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Man Says Change Spelling Of Covid-19 To End Pandemic & People Can’t Stop Laughing

In another episode of this happens only in India, a man has found a solution to get rid of the virus while the world is fighting with Coronavirus and the governments are finding it extremely hard to provide aid to its population. This man has a solution!  Yes, you read that right! According to the man who is from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, the pandemic will end if we start writing Corona as Caronaa and Covid-19 as Covviyd-19. The advertisement was shared by a Twitter user and is the most bizarre thing you’ve ever read. The Twitter user posted the advertisement along with a caption saying, "The world has spent trillions fighting Covid, whereas the solution is right here." Check out the video here- The world has spent trillions fighting Covid, whereas the solution is right here. pic.twitter.com/yZAUsU5iJy — Imtiaz Mahmood (@ImtiazMadmood) May 8, 2021 The advertisement read as, "If you use the changed spelling of CARONAA and COVVIYD-19 by affixing the same to either door or in public places or by tying the banner in all public places, CARONAA will be disappeared from not only from Ananthapuram dist. but also from the world. This is a guarantee as it is divine power as per NUMEROLOGY.” According to SV Annandd Rao, the ad suggests that if the changes in the spellings are made immediately, then the whole world will get rid of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what people have to say about it- Main soch raha tha aap isse pucho aapke naam ke kuch letters idhar udhar karne se ya kuch jorne se next america ka rashtrapti ban jao ... — Vision (@Vision73371943) May 8, 2021 Have you heard about summaiya tara if not then please let me know will send the video to you — Prashant Thapliyal (@subtractzero) May 8, 2021 why don't u allow people to try — Ramanarao 🤝🦋( రమణారావు) (@GVRAMANARAO1) May 8, 2021 Haha ...from where u get such samples — ashok razdan (@ashok099) May 8, 2021 helplessness and imagination . I like it . — kafkaesque (@greenery8h) May 8, 2021 At worst it has a placebo effect, no? — भारत के ७५ प्रांत (@hodlvolk) May 8, 2021 The ad has been doing the rounds on social media and while countries around the world have been trying to put all their resources towards vaccinating citizens and fighting the virus, this man thinks a change of spelling can do it. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Sonu Nigam Lashes Out On People Mocking Him For Not Wearing A Mask, Responds In 'Language They Deserve'

Ever since India was hit by the second wave of Covid-19, people have been petrified by the way the virus is spreading. The whole scenario has instilled a lot of fear in everyone. Hence, these days when people see someone not wearing a mask, they instantly seem to react to it. In the recent turn of events, singer Sonu Nigam who was seen donating blood became a part of a new controversy. © Instagram/Sonu Nigam View this post on Instagram While he stepped out for a good deed and was seen donating blood, turns out he was slammed for removing his mask. He took to Facebook to share the video. People noticed that he wasn't wearing his mask, while he was laying on the bed. This made the users quite furious as the only way to keep yourself and others safe amid such crucial times, is by wearing a mask. © Facebook/Sonu Nigam One user commented “He still doesn’t get it after so many people dying from corona wear your mask sonu,” while another one wrote “You are donating blood, good, that doesn't mean you have to open your mask and get clicked. Your face will not change with mask. It might disappear without mask." Many users came forward and were livid at this act. But some commenters also spoke in support of the singer. © Facebook/Sonu Nigam So finally, after reading all the criticising responses on his post, Sonu gave a befitting reply to everyone and commented "For the Einstiens here, let me answer you in the language you deserve. Saale gadhon, ullu ke patthon, one is not allowed to wear a mask while donating blood. Kitna giroge saale leftists?"
© Facebook/Sonu Nigam Apart from this, Sonu had recently inaugurated a blood donation campaign as well where he urged the people to donate blood as he believes there will be a major blood crisis amid such difficult times. Sonu mentioned "There is going to be a severe crisis in blood-banks. People who haven't been vaccinated till now need to step forward and donate blood. The situation, which could turn serious in the coming time, can easily be controlled with blood donation." He also donated 250 oxygen canisters.
View this post on Instagram Sonu is also going to provide financial aid for oxygen supplies in a virtual event on Monday. He wrote in his post “India is living its worst nightmare, and every day it breaks my heart to see people struggle for Oxygen. Come forward and join hands with @missionoxygenindia and help raise funds to meet the demand for oxygen in India. Reserve your Monday evening, 7 pm for #HopeForO2 a fundraising event on the official website of missionoxygenindia, and become an active participant in curbing the crisis of shortage of oxygen.”  
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Only True Cinephiles Can ID 7 Or More Of These Period Dramas From The Character’s Beard & Hair

Barring a few instances, movies based in a historical context, or period movies, have always piqued the interest of cine-goers in India. Numbers-wise as well, they have been some of the biggest money-making machines at the Box-Office.  
With that being said, it is actually very hard for Indian cinephiles, especially those who enjoy Hindi movies, to remember some of the vivid details from all of them. Details such as beards and hairstyles that the characters had. Or is it? We think that only true and hardcore fans of Indian Period Cinemas can correctly identify all 10 of these movies.
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Punjab CM Donates 2 Lakhs To 10-YO Boy Selling Socks On Streets & It’s Awesome

Recently, a video of a 10-year-old kid selling socks on the streets of Ludhiana has gone viral on social media which is extremely heartbreaking. The little boy was trying to support his family.
Not only this, the little boy refused to take the extra Rs50 offered to him by a man who also shot a video while buying socks. However, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh happened to see the video and reached out to him via a video call. The little boy, Vansh Singh revealed that he had discontinued school to support his family. Vansh’s father also sells socks and his mother is a homemaker. The boy also has three sisters and an elder brother. Check out the video here- Spoke on phone to young Vansh Singh, aged 10, a Class II dropout who’s video I saw selling socks at traffic crossing in Ludhiana. Have asked the DC to ensure he rejoins his school. Also announced an immediate financial assistance of Rs 2 lakhs to his family. pic.twitter.com/pnTdnftCDo — Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 8, 2021 The video made everyone extremely emotional and the CM urged the little boy to rejoin his class and announced that he’d be admitted to his school again by the district administration. He also offered complete financial support for the little boy’s education. He went onto announce an additional Rs 2 lakh in instant assistance for his family who lives as tenants in Haibowal, Ludhiana. Here’s what people on the internet have to say about this- Thank you please help everyone in punjab . There are thousands of young kid like him. We expect from you — sagarpreet Singh (@sagarpr87293851) May 8, 2021Thank you Sir

