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  1. Due to the ongoing protest in Delhi against the CAA and NRC, Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has recently given a thumbs up to Delhi Police Commissioner to have the power to detain people under the NSA (National Security Act, 1980) from January 19, 2020 to April 18, 2020. The Delhi Police claims it is a routine order that is regulated every quarter in order to maintain law and order in the country. However, keeping the current scenario of the country in mind, the police can detain any individual under this act who is seen as a threat to the national security or tries to harm the law and order in any way without any charges. The detained individual under this act is not charged by the police. © BCCL What Is The National Security Act? The NSA was brought in by the Indian parliament as an act in the year 1980. The act is focused on maintaining law and order in the country and is used for detention for individuals who try to hamper the law and order of the state or country. The act applies to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. The Act gives power to state and central government to detain people in order to prevent them from acting against the national security of the country or if they hamper relations of India with any foreign country or break the law and order in any way or if they disturb public order as well. NSA lets the official detain an individual without any charge sheet in the court and can detain the individual for up to twelve months. © BCCL Now, you must be wondering how is this any different from regular detention. Here you go! Usually, when a person is detained, he or she is informed the basis on which the detention took place or on what grounds they have been taken into custody but it is not the same with NSA. NSA gives unambiguous power to the government to keep the person in jail for days without informing them about the grounds of their charges and their right to bail is taken away. Moreover, they aren't allowed to talk to their lawyers. The detained cannot take their lawyer's help and can be detained for up to 12 months. A similar order was also issued on January 14 in Andhra Pradesh. View the full article
  2. During the 44th over of Indiaâs innings in the first ODI in Mumbai, Rishabh Pant suffered a head concussion following a Pat Cummins bouncer which struck the batsman right in the helmet and also caused him to lose his wicket. While Pant was immediately rushed for medical assistance, the wicket-keeping gloves were handed over to KL Rahul. It was later confirmed that Pant was kept under observation and will not be travelling with the team for the second ODI in Rajkot. Update: Rishabh Pant has got a concussion after being hit on his helmet while batting. KL Rahul is keeping wickets in his absence. Pant is under observation at the moment. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/JkVElMacQc â BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2020 Now where does that leave the Men in Blue as far as roster selection and batting order are concerned? If this situation would have presented itself last month, the answer to this question might have been a lot more than it seems to be now. Back then, an out of form Shikhar Dhawan suffered a big knee injury and was out of action for multiple series. All that while, it was Rahul who opened the innings with Rohit Sharma and he was doing a phenomenal job. We all believed that this top-form Rahul was the end of Dhawanâs time with the team and that the southpaw was going to be dropped soon. But in the last two T20Is against Sri Lanka and the first Australia ODI, a healed Dhawan has looked like his old self - confident and very capable of playing under immense pressure. In addition, the left-right combination of Dhawan and Sharma at the top would definitely help India during the upcoming ICC Menâs T20 World Cup. View this post on InstagramFIFTY! A hard-fought half-century for @shikhardofficial off 66 deliveries. This is his 28th in ODIs. #INDvAUSA post shared by (@indiancricketteam) So what happens to Rahul? The Mangalore-born has proven himself to be a more than capable wicket-keeper during the Indian Premier League and other domestic tournaments such as the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and his batting speaks for itself. During the Mumbai match on Tuesday, he showed that he does a significantly better job in following the ball from behind the stumps than Pant. His assessment of the trajectory of the ball during David Warnerâs LBW on a Shardul Thakur appeal also helped Kohli save the DRS, something Pant has been specifically bad at, granted the sample size is small. If Dhawan and Sharma are fixed as openers, that leaves Rahul with the third and fourth spot, based on how flexible Virat Kohli is. Even though Kohli has said that he isnât all that worried about playing on either of the spots, Indian veteran VVS Laxman decoded why Kohli at 4 wouldnât work. âI donât see this working. Sachin Tendulkar was the best player the world had ever seen. But he never relished batting at number four.â Laxman said. âYou want your best batsman to play maximum number of deliveries and set the game up and finish the game for the team, especially against quality attack. One cannot afford to experiment against this Australian bowling line-up," he said. âYouâve got someone like Virat Kohli that has played 230-odd one-day matches and 180 of those have been at No.3 and he has scored almost 10,000 runs at that particular position," he added. With Shreyas Iyer sliding to five, Rahul is left with the cursed number four spot, which isnât the best of news for either the player or the team. In his six-year ODI career, Rahul has played a total of four innings at two-down and has only made 52 runs with the highest score of 26, according to HowsSTAT. Even amidst the crisis that Team India has found itself to be in, what is certain is that KL Rahul is a far superior batsman than Rishabh Pant. He has the shots, the experience and the patience to make it through a challenging innings that the 22-year-old clearly lacks. Pantâs time away from the field could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the team as this gives them the opportunity to explore a new and improved Rahul at the number four spot of doom. Will he be the one to lift the curse? View the full article
  3. Margot Robbie says she didn't know what constitutes sexual harassment before working "Bombshell", her upcoming film. The movie that also features Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron is based on real-life accounts of sexual harassment from women working at Fox News. According to UK's Metro, the actress said she was unaware of what it truly meant to be sexually harassed. "One of the lines that shocked me when I first read the script was that sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances. I didn't know what sexual harassment was," the "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"actor said in an interview. The 29-year-old said she thought physical contact was required for sexual harassment to be "considered illegal or wrong". "That really shocked me," said she. "Bombshell" is about Fox News boss Roger Ailes who was accused of sexual harassment and the women who brought him down. Margot features as the fictional character Kayla Pospisil in "Bombshell". Charlize essays the role of real-life Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and Nicole plays Gretchen Carlson.
  4. National Assembly passed the Zainab Alert Bill for recovery of missing children on Friday. Photo: File On Friday, the parliament passed the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act, 2020, eight months after it was first tabled. The bill, which will become law once approved by the Senate, aims to protect and raise alert when a child goes missing or is abducted. The legislation has been named after Zainab, a six-year-old girl, who was kidnapped from her home in Kasur, and then raped and killed in 2018. The Act applied to only Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad and defines the child as anyone under the age of 18 years. National Assembly passes Zainab Alert Bill for recovery of missing children Other salient features in the Act:-Under the new law, a Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency (ZARRA) will be set up. The director general of the Agency will be appointed by the prime minister. It will be tasked to maintain a database of missing and abducted children, and work closely with the helpline, 1099, which will forward all reported cases to the Agency. -In case a child is reported missing, the ZARRA will activate alerts across the federal capital. Information, such as the child’s physical characteristics, habits, clothes ect, will be send to all relevant law enforcement agencies and the public at large. -In coordinate with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, messages will generated to all service providers regarding the child. Also the information will be sent to all electronic and print media as well as radio stations to disseminate. A helpline, 1099, will be set up to help the public report a missing or abducted child or any information related to a missing child. ZARRA will also issue monthly public reports and updates on its website about missing children. The Agency will set up a mobile application where the public can access all data related to missing and abducted children. In addition, a Child Protection Advisory Board will be established to ensure ZARRA is effectively preforming its functions from the registration of a FIR to the safe recovery of a child and the referral for rehabilitation. The police station, where a case of missing or abducted child is reported shall, immediately, within two hours, inform ZARRA. The bill also prescribes punishment for police officers who are do not comply, or hinder the process of reporting a missing child. The maximum sentence to a perpetrator will be life imprisonment and the minimum sentence will be 10 years.
