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BAPS Organizes Special Prayers Globally for Pulawama Terror Attack Victims February 19, 2019 13:28

Days after a deadly terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, India, that have killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and critically injured few, the 100 BAPS mandirs across North America on Thursday held special prayer services for strength and solace for the families of those affected by the disaster. “It was an honor to be part of the prayers at BAPS tonight to mourn those that were murdered in the terror attack in Kashmir. Terror against any is a terror against us all,” said Jeff Spivey, Chief of Irving Police Department from Irving, TX. Echoing the sentiments of other well-wishers, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, from Orlando, FL said: “The 44 CRPF personnel who lost their lives each have families and communities who are feeling their absence. As an Indian-American, I feel part of their community and am here to pray for calm in their hearts which we know are hurting.” The attack that took place on February 14 has shaken the entire world. BAPS (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha), in addition to praying for the families, have as well pledged financial assistance of INR 10 million for the relief fund to support the victims and their family members on the road to recovery. Motivated by Hindu principles, BAPS endeavors to care for the world by caring for societies, families, and individuals. -Sowmya Sangam

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Saudi Arabia Crown Prince To Arrive in New Delhi Today February 19, 2019 13:21

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will reach New Delhi today in the evening on a two-day official visit to India. On his tour of South Asia, he first visited Islamabad on Sunday but returned back to the Saudi Arabia on Monday. According to reports Indian Government had some reservations over his coming to India from Pakistan. The Crown Prince popularly known as MBS,is also the Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with Mohammad Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud today on a wide range of issues of mutual interest. Several agreements are expected to be signed after the talks. The Crown Prince will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and he will host a banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had successful visit to Saudi Arabia in April 2016. During that visit the two countries have agreed to further elevate existing strategic partnership. India and Saudi Arabia have historically enjoyed close and friendly relations anchored in mutually beneficial partnership and extensive people to people contacts. In recent years, there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in key areas of mutual interest, including energy security, trade and investment,infrastructure, defence and security. In Statement ahead of the visit of Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that Riyadh will try to “de-escalate” tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist has claimed the responsibility of the attack. -Sai Kumar

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Kapil Sharma: Sacking Navjot Singh Sidhu is Not a Solution February 19, 2019 13:13

Former Cricketer and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s comments on recent Pulwama terror attack created a lot of outrage in media. Sidhu said that nation could not be held responsible for terrorist acts and terrorism had no religion. It was indirectly seen to be supporting Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan a long time friend of Sidhu After Navjot Singh Sidhu comments social media users have demanded his removal from The Kapil Sharma Show. Sony Tv under immense pressure reportedly fired Sidhu from the show and taken Archana Puran Singh. The channel runs the The Kapil Sharma Show Kapil Sharma, the host of show finally broke his silence on this matter said that sacking sidhu is not a solution, nation needs to have a permanent solution for these kind of attacks. The following video, shared by Navjot Singh Sidhu on his official Twitter handle with the hashtag “#IskaImpactAyegaKiNahi”, Kapil Sharma talked about the reports of the former cricketer and politician being sacked from his show. Kapil said, “There should be a permanent solution to this problem. If sacking Sidhu Ji was a solution, then Sidhu Ji is smart enough to walk out of the show himself. So, people are being misled with hashtags like ‘#BoycottSidhu’ and ‘#BoycottKapilSharmaShow’. Right now one should focus on the genuine problem and the attention of the youth should not be taken away from the real issue.” #IskaImpactAyegaKiNahi pic.twitter.com/GwKhkWtCLn — Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) February 18, 2019 Kapil Sharma in another video said, “It’s all propaganda that keeps on running on Twitter and I don’t get involved in such things. I have started doing some good things and I want all of you to support me in this instead of creating controversies around my comments.” He said that Sidhu had some prior commitments because of that Archana Puran Singh has shot a few episodes with the team of The Kapil Sharma Show On the Jammu and Kashmir terror attack, Kapil said, “We are with the government but still, we need a permanent solution. The cowardly act in Pulwama that killed our soldiers shouldn’t be forgotten and the culprits should be punished.” Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Pulwama on Thursday where at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed and others critically injured. -Sai Kumar

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‘Maari 2’ Fame Sai Pallavi Has Decided Not to Get Married February 18, 2019 18:16

Sai Pallavi, who made her mark in Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam film industry, has made a surprising decision regarding her marriage. The actress, in a recent interview, when asked about marriage said that she doesn’t have the intention to get married at all. "I have decided to not get married. I want to stay with my parents always and look after their well-being. With marriage, it won’t be possible to fulfill my responsibility. So I won’t get married”, said Pallavi. Although Sai Pallavi’s recent releases Maari 2 and Padi Padi Leche Manasu may not have turned big hits, the energetic actress made her mark in both the films with her quality acting skills and dance moves. The mega chartbuster 'Rowdy Baby' song video from Maari 2 has emerged as the 'most viewed' song video among all South Indian films, on YouTube. Sai Pallavi will be seen next in Suriya’s NGK. According to sources, she will be seen playing the role of a Naxalite in her upcoming Telugu film to be directed by Udugula Venu of Needi Naadi Oke Katha fame. -Sowmya Sangam

