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Ananya Panday kick-starts New Year with new bangs

                

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], (ANI): Bollywood actor Ananya Panday is turning heads on social media with her New Year’s latest avatar.

Taking to her Instagram handle on Thursday, the actor posted stunning pictures in which she can be seen sporting bangs.
For her outfit, she chose to wear a black bodysuit paired with a brown, high-slit skirt and matching high boots.

In the caption, she wrote, “new year, new me?”

Fans, friends and fellow members of the film industry flooded the post with likes and comments.

Her close friend and SRK’s daughter Suhana Khan wrote, “sexc.”

Actors Bhumi Pednekar and Rakul Preet Singh dropped fire emoticons.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Ananya has interesting upcoming projects including ‘Gehraiyaan’ with co-stars Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Dhairya Karwa.

Along with it, she also has ‘Liger’ with Vijay Deverakonda and boxing legend Mike Tyson.

Ash Barty, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal among top names in Australian Open

Melbourne [Australia]: Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic headline stellar player fields that are set to compete at Melbourne Park for Australian Open 2022 in the entry list released on Wednesday.
Defending champion Djokovic will play for an incredible 10th Australian Open trophy — and a men’s record 21st major singles title — and will be the favourite in a draw that showcases 49 of the world’s top 50 including world No.2 Daniil Medvedev, who beat top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s US Open final. World No.1 Barty, who will attempt to become the first local player to win an Australian Open singles title in 44 years, leads a women’s field featuring all of the world’s top 40.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka is expected to return to action and will target a fifth career major singles title; and reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu will make her Australian Open debut, with the British teenager up to a career-high ranking of No.19.
Rafael Nadal, tied with Djokovic at 20 career major singles titles, will compete for the first time since August, while AO 2020 finalist Dominic Thiem will make his comeback after a six-month break to heal a wrist injury.
A notable absentee on the men’s side is 16th-ranked Roger Federer, who continues his rehabilitation following knee surgery. Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the AO 2014 winner, will also miss the event as he too recovers from surgery.
In the women’s field, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and the 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu decided to skip the first major of the season.

Japan tops G-7 chart with highest fully vaccinated population

Tokyo [Japan]: Topping charts among the Group of Seven industrialized nations (G-7), Japan has so far vaccinated 75.7 per cent of its population with two COVID-19 shots, reported local media.
Japan has successfully immunized its 125 million populations with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, reported Kyodo News citing government sources. Leaving Canada behind, which earlier was at the top with a 75.5 per cent vaccination rate, Japan has left behind other G-7 nations including the US, Germany, France, and Britain.
According to the government records, 195.32 million COVID-19 vaccination shots have been administered so far, with 99.4 million having received the first shot, reported Kyodo News. Among the people of age group 65 and above, over 91 per cent are fully vaccinated.
With ramped-up vaccination drive in Japan, which commenced earlier this year has resulted in the significant plunge of new COVID-19 cases. Coming down from the peak of 25,000 in a day, reported in August this year, Japan reported merely 163 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reported Kyodo News.
Citing government sources, Kyodo News reported that Japan has been witnessing a lesser number of severe COVID-19 cases, coming down to 76 on Thursday.
While Canada has vaccinated the maximum number of people (79 per cent) with the first vaccination dose. Eight countries including Spain and Singapore, which are not a part of G-7 have a higher score of fully vaccinated population, that is 80.2 per cent and 91.9 per cent, respectively, reported Kyodo News.

Mumbai, Bangalore and London named among World’s top startup hubs

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: London, Mumbai and Bangalore have featured among the world’s top startup hubs, according to a comprehensive ranking of international startup hubs compiled by Startup Genome for its annual Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021.
Despite Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, London maintained its second-place ranking tied with New York for the second year in a row. Bangalore also ranked in the top 30 global tech hubs (#23 globally) and Delhi made it into the top 40 list, coming in at 36th. Mumbai maintained its first position in the Emerging Ecosystems ranking (ecosystems in earlier stages of growth that have high potential to be global performers in the future), outperforming other fast-growing ecosystems in areas of funding, performance, market research, and talent.
Released to coincide with London Tech Week, the largest tech event in Europe, the report ranks the leading 140 startup ecosystems based on seven success factors including Performance, Talent and Connectedness.
The findings revealed that London is the most attractive destination to set up a tech startup outside of Silicon Valley, with an overall ecosystem value of USD 142.7bn. London has risen up the league table in the last few years, climbing from number eight in 2012 when the first rankings were released to number two in 2020. Silicon Valley held onto the top spot this year while Beijing and Boston came in fourth and fifth respectively.
The research shows that Indian startups raised USD 12.1 billion in the first half of this year, demonstrating the rapid growth of India as a global hub for tech and innovation. As of August 2021, India has produced 24 unicorns in 2021, including 6 in just 4 days in April.
The city of Bengaluru and the surrounding state of Karnataka is also the world’s 4th largest technology and innovation cluster and home to more than 400+ global R&D centres. Alongside Mumbai, a number of other Indian hubs made it into the ‘Top 100 Emerging Ecosystems’ list, including Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad.
The findings also revealed London is one of the best cities in the world for access to funding and quality and activity in the investment ecosystem (referring to the number of local investors, investor experience and their level of activity).
London has already seen record levels of VC tech investment this year, with the UK capital’s tech startups receiving USD 13.3bn in the first seven months (January to July), more than the USD 10.9bn raised in the whole of 2020.
London’s impressive start to 2021 has been boosted by major funding rounds for Revolut (USD 800m), Checkout.com (USD 450m) and Hopin (USD 400m). Bangalore’s ranking was also boosted by healthy access to growth capital, demonstrated by recent large funding rounds from food delivery platform Swiggy (USD 1.3bn), social media company ShareChat (USD 502m) and edtech firm Byju (USD 460m).
Compared with other international tech hubs, the research found that startups in London have access to deeper pools of capital, with an average seed round of USD 653k, ahead of the global average of USD 494k. London is currently home to over 1,370 VC firms – more than any other European city, providing access to a vast network of investors and a depth of capital in the ecosystem.
A number of global investment firms have also increased their presence in London recently, with Index Ventures announcing a USD 3.1bn fund for European start-ups in July and the news that Silicon Valley based VC Sequoia Capital had expanded its footprint in the UK capital.
London is also recognised for its world class talent pool, with the city ranking highly across the board for quality and access to Tech and Life Sciences talent. With four of the world’s top ten universities located in or close to London, the city is home to 484k software developers as well as a high number of Life Sciences-focused universities and degree programmes.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “London is a fantastic place to grow and scale a global tech business. We celebrate the diverse, international nature of our tech ecosystem and it is great to see our thriving start-up community being recognised in this report.
London’s tech sector has a pivotal role to play as we rebuild from the pandemic, and I am excited to be part of London Tech Week to discuss how our tech community can work with other start-up hubs to solve global challenges. In the face of Brexit and the global pandemic, London has demonstrated its resilience and proven itself once again to be one of the best places globally for tech innovations and start-ups.”
Janet Coyle, Managing Director Business Growth, London and Partners said, “India and London have shared strengths in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and today’s report findings demonstrate the abundance of opportunities for Indian tech companies looking to London for international expansion. For startups and high growth companies considering global expansion, London has access to high levels of funding, talent and customers all in one city. As one of the world’s leading hub for innovation, there is huge opportunity for London to collaborate with other fast-growing startup hubs like Bangalore and Mumbai.”
JF Gauthier, Founder & CEO of Startup Genome said, “Entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community leaders in Asia have been working hard to build inclusive innovation ecosystems that are engines of economic growth and job creation for all. The Global Startup Ecosystem Report is the foundation of knowledge where we, as a global network, come together to identify what policies actually produce economic impact and in what context.”
While the US and China have long been considered the global superpowers for startups and tech, the pandemic has accelerated the democratisation of startups, and Europe is quickly cementing its position on the global stage. The report shows Europe accounts for 17 per cent of the top 30 ecosystems this year, with London the only European city to make the top 10 list. Asian ecosystems also continue to rise in the rankings, with Tokyo (from #15 to #9), Seoul (#20 to #16), Shenzhen (#22 to #19), Bengaluru (#26 to #23), and Hangzhou (#28 to #25) moving ahead.
Poppy Gustafsson, Founder and CEO at Darktrace, said, “At Darktrace, we are proud to be building on the UK’s rich heritage in tech and innovation. Being part of the UK’s tech ecosystem affords us access to a vast network of investors, researchers and talent and has been instrumental in building a successful AI business and – in particular – advancing our leading position in Self-Learning AI. I’m thrilled to be an ambassador for London Tech Week, a fantastic opportunity not only to celebrate the UK’s achievements thus far, but to drive our industry forward.”
The release of the latest Global Startup Ecosystem Report coincides with London Tech Week, bringing together the global tech community to address how tech can solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Key speakers throughout the week include Hilary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Co-founder and CEO at Klarna, Alex Mahon, CEO at Channel 4 and Maria Raga, Founder and CEO at Depop.

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
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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.”

FDA Adds New Warning To J&J Covid-19 Vaccine

US regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction but said it’s not entirely clear the shot caused the problem.

The Food and Drug Administration announced the new warning, flagging reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune system disorder that can causes muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis. Health officials described the side effect as a “small possible risk” for those getting the shot.\

The action comes after the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed reports of about 100 people developing the syndrome after receiving the one-dose vaccine. Almost all of them required hospitalization and one person died, the FDA said

Guillain-Barre syndrome occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks some of its nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis that typically is temporary. An estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop the syndrome each year, according to the CDC.

The number of cases reported in connection with J&J’s vaccine represents a tiny fraction of the nearly 13 million Americans who have received the one-dose shot. Most cases were reported in men — many 50 years old and up — and usually about two weeks after vaccination.

J&J said in a statement it has been discussing the reports with the FDA and other health regulators around the world.

The CDC said it would ask its panel of outside vaccine experts to review the issue at an upcoming meeting.

The government said the vaccines most used in the US, made by Pfizer and Moderna, show no risk of the disorder after more than 320 million doses have been administered.

The new warning will be included in pamphlets given to people getting the J&J shot. They should seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms, which include tingling sensations, trouble walking and double vision, the FDA said.

Vaccines historically provide broad protection with little risk but come with occasional side effects just like other drugs and medical therapies. The three COVID-19 vaccines used in the US were each tested in tens of thousands of people, but even such huge studies can’t rule out extremely rare side effects.

The CDC and the FDA have been monitoring side effect reports submitted by physicians, drugmakers and patients to a federal vaccine safety database.

Guillain-Barre can be triggered by a number of infections, including flu, cytomegalovirus and Zika virus. But there have been rare cases in which people develop the disorder days or weeks after receiving certain vaccines.

J&J’s vaccine was highly anticipated because of its one-and-done formulation and easy-to-ship refrigeration. But early on, it was linked to another rare risk, of blood clots, and the company hasn’t been able to produce as much as expected because of problems at a Baltimore factory that helps make the shots.

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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Check Out Emraan Hashmi Flaunting His Washboard Abs

Emraan Hashmi took to Instagram to give his fans the perfect weekend surprise. He flaunted his washboard abs in a gym pic. “Only just the beginning!!!” his caption read. Fans reacted with fire emojis in the comments section. One fan also commented, “Tiger 3 Best Villain loading”

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On the work front, the actor was recently seen in Mumbai Saga, which was among the few Bollywood films to get a theatrical release before the second wave of the pandemic. Talking about the future of theatres and films, in a recent interview, he had said, “It’s the experience of certain films that often draws people to spend and watch it on the big screen with sound effects. This is off-the-cuff thinking, but the big-ticket experience might draw people back to cinemas. Why else would a regular consumer spend money to buy a ticket for a film that can be watched at home?”

What do you think?

Rannvijay Singha Announces The Arrival Of His Second Child, A Baby boy

Rannvijay Singha announced the arrival of his second child, a son, late Monday and shared a picture on Instagram. Rannvijay has been married to Prianka Singha for six years and they also have a four-year-old daughter, Kainaat. He shared the news in an interesting post on Instagram.

Rannvijay Singha, known for MTV shows such as Roadies and Splitsvilla, posted a picture of his shoes on his Instagram.

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Yuvika Chaudhary dropped heart emojis while Rannvijay’s Roadies team member Nikhil Chinapa wrote, “Congratulations guys!!! Sending you all our love for Kai’s little brother and the new addition to your lovely family.”

Neha Dhupia, who also works with them on MTV Roadies, wrote, “Yayyy!!!!! Best news ever congratulations Rann, Pri and Kai.” Gauahar Khan, Prince Narula, Divya Agarwal, Varun Sood and Dishank Arora also congratulated the new parents.

Earlier this year, Rannvijay had opened up about apprehensions of having a baby during the pandemic. He told Hindustan Times in an interview, “It (having a baby during the pandemic) is concerning and worrisome but the maximum we can do is take all the precautions. My wife along with my daughter (Kainaat) is in London, while I am here. That is a tough part. But, hopefully, I will get back to them soon.”

Rannvijay is currently seen as the host of the dating reality show, MTV Splitsvilla 13, alongside Sunny Leone.

‘Janeman’ Teaser Features The Story Of A Lonely Young Man

Actor Ganapathy’s brother Chidambaram is stepping into M-Town as a filmmaker and his first project is titled ‘Janeman.’ The movie is a family comedy entertainer.

The teaser of the film was recently released, featuring actors Balu Varghese and Siddharth Menon. It is also written by Chidambaram, alongside Ganapathy and Swapnesh Varachal. It has cinematography by Vishnu Thandasseri and music by Bijibal.

The teaser, released by Dulquer Salmaan, shows Basil’s character planning a movie featuring the story of a lonely handsome young man, who has no twists in his life, nobody to talk to and is “in the prison of his life.”

The film also has Lal, Arjun Ashokan, Balu Varghese, Abhiram Radhakrishnan, Riya Sara, Ganga Meera and Ganapathi as part of the cast.

‘Narappa’ To Release On Amazon Prime Video

The Telugu action-drama ‘Narappa’ is directed by Srikanth Addala, jointly produced by D Suresh Babu and Kalaippuli S Thanu, Written by Vetrimaaran, and stars Venkatesh Daggubati, Priyamani and, Karthik Rathnam in the lead roles.

Prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories can stream the exclusive digital premiere of ‘Narappa’ starting 20th July 2021, as part of the Prime Day line-up for 2021.

Adding to the exciting entertainment slate for Prime Day 2021, Amazon Prime Video today announced the direct-to-service release of the enthralling action-drama ‘Narappa’ on 20th July 2021. With a stellar star cast and riveting storyline by national award winner, Vetrimaaran, the streaming service brings to its audience an engaging drama that beautifully narrates a regular man’s sacrifice for his family in a world filled with chaos and uncertainty.

A Telugu adaptation of the Tamil super-hit film ‘Asuran,’ the story of this film, follows the protagonist- Narappa, a farmer hailing from a quaint village in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Directed by Srikanth Addala, the film is jointly produced by D. Suresh Babu & Kalaippuli S. Thanu and features superstar Venkatesh Daggubati along with Priyamani, Karthik Rathnam, and Rajsekhar Aningi in the pivotal roles.

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Vijay Subramaniam, Director, and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India said, ”At Amazon Prime Video, we are always looking at presenting compelling narratives to our audiences, and Narappa is another step in this direction. In an effort to delight Prime Members across the world, we have now added the highly anticipated title – Narappa, to the exciting entertainment line-up for Prime Day 2021. With Narappa’s global premiere, we are excited to push the envelope further and add another thrilling action-drama to the diverse content slate of Telugu DTS (Direct-to-service) films on the service, which has so far received a phenomenal response globally. We’re confident that Narappa too will live up to the audience expectations.”

”In these unprecedented times, the cast and crew have put in a lot of effort and heart into making sure this film comes to life. A perfect blend of a mindfully crafted storyline, phenomenal direction, and brilliant performances are sure to give the audiences an engrossing experience,” said producer Kalaippuli S Thanu.

‘Narappa’ will join the thousands of TV shows and movies from Hollywood and Bollywood in the Prime Video catalogue.

Thala Ajith To Head East Europe For An Action Block

The makers of Valimai have, while releasing the motion poster and first-look posters, announced that the film will be a 2021 release. And to stick to the schedule, they have been speeding up the production process. While Ajith completed shooting the patchwork in Hyderabad yesterday, he will be heading to East Europe in the next 10 days to finish an action block. A source says, “Ajith, director H Vinoth and a few other integral cast and crew members were in Hyderabad for the last few days to finish the patchwork. Ajith shot for three days and is expected to be back in Chennai today. And in another 10 days, he will be flying to East Europe for a final action block, which will be shot over seven days.

