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  1. The Family Man 2 has been a popular subject on the internet lately, with many attributing its rawness and relatability as prime reasons for its virality. Manoj Bajpayee’s Srikant Tiwari in particular has received widespread acclaim. In Season 2, Srikant experiences a paradigm shift where he enters the corporate world; a different kind of challenge for our protagonist. As expected, this change results in him facing certain difficulties. A scene that stood out from The Family Man 2 involved Sri and his wife Suchi (Priyamani) paying a visit to their therapist. © Prime Video Divija Bhasin, a counselling psychologist and popular internet personality, reacted to this scene for her followers on Instagram. She does commend the makers for capturing Sri’s hesitance at undergoing therapy accurately. For a society still figuring out the universe of mental health, hesitant clients aren’t unheard of. She correctly points out the underwhelming portrayal of the therapist as well. From the character’s lazy efforts at building rapport to his insistence on talking about topics his client is visibly uncomfortable with. Actual therapeutic advice does not sound like pop-quotes that one finds outside corporate washrooms. You can check the video out here. View this post on Instagram We caught up with Divija and asked her a couple of questions on the role and importance of movies and TV shows in raising awareness around the subject of mental health. What is the role of movies and TV shows in sensitizing the audience to the world of mental health?“Movies and TV shows play a huge role in changing the way people think about mental health. You might not realise that you’re getting influenced but every time you watch any form of media, it reinforces your way of thinking. For instance, if you see a movie where a therapist is shown negatively you might associate those negative traits to all therapists without realizing it. If mental health professionals are shown in a realistic manner, there’s a higher chance of you getting open to the idea of going to one. Similarly, if certain mental illnesses are trivialized or romanticised, you’ll start having similar opinions about them without realizing that they came from these movies/TV shows. TV shows and movies are as important as books when it comes to learning and unlearning ideas. It’s not just entertainment.” © Prime Video What would be three suggestions you’d give to someone who’s approaching therapy for the first time?- Make sure to check the qualifications of the therapist (they should have at least an MA in Psychology). - Do your research and be aware about the red flags to look for in a therapist so you know if the one you’re planning to see is good or not - Be mentally prepared that it might take a few sessions for you to feel better and see results. Could you name a few movies or TV shows where you feel the experience of therapy has been shown positively?- Good Will Hunting - Dear Zindagi - It’s Kind Of A Funny Story - Big Little Lies © Dharma Productions What would you say to encourage people who have been burned by their initial experiences with therapy?“There are all kinds of therapists out there. A therapist who might work for you might not work for someone else (This often happens in the case of doctors as well). It’s all about finding the right fit. It’s normal to feel discouraged if your first experience with a therapist has been bad. You can take some time off and once you feel that you are ready again, give it another shot with a new therapist.” Considering the taboo that has traditionally been associated with the subject of mental health, its depiction to an impressionable audience needs to be done responsibly by the stakeholders involved. It is important to discuss these subjects in TV shows and movies, and pop culture in general, but such should be done with the required nuance and sensitivity. View the full article
  2. OnePlus is trying its hand at budget smartphones for the second time with the Nord CE, which I’ve been using for quite some time. While the phone does get everything right on paper, the story is a little different when you consider the overall Indian smartphone market. The successor to the first Nord isn’t really an upgrade that users would be willing to spend on. It’s more of the same by OnePlus which may impress first-time buyers but raise even more doubt amongst customers who look at other choices. Here’s what I think about the OnePlus Nord CE after using it for over ten days: Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When you hold the Nord CE, you will first doubt that it’s even a OnePlus phone. That’s because the device is lighter than its predecessor and uses a body that would find on smartphones priced half the value. The polycarbonate body on the OnePlus Nord CE isn’t of the best quality and can easily break if dropped from a waist-level height. Staple OnePlus features like the notification slider are missing while it does come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It really is a stripped out version of a OnePlus smartphone that only offers the ‘Core Experience’. I still prefer last year’s OnePlus Nord simply because it was a cheaper device that retained OnePlus’ identity. However in CE’s case; I cannot say the same. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Nord comes with a 6.4-inch Fluid AMOLED display that is roughly the same panel as its predecessor. At least in the display department OnePlus did not sacrifice the quality as the panel presented a vivid, colourful and sharp image. While it’s not on the same level as OnePlus flagship phones, it’s still amongst the best you will find in a smartphone that costs between Rs 20,000 - Rs 30,000. The display also supports a 90Hz refresh rate which works exactly as it would on the flagship devices. The overall experience was ultra-smooth where animations were snappy and I did not notice any stuttering or throttling. Overall, I was quite satisfied with the display which is a huge contrast to how I feel about the rest of the phone. CamerasThe OnePlus Nord CE’s camera is not entirely what I expected. The image quality from the smartphone at times looked great while other times it didn’t really live up to OnePlus’ own standards. There were instances where images had white balancing issues even after an update that was said to fix it. The CE comes with a 64MP primary sensor ultra-wide sensor that has a field of view of 119-degrees and a mono lens. