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KCR vs Center : Telangana to deposit fortified parboiled rice with FCI

New Delhi [India]: The central government has allowed Telangana to deposit 6.05 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of fortified parboiled rice with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said on Saturday.

Telangana has been allowed to deposit the remaining paddy of Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 & 2021-22.
The letter in this regard was issued on 11 May 2022, keeping in view the request of the state government, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in a statement.

The original milling/ delivery of Customed Milled Rice (CMR) period of KMS 2020-21 (Rabi) in Telangana was upto September 2021. At the request of the State Government of Telangana, this has been extended seventh time upto May 2022.

Earlier, the Centre approved procurement estimate of 40.20 LMT of rice in Telangana during KMS 2021-22 (Rabi Crop) with procurement period upto June 2022 and milling period upto September 2022.

“Govt of India has always supported procurement operations in all States including Telangana. As compared to 15.79 LMT of rice procured during KMS 2015-16 benefitting 5,35,007 farmers with MSP value of Rs 3,417.15 crore, 94.53 LMT of rice was procured in Telangana during KMS 2020-21 benefitting 21,64,354 farmers with MSP value of Rs 26,637.39 crore,” the ministry said.

As on 11 May 2022, in the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season 2021-22, 72.71 LMT of paddy (48.72 LMT of equivalent rice) has been procured benefitting 11,14,833 farmers with MSP value Rs 14251.59 crore. (ANI)

 

Skanda Aerospace to invest Rs 250 crores in Hyderabad

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Skanda Aerospace Technology Private Limited (SATPL) plans to invest Rs. 250 crores to set up a facility at Hyderabad.

SATPL is the joint venture between Raghu Vamsi Machine Tools (RMVT) and Rave Gears, LLC, Texas USA and their production facility becomes the first private company having capability to manufacture Helicopter Gears and Gear Boxes in India.
The joint venture (SATPL) will have 55 per cent holding by Rave Gears while RVMT & Investors hold 45 per cent. The JV company will invest Rs. 250 Cr and provide employment for 1000 in the next 3 to 5 years.

Rave Gears have also committed to provide annual orders to the tune of $9M to Skanda Aerospace.

Located at Texas, USA – Rave Gears LLC is a designer, manufacturer and system integrator of gears and precision drive trains catering to Aerospace, Defence, Automotive and industrial customers worldwide. Rave Gears supplies to major OEMs like Boeing, Bell, Collins, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Mclaren, Nascar etc.

Raghu Vamsi Machine Tools is a leading supplier of High Precision Products and subassemblies to leading OEMs such as Boeing, GE Aviation, Eaton, Honeywell etc.

In the picture above seen are Tushar Patel- Partner, Nimish Mehta- MD, Rave Gears India Ltd, Vishu Patel- Director, Rave Gears India Ltd, Nick Patel- CEO, Rave Gears LLC, (Texas, USA), Vamsi Vikas- MD, Raghu Vamsi Group, Revanth Kotha- Executive Director, Skanda Aerospace Technology Pvt. Ltd.

This story is provided by GPRC. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/GPRC)

 

Cricket South Africa withdraws charges against Mark Boucher

Johannesburg [South Africa]-  Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced that they have withdrawn charges of misconduct, including charges of racism against Proteas head coach Mark Boucher.

The nation’s cricket governing body further concluded that there is no basis to sustain any of the disciplinary charges, which include racism, against Mark Boucher, head coach of the Men’s cricket team. The Board of CSA has therefore formally and unreservedly withdrawn all of the charges.
“In December 2021, the CSA Board received the report from the independent Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) Ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza SC. That report made adverse “tentative findings” regarding Boucher but because the Ombudsman stated that he was not in a position to make “definite findings” he recommended that further formal processes take place to achieve finality on these issues,” said the board in a statement.

In line with their fiduciary and legal obligations, the CSA Board resolved to institute formal proceedings as per the SJN Report’s recommendations, which would give all parties, including Boucher, a chance to respond to the allegations and fully state their case. CSA was advised by external lawyers that the appropriate formal process to follow in respect of Boucher was a formal disciplinary hearing in front of an independent Chairperson.

The charge sheet against Boucher ultimately included the tentative finding made by the SJN Ombudsman against Boucher, as well as issues arising from CSA’s own internal enquiry following the resignation of the Proteas assistant coach, Enoch Nkwe. Terry Motau SC, a well-respected senior counsel, was appointed as the Chairperson of the disciplinary enquiry. After consultation with Boucher’s legal team and considering the Proteas schedule, Motau SC determined that the disciplinary hearing would commence on May 16, 2022.

The CSA Board has now taken the decision to formally withdraw all of the disciplinary charges against Boucher. This includes the charges arising from the SJN report and the charges arising from the investigation following Nkwe’s resignation. CSA has made this decision taking into account the following considerations:

1. Paul Adams recently announced that he had withdrawn from testifying against Boucher during the disciplinary hearing. In doing so, Adams stated that his concerns articulated during the SJN process were about the overall “culture” in the Proteas team during the early 2000s, rather than being about any particular player.

2. During the SJN process, Boucher formally apologised to Adams. After the SJN process, Adams indicated to CSA’s lawyers that he accepts this apology.

3. Nkwe decided that he too did not wish to testify against Boucher during the disciplinary hearing. In doing so, Nkwe stated publicly that he did not intend to take sides regarding Boucher and that “whatever happens in that process, I hope the outcome will be the one that’s best for the game”.

4. CSA’s lawyers engaged with various other potential witnesses over the last month and concluded that none of the three charges were sustainable.

5. The very recent ruling by Hamilton Maenetje SC and Michael Bishop in the Graeme Smith arbitration fortified the conclusion that the charges against Boucher would be dismissed.

Having taken all of the above into account, as well as the advice of its external lawyers, CSA concluded that there was no basis to sustain any of the charges against Boucher. CSA has therefore withdrawn the charges and will contribute towards his legal costs.

Lawson Naidoo, Chair of the CSA Board, commented: “CSA has at all times been committed to dealing with the SJN issues in a manner that treats them with utmost seriousness but also ensures fairness, due process and finality. The decision to withdraw the charges brings about finality on these issues for CSA and Mark and allows the focus to return to the cricket field – where we trust that Mark and the Proteas will go from strength to strength.” (ANI)

 

Ready to talk with naxals : Chhattisgarh CM Baghel

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India]: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday said that the government is ready to hold dialogue provided Naxalites have faith in the Constitution. Interacting with media persons in Pratappur, Baghel said, “The schemes of the state government being run in the Naxal-affected areas are winning the hearts of the tribal population. Now they are demanding to build roads and open camps. With the effective implementation of state government policies, the Naxal activities are confined to a few pockets in Chhattisgarh.”
“Naxalites should express their faith in the Constitution of India, and then we are ready to talk with them on any platform,” he emphasized highlighting the state government’s welfare schemes in Naxal-affected areas

 

Securiy forces have a long fight with naxals in forest areas of many states

Chief Minister Baghel was felicitated by media persons today for the decisions taken by the state government in the interest of the journalists. The Chief Minister announced the approval of Rs 10 lakh for ‘Patrakar Bhawan’ at Pratappur. It is worth mentioning that the state government has hiked the monthly pension for senior journalists under the ‘Senior Journalist Samman Nidhi’ from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. The age limit for the same has also been reduced from 62 years to 60 years. Besides, the limit of financial aid given to journalists under ‘Patrakar Kalyan Kosh’ has been increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh.

Similarly, new accreditation rules for journalists have been enacted, in which a provision has been made to give accreditation to journalists of TV channels, web portals, news magazines and news agencies. The accreditation quota for media institutions has been almost doubled. In a first, a provision has been made for accreditation of block-level journalists as well. A provision has also been made for providing financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of journalists who died due to COVID-19. The validity period of accreditation has been increased from one year to two years. (ANI)

PM Modi holds talks with French President Macron, discusses defence cooperation

Paris [France]:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (local time) held talks with the newly re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, discussing a range of bilateral issues including defence, space, civil nuclear cooperation and people-to-people linkages, as well as regional and global issues.

The two leaders held talks at Elysee Palace, the official residence of the President of France, in Paris.
Addressing a press briefing, shortly before the departure of PM Modi back to India, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that the two leaders who are also good friends held “extensive discussions on a range of issues of bilateral, regional and global importance.”

“The two leaders held wide-ranging discussions on all the key areas of bilateral engagement, including in defence, space, civil nuclear cooperation and people-to-people linkages. They also discussed regional and global issues, including developments in Europe and the Indo-pacific,” the Foreign Secretary informed.

Kwatra also informed that this was the first visit of PM Modi to France since August 2019.

“The two leaders have stayed in regular touch through calls and letters. They also met on the sidelines of the G20 summits last year. India and France are strong strategic partners. The two leaders are also good friends,” Kwatra said.

Talking about the re-election of the French President, Kwatra said that the renewed mandate of President Macron will allow the two countries to build on the existing strength and success of the strategic partnership.

“President Macron’s renewed mandate and the conversations between Prime Minister Modi and the President today allow us to build on existing strength and success of India-France strategic partnership and also chart out the blueprint for its next phase,” Kwatra said.

The Foreign Secretary also emphasised that “India and France see each other as key partners in the Indo-pacific.”

On the sidelines, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also met his French counterpart, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during PM Modi’s visit.

Following the talks, the French President also hosted a dinner for the Indian Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in France on Wednesday on the final leg of his three-day Europe visit and was warmly welcomed by members of the Indian diaspora in Paris.

Members of the Indian community were present outside the hotel where PM Modi reached after his arrival in Paris. Children were present in sizeable numbers and many of them sought autographs from the Prime Minister. People reciprocated the greetings of the people.

PM Modi said in a tweet after his arrival in Paris that France was one of India’s strongest partners.

“Landed in Paris. France is one of India’s strongest partners, with our nations cooperating in diverse areas,” he said.

PM Modi reached Paris on the final day of his three-day Europe visit, after his engagements in Germany and Denmark. (ANI)

PM Modi meets Danish PM Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen

Copenhagen [Denmark]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a private tour of the residence of his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen after he reached the Danish capital for a one-day visit that will include several engagements including talks with leaders from Nordic countries.

“Walking the talk PM @narendramodi and @Statsmin PM Mette Frederiksen at Marienborg. The bonhomie between the two leaders mirrors the close ties between India and Denmark,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a tweet.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Danish PM during the tour. “Conversations in Copenhagen aimed at boosting India-Denmark friendship. PM Frederiksen welcomed PM @narendramodi at Marienborg,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.

This visit started to Denmark shortly after concluding his Berlin visit on Tuesday.

During his one-day Germany visit, PM Modi met with German chancellor Olaf Scholz. This was their first engagement since Chancellor Scholz assumed office in December 2021.

The one-on-one meeting between the two leaders was followed by the Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), the plenary session of which was co-chaired by PM Modi and German chancellor Scholz.

Addressing a press briefing, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that the economy, ecology, trade, investment linkages, and green partnership between India and Germany were the central pillars on which the discussions focussed.

In a joint statement, Germany made an advance commitment to provide 10 billion euros of new and additional developmental assistance in India until 2030 under the Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) on Green and Sustainable Development Partnership signed between the two countries. (ANI)

Real Madrid crowned La Liga champions for record 35th time

Madrid [Spain]: Real Madrid took to the field against Espanyol knowing that all they needed was one point to secure their record-extending 35th La Liga title, but the Los Blancos went out guns blazing to take all three points.

Ancelotti’s men put on a stellar display to convincingly defeat the Catalan side courtesy of a first-half brace from Rodrygo and goals from Asensio and Benzema in the second half. The Madridistas sealed their 35th league title with four games left to play in the competition.
The hosts found a way through on the half-hour mark. Rodrygo played a neat one-two with Marcelo on the edge of the box before driving past two defenders and slotting the ball into the net with his right foot.

The Bernabeu was right behind their team, who made it 2-0 before the break. It was Rodrygo on target again in the 43rd minute, putting in a spectacular performance as he finished after Mariano had won the ball near the area.

The third goal arrived in the 56th minute. Camavinga won the ball back in his own half to set up a counter-attack, carrying the ball before releasing Asensio, who beat Diego Lopez with his right foot.

Ancelotti, who became the first coach to win the title in each of the five big leagues, brought on Benzema, Kroos and Isco in the 60th minute.

Benzema also got his goal as the French forward added to his spectacular scoring form in the 81st minute, with Vini Jr providing the assist. (ANI)

 

Real Madrid crowned La Liga champions for record 35th time

Madrid [Spain], May 1 (ANI): Real Madrid took to the field against Espanyol knowing that all they needed was one point to secure their record-extending 35th La Liga title, but the Los Blancos went out guns blazing to take all three points.

Ancelotti’s men put on a stellar display to convincingly defeat the Catalan side courtesy of a first-half brace from Rodrygo and goals from Asensio and Benzema in the second half. The Madridistas sealed their 35th league title with four games left to play in the competition.
The hosts found a way through on the half-hour mark. Rodrygo played a neat one-two with Marcelo on the edge of the box before driving past two defenders and slotting the ball into the net with his right foot.

The Bernabeu was right behind their team, who made it 2-0 before the break. It was Rodrygo on target again in the 43rd minute, putting in a spectacular performance as he finished after Mariano had won the ball near the area.

The third goal arrived in the 56th minute. Camavinga won the ball back in his own half to set up a counter-attack, carrying the ball before releasing Asensio, who beat Diego Lopez with his right foot.

Ancelotti, who became the first coach to win the title in each of the five big leagues, brought on Benzema, Kroos and Isco in the 60th minute.

Benzema also got his goal as the French forward added to his spectacular scoring form in the 81st minute, with Vini Jr providing the assist. (ANI)

 

“Gharial’ delivers 760 kg of medicines to Sri Lanka amid crisis

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: With the overarching aim of providing critical medical aid to Sri Lanka during the ongoing economic crisis, Indian Naval Ship Gharial, as part of Mission SAGAR IX, arrived at Colombo on Friday and delivered over 760 kilograms of 107 types of critical lifesaving medicines.

The shipment was received by Health Minister of Sri Lanka, Channa Jayasumana, and would be supplied to the University of Peradeniya Hospital.

Taking to Twitter, Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka wrote, “From #India for their brethren in #Srilanka!!! A consignment of drugs and medical supplies was handed over by High Commissioner to Hon’ble Minister #ChannaJayasumana in #Colombo today. INS Gharial was deployed for ensuring expeditious delivery of the consignment to Sri Lanka.”

In line with the Government of India’s vision of SAGAR – Security And Growth for All in the Region – the Indian Navy undertakes several deployments titled ‘Mission SAGAR’ to assist friendly IOR littorals.

Since May 2020, the Indian Navy has successfully concluded eight such missions, deploying ten ships to 18 Friendly Foreign Countries. With a steadfast intent of delivering a high quantum of humanitarian assistance to our neighbours, personnel from ships and shore organisations of the Indian Navy have invested close to a million man-hours to bring succour to our friends, overseas.

Sri Lanka is now facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948. The recession is attributed to foreign exchange shortages caused by a clampdown on tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic. It left the country unable to buy enough fuel, with people facing an acute scarcity of food and basic necessities, fuel, and gas.

In February, New Delhi provided a short-term loan of USD 500 million to Colombo for the purchase of petroleum products through the Ministry of Energy and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.

Three months before that, in November 2021, India gave 100 tonnes of nano nitrogen liquid fertilisers to Sri Lanka as their government stopped the import of chemical fertilisers.

The total fuel delivered to the people of Sri Lanka, over the last 50 days, amounts to nearly 200,000 MT including a consignment of 40,000 MT, by Indian Oil Corporation, outside the line of credit facility, in February 2022. Energy Minister Gamini Lokuge thanked the Government of India for the fuel consignments.

India announced another USD 1 billion as a credit line to Sri Lanka to help shore up the sinking economy of the island nation. New Delhi also provided the stock of 11,000 MT of rice to Colombo. (ANI)

 

Elon Musk says for Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral

Washington [US]: Days after Tesla Chief Elon Musk take control over Twitter, he said that for the microblogging site to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral.

“For Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral, which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left equally,” Musk tweeted.

Twitter on Monday (local time) confirmed the sale of the company to Musk for USD 44 billion.

Under the terms of the deal, shareholders will receive USD 54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter stock they own, matching Musk’s original offer and marking a 38 per cent premium over the stock price the day before Musk revealed his stake in the company, CNN reported.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said that he was proud of the employees who continue to do the work with focus and urgency despite the noise.

“I took this job to change Twitter for the better, course-correct where we need to, and strengthen the service. Proud of our people who continue to do the work with focus and urgency despite the noise,” Agrawal tweeted.

Meanwhile, the former CEO of the microblogging site Jack Dorsey dropped a series of tweets, suggesting that he supports the move.

“In principle, I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter. It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company, however, Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness,” Dorsey tweeted.

For those unaware, Dorsey, the maverick co-founder of Twitter, on November 29, 2021, suddenly announced his resignation. Parag Agarwal, an IITian who was CTO at Twitter, was named his replacement. (ANI)

More than me, Congress needs leadership, collective will to fix problems: Prashant Kishor

New Delhi [India]: After declining the offer to join the Congress, poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday said that the party needs “leadership and collective will” to fix deep-rooted structural problems through transformational reforms.

Taking to Twitter, Kishor said, “I declined the generous offer of Congress to join the party as part of the Empowered Action Group (EAG) and take responsibility for the elections. In my humble opinion, more than me the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep-rooted structural problems through transformational reforms.”
Kishor has held several meetings in the last 15 days with Congress’s top leadership and gave a proposal to revamp the party ahead of the 2024 general election. Kishor had given a detailed presentation with a road map for the 2024 General elections.

Following the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in October last year, Kishor had said that the people are looking forward to an opposition led by the Grand Old Party (the Congress), but the party first needs to fix its deep-rooted problems and remove its structural weaknesses.

“People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of GOP-led opposition based on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately, there are no quick-fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP,” Kishor had said in a tweet.

Earlier today, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi constituted an Empowered Action Group 2024 and invited Kishor to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility but he declined.

“Following a presentation and discussions with Prashant Kishor, Congress President has constituted a Empowered Action Group 2024 and invited him to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility. He declined. We appreciate his efforts and suggestion given to party,” Surjewala tweeted.

This came after the Congress panel set up by president Sonia Gandhi to work out a revival plan, as suggested by poll strategist Prashant Kishor, submitted a report on its findings on Friday.

Sources told ANI that Kishor, in his presentation to Congress leadership, suggested that Congress should fight alone in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha, and it should form alliances in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra to which Rahul Gandhi has agreed.

Kishor is learnt to have said that Congress should focus on 370 Lok Sabha constituencies for the 2024 general elections.

After the recent poll debacle in five states, Congress was holding negotiations with Kishor. The results of five Assembly polls came as a shock to Congress which was hoping to do well to revive its prospects for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and to fend off the emerging challenge from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress to replace it as the fulcrum of anti-BJP politics in the country.

Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has openly praised Prashant Kishor, saying that he is a “brand”. Senior Congress leader Veerapa Moily has said that those opposing Kishor’s entry to the party are “anti-reformers”. (ANI)

Zelenskyy wants Asian countries to ‘change their attitude’ towards Ukraine

Kiev [Ukraine]: As the Russia-Ukraine war rages on, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is hoping Asian countries will “change their attitude” towards Ukraine as Europe has done.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Zelensky said that NATO’s decision not to accept Ukraine as a member was a “gross mistake” and that some of the alliance’s European member states had underestimated the country.
Ukraine’s “strength” against Russia’s military operation “managed to change the attitude of the alliance and the European member states” toward the country, he added.

“I want very much want the Asian countries to change their attitude to Ukraine as well,” Zelensky was quoted as saying by The Hill.

Without naming any country, Zelenskyy singled out nations that are closer to Russia due to their past ties to the Soviet Union.

“Therefore, after the fall of the Soviet Union they historically were close to, the Russian Federation was the successor of the Soviet Union and the biggest country as part of former the Soviet Union, that’s why their relations remain strong with Russia,” he said.

These remarks come as the US and other Western allies are attempting to pressure India to join them in condemning its close defence partner Russia.

India has called for a cessation of violence but refrained from joining any US-led sanctions against Russia.

Meanwhile, China has refused to condemn Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and has accused the US of exacerbating the whole situation by supplying arms to Ukraine. (ANI)

 

IPL: Buttler’s 116 helps RR beat DC by 15 runs to go on top

Mumbai (Maharashtra)[India]: Jos Buttler’s 116-run knock helped and Prasidh Krishna’s three-wicket haul helped Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Capitals by 15 runs in a high-scoring match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday. With this win, the inaugural champions go to the top of the points table with five wins in seven matches.

Chasing a mammoth 223-run target David Warner and Prithvi Shaw gave Delhi capitals a flying start but the 43-run partnership was broken by pacer Prasidh Krishna who dismissed the dangerous Warner for 28 off 14 balls, caught behind by wicket-keeper Sanju Samson in the fifth over.
In the next over, Ravichandran Ashwin was introduced into the attack and the experienced off-spinner dismissed Sarfaraz Khan in his very first ball to leave Delhi in a spot of bother at 48/2 in 5.1 overs.

Captain Rishabh Pant joined Shaw at the other end and the duo scored runs at a brisk pace. The 51-run partnership was broken by Ashwin who took his second wicket of the match dismissing Shaw who got out scoring 37 from 27 balls as Delhi lost their third wicket for 99.

Lalit Yadav then joined captain Pant and the duo tried to keep pace with the required net run rate. Prasidh Krishna struck for the second time dismissing dangerous Pant for 44 off 24 balls. In the next over Yuzvendra Chahal cleaned up Axar Patel for 1 as DC lost half of their side for 127 in 13 overs.

Lalit Yadav and Shardul Thakur then struck a partnership to take the team’s total beyond the 150-run mark but the 30-run partnership was broken as Thakur was run-out and Delhi lost its sixth wicket for 157.

Lalit Yadav and Rovman Powell kept Delhi in the game but Prasidh Krishna struck for the third time dismissing the dangerous-looking Yadav for 24-ball 37, caught behind by keeper Samson as Delhi lost its seventh wicket for 187.

With 36 runs needed in the last six balls for Delhi Capitals, Rovman Powell hit six of the first ball of the over to left-arm pacer Obed McCoy. In the second ball, Powell hit a six again. In the third ball, he again hit a full toss ball for a maximum and that full toss according to Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant and team management was a no-ball.

But the on-field umpire did not give a no-ball and even refused to consult the third umpire hence Pant threatened to forfeit the match and asked both Powell and Kuldeep Yadav to come out of the field. Assistant coach Praveen Amre entered the field to request umpires to go to the third umpire but the on-field umpires did not budge.

