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  1. Ex Status SUBSCRIBED #ExStatus #whatsappstatus #newstatus New WhatsApp Status 2020 || Sad Status || Heart Touching Voice || Ex Status best status in urdu follow us on Facebook= 
  2. If you are an avid follower of cricket, you must have seen Raman Bhanot's face or heard his name ahead of or in between important matches, analysing and assessing the way the two teams are playing the game of bat and ball. However, the broadcast expert, whose career has spanned over 20 phenomenal years, isn't only restricted to cricket. Over the years, Bhanot has lent his voice in decoding multiple sports from football to hockey and even motorsport. Now the veteran has taken a massive step towards going international, as he is the voice of the Hindi commentary broadcast on the Olympic Channel, for the boxing road to Tokyo 2020, Asian Oceania Qualifiers being broadcast live from 3rd to 11th March 2020. We got in touch with Bhanot to know more about his expectations from the 2020 edition of the quadrennial tournament and what this moment of his life means to him. “It's a matter of great pride for me to be the first Indian who is the voice of the hindi broadcast that is going out on the 'Olympic Channel',” he says. “Having spent over 20 years covering multiple sports for leading channels in the country, it is now a step up into the international broadcast arena with this assignment with OBS in Madrid," he added. © Twitter “People recognize me from a cricket match analysis show I used to host for over a decade, but I have covered a variety of sports – from Football to Hockey, Tennis, Basketball, Motorsport and of course events like CWG, Asian Games & the Olympics," Bhanot said. Bhanot covered his very first Summer Olympics exactly two decades ago when he was assigned the 2000 Games in Sydney and ever since he has been a part of each and every one of them. “When you cover a multi sport event like the Olympics, it is much more than just watching some of the best sportspersons in the world winning medals. It is about acknowledging the stories of human triumph against all odds, and achievements that highlight the perseverance of the human spirit,” Bhanot says. © Twitter When asked about his greatest memory from covering the numerous athletic wonders over the five Olympics, this is what he said: “For me, from an international perspective, the most memorable moment has been Anthony Ervin's Gold in Sydney 2000, when he was just 19 years old and then his comeback Gold medal winning 50m swim, after a gap of 16 years, at the RIO Olympics.” “From an Indian perspective, I would rate Leander Paes winning the Bronze at Atlanta in 1996 as a watershed moment for India in the Olympics, because we won an Olympic Medal in an individual event after 44 years. And since that edition, we have won an Olympic medal in an individual event at each of the following Olympics till date,” he remembers. Ever since PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik created history with their respective medals at the Rio Olympics back in 2016 despite the Indian contingent's overall disappointing outing, the hope for a better performance has been building up. Athletes in other sports have been delivering at a high level and could be seen with a podium finish by the end of the grand event. “I have a lot of hopes from the Indian shooters. We have a record number of Indian shooters who have qualified for the 2020 Olympics,” he says. “There are some quality shooters in the age group of 17-19 years like Saurabh Choudhary, Manu Bhaker, Aishwarya Tomar, Divyansh Panwar who have done exceedingly well at international events. They bring a sense of fearlessness in their approach and that could be their biggest asset. Boxing could be another event where India can do well at the upcoming Games.” Having said all of that, one of the biggest issues that currently looms over the Tokyo Games and every single participant is the danger of coronavirus. The highly contagious and increasingly deadly virus has already disrupted multiple sporting events from around the world and chances are that the Olympics might face the problem as well. It's going to be so disappointing if the Olympics get canceled because of the Corona Virus... #Olympics2020 #CoronavirusOutbreak pic.twitter.com/FXBzXRA9Oy — Bryant (@BigBadBariBoi) February 27, 2020 “As far as travelling for this assignment was concerned, the OBS paperwork was sealed well before the CoviD scare assumed the proportion is now! But this is work so it's got to be done,” he exclaimed. “You just have to be sensible and practice necessary precautions,” he added. “As far as the impact on the organizing of Tokyo 2020 Olympics is concerned, I am sure a clearer picture will emerge in a couple of months from now,” Bhanot signs off. View the full article
  3. None of us can claim to have never tasted defeat. Though I wonât deny that it might secretly be every winnerâs most earnest desire to keep up the winning streak, but as we know, life isnât a cakewalk, and knows of the most definite ways of maintaining equilibrium. Which basically means, you and I have tasted our shares of failures and perhaps also fallen short of making it to the top by a decimal point. And unfortunately for us, nobody ever really cares to look past the winnerâs gold medal and into the eyes of the runner-up - that would be you and me. Amen to that. However, when I happened to stumble upon the trailer of Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, something, no, strike that, everything about this film hit me right in the feels. If you have ever known what itâs like to stand at the runner-upâs spot, or have been introduced as âjust a friendâ by a potential crush, you know the feeling and thatâs reason enough for you to read this. 1. Overshadowed By Glamour So you made that stellar PPT for the team presentation but the âbest employeeâ took the trophy when it came to presenting it? You went out of your way by âbeing thereâ for that girl-friend you hoped to make your girlfriend until she called you her best friend instead? © Red-Chillies Well, going by the Kaamyaab trailer, the same goes for the âsecond most popularâ thing that makes Hindi films such successes - the sidekicks and promising character actors who never get their dues despite their great work when it comes to name, fame and money. 