  5. An aggressive seamer who banks on his ability to swing the ball away by hitting the pitch hard, Shardul Thakur continues to rise through the ranks and seems to be well on his way to becoming a vital cog in the Indian bowling unit. The right-arm bowler had already proved his worth playing under MS Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) which, in turn, earned him a national call-up in 2017. But, ever since his national debut, Thakur has evolved significantly, working on his pace and adding key variations to his armoury, to become more effective and efficient in limited-overs cricket. His reinvented vigour and improved skillset saw him producing one of the most memorable performances of his career on 10th January. © Twitter/@BCCI During the third and decisive Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and Sri Lanka, Thakur's all-round performance played a key role in Virat Kohli & Co's 78-run victory and, in turn, a 2-0 series win. Known for his fiery seam bowling, Thakur won everyone over for his blitzkrieg with the willow, batting lower down the order. After a brilliant start, India lost its way in the middle, losing six wickets for 57 runs including the key dismissals of Kohli and KL Rahul. Coming out to bat, with India desperately needing some acceleration to their scoring rate, Thakur hammered Lasith Malinga for a massive six only on his second delivery of the match. © Twitter/@BCCI In the final over, Thakur continued to display his batting might, smashing Lahiru Kumara for a six and four on successive deliveries before Manish Pandey scored another boundary to ensure the Lankan seamer ended up conceding 19 runs. While Pandey did play his part with his 18-ball 31, it was Thakur's eight-ball 22 that powered India to a mammoth total of 201 runs. Following his eye-catching batting performance, Thakur went on to impress everyone with his bowling show. Extracting early swing from the white ball, Thakur got the better of Avishka Fernando in his very first over to hand India the second breakthrough. In the 14th over, Thakur struck again to send Dasun Shanaka back into the hut. Meet Mr. Man of the Match!#ShardulThakur ðððððð#INDvSL #SLvIND #INDvsSL #SLvsIND pic.twitter.com/EcMvSFmaEC — BlueCap ð®ð³ (@IndianzCricket) January 10, 2020 For someone who took three wickets at the expense of 23 runs in the 2nd T20I, Thakur carried on his ominous form to score an eight-ball 22 and record impressive bowling figures of 2-19 to rightly deserve the 'Man of the Match' award. And, the Mumbai cricketer was quite understandably ecstatic to do good for his team. © Twitter/@BCCI "I believe I have the ability (to bat) and recently I've been practising well. The idea is that if I can contribute runs at No.8 it'll be good for the team,” Thakur said after the match. Talking about his bowling, Thakur said: “I can bowl good outswingers, so initially the idea is to swing the ball. If you swing the ball in any conditions, you can get wickets”. Given his recent performance, especially his clinical show in the recently-concluded T20I series against the Lankans, Thakur is surely making the right kind of noises to garner the attention of Indian selectors who will find it pretty hard to overlook the 28-year-old before finalising the Team India squad for the all-important ICC World T20, slated to begin from 18th October in Australia. View the full article
  6. Saif Ali Khan reveals what Taimur refers to him as after his 'Tanhaji' lookSaif Ali Khan is considered one of Bollywood's most beloved celebrities and ever since the birth of his son, the star has only warmed his way into fans's hearts even further. The internet seems to be in love with Taimur Ali Khan and his adorable antics. The tiny tot manages to steal the spot light anywhere he goes. In a recent Instagram post, Saif Ali Khan was seen getting groomed for his film, and his munchkin, Taimur, was quietly standing in the background with his dad. During a small question and answer session, Saif revealed Taimur's reaction to his new film. The short 1.16-minute clip , viewers can see a shot of an adorable three-year-old looking up towards Saif in his Udaybhan get-up and can be heard saying, “Taimur will call me, ‘Sardarji, Sardarji!’” Check out the video below
  7. Samsung has already teased a foldable smartphone that will use the classic clamshell design we used to have in the 2000s. Samsung has been developing the smartphone and it now appears that the smartphone actually exists and should be launching soon. The company reportedly discussed and revealed the device in secret at CES this week and from the leaked picture we also got to know the name of the smartphone. It was revealed that the folding clamshell smartphone will be called âGalaxy Bloomâ and hereâs the picture below that got leaked via AjuNews.com: © Twitter/Ice Universe Currently, the only information we have is the leaked picture from CES and concept images that were revealed by Samsung a few months ago. The clamshell design is already being used by Motorola Razr for its folding smartphone and it wouldnât be surprising to see Samsung to use the clamshell design for their smartphones as well. View the full article
  8. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday launched the "Hunarmand Jawan" program aimed at the skill development of the youth across the country. Salient Features: 1-Development & Standardization of 200 Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Qualifications 2-International Accreditation of 50 Pakistani TVET Institutes and initiation of Joint Degree Programs with reputed international TVET Institutes 3-Strengthening of NAVTTC’s National Skill Information System (NSIS) and expansion of National Job Portal 4-Establishing 100 Smart Tech labs across Pakistan for distant learning programs in Technical & Vocational Education and Training sector including introduction of soft skills, Business & IT and virtual skill development 5-Establishing 10 country of destination specific facilitation Centers in 10 cities across Pakistan with high outflux of Pakistanis in the international market workers abroad 6-Establishing 70 new labs / workshop in Madrassa(s) to introduce skill development activities all across Pakistan 7-Skill Development Program for 50,000 youth belonging to less developed areas of country especially Balochistan, GB, AJK and newly added districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Ex-FATA), Southern Punjab & Rural Sindh 8-Skill development training of 50,000 Youth in High-End / High-Tech. technologies in reputed Universities & state of the Art TVET Institutes of Pakistan 9-Apprenticeship training of 25,000 youth in industry under Apprenticeship Act-2018 (Formal & Informal Apprenticeship) in collaboration with provincial TEVTAs 10-Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 100,000 youth to certify informally acquired skills inside the country and abroad and training of 8,000 Assessors 11-Establishing National Accreditation Council at ICT 12-Accreditation of 2,000 TVET Institutes all across Pakistan 13-Transfer of Technology through Foreign Training of 500 TVET Teachers in Technologically Advanced Countries and In-country Technical Training of Training of 2,000 TVET Teachers 14-Establishment of 50 Business Incubation Centers to promote self-employment and entrepreneurship in skilled youth
  9. Explainer: What to expect at Harvey Weinstein's New York rape trialNEW YORK: Jury selection begins on Tuesday in the rape trial in New York of Harvey Weinstein, once one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and criminal sexual assault. Here is what to expect from the trial:WHO ARE THE ACCUSERS?More than 80 women have publicly accused Weinstein, 67, of sexual misconduct, helping to fuel the #MeToo movement over the last two years. The criminal charges against him refer to just three accusers. Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant on a Weinstein Company television show, has said that Weinstein forcibly performed oral *** on her in his Manhattan home in July 2006. Actress Annabella Sciorra, best known for her role on HBO’s The Sopranos, has said Weinstein raped her in her Manhattan apartment in 1993. Prosecutors have accused Weinstein of raping another woman in March 2013 in Manhattan. She has not been publicly identified. Weinstein has said that any sexual encounters he had were consensual. WHAT ARE THE CHARGES?Weinstein is charged with a criminal sexual act in the first degree against Haleyi, and with rape for the 2013 allegation. He is charged with predatory sexual assault over both allegations. Sciorra’s allegation is too old to be the basis of a separate charge, but is a crucial part of the predatory sexual assault charges, which require prosecutors to establish a pattern of serious *** crimes against multiple women. Predatory sexual assault is the most serious charge against Weinstein, carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison. WHO WILL TESTIFY AGAINST WEINSTEIN?Haleyi, Sciorra and the 2013 accuser are almost certain to testify in a trial that is expected to last up to eight weeks. Prosecutors may also call three other women to testify about encounters with Weinstein, even though he is not formally charged with crimes against them. Their testimony is intended to bolster the charges by showing that Weinstein had a consistent pattern of behavior. Prosecutors have also said that they expect to call Barbara Ziv, a professor at Temple University in Pennsylvania, to testify as an expert on the trauma resulting from sexual assault. WHAT IS WEINSTEIN’S DEFENSE?While criminal defendants and their lawyers typically avoid revealing their strategy before trial, Weinstein has dropped some hints. Weinstein’s lead lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told Reuters that Weinstein had a “slew of witnesses ready to go.” She has said the defense would be introducing emails and text messages to prove that Weinstein’s accusers maintained relationships with him after his alleged assaults. His lawyers have also said they plan to call psychologist Deborah Davis, of the University of Nevada, Reno, to testify as an expert on memory, suggesting that Weinstein may try to call his accusers’ recollections into question. WHAT OTHER LEGAL RISKS DOES WEINSTEIN FACE?Even if he is acquitted in Manhattan, Weinstein faces separate criminal charges announced on Monday by prosecutors in Los Angeles. Lawyer Rotunno declined immediate comment on those charges. Weinstein was charged with sexually assaulting two unidentified women in 2013, said Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. He was charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting the other.
