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Samantha Akkineni uses Instagram as her catwalk

Samantha Akkineni

Samantha Akkineni did some modelling assignments while studying for a degree in commerce. That lead to her becoming a big-name star in Tamil and Telugu films over the last decade. Judging from her Instagram, she still has a hankering for putting on pretty frocks and striking a pose. She soon received offers for film roles, and made her acting debut in Gautham Menon’s critically acclaimed Telugu romance film, Ye Maaya Chesave (2010), which fetched her the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress and a Nandi Award. Samantha then became the second actress ever to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress in the same year, for her performances in the films Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012) and Eega (2012). Since then, she has primarily opted to appear in the leading female …

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Ryan Nair leaves 5FM – in his own words

Ryan Nair

Ryan Nair, 5FM DJ and multiple DJ champion has left 5fm, and released this statement on his facebook page: Peace Out… For now! ✌ After many years of being part of the 5fm family, transitioning from a mix show DJ to radio host, the time has come for me to say Goodbye. What started as a dream manifested its way into reality. 2009 was where the journey began, having my first shot as a resident mix DJ on The Late Night Fix with DJ Fix and a few years later becoming the Ultimix Battle Champ with DJ Fresh. I have held that residency from 2012 till this day! The Ultimix was the most iconic mix show on South African radio and it’s been a pleasure rocking it throughout the years! Fast forward to 2018/19 and that was the birth of …

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Panguni Uthiram – the little big festival that ties together important Hindu stories

Rarely is there an auspicious day that connects multiple beliefs across the Hindu faith across so many diverse devotees and regions as Panguni Uthiram. Its a holiday mostly celebrated in the South of India (Tamil Nadu) but its themes touch on nearly all the core belief systems and major deities. Panguni Uthiram Known in Tamil as பங்குனி உத்திரம், it is a full moon dated which signifies the marriage of Parvati and Parameswara (Lord Shiva), Lord Murugan and Deivanai, and Aandaal (Kothai) and Rangamannar. On Panguni Uthiram, Narayana marries Komalavalli Naachiyar (Lakshmi). The day is intended to underline the glory of grahasta dharma (or the married life of a householder – one of the stages of Life a Hindu goes through). The almighty manifests in the marital state as Uma-Maheswara, Sita-Rama, and Radha-Krishna and is celebrated by devotees. On Panguni Uthiram, …

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Holi: why we do it and how to celebrate it – 2021 style


The arrival of Spring in India, means one thing: Holi! A festival of colour, joy, love and most importantly the triumph of good over evil. Hindus in the diaspora, including South Africa, will celebrate the joyful occasion on March 28 and 29. This year, however, it comes as most countries have social distancing and lockdown measures in place. So while it might be a bit of a muted affair publicly, we can still celebrate it with equal vigour and joy within in our homes. Holika Dahan is observed the day before Holi around a bonfire. In most cases, devotees offer flowers, fruit coconut, milk and water around the fire. This fire is symbolic of the flaming pyre that Holika. She was the evil-minded sister of King Hiranyakashyap sat in to harm the son of the king, Prahlad for not singing …

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What is Palm Sunday all about?

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The Holy Week in Christianity starts with Palm Sunday, which reflects the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem. Within the week he met with his disciples for the Last Supper, was arrested, crucified and then rose from the dead a week later, on Easter Sunday. Everything that happened before in Jesus’ life and his ministry comes to its peak in these days, and it is therefore the most special time for observant Christians. It is the final week of Lent – the 40 day fast that some Christians follow. This fast is traditionally broken on Holy Saturday. The many denominations differ on certain dates, most notably the Orthodox Church sees the Holy Week taking place in April – which is a point due to historic calendar differences. The key dates and sequence of events are pretty much undisputed. Context in the …

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Professor Karim steps down as the General in the fight against coronavirus

