Saturday, 30 July 2016

People with high eyebrows appear more trustworthy

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People often make judgments of trustworthiness based solely on certain facial features, not the expression, suggests new research.

While higher #eyebrows, more pronounced #cheekbones, and rounder faces are perceived to be trustworthy-looking, people associate downturned eyebrows, or a thinner face with less honesty, the findings showed.

"Our findings in this and our past studies suggest that your physical appearance can have major implications for your assumed credibility and other character traits, even more powerful than the manner in which you behave and the words you speak," said one of the researchers, Stephen Porter from University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Canada.

Eat nuts to reduce inflammation

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In a study of more than 5,000 people, researchers have found that greater nuts consumption is associated with lower levels of #biomarkers of #inflammation, a finding that may help explain the health benefits of #nuts.
Five or more servings of nuts per week or substituting nuts for animal proteins tied to a healthy profile of inflammatory biomarkers, the findings showed.

"Population studies have consistently supported a protective role of nuts against cardiometabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and Type-2 diabetes, and we know that inflammation is a key process in the development of these diseases," said corresponding author Ying Bao from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bollywood is on Mr. World's wish list

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#RohitKhandelwal, the first Indian to win the coveted title of Mr. World, says he wants to head to #Bollywood eventually but is not in a hurry.

"Bollywood is in my list but I haven't decided anything like when, how and which... I am just going with the flow,” Khandelwal told over phone from Mumbai. 

It's not just Bollywood that Khandelwal is eyeing. He wants to get associated with social causes too. 

"I want to be associated with Miss World organisation because they do a lot of associations for empowering child education," he said.

Handling two careers in two continents is hard: Priyanka

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Actress-singer #PriyankaChopra says she wants to make more music, but is unable to take out time. She feels “handling two careers in two continents is hard”.

The actress started her international singing career with the single "In my city" back in 2012, and she collaborated with rapper Pitbull for her second single "Exotic". 

“Handling two careers in two continents is hard enough. Between 'Quantico', I've shot my Hindi film which was called 'Bajirao Mastani' that released in December and my Hollywood movie which is 'Baywatch', which will release next year. 

I'm passionate about photography: Gaurav Arora

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Actor #GauravArora says that he is passionate about photography.

The actor, who will be seen sharing screen space with #EmraanHashmi and #KritiKharbanda in the upcoming film #RaazReboot, has even gifted an album of photographs to the film's director #VikramBhatt. 

Gaurav spent close to 45 days shooting for the film in Romania. During his stay, he made it a point to stroll around the city with the unit members and explore different cuisines in different spots in Romania via cycling or trekking. 

No plans to do TV in India anytime soon: Nimrat

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Actress #NimratKaur, known for her stints in the international TV space, says she has no plans to venture on to the small screen in India anytime soon, and wants to focus on her film career.

Nimrat, who is seen in Manoj Night Shyamalan's TV series #WaywardPines, also feels “TV work in the West” has a lot more scope. 

“I have no plans to do television in India anytime soon. I am looking at only film work in India because TV work in the West has a lot more scope to get into an interesting phase here,” Nimrat told in an email interview. 

The actress, who earlier garnered applause for her role as a Pakistani ISI agent in American show "Homeland", added that if given a chance she would love to explore the non-fiction television space. 

The BFG: Playfully spellbinding

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Film: The BFG; Director: #StevenSpielberg; Cast: #MarkRylance, #RubyBarnhill, #PenelopeWilton, #JermaineClement, #RebeccaHall, #RafeSpall, #BillHader; Rating: ***1/2

Based on the 1982 novel of the same name authored by Roald Dahl, The BFG, a fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, is an orphan's story.a

The narration begins in a very fairy tale manner with the camera smoothly panning over the Thames capturing the London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament. It further zooms onto the cobbled streets of a bygone era of London and settles on an orphanage where Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) lives.

All is well between Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan

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Bollywood actor #SanjayDutt on Friday rubbished the reports that things have soured between him and his good friend actor #SalmanKhan, and urged media not to make an issue out of it.

