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  1. Don't quit When things go wrong as they sometimes will; When the road you're trudging seems all uphill; When the funds are low, and the debts are high And you want to smile, but have to sigh; When care is pressing you down a bit Rest if you must, but do not quit. Success is failure turned inside out; The silver tint of the clouds of doubt; And you can never tell how close you are It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit It's when things go wrong that you must not quit.
  2. At 42 years of age, Bengaluru's Deepak Raj has an impressive resume that boasts over 20 Ironman races. That is at least 38km of swimming, 18,000km of cycling and 422km of running other than the distance he has covered during the numerous practice sessions so far. View this post on Instagram I ran towards Alii drive and as most of them have said, the last 400 m is magical. I ran to the finish line, saw my wife and son .... . . . I had dreamt of this special moment 9 year ago when i began this journey and it was on the verge of becoming a reality. Read more about my hours building upto this moment as I finally pen down my Kona experience. Link in Bio . . . #yoska #trianewlife #ironmantri #ironmanworldchampionship #kona #swimbikerun #triathlon #triathlete #eastcoastcycos #brisbane #garminindia #trek #asics A post shared by Coach Deepak Raj (@coachdeepakraj) on Dec 3, 2017 at 10:54pm PST As someone who has been on his own exceptional journey of losing more than 30kg of weight and transforming himself into what we can call a true “fitness freak”, Raj decided to leave his comfortable and well-paying job at Infosys and become a health coach after officially getting certified by IRONMAN, Triathlon Australia, and the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers. But being just another coach in the era of YouTubers and “nutrition experts” was never the end goal for Raj. He wanted to do something a lot more important for those who shared his enthusiasm for fitness. He wanted to bring the iconic Ironman Triathlon to India. View this post on Instagram "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" ~ Lao Tzu . . . I can still very clearly remember the excitement of crossing the finish line during my first marathon. Despite taking 4 hrs 58 minutes to finish the race, that feeling of being on top of the world with such an accomplishment was rewarding. Hardly did I anticipate that the finish line would turn out to be the starting line for another adventurous journey which I would embark on in the days to follow. . . . Fast Forward to today when my PB timing in a marathon is 2 hrs 59 mins. Dedicated training and commitment has helped me improve as an athlete and the knowledge I have gained over these years has been extremely valuable, which I continue to impart to my athletes. Not to forget, some extra pounds that I managed to shed along the journey :) . . . #tbt #flashback #ironman #triathlete #triathlon #trianewlife #running #swimming #cycling #endurance #coaching #transformation #australia #brisbane #outdoor #athlete #fitness #yoska #marathon A post shared by Coach Deepak Raj (@coachdeepakraj) on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:52pm PDT “The only way to grow the culture of triathlon in India was to put together a long term plan to get Ironman to India. The main objective was for the people to experience the lifestyle the triathlon brings along,” Raj said ahead of India's first ever Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Goa. After years of relentless preparations and venue hunting, Raj picked Goa as the place where he wanted history to be created. “We all think of Goa as a party town and a great holiday destination, so we are just trying to give one more reason for people to come to this wonderful city.” View this post on Instagram Posted @withrepost • @ironman70.3goa We've been working closely with local authorities to minimise disruption for local residents. Here's a map courtesy of @thetimesofindia Goa, of the road restrictions for #RaceDay. . . . #IRONMAN703Goa #IRONMANIndia #IRONMAN703 #IncredibleIndia #Triathlon #FitIndia #MindOverMatter #Goa #India #FirstEver #IndiasFirst #YesYouCan #NeverGiveUp #Fitspo #BeYoska #HumFitThoIndiaFit #Triathlete #IRONMAN703Asia #MiramarBeach A post shared by Coach Deepak Raj (@coachdeepakraj) on Oct 18, 2019 at 10:28pm PDT Sure, there were a couple of hurdles. The weather being the biggest one. Just a couple of days before the event the rains completely took over the tourists' paradise and the open waters in which the triathletes were to swim didn't look all that friendly but Raj and his medical staff and swim directors were prepared for all possible outcomes as the safety of the people was of utmost importance. Thankfully, on the day of the main event, the sun was out, the sky was clear and the race took place seamlessly. To a lot of people's surprise the first three to cross the finish line of the inaugural event were Indians with Manipur's Bishworjit Saikhom taking home the championship followed by Nihal Baig and Mahesh Luorembam for the second and third spot respectively. © Ironman Goa However, Deepak Raj wasn't that shocked with the final result. “Out of the 1000 participants, 900 were Indians. They are used to the hot and humid climate of Goa but what was more significant was the kind of fitness revolution our amateur athletes have brought forward.” Deepak Raj's dedication and years of commitment to bringing Ironman home is nothing short of miraculous itself. For someone who used to enjoy the comforts of a cushioned chair in his cubicle and relish eating whatever he could get his hands on in his youth, this could be seen as the man reliving his initial resolution to bring about a massive change. Back then it was just one man who'd experienced the change, now it's an entire nation.
  3. If you have strong willpower, dedication and support, then you can even move mountains and Gujarat's 25-year-old Mittal Parmar, who passed her class 12th this year with flying colours, is proof of the same. In 2009, Mittal Parmar had to drop out of class X, due to financial problems. Her family couldn't afford funding her education anymore. "My father is a tailor and he could not afford my education. My mother fell ill for prolonged periods and there was no one in the family to take care of the house," she told The Indian Express. BCCL (For Representation) Ten years later, now at the age of 25, Mittal not only sat for the class 12th exam, but also scored 89.71% and 99.77 percentile. Mittal credits her husband Chetan Barot for inspiring and supporting her to get back to studies. Chetan was Mittal's classmate and they got married in 2016. Mittal, who was always good at studies, skipped class 11 and appeared for class 12 (Commerce) directly in the open category. She took tuitions while doing her household chores. "It is not how much you study, but how well you grasp. I resumed studies after almost a decade. It was bit difficult but then it all went well. This would not have been possible without the support from my husband and family," she added. BCCL (For representation) Mittal now dreams of becoming a CA one day. Sometimes, people fail to achieve their dreams despite having everything. And sometimes, people who have nothing end up making it big in life because they never allowed anything to come in the way of their goal.
