Here's what Amitabh Bachchan thinks about granddaughter Navya Naveli's affair with Meezaan Jaaferi; read this

Meezaan Jaaferi opens up about how Amitabh Bachchan reacted about granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda's dating rumours with him  

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Pegasus snooping: Supreme Court to hear pleas demanding probe on August 5

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a bunch of petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping charges on August 5.   The plea filed in the top court seeks an independent Court-monitored probe into the Pegasus report, which has caused a political uproar that has largely rendered the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament a washout. A two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana, will hear the petitions. Justice Surya Kant is the second judge on the bench. Senior journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar, CPM MP John Brittas and advocate ML Sharma have petitioned the top court to direct the government to disclose whether it has obtained a licence for the spyware or used it - directly or indirectly - to conduct surveillance of any kind. They have also alleged that snooping represented an attempt by agencies and organisations to muzzle the exercise of free speech and expression of dissent in India. An international media consortium has reported that over 300 verified Indian mobile phone numbers were on a list of potential targets for surveillance using Israeli firm NSO's Pegasus spyware. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, ace poll strategist Prashant Kishor, two serving Union Ministers, ex-Election Commissioner, 40 journalists among others were found to be on alleged leaked list of potential targets. The forensic analysis of several mobile phones, according to the petitioners, belonging to people listed as potential targets by the Security Lab of Amnesty International have confirmed security breaches. The hacking of phones belonging to journalists, doctors, lawyers, activists, ministers and opposition politicians “seriously compromises” the effective exercise of the fundamental right to free speech and expression, the petition said. Such an act has an obvious chilling effect on expression by threatening invasion into the most core and private aspects of a person's life, it added. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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On Friendship Day, RRR makers release first song from film 'Dosti'

Today we are celebrating Friendship day, and it is a perfect ode to the spirit of the day hence, makers of the 'RRR' unveiled the very first song from the film, 'Dosti'.  The film is helmed by the filmmaker SS Rajamouli. Taking to their social media, SS Rajamouli shared, "This Friendship day, witness the coming together of 2 powerful opposing forces - Ramaraju🔥& Bheem 🌊 #Dosti Music Video: https://t.co/uK5ltoe7Fq @MMKeeravaani @itsvedhem @anirudhofficial @ItsAmitTrivedi @IAMVIJAYYESUDAS #YazinNizar @TSeries @LahariMusic #RRRMovie #Natpu #Priyam"  This Friendship day, witness the coming together of 2 powerful opposing forces - Ramaraju🔥& Bheem 🌊#Dosti Music Video: https://ift.tt/3ldhiuS @anirudhofficial @ItsAmitTrivedi @IAMVIJAYYESUDAS #YazinNizar@TSeries @LahariMusic #RRRMovie #Natpu #Priyam — rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) August 1, 2021 The song USP is the brotherhood between the lead actors NTR Jr and Ram Charan. A period drama like never before, RRR is a fictional story on the younger days of freedom fighters Komaram Bheem and Alluri Seetharamaraju. The song is sung by Amit Trivedi, Lyrics by Ms Riya Mukherjee and Composed by M M Kreem.  The makers had earlier revealed that the film's theme song will bring together India's best singers from across all industries. Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Lahari Music, have the music rights of the magnum opus RRR.  The film features an ensemble cast from multiple industries and boasts of names like Ram Charan, NTR Jr, Ajay Devgn and Alia Bhatt. The film is produced by DVV Danayya. The much-awaited Pan-India film will have a worldwide release on the festive occasion of Dussehra, October 13, 2021.

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Bizzare: 90 paisa spoon sold for Rs 2 lakhs in online auction in London

In a bizarre incident, an individual bought an old crumpled spoon from a car boot sale and sold it for 12 thousand times more than its original value at the auction. According to reports, the man realised at first glance that this spoon was unique and bought it for 90 paise, thinking it to be a unique piece. Later, he approached the Lawrences Auctioneers and registered it for auction. While he was waiting for the confirmation, Lawrences Auctioneers' expert Alex Butcher examined the 5-inch spoon and found that it was dated back to the 13th century. Putting a value on the extraordinary item, it cost Rs 51,712. Post that, the spoon was put for online auction and its bid kept increasing, and it was finally sold for Rs 197,000.  Informing the media, the expert said the man who found the spoon is not a silver dealer, but he definitely has a good eye. He further said that the man wrote a mail stating that he was watching the auction with his family and couldn't believe the amount it was sold for. With the taxes and extra charges added, the value of the antique spoon has crossed Rs 2 lakh. 

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Happy Friendship Day: Here are 5 films that you should watch with your bestie today

Today is the first Sunday of August, which is celebrated as Friendship Day. This day you celebrate with your best friends and present gifts to them. But there is another way to celebrate the day is by watching these movies based on friendship. So sit back, hit the play button and celebrate your day with your best buddies. Watch Queen on Netflix. The film featuring Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Hayden, Mish Boyko and Jeffery Ho, will make you cherish the friends you have. The film is also about how friends help you to set out on a path to self-discovery and more.  Kartik Aaryan's Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety streaming on Amazon Prime Video is one of the best films to watch today. The film is all about friendship. Sonu, played by Kartik Aaryan, with all his mind, body, heart and soul, is a protective best friend of Sonu play by Sunny Singh from bad companies. Hence watch this movie with your best friend and sing 'tera yaar hu mein' together.  How can we forget Rock On, this film you can watch on Amazon Prime Video is perfect for the day. The film features Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Luke Kenny, Prachi Desai, Purab Kohli, and Shahana Goswami. It is a story about four friends who were best friends but time fade away their bond only to rekindle when they meet at a party.  Watch Tom and Jerry in Amazon Prime Video, and it is an evergreen tale that will never fade away because it never stops making us giggle. Tom and Jerry excellently portray the love-hate bond that friends have. The movie has many funny moments, stupid fights, liveliness, and brotherhood between the two, a mirror image of our friendships with our buddies.  Watch Otherhood on Netflix; the film is about three mothers planning to go on a trip to visit their children. They plan this tour because they don't feel like a ‘mother’ anymore but the ‘other’ in their kids' lives. They find some new secrets about their kids and their lost friendship through the visit to a new city.   

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'Step out of your comfort zone to discover what you love,' says Mimi Choi who is trending for illusion make up

Solving illusions and puzzles have always been our favourite activity since childhood. Today, people are mixing these illusions with art, paint, dance and now even with make-up. Combining the blend of optical illusions and make-up, Mimi Choi, who is based in Vancouver, Canada, is known for her creative illusions makeup skills. Speaking to the Asianet Newsable correspondent, she recalled what made her take up the profession of a make-up artist trying these illusions. She said, "After attempting my first few illusion looks, I became fascinated by how effective highlighting and shading was. Using my face, as a canvas is challenging but it gives me immense satisfaction when I push through and turn my vision into reality. I love the excitement and happiness I bring to clients and people around the world who appreciate my art." View this post on Instagram A post shared by MIMI CHOI (@mimles) View this post on Instagram A post shared by MIMI CHOI (@mimles) Her latest work has taken the internet by storm as it shows multiple eyes, lips, ears and nose painted on her face. Speaking about it, she said, "I was inspired by a look I did in 2016. It was an updated recreation of that look to see how much I have evolved as an artist." Fortunately, she has always received positive and supportive feedback. She added that sometimes people perceive her looks as scary and accuse them of 'evil'. However, she doesn't let that affect it because anyone can interpret her looks however they want. She just paints what she likes.  Talking about her inspiration, she said, "I love the works of surrealist artists like Dali, Arcimboldo, and MC Escher. Whenever I travel to a new city, I like to explore the museums which fill my mind with endless inspiration."  View this post on Instagram A post shared by MIMI CHOI (@mimles) View this post on Instagram A post shared by MIMI CHOI (@mimles) As her make-up illusions have been trending on social media for quite some time, Choi said as she is a professional makeup artist so she can paint these illusions on anyone who requests it. She further added, "I've painted on professional models and even celebrities such as Ezra Miller for the Met Gala, Jeff Goldblum for his Disney+ show, and Shay Mitchell for her YouTube channel." Giving out tips to the budding artists, Choi said she always tell aspiring artists to not be afraid of attempting challenging things. "It's important to step out of your comfort zone to discover what you love and how much you can achieve. Be authentic with your work as this is how you will develop your own style which is the most satisfying feeling," she added. So all the artists, take out your brushes and paint the world as you want!

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How to Prevent Unknown Users From Adding You to WhatsApp Groups

WhatsApp users can avoid being added to random groups by tweak their privacy settings. Follow the steps mentioned below to add a wall of protection and eliminate group spam.

