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#IndvAus Cricket mania takes control: People across the nation pray for Team India’s victory

March26/ 2015


Cricket mania has taken over India. The signs of a standstill in India ahead of the match against Australia have started emerging. In this picture, Muslim children pray for Team India’s victory ahead of the team’s World Cup semifinal match against Australia, in Surat on Wednesday.


Young cricket fans perform yajna for the Indian Cricket team’s victory ahead of their Semi final clash with Australia of ICC Cricket World Cup-2015, at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal.


Cricket fans in Faridabad flash victory sign for the victory of India. Apart from cricket fans in the country, even the prophesising fish, Chanakya-II, has indicated that India is going to win


Women fans in Agartala wish good luck for the Indian Cricket Team ahead of their World Cup clash against Australia. In the previous World Cup clash between the two teams in 2011, India had won.

Students pray for the India’s victory in Varanasi.

Bleeding blue indeed. Children in Kolkata wish good luck for the Indian Cricket Team. Team India have every match in the World Cup 2015 so far.

Indian cricket fans in Ahmedabad apply tattoo and wish luck to the team ahead of the World Cup semi final clash



An Indian cricket fan in Ahmedabad wishes luck to the Indian team. People have a lot of expectations from players like Mohammad Shami and Virat Kohli.


Cricket fans in Bengaluru hold the poster of Indian Cricket players, wishing them luck for the match. Imagine the kind of pressure the players must have to face before and during the match.

It’s not just students who are praying hard for Team India. Teachers, along with students, perform ‘yagya’ in Varanasi for the Indian Cricket team’s victory

Grant Elliott will pay for sister’s honeymoon for missing wedding to play final

March26/ 2015

Sydney,March 26: New Zealand batting star Grant Elliott has pledged to pay for his sister’s honeymoon because he is skipping her wedding in order to play in the World Cup final.

Elliott was originally scheduled to attend sister Kate’s wedding on Saturday but now has a date with destiny after propelling New Zealand into their first ever final with a six off the penultimate ball in Tuesday’s semifinal against South Africa.

Kate Elliott said she realised the significance of the date when she booked her wedding venue 12 months ago but felt the chances were remote of her brother making the New Zealand team, let alone playing in the final.

“(The booking) was on the Saturday before the final of the World Cup, I had to ask him, ‘What are the chances?’,” she told Fairfax New Zealand.

“At that time he wasn’t in the squad, and he said that he didn’t think he would be called up. I booked it and he gave me his blessing.”

She said he was now unable to make the big day but had promised her and fiance Dean Plews a honeymoon to the destination of their choice if New Zealand win the World Cup.

“We will hold him to that,” she said. “I told him before he left, ‘go and win it now, not because of the honeymoon, but just go smash it’,” she said.

She told the New Zealand Herald she was at Eden Park to see her brother’s man-of-the-match 84 not out and screamed with delight when he hit the winning runs.

“It was mixed emotions; he won’t be able to see us on the day and we are such a close family,” she said ahead of the wedding, which will take place at Waiheke Island, off the Auckland coast.

“But I saw his face on the big screen again and he just had the biggest smile.”

“From the beginning I said if you can reach your dream that would be incredible, I’ll be happy for you.”

Elliott’s New Zealand will meet the winner of today’s semi-final between Australia and India in the tournament decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.


Salma Hayek loses ‘social media virginity’, posts stunning images

March26/ 2015

London,March 26: Hollywood beauty Salma Hayek is not one to do anything by half measures. Days after she joined Facebook, she is a presence on Instagram as well. And that’s after more than a decade of studiously ignoring internet in every form.

Salma posted a selfie with designer Christopher Kane. (courtesy: Instagram)

It seems after years of refusing to engage with social media, the 48-year-old screen beauty has finally given up. And her fans cannot be happier because the star is posting stunning images and interesting trivia.

In an interview with Facebook’s EMEA vice president Nicola Mendelsohn, Hayek revealed the reasons of her absence from any social media.

The ever-beautiful actor shared this image on Facebook.

“I’m a rebel, I don’t want to do what everyone else does. I really did resist it. I had this idea that you should always be present, not always calling, texting, when I’m with you, I’m with you. I feel sometime people are not so present because of social media. You need to look up at people around you,” she said.

