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  1. If there is anything 2019 taught us about Ravichandran Ashwin, it was that the Indian cricketer does not back down from confronting anyone. It all started during the previous season of the Indian Premier League when the then Kings XI Punjab skipper Ashwin dismissed Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler by âmankadingâ him. Ravi Ashwinâs Mankad garnered widespread condemnation from the cricket world. But thereâs another key side to the debate. MORE: https://t.co/OHfU7KCorD pic.twitter.com/U35w475JYS â Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 26, 2019 By ripping the bails off the stumps at the non-strikerâs end even before delivering the ball when the Englishman was out of the crease, Ashwin created a stir on social media with many calling it unsportsmanlike while others showing the all-rounder some support as it was not illegal according to the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC). âNo real argument on that and it was pretty instinctive. I didn't even load and he (Buttler) just left the crease. We ended on the right side of the coin, but I definitely think that those are game-changing moments and batsmen need to be wary of it,â Ashwin told Harsha Bhogle in the award distribution ceremony after the game. EXCLUSIVE: @jimmy9 give us his unique take on @josbuttlerâs controversial run out last week... More rows should be settled like this. Full story on this weekâs #Tailenders https://t.co/YOQ4PMSwiu pic.twitter.com/hYCPpdSqJm â Greg James (@gregjames) March 31, 2019 Buttlerâs former teammate James âJimmyâ Anderson, however, did not want to let go of this issue that easily and in a viral video went on to rip one of Ashwinâs images into pieces using a paper shredder. To this Ashwin had said: âToday Jimmy Anderson might feel that whatever I did was wrong. Maybe, tomorrow he might end up doing it [a 'Mankad']. Who knows? It is a question of perception of right and wrong. I don't think in this case it is necessary because it is in the law and I did.â âEverybody who knows me, it is very clear (to them) that I don't do anything that is illegal,â he had said. But even though years changed and decades changed, is it clear that Ashwin did not forget the sight of Anderson shredding his picture. So when the former wrote a tweet about abolishing the rule of âmankadingâ from the books of the ICC and the MCC, the Chennai player found his opening. On Friday, Afghanistan's Noor Ahmad got rid of Pakistanâs Mohammad Huraria by âmankadingâ him during the U19 World Cup quarterfinals. Just like any other controversial moment in international cricket, this too led to social media dividing into two sides to discuss what had happened. Where do you stand on the Mankad at the Under-19 World Cup?#U19CWCpic.twitter.com/br9p4YanoO â The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) January 31, 2020 However, it was Jimmy Anderson who created the biggest noise: Can we sort out (remove) this law please @ICC #MCC?? https://t.co/dec60oogif â James Anderson (@jimmy9) January 31, 2020 And Ashwin had to say something about it: Law removal might need some deliberation!! A Shredder might do the trick for now𤩠https://t.co/8z5TNT57kZ â Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 1, 2020 Both Ashwin and Anderson share a unique rivalry. In that, they somehow manage to cross paths whenever a âmankadingâ incident happens. While the English pacer seems to be absolutely against this rule, Ashwin believes that it is completely legal and the bowlers should do it whenever the opportunity presents itself. In December Ashwin took to Twitter to share some time with his fans and interact with them a little. One of the fans asked : âWho are the potential batsmen you can Mankad this IPL? #askashâ, to which the all-rounder replied: âAnyone that goes out of the crease.â View the full article
  2. When Vietjet Air first invited me to Vietnam in December last year, aboard their first flight from Delhi, two very distinct images flashed across my mind. One was of course from Diane Nguyenâs amusing homecoming trip to Hanoi in Season 5 of Bojack Horseman, and second, much more contrastingly, was the gruesome 1972 âNapalm Girlâ from the Vietnam War. Voted as one of the most influential photos of all time, the latter, an iconic war image, shows a nine-year-old girl running unclothed towards the camera, as a bomb burned down her village, then her clothes and then almost half of her skin. View this post on Instagram#Vietjet is the first airline to bring you direct flights from New Delhi to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In just 4 hours, you can start exploring the fine concoction that is Vietnam! Log on to www.vietjetair.com to book your flights today. . . . . #vietjet #vietjetair #vietnam #vietnamtourism #flights #bestdeals #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #instatravel #travelogue #travelling #instatravelling #vacay #vacation #vacationmode #explore #tourism #travelphotography #welltravelled #flight #flightcrew #friendlystaff #directflight #vietnamese #vietnamesefood #hanoi #hanoivietnam #hochiminhcity #hochiminhA post shared by (@vietjetindia) And despite a preset itinerary, I set out to trace their footsteps in my rather bastardly, touristy ways, only to discover something completely unexpected ultimately. FYI neither was I going through a divorce like Diane, nor was my country burning like the Napalm Girlâs (or at least thatâs what I thought while taking off on December 12, 2019). Before we begin, a few quick pointers for the curious: You need a passport with minimum six months validity, with at least two blank pagesEasiest way to get a visa and avoid queues is to apply for visa on arrival online. Upload documents and get the visa within 3-5 working daysIdeal way to travel from Delhi is via a Vietjet flight (https://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/NewsDetail/news/4109/vietjet-is-a-pioneer-in-launching-2-direct-flights-from-vietnam-to-new-delhi-india) to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. We all know how insane the sale prices were, but otherwise also you can get tickets for under Rs 12,000-15,000 if you plan well(The process isnât too tedious; mine was completed by the organisers, so jokeâs on you, JK) Part 1Coming back to the trip, it kicked off from an airport lounge at Delhiâs Terminal 3 (again arranged by the organisers) with a bunch of fellow journalists and bloggers. The flight to Hanoi took off on time and upon landing early morning, the immigration process was hassle-free as well. We set off on a local sightseeing tour immediately after breakfast, most amazingly in our own bus. We even got our personal tour guide, a 50-something gentleman who was extremely fatherly to say the least. Quick Vietnam socio-geography lesson before we begin: The country is made of three parts primarily â north, central and south. After many years of conflict, the communists finally seemed to rule the entire state before a proxy war started between Russian (pro-communist) and American (pro-capitalist) allied forces, who supported North and South respectively. And although the war ended with a communist victory in 1975, cultural and political differences still exist between the people from both sides. We are in the North right now. First stop: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Itâs literally got the embalmed body of Ho Chi. Who is Ho Chi? Popularly referred to as Uncle Ho, heâs the Mahatma Gandhi equivalent of Vietnam. He led the independence movement from 1941 onward, defeating the French Union at the Battle of Äiá»n Biên Phủ in 1954, and ending the First Indochina War. Wish we could preserve Gandhiâs body, but we also wish that he was not murdered like he was. (Note: Donât wear short shorts, tank tops or anything non-sanskari) Next stop: The Temple of Literature.Essentially, this near 1000-year old edifice was once a college for the royals and other members of the imperial society. Fun fact: The temples of this variety that are dedicated to Confucius, the Chinese philosopher who advocated personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity, are called Confucian temples. © MensXP/Alshaar From my little understanding of Vietnam till this point (mostly from conversations with the tour guide and locals), it sure appears that a part of Confucius has stayed with them. It remains a communist regime, one of the handful that have survived in the 21st Century. Yet, it is one of the leading economies in South East Asia. Its infrastructure is at least a decade ahead of India and even its manufacturing sector is set to hit targets better. As a society, there is more gender equality in Vietnam and compulsory education policy is quantitatively eight years ahead of India. Moreover, English is their first foreign language and Mandarin is also fashionable. All in all, you would have a better standard of living doing what youâre doing in India right now. Some might struggle with the food though. We had a big lunch at a famous chicken restaurant downtown following the temple visit. And of course, mister tour guide ensured all local culinary delights are spread out on the table. This included heaps of chicken, prawns, shrimps and boiled fish. Vietnamese sauces are not as spicy as their Thai rivals, but youâll love the cuisine if youâre fond of seafood. © MensXP/Alshaar But the coffee is universally loved. Weâre talking about OG Vietnamese coffee; not the coffee + condensed milk pudding that you get in India in the name of Vietnamese coffee. My coffee baptising happened at Café Giang (the founders of egg coffee in 1946), post an hour-long cycle ride around Hoan Kiem Lake & The Old Quarter, where I shared a cigarette with my