Saturday, 17 December 2016

Chrissy Teigen's raunchy workout routine

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Model #Chrissy_Teigen slipped into a 1980s inspired workout gear and revealed how she stays in shape without having to give up on junk food while appearing in Love magazine's Advent Calendar clip.

Teigen donned a skimpy teal leotard teamed with leg warmers, red wristbands and a headband for the clip, reports

Flaunting cleavage and her derriere, Teigen can be seen doing exercises, goofing around and striking some provocative poses while indulging in wine, French fries and hot dogs. 

The 31-year-old joins other A-listers who have starred in Advent Calendar video series, including Kim Kardashian and the reality TV star's sister Kendall Jenner. 

Didn't make 'Dangal' keeping any actor in mind: Nitesh Tiwari

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Director #Nitesh_Tiwari, who has roped in Aamir Khan for #Dangal, says he never writes a script keeping an actor in mind.

"When we started writing for this film, we didn't keep any actor in mind. It doesn't make any sense to write a film keeping any actor in mind because you get influenced and you write the script according to their strength and weaknesses. 

"I wanted to be honest with my writing," Tiwari told reporters in a group interview.

He revealed that soon after finishing the script, the first actor who came to his mind to essay the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat was Aamir Khan.

Selena Gomez named brand ambassador for fashion label

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Fashion label #Coach has named singer #Selena_Gomez as its new face for fall 2017. She has reportedly received $10 million to be its brand ambassador.

Gomez will appear on the brand's ad and social media campaigns, reports

Gomez is also set to team up with Coach's executive creative director Stuart Vevers to co-design a special piece for fall 2017. Additionally, she will team up with Coach Foundation for its work on Step Up, a national organisation aiming at empowering teenage girls from underserved communities. 

"I am so excited to work with Coach and love the clothes and accessories designed by Stuart Vevers," Gomez said in a statement. 

Bali most popular year-end destination in Asia

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Indonesia's famous tour destination, the resort island of #Bali, has been picked by prominent US travelling reviewer website TripAdvisor as the most popular year-end destination.

The latest international recognition for Bali has made Indonesia's Tourism Minister Arief Yahya upbeat about meeting the target for number of foreign visitors this year -- initially set at 12 million, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

The Indonesian government is now developing 10 new tour destinations across the nation, dubbed as New Bali, which are expected to compare with Bali in terms of attracting tourists.

I love to dress up: Kriti Sanon

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Bollywood actress #Kriti_Sanon says she likes to dress up for occasions.

"Fashion has been something that I have been really into since a very long time. Every girl likes dressing up and I am that kind of a girl who take a little time to dress up. I love to dress up at occasions," Kriti told at the launch of the sale for label Ms. Taken here.

About her label, she said: "I wanted to do something that I put in my personal style in." 

The "Dilwale" star says she wanted to bridge the gap of western wear for Indian sensibilities.

"There are so many western wear brands, but somewhere either the Indian sensibilities are not matching with what we want in the brand or sometimes they are not affordable, so I think that gap is something I wanted to bridge," she said.

The actress, who forayed into the fashion world by collaborating with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar-backed celebrity fashion company Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd., launched the sale in The Great India Place mall here.

Kriti Sanon announces sale for her label Ms. Taken

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Bollywood actress #Kriti_Sanon on Friday launched the "Kiss - Keep it stylish sale" for her label Ms. Taken.

The actress, who forayed into the fashion world by collaborating with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar-backed celebrity fashion company Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd., launched the sale in The Great India Place mall here by bursting a silver disco ball pinata.

"Fashion has been something that I have been really into since a very long time. Every girl likes dressing up and I am those girls who take a little time to dress up. I love to dress up at occasions. I could not follow one particular person for style...I wanted to do something that I put in my personal style in," Kriti told.

The actress says she wanted to bridge the gap of western wear and Indian sensibilities.

Get rid of acne with basic steps

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You can use cosmetics to cover up some facial flaws, but if you have acne on your face, you can't completely hide it. Washing your face with mild cleanser and keeping hair spray and styling gel away from your skin can help you in a big way, says an expert.

Karuna Malhotra, Cosmetologist from Cosmetic Skin and Homeo Clinic, lists steps that one should follow religiously to get rid of acne.

* Wash your face with mild cleanser only once or twice a day with lukewarm water. Avoid scrubbing or using harsh abrasive products. Also, make sure one that you are washing your face in the evening to remove makeup and dirt.

* Some patients will squeeze acne in an attempt to try to open up a clogged pore. However, this usually leads to further inflammation, which makes the acne look worse and last longer. Please don't squeeze it and use Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic acid face wash with a balanced PH for acne patients. This will also shrink the acne eruption gradually.