And marking her first ever Facebook post, Hayek wrote on her wall, “Life is about new discoveries, so today after decades of a self-imposed allergy to technology, I am losing my social media virginity!”

Salma posted an image from From Dawn to Dusk and talked about her fear of snakes. (Courtesy: Facebook)

“I want to be there for the people who have supported me for all these years. Because I am grateful to them and I am hoping that they get to know me better. I am excited to start this new adventure with you and I hope that it will be a fun and inspiring one.”


Here’s why JK Rowling mocked Harry Potter fan

March26/ 2015

London,Marchb 26: Harry Potter author JK Rowling gave a withering response to a fan who couldn’t see how Albus Dumbledore was gay.

Rowling revealed the sexuality of the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts in 2007 to much controversy at the time. Some fans on Twitter are still having difficulty coming to terms with the revelation, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

One of the users tweeted to Rowling about her confusion over why the author says Dumbledore was gay as she herself “can’t see him in that way.”

However, Rowling’s response to her was short and dismissive: “Maybe because gay people just look like…people.”

The Twitter user has now deleted her initial tweet, but Rowling’s response has already been re-tweeted over 6,000 times and met with universal praise.

Dumbledore was portrayed on screen first by Richard Harris and then Michael Gambon after the former’s death.

US military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted

March26/ 2015

Washington, March 26: The US Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban could face up to life in prison if convicted of both the charges he is facing, military officials have said.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was charged with misbehavior before the enemy, which carries a maximum sentence of up to life in prison. He was also charged with desertion, which carries a maximum of five years.

Bergdahl could also face a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank and forfeiture of all his pay if convicted.

The case now goes to an Article 32 hearing to be held at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. That proceeding is similar to an investigating jury. From there, it could be referred to a court-martial and go to trial.

A date for that hearing was not announced.

The charges are the latest development in a long and bitter debate over Bergdahl’s case. They also underscore the military and political ramifications of his decision on June 30, 2009, to leave his post after expressing misgivings about the US military’s role, as well as his own, in the Afghanistan war.

After leaving his post, Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held by members of the Haqqani network, an insurgent group tied to the Taliban that operates both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Last May 31, Bergdahl was handed over to US special forces in Afghanistan as part of an exchange for five Taliban commanders who were imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

After spending about two weeks recuperating at a US military hospital in Germany, Bergdahl was sent to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas on June 13. He has been doing administrative duties at the base, awaiting the conclusion of the case.

The exchange set off a debate over whether the US should have released the five Taliban members. Little is known about what the five have been doing in Qatar, where they are being monitored by the government. Some lawmakers have predicted that the five would return to the battlefield.

Senator Lindsey Graham has said that he received information that one of the five has been in touch with members of the Haqqani network.

On the flip side, Afghanistan’s peace council in 2011 requested the release of one of the five, Khairullah Khairkhwa, from Guantanamo because it thought he might be able to help foster reconciliation talks with the Taliban.

Ind-Aus semifinal: Holiday or not, it’ll be all play and no work

March26/ 2015

After Australia beat Pakistan in Adelaide by 6 wickets and booked its semi-final berth against India, the buzz developed that the match day, March 26, will turn out to be an unofficial no-work day.

For instance, Harsh Goenka, chairman of RPG Enterprises, tweeted, “Prediction- On 26th March many offices will be fairly empty. Flue, headache, stomach pain etc.”

Hindustan Times ran an online poll on whether readers across the country wanted the day to be a no-work day, letting fans whole-heatedly spend their entire energy in supporting Dhoni’s men against Australia without the baggage of office responsibilities and deadlines.

Going by the popular sentiment, it was expected that most will vote demanding a holiday. Well, that no doubt happened but the proportion of respondents who think otherwise left us considerably surprised.

Of the 15,833 respondents, around 51% (7,591 people) voted on the option ‘of course, it should be’, while around 29% (4,380 respondents) voted saying that ‘no reason to skip work for a cricket match’.

Another 18% opted for ‘who cares, I’m not working that day’, while the remaining 2% were not sure about their take on the matter.