The "Munna Bhai M.B.B.S" actor said: "Salman is my younger brother. He was, he is and he will always be my brother. God has given him all the success, all his cases are over, but I request the media not to make an issue out of it."

"We all are busy, we can't meet every day. We met at Madrid but you (media) didn't write about it, you all write only about fights. Will someone fight with their brother? I love him and that's it," said Sanjay Dutt, who celebrated his 57th birthday with the media at his residence on Friday.

Sanjay Dutt says 'Munnabhai 3' to release in 2018

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Actor #SanjayDutt says that the much anticipated third part of the successful franchise #Munnabhai"will release in 2018.

At a media interaction on the occasion of his 57th birthday, Sanjay said: "My movie with (Vidhu) Vinod Chopra sahab will start in November, it is called 'Marco'. And after that, I am doing a film with Mahesh Manjrekar, it is a remake of 'De Dhakka', and then there is a good line-up of movies."

About "De Dhakka", he added, "It is a family film and it's about how a broken family reunites. He (Manjrekar) has adapted it well, let's see what happens."

Asked about "Munnabhai 3", he said, "2018."

Rajjat Barjatya passes away

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Film maker #SoorajBarjatya's cousin #RajjatBarjatya, who was MD and CEO of #RajshriMedia, passed away on Friday at a hospital here.

A source from Jaslok hospital told: "He passed away today evening at 6.45. He was here in the hospital for last 10 to 12 days."

He was reportedly suffering from cancer and his last rites will take place on Saturday afternoon in Worli.

Troian Bellisario slams Taylor Swift

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#PrettyLittleLiars actress #TroianBellisario has lashed out at singer #TaylorSwift.

The 30-year-old actress has claimed that Swift treats her former friends terribly, reports

"I'm so appalled by what I consider to be her false feminism," Bellisario told Cosmopolitan magazine. 

"It seems like she is this person who is like, 'Sisterhood!' and then she does nothing but tear down the women that were once her friends," she added. 

Isla Fisher's tiring lifestyle

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Actress #IslaFisher finds her family's nomadic #lifestyle tiring.

The 40-year-old actress, who has three children - Olive, 8, Elula, 5, and 14-month-old son Montgomery - with husband Sacha Baron Cohen, says her family currently split their time between England and Los Angeles, reports

“Recently we've spent almost 50 per cent of the time in England and 50 per cent of the time in Los Angeles, which is amazing. But it is hard as well. It's like being in a gypsy village, we're always moving, and it's very transatlantic and nomadic, so sometimes it gets a bit tiring. 

“But I'm incredibly grateful for my life and I wouldn't change anything,” Fisher said on TV show “This Morning”.

Melanie Griffith scared by internet dating

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Actress #MelanieGriffith is terrified at the prospect of internet dating and feels she would rather meet a man in the old fashioned way.

The 58-year-old has been single since her marriage to Antonio Banderas was officially ended last December.

When asked if she would do internet dating, Melanie told “F**k no! Are you kidding? No. Good lord. That would be scary!

Meryl Streep once feared every film will be her last

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Oscar-winning actress #MerylStreep used to fear that every film would be her last.

The 67-year-old's biggest concern was that she wouldn't be cast in any more movies. But she says she is proud that she still boasts a successful career 27 years later, reports

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal magazine about her fears for the future, Streep said: "And if you're lucky you can keep working. But everybody has troughs and dismal times - every single person.

Kajal Aggarwal teams up with Chiranjeevi

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Actress #KajalAggarwal has been finalised as the leading lady in megastar #Chiranjeevi's yet-untitled upcoming Telugu film, a remake of Tamil hit, #Kaththi.

"Until last week she was only under consideration, but she was finally signed on last evening. She's really excited to be part of the project as it happens to be a very prestigious project," a source told.

Despite three back-to-back flops this year, Kajal has managed to bag Ajith's yet-untitled Tamil film and Chiranjeevi's project.

Teaming up with Chiranjeevi for the first time, Kajal will be seen reprising actor Samantha's role from the original.

Tiger Shroff campaigns to save big cats

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Actor #TigerShroff on the occasion of #InternationalTigerDay on July 29 has urged Environment Minister #AnilDave to ensure that the government focus is on protecting tigers in their natural habitat.