Tollywood actor Karthikeya, who is playing the antagonist, will also be part of the schedule. The film’s European schedule was getting delayed for almost a year because of the pandemic, but now, the team has chosen to head there. Visa and other government formalities are on now.”

Yuvan Shankar Raja, who is composing the music, has already started the recording work. The source adds, “The CG work is also on in a city studio. The film will be a festival release, and the team will lock the date soon.”

Kangana Ranaut: “No Release Date Has Been Finalized For Thalaivi”

Actor Kangana Ranaut, on Monday, urged everyone not to pay heed to rumours related to her upcoming film Thalaivi, which revolves around the life of late politician J Jayalalithaa. Kangana Ranaut took to her Instagram Stories to post a note on her upcoming J Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivi.

She also informed people that the team has not announced any release date of Thalaivi yet.

“No release date has been finalized for Thalaivi yet, please refrain from rumours. We will release the film as and when cinemas open all across the country. Thanks,” Kangana Ranaut wrote on her Instagram Story.

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Directed by AL Vijay, the multi-lingual film was earlier scheduled for a release on April 23, 2021, but it got postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Actors Arvind Swami and Bhayashree among others are also a part of the upcoming film. Kangana, meanwhile, is currently busy shooting for Dhaakad in Budapest.

Happy Birthday Sid: Priyanka Chopra Shares Childhood Pics With Her Brother

Priyanka Chopra has shared a couple of pictures to mark her brother Siddharth Chopra’s birthday on Monday. She took to Instagram and shared a post featuring a childhood picture along with a recent picture of Siddharth posing with the siblings’ mother Madhu Chopra.

In the picture from their childhood, Priyanka Chopra and Siddharth Chopra were seen enjoying the waves at a beach together. In the second picture, Siddharth and Madhu were seen posing beside what appeared to be a food truck. The truck featured a special message from Priyanka and her husband, singer Nick Jonas.

A board situated by the truck read, “Happy birthay!! We know there is not much you love more than food. We love you Nick & Didi.” She shared the post with the caption, “Happy Birthday Sid! Love you and wish I was there to celebrate you wishing u so much joy and laughter. (sic)”

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Priyanka is currently in the United Kingdom, where she is wrapping up her upcoming projects. The actor had visited the US recently for a short trip where she reunited with her mother, Madhu. The actor had hosted a party to celebrate Madhu’s birthday. The party was hosted at Priyanka’s recently-opened restaurant Sona. The party was attended by her family and friends. During the trip, Priyanka also made her way to the supermarkets to check out her haircare range.

Over the weekend, Priyanka was seen attending the Wimbledon 2021 finals in London. She was accompanied by Natasha Poonawala on Saturday and was joined by James G Boulter, a socialite, on Sunday.

Priyanka has been stationed in the United Kingdom for a while now. She wrapped the filming of Text For You and is currently completing Citadel, an international series with Richard Madden. Priyanka’s upcoming projects also include Matrix 4 with Keanu Reeves, a dance reality show with husband Nick Jonas and another show with Mindy Kaling.

Collar Bomb Review: Jimmy Sheirgill And Asha Negi Racing Against Time Is Enthralling

Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5

Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Asha Negi, Sparsh Srivastav, Rajshri Deshpande, Naman Jain

STORY: The story takes place in a small town in Himachal Pradesh where a suicide bomber holds a school full of children hostage. The key to saving their lives lies in the past of the celebrated cop (who is also captive). Will he be able to catch the mastermind and save lives?

REVIEW: Collar Bomb follows Manoj Kumar Hesi (Jimmy Sheirgill), a decorated cop with a tumultuous history. Before a suicide bomber Ali (Sparsh Shrivastava) threatens to blow up a school where he has kidnapped students, Manoj Hesi is plunged into chaos and compelled to conduct a series of heinous crimes. The lovely hamlet around Manoj falls into lunacy as he races against time to complete this scavenger hunt from hell, confronted by an evil that seems to have no other objective than to strike terror. Over the course of the film, the mystery around the cop’s own past is also unraveled.

This crime drama, written by Nikhil Nair and directed by Dnyanesh Zoting, is packed with enough twists and turns to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats. There’s a good combination of crime, drama, action, mystery, and emotions in this story. The plot revolves around a ticking bomb, creating a pressure cooker situation for both Manoj Kumar Hesi and the audience. The screenplay is fast-paced, yet it loses its grip at times. When compared to other films in the same genre like ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Madaari,’ the tale has a lesser impact. The climax, on the other hand, will capture your attention and reveal everything that has been kept hidden.

The cinematography by Jitan Harmit Singh is fascinating with scenic locales of the hill station that are soothing in this otherwise serious crime drama. Nisarg Mehta and Gaurav Sharma’s dialogues are quite average and reminiscent of the 80s cinema. For example, “Wardi wale kuch nahi kar paayenge toh khadi walo ko toh maidaan mein utarna padega na (If people in uniform cannot perform their duties properly then politicians have to take charge in their hand).”

As SHO Manoj Hesi, a renowned supercop, Jimmy Sheirgill steals the show. But he is trapped in a script that leaves little room for vivid character development. Despite this, Hesi takes a centre stage along with the other police officials, especially ASI Sumitra Joshi (Asha Negi), who is a no-nonsense cop. Asha Negi who recently appeared in ‘Ludo’ and ‘Abhay 2’ opposite Kunal Khemu, is impressive. She is also seen doing some stunts as well (the scene where she enters into a dhaba, which is set on fire by some locals, is quite the entry) and even her local dialect is spot on. Sparsh Shrivastav as the suicide bomber Ali, Naman Jain as Akshay Hesi (Manoj’s son), Rajshri Deshpande and the rest of the ensemble cast have given decent performances in this intense crime-thriller.

“Life is a chain that is built from the decisions we make,” as Jimmy Sheirgill says in the end, perfectly summing up this 87-minute riveting drama. It will have you hooked to your seat the entire time.

The 1-hour-26-minute film is streaming on Disney+Hotstar.

Cryptocurrency Price Today: Bitcoin Rises Over 2% As Trade Gains Momentum

The cryptocurrency market marginally rebounded during the weekend as the market cap of all popular virtual coins gained. The positive momentum continued on Monday, but prices could fall due to existing headwinds.

Bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, was trading 2.30 per cent higher at $34,277.64 at 1:35 pm. Its closest rival Ether also rose over 2.40 per cent at $2,143.63. All other popular altcoins like Cardano, XRP, Dogecoin, Stellar, Polkadot and Litecoin were trading higher than their price 24 hours ago.

Commenting on the cryptocurrency market, Edul Patel, CEO and Co-founder of Mudrex, a global algorithm based crypto trading platform, said, “The crypto markets are slowly yet steadily moving out of the weekend consolidation.”

“As the traded volumes increase, most of the top cryptos are rising higher over yesterday’s levels. Bitcoin has been able to hold its ground over the $34,000 mark. Ether looks good over $2100,” he added.

Maruti Suzuki Announces Price Hike By ₹15,000 For Swift And All CNG Model

Maruti Suzuki India today announced a price hike of up to Rs 15,000 for the Swift and all the CNG models. The prices have been increased due to a rise in various input costs. The new prices are effective from today.

The country’s largest carmaker had launched the Maruti Suzuki Swift facelift in February 2021 in the price range of Rs 5,73,000 to Rs 8,41,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2021 Swift gets an all-new mesh grille, new key-synchronized auto-foldable ORVMs and fresh dual-tone exterior colour options. The updates inside the cabin include a new 4.2-inch coloured MID and cruise control feature.

The Swift facelift employs the next-gen 1.2-litre K-Series Dual-Jet Dual-VVT petrol engine, which boasts idle start-stop technology. The engine delivers 90PS of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque, and can be paired either with a 5-speed MT or a 5-speed AMT. Features like electronic stability program and hill hold assist are standard in the 2021 Swift AMT.

Among the models sold by Maruti Suzuki India with a factory-fitted CNG kit are the Alto, S-Presso, Celerio, WagonR, Eeco and Ertiga.

“With reference to our earlier communication dated June 21, 2021, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd today announced a price change for Swift and all CNG variants owing to increase in various input costs. Increase in ex-showroom prices (Delhi) is up to Rs 15,000 on the above models. The new prices are effective from today i.e. July 12, 2021,” the automaker said in a regulatory filing.

“The price increase in other models is planned shortly and shall be intimated accordingly,” it added.

Last month, Maruti Suzuki India had announced that it would increase the prices of its vehicles in the July-September quarter of Financial Year 2021-22

Solar Storm Approaching Towards Earth Likely To Hit Today

A high-speed solar storm that is approaching the Earth at a speed of 1.6 million kilometres per hour, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), is expected to hit our planet’s magnetic field later today, affecting electricity supply and communication infrastructure around the world.

The solar flare, flowing from an equatorial hole in the sun’s atmosphere that was first detected on July 3, can travel at a maximum speed of 500 km/second, according to spaceweather.com. Although full-fledged geomagnetic (magnetic field associated with Earth) storms are unlikely, lesser geomagnetic unrest could spark high-latitude auroras.

The satellites in the Earth’s upper atmosphere are also expected to get impacted by the incoming flares. This will directly impact GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV. Power grids can also be hit by the solar flares.

According to the latest prediction of the Space Weather Prediction Centre of the United States, the storm can also lead to a blackout of high-frequency radio communication for nearly an hour in a vast area. The Centre has marked the solar flares at X1 level, ‘X’ denoting the classification and the numerical suffix denoting the strength of the flare.

Solar flares are massive explosions on the surface of the sun that release energy, light and high-speed particles into space. According to Nasa, the biggest flares are known as “X-class flares” based on a classification system that categorises solar flares as per their strength. The smallest ones fall under A-class, followed by B, C, M and X. The solar flare that is likely to hit Earth’s magnetic field today is an X-class flare.

Redmi Note 10T 5G To Launch On July 20 In India: Check Details

Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 10T 5G will launch in India on July 20. The company announced the same via a video on Redmi’s Twitter handle. It has also posted a teaser on YouTube announcing the arrival of the smartphone in India.

The smartphone will be the first 5G device in the Redmi Note series in India. The smartphone was released in Russia last month and packs the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset. Other expected features include a triple rear camera setup and a 5,000mAh battery. Additionally, Xiaomi has used the tagline ‘fast and futuristic,’ to define the soon-to-be-released device.

Redmi Note 10T 5G: Expected specifications

If the company launches the same variant of the Redmi Note 10T that it launched in Russia, the handset would pack similar specifications. The Redmi Note 10T 5G could come with a 6.5-inch FHD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) hole-punch display with 90Hz refresh rate.

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 10T 5G is expected to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, along with with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The phone will run on Android 11-based MIUI 12 and could come with a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 48MP main sensor. Other shooters could include a 2MP macro and and 2MP depth sensor. The device could pack a 8MP front facing shooter for all your selfie and video calling needs.

The smartphone will likely to be backed by a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Connectivity options on the device could include dual-SIM slots, 4G, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.1, 3.5 mm audio jack, and USB Type-C port.

Favorable Monsoon Likely To Boost Farm Output And Maintain Crop Costs In Check

Inflation pressures build up in India as wholesale inflation (WPI) has been rising for five months. The impact can be seen on surging commodity prices for a few months now. While RBI is expected to look through supply-driven inflation surge along with supply-side measures taken by the government, Barclays in its recent monsoon report has noted that monsoon can also help balance this impounding pressure on prices for the medium term. “A favorable monsoon that boosts farm output could help to keep price pressures in check,” Barclays stated.

However, many areas are witnessing a monsoon dry spell as the rainfall remains subdued. According to the report, the rainfall received for the last 20 days has been below normal. Monsoon rains are expected to pick up during the second week of July and remain in a normal range for the rest of the month, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted. As of now, the overall rainfall is 8 per cent below the normal range.

As a result of the dry spell, the impact can be seen of sowing of kharif crops. “The progress of monsoon during July-August is critical, as it has a significant bearing on sowing and crop yields for the year,” Barclays added. But with the monsoon being delayed, many farmers are delaying sowing of the kharif (summer) crop this season. The state governments have also urged the farmers to do so, the report said.

Pushpendra Singh, President- Kisan Shakti Sangh also told FE online that delay in monsoon has impacted the sowing of crops this year. The area sown through as of now is at 50 crore hectares whereas more than 56 crore hectares have been used for sowing last year by this time. While the farmers have been hopeful on monsoon recovery, by mid-July, there has not been much rainfall in northern parts of the country. For areas where rain remains scarce, Singh said farmers will have to use groundwater as a resource which will further stress their input cost and profitability. To be sure, the monsoon is also critical for water reservoir storage levels.

Barclays noted as of July 7, storage in 130 key reservoirs stood at 31 per cent of total capacity. “This amounts to 93% of the available capacity in the year-earlier period and 126% of the 10-year average for this point in the season.” Meanwhile, sowing trends for cotton, coarse cereals and oilseeds remain weak with a decline of 10 per cent, 15 per cent and 10 per cent year-on-year decline in sowing, respectively.

Sensex Surges Over 240 Points In Early Trade; Nifty Tops 15,770-Mark

Equity benchmark Sensex surged over 240 points in early trade on Monday, tracking gains in index majors ICICI Bank, TCS and Reliance Industries amid a firm trend in global markets.

The 30-share BSE index was trading 241.95 points or 0.46 per cent higher at 52,628.14 in initial deals, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 81.65 points or 0.52 per cent to 15,771.45.

ICICI Bank was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, climbing nearly 2 per cent, followed by Maruti Suzuki, SBI, UltraTech Cement, IndusInd Bank and Tata Steel.

TCS and Reliance Industries rose up to 0.56 per cent in early trade.

On the other hand, Bajaj Finserv, HDFC Bank, Tech Mahindra and Hindustan Unilever were the laggards.

In the previous session, Sensex ended 182.75 points or 0.35 per cent lower at 52,386.19. The NSE Nifty dropped 38.10 points or 0.24 per cent to close at 15,689.80.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital market as they offloaded shares worth Rs 1,124.65 crore on Friday, as per provisional exchange data.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo were trading with significant gains in mid-session deals.

Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude declined 0.19 per cent to USD 75.41 per barrel.

South Korea’s Capital Seoul Witness Distancing Curbs As Coronavirus Spreads

From Monday, South Korea will impose the highest level of social distancing restrictions (level 4) in its capital Seoul and other neighbouring areas with a view to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). South Korea, which is currently witnessing the fourth wave of the pandemic, has so far recorded 1,69,146 cases and 2,044 deaths due to the viral disease.

According to the new regulations, private social gatherings of three or more people will be prohibited after 6pm, churches and night clubs will be closed, and visitors will not be allowed at hospitals and nursing homes. All types of rallies have been banned and only family members can attend funerals and marriages.

On Sunday, 1,100 people tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). This is the sixth consecutive day that the daily infections were above the 1,000 mark. However, the fourth wave of the pandemic has brought fewer serious cases and deaths than the earlier ones and many senior citizens along with vulnerable people have been vaccinated, news agency Reuters reported.

On the other hand, health authorities and experts have warned the situation might worsen as a rising number of young patients have not been vaccinated yet and the threat of the highly infectious Delta variant is still looming.

A report by the Washington Post on July 9 said that during the earlier period of the pandemic, South Korea had received global recognition for controlling the viral disease by carrying out robust testing and contract tracing and while also avoiding a strict countrywide lockdown.

The report added that authorities might have given an incorrect signal to the public with the “premature lifting” of Covid-related restrictions. Choi Jae-wook, a medical professor at the Korea University in Seoul, told the Washington Post that as the delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading globally, authorities should have tightened and not eased the restrictions.

The fourth level of social distancing restrictions starting Monday has also put the country’s industrial sector into an ‘emergency mode’. Industries are now focusing on reducing cases among their employees by expanding the spectrum of telework, which in simple terms means working from home, and have also upgraded their in-house quarantine guidelines, according to news agency ANI. Samsung has asked its employees to refrain from visiting karaoke, nightclubs and bars and get tested for Covid-19 before returning to work if they visited such places. LG Electronics, meanwhile, is imposing a total ban on business trips, training and external meetings.

Nepal’s Supreme Court Orders To Appoint Sher Bahadur Deuba As PM

Nepal’s Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives for a second time in nearly five months, delivering a major blow to Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli who is currently heading a minority government after losing a trust vote in the House.

A five-member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court on Monday also ordered the appointment of Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister within two days.

The bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana had concluded hearings in the case last week. The bench comprised four other senior most justices — Dipak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Dr Ananda Mohan Bhattarai — at the apex court.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari had dissolved the 275-member lower house for the second time in five months on May 22 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli and announced snap elections on November 12 and November 19.

Last week, the Election Commission had announced the schedule for mid-term elections despite the uncertainty over polls.

As many as 30 petitions, including one by the opposition alliance led by the Nepali Congress, were filed against the dissolution of the House by the President.

Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the House and announced fresh elections on April 30 and May 10 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amidst a tussle for power within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).

On February 23, the apex court reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives, in a setback to embattled Prime Minister Oli who was preparing for snap polls.

Georgia People Protests Over The Journalist’s Death

Several thousand people protested in front of the Georgian parliament on Sunday evening, demanding that the ex-Soviet nation’s prime minister resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters.

Cameraman Alexander Lashkarava was found dead in his home by his mother earlier Sunday, according to the TV Pirveli channel he worked for. Lashkarava was one of several dozen journalists attacked last Monday by opponents of an LGBT march that had been scheduled to take place that day in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

Organizers of the Tbilisi March For Dignity cancelled the event, saying authorities had not provided adequate security guarantees. Opponents of the march blocked off the capital’s main avenue, denounced journalists covering the protest as pro-LGBT propagandists and threw sticks and bottles at them.

Lashkarava, according to his colleague Miranda Baghaturia, was beaten by a mob of 20 people. Local TV channels later showed him with bruises on his face and blood on the floor around him. Media reports say he sustained multiple injuries and had to undergo surgery but was discharged from a hospital on Thursday.

The cause of his death was not immediately clear. Police launched an investigation into Lashkarava’s death, which Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and President Salome Zurabishvili both described as “a tragedy.”

Animosity against sexual minorities is strong in the conservative Black Sea nation of Georgia.

The Tbilisi Pride group said Monday that opponents of the planned march were supported by the government and by the Georgian Orthodox Church. The Open Caucasus Media group published a photo of a man it said was a local TV journalist being pulled away from the scene in a headlock by an Orthodox priest.

Zurabishvili condemned the violence, but Garibashvili alleged the march was organized by “radical opposition” forces that he claimed were led by exiled former President Mikheil Saakashvili.

A large crowd of protesters that gathered in Tbilisi on Sunday demanded that authorities punish those responsible for the attack on journalists and urged Garibashvili to step down. Some protesters blamed the prime minister for enabling the violence by publicly denouncing the LGBT march.

Pfizer, US Officials To Meet On Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

Pfizer says it plans to meet with top US health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of the third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that booster shots will be needed. The company said it was scheduled to have the meeting with the Food and Drug Administration and other officials Monday, days after Pfizer asserted that booster shots would be needed within 12 months.

Pfizer’s Dr. Mikael Dolsten told The Associated Press last week that early data from the company’s booster study suggests people’s antibody levels jump five- to 10-fold after a third dose, compared to their second dose months earlier — evidence it believes supports the need for a booster.

On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci didn’t rule out the possibility but said it was too soon for the government to recommend another shot. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA did the right thing last week by pushing back against Pfizer’s assertion with their statement that they did not view booster shots as necessary “at this time.”

Fauci said clinical studies and laboratory data have yet to fully bear out the need for a booster to the current two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson regimen. “Right now, given the data and the information we have, we do not need to give people a third shot,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we stop there. … There are studies being done now ongoing as we speak about looking at the feasibility about if and when we should be boosting people.”

He said it was quite possible in the coming months “as data evolves” that the government may urge a booster based on such factors as age and underlying medical conditions. “Certainly it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely at some time, we will need a boost,” Fauci said.

Monday’s planned meeting between Pfizer and US health officials was first reported by The Washington Post. Currently only about 48% of the US population is fully vaccinated. Some parts of the country have far lower immunisation rates, and in those places the delta variant is surging. Last week, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said that’s leading to “two truths” — highly immunised swaths of America are getting back to normal while hospitalizations are rising in other places.

Fauci said it was inexplicable that some Americans are so resistant to getting a vaccine when scientific data show how effective it is in staving off COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, and he was dismayed by efforts to block making vaccinations more accessible, such as Biden’s suggestion of door-to-door outreach.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., agreed Sunday that there is a vaccine resistance in Southern and rural states like his because “you have that more conservative approach, skepticism about government.”

Describing his efforts to boost vaccinations in his state, which is seeing rising infections, Hutchinson said “no one wants an agent knocking on a door,” but “we do want those that do not have access otherwise to make sure they know about it.”

The grassroots component of the federal vaccination campaign has been in operation since April, when supplies of shots began outpacing demand. It was outlined and funded by Congress in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed in March and overwhelmingly is carried out by local officials and private-sector workers and volunteers.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., blasted opposition to vaccination efforts from some GOP lawmakers as “absolute insanity.” He said House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California and others in the party need to speak out against “these absolute clown politicians playing on your vaccine fears for their own selfish gain.”

‘Bhajarangi 2’ Teaser Out On Shivarajkumar Birthday: Check Out

It was a sweet birthday surprise for Shivanna fans, as the makers of his upcoming film Bhajarangi 2 dropped a 4k teaser online today. The energetic track gives fans a closer look into Shivarajkumar’s rugged look and he is seen moving towards the camera wearing an explorer’s look and cool leather boots. The teaser did create intrigue around the film’s plot.

The film’s director A Harsha had earlier revealed the news with his followers. ” Bhajarangi 2 special teaser will be out on Shivanna’s Birthday – 12th of July 10.05 AM. (sic)”

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Sharing the teaser online, the makers posted, “Wishing our #KarunadaChakravarthy Shivarajkumar Happiest Birthday! Special treat from #Bhajarangi2 team.”

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Bhajarangi 2 will bring back the popular Tagaru pairing of Shivarajkumar and Bhavana Menon. The story is being written and directed by A Harsha who recently announced his next big collaboration with Shivrajkumar. A Harsha had also revealed that a major portion of the film is done and also the film’s post-production is complete.

Meanwhile, the makers have been trying to keep the momentum alive for the lyrical video too just as they did in the teaser release which garnered appreciation from not just fans and Sandalwood but also beyond the Kannada industry.

Actor Nav Bajwa To Make His Bollywood Debut Opposite Ameesha Patel

Earlier the report of Ameesha Patel to mark her Punjabi debut opposite Nav Bajwa was doing the rounds, and now a new update has come. This update is not about Ameesha’s debut in Pollywood, but about Nav Bajwa’s first-ever Bollywood movie.

The ‘Ishqaa’ fame Punjabi actor has signed his debut Hindi movie as lead, opposite the gorgeous actress Ameesha Patel. Nav has taken to his social media handle to share the news with his fans. Sharing a pic collage of him and Ameesha, Nav wrote – “coming up with a big Bollywood project soon rest details will be shared ????????????????????????????Shukar dateya….”

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The details of the movie can’t be unveiled right now. However, the reports suggest that the shoot will go on the floors soon. Also, both Nav and his fans are super excited to see the actor on the Bollywood front. As soon as the post came out, congratulatory messages started flooding in.

First Look Of Ravi Teja’s Upcoming Film ‘Rama Rao On Duty’ Releases

The first look of one of Ravi Teja’s upcoming film, Rama Rao On Duty, released on Monday.
Sharing the poster, the filmmakers wrote, “Meet the MASSiest officer RAMA RAO. (sic)” In the picture, Ravi Teja looks as stylish as ever dressed in formals with sunglasses on. It also sees a picture of his police vehicle and a declaration that he will carry out his duty loyally and impartially. The actor was recently seen as a police officer in Gopichand Malineni’s Krack, so it remains to be seen how this character will be different from that one. Fans however are excited to see their favourite star in a power-packed avatar and have high expectations from the film. Sam CS will compose the music for the cop drama.

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Directed by Sarath Mandava, the film will also see Divyansha Kaushik in the lead role. He also has #RT69 with Trinadha Rao Nakkina apart from Khiladi with Ramesh Varma. The actor filmed for Khiladi before the second wave and recently joined the sets of Rama Rao. He even shared a still from the scene which sees him and Divyansha cuddling up in beautiful weather. The pre-look of the film also hinted at it being set in another era. It saw the actor sitting at a wooden desk with his declaration making up the backdrop. Further details are awaited.

‘Soorarai Pottru’ Directed By Sudha Kongara To Be Remade In Hindi

Suriya-starrer ‘Soorarai Pottru’ directed by Sudha Kongara was based on the life story of Air Deccan founder GR Gopinath, and Suriya played the role of Nedumaran Rajangam. While the talks for a Hindi remake for the film was initiated earlier, the latest is that Hindi remake in confirmed.

Interestingly, the remake, which will also be directed by Sudha Kongara, will be produced by Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Ent in association with Suriya’s 2D Entertainment. In a statement, Suriya said, “The love and appreciation that was showered on Soorarai Pottru was unprecedented. From the minute I heard this story I felt this has to be a pan India film because the soul of it was such. It gives me immense pleasure to partner with Abundantia Entertainment, who have always made quality content, to tell the inspiring story of Captain Gopinath in Hindi.”

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Meanwhile, director Sudha Kongara says, “Sudha Kongara says, “I was instantly drawn to the story of Soorarai Pottru, the story of Captain Gopinath, an adventurous maverick and an inspiring entrepreneur who epitomised the New India of the 90s. I’m grateful for all the love we have received so far and look forward to telling this unique and amazing story in Hindi. I hope this official Hindi remake also gets the same love as the original.”

The makers have not revealed who will play Suriya’s role in the Hindi version. The cast of the film is yet to be revealed.

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The film Tamil directed by Sudha Kongara featured Aparna Balamurali, Mohan Babu, Jackie Shroff, Karunas, Kali Venkat, and many others.

Ajay Devgn’s ‘Bhuj The Pride of India’ Trailer Out

Ajay Devgn unveiled the trailer of his upcoming film, Bhuj: The Pride of India, on Monday. Sharing the video on Instagram, he wrote, “When bravery becomes your armour, every step leads you to victory! Experience the untold story of the greatest battle ever fought, #BhujThePrideOfIndia.”

Bhuj: The Pride of India, directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, is set in the backdrop of the India-Pakistan War of 1971. The film, which stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar, is inspired by the journey of Indian Air Force Squadron leader Vijay Karnik and how he, along with 300 women from a local village, rebuilt an entire IAF airbase.

The trailer begins with an airstrike on the Bhuj airport. As India figures out how to stop the Pakistan army, we see glimpses of how the characters of Ajay, Sanjay, Sonakshi, Nora and Sharad are filled with the fire of patriotism. There are also plenty of action sequences, from missile launches to attacks on warships.

At the end, Ajay is seen rising from the wreckage and declaring, “Mere marne ka maatam mat karna, maine khud yeh shahdat chuni hai. Main jeeta hoon marne ke liye, mera naam hai sipahi (Don’t mourn my death, I have chosen martyrdom myself. I live to die, I am a soldier).”

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Bhuj: The Pride of India is set for a direct-to-digital release on Disney+ Hotstar on August 13, just two days before Independence Day.

Ajay directed an action sequence in Bhuj: The Pride of India due to stunt coordinator Peter Hein’s unavailability last March. “It is true that Ajay designed the action sequence for the movie. The sequences come at a crucial juncture in the narrative. In the first set-piece, Ajay is seen attempting hand-to-hand combat as he fights the spies sent by the Pakistani army. The other segment, an outdoor shoot, has Sanjay Dutt and Sharad Kelkar take on the baddies,” Mid-Day quoted the film’s spokesperson as saying.

Sonam Kapoor Glams Up In White Blouse And Black Skirt

There is not a more classic combination than black and white. And fashionista Sonam Kapoor knows it. She is often spotted donning monochrome colour dresses and impresses always. Recently, she shared a picture where she was seen in a classic crisp white shirt which she paired with a black skirt. The look was as classy and vintage as it could get.

The look was completed with a classic handbag and hair parted at the centre. “Black and white always look modern, whatever that word means. — Karl Lagerfield,” she wrote as the caption.

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Sonam wore a white collared blouse that had button-up details on the front from The Row. She wore the oversized shirt over a black turtleneck bodycon jumper from Prada. It had several cut-out details all over the sleeves and the torso.

Sonam teamed the top with a Prada black A-line midi skirt. It had several pleated details that beautified its flare. The skirt and the cut-out jumper are from the Spring 2021 Ready-To-Wear Prada collection.

Sonam cinched in the skirt at the waist with a broad black belt. She carried a mini black handbag to add chic vibes to the vintage look.

To accessorise the ensemble, Sonam chose gold hoop earrings and pointed black suede strappy pumps. She left her locks open in a middle parting and styled them in a slick look.

Sonam styled her Notting Hill ensemble by opting for minimal on-point make-up. She chose mascara on the lashes, well-defined eyebrows, pink lip shade, highlighted face, blush on the cheeks, subtle eye shadow and glowing skin.

On the professional front, Sonam will be seen next in Blind. It is a remake of a 2011 South Korean thriller. She was last seen playing a fictionalized version of herself in the Netflix film AK Vs AK, starring her father, Anil Kapoor, and Anurag Kashyap.

Fried Chicken Recipe By Chef Ranveer Brar

This Fried Chicken recipe by chef Ranveer Brar is perfect to spruce up your meals and plans adding a dash of flavour with simple flavours including hot sauce, paprika, garlic and onion. Using chicken with skin is best as it will get crispy on the outside and the layer of fat will melt and make for a juicy piece of chicken within.

Put a coat of batter, seasoning and breadcrumbs on absolutely anything and throw it in the fryer, and even the most difficult to eat vegetable like broccoli can turn into a dream. And fried chicken is the absolute best way to eat chicken if you wish to eat without having to use many dishes, cutlery or really get your hands dirty, save for that delicious chicken grease that will coat your hands after you’ve gulped down a few pieces of the fried treat.

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Fried Chicken Ingredients

Brining

1 Whole Chicken with skin

Salt to taste

Buttermilk, as required

1 tbsp Hot Sauce

Refine Flour coating

2 cups Refined Flour

2 tsp Paprika powder

2 tsp Garlic powder

2 tsp Onion powder

Salt to taste

2 tsp White Pepper powder

Marinated Chicken pieces

Egg Wash

5 Whole Eggs

1 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp White Pepper powder

Salt to taste

Final Coating

2 cups Refined Flour

Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

Method For Brining

• In a mixing bowl, add chicken pieces, buttermilk, salt and hot sauce.

• Mix well and keep for 4-6 hours in the refrigerator.

For Refined Flour Coating

• In a mixing bowl, add refined flour, paprika powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, white pepper and marinated chicken pieces. Coat everything well.

• Shake off the excess flour. Remove them on a wire rack/cooling rack to avoid from sticking. Keep aside for further use.

Egg Wash

• In a mixing bowl, add eggs, paprika powder, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper powder and salt.

• Add coated chicken and mix well. Keep aside for further use.

Final Coating

• In a paper bag or a lid box, add chicken and shake well for the coating.

• Once done shake off the excess flour and keep on a wire rack.

• Heat oil for deep frying. Add chicken pieces and fry till half done.

• Drain them on a kitchen paper towel.

• Double fry them until golden brown and crisp.

• Drain on a kitchen paper towel to remove excess oil.

• Serve hot with choice of sauce.

(Recipe courtesy Chef Ranveer Brar)

Happy 6 Months To Us Three: Anushka Sharma Share Pics With Vamika And Virat

Actor Anushka Sharma has shared a bunch of beautiful pictures on the six-month birthday of her daughter Vamika. She and her husband Virat Kohli celebrated the day with a picnic in the park.

In the photos, Anushka is seen lying on a picnic mat with Vamika resting on top of her. She is wearing a pink shirt with blue jeans, point something out in the sky to her daughter. A second picture shows Vamika in Virat’s arms. He is giving her a hug and she is seen wearing a pink and peach striped frock with pink boots. There is also a picture of the cake, decorated with flowers.

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“Her one smile can change our whole world around ! I hope we can both live up to the love with which you look at us, little one Happy 6 months to us three,” Anushka captioned the photos.

Vamika was born on February 11. Upon her birth, Virat and Anushka had sent gifts and sweets to the press and also requested them not to publish or click their daughter’s pictures. A note from the couple read, “Hi, Thank you for all the love that you have given us for all these years. We are happy to celebrate this momentous occasion with you. As parents, we have a simple request to make to you. We want to protect the privacy of our child and we need your help and support.”

Recently, a fan had also asked Virat Kohli for pictures of Vamika. “What is the meaning of Vamika? How is she? Can we see a glimpse of her please,” the fan asked during an AMA session. Virat replied, “Vamika is another name for goddess Durga. No, we have decided as a couple to not expose our child to social media before she has an understanding of what social media is and can make her own choice.”

Shanaya Kapoor Looks Ravishing In Crop Top And Skirt: See Pics

Sanjay Kapoor’s daughter Shanaya Kapoor has got the fashion police hooked once again to her sartorial choices after she shared pictures from the latest photoshoot. Today, she posted pictures of herself dressed in a black crop top and beige bodycon skirt on Instagram, and Khushi Kapoor is obsessed with the look.

