Summer trendy outfits that always looks fantastic

Summer trendy outfits that always looks fantastic

Bollywood fashionistas donned beautiful dresses. Bollywood actresses have given us some of the most beautiful dresses lookbooks and we are eager to share them with you. We know how much you love fashion and we have everything that our readers covet. And that’s why we have picked some of the fashion trends that we think are going to rule this summer. Have a look-

Shilpa Shetty in House of Milk
Shilpa Shetty Kundra knows how to dress to impress. This super casual all-white maxi dress looks perfect for a hot summer’s day and this leggy diva is doing full justice to it. She looks fresh as a dew in this outfit from House of Milk that features side tassel details. She wears a pair of silver flats and Bvlgari Serpenti watch to accessorise the look. Her beauty game is interesting with a dark eyeshadow on the eyes and pretty pink lips. She keeps her signature styling when it comes to her gorgeous shiny locks.

Shraddha Kapoor in Label Ritu Kumar
She kept it casual in a blue and mustard maxi dress featuring shoulder cut-outs from Label Ritu Kumar. Pairing her dress with tan sandals and a matching bag, she finished her look out with hair tied up and minimal make up.

Kareena Kapoor in Masaba
Wearing a look from Masaba’s new denim range, she picked a denim suit which she layered with a white cami. The simple jacket with the embellished wide legged pants worked really well for her. The look was styled with a pair of dangling earrings, flawless makeup and simple hair. It’s a cool, comfortable and chic look that we are loving on her.

Parineeti Chopra in H&M and Missguided
Parineeti wore a cool summer ready look. She paired her mango hued H&M separates with a blazer from Missguided. Adding a punch of pattern to her color block look was her pair of Aldo pumps. Dainty gold jewelry from H&M and a sleek long Bob rounded her look out.

Shilpa Shetty in casual


10 next-level monk strap shoes to spice up your wardrobe

10 next-level monk strap shoes to spice up your wardrobe

In 2019, when a sneaker can practically be worn for any occasion, owning a few dress shoes is still key. Especially when today’s kinds come in a range of different textures, silhouettes and embellishments. For instance, take the monk strap, which is the dressiest of them all. Design houses and luxury brands are rolling them out in two-toned textures, in the form of sneaker hybrids, with chunky platforms and a good dose of logomania. What’s even better is that your monk strap 2.0 will sit perfectly in between one half of the room that will be in regular ol’ dress shoes and the other that will be in casual sneakers – in other words, the kind of down-the-middle style that will have you stand out at every event.

10 fun-as-hell formal shoes for men

To get you acquainted with what we are talking about, we have rounded-up the 10 best pairs worth your funds. Buy one, buy them all because here’s the best part: You have managed to hit that sweet spot between trendy and classy. Enjoy!

1. Christian Louboutin

Price: on request

2. Saint Laurent

Price: approx ₹1,34,800

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3. Santoni

Price: approx ₹43,000

Available at Farfetch

4. Silvani Sassetti

Price: approx ₹54,900

Available at Farfetch

5. Church’s

Price: approx ₹88,000

Available at Farfetch

6. Stella McCartney

Price: approx ₹65,500

Available at Farfetch

7. The Viridi-Anne

Price: approx ₹1,44,600

Available at Farfetch

8. Officine Creative

Price: approx ₹46,600

Available at Farfetch

9. Givenchy

Price: approx ₹77,600

Available at Farfetch

10. Santoni

Price: approx ₹40,000

Available at Farfetch

PIO-led team’s CubeSat to be sent to space by Nasa

PIO-led team's CubeSat to be sent to space by Nasa

Washington DC: A team led by an Indian American student has been chosen by NASA to have its CubeSat — a mini research satellite to detect cosmic rays — flown into space on future missions of the US space agency.

The researchers from the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association (YUAA), led by 21-year-old Keshav Raghavan, are among the 16 teams across the country whose CubeSats will be flown into space on missions planned to launch in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The team’s CubeSat BLAST (Bouchet Low-Earth Alpha/Beta Space Telescope) is named for physicist Edward A Bouchet — the first African American to receive a PhD in America.

Students designed the satellite over the course of four years, and received the launch grant through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative competition.

According to the NASA, BLAST is a scientific investigation mission to map the distribution of galactic cosmic radiation across the night sky.