Fashion trends that will rule this party season

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Winter brings in lot of confusion in terms of choosing the right outfit that not only keeps you away from chilly season but also protects you from winter. Bomber jackets and velvet are some of the pieces that you opt for to stay both fashionable and warm, says an expert.

Jinal Khimani, stylist at fashion reselling service provider CoutLoot, shares the list of outfits one can wear in winter. 

* Velvet : Arriving in a shocking array of bright hues, velvet is no longer the fabric of dark, romantic, gothic evening-only clothes, but one to be mixed into the most vibrant street styler's daytime wardrobes. You'll find it used in everything from trouser suits to thigh-high boots. Blazers,velvet in the form of kick-around sneakers, sleek flats, and flirty evening options 

* Bomber jackets The bomber has recently taken over the fashion world, but this year it takes on a new twist in unusual colors and fresh silhouettes. Whether oversized or embroidered, it's all about the details in 2016.

Offbeat places to travel in upcoming year

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Planning a vacation but confused about destination? Why not the theater district in Seoul or the foodie hamlet within Kuala Lumpurs bustling city centre or a residential artists enclave in Minneapolis

Based on the travel patterns of more than 140 million total guest arrivals here is what Airbnb -- a community-driven hospitality company has suggested some quirky destinations for the upcoming year.

Urban, but not dense: People are flocking to laid-back communities that offer urban convenience with a relaxed vibe. The serene Milneburg district of New Orleans, Phoenix Park, a district brimming with gardens and wildlife close to Dublin, Ireland's capital are some such places.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Art and Science blend for Swedish artists Lundahl and Seitl

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#Christer_Lundahl and #Martina_Seitl are on a mission to break the barriers of time, distance and space and connect people across the world through their ‘Unknown Cloud’.

The Unknown Could is a reflection of projects the Swedish duo have recently developed over smart phones, involving large groups of the public in an interplay between physical and virtual spaces, traditional and social media.​

“I know it is hard to achieve. But we are developing a technology through which people, though from the different continents, can communicate with the help of ‘unknown cloud’ as the medium,” Seitl said at a ‘Let’s Talk’ held on the sidelines of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016.

Poetry Session at KMB 2016 echoes lines of Chilean Poet Raul Zurita

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The Biennale Pavilion in Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi, reverberated with soulful renditions from legendary Chilean poet #Raúl_Zurita as he recited his early work ‘Song for His Disappeared Love’, which is both a poignant and subtly trenchant response to Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 brutal military coup in the South American nation.

He was among six poets participating in an event, ‘An Evening of Poetry with Biennale Artists’, held on the sidelines of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) 2016. Ouyang Jianghe, Sergio Chejfec, Sharmistha Mohanty, Valerie Mejer Caso and Aleš Šteger were the other artists who recited their poems during the event.

Ouyang Jianghe, a celebrated poet from China, started with one of his famous works ‘Taj Mahal Tears’. The rendition amplified the plight of the Ganga and the Taj Mahal, which is a strong and vibrant poetic reaction against modernity.

Argentinean poet Chejfec recited ‘Simple Language’. “We all are immigrants to languages. Every writer dreams to wield a simple language,” he said.

Mohanty read a poem that was in tune with curator Sudarshan Shetty’s vision for KMB 2016: ‘Forming in the pupil of an eye’.

Startup MobME completes a decade of its existence

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#MobME Wireless, India’s first telecom campus startup, completes a decade of its launch this month, amid plans to ramp up its operations through a string of ambitious expansion initiatives to cater to the needs of customers in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the US.

Kochi-based MobME, which initially focused on providing mobility and related solutions to telecom operators, has expanded its range of technology to cater to needs of clients in e-commerce, airlines, BFSI and retail sectors, through its core verticals.

“As part of our expansion plans, the company has already initiated discussions with customers in the US, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa,” said Sathya Kalyanasundaram, CEO, MobME.

“As we mark a decade of our existence, we are making a strategic shift into a technology company with innovative analytics and banking product portfolios,” he added.

Curating the Biennale has been a learning process: Sudarshan Shetty

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The evolution of Sudarshan Shetty’s curatorial vision for Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) 2016 and its relationship to his artistic practice formed the basis of an erudite conversation between Shetty and eminent philosopher Sundar Sarukkai here.

Terming his curatorial impulse – as also the Biennale – a ‘work in progress’, Shetty noted that the twin processes of ‘gathering’ and ‘erasure’ were the event’s primary agencies and not his instincts as an artist. “It would be a disaster if I was to introduce myself into this mix,” he said.

