Year: 2018

Meet the 'Thugs of Hindostan'

Goosebumps! It’s been a week since we got acquainted with the Thugs of Hindostan. Thanks to the Motion Poster releases, that YRF has been religiously teasing us with on our social media. The release date is 8 November, and our excitement and curiosity levels are already sky-high. We’ve always been a sucker for historical dramas but this one here is a lot more than that. Tagged as an ‘epic action-adventure’ it takes from Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel Confessions of a Thug. The year of publication and the title gives us a broad hint on the premise – the world of the dreaded Thugees. This ancient fraternity of murderous thieves met their match when another fraternity of organised thieves landed on our shores – the British.

Text: Aparanjeetha Sambandan
Image: Twitter
Video: Youtube

Liquid Telecom partners with Zindi to accelerate Africa’s data science ecosystem

September 21, 2018 • Big Data, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories

Liquid Telecom partners with Zindi to accelerate Africa’s data science ecosystem

Pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, has announced a partnership with Zindi to support the rollout of its new data science competition platform across Africa.

Zindi was launched last week at the AI Expo Africa in Cape Town, providing a platform for African data scientists to “convene, collaborate and compete” to solve the continent’s most pressing challenges.

The platform is being launched with three inaugural competitions that will be open for the next two to four months. This includes a challenge co-sponsored by Uber for data scientists to optimise public transportation in Nairobi, and another to automatically process text in documents to classify them according to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals framework.

A total prize money of up to $12,000 is available to entrants in this first set of competitions. New competitions are due to be launched each month.

There is growing demand across Africa for data scientists with the technical and analytical skills to understand exponential volumes of data (also known as Big Data) and come up with evidence-based solutions.

Recognising this, Liquid Telecom

MWEB partners with SAP to deploy S/4HANA Public Cloud platform

September 21, 2018 • Cloud Computing, Online & Social, Top Stories

Imraan Parker, Chief Financial Officer, MWEB

In a time when an economic slowdown is putting increasing pressure on businesses to maintain costs, how does a leader in the highly-competitive Internet Service Provider (ISP) sector position the organisation to deliver unprecedented value?

For MWEB, it’s about embracing change and leveraging advancements in technology to help drive their business forward. MWEB recently partnered with SAP to deploy SAP’s S/4HANA Public Cloud platform. Imraan Parker, Chief Financial Officer, MWEB said: the highly competitive nature within the ISP sector demands continuous improvement and innovation.

“MWEB has and will always be at the forefront of new advanced technology in South Africa. MWEB introduced South Africa to the big black box, were the first ISP in the country to launch Uncapped ADSL to South African homes, and first to provide our customers access to the largest WiFi network in the world. As part of the next phase of our journey, MWEB decided to move our financial processes to the cloud while maintaining costs and continually adding value to our business. We chose SAP as the technology partner to enable us.”

MWEB was founded in

MTN Uganda and Mastercard diversify mobile money service

September 21, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Johnson Agoreyo, the UBA Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. Photo Cred: PCTechMag

MTN Uganda in partnership with Mastercard and United Bank for Africa (UBA) have announced a new online payments service.  Through this partnership, MTN MoMo customers will use a virtual card to shop or make payments at the vast network of global outlets accepting Mastercard payments.

The launch of the virtual card that is known as MTN MoMocard will ensure MTN’s ability to provide its customers access to products and services previously a preserve of physical credit card holders while diversifying its mobile money portfolio. Additionally, the partnership will result in a wide range of cutting-edge digital payment solutions being introduced in Uganda.

“MTN MoMo is helping to connect more Ugandans to new forms of commerce,” said Wim Vanhelleputte, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Uganda. “Our affordable mobile financial services are positively impacting communities and lifestyles in Uganda. This is evidenced by the phenomenal growth in both the number of customers and volume of transactions over the years,” he added.

Like a debit card that is linked to a bank account, the MTN MoMocard is linked to a customer’s

'Pink' gave me a sense of direction: Taapsee

Actress Taapsee Pannu says Pink not only gave her an audience, but also a sense of direction.

“Two years of ‘Pink’! The movie that not just gave me an audience but a sense of direction. What a journey it has been since then! Grateful. Proud to be the ‘Pink’ girl,” Taapsee tweeted on Sunday.

“Pink”, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, completed two years of its release on Sunday.

The film, which received the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues, revolves a girl named Minal, who after being molested tries to file an FIR against a politician’s nephew. When the subsequent case gets rigged, Deepak, a retired lawyer, helps her to fight the case.

Taapsee is currently busy shooting for Badla with her Pink co-star Amitabh. It is being directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

Images: Taapsee on Instagram
Text: IANS

Microsoft provides water-saving solution to Western Cape

September 21, 2018 • General, Southern Africa

Microsoft provides water-saving solution to Western Cape

Microsoft, in partnership with the Gift of the Givers NGO and the Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Health, announced the initiation of a project to install smart water meters in hospitals across the Western Cape province. The WCG Department of Health has been considering introducing smart metering at health facilities as one of its interventions in response to the water crisis.

