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Bengaluru Cops Pretend To Be Passengers To Catch Auto Drivers Refusing Rides & Hiking Prices

Before we sat in one of these app-powered vehicles which are convenient to book through your phone, we had the luxury of travelling in autorickshaws, welcoming the wind blowing through our hair, with an ounce of dust powdering our face at the same time. Yes, autos were a mere blessing for most of us who'd commute to distances which weren't plausible to make with any other form of public transport, before Olas and Ubers took over that landscape. Even now, auto's are quite agile in getting us from A-Z but because of cab companies making things a little easier for most commuters, people don't really hail autos as much as they used to. Which obviously gives the auto driver the need to hike prices and obviously treat the rickshaw meter like a showpiece. © BCCL Apart from that, another new trend has slowly been setting in at metropolitan cities where autos are largely driven: The auto bhaiya's dismissal on making a particular journey. If the destination you utter to him doesn't suit the distance he wants to cover, then he says 'no', very nonchalantly might I add, and carries on, leaving the commuter in quite a pickle. Yes, that's been happening, especially in cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru and hence, it was time for the police to intervene in the same. To stop auto rickshaw drivers from saying a blatant 'no' to their passengers, the Bengaluru cops dressed as civilians and hailed autos, all across the city. The crackdown happened because way too many people were complaining about being ripped off by the autowalahs and denied rides. Earlier this week, 250 traffic cops, dressed as civilians, pretended to be passengers, seeking rides from auto drivers. They obviously caught the auto drivers red handed, breaking rules such as denying the passenger a ride, or charging them extra despite the fact that its mandated to drive the vehicle on fare, by meter, according to the law. © BCCL The cops managed to catch almost 5,200 drivers and collected penalties which went as high as Rs 8 lakhs. Out of the ones who were caught, 1,575 were booked for refusing to take the passenger, 1,346 were caught for overcharging and more than 2,000 were caught for driving without a driver's license or having improper documents. There is a reason why people have switched to other modes of transport like cabs and buses because auto drivers are known to fleece people now. An auto fare sometimes sums up to, or is more than a cab fare and that really shouldn't be the case, since autos don't offer the kind of luxury cabs do, to passengers. The cops had taken a similar initiative back in July in Bengaluru, where around 9,000 auto drivers were caught red-handed breaking the rules. “These drives are important. Because of some auto drivers who over charge, all auto drivers get a bad name and people prefer Uber/Ola cabs instead of autos. This results in less business for us,” Narayan Swamy, President of Adarsh Auto Driver Union in Bengaluru, told a popular Indian publication. © BCCL If there are more crackdowns in other cities in India, of how autos operate then we are sure taking an auto will be a lot more convenient without the drivers denying anyone a ride. So, here's hoping Delhi and Mumbai are next in line and we can have faith in our autorickshaws once again.
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Video Of Boy With Down Syndrome Comforting His Autistic Friend Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

A video of a little boy comforting his crying friend in a classroom has gone viral on the internet, and for all the good reasons. The heartwarming video shows a child with Down Syndrome comforting his classmate who is autistic. According to Indian Express, the video was shot by a teacher in Mexico and went viral on social media platforms within minutes. The video shows, a crying child sitting in the classroom and his friend affectionately tries to comfort him by patting his back. The kid is also seen wiping off his friend's tears and this is the best thing that you'll watch today. The video was captioned as, “#VIRAL A Down boy with a huge heart, comforting in his own way his teammate, autistic child. Let's share it.” The video already has around 478K shares on Facebook.  Watch the full video here: The video later surfaced on other social media platforms as well and here's what people have to say about the touching video:  This young man with Down syndrome is comforting his distressed classmate who is autistic.

This is the Twitter content I'm here for...ðªððð¥ð¥ pic.twitter.com/ekh4e7tvun — Rex Chapmanðð¼ (@RexChapman) December 3, 2019 . one thought clear.True love alway care each other. No need a perfect body,only need believe himself confidence and a soulful humanity mind,then nature say you are touch my heart because your thoughts inspire everyone pic.twitter.com/ZAvzcrWxsk — Chetan agarwal (@Chetanniketa) December 4, 2019 Poor kid was having a rough day but his friend was there to help. I wish we could remain compassionate once we enter adulthood. — CondomsandMoreforLessðððð (@CondomsandMore) December 3, 2019 I use to work with two guys with Down Syndrome years ago. If one of them was upset the other would always try to comfort the other by patting the other on the back and holding the others hand. I have a lot of great memories of those guys. — Rick Pruess (@RickPruess) December 4, 2019 Pure love, comfort and understanding. We can learn a lot from their compassion for and acceptance of one another.

I'm not crying, you're crying https://t.co/FB81IpgdmE — K. (@KauakahiK) December 4, 2019 There is hope for the human race⤠https://t.co/gayqKQAoRT — Michael Owuor (@Myqall) December 4, 2019 My nephew has "Down" Syndrome. I put that in quotation marks because there is nothing downs about it.

I've never seen anybody w/ the ability to empathize like he does.

These kids truly have the most biggest hearts. They are so pure ð­â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/mkMaKl0zsK — StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) December 3, 2019 This makes us realize that maybe we can't solve other people's problem but we can comfort them and hug their sorrows away.  What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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After Ludhiana, Nagpur Police Offers Women Safe Ride Home In Police Vehicles From 9 PM To 5 AM

Yet another shocking incident has shaken the entire country to its core. Hearing about how brutally the 26-year-old Hyderabad girl was raped and burnt to death has sent shivers down our spine. After Nirbhaya, certain amendments were made to improve safety for women but after almost seven years, another act of brutality negated any and every change that was made.  A vet by profession, she was trying to make her way back home when she realised her scooter's tyre was flat. It was later found out that the perpetrators deflated it on purpose, which gave them the opportunity to grab her and rape her, where even her screams weren't audible. © Thinkstock Getty Images While, a lot of women are demanding justice for such a serious crime, many are even demanding safer spaces so they can carry forth their lives in a normal manner, even while sexual predators are out lurking around different cities. Recently Ludhiana police decided to offer free rides to women between 10pm to 6am, if they are working late or out of the house at wee hours in the morning. The rides offered will ensure they safely return back to their homes. And now, Nagpur police too has made provisions to ensure women are dropped home safely from 9pm to 5 am, if they're out of their houses for work or any other commitment. © Twitter The way to approach the cops is simple. As per directive, the woman has to dial '100' and ask for a ride back home, between the allotted timings and if she doesn't have adequate and safe transport to return home. The news reports suggest that a beat cop will show up and escort the woman home safely. For some extra added safety measures, a female police officer will also be present in the vehicle to escort the lady home.  Police Commissioner Bhushan Kumar told a popular publication that this initiative will help build the shaken confidence of a lot of women, after the terrible Hyderabad incident. © Twitter With Nagpur second in row in assisting women get to their destinations safely at night, we feel more cities should follow suit.  Women are scared and relentlessly hopeless where their safety is concerned. Their confidence is shaken and the only way to build it is to have responsible watchdogs in society which will help overcome the fear that has gravely settled deep within the psyche of each and every woman. 
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5 Things About Morris Garages' First Electric SUV & How It Will Impact Indian Motorists

