Saturday, 11 June 2016

Jolie might star in 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Actress Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express”.

The shooting is expected to begin in November in London and then move to Malta, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

jolie-might-star-in-murder-on-orient-expressJolie would play Mrs. Harriet Hubbard, a role once played by actress Lauren Bacall in the 1974 version.

The Fox film, based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery, has been in the works for years. 

The story is on special detective Hercule Poirot, who boards the train from Istanbul to London only to have a murder committed in the car next to his during a snowstorm. Poirot tries to discover the murderer or murderers before there's another victim.
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Stop policing, don't sanitize art: Swara to Nihalani

Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar on Friday came out in support of Anurag Kashyap's "Udta Punjab", and in an open letter to Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani she said that "sanitizing art and popular culture was not the healthiest thing for society".

stop-policing-dont-sanitize-art-swaraShe also said that an atmosphere of 'sanitization' and 'policing' produces fear among artists and creative people.

"I want to bring to your attention that a deliberately sanitized art and popular culture may not be the healthiest thing for a society. No society in the world is sanitized. There is a lot that is wrong, dirty, shameful, filthy and abusive everywhere in the world," she wrote in the letter.

"Art reflects its context and the society it was created in. To produce a sanitized art, that is unable to accommodate or reflect the less savoury aspects of society is to wear blinders, unnecessarily," she added.
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Deepika Padukone is the biggest star: Irrfan Khan

Actor Irrfan Khan, who shared the screen with Deepika Padukone in "Piku", says Deepika is the biggest star and he is glad Amitabh Bachchan thinks the same.

deepika-padukone-is-biggest-star-irrfanRecently, Amitabh Bachchan said that people watched "Piku" only because of Deepika Padukone. 

Irrfan, asked for his reaction on the same, said: "I don't want to react on that. If he is saying so then there is some truth to it. Deepika is the biggest star and she was the diamond in the whole montage of actors and I am glad he acknowledged Deepika's work."

Meanwhile, Irrfan is busy promoting his film "Madaari" and he says the definition of commercial cinema should be broadened.

He says, "We are trying to redefine commercial cinema and commercial cinema's definition should be broadened."
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Hope Shyam Benegal committee report is implemented soon: Sudhir Mishra

Director Sudhir Mishra on Firday said he hopes that filmmaker Shyam Benegal's report, as part of a committee to revamp the censor board, is implemented soon.

"I hope Shyam Benegal committee's report is implemented very soon because he is the most idealistic and knowledgeable filmmaker we have in the country. I think it is a great idea that the government made him the head of the committee, which will relook censorship and certification in the time of the internet," Mishra said.

sudhir-mishra-on-shyam-benegal-committee-report"This is a very old set of rules you work with. Time has totally changed. I think it will be implemented very soon," the "Yeh Saali Zindagi" helmer said at a screening of films directed by The Homeless Children of Vatslya Foundation on Thursday.

Benegal was handed the responsibility of revamping the guidelines in the censor board, with numerous established names such as Kamal Haasan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra among others in the committee, in January this year. 

The committee submitted its report in April.

He added, "Cinema is a voluntary act; you buy a ticket and then watch it. If you don't want to see it, you walk out. I mean everybody is entitled to his or her view so if television, media is allowed their point of view then why not filmmakers?"

Waterproof mascara, tinted moisturiser: Must-haves during monsoon

To avoid ruining your perfect make-up on a rainy day, apply a thin coat of tinted moisturiser, then a layer of foundation, and always use a waterproof mascara, says an expert.

waterproof-mascara-tinted-moisturiserNirmal Randhava, make-up artist and owner of Indica Makeover, has shared essential tips for maintaining flawless make-up during the monsoon season: 

♦ Tinted moisturiser: Always make sure that your foundation is waterproof. During the rainy days, the best way to use a foundation is to apply a thin coat of tinted moisturiser and then put a layer of foundation. This will help the foundation stay longer. 

♦ Waterproof mascara: Waterproof mascara is a must during rainy days. So to keep your lashes locked down with that perfect colour of mascara; make sure you have waterproof mascara in your kitty.

Skin care tips for women in 30s

It's time to understand your skin better and care for it according to your unique needs. From cleansing regularly to indulging in a one-minute facial, women in their 30s need to take good care of their skin, says an expert.

