Snapchat Gets Friendship Profiles and Bitmoji Stories

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has introduced two new features – Friendship Profiles and Bitmoji Stories in an attempt to make the app more interactive and fun.

With Friendship Profiles, Snapchat would hold content like images, videos, messages and links that users have saved in Chat with a friend or a group of friends, the company wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“Each Friendship Profile one will be unique, highlighting the most special moments you’ve shared and saved, showcasing relationship privately,” the post said.

Bitmoji Stories are being introduced in English language only, as a new comic strip, starring Bitmoji avtaar of the Snapchatters themselves, with guest appearances from friends.

“Find new episodes of ‘Bitmoji Stories’ each week right in the ‘Discover feed’,” the post added.

Both the features have been released globally and would reach all users over the coming weeks.

Also this week, Snapchat’s Vice President of content Nick Bell stepped down from his position without any specific reasoning, after five years of serving the company.

“I am leaving Snap to take some time off to recharge before deciding on my next adventure. I will be transitioning out of the role between now and the end of the year,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted Bell as saying in a memo he sent to the Snapchat staff on Monday.

Last month, Snap reported it had lost more users than Wall Street expected in the third quarter as it continued to grapple with an unpopular redesign of its Snapchat photo-messaging app and fierce competition from Facebook’s Instagram. Daily active users are expected to fall again next quarter, Snap Chief Financial Officer Tim Stone told analysts on a conference call, which would mark the third sequential quarter of user declines.

Written with inputs from IANS

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Robocop On Patrol At At East Asia Summit In Singapore

A police robot patrols at the Suntec City convention and exhibition centre. (AFP)


Hi-tech Singapore has deployed an autonomous robot with a swivelling camera for a head and flashing lights to patrol a summit venue — arresting the attention of amused passers-by who stopped to snap selfies.

The white, four-wheeled buggy, measuring about five-feet (1.5 metres), trundled around the perimeter of a convention centre in the city-state, providing additional security at a meeting of world leaders.

The so far unnamed robot, decked out with flashing blue and red lights, is a prototype reportedly developed by the police, which can transmit a 360-degree picture of the area it is patrolling.

It navigates independently on a pre-mapped route and can avoid obstacles, local media reported, citing police.

But rather than fearing the long robotic arm of the law, many passers-by were amused by the device, with some mistaking it for a gigantic toy.


A handful stopped to snap selfies, while one man marched next to it grinning broadly as it wheeled slowly around near the convention centre.

“It’s so cute, it looks like a toy,” said Chinese holidaymaker Ruan Min, taking a picture as her four-year-old daughter chased the robot down the street.

Singapore, known for its strict law and order, has rolled out a major security operation to secure this week’s meetings, which are organised by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and attended by 20 world leaders.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Chennai Super Kings Release Three Players, Retain Core Group

Indian Premier League 2019: Chennai Super Kings Release Three Players, Retain Core Group

The Indian Premier League auctions will be held in December. © File Photo/AFP

Wood featured in just one game in the previous edition for CSK and went wicketless while Kshitiz and Seth didn’t get a game. The IPL defending champions also announced the retention of 22 players, including English all-rounder David Willey, who replaced the injured Kedar Jadhav in the 2018 edition.

All IPL franchises are required to submit their list of retentions before the November 15 deadline ahead of the auction.

Earlier on Wednesday, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc was released by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and was informed about the development via a text message. Starc, who was picked by KKR for a whopping Rs 9.4 crore, missed IPL 2018 due to a right leg injury he sustained during the infamous Test series against South Africa. Starc might forgo IPL 12 to rest up ahead of a gruelling winter of cricket in the UK where the World Cup and Ashes will be played back to back over a six-month period. “I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I’ve been released from my contract,” Starc was quoted as saying by

(With IANS inputs)

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Amazon Prime Video, Netflix Sued Over Obscene Content in India

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Centre’s response on a plea for removal of vulgar and sexually explicit content from online platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and others.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao listed the matter for further hearing on February 8.

The petition was filed by NGO, Justice for Rights. Advocate Harpreet S. Hora appearing for the NGO sought a law or guidelines for regulating such contents available like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other similar platforms.

