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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seaplane swag

 On Dec 12,2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi boarded a seaplane to reach Mehsana district from Sabarmati River ahead of the second phase of polling in Gujarat

 Seaplanes are, however, not a recent phenomenon in the world; here's a look at some interesting history and insights about seaplanes... 


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First look of Arya’s new film Ghajinikanth

When it was announced that the first look of Arya’s new film Ghajinikanth will be announced at 11:59 pm on Monday Dec 11,2017, I was a bit sceptical.

After all the minute clock strikes 12, a different phenomenon would rule the social media.

But the makers have played it smart. Ghajinikanth’s poster has Arya in one of Rajinikanth’s most hilarious avatars.

The poster serves as a tribute to the Superstar on his birthday and also a good introduction for the movie. In fact, Ghajinikanth brings back the nostalgia on various levels.

 It was released by Kollywood’s Ghajini Surya and it is also a spin-off of the famous comedy sequence in the movie Kaadhal where the name Viruchagakanth is coined.

Not to mention, Ghajini suffers from short-term memory loss and Rajini’s role in Dharmathin Thalaivan is famous for his forgetfulness.

Vanamagan girl Sayyeshaa is paired against Arya in the film. Gajinikanth is directed by Santhosh P Jayakumar of Hara Hara Mahadev ki fame and bankrolled by Gnanavelraja under the Studio Green banner.

The film also features actor Karunakaran in a important role.

All Star Wars movies ranked: From A New Hope to The Force Awakens

Episode I: The Phantom Menace: The actors were great, we were about to know the origins of Darth Vader, everything seemed nice, what could go wrong? Almost everything, actually. Maybe the novelty factor had worn off, but there was simply no redeeming factor in The Phantom Menace. It remains the biggest blemish on the franchise.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones: If there was something interesting about Attack of the Clones, it was the fact that the prequel trilogy was finally getting on track. Attack on the Clones was still a terrible film, though. Overlong, muddled, awful effects, and a really badly done romance between Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker and Natalie Portman’s Padmé Amidala (who is, in other cases, a great actor).
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: The first and only watchable film in the prequel trilogy. In spite of being almost as long as Episode II, The Revenge of the Sith felt taut and paid off the patience of the viewers who had been waiting to see how Anakin Skywalker actually turned to the dark side and became Darth Vader. The Revenge of the Sith had some great moments (Yoda vs Emperor Palpatine!) and made up for its not inconsiderable flaws.
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi: The weakest film in the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi concluded the story of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (who had been aware of a particularly troubling thing about his parentage). Return of Jedi aspires to be as epic as The Empire Strikes Back, but ends up more like Revenge of the Sith
The Force Awakens: The most successful Star Wars film to date, commercially speaking, The Force Awakens was basically A New Hope with a few adjustments. Kylo Ren, a talented apprentice like Anakin Skywalker, was seduced to the dark side by Supreme Leader Snoke and Emperor Palpatine respectively, newbie protagonist Rey like Luke Skywalker was, and so on. While it lacked originality, it ultimately worked because it ticked all the right boxes. Doing everything right, if you please.
A New Hope (originally Star Wars): The film that started it all, that kicked off the space-opera franchise. A New Hope gave us a protagonist, Luke Skywalker, whose story still continues in the ongoing sequel trilogy. It gave us an immersive world (galaxy, to be precise) full of interesting characters, beings, exciting space battles and ruthless villains. 40 years after its release, A New Hope still remains *the* Star Wars film.

Shikhar Dhawan wishes ‘do mastane’ Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma on wedding

Dhawan has wished them in typically unique fashion while posting an unseen picture. In the picture posted on Instagram, ‘Gabbar’ wrote, “Do mastaane chale zindagi banaane.


Wish you both a very happy married life and lots of happiness. @virat.kohli @anushkasharma …


”. In the picture, Shikhar is sat with wife Ayesha Mukherjee and son Zoravar on a scooty. By his side are Kohli and Anushka on another scooty

Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma Wedding Reception

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma made the official announcement of their marriage on Monday Dec 11,2017

 The star couple tied the knot in a very closed ceremony in Milan. It was attended by close friends and families of the two.

