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‘Cheat India’ teaser: Emraan Hashmi gives glimpses of how ‘Nakal Mein Hi Akal Hai’, Watch

Inspired by true events and facts and coming from the makers of ‘Tumhari Sulu’, ‘Neerja’ and ‘Raid’, the forthcoming film ‘Cheat India’, starring Emraan Hashmi in the lead, is out to bare the malpractices in India’s education system. The makers have unveil the film’s video teaser on Friday.

Earlier this week saw the release of the ‘Cheat India’ poster, which had Emraan Hashmi’s face stitched together by an assortment of exam admission cards and rupee notes. The intriguing creative led to endless speculations about his character in the film. Now that the teaser is out giving us glimpses of the shades of his character, it has definitely piqued our interest.

Hashmi had stated in an interview that the film was a first-of-its-kind for him, besides being topical and relevant for students and parents. Its controversial tagline, ‘Nakal Mein Hi Akal Hai’, clearly points towards the rampant malpractices in the country’s financially lucrative education sector.

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The film debuts the talented Shreya Dhanwanthary and features more than forty theatre actors cast after extensive auditioning. Cheat India is due for a world release on January 25, 2019.

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Rohit Shetty begins Khatron Ke Khiladi shoot after wrapping up Simmba

Rohit Shetty, known for his larger-than-life films, has been busy shooting for Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan starrer Simmba for the past few months. The film has been extensively shot in Mumbai, Goa and Hyderabad, wrapped its shoot in the first week of November.

Well, the director has turned into an absolute work machine and is leaving no stone unturned to make sure he completes his work commitments. After returning to Mumbai on November 11, Rohit has immediately started shooting for Khatron Ke Khiladi for the next 2 days, without taking a break after the hectic film schedule.

After finishing the shoot for the reality action show, he will be completely involved in the post production of Simmba, gearing up for December 28, 2018 release. He will also be balancing between post production, promotions of the film and the reality show.

Simmba will be Ranveer Singh's second release this year, after Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat. The film is also the second project of Sara Ali Khan, who will be seen making her Bollywood debut with Kedarnath. 

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Kedarnath: Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan’s chemistry in ‘Sweetheart’ song becomes the talk of the town

The celebratory song 'Sweetheart' from Kedarnath was released by the makers on Thursday. The song is being loved by the audience and the chemistry of the leading duo Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput has got a huge thumbs up from the fans as the song had been trending on #1 on YouTube by garnering more than 4.9 million views within a day. 

The audience expressed their love with comments like "spectacular and crackling chemistry", "seeing such a cute song after a long time", " Lovedddddddd the song so much, perfect steps, sexy dance and incredible performance",  "can't wait to watch the movie" flooding the song's video.  

The foot-tapping number is fun to watch as the lead pair Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan groove to the beats of dhol with full enthusiasm. The song has been picturized with a mehendi and sangeet ceremony in the backdrop and hints at the blossoming love story between the leads. 

While the teaser of Kedarnath set the mood for the romantic tale based amidst the tragic floods of Uttarakhand, the first song Namo Namo took the audience on a pilgrimage trip to the holy temple. The trailer received an exceptional response from the audience across quarters owing to the gripping storyline and crackling chemistry of the leading duo.

In the film, Sushant essays the role of a cheerful and hard-working Muslim pithoo who carries the devotees on his back to the Kedarnath shrine for livelihood, while Sara essays the role of a bubbly Hindu devotee who falls in love with her bearer. It is intriguing to see how love blossoms between them, gets hit by caste barriers and eventually gets tangled with the devastating Uttarakhand floods that hit the state in 2013.

Kedarnath marks the debut of Sara Ali Khan, the film also presents the second association of Abhishek Kapoor with Ronnie Screwvala along with Sushant Singh Rajput after Kai Po Che. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP and Pragya Kapoor's Guy In the Sky Pictures, Kedarnath is directed by Abhishek Kapoor and is slated to release on December 7, 2018.

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Bigg Boss 12 Highlights Day 61: Entire house gets nominated courtesy Shivashish, Romil wins luxury budget task

When rules are laid they need to be followed, if they aren’t then consequences should be handled well. As the week is nearing an end,it was now time for the Captain of the house to nominate three contestants who would have to give up the luxuries of the main house and go to the kaalkothri.
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This time instead of unanimously deciding the victims of Kaalkothri,Bigg Boss announced that the Captain of the house Romil Chaudhary will decide who he wants to send to the Kaalkothri on the basis of the rules broken by them. Other contestants were asked to individually suggest three names to him and defend themselves from the punishment.

Romil is given a special power

Romil was given 3 tickets to hand out to the contestants most worthy of being sent to the Kaalkothri.Romil’sfirst decision was to send Megha. His allegation was the ugly fight between Deepak and her. Although, she tried to defend herself,everyone agreed that she must be sent to the jail, to which he obliged and handed over the first ticket.Second nomination was of Shivashish, for threatening Deepak with a fight.

Bigg Boss nominates all the housemates for evictions

Shivashish disagreed and refused to take the ticket, he remained adamant on his decision. Bigg Boss gave him a warning saying that whatever the captain decides, has to be followed. But Shivashsh’s stubbornness on not following even Bigg Boss’ orders was a major shock. An unexpected arbitration was enforced on the contestants for Shivashish’s misbehaviour. Bigg Boss nominated all the housemates for evictions in the next week except Romil. 

Sreesanth is the only one who kind of stood by Shivashish

Bigg Boss was enraged at him for not playing by the rule and warned him that if he did not listen to the Captain the entire house will suffer its repercussions. Listening to this the entire house turned cold towards Shivashish who eventually went and sobbed in the washroom for his arrogant behaviour. It wasn’t a surprise when Sreesanth, his only friend, supported him for this.

The luxury budget task

Later,a fun luxury budget task was announced for the contestants called Garnier Men Acno fight task. There were two teams in the house Team Romil and Team Rohit. An obstacle course was set on the garden area and they had to collect the placards with the luxury items while going through the obstacles.

Here's when the task would end

In the end they had to wash their face with a Garnier facewash. One who finished the race in the shortest time, won the task and only that team was entitled to enjoy the luxury budget items earned by them. Deepak was the sanchalak of the task.

Rohit loses the task to Romil

Rohit Suchanti loses the luxury bidget task to Romil. The housemates are still upset with Shivashish and are in no mood to forgive his arrogance. Shivashish later breaks down in the garden area while talking to Sreesanth. 

Will Bigg Boss’ decision have any effect on the contestants or will they continue to be arrogant?

Watch this space for all the latest updates…

 

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Jasprit Bumrah will be x-factor for Indian attack in Australia: Damien Fleming

Former Australian pacer Damien Fleming termed Jasprit Bumrah as the "x-factor" in the Indian bowling line-up which will take on Australia in the four-Test series, starting December 6.

"He (Bumrah) is the real X-factor – 28 wickets in six Tests. I have seen him in the IPL. He has that unorthodox action, a stuttery run-up, a weird run-up but I think for batsmen you don't get a real good sight of the ball but he has got pace and bounce and has a great yorker that I think he will utilise particularly against the tail," Fleming was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

"That's the factor they probably haven't had before – a pace battery that could unsettle tails. Just with that weird action, I have noticed he can swing the ball away from right handers now. He has actually upskilled himself as well."