  4. Sony Mobile, the smartphone division of the Japanese company is now going to be pulling out from India and other regions. The move comes when Sony experienced fewer smartphone sales than the previous year and will be stopping its mobile business in India, Australia, Canada, South America, Mexico, Africa and the Middle East. Sony has been trying to cut its losses and the company will now concentrate its mobile business in countries like Japan, Europe, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Xperia mobile division has also been dismantled and formed into a new division called “Electronics, Products and Solutions” and has been merged with TV, Audio and camera divisions. © Sony The company is also cutting its operational cost by 50% by pulling out of markets that are not deemed profitable for the company. The company has suffered low smartphone sales in key markets due to stiff competition from Chinese companies that offer better smartphones at a considerably low price. According to Counterpoint Research, Sony's smartphone market share was reduced to less than 1% and was probably due to making outdated smartphones. Sony was not able to adopt new technologies, features and even hardware in order to compete with its Chinese counterparts. © Slashhleaks Sony recently announced the Xperia 1, the world's first 4K smartphone at MWC earlier this year. No release date has been confirmed by the company and it is likely that the smartphone will not launch in India and other markets the company has decided to pull out from. Source: GSMArena
  5. In a move that surprised many, British cosmetics firm Lush has chosen to quit social media. With a combined following across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, Lush has a combined audience of over 1.2 million followers. Lush are being a little cryptic about its reasons but cite having to pay for visibility and getting tired of trying to produce content so just that algorithms will rank it highly. "Increasingly, social media is making it harder and harder for us to talk to each other directly. We are tired of fighting with algorithms, and we do not want to pay to appear in your newsfeed. So we’ve decided it’s time to bid farewell to some of our social channels and open up the conversation between you and us instead." It feels like sacrilege for a brand to come off social media, but I'm not surprised. Social media is about broadcasting more than it is about meaningful conversation. And now, even with a huge following, broadcasting doesn't get the same reach it did a few years ago with platforms pushing paid options more and more. Lush also targets a very young demographic that simply aren't using social media anymore. The firm said it was "cutting out the middleman between ourselves and the Lush community". It remains unclear which direction Lush is going to take to facilitate conversations, but using an independent community platform like Invision Community should be considered. It cuts out any algorithm biased, money hungry platform. It opens up the conversation between the brand and its customers in a meaningful way, and the brand is completely in control of their data and what their customers see. At Invision Community, we're seeing more and more brands looking for a solution outside of social media. Perhaps this will accelerate the trend.
  6. Seems like the entry of the wild card contestants is finally shaking things up in the 'Bigg Boss' house. The entry of Rohit Suchanti and Megha Dhade is bound to stir up more controversies in the house. #BB12 mein aa rahi hai #BBMarathi ki winner @meghadhade aur heart-throb @imrohitsuchanti! Dekhiye inke aane se ghar mein kya planning aur plotting hoti hai, aaj raat 9 baje! #BiggBoss12 pic.twitter.com/iwIA0CVah4 — Bigg Boss (@BiggBoss) October 22, 2018 Right now, Sreesanth has himself to blame for his current situation in the house. His aggression has won him a lot of flak from the other contestants, including that of Salman Khan and even the viewers. Everyone's been questioning his lack of interest, his empty threats to quit the game and his regular bouts of mood swings that upset the environment in the house. #SurbhiRana nahi chhod rahi ek bhi mauka @sreesanth36 ko Kaal Kothri mein pareshaan karne ka! Kya hoga isja anjaam? Dekhiye #WeekendKaVaar with @BeingSalmanKhan to find out. #BB12 #BiggBoss12 @iamappyfizz @oppomobileindia @TheGarnierMan @letsdroom pic.twitter.com/dgGZGhW5Yo — COLORS (@ColorsTV) October 20, 2018 However, in a question-answer round that was moderated by Megha, Sree confessed that this was, in fact, a part of his plan, a strategy to play the game. Iss hafte ke nominations mein hone wala hai twist! Dene padenge gharwalon ko wild card entries ke teekhe sawaalon ke jawab. Dekhna na bhulein #BB12 aaj raat 9 baje. #BiggBoss12 pic.twitter.com/i9a2rz1nIs — COLORS (@ColorsTV) October 22, 2018 Seems like he is not as vulnerable as everyone thought he was, eh? With the cat now being out of the bag, just how far will he go to play this game? Only time will tell.
  7. Mesut Ozil. Photo: AFPTurkish ministers on Monday warmly applauded the decision of Turkish-origin German footballer Mesut Ozil to quit the national team on the grounds of racism.Ozil, who was born in Germany to a Turkish-origin family, had been...
