Friday, 28 October 2016

Matcha, kiwi will give your skin a glow

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Want a glowing and flawless skin? Consume matcha, powdered green tea, which has a high amount of antioxidants and also have a lot of #kiwis, which is a storehouse of Vitamin C, says an expert.

Kajal Bhatia, Consultant Nutritionist, RAW Pressery, has shared 10 tips that can help you get a healthy glow on your skin. 

♦ Blueberries: Extremely tasty and convenient to eat, blueberries are the favourite fruit of many gourmet-enthusiasts around the world. Despite their sweet taste, they are low on calories and contain antioxidants that protect against premature aging. Sipping on some natural blueberry juice or adding half a cup of the fruit to your yogurt or cereal is a great way to stay healthy and look stunning.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

North East Festival to be back in Delhi in November

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The fourth edition of the #North_East_Festival - Connecting People, Celebrating Life - will be organised from November 4-6 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts here.

The North East Festival aims to showcase for the people of Delhi the rich cultural heritage of the country's northeast region. 

Before the festival, a rock competition titled North East Festival Rock Battle will be held on October 28 and 29 at Dilli Haat amongst the colleges and bands of Delhi, wherein 60 bands will perform. The winning band will stand a chance of winning a trip to Dubai, read a statement. 

"31st October" declared tax free in Punjab

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"31st October", a Bollywood movie on the 1984 Sikh riots, has been declared tax free in Punjab.

The Punjab government has decided to exempt the movie from entertainment tax, read a statement issued on behalf of the makers of "31st October".

Punjab government officials felt the film tells an important story and they called upon its writer-producer Harry Sachdeva to inform him about the tax exemption in the state.

Happy with the decision, Sachdeva said: "I am grateful for the Punjab government to see the merit and the message of the film and exempt from paying entertainment tax. My goal is to make this film reach as wide as possible and now people in Punjab can go see the film at a concessional rate."

SRK lends support to beautifying Bandstand Promenade

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Actor #Shahrukh_Khan, who was shooting abroad for Imtiaz Ali's "The Ring", is back in town and was spotted lending his support for Bandstand Beautification Project on Wednesday.

Amid the cheering of the crowds, Khan said: "I would like to thank all who are associated with this wonderful project. The moment I came here, the first thought came to my mind is 'Saare Jahan se achaa Bandstand hamara' (Bandstand is better than the entire world). I've been living in this area for the last 17 years."

"Fifteen years ago, the drive was started by all the organisations with the help of BMC to make the coastal regions beautiful. That time the road was rocky. In the first phase, the place was beautified and now in the second phase it will become a tourist spot," he added.

Film on Asian-Americans of World War II era on Fukunaga's mind

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Primetime Emmy award-winning American filmmaker #Cary_Fukunaga, who has roots in Japan, says he wishes to push out films with Asian-Americans as central characters. He wants to bring out the story of the days of struggle of his grandparents, who were Japanese-Americans and were put in camps during World War II.

After telling the tale of child soldiers in Africa in his 2015 war drama "Beasts of No Nation", the 39-year-old wants to share what his grandparents and other Asian-Americans of that generation went through between 1939 and 1945. But he is yet to develop any project.

"One day, I would like to do a story about my grandparents' generation who were Asian-Americans. They were put in camps during World War II. My father was born in a concentration camp in America because they (his family) were Japanese.

"My grandparents were protestors so, they were put in a more militarized camp that was under the Martial law," Fukunuga, who is here for Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star, told.

Asked about the Hollywood 'whitewashing' row, he said: "Hollywood is not one unit. It is an industry. I haven't faced any sort of prejudices in terms of my work. I grew up with a very difficult name to pronounce for most of the Americans. I definitely experienced racism as a child."

SRK, Alia Bhatt to appear on 'Koffee with Karan'

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Bollywood superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan and actress #Alia_Bhatt will be seen promoting their upcoming film "Dear Zindagi" on filmmaker #Karan_Johars popular talk show "Koffee with Karan season 5".