“Since the onset of the water crisis, the WCG Department of Health has actively promoted the message to use water sparingly and avoid wastage to both staff and patients at health facilities. Smart metering, with the ability to measure and report consumption frequently and accurately, will enable facility managers to display actual consumption against targets quickly, which will enhance the message and provide an added incentive to use water sparingly,” says Winton Gibbs, Chief Civil Engineer at the WCG Department of Health.

“With the generous funding of Microsoft, working in collaboration with Gift of the Givers who are coordinating the project, the Department is being enabled to initiate and implement this strategy more quickly and widely throughout the province. The Department is very

Perfect isn't real, embrace imperfections: Actress Neha Sharma

Women should be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down by pointing out imperfections or shaming someone for being confident, says actress Neha Sharma.

The actress, who has featured in projects like Mubarakan, Teri Meri Kahaani, Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Youngistaan and Tum Bin II, feels it is time for people to embrace imperfections.

“With changing times, I feel people want to see actors look more real now. Perfect isn’t real. We all have imperfections and everyone’s body is built differently. I personally don’t ever want to give a false image of perfection as I somewhere feel responsible,” Neha said.

“Growing up, I saw photoshopped images of people in magazines and felt inadequate. I don’t want to do the same. Another thing that needs to change: shaming women who are confident. Someone that constantly post selfies or looks in the mirror is often seen as ‘full of themselves’ or ‘big headed’ or ‘self-absorbed’ but what’s wrong with being confident and loving yourself? Absolutely nothing.

“More women should feel this way about themselves and we should have the right to. And as women, we should be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down by pointing out imperfections or shaming someone for being confident.

“I feel now it’s the time to embrace the imperfections and accept ourselves as we are and not feel the pressure to be perfect at all times,” added the actress, who has been named the brand ambassador of Garnier Color Naturals.

How do you think the definition of beauty standard is changing in the world?

“With the changing times, I think the standard of beauty has changed as well. We have become more tolerant to diversity. As a society, we have become much more aware of the need and value of diversity,” said the actress, who has also worked in Telugu films.

“Aging and coloured skin are being embraced now. The obsession with being skinny is gone. I feel now there is awareness that you can be any size, colour or race and yet be beautiful,” she added.

Neha said “haircare is very important”, especially for someone in showbiz.

Images: Neha Sharma on Instagram
Text: IANS

I've never dated: Malaika Arora

Actress Malaika Arora says she is new to the whole dating scene.

The star talked about dating when she appeared on talk show Feet Up with the Stars presented by Voot Originals and hosted by celebrity stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania, read a statement.

Asked about her opinion on dating, she said: “I am very new to all of this. I’ve never ever dated, dated! The first man I started dating I actually ended up marrying.”

The actress, who was previously married to actor-producer Arbaaz Khan, has a son from that union.

Talking about her son Arhaan, she said: “My son has an opinion about everything. My son’s friends find me cool because I don’t ever intrude or have too many do’s and don’ts.”

Text: IANS
Images: Instagram

Jagran Cinema Summit – A one-day star-studded extravaganza

The idea of a Bollywood star is a constantly evolving one. As is the idea of mainstream cinema itself. In today’s scenario, solely being a part of a blockbuster film, does not qualify as being a Bollywood star. There are many aspects that contribute to being a star for today’s audience.

Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who has closely observed the concept of Bollywood star over years as a lead actor, and as a film industry kid; and has even evolved with changing times, will participate in the special session at the Jagran Cinema Summit, which will be held at Taj Santacruz on Friday, 21st September.

The Jagran Cinema Summit is a day-long series of events that would focus on the future of cinema through conversations, panel discussions, and detailed presentations.

The conversation with director Rohit Shetty and a presentation by Rajeev Kumar (Founder, Drishyam VFX) and Danny Wilson (VFX Supervisor, Drishyam VFX) will be by a session with Actor Abhishek Bachchan in conversation with Mayank Shekhar on The evolving idea of the Bollywood Star.

The Summit will then gather around for the Plenary Panel Discussion, comprising film industry heads tackling the all-important question: Would Cinemas survive? with Vikramaditya Motwane (Filmmaker, Partner, Phantom Films), Director Ritesh Batra, Vijay Singh (CEO, Star Fox India), Actor & Director Nandita Das, Producer Dinesh Vijan, Devang Sampat (Director, Strategic initiatives, Cinepolis), Tanveer Bookwala (Digital Producer, Founder, Ding) and Actor Vivaan Shah. The panel will be moderated by Mayank Shekhar.

Next would be a Presentation on Way forward for Cinematic Virtual Reality by Chaitanya Chinchlikar (Whistling Woods VR Lab). He will shine a light on the World of Cinematic VR.

The Summit will conclude with a Conversation on Is it time to go OTT on OTT? with Producer Ekta Kapoor and Mayank Shekhar.

