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Malaika Arora Opens up About Her Divorce With Arbaaz Khan February 20, 2019 13:23

Bollywood actress Malaika Arora has ultimately opened up officially about her divorce with Arbaaz Khan, whom she was married for 19 years on Kareena Kapoor’s radio chat show ‘What Women Really Want.’ Malaika said, “For me, happiness is most important. Even if it means I have to take such a major decision in life. Me and Arbaaz eventually did think about a lot of things and weighed every single pro and con. And then we decided, it’s better off that we move our separate ways because we’d just be better people. Because we were two people in a situation making each other extremely unhappy which was impacting everybody else’s life around us.” The actress as well recounts the night before she and Arbaaz were going to get divorced, “Nobody really encourages you to go right ahead. Even the night before the divorce, I had my family sit with me and ask me, are you sure? I heard this all along and perhaps rightly so because these are people who worry and care for you,” said Malaika. The actress also added that how divorced women should not captivate themselves in a cage and should feel free to date if they want to. “It’s not impossible. Swipe left, right, whatever it might be! Have fun! For the first time in your life, you will also discover a kind of freedom. To be in a bed all alone is also a new feeling!” On the personal front, while Arbaaz has made his relationship official with Italian Model, Georgia Andriani, Malaika too is in a steady relationship with Arjun Kapoor. Although both Malaika and Arjun have refrained from accepting their relationship in public, a few days ago Arjun was spotted hanging out with Malaika and her son Arhaan which is enough to prove that the duo is serious about each other. -Sowmya Sangam

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Twitter Announced Ads Transparency Center In India February 20, 2019 13:14

As Lok Sabha Elections are fast approaching In India, Twitter announced that it will bring Ads Transparency Center in India from 11 March. This will allows users across the globe to view details on political campaigning ads, including ad spend and targeting demographics. In a statement Twitter said that “ We deeply respect the integrity of the election process and are committed to providing a service that fosters and facilitates free and open democratic debate.” It added that, “The Indian election is a priority for the company, and we will continue to share openly and transparently about our work to protect and enhance the public conversation.” Today we are excited to launch the Ads Transparency Center in India. This allows anyone across the globe to view ads that have been served on Twitter, with even more details on political campaigning ads. https://t.co/rc5nUeoTTA — Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) February 19, 2019 The following Ads Transparency Center, will allows to view ads that have run on Twitter within the last 7 days from any Twitter handle. “ If an ad is reported and taken down from Twitter, it will be archived in the Ads Transparency Center within approximately 24 hours. If the account was suspended, Tweets will not be shown in the Ads Transparency Center. The same applies to deleted Twitter accounts and Tweets,” Twitter said. “For India political advertisers that fall under the Political Campaigning Policy, you will be able to see further details, including billing information, ad spend, and impressions data per Tweet,” said micro-blogging platform. In addition, we will be showing demographic targeting data for the ads being served, both intended by the advertiser and actually delivered by Twitter. “We are making it clearer who is advertising Indian political campaign content on Twitter by including a visual label and disclaimer information on promoted content from certified accounts. “This makes users to easily identify political campaign ads and to know who paid for them.” Only certified advertisers will be allowed to run political campaigning ads on our service. Political advertisers must apply now for certification and go through every step of the process. No login or Twitter account will be required access to the Ads Transparency Center. So, it makes simple for people to have clear insight and details on who is advertising on Twitter. Twitter said that they are committed to enforce strict policy for political ads to increase the transparency and have a healthy public conversations. Recently twitter was summoned by Parliamentary Panel on Information Technology on February 25 for alleged bias against the right wing accounts. -Sai Kumar

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Dubai-Based Indian Brothers Pledge to Donate Rs 1 Crore for Pulwama Attack Victim’s Kin February 20, 2019 12:42

There is widespread demand from people and cricket fans in social media to boycott match against Pakistan in World Cup in England. On June 16, India and Pakistan are scheduled to play against each other in World Cup in England. A official of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that if the government decides against playing with them in world cup we will not play with Pakistan. However, he said that if we do not play against Pakistan they will get the points if match not take place. “Situation will get clearer after some time, a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn't play, it's obvious that we won't play,” according to reports official told to ANI. “But the result of that would be that Pakistan will get the points of the match & if it is final (b/w India & Pakistan), they will win the World Cup without even playing. We haven't yet approached ICC in this regard.” There are chances that the India-Pakistan World Cup clash will be discussed on the sidelines of ICC meeting to be held in Dubai from 27th February. ICC CEO Dave Richardson told the PTI that, “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members,” He expresses his condolences on the terror attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred. He added, “There is no indication that any of the matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned” On this Issue, Rajeev Shukla said “BCCI CEO will follow government order, whether India has to play ICC matches with Pakistan or not. If government thinks that India should not play vs Pakistan, BCCI will definitely follow the instruction.” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on cricket with Pakistan said, “ The people from the cricket board, government, and security establishment will decide on it. I have nothing to say but we should respect the sentiments of those who are against this.” -Sowmya Sangam