Divya Mehta, Co-founder and Head, EpiqueLabs, suggests how:

♦ Cleansing: Start and end your day by using a gel-based cleanser that is gentle yet effective. Cleansing ensures that your skin can breathe properly and clean skin also helps with the efficacy of the products you apply. Without proper absorption, the cream will not be able to benefit your skin, as it should. 

♦ Exfoliate to boost your cell renewal: Exfoliate to get rid of all the surface dead skin cells. This helps with cell turnover and increases circulation. The result is healthy skin that glows naturally.

skin-care-tips-for-women-in-30s* The one-minute facial: Warm the product in your hands to help it penetrate the skin better. Massage your face in an upward motion using the tip of your fingers and stimulate your skin by tapping on it gently. End the massage by wrapping your hands on your face to give an added massage to the dermis. It will help keep dull skin at bay.

'Junooniyat' release preponed to June 17

"Junooniyat", starring Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam, will now release on June 17 instead of June 24. It has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification without a single cut, says the film's director Vivek Agnihotri.
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The director said in a statement: "We were already ready with the film and the songs have become very popular. There is a lot of curiosity about the film, so we decided to go ahead and prepone the film's release.

Ranveer Singh elated with Indian of the Year award

Bollywood's livewire actor Ranveer Singh, who was felicitated with the ‘Indian of The Year - Special Achievement Award’ by CNN-NEWS18 here, says he feels "blessed" with the honour.

ranveer-singh-elated-with-indian-of-the-year-award"I feel blessed, humbled and grateful to be honoured as CNN-NEWS18's 'Indian of the year' for Special Achievement. I'm elated to have my name included in the list of stalwarts and legends of the Indian entertainment industry at this early stage in my career," Ranveer said in a statement.

The 30-year-old star made his debut in 2010 in the film "Band Baaja Baaraat" and has worked in many entertainers like "Ladies vs Ricky Bahl", "Lootera", "Gunday", "Dil Dhadakne Do" and "Bajirao Mastani".

Ranveer says he has been fortunate to have been "given some wonderful opportunities" to showcase his abilities as a performer.

'Do Lafzon...': Kajal, Randeep add spark to this Korean remake

Film: "Do Lafzon Ki Kahani"; Directed by Deepak Tijori; Cast: Randeep Hooda, Kajal Agarwal; Rating: ***

Korea dominates Bollywood this week. Barely had we gotten over Anurag Kashyap wondering if we live in North Korea (we don't, the Information and Broadcasting Minister has assured us), there come two Korean remakes on the same Friday.

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The far superior "TE3N" reprises the Korean film "Montage". The other new film "Do Lafzon Ki Kahani" is actor-turned-director Deepak Tijori's heartfelt adaptation of the Korean film "Always", about a disgraced guilt-stricken boxer and a happy but visibly impaired girl whom he falls in love with.

Keep fit with special exercises for women this summer

Working out in summer can be bit of a challenge, given the heat and the sweat.

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Here’s listing the simplest and fun-to-do workouts for summer as suggested by fitness trainer Kiran Krishna kumar which you can either do at a fitness center or while just taking a stroll around the nearby community park.

Side Plank: This exercise tones several abdominal muscles. Lay down on the left side, keeping your knees straight. Use your left arm and elbow to support your upper body. Now, raise your hips, so that there is a straight line between your shoulders and ankles. Hold this position for 30 seconds while breathing normally and then ease out to the resting position. Turn and repeat the same from the right side of your body. 

Second position plies: Stand with your feet spread wider than shoulder-width, slightly turn out your toes and bend your knees to lower your body so that your thighs are parallel to the floor. Now, raise your arms overhead, while resting down and back the shoulders. Hold that position and breathe normally before pushing yourself back to the first position.

Taking pictures on vacation can enhance your enjoyment

While people might think that stopping to take photographs during their vacation could make it less pleasurable, a new study suggests that people who take photos of their experiences usually enjoy the events more than people who do not.

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Conducted by a joint team of psychologists from the University of Southern California, Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, the research is the first extensive investigation examining how taking photos affects people's enjoyment of their experiences.

"We show that, relative to not taking photos, photography can heighten enjoyment of positive experiences by increasing engagement," wrote study co-authors Kristin Diehl, Gal Zauberman and Alixandra Barasch in an article published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 

Be monsoon ready in style

Don't let the humid weather make you feel less fashionable. Monsoon has already arrived in some parts of India. So, it's time to make your wardrobe ready to suit the changing weather.

be-monsoon-ready-in-styleSanjay Shroff, Founder and CEO of Styletag.com- an e-commerce fashion portal, has shared some tips to help you dress up in this monsoon.

