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  1. 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
  2. The Motor Vehicles Act, amended by the Parliament last year, simply states that if you violate traffic rules and regulations, you will definitely pay a much greater fine, and might also face longer imprisonment, than what existed before. The several penalties for violating traffic rules have been hiked up to five times under this amended act. Most penalties are a reiteration of pre-existing traffic rules, which the public is aware of, whereas some of these penalties are new. And now we have a crazy challan incident yet again. Remember the helmet-less man on the scooter who paid a challan of Rs 23,000? If you think that was huge, read further about this incident in Ahmedabad. According to a report in NDTV, a Porsche owner was stopped at Helmet crossroads in Ahmedabad as the car did not have number plates. On being questioned by the traffic police, the driver also failed to produce valid documents of the vehicle. The car was issued an RTO memo under Motor Vehicles Act in November last year and was initially fined for a huge sum of Rs 9.8 lakh. However, later the RTO found out old records and many more violations and finally, the driver was imposed a penalty of Rs. 27.68 lakh. Check out the Ahmedabad Police's tweet https://t.co/KDjkhssFhO — Ahmedabad Police (@AhmedabadPolice) January 8, 2020 If you're wondering how did the amount sum up to be this much? Well, here's how. According to Indian Express, Police sub-inspector M B Virja said, “This car was imported in 2017. Though the owner had initially registered the vehicle in Haryana, the number plates were missing when the car was impounded." "Since the car is now in Gujarat, the RTO calculated the lifetime tax, interest on unpaid tax and penalty at Rs 27.68 lakh. The owner took back his car on Tuesday after showing us the receipt," he added. The owner of the car, Ranjit Desai paid Rs 27.86 lakh to the RTO that were pending and took back his Porsche 911 sports car from Ahmedabad Traffic Police. View the full article
  3. Actors are heroes and idols for their fans who blindly follows their fashion antics, try to impersonate their personality traits and often times even try to follow their principles in real life. Big B aka Amitabh Bachchan is a mega star in his own way, and for decades, he's ruled everyone's hearts as well as the screens. Recently, when he shared a piece of information regarding a promise he kept, social media went abuzz with praises for him. Big B paid off loans for 2100 farmers from Bihar. "A promise made done... the farmers from Bihar that had outstanding loans, picked 2,100 of them and paid off their amount with a OTS (One Time Settlement) with the bank...called some of them over to Janak and personally gave it to them at the hands of Shweta and Abhishek," he mentioned on his blog. © Twitter © Twitter Last year, he helped over a thousand farmers in UP and cleared off their loans. He also mentioned what his other promise is. “To the family and wives of the brave hearts that sacrificed their lives for the country, at Pulwama, a small gesture of financial aid ... true 'shaheeds'.” It is wonderful when celebrities you admire set a great example by extending help in any way. He's truly the 'shehenshah' of Bollywood and of our hearts.
  4. Arguably one of the greatest English footballers of all time, Frank Lampard enthralled fans with his long-range screamers on the field and, a calm and composed demeanour off it. With 29 goals for England and a record 211 goals for Chelsea (in all competitions), Lampard was undoubtedly the best midfielder of his generation. Cherished by fans and respected by opponents, Lampard bid a teary adieu to his professional footballing career in 2017. But, the Chelsea legend couldn't stay away from the sport as he returned to football, this time in the managerial role, when he joined Championship club Derby County as their manager in 2018. And, for a man who thrived in the role of a midfielder, Lampard seems to be carving his own niche in the managerial role with the same vigour that once saw him capture the imagination of fans as a footballer. The 40-year-old has been having the time of his life with Derby County. And, more recently, he enjoyed his best night as a football manager on 16th May. © Reuters Building on, what is turning out to be a terrific season for them, Lampard guided Derby County to the Championship playoff semifinals after finishing sixth in the league. After losing the first leg 1-0 at Pride Park, Lampard helped Derby in staging a spectacular comeback in the second leg as they hammered Leeds United 4-2 to ensure they are now just a win away from joining the big boys in the coveted Premier League next season. ð¤©#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/n74XgRafGa — Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 17, 2019 Incredible scenes as the Derby players sing “Stop Crying Frank Lampard” in the changing room ð ð¥ @dcfcofficial pic.twitter.com/0kmOIuULh9 — ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) May 15, 2019 The thrilling comeback win understandably called for celebrations which, as expected, went long into the night. Derby County players and staff celebrated their triumph at the King's Head in Duffield. The pub also shared a video of them celebrating their playoff victory. And, if that wasn't enough, the fact that Lampard and his boys wracked up a 2,800-pound (over Rs 2.50 lakh) bill in their post-match celebrations, shows what victory really meant to this bunch. ð» - 209 beers ð¥ - 75 Jaegermeisters ð¸ - 64 shots of Vodka ....and 1 diet coke! 𥤠@dcfcofficials's Frank Lampard took his players out after their play-off semi-final win over @LUFC and it looks like they certainly enjoyed themselves...ð pic.twitter.com/aujxl99JUn — Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 17, 2019 But, it was Lampard, once again, who ran away with all the praise - this time for being the responsible manager. It has been learned that Lampard took care of the hefty bill that was accumulated through 209 beers, 75 jagers, 54 sambuca shots and 38 tequila shots. Well, if that's how the Derby is going to celebrate in the Championship, we can't help but wonder what this lot will do once they come to play in the Premier League.