All this also broke Powell’s momentum as he failed to connect the next ball. McCoy dismissed Powell in the last ball of the match for 36 runs off 15 balls as the Royals won the match by 15 runs. With this win, Rajasthan jumped to the number one spot in the points table with five wins in seven matches.

Earlier in the day being put in to bat Rajasthan Royals team got off to a great start as openers Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal played a bit cautiously and ensured that there was no damage done by Delhi Capital bowlers as the inaugural champions scored 44 runs in the first six overs of Powerplay.

In the seventh, over of the innings, the Buttler-Padikkal duo took the team’s total beyond the 50-run mark. After that Buttler pressed the accelerator and started hitting boundaries and sixes to notch up his half-century in just 36 balls.

In the 11th over, the Buttler-Padikkal duo struck a century partnership as Rajasthan Royals looked set for a massive total. Padikkal too went on to score his half-century scoring it in just 31-balls.

Rajasthan reached the 150-run mark in just 14.3 overs. The 155-run opening partnership was finally broken as left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed dismissed Padikkal leg-before for 54 off 35 balls.

Buttler went on to score his century in 57 balls, his third of the season, becoming only the second batter in the history of IPL to score three centuries in one season after Virat Kohli who scored four tons in the 2016 season.

Captain Sanju Samson walked in to bat – his 100th match for Rajasthan Royals – and he also went on to notch up over 5000 runs in T20s. Buttler-Samson took their team’s total beyond the 200-run mark in 18.4 overs. Mustafizur Rahman finally dismissed Buttler for 116 hitting nine fours and nine sixes as Rajasthan lost their second wicket of the match for 202.

Some lusty hitting by captain Sanju Samson helped his team notch up 222/2 in 20 overs. Samson scored an unbeaten 46 off 19 balls hitting five fours and three sixes.

Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 222/2 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 116, Devdutt Padikkal 54; Mustafizur Rahman 1/43, Khaleel Ahmed 1/47) vs Delhi Capitals 207/8 in 20 overs (Rishabh Pant 44, Lalit Yadav 37, Prithvi Shaw 37; Prasidh Krishna 3/22, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/32). (ANI)

 

LIVERPOOL BATTER CITY LEAVING THEM BLACK AND BLUE!!

Liverpool hung on to beat Manchester City 3-2 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday to reach the final of the FA Cup and end Pep Guardiola’s hopes of a treble.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will meet the winner of Sunday’s other semi-final between Chelsea and Crystal Palace in the May 14th final as it keep alive its dream of an unprecedented quadruple.

Guardiola opted to rest several of City’s starters, including goalkeeper Ederson, and the weakened side was outplayed by Jurgen Klopp’s team in the first half, going in 3-0 down at the interval.

Although City scored at the start and end of the second half, its weakened line-up never really did enough to win the game against opponent it drew 2-2 with in the Premier League last week. “Absolutely proud, incredible – I think the first half was one of the best we ever played,” said Klopp.

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“We did all the right stuff, we scored in the right moments, we played an incredible game in the first half, I really loved each second of it,” he added.

Ibrahima Konate headed Liverpool ahead from an Andy Robertson corner in the ninth minute before a dreadful error from City’s American back-up goalkeeper Zack Steffen gifted the Reds a second.

Steffen took too long when receiving a back pass from John Stones and Sadio Mane slid in to tackle the keeper and the ball flew into the net.

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Mane then added another, on the stroke of halftime, in more conventional fashion, driving a volley past Steffen after being set up by Thiago Alcantara.

Guardiola made no changes at the break, even though he had options such as Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to call on, but his side did spark into life.

Jack Grealish pulled a goal back 70 seconds after the resumption after Gabriel Jesus did well to beat Fabinho and set up the England midfielder who drilled home.

Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker was alert to get out quickly and foil Gabriel Jesus as the Brazilian burst goalwards but while City was improved, it still was far from its usual levels of chance creation.

It was puzzling that Guardiola only made one of his possible five changes in the second half, bringing Mahrez on seven minutes from the end although the introduction of the Algerian did make a big impact.

Mahrez cut in from the right and dribbled along the byline before a low ball went through Alisson then Bernardo Silva made it 3-2 in stoppage time.

That prompted a frantic final few minutes with Fernandinho and Mahrez both seeing shots deflected out for corners while Raheem Sterling’s weak shot was easily saved by Alisson.

At the other end Steffen did well to stop Roberto Firmino as Liverpool looked to finish off the contest but the final whistle confirmed its place in its 15th FA Cup final, but its first in 10 years.

For City it was the third straight season in which it has lost in the last four of the FA Cup.

“We gave everything after a tough first half,” said Guardiola.

“For the first goal, the set pieces they are very, very strong. The second was an accident. Difficult to come back but they did it perfectly in the second half,” he added.

Liverpool remains in contention for four trophies having won the League Cup, reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and still being in the race for the Premier League title where it sits a point behind leader City.

CPI(M) party congress begins today in Kerala’s Kannur

Kannur (Kerala) [India]- Ahead of the 23rd Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M), which begins here on Wednesday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday hoisted the party’s flag and addressed party workers.

In his address, Vijayan lashed out at the Congress, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that these parties were jointly opposing the CPI(M) and that a group of MPs are opposing the development work of the state in Parliament.
He referred to violence against the party’s workers in West Bengal and Tripura, saying the party was gaining back strength and will come out stronger than before.

The 23rd CPI(M) Party Congress is scheduled to be held from April 6 -10 at E.K. Nayanar Academy here and on the agenda is the selection of the next general secretary to lead the party for the next three years. The conference will also deliberate on various prevailing national and international issues.

Vijayan, the Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), hoisted the flag that arrived at reached AKG Nagar (Jawahar Stadium) in Kannur in a procession led by led by M Swaraj, Secretariat member, from Vayalar-Punnapara, which was the centre of the 1946 historic communist uprising against the alleged misrule of a Dewan of the King of Travancore. The flagpole march from Kayyur was led by P. K. Sreemathy, the party’s Central Committee member.

Both the flag procession and the flagpole procession was accompanied with musical accompaniments and colourful umbrellas.

The chief minister who is also the chairperson of the organizing committee hoisted the red flag in the public conference venue furnished in memory of A. K. Gopalan, the commandant of the poor, as he is referred, at Jawahar Stadium Kannur.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury will inaugurate today the Party Congress here, in which around 800 delegates, including party members and political observers from across the country are expected to attend.

Party General secretary Sitharam Yechury, Prakash Karat, S Ramachandran Pillai, Kotiyeri Balakrishnan, MA Baby, Manik Sarkar, Bimal Basu and Brinda Karat were among those who attended the flag hoisting ceremony on Tuesday. (ANI)

U.S. Oklahoma passes bill banning near-all abortions

Houston [US]: The state legislature in Oklahoma, a solid red state in south central United States, on Tuesday passed a bill that would make almost all abortions illegal.

Without debate, the state’s Republican-controlled House voted 70-14 to approve the bill, under which performing an abortion in the state would become a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a 100,000-U.S.-dollar fine. It allows only one exception for a medical emergency performed to save the life of the mother.
The bill, which passed the state Senate last year, is now awaiting Republican Governor Kevin Stitt’s final sign off. Stitt has previously said he would sign any anti-abortion bill that comes to his desk.

The bill follows the suit of a highly controversial Texas law taking effect last year that allows private citizens to sue anyone who performs, aids or abets an abortion after fetal cardiac activity is detected (usually after six weeks of pregnancy) without exceptions in cases of rape or incest.

The number of U.S. states passing restrictive abortion laws has grown in recent years. Just in the past three weeks, Arizona and Kentucky state legislatures voted to approve a 15-week ban on abortions while Idaho Governor Brad Little signed a law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

States like South Dakota and Tennessee have also moved legislation that takes aim at medication abortion, requiring women to make multiple trips to their doctor’s office in order to receive the two-dose regimen, said The Hill report.

The Guttmacher Institute found that approximately 862,320 abortions occurred in the United States in 2017, resulting in an abortion rate of 13.5 per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. (ANI/Xinhua)

 

IPL 2022: We have been brilliant with ball in all three games, says LSG captain KL Rahul.

The Lucknow Super Giants Team went on to score 169/7 in 20 overs despite tottering at 27 for three at one stage and ultimately went on to win the match by 12 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad here at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
“What’s pleasing is that we’ve found a way to stay in the game and give ourselves a good chance of winning. We did that again. Not ideal to lose three wickets early, but we need to give ourselves a little time since we bat deep and we have power at the death. That’s something we need to learn as a batting group – how to do play risk-free cricket while looking for fours. But with the ball we’ve been brilliant in all three games.” said LSG captain KL Rahul in the post-match presentation ceremony. After being in deep trouble at 27 for three Lucknow Super Giants desperately needed a partnership and captain KL Rahul along with Deepak Hooda stitched a partnership of 87 runs to help their team reach a fighting total. KL Rahul top-scored for his side scoring 68 off 50 balls while Hooda scored 33-ball 51.

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“I’ve been playing with Hooda for the last 3-4 seasons, he doesn’t come out of the nets. Don’t really need to do so many nets when you’re batting so well, but he never comes out of the nets. He had to wait for his chance, he’s using that, and now is becoming someone you can rely on, in the middle order, ” said KL Rahul.
Lucknow captain KL Rahul is not worried about the top-order collapse and failure of his opening batting partner Quinton de Kock as he backs his team’s depth in the batting.

“We don’t chat so much in the middle. As opening batsmen, you give yourselves a couple of balls and if the wicket is good then both openers have to go. We have that extra batter with Jason coming in, so the plan is to put pressure on the opposition. That’s the body language we want to carry. To go out there and hit boundaries and sixes, but choose smart shots. If we lost wickets early, we need to quickly assess the situation and see what the target should be. Quinton and Lewis wanted to put pressure on Washington, but it didn’t come off, ” explained KL Rahul.
Lucknow Super Giants under the leadership of KL Rahul have won two consecutive matches after starting their campaign with a defeat against Gujarat Titans and now they will lock horns against Delhi Capitals on Thursday.

Sri Lanka imposes nationwide social media blackout

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Sri Lanka government imposed a nationwide social media blackout after midnight on Sunday, April 3, according to an internet observatory.

Some two dozen social media platforms were affected including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram.
“Confirmed: Real-time network data show Sri Lanka has imposed a nationwide social media blackout, restricting access to platforms including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Instagram as emergency is declared amid widespread protests,” NetBlocks tweeted.

Ahead of the planned protest for Sunday, the island nation had declared a 36-hour curfew from Saturday to Monday as the country faced a severe power crisis and rising inflation.

The island nation of 22 million people is having a hard time dealing with blackouts for up to 13 hours a day as the government scrambles to secure foreign exchange to pay for fuel imports.

A London based rights watchdog on Saturday warned the Sri Lankan government that the declaration of emergency in the island nation, in the name of public security, should not become a pretext for human rights violations.

“Sri Lanka: The declaration of the state of emergency in the name of public security should not become a pretext for further human rights violations. The order declaring a state of emergency intends to restrict the rights to freedom of association, assembly and movement as well as due process protections,” Amnesty International said in a statement.

“In the context of growing public discontentment with the government’s handing of economics crisis, the state of emergency could have the effect of stifling dissent by creating fear, facilitating arbitrary arrests and detention,” the statement added.

On Friday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued the Extraordinary Gazette declaring a state of public emergency in Sri Lanka with immediate effect.

Rajapaksa said the emergency was declared in the interests of public security, protection of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community. (ANI)

PAK COLLAPSE AS STARC SHINES IN LAHORE!

For the second time in two Tests, Pakistan endured a horrible batting collapse in the Test series against Australia. After the home team lost seven wickets for 100 runs in the second Test in Karachi, Day 3 of the third and final match in Lahore saw Pakistan’s batting appear clueless against the Australian pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. With the ball reverse swinging, Cummins and Starc produced a spell in partnership for the ages as Pakistan, from 214/2, went crumbling and were knocked over for 268.

Cummins finished with 5/56 while Starc grabbed 4/33 as Pakistan lost their last seven wickets for just 20 runs. As expected, the world of Twitter was in an unforgiving mood and took shots at the Pakistan team for their poor show with the bat.

Former England batter and commentator Rob Key said of Cummins: “He is extraordinary the way he is able to just keep coming.

“He never lets up, every single ball … He’s been an inspired choice as captain.”

It was Cummins’ never-say-die attitude and his utmost belief that a result could be salvaged in Lahore that inspired his troops in the final session.

Crucially, his catch brought out-of-form Fawad Alam to the crease.

Of course, Mitchell Starc had a major role to play as he produced his best bowling of the series to skittle both Alam and Mohammad Rizwan.

Then, as Pakistan was drowning, Cummins stepped on its head to finish the day with sensational figures of 5-56.

In doing so, Cummins became just the fifth Australian captain to take a five-wicket haul in an away Test, and the first since Michael Clarke against the West Indies in 2012.

It should be said, however, that for all the excitement of the seven-wicket implosion, achieving a result in Lahore is still far from simple.

The chances of a draw have dramatically reduced, but Australia still must take at least 10 more wickets against a side that has batted for 116 and 171 overs in its past two innings.

As a result, Wednesday night for Cummins will likely be spent considering declaration scenarios rather than reflecting on his individual feat.

For the third time in his captaincy career, Cummins will likely be asked to make a declaration to chase a win late in a Test.

As yet, he has not had a successful declaration, while his deputy, Steve Smith, managed to secure a late win against England in the final session of day five in Adelaide in December when Cummins was forced to miss the match due to being a Covid close contact.

Since then, England held on for an unlikely draw in Sydney with Cummins’ declaration coming too late, while Pakistan grinded out an even less probable draw in Karachi last week.

Unlike either of those Tests, the result of an entire series will largely hinge on Australia’s tactics on day four.

For all of Cummins’ brilliance with the ball, it could be forgotten if he gets it wrong in Lahore.

LEFT-ARMER’S POTENIAL SERIES WINNING SPELL

In one spell, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have possibly turned the series.

Possibly because, as it was shown in Karachi, wickets remain few and far between.

The duo teamed up to destroy Pakistan, as they took 7-20 to bowl the home side out for 268.

A fast bowler’s paradise? Absolutely not, according to Starc.

“I don’t think the wicket helps the quicks at all,” he said plainly following day three.

“The key is reverse swing.

“For us, Patty and I used that reverse swing today. That’s the one area that’s going to be a big weapon for the bowlers.

“There’s certainly nothing in it for the bowlers.”

Even still, for the first time since the third day of the second Test, Australia got on a roll and had the home side on the back foot.

Time is now their enemy, with Cummins’ Australian side holding just a lead of 134 runs with two days to play.

While Cummins kept Australia in the fight, Starc’s two thunderbolts to bowl Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan in quick succession swung the Test in Australia’s favour.

Starc, who had struggled with the exception of his spell on day three of the second Test, reaped the rewards as he finished with 4-33 from 20.4 overs while his skipper took 5-56 from 24 overs.

The duo are now first and fourth on the leading wicket-takers list for the series, with Cummins’ nine scalps topping the charts.

The opening bowling pair drew comparisons with the best of the best, with their reverse swing and searing pace being compared to Pakistan greats Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

MANCHESTER UNITED vs TOTTENHAM: THE RACE FOR TOP 4 HEATS UP

Manchester United take on Tottenham on Saturday in a huge showdown for fourth place.

Spurs’ last visit to Old Trafford came 15 months ago and feels like a different era entirely, a 6-1 win when Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were in the dugouts.

Both sides have endured numerous revivals, collapses, peaks and troughs since – and yet find themselves roughly in the same position with inconsistency impacting their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

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With both fourth-placed Arsenal and sixth-placed West Ham in action a day later, a win for either United or Tottenham will catapult them into the prime position to chase down the Gunners.

All eyes at Carrington will be on Cristiano Ronaldo after the striker flew home to Portugal having picked up an injury ahead of the Manchester derby.

Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that both Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani have returned to full training and will be available to face Spurs.

However, Scott McTominay is expected to miss out as United look to avoid making a calf injury worse.

Tottenham are without Ryan Sessegnon due to muscle issue ahead of the trip north. Sergio Reguilon is expected to come in at left wing-back.

Japhet Tanganga is also sidelined and Oliver Skipp will miss out with a groin injury.

Two teams who can look incredible one week then dismal the next. Predicting which Tottenham team will turn up is particularly difficult with Antonio Conte’s side as sublime against Everton as they were bad against Middlesbrough.

As for United, Rangnick has struggled to get his star-studded side to look threatening against even the meekest of teams.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

The away team has won each of their last three meetings.

Man United wins: 94

Draws: 49

Tottenham wins: 53

Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich sanctioned by UK

The sale of the club  on hold as activities such as selling new tickets banned!.

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European football champions Chelsea are among the assets of Roman Abramovich frozen by the British government after he was sanctioned for his close links with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Abramovich, who had been under scrutiny following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, had announced he was selling the Premier League club last week.

That process is now on hold, leaving the west London club, ranked by Forbes as the seventh most valuable in world football at $3.2bn, in a state of limbo, operating under a special government licence through May 31 that allows it to keep playing.

“The licence is a safety net to protect the sport, the Premier League, the wider football pyramid down to the grassroots game, loyal fans and other clubs. It will deprive Mr Abramovich of benefitting from his ownership of the club and mean he cannot circumvent UK sanctions,” the government said in a statement.

The billionaire was among seven wealthy Russians who had their assets frozen under British sanctions on Thursday.

Team activities from selling new tickets to signing players were instantly restricted.

Chelsea was put up for sale last week as calls grew for the owner to be sanctioned for his close links to Putin’s regime, with Abramovich saying the proceeds would go to a foundation started by him for the victims of the war. The sale process is also subject to government approval.

“While the current license does not permit the sale of the club at this time, the government is open to a sale of the club and would consider an application for a new license to allow for a sale,” the government said. “Proceeds from any sale could not go to the sanctioned individual while he is subject to sanctions.”

The government called Abramovich a “pro-Kremlin oligarch” who is worth more than 9 billion pounds ($12bn), and should be punished due to his association with Putin. Abramovich was also linked with “destabilising … undermining and threatening” Ukraine.

Abramovich, whose fortune was made in oil and aluminium during the chaotic years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, has not condemned Russia’s invasion of its neighbour in two statements since the war began two weeks ago.

The British government said Abramovich has obtained financial benefits from Putin’s administration, including contracts in the buildup to Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The Russian bought Chelsea in 2003 for a reported 140 million pounds ($184m) and his investment has resulted in the most successful era in their history as they won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League twice.

The football club said it would seek changes to the licence under which it must now operate.

“(We) intend to engage in discussions with the UK Government regarding the scope of the licence,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“This will include seeking permission for the licence to be amended in order to allow the club to operate as normal as possible.”

Sports journalist Gavin Hamilton told Al Jazeera that sanctions will make it “very difficult” for Abramovich to sell the club.

“He has lent the club 1.5 billion pounds ($1.97bn) over the course of his ownership. He was prepared to write those debts off. But now if the assets are frozen, Chelsea are officially 1.5 billion pounds in debt and unable to repay that,” Hamilton said from London.

“No potential owner is going to be prepared to take on a club with that sort of amount of debt, and when the assets have been frozen in the future,” he added.

Restrictions

Anyone with tickets until the end of the season in May can keep on going to matches but no new tickets can be purchased, which affects the ability of any away fans to go to Stamford Bridge.

The club also has to stop selling merchandise at its shop.

Staff, including players, can continue to be paid. The club’s wage bill was almost 28 million pounds ($37m) a month in the most recent accounts.

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The club has been effectively placed under a transfer ban since it cannot spend on registering new players, while there are doubts over the ability to offer new contracts.

Only 500,000 pounds ($657,000) can be spent on staging each match at Stamford Bridge, including on security and catering.

A maximum of 20,000 pounds ($26,300) can be spent on travel to matches. Chelsea plays in France at Lille in the Champions League next week.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-: PSG in another poor collapse as BENZEMA embarrasses the French Champs!

Real Madrid completed a comeback via Benzema against  PSG on an epic CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  night .

We are the kings of Europe, read the huge banner that ran behind the south goal at the Santiago Bernabeu. With Karim Benzema leading from the front, Real Madrid certainly played like it to knock Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League.

In Kylian Mbappe, the French side have most people’s pick for the best player in Europe right now. But Benzema now has 30 goals for the season and a fair claim to the crown, too.

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His brilliant second-half hat-trick — including two in two crazy minutes — turned this game on its head after young pretender Mbappe had looked to have put the tie beyond Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

The old fox was left smiling at the end. His opposite number Mauricio Pochettino surely faces the sack sooner rather than later. Lionel Messi’s arrival was supposed to bring the club its first Champions League title. As it is, they will not even be in the quarter-finals.

Lots gets said about PSG’s front three being an indulgence that the other eight players in the team can ill-afford. But when it works, it works so breathtakingly well that it is hard to imagine there are too many complaints in the dressing room.

Neymar’s first-time pass over the top of Madrid’s defence towards the end of the first half was glorious enough — and when Mbappe raced on to it you sensed something even better was about to come.

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The 23-year-old had already been denied on several occasions by the towering figure of Thibaut Courtois, but that didn’t stop him shooting early, hard and low, to give PSG the lead on the night and double their advantage over the two legs.

Others might have continued the sprint towards goal, but not Mbappe. He could see enough net between Courtois and his near post to let fly and PSG had the goal that their first-half performance deserved.

But that illustrious front three stood and watched as Madrid hit Paris Saint-Germain with a stunning comeback in the second half to charge through.

Thousands of their fans had lined the streets around the stadium to welcome the team bus before the game. But despite the flares, the waved phones and the songs about their various Champions League conquests, there was a reticence every time the chant of ‘Yes we can’ went up.

This was a big task, made more difficult by the absence of Casemiro and Ferland Mendy and the mere presence of the man they are convinced they will sign in the summer, Mbappe.

But belief grew at the start of the game when Vinicius Junior crossed for Marco Asensio and the forward saw his shot saved. Vinicius then dribbled inside and found Benzema, but Messi broke things up on the edge of the area and when he released Neymar, PSG were away.

Mbappe finished the move off but Courtois saved his shot.

Courtois saved again from PSG’s leading scorer, this time after he had capitalised on a mistake from Eder Militao. The goal was coming — all the warning signs were there.

 

Benzema curled a shot just wide of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s far post in a rare Madrid attack but with Messi pinging short passes into Mbappe, PSG were looking comfortable defensively and quietly dangerous in attack.

On 34 minutes, Mbappe had the ball in the back of the net.

He celebrated the emphatic finish in front of Madrid’s supporters, but by the time he had turned back to his team-mates the goal had been ruled out for offside against Nuno Mendes.