  8. People know Anil Kapoor as one of the finest and most versatile actors in Bollywood. He is someone who is still counted amongst the hottest actors in the industry who can easily give men half his age (or 3x younger) a run for their money. But, after coming across his sweet gesture, people will also know him as the best boss in the world. © Salman Khan Films First Sonam Ki Shaadi, then 'Veere Di Wedding' and 'Race 3' this year has been a hectic one for Anil Kapoor so far and given that he has two movies lined up already 'Fanney Khan' and 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga', the remaining year appears to be chock-a-block as well. But, Anil Kapoor isn't working alone; his team was equally working hard with him and Kapoor decided to thank them in a special way. © Salman Khan Films Reportedly, to appreciate and thank the hard work of his team, Kapoor gifted his manager, spot boy, bodyguard and hair and makeup artists; basically his core-team a four-day trip to Indonesia and Singapore. According to a source, “Anil Kapoor is extremely close to his staff and his team. They have really been a strong support to him through the span of his career and he has always been grateful and thankful to be working with such a great team. As a special gesture, he has decided to gift them a holiday to Bentuk in Indonesia for a well-deserved break.” © Instagram The source further added, “Anil recently decided to gift a holiday to his manager, spot boy, bodyguard and hair and makeup artist. They left for the trip on Monday which begins in Bandung. He has also briefed them that it is going to be four days of letting their hair down and no mention of work. He wanted to thank his staff and decided a holiday would be the best way to do it.” © Instagram On the work front, Anil Kapoor will be next seen in 'Fanney Khan' alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao and 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' with his daughter Sonam Kapoor. This is truly a sweet gesture and if you got jealous after reading what he did for his staff, trust me you guys are not alone. Anil Kapoor has raised the bar really high for all the bosses out there. We hope our boss too reads this and gifts us an offsite soon. Source: Filmfare
  9. Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf resigned on Friday as chairman of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). Photo: fileDUBAI: Former president Pervez Musharraf remarked on Saturday that he has only stepped down from the post of All...
  10. Executive Producer John Lasseter attends Disney-Pixar's U.S. premiere of "Coco" in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters Walt Disney animation head and co-founder of Pixar John Lasseter, regarded as a modern-day Walt Disney because...
  11. An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket near the southern town of Sderot, Israel, November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Files JERUSALEM/BEIRUT: Syrian state media accused Israel of launching missiles at a target near Damascus on...
  12. Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp. Photo: ReutersSAN FRANCISCO: The co-founder of WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook Inc with more than 1 billion daily users, said on Monday he was leaving the company, in a loss of one of the...
  13. Our country today is fighting many evils and issues, and while we as a nation try to raise our voice by holding protests, involving celebrity influencers and even marching on streets, there is a lot more that needs to be done. One of the main problems India has been facing ever since independence is the struggle of the class divide, which is deeply embedded far more than one can imagine. Even today, people from reserved categories are brushed off as 'dalits' and face a tough situation with no fault of their own. To curb this and fight fair for them, over 50 IITians have quit their cushiony jobs and formed a political party called ' Bahujan Azad Party'. © Twitter “We are a bunch of 50 people, all from different IITs, who have quit our full-time jobs to work for the party. We have applied to the Election Commission for an approval and are meanwhile doing groundwork”, says Naveen Kumar, who is an IIT Delhi graduate himself and is leading the party. Also, if you think this party is here for seats and a vote bank then you are wrong. Their agenda is to uplift the people they are representing and they don't want to get a seat next year. "We do not wish to do a hurried job and end up being reduced to just one of those small political outfits with big ambitions. We will begin with contesting the 2020 Bihar Assembly Elections and then aim for the next Lok Sabha polls", he adds. Their poster has pictures of prominent figures like B.R Ambedkar and former president APJ Abdul Kalam. © Twitter The party is garnering a lot of support from the general public for their agendas and intentions. After AAP, we have BAP (Bahujan Azad Party). Hope this political outfit of 50 IIT alumni wouldn't be aspiring to become BAP of all parties.https://t.co/uQaSVlfXkG — Kumar Shakti Shekhar (@ShaktiShekhar) April 22, 2018 The Bahujan Azad Party sounds like a great idea. 50 IIT alumni to get together to give a new turn to Dalit and backward caste politics. Interesting. — Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) April 23, 2018 Good move by 50 IIT Alumni from SC/STs Community to quit job & Form Bahujan Azad Party, atleast SC/STs Community will be free from Donkeys Lawmakers Selected by Mayawati kind of Leaders. Mention of Subhash Chandra Bose, APJ Kalam is good sign https://t.co/iyh87hWibK — Pinku Gupta (@imPkNAMOVictory) April 22, 2018 AK 50 is in the making! Good luck Bihar! Just don't forget the fate of Delhiites at the hands of #Kejriwal #BahujanAzadParty — ðï¸Ganpatð®ð³ (@aganpat) April 23, 2018 While the general approach to this initiative has been overwhelmingly positive, there are a few opinions which oppose this party and insist on a united India only. Bunch of 50 MONKEYS inspite of fighting for ONE INDIA are fighting for #sc #st #SCSTAct #obc and they are #BahujanAzadParty @BahujanAzad SHAMING IIT LOGO. @aajtak @ZeeNews @BJP4India @INCIndia @AamAadmiParty @iitdaa #IIT @iaryananmol @Dwari1008 — Sachindra Ramanathan (@SachindraGoogle) April 23, 2018 The argument is that economic based reservations should be prioritised over caste based reservations. Instead of supporting caste based reservations, support economic based reservations. Not all Brahmins are rich, Not all Dalits are poor. #BahujanAzadParty #EndReservation Read:https://t.co/pjYcrZJKwD pic.twitter.com/aOxjNW3Pwj — Professor Snapeð© (@SlytherinAway) April 23, 2018 #BahujanAzadParty Same old story like aam aadmi party. I think enough time and energy wasted on the later. Just keep focusing on your own work and try to make our country a better place. You need not be an IITian for that . :) — Gaurav Jain (@lazysethji) April 23, 2018 However, let's not jump the gun immediately. Only time will tell if this new 50 shades of freedom will be the BAP of all political parties?