That electric automobiles are the future is no longer a secret. That being said, India has always been a market that has proved to be the proverbial David to a number of car manufacturing Goliaths. There was GM's Chevrolet, and if we are to believe several industry experts, there is the ailing Fiat. © Reuters In such a situation, one would imagine that the extreme volatility of the Indian market would be a huge deterrent to international carmakers. However, the manner in which MG and Kia have proved us wrong just goes on to show that no one, not even industry experts, can accurately predict the Indian Automotive Market.  © MG India Considering all this, Morris Garages India's bet to come out all guns blazing with their first pure electric SUV is a huge gamble. Considering how somnolent the Indian automotive consumer is, in his bid to play things safe, a plan as massive as this has the potential to backfire on MG. However, if it does indeed work out for them, MG Motors will have a massive advantage when Indian cars finally go completely electric. © MG India 1. Developing Their Own Battery Packs And Battery Management Systems © MG India For the ZS EV, MG has roped in experts from practically all over the world. Starting from Bosch to UAES, to Infineon, they have the best of the best in battery manufacturing and management systems. After Tesla, MG is set to become the only carmakers that have their own battery packs, and management systems, that are being developed and updated regularly. As for the battery pack itself, the 44.5 kWh battery is IP67 rated and can power the car for more 350 km per charge. Using one of their home or office chargers, you will be able to recharge a car with a flat battery to the brim, in under 7 hours.  2. The Infrastructure To Support Practical, Everyday Usage © MG India MG has also partnered with a number of companies that install a charger at offices and homes. They're also going to provide one charger for every car that they sell. Furthermore, MG also plans to provide fast charging facilities across their most prominent dealerships. They also envision to set up an infrastructure such that within a metro city, they will have one charging point every 5 kilometres, and one every 25 kilometres on Indian Highways. Other than that, they're also on track to tie up with several on-road assistance service providers to come to you and charge your car, in case you ever run out of juice while out and about. 3. Aftersales Support © MG India One of the reasons why, in spite of being a good car, MG Hector was not a massive success in India, is its aftersale support. Furthermore, in a country that has not yet adopted EVs, the unorganised repairing sector is woefully inadequate to handle the technicality of EVs. This is important, because as per a PWC report, once a car's warranty runs out, almost half of all automobile drivers take their cars to third-party and roadside mechanics for basic servicing. This is one major area where MG will have to step their game up exponentially if they are to have a shot at that first mover's advantage. 4. The ZS EV Itself © MG India The car in itself is actually quite practical, affordable and nice. It is huge and spacious and gives the vibe of a premium, high tech SUV (mind you, not a luxury SUV). You get a massive panoramic sunroof that covers 90 per cent of the roof, a PM 2.5 particle filter that is not just extremely efficient, but quick to get effective, a very detailed analysis of your carbon emissions (or lack thereof), and a really impressive range. Even today, at a time when you have barely 10 per cent of the number of electric charging stations that we need, you can take the car for a drive around most major metros. We reckon if we know of an electrical charging station in Agra, we can safely take the ZS EV all the way from New Delhi to Agra. © MG India As for performance, electric vehicles stand head and shoulders apart from their petrol counterparts. The ZS EV is no different, as it can hit 100 kmph from a standstill in about 8 seconds. We agree that's not as fast as most electric vehicles, but then, most of them don't have a range as extensive as the ZS EV. Also, no petrol, or for that diesel-powered SUV goes that fast, unless you are ready to break the bank more than once to buy it. 5. The Situation With The Indian Automobile Market © MG India All of this brings us to the big question. Is the Indian market ready for an Electric SUV such as this? MG is betting on an assumption that yes it is. We, though, are very sceptical about this. Keeping the downward slope that the market is going through aside for a minute, we simply do not have the infrastructure to make the choice.  © MG India There is also the problem of recycling battery packs. MG has indeed partnered up with Exicom Power Solutions and Umicore to recycle and repurpose spent battery packs into solutions that would be great for storing electricity for data centres and other consumer and industrial uses, but at what level will this operation be successful, leaves a big question mark. © MG India That being said, we have to say, in a bid to change the Indian automotive segment for the better, MG has come out all guns blazing, even though it needs the approval of the Indian consumers. Will they agree with them and make the rapid change that is needed? That remains to be seen.
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This Samsung Smart TV Costs Up To Rs 12 Crore & Here's Why It's So Expensive

Samsung is one of those brands that makes kickass televisions. Their panels are among the best ones in the market, and there's hardly anything out there that comes even close. And Samsung is also a brand that often makes us realize that luxury doesn't come cheap. The company's new range of Smart TVs for India is something we think only the Elite will be able to afford. We say that because Samsung's new Smart TV can cost you up to Rs 12 Crore. Yes, you read that right. © Samsung Samsung has officially announced the launch of a new large-formal MicroLED display with a new range of 'The Wall' Smart TV. We're looking at three different variants including 146-inch in 4K resolution, 219-inch in 6K definition and 292-inch in 8K definition. Again, it's not a typo. It is indeed 292-inches and supports up to 8K resolution. For that price, you'll be getting an immersive viewing experience and never seen before picture quality at the comfort of your home. The MicroLED display technology, for those of you who don't know, uses AI up-scaling, Quantum HDR technology along with a peak brightness of 2,000 nits. It also supports a 120Hz video rate, which means you'll get a rich and superior visual experience. The TVs also come with a 100,000-hour lifetime of self-light emitting diodes, with the help of which it will always be on. Add Ambient mode to that, and you are looking at a panel that can display art from paintings, photographs and more just like a digital frame. © Samsung The new Wall TVs also come with Quantum Processor Flex technology, which is essentially a machine learning-based picture quality engine that analyzes millions of image data to automatically calibrate a low-res image. So, what about the pricing? Well, the prices for the latest TVs range from Rs 3.5 Crore to up to Rs 12 Crore. And, these are exclusive of taxes, which means they'll be more if you decide to bring them home. That's what you have to pay to bring home one of the most sophisticated pieces of technology.  The Wall Luxury Edition will be exclusively available at Samsung's briefing Centre in Gurugram and you can also book private viewings from starting today. Source: Samsung
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Forget Rami Malek, Rajkummar Rao Shows Us How Eccentric Bond Villains Should Dress

Whether they are planning to destroy the British Intelligence to its core, or to topple a sovereign government to take control of a country's natural resources, Bond villains are as devilish as people can get. © Columbia Pictures Remember Javier Bardem's maniacal portrayal of Raoul Silva in Skyfall? Or Christoph Waltz's performance when he donned the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Spectre? No matter which actor plays 007, without a worthy adversary, and an equally praiseworthy performance by actors who play the villain, James Bond as a character falls apart. © Columbia Pictures One thing that has always been common with all Bond villains is their ability to dress impeccably sharp. And if India were ever to make their version of James Bond, we know who would be the perfect guy to take up the role of 007's archnemesis. © Instagram/theanisha Rajkummar Rao definitely has the acting chops that would be required to portray a Bond villain, there is no point questioning that. But if one of his latest outfits is to be believed, he certainly has the aesthetic sensibility and style to do the roles complete justice. © Viral Bhayani Recently, Rajkummar was seen in a spectacular outfit, styled by the very talented celebrity stylist, Anisha Jain. Every aspect of the outfit was on point. The bespoke suit(https://www.mensxp.com/fashion/style-guide/49478-6-ways-to-make-your-cheap-suit-look-expensive.html) from Karrtik D, with its peaked lapels and black underlayer, on top of the black turtleneck, was a really good move. © Viral Bhayani Along with the baby pink velvet suit, the rather zany and edgy pair of laced oxfords, sit very well. The studs on the toe cap of the oxfords give it a very Dali-esque appeal, which we are sure would appeal to Bond villains. It certainly was appealing for us. © Viral Bhayani If you ask us, that's actually a great way to dress up for a party or any social gathering. Well done Anisha, and well-done indeed Rajkummar.
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Here's Why Sony Will Not Be Making Anymore Handheld PlayStation Consoles

Sony has been killing it in the home console market as the PlayStation 4 has now surpassed 100 million units in sales this year. The PlayStation 2 is by far the best selling console in the company's history as it sold over 150 million units in its heyday. However, the company also experimented with handheld consoles with the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and the PS Vita.  © Youtube/MoGaming While the PSP did incredible numbers in sales; the PS Vita was a disaster as it did not have any beloved games or first-party support to make it a robust console. Due to the PS Vita's dismal performance, the company is no longer interested in handheld devices. The Nintendo Switch has already proven that a handheld console can still be a huge success provided it gets good support from first-party and third-party studios. However, the PS Vita did not get the same support from developers as it did not have any good first-party or even third-party titles.  © LetsGoDigital The recent patent filing revealed that Sony applied for a game cartridge type that hinted that the company might be working on a portable console. However, it seems like the cartridge system will be used for swappable SSD cartridges instead of game cartridges like the Nintendo Switch uses. In fact, in an interview with Game Informer, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that Sony is not working on a portable console alongside the PlayStation 5.  “PlayStation Vita was brilliant in many ways, and the actual gaming experience was great,” Ryan said, “But clearly it's a business that we're no longer in now.” Ryan cited mobile gaming as the main reason why the company pulled out from the handheld gaming market. It seems like the company does not want to develop first-party games for a handheld console as Nintendo has proven with their consoles that there's still scope for a handheld device. The main reason why the Nintendo Switch has seen staggering sales numbers, even in India is due to the plethora of both first-party and third-party games. It seems like Sony either doesn't want to invest in games for a handheld device or are simply focused only on the home console space.  © Youtube/Simple Alpaca Apart from lack of games on the PS Vita, the console was also not a viable purchase due to the highly-priced proprietary memory cards. In an era where gaming was to be made more accessible to the mass audience, Vita's own self-inflicted problems stood completely against that notion.
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Hrithik Roshan Voted As Sexiest Asian Male Of The Decade & Fans Couldn't Agree More

