Saturday, 18 February 2017

Jeetendra, Arbaaz to walk ramp for charity show

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Veteran actor #Jeetendra and actor-producer #Arbaaz_Khan will flaunt designer #Archana_Kochhar's menswear creations for a fashion show for animal welfare charity here.

The 'Forrever Friends' fashion show, to be held on Sunday, is being organised by Smita Thackeray's Mukti Foundation, read a statement.

Here, Kochhar will be launching her new menswear line, with singer Shaan and cricketer Zaheer Khan also walking the ramp.

"I am very happy to be doing this show for animal welfare with Mukti Foundation, which is run by my dear friend Smita Thackeray, who is also an ardent animal lover. I think it's a brilliant concept put together to create awareness and sensitivity towards animals," said Kochhar.

Always wished to work with Naseeruddin Shah: Sayani Gupta

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With #Hungry, a co-production between India and Britain, actress #Sayani_Gupta says she has realised her wish to work with veteran actor #Naseeruddin_Shah.

"Hungry", written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee, also features the critically acclaimed Tisca Chopra. It is based on William Shakespeare's tragedy "Titus Andronicus".

About being a part of the Film London production, Sayani said in a statement: "Just working with such a splendid cast by itself was out of the world. Naseer sir, in fact, had come once to FTII (Film and Television Institute of India, Pune), when I was a student there, as a guest faculty."

"I always wished I would once work with him. The fact that I'm working with him in such a short duration of my career is extremely rewarding. The shoot of the film was absolutely a learning experience for me to be around such talented individuals."

Pakistani actress takes pot shots at Indian actors, 'in fun'

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After branding Bollywood superstar #Salman_Khan a "chhichhora" (indecent) and claiming she wouldn't like to work with actor Emraan Haashmi for the fear of mouth cancer, on a TV show, Pakistani actress #Saba_Qamar has defended her comments as a mere banter.

Saba, who is set to make her Bollywood debut with Irrfan Khan starrer "Hindi Medium", took a dig at some of India's cine stars on talk show "Good Morning Zindagi". An excerpt from the Pakistani show has gone viral on social media -- and Saba has been inundated with calls over it.

"It was a fun show... There was nothing in it... 'Koffee With Karan' mein kya kuchch nahi hota (What all does not happen on 'Koffee With Karan')... I love everyone, and he's (Salman) a big superstar and so humble. Why would I say anything bad about him?"

In the two minute-plus long video, the host asks Saba to say 'no' to hypothetical situations involving Hrithik Roshan, Emraan Hashmi, Ranbir Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh and Salman -- and state why would she say 'no'.

When the host asked Saba if Hrithik asked her to marry him, how would she say no, Saba said: "Don't want a father of two... He is not my cup of tea." 

Next was Bollywood's 'serial kisser' Emraan Hashmi, whom she rejected because she didn't want "mouth cancer".

Opt for hair colour smartly

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#Hair_colouring seems a trend of the season with millennials opting for various shades for a nice #makeover. However, there are some factors that need to be kept in mind before trying out such trends, says an expert.

Athar Aftab, Managing Director of Izuk Impex, manufacturer, supplier and exporter of exotic range of premium herbal products, doles out tips on things that one needs to follow before trying out hair colour.

* Use herbal colours: Always use herbal hair colour rather than synthetic hair colours. Synthetic hair colours contain chemicals that dry and whiten the hair, but herbal colours give your hair natural look and shine.

Indian singer collaborates with Ricky Martin

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Indian singer #Akasa_Singh has collaborated with Spanish singer #Ricky_Martin for a English-Hindi mix song titled #VentePaCa. She says it was a dream to work with him.

The duet with Martin for his recent hit reggaeton single "Vente Pa Ca" has been curated by Sony Music US and India and A & R teams, read a statement.

"Ricky Martin is a legend and working with him was a dream! When I heard the song for the first time, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The hook of the song stays with you long after you are done listening and that's what I love about the song," Singh said in a statement.

The song has Martin singing in English, while Singh croons in Hindi. 

Select the right wedding venue

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One of the most important decisions affecting wedding celebrations is choosing the right #wedding_venue. From blocking the place at the right time to doing your research properly are some of the factors that one should keep in mind while selecting it, says an expert.