On the one hand, the logic for demanding a holiday on Thursday seems to be quite plain—yes, we want to enjoy the match and support our team. On the other hand, one of the strongest reasons for not opting for a holiday on Thursday is that it is only a semi-final match and not the final itself. If India is in the final or wins it then a holiday could be justified. Some also think that a World Cup match is not that important an occasion for a public holiday.

“If India play the final, then the call for a holiday is justifiable, in the sense that in some way it will boost the morale of the team. But a holiday for the semi-final is a little too much—I mean that way the India-Pakistan match should also have merited a holiday,” says Durgesh Haridas, a journalist with the popular cricket website, ESPNcricinfo.com.

Here’s the twist

Even as we talk about people demanding a no-work day or the contrary, there lies a middle path.

Professionals are of the opinion that it does not actually matter whether there is a holiday on the semi-final day because almost every office has elaborate arrangements for watching the match. And even if the large LCDs are not in place, people will either be hooked on to their cell phones and computers streaming the match or will be logged on to websites which deliver real-time match analytics.

“The habit of watching a cricket match—wherever you are and whatever you are doing—is so elemental to us that we will definitely figure a way out,” says Ankur Singh, an IIT-ian who works for a  start-up in Bengaluru.

He describes how his office will be on Thursday—chai, samosa, the match on the large screen and everyone will be at it. Few others, Singh says, will be on cricket websites or Twitter tracking the match.

Thus, though there is a conflict on whether we want an official no-work day for watching the India-Australia semi-final, it is certain that at the end of the day people from all walks of life would somehow watch at least the most thrilling parts of the match.

“In our office, video streaming is blocked. Therefore, we throng to the two cafeterias where 5 or 6 large TVs are mounted. On India’s match days, the cafeterias are crowded and unless someone has some very important deadline to meet, he or she manages to watch all the thrilling parts of the game,” says Rahul Sharma, a software engineer who works for a multi-national company in Hyderabad.

“For most product-based companies that I know this is the culture that is followed, though it gets a bit tougher for service-based companies. And that is why, overall, it does not make a difference whether it is a holiday or not—we will all be either ways glued to the semi-final!”

Jamia students served show-cause notice for writing anti-rape messages on sanitary pads

March25/ 2015

NewDelhi, March 25: A group of Jamia Millia Islamia University students were served a show-cause notice from the administration on Tuesday for putting up sanitary pads with written messages across the campus as part of a campaign to raise awareness about rape and sexism.

The varsity reportedly took the step after it received scores of complaints from students and the teaching fraternity, saying the campaign was in a ‘bad taste’.

University officials said the students did not have the requisite permissions to start the campaign.

A group of Jamia students had pasted sanitary pads with feminist messages across the campus, taking inspiration from a German activist who initiated a similar drive against sexism and made it popular online with the hashtag #padsagainstsexism.

Some of the messages written on sanitary pads and pasted at various places on the campus, included: ‘Period blood is not impure, your thoughts are’, ‘menstruation is natural, rape is not’.

“As per Jamia rules and regulations students are expected to acquaint themselves with certain manners as becoming of students. Many students and faculty members lodged complaint saying they found the mode of protest repugnant,” said Mukesh Ranjan, Jamia spokesperson.


‘I got bigger boobs!’ Iggy Azalea admits she had plastic surgery four months ago to boost her bust

March25/ 2015

Los Angeles,March25: Iggy Azalea has revealed she had a boob job four months ago.

The 24-year-old Australian rapper made the admission in an interview with Vogue‘s magazine when asked what she’d like to change about her body.

‘I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs! I’d thought about it my entire life,’ she replied.

She told the publication she was tired of padding her stage costumes.

She initially planned to keep the surgery private because she didn’t want her younger fans to feel bad about their bodies.

‘But then I decided I wasn’t into secret-keeping,’ she explained.

She also revealed she was told to get a nose job, but refused.

She might have had surgery to enhance her chest area, but Iggy Azaela never makes a boob out of her fashion choices – she just keeps looking fancier!

The Aussie rap star proves she’s as fashion forward as ever in the latest issue of American Vogue, wearing a sheer embellished jumpsuit from Sonia Rykiel’s spring/summer 2015 line. Gorgeous!

Showing off some serious back flesh in the halter neck one-piece, Iggy looks like she’s been plucked off the runway and we’re loving her smoky eye make-up and undone tousled locks to complete the look.