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The camera also struggled to focus on objects especially in low light which made it unusable most of the time. In daylight, the Nord CE camera does take good images but it’s nothing that would command a price tag the Nord CE wants to. I’ve used cheaper budget smartphones by Xiaomi, Poco and other companies that do a better job than the Nord CE. In my honest opinion, OnePlus really needs to work on the camera app and improve its imaging quality for more consistent quality. As of now, the 64MP does not deliver quality images which may change in the future, if OnePlus fixes the camera app via updates. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The OnePlus Nord CE also supports NightScape photography which works better than it did on its predecessor. It’s not at par with the OnePlus 9 series which was expected since the Nord CE is OnePlus’ budget offering for 2021. Having said that, there is still room for improvement and to bring it to par with other smartphones in the same price category. Here are some camera samples from the OnePlus Nord CE for your reference. Performance and Battery Life The Nord CE is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G chipset that isn’t much of an upgrade from last year’s Nord’s hardware. The 750G in almost every scene is not even a significant upgrade from Nord’s Snapdragon 765G SoC. The 750G has a lower clock speed and does not offer a significant improvement in GPU performance. In fact, in games like Genshin Impact, Free Fire and other competitive games, there’s an overall gain of only 1 FPS. Having said that, the 750G does have better CPU performance which resulted in the Nord giving a Geekbench 5 result of 638 (single-core) and 1735 (multi-core). © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of real-life usage, the OnePlus Nord CE works like a charm and does not falter when doing daily tasks. The phone rarely throttles and I did not notice any app crashes during my usage. For an average user, the OnePlus Nord CE does everything you expect it to do. In gaming, even though there isn’t a significant performance gain, it still manages to run most games smoothly with less frequent frame rate drops. However, I do recommend running competitive games in medium settings to conserve battery life and get good frames. The OnePlus Nord CE comes with a 4,500 mAh battery that can get fully charged in under an hour as it supports Warp Charge 30T. In my usage, the smartphone lasted well over an entire day with moderate usage however it is necessary to point out that I’m stuck at home connected to Wi-Fi. There will be a little drop in battery life when used with a mobile network. Software: OxygenOS 11 The Nord CE ships with OxygenOS 11 out of the box which has almost all of your favourite features from the main flagship phones. Features such as Zen Mode, AOD, Reading Mode and other features make a return. It also has all of the customisation options intact and offers the full experience you want from a OnePlus device. The Final Say The OnePlus Nord CE is a cheaper version of a device that already exists. In fact, the company has not lived up to its name and instead delivered a smartphone that does not represent the brand well. The build quality is cheaper than its predecessor and it doesn’t offer any significant upgrades either. If you are willing to spend a bit extra, you’re better off getting last year’s OnePlus Nord instead of the CE. If you are a first-time buyer who isn’t looking to spend too much, the Nord CE is a great starting point for Rs 22,999. View the full article
  3. This is not just a review. Besides talking about the much hyped #FriendsReunion, Zain and Shubham also address the recent calling out of problematic tweets by comedians & influencers, cancel culture and more. For more honest reviews, stay tuned to MensXP. View the full article
  4. The death of wrestler Sagar Rana went on to kickstart the entire investigation of two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who went absconding on the same night as the victim he had beaten ruthlessly with a stick, lost his life. Since then, the narrative has been about how Kumar managed to dodge the police for over two weeks, how he got rid of the evidence which made the job of the law-enforcers exponentially difficult, how the video of him in the act of violence is not enough to convict him, how he got involved with some of the most dangerous gangsters in the Delhi-NCR region, and how the murder-accused has started making grand demands like protein shake and a “wrestler's diet” inside the jail as he continues to prepare for the Toyko Olympics behind bars. Now, a new angle has been added to the entire row, in which a Uranian woman has become of extreme importance to the police in the case against the 38-year old wrestler and the murder of Rana for which he has been accused. According to a Times of India report, the Delhi police are now looking for a Ukrainian woman who is reportedly central to the rivalry between Kumar and Rana and is believed to have the knowledge of why and how things got so bitter between the two wrestlers so quickly. Sushil Kumar (face wrapped in a towel) arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell this morning. pic.twitter.com/Pc5DiLd2yx — Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) May 23, 2021 Allegedly, the woman would visit Kumar’s Model Town apartment frequently in his absence but none of the people who are currently involved in this investigation have a clue about her whereabouts. The report explains that the narrative may be around how Ajay Kumar, Sushil’s associate, developed a liking for the Ukrainian lady - who was friends with Amit and Sonu Mahal, whom Sushil had alongside Rana on the night of May 4. View this post on Instagram Ajay allegedly misbehaved with her and even clicked a selfie during her birthday party which led to a verbal altercation between Mahaal and Rana on one side, while Ajay and later Sushil on the other. An angry Sushil Kumar would then order Rana and Mahaal to vacate the flat and upon resistance, he ended up making the final move by kidnapping Rana and his friends, keeping them hostage for a night and literally beating one of them to death (although he says his intention was only to terrify him, and not kill him). View the full article
