“It ain't over until the fat lady sings,” is probably the weirdest proverb to describe the latest feat achieved by the 25-year-old Indian Wrestler, Bajrang Punia who switched gears in the last few moments of his match against Kazakhstan's Sayatbek Okassov in the finals of Asian Championships in the 65kg category in Xi'an, China.
Ever since the world champion Takuto Otoguro decided not to participate for the championships, all eyes were fixed on him, with a nation backing his journey, hoping to see him return to the land with a gold.
His confidence and athleticism during the championships too dictated his form and with the way he was negating his competition on his journey to the final, the gold looked to be quite within his grasp, until he went through a real battle against the Kazakh.
Struggling on the mat against Okassov initially, Punia was trailing his opponent 7-2. His agility and a solid defense were proving to be overwhelming for the Indian warrior but it was also making his exhaust a lot more quickly.
It was only in the final few seconds that the Haryana-fame decided to turn things around in his favour when he launched a quick attack on the Kazakh's legs followed by a three-move combo, collating a total of 10 points in the final minute, winning the gold in the process.
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— Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) April 24, 2019
Bajrang's greatest assets leading to this moment were probably his endurance and strength. According to his coach, Shako Bentinidis, while other athletes get tired and become slow as a match progresses, Punia evaluates his opponents and gets better with time.
“The longer a bout goes on, the better are his chances to win it,” Bentinidis has said before the team had left for the tournament.
Such a heroic comeback deserved recognition and his Indian fans were more than generous with the appreciations on Twitter:
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE COMEBACK. FROM TRAILING 7-2, @BajrangPunia WIN ð¥IN 65KG AFTER BEATING OKASSOV 12-7!!
ð®ð³'s first gold medal at #WrestleXian pic.twitter.com/dskFwhAkyj
— Amit Kamath (@jestalt) April 23, 2019
ð®ð³What an incredible comeback from trailing 2-7 Bajrang Punia won gold by defeating Sayatbek Okasov12-7 Congratulations ððð¿ð¸ð®ð³ð®ð³ð pic.twitter.com/ioFBK2RUNd
— Sks (@saroj7006) April 24, 2019
Once trailing 2 -7 with just 2 minutes remaining, turning into 12-7 and winning Gold in #AsianWrestlingChampionships . Thats @BajrangPunia for u. Hats off champion. pic.twitter.com/nOVwwjGMZe
— Rajaguru (@rajaguru) April 23, 2019
Congratulations to @BajrangPunia on making India proud by clinching the country's first gold medal at the #AsianWrestlingChampionships 2019 in Xi'an, China.. ðð ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/1qMDB4eLEj
— ashish sehgal (@sehgalashish1) April 24, 2019
Love can bring some of the biggest joys to one's life and Arjun Rampal's recent declaration is proof of that. We have all been aware of the fact that post Arjun's separation from his wife of 20 years, former Miss India Mehr Jesia last year, rumour mills worked overtime broadcasting that there was another lady in the actor's life.
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True enough, paparazzi frequently began spotting Arjun with Mumbai-based South African model and actress Gabriella Demetriades, in the later part of 2018. From attending the same parties, to soon going out for private dinners, things escalated quickly after onlookers declared them a happy couple.
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Happy love day
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Soon came the cryptic Instagram posts, and finally by the end of 2018 Arjun and Gabriella made it pretty obvious that they were together. Come 2019, and last night both Arjun and Gabriella took to their social media accounts to announce that they are expecting their first child together.
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Blessed to have you and start all over again....thank you baby for this baby ð¶ð½
A post shared by Arjun (@rampal72) on Apr 23, 2019 at 9:38am PDT
The happy post expressed love, joy and gratitude for being able to start over a second time. Sharing a photograph of himself with girlfriend Gabriella, wherein she is seen flaunting her baby bump, he captioned the post thus, “Blessed to have you and start all over again. Thank you baby for this baby.”
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Spread the love. Happy Valentines to all. #valentines
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Gabriella too shared the same picture on her personal social media accounts and expressed her gratitude for this blessing. Now, the news may have set a lot of tongues wagging but the outpouring of support and good wishes the couple have received upon declaring their pregnancy out of wedlock, shows that the Indian society has come a long way.
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At a wedding, not mine!!! #saifgothansy congratulations ♥ï¸ outfits by the maestro @rohitbalofficial ty brother felt good.
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It's good to see that people do not wish to bring down two individuals in love under the pretext of upholding ancient societal taboos. The acceptance is proof that we have indeed come a long way.
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Daughters are priceless. Blessed to have my two Jaans. Love you my babies. Happy daughters day. #Daughtersday #prouddaddy
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Arjun and his former wife Mehr have two teenage daughters together named Maahika and Myra.
