Chelsea fan denies Raheem Sterling abuse was racist 

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Raheem Sterling had posted a statement on Instagram in which he said that newspapers were fuelling racism in football due to their negative portrayal of young black players in comparison to their white counterparts. (Reuters)

A Chelsea supporter has admitted directing abuse at Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling but said the vitriol was ‘not racist in nature’ after the club suspended four people from Stamford Bridge over Saturday’s incident. A police investigation was launched after a video posted online showed the 24-year-old England international being shouted at by fans as he went to collect the ball during City’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

One of the supporters identified said that he had directed insults at Sterling but that they were not racist in nature. “I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad,” Colin Wing, 60, was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. Wing said he used an expletive along with the word “Manc” rather than “black.”

“I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now,” he added.

The supporter offered his apologies to the player and said he had lost his season ticket and his job. “Even if it wasn’t racist, it’s not right what I said. Even the swearing is bad — but I got carried away,” he added.

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A Chelsea statement on Monday said that four people had been banned while the investgation continues and that the club “will also fully support any criminal prosecutions”. A spokesperson from the club told Reuters they would not be commenting any further at this stage.

No arrests were made after Saturday’s match but the Metropolitan Police said they would review footage to determine whether any racist abuse took place.

Sterling had posted a statement on Instagram on Sunday in which he said that newspapers were fuelling racism in football due to their negative portrayal of young black players in comparison to their white counterparts.

His comments were echoed by the Professional Footballers’ Association and former players such as John Barnes.

Disha Patani dazzles in this sequin off-shoulder gown by Falguni Shane Peacock

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Disha Patani shines in this outfit. (Source: Tanya Ghavri/Instagram)

Disha Patani has an enviable physique. She also has a great fashion sense. The actor was recently spotted looking gorgeous in a sequin off-shoulder gown by Falguni Shane Peacock. Styled by celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri, the outfit perfectly complemented her svelte frame. Hair styled into beach waves, nude shade of make-up and earrings rounded out the look.

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Prior to this, the actor was also spotted walking the ramp for designer Tarun Tahiliani. She stunned in a heavily embelllished black and beige lehenga. We really liked the matching sheer lehenga with 3D floral work that was teamed with the outfit. The bejewelled noodle straps of the blouse not only stood out but also added a glam quotient to the outfit. Dark kohl eyes, messy bun, matching bangles and a statement neckpiece rounded out the look.

The designer’s collection had a wonderful fusion of traditional and contemporary wear. Vibrant colours like red and orange dominated the collection.

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Disha Patani stuns in this 3D floral printed lehenga. (Source: APH Images)

The actor also impressed us as she appeared on the cover of Travel+Leisure India magazine’s October issue. The photoshoot took place in Israel and Patani looked radiant in a floral printed ensemble that consisted of an off-shoulder crop top and a ruffled, thigh-high slit skirt. Bright red lips, a pair of white heels, and hair styled in soft curls completed the look.

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Patani gives us both fitness and fashion goals and it is interesting to see her sartorial picks.

Viswanathan Anand turns 49: Chess grandmaster shows off birthday card made by son

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Anand is the first Asian to hold the FIDE World Chess Championship and became undisputed world champion in 2007. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

Chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand turns 49 on Tuesday. In a tweet that he posted, Anand showed the birthday card that Akhil, his seven-year-old son, had prepared for him and a homemade birthday cake that Anand said had to wait until he returned from school.

“Thanks everyone! Has been a lovely birthday! Waking up to this is always special. The cake has to wait for Akhil to come from school! But i did get to lick the beater”

Anand was most recently in action during the inaugural Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz tournament held in Kolkata where he won the Blitz portion of the event. Earlier in 2018, he won the 11th Tal Memorial tournament (rapid section) with a score of 6/9.

Anand is India’s first chess grandmaster, achieving the title in 1988 at the age of 19. He is also the first Asian to hold the FIDE World Chess Championship and became undisputed world champion in 2007. He went on to defend his title in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, he lost the title to Norwegian star Magnus Carlsen. He is also only the fourth player to pass 2800 Elo mark on the FIDE ratings after Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Vaselin Topalov. He won the World Rapid Chss Championship in 2003 and 2017.