2. Adding Colour To The Bigger Picture I mean, letâs face it. Where would these winners be without the likes of us? It is because we are there to charge them and push them to do better that they even make it to the top just ahead of us. If there isnât anyone to take up the second spot, who even is a winner? *Sour Grapes Alert* © Red-Chillies Such is the case of yesteryear âsuperstarâ sidekick Sudheer, who added so much flavour and dimension to the films he acted in, and yet leads a life of obscurity with little recognition from that one (out the 499) film that got him a âmemorableâ dialogue. Because of course, who remembers a sidekick despite how he helped make that movie a success? 3. The Official Face Of Bigger & Better You know, people should give us more credit for never really losing our heart and giving up. I mean, of course it sucks, missing the top spot and all the âstarry eyesâ that follows it, but really have you ever seen a runner-up giving up the fight? Right, you havenât because thatâs not how weâre wired. © Red-Chillies We love a good fight, and whether we make it to the top or not, we always believe in improving our game, and breaking our personal records. Though just like Sudheer, we keep secretly hoping someday people will notice our achievements and contributions too. 4. The Badshah Of Dashed Hopes However, all that said, more often than not, people seem to look right through us. As if that decimal point is a difference of hundreds, the presentation didnât mean as much as the speaker or the best friend is all but a caretaker, a cushion. © Red-Chillies In Sudheerâs quest to star in the 500th film, create a personal record and gain a sense of achievement, he has a lot more to lose than just his hopes. 5. Making Peace With Our Share Despite what weâd rather believe instead, we are pretty practical and know how the society works and what it prioritises. So we do what we have to do, and end up making peace with the ways of the world. © Red-Chillies Though it would be a lie to say that we donât continue to look for ways to challenge peopleâs stunted worldview, because we do and shall continue to do it till the end of time, or until runner-ups get the love and respect they deserve. View the full article
  4. Fearing a backlash from fans, politicians and religious zealots, Bollywood stars have in the past usually steered clear of India´s fiery politics. But the country´s top actress may have changed that. Signalling a possible generational shift, Deepika Padukone waded into a sea of student protesters in Delhi on Tuesday night, evoking loud cheers from the surprised crowd. Few had any inkling that Padukone would attend the demonstration at a prestigious university where the left-leaning student body has long been in the crosshairs of India´s ruling party. Her appearance sparked a social media war between those wanting her new film boycotted -- suggesting her only motive was publicity for the movie which released Friday -- and others applauding her courage. Either way, many said the moment marked a watershed in India´s multi-billion-dollar Hindi movie industry. "It was a gutsy move," said Mumbai-based novelist and commentator Shobhaa De, and reflected a "big shift" for Bollywood. "Stars today understand that their constituency is young India, and young India respects people who speak up," De told AFP. In a country where obedience to elders is all but enshrined in law, young Indians are demanding the right to be heard, protesting against everything from university fee hikes to most recently a new citizenship law criticised as anti-Muslim. And in an age ruled by social media, even movie stars are not insulated from the issues that matter to their fans. "None of this would be happening without social media," said actress Swara Bhasker, one of the few stars who have consistently spoken out against the government. "Bollywood has faced so much criticism on Twitter for not being politically engaged, and much of it from young people who are your target audience," she told AFP. "Why would you want to alienate them?" Cannot stay neutral Another factor is events on the ground since Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s government passed the citizenship law last month. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in demonstrations nationwide, and at least 25 have been killed in clashes with police. Last Sunday, masked attackers went on the rampage at Delhi´s Jawaharlal Nehru University, injuring 34 people and sparking yet more protests. "Ultimately the film industry is a microcosm of society, and I don´t think images of bloodied students go down well with middle-class Indians," Richa Chadha, another actress, told AFP. "Actors are not elected officials but they can sense the mood of the nation," she added. A year ago Modi posed for a now-famous selfie with the who´s-who of Bollywood, including Padukone´s husband Ranveer Singh. Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, two of the stars who appeared in that selfie last January, have now both spoken out against the violence. "My heart goes out to all the students back home in Delhi," Malhotra tweeted last month, calling it "sad to see violence against citizens for voicing their opinion through peaceful protests". "I think we cannot stay neutral in such issues," said Dhawan. Awakened conscience In contrast to Bollywood´s younger generation, the old guard including superstars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have not commented on the protests. They perhaps have learned the hard lesson that sticking your neck out is a dangerous business, risking film boycotts, the loss of lucrative sponsorship deals, or worse. Padukone´s last release "Padmaavat" came under fire from religious radicals linked to Modi´s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who objected to her portrayal of the legendary Hindu queen in the epic. Mobs attacked the director and vandalised the set. One BJP politician even offered a bounty for the actress to be beheaded, and a Molotov cocktail was lobbed at a cinema. On Friday, cabinet minister Smriti Irani accused Padukone of being unpatriotic and standing "with people who wanted the destruction of India". "You are damned if you speak up and damned if you don´t," said Chadha. Bhasker, who has been the target of vicious online bullying over her views, praised Padukone. "For years it´s been easy to malign those of us who spoke up and write it off as a publicity stunt, so to have the biggest female star in the country do it is a huge win in the perception battle," she said. "Ultimately though, this moment belongs to the protesters and the students who have awakened this country´s conscience."