Shetty prefers to see himself as a facilitator instead, going with the flow as KMB 2016 changes organically over its duration and perhaps beyond. “I thought to side-step the image of an artist-curator as a creator or agent of knowledge and culture and become a presenter, bringing about this conversation between different art streams and traditions,” he said.

Things to keep in mind for bridal shoe shopping

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Keep the length of your outfit in mind and choose comfort over style when you go on #bridal_shoe_shopping spree, says an expert.

Sudatta Bhattacharya, Styling Expert at - an online wedding planning platform and Yuvraj Singh and actress Hazel Keech's official online wedding planning partners -- has listed down some important points. 

* Heels vs flats: Ask yourself if you are comfortable walking in heels? Do you need to add extra height to match your groom? Or will you be at more ease in flats? These will give you a clear idea of what you should be looking for. Another important thing to remember is the kind of venue you have for your wedding functions. If you have an outdoor wedding function, you should probably opt for wedges or flats because stilettos might dig deep inside sand/grass.

* Length of the outfit you are wearing: Ideally, the heel size (inches) should be almost equal to the extra length of lehenga that you would have kept during the final trials and fittings. It's best to stick with gold and silver so that you are able to reuse them later. 

* Comfort over style: There's a high chance that you will fall in love with the pair of shoes that look absolutely stunning but might not be comfortable to walk in. Remember that at the end of the day it's you who have to wear those shoes. You will be the one who will have to stand for photographs, walk around here and there, and dance a bit too! So, wobbling around your heels which are way high or uncomfortable for you wouldn't be a good idea at all.

Link-up rumours don't bother me: Disha Patani

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Actress #Disha_Patani says link-up rumours don't bother her and she is only concerned about work.

Disha has been been rumoured to be in a relationship with Tiger Shroff, with whom she featured in the song "Befikra".

In an industry where actors are often romantically linked to each other often, doesn't she get bothered?

"No. I am here to work and these rumours and all are not a part of my job I think. So I really don't pay attention. I am very selfish when it comes to work and I only care about work," Disha told over phone from Mumbai.

The actress will soon be seen sharing screen space with legendary actor Jackie Chan in the upcoming Sino-Indian film "Kung Fu Yoga" directed by Stanley Tong.

Love it when I'm busy: Vidya Balan

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Actress #Vidya_Balan, who has a packed 2017 with releases like "Tumhari Sulu", "Aami" -- a yet untitled biopic on writer Kamala Das -- and "Begum Jaan", says she loves it when she keeps busy.

"I love it when I am busy, but I need time between business. I need time for myself. I need down time because I get so intensely involved in what I do, specially a film shoot... Then I need time to get back to being just Vidya after a promotional schedule also. I love it, I thrive on it," Vidya told.

"But to retain my sanity, I need to do things that are completely unrelated to work and then come back to working with full force," Vidya added.

The 39-year-old actress, who was recently seen in "Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh" helmed by Sujoy Ghosh, is for now gearing up for her myriad roles on screen.

Steve Harvey returning to host Miss Universe 2016

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TV host and comedian #Steve_Harvey has been officially roped in to host the #Miss_Universe_2016 show, a year after he made an embarrassing mistake by announcing the wrong winner at the pageant's 2015 edition.

In 2015, the 59-year-old comedian wrongly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner, while she was the first runner-up. She had received the crown, sash and flowers before Harvey returned to the stage to tell the crowd that he read his cue card wrong, reports 

"I have to apologize, the first runner-up is Colombia. Let me just take control of this. This is exactly what's on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake... horrible mistake," he had said. 

Then, Miss Universe Paulina Vega later took the crown off Gutierrez's head and put it on Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach's. 

Following the major slip-up, Harvey was publicly ridiculed and he even received death threats. Speaking about how he felt when he went back on the stage, he said in an interview: "It was four minutes of pure hell... It was the most gut-wrenching walk I've ever had in my life." 

Lindsay Lohan gets cosy with mystery man

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Actress #Lindsay_Lohan was spotted being "affectionate and holding hands" with a mystery man here.

The 30-year-old, who split from London-based Russian millionaire Egor Tarabasov earlier this year, was reportedly seen flirting with a "tall, dark and handsome" man, reports

"She enjoyed a few drinks with him and a group of friends. They were also dancing together," an eyewitness said.

The source also said Lohan "was very well-behaved".

Speculation surrounding Lohan's love life comes shortly after it was reported that she is living in a hotel after being asked to leave her London rental apartment.