  10. Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: APHere is a recap of events since the killing of a top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad by the United States on January 3, which escalated tensions between Tehran and Washington: US assassinates Soleimani On January 3 a US drone strike on Baghdad's international airport kills Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps' foreign operations arm, the Quds Force. Read more: How the US-Iran conflict unfolded in recent months Also among the dead is Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of the Tehran-backed Iraqi paramilitary network Hashed al-Shaabi. The Pentagon confirms Trump ordered Soleimani's assassination while the US embassy in Baghdad urges all Americans to leave Iraq "immediately". The killing comes days after thousands of pro-Iranian supporters stormed the US embassy in Baghdad, chanting "Death to America!", angered by US strikes against Hashed bases in Iraq. Those US strikes, on December 29, had been in retaliation for rocket attacks against US interests in Iraq in which a US civilian contractor was killed. Iran calls for revengeIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promises "severe revenge" for Soleimani's death. In Iraq, caretaker prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi warns that the US strike will "spark a devastating war in Iraq", while President Barham Saleh pleads for "voices of reason" to prevail. Read more: Iran vows to avenge Soleimani death in 'right place and time' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CNN that Soleimani had been planning imminent action "that would have put dozens, if not hundreds of American lives at risk". A Pentagon official says the US is deploying up to 3,500 more troops to the Middle East. Trump threatens 52 Iran sitesOn January 4, Trump warns that the US is targeting 52 sites in Iran and will hit them "very fast and very hard" if the Islamic republic attacks American personnel or assets. He says sites "important to... Iranian culture" are on the list. The next day, Pompeo insists any US military action against Iran will conform to international law after Trump is accused of threatening a war crime by declaring cultural sites as potential targets. Nuclear deal unravels further On January 5, Iran announces its fifth step back from the nuclear deal with world powers agreed in 2015, saying it will forgo a "limit on the number of centrifuges". Read more: Iran says to forego 'limit' on nuclear enrichment centrifuges Since May 2019 Iran has gradually freed itself from commitments to which it had subscribed, in response to the unilateral withdrawal a year earlier of the US which reinstated economic sanctions against Tehran. Funeral turns deadlyAfter days of mourning for Soleimani in Iraq and Iran, a stampede during a massive funeral procession in Iran kills more than 50 people. Iranian mourners take part in a funeral procession in Enghelab square in the capital Tehran. Photo: AFPIn Baghdad, Mahdi confirms he has received what the US called a draft letter, describing steps its military would take to "move out" of Iraq. In Washington, US officials scramble to deny the idea, calling the letter a mistakenly released draft. US Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, says the Pentagon's "policy has not changed. We are not leaving Iraq". Iran strikes backIran launches a volley of missiles early Wednesday at Iraqi bases housing US and other coalition troops. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020 allegedly shows rockets launched from Iran against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. Iran fired "more than a dozen" ballistic missiles, against two airbases in Iraq where US and coalition forces are based, the Pentagon said. Photo: AFPIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the strikes are a "slap in the face" for the United States and revenge for Soleimani's death is yet to come. Iraq's military said it sustained no casualties, and US President Donald Trump said initial casualty assessments indicated "all is well".
  11. Australia is going through the worst time right now with the bushfires increasing by the day. It's definitely experiencing one of the worst fires it's ever seen and more than 500 million animals alike have ceased to exist because of it. A lot of people have lost their lives and property in the fire, while the officials are doing what they can to stop it. © Twitter In tough trying times apart from actual help that comes our way, faith is something people turn towards without thinking twice. At least that's what the Muslim population of Australia is doing currently. A group of Muslim worshipers have come together in a park to pray for rain amid the worsening drought and the ongoing bushfire crisis. More than 50 men, women and children gathered at Bonython Park in Adelaide on Sunday, to pray for rain to be sent to the farmers struggling with drought and the victims of the bushfires. 'Today I joined with my Muslim sisters and brothers in Adelaide in prayer for rain,' Priest Patrick McInerney, from the centre for Christian and Muslim Relations, said in an announcement. 'My friend, Professor Mohamad Abdalla, gave the khutbah (sermon) emphasising repentance and reliance on God who is Merciful Provider.' he added. © Facebook The service was conducted a day after pilot Dick Lang, 78, and his 43-year-old son, Clayton, were killed in a bushfire, on Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia. "We are devastated to have lost two beloved members of our family, Dick Lang and his youngest son Clayton Lang, in such terrible circumstances," - their family said in a statement. With fires going wilder than ever, about 50 fire-fighters are already deployed to battle the uncontrollable blaze, over the weekend. But even so, people in heaps and bounds assembling and helping out in whatever way they can is quite overwhelming. © Facebook From the Sikh community aiding in providing free food for people affected by the bushfires, to the Muslims coming together and praying for the fires to cease, everyone is doing what they can to help the animals and humans alike. Here's truly hoping the fires settle down eventually and not much life is at stake. View the full article
  12. On January 4, 2020, Irfan Pathan called it a career after serving as a leading pacer of the Indian cricket team who will always be remembered for his first-over hat-trick against Pakistan during the 2006 Test series in Karachi. He evolved into a dependable batsman for the sake of his team. Out of his comfort zone initially, Pathan became the player on which skipper Sourav Ganguly had the utmost faith in the middle order. Many believe that the decision to transform into an all-rounder, even though not his own, eventually became the reason that would ruin his entire career in the years to come. Pathan was one of the very few cricketers who continued to remain successful even after being dropped from the Indian cricket team. Making his last appearance in an India jersey all the way back in October 2012, Pathan depended on his skills as an excellent analyst of the game and quickly got picked up by sports publications to talk about cricket. He currently works as a commentator and an analyst with a major sports broadcast company and it is safe to say that the beginning of a new year was absolutely the right time to hang his boots and stay in touch with the sport using all the first-hand knowledge he had accumulated for so many years. View this post on Instagram Big day tomorrow for all the guys in the ipl auction... who are your top 5 picks,guys??? #ipl #auction A post shared by Irfan Pathan (@irfanpathan_official) on Dec 18, 2019 at 8:10am PST But the former cricketer now confesses the biggest regret he has had in his career. "People start their career when they are 27-28 and then go on to play till 35. When I was 27, I had taken 301 international wickets, so that was it. That is the only regret I have," said Irfan Pathan in an interview with Star Sports. "A 27-year-old Irfan Pathan, at the peak of his career, should have got more opportunities but it did not happen for whatever reasons. No complaints but looking back, there is regret, " he said. "I knew after 2016 