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Tokyo Olympics: Satish Kumar's super heavyweight quarterfinal loss ends India's men's boxing campaign

In what comes as a heartbreak for India on Sunday morning, its men's boxing stint in the Tokyo Olympics came to an end. Super heavyweight boxer Satish Kumar lost his bout to Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinal. The Indian was already fighting with some stitches to his forehead and chin following his brutal pre-quarters bout to Jamaica's Ricardo Brown. While he lost to the Uzbek 0-5, the scoreline does not display the strong performance he put forward. The 32-year-old Satish managed to stand his ground but was not regular at landing punches on Jalolov. Meanwhile, the Uzbek utilised his counter-attacking style to dominate the Indian. ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics: Amit Panghal ousted by Yuberjen Martinez in flyweight pre-quarters bout In the third round, Satish's forehead stitch opened up, but he even fought through it. Following the bout, Jalolov applauded his opponent's bravery. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Boxing federation of India (@bfi_official_) Satish was the first Indian in the super heavyweight category to qualify for the Olympics ever. Meanwhile, Jalolov happens to be the reigning world champion, besides being a three-time Asian champion. With India's men's boxing campaign coming to an end, Lovlina Borgohain remains the only Indian woman alive in the campaign. She would be taking on Busenaz Sürmeneli to Turkey on Wednesday. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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India takes over UN Security Council Presidency for August with focus on terror

India on Sunday took over the Presidency of the UN Security Council. India is set to host signature events in three major areas of maritime security, peacekeeping and counterterrorism during the month. India has just assumed the presidency of The UN Security Council on 1st August. India and France enjoy historical and close relations. I thank France for all the support which they've given us during our stint in the Security Council, said Ambassador of India to UN, TS Tirumurti. During our presidency, India is organising three high-level signature meetings focussing on our priority areas--maritime security, peacekeeping, and counter-terrorism. India will also be organising a solemn event in memory of peacekeepers, Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the UN said. Security Council will also have on its agenda several important meetings including Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and the Middle East. Security Council will also be adopting important resolutions on Somalia, Mali, and UN Interim Force in Lebanon, Tirumurti added. Russia on Sunday congratulated India on assuming the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and said it is "truly impressed" with New Delhi's agenda, which "embraces pressing global issues" including maritime security peacekeeping and counter-terrorism. "Congratulations on #India's taking over the #UNSC presidency! Truly impressed with the agenda, which embraces pressing global issues including maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism. Expecting fruitful and effective work. Wishing many happy returns & all the success!" Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev tweeted. Congratulations on #India's taking over the #UNSC presidency! Truly impressed with the agenda, which embraces pressing global issues including maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism. Expecting fruitful & effective work. Wishing many happy returns & all the success! pic.twitter.com/1f8tDfbxel — Nikolay Kudashev 🇷🇺 (@NKudashev) August 1, 2021 Meanwhile, France said it is committed to working with India on strategic issues as maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism. "Delighted that India is today taking over #UNSC presidency from France. We are committed to working with India on strategic issues as maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism, and upholding a rules-based, multilateral system to face today's many ongoing crises," Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain tweeted. Delighted that India is today taking over #UNSC presidency from France. We are committed to working with India on strategic issues as maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism, and upholding a rules-based, multilateral system to face today’s many ongoing crises. pic.twitter.com/f91aWoBjUQ — Emmanuel Lenain (@FranceinIndia) August 1, 2021 Top leaders of the presiding country are known to address the council in their presidency month. But it could not be immediately ascertained if Prime Minister Narendra Modi or external affairs minister S Jaishankar will address it. This is India's first presidency in the UNSC during its 2021-22 tenure as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. The two-year tenure of India as a non-permanent member of the UNSC began on January 1, 2021. This is India's eighth tenure in the UNSC. The first working day of India's presidency will be on Monday, August 2 when Tirumurti will hold a hybrid press briefing in the UN headquarters on the Council's programme of work for the month. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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Taapsee Pannu celebrates her 34th birthday near Nanital on Blurr set; pictures inside

It is Taapsee Pannu's birthday today, August 1; she has turned 34. It is her working birthday because she is busy shooting for her film Bluur in Nanital. The film also features Hunterrr star Gulshan Devaiah. Gulshan Devaiah, one of the first people to wish Taapsee, shared a lovely, candid reel of the actor. “Happy birthday, TAAPS!! Be candid, be bindaas and be curly,” Gulshan wrote. Taapsee took to Instagram early morning to share a thoughtful post along with a picture to mark her special day and wrote that the last week has been challenging. The view she posting was of herself staring at the bright sun. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) “Last week has been tough, tricky, testing but with this sunrise and this new year I shall again gather the strength to look forward to what life has in store for me,” Taapsee wrote. The actress' sisters Shagun and Evania Pannu accompanied her for a birthday celebration. Sharing a picture with the birthday girl, Shagun wrote, “Made it in time! #myhappyplace.” The audience and critics loved Taapsee Pannu's latest release, Haseen Dillruba. She is one of the busiest actors in the industry. Recently, Taapsee announced her turn as a producer with her company, Outsider Films. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) “I am thrilled to embark upon this new journey and diversify my love for cinema with my production house ‘Outsiders Films’. Having my business ventures, management comes naturally to me. Hence, I always thought of setting my own production house. The audience and the industry have given me a lot of support and love over the 11 years of my career.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) “With Outsiders Films, I aim to give back to the industry and empower talent who are looking for a breakthrough and come with no background like me. Pranjal and I together look forward to opening doors for new and fresh talents, both in front and behind the camera,” Taapsee said at the time of announcement.  Talking about Blurr, the film is being directed by Ajay Bahl who did Section 375 in 2019. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee)

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All about the LGBT debate surrounding NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

NASA is set to launch the large infrared James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) touted as the “premier observatory” of the coming decade in November this year. But before the launch, NASA has a decision to make on whether it has to rename the $8.8 billion telescope after an LGBT debate has sparked surrounding the JWST.  In a petition, 4 astronomers have asked for a change in the name after they claimed that James Webb, after whom the telescope is named, had persecuted homosexuals when he had worked for the government. Watch this video to know more.

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Tokyo Olympics: Equestrian Fouaad Mirza placed 22nd in cross-country round

It has been so far an average outing for the Indian equestrian in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Fouaad Mirza, India's lone equestrian in the competition, has finished 22nd following the conclusion of the cross-country round on Sunday. The Indian scored 11.20-time penalties following a clear cross-country round, while his total has reached 39.20. He finished the run in just over eight minutes. ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics: Full schedule of India in action on August 1 A delayed start due to a technical issue saw him incur an 11.20 time penalty. On Saturday, he produced an excellent performance in the dressage round, finishing ninth, while with over 28.00 penalty points, he was placed sixth on Friday. Mirza has one more event to compete in, the show jumping, as he and his horse Seigneur Medicott needs to finish within the top 25 to compete in the individual jumping final. As of now, Oliver Townend of Great Britain is placed on the top, with no time penalties (23.60 points), followed by Julia Krajewski of Germany (25.60 points) and Laura Collett of GB (25.80 points). NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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PM Modi to launch e-RUPI digital payment solution tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a person and purpose specific digital payment solution e-RUPI on August 2, via video conferencing. e-RUPI is a cashless and contactless instrument for digital payment. It is a QR code or SMS string-based e-Voucher, which is delivered to the mobile of the beneficiaries. The users of this seamless one-time payment mechanism will be able to redeem the voucher without a card, digital payments app or internet banking access, at the service provider. "The Prime Minister has always championed digital initiatives. Over the years, several programmes have been launched to ensure that the benefits reach its intended beneficiaries in a targeted and leak-proof manner, with limited touchpoints between the government and the beneficiary," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Saturday. "The concept of electronic voucher takes forward this vision of Good Governance," it added. The PMO statement said that e-RUPI is a QR code or SMS string-based e-voucher delivered to the mobile of the beneficiaries. "The users of this seamless one-time payment mechanism will be able to redeem the voucher without a card, digital payments app or internet banking access, at the service provider," it said. e-RUPI, the PMO said, connects sponsors of services with beneficiaries and service providers without any physical interface while ensuring that the payment to the service provider is made only after the transaction is completed. "Being pre-paid in nature, it assures timely payment to the service provider without the involvement of any intermediary. It is expected to be a revolutionary initiative in the direction of ensuring a leak-proof delivery of welfare services," it added. The e-RUPI platform It has been developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on its UPI platform, in collaboration with the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Health Authority. The government is expecting the mechanism to ensure a leak-proof delivery of welfare services. It can also be used for delivering services under schemes meant for providing drugs and nutritional support, or diagnostics under schemes like Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, etc. Also, private firms too can leverage these digital vouchers as part of their employee welfare and corporate social responsibility programmes, the PMO said. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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Coronavirus: India’s daily infection tally rises marginally with 41,831 new cases; recovery rate at 97.37%

India reported 41,831 new cases, 541 deaths in the last 24 hours. The government has stressed on the need of strict restrictions in districts witnessing a positivity rate of more than 10%.

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How to Schedule an Email in Gmail via Desktop Browser, App

Google added email scheduling to Gmail in April of 2019. It allows you to draft a mail and send it at your chosen time in the future. Email scheduling on Gmail is available on both the mobile app and the desktop browser.

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Netflix India August 2021 Releases: Navarasa, The Kissing Booth 3, Sweet Girl, and More

Mani Ratnam’s Navarasa, Joey King’s The Kissing Booth 3, Jason Momoa’s Sweet Girl, Comedy Premium League with Tanmay Bhat and Prajakta Koli, John David Washington’s Beckett, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Vivo, Sandra Oh’s The Chair — the biggest movies and series coming to Netflix India in August 2021.

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Indian and Chinese commanders meet in Moldo; disengagement from Gogra and Hot Springs on agenda

The 12th round of top commanders-level talks between India and China are underway at Moldo on the Chinese side in the Ladakh region. The meeting is focused on the disengagement from Gogra and Hot Springs.  The Indian side in the meeting is being led by Leh-based XIV Corps (also known as Fire & Fury Corps) chief Lt Gen PGK Menon and External Affairs Ministry Additional Secretary (East Asia) Naveen Srivastava. The Chinese side is being represented by Xu Qiling, Commander of the PLA's Western Theatre Command.  Qiling was appointed earlier this month, and this is his first meeting on the issue. On Friday, a defence source had told Asianet Newsable said that the consensus is expected on disengagement from Gogra and Hot Springs in Eastern Ladakh. So far, the troops of two neighbouring countries have disengaged from both banks of the Pangong Tso river. That disengagement happened in February this year. After Friday's talks, a Major General-level dialogue is also scheduled to be held. Armed forces of the two countries have been engaged in border faceoff at multiple locations in Eastern Ladakh since May last year.  The two forces had a violent faceoff in the Galwan Valley in June last year. A total of 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the clash. The Chinese PLA, too, suffered heavy casualties but officially accepted only four deaths.  Besides 11 rounds of Corps Commanders-level talks, India and Chinese officials have also held 10 Major General-level, 55 Brigadiers-level talks and 1450 hotline calls. The 11th round of military dialogue was held at Chushul on April 9.