He was not to be denied, though — and from that superb Neymar pass he buried the very next opportunity to send his team 1-0 up at the break.

Mbappe had the ball in the back of the net again at the restart but again the flag was raised for offside. He was enjoying himself and there was little, within the rules of the game, that Real Madrid could do to contain him.

Dani Carvajal shoulder-charged him off the side of the pitch and earned a yellow card. If he hadn’t, he might have been watching from a distance as Mbappe got the second.

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As it was, Madrid scored next. When Benzema robbed Donnarumma on his line, Vinicius latched on to the loose ball and gave it back to the Frenchman to score.

PSG’s goalkeeper came out of his area to complain to referee Danny Makkelie but it seemed like a gesture born more of embarrassment than a belief that the decision would be changed.

The three tenors at the other end of the pitch looked back at the keeper’s bum note. Madrid were right back in it. Now the Bernabeu really believed and, with Rodrygo and Lucas Vazquez’s energy from the bench, they were starting to test PSG’s defence. Benzema made it two when Luka Modric slipped him through after fine work from Vinicius.

His hat-trick, and the comeback, was completed straight from PSG’s kick-off when Vinicius bullied his Brazil team-mate Marquinhos into a mistake, inadvertently feeding Benzema — who made it three with another unerring finish.

Liverpool edge past 10 man inter

Liverpool continue their quest for more silverware as the Nerazzurri suffer another CL knockout blow.

These are the fourth Champions League quarter-finals of Klopp’s Liverpool days and that level of consistency – the general uplift in standards – is the bigger picture here. There was no rapture at the final whistle because they are used to winning matches at Anfield these days but even so, the Klopp effect has been transformative.

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This was the end of a 15-game unbeaten run for Liverpool in all competitions that stretches back to the Dec 28 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power and had endured up to this point through games in all three the trophies for which they are still in contention as well as the one they have already won. That first leg win in Milan was enough and, as Klopp would later say, there were some near misses – Mohamed Salah hit both posts at the Kop end in the second half and Joel Matip sent a first-half header against the bar.

“The art of football is to lose the right games,” Klopp said. “I still hate it [losing games]”. This was, however, one that he said his team could afford to lose and he returned more than once to the subject of the quality of Inter’s performance.

“A really good football team,” he said, “they are like Leeds under [Marcelo] Bielsa just with more quality.” He criticised his team’s counter-pressing in the first 20 minutes and reflected on the missed chances – “a bit slapstick at times”.

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The game’s outstanding player was the midfielder Arturo Vidal who kept the energy going in that impactful first 20 minutes for his side and unlike his fellow Chilean managed to last the distance. It was only in the latter stages of the first half that it looked like Liverpool had fought back and seized the advantage. Vidal’s efforts were at last rewarded with a booking delivered so emphatically that the Spanish referee Lahoz did not stop advancing on his intended target and the pair ended up in a reconciliatory embrace.

So much talent in this Inter team but struggling for consistent form since the turn of the year. Friday’s 5-0 win over Salernitana was the first in six games in all competitions including the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in San Siro the previous month.

In the early stages they looked impressive with a midfield five and Martinez and Sanchez leading the press. On the back foot they had a five-man defence with Ivan Perisic and Denzel Dumfries closing down the wider positions. It took a while for Liverpool to get the measure of them.

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There was a strong performance from Virgil van Dijk even if he stood off the strike of Martinez a little too long when the goal did eventually come. Before then Liverpool had been in control in the latter stages of the first half. They looked most dangerous from corners and free-kicks whipped in by the endlessly adaptable right foot of Trent Alexander-Arnold. It was from that side the cross came for Matip’s header against the bar and then, from the ensuing corner, van Dijk had a good header blocked by Milan Skriniar.

There seemed to be a momentum that was unstoppable about Liverpool until Matip’s mistake on the right side on 61 minutes that was recycled into a fine goal for Inter seconds later. Within three passes it went to Martinez, the final ball coming from Sanchez, and the Argentinian striker in the inside-left position struck a perfect right-foot shot with enough slice on it to take the ball beyond the reach of Alisson.

So to the red card, just two minutes after the goal. Sanchez did get to the ball but his lack of control then took him into Fabinho. Asked about it later, Klopp was emphatic. “I don’t understand why we have to discuss it,” he said. “If Fab had gone with a long leg then both players could have got injured.

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“In the end he [Sanchez] couldn’t stop and hit Fab in a really bad way. I think he was quite lucky that he didn’t get a [red] card for the foul on Thiago. Passion is good but if it leads to these things, it doesn’t help.”

Referee Lahoz followed up with the dismissal of one of Inzaghi’s staff. Salah would hit the post again and the substitute Luis Diaz also had a chance for the equalizer although in the end Liverpool were never quite safe until the whistle.

UP polls: After controversy over transportation of training EVMs, EC orders action against Varanasi ADM

New Delhi [India],  (ANI): Amid controversy over alleged violation of rules in the transportation of training electronic voting machines (EVM), the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday ordered action against Varanasi Additional District Magistrate NK Singh.

Now, after the order, Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer will proceed accordingly, the EC stated.
Meanwhile, on the eve of the counting of votes for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on Thursday, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had earlier in the day alleged “tampering with electronic voting machines” saying BJP was scared as his party was winning Ayodhya. He urged Election Commission to look into the issue.

“Samajwadi Party is winning Ayodhya that is why BJP is scared. Election Commission officials tampering with EVMs,” he claimed at a press conference here. Yadav also alleged that EVMs had been transported in Varanasi without information to local candidates.

Assembly elections were held in Uttar Pradesh from February 10 to March 7 in seven phases to elect all 403 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

The votes will be counted and the results will be declared on March 10. (ANI)

 

UK to offer COVID-19 Pfizer shots to at-risk children aged 5-11

London [UK]: The UK Health Security Agency allowed on Wednesday the use of smaller doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines in children aged 5 to 11 who are at a higher risk from COVID-19.

“Children aged 5 to 11, who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed, should be offered a primary course of vaccination,” it said.
The regulator said a third of the adult dose will be administered twice with an interval of eight weeks.

The agency also recommended giving booster shots to teenagers aged 16 to 17 and at-risk children aged 12 to 15 in a bid to ramp up the revaccination campaign.

The UK’s daily cases soared to over 90,000 on Tuesday as the Omicron variant continued to spread across the country, just days before Christmas. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said no new restrictions were forthcoming. (ANI/Sputnik)

Hyderabad:2 killed in road mishap, Porsche driver held

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Two men died after a Porsche hit them in the early hours of Monday in Hyderabad’s Banjara Hills, said the police.

The Police have arrested two persons identified as Rohit Goud and Sai Soman Reddy for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Goud was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and driving in a rash and negligent manner, said the police.
The deceased have been identified as Ayodhya and Debendra Kumar, as per the police.

“It was because of prompt response by the local police officials, that the accused were caught in time. A case is booked against the two accused under Motor Vehicles Act and Indian Penal Code at Banjara Hills police station. As per the information, they got drunk in three pubs. Later. they drove their Porsche car in a rash and negligent way and hit the two victims who died on the spot,” said Anjani Kumar, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad. (ANI)

Bryan Adams tests COVID-19 positive for second time in one month

Washington [US], November 26 (ANI): Singer and guitarist Bryan Adams has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in a month and is receiving treatment at a hospital in Italy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Canadian rock star posted the news on his official Instagram account on Thursday, after landing in Italy and testing positive at Milan’s Malpensa airport.
“Here I am, just arrived in Milano, and I’ve tested positive for the second time in a month for COVID. So it’s off to the hospital for me,” Adams wrote in the post.

Adams had previously tested positive for COVID-19 on October 30, hours before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at which he was due to perform the song ‘It’s Only Love’ with H.E.R. in honour of inductee Tina Turner. His last-minute exit caused a reshuffle with Keith Urban stepping in to replace him.

The ‘Baby When You’re Gone’ singer arrived in Italy to launch and do press events for the 2022 issue of the iconic Pirelli calendar which he had photographed.

A long-time and well-regarded photographer, Adams’ shoot for the Pirelli calendar, popularly known as ‘The Cal’, was named On the Road and shot in Los Angeles and subjects included Iggy Pop, St. Vincent, Grimes, Rita Ora, Normani, Cher, Jennifer Hudson and Saweetie.

Adams was due to shoot the 2021 Pirelli calendar but it was cancelled due to the pandemic, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

New Galaxies Discovered: there could be more galaxies hidden behind cosmic dust, Is there any life?

KSHVID DESK with Inputs from Agencies.

Two previously invisible galaxies that are 29 billion light-years away have been discovered by the astronomers at the University of Copenhagen’s Cosmic Dawn Center.

This discovery has now suggested that up to one in five such distant galaxies remain hidden from our telescopes as it is covered up by cosmic dust. This new insight has changed the perception of the evolution of our universe since the Big Bang.
The study has been published in the ‘Nature Journal’.

New Galaxies Image

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute have just discovered two previously invisible galaxies that are 29 billion light-years away from Earth. The two galaxies had been invisible to the optical lens of the Hubble Space Telescope, hidden behind a thick layer of cosmic dust that surrounded them.

But with the help of the giant ALMA radio telescopes (Atacama Large Millimetre Array) in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which can capture radio waves emitted from the coldest, darkest depths of the universe, the two invisible galaxies suddenly appeared.

Is there any life on new galaxies?

“We were looking at a sample of very distant galaxies, which we already knew existed from the Hubble Space Telescope. And then we noticed that two of them had a neighbour that we didn’t expect to be there at all. As both of these neighbouring galaxies are surrounded by dust, some of their light is blocked, making them invisible to Hubble,” explained Associate Professor Pascal Oesch of the Cosmic Dawn Center at the Niels Bohr Institute.

With the help of the giant ALMA radio telescopes in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the two invisible galaxies suddenly appeared.

10-20 per cent of the universe’s galaxies are missing.

The new discovery suggested that the very early universe contains many more galaxies than previously assumed. They simply lie hidden behind dust consisting of small particles from stars. However, they can now be detected thanks to the highly sensitive ALMA telescope and the method used by the researchers.

Facts about the research:

  1. The two hidden galaxies are so far called REBELS-12-2 and REBELS-29-2.
  2. The light from the two invisible galaxies has travelled about 13 billion years to reach us.
  3. The galaxies are now located 29 billion light-years away due to the universe’s expansion.
  4. Researchers used the ALMA telescope, which is based on radio signals.
  5. The ALMA Telescope combined the light of all its 66 antennae to create a high-resolution image and spectra of the sky. By comparing these new galaxies with previously known sources in the very early universe, approximately 13 billion years ago, the researchers estimated that between 10 and 20 per cent of such early galaxies may still remain hidden behind curtains of cosmic dust. “Our discovery demonstrates that up to one in five of the earliest galaxies may have been missing from our map of the heavens. Before we can start to understand when and how galaxies formed in the Universe, we first need a proper accounting,” said Pascal Oesch.
New Galaxies suggest that many more exists but we dont know yet
  1. To help with that task, NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency have built a new super telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, which is expected to be launched into orbit on the 18th of December, 2021. With its strength and improved technology, the telescope will gaze even deeper into the universe and contribute new knowledge about its origins. This will, among many other things, help Cosmic Dawn researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute see through the cosmic dust. “The next step is to identify the galaxies we overlooked because there are far more than we thought. That’s where the James Webb Telescope will be a huge step forward. It will be much more sensitive than Hubble and able to investigate longer wavelengths, which ought to allow us to see these hidden galaxies with ease,” stated Pascal Oesch. “We are trying to put the big puzzle about the universe’s formation together and answer the most basic question: ‘Where does it all come from?’ The invisible galaxies that we’ve discovered in the early universe are some of the first building blocks of the mature galaxies we see around us in the Universe today. So that’s where it all began,” Pascal added.

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VENOM 2 REVIEW-:LET THERE BE CARNAGE CUZ ITS BEEN BARREN ALL YEAR.

Reluctantly accepting his fate, Eddie Brock tries to co-exist with Venom. However, it’s a rocky relationship, to say the least. Brock also attempts to revive his career by interviewing Cletus Kasady, a serial killer who doesn’t trust anyone else. But things go wrong when Cletus also gets infected with a deadly and bloodthirsty symbiote. Brock must quickly find a way to work with Venom and deal with the Carnage brought on by Kasady.

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Although the plot is pretty straightforward for a comic-book flick, the banter between Brock and Venom is often the film’s most fascinating element. Brock is constantly trying to quench Venom’s thirst for, well, HUMANS! leading to some amusing exchanges – even if the humour doesn’t land always.

Nevertheless, Tom Hardy’s performance with the CGI character carries the film through some rough patches. Like Hardy, Woody Harrelson fully embraces the film’s quirky, often absurd tonality and certainly enjoys playing the antagonist. Together, they make some of the apparent plot holes easier to ignore.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Anne Weying (Michelle Williams), Francis Barrison (Naomie Harris) and Patrick Mulligan (Stephen Graham). They have potentially intriguing roles but don’t get much development beyond some hasty plot beats and they end up being the story’s weakest links. In addition, the editing is shady in places, indicative of significant trimming, perhaps the right decision.

The action is easy to follow and looks great in 3D without being overbearing. While the film meets the basic requirements for comic-book movie enjoyment, its most essential sequence is the post-credit scene that raises the bar for the Venom character.

Not only does it change the scope for where he and Eddie Brock will show up next, but it also makes this problematic yet oddly entertaining sequel more than worthwhile.

No improvement in Delhi’s air quality

New Delhi [India]: No improvement was witnessed in the air quality of the national capital on Wednesday as the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi continued to remain in the ‘Very Poor’ category at 387, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board at 10 am.

The pollution level in the National Capital Region (NCR), especially Noida and Gurugram, witnessed a drastic deterioration. The AQI in Noida dropped from the upper end of ‘very poor’ category to the upper end of the ‘Severe’ category at 479 today. The air quality in Gurugram has also deteriorated from yesterday, but remains in the ‘Very Poor’ category at 352, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
As per SAFAR’s bulletin, the air quality in Delhi is likely to slip to the lower end of the ‘Severe’ category by today.

“Surface Winds are likely to be very calm with a low ventilation index pushing AQI to severe by today and fluctuate between severe to upper end of very poor thereafter until November 18,” it said.

The agency also said that the intrusion of stubble burning related pollutants into Delhi is not likely for the two days due to unfavorable (winds coming from east direction) transport level winds.

The effective farm fire count has reduced to 1820 and its contribution to Delhi’s PM2.5 yesterday was 8 per cent, SAFAR reported.

“The peak in fire count appears to have reached last week and fire counts are now starting to show a declining trend which is delayed by about one week from the previous year due to the late withdrawal of the monsoon,” the bulletin further said.

As per India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) outlook, the air quality is likely to remain in the ‘Very Poor’ category and “improve significantly from November 21 owing to relatively strong winds.”

As per the IMD, Delhi today recorded a minimum temperature of 9.6 degrees Celsius (°C), while the maximum temperature recorded was 27 degrees Celsius (°C). “The sky is likely to remain partly cloudy with mist,” it added.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. (ANI)

‘Will continue to back Team India..’

New Delhi [India], November 14 (ANI): Former India men’s cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri on Saturday penned a heartfelt note on social media following Men in Blue’s forgetful campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021.

Expressing his gratitude, Shastri described the journey with Team India as ‘incredible’ and said he will continue to support the team until he is able to watch the sport.
Tagging skippers Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and deputy Ajinkya Rahane in his post, Shastri added that he will cherish the memories with the team.

“Now that the penny has dropped…thank you so much for making me part of this incredible journey. Memories that I will cherish and a team that I will continue to back till the time I’m able to watch the sport #TeamIndia @imVkohli @ImRo45 @ajinkyarahane88,” Ravi Shastri tweeted.

Shastri (head coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach), and R Sridhar’s (fielding coach) tenures ended with India crashing out of the ICC T20 World Cup in the Super 12 stage. And now Rahul Dravid will be taking over as the head coach and his first assignment would be home T20I and Test series against New Zealand.

Under Shastri, Team India played 43 Tests, out of which the side won 25 and lost 13. Not to forget, Shastri and Co also have a good showing in England on their CV. Team India lead the five-match series 2-1 and the final match of the series will be played next year.

Team India played 76 ODIs and 65 T20Is under Shastri. The Men in Blue managed to win 51 ODIs and 43 T20Is. (ANI)

Brian Williams leaving NBC News after nearly three decades

Washington [US] : Veteran journalist Brian Williams on Tuesday confirmed that he is set to depart NBC News after a 28-year run at the broadcasting television network.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Brian Williams, longtime anchor and MSNBC’s chief host will leave NBCUniversal at the end of 2021 after nearly three decades with the company. The 62-year-old journalist opted not to renew his contract with MSNBC, where he has hosted ‘The 11th Hour’ since 2016.
The Hollywood Reporter obtained an email sent to the NCB staff by MSNBC president Rashida Jones. In the memo, she said Brian “has informed us he would like to take the coming months to spend time with his family.”
In the memo, she further said “Brian’s time at NBC has been marked by breaking countless major stories, attracting leading journalists and guests to his programs, and most especially, great resiliency.”
Jones added, “He has built a fiercely loyal following for The 11th Hour and we and our viewers will miss his penetrating questions and thoughtful commentary.”
The award-winning journalist began his anchoring career on MSNBC in 1996. He has also anchored the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News. He became that evening news program’s weekday anchor in 2004 following the retirement of Tom Brokaw, as per The Hollywood Reporter.
Brian, who served as chief White House correspondent early in his career, faced backlash in 2015 after exaggerations and falsehoods were found in some of his reporting, including reports from Iraq, and from New Orleans after it had been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Despite removing him entirely from the company, NBCUniversal ultimately decided to replace him with Lester Holt from the Nightly News anchor desk.
The veteran anchor re-joined MSNBC in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. At that time Brian was initially roped in for a temporary role meant to run through the 2016 presidential election. That temporary program later became ‘The 11th Hour’, where he even handled additional duties like anchoring major breaking news events.
In a viral video clip that features Brian announcing his exit from the company, he assured his “loyal fans” that “The 11th Hour will remain in good hands, produced by the best team in cable news.”
“This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another. There are many things I want to do, and I’ll pop up again somewhere. For the next few months, I’ll be with my family, the people I love most and the people who enabled my career to happen,” Brian said

T20 WC: New Zealand eliminate India with 8 wicket win

New Zealand reach semis with eight-wicket win.

All hopes for the Indian cricket team were dashed thanks to a classy and controlled performance from New Zealand. Led by Williamson and supported by Conway, the black caps strolled to victory and to the semis as a fighting but poor Afghanistan team succumbed to a dismal defeat.

New Zealand beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in their last Super 12 stage match of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Chasing a total of 125 runs, New Zealand lost both the openers in the first 10 overs but an unbeaten 68-run partnership between skipper Kane Williamson (40*) and Devon Conway (38*) guided New Zealand to victory and semi-final qualification. With this result, India and Afghanistan are both out of the race for the final four. However, the Virat Kohli-led side has one more game left in the tournament against Namibia on Monday. The result of the India-Namibia game will make no change in India’s fate in the ongoing tournament. This is also the first time since 2012 that India failed to make it to the semi-finals of any ICC event– 2013 (Champions Trophy- winners), 2014 (T20 World Cup- runners-up), 2015 (ODI World Cup- semi-finalists), 2016 (T20 World Cup- semi-finalists), 2017 (Champions Trophy- runners-up), 2019 (ODI World Cup- semifinalists), 2021 (World Test Championship- runners-up).

After a decade India failed to make it to semis in an ICC tournament. But, what will hurt more is another great opportunity lost.

K’taka CM takes stock of damage due to rains in Bengaluru, directs officials to help people

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday held a meeting with senior officials of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and state ministers to take stock of the damages caused due to rains in the last one month in Bengaluru.

Speaking about the meeting, Gourav Gupta, Chief Commissioner, BBMP told ANI that, to prevent further damage and to control the situation at hand, Bommai instructed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to take up remedial measures, and necessary construction work.
All zonal officers, zonal commissioners, joint commissioners and chief engineers attended the meeting.

“All officials have been given timelines and instructions to supervise the functioning. We are ought to go out in the field and see that all our officers are there to respond to the ground-level situation. Particularly with reference to the sudden flash rains that are afflicting the city and besides that, other issues which include restoration of roads which have been cut open because of various development projects or adversely affected due to rains. All these should be taken up on war-footing and that is a direction which has been issued. The directions are clear and strict accordingly, action will be taken,” said the BBMP chief.

Bengaluru has been identified as a sensitive area owing to heavy rains. Consequently, the meeting was held, and the Chief Minister directed authorities to implement stringent remedial and preventative measures in the wake of prolonged rain havoc.

Talking about the Covid-19 status, Gupta mentioned that the night curfew has been lifted in the state.

“Covid-19 cases have declined but it is being continuously monitored by the state. BBMP is also testing the sewage samples to ascertain the situation precisely. The state has ensured regular testing with 30,000 tests on a daily basis along with genome sequencing. The situation is under control and regular surveillance is being done.”

“Precautionary measures have been listed out and according to the state-level measures Anganavadi, LKG, and UKG have been opened,” he added. (ANI)

Nick Jonas shares pics of Diwali

Los Angeles [US]: Sending fans ‘love’ and ‘light’, singer Nick Jonas shared a sneak peek into the Diwali celebrations with his wife, actor Priyanka Chopra at their LA home.

Taking to his Instagram handle, Nick shared a short video in which he could be seen posing with Priyanka by the pool. The couple’s LA home was decked up with lights and fireworks were also seen in the background.
The couple were seen coordinating outfits well with each other. The former Miss Universe opted for a white sequenced lehenga choli while Nick was seen clad in a red kurta teamed with a black Nehru jacket.

Sharing the clip, he wrote, “Happy Diwali to you and yours. Sending you all love and light. My beautiful wife has introduced me to so many wonderful Indian holidays and traditions. My heart is so full to be able to share this with our friends and family.”

The adorable video garnered more than one million hearts and thousands of heartfelt comments on the photo-sharing platform.

One fan wrote, “Happy Diwali king lots of love and happiness to both of you best wishes from India.”

“omgggg priyanka is literally a princess,” wrote another.

Earlier in the day, Priyanka also shared a string of images on her Instagram handle, in which she along with her husband Nick could be seen performing Lakshmi pooja.

A day before Diwali, Priyanka also attended a celebration hosted by actor Mindy Kaling. Lilly Singh was also a part of this pre-Diwali bash.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Priyanka is working on the Russo Brothers’ show ‘Citadel’. (ANI)

Stubble burning, firecrackers responsible for heavy pollution in Delhi: Environment Minister

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said that the sudden increase in the number of stubble burning incidents and firecrackers are the two major reasons for heavy pollution in the Delhi region.