Shah Rukh, who has appeared on the previous seasons of the show, took to Twitter on Thursday to share a photograph from the show's set.

In the image, the "Dilwale" star can be seen alongside Alia and Karan.

"Some work days are not work. They are love and happiness. Thanks ‘Koffee...' team for having me over. Have a great season again," Shah Rukh captioned the image.

Vivek Oberoi gifts luxury car to father on Diwali

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Actor #Vivek_Oberoi has gifted a swanky luxury SUV to his father and veteran actor #Suresh_Oberoi for the auspicious occassion of Diwali.

"Vivek had informed his father about something he will gift him this Diwali. When Sureshji said no for any gift, Vivek just asked him about the colour he prefers. Vivek booked a car and Sureshji didn't know about it till the time it was delivered at the doorstep," said a source close to the actor.

Vivek, 40, says it was a nostalgic moment for him.

"I still remember my first car that my dad gifted me when I was young. Now this is again a nostalgic moment for me," Vivek said in a statement.

Add eggs to salads to boost vitamin E absorption

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Adding whole eggs to a colourful salad boosts the amount of vitamin E the body absorbs from the vegetables, says a study.

"We found vitamin E absorption was four- to seven-fold higher when three whole eggs were added to a salad," said Jung Eun Kim from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana US.

"This study is novel because we measured the absorption of Vitamin E from real foods, rather than supplements, which contain mega-dose amounts of Vitamin E," Kim noted.

Vitamin E, which is absorbed along with dietary fats, is often found in oils, seeds and nuts.

Customers look for creativity, novelty in jewellery: Designer

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Customers are increasingly looking for the novelty factor in jewellery purchases, says #Sangeeta_Dewan, who has over 20 years of designing experience and is currently the principal designer at Indian brand #Zoya.

The latest launch of the brand, from the House of Tata, is a collection titled Krsna, which captures the popular legends that surround the deity. The statement pieces feature the picturesque images of the crown of Krishna - the peacock feather, the matki, flute, iconic chariots, Govardhan Parvat; his adolescent years with Radha, Sudarshan Chakra and the Geeta Updesh.

The faces and silhouettes of mythological characters have forever adorned jewellery pieces. But what has changed about their designing over the years?

Make a glitzy style statement on Diwali

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Whether you're attending fancy Diwali parties or an intimate family dinner this festive season, give way to experimenting with accessories and rid yourself of clichés, says an expert.

Raminder Singh, Principal Jewellery Designer,, shares some pointers on how to get your accessory game on point:

♦For family gatherings/dinner: A family gathering in the festive season calls for a combination of comfort and glamour. Go for an unconventional look by stacking up unique charm bracelets and detachable rose quartz chandelier earrings. This allows you to change your look over the course of the day -- detaching the chandeliers in the early part of the day to keep it simple and sophisticated while amping up the bling factor for the evening. 

Air pollution may cause damage in blood vessels

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Increased exposure to air pollution may cause damage and inflammation to blood vessels among young and healthy adults and thus raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and other related deaths, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.

The study revealed how air pollution actually affects the blood vessels to increase the risk of disease, which was previously unknown.

The researchers found that periodic exposure to fine particulate matter was associated with several abnormal changes in the blood that are markers for cardiovascular disease. 

As air pollution rose, they found small, micro-particles indicating cell injury and death significantly increased in number, levels of proteins that inhibit blood vessel growth increased, and proteins that signify blood-vessel inflammation also showed significant increases.

It's Diwali and time for special beauty care

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The festive season is here again! Soon it will be Diwali. Start taking care of the skin and hair a few weeks before. Night-time cleansing is an absolute must, especially for city dwellers. 

Chemical air pollutants, dirt and grime hang in the air. They are potent skin irritants. Make-up should also be removed at night. All these can cause dryness of the skin, or disrupt the normal acid-alkaline balance of the skin, leading to rashes and other eruptive conditions, like pimples and acne.

As Diwali approaches, the weather also changes. Seasonal changes also influence the skin. The humidity becomes less and the skin loses moisture to the atmosphere. So, one needs to keep the skin moisturised and also protect it from sun-exposure.

