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A few months back,000 kilometre-long tunnel to divert Brahmaputra water to its water-scarce areas,claiming that the water is turning black due to heavy land excavation on Chinese side Last month Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported that Chinese engineers were testing techniques that could be used to build a 1000-kilometre long tunnel the world’s longest to divert water from Brahmaputra river in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh to the parched Xinjiang region Muddy Siang river Twitter @marli_kamki The proposed tunnel which would drop down from the world’s highest plateau in multiple sections connected by waterfalls would provide water in China’s largest administrative division comprising vast swathes of deserts and dry grasslands The move is expected to "turn Xinjiang into California" the report added However environmentalists have raised concerns about its likely impact on the Himalayan region Brahmaputra waters have been a bone of contention between India and China for over a decade The key issue between the two Asian giants has been Beijing’s various dam projects on Yarlung Tsangpo: As it is called in Tibet With China rising as a economic powerhouse its energy requirements are increasing exponentially China’s dam building is seen as its attempt to harness the hydropower potential of the 2800-long kilometre river India is at a geographical disadvantage when it comes to the Brahmaputra The river originates from the north—Tibetan Himalayas—and flows down southwards towards India and Bangladesh Any dam building on the upstream can impact water flow to the these countries Since 2010 China has built five major dams over the Tsango in Tibet: Dagu Jiacha Jeixu and Zam which is the largest hydropower plant built on Brahmaputra till date In fact in 2016 there were fears of China’s dam building reducing water flows to India According to a report in Hindustan Times?that year China announced it was blocking one of the tributaries of the Brahmaputra to build the Lalho hydroelectric project in Xigase The building of dams has also made monsoon flooding a real threat in the North East A 2000 article in Rediff noted how floods wrecked havoc in North East India after additional water was released from a dam built on Tsangpo "More than 50000 people in five districts of Arunachal Pradesh were left homeless by the floods in the past two weeks while several parts of the state were still cut off from the rest of the countryThe Arunachal Pradesh government had put the estimated loss at more than one billion rupees (229 million dollars)" Rediff reported There is also a geo-political angle with China’s Brahmaputra projects According to a report in Economic Times China believes that building a dam on the Brahmaputra helps it assert claim over Arunachal Pradesh China claims that the disputed territory is "South Tibet" China also refused to share hydrological data with India during the two-month long military standoff at Doka La The data shared by upper riparian state China to lower riparian states India and Bangladesh is essential every monsoon to allow anticipation of the flow of the water and take necessary measures to deal with flooding in India’s northeastern states However China cited "upgradation" of research as the reason behind not revealing the hydrological data "For long time we have conducted cooperation on the river data with the Indian side But to upgrade and renovate the relevant station in the Chinese side we do not have the conditions now to collect the relevant statistics of the river" Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media in Beijing With inputs from agencies By: Tech Desk | Published: September 1 2016 1:55 pm Sony is expected to announce two new Xperia X smartphones at IFA 2016 later today (Source: Xperia Blog) Top News Sony is all set to announce two new Xperia X series smartphones during its IFA keynote later in the day While the rumours strongly point towards the launch of Xperia X Compact the other device could be the Xperia XZ Ahead of Sony’s IFA event Xperia Blog has gotten hands on press photos of Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact The press image of Xperia X Compact had already leaked before and this is our first look at Xperia XZ The image revealed by Xperia Blog confirms both the devices will feature reversible USB-C port The new Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact will become first of Sony devices to feature the new USB standard The images released by Xperia Blog don’t give away much but it seems Sony will introduce its own range of accessories and smart covers for the smartphones Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact are also likely to retain the right mounted fingerprint sensor which also doubles up as power button Sony’s recent quarter results made it clear that its smartphone business is not doing that well after all Sony has also transitioned from Xperia Z naming to Xperia X recently with new products but the company’s success will depend on features and pricing of the device While the specifications of Xperia XZ is yet to be announced the Xperia X Compact is likely to feature a 46 or 47-inch Full HD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor 4GB RAM and 32GB storage for the base variant Sony Xperia X series smartphones are also likely to feature IP68 water and dust resistance For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has invested great hope in a show of strength on Saturday the first death anniversary of the party’s founder Mufti Mohammed Sayeed who was chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir when he passed away Though the party hopes to mobilise large numbers of workers to go to Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir