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  • Audio books might be my next obsession: Rasika Dugal

    Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) Actress Rasika Dugal, who is all set to lend her voice to audio platform Audible.in, says audio books might be her next obsession. The platform which launched in the country on Friday will have its operation running from India with several Indian original content. Rasika has[Read More…]

  • Shooting for Punjabi remake of ‘Singham’ begins

    Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) The shooting for the Punjabi remake of the hit 2011 Hindi film “Singham” has commenced. The remake stars Parmish Verma as the heroic cop and actress Sonam Bajwa. The film is presented by T-Series and Ajay Devgn. The film is jointly produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan[Read More…]

  • An ‘epic’ on Indian soldiers in WWI (Book Review)

    By C. Uday BhaskarBook: The Indian Empire At War; Author: George Morton-Jack; Publisher: Little, Brown; Pages: 582; Price Rs 699 World War I was a long and brutal military confrontation between the major powers of the early 20th century, fought across the trenches of Europe and in large swathes of[Read More…]

  • Veteran actor, adman Alyque Padamsee dead

    Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) Veteran actor, theatre personality and advertising guru Alyque Padamsee died here on Saturday morning, family sources said. He was 90. He is survived by three former wives and four children besides other relatives. Among other achievements, Padamsee is best remembered for his role of Mohammed Ali[Read More…]

  • 12 students injured in Noida schoolbus accident

    Noida, Nov 17 (IANS) At least 12 students were injured on Saturday in Noida when the schoolbus they were travelling hit a pillar in an underpass, police said. Two students were said to be seriously injured and have been admitted to the Kailash Hospital. The police said prima facie was[Read More…]

  • What attracts Bollywood guys to older women? (Column: Bollywood Spotlight)

    By Subhash K. JhaMumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have company. Older women in love with younger guys seems to be a trend taking hold of the entertainment industry. There is a lot in common between the two newly “outed” couples in the entertainment industry, Arjun Kapoor-Malaika[Read More…]

  • Mahershala Ali did ‘Green Book’ for challenge it posed

    Los Angeles, Nov 17 (IANS) Actor Mahershala Ali says he was attracted towards “Green Book” by the challenge of playing an enigmatic character. The film is based on a true story of friendship and relationship between working class Italian-American bouncer who becomes a driver of an African-American classical pianist on[Read More…]

  • NTR’s grand-daughter receives family support for Telangana Assembly bid

    Hyderabad, Nov 17 (IANS) TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao’s grand-daughter N. Suhasini, who is contesting the next month’s elections to Telangana Assembly, on Saturday received support from her brothers and popular Telugu actors Junior NTR and Kalyan Ram and uncle and veteran actor N. Balakrishna. Suhasini, the daughter of late[Read More…]

  • 3 civilians abducted in J&K

    Srinagar, Nov 17 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen on Saturday abducted three civilians from Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said. The civilians, identified as Farooq Ahmad, Shahid Ahmad and Raja, were abducted from a bakery shop in Sadpora Payeen village. On Friday, a teenager, Nadeem Manzoor, who was also abducted from[Read More…]

  • Movies great medium to create good awareness, says Revathi

    Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS) Actress Revathi, who features in the short film “Udne do”, says cinema is a great medium to create awareness about several social issues. “I really appreciate USK Foundation to give Aarti the freedom and space to make this film. When I heard the script, I was[Read More…]

  • Renaming spree: Erasing Muslim heritage (Column: Political Circus)

    By Amulya GanguliUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has lived up to his reputation as a Hindutva hawk. There has been no mellowing of his attitude as is common in the cases of other hardliners ascending to the seat of power. Instead, he has taken the opportunity of the authority[Read More…]

  • Kanye donates money to family of security guard killed by police

    Los Angeles, Nov 17 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West was deeply moved by a story of the killing of a Chicago security guard and donated $150,000 to his family. West heard the story of Jemel Roberson — who was gunned down by police after stopping a drunken man with a gun[Read More…]

  • Facebook testing feature to let you co-watch videos with friends

    San Francisco, Nov 17 (IANS) Facebook is testing a feature called “Watch Videos Together” on Messenger that would enable simultaneous co-viewing of videos over a group chat on different devices. A Facebook spokesperson said this is an “internal test”, TechCrunch reported on Friday. The code discovered describes Messenger allowing you[Read More…]