  5. People say "Behind every successful man, there's a woman" and Shah Rukh Khan's latest post only reiterates the same. It's World Theatre Day today, and in case you didn't know, the King of Bollywood began his career with theatre. View this post on Instagram Glad to get my hands on the latest iPhone! Thank you @apple ... really enjoying the amazing Portrait Lighting. #shotoniPhoneXSMax A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Sep 27, 2018 at 7:15am PDT But, instead of just talking about his journey in theatre, he took this opportunity to thank his wife Gauri. He wrote, "Being with you is like being on Stage. There's so much light, I can't see anything else. Curiosity to know New, Humility to accept u will never know if fully...makes u an actor. #WorldTheaterDay." “Being with you is like being on Stage. There's so much light, I can't see anything else”. Curiosity to know New, Humility to accept u will never know if fully...makes u an actor. #WorldTheaterDay pic.twitter.com/7mWCCuHmBz — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) March 27, 2019 He might have won thousands of awards in his career, but he took home the Best Husband Award with this single post. On the work front, Shah Rukh Khan was last seen in 'Zero', which failed to impress people but we are sure his fans are waiting for him to come back with a bang and blow minds away with his next project.
  6. Back in the day, when the World Wrestling Entertainment used to be World Wrestling Federation, chair shots to the head were allowed, blading your skin for blood was considered to be a mundane part of 'entertainment' and 'hardcore matches' were huge crowd-pullers. This time in the WWF was informally known as the 'Attitude Era' during which, the organisation boasted a studded main roster with in-ring performers like Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels making appearances on the franchise shows on a weekly basis. Having said that, there were two wrestlers at the time who were considered to be on the topmost level altogether. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan were literally considered to be the icons of the era, not just in the wrestling world but the whole entertainment sector. Hogan was a well-established star who had been the 'top guy' for the business for more than a decade and a half and had been selling out stadiums to capacity crowds wherever the WWF went. However, having put out some of the most memorable matches in the sport's history with opponents like Andre 'The Giant' and Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Hogan's age began to get the better of him. He wasn't as energetic, his slams didn't look powerful enough and he was getting injured way too often to maintain the status of WWF's poster boy. On the other hand, with a new found character as the electrifying People's Champion, The Rock was quickly gaining momentum in every city and town of the states and even across international borders. It was his time to shine and even the company had his back. Thus took place the 'Icon Vs Icon' duel at Wrestlemania 18. The match was perfectly booked as a 'passing of the torch' gesture. There were no titles on the line, no pre-match conditions put up, just two great athletes of different generations entertaining an extremely fortunate audience in a massive transitional battle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by therock (@therock) on Mar 18, 2019 at 5:26am PDT Hogan, who was known to have a big ego, was not the one to go down to just 'anyone'. In the past, he has refused to get pinned by Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. But The Rock wasn't just 'another guy' and Hogan accepted his presence. With his blessings and good wishes, Hogan got pinned at the hands of Johnson: “1… 2… 3...” and the rest is history.
  7. In football, celebrations are something which every player wants to be unique in order to stand apart from others. And for the same reason, they even get booked with a yellow or even a red card every once in a while. But other than removing shirts or jumping into the crowd for celebrations, it seems like some players constantly try to find new ways to express their joy after a goal or a win. Be it PSG's Edinson Cavani for his sniper celebrations against Lens or Muangthong United's Mario Gjurovski for celebrating with his pants on his head, some celebrations tend to be a bit over the top (pun intended). But for the regular quest for showcasing something new, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his love for superheroes with a stunning celebration by putting on the famous 'Black Panther mask' after his 2nd goal against Rennes last night. Arsenal Vs Rennes 3-0 Goal by aubameyang...The celebrationð#ARSREN pic.twitter.com/dbCpVZsdFi — Yassin (@YassoPlayss) March 14, 2019 The Arsenal Forward pulled off another one of his iconic masked celebrations in Thursday's 3-0 win over Rennes, as he helped the Gunners into the Europa League quarter-finals. Having been foiled in his plans to rock a mask against Manchester United 2-0 win last week, he made sure that he implemented his plan this time. “I had a special celebration planned but couldn't find my mask. I asked a member of the staff to put it in the back of the net but when I scored the penalty I couldn't find it. But no worries. Maybe next time.” he explained after the Man United match. And it didn't take long for 'next time' to come along, as in the very next match, against Rennes, he got the chance. © Reuters Tapping in a perfect cross by Sead Kolasinac in the 72nd minute, the Gabonese star ran to the advertising boards and, after a brief look, found the Black Panther mask he'd hidden for the occasion. Despite knowing that he would get booked for such kind of celebration, he still decided to go on with it. "I needed the mask to represent me," Aubameyang expressed in the post-match interview to BT Sports. He further explained: "... Africa and Gabon we are called the Black Panthers so it represents me - that's it." Trailing 3-1 in the first leg, it was really important for the Gunners to win this clash and they made sure they didn't rely on an 'away-goal-scenario' and sealed both the legs with 4-3 on aggregate. Now with Chelsea and Arsenal both in the quarter-finals of the Europa Cup, let's see what future holds for them.