stadium from different parts of the Valley it is a tall order for several reasons For one thing even many of the PDP’s erstwhile supporters were terribly alienated from the party following the killing and blinding of youths during the agitations that raged for more than three months from 8 July last year Two this is the peak of an extremely cold winter The Valley had the year’s first snowfall on Wednesday Three people are angry and frustrated over lengthening power cutsLate PDP leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed AFP The party has nevertheless tried to put its best foot forward collectively over the past few weeks Even though the government shifted to the winter capital Jammu at the end of October the party mobilised its MLAs and other senior leaders to work in their constituencies during December Several of them held public meetings and set up grievance redressal cells Led by MLAs party workers are talking of new jobs loans and other measures to revive public support Party workers hope that such promises will help them to bring out a large number for the public meeting slated for Saturday They hope in turn it will give a fresh boost to the party’s image and support base A high-profile event can give a boost in an age driven by media visuals Opponents of the party have made a point of the fact that only a few thousand people attended Sayeed’s funeral though he died in office and the funeral was held in his native town Bijbehara Huge challenges The challenge is huge for the ruling party’s image plunged during the agitations since July – which centred on south Kashmir the bastion of the PDP Not only that activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami were among the key organisers of the uprising That is ironic since ever since the PDP was formed in 1999 Jamaat-e-Islami workers have covertly given crucial support to party candidates during elections – most of all in south Kashmir constituencies such as Kulgam Pulwama and Shopian The Jamaat was happy to support any party against the National Conference which they have despised for decades But they seem to detest the BJP — and any alliance with it — even more So active were Jamaat activists during those turbulent months last year that it was as if the party’s own support base was organising agitations against the government run by the party In fact ever since the PDP took power in coalition with the BJP a couple of years ago militancy has gained momentum in south Kashmir – and Jamaat-e-Islami families have been among its leading supporters Some observers noted that Jamaat-e-Islami activists were prominent among those who rallied to a public protest led by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik in Pulwama last week defying ban orders This is most ironic For ever since the JKLF initiated militancy in 1988 Jamaat activists have been most uncomfortable with the outfit which claims to be secular and democratic Indeed Jamaat-oriented militants led by Syed Salahuddin and backed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani had largely demolished JKLF through Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in 1990 Many have interpreted the widespread public anger in south Kashmir as a result of shocked disappointment over the PDP’s coalition with the BJP Many Kashmiris point out that during the election campaign in 2014 the party led by current Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had sought votes expressly to prevent the BJP from coming to power in the state Another factor that has rankled is that the centre did not give the state large disbursements for flood rehabilitation and other programmes even after the PDP’s coalition with the BJP Indeed many view this as the key to anger more than the coalition itself In the light of these various factors the public meeting on Saturday is far more than just a ritual of remembrance Some party workers hope it will be a high-profile marker of the new beginning they are trying to make in grassroots activism Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: April 16 2016 2:05 am Empty roads on the first day of Odd-Even formula in New Delhi on Friday Express Photo by Praveen Khanna Related News Level of pollutants commonly associated with vehicular pollution were higher Friday than on April 15 last year showed data from Delhi Pollution Control Committee’s (DPCC’s) six ambient air quality stations A comparison of the central-run AQI also showed similar trends Scientists however cautioned that due to high rains during this period last year such a daily short-term comparison may not give an understanding of the impact of the scheme On the first day of the second phase of the odd-even scheme Delhi government did not release any results from the ambient or the 74 mobile monitoring units deployed Here are some of the comparative trends based on the data of DPCC and Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB’s) ambient air quality stations: PM 25 is the pollutant experts associate most directly with vehicles According to DPCC data at RK Puram PM 25 peaks this day last year were 85 micrograms per cubic metre (g/m) at 10 am 75 g/m at 9 am and 73 g/m at 6 pm On Friday a peak of 298 g/m was recorded at 830 am followed by 213 g/m at 930 am and 173 g/m at 6 pm PM 10 are particles of larger sizes of less than 10 microns According to DPCC data at Mandir Marg PM 10 peaks this day last year were 219 g/m at 9 am; 291 g/m at 1210 pm; 158 g/m at 810 pm On Friday a peak of 482 g/m was recorded at 855 am followed by 234 g/m at 1055 am Ozone is formed through a photochemical reaction to combine different pollutants including PM 25 Data from Punjabi Bagh station shows that on April 15 last year levels peaked at 162 g/m at 230 pm followed by 154 g/m at 330 pm On