Daniel Radcliffe to play villain in Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum adventure flick


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Adam and Aaron Nee, best known for the 2015 indie ‘Band of Robbers’, will direct the project ‘The Lost City of D’

British star Daniel Radcliffe will co-star with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in the romantic action-adventure film “The Lost City of D”.

Radcliffe, the star of the “Harry Potter” film series, will play the villain in the movie, which hails from Paramount Pictures, reported Variety.

The film’s cast also include actors Patti Harrison and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

“The Lost City of D” follows a reclusive romance novelist (Bullock) who was sure nothing could be worse than getting stuck on a book tour with her cover model (Tatum), until a kidnapping attempt sweeps them both into a cutthroat jungle adventure, proving life can be so much stranger, and more romantic, than any of her paperback fictions.

Adam and Aaron Nee, best known for the 2015 indie “Band of Robbers”, will direct the project.

Dana Fox has written the most recent draft of the script, based on an idea and treatment by Seth Gordon.

Bullock is also producing the film via her Fortis Films banner, along with Gordon’s Exhibit A and Liza Chasin and her 3dot Productions.

“The Lost City of D” is slated for an April 2022 release.



This World Oral Health Day, celebrate the ‘dentured smile’


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In the past few decades, tooth loss has continued to be a major public health problem globally. It is considered a useful indicator of the general condition of oral health because it indicates the overall effects of oral diseases, an individual’s behaviour towards dental hygiene, the accessibility of dental services, and also beliefs/cultural values about oral health.

Tooth loss may be quite distressing – and is considered a serious life incident that necessitates substantial social and psychological alteration. Teeth replacement is an art in which missing teeth are replaced by artificial teeth or dental prosthesis and there are many reasons why it’s important to replace missing teeth, as shared by Dr Anand Raj, prosthodontics expert.

Sporting a full set of teeth can make you more self-confident. When teeth are lost, the area of the jawbone that held those teeth start to reduce in size. A prosthesis supported by a dental implant benefits in preserving the bone and the shape of your jaw.
Losing teeth can lead to changes in your speech. Tooth loss affects how well you chew and what foods you are able to eat. It is seen that difficultly in chewing usually leads to food avoidance – therefore, some people who have missing teeth have poor nutrition, which can affect overall health.

Missing teeth can alter your bite, the way your teeth come together, and result in problems with your jaw joint.

There are many dental prosthesis/teeth replacement options available and a dentist/dental expert advises individuals on the best option for him/her. However, dentures are one of the most affordable removable dental prosthesis in the market and are, by far, the most common way that most individuals choose to replace their missing teeth. Today, one in every seven adults above the age of 45 years wears a denture in India. These dentures can be complete or partial.

World Oral Health Day, World Oral Health Day 2021, importance of oral health, tips for oral health, how to maintain dentures, who needs dentures, how to keep dentures clean, oral health It is essential for adults wearing dentures to brush gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled brush every morning before putting the dentures in. (Photo: Getty Images/thinkstock)

Complete Denture – Complete dentures are prepared using a plastic base that is coloured for replicating gum tissue and provides support to a full set of plastic or porcelain teeth.

Partial Denture – Partial dentures are made using a plastic base or a metal framework that supports the number of teeth that require to be replaced. It is detained in the mouth by using clasps and rests that are judiciously adapted around the natural teeth.

Implant-supported Denture – An implant-retained overdenture is a detachable dental prosthesis supported by the residual oral tissues and uses dental implants for retention.

Dentures can re-establish or even improve a person’s appearance and be virtually untraceable. However, it takes some time to get adjusted to dentures – finding the best way to insert and take out dentures, or for gums to adapt. It is important to visit the dentist often during the first few weeks of denture fitting, so that the parts of the denture that are irritating the oral tissues can be adjusted.

