Don’t let work stress ruin your relationship

Today, work stress is a part of life. It gets really worrisome, however, when it begins to take a toll on your relationship. When it comes to relationship busters, work stress has gradually made its way to the top of the list. These tips will help you keep it from ruining your relationship:

Leave work at the office: Work, these days, keeps you glued to your gadgets. You need to choose a time when you can disconnect. Everyone needs to do what it takes to keep their jobs but taking calls or reading mails during meal times, conversations or in bed could make it difficult.

Have some quiet time: When work is stressful, leaving the office every day could feel like retreating from a war zone. While your partner may understand, nobody looks forward to being with a person who is perennially grumpy. When you leave work, have some quiet time to yourself to calm down and then be with him.

Limit the venting out: What is venting out to you might be cribbing to your partner after some time. Cut down on it, avoid repeating the same things and also make a conscious effort to ask and genuinely listen to how his day went.

Balance with positives: It might be difficult to make time but you need to balance the negatives with positives. Spend time being affectionate or doing fun things together. This will maintain the happiness levels in your relationship and also leave you rejuvenated enough to resume work the next day.


Swiss agents step up hunt for jet-setters draped in banned shawls

Confiscated shawls made with “Shahtoosh”, of the protected Tibetan antelope, are pictured at the Swiss Food Safety and Veterinary Office in Bern, Switzerland, March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

By John Miller

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland has ramped up its hunt for travellers jetting into St. Moritz and other fashionable Alpine resorts clad in illegal shawls woven from the silky belly fur of the endangered Tibetan antelope.

International trade in the wool, or ‘shahtoush’, of the Tibetan antelope has been banned since 1979 but its status as among the finest in the world has helped preserve its allure among the affluent and has encouraged continued poaching.

Swiss customs agents seized 131 shahtoosh shawls worth up to $20,000 apiece over the past two years from the entourage of wealthy individuals visiting the country – up sharply from the 89 shawls confiscated in the previous five years.

“Shahtoosh shawls are luxury goods, so seizures often take place where wealthy people enter Switzerland or spend their time,” said Stefan Kunfermann, spokesman at the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office that tracks seizures.

“It’s a persistent problem.”

Last year Switzerland joined forces with Interpol, creating an international anti-smuggling network that includes China, India and Pakistan — where the shawls are woven — and Italy, Spain, Germany and Britain, where buyers still covet their wool.

The Tibetan antelope, or chiru, lives on China’s high Tibetan plateau and in India, but poaching led numbers to plunge 90 percent over the past century.

Now numbering around 100,000, the chiru is classed as a threatened species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Victoria Jane Lady Getty, widow of British-American philanthropist Sir John Paul Getty, is among the latest travellers to have had a shawl confiscated by Swiss agents, on Dec. 30, 2016, the Swiss veterinary office said this week.

Her personal assistant did not reply to a Reuters request for comment.

The Swiss government gives owners the chance to recover their shawls if they can prove they were made before 1979. Otherwise, fines can run to 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,040).

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said there have been successes shutting down sales at high-end French and Spanish retailers that once stocked shahtoosh shawls.

But the group said Switzerland continues to deal with isolated cases, including recent incidents where cheaper but still illegal shahtoosh and cashmere blends were discovered.

“This trade is illegal and unsustainable,” said Colman O. Criodain, a WWF official. “It takes three antelope to make one shawl, as only the belly wool is used.”

(Editing by Gareth Jones)


Phillauri Movie Review And Box Office Predictions

Phillauri – Ganesha Reviews The Starry Picture

Watching romantic comedy movies like Phillauri would be one of the smartest past times in this summer, right? Produced by Anushka Sharma and her brother Karnesh under the banner of Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films and directed by Anshai Lal, Phillauri movie 2017 is scheduled to thrill, chill, and excite the audience today. The movie’s official poster, trailer, and songs have already made the young stars enthusiastic. So, even though Phillauri is inspired from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, those of you who have already decided to enjoy this light-hearted romantic comedy during this fun-filled summer, won’t be disappointed by some amazing performances by Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, and Suraj Sharma says Ganesha.

Ganesha has come up with the latest Phillauri Review with some interesting box office predictions including Phillauri review, Phillauri cast Anushka Sharma-Diljit Dosanjh and their performance and Phillauri Box Office collection Prediction. Let’s check it out.

Phillauri Review: Phillauri Box Office Prediction

Phillauri Review – Will Anushka Sharma-Diljit Dosanjh’s Phillauri Rock at the Box Office?