Giving us the ultimate party ensemble for the summer season, Shanaya slipped into a textured bralette-style crop top. She wore the top with a skirt that came in a beige colour and looked absolutely glamorous.

Bollywood stylist Sheefa J Gilani styled the 21-year-old for the shoot.

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Shanaya wore a sleeveless crop top that featured a plunging V neckline. The top had a striped pattern all over the torso that added depth to the otherwise plain black look.

Shanaya wore the cropped top with a ribbed midi skirt that had a knee-slit on the front. It had a ribbed pattern on the waistline.

Shanaya chose to go sans accessories with the outfit for the sensuous photoshoot. She left her luscious tresses open in a side parting with the crop top and skirt combination. She styled the locks in soft waves.

he chose minimal dewy make-up, nude pink lip shade, smoky eye shadow, mascara on the lashes, kohl-adorned eyes, beaming highlighter and a hint of blush on the cheeks to glam up her look.

Shanaya’s outfit is a perfect fit for a date with your beau or a late-night party with friends. Her look impressed many netizens, even her cousin, Khushi Kapoor and best friend, Navya Nanda. While Navya dropped a fire emoticon, Khushi commented, “Obsessed.”

Janhvi Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor’s little sister has been breaking the internet with her glam looks even before her big Bollywood debut. Her style screams Gen-Z trends and makes us want to steal a page from her fashion book. And this latest look definitely falls in this category.

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’ To Get A New Release Date?

Makers of Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’ may be forced to push the release of the film once again. This after the fact that the lockdown restrictions have been rolled back in a few states, with no sign of theatres opening up by the end of this month, as film industry experts were hoping for. On June 15, producer Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment had announced the release date of the film to be July 27 and it was to be the first big film to release in the cinemas since lockdown 2.0 came into effect.
There is also buzz in the trade circles that the film may not even release in theatres in August. When asked about the release being pushed to mid-August, Raj Bansal, a leading distributor and multiplex owner from Rajasthan said, “Looking at the current situation I don’t think cinemas will fully open by July 27 so there is every chance ‘Bell Bottom’ may release on August 13.”

While producer Vashu Bhagnani was not available for comment, a source close to the unit said, “There is no decision taken on ‘Bell Bottom’ yet as theatres are yet to open in the country.” The makers will also now make sure the film releases in the theatre at an appropriate time. The OTT release date will be affected accordingly, as well.

‘Bell Bottom’ project has managed to lead the charge from the beginning. Even last year, it hit the headlines for being the first Hindi film to be shot and completed during the pandemic with exemplary on-set COVID management.

‘Bell Bottom’ is a spy thriller directed by Ranjit Tewari and stars Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Lara Dutta and Vani Kapoor.

DisHul Sangeet Rehearsal Video Drops Online: Watch

With less than a week to go for their wedding, Rahul Vaidya and Disha Parmar are busy with the preparations. A video of the couple rehearsing a dance performance for their sangeet ceremony was shared online by a paparazzo account. Fans were excited to see the clip.

The video was a montage of short clips of Rahul Vaidya and Disha Parmar rehearsing for their joint sangeet performance. They were also seen practicing for their solo performances.

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Rahul and Disha will tie the knot on July 16, they announced in a statement earlier this week. “With the blessings of our families, we are delighted to share this special moment with you all. We are elated to announce that our wedding is set to take place on 16th of July. We seek your love and blessings as we begin this new chapter of love and togetherness,” they wrote, adding the hashtag #TheDisHulWedding.

Last year, on Disha’s birthday, Rahul proposed to her while he was inside the Bigg Boss 14 house. As he did not have any means of getting in touch with her, he asked her to convey her decision to the makers. She publicly accepted his proposal when she went on the show as a special guest for a Valentine’s Day episode.

Rahul, who started his singing career as a contestant on the reality show Indian Idol, was seen on Bigg Boss 14. He will soon be seen in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11. Meanwhile, Disha is known for acting in shows such as Woh Apna Sa and Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara.

First Look Poster Of ‘Vikram’ Features Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi And Fahadh Faasil

Kamal Haasan’s upcoming film titled ‘Vikram’ directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj is expected to begin soon, after the COVID-19 situation and lockdown gets better. Meanwhile, the first look poster of the film has been released. The poster features Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil, all there of them sporting a salt and pepper look with a beard and look menacing.

Looks like the fans are in for a treat and the film will be action-packed. ‘Vikram’ is said to be an action thriller written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The music for the film is by Anirudh Ravichander. Sharing the first-look poster, the Master director wrote, ” Yuththaththaal Adho Adho Vidiyudhu. Saththaththaal Araajagam Azhiyudhu. Raththaththaal Adho Thalai Uruludhu. Sorkkangkal Idho Idho Theriyudhu. Thudikkidhu Pujam!.Jeyippadhu Nijam! (sic).”

Touted to be a political thriller, the film is being planned to be wrapped up in a single schedule. The title logo in the first look poster has been designed with all kinds of gund, grenades and bullets.

Recently we had reported that actor Narain had been roped into the film, which already has Fahadh Faasil, Vijay Sethupathi and Arjun Das. Recently, a test shoot with Kamal Haasan and Vijay Sethupathi was completed in Chennai.

Cinematographer Sathyan Sooryan, who was supposed to crank the camera for ‘Vikram’ has opted out due to clashing schedules with his other film and it was officially announced recently that Girish Gangadharan will be the cameraman for the film.

Priyanka Chopra Looks Drop-Dead Gorgeous In White Strappy Dress

Priyanka Chopra recently made a visit to her Indian restaurant Sona in New York; she shared a series of pictures on Instagram.

For her visit, Priyanka kept her look classy and sensuous at the same time. She opted for a strappy white midi dress that made her look stunning. The body-hugging dress accentuated her figure quite well. It featured a thigh-high slit and was backless, which further elevated the look. One can also notice a pleat-like detailing on the dress.

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“Timeless India all within the heart of New York City. So much love for @sonanewyork,” she captioned the pictures.

Keeping the look balanced, Priyanka accessorized her outfit with golden hoops, a pair of bangles, a sleek chain, and some rings.

She completed the look with golden stilettos and a dark lip shade. Her hair was tied in a high bun with locks.

During her previous visit to the restaurant in June, Priyanka rocked a striped blue shirt and a pair of high-waist neon green trousers. And it seems she wore the same pair of golden bangles and left her hair open.

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What do you think of her latest look?

Skincare Tips To Avoid Signs Of Ageing

Ageing is a process that begins right from birth and there is nothing anyone can do to delay or stop it. However, as the urge to look younger has caught up amongst the modern population, more and more options and opportunities to look and appear younger have become available. Dr Pramod Kumar, Consultant Dermatologist, KMC Hospital, Mangalore, says, “Changes in the skin, especially on the face, show up as signs of ageing in the third decade onwards. Prominent changes are wrinkles and creases.”


Skincare Tips To Avoid Signs Of Ageing

Protection From The Sun

Sunrays can damage collagen and elastin in the skin; these fibres keep the skin supple and taut. Damage to this tissue leads to sagging, laxity and development of wrinkles and creases. Dr Kumar says, “Regular use of a good suitable sunscreen with SPF of 20 and above helps in delaying this process of ageing. Remember, sunscreens have to be used even on cloudy days, as UV rays pass through clouds too. Also remember that 30-40 minutes of sun on your skin is advisable so as not to end up with Vitamin D deficiency.”

Skin Hydration

Well-hydrated skin is a sign of healthy skin. Moisturizing the skin from within and without definitely works on the wrinkles, especially on the face and limb extremities. Dr Kumar suggests, “Drink lots of water as per body’s requirement and depending on the climate and geographical area. On an average, about two liters per day is a good quantity. The habit of staying adequately hydrated keeps the rest of the physiology and metabolism in top condition and reflects well on the skin. Use of a proper moisturizer on the skin helps maintain the water content in the skin.”
Additionally, ask your dermatologist to recommend an appropriate face wash; do not use harsh cleansers and scrubs that damage your skin. Dermatologists recommend retinol-based lotions and creams for regular use as they have a role in keeping collagen fibres functioning well.

Proper Nutrition

‘You are what you eat’ is an often repeated mantra by wellness coaches, nutrition experts and doctors. Yes, your skin does reveal your nutritional intake in various ways, and signs of ageing is one of them. Dr Kumar advises, “Eat a good quantity of vegetables, fruit and nuts in your daily meals. Stick to what is available seasonally in your market and region. Vegetables provide a lot of fresh vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin. Vegetables can be consumed raw in salads as cooking destroys the goodness in them, and fresh fruit is better eaten than consumed as juice or extract. Do not overeat something due to its said nutritional facts, eat in moderation, mix and match well.”

Dr Kumar recommends the following for healthy skin:

• Decrease consumption of sugars, refined flour and dairy products
• Exercise and stay fit; a healthy mind and body will keep your skin looking young and healthy
• Give up smoking and limit your alcohol consumption; smoking is known to damage the elastin and collagen fibres in the skin
• Stress ages you faster; work up a schedule to relieve yourself of any stress, and remember that frowning, display of anger or frustration worsen wrinkles and fine lines on your face
• Finally, consult your dermatologist before signs of ageing appear; delaying their arrival is better than treating them later

Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan To Star In Vikram Vedha’s Hindi Remake

Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan will be seen together on the big screen for the first time in Vikram Vedha’s Hindi remake. The film producers have planned to release it next September.

Vikram Vedha was a 2017 Tamil neo-noir thriller, starring R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi. The Hindi remake will be produced by Neeraj Pandey under his company Friday Filmworks in association with Reliance Entertainment and YNot Studios, the producers behind the original.

“The Hindi remake with Hrithik and Saif is in the advanced pre-production stage and will most likely go on floors next month. We are looking to release it on September 30, 2022,” a source told.

Madhavan played a cop named Vikram while Sethupathi played gangster Vedha. Pushkar and Gayathri, who directed the original, will also direct the Hindi remake.

On Friday, Hrithik began work on Fighter with Deepika Padukone. The action-drama will be directed by Siddharth Anand, who previously worked with Hrithik in War. He is also working on the fourth installment of his superhero franchise, Krrish.

Saif Ali Khan will be seen in Bhoot Police with Arjun Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Jacqueline Fernandez. It will release on September 17 on Disney+ Hotstar. He is also reuniting with Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior director Om Raut to play Lankesh in Prabhas-starrer Adipurush.

Ananya Panday Breaks Down During Grandmother Snehlata Panday’s Funeral

Ananya Panday was inconsolable at the death of her grandmother Snehlata Panday. Pictures from the funeral show the actor and her sister Rysa crying as their mother Bhavana Pandey consoled them.

Ananya Panday, who was earlier spotted by the paparazzi in the city, later rushed to her grandmother’s home to join her family in their hour of grief. Her father, actor Chunky Panday was supported by his friends and relatives as he performed the last rites for his mother. Ananya’s cousin, Ahaan Panday was also seen with the family, accompanying his grandmother and uncle Chunky in the ambulance.

The funeral was also attended by Bhavana and Chunky’s friends, Seema Khan, Neelam Kothari Soni and her husband Samir Soni. Seema was also seen consoling Ananya outside the house. Shabina Khan and politician Bhai Jagtap, Baba Siddique and others were also snapped arriving for the last rites.

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Ananya was close to her grandmother and even shared a post for her on Women’s Day. Chunky had also shared a special throwback picture of his mother on the occasion of Mother’s Day this year.

In the caption, he had written, “Always A Mama’s Boy. My mother on the set’s of Gunahon ka Faisla 1988. Happy Happy Mothers Day to you All.”

Ananya is the eldest daughter of Chunky Panday and Bhavana Pandey. Her last release was Khaali Peeli with Ishaan Khatter. She was also seen in Pati Patni Aur Woh with Kartik Aaryam Ananya will be seen next with Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi in Shakun Batra’s upcoming domestic noir movie.

Cryptocurrency Prices Today: Bitcoin, Ether Trade-In The Red

Most cryptocurrencies were trading in the red, with bitcoin down 2 percent, early on July 9. The global cryptocurrency market is currently $1.35 trillion, a decline of 4.84 percent over the past 24 hours.

Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is trading at over $32,700. The price of ether is down 9 percent, trading at over $2,000.

Payments company Square Inc on July 8 said it will make a hardware wallet for bitcoin.

“We have decided to build a hardware wallet and service to make bitcoin custody more mainstream…”, Jesse Dorogusker, head of hardware at Square said in a series of tweets.

The news comes amid US Senator Elizabeth Warren raised concerns about the risks posed to consumers and financial markets by the cryptocurrency market.

These are the prices of the 10 largest cryptocurrencies

NAMEPRICE24H %7D %MARKET CAPVOLUME(24H)CIRCULATING SUPPLY
Bitcoin$32,656.33-2.17%-1.89%$612,351,377,091$28,580,657,75118,751,381 BTC
Ethereum$2,075.11-9.14%-0.62%$241,990,437,486$22,792,773,455116,615,513 ETH
Tether$1.00-0.13%-0.05%$62,202,623,951$52,780,171,23162,206,822,762 USDT
Binance Coin$303.22-6.31%6.68%$46,595,360,812$1,785,619,613153,432,897 BNB
Cardano$1.30-6.55%-1.78%$41,632,340,345$1,629,069,26931,946,328,269 ADA
XRP$0.60-5.84%7.45%$27,803,603,646$2,286,228,68446,171,815,477 XRP
Dogecoin$0.20-8.41%-17.65%$25,949,106,294$1,776,892,861130,358,670,859 DOGE
USD Coin$1-0.10%-0.04%$25,937,500,136$2,266,561,95125,937,583,957 USDC
Polkadot$14.99-7.86%-0.52%$14,395,228,059$1,041,993,033958,942,630 DOT
Uniswap$19.95-8.49%13.08%$11,726,433,585$490,531,216587,275,853 UNI

Branson vs Bezos: Two Billionaires Compete To Ride Their Own Rockets Into Space

Two billionaires are putting everything on the line this month to ride their own rockets into space. It’s intended to be a flashy confidence boost for customers seeking their own short joyrides. The lucrative, high-stakes chase for space tourists will unfold on the fringes of space — 88 kilometers to 106 kilometers up, pitting Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson against the world’s richest man, Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos.

Branson is due to take off Sunday from New Mexico, launching with two pilots and three other employees aboard a rocket plane carried aloft by a double-fuselage aircraft. Bezos departs nine days later from West Texas, blasting off in a fully automated capsule with three guests: his brother, an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer who’s waited six decades for a shot at space and the winner of a $28 million charity auction.

Branson’s flight will be longer, but Bezos’ will be higher. Branson’s craft has more windows, but Bezos’ windows are bigger. Branson’s piloted plane has already flown to space three times. Bezos’ has five times as many test flights, though none with people on board. Either way, they’re shooting for sky-high bragging rights as the first person to fly his own rocket to space and experience three to four minutes of weightlessness.

Branson, who turns 71 in another week, considers it “very important” to try it out before allowing space tourists on board. He insists he’s not apprehensive; this is the thrill-seeking adventurer who’s kite-surfed across the English Channel and attempted to circle the world in a hot air balloon.

“As a child, I wanted to go to space. When that did not look likely for my generation, I registered the name Virgin Galactic with the notion of creating a company that could make it happen,” Branson wrote in a blog this week. Seventeen years after founding Virgin Galactic, he’s on the cusp of experiencing space for himself.

“It’s amazing where an idea can lead you, no matter how far-fetched it may seem at first.” Bezos, 57, who stepped down Monday as Amazon’s CEO, announced in early June that he’d be on his New Shepard rocket’s first passenger flight, choosing the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing. He too had childhood dreams of traveling to space, Bezos said via Instagram. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”

Branson was supposed to fly later this year on the second of three more test flights planned by Virgin Galactic before flying ticket holders next year. But late last week, he leapfrogged ahead. He insists he’s not trying to beat Bezos and that it’s not a race. Yet his announcement came just hours after Bezos revealed he’d be joined in space by Wally Funk, one of the last surviving members of the so-called Mercury 13. The 13 female pilots never made it to space despite passing the same tests in the early 1960s as NASA’s original, all-male Mercury 7 astronauts.

Bezos hasn’t commented publicly on Branson’s upcoming flight. But some at Blue Origin already are nitpicking the fact that their capsule surpasses the designated Karman line of space 100 kilometers up, while Virgin Galactic’s peak altitude is 88 kilometers.

International aeronautic and astronautic federations in Europe recognize the Karman line as the official boundary between the upper atmosphere and space, while NASA, the Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration and some astrophysicists accept a minimum altitude of 80 kilometers.

Blue Origin’s flights last 10 minutes by the time the capsule parachutes onto the desert floor. Virgin Galactic’s last around 14 to 17 minutes from the time the space plane drops from the mothership and fires its rocket motor for a steep climb until it glides to a runway landing.