After the extremely unfortunate terror attack in Pulwama on Valentine's Day this year, the wounds of the loss of our CRPF jawans had not even healed yet and the heart-breaking news of bombings in the neighbouring land of Sri Lanka has left South Asia along with the rest of the world praying for those who lost their lives in the attack and their families who will never get to reunite with their loved ones.
What has been described as the “river of blood”, the attacks in churches across Negombo, Batticaloa and the national capital of Colombo on Easter sunday included a total of eight blasts at the hands of suicide bombers that led to the loss of more than 200 individuals with more than 500 severly injured.
Unlike the attack in Jammu & Kashmir's district of Pulwama, which was instantly claimed by the notorious terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, yesterday's attacks weren't accepted by any group or organisation. The country, however, has been home to a decade-long civil war and an attack as big as this has to have some negative impact on the already tense environment.
Realising the political scenario of his state, former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara took to social media to request his people to not jump to conclusions and let the process of detecting the speculators of such a horrendous act unveiling with time and complete rationality:
“I am shocked and saddened by these despicable acts of barbarism,” said Sangakkara in an Instagram post.
“My heart breaks for the victims and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I would like to extend my love and condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives and I wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery. I also wish more strength to the hearts and hands of the first responders and the medical personnel who are attending to the injured and to the security personnel who are trying to bring the situation under control."
“While we struggle to comprehend the depths of depravity people can descend to, and while we all grieve in unison, we need to find the strength to stand together as Sri Lankans; shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart. Together we can get through. Divided we have but little hope.
Even though our hearts are overwhelmed with emotion, it is vital that we force our minds to be rational and intelligent. Do not rush to judgement or conclusions. Let's give ourselves time to grieve. Let's give ourselves the space to try and understand the ground reality. Loved ones have died. Fellow Sri Lankans have died. Guests visiting our country have died."
“Do not buy into the spin or conjecture or the conspiracy theories. This is not a game. Eschew the efforts of those who shamefully try to politicise this tragedy. Let the authorities investigate. Let the authorities bring these cowardly terrorists to justice."
“For us, our focus should be to love and support those who have been affected. To continue to have compassion and empathy for our neighbours. To keep each other safe. To try and ensure our thoughts, words and deeds enable and empower us to lift each other out of this tragedy. To join together and try our hardest to ensure that no such tragedy can ever occur again.”
Love and care for one another know no boundaries and will always prevail wherever a conflict against fear takes place. Keeping that in mind, the sports fraternity of India showed their remorse towards our neighbours, praying for the lives of the victims and their families and extended their wishes towards the nation.
Shocked to hear the news coming in from Sri Lanka. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. #PrayForSriLanka
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 21, 2019
Saddened to hear about the terror attacks in various parts of Sri Lanka. Strongly condemn these acts of terror. Hatred and violence will never overpower love, kindness and compassion. ðð» #SriLanka
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 21, 2019
Deeply saddened by the terrible attacks in #SriLanka .My sincere prayers with the people of Sri Lanka in this very difficult time.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 21, 2019
Thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the blasts in #SriLanka. We stand as one with our neighbours in this hour of trouble ðð» pic.twitter.com/lqTp8Xo9NY
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 21, 2019
Shocked to hear about the terror attacks in #SriLanka. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected! Stay strong! ð
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 21, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear the news from Sri Lanka on Easter! Thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families. May they be given more strength! ð
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 21, 2019
Who is a BFF? The one who's grown up taking all our crap, negating all the bad stuff around us, making life awesome and keeping secrets like no one else could, right? Yes, but in the adult and the rich world of Hollywood, BFF goals are all of these and besides staying through each other's thick and thin, our favourite Hollywood stars also shower their best friends with some insane gifts. For instance, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are not just 'Avengers' colleagues but very thick bros in real life as well.
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Robert Downey Jr & Chris Evans ( my edit ) #stony #rdj #robertdowneyjr #stevetony #downevans #chrisevans #vine #stonyvine #stevextony #tonystark #tonyxsteve #chrisevansxrobertdowneyjr #chrisxrobert #robertxchris #marvel #marvelunivers #marvelvine #ship #downeyjrxevans #evansxdowneyjr #rdjxce #superhusbands #steverogers #steverogersxtonystark #stonyedit #stonyamv #marvelamv
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So the Iron Man, who is pretty much indulgent in real life as his Tony Stark avatar is, gifted his brother Chris Evans a customised, ' Captain America' themed car. The car is a vintage 1976 Chevrolet Camaro and costs over $275k which is roughly around 2 crores in INR if you convert it!
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Downey designed, Speedkore built and Evans driven. Get the story of Chris Evan's car on YouTube before you see it on CNBC this Thursday! Huge thanks to @robertdowneyjr @speedkore01 and Chris Evans! #ChrisEvans #RestoMod #JayLenosGarage
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Chris Evans gave a peek of this beauty when he was on ' Jay Leno's Garage'.