The satellite will identify and count alpha particles and beta particles in the rays, and measure the radiation energy around Earth.

BLAST will contribute to the ongoing search for the origins and nature of these rays, which will provide insight into the origins of the universe.

Typical CubeSat projects cost about USD 30,000, while the one developed by the team will cost around USD 13,000 to USD 20,000, according to Andrew Krzywosz, co-president of YUAA.

Once BLAST, a cosmic ray detector, goes into orbit, it will collect data about particles travelling to earth from distant supernovae, Raghavan said. “Building a CubeSat and launching it into space is an ambition YUAA has had for quite a while. The founding members in 2011 had it as a goal in the back of their minds, but at that time, it was totally beyond our capabilities as a club,” said Jonathan Li, co-president of YUAA.

The team said that as the satellite is ‘smaller than a loaf of bread,’ it costs orders of magnitude less than large-scale satellites.

The work, so far, has culminated in a viable prototype that the team anticipates will be ready for launch in slightly over a year.

CubeSats are miniature satellites intended as a standard, inexpensive design that can easily fit alongside larger satellites aboard launch vehicles.

The CubeSat model has given student groups, hobbyist organizations, and research teams operating with limited funding or experience unprecedented access to space.

CubeSats are built from a modular structure of 10x10x10cm cubes, and feature a wide variety of commercially available off-the-shelf components designed to fit the structure from various manufacturers.

Six Accused of Sharing Video of Christchurch Attack in Court, Two Denied Bail

Six Accused of Sharing Video of Christchurch Attack in Court, Two Denied Bail

On Monday, six people accused with sharing the video of last month’s Christchurch attack appeared in a New Zealand district court. Two of them, a 44-year old local businessman and an 18-year old, both already in custody, were denied bail. The four others are not being held.

Philip Neville Arps, director of Beneficial Insulation, a local company in Christchurch, smiled and winked at the public as he appeared in court, reported Radio New Zealand. Arps has reportedly shared white supremacist images in the past, and his company has used a sun wheel as its logo, which carries connotations similar to the Nazi swastika. Currently, the website for his company appears to be suspended. He was arrested in late March after sharing the video on March 16, reported the New Zealand Herald. Arps is the only defendant who has been identified publicly — the names of the other five have not been released by the court.

In 2016, Arps, joined by two other men, recorded a video while delivering pig heads to the Al Noor Mosque, one of the places that was later attacked in the March shooting, the NZ Herald reported. Followers of Islam do not eat pork, considering it unclean. In the video, Arps carries the box while commenting, “White power. I don’t go to a mosque often; it should be f**king Molotovs.” He was referencing Molotov cocktails, a type of improvised incendiary weapon.

For that incident, a local district court convicted Arps of offensive behavior and fined him $800. In another video following his conviction, Arps boasted about it, saying, “It was a deliberate attack, and deliberate offense against Muslims, were the judge’s words. Obviously the judge knows me well.”

The 18-year old was charged with sharing the video and a picture of the Al Noor Mosque, with the caption “target acquired.” USA Today reported that Police Prosecutor Pip Curie opposed bail for the suspect, pointing to the concerning nature of the content he had posted on social media.

According to Section 61 of New Zealand’s Human Rights Act of 1993, it is illegal to spread content, whether in writing or via electronic communication including TV and radio, which is “threatening, abusive, or insulting.”

Fifty people were shot dead and dozens more injured when a 28-year-old Australian citizen opened fire during Friday prayers at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in New Zealand on March 15 and livestreamed the attack on Facebook. A few days later, the social media giant released a statement announcing that within 24 hours of the attack, the company blocked about 1.2 million attempts to upload videos of the incident to its platform.

Arps’ next court date is scheduled for April 26. All six defendants could face up to 14 years in prison if they are found guilty.

Last known female of rare turtle species dies in China zoo

Last known female of rare turtle species dies in China zoo

A female Yangtze giant softshell turtle at Suzhou Zoo in China. The species is on the brink of extinction after a female died ( AFP/Getty )

The last known female of one of the world’s rarest species of turtles has died, a zoo in southern China has said.

The animal was one of only four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to remain in the world.

Suzhou Zoo, where the female turtle lived, is also the home to a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, though their genders are unknown.