* Colours: Monsoon 2016 is all about lively yet subtle colours. Pastel coloured clothes always look great during summer time as they are low conductor of heat. One can experiment with bright pastels such as deep greens, turquoise blue, deep beige, olive green, light copper, rose gold, peach, lemon yellow, fuchsia pink and sea green.

In 'Madaari' playing more mature cop than my other cop characters: Jimmy Sheirgill

Actor Jimmy Sheirgill says that his role in "Madaari" is of a lot mature police officer as compared to his other roles of a police officer.

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When asked about the difference between his role in "Madaari" as compared to another role in the recently-released "Traffic", both of cops, Jimmy said, "You think that it is a cop, he is something else, you don't know who he is. You see it on July 15. It's basically a CBI guy, it is a far more mature character, or a matured cop from what I have done before." Jimmy was present at the launch of a song from "Madaari".

Jimmy will be seen in a thick moustache and sporting glasses in his role, trying to solve the mysterious abduction of a home minister's son. Previously, he has also played a cop in "Special 26" and "A Wednesday".

The song "Dama Dam" was launched on Friday and about the song, Jimmy said, "It is doing justification to what the film is also about."

Lead actor of the film Irrfan Khan said, "This song was very important for the film. That is why we kept discussing it with Vishal sahab (Bhardwaj) since many days about how we should be doing it. The idea was there in my mind how it should be, that it should become a youth anthem.
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Mel B finds her husband is 'funny'

Singer Mel B believes her relationship with her husband Stephen Belafonte works because he is "funny" and "gorgeous".

mel-b-finds-her-husband-is-funnyThe Spice Girls singer has been married to the film producer for nine years now. She says their home life is good because she is still besotted with him.

“We just get on. He's a funny person. I like him, which is important. We're just really good friends and I think he's gorgeous and a nice person. And I fancy him, which helps,” Mel B told dailymail.co.uk.

Censoring films can hurt government as much as press consorship

The "Udta Punjab" controversy shows some of the worst manifestations of governance in the country. First, it highlights the failure of the Punjab government led by the Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to check the drug menace.

Secondly, it once again brings to light the political role which the censor board has been playing ever since its chief, Pahlaj Nihalani, a known votary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was put in charge.

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But for his subservience to the saffron camp, this B-grade filmmaker wouldn't have made it to such an important position.

It is not surprising, therefore, that he has been trying to shoot down "Udta Punjab" since it deals with a major problem in the state.

With the state assembly elections due next year, the Akali Dal-BJP government will understandably be nervous about the impact of the film if its uncensored version is released.

Nihalani's political interests are evident from his charge that the producer, Anurag Kashyap, has received money from the Aam Admi Party (AAP) for his criticism of the censor board.

The AAP will make its first major foray outside Delhi in the Punjab polls and is expected to do well.

However, the point which the Union government, and especially the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, will have to consider is whether "soaring" India, about which the government is so vocal, can be pulled down by unworthy political servitors in key official positions.

Ratan Tata invests in Kyazoonga

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Tata Sons Chairman emeritus Ratan Tata invested in e-ticketing company Kyazoonga in his personal capacity, the company said on Friday.
The funds will be deployed by the startup for market expansion, to enter geographies like United States, West Asia, Pakistan and the Caribbean Islands.
Started in 2007, Kyazoonga looks at partnering with sports franchises, music concerts, promoters and event organisers. According to Founder Neetu Bhatia the company sold more than 25 million tickets last year.

"As we scale the company into a global enterprise, glad to know he shares in the excitement of our mission of Tickets made simple for everyone, everywhere'," said company's CEO and co-founder Neetu Bhatia.

The company will focus its efforts on the large potential for paid access that India represents and push the envelope on significant global opportunities, she said.

U2opia Mobile to invest $3 million for startups

In a move to boost innovation in mobile, Singapore headquartered mobile technology company U2opia has launched Catapult Programme to help startups grow by investing $3 million in over three years.

u2opia-mobile-to-invest-3-million-for-startupsThe programme has invited early-stage startups and entrepreneurial teams focused on innovation in scalable mobile technology.