Good news for those who are expecting to watch some fabulous performance from the beloved Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh. The credit goes to Venus, the 5th house lord which is retrograde and gets exalted in the 10th house in conjunction with natal Sun and Mercury. So, we will be able to see a sweet and funny performance from Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and also a good performance from the supporting casts.

Phillauri Review- Phillauri Box Office Prediction: Can Phillauri Movie 2017 Cross 100 Crore Mark?

Instead of having a good performance, Ganesha feels Phillauri is most likely to fail in proving its worth at the box office, foresees Ganesha. Moon, being the lord of the 2nd house of wealth, is placed in the 8th house, in its enemy sign. Plus, it is hemmed between two malefic planets. This combination indicates difficulties and struggles to accumulate money, says Ganesha. Plus, malefic Ketu’s presence in the 9th house further shows challenges to stay steadily at the box office.

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Phillauri Review – Music and Performance:

Even though Phillauri Box Office Prediction might not be that inspiring, the lyrics and music of the movie are likely to touch the hearts of the youth, feels Ganesha since Venus is well placed in Ascendant in the navamsa chart. However, Venus is also retrograde in its exalted sign. Therefore, the dance or overall entertainment quotient may fail to appeal the youth. Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh’s performance will get mixed appreciations from the critics and audience.

Phillauri Review – Phillauri Overseas Performance: Can Phillauri be Hit at the Overseas Box Office?

The respective house lord of the 10th house of business and 12th house of abroad / overseas are retrograde and in opposition. Ganesha feels Anushka Sharma-Diljit Dosanjh’s Phillauri may have an average success abroad and may not be accumulating enough income through overseas business.

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Phillauri Review – Will Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh face any controversies?

Since malefic Saturn is sitting in the 7th house of partnership in the movie’s release chart and also aspect the 7th house lord Jupiter, the movie may probably face some controversies post release but it may not affect any of the cast’s future (including Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh) since Sun is well placed in the 10th house.

Phillauri Astrological Review – The Final Verdict:

Ganesha feels Phillauri will have mixed reviews from the critics as well as the viewers. However, Anushka Sharma’s second production Phillauri is likely to charm the audience through its performance but may not be a superhit at the box office.

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Ganesha wishes good luck for Phillauri and a bright future ahead of its lead actors Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, other star casts, and the producers.

With Ganesha’s Grace,

Malav Bhatt

The Team


7 Oscar-Winning Movies That Actually Weren’t Hits At The Box Office

The Academy Awards are seen as the highest honor for work in cinema. A lot have been given to movies that were huge hits like Avatar, which made $77,025,481 it’s opening weekend and came in at number one. But the Oscars don’t always go with what’s popular. There are many movies that cleaned up at the Oscars, but plummeted at the box office. Some of these movies faded away into obscurity after awards season, while some became late favorites after people rushed to go see them after they got their award. So which Oscar-winning movies weren’t hits at the box office? These seven may surprise you.

1. The Wizard of Oz

Everyone is familiar with the classic tale of Dorothy being swept into the land of Oz. It won two Oscars for Original Song and Original Score, but it wasn’t a hit when it was released. There are no clear numbers of what it made its opening weekend, but according History it was only a modest success and nothing to the popularity it is now. Audiences grew to love it with time.

2. Hugo

Hugo is an orphan living in the walls of a train station and investigating his father’s past. The movie won an astounding five Oscars for cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects, and art direction. But the average person was probably confused of what the movie was. The film’s budget was $170,000,000 but on opening weekend it only made $11,364,505.

3. Citizen Kane

The movie is deemed as the best movie of all-time, but that doesn’t mean it was popular at it’s release. The movie is about the death of a publishing tycoon and won an Oscar for best writing but Orson Welles was booed at the ceremony. The budget was $686,033 but bombed at the box office according to History.

4. The Artist

Not many people were into watching a silent black-and-white movie in 2011. The film showed a silent movie star and a dancer navigating the change to talking movies. It won five Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year, however the movie’s budget was $15,000,000 and on its opening weekend it made $204,878 according to IMDB.

5. The Last Emperor

You might not remember this movie. It tells the story of the last Emperor of China and won nine Oscars. Although the Academy loved it, audiences didn’t show up in theaters. The movie’s budget was $23,000,000 but on its opening weekend it made $21,105.

6. The Hurt Locker

The movie goes into the Iraq war and follows an army bomb squad. It won six Oscars including Best Picture of the Year, but it didn’t do too well with audiences. The movie’s budget was about $15,000,000 and only made $145,352 according to IMDB.