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Best wishes and regards — Colonel Rohit Dev (RDX) 🇮🇳 (@RDXThinksThat) May 8, 2021Wow — Nidhi Taneja (India TV) (@nidhiindiatv) May 8, 2021Great initiative — Er. Manoj Mandal (@ManojKmandal11) May 8, 2021Well done Sir ! — Manjot Singh Bindra (@BindraManjot) May 8, 2021The pandemic has left many households in bad shape financially. The repeated lockdowns have made people jobless and many families have fallen into hard times. This has resulted in people doing jobs that they never did in the first place. India is also witnessing around 4000 deaths every day and the frontline workers are doing their best to contain the virus. Also, there is an extreme shortage of oxygen and basic medicines that resulted in the COVID crisis. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
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AirTag Jailbroken For The First Time And It Could Be Used For Phishing Attacks By Hackers

The Apple AirTag has already been hacked by security researchers even though it launched almost ten days ago. We’ve already seen people trying to drill holes into the tracker to avoid buying accessories, however, now something more serious has been discovered. A security researcher was able to hack the accessory and modify its NFC URL for lost mode.  © onur-binay-unsplash According to 8Bit, a German security researcher Stack Smashing tweeted that he was able to “break into the microcontroller of the AirTag” and modified elements of the item tracker software.
“A microcontroller is an integrated circuit (IC) used for controlling devices usually via a microprocessing unit, memory, and other peripherals." According to AllAboutCircuits, “these devices are optimized for embedded applications that require both processing functionality and agile, responsive interaction with digital, analog, or electromechanical components.” The security researcher managed to jailbreak the AirTag and had the ability to decide what the device wanted to do. In the video, the security researcher modified its NFC URL and compared it to a normal AirTag to show how it works. The regular ArTag opens the FindMy website, however the modified tracker could open any URL, which could be used for phishing attacks and other nefarious purposes.  © Twitter_Ghidraninja It is still unknown whether Apple will be able to fix this problem or implement a server-side blocking mechanism to prevent the AirTag from sending targeted users to custom URLs or prevent modified AirTags from accessing the Find My Network. If you’re wondering how it works, check out the video below that shows the comparison between the two AirTags. 
Built a quick demo: AirTag with modified NFC URL

(Cables only used for power) pic.twitter.com/DrMIK49Tu0 — stacksmashing (@ghidraninja) May 8, 2021 Source: 8Bit
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5 Performances Of Arshad Warsi That Prove He Is An Extremely Underrated Actor

Arshad Warsi has been in Bollywood for over twenty-four years now and he made his debut in the year 1996 with the film Tere Mere Sapne. Since then, he has given us some great performances. However, he has been the victim of typecast roles and has got only the same comedy roles over and over again.  Arshad Warsi can pull off serious and intense roles and he has time and again proved that he is a great actor. He is one of the hidden gems of Bollywood and his journey in the industry has been remarkable.  So, here is a list of the most remarkable roles played by him- Circuit in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. This film went on to become a cult comedy and was also very well-received by the audience. Arshad Warsi played the role of Circuit in the film who was Sanjay Dutt’s right hand and we all know that he was hilarious. His character is still loved by the audience and in fact, his dressing style in the film also became extremely popular.  Jolly in Jolly LLB In this film, he plays the role of a corrupt lawyer who makes an effort to change his ways. This film was well-received by the audience and was also a very different perspective to run-of-the-mill storylines.  Lucky in Hulchul This film didn’t do well at the box office but it was still hilarious and most of us have watched this film for passing our time. Sure, the script was pathetic and didn’t make any sense but the comic timing of almost every character in the film was on-point.  Arshad Warsi played the role of the main lead's best friend but he managed to catch the eye of the audience. Dhananjay Rajput in Asur This was for sure one of the best performances of his career. And also this was Arshad’s first-ever web series. He played the role of a CBI officer and he stunned us all with his extraordinary performance.  Babban in Ishqiya In this film, Arshad played the role of a criminal alongside Naseeruddin Shah. The film was a black comedy and was an extremely experimental role for Arshad and also he was loved by his fans in this particular role.  What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below! 
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5 Times Indian Celebs Engaged In Verbal Spats On Live Shows & Raised Eyebrows

From award ceremonies to Bollywood chat shows hosted by celebs, there’s a lot of glamour that comes along with the industry but at times, on such shows, some actors end up getting in trouble for rubbing other stars the wrong way. 
We all know that somewhere these award ceremonies and chat shows might be scripted but sometimes, it so happens that the celebs do lose their cool. Here are 5 incidents that have happened in the past where celebs have engaged in verbal banters: 1. Neil Nitin Mukesh Gives It Back To Shah Rukh Khan & Saif Ali KhanIn one of the Filmfare award shows, Neil Nitin Mukesh lost his cool and we also might have been offended if we were in his position.  Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan cracked a joke focusing on Neil's name and the actor gave it right back. In the video, he can be heard saying, “That is an insult for me actually. It’s not right that... I think you haven’t seen my father sitting out here also. I think it is ridiculous on both of you all to ask a question like this. I personally find this an insult. I think you guys just need to shut up.” 2. Salman Khan, Arijit Singh & Mithoon’s Show DownerThis verbal spat did give fodder to many gossipmongers. When Salman was hosting the Star Guild Awards back then, Arijit Singh won an award for his track Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2.  Salman mocked him for sleeping during the award show and Arijit gave it back by saying, “Aap logon ne sula diya yaar.” It did affect Salman who made fun of the song saying that such songs are meant to make people sleep.  In the same show, Singer-Composer Mithoon won an award for his composition for the same track and when he was giving his acceptance speech, the Bodyguard actor interrupted him and pointed out a piece of paper that was stuck to the composer’s backside.  Salman also went on to say that his singer was sleeping and to this, Mithoon responded to the actor that it was bound to happen as the evening is dull due to Khan’s long speeches. Mithoon’s response didn’t go down well with the superstar who replied saying, “Chal jaa. Nikal yahan se” to which the composer said, “Sir, main aap se nahin darta.”  An eyewitness told TOI, “Salman’s prank backfired totally. He looked very flustered. This was the last thing he expected. Nobody challenges Salman Khan like that in public. Seeing that the situation was snowballing into an ugly incident, Salman went up to Mithoon and hugged him lightly.”  3. Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Verbal War With Sajid KhanIn 2009, Sajid Khan was the host of an award show. During the awards night, he made fun of Harman Baweja's acting skills which triggered Ashutosh Gowariker.  Back then, Ashutosh was working with Harman Baweja in What's Your Rashee? When Ashutosh was called on stage to receive an award for Best Film for Jodhaa Akbar, he couldn't help but lash out at Sajid for his remarks.  Ashutosh Gowariker said, "I don't like one thing that film industry is made fun of at such award nights. I feel it ridicules the award itself. On the one side, I am feeling very happy that I received an award for the best film. But I don't think the demeanour of the award night has been at a good standard. No offence Sajid and Farah [Khan]. Personal remarks can also be made by me. Fun can be made even by me."  4. Kamal R Khan’s Heated Argument With Ali Asgar & Suresh MenonDuring the Zee Gold Awards, host Ali Asgar and Suresh Menon handed the Lifetime Achievement Balti Award to KRK. This irked the actor as he took it and threw it on the floor.  Before throwing it on the floor, he lashed out at the hosts saying he was not a TV actor and these awards were meant for those who acted in TV serials.  Kamal Khan gave a tongue-lashing to the show hosts saying they were "Do Rupaye ke Joker". After the heated argument, he walked away from the ceremony.  In a telephonic interview from Dubai to India TV, Kamal Khan said, “This was sheer foolishness. I threw away the Golden Balti, but I did not insult anybody.” 5. Ritesh Deshmukh’s Verbal War With Sajid KhanRiteish Deshmukh and Sajid Khan have been friends for a long time but in one of the director’s shows that he hosted, he ended up upsetting the actor.  Sajid took a dig at the actor’s sexual orientation and Ritesh simply walked out of the show. When Sajid asked Riteish if he was gay, the livid actor said, “What sort of a question is that Sajid? First, you call me for your chat show, and then ask me such stuff,” said Riteish. What do you have to say about it? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Abhilash Thapliyal AKA ‘SK Sir’ From ‘Aspirants’ Opens Up About His Take On Fashion & Style