driver. In sign language, he told me that you can find the stronger stuff in the market too. Not that I necessarily indulged. The coffee, just like all traditional coffee shops in Vietnam, is made with egg. Yes, egg. The main ingredients of the egg coffee are espresso, condensed milk, a little sugar, butter, cheese and egg yolk, resembling a tiramisu in taste. Everything but the coffee is whisked into a creamy foam in a beater (originally in a small cup and by a bamboo whisk), before being poured over the coffee. You get two versions â the hot and the cold â and of course I tried both. After all, how much coffee is too much coffee? Donât listen to me, these two cups were enough. It was a stupid idea, but there was a seat reserved for me at the world-famous Lang Toi human circus in the cityâs opera house. And despite my coffee rush, I was obliged to attend. © MensXP/Alshaar Blame it on the caffeine, but the acrobatics and gymnastics, the stories of the village, the portrayal of innocent love, of seasons, of women, of men, of children, are scintillating, often leaving the jaw dropped, more often the heart stopped . After the 70-minute show, the group of 20-odd even escorts you out of the auditorium with music originating from the clapping of bamboo sticks. The night ended with another wholesome local meal, at Grandma Restaurant, before we ventured out to explore the nightlife at the Hanoi Night Market, very close to the Old Quarter. The streets are lined with tiny bars and pubs. A beer can costs around Rs 60-70 and Hanoi is a must-try. There are local breweries in other parts of the city too, but I was at my touristy max and wonât have much to offer to the discerning taste buds. © MensXP/Alshaar Back at the hotel though, my not-so-touristy instincts took me back to the Diane place. I somewhat managed to relive her experience, squeezing so much into one day, and still felt the same kind of cultural emptiness that she experiences, despite being here for some kind of enlightenment or higher gain. Part 2But the trip would then take me to exactly where she went next: Ha Long Bay, and marked a completely new dawn. © MensXP/Alshaar Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, around 180km east of Hanoi. The bus took around four hours to reach the boarding point of the ferry, which then carried us inside the waters of this astounding archipelago of around 2,000 limestone karsts and isles that come in various shapes and sizes. The limestone in this bay has undergone 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. And in the land where even prehistoric humans might have existed, we paid them a fitting tribute by getting drunk. The ferry had a variety of wonderful prawns and fishes on offer as we drank the afternoon away. © MensXP/Alshaar At the farthest end of the waters, marked by the Luon Cave, was a dock that hosted activities like kayaking and snorkelling. Iâm not a swimmer but the beer helped conquer the nerves and we saw the sun go down from kayaking in this gorgeously vestigial part of the South China Sea. Part 3Following another big local meal and a late night of beer drinking, we flew Vietjet to Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon) the next afternoon (of course, we got another tour bus and a rather puffed-up tour guide). This now is South Vietnam, where a large chunk of action happened during the Vietnam War. But again, the packed itinerary meant our tired souls needed a quieter evening, in order to resume the hardcore sightseeing on the final day in the city. But a dramatic turn of events later I was hooked to my Twitter feed, reading up on the police brutalities that took place in the Jamia Millia Islamia campus that day. The conversation about selective targeting of Muslims was now peaking, days after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in the Parliament as an Act. As most people know by now, it allows all non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to seek citizenship in India, and when clubbed with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), has invoked fears of Muslims being put in detention camps, like it happened in Assam in 2019. Night transitioned to day, and I was now in the Vietnam War Museum. The news from India kept developing. Protests were aplenty and the âapoliticalâ on my feed had also begun participating. The right-wing of course had hardened further. © MensXP/Alshaar Inside the four-storey museum was an account of the gruesome consequences of the Vietnam War. It told tales of the generations of people affected by bio-chemical weapons, the massacres committed by the American army on innocent Vietnamese villagers, and most remarkably, in the middle of a series of tear jerking pictures was the Napalm Girl. It represents the lowest of human actions and the most inhuman nature of their ramifications. And as details of police brutalities emerged from the Jamia violence, the metaphor could not be clearer. Our last and final stop on the trip was at the Cu Chi tunnels. The now restored forests spurted out thousands of arms and artillery at the time of being vetted post war. Another metaphor? The tunnels, used by anti-America soldiers as hiding spots during combat, emerged as symbols of resistance and the battle for liberation. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the fighters in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort, according to my tour guide. With this as the last conversation and a heavy heart from all the violence in India, we headed back to the airport and landed in India via the second direct Vietjet flight route. I was supposed to write this travelogue immediately after, but the protests kept me occupied, psychologically, when not physically. Despite being there, I couldnât help being apologetic about my privilege. Just like Cu Chi though, Shaheen Bagh emerged as Indiaâs biggest hotspot of resistance. And just like the strong women soldiers of Cu Chi, whose videos are proudly screened for visitors, the women of Delhi have spearheaded Indiaâs battle for true democracy. At the end of the dimly lit tunnel that India traversing right now, the protestors represent a rare glimmer. Of the many lessons that can be learnt from Vietnam, one is that there is no winner in a war. And the second, in very Bojack Horseman-esque manner is: âIt gets easier. Every day, it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day â thatâs the hard part.â The fight to regain Indiaâs original fabric is going to be long, and more strength to the ones showing up every day. View the full article
  3. The United States, frankly, has been involved in too many wars in the last twenty years, he said
  4. Instead of their usual pictures, everyone has now been sharing a collage of their pictures and honestly, that's the only thing people have posted these past few days. The 'LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder' meme has spread like wildfire on the internet and has everyone going through all of their pictures to find the perfect one to fit every category. And, as always, even celebrities couldn't stay away from this viral trend, of course. Actually, it was all started by a celeb only, yep, legendary singer Dolly Parton was the one to bless us all with this self-indulgent trend. View this post on InstagramGet you a woman who can do it all ðA post shared by (@dollyparton) Also, is this the first proper meme of the year, and decade? Probably, and it's a very cool one, so that's great. After the first post, all the celebrities hopped on the bandwagon and now, it has officially spread to Bollywood as well. Well, we knew she would opt for Bumble instead of Tinder. View this post on InstagramDoing it all because Dolly said so. #dollypartonchallengeA post shared by (@priyankachopra) That caption, tho. View this post on InstagramAs you know I am a man of many expressions!! Many a time I am asked why I pout so much! Well I donât have an answer to that! I pout as soon as a camera is within 10 feet of me! I canât help myself! Itâs an inbuilt mechanism that activates itself on its own and no amount of requests for a smile or a candid laugh can take my pout away from me! Itâs a part of my lip till fillers replace it...Itâs now a part of my personality! I suck my cheeks, squint my eyes...pretend I am Brad Pitt ( in my head) and Voila! You have a 47 year old man who thinks he is Paris Hilton! ( also known as a midlife crisis) ...I am happy! So please donât rain on my pout parade! â¤ï¸ðA post shared by (@karanjohar) I like the videos, shows more effort. View this post on InstagramA man with a plan, family, attitude & hope ðA post shared by (@sidmalhotra) He decided to make the meme his own. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@ayushmannk) Well. View this post on InstagramForever good hair days! ðð @tresemmeindiaA post shared by (@jacquelinef143) The rhyming is an extra touch. View this post on InstagramInsta is my A gameð· Tinder for the flameð¥ For Linkedin one can try to be tame ð¼ FB for those throwbacks, no shameð¶ Different personalities, but Sara's still the sameðð» Sara ka Saara ðð»ââï¸ Sara @pumaindia ðð»âð»ðð»ðªð»A post shared by (@saraalikhan95) Good one. View this post on InstagramHusn Ke Lakhon RANG..Konsa RANG Dekhoge ð हà¥à¤¸à¥à¤¨ à¤à¥ लाà¤à¥à¤ रà¤à¤ à¤à¥à¤¨ सा रà¤à¤ दà¥à¤à¥à¤à¥ ð #diljitdosanjh #diljit #delhiA post shared by (@diljitdosanjh) Could've been better. View this post on Instagram#ForAllYourFaces ð¥°ð¥°ðð @facescanadaA post shared by (@kritisanon) Sorry, everyone, no one can top this. View this post on InstagramGet a guy who will play them all â¨A post shared by (@markruffalo) Okay, she killed it too. View this post on InstagramSo Which Gal Am I? ð¤·ð»ââ Some funny takes of the #DollyPartonChallenge Iâve seen from @dcnautasclub @wondervaughn @galgadotwonderfulA post shared by (@gal_gadot) View the full article