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Balakrishna's Special Conditions for Boyapati Sreenu? February 20, 2019 12:28

Nandamuri Balakrishna is not a happy man after the disaster of NTR - Kathanayakudu. He pinned all his hopes on his next film titled NTR - Mahanayakudu which is hitting the screens this Friday. Soon after the film's release, Balakrishna will shift his focus towards politics as the elections are heading in AP. Balakrishna signed his next film for Boyapati Sreenu which is expected to roll post elections. Balakrishna is said to have given strict instructions for Boyapati after his recent film Vinaya Vidheya Rama ended up as a dud. Balakrishna slashed down the quoted budget of the film from Rs 70 crores to Rs 50 crores. He even wanted Boyapati to narrate him the bound script before heading for shoot. Boyapati who met Balakrishna recently accepted the conditions and is working on the script. NBK Films will produce this film which will hit the screens during Sankranthi next year. Once Boyapati wraps up the script work, he will finalize the cast and crew members.  

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If Government Says We Will Boycott World Cup Match Against Pakistan: BCCI official February 20, 2019 12:16

There is widespread demand from people and cricket fans in social media to boycott match against Pakistan in World Cup in England. On June 16, India and Pakistan are scheduled to play against each other in World Cup in England. A official of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that if the government decides against playing with them in world cup we will not play with Pakistan. However, he said that if we do not play against Pakistan they will get the points if match not take place. “Situation will get clearer after some time, a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn't play, it's obvious that we won't play,” according to reports official told to ANI. “But the result of that would be that Pakistan will get the points of the match & if it is final (b/w India & Pakistan), they will win the World Cup without even playing. We haven't yet approached ICC in this regard.” There are chances that the India-Pakistan World Cup clash will be discussed on the sidelines of ICC meeting to be held in Dubai from 27th February. ICC CEO Dave Richardson told the PTI that, “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members,” He expresses his condolences on the terror attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred. He added, “There is no indication that any of the matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned” On this Issue, Rajeev Shukla said “BCCI CEO will follow government order, whether India has to play ICC matches with Pakistan or not. If government thinks that India should not play vs Pakistan, BCCI will definitely follow the instruction.” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on cricket with Pakistan said, “ The people from the cricket board, government, and security establishment will decide on it. I have nothing to say but we should respect the sentiments of those who are against this.” -Sai Kumar

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U.S. Teen Sues The Washington Post for ‘Compensatory and Punitive Damages’ February 20, 2019 10:39

A teenager from the United States who was seen in an arguable video where he poked fun at a Native American elder, has sued The Washington Post for “compensatory and punitive damages”. Kentucky-based law firm Hemmer DeFrank Wessels on Tuesday said on its website that attorneys Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry have filed the lawsuit on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann against the newspaper, seeking USD 250 million in damages, according to a report by CNN. “This is only the beginning,” the firm added. Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School, Park Hills, Kentucky, was in Washington on January 18 for the annual “March for Life” rally wearing a red “Make American Great Again” hat. In the video that gained national attention, he was in an encounter with Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips, who was playing the drum and chanting at the Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial on the same day. Another video that surfaced days later provided additional context for the encounter, but the first video had gone viral, touching off widespread accusations of bigotry as photos of the teenager spread across social media. In the second video, a group of black men who identified as members of the Hebrew Israelites was seen taunting the students from Covington Catholic High School with derogatory language and calling out racist slurs at participants of the Indigenous Peoples Rally and other passersby. According to lawsuit claims, Post “wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing the red cap”. A Washington Post spokeswoman told CNN that the paper is “reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense”. Sandmann defended his actions at the time, saying he was trying to defuse the tension and denied allegations that anyone was acting out of racism. -Sowmya Sangam

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India Vs Australia: Mohammed Shami Wants to Win Series and Dedicate it to Pulwama Martyrs February 20, 2019 10:21

Indian Fast bowler Mohammad Shami opened up on recent Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force Jawans on February 14. Indian pacer said we should never forget the sacrifices of the brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. In an interview to the India Today news channel Shami said, “We should never forget Pulwama. We should never forget the martyrdom of our brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the country, and for us.” Mohammed Shami has already contributed an amount of Rs 5 lakh to the CRPF Wives Welfare Association. “I am indebted to make a contribution for families of our martyrs. In my view, every Indian should come forward in support of our forces right now. They sacrifice their life for us and we should not even think twice to help them.” The 28-year-old fast bowler said like any other Indian he is ready to fight for our country. “I am filled with anger and these attacks have shaken my heart. I don't think there will be anyone in our country who isn't feeling the same. My thoughts are with the families of our soldiers. I am ready to fight for my country, for our family. No Indian can dare to say no. I am ready to face any eventuality.” On recent social media outrage about India should boycott the match against Pakistan in the upcoming world cup in England he said that decision should be left to government alone. He said, “I believe that the Government should take this decision. I am sure whatever they will decide, we will abide by it.” “I am of the opinion though that, if we win the forthcoming series against Australia at home, it should be dedicated to these martyrs. I personally want to win this for them,” said Shami. -Sai Kumar