  8. Losing a loved one is the most painful thing I can think of, and unfortunately, all of us have to go through it at some point in our lives. But, no one can understand the extremities of that loss like the people who work in the Defence, and their families do. Yesterday, the last rites of Squadron leader Siddharth Vashisht, who died in a Mi-17 chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, were performed with full military honours in Chandigarh. His family, including his wife Squadron Leader Aarti Singh and other fellow officers, were present to bid farewell and mourn the loss. His wife stood in full uniform as his father lit the funeral pyre. The Air Force personnel present gave a gun salute in the presence of officials from the IAF, the civil administration and all the people who turned up to pay their last respects. People couldn't help but salute Squadron Leader Aarti Singh's bravery at this difficult time while mourning for him. Her head was held high, as she clutched the tricolour to her chest, and the internet hailed her stoic spirit. This is Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was pilot of the Mi-17 that crashed in Budgam on Wednesday. He was cremated in Chandigarh today. RIP. pic.twitter.com/UUMeT120Id — Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) March 1, 2019 Salute to d family n mam Aarti Singh u r really strong woman.. Thousand of salutes for u mam.. RIP Squadron leader Siddhartha vashisht.. Y desh sda aapka karazdaar rhega.. ððððð jai hind #SiddharthVashisht @narendramodi @thekiranbedi — Ritu Rohilla (@7febRitu) March 2, 2019 Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, two army personnel who earned the utmost respect of every individual. RIP Wing Commander Siddharth Vashisht, civilians killed due to cease fire violation in Poonch and Other Martyrs of Kupwara Encounter. pic.twitter.com/CADh5xAyee — Ravi Jadav (@ravijadav94) March 2, 2019 Heart felt condolences for your loss, squadron leader Aarti Singh. ð RIP #SiddharthVashist ð Nation salutes your Courage & Sacrifice. — விà®à®¯à¯ (@vijaytwitts) March 2, 2019 Another most moving picture of the day...Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht...standing with the poise that only a few possess! #Salute pic.twitter.com/S1kRzva91D — aditi avasthi (@avasthiaditi) March 1, 2019 We salute to our hero Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was the pilot of the Mi-17 helicopter that crashed in Budgam,J&K on February 27 was cremated in Chandigarh earlier today. (In pic 1: his wife Squadron Leader Aarti Singh holding the folded tricolour)@narendramodi pic.twitter.com/NfC0xrodBc — Vattsalya Upadhyay (@vattsalya) March 1, 2019 India will always remember your martyrdom Hero #SiddharthVashisht. Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader #SiddharthVashisht who was pilot of the #Mi17 @IAF_MCC that crashed in. I pray to God to give you and family the power to bear this suffer. ðð pic.twitter.com/4Hp19u6cFd — Natin Singh (@natinsingh7) March 1, 2019 Salute to Squadron Leader Siddhart Vashishth. And may God give strength of Squadron Leader Aarti Singh! Such a sad loss for India. RIP ððpic.twitter.com/iH9dyOC6nz — Amit Panchal (@AmitHPanchal) March 1, 2019 Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was pilot of the Mi-17 that crashed in Budgam on Wednesday. cremated in Chandigarh. We welcome #Abhinandan, let us not forget the sacrifices of the 6 Defence Personnel who we lost in the Mi-17 crash. pic.twitter.com/yJZ5VCWci4 — Pinank Paleja (@metcoexport) March 1, 2019
  9. Google pays Apple more than $9 billion a year to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook defended Apple's position for accepting billions of dollars from Google saying, “it is the best search engine for iOS users” © Youtube Google has been accused of a number of privacy issues such as storing location data even when users opted out. Google also shut down Google+ last month as over 500,000 accounts were breached. When asked about it, Cook told HBO, "I think their search engine is the best. Look at what we've done with the controls we've built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we've tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It's not a perfect thing. I'd be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.” According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall, the payment for Google to remain the default search engine on iOS devices could be increased to $12 billion in 2019. Cook has previously commented negatively on companies like Facebook and Google that make most of their money from advertising based on user data. © Apple “We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them," Cook said in his October 24 speech. "This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us.” However, Apple has not stopped working with Google regardless of its strong stand about user privacy. Apple has added controls to Safari that keep Google from tracking user data. "Look at what we've done with the controls we've built in," Cook said. "We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we've tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day.” Source: CNBC
  10. US President Donald Trump gestures as he walks on the course of his golf resort, in Turnberry, Scotland July 14, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe US government paid more than $77,000 to President Trump?s Scottish golf resort ahead of his stay there last...