Pretty slick huh? Well, such perks come easy when your BFF is none other than Tony Stark himself. Get ready to witness the madness of the 'Avengers' journey next weekend, because the wait is just getting crazier.
We certainly live in scary times and the fear doesn't let us hope for a time when everything will finally be at peace. The recent bomb blasts in Sri Lanka are a prime example of what I am talking about and it reeks of ineffable and unthinkable hate and radicalism.
On Easter Sunday, 8 violent bomb blasts at 3 churches and 3 luxury hotels killed and injured numerous people in the capital, Colombo. The death toll is still rising, currently at 160, while over 400 people have been injured. This attack has broken the lull after the civil war ended in 2009, in Sri Lanka. The three hotels that were bombed were Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. More than 50 were killed in the St. Sebastian Gothic-style Catholic Church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, and 25 or more people were also killed in an attack in an evangelical church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.
24 killed 200 injured in multiple blasts in churches and hotels in #SriLanka pic.twitter.com/2dcsDTkOE8
— Faizan ÙÛØ¶Ø§Ù à¤«à¥à¤à¤¾à¤¨ (@faizan_ul_haq) 21 April 2019
No immediate claims have been made or speculated yet regarding who led the attack. In a country which was at war internally, for two decades with Tamil separatists, till 2009 has seen a lot of bomb blasts in the past, and to be reminded of the same horror once again is nothing short of earth shattering and traumatic.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” he said in a Tweet.
“Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.” the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe released a statement earlier today.
Indian politicians along with our President and Prime Minister also shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter.
Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 21 April 2019
People in Sri Lanka have come out in solidarity to help the victims in any way they can. Currently there are massive queues at the blood donation camp there and it's nothing short of overwhelming.
Time to unite #SriLanka. Blood requested at the Colombo National Hospital and Batticaloa Hospital where several injured are being treated following the multiple blasts which shook #lka today.
— Jamila (@Jamz5251) 21 April 2019
A resident by the name of Usman Ali told an international publication that everyone's intention is to help the victims right now.
Overwhelming response at National Blood Centre. It's so overcrowded they cannot control the crowd. Currently they are sending back people who have come after taking down name, contact and blood group. Don't rush there now go leisurely as the crowd subsides #LKA pic.twitter.com/EAvYyr73kH
— Usman Ali ð±ð° (@usmanali_la) 21 April 2019
Five #explosions reported in #SriLanka. Two explosions in St. Anthony's #Church in Kochchikade and #Negombo Katuwapitiya Church. Another explosion in Kingsbury Hotel and 3rd floor Shangri-La in Colombo. Another explosion reported in #Batticaloa. #lka @ShangriLaHotels pic.twitter.com/7jyOzlv8DH
— Ashwin Hemmathagama (@AHemmathagama) 21 April 2019
Sushma Swaraj, the external affairs minister said India is keeping a close watch on the situation in Sri Lanka.
Colombo - I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. @IndiainSL
— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) 21 April 2019
Extremely sad news from Sri Lanka on Easter. Enemies of humanity cannot be allowed to succeed in any part of the world and acts of terror should be condemned in strongest terms
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 21 April 2019
India condemns the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and offers its condolences to the people and government of the country. Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 21 April 2019
Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 21 April 2019
Saddened and shocked at the disturbing news coming in from Sri Lanka. All forms of violence are unacceptable. Easter is a Festival of Peace. My thoughts and prayers with the grieving families
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 21 April 2019
Easter Sunday bomb blasts in churches & hotels, killing many innocent people seems to be a well coordinated attempt to create murder,mayhem & anarchy.All those who cherish democracy,freedom & economic prosperity must unite now with nerves of steel to defeat this heinous attempt.
— Mangala Samaraweera (@MangalaLK) 21 April 2019
The Indian High Commission Tweeted helpline numbers, in case a friend or a family member is in Colombo currently.
Explosions have been reported in Colombo and Batticaloa today. We are closely monitoring the situation. Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification may call the following numbers : +94777903082 +94112422788 +94112422789
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) 21 April 2019
In addition to the numbers given below, Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification may also call the following numbers +94777902082 +94772234176
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) 21 April 2019
The live feed of @NewsfirstSL now reporting that 24 confirmed dead from the attacks this morning at the General Hospital. #lka #srilanka
— Sanjana Hattotuwa (@sanjanah) 21 April 2019
We just wish and pray for the welfare of the people who went through such an atrocious time, seeping this trauma in every living second. It's hard to imagine what they'd be going through right now. All we hope for is the terrorist group behind this attack is caught and dealt with adequately and the country experiences peace in all its glory, soon.