Without a doubt, one of the key highlights of 2021 will be the series Aspirants.  Whether cracking the UPSC exams has ever been your aspiration or not, the show is mesmerisingly relatable. Its characters are very finely etched, and the actors, great performers.  Without a doubt, it is one of the best web series we have had this year. © Abhilash Thapliyal One such performer is Abhilash Thapliyal, who plays the character of SK, one of the central characters for the series. You might also remember him as the guy from the “MufflerMan” series.
© Abhilash Thapliyal Apart from being a highly talented actor, he’s also a well-known radio jockey, who has hosted some of the most highly awarded & popular radio programmes that we have in India.
What you wouldn’t know is that the man has a great sense of style. We caught up with the man and had a chat, about what fashion entails for him, and what does style mean to him.  Edited excerpts:Tell us about your journey, how did you start as a content creator? I started as a radio jockey, and you always have these constraints in your traditional media platforms.  When it comes to social media, you can do a lot of political commentaries, and that is something that excites me, to create intelligent humour. Social media has that kind of an audience.  Depending on the kind of content you create, you will always find your kind of audience. That’s how MufflerMan and all the other characters I have played, started.  © Abhilash Thapliyal There’s this perception that men do not need to be fashion-conscious and that only a few men have an intrinsic style that they are born with and need to stick with. Do you agree?
This is a major gender bias that we need to deal with.  This perception is completely incorrect, and as far as being intrinsically stylish or fashionable, that has got nothing to do with men particularly, it is the case with women as well.  Whether or not you’re fashionable, has got nothing to do with your gender. This is a perception that needs to be broken. © Abhilash Thapliyal What are some sartorial staples that every guy should have in their closet?
I can’t pass a generic statement on that, but for me, shirts and T-shirts in black, and white, and some blue denims, are must-haves. How would you define your personal style statement? Until recently, I was very confused about my style statement. I did a photoshoot, challenging the objectification of women, as in reversing the objectification.  That’s when I realised that comfort has to be the priority, at least for me. Before that, I was very conscious of wearing T-shirts or sleeveless stuff, but I have accepted myself the way I am.  For me, comfort will always be the priority. © Abhilash Thapliyal Who is that one style icon that you always look up to? Why? 
I don’t have icons in mind, for anything, be it performances, acting, or style. I do, however, appreciate anyone and everyone, who’s comfortable in their own skin. What do you prefer to wear on a date? My wife and I do go on dates, but she picks my outfits, as well as the menu, so this is a question to my wife, and not me. What is that one fashion trend that you don't understand or are unable to relate to? I have been very open to ideas and thoughts in general, and the same is the case with fashion.  And because you’re open to things and open to experiments, it becomes easy to digest trends that people think are weird. That way, you’re non-judgemental to fashion and ideas. Who is that one historical figure that you'd love to dress up as? I would love to dress up as Jawaharlal Nehru. Even now, his sense of style remains very contemporary.  At the same time, I will say that I also loved the confidence with which Mahatma Gandhi carried his dhoti & lathi. It had a lot of swag. He owned it completely.  Combining Gandhiji’s Confidence with Nehurji’s style would be a lethal combination. © Abhilash Thapliyal What has been the best fashion advice that you've received to date?
This is something that at times, most of us forget. You need to be comfortable being in your skin, while trying to create a statement for yourself, especially in the entertainment industry. What advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career as an influencer and content creator? There are certain filters that you need to keep in mind, always. Relatability is one.  At times you start creating a distance between yourself and your audience and start getting into spaces that are very impractical. So your ideas, thoughts and styles need to practical, relatable, and viable. What do you think of men using cosmetics? I don’t understand, why do we even need to ask these question in today’s time? We are living in a free world, and we have the freedom to choose whatever we want, whatever we wear, what we want to eat.  Whether someone wants to use cosmetics or not is a very personal choice, regardless of the gender, the person belongs to. © Abhilash Thapliyal Do you have a dedicated skincare routine? Tell us about it?
My skincare routine is very random. At times, I abide by whatever advice I get, for a couple of weeks, then I forget about them completely.  I often ignore how my skin looks and feels, whether they’re properly hydrated or not. I want to be a bit disciplined about skincare. One historical era that you find extremely fashionable?  Bollywood in the 1990s. We laugh at it right now but just look at the confidence with which people would wear those prints, shades and styles. One celebrity who can teach everyone else a lesson or two on how to pull off the Indian aesthetic elegantly, when it comes to menswear. I think it has to be Saqib Saleem. He carries himself with great poise and confidence. He is a guy to watch out for. © Abhilash Thapliyal Your favourite style icon from Bollywood that you would like to collaborate with, for a video?
For style, it will have to be Arjun Rampal, simply because of the way he carries himself. He can be wearing the most basic jeans, and a T-shirt, and yet, look extremely stylish. One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe, and why. A white Kurta. You can pair it with anything - pyjamas, denims, even trousers. Do you prefer - Tailored suits or ready to wear suits? I am a thin chap, so tailored suits. © Abhilash Thapliyal Sneakers or Boots?
I tend to go for things that are comfortable, so it has to be sneakers. Traditional ethnic wear, or something contemporary? Both, but if absolutely I have to choose something, I would go for something contemporary. Multicoloured Prints or Monochrome? Monochrome, for they work better for me. As much as people like to bash social media, there’s no denying the fact that a large chunk of our lives is being shaped by it. What better way to really gauge this phenomenon by the rise of influencers over platforms like YouTube and Instagram? Indeed, the world has become one small ‘gram’. As a series ‘Influencing The ’Gram’ seeks to explore how social media influencers changed the way we think of fashion over the decade, and how for most of them, even though they consider themselves to be ardent renegades, fashion and style contribute immensely to their online personas.
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Hindustani Bhau Tricks Cops By Using An Ambulance & The Reason Is Making People Furious

