Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Akshay says must watch 'AKIRA' for Sonakshi's Kick-ass actions

Akshay says must watch 'AKIRA' for Sonakshi's Kick-ass actions

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Lakme Fashion Week: Kangana Ranaut sets the stage on Fire

Lakme Fashion Week: Kangana Ranaut sets the stage on Fire

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Sonam Shocking revelation on Kareena's opting out from 'Veerey Di Wedding'

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MTV launches global contest for cover song stardom

MTV launches global contest for cover song stardom

NEW YORK, Aug 24 — MTV today invited fans around the world to cover hit songs, with the winner set to earn fame by starring in an original video.

The pioneering music network announced the contest ahead of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards in New York and geared the initiative toward viewers in the network’s more than 120 markets outside the United States.

The network will announce a song each month. To enter the competition, international viewers will need to upload cover versions on YouTube and submit them online to be the “MTV Cover of the Month.”

MTV International will recognize each month’s winner through a recurring spot on television as well as a trophy.

The network will also pick a winner of the year, who will star in an original music video to be produced and promoted by MTV.

The first song in the contest, which will open after Sunday’s awards gala, is Mike Posner’s global hit “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”

The track has already gone through a musical transformation. Posner wrote it as a pop song with light guitar but—true to the sound of the Spanish resort of Ibiza—it climbed the charts as an electronic dance track mixed by Norwegian duo Seeb.

“I’m all about anything that supports creativity and self-expression,” Posner, who will personally select the winner, said in a statement.

MTV International senior vice president Kerry Taylor said that the contest was part of the network’s approach of preserving its well-known global brand identity while encouraging a local flavor.

“Our focus is very much about being a global brand with local resonance,” Taylor told AFP.

Taylor said that MTV was open to covers from all around the world including with strong regional adaptations.

“When you look at the kind of success of people doing covers on YouTube and just knowing how much our audiences universally love music, this felt like a contest that would work as well in Asia as it would in the Americas,” she said.

MTV revolutionised the music industry from its launch in 1981 by intertwining a visual component with pop songs but the network has come to focus more broadly on youth culture.

MTV International rebranded itself last year in part due to youth culture’s rapid embrace of social media and the growing world of YouTube sensations.

As part of the change, MTV International airs user-generated content—labeled with the hashtag #mtvbump—thousands of times per week.

MTV has also produced international spinoffs of its popular series “Jersey Shore” and “Ridiculousness.”
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Nothing will prepare you for ‘Game Of Thrones’ season seven - Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams says Nothing will prepare you for ‘Game Of Thrones’ season seven

LOS ANGELES, Aug 24 — As we await winter to arrive, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams says “nothing will prepare you” for season seven

Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the HBO hit series, took to Twitter to reveal that she had read the scripts for season seven and what she thought about it.

“Just finished reading season 7. S**t gets REAL,” she says. “I’d start preparing yourselves now. Scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this.”

Earlier Kit Harington, aka resurrected Jon Snow, revealed that the show could be taking an even bleaker twist. Harington told the Hollywood Reporter: “It’s important to stress at this point that I haven’t had any scripts, so this is all guesswork for me. I think it’s going to get very bleak before, if there is a happy ending, if there’s any sort of win or heroic moment for Jon and everyone else.

“I think it’s going to get very dark before it gets better. I think what we might see this season is those White Walkers and that Army of the Dead really come into force.

“So that’s going to be exciting to see. I don’t know what it means. I think with the whole ‘winter is finally here’ business, it means everyone is going to have a really bad time.”

Don’t forget, HBO has announced that season eight will be the final season of Game of Thrones, so they definitely would want to go out with a bang.
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Powerful Earthquake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples

YANGON, Aug 24 — A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar today, killing at least one person and damaging around 60 pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said.

The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets.

At least one man was killed in Magway region where the quake struck, said Han Zaw Win, a local MP from Pakokku township.

“A 22 year-old man was killed when a nearby building collapsed during the earthquake,” he told AFP, adding that a woman was also injured.

A local official reported heavy damage to several temples in Bagan — Myanmar’s most famous archaeological site and a major tourist destination some 30 kilometres north of the quake’s epicentre.

“About 60 pagodas in Bagan were damaged. Some were seriously damaged,” said Aung Kyaw, the director of Bagan’s culture department.

A tourist police officer from Bagan confirmed the damage and said a Spanish tourist was slightly hurt when the quake knocked her from the temple where she was watching the sunset.

