Kalpataru developer to support Mumbai railway station painting drive

Real estate company Kalpataru Ltd said it will support ‘Hamara Station Hamari Shaan’, an initiative to beautify the railway premises in Mumbai. The project includes makeover of 36 Railway stations across Central and Western suburban lines in Mumbai between 2nd to 8th October 2016. It is a joint initiative of ‘Mumbai First’ and ‘Making A Difference’ in collaboration with the Western and Central Railways. ‘Hamara Station Hamari Shaan’ is among the biggest mass volunteering initiatives in the city. As part of the initiative, Kalpataru will sponsor several stations, and employee volunteers…

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Myntra distances itself from controversial Krishna poster

Online shopping site Myntra.com distanced itself from a controversial poster of Lord Krishna showing him ordering clothes from the retailer as Draupadi was being disrobed. Taking off from the Mahabharata epic, the poster depcits Krishna searching for ‘extra long sarees’ as Dushasana peels off Draupadi’s clothes. According to the epic, Draupadi was pawned by her husbands in a game of dice. Her husbands lost the bet and she was left to be publicly insulted by the winners led Duryodhan as they stood by. According to the Bharata, she was however rescued…

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Freaky Ali inspired by Hollywood flick Happy Gilmore, confirms distributor

Freaky Ali, the romantic Comedy film starring Arbaaz Khan, is inspired from Adam Sandler’s Hollywood film Happy Gilmore, distributor Pooja Entertainment and Films Ltd said. The film will be released on the 9th of next month. Freaky ali is directed and written by Salman Khan’s brother Sohail and the movie’s shooting was completed by 38 days. It was Rumored Salman Khan would Play a cameo but the director later denied the news. Freaky Ali tells the story of a ordinary man mastering Golf. Due to similarities in the plot and…

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Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl – Is it about Sex or Feminism?

Chetan Bhagat has never shied away from politics and controversy. In fact, he seems to revel in it. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that his latest book — One Indian Girl — touches upon the politically sensitive topic of Feminism and female liberation. And going by reaction to the books ‘teaser’ on social media, he seems to have succeeded already. The mere mention that the story is about a sexually liberated woman has already got the juices flowing, both for his supporters and for the ‘protectors of Indian culture and values’….

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T-Series gets 1 crore followers on Youtube

T-Series has become the first Indian entity on Youtube to get 10 mln (1 cr) followers. “They’re one of the few YouTube channels globally to reach this level, and to acknowledge it, they’ll be awarded a nifty Diamond Play Button for their trophy case,” said Google, which runs Youtube. T-Series was India’s number one record brand in the 1990s, but the emergence of the Internet destroyed the market for cassettes, which was T-Series’ mainstay. Though there was a small resurgence during the CD era, that too was quickly overcome by…

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US kids earning lakhs per month using social media – Survey

A new survey conducted by one of Canada’s biggest colleges has found that many kids and teens are making serious money by posting promotional photos and videos on their well-connected social media accounts. The research, conducted by Centennial College of Toronto, found that some minors earn as much as $10,000 to $20,000 (Rs 6.5 lakh to 13 lakh) per post or video. “The marketing industry is hiring kids en masse, negotiating huge endorsement and brand integration deals and handing over paycheques of $10,000 to $20,000 per sponsored Instagram post and…

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Punjabi writers lead in ‘award wapsi’ protests against intolerance

Punjabi writers have returned the highest number of awards and honors under the ‘award wapsi’ protests against intolerance, numbers from the ministry of culture revealed. The second highest number of Sahitya Akademi (Literary Council) awards were returned by Hindi writers, with six of them choosing to show their protest this way. In all, a total of 40 writers, poets and artists have returned their Sahitya Akademi or Lali Kala Akademi awards over the last three months. The protests started after Kannada writer M M Kalburgi was gunned down, allegedly by…

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Snapdeal distances itself from Aamir Khan’s comments on intolerance

Snapdeal, one of India’s top three e-commerce firms, has distanced itself from a comment made by actor Aamir Khan on the perception that there has been a rise in intolerance in India in recent months. Khan, who features in many of Snapdeal’s ads, had said that his wife is starting to have some doubts about whether India’s atmosphere will continue to remain as open and free as it used to be. Indians have enjoyed more freedom over the last 65 years compared to those living in neighboring countries such as…

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Kiss of Love activists, including Rahul Pasupalan, arrested by Police in Kerala

Several activists of ‘Kiss of Love’ movement in Kerala, including its head Rahul Pasupalan, have been arrested by police in Kerala. According to reports, Pasupalan and his wife have been arrested under various sections of the IT Act. According to journalist Dhanya Rajendran, the arrest of Rahul Pasupalan is not linked to online pedophilia, as is being reported by TV channels such as Kairali TV. According to Kairali TV, Pasupalan was the admin of ‘Kochu Sundarikal’ — an FB page allegedly linked to exploitation of children. UPDATE: Kairali TV has updated…

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Mumbai scribe Olga Tellis completes 50 years in journalism

Olga Tellis, Consulting Editor of the The Asian Age, has turned out to be one of the rare journalists, if not the only one, in India to complete 50 years in the profession. She will be honored in a special function at the Mumbai Press Club on Wednesday at 3 pm. “One of the best political reporters, she chased and tracked down important breaking stories and interviewed everyone who mattered in the political firmament – Sharad Pawar, George Fernandes, Datta Samant, etc. Reporting for magazines like ‘Sunday’ and the ‘Sunday…

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11-year-old Mallika Sinha publishes first novel ‘Mirror Image’

Eleven-year-old author Mallika Sinha has always wanted to write a book, since she was young. She started writing small stories and poems. When she was told that she should try writing a book, she thought of a suitable plot and the result of which is the publication of “Mirror Image” (published by Partridge Singapore). This book tells the story of Teresa, a girl living in New York who is planning to travel for her summer vacation with her best friend, Sophie. However, she receives news that something terrible has happened…

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CommonFloor offers freelance photography jobs

Commonfloor.com has introduced a new ‘Free-lenser’ program aimed at amateur and freelance photographers that will help them work and earn. CommonFloor is calling-in entries from photographers who are interested to "capture pictures of a locality which can depict the essence and nuisance of that area." "This first-of-its-kind program will work as a vehicle for photographers to capture the life in various localities, enabling people across the country to explore localities and zero-in on their dream property via their photographs. "Through this program, CommonFloor will be able to generate location centric…

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