We all know who Hindustani Bhau is. He is a popular YouTuber, who goes by the name Vikas Jayaram Fhatak. He became infamous for posting abusive videos, which have often led to a meme fest several times.  His controversial content has also led him to be embroiled in several disputes.  The Shivaji Park police arrested the YouTuber on Saturday, as he was seen violating Covid-19 rules in Mumbai.  At the moment, Mumbai is under complete lockdown and movement is allowed strictly for emergencies only.  © Instagram/Vikas Fhatak_FC pic.twitter.com/OHATv0HhkB — Hindustani Bhau (@RealKingbhau) May 7, 2021 However, on Twitter, many people were actually seen supporting Bhau for this act. Thank you bhau God always bless you with lots of love smile happiness and health thank you so much bhau on the behalf of all the students friends drop a heartcomment section for thanking bhau #cancel12thboardexams2021 — avi (@avika_18) May 7, 2021TNX soooo much sir u are a very kind person 🥰🥰, understands our feelings.

Everyone pls be unite and support.#cancel12thboardexams2021 #CancelAllBoardExams — Umair Shaikh (@UmairSh39243204) May 7, 2021@RealKingbhau plzz sir help us mai student hu or covid positive hu mai pdhayi nhi kr pa rha sir aapke iss protest se sach m himmt aa rahi h ki aap cancel krwaoge hi exam plzz sir fight for us...love uu sir — Maharana Pratap (@Maharan27050890) May 7, 2021The Bigg Boss TV show star, took to Twitter and had decided to protest at Shivaji Park on Saturday, asking the government to cancel exams for students.  To make sure that he isn't caught, he arrived at the spot in an ambulance. He hoodwinked the police by this act and then staged a protest in the park, said the police. View this post on Instagram Since the ambulance service is a part of the emergency, it wasn't stopped at any checkpoint. But, later after getting the information that it was Hindustani Bhau, who had arranged a protest rather, he was arrested. © Instagram/Viral Bhayani © Instagram/Viral Bhayani An FIR has been registered against Fhatak under sector 188 and section 269 of the IPC. According to reports, he is also being charged for section 51 (B) of the Disaster Management Act of Maharashtra COVID-19 Regulations, 2020.
Pranaya Ashok, DCP zone 5 mentioned in an interview "Yes. It’s a gross publicity stunt with misuse of a vital medical facility. He has been arrested and an FIR registered.” Here's how people reacted to the whole incident: gross publicity stunt with misuse of a vital medical facility

The Indian Express: Mumbai: ‘Hindustani bhau’ uses ambulance to travel during curfew, arrested.https://t.co/kb4UHa7FAC

via @GoogleNews — Dev, King of Gods (@dev_12782) May 9, 2021This Hindustani Bhau fellow should be arrested for obscenities and threats. @MumbaiPolice @MahaCyber1 please check his Facebook account and you will know what vile fellow he is. — veena bakshi (@vibione) May 9, 2021Some students are also seen supporting him: Hindustani bhau decided to do dharna on behalf of students, board exams cancellation and fee cancellation but he got arrested for this just how the officials are gonna ignore the voice of students. #Ourdemandsshouldbeheard #DONTIGNORE12THSTUDENTS — Ayush Ghosh (@AyushGh20064262) May 9, 2021Yesterday Hindustani Bhau arrested because he was demanding for the cancellation of 12th Board Exams,i don’t know how government can take exams in this life taking pandemic,why don’t they understand ?

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#SAVESTUDENTS #cancel12thboardexams2021 pic.twitter.com/97VtXoTCU7 — Vishwajeet Pathak (@24VishwaIndia) May 9, 2021Where is the democracy ?????? He is not done any crime he is only standing for students so why he has been arrested ?? #hindustanibhau #cancel12thboardexams2021 #cancel12thboardexams2021 #CANCEL12THBOARDEXAM2021 #STUDENTSLIVESMATTERS — Shiv--G (@Crazyshiv2) May 9, 2021Let's trend this on twitter#supporthindustanibhau
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"Hindustani bhau was protesting against the exam conduction and GOT ARRESTED BY MUMBAI POLICE"
Aaj ye insaan hamare liye jail chala gaya#cancel12thboardexmas2021#CancelAllExams pic.twitter.com/4M6lKc8gP6 — Om (@Om32374911) May 9, 2021
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‘Inexcusable’: Top US Medical Body Criticizes PM Modi’s Actions During Second COVID Wave

A hard-hitting editorial published in the US medical journal The Lancet said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “actions in attempting to stifle criticism and open discussion during the crisis are inexcusable.” © Reuters The publication also criticised India’s vaccination programme saying that the message that COVID-19 was essentially over caused the slow down of the vaccination campaign. 
The Lancet also called the policy "botched" and "falling apart” at the central level. The journal also noted that the Government shifted course without even discussing the change in policy with states.  The journal says that India must restructure its response to the rise and success of that effort depends on the government owning up to its mistakes. The journal called for responsible leadership and transparency, and “implementing a public health response that has science at its heart.” Source: The Lancet
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‘Nothing Happened’, David Warner & Michael Slater Water Down Rumours Of Bar Fight In Maldives

With the Indian Premier League now suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, most of the overseas players have successfully returned to their respective countries. However, the Australian contingent of cricketers, coaching staff members and commentators who flew in for the tournament are still in transit after their government banned them from taking a flight back home within 14 days of living in India. Cricket Australia CEO: been working with BCCI/IPL to repatriate plyrs, suppt staff, umpires, commentators "as quickly and safely as possible" out of India.