"The Catapult programme aims to give entrepreneurs a chance to work on their dream projects, get the needed support and also get a chance to leverage on U2opia mobile's existing global network," Sumesh Menon, Co-Founder and Managing Director at U2opia Mobile said in a statement.

Under this programme, all teams will be given access to technology infrastructure, working space, brand and marketing support, management and financial cover, along with a chance to leverage on U2opia mobile's global reach.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Shriya Saran teams up with Balakrishna in 'Gauthamiputra Satakarni'

shriya-saran-teams-up-with-balakrishna-in-gauthamiputra-satakamiActress Shriya Saran has been finalised as the leading lady of Nandamuri Balakrishna starrer Telugu historical drama "Gauthamiputra Satakarni", the actor's 100th film.

"We have finalised Shriya. All her paperwork will be done this weekend," the film's producer, Y. Rajeev Reddy.

Being directed by National Award winning filmmaker Krish, the film also stars Hema Malini and Kabir Bedi.

Tipped to the story of an unsung warrior from Satavahana dynasty, "Gauthamiputra Satakarni" is being made on a very lavish budget.

Playback singers don't get their due: Kanika Kapoor

Kanika Kapoor, known for crooning her "Baby doll" song, says playback singers don't get their due in Bollywood.

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"Playback singers don't get their due because I feel it's more about the actors and the actresses than singers. In the west, it's more about the singers. But it's very difficult here (in India)," Kanika said.

"Today when you sing a song, it belongs to the actress and not singers. So again, it's the industry and it's about each filmmaker to give us that branding and that importance," she added.

Kanika, who also sang the immensely popular "Chittiyan kalaiyaan", said that she has received acting offers too.

Sarah Graham to take Indians on African food safari via TV

Celebrated South African cook, author and food writer Sarah Graham will be back on the small screen in India with TV show “Sarah Graham's Food Safari”. She describes the experience of exploring the taste and aroma from “unspoilt corners of Africa” as “magical”, and hopes it also casts a spell on the Indian audience.

sarah-graham-to-take-indians-on-african-food-safari-via-tv“Sarah Graham's Food Safari” captures the culinary magic on the go and features delicious finds from the exotic locations of South Africa. It will premiere on TLC on June 13.

“Cooking in such unique, unspoilt corners of Africa was a magical experience for myself, my family, and the crew. The nature of the production demanded we operate as a tight and united team, which made it extremely special,” Graham said in a statement.

The series will take its viewers on a gourmet journey, filmed through some of Graham's favourite spots in South Africa, with various remote places with breathtaking backdrops.
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Why have parental attitude towards audience: Kangana Ranaut

In the wake of controversy over 'Udta Punjab', National Award winner Kangana Ranaut on Thursday lent her support to the movie's makers, saying the film fraternity deserves its creative liberties and don't need a parental attitude towards audiences to protect them.

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The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) headed by BJP-appointed Pahlaj Nihalani is said to have suggested cuts to the Abhishek Chaubey directorial, which delves into the drug abuse issue in Punjab.

Asked about her opinions on the controversy at the CNN-News18 'Indian of the Year' 2015 award show, Kangana said: "We all have been very concerned with the way things are going. I am not a director and I have not been through that process.

"But people whom I closely work with seem extremely disturbed with the way things are and to an extend they feel bullied. They know there is a process of certification. We do not ought to have that sort of parental attitude towards audiences that we need to protect them."

Kangana, who has won three National Awards for her roles in 'Fashion', 'Queen' and 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns', shared her personal experience when during the release of Queen, its director Vikas Bahl was asked to blur a scene as the censor board thought it was "vulgar".

Kangana, Rajamouli honoured with 'Indian of the Year' award

"Baahubali: The Beginning" director S.S. Rajamouli and National Award winning actress Kangana on Thursday were felicitated with the CNN-News18 'Indian of the Year' 2015 award by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for their contribution to the field of cinema.

Rajamouli won the 'Indian of the Year' award for the major success of "Baahubali: The Beginning", which grossed over Rs 600 crore at the box office last year.

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"I am a man who lives with cameras and lights but I am very nervous to be in front of them. The award would have been more complete if it would have been given to team 'Baahubali' as the film is about team effort. We had a fantastic cast and crew. Without them it wouldn't have been possible," Rajamouli said on stage.
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Actress Maryam Zakaria excited about comeback with new film

Actress Maryam Zakaria on Thursday said she was excited to make her comeback with an item number in the film 'Missing On A Weekend', and is eagerly awaiting the release of the film.