SpaceX’s Elon Musk doesn’t do quick up-and-down hops to the edge of space. His capsules go all the way to orbit, and he’s shooting for Mars. “There is a big difference between reaching space and reaching orbit,” Musk said last week on Twitter. Musk already has carried 10 astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA, and his company’s first private spaceflight is coming up in September for another billionaire who’s purchased a three-day, globe-circling ride. Regardless of how high they fly, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin already are referring to their prospective clients as “astronauts.”

More than 600 have reserved seats with Virgin Galactic at $250,000. Blue Origin expects to announce prices and open ticket sales once Bezos flies. Phil McAlister, NASA’s commercial spaceflight director, considers it a space renaissance, especially as the space station gets set to welcome a string of paying visitors, beginning with a Russian actress and movie producer in October, a pair of Japanese in December and a SpaceX-delivered crew of businessmen in January. “The way I see it is the more, the better, right?” McAlister said. “More, better.”

This is precisely the future NASA wanted once the shuttles retired and private companies took over space station ferry flights. Atlantis blasted off on the last shuttle flight 10 years ago Thursday. NASA’s final shuttle commander, Chris Ferguson, who now works for Boeing on its Starliner crew capsule, is impressed that Branson and Bezos are launching ahead of customers. “That’s one surefire way to show confidence in your product is to get on it,” Ferguson said at Thursday’s 10th anniversary shuttle celebrations. “I’m sure that this was not a decision made lightly. I wish them both well. I think it’s great.”

Qualcomm Launches Smartphone For Snapdragon Insiders: Check Details

Qualcomm has launched an exclusive smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders in collaboration with Asus. Called “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” (no surprises there!), this smartphone is designed specially for the members of Qualcomm’s loyalty program called Snapdragon Insiders. Snapdragon Insiders was launched in March this year, you can sign up for the program for free and download some wallpapers, or you can fork out some hard cash and get this smartphone too. But you will get what you pay for, this smartphone comes with some top specs including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 512GB of onboard storage, a 144Hz AMOLED display, and more. It also comes with stock Android 11 and is preloaded with some of the major tech developed by Qualcomm. And that’s not all, the smartphone comes bundled with a pair of true wireless stereo earbuds.

Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders specs and features

Qualcomm’s collaborative effort with Asus essentially shows off their different technologies that get picked by other manufacturers based on market requirements. The phone comes with the third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem that supports all key 5G sub-6 and mmWave bands. It also has Qualcomm’s Signal Boost and Smart Transmit technologies that help with better connectivity.

The smartphone also comes equipped with Snapdragon Sound that is designed to deliver 24-bit 96kHz music streaming along with ultra-low latency and super wideband voice delivery. There is also the Qualcomm Spectra 580 image signal processor that enables 4K and 8K video recording and comes with an artificial intelligence-backed AI Auto Zoom feature.

The Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders supports dual nano SIMs and runs Android 11. It has a 6.78-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,448 pixels) Samsung AMOLED display with up to 1,200 nits of peak brightness, and a 20.4:9 aspect ratio. There is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on top and the display is also HDR10 and HDR10+ certified and covers 111.23% of DCI-P3 and 106.87% of NTSC colour gamut.

The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 under the hood and comes with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It comes with three cameras on the back including a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor and an f/1.8 lens. There is also a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. Both the 64MP primary shooter and the 8MP telephoto lens come with optical image stabilisation (OIS). On the front, there is a 24MP camera.

The Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders has dual stereo speakers paired with a smart AMO and Snapdragon Sound. It also has quad HDR microphones with 114dB dynamic range. It comes with 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage and connectivity options on the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders include 4G LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v5.2 with aptX Adaptive support, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS/ NavIC, and a USB Type-C port.

The Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders comes with an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back with Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2. There is a Snapdragon fireball icon on the back that lights up when you get a call or a message, you can turn this feature off from the settings. The smartphone comes with a 4,000mAh battery that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5.0.

The Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders comes bundled with MW08SI TWS earbuds that support 24-bit, 96kHz audio along with ultra-low latency streaming over Bluetooth. These earbuds are powered by the Qualcomm QCC5141 and include Qualcomm Active Noise Cancellation as well as cVc echo cancellation and noise suppression technologies. Qualcomm also claims that the earbuds can be connected to the smartphone even in busy RF environments. These earbuds have been manufactured by New York’s Master & Dynamic.

Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders price

The Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is priced at $1,499 ( ₹112,200 approx) for the 6GB/512GB variant. There are no other variants available. You can buy the phone from Asus’ online and offline retailers in August and it comes only in a Midnight Blue colour. The Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders will be available in China, Japan, Korea, Germany, the US, UK, and India. Qualcomm has not revealed any details about the India prices yet, but we expect to find out soon.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire One Motorcycle Launches At Much Lower Price

Harley-Davidson has announced the launch of its first model under the newly announced all-electric brand – LiveWire. The new motorcycle under the refreshed badging is called LiveWire ONE.

Surprisingly, the company has listed the motorcycle at a much lower price tag than the original $29,799 ( ₹22.23 lakh) Harley-Davidson LiveWire launched two years back. The new motorcycle has been priced at just $21,999 ( ₹16.41 lakh) in the US market. The original LiveWire electric bike gained widespread acclaim for its technology, performance and modern exterior design, but was let down by its sky-high price.

The new LiveWire ONE motorcycle is identical to the original electric bike in terms of styling and specs but benefits from a longer colour options list. It gets a 78 kW (105 hp) electric motor with an electronically limited top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h). It is rated to achieve an acceleration timing of 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.0-3.1 seconds.

The city range on the new LiveWire ONE has been listed at 146 miles (235 km). For the record, it is identical to the original LiveWire motorcycle as it shares the same technology. While the company is yet to share the highway range specs, the bike is expected to do a full charge range of 80 miles (129 km) at 70 mph (112 km/h) similar to the previous LiveWire model which featured a 15.5 kWh battery pack.

The bike gets DC fast charging that juices up the battery from 0-100% in 60 minutes or 0-80% in 45 minutes. Under more realistic conditions, 20-80% charge time is achieved in close to 30 minutes.

The company is aiming at a larger set of younger customers with a lower price tag. “As part of The Hardwire Strategy, we made a commitment that Harley-Davidson would lead in electric. Today’s LiveWire ONE builds on the DNA of Harley-Davidson but with the electric focus and ambition of the new LiveWire brand,” said H-D’s CEO Jochen Zeitz.

Economy Showing Signs Of Revival Due To Rapid Vaccination: Finance Ministry

The Finance Ministry on Friday said the economy has started showing signs of revival from the impact of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on the back of targeted fiscal relief, monetary policy and a rapid vaccination drive.

“The broad-based economic relief package, extended to mitigate the second wave, amounted to Rs 6.29 lakh crore. RBI continues with its efforts to calm the nerves of the market and revive sectors with both backward and forward linkages and multiplier effects on growth,” the ministry said in its monthly economic review.

To stimulate the economy and ease the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman last month announced eight economic measures amounting to Rs 6.29 lakh crore to provide relief to individuals as well as businesses in the country.

Apart from eight relief measures announced in health and other worst affected sectors, Sitharaman announced a stimulus package for the tourism industry, which included five lakh tourist visas to be issued free of charge, once the government resumes issuance. The total financial implication of the scheme will be Rs 100 crore.

Resilient tax collections of the central government in the first two months of FY 2020-21 and sustained momentum in capital expenditure, particularly in the road and rail sector, the report said, augurs well for continued economic recovery driven by capital expenditures.

The report further added that the recently announced economic relief package was “expected to further oil the wheels of the Capex cycle via implementation of the PLI scheme and streamlining of processes for PPP Projects and Asset Monetisation”.

Consumption sentiment is expected to pick up with further enhancement of employment support under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana (ANBRY), targeted support to the urban poor through the credit guarantee scheme for on-lending by micro-finance institutions and wider Bharat-Net digitisation coverage, the economic review for June said.

Free food-grain and enhanced fertiliser subsidies under the package along with continued MGNREGA implementation, on the other hand, would serve as a cushion for rural demand in the coming quarters, it said.

“Maintaining a rapid pace on vaccination and quickly bridging health care infrastructure gaps across both urban and rural areas would emerge as the most sustainable stimulus for durable recovery of the Indian economy,” the report added.

Going forward, it said, further expansion of vaccination and strict adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour will be a critical safeguard against the emergence of a possible third wave.

On high food prices, the report said, healthy monsoon coverage, gradually rising Kharif sowing and unlocking of states is expected to ease food, and thereby headline inflation.

However, it said, risks due to global demand-led recovery in commodity prices and input cost pressures remain.

About global economic growth, it said this has continued its upward trajectory in June 2021.

Falling COVID-19 infections and accelerating vaccinations consolidated US recovery and renewed growth prospects in the Euro Area, it said, adding global trade remained buoyant with an uptick in global commercial flight and port activity, which portends well for Indian exports.

However, it said, the resurgence of delta variant infections, firming inflationary pressures, unequal access to vaccination and burgeoning debt levels continue to lend substantial uncertainty to the global economic outlook.

Sensex Drops Over 300 Points In Early Trade; Nifty Tests 15,650

Equity benchmark Sensex tumbled over 300 points in early trade on Friday, tracking losses in index majors Reliance Industries, HDFC twins and ICICI Bank amid a weak trend in global markets.

After dropping 340 points in the opening session, the 30-share BSE index was trading 282.08 points or 0.054 per cent lower at 52,286.86 in initial deals, while the broader NSE Nifty dropped 77.75 points or 0.49 per cent to 15,650.15.

Axis Bank was the top loser in the Sensex pack, shedding over 1 per cent, followed by IndusInd Bank, TCS, HDFC, ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries and Bajaj Auto.

On the other hand, Tata Steel, Bajaj Finserv, Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma and Titan were among the gainers.

In the previous session, Sensex ended 485.82 points or 0.92 per cent lower at 52,568.94, while Nifty dropped 151.75 points or 0.96 per cent to 15,727.90.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital market as they offloaded shares worth Rs 554.92 crore on Thursday, as per provisional exchange data.

Domestic equities continue to look soft due to weak global cues as of now, said Binod Modi Head-Strategy at Reliance Securities. “While visible improvement in business momentum with ease of business curbs by states started offering comfort, the recent uptick in daily caseload and increasing positive rate could be a near term risk as we saw Japan imposed fresh restrictions in Tokyo yesterday,” he stated.

US stocks retreated in overnight trade as the weak tone across global equities on worries about a possible slowdown in recovery due to persistent supply bottlenecks and the spread of the delta variant weighed on sentiments.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo were trading in the red in mid-session deals, while Hong Kong was positive.
Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude declined 0.04 per cent to USD 74.09 per barrel.

UNICEF To Supply 220 Million Doses Of The Johnson & Johnson To African Union

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has announced the signing of an agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV to supply 220 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-dose vaccine against Covid-19 for all 55 member states of the African Union (AU) by the end of 2022.

Some 35 million doses are to be delivered by the end of 2021, Xinhua news agency quoted Unicef as saying in a statement on Thursday.

The agreement between Unicef and Janssen will help implement the Advance Purchase Commitment signed between the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) and Janssen in March 2021.

That agreement secured an option to order another 180 million doses, bringing the maximum access up to a total of 400 million doses by the end of 2022, said the UN agency.

The AU established AVAT in November 2020 to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to the African continent, with a goal of vaccinating 60 per cent of its population.

Unicef will procure and deliver Covid-19 vaccines on behalf of the AVAT initiative.

Other partners include the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Bank.

“African countries must have affordable and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines as soon as possible. Vaccine access has been unequal and unfair, with less than 1 per cent of the population of the African continent currently vaccinated against Covid-19. This cannot continue,” said Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

“Vaccinating the world against Covid-19, as the virus continues to spread and mutate, is one of the largest and most complex collective health undertakings the world has ever seen, and we need all hands on deck,” said Fore.

PM Boris Johnson Announces Withdrawal Of UK Troops From Afghanistan

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday the withdrawal of all British troops from Afghanistan, signalling the end of Britain’s military mission in a two-decade-long conflict.

“All British troops assigned to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan are now returning home,” Johnson told the House of Commons, the lower house of the British parliament.

The Prime Minister would not disclose the exact timetable of the departure for security reasons, but added that most of the 750 remaining British troops had already left, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Over the last two decades, 150,000 members of Britain’s armed forces served in Afghanistan, 457 of whom died, according to Johnson.

Britain’s move follows the announcement by US President Joe Biden in April that all US troops would leave Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that drew the United States into its longest war.

Johnson said that Britain will use “every diplomatic and humanitarian lever” to support Afghanistan’s development and stability, including over 100 million pounds (about $138 million) of development assistance this year, and 58 million pounds for the Afghan national security and defense forces.

26 Injured, 3 Workers Killed In A Massive Fire At Bangladesh Juice Factory

At least three workers, including two women, died and 26 others were injured in a massive fire at a juice factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on Thursday evening, officials said.

The fire broke out at the multi-story building of the Shezan Juice Factory of Hashem Foods Ltd in Bhulota Karnagop area in Narayanganj around 5 p.m. and 15 units of fire services are still struggling to contain it, fire service and civil defence media official M. Rayhan told IANS.

The deceased has been identified by police as Swapna Rani, 34, of Sylhet, and Mina Akter, 33, of Rupganj while another deceased man was yet to be identified. The injured were sent to hospital, Superintendent of Police, Zayedul Alam, said.

The firefighters rescued 12 workers who were trapped on the second and third floors of the building after the fire erupted, Upazila Chief Executive Shah Nusrat said.

The number of injuries and deaths may rise as a large number of workers were inside the factory, some injured workers told IANS.

Of the injured, 10 were sent to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital and 16 were admitted to US Bangla Medical College Hospital at Rupganj.

Japan Under The Fourth Covid-19 State Of Emergency

The Japanese government has decided to place capital Tokyo under the fourth Covid-19 state of emergency, covering the entire duration of the upcoming Olympics, in an effort to curb a recent surge in infections.

The government announced on Thursday that the emergency will be effective from July 12 to August 22, which may cause the Summer Olympic Games to be held without spectators at venues in the capital, Xinhua news agency reported.

Addressing a news conference here, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the occupancy rate of hospital beds and the number of patients in serious condition remain low due to the vaccine rollout, but infection cases in Tokyo were rising due to the spread of the Delta variant.

“We must avoid another outbreak starting in Tokyo. With that in mind, we decided to take preemptive measures, and declare a state of emergency for Tokyo once again,” Suga was quoted as saying by the public broadcaster, NHK.

With two weeks until the Olympic Games, Suga pledged safety above all.

“Holding a safe and secure Games amid the coronavirus pandemic is a good opportunity to show our global unity to overcome the current difficulties together,” he said.

Infection cases in the capital have been going up.

Health authorities reported 896 new infections on Thursday, marking the 19th straight day cases have gone up compared to the week before.

Japan has so far reported 811,712 coronavirus cases, with 14,897 deaths.

At least 37,214,200 vaccine doses against Covid-19 have been administered in the country till date.

Ranveer Singh Grabbing Attention With His Airport Look

One can trust Ranveer Singh to never play safe. The actor who celebrated his birthday on July 6 was spotted at the airport recently, and as always has broken the internet with his outfit.

The Gully Boy actor was seen in a tangy red sweatshirt with a hoodie. But it is the choice of pants that really has our attention — brown, baggy, velvet pants.

The actor is known for his outlandish fashion choices but teaming velvet pants with a jersey jacket is pushing the boundaries even by his standards.

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He completed the look with hair swept back, oversized shades, chunky sneakers and a handkerchief tied as a mask. And of course, there was a sling bag.

What do you think of his looks?

Check Out Nia Sharma Hula Hoop Workout Session

Fitness activities need not be boring. You can always infuse an element of fun into your exercise routine. Don’t believe us? Take a look at Jamai Raja actor Nia Sharma doing the hula hoop.

The underrated and super fun exercise can help one stay in shape and also make workout sessions interesting by breaking the monotony.

“Just 30-minutes of hula hooping provides the same fitness benefits to the body as other intense physical activities such as kickboxing, dance, salsa, cardio,” said fitness influencer Shreya Jain, Styleawhileofficial.

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The low-impact hula hooping workout strengthens the core and heart muscles. This means it is a go-to choice for anyone looking to shed stubborn abdomen fat and tone the overall body.

“Once you learn the basics of hula hooping, you can always experiment with different variations and use the tool in a variety of ways to make interesting formations. Although a weighted hula hoop can be a great addition to your exercise program to lose weight faster, start with lighter ones until you get used to it. Whether you are six or 60, working out with hula hoops for a few minutes every day to get more fit and active,” Jain told.

