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  1. Can you recall your life as a 10-year-old trotting around the house? Remember how we lived without a care in the world and how our to-do list comprised of just four things - eating, sleeping, playing and a bit of studying - day in and day out, with a want for nothing in our young lives? We had a rather comfortable life, a house filled with toys, a bunch of friends to play catch with, a loving family and all our needs taken care of without having to utter a word. © Getty Images But 10-year-old Siddharth Dhage from Mukundwadi, Aurangabad in Maharashtra was not born with such good fortune. Maharashtra is currently facing one of the worst drought situations the city has seen in the recent past, and Siddharth is bearing the brunt of the consequent acute water crisis in his hometown. © Getty Images Siddharth is a resident of a housing unit located in Nirmala Devi Nagar which houses 300 families, but the water supply in the area is basically non-existent. Like many others in his locality, Siddharth travels long distances to fetch cans of water that would aid his family's daily survival. Travelling close to 14 km daily, class 2 student Siddharth, with his two other companions, 12-year-old Ayesha and her younger sister 9-year-old Sakshi, board the train plying between Aurangabad-Hyderabad to fetch water from the taps of the railway station in Aurangabad. © BCCL Siddharth leaves his home at noon every day to board the Aurangabad-Hyderabad train from the Mukundwadi railway station. He then gets down at the Aurangabad City Junction to fill his cans with water from the railway taps installed along the railway lines. He boards the train back home and reaches home late in the evening after almost six hours of to and fro. © BCCL From waiting under a tree for the train to hopping on to it within minutes of its arrival with the heavy, water-filled cans and making a 14 km pilgrimage on a daily basis, the 10-year-old is the living example of what mindless wastage of water can do to the less privileged and impact the future we are trying to build for the next generation. © BCCL Let's take pity on the reality of so many of our countrymen and do our bit to preserve water, and bring this grave situation to the authorities' attention and push them into action. All of us deserve easy and free access to clean drinking water.
  2. Netflix India's latest offering 'Leila' starring Huma Qureshi hit our screens yesterday, and since the show was already pretty hyped-up with the trailer and plot looking very interesting, it was only natural that in less than 24 hours, a myriad of opinions would pop up once the show hit the air. The show is set up in a dystopian future, where a helpless mother is desperately looking for her lost daughter. The show has opened to rave reviews from a lot of peoplem, who are calling it a spine-chilling reality check. #Leila is a scary reality which might knock our doors in the near future. The need to create a better world for our future generations is more than ever. We shouldn't take clean water and air for granted anymore or else we won't have any left. @humasqureshi you were incredible. — Abheshek Garg (@LovelybonE_04) June 15, 2019 The freakiest part of #Leila for me is that the horrors shown are all happening already somewhere in the world...The policing of women's bodies, scarcity of water (those scenes ð±), food rations, fall of law and order, violence in the name of hyper-nationalism.. https://t.co/YGHHEk6WZL — Aliya Curmally (@filminista) June 15, 2019 The Dystopia depicted in the latest @NetflixIndia series #Leila is very Disturbing, Depressing & Disgusting. And in that disgust lies its strength. It is a warning sign for present generations to be careful with natural & ideological 'resources' or else witness mayhem in future. — Abhinav Saxena (@abhinavsaxena25) June 14, 2019 People are in awe of Huma Qureshi and everyone who put their hard work into making this show a success. Leila is the best work of Huma Qureshi.. I am spellbound with her impeccable performance.. Loved the series and hope the period shown in the series never comes.. @humasqureshi @NetflixIndia #leila netflix — Sneha (@beingsnehaa) June 14, 2019 One episode. ONE EPISODE is enough to shake you. Totally. I just hope it goes well ahead too. Wow @humasqureshi #Leila — υ∂αÒ¯ (@imuday02) June 14, 2019 However, there are many viewers who felt that the show was a little weak, in terms of depicting what it wanted to convey and also many felt the borrowed emotion from 'The Handmaid's Tale' to be quite evident . Just because something is controversial and bold, doesn't mean it's actually good#Leila is a copy of the show @HandmaidsOnHulu I have seen them both and I'd recommend skipping #Leila I also didn't like how political and communal they made it when they could've avoided it — ðððð ÙÙØ­ÙÙد ‎ ð­ððððð (@tysaa13) June 14, 2019 Watched ep 1 of #Leila on Netflix. It was quite pedestrian. Very thin direction and substance, poor special effects. All it seemed good for was to massage many people's sense of outrage against the hierarchical & purity-obsessed Indian/Hindu society. — Dhara (@dhar_aa) June 14, 2019 Waste of time..!!! So much hype they created. Seriously all she has is only one emotion throughout the series and nothing else. Or maybe her face is only capable of producing that one and only emotion. #Leila — à²à²¿à²°à²à²à³à²µà²¿ à²à³à²¡ (@Ljs6JuKBeB4wgTI) June 14, 2019 Also, some people feel that the show comes across a politically charged propaganda and is defaming certain religions and strata of the society. I have one question for @netflix When you create a dystopian world for the west, you show all kind of tech and cool guys shitting science and girls riding ð¦ But while creating a dystopian India, you show an entire community in bad light. WTF is #Leila No ð PATHETIC — BRAHMA (@BrahmaUbaach) June 14, 2019 Sheer propaganda nthng else, frm costumes to stereotypes #leila is just another way to show their bigotry. @NetflixIndia hv grt content but y they r stooping to this propaganda, can't undrstnd. If u wnt to see totalitarian nation see documentries on NKorea n saudi on netflix only — Mayank Dua (@MayankDua88) June 14, 2019 Just watched #Leila how disgusting u Morron guys see only one religion bed shame on u @humasqureshi @NetflixIndia — chowkidar sachin soni (@beingsachin_) June 14, 2019 It looks like 'Leila' is one of those shows which cannot be ignored and we feel that we should actually watch it to form an opinion about it. Sounds like an interesting weekend plan, what say?