For normal to dry skin, cleanse twice a day, with a cleansing gel containing ingredients like aloe vera. Massage the cleanser lightly into the skin and remove it with moist cotton wool. Then apply rose water or a skin tonic using cotton wool. During the day, use a sunscreen before going out in the sun. Or, use a moisturiser if you are indoors. Moisturisers are available in cream and liquid form. For dry skin, at night, after cleansing, apply a nourishing cream and massage it on the face. Wipe off with moist cotton wool. You can apply a serum afterwards.

'Nightingale of Kashmir' is dead

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Legendary Kashmiri singer #Raj_Begum, the voice that mesmerized millions for over seven decades, died here on Wednesday, family sources said. She was 89.

Begum, called the "Nightingale of Kashmir", breathed her last after a protracted illness, a relative said.

She was one of the most recognized female singers in the Kashmir Valley, having rendered thousands of songs from Radio Kashmir in Srinagar and in live concerts at other places in India and abroad.

Born in 1927, the journey to the hearts of Kashmiris was an uphill task for Begum, who was also fondly called the "Asha Bhosle of Kashmir". Singing, particularly for women, was considered a big taboo in the conservative society those days.

DIY tips to light up your home for Diwali

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To give your #home_decorations a personal touch while putting up lights this #Diwali, create your own designs using fairy lights in an innovative way, says an expert.

Here are a few Do-it-yourself (DIY) tips provided by Chirajay Sharma, founder of website, which provides home services to households across different service categories: 

♦ DIY flower lights: Put your fairy lights to some unconventional use this Diwali. Use discarded egg cartons to make some colourful and glittery light strings for your home interiors.

You can also opt for cupcake wrappers, cut them into different floral designs to get yourself gleaming floral garlands.

Psychopathy ups violence risk in romantic relationships

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People with higher levels of psychopathic tendencies are more likely to assault their romantic partners, a study has found.

Psychopathy, sometimes also known as sociopathy, is traditionally defined as a personality disorder characterised by persistent antisocial behaviour, impaired empathy and remorse, and bold, disinhibited, egotistical traits. 

The study recently published in the journal Law and Human Behaviour also showed that people with psychopathic tendencies tended to drink more alcohol.

However, it is their personality traits more than substance use that is associated with violence, the researchers stated.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

'The Simpsons' writer Kevin Curran dies at 59

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#Kevin_Curran, a six-time Emmy-winning writer and producer who worked on shows like "Late Night With David Letterman" and "The Simpsons", died at his home here after a long illness. He was 59.

Curran died on Tuesday, reports

He graduated from Harvard College in 1979, where he served as an editor for the Harvard Lampoon. While at Harvard, Curran met Al Jean, who would go on to become the showrunner of "The Simpsons". 

Curran had been a part of "The Simpsons" since 2001, most recently serving as co-executive producer.

Filmmaking has become a business, says Jaya Bachchan

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Veteran actress #Jaya_Bachchan says there was a time when Indian filmmakers used to create art, but now films are more about numbers and business.

Jaya Bachchan compared the content of Indian films made in the 1950s and 1960s to the ones created now while praising Bimal Roy at a session on the legendary director at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Tuesday.

"Filmmakers at that time, created art. Today, it's a business and all about numbers. Everything is thrown at our face. People have forgotten subtlety. Open display of affection is considered smart... sharam naam ki toh cheese hee nahi hai (people are no longer ashamed). Now, it's about big collections at the box office, Rs 100 crore films, first weekend collection...It's all Greek to me," said the 68-year-old actress, known for films like "Guddi", "Abhimaan" and "Silsila".

Fukunaga cool about Indian 'True Detective'

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American filmmaker #Cary_Fukunaga, who won a Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for "True Detective", says it would be cool to have an Indian version of the crime drama TV series.

The series' first season featured stars like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and the American director doesn't mind an Indian version of it.

