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Feng, a long-time associate professor at UTS, has not been detained within China but has been repeatedly questioned about his research, sources say

An academic from the University of Technology Sydney has been prevented from leaving China, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed.

Chongyi Feng, an associate professor in China studies, was stopped for the second time in two days on Saturday when trying to board a flight to Australia, the ABC reported.

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Carrie Lam, who won an election to become Hong Kong's first female chief executive on Sunday, is a former student activist who climbed the rungs of the civil service over 36 years, and a tough, capable and possibly divisive Beijing-backed leader.(Read More...)
The Beijing-backed candidate was the favourite despite opposition from pro-democracy campaigners.(Read More...)
Mrs. Lam, Beijing’s preferred candidate in the race, won 777 out of 1,163 votes cast. She defeated John Tsang, a former finance secretary who polls indicated was more popular with the public.(Read More...)

A pro-Beijing election committee votes for chief executive amid calls from democracy activists for universal suffrage

China’s preferred candidate has won the heavily restricted election for a new leader of Hong Kong in a contest that pitted popular appeal against lobbying by Beijing.

Carrie Lam, the former deputy to outgoing chief executive Leung Chun-ying, beat the former financial secretary John Tsang and former judge Woo Kwok-hing.

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Fans gather to honour Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a public memorial service in Los Angeles.(Read More...)

Sports News

When bad light ended play four overs early on Sunday, New Zealand were 67 without loss in reply to South Africa`s 314.(Read More...)
Welcome to our Day 2 live coverage of the fourth and final Test match between India and Australia, being played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmasala.(Read More...)
Unluckily for Maxwell and kookaburra bat, Yadav's muscle power was too much to handle. The bat was broken into two.(Read More...)
Spin great Shane Warne has hailed Kuldeep Yadav's 'impressive' show against Australia yerterday on the first day of fourth Test in Dharamsala.(Read More...)
 Frank Fredericks has temporarily stepped aside from his duties on the IAAF Council pending the results of an ethics investigation, the governing body`s President Sebastian Coe said on Saturday.(Read More...)
Spain`s sixth seeded Garbine Muguruza is doing it the hard way in Florida this week.(Read More...)

Science News

Emerging from the torpor of winter means a busy spring for these bears, bees, bats and squirrels.(Read More...)
Researchers recorded more than 300,000 meteoroid trajectories since 2010 to depict the drifting paths of meteor showers that Earth passes through.(Read More...)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday for a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk, the first of three to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future commercial space taxis and to tackle maintenance chores, NASA TV showed.
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Lifestyle News

China makes a lot of wine but until recently very little of it was on sale here. So how do two Chinese wines available in UK supermarkets stand up to the rest?

Changyu Noble Dragon Cabernet Gernischt, Yantai, China 2014 (£10, Sainsbury’s). Only Spain has more land given over to wine production than China, and yet we rarely see Chinese wines in the UK. This is partly because the boom of the past decade has targeted domestic drinkers and partly because the wines haven’t been that great. Given how much investment has gone into developing the business, however, it’s unlikely the two wines at Sainsbury’s from China’s oldest winery Changyu (established 1892) will be the last. The light red Cabernet Gernisht, with its attractive herbs and currants quality and slightly raspy tannins, is the better buy, but the Noble Dragon Riesling (£9) would make a pleasant floral contrast to salt-and-pepper squid.

Viña Santa Rita 120 Carménère, Chile 2016 (£7.99, Majestic). These two Chinese wines are a vast improvement on some fire-breathing brews I’ve tried in the past, but I’m not sure I’d choose them over wines made from the same grapes in other countries. Cabernet gernischt is another name for carménère, a variety once popular in Bordeaux but now firmly associated with Chile, where growers have really got to grips with its distinctive character after years when they’d confused it with merlot. Santa Rita has a pleasingly succulent and supple version, full of bright berries and just a touch of the variety’s characteristic herby side, while De Martino Legado Carménère, Maipo, Chile 2013 (£10.99, Waitrose), is darker, riper, spicier and ready for red meat.

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The continent’s diaspora never believed their delicious recipes would be appreciated in the UK. But a fresh generation of pop-up cooks is proving them wrong

There are 54 countries in Africa, each with numerous ethnic groups and languages and each with their own individual cuisines,” says Alicia Ama, who runs a Ghanaian food business called Chalé! in east London. “It’s such a vast continent, but when it comes to African food in the UK, there are so few reference points in the general public’s mind. People think of tagines and Jamie Oliver’s jollof rice. But it’s so much more than that.”

Is it too spicy? Are you going to die?”

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It’s desperately important that we redouble our efforts to combat pollution and waste

Recycling is a bit like fitness. The moment you stop putting in the effort, you lose your muscle.

This was on my mind as I watched microwavable black plastic containers whizzing up a conveyer belt at a recycling depot in Kent. This is progress. Innovation in plastic chemistry means these trays can now be recycled.