  5. 1917, is one of the best war-films released in 2019 across the globe and on 17 Jan, 2020 in India, that is sweeping the award season this year. But the reason why 1917 is so unique is that the film design makes the viewer believe that everything was shot in one single cut. Set in April 1917, the film takes place during the first World War. Germans have retreated back from the French territory mysteriously and without warning, later, it's found out that it's a trap set by the Germans. The British Battalion of 1600 men set to attack the Germans on the Hindenburg Line the next morning could potentially lose their lives in this trap. The film follows the mission of two soldiers Dean-Charles Chapman as Lance Corporal Blake and George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield who are asked to deliver the message to the battalion and further asking them to stand down. The pair has to cross the vast "no man's land" filled with the debris of dead soldiers and scavengers feasting on these bodies. © DreamWorks Pictures This anti-war film doesn't follow the generic format of the war-genre with a redemptive arc for the protagonist. Instead, the film focuses on making this mission an experiential one. You'll feel like following the two soldiers. Directed and co-written by Sam Mendes, the film features Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch among others in pivotal roles. With stunning visuals and exceptional narrative, the film has historical roots but is certainly not based on a true story. Here are seven real-life historical connections with the film that make the narrative even more compelling. © DreamWorks Pictures 1. Sam Mendes's grandfather, Alfred H. Mendes served as a soldier in World War 1 for the British army on the Western Front and was sent on a mission in which he had to traverse across the âno man's landâ. However, the plotline in this film is largely inspired by his experience and the characters are fictional. The mission was written by the scriptwriters and most events are fabricated versions of the real-life event. The narrative to save a soldier's brother and his entire battalion is an incredible tale but it's important to note that the story is necessarily not a true one. © DreamWorks Pictures 2. It's true that the Germans obliterated everything in their wake, that could potentially be used by the Allies while retreating, creating a vast âno man's landâ. Roads, bridges, and water pipes were all destroyed in case the Allies moved forwards. Instead, booby-traps and barbed wire were set up which is represented in the extremely authentic set design in 1917. Itâs partly based on real-life events. © DreamWorks Pictures 3. In real life, Mendes's grandfather was given the Military Medal after volunteering to locate soldiers during the Battle of Passchendaele. This instance inspired the discussion between the two soldiers in the film about the honour of a military medal. McKay's character had received one and claimed it as a "piece of tin" that he traded for wine when he was thirsty. While Chapman's character held it as a symbol of pride and was rather excited to receive one. © DreamWorks Pictures 4. During the war, these trenches went on for miles of complicated twists and turns. The trenches on the Western Front were a pivotal feature of WWI and were created with as much accuracy as possible in the film. They hired a British Army veteran, Paul Biddiss, to act as a technical adviser to make these trenches in the film look as authentic as possible. The crew had dug about 2,500 feet of trenches by the end of it. © DreamWorks Pictures 5. In the timeline that this movie is set up, in real time, the First Battle of Passchendaele (or the Third Battle of Ypres) was underway. The battle that occurs in the film is heavily modeled on the Battle of Poelcappelle, which took place during the previously mentioned battles. This battle too was based on misleading information, much like it was in the movie. During this battle, the Allies thought they had an advance, but in reality, they did not. © DreamWorks Pictures 6. The background characters in the film are seen passing time by performing certain actions that were actually done by soldiers as they 'waited' for the battle to take place. Army Veteran, Paul Biddiss lent his expertise in assigning them tasks or leisure activities possible at the front. These included using candles to kill lice, filling sandbags, or even playing chess with buttons. © DreamWorks Pictures 7. 6 April, 1917, the date the film is set is based on the events that took place on 5 April. During the war, the Germans moved their troops to the Hindenburg Line along the Aisne River. The dispute between the Allies seeing it as a 'retreat' and the Germans seeking resources and a better location was actually based on real events. Besides, 6 April was the date that the Americans entered the war. Source: SCREENRANT View the full article
  6. As the clock ticks closer to the 8th of February, all eyes are on the capital for a variety of reasons. After becoming the epicentre of India's current nationwide protests, another massively important political phenomenon looms heavy on the horizon - Delhi's Legislative Assembly Elections. And like any good election bout, the finger-pointing started well in advance. It all began when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) put out this tongue-in-cheek tweet - and surprised us all by referencing one of India's favourite 90's films, Baazigar. All the best Sir @ManojTiwariMP pic.twitter.com/C9oTfInf7u — AAP (@AamAadmiParty) January 12, 2020 For context, the scene implies AAP Chief Kejriwal (Shah Rukh Khan) setting his sights on Delhi's MLA Seats (Kajol) - while BJP Delhi Leader Manoj Tiwari (Siddhart Ray) looks on from the sidelines. Note that they didn't even mention the Indian National Congress. The BJP Twitter account wasn't going to take such an insult lightly, however - and unfortunately for AAP, they seemed to be pretty serious SRK fans themselves. In Baazigar, Khan plays the role of a man hell-bent on revenge regardless of the cost - going so far as to cheat, murder and die in the process, and the BJP wasn't going down without reminding everyone about the film's, uh… chronology. Whoever is handling this account is writing Arvind Kejriwal's political obituary. SRK was a manipulative villain in the movie who was plotting against Kajol & her family. He killed Kajol's sister. And, in the end, he got killed for his sins. Same fate awaits Kejriwal in Delhi! https://t.co/Bv2mTHBD2N — BJP Delhi (@BJP4Delhi) January 12, 2020 Last (and probably the least), the Delhi Congress showed up late to the party. Dear @AamAadmiParty & @BJP4India, As you can see in the picture, Kajol (Delhi) doesn't seem interested in either of you and is actually looking towards Congress! We assure you that we will rescue Delhi from both of you. https://t.co/PTxzvNg40L — Delhi Congress (@INCDelhi) January 13, 2020 Jokes aside, it's strange how a meme war over Twitter can hold parallels to a real-life election. Thousands of users chimed in with their own tweets, making light of the situation and supporting whichever side they wanted: If we go by your meme, this is going to happen in the end : pic.twitter.com/pRYMn1ryxR — THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) January 12, 2020 Others considered the memes unnecessary. Stop unnecessary thing. Use time for sharing positing thing rather than trolling. This is official handle of AAP. Keep some respect. Dont behave like BJP ideology. We are not BJP. We have values. — Think Wisely (@ThinkWisely5) January 12, 2020 It's definitely a strange time for Indian politics, that's to be sure. After a well-publicised #MeToo scandal, event management company OML's CEO Vijay Nair has played a hand in working with the AAP's digital media strategies - perhaps this 'millennial' angle owes itself to his influence within the organisation. A recent video further makes that target demographic even more clear with a 'Super-Mario' themed promotional animation. SUPER KEJRIWAL pic.twitter.com/PDZoUYxd6s — AAP (@AamAadmiParty) January 13, 2020 We can only expect more of this in the coming weeks. View the full article
  7. People look at foldable Samsung smart phones at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Photo: AFPChinese tech producers were present in large numbers showcasing televisions, smartphones and much more at the premier of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, undeterred by their country's trade war with the US. "Companies are all capitalists, and I think everyone is just holding their breath," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy. "I think nobody wants to burn any bridges right now, and almost everybody is acting like there are not any issues." Titans such as Huawei, TCL, Skyworth, Hisense and Lenovo once again had eye-catching booths on the show floor where throngs of CES goers checked out their latest innovations. The number of Chinese exhibitors, overall, was down slightly with some smaller companies skipping the show, according to Sarah Brown, communications director of the Consumer Technology Association that runs the annual gadget extravaganza. US on roadmap TCL showed off new 8K televisions, and teased a set of new smartphones, one of them synched to super-fast 5G telecom networks, aimed specifically at the US market. "We can see that the relations between China and US are getting better," TCL overseas business group general manager Harry Wu told AFP. "At the same time we have a supply chain worldwide, no matter Mexico, Vietnam, India or other countries, we have plans to support our sells in US." Wu held