Rahul Arora, Director at Grandreams, a wedding planning service, has shared a few tips that could guide you in covering most of your problems:

* Date: Deciding the date of the event is primarily the first step to realise your plans. Once you are certain, why wait? It is only in the interest of the client, as he is at a better position to negotiate due to low demand.

It is the traditional first-come, first-served policy that is applied by all venues. Once the wedding season is round the corner, the demand rockets consequently turning the tables on negotiation and priority.

* Guest count: Before you choose a venue, you ought to know your guest list. Knowing these numbers helps in setting a realistic budget and sidelines all trivial troubles.

Happy to recreate 'Lag ja gale': Palak Muchhal

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Singer #Palak_Muchhal, who has crooned hits like "Prem ratan dhan payo" and "Chahun Main Ya Naa", says she is happy to get an opportunity to recreate the iconic song #Lag_ja_gale.

The singer is recreating the song from the 1964 film "Woh Kaun Thi?". It was originally sung by legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, and Palak's version is for Star Plus's show "Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai".

"An iconic song like 'Lag ja gale' is always a treat to listen to, but it was a bigger treat to recreate it for 'Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai'. It's a great honour to step into the shoes of the nation's most loved and treasured singer, Lata-ji, and I'm really happy to have this opportunity," Muchhal said in a statement. 

"Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai" features Shoaib Ibrahim, Surbhi Jyoti and Sharad Kelkar.

International vintage car rally kicks off

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The #International_Vintage_Car_Rally_and_Concours_Show, that celebrates the spirit of heritage motoring, got off to a start at India Gate here on Friday with a display of scores of rare marques.

The show, organised by the 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust, will be on view till February 19.

The seventh edition of the show takes the celebration a notch higher with international beauties like the 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and many more saloons and convertibles, from the imperial houses of Rolls Royce, Stutz, Buick, Ford, Chevrolet, Austin Martin and Bentley on display.

These convertibles include names like the 1922 Moon, 1927 Lanchester, 1933 Cadillac V12 7 Passenger Limousine, and the like. 

Vintage and classic cars from Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Naidu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and various other parts of the country are also present at the show.

Chrissy Teigen has 'utmost respect' for single mothers

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Model #Chrissy_Teigen says she has "utmost respect" for single mothers.

The 31-year-old, who has 10-month-old daughter Luna with husband and musician John Legend, "doesn't know" how single mothers cope with raising a child on their own, reports

"Every time I look at Luna, I wonder, 'How on earth does anybody do this alone?' I have the utmost respect for mothers (and) single mothers," Teigen said.

"I have my mother who lives with us, I have John, I have a nanny. I'm very outspoken about it, and when I see that I still have a difficult time, I just don't know how anyone else does it," she added.

Tom Hanks calls himself 'cool' grandparent

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Actor #Tom_Hanks thinks he and wife #Rita_Wilson are cool grandparents.

The 60-year-old, who has four children, Colin, 39 and Elizabeth, 34, with his late former wife Samantha Lewes, and Chet, 29, and Truman, 21, with Wilson, is a grandfather to three children.

Hanks says the little ones keep him entertained when he is watching them, reports

"When you have grandchildren, if you're with one of them or all three of them, look, there's no book, no radio, no TV. You're going to be entertained by them every moment that you're there. Sit back and watch the show," he said.

Jimmy Kimmel gets pep talk from Morgan Freeman

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#Jimmy_Kimmel, who will be hosting Oscars this years, got a pep talk from veteran actor #Morgan_Freeman ahead of his stint at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.

In a clip released on the official Oscars YouTube channel, Freeman has lent his voice to help the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host. 

"James 'Jimmy' Kimmel. A man on the precipice of hosting the Oscars and an opportunity to be the toast of the town," Freeman can be heard saying.

Freeman continues saying the hosting gig will either be "an opportunity to be the toast of the town" or a "chance to bomb so fantastically, everywhere he goes people would say, 'look at sucky sucko --he had his shot, and man, did he blow it in front of billions'".

Kimmel's eyebrows furrow, and he tells Freeman, who is standing right next to him, that his words aren't encouraging.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Getting 'Humsafar' is dream come true: Singer Akhil Sachdeva

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Singer #Akhil_Sachdeva, who is all set to debut with director Shashank Khaitan's forthcoming film #BadrinathKiDulhania with the track #Humsafar, says getting the song is a dream come true for him.