Denture fit can differ from person to person and some denture wearers with heavily resorbed ridges may have to face unease and embarrassment due to their ill-fitting dentures. A denture fixative or adhesive offers a good fit and comfort to denture wearers. Denture fixatives/adhesives are agents that stick readily to both the tissue surface of the denture and gums. When saliva mixes with adhesive material, it expands and plugs spaces between the denture base and gum tissue – thus providing a good retention force. Denture fixatives result in the following:

*Reduced denture movement and improvement in chewing function
*Increase in maximum biting force, retention, stability
*Development in oral hygiene for denture wearers by reduction or prevention of dental plaque
*Decrease in mucosal irritation due to reduced food entrapment beneath the denture base
*Enables the psychological well-being of denture wearer

Age, sex, occupation, socioeconomic background, and literacy greatly factor in the need for dental prosthesis from patient to patient. However, replacement of teeth is only successful when the patient is motivated and made aware of various prostheses available, their use and maintenance. Everyday maintenance of oral hygiene, cleaning and proper use of dentures, use of denture fixative/adhesive are all a lifelong commitment. While it might sound a bit tedious, nothing’s better than a beautiful-yet-hygienic smile.



World Oral Health Day: Importance of oral care for diabetics – Times of India


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Did you know diabetes can cause oral health problems?

People with diabetes have a low resistance to infection and a slow healing process, hence they are more likely to have oral health problems. In India, there are 77 million diabetics, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 2020 and over 90% of people with diabetes have some type of oral health problem as mentioned in a study of Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences.

Some of common diabetes and oral care issues are:

Gum disease or Gingivitis

This is one of the most common issues of diabetes sufferers. Gum disease occurs when plaque accumulates over time and hardens. Gums become red, swollen and may also bleed. This could lead to the advanced stage called periodontitis if not addressed timely. Also, it is a two-way journey, not only can diabetes lead to gum problems, but also worsen uncontrolled diabetes and affect blood glucose levels.

All one needs to do is follow diabetes precautions along with diligent holistic oral hygiene practice. The oral care routine should involve brushing regularly with a soft bristles toothbrush. Floss to remove stubborn plaque and use of mouthwash. A mouthwash cleans the whole mouth and removes germs and plaque which are the root cause of gum problems. Also one should let their dentist know about their diabetic condition.

Loss of teeth

People with diabetes are at more risk to lose their teeth than people without diabetes. There are many factors that can cause this, one of the main reasons is uncontrolled sugar levels. Higher sugar levels in a diabetic can cause more bacteria to grow in the mouth which can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. In case an infection sets in the mouth, a diabetic will take more time to heal which can also cause direct impact on the bone that supports the teeth, ultimately leading to loss of teeth. Hence it is better to stay cautious by doing timely dental check-ups and maintaining an oral hygiene routine.

Dry mouth

A diabetic can also experience symptoms like dry mouth due to lack of saliva. It is mostly because of the medications they take. Dry mouth could lead to increased infections in the mouth like thrush, and tooth decay. One might also get bad breath issues.

Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this. Consuming more water and chewing sugar-free gum will lessen dryness in the mouth. Regular dental check-ups are essential if you have dry mouth. Brush and floss every day. If you can’t brush after eating, rinse with a mouthwash. Using a mouthwash with essential oils with antibacterial function and anti-fungal properties is the best way to fight bad breath and address thrush. Highlighting these conditions to your doctor is also important.

Tooth decay

Higher blood sugar levels lead to a greater supply of sugars and starches which results in more acid wearing away the teeth, causing decay. Tooth decay could lead to cavities which can be immensely painful. It is best prevented though it can be treated.

While diet plays an important role, having an oral hygiene routine can make a difference in the prevention of tooth decay. High sugar and refined carbohydrates should be avoided as they can increase the risk of dental decay. Using a fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Flossing should be followed by rinsing the mouth with mouthwash regularly. This regime will keep your teeth strong to fight off cavities. It also helps in cleaning areas like under the tongue and the roof of the mouth, making the entire mouth clean.

