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Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan will do a remake of The Intern 🤩

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We don’t have much to go on, to be honest. Just an instagram post that Deepika dropped 46 minutes ago. A quick scan of other news outlets confirms this: Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan – the unofficial King and Queen of Bollywood, will star in a proven film together again. What she said: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNR-n5fDhie/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link What an absolute honour to be collaborating with one of my most special co-star again!💛 Welcoming @amitabhbachchan to the Indian adaptation of #TheIntern. Produced By:@_kaproductions@athenaenm@warnerbrosindia Co-Produced By:@pictureschrome Directed By:@iamitrsharma Written By:@akshatghildial@meetmshah Check in the comments – her husband Ranveer Singh was the first to get on the sheet. No pressure there 😂 https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/amitabh-bachchan-to-replace-late-rishi-kapoor-in-the-intern-remake-deepika-padukone-announces-see-first-poster-101617618612663-amp.html Deepika Padukone announced as Levi’s global brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan hits the gym with his grandson, calls him his ‘inspiration’ To remind us why this is a big deal in movie terms, here is a clip …

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Lord Ayyappan – and the original Tiger’s Milk story

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Lord Ayyappan (Ayyappa, Ayappa), is a Hindu god worshiped mainly in Kerala and parts of South India. He has become more popular since medieval times and therefore does not appear in the most well-known puranas. He is the god of Dharma, truth, discipline and celibacy and the representation of yoga. Why Ayyappan Is Called Manikandan Ayyappan is also known as “Manikandan” because his divine parents tied a golden bell (mani) around his neck (kandan) soon after his birth. Therefore when Shiva and Mohini abandoned the baby on the banks of the Pampa river, it was easy for King Rajashekhara to find him. He was the childless monarch of Pandalam who accepted him as a divine gift and adopted him as his own son. Why the Gods Created Ayyappan The Devas had combined their powers to create Durga who is well-known …

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Hindus tell Alabamans not to be scared of yoga – most yoga enthusiasts in US are non-Hindus – 😂

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Overwhelming majority of yoga instructors and practitioners in USA and Alabama were non-Hindus and they usually stayed non-Hindus sticking to their own respective faith traditions even after years of yoga practice; Hindu statesman Rajan Zed stated after an Alabama yoga bill that would allow yoga in public schools ran into a roadblock on March 31.  Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Alabama state senators to show maturity, wake-up to the needs of Alabama’s pupils and support introduction of multi-beneficial yoga in public schools ((banned since 1993).  Many Alabama public universities and city governments had already offered yoga and many Alabama churches had hosted yoga classes; reports suggest. Yoga was urgently needed to be incorporated in the lives of Alabama’s public-school students; Rajan Zed noted.  Read: Alabama bans yoga – worried that millions will convert to Hinduism… Zed …

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WATCH: The Tamil protest song ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ that’s lighting the world up with 100m views

'ENJOY ENJAAMI' BY DHEE FT. ARIVU

‘Enjoy Enjaami’ tells the story of exploited tea plantation labour and was an immediate hit, with cross-cultural appeal in India and the diaspora. The hit, written by Arivu with the stunning Tamil vocals of Dhee, is as much a serious protest piece as it is about killer dance beats. The song is clear about the link of the people with the land, and how they built so much infrastructure in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius (and South Africa) and then we’re sent back to the cities without benefitting from any of the land they worked on. The video and music have their fair share of African influences, but the rap is not out of place. Rap was always the musical voice of the oppressed, poor and disenfranchised. “If rap is about story-telling, my grandmother is the world’s best story-teller,” says …

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Alabama has a ban on yoga and saying “Namaste” – worried that millions will convert to Hinduism…🤦🏽‍♂️

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The US state of Alabama has blocked a yoga bill that would have lifted a decades-old ban on the ancient Indian practice of physical yoga in public schools. This is after objections from conservative groups who feared that followers of Hinduism might start conversion amongst kids doing yoga. We wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but we respect the official window for news pranks, and a prank it ain’t. The Alabama Board of Education in 1993 had voted to prohibit yoga, along with hypnosis and meditation in public schools in the southeastern state. Last year in March, the Alabama House of Representatives voted 84-17 to pass the “Yoga Bill” which was moved by state legislator Jeremy Gray from the Democratic Party. The bill was then moved to the state Senate for approval, paving the way for it to become …

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Too much sugar early in life can cause memory health issues later

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A new research has shown how drinking sugary beverages early in life may lead to impaired memory in adulthood.The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Translational Psychiatry’. The study is the first to show how a specific change to the gut microbiome — the bacteria and other microorganisms growing in the stomach and intestines — can alter the function of a particular region of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar-sweetened beverages are a leading source of decreased sugar health in Americans’ diets. Nearly two-thirds of young people in the United States consume at least one sugary drink each day. Neuroscientist Scott Kanoski, associate professor of biological sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has studied the link between diet and brain function for years. His research has …

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Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak: the UK’s leaders of Indian-African origin 🇮🇳🇺🇬🇬🇧

Priti Patel, Boris Johnson, RIshi Sunak

While the world focuses on Kamala Harris of Jamaican-Indian heritage, the UK has been under the capable leadership of a team of Indian-origin leaders. They two most prominent members of cabinet, Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak, have another thing in common: their families came to the UK via East Africa. In 2019 Boris Johnson was under pressure as the Brexit debacle raged on, with his opponents attempting every trick to overturn the will of the majority. He called for and won the election with a final clear mandate, and brought on board players who would deliver what had been set out. Priti Patel He appointed Indian-origin Priti Patel, who was the key face of the ‘Vote Leave Campaign’, as the home secretary. “I am deeply honoured to be appointed as Home Secretary by our new Prime Minister @borisjohnson. Looking forward …

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Can’t imagine any period in last 4 centuries without Guru Tegh Bahadur’s influence: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the period of history in India in the last four centuries cannot be imagined without the influence of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru. The Prime Minister was speaking during a meeting of the High-Level Committee (HLC) to commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur (Prakash Purab), via video conferencing that was chaired by him. “In the last four centuries, there no period of India that we can imagine without the influence of Guru Teg Bahadur ji! As the ninth Guru, we all get inspiration from him,” he said. On April 1, the birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur is commemorated. He is best known for protecting Sikhs and Hindus from a 17th-century law that forced them to convert to Islam. He is known for making …

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Porridge prayers, recipe and amman 2021 resource

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Porridge prayers coincide with Good Friday every year, this year being 2 April. Unfortunately, religious gatherings are still limited due to lockdown conditions. Please check with your nearest temples and priests and celebrate carefully. The history of porridge prayers is key to understanding how SA Indians adapted to the new land and the eternal link with Mariamman. Director at Natya Ananda Fine Arts Academy – Verushka Pather, explains how the 1860 indentured labourers traditions are continued by South African Hindus, giving thanks by performing this traditional prayer even under the toughest of situations. Shakthi, as Divine Mother, is portrayed as cosmic energy in its dynamic form. Being the mother of the universe. She is ever ready to heed the call of Her devotees. As such an instance did this force manifest as Muthu Mari Ammen, Muthu (pearl); Mari (rain); Ammen …

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