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Cult actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

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Actor Harry Dean Stanton, known for his roles in films like The Godfather II, Alien and Cool Hand Luke, has died of natural causes at the age of 91.

The Kentucky-born star had a career which spanned more than six decades, appearing in dozens of films, including 1984’s Paris, Texas and Repo Man.

More recently, he appeared in the hit HBO show Big Love, and this year’s revival of the cult classic Twin Peaks.

Stanton’s last role was in Lucky – a film to be released later this month.

He died at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Friday, his agent John Kelly said in a statement.

He said Stanton was “beloved in the entertainment industry” and earned a reputation for his “meticulous preparation” and easygoing personality.

Twin Peaks creator David Lynch, who cast Stanton in his films The Straight Story, Inland Empire and Wild at Heart, among others, said: “There’s nobody like Harry Dean. Everyone loved him. And with good reason. He was a great actor (actually beyond great) – and a great human being – so great to be around him!!!”

John Carpenter, who directed Stanton in Escape from New York, paid tribute to the actor, calling him “a wonderful man”.

Stanton had credited his close friend Jack Nicholson with giving him a key professional advice – “let the wardrobe do the acting and just play yourself”.

“After Jack said that, my whole approach to acting opened up,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

Stanton was born in West Irvine in 1926 to a tobacco farmer father and a cook mother.

He was a cook on board a ship during the battle of Okinawa in 1945 during his US Navy service in World War Two.

He became interested in acting during his time studying at the University of Kentucky.

Stanton was also a musician and singer, performing regularly in Los Angeles.

India created IITs, Pakistan created LeT: Sushma at UN

During her second consecutive address at the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that while India created reputed institutions such as IITs, IIMs and AIIMS, Pakistan created terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. "We are completely engaged in fighting poverty but our neighbour Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us," she added.

PMO to review progress made under Make in India scheme in defence sector

Almost three years after the Narendra Modi government called for promoting Make in India in the defence sector, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is planning to review the progress made in the project with several schemes such as infantry combat vehicles, submarines and fighter aircraft already been initiated by the defence ministry.

"The PMO is planning to review the progress made in the Make in India scheme with all stakeholders, including officials from the defence ministry and department of defence production," a government source told Mail Today.

Sources said the focus of the meet would be on ongoing and long-pending projects under the Make in India category, which have been stalled or slowed down due to different issues, and ways on which they can be pushed towards completion at a faster rate.

The meeting will give special focus on armoured vehicles to be provided to the Indian Army , which has been working on its futuristic infantry combat vehicle project for over a decade now. Efforts are being made to revive the project where big industrial players, including Tatas and L&T are in the fray, along with the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).

The meeting is also likely to discuss the strategic partnership policy that was announced this year and also suggest new additions to it. The defence ministry has brought the manufacturing of submarines, helicopters, fighter aircraft and armoured vehicles and tanks under the project for promoting local military industry indigenously for complex weapon systems and platforms.

While former defence minister Arun Jaitley had decided in favour of indigenous Akash surface-to-air missiles over systems offered by foreign vendors, new minister Nirmala Sitharaman decided to try DRDO developed light machine guns when the case was stuck due to a single vendor situation after trials.

The government is also moving fast on the Air Force's project to manufacture 114 single-engine Made in India jets under the strategic partnership policy where Indian companies would tie up with American or Swedish firms to build the planes in India.

Free Balochistan’ drive in Geneva – Pak furious, blames India-Afghanistan nexus

Pakistan on Monday summoned Switzerland's ambassador-designate to lodge protest over the display of anti-Pakistan posters in Geneva, the Foreign Office said.

Ambassador-designate Thomas Kolly was summoned by the Foreign Office after some posters, reading "Free Balochistan", were displayed in Geneva. The poster campaign was apparently orchestrated by the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a banned entity in Pakistan.

The Foreign Office in a statement said that Kolly met Additional Secretary (Europe) Zaheer A Janjua.

"A strong protest was lodged with the ambassador on allowing the use of Swiss territory by elements linked with a terrorist organisation perpetrating terrorism and violence in Pakistan," it said.

It was underlined that these posters had been "sponsored by a terrorist organisation proscribed by Pakistan as well as some other countries."

The envoy was asked to convey to his government Pakistan's strong protest on allowing its space to a terrorist organisation to carry out activities against Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity, in contravention of the UN Charter and international law, the statement said.

The Swiss government was urged that as host country and a close partner, action should be taken against the perpetrators of such a malicious campaign.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Permanent Mission to United Nations at Geneva demanded Swiss government to take strict actions against the culprits involved in this act.

In his letter, the Permanent Representative of the Mission, Farrukh Amil, said the use of Swiss soil by terrorist and violent secessionists for nefarious designs against Pakistan and its 200 million people is totally unacceptable.