  5. It all goes back to the year of 2017, when a kind and rather daring Indian Army officer took it upon himself to call out the government for its decision to scrap one single rule, that impacted the lives of hundreds of serving soldiers in the Armed Forces. The man is Colonel Mukul Dev and the one incident that turned him into a true warrior for legions of fellow officers, was when he decided to send out a legal notice to the then Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, notifying him that he had sixty days to reverse the newly-passed order which took away the benefits of free ration from defence officers. © Twitter/Warrior_Mukul Now, after two years of a long battle, Colonel Dev has finally won the fight for free ration restoration, but he also had to pay a price for it - his promotion. But before we delve into the details, let's get a quick overview of the backstory. The Backstory In 2017, as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Indian government announced that as of 1st July of that year, the free ration entitlement of officers in peace postings will be replaced with a daily ration allowance of Rs 96.03. This didn't sit well with Colonel Mukul Dev and he threatened to take legal recourse if the new rule was not reversed at the earliest. Col Dev was serving as the Deputy Judge Advocate-General of Headquarters 12 Corps in Rajasthan at the time. The Notice © BCCL As per a TOI report from 2017, Col Dev's notice stated that nowhere in his employment agreement was it mentioned that the provision for free ration could be substituted for money, and therefore, the Centre's decision violated the terms of his employment. He had further added that the decision is 'illegal', because it altered the terms of his service without his consent. The Other Side © Reuters While the Centre's decision, when considered in isolation, seems unjust, it did come from a point of need. The government took the decision when allegations of deep-rooted corruption in the food supply chain of the Armed Forces was exposed, following which many ASC personnel also faced arrests. The Final Price On 16th October 2019, after two years of fighting this battle, Col Dev took to Twitter to share that he has finally received his dues. However, he also shared that this victory has come at a cost of his promotion to the rank of Brigadier. Pleasantly surprised today morning for having received my ENTITLED RATIONS at last, after more than two yrs of its illegal stoppage ! However, one cannot forget the injustice meted to me for raising my voice against the illegal stoppage of ENTITLED RATIONS.... — Mukul (@Warrior_Mukul) October 16, 2019 The verdict came after Rajnath Singh assumed office as the Defence Minister, earlier this year. However, Col Dev was issued a Displeasure by the authorities in 2018, right ahead of his promotion to the rank of Brigadier - which obviously prevented him from being empanelled for promotion. Yet, despite his lost promotion, Col Mukul Dev is happy to get what is rightly his, and his fellow officers are hailing his selfless move of fighting for others despite the threats to his own career. In ours with Spineless average people at the helm of brilliant Organizations. They forget how they reached their top slots! Sad! Col Mukul is an upright and brilliant Officer-a gem in the muddy waters. — Indian Air Warrior (@amulkapoor) October 17, 2019 Sadly, that's how things also work in some cases in the Army. @Warrior_Mukul doesn't deserve this. He has had the moral courage to stand up to the wrong being done to the larger military immunity which is sadly missing in our top brass these days. Hope the right corners wake up. — Col Lalitesh P Singh (@DotonTarget) October 17, 2019
  6. Mohammad Babar Azam stormed his way into the Pakistani cricket team while quickly making his mark on an international level within fours years of his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2015. Having an all-star performance in South Africa, Azam proved his worth as a world class batsman as he was the leading scorer in the three-game T20I series while also making the second most runs during the Test series. Already breaking the Indian skipper's record for becoming the fastest player to reach 1,000 runs in the T20I format (26 innings to Kohli's 27) while also owning the wonderful title of becoming the only batsman to score five consecutive ODI tons in a single country, the opener is considered to be one of the finest batsmen to play for the Shaheens. Often compared to the Indian cricket captain for the strikingly similar charisma and the on-field presence the two command, the 24-year-old was once again put on a pedestal as that of Kohli after he put on a show against the Proteas. This time however, the young Pathan came out in public to give his opinion about the comparisons to an all-time great like Kohli. Babar Azam on people comparing him with Kohli. Very well said. pic.twitter.com/9yQJARcepn — Tuaha Sohail (@TuahaSohail) February 10, 2019 “People compare me to Virat Kohli all the time. According to me he is a great player and I am nowhere near him,” said the talented batsman. “My career has just begun.” “He's achieved a lot. I still have to do that. If my performances are up to that level then you can compare (our performances) but right now there's no comparison.” Everything was well and good. People were happy with the manner in which the young cricketer handled the situation while showing his respect towards Virat Kohli. But then came a troll who, basically edited Azam's voice over a Virat Kohli interview which has led to the internet short circuiting. Virat Kohli opens up about his comparison with Babar Azam pic.twitter.com/H0rusATPIT — PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) February 10, 2019 This is how the internet is reacting: C'mon stop trolling others that's what i said before. Meanwhile how can you compare one with 64 centuries and 9 centuries?? — Vinay Mirchandani (@MirchandaniVinu) February 10, 2019 What was that ðððððð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Syeda Ayesha (@sayesha_noor) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/kzhsXRq8Wz — عتÛÙÙÙÙÙÙÙÙÙ (@TeeqWrites) February 10, 2019 @PSLMemesWalay Keha se laate hon idea's ðð — Umair ðµð° | Kings ð (@UmairPTI4) February 10, 2019