In his letter, sent on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the "Heropanti" star writes: "I know environmental issues are important to you, as they are to me. I join my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India in hoping that under your leadership, we will see the government focuses its conservation efforts toward protecting India's remaining forests and bringing in additional measures to safeguard tigers and other animals in our precious jungles".

Friday, 29 July 2016

Love Tigers? Catch 'Mission Tiger' today on International Tiger Day

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The #InternationalTigerDay is being celebrated worldwide today (29 July) and this is one day to highlight the problems that the much-loved tiger faces and the day to show love for the fierce animal. One of the best way to do this will be to catch the film #MissionTiger at a theatre near you.

'Mission Tiger' draws attention to the menace of the poaching of tigers, which is still prevalent today, thus throwing light on saving the national animal of the country from unscrupulous poachers. Numerous campaigns have been initiated by several governments of the country to save tigers and the film is an extension of the noble cause of loving tigers.

Megan Fox returning to 'New Girl'

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Actress #MeganFox will reprise her role as Reagan in American sitcom television series #NewGirl after signing up to star in eight episodes.

The 30-year-old, currently expecting her third child with husband Brian Austin Green, will join halfway through the new series, after she has given birth, reports 

Fox joined the "New Girl" cast in season five to help add some star power to the show while Zooey Deschanel -- who plays the main character, Jess -- was on her own maternity leave.

Speaking about the pregnancy, she said: "The pregnancy is really good. I'm happy and healthy. There are no more cravings". 

'Jagga Jasoos' will work irrespective of delay if made well: Basu

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Director #AnuragBasu says that the delay of his forthcoming project #JaggaJasoos won't affect its response at the box office if it has been made well.

Basu says Katrina and Ranbir, who were dating each other earlier and are playing the lead role in the film, behaved like “professionals” on the set of “Jagga Jasoos”.

“I think time doesn't matter. If a film has to work, than it will work anytime. If we have made it well, then it will definitely be a hit irrespective of the delay in its release. If it's not made well than it would have flopped even when it was released without delay,” Basu told.

Sanjay Dutt, Mahesh Manjrekar to again team up for 'De Dhakka' remake

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Actor #SanjayDutt will be seen playing lead role in the Hindi remake of the hit Marathi film #DeDhakka. The film will go on floors next year.

The news of Sanjay, who turned a year older on Friday, being a part of the film has been confirmed but the rest of the cast is yet to be finalised. 

Under the banner of Sandeep Singh and Omung Kumar's production house Legend Studios, the film will be directed by the actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar, read a statement. 

Sanjay walked out a free man from jail earlier this year, 23 years after his legal problems began over his possessing an assault rifle and since then, he has been getting projects galore.

Prince's family announce official tribute show

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#LatepopiconPrince -- who was found dead from an overdose in April at the age of 57 -- will be honoured at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on October 13, his siblings have announced.

Prince's family said they "have been moved by the tremendous love and support of Prince's friends and fans around the world" and are "excited" at the prospect of the official tribute show, reports 

They said in a statement: "We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince's life, music and legacy, and there is no better place to do it than his hometown of Minneapolis.

Smartphones based exercises may cheer your mood

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#Smartphonebasedexercises that are brief as well as directed can help quickly improve our mood, says an interesting study.

Smartphone based exercises are various established or more modern psychotherapeutic exercise modules known as micro-interventions.

The findings showed that participants in the study felt more alert, calmer and uplifted after using five-minute video tutorials on their smartphones as a guide.

Those who succeeded in immediately improving their mood through the brief exercises also benefited over the longer term as well.

Cheers! Music can bring your beer alive

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There is no doubt that #soothingmusic lifts your mood and makes a perfect evening but popular songs in a #bar can also impact how much you enjoy your #beer.

According to researchers led by Felipe Reinoso Cavalho from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium, music can influence how much you like the taste of beer.

The findings suggest that a range of multi-sensory information such as sound, sensation, shape and colour can influence the way we perceive taste.