  3. Forbes just dropped their annual and much-awaited list of the world's 100 most highly paid sportsmen in the year 2019 and while some of the rankings were obvious, others were straight-out shocking and gave a sense of reality about the fan-following of various sports both inside and outside of India. To begin with the list-toppers, Lionel Messi became the highest paid athlete in the world at a whopping $127 million, which is $18 million more than the second person on the list, Cristiano Ronaldo, followed by Brazil sensation, Neymar Jr. at $105 million. This makes it for the very first time that footballers have dominated the top three spots of such a list. Global soccer icon Lionel Messi is only the 2nd soccer player to rank No. 1 on Forbes' list of World's Highest-Paid Athletes, after longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/4cLyTSZHtT — Forbes (@Forbes) June 11, 2019 Other world-known sports celebrities to make it in the top 10 include names like Roger Federer (Rank 5; Pay $93.4 million), Lebron James (Rank 8; Pay $89 Million) and Stephen Curry (Rank 9; Pay $79.8 million). Moving past the traditional endorsement model in many cases, LeBron James is the 8th highest-paid athlete in the world, and the highest-paid NBA player pic.twitter.com/A2CW3RvGsy — Forbes (@Forbes) June 11, 2019 Some of the shocking rankings include Serena Williams who is not only considered the unofficial face of women's tennis but has a massive payout of $25 million, thanks to her sponsors like Nike, Gatorade and Wilson. Having said that, Williams has had a bad year on the court, resulting in her 2019 'salary' plummeting to $4.2 million and bringing her down to rank #63. Tied for the No. 63 spot with Miguel Cabrera, Serena Williams is the only female on this year's list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes pic.twitter.com/fkXrrAxMFX — Forbes (@Forbes) June 11, 2019 But to us Indians, the biggest disbelief probably came considering the ranking of the captain of the Indian cricket team and currently the best ODI batsman in the world, Virat Kohli who just made it to the Top 100, positioned dead last in the list at the 100th spot with the annual salary of $4 million and sponsorship worth $21 million, mounting his 2019 worth $25 million. Virat Kohli is the only cricketer among the forbes 2019 world's highest paid athletes.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/cExJKRrhvw — Akki (@akkiakki973798) June 11, 2019 Now, make no mistake, a year worth $25 million is a GOOD year and being named is the list of the world's most highly paid athletes has to be an honour in itself but the fact that Kohli is last on the list and is the only cricketer in the list, says a thousand words about the popularity of the game of cricket outside of India. While our nation has put the game of bat and ball on a pedestal and given birth to the money-minting business that the Indian Premier League has turned out to be, cricket is still nowhere as popular as sports like football or basketball worldwide and therefore, do not bring in many international sponsorships and bigger deals. Having said that while the Indian cricket team is doing well on their ICC World Cup 2019 journey, having defeated both their opponents, we would like to congratulate Virat Kohli on this feat. Also see: Top 5 Most Viewed Sports In The World
  4. Ayushmann Khurrana came, he saw and he conquered. He is one of those actors who has managed to achieve the status of a star despite being an outsider. His unconventional choices have always set him apart from all the others. He has had a track record of picking up subjects which somewhere show the mirror of the society that we are living in. Ayushmann's upcoming film, 'Article 15', is loosely based on the Badaun rape case where two girls were raped and hanged. © Zee Music Company The storyline is another proof of how our Indian cinema is changing for good. Ayushmann is seen as a police cop who has taken the charge of investigating the case and you would see the harsh reality through the trailer. Kya aap tayar hai farq laane ke liye?#Article15Trailer out at 4 PM@anubhavsinha @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub #KumudMishra @Ashishsverma @sirfgaurav #RonjiniChakraborty #SushilPandey #Shubrojyoti #AakashDhabade pic.twitter.com/ulAZCfsuyI — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 30, 2019 'Farq bahut kar liya, ab farq layenge' - The trailer does complete justice to the movie and we can't wait to see it on the big screen. The movie is all set to hit the screens on June 28 and the trailer has given us an insight into what the film has to offer. The film also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub. © Zee Music Company The film talks about Article 15 of the Indian Constitution that prohibits discrimination by the state against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, ***, and place of birth. Here, take a look at the trailer: We are wondering if the trailer is this impactful, how hard-hitting will the movie be? Here are 5 things we really liked about the trailer: 1. Ayushmann Khurrana has never disappointed us with his acting skills and we can say the same for this movie as well. He is seen in a completely different avatar. He has done many films that addressed social issues in a very light-hearted way. This time he has gone all out to address an issue which has been affecting our society in a serious way. He has surely raised the bar quite high. Iss Trailer Aur Baaki Trailers Mein 'Farq' Hai! Kya Aap Taiyaar Hain, Farq Ki Shuruwat Ke Liye?#Article15Trailer OUT NOW!#Article15 In Cinemas June 28 https://t.co/K6aHLTl92v@anubhavsinha #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany pic.twitter.com/9e43EJ6jR3 — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 30, 2019 2. The trailer shows the film has an engaging storyline and you would empathise with the pain of the victims and their families. We are way too curious to know how the case is solved by Ayushmann in the movie. 3. Not just Ayushmann Khurrana, but all other actors have kept their best foot forward, going by what we see in the trailer. The trailer shows us glimpses of all the great things that is in store for us. © Zee Music Company 4. There is a way that Anubhav Sinha tells his stories. If you have seen 'Mulk', you would surely have an idea. The reality is NOT moulded but presented in its naked state. 'Article 15' is of a similar nature and well, if you have liked movies like 'Gangaajal', then we can tell you this one is surely apt for you. धरà¥à¤® , नसà¥à¤² ,à¤à¤¾à¤¤à¤¿, लिà¤à¤ ,à¤à¤¨à¥à¤®à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤ à¤à¤¸à¤¾ मà¥à¤²à¥à¤ à¤à¤¹à¤¾à¤ à¤à¥à¤ भà¥à¤¦à¤­à¤¾à¤µ नहà¥à¤ हà¥à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¬ फ़रà¥à¤à¤¼ लाà¤à¤à¤à¥#Article15. Trailer - 30 Mayhttps://t.co/RFatJF63Mr@anubhavsinha @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub #KumudMishra @Ashishsverma @sirfgaurav pic.twitter.com/sgY5hx7Tv1 — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 27, 2019 5. The way the dialogues have been written will surely leave an indelible mark on you as a viewer. They are simple yet hard-hitting. Are you ready to face the harsh reality? Watch the trailer and let us know in your comments below.