  7. We've been through that phase you know, the one where as young adults all our moves were judged and every statement that we uttered was clipped before we could even complete it. A lot of times we were not taken seriously, even when we wanted to speak about issues that were close to our heart. © Facebook Our society, being the skewed version of itself that it is, never bothers to pay heed to what troubles the young minds of our nation. Heck, half the time they don't care about the concerns the 'adults' are dealing with let alone the needs of the youth. However, with the elections drawing closer we do see the expected rise of politicians who often 'appear' to be earnestly interested to hear us out and lend a helping hand. But let's face it, what has been done about even the most pressing issues that are of importance to us right now? From substance abuse to unemployment to lack of higher education opportunities and what not, a LOT of our needs are falling on deaf ears. Times Are Changing © Facebook The International Youth Day this year brought with itself a welcome wind of change, and we as youngsters must seize this opportunity to make the most of it. Naga Sravan Kilaru, a young bloke from Andhra Pradesh has taken it upon himself to stir up the state's young minds, help them speak up and ensure that they get heard by those who can make a difference to their lives. With the belief that the youth must be thought of as the present of a country and not the future, Kilaru launched Yuvagalam on International Youth Day (12th August) that promises to maximise the impact of Indian youth on our nation's future and aims to capture and channel their aspirations by creating a unified voice. © Facebook What Yuvagalam wishes to achieve through this movement is accountability of people in positions of power, as well as political empowerment for the young generation of our country. He wants to ensure that no political party takes the young voters of this country for granted and pays heed to their immediate issues. Here Is How This Works Kilaru plans to read the pulse of youngsters through one-on-one interaction with students, both online and offline, by the means of a 3000-kilometre walk across 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh over a course of 100 days and visiting at least 120 colleges to take inputs from at least 1,00,000 youngsters by the end of the campaign. © Facebook Post this move, they would compile all the collected data and form a 'youth manifesto' which they want the political parties in the state to adopt and make it a part of their election manifesto before the state elections early next year. They want young people to come together, fight for their rights such as political representation. What Is The End Goal © Facebook Apart from lending a voice to the youth through the 'youth manifesto', they also wish to identify passionate and accountable youngsters who wish to bring about a change in the society and help them participate in existing community projects, as well as set up new initiatives for the development of our society and the nation at large. Naga Sravan Kilaru has a lot of gems on his crowns. He is an Industrial Engineering and Management graduate and was awarded the National Youth Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India in January this year for his active citizenship. He also represented India as a 'Young Delegate' at the Summer Youth Assembly of the United Nations in 2016. © Facebook This young lad has passion and the willingness to make an impact at a personal level, so that India can rise and shine in the days to come. We love this initiative he has undertaken and can't wait to see what this movement creates for the youth of the nation.
  8. You have heard her sing the super hit song 'Jaani' and we are sure you've also been grooving to the hit 'Tere Naal Nachna', also sung by her. We are currently crushing hard on the Punjabi 'Patola' Sunanda Sharma, and can you blame us? Duet with @sunanda_ss A post shared by O.N.E. â¶ï¸ 17.8.18 (@badboyshah) on Jul 9, 2018 at 10:34am PDT She has made her way into Bollywood with not just this party song, but also with Diljit's 'Sajjan Singh Rangroot'. VE KUDIYAN UDEEKAN PEENGHAN TEEJð VE FIRDAUSIA ð Es gaane nu shoot karde tym mann bhareya bhareya e reha c set teð @rajranjodhji veera ðð» A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on Mar 28, 2018 at 10:13pm PDT SACHI GAL TAN EHE AA, K HUN TUHANU MAINU DEKHAN DI AADAT PAI GAYI AAâºï¸ JEETI ♥ï¸ A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on Mar 25, 2018 at 1:07am PDT Her stunning simplicity has bowled us over, and she looks like the 'girl-next-door' we all wish we had SANU DHARTI MILI HAI PYAAR DI♥ï¸ HALE SARA AKAASH BAAKI HAI ð A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on Mar 4, 2018 at 3:06am PST Don't be scared to be ALONEðð¼ GOALS ARE PERSONAL ð¤ð» A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on May 28, 2018 at 10:36am PDT She started off by uploading covers on YouTube and in no time, became a rising star before being noticed by the big names in the industry. Tommorow - Tommorow - eh tommorow ki hai ? Eh ta tommorow e pata laguga na ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸ðð¼‍âï¸ A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:53am PDT DON'T DOUBT, DON'T POUT, FIGURE IT OUT .âð» A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on Jul 25, 2018 at 3:42am PDT 1800 comments ð¬ð¬ as a answer to my question that should i make a dance cover for my song “TERE NAL NACHNA “ and u guys said “YES”ðð»ðð»ðð» so , i will post the dance cover very soon. ððð A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on Jul 21, 2018 at 9:58am PDT Her beauty lies in her innocence which shows on her gorgeous face. These pictures shows the impact of Happy thoughts going on in my mind ..â¨ð« Rate this out of 10?ð¤ A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on Jun 24, 2018 at 6:54am PDT Kuch bhi ho jaye,, Bas khush raho ððð¼ A post shared by Sunanda Sharma (@sunanda_ss) on Jun 7, 2018 at 5:10am PDT If you haven't heard her latest track, then check it out here:
  9. A lot of people go viral on the internet for doing something really stupid and potentially dangerous that a lot of people say, 'stop making stupid people famous'. While that's true, the internet also recognizes real talent sometimes and people who have a lot of potential go viral and that one thing can change someone's life. And, I hope a viral video of a painter with so much raw talent is life-changing for him. So basically, a painter from Pakistan was just doing his job while enjoying and singing and a video of it was uploaded online. A lot of people were blown away by how good he sounds – even better than some of the most famous singers. Just listen how effortless he is. So I saw this on fb and decided we need to make this guy just as famous if not more than the #chaiwala. Apparently he's from Pakistan and just listen to his voice for yourself ð pic.twitter.com/tGh3nYbdLq — Bayek of Siwa (@Classikhman) August 2, 2018 His name is Muhammad Arif and it's safe to assume he's a big Bollywood fan. He also has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ArifSingerPage/ )which already has close to 15k likes. And, it also looks like a lot of people on Twitter don't want his talent to go to waste and are tweeting his videos, bringing him any recognition he can get. This man deserves to go viral, to all my brown friends please rt this he needs a right platform to show his talent. His name is Arif pic.twitter.com/Ej5gkzLixz — Hiza. (@hariaziza) August 2, 2018 Let's see when this will happen. @cokestudio should provide him a platform, atleast once. — sabahat zahra (@Sabahat_ZW) August 4, 2018 I agree. This is the most soothing voice i've ever heard ! — Cristiano Rona-Daldo (@argo_yourself) August 3, 2018
  10. WhatsApp has officially rolled out group calling feature on Android and iOS devices after the company launched voice and video call support back in 2016. The video and voice calling feature have been very receptive amongst users as users spend over 2 billion minutes on the platform's calling feature. © Whatsapp Now that the new group calling feature has rolled out, here's how you can use the new feature. Well, anything you do, make sure WhatsApp on your device has been updated in order to make use of this feature. After you've updated the app, here are the steps you need to follow. . Open WhatsApp from the home screen or your app drawer. . Click on the Calls Tab . Choose a contact from your list whom you want to call. (Video or Voice) . Once you are connected to a call, you can tap the add participant button on the top right corner. . Select the second contact from your list you wish to add on the call . You can add up to 4 participants in total in a single group call. Follow step 4 and step 5 each time. © Whatsapp WhatsApp mentioned in its blog that group calls are always going to be end-to-end encrypted, and they've designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions. This would probably be the most used feature by people who would like to communicate with more people at once. Would you use this feature on your phone? Let us know in the comments.
  11. Music knows no boundaries, no conventions, no language. It can bring together absolute strangers and how. A demonstration of the beautiful effect music has on people was seen when a musician named Lampa Fly was performing on the streets in Brussels, Belgium, singing Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds'. A woman standing in the public who was fully enjoying the music and singing along, was invited by the singer to join in. Of course, it looked like she could sing. © YouTube Gingerly, she inched closer to the mic and eventually, joined him. © YouTube And boy, did the woman nail the performance! With a powerful voice and understanding of the music, she owned the song and how. Watching her sing, the audience are blown away as they hoot and encourage her. The woman is called Dasha Pearl and has found fans across the continent, thanks to her impromptu gig. Here's the original Bob Marley number for your listening pleasure:
  12. Amazon Echo devices are leading in the market for "conversational commerce," according to analysts. Photo: AFPWASHINGTON: Hey, Google, order a large pizza! Alexa, I need vitamins!Voice shopping using smart speakers and smartphone apps is starting...
  13. World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died in March at the age of 76. Photo: AFPA message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's...
  14. Legendary Pakistani actress Shabnam expressed her gratitude towards people who took a stand against injustice. Photo: file Legendary Pakistani actress Shabnam expressed her gratitude towards Pakistanis who took a stand against injustice. Renowned...
  15. Ever since we got the glimpse of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Saadat Hasan Manto, we have been excited about the teaser. If there is one thing that Nawaz has shown us over time is the fact that he can do anything and everything. He is extraordinary and leaves no stone unturned when it comes to portraying a character. And that's exactly what he did in the teaser of 'Manto' that was released on 13th May at Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Nandita Das, the film is based on author Saadat Hasan Manto. It was 10 years ago when Nandita made her directorial debut with 'Firaaq' featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead and now they are all set to entertain us again with a movie that will leave you stunned. © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures The teaser transports us to the post-Independence era when we were still struggling with poverty and corruption. Nawaz plays a fearless and rebellious writer, who is unstoppable and speaks his mind out loudly. Soon we also see a court case being filed against Manto for his popular story- Thanda Ghosht in Lahore after he moved to Pakistan. We also see debates taking place between him and his wife Safia (Rasika Duggal). © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures The clip highlights show how Manto is unstoppable and unapologetic about what he narrates in his stories. The film traces the most difficult four years of Manto's life during the India-Pakistan partition. The pathos of his views and thoughts have been presented in the most impactful manner by Nandita and Nawaz both. There is a line in the teaser that sums up everything about life, “aakhir mein afsaane hi reh jaate hain aur unke kirdaar.” © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Taking to his Twitter, Nawazuddin shared the teaser and tweeted, “First day in #FestivalDeCannes with the much awaited #MantoTeaser #CannesWithManto.” First day in #FestivalDeCannes with the much awaited #MantoTeaser #CannesWithManto https://t.co/mwbdJUB7Nv — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) May 12, 2018 In the movie, Abid Ali Abid will be seen donning the role of lyricist Javed Akhtar, Chandan Roy Sanyal as Manto's close friend Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, and Rishi Kapoor as a film producer. You also have Ila Arun as Jaddanbai, Rajashri Deshpande as Ismat Chughtai and Tillotama Shome as a prostitute. Check out the teaser now:
  16. Mahira Khan. Photo: FilePakistani superstar Mahira Khan emerged as a voice of wisdom and sense as she spoke against those "desensitising the issue" of Meesha Shafi?s allegations of sexual harassment against Ali Zafar.?The sick mentality of...
