Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THE TOP 15 MILITARY SPENDERS IN 2016

World military expenditure is estimated to have been $1686 billion in 2016, equivalent to 2.2 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) or $227 per person.
The 2016 estimate is a marginal increase of about 0.4 per cent in real terms on 2015

The top 15 countries with the highest military spending in 2016 were the same as those in 2015, although there were some changes in their ranking .
The 15 largest spenders account for $1360 billion, or 81 per cent, of total global spending.
Between 2007 and 2016, China has seen the biggest growth in military spending, with an increase of 118 per cent, followed by Russia (87 per cent) and India (54 per cent).
In the same period, Italy (–16 per cent), the United Kingdom (–12 per cent) and the United States (–4.8 per cent) were the only countries in the top 15 to see their military expenditure fall.
In 2016, total US military expenditure of $611 billion is over one-third (36 per cent) of world military expenditure. This is nearly three times the level of China’s spending, which is ranked second.
US military spending grew by 1.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016, the fi rst increase after fi ve consecutive years of decline. Despite this slight growth, US military spending remains 20 per cent lower than its peak in 2010. The small upturn in 2016 can be attributed to legisla tion adopted in 2013 and 2015, which eased the budget limits imposed in 2011. However, given the context of the presidential election and the inability of the US Congress and the White House to reach agreement on a budget to be implemented on 1 October 2016, there is uncertainty about short-term developments in the country’s military expenditure.
As a result of an unexpected increase in Russia’s military expenditure in late 2016 and large cuts to Saudi Arabia’s military budget, Russia moved above Saudi Arabia to the position of third largest spender in 2016.
India moved from 7th to 5th place after its largest annual spending increase since 2009. Meanwhile, both the UK and Brazil dropped one place in the rankings.
The UK fell from 6th to 7th—a move largely attributed to the devaluation of the British pound following the result of a refer endum on the country’s

DINANATH MANGESHKAR AWARD FROM RSS CHIEF

The Master Dinanath Mangeshkar award ceremony was held on Monday, April 24, on the occasion of the 75th death anniversary of Master Dinanath Mangeshkar, and it had a surprise turn.
Superstar Aamir Khan turned up at a private award function after 16 years! 
Take a look at all those who received the awards.
Aamir Khan was honoured with the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for his blockbuster Dangal.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat presented the Vishesh Puraskar, part of the Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards given to eminent personalities in various fields, to the 52-year-old actor whose wrestling saga was one of the biggest hits of 2016.
“Today wherever I am, the credit goes to all the writers who have written my films.
“I am here because of the directors and writers for the wonderful work they’ve done. I thank all of them,” Aamir said after receiving the award.
Director Nitesh Tiwari, who was also present at the event, thanked the audience for making the film a huge hit.
Aamir Khan chats with Lata Mangeshkar.
Legendary actress Vyjayanthimala Bali was honoured with the Master Dinanath Vishesh Puraskar for her achievements in Hindi cinema.
“I am speechless to receive this award. I’ve been blessed to still perform at some events, across the world. I acted in films and I am dancing still. May be it means that people have loved it. Lata didi (singer Lata Mangeshkar) invited me so I had to be here,” said the 80-year-old actress.
Yesteryear Marathi actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar was also honoured with an award on the occasion.
The Mohan Wagh award for best drama was presented to Sunil Barve for Amar Photo Studio – Subak Sanstha.
India’s 1983 World Cup winning cricket captain Kapil Dev was awarded for his outstanding contribution to the sport.
Speaking on the occasion, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was the chief guest, said the award winners are a source of inspiration and their good work in respective fields will help in nation building.
Other awardees included Kishore Deshpande, presented with the Anadmayee Puraskar for his work in social service; Vishwanath Karad, founder, Vishwashanti Kendra, presented with the Samarpit Jeevan Puraskar; Vijaya Rajadhyaksha, conferred with the Vagvilasini Puraskar for her work in literature.
Uday Nirgudkar received an award for his editorial work while Kaushiki Chakraborty was awarded for her endeavour in the field of music.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was also present at the event, organised by the Master Dinanath Smruti Pratishthan and Hridayesh Arts.
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar.
Rediff.com

AMRITPAL SINGH IMPRESSES AT THE NBL DRAFT COMBINE


  • Indian basketball players Amritpal Singh, Amjyot Singh, Yadwinder Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi were invited to Melbourne by the National Basketball League (NBL) to participate in their draft combine for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
  • Amritpal Singh stood out amongst all the participants and impressed the scouts.
  • The Combine took place on the 17th and 18th of April, 2017 in the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
  • The invitation and participation in the NBL Draft Combine was facilitated by basketball management company Pursuit India.