At an age when most of us were struggling with homework and what games to play, he was busy dancing with bigwigs like Salman Khan (who also happens to be his idol). From 'Dance Bangla Dance', 'Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa', 'India's Got Talent' to even 'Comedy Nights With Kapil', there's not a single reality show, which this talented kid has not been a part of.
We're talking about Akshat Singh from Mumbai, who impressed everyone with his goofy antics and awesome dance performances. Fast forward to the present time and now at all of 13, Akshat has made the entire nation proud by representing India at 'Britain's Got Talent'.
Hailing from Mumbai, Akshat not only stood confidently in front of judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Williams, but also compelled them to give him a standing ovation.
Akshat's desi swag and crazy moves on a song from Hrithik Roshan's 'Agneepath' moved people so much that even Ant and Dec couldn't stop themselves from using their Golden Buzzer. This means Akshat has already secured a place in the live shows.
"I have two mottos in life: to make people happy and to show that nothing is impossible," Akshat told the judges before he blew everyone's minds away with his Bollywood dance moves.
The judges were already impressed, but when it was the time to vote, Ant and Dec came to the stage, walked up to the judges and used their Golden Buzzer for 2019. Akshat was left in tears, as Ant and Dec walked up to him and the stage got filled with golden confetti.
We are very proud of you, Akshat.
On days when the nation's bravehearts are not risking their lives to protect us, they are still saving lives with their selfless acts and heartwarming gestures. Constable Gohil Shailesh from the 53 Battalion of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) is one such braveheart who has now become the nation's hero too, after a photo of him donating blood to a young woman was posted on social media.
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Constable Shailesh not only saved the woman's life, but also saved the life of her newborn child. According to the post, the 25-year-old pregnant woman from Kashmir developed some severe complications (and blood loss) during her delivery and was in an urgent need of blood. Reportedly, the woman's family contacted CRPF 'Madadgaar', a helpline that addresses the medical emergencies of people living in Kashmir.
The relation of blood.
Constable Gohil Shailesh of #53Bn donated blood to 25 yr old lady of #Kashmir who urgently needed blood due to complications during delivery.
It seems as if the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is on his own quest to make the idea of 'mankading' an officially accepted phenomenon in the world of cricket. Well, the consistency and dedication with which he often tries to cheekily dismiss the batsman on the non-striker's end, most definitely hints at that.
It is because of Ashwin's repeated attempts to do so and back his actions out in public every single time by saying that 'mankading' isn't against the rules of international cricket that he has created a sense of horror in the hearts of the runners who used to try and get a small advantage by stepping out of the crease while the bowler was mid-way into his bowling action.
Having said that, one has got to agree that constantly keeping a check on something like this and that too on the non-striker's end, has to adversely affect the batsmen's concentration and in turn lead to bad performance with the bat.
It is safe to say that one of these days, a player would kick back to Ashwin's actions and let him know how the rest of the batsmen actually feel.
The day was finally here when in an Indian Premier League match between KXIP and Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals were going head to head in the famed Feroz Shah Kotla stadium of the national capital.
It was in the 13th over of Kings XI's bowling when the captain decided to go back to his tricks to dismiss the Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan when the batsman was completely out of the crease but his bat wasn't.
In the middle of his bowling action, Ashwin stopped, taking a glimpse where Dhawan was standing and turned around to knock the bails off the stumps. However, after realising that Gabbar's bat was inside the crease, he decided to continue to walk away to bowl the delivery.
Dhawan, as we know him, did not want to let this opportunity escape to show some dance moves to his home crowd and mock the Chennai-born athlete with whom he once shared the Indian dressing room.
WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019
This was also for the second time in two overs that Ashwin had stopped halfway through his bowling routine to keep a check on the rival batter on the bowler's end and even the commentators acknowledged the fact.
Overjoyed by watching Dhawan bringing social justice to Ashwin in the form of a comfortable stretch followed by what was a “twist from the '60s” according to the announcers, cricket fans expressed their amuse on social media:
Did Ashwin really try to runout the non striker again? ð¤
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) April 20, 2019
Nice one from Gabbar ð¤£ trolling Ashwin
— DivyaSree Padupalli (@DP_DivyaSree) April 20, 2019
Mastermind, King and Gabber **The presence of mind** This is the reason they are in wc squad. @msdhoni @imVkohli @SDhawan25
— Pavithra (@Pavithr89452187) April 20, 2019
.@SDhawan25 you beauty! That dance on the non-striker end was funny!#DCvKXIP #IPL2019
— Garg Ankit (@graciousgarg) April 20, 2019
That @SDhawan25 jig at the non-striker's crease was better than all his wicket celebration jigs combined ð¤£ #DCvKXIP
— na:Deem (@absolutLALA) April 20, 2019
It's fun to watch @SDhawan25 teasing Ashwin... #GABBAR #DCvKXIP #IPL2019
— Multazim Khan (@iam_Multazim) April 20, 2019