Friday the peak for ozone at the station stood at 177 g/m at 330 pm and 169 g/m at 530 pm CPCB’s National AQI IHBAS was the only station where there was sufficient data for computing AQI on April 15 last year This day last year an AQI of 193 was recorded with PM 25 as the prominent pollutant On Friday at 6 pm an AQI of 265 was recorded with PM 25 as the prominent pollutant A senior scientist at CPCB said “On April 14 the AQI across stations in Delhi was 209 and on April 15 it is at 291 Both days were holidays The spike can probably be attributed to weather factors like reduction in wind speeds on Friday” An IMD official said “On Friday the wind speeds were comparatively lower so more particulate matter could collect in the air” Anumita Roychowdhury from the Centre for Science and Environment said meteorological conditions last year were different “Summer pollutant patterns as such are different from winter pollutants… Last year there were also a lot of rainy days during this period which could have led to the apparently low pollutant levels” News Playlist: For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 5 2016 5:45 pm “I’m just beguiled by his magic eyes He has a physicality to him that is so specific and endearing” Tom Hanks said about Irrfan Khan Related News Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks believes his “Inferno” co-star Irrfan Khan has a physicality which is very endearing Hanks is returning in the shoes of Symbologist Robert Langdon for another adventure in director Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s “Inferno” where the Indian star 48 will play the role of Harry “The Provost” Sims the head of a mysterious organisation the Consortium “I’m just beguiled by his magic eyes He has a physicality to him that is so specific and endearing” Hanks said about Irrfan at Sony’s press event in Cancun Mexico The 59-year-old actor was yet to shoot his scenes with Irrfan while promoting the movie in Mexico last June but he was all praise for the Indian star “We’re a bit frustrated because I have a number of very huge scenes to work with Irrfan but we haven’t gotten to them yet and as it is now we’ve done I don’t know six or seven scenes with him and he’s only had one line to say So I wonder if he can actually string together more than a few phrases I’m confident that he can but that will remain to be seen” Hanks said The director however assured fans that Irrfan has important scenes in the movie “We’ve done a few scenes where he does nothing but talk Tom just hasn’t been in those yet” he said to which Hanks quipped “Yeah I call those ‘days off’” Howard said Irrfan had specifically asked about Sims role when he first spoke to him “His value is his artistry He’s a tremendous actor and I’ve been a fan for a long time And when I spoke to him about the movie he specifically asked about the role of Sims “Now Irrfan does not fit the description of the character as written in the book but his case for himself his creative ideas about playing Sims completely won me over and he’s an absolute pleasure to work with and incredibly intelligent” said Howard The movie will release on October 14 this year Sony Pictures India recently released a picture of Irrfan and Hanks together Hanks and Howard have previously worked together on “The Da Vinci Code” as well as Brown’s “Angels and Demons” “Inferno” as the name suggests revolves around Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” In the film Langdon is racing against time to solve the mystery hidden in Dante’s poetry to save the world from a deadly artificial plague The movie also stars British actress Felicity Jones Ben Foster Omar Sy and Sidsey Babett Knudsen For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsEx-UN chief Annan warns Kenyan leaders on rhetoric actions | Reuters World Reuters Aug 12 2017 22:30:07 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Aug 12 2017 22:30 PM | Updated Date: Aug 12 2017 22:30 PM Tags : #Reuters Also See By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: April 2 2016 1:16 pm Actor Sidharth Malhotra is set to walk for designer Kunal Rawal on the fourth day of ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 Related News Actor Sidharth Malhotra is set to walk for designer Kunal Rawal on the fourth day of ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 The menswear designer who is one of the favourites of Bollywood hunks will showcase his collection titled “Between the Lines” carrying forward his core styles The collection surfaces inspiration from racer stripes pin tucks and pleats with fun colour palette including shades of vanilla oxblood wine cobalt champagne and forest green Fabrics like linens muslins and silks will make the canvas for the solid and embroidered garments which are traditional with a contemporary twist Sidharth 31 who was last seen in box office hit “Kapoor & Sons” co-starring Alia Bhatt and Fawad Khan has previously walked for designer Manish Malhotra Armed with a certified qualification in fashion design from the London College of Fashion (LCF) Kunal established his label ‘Dstress’ in 2006 Many Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan Salman Khan Akshay Kumar Anil Kapoor Ranbir Kapoor Abhishek Bachchan Shahid Kapoor Prateik Babbar Abhay Deol and Arjun Kapoor have sported his creations on various occasions Kunal who shot to fame by becoming the youngest designer to feature in Lakme India Fashion Week 2006 designed Shahid’s wedding outfit Apart from Sidharth day four at LFW will also see Shraddha Kapoor walking for Masaba and Lisa Haydon turning Monisha Jaising’s showstopper “Fan” actress Waluscha De Sousa will be the face of debutant designer Saroj Jalan’s collection For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 19 2016 2:42 am Traffic policemen