 

Fleming, who has played a lot of limited overs and a few Test matches against India, like most of the pundits agreed that India never had such a potent pace attack. "That's as impressive a pace attack that I have ever seen India bring out to Australia. They are actually quite experienced now, too," Fleming said. "They will have two unlucky quicks. It's a real luxury. That's good for them," he said.

But he didn't forget to mention that Australia too have a great bowling attack. "Our pace attack is great, too, so it's going to be a shootout between two good pace attacks. It's going to get down to those batsmen, isn't it?"

Fleming was all praise for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whom he compared to England great James Anderson. "I love watching Bhuvi Kumar because, probably with James Anderson, they are the best swing bowlers in the world. He actually has the skills where he can bowl outswingers and inswingers to right and left-handed batsmen. When he (Bhuvi) first started, he lacked a yard or two in Test cricket, but he has increased his pace a little bit in the past two years," Fleming said.

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‘Most of the times, the critics are right and we are wrong’: Amitabh Bachchan on criticism and more…

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is fine taking criticism as it at least assures that the creative work has been consumed by the audience as opposed to people not watching a film at all. Bachchan was present along with wife Jaya was in conversation with author Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi at the launch of his book The Rabbit and The Squirrel at the 9th edition of Tata Literature Live! on Thursday.

When asked how do they both take criticism, Jaya quipped, "I don't actually care." Bachchan said, "The first assurance that you get is somebody has actually read your work. It's very important for us, in the creative field, because if no one goes to see our films, that's very bad. So, that's one of the first things that comes to your mind. But seriously, I would accept criticism, I would liked to be criticised because it gives you an aspect of your work which you may not be aware of," he added.

The star said critics' observation often go beyond the obvious and point out nuances which is a must for people in creative field. "There are many critics who are able to have that perception, who are able to go beyond what you have written or have a different view point. I think it's important for anyone in the creative field to know that. Many times, we are unaware of it. Most of the times, the critics are right and we are wrong."

"In such situations, when you feel they have been unfair, cut that criticism out from the piece of paper and stick it on your bathroom wall and every morning, look into the mirror and say, 'One day buddy, I am going to disapprove you,'" he added.

The fest, which opened yesterday, will feature speakers, authors, intellectuals, journalists and performers from around the world including The Crown director Stephen Daldry, David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl, Mark Tully, among others. 

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‘Who is going to watch a film on menstruation?’: Twinkle Khanna shares how challenging it was to finance ‘PadMan’

Twinkle Khanna, who produced Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman, said on Friday that there were many people who questioned her decision to back a movie which supported the cause of menstrual hygiene. Padman is inspired by the life of Tamil Nadu-based Arunachalam Muruganantham, who created affordable sanitary napkins for the women of his village.

The film, directed by R Balki, had Akshay playing the central character. It is based on the short story, "The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land" from Twinkle's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. "When I started making the film, a lot of people said, 'Are you crazy? Who is going to watch a film on menstruation? People don't talk about it.' That was the challenge- to find people who would be ready to finance a film like this.

"As a team, we were determined and we realised the impact (of the film) as the government announced that they are installing sanitary pads vending machine at railway stations and there was an impact on the GST. We did play a small part in bringing that about," Twinkle said at an event.

The film, which released in January this year, earned over Rs 100 crore at the box office. Twinkle, 43, has been roped in as an artiste ambassador by Save the Children, a leading Child Rights NGO in India, to champion the cause of adolescent health and menstrual hygiene. Twinkle on Friday visited the slum area in Govandi to interact with adolescents, who are part of Save the Children and its partner agency Apnalaya in creating awareness.

"I created awareness through columns and a movie. We needed to do a ground work and it was great to be a part of Save the Children. Also, we got to know that 20 per cent of school girls drop out because they hit puberty and they do that because of the taboo around menstruation. They do not have access to low-cost sanitary pads."

Citing the example of a 12-year-old girl from South India, who committed suicide after she was reprimanded by her teacher as her uniform was stained, Twinkle said there is a need to change the mindset. "It was gratifying to see what they (Save the Children and Apnalaya) did in Govandi, they were not only educating girls but boys also. That is important as we live in a patriarchal society, where men are controlling the household." 

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‘Bigg Boss 12’ November 16, Written Update: Housemates get upset with Shivashish as they all get nominated for evictions

The latest episode of Bigg Boss 12 begins with the housemates waking up to the tunes of Sanam Teri Kasam title track Kitne Bhi Tu Kar Le Sitam on Day 61 at 8 am. The housemates don’t feel like leaving their bed. Romil Chaudhary tries to wake everyone up. Sreesanth refuses to get up. Romil comes to him and asks him not to sleep. Sree says that he’s not well and asks him to leave him alone and let him sleep. Meanwhile, Shivashish Mishra continues sleeping, so the alarm of a dog’s bark goes once again.

In the garden area, Jasleen Matharu and Karanvir Bohra are discussing the way Romil woke up everyone else in the morning. Sree and Surbhi Rana are also discussing the same. Surbhi says she’s not taking Romil’s side, but tries to tell him that Romil was waking him up in a friendly way.

At 2 pm, Rohit Suchanti writes a ‘sorry’ note with nail paint, for Srishty and keeps it on her bed. Srishty Rode melts a little on reading it but doesn't show it to Rohit. She goes in the garden area and Rohit comes to her and says sorry again. Srishty says it’s ok but she’s still miffed with him. Rohit requests her to speak to him. They sit inside and sort out their differences.

At 2:15 pm, Dipika Kakar reads out a letter from Bigg Boss. She announces that Romil has to pick three contestants to send to kaalkothri. Romil has three tickets which he has to give to the contestant whom he selects for punishment. There will be three gongs that will be played at intervals. Romil has to announce the name of one contestant to be sent to jail after each gong. Post that, the rest of the housemates can try to convince Romil of whom to send to the kaalkothri, but the final decision will remain with Romil.

At 2:30 pm: Jasleen tells Romil that Sree, KV, Deepak Thakur and Megha Dhade should be the ones to be considered for the jail punishment. In the house, Deepak tells Rohit that Megha should be sent to jail. Romil tells KV that he wants to send KV to jail because it was because of KV that a person who wasn’t at fault (Sreesanth) had to bear Bigg Boss’ punishment of washing utensils. KV tells him why Sree should be sent instead. KV also names Surbhi for the jail punishment.

Deepak tells Romil that his first name is Megha and second one is Sreesanth. KV tells Dipika and others that he won’t go to jail if Romil takes his name. Romil comes to the bedroom and tells Sree that most of the contestants are taking his name for the punishment. Romil tells Shiv that his name has been taken by the housemates.

When Romil once again goes to Sree to convey that housemates feel he should be sent to jail because he repeats the same mistakes for which he’s been sent to jail in the past. Sree gives his names to Romil – Megha, KV and Rohit and asks him who all took his name. Romil tells him Jasleen too took his name. Hearing this, Sree adds Jasleen’s name as his fourth name.