  11. MIANWALI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson Imran Khan remarked on Monday that the nation is paying the high price of political leaders' corruption in the country. Lashing out at his political opponents while addressing a rally in Piplan...
  12. PAKPATTAN: Imran Khan, the chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), paid a visit Wednesday night to Dargah-e-Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar here in the city and offered prayers as well, Geo News reported.Accompanied by his wife, Bushra Maneka,...
  13. This year saw children scoring some really insane and unimaginable numbers in the CBSE board exams. In fact, most kids made getting 98% and 99% look like a cakewalk. Bulandshahr's Sudeeksha Bhati is one of them, who topped her district by securing 98% in Humanities. But that does not even begin to define what an inspiration she is for all of us. Sudeeksha is one of the few girls from her village, who was lucky enough to get a chance to study. She is also the first person from her family to complete her education. Most importantly, she is someone who knows how difficult it is to get an education when you can barely make ends meet. But, Sudeeksha's story also proves that no dream is too big or hard to achieve, if you set your mind on it and work dedicatedly towards it. In fact, it is her hard work and dedication that earned Sudeeksha a full-time scholarship in one of the most reputed colleges in the US. Twitter Reportedly, Sudeeksha's father, a tea-seller earns nearly Rs. 72,000 per year and can barely manage family expenses. In fact, she overcame a lot of hurdles to reach where she is today. She said, “I was expelled from a private school when I was nine years old because my father could not pay the fees. I then took admission in the village primary school. This did not go down well with my family and relatives, as it was against the custom in my community to send a girl child to study.” So, any thoughts of watching his daughter study in a reputed college in the US did not occur to him, even in his wildest dreams. But now, Sudeeksha will pursue her Undergraduate studies in Entrepreneurship at the Babson College in Massachusetts. She said, “The realization that hard work pays off has further motivated me to be focused and aim higher. I am happy that my achievement today is a source of happiness for my family and my school.” Reuters (For Representation) Sudeeksha has received a full scholarship of USD 70, 428 per semester (Rs. 3.83 crores approx). But this is not a miracle, Sudeeksha has worked hard towards it. To begin with, she was associated with the Voice of Women, an initiative to educate people to send their daughters to school. She also attended summer programs like Duke TIP (in India) and Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship (Lehigh University, USA). BCCL Sudeeksha is one of the students from the Vidyagyaan leadership Academy, an organization to support rural meritorious underprivileged children and was established in 2009 by the Shiv Nadar Foundation in UP. Until last month, Sudeeksha was a regular student waiting for her CBSE class 12 results. Today she is a role model and an inspiration for every kid in India, all thanks to her extraordinary achievement. We are extremely proud of her. Source: Times Now
  14. Returning to the tournament after a two-year ban, Chennai Super Kings have been nothing short of sensational in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The iconic yellow brigade won nine out of their 14 league games to finish on the second spot in the points table and secure their berth for the all-important playoffs. Losing just five games this season, Chennai have been formidable and share most number of points (18) in the league with Sunrisers Hyderabad who sit at the top with only the Net Run-Rate (NRR) separating the two sides. And, if Chennai's form elated their fans, their captain MS Dhoni's impressive captaincy and blistering batting further gave them a reason to cheer for. For long, the Jharkhand cricketer has enthralled fans with his cricketing skills. And, this season has been no different. He is second highest run-scorer for Chennai behind teammate Ambati Rayudu with 446 runs to his name. Dhoni has also slammed three fifties alongside 23 fours and 30 sixes in the ongoing edition. © BCCL But, apart from his skills, Dhoni's demeanor and humility has also been a huge hit amongst fans this season. He won many hearts after spending some quality time with the groundsmen in Chepauk on International Labour Day earlier this month. And, now he seems to have done it again after honouring the efforts of the hard-working CSK cheerleaders. If you thought playing in the scorching summer heat and humidity in India was a task, think again. While cricketers tend to steal all the spotlight with their stardom, other pivotal contributors to the game like the cheerleaders often go unnoticed. They tirelessly keep the crowd entertaining with their moves, every time something happens on the field. And, that's exactly why Dhoni came up with a touching gesture for these 'miracle workers' of cricket. © Twitter/@ChennaiIPL After their triumph against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Dhoni fulfilled the dreams of the CSK cheerleaders of getting clicked with their 'Thala' by striking a pose with them. Their photograph was also shared on the official Twitter handle of Chennai following their win. Token of gratitude to the Pune Ground Staff! The distribution plus some Thala pranks! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #DenAwayFromDen ðð¦ pic.twitter.com/LhAt5DMZrJ — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) 21 May 2018 Apart from clicking a picture with the cheerleaders, Dhoni also honoured the groundsmen of the Pune stadium where Chennai have been playing their home games for a while now. He also awarded special gifts to the hardworking ground staff of the MCA stadium. While his touching tribute impressed us all, the CSK fans will now be counting on Dhoni to rework his magic and once again guide Chennai to victory when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede stadium on 22nd May.
