Reunited.#OlympismInAction pic.twitter.com/5BSZgZPEQS â UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) October 5, 2018
This was one of the bigger steps of promoting hope and the feeling of belongingness to those who lost their home, family, and livelihood for no fault of theirs. It was a means to unite the world and redetermine the strength that the human spirit possesses.
And this is where our icon, Bindra steps in.
Shortlisted by Campaniari as the hopefuls for the Refugee Olympic Team, two athletes namely Khaoula and Mahdi were brought to Bengaluru and are to be trained as apex shooters under the wings of the Gold medallist.
For his selfless effort to give back to the society at a global scale, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach showed his gratitude towards Bindra in a heartfelt letter:
Honoured by the kind words put across by the @Olympics President for #TakingRefuge ,a project very close to my heart.The @abfoundationind is proud & privileged to work with the great @campriani to help Khaoula & Mahdi dream bigger &become Role models for others across the world! pic.twitter.com/5HEoDjV6Dk â Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) February 16, 2020
"Thank you for your letter which I read with great interest informing me of the progress of the project 'Taking Refugee'. Rest assured I am extremely pleased with the impressively rapid progress of the athletes and also by the measures taken at the governance level for an increased accountability and transparency of the initiative," Bach wrote.
"Not only this project is commendable, it is also entirely aligned with the objectives of the IOC which supports youth refugee athletes," he said in the letter addressed to Bindra and Campriani.
"As true Olympians and through your selfless action, you have demonstrated your greatness beyond the field of play. You can be proud of yourselves."
Essentially, that is the power of sports. It not only teaches you discipline and the importance of aspects like health and fitness, but also helps the world come together and become a part of a common society, which is striving to build better lives for those who are in dire need of assistance.
For Bindra to take this step forward is a great moment of pride for the entire nation.
Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan starrer Love Aajkal might not have been
able to recreate the magic of its 2009 original version, starring Saif Ali Khan
and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles, but the actress who plays Kartikâs love
interest from the 90âs, Arushi Sharma surely is getting all the right kind of
attention from the release.
View this post on InstagramImtiaz sir: Ab batao, Leena ka peecha kyun kar rahe ho Raghu?
@kartikaaryan . .
#LoveAajKal @saraalikhan95 #DineshVijan @wearewsf @maddockfilms @officialjiostudios @officialjiocinema @reliance.entertainment @sarkarshibasish @randeephoodaA post shared by (@_arushisharma)She has not
been in the spotlight but her pious portrayal of the simple and beautiful Leena
has found her a new fan following. We were naturally intrigued as well so we
decided to do a little homework on her.
Turns out, Love Aajkal is not her first Imtiaz
Ali movie. Being noticed and cast in an Imtiaz Ali film is like being touched
by Midas and Arushi ended up impressing the brilliant director who previously
cast her in a âblink and missâ performance for Tamasha.
In fact it was
right after she shot for this micro cameo that she shared her interest for
acting with him and he obviously kept her in mind while casting for this one.
View this post on InstagramTamasha screening :) at Yash Raj studios
Please go and watch Tamasha if you havent already!
#tamasha @tamashaofficial @utvfilms @nadiadwalagrandsonA post shared by (@_arushisharma)She is an
engineer-turned-actor. Just like other actors like Kriti Sanon and even her
co-star Kartik, Arushi was pursuing engineering and gave up a 9-to-5 plush
corporate job to pursue her love for acting and the craft.
View this post on InstagramRaghu aur Leena :)A post shared by (@_arushisharma)
View this post on InstagramMemories ðð»ââï¸from Love Aaj Kal.A post shared by (@_arushisharma)
If you are a
fan of beautiful relationship videos that keep going viral on the internet,
then chances are you have spotted her in 60 Seconds Conversation with Dhruv from Little Things.
View this post on InstagramHere's a glimpse.
Check out the entire episode. Link in bio (:A post shared by (@_arushisharma)
Well, we hope
to spot her doing some more interesting stuff in the future! View the full article
More often than not, your life changes when you're least expecting it. No, I'm not trying to go all emo here, but just talk about a guy who recently received a life-changing phone call.