The first gong goes, and Romil takes Megha’s name. He says that she doesn’t realise what all things she ends up saying in her aggression. He also points out the incident when she threatened to throw his shoes at Deepak in the last episode. Megha takes the ticket but goes on to try to defend herself. Megha says even Surbhi and Deepak break so many rules and if these two don’t come to jail for breaking rules and using abusive words, then she will come out and break all the rules. Romil asks her to give a third name, Megha takes KV’s name for his wrong decision as a captain.

Romil asks Surbhi to defend herself against the allegations. Surbhi says using abusive words doesn’t spoil the atmosphere of the house and doesn’t make her a bad person. She says that she’s man enough to own her mistakes. She loses her mind over it and says that everyone targets her because she accepts her actions, while everyone else uses abusive words. Surbhi sits in the garden and starts crying and shouting. Somi tries to talk sense into her, but Surbhi doesn’t listen to anyone. She starts speaking in English and loses her mind. Romil asks her to speak in Hindi. Bigg Boss also warns her to speak in Hindi. Surbhi says that she’s willingly breaking the rules now. Surbhi keeps on ranting for a long time.

Romil tells her that she can still try to defend herself instead of breaking more rules. Surbhi says that she’s breaking all the rules, and will see what can the captain do about it, adding that she won’t go to jail even if he sends her there. In the bedroom Sree tries to speak to her, but Surbhi is in no mood to listen. Somi comes to Romil and asks him not to take Surbhi’s name. Romil asks her to trust him.

When the next gong goes, Romil takes Shivashish’s name, saying that he becomes overly aggressive during the tasks. He brings back the incident when Shiv had hit Deepak during a task earlier. Surbhi says that Shiv doesn’t deserve to go to jail and that she will go instead. Shivashish says that everyone else also becomes aggressive and refuses to take the ticket for jail. He says he won’t go to jail, no matter what.

Surbhi says that she’ll make the house dirty and damage the property too. Sree becomes upset will all the mayhem. He asks Bigg Boss to take a call and says that Romil is taking out his personal grudge. Romil says that he has made his decision and Shiv is not accepting it and asks him to intervene if he can.

Outside, Dipika tells Megha that it’s evident from Romil’s smirk that he’s taking revenge. Surbhi loses her mind. Romil tells her that her punishment is self-realisation. Surbhi starts crying and says what kind of a brother is Romil that he’s playing with her feelings.

Later, Bigg Boss tells the rest of the housemates that if they don’t accept the decision of the captain and act accordingly, there can be dire consequences which the rest of the housemates will also have to face. Bigg Boss advises them to take the task seriously. Shiv still refuses to go to jail. Dipika, Somi and KV try to convince him, saying that there may be other people who are more deserving to go to jail but at this point he’s the one emerging as a villain. KV tells him that the rest of the housemates may also get nominated if he doesn’t accept Romil’s decision. Shiv refuses to budge.

At 6:30 pm, Bigg Boss tells the housemates that when the Captain is given a special power everyone is supposed to abide by the decision taken by him. Bigg Boss says that Shiv has still not gone to jail as per Romil’s decision. He further added that Shiv has crossed all limits today by not abiding by the rules and refusing to accept Bigg Boss’ instructions. Bigg Boss ends up nominating all the housemates for evictions next week, except Romil. Bigg Boss also asks Romil to release Megha from the jail since the kaalkothri task gets cancelled.

Somi Khan, Jasleen and Deepak start spewing venom against Shiv and his arrogance. Dipika also says that Shiv is wrong in not following the instructions. She tells Sree that he is also in the wrong since he is the only one who was supporting Shiv in his arrogant decision instead of giving him a sane advice. Srishty and Megha tell Sree that he should have advised Shiv to listen to Bigg Boss’s orders. Dipika and Sree also have a verbal argument on the matter.

In the garden area, Romil tells Jasleen that he feels even the housemates are wrong because the kind of reactions they are giving after being nominated, they should have given when Bigg Boss first announced that if Shiv doesn’t comply, the rest of them may also have to face the consequences.

Sree and Dipika are having a chat. Dipika tells him that she’s not siding with the rest of the housemates, but she feels that he should have convinced Shiv to go to jail but he didn’t. Sree doesn’t agree. Dipika is hurt by Sree’s reactions and goes inside. Sree follows her to the washroom and apologises to her.

In the garden area, Sree and Shiv are having a chat. Shiv is emotional and feels bad that the entire house got nominated because of him. Shiv breaks down. Sree tells him about his struggle and bad days.

Later, KV reads out the task for the luxury budget. The housemates are divided into two teams – Team Rohit and Team Romil. Rohit and Romil will have to perform the task. The winning team will get the luxury budget. Since Deepak’s hand is hurt he won’t participate in the task but will be the timekeeper and sanchalak.

Romil is the first one to go to perform the task while the opposite team members throw balls at him. He takes 36.38 seconds to complete the task. The next one to go is Rohit. Rohit takes 49.84 seconds to complete the task. The luxury budget task is won by Romil and team A.

Late night around 2 am, KV tells Deepak that he shouldn’t trust Romil in the game in the later stage. Deepak agrees with him and says that he knows that. KV tells him that the game will take a major turn in the next week and so will Romil. KV says that Romil has already started playing with Surbhi, and the same will happen with Deepak too. The episode comes to an end.

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ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev defeats John Isner, qualifies for semis

Alexander Zverev became the first German to reach the last four at the ATP Finals for 15 years as he beat American John Isner 7-6(5) 6-3 at the O2 Arena on Friday.

The 21-year-old edged a tight opening set before breaking in the eighth game of the second to close in on his second victory in the Gustavo Kuerten group and move on to a semi-final clash against six-times champion Roger Federer. His victory meant the day's second singles between group winner Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic is academic — apart from ranking points and the $200,000 on offer for each round-robin win at the year-ending showpiece.

Zverev became the first German in the semi-finals of the event since Rainer Schuettler lost in the last four to Andre Agassi in 2003 in Houston. World number 10 Isner still harboured hopes of reaching the semi-finals despite losing his first two matches.

A straight sets victory and a win for Djokovic later would have seen him scrape into the weekend. When he levelled the tiebreak at 5-5 with a thunderous forehand return it still looked possible, but Zverev responded with a superbly improvised pass on the next point before Isner dumped a forehand into the net.

Despite his hopes having gone, Isner stuck to his task in the second set but Zverev, still needing the victory to make sure of his semi-final berth, powered to his 56th match win of the year.

Zverev, the leader of the next generation of players expected to dominate the game in years to come, is the youngest semi-finalist at the tournament since Juan Martin del Potro reached the final in London in 2009.

Regardless of what happens in the day's second singles Djokovic will play South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the other semi-final on Saturday.

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World Boxing Championship: Sarita Devi, Manisha Mouna give India a flying start

Veteran L Sarita Devi and rookie Manisha Mouna gave India a flying start in the women's World Boxing Championship with dominating victories in their respective bouts on Friday.

While Manisha punched above her weight to outclass veteran American Christina Cruz in a unanimous verdict in 554kg, 2006 edition gold medallist Sarita (60kg) had to work harder to emerge 4-0 winner on points against Diana Sandra Brugger of Switzerland in their opening bouts at the KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi.