  15. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday warned those attempting to hurt the integrity of Pakistan, assuring the nation that no harm would come to the country as long as they stand behind the armed forces."It has...
  16. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday warned those attempting to hurt the integrity of Pakistan, assuring the nation that no harm would come to the country as long as they stand behind the armed forces."It has...
  17. Claire Foy who played the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown was reportedly paid less than her male co-star on the same show. Photo: The Crown She's not known for histrionics, but Queen Elizabeth II would surely struggle to maintain her famous poise if she knew the actress playing her on The Crown earned less than the man portraying her husband. Producers admitted Tuesday that Matt Smith, Prince Philip on the hit Netflix drama, negotiated a better deal than Claire Foy because of his perceived higher profile. They did not reveal either salary -- Foy's was put at $40,000 an episode by Variety last year -- but told a panel event in Jerusalem that Smith's 2010-2013 starring role on the BBC's Doctor Who had been the decisive factor. The explanation has not appeased critics who argued that the discrepancy should only have shown up in the first season, before Foy was garlanded with awards and acclaim. Foy, 33, was already making a name for herself in British costume drama, with roles in Upstairs Downstairs and Wolf Hall, when she was tapped to play the queen. The part has earned her a host of award season nominations, including at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Emmys and Screen Actors Guild awards. She has won two SAGs and a Globe. Suzanne Mackie, one of the show's producers, told the Jerusalem audience the discrepancy was being resolved for the third season but that will not benefit Foy. The Crown, which costs $7 million an episode to produce, is replacing its leads for the start of filming in July, with Olivia Colman stepping in as the queen and an actor to replace Smith not yet announced. Helena Bonham-Carter will replace Vanessa Kirby as Elizabeth's sister, the late Princess Margaret. The series comes from the pen of Peter Morgan, who first lifted the veil on the private world of Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), which was directed by Stephen Frears and earned Helen Mirren an Oscar in the title role.
  18. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that the "great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan". The message was shared by Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on Twitter on account of the International Women's Day. In the message, the army chief was quoted saying: We are proud of role and contributions of our women in uniform, back home and especially the ones who belong to martyrs? families. The great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan. A video was also shared by Maj Gen Ghafoor which paid tribute to the women of Pakistan. Pakistan's first female two-star general Earlier today, the first female two-star general of Pakistan Army, Maj Gen (retd) Shahida Malik, spoke to Geo News on its morning show Geo Pakistan. Maj Gen (retd) Shahida Malik. Photo: File Malik, who was promoted as a major general in the army's medical corps in 2002, said in the army, only merit and not one's gender is considered important. In response to a question, she said women have to work hard, adding that professional women should also give a priority to their homes. "Throughout life one faces difficulties from male colleagues," she said in response to a question, adding that women in the workforce should be upright and professional. Narrating her story, Gen (retd) Malik said no one, including her, could have imagined that she would be promoted to a two-star general but it happened. Highlighting ways to deal with male colleagues who become stumbling blocks in one's profession and suffer from professional jealousy, the former two-star general says women should first ignore them and if they do not stop then "stand up, answer them, and set boundaries".