that I am not going to make a comeback when I was the highest run scorer in Mushtaq Ali trophy. I was the best all-rounder and when I spoke to selectors, they were not very happy with my bowling," he added. Even though Irfan Pathan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India and claimed 301 wickets, he believes that he should have had more opportunities to represent his country on international and world stages. © Reuters Pure talent for the Men in Blue, Pathan achieved stardom at an early age of 19, which used to be very rare at the time because opportunities like the Indian Premier League (IPL) didn't exist back then. A fierce pacer known for his 'banana swing', many believe the man behind the downfall of his career was the then Indian head coach Greg Chappell, the man who asked Pathan to become an all-rounder. Irfan Pathan could have been another Zaheer Khan or even better but then Greg Chappell happened.. — ð¦ (@AndColorPockeT) January 4, 2020 Focusing more on his batting skills led to the young cricketer compromising on his swing. Out of form, he tried to tweak his bowling action which significantly brought down his pace and his swing but very little came of it. By the time the IPL came into being and Indian cricket boomed, it was too late for Pathan to excel in either of the two sides of the pitch. He couldn't be great either with the ball or the bat. And so, a 24-year-old Irfan Pathan made his last appearance in the longest format of the game in 2008. Even though the cricketer went on to represent India until 2012, the flair that the 19-year-old Vadodara boy had was long gone. © Reuters Having said that in 2017, the former pacer came forward to say that it wasn't Chappell but his injuries that ruined his chances of playing more cricket. “I know lot of people said Greg Chappell ruined my career which is not true. No one can ruin anyone's career. What you need to do, you need to do. You alone are responsible for what you do,” said Pathan during the 2017 edition of the IPL. “When I was dropped from the team, I was unfortunately injured. After that making a comeback was a bit difficult. I don't blame anyone,” he'd said back then. An athlete's life is such. One small decision could change their career for the good or the bad. That's the high risk that comes along with the high reward and players just have to live with it. As far as Irfan Pathan's career is concerned, it was a great one nonetheless. View the full article
  13. Criceter Hardik Pandya wished his Insta family a 'Happy New Year' with some personal happy news of his own. After dating model and actress Natasa Stankovic for a while, the man took the plunge of proposing to her and the couple announced their engagement to the world. View this post on Instagram Forever yes ð¥°ðâ¤ï¸ @hardikpandya93 A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Jan 1, 2020 at 4:42am PST If you're wondering who is this beautiful woman, then here's all we know about her. You have probably spotted her in the hit number 'DJ Wale Babu' with Badshah and in 'Mehbooba' from Fukrey Returns, where she is grooving to the beats. View this post on Instagram Thank you for loving #Mehbooba ðð crossed 20 Million views on #YouTube and counting ð Overwhelmed with your love ð BIG THANK YOU ðð½ ð¤ #mehbooba #fukrey #fukreyreturns #grateful #love #you #my #fans #my #happiness A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Dec 27, 2017 at 5:36am PST View this post on Instagram Have you heard the song? Agar nahi check out on YouTube! http://youtu.be/OulN7vTDq1I #lotsoflove #djwaleybabu @badboyshah @aasthagill #teamtoabh #teambadshah #AasthaGill #natasastankovic @sonymusicindia A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Jul 20, 2015 at 4:22am PDT Natasa is a Serbian actress who has been in the Hindi entertainment industry for over 7 years. She was dating TV actor Aly Goni and even participated with him in Nach Baliye. They remain good friends till date. View this post on Instagram We had a blast performing this act! Tell us what you think when you watch the full act tonight! @alygoni #AlyNa #JodiNo8 #NachBaliye9, Tonight at 8pm on @StarPlus A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Aug 3, 2019 at 6:35am PDT View this post on Instagram Thank you @alygoni ð¤ nothing without you and our team who believes in us ðð½Posted @withrepost • @alygoni This girl will surprise y'all with her performance in coming week ðð @natasastankovic__ ðð¼ðð¼ð¤ #NachBaliye9 @banijayasia @starplus #SkTv @zindarobot @matinrdc @shwetapoojary_official A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Aug 28, 2019 at 7:53am PDT She has done some small roles in movies as well including SRK'S 'Zero' where she is seen as Abhay Deol's girlfriend. View this post on Instagram ð¥ #zero #movie ðª #bollywood #katrinakaif #shahrukhkhan @toabhentertainment @redchilliesent Video credits @katrinaesthetics A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Feb 5, 2019 at 12:36am PST View this post on Instagram ðº #spreadlove ð¤ð A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Sep 5, 2019 at 2:29am PDT Rumours of her dating cricketer Hardik Pandya were rife for a while but the two maintained that they were just good friends. View this post on Instagram To my best friend, the strongest and the most beautiful soul. This year has been a roller coaster ride for you. Many great things happen and some were not that great but definitely have made you stronger. You have been such an inspiration for all of us and I couldn't be more proud of you for everything you have done for yourself and people around you, for everything you have gone through and still decided to stand tall and get out of it like a winner . Keep shining, smiling and getting stronger. You are on the right track. Stay focused. I'll always have your back. Happy bday HP ð¤´ð½â¤ï¸ God bless you @hardikpandya93 #happyface A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Oct 10, 2019 at 10:53pm PDT View this post on Instagram ð« @iamkenferns â¤ï¸ A post shared by ðNataša StankoviÄð (@natasastankovic__) on Oct 26, 2019 at 8:04am PDT The couple has not announced when they are expected to tie the knot but prepare yourself for this gorgeous couple blessing your feed often now. Here's wishing them a lifetime of happiness. View the full article
  14. It seems like the Galaxy Note 10 Lite launch is just around the corner and live images of the upcoming smartphone were leaked online yesterday. So far, we've only had unofficial information about the smartphone but that's changed with these live images leaked by SlashGear. © Slashgear While the live photos of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite look very similar to previous leaks, it will be the affordable version of the popular series, fans have been asking for. The pricing of the phone is not known yet and it all depends on how Samsung wants to position the Galaxy Note 10 Lite. It would be prudent to say that Samsung might position the Galaxy Note 10 Lite as an affordable flagship similar to the OnePlus smartphones. From the leaked images, we can see that the device is indeed called the “Galaxy Note 10 Lite” as mentioned in the 'About Device' section. The display also has a punch-hole camera, similar to the Galaxy Note 10. However, the design aspect of the smartphone is different at the rear. The camera module has a square bump in the top-left corner and looks similar to the Pixel 4. In terms of specifications, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is powered by the company's proprietary Exynos 9810 processor which is coupled with 6GB of RAM. Details about the different camera sensors are not known yet, however previous leaks have suggested that the Galaxy Note 10 Lite will have a triple camera setup with wide-angle, wide and telephoto lenses. Samsung plans to launch to new smartphones i.e. Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite at CES this week. Reports have suggested that both smartphones will first launch in India and subsequently in other regions. Would you buy a more affordable Galaxy Note smartphone? Let us know in the comments what you think about “Lite” versions of the S10 and Note 10. View the full article