Both Sarita and Manisha advanced to the prequarterfinals where they will face Kellie Herrington of Ireland and Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan respectively on Sunday. Harrington had won a silver in 64kg in the 2016 World Championships but she has gone one weight category down in this tournament. She beat Troy Garton of New Zealand on Friday.

Zholaman is the defending world champion but Manisha has beaten her in the Silesian Women's Boxing championship in Poland earlier this year. The 20-year-old Manisha from Haryana, who was making her debut in the World Championships, was in complete control during the first round bout against the American who is almost twice her age.

The 36-year-old Cruz from New York was the last edition's bronze medallist besides winning the same colour of medal in 2012 also. Manisha, who had won a gold in the India Open and a silver in the Poland event this year, was the clear winner as she dominated all the three rounds. The five judges gave her a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, 29-28).

Manisha's mother Usha Rani and grandmother Saroj Devi, who had come all the way from Kaithal, were at the stands to watch her bout. "I am very proud for winning my first bout in the World Championships. I have proved that I can be at this stage. I will give my best and see how far I can go. I am confident of doing well in the coming rounds," she said. "My next bout is against the world champion but I have beaten her in Poland. It will be tough but I can beat her," she added.

Asked about the strategy for the bout, she said everything went according to plan. "My coaches told me to play from a distance. Her (Cruz's) right was very strong so coaches told me to watch here right. I tried to miss her punches from the right and attacked from the left. That was the plan and I did just that," she said.

"The first round was about observing my opponent and find out what to do and what not to do. In the second round, I went with the plan and I was able to land my punches. In the third round, I went for attack and gave the best attack and won the bout," she added.

Zholaman, who beat Muzuki Hiruta of Japan 4-1, said Manisha is a "good" boxer. "I lost to her (Manisha) in Poland but that is boxing, it happens. She is a good boxer," said the Kazakh.

The 36-year-old Sarita faced a tough fight from her experienced Swiss opponent, who also has been in the international circuit for more than a decade, before winning 4-0 (28-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28). The Manipuri boxer, who has been competing in the World Championships since the first edition in 2001, was clearly the better boxer as all the five judges gave points in her favour.

In the second round, the Swiss got a standing count after a hard punch from Sarita landed on her face. Still, one judge gave the Swiss 10-9. In the third round, Sarita showed signs of tiredness but she carried through the bout. Only one judge ruled in her favour in the third round while the other four awarded identical 10-9 in favour of the Swiss.

After the bout, Sarita admitted that she was finding it difficult to control her opponent. "In the first round I was trying to observe her and find out how to go about in the next two rounds. But she came attacking from the first round itself. I was finding it difficult to control her," she said.

"Under the new points system, you need to have a proper guard and combination of punches to fetch points. That was what I was doing. She got a standing count in the second round and in the third round I was trying to attack."

Sarita dedicated the win to the people of Manipur who had contributed financially to pay the fine after she was banned for one year in 2014 following the Incheon Asian Games controversy in which she refused to accept the bronze medal at the victory ceremony.

"The people of Manipur contributed money to pay my fine and so I dedicate this win to them." In other bouts of the day, 2016 World Championship and Rio Olympics bronze medallist Mira Potkonen of Finland beat Commonwealth Games gold winner Anja Stridsman of Australia in 60kg.

Another Rio bronze winner in 60kg, Anastasia Beliakova of Russia moved to the pre-quarters with a unanimous verdict win over Elisa Williams of Panama. In 48kg, Algerim Kassenayeva of Kazakhstan beat Jazzelle Bobadilla of United States in a 3-2 split decision to earn the right to face five-time world champion M C Mary Kom on Sunday.

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Adam Gilchrist unsure whether India’s pace attack will excel in Australia

Indian pace attack has shown the ability to rip through batting line-up but its performance against Australia will be followed with a lot of intrigue, said former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.

The current Indian pace attack is being considered as the best India have ever had as a group and Gilchrist feels that they have shown tremendous potential.

"Hard to tell (how they will fare) as they haven't been here as a group and we have to find that out. That's going to be an intriguing part of the series. Because Australian pace bowling unit has proven they are exceptional in Australian conditions," Gilchrist told ESPN Cricinfo.

"But I am really excited from an Indian point of view about that pace bowling unit and they have shown glimpses in England about their ability to rip through potential batting line-ups. They are fit, strong, aggressive young men so they have all virtues to take on Australia in Australia," Gilchrist stated.

Gilchrist, one of the greatest keeper-batsman to have ever graced the game, didn't agree that this series will be only about Virat Kohli's duel with Mitchell Starc.

"I don't see this as a Starc vs Virat challenge really. I think Pat Cummins is outstanding and Josh Hazlewood is almost McGrath like with his methodic, repetitious bowling. So there are three guys there and there are a couple in the wings. They are high-quality fast bowlers," he said.

"So yeah, I don't intend to single out Virat although clearly he is the best player at the moment, so India will look to him to score heavily, but they are all going to have their challenges which is also true for Australian batting line-up."

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Mumbai’s Armaan Jaffer slams triple hundred in U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy

Young batsman Armaan Jaffer on Friday slammed an unbeaten triple hundred for Mumbai in their U-23 Col C K Nayudu Trophy match against Saurashtra in Mumbai.

20-year-old Armaan, who has played three first-class matches, slammed unbeaten 300 off 367-balls, striking 26 boundaries and 10 sixes.

Courtesy Armaan's knock, Mumbai declared their first innings at a mammoth 610/5 after bundling out Saurashtra for 175 in their first innings. In the second outing Saurashtra are 157/4 at stumps on the penultimate day of the four-day match. Saurashtra trail by 278 runs.

The knock came at the right-time for Armaan as he had recently made a comeback after suffering from a knee injury which had kept him out for a year.

"This was a special knock because I want to make a come-back in the Ranji Trophy (team) and needed a big one. In the last match, I was going good but fell for 80. This match was on the home ground, so it was important that I score big to make a comeback," he told reporters.

About his knee injury, Armaan said, "Last year there was an U-23 match at Bandra-Kurla Complex and the injury happened on the previous day of the match during warm-up. Surgery was avoided and hence I went to the NCA for rehab …Come-back was a little late, but it was ok, as we avoided surgery".

Armaan's uncle Wasim Jaffer is a former India player. Armaan was part of India's Under-19 team at the 2016 World Cup. He was also a part of Kings XI Punjab squad.

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Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test: Yasir Shah impresses as hosts take control on opening day

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah led a double-barrelled attack of spin and pace to leave Pakistan sitting comfortably on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

Yasir led the varied attack with 3/54 as New Zealand, who won the toss and batted on a grass-less Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch in Abu Dhabi, were bowled out for a below-par 153 in 66.3 overs at the stroke of tea.

The day saw 12 wickets fall as Pakistan closed at 59/2, having lost both their openers Imam-ul-Haq (six) and Mohammad Hafeez (20) before Haris Sohail (22 not out) and Azhar Ali (10 not out) stopped the rot. Pakistan need 94 more to take a lead and enforce a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Imam was first to go as he edged Colin de Grandhomme's delivery to the slip while Hafeez miscued a pull straight to short mid-wicket — both caught by Kane Williamson. New Zealand skipper Williamson, declared fit after missing last Sunday's third one-day international due to a groin injury, top-scored with 63 before falling softly to medium pacer Hasan Ali, who finished with 2-38.