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Tokyo Olympics: Vandana Katariya becomes first Indian female hockey star to score Games hat-trick

In what comes as startling news for Indian women's hockey, Vandana Katariya scored a hat-trick to allow India to beat South Africa 4-3 in its final group stage game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to keep its knockout hope alive. However, she attained something special with the hat-trick. As a result, she is now the first Indian female hockey star to score a hat-trick in an Olympic game. Meanwhile, Katariya began scoring in the fourth minute, while she scored her second in the 17th minute. It was in the 49th minute when she completed her hat-trick. History has been made. 🇮🇳 Vandana Katariya scores the first-ever hat-trick for the Indian Women's Hockey Team in the Olympics. 💙#INDvRSA #IndiaKaGame #TeamIndia #Tokyo2020 #TokyoTogether #StrongerTogether #HockeyInvites #WeAreTeamIndia #Hockey pic.twitter.com/DPshZMj36I — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 31, 2021 NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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Love Deepika Padukone's style? Take a look at her 5 best-dressed moments

Here we bring you 5 hot looks of Deepika Padukone that every fan must follow; read on.

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ONE CHAMPIONSHIP, BATTLEGROUND: Ritu Phogat downs Lin Heqin

In what proves to be a significant dominance by Ritu Phogat, she outlasted Lin Heqin in the BATTLEGROUND event of the ONE CHAMPIONSHIP on Friday night. After the three rounds, Phogat secured the win through unanimous judges decisions. In Phogat's first bout since May 2021, she returned in style, using her excellent grappling skills that overpowered Lin. She pinned her to the ground and landed blows on her from various angles, hardly giving her opponent any chance to defend or counter back. Following the bout, all three judges ruled the decision in favour of the Indian. Furthermore, it also ended Lin's 11-match winning streak. ALSO READ: ONE Championship: Ritu Phogat desperate for win against Lin Heqin "Lin was a strong opponent and is also more experienced than me. But, I didn't let that affect me; I focused on my skills and game plan to defeat her. Midway through the match, I realised that the double-leg takedown wasn't working for me, so I improvised and switched to a single-leg takedown. Even when she stood up after the first round, I wasn't taken aback because I was confident that I was moving the needle in the right direction." she told ONE. "I credit my success to everyone in India who have been rooting for me, praying for me and endlessly loving me. My wins are a result of their unwavering support. I want to thank them immensely for inspiring and motivating me each day to settle for nothing less than a win. I owe every supporter big time! I promise to fly the Indian flag up and high at ONE," she concluded. The win should put Phogat in the championship title contenders recognition. She needed the win following her previous bout loss to Bi Nguyen, while her current MMA record stands 5-1. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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Cryptocurrency Jargons Explained — All the Terms You Need to Know

Whether you're interested in buying cryptocurrency now or later, knowing the lingo is a good first step. We explain some of the more common terms you might hear, like whales, gas, and fiat.

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WhatsApp Faces Proceedings in Russia Over Violation of Personal Data Law

Russia launched administrative proceedings against Facebook's WhatsApp for what it said was a failure to localise data of Russian users on Russian territory.

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Cryptocurrency Mining Operation Uncovered at Polish Police Headquarters: Report

Polish police said they had uncovered a Bitcoin mining operation in their own headquarters in Warsaw.

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Amazon Fined Record EUR 746 Million in Luxembourg Over Data Privacy

Amazon was fined EUR 746 million (roughly Rs. 6,585 crores) by Luxembourg authorities over allegations it flouted the EU's data protection rules, the online retail giant said.

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Google Request for Microsoft Documents Is Relevant in Antitrust Case, US Judge Says

A US federal judge asked Microsoft to let him know how big of a burden it would be for the company to provide documents requested by long-time rival Google, in an antitrust lawsuit.

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Blue Origin Protest Over NASA Lunar Contract Rejected by US Watchdog

A US government watchdog sided with NASA over its decision to pick a single lunar lander provider, rejecting a protest filed by Blue Origin and defence contractor Dynetics.

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Tokyo Olympics: India wins crucial match in women's hockey

India defeated South Africa 4-3 in Women Hockey Pool A match at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The eyes of the Indian women's hockey team will now be on the match between Great Britain and Ireland to be held in the evening. If Ireland loses in this match, then the Indian team will get a chance to play in the last-8. The Indian team took a 1-0 lead against South Africa in the first quarter through Vandana Katariya, who scored in the fourth minute.  Having momentarily taken their foot off the pedal, the Indian team suffers a setback as Glasby Tarryn Christie equalised for South Africa with a deflection in the 15th minute. This was a must-win match for India. They had to win big so as to ensure that they are not at a disadvantage in case goal-difference decides the fourth and final quarterfinal spot from Pool A. In the second quarter, the Indian team got its fourth penalty corner. The Indian women's team, which has been plagued by its inability to convert penalty corners into a goal, got one into the net off a deflection from Vandana. Indian women's hockey team has had a very poor record of scoring goals off penalty corners in these Olympic Games.  So far, out of 27 penalty corners, only two have been converted into goals.  In the last match against Ireland, Indian women had wasted 14 penalty corners. Meanwhile, South Africa exposed the chink in India's defence in the dying moments of the second quarter. South Africa scored in the 30th minute of the match, with Erin Hunter scored from a penalty corner. At half time, the score was tied at 2-2. India took the lead again in the second minute of the third quarter against South Africa. Neha scored this goal for India off a penalty corner in the 32nd minute. This is Neha's first goal in Olympics. But India's lead was short-lived yet again, with South Africa scoring the equaliser.  In the 39th minute of the third quarter of the match, South Africa's Marais Marizen put the ball behind the nets. Vandana Katariya scored her third goal and put India ahead for a fourth time in the 49th minute. She scored off a penalty corner to give his team the lead again against South Africa.  Vandana made a unique record by scoring three goals in the 4th, 17th and 49th minutes of the match. She has become the first Indian female hockey player to score a hat-trick in an Olympic match.

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Cat observes Gymnasts performance on TV, tries to copy movements; watch video

The ongoing Tokyo Olympics is one of the most-talked games globally. It looks like the competition has also grabbed animals' attention. Yes, a viral video shows a cat curiously observing gymnasts performance and appears to be pretty attracted by their movements.  The video shows a white cat sitting in front of the television, adjacent to the screen and watching the gymnasts performance with a lot of attention and group. As the athletes display synchronized movements, the cat also moves its head in the corresponding direction and, with its paw, tries to catch them. Instagram user Humor And Animals posted this video with the caption, "cats watching gymnastics is my new favorite (teenybellinitheprettypittie IG)" The video went viral on social media and garnered over 1 million and 55k likes. Take a look. cats watching gymnastics is my new favorite (teenybellinitheprettypittie IG) pic.twitter.com/aZjQBoqJBB — Humor And Animals (@humorandanimals) July 28, 2021

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Tokyo Olympics: Amit Panghal ousted by Yuberjen Martinez in flyweight pre-quarters bout

In yet another setback for Indian boxing in the Tokyo Olympics, flyweight boxer Amit Panghal was ousted by Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez in the pre-quarters bout on Saturday. The world number one Indian lost it by a considerable margin of 4-1. Panghal was the top-seeded Indian and was making his Olympic debut after receiving a bye in the opening round. Although the Indian was under pressure against the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist, he did well to connect his punches on the Colombian to win the opening round 4-1. ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics: Simranjit Kaur loses her pre-quarters lightweight bout to Sudaporn Seesondee However, the Indian was already aware of Martinez's pace, as in the following round, the Colombian bounced back with some strong blows to Panghal's body, courtesy of his uppercuts. Although the Indian tried to respond back, the Colombian's resolution allowed him to level in the round. As things moved into the decisive round, Panghal went defensive while Martinez accelerated his intensity, outplaying the former and winning the bout 4-1. The Colombian is looking to turn professional following his stint at this Games. #TeamIndia | #Tokyo2020 | #Boxing Men's Fly Weight 48-52kg Round of 16 Results 💔 loss for Amit against Rio Silver medallist Martinez. Spirited boxing in your debut #OlympicGames @Boxerpanghal 🙌 We'll come back #StrongerTogether #RukengeNahi #EkIndiaTeamIndia #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/yXrjGwwY5K — Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) July 31, 2021 NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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75th Independence Day: Here are 25 things India does in a minute

On the 75th year of independence, here are some numbers that every Indian must be proud of and reflects upon its true potential

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Friendship Day 2021: 5 cool gift ideas to gift your best friend

What better way to celebrate Friendship Day by gifting your best buddy some fabulous gifts. Here we bring you 5 cool ideas that will bring a smile to your friend's face.

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Twitter to Offer 'Bounty' to Users, Researchers for Finding Algorithmic Bias

Twitter said it would offer a cash "bounty" to users and researchers to help root out algorithmic bias on the social media platform.

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Elon Musk Says ‘Epic Is Right,’ Takes Sides in Battle With Apple on App Store Fees

Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed his support for Fortnite maker Epic Games that has challenged Apple's fees on its App Store. “Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet,” Musk said.