“We have been able to see that people tend to feel more pleasure when experiencing beverages along with sounds that are part of the beverage's identity,” Cavalho said.

Rejuvenate yourself with serenity, peace in the nature's lap

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Break the monotony and get out of your hectic city life to explore the silence and solace of nature amid glorious mountain peaks. In the land of the Himalayas, there are many places to rid yourself of stress and truly search for peace.

#Kasol, located 42 km east of #Kullu district between Bhuntar and Manikaran in #HimachalPradesh is a beautiful remote village situated in the Parvati valley, some 230 km from state capital Shimla.

The mesmerising view of the valley, complete with beautiful mountain peaks, pine trees, colourful flowers and the breezy wind gave me goosebumps once I touched base at Kasol. The snow clad-mountain peaks looked so calm and peaceful.

Obesity, smoking may up poor life quality in lung disease patients

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Patients who survived the #fatallungdisease find their subsequent quality of life has more to do with lifestyle factors than how sick they were in the hospital, a new study has found.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is a progressive medical condition occurring in critically ill patients characterised by widespread inflammation in the lungs. 

The team studied 616 patients who were treated for ARDS to determine what factors played the most significant role in their quality of life six months following discharge from the hospital.

The findings showed that patient's acuity or level of illness was not a significant marker in their subsequent quality of life but lifestyle factors, specifically obesity and smoking, were associated with a worse quality of life rating.

Drama, puppetry can unlock languages of autistic children

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Creativity and intermedial languages such as #drama, #puppetry can aid families to better communicate with children suffering from #autism, new research suggests.

Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.

Families with autistic children can better engage with them by teaching new play skills using drama and puppetry, multi-sensory materials and even comedy to help with their challenging behaviour. 

“Autism continues to be regarded as a community that is difficult to access due to perceived disruptions of interpersonal connectedness,” said Melissa Trimingham, Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent in Britain.

I can never be disciplined like Aamir, says SRK

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Superstar #ShahRukhKhan says that when it comes to working on body fitness, he can never be as disciplined as #AamirKhan.

Talking about Aamir, who first gained weight and then lost it for his upcoming film “Dangal”, Shah Rukh shared that the “PK” actor works really hard on his body.

“Aamir is very disciplined and works really hard on his body. Two years ago, when I had met him, he had put on a lot of weight and now he has lost all those extra kilos. I can never be disciplined.

Not being part of 'Kabali' promotions was unfortunate: Radhika Apte

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Actress #RadhikaApte, who played megastar #Rajinikanth's wife in the record-breaking film #Kabali, apologised to the media for not being part of the promotions, something she termed "unfortunate" as she was shooting for another film.

Present at the Vogue Beauty Awards, Radhika was asked about her absence during the promotions of "Kabali".

She responded, "I know, I am really sorry. Actually I am shooting for a film called 'Ghoul' and 'Kabali' release was decided suddenly and my shooting is so tight that everyday I was trying to make phone calls and shoot (for promotions), but it's so unfortunate."

"Kabali" reportedly grossed almost Rs 250 crore in five days only in India and is also doing well abroad, with the satellite and other rights also going for big amounts.

Calvin Harris wants to 'make music' with Kanye West

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Scottish DJ #CalvinHarris reportedly wants to make some new music with rapper #KanyeWest.

A source close to Harris told that the record producer "wants to make some music with Kanye down the road". 

While nothing is in the works yet, Harris thinks the rapper is "brilliant with music".

The feeling appears to be mutual for West and his wife Kim Kardashian. A source close to the Kardashians said that the couple "always thought" that Harris was really talented.

Ed Sheeran secretly married?

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Singer #EdSheeran has sparked wedding rumours after being spotted wearing a sparkler on his wedding ring finger.

Some internet users started speculating whether or not the singer has secretly exchanged wedding vows with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn after he showed up in an Instagram photograph with a ring on the wedding ring finger, reports

The photograph in question was shared by musician Jovel, who showed a candid shot of himself sitting on the ground next to his daughter, who was celebrating her fifth birthday, with Sheeran on the other side of her, casually lounging with his hand on his knee.