 

Hasan removed Williamson with a slower delivery as the New Zealand skipper went for a hook and gloved the ball for wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's fourth catch of the innings. Williamson's 112-ball knock had five boundaries and he added 72 for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls who made 28 with four boundaries.

In the same over Hasan trapped De Grandhomme for a first-ball duck before Sohail dismissed Ish Sodhi (four) and BJ Watling (four) — both were trapped leg-before. Mohammad Abbas, who has figures of 2-13, had removed Nicholls, caught behind by Sarfraz soon after lunch.

Pakistan dominated the first session as New Zealand were 81-3 at lunch, with leg-spinner Yasir Shah taking the first of his two wickets in his opening overs. Yasir had derailed New Zealand's progress in the first session with the wickets of opener Tom Latham (13) and Ross Taylor (two) in his first spell.

New Zealand openers Jeet Raval and Latham survived some anxious moments before pace spearhead Mohammad Abbas had Raval edging to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed after scoring seven. Yasir, who had to endure a tough last week due to the death of his mother, had Latham caught at mid-wicket off a loose drive with the fourth ball of his first over. In his fourth over Yasir had Taylor caught behind with a sharp leg-break, leaving New Zealand at 39-3.

New Zealand handed Test debut to 30-year-old left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, leaving out experienced pacer Tim Southee. The second Test is in Dubai (November 24-28) and third in Abu Dhabi (December 3-7).

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Buzz is: Amidst #MeToo allegations, Suhel Seth secretly gets engaged to model Lakshmi Menon?

Suhel Seth, who has disappeared from social media soon after his name surfaced in the wake of the #MeToo movement in India, is grabbing the eyeballs once again. This time, for apparently exchanging rings with model Lakshmi Menon, whom Suhel is reported to have been dating for over a year now. 

Speculations are rife that 55-year-old Suhel Seth has got engaged to 37-year-old model Lakshmi Menon. A report on Mumbai Mirror suggests that Suhel got engaged to Lakshmi a few weeks back at his Gurgaon residence in the presence of his mother, brother Swapan Seth and about 10 close friends. 

The tabloid further reports that Suhel took off on a holiday to Goa and Switzerland with Lakshmi, post the engagement. Rumour mills have been busy churning that Suhel is to secretly marry Lakshmi on this vacation, but the same has not yet been confirmed. 

The report also added that Suhel plans to host a dinner at his home on Christmas i.e., December 25. He has sent across a save-the-date message invite for the same which has been sighned by both him and Lakshmi. 

Amidst the wave of the #MeToo movement in India, Suhel Seth has been accused of harassment by ex Bigg Boss contestant and model Diandra Soares in a detailed account given to Zoom. As many as six women have levied allegations of sexual harassment against Suhel Seth. 

Though, Suhel has not responded to the allegations, he has disappeared from social media completely, which is quite notoceable since her's known to be quote active on social media platforms. His last post on Facebook was on October 5 and last tweet was shared on October 10. 

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Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma lose in quarterfinals

Indian challenge ended at the Hong Kong Open World Tour Super 500 tournament after Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma lost their respective men's singles quarterfinal matches in Kowloon on Friday.

Fourth seed Srikanth suffered a 17-21 13-21 loss to eighth seed Kenta Nishimoto for his first loss to the Japanese in four meetings. The Indian had beaten Nishimoto thrice before this match.

Later, world no 18 Sameer also failed to tame local hope Lee Cheuk Yiu, who came through the qualifiers to seal his maiden semi-final spot with a 21-15 19-21 21-11 win in a match that last an hour and 13 minutes here.

Srikanth couldn't threaten Nishimoto, who lead 12-7 at one stage in the opening game. The Indian did claw back and even had a slender 14-13 lead but the Japanese soon left him behind with four straight points before pocketing the opening game.

The Indian looked clueless in the second game as he struggled right from the start even as Nishimoto surged to 6-2 and then reeled off seven straight points to grab a massive 13-3 advantage, a deficit which the Indian couldn't erase to bow out of the contest.

Later in the day, Sameer, who had reached the finals of the Hong Kong Open in 2016, couldn't find a way to outwit an athletic Lee Cheuk Yiu, who was rewarded for his control and precision. Sameer had beaten Lee at the New Zealand Open earlier this year but that didn't matter as Lee opened up a 4-0 lead in the opening game and consolidated it to 12-3 at one stage.

Sameer managed to claw back to 15-16 but the Hong Kong player reeled off the required five points to take the opening game. The Indian lagged again in the second game, before he managed to erase a 5-8 deficit and take a 14-11 lead.

The Indian held a four-game point advantage in the end. Lee saved three before a controversial line call helped Sameer take the match to the decider. In the third game, the duo split the initial 10 points before Lee eked out a five-point advantage, reaching 11-6 at the break.

After changing the sides, Sameer couldn't break the run of points, going wide and long. The local qualifier looked more aggressive and seized the opportunities to continue his domination. Lee eventually sealed his place in the semifinals when Sameer's return hit the net.

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Pressure mounts on Spain’s David de Gea as Kepa Arrizabalaga waits in the wings

Pressure is mounting on Spain goalkeeper David de Gea with fans and media calling for him to be dropped following a surprise 3-2 loss to Croatia in Thursday night's Nations League meeting.

De Gea has been Spain's number one since Euro 2016 but he has struggled to consistently replicate his impressive Manchester United club form and was criticised for not closing down Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric, who scored the opener in Zagreb.

"The Croat did what most people who have taken a shot at De Gea have done in the past year: found the back of the net," Spanish soccer journalist Diego Torres wrote in El Pais.

Tomas Roncero of sports daily AS has been critical of De Gea since Spain's disappointing last 16 exit at the World Cup in July and said it was time for a change.

"We all saw what happened at the World Cup and nothing's changed," Roncero wrote. "He just stands there, he doesn't come out of his goal for their first two – this is a guy who is two metres tall! He could have even pushed the ball away for a corner for the third instead of straight to their player."

De Gea, 28, has been named in the Premier League Team of the Year for the last four seasons by his peers and is United's reining player of the season but he, like others in the red half of Manchester, have struggled this season.

United are eighth in the table on 20 points, 12 behind leaders and rivals Manchester City, having conceded 21 goals in 12 Premier League games so far. Last season, De Gea conceded 28 times in 37 league appearances.

The dip in form comes as his international backup Kepa Arrizabalaga has made a strong start to his Chelsea career following a 80 million Euro ($90 million) transfer from Athletico Bilbao – a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Kepa has conceding eight times in his first 12 Premier League appearances as Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league. The 24-year-old has made two appearances for Spain, the last coming in a 4-1 win over Wales last month. Spain host Bosnia in a friendly on Sunday.

