Life & Style

  • Great Barrier Reef outlook downgraded to 'very poor'
    A man snorkels in an area called the "Coral Gardens" near Lady Elliot Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Bundaberg town in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray/Files   Canberra, August 30 (IANS) The health outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral system stretching 2,300 km, has been downgraded to "very poor", according to the long-term projection report published on Friday. "The challenge to restore reef resili
  • Taj Mahal will soon open every night for all
    New Delhi, August 30 (IANS) The glimmering Taj Mahal, said to be at its aesthetic best in moonlight, could now be thrown open after sunset for all tourists. So far, night access to the globally renowned monument was allowed at a premium only for five nights in a month. Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel told IANS in an interview that the Taj Mahal will remain open even beyond its 10.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m. public access time. "We have been receiving a lot of re
  • Nandita Das thrilled about returning to Telugu cinema
    Hyderabad, August 29 (IANS) Actor Nandita Das, who has made a comeback to Telugu industry after a decade with the upcoming film "Virataparvam", is thrilled as well as nervous about her return with the Rana Daggubati starrer. Nandita, who has started shooting for the film, said she accepted the movie because she believed in the director's vision. "I am doing the film for the script, the director's vision and the role. Had no idea who I was replacing and how does it matter. In
  • When a Tamil producer made Vidya Balan feel ugly
    Mumbai, August 28 (IANS) Vidya Balan is one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood, but she had faced a lot of rejections in the south film industry. She says there was a time when a Tamil producer made her feel ugly. "There were a lot of rejections down South. There were a lot of Malayalam films, but I was replaced in each of them. There was a Tamil film I was doing and I was thrown out of the film... I remember my parents had come with me because they were so worried abou
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee's life story to hit the big screen
    Mumbai, Augùst 28 (IANS) The life story of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is set to unfold on the big screen. Vajpayee, a senior BJP leader and one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), died on August 16 in 2018 after a prolonged illness. Shiva Sharma and Zeeshan Ahmad, owners of Amaash Films, have acquired the official rights of the book,""The Untold Vajpaye"" written by Ullekh N P, and has decided to unveil the several aspects of Vajpaye''s lif
  • My confidence is my strongest quality: Kareena
    Mumbai, August 27 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan says her belief in herself is the best quality she has which and that gives her the confidence to live the life on her own terms. The actress, who walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week grand finale themed on #FreeYourLips which was about freedom of expression, has said: "The theme, for me, is about freedom for women to make the choice of what they want to do, what they want to wear or how they want to live their life. I
  • What good is development minus clean air, water? asks Richa
    Thimphu, August 27 (IANS) Bollywood actress Richa Chadha has questioned urban development at the cost of the green carpet, and raised concern over how the basic human need for water and clean air is becoming a luxury thanks to increasing pollution. "I feel traumatised seeing how we treat nature. I am not saying this because, now that I am an actress, these are the things I should say. I am one of those people who would always not only wear natural fabric and I choose cotton over sil
  • Remote translator helped while talking with Grylls: PM
    New Delhi, August 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that remote translator used during the Man vs Wild episode with Bear Grylls facilitated the conversation between the two men who spoke in different languages. Scores of viewers had been wondering how Grylls managed to effortlessly converse with the Prime Minister, who was speaking in Hindi. "Some people ask me one thing, albeit with some hesitation, Modiji, you were speaking in Hindi and Bear Grylls does
  • I did whatever I wanted to: Tabu
    New Delhi, August 24 (IANS) Two National Awards as Best Actress and an experience of over three decades in Bollywood has takren Tabu to a space where there is no room for self-doubt, but the acclaimed actress reveals that even today she questions herself a lot before signing a new project. "(It's) Not self doubt, but I try to ask myself lots of questions before saying 'yes' or 'no' to a project. I want to be sure, because that is important for me. I ask myself, 'why am I doing it?'