With a plethora of high profile actors, filmmakers, marketers, and distributors sharing their insights on the imminent future of cinema, this exclusive summit will pave the way for opportunities across all areas in the Indian film industry.

Jagran Cinema Summit is an ‘initiative by Dainik Jagran’.

Text & Images: SIFY

Official OnePlus 6T video surfaces, teases the in-display scanner

The first official OnePlus 6T promo video has surfaced, featuring Indian legend Amitabh Bachchan and the upcoming phone.

The video is a short clip that teases the in-display fingerprint inside the OnePlus 6T and shows the actor handling the phone for a second.

The video was reportedly planned to air during the India vs Pakistan cricket match during the Asian Cup 2018.

The OnePlus 6T will have an in-display fingerprint scanner, a dual camera on the back, most likely an AI-powered variant of the current 16MP + 20MP main cameras, a slightly larger 6.4-inch 1080x2340px Optic AMOLED with a water drop notch, Snapdragon 845 chipset and no audio jack. The phone could become official on October 17 and will go on sale online as an Amazon exclusive.

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Women should speak for themselves, says Sunny Leone

From being an adult star to playing the lead role in Bollywood films, actress Sunny Leone aka Karanjit Kaur, who fought several hardships throughout her career, believes women should stand up for their rights.

“Women should speak up for themselves. They should say whatever they feel and do whatever they want to do.

“Every girl should pursue their passion and follow their dreams. And these small choices will strengthen our women and will make them more confident,” the Jism 2 actress told media, who was present at Madame Tussauds on Tuesday to unveil her wax statue.

Sunny also said that to bring a change in the society, people first should change themselves.

“In homes, women must feel free to express what they want to say. If they don’t want to wash dishes, they can confidently ask husbands to wash the dishes. Making small choices will change the status of women in our country and I believe it should happen in homes first.

Sunny’s wax figure has been made with the aroma of her signature perfume and was handcrafted from over 200 measurements and photographs, taken during the sitting session with her.

While unveiling her wax statue at Madame Tussauds, Sunny said: I am very happy and completely in awe of my statue. So many people have worked for a long time to get my wax figure in the correct shape. I really appreciate the hard work. It is an amazing feeling. I am glad to be chosen for this incredible honour.”

Text: IANS
Images: Instagram

Happy to go slow and steady: Sanya Malhotra

​Happy to go slow and steady: Sanya Malhotra Actress Sanya Malhotra, who is gearing up for the release of her films, says she would rather go slow with quality projects than sign films to maintain visibility.

Sanya will be seen in filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s Pataakha which is releasing on September 28 and Badhaai Ho, which is slated to hit the screens on October 12.

“I am happy to go slow and steady because I have got the opportunity to work with some of the brilliant actors and filmmakers like Vishal Bhardwaj, Ayushmann Khurana, Ritesh Batra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others,” Sanya told IANS.

“Yes, some films are yet to release and after Dangal, Pataakha is my big release but I do not think I missed out on anything. It is better to wait for a good film to happen than signing films to maintain visibility. I am not insecure on that matter at all,” she added.

This is the first time Sanya has collaborated with Bhardwaj. She says she had a fan-girl moment when they met.

“I have grown up watching his movies and these are not (just) films, masterpieces that blew my mind! So finally when I came on board for the film, I was pinching myself to believe these things are happening. I am doing Vishal ji’s film. In my first reading session, I was actually fumbling and overwhelmed.”

Text: IANS
Images: Instagram

'Pink' gave me a sense of direction: Taapsee

Actress Taapsee Pannu says Pink not only gave her an audience, but also a sense of direction.

“Two years of ‘Pink’! The movie that not just gave me an audience but a sense of direction. What a journey it has been since then! Grateful. Proud to be the ‘Pink’ girl,” Taapsee tweeted on Sunday.

“Pink”, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, completed two years of its release on Sunday.

The film, which received the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues, revolves a girl named Minal, who after being molested tries to file an FIR against a politician’s nephew. When the subsequent case gets rigged, Deepak, a retired lawyer, helps her to fight the case.

Taapsee is currently busy shooting for Badla with her Pink co-star Amitabh. It is being directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

Images: Taapsee on Instagram

Text: IANS

Disha has a 'chill buddy'

​Actress Disha Patani says at times, it might get stressful to cope with the given pressure and so, she has a chill buddy.

“As actors, we are constantly under the spotlight. We are prone to crazy work schedules and are constantly scrutinised for our actions. It might be stressful at times to cope with the given pressure. Given the situations, it becomes quite essential for us to take those small chill moments,” Disha said in a statement.

“I keep my chill buddy, NESCAFE Cold Coffee handy as it is a great way to take some time for myself in this fast-paced busy life, and get to indulge and recharge at the same time,” she added.

The dairy-based beverage from Nestle India has associated with the actress.

In its latest campaign, Disha feels that the memes shared in her group chat are not funny enough whereas her boss has a completely different reaction to it. She feels like reacting with her own ‘meme-tastic’ ideas to her boss.

Text: IANS
Images: Instagram