  14. It is appraisal season, which could possibly result in significant influx and outflow of employees from a company. If you find yourself in some of the situations mentioned below, then it might be time for you to move on to new avenues in your career. 1. Toxic Relationships With Co-Workers And Managers © Thinkstock/Getty Images You must have come across the phrase 'employees do not leave companies -- they leave their managers and co-workers.' Office politics and bootlicking could be some of the reasons creating the toxic environment to work in. An unresolved quarrel with a co-worker or any case of injustice being dealt out while resolving the issue could be another reason when you could consider quitting. Respect for each other's work plays an important role where you work. 2. Low Pay © Thinkstock/Getty Images Everyone wants to get paid well and if you feel you are being underpaid or undervalued despite the good work you doing, then you need to think of other options. 3. Lack Of Job Security If employees are getting fired for no good reason at the place you are working then this creates a negative vibe within the team and thus can lead to trust issues in the ways the company functions. Who doesn't want a stable job and job security? 4. Lack Of Career Advancement Opportunities If you are getting bored of the same responsibilities and routine every day and see no new opportunity to learn further, it could mean you are on a downward slope at your workplace. 5. Time for a career change © Thinkstock/Getty Images If you have been looking to change your field for a while or even planning to go for further studies or start your own business, then you should focus completely on that and quit your job. However, you should be financially prepared for this jump and see that you have enough money in your account to at least continue your pursuit for a few months.
  15. It is appraisal season, which could possibly result in significant influx and outflow of employees from a company. Here are a few reasons why even some of your employees may prefer to quit their jobs and how you can prevent that from happening. 1. Toxic Relationships With Co-Workers And Managers © Thinkstock/Getty Images You must have come across the phrase 'employees do not leave companies -- they leave their managers and co-workers.' Office politics and bootlicking could be some of the reasons creating the toxic environment to work in. A quarrel with a co-worker and any case of injustice being dealt out while resolving the issue could be another reason why your employees may want to quit. 2. Low Pay © Thinkstock/Getty Images Everyone wants to get paid well for their efforts, and if one feels that he or she is being underpaid or undervalued despite the good work they are doing, it could become a major reason for them wanting to quit. It is just a matter of time before they would be looking for better opportunities. 3. Lack Of Job Security If employees in your company are getting fired for no good reason, then this creates a negative vibe within the team and thus can lead to trust issues among workers. After all, who doesn't want a stable job and job security? 4. Lack Of Career Advancement Opportunities If an employee gets bored of the same responsibility and routine every day and sees no new opportunity to learn further, it could lead to him looking for better avenues. As an employer, you need to see the signs and talk with your employees if they would like to take on a new opportunity or project. 5. Looking For A Career Change © Thinkstock/Getty Images An employee looking to change his or her field, opting for further studies or even starting their own business could be reasons why they would want to quit their job. In this situation, you can't do much but wish them best in their future endeavors.
  16. Lehmann is resigning despite being cleared of any role in the ball-tampering scandal JOHANNESBURG: Darren Lehmann, coach of the scandal-tainted Australia cricket team, said Thursday he would quit after the fourth and final Test of a series in South Africa. "This will be my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team," Lehmann told a press conference on the eve of the match. "Saying goodbye to the players was the toughest thing I have ever had to do." Lehmann, who was not was due to leave the job until after the 2019 Ashes series in England, is quitting despite being cleared of any role in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport. Tearful Steve Smith accepts full responsibility for ball-tampering scandal Smith and Warner were stripped of their roles and banned from international and domestic cricket for a year His decision follows 12-month bans given to captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner for the roles they played in a plot to cheat in Cape Town during the third Test last Saturday. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his part in the ball-tampering plan.
  17. TEHRAN: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sacking shows that Washington is set on quitting the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, Iran's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday. "The United States is determined to leave the nuclear deal, and changes at the State Department were made with that goal in mind - or at least it was one of the reasons," Abbas Araghchi said in comments carried by state new agency ISNA. US President Donald Trump announced Tillerson's departure in a tweet on Tuesday, saying he would be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, who takes a much harder line on Iran than his predecessor. Trump has repeatedly slammed the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of crippling international sanctions. Despite Tillerson's determination to stick with the deal, Trump has threatened to scrap what he has dubbed a "terrible" agreement unless tough new restrictions were placed on Iran by May 12. A US exit could kill the pact between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The deal's backers have presented it as a victory for diplomacy and nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Tehran has repeatedly ruled out changing a single comma of the text. The UN's nuclear energy agency, the IAEA, confirmed in February that Tehran had met its obligations under the agreement. "If the US quits the nuclear deal, we will also quit it," Araghchi said Wednesday. "We have told the Europeans that if they can't keep the US in the deal, Iran will also leave it." His comments contrast with those of Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani, who has said Iran will stick with the agreement as long as it is beneficial for the country - even if the United States leaves. While Iran has reaped massive economic benefits from the accord, notably by being able to resume oil exports, it is still constrained by US sanctions in other areas.