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"I am back and it is my comeback song... I'm very excited to start again because I have been missing to perform and stay in front of the camera," Maryam said on the sidelines of the shoot of the song.

After her popular item number with actress Kareena Kapoor in 'Agent Vinod', a prominent role in 'Grand Masti' and films down south, Maryam took a long break after giving birth to her son, who is 16 months old now.

While the song is a happy-go-lucky song, 'Missing On A Weekend' is far from it, and is an intense and gripping investigative thriller set in Goa.

About the film, she said, "I saw the trailer; it is looking really nice and I am excited. I want to see the movie...."
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'TE3N' has riveting plot with strong performances

Film: "TE3N"; Director: Ribhu Dasgupta; Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vidya Balan, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Padmavati Rao, Prakash Belawadi; Rating: ***

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Set in Kolkata, "TE3N" is an astutely mounted, suspense filled, investigative drama. It is the closure of a kidnapping case that occurred eight years ago.

Ever since John Biswas (Amitabh Bachchan) loses his eight-year-old granddaughter Angela Roy in a tragic kidnapping incident, he has been depressed and guilt ridden, for he is blamed for a crime he has no hand in. He visits the Lal Bazar police station daily, to meet the officer Sarita Sarkar (Vidya Balan), seeking an update and thus hoping for a closure.

Raveena Tandon inspires Indians to be ‘Shiksha Superheroes’

Ravishing Raveena Tandon, who has in the past worked towards uplifting the lives underprivileged girls, joined hands with P&G Shiksha to make a difference to the lives of children in Delhi and the National Capital Region.

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Having built and supported over 450 schools till date that will impact the lives of over 8,00,000 underprivileged children, P&G’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility programme P&G Shiksha believes in the motto ‘Padhega India, Badhega India’.

Now in its 12th year, P&G Shiksha launched ‘Shiksha Superheroes’, a campaign to acknowledge consumers, the real-life superheroes who make a simple brand choice of buying P&G products and contribute to the cause impacting the lives of thousands of underprivileged children. 

Joining the movement this year, Raveena donned the avatar of ‘Shiksha Superhero’ for the students of P&G Shiksha School here. She emphasised the importance of education in the lives of children.

The actress also shared her school memories with the children and was very impressed with the confidence, intelligence and exuberance shown by them. 

"This is my first year of partnering with P&G Shiksha, and it felt amazing to interact with these kids who are really talented and have a bright future ahead of them,” Raveena said.

Raveena Tandon lauds power of social media

The glamour world is always brimming with rumours and gossip, and actress Raveena Tandon feels social media comes in handy at such times. She says it gives power to the celebrities to set the record straight.

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Raveena recently wrote a blog as a guest author for a newspaper. The write-up was primarily for the cause of a person's constitutional right to fight back.

In the blog, she shared: “In this day and age, it is much easier to reach out and present your own case. Social media has its pros and cons, but makes it much easier to put out the other side of the story."

“Earlier, one could rant and rave, crying oneself hoarse about the falsehood of whatever they had put out there. But once a scandalous headline was out, that was it. There were few takers for any clarification.”

Raveena had also lauded actress Kangana Ranaut for taking a step to fight for “her version of the truth”. But her views were misinterpreted with many claiming that she is taking side of Kangana in her murky legal battle with actor Hrithik Roshan. 

The "Mohra" star was even being questioned about her stance. And the actress took to Twitter to share that she is "not taking any one particular side".

I am biased towards positive roles: Roop Durgapal

Actress Roop Durgapal, best known for her roles in shows like “Balika Vadhu” and “Swaragini”, says she is “biased” towards playing positive characters.

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"I have so far played a variety of roles and enjoyed all of them. But I am biased towards positive roles because I love staying peaceful and bringing smiles on people's faces," Roop, who is currently seen in "Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi", said in a statement.

“Negative roles have a lot of drama and spice whereas positive roles calm you down. They are slower in pace as compared to the former,” she added.

Talking about her dream role, Roop shared: “I would go crazy with happiness if someday I am offered the roles that Kajol played in 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' and 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', and Deborah Kerr's part in Hollywood movie 'An Affair to Remember'". 

