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Friday, 24 June 2016

Tips for men's styling

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Men should focus on the fit, keep it simple and avoid wearing shirts or T-shirts with big logos to look chic, says an expert.

Samresh Das, designer and stylist of Numero UNO for menswear, suggests how: 

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♦ This is the most important thing to keep in mind. A good fitting is the first thing that anyone notices in whatever you are wearing. Understand your body structure and go for the perfect fit. Never go for extreme fit, as it can ruin the overall look and style.

♦ Everyone wants a wardrobe that looks good on them, but never overdo it. Do not wear too much jewellery or more than three colours. If you want to look classy and trendy at the same time, a simple white shirt, a dark pair of jeans, a casual belt with a nice pair of sneakers or loafers will do.

Run daily for a super memory

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A long-term exercise regimen may help boost memory as it triggers a protein that enhances brain cell growth, a new study has found.

run-daily-for-super-memoryThe findings showed that the production of cathepsin B -- a protein that can be directly traced from the muscles to the brain in mice -- noticeably increased in muscle cells after exercise.

"In the study, we did a screen for proteins that could be secreted by muscle tissue and transported to the brain and among the most interesting candidates was cathepsin B," said Henriette van Praag, Neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging in the US.

Spend time with nature to shun depression

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A 30-minute walk in the woods each week can help reduce depression and high blood pressure while enhancing mental health, a study has found.

spend-time-with-nature-to-shun-depressionThe findings showed that people who made long visits to green spaces had lower rates of depression and high blood pressure and those who visited more frequently had greater social cohesion. 

Visits to outdoor green spaces of 30 minutes or more during the course of a week could reduce the prevalence of depression by up to 7 per cent and high blood pressure by 9 per cent. 

Further, spending more time outdoors may especially benefit children. 
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LFW to host first model audition for northeast

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Hosting its first ever model hunt in the northeast, the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is coming to Guwahati for the upcoming season.

lfw-to-host-first-model-audition-for-northeastLFW is jointly organised by Lakmé, an Indian cosmetics and beauty services brand, and IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd., leaders in sports, fashion and entertainment marketing and management.

The auditions will be held in association with Northeast India Fashion & Design Council (FNDC) on July 4 at Terra Mayaa Lounge, Guwahati.

British celebs react on Brexit

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British celebrities like J.K. Rowling, James Corden and Hugh Lawrie among others weighed in their thoughts about the historic Brexit victory.

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According to the BBC, Britain voted by 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave the European Union (EU) after 43 years in a historic referendum on Friday. The referendum turnout was 71.8 per cent -- with more than 30 million people voting. This was the highest turnout at a British poll since 1992.

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, a staunch Brexit opponent, was mournful as she weighed in on the vote, offering her affirmation of the popular opinion that Scotland will now move to secede from Britain, reports deadline.com. 

Harry Styles signs deal with Columbia Records

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Singer Harry Styles has reportedly signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind his group One Direction.

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Sources said that deal terms are not yet known and there is no timeline for a solo album, reports billboard.com. 

The first hints of a Styles solo career came last year, when four songs performed and written by the star were registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Styles is currently filming for the Christopher Nolan World War II drama "Dunkirk". 

One Direction is currently on hiatus.

Pooja Batra trains in mixed martial arts, keen on action films

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Actress Pooja Batra says that she is training for mixed martial arts and is eager to do action films.

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"I'd love to do action now because I am training in mixed martial arts, so I am basically looking towards action-oriented films," Pooja said at the screening of the film "7 Hours To Go" here.

Best remembered for acting in films such as "Virasat" and "Haseena Maan Jaayegi", Pooja went away from the spotlight in the mid-2000s.

Asked about her absence from the industry, she said: "I'm in Hollywood right now. I'm in a Hollywood film titled 'One Under The Sun' which had premiered at Cannes. Maybe that's why you see less of me. But I had done 'ABCD 2' last year and this year I have done a Punjabi film, 'Killer Punjabi'."

Eating brocolli may keep cancers at bay

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Consuming broccoli or brassica vegetable like kale or cabbage every three or four days may also lower the risk of cancers and other degenerative diseases, a new study suggests.