  18. We've all been there- the day you THINK you are going to get a big, fat promotion and can't contain your excitement...only to find out that you aren't getting one anytime soon. Quite a bummer, isn't it? Especially when you think you sure-as-hell deserved it. But alas, most of us decide to continue with that 9-5 job of ours, hoping for the best. But our man-of-the-hour David O'Neal decided to take matters into his own hands. And thank God he did. 32-year-old David worked as a banker in London and was earning a pretty decent salary of £32,000 (approx. Rs. 28 lakhs) a year. Although he found his job to be secure, he knew it was time to move on when he was denied a well-deserved promotion. © Facebook (David J O'Neal) With a dream of starting his own business one day, he had his 'eureka' moment quite unexpectedly: while cutting his little boy's hair. He always had a hard time convincing his two boys to sit down for a haircut but he came up with a solution. © Facebook (David J O'Neal) He either used to allow them to use the Playstation or would put on a movie and no points for guessing, the kids loved it. That made him realise that opening up a salon for kids with similar amenities would be turn out to be a great business. His main aim was to turn this otherwise 'daunting' experience for kids into a fun one by surrounding them with things they love. In 2014, he took a loan from the Government-backed Start-Up Loans Company, which offers 6 percent fixed rate on borrowing up to £25,000 and thus, his salon for kids, 'ShortCuts' was born. Brownie points for the name, David! © Facebook (Shortcuts Children's Salon) 'ShortCuts Children's Salon' is unlike any salon that you have seen in your life. Everything is tailored for kids, including the seats which by the way are mini racing cars. Talk about fancy! © Twitter (ShortCuts Children's Salon) Right from the colourful atmosphere to the games available, it is a kid's paradise. Apart from the adorable seats, kids can even play Playstation games or watch a cartoon of their choice. © Facebook (Shortcuts Children's Salon) We are seriously bummed for not being able to get a haircut in a salon like that during our childhood. © Twitter (Shortcuts Children's Salon) Although David employed hairdressers when he started out because obviously, he didn't have the required skills, he soon acquired them. Becoming a hairdresser became his priority and after leaving his job, he soon got the training to become a qualified one. © Twitter (Shortcuts Children's Salon) However, finding hairdressers who would be happy to work with kids wasn't an easy task but David made sure he didn't have to compromise on quality. The employees who work with him now are qualified hairdressers; thus, making his salon a credible one and has also helped him build a loyal set of customers. © Facebook (Shortcuts Children's Salon) Cut to the present, David now has 9 salons running across London thanks to which, David now earns more than £650K (approx. Rs.5 crores) a year. He also plans to expand globally with his successful franchise model. David's leap of faith worked wonders for him and serves as the perfect motivation to start one's own business, no matter how unconventional it may seem to others.
  19. Mohammad Akram, a Pakistani national who has been living in Syria since 1974, speaks during an interview with AFP prior to his evacuation, in the militant-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region. -AFP DOUMA: An elderly Pakistani man and his wife have fled Syria´s embattled Eastern Ghouta, the Red Crescent said Thursday, the only known civilians to have left since a "humanitarian pause" took effect. The militant enclave outside Damascus has seen some of the worst bombardment and fighting of the Syrian civil war since Russia-backed government forces launched an assault on February 18. The evacuation comes after a "humanitarian pause" announced by Russia came into effect on Tuesday following days of air strikes and clashes that killed 600 civilians. "An elderly Pakistani couple were evacuated on Wednesday afternoon from Eastern Ghouta," a medical source with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said. Jaish al-Islam, a dominant militant faction in the enclave, also said the Pakistani couple had left. "A Pakistani family made up of a man and his wife have been evacuated," the faction's Mohamed Alloush said on Twitter. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the couple were the only people among the besieged enclave's 400,000 residents to have left since the "humanitarian pause" started on Tuesday. Russia this week ordered the daily five-hour pause in the enclave and said it was guaranteeing civilians safe passage to flee. But Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said the Pakistani couple were leaving the enclave not because of "this pause" but as a result of months of negotiations by the Pakistani embassy. Mohammad Fadhl Akram, 73, and his wife Saghran Bibi were evacuated to Damascus. But they had to leave his two sons, three daughters and 12 grandchildren behind, he told AFP in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma before leaving. "I hope God protects them," said Akram, who wore a warm hat and sported a trimmed white beard. "I don't want anything else." Eastern Ghouta has been under siege by regime forces since 2013, with residents facing severe food and medical shortages even before the latest assault. The Russian announcement fell far short of a full 30-day ceasefire voted for by the United Nations Security Council that has yet to be implemented. Dozens of trucks loaded with relief supplies have been unable to enter the enclave. More than 340,000 people have been killed since the civil war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
  20. Shah Rukh Khan is an icon for some, a legend for many and an idol for the youth. The superstar, after all, is known as 'King Khan' for a reason. Switzerland main aake yeh na kiya toh kya kiya...?! Loving being at the Davos, now to get ready for the Crystal Award Ceremony. #DavosDiaries A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Jan 22, 2018 at 5:25am PST His speeches, his movies, his tweets, everything about him, is an inspiration to millions who believe in him. Recently he tweeted a personal thought about life in general and his fans decided to draw a wonderful perception around it. How can one not just feel love & beauty & be grateful for a life that became a part of yours in some small way by making it prettier....isn't it just easier to feel love & give towards that life, even in death...the comfort of appreciation and gratitude. — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) February 28, 2018 His fans are now urging him to quit smoking, because they want him to live a longer and healthier life. Quit smoking Bhai.. A humble request from all the SRKIANS.. Sab k dilme baste ho aap.. Please ð Aap ko dher saara pyar .. — Hardιĸ ZÑrσ (@SRKFAN79) February 28, 2018 Or sabse important apna khayal rakha karo saheb & please quit smoking — Shah Rukh Khan (@IAMRAVIRAJESH) February 28, 2018 It's wonderful how fans care and love for their favourite celebrities like their own family. This is real wealth after all. The amount of love and affection that one has earned. Shah, Take Care of yourself & Please Quit smoking. ð — RahuL Choudhury (@Rahul_SRKians) February 28, 2018 Please quit smoking and take care of yourself!! Love u⤠— Ishitta Angelina (@iamMawSRKian) February 28, 2018 We hope SRK continues living a wonderful life and continues being the youth icon that he is. And we also hope he listens to the advice of his admirers and well wishers.