The female turtle died on Saturday afternoon, the Suzhou city government said in a statement citing the zoo.

It said experts have already used technology to collect the turtle’s ovarian tissue for future research.

The turtle was more than 90 years old and had undergone a fifth attempt at artificial insemination shortly before it died, the state-run People’s Daily reported.

A medical examination found the turtle to be in good health before the procedure, the paper said, and the artificial insemination appeared to go smoothly.

But the turtle died the following day.

Endangered turtle returns to beach to lay its eggs only to find runway has been built

Yangtze giant softshell turtles originated in China, making their homes in the Yangtze river and Taihu lake, according to the People’s Daily.

The species is the largest known living freshwater turtle, and is often referred to as the most endangered turtle in the world.

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Chinese and foreign experts are investigating the cause of the turtle’s death, the Suzhou city government said.

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Taiwan president says island not intimidated by Chinese military drills

Taiwan president says island not intimidated by Chinese military drills

FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks before signing up for Democratic Progressive Party’s 2020 presidential candidate nomination in Taipei, Taiwan March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday the self-ruled island is not intimidated by China’s military drills this week, the latest military manoeuvres that a senior U.S. official denounced as “coercion” and a threat to stability in the region.

Tsai was speaking at a forum co-hosted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark the 40th anniversary of Taiwan-U.S. ties.

Chinese bombers and warships conducted drills around Taiwan on Monday.

Reporting by Yimou Lee; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Paul Tait

Alberta election is key test for Rachel Notley and Canada’s carbon tax

Alberta election is key test for Rachel Notley and Canada's carbon tax

The Alberta NDP leader, Rachel Notley, speaks at her first news conference as after winning 2015’s election. Photograph: Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters

When Canada’s leftwing New Democratic party launched a manifesto promising carbon taxes, coal plant closures and welfare spending in the heartland of country’s oil industry, few thought they could win.

But in 2015, the party ended 40 years of conservative rule in the province of Alberta with an unexpected victory that seemed to mark a seismic shift in Canadian politics.

Four years later, the NDP leader, Rachel Notley, is fighting for her political life in a regional election forcing voters to make a choice between today’s economy or the environment of the future.

Notley is asking voters to believe that both economy and environment can thrive. But her main rival, Jason Kenney, has seized on deep economic frustrations, promising that his United Conservative party will breathe new life into the ailing oil industry.

The boom, the bust, the darkness: suicide rate soars in wake of Canada’s oil crisis

In the years since Notley became premier, she has been forced to navigate a crash in global oil prices – which cost the province more than 100,000 jobs – and a huge forest fire, which became the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history. Meanwhile, her spending on childcare and social welfare programs have left the historically debt-averse province in the red.

“People like and respect Rachel Notley,” said Shauna Wilton, a professor of political science at the University of Alberta. “But there’s a segment of the population that blames her for the oil downturn and sees the carbon tax as the source of all of Alberta’s problems.”

An ongoing energy crisis has forced Alberta to sell its crude oil for fire-sale prices. Pipelines that were promised to residents have yet to materialize. And resource companies – the backbone of the province’s economy – are shedding jobs.

And while voters have been sympathetic to the hand Notley was dealt, the dramatic slowdown has tested even the province’s progressive residents.

“I’m a social worker and a yogi. I’m as left as they come,” said Cheryl, a mother of two who lives in a small town near Calgary. “And I’m very likely voting for the United Conservative party.”

Recent polling has the New Democrats nearly ten percentage points behind United Conservatives, which was born from the 2017 merge of two regional right-of-centre parties.

The boom, the bust, the darkness: suicide rate soars in wake of Canada’s oil crisis

Kenney’s pledge to boost investment in the oil industry resonates for many in the region, which has been hard hit by the oil downturn. “The rates of domestic violence skyrocket when people are not working,” said Cheryl.

But experts have questioned whether a return to the heyday of oil sands expansion is even possible, given the likelihood of a global shift to renewable energy in coming decades.

“We should be diversifying our economy for the next time a downturn hits,” said Mark Mielke, corporate lawyer in Calgary who plans to vote for the NDP, “not cutting taxes for corporations.”

The prospect of a conservative victory has also prompted worries that progress made on the environment under Notley will be rolled back – a fear compounded by a recent report that found Canada is warming at a rate twice the global average.