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Pataudi Trophy 2021: Ben Stokes takes an indefinite break from cricket

English all-rounder Ben Stokes would not be featuring for his side in the upcoming five-Test series against India to defend the Pataudi Trophy. He has decided to take an indefinite break from cricket, citing mental health and continuing to recover from his finger injury. Stokes has been spending most of his life of late living in bio-bubbles due to team commitments for England and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He also suffered a finger injury this summer, and it has been healing slower than actually anticipated. Although his comeback was rushed for Durham in the Vitality Blast, there was soon an availability issue after some COVID cases with the side. Later, he helped to lead a second-string English side to a 3-0 series win in the One-Day International series at home against Pakistan. ALSO READ: India vs Sri Lanka 2021: Yuzvendra Chahal, K Gowtham test COVID positive; to enter isolation in Lanka "The ECB fully supports Ben's decision, and we will continue to help him during this period away from the game. Stokes will be replaced in the squad by Somerset's Craig Overton. We request that privacy is given to Ben and his family during this time," said England and Wales Cricket Board in a release. "Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing. Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people. The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this. Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future," said Ashley Giles (ECB Managing Director) in the release. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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Border crisis blows up: Mizoram cops book Assam chief minister and 8 officials

Mizoram Police has filed criminal cases against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, four of his senior state police officials and two state officials in connection with the clashes that erupted at the border between the two states. Six Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed in the faceoff while over 60 were injured.  Himanta and his state officials have been booked under various charges, including attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy that led to the firing on the outskirts of Vairengte town in Mizoram’s Kolasib district. They have been summoned for questioning on August 1. The Assam Police officials who have been booked in the FIR include Inspector General of Police Anurag Aggarwal, Cachar Superintendent of Police Chandrakant Nimbalkar, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Cachar Devojyoti Mukherjee and officer-in-charge of Dholai police station, Sahab Uddin. The two Assam administrative officials named in the FIR are Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and Cachar Divisional Forest Officer Sunnydeo Chaudhary. Cases have also been registered in Mizoram against nearly 200 unidentified Assam Police personnel. Assam hunts for Rajya Sabha MP from Mizoram. An Assam Police team pasted a notice outside the residence of Mizoram Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlavena for making threatening statements targeting civil and police officials. The Assam Police believes there are reasonable grounds to question the MP on the border clash, and the notice directs the latter to appear at the Dholai police station at 11 am on August 1 without fail. Both sides have been accusing each other of triggering the violence at the border. Assam Police has also served notices to Mizoram police officials, including the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police and Additional Superintendent of Police of Kolasib.

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F9, The Suicide Squad, Bhuj: The Pride of India, and More: August Guide to Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, and Prime Video

F9, The Suicide Squad, Bhuj: The Pride of India, Shershaah, Navarasa, The Conjuring 3, Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8, The Empire, Cruella, Marvel’s What If...?, Nine Perfect Strangers — the biggest movies and TV shows on Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and Comedy Central in August 2021.

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Tokyo Olympics: Kamalpreet Kaur enters Discus throw finals, Seema Punia out

Indian athlete Kamalpreet Kaur reached the final of the Tokyo 2020 discus throw event by touching a benchmark of 64 meters in her third attempt. She is the second Indian thrower to date to achieve this feat.  Before her, Krishna Punia had achieved this success in the London Olympic Games-2012. Kamalpreet threw 63.97m in her second attempt in the qualification for Tokyo 2020 women's disc throw Group B. US athlete Valerie Allman was ranked number one with a throw of 66.42 meters. She is the only athlete in the competition to throw more than 64 meters.  India's other medal hope at the event, Seema Punia, bowed out after ending 6th in her Group A. The veteran Discus thrower failed to make the cut with her best throw of 60.57m.  In Group A, Croatia's Sandra Perkovic topped Group A with a throw of 63.75m, followed by Kristin Pudenz of Germany, who registered 63.53m. None of the throwers in Group A managed to cross the 64m qualification mark.

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Tokyo Olympics: India's archery challenge ends as Atanu Das bows out

India's archery challenge at the Tokyo Olympics ended on Saturday after Atanu Das lost to Japan's Furukawa Takaharu. Atanu lost to Furukawa, an individual silver medalist at London 2012 Olympics and a team bronze winner at the Tokyo Olympics, in the 1/8 elimination round of men's individual archery at Tokyo 2020. Atanu lost his first set 25-27 to Furukawa 0-2. He improved his game in the second round and drew the set 28-28.  Expectations rose after Atanu defeated his Japanese opponent 28-27 in the third set to level the match 3-3. He then drew 28-28 in the fourth set, setting the stage for a final showdown in the fifth set. However, Atanu lost the fifth set 26-27 and the match 4-6 to bring the curtains down on India's archery medal hopes. After his match, Atanu said, "Maybe we take the Olympics too seriously. We forget to enjoy. When we win World Cups and other championships, nobody knows about it. At the Olympics, everyone is watching. So there is pressure. We have to deal with the Olympics better." He further said, "We got a coach only when we came to the camp after the pandemic. There is no national coach or psychologist on a permanent basis. Things are improving, but it will take time. We need to be strong and patient." To recall, Atanu had on Friday knocked out two-time Olympic champion Oh Jin Hyek.

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Realme 8s Specifications and Renders Leak, Phone Said to Launch in India Soon

Realme 8s specifications have been leaked on the Web. Some renders suggesting the design of the new Realme phone have also appeared. The Realme 8s is said to launch in India soon alongside the Realme 8i.

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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro ECG, Huawei Band 6 Pro Wearables With SpO2 Tracking Launched: Price, Specifications

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro ECG smartwatch and Huawei Band 6 Pro fitness band have launched in the Chinese market. The two wearables are 5ATM water-resistant and offer a minimum of 96 sports modes. Both feature blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and sleep monitoring.

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Black Widow Streaming: Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over OTT Release, Alleges Breach of Contract

Disney is being sued by Scarlett Johansson over its decision to release superhero movie Black Widow on streaming at the same time as in theatres, alleging a breach of contract which cost the star millions of dollars.

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LinkedIn Allows Employees to Work Fully Remote, Removes In-Office Expectation

LinkedIn will allow employees to opt for full-time remote work or a hybrid option as offices gradually reopen, Chief People Officer Teuila Hanson said.

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Jungle Cruise Disney+ Hotstar Release Date Set for November 12

Jungle Cruise to release November 12 on Disney+ Hotstar in India. No word on a theatrical release date in India. Jungle Cruise is out now on Disney+ Premier Access.

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Prabhas to clash with Telugu stars Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu at box office; Radhe Shyam's release date out

Good News for all Prabhas' fans, yes the day finally comes when we get to know the release date of his big-budget film Radhe Shyam starring Pooja Hegde. Today, the filmmakers and the cast have shared a new poster featuring Prabhas. The film team made sure to keep their enthusiasm high by showing posters and other such assets but finally, the big date is here. Prabhas took to his social media to share a poster of the film. He can be seen walking on the streets of Europe while looking dapper. The poster says that the movie will release on the occasion of Makar Sankranti/ Pongal, which is January 14 2022. Take a look View this post on Instagram A post shared by Prabhas (@actorprabhas) "Can't wait for you all to watch my romantic saga, #RadheShyam, which has a brand new release date - January 14, 2022 worldwide!" According to the poster, Prabhas' film will release in theatres on January 14, 2022, so it means Radhe Shyam will clash with Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu's Sarkaru Vaari Paata and Pawan Kalyan and Rana Rana Daggubati’s film. Now, this is getting more exciting. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Prabhas (@actorprabhas) Coming back to Prabhas' Radhe Shyam also marks his return to the romantic genre after a gap of almost a decade. Radhe Shyam will be a multi-lingual film helmed by Radha Krishna Kumar, presented by Gulshan Kumar and T-Series.  UV Creations produce it. Bhushan Kumar, Vamsi and Pramod produce the film.

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Slice of Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding cake up for auction

After 40 years, Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake is up for auction. The slice was given to Moyra Smith, who was a member of the Queen Mother's household at Clarence House.  Preserving it for many years, she kept the cake in the tin and labelled it: "Handle with care Prince Charles & Princess Diane’s (sic) Wedding Cake", dated 29/7/81. The cake was initially sold to a collector in 2008 but now it's up for auction on August 11. The slice is expected to be sold between $418 and $697. It had a marzipan base and was decorated with a sugar facsimile of the royal coat of arms painted in red, blue, and silver.  This slice is from one of the 27 cakes that were made for the Royal Wedding. It was baked by David Avery who was the head baker at the Royal Navy's cooking school in Kent and took him around 14 weeks to finish the cake.  According to media reports, Chris Albury from the Dominic Winter Auctioneers said that the cake appears to be in the same condition. But adding a word of caution, he said it shouldn't be consumed for obvious reasons.

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CBSE class 12th result 2021 to be announced at 2 pm today

The Central Board of Secondary Education will declare CBSE 12 result 2021 today at 2 pm. Once declared, students would be able to access their CBSE 10th Result 2021 and CBSE 12th Result 2021 online on the official website cbseresults.nic.in. Results would also be available on UMANG App, through SMS, through IVRS and on DigiLocker. CBSE Class XII Result to be announced today at 2 P.M.#ExcitementLevel💯%#CBSEResults #CBSE pic.twitter.com/eWf3TUGoMH — CBSE HQ (@cbseindia29) July 30, 2021 CBSE 10th Result 2021 tabulation process ended on July 24, 2021 while the finalization of CBSE 12th Result 2021 was completed by the schools on July 25. To check their results, students need roll numbers. Since this year, the roll numbers were not distributed, the board has released a ‘roll number finder’. Steps to check CBSE Class 12 results 2021 on official website: Step 1: Go to cbse.nic.in Step 2: Scroll down the page and click on the link that reads, “Roll Number Finder” Step 3: You will be redirected to a new page, where you have to click on the ‘Continue’ Step 4: Next, choose class 10 or cass 12 Step 5: Key in your name, father’s name, school code/date of birth, and mother’s name Step 6: Click on search data and access your class 10 or class 12 roll number  

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Tokyo Olympics: Simranjit Kaur loses her pre-quarters lightweight bout to Sudaporn Seesondee

India's boxing contingent continued to disappoint in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand knocked out lightweight boxer Simranjit Kaur 5-0 in the pre-quarters on Friday. It was confusing initially, as it seemed Simranjit was in control, catching Seesondee on the back foot with a balanced approach and counter-attacks. However, after the judges ruled the opening round in favour of the Thai, the Indian became somewhat reckless thereon. ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics: India guaranteed a medal, Lovlina Borgohain wins Boxing welterweight match Owing to Simranjit's ultra-aggressive mood, Seesondee was able to land a couple of left hooks. Furthermore, the Indian made defensive errors once again to rule the round in favour of the Thai. In the final round, Simranjit needed a miracle to get over Seesondee. Nevertheless, it seemed to be an easy ride for the Thai, winning the bout 5-0, who happens to be a twin world champion and a silver medalist at the Asian Games 2018. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Boxing federation of India (@bfi_official_) NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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Coronavirus: New COVID infections take active cases tally to over 4-lakh mark

India reported 44,230 new Covid-19 cases and 555 deaths due to the infection in the last 24 hours.