  19. n a relationship since 2011 with FC Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique, with whom she has two sons, the 41-year-old transferred her official residency to the Catalan city in 2015 MADRID: Superstar Shakira has handed over more than 20 million euros ($24.6 million) to tax authorities in Spain, a report said Tuesday, accused of not paying taxes despite being a resident between 2011 and 2014. Catalan daily El Periodico reported that the Colombian award-winning singer had paid the money "to settle part of the debt claimed by Spain´s tax authorities", corresponding to what she allegedly owes for 2011. The fiscal authorities filed an official complaint to prosecutors in Barcelona accusing her of not paying taxes, sparking an investigation, Jose Miguel Company, spokesman for the prosecutors´ office, told AFP. The official complaint only covers the period from 2012 to 2014, however, as the timeframe to prosecute alleged tax offences in 2011 has expired. In a relationship since 2011 with FC Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique, with whom she has two sons, the 41-year-old transferred her official residency to the Catalan city in 2015. Until then, it was in the Bahamas. But "that doesn´t match reality, with the children in school in Barcelona and her partner here," Company said, adding that prosecutors will decide in June whether to pursue the case. Shakira´s representatives, meanwhile, say that until 2014 she earned most of her money in international tours and didn´t live more than six months a year in Spain -- a prerequisite to be an official tax-paying resident in the country. With her mix of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock influences, Shakira is one of the biggest acts from Latin America, scoring major global hits with songs such as "Hips Don´t Lie" and "Whenever, Wherever." She has sold more than 60 million records
  20. When we talk of the greatest love stories of all times, we talk about Heer-Ranjha, Romeo-Juliet and Shirin-Farhad, all of which are fictional. But very often, the most touching love stories are the ones we witness in the real world – in flesh and bones. One such poignant story is that of Late Captain Vikram Batra, who laid down his life protecting his motherland in the Kargil War of 1999. © Twitter_IndianAmbCairo The story of Vikram Batra's exemplary courage is one that has often been told and one that still gives us goosebumps. To willingly put yourself in a life-threatening situation for the love of your country is a sacrifice only a few men are capable of. What many of us don't know about is the heart-touching love story of Captain Vikram Batra and his girlfriend Dimple Cheema. The two met at Punjab University in 1995, where both of them were enrolled under MA English. Vikram soon left the university after he got selected at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradoon, in 1996. But they had already fallen in love and the distance only made their hearts grow fonder. It was a love affair that would only grow stronger with time. © Youtube_The Quint The pressures of marriage were heavy and they both knew they were meant for each other. In an interview with The Quint, Dimple Cheema revealed the beautiful love story that unfolded between her and Vikram Batra. On one occasion, Vikram and Dimple's families were on a visit to Mansa Devi and Gurudwara Sri Nada Sahab. As they completed the parikrama, Vikram said to Dimple “Congratulations, Mrs Batra.” It was then she realised he had been holding her dupatta all the while. It's true what they say, army men know how to love. © Youtube When Dimple grew restless because of the pressure of getting married, Vikram, in true filmy style, took out his blade, slashed his thumb and used it as sindoor to fill her 'maang'. Army men know when to listen to their hearts. Maybe it's the battlefield that makes them value love even more. In their hearts, they were already married but a ritual wedding was in the pipeline when Vikram was called for the Kargil war. © Youtube_The Quint His courageous offensive on Tiger Hill saw him take down the enemy single-handedly. He, along with his fellow armymen, successfully captured peak 4875 – one of the most difficult to capture peaks in the Kargil war. As they neared the top of the peak, Batra saw one of his men getting shot. Never one to leave the side of a dying comrade, he rushed to rescue the injured soldier, despite heavy gunfire from the enemy. Captain Vikram Batra was fatally shot by an enemy sniper, and was forever immortalised in the hall of fame of Indian heroes. Though fate played a cruel turn in their love story, Dimple kept Vikram's memory alive and has preserved his letters and gifts as tokens of his love. She chose not to marry and takes pride in what Vikram did for the country. Not all heroes get a happily ever after, but perhaps that's the price a hero pays to become a hero. When Captain Vikram Batra gave the supreme sacrifice in Kargil on 7 July 1999, it was not one but two souls who sacrificed themselves at the altar of duty. Sources: The Quint, Quora, CatchNews
  21. BEIJING: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Thursday posted a 35 percent surge in net profit in the third quarter, fuelled by a record-breaking sales bonanza during its annual Singles Day shopping festival. The company said profit jumped to 24.1 billion yuan ($3.7 billion) between October and December, compared to 17.9 billion yuan in the same quarter in 2016. Alibaba runs an annual promotion on November 11 that draws the country's growing consumer class which can buy an array of products at the click of a button on their smartphones. Last year's event recorded 168.2 billion yuan ($25.9 billion) in payments, a 39 percent increase from the 2016 festival. Rivals such as JD.com had also reported brisk business on November 11. "Alibaba had another great quarter driven by the continued strength of the Chinese consumer and the wide and innovative range of services we provide for merchants and consumers," Alibaba chief executive Daniel Zhang said in an earnings report. "We are excited by the continued momentum in new retail, which came to life during another record-breaking 11.11 Global Shopping Festival," Zhang said. Alibaba, which has made billionaire founder Jack Ma one of China's richest men and a global e-commerce icon, has been on a roll, regularly beating revenue estimates. The New York-listed company said revenue jumped 56 percent to 83 billion yuan ($12.76 billion) in the quarter. The shopping platform also continued to attract new customers to its platform, the key to maintaining its dominance in China, where trends and shopping preferences can shift quickly. The number of active consumers on its retail marketplaces reached a new high of 515 million, the company said, an increase of 27 million from the 12-month period ended September 30, 2017. Also on Thursday, Alibaba announced it would formally take a stake in its affiliated business unit, Ant Financial which operates the massively popular Ali Pay mobile payment application and credit scoring unit Sesame Credit, among other financial services businesses. Alibaba said it would take a 33 percent stake in Ant Financial, controlled by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, which had been held as a separate company but part of the Alibaba Group. Alibaba said it would acquire newly issued shares from Ant Financial in exchange for certain intellectual property rights held by Alibaba but connected to Ant Financial. The step is a sign that Ant Financial is on a path to its own public listing soon, with Alibaba's equity stake likely to resolve some lingering legal issues. In 2016, Ant Financial raised $4.5 billion at a roughly $60 billion valuation.