Alberta – by far the largest polluter in the country – has been a critical ally for the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and his government in their nationwide plan to fight climate change.

Alberta – the heartland of Canada’s oil industry – is by far the biggest polluter in the country. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty Images

But Alberta’s cooperation came with a cost: in exchange for a carbon tax, Notley wanted promises of support for construction of the contentious TransMountain pipeline running from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific coast.

Despite the federal government going as far as buying the project, the pipeline remains unfinished and Notley has been forced to shoulder much of the blame.

In an attempt to assuage local frustration, the premier has taken unprecedented steps to prop up oil prices – buying locomotives to ship crude by rail and enforcing rare production cuts for energy companies.

There is some hope for environmentally conscious voters: attempts by Kenney to scale back the carbon tax would probably trigger a bitter fight with federal government, which has a minimum set of carbon emission standards a province must meet.

Meanwhile, Kenney has come under criticism for his seeming inability to rid his party of extremist elements. Kenney’s troubles became evident in a tense interview with the conservative radio host Charles Adler. As Adler ran through a list of offensive and racist behaviour from numerous UCP candidates – and even by Kenney himself, he asked the conservative leader: “Why are the knuckle-draggers attracted to your party?”

Canada spawns its own yellow vest protests – with extra rightwing populism

Several UCP candidates have withdrawn in recent weeks and others have been forced to walk back xenophobic and homophobic statements – including one who said homosexual love isn’t “real love” and compared women who had have abortions to murderers.

Such incidents, however, have done little to derail Kenney’s prospects in rural areas of the province – and even in larger and more diverse cities.

“I think [voters] should assess whether an extra few hundred dollars in your pocket is really worth sacrificing what you truly believe is right,” said Mielke. “This is a choice between a progressive plan to support our oil industry and diversify our economy … or a return to the sort of ‘old boys’ school of politics that’s really ruled Alberta for the last 30 years.”

But for others, the choice is less clear – and less satisfying.

“There’s things from every party that everybody wants – and that’s the pickle. Nobody aligns perfectly with any party,” said Cheryl. She admitted that the socially conservative elements of Kenney’s party are a “concern” within her social circle, but concluded: “You have to choose your battles and what’s most important to you or your family that day.”

Canada expands sanctions, adds 43 people close to Venezuela’s Maduro

Canada expands sanctions, adds 43 people close to Venezuela's Maduro

FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland attends a news conference on media freedom as part of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Dinard, France, April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada expanded sanctions against the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, according to a statement from Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, targeting an additional 43 people close to the disputed leader.

While the statement did not give names, it said they were “high ranking officials of the Maduro regime, regional governors and/or directly implicated in activities undermining democratic institutions”.

Canada had already sanctioned 70 others.

Freeland will attend a meeting on Monday in Santiago of Lima Group countries, a regional block that supports Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as interim president until a new round of elections can be held.

The latest meeting of the Lima group is being held after more than three million Venezuelans have fled hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages and political crisis.

“The Maduro dictatorship must be held accountable for this crisis and depriving Venezuelans of their most basic rights and needs,” Freeland said in a statement. “Canada is committed to supporting the peaceful restoration of constitutional democracy in Venezuela.”

Although most Western nations, including the United States, have recognized Guaido as interim head of state, Russia, China and Cuba have stood by Maduro.

Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Phil Berlowitz

Slovakia to boost defense spending faster than planned: PM

Slovakia to boost defense spending faster than planned: PM

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini attends a debate on the future of Europe, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Slovakia will boost defense spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2022, achieving the NATO goal two years faster than planned, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said.

“After raising defense spending to 1.73 percent of GDP this year we expect to reach the 2.0 percent level as early as 2022, compared with the originally planned 2024,” Pellegrini told a foreign policy conference on Monday.

Slovakia, a member of the U.S.-led military alliance since 2004, will spend about 6.5 billion euros ($7.35 billion) by 2030 to modernize its armed forces and reduce its reliance on Russian equipment dating from its Communist past.

It signed a $1.9 billion deal last year to buy 14 U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to replace its aging Russian-made MiG-29s.

U.S. President Donald Trump has pressed other NATO nations to lift their defense spending beyond the NATO-prescribed 2 percent level.