  21. South African fast bowler Morne Morkel. -File DURBAN: South African fast bowler Morne Morkel announced on Monday that he would retire from international cricket after the four-Test series against Australia which starts at Kingsmead on Thursday. The tall paceman has played in 83 Tests, 117 one-day internationals and 44 Twenty20 Internationals. Morkel, 33, has taken 294 Test wickets and his tally across all formats is 529. Morkel said: "It was an extremely tough decision but I feel the time is right to start a new chapter." Morkel's decision means he will not be available for the World Cup in England next year. There were reports last year that Morkel was contemplating playing county cricket in England under the Kolpak regulation, which would make him ineligible for national selection.
  22. Although most of us may curse our managers for being bossy sometimes, the truth is that it is a job we can only understand when we actually trade places with them. It is not an easy task to manage a team. Not at all. There are a ton of different kinds of people in a team and it is a manager's responsibility to keep the team in check. But, then there are some off days or bad habits that managers routinely indulge in without actually being aware of the aftereffects. Here are some of the common mistakes that managers make and what they can learn from them. Afterall it is always wiser to learn from other's mistakes than making yours. 1. They hire and support the wrong people. © Strategic Human Insights No managers will do so on purpose but still, it affects the whole team's chemistry. Hard working people prefer working with the like-minded people and from someone who brings positivity in the room. If the new employee that has been hired is always trying to be more bossy or gossiping all the time then that could be a problem. This often leads to office politics which ultimately make your good employees quit their job. 2. They overwork people. © Thinkstock/Getty Images We all know it is no more a slave system nor a one-sided business: companies need good people and people need good companies. People should be respected for the contribution they are making to the company. It is a common mistake that most of the managers make when they think they can increase the workload on their talented employees with any repercussions. Your good employees should not feel suffocated due increased work hours or feel it as punishment for they hard work. Raises, title-changes, and promotions are the only acceptable ways to increase workload. Never forget a talented and hardworking employee will always have many more options and won't mind switching to an organization where his hard work is rewarded and not punished. 3. They don't let people pursue their own passion. © flickriver It has been found that people who are encouraged to pursue their passions at work experience a flow, a euphoric state of mind that is five times more productive than the normal state. Google itself allots certain days and hours for people to do work on anything they would like work upon during the office hours. The follow 80/20 rule where they dedicate 80 percent of the time to their primary job and 20 percent working on passion projects that they believe can help the company. If as a manager you are not encouraging such activities then you are surely hampering the productivity of the company as well as employees. After all most talented people are passionate in their nature and if you are not feeding them that then you are doing enough for their job satisfaction. 4. They themselves don't respect their commitment. © tinyshop If you want and ask your employees to follow a particular norm then first you should be able to spearhead what you are preaching otherwise no one is going to take you seriously. It would become a mundane jargon that they will become habitual of but won't proactively respond. If you want your employees to show up on time then you need to be there too. All talk and no action has no value to it. 5. They hesitate in rewarding good work or contribution. © Thinkstock/Getty Images If you lack or hesitate in appreciating a good work then you are definitely missing out on a morale boost you could have infused in the whole team. A small encouraging pat on the back or saying 'good job' won't hurt but can benefit in a lot of ways. When rewarded or applauded for their good job people feel encouraged to do more good work with even more enthusiasm. If you are hesitating on that then you are creating a void between you and your employees to escape through. 6. They fail to challenge them to be better than yesterday. © Cleverism Talented people love an environment where they are driven by new challenges every day or something that allows them to enter into an uncomfortable zone where they have a chance to grow even more. If you are not challenging them intellectually then gradually they might get bored of the mundane work and same old desk that they have been confined to and then quit the job. It is wise to give smart people a chance to get smarter then they were yesterday because that's what that drives them to continue doing the good work.