What do you think of her fitness routine?

Ammy Virk And Sonam Bajwa Begins Shooting For “Sher Bagga”

The ‘Nikka Zaildar trio – Jagdeep Sidhu, Ammy Virk, and Sonam Bajwa have embarked on their new journey, with their new movie ‘Sher Bagga’. Yes, you read that right, announced two weeks back, the shoot of ‘Sher Bagga’ has finally gone on the floors.

Jagdeep Sidhu, Ammy Virk and Sonam Bajwa have shared pictures of their amazing trio to share the news. Along with the pictures, director-writer Jagdeep Sidhu also penned a beautiful note. She wrote – “SHERBAGGA ???? …. Nikka zaildar wangu ess film di script v bhut saal payi rahi …. te ode hi wangu dhake naal ess script ne aavdi space banai … te sanu teena nu fer katha kita … ❤️????” (Just like Nikka Zaildar, this script of this film was also lying in the pile for years, and then just like Nikka Zaildar, this film also made its own space and brought us three together once again)

Check out the pictures here:

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The release date of the movie hasn’t been disclosed, but it is expected to be out as soon as the Covid situation gets better.

Meanwhile, besides this movie, Ammy and Sonam will be seen sharing the screen space in ‘Puaada’. Directed by Rupinder Chahal, the movie was supposed to be released earlier this year but has been postponed due to the lockdown.

Dhanush To Romance With Three Ladies In His Next Film ‘D44’

Dhanush to romance with three leading ladies in his upcoming film ‘D44’. According to the reports, Dhanush’s 44th film will go on floors by next week. Helmed by Mithran Jawahar, the film is tentatively titled ‘D44’ and sources suggest that the film will have three leading ladies in it! Although the names are yet to be announced, reports are rife that, some big names have roped in to play the leading women in the film.

Even though Dhanush has shared screen space with two heroines in a film, this will be the actor’s first film he will be romancing three heroines. Dhanush 44th film is produced by Sun Pictures, and Anirudh Ravichander has been roped in to score music for the film. The DnA duo has reunited after 5 years, and fans are expecting chartbuster music from them.

Dhanush has also teamed up with Selvaraghavan for ‘Naane Varuven’, and the film shooting is set to begin on August 20th.

Meanwhile, Dhanush is currently filming for ‘D43’, helmed by Karthick Naren in Hyderabad.

Cannes Documentary On Cinema Evolution Cites Five Indian films

Five Indian films, all made in Mumbai but disparate in spirit and substance, feature in Belfast-born, Edinburgh-based filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins’ stimulating 160-minute documentary, ‘The Story of Film: A New Generation’.

Made during the pandemic and studded with memorable movie moments, the documentary had its world premiere on the opening day of the 74th Cannes Film Festival as if to tell the world that cinema is, and will always be, alive, no matter what adversity it faces.

‘The Story of Film: A New Generation’, a part of the Cannes Classics section, opens with a shot of the new cinematheque in Madrid, a symbol of hope and renewal for diehard lovers of a medium that is nothing if not dynamic.

‘A New Generation’, a follow-up to Cousins’ 15-hour magnum opus ‘The Story of Film: An Odyssey’ (2011), tracks the creative innovations, technological advancements, and new ways of seeing in an image-intensive, attention-deficient digital age.

Besides covering the last decade of American and European cinema, it focuses extensively on Asian and Arab films. It also touches upon the pandemic, too, and ruminates on its repercussions: lockdowns, face masks, and social distancing.

The riveting, thought-provoking overview of ‘the new millennium of movies’ cites Anurag Kashyap’s five-hour ‘Gangs of Wasseypur‘, Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK‘, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela‘, Anand Gandhi’s ‘Ship of Theseus’ and Anand Patwardhan’s brilliant documentary ‘Reason’ among the most important films of the current era.

‘A New Generation’ is written, photographed, and narrated by Cousins. It covers a dizzying array of films and probes the evolution of the key movie genres, the extensions of film language, the centrality of faces in cinema, the explosion of streaming platforms and communication devices, and the advent of performance capture and de-aging tools.

Beginning with ‘Joker’ and ‘Frozen’, it encompasses a diverse range of films – from ‘Cemetery of Splendour’, ‘Parasite’ and ‘Shoplifters’ to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Midsommar’, and from ‘Norte, the End of History’, ‘Holy Motors’ and ‘An Elephant Sitting Still to Hustlers’, ‘Gravity’ and ‘Baby Driver’- to capture the methods and directions of 21st-century cinema.

Cousins sees ‘Gangs of Wasseypur‘ as “one of the most complex” gangster films in the 80 years since the birth of the genre. A “most elaborately choreographed song” from ‘Ram-Leela’ featuring Ranveer Singh figures in the film.

The documentarian, whose credits include ‘Women Make Film’ (2018) and ‘The Eyes of Orson Welles’, also notes “the colours… and musical energy” of another Bollywood number, this one from ‘PK’, with Aamir Khan and Sanjay Dutt.

The filmmaker describes a “tonal shift” in PK as “one of the biggest… in contemporary cinema”. He regards ‘Reason’ as one of the most significant documentary films of our times and identifies a “moment” in Patwardhan’s film as “one of the bravest… in recent cinema”.

‘Ship of Theseus’, with its theme of ailment, healing, and renewal, is held up as a cinematic exemplar of the transitions that mankind is witnessing today as it sits on the cusp of a process that could change it beyond recognition.

Cousins makes a special mention of films that point a finger at our inhumanity and our refusal to learn the lessons of history.

Cousins has another film in Cannes Classics this year – ‘The Storms of Jeremy Thomas’, a documentary on the prolific British producer who has over the past five decades collaborated with a few of the world’s greatest filmmakers, notably Bernardo Bertolucci, Nagisa Oshima, Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier, and David Cronenberg.

Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 Grand Launch Party; Contestants Make Stylish Entry

The grand launch of Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 (kkk 11) is happening on (July 8) and all the celebrity contestants have arrived in style. KKK 11 will premier on July 17.

Nikki Tamboli sported a stunning one-shoulder LBD with a broad leather waist and shoulder pad details. She posed stylishly on the stage. While black seems to be the chosen colour of the day, celebs like Shweta Tiwari, Sana Makbul and Aastha Gill added some colours on the stage.

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The contestants along with Rohit Shetty celebrated Divyanka’s wedding anniversary on the stage by cutting a cake. They sang songs and also wished Divyanka’s husband Vivek.

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Shweta Tiwari appeared in a white pant suit that had colourful and quirky details in contrast shades. Also, she added a pop of colour wearing yellow pointed heels.

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The youngest contestant of this season Anushka Sen appeared in a shimmery black dress. And what caught our attention is the pair of big black knee-length block heels. Those shoes have definitely grabbed a lot of attention.

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Arjun Bijlani, Sourabh Raaj Jain, Varun Sood and Vishal Aditya Singh opted for sporty looks for the event. Both Vishal and Varun threw colourful jackets over plain white tee and shirt.

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Priyanka Chopra Shares Pictures Of Her ‘London Life’: Check Out

Priyanka Chopra seems to be living it up in London. On Thursday night, she took to Instagram Stories to share a picture of herself “just vibin’” and another, in which she wondered “what to do next”. She also posted a photo in which she and her cousin Divya Jyoti could be seen walking, along with the caption, “Looking for adventure. #londonlife.

The following picture was of Priyanka Chopra sitting on the grass with her cousin Divya Jyoti and James Cavanaugh. While Priyanka shared it with a bunch of emojis, James posted it with the caption, “Just mildly happy about this summer weather. Definitely haven’t mentioned it 1,000 times or anything…”

Priyanka shared a sunkissed selfie and wrote, “Magic light,” along with a yellow heart emoji. In a separate Instagram post, she could be seen posing on a cane sofa. She simply captioned it with peacock and white heart emojis, crediting Divya for taking the picture.

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Since late last year, Priyanka has been stationed in London because of her professional commitments. However, she has been taking short trips to the US, where her husband Nick Jonas is staying, every now and then.

Last month, Priyanka was briefly in the US to spend time with Nick and her family. Among other things, she visited her restaurant in New York, Sona, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio. She also stopped by a supermarket to see her newly-launched haircare products on the shelves.

During her stay in London, Priyanka finished shooting for Text For You, which features Nick in a cameo. She was also busy promoting her films, We Can Be Heroes and The White Tiger, as well as her memoir titled Unfinished, which marks her debut as an author. She is presently shooting for the Amazon spy series Citadel, co-starring Richard Madden.

Yami Gautam, Jacqueline Fernandez Reveals Their First Look Poster From Bhoot Police

Actors Yami Gautam and Jacqueline Fernandez have revealed their first look posters from the upcoming film, Bhoot Police. The movie, which also stars Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor, is a horror-comedy.

Yami Gautam shared her poster on Thursday and revealed that her character in the movie is named Maya. “To enchant all with her charm arrives MAYA, in #BhootPolice. Coming soon on. @DisneyplusHSVIP,” she wrote. In the poster, Yami is seen wearing a white dress and holding a torch in her right hand.

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Jacqueline Fernandez wrote in her instagram, “Laaton ke Bhoot baaton se nahi maante (Some people need a beating up)! Meet the fabulous KANIKA in #BhootPolice. Coming soon on @DisneyplusHSVIP.” She is seen wearing a white sports bra with high waist pants and a thick jacket hanging off her shoulders.

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Earlier, Arjun and Saif had also shared their looks. Arjun plays Chiraunji and was seen wearing an oversized black outfit with a knife-shaped pendant and studded rings, on the poster. He, too, was seen holding a torch in his hand. “Unravel the mysterious door of supernatural powers with laughter! Meet CHIRAUNJI in #BhootPolice. Coming soon on @disneyplushotstarvip,” he wrote with the post.

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Saif is seen sporting a leather jacket with a black shirt. In the first look poster, he was seen holding a weapon that seems to help him in catching ghosts.

Bhoot Police is slated for a direct-to-digital release on Disney Hotstar. The forthcoming horror-comedy was earlier scheduled for a theatrical release on September 10. However, the makers reportedly confirmed its digital release in June.

Bhoot Police was shot in Himachal Pradesh late last year. The upcoming film is helmed by Pawan Kripalani, who has earlier directed films like Ragini MMS, and Phobia.

Xiaomi Plans To Launch Mi And Redmi Laptops In India Soon

Xiaomi is expected to launch new laptops under its Mi and Redmi brands in India. Xiaomi already offers laptops under the Mi brand, and it could soon debut Redmi laptops in India as well. The launch is expected to take place as early as this month. Xiaomi entered the laptop market in India last year with the Mi Notebook. It currently has four Mi laptops including the Mi Notebook 14, Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition, Mi Notebook 14 IC, and Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition.

There aren’t any details on which Xiaomi laptops exactly will make its way to India. But according to tipster Ishan Agarwal, there are new Mi laptops planned for India. Xiaomi also has a Redmi laptop launch planned for this month, the tipster added. The company is yet to announce the launch of any laptop in India. Xiaomi did put out a tweet asking users which combination they would prefer for their next work or personal laptop. The options were a 15.6-inch non-metallic 2kg laptop, a 14-inch metallic 1.5kg laptop, anad a 13.3-inch metallic 1.4kg laptop. This probably hints on a new Mi laptop coming soon.

Xiaomi could be bringing its recently launched laptops to India. It launched the Mi Notebook Pro X 15 in China late last month. The laptop starts at CNY 7,999 ( ₹92,100 approx), and it comes with a 15.6-inch Samsung E4 OLED display. The Mi Notebook Pro X 15 runs up to an 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor paired with up to 1TB of storage. Under its Redmi brand, Xiaomi launched the RedmiBook Pro 14 and RedmiBook Pro 15 laptops back in February this year. These laptops are powered by 11th-generation Intel processors. It launched the AMD Ryzen 5000 series variants of the RedmiBook Pro 14 and RedmiBook Pro 15 in May this year.

Xiaomi is expected to launch these laptops in India. It would be the first Redmi laptops in India as the company looks to expand the sub-brand portfolio.

Cryptocurrency Prices Today: Bitcoin Below $34,000; Ether, Dogecoin Also Fall

Bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency fell over 4 per cent and was trading at $33,128 at around 12:15 pm. Its closest competitor Ether was down over 7 per cent in what seems to be a result of higher outflows.

All other cryptocurrencies were trading lower including Dogecoin, Cardano, XRP, Stellar, Uniswap, Chainlink, Polkadot and Litecoin.

Commenting on the brood-based fall, Edul Patel, CEO and Co-founder of Mudrex, a global algorithm-based crypto trading platform, said, “After the wonderful rally observed across the crypto spectrum in the past few days, we are curiously witnessing a profit booking session. Most of the major cryptos are down by around 5%.”

“Bitcoin investors are getting anxious as it is currently trading just above the $33,000 mark. Short sellers would be watching this closely as well. A drop below this level would likely see a huge number of short positions opening,” he added.

Patel went on to say that profit booking had a larger impact on some major altcoins. “Ether is down by approximately 6 per cent and Ethereum Classic tanked more than 7 per cent. The meme coins, Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, have taken quite a toll. Both these cryptos are down by approximately 8 per cent,” Patel said.

“Currently, Bitcoin and Ether are close to support levels and these levels would be closely tracked. In case these support levels are broken, we might see a further sell-off across the spectrum,” he said.

Here are the latest prices and trends of popular cryptocurrencies:

CryptocurrencyPrice (US Dollar)24-hour changeMarket cap (Billion)Volume (24 Hours)
Bitcoin33,129.88-4.65%$621.17$23.57 billion
Ether2,214.48-7.10%$258.21$22.01 billion
Dogecoin0.217647-7.23%$28.34$1.49 billion
Litecoin133.45-5.85%$9.08$343,967
XRP0.632249-5.61%$63.22$2.01 million
Cardano1.37-4.21%$44.11$2.04 million

Meet Jellyfishbot, The Robotic Solution For Collecting Marine Waste

Tourists visiting the picturesque port at Cassis, southern France, often see an unedifying sight: plastic bags, discarded drinks bottles, and even used surgical masks, floating in the water among the boats in the marina. But the port has found a solution, in the shape of a bright yellow remote-controlled electric powered boat that weaves around the harbour sucking the trash into a net that it trails behind its twin hulls. The boat, called Jellyfishbot, is about the size of a suitcase and so can get into the corners and narrow spaces where rubbish tends to accumulate but which are difficult for cleaners with nets to reach.
“It can go everywhere,” said Nicolas Carlesi, who has a PhD in undersea robotics and whose company, IADYS, created the boat. It is not the only device of its kind. San Diego non-profit Clear Blue Sea is developing a proto-type trash-collecting robot called “FRED”. A marine technology firm based in the Netherlands, RanMarine, has developed a robot called the “Waste Shark” which has been deployed to clean up garbage in Rotterdam harbour.

“Jellyfishbot” is in operation in around 15 French ports, and has been exported to countries including Singapore, Japan and Norway, according to Carlesi’s company. The firm has just launched an autonomous version. A keen sailor and diver, Carlesi said he came up with the idea after noticing, whenever he spent leisure time on the water, how much rubbish bobbed in the water in ports. “I thought: ‘Why not try to make this difficult and sometimes thankless task of picking up trash easier?’ So we made this robot,” he said.

Mercedes-Benz Reports A Strong End To The First Half Of 2021; Delivers 4,857 New Vehicles In India

Mercedes-Benz India on Thursday reported a strong end to the first half of 2021, a period in which it delivered 4,857 new vehicles in the country. This is a growth of 65% over the same time period of 2020 even if it is important to note that the Covid-19 pandemic had varying effects on the auto market in both of these time periods.

Bolstered by a massive product-launch offensive, Mercedes has been leading the luxury charge in the Indian automobile industry. The company has plans of driving in as many as 15 new or updated car models in 2021 and has already set the pace with the likes of A-Class Limousine on the one side of the price spectrum to the S-Class 2021 and GLS Maybach on the other. So far, the carmaker has launched eight products this year and is scheduled to drive out the new AMG E 63S and AMG E 53 performance sedans next week.

Not surprisingly, even though there is a general increase in preference for SUVs across passenger vehicle segments and in many countries including India, luxury sedans from Mercedes still fare better than SUVs here. As such, the updated E-Class LWB – launched in March – was the best-selling Mercedes model in the first half of 2021, along with the GLE. Mercedes is also claiming that it continues to have a strong order intake for the EQC, its first-ever electric vehicle which was launched in India in late 2020. Mercedes also notes that around 20% of all sales in the first six months of 2021 have been online. In Covid-19 times, carmakers have had to bolster digital sales platforms and Mercedes reports 35% of all its sales in the country in April and May were made digitally. With restrictions in many parts of the country being eased or removed completely, the German carmaker expects to emerge even stronger and highlights it is beginning a ramp-up in production from this month onwards.