Range of options: Maldives or Sri Lanka — Peter Lalor (@plalor) May 5, 2021 As a result, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to make arrangements for their temporary stay in the Maldives,  where they would spend the mandatory 14-day period before they can go back home. It has not been more than a week since the Aussie contingent made it to the island-nation and rumours of a physical exchange between the recently-revoked SunRisers Hyderabad captain, David Warner and commentator Michael Slater are already making headlines. First reported by The Daily Telegraph the incident was rumoured to take place inside the Taj Coral Resort in the Maldives where the pair are staying. if davey warner punches michael slater in an empty bar does it make a sound? — holte end holdings (@charmada) May 8, 2021 Both sides were extremely quick to play down the reports, however. Slater, a former Australian opener, had reportedly sent a text message to senior journalist Phil Rothfield quashing the rumour. "There is absolutely nothing to the rumour mill Buzz. Davie and I are great mates and absolutely zero chance of (having) a fight," foxsports.com.au quoted Slater as saying in a text message. On the other hand, one of the top batsmen of the current Australian roster, Warner also said something similar.  "There has been no drama," he said. "I don't know where you get these things from. Unless you were here and have got concrete evidence you can't write anything. Nothing happened," Warner added. Michael Slater said him and David Warner are great mates and there's absolutely zero chance of having a fight. — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 9, 2021 Both Slater and Warner were in news in the final hours before the 14th edition of the IPL was suspended. Slater, who had already moved to the Maldives at his own expense a few days before the entire roster flew there, was constantly firing jabs at his Prime Minister Scott Morrison for taking away their right to go back home. The SRH franchise’s decision to take away Warner’s captaincy and drop him from the Playing XI ahead of their match against the Rajasthan Royals, had millions of Indians, both Indian and international, come together and support him as a player and a leader.
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China’s Uncontrollable Rocket Crashes Very Close To Maldives & NASA Called It Highly Irresponsible

The out-of-control Chinese rocket that was tumbling to earth finally crashed landed in the Indian Ocean today.   Most of its components were destroyed upon re-entry into this atmosphere, however, it was still a very irresponsible mission by China’s space agency.  © CCTV Debris from Long March 5B now lies west of the Maldives archipelago, according to the coordinates of the point of impact. 
Space-Track, space monitory agency also confirmed that the rocket has indeed crash-landed. "Everyone else following the #LongMarch5B re-entry can relax. The rocket is down. You can see all relevant information and updates here on Twitter/Facebook, so there is no need to keep visiting the space-track dot org website," posted Space-Track on Twitter. © VisitMaldives The odds of the rocket hitting populated areas was quite low as most of Earth’s surface is covered by water. However, due to the uncertainty of the rocket’s orbital decay and China’s failure to issue stronger reassurances, some researchers called the mission highly irresponsible.
The Long March 5B rocket weighs about 21 metric tons and is 100 feet long which would make it one of the largest objects to ever reenter the Earth’s atmosphere.  NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson released the following statement Saturday regarding debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket: “Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations. “It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris. “It is critical that China and all spacefaring nations and commercial entities act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.” A controlled re-entry would require the rocket to fire thrusters in the opposite direction of travel which would, in turn, slow down the object.  It would be enough to have the rocket follow a predetermined trajectory and land in a remote area or ocean. This reduces the chances of debris impacting populated areas.  It’s clear, Chinese officials did not make necessary preparations for a controlled reentry of the Long March 5B rocket. 
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For The Very First Time, Everyone Can Watch & Listen To NASA’s Ingenuity Drone Flying On Mars

NASA has shared a video that not only contains the video of the Ingenuity drone flying above Mars but is also contains audio. 
This will be the first time everyone will be able to hear the sounds of the zipping drone through the martian air. In fact, it is the first time a spacecraft on another planet has recorded sounds from another spacecraft.  © NASA_JPL-Caltech_ASU_MSSS The Perseverance rover which carried the drone to Mars was also nearby and managed to capture video of each of the helicopter’s four flights. 
But for the fourth flight, the microphone on the Perseverance rover was on and it captured the ghostly hum from 262 feet away.  © NASA_JPL-Caltech_ASU_MSSS If you want to hear it for yourself you will have to turn up the volume to hear it clearly. The most dominant sounds in the video are the rumble of the wind which is blowing across the open plain. 
You can hear the helicopter if you pay close attention. The loudest sound of the Ingenuity can be heard when it flies across the camera’s field of view.  "This is a very good surprise," David Mimoun, the science lead for the Perseverance rover's microphone, said in a press release. "We had carried out tests and simulations that told us the microphone would barely pick up the sounds of the helicopter, as the Mars atmosphere damps the sound propagation strongly. We have been lucky to register the helicopter at such a distance. This recording will be a gold mine for our understanding of the Martian atmosphere.” © NASA_JPL-Caltech_ASU_MSSS In order for the sound to be heard, scientists had to isolate the sound of the rotor blades by reducing the volume of frequencies above and below the noise of the drone. 
The Ingenuity's rotor blades spin at 2,500 rotations per minute in order to take flight in the thin Martian air. That is five times the speed of a passenger helicopter on earth.  Ingenuity flew 16 feet off the ground and flew south for about 436 feet. The drone captured images of the Martian surface along the way. The drone then stopped, hovered and flew back to its landing area. The drone reached a speed of 3.5 meters per second, a new record for the Ingenuity.  Both the Perseverance and Ingenuity are making history as both spacecraft are responsible for many firsts.  In addition to capturing sound from another spacecraft nearby, the Ingenuity is also the first drone to make a controlled flight on another planet.   Source: NASA
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Here’s Why The Award-Winning Korean Hit Movie ‘Minari’ Needs To Be On Your Must-Watch List

After receiving love and appreciation across the globe, Minari- the Korean movie that swept the globe in 2021 is all set to capture the Indian audiences on 11th of May on Prime Video. © A24 Here are 5 reasons why Minari needs to be on your must-watch list:
It Collected Every Major Award © A24 A favourite of the 2021 award season, Minari was enlisted for 6 Academy Award nominations including a nomination for Best Picture as well as 6 BAFTA awards and garnered a Golden Globe for the best Motion Picture category.
Youn Yuh-jung won the Oscar and the BAFTA for the Best Supporting Actress. A Relatable Plot About Hardwork, Passions & Dreams  © A24 A tender and sweeping story about home is where the heart is, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in the United States from South Korea, in search of their own American Dream.
Named after a Korean herb, Minari is a tender, funny, evocative ode to how one generation of a family risks everything to plant the dreams of the next and how they hope they can make their dreams come true in a strange land.  © A24 While in its basic outlines Minari might seem to be a story we know—a tale of immigrants making a go at their own vision of the American Dream—director Lee Isaac Chung brings a fresh and illuminating take.
Within the film’s at playful, powerful and candidly detailed family remembrances comes a larger story: the impact of the journey on a new generation of migrants.   © A24 Minari first came into focus for Lee Isaac Chung when it hit  him just how much he yearned to tell his young daughter about where he came from, what it took for his parents to  come to America, and what family—in all its messiness but  also its mysterious grace notes—means to him. 
Starring Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim amongst other, you can stream Minari on Prime Video from May 11 onwards.
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5 Hit Malayalam Movies With Original Storylines That Teach Bollywood How To Not Rely On Remakes