  17. Google today announced the launch of its Google Assistant in Hindi. The Assistant in Hindi is rolling out to Android phones 6.0+ (Marshmallow and above) and is soon coming to Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPhones as well as Android Oreo (Go edition) devices. © Google Over the last year, Google has launched the Assistant in Hindi in Allo, has brought the English Assistant to more phones, and also made a special version available for Reliance Jio feature phones. Now, more Indians can get help from their Hindi Assistant starting today. The Google Assistant lets you have a conversation with Google to help you get things done in your world from telling you about your day to finding the fastest route to work, or just setting an alarm for the next day all in Hindi. You can now simply press and hold the home button or say “Ok Google” to fire up the virtual assistant. You can then command in Hindi what you would normally do in English to carry out certain tasks. © BCCL Purvi Shah, Technical Program Manager, Assistant said “The Google Assistant is truly Indian, it's your helpful dost that speaks our language and understands the things you care about, from finding biryani recipes to pulling up the latest cricket score or finding directions to the nearest ATM. In order to make it even more useful to Indians over time, developers and businesses can now build Actions for the Hindi Assistant through the developer platform Actions on Google. Once an action is built, you can just say “Ok Google, talk to” and access the service or content straight through your Google Assistant.” The assistant is powered by machine learning and can be used for sending texts, schedule reminders, set alarms and much more. You can do all of these actions while speaking Hindi and Google has promised it will get better over time. Here are some examples of questions you can ask your Google Assistant: · Sabse kareeb Punjabi restaurant kahaan hain · Dadar tak pahunchne mein kitna samay lagega? · Cricket ka score kya hain? You can even instruct it · Kal subah mujhe saat baje jagaao · Selfie kheencho · Daddy ko SMS bhejo "5 minutes mein pahunchenge” If you want to know more about Google Assistant in Hindi, you can check out their dedicated website here (https://assistant.google.com/explore?hl=hi_in).
  18. The Fall's lead singer Mark E. Smith. Image Courtesy: Pollstar NEW YORK: Mark E. Smith, the curmudgeonly frontman of The Fall whose ranting vocal style was the post-punk band?s most constant element over four decades, died Wednesday, his manager said. He was 60. The Manchester native last year cancelled a seven-date stretch of concerts in New York, with his manager citing "a mix of bizarre and rare" medical issues "connected to his throat, mouth/dental and respiratory system." The manager, Pam Vander, did not reveal further details as she announced his death on Twitter but said a full statement would come later. The famously temperamental singer was the only consistent member of The Fall but, even with revolving lineups, the band proved highly prolific, releasing its 32nd studio album last year. While never finding ? or really seeking ? mainstream success, Smith?s brashness and embrace of other art forms influenced a younger generation of indie bands such as Sonic Youth and Pavement. Born to a working-class family, Smith?s vocals often resembled the shouting of a pub patron but his lyricism was complex and abstract, delighting his loyal fan base which tried to decipher his words. Memorable albums included I am Kurious Oranj, an exploration set to a ballet of Dutch King William of Orange?s ascension to the English throne in 1689. 1985?s This Nation?s Saving Grace ? which brought together both the dark flashes of punk and electronic elements ? was often considered to be The Fall?s greatest album. The Fall ? named for Albert Camus? novel ? was once seen as a rival to Joy Division as the leading post-punk band in Manchester in the late 1970s, although Smith sarcastically described the band?s genre as "country and northern." While often marked by dark, intense guitar and dominant bass, The Fall?s sound shifted as members fled. Even his wife, the Greek DJ Elena Poulou, left as the keyboard player before the last album. A decade earlier, the couple created an album entirely with session musicians in Los Angeles after the rest of the band ditched them on a US tour. Smith also earned a reputation for pithy quotes in his interviews. Among them:"I used to be a psychic, but I drank my way out of it."
  19. Khawaja Saad Rafique. Photo:Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Monday that though his party has no differences with the judiciary, however it reserves the right to voice its opinion if their decisions are contrary to the law. Rafique told journalists after attending a meeting along with Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq with party leader Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence that: ?Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has repeatedly admitted of owning an offshore company, however, he was allowed to be off the hook, which showed that there exists different criteria of justice?. He said that chief justice is right in saying that the judiciary should not be criticized but the judges should also be cautious in giving their remarks. ?We have delivered more than those who we are competing with,? he said, ?No one can say now that they have been in opposition. PTI and Jamat-e-Islami have Khyber Pakhtunkuwa?s provincial government, they are accountable to the people of their province.? He said that it will be decided in the election that whether politics of abuse will win or politics of development. ?Imran Khan will win if people opts for politics of abuse, and we will win if they will vote for development,? he added. Rafique said that the concerns of the speaker should be taken into consideration on every level. He said that Imran Khan?s attitude is not one of a political opponent rather that of someone bent on creating unrest. The railways minister said that the country can only progress if judiciary, military, and other state institutions work in tandem. ?If we all work within our constitutional boundaries and don?t become a danger to one another and don?t turn our differences into enmity then there is no danger to the progress of the country,? he remarked.
  20. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has lent his distinctive voice to a Christmas-themed video produced by an activist group highlighting climate change. The video, ?The Very Hot Snowman,? shows a cartoon snowman, melting under the heat of the sun, while Gallagher?s narration warns ?Our earth is too ?ot, and it?s getting even ?otter,? and urges people to get involved in a campaign to raise awareness of climate change. It was produced by director and photographer Rankin, on behalf of The Climate Coalition, an umbrella group of 130 British organisations including the National Trust and Oxfam, advocating for political action on the environment. Gallagher had a string of hits with Oasis in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including ?Live Forever? and ?Wonderwall?, before the band split in 2009. His first album as a solo artist, ?As You Were,? was released in October 2017, and topped the UK album charts.
