The US e-commerce company is beginning to ship Echo speakers in India this week, about a year after bringing them to foreign markets like the UK and Germany. In that time, teams of linguists, speech scientists, developers and engineers have given a decidedly local makeover to the Alexa virtual assistant that powers the speakers.
The police on Monday arrested a Vijay fan for posting derogatory comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook. According to a report in The Times Of India, Thirumurugan (19) was arrested after the BJP district secretary lodged a complaint in Srivilliputhur police station.
Reports also suggest that Thirumurugan took offence to a meme about the controversial GST scene in Mersal and reportedly abused Narendra Modi for the same. He has been booked under section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. If not for Vijay, Mersal will be more remembered for its controversies.
It all started when the BJP condemned some of the factually incorrect references to GST and Digital India in Mersal and asked for cuts. The film later turned into a political debate after the BJP leader H Raja tried to communalise the issue by bringing in Vijay’s religion. After getting unanimous support from celebrities and politicians, the producers decided to not remove scenes from the film.
Directed by Atlee, Mersal tells the story of brothers Vetri and Maaran who fight against medical mafia. Produced by Sri Thenandal Films, the film received positive reviews from critics. Mersal also stars Nithya Menen, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha, SJ Suryah and Vadivelu in pivotal roles.
Facing flak, Nawazuddin Siddiqui withdraws memoir
After drawing severe flak for documenting his relationships, and following a complaint reportedly registered with the National Commission for Women that accuses him of outraging the modesty of ‘Miss Lovely’ co-star Niharika Singh, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui announced on Monday that he had decided to withdraw his recently released book, ‘An Ordinary Life: A Memoir’.
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As pollution levels deteriorate in the National Capital Region, health experts have warned that continuous exposure to polluted air has the potential to cause a stroke among adults. Alhough it was earlier believed that pollution only increased the risk of heart problems, it also possesses the capability to damage inner linings of veins and arteries.
“In the current scenario, the situation is getting worse. Many young patients in the 30-40 age group suffer from stroke. We get around 2-3 patients almost every month. The number of young stroke patients has almost doubled as compared to last few years. Studies suggest major risk factors include soaring air pollution,” said Praveen Gupta, Director Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.
Research bodies estimate that the number of fragments of dead cells in the bloodstream increased with higher levels of pollution. Polluted environment promote stroke incidences more pervasively and at an earlier stage than previously thought. Nearly 15 million people annually suffer a stroke worldwide, of which around six million die and five million are left with permanent disabilities such as loss of sight and speech, paralysis and confusion.
On the occasion of World Stroke Day, October 29, the experts emphasised that indoor air pollution caused by combustion of solid fuels is equally contributing to the stroke burden in the society. On an average, the internal air pollution in Indian rural homes exceeds the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms by 20 times.
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Twinkle Khanna is known to be unabashed and unapologetic about her words and her stand on any matter. On October 29, the actor-turned-author gave her stance on the on-going argument over sexist remarks passed on Mallika Dua by her actor husband Akshay Kumar during a weekend episode of the comedy show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Twinkle had clarified but later on took a dig at Mallika Dua by cracking a ‘lame joke’.
She wrote, “I couldn’t resist these two and after this I am done :)” and mentioned in a small note — What is Akshay Kumar’s favorite car? Bell Gadi. Why did Akshay Kumar to go the mosque? He wanted to hear some duas.”
Earlier, Akshay Kumar had said on the show, “Mallika ji aap bell bajaaiye, main aapko bajaata hoon”, which went on to be objected by Vinod Dua and Mallika, turning the moment into a controversy about sexism.
Questioning the entire scenario, Twinkle took to Twitter and posted a note on why nothing is wrong about Akshay’s statement. She mentioned, “Would like to address the controversy on the sets of The Laughter Challenge. The show has a bell which the judges ring after a contestant’s exceptional performance and when Ms. Dua went forward to ring the bell, Mr Kumar said, “Mallika Ji aap bell bajao main aapko bajata hun” A pun on the words and actions related to ringing the bell. It’s a colloquial phrase that both men and women use – for instance, “I am going to bajao him/her” or “I got bajaoed”, Red FM even has a tagline ‘Bajatey Rao’ all without sexist connotations. Mr Vinod Dua, Ms Dua’s father, had written a post – it’s been taken down now, stating, “I am going to screw this cretin Akshay Kumar.” Should Mr Dua’s statement also be taken literally or interpreted in context?
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After news of Baahubali fame actor Prabhas demanding a whopping Rs 20 crore for doing a Karan Johar film went viral, the director has replied with a satirical tweet. After the grand success of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion, Prabhas emerged as one of the most popular actors and, it was then that reports of Karan Johar signing the 38-year-old actor for a Bollywood film started doing the rounds. However, few days back buzz suggested that since Prabhas was demanding a huge amount, Karan dropped the film has a whole. Now, KJo who has slammed several celebrities in the past, took to his Twitter handle and said, “Dear Ambition..if you have to achieve your full potential stay away from your arch nemesis…Comparison!”.