  15. Few things in life make us as happy as finding true love makes one feel. Watching someone blossom into a beautiful human after the kind of effect real love can have on them is a visual delight and social media was blessed by one such gorgeous aesthetic in the form of a lovely picture of this 'newly married' couple. Now you're probably thinking why and how a generic couple picture makes any difference during the shaadi season and the plethora of shots already flooding our news feed. This couple is the wonderful 65-year-old Lakshmi Ammal and her husband Kochaniyan Menon who is 67-years-old. They fell in love at an old age home, a place that is usually associated with sad endings for our elders, and married amidst a lot of love and affection. Kerala: 67-year-old Kochaniyan Menon and a 65-year-old Lakshmi Ammal, tied the knot yesterday at a government-run old-age home in Ramavarmapuram in Thrissur district. pic.twitter.com/EXJeXyv34G — ANI (@ANI) December 29, 2019 Lakshmi took refuge at this old age home after she lost her husband and Kochaniyan was abandoned by his family when he also started living here. The two connected well and fell in love. They wanted to solemnise their relationship and the good people at the old age home decided to make it happen. Soon this beautiful love story reached the agriculture minister VS Shivakumar and he decided to be a part of this journey for them. The wonderful pictures of this couple are warming all our hearts on a cold winter day. That's so beautiful and satisfying that love exist â¤ð — Backchod Indian (@IndianBackchod) December 29, 2019 How specially sweet is that. What I loved the most is the joy on everyone's face in the first to pictures âºï¸ — ASAP (@aniketsapre) December 29, 2019 Never too late for together towards tomorrow! — OwlSpeaks (@SpeaksOwl) December 29, 2019 For anyone who believes that a broken heart cannot love again, that once a certain age is crossed, finding true love is a myth, this example proves that the society puts a certain kind of unfathomable perception over our heads and we continue believing it with our eyes shut. This is what true love looks like, so never let that love go to waste, for it will come back to you one day. View the full article
  16. Dating in the 90s was tough and far more complicated than the love lives of us Tinder and Bumble using generation. Those innumerable missed or blank calls on the landline because parents were home, passing chits across the classroom to talk or sending love letters with hearts drawn on it because you didn't have smartphones to send heart emojis. It was fun, only till the time our parents didn't read those love letters. Or started falling in love with us after reading those letters that were actually meant for their kid. What? How is that possible? Well, if it's Rajkummar Rao, Rakul Preet Singh and Hema Malini, it's possible and the trailer of Shimla Mirchi is proof. © viacom18 studios Directed by Ramesh Sippy, Shimla Mirchi is a romantic comedy about a guy (Rajkummar) who gets shit-scared while talking to girls, let alone confessing his love. So when he starts liking a girl (Rakul Preet), he decides he will write a love letter to her instead of proposing to her directly. But, the girl is busy looking for a partner for her mother (Hema Malini) and that's exactly where things go wrong. Her mother reads the letter and falls in love with Rajkummar Rao. What happens next is something no one expected - a love triangle between the guy, his crush and her mother because Rajkummar is too scared to reveal the truth. While Rajkummar is at his goofy best, it was Hema Malini's performance that stole the show. Seriously, what a comeback. Reportedly, the film has been in the works since 2014. Shimla Mirchi is expected to release on January 3, 2020. View the full article
  17. One of India's most loved 'older' social media stars, multi-millionaire Anand Mahindra's active social media presence, and regular engagement with his followers has made him super popular with young and old alike. Mr. Mahindra always makes sure that he posts about things that are not just related to his work and industry, but also initiates interesting conversations on social media. © Reuters While many of us must have already noticed that Mr. Mahindra's Twitter account is sprinkled with numerous posts that are informative, entertaining and inspiring for his audience, he recently took to his Twitter account and shared a video of a man talking in sign language over a video call. © Twitter Sharing the video, Mr Mahindra underlined that everything has its pros and cons, and while today people are quick to condemn the growing and excessive use of technology, it is also helping millions to live a better life. This is what he had to say, "We often criticise the way in which mobile devices have taken over our world… It's good to remind ourselves that these devices have also OPENED up a whole new world of communication for many of us.” We often criticise the way in which mobile devices have taken over our world.. It's good to remind ourselves that these devices have also OPENED up a whole new world of communication for many of us... pic.twitter.com/kricI2dNeG — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 27, 2019 Of course, like all the other times, Mr. Mahindra succeeded in opening up a conversation over this video. Good & bad use of any tool depends on the the user and not the technology itself. We criticise because we don't like to blame ourselves or accept that we have lost control on our own senses. Efforts has to be taken to learn to control senses and not growth of technology.#yoga — Anu Kushwaha (@KushwahaAnu) December 27, 2019 Many agree with you Mr. Mahindra. Good & bad use of any tool depends on the the user and not the technology itself. We criticise because we don't like to blame ourselves or accept that we have lost control on our own senses. Efforts has to be taken to learn to control senses and not growth of technology.#yoga — Anu Kushwaha (@KushwahaAnu) December 27, 2019 People from the community appreciate the his words too. Thanks for this sharing @anandmahindra. I'm deaf as I have used communication with family and friends using mobile device through video call. It is not barriers. Thanks new world and new technology. Respect our humans relation which success possible — Gopu (@1986gopu) December 27, 2019 It's all about positive vibes, right? Person who spreads only positivity in @Twitter is only you sir @anandmahindra..!! Most of news now a days are either negative comments or cinematic advertisement or promotions or political fights etc..!! Thank you and keep doing the same and let's spread positivity ðð»ðð» — ashok (@ashvols) December 27, 2019 Technology isn't so bad afterall *winks* Sir because of mobile their life become much more informative , they chat like common person and now they are enjoying friendship and social life also. — gajanan (@gavhanegn) December 27, 2019 View the full article
  18. With protests going on throughout the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the entire country divided over it, here's a heartwarming story of an Indian helping another Indian just for the sake of humanity that perfectly shows the spirit of the country. In Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad district, Ajay Kumar, a policeman, was surrounded by a violent mob and was getting beaten, but was rescued before any injuries turned fatal. Hajji Qadir, a local resident of the area, became his saviour and rescued him from the mob. © ANI He didn't stop there, though. He even took Ajay Kumar back to his home before taking him to the police station. Talking about the incident and the injuries he sustained on his hand, the cop said, "He came like a God. If he hadn't come, they would have killed me." He added, "Aise log bahut kam milte hain, sahab." It's kind of bittersweet hearing that last line since everyone should be like this, helping another person in need, but it's honestly so rare. Ajay Kumar further added, "He gave me water and his clothes and assured I will be safe. He took me to the police station later." © ANI In an interview, Hajji Qadir said, "I was told a policeman has been surrounded by the mob. He was severely injured, I assured him that I will save him. I didn't know his name at the time, what I did was for humanity." See, this is how it's supposed to be, helping people just for the sake of helping them, just for humanity. Massive shoutout to Hajji Qadir for just being an incredible person. For sure. You are a Saviour Hajji Qadir. Take a bow. https://t.co/WiDCcmzpd9 — Ravikant Rai (@RavikantRai2) December 27, 2019 Hero is the right word. Here's another conscientious soul, another hero, Hajji Qadir: https://t.co/LyPfnEt0dx #standunited #Indiaunited #againstCAA #againstNRC #NRC_CAA — Maaz bin Bilal Ùعاذ ب٠بÙا٠(@Maazme) December 27, 2019 Yep. India is alive in angels like you sir! #HajjiQadir — Karthik Ganesan (@Karthikgtweets) December 27, 2019 View the full article