  5. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information & Technology has summoned micro-blogging social media giant Twitter to appear before them on June 18th. Twitter has been summoned to discuss how the platform is working towards “safeguarding citizens’ rights & prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in digital space.” Twitter is being summoned "to hear the views of representatives of Twitter followed by evidence of representatives Electronics Technology 'Safeguarding citizens' rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space'," the Parliamentary Panel agenda read. © Twitter/MyGovIndia Twitter was given a final notice recently by India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to comply with India’s new IT rules. It is noted that despite repeated letters from the ministry, Twitter had failed to provide adequate clarifications," MeitY said in a letter to Twitter. While Twitter has reassured that it will be complying with India’s new IT rules, the company missed the May 25 deadline and sought amendments to the rules. Twitter announced on June 9th the appointment of a Nodal officer and a Resident Grievance Officer. The company has now also said that it will be making all efforts to comply with the new IT rules but requires more time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. © Pexels/solen-feyissa The new IT rules by India has seen contention from the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter due to privacy concerns and freedom of speech. The new rules will allow the Government to direct intermediaries to remove objectionable or offensive content within 24 hours of receiving the complaint. The new rules extend to other forms of the offensive contest such as partial or full nudity, sexual act, and morphed images. The new meeting by the parliamentary committee will try to find out the reason behind stopping Twitter from complying with the new IT rules, according to ANI. "We want to know which limitations are preventing Twitter to follow the rules made by the country or Twitter will adopt," a panel member told ANI. View the full article
  6. Some Microsoft employees chose to sleep in the software company’s data centres during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. While most of Microsoft’s employees worked from home after the breakout, some employees were so important that they had to work on-site. Microsoft has several data centres that contain servers for online services like Microsoft Teams, Skype, Xbox Live and other cloud-related infrastructure for third party customers. Essentially, Microsoft workers slept at data centres so that we could enjoy these services while stuck at home. © Microsoft Speaking to CNBC, Kristen Roby Dimlow, corporate vice president for total rewards, performance and human resources business insights, said “I heard amazing stories about people actually sleeping in data centres,” “In certain countries, there was huge lockdown, and so we would have our own employees choose to sleep in the data centre because they were worried they’d get stuck at a roadblock, trying to go home.” Data centres aren’t the ideal place for someone to sleep as hot air dissipated from servers and cold air comes from cooling units to prevent the servers from overheating. It's not known where exactly Microsoft employees slept and how many. © Reuters Having said that, employees were allowed to work from home if they needed and felt anxious coming to data centres. Employees were also provided transportation to and from these data centres and were allowed to stay in hotels. “We had to in some cases go to shift work, day and night, to get the work done within the same schedule,” Walsh said. Microsoft is now introducing flexible working for most of its 160,000 employees around the world. The new policy will let employees spend less than half their week working remotely without manager approval. Microsoft also installed eye-level cameras in meeting rooms so that people can make eye contact with their virtual teammates. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella has already said that he believed most employees would still want a desk in physical offices, rather than working from home permanently. However, the company said that employees who returned to the office in spring 2021 are spending much less time than they did before the pandemic. View the full article
  7. Anne Hathaway got her most successful film The Devil Wears Prada with persistence, making it an example
  8. Meghan Trainor gets candid about the strength she found within herself after embracing motherhood