Equity Benchmarks Sensex And Nifty On A Slow Start Amid Weak Global Cues

Equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty started on a choppy note on Thursday amid a negative trend in Asian peers.

The 30-share BSE index was trading 3.34 points or 0.01 per cent higher at 53,058.10 in initial deals, while the broader NSE Nifty inched 8.95 points or 0.06 per cent lower to 15,870.70.

Bajaj Auto was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising nearly 2 per cent, followed by Tech Mahindra, NTPC, IndusInd Bank, PowerGrid, M&M and HCL Tech.

On the other hand, UltraTech Cement, HUL, Sun Pharma and Nestle India were among the laggards.

In the previous session, Sensex climbed 193.58 points or 0.37 per cent to close at its fresh lifetime high of 53,054.76, and Nifty rose 61.40 points or 0.39 per cent to its record 15,879.65.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net buyers in the capital market as they purchased shares worth Rs 532.94 crore on Wednesday, as per provisional exchange data.

Domestic equities do not look to be inspiring as of now. Notably, visible improvement in business momentum with ease of business curbs by states started offering comfort, said Binod Modi Head-Strategy at Reliance Securities.

However, profit-booking at higher levels is leading to bouts of correction in the market, traders said.

Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo were trading in the red in mid-session deals.

US equities ended on a positive note in the overnight session.

Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude advanced 0.01 per cent to USD 73.44 per barrel.

MSMEs Experience A Dent In Their Financial Performance; Large Corporates Gain From Low Rates

The operating profitability of companies rose in the pandemic year 2020-21, reversing the prior two-year trend of falling profits, even as the impact on profitability and debt repayment capacity has been varied depending upon the size of the firms. Large firms made good use of low-interest rates, wage costs and raw materials last year to boost operating profits. While large corporates strengthened their balance sheet, MSMEs experienced a dent in their financial performance.

In the three quarters of 2020-21 combined, the corporate sector’s revenues and expenditure declined by 11.6 per cent and 15.2 per cent, respectively, while operational profit (earnings before interest and taxes or EBIT) increased by 7 per cent year-on-year, as per a recent assessment by the Reserve Bank of India. The impact of Covid-19 has been varied for firms of different sizes/nature of operations.

“Evidence from both advanced and emerging economies show that smaller-sized firms are relatively more vulnerable to extended periods of lockdown. Larger firms may have found it easier to cut costs compared to smaller firms during the lockdown. In India, although the interest coverage ratio (ICR) deteriorated for firms of all size categories in 2020-21, small firms appear to have been affected more by the lockdown in Q1:2020-21,” the RBI noted in its analysis on firm profitability and debt servicing capacity.

Both small and large firms, however, improved their debt serviceability ratios in Q3 to levels that are higher than the pre-pandemic period. The rise in profits and a sharp decline in borrowing costs led to recovery in their interest coverage ratio. Industry-wise sectors which depend on discretionary spending by consumers were impacted more (such as hotels, recreation services, gems and jewellery). Sectors that were excluded from the lockdown (such as food and utilities) experienced a relatively lower deterioration in interest coverage ratio in Q1 FY21.

After the sharp fall in sales and profitability in Q1 FY21 following the nationwide lockdown last year, companies continued with their cost-cutting strategies in the following quarters. Falling interest rates, low wage and other input costs, alongside recovery in sales, enabled corporate India to straighten operating profits and balance sheets in the following quarters during the previous financial year.

In Q1 FY21, average revenue from sales contracted by 32 per cent for a sample of 2,536 listed firms. Firms resorted to aggressive cost-cutting measures, enabling them to lower their total expenditure by 34 per cent. Profits nosedived, endangering their debt-servicing capacity. Indian corporates, however, adjusted quickly to the altered business environment. As sales recovered in Q2 FY21, cost-cutting continued as the preferred path to regain efficiency and return to profitability, the RBI said.

While revenue contraction moderated to 5.3 per cent, total expenditure contracted by 12.5 per cent, enabling net operating profit to rise by 33.4 per cent in Q2. However, in Q3, revenue increased by 2.0 per cent and expenditure increased by 0.3 per cent that led to further increase in profits by 35.6 per cent. Rising profitability in the third and fourth quarters helped in improving the firms’ debt servicing capacity.

California To Pay Reparations Of $25,000 To The Survivors Of Forced Sterilisation

The California state in the United States is set to pay reparations of up to $25,000 to the survivors of decades of horrific practice call ‘eugenics’. The practice, which was prevalent from 1909-1979, the government sterilized some people, mostly with mental illness or physical disability, whom it deemed unfit to have children, according to the news agency Associated Press. Some of the victims of this practice include people as young as 13-year-old, the AP report further said.

The supporters of the ‘eugenics’ believed the people with such “undesirable traits should not have children” in order to improve the human race.

According to the Associated Press, more than 20,000 people were sterilized under this practice until the law was repealed in 1979. Notably, since the practice is so old, only a few hundred people might be alive by now.

The state has set aside $7.5 million for the reparations program, part of its $262.6 billion operating budget that is awaiting governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.

California is the third state in the US after Virginia and North Carolina to make compensation to the victims of the so-called “eugenics movement”. Along with this, the state government will pay compensation to women who were sterilised in the prisons. Of which, some cases could be as recently as 2010, the news agency also reported.

Between 2005 to 2013, California sterilized at least 144 women, it also reported. “We must address and face our horrific history,” said Lorena Garcia Zermeño, policy and communications coordinator for the advocacy group California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. “This isn’t something that just happened in the past.”

It also reported that the state while all of the women signed consent forms, officials in 39 cases did not do everything that was legally required to obtain their permission for the sterilization.

The first eugenics sterilization law was introduced in Indiana state in 1907. Later, it expanded to 30 states. It reached California in 1909. It was by far the largest program, accounting for about a third of everyone sterilized in the United States under those laws.

Explosion Erupts On A Container Ship At Major Global Port In Dubai

A fiery explosion erupted on a container ship anchored in Dubai at one of the world’s largest ports late Wednesday, authorities said, sending tremors across the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates. The blaze sent up giant orange flames on a vessel at the crucial Jebel Ali Port, the busiest in the Middle East that sits on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula.

The combustion unleashed a shock wave through the skyscraper-studded city of Dubai, causing walls and windows to shake in neighborhoods as far as 25 kilometers (15 miles) away from the port. Panicked residents filmed from their high-rises as a fiery ball illuminated the night sky. The blast was powerful enough to be seen from space by a satellite.

There were no immediate reports of casualties at the port, which is also the busiest port of call for American warships outside the U.S.

Some 2 1/2 hours after the blast, Dubai’s civil defense teams said they had brought the fire under control and started the “cooling process.” Authorities posted footage on social media of firefighters dousing giant shipping containers. The glow of the blaze remained visible in the background as civil defense crews worked to contain the fire.

The extent of damage caused to the sprawling port and surrounding cargo was not immediately clear. Footage shared on social media of the aftermath showed charred containers, ashes and littered debris.

The sheer force and visibility of the explosion suggested the presence of a highly combustible substance. Dubai authorities told the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV that the crew had evacuated in time and that the fire appeared to have started in one of the containers holding “flammable material,” without elaborating.

Seeking to downplay the explosion, Mona al-Marri, director-general of Dubai Media Office, told Al-Arabiya the incident “could happen anywhere in the world” and that authorities were investigating the cause.

The Jebel Ali Port at the northern end of Dubai is the largest man-made deep-water harbor in the world and serves cargo from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Asia. The port is not only a critical global cargo hub but a lifeline for Dubai and surrounding emirates, serving as the point of entry for essential imports.

Dubai authorities did not identify the stricken ship beyond saying it was a small vessel with a capacity of 130 containers.

Ship tracker MarineTraffic showed a fleet of small support vessels surrounding a docked container ship called the Ocean Trader flagged in Comoros. Footage from the scene rebroadcast by the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency showed firefighters hosing down a vessel bearing paint and logo that corresponds to the Ocean Trader, operated by the Dubai-based Inzu Ship Charter.

The Ocean Trader docked at Jebel Ali Port at midday Wednesday. Ship tracking data showed the vessel had been sailing up and down the coast of the UAE since April. The United Nations ship database identified the vessel’s owners as Sash Shipping corporation. Sash and Inzu Ship Charter did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

Operated by the Dubai-based DP World, Jebel Ali Port boasts a handling capacity of over 22 million containers and sprawling terminals that can berth some of the world’s largest ships. Port officials said they were “taking all necessary measures to ensure that the normal movement of vessels continues without any disruption.”

State-owned DP World describes Jebel Ali Port as a “gateway hub” and a “vital link in the global trade network” that connects eastern and western markets. The company did not immediately respond to request for comment on the blast.

Highly Transmissible Delta Strain Becomes Dominant Variant In US

The highly transmissible Delta strain has overtaken the Alpha variant to become the dominant variant in the US, according to new estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Delta, which was first found in India and is now in over 100 countries, represented 51.7 per cent of new infections in the US over the two weeks ending July 3, Xinhua news agency reported citing the CDC.

Meanwhile, the proportion of new cases caused by Alpha, which was first detected in Britain, was just 28.7 per cent over the same time period, according to the CDC.

Recently, health officials and experts have warned that the Delta variant was on track to become the dominant variant in the US, as its prevalence in the nation doubles about every two weeks.

They are concerned the variant will cause a surge in new cases this fall, hitting the unvaccinated population the hardest.

Increasing cases were reported in states with lower vaccination rates, including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the CDC.

Although Delta is highly contagious, research show that most vaccines still remain highly effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths caused by the variant.

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday pushed for all eligible Americans to get Covid-19 vaccinations, stressing the importance of being protected against Delta.

The country reached its highest vaccination rate in mid-April when the seven-day average of doses administered daily topped about 3.4 million. But the rate has dropped since then.

About 47.6 per cent of the US population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and 55.1 per cent of the population has received at least one shot as of Wednesday, CDC data show.

Biden set a goal in May of having 70 per cent of American adults receive at least one Covid-19 shot by the Fourth of July. But just 18 states and Washington, DC surpassed that goal by the date, according to a Forbes report.

Uk Reports 32,548 Coronavirus Cases; The Highest Daily Increase Since January

Britain has reported another 32,548 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, the highest daily increase since January, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 4,990,916, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The country also recorded another 33 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 128,301. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

More than 45.5 million people in Britain have received the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine and over 34 million people have received two doses, the official figures showed.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that most Covid-19 restrictions are set to end on July 19 as part of the final step of England’s roadmap out of the lockdown.

This will be confirmed on July 12 following a review of the latest data by the British government.

The plans were greeted with mixed reactions.

Leader of the main opposition Labour Party Keir Starmer accused Johnson of putting the country on course for a “summer of chaos and confusion” with his plans, Sky News reported.

But when answering questions at the parliament, Johnson said that the government was taking a prudent approach by “moving away from self-isolation towards testing over the course of the next few weeks”, according to media reports.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Russia, the US as well as the European Union have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

Tara Sutaria Looks Gorgeous In Off-Shoulder Black Shimmer Gown

Tara Sutaria’s elegant fashion choices almost always work. As such, it would not be wrong to say that The Student of the Year 2 actor can effortlessly nail every look. And she did it yet again with her latest look.

In a picture the actor shared on Instagram, she looked absolutely gorgeous in an off-shoulder black shimmer gown. The thigh-high slit made her look bold and fiery.

Take a look for yourself:

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For her recent shoot with Dabbu Ratnani, the actor looked bold in a plain white shirt and long tobacco brown boots. The look was styled by Meagan Concessio.

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What do you think of her latest look?

Check Out Mahabharat Actor Anoop Singh Thakur Weight Loss Journey

Actor Anoop Singh Thakur, who rose to fame playing Dhritarashtra in the TV serial Mahabharat, took to Instagram and shared a recent picture showing off his chiseled physique. But his lean physique is a result of hard work, dedication, and the vigor to reach a certain fitness goal. He further shared that his weight loss journey — of losing 15 kilos in six months — has been fulfilling.

Sharing before and after images, the 32-year-old mentioned how he decided to take his “physique to the next level”.

“Took the left side picture on purpose six months ago in my full glory of fatness with a motto that I’ll take the physique to the next level. Decided to re-create every damn picture today to give you the motivation you may need in your journey, that you understand that with consistency, daily efforts, discipline, and willpower, it is possible to achieve a naturally fit and aesthetic physique,” he said.

In the pictures taken six months apart, he is seen wearing the same pair of trousers and striking a similar pose. “Same pose, same trouser, same place but different attitude. The power of the mind,” Thakur, who won a gold medal in a bodybuilding contest in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015, captioned the post.

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The actor who gained a lot of weight during the shoot of Mahabharat decided to get back in shape.

His Instagram page has been full of videos where he can be seen sweating it out in the gym.

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Experts point out that one can incorporate small tweaks to avoid boredom and to jazz up your weight loss efforts.

What do you think of his fitness routine?

Belgium’s Africa Museum Begins Process To Return Stolen Art To Congo

From the late 19th century to 1960, thousands of artworks including wooden statues, elephant ivory masks, manuscripts and musical instruments were likely taken by Belgian and other European collectors, scientists, explorers and soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Belgium’s Africa Museum, once a celebration of the country’s colonial rule, will begin a multi-year process of returning stolen art to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Belgian government said on Tuesday.

From the late 19th century to 1960, thousands of art works including wooden statues, elephant ivory masks, manuscripts and musical instruments were likely taken by Belgian and other European collectors, scientists, explorers and soldiers.

Following a 66-million-euro ($78 million) overhaul of the Africa Museum to take a more critical view of Belgium’s colonial past, the government is ready to meet DRC calls for restitution.

“The approach is very simple: everything that was acquired through illegitimate means, through theft, through violence, through pillaging, must be given back,” Belgian junior minister Thomas Dermine told Reuters. “It doesn’t belong to us.”

Millions of Congolese are estimated to have died from the late 19th century when Congo was first a personal fiefdom of King Leopold II, before becoming a colony of the Belgian state.

Belgium will transfer legal ownership of the artefacts to DRC. But it will not immediately ship artworks to the country from the museum in Tervuren, just outside Brussels, unless they are specifically requested by DRC authorities.

That is partly because the museum, which has proved popular since its renovation and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors before the Covid-19 pandemic, wants to keep artefacts on display. One option is to pay a loan fee to DRC.

Belgium says the Congolese authorities are conscious of the bigger audience in Belgium compared to DRC, which is one of the world’s poorest countries, according to the United Nations. It has few cultural centres or storage facilities.

“The museum believes it will be able to cooperate with the Congolese authorities, as is common among international institutions, to keep the objects in Belgium via loan agreements,” said museum director Guido Gryseels.

The museum also has a huge number of artefacts whose provenance is unclear. It hopes to use a team of scientists and experts over the next five years to identify them and to separate those that were acquired legally by the museum.

“In five years with a lot of resources we can do a lot, but it could be work for the next 10 to 20 years to be absolutely sure of all the objects we have, that we know the precise circumstances in which they were acquired,” Gryseels said.

Placide Mumbembele Sanger, a professor of anthropology at the University of Kinshasa who is working at the museum in Tervuren, said the process was a simple one.

“These are objects going back to their natural context so I don’t see why we should ask so many questions,” he said. “It’s as if you go out and someone steals your wallet and the person asks you whether or not you are ready to have it back.”

Hansika Motwani’s “My Name is Shruthi” Launches With Pooja Ceremony: See Pics

Hansika Motwani’s new Telugu film, My Name is Shruthi, was officially launched yesterday (July 7) in Hyderabad. The film’s launch with a customary pooja in the presence of the cast and crew. The makers decided to launch the film with a minimal crowd due to the spread of Covid-19 and also ensured that the team follows the necessary safety precautions.

The makers took to Twitter to share some pictures from the pooja ceremony. They also revealed that the film is touted to be an edge-of-seat thriller, written and directed by Srinivas Omkar. Ramya Burugu and Nagender Raju are producing the film under the Vaishnavi Arts banner. Mark K Robin has composed the music and background score for the film, while Kishore Boyidapu has handled the cinematography.

Hansika Motwani has carved a niche for herself in showbiz. The actress started her acting journey with the Puri Jagannadh-directorial, ‘Desamuduru.’ And after that, there was no looking back for the diva. Over the years, she featured in over 35 films in different languages. The actress has bagged several awards for her performances. And more so, she has garnered millions of fans across the nation. Apart from ‘My Name is Shruthi,’ Hansika has also signed a Telugu film titled ‘105 Minutes,’ which is in the filming phase.

Rahul, Disha Wedding Preparation Begins With Dance Practice Session: See Video

The preparations for singer Rahul Vaidya and television actor Disha Parmar’s wedding began with dance practice sessions. Rahul and Disha on Tuesday announced that they will tie the knot on July 16.