  5. The day is finally here. The day of the final judgement, if you will, that is going to decide the fate of our beloved country for the next five years. Most national news channels have been up and running since 6 AM this morning, throwing out data and figures our way, from the recently concluded rounds of polling. © Twitter Now, as we gradually move towards the final rounds of counting, we have all these journalists and analysts charting the winning and losing trends for parties and candidates. As we write this, NDA seems to be inching closer towards the halfway mark in the Lok Sabha polls. However, it must also be kept in mind that initial trends have undergone changes, and the final result has turned out to be different. © Reuters Now, while the counting (and recounting) is going to go on for a while, we would like to trace our steps back a bit and recount the results of the exit polls that also hinted towards a NDA clean sweep in the Lok Sabha polls. While opposition and other regional parties maintained that the exit poll results were inconsequential, people felt they knew better than to believe them. However, there have been a few times when the exit polls and the actual results turned out to be completely different. Could that be the case this time? Read about these 5 incidents here. 1. Lok Sabha Elections 2004 © Getty Images During this time, BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee had dissolved the parliament early after winning three back-to-back state elections. The party hoped to win the re-election. Exit polls in that year suggested NDA would win with majority of 240-250 seats, but the final results saw them secure only 187 seats. 2. Lok Sabha Elections 2014 © Reuters The last Lok Sabha elections in the country showed a new inclination towards a NDA led government. Now, while the exit polls suggested that BJP might end up winning, nobody predicted that it would be a clean sweep for the Modi-led government. 3. Bihar Assembly Elections 2015 © Reuters The re-election held in 2015 for the Bihar assembly made it difficult to paint a clear picture of the winning party. No clear winners were declared and people almost thought a coalition or mixed-bag government was on the cards. Finally, RJD-JDU-Congress alliance took the trophy. 4. Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 © Reuters This became a national news and for obvious reasons. No one had seen a new party swipe out the stronghold of a national party such as Congress. Exit polls could never predict that Congress would end up losing every single vote to AAP. 5. UP Assembly Elections 2017 © Reuters During the UP assembly elections in 2017, the ruling Samajwadi Party formed an alliance with Congress, in the hopes of quashing BJP. Also, the exit polls predicted BJP will lose a lot of votes due to demonetisation. However, BJP ended up forming the government with a majority win. © Reuters While the counting of votes is still on-going for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, and in all honesty that trend seems to be veering towards an NDA-led government, what do you feel would be the final verdict? Will NDA win with a majority, will UPA bite the dust once again, or do you have other expectations? Let us know below.
  6. Spoilers. Kinda. Everything 'Avengers: Endgame' related has been a secret for the longest time, just because of how important of a movie it is. From manipulating the trailers to not even giving the actors entire scripts, the Russo Brothers did everything in their power to keep everything under wraps. But, there will always be rebels. This time, it was Chris Pratt. It's pretty understandable why no one would be allowed to film anything while on the set of the biggest Marvel movie ever, but obviously, the actors know how to sneak around and do something 'illegal'. Remember the whole 'Infinity War' is the biggest crossover ever? Well, it ain't got nothing on 'Endgame' because 'Infinity War' had all the actors, but the actors and their characters never shared any screen time together. Now, in 'Endgame', for people who've seen it, watched literally everyone come together and fight the giant purple grape. So, when they shot the final battle, it was probably the only time every MCU character was together and it's such a rare moment, of course. To remember that once-in-a-lifetime moment, Chris Pratt recorded a secret video of everyone on the set. View this post on Instagram I remember being blown away in this moment on the @avengers set. Nobody was allowed to film anything on their phones. I said screw it. No rule was going to stop me from seizing this once in a lifetime opportunity to capture this collection of stars, a groupthat likely will never be in the same room again. We are so blessed. A post shared by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:57am PDT Thank you, Chris, but sorry, you're still my least favourite Chris. Chris Evans being a cutie in the video will obviously take the top spot. He wrote in the caption, “I remember being blown away in this moment on the Avengers set. Nobody was allowed to film anything on their phones. I said screw it. No rule was going to stop me from seizing this once in a lifetime opportunity to capture this collection of stars, a group that likely will never be in the same room again. We are so blessed.” Even Evans agrees it's awesome. This is awesome. (I may or may not have stolen a few cool videos too) https://t.co/M9vaC4TWcx — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 29, 2019 Groot is impressed. And Nebula. Diplo being Diplo. And, then there's Thanos himself. Lastly, the best part of the video.