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South Africa’s top adviser to the government on covid-19, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, announced Thursday that he has resigned as chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on the coronavirus pandemic. Karim is an epidemiologist, internationally recognised for his research contributions to HIV prevention and treatment. He heads the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in SA at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His area of speciality is clinical infectious diseases. In a statement available on Twitter (below), he said it had been his singular honour and privilege to have served as the chairperson of the MAC on Covid-19 since March last year and subsequently as co-chair of a revised MAC, established in September. His last day on the job was on Tuesday. “When I accepted the appointment on 23 March 2020, little did I realise how important science would …

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Shruti Haasan models casual, glam, denim wear and it’s on point

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Shruti Haasan, Chennai-born, is well known in Tamil, Telugu and Bollywood for her acting and singing. In addition, she is one of a select few, well-known and high-profile fashion models. Anything Shruti Haasan models tends to land on point, flawlessly. Haasan was signed as a brand ambassador for the electrical appliance company Lloyd.She also endorses Emami Navratna cool talc and is a brand ambassador for Fossil watches in India. In a 2018 poll conducted by the Chennai Times, Haasan was named one of the most desirable women in Chennai Haasan sang her first song aged just six in her father’s Thevar Magan, a composition of Ilaiyaraaja. While in school, Haasan made her singing debut in the Hindi language film Chachi 420, which was directed by her father. Haasan sang the bilingual versions of the title theme “Rama Rama” with her …

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Sweet ekadashi song by Suprabha KV – Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murari

Suprabha KV

Suprabha KV is an Indian Youtube vocalist who is awarded as a Miss Nightingale. She has amassed more than 860k subscribers on her YouTube channel. Born on 21 August 1992, Suprabha hails from Bangalore, Karnataka, India. As in 2021, Suprabha KV‘s age is 28 years. Check below for more deets about Suprabha KV. Suprabha is a Tamil Brahmin born in Bengaluru. She is a Vaishnava, pure vegetarian and a huge devotes of Lord Shree Krishna. She also wears a double tulasi mala in all her video and started singing at the age of 5 and she was trained by her mother. One of the popular YouTube vocalists of India. Awarded as Miss Nightingale, Suprabha KV from Bengaluru, she has a mass social media following of ONE MILLION subscribers and 200+ Million Views. Suprabha sings in 8 different languages namely Hindi, …

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Struggle veteran Charm Govender is laid to rest

Charm Govender

The life of Charm Govender was celebrated today as his funeral was held in Kharwastan Civic Hall, Chatsworth. Pathasarvasvaran Samotharan Govender (Charm) 09/04/61 – 22/03/21 Charm was born in Durban, the eldest son of Dhanam and Dory Govender. He schooled at the Welbedacht Primary School and Crestview Primary School as well as at the Risecliffe Secondary School in Chatsworth where he completed STd 9 (Grade 11). He completed his A levels in the UK where he was exposed to the work and members of the African National Congress and the SACP. He returned to South Africa in 1978 and thereafter registered at the University of Durban-Westville (now UKZN). He became active in student, community, political and grassroots struggles in Chatsworth, as well as the Greater Durban and KZN area. At the Chatsworth level he worked with highly respected NIC leaders …

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Bangladesh at 50: A nation created in violence and still bearing scars of a troubled birth

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Bangladesh at 50 Bangladeshi children at the Independence Day celebrations in Dhaka in 2012. AP Photo/Pavel Rahman Tazreena Sajjad, American University School of International Service March 26 marks 50 years since the start of Bangladesh’s liberation war, a bloody nine-month campaign that culminated in the nation’s independence on Dec. 16, 1971. It was a violent birth, with some of its roots in the 1947 partition of India – when Pakistan was created as a separate nation. As the British Empire left the subcontinent, an estimated 200,000 to 1.5 million people were killed in sectarian violence associated with the partition and 10 million to 15 million were forcibly displaced. Newly independent Pakistan comprised two separate geographical areas separated by over a thousand miles of Indian terrain. While both regions included significant Muslim populations, West Pakistan was made up largely of Punjabi, …

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