DCF co founder Samson Koletkar (aka Mahatma Moses) says this all started nearly ten years ago in the aftermath of the coordinated series of terrorist attacks across Mumbai in 2008. Koletkar, who grew up in Mumbai felt helpless about the mistrust, anger and ill will. Wanting to do something, he used his comedic genius to stage a couple of shows. The least I can do is get Indians and Pakistanis in the same room and make them laugh. Thus, was born the Desi Comedy Fest, a showcase for South Asian talent, that he started with fellow comic, Bengaluru born, Abhay Nadkarni.It started small, but over the years it grew steadily in terms of audience size and a diverse roster of talent onstage. Featuring a revolving cast of more than 30 performers from across the United States, the DCF featured comics with roots in countries far beyond its focus on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Over the year s comics and stand up artists from Iranian, Syrian Mexican, Libyan, Japanese and Filipino backgrounds joined the line up.
It has been six years since BMW launched the i3 electric vehicle, and so far, the company has sold more than 165,000 units worldwide. One of the most widely sold electric vehicle in the premium compact segment, since its launch, the BMW i3''s sales figures have steadily increased year after year. In fact, the company claims that early buyers of the car, who regularly travel long distances in their BMW i3 and have each completed more than 200,000 emission free kilometres. BMW Cars M5 i8 3 Series Z4 7 Series X1 X5 X7 M2 X6 M X6 X3 5 Series X4 M3 6 Series Gran Turismo 3 Series Gran Turismo M4 Also Read: BMW i3s In India: First Drive Review
GENEVA, Dec 19: The number of male tobacco users is falling for the first time, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, hailing a ;major shift; in efforts to kick the world;s deadly tobacco addiction.The number of women and girls who use tobacco products has been steadily declining for years.
Ghost Adventures has steadily been one of the highest rated and most viewed paranormal TV shows for a long, long time. The show''s lead investigator and executive producer, Zak Bagans, may get a lot of flak for his "over the top" personality, but there''s no denying he''s a huge draw, and has become the face of the paranormal world for many viewers all over the world. But there are other members of the GA team, like Nick Groff, and fans all over want to know: why did he leave the show?Nick was one of the show''s original investigators, along with Zak and Aaron Goodwin, who was a cameraman and hadn''t given that much thought or time to the study of the paranormal. Nick, in addition to his on camera role for the show, was an executive producer of the program and helped edit and shoot Ghost Adventures as well.
Key point: A true turning point in the war against the Nazis. January 1945 with World War II in its sixth year found the Allied armies going on the offensive after the Battle of the Bulge, but they were still west of the Rhine and six weeks behind schedule in their advance toward Germany. Closing to the Rhine was not easy. Although U.S. and French units of Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers Sixth Army Group had reached the western bank around Strasbourg in late 1944, the river proved too difficult to cross. Even if an assault could have been mounted, the Allied forces would have been too far away from the heart of Germany to pose any meaningful threat. The key to eventual victory lay in the central and northern Rhineland, but three factors delayed an advance: the failure of Operation Market Garden, the British American airborne invasion of Holland, the onset of an extremely wet autumn and harsh winter, and the unexpectedly rapid recovery of the German Army in the wake of recent Allied advances. A coordinated Allied campaign proved difficult to achieve. General Omar N. Bradley s U.S. 12th Army Group was licking its wounds after the almost disastrous Ardennes counteroffensive, and it was clear to Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, commander of the British 21st Army Group, that the Americans would not be ready to undertake a major offensive for some time. Despite its vast reserve of manpower, unlike the critically depleted British Army, the U.S. Army had become seriously deficient of infantry replacements. Monty made the first move. Meanwhile, on January 12, the Soviet Army launched a long awaited, massive offensive from Warsaw toward the River Oder and Berlin. This was just in time, thought Montgomery and General Dwight D. Ike Eisenhower, the Allied supreme commander. By the end of the month, the Russians were only 50 miles from the German capital. While the Americans were recovering, it devolved on the 21st Army Group, still supported by Lt. Gen. William H. Texas Bill Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, to take over the battle as soon as winter loosened its grip. Monty and Ike agreed that the next stage should be to break through the Germans formidable Siegfried Line and close up to the left bank of the Rhine. The main objective was the historic city of Wesel, on the opposite side of the great river in flat country just north of the Ruhr Valley. It was here that Montgomery had originally sought to seize a bridgehead in September 1944, and common sense still favored it. Accordingly, two well