  7. “Oh, did you watch MS Dhoni enter the field last night to challenge the umpires?” “Oh! Oh! Ashwin 'mankaded' Ben Stokes and now, his English teammate, James Anderson shredded Ashwin's photo! OMG!” “Sunil Narine had evil plans to 'mankad' Virat Kohli but our hero was too smart for him.” C'mon @circleofcricket, that was such a cheap idea 4 likes 'n cmmnts. Change ur handle name 2 KillerOfCricket. NO #SunilNarine didn't try 4 a mankad. It was @imVkohli over reacting 'n being dramatic on d field 4 that. Love that some Narine give back to Kohlið#IPL @IPL #KKRvRCB pic.twitter.com/wL5QTuYl57 — Shan Kamarudheen (@ShanKamarudheen) April 19, 2019 *Sigh* With the kind of drama and plot twists the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League is producing, we might as well start calling the daily matches “episodes” of a cringey but superhit Indian soap opera that literally millions of people watch on a regular basis. Along with all the lights, the music, the dancing, leagues like these are most definitely making the sport a lot more exciting and with the T20 format taking over the world life wildfire, cricket has never been more popular amongst the younger generations. But, maybe that's not enough. They want people to talk about controversies and rowdy behaviour by the players and disrespecting the officials like highschool bullies. I was alive when I saw Dhoni angry. #RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/ZCawlEqqKA — Akash Jain (@akash207) April 11, 2019 The battles of “he said, she said” do not help either. Well respected men of cricket, people like Harsha Bhogle and Shane Warne are fighting on Twitter over something like Ashwin's 'mankading' just to add a tinch of masala to the piping hot mess this season is turning out to be. Harsha you are missing the point completely & I'm disappointed in you as you always push the spirit of the game - now you condone this behaviour ? Ashwin's actions were simply disgraceful, and I hope the BCCI doesn't condone this sort of behaviour in the #IPL ! #spiritofthegame https://t.co/BsIKDBN51X — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019 The point is that IPL is famous, yes. Cricketing fans from all over the world are glued to their smartphones and televisions to watch the four-hour-long matches on weekdays and double the amount on the weekends. The viewership and continued to grow through the years thanks to channels like Star Sports 1 Tamil and Jalsha Movies providing match commentary in the regional languages and the male-female contribution in the exponentially growing views has remained consistent, according to a report shared by the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India. In other words, business is good and that should be enough, right? So, what is the need to add such controversies and disputes to the sport?
  8. What were your first thoughts when you saw the silver screen come alive at the screening of 'Night At The Museum' back in 2006? That was something, wasn't it? The colossal museum and the myriad people and animals from the antiquities coming to life on-screen, and watching Ben Stiller trying to gather his semblance, almost made us wonder what would it be like to experience all that history with our very own eyes if given a chance. © 20th Century Fox Well, tell you what, we finally might have landed a chance to experience something similar, if not the same. Airbnb has teamed up with The Louvre in Paris and is giving a lucky winner the chance to win a 'Night with Mona Lisa'. Yes, you read that right. Here's What This Is All About © Wikipedia The Louvre Museum in Paris is the world's largest art museum and a historical monument in Paris. The museum is celebrating 30 years of the iconic glass pyramid aka the 'Louvre Pyramid' and is giving a lucky winner the chance to stay there! Read The Finer Details Here The stay is scheduled for Tuesday, 30th April, when the Louvre is usually closed. The winner gets to sleep under the pyramid in a “tent-like” bedroom, as well as enjoy a private tour of the museum. © Wikipedia Apart from all that, they will also be served boozy appetizers in a “living room” in front of the Mona Lisa painting, which will be followed by a privately-cooked dinner at the foot of the famous statue of the Venus de Milo. Later, the winner will also be taken to attend an acoustic music concert in the Napoleon III halls. Here's How You Can Try Your Luck © Instagram Sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity, doesn't it? Well, it sure is! So here is how you can give this a shot and try your luck. To enter the competition, all you have to do is answer “Why would you be the Mona Lisa's perfect guest?” Details of how to enter, and all the terms and conditions are on the Airbnb website or else you can simply head over to AirBnB's official Instagram page and click on the link given in the bio. Happy participating!
  9. Tonight's 'Koffee With Karan' will have two amazing actors who are a fresh breath of self-made success stories in this world of nepotism. Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao will be gracing our screens and the little snippet from the show has already got us excited. Next week's flavour of Koffee is completely unconventional. @karanjohar is in conversation with @bhumipednekar and @rajkummarrao. #KoffeeWithKaran pic.twitter.com/V15Tl4ELtV — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) January 20, 2019 While a lot of madness will unfold on the couch, here are a few things you can expect to unravel on the episode: 1. Rajkummar's Hidden Talents Sure, he is a handsome guy and a great actor but not many are aware that he consciously chooses his roles over money, he is a fantastic dancer and is also trained in martial arts. View this post on Instagram To all my brothers and friends & to the most amazing #Fukreys. #HappyFeet with @patralekhaa A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Dec 12, 2017 at 9:09pm PST 2. Bhumi's Struggles With Her On-Screen & Off-Screen Avatar Now the pretty actress has obviously surprised her fans with her choice of strong roles in movies like 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' and 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' so we have mostly seen her in home grown, 'desi' avatars. Bhumi will reveal some hilarious reactions she gets from her fans when she is out in public. She revealed that people are surprised to see her speak fluent English and it doesn't bother her at all because that means she did full justice to her characters. © Star World 3. Bhumi's Experience As An Assistant Director Not many are aware but Bhumi started her career as an AD in YRF and was behind the debuts and auditions of many successful actors today. She revealed on the show that she has auditioned the likes of Ranveer Singh, Kriti Sanon, Parineeti Chopra, and even Rajkummar Rao. She also revealed that she was impressed with Parineeti's audition for 'Ladies Vs Ricky Behl'. 4. Bhumi And Rajkummar's Take On Being An Outsider The two actors will debate on the favourite subject of nepotism and how was their respective struggle as an outsider in the show business. She started her journey as an AD while Rajkummar struggled to be an actor so naturally their perception was different as well. Bhumi expressed that she has never felt like an outsider and was always appreciated for her work. “I don't think it's got anything to do with where you belong. It's just the same thing as, when you start a new thing it's going to be alien at first and then eventually people are very accepting, they're so nice to me”. Rajkummar begged to differ and spoke about life post 'LSD'. “Probably if I was an insider, people would've pushed me more, that's the only thing I feel. People take time to notice you sometimes but talent speaks!” © Star World This is going to be one hot coffee brewing with a lot of exciting dope on our favourite actors.
