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  • Was challenging to bring alive 'Section 375' character: Richa
    New Delhi, August 19 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha says it was a challenge for her to be able to bring alive her character in the upcoming film "Section 375". The film is based on Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code and Richa plays a public prosecutor fighting to get justice for her client, who claims she was raped by a filmmaker (played by Rahul Bhatt), who is defended by Akshaye Khanna's character in court. "'Section 375' is a courtroom drama about a clause in the Indian Constit
  • Most Indians feel napping may improve work productivity
    Bengaluru, Aug 19 (IANS) A new survey found that most Indians felt napping at work might improve productivity, adding that a nap room could contribute towards better workflow. For the results,, an online sleep solutions start-up, conducted a nation-wide survey to emphasise the importance of sleep wellness in the workplace. The ‘Right to Work Naps' survey, conducted with over 1,500 respondents, showed that a 70 per cent of people did not have a nap room at their workp
  • Religion and science don't have to be divorced: Vidya Balan
    Mumbai, August 18 (PTI) Science and religion can co-exist rather than being pitted against each other, says Vidya Balan about her character of a god-fearing ISRO scientist in "Mission Mangal". The actor said a person can have multiple identities but there is a problem in the way being religious is interpreted today. "I think there is a problem with the way religion is being interpreted today. I know a lot of people who are shying away from calling themselves religious and
  • Differently-abled artists render colours of freedom
    New Delhi, August 18 (IANS) She cannot walk. Her hands do not move. That does not mean she cannot do anything. Wheelchair-bound Sunitha Thrippanikkara makes everyone around proud with her work. The 36-year-old Sunitha is a mouth painter. In 2017, she bagged the National Award for mouth painting from President Ram Nath Kovind. Now she is one out of few differently-abled artists who have designed posters for the National Geographic documentary, "The Great Indian Election". The po
  • Populism is spreading across the planet: Richard Gere
    Los Angeles, August 17 (IANS) Actor Richard Gere says the movement of populism is spreading all around the world, and he hopes to touch upon the issue with his series "MotherFatherSon". In his first television role in the last 30 years, Gere is seen as a charismatic self-made businessman Max, who owns media outlets in London and around the world. The drama series, written by Tom Rob Smith, is a tale of a broken family with plot deep-rooted in issues about politics, conflicts of a co
  • Hope B'Wood actresses can pull big crowds someday: Vidya Balan
    Mumbai, August 17 (IANS) In Bollywood, it is mostly the male superstar who is the crowd-puller of a film -- the primary draw whose name ensures blockbuster business. On the other hand, films with female actors in the lead, often witness poor box-office performance, or have to be produced in a medium-to-low budget set-up, so that they can make profits quickly and at least record a hit status. Vidya Balan hoped the situation would change, while speaking at a promotional event for
  • Beloved dugong dies in Thailand with plastic in stomach
    Bangkok, Aug 17 (IANS) An eight-month-old sick dugong named "Marium" whose fight for recovery won hearts in Thailand has died from an infection after pieces of plastic were found in her intestine. The baby dugong's death was announced on Saturday on the Facebook page of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. It died from a blood infection after midnight after going into shock. An autopsy showed that pieces of plastic caused obstructions in baby dugong's intestine tract,
  • Kangana's I-Day message: Don't get entangled in personal identities
    Mumbai, August 15 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut wished fans on 73rd Independence Day on Thursday and urged them to be proud of our diverse nation, and not get entangled in personal identities like "I am a woman, he is a man or gay". The actress' manager and sister took to Twitter to share a video message from Kangana. Dressed in a sari, the "Judgementall Hai Kya" actress began by wishing everyone happy Independence Day and then moved on to urging fans to have self-respect.
  • Janhvi, Anil remember Sridevi on her 56th birth anniversary
    Mumbai, August 13 (IANS) August 13 marks the 56th birth anniversary of the late superstar Sridevi, and her family members including daughter Janhvi Kapoor, and her former co-star and brother-in-law Anil Kapoor, took to social media to pen emotional, heartfelt notes in the memory of the veteran actress. "Happy birthday mumma, I love you," Janhvi wrote on Instagram along with a photograph of Sridevi from her film "English Vinglish". Remembering Sridevi, Anil said it's a "bitterswee
  • Riteish, Genelia donate Rs.25 lakh for Maharashtra flood relief
    Mumbai, August 12 (IANS) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has thanked the actor couple of Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh for contributing Rs.25 lakh towards Chief Minister Relief Fund for Maharashtra floods. Fadnavis on Monday tweeted a photograph of the couple handing over the cheque to the minister. "Thank you Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh for the contribution of Rs 25,00,000/- (Rs 25 lakh) towards CM Relief Fund for Maharashtra floods," Fadnavis wrote. The gigantic Koyna Dam,
  • For this envoy, music strikes the right chord in diplomacy
    New Delhi, August 11 (IANS) Music is part of his very soul, and half-an-hour of playing the piano before breakfast every morning helps German Ambassador Walter J. Lindner get the perspective he needs in his hectic diplomatic life. Not just music, the German envoy to India also feels the need to meet and communicate with people in person. During his many sojourns across the country, even to the local fruit and flower mandi, Lindner makes it a point to converse with the locals, t
  • Salman, Madhuri celebrate 25th anniversary of 'Hum Aapke Hai Koun..!'