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The scientists identified genes in broccoli that control the accumulation of phenolic compounds associated with a lowered risk of coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes, asthma and several types of cancer.

Phenolic compounds have good antioxidant activity that affects biochemical pathways affiliated with inflammation in mammals.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Italian brand Cadini debuts in India

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Iconic Italian fashion brand Cadini has made its debut in India with the launch of its first store here.

italian-brand-cadini-debuts-in-indiaCadini, a brand known for its menswear, on Tuesday launched its first flagship store at upmarket Colaba here. 

Cadini has embarked upon an investment of Rs 15 crore for its retail foray and is poised to open 10 to 15 stores in cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata this year, read a statement.

Cadini was founded in 1970 in Florence, Italy, as a manufacturer of men’s garments and accessories.

Jack Daniel's to celebrate 150th anniversary

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Popular whisky brand Jack Daniel's is planning its 150th anniversary in style with a worldwide barrel hunt competition.

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The planned initiatives also include limited edition bottles, themed on-ground events, special duty free promotions and social media outreach among other initiatives.

The first ‘Jack Daniel’s Barrel Hunt’ will take place at the home of the distillery in Lynchburg on July 1 and it will visit more than 50 countries in 90 days. 

Jack Daniel’s will provide clues via its local Facebook pages to help fans find the hidden whisky barrels around the world, giving them the opportunity to win unique, especially designed prizes to commemorate the distillery’s 150th anniversary.

Outdoor games may boost academics, cut obesity in kids

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Children who focus more on physical activities, especially outdoor games, will have improved academic successes and reduced obesity level in an early age, new research says.

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The findings showed that the physical activity levels of children are continuing to fall well short of recommended levels, which can harm their health as well as academic attainment.

They are spending far more time in front of the screens than the maximum recommendation of only two hours a day, which needs to be reduced, the study said.

Employees use Facebook to kill mental fatigue too

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Bosses please take note. If you find an employee looking at Facebook, it may actually means a break for him or her from tiredness at work. According to a new survey, workers use social media at work for many reasons and taking a mental break is one of the most common one.

employees-use-facebook-to-kill-mental-fatigue-tooNearly 34 percent of the people surveyed said they use social media at work to take a mental break from their job, revealed a Pew Research Centre survey of 2,003 US adults.

“These digital platforms offer the potential to enhance worker productivity by fostering connections with colleagues and resources around the globe,” the survey said.

Pakistani qawwali singer Sabri shot dead

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pakistani-qawwali-singer-sabri-shot-deadRenowned Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was shot dead here on Wednesday when unknown gunmen fired at his car, the media reported.

The attack took place in Liaquatabad area, Dawn reported.

Sabri and an associate were in the car when the gunmen opened fire, critically injuring him. The two were rushed to a hospital where Sabri succumbed to his injuries.

Sayani Gupta to host Facebook Live for IIFA

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sayani-gupta-to-host-facebook-live-for-iifaActress Sayani Gupta has been chosen as the official host of the Facebook Live for the 17th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, set to take place here from Thursday.

The "Fan" actress said in a statement: "This will be my first IIFA. That too in Spain! And I get to host the backstage and live both for Facebook and Colors channel for IIFA 2016." 

"This is a great opportunity and should be super fun too. This is the perfect way to mix work and fun! We are off to Madrid tonight (Wednesday)."

On the films front, the actress is all set for "Baar Baar Dekho" release in September.

Salman's comment was extremely insensitive: Kangana Ranaut

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Actress Kangana Ranaut has slammed superstar Salman Khan's comment that he felt like a "raped woman" while shooting for "Sultan". She says it's insensitive on his part.

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Asked to share her views on Salman's statement, Kangana said here: "We all agree that it is a horrible thing to say. It's something which is extremely insensitive, but I would like to say that let's not encourage that mentality where you point fingers at each other and want to feel greater by pulling them down and rolling people down."

While most Bollywood stars who are otherwise outspoken in condemning rape incidents are mum over Salman's remark, Kangana said: "As a society, we have to take responsibility and stand united. And it is disgraceful for the society, not an individual."

"We all collectively feel sorry for that thought process," she added.

Kangana commented on the controversy at the premiere of a film "Kriti", where she was a guest of honour.

