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‘EastEnders’ actress Gurlaine Kaur Garcha opens up on racist attack

Punjab-origin British actress Gurlaine Kaur Garcha, widely known for her role of Ash Panesar in the popular series “EastEnders”, has opened up on feeling “angry, sad and embarrassed” on being the target of racism.

The 27-year-old actress, born in Luton, England, said the incident “came from nowhere” and left her in tears and feeling “ashamed” because she was unable to “brush off” the unnamed woman’s tirade, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Garcha made the revelation in a long post she shared on Instagram the day before. 

In the post, she categorically talks of being a “victim to verbal racial abuse” that she described as “a completely unprovoked attack”. Adding that she was proud of her British, Punjabi, Kenyan and Sikh roots, Garcha questioned in her post: “When will racism end?”

She shared her post with a picture of a pink and a brown hand clasping each other. “Say no to racism”, goes the slogan beneath the visual in the image.

“I am proud to be British. I am proud that my grandparents were born in Punjab. I am proud that my parents were born in Kenya. And I am proud to be Sikh. I celebrate all these things. I wish others did too,” she said.

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White House lawyers tell Meena Harris to stop using aunt Kamala to build brand

Vice President Kamala Harris’ social-media-influencer niece has long used her aunt’s fame to boost her own personal brand — but now that Harris has entered the White House, aides have become increasingly concerned about the ethical implications of the promotional pattern, according to a report. 

“Some things can’t be undone,” a White House official, speaking about niece Meena Harris, 36, on the condition of anonymity, told the LA Times.

“That being said: Behavior needs to change,” the official said of the niece Harris, whose ventures have reportedly become a sensitive issue in the newly formed Biden-Harris White House. 

Harris is a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur who boasts more than 800, 000 followers on Instagram, where her posts range from political to personal.

She is the author of children’s books, including one titled ‘Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea’ and she is the founder of a women’s charitable clothing brand called “Phenomenal.” 

Her latest book, Ambitious Girl was released the night before her aunt was sworn in as the first female vice president and woman of color in the White House.

The niece has also appeared on The View and the Today show, and was profiled this year in Vanity Fair and by The New York Times.

After the election, White House lawyers told the younger Harris she could not produce any products that used the veep’s name or likeness, a White House official reportedly told The LA Times.

A White House official went as far to say that the book bearing her aunt’s first name, along with a Phenomenal sweatshirt printed “Vice President Aunty,” are not allowed under existing ethics rules, the paper reported. 

But even after federal lawyers briefed Meena on the new rules she must follow, she still flew on a private plane to the inauguration with a Biden donor and shared the trip on Instagram, according to The LA Times.

Her online store also continues to tell sweatshirts printed with the viral quote “I’m speaking” — words spoken by her aunt during a debate with then-Vice-President Mike Pence.

In a statement provided to The LA Times via a public relations firm, Harris defended her practices. 

“Since the beginning of the campaign, I have insisted on upholding all legal and ethical standards and will continue to strictly adhere to the ethics rules of the Biden/Harris White House,” she reportedly said.

“With regards to Phenomenal, it was always our plan to remove the likeness of the Vice President from the website before the Inauguration, and refrain from using her likeness in any products or campaigns going forward.” (Source: nypost.com)

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Varun thanks all for love post marriage to Natasha

Just-married actor Varun Dhawan has tweeted his thanks to all, for their love shown towards him and his wife, fashion designer Natasha Dalal.

“The last few days me and Natasha have received so much love and positivity from everyone so just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart,” he wrote.

Varun got married to his childhood sweetheart Natasha at The Mansion House resort in Alibaug on Sunday. He opted for an intimate affair, rather than a big wedding owing to the ongoing pandemic. He got married in the presence of family members and close friends.

Since then, the actor has been sharing various moments from the wedding on his Instagram.

He shared wedding pictures on social media, captioning the post: “Life long love just became official”.

In his latest post, he has shared a picture of Natasha’s mehendi ceremony where the actor can be seen planting a kiss on her cheek.