We should provide Indian crafts a secure environment to thrive: Smriti Morarka

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Designer Smriti Morarka was at the Turkish Embassy to showcase her traditional weaves from Varanasi.

How did you get into reviving and preserving ancient weaving tradition from Varanasi? What led to the formation of TANTUVI?

For long, I wanted to do something that had the power to make a difference. It was my fortune that I was born into a family of art collectors and married into a family of freedom fighters. Being a student of history and political science, this provided an ideal environment for me.

My mother has spent the last couple of decades nurturing and building a National Institute for research in Indology, Religion and Cultural Studies in Varanasi. This brought me in close contact with the handloom sector in Kashi. While I was smitten with it, the handloom weavers looked at a future that appeared grim.

A dialogue with the weavers led me to realise that the challenge lay in reviving the weaving traditions and making the product affordable and marketable. But I was confident – I wanted to help the weavers and revive the art. I was hopeful that a demand for such items could be created if the people were introduced to these weaves and had an opportunity to explore well.

How has your journey been?

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My journey has been a deeply satisfying one. The initial few years of hesitation on the part of the weavers to accept my suggestions to their existing design sensibilities has now given way to them welcoming it and enthusiastically translating it into work.

Now, it is particularly gratifying to see the families of these weavers leading better lives than what they did when we started off. The confidence that they regained in the process and their passion keeps me going.

Tell us more about TANTUVI.

My motivation is two-fold. Firstly, to make sure the weavers revive the dying traditional forms of weaving and, the other to see that the aesthetically oriented customer gets an opportunity to acquire what he desires. The fabrics made under the label of TANTUVI are made with natural yarns of cotton and silk, its derivatives or in the combination of both. To provide support to the local zari industry, we try to source zari from authentic local weavers.

The primary pitch of TANTUVI is saris produced with patience, skill and dedication. By making the saris in limited numbers, we do our bit to ensure its exclusivity. By not falling into the trap of mass production and commercialization, we commit to ensuring that the uniqueness of each of our designs is sustained.

How well do you think our traditional weaves perform on the global platform? 

Indian products have always had a standing of their own. Competing on a world platform – efficiency and time management is challenging for our craftsmen, and they have struggled to get used to that. This is why innovation in our crafts have seemingly stagnated. To me, these Indian crafts are art. And just as you cannot compel an artist to complete their work of genius in a given time frame, these crafts too will thrive when allowed to work at their own pace and rhythm. Rather than compromising on standards of quality, design or intricacy in the name of efficiency – I feel that we should provide these crafts a secure environment to thrive – just as they were allowed to in the past. If these artists are able to tap into their potential entirely, it will not be long before we go back to ruling international markets with our product.

How can one identify a fake considering that imitation is prevalent in the textiles industry?

In the context of the Banarsi textile, the difference between the two is extremely subtle and sometimes difficult to put into words. It is the look, the touch, the feel, the drape and other inexplicable aspects that make the two extremely different. In a world where every rule can have an entire book with prescribed loopholes, if I were to call out some ways to tell a real fabric from a fake one, I am sure there would be a host of ways that would be engineered to cover these loops too. So it would be impossible and impractical, unfortunately, to give an exhaustive list. Just that way, awareness, experience, and exposure to genuine handloom Banarsi alone can help you tell them apart.

What future do you see for our Indian weavers?

I can speak with surety in the context of the weavers of Varanasi. The children of the weavers have, for too long, seen their family struggle with poverty, lead a life of obscurity and struggle to live with dignity, for them to naturally gravitate to this art. They are enamored with other vocations not because their hearts do not love this art, or because they don’t find it creatively satisfying, but because they realise that ultimately they do need money and food to light the kitchen fire and feed their families. If we want this to change we have to encourage them, indulge them, and give them the belief that they can pursue this vocation and still be financially secure. TANTUVI strives to be that change.

How do you make it interesting for the youngsters without making it lose its traditional touch?

With the coming of the British, the design sensibilities in the Varanasi textiles have seen a massive shift towards larger motifs, untidy handiwork and use of lower grade raw material, all in the name of catering to the tastes of western markets and a mass scale production of cheaper fabrics. The fabrics that are being made have lost its traditional softness, suppleness and delicateness of design.