Bengaluru/Melbourne, 24th April, 2017: India’s international basketball star Amritpal Singh has impressed the Australian scouts and the media alike at the recently concluded NBL Draft Combine at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. The Combine took place on 17th and 18th April and also featured three other Indian players Amjyot Singh, Yadwinder Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi.
The captain of the Indian national team, Amritpal Singh, ended the Combine tied as the leading shot blocker among all the participants. His defensive presence coupled with his footwork were the talking points amongst most scouts and drew comparisons with former players of the NBL like Matt Hodgson and Matt Smith.
Amritpal Singh ended the Combine tied as the leading shot blocker among all the participants. His defensive presence coupled with his footwork were the talking points amongst most scouts and drew comparisons with former players of the NBL like Matt Hodgson and Matt Smith.
The captain of the Indian National Team, Amritpal Singh, could potentially be the first Indian-born player to play in the NBL… Singh, … with a large frame and giant wing-span, was one of the standout performers at last week’s NBL Combine in Melbourne, capturing the attention of a number of coaches in attendance.
Rohan Short, a former NBL assistant with Townsville and Melbourne, who worked closely with Amritpal throughout the two days of the Combine said, “I was super impressed, it’s clear he can play. Once given the opportunity to learn off a big man’s coach here in Australia and adapt to the speed of the Australian game, I think he would do quite well.I don’t think he is necessarily a starting five guy from the outset, but off the bench for some team. I mean we just don’t have much of that kind of size in our league.”
“I loved his work ethic, desire to learn and his coachability. He runs the floor really well and he’s a good passer and those traits alone for a big guy are going to be attractive to an NBL team. Depending on the system, I think he has the ability to contribute. His work ethic, his passion for the game and his desire to improve make him a worthwhile investment,” said former head coach of the Sydney Kings, Damian Cotter, who spent some time last year working with the Indian team.
Amritpal was part of the 4 member (Amjyot Singh Gill, Yadwinder Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi) contingent of basketball players that were invited to the NBL Draft Combine. The Combine took place on the 17th and 18th of April. A total of 80 players participated in the Combine. These included returning US college players, South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) players, Australian state league players, and members of Australia’s national U18 and U20’s teams.
As standard practice, players participating in the NBL Draft Combine must pay an entry fee of AUD $250. However, this feewas waived off for all the invited Indian players.The waiver of fees for the Indian contingent by the NBL is just another sign that the NBL has serious intentions to enter the Indian market. Last year, the NBL signed a historic deal with VEQTA to stream NBL games live in India.
Under the new rules of the NBL, the players belonging to the countries of the FIBA Asia zone would be given a separate spot that would not take up anyof the three spots reserved for the foreign players. This move has been made to attract the top Asian talents an                d ensure that they consider the NBL as a serious destination to ply their trade.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

(Sourced verbatim from the official NBL page. The link: http://www.nbl.com.au/history/)
The National Basketball League is regarded as one of the premier basketball leagues in the world, and after a humble beginning, is today home to some of the world’s best players.
In 1978, New South Wales Basketball president John Raschke sat with 10 interested parties in an unused aircraft hangar at Sydney Airport to discuss the formation of a national competition that would help the development of the sport throughout Australia.
A national competition was also seen as a way of improving the standard of players who would compete for Australia at events such as the Olympic Games and World Championships.
Since that day, the NBL has grown from a fledgling competition with games played in front of just a few hundred people to a league that attracts more than 750,000 spectators each season, as well as prime-time television audiences for games broadcast nationally.
While games were initially played in small suburban stadiums, clubs now perform at major Australian arenas, including Perth Arena which can seat 14,000+ spectators.
Basketball also has one of the highest participation rates of any team sport in Australia, with numbers continuing to grow each year.
Between 1979 and 1997, the NBL season was played between April and September, but in 1998 the league moved its season to the summer place, with games played between October and April.
Eight teams currently compete in the NBL – the Adelaide 36ers, Cairns Taipans, Melbourne United, New Zealand Breakers, Perth Wildcats, Sydney Kings, Brisbane Bullets and Illawarra Hawks.

