Rajinikanth’s 2.0 Director Tweets Thank You Note For Making The Film A ‘Huge Success’ – NDTV News

New Delhi: 

Rajinikanth’s 2.0 director S Shankar thanked the audience, media and his team for making the film a ‘huge success.’ 2.0, also starring Akshay Kumar, opened to favourable reviews on Thursday across 4,000 screens. The Hindi version of 2.0 earned over Rs 20 crore on Day 1. “My heart full thanks to the audience who have lapped up 2.0 and celebrated and made it a huge success, and to all the media who supported and respected the hard work of our team and to my whole team who have given a piece of their life to 2.0,” tweeted S Shankar on Friday.

Read his Twitter post here.

 

 

The Hindi version of the film took a ‘super start’ on the opening day, trade analyst Taran Adarsh reported. “Non-holiday release, non-festival period and yet, 2.0 takes a super start,” he tweeted.

 

 

Before the release of 2.0, Rajinikanth also sent out his best wishes to the team and tweeted, “Three cheers to team 2.0. The magnificent day has arrived.”

 

 

2.0 is a sequel to Rajinikanth’s 2010 blockbuster Enthiran (Robot in Hindi). Rajinikanth reprises the role of Dr Vaseegaran and resurrects his creation Chitti, the robot. Akshay Kumar plays the antagonist Dr Richards. 2.0 also stars Sudhanshu Panday, Adil Hussain and Amy Jackson in pivotal roles. The film’s music is composed by A R Rahman.2.0‘s release dates were rescheduled multiple times. It marks Akshay’s debut in the Tamil industry.

 

Ahead of its release, 2.0, reportedly made on a budget of Rs 500 crore, is said to have recovered Rs 370 crore through digital and satellite rights.

How Turmeric Helps Heart Failure Patients – News18

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The findings showed that curcumin treatment improved muscle function, exercise capacity in mice with heart failure and healthy controls.

IANS

Updated:November 30, 2018, 6:23 PM IST

How Turmeric Helps Heart Failure Patients
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Curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — may repair exercise intolerance faced by patients with heart failure, suggests a new research.

People with heart failure have a reduced function of the left ventricle — the chamber of the heart that pumps blood out to the rest of the body — called reduced ejection fraction. This is linked to decreased ability to exercise.

The findings showed that curcumin treatment improved muscle function, exercise capacity in mice with heart failure and healthy controls.

Curcumin, a chemical that comes from the turmeric plant, has been used as a traditional Asian medicine for centuries, primarily to treat gastrointestinal ailments and skin wounds.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska in the US, theorised that a reduction in the normal signalling of a protein Nrf2 may play a role in the impaired expression of antioxidant enzymes.

The antioxidant enzymes both prevent and repair damage from oxidative stress as well as improve exercise performance.

For the study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, the team gave one group of mice with heart failure daily doses of curcumin — which is known to promote activation of Nrf2 — for 12 weeks, while another group did not receive treatment.

The results showed that the expression of Nrf2 increased and levels of antioxidant enzymes improved in the animals with heart failure that were given curcumin.

In addition, both groups that received curcumin — even the animals without heart failure — had improved exercise capacity when compared with the untreated groups, suggesting the effects of curcumin on skeletal muscle is not exclusive to heart failure.

“These data suggest that activation of Nrf2 in skeletal muscle may represent a novel therapeutic strategy to improve … quality of life” in people with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, the researchers noted.

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Barcelona provide update on Samuel Umtiti injury – Barca Blaugranes

Barcelona offered an update on Samuel Umtiti’s current fitness situation after the defender missed the Champions League win over PSV with knee trouble.

The France international is only just back from nearly two months out due to the injury but will now head to Qatar for more treatment.

“The first team player Samuel Umtiti will follow a plan of conservative treatment with the objective of curing the discomfort in his left knee.

“The player will travel to Doha, Qatar where he will follow this therapeutic plan under the supervision of the Club’s Medical Services.”

Source | FC Barcelona

There’s no confirmation of how long he’ll be out for, but it’s possible he will not feature again for Barcelona in 2018.

Clement Lenglet will step in for Umtiti while he’s out, but the news will be a real worry for Barcelona ahead of the season half of the season.

Madrid in the spotlight: The pros and cons of River-Boca at the Bernabeu – MARCA.com

Copa Libertadores Conmebol’s decision to debate

The official announcement that the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will host the match between River Plate and Boca Juniors has put the city of Madrid in the spotlight.