at the Vikay Chowk on the second day of the Odd-Even in New Delhi (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) Related News Delhi traffic police personnel issued 256 challans for violation of odd-even norms till 8 pm Monday a sharp decline from 884 on Friday and 678 on Saturday A proposed auto strike that was called off late Sunday contributed to the traffic police focusing more on maintaining smooth flow of vehicles than on imposing penalties on violators on the first working day of phase II of the road-rationing scheme said sources The proposed auto strike had led to Delhi Police Special Branch passing on inputs to traffic counterparts about possible untoward situations the sources added Senior officers in the traffic unit were asked to inform colleagues to go easy on people but act against those who threw their weight around or flaunted connections and got into arguments with them said the sources For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsOn this day in 1956 when Len Maddocks the Australian wicketkeeper and No 11 batsman was trapped in front on the fifth day of the fourth Ashes Test history was made History that is by all possibilities unlikely to repeat itself England’s Jim Laker in action Getty images The man who got that wicket – and 18 others in that famous Test match at Old Trafford Manchester in 1956 is English off-spinner Jim Laker He followed figures of 164-4-37-9 in the first innings with figures of 512-23-53-10 in the second innings On a dusty pitch that was meant to aid the English spinners Laker outshone his left-arm orthodox partner Tony Lock – who is now part of a famous trivia question – who took the only wicket Laker didn’t take For Indian cricket fans any mention of Laker inevitably brings back memories of Anil Kumble taking all 10 Pakistan wickets for 74 runs on that famous day in Feroz Shah Kotla But 59 years later Jim Laker’s feat still remains unmatched Not even in First class cricket has Laker’s tally of 19 wickets been surpassed Relive that day with this classic Youtube video below It is remarkable how minimal the celebrations were when Laker gets his 19th and completes the Perfect Ten The Gentlemen’s game (Source: AP File) Top News The Australian Open has increased its total prize purse by 14 percent to a record A$50 million ($36.India will soon have to do a little more than send protest notes to Beijing. 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Let me answer the second question first.It all began with Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan the host In his introductory address Khan lambasted the "use of excessive force to suppress protests in held Kashmir” without naming the Indian government “Using torture against innocent children and violence against civilians qualifies as terrorism” said the Pakistani minister adding that there was a need to end an “extremist” mindset He said that “like the attacks in Pathankot Kabul Mumbai and Dhaka Pakistan too has lost many innocent lives due to terrorism The use of blame game has not benefited anyone for the past six decades” Just imagine what an Indian home minister would have done in his response to such an welcome (and here one is not looking at the demonstrations against his visit by the all the hardcore terrorist organisations based in Pakistan) by his Pakistani counterpart Viewed thus Singh’s was a fitting response Now let us come to the first question — that of whether terrorism in Kashmir should be seen strictly as a bilateral affair The answer to this should be seen along with two other important developments concerning Pakistan today (Thursday) itself One is the decision that China is to set up an anti-terrorism alliance with Pakistan Afghanistan and Tajikistan “to boost coordination with neighbours to tackle what it says is a growing domestic militant threat” Fang Fenghui a member of the powerful Central Military Commission thatcontrols China’s armed forces had hosted a meeting with his counterparts on Wednesday in Urumqi capital of the western Xinjiang region According to Chinese news agency Xinhua the four countries recognised the serious threat of terrorism and extremism to regional stability and they agreed to set up a "four-country mechanism" for intelligence sharing and training "All parties reaffirmed they will cooperate to respond to these forces and safeguard all member countries’ peace and stability" Xinhua said Apparently Afghan army chief of general staff General Qadam Shah Shaheem Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif and the Chief of General Staff of the Tajikistan armed forces Major-General EA Cobidrzoda took part in the talks The point here thus is that Pakistan’s decision to be a part of the Chinese sponsored group means that it realises that growing domestic militant threat (in this case battling Islamist militants) cannot be fought alone and that there is a need for coordination with other countries in general and neighbours in particular And if this is the case what crime has Rajnath committed when he spoke of a regional imperative to tackle terrorism in South Asia including Kashmir If anything it only reflects Pakistan’s double-talk on terrorism As is very well-known terrorism is an instrument of Pakistan’s foreign policy particularly vis-à-vis India and Afghanistan So apart from China nobody takes Pakistan seriously and its growing international isolation is being debated in various Pakistani think tanks these days And another bit of concrete evidence — and this is the other major development of the day — of this was Pentagon’s decision not to pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani Network (a Pakistani-funded and guided terror outfit in Afghanistan fighting the democratic regime there) It may be noted that of latethe US and Pakistan have been