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Here’s how Ishqbaaz actress Surbhi Chandna aka Anika reacted to reports of her exit from the show

A lot has been happening on the front of popular TV soap Ishqbaaz. The show's producer Gul Khan had recently confirmed that it will take a generation leap, post which Nakuul Mehta will essay the character of Shivaay and Anika (played by Surbhi Chandna)'s son. She also shared that they're looking for a new female lead opposite him. This sparked off massive rage on social media, with speculations of Surbhi Chandna's exit from Ishqbaaz doing the rounds. Gul also had to face a lot of backlash from the fans on social media. 

While the die-hard fans of the show have been trending #NoSurbhiNoIshqbaaz on social media platforms, Surbhi has not explicitly said anything on the matter as of now. Reportedly, Anika's character will die in the show and the fans are visibly upset with that. The producer Gul Khan told IWM that Surbhi wasn't too keen on playing a mother so early on in her career. 

On seeing the massive support of her fans, Surbhi finally took to her Instagram stories to acknowledge it. Though, she did not express her thoughts on the matter, she just wrote, "Thankyou for your Patience. Shall Speak Soon #calming breeze your way (sic)"

Further talking about why did the makers decide to replace the pair in the show, Gul told IWM, "Simply because it’s not working! In the last 5 months the ratings and time spent on the show has been dismal! 1.5 tvr and 11 minutes of time spend! For a show to stay on air, you need minimum 15 to 17 minutes of TSV (time people spend watching one episode). So clearly people are not watching enough for it to survive!"

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Sunil Chhetri-less India take on Jordan in Asian Cup tune-up

India, despite missing their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri, will fancy their chances when they take on hosts Jordan in an international football friendly here on Saturday. The match at the Jordan capital is in preparation for the AFC Asian Cup, scheduled to be held in January-February next year.

India are ranked 97th while Jordan are placed 112th in the FIFA rankings. Even though they will be without Chhetri, the country's all-time leading scorer, Stephen Constantine's men will take confidence from their goalless stalemate in their previous friendly against higher-ranked China, managed by World Cup-wining coach Marcello Lippi.

Chhetri's absence has been dubbed a "big blow" by coach Constantine, under whom India enjoyed a dream 14-match unbeaten run till it was broken by Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek. With only about two months to go for the Asian Cup, the upcoming friendly provides Constantine are the last opportunities to analyse his squad and ready his backup plans.

Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will lead the backline which will have Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das and probably Subhasish Bose. India's defence impressed against Lippi's China but Constantine will be banking on his midfield and attack to have an influence in the match against a Jordan side whose form has been patchy.

Jordan, who are ranked 15 spots below India in the rankings, last won a match in May when they defeated Cyprus 3-0. In their last four games, they have had two draws and two defeats, capping with a 1-2 loss to Croatia in October.

For India, mid-fielder Jackichand Singh and left back Nishu Kumar were on Thursday included in the 22-member squad for the away international FIFA fixture. The likes of Udanta Singh, Pronay Halder, Halicharan Narzary and Anirudh Thapa are likely to control possession in the midfield against a Jordan side that will look to hit on the counter in the absence of a few attacking players.

In the absence of Chhetri, experienced men like Jeje Lalpekhlua and Balwant Singh will need to take up the mantle up front. While the former has struggled in front of goal, the latter's form is encouraging. Ahead of the match Constantine said, "We want to do well in the AFC Asian Cup and the clash against Jordan will aid us. Jordan are a good side and they have a number of good players in their ranks."

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Viral video: Kareena Kapoor Khan sweating it out at the gym is giving major #FitnessGoals this Friday

Kareena Kapoor Khan is one of those actresses in the tinsel town, who's known to have an envious body. The actress flaunts her figure at various occasions and events, but makes sure to hit the gym and work out in order to sweat out all the extra calories. Kareena not just follows her rigorous work out regimen to the T, but also takes special care of what she eats and maintains a healthy diet. 

Be it her red carpet looks, ramp walks, airport looks of gym looks, the diva never fails to amaze us as she looks drop-dead-gorgeous in whatever she wears. Recently, a video of Bebo, working out at the gym made it to social media and it has now gone viral. 

Kareena can be seen clad in pink and black, the actress is giving major fitness goals for all those who're feeling a bit lazy this Friday. The actress swear by pilates and has been papped a number of times outside a Pilates Studio in Mumbai. 

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Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test: Brilliant Joe Root ton puts visitors on top on Day 3

England captain Joe Root hit a brilliant century to put his team in a strong position in their quest for a series-clinching victory on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Opener Rory Burns had earlier struck his maiden fifty as England, who lead the three-match series 1-0 after last week's win in Galle, reached 324 for nine in their second innings at stumps, a lead of 278 on a pitch offering plenty of turn.

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, playing his second Test, further stretched England's lead after the dismissal of Root for 124 and was unbeaten on 51 with James Anderson four not out when bad light and rain brought an end to the day's play.

Root and Foakes added 82 for the seventh wicket, dampening Sri Lanka's hopes of restricting England's lead to a manageable target at Pallekele after reducing them to 219-6 at one stage.

Akila Dananjaya, who was reported for a suspect bowling action after the Galle Test but is free to play, notched up career-best figures of 6-106 but his third-five wicket haul in only his fifth Test might still prove inadequate. When play resumed in the morning, the tourists lost nightwatchman Jack Leach for one in the second over of the day, bringing regular openers Burns and Keaton Jennings together.

While Burns looked at ease against Sri Lanka's spinners with his nimble footwork, Jennings opted to utilise the reverse sweep to thwart the threat. The duo added 73 before Jennings' most productive shot brought an end to his knock for 26, the ball clipping the batsman's glove before carrying to the slip fielder Dhananjaya de Silva for a simple catch.

Burns, playing in his second Test, hit seven boundaries in his knock and was out leg before for 59 to Malinda Pushpakumara while trying to sweep the left-arm spinner. The batsman reviewed the decision but was unsuccessful. England suffered a further jolt in the next over when all-rounder Ben Stokes also fell leg before, for a duck, missing a sweep against off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.

Stokes, who faced just two deliveries, also opted to go for a review but lost it. Root, who received a reprimand and one demerit point from the International Cricket Council on Thursday for a show of dissent, and Jos Buttler looked to attack the spinners during their stand of 74 to give England the upper hand.

Buttler's entertaining knock of 34 came to a premature end when he dragged spinner Akila Dananjaya on to his stumps with an attempted reverse sweep. Moeen Ali also did not last long and was out leg before to Dananjaya, but Root appeared unmoved by the fall of wickets around him. He brought up a deserving 15th Test hundred with 10 fours and two sixes in his knock, using the sweep shot to good effect against Sri Lanka's slow bowling attack.

Root leapt for joy and punched the air after reaching the three-figure mark with a streaky boundary. Dananjaya removed Root and Sam Curran, who smashed 64 in the first innings, in consecutive deliveries and also dismissed Adil Rashid, who was unfortunate to be given out lbw as replays showed he had got an edge.

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I-League: Sandro Rodriguez helps Chennai City FC edge Aizawl

Chennai City FC rode on twin strikes from Sandro Rodriguez to pip Aizawl FC 2-1 thereby maintaining their pole position in the I-League football tournament on Friday.

Liberian striker Ansumanah Kromah's 72nd minute goal for the hosts was not good enough to prevent a second consecutive loss. The southerns now have 13 points from five games, seven points clear of second placed East Bengal and third placed Churchill Brothers.