Netraprasad Sharma is a tour guide and a class tenth drop out from Pampu Basti in West Bengalâs Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest. Oh, and now, he's also possibly the main character in an upcoming novel by JK Rowling. This is the kind of representation we've all been waiting for!
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Itâs a dark day for several rock fans across the country today. Legendary band Parikrama mourned the loss of their founder-lead guitarist Sonam Sherpa, who succumbed to cardiac arrest at the age of 48 yesterday, leaving behind three decades of insane riffs, memorable solos and fantastic collaborations that have stood the test of time.
View this post on InstagramWith a very heavy heart, we regret to inform the sudden demise of our backbone, Mr. Sonam Sherpa. Itâs very very tough to lose a band mate, a brother and a mentor.
Thank you all for all your messages and tributes to Sonam. He sure will have a âGreat Gig in The skyâ. Farewell dear friend.A post shared by (@parikramaindia)
Among the first to speak on Sonamâs death was actor-singer Farhan Akhtar, who had collaborated with the band back in 2008.
View this post on InstagramIn 2008, post Rock On!!, I was part of a 4 city tour with the amazing #Parikrama and I can never forget or adequately say how thankful I am for the love and warmth that #SonamSherpa extended to this first timer on stage.. he was a gifted guitarist, a supremely cool guy and a true rock star. RIP brother.
Deepest condolences to his family. On stage and off it.
Image @chiragwakaskarA post shared by (@faroutakhtar)
Sherpa was born in the hillside, West Bengal town of Kalimpong back in 1971. After making it to New Delhi, the guitarist formed the band in 1991 with Nitin Malik on vocals, Saurabh Choudhary on rhythm guitar, Subir Malik on synths and Gaurav Balani on bass.
The group went on to blow peopleâs minds especially through the 90âs as one of the greatest acts in Indian rock history - choosing to keep their music free and not pursuing any copyright violations. They were also notorious for steering clear of making studio albums - prefering to keep things live and right next to their listeners, something quite uncommon today.
Composer Ehsaan Noorani also pitched in his condolences on Twitter.
Eternal rocker awesome guitarist and a lovely guy #SonamSherpa has gone into the light ... will remember the jams and the hang outs @parikrama pic.twitter.com/7hU2a8Avv1 â Ehsaan Noorani (@EhsaanNoorani) February 14, 2020
Sherpa is one of the reasons why India has a thriving rock scene today - if youâve ever picked up a guitar or been at a gig, chances are that his influence as a musician led to new horizons in what was once a minute, underground scene. Even more important was his intimidating, absolutely badass fretwork through thousands of live performances - a stark contrast to the gentle personality friends and family remember him for.
What better way to send off a lead guitarist, than to pick out some of his greatest-ever solos to listen to? If youâre new to the band, hereâs five of Sherpaâs best to add to your playlist. Vapourise But It Rained In The Middle Am I Dreaming Tears Of The Wizard
Rest in Peace, Mr. Sherpa - perhaps he's finally part of that Great Gig In The Sky. View the full article
@JPNadda hi please suspend him before this ego spreads to other people ð»ð» â MiNi ð®ð³ (@monicanitin) February 15, 2020
Even opposition is joining in.
Shocked to see how Biharâs health minister is bragging about his entitlement. Assuming the Cop on duty couldnât recognize the minister & requested for identification, does it behove of a minister to publicly threaten & humiliate him? Power drunk minister shd be suspended instead pic.twitter.com/kqMjrcB0Tu â Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) February 15, 2020
Junta k sewak ho tumlog....itna ghamand sahi nahi. â Indian Kim Jong Un (@ChowkidarKim) February 15, 2020
Mr Mangal Pandey,
Learn to behave in public. It shows your ego.
Also asking suspension of police officer shows your personality and ignorance.
People will not accept your behaviour. â Lt Col N Thiagarajan (@LtColNThiagraja) February 15, 2020
People wonât forget.
Don't worry people will suspend u in next elections, heights of arrogance â Viraj (@meet_viraj) February 15, 2020
Let Bihar government suspend police officer, we will suspend government in upcoming election. â Sone Lal Singh ð®ð³ (@I_am_Singh1) February 15, 2020
@mangalpandeybjp aukat mein reh ja bete janta ka naukar hai tu bhi abhi election mein bheek mangta firega â Rescue King (@Callmepatel_) February 15, 2020
Good point, well made.