Speaking to the media, Rai said, “According to NASA pictures, there are almost 3,500 stubble burning incidents taking place in neighbouring states.”
In a bid to curb air pollution, Gopal Rai on Friday installed an anti-smog gun to Improve the Air Quality in national quality. It has been put up at ITO, considered one of the most polluted areas in the capital due to traffic at the intersection.

He said, “Most of the citizens of Delhi didn’t burn the crackers on Diwali but yes several people after giving religious colour into it, intentionally burned the firecrackers. Delhi Government has already made several appeals to the people regarding the pollution condition, but opposition parties just for the sake of politics encouraged people to burn firecrackers, which now resulted in deteriorated conditions.”

“We are installing several movable and immovable anti-smog machines in Delhi to curb the pollution. 10 big movable anti-smog machines will be on the roads. We are also initiating the process of sprinkling water at places where the pollution is severe,” he added.

The air quality in various parts of the National Capital Region deteriorated as it entered the ‘severe’ category on Friday morning, following Diwali.

As per the Ministry Earth Sciences’ SAFAR-India application, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Noida slipped to the ‘severe’ category. The concentration of Pollution Meter (PM) 10 stood at 448.

Meanwhile, the concentration of PM 10 stood at 430 in Mathura Road today morning.

As a thick layer of smog shrouds Delhi, several people here complained of itchy throat and watery eyes. Noida’s air quality recorded the concentration of PM 10 stood at AQI of 448. (ANI)

Time is running out, Team India needs to perform miracles: Irfan Pathan

New Delhi [India] : Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan said that the time is running out for the Virat Kohli-led side in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the team now needs to perform miracles in order to reach the semi-finals.
Pathan’s comment came after India suffered an eight-wicket loss against New Zealand on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Super 12 stage. “Well done NZ you were too good. And for team India, they need to get together and perform miracles. Time is running out. #indvsnz,” tweeted Pathan.
Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi starred with the ball before Daryl Mitchell smashed 49 off 35 to help New Zealand defeat India by eight wickets in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
India was restricted to 110/7 in the allotted twenty overs against New Zealand. No batter was able to stay at the crease for long, and what followed was a lacklustre performance.
For the all-important clash, India made two changes — Shardul Thakur and Ishan Kishan came in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Suryakumar Yadav. Rohit Sharma came into bat at number three, while Ishan came out to open alongside KL Rahul, but this move backfired as Ishan did not manage to leave a mark with the bat.
Kohli and boys will next take on Afghanistan on Wednesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan Opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto calls October 29 protest against inflation

Larkana [Pakistan]: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan has snatched away the freedoms of the country’s people including “the sanctity of the vote to freedom of speech as well as that of the media.”

Further talking about the rise in inflation in the country, the party chairman announced holding protests on October 29 in front of local press clubs throughout the country, reported Tribune.
According to The Express Tribune, Bilawal on Monday while chairing a meeting of party leaders and workers said that the Pakistani Prime Minister in involved in destruction, not change.

“Imran Khan has taken away the freedoms that have been bestowed upon the people under the Constitution. Imran tried to snatch it all”, Tribune quoted Bilawal as saying.

Further talking about the rise in inflation in the country, the party chairman announced holding protests on October 29 in front of local press clubs throughout the country, reported Tribune.

Notably, food prices that began to surge in 2018 continue to shoot higher even in 2021 in Pakistan.

The rise in the price of per kilo vegetable ghee has been 27 per cent consecutively for the last three years. The price of cooking oil has shot up to 23per cent, Sugar to 22per cent and pulse to 21 per cent since October 2018. The rise in the flour price each year since 2018 has been 15per cent, according to Dawn.

The newspaper reported that the food inflation of Pakistan has remained in the double digits for the last two years barring a couple of months. (ANI)

T20 WC: Scan done, Hardik is fit to go for New Zealand game

In what comes as good news for Team India ahead of the next game against New Zealand in the ICC T20 World Cup, all-rounder Hardik Pandya is fit for the match after hurting his shoulder in the opening encounter against Pakistan on Sunday.

Dubai [UAE] : All-rounder is already feeling better. “There is no issue and he is already feeling good. It was just a precautionary scan and the team management didn’t wish to take a chance as yesterday was only the first game of the tournament,” the source said. Hardik had been taken for scans after he received a blow on his shoulder during the game against Pakistan.
“Hardik Pandya was hit on his right shoulder while batting. He has now gone for scans,” the BCCI’s media team had informed.
Rizwan (79*) and Babar (68*) didn’t give any chance to India bowlers to come on top as the two batsmen dominated the proceedings. Pakistan chased down the target of 152 without losing a wicket as India looked clueless in their opening match.
This was the first time that India lost a T20I by ten wickets. Coincidentally, this was also the first time that Pakistan won a T20I by ten wickets.
India will next square off against New Zealand on Sunday, October 31 while Pakistan will take on New Zealand on Tuesday.

PREMIER LEAGUE:- SATURDAY ROUND-UP

As he savoured the first Premier League hat-trick of his career, along with kick-starting Claudio Ranieri’s Watford reign in spectacular fashion, Josh King was asked to explain the contrast with his barren time at Everton last season. “I never got given a chance,” he stated, correctly.

Everton gave him plenty on his return. Goodison Park was an incredulous, furious place as a consequence.

One week after enduring a 5-0 defeat by Liverpool, Ranieri’s transformed team turned the tables on Merseyside to inflict a five-goal humbling of their own on Everton and Rafael Benítez. King was central to the rout, albeit with sizeable assistance from his former teammates. The Norway international failed to score in 11 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side and his previous Premier League goal had come on the day Bournemouth were relegated here in July 2020. Prolific at Goodison, just not in an Everton shirt.

Joshua King celebrates after completing his hat-trick.

King, who missed last week’s Liverpool defeat, said: “It is a bit personal. I didn’t really get things going here and I felt like I had a point to prove to myself. I think I did that.”

Ranieri was full of praise for the clinical forward and the character shown by the entire Watford team after falling behind to Tom Davies’ opener after three minutes.

“Every time I spoke to my players I told them: ‘Never, never give up’,” said the new Watford manager.

“Atlético Madrid are one of the best teams at not conceding and lost 3-2 to Liverpool. If they can concede three to one of the best teams in the world then it can happen that Watford concede five, but after that you have to fight for every second ball and every duel.” Something Everton failed to do.

Benítez has built goodwill during his early days as Everton manager but Goodison turned in his 11th game in charge. His team gave the crowd good reason, serving up a truly shambolic defensive performance that turned a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute into a 5-2 defeat by the 91st.

Watford walked in some of their late goals as Everton’s defence disintegrated. There were boos on the final whistle from those fans who remained, boos when young Anthony Gordon was substituted and a few boos when Alex Iwobi appeared from the substitutes’ bench. A lengthy injury list provides no mitigation for a display a woeful as this.

The Everton manager said: “Anthony had a good game but he doesn’t have 90 minutes in him yet. He has to improve his stamina. I thought we needed Richarlison [Gordon’s replacement] because he can score goals and he came on the pitch and scored.

“If we finished winning everyone would say it was a great substitution but we made mistake after mistake and that was the key part of the game.”

Ranieri’s substitutes, Emmanuel Dennis and João Pedro, would have far greater impacts.

Rodrigo hits last-gasp penalty to rescue point for Leeds against Wolves

Rodrigo celebrates after his penalty in added time earned Leeds a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves

Even on the day he chose a system associated more with Mike Bassett, Marcelo Bielsa contrived to halt Leeds’s slide in quintessential fashion. They were spared a second successive defeat by the 30-year-old Rodrigo, but his injury-time equaliser was the product of a faith in youth that has been a constant in Bielsa’s long career.

While leaving a fit-again Kalvin Phillips as an unused substitute, Bielsa turned to two teenagers. Crysencio Summerville and Joe Gelhardt are almost half a century Bielsa’s junior. He was manager of Argentina when they were born but Gelhardt brought a happy ending to what Bielsa had termed one of his saddest weeks as Leeds manager.

Perhaps it was a sign of the fearlessness of the young as Gelhardt tore into Wolves; he twice came close to scoring before he was nudged over by Nelson Semedo.

Wolves objected to the award of the penalty – “very soft,” said Bruno Lage – but Gelhardt felt just too fast to stop legally.

Callum Wilson’s overhead stunner earns point for Newcastle at Crystal Palace

Callum Wilson acrobatically volleys in for Newcastle’s equaliser.

A new face in the dugout and still no win. But at least the game began on a positive note for Newcastle supporters as Callum Wilson’s spectacular overhead kick rescued a point against Crystal Palace.

Watched on by the director, Amanda Staveley, in the absence of Yasir al-Rumayyan, Newcastle’s non-executive chairman from Saudi Arabia, the new interim manager, Graeme Jones, showed why he has been trusted with ensuring a smooth transition after Bruce’s departure this week.

A solid if unspectacular performance against vibrant opponents who were desperate to turn a run of draws into victories represented a decent start for the 51-year-old from Gateshead, even if he was grateful for Christian Benteke’s profligacy and the decision to disallow the Belgian’s late goal that would have sealed the points for Palace.

“We came here to win,” said Jones. “That was the intention so the next best thing is a point. It’s a base for us to build from but we all know that there is plenty of work to do still.”

PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP-:Manchester City sweep Brighton aside 4-1

As the final whistle blew, the majority of Brighton’s supporters stood and applauded their side, which to some extent was a curious sight given they had just lost 4-1. But this was a hammering in which the losing team deserved praise having shown character and quality in the second half, dominating possession and territory and securing the goal their efforts deserved. Yet as the home fans cheered so did those in the away end having not just seen a win by Manchester City but another statement of intent.

Four days after dismantling Club Brugge in the Champions League, City were at it again, this time getting the job done in the first half, scoring three times, through Ilkay Gündogan and Phil Foden, twice, during a devastating 18-minute spell. Their approach play was typically quick, slick and accurate and, having secured a fourth goal via Riyad Mahrez’s stoppage-time strike, they climb to second. City will drop back a place should Liverpool beat Manchester United on Sunday but what the champions made abundantly clear here is that when it comes to this season’s title race, they are not going away.

Riyad Mahrez completes the scoring.

This was a collective show of strength by City but one player in their ranks undeniably stood out. Having again been deployed as a false No 9, Foden was again outstanding, displaying intelligence with his movement and excellent technical quality in possession. And then there were his goals. Neither were beautiful – the first a looping, close-range finish on 28 minutes after he had collected Jack Grealish’s pass at the end of a sweeping City counterattack; the second a deflection of Gabriel Jesus’s strike on 31 minutes after the visitors again poured forward having seized possession in midfield – but the fact he was there on both occasions to score was encouraging for City, illustrating this most talented midfielder’s ability to be a poacher for the team.

Pep Guardiola bristled when asked if Foden’s display had persuaded him that, actually, he does not need a striker after all. “One day we’ll lose and you’ll ask me, ‘Do you need a striker?’ I don’t buy this question,” said the manager, but he was nevertheless effusive in his praise of the 21-year-old. “There are players who play positions and there are players who play football – Phil is one of these players,” said Guardiola. “I would like him to play everywhere to be honest because he understands the game so well and he will only improve.”

Phil Foden deflects in Dan Burn’s attempted clearance to put Manchester City 2-0 up. Three minutes later he deflected in a Gabriel Jesus shot to make it three.

Graham Potter was also full of praise for Foden, as he was of City in general, describing them as “top opponents who deserved to win”. Yet the Brighton manager also expressed grievance with how his side went behind on 13 minutes. There was certainly initially an element of controversy to Gündogan’s goal, with the German tapping Bernado Silva’s hooked cross into an empty net after Robert Sánchez, Brighton’s goalkeeper, had failed to properly catch the ball as it looped in the air via a Foden strike. Sánchez insisted to the referee, Kevin Friend, that he been fouled by Jesus in the build-up, and while there was no doubt the Brazilian had put Sánchez off by backing into him as the ball came his way, replays showed he had not fouled him, something confirmed by a VAR check.

From there City went into overdrive, with Silva an especially excellent presence in midfield. Brighton were being ripped apart, partly through their own sloppiness in possession, and come half-time there was no escaping the sense that the hosts were in serious trouble. A first defeat in six games felt inevitable and a second 7-0 scoreline of the day was not out of the question.

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It was to their immense credit, then, that Brighton responded so well after the break. Having changed his side’s formation from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 at the start of the game, Potter changed the system again, this time to 4-3-1-2, and it formed the basis for a far more aggressive and assured display by the hosts. Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard both forced Ederson into saves before the Brazilian was beaten on 81 minutes via a penalty he gave away after fouling Enock Mwepu, who impressed having come on as a 58th-minute substitute. Alexis Mac Allister, another substitute, converted the spot kick.

“The team were amazing [in the second half],” said Potter. “I was impressed with everyone.”

Having been understandably subdued during the first half, the home spectators were now in raucous mood, clearly sensing their side could strike again. And there was another goal, but it belonged to City after Mahrez scored for a seventh time this season via a lashed close-range finish. The man who played him in with a clever pass? Foden.

PREMIER LEAGUE WEEKEND BEGINS AS ARSENAL TROUNCE THE VILLAINS 3-1

Arsenal dominated from the off and were deserved winners against an Aston Villa side who got their tactics all wrong.

There have been sufficient false dawns for the Mikel Arteta project that it would be unwise to ascribe any game as the moment it went “bang,” as he would describe it, without a fair chunk of hindsight. However, as a blueprint for what Arsenal could be one need look no further than this impressive 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Emirates Stadium was rocking. Throughout his tenure, Arteta has been at pains to point out how much he and his players need that support. The players fed the collective energy and fed off it, pressing with an intensity that is at best seen in patches, stringing together passing moves and taking shots at volume. 

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“I think the chemistry is there,” Arteta told CBS Sports. “I think the connection is getting stronger and stronger. I think that they are both enjoying what they have to do. 

“They are a big part of our team. When there are moments where the stadium lifts our energy lifts, our belief, our confidence. I think they were terrific tonight.”

Thomas Partey’s first goal for Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s volleyed rebound to a penalty and a deflected strike from Emile Smith Rowe were enough to secure three points against an opponent who seemed utterly shellshocked by this invigorating, effervescent side.

The win is only enough to squeeze the Gunners into the lower reaches of the top half, some way short of where they aspire to be, but more performances like this and Arteta can afford to start looking up.

In a sense, this was a rerun of the first 10 minutes against Crystal Palace, the period leading up to Aubameyang’s opener, but this time it was elongated over the full 45. In every facet of the game, Arsenal were exceptional. The numbers bore it out. For the first time since Arsene Wenger’s final home match in charge, they denied a Premier League opponent a single shot, let alone one on target, in the first half.

In terms of expected goals (xG), the 2.57 they registered in the first half was the highest in a top-flight match since the start of the 2017-18 season. That number was artificially inflated by Emiliano Martinez saving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty only to see the rebound slotted beyond him. Discount that from the equation and it still beats the free-flowing victory over Everton early in the captain’s time at the club to top spot in the charts. It was as complete a performance as any Premier League manager could hope for.

Mikel Arteta celebrates a fine Arsenal performance.

There may have been some fortune in the penalty they were awarded on the stroke of halftime, referee Craig Pawson using the on field monitor to conclude that Matt Targett had got more of Alexandre Lacazette than the ball, but that balanced out an altogether more convincing shout earlier in the half when a free kick had been awarded for a coming together between Ezri Konsa and Lacazette the defender seemed to initiate by grasping a chunk of opposition jersey.

If not a penalty, it was probably a 50-50 that should not have led to the ruling out of Aubameyang’s side footed finish to give them a nine-minute lead.

These players seemed to have swiftly learned the lessons of Monday. The intensity did not abate after Partey’s opener. If anything, they and the goalscorer himself — whose two excellent chances from headers, one converted, might encourage him to kick his addiction to low value efforts from 30-plus yards out — became more aggressive. Saka ought to have done better with his first-time finish from Nuno Tavares’ cross, too close to Emiliano Martinez’s outstretched legs.

Arteta had also learned his lessons. Lacazette was inserted from the outset after his point-saving cameo on Monday, he proved to be the accelerant to those around him. Suddenly, Aubameyang had someone to combine with. Bukayo Saka and Smith Rowe weren’t being asked to thread the needle over 15 yards to a lone striker, but instead had someone dropping deep to give and go. Arsenal seemed to have no idea how to break down a back three in earlier games this season. Now their No. 9’s movement was creating seams for him and others to attack.

Arsenal had moved on from their disappointing result last time out. Aston Villa seemed to have come straight off the pitch from theirs. This was a rerun of the final 10 minutes against Wolverhampton Wanderers, when they had turned a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 defeat. Certainly, they did not seem ready for the intensity of the occasion, either from their opponents on the pitch nor the boisterous Emirates Stadium crowd who serenaded Martinez with a recurring chant of “Aaron Ramsdale, he’s better than you.”

“I can’t accept the first-half performance,” said Villa boss Dean Smith. “We got dominated physically. It’s something I wouldn’t aim at my players normally and haven’t through a lot of games here. 

“We can talk about tactics, systems and style of play but unless you do the basics it’ll be a struggle.”

Even after Jacob Ramsey’s elegantly taken goal in the 82nd minute, they were second to loose balls, John McGinn and then Leon Bailey running into Gabriel-shaped roadblocks.

Villa were timid in every tackle and seemed to have no plan for progressing the ball up to their front two of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings. Until a shot early in the second half, you could have been forgiven for thinking Emiliano Buendia was elsewhere, so starved was he of time on the ball.

It made for a stark contrast with the other man in the No. 10. Villa had submitted two offers for Smith Rowe in the summer, deemed so derisory by Arsenal as to sour relationships between the clubs and their fanbases. If picking a star performer seems unreasonable after such a complete team performance the youngster was certainly among those who shone the brightest. Whenever there was an attack to be built, he was on hand to offer assistance. Passes that have not always found their man in recent games were in just the right spot to trouble the visiting defense.

The goal, when it came, brought with it a release of emotion that can only come from a boyhood Gooner, playing the sort of football he grew up watching. Certainly, Aubameyang’s clipped pass over the top was one to rank among the many great assists this team has produced. There might have been a hefty slice of luck in the way the shot skewed Tyrone Mings but the sheer jubilance of its celebration felt like a vision for what Arteta wants his Arsenal to be.

Consistent delivery is hallmark of Omaxe in Punjab

New Delhi [India] : Omaxe, one of India’s leading real estate companies, has consistently delivered homes, malls and offices in several cities of Punjab in the last one and a half-decade.
In new micro markets of New Chandigarh, Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana, Airport Road in Amritsar etc., the company has built homes for every income group and ushered in modern living, working and shopping destinations. As part of its expansion strategy, Omaxe diversified into State Capitals and tier 2/3 cities of North & Central India, including Punjab, where it is credited with identifying new micro markets, spurring habitation and giving a fillip to commercial activities.
The first-mover advantage helped the company usher in a new-age living with facilities &amenities akin to metro cities in its projects. Marked by innovative and new-age projects, consistent delivery, trust and growing aspirational class has catapulted the company as one of Punjab’s largest and most trusted real estate companies.
A Proud Legacy
This 34-year old BSE & NSE listed and Fortune India Next 500 Company, in 2001, forayed into the real estate sector after making a mark in the construction contracting arena. The company’s trendsetting projects in Delhi-NCR propelled it to prominence. Driven by the belief that non-metro cities will be the future growth engines, the company, in 2005, made inroads into State Capitals and tier 2/3 cities. In 2007, the company got listed on both the stock exchanges. Today, it is present in 27 cities across 8 States, namely Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. The company has delivered close to 126.15 million sq. ft. till date in real estate and construction contracting across India with significant contribution from projects in Punjab. Currently, the company is undertaking 23 real estate projects – 4 Group Housing, 14 Townships, 5 Commercial Malls/office spaces/Hotels/ SCOs.
Omaxe’s Tryst with Punjab
In Punjab, the company is present in seven locations- New Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Derabassi, Bhatinda, and Rajpura. It is executing a host of projects like Mega Townships, Group Housing, Malls, Offices, SCOs, Hotels and Entertainment Zonethat encompasses a complete living, working and entertainment experience for all income groups.
Integrated townships in New Chandigarh & Ludhiana:At a 10-min drive from PGI Chandigarh on Madhya Marg is the company’s approx. 1000 acre townshipOmaxe New Chandigarh at various stages of occupancy, construction and delivery. Close to 3000 families are residing in the plots, villas and independent floors. Open and green spaces, club, play area and a community living are the hallmark of Omaxe projects.
Similarly, on Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana, the company is executing an integrated township Omaxe Royal Residency spread across approx. 65 acres where close to 1200 plus families are residing and relishing the state-of-the-art amenities. Consistent delivery, construction and expansion are an ongoing exercise in Ludhiana.
Mall in Patiala and Ludhiana:In Patiala and Ludhiana, the company’s malls Omaxe Mall and Omaxe Plaza respectively have been enthralling visitors with wide choice in food, apparel and entertainment. They have become the hangout destinations.
Mall in Amritsar: In this Holy City and one of Punjab’s most populous city Amritsar, the company’s shopping malls are witnessing an influx of brands for the discerning buyers. The city is home to the holiest shrine of Sikhs – The Golden Temple which attracts tourists from all across the globe. Expansion of the International Airport and Railway Station in the city along with other infrastructure developments like highways and expressways is propelling Amritsar as an engine of growth and employment.
These cities are significant contributors to the economy of Punjab and Omaxe,through its projects, is playing a key role.

River washes away bridge

Champawat (Uttarakhand) : In Rain-battered Uttarakhand, an under-construction bridge over the Chalthi River in Champawat got washed away due to a rise in water level.
National forecasting agency, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Uttarakhand with a forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state and heavy rainfall has been predicted for the next few days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to take stock of the situation arising due to heavy rains in the state. Dhami on Monday took a detailed review of the situation.
The Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district has been completely blocked due to debris at seven places following incessant rains over the last 48 hours, the district administration said on Tuesday.
As a precautionary measure, the Badrinath Char Dham Yatra has been halted, and passengers en route to Badrinath Temple were stopped in safe places.

Kedarnath Dham witnesses snowfall

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Higher reaches of hills around Kedarnath Dham on Sunday afternoon received snowfall following incessant rainfall.