ABOUT THE NBL DRAFT COMBINE

Date: 17th-18th April
Location: Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre

Information
  • Patrick Hunt (Basketball Without Borders World Camp Director) will be the director of the camp.
  • All participants will be provided the opportunity to showcase their skills infront of every NBL club with all clubs ensuring to have coaching staff present each day.
  • All participants will be provided with 2 reversible training singlets, 1 pair of training shorts, 1 T-Shirt.
  • Lunch will be provided for all participants each day.
  • Ice baths will be provided for all participants at the conclusion of each day.
  • Doctors and Physiotherapists will be provided each day (for ankle taping and treatment).

ABOUT THE INVITED PLAYERS

  • Amritpal Singh is India’s most dominant centre who is listed as 6’11”. He has played professionally in Japan and has led Tokyo Excellence in winning 2015-16 championship in Japan Development League.
  • Amjyot Singh Gill is a 6’9” power forward and is arguably India’s most talented player. He is currently #1 Ranked FIBA 3×3 pro player in Asia, Oceania and Africa regions combined.
  • Yadwinder Singh is the contingent’s senior most players. He is a 6’6” power forward who featured in India’s famous victories over China and is also a multiple time national champion with Uttarakhand.
  • Vishesh Bhriguvanshi is a6’4’’ combo guard. He is currently the best guard in India. He was2nd in assists per game at 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

ABOUT PURSUIT

Amjyot Singh Gill, Amritpal Singh and Yadwinder Singh are represented by Pursuit India Sports & Entertainment Private Limited, India’s leading basketballmanagement company. Pursuit’s aim is to find and create the right opportunities for budding athletes with the talent and potential to succeed at the international level. Through its grassroots network, Pursuit is able to spot athletic talent from a young age and help them along their playing careers, whether in India or abroad. Pursuit is headed by Vishnu Ravi Shankar and is India’s pre-eminent and pioneering basketball scouting and talent management agency.

“TRANSFORMING INDIA DIALOGUES’

Namaskar
 
This is to cordially invite you to “Transforming India Dialogues‘ being organised on April 28th at 4.15PM at Dy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi.
 
Speaker – Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State DONER (IC), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Government of India
 
Invitation card – Enclosed
 
A line of confirmation would be very helpful.
Sincerely
—–
Thanks & Regards
Ravi Pokharna
Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini

NON BJP STATES HAVE HIGHER INTERNET ACCESS BETTER EDUCATION

QUAKE OF M7.1 – OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE

PARALYMPIC SWIMMER NIRANJAN MUKUNDAN FEATURES IN LIMCA BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS

Team Speedo’s Paralympic swimmer Niranjan Mukundan features in Limca Book of World Records
& is crowned ‘Junior World Champion’

~ Young Mukundan brings new glory for India, his winning spree of ten medals in one edition of the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Junior Games features in Limca Book  ~