"Getting 'Humsafar' is dream come true. I met Shahshank at a party post his successful film 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania'. There I sang this song for him which I had almost written three years back. Super impressed with the track, he promised me song in his next movie," Sachdeva said in a statement.

The Delhi-based singer said once the scripting of "Badrinath Ki Dulhani" was done, Khaitan called him.

"And Hence 'Humsafar' was born giving me biggest Bollywood debut I could have imagined," he added. 

Imtiaz Ali shoots in R.K. Studios

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Filmmaker #Imtiaz_Ali has shot for his forthcoming film, which is tentatively titled #TheRing, in legendary actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor's studio. Ali says it is a huge occasion in his life.

Ali on Thursday shared a photograph of himself in front of the famous R.K. Films and Studio in Chembur here on Facebook. 

"Shooting in Raj Kapoor's studio - a huge occasion in my life! we shot there for six days and I was constantly surrounded by the shadows of the great cinema that has been made here. Gratitude," Ali tweeted. 

R.K. Films and Studios was founded in 1948, one year after India gained independence. It had a rough start, as its first movie, "Aag" in the same year. 

The company also made films like "Barsaat", "Awaara", "Boot Polish" "Jagte Raho" and "Shri 420".

Raj's son and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor on Thursday night thanked Ali on Twitter for his thoughts. 

'Rangoon' has my most most heroic character: Shahid Kapoor

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Bollywood actor #Shahid_Kapoor, who plays a soldier of the British Indian Army in Vishal Bhardwaj's upcoming historical war drama #Rangoon, says it is one of the most heroic characters he has ever played in a film so far.

Shahid told: "My character Nawab Malik is a very different character from Tommy Singh ('Udta Punjab'), Charlie-Guddu ('Kaminey') and Haider ('Haider'), and that was the reason why I played the part... Vishal sir always offers me something challenging and different."

"Nawab Malik is the most heroic character I have ever played so far, who is a soldier with a strong sense of duty and big patriot. It is a very inspiring character and I am glad to get the opportunity."

The film is set in a time when India was going through a political turmoil.

Consuming butter may double your risk of diabetes

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Next time you order pizza with extra cheese or #paranthas with dollops of #butter, remember, you may be twice at risk of developing #Type2diabetes, researchers have warned.

The findings in the study led by Marta Guasch-Ferre, researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the US, showed that people who consumed 12 grams per day of butter had a two-fold higher risk of developing diabetes. 

Saturated and animal fat such as cheese and butter that are rich in saturated fatty acids and trans fats, their intake creates greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, whereas whole-fat yogurt intake is associated with a lower risk.

On the other hand, plant-based diets -- rich in legumes, whole-grain cereals, fruits, vegetables and nuts -- have been found more beneficial for health than animal-based foods such as red meat and processed meat, and also have less impact on the environment.

Vastu tips to bring prosperity, positive energy in workspace

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#Money and valuables should be kept in a safe facing north and as per the #vastu principles it is really good to set the accounts department in southeast direction, says an expert.

Mahha Guru Gauravv Mittal, Vastu Shastra, has shared tips to bring prosperity and positivity in your work space. 

* Money and valuables should be kept in a safe facing north.

* In the office, the temple should not be placed at the back of the owner's seat.

* The owner seat must be facing east or north. West is also permissible but it must not face south.

* There must always be a solid wall behind the office owner's seat.

* The owner's desk must always be rectangle.

Can empathise with Kareena Kapoor: Shilpa Shetty

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Bollywood actor #Shilpa_Shetty has said she understands the emotion and pressure felt by new mother #Kareena_Kapoor, known for her fit body.

"As an actress, I can understand the emotion and pressure on her, especially when she is the synonym of a fit body. I had the same pressure when I became a mother. I didn't get out of the house for five months. After my delivery, I went with my husband for brunch and I heard some ladies were laughing and talking about my weight. It was very daunting," Shilpa said at the launch of her wellness series by Tiger Shroff here on Thursday.

Kareena, who recently spoke about her pregnancy and how she is planning to get back into shape, said she was hurt by the comments she read on a website.

'Fukrey 2' will be better than first instalment: Richa Chadda

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Actress #Richa_Chadha, who will be seen reprising her role of a lady goon in #Fukrey2, is confident that the sequel will be better than the first movie in the franchise.