Katy Perry has never had grey hair

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Singer #KatyPerry says she has never had any grey hair, but she has still been dying her tresses since she was 15.

"I haven't spotted a grey yet but I've been dying my hair jet black since I was 15,” quoted Perry as saying.

However, the “I kissed a girl” hitmaker has a relaxed attitude towards the process of ageing. 

"Wrinkles are not your enemy, they're just proof that you've smiled,” the 31-year-old said.

Tarun Arora plays the baddie in Chiranjeevi's 150th film

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Actor #TarunArora, last seen in Tamil thriller #Kanithan, will be playing the main antagonist in megastar #Chiranjeevi-starrer yet-to-be-titled Telugu project, which is the official remake of Tamil film #Kaththi.

"Tarun has been officially signed on. He's expected to start shooting in a few days," a source from the film's unit told.

Known for his brief role in "Jab We Meet", Tarun made a smashing comeback in "Kanithana earlier this year.

"Director Vinayak loved his performance in the Tamil film and immediately brought him on board,a the source said.

Virat Kohli the best cricketer at the moment: Brett Lee

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Australian cricketer #BrettLee, who is currently in India to promote his film #UnIndian, terms India skipper #ViratKohli as the best cricketer at the moment.

“I feel Virat is the best cricketer at the moment. Sachin (Tendulkar) is the best batsman and now I feel Virat (Kohli) is tremendous from his work ethic.... his aggression is amazing. People look up to him,” Lee told reportere here.

The former Australian fast bowler also says that he still loves cricket but getting into acting is the second innings of his life.

"I still love cricket. You will always respect the game enough but this is my second innings,” he said.

What's Harry Potter's most recognisable symbol in India?

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The lightning scar of #HarryPotter is the most recognisable symbol of the character from the popular novels in India, a survey reveals.

This weekend, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" - a new play based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany - will be staged in London. 

Going by the Harry Potter mania, Crossword Bookstores conducted a poll among its readers about the most recognisable Harry Potter symbol, over the years. The options were: The dark mark, the Deathly Hallows, the lightning scar, Platform 9 ¾ and the sorting hat. 

The poll was open to children aged 9, all the way upto customers who are 30 years of age. Over 650 children were polled in two weeks' time.

I've never faced racism: Tannishtha Chatterjee

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Actress #TannishthaChatterjee, who has travelled across the world and has been part of various global films, says she has never faced racism.

"I think we as artists are privileged because we always interact with people who are far more evolved so to be honest I have never faced racism," Tannishtha, who is promoting her film "UnIndian", told. 

"I have worked with so many different cultures for instance I have worked with Australian director, American directors. I only meet people who are trying to understand my point of view...fortunately I have never faced (racism) so I think as artist that's how it should be and I am privileged to be in that community,” she added.

Sonakshi Sinha croons for 'Akira'

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Actress #SonakshiSinha has lent her voice for a song in her upcoming film #Akira. And she says going behind the mike for the movie was a “very spur of the moment thing”.

The song, a promotional video goes, has the lyrics: “Hai ranjishein tere mere darmiyaan zindagi gunjayishein samjhoton ki dur tak dikhti nahi”. It will release next week. 

“The song is about rage about how she will not stay silent and will fight back. That's the spirit of the song,” Sonakshi said in a statement.

She went on to mention that “It was actually a very spur of the moment thing and honestly all my rehearsal happened while shooting the video". 

Harbhajan Singh blessed with daughter

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India's veteran off-spinner #HarbhajanSingh and his actress-wife #GeetaBasra have been blessed with their first child, a baby girl.

The baby was born in London on Wednesday.

The cricketer and actress got married in October last year.

India's cricket team head coach and leg-spin legend Anil Kumble congratulated Harbhajan and Geeta.

Mahasweta's last glance was all about life: Film-maker Joshy Joseph

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When filmmaker #JoshyJoseph met his #MahaswetaDidi at the Intensive Care Unit of a Kolkata hospital a few days back, the eminent writer's eyes conveyed life, not death.

"Didi was conscious and we spoke through eyes. Her eyes were all about life. And I want to keep that memory of her glance forever," Joseph, who has made three movies on Mahasweta Devi, told. 