  9. When one mentions the term Sarkari Naukri, most people will picture the quintessential government employee from that famous series Office Office starring Pankaj Kapur as Mr Mussadi Lal, who is an aam admi facing the wrath of people working in a government office. Trust me, we all have grown up listening to the tales of how an uncle employed in the LIC or the SBI is enjoying the perks even after retirement and that a corporate job will never give you that kind of respect which comes with a government job. However, there is more to this tag than mere white-collar jobs requiring you to sit at a desk and work from 9 to 5. Here are some high-risk government jobs which are not just cool but extremely rewarding for anyone who dares to take them up: 1. RAW Agent © BCCL We all have watched enough movies to get an idea of how the life of a secret agent or an undercover cop is layered with risks. While the adrenaline rush is an advantage for some, this job is extremely tough and requires you to risk your life in the name of national security. 2. DRDO Researcher © DRDO Not all engineers go to IIM’s or land up a software job. Some of them have the passion to do some mad research and contribute to the country’s military technology and that’s where this dynamic profile comes into place. The risk is not physical as such but your research contributes to the future of technology so, naturally, the recruitment process is tough. 3. ISRO Scientist © TOI Another extremely high potential and risky government job out there. ISRO is the national space agency and the reason behind India’s success in the space technology world. Being a scientist here means you carry a lot of trade secrets and while that’s thrilling, it is an extremely rewarding service to contribute towards the country’s bright future. 4. The Armed Forces © Twitter No amount of justification can probably explain the daring and the risky nature of this commendable job which constitutes not just the Indian Army, but our Navy, Air Force and even our brave coast guards. The wonderful brave defence personnel who are working day and night for the protection of this country are the very reason we get to sleep in peace. 5. Forest Ranger © YouTube This government profession is also for the daring at heart. As the name suggests, your job as a forest ranger mostly consists of you guarding and protecting the flora and fauna, the wildlife and even the tribal life of the area designated to you. One needs to hold a bachelor's degree in a field related to Zoology, Agriculture, Botany or anything from this field and clear the Forest Reserve exam ( both written and physical). You get to live in the lap of Mother Nature, travel to lands restricted to the general public, while protecting the land at the same time. 6. Intelligence Bureau Officer © Twitter Another important government job related to the field of national security, an IB officer’s duty includes staying vigilant 24*7, making plans to keep our country safe from outside terror activities and threats and predict future attacks. 7. Archaeologist © Twitter_joseph T Noony One needs to clear the UPSC exam to be recruited by the ASI and work as an archaeologist in India. The main risk that one faces is saving the origins of any piece of the history they touch or research. This is a very satisfying government job for people who are passionate about human history and wish to contribute to this field. View the full article
  10. Investigative mystery shows work for most of us on so many different levels. © Netflix First, they allow us, the viewers to play the detectives, like most investigative shows. Plus, they also scratch the itch that we have for a good thriller story that is shrouded in mystery. Whether you pick literature, cinema, TV shows or web series, this is a formula that has always worked. © HBO These are shows that keep you engrossed, that just grab onto you and keep your attention hooked. A really well made investigative mystery show like the Mindhunter will always find a cult following. © Universal Television Distribution Here are 6 investigative mystery shows that are, simply put, brilliant in every sense of the word. Almost as good, if not better, than Mindhunter: 1. Freud You’re literally watching Sigmund Freud, as an amateur detective, who’s investigating a spat of murders and disappearances. As if that wasn’t cool enough, we see Freud get entangled with a ‘psychic’ and some occult. Think Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows but on a better budget and shot in Vienna. 2. The Alienist If you haven’t watched the Alienist, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. The show is masterfully made and has a very gripping story. You follow a group of amateur detectives (one’s a psychiatrist, one’s a cartoonist in a newspaper, and one’s a secretary) through the New York of the 1890s as they try and solve a murderer who kills young prostitute boys. The second season is just as gripping, so you’re sorted for a whole weekend’s worth of binge. 3. Broadchurch Now, this is a show that not a lot of people are aware of, but if you are one of the few people who have actually watched this show in its entirety, you have great taste. This is one of the best British television shows ever made, that’s just a fact. Of course, visually, the show is stunning. The story and the character development between each season is phenomenal. If you haven’t watched this yet, do yourself a favour and, watch it as soon as you can. 4. The Killing The Killing is again one of those investigative mystery shows that follows all the classic tropes. With that being said, the story feels very fresh. Do keep in mind, that this one is a little slow-paced at times. However, the show is absolutely worth a watch. 5. The Sinner As opposed to most investigative mystery shows, which explore the ‘who’ of the crime, as in “whodunnit,” The Sinner investigates the why. And don’t assume that these are your run of the mill criminals, they’re not. Instead, we get to see a series of very ordinary people, murdering, looting and committing some of the most heinous crimes, without any memory of them doing it. Seriously, this is a show that will keep you hooked till the very end. 6. Maigret Maigret is not suited for everyone. This is very slow-paced, and it does test your patience if you’re only interested in the story. The show has many nuances about class, gender, and a number of socio-political issues. But at its core, it is an investigative mystery. Also, this is a great reminder for everyone who knows Rowan Atkinson just for his character Mr Bean. The range that the actor has is phenomenal. 