The actress was issued with court papers by lawyers acting for the landlord of a 3.5 million pounds flat she was leasing in Knightsbridge, after she failed to pay 77,600 pounds owed in rent.

Adventure, music fest gets underway in Arunachal Pradesh

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Northeast state #Arunachal_Pradesh's tranquil village #Dambuk, known for its orange orchards, came to life with the roaring sound of modified Gypsies and Jeeps and the high octane rock music as the third edition of Orange Festival of Adventure & Music began on Thursday.

The JK Tyre Orange 4x4 Fury off-roading event, which is part of the four-day fest, was flagged off in Dambuk amidst motor sports enthusiasts who cheered for their favourite team.

A total of seven teams are participating in the off-roading event, making up to 28 participants, but only three teams managed to complete the first stage.

There is a special category for participants from the northeast. They are participating as individuals with two members, making up a team in one car.

The Gerrari Offroaders from Chandigarh maintained their supremacy after stage one.

Jennifer Winget to sport new look in 'Beyhadh'

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Actress #Jennifer_Winget, who plays Maya in #Beyhadh, will sport a new hair colour in the popular TV show.

Jennifer met BBLUNT Founder and Creative Director Adhuna Bhabani at her salon to consult about a hair colour makeover with a shade from her recently launched range. 

"As an actress, our hair is a defining impression and the wear and tear that we put it through on set every day, is not something that should be taken lightly. I have always been very particular about my hair so BBLUNT for me is like hair insurance," Jennifer said in a statement.

Zoya Akhtar to produce show about wedding planners

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Directors #Zoya_Akhtar and #Reema_Kagti, through their production banner Tiger Baby, will collaborate with Excel Entertainment to produce a show about wedding planners in association with Amazon.

Speaking at the first look of the Amazon Prime Video on Wednesday, Zoya said: "We are co-producing a show for Amazon. It is about two wedding planners who are set in Delhi. The first season will have 10 episodes and if it does well we will be making the second season." 

The show is reportedly titled "Made in Heaven".

Apart from them, directors like Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Farhan Akhtar, Ram Madhvani, D K Krishna and Raj Nidimoru, Sujoy Ghosh and Asif Kapadia will be making unique shows for the Amazon Prime Video.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Akshay offers fans chance to 'book seats for 'Jolly LLB 2' trailer launch

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In a new marketing innovation, Bollywood actor #Akshay_Kumar and Fox Star Studios have given an opportunity to audiences and fans to book seats for the trailer launch of #Jolly_LLB_2. The event is scheduled for December 19.

The social media driven innovation is open to audiences worldwide. As many as 100,000 people will get to witness the trailer half an hour before its official release. This is for the first time that so many people will get access to the film's asset even before it's officially launched, read a statement from the film's makers.

Set in Lucknow, "Jolly LLB 2" is the story of the blunt, abrasive and yet oddly compassionate Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly, a small-time, struggling lawyer who has moved from Kanpur to the city of nawabs to pursue his dream of becoming a big-time lawyer. 

The movie is a satire about an underdog attempting to catapult himself to the top of the legal food chain.

Dilip Kumar discharged from hospital

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Veteran actor #Dilip_Kumar, who was admitted at Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre last week, was on Thursday discharged from the facility.

"Dilip Kumar got discharged today around 2.30 p.m. He is fine now," Murshid, the manager of Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Banu, told.

Dilip Kumar, who turned 94 on December 11, was rushed to the hospital after he complained of swelling on one of his legs.

Last seen on the big screen in "Qila" in 1998, the actor was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

Add glamour to your winter outfits with embroidery

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#Embroidery is a great form of embellishment on any clothing styles. So this winter, experiment with these details on denims, leather jackets, boots and many others and lift up the look of your attire, says an expert.

Yashodhara Shroff, Director and founder of online shopping store Styletag, shares five ways to incorporate embroidery into your wardrobe. 

* On denim: Colourful embroidery on denim jackets, pants and bags stands out with great vigour and never fails to impress. If you're looking to experiment and love a pop of colour anytime of the day, these are perfect for you. Classroom doodle embroidery is great on western styles and floral on Indian styles.

* On leather: One could take their pick from an A- line leather skirt, a leather jacket, bags or pants. If you're looking for subtle detailing or a full-on embroidered piece, switching to embroidered leather in the form of a jacket or a practical shopping bag is a wise move to make.

* On skirts: Nothing makes a statement like a perfect A-line embroidered skirt. Subtle and appealing embroidery on skirts is a class act as opposed to anything else. One can never go wrong with a detailed embroidered skirt when paired with a crisp white shirt. Splurge on some intricately detailed skirts as they will never go out of style.