"'Fukrey 2' is a very good film and my instinct says it will be better than the first instalment," Richa, who came together with actor Ali Fazal here, for an event of an NGO Dhai Akshar, which works for unprivileged children.

Ali, a board member of Dhai Akshar with director Amol Gupte, was also joined by other "Fukrey" cast members Manjot Singh and Varun Sharma.

Richa said the essence of her role as 'Bholi Punjaban', who lends money at high interest rate, is not changed for "Fukrey 2".

Bodhisattva International Film Festival begins in Bihar

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#Bodhisattva_International_Film_Festival began here on Thursday, with 3,543 film entries from 122 countries received for the festival under Feature Film, Documentary and Shorts categories.

Bollywood actor-turned-politician Satrughann Sinha, popular Bhojpuri folk singer Sharda Sinha, Cinematographer & Producer Aseem Bajaj, Leena Yadav - Director of the opening film "Parched", Tannishtha Chatterjee - actress and Maharaja of Baroda Jeetendra Singh Gaekwad attended the inaugural function here.

Satrughan Sinha, affectionaly called "Bihari Babu", said: "I am delighted to be in my hometown and Bodhisattva International Film Festival has brought in a great platform to Bihar for cultural exchange through cinema."

Sneha Routray, President of the Grameen Sneh Foundation that has organised the film festival, said: "We have received hundreds of films, more than 100 movies to be screened and most of the films are from India, Iran, the USA, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, Portugal, Austria, Maxico, Poland, Australia and Indonesia, among others. Many small countries are participating for the first time."

Tiger Shroff pays tribute to father in 'Munna Michael'

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Actor #Tiger_Shroff has filmed a song for Sabbir Khan's directorial #MunnaMichael, and he says it's a tribute to his father and film industry veteran Jackie Shroff.

"The song is a tribute to my father (Jackie Shroff). There is no better way I could have done it than as his Munna. Dad is my buddy, my first hero... He's the reason I'm here. That's why for this character I'm trying to live his life", Tiger said in a statement.

Titled "Ding dang", the song starring Tiger and debutante Nidhhi Agerwal, was shot on top of a bus in Film City here. It is choreographed by Ganesh Acharya. 

"We styled Tiger in a manner similar to his father back in the day. The dance moves have also been designed keeping Jaggu dada in mind. Tiger somewhat looks like his dad from 'Hero'. He has even spoken in that lukkha lingo and does it well," Khan said.

Twitter announces partnership with FilmFare, Jio

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Micro-blogging website Twitter announced a partnership with #Jio_Filmfare_Awards through #Twitter_Amplify, a content sponsorship package that will enable the brands to extend their presence to targeted social media audiences in India.

The first Twitter Amplify deal in the entertainment industry in India, @Filmfare will broadcast exclusive curated content live from the Twitter Blueroom on February 18, an hour before Jio Filmfare Awards' television telecast.

"Our collaboration with Filmfare will give fans a sneak peek into exclusive content that they can engage with on Twitter while viewing the content on television," Viral Jani, Head of Entertainment, Twitter India, said in a statement.

The broadcast will include a special show live on the website from the #BlueRoom with filmmaker Karan Johar and Filmfare editor Jitesh Pillaai. It will be hosted by digital creator and comedian Abish Mathew. 

Kanye West banned models to use phones during fashion show

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Rapper #Kanye_West reportedly took away models' phones in order to keep details of his Yeezy Season 5 fashion show a secret.

The 39-year-old showcased his latest designs at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday.

In a bid to ensure that details of the products did not get leaked, West denied models access to their phones -- even during rehearsals, reports

According to reports, guests including Kylie Jenner and Anna Wintour, were also barred from using their phones at West's request.

Others who were present at the venue this year included West's wife Kim Kardashian, Tyga, Hailey Baldwin and Zoe Kravitz.

Gomez returns to music with Kygo's new single

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Singer-actress #Selena_Gomez has returned to music with the release of her new song "It aint me" by Norwegian DJ Kygo.

The singer, who features in the single, took to Twitter to share the song with fans, reports

She wrote: "It's finally here!"

The song narrates the story of a love destroyed over alcoholism.

This is Gomez's first song since her 2015 album "Revival". She has been keeping busy as an executive producer of the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why".

Damon 'doesn't know' how Clooney will cope with twins

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Actor #Matt_Damon, a friend of #George_Clooney, says he "doesn't know" how the actor-filmmaker will cope up with having twins.