knit, almost copybook offensives were planned for February 8, 1945: Operation Veritable on the left flank and Operation Grenade on the right, adjacent to the boundary with Bradley s 12th Army Group. Monty announced that the 21st Army Group s task was to destroy all enemy in the area west of the Rhine from the present forward positions south of Nijmegen (Holland) as far south as the general line Julich Dusseldorf, as a preliminary to crossing the Rhine and engaging the enemy in mobile war to the north of the Ruhr. Three armies would be involved in the offensives: the Canadian First, the British Second, and the U.S. Ninth. Commanding the Canadian force was the distinguished, 57 year old General Henry D.G. Harry Crerar, a World War I artillery veteran and a man of cool judgment and cold nerves. The ration strength of his First Army exceeded 470,000 men, and no Canadian had ever led such a large force. The British Second Army was led by the skilled, unassuming Lt. Gen. Sir Miles Bimbo Dempsey, a 48 year old World War I veteran of the Western Front and Iraq who later acquitted himself well in the Dunkirk evacuation, the Western Desert, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. Tall, bald, Texas born General Simpson, commanding 300,000 men of the U.S. Ninth Army, had served in the Philippine Insurrection, the 1916 Mexico punitive expedition, and on the Western Front in 1918. Eisenhower said of the 56 year old officer, If Simpson ever made a mistake as an Army commander, it never came to my attention. With 11 divisions and nine independent brigades, the Canadian Army would clear the way in February 1945 up to the town of Xanten; the Ninth Army, with 10 divisions in three corps, would cross the Roer River and move northward to Dusseldorf (Operation Grenade), and the four divisions of the Second Army would attack in the center. Although he was in customary high spirits about the operation, Montgomery knew that it would be no cakewalk. I visited the Veritable area today, he warned Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff, on February 6. The ground is very wet, and roads and tracks are breaking up, and these factors are likely to make progress somewhat slow after the operation is launched. Besides expected opposition from at least 10 well entrenched Wehrmacht divisions, the Allied troops would have to face minefields, flooded rivers and terrain, a lack of roads, appalling weather, and tough going in the gloomy, tangled Reichswald and Hochwald forests. Montgomery won final approval for the great dual assault on the Rhine on February 1, and the preparations were hastily finalized under tight security. Strict blackout regulations were enforced, and a cover story was concocted to convince the enemy that the offensive would be in a northerly direction to liberate Holland, rather than an eastern thrust into Germany. Daytime gatherings of troops were forbidden unless under cover; large concentrations of vehicles, weapons, and ammunition were camouflaged or concealed in farmyards, barns, and haystacks, and rubber dummies of tanks and artillery pieces were positioned along an imaginary battle line where they might attract the attention of enemy patrols. Logistical feats were accomplished speedily as thousands of men, vehicles, and equipment were transported to the forward assembly lines. The British and Canadian soldiers worked around the clock. Sappers built and improved 100 miles of road using 20,000 tons of stones, 20,000 logs, and 30,000 pickets, and 446 freight trains hauled 250,000 tons of equipment and supplies to the railheads. It was estimated that the ammunition alone all types, stacked side by side and five feet high would line the road for 30 miles. Engineers constructed five bridges across the River Maas, using 1,880 tons of equipment. The biggest was a 1,280 foot long British designed Bailey bridge. Outside Nijmegen, an airfield was laid in five days for British and Canadian rocket firing Hawker Typhoons, which would support the offensive. Meanwhile, a formidable array of armor and specialized vehicles was assembled. It included Churchill, Cromwell, Centaur, Comet, Valentine, and Sherman heavy and medium tanks; Bren gun carriers, jeeps, half tracks, and armored cars; amphibious Weasel, Buffalo, and DUKW cargo and personnel carriers; and 11 regiments of Hobart s Funnies, Churchills and Shermans fitted with antimine flails, flamethrowers, and bridging equipment. Invented by Maj. Gen. Sir Percy Hobart, these had proved invaluable in the Normandy invasion and the clearing of the flooded Scheldt Estuary by Crerar s army. Under the command of the Canadian First Army, the Veritable offensive was to be spearheaded by the seasoned British XXX Corps led by 49 year old Lt. Gen. Sir Brian G. Horrocks. He returned from leave in England to plunge into preparations for the largest operation he had ever undertaken. A much wounded veteran of Ypres, Siberia, El Alamein, Tunisia, Normandy, and Belgium, the tall, lithe Horrocks nicknamed Jorrocks by his mentor, Montgomery was a charismatic officer who led from the front and was regarded as one of the finest corps commanders of the war. Horrocks regarded Monty s overall plan for the offensive as simplicity itself. The XXX Corps was to attack in a southerly direction from the Nijmegen area with its right on the River Maas and its left on the Rhine. Forty