Nida Mahmood steps in as design consultant for Satya Paul labels

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Club SP and Satya Paul Accessories, labels under the house of brand #Satya_Paul, on Thursday announced a collaboration with designer #Nida_Mahmood as the Design Consultant for the Spring Summer 2017 collection.

Known for her distinctive designs and eclectic usage of colours, Nida will provide the design direction for both these brands in the upcoming capsule collection. 

"I would like to speak about the sensibilities of both the brands and how both of them marry perfectly. I believe the creative prowess of the design world combined with the business acumen of the corporate fashion houses can create really impactful partnerships. And I am really positive and excited to start this journey together," the designer said in a statement.

Launched recently by The House of Satya Paul, Club SP caters to the modern Indian woman who keeps up with the trends without compromising on her comfort.

Jimmy Kimmel to get $15,000 to host Oscars

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Popular chat show host #Jimmy_Kimmel has revealed that he will be paid $15,000 to anchor the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.

Kimmel opened up about his salary for Oscars on KROQ's "Kevin & Bean" morning show on Wednesday, reports 

Though the numbers may seem a bit low, compared to what he normally makes, Kimmel joked about the sum, saying: "I think it's illegal to pay nothing."

"I'm not sure I was supposed to reveal this. But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault."

In addition to "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", the 49-year-old has also hosted his own Oscars aftershow within the last few years. The announcement that Kimmel would host seemed rather overdue, as the host for films' biggest night is usually announced months prior.

Megan Fox eyes Poison Ivy role in 'Gotham City Sirens'

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Actress #Megan_Fox is reportedly eyeing the role of Poison Ivy in DC comics's upcoming #Gotham_City_Sirens.

Sources at Bleeding Cool website have speculated that the actress may already line up for the villain's role. The site claims that she is a fan of the comic books, pointing out that the proof lies in Fox purchasing pre-52 Harley Quinn comics that feature the red-haired supervillainess, reports 

Entertainment company Warner Bros has not given any comment regarding the report. 

As of now, the only actress attached to the project is Margot Robbie, who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn. Plot details are still scarce, but the movie is said to focus on "the top female villains from the DC stable" who also include Catwoman. 

"Suicide Squad" helmer David Ayer will direct the film, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet (a yet untitled Tomb Raider reboot, "Sherlock Holmes 3") providing the screenplay. The studio has yet to set a release date but the project is on the fast track. 

Dutch DJ duo Blasterjaxx to perform at Enchanted Valley Carnival

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Dutch electronic music DJ duo #Thom_Jongkind and #Idir_Makhlaf, together known as #Blasterjaxx, will be joining the multi-genre music festival Absolut Enchanted Valley Carnival #EVC at the Aamby Valley City this weekend.

Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music Group, South Asia, told: "I'm thrilled to announce the mighty electro house Blasterjaxx as our fifth headliner who join Alan Walker, Arijit Singh, Farhan Akhtar and Flo Rida."

The Blasterjaxx members started their musical voyage from 2010 and released their first EP titled "Reborn EP" in 2012 followed by "Koala EP" and many singles like "Faith", "Legend Comes to Life", "Big Bird" among others. 

Indian film celebs pray for 'peace, humanity' in Aleppo

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Bollywood celebrities including #Priyanka_Chopra, #Varun_Dhawan and #Esha_Gupta have prayed for peace and humanity to be restored in #Allepo, Syria, where renewed fighting has put at risk a truce deal to evacuate people and rebel fighters.

Here's what Bollywood celebrities had to say:

Priyanka Chopra: My heart cries for humanity. The feeling of helplessness. All lives matter. My prayers for Aleppo.

Varun Dhawan: Reading about the crisis in Aleppo is heartbreaking. Sad to see videos of the destruction and killings peace not pieces...pray.

Esha Gupta: Seeing the news all I can is pray for peace in Syria, Aleppo. I'm not religious I'm not political, I'm not Syrian but humanity is a religion.

Ed Sheeran returns to social media

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Singer #Ed_Sheeran has returned to social media after a gap of a year.

In December 2015, Sheeran announced he was taking a break from social media. But for the first time in 12 months, he updated his Twitter and Instagram by posting a cryptic blue image, reports

The "Thinking out loud" hitmaker also changed his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram image into the same shade of blue. 

Fans immediately expressed their delight. One Twitter user wrote: "Welcome back Ed Sheeran. Took long enough."