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Raj Kundra pornography case: Umesh Kamat asked Zoya Rathore for n*de audition, read details

In another shocking development in Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra's pornography case, model Zoya Rathore has made some shocking revelations about the alleged porn racket. Kundra was arrested last week, and since then, a series of shocking events have taken place. As per Mumbai Crime Branch, he is alleged to be the key conspirator in the 11 arrests made by the police as he lures many women into the racket on the pretext of offering a role in web series. During the conversation with ABP News, Zoya Rathore reveals that she received an offer from Raj Kundra to star in a porn film. His former personal aide and business associate, Umesh Kamat, had called her multiple times to ask her to work in adult film from HotShots apps. Kamat reportedly asked Zoya to act in adult films and asked her to give a nude audition via WhatsApp instead of taking an audition at the office. He continued to call her and offered her Rs 20 thousand per day for her role in adult films. Zoya revealed that Kamat agreed to offer her Rs 70,000 if she decides to work with him. Zoya Rathore previously worked in TV shows like Bade Achhe Lagte Hain and Subhagyavati Bhava in Fear Files.  

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India vs Sri Lanka 2021: Indian team departs with Krunal Pandya in isolation

India and Sri Lanka were locked in limited-overs contests that ended with the third Twenty20 International on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Indians have departed from the island nation, while all-rounder Krunal Pandya stays isolated for testing COVID-positive.

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Watch: NASA's video shows 'one star' of the solar system ejecting billions of particles at superfast speed

NASA's encyclopedia about space exploration is loaded with intriguing observations which leave people spellbound. Recently, NASA shared stunning visuals of the Sun's surface belching a coronal mass ejection.  Dropping the video on Instagram, the space agency in the caption shared its review on the ‘one star’ of the solar system. In the next few lines, NASA shared information about the CME whose footage it had shared in the clip. The agency wrote that the waves of solar plasma shoot billions of particles into space “at about 1 million miles, or 1,600,000 kilometres, per hour.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by NASA (@nasa) Explaining whether if it will harm human life, the space agency further said:  "Unlike solar flares, which are powerful bursts of radiation that can temporarily cause communications and navigation blackouts, CMEs like this one can temporarily overload electrical systems if power companies are not prepared." The post, since being shared, has created a buzz on social media. So far, it has garnered more than two million views. Instagram users were stunned at the clip as they could not believe it was real footage. 

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Amazon Sales Growth Slows as Online Shopping Surge Eases, New CEO Andy Jassy’s Tenure Sees a Tame Start

Amazon said sales growth would slow in the next few quarters as customers venture more outside the home, a tepid start to CEO Andy Jassy's reign after 27 years with Jeff Bezos at the retailer's helm.

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What Is Cryptocurrency? Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin, Ether, Dogecoin, and More

A cryptocurrency, often just called crypto, is a sort of digital money as opposed to "fiat" or traditional currency and has become a popular asset for investors.

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Tokyo Olympics: India guaranteed a medal, Lovlina Borgohain wins Boxing welterweight match

Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain defeated Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals of the Women's Boxing welterweight category at Tokyo 2020. With this, Lovlina entered the semi-finals. India is sure to win at least a bronze medal when Lovlina faces off against current world champion Busenaz Surmeneli in the semi finals. CREATES HISTORY 🤩@LovlinaBorgohai puts up a brilliant performance and secures 1st medal for 🇮🇳 from boxing in 69 kg at @Tokyo2020 She beat Chinese Taipei's Chen NC 4-1 in QF to reach semis 🥳#RingKeBaazigar#boxing#Tokyo2020#Cheer4India#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/28cpzoUxZY — Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) July 30, 2021 The 23-year-old Assamese took down the former world champion  4-1 in the quarter-final match.  Borgohain took an aggressive approach from the start, winning the first round 30–27 and winning the second round unanimously. In the third round, Lovlina won with a split decision.  In the end, the Indian boxer was declared victorious by split decision and made her way to the semi-finals. Lovlina will face top-seeded Turkish boxer Busenaz Surmeneli to reach the final. This match against the current world champion will be played on Wednesday, August 4 at 11.00 am Indian time. Lovlina is only the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom to secure a boxing medal for the country at the Olympics.

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Misfire of Russian Module throws International Space Station out of control: NASA

Moscow: The International Space Station (ISS) was thrown briefly out of control on Thursday when jet thrusters of a newly arrived Russian research module inadvertently fired a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost, NASA officials said. The seven crew members aboard - two Russian cosmonauts, three NASA astronauts, a Japanese astronaut and a European space agency astronaut from France - were never in any immediate danger, according to NASA and Russian state-owned news agency RIA. But the malfunction prompted NASA to postpone until at least August 3 its planned launch of Boeing's new CST-100 Starliner capsule on a highly anticipated uncrewed test flight to the space station. The Starliner had been set to blast off atop an Atlas V rocket on Friday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Thursday's mishap began about three hours after the multipurpose Nauka module had latched onto the space station, as mission controllers in Moscow were performing some post-docking "reconfiguration" procedures, according to NASA. The module's jets inexplicably restarted, causing the entire station to pitch out of its normal flight position some 250 miles above the Earth, leading the mission's flight director to declare a "spacecraft emergency," US space agency officials said. An unexpected drift in the station's orientation was first detected by automated ground sensors, followed 15 minutes later by a "loss of attitude control" that lasted a little over 45 minutes, according to Joel Montalbano, manager of NASA's space station program. 'Tug-of-War' Flight teams on the ground managed to restore the space station's orientation by activating thrusters on another module of the orbiting platform, NASA officials said. In its broadcast coverage of the incident, RIA cited NASA specialists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, as describing the struggle to regain control of the space station as a "tug of war" between the two modules. At the height of the incident, the station was pitching out of alignment at the rate of about a half a degree per second, Montalbano said during a NASA conference call with reporters. The Nauka engines were ultimately switched off, the space station was stabilized, and its orientation was restored to where it had begun, NASA said. Communication with the crew was lost for several minutes twice during the disruption, but "there was no immediate danger at any time to the crew," Montalbano said. He said, "the crew really didn't feel any movement." Had the situation become so dangerous as to require evacuation of personnel, the crew could have escaped in a SpaceX crew capsule still parked at the outpost and designed to serve as a "lifeboat" if necessary, said Steve Stich, manager of NASA's commercial crew program. What caused the malfunction of the thrusters on the Nauka module, delivered by the Russian space agency Roscosmos, has yet to be determined, NASA officials said. Montalbano said there was no immediate sign of any damage to the space station. The flight correction manoeuvres used up more propellant reserves than desired, "but nothing I would worry about," he said. After its launch last week from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome, the module experienced a series of glitches that raised concern about whether the docking procedure would go smoothly. Roscosmos attributed Thursday's post-docking issue to Nauka's engines having to work with residual fuel in the craft, TASS news agency reported. "The process of transferring the Nauka module from flight mode to 'docked with ISS' mode is underway. Work is being carried out on the remaining fuel in the module," Roscosmos was cited by TASS as saying. The Nauka module is designed to serve as a research lab, storage unit and airlock that will upgrade Russia's capabilities aboard the ISS. A live broadcast showed the module, named after the Russian word for "science," docking with the space station a few minutes later than scheduled. "According to telemetry data and reports from the ISS crew, the onboard systems of the station and the Nauka module are operating normally," Roscosmos said in a statement. "There is contact!!!" Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, wrote on Twitter moments after the docking. (With inputs from agency)   NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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Tokyo Olympics: Shooters Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat fail to qualify for 25m pistol final

The disappointing run of Indian shooters at the Tokyo Olympics continued on Friday after the country's medal hopes in the 25m women's qualification were dashed. Both Indian shooters -- Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat -- are out of the race for the finals. Manu Bhaker continued her nightmarish run at the Tokyo Games. She failed to make it to the finals of the three events that she took part in.  Indian shooter Manu Bhaker has also completed his three series. She secured a total of 290 points in her three series, scoring 96, 97, 97. Manu's score in the precision round was 292. Her combined score from both rounds was 582.  India's other shooter, Rahi Sarnobat, too, was off target and crashed out with an overall score of 573. At the end of the round, only the top 8 were given a place in the final. Manu ended up at number 15 while Rahi finished at number 32 in the 25m women's pistol qualification.