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Koffee With Karan 6: Kareena Kapoor Asks Priyanka Chopra ‘Not to Forget Her Roots’ February 18, 2019 17:12

Bollywood female stars Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will share the couch on Koffee with Karan show in its closing episode of the sixth season. This is the first time that Priyanka and Kareena will appear together on Koffee With Karan. The first promo for the upcoming season finale was shared on social media on Sunday. Priyanka and Kareena took to the couch, complimenting each other with shimmery red sequins and neon green outfits. The star power next week will go off the charts with Begum of Bollywood #KareenaKapoorKhan and Global Sensation @PriyankaChopra on the Koffee couch. #KoffeeWithKaran #KoffeeFinale pic.twitter.com/pSagOiIcVX — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) February 17, 2019 “Whoever thought that I would have both of you on the same sofa...I think you should give us some breaking news,” Karan says in the promo. Kareena asks why she is being asked to say something sensational when Priyanka says, “Because you are the karta-dharta of gup (queen of gossip).” In the quiz round, Karan asks Priyanka to name the first album of Jonas Brothers (her husband Nick Jonas was a part of the band). When she is unable to answer it, Kareena asks her “How can you not know?” “Because I didn’t Google him before I married him,” Priyanka replied. The two also bonded over getting proposed to in Greece. “Really?,” Kareena asks her. “That’s crazy,” Priyanka says. Karan asked Kareena if she ever calls paparazzi over to click her pictures. “I don’t need to; I am telling them don’t come, please. I don’t have any more gym clothes. I only have pajamas now,” she said. When asked about the one millennial habit in which she could beat an 18-year old, Priyanka said, “Moving on.” She said she doesn’t know who Varun Dhawan is dating and Kareena couldn’t believe her ears. “What do you mean you don’t know who Varun is dating? So now you only know Hollywood actors or what? You are making us sound like ‘Kaun hai woh?’ Don’t forget your roots haan!,” Kareena reminded her. For those who don’t know, Varun is dating fashion designer Natasha Dalal. Kareena and Priyanka didn’t have such a friendly relationship ever. In response to a question on Koffee With Karan on a previous episode, Kareena had wondered where Priyanka gets her accent from. A few days later, on the same show, Priyanka had replied that she got it from the same place Kareena’s then boyfriend (now husband) Saif Ali Khan got it. -Sowmya Sangam

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5 Tips to Survive a Long Flight February 18, 2019 16:21

Traveling by flight for a longer length of time is the weariest and tedious experience and as much as you detest it, you for sure cannot give it a miss if you wish to reach your destination. And to make the long haul flights seem less like torture, we give you some travel tips that one must always bear in mind. Your Own Entertainment The best way to kill your time of a long flight is by watching movies, series or reading books. Though most flights have the in-flight entertainment service you may not every time get the sought after choice. It is more advantageous for you if carry your own iPad, laptop or a Kindle that has your choices ladened. Make certain that you are carrying fully charged devices or have extra batteries with you. Pre-Book Your Seat Quite a few airlines might charge you extra for pre-booking your seat but do it. If you love the window seat or the aisle seat, mark your spot when you book your tickets. The middle seat in airplanes is one of the illest at ease spots you would find yourself during a long distance flight. Therefore choose a seat that is comfortable for you. Wear Cosy Clothes Don’t get into the trap of airport fashion, especially if you have long flights. Wear the most comfortable clothes, such as track pants and a tee or a loose dress. Always carry a jacket or a scarp along as it will get cold in the plane. Cover yourself well and choose closed shoes. Being at comfort is crucial when you are traveling on long flights. Carry the Right Accessories Regardless of your flight being long or a short distance, without fail, carry the right travel accessories. Carry noise nullification headphones, eye masks, pillow etc and the accessories will make your long journeys seem to a certain extent better. Get an Upgrade If you are a recurrent flyer and have gathered enough points, it is best to use them on your long flights. It is in all likelihood the only way long-distance flights may seem comfortable and you would not even feel the jetlag since you get good space to relax, stretch and take a nap. -Sowmya Sangam

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Government Will Use Artificial Intelligence(AI) for Good Governance: Suresh Prabhu February 18, 2019 16:14