7. True Detective Come on, you don’t expect us to have to explain to you why this is on the list, now, do you? This is hands down the best show on the list, especially if you’re one of those fans who only consider the first season. Don’t get us wrong, the other two seasons are phenomenally made and are definitely worth a watch. But they don’t hold a candle to the first season. Actually, nothing does. Also, if you aren’t in awe of Matthew McConaughey after watching this show, get yourself tested, there’s something seriously wrong with you. Which of these shows do you think is the best of the lot, and maybe even better than Mindhunter? Think there’s a show that we missed out here? Do let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  11. Ashutosh Gowarikar's movie Lagaan has been exceptional for many reasons. Even after being around for two decades, the cult movie still continues to rule our hearts. Aamir Khan's film made history in India and was also nominated for the Best Foreign Film category in 2002 for Oscars. While these are just some facts about the movie, another exciting thing is the cast's salaries. As we celebrate 20 years of Lagaan, let's take a quick look at the remuneration of the actors: 1. Aamir Khan as Bhuvan © Instagram/Aamir Khan Aamir Khan played the prominent role of Bhuvan in Lagaan. Bhuvan forms a cricket team in the village and teaches them to play the game to save the villagers from the cruelty of the tax. His character as Bhuvan is one of his best performances to date. As for his salary, he earned Rs 35 lakhs for this film. 2. Gracy Singh as Gauri © Aamir Khan Productions Gracy Singh floored us with her acting skills in Lagaan. The simple-looking village girl is Bhuvan's love interest in the movie. As for her salary, she took home Rs 8 Lakhs. Lagaan was Gracy's debut movie. 3. Yashpal Sharma as Lakha © Aamir Khan Productions Lakha plays the role of a woodcutter in the movie who likes Gauri. But due to her interest in Bhuvan, Lakha tries to disrupt Bhuvan's game. As the movie clocks 20 years, Yashpal recalled earning Rs 2 Lakh, whereas he would have settled for Rs 20,000 as well for the film. 4. Rachel Shelley as Elizabeth © Aamir Khan Productions Rachel Shelley plays the role of a white British woman named Elizabeth in Lagaan. She helps Bhuvan and his cricket team win against Captain Andrew Russell. She also falls in love with Bhuvan but eventually moves back to England. Her fee for Lagaan was Rs 5 Lakhs. 5. Paul Blackthorne as Captain Russell © Aamir Khan Productions The primary antagonist or villain of the movie, Paul, played the role of Captain Russell impeccably. As for his part, Paul charged Rs 7 Lakhs for the film, which is one of the highest after Aamir and Gracy Singh's pay. 6. Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Raja Puran Singh © Wikipedia Kulbhushan Kharbanda played the role of Raja Puran Singh, who tries to reason with the British captain to save the drought-stricken village. He gave quite a power-packed performance for the movie and charged Rs 3 Lakhs as his fee. 7. Suhasini Mulay as Yashodhama © Wikipedia The famous Marathi actor Suhasini Mulay played the role of Yashodhama. She is shown as Bhuvan's mother in the movie. As for her salary, she reportedly got around Rs 2 Lakhs for the film. 8. Raj Zutshi as Ismail © Wikipedia Known as the calm-headed cricketer of the team, Raj Zutshi essayed the role of Ismail quite fantastically. Despite getting injured, he continues to play the game. As for his fee, he charged Rs 2 Lakh. 9. Akhilendra Mishra as Arjan © Aamir Khan Productions Known to have given some of the best performances in Bollywood, Akhilendra's role as Arjan left us spellbound. Speaking of his fee, he got Rs 3 Lakhs. 10. Rajendra Gupta as Mukhiya Ji © IMDb Rajendra Gupta played the role of Mukhiya Ji in the movie, the village headman of Champaner. He charged Rs 1.5 Lakh. 11. Raghubir Yadav as Bhura © Aamir Khan Productions Even though no one was a master in cricket on the field, Bhura's decision-making skills made him a good player. As for his fee, it was Rs 2 Lakhs. 12. Pradeep Rawat as Deva Singh © Wikipedia Known as one of the best strategists in the team, Pradeep enacted the role of Deva Singh in a convincing manner. As for his remuneration for Lagaan, he got Rs 2 Lakh. 13. Aditya Lakhia as Kachra © Aamir Khan Productions We know who helped seal the deal at the end of the match. Kachra is shown as a socially rejected player, but the spinner takes the hattrick and plays a crucial role in the team. His fee was Rs 1 Lakh for the film. View the full article
  12. Taapsee Pannu has recently shared a photo of her ?breathtaking? trip to Russia
  13. Officials from Krafton, the maker of PUBG on PC and consoles met with the Indian Embassy in Korea a few weeks before the PUBG Mobile ban. According to an RTI request filed by MediaNama, it was discovered that Krafton Inc. met with officials at the Indian Embassy on August 13th, 2020. © Google Maps It’s worthy to point out that a few weeks later, on September 2nd PUBG Mobile was banned by India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. PUBG Mobile was developed by Chinese video games company, Tencent, who had been accused of violating privacy and data theft after border skirmishes with China last year. In fact, a whole array of Chinese apps were targeted for the same reason, which led to the ban of TikTok, Ali Express and other apps. Tencent is also Krafton’s second-biggest stakeholder with an ownership of 15.5 per cent. Due to Tencent’s involvement in Krafton’s business, many Indian politicians have started to call a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India, the company’s replacement for PUBG Mobile. However, it is difficult to ascertain the reason behind Krafton’s meeting with the Indian Embassy at the moment. In the RTI, the Indian Embassy did not detail the emails it received from Krafton citing “stringent Korean Privacy