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Good ingredients, cooked well and served in an unshowy room… Wilsons shows the joy of keeping things simple

Wilsons, 24 Chandos Road, Bristol BS6 6PF (0117 973 4157). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £90

A spare day in Cardiff deserving of lunch, and I know exactly where to go: the Central station. Because from there I can get on a train to Bristol. Where else would I go for lunch when in the Welsh capital? Some might see this as unnecessarily provocative; I see it as necessarily so. When last I reviewed in Cardiff back in August – positively I should add – I bemoaned the lack of great eating opportunities in the city. I wasn’t just referring to la-di-da faine dining, with its silver-leaf gilded lark’s tongues and waiter frottage. I meant all of it, from high to low, from earthy to delicate, from exotic to native. For a major city with a sizeable population, the pickings are meagre.

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Husband-and-wife team Studio Swine’s work is a real flight of fancy – and it’s taking the design world by storm, says Becky Sunshine

Early next month design duo Studio Swine heads to the Milan Furniture Fair. They are not there to present a new sofa or lighting range like many of their contemporaries, but instead to unveil a 6m high blossoming tree sculpture crafted from recycled scaffolding metal. Every five seconds the tree will dispense vibrating vapour bubbles from its 30 branches. These bubbles will bounce on certain textiles, but pop on skin.

“We really looked into Milan as a city,” says Azusa Murakami, one half of Studio Swine. We loved the palazzos with blown glass rather than cut Murano chandeliers. That seemed to cast a new light and we wanted to capture that, but also think about this time of year, and how you can experience nature and seasonality.” The interactive installation is a collaboration with Cos. The brief from the fashion brand was entirely open, but the brand’s values work well with Swine’s: minimalism, modernity and a delight in interesting materials.

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Meeting the veteran activist was a dream come true for Greenham Common protester Kathrine Jones

The thing that really stands out is how cold it was that day. The wind cut straight across the common. Underfoot it was all mud and straw.

There were maybe 10 women in this protest camp. We were stood around a fire in big coats, woolly hats and wellies. Then, all of a sudden, gliding towards us in nothing thicker than a sweater, came Dora Russell. She was in her 90s by then. She looked so small and fragile, I thought she’d freeze to death, but she didn’t shiver once. I’m not sure she even noticed the cold. She was an old lady made of steel.

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Let your family know how you feel, says Mariella. Asking for help is scary but the rewards are worth it

The dilemma I am married and a grandmother. I visit a lady in the old age home every week. There I met, yesterday, a woman visiting – but she comes with her friend. I always go by myself. Sometimes I visit people in their homes on Sundays, people with challenges. But… I have no one to talk to. And nothing to do. Meaning I listen to lectures every day. And I walk every day. But relationships with people? Zero. It is a painful and devastating feeling. I could just disappear and no one would notice. Loneliness…

Mariella replies Thank you for writing. I’ve picked out your letter because it is the newest in my inbox, but not because it is unusual. Some weeks I feel like jumping on to a rooftop in a crowded city with a microphone and belting out that Beatles song Eleanor Rigby at the top of my lungs.

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Praline is the perfect topping for a rich chocolate pudding. But beware, it will catch you out if you are inattentive…

Sometimes, a cook has to concentrate. No distractions. No interruptions. We might even consider turning our phone off. And so it is with praline, that crunchy, sweet, nut brittle that marries so irresistibly with chocolate.

Let the sugar turn amber gold, but don’t take your eyes off it for a minute

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As well as being easy to grow, these pretty trees offer delicious dark purple berries

The candyfloss clouds of spring blossom are one of the highlights of my gardening calendar, right up there with the first ripe tomato and the peak of strawberry season. But whether it’s billowing masses of Japanese cherries or the sculpted blooms of magnolia, they all seem to have the same Achilles heel. After a fortnight at centre stage they retreat to being a generic, green backdrop for the rest of the year. Well, almost all.

I first discovered the fruit in the form of tinned pie filling in a Vancouver super-market

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Smooth and soothe with these handpicked lotions

Beards are being discarded. On the catwalks, smooth cheekbones led the way as purposeful Prada men set out on their urban hikes to work, faces as soft and oiled as a puppy’s tummy. Shaving used to be about pain. You’d scratch away the stubble with a Bic and then splash on the Old Spice, recoiling as if bitten by a snake. Back then, pouring alcohol on open wounds was what it meant to be a man. So discovering after-shave balm – basically a moisturiser that isn’t a manure for acne – was a wonderful moment. Now it’s all about creams to take the pain and fire away, and leave you cool and silky, at least for an hour or so.

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Entertainment News

The pop star and former X Factor judge Cheryl has given birth to a baby boy.(Read More...)


Even though Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan may be popular in their own right, a recent action by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has only proved that nobody is above the law. The ED officials have now issued a

show cause notice against Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd (KRSPL), Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan for allegedly violating the foreign exchange rule.

The show cause notice was issued to the star couple in connection with the share sale of KRSPL, a franchise which has been owned by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd in partnership with actor Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta. The said notice was issued under the FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act (Adjudication Proceedings and Appeal) Rules, 2000.

Watch this space for developments.

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While all the Salman Khan’s fans are eagerly awaiting the release of his next film Tubelight, we have some news that will throw light on the first person who will be watching the most awaited film. Tubelight, which has been in the news ever since it was announced, is making brisk progress.