Shirish Kunder unveils short film 'Kriti'

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Film director Shirish Kunder unveiled his short movie "Kriti" starring Manoj Bajpayee, Neha Sharma, Radhika Apte, with actress Kangana Ranaut launching it on Wednesday.

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"...I was very relieved, not thinking about box-office numbers, or the censors. We could have made whatever we wanted. In feature films when we think of something right and by the time we make it. Here you make something and it is out in 2-3 months," Shirish said at the launch.

Bajpayee said, "I always felt that internet is becoming wider and bigger and better. And that one should really explore and experiment with. 'Kriti' just happened, it was from a girl's point of view. I came with the idea of doing it for the portal and he immediately agreed and in five days we have the script ready. What a fantastic music he has given."

'Raman Raghav 2.0' makers hold special screening of film

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Numerous celebrities from the film industry attended a special screening of director Anurag Kashyap's thriller "Raman Raghav 2.0" here late on Wednesday.

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"I am confident about this film. If you consider the film's trial at Cannes (film festival), we received a standing ovation there. So definitely for the audiences here I am very confident because the product is good," lead actor of the film Nawazuddin Siddiqui said.

"We have put in a lot of hardwork. It remains to be seen how it gets response here but I hope people here will like it," he added.

Demi Lovato returns to Twitter after break

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Singer Demi Lovato is back on Twitter after announcing that she was going to "quit" social media.

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"F**k this. I'm back b***hes," Lovato told her followers on Twitter after her brief hiatus, reports aceshowbiz.com. 

"And I'm coming back more honest than ever," she added. 

Lovato said she came back for her fans and refused to let haters bring her down. 

"I love my Lovatics so f**king much," she said about her devotees. 

"I love my Lovatics too much to leave them over some lame a** haters. What was I thinking?!" Lovato added. 

Before her dramatic exit from social media a day prior, the 23-year-old decided to leave Twitter and Instagram because she didn't want to see the comments other people made and believed people didn't care about what she had to say.

'Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai' to release in November

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Arbaaz Khan and Supriya Pathak-starrer "Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai" is set to release on November 18.

Produced by Purnima Mead of Bibia Films, the film is directed by Keshhav Panneriy. 

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It also stars Ashutosh Rana, Prem Chopra and Manjari Phadnis.

“'Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai' for me is a very special film as it would be my first full-length Hindi commercial film. More importantly, the story of this film is very intriguing and I am really excited about this project," Panneriy said in a statement.

Case filed in UP courts against Salman Khan's 'rape' remark

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A case was registered in Kanpur and Lucknow courts on Thursday against Bollywood actor Salman Khan for his recent statement that "he felt like a raped woman" while shooting for his forthcoming flick "Sultan" slated to release on Eid next month.

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Social activist Rafat Jamaal, in a petition filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in Lucknow has asked for legal action against the actor for the statement which showed "disrespect to rape victims" and also "revived the ugly memories of such heinous crimes".

The CJM has asked the petitioner by the end of the day to prove why and how is the matter tenable to the court in Lucknow. In a related development, a lawyer Manoj Kumar Dixit has filed a petition in the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) IIIrd's court in Kanpur seeking action against the actor.

Freida Pinto to receive International Icon award at IIFA

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"Slumdog Millionaire" star Freida Pinto will make her debut at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala in Madrid. The US-based Indian actress will be honoured with International Icon award at the 17th edition of the gala, which will begin on Thursday.

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IIFA -- often known as Bollywood's Oscars -- is held every year to honour the best of Hindi cinema. A source from the IIFA team confirmed that Freida will be getting the honour.

In a short span of her career in the entertainment industry, Freida has carved out a niche of her own in world cinema through her roles in films like "Slumdog Millionaire", "Miral", "Day of the Falcon", "Immortals", "Desert Dancer" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes".

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Vitamin A, high-fibre diet keeps food allergies at bay

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Consuming high-fibre diet consisting of a bowl of bran and some dried apricots in the morning and intake of Vitamin A can help reduce food allergies, finds a new study.

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The findings showed that mice allergic to peanuts were protected against the allergy when fed on a high-fibre diet. 

Food products rich in fibre reshapes the gut and colon microbiota and helps to fight against food allergies, said the study, led by Jian Tan, professor at the Monash University in Australia.