laws.” It was also discovered that the Indian Embassy in Korea did not maintain any records of the request by Krafton. Having said that, the Indian Embassy did confirm that the meeting with Krafton involved the Korean company’s planned investments in India. Two months after the meeting, Krafton did announce its intention to invest US$100 million in India. © Krafton Krafton is gearing up to launch Battlegrounds Mobile India sometime this month which awfully looks similar to PUBG Mobile. In fact, the game may even have similar gameplay to Tencent’s PUBG Mobile. The company has also come under scrutiny by key BJP leaders and MPs who have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a ban on the launch of the PUBG clone. Earlier today, it was reported that India’s MeitY does not have the power to ban the launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India. Additionally, it looks like both Apple and Google are reluctant to allow Krafton to launch the game on their respective app stores “due to the controversial nature of the app." Source: MediaNama View the full article
  14. Okay guys, tell me this! If you or any of your other Indian friends ever managed to keep long hair in college, you will know ki ladkiyon se zaada toh tumhe auntiyaan ghoorti hai. © Disney Plus Hotstar © Eros International The fact is that at many places, unfortunately, no matter how you are as a person, you will still be judged on the basis of your appearance. Bhai! Even if you've not smoked weed or touched alcohol in your life, if you have long hair or dark circles (all that Netflix, bro), the police or your gully wale uncle will think of you as mohalle ka sabze bada nashedi. While it's the hard truth, we're still pretty sure that you won't get arrested for just that. Well, guess what? Neighbours Pakistan are one step ahead of us. In what is clearly a bizarre reason to take someone on a ride to the local thane, the police in Pakistan's Lahore city jailed an artist for having long hair. © Twitter/Natasha Javed According to reports, the artist, performer, and teacher, Abuzar Madhu had just been casually waiting for a rickshaw one fine morning before suddenly, a police car pulled up in front of him and took him to the police station. Narrating the incident was his friend and child rights advocate, Natasha Javed, who said the police arrested him just because he had long hair. "Last weekend, my friend Abuzar was picked up by Punjab Police in Lahore. He had to spend a night in Model town police station, in a lock-up. Reason: his long hair.” she said in a series of tweets. Last weekend, my friend Abuzar was picked up by Punjab Police in Lahore. He had to spend a night in Model town police station, in a lock up. Reason: his long hair. A thread — Natasha Javed (@natashajaved1) June 7, 2021Abuzar is an artist & a teacher. He was waiting for a Rickshaw near Kalma Chawk when a police van stopped him. They asked for his ID card, which luckily he had. He showed the ID card. The police officer then asked others to put him in the police van ‘Ainu Gaddi wich Pao’ pic.twitter.com/6Wu9Odk5L6 — Natasha Javed (@natashajaved1) June 7, 2021"Abuzar is an artist & a teacher. He was waiting for a Rickshaw near Kalma Chawk when a police van stopped him. They asked for his ID card, which luckily he had. He showed the ID card. The police officer then asked others to put him in the police van ‘Ainu Gaddi wich Pao”. said Natasha in her tweet. Abuzar asked the officer what the issue was. The officer continued to threaten and scare him by saying that he will find out the issue once he reaches the police station. That the issue was his ‘Hulia’/appearance, his ‘lambay Baal’ and that he is out on the street at 3 am. — Natasha Javed (@natashajaved1) June 7, 2021Abuzar kept explaining that he is a teacher and an artist. However, The police harassment did not stop and they forced him to sit in the van and he was taken to the police station. — Natasha Javed (@natashajaved1) June 7, 2021At the police station, they checked him & his bag. They found nothing except a few books. The officer who checked him asked ‘thaanaydar Saifullah’ to let him go at his pint. But, no. He didn’t agree and instead asked his junior to put Abuzar in the lockup. — Natasha Javed (@natashajaved1) June 7, 2021Apparently, despite Abuzar answering all that needed to be answered, the police insisted on teaching him a lesson by locking him up for his appearance. He insisted that he wanted to teach Abuzar a lesson for his long hair & appearance. That a Night in jail would be good for him to know that he dare not look the way he chooses to. Abuzar reached out to friends through Facebook to seek legal support before his phone was taken. — Natasha Javed (@natashajaved1) June 7, 2021 Jokes apart, this clearly displays the insensitivity and the attitude of a certain section of our society including authorities towards judging people on the basis of their appearances. We really do hope Abuzar wins this battle and the police officers involved in the incident face the necessary actions. View the full article
  15. Caught up in the pandemic that has literally ruined our lives, there is bound to be a feeling of loneliness and despair, especially if you are living by yourself. © Istock Well, there may be a thing that might help you. Cuddle Therapy! © Pexels Yes, it exists. And, we hear that it really, really helps. While of course, nothing's ever going to truly beat the state of lying down on the bed, holding your better half next to you, however, cuddle therapy could be the second-best option to help you feel a bit better about things. The concept explores the use of physical touch to help reduce heart rate, blood pressure, symptoms of depression while also helping to increase the flow of happy hormones in one's body. © Unsplash In what is a growing trend, under cuddle therapy, professional cuddlers are paid to cuddle with people as long as it is platonic. One such cuddler, Keeley Shoup has been working in Chicago, USA, in the capacity