Featuring an on-trend wide leg style most notably seen on the runways at Celine, Balmain and Saint Laurent to name a few, this mesh creation hits the 70s trend spot and it’s undoubtedly the perfect one-piece for the warmer months with its breathable, floaty texture.

Sadly, however, you won’t be able to buy this jumpsuit online, but you can take inspriation from Iggy’s look with our style edit below, with Asos’ embrodiered mesh wide leg jumpsuit topping our wish lists at £65.

Talking about dressing her booty, Iggy explained: ‘It’s about proportion. I have to have everything tailored because I have such a small waist.’

Adding: ‘I’m a 2 or a 0 on the top, and a 6 on the bottom.’

Iggy also revealed that she struggled when it came to landing modelling contracts, before she made it as a chart-topping rapper.

‘When I first got to the States, people told me I should think about modeling,’ she said.

The 5ft 10″ star added: ‘So I went to a few agencies, but once they measured my body they didn’t like me anymore.’

In June 2013, Iggy denied having any surgery on her shapely derriere, saying ‘Everything is mine’.

‘Of course the butt is mine. I heard it’s not a real butt, I’ve heard it’s a number of things. I heard sometimes it’s my underpants. I heard it’s implants. All kinds of crazy things.

‘It’s my flesh, it’s my butt,’ she told Sway on Sway in the Morning show.

Third teenager detained at Sydney airport after trying to join Islamic State

March25/ 2015

Sydney,March 25: A third teenager has been caught attempting to flee Australia to join jihadi militants in the Middle East.

A 17-year-old boy was taken off a plane at Sydney airport on March 12 and interviewed by counter-terrorism officers, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton revealed on Wednesday.

It comes after two teenage brothers were also discovered doing the same thing earlier this month.  

The boy is the third teenager government officials have intercepted among about 200 people stopped from heading overseas to become foreign fighters with terrorist groups.

He has since returned to his family, with the Australian Federal Police and ASIO investigating the matter.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said while it was hard to believe people who had grown up in Australia’s free and open society could be susceptible to brain washing by extremist groups such as Islamic State, it was clearly happening.

‘It is very dangerous for you. It is very dangerous for others,’ he told reporters in Canberra.

‘We will do everything we can to stop you if you do try.’

The two brothers who were stopped earlier this month were aged 16 and 17.

The siblings were south-west Sydney and were reportedly brought home by their mother after being detained.

Authorities’ suspicions were aroused after the two had booked flights to an unidentified country in the Middle East and their luggage was searched.

The two boys were stopped on the night of March 6, Mr Dutton said at the time of the revelation.

Their parents were unaware of their plans to travel to the Middle East. The brothers were later issued court attendance notices.

Under the new Foreign Fighters Act, customs officers are allowed to detain people where the officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that the person is intending to commit a Commonwealth offence or is a threat to national security or the security of a foreign country.

Sydney jihadists Mohamed Elomar, Khaled Sharrouf, and teenager Abdullah Elmir – dubbed the Ginger Jihadist – are so far the most high profile Australians to have travelled to the Middle East to fight with Islamic State.

Elmir, a former Condell Park High student, was filmed on the banks of the River Tigris in Iraq last October. While Elomar and Sharrouf have appeared regularly in Islamic State videos. One of which included a beheading of a prisoner.

After double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie Pitt has ovaries removed

March25/ 2015

Los Angeles,March 25: In an emotional and op-ed piece for The New York Times, Angelina Jolie Pitt has spoken about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a measure to prevent uterine cancer. Two years back, the actress had undergone a double mastectomy surgery, too, as a preventive step, since, writes Jolie, “A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.”

The 39-year-old actress-filmmaker has written about her decision to get her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, and that she “wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.”

The step meant being forced into menopause, and at 39, Jolie says she’ll not be able to have any more children. And that on the day she received her PET/CT scan results, and the tumour tests were negative, she “was full of happiness, although the radioactive tracer meant I couldn’t hug my children.” Jolie writes that she had the choice of getting her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, and she chose to go ahead with the surgery, which was ‘less complex than the mastectomy’.

ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, “Mom died of ovarian cancer.””

Jolie signs off with the adage ‘Knowledge is power’, and asks women to tackle health problems head-on, seek advice and learn about the options and choices.