firm that TCL has not changed its focus or global business plans due to trade tensions between China and the US. TCL has gained ground fast in the US television market, and sees an opportunity to take advantage of growing brand recognition by broadening its line-up of devices, according to senior vice president Chris Larson. "TCL is huge in China but has factories in Mexico, so it ships goods from Mexico factories to get around tariffs," noted Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart. China-based Skyworth TV has chosen now to enter the US market with rich, big-screen televisions — one an 8K model priced at $5,999. Skyworth is a well established TV brand in its home country. "Our high-end products are more mature and more competitive than ever," said Skyworth chief brand officer Leo Tang. "We´re confident that with the strength of our brand and the quality of our products, Skyworth can start gaining more traction in the US regardless of external challenges." CES bigger than US Chinese companies were plentiful on the expansive show-floor at CES, which wraps up on Friday. Huawei, which has been disparaged by the US government, had its wares on display as it has done at CES for years. "The fact that we have Chinese companies here is encouraging," said Creative Strategies technology analyst Carolina Milanesi. "So they're not boycotting and they see the opportunity. At the end of the day, for all the brands, it's about reaching the biggest addressable market." Analysts noted that CES attracts a global crowd, and even though it takes place in the US alliances or deals made here could be aimed at cultivating business elsewhere. "CES is really a global show, so these companies are sometimes coming to CES but not with the US market in mind," said Brown of the Consumer Technology Association. Out of an anticipated 170,000 attendees, 60,000 were expected to be from outside the US, according to Brown. "For certain, if you don't show up for this event, and you are from China, your potential for getting future business from the US goes down," said analyst Moorhead.
  8. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/FilesNEW YORK: Wall Street stocks climbed up on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump's speech that hinted at deescalation amid fears of a war with Iran, while American hiring data topped expectations. With Trump assuring that there were no American casualties in the overnight Iranian missile strikes and that Tehran appeared to be standing down, the stocks extended gains and eased the concerns of an all-out conflict in the Middle East. As of 11:32AM ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite were up 69.53 points (0.24 percent), 8.41 points (0.26 percent), and 23.52 points (0.26 percent), respectively, at 28,653.21, 3,245.59, and 9,092.10 points. In its first concrete retaliation over the killing of a top Iranian commander, Iran had fired missiles at Iraqi bases hosting US and other foreign troops. So far there were no reports of casualties. A Eurasia Group note predicted that Tehran and US President Donald Trump will de-escalate the crisis, saying the Iran attack "appeared designed for maximum domestic effect with minimum escalatory risk." The market's response suggested investor relief, said Briefing.com analyst Patrick O'Hare. "It's not a foregone conclusion that last night's missile attacks are the end of things but true to its resilient nature, the stock market will render its judgement on the state of affairs based on its assessment of the economic damage done by these unruly affairs," he wrote. Private companies added 202,000 jobs in December, according to payrolls firm ADP. The figures bested analyst expectations and came ahead of Friday's government jobs report. Shares of Boeing fell 2.2 percent following the fatal crash of a Ukraine International Airlines plane in Iran. The plane, a 737-800, is a predecessor version of the Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded following two earlier crashes. Analysts said it was too soon to speculate on causes of the crash, noting the calamity came amid the broader US-Iran clash.
  9. NEW YORK: World oil prices jumped on Friday after the US killed a top Iranian general, fanning fresh fears of conflict in the crude-rich Middle East, with Tehran warning of "severe" retaliation. While global stock markets were mixed following the US killing of Qasem Soleimani, oil prices jumped more than three percent. In Washington, a Pentagon official said the US would deploy at least 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East as Iran´s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised "severe revenge" for the death of the military mastermind. The killing of Soleimani represents "a significant spike in geopolitical risks and could lead to a direct confrontation between the US and Iran," Oxford Economics said in a commentary. "The importance stems less from the potential loss of Iranian oil supplies... and more from the risk that this could spark a broader conflict that draws in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and others," Cailin Birch, global economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit told AFP. "There is also a significant risk that Iran could launch a targeted attack on US ships in the region, which could disrupt seaborne crude oil flows and cause prices to rise further." Oil prices saw record gains in September after attacks on two Saudi Arabian facilities briefly slashed output in the world´s top oil exporter by half. Birch, however, talked down the prospect of a full-blown war and described Friday´s price gains as "fairly muted" so far. European stock markets were mixed, while Wall Street retreated from records, with the Dow ending down 0.8 percent. While US stocks were in the red the whole session, the moderate size of the losses suggested investors recalled the pullbacks following earlier violent events in international hotspots did not prove lasting, said Gregori Volokhine of Meeschaert Financial Services. "It´s like previous geopolitical events and it doesn´t change the broader dynamic of the market, which is that investors are feeling good because the economy is better than expected, the trade war is easing and the Fed is being supportive," he said. Among the sectors, petroleum companies such as Schlumberger and Apache gained, along with defense companies including Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. But airlines shares were under pressure. Meanwhile, investors piled into safe-havens, including government bonds, the Japanese yen and gold, which reached a near four-month peak.
  10. Searches for 'World War 3' spiked on Google within hours of a US airstrike in Iraq which killed a top Iranian general on Friday. Top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was killed after America conducted airstrikes near Baghdad´s international airport. The general's death, confirmed by both Iran and the US, represents the most dramatic escalation between the two countries in recent history. The Pentagon said US President Donald Trump had ordered Soleimani's "killing" in 'retaliation' to a mob earlier this week besieging the US embassy in Baghdad. Reacting to the incident, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed to take "severe revenge" for Soleimani´s death. The heightening tensions sparked panic across the globe, with many struggling to make sense of what comes next. The sense of uncertainty was captured in a sudden spike in searches for the term 'world war 3' on Google recorded by Google Trends. Likewise, Iran was the number 2 most searched trend on Google in the United States, with more than 500,000 searches for the topic. Qassem Soleimani was number 5.
  11. More than 100,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured over the past decade, the United Nations reported. Photo: AFPMore than 100,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured over the past decade, the United Nations (UN) reported Thursday, as it renewed calls to end the bloody 18-year conflict. The announcement comes as the Taliban and US continue to hold talks aimed at drawing a close to America's longest war, after the negotiations were called off in September by President Donald Trump due to insurgent attacks. However fighting continues to rage across the country, with ordinary Afghans frequently bearing the brunt of the violence. "I recognise with extreme sadness that civilian casualties recently surpassed 100,000 in the past 10 years alone, from the time the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) began systematic documentation of civilian casualties," Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN special representative in Afghanistan, said in a statement. "The United Nations urges those participating in all peace efforts to consider the millions of ordinary Afghans, especially the victims of the conflict, who want a chance to live in peace so they can rebuild their lives." The grim milestone also comes days after officials announced preliminary results in Afghanistan's latest presidential elections that put President Ashraf Ghani on track to secure a second term. The Taliban have long viewed Ghani as an American stooge and have refused to negotiate with him, leading many to fear that fighting will continue even if the US secures an eventual deal with the militants. Earlier this year, the UN reported that an "unprecedented" number of civilians had been killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July 1 to September 30 this year, saying there had been 1,174 deaths and 3,139 injuries in that period. A UN tally found that last year was the deadliest on record, with at least 3,804 civilian deaths caused by the war — including 927 children.