Scaling Bagan’s ancient Buddhist monuments to watch the sun set over the city’s 2,500 temples is a daily ritual among tourists and local pilgrims who flock to the site.

The temples, built between the 10th and 14th centuries, are revered in the Buddhist-majority country.

Myanmar, which has opened its doors to a rising tide of visitors since emerging from junta rule in 2011, is eager to see the ancient capital designated as a Unesco world heritage site.

‘Still scared’

The USGS estimated that the earthquake’s impact would be “relatively localised” but noted that many buildings in the region are “highly vulnerable” to shaking.

Soe Win, a local MP from Chauk — a riverside town close to the epicentre — said it was the worst earthquake he had experienced in years.

“More than eight pagodas in town collapsed,” he told AFP, referring to Chauk. “Two buildings collapsed as well, while some others were cracked. People in town are still scared.”

The earthquake caused high-rise buildings in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon to sway, as well as those in the Thai capital Bangkok and the Indian city of Kolkata.

“Services of the underground railway have been suspended fearing aftershocks of the quake,” Kolkata Metro Railway spokesman Indrani Banerjee told AFP.

The quake was also felt throughout south and southwestern Bangladesh close to the border with Myanmar, with residents running outside.

At least 20 people were injured as workers tried to flee a building in the Savar industrial district outside Dhaka, ATN Bangla television reported.

“All of us ran to the streets leaving the houses and shops unsecured as the quake seemed very dangerous,” Nazmus Sakib, from the southern city of Chittagong near the Myanmar border, wrote on his Facebook wall.

Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar, although the country has not suffered a major one since 2012.

That powerful tremor — also of 6.8 magnitude — struck the centre of the country, killing 26 people and injuring hundreds.

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Quake sorrow in Italian village as resident says: ‘We only heard their cats’

ACCUMOLI (Italy), Aug 24 — Sitting with his brother on a bench in Illica, one of the Italian mountain villages devastated by a powerful earthquake today, Guido Bordo clasps and unclasps his hands repeatedly.

The harrowed gesture speaks volumes about the anguish engulfing the 69-year-old.

“My sister and her husband are under the rubble, we’re waiting for diggers but they can’t get up here,” he explains.

“There’s no sound from them, we only heard their cats. I wasn’t here, but as soon as the quake happened I rushed here.

“They managed to pull my sister’s children out, they’re in hospital now.”

Bordo and his brother Domenico were among around 30 people sitting in a field on the outskirts of Illica. Their sister and her husband, who were on holiday from Rome, were among five people missing, presumed dead, in Illica alone.

Dozens more died in neighbouring villages and more than 2,000 people have been made temporarily homeless by a quake that struck without warning in the middle of the night.

Just after midday, nearly nine hours after the first quake shook residents and holiday makers from their sleep in terrifying fashion, army diggers were still making their way up to a village situated at an altitude of 800 metres.

A helicopter buzzed overhead while an ambulance unloaded two stretchers near a collapsed house where around a dozen firemen hacked at the rubble with spades and pick axes.

All around were poignant signs of the destruction the quake wreaked: window shutters poking out from piles of rubble, flower baskets still clinging on to half-collapsed walls and brightly-coloured children’s duvet covers catching the eye in houses that have become see-through.

In some of the deserted shells of what were once family homes, phones rang off the hook.

‘Feared the worst’

Two women sobbed and hugged each other as a collapsed house on the main square was searched.

Firemen guided two dogs over the piles of rubble in search of signs of life.

One of the sniffers suddenly stopped and went back to a particular spot.

That was where the digging would start but Daniela Romanato, a former firefighter helping out with the rescue operation, did not hold out much hope.

“The dogs are trained to search and then indicate trapped people,” she explained. “Just now one has indicated there is someone underneath the rubble here, but without barking, which unfortunately means the person trapped is most likely dead.

“We’re sending a smaller dog in now to see if it can get closer to the person underneath, but it’s very unlikely we’re talking about survivors under here”.

The wind was whipping up the dust and, at the entrance to the tiny hamlet, children were dressed in the winter coats and flip flops they grabbed when the quake struck.

Some had since gone back inside for mattresses and pillows and laid them out in gardens. Civil protection workers distributed sandwiches and water.

Guido Bordo’s brother, Domenico, looked on as the search progressed.

“We live quite far away but felt the quake, we rushed to get news from the television, and as soon as we saw it was here we called my sister again and again but she didn’t answer,” he said.

“I feared the worst, and was right. I don’t see how she can have survived under there.”
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