Ever since his Bollywood debut in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai way back in 2000, Hrithik Roshan has emerged as one of the most good looking actors that the industry has, and his fans have given him an apt tag of a Greek God. He sure does look like one!  His attractive smile, flawless good looks, and a charming personality make women go weak in the knees. And this is why he has been time and again voted as the sexiest Asian Male and we can't agree more. He topped the annual 'Sexiest Asian Male' ranking compiled by British newsweekly Eastern Eye.  Interestingly, the actor has also topped the overall ranking for the last 10 years. Hrithik's fans from across the world have made sure that the actor gets this recognition.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hrithik Roshan (@hrithikroshan) on Oct 11, 2019 at 9:22am PDT Talking about this big achievement, Hrithik told PTI, “I would like to thank everyone who feels so and has voted for me; I am flattered. Just a person's looks are not relevant in the larger scheme of things. I don't judge people by the way they look. Similarly, I don't judge myself either by the way I look." He added, "What is attractive in a person is his/her story, journey and the way that person has dealt with situations in his/her own life. Looking a certain way for my characters is just a part of my job, which takes a lot of effort and hard work." Fans on Twitter have tagged him as the sexiest man alive. Here are a few reactions:  Sexiest Man Alive!@iHrithikðð»ðð»ðð»#Sexiestmanofdecade #HrithikRoshan https://t.co/ohhES7yqz1 — Sanket Shelke (@sanketshelke11) December 5, 2019 The king #HrithikRoshan ð¥ruling the top ð@iHrithik — ðShubhangianðSonuð (@SonuKDas32) December 5, 2019 From Jan 2000 to Dec 2019

Everything is change But Swag and Hotness of @iHrithik sir is still same.......
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It's almost 20 years but sorry Bollywood, you couldn't find any person who comes to close him........#SexiestAsianHrithik #HrithikRoshan

♥ï¸♥ï¸♥ï¸ pic.twitter.com/s8voJM5Yl3 — Hrithik_Mania ð®ð³ (@iHrithik_Mania) December 5, 2019 Touch your heart ,ð
Close your eyes.
Make a wish, say
Good night. Sky so
Wide, Starsð so bright,
Off the lights, sleep so tight.
Sweet dreams to you all
Tonight ððð @iHrithik â£ï¸#SexiestAsianHrithik #HrithikRoshan #Hrithik pic.twitter.com/xzYqdiHZHq — zidi fan ððð  (@HrothikB) December 4, 2019 Congratulations #HrithikRoshan
For topping the chart once again and become Sexiest Asian of 2019 and Decade...

From KNPH to WAR you definitely aged like a wine.... #SexiestAsianHrithik pic.twitter.com/qscCUTABSN — Shweta (@Shweta10887) December 4, 2019 Most Voted Sexiest Asian Men 2019#HrithikRoshan ♥ï¸
Congratulations @iHrithik & #HrithikFans.#SexiestAsianHrithik #EasternEyeSexyList2019 #AsjadNazirSexyList2019 pic.twitter.com/S2lnwbg8m7 — BollywoodMegaWorld (@BollywoodMegaW1) December 4, 2019 Sexy and Romantic Hrithik rulling like a boss in 2019 left , right centre he is no.1
He was no.1 is and will be forever bcoz his birth no. Is 1 acc to numerology
No.1 will be always in no.1
That's why Hrithik won #SexiestAsianHrithik pic.twitter.com/9uDffDvcaR — Hrithik' better half #War (@ManpreetHR007) December 4, 2019 For him sexiness is an attitude, an expression an interpretation of life. He is not only about looks what makes him sexy is his outlook to life, his golden heart, his work ethics & his craft.#SexiestAsianHrithik pic.twitter.com/Lnlvw2StN8 — Hrithik Inspires (@HrithikInspires) December 4, 2019 Apart from Hrithik, other Indian celebrities also gained spots in the ranking. Kabir Singh actor Shahid Kapoor grabbed the second spot, television actor Vivian Dsena took the third spot, Indian cricket team Captain Virat Kohli ranked at the seventh spot, while actor Tiger Shroff made his debut by making a place at the fourth position. Besides, Prabhas has secured the tenth position and his fans have flooded Twitter with congratulatory messages for the actor. Who's your favourite in terms of looks? Do let us know in the comments section below.
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Blind Kid From Japan Skateboards Like A Champ & Sets A Great Example Of 'Anything Is Possible'

Throughout history, we have seen some great examples of people reaching out to do something that seems absolutely impossible until one day they finally succeed. And once they do, the world is at their feet. This kid with an Instagram handle called 'kid_m.c' has to be one of those examples, right at the top. Check out how the Japanese skateboarder is seizing the day while doing something you or I could never have imagined was physically possible.  Being a blind, he was presumed to be completely dependent on his cane to go anywhere in the world but the boy decided to make that cane the greatest tool of his life and used it to become a skateboarder! View this post on Instagram ã­ã¡ã©ã²ã¼ã ã«åãã¦â¼ï¸#shirlheadwear #nikesb #imperialskatebord @tomothehomeless @skip_factory @instant_skipfactorystore A post shared by ããããã (@kid_m.c) on Nov 19, 2019 at 4:34am PST Using his cane to estimate his surroundings, 'kid_m.c' has been able to react at a superhuman pace to judge when he'd have to make a big jump or slide in to perform a 'slappie' across the edge of a platform. I have tried a little bit of skateboarding in the past and I am proud to admit that I have landed on my back more than enough times to know that it wasn't something I'd like to pursue. I can't even imagine how would I do if my ability to see was taken away from me while standing on the board.  But this guy is something else. Not only has he managed to ride a skateboard with the help of his stick, but has also managed to take it to the next level by performing difficult stunts.  Even though he makes the stunts look effortless, 'kid_m.c' has had his share of falls and injuries in the past.  View this post on Instagram æ°ããããã­ã®èª¿å­ã絶好調â¼ï¸ ããã¦çãããããããã°repostãé¡ããã¾ãð#shirlheadwear #imperialskatebord#nikesb @imperialskateboard @instant_skipfactorystore @skip_factory A post shared by ããããã (@kid_m.c) on Nov 11, 2019 at 5:19am PST To add to his will to do whatever he wants, the Japanese skateboarder is also a rapper and runs his own YouTube channel on which he uploads all his self-composed songs for the world to listen to.  Way to go, champ! 
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MS Dhoni Singing 'Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye' Is The Best Way To Console All His Fans Right Now

Yes, cricket is an ever-evolving game. Many great players have come and gone by, but it is only the game that continues to flourish.  While the cricketers themselves understand this circle of an athlete's life, it is their fans who take years and years of time to get over the fact that their favourite player might never be seen playing on the field for their national team ever again.  Now, when “that player” is one of the most successful captains of the Indian cricket squad, who not only gifted the world his unique batting style but also helped his country win its second World Cup title, it just gets that much more difficult to get over his inevitable retirement in the near future.  Thankfully, here we have a video of Mahendra Singh Dhoni singing an Indian classic song 'Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye' that could do the trick and make his fans calm their nerves just for a bit, maybe. View this post on Instagram WARNING: PLS WATCH AT UR OWN RISK... The very talented Mr Mahi ...ð¤ @mahi7781 pls dont kill me for postin dis one !!!ð¥°ð¥° But dis awaaz had to b shared !!ð¶ðµð¼ @sakshisingh_r urs comin soon ! Duet singer : @anubhavdewan_ wah wah wah !!! Audience : me n #monusingh Thank god @sambhavdewan ur dad came to de rescue... Thanksss @__refulgence for an amazing night !!ð¥³ð¥³ð¥³ A post shared by Preeti Simoes (@preeti_simoes) on Dec 3, 2019 at 11:19pm PST One of Dhoni's closest friends decided to share a wonderful moment with the world in which the cricketer can be seen getting involved in a karaoke duet and the entire room listening quietly to his voice. As soon as Dhoni handed over the microphone to his friend, everyone burst out laughing.  Ever since losing the ICC World Cup semi final to Kane Williamson and team New Zealand six months ago, the Indian wicket-keeper batsman has been out of action voluntarily.  MS Dhoni will miss India's tour of the West Indies after announcing that he's taking a two-month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment. https://t.co/U8pc1jNQkB — Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) July 20, 2019 He first decided to take a two-month sabbatical from the sport and train with the Indian Army but once that tenure was over, Dhoni decided to extend his vacation until November. However last month, Dhoni let the world know that he will only announce his future plans in January 2020. Even though Dhoni fans are waiting desperately for the man to give them the good news and announce that he will not be moving away from the game anytime soon, there is a possibility that Team India has moved away from him.  Media - 'Will we see Dhoni at 2020 T20 World Cup?