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'I was aked to change my ring dress a minute before my bout': Mary Kom seeks explanation

Boxer MC Mary Kom on Friday questioned the International Olympic Committee with regard to being made to change her dress moments before the bout at the Tokyo Olympics. In a Twitter post, Mary Kom said: "Surprising. Can anyone explain what will be a ring dress? I was asked to change my ring dress just a minute before my pre-quarterfinal bout; can anyone explain?" Surprising..can anyone explain what will be a ring dress. I was ask to change my ring dress just a minute before my pre qtr bout can anyone explain. @PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @KirenRijiju @iocmedia @Olympics pic.twitter.com/b3nwPXSdl1 — M C Mary Kom OLY (@MangteC) July 30, 2021 The six-time world champion tagged the Prime Minister's Office, International Olympic Committee and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Anurag Thakur. The 38-year-old, who was eyeing her second Olympic medal after the bronze at the 2012 London Games, lost her Flyweight (51kg) pre-quarterfinal to Colombian Ingrit Valencia at the Tokyo Games. The boxer had on Thursday slammed the International Olympic Committee's Boxing Task Force for 'poor judging' in her match, which she lost despite winning two of the three rounds. The Task Force is managing the boxing competition at the Tokyo Olympics after the International Olympic Committee suspended the International Boxing Association for alleged financial wrongdoing and mismanagement. Mary Kom rued the fact that the decision could not be reviewed at the Games.

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Assam issues travel advisory for Mizoram, claims some Mizos armed with automatic weapons

In a note issued on Thursday evening, the Assam government said that considering the prevailing situation, people are advised not to travel to Mizoram as any threat to the safety of people from the state cannot be accepted. The advisory, effective immediately, warned Assamese living in Mizoram due to work obligations should exercise utmost caution.  The advisory comes days after violence flared up in the Cachar, Karimganj and Hailkandi districts of Assam bordering Mizoram. Six policemen and a civilian were killed, and many were injured in the skirmish in Cachar district on July 26. The two states have been engaged in a war of words, each accusing the other of instigating violence and deploying security forces along the interstate border. The state government stated that the advisory was being issued as it had reliably learnt that "many civilians in Mizoram were armed with automatic weapons." The advisory, signed by state Home Secretary MS Manivannan, noted that some Mizo civil society, student and youth organisations have been issuing provocative statements against Assam and its people. Assam intensifies crackdown Meanwhile, the state government also intensified the crackdown on the trafficking of illicit drugs.  All incoming vehicles from Mizoram will be thoroughly checked by Assam Police personnel on all the entry points along the Assam-Mizoram border in order to check the trafficking of illicit drugs. Assam Police Special DGP GP Singh said, "Continuing our offensive against drug cartels operating from Mizoram and beyond, we have decided to up the ante. We are requesting people to cooperate in the interest of the next generation of our country."

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Tokyo Olympics: Avinash Sable sets national record, but ends 7th in 3000m steeplechase race

India had a mixed start to the Tokyo Olympics 2020 athletics events on Friday.  Avinash Sable clocked a new national record of 8.18.12 in the 3000m steeplechase race. but could not overcome the dominance of Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes. Despite setting the national record, Avinash had to drop out of the qualification by staying at number 7 in his heat. #IND 3000m steeplechase star Avinash Sable bettered his earlier national record by clocking 8:18.12 in heat 2 to finish seventh. ⚡👏 Despite a gritty performance, he missed out on a place in the final by a whisker. #Tokyo2020 @avinash3000m — #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) July 30, 2021

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Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari enters quarterfinals of women's individual archery

Deepika Kumari reached the quarterfinals of Women's Individual Archery of Tokyo 2020 with a 6-5 win over Ksenia Perova of the ROC in the shoot-off. ROC is an acronym for Russian Olympic Committee. There are 335 athletes participating under the ROC banner after the World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia for four years and barred it from competing in international events, including the Tokyo Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in 2022, over a state-backed doping programme claim. At the start of the 1/8 elimination round of Women's Individual Archery, Deepika took a 2-0 lead with a comfortable 28-25 win in the first set against Perova. Perova won the second set 27-26, levelling the score at 2-2. The battle between the two picked up the intensity with Deepika winning the third set while Perova tied 26-26 with the Indian archer in the fourth set and then won the fifth round 25-28 to take the match into a shoot-off.

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Tokyo Olympics: Archer Atanu Das knocks out Oh Jin Hyek to sail into pre-quarters

India continues to have some hope in archery in the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Atanu Das survived substantial twin challenges in the men's individual round to enter the pre-quarters on Thursday. In the Round of 32, he was up against Deng Yu-Cheng of Chinese Taipei. It was an intense battle, with both locked at two sets all. ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics: Archer Deepika Kumari enters pre-quarters after twin exquisite performances The final set, too, was great, as they were tied 19-19. However, the Taipei misfired with seven, as Das exploited the chance by firing a nine to enter the next round. In the following round, it was going to be an arduous task against twin Olympic champion Oh Jin Hyek of South Korea. The Indian was actually down 2-4 but showed remarkable resilience, as in the shoot-off, he fired a perfect ten to seal his pre-quarters place. Das and his wife Deepika Kumari are the only two Indians left in the archery fray. #TeamIndia | #Tokyo2020 | #Archery Men's Individual 1/16 Eliminations Results Unbelievable shoot-off by archer @ArcherAtanu to hit a 10🎯 to advance. Stuns former Olympic & World Champion Oh Jinhyek of South Korea. Bravoo champ!! #RukengeNahi #EkIndiaTeamIndia #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/p6lp2Jcf9S — Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) July 29, 2021 NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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Danger lurks beyond Tiger territory: 40% big cats on the prowl in unprotected areas

All photographs via special arrangement courtesy Farhan Khan The population of tigers in India, especially Madhya Pradesh, has been flourishing for the last few years. The once dwindling tiger numbers revived through the country's Project Tiger conservation project.  Comparing the all-India Tiger Estimation Reports of 2014 and 2018, the country has had a 33 per cent increase in its tiger population in 2018, reaching 2967 tigers. Of this, Madhya Pradesh alone contributed 29 per cent, followed by Karnataka and Uttarakhand. As per the same 2018 report, Madhya Pradesh was declared the 'Tiger Capital' of India with a population of 526 tigers, recording a 70% increase in population since 2014. In the first estimation of the tiger population, which came out in 2006, MP had 300 tigers. This magnificent increase has resulted from years of conservation efforts carried out in the state. Despite the increasing numbers, the job for the MP forest department has become tougher; the real challenges for tiger conservation have only begun now. '40% of tiger population is outside protected areas' According to JS Chauhan, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), there is not one but many challenges that the forest department is preparing to conserve and provide a safe home to the big cats.  One of the biggest challenges for the MP forest department is to protect the tigers outside protected areas. Chauhan said, "Of the total tiger population in MP, at least 40% of tigers are outside protected areas. These tigers need constant monitoring as they are on the move and are prone to various sorts of threats." Need for maintaining genetic diversity APCCF Chauhan further spoke about the importance of maintaining genetic diversity among tigers, lacking which, there could be a complete wipe-out of the big cats.  "If tigers begin to breed within the same gene pool, it won't be long for the entire population to wipe out. Thus, there is an utmost need to maintain genetic diversity among tigers which would help in increasing the population," said Chauhan. Checking wildlife crime, especially cybercrime Even though technology has played a vital role in tiger conservation, it also bears a massive threat to its population. Wildlife crime has also increased with the rise in the population of tigers. In fact, it has also reached the cyber world these days. It has become one of the most important battles that the forest department is constantly fighting.  Stressing upon the importance of effective wildlife crime control management, Chauhan said, "These days illegal trade of wildlife products is being carried out through the medium of YouTube, and unfortunately has become very common. To tackle this, wildlife crime control management needs to be very effective.  Our investigative and intelligence system must be so strong that we can beat the poachers even at the technology or cyber front to save our wildlife. The way forward Whether it is about laying a new railway track or extracting precious minerals, the jungles and the wildlife always bear the brunt of development. It is a hurdle that may hinder conservation efforts. For every problem, there lies a solution, said the senior forest officer.  Chauhan mentioning that the forest department is almost halfway through in their conservation efforts, said, "Rather than focusing on just the problems, it is important to come up with solutions. And the MP forest department is doing just that. We are tirelessly working on the development and maintenance of live tiger corridors. These corridors provide new territorial areas for tigers outside protected areas and let them breed, maintaining the genetic diversity. This eventually leads to a further increase in the tiger population."  "Similarly, we are strengthing our resources and systems to fight wildlife crime. We have an intelligence unit in place and have our investigative agencies, and every day we are improving ways to tackle cyber wildlife crime. In fact, the conviction rate in wildlife crime in MP is higher than any other crime," he added. Furthermore, there is a need to strike a balance between wildlife conservation and development.  Development projects cannot be stopped. Instead, the forest department needs to know how to mitigate it; one needs to balance conservation efforts and development. For instance, designs of development projects should be such that the environmental loss is compensated in the right and equal manner. Awareness, the need of the hour Just as the tiger population increases, cases of human wildlife would also rise. Thus, awareness and sensitization programmes are one of the most essential things for conservation efforts. The locals are informed about the importance of wildlife, especially tigers, and are encouraged not to harm them.  At the same time, the forest department is constantly looking out for ways to increase the agricultural production, income and employment opportunities for the locals, which makes them (locals) 'friends of wildlife' instead of foes. 'Tiger conservation for water conservation' Another critical aspect that would help conserve the big cats is when people are made aware of how tiger conservation leads to water conservation.  When you save a tiger, you ultimately are saving water. The grassland ecosystem is the most productive ecosystem. Grasslands work like sponges that absorb water when it is raining and slowly releases it when it stops raining.  Grasslands save soil erosion and retain water levels. It is reverse conservation. When you protect a tiger, you save herbivores who help maintain jungles and grasslands, further leading to maintaining water levels. By protecting tigers, you are eventually working towards saving water for every region.  This can also be understood by the fact that 70 per cent of all dam catchment areas are either tiger reserves, national parks or wildlife sanctuaries. These jungles help in recharging the water levels at these dams.