Aizawl, who won the I-League two seasons back, find themselves at the bottom of the table with three losses and two draws from their five games so far. The hosts began confidently enough and pressed high from get go. In fact, they even created two chances in the first quarter of an hour, but Leonce Dodoz, guilty of many misses on the day, muffed both of them.

After a goalless first half, Kromah's head from close range in the 48th minute, saw a reflex save from goalkeeper Kabir. In the very next minute, Duata gave away a needless foul in a dangerous position outside the Aizawl box. He was made to pay as Sandro struck his second brilliant free-kick of the league to beat Lawmpuia all ends and put Chennai in the lead.

Aizawl tried to get back into the game immediately, when Dodoz got at the end of a blunder of a back-pass by the Chennai defence but he could not beat Kabir from eight yards out. Aizawl coach Gift Raikhan meanwhile kept ringing in the changes in search of an equaliser. He had got in Mapuia in place of Lalrinfela and Rinchena in place of Govin Singh. But it was his third substitute Isak, who played a role in the goal that finally came Aizawl's way.

In the 72nd minute, Isak put in a wonderful cross from the right flank, which beat the Chennai defense to land at Dodoz's feet. The Beninese fumbled and the ball after hitting Kabir fell to Kromah on the rebound, who tapped in for the easiest of goals. But there is a reason why Chennai are sitting pretty at the top of the table and their Spanish recruit was to deliver again when it mattered most.

In the 77th minute, Romario Jesuraj made one of his surging runs down the right flank and cut inside the box to keep a measured cross which Sandro connected with a powerful left-footer. Chennai now go back home to Coimbatore after winning all their three games on the road while Aizawl need to find a way to be less expansive in front of goal, whether home or away.

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Kundali Bhagya November 15 Written Update: Karan and Monisha get engaged

In the latest episode of Kundali Bhagya Prithvi tries to convince Monisha to not get engaged with Karan. He tells her, if she gets engaged, Karan will transfer all the property on his name. Meanwhile, Preeta, Karan, Kareena bua and Mahesh are still looking for Sherlyn’s reports.

On the other hand, Monisha comes to the hall for the engagement. Karan and Preeta go on the stage with Monisha. The ring ceremony is about to start. Pandit ji asks Monisha to put the ring in Karan’s finger. On the other hand, Prithvi comes to Preeta and praises her and says that Karan is a lucky person. Karan feels jealous when he touches the engagement ring.

Monisha puts the ring forward for Karan but he brings his hand so fast that the ring slips and falls in front of Preeta. Everyone is surprised, as the ring goes towards Preeta. Preeta bends down to take the ring and Prithvi joins her. Both share romantic moment together.

Karan tries to be happy, but everyone wonders if something is wrong with him. Srishti calls Karan-Monsiha and Preeta-Prithvi to dance on the dance floor. Karan asks her why she called Preeta and Prithvi.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to give you more control on Facebook content

The content flowing on Facebook has always been hitting the scanner for multiple reasons. Now, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced his plans to build a tool that will users more control on what they see on the site.

Zuckerberg said that the company continues to train its AI systems to sift out content which is reported or is in violation of the policies. Once they are trained better, Facebook will be able to build the tool that can keep specific kind of content users choose not to see, even if that content is not in violation of the company standards, Engadget reported.

The idea behind building the tool is to let users be the best judges for the content. While racial slurs don't always violate guidelines and nudity may get sifted out, users will have the choice to filter the borderline content to protect themselves or consume the content if they so wish. Facebook is also planning to create a new system for content reporting and takedown requests. 

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Google’s latest update makes your Wear OS device even more battery efficient

Google has rolled out a new system version, called the H update, to Wear OS for its smart devices. With the latest update, Wear OS devices will become more energy efficient.

In its blog, Google explained that the update extends battery life further by turning on Battery Saver to only display the time once your battery level falls below 10 percent. Off body efficiency has also been improved. After 30 minutes of inactivity, the Wear OS watch will go into deep sleep mode.

Other features include smart app resume for apps so you can pick up easily from where you left off. Lastly, you can now turn off your watch by simply holding the power button till you see the option to turn off the screen or restart. The update will be rolled out over the coming months. 

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SpaceX gets approval to blast over 7,000 satellites into space

You will have more frequent updates on Elon Musk's space endeavours as his company has received permission to launch over 7,000 satellites into space. The FCC has permitted SpaceX to fill the night sky as part of its Starlink program which is a satellite-based broadband internet initiative to shoot out 7,518 satellites, Fast Company reported.

SpaceX s addition to the space will help the company create its 'constellation of satellites' while Earthlings can hope better internet connectivity. 

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India vs Australia: Michael Hussey feels Hardik Pandya’s absence will hurt Virat Kohli’s team

Mike Hussey, who has a fair idea about the current crop of India players, feels that all-rounder Hardik Pandya's absence will "hurt" the visitors in the upcoming Test series against Australia. The series starts on December 6 in Adelaide.

Pandya is undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a lower-back injury during the Asia Cup in Dubai last September. "I think Hardik is a wonderful talent and I am sure his game style would have been suited to the Australian conditions. Add to that, the balance he offers the team with his all-round abilities, yes I think his absence will hurt India," Hussey told PTI in an exclusive interview.

India have a good chance of doing well against a depleted Australia but 'Mr Cricket' is confident that the home team's seasoned bowling attack will test some of the younger batsmen in the visiting team.

India are being dubbed as favourites in many quarters primarily due to the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner. But India could face a different challenge with the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari set to face Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon for the first time.

"I do think India have a good chance as they have an excellent team with some very good fast bowlers. However, I think Australia's bowling attack is world class and will challenge the Indian team, particularly the younger players in Australian conditions. Australia always play well at home and hence will be very hard to beat."

Virat Kohli remains the biggest threat to Australia having scored four hundreds during the 2014-15 series and Hussey reckoned that the home team bowlers need to be patient against the Indian skipper. "The Australians will prepare well against Kohli, but it comes down to execution. In my view the Aussies need to be incredibly patient and disciplined for long periods of time against a world class player like Kohli," said the 43-year-old, who has played 79 Tests and 185 ODIs for Australia.

India's 1-4 series defeat against England will have no bearing on the Australia series as the scoreline is not an accurate representation of how well India competed, said the former left-hander. "It's a completely new series in completely different conditions. I think India played some brilliant cricket in England but unfortunately, the results didn't go their way," opined Hussey.

The ball-tampering saga is a thing of past and Hussey has faith in the current team's abilities even though Smith and Warner's absence will continue to be a big factor. "It has been a tumultuous period for Australian cricket both on and off the field but I think the controversy is behind us now and everyone involved can just focus fully on the cricket. Australia will of course miss Warner, Smith and Bancroft."

Unlike some of the experts who are still not convinced about Tim Paine's leadership skills, the current Test captain has Hussey's vote of approval. "I wouldn't underestimate Tim Paine, he is an excellent competitor and will be up for the fight against India. Yes, he has the mental strength to lead this Australian side," he asserted.