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly - "Please Ask MS DHONI"@msdhoni @SGanguly99#MSDhoni #Dhoni #SouravGanguly #BCCIPresident pic.twitter.com/A2Ghyk4OAI — MS Dhoni 7781 #TeamIndia (@msdhoni_7781) December 1, 2019 "There is clarity, but certain things cannot be said on public platform. There is absolute clarity on MS Dhoni and you'll find out in time," BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had said last week in terms of the former skipper's future as a Man in Blue. Considering the fact that the selectors are giving various wicket-keepers the opportunity to show their skills, truly signifies that Dhoni days with the team might be numbered. Honestly, I hope that I am wrong and Dhoni, whenever he decides to retire, should be remembered for the incredible laurels he has earned for this country and not for the recent couple of chaotic months of his career.  Until then, all you can do is keep listening to Mahi singing on repeat, I guess. 
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India Has Developed World's First Male Contraceptive Injection & This Is What Men Feel About It

An age-old precursor for women across the board before sexual intercourse is obviously to get on the 'pill'. Contraceptives are essential in every way for women who do not wish to procreate by having unprotected sex. Of course, it's on the woman to have better sense and either get on a hormonally induced birth-control pill, or probably wear a diaphragm, cervical cap or even insert an intrauterine device, to prevent pregnancy. (c)Firstcry Parenting While it's become a default setting with most women, the side effects, pain thresholds and somewhat rogue(ish) mood swings at times are mere suggestions of how 'this is what life's really about'. Well, maybe it's time to change that thought process and include men into the picture a little less sporadically. Yes, condoms are obviously there and apart from acting like a contraceptive, they prevent both men and women from contracting various sexually transmitted infections and diseases but do all men really wear a condom during intercourse? Let's focus on a rural setting. The man of the house comes home after a debaucherous night with alcohol and wants to have sex with his wife. They have four children already, who're helping them make ends meet. He doesn't request but demands that she adheres to his basic carnal needs and yes, she does. They have sex, without protection and a few weeks later, she finds out she is pregnant again because he refused to wear a condom. (c)Twitter Now, let's focus on something similar kids do in college. While going out, drinking together is the best way to break the ice, getting drunk and having sex without a condom, out of an uncontrollable frenzy has become a dramatic piece of happenstance. No, I am not comparing a rural lifestyle to that of an urban one. I am comparing the basic flaw these two analogies have in common. The dismay in using the simplest form of birth control which is easily available. Procreation has become the woman's responsibility and the only option men have as a 'forever' mechanism to birth control is a very painful vasectomy. Well, that's about to change very soon. In our journey to achieve the most intense orgasms, we often bring along consent but condoms don't really feature as much as they need to and hence the women end up popping birth control pills, if they have the right means and access to them and if they don't, well, we're a billion plus people, for a reason. But hold on, there might be an apt solution to this 'problem'. The 'Male Contraceptive Injection', which has been in the works for a while now has just come to India, and unlike most of its target audience, it's safe to use. The Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR) successfully completed the medical trials of the world's first injectable male contraceptive drug and it's ready to barge in to the Indian market, so that men can use it as an alternative to the painful procedure of vasectomy, which is currently the only form of male sterilisation available in the world. (c)Twitter The injection does promise no side-effects except being injected on the sperm-containing tube near the testicles (vas deferens), a procedure that will be proceeded by anaesthesia of course. The process is called Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (RISUG) and it injects polymers  into the penis's vas deferens, that have the capability to hold back your sperm, when you fail to do so yourself! The promised shelf life of the injection is 13 years, which means you may need maybe 4 of these in your entire lifetime. Other options like pills and gels are also going under testing but ICMR has certified this as a foolproof method to literally hold your horses, while having sex. ICMR is currently awaiting approval from the Drug Controller General of India. But we didn't want to wait before asking the men around us how they feel about this specific medical breakthrough. of going through years in college and later, scrounging for rubber or just 'winging' it when it was too much of an effort to procure. This is what they had to say: (1) "I'm okay with anything that involves not having to wear condoms, plus it's about time that we took the pressure of having to take morning after pills or the constant anxiety of getting pregnant off women and put some of that pressure on men" Siddhant Rai, 27, Special Project, ILN (2) "Well it's better than vasectomy that's for sure. 13 years is not bad if you want to fuck around with minimal consequences. It might appeal to people in their 20s. Actually, it can appeal to any age. Personally, I think I'm too old for this. Probably I would probably like to procreate some day." Deepro Banerjee, 35, Freelance Video Producer (3) "Even though I haven't used contraceptive injections yet I feel it's a great product (provided its success percentage is better or equal to the other options available in the market). Assuming it is a long lasting solution over condoms I feel it is a better and safer option. Also given that the experience of safe sex without a use of latex would be far superior to existing options available, I feel it is a step in the right direction keeping intact the importance of safety and also without the intimacy being compromised." - Amman, 37, Head-IPs and Experiences, ILN (4) "I don't think there is a lack of intent in me or many other men around me. I would've liked the product even more if it could do more about STDs rather than just pregnancy prevention. Because I would still end up using other contraceptives like condoms for that. Also, I hope there are products which gives men an option for a shorter shelf life. I may not want kids now. But maybe 6 years down the line I would. Although, I don't mind injecting my penis with a clinically tested and tried product as long as it gives both me and my partner a piece of mind after every intercourse." - Porus Kumar Singh, 28, Chief Program Manager (5) "Honestly, I'm totally okay with the 'contraceptive' bit... It's the 'injection' that throws up many questions. Where will I be injected? How often will I have to inject myself? Is this a one-time thing or do I have to be ON it? And yes, I'd consider using it if these parameters don't freak me out :) and of course, I'd like to talk to my partner and see how she feels about the entire thing as well." - Shomi Gupta, 37, Filmmaker, Writer (6) "I welcome contraceptives for men.  Considering condoms aren't a hundred percent effective, and how adverse the side-effects of contraceptives for women are, this is pretty cool. The only reason I'd be hesitant to take them is that I'm afraid of needles haha." - Lakshman Parsuram, 30, Audio Engineer (7) "Till date, women have had to deal with the consequences of unprotected sex. The contraceptive injection levels the playing field and provides an opportunity for men take up the responsibility of birth control. I always practice safe sex using protection but would open to a safe contraceptive option if my partner was uncomfortable taking a contraceptive pill." - Angad Khanna, 30, Head of Communications Well, while expecting an absolute dismissal of the idea of contraceptive injections for men, the men I spoke to had balanced, well-rounded and positive views in favour of the contraceptive. It makes procreation bit more planned and not archaically non-negotiable and of course keeps the needs of the women right on top. Especially when men are being sensitive towards women popping a morning after pill, which is not the best alternative for her in the long run. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images Well, we hope a significant breakthrough is made in this field and the government ideates programmes to initiate this procedure in most rural spaces in India. For now, we're waiting for the final approval and slowly and steadily accepting the whole and idea and thrill behind the new male contraceptive injection.
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How 'Godman' Swami Nithyananda Fled India With An Expired Passport & Formed His Own Country