The petitioner said online platforms offered vulgar, sexually explicit, pornographic, profane, virulent, religiously forbidden and morally unethical contents in order to attract more subscribers and generate profit.

The NGO alleged that most of the contents available was in violation of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

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karan johar kiran kher malaika Arora indias got talent video viral – करण जौहर ने किरण खेर की ड्रेस का उड़ाया मजाक, तो बोलीं

खास बातें

  1. करण जौहर ने पोस्ट किया वीडियो
  2. मलाइका-किरण का उड़ाया मजाक
  3. फिर कुछ ऐसे लगाई क्लास

नई दिल्ली: बॉलीवुड की बड़ी हस्तियों में से एक डायरेक्टर व प्रोड्यूसर करण जौहर इन दिनों कलर्स पर आने वाले रिएलिटी शो ‘इंडियाज गॉट टैलेंट’ में जज की भूमिका में हैं. उनके साथ एक्ट्रेस मलाइका अरोड़ा व किरण खेर भी कंटेस्टेंट को जज कर रही हैं. फिलहाल शो में जब भी खाली वक्त होता है तो करण जौहर अपने इंस्टाग्राम के लिए मजेदार वीडियो बनाना शुरू कर देते हैं. फिलहाल अब एक और वीडियो काफी वायरल हो रहा है, जिसमें वह मलाइका और किरण खेर से मजाक करते हुए दिखे.  ‘इंडियाज गॉट टैलेंट’ के 8वें सीजन में करण जौहर अक्सर अपने साथ के जजों को तंग करते दिखे हैं. इस वीडियो में भी उन्होंने मलाइका और किरण के ड्रेस पर कमेंट किया तो उल्टा जवाब सुनने को मिल गया.

रणवीर सिंह-दीपिका पादुकोण की शादी का पहला Video आया सामने, दिखी ऐसी सजावट

करण जौहर ने वीडियो की शुरुआत मॉर्निंग मल्ला (मलाइका) कहते हुए शुरू किया. करण ने कहा- ”शानदार बाल, चमकदार ड्रेस… बियॉन्से की तरह लग रही हो… तुम्हें क्या लगता है?” इस पर मलाइका अरोड़ा ने जवाब दिया, ‘जलने की जरूरत नहीं, मेरे पास बियॉन्से से बेहतर बॉडी है.’ इसके बाद करण अपने दूसरे कलीग जज किरण खेर के पास जाते हैं और कहते हैं कि ‘करवाचौथ के लिए आप थोड़ी लेट नहीं हो गई! क्या कहती हैं आप?’ इस पर किरण ने पलटकर जवाब देते हुए कहा- ‘चुप हो जाओ करण… तुम हमेशा बकवास करते रहते हो. तू क्या कपड़े पहनकर आता है.’ 


निरहुआ के नए गाने ने इंटरनेट पर मचाया धमाल, वायरल हो गया Video


किरण ने आगे कहा, ‘कल तू पहनकर आया था ऐथलीजर… जिसे देखकर मुझे सीजर होने वाला था और आज तूने क्या हीरो का ड्रेस पहनकर आ गया.’ फिलहाल करण और किरण के बीच हुई तू-तू, मैं-मैं देखने के बाद आप भी मुस्कुरा पड़ेंगे. करण जौहर द्वारा पोस्ट की गई इंस्टाग्राम वीडियो पोस्ट को 24 घंटे में 10 लाख से ज्यादा लोगों ने देख लिया है. करण जौहर इन दिनों डायरेक्शन से ज्यादा प्रोड्यूसिंग में काम करते हुए दिखाई दे रहे हैं. 

…और भी हैं भोजपुरी से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…

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All-New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Spied, Detailed Interior And Exterior Pictures

New pictures of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ertiga showcase all the details of the new seven seat MPV, which will be launched on November 21, 2018 in India

Earlier today we brought you news on how bookings for the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga have begun with a booking amount of Rs 11,000 at Maruti Suzuki Arena dealerships across the country. And now, new detailed pictures showcasing the Maruti Suzuki seven seater MPV inside and out have surfaced. The new Ertiga will be launched in India on November 21, 2018 and is expected to have a price tag of between Rs 7-11 lakh. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will also be available with both a petrol and a diesel engine. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre K15 engine making 103 bhp while the diesel is a 1.3-litre DDIS 200 engine making 89 bhp. Both cars will get a 5-speed manual gearbox with the petrol also getting a 4-speed torque convertor automatic. There will be no diesel automatic Ertiga at the time of launch and no factory fitted CNG Ertiga either. That said, scroll down for more detailed spy pictures of the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga at a dealer stockyard in India.