"I am actually quite curious about this. I was thinking how cool would it be to have an Indian 'True Detective'. Like this good Hindu family, but the guy has a side much to explore," Fukunaga, who is in India for the first time, said during a panel discussion at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Tuesday.

VOOT to bring exclusive content from 'Bigg Boss' house

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Viacom18's Over-The-Top (OTT) platform - #VOOT - will be bringing exclusive content from the ongoing reality TV show "Bigg Boss 10".

VOOT will showcase exclusive content that will have stories from the house in a special dedicated space called "Unseen Undekha", read a statement. 

The reality show, an Indian version of international series "Celebrity Big Brother", features celebrities locked inside a house for three months under constant camera surveillance, without any gadgets or luxury.

Stories of celebrities can inspire people: Anurag Kashyap

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Filmmaker #Anurag_Kashyap believes that all successful people have failed at some point in their lives and people should know their stories for motivation.

"Celebrities, achievers and successful people have all failed at some point in their lives, but faced their failures and remained motivated. People need to know their stories so they can remain inspired and follow their passions," Kashyap said in a statement.

A conference was held by the name Josh Talks LEAP with the aim to inspire people with power of stories to pursue their passions. The two-day conference -- which ended on Sunday had celebrities like Kashyap, director Zeishan Qadri and stand-up comedian Papa CJ.

I choose a film that I can do justice to: Vidya Balan

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Actress #Vidya_Balan, who will soon be seen in suspense thriller "Kahaani 2 : Durga Rani Singh", says she only picks project if she feels she will be able to do justice to it.

"Many times it happens that though I like the story and the character I have been asked to play, I do not take that up. As an actress, I tend to contribute to the film. So, I choose a film that I can do justice to," Vidya said.

The actress expressed her views when she was present here along with Sujoy Ghosh for the trailer launch of her upcoming film "Kahaani 2 : Durga Rani Singh".

Sonam Kapoor joins fight to make India hunger-free

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Actress #Sonam_Kapoor, who is known for voicing her opinion on various issues, has now taken up the cause to fight hunger.

"Earlier I spoke about LGBT rights, feminism, health issues and body shaming. These are all generational issues, but basic like food, shelter, or clothing is something normally we don't think about especially when you come from an affluent family," said Sonam, who is a goodwill ambassador for 'Fight Hunger' Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the fight against malnutrition. 

Pitching her voice in the fight against malnutrition-related causes in India, the actress said: "I am trying my very best by supporting this foundation to give back because I've been given so much."

Immortalise your wedding with refreshing, different ideas

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Make your wedding look more unique and special by using a few different ideas as listed by an expert.

Ashu Garg, Founder at Good Times Concept events, a full-service event and venue management consulting company, shared a few ideas:

♦ Live painter: Having a live wedding painter to seize all those lovely and precious memories will surely immortalize your wedding day. You can hang the painting on the wall, so every morning when you wake up, it will remind you of your special day.

♦ Recollect the good old days: We all have our childhood photographs as our memories. Collect all the crazy, funny, beautiful and special photographs of yourselves at different ages corresponding to the table number of your guest.

Muscle strength may help to improve brain function

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Increased muscle strength may help to improve brain function in adults who suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), shows a new study.

MCI defines people who have reduced cognitive abilities such as reduced memory, but are still able to live independently. It is a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.

The findings published in the Journal of American Geriatrics show a positive causal link between muscle adaptations to progressive resistance training and the functioning of the brain among those over the age of 55 with MCI.

"What we found in this follow-up study is that the improvement in cognition function was related to their muscle strength gains. The stronger people became, the greater the benefit for their brain," said Yorgi Mavros, researcher at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Colours that can add glamour to outfits for Diwali

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Jazz up your wardrobe with different colours like oxblood red, sapphire and mint-green this festive season, says an expert.

Sidhika Gupta, Fashion Head, Roposo - a fashion and lifestyle social network - has a few tips to help you look trendy for Diwali:

♦ Persian influence: Radiate royalty with colours like emerald, sapphire, oxblood red, and mauve. Rich and glamorous fabrics - velvet or brocade - go best with this colour trend. Dusky or olive skin-tones could carry this trend effortlessly. 