Make running your New Year's resolution to stay sharp

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If you are running out of ideas for your #NewYear's resolution, consider running. Researchers have found that runners show greater functional connectivity in brain regions important for tasks such as planning and decision-making.

"These activities (such as running) that people consider repetitive actually involve many complex cognitive functions -- like planning and decision-making -- that may have effects on the brain," said one of the researchers David Raichlen, Associate Professor at University of Arizona, at Tucson in the United States.

For the study, the researchers compared brain scans of young adults engaged in cross-country running to young adults who do not engage in regular physical activity. 

Cisco to help develop IoT innovation hub, smart city in Gujarat

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To help accelerate the digital transformation of Gujarat, global networking giant #Cisco on Thursday announced to explore setting up an Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub and deliver a smart city in the state.

Cisco signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the state government which aim to establish an IoT Innovation hub with the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate) at iCreate's campus near Bavla, Ahmedabad, and deliver a smart city project in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT).

"The announcement underlines Cisco's commitment to enable Gujarat to capitalise on digital opportunities, strengthen the vibrant innovation ecosystem in the state, enhance quality of life of citizens and accelerate the digital transformation of the state," said Dinesh Malkani, President, Cisco India and Saarc, at the event.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Lady Gaga to share her sexual abuse story with Piers Morgan

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Singer Lady Gaga has agreed to a sit-down interview with Piers Morgan on the subject of sexual abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after he expressed his doubts about her rape claims.

The singer recently confessed that she has suffered from PTSD after being raped as a teenager, but the revelation was met by scepticism by Morgan, who suggested her claims should be taken "with a pinch of salt" until they had been proven.

Gaga offered to share her story with him with a post on Twitter on Tuesday, reports 

Avoid brushing teeth for long

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The mouth is the mirror of the body and thus it becomes mandatory to take care of our #teeth always. Not spending too much time brushing your teeth and avoiding carbonated drinks can work wonders in winters, says an expert.


Sagrika Shukla, a visiting consultant at Clove Dental, says that teeth need extra care in winters just like the rest of the body and shares tips to take care of your teeth.

* Brushing teeth is brilliant but not for too long. ADA (American Dental Association) recommends brushing for not more than two-three minutes. Over brushing teeth can cause sensitivity.

* Yes, we all are a little hungrier in winters, but say yes to hot beverages rather than acidic carbonated drinks which tend to erode the teeth and lead to sensitivity.

A.R. Rahman in Oscar race again

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It could be a twin win for Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman once again at the Academy Awards as his work for "Pele: Birth of a Legend" has found a spot in an initial list of Oscar contenders for the year.


Rahman, who earlier registered a double Oscar victory for his music in "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2009, has been included in a 'long list' of 145 scores in contention for a nomination in the Original Score category for the upcoming 89th Academy Awards."Ginga", Rahman's acclaimed number from the 2016 biographical film, is in the Oscar race too. 

It is part of the 91 songs, which are competing for a spot in the final nominations for the Original Song category.

The initial list of contenders for both the categories were released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its official website on Tuesday.


Ruby Rose in 'Pitch Perfect 3'

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"Orange Is the New Black" actress #Ruby_Rose is in talks to join the next instalment in the popular "Pitch Perfect" franchise.

ruby-rose-in-pitch-perfect-3 "Pitch Perfect 3" will be directed by Trish Sie.

Plot details and a description of Rose's character are yet to be unveiled, reports

Actress-director Elizabeth Banks, who directed "Pitch Perfect 2", will reprise her role as Gail and remains on board as a producer of the film.

The film is set to release on December 22, 2017. 

Jason Moore directed the first instalment, which released in 2012.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow are all signed on to return for "Pitch Perfect 3".


Hrithik 'greatest fan' of his uncle Rajesh Roshan

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Actor #Hrithik_Roshan, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming movie #Kaabil, says he is his uncle Rajesh Roshan's greatest fan.

Rajesh has composed the music for the film, which is directed by Sanjay Gupta and also features Yami Gautam in the lead role. 

Hrithik shared a glimpse of the recreated version of the 1981 song "Haseeno ka deewana". The new version features actress Urvashi Ratuela. 

The "Dhoom 2" star captioned the video: "Decades ago when my chacha (uncle) recorded this song, he asked me to choose the rhythm. Dedicated to you chacha - from your greatest fan! Thank you for the music."

The original version of the song, which is titled as "Sara zamana haseeno ka deewana" is from the 1981 film "Yaarana". It was picturised on megastar Amitabh Bachchan, was sung by legendary singer Kishore Kumar and the music was directed by Rajesh. 