Defenders and detractors of this decision debate on whether it is correct that the capital of Spain is responsible for organising the second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores.

These are the pros and cons of the Conmebol decision:

1. Unprecedented security

Spain will have to activate an unusual operation to receive the fans of River Plate and Boca Juniors, two historically opposed teams.

The rivalry comes to the city of Madrid and the government must ensure the safety of everything that surrounds this match.

2. An internal corruption outside Madrid

Many fans think that a River-Boca Juniors match doesn’t mean anything in Madrid.

If the incidents were due to internal corruption, the logical thing is that it is in this internal area that the problem of the final of the Copa Libertadores should be resolved.

3. A weekend full of tourists

The match between River Plate and Boca Juniors will only increase the influx of people in Madrid.

In Spain, the bridge of the Constitution is celebrated, and many take the opportunity to visit the city in a Christmas setting.

The Argentine fans will join the tourists who will come for the duel on Sunday.

4. Anger from Argentina

Argentine columnists and media have already shown their displeasure for taking a purely Argentine final out of the country.

The journalist of Ole, Federico Rozenbaum, explains it.

“The final in Madrid is a kick in the soul to all the football fans of Argentina,” he wrote.

“Ten thousand kilometres away, River-Boca is a ridiculous attempt to transform the Superclasico into a Champions League event.”

1. In principle, without ‘Barras Bravas’

The president of Conmebol, Alejandro Dominguez, announced that the The ‘Barras Bravas’ are prohibited from leaving the country by air.

Therefore, the fans who caused all the altercations in Buenos Aires will not be able to enter Spain.

It was, for this reason, that the option to play in Asuncion (Paraguay) was dismissed.

The most radical supporter could reach that Paraguayan city by road.

2. Madrid, the capital of football

This season Madrid will become the capital of world football.

Next December 9 it will host the final of the Copa Libertadores in what will be a historic game and, six months later, in the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, the final of the Champions League will be played.

Prestige that will remain forever.

3. Greatest Argentine community in the world

If you think carefully, the choice of Spain is not as bad as many think.

The country is home to the largest community of Argentines in the world that, with this decision, will take advantage to see their teams up close.

4. The 10th safest city in the world.

The president of Conmebol also sent a message to support Madrid, and Spain‘s capital is the 10th safest city in the world.

There should be no problem in that sense with the fans that fill the stands of the Santiago Bernabeu, as Madrid is more than accustomed to sporting events of maximum risk.

Barcelona Join Premier League Clubs in Race to Sign Lyon Star After Champions League Masterclass – 90min

​Barcelona are set to increase their interest in Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele as a bidding war threatens to develop for the exciting young Frenchman.

For the second time this season, Ndombele ran the show against Manchester City in the Champions League as Lyon held the Premier League leaders to a 2-2 draw in France this week.

Olympique Lyonnais v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Group F

It had previously been reported that ​Barcelona were keeping an eye on Ndombele as a possible alternative to Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong and Paris Saint-Germain contract rebel Adrien Rabiot.

​The Mirror report that the Blaugrana may step up their interest in the 21-year-old after Ramon Planes, assistant to sporting director Eric Abidal, was in attendance for Tuesday’s game at the Groupama Stadium.

Ernesto Valverde hinted that ​Barcelona would dip into the transfer market in January after an injury to midfielder ​Rafinha, and Abidal is hopeful that his strong relationship with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas will help to tip negotiations in Barca’s favour.

A whole host of Premier League clubs are reportedly keen on bringing Ndombele across the English Channel, including ​Arsenal, ​Everton, ​Liverpool, Tottenham and ​Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola added fuel to the fire of those rumours by singling Ndombele and his teammate Houssem Aouar out for praise after this week’s game.

Olympique Lyonnais v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Group F

“We talk a lot about Ndombele, but Aouar is also excellent,” said Guardiola, quoted by ​Goal“Lyon really has a very good team. There are young people full of quality and I think the team is in place tactically. We have to congratulate them.”

Lyon have drawn their last four Champions League games since beating City at the Etihad in September, and another draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday six will put them through to the last 16.

Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity Just Survived a Massive Crash in Outer Space – Live Science

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity Just Survived a Massive Crash in Outer Space

In this illustration, a hot, dense, expanding cloud of debris gets stripped from neutron stars just before they collide.