As the country mourns the passing away of Mahasweta Devi, one of the literary stalwarts of her generation, it's a personal loss for Joseph, who shares a 12-year long relationship with "Didi". Joseph, a four-time National Award winner spoke over phone from Kolkata on Thursday. 

Film world mourns Mahasweta Devi's demise

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Bengali film star #ProsenjitChatterjee and Bollywood filmmakers like #MaheshBhatt and #MadhurBhandarkar on Thursday mourned the death of eminent writer and social activist #MahaswetaDevi. For them, she led a life that will be remembered forever.

Mahasweta Devi passed away at a city nursing home on Thursday following prolonged illness, an attending doctor said. She was 90.

The Ramon Magsaysay winner is survived by her daughter-in-law and grandchild. Mahasweta Devi's son pre-deceased her two years ago.

"It's a black day for us. The greatest writer Mahashweta Debi expired today around 3.15pm. We have grown up reading her books. Rest in peace," Prosenjit posted on Twitter.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

An hour of exercise a day may help you live longer

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Indulging in physical activities such as #briskwalking or cycling for at least an hour each day may eliminate the increased risk of death associated with sitting for eight hours or more hours a day, suggests a study.

Physical inactivity is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes as well as some cancers and is associated with more than 5 million deaths per year, the researchers said.

For many people there is no way to escape sitting -- whether at work, home or commuting -- for prolonged periods of time. 

However, "an hour of physical activity per day is the ideal, but if this is unmanageable, then at least doing some exercise each day can help reduce the risk," said Ulf Ekelund, Professor at the University of Cambridge. 

No plans to quit: Nargis Fakhri on leaving Bollywood

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#NargisFakhri has shot down rumours claiming that she plans to leave the industry. The actress says these are all "baseless rumours" and has "no plans to quit".

Nargis on Thursday took to Twitter to share that she is looking forwrad to completeing her assignments in the US and will also start promoting her upcoming film "Banjo" in few weeks. 

"Looking forward to finishing my assignment in the US and being back to start promoting 'Banjo' in a few weeks! No plans to quit. Haters gonna hate. All else are baseless rumours," Nargis wrote. 

Kabir Khan starts shooting for Salman Khan starrer 'Tubelight'

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Director Kabir Khan has started shooting of his upcoming film #Tubelight in Ladakh. The film stars #SalmanKhan in the lead.

Kabir on Wednesday night took to Twitter to share a photograph of the picturesque view from the location. The director also shared that the film's crew comprises of 200 people, who are waiting to begin shooting for the new venture. 

"'Tubelight' shoot begins here tomorrow...Ladakh. 200 strong crew all acclimatised and ready to roll," Kabir tweeted on Wednesday night.

Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck '100%' separated

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Actress #JenniferGarner and actor #BenAffleck, who announced their split last year, are reportedly not considering a reconciliation.

Despite multiple reports claiming that they are getting back together, a source has claimed that Garner and Affleck are "100 percent still separated", reports 

"Jennifer did not take Ben back. There are no plans for a second honeymoon anywhere," the source said, adding that the two stars, who remained friends after announcing their split last year, "are focussed on co-parenting for the kids' sake".

Fashion mentoring classes held for LFW fashion gala

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6Degree, a fashion talent and tech platform, hosted their first mentoring programme in association with #LakmeFashionWeek to select three designers who will showcase at the forthcoming winter-festive edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) here.

Titled #GetLFWReady, it was a two-day fashion mentoring programme where emerging designers got a word of advice from fashion industry veterans like Neeraj Gaba, Yogesh Chaudhury, Amit Khanna, Urvashi Joneja, Ajay Kumar, Feroza Dalal and Gautam Vazirani.

The workshop was a mix of designing, photography, styling, image building, merchandising/retailing of products and gave insights and guidance on showcasing at the fashion week. It was held from July 25.

Menopause, insomnia may accelerate ageing

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#Menopause and #insomnia may make women age faster, revealed a dual study.

The dual research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Biological Psychiatry, suggested that menopause and insomnia can increase risk for ageing-related diseases and earlier death in women.