  21. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan (R) arrive for a news conference following their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal/Files MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone on Thursday and expressed serious concern about Washington?s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel?s capital, the Kremlin said on Thursday. ?Both sides expressed serious concern in connection with the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the announcement of plans to transfer the American embassy there from Tel Aviv. Such steps can cancel out prospects for a Middle East peace process,? the Kremlin said in a statement. ?They noted that a further escalation of tension in the region cannot be allowed. "The efforts of the international community should be directed to facilitating a renewal of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations with the aim of seeking compromise solutions to all the problems, including the question of Jerusalem?s status.? US President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of US policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperilling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies.
  22. Rohingya refugees walk after crossing the Naf River at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files WASHINGTON/PHNOM PENH: Just days after the killing of a prominent Cambodian government critic last year during a crackdown by the country?s longtime leader, President Barack Obama dispatched Washington?s chief human rights envoy to Phnom Pesignallingend the activist?s funeral. In meetings with Cambodian authorities, the then-Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski warned the military not to intervene in the political turmoil or else crucial US ties would suffer, sending a clear message that America stood behind the opposition. It was one example of the kind of high-level, rapid-response US diplomacy that President Donald Trump has so far avoided in Cambodia even as the Southeast Asian nation ? together with many of its neighbours ? has lurched increasingly away from the democratic path. As Trump prepares to depart on his first Asia tour, which will bring him face-to-face with a number of leaders with poor human rights records, his administration has been taking a more muted approach than his predecessor to such concerns, said current and former US officials, rights activists and diplomats. In addition to the situation in Cambodia, they cite what they see as a slow, overly cautious response to Myanmar?s Rohingya crisis, Trump?s failure to publicly call out autocratic leaders he meets over rights abuses, an eagerness to engage with the Philippines? controversial president, Rodrigo Duterte, and a less vocal approach to human rights in China. National security adviser H.R. McMaster pushed back against the notion that Trump would downplay human rights on his November 3-14 trip, saying he would speak out ?about the importance of promoting freedom and individual rights?. ?How much does it help to yell about these problems? It hasn?t really delivered in recent history anyway,? McMaster told reporters Thursday when asked why Trump condemns US adversaries ? such as Syria and Venezuela ? on human rights grounds but not the Philippines, Turkey, and Russia. 'America First' The dominant view within Trump?s White House is that under his ?America First,? world-view human rights concerns related to allies and strategically important countries should be managed gently to avoid impeding job-creating business deals or undercutting security efforts such as isolating North Korea, several Trump aides said. Soft-pedaling human rights may also help Washington avoid alienating countries in Southeast Asia that it wants to keep from moving further into China?s orbit, those aides said. Beijing puts little pressure on its neighbours over such issues. This approach, however, has sown frustration among some US diplomats who deal with human rights and disappointed dissidents in several countries, according to Reuters interviews with more than a dozen people involved in these matters in Washington and Asian capitals. The failure so far to fill several senior Asia and human rights posts at the State Department is a further handicap, they say. Evan Medeiros ? Obama?s former top Asia adviser ? is one of those critical of what he sees as the Trump administration?s lower-key approach to human rights. ?It?s a false dichotomy to say that somehow a focus on human rights detracts from American security or economic well-being,? he said. Even under Obama, however, there were some in the human rights community who at times found fault with US actions. While the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was praised for stressing human rights in Asia-Pacific trade negotiations, he faced criticism that he suspended sanctions on Myanmar prematurely and lifted a ban on the sale of lethal arms to Vietnam. ?He spoke eloquently and sometimes delivered,? said John Sifton ? Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. ?But he also didn?t fully use the carrots and sticks of American power.? Though Trump has said little on human rights beyond condemning adversaries such as North Korea and Venezuela, United Nations envoy Nikki Haley has been one of the few top aides who have spoken out more broadly. She visited sub-Saharan Africa and pressed leaders to tackle political and humanitarian problems. ?We are not here to lecture? Trump set the tone in Saudi Arabia in May when he told an audience that included monarchs and strongmen from the Muslim world: ?We are not here to lecture.? He has hosted several autocratic leaders ? including Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who had been frozen out of White House visits since leading a 2014 military coup ? but has steered clear of publicly criticizing their records on human rights. Such visits under Obama usually included addressing rights concerns, the Democratic president?s former aides said. McMaster insisted that Trump preferred to deal with such issues ?quietly in every relationship?. One closely watched meeting will be with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Trump praised him in a phone call in April for a bloody anti-drugs campaign. An administration official told reporters human rights would be part of their ?frank and friendly discussions?. But the government in Manila has been feeling less heat from the Trump administration about extrajudicial killings linked to drugs crackdown, according to a foreign ministry official. ?It?s a very different White House under President Donald Trump, not like under President Barack Obama, who pushed human rights hard during his term,? the official told Reuters. ?We are not hearing this from the White House.? Another issue expected to be front and centre is Myanmar?s Rohingya crisis. Trump?s critics, including Democratic lawmakers, have chided the administration for what they have seen as a halting response. US