If you are someone who has grown up watching Bollywood movies, you might have realized that it’s time that the industry branches out more, at least in terms of originality. 
A lot of Bollywood filmmakers have been sticking to the done-to-death formula of making remakes and it feels like the creativity has completely drained, which is why we want the industry to learn from other regional cinemas that have been creating original pieces which are simply amazing. © RD Illuminations Well, it’s time to put Bollywood on the backburner for a bit and venture into Malayalam cinema as they have released some movies in 2021 that people have fallen in love with. 
People have been talking about these movies and have been appreciating the content they are bringing to the table: 1. Joji © Prime Video The movie has been garnering praises from every nook and corner. Cinema lovers have been amazed by the plot of the movie and have been appreciative of the fact that the makers weaved the storyline with what’s happening around in the country. 
The film is inspired by Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth, but the makers made sure that it had an original story attached to it.  Fahadh Faasi’s power-packed performance has also become the talking point and people have been raving about it.  “The film’s narrative is not a direct adaptation of Macbeth. We were deeply inspired by it and we were trying to set something inspired by Macbeth in today’s scenario,” Faasil told PTI in a Zoom interview from Kochi.  2. Irul © Netflix The film received a mixed response as few people loved it while others labelled it as a damp squib. 
Well, the movie sure gets bonus points for its original concept. “A dark rainy night, an empty house, a stranded couple, and an unknown man. A sleek game of the cat and the mouse starts playing on, as the three of them find a dead body in the basement,” read the Netflix synopsis of the movie.  Fahadh Faasil stunned everyone with his performance in this movie too. Besides Fahadh Faasil, Soubin Shahir and Darshana Rajendran have played important roles in the film. 3. The Great Indian Kitchen © Mankind Cinemas If you have seen the movie, you would agree that it’s a brilliant attempt at smashing the patriarchy. It’s also one of the most loved and critically-acclaimed films this year. 
The movie has been praised for exploring the dehumanizing nature of patriarchy and how it chains Indian women to the kitchen.  “Through this film, I want to convey that women need freedom in the house as well as outside,” director Jeo Baby had told PTI at the time of the film’s release.  The movie also highlighted the stigma associated with menstruation. If you go by IMDB ratings, the movie has 8.3 ratings. 4. Vellam © Central Pictures. This is also one of the recommendations that people have been giving on social media and have been appreciating the plot. 
The movie explores the story of Jayasurya who plays the role of an alcoholic and how his habit turns out troublesome not only for him but his family.     Some on social media even claimed the movie should be nominated for the National Award. 5. The Priest © RD Illuminations Mammootty’s horror thriller was the first hit of Malayalam cinema at the box office this year. 
The movie has received positive reviews from the film fraternity and critics for its storyline. The official synopsis of the movie on IMDb reads, "A priest and a police officer are trying to solve a set of mysterious suicides. As their investigation closes in, they discover another crime with even farther-reaching consequences."     People praised his character of Father Benedict and have been recommending the movie to all cinema lovers.  Have you seen all of these movies? If not, try and explore them because there’s a world beyond Bollywood.
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Good Triumphs Over Evil: Kunal Kohli's 'Ramyug' Is Just The Positive Energy We Need

It’s been a year of sad news and trying times. While we can’t turn a blind eye to everything that’s happening around us, we sure can find small pockets of breaks to re-energize us and have faith that good will ultimately triumph over evil. Kunal Kohli’s retelling of the classic mythological story of Ramayan couldn’t have hit the digital screens at a better time. MX Original Series Ramyug is an uplifting distraction and just the positive energy we need at such times. Remember the good old days when the entire family gathered around the TV screen to watch the story of Rama unfold with learnings or life lessons that are still relevant even today? MX Player Our Verdict:Ramyug is a feel-good show wrapped in nostalgia that makes us want to believe that everything will be all right.  If you’re looking for something light and positive, start streaming all the episodes of Ramyug on MX Player.  
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Kangana Ranaut Is Back With More Ridiculous Claims, Says 'India Does Not Need More Oxygen’

After being permanently suspended from Twitter, it seems like Queen actor Kangana Ranaut is now making ridiculous claims again and is keeping her promise of using other platforms to voice her opinions.  Ranaut took to Instagram along with her sister, Rangoli Chandel and commented on a news report about oxygen hoarding in Delhi.  © Instagram/Kangana Ranaut This is not the first time Kangana Ranaut has made ridiculous claims about India’s oxygen needs. Before her suspension from Twitter, the actor tweeted, “Everybody is building more and more oxygen plants, getting tons and tons of oxygen cylinders, how are we compensating for all the oxygen that we are forcefully drawing from the environment? It seems we learnt nothing from our mistakes and catastrophes they cause #Planttrees.” 
In another tweet, she wrote, “Along with announcing more and more oxygen for humans, governments must announce relief for nature also, people who are using this oxygen should also pledge to work on improving the air quality, for how long we going to be miserable pests only taking never giving back to nature.”
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7 Bollywood Celebrities Who Refused To Do Kissing Scenes On-Screen For Solid Reasons

While watching a movie, most of us tend to get pretty invested in the characters, especially if it's a love story.  However, the sizzling chemistry that we sense on-screen is often non-existent in real life. Thanks to the stellar skills of the actors and the camera man's dexterity, who can easily manipulate the intimate kissing scenes in such a way that we believe it's real. There are romantic Bollywood movies where the actors did not kiss each other. Here is a list of actors from the industry who have a strict no-kissing policy:  1. Riteish Deshmukh © Instagram/Riteish Deshmukh While there's nothing wrong with on-screen kissing scenes, some actors maintain their stance. 
Riteish is one such example. He was asked to do a kissing scene in Jane Kaha Se Ayi Hai which he refused to do so and has maintained the rule since.  For him, kissing is very private and isn't something he would like to showcase on-screen. 2. Bobby Deol © Instagram/Bobby Deol Bobby hasn't worked on-screen for a very long time now but even he has kept away from intimate scenes in his past works. 
The shots are taken in such a way that one would believe the scenes are real. To date, no one knows the real reason why Bobby refused to do on-screen kissing scenes. 3. Sonakshi Sinha © Instagram/Sonakshi Sinha Even Sonakshi made it pretty clear since the beginning, that she won't be comfortable doing kissing scenes with her co-stars. A scene from R Rajkumar (pool scene) is a perfect example of how ardently she follows the rule.
4. Ajay Devgn © Instagram/Ajay Devgn Ajay Devgn has given several blockbusters in Bollywood. When it comes to kissing scenes though, Ajay kept away from it, as he found it uncomfortable to do lip-lock scenes with his co-stars. 
He might have done intimate scenes but has never kissed on-screen. 5. Tamannaah Bhatia © Instagram/Tamannaah Bhatia Tamannaah Bhatia is known for her South Indian movies. 
The actress has never felt comfortable wearing a bikini on-screen. For one of Sajid Khan's film, the actress vocally said that she won't kiss on-screen or wear a bikini.  She mentioned that she is shy and has never said yes to kissing scenes. 6. Kangana Ranaut © Instagram/Kangana Ranaut Kangana Ranaut is the 'Queen' of controversies, but when it comes to her career, the actress has a very clear view that she doesn't like intimate scenes. 
This was the very reason why she also rejected The Dirty Picture. 7. Salman Khan © Instagram/Salman Khan Salman is rigid with the scripts and the scenes he does on-screen. Recently, he was seen in an intimate scene with Disha Patani for Radhe. 
Salman has always maintained a strict no-kissing policy. Hence, the scene came as a surprise to many.  The actor later made it clear that Disha was wearing duct tape for the scene and it wasn't a lip lock.
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‘How Much Wine Ravi Shastri Had’, Michael Vaughan Takes A Quick, Cheeky Jab At Indian Head Coach