Groom your beard for the party month

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After "No Shave November" its time to sport a classy #beard to gear up for the #party_season. Get that suave and urbane look by using some defined grooming tips that work wonders in the cold month, says an expert.

Being thick and oily, men's skin is difficult to clean and suffers the daily trauma of facial shaving and then has to deal with harsh winter which dries and bruises it. Follow these tips by Rohit Chawla, Co-Founder and CEO of The Man Company and enjoy a groomed and party ready look. 

* Don't overdo the wash: You must wash your face with a gentle cleanser and shower daily with a good body wash. Avoid using harsh face scrubs or soaps, since it will dry up your skin much more in dry weather, making it appear wrinkled. Also, avoid long, leisurely baths as hot water depletes skin of its natural moisture.

Chinese actress Zhu Zhu wraps shooting for 'Tubelight'

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Chinese actress #ZhuZhu has wrapped shooting for filmmaker Kabir Khan's #Tubelight starring superstar #Salman_Khan.

Kabir on Tuesday shared a photograph of himself along with the actress. 

"And It's a film wrap for the beautiful Zhu Zhu. We will miss you. 'Tubelight' behind the scenes Eid 2017," Kabir captioned the photograph.

"Tubelight" will mark the Chinese actress's debut in Hindi Film industry. 

Home decor trends to look out for in 2017

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With 2017 knocking the door, its time to change the way you live. The New Year in #decor trends will have a mix of creative materials, unusual textures, deco items to bold colours and one can use these tips to give your home a timeless charm you're sure to love, says an expert.

Natasha Jain, Co Founder of Bent Chair has shared some tips on how one can add some spark to their home décor trends.

* Revival of the Artisans: When it comes to decorating history, there is nothing to limit you. It's artful, quirky and bursting with ideas. 2017 will see a revival of the artisans. It speaks to your unique style with a rustic touch. Home decor by the contemporary artisans is a yes this year, so go for it.

Raj Kapoor's contribution to cinema is evergreen: Rakesh Roshan

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Filmmaker #Rakesh_Roshan has remembered legendary actor Raj Kapoor on his 92nd birth anniversary and says his contribution to Hindi cinema is evergreen.

"The greatest filmaker Mr Raj Kapoor on his birth anniversary, saw Shree 420 more than 400 times. Your contribution is evergreen," Roshan tweeted on Wednesday morning.

Raj Kapoor is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers and actors in the history of Indian cinema. He was the winner of several awards including three National Film Awards.

He was a two-time nominee for the Palme d'Or grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his films "Awaara" and "Boot Polish".

Priyanka Chopra is fantastic: Conrad Ricamora

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Asian-American actor #Conrad_Ricamora loves to watch Indian actress #Priyanka_Chopra in "Quantico", but admits that he is "embarrassingly uneducated about Indian cinema".

The actor, known as Oliver Hampton in TV show "How to Get Away With Murder", feels Priyanka -- who took the action route to make her debut in the international fiction TV space with " Quantico" last year -- is fantastic. 

"I have seen her on 'Quantico'. I think she is great, she is fantastic. I don't know that much about Indian cinema besides I have seen a few movies. I am embarrassingly uneducated about Indian cinema," Ricamora told over phone from Los Angeles.

Facebook backs Indian edu-tech platform XPrep

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#Facebook has backed Delhi-based tutor enablement platform #XPrep as part of its global programme #FBStart which is designed to help early-stage mobile startups.

Under the programme, XPrep has received $40,000 worth of credits and services from Facebook and its partners like Amazon Web Service (AWS), Dropbox, Adobe and MailChimp, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

"There lies a huge opportunity in supplementing the assistance-based offline education system using online technologies. Paying customers are a testimony to our product and we aim to build better going ahead. FBStart is going to help us achieve this goal faster," said Mukul Rustagi, CEO, XPrep. 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Decorate your home for wedding the quick way

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An #Indian_wedding is so much fun but due to the hustle bustle of ceremonies and shopping, everybody forgets to decorate the house. If youre looking to give your home some Indian style, choose colours, fabrics and accessories that create a subtle yet inspiring look, says an expert.

Gunjan Agnihotri, founder of Amila Finishing Lounge, a fashion and lifestyle start-up, shares some basic yet trendy tips to decorate your home. 

* Lights, lights and more lights: Most special ceremonies in India traditionally involve the use of earthen diyas. If you can't get your hands on diyas, you can use tea lights and candles to achieve the same effect. Place floating candles in bowls with flowers and line the entryway with tiny twinkling tea lights. If you are not allowed to open flames at the wedding venue, you can use electric tea lights and strings of LED lights.