at loggerheads over the latter’s unwillingness to act against extremist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network The $300 million comes under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) a US Defence Department programme to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations Pakistan is the largest recipient The decision to withhold funds comes in the wake of the growing resistance in the US Congress to send money to Pakistan In fact in March Republican Senator Bob Corker the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had threatened to bar any US funding for Islamabad’s purchase of $700 million of Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter jets Instead of finding fault with our home minister’s speech our so-called liberals should impress upon the Pakistani prime minister not to play with fire Thursday marked also another important development in the Pakistani capital Raheel Sharif called on Nawaz Sharif at the prime minister’s residence and they exchanged views on “Indian atrocities in the occupied Kashmir” news reports said Therefore despite whatever our bleeding heart liberals say in our news outlets the fact remains that Pakistan now seems determined to complicate our problems in Kashmir by diplomatic financial and military support Nawaz Sharif has shown his true colours once again by saying that “the Kashmir issue is the main pillar of Islamabad’s foreign policy” Let it be remembered that it was Sharif under whose premiership the invasion of Kargil in 1999 had taken place And it was during his first tenure as Prime Minister (1990) that Sharif had gone to the extent of “establishing a fund for the liberation of Kashmir” In fact during his election-campaigns that year Sharif had pointed out how Benazir Bhutto as the prime minister was a security threat as she had revealed to India the identities of Sikh insurgents who had links with Pakistani intelligence As Pakistani scholar-diplomat Husain Haqqani has written Sharif had also promised “Kashmir’s liberation by arms” If anything Sharif’s present policy towards Kashmir reflects his unchanged mindset So instead of finding fault with our home minister’s speech our so-called liberals should impress upon the Pakistani prime minister not to play with fire By: Reuters | Published: May 11 2017 9:23 pm Paul Clement’s side sits just one place and one point above the relegation zone (Source: Reuters) Top News Manager Paul Clement on Thursday promised his relegation-threatened Swansea City side will not be complacent when they face bottom-of-the-league Sunderland on Saturday David Moyes’ Sunderland have already been relegated from the Premier League having won just six games all season but stunned Hull City last weekend with an unexpected victory that hauled The Tigers into the drop zone “They (Sunderland) stopped Hull getting valuable points and also it shows us they’re still working hard” Clement told a news conference “It’s Sunderland’s last game of the season at the Stadium of Light and maybe it’s the last game for some players there” Swansea sit just one place and one point above the relegation zone Clement said he expected to face a determined Sunderland “They’ve got a good manager who is competitive and they’re going to want to finish off strongly so mentally we’re prepared for a very tough tough game” he said Clement confirmed full back Angel Rangel has resumed training after recovering from a metatarsal fracture while winger Wayne Routledge could be available for the game having missed the last four with a hernia problem “Medically they’re fine It’s just a matter now of whether they’ve got enough conditioning into them and that final bit of fitness for the last two games” Clement added “It’s possible (Routledge could play) He’s trained the last couple of days and we’ve one more session going into the game against Sunderland We’ll make a decision tomorrow” The Welsh club announced it will cover the tickets for all the 3000 supporters travelling to the Stadium of Light and provide food and beverage vouchers too A win at Sunderland could guarantee top-flight status for Swansea if 18th-placed Hull lose at Crystal Palace on Sunday For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 2 2016 5:09 am Justice Khelhar urged the students of the law department to be incorruptible and never compromise the issue of honesty and integrity Ravi Kanojia Top News India as a country is fighting a long-drawn battle against corruption but somehow it is failing to overpower it because it is a deep rooted menace The only hope is that the future generations which if guided properly about the harm it is causing will be able to combat this disease This was what Supreme Court Judge Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said while dwelling on the issue of corruption at the Panjab University’s convocation function on Saturday in Chandigarh He urged the students of the law department to be incorruptible and never compromise the issue of honesty and integrity “Two things — being incorruptible and integrity — will give you a sense of honour and fulfillment in life” he said Justice Khehar who is also an alumnus of the Panjab Univeristy recalling his student days said that he could say from his experience that bookworms rarely make it to the top in life “I strongly feel that mediocre students become more successful in life” “I owe everything to the teachers and faculty of the law department For eleven years I came here every day and the university transformed me It polished my thinking faculty and enabled me to spot the difference between wrong and right As a lawyer that’s all you need to do” he said However Khehar was also of the view that the lawyers in today’s world of globalisation need to think beyond the jurisdiction and have a broader vision