Indie feature films go the crowdfunding way too

In 2014, Kolkata actor/director Prasun Chatterjee was ready with his dream script. He’d woven a tale about the friendship between two boys in a village in West Bengal in the backdrop of the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. Chatterjee was aware that his film, without a song and dance sequence or stars, would be difficult to sell to producers. But he hoped to be able to convince at least someone. For three years, meetings went fruitless. But in March this year, he abandoned the idea but not the film….

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Moto G5S and G5S Plus go official with improved cameras

Motorola’s new mid-rangers went official today – the Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus. The duo is an incremental upgrade over the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus that debuted at the MWC back in February, bringing more capable cameras and a few other minor niceties Moto G5S The phone comes with 5.2” screen of Full HD resolution. There is a fingerprint scanner/home button that sits below on the front panel. Just like the Moto G5, Motorola Moto G5S runs on Snapdragon 430 with an octa-core CPU. There is 3 GB RAM and 32 GB…

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Let’s Go Bananas: 8 Sumptuous Malayali Dishes Made With Bananas

God’s own country, Kerala’s cuisine is no short of divine. Flavourful, experimental and enticing, there is no way you can step out of the sadya without licking your fingers. And one of the most intriguing facets of the cuisine of Kerala is its versatile use of bananas. Be it snacks, stews, jams, desserts or curries, bananas are a must on the signature banana leaf meal. Kerala’s fertile land allows a large scale cultivation of bananas and coconut. One can see several banana trees lined across farmland of thousands of hectares, and even courtyards outside local  house, and as…

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Do Not Let Your Blood Pressure Go Unchecked, It May Lead to Stroke

One of the biggest challenges in curbing the increasing rate of high blood pressure cases is the inability to spot its occurrence and not taking enough preventive measure to keep the condition at bay. In most cases, hypertension is the product of a sedentary lifestyle coupled with unhealthy eating habits, poor sleep pattern, alcohol or tobacco abuse and high levels of stress and anxiety. Some symptoms for early detection include headache, chest discomfort, palpitations, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds and feeling numb or weak. Eating a well-balanced diet, sleeping…

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Pokemon Go Launched in India in Partnership With Reliance Jio

Pokemon Go – unarguably the most sensational mobile video game of 2016 – has finally been launched in India. Interestingly, Niantic Inc., the developer behind the augmented reality mobile game along with The Pokemon Company, has partnered with Reliance Jio to bring the game to the country. The game is now available to download via Google Play and the App Store. (Also see:  Meet India’s Pokemon Go Players Who Gotta Catch ‘Em All) As a part of this partnership, Reliance Digital Stores and company’s select partner premises in India will appear as ‘PokeStops’…

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Food for thought: The man who makes cooking videos go viral

If someone had told Jamie Bolding three years ago that he’d be earning a lot of money from making viral videos, he’d probably have quit his “proper job” a lot earlier. Jamie, who is behind a host of videos that appear on people’s Facebook newsfeeds, only lasted three weeks in an entry-level job at a drinks company, but he still thinks it was too long. “I thought I could hack a real job, but I hated that I had no say in the decision making,” says the 25-year-old founder and…

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War on Black Money: PMO, IB Officials Go Into Huddle, Security Alert to Follow

New Delhi: The Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and his team met with top officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) late on Tuesday night to discuss any possible law and order fallout of the decision to demonetize 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, sources told News18. The officials apprised the PMO of likely security scenarios and a nationwide alert could be issued soon, sources said. Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi finished his nationally televised speech this evening, there were long queues at ATMs across the country. Network18 reporters fanning…

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Education and ‘barbarism’ can’t go together: Geelani to Sinha-led delegation

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said examinations cannot be held in the prevailing situation in Kashmir, arguing “if the authorities are really concerned about education, they should release all people including students and withdraw cases against them to help in creating a conducive and peaceful atmosphere.” A Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said Geelani was interacting with the visiting delegation from New Delhi which called on him at his Hyderpora residence this morning. “The delegation stressed upon the issue of education and were of the opinion that…

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Nissan starts selling made in India Datsun GO+ in South Africa

Japanese auto maker Nissan today said it has started selling of India-made entry level multi-purpose vehicle Datsun GO+ in South Africa. “Sales of the Datsun GO+, produced at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai, began on August 31, 2016 in South Africa,” Nissan India said in a statement. Commenting on the development, Nissan India Operations President Guillaume Sicard said: “Following on the success of the India-built Datsun GO’s launch into the small car segment in South Africa, the GO+ is another example of our Make in India models…

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Thailand Plans No-Go Zones For Pokemon Go

BANGKOK:  Thailand will make places such as the Royal Palace grounds, Buddhist temples and hospitals off limits to players of Nintendo Co Ltd’s wildly popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go, the Thai telecoms regulator said on Tuesday. The measures come after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) met with five telecoms operators to discuss safety measures and the preservation of landmarks, Takorn Tantasith, secretary general of the NBTC, told a news conference. The five operators are Advanced Info Service Pcl, Total Access Communication Pcl, True Corp and two state…

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