  • YouTube comedian ‘MostlySane’ fights hate online but ‘likes’ trolls

    By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Nov 17 (IANS) How does one react to the torrent of hate engulfing the social media? The surprising answer of the Indian YouTube personality Prajakta Koli, herself the target of trolls, was: “Personally for me, I like them.” “I don’t hate them at all because they[Read More…]

  • Was it necessary to kill Avni? (Comment)

    By Nitya KaushikMumbai, Nov 17 (IANS/Monggabay) In November 2012, a tigress and her two cubs began a journey from their home in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh. She had somewhat uncharacteristically left the forest. Over the next two years, this tigress is recorded to have travelled 260 km —[Read More…]

  • Bob Mackie designs for Cher, Carol Burnett to be auctioned

    Los Angeles, Nov 17 (IANS) Renowned designer Bob Mackie’s outfits for singer Cher and actress Carol Burnett are being auctioned. Julien’s Auctions is offering outfits worn by Cher and Sharon Tate to bidders beginning Saturday in their Icons and Idols: Hollywood, Street and Contemporary Art auction. Along with actress Marilyn[Read More…]

  • New Microsoft app evaluates facial expressions against emojis

    San Francisco, Nov 17 (IANS) Microsoft has launched a new app called “Emoji8” that allows users to compare their own facial expressions to emojis and get evaluated with scores. “‘Emoji8’ uses ‘Windows Machine Learning (ML)’ to evaluate your facial expressions while you imitate a random selection of emojis. You can[Read More…]

  • Parrikar should hand over charge, administration paralysed: BJP ally

    Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should hand over charge since the state administration under his leadership has been paralysed for eight months, a BJP ally said here on Saturday. “The central committee of the party has resolved to urge the government to find a replacement[Read More…]

  • Trade war will have no winners: Xi

    Port Moresby, Nov 17 (IANS) China’s President Xi Jinping said here on Saturday that the world needs common rules of global governance that do not respond to “selfish agendas” and warned that a trade war will have no winners. “History has shown that in confrontations, whether in the form of[Read More…]

  • Voting begins in first phase of J&K panchayat polls

    Jammu/Srinagar, Nov 17 (IANS) Polling began on Saturday for the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir panchayat elections under tight security arrangements. Voting started at 8 a.m. and will end on 2 p.m. Very few voters were seen outside polling stations in the valley while voters started coming out[Read More…]

  • Ex-Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to lead Google Cloud

    San Francisco, Nov 17 (IANS) Indian-American Thomas Kurian, former Oracle President of product development and a respected technologist, is going to head Google Cloud from early next year, the tech giant has announced. The current CEO of Google Cloud Diane Greene will continue through January, working with Kurian to ensure[Read More…]

  • Minimum temperatures drop across J&K

    Jammu/Srinagar, Nov 17 (IANS) The minimum temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir dropped on Saturday due to a clear night sky, the Met Department said. “The minimum temperatures dropped further across Jammu and Kashmir today due to clear night sky. These temperatures are likely to drop further as the weather is[Read More…]

  • Hindu group calls for shutdown in Kerala

    Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 17 (IANS) A Hindu group on Saturday called for a shutdown in Kerala following the “detention” of few religious leaders the previous night from the Sabarimala temple premises. The most prominent among the detained on Friday night were Hindu Iykavedi (HI) President and senior BJP leader K.P. Sasikala.[Read More…]

  • Planet-hunting Kepler telescope put to rest with final commands

    Washington, Nov 17 (IANS) NASA’s Kepler space telescope, that discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and revealed that our galaxy contains more planets than stars, has received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth The “goodnight” commands finalise the spacecraft’s transition into retirement, which began[Read More…]

  • David Harbour joins Chris Hemsworth in ‘Dhaka’

    Los Angeles, Nov 17 (IANS) “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour will star opposite actor Chris Hemsworth in “Dhaka”, an action thriller for streaming giant Netflix. Sam Hargrave, a stunt coordinator who also acts as the stunt double for “Captain America” star Chris Evans, is making his directorial debut with the[Read More…]

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