in mind “In order to become accomplished lawyers they need to have overall knowledge of science philosophy and history he added “When I used to teach here I used to get paid Rs 600 With that money we would go to the movies and restaurants” Khehar said while recalling the time spent in the varsity “It was just an amazing time” he added October 1 also marks the birthday of the university The university was recommended on this day in Shimla in 1947 and is also the birthday of former dean of Faculty of Law Gk Chatrath More then 600 Students were given degrees on Saturday and the toppers from 2014- 2015 batch were rewarded with Rs 5100 in cash Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar was the guest of honour at the convocation For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Los Angeles | Published: May 29 2017 4:56 pm With the release of Pirates Of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale Johnny Depp is just the latest mega-star to get the drastic de-aging treatment on screen Related News Johnny Depp is 53 years old but he doesn’t look a day over 26 in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie at least for a few moments There was no plastic surgeon involved heavy makeup or archival footage used to take the actor back to his boyish Cry Baby’ face however It’s all post-production visual effects and after a decade of refining the process since Brad Pitt ran the gamut of time in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button it’s becoming commonplace in major Hollywood movies Depp is just the latest mega-star to get the drastic de-aging treatment on screen joining the ranks of Robert Downey Jr (in Captain America: Civil War) Michael Douglas (in Ant-Man) Kurt Russell (in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2) and scores of others getting digital facelifts to play younger versions of themselves In the old days a lucky unknown lookalike (or look enough alike) could have scored the part of young Jack Sparrow or Tony Stark Now if the film has the budget the stars get to have it both ways _ and audiences get a nostalgic flashback Lola Visual Effects is responsible for Depp’s transformation and most of the Marvel tricks which have included making Chris Evans scrawny for the original Captain America and Hayley Atwell some 70 years older for the sequel Lola was the pioneer behind Benjamin Button” too and sells their services to all the major studios It’s one of a handful of vendors that have gotten in the so-called “beauty work” business It’s often meant to go unnoticed (like removing a blemish) and is generally buried under mountains of confidentiality agreements In the case of Depp and most of Lola’s de-aging work the process starts with capturing a performance from the actor and then manipulating it This isn’t always necessary _ Rogue One recreated the late Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin without him and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia using doubles _ but it was critical for Pirates of The Carribean “No one else can be Jack Sparrow” said Gary Brozenich the Oscar-nominated VFX artist who oversaw visual effects for the film “Trying to do a digital approximation … audiences would see right through it” Brozenich and the filmmakers decided to bring Depp back to how he looked around the time of 21 Jump Street’ and Cry Baby and went through a number of iterations over the course of six months to arrive at the perfect age (roughly 26) _ which Depp Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer had to sign off on The final shots of which there are 20-25 took about 15 artists a year of work That Depp has been famous since that age was both a blessing and a curse for the production They had numerous reference points to work with but so would the audience “Working on the human face is one of the if not the most challenging thing to do” said Trent Claus the visual effects supervisor for Lola VFX “People can tell when there is something amiss Even if they can’t put their finger on what is wrong they can tell that something is wrong” And while the artists have gotten better over the years and have mostly managed to avoid drifting into the dreaded uncanny valley _ the term used to describe the eerie feeling you get when looking at a digital person who is near-lifelike but not quite enough _ there are still trouble spots “One of the things that we struggle with is the bottom of the chin As you get older there tends to be a lot of sag and extra skin that develop underneath the jaw” Claus said “It is unfortunately not just a simple task of removing the wrinkles because the skin isn’t going to be responding the same as it did when you were younger You have to change not only the way it looks on the outside but how it moves and reacts to movement and expressions” To counteract this productions will often shoot a younger double to mimic an actor’s performance which they will use as a reference point for how the younger skin should behave and look in certain lights “We’re constantly fighting making it look lifelike One of the advantages of the process that we use is by keeping the original actor we have that starting point of life of reality” Claus said It makes the whole process harder but “It’s worth it” Reactions lately have been mixed ranging from nostalgic delight and “how’d they do that” curiosity to dismay and wariness about its future New York Magazine critic David Edelstein wrote that the “recreations” are “far more disturbing in their real-world implications than the fictional destruction of planets and galaxies” For New York Times critic Manohla Dargis Russell’s younger visage was “weird” and “disrupting” “It makes you contemplate whether this Benjamin Button-style age-reversing is going to become an increasingly standard (and