Suresh Prabhu,Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation,said that Government will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for good governance and proper regulations and corrective action will be taken to protect citizen’s privacy and ownership of data. “India is transporting more data than US and China put together and the top six companies in the world are using this data with value addition and monetization. India is strengthening its legal system and regulatory framework to deal with this world of digital data,” he added. Speaking at the the International Colloquium on Ethics and Governance of Autonomous AI system for a better world, Minister said, “ Artificial Intelligence is the technology of today and one who masters will rule the world.” India is working on developing a strategy for the better use of AI for common good. The two-day event has been organized by Department of Science and Technology, CMS, ITUAPT and InfocomThink Tank. The opening session was addressed by Prof. K Vijay Raghvan, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India and Dr. R. S. Sharma, Chairman, TRAI. Prof. Vijay Raghvan. They said that Government has taken the initiative to formulate a national strategy for use of AI and make the process transparent and participative in order to create awareness in civil society about AI. This is the first time in human history that machines are taking decisions based on data and experience and we have to learn to deal with this kind of decision making. Government will have to put in place mechanisms on how data is used and algorithms are written. As all the data being generated in world today is being controlled by few companies, it is creating asymmetries as very few create, understand and use this data.This has given rise to a very powerful elite who are controlling millions of lives. Dr. R. S. Sharma, Chairman TRAI, said that a data rich country like India must develop a national policy spelling out ownership of data, privacy of data generated by citizens and issues of data portability so that the sovereignty of country is not compromised. The event will see many international experts brainstorm about ethics of AI and machine learning, legalities, application of AI, relevance of block chain technology and effect of automation on the labour force. Professors from five IITs, CDAC and other renowned institutions are participating in this two-day Colloquium. -Sai Kumar

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Shankar's Indian 2 Shoot Kept on Hold? February 18, 2019 16:03

Sensational director Shankar has been criticized for his work in 'I' and 2.0. Both the films have been made on huge budgets and ended up as cost failures. 2.0 received a decent response and registered decent box-office numbers but it is because of the budget, the film ended up as a dud. Shankar is all set for his next project titled Indian 2 and Kamal Haasan is on board to reprise his role from the original. The first schedule of the film completed recently and Lyca Productions who bankrolled 2.0 are the producers of Indian 2. The makers wanted a detailed budget of the film but Shankar was not in a mood to quote the budget after which Lyca Productions decided to walk out of the film. The shoot of the film has been kept on hold and it will start once Shankar finds a new producer for Indian 2. Kajal Agarwal is the heroine and Anirudh is the music composer. An update on this is awaited.    

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All Indian Cine Workers Association Bans Pakistan Artists in Film Industry February 18, 2019 15:57

All Indian Cine Workers Association-AICWA on Monday announced a complete ban on Pakistani artists working in Film Industry. The association strongly condemned terror attack on Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) convoy on february 14 in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement released today the association clearly mentioned that the despite the ban if any organisation insists on working with pakistani artists, the AICWA will ban and take strict action against them. AICWA statement, “All Indian Cine workers Association strongly condemns brutal terrorist attack on our soldiers at Pulwama district in Jammu & Kasmir. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, AICWA stands with nation in confronting such terror and inhumanity.” “We’re officially announcing a total ban on Pakistani Actors and Artists working in Film Industry. Still if any organisation insist on working with Pakistani artists will be banned by AICWA and stron action will be taken against them.” ANI Tweeted: All India Cine Workers Association announce a total ban on Pakistani actors and artists working in the film industry. #PulwamaAttack pic.twitter.com/UPCWC5LFAk — ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019 Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday where at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed and others critically injured. -Sai Kumar

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Chief Selector MSK Prasad on Virat Kohli’s Batting Position In World Cup February 18, 2019 14:33

Chief of Selection Committee MSK Prasad said that Virat Kohli at number 4 is a ‘wonderful thought’. These comments came after Team India’ Coach Ravi Shastri said that Virat Kohli can play at number 4 position in world Cup in England. Prasad said that virat kohli is the No.1 batsman in the world and had done extremely well at No.3 batting position.However, he added that if situation arises virat can bat at No.4 according to the team dynamics. In a recent interview to Hotstar,MSK Prasad said that, “I think it is a wonderful thought that Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 and that is what Ravi Shastri has expressed. This has been happening for quite some time, but we will have to see. Because Virat has done extremely well at No.3. He is the No.1 batsman in the world. But if it is for the requirement of the team and Virat has to come at No.4 he will definitely do it. But again, we will have to see what the team requires and what the dynamics of the team is. That will decide his batting position.” Though most of the former Indian Cricketers are against this idea said India has formidable top order batsmen and don’t want change in batting position of top three batsmen. Earlier Ravi Shastri told to Cricbuzz that “The good thing about this Indian top-three is we can separate them, if conditions and situations demand. Someone like Virat Kohli can go to number four, and we can put a good number three to bring more balance to the batting line-up. That’s flexibility for you, and for big tournaments like the World Cup, you have to be flexible to see what’s the best balance for the side. So we will decide that (accordingly in England).” Shastri feels that Ambati Rayudu can come up the order and bat at No.3 “Maybe Rayudu, or someone else, could bat at number three, and Kohli comes in at number four. We wouldn’t want to disturb the opening combination. Separating the top-three could make the batting stronger.” -Sai Kumar

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