The Regional Meteorological Department, Dehradun, today informed that ‘light to moderate rainfall occurred at isolated places. Thunderstorms were reported at a few places like Dehradun, Mukteshwar and Mussoorie.’
Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand Government today ordered the closure of all schools in the Uttarkashi district after India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for heavy rain in the state on October 18. (ANI)

Determination of Blue Tigers is amazing: Samad

Male [Maldives] : Indian men’s football team midfielder Sahal Abdul Samad lauded the ‘determination’ of the team as the Blue Tigers’ won their eighth SAFF title.
India convincingly defeated Nepal 3-0 at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives, on Saturday to win the coveted trophy. The 24-year-old stated that the Blue Tigers were ‘doubted’ by all but the team responded positively in the last two group matches and the final.
“Unbelievable! I think it’s a miracle. I don’t know what happened inside the box. I came in for the last 4-5 minutes. My teammates have been working hard – it all goes to them. But I just don’t remember what happened inside the box. I got it and went in. This is an amazing feeling,” he said.
“We were doubted by all. We were written off by all after the first two games in which we drew. The character on display, the attitude, the determination of this talented side is amazing,” he added.
Blue Tigers Captain Sunil Chhetri lauded the young players of the team for winning the record-extending 8th SAFF title.
“We made it special as we were not so good in the first two games. It was tough from there to come up and play the way we did,” Chhetri said.
“Look at the youngsters – it feels good for all of them. It’s all due to their hard work – we were here for 20 days till the final, staying on an island, riding the waves every day for practice sessions, and matches,” he added.
Sunil went on to praise Assistant Coach Shanmugam Venkatesh for his work and said, “He won it as a player, and now as a coach.”
Following their record-time eighth SAFF Championship victory, the Blue Tigers will now gear up for the AFC Asian Cup 2021 qualifying third round that is scheduled to kick off next year.

Two hurt as car hits devotees in Durga idol procession

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : Two persons were injured when a speeding car hit devotees present near a Durga idol immersion procession here in Bhopal, said the police.
The incident took place in the Bajaria Police Station area on the night of Saturday when a procession was taking the idol of Goddess Durga for immersion. A driver near the procession reversed the car at speed knocking down many people present there. Two of them were injured and admitted to the hospital. Police said the errant car driver will be nabbed soon.
No arrest has been made yet. The investigation is ongoing. Further details are awaited.

Rashmi Madhuri crowned Miss Earth India 2021

The most awaited name of the winners of Miss Divine Beauty pageant 2021 is revealed now; Rashmi Madhuri from Bengaluru a 27yr old entrepreneur of pharmaceutical company was crowned the title of Miss India Earth 2021 by the former queen Tanvi Kharote.

New Delhi [India], October 14 : At the same time, 18 yr. old Vanshika Parmar from Himachal Pradesh was crowned as a Beauty with a Responsibility winner this award aims not only to acknowledge the work done by the beauty queens in order to bring a substantial change but also support the future endeavors of their project. Miss Divine Beauty 2021 competition held on September 25th at the ITC Hotel, New Delhi, under the supervision of Divine Group Foundation’s Founder and Chairperson Deepak Agarwal.
Thousands of people from all over India got themselves registered in this program and only 48 girls were selected from the thousands and out of those 48 girls, 17 girls were selected in a 5 day program and these selected 17 girls were groomed and trained for the finals. Under the same program 48 contestants ran 45 social awareness campaigns for the Pageant Award Beauty with a responsibility.
Miss Divine Beauty is a national beauty pageant in India operating under the parent organization Divine Group that primarily selects India’s representatives called Miss Earth India to compete at Miss Earth, which is one of the Big Four major international beauty pageants in the world Along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss International and Miss Earth is an annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant competition promoting environmental awareness, conservation, and social responsibility.
Deepak Agarwal, Founder and CEO of Divine Group says “we appreciate the work done by all 48 finalists in order to bring a substantial change in the society. The contestant was present for the entire pageant journey and fulfilled all the necessary requirements for the same”.
Miss Divine Beauty 2021 event activities were directed by pageant director Yashraj Tada, PR Director Nimisha Saxena, Ajay Yadav, Naveen Khairalia, Shyam Meena, Ashok Pandit and Deepak Sharma.
The contest is devised and programmed to empower the women of today to be capable of being recognized at one of the biggest platforms and voice their opinion on social rights and responsibilities and extend their support to make society a better place to live with peace globally. The winners represent the country tomorrow. The winner will represent India at Miss Earth 2021.
Miss Earth India or Miss India Earth is a title given to the Indian woman who represents India at Miss Earth, an annual, international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. The current national pageant which chooses the Indian representative for Miss Earth is Miss Divine Beauty of India.
Miss Divine Beauty Pageant acquired the rights to send India’s delegates to the Miss Earth pageant in 2019, and one of the winner of the contest “Tejaswini Manogna” was crowned Miss Earth India 2019. The reigning Miss Earth India 2020 is Tanvi Kharote. She was crowned at National Beauty pageant Miss Divine Beauty 2020.
The MISS EARTH Pageant is an International Environmental Event channeling the beauty pageant entertainment industry as an effective tool to promote environmental awareness.
Because many people admire and aspire to be a beauty queen, Carousel Productions, Inc. believed beauty queens would be a good and effective advocate of worthy causes. To give life to this vision, Carousel Productions Inc. organized and launched in 2001 the MISS EARTH Beauty Pageant, a beauty event whose raison d’etre was to have its candidates and winners actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth.
Apart from a strong emphasis on environmental protection programs, MISS EARTH also aims to showcase and promote various tourist destinations. Every year, more than 80 delegates from all over the world compete on beauty and knowledge of environmental issues.
The winner of MISS EARTH will serve as the Ambassador to environmental protection campaigns worldwide. MISS EARTH continues to build its reputation as the most relevant and worthwhile beauty event in the world, setting a legacy of beauty and responsibility.
“BEAUTIES FOR A CAUSE”
The pageant is a search for the most beautiful women of the Earth to serve as a role model dedicated to uphold the advocacy to preserve and restore Mother Earth.
This story is provided by ATK. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article.

Hockey India wants Belgium federation to apologise for comments on Indian athletes

New Delhi [India] : Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningobam has written to International Hockey Federation (IHF) CEO Thierry Weil, saying that the federation is disappointed with the reaction shown by some of the national associations on Indian athletes being handed by FIH Hockey Stars Awards.
“I write to you today on behalf of the Hockey India Executive Board that is very disturbed by the reaction of some National Associations and athletes to the announcement of the Indian nominees as the winners of the recently announced FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2021. We believe that the public statements of displeasure at the announcement of the Indian winners is highly disrespectful and not in the spirit of sportsmanship and the sport of Hockey,” said the Hockey India President in his letter, in possession of ANI. “The Indian athletes and Coaches were nominated by a panel of their peers and are just as deserving of the awards as any of the other nominees. The criteria for the selection of the winners of the awards were clearly shared with all National Associations including Hockey India along with the nominees. Hockey India made great efforts to ensure good participation across all categories from our country and now feel publicly penalised for the full-hearted participation and support of the Indian nominees,” he added.
Gurjit Kaur (FIH Player of the Year, Women), Harmanpreet Singh (FIH Player of the Year, Men), Savita (FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, Women), PR Sreejesh (FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, Men), Sharmila Devi (FIH Rising Star of the Year, Women) and Vivek Prasad (FIH Rising Star of the Year, Men) were handed out awards at the FIH Hockey Stars’ ceremony.
“It is disappointing that the Belgium Federation would prefer to question the voting system and the legitimacy of the Indian winners then actually take responsibility for not encouraging more voting and supporting their athletes in the first place. There is no doubt that any of the nominees would have been suitable winners however the voting system has been clear from the start and those that had put in the effort to vote have made their preferences clear,” wrote Ningobam.
“The core of the matter is that these national associations need to first introspect to see their actual level of participation and interest right from the start instead of now questioning the system once results are announced not in their favour. lt has already been stated by FIH that the Asian continent facilitated by the Asian Hockey Federation was very active in ensuring their “National Associations” vote counted,” he added.
Hockey India President also said that it is quite shameful to see European Hockey Federation sitting quiet and not taking any responsibility for the lack of seriousness in voting.
“lt is shameful in contrast that the European Hockey Federation is sitting quiet and not taking responsibility for the lack of activation and seriousness in voting by that their Member Associations while also allowing their athletes and Member Associations undermine the results and showing disrespect to the winners,” said the Hockey India President.
The Indian athletes have legitimately won the polls, in most cases across all three categories yet the shine of winning has been totally undermined by such negative comments by fellow athletes and National Associations. ls it fair that the hard work and efforts of these athletes are being scrutinised and they are being put through such harassment and mental intimidation because they and their National Association made a full commitment to the market and promote themselves,” he stated further.
Signing off, the Hockey India President stated: “We are with this letter requesting the FtH CEO, Thierry Weil to either kindly request the Belgium Federation to issue an official public apology for the demeaning comments on the achievements of the Indian athletes and coaches on social media and if not then refer this matter to the FIH Governance Panel for a thorough investigation into what is discrimination.”

Woman Lt Colonel on training dies allegedly by suicide

Pune (Maharashtra) [India] : A 43-year-old woman Lieutenant Colonel who hails from Uttarakhand and was posted in Jaipur had come to Pune for a three-month-long military training allegedly died by suicide in Pune district of Maharashtra, Pune City Police said on Wednesday.
“She was married to a Colonel rank officer and their divorce matter was pending. The suicide letter has not been recovered but an old letter of her father who is also a retired Army officer has been recovered. Prima facie it seems it took place due to a family dispute but we are investigating,” the police said.
Army has issued a statement stating that it is providing all assistance in the case investigation.
A case with the civil police has been registered and the matter is under investigation.

IYCL selection trials starting in November

New Delhi [India] : International Youth Cricket League (IYCL) announced the schedule of their selection trials and matches.
Their first selection-trial of this season of IYCL is to be held on 7th November at Noida Cricket Stadium in Sec21 Noida which will be followed by a series of selection-trials all across the country. The selection trials in Noida will be open to all players from Delhi/NCR, North UP & Haryana.
Shiv Kumar, Chief Operations Office of the league said “We have designed IYCL in such a way that quality cricketers get a lot of chances to grow in their cricket career. IYCL is all about quality cricket and not quanity. Yes there will be a lot of matches but, in an extremely organised manner so that the best talent comes out and play for their states as well as for the country”.
With likes of Carlos Munaku who is currently associated as a coach with Delhi Capitals academy and has represented Zimbabwe in U19 world cup player and Srikant Kate, a former Ranji player, spearheading its coaching department, International Youth Cricket League or IYCL is quickly becoming the most sought after cricket championship in India.
Interestingly, IYCL’s last season’s grand final is also coming up in November this year which is scheduled to be played in Dubai in which the IYCL’s India Boys will play against teams from Pakistan, Bangladesh & UAE.
As per Kumar, IYCL will shortlist 16 state teams this year from various parts of the country in each age group. Matches will be played in U14, U16, U19, U23 & U25 categories which means that every budding cricketer now has a good rookie cricket league to look forward to. All the matches will be in 20 overs format with colored dresses and white balls so that the players get accustomed to this format of the game.
Coaches from many other state associations are also supporting this initiative to promote the game of cricket specially in the areas where there are lesser opportunities.
Additionally, Kumar confirmed that there will be 100 percent sponsorships for players who get selected in the A-List Category from the very onset of the season. Player registrations for selection trials can be done online on their website http://www.iycleague.com

Delhi Police holds meeting to safeguard country’s capital during this festive season

New Delhi [India] : Festive season has begun and with the same the risk of public safety has increased. North Delhi Police Commissioner Sagar Singh Kalsi on Monday held a meeting with various committees regarding document verification of tenants in the national capital , keeping the national security and risk of attack over country’s capital in as priority during this time.
Kalsi, said, “We have tightened security in the view of the festive season. We held meetings with various committees regarding document verification of tenants in the national capital. We have also conducted mock drills if we get any terror threat.”
“Malls, guesthouse, cinema halls, we are auditing these places. We are doing technical surveillance, and we have initiated integrated patrolling in the slums, too. The police also hold meetings to coordinate with ‘eyes and ears scheme’ stakeholders like watchmen,” he added.
Earlier, on Saturday, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana held a meeting with top officials and discussed anti-terror measures in the wake of input of a terrorist attack in the national capital during the festive season, as per the Delhi Police.
They also held discussions on how to prevent terrorists from taking support of locals. In the meeting, Asthana informed that there are inputs of a terrorist attack in Delhi.

BJP Chief rebuked Lakhimpur Kheri incident

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh on Sunday said that being a political leader doesn’t mean that one mow down anyone by a Fortuner car.
His remarks came amid allegations against Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni for mowing down farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. The UP BJP chief was addressing the party workers at the inaugural session of the state executive of the party’s minority front in Lucknow.
“Elections should be won on basis of one’s conduct. Politics is about serving your society, your nation. There is no caste and religion involved. Being a political leader doesn’t mean that you loot, it doesn’t mean that you mow down anyone by Fortuner. We are in this party to serve the poor. Politics is not a part-time job,” Singh said.
He also appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying, “Two persons from a poor background became the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi opened bank accounts for the poor when no one bothered. PM Modi and Yogi constructed 7 lakh homes in the state. Did anyone ask about votes and religion? Vaccines are being sent to other countries under PM Modi’s leadership. The lives of people are transforming through gas, electricity connections and toilets which are being provided to them.”
He also alleged that interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi looted the nation for a decade.
Elections for 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh are due early next year.

Bangladeshi miscreants injured in police encounter in Lucknow

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : 2 Bangladeshi miscreants were injured in an encounter by the Uttar Pradesh Police in the Chinhat area of Lucknow district on Sunday.
One constable, Rinku, has also sustained injuries during cross-firing. As per Nilabja Choudhary, Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) (Crime), around 12 armed Bangladeshi miscreants were asked to stop at a checking point at Malhaur railway station, following which they began running away.
“The miscreants began firing at the team, in retaliation of which the team fired too. In the exchange of fires, two of them were injured and one of our constables also sustained injuries,” he said.
Choudhary further informed that a total of three miscreants have been arrested while the others, benefitting from the darkness, were successful at running away.
“The gang had been causing trouble from some time; they would come, rob and cross over to Bangladesh because of which nabbing them has been difficult,” the JCP informed.
He further told that several cases have been registered against the gang, and they were here again for executing another planned robbery.
The injured miscreants have been identified as Rubil and Alam alias Aleem.

Pandal designed on theme of Rajshahi Durga Puja in West Bengal

South 24 Paraganas (West Bengal) : The biggest celebration of the most auspicious occasion has begun in West Bengal “DURGA PUJA”. Eye-catching huge and beautifully decorated pandals with mesmerizing sculpture of Goddess Durga can be seen during puja. Behala’s Barisha Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee has designed a Durga puja pandal on the theme of Rajshahi’s (now in Bangladesh) Durga puja.
“We’re working on India’s oldest Durga puja theme that happened 415 years ago in Rajshahi which is now in Bangladesh. We’re doing this on the basis of research,” says Tanmoy Chatterjee, member of Barisha Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee.

In the year 1606, in Rajshahi (currently this place is in Bangladesh), King Kansa Narayan organized Durga Puja.
The idol displayed by the Behala’s Barisha Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee has been crafted by renowned artist Subrata Gangopadhyay.

Statewide bandh in Maha : MVA

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : In protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that claimed the lives of eight people including four farmers, Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) that comprises Congress, Shiv Sena, and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has called for a statewide bandh today .
According to Mumbai Police, security has been put into position at strategic points, with 3 companies of SRPF, 500 Home Guards, and 700 men from Local Arms units. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had opposed the ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ announced by the MVA.
BJP MLA Nitesh Rane has warned the state government not to shut shops forcefully.
Earlier in the cabinet meeting on October 6, the Maharashtra state cabinet minister passed a resolution to express its condolences over the unfortunate death of farmers in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in Uttar Pradesh.
Cabinet ministers also paid tributes to the deceased farmers by observing 2 minutes silence
Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil had tabled the resolution which was being seconded by Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat and Industry Minister and Senior Shiv Sena leaders Subhash Desai. The MVA is a coalition of NCP, Congress, and Shiv Sena. All three parties and their allied partners will participate in the bandh, noted Patil.
On October 3, a total of eight people including four farmers died in violence in the Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh.

Modicare Limited listed among the Top-10 – India’s Best Workplaces for Women 2021

New Delhi [India] : Modicare Limited is one of India’s leading direct selling companies and they delightfully announced that Modicare has been recognised among the Top 10 – India’s Best Workplaces™ for Women 2021 (Mid-size Companies Category) by Great Place to Work® India.
It was a Silver Jubilee celebrations, this is the second consecutive year that the organization is being recognized by Great Place to Work® India among India’s Best Workplaces™ for Women. This honour underscores the company’s steadfast commitment to championing equitable policies and practices that empower women to realise their true potential. This recognition also comes close on the heels of Modicare Limited being recognized at rank 5 among India’s Best Mid-size Workplaces 2021 and at rank 30 among the 100 Best Small & Medium Workplaces in Asia 2021 by Great Place to Work®.
As a global authority on workplace culture, Great Place to Work® has been studying employee experience and people practices across organizations for over three decades. To identify India’s Best Workplaces™ for Women 2021, Great Place to Work® India studied 712 organizations, of which 512 met the eligibility criteria of having:
Women employees constitute at least 10% of their workforce
Women employees sharing at least 70% positive feedback on the Trust Index(c), i.e. Great Place to Work® Institute’s globally accepted framework used to measure employee experience.
Out of these 512 organisations that were eligible, Modicare Limited has earned the recognition of being among the Top 10 – India’s Best Workplaces™ for Women 2021 (Mid-size Companies Category).

“When we empower our women, we empower our nation, and in due course, empower the world. The same stands for women in the Modicare family. Ever since our inception and even more so in the current times, our women workforce have exhibited true resilience, agility and empathy which has led to the many successes of our organisation. Being recognised as one of India’s Best Workplaces™ for Women by Great Place to Work® Institute for the second consecutive year is a true reflection of a culture that is fundamentally based on equality and equanimity. While we are poised to play our role in creating an ecosystem of parity, I urge every woman out there to believe in the change she can bring about and inspire many others to fearlessly pursue their dreams,” commented Samir Modi, Founder and Managing Director, Modicare Limited.
Modicare Limited undertakes regular gender sensitisation workshops and POSH training for its employees. Furthermore, Modicare has launched a slew of measures and policies towards ensuring a seamless transition into an organisation that stands up for and strongly advocates women’s rights. The company has also gone a step further to conduct regular grooming and self-defence workshops, besides providing emotional support through counselling and guidance for the overall psychological, emotional, and physical welfare of its employees. From organising sensitisation workshops, hiring women on career breaks to having women representation in top leadership and managerial roles, the company has been committed to nurture an inclusive, safe and diverse workplace for women.
Modicare is one of India’s leading Direct Selling Companies and the pioneer of Direct Selling industry in India. This year is even more special as Modicare celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Modicare has also been ranked 5th among India’s 50 Great Mid-size Workplaces by Great Place to Work® Institute for second consecutive year. Great Place to Work® Institute has also ranked Modicare Limited number 30th amongst the top 100 Best Small & Medium Workplaces in Asia.
Today, the company has over 50 Lakh Direct Sellers and 2,00,000+ new Direct Sellers are joining each month. Modicare offers over 300 products, 700+ SKUs across 13 categories – Personal Care, Wellness, Skin Care, Colour Cosmetics, Food & Beverage, Homecare, Auto Care, Laundry Care, Technology, Jewellery, Watches, Divine, and Agriculture. It has a national presence through its 12000+ Distribution Points and over 55 Modicare Centres.

35 PSA oxygen plants dedicated to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday dedicated 35 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plants established under PM CARES across 35 states and Union Territories (UTs) at AIIMS Rishikesh.

Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) [India], October 7 : Uttarakhand Governor Gurmeet Singh, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya are present on the occasion. According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), with the inception of these 35 PSA oxygen plants, all districts of the country will now have commissioned PSA oxygen plants.


Till now, a total of 1,224 PSA oxygen plants have been funded under PM CARES all across the country, out of which more than 1,100 plants have been commissioned, providing an output of over 1,750 MT oxygen per day.
Operations and maintenance of these plants have been ensured by training more than 7,000 personnel. They come with an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) device for real-time monitoring of their functioning and performance through a consolidated web portal, said PMO.

KSHVID NEWS NETWORK (IKN) LAUNCHES IT’S ENGLISH NEWS IN INDIA

Delhi, India : KSHVID NEWS has launched its English News Portal today. Popular Cricketer, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister (WB) Shri Manoj Tiwari launched the News Portal kshvid.com virtually in a grand online launch event.

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Event was attended by a large number of young media professionals and aspirants. Eminent personalities from society were also present and graced the occasion.

Chief Mentor and Social Entrepreneur Srini Gubbala welcomed the Chief Guest, Honorable Minister Manoj Tiwari and emphasised the need for an unbiased news platform in India. On this occasion, Shri Srini Gubbala expressed his desire to venture into the media space of India with Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Odiya and other vernacular language News platforms in the upcoming months. He told the reporters that India is a young country and youth is the future. His efforts are to provide refined valuable information to the youth so that they can make unbiased, truthful decisions and contribute to the development of society and the nation.

Chief Guest Honorable Minister & Cricketer Manoj Tiwari emphasised on the need for a media platform where facts are not manipulated and actual facts are reported. He assured his fans that he will try his best to ensure that no Talent has to struggle in life and every youth should get success in his career. Honourable Minister expressed his desire to be with the youth of today in their quest to conquer new frontiers.

KSHVID NEWS NETWORK is Headquartered in Hyderabad and has offices in different parts of the country. Many young media professionals have been engaged in reporting and production of news.

Apple IPhone 13 pro launched at Aptronix

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Aptronix now has the newly launched Apple’s iPhone 13 series. Grab your new phone from any of the Aptronix stores across India.

With 47 outlets and 12 service facilities across 14 cities and 500+ staff, Aptronix is India’s largest Apple Premium Reseller and National Partner to Apple.
Aptronix is going to roll out all of the new iPhone 13 models across all of its 47 locations. The new Apple iPhone 13 series comes with a slew of improvements. The new series is equipped with the latest A15 Bionic Chip for greater performance, as well as improved cameras and unique color options.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are now available in a new pink color, while the Pro models are also available in a new Gold and Sierra Blue color.

The Aptronix family is ecstatic about this launch and is looking forward to serving its valued customers with the highest quality Apple experience possible. In concern to the pandemic all of their employees are immunized and following the government’s COVID guidelines.

Sonu Sood meets CM : Job portal

New Delhi [india]: Actor Sonu Sood met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Friday and told the latter about his journey of setting up online job portal ‘Pravasi Rojagar’ that offered jobs to the migrant labourers.