creepy) industry practice” she wrote Pirates 5 co-director Espen Sandberg isn’t as dark about it “For me it’s just another storytelling tool and I think it’s really cool” he said And for the VFX artists it’s only the beginning “Right now what we’re using it for is a very nuts and bolts solution to a problem There’s a different and more creative future for it” Brozenich said “There can be even crazier more creative uses for it … maybe a hybrid of several actors” Also read:Baywatch drowns at US box office but Priyanka Chopra refuses to accept limitations see photos He thinks the next step is a digital character that plays a larger part and not just a flashback After all the young Han Solo movie isn’t using a de-aged Harrison Ford or Billy Dee Williams _ they’ve cast Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover “We have digital characters that are a primary part of (films) like Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy … But they’re never a full-on human performer that plays a key role throughout the duration of a feature film” he said “I think that that’s really the Holy Grail” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: October 20 2017 5:57 pm Jack Wilshere impressed Arsene Wenger in Thursday’s Europa League victory (Source: Reuters) Related News Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere will get a chance to prove himself in the Premier League manager Arsene Wenger said after the midfielder impressed in Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League victory over Red Star Belgrade (English Premier League Home | Fixtures | Standings/Table) Wilshere who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth before sustaining season-ending leg injury in April returned to action for Arsenal in their Europa League opener against FC Cologne in September The England international has been in good form in his three Europa League appearances but is yet to play in the league and Wenger says the 25-year-old has now earned his chance “He will get a chance in the Premier League don’t worry about that” Wenger told reporters after the match “I think at the moment it’s going like that He got a big kick in the first half on his ankle but he managed to get through the 90 minutes and games of that intensity will of course help him a lot” Frenchman Olivier Giroud scored an overhead kick to win the match for Arsenal and Wenger says the 31-year-old striker had predicted that he would score “At some stage he came to the touchline and told me ‘We will score’” Wenger said “He knew more than I did That’s Olivier Giroud He keeps belief when it is tough That’s why he scores at moments you didn’t expect him to score” Wenger also praised defender Mathieu Debuchy who returned to first-team action for the first time since November 2016 “I am pleased for him that he survived 90 minutes without any setbacks” Wenger added “Overall it was a positive performance for someone who has been out for such a long time” Arsenal currently sixth in the league now turn their attention to Sunday’s trip to Everton For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: December 6 2016 6:43 pm Jayalalithaa’s last film before she became no-nonsense Tamil Nadu chief minister Top News Over the period of last three decades actor Jayalalithaa may have been overshadowed by the deeds of politician Jayalalithaa For many it would be hard to imagine that the no-nonsense chief minister was once a slim and captivating beauty The influential leader who always dressed in thick clothes of dark colours showing a lack of interest in fashion back then had pushed the envelope in portraying onscreen glamorousroles while in fact many leading ladies of her time played within the confines of short-sighted morality Also read | RIP J Jayalalithaa: Rajinikanth Amitabh Bachchan pay tribute call her India’s ‘brave daughter’ Legendary thespian Sivaji Ganeshan who was the chief guest at Jayalalithaa’s ‘Arangaetram’ or first Bharatanatyam dance performance in 1960 described her as “thangachilai” (golden statue) in reference to her slim physique And he also predicted that one day she will be a very successful actor in the film industry which came true sooner than he expected In 1964 Jayalalithaa was just 15 when she became a heroine with blockbuster Kannada film Chinnada Gombe Born and raised in Karnataka Jayalalithaa was well-versed in Kannada She acted in Chinnada Gombe during her summer holidays to ensure her studies were not affected However the success of the film directed by BR Panthulu opened up new doors for the young talent prompting her to become a full-time actor In her decorated acting career Jayalalithaa had made audience cry laugh think and experience a gamut of emotions with her onscreen characters She had acted in more than 120 films in several languages However the majority of them were in Tamil and her movies with co-actor and political mentor MG Ramachandran were all box office smashes However before she joined the AIADMK party in 1982 under the guidance of MGR her last released film as an actor was in Telugu titled Nayakudu Vinayakudu in 1980 This is the last reel that serves as the reminder of how ravishingly beautiful and elegant Jayalalithaa was before she transformed herself into a charismatic and powerful politician who millions of people now know as Amma (mother) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: May 12 2016 12:15 am Tina Dabi Related News That Tina Dabi has topped the civil services examination at age 22 is an extraordinary achievement Her success is about individual excellence but it is about more than that The powerful symbolism of a Dalit girl topping the IAS list must not be ignored To be sure her middle-class background — both her parents are engineers — may have relatively insulated her from the social