The immune system works with the good bacteria in the gut to help protect against life threatening allergic responses, the researchers said.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Shefali Sharma to play lead in 'Tere Bin'

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Shefali Sharma has been roped in to play lead in upcoming show “Tere Bin”. The actress says she is glad to be a part of a mature love story.

Shefali, who was also seen in “Bani - Ishq Da Kalma”, will be essaying the character of Vijaja in &TV’s upcoming show. The male lead is yet to be finalised, a statement said. 

When asked on how different this character is from what she has performed in the past, Shefali said: “Today, audience are looking at relatable characters and ‘Tere Bin’ is a complex mature love story.”

“Moreover, when I heard a brief on my character Vijaya I instantly agreed as I looking forward to a level headed and a progressive character,” she added. 

The on air date is yet to be finalised.

Long hours, stress in office lead to burnout: Study

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The office is the most productive place to get work done but long hours and work related stress lead to burnout, forcing office workers to look for other positions, according to a US study.

long-hours-stress-in-office-lead-to-burnoutThe second annual 'Workplace Index' conducted by US-based company Staples Business Inc. found that 64 per cent of respondents reported their workplace as the main contributor to their stress, while nearly half admitted that feeling overworked was motivating them to look for another job, Worcester Business Journal reported.

How to apply sweat-proof make-up

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From outlining before applying lipstick, using powder blush instead of cream to using primer regularly, just a few tweaks in your beauty regime can give you a long-lasting and sweat-proof look, says an expert.

Aakriti Kochar, Beauty and Make-up Expert, Oriflame India, shares some tips for long lasting make-up. 

how-to-apply-sweat-proof-make-up♦ Use a matte bronzer during monsoon rather than one with shimmer. Avoid any make-up product with shimmer. Neutral tones of eye shadow, cheeks and lips, peach tones that reflect healthy skin are a big yes. 

♦ Outline your lips first before applying lipstick, to prevent bleeding due to humidity. Use creamy lipsticks which are nourishing to avoid using a gloss on top. 

Overweight adolescents at high risk of heart failure

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Men who are overweight in their adolescence are at an increased risk of heart failures in their middle age, reveals a new study.

overweight-adolescents-at-high-risk-of-heart-failureHeart failure, which relatively occurs around the average age of 47, has becomes a major threat to health worldwide, the researchers said.

The findings showed that adolescent males with a body mass index (BMI) between 20 to 22.5 had a 22 per cent increased risk of heart failure as adults.

In addition, obese men with a BMI of 35 and above were found to develop a ten-fold increase in the risk of heart problems.

Age no bar for senior citizens to tie the knot

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Age is no bar for senior citizens to marry for the first time or re-marry to have company for the rest of their life, especially in old age, as evident from the good response to a matrimonial meet held here on Sunday for elders.

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"About 250 senior citizens above 50-60 years, including 150 men and 100 women came to the match-making event here. We are moved by the response, as senior citizens, including single, widowed or divorced came in search of a companion," Anubhandana Foundation member Bharatbhai Patel told.

Admitting that having company in old age is a major social problem for the senior citizens, living alone or away from children, Patel said the Ahmedabad-based foundation had been organising such events in a few cities across the country to enable elderly people find a suitable companion and lead a meaningful life.

Eat blueberries to fight age, memory loss

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Consuming blueberries can help in reverting age and improving vision and memory, says a new study.

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"Eating blueberries can also curb risks of developing cancer as well as reduce the chances of heart diseases," Shuyang Qu, Doctoral Student at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in the US, said in a statement.

Previous studies have shown that blueberries were rich in healthy anti-oxidant substances, which could help prevent Alzheimer's -- an increasingly common form of dementia -- effects such as decline in cognitive skills and memory.

Yoga festival at Eiffel Tower perks up Paris

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As part of the series of events to mark the second “International Day of Yoga’, the Embassy of India in Paris organised an event at the iconic Eiffel Tower on Sunday.

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The event attracted an overwhelming number of yoga enthusiasts but “due to space constraints and security reasons, we had to restrict the number of participants”, the Embassy said in its Facebook page.

"More than 300 Yoga enthusiasts participated in the celebrations,” the statement added.