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

Gravity is big and weird and difficult to study. It moves through space as a wave, sort of like how light does. But these waves are subtle and difficult to detect. They occur in measurable amounts only after massive events, like the collision of black holes. Humanity didn’t spot its first gravitational wave until 2015. Then, in 2017, astronomers for the first time detected both gravitational waves and light from a single event: a neutron star collision. Now, researchers are using data from that event to confirm some basic facts about the universe.

In a paper first uploaded Nov. 1 to the preprint server arXiv (which Live Science first saw reported on ScienceAlert), researchers announced that they found no evidence of “gravitational leakage.” Scientists had thought it was possible for gravity to penetrate high dimensions (those beyond the four that humans experience — up/down, side to side, forward/backward, time) even though light does not. If that happened, the force of gravity would lose more of its energy than light does while passing through space. But comparing the light and gravitational waves from that neutron star collision showed that this wasn’t happening.

All our dimension’s gravity appears to be staying right where it belongs, as Albert Einstein predicted in his theory of general relativity.

The researchers in the new study also analyzed gravitational waves to see whether the graviton — the theoretical particle that carries gravity — might have mass, like other particles do. If there was such a thing as a “massive graviton,” gravitational waves would also have mass, and if these waves had mass, they would exhibit signs of momentum, unlike light particles, which are massless. That would also be a violation of general relativity. But, again, it didn’t happen.

Overall, researchers found, Einstein’s theories of gravity remain basically intact. Someday, that might change. But it hasn’t yet, even after two neutron stars slammed into each other.

Originally published on Live Science.

PM Modi interacts with Trump, Putin and May on sidelines of G20 – Times of India

BUENOS AIRES: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with US President Donald Trump and Russian President
Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of the G-20 summit here.

The brief exchange of views came ahead of the first trilateral meeting between Modi, Trump and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later Friday.

According to a picture tweeted by external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, Modi was seen clasping the hand of Trump and talking to the US president.

Prime Minister Modi also interacted with President Putin.

“Catching up with other #G20 leaders from Russia, Italy and UK at the Leaders’ Lounge,” Kumar tweeted, referring to prime minister’s interactions with President Putin, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister May.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi held separate bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

NASA Chief Says Elon Musk Won’t Be Smoking Joints Publicly Again – NDTV News

Washington: 

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine elaborated this week on the reasons why the US space agency launched a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing, which are building spaceships for astronauts, including their workplace culture and drug-free policies.

Although NASA initially declined to confirm media reports that the review was prompted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s appearance on a filmed podcast in which he was smoking a joint, Bridenstine admitted Thursday, during a roundtable with reporters, it “was not helpful.”

He added that he was the one who called for the safety review, announced November 20, of the two companies tasked with building the spacecraft that will enable Americans once again to send people to space — a capacity the US lost in 2011 with the retirement of the space shuttle program.

“We’ve had a number of conversations,” Bridenstine was quoted as telling The Atlantic magazine.

“I will tell you, he (Musk) is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that that was not appropriate behavior, and you won’t be seeing that again.”

Speaking later to AFP, Bridenstine said the review shows how seriously NASA takes the safety of its astronauts.

“The reality is, we’re getting ready to launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil for the first time since 2011, and we want to make sure we have a cultural assessment, a safety assessment of each of our providers,” he said.

“If you look back at the history of how, when accidents have occurred in the past, there has always been a safety assessment after the fact and it includes things like leadership and culture and safety of the organizations that are involved in the mission,” he added.

“We didn’t want to wait until after there’s an accident, because we don’t believe there’s going to be an accident, but we wanted to make sure that we do that assessment early and not after the fact.”

SpaceX has been a contractor for NASA since 2012, ferrying supplies to the International Space Station aboard its Dragon cargo ship.

Next year, SpaceX is preparing for the first flight of its Dragon crew capsule, with two astronauts on board, launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket.

An empty test flight is planned for January 7, 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

KCR Abuses Voter at Rally Over Quota for Muslims, Congress Says He’s ‘Drunk With Power’ – News18

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Former India cricketer and senior Congress leader Mohammed Azharuddin said KCR should tender an apology and also answer the question about the 12 per cent reservation he promised for Muslims.

PTI

Updated:November 30, 2018, 10:05 PM IST

KCR Abuses Voter at Rally Over Quota for Muslims, Congress Says He's 'Drunk With Power
File photo of Telangana chief minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao. (PTI)



Hyderabad: TRS leader and Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao lost his cool and asked a man to remain silent when he raised a question on the proposed 12 per cent reservation for Muslims during an election meeting in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district.