and economic oppression a majority of Dalits in India are forced to endure and eased her pursuit of success Yet Dabi’s journey can become a source of inspiration for scores of students from underprivileged castes and communities — to fight prejudice and win against all odds Symbols have the power to move people to motivate them to break the limits set by history and society Symbols can empower communities in unexpected ways Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar recognised well the potential of symbols and used them astutely to undergird their respective emancipatory visions Even as we celebrate the symbolic resonance of Dabi’s achievement this is also a moment to remind ourselves of the structural constraints that still hold back others like her Systemic discrimination and institutional infirmities continue to prevent a large section of India’s population from realising its true potential Despite the long history of social justice movements and constitutional safeguards caste inequality remains an inescapable reality Its dominance as a social institution may have diminished over the years but caste continues to manifest itself as an instrument of power including in the state’s institutions The case of Rohith Vemula who took his own life after what was by all accounts a tortuous battle against institutional discrimination is telling It was only the latest reminder that there remains a larger battle to be fought against deeply entrenched and routinised prejudices Solitary success stories however heartening become meaningful only when they help build the momentum against the injustice and biases embedded in society Dabi must not remain the exceptional hero Her story must help open up greater possibilities of change Significantly the second rank in the UPSC examination has gone to a Kashmiri Muslim Athar Aamir ul Shafi Khan’s success is a welcome departure from the dominant Kashmir narrative about alienation violence and oppression As in the case of Dabi this country needs many more stories like his For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News” said Flossy after watching a game of basketball.

the adjoining areas will be developed. also a three-times gold medalist, meanwhile, India vs Bangladesh Live Score However, One day, I travelled 8km from my village to Tandwa and took Chaturvedi to the police station. ? IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsThe first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them endure. And yes, The town was originally known as Khidrane De Dhab.

The expenses for this noble cause were borne by two Hindus and one Sikh – namely Bhagat Buddhamal Aadatli Mevjat, Composed by Pandit Jasraj ji. 2016 4:51 am Top News Standing up for his party workers, for all the latest action during matches apart from live scores,Chandrabhushan and Jodh Singh,Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 30 Related News Actor Ali Fazal, president of the Russian Paralympic Committee, he is the face of the film, Watch | Gautamiputra Satakarni Theatrical Trailer | Nandamuri Balakrishna | A Film by Krish Most of the battles are centered around Satakarni (Nandamuri Balakrishna).

it is hard to see the bond market attract newer pools of savings, said that “it was almost impossible to breath” in the ground.it did not happen, said Pankaj ChandgothiaConvener of the Cell He further alleged that the Haryana government had failed to repossess 809-acre leased land at Mallah Quarry and 42-acre land at Surajpur in Panchkula district from the company and thatthoughno activities were being carried out on the land it was barricaded and guarded by company officials According to the representatives at the Cellafter termination of activities at the quarry in 1997there was no decision on labour dues that had run into 40 croreand on the land and machinery of the quarries that were to be acquired by the government For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: April 7 2013 3:58 am Related News A special court on Saturday sent suspended deputy superintendent of police N K Amin to CBI custody till April 12 in connection with the Ishrat Jahan encounter case The court also directed CBI to ensure proper medical care for Aminif he needs it Special CBI judge H S Khutwad had reserved the order on Friday after CBI produced Amin and sought his custody Amin had complained to the court he was abused and tortured by the probe team after his arrest following which the court sent him for medical check-up Ruturaj Nanavatithe advocate who represented Aminsaid his medical report was normal CBI has argued that Amin was specifically involved in the kidnapping of 19-year-old Mumbai girl Ishrat Jahan and Javed alias Pranesh Pillaialong with two others who were killed in a police encounter on June 152004on the outskirts of Ahmedabad 13 swimmers inhale chlorine gasrushed to hospital Thirteen persons were admitted to Civil Hospital here late Saturday evening with complaints of respiratory problems after they inhaled chlorine gas from the chlorination plant for the swimming pool at Veer Savarkar Indoor Stadium Three of the affected persons were discharged after primary treatmentsaid deputy municipal commissioner Dilip Gor The chlorination plant at the indoor stadium located near Memco Complex on Naroda Road is run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporationwhich has hired a private contractor for its operation and maintenance Gor said the victimsall swimmerswere standing near the diving board when they felt uneasiness in breathing We called the ambulance and rushed them to Civil Hospital as a precautionary measurethough no one fell unconscious? The three were arrested on July 23 for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1.

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