7. The Crying Game

The movie shows an IRA member looking into the past of one his British captors. It won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, but it was far from a hit. The movie’s budget was £2,300,000 but the wide release in America made $5,210,415. It wasn’t until after the award show that it got a boost in sales.


Shunyota: CBFC clears film with two cuts, 4 mutes

THE CENTRAL Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Friday recommended two cuts and four mutes for Bengali film Shunyota (Emptiness), which is based on the effects of demonetisation on the common man. Film director Suvendu Ghosh said he will follow the recommendations and submit a revised DVD of the movie to the body’s regional office in Kolkata on Monday. “They have asked me to delete two sequences and mute some dialogues. In all these scenes, people speak about the effects of demonetisation and how they had been impacted. They have issued a U/A certificate and recommended cuts in two short stories, which were earlier cleared by CBFC in the short film section. Nonetheless, the film is finally getting released and I am happy,” he said.

Ghosh, who had received a call from the CBFC’s Mumbai office, asking him to contact the regional office in Kolkata about the development, said he would have to redesign the film posters and look for a new release date. “With these recommendations, it is now clear that the content of the movie had delayed its certification,” he said. A letter signed by the regional officer of CBFC in Kolkata, Ajay Mhamia, read: “As per the directives of the chairperson, CBFC as well as the recommendations of the examining committee, your film has been passed for issue of certificate under U/A category with the cuts as follows. On the basis of content, theme and overall presentation of the film, it requires parental guidance for children below 12 years of age. Therefore, the film is graded as U/A.”

The suggested cuts included comments on demonetisation. A scene, where a character says “we cannot accept the procession of unwarranted deaths of a large number of people due to note ban”, would have to be removed. Another dialogue that would have to go is — “the government has caused trouble to everyone”. The dialogues which have to be muted include “big fishes will get away while small fries will be caught”, “this led to the death of so many helpless people” and “the subject is closer to reality”.

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PHOTOS: Bollywood box office 2017 report card: SRK’s Raees or Akshay Kumar’s Jolly LLB 2, which film ruled the first quarter?

Several Bollywood films have marked their success, thus wrapping up the first quarter of the year on a good note. Four films including Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees and Akshay Kumar starrer Jolly LLB 2 have crossed Rs 100-crore mark. Raees also faced a big clash with Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil at the box office, as both released on the same day. However, instead of coming in the way of each other’s performance, both managed to do well. While Raees collected Rs 137.51 crore, Kaabil collected Rs 103.84 crore.

Raees starring Shah Rukh Khan has emerged as the biggest hit of the first quarter of 2017. Directed by Rahul Dholakia, Raees was loosely based on Gujarat’s bootlegger Abdul Latif. The film also starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan in important roles. However, due to trouble between India and Pakistan, the action-drama didn’t release on the other side of the border.

Jolly LLB 2 swept through the box office too, with a collection of Rs 116.92 crore. The film starring Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Annu Kapoor and Sauravh Shukla, kept entertaining the masses throughout February.

Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil, also starred Yami Gautam, Ronit Soy and Rohit Roy. The film earned Rs 103.84 crore.

Badrinath Ki Dulhania, starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, came out as a surprise package in March. The film has minted Rs 107.69 crore and is still running at the theatres.


Microsoft will sell customized “Microsoft Edition” versions of Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung and Microsoft first signed a cross-license patent agreement in 2011 that resulted in Samsung paying licensing fees to Microsoft. The two reworked their deal in 2015, and though details were not made public, Samsung began preloading Microsoft apps on its phones and tablets. That’s been the case with Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 too but Microsoft is doing things differently this time around.

The company has announced that it will sell a ‘Microsoft Edition’ of the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, beginning April 21 at brick-and-mortar Microsoft Store locations across the US. Interestingly, the device will have to be unboxed in-store and connected to the retailer’s Wi-Fi, which will start loading Microsoft apps into the device. The customization “ensures a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more.”

“Microsoft Store is committed to empowering its customers to achieve more through Office and Microsoft applications. The new device customization is an example of bringing together Microsoft applications on more devices so customers can work, play and connect from their pockets,” the company said.

It’s worth noting that regular Samsung Galaxy S8 devices still come bundled with basic Microsoft apps like OneDrive, Skype, and Office. Microsoft Edition devices include a few additional apps, arranges those productivity applications on the home screen and provides additional accessibility to other Microsoft owned applications such as LinkedIn, Wunderlist and more.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ Microsoft Edition devices will retail for $749.99 and $849.99, respectively, just like the normal carrier versions, with pre-orders beginning today.