Damon is thrilled that George is expecting twins with his wife Amal Clooney, but joked there is "no way" he would be able to cope having two young children at the same time, reports

"(George) said to me, 'Well, you have four.' And I said, 'Yeah, but not at once!' We did it one at a time. I don't know how anybody does twins. Those sleepless nights ... and there's two of them? There's just no way. But we'll see," Damon said on TV show "The Ellen Degeneres Show".

Kate Upton inspires girls to push harder at the gym

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Supermodel #Kate_Upton "inspires girls" to push themselves harder in the gym, says her personal trainer Ben Bruno.

The 24-year-old has been announced as the cover girl for Sports Illustrated magazine's annual Swimsuit edition this year for the third time in her career.

According to Bruno, Upton's dedication to training serves as an inspiration to other women.

"I've personally seen Kate already inspire a lot of girls to (lift) heavier because in their mind they think that they're going to get big and bulky, but then they see Kate doing it and think, 'Well, I guess I don't have to worry about that'," Bruno told

Bruno said that Upton was very disciplined when it came to getting in shape for the nude shoot.

"A lot of times in the afternoons, we would either go together or she would go with her dog, Harley, hiking just to get outside. Or, for a while when we were really amping up for the shoot, we would do an hour of tennis every day," he said.

Warner Bros wants Mel Gibson to direct 'Suicide Squad' sequel

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Actor #Mel_Gibson is being courted by production house Warner Bros to direct the sequel to the film #SuicideSquad.

"Suicide Squad" was helmed by David Ayer.

According to sources, Gibson is familiarising himself with the material. But the studio is also looking at other directors, Daniel Espinosa among them, reports

The Ayer directorial, which released last year, featured actors like Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. 

"Suicide Squad" told the story of villainous characters like Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc, who are forced into the service of the government in exchange for lighter sentences.


Open to more shows on TV: Nora Fatehi

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Model-actress #Nora_Fatehi says she doesn't like to limiting herself in terms of the medium she works in, and so she is open to doing television if the content is good.

The Moroccan-Canadian actress made her Bollywood debut with the film "Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans" but gained recognition through her stint in the reality show "Bigg Boss 9". 

Asked if she would like to do TV again, Nora told here: "Yeah. I don't limit myself as long as the content is good. Of course, if a show comes and the content is great, I would never say not to acting on TV. All the big actors are now on TV and all the big actors have come from TV. It's a great platform."

After her stint in "Bigg Boss", she was seen in a special appearance for the song "Rock The Party" in the 2015 film "Rocky Handsome". 

Nora will next be seen in a thriller along with actor Sanjay Suri.

Talking about it, she said: "There's a difference in the thriller we are doing. It's a very engaging film, but definitely something India hasn't watched before."

Hilary Duff enjoys romantic holiday with Koma

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Actress-singer #Hilary_Duff recently enjoyed a public display of affection-filled getaway in Costa Rica with her beau #Matthew_Koma.

In the photos, obtained by, the actress is seen soaking up the sun in Costa Rica. Koma joined in on the fun as the couple celebrated a romantic holiday by the beach. 

Wearing a two-piece white bikini, Duff flashed a smile while cooling down in the ocean water with the music producer.

The singer was also spotted exchanging a few kisses with Koma as he helped carry her in the water.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Amitabh completes 48 years in Bollywood

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Megastar #Amitabh_Bachchan has completed over four decades of his cinematic journey and says he became an "official entrant" in Bollywood on February 15, 1969.

The 74-year-old on Wednesday night wrote on his blog: "There is an avalanche of events related to this date - the 15th of February. On this date in 1969... I became an official entrant to the film industry, by signing my very first film, 'Saat Hindustani'."

The "Piku" star shared a series of black and white photographs from the film's set as well. 

In his over four-decade journey in Bollywood, Big B worked in over 100 films and was feted with Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contribution to arts. 

The government of France honoured him with its highest civilian honour, Knight of the Legion of Honour, in 2007 for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.

Soda, pizza and salty food up liver disease in kids: Study

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Children who regularly intake fructose present in #soda, sweetened #beverages, #pizza and salty food, biscuits, yogurt may be be prone to liver disease, researchers warn.

According to a study, led by researchers from Bambino Gesu Hospital in Italy, dietary fructose increases serum uric acid concentrations.