for the last seven years to help people suffering from trauma and abuse. © Ladbible/Keeley Shoup Shoup, who earns around $100 per hour for an individual session has even explained how she loves getting strange requests from clients. "I kind of love strange requests, because what that means is that that person trusted me enough to tell me a thing that they wanted. That is atypical in society, that means they have to trust me a lot." "That means that I have created a space safe enough where they don't feel like I'm going to judge them. I love that. I want them to have places in their life where they don't feel judged." "One of the rules that I have is that they can ask me for anything that falls within the code of conduct, and they won't be judged," said Keeley. However, she adds that the requests should all fall within the code of conduct that she abides by and should not put anyone in an uncomfortable situation. "I'm not going to say yes to everything, I'm still going to check in with myself and see whether this is something I can actually do wholeheartedly - I'm not going to do anything that I will resent them for. "I will hold my own boundaries, and I will never put myself in a position where I'm uncomfortable. "That gives them the freedom to ask for anything," said Keeley. Well, while you're out wondering what exactly falls under the range of strange requests, Keeley explains how they aren't sexual and are usually things that adults typically shy away from doing. "I've had tickle fights with clients before. That's something that's kinda atypical or out of the norm." © Unsplash "I've read books - like children's stories - because they wanted to feel taken care of in that way, and that was a thing they remembered from childhood that was really reassuring and nurturing. I've wrestled around like a puppy with someone before, just to get that sense of play. I say 'weird' in the most loving way possible. One that I think most people resonate with but don't think of it was... when you were a kid, you'd draw on someone's back and they had to guess what shapes [you were drawing]. That, I love doing, but it's not something that adults typically do," said Keeley. View the full article
  16. Akshay Kumar recently took to Twitter to dismiss a news report that claimed that he has reduced his fees for his upcoming movie. The report said that Akshay had agreed to reduce his fees by Rs 30 crores for Bell Bottom. The film was shot in Scotland last year. Akshay Kumar didn’t confirm the number on his tweet and called the report fake. He took to Twitter and wrote, "What waking up to FAKE Scoops feels like!" Check out the post here- What waking up to FAKE Scoops feels like! 🥴 https://t.co/jxn1cXT6as — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 14, 2021 According to the report by Bollywood Hungama, producer Vashu Bhagnani had requested Akshay Kumar to reduce his fee and the actor agreed to the same. The report also said that Akshay Kumar had quoted a fee of around Rs 117 crores for the film, which was later elevated to Rs 135 crores. Vashu Bhagnani also tweeted that there is no truth to the report at all. The report quoted a trade source saying, “Being primarily a film that caters to the tier 1 and 2 cities, Vashu Bhagnani wanted to keep the budget in check and hence, he requested his leading man, Akshay to scale down his acting fees by ₹30 crores, as the rise in budget aside, there looms a lot of uncertainty on the release too. If theatrical, it's a given that the film wouldn't earn what it would have in a normal scenario." The source also said that Akshay had graciously agreed to reduce his salary, keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation. It also said that the film turns a profit, he would be reimbursed for the discount. But, if the film doesn’t perform well that he will only be able to make around Rs 80-90 crore. Here’s what people have to say about this- Arey sethjii rehem karo unpe.... 2-4 paise unhe bhi kama lene do app naam leke — 丂нυ͢͢͢внαηкαя ⚡ Leͥgeͣnͫd ᴳᵒᵈ (@Akshay_1God) June 14, 2021 Ye nhi sudhrenge 🤣 Guruji ne fir expose kar diya — Nitin Tushir⚡ (@Ideal_khiladi) June 14, 2021 Akshay Kumar to Bollywood Hungama :- pic.twitter.com/4yVerZxzVG — The Evil (@AkkiEkGod) June 14, 2021 Pel diya guruji Made my day — ᏢᏒᎾffᎬᏟᎬᏒ Paul (@_Akkian_paul) June 14, 2021 Sir ji tabhi koi @Bollyhungama ko rt nahi deta bus rumors failate he — axay patel (@akki_dhoni) June 14, 2021 Loving these old vibes ️ — Ruhika. (@_Oathkeeperr) June 14, 2021 Aj expose diwas h kya..? — Mᴜᴋᴇꜱʜ Yᴀᴅᴀv🇮🇳 (@mukesh_akkian) June 14, 2021 Kya sir kal se badi masti ke mood main ho, kya hua hera pheri 3 sign kar li kya🤣 — Khiladi izz back (@Sweta67696620) June 14, 2021 Ek Khiladi se Panga nahi — Rohan Singh (@AkshaySPower) June 14, 2021 Akshay has recently recovered from COVID-19 and his film Sooryavanshi has also been on hold for over a year now. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below! View the full article
  17. According to an RTI request unearthed by IGN India, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) does not have a role in banning the launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India. In the RTI filed by r. Gaurav Tyagi, an assistant professor at JNU, the ministry responded saying that it “has no role in granting any permission for entry of PUBG or any company/mobile app in India.” As part of my research on predatory practise of Chinese companies in India and it's impact on National Security, had filed an RTI about the relaunch of PUBG Mobile in India by Krafton (in which the Chinese behemoth has the second largest stake). pic.twitter.com/WL5rkThdOb — Dr Gaurav Tyagi (@drtyagigaurav) June 13, 2021 It has been previously reported that the Indian Government cannot ban the launch of an app in India until it is found violating privacy and/or doing data theft. These were the same reasons the Indian Government used for banning a number of Chinese apps last year including PUBG Mobile. © Krafton Last week, many BJP leaders were also calling for a ban on the game due to Krafton, the publisher of the game having close ties with China’s Tencent. BJP spokesperson Suresh Nakhua and MP Ashok Nete both requested Prime Minister Modi to take action. It’s not the first time Indian Politicians have been calling for a ban on the upcoming battle royale game. IGN India also cites sources that claim neither Apple nor Google is looking forward to allowing Krafton to launch the game on their respective app stores. IGN’s sources say both companies are hesitant “due to the controversial nature of the app." For now, it seems like Battlegrounds Mobile India’s launch will go forward as planned, however, India’s MeitY could take action if the game is found violating rules. It would be prudent to point out that MeitY will be keeping a close on Battlegrounds Mobile India once it launches. Source: IGN India View the full article