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My detailed readings and understanding of the Varanasi textile strengthened my conviction that our design sensibilities of the old, were timeless and if revived effectively, could continue to be relevant today and in the years to come. The modern Indian woman is one who prefers softer drape and we make a conscious effort to make fabric that is more bodyline centric and provides interesting silhouettes. That is what makes our fabrics stand apart.

Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Score, Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba Live Streaming: Delhi hope to break three-game losing streak vs Mumbai

Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Score, Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba Live Streaming: Delhi clash with Mumbai

Pro Kabaddi League 2018, Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba Live Score Streaming: Dabang Delhi take on U Mumba for the third time this campaign at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Vizag on Tuesday. A victory for Dabang Delhi will see them qualify for the Playoffs for the first time in history and break a three-game losing streak against their Zone A rivals.

The two teams last met in Dabang Delhi’s home leg where a mammoth 16-point second half from Siddharth Desai helped his team overcome a first-half deficit and secure a victory. This defeat denied Dabang Delhi a perfect record in their home leg.

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Pro Kabaddi 2018, Telugu Titans vs UP Yoddha Live Score Streaming: Telugu Titans battle against UP Yoddha on Tuesday

Pro Kabaddi League 2018, Telugu Titans vs UP Yoddha Live Score Streaming: In the second match of the day, Telugu Titans take on U.P. Yoddha at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Vizag on Tuesday. The home side will hope for a third successive victory at home as they are in touching distance of second-placed Patna Pirates in Zone B. The teams last met in Greater Noida and played out a thrilling 26-26 tie. Right-Corners Abozar Mohajermighani and Nitesh Kumar both returned 4 tackle points each. Rahul Chaudhari has been Telugu Titans’ leading point scorer this season, managing to score 123 raid points in 16 outings so far while Nitesh Kumar has had a stellar campaign for U.P. Yoddha in Season 6.

Meghan Markle looks elegant flaunting her baby bump in a Givenchy gown; see pics

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Meghan Markle looked lovely at the British Fashion Awards 2018. (Source: givenchyofficial/Instagram)

Meghan Markle’s effortless and chic maternity style has been making waves. The Duchess of Sussex’s sartorial choices have always had a touch of elegance and it was no different when she attended the British Fashion Awards 2018.

Clad in a one-shoulder black Givenchy gown, Markle accessorised her outfit with gold bracelets and a pair of matching strappy heels. She rounded off her look with a nude make-up palette and ditched her signature messy bun for a neater hairdo.

Markle was present at the event to give an award to the artistic director of Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller. The designer posted a picture of the duo on Instagram captioning it: “The ultimate surprise – the very special moment that I discovered #meghanmarkle #duchessofsussex was going to give me the award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Such an extraordinary moment of emotion and love for this amazing woman who changed my life 🖤 thank you @givenchyofficial”

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Meanwhile, Keller wore a black gown with heavy embellishments on the skirt.

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A few days ago, the Duchess was spotted visiting the Hubb Community Kitchen dressed in a maroon mini dress with a velvet collar from Club Monaco. She combined it with a  trench coat, also from the same brand.

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The Duchess of Sussex gave a surprise visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen in London. (Source: AP)

Markle’s make-up was also eye-cathching. Winged eyes, glossy lips, and a messy ponytail rounded off her look beautifully.

Shubhankar Sharma wants to sign off on a high at Indonesia Masters

Shubhankar Sharma wants to end the year on a high with another creditable performance at the BNI Indonesian Masters. (Reuters/File Photo)

After a satisfying season, newly-crowned Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Shubhankar Sharma wants to end the year on a high with another creditable performance at the BNI Indonesian Masters starting in Jakarta on Thursday. Sharma’s glorious run this season started with his second Asian Tour win in Malaysia in February followed by a tied-ninth finish at the World Golf Championships in Mexico in March, where he led in the second and third rounds.

He went on to play in all four Major championships this year and his season was further sweetened by three top-10s in India, Malaysia and Hong Kong which would eventually give him an unassailable lead on the Habitat for Humanity Standings.