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 has to be one of the most memorable Test series (if not the best ever) that the Indian cricket team was a part of.  The narrative around injured players, an embarrassing defeat, an incredible comeback, everyone coming together to make that series a classic underdog story showed the true character of the young Men in Blue and ensured that the future of the team was in the right hands. Reliving the memories of the iconic clash between a hosting Australian squad completely loaded with big names and a depleted Indian side, here’s what former England skipper, Michael Vaughan had to say about the four-match series: View this post on Instagram "It was a brilliant series to watch. The Aussies pummeling them at the Adelaide Oval – 26 all out. Then Virat going back home to be next to his wife giving birth. No one gave India a chance, I don't care who you are," Vaughan, the former England captain, said while talking on Fox Cricket.  "The way that they bounced back and Ajinkya Rahane's captaincy was spectacular. And then to get to Sydney and the Aussies just pummel them for a few days. There's nothing like a last day battling out for a draw."  © AP "It's a great spectacle when a team just trying to hang in there. A little bit of banter – Ashwin taking a little bit of talking from behind the stumps. And then the Aussies arriving at the Gabba thinking that's all. They just can't get beaten at the Gabba… they’ll steamroll them," Vaughan added. 
"Throughout the whole tour, we knew Rishabh Pant was a player. We all know that he's got something very special, but I thought particularly those last two Test matches, pant came to light. It was a brilliant series. I can only imagine how much red wine Ravi Shastri must have had."  #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Y6NY8kWGHj — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2021 We’ve seen Ravi Shastri develop a great sense of humour around people making fun of his drinking habits. After his team whitewashed England during their tour to India, Shastri spoke about the “banter” that he has with his fans and social media trolls who love to talk about what Shastri drinks and how much he drinks. .@RaviShastriOfc reacts to his memes doing the rounds #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/pNvZxKgUmM — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 7, 2021 "It's banter all the way. They do it to have fun. It's at my expense, but it's okay," Ravi Shastri in the post-match press conference. 
"Have a drink on my name. When you post those kinds of things, so many people have a laugh," the India coach said. "Enjoy, it doesn't affect me.”
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Kangana Ranaut Has Tested Positive For COVID-19 & She Called It A 'Small Time Flu’

Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has tested positive for COVID-19 and took to Instagram today to share her news after experiences some discomfort.  © Instagram/Kangana Ranaut The Manikarnika actor shared an image of herself in a yoga posture and wrote, "I was feeling tired and weak with slight burning sensation in my eyes for past few days, was hoping to go to Himachal so got my test done yesterday and today the result came I am covid positive.”
What’s odd is that the actor called the virus “nothing but a small time flu” which got too much attention in the press.  © Instagram/Kangana Ranaut "I have quarantined myself, I had no idea this virus is having a party in my body, now that I know I will demolish it, people please don’t give anything any power over you, if you are scared it will scare you more, come let’s destroy this Covid -19 it is nothing but a small time flu which got too much press and now psyching few people. Har Har Mahadev” she said in her Instagram post. 
View this post on Instagram India has been seeing the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world this past week with record deaths caused by the virus.   It seems a bit tone-deaf for Ranaut to call the virus “nothing but a small time flu” at a time when India has been experiencing a catastrophic second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with the death toll only soaring by the day.   Kangana has been called out in the past for not following mask hygiene in public.   © Twitter Kangana was spotted at the Mumbai Airport and at a dubbing studio without a mask where some paparazzi even called it “dumbness at its best.” 
The actor was also recently banned from the micro-blogging site Twitter after she posted a series of tweets that were in violation of the social media company’s rules and regulations.   She was found violating Twitter’s hate speech and abusive behaviour policies. Kangana has now moved her activity to Instagram and has vowed to continue voicing her opinions on the social media platform. 
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‘Battlegrounds Mobile’ India Could Be Using Gameplay Made In China & Krafton Isn’t Saying Much

For what it’s worth, Battlegrounds Mobile India is expected to be an India-exclusive battle royale game that is expected to launch soon.  However, it seems like the Indian version of the game may not have been built from the ground up and might be taking gameplay mechanics from the Chinese version of PUBG Mobile called Peacekeeper Elite.  Krafton has not explicitly pointed out that the game has been made from scratch for the Indian market.  © Unsplash/onur-binay In a separate 91Mobiles report, the game is expected to come with India-specific features such as a mobile number requirement from an adult, gaming time limit for 3 hours and a limit on the daily micro-transaction amount for users under the age of 18 years. 
These seem rather similar to features one can find on Peacekeeper Elite, apart from other changes the game is expected to make.  IGN India reports that Battleground Mobile India’s gameplay might be made in China, especially, considering the toned-down version of the game.  Speaking to IGN India, Daniel Ahmad, who is a senior analyst at Niko Partners, said:  “Tencent, which develops and publishes Peacekeeper Elite in China, has also added an anti-addiction system to the game as per regulations. This requires players to register with their real name and ID before they can start playing the game. If the player is under the age of 18 they will be subject to time and spend restrictions within the game. China’s game regulator has mandated this since the end of 2019 in an effort to curb gaming addiction among the youth.” © Tencent Games It seems like features have been directly lifted from the Chinese build of PUBG Mobile when taking Ahmad’s quote into perspective. 
Battlegrounds Mobile India is expected to launch with green blood, full-dressed characters and other adjustments that Ahmad believes might make their way to Battlegrounds Mobile India as well.  “Given the concern around the game in the country, we would expect the new version announced this week to incorporate similar elements, in addition to storing user data locally,” he told IGN India.  “However, it is still unclear whether these changes and a name change would please regulators in India as the main concern revolves around whether Tencent, a Chinese company, would still be involved in the development of the title.” © Unsplash/screen-post Krafton has been particularly gated about Battlegrounds Mobile India and its current status with India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. 
MensXP has reached out to Krafton asking about its permission status with the Indian Government. We’ve also reached out asking whether the game is using the same source code and engine as Tencent’s PUBG Mobile India.  We have not received a response from the Korean developer, as of now.  Source: IGN India,  91Mobiles
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Mr World Thakur Anoop Singh On Flaunting His Muscles, Sense Of Style, & His Foray Into Films