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How Big Tech helped millions traverse the year

Intro: Despite a growing antitrust scrutiny that poses a big existential threat to technology companies, Big Tech helped millions of workers and children navigate the pandemic with digital tools, virtual meetings, video games and content streaming in 2020

1. Big Tech

Technology emerged a winner during the pandemic as cloud and connectivity services thrived in a stay-at-home world. Netflix revenue jumped 73% in the most recent three quarters. Video conferencing service Zoom’s sales soared 307%. And Amazon was among the biggest winners, with sales leaping $67 billion, or 35%, in the first three quarters of the year.

The five most valuable companies — Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google owner Alphabet and Facebook are now worth more than $7.5 trillion combined.

What’s next: Although the disputes aren’t likely to get resolved anytime soon, legal and regulatory action to rein in Big Tech has become a rare bipartisan issue in Washington

2. Bitcoin

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies plunged alongside the stock market shortly after Covid-19 ground the US economy to a standstill in March. But bitcoin (ARSC) has come roaring back to hit new all-time highs near $30,000 since then. Prices have more than tripled this year.

What’s next: Bitcoin may become a more acceptable form of digital payments in 2021 now that fintech powerhouses Square (SQ) and PayPal (PYPL) are both letting users buy, sell and hold bitcoin.

3. Video games

Consumers were stuck at home this year, and video games gave players an opportunity to pass the time alone while still interacting with their friends. That helped the video games industry boom this year, from sold out Nintendo Switch consoles, to record growth on streaming platforms, including Facebook Gaming and Amazon’s Twitch.

Google’s video platform YouTube logged its best year ever in 2020 with more than 100 billion hours in gaming content viewed.

What’s next: With PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S and X, experts predict the gaming industry is set to keep growing in 2021.

4. Online and big retailers

Amazon and other online retailers were among the biggest winners of the pandemic, as people grew cautious about leaving their homes. But big-box stores, such as Walmart, Target and Costco , also won big, as shoppers flocked to stores where they could get all their shopping done in one go.

What’s next: Big retailers aren’t expected to lose any ground once the pandemic ends, even if the pace of sales growth slows down. They ramped up their digital operations in 2020 and are well-positioned to succeed in the future.

5. Creators

Creators have been finding ways to keep their content fresh and innovative throughout 2020, especially during the pandemic. The platforms that support these creators have benefited significantly.

Twitch downloads jumped 61% worldwide from January to November. Patreon, a social and membership platform for content creators, grew 43%.

What’s next: Social giants like Facebook and Snapchat have taken note, launching their own versions of popular creator platforms like TikTok.

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Priyanka, Nick Jonas get mushy on 2nd wedding anniversary

Actress Priyanka Chopra and her pop star husband Nick Jonas took to social media to express love for each other, on their second wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

“Two years married to the most wonderful, inspiring and beautiful woman. Happy anniversary @priyankachopra I love you,” Nick posted on Instagram along with their photos from their white wedding ceremony.

Priyanka replied to his post saying: “I love you meri jaan.”

She took to Twitter to post a photo of them walking hand in hand, and captioned it: “Happy 2 year anniversary to the love of my life. Always by my side. My strength. My weakness. My all. I love you @nickjonas.”

The two have often shown their romantic side on social media.

Last month, Priyanka shared a couple of photographs of her Karwa Chauth celebrations with Nick, whom she married over multiple ceremonies in India in December 2018.

The actress is currently shooting for “Text For You”, which also stars Celine Dion and Sam Heughan.

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Modi most popular leader on social media in India

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains the most popular leader on social media in the country and has been associated with the most trends on social media platforms such as Twitter, Google search and YouTube from August to October.

Modi was at the top of 95 political leaders as well as led the top 500 influencers on social media.

Checkbrand, an online sentiment analysis company, analysed more than 100 million online impressions for the maiden edition of the report.

Other leaders who led significant trends include West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the report said.