There were talks about an early return of Smith and Warner but Hussey made it clear that he doesn't see that happening with the duo requiring to play Sheffield Shield to stage a Test comeback. "Personally, I don't see that happening, however I would love to see them integrated into domestic cricket earlier, in particular the Sheffield Shield competition."

The Indian bowling attack has been top notch in all away series but Hussey wants the Australian batsmen to look at the upcoming series as an opportunity to cement their place in the side. "The batting will be tested against an excellent Indian attack but there are some great opportunities for Australian batters to cement a place in the team with some big runs. So motivation will be high."

Hussey doesn't believe in terms such as 'x-factor', which is a buzzword in cricketing sides across the globe. "There doesn't need to be an x-factor player, Australia need all players down the list to contribute to the team cause and play their role well." Australian cricket is going through transformation and a cultural review has been done, which has been critical of earlier teams' theory of "win at all costs".

Words like "Elite Honesty" adorn the dressing room walls but Hussey revealed that this is nothing new with Australian cricket teams, only that it's now out in public domain. Has there been an over-correction? "No, I don't think there has been an over-correction as there were all these kind of statements and quotes around when I played also but ours weren't put out there in the public domain."

So will the Aussies sledge? Hussey replied: "There will be an adjustment period for the team with regards to how far they can push the line but they will compete very hard."

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Kumkum Bhagya November 15, 2018 Written Update: Abhi and Pragya get stuck in fire

In the latest episode of Kumkum Bhagya, Abhi asks Pragya to come back in his house and in his life. He asks her to start living with him together again. He tells her that in his heart, he is at the same place where he was seven years ago. Abhi also adds that he'll even talk to King if the need be, to have Pragya back in his life. Pragya tells him that she also understands his feelings but Tanu and his sister Aliya dislike her.

Pragya then thinks she wouldn’t want Kiara to be in trouble because of this. She tells her it’s not possible for her and now she cannot move on with a new life. Pragya tells Abhi that her life has changed and now she has no place for him and has no feeling for him now. Abhi tells her to think about the decision, but she stays firm. During their conversation they notice fog. Purab is seen rushing everyone out of the house.

Disha reunites with Kiara and hands her to King. He asks the driver to take Kiara home and search Pragya in the house. King is worried about Pragya. Tanu and Alia search Abhi in the house. Meanwhile inside Kitchen Abhi and Pragya are trying to find a way out, due to the smoke Abhi collapses in the kitchen.

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Massive database breach leaves millions of text messages exposed

Another day, another breach. A security breach of a Voxox server has exposed the database containing tens of millions of text messages.

The exposed server belongs to the California-based communications company. According to TechCrunch, the server was not protected with a password, allowing any miscreant to snoop on the data, including real-time conversations.

The server was found on Shodan, which is a search engine for publicly available devices and databases. It was also attached to one of Voxox's own subdomains. The worst part is that the server was running on Amazon's Elasticsearch, making the data within easily readable and searchable for specific details.

TechCrunch's investigation into the matter found that the database appeared to have a little over 26 million text messages year-to-date. However, it is likely the figure may be higher. The compromised data also included details on two-factor authentication code. The company is reportedly looking into the matter. 

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Taking just one week off from Facebook, Instagram causes withdrawal symptoms

New European research has found that even just a one-week break from social media can cause withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced when quitting addictive substances.

Carried out by researchers at the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems (KL Krems) and the University of Vienna, both Austria, the new study set out to investigate what happens when users of social media quit using the platforms even for a short period of time, and whether they experience any kind of withdrawal.

The researchers recruited 152 participants aged between 18 and 80, 70 percent of them women, and instructed them not to use social media such as Facebook and WhatsApp for a period of seven days.

During the study the team assessed both the positive and negative effects of social media abstinence, participants' boredom, and social media cravings.

The findings, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, showed that quitting social media produced classic withdrawal symptoms, including significantly increased urges, boredom, and an influence on whether the subjects were in a good or bad mood.

The participants also felt peer pressure to go back on social media, which the researchers say may be due to the fact that people are expected to interact with their friends on social media, or from the belief that by not using the platforms that they could be missing out on something.

The researchers also commented that they were surprised to find that not all participants could even go one week without "relapsing" and using social media. Although they noted that this only occurred rarely, less than twice on average, and for a short time, an average of three minutes, 90 out of the 152 participants ended up using social media at some point during the study. 

"As it turned out, a seven-day abstinence from social media triggered mild withdrawal symptoms among the subjects, similar to those associated with addictive substances," explained the author of the study, Professor Stefan Stieger at KL Krems. "In particular, we saw a sharp increase in the desire — the craving — to use social media during the period of abstinence. This effect was even measureable when the subjects were allowed to use social media once again." 

"This feeling of peer pressure is all the more astonishing because the subjects were allowed to use other communication channels such as short text messages (SMS) and e-mail," Prof. Stieger pointed out.

Prof. Stieger also added that although more than 1,000 people saw the invitation to participate, only around 30 percent were interested in taking part, and even less, just under 15 percent, were prepared to take a break from social media.

"This suggests that the people who registered to take part in the study were those who would find it easier to do without social media — meaning that their withdrawal symptoms could be milder than those in other people. So the effect on other individuals could be much more pronounced," said Prof. Stieger.

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Facebook to launch independent body for calls on content

Facebook announced it is creating an independent body to make potentially precedent-setting calls on what content should be yanked from the social network.

The announcement came as Facebook reported it has ramped up its ability to quickly detect "hate speech" and other posts violating community rules, with the leading social network under pressure from regulators in various countries and activists to root out abusive and inappropriate content.

"I have come to believe that we shouldn't be making so many decisions about free expression and safety on our own," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a media briefing.

Content spied by artificial intelligence software or reported by users is now reviewed by an internal system that Facebook has been ramping up. An independent body to be constituted in the coming year will act as a "higher court" of sorts, considering appeals of content removal decisions made by the social network, Zuckerberg said.

The composition of the appeals body along with how to keep it independent while remaining in line with Facebook principles and policies was to be determined in the coming year. Facebook also planned next year to begin releasing content removal summaries quarterly in a tempo on par with earnings reports, according to executives.

"We have made progress getting hate, bullying and terrorism off our network," Zuckerberg said. "It's about finding the right balance between giving people a voice and keeping people safe."

Challenges faced by the California-based social network include the fact that people naturally tend to engage with more sensational content that, while perhaps at the edge of violating Facebook policies, are unhealthy for civilized discourse, according to Zuckerberg. "We see this in cable news and tabloids too," Zuckerberg said. "A lot of our work is to insure that borderline content that comes close to violating our content gets less attention not more."

Bullying represents a tougher challenge to AI systems, because it tends to be personal and subjective. For example, someone might playfully mock a friend  in a post that could also be interpreted to be mean.

Detecting bullying or hate can also require understanding of the gamut of languages used at Facebook, along with cultural contexts. "We are getting better at proactively identifying violating content before anyone reports it, specifically for hate speech and violence and graphic content," Facebook said in the new transparency report.

"But, there are still areas where we have more work to do." Facebook said that since its last transparency report, the amount of hate speech detected proactively, before anyone reported it, has more than doubled.  "The single biggest improvement comes from AI and machine learning," said product management vice president Guy Rosen.

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