Taking to Instagram Stories on Tuesday, Rahul Vaidya and Disha Parmar shared video clips where their friends and close ones were seen practicing a few dance moves. In one of the clips, shared by music director Shreyas Puranik, the duo was seen enjoying with their friends as preparations continued. A fan account also shared a video clip.

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On Tuesday, Rahul and Disha announced their wedding date on Twitter and posted a joint statement. “With the blessings of our families, we are delighted to share this special moment with you all. We are elated to announce that our wedding is set to take place on 16th of July, 2021. We seek your love and blessings as we begin this new chapter of love and togetherness. Love, Disha and Rahul #TheDisHulWedding,” the couple wrote.

Rahul and Disha have been in a relationship for quite some time now. Their love story stole the limelight when Rahul proposed to Disha during his stint in Bigg Boss 14 last year. On national television, Rahul went down on his knees, took out a ring, turned to the camera and asked Disha to marry him. He even wore a T-shirt that had ‘Marry Me?’ written on it, and since then fans started calling Disha and Rahul with the nickname Dishul.

Towards the end of the show, when Disha appeared on the series as a guest, the singer proposed to her in person. The couple was supposed to get married soon after Bigg Boss ended in February but their plans were pushed due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rahul recently returned from the South African capital of Cape Town after shooting for Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Robert Downey Sr, Father of Hollywood Star Robert Downey Jr Dies At 85

Father of Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr. and accomplished countercultural filmmaker, Robert Downey Sr. has passed away. He was 85.

Downey Jr. took to his Instagram to share the news with the world. He informed that his father died late Tuesday in his sleep at home in New York. He had Parkinson’s disease for more than five years.

Sharing a monochrome picture of his father, RDJ wrote, “RIP Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021…Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson’s ..he was a true maverick filmmaker and remained remarkably optimistic throughout.. According to my stepmom’s calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years.

Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

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Downey Sr was a Hollywood journeyman who made a name for himself with radical, anti-establishment films, like the low-budget Madison Avenue advertising industry satire ‘Putney Swope’ and the Western Jesus parable ‘Greaser’s Palace’ starring Allan Arbus. His son, Robert Downey Jr., daughter Allyson Downey and first wife Elsie Downey also appeared in ‘Greaser’s Palace’.

He also featured in the film ‘To Live and Die in L.A.’, played the role of a studio manager in ‘Boogie Nights’ and the show director in ‘Magnolia’.

Born in New York City in 1936 as Robert Elias Jr., he later changed his surname to Downey – his stepfather’s name – in order to enlist in the army early. After the army, he got into filmmaking by chance while living in New York with his sister.

The elder Downey is also survived by his wife, bestselling author Rosemary Rogers.

Akshay Kumar Enjoys Memes Made By Filhaal Fans; Reposts Some Of Them

Actor Akshay Kumar is enjoying all the memes on his recently released music video, Filhaal 2- Mohabbat. The tragic love ballad is sung by B Praak and stars Akshay with Nupur Sanon.

Sharing the memes on Twitter, Akshay Kumar wrote, “Thank you SO much for all the love to #Filhaal2Mohabbat. I know the pain in it made some of you sad. So here’s reposting some fun memes by Filhaal fans to make you smile. Amazing creativity, amazing spirit.”

Most memes chose their baraat-dancing scene as the template. In it, Akshay is seen dancing but suddenly breaks into sobs. Most were about the disappointments one faces at wedding and another even gave a Bhool Bhulaiyaa twist to B Praak’s heartbreak songs.

On Tuesday, Akshay took to Instagram and shared the link to the song. “Filhall, my first music video started out as something new and fun to do…but Filhaal 2- Mohabbat is a result of your immense love. Now all yours,” he captioned the post.

The latest track is a sequel to Filhall, which was released in 2019. B Praak has sung both songs. Punjabi actor and singer Ammy Virk is also seen in the second part.

The new music video showed the pain of getting one’s heartbroken in love. In the video, Akshay Kumar plays a doctor who is sad and crying at the wedding of his love, essayed by Nupur, with Ammy Virk’s character.

Before the release of the song, Nupur even visited a gurdwara to seek God’s blessings. “Seeking blessings for the entire team of Filhaal 2- Mohabbat,” she posted on Instagram Story.

She even expressed her gratitude towards Akshay. “Learnt so much about you sir. About acting and so much beyond acting …Life. Only and only respect for the person you are. Thank you for being my mentor,” Nupur said.

Arvindr Khaira has directed the music video of Filhaal 2.

Celebs Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan Visit Dilip Kumar House

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away earlier today at the age of 98. He was admitted to the Hinduja hospital, Khar, in Mumbai for the last 15 days. His mortal remains have been taken to his residence in Bandra. A grief-stricken Saira Banu, who was with Dilip in hospital for the last fortnight, was also seen at the hospital.

The doctors at the hospital said his treatment was ongoing for the last 3-4 months now. He suffered from advanced prostate cancer that had spread to other organs of his body.

“He had water in the pleural cavity, and he suffered kidney failure. He required blood transfusion multiple times. We carried out the last transfusion but it did not help,” a hospital doctor said, adding that “The cancer spread made it difficult to treat him.”

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The actor’s official Twitter account also confirmed the news of his death, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return.” Another update said the last rites of the late actor will take place at 5 pm on Wednesday. “Burial today at 5:00 PM. Juhu Qabrastan at Santacruz Mumbai.”

Iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar, while tweeting about losing Dilip Kumar also paid her respect to Saira Banu. She shared how over the last few years, ‘Yusuf Bhai’ wasn’t keeping well and could not recognise anyone. The singer added that Saira Bhabhi left everything and served him day and night. “There was no other life for him. I bow to such a woman and pray that Yusuf Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” she tweeted.

Cryptocurrency Prices Today: Bitcoin, Ether Gain But Remain Under Pressure

Popular cryptocurrencies were under pressure on Wednesday as China continues its crackdown on virtual coin trade.

Bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, gained marginally by 0.06 percent at 11:20 am. Dogecoin was also struggling to gain momentum and fell nearly 2 percent. Ether gained over 2.80 percent and was trading at $2,383.58.

Valuations of other popular cryptocurrencies remained mixed as China’s central bank ordered the shutdown of a Beijing-based software maker over its suspected involvement in cryptocurrency trading.

Authorities ordered Beijing Qudao Cultural Development Co Ltd to suspend operations, and its website has been deactivated. The development was confirmed in a statement by the Beijing financial supervision administration and a department of the People’s Bank of China.

The statement said companies in Beijing should not provide venues, commercial displays or advertising for cryptocurrency-related businesses.

In another negative development, major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has suspended Euro bank deposits from one of Europe’s key payments networks. The development was reported by The Financial Times.

Binance said from 8 am universal coordinated time on Wednesday, customers would no longer be able to deposit funds through the Single Euro Payments Area, or Sepa schemes. It added that the move was due to “events beyond control”.

It may be noted that the major cryptocurrency exchange is currently facing scrutiny in a number of countries including the US, Britain and Thailand. The development has made investors nervous, but analysts indicate that it will not have any long-term impact.

While virtual coin prices have been gaining this week, there has been no significant upward movement due to the developments mentioned above. Moreover, the rise in the valuation of the US dollar has also weighed in on cryptocurrencies.

CryptocurrencyPrice (US Dollar)24-hour changeMarket cap (Billion)Volume (24 Hours)
Bitcoin34,805.040.23%$652.05$27.58 billion
Ether2,382.502.45%$277.77$26.64 billion
Dogecoin0.235244-1.80%$30.63$1.16 billion
Litecoin141.74-0.13%$9.64$2.38 billion
XRP0.670210-0.84%$67.01$2.45 million
Cardano1.43-1.05%$46.16$2.40 billion

R3 Strong Radio Blackout Occurs In Certain Regions Around The Atlantic Ocean

On July 3 around 8 pm IST, the sun emitted a large solar flare that was observed by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Solar flares are magnetic storms launched from the sun, releasing energy equivalent to a few million hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time.

During a solar flare, the highly energetic charged particles are expelled from the sun at speeds close to that of the speed of light. These rays can disturb the ionosphere region of the Earth, which plays an important role in radio communications. The US NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center tweeted that a strong radio blackout occurred in certain regions around the Atlantic Ocean on July 3.

“When radiation, energetic particles and solar plasma material released during a solar flare interact with the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere, it creates strong geomagnetic storms. This induces strong currents at ground levels which can trip electric power grids in countries situated at high latitudes, impacting air traffic on polar routes,” explained Prof Dibyendu Nandi from the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, Kolkata. He noted that sensitive satellite sensors can also be damaged. “Also, the radiation ionises the Earth’s upper atmosphere, changing conditions in the ionosphere, which is very important for high-frequency radio communications used by defense agencies, airline operators, and emergency services,” he added.

One of the biggest impacts of solar flares in history resulted in a large portion of the North American power grid failing. On March 13, 1989, Quebec, Canada, suffered a power blackout that lasted for over 12 hours, and radio signals were jammed due to the solar flare. NASA noted that some satellites tumbled out of control and the TDRS-1 communication satellite recorded over 250 anomalies as the high energy from the flare affected its sensitive electronics.

Realme Plans To Launch 5G Smartphones Under 10,000 Price Segment

Realme India’s CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed that the company has plans to launch 5G smartphones in the sub 10,000 price segment. However, these will arrive in India by 2022. While the executive didn’t reveal much about the upcoming 5G budget phones, he did confirm that all the 2021 Realme products will support 5G that will offer “enhanced performance.”

“We are working on bringing 5G phones in the sub 10,000 segment, so stay tuned for more of this,” he said. The devices will be powered by the latest 5G processors and are expected to sport trendy designs. The executive asserted that the upcoming 5G phones will have lightweight designs.

Sheth also confirmed that it will be launching a few models under the Realme GT 5G series and one of them will be unveiled in Q3, 2021. While the exact launch date is still under wraps, rumours suggest that the device will make its debut by the end of July.

Realme is promising that the premium device will feature the latest flagship processor and will be available at affordable prices. It will likely be powered by Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 888 chipset. “We will also see the launch of Realme GT series itself in this quarter, with the multiple GT products. So it is not just going to be one product but we will be having a GT as a series,” Sheth said.

The company also has plans to launch new 5G phones in the Realme Narzo series. “We have many more exciting 5G launches lined up for the Narzo series this year itself,” Sheth added. The brand is already offering two 5G phones in this series and these are Realme Narzo 30 and Realme Narzo 30 Pro. It is unknown whether the Chinese company will launch a refreshed version of these models or a more affordable 5G Narzo device.

Tata Motors Launches Altroz, Nexon and Nexon EV Dark Edition: Check Details

Tata Motors on Wednesday launched the Dark Range of its Altroz, Nexon and Nexon EV and informed that bookings for these models are now open and that these are available at dealerships across the country. Following on the footsteps of Harrier Dark which was launched in August of 2019 – and which has now also been updated, and because of the positive response it received, Tata Motors says it has decided to extend the premium quotient in some of its other offerings like Altroz and Nexon.

While Altroz Dark starts at ₹8.71 lakh, the Nexon Dark starts at ₹10.40 lakh. The Nexon EV Dark has been priced at ₹15.99 lakh while the Harrier Dark continues to have a price sticker of ₹18.04 (all prices are ex showroom, Delhi).

Tata Motors offers Altroz Dark in a new Cosmo Black exterior body colour with dark tint finish on R16 alloy wheels. The hood gets a dark chrome addition. On the inside, the theme is highlighted by granite black colour tone with metallic gloass black mid pad and leatherette upholstery with deep Blue Tri-arrow perforations and deco blue stitching. There is also a ‘Dark’ mascot on the exterior and the ‘Dark’ embroidery on the front headrest.

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Altroz Dark highlights:

>Nexon Dark from Tata Motors also gets charcoal black R16 alloys, sonic silver highlights with granite black cladding on the exterior body and a dark mascot.

>On the inside, Nexon Dark too makes use of a dark interior pack and has premium leatherette upholstery with Tri-arrow perforations on seats and door trim. The ‘Dark’ embroidery finds its way on the headrests here as well.

>The new Nexon Dark will be offered in XZ+, XZA+, XZ+(O) & XZA+(O) variants, in both petrol & diesel fuel options.

>Nexon EV Dark from Tata Motors has been made available in XZ+ and the XZ+ LUX variants. The company says that these variants will get a ‘a premium Midnight Black exterior colour with Satin Black humanity line and beltline.’ Charcoal grey alloy wheels and ‘Dark’ mascot are the other highlights here.

>Step in and the Nexon EV Dark will offer glossy piano Black mid-pad with premium dark-themed leatherette upholstery with Tri-arrow perforations on seats and door trims, highlighted by EV Blue stitches on the seats and leatherette wrapped steering wheel. It will also, additionally, get iTPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system).

>Harrier Dark comes in a new Oberon black colour with a tinge of deep blue shade. Standing on R18 Blackstone Alloys, the Harrier Dark now looks more stylish than before.

>Inside, it gets dark upper environment, Benecke Kaliko Leatherette upholstery with Tri-Arrow perforations and with a deep blue undertone, and the ‘Dark’ embroidery on the front seat headrests.

>Harrier Dark is made available in three trims – XT+, XZ+ & XZA+.

Government Brings The Department Of Public Enterprises (DPE) Under The Finance Ministry

As part of the divestment strategy for the financial sector, the government has decided to go for a mega initial public offering (IPO) of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and residual stake sale in IDBI Bank during the financial year beginning April.

The government has brought the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) under the Finance Ministry in a bid to facilitate its ambitious disinvestment program. Earlier, DPE was part of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

“Ministry of Finance (Vitta Mantralaya), after the sub-heading (v) Department of Financial Services (Vittiya Sewayen Vibhag), following sub-heading shall be inserted, namely:- (vi) Department of Public Enterprises (Lok Udyam Vibhag)” as per the Cabinet Secretariat notification dated July 6, 2021.

The gazette notification issued said these rules may be called the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Three Hundred and Sixty-First Amendment Rules, 2021. “They shall come into force at once,” the notification said. With the addition, this will be the sixth department under the Finance Ministry.

The rejig comes ahead of Cabinet expansion slated later in the day. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget 2021-22 had announced a big-ticket privatization agenda, including privatization of two public sector banks and one general insurance company.

As part of the divestment strategy for the financial sector, the government has decided to go for a mega initial public offering (IPO) of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and residual stake sale in IDBI Bank during the financial year beginning April. The government has budgeted Rs 1.75 lakh crore from stake sale in public sector companies and financial institutions during 2021-22.

Tata Motors Shares Extend Their Loss; Slipped Over 3 Percent

Shares of Tata Motors extended their losses and slipped over 3 percent in early trade on Wednesday.

The stock dipped as much as 3.36 percent each to Rs 306.30 apiece on the BSE and Rs 306.25 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) during the early morning trade on Wednesday.

At 11:42 am, Tata Motors stock was at Rs 312.00, down Rs 4.95 (1.56 percent) on the BSE and at Rs 312.20, down Rs 4.70 (1.48 percent) on NSE. Over 41.74 lakh shares were traded on the BSE so far in the intraday trade while over 5.95 crore shares exchanged hands on NSE.

On Tuesday, Tata Motors scrip had gone into a tailspin erasing early gains and crashed over 8 percent lower on both the exchanges triggered by a selloff towards the end of the trade session.

The automaker’s UK subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on Tuesday reported a 68.1 percent year-on-year rise in retail sales for the quarter ended June 2021 at 124,537 units. It had retailed 74,067 units in the April-June quarter last year.

Wholesales were up 72.6 percent on-year at 84,442 units (excluding China JV). However, wholesales were around 30,000 units lower than demand would have permitted due to semiconductor supply constraints and impacts of Covid-19 affecting the global auto industry, JLR said in its statement.

“Looking ahead, the chip shortage is presently very dynamic and difficult to forecast,” the statement said adding that based on the recent inputs from suppliers, JLR now expects chip supply shortages in the second quarter ended September 2021, to be greater than in the first quarter, potentially resulting in wholesale volumes about 50 percent lower than planned.

“We expect the situation will start to improve in the second half of our financial year. However, the broader underlying structural capacity issues will only be resolved as supplier investment in new capacities comes online over the next 12-18 months and so we expect some level of shortages will continue through to the end of the year and beyond,” the JLR statement noted.

“While the present supply constraints continue, the company will continue to prioritize production of higher-margin vehicles for the chip supply available as well as make chip and product specification changes wherever possible to reduce the impact,” it said.

“In the scenario above, we expect an operating cash outflow of about £1 billion with a negative EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) margin in the second quarter and a substantial improvement in underlying* operating cash flow in the second half of the financial year as chip supply improves,” the automaker said.

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