A self-proclaimed 'godman' who goes by the name of Swami Nithyananda has been in the news for various reasons for quite a while now. You've probably read about him, seen his forwarded videos on Whatsapp or God forbid, actually know a devotee of his, but chances are, you are fairly acquainted with this personality.  Our nation is a melting pot of culture and various religious beliefs which have co-existed since time immemorial. Swami Nithyananda is one such businessman, if one may call him who is the founder of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, which has numerous trusts, ashrams and temples across various countries. Back in 2010, he first became controversy's friend when a sex tape starring him leaked online and his public image suffered a major blow. With time, the row flew away like dust because, in India, faith is bigger than facts, sometimes, right? His divine intervention and people devoting themselves to his teachings continued just like before and soon, all was well.   People who are firm believers of logic have been going out of their way to defy his videos, teachings and school of thought but sadly, none of their efforts have been able to stop his bank balance from soaring steadily.  Nithyananda grabbed eyeballs when he was accused of rape and several cases under Sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex), 420 (cheating), 114 (criminal abetment), 201 (disappearance of evidence, giving false information), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and other charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) were filed against him. © Twitter In a rather interesting yet highly disturbing development, Nithyananda, a giant public figure with a pending criminal record against him, managed to flee the country leaving a stack of charges in his wake, but then again, we are not surprised because turns out, while it is a herculean task for the common man to get a passport and a visa and wait in queues and go through security checks, the 'most wanted' people of our nation can just fly away with no consequences.  And now, to add a cherry on top of the cake, Swami Nithyananda has apparently created a new nation of his own, a Hindu sovereign country called 'Kailaasa'.   According to various sources, 'Kailaasa' has been found on an island near Ecuador in Latin America. Want to know more about this newfound country? Check out its dedicated website which you can access here. According to the website, 'Kailaasa is a nation without borders created by dispossessed Hindus from around the world who lost the right to practice Hinduism authentically in their own countries'. There are various links, which are not updated yet, but which supposedly let you make donations and even become a citizen. © Kailasa Also, the economy is apparently a 'dharmic' one where cryptocurrency will be accepted and will also soon have a passport of its own. Talking about passports, Swami Nithyananda's Indian passport was also expired when he fled the country, which I think is not a big deal at all.  What is happening in our democracy and why is it happening, I cannot fathom. What I do know is that until we, as humans, continue giving other mortals the status of a God, who is probably not taking care of his disciples, then we are simply inviting doom. It's one thing to be motivated and inspired by someone's teachings but being duped is another story.  Well, for now, let's wait for some information about how this 'nation' is going to function and how the 'godman' actually managed to fly out with an expired legal document in the first place. Who do we really turn to for the answers here?
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Akshay Kumar Says 'Big Directors' Don't Take Him In Their Films & We Wonder Why

Akshay Kumar recently,in an interview, revealed as to why he only works with debutant directors and not big directors. The 52-year-old actor, who will be next seen in his upcoming film Good Newwz, told IANS in an interview, “I work with new directors because big directors don't take me (in their films). That is the truth.” He added, "When big people don't take you (in their films), you have to start your journey. If you don't get a job in a big publication, you will go through a smaller one. From there you jump. You cannot just sit at home and wonder why people don't take me (in their films) despite me being so capable.” © Dharma Prroductions Akshay 'Khiladi' Kumar has worked with more than 20 newcomer directors such as Jagan Shakti for Mission Mangal, Shivam Nair for Naam Shabana, Tinu Suresh Desai for Rustam and many more. Besides, he also expressed how the films were gone to the ones who deserved it. "They (big directors) went to the people who deserved it. You see, it's not that only the Khans were around. There were the Kapoors and the others. I presume I didn't deserve it, so I earned it my way," he added. "I still don't have big directors (directing me). They are producing films with me but they are not directing. Karan Johar is there, you should ask him. You should ask Adi Chopra (Aditya Chopra)," said the actor. Speaking about having worked with a new director yet again in his upcoming film, Akshay said, "Raj Mehta is my 21st new director. I also feel their greed to do good work is far more than many old directors. For them, it is a do or die situation because (they think) if the film doesn't work, then they are finished."  In the film Good Newwz, which is scheduled to release on December 27, Akshay will be seen with Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani, and Diljit Dosanjh in pivotal roles.
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Sundar Pichai Is Now CEO Of 'Google Ka Baap' Alphabet & People Are Screaming 'Desi Engineers Rock'

Until a few hours ago, Sundar Pichai was known as the CEO of Google. But, now he will also be known as the CEO of Alphabet, after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from their posts.' In a letter bidding goodbye to their managerial roles, Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote "While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it's time to assume the role of proud parents — offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!" © Reuters And with that, the 47-year-old IIT Kharagpur alumni became the CEO of Google's parent company as well and left the whole country beaming with pride.  Page and Brin will continue to remain board members and shareholders of the company. I'm excited about Alphabet's long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology. Thanks to Larry & Sergey, we have a timeless mission, enduring values and a culture of collaboration & exploration - a strong foundation we'll continue to build on https://t.co/tSVsaj4FsR — Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) December 4, 2019 Pichai wrote a letter for other employees where he spoke about how change has been the only thing constant in his 15+ years in Google. According to Pichai, this change has come 15 years after he first met Page and Brin. He wrote, "I first met Larry and Sergey back in 2004 and have been benefiting from their guidance and insights ever since. The good news is I'll continue to work with them -- although in different roles for them and me. They'll still be around to advise as board members and co-founders." © Reuters He further added, "The founders have given all of us an incredible chance to have an impact on the world. Thanks to them, we have a timeless mission, enduring values, and a culture of collaboration and exploration that makes it exciting to come to work every day. It's a strong foundation on which we will continue to build. Can't wait to see where we go next and look forward to continuing the journey with all of you." While it's great news for Pichai, no one is happier than desi people who have flooded social media with congratulatory messages for him.  Well, we can understand their excitement, this news brings hope to all the desi engineers.   India's most robust export product is probably the 'Global CEO.' It's now a universal perception that Indian executives are leadership material. If only there was some way of monetising these 'exports,' India would have a perpetual balance of payments surplus! ð https://t.co/y1n4EZeCaW — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 4, 2019 So @sundarpichai is now head of #Alphabet in addition to #Google. What a career. Delighted and proud. What peak is there now to climb! — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 4, 2019 From learning alphabets in Jawahar Vidyalaya to leading "#Alphabet", one of the most valued tech companies. ð

Congratulations @sundarpichai. You are an inspiration to all.

Wishing u all the best! Special mention to #LarryPage & #SergeyBrin for this gracious decision.ð #Google https://t.co/GcK9gAxJKd — #MiFan Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) December 4, 2019 Respect ð
It's @sundarpichai now to head Alphabet and Google. Humility and Passion is non replaceable qualities required in a leader. An example before us.#Google #CEO pic.twitter.com/0CwG0SPxaA — Ruthren Periyasamy IFS (@Ruthren91) December 4, 2019 Many many congratulations @sundarpichai sir for newer and bigger responsibilities. Your entire home country ð®ð³ is proud of you. You're inspiration to not millions but billions. You set the bar so high that noone else would ever be able to match that. https://t.co/mvyONekHnV — ANKUSH BANERJEE (@ankushbanerjee_) December 4, 2019 Congratulations Sundar ! Very well deserved.
Every founder dreams of a team mate like you.
Best wishes ðð¼ðð¼ — Vijay Shekhar (@vijayshekhar) December 4, 2019 #SundarPichai

Other CEOs after seeing sundar pichai becoming the CEO of #Alphabet : pic.twitter.com/z8u9LmyJSD — Jitesh Rochlani (@jiteshrochlani) December 4, 2019 Sundar Pichai's elevation is 'athi sundar'... making all Indians proud. Google founders reconfirm their trust in Sundar Pichai once again. #SundarPichai — Karthikpalghat (@Karthikpalghat1) December 4, 2019 Petition to rename #Alphabet to सà¥à¤²à¥à¤ after #SundarPichai becoming CEO. — Kirti Vardhan (@thebrokenhash) December 4, 2019 Congratulations and good luck, Sundar! You are an inspiration to many of your fellow desis ! ð — Subrahmanyam KVJ (@SuB8u) December 4, 2019 Sundar Pichai: Papa, I am now head of Alphabet.

Dad: What? You quit Google???

Sundar: But dad it's a part..