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Tokyo Olympics: India beat Olympic champions Argentina 3-1, enter hockey quarterfinals

The Indian men's hockey team won their Pool-A match 3-1 against Argentina at the north pitch of the Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo. India completely dominated the Rio Olympic Games-2016 champions Argentina in the first half.  The game was mostly played in the Argentine half. However, India could not convert any of their chances into a goal. In the third quarter, India got two consecutive penalty corners in the 41st minute of the match. These were the first two penalty corners of the match, but the Indian hockey team failed to convert them into goals against Argentina.  India did go on to score two minutes before the end of the third quarter when Varun Kumar, who made his Olympic debut, converted India's third penalty corner into a goal. That was India's only goal from seven penalty corners in three-quarters of the game. In the last quarter, Argentina came back strongly. Argentina capitalised on the first opportunity they got to level the scoreline. Maico Schuth Casela scored off a penalty corner in the 48th minute. Having been given a wake-up call, India regrouped and pushed forward in the Argentinian circle.  Indian forward Vivek Sagar Pratap put India ahead once again after Dilpreet Singh hit the ball towards the goal. This was Vivek's first goal in the Olympic Games. And then in the dying moments of the game, drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner against the Rio Olympic champions, making India's win margin 3-1 to ensure his team remains second in the pool. This was Harmanpreet's third goal in Tokyo 2020. India's last match in the league stage will be against the host Japan on Friday.

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Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu defeats Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt, enters quarterfinals

Rio Olympic Games-2016 silver medalist PV Sindhu has won her women's singles round of 16 match against Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark. With this win, Sindhu has entered the quarterfinals of the competition. The first game, which Sindhu won 21-15, lasted for about 22 minutes. In the second game too, Sindhu maintained the momentum and went on to win the game 21-13, and the match 2-0

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India vs Sri Lanka 2021, 2nd T20I: Bhanuka-de Silva show helps Lanka draw level with a 4-wicket win

It was a resilient batting performance from Sri Lanka, allowing it to secure a four-wicket win over India in the second Twenty20 International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday. Proactive efforts from wicketkeeper-batsman Minod Bhanuka (36) and all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva (40*) allowed Lanka to level the three-match series 1-1. Winning the toss, Lanka elected to bowl, as skipper Dasun Shanaka made a couple of changes. As for India, Dhawan was forced to make five changes, bringing in four debutants due to a few players being isolated after one of the Indian players tested COVID positive. Check out our debutants being capped as we prepare to witness them bring on a fresh #JeetneKiZid feeling on the pitch! 🏏 WATCH NOW! 📺 Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 4, Sony SIX#HungerToWin #SLvIND #INDvSL #SirfSonyPeDikhega pic.twitter.com/QmGyIwkjhT — Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 28, 2021 The Indian openers were off to a decent start. Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad put up a 49-run opening stand before the latter fell for 21 to medium-pacer Shanaka in the seventh over. OUT! Gaikwad's debut stay at the crease comes to an end! Devdutt Padikkal walks in 🏟️ Tune into Sony Six (ENG), Sony Ten 1 (ENG), Sony Ten 3 (HIN), Sony Ten 4 (TAM, TEL) & SonyLIV (https://t.co/QYC4z57UgI) now! 📺#SLvINDOnlyOnSonyTen #HungerToWin #JeetneKiZid pic.twitter.com/UiLRkNAfjo — Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 28, 2021 It was followed by a 37-run stand between skipper and Devdutt Padikkal until Dananjaya knocked over Dhawan in the 13th over. The pitch seemingly was getting slower, as the incoming batsmen failed to connect the ball properly. YOU MISS, I HIT ☝🏽 Akila Dananjaya gets the big wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for 40 Tune into Sony Six (ENG), Sony Ten 1 (ENG), Sony Ten 3 (HIN), Sony Ten 4 (TAM, TEL) & SonyLIV (https://t.co/QYC4z57UgI) now! 📺#SLvINDOnlyOnSonyTen #HungerToWin #JeetneKiZid pic.twitter.com/Ac3yQeLmkR — Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 28, 2021 At 99, Padikkal too was cleaned up by spinner Wanindu Hasaranga for 29 in a similar fashion in the 16th over. Just five runs later, wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson followed back for just seven after being bowled over by Dananjaya again. With India struggling to near the par total, the pair of Nitish Rana and Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked to accelerate before the former fell for a mere nine to pacer Dushmantha Chameera in the final over. The side managed to finish at 132/5. As for the Lankans, they utilised eight bowlers, with Dananjaya being the most effective. However, debutant spinner Ramesh Mendis was the most economical of all. In reply, Lanka was off to a shaky start, losing Avishka Fernando for 11 to seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the third over, with just 12 on the board. It was followed by a 27-run stand between Bhanuka and Sadeera Samarawickrama before the latter was cleaned up by mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy for eight in the seventh over. Rahul Chahar's presence of mind gets India a wicket off Bhuvi's bowling ☝🏽 Avishka Fernando has to depart for 11 Tune into Sony Six (ENG), Sony Ten 1 (ENG), Sony Ten 3 (HIN), Sony Ten 4 (TAM, TEL) & SonyLIV now! 📺#SLvINDOnlyOnSonyTen #HungerToWin #AvishkaFernando pic.twitter.com/gtel3scK5X — Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 28, 2021 OUT! BAMBOOZLED BY VARUN! 🔥 Sadeera fails to pick it and goes for 8 ☝🏽 Tune into Sony Six (ENG), Sony Ten 1 (ENG), Sony Ten 3 (HIN), Sony Ten 4 (TAM, TEL) & SonyLIV (https://t.co/QYC4z57UgI) now! 📺#SLvINDOnlyOnSonyTen #HungerToWin #JeetneKiZid pic.twitter.com/qwAkOwqJTE — Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 28, 2021 The Lankans struggled to score freely, as the pitch kept getting slow but kept the scoreboard ticking by dealing in singles/doubles/triples. Shanaka could not do much, as at 55, he departed for just three after being stumped off chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in the tenth over, while 11 runs later, the same man got rid of the dangerous-looking Bhanuka in the 12th over. There were hardly enough partnerships being built, as at 94, Hasaranga was dismissed for 15 by spinner Rahul Chahar in the 15th over, while 11 runs later, Mendis departed for a mere couple to debutant pacer Chetan Sakariya in the 18th. However, the pair of de Silva and Chamika Karunaratne decided to take things until the end. Wanindu Hasaranga upholds the Spirit of the Game! 👏🏽 Tune into Sony Six (ENG), Sony Ten 1 (ENG), Sony Ten 3 (HIN), Sony Ten 4 (TAM, TEL) & SonyLIV (https://t.co/QYC4z57UgI) now! 📺#SLvINDOnlyOnSonyTen #HungerToWin #WaninduHasaranga pic.twitter.com/0CwCaTkkAS — Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 28, 2021 While Karunaratne was watchful and gave the strike to his partner, de Silva put his experience into use, as the 19th over six off Bhuvneshwar made things easier for them. At the same time, a couple of wides from Sakariya sealed the deal for the host. Dhananjaya de Silva hits the winning run to level the series! 🔥 Tune into Sony Six (ENG), Sony Ten 1 (ENG), Sony Ten 3 (HIN), Sony Ten 4 (TAM, TEL) & SonyLIV (https://t.co/QYC4z57UgI) now! 📺#SLvINDOnlyOnSonyTen #HungerToWin #DhananjayaDeSilva pic.twitter.com/WCeLMjvtsa — Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 28, 2021 For India, just five bowlers were utilised, Kuldeep grabbing the most attention with a two-for. Meanwhile, Chakravarthy was noteworthy with his economy. Brief scores: India 132/5 (Dhawan- 40; Dananjaya- 2/29) lost to Sri Lanka 133/6 in 19.4 overs (Bhanuka- 36, de Silva- 40*; Kuldeep- 2/30) by four wickets. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitise, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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The Significance of Pew’s ‘Religions of India’ Survey