"In the women we studied, those reporting symptoms such as restless sleep, waking repeatedly at night, having difficulty falling asleep and waking too early in the morning tended to be older biologically than women of similar chronological age who reported no symptoms," said Judith Carroll, assistant professor, University of California.

Anushka Sharma, success lies in being versatile actor

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She been a part of top grossers like #PK and #Sultan, but #AnushkaSharma says that being seen as a versatile actress is true success.

Anushka, who ventured into Bollywood in 2008 has carved a niche for herself and has worked with experienced filmmakers like Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and will now be seen in Imtiaz Ali's next. She also featured in debutant Navdeep Singh's dark film "NH10" and has experimented with her roles. 

The 28-year-old says her interest in these directors is because they all are from different schools of thoughts. 

Honoured to help create an image for Indian Railways: Ritu Beri

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Fashion designer #RituBeri, who has been roped in to design a new uniform for #IndianRailways' staff, says she feels honoured to do her bit in helping to uplift the image of the institution.

"I believe that the uniform of an institution creates the necessary image that is desired to uplift its perception and impact, so I offered to do my bit by creating a new look for the staff of the Indian Railways," Beri told in an e-mail interaction. 

"I am honoured to contribute in my own way to help create an image for the Indian Railways. I will not be charging for my services," added the celebrated designer, who was among the first few Indian designers to showcase at the Paris Fashion Week.

Pierce Brosnan to star in soccer thriller

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Actor #PierceBrosnan is set to star in filmmaker Scott Mann's soccer thriller #FinalScore opposite Dave Bautista, Alexandra Dinu and Julian Cheung.

Signature Entertainment's Marc Goldberg is producing the film alongside The Fyzz Facility's Robert Jones, James Harris, Mark Lane, and Wayne Marc Godfrey, reports

Babak Eftekhari will co-produce the project, with Elizabeth Williams serving as executive producer.

Blake Lively thinks 'Gossip Girl' reunion would be fun

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Actress #BlakeLively thinks it would be fun to bring back the hit American TV show #GossipGirl.

The 28-year-old became popular after playing Serena van der Woodsen in the drama series, which ended in 2012, and she believes her former cast-mates would enjoy a reunion series, reports

"I don't know, it would be fun. We had such a great time doing that that I think we all would really enjoy that," she said.

Lively, who is expecting her second child, a sibling for 19-month-old daughter James, with husband Ryan Reynolds, said she misses the show.

"I miss it sometimes, too," she said.

Kendall Jenner slams critics

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Model and reality TV star #KendallJenner has slammed haters who criticised her for going #braless in public.

In an entry titled "Free the Nipple" on her website, the 20-year-old star said that she is okay with baring her breasts in front of people, reports 

"I really don't see what the big deal is with going braless! It's sexy, it's comfortable and I'm cool with my breasts. That's it," Kendall wrote. 

Kendall, who debuted her nipple piercing last year, wrote that going braless was "also a fun way to show off my different nipple rings". 

Louise Thompson dating personal trainer

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TV personality #LouiseThompson is dating her personal trainer.

The 26-year-old split from her long-term boyfriend Alik Alfus two months ago and is back on the dating circuit with her personal trainer Ryan William Libbey, reports

"We've hung out a bit away from the gym. I was going through a rough time when all the Alik stuff was going on and we went for a few meals and got to know each other," Thompson said.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Swara Bhaskar to lose weight for 'Veere Di Wedding'

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Actress #SwaraBhaskar says she is on a weight loss spree for her role in the upcoming film #VeereDiWedding.

At an event here, Swara spoke about the project, and said: "Hopefully, we will be on the floors with 'Veere Di Wedding' in September. I am very excited. The preparations are on... I have been instructed to lose weight. So all my focus and effort is currently towards not having food." 

"Veere Di Wedding" also stars her "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" co-star Sonam Kapoor apart from Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shikha Talsania.

Kareena is expecting her first child, so is the team going to take extra care of her?

Swara said: "I am sure that we all will take care of her very well. We will feed her a lot of food, even whatever we can't eat."