  10. How was your first job? Here is a look at what we expect from our jobs and how it actually ends up. Yup, there's a huge difference
  11. AirPods have been a huge success for Apple and it seems like the company is bringing a brand new version of the wireless earphones soon. According to trademark filings and reports, the new AirPods will have more advanced features than the current generation. The filings were made from Hong Kong and Europe a few days ago, where new details about the next AirPods were leaked. © MensXP The filings were spotted by Patently Apple and the next version of AirPods are expected to have health-related features. The new features are expected to track and monitor heart rate via the biometric sensors inbuilt into the wireless earphones. The filing detailed the featured it may cover i.e.: “namely, health, fitness, exercise, and wellness sensors, monitors, speakers and displays for measuring, displaying, tracking, reporting, monitoring, storing, and transmitting biometric data, heart rate, body movement, and calories burned; hearing aids; medical apparatus and instruments; apparatus for use in medical analysis; testing apparatus for medical purposes; pulse meters; thermometers for medical purposes; spirometers [medical apparatus]; dental apparatus; heart rate monitoring apparatus; earplugs [ear protection devices]; feeding bottles; non-chemical contraceptives; hair prostheses; plaster bandages for orthopaedic purposes; suture materials.” © MensXP The new filing also mentions that there will be a mechanism to transmit biometric data such as heart rate, body movement and calories burned. According to the report, the AirPods will work closely with other Apple products such as the Apple Watch. We aren't entirely sure when Apple will launch the new AirPods, however, these filings make it extremely exciting thanks to the new features. There are other reports that suggest AirPods may also support noise-cancelling features which is a highly requested feature by AirPods users. Source: Patently Apple
  12. We already have smartphones out there that have 8GB of RAM and it is already considered an overkill. The OnePlus 6 and the Poco F1 are two smartphones that already offer 8GB of RAM. Even Samsung followed suit with the new Galaxy Note 9 and today it seems like they've all been beaten. © Youtube - The Verge TENAA, China's regulatory bodies that certify smartphones before their eventual launch, revealed a smartphone that will have 10GB of RAM. It's not a new smartphone but rather a new variant of a smartphone that has already been launched a few months ago. The Oppo Find X is coming with 10GB RAM and was spotted by GizmoChina. At the moment, there's no word when the smartphone will be released and there's no news whether this variant will make its way to India. © GizmoChina Having said that, it is probably the first smartphone that has that amount of memory under the hood. It definitely is an overkill as things stand today, as smartphones don't really need that amount of computing power. There are other rumours that suggest that OPPO's sister brand 'Vivo' may also be including a 10GB RAM in one of their upcoming smartphones. © BCCL To put things into perspective, laptops in the markets don't offer 10GB of RAM even today. A smartphone being able to achieve this feat is not only impressive but might set a precedent for future smartphones and other gadgets. In addition, this variant of the Find X also has 256GB of internal storage, that's more than the ROM on my laptop I'm currently typing this story on. Since the 'Find X' does not support expandable storage, the extra space is definitely an upgrade. Other specifications include the same Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 6.42-inch AMOLED screen and fast charging. The smartphone also has a mechanical sliding selfie camera that pops up each time you fire up the selfie camera. Would you buy a smartphone with 10GB RAM? Let us know in the comments below what you think about this smartphone. Source: GizmoChina
  13. Born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, Naomi Osaka was just 3 when her family moved to United States and began living with her paternal grandparents in Long Island. While she was too young to ascertain anything about life (let alone what she wanted to do after growing up), her father Leonard San Francois eventually took that decision for her. Osaka's dad was so impressed after watching Serena and Venus Williams play at the 1999 French Open that he immediately decided his daughters - Naomi and Mari (elder sibling) - were going to be professional tennis players, just like the successful duo of the American sisters. In order to make that dream come true, Osaka's father facilitated their family's move to South Florida where the two sisters received better training in tennis. Both, Naomi and Mari, honed their skills at Harold Solomon Institute (Florida Tennis SBT Academy) and ProWorld Tennis Academy. But, while both the sisters worked hard on their game, young Naomi emerged as the best bet in her family. © Reuters For a young girl who watched Serena play and idolised her while growing up, Naomi, on 7th September, found herself lost for words when asked about her feelings going into the US Open final against her idol. The 20-year-old edged past Madison Keys - a US Open finalist last year - 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals. In the process, Naomi didn't just realised her childhood dream of playing with her idol Serena, but she also became the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final. And, on 9th September, Naomi will also have the rare opportunity to etch her name in the history books as the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. But, the young tennis sensation is not bothered about that. She's just excited to play with Serena in the summit clash. “Of course it feels a little bit, like, surreal,” admitted Osaka, about reaching her first Grand Slam final. “Even when I was a little kid, I always dreamed that I would play Serena in a final of a Grand Slam. Just the fact that it's happening, I'm very happy about it. At the same time I feel like even though I should enjoy this moment, I should still think of it as another match. Yeah, I shouldn't really think of her as, like, my idol. I should just try to play her as an opponent,” she said. Naomi Osaka's message to Serena before they face each other in the US Open final? "I love you." ðð­ pic.twitter.com/B7m8FzJWjm — espnW (@espnW) September 7, 2018 When asked in the post-match on-court interview if she had any message to give her upcoming opponent, Osaka managed to say “I love you” before bursting into a fit of giggles. 13 break points saved...How did you do that? "I just really want to play Serena"@Naomi_Osaka_ ð#USOpen pic.twitter.com/rdTXNh4Ehx — US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018 Throughout the tournament, Osaka's on-court interviews have drawn almost as much attention as her brilliant run through it. When asked what motivated her to save 13 break points through the match against Keys, she said: “This is going to sound really bad, but I was just thinking I really want to play Serena”. On a serious note, Naomi will be heading into the final holding a 1-0 lead against Serena in their career meetings. However, that statistic will not carry much weightage since the Japanese's 6-3, 6-2 win at the Miami Open in March came in the first month of Serena's return from maternity leave. There was hardly any championship form on display from Serena in that game. For Serena, the US Open is familiar territory. The American tennis star has won six Grand Slams in her country, and if she succeeds to secure a seventh title triumph on Sunday, it'll break her tie with Chris Evert for most US Open wins in the Open era. © Reuters In the US Open final on Sunday, Serena will not only be eyeing her first title as a mother, but also the 24th Grand Slam of her illustrious career. If she manages to do so, Serena will draw even with Margaret Court - the Australian who currently holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles. But, while Serena will be chasing a rare piece of history, young Naomi - irrespective of the expectations - is just too excited to realise her dream of playing with her idol in a Grand Slam final.