After the private ceremonies – ‘Mehendi’, ring ceremony and wedding – focus now shifts to the two receptions which are expected to be a star-studded affair.

The invitation for the December 21 event in New Delhi is already out on social media and it is likely to be attended by the relatives and close friends who were not in attendance in Italy.

NCPCR welcomes ban on condom ads on TV between 6 am-10 pm

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Tuesday welcomed the order of the government asking television channels not to air condom advertisement between 6 am and 10 pm.

In an advisory to all television channels on Monday, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had asked channels to restrict condom advertisements to late night between 10 pm and 6 am.

“We have received complaints regarding condom advertisements showing inappropriate content. We welcome the decision of the government,” NCPCR chairperson Stuti Kacker told

The ministry said that it was brought to its notice that some channels carry advertisements of condoms repeatedly which are alleged to be indecent, especially for children.

It referred to Rule 7 (7) of the Cable Television Networks Rules 1994, which says, “No advertisement which endangers the safety of children or create in them any interest in unhealthy practices or shows them begging or in an undignified or indecent manner shall not be carried in the cable service”.

It also cited Rule 7 (8) which states that “indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be avoided in all advertisements”.

TV channels are hereby advised not to telecast the advertisements of condoms, which are for a particular age group, and could be indecent/inappropriate for viewing by children, the advisory read.

Yuvraj Singh's 5 of the most special moments from his career

Yuvraj Singh's 5 of the most special moments from his career

1)6-sixes to Stuart Broad
At the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa, Yuvraj possibly sealed his name in record books by smacking Stuart Broad for six sixes after being spurred on by Andrew Flintoff. At the time, Yuvraj had said, “He (Flintoff) charged me up for sure, but obviously it happens in games. Oppositions do have a go at with each other. So it is just part of the game. It charged me put a bit. When you get a few words from someone you want to give it back with the bat.” In the very next over, in a must-win game against England in the knockouts, Yuvraj thrashed Broad all around the park and raced off to the quickest fifty in T20s – a record which still stands to this day.

2)NatWest Trophy title in 2002
Yuvraj had been knocking on the door for some time but was unable to fully cement his place in the India squad. Then came the NatWest Trophy final. Opponents: England. Venue: Lord’s. Chasing a massive 325 in the final, India had their task cut out with quick wickets that shifted the balance in England’s favour. The experienced lot in Sachin Tendulkar,Sourav Ganguly,Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid  were all back in the pavillion. India still needed 190 runs to get the win. Then, a young pairing in Yuvraj and Mohammed Kaif stepped up to the plate and took India near the finishing line. Yuvi scored 69 runs but fell close to the winning line – however the job was all but done.

3)84 vs Australia on debut in Champions Trophy
You’ve just won the U-19 World Cup and are oozing confidence. But in front of you is a seam bowling attack comprising Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee as you make your debut in the Champions Trophy. It would rattle anyone but Yuvraj. He stayed composed and took control of the situation to score 84 runs. He bagged the Man of the Match honours and helped India into the semi-finals.

4)2011 World Cup
The 2011 World Cup is by far the crowning glory of Yuvraj’s glittering career. He entered the tournament without the peachiest of forms but with plenty of promise and determination. And how right was the Indian management in putting their faith in the left-hander. He played a key role with both bat and ball. With the willow, Yuvraj scored 362 runs in nine matches at an outstanding average of 90.50. This included one century and four half-centuries. As an off-spinner, he was equally effective by picking up 15 wickets including two in the final at Wankhede Stadium. Not so surprisingly, he was named the Man of the Tournament and ended India’s 28 year wait for World Cup glory.

5)Battle and victory over cancer
What happens on the cricket field is just a part of your life. And when your life and health is not in the best shape, what happens on the cricket field takes second seat. Yuvraj suffered from cancer and battled past a 15cm x 11cm x 13 cm tumour to not just keep going but also returned to the field. Many believed he would not be the same player he once was and would lose his touch with time off. But back in January, 2017, Yuvraj alongside MS Dhoni turned back the clock with a 256-run stand against England and a 14th ODI century for the leftie. In the process, he also accumulated his highest ODI score of 150 runs from 127 balls