    Mumbai, August 10 (IANS) Makers of "Hum Aapke Hai Koun..!" hosted a special screening of their film on the occasion of completing 25 years at the Liberty Cinema here on Friday. Released in 1994, "Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!", the multi-starrer family saga that saw Madhuri Dixit Nene and Salman Khan in lead roles, turned 25 on Monday. Since the movie first hit theatres on August 5, it has become one of Bollywood's most iconic projects. The special screening was graced by several ind
  • Our industry is not secular: John Abraham
    Mumbai, August 10 (IANS) John Abraham is of the opinion that the Hindi film industry is not a secular place. "Who told you that the industry is secular? The industry is not 100 per cent secular. It's polarized. This is a fact of life," John quipped, when asked if the industry was a fair playing ground, with rampant divisive mood brewing all around. John was at an event to promote his upcoming flick "Batla House" in Mumbai when he expressed the opinion. "The problem is that the
  • Every woman is strong in her own way: Kaya Scodelario
    New York, August 10 (IANS) "The Maze Runner" star Kaya Scodelario feels every woman is powerful, damaged and a million other things, and that is what she wants to reflect in her work. The actress says she isn't interested in playing female characters that are just one thing, because they don't exist. "For me, it is important (to essay a strong character) because it is realistic. That is the world I know. Every woman I know is strong in her own way," Scodelario told IANS in an e
  • Anushka wants stricter laws against animal cruelty
    Mumbai, August 10 (IANS) Actress-producer Anushka Sharma has started a campaign demanding stricter laws against animal cruelty. The campaign has been named #JusticeForAnimals and Anushka, who has a huge social media following of about 60 million followers, has asked for stricter laws to punish the offenders. Anushka has been deeply moved with the incident involving Lucky - a dog who got badly beaten up in Mumbai and died subsequently. Highlighting several gruesome cases of ani
  • My upbringing does not allow me to take a life: Modi
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon be seen expressing his views on conservation of nature, his time in the Himalayas, his encounters with wildlife in his youth and the cleanliness drive in India in an episode of "Man Vs Wild". A video, giving a sneak peek of the episode, was released on Friday. In the show, adventurer and television presenter Edward Michael Grylls, popularly known as Bear Grylls, gives Modi an improvised version of a spear as a saf
  • Heatwave caused nearly 400 more deaths in Netherlands: stats agency
    People cool off during a sunny day at a pond in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw   AMSTERDAM, August 9 (Reuters) - Almost 400 people more died in the Netherlands during Europe's recent record-breaking heatwave than in a regular summer week, Dutch national statistics agency CBS said on Friday.   In total, 2964 people died in the Netherlands during the week that started on July 22, the CBS said, whi
  • Japan's Empress Emeritus Michiko faces surgery for breast cancer
    Japan's Empress Michiko waves to well-wishers from a vehicle at Kodomonokuni in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files   TOKYO, August 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Empress Emeritus Michiko is to have surgery, perhaps as soon as September, after being diagnosed with an early-stage breast cancer, the Imperial Household Agency said on Friday.   An ultrasound examination during a check-up last month revealed a mass in the royal's left
  • Huma urges people to stop irresponsible comments on Kashmir
    Mumbai, Aug 8 (IANS) While social media users are speculating about the situation in Kashmir after the abolition of Article 370 earlier this week, actress Huma Qureshi has requested all to be sensitive and refrain from making irresponsible comments at this hour. The "Jolly LLB 2" actress, who has her family residing in the valley, tweeted: "Everyone with opinions on Kashmir. I humbly say this -- you have no idea of the life, bloodshed and loss of Kashmiris (Pandits and Muslims). Ple
  • Won't apologise for honest opinion on Kangana: Taapsee
    Mumbai, August 8 (IANS) Taapsee Pannu has said that she will not apologise for her "double filter" comment about Kangana Ranaut, for which she has faced flak from the latter's sister and spokesperson Rangoli Chandel. The whole argument started when Kangana's sister Rangoli Chandel attacked Taapsee on Twitter. "Kuch log Kangana ko copy kar ke he apni dukaan chalate hain, magar pls note, they never acknowledge her, not even a mention of her name in praising the trailer. Last I heard,