Both uric acid concentration and fructose consumption may be high in individuals with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) -- a condition where extra fat is accumulated in liver cells in people who drink little or no alcohol.

It is estimated to affect up to 30 per cent of the general population in Western countries and up to 9.6 per cent of all children and 38 per cent of obese children across a spectrum of liver disease, including NASH (defined as steatosis, hepatocyte ballooning and inflammation). 

Although NASH is a less aggressive form of NAFLD, it can progress to severe fibrosis and cirrhosis, with development of hepatocellular carcinoma in adults.

The findings suggested that fructose consumption was independently associated with high uric acid, which occurred more frequently in patients with NASH than in not-NASH patients.

"It is plausible that dietary fructose intake and uric acid concentrations are potential risk factors for liver disease progression in NAFLD," said Valerio Nobili from Bambino Gesu Hospital in Italy.

"The study shows for the first time that uric acid concentrations and dietary fructose consumption are independently and positively associated with NASH," Nobili added.

For the study, reported in the Journal of Hepatology, the team analysed 271 obese children and adolescents with NAFLD -- 155 males, mean age 12.5 years -- who underwent liver biopsy. 

Your belly fat may up diabetes, heart disease risk

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If you are having an apple shaped body -- in which weight is deposited around the abdomen -- it may be high time to reduce the belly fat.

A study warns that people who are genetically inclined to storing belly fat may be at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

"People vary in their distribution of body fat -- some put fat in their belly, which we call abdominal adiposity and some in their hips and thighs," says Sekar Kathiresan, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

"We tested whether genetic predisposition to abdominal adiposity was associated with the risk for Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease and found that the answer was a firm 'yes'," Kathiresan added.

Previous research had identified 48 gene variants associated with waist-to-hip ratio, resulting in a genetic risk score.

For the new study, appearing in the journal of JAMAA, the team analysed the genomes of a total research group of more than 400,000 individuals.

Lift up your mood with lip colour

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No matter how you feel every day, your lip colour can be the perfect channel to express your mood.

From the monotony of Mondays to freedom guaranteed on Fridays, one can lift up the moods with lip shades each day of the week.

"Today's modern woman understands completely what a vibrant bold mouth is all about and what it does to elevate her mood, amplify desire and leave a lasting impression," said Elton J. Fernandez, official make-up artist at Maybelline New York.

"The strength of a colour adds layers to our lives and dramatic dimension to people and places. A great lip colour can boost your confidence and uplift your mood," Fernandez said.

"It's a creative extension of how you feel, letting you communicate the unspoken. Go conquer the world with the right lip colour and let your lips do the talking," he added.

Give expression to your emotions with a dash of colour as Fernandez has listed tips on how women can make their week beautiful with lipstick.

♦ Manic Mondays: The weekend is over. Fun gets a full stop and we have to start acting like adults. We completely understand and relate to that urge of crawling back into bed and leaving the world behind. Instead, we want to confront the world, go big and bold. Wear your mood on your mouth and opt for more daring shades of red or even a maroon.

♦ Tranquil Tuesdays: You're only a day closer in the long wait for liberty. Now you've come to terms with the inescapable bleakness of a Tuesday. There's a definite drop in excitement levels with the sullen lull of the second day. Channel your 'meh' mood with colours like mauve, taupe, nudes and tawny.

♦ Wicked Wednesdays: You've made it through almost half the week and still going strong. This shows endurance and it definitely deserves a reward. Indulge in the richness of shades like berry, burgundy or even a chocolate. Let your fearless spirit take over the world with these intense pigments.

Marriage makes you happier

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Offering couples more reasons to celebrate love on this Valentine's Day -- and beyond, a new study has found that married people face less psychological stress than unmarried individuals.

Married individuals had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who never married or were previously married, showed the study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Prolonged stress is associated with increased levels of cortisol which can interfere with the body's ability to regulate inflammation, which in turn promotes the development and progression of many diseases.

"It is exciting to discover a physiological pathway that may explain how relationships influence health and disease," said one of the researchers Brian Chin from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

Over three non-consecutive days, the researchers collected saliva samples from 572 healthy adults aged 21-55. Multiple samples were taken during each 24-hour period and tested for cortisol.

The results showed that the married participants had lower cortisol levels than the never-married or previously-married people across the three day period. 