Buzz is that, the lucky one who will be the first person to see Tubelight, will be none other than the film’s heroine Zhu Zhu and her family. Reports have it that, Salman Khan has decided that, Zhu Zhu and her family should be the first ones to watch the film’s trial show.

For the uninitiated, Zhu Zhu happens to be a Chinese star who will be making her Bollywood debut with Tubelight, which has been set against the Indo-China war in the background.

Tubelight, which is being directed by Kabir Khan, also has yet another attraction in the form of Shah Rukh Khan playing a cameo in the film, although the details of his role are not yet revealed.

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We all know that the actress turned author Twinkle Khanna is popularly called as ‘Mrs. Funnybones’. Recently, at the ‘India Today Woman Summit and Awards’ event, she proved as to why her nickname was apt enough to suit her.

What happened was, the event’s host Koel Puri had asked Twinkle Khanna about her take on Yogi Adityanath, who ‘did not have an amazing track record for his statements on women’, pat came the reply from Twinkle Khanna that he should do an asana which helps release gas! Not the one to stop at that, she added that she believed he was also changing fashion. Twinkle summed it up stating ‘Orange is the new brown’.

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A couple of years back we saw the release of the Salman Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a story about a simple Indian man helping a mute Pakistani girl child to find her way back home to her parents. While this film was a smash hit at the Box-Office, its songs were equally big chartbusters. Prominent amongst them was the Adnani Sami sung “Bhar do jholi meri ya Muhammad, Laut kar main naa jaaunga khali”. The intensity of the song is so massive that it, even today brings tears to the eyes of the listeners.

Speaking of Adnan Sami, he had recently performed at the prestigious Wembley stadium in the United Kingdom. On his invitation, a wheel chair bound terminally ill girl turned up with her parents and a nurse. Adnan Sami, then, introduced the little girl to the audience and also revealed about her wish of seeing him perform live. Adnan, then, came down to the girl and sang the aforementioned track with utmost dedication. Both, the child and the reverberation of the extremely soulful song not just got tears in the eyes of the girl’s mother, but also the spell bound audience.

Post that, Adnan Sami recalled his success over his struggle with weight loss. The girl definitely must have been smiling after having found confidence to fight back her illness after meeting Adnan Sami!

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Katrina Kaif is back in town from Austria where she was shooting with megastar and ex-boyfriend Salman Khan for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’.(Read More...)


After having proved his mettle as a filmmaker par excellence, Karan Johar became a judge in a number of reality shows. Time and again, he had also exhibited his dancing skills at the drop of a hat.

If these weren’t enough, then, he also tried his acting in Bollywood. The film that he chose to debut with was Bombay Velvet. Despite having huge expectations from the film, it turned turtle at the Box-Office.

Recently, Karan Johar tried his hand on yet another creative form- singing. The filmmaker recorded a number for the music composer Shekhar Ravjiani, for the singing reality show ‘Dil Hai Hindustani’. Shekhar Ravjiani even tweeted the photograph of Karan Johar inside the recording studio.

Shekhar Ravjiani captioned the same as “@karanjohar records a song for me #yetanotherrole #dilhaihindustani”. On the other hand, Karan Johar thanked Shekar Ravjiani by tweeting “Thank you Shekhar sir! Singing for you was an honour...I hope this leads to a long innings as a playback singer ....for me! #dreamcometrue”.

@karanjohar records a song for me #yetanotherrole #dilhaihindustani

— Shekhar Ravjiani (@ShekharRavjiani) March 23, 2017

Thank you Shekhar sir! Singing for you was an honour...I hope this leads to a long innings as a playback singer ....for me! #dreamcometrue

— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 23, 2017

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Sonali Bendre starts Sonali’s Book Club on Facebook

Even though the petite Sonali Bendre may not be seen doing films, that hasn’t lowered her passion for facing the camera. She been often seen judging reality shows, which are mostly related to children. A few months earlier, readers may know that, she had turned author with her bestselling book ‘The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments with Parenting’. Buoyed with the success of the book, the graceful actress has now planned to pursue her passion further with ‘Sonali’s Book Club’.

Through the medium of ‘Sonali’s Book Club’, she has formed a community of readers who discuss various books on Facebook. Sonali Bendre wants to encourage people to read more often and have an interesting exchange of ideas and thoughts. Speaking about ‘Sonali’s Book Club’, she said, "These days everybody leads a hectic life and when you meet, you talk about other things. But, on social media there’s an information highway and everything comes fast. By forming the book club on Facebook, I am marrying the old habit of reading with new technology. Here we can hangout, discuss, explore new ideas and authors"

With ‘Sonali’s Book Club’, Sonali Bendre plans to introduce a new book every 10 days, depending on the length of the novel. And the very first book that the actress-author has chosen is a science fiction ‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey.

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‘Zooby zooby’ from Mithun Chakraborty’s ‘Dance Dance’ has also been recreated for 'Naam Shabana.'(Read More...)
Gauri Khan is now a renowned interior decorator who recently worked on Ranbir Kapoor’s house in Bandra's Pali Hill.(Read More...)

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