25th April 2017: It’s a glorious moment for Team Speedo and whole of India as Team Speedo’s Paralympic swimmer, Niranjan Mukundan’s historic win at the IWAS World Junior Games makes its way to the Limca Book of World Records. After winning a record 10 medals, he bagged the coveted “Junior World Champion” title in one edition of the (IWAS) International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Junior Games.
This Indian Para-swimmer’s string of achievements shine as bright as the medals and trophies he has won. Starting off this year with 5 gold’s and 1 silver at the national para-games held in Jaipur, Niranjan now stands with a total of 27 international medals and over 100 state and national medals to his tally, he is now a global sensation and an inspiration for able and the differently abled.
He won a National Award in 2015 for his outstanding achievement, recognizing him as the Best Sportsperson of the Country under the differently abled category. He is also the winner of the TIE Indian of the year award 2015, state’s highest civilian honour the Karnataka Rajyotsava award 2015 and the Ekalavya Award in 2016.
His list of victories is endless and unsurpassed. He is a winner of titles like 15th Para National Swimming Championships, Belgaum where he won 4 Golds and 2 Silvers. Competing in the S-8 category, he has also hoisted the victory flag internationally by winning titles like Para Asian Games 2014, Incheon, South Korea and Junior World Champion title in the World Junior Games 2015, Stadskanaal, Netherlands (10 medals out of which 7 were Gold and 3 Silver).
This Bangalore boy hails from a modest family. Born with a medical condition called Spina bifida and with clubbed feet, he has undergone as many as sixteen surgeries. Doctors advised him to take up swimming to strengthen his leg muscles. His mother took him to the swimming club in Bangalore and it is here that the renowned coach John Christopher spotted and promised to turn him into an international level swimmer. After an extensive training under him, Niranjan later trained at Thanyapura, Phuket, Thailand where he is currently based.
From a young age, Niranjan learned to take every challenge as an opportunity. During his college days, he emerged as the best outgoing sportsman of the university. 2012 proved to be a stupendous year for Niranjan. At the national swimming championship in Chennai, he won 3 Golds, 1 Silver medal in swimming and 1 Bronze in Water polo. Mukundan won his first international medal, a bronze in 200m freestyle at the IDM German Swimming Championship in Berlin. In 2013 and 2014, he won further international medals at the IWAS World Junior Games in Puerto Rico and in Stoke, Mandeville, U.K. respectively.
At the recently concluded IWAS U-23 World Games in Czech Republic Niranjan defied the odds and won 8 medals – 3 Golds in 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, 2 Silvers in 100m fly and 50m freestyle events and 3 more medals in 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke. He was selected among representatives from 35 other countries to deliver the oath for the tournament, making him the first Indian to do so.
At the proud moment, Mr. Shamir Genomal, Chief Strategy Officer at Speedo expressed, “Having Niranjan’s name in the prestigious Limca Book of Records is a golden moment to cherish and celebrate. We salute him for his courage and tenacity. Team Speedo is extremely proud to be associated with this young man. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

MEHBOOBA MUFTI CALLS ON PM MODI

Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and discussed prevailing security situation in the state.
Speaking to media after the meeting, Ms Mufti said, she told the Prime Minister that the Centre should seriously think about the welfare of the state and there is no other option but to talk. She also said, there should be an environment for talks in the valley.
Invoking former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s policy on Kashmir, the Chief Minister said the thread should be picked up from where he had left off. She said, during Vajpayee’s regime talks were held with Hurriyat and also with others . Ms. Mufti said, Mr. Modi has repeatedly said that he would follow Vajpayee’s footsteps, whose policy was reconciliation rather than confrontation.
Both leaders also discussed the PDP-BJP alliance in the state. She said, lower voter turnout in the recent by-polls in Srinagar and issues related to the Indus water treaty was also discussed in the meeting. Ms Mufti said, discussion was held on how losses of 20 thousand crore rupees caused by Indus Waters Treaty can be compensated as the state doesn’t have control over water resources.
Ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s district president of South Kashmir’s Pulwama, Advocate Abdul Gani Dar succumbed to his injuries in the Srinagar hospital.
Unknown gunmen intercepted his vehicle at Kundipora Kakapora Pinglina area in Pulwama around 1 p.m. today and shot at him from close range while he was on way to Srinagar.
A police official told AIR that one bullet was pumped into his chest and another hit his arm. He was rushed to Srinagar SMHS hospital in a critical condition where he succumbed to injuries. No organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Later, Ms Mufti also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed security situation in the state.
BJP today asserted that there is no rift with the PDP and blamed lack of communication for the reported differences between the two partners in the recent MLC polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, party General Secretary Ram Madhav said things will be addressed. The BJP’s pointsperson for Jammu and Kashmir also said that the main priority of the government is to bring normalcy to the valley in one or two months. He said, all possible help is being extended to the state administration.
His remarks came after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and emphasised that dialogue is the only way to prevent the situation from
deteriorating in the Valley.