  12. President Arif Alvi on Monday expressed outrage at the brutal tactics being adopted by the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to crush student protests in the capital New Delhi after a contentious citizenship bill was passed by the Indian parliament last week, sparking riots and violence.In a message posted on the social networking platform Twitter early on Monday morning, the president shared a video of an unidentified girl who, in the video, narrates the ordeal of a group of girls beaten with sticks by the police on Sunday at a mosque inside the Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi.Violent protests have spread across India after the successful passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Indian parliament. According to the new law, India will grant citizenship to people of numerous faiths fleeing persecution from Muslim-majority neighbouring countries, except Muslims.On Sunday, more than 100 activists protesting against the new law were injured in Delhi as they clashed with police who used tear gas and baton charges to disperse demonstrators. By Monday morning, the protests had spread to several university campuses across India, suggested reports.In the message shared on Twitter, President Alvi wrote, "Out of 1000s of messages that have come out of India since y/day, I am tweeting this one particularly as this girl cries & narrates the brutal police action on girls inside the mosque at Jamia Milia Univ in Delhi." "Modi Govt is at war with Muslims using fascist Hindutva barbarism," the president added, echoing the comparisons made by top Pakistani leadership to describe the actions of the Indian premier. Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan had also compared Modi to world war II villain Hitler. Separately, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also expressed concern over the “brutal and indiscriminate use of force” by the Indian state against the student protesters.Qureshi tweeted: “Concerned about the brutal & indiscriminate use of force by the state on Indian Muslim students of Jamia Millia Islamia & Aligarh Muslim University, protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.” The minister said the Modi government is curbing and undermining the rights of minorities in accordance with Hindutva supremacist ideology.Qureshi said, “Illegal annexation of Kashmir, Babari Masjid, Citizenship Amendment Bill which excludes Muslims are all targeted towards subjugation of minorities.”Blame game on as protests rage across IndiaThe protests have raged particularly in some eastern states such as Assam, Tripura and West Bengal, where resentment towards Bangladeshi immigrants has persisted for decades. Authorities have shut down internet access in several parts of the affected states. Modi, speaking at a rally in the eastern state of Jharkhand on Sunday, blamed the Congress party and its allies for inciting violence against the citizenship law. The Congress party in turn slammed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, saying, the government had failed to maintain peace. Local authorities ordered all schools in southeast Delhi to remain closed on Monday. Jamia Millia university had already said, on Saturday, that it was closing early. The Aligarh Muslim University, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, announced it was shutting early after student protests.
  13. At 34 years of age, Pankaj Advani has already achieved everything there is to achieve in the world of snooker. A 23-time World Champion who has an amazing hat-trick of hat-tricks in English billiards, with the World, Asian, and Indian National Championship titles simultaneously in his name in five different years, yet the man is as humble as one can be. Always the first to extend his hand for a handshake and introduce himself even though the world knows about him, one wonders where does he get his humility and meekness from? View this post on Instagram Sport is an art. The essence of art lies in its intensity! #gameface #flashbackfriday #billiards #snooker A post shared by Pankaj Advani (@pankajadvaniofficial) on Jan 25, 2019 at 2:45am PST Pankaj's story can be traced back to when he was merely a child who was stuck at the Belgrade airport with his family when the Gulf War broke out. Scared and all out of money, afraid for their lives, they somehow managed to make it back to India. However, their suffering had not ended yet as a couple of years later, Pankaj's father expired. “That's when my mom made the conscious decision of raising the two of us (Pankaj and his elder brother, Shree) instead of working. She wanted to spend more time nurturing us,” the cueist told MensXP. View this post on Instagram Movie date with mom last nite ð¤ ð #super30 #movie #time A post shared by Pankaj Advani (@pankajadvaniofficial) on Aug 14, 2019 at 12:09am PDT And even though his mother clearly did a fantastic job raising her sons, Pankaj misses the presence of a male role model in the family. “Sometimes I wish that there was a man in the house to instil all the good values in me,” he said. Every day after school, Pankaj would follow his brother and his friends back to a snooker parlour, where he'd just watch them play for hours. For the first three weeks, he didn't even touch the cue because he was short and underaged. So he sat in a corner and tried his best to understand the game. “I am really good at observing things so I'd watch my brother play and try to understand the technicalities of the game. I would notice his stance and the way he bridged,” he said. Finally, Pankaj decided to give the game a shot. He said, “I tried to implement whatever I'd observed and when I struck the ball, it went inside the pocket and then there was no looking back.” View this post on Instagram Qualified as India number 1 for the World Billiards Championship in Myanmar in November, 2018. #billiards #worldchampionship #lookingforward A post shared by Pankaj Advani (@pankajadvaniofficial) on Oct 10, 2018 at 8:26am PDT The 23x World Champion believes that he was extremely fortunate to fall in love with the game of snooker at an early age of 11 and says that even his mother was glad that it kept them away from all the distractions children go through during their teenage years. Advani also has his school Frank Anthony Public School and college Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College to thank behind such a successful career of his. “My education was taken care of. My school and college have been really supportive of my career. When we started playing it was considered to be an unconventional sport but the best part was that our school encouraged us when they saw us succeeding. I even got to miss a few exams,” he said with a smile. View this post on Instagram In 1996, as a 11 yr old kid, I saw Arvind Savur for the first time at the Karnataka State Billiards Association. After a few weeks, I mustered the courage to ask him to coach me. He refused saying that I was too short and it would affect my technique in the long run! I was heartbroken. Few months later, surprisingly, he came up to me and said '' Now you are ready.” I was thrilled!!! Ever since he took me under his wings, I rapidly improved my game and grew as a player. Arvind Uncle has had a huge role to play in my success. So thankful to this amazing, selfless human being for coaching me without charging a single penny for it ðð»Happy Teachers Day!! #teachersday #gratitude #coach #guru A post shared by Pankaj Advani (@pankajadvaniofficial) on Sep 5, 2018 at 5:54am PDT Even with the kind of support he got from his school and his brother, money was a big issue for him. “I remember when I was 14 years old, my mom had to break an FD so that I could go to England to play my first ever international tournament, representing india,” he remembers. “It is so odd and unfortunate to think how difficult it is to get financial support when you are struggling and in desperate need of money but when you are well known, that kind of support comes flowing in, but I guess everything paid off in the end.” Back in the day, Pankaj was this extremely soft-hearted person who instead of calling out his fellow classmates for doing something wrong, would try to find a way to fix the mistake. He has clearly come a long way since then. Now, he believes that if there's something that needs to be said, he would say it. “I feel like If you are holding yourself back all the time, you are living in a world of pretend,” he said. I was slightly busy winning a few Gold Medals for India ðð https://t.co/iafpxSWP82 — Pankaj Advani (@PankajAdvani247) October 1, 2019 “I don't respond to each and every unfair comment on the internet but if and when someone crosses the line, I would not keep quiet.” For someone who calls himself an artist rather than a sportsperson, the cueist doesn't believe planning his retirement. It would not be after he wins a certain number of world championships or when he reached a particular age. It will happen when he believes that he is ready to retire. As a fan of Tennis legend Roger Federer, Pankaj feels that there is a need for individual athletes to think beyond their own good and work towards having a bigger impact their sport and society. It is because of this very reason that the 34-year-old has started an initiative called Cue School by Pankaj Advani, with a mission to introduce cue sports in schools and ensure that young kids get the chance to start playing as soon as possible. View this post on Instagram More pics from the launch of Cue School yesterday. Was great having top lady players @varshaa_sanjeev and @keerthana_147 inspire the kids to take up cue sport! Hoping to take Billiards and Snooker to as many schools as we can across the country. #cueschool #snooker #billiards #dps A post shared by Pankaj Advani (@pankajadvaniofficial) on Jan 10, 2019 at 4:10am PST If you don't follow Pankaj Advani for the game that he plays, follow him for the person that he is. If he doesn't inspire you to become a good cueist, let him inspire you to become a good human being.