“To be honest, I’ve been expecting too much from myself this year and it has been a numbers game from Asia to Europe and right up to the Majors,” said Shubhankar. “But after the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, I had a good lead on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and I really wanted to finish right on top. Now that I’ve done it, I’m feeling very relaxed. You always want to play well in every event that you play in and for this week, I want to give my best shot and try to win,” said the 22-year-old, who was named the Rookie of the Year on the European Tour.

Shubhankar, who is the fifth and youngest Indian to win the coveted Asian Tour Order of Merit, said it was a satisfying season. “It’s very satisfying as I’ve done what I’ve set out to do and I’m really happy. Winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit means a lot to me as it’s what all of us want to do,” said the Indian, who won the 2018 Maybank Championship and the 2017 JoBurg Open.

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Talking about the tournament beginning at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, Shubhankar said: “Obviously, I’ve played on this course many times and I do know a few things about this track. But I’m looking forward to playing well and having a good week.

“This is our home Tour and this is where we all start. This is the last event of the year on the Asian Tour and I want to play my best and sign off what has already been a very satisfying year.”

The Bombay Canteen named best restaurant of the year

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Bombay Canteen was crowned the best restaurant of the year. (Source: Bombay Canteen)

Conde Nast recently came up with the ranking of India’s top 50 premium dining establishments in the second edition of the Condé Nast Traveller & Himalayan Sparkling Top Restaurant Awards. In a glitzy ceremony at The St Regis Mumbai, hosted by culinary experts Pooja Dhingra and Manu Chandra, The Bombay Canteen was officially crowned as the best restaurant in India, with the iconic and ever impressive Indian Accent at number 2.

According to the list, Mumbai has the most restaurants this time (14), followed by Delhi and Goa – 10 each. The report states, “Seventeen of the 50 restaurants—and three of the top five—specialise in regional food. Finally, topping the special list of Himalayan Raw & Fine Top 10 Restaurants of the Year was AnnaMaya at the Andaz, Delhi.”

The winners were put through a jury of 111 tastemakers and experts, in a process audited by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India before they made it to the list. 

If you want to know where to spend your penny when it comes to fine dining and getting a taste of the best culinary creations, here is the full list of India’s top 50 restaurants at the Condé Nast Traveller & Himalayan Sparkling Top Restaurant Awards 2018.

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The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai

A fashionable cafe and bar offering innovative Indian snacks and colonial inspired cocktails, The Bombay Canteen, as their website describes themselves, is “housed within the bustling metropolis of Bombay, it prides itself on recreating local dishes and reinterpreting age-old Indian traditions, to create an experience that toasts the old times and celebrates the new. The kitchen presents the classic yet unexplored charm of India’s diverse regions, marrying them expertly with familiar flavours.”

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Indian Accent, The Lodhi, New Delhi

Bringing a contemporary tweak to traditional Indian dishes with global ingredients and techniques. Chef Manish Mehrotra, corporate chef of the Indian Accent has successfully plated out an inventive approach to Indian cuisine in this multi-award winning dining space.

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The Table, Mumbai

This restaurant in Colaba offers a clever global fare – from The Truffle Scrambled Eggs on Toast and Tiramisu Pancakes to The Truffle Tagliatelle, a range of excellent wine and spirits served in a posh, bi-level space with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Bomras, Goa

This outdoor restaurant in Goa’s Candolim dishes up high-end Burmese cuisine on a hidden terrace, shaded by trees and scenic beauty for company.

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Masque, Mumbai

Housed in Mumbai’s former industrial mill area, this restaurant plates out a whopping ten-course chef’s tasting menu, a first-of-its-kind in India.