  22. Starting in the 1940s, Frances Glessner Lee, known as the "mother of forensic science," subverted traditionally feminine crafts to make breakthroughs in a male-dominated field of criminal investigation that was then still in its infancy WASHINGTON: A homicide detective trains on the job for years, but one woman´s pioneering miniature crime-scene replicas are still used more than half a century after her death to teach police investigators from across the United States. Starting in the 1940s, Frances Glessner Lee, known as the "mother of forensic science," subverted traditionally feminine crafts to make breakthroughs in a male-dominated field of criminal investigation that was then still in its infancy. Her dollhouse-sized, three-dimensional creations, inspired by true crime scenes, formed the subject of an exhibition that closed Sunday at the Renwick Gallery across from the White House in Washington, the first time all 19 studies still known to exist have been shown to the public. All but one, known as the "lost nutshell" and on loan from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, were loaned from the Harvard Medical School via the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). The Glessner family donated a tree farm to the New Hampshire society in 1978. Charming at first glance, the handmade dioramas are also undeniably macabre, featuring the bodies of people who met a variety of grisly fates. They are meticulously detailed, featuring piles of newspapers or letters in Lilliputian print, an ashtray overflowing with hand-rolled tiny tobacco cigarettes whose ends Lee would burn for added realism, finely knit socks or working window and door locks. Overturned chairs, blood-spattered sheets or a cake still sitting on an open oven rack next to a dead housewife hint of unspeakable violence frozen in time. Lee, who died in 1962 and who was in her 60s when she began crafting her dioramas, deliberately chose to feature victims who would otherwise often be overlooked, such as women and the poor, in an effort to help trainees recognise and overcome biases. Thanks to the hyperreal studies, budding criminal investigators have learned how to approach their trade scientifically, becoming better observers and taking into account all key evidence without mishandling it or tampering with crime scenes. Lee´s "Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" are so effective that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore still uses them today in training seminars. Strangling or hanging? Lee, America´s first female police captain, helped found the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard University, the first of its kind. The discolouration of the corpses, the angle of minuscule bullet holes and the blood-spatter patterns are just some of the details meant to give trainees clues to solve crimes and to determine whether a natural death, an accident, a suicide or a murder was at play. The solution to each crime scene remains a secret since they are still used for training, but visitors to the Renwick were encouraged to make their own findings, flashlight in hand. Forbidden by her wealthy parents from attending college, Lee was made to marry at age 19 and had three children. Only once her marriage had ended in divorce and Lee had obtained an inheritance was she finally able to pursue her interest in forensic pathology. "Frances Glessner Lee was generous, forward-thinking, persistent, stubborn and innovative," said author and DeSales University forensic psychology professor Katherine Ramsland. "A fan of Sherlock Holmes and true crime stories, she focused on what mattered to her rather than on what society (and her father) thought was proper." In photographs from the time, Lee can be seen standing among several dozen police officers, looking stern with her hair gathered in a bun. "Because she had the means to assist with wide-scale training on such things as the skills of observation, deduction and incident reconstruction, Lee was able to alert thousands of investigators, attorneys and reporters to the nuances of crime that they might not otherwise consider," said Ramsland. "She also made inroads for women."