Moment Notre Dame’s iconic spire fell

Notre Dame’s spectacular gothic spire has collapsed in a tower of flames as hundreds of firefighters work to extinguish the mammoth blaze.

The devastating moment was caught on camera by dozens of horrified Parisians and tourists, who screamed when the almost 700-year-old piece of history crashed to the ground below.

The moment #NotreDame’s spire fell— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019

Firefighters have since been able to bring the fire under control and save the main structure.

Two-thirds of the roof has been destroyed however the “fire is now weaker”, secretary to the interior minister Laurent Nunez said.

“We are now in a time of cooling but both towers of the cathedral are safe. We’re still working to save the cathedral’s work of arts,” Nunez told reporters.

The iconic spire was added in 1250, more than 80 years after construction on the cathedral began.

The spire was rebuilt during the French Revolution in the 18th century after the cathedral was vandalised in widespread anti-Catholic violence.

Revolutionaries had previously dismantled the cathedral’s spire, plundered its treasures and destroyed the large statues at the grand entrance doors.

Moment Notre Dame’s iconic spire fell

The moment the spire began to fall. Picture: AbacaPress/SplashSource:Splash News Australia

The spire falls. Picture: AbacaPress/SplashSource:Splash News Australia

The fire has been burning for hours. Picture: Geoffroy Van Der HasseltSource:AFP

Before its collapse, the spire stretched almost 100m high and was made of 500 tonnes of wood and 250 tonnes of lead, according to Notre-Dame’s official website.

The spire was also special for another reason. Sitting at its top was a rooster, containing three relics — a parcel of the Holy Crown of Thorns, a relic of Saint Denis and one of Saint Genevieve.

The spire and its relics were said to serve as a “spiritual lightning rod” in Paris, protecting

“all those who work for the praise of God”.

The colossal fire, which has already wiped out centuries of heritage, is believed to have started in the cathedral’s attic.

The cathedral had been undergoing intense restoration work which the fire service said could be linked to the blaze.

Last week, dramatic footage had shown workers removing 16 copper statues from the spire which was undergoing a revamp financed by the state and private donors.

A crane lifts one of 16 copper statues off the cathedral. Picture: Bertrand GuaySource:AFP

Workers used cranes capable of stretching 120m to remove the copper statues, which sat 50m off the ground, before taking them away for restoration work.

The removal of the statues kicked off the beginning of restoration work on the spire, that was supposed to last until 2022.

Only then were the statues, commissioned in the 1860s during the great restoration of the cathedral by Viollet-le-Duc, supposed to return to their original place.

Historians expressed incredulity at the collapse of a building that has been a symbol of France for almost a millennium and withstood war and revolution.

The steeple collapses as smoke and flames engulf the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Picture: Geoffroy Van Der HasseltSource:AFP

The fire, which came as Catholics prepare to celebrate Easter, sent orange flames and clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky as horrified onlookers watched.

Some were in tears, others offered prayers from the banks of the river Seine as the inferno devoured the cathedral.

Mourners began to gather outside the structure as soon as the blaze began, just after 6pm Paris time, and have stayed well into the night.

Dozens of people were praying on their knees, singing hymns.

As darkness fell, some 400 firefighters battled against the odds to control the fire and save at least its iconic front towers which were still standing.

“This is really sad — the saddest thing I’ve ever stood and watched in my life,” British tourist Sam Ogden, a 50-year-old man who had come to visit the cathedral with her family, said.

Philippe, a Parisian communications worker in his 30s, called the fire a “tragedy”.

“Paris is disfigured. The city will never be like it was before,” he said.

“It’s a tragedy. If you pray, now is the time to pray.”

Gasps and cries of “Oh my god” erupted around an hour after the fire first broke out when the top portion of the church’s spire came crashing down.

A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze.

“Everything is burning,” spokesman Andre Finot said.

Eyewitness Thibaud Binétruy told CNN Paris without Notre Dame was “madness”.

“When the spire fell, the crowd reacted with ‘ohhh’ and ‘ahh,’ but I guess most of them were just shocked, silently,” she said.

“It’s awful to see such a symbol disappearing in front of you. It’s been there for so many years and in a few minutes half of it disappears… crazy. Paris without Notre Dame…madness.”

— With Wires