(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will get five colour options)

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is all set to launch in India and will be the second generation of the popular MPV. The new Ertiga gets an all new design language that is similar to the likes of the larger and more premium Toyota Innova Crysta. The new Ertiga will get a new grille and sharper headlamps.


(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets a set of 15-inch alloy wheels on the top spec version)

The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will also get a set of new LED daytime running lights and LED headlamps along with a set of possible LED foglamps from the new Ciaz too. The top spec ZDI+ will get 15-inch alloy wheels like the ones seen in the image above. 


(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga rear design)

The big changes continue around the rear too. The Ertiga now gets a completely redesigned rear end with a set of boomerang tail lamps that looks very similar to the ones on Volvo SUVs. It gets LED lighting elements for the brake lights while the tail gate itself has a slim chrome styling cue. 


(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Gets an all-new interior)

The new Ertiga gets a brand new interior too. A new steering wheel that is borrowed from the Dzire now makes an appearance and just like the Dzire and Ciaz, there is premium wood finish panels on the dashboard and the side door panels too. On the whole, a much better design language. 


(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Dashboard)

The wooden finish on the dashboard is more evident here. And so is the climate control setup along with the new touchscreen infotainment system that gets inbuilt navigation. It will also support Apple Carplay and Android Auto. 


(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Roof Mounted AC)

As expected, the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets a roof mounted AC vent for the rear passengers. The second row also is adjustable and tumbles forward in order to give access to the last row of seats. The new Ertiga also gets a beige interior and beige upholstery on the seats. 


(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Pictures)

And finally, the trademark seven seat – three row layout. The new Ertiga is more spacious as compared to the older generation as it has a longer wheelbase and a much larger cabin. The new Ertiga will also have a bigger boot as compared to its predecessor. That said, carandbike will be driving the new car on November 22, 2018 so stay tuned for our detailed gallery and of course, our detailed review right here on the website and on our youtube channel. 


Image Source: Indra_Phatan // Instagram

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Jammu Man Arrested For Killing Daughter’s Boyfriend

The suspect was rounded up by SIT and he confessed to the crime (Representational)


A man from Gangyal in Jammu has been arrested for allegedly killing his daughter’s boyfriend, police said Wednesday.

Dalbir Singh alias Sunny, a resident of Babliana Tehsil in Jammu, was found dead on the Samba-Sumb Link roadside near Talot Yard on October 11, following which a special investigation team was formed to investigate the case, a police spokesman said.

He said Singh was found with a polythene bag wrapped around his head and stab marks on the neck.

“During the course of the investigation, the SIT triangulated the location of the deceased to the house of one Ajay Kumar Gupta in Gangyal, Jammu. His mobile phone was switched off there,” the spokesman said.

The suspect was rounded up by SIT and he confessed to the crime, the official said.

Quoting the confessional statement of the accused, the spokesman said Singh was allegedly in a romantic relationship with Gupta’s daughter.

“Gupta and his family members called Singh to their residence. They attacked him with an iron rod, inflicted fatal injuries on his head due to which he fell unconscious. Then they inflicted multiple stab wounds on the neck,” he said.

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Referee Suspended As ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ Replaces Coin Toss

A football referee in England has been suspended for three weeks after it emerged he had abandoned the standard pre-match coin toss ahead of a Women’s Super League match in favour of a game of ‘rock, paper, scissors’. The Football Association announced Thursday that referee David McNamara had accepted a charge of “not acting in the best interests of the game” prior to a WSL match between Manchester City and Reading last month.

Under the laws of football, a referee must conduct a coin toss between the two captains to decide which team kicks off.

But instead it has been reported that McNamara, after leaving his coin in the changing room, invited City captain Steph Houghton and Reading skipper Kirsty Pearce to participate in the child’s game of ‘rock, paper, scissors’ instead.