  23. Since the past few days, Bollywood's livewire Ranveer Singh has been turning several heads and breaking the internet like no one else. Basically, just another day in his life. Thankfully this time he is not making headlines for the controversies hovering around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat', but for his own quirks and unparalleled style. On days when he is not busy flooring us with his evil and conniving Sultan Khilji avatar, or making our jaws drop with his insane transformation for his next movie 'Gully Boy'; Ranveer indulges in doing what he is best at – leave us gasping for air with his crazy ass and skyrocketing energy level. And last night's 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 was no different. (c)Viacom 18 Motion Pictures For once, people might not pay much attention to the awards night or the winners' list, but I am sure almost everyone went berserk the moment Ranveer walked the red carpet. Reason? The suit he wore that couldn't have been more 'filmy' than this. But, we all know that Ranveer is not someone who will settle only for turning heads with his swag-studded outfit. So, he went ahead and danced his heart out to the Bollywood tunes from the 80s and 90s and proved why he deserves to hold the title of Bollywood's livewire. With a tiger print outfit, starry sunglasses, afro wig and big silver chains; Ranveer left no stone unturned in looking 'extra' and add that much needed 'bling' to his tribute performance for Bappi Da. Get Money ð°â­ï¸ #JioFilmfareAwards A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jan 20, 2018 at 10:04am PST But, more than his performance, it is this picture that we got our hands on, which speaks volumes about the GOLD-en moment both Bappi Da and Ranveer shared with each other. Singh posted this picture on Instagram with the caption 'Rock Royalty'. In the picture he is seen chilling with Bappi Da like it's nobody's business. Rock Royalty âï¸ #bappi A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jan 20, 2018 at 2:14pm PST Honestly, this picture has got us confused if this was a tribute for Bappi Da or Michael Jackson from his afro-style days. via GIPHY Last night, Bappi Lahiri was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award and together with Ranveer's performance; this moment deserves to be written in the golden pages of Bollywood as one of the best highlights from any award show ever.
  24. Google, as per its tradition of honouring iconic personalities, paid homage to one of Urdu literature?s most iconic poets Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birthday. KARACHI: Global search engine Google, as per its tradition of honouring iconic personalities, paid homage to one of Urdu literature?s most iconic poets Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birthday. Born in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan is known in popular culture by many names, but most commonly as Ghalib (meaning conqueror). The poet showed a gift for language at an early age and was educated in Persian, Urdu, and Arabic, explains Google in its description. Early concepts of the Doodle. Photo: Google "His verse is characterized by a lingering sadness borne of a tumultuous and often tragic life ? from being orphaned at an early age, to losing all of his seven children in their infancy, to the political upheaval that surrounded the fall of Mughal rule in India. He struggled financially, never holding a regular paying job but instead depending on patronage from royalty and more affluent friends," according to Google. Ghalib navigated through these hardships with wit, intellect, and an all-encompassing love for life. His contributions to Urdu poetry and prose were not fully appreciated in his lifetime, but his legacy has come to be widely celebrated, most particularly for his mastery of the Urdu ghazal (amatory poem). On September 21, Google doodle paid homage to legendary Pakistani singer Noor Jehan on the occasion of her 91st birth anniversary. Google pays tribute to Noor Jehan on 91st birth anniversary Jehan, who is also known as the ?Queen of Melody?, was born on this day in 1925 in Kasur In a career spanning over decades, the legendary singer had reportedly recorded around 10,000 songs. Jehan?s biggest claim to fame was her role in lending her voice to boost morale of Pakistani forces during the 1965 war ? for which she was awarded the top-most civilian award ?Tamgha-e-Imtiaz?.
  25. Tearful family members paid tribute to Canadian pharmaceutical billionaires and philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman before thousands of people on Thursday, less than a week after news of the couple?s mysterious deaths shocked the nation. The Shermans were found hanging by belts around their necks from a railing beside a pool in the basement of their Toronto mansion, a friend of the family told Reuters. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the memorial service in Toronto, as did hundreds of Apotex Inc employees wearing blue, the official colour of Barry Sherman?s company. The Sherman?s son Jonathan began an emotional eulogy by saying the family was frustrated with the way Toronto police have handled the case, referencing Canadian media reports that said investigators were working on the theory that Barry Sherman, 75, had killed his 70-year-old wife and then himself. ?We?ve had to navigate through a terrifying maze of non-information and unfounded speculation,? Jonathan Sherman said. ?I kept expecting my parents to walk through the front door and say, ?Everything will be fine. We?ve taken control of the situation.'? Police have confirmed that the Shermans died of ligature strangulation and that there were no signs of forced entry to the couple?s home. Homicide detectives are leading the investigation, but the deaths have not been declared a homicide. Police have not detained any suspects and have not said if they are looking for any. Family, friends, colleagues and political leaders remembered Barry Sherman as a brilliant man. They described the graduate of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an accomplished executive who worked around the clock to build Apotex into one of the world?s biggest generic drugmakers. Several speakers mentioned his penchant for chiding people over grammatical mistakes. ?He pretty well thought he was smarter than anyone else,? said Jack Kaye, an Apotex executive who worked alongside Sherman for decades. ?And he wasn?t wrong about that.? Honey Sherman was described as vivacious and dedicated, a philanthropist who worked hard to keep her extended family close. ?She was my best friend and my other half,? said her sister Mary Schechtman. ?We completed each other?s sentences and never went anywhere without each other.?
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