Dad: YOU QUIT a stable job to join some startup-aa? ð± — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) December 4, 2019 Sundar Pichai is the Madrasi 'Sharmaji ka ladka' — Raj S (@raj_s) December 4, 2019 Wow! #SundarPichai is now head of #Alphabet.
He was running Google. Now he is running Google ka baap. — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 4, 2019
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Varun Dhawan's 'Bull' Print Shirt Is A Style That Every Taurean Should Have In Their Wardrobe

Whether it's making a statement in athleisure or street style looks, Varun Dhawan has time and again shown us that he has a knack for working a casual outfit. That's not all. There's a whole team that's constantly working on creating looks that strike a chord with the actor's audience. Varun's style has been a reminder that it is easy to dial up the fashion quotient with styles available in our wardrobes. © Instagram/the.vainglorious Recently, for an awards ceremony where many A-listers of Bollywood were seen in classic suits, Varun, on the other hand, mastered the art of casual dressing yet again. But, what's actually worth taking notice of is his shirt which if you look closely, you would see a man riding a bull. It truly looks like it has been inspired by Taurus zodiac sign. For the ones who don't know, Varun is also a Taurean who celebrates his birthday on 24th April. This shirt matches well with his zodiac sign and we have to say this by far is the best look we have seen on him. © Viral Bhayani © Calvin Klein Getting more into the details of this dapper shirt, he is wearing Calvin Klein's Landscape Bull Shirt. This shirt shows an allover American landscape and is further styled with bull print. It features a point collar and fold-over chest pockets. With this fashion trend, you will not just rev up your everyday style but also flaunt your personality, based on the zodiac sign. © Calvin Klein The raging bull makes the silhouette and design of this shirt quite hipster-like. As for the price of this shirt quoted on Calvin Klein's website, it's available for Rs 40,000. Mind you, this is excluding all the import duties and customs you would pay for this luxury brand item. And, no, we aren't saying you necessarily should own this particular shirt but zodiac sign as a subject of fashion has a maximalist edge that can easily make your garb outlandish.  © Viral Bhayani As for the other details of his outfit, he coupled this avant-garde shirt with white pants by Six5sixstreet. The pants are definitely quite zany and honestly, blend well with his hipster lewk. Furthermore, his tan lace-up boots have a cowboy vibe to them. Must say, Varun, you are true Taurean and you dressing up like one is an inspiration for us.
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Kartik Aaryan Wearing A Hoodie With His Own Face On It Is Self-Love At Its Best

Kartik Aaryan's Pati, Patni, Aur Woh has been hitting the headlines almost every other day, and clearly, he knows how to keep the conversation up, even through his fashion choices.  Kartik just wore something to the airport which is statement clothing at its best, and is teaching us some major self-love lessons. Take a look. © Instagram/the.vainglorious © Instagram/the.vainglorious Kartik wore a grey hoodie that has an outline of his own face from his upcoming movie, replete with a moustache and the hashtag #ChintuTyagi. © Viral Bhayani Kartik has paired the statement grey hoodie with a super functional pair of blue jeans. The fact that he has chosen to wear a rusty brown overcoat (from Corneliani) shows that he really is fond of well-layered ensembles. (Props to his stylists Priyanka and Kazim from The Vainglorious for constantly keeping it cool.) © Viral Bhayani We love the fact that he has kept it classy in the footwear department by opting for a pair of good ol' black Oxfords. When it comes to accessories, we totally approve of that edgy af pair of sunnies. © Viral Bhayani Talk about being dedicated to a movie role! Kudos, Kartik.
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Virat Kohli Overtakes 'Struggling' Steve Smith, Roars Back To No. 1 Spot In ICC Test Rankings

The world of cricket has witnessed the excellence of numerous batsmen over the years. But, in the modern era of the sport, the batting charts have been thoroughly dominated by four batsmen - Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root. Labelled as the 'Big Four' of modern-day batting, the quartet has appeared to be in a class of their own. Such has been the level of competition between these four batsmen that it's almost hard to pick who's the best. But, if statistics are anything to go by, the likes of Smith and Kohli, especially in the past couple of years, have clearly left Williamson and Root behind. From scoring centuries at will, dominating ICC rankings to shattering old records, Smith and Kohli have carved their own niche in international cricket, making others look mediocre. Their consistency with the willow has not only left the pundits in disbelief, but also the fans who are truly relishing the contest between Smith and Kohli. Their batting masterclass has changed the way we perceive the gentleman's game and every time someone poses a query over the best batsman around, the answer is either Kohli or Smith. © Reuters While it is still hard to pick between the two, there is little doubt over Smith's excellence, especially in the longest version of the game, Returning to the playing field after a year-long suspension earlier this year, Smith silenced the naysayers and probably all his detractors who felt that he may have lost his touch. Hitting his lowest ebb in years, Australian cricket's darling marked a sensational return and won back his fans after clobbering 774 runs, including two hundreds, a double ton and three fifties, in the Ashes series earlier this year. His brilliant outing also propelled him to the top spot in ICC rankings for batsmen in Test cricket. But, for someone who truly made the longest format his own little playground, Smith couldn't replicate his success during the recently-concluded Test series against Pakistan. The first Test at the Gabba saw the right-hander falling prey to Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah for a mere four runs in the first innings and a brilliant bowling display by Australia denied him an opportunity to bat in the second. © Reuters In the second Test, where his teammates David Warner (335*) and Marnus Labuschagne (162) looked at their menacing best in the first innings, Smith could only manage to score 36 runs before being dismissed by Pakistani seamer Shaheeh Afridi. With Australia offering a follow-on to Pakistan, Smith was once again denied an opportunity to make amends for his mediocre batting display in the second innings. With just 40 runs to his name in the two-match series, Smith didn't just miss out on carrying his fine form, but also lost the no.1 spot in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Test cricket. Smith's loss has proved to be Kohli's gain as the Australian's nemesis has reclaimed his old spot that he had lost earlier this year. Virat Kohli back to No.1!

David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Root make significant gains in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings for batting.

Full rankings: https://t.co/AIR0KN4yY5 pic.twitter.com/AXBx6UIQkL — ICC (@ICC) December 4, 2019 The Indian captain, who has 7202 runs and 27 hundreds from 84 Tests, currently occupies the top spot with 928 points to his name. He is followed by Smith, who dropped points owing to his recent struggles in Brisbane and Adelaide, with 923 points. The list also includes New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, at the third spot, whose 51 points adrift at the top.  Kohli might have reclaimed the top spot, but the fact that he will not play any more Test matches in 2019, makes him prone to getting dethroned again. Unlike Kohli, Smith, despite losing his top spot to Kohli, will have a great opportunity to snatch the No. 1 spot back when he takes the field in the two Tests against New Zealand later this month. © Reuters While Kohli and Smith continue to upstage each other with their impeccable skills, the cricket fans should be blessed to witness their competitive edge which appears to bring out the best in two of the modern-day batting greats.
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5 Key Things That Make The New Jaguar XE One Beast Of A Car For The Indian Roads

When Jaguar announced that they would be launching the XE back in February of 2016, the car had a lukewarm reception at best. People did buy the car and Indian petrolheads did come to fall in love with the car, but it was a painfully slow process. Nevertheless, what started out as something slow, soon evolved into something much more enflamed and impassioned. © Jaguar India Therefore, earlier this year, when Jaguar finally confirmed the insurmountable speculations and rumours that the XE would be getting a facelift this year, saying that we were glad, would be an understatement. Mind you though, it was not because we, or for that anyone else felt that the design and the aesthetic of the older cars were waning - ask anyone who adds salt to his food, and he will agree that the Jaguars of yesteryears, were a thing to behold.  © Jaguar India Heck, the impact that Jaguars have had in Indian pop culture and our automotive zeitgeist, revolves on the sedan. Remember the kid who drowned his brand new BMW because that was not the car he wanted? Well, take a guess which car was he actually pinning for. © Jaguar India All this being said, we just had to get our hands on the new Jaguar XE. And having driven it (the XE-SE, to be precise) in Mumbai, we have to say, that if a car can stand out in a city with as terrible roads and traffic as Mumbai, it can ride exceptionally well in pretty much any city in India © Jaguar India Here's what happens when a sports car, comes disguises as a saloon: 1. The Ride Quality © Jaguar India The word 'sublime' does not even begin to describe the ride quality that the new Jag offers. Thanks to its light aluminium chassis, double-wishbone front suspensions and integral linked rear suspensions, its almost as if you are floating down a cloud. We will go as far as to say you don't even feel any of the smaller potholes shattering your spine and skull. That being said, the steering wheel, in spite of being an Electronic Power Assisted Steering, lets you feel more or less everything that the tyres are going through at any given moment. Truly, the best of both worlds. 2. The Acceleration © Jaguar India The acceleration figures don't seem that impressive on paper. After all, what can you expect from a 4 cylinder, 2.0-litre engine? Turns out, a lot, actually. The boffins at Jaguar, have managed to crank out 247 BHP, and 365 Nm of torque from their top of the line petrol engine. That's a performance that you can easily access and actually enjoy on Indian roads. And might we add, that the 8-speed automatic transmission and the throttle are very, very responsive. And in spite of being a turbocharged engine, we, in our testing, couldn't detect a whiff of turbo lag. 3. Segment Defining Luxury © Jaguar India There's simply no mincing words with this one, with the Jaguar XE, you get one of the best interiors to sit in and drive from at this price point. Even though the XE will seat 5 people including the driver, the true joy that this car can offer comes only to the person who is sitting at the wheel. The interiors are designed specifically focusing on him. From the wrap-around dash to extended leather trimmings, the car oozes luxury and finesse. Furthermore, the car is loaded with tech to the brim. You get a highly customisable, driver's display, both Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, and Panoramic sunroof as standard. Other things that come as standard are the Lane Keep Assist & the Driver's Condition Monitor. 4. Handling © Jaguar India In spite of its authoritative stance, the Jaguar XE handles like a dream. We did a slalom test in a reserved area and were thoroughly impressed at the manner in which it handles itself. This is where the aluminium chassis shines through and through. The brakes, the buffed up steering - everything exudes confidence. The car has been set up in such a way that no matter which one of the four driving modes you are in, you always have the confidence to throw the car into a corner, and come out of it, still grinning like a baby. 5. The Exciting New Design © Jaguar India Even at a glance, the new XE-SE manages to stand out when you compare it with its predecessor. It is far more aggressively designed, and has a longer and wider grill, has sleeker headlamps as well as taillamps, and is generously peppered with angled creases and lines. All of this results in a car that has a very commanding presence on the street. That's the mark of a classic Jaguar if you ask us. All things said and done, there are a few issues with the car. For example, the rear seating will, realistically speaking, be only able to accommodate 2 people. You wouldn't want to hire a chauffeur for this car. Also, the car, even at its highest specification, does not offer a V6 option.  And finally, Jaguar's electronics aren't exactly famed to be reliable. How will the ones in the new Jaguar XE hold up over time, is a question that we are not in a position to answer. © Jaguar India © Jaguar India Having said that, we have to factor in the fact, that at a starting price of Rs 44.98 Lacs, this Jag has a lot to offer than most of its rivals at the price point.  There are a number of first-in-the-segment features that you get with the new XE, but most importantly, what you get, is Jaguar's legacy. What you get, is the hardtop F-Pace, tailor-made for the Indian roads.
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Saif Ali Khan Wore Vibrant Candy Shorts That We Think Are Best Suited For Grocery Shopping