officials have been reluctant to label the situation as ?ethnic cleansing? even though the United Nations has used the term. Myanmar rejects that accusation, saying that action was needed to combat terrorism. Two months after an outbreak of violence that sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing into Bangladesh, Washington has now sent a senior delegation, announced a planned visit by Tillerson on November 15, and is threatening modest sanctions. Cambodia crackdown When Kem Ley ? a popular Cambodian political commentator ? was murdered by a gunman in July 2016, Malinowski, the State Department official, flew to Phnom Penh just days later and met top aides to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled for more than three decades. Malinowski?s stern words helped give local diplomats leverage to press rights concerns behind the scenes, said one US official involved in Southeast Asia diplomacy. This year Hun Sen has intensified his crackdown, including the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha, while also stepping up rhetoric against Washington. The State Department has largely limited its response to statements of ?deep concern?. Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan said Cambodia had not felt pressure from Washington and Trump was clearly taking a different approach. In Vietnam, dissident Nguyen Quang A expressed pessimism about Trump?s visit. Nguyen, who was detained by authorities on his way to meet Obama during a visit last year, said, ?I don?t think Trump will talk about human rights. Just look at his words and actions.? The White House has not signalled that Trump plans to meet any dissidents during his Asia trip, something Obama frequently did in his foreign travels. In Beijing, some US diplomats expressed frustration over what they see as botched messaging signalling a retreat on human rights. But the officials said the administration has supported work on behalf of Chinese dissidents. A Beijing-based diplomat from another Western country said, however, that US participation in meetings between Western allies to coordinate strategy on human rights was much reduced, for example, when it came to putting out joint statements on issues of concern. China has been ?relieved? to see Trump giving human rights less weight, according to a Chinese diplomat in Washington. But Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, ?As for human rights, we are always willing to have constructive dialogue with countries of the world on the basis of mutual respect.?
  23. A moment from the upcoming drama film ?Qarib Qarib Singlle? Atif Aslam is back, this time by lending his soulful notes to the new track ?Jaane De? from the upcoming Bollywood film ?Qarib Qarib Singlle?. The film stars Irrfan Khan and Parvathy in lead roles, in a departure from the usual fairytale romances by portraying the dilemma of commitment. It tells a romantic tale of two people who start liking each other but are not able to commit easily. The song ?Jaane De? is penned by Raj Shekhar and composed by Vishal Mishra, and depicts this dilemma in the backdrop of Atif?s voice. The film is slated to hit theatres on November 10.
  24. Robert Guillaume Two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, best known for voicing Rafiki in ?The Lion King? and for his role in sitcom ?Benson?, died of complications from prostate cancer on Tuesday, his wife said. He was 89. The gravelly voiced Guillaume, who thrived in Broadway musicals before starring on the TV series ?Soap? and its spinoff ?Benson,? died at his Los Angeles home, his wife Donna Brown Guillaume said in a statement. It is not known how long he had been battling cancer. Robert Guillaume first played sarcastic and irascible butler Benson DuBois on the over-the-top soap opera parody series ?Soap,? which debuted in 1977 and also starred Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan and Billy Crystal. His work on that show won Guillaume won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series in 1979. His character became so popular that the ABC network created ?Benson? for him and that series ran for seven seasons from 1979 to 1986. Guillaume?s character had been a butler on ?Soap? but on ?Benson? he served as a state governor?s director of household affairs, then state budget director, lieutenant governor and candidate for governor. Guillaume won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series in 1985 for ?Benson,? the last of six times that he was nominated for an Emmy playing the character. He became the first black actor to win that award. In accepting the Emmy, he joked, ?I?d like to thank Bill Cosby for not being here,? referring to the fact that the star of ?The Cosby Show? and the leading contender for the award had earlier taken himself out of the running for it. Guillaume said he was sensitive about not playing his character as a racial stereotype and was pleased that Benson evolved from being a butler to a political power player - albeit one that retained the same crotchety attitude. ?Upward mobility? ?In all honesty and candor and modesty, I always wanted the character to have that kind of upward mobility because it mirrored the American dream,? Guillaume told the Washington Post in 1985. ?When I took a role like Benson, which was in that time-honored sense ?another black person in a servant?s role,? I only took the part because it was a good part, it was a part in which I thought, with my own set of ideas about things, I could say something. And indeed that has been the case. We saw Benson was in no way anyone?s inferior.? After the end of ?Benson,? he starred in the short-lived sitcom ?The Robert Guillaume Show? in 1989, as well as the series ?Pacific Station? (1991-1992) and ?Sports Night? (1998-2000). He suffered a stroke in 1999 on the set of ?Sports Night? but was able to return to his role within weeks. On film, Guillaume provided the voice for the mandrill Rafiki in Disney?s animated 1994 hit ?The Lion King? and appeared with Morgan Freeman in the 1989 drama ?Lean on Me.? In 1977, he earned a Tony Award nomination for his role in the Broadway musical ?Guys and Dolls.? He also had leading roles on stage in ?Purlie? and ?Golden Boy.? Born Robert Peter Williams on Nov. 30, 1927, he changed his name to Robert Guillaume to make it more distinctive (Guillaume is French for William). He was raised by his strong-willed grandmother in a St. Louis slum after his alcoholic mother gave up her children and his father abandoned the family. After a brief military stint, he worked a series of jobs including as a trolley driver to save money for college. He studied music at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was noticed by a Hungarian opera singer who helped him get a scholarship to the 1957 Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado. That was followed by an apprenticeship at a theater in Cleveland where he made his professional debut.
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