  14. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
  15. Exactly a week from now will mark the one month anniversary since the last episode of 'Game of Thrones' was aired across the globe. While fans have not yet been able to get over the shocker that was the final season of 'GOT', it seems that the makers are not in the mood to let the fans get over the pain and disappointment any time soon. © HBO After HBO submitted the dissatisfactory final episodes from its highly criticised final season of 'Game of Thrones' for Emmy consideration, fans have been left furious. They simply cannot wrap their heads around why the worst episodes from the worst 'GOT' season were sent for the nominations. © HBO According to a TV Guide report, 'GOT' Season 8's only appealing episodes, 'Winterfell' and 'A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms' have been overlooked in favour of the worst-rated episodes under the writing and directing categories. © HBO HBO submitted Miguel Sapochnik's name for 'Game of Thrones' season 8's 'The Long Night', David Nutter for 'The Last of the Starks', and DB Weiss and David Benioff for 'The Iron Throne', in the Best Directing category. Benioff and Weiss' script for the finale - 'The Iron Throne' - was the only submission in the Best Writing category. Fans are fuming at all the possibilities that this presents. so who thought it was a good idea for hbo to submit 8x06 of game of thrones for an emmy nomination in best writing category when this episode is of the most boring season finales to ever exist pic.twitter.com/UkI5dGFPdG — ellie (@odairannies) June 11, 2019 TFW you realize the best episode of #GameOfThrones' last season—"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," obviously—is submitted for neither Directing nor Writing at the #Emmys. pic.twitter.com/PpSDtxjI4q — Myles McNutt (@Memles) June 10, 2019 you: surely it's been a month and you've run out of new Game of Thrones things to complain about me: THEY DIDN'T SUBMIT A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS FOR OUTSTANDING WRITING OR DIRECTING AT THE EMMYS — Victoria Edel (@victoriaedel) June 10, 2019 The #GameofThrones team submitted their episodes for writing and directing Emmy categories and none of the ones submitted are the best one of the season. Hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/O6pWXPO64H — Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) June 10, 2019
  16. Time and again I have said this that no amount of words can ever be enough to express our gratitude to our soldiers for their bravery, fearlessness, courage and selflessness. They put their lives at risk, get fatally injured and despite going through it all, always keep a huge smile on their faces and courage and pride intact in their hearts. Wikimedia One such brave jawan is Major DP Singh, a Kargil War hero. Major Singh lost a leg during Operation Vijay, but his Twitter bio reads "Enjoying KargilWar wounds" with a wink. Recently, he shared an emotional post which left a lot of people emotional and in tears. One of them is Aamir Khan who got goosebumps after reading his post. Major Singh wrote that 'Sarfarosh' was the last film he saw 20 years ago, before losing a leg. He mentioned how he saw 'Sarfarosh' in theatres back then and now he saw it on TV. "That time on both legs. Now one less. My last movie as intact before I joined unit for #OpVijay in May 1999." Exactly 20 years ago I watched movie #Sarfarosh of @aamir_khan and same I did just now. But That time it was in theater. Now on TV. That time on both legs. Now one less. My last movie as intact before I joined unit for #OpVijay in May 1999.#memories pic.twitter.com/rBmWtnhRX5 — Major D P Singh (@MajDPSingh) May 28, 2019 After reading his post, Aamir replied to him saying, "your post gave me goosebumps. We salute your courage, strength and grit in the face of adversity. Love and respect to you, Sir." Dear @MajDPSingh, your post gave me goosebumps. We salute your courage, strength and grit in the face of adversity. Love and respect to you, Sir. a. https://t.co/TYL8qurl1v — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) May 29, 2019 Major Singh too replied to Aamir Khan's post and thanked him for his words. He wrote, "I am no great...it's a trait of every #indianarmy #soldier." My dear @aamir_khan It could become possible as I was trained by @adgpi ðð®ð³ð®ð³ I am no great.. it's a trait of every #indianarmy #Soldier Thank you for your kind words. ð Keep making inspirational films. God bless Jai hind https://t.co/2nA27nHpMT — Major D P Singh (@MajDPSingh) May 29, 2019 Major Singh, who is known as India's first Blade Runner, is hand downs one of the toughest men and we don't think we will ever see anyone braver than him.
  17. Apple's iPhones, as we all know, are some of the most expensive smartphones you can buy. Even the 'affordable' iPhone i.e. the iPhone XR costs over Rs. 60,000 in India after all the discounts. Do you think that's expensive? Well, think again, because the new iPhones that are launching later this year are going to be even more expensive. That's right! If you're waiting to buy the new iPhones, presumably the iPhone XI, then you might want to start saving some money because they're about to get a little pricier, and you can thank the ongoing trade war between the US and China for that. More like thank Trump for that. US President Donald Trump decided to piss off China by hiking tariffs on products manufactured there. Well, we don't blame him because his idea was to force US companies to relocate manufacturing back home to enforce employment, among other benefits. While that didn't happen as per the plan, it has caused Apple's iPhone production costs to rise. And obviously, to recoup profits, Apple would need to increase the iPhone price by a similar amount. And since there are no direct supply chain units from Apple's manufacturing plants in China to India, they have to go through the US for processing, which means Apple will have to pay the tariffs. © YouTube It's expected that Apple will choose to absorb the costs, at least for the time being, but we doubt if they'll do it for long. Apple will eventually have to slap a higher price tag on their already expensive iPhones. This, however, can be avoided if Apple starts manufacturing its flagship iPhones, in addition to the cheaper models, in India too. Well, let's just hope for the best. Source: Business Standard
  18. The Battle of Winterfell was brutal, however, the main characters came out unharmed (oh, well mostly). The trailer for the upcoming episode 4 shows Daenerys Targaryen addressing the crowd for a battle that matters: A war against Cersei Lannister, who could possibly be the real villain of 'Game of Thrones'. But from the new photos of Season 8 Episode 4, that released yesterday, Queen Cersei has quite a bit of manpower awaiting the dragon queen. Take a look: © HBO Besides Euron's Iron fleet and a handful of the Lannister Army, Qyburn's shady science experiments including the dragon killer army, there is now the Golden Company sans elephants, of course, and there are ships full of men waiting to wage a war. In 'A Song Of Ice and Fire' novels, the Golden Company is a mercenary army from Essos and is made up of 20,000 men, horses, and potentially elephants. (The elephants couldn't make it, sadly. Nonetheless, the army is a major force to be reckoned with.) Now, with the already exhausted and steadily depleting army of the Dragon Queen, Cersei's army will be... ahem quite a heavy wrecking ball to deal with. © HBO The Golden Company has been mentioned a couple of times on 'GoT'. In Season 4, Ser Davos suggests Stannis hire the Golden Army. In season 7, Euron went off to hire "the most powerful army in Essos" to help Cersei keep the Iron Throne and it appears they've finally arrived. So, who do you think is going to win the war that matters?