Koi achha kaam kiye hote tab to pehchanta.... â vishal (@VishalVns3) February 15, 2020
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Thereâs an art to handshakes, no doubt.
Everything from business deals to diplomatic visits and divorce settlements end with them - and nothing quite feels like a good old, firm shake of the wrist to formally bring an end to a meeting.
PM Modi, being an international spokesperson for the country has had several of them since 2014 no doubt - but this Friday, the Prime Minister faced one hell of a handshake following a visit from the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The 'handshake' there :))))) pic.twitter.com/wORHIAYGkl â Ashish K Singh (ABP News) (@AshishSinghLIVE) February 14, 2020
Serious props to Indiaâs head honcho for keeping a straight face there. The rather amusing gesture led to several laughs on Twitter as well.
Shaheen Bagh ka "Current"â¡ laga hai Modi Ji koð¹ â â¦â¢âââ¿ðð´ð·ð´ðâ¿âââ¢â¦ (@chin_ga_ri) February 14, 2020The level of awkwardness Modiji is feeling is equal to when the birthday person doesn't know what to do when everyone is singing around ð¤ª â Doctor Doctor ð®ð³ (@icedtea28) February 14, 2020Ye handshake nahi earthquake hai â Khushboo Mattoo (@MattLaemon) February 14, 2020The two leaders met at the national capital this week to discuss a series of agreements - seven in total that focus on investment, transport, ports, culture and industrial and intellectual property rights. Both countries have a long-lasting trade relationship forged during colonial times - today, Portugal imports large quantities of iron, cotton and other materials from India.
PM Modi himself visited Portugal back in 2017 - 11 agreements were signed back then covering a large number of areas including space, avoidance of double taxation, nano-technology, biotechnology and higher education. This week marked President Marceloâs first visit to India.
Interestingly, it seems that this obsession with powerful handshakes isnât a one-time thing. Back in 2018, the Portuguese Premier visited the White House to meet with President Trump - who was quite literally yanked into his contemporaryâs face on greeting him.
Even the kids arenât safe, it would seem. Last December, De Sousa met with some children and greeted them ratherâ¦ violently, one could say.
Currently, reports state that he will be visiting Maharashtra and Goa during the week - the latter state was under Portuguese rule since 1510, resulting in several generations raised under a Portuguese government. Today, only a few people still speak the language (3-5% of Goaâs population).
According to the prevailing law in Goa, for anyone who is born in Goa before 1961, their children and grandchildren are eligible for the Portuguese passport and nationality.
Letâs just hope that no one's arm gets dislocated in the meantime, though. View the full article
â â Rahul verma (@RahulVerma4860) February 14, 2020
A coufused film about confused people with confused performances made by a confused director. Kehna Kya Chahte Ho? Arey bhai, koi yeh confusion solve karega? #LoveAajKal
â.5 stars (1.5/5) â Himesh (@HimeshMankad) February 14, 2020
Also... #LoveAajKal is easily the most wahiyat of all Imtiaz Ali films. And boss, I've seen Jab Harry Met Sejal. So if you're voluntarily going out to watch Love Aaj Kal today, may the force, the patience, the sanity be with you. â Ananya Bhattacharya (@ananya116) February 14, 2020
A user even criticised the film for being misogynistic in how it wrote Khanâs character arc:
#LoveAajKal terribly fails for me coz it only pretends to like women. In fact, it makes you want to hate women more coz it's too much invested in punishing its woman protagonist to achieve perfectness in life, rather than letting her enjoy the messier parts of young womanhood â Shrishti Negi (@shrishti_03) February 14, 2020
All this negativity must be trying for Ali, who returned to the directorâs chair following his work for Jab Harry Met Sejal - a universally panned project that led several fans to doubt Shah Rukh Khanâs ability at choosing film signings.
Imtiaz made a movie worse than Jhms to make SRK fans feel less bad. Unsung legend. #LoveAajKal â bk. (@NotBobbey) February 13, 2020
Not all was lost, however. The film does feature Randeep Hooda in the role of Raj - the actor was last seen in Baaghi 2. In a sea of negative comments, a fair number of users took a moment to appreciate his performance in the film, calling it âthe one good thing in Love Aaj Kal 2â.