The researchers also compared each person's daily cortisol rhythm -- typically, cortisol levels peak when a person wakes up and decline during the day. 

Honour to represent Indian fashion: Rocky S

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Popular fashion designer #Rocky_Star, who will showcase his Autumn Winter 2017 collection at the #London_Fashion_Week on Friday, says it's always an honour to represent #Indian_fashion on a global platform.

The designer, who will be marking his third season at the event, will showcase his latest line titled Vida.

"It is always an honour to represent Indian fashion at an international platform. I feel a certain responsibility while showcasing at these platforms. However, I like to channel that sense of responsibility into creating fashion that best describes me and the country I belong to," Rocky said in a statement. 

The designer, who has styled celebrities including Paris Hilton, Beyonce and Priyanka Chopra, added: "To offer the world of fashion a small part of India through my art, each time I showcase, is certainly elating."

Talking about his collection, Rocky said: "The collection speaks of the beauty that surrounds us; the one that meets the eye and our ability to see beyond the one that doesn't. This collection carters to the beauty of imperfection." 

Avoid becoming a boring speaker

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Do you feel that your friends are getting bored while listening to your stories or personal experiences? If so, try saying things that are more familiar to them, suggests a research.

The study showed that although both speakers and listeners expected new stories -- such as ranging from exotic vacations to celebrity sightings -- to be more interesting, listeners showed more pleasure with familiar stories.

Hearing experiences one has not seen or known may leave the listener bored, confused and underwhelmed.

The reason may be because the experiences shared are so complex that they are nearly impossible for an ordinary person to communicate well, the researchers said. 

"Our friends are actually a whole lot happier when we tell them what they already know because at least they understand what we're talking about," said Daniel T. Gilbert, psychological scientist at Harvard University.

"We worry too much about thrilling our listeners and not enough about confusing them," Gilbert added.

For the study, published in Psychological Science, the team conducted a series of experiments.

In one of their experiments, the researchers assigned participants to groups of three, with one person acting as the speaker and the other two acting as listeners.

Fight your cold and flu with Vitamin D

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Regular intake of #Vitamin_D supplements may help protect against cold and flu, as well as tackle high levels of the vitamin's deficiency in countries like India, a study has said.

The 'sunshine vitamin' as it known, not just improves bone and muscle health but also protects against respiratory infections by boosting levels of antimicrobial peptides -- natural antibiotic-like substances -- in the lungs. 

Acute respiratory infections such as pneumonia are a major cause of global morbidity and mortality. 

"Most people understand that Vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health. Our analysis has found that it helps the body fight acute respiratory infection,...," said Carlos Camargo from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

The findings showed that daily or weekly supplementation halved the risk of acute respiratory infection in people with most significant Vitamin D deficiency -- below 25 nanomoles per litre (nmol/L). 

Administering occasional high doses of Vitamin D did not produce significant benefits.

People with higher baseline Vitamin D levels also benefited, although the effect was more modest (10 per cent risk reduction), the researchers noted, in the paper published in the journal BMJ. 

SRK to host 'TED Talks India: Nayi Soch'

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Bollywood superstar #Shah_Rukh_Khan will be hosting "TED Talks India: Nayi Soch," a global first Hindi TV talk show created in partnership with #TED, a non-profit devoted to 'ideas worth spreading', Star India, a unit of 21st Century Fox has announced.

"I believe 'TED Talks India-Nayi Soch' will inspire many minds across India. It is a concept I connected with instantly, as I believe that the media is perhaps the single most powerful vehicle to inspire change. I am looking forward to working with TED and Star India, and truly hope that together, we are able to inspire young minds across India and the world," Shah Rukh said in a statement.

The show on Star Plus will feature speakers sharing big ideas in TED's signature format of short, powerful talks. This is the first time TED is collaborating with a major network and mega-star to produce a TV series featuring original TED Talks in a language other than English. 

"In an age of high volatility the role of ideas to fuel positive change cannot be overstated. We are delighted to have Shah Rukh Khan share our vision and lend his charisma to this exciting endeavour," Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO, Star India, said.

Don't reproduce what's already there: Rohit Bal to young designers

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He has been in the #fashion_industry for over 25 years and has seen many aspirants try their luck. But, says veteran #designer #Rohit_Bal, though there is a lot of talent, many newcomers don't follow their instinct for originality.