When it comes to loungewear shorts, the wilder the pattern, the better the pair looks. While men tend to play it safe with mainstream colours like dark blue or a brown or even more predictable with a colour like black, there are people who are open to the exciting options that exist out there. Case in point, Saif Ali Khan.  © Viral Bhayani Recently, he stepped out with Taimur in the most exciting shorts we've seen in a while. These shorts had all sorts of candies and ice creams printed on it in vibrant colour tones. Saif Ali Khan looked like he was stepping out for grocery shopping, and honestly, we think this is probably the best grocery shopping outfit that we've seen in a while. © Viral Bhayani Besides, this is the sort of pattern that men should ideally dip their toes in, just like quirky socks, quirky patterns are a great choice for a casual Sunday stay-at-home-brunch outfit. This year has been great for Saif Ali Khan as Netflix original Sacred Games' second season came out. This was followed by his film Laal Kaptaan, wherein he plays the role of a Naga Sadhu. Besides, the trailer for his film Tanhaji came out, in which he plays the role of a warrior. Just like his outfits, clearly, Saif Ali Khan has been taking up diverse roles.
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Here Are The Best Games Released For The Nintendo Switch In 2019 That Are Available in India

Thanks to first-party and third-party developer support, the Nintendo Switch has become one of the most robust Nintendo consoles ever. Sure, the console is not officially sold here in India but people can still get their hands on it via other sources. In fact, the Nintendo Switch has outsold the Xbox One in India even though Xbox has an official presence in the country.  According to the MakoReactor, Nintendo Switch's lifetime India sale numbers are believed to be above 50,000. In fact, the number could have risen a bit since the report was first published a few months ago.  This means a lot of you own the console who are probably looking for the best games to play on the console. In 2019, we saw many games launch that also made its way to India and we've handpicked some of the games that you should consider buying. It includes games from various genres: 1. Pokemon Sword and Shield  © Nintendo If you have been a fan of past titles, you will not be disappointed by this entry into the franchise It is as addicting as previous Pokemon games and comes with new dynamic environments. It as an open-world-style Wild Areas filled with wild Pokémon for you to catch and comes with new Dynamax battles. You can also do Max Raids with your friends to take on giant Pokemons and earn rewards to make your Pokemon party stronger. You can expect good 20 hours of single-player and potentially unlimited gameplay thanks to the new game modes.  2. Overwatch  © Blizzard Entertainment We still can't believe Blizzard was able to port the highly competitive hero shooter game for the Nintendo Switch. We reviewed the game when it first came out and it is by one of the best multiplayer games you can play on the console. To know more about the game, read our detailed review here. 3. Luigi's Mansion 3  © Nintendo If you ever wanted to be a Ghostbuster while also cosplaying as a Nintendo Character, this game may just be for you. This game comes with one of the most satisfying environmental puzzles in the series as you explore a labyrinth hotel that turns into a haunted mansion. It's a fun and casual adventure game with clever puzzles and an endearing story.  4. Super Mario Maker 2  © Nintendo The level-creating game that will give you literally countless levels to play is, by far, the most value for money game on our list. You can play the game cooperatively and competitively with friends; make your own levels or play on levels created by other users. There are some really cleverly and creatively designed levels that you can play and save to play offline whenever you want. Super Mario Maker 2 also comes with its own story mode with 100 levels you can clear.  5. NBA 2K20  © YouTube Not everyone is a fan of playing competitive or casual adventure games. For people who love playing sports games can also check out NBA 2K20. You can play a few basketball matches in the offline mode or compete with other people in the MyTeam mode. You can also play the MyCareer mode to play the single-player narrative experience. Visually, the game looks awesome and have realistic character models to give you the feeling as if you are watching a match on live television.  6. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt - Complete Edition © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Witcher 3 will go down as of the best RPGs of all time and the game finally made its way to the Nintendo Switch this year. However, in this version Switch, players will get all of the DLCs and the full game which can result in over 100 hours of gameplay. The game has a gripping story that will keep you at the edge of your seat and a great combat system to keep you busy in the massive world.  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate © Nintendo Technically, the game launched in early December 2018, however, it is still a great fighting game that captured audiences all through 2019. It comes with 74-characters to choose from and more than 100 stages for you to battle it out with your friends. For online multiplayer modes, the game comes with  8-player brawls to intense 1-on-1 contests that will keep you playing this game for a long time. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also the perfect party or local multiplayer game to simply have fun or be competitive at the same time.  8. Astral Chain  © Platinum Games If you are a fan of Anime-style action games then you cannot go wrong with Astral Chain. It is an adventure game set in the future where you control your character and a range of Legion companions. The fighting mechanics in this game is extremely satisfying where you will throw some crazy combos. The environment is filled with fun puzzles and has its own prog-metal soundtrack. Visually, it is the best looking game you can play on the Switch right now. 
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AAP MLA Takes 'Ask Me Anything' Requests, Gets Asked If AAP Will Legalise Cannabis