  19. Martin Scorsese recently faced strong backlash for taking a jibe at Marvel movies. "The Departed" director found himself in trouble when he went on to say that superhero movies were "not cinema". Todd Phillips, the director of Joaquin Phoenix starrer Joker, agrees to what Scorcese said. According to AceShowbiz, the director said he accepts Scorsese was making a fair point. The director, however, fell short of explaining whether he fully agrees to what Scorsese said. He was speaking at The Hollywood Reporter's directors roundtable chat. "Marty got a lot of heat for that (what he said), but I understand it fully. We were struggling to get 'Joker' made, which sounds funny because it exists in the superhero world, but it's really not one of those movies." "We spent a year at Warner Bros., and I saw emails back and forth, literally, where they said, 'Does he realise we sell Joker pyjamas at Target?' I go, 'Didn't movies come first and pyjamas come second? Are the pyjamas dictating the movies?' Theme park rides. Pyjamas. Slurpee cups. Whatever it is that you are selling off the back of movies, you can't make your decisions based on that." Martin Scorsese, who was also present on the occasion said: "I remember when Disneyland was built... and one of the aspirations of the studios was to become as important to American culture as Disneyland. And the first studio to really do that was Universal with the (studio) tour. And then you add the blockbuster on top of that - and why not? People go to the movie. Enjoy it. That sort of thing." "So the sense of a theme park has always been there. It's not bad. We used to love to go to amusement parks. But now in an amusement park, you have the film."
  20. If you are a hacker who knows his way around Apple devices and are planning to mess with Apple, then it's probably not a good idea. In fact, you shouldn't be doing it with any firm in the first place because it's not ethical. But in Apple's case, we have proof that it doesn't really end well and they'll definitely put you down. Case in point, a 22-year old guy from London named Kerem Albayrak, tried blackmailing Apple for $75,000 in cryptocurrency or thousand $100 iTunes gift cards. He claimed that he had access to over 300 million iCloud accounts and said he'd wipe millions of iPhones and iPads if his demands were not met. © Reuters All this happened back in 2017, by a group named "Turkish Crime Family". According to the UK National Crime Agency, that investigated the crime in collaboration with authorities in the US, Albayrak was apparently the spokesperson from the group doing the negotiation. He also created a YouTube video proving he indeed had access and sent a bunch of other proofs to Apple's security team as well as media outlets. But at the time of the investigation, Apple confirmed that their systems were not compromised and there were no signs of a breach. So essentially, the group was making a false claim, trying to extort money out of the trillion-dollar company. Albayrak was convicted of the attempt to blackmail Apple and was sentenced to two years in prison. However, this was suspended, subject to carrying out 300 hours of unpaid work and complying with a six-month electronic curfew. © Reuters So the bottom line is, you don't mess with a big name company and try to extort money. It doesn't matter if you have access to valuable data or not, you should reconsider the choice. In fact, if you come across a vulnerability that you can exploit, it's a good idea to approach Apple and let them know about it and walk away with big bounty. That way, you'll avoid the hassle and earn some money and fame in the process. Source: Business Insider View the full article
  21. As Nick Cannon released another diss track taking aim at Slim Shady, Eminem took to Twitter but he didn’t reply to the Wild 'n Out host. Ever since Eminem slammed Cannon in ‘Lord Above’ that featured Fat Joe and Andre 3000 as well, the comedian has hit out at Slim Shady in a couple of tracks. His latest diss track, “Invitation: Canceled” was the one in which he played old recordings of Eminem in which the white rapper made insulting comments about African-American women from back in the day. In the song, Cannon calls Eminem the ‘KKK of our generation’. Fans were expecting a scathing response from the Detroit MC. However, Mr Mathers chose to ignore Cannon and instead tweeted at Andre 3000. In a podcast with producer Rick Rubin, Andre 3000 revealed how he and Eminem nerded out on vintage HipHop. The Outkast musician spoke about how he and Slim Shady went back-and-forth with each other on Bay Area collective Hieroglyphics. “Me and Eminem, we sat on the phone for about an hour talking about the Hieroglyphics crew,” he continued. “We were trading their lyrics on the phone like, ‘Do you remember, man?’ Andre had said on the podcast. Turns out, Slim was listening and he tweeted some lyrics of a song at Andre. “If I had to grip my pad the riffs I'd grab would rip and stab, the kids that sad, the s*** that's drab and flavorless...” you’re up, André!” he tweeted. While this may not be the tweet fans were expecting from the rapper who was named the ‘Artist of the Decade’ in December 2009 for selling the most number of records from 2000-2010, we know that the Detroit MC seldom backs down from a fight. Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) went toe-to-toe after the former dissed the latter in his Kamikaze song ‘Not Alike’. MGK responded with ‘Rap Devil’ a couple of days later which won praise from critics and for the first time, hip hop enthusiasts thought Eminem was in a pickle. However, Eminem responded two weeks later with ‘Killshot’ which became the fastest song to hit a million pageviews on YouTube, hitting a million in just 8 hours, beating the previous records from Pusha T's "The Story of Adidon", gaining a million in 41 hours and Childish Gambino's "This Is America", hitting it in 45 hours. The internet remains split over whether Eminem won that battle or did MGK get the best of the hip hop legend. Will we ever see the Detroit native respond to Cannon’s diss tracks? Or will Eminem ignore him completely? Only time will tell.
  22. What is Jennifer Aniston's whopping net worth?American actress Jennifer Aniston has accumulated an abundance of wealth, thanks to her stunning appearances in TV sitcoms and films. The starlet rose to prominence after her appearance as Rachel Green in the popular sitcom Friends that became a worldwide sensation. Jennifer, owing to her never-ending success, has amassed an abundance of fortune and according to Insider, enjoys a whopping net worth of $240 million. It was revealed that although Jennifer is commonly known for her role in the hit sitcom Friends, she makes a lot of her money through endorsement deals. As per a report, the 50-year-old actress makes $10 million every year from sponsorship deals and almost $2 million per year from Friends syndication deals alone. By the end of season 10 of the show, Jennifer earned a staggering $1.25 million per episode. For her most recent stint on the digital world, Jennifer picked up a $1.1 million paycheck for Apple TV series, The Morning Show , with Reese Witherspoon. Apart from this, she regularly makes money millions of dollars off her movie appearances. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer reportedly made $5 million from We Are The Millers alone and E! reported that Jennifer made $8 million from her role in Marley & Me. Owing to her massive fortune, Forbes declared Jennifer as one of the richest and highest-paid actresses in the world, in 2017.