Ravi Shankar's rare recordings release in India

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Late sitar maestro and composer #Pandit_Ravi_Shankar's range of rare recordings has been released in India.

Sony Music and East Meets West Music, the official recording label of the Ravi Shankar Foundation, have announced a licensing agreement where Sony Music India will release a range of rare recordings of the legendary musician's works in India. 

East Meets West Music has unique access to an archive featuring thousands of hours of live performance audio, film footage, interviews and studio masters.

On Sunday, Sony Music released the first of the recordings, titled "The Living Room Sessions Part I & 2", which is available across all digital platforms. The label will also release physical CDs.

'Befikre': Winning alliance of Bollywood, Parisian spirit

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Opportunities for increased collaborations between France and Bollywood are being looked at following the release of #Befikre, which incorporated and promoted #Lido_de_Paris_cabaret, Bateaux Parisiens cruises and the French tourism board, Atout France in its narrative.

Together, they hosted a launch party on December 9 here, where officials from Lido de Paris, Bateaux Parisiens, Atout France and several leading tour operators such as Cox and Kings, Thomas Cook and World of Wonders, graced the event and discussed ways in which collaborations can happen more extensively.

The talks were especially around how the Indian film industry can use the beautiful and world-renowned locations in France as their shooting locations, read a statement.

"Befikre", directed by Aditya Chopra, has been entirely in France. A love story of two people - Dharam (Ranveer Singh) and Shyra (Vaani Kapoor), it was filmed for about 55 days in Paris, in Picardy, a French region, north of Paris, and in Cannes, on the French Riviera.

Bollywood adaptive to international music scene: Mika

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Singer #Mika_Singh says Bollywood music is a big hit all over the world "because of its ability to adapt and grow with the international music trends".

"Our music has strong melody and Bollywood is very adaptive to the international music scene as well. So, it is not surprising that our music has done so well outside of India as much as within it. I think Bollywood music will take over the world one day," Mika told in an email interaction from Dubai. 

Often Bollywood music artistes are censured for taking inspiration from the west. But Mika, who performed at the Global Village's India Pavilion in Dubai last month along with Sunidhi Chauhan, says that "there is no question of ‘western' influences as such because music has no boundaries".

"Bollywood is a success because of its ability to adapt and grow with the international music trends. There is no question of ‘western' influences as such because music has no boundaries. Bollywood uses music influences even from Arabic music if it is befitting to the scene or style of a movie. Bollywood is Bollywood - its music is an amalgamation of many styles," he added. 

I'm not competitive in real life: Sanya Malhotra

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Actress #Sanya_Malhotra, who plays wrestling champion Babita Kumari in Bollywood superstar #Aamir_Khan's upcoming film #Dangal, says she is not very competitive in real life.

"I am not a competitive person in my real life, unlike the wrestler Babita Kumari. I am a rather focused person who is doing something and trying to get satisfaction out of it. Winning is not so important for me," Sanya told here.

However, she relates well with the character of Babita.

"Like Babita, I am also the youngest in the family and I share a very special bond with my father. So I found an emotional connection there while narrating the character," she said.

"Dangal" is a biographical sports drama which tells the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.

Time not on my side for all offers, says Big B

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Megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan says he is overwhelmed with all the work-related offers that are coming his way, but feels he doesnt have the time to be part of each and everything.

The 74-year-old took to his official blog to talk about the work he wants to do, and the time constraint. 

The "Paa" star posted: "I am in listening mode for stories and ideas, several of them, for future films to be made... I am overwhelmed... But even if I were to consent for just a few, it would take me the rest of my life."

The actor, who was last seen on the big screen in a powerful film "Pink", added: "Human desires are difficult to control... In time one would want to do all that is being offered... but time is not on my side and so whatever comes must get immediate consent and execution ... Bundles of stories discussed and narrated .. but time?"

Protect endangered animals this Christmas

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The Body Shop India has collaborated with WWF India to protect endangered animals like orangutans, tigers and monkeys. Actress #Jacqueline_Fernandez, the cosmetic brand's ambassador, is all for the "responsible" move.

Shoppers will be able to help protect some of the world's most endangered species this Christmas by buying gifts for their loved ones from the brand and every selected gift a customer buys, will help protect endangered animals in Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia and endangered habitat in Vietnam.

This move comes under Bio-Bridges programme of the brand that aims to regenerate 75 million square metres of forest by 2020 in locations which are rich in biodiversity and home to some of the world's most endangered animals, helping to protect them from exploitation such as poaching and unsustainable logging.