CheckBrand conducted an online analysis of the top 95 political leaders on social media as well as the top 500 influential people from August to October this year. It analysed over 100 million online votes for the first edition of the report.

“In the last quarter, 2,171 trends were associated with Prime Minister Modi on forums like Twitter, Google search and YouTube and 2,137 trends were associated with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy,” the report said.

Home Minister Amit Shah’s score was 36.43 followed by the late former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at 31.89, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prema Khandu at 31.89 and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at 27.03.

“The brand value in monetary terms on the basis of the engagement and followers for Prime Minister Modi stood at Rs 3.36 billion (Rs 336 crore), for Amit Shah at Rs 3.35 billion (Rs 335 crore), followed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Rs 3.28 billion (Rs 328 crore),” the report said.

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Fleets: Twitter rolls out new ‘disappearing posts’ feature

Twitter on Tuesday announced a global launch of “Fleets,” the ephemeral tweeting feature it first announced earlier this year and tested in various markets around the globe.

Now, any mobile Twitter user, regardless of where they live or what platform they’re on, will have access to the disappearing messaging feature, which will sit right at the top of the timeline in a row of Stories-like bubbles.

Twitter hopes the new feature will help reduce the pressure around tweeting by letting users express more casual thoughts and feelings while also concerning themselves less with saying something profound or racking up likes and retweets. Fleets rolled out on Android and iOS and should be available for everyone in the coming days, the company says.

“Through our tests in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea, we learned Fleets helped people feel more comfortable joining the conversation — we saw people with Fleets talk more on Twitter,” explain design director Joshua Harris and product manager Sam Haveson in a blog post. “Those new to Twitter found Fleets to be an easier way to share what’s on their mind. Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings.”

At its most basic level, Fleets is a Stories clone, borrowing all of the best ideas implemented by Instagram and Snapchat. You can share text, respond to others’ tweets, or post videos with the same background color and overlaid text options you get on other messaging apps with ephemeral features, with every message disappearing after 24 hours. You can also respond to others’ fleets by tapping on one and sending a direct message or emoji to the creator, which will start a DM conversation similar to how the story reply process works on Instagram. Twitter says it will also be introducing stickers and live broadcasting at some point in the future. You cannot, however, like or retweet a fleet.

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Sushant’s supporters hold car rally in the US

Supporters of Sushant Singh Rajput organized a car rally in the US, in a campaign seeking truth and justice for the late actor.

Sushant’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti shared a video of the rally on her social media accounts, Twitter and Instagram.

“Car Rally in California, USA. We are calling it a world movement for truth and praying for truth to shine forth. #SatyagrahForSSR #Billboard4SSR,” she wrote alongside the video.

In the video, one can see cars passing around with posters, reading #SatyagrahforSSR A world movement for truth, stuck to the car windows.”

In another tweet, Shweta said: “Pray that God gives everyone the right mind, that the guilty confesses their guilt and redeem their souls #GlobalPrayers4SSR.”

Shweta had earlier thanked god for the arrest of Showik Chakraborty, brother of late Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, along with his house manager Samuel Miranda as part of the probe into Sushant’s death.

Shweta had posted an image on Instagram that read: “Never doubt the power of prayer.”

She captioned the image: “Keep Praying…It works! #GodIsWithUs #JusticeForSushantSinghRajput #Warriors4SRR #GlobalPrayers4SSR.”

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Anushka, Virat set to welcome first child in January 2021

Mumbai: Actress Anushka Sharma and her husband, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, are set to be parents for the first time. The couple confirmed on Thursday that they will welcome their first born in January 2021.

The announcement came with a picture of the couple on Anushka and Virat’s respective Instagram accounts, where her baby bump is visible. In the photograph, Anushka wears a black and white polka dotted dress, while Virat is seen in a grey T-shirt and white pants.

“And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021,” Anushka captioned the image. Virat shared the same caption on his Instagram page.

The couple tied the knot in December 2017 in Italy.

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