  19. In an unexpected news last week, Sony's lead architect Mark Cerny dropped a bunch of new details about Sony's upcoming console, the PlayStation 5. From the looks for it, it appears as though the PS5 will be the most powerful gaming console ever built. But that's only until you hear what Microsoft is said to be cooking for us. If the rumours are to be believed, it looks like Microsoft is readying a beast of a console dubbed 'Xbox Anaconda'. We're not entirely sure about the innards of this next-gen Xbox console, but it certainly looks like it'll dwarf PS5's AMD Ryzen CPU, RAM, and SSD. © Unsplash Ainsley Bowden, founder and head editor of Seasoned Gaming, tweeted out saying that Microsoft's Anaconda will be more advanced than its rival. It was apparently confirmed by 'multiple insiders'. Exactly how Anaconda will outperform PS5 is still something that remains to be seen, but we're very excited to how it's all going to go down. If we're to guess though, we think the next-gen Xbox console would have a faster CPU, a more powerful GPU, extra RAM, and more. There are a lot of unanswered Yes, very exciting indeed. We just hope they'll avoid some of the mistakes they made with the last console. © Microsoft Will it manage to outperform PS5 and become more successful? Honestly, there's no guarantee of success. Think about it, the Xbox One is currently the most powerful console on the market, yet the PS4 has outsold it by a significant margin. Nonetheless, it's an exciting time for all the console gamers, and we just can't to wait to see what's in store for us.
  20. As the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the names of the 15 cricketers who will be representing the nation in the upcoming 2019 World Cup in England and Wales this May, a war of sorts started to rage on between the followers of youngblood Rishabh Pant and those of the veteran wicket-keeping batsman, Dinesh karthik, who is going to play in the World Cup for the second time after waiting for 12 long years. When the team was officially announced on Monday, Karthik was sharing a meal with his wife and ace squash player Dipika Pallikal, and Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore. It was Pallikal's father who called to give the cricketer the good news and made him nearly jump out of his seat. View this post on Instagram Happy Women's Day to all you wonder women out there! I'm so fortunate to always have such an inspiring woman by my side! A post shared by Dinesh Karthik (@dk00019) on Mar 8, 2019 at 7:32am PST "It is a special occasion. I am really lucky and grateful," said the veteran in a media gathering at his hotel on Tuesday. DK has been one of India's top players for quite a stint now and even though he was dropped for the series against the visiting Australians in March, he was never thrown out of the discussion while deciding the World Cup team. "My journey for the 2019 World Cup began when I returned to the Indian team in 2017. I started believing that if I do something special, I can be a part of this amazing team that will play the World Cup," he said. One could see Karthik's real potential as a hitter with skills enough to show up in the clutch and end matches in favour of his side during the 2018 Nidahas Cup final against Bangladesh when he scored 29 runs off just 8 balls to win the trophy whilst deflating the notorious Bangladeshi bowling line-up. Remembering the brilliant innings, Karthik said: “A lot of credit should go to Abhishek Nayar for making me play the finisher's role. He made me believe that it was a skill that I could acquire if I practice in a certain way and learn to a few types of shots. However, I never planned to be a finisher. I just tried to be consistent and deliver in crunch situations.” Opening about being chosen over Pant for the number four spot, Karthik addressed the gathering when he said: “There will always be someone who will miss out. That's the nature of the game… He (Pant) was aware of his opportunity and so was I. If he had been selected, I would have been disappointed. Now that I have been selected, I am sure he is a bit disappointed.” A couple of days ago, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh may have taken a shot at the Tamil Nadu player saying that the active wicket-keeper of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni needed no backup and the presence of KL Rahul's name on the list can take care of the situation had Dhoni faced an injury. Karthik, on the other hand is just happy to be where he is right now and brings along the willingness to play whatever role the team will need of him. Addressing the concerns related to Dhoni, he said: “I am just that small first-aid kit that will travel with the team. If he (Dhoni) gets injured then I will be the band-aid for a day." “I am however, aware that I can bat at number four or be the finisher, if given an opportunity,” mentioned the confident athlete. Such is the nature of the KKR skipper. A blend of humbleness in heart, faith in his hardwork and an open mindset allowing him to mould himself according to the changing needs of time, has made the cricketer one of the most liked members of an extremely skilled and talent-laden team that will be competing for the greatest honour and recognition there is in the cricketing world in less than a month and a half.
  21. Bollywood has been churning out some quality biopics and historical drama films. Be it Vicky Kaushal's 'Uri' or more recently, Akshay Kumar's 'Kesari', these kind of films based on true events and facts are a hit amongst Indian audience for obvious reasons. © Hounourpoint Not only do such films make us more aware, but they also instill a sense of patriotism and belongingness from time-to-time. It seems like another such biopic is in the pipeline and this one shall be based on the life of a 21-year-old Indian Army daredevil who single-handedly destroyed seven Pakistani tanks during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. © Alchetron The brave martyr's name is 2nd Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, and he is the reason why India won the war against Pakistan in 1971. However, before we tell you more about the biopic on Arun Khetarpal, let us tell you who he was and what he did for India's victory. The Crowning Glory Of Battle of Basantar Daredevil in the truest sense of the word, 2nd Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, was part of the Poona Horse regiment, and was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his unrivalled bravery and sacrifice for the nation in the Battle of Basantar which was during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. © Hounourpoint A courageous youngman of 21-years-old, Khetarpal had just joined the Indian Army as a 2nd Lieutenant when he was called on duty to the war front in 1971. Born in Pune on 14th October 1950, he came from an army background. His grandfather had served in the British Indian army during World War I while Arun's father, Brigadier M.L. Khetarpal, served in Indian Army's Engineering Corps until his retirement. 1971 Indo-Pak War When war was finally declared between India and Pakistan in 1971, Arun's regiment was given the task to set up a bridgehead across the Basantar river. Close to Sialkot, the territory was of strategic importance for both sides. During the course of the war Indian troops reported alarming artillery onslaught from the Pakistani side and requested for tank support. Thus on December 16th, two Poona Horse tank troops (of which, one was under the command of 2nd Lt Arun Khetarpal) were moved towards Jarpal in Pakistan. © Lazydesiauthor Enroute the Basantar river crossing, they were attacked by Pakistani tanks. The Indian side retaliated effectively. However, during the battle, the other Poona Horse tank came under attack and the commander was killed. That left Khetarpal alone to fight off the Pakistani tanks. 2nd Lt Khetarpal Changes The Course Of History Undeterred, Khetarpal led a strong counter-attack, that would eventually lead to his martyrdom and also give India the final push towards victory. Aboard a Famagusta JX 202, Khetarpal single-handedly destroyed five enemy tanks before getting hit by a shell. © Wikipedia A gravely injured Khetarpal was asked to withdraw at this point, but the 2nd Lieutenant refused to give up. He had told his commanding officer “No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My gun is still working and I will get these bastards!” Until his dying breath, Khetarpal managed to destroy a total of seven Pakistani tanks. This gave the Indian troops a much needed upper hand that not only led to an eventual victory for the Indian side, but was also the beginning of the end of war. Biopic On Param Vir Chakra Khetarpal © India today/Wikipedia As per latest reports, it is being said that filmmaker Sriram Raghavan shall be directing the biopic on Khetarpal, which has been titled 'Ekkis'. It is also being said that the makers have approached Varun Dhawan to play the role of Khetarpal in the movie.