  23. Multi-genre, multi-day and multi-stage - since its inception in 2010, Bacardi's NH7 Weekender festival has been a regular pitstop for artists, brands, promoters and audiences alike. This year however, marked an important milestone - the festival's tenth year - and an important challenge, as festival producers Only Much Louder (OML) braced themselves for the aftershock of an intensely exposed series of #MeToo scandals. Call it 'supporting the artists' or chalk it off to limited public memories - this year's festival proved not to just be an incredible success in terms of lineups, interactions and album launches - it also has the numbers to back it up. With a colossal footfall of nearly 70,000 people, just the festival bands alone, lined end-to-end, would literally break into the stratosphere. Establishing or emerging, the festival's artist lineup boasted over 100 artists in total - a far cry from 2010's 35-strong roster. One of the most common discussions in the days and weeks leading up to the Weekender revolved around the agonisingly difficult choices to make regarding which artists to catch - as several key performers' timings clashed. Fortunately this proved to be one of the better-planned-out parts of the festival, with contrasting acts scheduled alongside each other. Day 2's finale, for example, had Sufi legends Wadalis performing simultaneously with Swedish prog-metal superstars Opeth - as another stage bumped and grooved to Atlanta's hip-hop sensations, Earthgang. Choices confirmed, plans finalized and several meet-up promises made, we set off for three days of 2019's Weekender - after a decade in the making. Day One: Sunny Dispositions For anyone coming in from Delhi, Pune's bright, sunny weather is a far cry from the capital's recent smog-filled woes. Several artists were busy in the hours leading up to day one, performing sound checks, finalising on routines and coordinating with festival organisers. © Sharan Sanil Speaking of Delhi, the city kicked things off at the Casa Bacardi stage with dream pop/psychedelia outfit, Dee En - greeting streams of festival goers with hazy, laidback layers of synth and guitar. The intensity soon picked up over at the Doer's Club stage - with another Delhi-based takeover in the form of sufi-blues rockers, Faridkot. Definitely one of their best live sets yet, they drew in a sizable crowd as the sun began to set, playing bars from fan favourites like Laila. Prog/psych favourites Parvaaz also made their way through a thrilling 50-minute set, pulling in new songs from their recently released album, Kun. Despite some technical snags, they made it through - even bringing back performances from their debut EP, Behosh. © Agniprava Nath While rock dominated most of day one, the grand finale presented audiences with a difficult choice - either get into party-mode at the Breezer Vivid stage with Ritviz, or catch Irish indie-rock sensations Kodaline at the Bacardi Arena. We spoke to both extensively - while you can catch our exclusive interview with Kodaline here, Ritviz also had a few words to share on his musical journey. “I'm extremely excited for today, I've been looking forward to it for a while,” he shared, a few hours before going onstage. “NH7 every year is very special, y'know. This is my home ground, and where it all started for me… so every time feels like a step forward, but a reminder to me of how it all started. Very nostalgic.” © The Clique Photography The 23 year-old producer also shared a few memories back from his first performance at a Weekender, during the aftermath of his 2017 mega-hit, Udd Gaye. “I had a show in Hyderabad the night before, and nobody turns up. We had just hit about a million views on Udd Gaye, and I was pretty confident that people are going to come. That was when I realised, 'I need to humble myself down. Koi nahi aane wala hai, koi nahi sunne wala hai.' And I had NH7 the next day, I think it was the 6 PM slot and I was extremely nervous, since I had prepared a set and everything. I go up on stage. To my surprise, there's 3,000 people up there, and I still haven't processed it that they're there for, well, me! Then I went up and announced that I'll be playing a new song - not even Udd Gaye - and I was amazed that I could hear people singing the lyrics. As for the former - I played it towards the end of the set, and it was just crazy.” It was at this point that we also noticed what several fest-goers were comically referring to as 'The Real Weekender' - on leaving the venue at Pune's Mahalaxmi Lawns, not only did the thousands of attendees have to trek for at least half an hour to find reasonably priced transport - they also caused a traffic jam that gave Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore a run for their money. I personally recall escaping the chaos in a rickshaw - packed to the brim with eight passengers. © Sharan Sanil Thankfully, anything's fun with the right company. Day Two: What To Pick? As we mentioned earlier, day two was destined to be something of an existential crisis as far as lineup choice went - was I to stick to my old-school preferences for metal, or follow a newfound romance with sufi and more indigenous forms of music? The question bumped around in my mind as afrobeat hits Kokoroko pulled us into a serene hour-long set. © Agniprava Nath Regardless of the latter, most of this Saturday turned out to be open season for hip-hop, and particularly metal fans, who headbanged late into the evening through several bands. © Jishnu Chakraborty Many of these, along with rap outfits such as Enkore and the Gullygang Showcase featured artists from Mumbai - which clearly took over the festival's throne from Delhi's day-one roster. As the finale acts lined up through, I found myself dragged towards a completely unplanned and unintended final choice - Wadalis. Educated by a dear friend, I learned of the rich sufi legacy left behind by the Wadalis brothers - the younger of which tragically passed away last year. The group is now led by the near-80 year old Puranchand Wadali, and his son, musician Lakhwinder Wadali. View this post on Instagram Hey. Last night at Pune ... #lakhwinderwadali A post shared by Lakhwinder Wadali (@lakhwinderwadaliofficial) on Nov 30, 2019 at 7:34pm PST It didn't take much convincing - soon we found ourselves within the first few rows, syncing our feet and hands to the alap and taans, brought alive by father and son. Far off in the distance though, you could hear the distant roars from Opeth and Earthgang's performances. © Jishnu Chakraborty + The Clique Photography While I'm sure both were stellar, I have to say that the Wadalis put together one of the greatest live performances I've seen in my ten years of attending concerts - along with one of the most receptive and engaging audiences as well. Day Three: With A Bang, Not A Whimper Through some miraculous combination of well-timed sleep, prior planning and energy drinks, we seemed to have plenty of fuel in the tank left over for the Weekender's grand finale, and we were going to need it. With most fans worn down from two straight days of partying, it was fortunate that Sunday's early shows were chilled-out, laidback affairs. Things began to pick up as the evening rolled in - with multilingual hip-hop masters Swadesi taking up the Breezer stage. © Instagram/Swadesi/@1mrigank Swadesi, which combines several regional languages to form socially-charged lyrical bangers, flipped the mood around with powerful statements on current socio political crises within the country - before introducing the world to their brand new album, Chaitavnti. MCs Mawali and Todfod spoke to us just before heading onstage - the duo slinging bars in Marathi and Gujarati, respectively. “It's good man, we're really excited,” chimed in MC Mawali. “It's our first ever set with live instruments - little bit nervous! *laughs* But it'll go well. We're proud of all the songs we're performing today, they're all new - none of them are out yet, this is exclusive shit, bro.” Long associated with movements of free-speech and conservatism, he continued with a special message for their fans, “I want them to stay true to their roots. Listen to good music and don't follow commercial and fake things, man. Eat good food and good fruits, stay natural *laughs*. Don't get artificial, man.” In contrast to Swadesi's raw, firebrand style, the Doer's Club stage saw Sandunes light up the stage with a minimalist, delicate and intricately crafted set, named Hand of Thought. © Jishnu Chakraborty Finally, the curtain closed on the festival with multi-platinum selling Aussie musician, Nick Murphy, better known as Chet Faker. © Sharan Sanil Although the absolutely immense crowd he drew made it hard to catch a clear glimpse of the man himself, he spent most of his set belting out hits such as Gold and No Diggity - occasionally joined by Dr. Aneesh Pradhan, a student of the legendary tabla artist, Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. It's been a long ten years - and beyond just the music, a world of change and evolution for the men and women that made the Weekender become what it is today. “Over the last ten years, we've built a passionate, seasoned and highly competent team of professionals who work together to overcome any obstacles that may come our way,” shared Sameeksha Uniyal, a representative for Bacardi, the festival's sponsor since its inception. With newer, more intimate festivals planned, the future looks bright for India's music and culture venues - and we can't wait to find ourselves once again in Pune for NH7 Weekender, 2021. View the full article
