammyvirk) on Oct 1, 2019 at 12:49pm PDT 2. Jind Meriye This one will see the good looking team of Parmish Varma and Sonam Bajwa play estranged lovers as materialism and ego tear their relationship apart. The movie releases on January 24. View this post on Instagram Tere Bin song from Jinde Meriye comes out on 6th January 12 pm. @parmishverma @iampankajbatra @omjeegroup A post shared by Sonam Bajwa (@sonambajwa) on Jan 4, 2020 at 5:04am PST 3. Sufna Not much is known about the story line of this movie, except that this is going to be a romantic release for Valentine's Day and stars Ammy Virk with Tania, who was seen with him in Qismat also but in a supporting role. View this post on Instagram SUFNA♥ï¸ðªBe Ready To Witness The Love And Be Ready To Cry Coz We Coming @ammyvirk @taniazworld @jagdeepsidhu3 @jaani777 #BPraak @speedrecords @navvirk66 #TeamSufna♥ï¸♥ï¸ 14th Feb A post shared by B PRAAK(HIS HIGHNESS) (@bpraak) on Jan 7, 2020 at 10:41pm PST 4. Puaada After impressing the audience in Muklaawa last year, Sonam Bajwa and Ammy Virk are coming back in June with another romantic outing. View this post on Instagram PUADA ... releasing on june 12th... @sonambajwa @thepawangill @atulbhalla78 #balli bhaji, #rupinder bhaji... @vrakxmusic @urshappyraikoti @harmanranitatt A post shared by Ammy Virk ( à¨à¨®à© ਵਿਰਠ) (@ammyvirk) on Dec 25, 2019 at 12:22am PST 5. Yes I Am A Student Probably one of the most awaited movies of the year, this will mark the debut of none other than Sidhu Moosewala in movies and will tell the tale of the struggle faced by students. View this post on Instagram #yesiamstudent @sidhu_moosewala @mandy.takhar @tarnvir_singh_jagpal @gillraunta #apnaheritagefilms @yes_i_am_student_ #gillraunta ਹà©à¨£ ਦਾਤ੠ਨà©à©° ਫਿà¨à¨° ਠਸਾਡ੠ਲਾਠਦਾ A post shared by Sidhu Moosewala (ਮà©à¨¸à© à¨à¨²à¨¾) (@sidhu_moosewala) on Sep 26, 2019 at 8:17am PDT 6. Carry On Jatta 3 One that needs no introduction because if you're a fan of the franchise and have already laughed your heart out watching the first two installments, then this will be on your list already. View this post on Instagram Good news for @GippyGrewal fans .... #CarryOnJatta3 releasing on next year probably .... Good luck to whole team @jaswinderbhalla @ghuggigurpreet @binnudhillons @karamjitanmol @humblemotionpictures ð¤©ð¬ð¯ . â¨FOLLOW - @pollywoodsquad ⨠. #Pollywood #PunjabiIndustry #Punjaban #movies #binnudhillon #newpunjabisongs #model #punjabimovies #karamjitanmol #promotions #gymlovers #gippygrewal #pollywoodsquad #pollywoodsongs #trending #punjabiwedding #jaswinderbhalla A post shared by POLLYWOOD SQUAD ð¬ð¯ (@pollywoodsquad) on Nov 26, 2019 at 10:17pm PST View the full article
  24. The members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) are hopelessly trying to bring the younger generation of sports-watchers to like cricket and we get where they are coming from. After all, the global fan base of the game is restricted to a handful of countries and they aspire to grow larger. In the past two decades, they have been able to successfully implement various changes to the sport with the likes of introducing a new T20 format and bringing Day-Night Tests to life and have garnered a lot of positive reviews from the fans and sponsors due to significant increase in viewership. Additionally, these experiments gave way to more opportunities for veterans and upcoming cricketers to play and earn more money with the rise of leagues such as the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash League and the Mzansi Super League. © Twitter As we know, India contributes heavily to the cricket market and ever since Sourav Ganguly took charge of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in October last year, a new and unique perspective to Indian cricket has been clearly visible. It is under his leadership that India saw and participated in their first pink-ball cricket match and that too in his hometown of Kolkata and received excellent response from the fans as the entire Eden Gardens was packed to witness history in the making. Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, @MamataOfficial, Honourable Chief Minister, West Bengal ring the bell at the iconic Eden Gardens.#PinkBallTest @Paytm #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/a0e3Oh8Ygd — BCCI (@BCCI) November 22, 2019 But amidst all this, there was one very important man who had been constantly showing his protest towards some of the changes being made to the traditional ways of playing the game; the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli. It has been well documented that Kohli is not only a great advocate of cricket but also a big fan of its purest form. His prowess in limited over matches is second to none but the man strives for five-day Tests. So, when the ICC suggested that they are considering to shorten Test cricket by a day, Kohli voiced his opinion against it and stood his ground. Indian captain, Virat Kohli has given a thumbs-down to the ICC's reported plan to make four-day Tests mandatory as part of the World Test Championship from 2023. — Ashmin (@ashmin777) January 5, 2020 "According to me, it should not be altered. As I said, the day-night is another step towards commercialising Test cricket and you know, creating excitement around it, but it can't be tinkered with too much. I don't believe so," the No.1-ranked Test batsman told reporters in Guwahati. "Then you are purely only talking about getting numbers, entertainment and you know. I think the intent will not be right then because then you will speak of three-day Tests. I mean where do you end. Then you will speak of Test cricket disappearing," he said. "So I don't endorse that at all. I don't think that is fair to the purest format of the game. How cricket started initially, and you know five-day Tests was the highest of tests you can have at the International level," the Indian skipper added. As everyone, including the international body that governs the sport, is trying to make cricket more friendly to the younger generation, we are glad to see that people like Kohli are here to protect the sanctity of the game, the way it was originally meant to play. View the full article
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