While interacting with the Chief Minister, the actor described his experience of helping the migrant laborers in sending them back home in the lockdown last year and how he maintained a database of 7,50,000 migrants and reconnected with them to start his job portal that offered 3,00,000 jobs to the migrants.
“I was connected with the 7,50,000 migrants. I had the data of every migrant. Whenever I used to send them home, I used to ask them that when are they coming back. The migrants told me that that they would come back if they get jobs,” said Sonu.

“They were scared as their parents might stop them from going back to the places where they worked before. There was a lot of anticipation of whether the migrants would come back or not. I thought the problems related to jobs might come,” further said Sonu.

“I thought about what should be done regarding the lack of jobs after lockdown. I made the application ‘Pravasi Rojagar’ and through that technology, I connected with all those migrants. The companies who work in this field got in touch with me and appreciated that you are doing good work,” added Sonu.

Besides the Chief Minister, State’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also present in the meeting. (ANI)

Women’s football team eye AFC Asian Cup

                

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) [India]: The Indian Women’s Team have gathered in Jamshedpur for their preparatory camp leading to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup which is to be hosted in India from January 2022 onwards.

At a time when the pandemic has crippled normal life and normalcy hasn’t yet been restored in all fields, the players are elated on being back at the national camp once again.
Indian Women’s Team captain Ashalata Devi in a statement to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said: “Keeping in mind the current pandemic situation in the world it’s not easy to set up such camps for any sporting events. We are extremely thankful that the Jharkhand Government and AIFF have come together to arrange this camp for the team. We can only hope to move forward together in our preparation for the Asian Cup.”

The Indian women had earlier travelled twice to international exposure tours in Turkey and Uzbekistan wherein they played the likes of Uzbekistan, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and other teams earlier this year.

The Indian Women’s Team has a new Head Coach in the form of Thomas Dennerby. Dennerby has experience of over 30 years in coaching several National squads with much success. The UEFA Pro Diploma Holder had guided Sweden’s Women’s National team to a 3rd-place finish in the FIFA World Cup in 2011, and a quarter-final spot in the 2012 London Olympics.

He also served as the Head Coach of the Nigerian Women’s National team wherein he coached the Super Falcons to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He also helped the Nigerian women to win the AWCON Award 2018 and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria.

“Being back in the camp feels absolutely great. Personally, I am even more elated as I am back after a long injury. But we are all aware of the massive task ahead of us, to get ready for the Asian Cup,” winger Sanju Yadav said.

“Everyone is motivated, and our new coach Thomas Dennerby has also been very helpful on and off the pitch. He has experience of coaching at the highest level, and we’re all looking forward to learning as much as we can from him.”

Midfielder Sangita Basfore feels the Indian women’s team is one big family. “We are like one big family. We can now shift focus to preparing for the Asian Cup, and I can guarantee that everyone is highly motivated. We are all very thankful to the Jharkhand Government for hosting us in Jamshedpur,” said Sangita. (ANI)

Khushi Kapoor Stuns In ₹95k Forest Pixie Crop Top Skirt Set

It is celebration time in the Kapoor family, and the whole clan has been serving good looks in their impeccable ensembles. After celebrating Rhea Kapoor and Karan Boolani’s wedding, the whole Kapoor family got together to celebrate Mohit Marwah’s wife Antara Marwah’s baby shower in Mumbai. Looking like a dream, Khushi Kapoor also attended the celebrations in forest pixie crop top skirt set.

Khushi Kapoor attended Antara’s baby shower in a pastel blue creation. Her stylist, Tanya Ghavri, and many members of the Kapoor clan shared pictures from the ceremony on Instagram and created quite the buzz.

Khushi’s crop top and skirt set is from the shelves of ace-designer Anita Dongre’s label, and she channelled subtle spring vibes in the pretty ensemble.

Khushi’s pastel blue outfit featured a chic strappy blue printed crop top with a sheer white side sweep. The transparent cloth acted as a faux chunni and added an ethereal charm.

Khushi paired the crop top with a high-waist asymmetrically flared skirt adorned in floral stripes, which enhanced the elegant asymmetric fall. It was replete with a complete dusting of blue flower prints and side pockets.

Khushi wore the modern-ésque lehenga with a dainty chain, statement earrings and matching bracelets. She left her locks open in a middle parting and styled them in soft curls. For make-up, Khushi chose nude lips, glowing skin, and minimal make-up.

The Anita Dongre lehenga is available on the designer’s website for ₹95,000. It will be a perfect look for attending a spring wedding or even for the upcoming Rakhi celebrations. If you do decide to wear the ensemble, take cues from Khushi and choose minimal styling aesthetics.

Antara Motiwala Marwah is married to Mohit Marwah. The couple held a grand ‘Godh bharai’ ceremony on Wednesday, where Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, Shanaya Kapoor, and Anshula Kapoor were in attendance.

How To Deal With An Angry Partner

Anger is a powerful emotion that can cause untold destruction if it continues unchecked. Just like a forest fire, which destroys towering trees, houses, and lives in its path, so it is with anger which gets out of control.

So if you are wondering how to control anger in a relationship or how to deal with an angry spouse, then read on.

Ways that can be helpful when you are dealing with an angry partner:

1. Do keep calm

Want to learn the secret of how to deal with an angry husband or how to deal with an angry wife? It’s simple – maintain your calm and composure.

Admittedly this may not be easy to do, especially when your angry spouse is lashing out at you, but the calmer you can remain, the quicker your partner will get over his or her outburst.

Keeping calm is a temporary strategy to use in the heat of the moment. Nothing good will be achieved if you are both screaming at each other.

Then when the partner has calmed down, you will be able to address the matter in a more constructive manner.

2. Do think about your own behavior

This is where you need to be brutally honest with yourself. Is there anything that you are doing or not doing, which provokes or worsens your partner’s anger?

The natural tendency of angry partners is to blame you or someone else for their outbursts, so you need to be very careful here not to absorb all the blame they so willingly offload.

Remember, you are responsible only for your own actions, not theirs. If you have something to apologize for or to make adjustments in your behavior, then do so and move on.

3. Don’t become co-dependent

Do you ever find yourself covering up for your angry partner?

If you are living with an angry husband and they have mouthed off and offended one of your friends or family members, do you quietly go to the person afterward and ‘explain’ why your partner didn’t really mean what they said and that they are really not that bad?

If you keep on doing this kind of thing, your partner will not be able to learn to take the full brunt of the consequences caused by their anger in marriage.

4. Do establish boundaries

When you have anger in relationships or have an angry partner, it is very important that you establish some firm boundaries. Dealing with anger starts by:

deciding how much of your partner’s anger you are willing to tolerate and what you will not allow, informing your partner accordingly and, being prepared to defend and maintain that boundary line.

Boundaries are a great way to deal with a negative spouse and recognizing that all relationships require mutual respect in order to flourish.

Remember, boundaries are not a selfish way of life; rather, boundaries build and preserve healthy relationships.

5. Do know when to walk away

If your angry partner acknowledges that they have a problem and they are willing to get help and work on their anger issues, then there is hope, like a light at the end of a dark tunnel.

However, if there is no acknowledgment of any wrongdoing or a superficial apology with no real change or effort to change, then you need to make some difficult decisions.

Ask yourself whether you can carry on indefinitely with no change, except perhaps a change for the worse as anger tends to intensify over time if not effectively dealt with. If your answer is no, then it may be time for you to walk away.

6. Don’t forget who you are

One of the grave dangers of having an angry partner is that you too become an angry person. After all, anger can be quite contagious. Always stay true to yourself and the person that you know you are.

Your partner’s anger is theirs to deal with – not yours to take on board. As you consistently and patiently express your emotions in a mature and healthy way, you will help your partner learn to do the same.

Ways To Avoid Boredom In Your Relationship

When you’ve been in a relationship for a long time, experts say it’s pretty common to feel a sense of boredom. In many cases, there’s really nothing to worry about. But if you’re wondering how to not get bored in a relationship, there are some pretty effective ways to prevent it, and keep things interesting as time goes by.

Determine What Boredom In A Relationship Really Looks Like For Each Partner

Everyone has their own idea of what’s boring to them. That’s why a 2013 study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that it’s important to clearly define what “boredom” in a relationship looks like to each partner. If it’s a lack of interest in your partner, which was the number one reason why people got bored, compatibility may be the issue. However, if it’s something like loss of excitement, fun, or surprises, that’s something couples can work on by integrating something new into their routine.

Try New Things Together

Couples who made it a point to try new things together were found to be the most satisfied in their relationships overall. Making the effort to do something together outside of your ordinary routine could prevent boredom in your relationship.

Do More Exciting Things Together

The researchers discovered that couples who did more exciting tasks were found to be much more satisfied in their relationship than those who didn’t. So it’s not just about trying new things, but being a little more adventurous as well.

Be Grateful For Each Other

According to researchers, showing gratitude for even the smallest things helps people feel loved and connected. When people feel connected to their partners, they’re less likely to get bored with the relationship.

“A simple habit to revive love and contribute to faithfulness is to offer three appreciations every day to your partner with heartfelt authenticity,” Tinker says.

Keep Kissing Each Other

A 2009 study presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that kissing is important in helping a couples bond and ultimately stay together because kissing releases oxytocin, the “love hormone.”

Kissing also helps drop levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, so couples usually feel relaxed and at ease right after a good kiss. As the study found, the cortisol levels of couples in long-term relationships continued to drop the longer they were together. If you make it a point to keep kissing one another, your hormones will pretty much do the bonding work for you. It’s so simple yet effective.

Veteran Singer Jagjit Kaur Dies At 93

Veteran playback singer Jagjit Kaur is no more. She was 93.

According to the late artist’s spokesperson, Kaur, the widow of the late music composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, breathed her last around 6 am at her residence in Mumbai. The last rites of Kaur were performed at Pawan Hans Crematorium, SV Road Vile Parle earlier in the day.

Jagjit Kaur was best known for singing ‘Dekh lo aaj humko’ from ‘Bazaar’ and ‘Pehle to aankh milana’ from ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’ .

Several social media users have mourned the demise of Kaur.
“May her soul Rest in Peace,” a user tweeted.
“Sad news.. will miss her voice,” another netizen wrote on Twitter.

For the unversed, her husband and the National Award Winner music director, Khayyam, died in August 2019 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Tony Bennett Retiring From Live Performances

Legendary singer Tony Bennett has stepped down from the stage as he is retiring from live performances, following his health issues.

The 95-year-old singer, who has been fighting Alzheimer’s disease since 2016, has finally said goodbye to the stage for live performances. The iconic singer’s son Danny Bennett recently announced the news in an interview with Variety that his father is officially retiring from live music and scrapping his 2021 tour dates.

“There won’t be any additional concerts. This was a hard decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. This is, however, doctors’ orders,” Bennett’s son and manager Danny Bennett told Variety.
This was in reference to Tony’s fall tour dates which were originally rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic but were cancelled as his family hopes to prioritise his health.

“His continued health is the most important part of this, and when we heard the doctors — when Tony’s wife, Susan heard them — she said, ‘Absolutely not, he’ll be doing other things, but not those upcoming shows. It’s not the singing aspect but, rather, the travelling. Look, he gets tired,” Danny told Variety.

Danny further explained that the decision made by the family was not because they are worried about him being able to sing but “we are worried, from a physical standpoint… about human nature” as he is 95.

“They kept telling me that we lied, that there was no way Tony had Alzheimer’s, I assured everyone that he does. … Yes, here he was, at 95, and still singing like this: strong, Emotive. But still, it is a complex question: how can he do this?” Danny told Variety in reference to the fans’ response to the Grammy-winning singer’s last live concerts with Academy Award-winning singer Lady Gaga.

“My answer is that this is where he has lived his whole life and where he is most happy — on the stage, making music. Dealing as we have with Alzheimer’s for the last four-five years, it’s cognitive,” he added telling the outlet that despite his father has “short-term memory loss” he still does not use a “teleprompter”.

Danny continued, “Tony may not remember every part of doing that show. But, when he stepped to the side of the stage, the first thing he told me was: ‘I love being a singer.'”

Tony Bennett is a singer known for his works in traditional pop standards, big bands, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under his birth name that are on permanent public display in several institutions.

Tony has released over 70 albums during his career, almost all for Columbia Records. He has also charted over 30 singles during his career, with his biggest hits all occurring during the early 1950s.

On August 12, 2021, a few days after his 95th birthday, Tony’s retirement from concert performances was announced by his son and manager Danny Bennett.

Danny stated that “though Bennett remained a capable singer, he was becoming physically frail and risked a major fall if he continued touring.”

‘Sakhiyan 2.0’ Song From Bell Bottom Out Now

The new song from Akshay Kumar-starrer Bell Bottom, Sakhiyan 2.0, is out. Featuring Khiladi Kumar and Vaani Kapoor, the song is a romantic number that compels lovebirds to fall in love all over again. Akshay took to social media to share the song. Akshay plays a RAW agent in Bell Bottom. Vaani will be seen playing his wife in the film.

Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, Bell Bottom will release in theatres in 3D on August 19. Akshay Kumar and Vaani Kapoor feature in the new romantic number, Sakhiyan 2.0, from Bell Bottom. As the name of the song suggests, it is the remixed version of Manindar Buttar and Zara Khan’s Shakhiyan. The makers have dedicated this song to all the hopeless romantics. The new song is composed by Buttar and Tanishq Bagchi. The composers have also penned the lyrics with Babbu.

Sharing the song on social media, Akshay Kumar wrote, “Can’t wait for you guys to feel the Sakhiyan2.0 vibe, song out now (sic).”

Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion Lead The 2021 MTV VMA Nominations

The nominations for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) have been revealed, with singer Justin Bieber leading with seven nominations, followed by rapper Megan Thee Stallion with six nods.

As per People magazine, on Wednesday, MTV announced the nominees for this year’s Video Music Awards and the list features some of 2020 and 2021’s biggest artists. Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Lil Nas X, Giveon and Olivia Rodrigo all earned five nods. This is Rodrigo’s first time ever being nominated.
Among the contenders for video of the year — the top prize of the night — are Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’, DJ Khaled and Drake’s video featuring Justin Bieber ‘POPSTAR’, Doja Cat and SZA’s ‘Kiss Me More’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’, Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ and The Weeknd’s ‘Save Your Tears’.

As for the artist of the year category, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Taylor Swift, Rodrigo, Bieber and Stallion are up for the award.

Starting Wednesday and through September 3, fans can vote across 14 categories to select their top contenders. Nominations for best group and song of summer will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – Atlantic Records
DJ Khaled ft. Drake – ‘POPSTAR’ (Starring Justin Bieber) – OVO / We The Best / Epic Records
Doja Cat ft. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’ – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Ed Sheeran – ‘Bad Habits’ – Atlantic Records
Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records
The Weeknd – ‘Save Your Tears’ – XO / Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – Republic Records
Doja Cat – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Justin Bieber – Def Jam
Megan Thee Stallion – 300 Entertainment
Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records
Taylor Swift – Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR
24kGoldn ft. iann dior – ‘Mood’ – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – ‘Leave The Door Open’ – Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
BTS – ‘Dynamite’ – BIGHIT MUSIC
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – Atlantic Records
Dua Lipa – ‘Levitating’ – Warner Records
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘drivers license’ – Geffen Records

BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Facebook
24kGoldn – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records
Giveon – Epic Records / Not So Fast
The Kid LAROI – Columbia Records
Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records
Polo G – Columbia Records
Saweetie – Warner Records

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
September 2020: Wallows – ‘Are You Bored Yet?’ – Columbia Records
October 2020: Ashnikko – ‘Daisy’ – Warner Records
November 2020: SAINt JHN – ‘Gorgeous’ – Godd Complexx / HITCO
December 2020: 24kGoldn – ‘Coco’ – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records
January 2021: JC Stewart – ‘Break My Heart’ – Elektra Music Group
February 2021: Latto – ‘Sex Lies’ – RCA Records
March 2021: Madison Beer – ‘Selfish’ – Epic Records / Sing It Loud
April 2021: The Kid LAROI – ‘WITHOUT YOU’ – Columbia Records
May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – ‘drivers license’ – Geffen Records
June 2021: girl in red ‘Serotonin’ – world in red / AWAL
July 2021: Foushee – ‘my slime’ – RCA Records
August 2021: jxdn – ‘Think About Me’ – DTA Records / Elektra Music Group

BEST COLLABORATION
24kGoldn ft. iann dior – ‘Mood’ – RECORDS LLC / Columbia Records
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – Atlantic Records
Doja Cat ft. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’ – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Drake ft. Lil Durk – ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ – OVO / Republic Records
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – ‘Peaches’ – Def Jam
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – ‘Prisoner’ – RCA Records

BEST POP
Ariana Grande – ‘positions’ – Republic Records
Billie Eilish – ‘Therefore I Am’ – Darkroom / Interscope Records
BTS – ‘Butter’ – BIGHIT MUSIC
Harry Styles – ‘Treat People With Kindness’ – Columbia Records
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – ‘Peaches’ – Def Jam
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘good 4 u’ – Geffen Records
Shawn Mendes – ‘Wonder’ – Island Records
Taylor Swift – ‘willow’ – Republic Records

BEST HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’ – Atlantic Records
Drake ft. Lil Durk – ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ – OVO / Republic Records
Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘On Me (remix)’ – Quality Control / Motown
Moneybagg Yo – ‘Said Sum’ – N-Less Entertainment / Interscope Records
Polo G – ‘RAPSTAR’ – Columbia Records
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – ‘FRANCHISE’ – Cactus Jack / Epic Records

BEST ROCK
Evanescence – ‘Use My Voice’ – BMG
Foo Fighters – ‘Shame Shame’ – Roswell Records / RCA Records
John Mayer – ‘Last Train Home’ – Columbia Records
The Killers – ‘My Own Soul’s Warning’ – Island
Kings Of Leon – ‘The Bandit’ – RCA Records
Lenny Kravitz – ‘Raise Vibration’ – Roxie Records / BMG

BEST ALTERNATIVE
Bleachers – ‘Stop Making This Hurt’ – RCA Records
Glass Animals – ‘Heat Waves’ – Republic Records
Imagine Dragons – ‘Follow You’ – KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records
Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – ‘my ex’s best friend’ – Bad Boy / Interscope Records
twenty one pilots – ‘Shy Away’ – Fueled By Ramen
WILLOW ft. Travis Barker – ‘t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l’ – MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation

BEST LATIN
Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – ‘Dakiti’
Billie Eilish & ROSALIA – ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’
Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – ‘GIRL LIKE ME’
J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – ‘UN DIA (ONE DAY)’
Karol G – ‘Bichota’
Maluma – ‘Hawai’

BEST R&B
Beyonce, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL’ – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – ‘Leave The Door Open’ – Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
Chris Brown and Young Thug – ‘Go Crazy’ – Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records
Giveon – ‘HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY’ – Epic Records / Not So Fast
H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – ‘Come Through’ – MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
SZA – ‘Good Days’ – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records

BEST K-POP
(G)I-DLE – ‘DUMDi DUMDi’ – Republic Records
BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – ‘Ice Cream’ – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records
BTS – ‘Butter’ – BIGHIT MUSIC Monsta X – ‘Gambler’ – Starship Entertainment
SEVENTEEN – ‘Ready to love’ – Pledis Entertainment
TWICE – ‘Alcohol-Free’ – JYP Entertainment Company

VIDEO FOR GOOD
Billie Eilish – ‘Your Power’ – Darkroom / Interscope Records
Demi Lovato – ‘Dancing With The Devil’ – Island
H.E.R. – ‘Fight For You’ – MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
Kane Brown – ‘Worldwide Beautiful’ – Sony Music Nashville / RCA Records
Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records
Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z – ‘Entrepreneur’ – Columbia Records

BEST DIRECTION
Billie Eilish – ‘Your Power’ – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Directed by: Billie Eilish
DJ Khaled ft. Drake – ‘POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)’ – OVO / We The Best / Epic Records – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X
Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
Taylor Swift – ‘willow’ – Republic Records – Directed by: Taylor Swift
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A – ‘Franchise’ – Cactus Jack / Epic Records – Directed by: Travis Scott
Tyler, The Creator – ‘LUMBERJACK’ – Columbia Records – Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyonce, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL’ – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant
Billie Eilish – ‘Therefore I Am’ – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Cinematography by: Rob Witt
Foo Fighters – ‘Shame Shame’ – Roswell Records / RCA Records – Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez
Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper – ‘Holy’ – RBMG/Def Jam – Cinematography by: Elias Talbot
Lady Gaga – ‘911’ – Interscope Records – Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth
Lorde – ‘Solar Power’ – LAVA/Republic Records – Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

BEST ART DIRECTION
Beyonce, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – ‘ALREADY’ – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos
Ed Sheeran – ‘Bad Habits’ – Atlantic Records – Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz
Lady Gaga – ‘911’ – Interscope Records – Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus
Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records – Art Direction by: John Richoux
Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – ‘Best Friend’ – Warner Records – Art Direction by: Art Haynes
Taylor Swift – ‘willow’ – Republic Records – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Bella Poarch – ‘Build A Bitch’ – Warner Records – Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova
Coldplay – ‘Higher Power’ – Atlantic Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
Doja Cat & The Weeknd – ‘You Right’ – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records – Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel
Glass Animals – ‘Tangerine’ – Republic Records – Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau
Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
P!NK – ‘All I Know So Far’ – RCA Records – Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Ariana Grande – ’34+35′ – Republic Records – Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson
BTS – ‘Butter’ – BIGHIT MUSIC – Choreography by: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM
Ed Sheeran – ‘Bad Habits’ – Atlantic Records – Choreography by: Natricia Bernard
Foo Fighters – ‘Shame Shame’ – Roswell Records / RCA Records – Choreography by: Nina McNeely
Harry Styles – ‘Treat People With Kindness’ – Columbia Records – Choreography by: Paul Roberts
Marshmello & Halsey – ‘Be Kind’ – Astralwerks / Capitol Records – Choreography by: Dani Vitale

BEST EDITING
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – ‘Leave The Door Open’ – Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet
BTS – ‘Butter’ – BIGHIT MUSIC – Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens
Drake – ‘What’s Next’ – OVO/Republic Records – Editing by: Noah Kendal
Harry Styles – ‘Treat People With Kindness’ – Columbia Records – Editing by: Claudia Wass
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – ‘Peaches’ – Def Jam – Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – ‘Prisoner’ – RCA Records

As previously announced, MTV is collaborating with 9/11 Day, the nonprofit that began and leads the federally recognised September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, for a series of service-oriented activities during the week leading up to the VMAs, promoting awareness and positive action in observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, reported Variety.

The 2021 VMAs return to New York City this year, airing live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on September 12 at 8 pm ET/PT, airing across MTV’s linear and digital platforms in 180 countries and territories.

The show will simulcast across CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW Network, making the show available to an expanded broadcast audience for the second consecutive year.