RELIANCE RESULTS 2016-17

Reliance Industries today reported a 12.3 per cent rise in its March quarter net profit on the back of higher refining and petrochemical margins.
Consolidated net profit in January-March quarter at Rs 8,046 crore, or Rs 27.3 per share, was 12.3 per cent higher than Rs 7,167 crore net profit in the same period a year ago, the company said in a statement.
For the full 2016-17 fiscal, the company generated its highest ever annual profit at Rs 29,901 crore. The annual profit was 18.8 per cent higher than the previous year’s.
Reliance earned USD 11.5 on turning every barrel of crude oil into fuel in the fourth quarter as compared to a gross refining margin of USD 10.8 per barrel in the same period a year

NAXALS KILL 24 CRPF MEN

More than 24 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed and several others wounded in an ambush by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday.
The deadly assault occurred around 12.25 pm in Kalapathar area of south Bastar region, one of the worst-hit by Naxalite violence.
“We have lost 11 men in the encounter. As of now, we know that these men were out for a road opening task and they came under heavy fire from Naxalites. Seven other injured troops, including few who are critical, are being evacuated by helicopters,” a senior CRPF officer said.
The toll was later revised to 24.
They were sanitising a road which is being built in the area, the officer added.
All the troops belonged to the 74th battalion of the force deployed in the area for anti-Maoist operations.
Reinforcements have been rushed from the nearest CRPF camp, the officer added.
Twelve personnel of the CRPF were killed on March 12 in the same district in an ambush by Naxalites.

CANADA DM LAUNCHES THE SECOND POSTER OF DILJIT DOSANJH’S SUPER SINGH!

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Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh launches the second poster of Diljit Dosanjh’s Super Singh!
After launching the spectacular first look of India’s first Punjabi language superhero film, Super Singh, Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and Pawan Gill’s Brat Films launched the second poster of the movie in the presence of the lead actor Diljit Dosanjh and Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh.
The first poster of Super Singh launched across the national level has never happened for any Punjabi film ever before and considering the humongous response, the superhero film was trending on Twitter all India at No 3 on the day of the launch, followed by unveiling the second poster of the movie by Diljit and Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh on the sets of the singing reality show, Rising Star.
The launch weekend of Super Singh saw Harjit Sajjan Singh – first Sardar to hold such a high honour outside India having a positive interaction with Super Singh Diljit Dosanjh on the sets of the singing reality show.
Harjit Singh gave his badge of honour that the government of Canada bestowed upon Diljit since he is proud of him and all that the actor is doing to inspire kids around the world. The Defence Minister also said it’s great that we achieve super heights in life but it’s even more important to give back to society because that makes us even more super.
On interacting with Diljit and launching the second poster of Super Singh, the minister wrote on his social networking site, “Had a unique opportunity to meet the famous and very humble @diljitdosanjh. Great discussion on his work to inspire the next generation. It was terrific to hear his message and how he shares the same vision for empowering the youth. I also got a chance to see his movie poster of his upcoming film, Super Singh.”
Produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and Anurag Singh & Pawan Gill’s Brat Films, Super Singh starring Diljit Dosanjh and Sonam Bajwa is gearing up for summer release on June 16, 2017worldwide.

​NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF PEOPLE’S MOVEMENTS

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NAPM Congratulates Prafulla Samantara on receiving the Goldman Environmental Prize, Asia, 2017
     Long Live Dongria Kondhs Struggle to Save Niyamgiri Hills!