  24. Bollywood is a word that personifies more than the term 'entertainment' for this country. One might assume that this industry and the people who run it are merely producing content to generate profits and entertain the masses but a quick look at the myriad of dimensions which surround it, and you realise it is more than just a hood of good cinema. It is 2019, a year where the internet has reached every part of the planet (most of it at least), our superstars and filmmakers use the tool of social media very powerfully because like they say, with greater power, comes greater responsibility. This is exactly what got me thinking that what is exactly the extent of 'freedom of speech' exercised by our cinema stars and how we continue to fall for this delicious trap. © Instagram Marketing is a big investment when a project is helmed and actors are more than aware of it. Here are a few examples of how they casually seep into our 'fan' brains and win accolades and take home some major moolah in return. Supporting a certain cause, announcing a movie around a sensitive subject and then suddenly preaching all about it, going to every state university and malls (because the youth is a major target audience) and doing publicity for their movies are some basic things they do. Once the agenda is met, we see them don a different hat. A new cause to support, a new 'dream' to chase. Anyway, as long as the influence is not negative, we love watching them on-screen, we follow them on social media, we want to know who is wearing what, who is tweeting what and this perennial cycle goes on. However, when it comes to sensitive matters of national interest, there is an echoing silence in this A-lister clan and it is kind of surprising and also not surprising at the same time to me. As a media professional and a consumer of Bollywood, it saddens and upsets me to know that some of the biggest names in the country who can wish miss Priyanka Chopra for her wedding, who can wish our Modi Ji on his birthday, even wish team India during the World Cup, can actually afford to stay silent on sharing their opinion around something that is jolting, and affecting their own biggest target audience: the youth of this country. The ongoing protests across universities including AMU and Jamia Milia and the bloody aftermath of it is not hidden from anyone, even if they claim they're living under a rock. The CAA is picking on the communal thread of this nation and while the older generation sulks over it, the future of this country is asking some basic questions and demanding support, which is being met with a thunderous silence by the government and India's biggest industry, Bollywood. Attack on the students of #Jamia & AMU is the culmination of state terrorism. I strongly condemn fascist BJP government! It's not just students who are being attacked; Great democracy. Let fascism fall! Let the people's revolution erupt! We will stand with the students! pic.twitter.com/RMFDlnSg5n — à®à¯à®®à®¾à®©à¯ (@SeemanOfficial) December 16, 2019 "What do I study now? What is left?" Law student from Jamia breaks down. Enough is enough. A country that attacks it's children has no future. #Jamia https://t.co/HBzYuUCzwT — Srinivas B V (@srinivasiyc) December 16, 2019 Now, if you tell me, that it doesn't matter what an actor or an actress says or supports, and that's not really a problem, then please bear with me as I explain how it is twitching a nerve. Not long ago, a beautiful selfie surfaced on the internet, with some of the biggest names in the industry flying on a private jet, coming down to Delhi to meet our honourable PM and some of the great names in Indian politics. Everyone waxed eloquence on each other's work, talking about our country being in safe hands, etc. But now the dangerous silence that reeks off from this picture just saddens me as someone who wants to believe in the power of a social media influencer. © Instagram Not a single word uttered, not a single tweet made, no Instagram post, nothing. If people buy a particular shoe or drink a particular brand of coffee because their favourite celebrity endorses it, imagine the amount of positive influence our beloved stars can manifest if they simply address it openly. Too much to ask? Well, my thoughts echo with a few people and when actress Sayani Gupta pointed it out today, some celebs did start talking about it eventually. On behalf of the students of Jamia & AMU request at least one of you to tweet or message Mr.Modi condemning this act of police brutality and violence against students. The time has come to speak up guys. Yes? No? May be?@RanveerOfficial @karanjohar @ayushmannk @RajkummarRao pic.twitter.com/6l5ky5zbNt — Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) December 15, 2019 @ayushmannk educated the country about Article 15, @RanveerOfficial represented a Murad, @aliaa08 pulled off a spy for her country and @RajkummarRao played the lawyer Shahid Azmi. Well, they should change it to "yeh sabhi paatra aur kalaakar, dono hi kaalpanik hai" — CAB is anti-democratic. ð (@naughty_ghaati) December 15, 2019 Thank you @sayanigupta This call to the Consciousness of Humanity will go a long way in expressing solidarity with our students and strengthen our resolve to safeguard the inclusive aspect of our Constitution Long Live An Inclusive Secular Democratic India — Professional Sevak (@Prof_Sevak) December 16, 2019 Some actors who proved they are a responsible Indian before acting like they are 'too busy for social media' include Vikrant Massey, Swara Bhasker and Siddharth, amongst the few people from this industry. These two are not Krishna and Arjuna. They are Shakuni and Duryodhana. Stop attacking #universities! Stop assaulting #students! #JamiaMilia #JamiaProtest — Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 16, 2019 Shocking messages of violence, tear gassing from #Jamia in #Delhi ! Why are students being treated like criminals? Why are hostels being tear gassed.. ??? What is going on #DelhiPolice ???? Shocking and shameful! #CABProtests — Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 15, 2019 This is a picture of students from #JamiaMilia holding photos of #Ambedkar & #Gandhi opposing the #CAA2019 We haven't forgotten our roots. And we will fight to regain the lost sanity of this proud country ð®ð³ #StandWithJamia #Delhiviolence pic.twitter.com/gOCh0B7Cnw — Vikrant Massey (@masseysahib) December 15, 2019 The stark reality, which you, as a fan of a certain actor, needs to remind yourself is that our favourites will play strong characters in reel life, but turns out that in real life, heroes are not found on the screen but are found fighting for what is right and making himself/herself heard screaming the truth, on a street around you. So while we should continue enjoying a good film and lauding great performances, let's just draw the curtains on the expectations that an industry which drives up budgets for marketing to acquire validation from fans will conveniently turn off their internet and live in their own bubble of 'acche din' as their young fans endure the wrath of a situation. They definitely speak up for what matters to them, and there have been times when Bollywood has come forward in solidarity for issues. But looks like, this one time, it's not that bothersome. Well, the CAA had caught the attention of the United Nations but looks like Bollywood is running on a different time zone. So if I do ask our favourite influencers, 'how's the josh?', the answer will be 'not very high sir'. View the full article
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