  23. Every now and then we come across someone quitting their job to live out their ultimate dream of travelling all over the place. I think that is quite an achievement in itself and they are leaving their dreams. For many of us, quitting our jobs is not that simple but should that should be the end of your story? Here are 7 stories of people who achieved their dream of travelling the world despite working at a demanding job. Here is your chance to learn from them as they have been there and done that. They are the modern globetrotters who are defining their paths in life. 1. Sudeep Shukla, 31, Assistant brand manager Sudeep at the Maldives © Facebook/Sudeep Shukla During his college days, Sudeep explored pretty much all of south India. He knows his life has liabilities and loans which did not restrict him from planning his destinations according to his budget. Working for a flexible organization is a perk. Sudeep says, "I plan most of my travel in advance. I try to club long weekends or the holiday season to get the best deals. Since I don't take many regular leaves, it becomes easier for me to get travel leaves. Also since my organization is understanding and flexible about my travel, it also makes life a bit easier for me." Get your boss' confidence. "My traveling inspires him. Since he knows beforehand that I travel, he is quite supportive. If work is getting done on time, it isn't a problem. It is important to have your boss on your side to be able to travel while being employed," adds Sudeep. 2. Shreyas Panduranga, 27, Computer Engineer © Facebook/Shreyas Goes Shreyas fell in love with travelling after spending his formative years in a village known for its beauty. He says the only thing that really matters is the attitude with which he travels even if he goes to a popular place, he keeps an open mind. Your vehicle is your freedom Shreyas says, "The freedom that a motorcycle gives me, makes travelling easier. On a motorcycle, I can go anywhere, take any turn I find interesting in a new city or on a highway in the middle of nowhere." He's not a full-time traveler. Shreyas adds, "Quitting your job is not a good choice until I have found ways to make a living out of travel. I am not even sure I want to make a living out of it. Sure, I love to travel, take pictures and document it in a bit of writing, but being a full-time traveller isn't everybody's cup of tea. But who knows what the future holds!" 3. Madhuri Mukherjee, 25, Market risk analyst Madhuri in Spain © imgrum/@MUKHERJEEMADHURI It was Madhuri's first solo work trip to Switzerland that changed everything. She came to the realization that travelling can even change someone's perspective on life. She is already bitten by the travel bug. Can she stop? Life and family responsibilities. Madhuri says, "I personally find it quite utopian when people quit their jobs and travel and there are so many pre-conditions that need to be satisfied that for someone from an average middle-class family it's much harder than it seems in the blog entries," Mukherjee says about when asked why she didn't quit her job to travel. Her secret to managing office leaves. Madhuri explains, "I undertake 2 long holidays in a year and utilize the public holidays for shorter getaways. I do sometimes work on public holidays if I don't have any trips planned. We get compensatory days off for it, which I then use later for travel." 4. Makrand Lowalekar, 32, Software engineer Makrand at Horton National Park, Sri Lanka © Facebook/makrandtraveldiary A cancelled trip to Spain, due to visa rejection was Makrand's one unfulfilled dream. Being fortunate enough, he joined his friends for a trip to Langkawi in Malaysia, and then took a trip to Ladakh and the rest, as they say, is history. . Like many other globetrotters why did he not quit his job? Makrand explains, "I love the comfort of cubicles, which most people hate or pretend to hate. I like to be in a routine and as a change, I travel. Travel motivates me to work with dedication because my pay cheque will fund my future travels." He is dedicated to travel and a pre-planner. "I check the holiday calendar at the beginning of the year and try to find slots where I can travel. I will utilize most of the long weekends. You can ask me any day about all the long weekends of the year and I remember them by heart. I will not take a day off just because I am feeling lazy," adds Makrand. 5. Akanksha Dureja, 30s, Software Engineer © akankshadureja Akanksha feels that wanderlust is a way of life for her. She explains why she thinks leaving her job just for the sake of travelling is not always an option for everyone but there are alternative ways. Mark your leaves only travel Akanksha says, "Unless there is an emergency, I don't take any regular leaves. Festivals or a visit to the hometown are managed with weekends and just company holidays. Most of my leaves are taken for travel, sometimes planned and sometimes unplanned." Is travel writing an easy job to get? On this Akanksha says, "Travel writing seems glossy, but then it doesn't really pay your bills unless you're writing for the biggies. As much as I would love to be a nomad, the reality is that it's not all that great. Also, I have worked hard to be where I am today and don't want to give up one thing for the other as long as I can manage both!" 6. Shri Ayyangar, 31, Corporate communications expert © shristhoughtspot Shri has a huge appetite for travel but he is also the only breadwinner in his family, which is why he decided to stay in his job and use it to his advantage to travel. Get a tag of a 'serious traveller' at your workplace. Shri suggests, "There's a lot of support at work. Usually, I don't leave any work pending and ensure that everything is attended to before I leave. Also in emergency situations, I am available on phone. Also, I usually contribute my travel experiences as a blog/write-up on travel portals, so my colleagues and boss get a sense that I am a serious traveller." Master the art of reserving extended holiday weekends for offbeat travel. Shri says, "I like to avoid the rush, so I keep the offbeat locations for the extended weekends. And so many Indian destinations are unexplored. I am surprised when I narrate my experiences of my stay in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, and many people don't even know where the location is on the map." 7. Himanshu Prajapati, 22, Assistant Engineer Himanshu at Shilla Peak, above komik Village, Spiti, 5300 feet © the__nowhereboy/Instagram Himanshu recalls that since childhood, he always wanted to explore new places but couldn't due to some reason or the other. So as soon as he becomes independent he started exploring places. He has been to many places, but it was the trip to Spiti (solo) that changed everything. He is an instant jumper and comp offs are the deal. Himanshu says, “I do not plan my trips completely and generally go or to any place that sounds interesting on my way. My boss has always supported me when it comes to travel and that has been a very fortunate thing in my life. In the office, we have to coordinate among ourselves for holidays. Other people prefer taking leaves during the festive season but I prefer compromising by working in most of the festive seasons and then take comp offs.”
  24. File photo of Bono and Aung San Suu Kyi NEW YORK: U2 frontman Bono, a leading campaigner for Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi when she was under house arrest, has called on her to resign over the deadly campaign against Rohingya Muslims. The singer -- who championed Suu Kyi in the 2000 U2 song "Walk On," with fans encouraged to wear masks of the then opposition leader when the band played it live -- said he felt "nauseated" by images of the bloodshed and refugee crisis. "I have genuinely felt ill because I can't quite believe what the evidence all points to. But there is ethnic cleansing," he told Rolling Stone magazine in its latest issue. "It really is happening, and she has to step down because she knows it´s happening," Bono said. Pressed on his remarks in the interview conducted by Rolling Stone's founder, Jann Wenner, Bono said: "She should, at the very least, be speaking out more. And if people don´t listen, then resign." The United Nations and the United States have also described Myanmar's campaign against the stateless, mostly Muslim Rohingya people as ethnic cleansing. Doctors Without Borders said that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the first month of sweeps on villages launched in response to rebel attacks. Another 655,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Suu Kyi, the winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, enjoyed wide support from celebrities as she spent most of two decades under house arrest on orders of Myanmar´s military junta. Myanmar's transition to democracy and Suu Kyi's elevation last year to de facto leader initially delighted human rights groups, but they have since been outraged by her reticence in addressing the anti-Rohingya campaign. Some experts believe Suu Kyi has made a calculated decision not to take the political risks of speaking out as the Rohingya are widely despised in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, and in any case she does not control the military. Bono said of Suu Kyi´s possible reasoning: "Maybe it´s that she doesn´t want to lose the country back to the military. But she already has, if the pictures are what we go by, anyway." Earlier this month Dublin, Bono´s hometown, revoked a city award given to Suu Kyi to protest her handling of the violence.