During the meeting on Thursday, the man asked Rao about the status of the proposed quota which was passed by the State Assembly and sent to the Centre for approval.

“What are you talking? Sit silent. What about 12 per cent? Why are you in hurry? Tere baap ko bolunga na (I will tell your father). Are you doing tamasha,” Rao asked.

In his election speeches, Rao had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not clearing the proposed reservation for Muslims. Later, during the course of his speech, Rao dubbed the man a ‘sanyasi’ and said there was a need to increase reservation for tribals and Muslim minorities.

Reacting to KCRs comments, Congress’ Telangana unit tweeted “Drunk with power, KCR acts like a dictator. Mr KCR, you are answerable to the people of Telangana. Arrogance and dictatorship have no space in a democracy!”

The BJP has attacked the TRS on the quota issue while campaigning. Hitting out at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi during an election rally at Mahabubnagar recently, the Prime Minister had said, “TRS’s talk of (raising) Muslim reservations is vote bank politics which the Congress has been doing for a long time.”

Former India cricketer and senior Congress leader Mohammed Azharuddin said KCR should tender an apology and also answer the question about the 12 per cent reservation he promised for Muslims. “He should tender an apology. He should not have said that,” Azharuddin said, reacting to Rao’s remarks. “Why should he make such promises when he knows very well that it cannot be fulfilled,” Azharuddin, who is the Congress’ Telangana unit working president, said.

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US urged to send Ebola experts in as Congo outbreak worsens – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists — “some of the world’s most experienced” — to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second-largest
Ebola outbreak in history.

The US experts have been sidelined for weeks, ordered away from the region because of State Department security concerns. Two top medical journals this week have published commentaries calling on the U.S. to change its mind and send them back where they are sorely needed.

This Ebola outbreak is like no other since health workers have compared the region to a war zone. Dozens of armed rebel groups are active, and their deadly attacks have forced responders to pause crucial Ebola containment work for days. Many new cases have been unrelated to known infections, alarming evidence that gaps in tracking the disease remain.

Late Thursday, the World Health Organization declared this outbreak second only to the devastating West Africa one that killed more than 11,000 people from 2014 to 2016. Congo’s health ministry said the number of confirmed and probable Ebola cases has reached 426, edging past the Uganda outbreak in 2000. So far this outbreak has 198 confirmed deaths and 47 probable ones.

“It is in U.S. national interests to control outbreaks before they escalate into a crisis,” one group of global health experts wrote in a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A separate one in the New England Journal of Medicine said : “Given the worsening of the outbreak, we believe it’s essential that these security concerns be addressed and that CDC staff return to the field.”

It is not clear how many Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers are now trying to tackle the outbreak from Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, which is nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away.

A State Department official said that CDC experts _ and those with the U.S. Agency for International Development, who are also affected by the order _ are still working closely with international partners to stop the outbreak.

There was no immediate comment from the CDC to the commentaries.

The security concerns are real, Ebola responders say. Teams with the WHO and Congo’s health ministry venture out on virus containment missions accompanied by U.N. peacekeepers or other armed security in areas where gunfire echoes daily.

Given the complications, this Ebola outbreak will last at least another six months before it can be contained, WHO emergencies chief Dr Peter Salama has predicted.

Despite the challenges, Ebola health workers have made breakthroughs that have given new hope in the fight against one of the world’s most notorious diseases. More than 37,000 people have received Ebola vaccinations and Congo has begun the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental Ebola drugs.

Speaking to The Associated Press on Friday from the outbreak zone, the Ebola response program director for the International Rescue Committee, Dr. Stacey Mearns, said the absence of the CDC’s experts can be felt acutely. Her colleague, Dr. Mesfin Teklu Tessema, the IRC’s senior health director, was among the more than two dozen people who signed the statement published in JAMA on Thursday.

“If the (US) ban were not in place, the CDC would have a big and growing presence here,” said Mearns, who worked closely with the CDC in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. The U.S. sent thousands of responders to West Africa from the CDC and other government agencies, including the military.

The CDC’s experts have rich experience in surveillance, treatment and lab testing, Mearns said, adding that some of that work is now being done from afar.

“We haven’t seen the height of this outbreak,” she warned as Ebola moves into new areas in Congo that are worrying close to a heavily traveled border with Uganda. “If want to see the end of this, we do need all critical actors on the ground.”