New Delhi, April 24: Prafulla Samantara, National Convener, National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements and the leader of Lokshakti Abhiyan, Orissa has been awarded The Goldman Environmental Prize, Asia, 2017. The Goldman Environmental Prize honours the achievements and leadership of grassroots environmental activists for their sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the Natural environment.
He has been awarded the Prize for committing his life for the peoples’ struggle and the hardships that he has faced in the historic 12-year legal battle along with Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminium ore mine proposed by Vedanta.
Prafulla Samantara, 65, a socialist by thoughts, has been a part of many leading Peoples’ struggles, one of which is Anti-POSCO Movement (POSCO Pratirodh Sangharsh Samiti) in Orissa. POSCO planned to invest in the mining industry, the building of a Steel Plant, captive power plant and a port in Erasama block of Jagatsinghpur District. Along with the activists like Abhay Sahoo, Prashant Paikaray, Manorama, and many others, he stood against the land acquisition process by POSCO; and has fought the legal battle in the Courts. He has undertaken Satyagraha, hunger fasts, padyatras, rallies against the building of Dams and Barrages and the emerging issues out of it on the upper stream of river Mahanadi. Living on the campus of Lohia Academy, Bhubaneshwar, he has kept its doors open for everyone and movements struggling for equity, justice and rights-based development. Respected by peoples’ movements and academics and intellectuals alike, he has given articulation to a socialist vision for Odisha and is an ardent advocate of the open loot of the natural resources of Odisha by corporations. He has been kidnapped, assaulted and attacked on many occasions by the mining company for his activism, and continues to receive threats for his ‘anti-development’ stance. But He stands strongly against such threats by believing in “We Shall Fight, We Shall Win!”
National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements welcomes the decision of the Goldman Environmental Prize and congratulates Prafulla Samantara. This is an award for the valiant struggles of the communities to save the environment and secure their right to live with dignity and oppose destruction and loot of land, water and forest by corporations in the name of development. Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan – NAPM, while, congratulating Prafulla Samantara for winning this award said,“It is the victory and recognition of the struggle of the Dongria Kondh tribe, the people of Niyamgiri Hills and the Comrades like Lado Sikaka and Lingraj Azad against the big Corporates. It is a victory of the movement and everyone who over the years has contributed to this struggle.  Prafulla has proved his own commitment and courage to the world and this award succeeds in countering the false propaganda of the agencies who call it an extremist movement. This is a struggle of the poorest of the poor against the biggest corporations in the world. We are proud of and supporter of his work because he is a fighter”  NAPM National Conveners Aruna Roy, Rajasthan, Arundhati Dhuru, Uttar Pradesh, Vimal Bhai, Uttarakhand, Meera Sanghamitra,Telangana, Aashish Ranjan, Bihar, Sudhir Vombetkere, Karnataka, Suniti S R, Maharashtra, Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar, Delhi, Amulya Nidhi, Madhya Pradesh and many others congratulated Prafulla Samantara on his recognition.

THE PUZZLE OF INDIAN URBANISATION BY PRONAB SEN,

BIKINI CLAD WINTER SPORTS SKIERS AND SNOW BOARDERS

Just see on snow nearly 1,500 bikini-clad winter sports enthusiasts taking to the slopes in Russia’s Kemerovo Region.The revelers from Russia, the US, China, Italy, Germany and France set a new record at the Grelka Fest at the famous Sheregesh ski resort, located in the heart of Siberia.Hundreds gathered at the slopes to watch and cheer on the snowboarders.
Stanislav Konenko, editor-in-chief of the Russian Book of Records, confirmed to the Siberian Times: “This year’s bikini ride had 1,498 skiers and snow boarders – this is 387 more than in 2014.” 
A 21-year-old student from Novosibirsk became Miss Sheregesh at the event, winning a $10,000 prize, while the oldest person to take part was 73-year-old Eduard Nefedev.
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SWEDEN ARRESTS SECOND SUSPECT OF TRUCK ATTACK

Swedish police said they had arrested a second suspect linked to the deadly truck attack in Stockholm this month. The unnamed person was detained on Sunday on the order of prosecutors, the force said. Four people were killed and 15 injured when a truck ploughed into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in the center of the capital on April 7. The suspected driver, an Uzbek asylum seeker named by police as Rakhmat Akilov, is already in custody. Police said the second arrest had followed the examination of unspecified material gathered after the attack.