Soni Razdan Features In New Song Titled ‘Ae Savere’

Veteran actor Soni Razdan has featured in the music video of a new song titled ‘Ae Savere’.
Set in the stunning locales of Kashmir, ‘Ae Savere’ takes you through a beautiful journey of how a mother and her son come back to Kashmir to bid a final adieu to their husband and father respectively. In the video, Soni is seen essaying the role of actor Taha Shah Badussha’s mother.

On featuring in ‘Ae Savere’, Soni Razdan said, “The song was an emotional roller-coaster ride for me. Taha and I got on like a house on fire. He’s a wonderful young man, very sweet and it was lovely working with him those two days. I kept thinking if I’d had a son I would have loved him to be like this boy.”
Released under the banner of Zee Music Company, the emotional track is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Archana Kamath Hegdekar who has also composed the music. The lyrics in Hindi and Kashmiri are written by Sunayana Kachroo.

Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan & Others Collaborates For Patriotic Song ‘Hum Hindustani’

Ahead of India’s 75th Independence Day, legendary artists Lata Mangeshkar and Amitabh Bachchan have collaborated with several other members of the Indian film and music industry for an upcoming song, titled ‘Hum Hindustani’.

The track will see Lata Mangeshkar, Big B, Padmini Kolhapure, Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher, Alka Yagnik, and Shabbir Kumar crooning to the patriotic lyrics. Young artistes Shraddha Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Shruti Haasan, Tara Sutaria, Ankit Tiwari, Siddhanth Kapoor, and Jannat Zuber have also lent their voices to the song, which is produced by Priyaank Sharma and Paras Mehta of music label Dhamaka Records.
“The legendary actors and singers who have come together for the first time in this anthem will surely resonate with all and sundry in our emotions for the country and the world as a whole, uniting and spreading love and hope,” Priyaank said.

‘Hum Hindustani’ will release on August 13.

Stevie Nicks Cancels Upcoming Concert Due To Covid-19

American singer Stevie Nicks, who is best known for her songs ‘The Chain’, ‘Blue Denim’ and ‘Rooms on Fire’, has cancelled her upcoming concerts due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicks was supposed to perform at the BottleRock Napa Valley in California and the Jazz Aspen Festival in Colorado in September. In October, she was scheduled to perform both weekends at Austin City Limits. Opening up about her decision, Nicks said: “These are challenging times with challenging decisions that have to be made. I want everyone to be safe and healthy and the rising Covid cases should be of concern to all of us. While I’m vaccinated, at my age, I am still being extremely cautious and for that reason have decided to skip the 5 performances I had planned for 2021.”

The 73-year-old does not want people to neglect their health.

“Because singing and performing have been my whole life, my primary goal is to keep healthy so I can continue singing for the next decade or longer,” Nicks’ statement said. “I’m devastated and I know the fans are disappointed, but we will look towards a brighter 2022,” she added.

After Nick’s decision, several festivals announce replacement acts. Singer Chris Stapleton will take Nicks’ place at BottleRock.

Bangladesh COVID-19 deaths exceed 22,000-mark

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Bangladesh reported 12,606 new COVID-19 cases and 248 new deaths on Friday, taking the national tally to 1,335,260 and the death toll to 22,150, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 48,015 samples were tested in the last 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Friday across Bangladesh.
The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 1,172,437 including 15,494 new recoveries on Friday, said the DGHS.

According to the official data, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is now 1.66 percent and the current recovery rate is 87.81 percent.

Bangladesh recorded the highest daily new cases of 16,230 on July 28 and the highest number of deaths of 264 on Aug. 5. (ANI/Xinhua)

Climate Change : UK’s COP26 head warns of global ‘catastrophe’ unless measures taken

London [UK]: The UK president of the COP26 Climate Change Conference, Alok Sharma, has warned that the world was on the brink of a “catastrophe” from climate breakdown, calling for urgent actions.

The remark, made in an interview with The Observer, came ahead of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on climate science, set to be released on Monday. The paper on how close the world is to a potentially irreversible disaster due to extreme weather will be “the starkest warning yet that human behaviour is alarmingly accelerating global warming,” the official said.
“I don’t think we’re out of time but I think we’re getting dangerously close to when we might be out of time. We will see [from the IPCC] a very, very clear warning that unless we act now, we will unfortunately be out of time,” Sharma said late on Saturday, noting the consequences of failure would be “catastrophic.”

The UK minister in charge of the flagman UN climate talks noted that the impact of global warming was already evident across the world, citing deadly flooding in Europe and China, as well as wildfires and record high temperatures registered in parts of the world.

“I don’t think there’s any other word for it. You’re seeing on a daily basis what is happening across the world. Last year was the hottest on record, the last decade the hottest decade on record,” Sharma added.

Commenting on the upcoming reports, the official said that the paper would urge the international community — governments, businesses and individuals — to push for stronger action on greenhouse gas emissions at the COP26. (ANI/Sputnik)

Bell Bottom’s First Song Titled ‘Marjaawaan’ Out Now

Akshay Kumar has released the first song of his upcoming movie ‘BellBottom’. Titled Marjaawaan, it is a romantic song also featuring Vaani Kapoor.

Marjaawaan begins with Akshay Kumar singing a song and strumming a guitar at a family event. Vaani smiles looking at him as others around them swing to the music. The video then moves to a picturesque train journey with Akshay hanging from the door. Vaani gives him a hug, still smiling at his antics.

They dance in foreign locations, chill by some beaches with a husky joining them for drinks. They propose to each other with rings and take their romance to a special bed suspended over a lake.

Fans of the two actors were excited to watch them together. “Akshay sir and Vaani Kapoor looking astonishing together,” wrote a fan on YouTube. “Akshay and Vaani looking like a cute pair,” wrote another.

Sharing the video on Twitter, Akshay wrote, “My favourite song, #Marjaawaan from #BellBottom out now! This tune has been stuck in my head ever since the shoot.” The song has been sung by Gurnazar and Asees Kaur.

BellBottom is an espionage thriller starring Akshay as a research and analysis wing (RAW) agent. Lara Dutta plays former Indian Prime Minsiter Indira Gandhi and the film is set for theatrical release in both 2D and 3D formats on August 19.

The film is directed by Ranjit M Tewari and presented by Pooja Entertainment in association with Emmay Entertainment. It is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nikkhil Advani.

Akshay’s other upcoming projects include Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi with Katrina Kaif, Aanand L Rai’s Atrangi Re with Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan, and Bachchan Pandey with Kriti Sanon.

Taylor Swift Hints Fans With Clues To New ‘Red’ Album Songs

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift recently shared a social media post that hinted she will apparently be bringing in Phoebe Bridgers as a guest for her upcoming rerecording of ‘Red’ (Taylor’s Version).

The three-time album of the year Grammy winner released a special “vault video” on Twitter, containing a hidden message about the album for her fans. It suggested that she’ll soon be announcing the names of new “from the vault” tracks from the upcoming rerecording of her fourth studio album, 2012’s ‘Red’, which is slated for a November 19 release.

The video showed a vault, coloured in red, with music playing in the background, and a jumble of letters flying on the screen, towards the viewers. The word puzzle featured the names of bonus tracks to be included on ‘Red’ (Taylor’s Version) as well as possible collaborators on the album.

Swift chose this same method when hinting at what was coming on her re-recorded album ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, which arrived in April.

Swifties were quick to discover the words ‘Phoebe Bridgers’ hidden in the message, plus ‘Better Man’, a song Swift originally wrote for ‘Red’ but later gave to Little Big Town to record. Swift performed it live at the Bluebird Cafe in 2018 as part of Bluebird, a documentary film tribute to the Nashville venue where she was discovered.

Ed Sheeran, who recorded ‘Everything Has Changed’ with Swift on the original ‘Red’ and country singer Chris Stapleton, were also found in the word search, implying that Swift will be collaborating with both for the new album. Sheeran recently said in an interview he’d re-recorded his duet part, as well as hinting at other recordings.

Also in the puzzle was ‘Ronan’, a heart-wrenching track Swift wrote in the ‘Red’ era that was inspired by four-year-old Ronan Thompson’s fatal battle with cancer. Reportedly, Swift only performed it once at the 2012 Stand Up to Cancer telethon, but Billboard reported last week that a re-recorded ‘Ronan’ will be appearing on ‘Red’ (Taylor’s Version) with permission from Ronan’s mother, Maya Thompson.

Lastly, ‘All Too Well’, ‘Ten’, ‘Minute’ and ‘Version’ were also in the search, confirming that the long-awaited 10-minute version of ‘All Too Well’ will be featured on the re-recording.

There were a few other words here and there in the puzzle that form up the names of new song titles. The unscrambled list of newly recorded ‘Vault’ tracks being added to the original ‘Red’ will be as follows:
– ‘Ronan’
– ‘Better Man’
– ‘Nothing New’, featuring Phoebe Bridgers
– ‘Babe’
– ‘Message in a Bottle’
– ‘I Bet You Think About Me’, featuring Chris Stapleton
– ‘Forever Winter’
– ‘Run’, featuring Ed Sheeran
– ‘The Very First Night’
– ‘All Too Well’ 10-minute version
Along with the video, she tweeted, “*presses post* *cackles maniacally* Level: casually cruel in the name of being honest,” referencing lyrics to her objectively finest masterpiece, ‘All Too Well’.

She later followed up with a subsequent tweet, writing, “Your next clue will be in the spot where you hear red…”

The singer, then again, tweeted, “Love is a ruthless game #iunlockedthevault,” with a sunglasses emoji. As fans might know, the line is from 2012 ‘Red’ opener ‘State of Grace’.

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As per USA Today, Swift is re-recording her music after a public battle with music executive Scooter Braun, who had purchased her recordings before selling them for millions in November 2020.
By re-recording her music, she will be gaining ownership over the earlier songs that launched her career, albeit with a more sophisticated, mature twist. 

40 Khelo-India centres

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Lieutenant Governor Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha on Friday said that the government will establish 40 Khelo-India Centers in all districts of UT to give further impetus to sporting culture.

Jammu and Kashmir LG said that 22 coaches have already been appointed to train and mentor the next-generation of sportspersons.
“Government to establish 40 Khelo-India centers in all districts to give further impetus to sporting culture in the UT. 22 Coaches already appointed to train and mentor the next-gen of sportspersons. Further, under PMDP, 44 Coaches and 22 Instructors will be recruited in different disciplines,” Sinha said in a tweet.

He further said that under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) 44 coaches and 22 instructors will be recruited in different disciplines.

Miley Cirus Invites DaBaby To Talk Amid Homophobic Remarks Controversy

Joining a growing chorus of celebrities this week in speaking out against DaBaby’s homophobic remarks, singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus invited the rapper to have an open dialogue with her on the subject.

In a statement posted on her Instagram handle, Miley spoke out against cancel culture and in the caption wrote, “@DaBaby check your DMS — would love to talk and see how we can learn from each other and help be part of making a more just and understanding future!” In her social media statement, Miley wrote, “As a proud and loyal member of the LGBTQIA+ community, much of my life has been dedicated to encouraging love, acceptance, and open mindedness. The internet can fuel a lot of hate and anger and is the nucleus of cancel culture… but I believe it can also be a place filled with education, conversation, communication and connection.”

The ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer, in her statement, further said, “It’s easier to cancel someone than to find forgiveness and compassion in ourselves or take the time to change hearts and minds. There’s no more room for division if we want to keep seeing progress! Knowledge is power! I know I still have so much to learn.”

During DaBaby’s recent Rolling Loud performance on June 25, the rapper had encouraged the audience to put their cell phone flashlights in the air if they “didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks,” among further derogatory remarks about HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ people.

After receiving social media backlash, DaBaby was pulled from his brand ambassador deal with Boohoo Man. His ‘Levitating’ collaborator, Dua Lipa, also spoke out against him, along with other big names including Elton John, Madonna and others.

Just three days after the incident, DaBaby released a video for his new song, ‘Giving What It’s Supposed To Give’, which featured the lyrics, ‘We like AIDS… we on your ass, bitch, we won’t go away’.

The day of his scheduled Sunday performance at Lollapalooza, the festival announced in a tweet that DaBaby would no longer be performing. “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight,” the statement read.
He has also been dropped from other festivals, including Austin City Limits, Governor’s Ball, Day N Vegas, iHeartRadio Music Festival, Can’t Wait Live!, Music Midtown and Parklife Festival.

In an initial apology that came across as insincere to several fans, DaBaby admitted on Twitter that his remarks were “insensitive” but suggested that the comments had been “digested” wrong in another tweet. The rapper followed up with statements like “Apologies for being me.”

Once again on August 2, DaBaby offered another apology on Instagram, writing, “Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes. As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me — knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance — has been challenging.”

Expressing gratitude towards the people, who reached out to him, he added, “I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”

DaBaby is no stranger to controversy, having to backtrack some questionable lyrics about JoJo Siwa earlier this year.

He also came under fire from Megan Thee Stallion recently, following his collaboration with Tory Lanez, who allegedly shot her in the feet last summer. Lanez joined DaBaby at Rolling Loud to perform their track ‘SKAT’ immediately after Megan hit the stage.

Justin Bieber Apologizes For Endorsing Morgan Wallen’s Music

Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber, on Wednesday, shared a social media apology for his endorsement of country music star Morgan Wallen’s song, six months after a video was leaked of Wallen drunkenly using the N-word with his friends.

In a now-deleted post, Bieber had shared a screenshot of Wallen’s ‘Sand In My Boots’ from ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’, writing “Love this album”, alongside it. Not long after, the ‘Sorry’ singer deleted the post and penned an apology on his Instagram Stories. Apologising to the people he unknowingly hurt due to the incident, Bieber wrote, “I had no idea that the guy’s music i posted was recently found saying racist comments. As you know i dont support or tolerate any sort of racism or discrimination. I had no idea, I sincerely apologize to anyone i offended.”

The ‘Peaches’ singer nodded to his own past with the slur by adding, “When I was a kid, I was incredibly ignorant and said some very hurtful racist jokes that clearly were not funny. I hurt a lot of people especially the Black people in my life but was fortunate enough to have had them educate me on the horrifying origin of the n-word. This brings those painful memories back up; I will always take ownership for my ignorance and my past because I know I am not that person.”

In March, Bieber had revealed that he doesn’t own a cellphone and instead opts to use an iPad. Hence it’s at least somewhat plausible that he missed the controversy surrounding the country star.
Wallen was on ‘Good Morning America’ in July talking about the incident but seems like Bieber is not the target audience for that show.

In February, Wallen faced enormous social media backlash after TMZ published a video of him telling a friend to “take care of this p–y-ass n–a” when they returned home from a night out in Nashville.
He immediately issued an apology, saying he was “embarrassed and sorry,” but months later, he revealed it wasn’t the first time he’s used the word.

As per Fox News, Big Loud, Wallen’s record label suspended him in February but has since reinstated him. Either way, the controversy hasn’t dented his album sales. Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ album has been No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart for 26 weeks.

Selena Gomez Slams ‘The Good Fight’ Makers For Mocking Her Kidney Transplant

Actor-singer Selena Gomez has slammed the makers of ‘The Good Fight’ for making fun of her kidney transplant on the show.

“I am not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing but sadly it has apparently. I hope in the next writer’s room when one of these tasteless jokes are presented it’s called out immediately and doesn’t make it on air,” Gomez tweeted on Wednesday. The ‘Feel me’ hitmaker’s tweet comes days after her fans pointed out a scene on the ongoing show ‘The Good Fight’ where makers allegedly made a joke about the former’s kidney transplant, which she received in 2017 amid her battle with lupus, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

After seeing her fans criticising the particular episode, Gomez thanked them for their support.
“My fans always have my back. Love you,” she added, along with dropping a link to sign up to be an organ donor.

Mocking Gomez’s health conditions has not happened for the first time. Peacock’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ reboot was criticised for the same offense late last year. In response, Peacock apologised for making light of Gomez’s health struggles, in addition to making a donation to The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.

Pete Parada Asked To Leave Band For Not Getting Vaccinated

Pete Parada, the drummer for The Offspring, recently revealed that he was asked to leave the band over his refusal to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

Pete in his Instagram post claimed that he’s been told not to show up at the studio, either, even though he comes up with a legitimate medical reason for not getting the jab. In the drummer’s introductory remarks on Instagram, he wrote, “I’ve got some unfortunate and difficult news to share. I know many of my close friends and family would’ve preferred to hear this privately first — and I apologize for the public nature of my disclosure, but I don’t know how to have this conversation multiple times.

“Given my personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs, my doctor has advised me not to get a shot at this time. I caught the virus over a year ago, it was mild for me — so I am confident I’d be able to handle it again, but I’m not so certain I’d survive another post-vaccination round of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which dates back to my childhood and has evolved to be progressively worse over my lifetime. Unfortunately for me, (and my family — who is hoping to keep me around a bit longer) the risks far outweigh the benefits,” he wrote.

Revealing how that affects his status in the band, Pete explained: “Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate — it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour. I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows.”

After updating his fans about the issue, Pete also said that he has no hard feelings for his other bandmates and he has not posted out of anger.

“I have no negative feelings towards my band,” he wrote. “They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same. Wishing the entire Offspring family all the best as they get back at it! I’m heartbroken not to be seeing my road community, and I will miss connecting with the fans more than I can express in words,” he added.

Pete was the band’s second longest running drummer in the group’s 37-year career, having replaced Atom Williard in 2009.

Team ‘Suriya 40’ Resume Its Shooting Schedule

Suriya has teamed up with director Pandiraj for the third time for an upcoming film tentatively titled ‘Suriya 40’. According to the latest reports, the shoot of the film, which was earlier put on hold due to the pandemic, has finally resumed. Suriya has joined the sets of the power-packed film last day (July 13) and cinematographer Rathavelu has confirmed the same.

Rathavelu shared that it feels great to hold the camera after a long gap and added that cinema is the place where he belongs. Although the talented cinematographer has confirmed resuming the shoot for ‘Suriya 40’, he remained tight-lipped about the location. The film has been shot in Chennai, Madurai, and Karaikudi, and the current schedule is apparently happening in Karaikudi and the makers have reportedly rented an apartment for the shoot.

Neha Kakkar Become The Most Followed Indian Musician On Instagram

Singer Neha Kakkar on Tuesday said that she has become the ‘most followed Indian musician’ after her followers on Instagram reached 60 million. Taking to the social media platform, Neha shared an appreciation post for all her fans for showering her with love. She also dropped a video celebrating her milestone.

In the video, Neha Kakkar, along with her husband singer Rohanpreet Singh, is seen arriving outside a building where a nook was decorated with balloons and celebrity stylists Roshni Jain and Shreya, surprised her with a cake and bouquet. Both Neha and Rohanpreet were seen in black ensembles.

Neha took off her mask as the cake was brought to her. The couple called it a sweet gesture and Rohanpreet jokingly started singing ‘happy birthday’ as Neha was about to cut the cake. She also forgot to blow the candles and on being reminded said, “bhool hi gayi (I forgot)”.

She captioned the video, “60 Million Pyar! Main Khush Nahin Behad Khush Hoon (I’m not just happy but extremely happy).. The amount of love you all give Your Nehu can’t be compared with anything! Aap ho toh Neha Kakkar Hai (Neha Kakkar is there because of you guys)! Thank You.. Each One of You and Specially My Most Special People, My #NeHearts Love You all!!!!”

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Taking to the comments section, her brother singer Tony Kakkar wrote, “1 in a billion.. love youuuuuuu nehuuuuu.” Filmmaker Farah Khan Kunder wrote, “Congratulations baby.” The post has garnered over 16.5 lakh likes within three hours of posting it.

Rohanpreet also commented, “60 million Wowwww.. Huge!!! Really Really Proud of You My Love, My Queen!! You have proved that there’s nothing you can’t do. You are The One and Only More Success and Power To You My Everything.. Queen Neha Kakkar You know You Deserve All the Happiness Waheguru ji Mata Rani ji Aapko Hameshan Khush Rakhein (May God always keep you happy)!!! I Love You Meri Zindagi!!” He also shared a post congratulating Neha.

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The duo got married last year, after dating for a few weeks. They met first in August 2020 when they were filming their song Nehu Da Vyah. Earlier this year, they celebrated their six-month anniversary. Currently, Neha is one of the judges of the singing reality show, Indian Idol 12.

Vidya Balan Slays In Black Maxi Dress: See Pics

Actor Vidya Balan thinks black dresses are a mood, and we cannot help but agree with the style icon. The star is known for her eclectic and voguish collection of six yards, but that never stops her from experimenting with different styles and surprising us with her sartorial expertise. Her latest look in a chic maxi dress is proof.

Vidya took to Instagram to share pictures of herself from a photo shoot for which she slipped into a black ankle-length dress. The ensemble is from the shelves of the designer label Ritu Kumar.

The Sherni actor posted the photos with the caption, “Black dresses are such a mood. Send me a heart for the dress colour which is your favourite.”

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Vidya’s dress featured a deep V neckline and textured stripe details on the torso and the sleeves. The fit and flare silhouette of her full-sleeved ensemble gave it a regal vibe and accentuated her frame.

Additionally, the skirt had well-placed pleats. The attached broad corset-style belt, attached to the dress and placed on the torso, completed the look.

Vidya glammed up her ensemble by leaving her tresses open in a side parting and styling them in well-defined curls inspired by the regal style of the 50s. She accessorized her look with silver drop earrings adorned with ruby stones, a matching ring and silver strappy sandals.

Glowing skin, bold red lips, a hint of blush on the cheeks, highlighter on the face, sharp contour, subtle shimmery eyeshadow, sleek eyeliner, mascara on the lashes, and on-fleek eyebrows completed her make-up.

If you wish to buy the outfit, it is available on Ritu Kumar website for ₹6,320. It is called the Black Self-Work Evening Long Dress.

On the professional front, Vidya Balan’s latest film Sherni released on Amazon Prime Video last month. The film is directed by Amit Masurkar of Newton fame. It also stars Sharad Saxena, Mukul Chaddha, Vijay Raaz, Ila Arun, Brijendra Kala and Neeraj Kabi.

What do you think of Vidya Balan’s all-black look?

How Lack Of Ambition Can Negatively Impact Your Relationship

Not for nothing is it said that it is only by living with and understanding a person that can help build a strong relationship. very often we do not have that luxury of living with the person we want to pursue a relationship with, but when we do, one aspect that is oft ignored is ambition. Ambition in a relationship is essential as it keeps things exciting and lively between the couple.

Being ambitious is important in life as well, as it is the goal and ambition that makes one work hard towards a better life. Being ambitious about a career choice, a relationship, or even a hobby can bring about so much personality.