He said that the terrorists or elements linked with terrorists operate openly in the peaceful and serene city of Geneva for their propaganda campaigns is a matter of grave concern.

The ambassador said that "Swiss authorities should be alert about presence of Balochistan Liberation Army terrorists or elements linked with such terrorists in Geneva."

Amil also demanded an investigation into the campaign with a view to blocking its recurrence and expressed hope that Swiss authorities will proceed against the local accomplices of the BLA for supporting a terror group.

The Untold Story Of Capt. Vijyant Thapar- His bond with young Kashmiri Girl

There are many stories in the Indian army that touch our heart and move us to the core. One such true incident is of Capt Vijyant Thapar, Vir Chakra(Posthumous) who family members fondly call as Robin.

Lt. Vijayant Thapar was conferred the rank of Captain after his supreme sacrifice during the capture of area Knoll in Drass Sector. Vijyant was a benevolent soul and it showed with his actions. Vijyant was commissioned in the Indian Army on 12th December, 1998. His battalion, the 2nd Battalion, Rajputana Rifles which was stationed at Gwalior soon moved to Kupwara, Kashmir.
Militancy and terrorists from other side of the border was common those days. A young girl, just 6-years old, called Rukhsana, her father, Mohammad Akbar was brutally murdered by Sarafi terrorists(militants funded from foreign mercenaries) in front of her eyes and young Rukhsana was shell shocked. She could not react, she could not speak and she stopped doing anything else.
Capt. Vijyant Thapar’s battalion was moved into her school in Kandi village in North Kashmir. Vijyant spoke to the principal of the school and got to know how some terrorists killed Rukhsana’s father and met Rukhsana. Initially, Rukhsana will not speak and had lost her vocal powers due to tragedy. It took lot of efforts of Vijyant and his faithful Sahayak, Sepoy Jagmal Singh Shekhawat for making things normal for Rukhsana.

FIFA U-17 World Cup Winner’s Trophy unveiled in Kochi

Honourable Minister for Industries, Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Kerala, Shri A.C. Moideen unveiled the Winner’s Trophy of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 today at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, in front of enthusiastic Keralites.


Present on the occasion were P. T. Thomas (Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly), T J Vinod (Deputy Mayor Kochi Municipal Corporation), K. M. I. Mather (President of Kerala Football Association), C N Mohanan (GCDA Chairman), Joy Bhattacharjya (Project Director of the LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017) and other dignitaries including former international players.


"FIFA U-17 World Cup would be a great leap in the football development of Kerala, which is now is 100% ready to welcome the World Cup extravaganza. We are getting ready with world class infrastructure facilities.


“Before the tournament kicks off, we are going to have various kind of promotional activities throughout the state including celebrity football match, one million goals, along with other activities," said Moideen.


The vibrant, rich and colourful cultural heritage of the Kerala was on display at the stadium in front of a large crowd that gathered to participate and kick-start the Trophy Experience in Kochi.


On Saturday, 23rd September, the Winner’s Trophy will be placed at Ambedkar Stadium at a Mission XI Million festival between 9:30 am and 1 pm.


Concluding the Trophy Experience in India, Fort Kochi will host the Trophy on Sunday, 24th September between 3 and 8 pm.


The Trophy Experience will give football-loving Keralite fans a unique opportunity to come and witness the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup which will be lifted by the winning team on 28th October in Kolkata.


Kochi will kick-off the first FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 match on October 7, with the enticing tie between Brazil and Spain scheduled at 5 pm.

India is hosting a FIFA World Cup for the first time, and the team will be participating in the tournament, which begins on October 6 in Navi Mumbai and Delhi.

Coffee cuts risk of dying from stroke and heart disease, study suggests

Coffee a day keeps the doctor away? Perhaps, but benefits may be down to lifestyles rather than the brew itself, researchers say

People who drink coffee have a lower risk of dying from a host of causes, including heart disease, stroke and liver disease, research suggests – but experts say it’s unclear whether the health boost is down to the brew itself.

The connection, revealed in two large studies, was found to hold regardless of whether the coffee was caffeinated or not, with the effect higher among those who drank more cups of coffee a day.

But scientists say that the link might just be down to coffee-drinkers having healthier behaviours.

“It is plausible that there is something else behind this that is causing this relationship,” said Marc Gunter, a co-author of one of the studies, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

But, he added, based on the consistency of the results he would be surprised if coffee itself didn’t play a role in reducing the risk of death.

About 2.25bn cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day. While previous studies have suggested coffee might have health benefits, the latest research involves large and diverse cohorts of participants.

The first study looked at coffee consumption among more than 185,000 white and non-white participants, recruited in the early 1990s and followed up for an average of over 16 years. The results revealed that drinking one cup of coffee a day was linked to a 12% lower risk of death at any age, from any cause while those drinking two or three cups a day had an 18% lower risk, with the association not linked to ethnicity.