  18. The Board on Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been doing an incredible job of covering every single day of practice of the Indian cricket team and showing glimpses of the sessions that the Men in Blue have been putting in ahead of the World Test Championships finals at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. In the latest footage shared by the Indian cricket board’s official Twitter account, very brief highlights from the intra-squad match can be seen with the biggest names of the sport, including Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja loosening up to the England conditions and finding their rhythm slowly but surely. The third day of intra-squad match simulation was about settling down & finding that rhythm. #TeamIndia Here's a brief recap pic.twitter.com/WByZoIxzT6 — BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2021 And while the 56-second video was pretty much a compilation of the practice shots, it was what happened in the final few moments which left the followers completely awestruck and in love with a recent fan-favourite - Shardul Thakur and his dedication towards the team’s cause to final the finals. In the end, Rishabh Pant in the practice kit can be heard talking loudly to someone senior, presumably their head coach Ravi Shastri saying that Thakur left to practice in the nets as soon as the match-time for the day was over. © Twitter - BCCI An impressed Pant with a smile on his face could be talking highly about his fellow teammate and arguably someone who could be the key to the success or failure of the Indian squad in the one-off red-ball clash against New Zealand to be crowned the first-ever World Test Champions. In the next scene, Thakur could be seen exhausted, with his head bowed down but his left hand raised high above, as he walked towards the nets to further improve his skills with the bat. © Twitter - BCCI On the other hand, the Blackcaps look to be in phenomenal form as they roll over Joe Root’s Englishmen in the second of two Tests in just three days. With the return of Trent Boult by their side, the Kiwis just took their bowling attack to the next level. However, one of the biggest names in the squad, Kane Williamson had suffered an injury in his left elbow during the first Test and was ruled out of the match that followed. Assuming that the injury isn’t too severe, the skipper should be back before the big game. India will take on New Zealand for the first-ever World Test Championship between 18-22 June at the Ageas Bowl cricket stadium in Southampton. View the full article
  19. Malala?s interview unveiled worrying trends relating to Islamophobia and activism to an international audience
  20. Tech giant Microsoft didn’t hold back its punches when it came to making announcements for the Xbox console at E3 last night. The company announced some massive titles, some that are exclusive to the console while others will be coming to its gaming subscription service Game Pass from day one. View the full article
  21. Recently, Amika George was picked as the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for this year as she pushed the UK government to provide free period products in schools and colleges. The 21-year-old student studies history at the University of Cambridge and both her parents are from Kerala in India. She said, “It wasn’t an easy one for me with the Honours system’s association to the (British) Empire and our Colonial past.” She also said, “It’s really important for me to show that young people have power in our voices, much more than we realize. We have often been overlooked in political spaces, and the MBE shows that we are slowly being recognised as real changemakers who can influence government.” © Amika George IG “That change doesn’t have to be done from within the walls of Westminster, or the White House, or the Indian Parliament. Anyone can orchestrate change. I would like young people of colour to see that we are being recognised, and that if we are willing to jump from a place of safety and rise, we can create something better,” she added. Amika George is picked for Member of the Order of the British Empire which is the third-ranking award on the list. She’ll be receiving this for her campaign against period poverty #FreePeriods. She had started this campaign at the age of 17 and she started it as it made her angry that so many girls in the UK were missing school every month as they were too poor to afford period products. © Amika George IG She then filed a petition and met with the ministers and later the UK government in 2020 funded educational institutes to provide free period products. Free Periods is now a not-for-profit organisation, which continues to fight against the taboo and shame surrounding menstruation. She said, “On behalf of my family and community who have silently had to tolerate racism over decades, who felt like they never fitted in, who never felt British enough, who never felt seen”. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below! View the full article
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