  14. It was way back in the mid-90s when Indians got their first taste of reality TV and oh, what a memorable stint that was to behold for the audience! We're talking about 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' that was first aired in 1995 with Sonu Nigam as the host. People will tell you that this show was perhaps one of the most authentic shows that have made it to the idiot box, and served the purpose of both scouting young talents and entertaining the viewers all at the same time! However, in the last decade, the reality tv space has undergone gradual makeovers, rendering the shows more commercially viable by introducing not-so necessary elements to the shows, while the actual aim of airing these shows becomes secondary. via GIPHY But if you thought that's about it, you're wrong. There is a lot more that goes into the making of those teasers you watch on TV for these shows. An entirely varying algorithm works behind the scenes and only a handful come forward to share their first-hand experiences with an otherwise ignorant world. One such former participant, Nishant Kaushik, recently took to Twitter to share his experience on Indian Idol's 2012 auditions, which has presented the rather ugly side of Indian reality tv space. So Much Extra Right from having multiple hosts who tend to go overboard with the jokes and antics, to the judges that don't fit the bill as per the show's theme, as well as all the BTS drama that seems more than scripted in the first place, there's quite a bit we can do away with in these shows today. via GIPHY Kaushik's tweets go on to reveal just how much of it is messed up and all this inside scoop has left us feeling more than a little bamboozled. There's A LOT More Besides All That It started when Nishant decided to share his experience on the show in the form of a thread of tweets, and what followed wasn't something we were expecting to discover. Here's Nishant's first tweet: Brief, nonchalant thread about my auditioning experience at Indian Idol 2012 and why I think it is a perfect platform to destroy your dreams as opposed to its common perception as a breeding ground for talent. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 And so it began: I joined the queue at 7 AM. There were people who had arrived at 5 AM. Others who had camped overnight. False notion that early arrival = early audition. No one from the crew to dispel such notions. Gate opens 1 PM. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Imagine starting your day that early just for a chance to showcase your talent. That is what we'd call a lot of dedication right there. However, even when the gates opened and the participants thought their perils would come to an end, Nishant tells us that what they were met with instead, was mockery. Here: At 1 PM we were herded toward a stage on the school ground where the previous year's winner Shriram was lip syncing to Desi Boyz. A volunteer amongst us was sought to go and grab Shriram's feet mid-performance and shout "I wanna be Indian Idol!" Reward promised : early audition. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 With promises of "early auditions", one aspirant gave in to the temptation and thus began the retakes of staged gimmicks that continued late until 5 pm in the evening with no provisions for the gathered people except for a canister of water and one accessible toilet. During all this I met two interesting aspirants: one med rep from an Indian village I don't remember the name of, who dragged his right foot in a broken slipper. And another, who was blind in both eyes. And then I saw the crew make a merciless meal of both of these kind souls. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Nishant shared that when these two individuals were spotted by the crew they came with their cameras and mics to record their testimonies of struggle, which would serve as "meaty content" for the show's TRP. The crew even pestered a visually impaired man to come up with a sappy response to "what brings you here" and after he failed to do so, the crew crafted a reply for the guy themselves. At this point one of the aspirants lost his shit and stood up, demanding to see where the auditions were happening, to see the judges. One of the crew members charged up to him and slapped him. In front of thousands of people. SLAPPED.A.CONTESTANT. Yes this happened. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Finally, around 8 pm things started to move forward but there was still no sign of the auditions commencing anytime soon and when questioned, as you can see, participants were manhandled. Eventually, the crew started to hold voice screening process at random and chose the ones who sang horribly to go into a filming room where further mockery awaited them. That mockery went on. The judges relished that fellow's naivety, asking him to keep taking a pitch "higher and louder" till his voice turned into frail shrieks that sent them into peals of laughter. He came out in tears. Elsewhere in the corridor we heard of contestants fainting. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Nishant finally had the "luck" to clear three rounds before he got eliminated and he admits to having no qualms about it. Instead, he states that it made him happy to be finally going home. My summarized observation of Indian Idol was that it decorates and recognizes maybe 10 or less, very worthy participants annually. But en route it quashes a million people's hearts by disrespecting them, ridiculing and abusing them, denying them a conducive atmosphere to contest. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 The disillusionment was perhaps his prize and we're glad he chose to share these insights and inputs with us, because who knew that these shows, that have given the country some of its best talents and a platform to showcase that talent, could have so many hidden layers to them. True talent is rare. But every aspiring artist's pride stems from the encouragement it gets from its colleagues and friends and mohallawallahs and family. In those little nooks and crannies, each of them is a "star". Reality shows have no right to disrespect that. — Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) August 20, 2018 Right from labourers to participants, no one is spared by the crew and what most of them get after a long and tiring day of 'auditions' is to go back home feeling ridiculed and mocked for their shortcomings. While on their path to find the true talent, these shows often end up quashing dreams and destroying people's confidence for life, besides scarring their memories forever. We sincerely hope things change for the better, but that's something only time and perhaps another Nishant from the future can tell.