“We found that coffee drinkers had a reduced risk of death from heart disease, from cancer, from stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes and kidney disease,” said Veronica Setiawan, associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and a co-author of the research.

Most Expensive Diamond In The World

Diamond brilliance is incomparable due to many reasons. A diamond is classified as a rare one according to the following features: clarity, color, cut, and carat weight. Finding a match diamond to these attributes is an easy way to get rich. So it is a dream long sought by wealth seekers; it was the prime reason for political instabilities and disputes in central Africa and some other regions.

Koh-I-Noor: (Priceless)

Koh-I-Noor means “Mountain of Light” in Persian. Before polishing it was 793 carats, but now the diamond measures 105 carat (21.6 grams). It is believed to be of an Indian origin too.

Most Expensive Luxury Submarine in the World

Who did not get killed by curiosity while watching little mermaid and her the underwater world, overwhelmed with the desire to learn more about them? Okay, if Ariel, the little mermaid, wanted to be part of our human world, then, we have to admit that which are ready to switch places and roles and get to know part of her world, the world undersea.

Migaloo Private Submersible Yacht [$2.3 Billion]
Oh yeah! The world’s most expensive and most luxurious submarine-superyacht hybrid. Named after an albino whale. But what makes it special and impressive? Not only is Migaloo submarine/yacht, but also it is more like a floating city. Moreover, it boasts a 3-meter swimming pool, cinema room, helipad, library, gym, laundry room, and private lounges, elevator shafts, it a means to maneuver the levels, a two-level owner’s suite, eight VIP-suites, and a spacious over-bridge pass. Migaloo Submersible Yacht costs an arm and a leg -$2.3 billion, which makes it the jewel in the crown, compared to other private submarines.

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches In The World

There are two old wisdom say that “Time and tide stay for no man” and “Lost time is never found again”. From here, we can know exactly the extremely importance of the time in our lives and how to keep it. With organizing our time, everything can be done to the fullest. It isn’t only important, it can be also the most expensive thing in the whole world. Some’s, who knew the main importance of the time and wanted to add elegance, went out with attractive designs of watches, which mostly studded with rare and expensive diamonds. Here, we will display the top ten most expensive watches in the world.

10 Brequet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12 – $734,000.

Brequet Pocket watch is very elegant as it is made ​​of 18 karat yellow gold. This watch is manually engraved on silver facial features of exquisite workmanship.         

9 Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication – $800,000

Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication is more than wonderful to wear. Its frame is made with platinum and the belt from crocodile skin. Most of the engine parts industry has been manually crafted and consisted of 740 pieces. Therefore, this is a unique clock of the most complex wrist watches in the world throughout the ages because of the infinite accuracy in handicrafts made

Louis Moinet Magistralis – $860,000.

This piece is unique one which has a special magnificent complex beauty. It is a watch for men which beautifully contains a piece of a real meteorite that was found on the surface of the moon. This watch is regarded as the most stylish and rarest watch in the world.

7 Hublot Black Caviar Bang – $1 million

Hublot Black Caviar was made in 2009. Its design came with high accuracy. It’s a classic clock hand, which covered with 501 baguette cut black diamonds and 18-carat white gold.

6 Chopard Super Ice Cube. $1.1 million.

This wonderful watch consists of 60 carats diamonds which cut into cubes. It is a watch and a luxury bracelet in the same time. It has not only a beautiful shape, but also is a water resistant to 100 feet and the resistance to scratches.

5 Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon. $1.3 million.

It is considered one of the most complicated wrist watches that was manufactured by Patek Philippe. This watch has a double face: one of them is about the aspects of the form of the night sky and the other front is also complex and consists of the time, date and moon phases. This gives spectacular views for the watch and makes it one piece of the modern art.

4 Vacheron Constatin Tour de I’lle. $1.5 million.

Tour de I’lle is the most complicated wristwatch in the world. It was manufactured by the manufacturer, Swiss Vacheron Constantin in 2005. This one was made ​​of gold and blue sapphire. It is characterized by the presence of non-reflective glass, as seen from both sides.

3 Patek Philippe Platinum World Time. $4 million.

This watch was designed by Patek Philippe and was sold at auction for $4 million in 2002. It was the most expensive wristwatch in the world in this time. This watch has a wonderful variety of finishes to choose from: yellow, white, rose, gold and platinum.

2 Patek Philippe Super Complication. $11 million.

It was made ​​by Patek Philippe for the banking Henry Graves Jr. in 1933. It is composed of 18 karat gold. It took more than five years of work to design this distinctive clock. It has many features such as mechanical timekeeping until after the basic.

1 Chopard 210 karat. $26 million.

This wonderful timepiece is the most expensive one in the whole world. It consists of various colored diamonds. It looks like the bracelet which encrusted by diamond. The jewelry in this watch make it seems as if flowers wrapped around it.

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