From being trained as a pilot, to playing a vital character in one of Indian television’s most iconic shows, and then finally making his way into the Hindi film industry, Thakur Anoop Singh has really come a long way. © Thakur Anoop Singh He has been associated with a number of varied television projects such as Ramayan, Akbar Birbal, Mahabharat, Chandragupta Maurya, and movies such as Commando 2, and Rogue. © Thakur Anoop Singh But for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, he is in a different league altogether.  
He earned the title of 'Mr World' in 2015, when he won gold in the 'Fitness Physique' category of the seventh WBPF World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships, held in Bangkok, Thailand. © Thakur Anoop Singh Given that he is a fashion icon for many of his fans, and that he has a rather unique and suave sense of style, we caught up with him for a brief chat. 
Following are the edited excerpts: Tell us about your journey, how did you start as an actor? I was a pilot before and had just completed my training in the US. It was during the global recession from 2009 to 2011 when I decided to try myself as an actor as that was something that I felt attracted to.  I started off without even knowing where will this lead me and how will I survive. I guess it’s the blessings of my parents, the grace of God and sheer determination.  © Thakur Anoop Singh There’s this perception that men do not need to be fashion-conscious and that only a few men have an intrinsic style that they are born with and need to stick with. Do you agree?
I don’t believe in this at all. I have a simple logic - when it comes to fashion or style, I consider myself to be a brand and a trendsetter, and that anything I wear gets highlighted as the trend to follow.  I believe you need to just carry what you wear with confidence! Style is how you carry your clothes and yourself.  What are some sartorial staples that every guy should have in their closet? I prefer a slim white shirt coz that goes with everything if you can’t decide on anything. Other than that, I think every guy should have a pair of white leather sneakers, blue slim-fit jeans, a black shirt, and a polo neck T-shirt.  © Thakur Anoop Singh How would you define your personal style statement?
A style statement defines your authentic self and that’s exactly how I like to keep myself, as authentic as possible! I love aristocratic colours and outfits. I like to wear pieces and outfits that ooze aristocracy and royalty.  So, that is my style statement - Keep it Regal.  Who is that one style icon that you always look up to? Why? I consider Saif Ali Khan to be a great style icon. He is royalty by birth and upbringing and it shows in his style and clothing which is very subtle yet very regal. © Thakur Anoop Singh What do you prefer to wear on a date?
A black, slim-fit shirt, black trousers, a slim belt, a pair of black patent leather shoes and a good and strong cologne.  What is that one fashion trend that you don't understand or are unable to relate to? I don’t think I am unable to understand any specific trend but I don’t know if I can carry very loose clothes or baggy silhouettes.  I love to wear tapered and shapely clothes that are stylish and accentuate my body proportions.  © Thakur Anoop Singh Who is that one historical figure that you'd love to dress up as?
I’d love to dress up as two people actually, Maharana Pratap, Bhagat Singh. What has been the best fashion advice that you've received to date? To try and include more floral prints into my wardrobe. It was actually a compliment that I got in one of my shoots!  © Thakur Anoop Singh What advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career as an actor?
That dreams do come true but patience and perseverance is the key!  The profession tests you left right and centre. You even may have to live on very limited food in testing times till you get work.  But once your work starts speaking for you, there’s no turning back! The question is are you willing to go that far. What do you think of men using cosmetics? I think it’s absolutely normal.  Every man has a right to look good, fix the little imperfections that their skin has, and feel more confident! If cosmetics can help, so be it. © Thakur Anoop Singh Do you have a dedicated skincare routine? Tell us about it?
To be honest, I am very bad at sticking to a skin routine.  My doctor has to remind me every 2 days, asking me to apply the products she gave me, even though, I may have forgotten to actually buy it! But yes, I am careful with my face wash and sunscreen.  © Thakur Anoop Singh One historical era that you find extremely fashionable? 
I think the 1970’s from the west.  One celebrity who can teach everyone else a lesson or two on how to pull off the Indian aesthetic elegantly, when it comes to menswear. Hritik Roshan.  Your favourite style icon from Bollywood that you would like to work with, for a video or a film? Saïf Ali Khan, for sure.  © Thakur Anoop Singh One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe, and why.
A white short-kurta with halved sleeves and a pair of slim-fit pyjamas and mojaris. I think it is regal and yet very stylish!  Do you prefer - Tailored Suits Or Ready-To-Wear Suits? Tailored, always. Sneakers or Boots? Boots. © Thakur Anoop Singh Traditional Ethnic Wear, Or Something Contemporary?
I am a Rajput so, traditional ethnic wear is what attracts me the most.  © Thakur Anoop Singh Multicoloured Prints or Monochrome?
Multicoloured Prints, any day. As much as people like to bash social media, there’s no denying the fact that a large chunk of our lives is being shaped by it. What better way to really gauge this phenomenon than by the rise of influencers over platforms like YouTube and Instagram? Indeed, the world has become one small ‘gram’.  As a series ‘Influencing The ’Gram’ seeks to explore how social media influencers changed the way we think of fashion over the decade, and how for most of them, even though they consider themselves to be ardent renegades, fashion and style contribute immensely to their online personas.
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India’s Blocking Electronics Imports From China That Are Delaying Smartphone & Laptop Launches

The Indian Government has put a halt on approving the imports of Wi-Fi modules from China that are causing companies like Dell, HP, Oppo, Xiaomi, Lenovo and others to delay smartphone and other product launches in the country for months, according to a report by Reuters.  © Reuters Imports of Chinese finished electronic devices are particularly being affected, which include electronics like Bluetooth speakers, wireless earphones, smartphones, smartwatches and laptops. 
Any device that, in fact, contains a WiFi module is being delayed, according to Reuters’ sources. The report also details that the problem has persisted for a while as India’s Communications Ministry’s Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) arm has withheld approvals for these devices since at least November 2020.  Applications by Indian companies that import finished products from China are also awaiting approval.  In fact, more than 80 applications from firms originating from the US, China and Korea are also pending with the WPC. The pending approval suggests the Indian government is taking a tougher stance on Chinese-made products that are being imported into the country.  India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been pushing for a self-reliant country and even convinced some companies to start more of their production of electronic devices in India.  © Reuters “The government’s idea is to push companies to manufacture these products in India,” one of Reuters’ sources said. “But tech companies are caught in a difficult situation – making in India would mean big-ticket investments and a long wait for returns, on the other hand, the government-imposed hurdle on imports means a potential loss of revenues.”
India has been apprehensive of China ever since the border tensions and geopolitical issues arose in June 2020. The tensions have resulted in India banning a number of Chinese apps, and most recently have left out Chinese networking companies from conducting 5G trials in the country.  Source: Reuters
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