  • How Smriti Irani plans to save Planet Earth
    Smriti Irani at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai. PTI Photo   "Everything we consume, we have to consume responsibly," the textile minister said at Lakme Fashion Week.   New Delhi, August 23 (PTI): Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani has launched a project which aims to move towards sustainable fashion that contributes to a clean environment.   Project SU.RE (sustainable resolution), which involves 16 leading retail
  • Will and Kate's budget flight
    London, August 23 (IANS) Being royalty doesn't necessarily mean you'll be flying high at all times. Ask Kate and Will. Britain's Prince William and his royal better half Kate Middleton plus the children were spotted flying in a commercial budget airline from Norwich in England to the Scottish port city of Aberdeen, reports "thehollywoodgossip.com". Passengers on the Norwich-Aberdden FlyBe flight were naturally flummoxed over why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had chosen to fly
  • Web dispels stereotype of ageism, says Dia Mirza
    Mumbai, August 22 (PTI) Dia Mirza says web medium's power to dispels the old belief system of ageism, associated mostly with the female actors, is a big plus over the traditional mediums of storytelling. Speaking at the second edition of India Web Fest here on Wednesday, the actor said it feels great that the makers of the web shows do not take an actor's age into consideration during the casting process. "It (web) dispels the age old stereotype of ageism that we were sub
  • 'Angry Birds' spin-off would be fun: Producer
    By Sugandha Rawal     Bali, August 21 (IANS) "The Angry Birds Movie" franchise breathes life into the story of the popular game of the same name, and the makers feel that there are a lot of stories from the universe waiting to be told. John Cohen, producer of the 2016's "The Angry Birds Movie" and upcoming sequel "The Angry Birds Movie 2", says expanding the universe with spin-offs would be "super fun". "I love these characters. It is so much fun getting to w
  • Take care of your child's mental health: 'Posham Pa' actresses
    Mumbai, August 20 (IANS) The upcoming psychological thriller "Posham Pa" revolves around three serial killers and is inspired by real-life incidents. The filmn's three leading ladies e Mahie Gill, Sayani Gupta and Ranigi Khanna -- said the right upbringing and taking care of mental health can resolve a lot of criminal activity, because crime is often an outcome of mental imbalance. "I strongly believe we can eradicate a lot of criminal activity if we take care of mental health from
  • Big B says 75 percent of his liver is gone
    Mumbai, August 20 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan often shares his health issues with the public, and this time he admitted that 75 percent of his liver is gone. "I keep quoting my personal example all the time and try and propagate the idea of getting yourself detected and I don't mind saying this publicly I am a tuberculosis survivor, Hepatitis B survivor... Bad blood infusion went in and 75 percent of my liver is gone but because I was able to detect it even after a period of 20
  • 'People who love life and music' - dance parties return to Baghdad
    Young women dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani   BAGHDAD, Iraq, August 19 (Reuters) - Members of rival Iraqi biker gangs, clad in studded leather and black berets, burst out of their semi-circles to break dance, their tattoo-covered arms waving neon glowsticks.   The Mongols Motorcycle Club
  • Didn't know I had tuberculosis for 8 years: Big B
    Mumbai, August 19 (IANS) For eight years megastar Amitabh Bachchan did not know he was suffering from Tuberculosis and said that he has does not mind calling himself a tuberculosis survivor. Amitabh was at NDTV's Swasth India launch and was speaking to doctor Harsh Vardhan urging him to spread awareness about regular check ups to facilitate early diagnosis. "I keep quoting my personal example all the time and try and propagate the idea of getting yourself detected and I dont mind
  • Was challenging to bring alive 'Section 375' character: Richa
    New Delhi, August 19 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha says it was a challenge for her to be able to bring alive her character in the upcoming film "Section 375". The film is based on Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code and Richa plays a public prosecutor fighting to get justice for her client, who claims she was raped by a filmmaker (played by Rahul Bhatt), who is defended by Akshaye Khanna's character in court. "'Section 375' is a courtroom drama about a clause in the Indian Constit
  • Most Indians feel napping may improve work productivity
    Bengaluru, Aug 19 (IANS) A new survey found that most Indians felt napping at work might improve productivity, adding that a nap room could contribute towards better workflow. For the results, Wakefit.co, an online sleep solutions start-up, conducted a nation-wide survey to emphasise the importance of sleep wellness in the workplace. The ‘Right to Work Naps' survey, conducted with over 1,500 respondents, showed that a 70 per cent of people did not have a nap room at their workp
  • Religion and science don't have to be divorced: Vidya Balan
    Mumbai, August 18 (PTI) Science and religion can co-exist rather than being pitted against each other, says Vidya Balan about her character of a god-fearing ISRO scientist in "Mission Mangal". The actor said a person can have multiple identities but there is a problem in the way being religious is interpreted today. "I think there is a problem with the way religion is being interpreted today. I know a lot of people who are shying away from calling themselves religious and