Chefs fired up for a competition

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Chefs from all over the country are all set to participate in an upcoming competition that will laud Indian culinary excellence and revere culinary talent through 13th Annual Chef Awards.

To be orgainsed by Indian Culinary Forum (ICF) in association with Indian Federation of Culinary Associations and World Association of Chef Societies, the competition will be held from October 22 to October 28 at Academy of Pastry Arts in Gurgaon and Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management in the capital.

"The objective is to offer fellow chefs a professional platform to showcase, exhibit, hone culinary skills and raise the overall Indian Culinary Art at par with international standards," ICF President Davinder Kumar said in a statement on Tuesday.

Armani Exchange brand debuts in India

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Italian apparels and accessories brand #Armani_Exchange marked its foray into the Indian market with its first store here.

The store opened in Select Citywalk, Saket with the latest Armani Exchange collection in stock on Tuesday, read a statement.

The maiden store features a new concept, complementing the brand's new Fall-Winter 2016 apparel and accessories collections for men and women.

Pakistan artistes may not attend Goa arts festival

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Young #Pakistani_artistes may not be able to attend the #Serendipity_Arts_Festival in Goa due to the ongoing hostilities between India and its neighbour, an organiser said.

"It's been a very tough time and we still don't have a real answer. What we have done is that when we conceived the young sub-continent project, we had four artistes from Pakistan as part of the project. Will they be able to physically come here, perhaps not," festival director Preeta Singh told.

The Serendipity Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts event which will happen from December 16-23 in Goa. The event will be curated by a panel of leading experts from across the arts. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Chefs will cook to raise funds for Kailash Satyarthi Foundation-India

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Chefs to Presidents, Heads of State hold first meeting in India, to raise funds for Kailash Satyarthi Foundation-India

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The Club des Chefs des Chefs (CCC), the most exclusive gastronomy club comprising chefs to heads of state across the world, today announced a charity dinner in the capital city tomorrow to raise funds to support the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation-India, a charity headed by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, and Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, Jaipur.

The club, whose members comprise chefs to Presidents, Prime Ministers and royals across the world, including US President Barack Obama, the British Queen and the German Chancellor, are in India as part of their General Assembly, which takes place once every year in a different country.

Every film is like debut: Shraddha Kapoor

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Actress #Shraddha_Kapoor said every film is like a debut for her and feels equally excited for each of her films.

Shraddha has acted in "Aashiqui 2", "Ek Villain", "Haider", "ABCD 2" and "Baaghi".

"Every film is like a debut film for me. Though I have worked in six films so far, every film is different. And when it comes to my upcoming film 'Rock On 2', I am excited and a little nervous for various reason," the actress told the media here at the trailer launch of the much awaited "Rock On 2", a sequel of National Award winning film "Rock On!!" (released in 2008).

"Though I sung before for my earlier films, this is the first time I am singing rock songs. I took vocal training to adapt the style correctly. Thankfully, people like our songs and I am happy for it. On the other hand, the film is an emotional journey. My character is very interesting," she added.

It is the continuous journey of Magik: Farhan Akhtar

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As the much awaited trailer of his upcoming film 'Rock On 2' unveils in Mumbai, the team of the film gave the audience a better insight of the film with their performance.

The team of 'Rock On 2' at the trailer launch included actor-singer Farhan Akhtar, the film's producer Ritesh Sidwani, actor Purab Kohli, Shraddha Kapoor, Prachi Desai and Shashank Arora.

Talking about the story of the film Farhan Akhtar said, "Being the sequel of Rock On!! the story of the film revolves around the earlier characters but with different twist and turns. It is the continuous journey of the band - Magik." 

Farhan said that while the first film is about four guys who created Magik, this film is about how the journey of 'Magik' continues as young musicians join the band.

Sleeping beside your baby can cause cot death

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New-born babies should be put to bed in the same bedroom as their parents but not on the same bed for the first year of their life. They should be laid on a separate surface or a crib as this may help avoid cot death among infants, researchers have suggested.