His advice for them: "Don't reproduce what's already there."

"Follow your heart and create something that is unique because it is important for every artist to have a signature. Without it, you are nothing," Bal said.

"It's great that the young designers today are delving into the rich heritage of India and its textiles, because we still have an untapped creative potential and a reservoir of artists who we can bring to the main platform if they are given enough opportunities.

"My advice to young designers is to create something that develops into your signature. Don't reproduce what's already there."

Sheeran rejected from Grammys after-party for fourth time

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Singer #Ed_Sheeran has revealed that he been rejected from Grammy after-parties for four years in a row.

The 25-year-old was turned away from a party at Milk Studios here despite the fact that he performed at the Grammys on Sunday, reports

Talking about his rejection, Sheeran said: "That's actually happened four years in a row. And that's not just my label's after-party! That's just after-parties in general."

Sheeran was reportedly one of many stars who were turned away from the party -- including Oscar winner Adrien Brody and DJ Pete Tong -- after the venue reached its maximum capacity within one hour.

Katherine Heigl wants more children

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Actress #Katherine_Heigl says she wants more children, and she has even spoken to her husband #Josh_Kelley about it.

The 38-year-old gave birth to her third child Joshua Bishop Jr just eight weeks ago, but has said she is already thinking about expanding her brood even further -- even though her 37-year-old husband might not be so keen, reports

"I've already tried to have this conversation with Josh, but it's so funny - at eight weeks, he's like, 'I'm not talking about this right now! I think once you have two, it doesn't matter anymore," Heigl said.

The "Doubt" star, who also shares eight-year-old Nancy and four-year-old Adalaide with the "It's your Move" musician, says her third pregnancy "wasn't planned".

Men should pay for V-Day date: Niall Horan

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Former One Direction star #Niall_Horan thinks a man should always pay on a Valentine's Day date.

The 23-year-old singer has insisted he would always foot the cost of a meal on Valentine's Day. However, he is more open-minded about other aspects of dating, reports

"Always pay for the whole thing, always," Horan told said on podcast Smallzy Surgery.

Horan said that he is less inclined to buy his date flowers and chocolates to mark the occasion, saying some women would be more appreciative of the gesture than others.

"It depends if you have any idea on what the girl is like. Some girls like it, some girls don't, so you kind of have to play it by ear."

The One Direction star also said he's okay with public display of affection with his dates.

Cheryl to spend a million pounds on rebranding herself

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Singer #Cheryl_Fernandez-Versini, who is pregnant, is reportedly planning to spend 1 million pounds to rebrand herself after she gives birth.

The 33-year-old, who is expecting a baby with boyfriend Liam Payne, intends to spend the sum to overhaul her public image by regaining her pre-pregnancy figure, signing a fitness deal and writing a book, reports

A source close to Cheryl said the singer sees becoming a mother for the first time as "the chance to start a new direction with her career".

"Cheryl feels she wants to do something that incorporates her journey as a new mum," the source said.

The "Crazy stupid love" hitmaker intends to spend the first two months after giving birth concentrating her efforts solely on raising her newborn baby.

Working with veterans unnerving for new actors: Manjari Phadnis

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Actress #Manjari_Fadnis, who is sharing screen space with acclaimed actors like Ashutosh Rana, Supriya Pathak and Prem Chopra in her upcoming #JeenaIsikaNaamHain, says she was a little scared to work with so many veterans.

"Working with veterans is unnerving for new actors because you want to match up to their performance," said Manjari at the music launch of the film on Wednesday.

"It has been a great opportunity to learn from veteran actors like them. I've seen Ashutosh sir in films like 'Sangharsh', 'Dushman', etc. But when I actually met him, he was so warm and encouraged me a lot on the set," she said.

"Many times Ashutosh sir gave me tips on acting. I've worked with Supriya ma'am in 'Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon'. She is a wonderful lady. I am extremely lucky to work with such great actors," the "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na" actress said.

The film not only presents different slices of life but also exhibits the colourful journey of the characters. The movie has been shot in various places in India and the US and captures the grandeur of the countries in its true form.

Speaking about her role, the 32-year-old actress said: "My role in 'Jeena Isika Naam Hai' starts from when she is 18 years till she turns much older. Therefore, the role has so many graphs regarding the experiences she goes through. My character is a positive character and evolves through the story. It was a challenging, but a very learning experience for me."