eight hours later, said Horrocks, our old friends, General Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, were to cross the River Roer and advance north to meet us. The German forces would thus be caught in a vise and be faced with the alternatives, either to fight it out west of the Rhine or to withdraw over the Rhine and then be prepared to launch counterattacks when we ourselves subsequently attempted to cross . In theory, this looked like a comparatively simple operation, but all battles have their problems, and in this case the initial assault would have to smash through a bottleneck well suited to defense and consisting in part of the famous Siegfried Line. Horrocks decided to use the maximum force possible and open Operation Veritable with five divisions, from right to left, in line: the 51st Highland, 53rd Welsh, 15th Scottish, and the 2nd and 3rd Canadian, followed by the 43rd Wessex and Maj. Gen. Sir Alan Adair s proud Guards Armored Division. On the morning of February 4, Horrocks briefed his commanders in the packed cinema in the southern Dutch town of Tilburg. Clad in brown corduroy trousers and a battlefield jacket, the unpretentious general drew a warm response as he crisply outlined the offensive, radiated confidence, and moved from group to group with a friendly and humorous word. Like Montgomery, he made a practice of keeping all ranks informed about operations. 1 2 3 4 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
One man was taken into custody Sunday evening after a crash near the Division wye that police believe may have been caused by impaired driving.The two car crash at North Division Street and East Magnesium Road was reported to police around 5 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release. One person received substantial bodily injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital for treatment, the Police Department said. The male driver of the vehicle believed to be at fault in the crash, which closed lanes on Division for an investigation just south of the Highway 2 and Highway 395 split, was taken into custody facing charges of vehicular assault.
Incidentally, after the official end of support for Windows 10 Mobile OS, Microsoft is expected to halt all updates to the aging and obsolete smartphone operating system. However, the company ''s relaxation of policies for equally old desktop operating systems like Windows XP and Windows 7, has offered a strong ray of hope for those who continue to hold on to legacy software and hardware.Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile will get the last official security update on December 10, 2019. Needless to add, the date is extremely close. Microsoft has routinely indicated that the number of Windows 10 Mobile users has been declining steadily, but there are still a lot of users, including several from the Enterprise segment, who continue to use the aging smartphone operating system.
The archives, which collects and preserves LGBTIQ material from across the country and makes it readily accessible for all, outlined the results of the consultation at this year s AGM.With a detailed online survey of 450 responses and follow up discussions, engagement with the community and forums, ALGA s President Angela Bailey told the Star Observer she was proud that the organisation had taken the proper time with this process.
The company has been steadily making its music streaming service more accessible by reducing prices. Earlier this year, for example, Amazon said it would no longer charge the $3.99 per month for streaming from Amazon Music Unlimited to Echo devices or require customers to pay for Amazon Prime in order to gain access to Prime Music;s smaller, 2 million song catalog. Instead, it rolled out an ad supported version of Amazon Music for free to Echo owners.This is basically the same 2 million song catalog that comes with Prime Music, it just includes advertising and doesn ''t require Prime membership.
While Liverpool and Manchester City continue to battle it out at the top of the Premier League, an alleged incident of misbehaviour dating back over six years has reared its head.According to the Times, the Reds dished out a 1 million settlement to City after they made a legal complaint that their scouting system, Scout7, was readily hacked into over an eight month period between June 2012 and February 2013.
Apart from Ayushman Khurana, Nusrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, Vijay Raj and Abhishek Banerjee are seen in the movie Dream Girl. The film is directed by Raj Sandilya. Dream Girl has earned 10.05 crores on the first day, which has become the highest grossing film on the first day for Ayushmann Khurrana.Dream Girl is produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. The film is raging at the box office, now it has to be seen that in the coming days if Dream Girl will break and make any records at the Box Office.
Google has been steadily adding nocturnal themes to its apps. In a span of two days, dark mode has been spotted on Gmail for Android and the Google Play Store. Now, multiple users on Reddit report they are receiving the dark theme on the Google app and Assistant on Android.The Google Assistant is baked into the Google app, which includes the Discover feed and Search tabs. The dark theme is rolling out to all those sections of the app.