"Parents should never place the baby on a sofa, couch, or cushioned chair, either alone or sleeping with another person. These surfaces are extremely hazardous," said lead author Rachel Moon from the University of Virginia in the US.

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death or crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. 

Bipasha Basu, Reshma Qureshi walk ramp for Archana Kochhar

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Actress #Bipasha_Basu and acid attack victim #Reshma_Qureshi promoted #Archana_Kochhars cause of all beauty inclusion and supported the initiative of "Make Love Not Scars" by walking for the designer at the Digital Surat Couture show here.

The first edition of Digital Surat Couture show was held here on Sunday. 

Comprising of four capsule collections, including the range which was showcased at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) runway in September, Kochhar's new collections were a blend of glitz and glamour. Her new collections had Rudra Digital Solution's digital prints as well, read a statement. 

Bipasha looked resplendent in a digital bridal lehenga, while Reshma promoted the designer's cause on the ramp in a bright long, flowing ensemble.

"It was great fun walking for Archana again. I think her collection is absolutely gorgeous. I am also very happy supporting this initiative and sharing this platform with acid attack survivor Reshma. She is so confident and is doing an amazing job of motivating other women. She is truly an inspiration," Bipasha said.

Shah Rukh pokes fun at Alia in 'Dear Zindagi' Take 2

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It is interesting to see how Alia Bhatt's reputation as someone who gets trolled and is cool enough to take it on her chin is used in the second teaser trailer of Gauri Shinde's "Dear Zindagi".

The one trolling Alia in this teaser about bonding and backchat is none other than superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who plays Jahangir Khan -- 'Jug' to friends. 

In a moment of conversational 'kabaddi', Shah Rukh tells Alia he repairs cycles and if he can't repair them, he 're-cycles' them.

Cue for Alia to chuckle over the irony of 'recycled' cycles.

Unreasonable cuts diluted impact of '31st October': Producer

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#Harry_Sachdeva, who wrote and produced "31st October", says unreasonable cuts by Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) "diluted the impact of the film".

"31st October" was based on the aftermath of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi including the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. It was directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil. The censor board gave the clearance for release of the politically controversial film to Delhi High Court after deletion of some objectionable scenes. It released on October 21. 

"I haven't shown even one incident in the film that isn't true. Yet the censor board delayed my film by one year. They asked for over 60 verbal and visual cuts. For what? And cut what? Incidents that really happened? I was told by the censor board that these things never happened! I was asked to beep out a simple 'saala' from the soundtrack when 'Udta Punjab' was allowed the ugliest expletives abuses and profanities that mankind has ever uttered," Sachdeva said.

My best film is yet to come: Shahid Kapoor

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Actor #Shahid_Kapoor, who earned critical acclaim for his performances in films like "Kaminey", "Haider" and "Udta Punjab", says his best is yet to come.

"My best film is still impending. I only concentrate on my next upcoming films," Shahid said on the sidelines of the ongoing Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star here. 

After giving a powerful performance in "Udta Punjab" -- which talked about rampant drug abuse, Shahid will soon be seen in Vishal Bhardwaj's "Rangoon", a romantic drama set during World War II, co-starring Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut.

Earlier, Shahid did "Kaminey" and "Haider" with Bhardwaj. The actor hopes people appreciate their third outing together as well. 

"I haven't seen it yet. I am very much curious about the film. I just met Vishal sir and asked him to show me the film. I am very nervous about the film because this is the third time I am working with Vishal sir.

Want to work with Kangana Ranaut: Sushant

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Actor #Sushant_Singh_Rajput, who is currently riding high on the success of his latest film "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story", has praised actress #Kangana_Ranaut and says he would like to work with the amazing performer.

"One actor with whom I want to work is Kangana Ranaut because she has a lot of potential and is an amazing performer," Sushant said on Zoom channel's show "Diwali Beats".

The actor has also called Anushka Sharma, with whom he worked in the film "PK", as his favourite actress. 