IT’S A WROGN TIE-UP WITH ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE


New Delhi, April 24, 2017India’s most promising celebrity fashion and lifestyle brand WROGN is associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as the official lifestyle clothing partner for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League. Off field the RCB players will be seen in WROGN merchandise and while on field their caps and helmets will sport the WROGN logo.
WROGN merchandise is designed to complement the team’s playbold philosophy and makes a fearless, daring & heroic fashion statement. WROGN’s in-stadia branding will also add colour to the home ground and will augment the vibrant and lively atmosphere during the matches.
This annual association will be promoted by both partners through their digital properties; their official site and social media channels. Additionally, the brand has comprehensive plans to engage and interact with RCB fans and WROGN customersat WROGN outlets across the country. All customers of WROGN clothing will also be entitled to tickets to the RCB matches. Fans are of assured free tickets to watch live RCB matches in Bangalore by purchasing clothing /merchandise worth Rs.5000/- and above  from the WROGN line.
Announcing the tie-up, Anjana Reddy, CEOWROGN said, “T20 is the most celebrated cricket format in the world and we are excited to partner with RCB, a strong contender this season that is brimming with youth, talent and has always kept fans entertained. The WROGN brand ethos of being bold and dynamic matches that of the RCB and this partnership will give the fans and our customer’s opportunities to engage.  From all of us WROGN we wish the RCB team all the very best.”
Commenting on this association, Amrit Thomas, Chairman, RCB said, “WROGN and RCB are a bold brand fit. We are excited to see RCB’s personality getting reflected through the fashionable lifestyle sensibility of WROGN. We hope to see our fans come to the stadium dressed in RCB Jersey and WROGN apparel to cheer their favourite team.”

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Shraddha Kapoor’s Transformation For Haseena
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Shraddha Kapoor who will soon be seen essaying the role of Haseena Parker in Apoorva Lakhia’s film looks extremely convincing in the character.
In the film Shraddha will be portraying Haseena from the age of 17 till her late 40’s. From being a teenager to a married young mother to a woman in her 40’s, Shraddha has managed to look the part effortlessly but not without hard work.
To go right with the physicality of Shraddha’s character between the age of 35-45, bodysuits and prosthetics were used. Apoorva went back and forth with makeup artist Subhash Shinde, hairstylist Simran Devi, stylist Eka Lakhani and costume designers Harpreet and Ajay for almost a year to nail the perfect look.
Since Shraddha was busy with prior commitments, the trials of prosthetics were done with her body double. Shraddha being dedicated to nailing her character used to arrive a few hours early and sometimes even before everyone else came. The prosthetic and make up application was time consuming and often the make-up would melt because of which she would have to redo it all at lunch.
Shraddha started costume and make-up trials almost two months before the shoot and she and Apoorva gave a lot of inputs. It took them one month and 12 trials to get the perfect look.
Haseena is all set to release on July 14 this year. The film is produced by Nahid Khan with Swiss entertainment and co-produced by Sameer Antulay and Babu Tyagi.
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Divya Dutta Won Literary Excellence Award.

Divya Dutta has been receiving a lot of praise and love for her book ‘Me and Ma’ and she feels like she’s on top of the world.
From appreciation from her industry friends to love and warmth from her fans, Divya is enjoying every bit of the success of her book.
Yesterday, on April 23rd, Divya was felicitated with the ‘Literary Excellence Award’ for her book ‘Me and Ma’.
Divya has penned down all the special moments and instances she shared with her mother who she still holds very close to her heart.
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Rajkummar Rao & Shruti Haasan’s Behen Hogi Teri to release on 2nd June 2017!

Oddball Motion Pictures’ maiden production venture Behen Hogi Teri is now going to release on June 2nd, worldwide. The movie starring Rajkummar Rao and Shruti Hassan in the lead has been extensively shot in Lucknow at the turn of the year. Now the filmmakers are currently working on the post-production of the film.

A desi romantic comedy, Behen Hogi Teri is being directed by debutant Ajay K Pannalal and produced by Anthony D’Souza, Amul Vikas Mohan and Nitin Upadhyaya together. The trailer of the film is going to launched next week. And the full-blown promotions of the movie will also kick start from the first week of May.

The movie also stars Gautam Gulati, Herry Tangiri, Darshan Jariwala, Ranjeet and Gulshan Grover. Music by Rishi Rich, Jam8 and Jaidev Kumar.


Oddball Motion Pictures present Behen Hogi Teri is produced by Antony D’souza, Amul Vikas Mohan and Nitin Upadhyaya, directed by Ajay K Pannalal. The movie starring Rajkummar Rao, Shruti Haasan, Gautam Gulati, Gulshan Grover, Ranjeet and others releases worldwide on June 2nd, 2017. 

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