I don't know which social media you're currently addicted to, but if you're not on Reddit, better face it - you ain't really on the internet. Over the years, I've become somewhat of a 'power-user' of the website. Multiple accounts for various nefarious purposes, although one common link between all of them is one particular sub-forum (known as a subreddit or simply sub) - r/india. R/india, or Randia as it's commonly known, follows the same principles as most Indian online forums. Questions are raised, uproars are synthesised in response to the endless stream of unpleasant news stories Indian media broadcasts (mea culpa) and personal accounts of social issues. One such particular format that has been gaining traction in recent months are 'rants' - where frustrated Indians wax eloquent on lifetimes of frustration, stemming from overbearing parents, nosy neighbours, harassers and everything in between. Usually speaking, it's not a very cheerful place to be - although something interesting occurred a couple of days ago that took not just Randians by storm, but was unexpected even by the forum moderators. An actual politician reached out to r/India, requesting an 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) post. Well, something quite unusual.  The premise behind an AMA is simple - a person, usually someone famous or with insight into a particular field, verifies their identity and opens up a forum where anyone can anonymously post questions, vote on which questions they like, and discuss the answers. While it took a while for the moderators to confirm his identity, soon the floodgates were opened. Indians anonymously began to send in questions to Pankaj Pushkar - a representative of Timarpur Constituency in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, and a member of the Aam Aadmi Party. © Reddit Granted it's no Amit Shah, and after years of discussing politics anonymously, several redditors found themselves pleasantly surprised by this and began sending in questions en masse. The most popular question of all, somewhat unsurprisingly, involved the legalisation of cannabis. User rdndsouza also asked the MLA about his and his party's stances on LGBTQ+ rights. © Reddit/Notice user photoreceptic's reply, and how popular it is. Typical Randia. Another user by the name of ta12349 asked questions regarding Pushkar's party's political strategy. © Reddit/A pretty good set of questions here - particularly considering the current North Indian pollution crisis. Pushkar himself is an academician by career and as far as MLAs go, seems to represent the 'honesty and integrity' that he's repeatedly highlighted in this AMA. He even drew headlines when, back in 2015, he led a march to the residence of Delhi CM and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal - protesting against his own party on the grounds of dengue deaths and a lack of focus on caste issues. None of this is new to Reddit, of course. Both sides of the American political spectrum have held AMAs with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders to varying degrees of success, and while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has done an AMA himself, seeing this trend shift towards Indian politicians from parties across India - a traditionally out-of-touch lot, is unusual and hopefully a sign of greater access to the men and women behind the agendas that run our nation.  Coincidentally, Pushkar has, in some effect, addressed this in the past. Back during the 2015 incident, he mentioned how “the means to gain information has become almost impossible for the common man” and that "there are permanent barricades between the Ministers and the public."  That being said, Pushkar has been accused of avoiding several questions - particularly this highly-requested one pertaining to how politicians earn money. © Reddit If anything, we're hopeful that more politicians will take up this channel of communication. Several redditors asked the MLA to get his party leader on the platform. Let's see if that happens anytime soon.
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Farhan Akhtar To Make Biopic On 'India's Einstein' Vashishtha Narayan Singh & We Can't Wait

As per the recent buzz, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani are all set to produce a film based on the life of late Indian mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh under their banner Excel Entertainment.   The makers also announced that Neeraj Pathak will helm the film, who has directed film like Right Yaaa Wrong, and Bhaiaji Superhit among others.  Besides, a movie critic and business analyst Taran Adarsh also took to his Twitter account to inform the viewers about the biography. He wrote, "Biopic on #Indian mathematician Vashistha Narayan Singh announced... Directed by Neeraj Pathak... Produced by Excel Entertainment." Here's the tweet: #Update: Biopic on #Indian mathematician Vashistha Narayan Singh announced... Directed by Neeraj Pathak... Produced by Excel Entertainment. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 3, 2019 On December 3, Neeraj attended a press conference in Patna along with Singh's family members-Harishchandra Singh, Mukesh Singh, Shiv Mangal, Rakesh Singh and Mithilesh Singh where the announcement was made. #à¤à¤ #मशहà¥à¤° #फिलà¥à¤®_निरà¥à¤¦à¥à¤¶à¤ #नà¥à¤°à¤_पाठठ#भà¥à¤¯à¤¾ film #production #company#Excel_entertainment à¤à¥ बà¥à¤¨à¤° तलà¥#बड़à¥_पापा #महान_à¤à¤£à¤¿à¤¤à¤à¥à¤ #सà¥à¤µà¤°à¥à¤à¥à¤¯
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Ajay Devgn To Recreate 'Phool Aur Kaante' Stunt In 2035 With Rockets & Fans Are Going Crazy Over It

Ajay Devgn is currently gearing up for the release of his film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, the 100th film of his career. The actor has shared multiple animated videos on Instagram that show his transformation from the 90s to Tanhaji in a very unique way. Ajay wrote, “A big shout out to @stargoldofficial and my fans for the amount of love you've given to me via #DevgnOn100. It just reminds me of how lucky I am. Thank you for making this journey so memorable with your super imagination! Swipe left to see a few of my favorite ones for all my fans to enjoy.” View this post on Instagram A big shout out to @stargoldofficial and my fans for the amount of love you've given to me via #DevgnOn100. It just reminds me of how lucky I am. Thank you for making this journey so memorable with your super imagination! Swipe left to see a few of my favorite ones for all my fans to enjoy â¡ A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Dec 3, 2019 at 7:41am PST In one of the videos, you can see Ajay recreating his own stunts and each time, he is setting a benchmark. It begins with Ajay's popular stunt in his 1991 debut film, Phool Aur Kaante, which shows him standing on two moving bikes. He then went on to do similar stunts in Golmaal with two cars and with two horses in Son of Sardaar. The makers went a little ahead in terms of creative liberty as they shared that Ajay would be recreating the very same stunt with planes in 2025 and with rockets in 2035. This has made fans go crazy and they are waiting to see Ajay use space shuttles to do the scenes. Here are the reactions: The fun doesn't stop here as there are videos wherein you can see Ajay as Mario reminding his fans of the games they played in their childhood. Well, coming back to Tanhaji, Ajay Devgn plays the titular role of a Maratha warrior in the 17th century. Saif Ali Khan plays the role of Uday Bhan. The movie traces the story of Tanhaji's battle against the Mughals.  Here's the trailer:  Fans are also excited to see Ajay and Kajol together on screen after 11 long years. The movie is slated to release on January 10, 2020.
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Former Teammates AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn Meet Face To Face In A Hilarious Confrontation

South Africa's Mzansi Super League just entered the second half of the tournament and is turning out to be a lot more exciting than first thought of. Although, not as grand as the Indian Premier League (for obvious reasons) the SA tournament still has its charm.  One of the biggest reasons behind that charm is the mid-game banter and the friendly and relaxed attitude with which these games are being played, as compared to the international matches for the Proteas, especially, when it's not been the best of times for them.  During an MSL match between Cape Town Blitz and Tshwane Spartans, two of the best South African players of all time, Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers came face to face in a hilarious confrontation when the batsman smashed the ball straight towards the bowler.  © MSL Failed to pick up the ball neatly, de Villiers walked out of his crease to hand it to his former teammate and buddy, but Steyn had other plans.  With a cheeky smile on his face, Steyn collected the ball and instantly threw it at the stumps before appealing to the square-leg umpire for a run-out. The fact that de Villiers turned around to get the ball once again, laughing the whole time, shows exactly how great a chemistry the two future ICC Hall of Famers have shared over the years and years of playing together.  © Reuters Even though the Spartans were unable to chase down Blitz's mediocre 157-run total and got wrapped up on 142, they are currently placed third in the points table winning three out of seven matches while Cape Town are ranked fourth in the after losing four of their eight matches during the second edition of the MSL. 
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Ayushmann Khurrana Gives Ranveer Some Serious Competition With His 'Jadugar' Outfit

Ayushmann Khurrana is not just an impeccable actor but also someone who exudes effortless charm with snazzy outfits he wears. Be it his flappy joggers or super chunky sneakers, he is mostly seen experimenting with versatile silhouettes, courtesy his stylist Isha Bhansali. View this post on Instagram Hunter's Moon. . . @ayushmannk dressed for an interview yesterday in this blush graphic look. Wearing: Sweat-suit: @siddartha_tytler Studded sneakers: @louboutinworld @louboutinhomme . . Styling @ishabhansali Photos @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani . . #galaxy #sweatsuit #athleisure #ootd #streetwear #mensfashion #ayushmannkhurrana A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Nov 29, 2019 at 10:49pm PST There are many B-town celebrities who are OTT with their sartorial sensibilities. One name that legit defines it has to be Ranveer Singh. This actor has left no stone unturned when it comes to making a statement in outlandish outfits.  But, this time around, it looks like Ayushmann dethroned Ranveer and stepped out in an outfit that can instantly take away all the attention from Ranveer's OTT looks. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Oct 19, 2019 at 4:10am PDT   View this post on Instagram @moschino @carrera @franckmuller_geneve A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Sep 18, 2019 at 1:28pm PDT Ayushmann wore a full white outfit with a long cape for an award ceremony makes him look like a Jadugar. For a red carpet or awards ceremony, we usually see Bollywood stars in classy tuxedos. Ayushmann rather took an unconventional route and took his look a notch higher in such an experiential outfit. © Viral Bhayani  © Viral Bhayani  AK stood out in designer Gaurav Gupta's ensemble. This monochrome look is dandy, elegant and avant-garde. While we have seen Ranveer wearing out-of-the-box silhouettes, Ayushmann, on the other hand, turned heads in this look which by far is the best we would say. © Viral Bhayani As for his other details in the outfit, the white sneakers by Dior dovetail well with his entire dapper look. Add to that, his opaque sunglasses scored him more brownie points. It's an ideal portrayal of a Jadugar and now, we are just waiting for Ayushmann to show us some magic tricks. Keep up the game!
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