No shame in revealing my age: Sonam Kapoor

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, who turned 31 years old on Thursday, says she is not ashamed to reveal her age.

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"I am 31 and I say it. I don't have any shame in revealing my age," Sonam told the media on her birthday.

Yolanda Hadid penning book about Lyme disease

Reality TV personality Yolanda Hadid, mother of models Gigi and Bella Hadid, is writing a book about her battle with Lyme disease. It will be released next year.

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The 52-year-old's book, which is titled "Believe Me: My Battle With the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease", details her life since her 2012 diagnosis. It will be out in February 2017, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"While doctors continued to dismiss her pain and friends debated about her health diagnosis, Yolanda realised her mission and higher purpose of her journey is to use her newfound platform to educate, and bring awareness to the stigma surrounding chronic Lyme in order to bring hope to other sufferers who have been misdiagnosed and battling the invisible disability of chronic disease in general," Yolanda's publishers St. Martin's Press said in a statement. 

Taylor Swift 'fine' after split from Calvin Harris

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Singer Taylor Swift's friend and country music star Kelsea Ballerini believes the "Blank space" hitmaker is "fine", despite her recent split from Scottish DJ Calvin Harris.

Ballerini is confident she will be alright because she is such a "strong" person, reports etonline.com. 

"She is incredible. She is a strong chick, I'm sure she's fine," Ballerini said at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday. 

Alec Baldwin mocks celebrities

Actor Alec Baldwin has mocked celebrities like Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kim Kardashian West.

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Hosting the Fragrance Foundation Awards here, Baldwin had the audience in fits of laughter with a string of jibes at a number of famous names on Tuesday, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

He poked fun at DiCaprio's frequent dates with models when he noticed Hearst executive Michael Clinton was in attendance.

"He's been in and out of more countries than Leonardo DiCaprio has been in and out of Victoria's Secret models,” Baldwin said.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Umesh Sachdev only Indian in Time's next-gen leaders list

For building a phone "that can underestand almost any language", an Indian software engineer has found a place in Time magazine's 2016 list of “Next Generation Leaders”. He is Umesh Sachdev.

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His new telephone alows the user to use internet almost in any language. Thirty-year-old Sachdev is co-founder and CEO of Uniphore Software Systems since 2008. The other co-founder is Ravi Saraogi. 

The Chennai-based startup produces software that allows people to interact with their phones and access services such as online banking by communicating in their native languages, Time said in its profile on Sachdev.

"At last count, Uniphore’s products, which include a virtual assistant able to process more than 25 global languages and 150 dialects, were being used by over 5 million people, mostly in India but alos beyond,” it added.

Flydubai to set up India development centre in Hyderabad

Low cost carrier Flydubai will set up its first Indian Development Centre (IDC) in Hyderabad.

flydubai-to-set-up-india-development-centre-in-hyderabadThe centre will lead flydubai's IT and technology innovation and will be a hub for software development, research and operations, the Dubai-based airline said in a statement.

It also announced a partnership with Hyderabad-based tech startup, HackMania, to promote its Application Programming Interface (API) App Store.

As part of this initiative, which will focus on Passenger Service Systems (PSS), a series of hackathons will be conducted throughout the year that will enable hackers across India to develop products covering various themes around air travel and customer experience, it said.

IITs Blacklist Six Startups From Campus Placement

After Flipkart had delayed the joining dates of 18 IIM students by six months citing restructuring, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) colleges across the country have blacklisted six startups including Flipkart. These companies will not be allowed to participate in campus placements from IITs in 2016-17 year.

iits-blacklist-six-startups-from-campus-placementThe decision was taken at the All IIT Placement Committee (AIPC) meeting held in Mumbai. AIPC, the body that represents the placement cell heads across IITs, has decided to blacklist the startups because of the delayed joining dates, slashing of the initial promised salary or withdrawal of job offers completely to the IIT students this year.

Be ready to witness the National Startup Fest in August!