This Kerala clerk’s anti-bribery efforts will make you say we need more such officials

He has been serving for three years and has been known widely for his anti-corruption stance. (Source: Twitter) He has been serving for three years and has been known widely for his anti-corruption stance. (Source: Twitter)

We hear about corruption at government offices quite often, and many a time it is said that to change the system one must be in it. Practising exactly this is a Panchayat official in Kerala, who has taken a unique stand against bribery and is being lauded on social media.

Meet Abdul Saleem Palliyalthody, a panchayat clerk at the Angadipuram panchayat office in the state, who is known for his quirky anti-bribery message. At his office desk is a message on display that reads in Malayalam, “The government pays me Rs. 811 a day (Rs. 24,340 a month) to serve you. If you are not happy with my service, please tell me about it.”

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Saleem, 42, who has been serving for last three years has been updating the figures on the message every time there is a salary revision or increment, reports The Hindu. The special ‘anti-corruption’ notice went viral recently when a few visitors posted it online.

Outspoken, helpful and feisty Saleem often even help people beyond his work responsibilities. He reaches out to people and makes them aware of their rights.

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Even though he suffers from 40 per cent polio disability, that does not deter the honest officer from making field trips. His seniors and bosses claim that he creates a positive impact on his other colleagues and also has a good impact on the villagers coming to the office. Unlike other staffers, Saleem is from the same village in the Malappuram district and has also worked elsewhere, including in West Asia.

His goodness even drew attention from highest levels and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu too saluted his efforts.

Appreciate the honesty & spirit of Mr. Abdul Saleem, Panchayat clerk in #Kerala. Public service should be the motto of every Govt employee. — M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) March 29, 2017

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Naam Shabana box office prediction: Can Taapsee Pannu film break Baby’s record?

Taapsee Pannu’s Naam Shabana hits the screen on March 31. (Picture credit: Varinder Chawla) Taapsee Pannu’s Naam Shabana hits the screen on March 31. (Picture credit: Varinder Chawla)

Taapsee Pannu-starrer Naam Shabana is all set to face the audience on March 31st. While the film also stars Akshay Kumar in a cameo, the question is if the audience is ready to watch a full-fledged film based on the character of Taapsee. Film distributor Akshaye Rathi in an exclusive conversation with said that though the film seems to be well made and well promoted, it is hard to say if it can bring audience to the theatres. “While Akshay Kumar is in the film, the film is based on Taapsee, so the question is will you and I go to the theatre to watch Taapsee? As per the business of the film is concerned, the film might mint around Rs 3 crore to Rs 4 crore on day one but I would be surprised if the film would manage to cross Baby’s lifetime collection,” he said.

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Now Baby had too many reasons to be a hit. The film was directed by Neeraj Pandey, starred Akshay Kumar and was made at an estimated budget of Rs 58 crore. It eventually went on to become a hit with a gross collection of around Rs 149 crore. However, Naam Shabana is being produced by the hit-making duo of Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey while the film is directed by Shivam Nair. “The marketing of the film was good but they could have done better at reaching out to the audience. The film has very few chances to overgrow or even match up to Baby’s collection despite having a solo release at the box-office. Neeraj as the director and him as a producer is a different ball game altogether. At best, it will earn Rs 25 crore at the box office,” Akshaye said.

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He added that though Taapsee is high on Pink’s success, what needs to be considered is the reason why the film was a hit. “Did people go for Pink because of Taapsee? In fact, people did not even go for Amitabh Bachchan because in that case, Te3n would have been a hit too. It was purely the concept which drove the audience to the theatres. Naam Shabana, on the other hand, is spy genre. The concept is new to the audience and not even relatable.”

The film would be screened in around 1200-1400 screens and has been made at a budget of Rs 15 crore with Rs 10 crore being spent for promotion. Naam Shabana also stars Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee and Prithviraj Sukumaran.

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Uttar Pradesh: Gorakhpur to get CM Yogi Adityanath’s camp office

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

With Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur witnessing a rush of people after local MP and head priest Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the chief minister, the BJP on Thursday announced that a “CM’s camp office” will be set up on the temple campus where problems faced by the people will be heard. According to BJP’s UP Twitter handle, the CM made the announcement in view of the increase in the visitors to the temple and also to ensure that people from eastern UP do not have to come to Lucknow to solve their problems.

Dwarika Tiwari, in-charge of Yogi Adityanath’s office in Gorakhnath Temple, said: “I had requested the CM to set up his camp office in the temple… He had assured that he will fulfill the request and very soon, a camp office will be set up with a senior officer from the administration attending to the grievances of the people.”

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