Must Watch #LoveAajKal only for @RandeepHooda! He's exceptional in the movie.. Randeep Hooda pic.twitter.com/SN95s81P56 â Kush Rajput (@kushrajput111) February 14, 2020
@RandeepHooda as Raj definitely leaves a lasting impression even with lesser screen time. Up it #LoveAajKal Randeep Hooda pic.twitter.com/uKJuNiiASX â Harsh Kumar (@harshkumar_999_) February 14, 2020
This user even suggested that Hooda should have played the filmâs lead role.
Watched #LoveAajKal! How good is Randeep Hooda in the film! His eyes and voice literally bore through you â¤ . How I wish he was the main lead of the film. pic.twitter.com/kZ0ltlctYL â Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) February 14, 2020
Finally, thereâs the (rather lonely) camp of fans who stand by Imtiazâs film regardless of public opinion - believe it or not, a few people actually werenât bored out of their minds during the 2.5-hour spectacle.
What an amazing movie...just can't explain in wordsððð you will feel every emotion in this whole world while watching it...â¤â¤â¤ You will surely feel like loving someone trulyâ¤â¤â¤â¤ Everyone's acting is amazingâ¤ #LoveAajKal @TheAaryanKartik pic.twitter.com/D6WW5ECzdS â Aarti Deosthali (@AartiDeosthali) February 14, 2020
Exactly !!! For a #ImtiazAli you need to feel and not just understand â¤ï¸ #LoveAajKal @TheAaryanKartik https://t.co/3BMKI9c7UD â Kartik â¤ï¸ Sara (@Sartikian) February 14, 2020
I donât know about you guys, but if I canât understand a film, I sure as hell wonât be feeling it.
There's always a fine line between hilarious and cringey when official Twitter accounts of companies interact online, and well, looks like we've finally hit cringe territory with the Delhi International Airport, as it tried to shoot its shot this Valentine's Day and flirt with different airlines.
Who asked for this PDA between a freaking airport and airlines? Who came up with the idea? Who actually approved this idea thinking it's a good one?
Oh, wait. Since it's Delhi Airport, it is embodying every Dilli ka launda, of course. The only explanation that makes sense, tbh. No offence to all the Dilli ke launde out there...
Starting off with IndiGo, they have a runway pun.
Hey @IndiGo6E, promise me youâll never run away from my runway! #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Then, Air India gets another pun, obviously.
Hey @airindiain, youâll always be my love at first flight! #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Vistara also gets a normal, flirtatious message.
Hey @airvistara, its valentines day, want to continue flying higher with us? #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Now comes the worst one.
Hey @flyspicejet, love how you turn my hub red, hot and spicy! #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Thanks, I hate it. Also, basically Delhi Airport is a hoe, openly flirting with so many airlines, no loyalty whatsoever.
Looks like it actually worked with IndiGo, though, as they replied.
@delhiairport Oh darling, your love brings me back on-time, every time! #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 #LetsIndiGo â IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) February 14, 2020
I have no words.
I love how you are so plane and simple. #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 ï¸ â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
*cringe factor intensifies*
Why thank you, we get this new feeling with you and it never gets old, runway with me? #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Why, just why?
Keep it spicy! #DELlovesYou â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
The only reply that matters, tho.
pic.twitter.com/ZPbnU5Cr7z â I stand with Shaheen Bagh (@GulRose_views) February 14, 2020
Me, after I saw the tweets-
Lol Wut? https://t.co/r7xHmMhpQl â Rahul Rane (@Handle_Rahul) February 14, 2020
Oh god this is not humor https://t.co/NHqAxDpRK8 â Ø´ÙØ³ (@shams_z) February 14, 2020
I'm risking a no-flying ban.
I want to say something critical about both, but I fear that they may impose a no fly ban. https://t.co/WZSjBwHoi4 â CP #EOA (@chirag) February 14, 2020
Pata nahi bhai.
ab ye kya naya natak chalu hai idher â OWAIS ALI BHAT (@OWAISALIBHAT2) February 14, 2020