Coming August you could witness a two day National Startup Fest, an event to boost the Indian startup ecosystem. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), will be organizing the event, which will most probably be held in Hyderabad. DIPP has plans to invite over 10,000 startups to attend the event the fest.
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According to our sources, the fest will aim to be a platform for match making startups with venture capital funds and angel investors besides discussing key issues facing budding entrepreneurs. It will also act as a platform for startups to showcase their products and bring the startup community together.
There might be more focus on sectors like education, health, manufacturing and agriculture that impact the masses in a big way. What is also expected to be a part of the main agenda are issues like funding to mentoring. Padmaja Ruparel , president of the Indian Angel Network has said in a statement-

Renee Zellweger annoyed with reactions over her weight gain

Actress Renee Zellweger, who is making a return to the big screen in "Bridget Jones's Baby", has slammed critics for scrutinising her weight gain for the film.

renee-zellweger-annoyed-with-reactions-over-her-weight-gainZellweger, who is making a comeback after a six-year hiatus from Hollywood, had to gain weight for reprising her role as Bridget Jones in the third instalment of the "Bridget Jones" film franchise. 

However, she did not think that gaining weight for her role was a big deal, reports aceshowbiz.com. 

"I put on a few pounds. I also put on some breasts and a baby bump. Bridget is a perfectly normal weight and I've never understood why it matters so much," Zellweger told Vogue Britain. 

How to manage diabetes during fasting

Diabetic patients who fast during Ramadan are likely to be at risk of major health complications. Hence they should fast only if their doctors consider them fit enough, experts say.

The month-long period that is typically marked by long fasting hours during daylight hours is followed by grand feast each evening after sunset (Iftaar), which can be continued till pre-dawn (Sehri).

how-to-manage-diabetes-during-fastingAccording to health experts, such long gaps between meals that range from 12 to 15 hours may lead to metabolic changes in the body, which can pose serious health problems for diabetes patients.

"If you are diabetic but still want to keep the fast during Ramadan, it is always better to consult your doctor to take all necessary precautionary measures while fasting," Vikas Ahluwalia, Director (Diabetes and Obesity Center) at the Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket.

Hrithik looks rustic, fierce in 'Mohenjo Daro' poster

The first poster of actor Hrithik Roshan's much-awaited movie "Mohenjo Daro" is out, and it features him in a rustic and fierce look.

hrithik-looks-rustic-fierce-in-mohenjo-daro-posterHrithik, in the poster of the upcoming film, is seen in a muscular avatar. The 42-year-old star can be seen holding a trident in what appears to be a battlefield.

Hrithik tweeted: "Often the greatest of men have the smallest of beginnings. His name? Only the truly vulnerable can be truly powerful! Are u ready?" 

Lisa Ray denies undergoing lip job

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Actress Lisa Ray, 44, has laughed away rumours that she has gone under the scalpel for a lip job.

"Amused some 'critics' chose to critique my alleged 'lip job'. Well, never had them done. Twenty years of photographic proof behind me. LOL," Lisa tweeted on Wednesday. 

Shraddha, Siddhanth to play Dawood-sister duo in 'Haseena' biopic

Veteran Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor has confirmed that his children, daughter Shraddha and son Siddhanth will play Haseena Parkar and her brother, notorious gangster Dawood Ibrahim in the biopic “Haseena”.

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Present at the trailer launch of his film “Dil Sala Sanki”, Shakti Kapoor said: "Both of them will star in 'Haseena', where the (real life) brother and sister will actually play brother and sister on-screen. Shraddha will play Haseena Parkar while Dawood's role will be done by Siddhanth."

Ajaz Khan denies sending lewd messages to model

Actor Ajaz Khan, who has been reportedly booked by police here for sending lewd messages to a model, has pleaded innocence in the case.

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An FIR for outraging a woman’s modesty was reportedly registered against the former "Bigg Boss 7" contestant. 

Model Aishwarya Choubey had reportedly approached Versova police on Monday and submitted her complaint on Tuesday, following which an FIR was registered against the actor.

Digitise old films as soon as possible: Big B

Having worked both in celluloid and digital medium, megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday advocated preserving films for posterity by digitising them.

digitise-old-films-as-soon-as-possible-big-b"We have forgotten and lost the word 'film'. There is no film, no celluloid. That's a huge change. Film was a very expensive commodity in my time so if there were retakes it was a huge pressure for us as well as for the producers.

"Now with digital, there is the freedom to take long shots. It gives you the liberty to shoot for several minutes at a time," Bachchan told media here when asked on the changes in cinema. 