Here are some ways in which lack of ambition can have negative impact on your relationship:-

Makes prioritizing Difficult

In a relationship, if one partner is ambitious and the other is laid back, then prioritizing goals can be a challenging task. One will always want to upgrade, while the other will prefer sticking to the obvious. A lot of times, if not always, being on the same page is important for the growth of a relationship. A shift in priority can take place when people have differing ambition levels.

Gets You Stuck On The Mundane

Everybody likes an upgrade in their lifestyles. Being ambitious makes a person strive every day and make the best of their opportunities. Lack of ambition can make a person so comfortable with their current lifestyle that it becomes mundane and even boring. If a partner lacks ambition in their relationship, they will stop making an effort to impress their partner, either emotionally or even professionally. 

Leads To Incompatibility

Having differences in a relationship regarding goals and ambitions can cause arguments to arise. It can be a sign that your partner and you disagree on things that might seem important to you but are not treated in the same way by your partner and vice versa. This could be a sign of alarming incompatibility. In the long run, even the small arguments regarding incompatibility can cause a rift in the relationship.

Creates Lack Of Adventure

When a relationship lacks ambition, the adventure or the high automatically dies down. Partners can stop taking the initiative to bring nuances to the relationship, and eventually, it just becomes plain and boring. That is not something people often expect and look for in a relationship. Instead, take turns in spicing up your relationship in ways you both deem fit. Try new activities, hobbies, and discuss a lot — that often gives you a deeper understanding of your partner. 

Kills Motivation

Often, being around someone who lacks ambition can bring you down too. It can kill your productivity and your will to thrive for more and better. Being in command can be challenging in such situations, and staying motivated can seem like a task. This could lead to resenting your partner and holding grudges. Don’t let that kill the ambition of your life, instead, work your way around the same and get to the solution.

Mira Rajput Shares Loved-Up Selfie With Husband Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor is away from home for work and it looks like his lovely wife Mira Rajput just can’t wait for him to come back home. The star wife shared a sweet unseen picture with the actor along with a ‘miss you’ note.

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In the photo, Shahid is seen holding Mira close to him as they pose for the camera. The beautiful couple is all smiles for the picture. Mira captioned this photo, ‘You make my heart skip a beat.. or three or four. FaceTime just doesn’t cut it #missyousomuch’

Mira and Shahid have been happily married for six glorious years now. They are doting parents to their two kids –Misha and Zain. Although the couple is not quite outgoing when it comes to social gatherings and parties, they keep their fans updated about their personal and professional life through their posts on social media. Their followers absolutely adore them and just can’t get enough of the gorgeous couple.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Shahid will next be seen in ‘Jersey’, which is an official Hindi remake of a hit Telugu movie by the same name. The movie will also feature Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur in key roles.

The actor will also be seen making his much-awaited digital debut soon. The details of the same are, however yet to be officially unveiled.

Sonam Kapoor Gets Emotional On Reuniting With Anil Kapoor: Watch Video

Sonam Kapoor returned to Mumbai from London on Tuesday, and her father Anil Kapoor came to the airport to receive her. She got emotional as she reunited with him after several months.

In a video shared online by a paparazzo account, Sonam Kapoor was seen waving to the photographers as she walked out of the airport terminal. She then saw Anil Kapoor and greeted him with, “Hi, dad.” She then broke down as they walked to their car.

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Sonam has been living in London with her husband Anand Ahuja for a while now. She spent the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi and Mumbai, and returned to London in July last year. Earlier this year, she shot for her upcoming thriller, Blind, in Scotland.

In April, Sonam posted a photo with Anand from London and talked about how she has been ‘desperately’ craving to return to India.

Meanwhile, Anil, in a recent interview said, “Like every parent everywhere, Sunita (my wife) and I miss our kids when they are away, and we worry about them constantly. But we also recognize that we’re fortunate to live in the age of technology that enables us to see them and speak with them whenever we get anxious, and that’s been a huge relief.”

Sonam was seen in a cameo in AK vs AK, starring Anil and Anurag Kashyap in the lead roles. She played a fictionalised version of herself in the film, which also featured her brother Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor in a guest appearance. Previously, Sonam and Anil starred together in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga.

Meanwhile, Sonam will be seen next in Blind, a remake of a Korean crime-thriller. In an Instagram post earlier this year, she called it an ‘insanely hard but creatively satisfying film’. The film is directed by Shome Makhija.

Try This Saucy Chicken Burger By Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Burgers are essentially fancier sandwiches, a thick piece of meat encased between crispy lettuce, onion, tomato, and other veggies, doused in sauces, cheese and secured within two pieces of bread, and usually, burgers bun are used for burgers.

This recipe for a saucy chicken burger by celebrated chef Sanjeev Kapoor is perfect for those who love their burgers but always feel they lack flavour and moisture.

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Ingredients for Saucy Chicken Burger Recipe

Burger buns 4

English mustard paste 4 teaspoons

Iceberg lettuce a few

Cheese 4 slices

Tomato roundels 12

Fried potato wedges 8

Tomato ketchup to serve

French fries to serve

Chicken patty

Chicken mince 2 cups

Onion , finely chopped 1 medium

Celery , finely chopped 1 inch stick

Garlic , chopped 1 tablespoon

Fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon

Dried mixed herbs 1 1/2 teaspoons

Salt to taste

Crushed black peppercorns to taste

Egg 1

Oil for shallow frying

Sauce

Butter 2 tablespoons

Garlic , chopped 1 tablespoon

Celery , sliced 1 inch

Carrot , chopped 1 tablespoon

Onion , finely chopped 1 small

Refined flour (maida) 2 tablespoons

Chicken stock 2 cups

Salt to taste

Crushed black peppercorns to taste

Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons

Fresh parsley , chopped 1 tablespoon

Method

Step 1

To prepare chicken patties, take chicken mince in a bowl, add onion, celery, garlic, fresh rosemary, dried mixed herbs, salt and crushed peppercorns. Break the egg into the bowl and mix well.

Step 2

Divide the chicken mixture into 8 equal portions, shape them into patties and place on a plate.

Step 3

To prepare sauce, heat butter in a non-stick pan, add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add celery, carrot and onion, mix and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4

Add flour, mix well and sauté for 1-2 minutes or till golden brown. Add chicken stock, whisk and cook till the mixture is smooth and slightly thick.

Step 5

Add salt and crushed peppercorns and whisk. Add Worcestershire sauce, whisk and cook for 1 minute. Add parsley and mix well. Transfer into a bowl.

Step 6

Heat sufficient oil in another non-stick pan, place the chicken patties in it and shallow-fry, turning sides, till evenly cooked and golden brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 7

Halve the burger buns horizontally and toast them on the cut side in the same non-stick pan till golden brown.

Step 8

To prepare each burger, apply 1 teaspoon English mustard paste on the toasted side of the base half, place 2-3 iceberg lettuce leaves, one chicken patty, 1 cheese slice, 3 tomato roundels, another chicken patty, 2 potato wedges one on top of the other on the base half of the bun. Drizzle some sauce, cover with the top half of the bun, with toasted side downwards, and secure with a satay stick.

Step 9

Place them on individual serving plates and serve hot with tomato ketchup and French fries.

Shraddha Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor To Resume Shoot For Luv Ranjan’s Next

On Tuesday, the star cast of Luv Ranjan’s untitled film reached Delhi for the shoot of the film. Lead stars Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor were spotted in the Capital, along with Boney Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.

The film’s shoot had started in January at a private property in Noida, and they were expected to shoot through March, however, it was rescheduled due to COVID restrictions. A source informs, “The shoot of the film will resume this week and the cast will be in Delhi for around 15 days.”

Another source says,”This is the first major film project being in shot in NCR after restrictions were lifted last month. Over 15 projects were filmed in NCR from Jan to March, but shoots were cancelled in April. In recent weeks, we have filmed a few advertisements in old Delhi, but no major projects have been shot here. Line producers say that as the number of cases go down, shooting is expected to resume in full swing in NCR.”

“Currently, due to decrease in number of cases, permission is not a big issue, as long as the crew is limited to 20-30 people. Two other major projects are also scheduled for month end,” informs an insider.

Elon Musk: Tesla Would Have Died, If I Wasn’t The CEO

Tesla would have died, if he wasn’t the CEO – this is what famous EV company boss Elon Musk told to a court defending his position in the Tesla-SolarCity deal.

Musk also insisted in court that the company is controlled by the board, not himself. The lawsuit filed by the union pension funds and asset managers alleges that Elon Musk strong-armed Tesla’s board of directors into depleting the company’s assets with the $2.6 billion all-stock deal for the SolarCity.

During the deal with SolarCity, Elon Musk owned a roughly 22% stake in Tesla. This means he had no controlling stake in the EV manufacturer. Some Tesla shareholders alleged that the SolarCity deal was aimed at bailing out the company, where Musk had an investment.

The Tesla shareholders claimed in the lawsuit that the money invested in SolarCity must be paid back. Tesla shareholders accused Elon Musk of dominating the EV maker’s board with deal discussions. They alleged that Musk influenced Tesla’s board to buy SolarCity despite it being a weak deal for the company.

This lawsuit kicked off a two-week trial in Wilmington, Delaware. Elon Musk had to appear before the court for the case.

Appearing before the judge Musk said that he has tried very hard not to be the CEO of Tesla. “But I have to or frankly Tesla is going to die,” Musk further said to Judge, reports Reuters. Other Tesla board members and people involved in the Tesla-SolarCity deal will testify on Tuesday. Musk too will return to the witness stand.

Single Dose Of Sputnik-V Vaccine Enough For Recovered Covid-19 Patients: Study

A day after scientists announced that mRNA vaccines are effective against the Delta variant of Covid-19, a single dose variant of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine has shown 94 per cent efficacy among those recovered Covid-19 patients. Scientists said that there is no evident benefit of using a second dose in previously infected individuals.

However, they added, “the second dose further increases antibody and neutralizing capacity.”

The study published in the journal Science Direct states that 21 days after receiving the first dose of vaccine, 94 per cent of participants developed spike-specific antibodies. The study was conducted among healthcare workers in Argentina.

“A single Sputnik V dose elicits higher antibody levels and virus neutralizing capacity in previously infected individuals than in new ones receiving the full two-doses,” researchers said.

Earlier, a study by Hyderabad’s AIG Hospitals had also claimed that a single dose of vaccine is sufficient for Covid-recovered patients on account of their robust antibody response. The study was conducted on 260 healthcare workers who got the Covishield vaccine between January 16 and February 5.

Developers of Sputnik V had in June claimed that the vaccine is around 90 per cent effective against the highly contagious Delta variant. Denis Logunov, deputy director of Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, which developed Sputnik V, said the Delta variant efficacy figure was calculated based on digital medical and vaccine records, the RIA news agency reported.

Sputnik V is the third vaccine to be used in India’s massive vaccination drive after homegrown Covishield by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. While Sputnik Light was approved for emergency use in Russia in May, with an efficacy rate of 79.4 per cent, discussions on granting it emergency use approval in India are currently on.

The vaccine uses the SARS-CoV-2’s genetic instructions to build the spike protein and stores the information in the double-stranded DNA. The vaccine has been developed from adenoviruses, a kind of virus that causes colds. Researchers added the gene for Covid spike protein to two adenoviruses, engineering them to invade affected cells. The Sputnik-V derives inspiration from the adenovirus used to create a vaccine for Ebola by Johnson & Johnson.

Cryptocurrency Prices Today: Bitcoin In Red; Ether, Dogecoin Retreat 5%

Cryptocurrency prices continue to be in the red on July 13. The global cryptocurrency market cap is $1.37 trillion, a 3.05 percent decrease over the last day, while the total crypto market volume over the last 24 hours is $62.75 billion, which makes an 18.86 percent increase.

The volume of all stable coins is now $47.54 billion – 75.76 percent of the total crypto market 24-hour volume. Bitcoin’s price is currently $34,150.06 and its dominance is currently 45.45 percent, an increase of 0.09 percent over the day.

This comes after trading volumes at major cryptocurrency exchanges fell by more than 40 percent in June, research showed on July 12, with a regulatory crackdown in China and lower volatility among the factors depressing activity.

Spot trading volumes fell 42.7 percent to $2.7 trillion, with derivative volumes down 40.7 percent to $3.2 trillion, London-based researcher CryptoCompare’s data showed.

“Headwinds continued as China persisted with its crackdown on bitcoin mining,” CryptoCompare said. “As a result of both lower prices and volatility, spot volumes decreased.”

On 13 July these are the prices of 10 largest cryptocurrencies :

S. NO.NAMEPRICE24H %7D %MARKET CAPVOLUME(24H)CIRCULATING SUPPLY
1Bitcoin BTC$33,198.58-2.77%-1.85%$622,444,887,613$24,261,989,741 731,031 BTC18,754,700 BTC
2Ethereum ETH$2,032.24-4.86%-8.52%$237,358,204,708$17,619,612,748 8,660,509 ETH116,667,885 ETH
3Tether USDT$1.000.00%-0.03%$62,226,485,903$41,146,965,524 41,133,037,623 USDT62,205,422,762 USDT
4Binance Coin BNB$315.72-2.76%4.11%$48,593,553,449$1,612,932,710 5,092,794 BNB153,432,897 BNB
5Cardano ADA$1.31-2.76%-7.75%$42,030,332,494$1,215,813,020 926,853,231 ADA32,041,069,499 ADA
6XRP XRP$0.63-1.48%-4.58%$29,083,434,758$1,894,279,430 3,007,289,925 XRP46,171,815,477 XRP
7Dogecoin DOGE$0.21-4.85%-12.00%$26,829,913,386$979,146,924 4,759,340,917 DOGE130,412,200,079 DOGE
8USD Coin USDC$1.00-0.01%-0.02%$26,304,571,409$1,883,392,328 1,882,541,993 USDC26,292,695,139 USDC
9Polkadot DOT$14.94-3.55%-2.63%$14,552,102,726$676,860,069 45,341,498 DOT974,816,175 DOT
10Uniswap UNI$19.39-6.87%-6.27%$11,422,559,012$351,211,915 18,057,530 UNI587,289,871 UNI

Samsung Galaxy F22 Goes On Sale In India Today At 12 Noon

Samsung Galaxy F22 is set to go on sale in India today. The smartphone is priced at Rs 12,499 onwards in India and will be sold via Flipkart and the Samsung India online store starting 12PM (noon) IST.

The smartphone comes in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant that is priced at Rs 12,499, and the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model that is priced at Rs 14,999. The smartphone comes in two colour options – Denim Black and Denim Blue. The Samsung Galaxy F22 will be available with a Rs 1,000 discount on prepaid transactions as a part of the introductory offers on Flipkart. The Samsung Galaxy F22 comes with a 6,000mAh battery, a 90Hz display, and is powered by a MediaTek processor.

The Samsung Galaxy F22 comes with Android 11 out of the box and a 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC that is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage expandable to up to 1TB via a microSD card. There is a 6,000mAh battery on the Samsung Galaxy F22 and it supports up to 25W fast charging. The smartphone has a quad rear camera that comes with a 48-megapixel primary shooter, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle shooter, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Up front, the Samsung Galaxy F22 has a 13-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls.

In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy F22 comes with 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, a USB type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

E-way Bill Generation Shows Pick Up In Economic Recovery

E-way bill generation for goods transportation has gathered pace in July, indicating a graded pick-up in economic recovery, as the impact of the second Covid wave wanes. In the first 11 days of July, the average daily e-way bill generation stood at 19.24 lakh, 5.6% higher than the average for June and 49% higher than the May-level.

Between July 1 and 11, as many as 2.12 crore e-way bills were generated. Higher e-way bill generation will reflect in goods and service tax (GST) revenues.

Gross GST collections, after remaining above the Rs 1-lakh-crore mark for eight months in a row, came in at Rs 92,849 crore in June (May transactions), reflecting the blow to the economy from a localized lockdown.

Thanks to the reduction in Covid-19 cases and easing of the lockdowns, e-way bills generation by businesses rose to 5.5 crore in June, from 3.99 crore in May, indicating a smart recovery of trade and business. About 5.9 crore e-way bills were generated in April.

With the impact of the second Covid wave waning and vaccination drive making progress, some parts of the economy are expected to look up from July.

In recent months, the government’s GST revenue has been robust, thanks to steps taken to curb evasion, increased compliance and also a shift of business away from the informal sector. A nascent economic recovery that appears to have been quickly disrupted by the pandemic’s second surge, also helped.

GR Infraprojects IPO Allotment Status; Check Your Share

GR Infraprojects IPO allotment status: The initial public offering (IPO) of GR Infraprojects was subscribed 102.58 times over the 81.23 lakh shares that were on offer during the subscription period from July 7-9, 2021. The price band was fixed at Rs 828-837 per share.

GR Infraprojects IPO received bids of over 83.33 crore (83,33,04,538) shares against the total issue size of over 81.23 lakh (81,23,594) shares, data available with the National Stock Exchange (NSE) showed.

The shares which are to be allocated for the QIBs was subscribed 168.58 times, while those of non institutional investors was subscribed 238.04 times and that of RIIs was subscribed 12.57 times. Separately, shares for the employees’ segment was subscribed 1.37 times, the data showed.

The Udaipur-based firm is a leading integrated road engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company and the IPO comprised of a complete offer for sale (OFS) by promoter and investor selling shareholders. The funds raised through the offer will be received by the selling shareholders.

Investors are now looking forward to the share allotment date of the GR Infraprojects IPO. The infrastructure firm was initially is supposed to finalise the allotment by Wednesday, July 14, 2021, as per the timeline provided in the red herring prospectus. In case you have applied for the GR Infraprojects IPO, then here is how you can check the status of your allotment when it gets declared:

  • The allotment status will get updated on the website of the registrar of the IPO, which in this case is KFin Technologies (Click here: https://ris.kfintech.com/ipostatus/ipos.aspx). Applicants will need to select G R INFRAPROJECTS LIMITED in the drop-down menu and enter either their Application No. or DPID/Client ID or PAN, enter the Captcha code (which is shown in digits) and click on Submit to view their allotment status.
  • Apart from the registrar’s website, applicants can also check the status of their allotment on the website of the BSE (Click here: https://www.bseindia.com/investors/appli_check.aspx). Here, they will need to select Equity in Issue Type, then select G R INFRAPROJECTS LIMITED from the drop-down list in the Issue Name section, enter their Application Number and PAN Number in the respective boxes and then click on search to view their status.

The listing of shares of GR Infraprojects is likely to take place on Monday, July 19, 2021, on both the NSE and BSE. The issue size of the IPO was Rs 963 crore.

HDFC Bank, ICICI Securities, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors, SBI Capital Markets and Equirus Capital were the book-running lead managers to the offer.

Boris Johnson: All Covid-19 Restrictions To End In UK On July 19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (local time) confirmed that all virus restrictions in England will end on July 19.

Johnson told reporters that the move will eliminate mandates to wear masks in public places, social distancing rules, and work-from-home recommendations reported NHK World.

Johnson noted that vaccines help to prevent people with the coronavirus from developing serious symptoms.

He insisted that, while hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise, they will likely be much lower than during the peak of the outbreak last autumn, reported NHK World.

He said, “we cannot simply revert instantly from Monday, July 19 to life as it was before COVID.”

Meanwhile, officials said the government recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded indoor areas. Some experts warned that eliminating restrictions when the virus is spreading will be risky, reported NHK World.

Britain has seen its daily case count top 30,000 in recent days, amid the spread of the Delta variant.

Johnson urged people to act with caution and personal responsibility, saying, “this pandemic is not over.”

Pakistan’s Private Schools Association Launches Documentary On Malala Yousafzai

Pakistan’s private schools’ association on Monday launched a documentary on Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai for her controversial views on Islam, marriage and her pursuit of the Western agenda.

Malala, who turned 24 on Monday, was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Having received the prize at the age of 17, Malala is the youngest Nobel laureate. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India.

Addressing a press conference at his office in Gulberg here the All-Pakistan Private Schools Federation president Kashif Mirza said: “Through this documentary film — I am not Malala – we will tell 20 million students in 200,000 private schools across the country about her controversial views on Islam, marriage, pursuing of Western agenda.”

“The idea behind this is we want to expose Malala among the youth as it does not get impressed by her so-called story of struggle for women rights,” Mirza said.

He said Malala had advocated “partnership” that is adultery in Islam.

“Marriage is a sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) and partnership is adultery,” he said.

‘I am not Malala’s Day’ is also observed on July 12 in private schools as lectures and seminars are held to expose her western agenda to students.

Mirza said Malala has categorically rejected the institution of marriage and suggested that ‘partnership’ is better than getting married.

“Malala has attacked the institution of marriage and family structure by advocating that people should live in sin…No one can justify Muslims living together without marriage as it is strongly condemned in Islam,” he said.

Similarly, Mirza said in her book “I am Malala”, the Nobel Peace winner book has highly controversial material in it which is contrary to the teachings of Islam, Quranic injunctions, ideology of Islam and Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Pakistan Army.

“This book is written at the behest of western forces that used Malala for their ulterior motives. Malala has declared Islam and Pak army as ‘militant’ in her controversial book. She also criticised Quranic verses about two women’s testimony to be equal to that of a man and also about the four witnesses in rape case,” he said.

Mirza said a group photo with writer Tasleema Nasreen and strong ties with an Indian for Nobel award are enough to explain Malala’s designs.

Mirza alleged her blog in BBC under the name “Gul Makai” was written by someone else as she could not even read or write by then.

“Malala’s father Ziauddin had admitted in a TV programme that her blog was written by BBC correspondent Abdul Hai Kakar and the book ‘I am Malala’ was written by Christina Lamb,” he said. 

8 People Dies, 9 Missing In Hotel Collapse In Eastern China

Authorities say at least eight people have died and nine remained missing in a hotel collapse in Suzhou city in eastern China. The hotel building collapsed Monday afternoon, the Suzhou government said.

Most people in the building at the time were hotel guests. Rescuers used cranes, ladders, metal cutters and search dogs to look for survivors. Twenty-three people were trapped. Six have been rescued.

More than 600 people including earthquake rescue teams and 120 vehicles have been mobilized for the operation. Suzhou city is in Jiangsu province near Shanghai.

Shilpa Shetty Sets Fashion Goal While The Promotion Of Hungama 2: See Pics

There’s no doubt that Shilpa Shetty Kundra can rock any outfit that she sports. The actress, who has a film up for release, has been looking stunning in all the looks she has been sporting for the promotional activities.

She recently sported separates with minimal accessories and looked stunning. “Break the mould. Be YOU – unabashedly! (sic),” she wrote with on picture. Meanwhile, in the other, she seemed to be in a carefree mood. “Throw your hands up in the air, Wave them like you just don’t care (sic),” she said. In the third picture, she can be seen striking a pose. “Because, why not?” she wrote, explaining her actions.

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