The event commenced with a meditation session by the teachers of the Shivananda Yoga Centre in Paris. 

Salman Khan fears losing stardom

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan says he fears losing the stardom that he has achieved in his over 25 years' career. But what pacifies him is the thought that life is more than being a screen hero.

salman-khan-fears-losing-stardomTo a question on whether he fears losing his stardom, Salman said during a select media interaction: "Everyone is scared of losing stardom. I would be lying if I say no. It's not just the stardom... It's that love, it's that respect.

"Suddenly, it all gets over... That is one quality you are working so hard for and suddenly something happens and you are not the liked person any more... That bothers everyone."

However, Salman feels a person should be strong enough to face it.

Bollywood must better quality to match Hollywood: Rakeysh Mehra

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Bollywood needs to focus on making better movies to tackle competition from "quality" films from Hollywood, National Award-winning filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra says.

In recent times, the Indian box office has seen movies like "The Jungle Book", "Captain America: Civil War" and "X-Men" Apocalypse" faring better than the Hindi films released on the same day.

bollywood-must-better-quality-to-match-hollywoodAsked to comment on the success of Hollywood films in the domestic market, Mehra told: "They must be better films. We (Bollywood) need to make better films. It's a laissez-faire. It's an open market system.

"You can't protect your films from quality. So, we have to make quality movies. And why should we do business here (in India only)? We should go out (of India) and do more business and tell Indian stories to the world as such."

'Veere Di Wedding' a real chick flick, says Kareena

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Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is all set to star in an all-girls film "Veere Di Wedding", says the film will be India's first real chick flick as she feels nobody has had the courage to make a film in that genre yet.

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"This is probably India's real chick flick. It's about four girls, four friends, who come together for my (character's) wedding. It's really interesting and fun. You watch it all the time in the west, but nobody really has the courage to really make a chick flick here," Kareena.

The actress, who has recently portrayed a deglam role in "Udta Punjab", added: "With changing times and cinema today, I think it's easily done because people want to see a film like this (chick flick)."

"Veere Di Wedding" also stars Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. It is produced by Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor. 

Talking about the film, Kareena added: "It's strong and amazing. The producers are two women -- Rhea and Ekta -- and then there are all the actresses. It is quite empowered."

Go for nude make-up in rainy season

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Don't let sudden downpours play spoilsport to your make-up. Go for a nude, water-proof, minimalistic make-up in the rainy season.

Ratika Vaish, Director of Tantrums Make-Up Studio, shares some tips on selecting the right make-up when it's raining:

go-for-nude-make-up-in-rainy-season♦ For nude make-up, you should always start with a primer and most importantly use mascara in the beginning and at the end.

♦ Choose shades depending on your skin tone. Use peach undertone for fair skin as it gives the face a nice freshness. For medium complexion, opt for pink as it adds warmth and give a more romantic feel. Choose caramels for darker skin tones.

Charlie Sheen feels smarter after HIV-positive reveal

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Actor Charlie Sheen, who revealed he is HIV-positive a few months ago, says he feels lighter, younger, smarter and sexier.

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He gave the world an update on his health on June 19. He opened up about his diagnosis during an intimate chat with Piers Morgan at the Theatre Royal here, reports usmagazine.com.

Now, he is taking a next-generation drug called Pro 140 to treat his symptoms. 

Sunday, 19 June 2016

'School Chale Hum', an Initiative by Hrishikesh Pandey with Shaan's voice

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Director-producer-writer Hrishikesh Pandey, who recently launched the song 'School Chale Hum' for the Madhya Pradesh government, is pleased with the success of the song and is planning to highlight more such issues and make a difference to the society.

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About the song 'School Chale Hum', Hrishikesh said, "I feel extremely blessed to write, compose and direct this beautiful song for this beautiful campaign, which has got a great response. There is no doubt that education is as important as the three basic needs of life, food clothing and shelter.

I personally believe that education helps in eradicating poverty, crime and other social evils. The first step to education is enrollment of children in schools and I am happy to contribute to this initiative for the Madhya Pradesh government."

The song was launched by the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday, as part of its 'School Chale Abhiyan'. The concept has been created by Indore collector IAS P. Narahari. The song has been sung by popular singer Shaan.