  15. Almost every man has nurtured a long-standing dream of owning a German machine, because, as we all know, it is an embodiment of engineering perfection. BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS are launched in India Given the way BMWs have been priced, owning a BMW Motorrad bike remains a distant dream for most. However, BMW just launched the long-awaited G 310 bikes, and our dreams don't seem so far-fetched anymore. Make Life A Ride with the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS BMW Motorrad has finally opened a new chapter in India with the launch of BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS and we couldn't be more excited. The BMW G 310 R is priced at INR 2.99 Lakh (ex-showroom) and the BMW G 310 GS at INR 3.25 Lakh (ex-showroom). They provide extreme comfort and uncompromising dynamics, and they are priced rightly for the pedigree they come with. What an exciting prospect it is for the BMW Motorrad in India to make a mark in the motorcycle industry! Here is everything you need to know about these exhilarating machines: An incredible EMI offers to ride them home BMW Motorrad India is making it easier for you to own your dream bike. With an attractive EMI of just Rs. 6,999 for the BMW G 310 R, here is an offer you just can't resist. Similarly, you can ride home the BMW G 310 GS for Rs. 7,999 EMI. Easier to realize the German motorcycle dream than ever before, right? BMW Motorrad India is providing 3 years of unlimited kilometres warranty, which means we expect it to live up to the BMW class and standards. And considering the BMW pedigree, these motorcycles can deliver the best performance and ensure a thrilling experience. The sense of adventure can be felt on every surface of the BMW G 310 GS For the adventurer in you, the BMW G 310 GS is the ideal bike. Robust and diverse, BMW G 310 GS provides the renowned GS ergonomics, essence and biking spirit, guaranteeing an intensive riding enjoyment on any surface. Also, with the fresh and striking colour variations - Pearl White Metallic, Cosmic Black, and Racing Red, you will attract everyone's gaze in the urban jungle. The handlebars, footrests and operating elements are arranged in a balanced way, thus, making for an excellent rider positioning. The BMW G 310 GS is unmatched in what it offers, with a mixture of excellent craftsmanship, supreme comfort and robustness. The BMW G 310 R is lightweight yet a real powerhouse Now for the Roadster - BMW G 310 R, it is crafted for pulsing cities and for all those who simply love riding motorcycles on the street. It is a lightweight bike, manoeuvrable, easy to handle and totally sporty. Offering 34 Bhp, it belts out ample power from its 313 cc engine. With a powerful headlight, dynamic fuel tank trim and proper roadster proportions, it is subtle and understated, yet makes its presence felt. The gold anodised fork and brake caliper emphasise the high-quality workmanship of the machine. You'll immediately feel at home on the BMW G 310 R. All we can say is, hop onto the motorcycle and get ready to zip past the city traffic and take on the winding roads effortlessly. Just like the GS, the BMW G 310 R is also available in Style HP (Pearl White Metallic), Cosmic Black, and Racing Red. Good looks unmistakably run in the BMW Motorrad family. All-in-all, these motorcycles have effective colour combinations coupled with exquisite craftsmanship, giving them a special allure. And what makes them stand out from the rest is the fact that the quality you get in India, is the same as that you'd get all over the world. BMW Motorrad specialists and engineers have been crafting near-perfect, made-to-measure technical solutions and innovations in motorcycling for almost 90 years. And the new BMW G 310 R and the BMW G 310 GS are a testament to that legacy. So, when are you planning to get your own and make your life a ride to remember?