When the US-based Pew Research Center published the findings of its Religions of India survey, it left many elite journalists, Marxist and “South-Asia” scholar-activists scratching their heads. Most Indians, including Indian-Americans, however, felt vindicated.  At the heart of such polar reactions is the disconnect between perception and reality in the presentation of India, both in media and academia. There is this false perception of India deliberately and painstakingly crafted by the Indologists, Orientalists-Colonialists, and Marxists. And then, there is the real India, that is Bharat. In a massive undertaking spanning over several months, Pew surveyed nearly 30,000 respondents in face-to-face interviews. These interviews were conducted in 17 languages across the length and breadth of India just before the Pandemic (2020). Pew, one of the most reputable polling agencies in the world, conducts “opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis, and other data-driven social science research.” It came as no surprise to most that the survey found India to be a deeply “religious” country, even though the Indic notion of “religion” is quite different (for example, it is not dogmatic) from the Abrahamic one. Native Hindus have preserved and nurtured their indigenous notion of Dharma for over 5,000 years despite foreign invasions, colonization, and Marxist hegemony over India’s educational institutions.  One of the key findings of the Pew survey was that Indians deeply value “religious tolerance.” The survey reported that it was essential for Indians to respect other faiths. Almost 84% (85% Hindus) of the respondents said that to be “truly Indian,” it is crucial not just to tolerate but also “respect” all religions. Remarkably, 80% of the respondents believed that respecting other religions is a “very important part of what it means to be a member of their own religious community.”  This “Religious tolerance” is a Western and liberal representation and interpretation of a more nuanced Indic notion of sambhāva. “Respect” for ‘other’ religions is ingrained in the Indic value system. It comes from the quintessential Indic belief that there are many truths but only one Reality. The Rig Veda, one of the most ancient texts of the Hindus, proclaims: ekaṁ sad viprā bahudhā vadanti  (Truth is one, wise speak of it differently.) Another critical finding of the Pew survey was that an overwhelming majority of Indians, almost 80% members of every faith community, reported that they felt free to practice their religion. In an overwhelmingly Hindu majority (80.5%) country of about 1.4 billion people, 89% of Muslims and Christians (each comprising 13.4% and 2.3% of the total Indian population, respectively) also said they were free to practice their religion.  However, suppose one pays attention to the commentary in the Western media, including the Left-dominated American press and religious/human rights advocates. In that case, it is hard to reconcile with the findings of the Survey. The survey results were in sharp contrast to the portrayal of India in Western media; and seminars and conferences in various centres of South Asian Studies, think tanks, etc. SN Balagandhar (Balu), a professor of Comparative Science of Cultures at the Ghent University in Belgium, alluded to this chasm in perception and reality in his address to the 2014 Maulana Azad Memorial Lecture organized by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). While recounting his 40-year academic research journey, Balu said that he discovered very early that there were many problems in his understanding of Indian history. Most of the knowledge about India that makes it to Indian textbooks is a description of India by foreign traders, travellers, and the Christian Missionaries, he noted. He further said that the perception of India these textbooks gave based on those accounts was not the India he “lived in.” Most Indians can easily relate to this statement. In the last 200 years or so, foreigners and Marxists have dominated the study of India, its culture, traditions, texts, religions, and more. Indology, once a foremost enterprise for the study of India, for example, was based on neo-Protestant theology and their debates over scriptures and their racial prejudices. These prejudices over time, but consciously, were applied to the study of Indian texts where one can easily trace the antecedent of “anti-Brahmanism.”  The British colonizers played an essential role in, first, creating and then institutionalizing their perception of India based on their understanding and prejudices. In British presentations, Hindus were condemned as “degenerate” and as “slaves.” The need to portray Hindus as primitive, savage, uncivilized, or vicious arose from the urgency of the colonizers to present themselves as civil and enlightened. As a result, what we ended up getting, according to Arvind Sharma, is a “situation in which a people were made more primitive than they were, or presented as more primitive than they were, or perceived as more primitive than they were, either deliberately or out of ignorance.” On the other hand, Marxist historiography distorted and weaponized Indian history and the idea of India with its ideology of conflicts and divisions.  The Pew Survey is one crucial step in setting the record straight and reclaiming the agency in representing and defining India and Indian culture. Avatans Kumar is a columnist, public speaker, and activist. He frequently writes on the topics of language & linguistics, culture, religion, Indic knowledge, and current affairs in several media outlets.

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Rafale fighter jets join the 'Falcons of Chamb and Akhnoor'

Indian Air Force on Wednesday formally inducted the Rafale fighter aircraft into the No 101 Squadron at the Air Force Station at Hasimara in Eastern Air Command. Addressing the personnel during the induction ceremony, IAF chief ACM RKS Bhadauria said that the induction of Rafale at Hasimara had been carefully planned, considering the need to strengthen IAF's capability in the Eastern sector.  Recalling the glorious history of the 101 Squadron, nicknamed 'Falcons of Chamb and Akhnoor', the IAF chief called upon air warriors to combine their commitment with the unmatched potential of the newly-inducted fighter jets.  ACM Bhadauria further said that the Squadron would dominate when and where required and intimidate the adversary with its sheer presence. The 101 Squadron is the second IAF Squadron to be equipped with the Rafale. The Squadron, which was formed on May 1, 1949, has operated the Spitfire, Harvard, Vampire, Su-7 and MiG-21M aircraft in the past. The Squadron saw action in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.  In 2016, India signed a 59-crore deal with the French government for procurement of 36 readymade Rafale fighter aircraft under an inter-governmental agreement. Out of 36, India has so far received 26 Rafale aircraft. The multi-role Rafale jets, built by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, are known for air superiority and precision strikes.

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SEBI slaps fine on Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra, Viaan Industries for violating insider trading norms

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 3 lakh on Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, husband Raj Kundra and their company Viaan Industries for violating provisions of insider trading regulations. The penalty of Rs 3 lakh has to be paid jointly and severally by the three entities within 45 days of receipt of the order. The order came after an investigation conducted by the SEBI to ascertain a violation of Prohibition of Insider Trading norms by the entities between September 2013 to December 2015. According to SEBI, Viaan Industries had in October 2015 made a preferential allotment of 5 lakh equity shares to four persons. A total of 1,28,800 lakh shares each, amounting to Rs 2.57 crore each, were allotted to Shilpa and Ripu Sudan Kundra, better known as Raj Kundra. However, the investigation revealed that they violated the time period within which requisite disclosure to the company as per PIT norms had to be made. The disclosures are necessary since the transaction value exceeded Rs 10 lakh in value. In his order, adjudicating officer Suresh B Menon said that delay was over three years and that in light of the circumstances, imposition of monetary penalty was necessitated.

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Rare gesture: Manipur Chief Minister shows Mirabai Chanu her new office

In a special moment, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh personally accompanied Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu to her new office. The chief minister posted a video that showed Mirabai Chanu, who was appointed Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) after she won the silver medal in weightlifting, being given a walkthrough of her new office. Giving a tour of the "newly-furnished office" along with Chief Minister Singh were his cabinet colleagues and MLAs of the ruling party. I’m extremely delighted to handover the newly furnished office of Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) to @mirabai_chanu in presence of her proud parents today. I was joined by my cabinet colleagues, Hon’ble MLAs and officials during the handing over ceremony. pic.twitter.com/SQoIwR6Tue — N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) July 27, 2021 The office-handover ceremony concluded with Mirabai Chanu showing her appointment letter and the Olympics medal that has now made her a household name across India. Mirabai Chanu's parents were also present on the occasion.

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Ignoring hepatitis symptoms may be life-threatening; here is a doctor's take

Today is World Hepatitis Day. Although hepatitis is a widespread disease, it largely remains underdiagnosed. Globally, over 354 million people suffer from different forms of hepatitis. Diagnosis and adequate treatment are not accessible for most patients.  Hepatitis involves inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis have several causes. The patients experience symptoms depending upon the severity and extent of liver damage.  "The patient should not ignore the symptoms of liver disease. Consult the doctor if you have unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite, diarrhoea and vomiting, weakness and fatigue, and persistent abdominal pain. Ignoring the symptoms may result in life-threatening complications," Dr Jayaraj SP, consultant for Medical Gastroenterology at Columbia Asia in Sarjapur, Bengaluru, told Asianet Newsable. Columbia Asia is a unit of Manipal Hospitals. Dr Jayaraj helps us understand hepatitis better. What are the types of hepatitis? Based on the duration of active disease, hepatitis may be chronic hepatitis and acute hepatitis. If the patients experience liver inflammation for more than six months, the condition is known as chronic hepatitis. Liver inflammation is less than six months in acute hepatitis.  Although acute hepatitis usually treats on its own. However, sometimes it may lead to a more severe form of hepatitis known as fulminant hepatitis.  Chronic hepatitis, if not treated, may result in progressive liver damage resulting in cirrhosis, liver fibrosis, portal hypertension, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Based on the type of virus causing the infection, hepatitis may be A, B, C, D and E caused by hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E virus, respectively. What are the early symptoms of hepatitis? Patients with chronic hepatitis, such as hepatitis B and C, do not experience any hepatitis symptoms. The patients noticed them when the condition affect liver functions. Some of the common symptoms that hepatitis patients experience include: * Loss of appetite * Unexplained weight loss * Abdominal pain * Nause and vomiting * Fatigue * Pale stool * Dark urine * Jaundice (yellow skin and yellow eyes). How does the doctor diagnoses hepatitis? The doctor diagnoses hepatitis through different methods. Some of them are: * Physical examination: The doctor will comprehensively perform a physical evaluation to know the cause of your symptoms. The doctor may examine your abdominal area to determine enlargement of the liver or abdominal tenderness. The doctor may also ask you about your medical history and notice the yellowing of skin and eyes that may b the sign of jaundice.  * Liver function test: The doctor may also recommend the patients undergo a liver function test. Through these tests, the doctor may be able to determine the functional status of the liver. Abnormal results indicate that the liver is under stress or is damaged. * Ultrasound: In suspected hepatitis and other liver diseases, the doctor may advise the patients to undergo an abdominal ultrasound. It provides information about the level of damage in the liver and other nearby organs. * Liver biopsy: Liver biopsy is the procedure of taking the sample tissues of the liver for analysis. It helps in diagnosing liver cancer. It also helps in determining the cause of liver damage. What are the treatment options for hepatitis? Treatment options depend upon the type of hepatitis. * Treatment for hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is an acute disease and generally does not require treatment. The doctor advises the patients to take rest and remain hydrated. * Treatment for hepatitis B: While acute hepatitis B does not require specific treatment, the doctor treats the chronic form with antiviral drugs. The doctor monitors the patients at regular intervals and may also alter the treatment.  * Treatment for hepatitis C: Both acute and chronic hepatitis C requires antiviral medicines. This type of infection generally needs a combination of antivirals.  * Treatment for hepatitis D: There is no effective treatment for hepatitis D. Although Interferon was used in the patients with this hepatitis, but it was effective only in few patients.  * Treatment for hepatitis E: There is no specific treatment for hepatitis E. The condition is acute and treats of its own. The doctor may advise rest, a healthy diet, and hydration for managing hepatitis E. What are the complications of hepatitis? Many cases of hepatitis require medical intervention, especially hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Untreated conditions may result in cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. Liver failure may further lead to complications such as hepatic encephalopathy, ascites, kidney failure, and even death. What are the prevention measures for hepatitis? There are several ways to prevent hepatitis. Some of them are: * Maintain good hygiene all the time. * Do not share or use personal belongings or shaving razors. * Use condoms during sexual activity. * Avoid sharing needles while taking drugs. * Get a vaccination for hepatitis.

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