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The other restaurants that made it to the list are:

  1. Trishna, Fort, Mumbai
  2. Wasabi By Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi
  3. Artusi Ristorante, GK2, New Delhi
  4. Slink & Bardot, Mumbai
  5. Toast & Tonic, Bengaluru
  6. Bukhara, ITC Maurya, New Delhi
  7. Megu, The Leela New Delhi, New Delhi
  8. O Pedro, Mumbai
  9. Bastian, Mumbai
  10. The Black Sheep Bistro, Goa
  11. Gunpowder, Goa
  12. La Plage, Goa
  13. The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Delhi, New Delhi
  14. Wasabi By Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
  15. Annamaya, Andaz Delhi, New Delhi
  16. A Reverie, Goa
  17. Yauatcha, Mumbai
  18. Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, Bengaluru
  19. Olive Qutub, New Delhi
  20. China XO, The Leela Palace Chennai, Chennai
  21. Koko Asian Gastropub, Mumbai
  22. Mocambo, Kolkata
  23. The Restaurant, The Bangala, Karaikudi, Chennai
  24. Elevar, Goa
  25. Avartana, ITC Grand Chola Chennai, Chennai
  26. Palácio Do Deão, Goa
  27. Delhi Club House, RK Puram, New Delhi
  28. Botticino, Trident, BKC, Mumbai
  29. Koji, Conrad Pune, Pune
  30. Gajalee, Vile Parle, Mumbai
  31. Wild Garden Café At Amethyst, Chennai
  32. Adaa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
  33. Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mumbai
  34. 6 Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata
  35. Baba Au Rhum, Goa
  36. 1135 AD, Jaipur
  37. Zeebop By The Sea, Goa
  38. Ciao Bella, Goa
  39. Edo Restaurant & Bar, ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru
  40. Royal China, Fort, Mumbai
  41. The Fatty Bao, Bengaluru
  42. Baan Thai, The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
  43. Olive Beach, Bengaluru
  44. Pumpkin Tales, Chennai
  45. Diva – The Italian Restaurant, New Delhi

Serena Williams debuts in Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list

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Serena Williams of the USA has made it to the Forbes’ list of most powerful women. (USA Today Sports)

The 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has made it to Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women for the first time as the magazine shared the list on Tuesday. The magazine stated that her singles trophies and $ 18.1 million earnings in 2017 are contributors to the tennis star being one of the 20 new entrants on their annual top 100 list.

Serena had an eventful year, giving birth to her daughter Olympia and returning to tennis five months later by announcing she would defend her Australian Open title. She then made headlines by taking a stand on double standards against women in tennis during the final of US Open.

The 37-year old is ranked as the highest paid female athlete for the third straight year and found herself ranked 79th in the 100 most powerful women in the world. The list includes the likes of Shonda Rhimes, Beyonce, Priyanka Chopra with Angela Merker ranked number one.

Serena is not only known for her career in tennis but also for her business acumen. She launched her own clothing line, Serena, in May this year and bought a stake in the Miami Dolphins alongside her sister in 2009.

She also has a strong social media following, making it to the top 10 most tweeted athletes in the world along with LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, Tom Brady and Dwyane Wade. Serena has been running a campaign on working moms by discussing the challenges of working women who are mothers and has also helped increase awareness on breast cancer.

Pushing boundaries: People are setting their face on fire in Vietnam to get “glowing” skin

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A person undergoing “fire therapy” in Vietnam. (Source: CGTN/YouTube)

From laser therapy to rubbing your face with a pink rock and foreskin facial, as far as beauty treatments are concerned, we have always seen people pushing boundaries to get a glowing, more youthful skin. The latest bizarre trend doing the rounds is ‘fire therapy’ where people set their face on fire – and literally so.

While we are not sure if exposing our face to an open flame would get us any closer to a youthful skin, fire therapy is becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam.

In the country’s landmark Ho Chi Minh City, women and men are going through a procedure in which practitioners cover their faces with towels soaked in alcohol and then they are set alight and kept on the skin from anywhere between 30 seconds to a minute’s time. The flame is then put out by placing a dry towel over it.

Reportedly, the treatment also helps with a variety of health problems such as headaches, sleeplessness, obesity, muscular pain, and a variety of digestive system issues.

According to Vietnam News, “Vice head of HCM City’s Traditional Medicine Institute Trương Thị Ngọc Lan told the newspaper that until now, the Health Ministry has allowed only the Hà Nội-based National Hospital of Acupuncture to implement a pilot programme on fire therapy”. However, the same report states that “Some salons in HCM City were offering similar treatments for about VNĐ200,000-250,000.”

That would be around Rs 600-750.