Film8 hours agoKaramveer Singh (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a man who can t not be a woman. As a kid, he played or was rather forced to play Sita in local Ramlilas (and Radha in Kishan Leela). In a small town like Mathura, that became part of his identity. In a world ruled and destroyed by men, Karam is a curious outlier. He s also had no female figures in his life: his mother died when he was young; he has no sister, either. Most Bollywood films spend an inordinate amount of time worshipping the machismo of their heroes. But Dream Girl, directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, is cut from a different fabric; it unfolds as a quest for masculinity one that is not vicious or entitled but sensitive and inwards, the kind of divine intervention boys need before becoming men.
In March, Adobe made its Experience Platform globally available, integrating real time customer data from multiple sources into profiles that could employed to personalize content or offers across all its clouds.Previously, Adobe Analytics product marketing manager Nate Smith told ClickZ, multiple data sources had been available for profiling in such Adobe tools as Audience Manager, but they were not from as many sources, the data wasn t as well integrated, and the resulting profiles were not as readily available to other Adobe tools.
Samsung has been steadily releasing Android updates for its low end phones, upgrading them to Android Pie. The latest phone to receive the Android Pie update is the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017), which has reportedly started receiving the Android Pie update with Samsung's One UI. However, the Android Pie update for the two year old Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is being rolled out in a phased manner, and there is no word when it will reach users across the globe.The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017), as the name clearly suggests, was launched two years back running Android 7.0 Nougat and received the Android 8.1 Oreo update in August last year. Samsung has finally decided to upgrade the software and has now reportedly started rolling out the Android Pie update for the affordable phone. As per a report from SamMobile, the Android Pie update for the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is only available in Russia as of now and appears to be a part of a phased rollout.
NEW DELHI: With floodwaters of the Yamuna having swamped their homes, people living on the banks of the swollen river are in despair with many having gone back to their villages, and around 14,000 shifted to relief camps.As monsoon rains pounded the upper reaches, neighbouring Haryana released water from the Hathini Kund dam flooding the homes of those living near the Yamuna's banks. The water has been steadily rising since Sunday.
A teenager has been arrested after a man was stabbed in the genitals at Nottingham Riverside Festival.An 18 year old has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after the incident last night.
Facebook Share to TwitterTwitterTwitter Share to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Share to WhatsAppWhatsAppWhatsApp Share to Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest By AuthorAgencies Published: 29th Jul 2019 8:09 pmActor Nushrat Bharucha says her Dream Girl co star Ayushmann Khurrana is ;super funny; and ;a thorough gentleman;.;Ayushmann is a very funny guy. When people work with him, they get to see that. He;s got a really great comic timing. He;s just super funny (He is a) Sweet guy and a thorough gentleman. We had a great filming experience,; said Nushrat.This will be the first time Nushrat and Ayushmann get to share screen space. The upcoming comedy drama film is directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and produced by Ekta Kapoor. "As I heard the story of Dream Girl and the narration, I had a blast from the first scene to the last, so I told myself that I had to be a part of this film. It is a quirky a comedy of errors in a way. It 's an all out Bollywood entertainer. You are going to have a laugh and enjoy the characters, " she said.
The curiosity regarding the film has increased ever since the first poster released, showing Ayushmann in a yellow sari and sitting on a scooter."Of course, Ayushmann was the first name that came to my mind when I finished writing the story of Dream Girl. I think he is one of the actors with the capability to pull off any character that deals with gender complexity, equality or even a voice against toxic masculinity," Shaandilya told IANS.
A University of Otago-led study is heralding advances in our understanding of one of the most startling transformations in the natural world â€“ the complete reversal of sex that occurs in about 500 species of fish. â€œMost bluehead wrasses begin life as females, but can change sex sometime later to become males â€“ a process that takes just 10-21 days from start to finish. â€œWhen a dominant male is lost from a social group, the largest female transforms into a fertile male in 10 days flat. Females begin this transformation within minutes, first changing colour and displaying male-like behaviours. Her ovaries then start to regress and fully functional testes grow in their place. â€œHow this stunning transformation works at a genetic level has long been an enigma,â€ Dr Todd says. Using the latest genetic approaches, high-throughput RNA-sequencing and epigenetic analyses, the researchers discovered when and how specific genes are turned off and on in the brain and gonad so that sex change can occur. â€œOur study reveals that sex change involves a complete genetic rewiring of the gonad. We find that genes needed to maintain the ovary are first turned off, and then a new genetic pathway is steadily turned on to promote testis formation.â€ A female becomes a male: a transitioning bluehead wrasse (darker colouration) establishes dominance and begins courting females (yellow colouration). VIDEO: John Godwin and William Tyler