"Anushka is my favourite actor because she is a very spontaneous actor and its fun when during shoots action reactions keeps happening," he added. 

Robin William committed suicide due to debilitating brain disease

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Late actor-comedian Robin Williams's widow #Susan_Schneider believes that William committed suicide due to the debilitating brain disease he was suffering from.

William committed suicide in August 2014 as a result of the debilitating brain disease, which is the second most common neurodegenerative dementia after Alzheimer's and causes heightened levels of anxiety, delusions and impaired movement.

The disease was only diagnosed after an autopsy was carried out following his death, and Schneider has now joined forces with the American Brain Foundation to "cure all brain disease", reports

I was mesmerised by Aishwarya's persona: Anushka Sharma

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Actress #Anushka_Sharma was mesmerised by the persona as well as beauty of #Aishwarya_Rai_Bachchan while working with her in the forthcoming film "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil".

"I have one scene with her but it is very impactful. She is a very warm and gracious person. She has got so much achievement behind her and accomplishments to her credit," Anushka told.

The actress added: "She is very inspirational. For me, sharing screen space with her feels great. I was mesmerised by her persona and not just her beauty. Her aura and persona is very huge. You notice that and you get mesmerised."

Directed by Karan Johar, "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" delves upon the complexities of unrequited love. It also stars Ranbir Kapoor, and is slated to release on Friday.

Tips to keep your pets safe this Diwali

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Diwali may be the perfect time for you to bond with families and friends, but not for your four-legged friends. Dogs have extremely sensitive ears and noses and get very scared and confused on Diwali. It is important to keep your dog calm and stress free and don't leave them alone at home, says an expert.

tips-to-keep-your-pets-safe-this-diwaliSwati Tondon, expert of, a website providing pet supplies, services and accessories, shared tips to keep in mind for your pets during Diwali.

♦ Fire crackers: It is important to keep your dog calm and stress free. One can give them an anti-anxiety pill for dogs available in the market an hour before the celebration starts. (consult the vet for the dosage that will depend on the size and the weight of your dog.)

♦ Don't leave your dog alone at home on Diwali: This is a very stressful time for them, leaving them alone makes them very sad.

♦ Keep doors closed at all times: Scared and confused dogs might want to run out of the house, which can be very dangerous, make sure you keep them indoors and safe.

Modi to inaugurate first National Tribal Carnival

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Prime Minister #Narendra_Modi will inaugurate the first National Tribal Carnival in New Delhi on Tuesday, seeking to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals.

"Main purpose of this four-day carnival is to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals. The carnival will showcase and promote various facets of tribal culture on a large scale," an official release said.

About 1,600 tribal artists and around 8,000 tribal delegates from across the country are expected to take part in the carnival. 

Besides, eminent tribal personalities who have excelled in various fields like sports, arts and culture, literature, academics and medicine have also been invited. 

Anoushka Shankar to tour India in December

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Internationally acclaimed sitarist #Anoushka_Shankar will be travelling to India for a six-city tour in December for her new album "Land of Gold".

The album was released on Deutsche Grammophon earlier this summer.

Launching on December 2 and culminating on December 11, Anoushka will travel to cities like Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad.

"Land of Gold" embraces electronics and cross-genre collaborations, and is Anoushka's fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. 

Taiwan promotes tourism targeting Indians

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With its lush green mountains, sea, culture and high speed trains, cable cars, amusement parks and other attractions, #Taiwan is targeting Indian families, movie industry and businesses, said an official at Taiwan's Tourism Bureau.

The two-way traffic is also set to increase between India and Taiwan given the Act East Policy of the Indian government and increasing Taiwanese industrial investments in India, an expert in international relations said.

"We are looking for Indian families to visit Taiwan. The travel agents have been asked to promote Taiwan as a locale for shooting movies. We are also promoting Taiwan as the destination for corporate meetings and conferences," Shuhan Pan, International Affairs Division, Tourism Bureau of Ministry of Transportation and Communications, told.