He was here to promote the upcoming Hindi thriller film "Te3N".
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Radcliffe unsure about watching 'Harry Potter' play

Actor Daniel Radcliffe thinks it would be "weird" for him to see the upcoming play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". He says his presence in the audience might be a distraction.

radcliffe-unsure-about-watching-harry-potter-playThe "Now You See Me 2" actor shot to fame playing the boy wizard in the "Harry Potter" film franchise. 

"It would be a weird one. I could be completely wrong in this, but I feel like if I went to see it that night, there is going to be a lot of 'Harry Potter' fans there in the audience obviously and would that then become a thing," eonline.com quoted Radcliffe as saying.

I am a huge fan of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Huma Qureshi

Actress Huma Qureshi has said that she is a big fan of the late popular singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose song 'Dillagi Bhool Jani Padegi' was adapted for 'Dillagi' song in which she featured.

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At the launch of the song 'Dillagi', Huma was asked if she had heard the original. She said: "Of course I had heard the song before. I am a huge Nusrat sahab fan."

Khan was a renowned Pakistani singer, famous for his Qawwalis, who passed away in 1997.

Music composers Salim Sulaiman have adapted the song with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan lending his voice to the song. Huma is cast opposite Vidyut Jammwal in the song, directed by cinematographer Kiran Deohans.

Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Grinch' film pushed to 2018

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The release of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch's upcoming film "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" has been pushed from 2017 to 2018.

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have rescheduled the film from November 10, 2017 to November 9, 2018, reports aceshowbiz.com. 

The film is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss's 1957 children picture book about a misanthropic green creature who hates Christmas and tries to keep the residents of Whoville from enjoying it. 

Nick Jonas favours 'low key' first date

Singer Nick Jonas prefers to have a "low key" first date rather than making it lavish so that he can get to know his new love interest.

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The "Jealous" hitmaker -- who previously dated model Olivia Culpo and has been romantically linked with names like Lily Collins and Kate Hudson -- thinks there is too much "pressure" for a first evening with someone to be "magical", reports femalefirst.co.uk. 

Asked about his preferred first date, he told Heat magazine: "I would like it to be really low key. I think there is this thing that happens where, with a first date, there is just this immense amount of pressure on both sides that it just has to be kind of magical". 

Rob and Chyna will be exciting: Ryan Seacrest

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Anchor-producer Ryan Seacrest thinks Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's upcoming reality show "Rob & Chyna" will be "exciting".

The couple -- who got engaged in April after a whirlwind romance and are expecting their first child together -- have signed a deal with E! for six 60-minute episodes of "Rob & Chyna" and Seacrest, who is also the executive producer of the show, has promised fans to expect the unexpected, reports eonline.com. 

"You can never guess what to expect with that family, but I think it's exciting for them... I think because they are expecting," Seacrest said. 

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Mediterranean diet not linked to weight gain: Study

Consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetable fats such as olive oil or nuts does not lead to significant weight gain compared to a low-fat diet, finds a new research.

The findings showed that fats from nuts, fish and phenolic-rich vegetable oils found in the Mediterranean diet are healthier than fats from meat and processed foods.

mediterranean-diet-not-linked-to-weight-gain"Our study shows that a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetable fats had little effect on bodyweight or waist circumference compared to people on a low-fat diet,” said lead author Ramon Estruch from the University of Barcelona, Spain. 

A Mediterranean diet has been known to reduce mortality, heart diseases as well as cancer.

Want to drink less? Avoid larger wine glass!

Drinking wine in larger wine glasses is likely to encourage people to drink more, even when the amount of the wine remains the same, suggests new research.

The findings showed that increasing the size of wine glasses led to nearly 10 per cent increase in wine sales.

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"We found that increasing the size of wine glasses, even without increasing the amount of wine, leads people to drink more," said Rachel Pechey from University of Cambridge in Britain.

Alcohol consumption is one of the leading risk factors for disease and has been linked to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and liver disease. 

Belgium to hold International Day of Yoga on June 19

A number of yoga federations, yoga teachers and yoga schools are coming together to organise the second edition of the grand Yoga session in Brussels on June 19, India's ambassador to Belgium and the EU Manjeev Singh Puri announced here on Tuesday.

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"The second International Day of Yoga would not only carry forward the accomplishment of the First International Day of Yoga last year, but would be a manifestation of our strong will, positivity and undeterred unity to combat the global evil forces through the message of love and, above all, serenity contained in Yoga," he told a press conference at the Indian embassy.