  16. I'm pretty sure if given an opportunity, no one in this world would ever pass up the chance to go to space, no one. But, space exploration is not that much of a reality yet, and it just reminds me of this one Tumblr post. Very relatable, of course. But, space travel might be possible soon, and when I say soon, I mean in just a couple of years. And, of course, the world's richest man will probably make it happen. Reportedly, Jeff Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin, plans to start charging interested passengers for its first trips into space next year and the price will be about $200,000 to $300,000, or Rs. 1.36 crore to 2.05 crore. So cheap, right? That's such a bargain, I'm so impressed by Jeff. Reuters Okay, all jokes aside, space travel is such a cool thing, so obviously you'll have to pay a lot, A LOT, for it. People who were waiting for the cost of a ticket – and who can actually afford it – on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle finally have some answers through two anonymous sources, who are employees of Blue Origin. Last month, executives of the company shared at a business conference that they are planning test flights with passengers on the New Shepard soon, and then will start selling the tickets next year. Reuters According to Reuters, the New Shepard is “designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth into suborbital space, high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet before the pressurized capsule returns to earth under parachutes.” Reuters Apparently, Blue Origin has already completed eight test flights on New Shepard of the vertical take-off and landing, but none of them had any passengers aboard. But, two of the tests did have a test dummy named “Mannequin Skywalker.” Tbh, I prefer the name, Starman. The only thing left to see now, is who will win the race for space travel – Elon Musk, Richard Branson or Jeff Bezos. Source – Reuters
  17. Urooj Butt

    You; my only reality

    That moment, when a comet will cross the night sky and our souls will meet one an other, a light will shine within the dark sky, turning the night into a day. That moment when our gazes will meet, fairies will make their presence real. And then, when no boundries will be between us, even the stars and the moon itself will be jealous of the brightness of our unique love. You; My only reality. Me; your only solace... ~ Aphrodite
  18. waqas dar

    Reality of love-mohabbat

    ایک غریب کسان کی شادی نہایت حسین و جمیل عورت سے ہو گئی۔ اُس عورت کے حُسن کی سب سے بڑی وجہ لمبے گھنے سیاہ بال تھے، جن کی فکر صرف اُسے ہی نہیں بلکہ اُن دونوں کو رہتی تھی۔ ایک دِن کسان کی بیوی نے اپنے شوہر سے کہا کہ، "کل واپسی پر آتے ہوئے راستے میں دُکان سے ایک کنگھی تو لیتےآنا، کیونکہ بالوں کو لمبے اور گھنے رکھنے کیلئے اُنہیں بنانا سنوارنا بہت ضروری ہے۔ اور پھر میں کتنے دِن ہمسائیوں سے کنگھی منگواتی رہونگی۔۔۔؟" غریب کسان نے اپنی بیوی سے معذرت کر لی اور بولا، "بیگم! میری تو اپنی گھڑی کا سٹرایپ کافی دِنوں سے ٹوٹا ہوا ہے، میرے پاس اتنے پیسے نہیں ہیں کہ اُسے ٹھیک کروا سکوں، تو میں بھلا کنگھی کیسے لا سکتا ہوں۔ تم کچھ دِن مزید ہمسائیوں کی کنگھی سے گزارا کرو، جب پیسے ہونگے تو لے آونگا۔۔۔!" بیوی اپنے شوہر کی مجبوری کو سمجھ رہی تھی اِس لیے زیادہ تکرار نہیں کیا۔ کسان نے اُس وقت تو بیوی کو چپ کروا دیا، لیکن پھر اندر ہی اندر اپنے آپ کو کوسنے لگا کہ، میں بھی کتنا بدبخت ہوں کہ اپنی بیگم کی ایک چھوٹی سی خواہش بھی پوری نہیں کر سکتا۔ دوسرے دِن کھیتوں سے واپسی پر کسان ایک گھڑیوں کی دُکان پر گیا اور اپنی ٹوٹی ہوئی گھڑی اونے پونے داموں بیچی اور اُس سے ملنے والے پیسوں سے ایک اچھی سی کنگھی خریدی اور بڑی راز داری سے چھپا کر گھر کی طرف روانہ ہوا۔ اُس نے سوچا گھر جا کر بیوی کو سرپرائز دونگا تو وہ بہت خوش ہوگی۔ جب وہ گھر گیا تو کیا دیکھا اُسکی بیوی نے اپنے لمبے بال کٹوا دئیے تھے۔ اور مسکراتے ہوئے اُسکی طرف دیکھ رہی تھی۔ کسان نے حیرت سے پوچھا، "بیگم! یہ کیا کیا تمنے اپنے بال کیوں کٹوا دئیے، پتہ ہے وہ تمہارے اُوپر کتنے خوبصورت لگتے تھے۔۔۔؟" بیگم بولی، "میرے سرتاج! کل جب آپ نے کہا کہ آپکے پاس گھڑی ٹھیک کروانے کے پیسے بھی نہیں ہیں تو میں بہت افسردہ ہو گئی۔ چنانچہ آج میں قریب کے بیوٹی پارلر پر گئی تھی، وہاں اپنے بال بیچ کر آپکے لیے یہ ایک گھڑی لائی ہوں۔۔۔!" جب کسان نے اُسے کنگھی دیکھائی تو فرطِ جذبات میں دونوں کی آنکھیں نم ہو گئیں محبت صرف کچھ دینے اور لینے کو ہی نہیں کہتے، بلکہ محبت ایک قربانی اور ایثار کا نام ہے جس میں اکثر اپنی خواہشات اور جذبات کو صرف اِس لیے قربان کر دیا جاتا ہے تاکہ رشتوں کا تقدس اور احترام برقرار رہے۔
  19. Its a complete article in Urdu on Shab-e-Barat. When you read this article you will understand what is a reality about Shab e barat ( 15th of Shuban). This article is written according to Quran and Sahi Hadiths. Read this Knowledgeable article in Urdu. Some of the Hadiths about Shab e Barat are spread in Muslim Umah. What is the reality of these Hadiths, read in this article. A lot of biddah's are spread in Muslim community about shab e Barat. Shab e barat ki Haqeqat kiya hay. ore Shab e barat main jo bidatan aam ho choki han on k baray main iss article main parhan. Shab e barat k baray main ak complete article parhan ore apnay doston ko bi parhain. Shab-e-Barat k baray main jo Hadeesan phal choki han un ki Haqeqat kiya hay. ore jo rasman Shab e barat main aam ho choki han un k baray main Islam kiya kahta hay. Islam sirf ore sirf Quran ore Hadith ka Naam hay. Hamain har kam karnay say pahlay soch lana chahiay k, kiya yeh kam Quran wa Hadith say Sabeet bi hay ya nai. Allah hamain bidaat say Bachay Aamen.
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