Monday, 24 October 2016

How to stay fit during festive season

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Drink adequate amount of water and walk for 30 minutes daily to enjoy the festive season in a healthy way, says an expert.

Sonia Narang, Nutrition Expert, Oriflame India, has shared the route to a healthy festive season. 

♦ Remain focused: This will ensure that you do not miss your workouts, or eat bizarre at every point. Constantly remind yourself that the pleasure of eating fats and sweets is temporary whereas the pleasure of fitness and good health lasts forever. Respect your body by nurturing it, not abusing it with excess of alcohol or fried snacks.

Easy ways to get glowing skin for festive season

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Maintain a balanced diet, include fresh vegetables into your diet and wash your face at least twice daily to get glowing skin for Diwali, says an expert.

Reema Arora, Medical Head Facial Aesthetic, Cocoona Centre of Aesthetic Transformation, has shared a few tips on skincare: 

♦ Eat fresh vegetables and fruits always, no matter the season or your schedule. This keeps your essential supply of vitamins intact and also keeps the bowel movement good, contributing to general health and good skin.

♦ Make sure that you remove your make-up and cleanse and moisturise your skin well before going to bed. Residual make-up often causes break-outs and can harm the skin. 

♦ Wash your face at least twice a day with a gentle, foaming face wash to avoid dust from sticking to your skin. If it is not possible for you to keep a face wash with you, then keep facial wipes that suit your skin and use them often to wipe clean your face. 

Colin Farrell has never read 'Harry Potter' books

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Actor #Colin_Farrell never read the "Harry Potter" books before starring in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

The Irish actor plays the role of Percival Graves, the director of security at the Magical Congress of US, in the eagerly awaited-new movie, which is based on J.K. Rowling's book by the same name.

Farrell shared that he has never read Rowling's most popular books but is a self-confessed fan of the "Harry Potter" film series, reports 

My films have never made money: Vishal Bhardwaj

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National Award-winning filmmaker and composer #Vishal_Bhardwaj says his films have never worked at the box office.

Asked about his way of dealing with failures, the filmmaker said at a panel discussion at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star here on Sunday that his films so far, haven't minted money.

"No film of mine has worked at the box office. They never made money... none of my films. 'Haider' just recovered money. Not even 'Omkara' I was told. But it doesn't bother (me). I have chosen to make such kind of films. I don't expect a big 'dhamaka'. If it ever happens, I will probably introspect," he said.

What lip colours to pick this festive season

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Lipstick adds another dimension to your look. If you want to play with your look, then opt for hues of orange, black or purple this festive season, says an expert.

Gunjan Gaur, Make-up Expert and Executive Director of ALPS Cosmetic Clinic, has listed some of the hottest shades.

♦ Classic red: The season has been all about standing out with classic red. This colour never fades and works well for every occasion. 

'Golmaal Returns' was a crap film: Rohit Shetty

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Rohit Shetty's 2008 directorial "Golmaal Returns" was a blockbuster, but he says he knew that it was a crap film.

The comedy drama, starring Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor and Arshad Warsi, is a part of the highly successful comedy franchise "Golmaal".

While speaking at a panel discussion at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star here, Shetty said that he can sense it when his film goes wrong.

"I start getting that feeling when you are going wrong. My films are hardcore commercial films catering to a particular audience. So, you start getting that feeling that it won't work at that level. I have been right about it twice or thrice," he said.

Nishtha Sharma wins 'The Voice India Kids'

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#Nishtha_Sharma of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday emerged the winner of the first edition of the popular children's singing reality show #The_Voice_India_Kids.

The show started with 94 contestants coming from across India, with playback singers Shaan and Neeti Mohan, and music director Shekhar Ravjiani playing mentors to the child artistes.

Towards the countdown to finals, 18 contestants were left in the fray. They got eliminated week-on-week through audience votes.

From amongst the six finalists, three contestants from Team Neeti (Kavya Limaye, Vishwaprasad and Nishtha), two contestants from Team Shaan (Pooja Insa and Priyanshi Sharma) and one contestant from Team Shekhar (Shreya Basu) contested for the title.