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Smoking over 20 Cigarettes a Day Can Cause Blindness, Warns Study February 20, 2019 09:19

While excessive smoking can lead to various health issues, including cancer and heart disease, a new study has found that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can cause blindness. The study, carried out by Rutgers University, noted that chronic tobacco smoking can have harmful effects on “spatial and color vision”. The findings, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, stated significant changes in the smokers’ blue-yellow and red-green color vision. This proposes that consuming substances with neurotoxic chemicals, such as those in cigarettes, may lead to total loss color vision. Heavy smokers as well have reduced the ability to discriminate contrasts and colors compared with non-smokers. The study was conducted on who were in the 25-45 year age group. “Our results indicate excessive use of cigarettes, or chronic exposure to their compounds, affects visual discrimination, supporting the existence of overall deficits in visual processing with tobacco addiction,” said Steven Silverstein from the Rutgers’s Behavioral Health Care. “Cigarette smoke consists of numerous compounds that are harmful, and it has been linked to a reduction in the thickness of layers in the brain, and to brain lesions, involving areas such as the frontal lobe, which plays a role in voluntary movement and control of thinking, and a decrease in activity in the area of the brain that processes vision,” he said. For the study, the team examined 71 healthy people, who smoked less than 15 cigarettes in their whole lives and 63 people, who smoked more than 20 cigarettes in a day. The study’s findings showed noticeable changes in the red-green and blue-yellow color vision of heavy smokers. Former studies had also pointed to long-term smoking as doubling the risk for age-related macular deterioration and as a factor causing lens yellowing and inflammation. -Sowmya Sangam

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India’s Response to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Statement February 20, 2019 08:48

Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement with seven points after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reaction on Pulwama terror attack On Tuesday Imran Khan in video message denies Pakistan role in terror attack and said India is blaming the Pakistan government without any evidence He also added that “If Indian government found any evidence against anyone from Pakistan we will take action against them.” He said, “It is in our interest that nobody from our soil spreads violence.” This was the first statement from Pakistan Prime Minister after Pulwama terror attack where at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed. Following are the points raised by Ministry of External Affairs: -We are not surprised that the Prime Minister of Pakistan refuses to acknowledge the attack on our security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism. Prime Minister of Pakistan has neither chosen to condemn this heinous act nor condoled with the bereaved families. -Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime. It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action. -The Prime Minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse. In the horrific attack in Mumbai on 26/11, proof was provided to Pakistan. Despite this, the case has not progressed for the last more than 10 years. Likewise, on the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, there has been no progress. Promises of "guaranteed action” ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan -The Prime Minister has referred to a "Naya Pakistan” with a new thinking. In this "Naya Pakistan”, Ministers of the current Government publicly share platforms with terrorists like Hafeez Saeed who have been proscribed by the United Nations. -Pakistan’s Prime Minister has called for dialogue and expressed his readiness to talk about terrorism. India has repeatedly stated that it is ready to engage in a comprehensive bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence. -Pakistan claims to be the greatest victim of terrorism. This is far from truth. The international community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve center of terrorism. -It is regrettable that the Pakistani Prime Minister has insinuated that India’s response to the terrorist attack is determined by the forthcoming General Election. India rejects this false allegation. India’s democracy is a model for the world which Pakistan would never understand. We demand Pakistan to stop misleading the international community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. -Sai Kumar

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TikTok India Says It Has Robust Measures to Protect Its Users February 20, 2019 08:35

In the wake of concerns about the misuse of video sharing application TikTok, the company on Wednesday said it has robust measures to protect users and mechanism to report content found violative of norms. TikTok India in a statement said it is in the process of designating a Chief Nodal Officer to be based out of India to better coordinate with law enforcing agencies. Launched by China-based startup, the application allows users to shoot and share videos across social media platforms. "At TikTok, maintaining a safe and positive in-app environment is our priority," the company statement said here in response to a query by PTI about the state government's move. "We have robust measures to protect users against misuse, including easy reporting mechanisms that enable users and law enforcement to report content that violates our terms of use and community guidelines", it said. State Information Technology Minister M Manikandan on Tuesday told the state assembly the government would take up with the Centre a possible ban on the app which reportedly misleads children and youth. He had also said political leaders and galore others had been expressing 'concern' over the app. Tami Nadu Minister made the remarks while reacting to a submission by Manithaneya Jananayaka Katchi Member of Legislative Assembly (Nagapattinam) M Thamimun Ansari that the social media application was allegedly misleading children and youth and sought action to ban it. -Sowmya Sangam

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