“The FA can confirm that referee David McNamara has been suspended for 21 days, starting from Monday 26 November, after accepting a charge of ‘not acting in the best interests of the game’,” an FA spokesperson said Thursday.

“This follows an incident in the WSL match between Manchester City and Reading on Friday 26 October, when he failed to determine which team would kick off the match by the toss of a coin, as required by the laws of the game.

“McNamara will return to duty from Monday 17 December.”

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Centre, RBI Closer To Resolving Differences Ahead Of Board Meet: Report

The threat that RBI Governor Urjit Patel would quit is off the table for now, sources said. (File)

New Delhi/Mumbai: 

The government and the RBI are getting close to ironing out some of their policy differences, said two sources familiar with the discussions, as they seek to defuse worsening tensions that had threatened to unnerve investors.

While the rift is far from healed, the sources said enough progress had been made to avoid acrimony at a board meeting of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) next Monday. The threat that RBI Governor Urjit Patel would quit, as reported by some newspapers last week, is also thought to be off the table for now, they said.

The uneasy truce is likely to see the RBI ease up on some lending restrictions to help the government stimulate the economy, said the sources. One source said the RBI could agree to tweak restrictions on lending to improve credit flows for smaller companies with a borrowing limit of 250 million rupees ($3.4 million).

Neither the RBI nor the finance ministry responded to requests for comment for this article. The prime minister’s office declined to comment.

It is unclear how much of a role Prime Minister Narendra Modi played in defusing the tension. Local media reported that PM Modi met Mr Patel last week in an attempt to sort out the contentious issues but officials in the prime minister’s office and the RBI said they did not know of such a meeting.

PM Modi had appointed Urjit Patel as the RBI governor in 2016 for a three-year term that ends in September next year.

For weeks, government officials in New Delhi have been pressuring the Mumbai-based RBI to accede to a range of demands, from easing lending curbs to handing over surplus reserves to the government. This prompted RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya to warn late last month that undermining a central bank’s independence could be “catastrophic,” bringing the feud into the open.

Tensions were expected to come to a head at Monday’s meeting as government representatives on the board appeared to be ready to turn up the heat on Mr Patel and accuse the RBI of being intransigent in the face of government demands.

Now, it seems likely there will be a more constructive atmosphere with agreement on some issues, and disputed questions shelved for another day, the sources said.

Can’t Agree To Everthing

The government is keen to provide more stimulus to the economy heading into next year’s election, especially as the incomes of many farmers have been hit by low crop prices. At the same time it doesn’t want a bust-up with the central bank, which could badly affect investor sentiment and provide political fodder to the opposition Congress party.

“The government understands the regulator will remain a regulator and can’t agree to all demands,” said a government official, who declined to be named, referring to the RBI.

While the official did not give any details of the solutions being worked out with the RBI, he acknowledged that the government did not want to trigger Urjit Patel’s departure at such a sensitive time.

There are five key state elections in the next few weeks and a general election due by May. The Congress party has already been harrying the government over allegations of corruption in the Rafale jet deal with France and infighting between the top officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

An RBI board member said that helping to ease tensions was the idea that both sides wanted a healthy economy. It was just a question of how to get there. “The main issue is how to boost credit growth,” the member said referring to the credit crunch facing small companies.

Economics Affairs Secretary SC Garg is expected to make a presentation in the board meeting to outline the concerns of the finance ministry and could bring up the question about the transfer of surplus cash reserves held by the RBI, the sources said.

The board member said that an expert panel may be set up to work out the appropriate level of contingency reserves for the RBI, effectively kicking that question down the road. The RBI introduced a so-called corrective action plan in 2014 for 11 state-run banks with bad loan issues and depleted capital. That plan included curbs on risky lending and RBI officials said, as a result, the banks’ loan growth fell to zero and had remained there since 2016, from 10 percent in 2014.

According to the RBI board member, the government wants the RBI to ease those curbs and lower capital requirements for the 11.

Some improvements in the balance sheets of those lenders might give the RBI leeway to do that, although the RBI would prefer to give the mending process more time, said another official who is aware of discussions within the central bank.

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