  25. Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017. ? Reuters HARARE: President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe?s only legitimate ruler and is refusing to quit after a military coup, but pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old former guerrilla to accept offers of a graceful exit, sources said on Thursday. A political source who spoke to senior allies holed up with Mugabe and his wife, Grace, in his lavish ?Blue Roof? Harare compound said Mugabe had no plans to resign voluntarily ahead of elections scheduled for next year. ?It?s a sort of stand-off, a stalemate,? the source said. ?They are insisting the president must finish his term.? The army?s takeover signaled the collapse in less than 36 hours of the security, intelligence and patronage networks that sustained Mugabe through 37 years in power and built him into the ?Grand Old Man? of African politics. A priest mediating between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in what they called a targeted operation against ?criminals? in Mugabe?s entourage, has made little headway, a senior political source told Reuters. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for Mugabe?s departure ?in the interest of the people?. In a statement read to reporters, Tsvangirai pointedly referred to him as ?Mr Robert Mugabe?, not President. The army appears to want Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, to go quietly and allow a smooth and bloodless transition to Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president Mugabe sacked last week triggering the political crisis. The main goal of the generals is to prevent Mugabe from handing power to his wife Grace, 41 years his junior, who has built a following among the ruling party?s youth wing and appeared on the cusp of power after Mnangagwa was pushed out. The last of Africa?s state founders from the heyday of the struggle against European colonisation still in power, Mugabe is still seen by many Africans as a liberation hero. But he is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power pauperised one of Africa?s most promising states. Once a regional bread-basket, Zimbabwe saw its economy collapse in the wake of the seizure of white-owned farms in the early 2000s, followed by runaway money-printing that catapulted inflation to 500 billion percent in 2008. Millions, from highly skilled bankers to semi-literate farmers, emigrated, mostly to neighbouring South Africa, where an estimated 3 million still live. After a brief revival under a 2009-13 power-sharing government, when Mugabe was forced to work with the opposition, the economy has once again cratered, with dollars scarce, inflation surging, imports running out and queues outside banks. Doors blown off A fighter, both literally and figuratively during a political career that included several assassination attempts, Mugabe now appears to have reached the end of the road. With the army camped on his front door and the police - once seen as a bastion of support - showing no signs of resistance, force is not an option. Similarly, he has no popular backing in Harare, where he is widely loathed, and his influence in the ruling ZANU-PF party is evaporating. ZANU-PF youth leader Kudzai Chipanga, a vocal Mugabe supporter, publicly apologised for opposing the army after being marched by soldiers into the state television headquarters to read out a statement, sources at the broadcaster said. He was then taken back to the army?s main KGVI (pronounced KG Six) barracks in Harare, where Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo is also being held, an army source said. Video footage obtained by Reuters from the houses of two key allies of Grace Mugabe - cabinet ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere - indicated that the army was also prepared to use force if necessary. Moyo?s front door was blown open with explosives, scattering glass across the entrance hall, while the inside walls of Kasukuwere?s house were pocked with bullet holes. The pair managed to escape on the evening of the coup and make it to Mugabe?s compound, where they remain under effective house arrest, one political source said. Zimbabwean intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest Mugabe?s exit was in the planning for more than a year. Mnangagwa, a former security chief and life-long Mugabe confidant known as ?The Crocodile?, is the key player. According to the files and political sources in Zimbabwe and South Africa, once Mugabe?s resignation is secured Mnangagwa would take over as president of an interim unity government that will seek to stabilise the imploding economy. Fuelling speculation that this plan might be rolling into action, 65-year-old Tsvangirai, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Britain and South Africa, returned to Harare late on Wednesday. ?Solid hands? Ex-finance minister Tendai Biti added to that speculation, telling Reuters he would be happy to work in a post-coup administration as long as Tsvangirai was also on board. ?If Morgan says he?s in, I?m in,? said Biti, who earned international respect during his time as finance minister in the 2009-13 government. ?The country needs a solid pair of hands so one might not have a choice.? South Africa said Mugabe had told President Jacob Zuma by telephone on Wednesday that he was confined to his home but was otherwise fine. The military said it was keeping him and his family, including Grace, safe. Despite admiration for Mugabe among older African leaders, there is little public affection for 52-year-old Grace, an ex-government typist who began an affair with Mugabe in the early 1990s while his first wife Sally was dying of kidney failure. Dubbed ?DisGrace? or ?Gucci Grace? on account of her reputed love of shopping, she enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of ZANU-PF in the last two years, culminating in Mnangagwa?s removal. Zimbabweans, including the Mnangagwa camp and the military, interpreted the vice president?s ouster as a move to clear the way for her to succeed her husband. In contrast to the high political drama unfolding behind closed doors, the streets of the capital remained calm, with people going about their daily business, albeit under the watch of soldiers on armored vehicles at strategic locations.
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