  22. The devil works hard but people who make memes on Twitter work harder. This has been proven time and again and it's still surprising how quickly they work. In case you missed it, the first trailer for 'RAW - Romeo, Akbar, Walter' dropped today and everyone could already tell that another name will be soon be added to John Abraham's long list of hit patriotic movies. Set against the backdrop of the Indo-Pak war of 1971, 'RAW' traces the journey of a young bank employee who is trained as an Indian spy and sent to Pakistan to gather intel. The movie sounds absolutely great but the main thing that stood out to people were a few dialogues from the trailer and not even an hour after the trailer came out, the same quotes had been turned into hilarious memes. People added their own context to two specific dialogues - “Bahar nikalne ke saare raaste band ho chuke hai” and “Main tujhe aise performance ke liye train karna chahta hun, jis se hindustan ka aane wala kal badal sakta hai” - to get a lot of funny tweets. There's no way out. When your PC does not respond even after pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del. #RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/QRxPA5vw9e — Sagar (@sagarcasm) March 4, 2019 Yep. Dhoni while giving last over to Joginder Sharma in 2007 T20 final #RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/vgRa7nIw93 — Secret SHAWnta (@Secret_Saanta) March 4, 2019 Nobody. #RAWTrailer Crossover that nobody ask for pic.twitter.com/Oab0gMtyqW — R @ ᴠɪ Ê á´ á´ ð£ (@pun_chayti) March 4, 2019 Oh, there's one more dialogue getting some love. Anyone : Gazhal singers : #RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/qhNqH1ZXer — Ümesh (@042_umesh) March 4, 2019 That's brutal. #RAWTrailer Life of CA Student: After giving back to back re exams: pic.twitter.com/TjtiFgAz6X — Imran (@imranyh) March 4, 2019 Yes, thank you. #RAWTrailer Me to my ex and fake friend: pic.twitter.com/UKlSxxkHcX — kungfu_panda (@Masoomladka4) March 4, 2019 Always. When Exams come Indian Moms:#RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/v2q8EIjF1G — MunNaa ðï¸‍ï¸ (@Munnaa09) March 4, 2019 What is that even called? When you are in the zone between more than a friend and less than the boyfriend,#RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/lMN0X0kWTP — Deepak Shivani (@ImDeepakShivani) March 4, 2019 So true. #RAWTrailer Me after joining Twitter ðpic.twitter.com/Zzzz3KIwze — नादान परिà¤à¤¦à¥ (@Gauri_doonite) March 4, 2019 Ooh, that's bad. When your mom ask for your mobile password #RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/x6xeDxpt9N — Sasta philosophistð­ (@sunilpatnaik016) March 4, 2019 That is a little too specific. When u had a fight with ur wife....n later u remember u had to go for daru party with ur frenz. ð #RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/hRSrMbvIgG — Sindhian (@vishy_vishal) March 4, 2019 Hmm. When you accidentally enter Virar local and you want to get down at Boriwali. #RAWTrailer #RomeoAkbarWalter pic.twitter.com/TypRpEj7rF — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) March 4, 2019 Ouch, a little too close to home. When you are getting depressed day by day and cannot get out of it #RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/l4emNSbVsR — Subham (@subhsays) March 4, 2019 That's brutal, part two. Watching Total Dhamaal with a friend who is enjoying it. #RawTrailer pic.twitter.com/dPINVDEOYs — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) March 4, 2019 Can't relate. Me to Hostel Life:#RAWTrailer pic.twitter.com/hW3AdOmAk8 — MunNaa ðï¸‍ï¸ (@Munnaa09) March 4, 2019 A 'Marvel'ous crossover. #RAWTrailer #RomeoAkbarWalter [ Stucked in quantum realm ] Ant man : pic.twitter.com/YTXQJhstcl — R @ ᴠɪ Ê á´ á´ ð£ (@pun_chayti) March 4, 2019
  23. Amidst national tensions, the National War Memorial made its presence felt when it was inaugurated on Monday, 25th of February, 2019 by PM Narendra Modi. The memorial honours all the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country, since India proclaimed Independence in 1947. The memorial is sprawled over 40 acres, at the India Gate complex, right at the heart of the capital and it was first proposed nearly 6 decades ago. The wait is finally over and we can salute our memorable war heroes, in a way they truly deserve to be remembered! The memorial, built at the cost of Rs 176 crore, has 5 concentric circles, a central stone obelisk and an eternal flame. Here are 12 pictures of the greatest symbol of honour and valour, we have in India today. © Reuters © Reuters © BCCL © Reuters © Reuters © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © BCCL © Reuters The memorial has names of 25, 942 fallen heroes etched on stones there and it will soon create interactive panels for general public who want to pay homage to the war heroes. The memorial will also be a place for the armed forces to conduct future ceremonies there. Along with the wall memoir, the memorial also has four Chakras (circles) that signify the value of the armed forces. The Amar Chakra is the circle of immortality, the Veerta Chakra is the circle of bravery, the Tyag Chakra is the circle of sacrifice and the Rakshak Chakra is the circle of protection. More than any other heritage site you may want to visit in the capital, the National War Memorial should be the first on your list, as it's a symbol of true honour and pride for India.
  24. Did the US Navy manage to teleport a massive warship in what's known as the 'Philadelphia Experiment'? This is one of the most intriguing conspiracy theories around - a close runner-up to the Roswell incident. Fans of the theory stick to their guns, while others say it's just the World War 2 era's equivalent of 'fake news' © Pinterest The Philadelphia Experiment Here's what's supposed to have happened: Back in 1943, the US Navy, apparently working closely with scientists like Albert Einstein, are believed to have been working on invisibility cloak - one that could make their ships invisible to radar and even the naked eye. via GIPHY The experiment is said to have taken on board the USS Eldridge just off the coastal city of Philadelphia. However, things went wrong, horribly so, and while the ship disappeared as it was hoped, when it came back all wasn't well. Apparently, the dematerialisation-materialisation had horrifying consequences, with sailors 'embedded' in the steel of the ship - one sailor was even cut in half. The legend goes that a second experiment, repeated a few weeks later, saw the Eldridge not just become invisible, but that the ship was teleported to the US Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, returning a few moments later. Again, the crew is said to have suffered, with many deaths, and some sailors reportedly going insane. © Imgur Eyewitnesses Or Weirdos? One account of this was given by a certain Carl Allende, who claimed to be an eyewitness on board another ship nearby. Allende was dismissed as a crank, but around 40 years later, another 'eyewitness' turned up - a man known as Al Biebek claimed he'd been on the Eldridge and was even brainwashed by US intelligence so he'd have no memory of the Philadelphia Experiment. Sorry, Folks, It's Probably (Definitely?) Not True The US Navy has always denied that the Philadelphia Experiment took place, while other naysayers have pointed out that the USS Eldridge had left Philadelphia well before all the mysterious happenings. © YouTube Even the 'eyewitness' accounts were debunked by scientists - a 'green glow' that is said to have surrounded the ship was probably nothing more than a natural phenomenon caused by an electrical storm, while the cables wrapped around some ships were just a way to demagnetise them so they wouldn't set off magnetic mines. There's Even A Movie About It Drop in on a few conspiracy theory forums and you'll find loads of stuff on this rather intriguing story, but we'd also recommend you watch the 1984 film based on this – 'The Philadelphia Experiment' strays a bit from original story but it's worth a watch - it follows two sailors who're on board the Eldridge - they find themselves transported to Nevada. Oh, and it's now 1984. Our time travelling sailors realise that the Navy's picked up the experiment, and it's putting the universe at risk by damaging the fabric of space and time!
  25. We just celebrated India's 70th Republic Day and while both patriotism and our pride seem to run equally high on that day, there's something to be said about the dormancy of this patriotism and pride throughout the rest of the year. As a nation, we are a bunch of highly passionate people tightly strung together by our sense of freedom, entitlement and notions of nationalism, that springs to life every time anything to do with the Armed Forces is mentioned, even in passing. © Indian Defence Review It's true that we don't get to see these superheroes live in action very often, but the few times that we got to witness their daredevilry and astute desire to serve the country, we felt nothing but awe mixed with respect, and an immense sense of pride for our warriors. But while such moments are few and far in between, we have the opportunity to witness the bedazzling spirit of our Siachen warriors before heading out for a rescue operation, as the entire unit comes together during the induction, responding to the war cry of 'how's the josh', which will give you major goosebumps! Vicky Kaushal's 'Uri' is touching newer heights literally. Won't you say? We feel strongly and almost fanatically about these men and women who dare to face death in their line of duty, and rightly so. After all, we owe so much of the life we're living to them. It is their sacrifice and selfless passion to serve the country and its people, that allows us to enjoy the kind of safe and fun life we lead, day after day. Salute to these warriors and their josh!
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