Therefore, keeping good control of blood sugar levels, having smart and healthy lifestyle choices along with a good oral care routine at home with regular dental check-ups can help people with diabetes have a healthy mouth. On this ‘World Oral Health Day’ let’s pledge to raise awareness about the need for proper oral care hygiene in diabetes. Diabetes management is a lifelong task and oral care is a vital part of it.

To be attributed to Dr. Anirban Chatterjee, Periodontist and Implantologist, President Elect of Indian Society of Periodontology



As tourism opens up, a woman undertakes a car journey across India to encourage people to return to travel


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Mitra Satheesh, a 40-year-old mother of two, is on Oru Desi Drive, a car journey across India.

“After seeing the disastrous impact of the pandemic on the tourism industry, I felt that as a responsible traveller, I must travel to encourage confidence among fellow travellers and people at large,” says Mira Satheesh, Assistant Professor at the Government Ayurveda College, Tripunithura in Kochi who is on, Oru Desi Drive, a car journey across India

As tourism opens up, a woman undertakes a car journey across India to encourage people to return to travel

Mitra, a 40-year-old mother of two, is accompanied by her 11-year-old son Narayan. She set off on the adventure on March 17 in her Maruti S Cross.

Since 2019, Mitra has undertaken solo trips to Bhutan, Nagaland, Manipur and Punjab.

After travel restrictions imposed due to the lockdown were lifted, she drove to Hampi in September 2020, followed by a trip to the Nilgiris in November and a nine-day tour of Karnataka in December.

Mitra’s travels are not just about sightseeing. She loves to explore rare historical monuments, cultures and crafts.

As tourism opens up, a woman undertakes a car journey across India to encourage people to return to travel

Some of the pit stops on her current journey include researching mat weaving in Pattamadai, a village in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu; the forgotten Cheriyal scroll paintings of Hyderabad in Telangana; exploring the tribal villages of Bastar, Koraput, and Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh; an Aryan village in Leh; terracotta temples of Bishnupur and terracotta mosques of Malda in West Bengal; and meeting the Rabha-Bodo tribals of Assam.

As a health worker, she worked at the Corona Frontline Treatment Centres (CFLTC) and has received the COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Travel is safe if the health protocols are followed,” she says, encouraging women to discover their strengths through travel.

Incredible India has offered support to her unique venture and her biggest cheerleaders are her fellow travellers with whom she will be connected as she gets on the road again.



Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Actor Mandar Chandwadkar AKA Bhide Tests Positive for Covid-19


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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Bhide aka Mandar Chandwadkar has tested positive for COVID-19. The actor confirmed that he got himself tested after getting coronavirus-related symptoms. Chandwadkar is in home quarantine. The show’s plot is currently revolving around Bhide so the actor’s Covid positive reports have got the makers worried. The actor was shooting with co-stars Sonalika Joshi and Palak Sindhwani and has asked them to get tested as well.

The actor told ETimes, “My symptoms of cold had actually gone away but suddenly yesterday I could not smell camphor in puja. I felt I had lost the sense of smell and got myself tested. Upon getting the test, I immediately informed the ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ unit that I shall stay away from the shoot until I am perfectly alright again.” Mandar further said, “I have told Sonalika and Palak also to get themselves tested. Rishi, an AD on the show had a bit of cold and I told him too, he has thankfully tested negative.”

Meanwhile, Nikki Tamboli of Bigg Boss 14 fame, Ghum Hai Kisike Pyaar Mein actor Neil Bhatt, Satish Kaushik, Manoj Bajpayee, Prem Bandhan actor Ariah Agarwal, Yennai Arindhaal’s star Ashish Vidyarthi, Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and others have tested positive for COVID-19 recently.



Kundali Bhagya Returns in Top 5, Anupamaa Still on Top


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Kundali Bhagya, which was out of the five most watched shows list, has made a comeback. However, it could not secure the top spot and is standing at fifth position on the TRP chart.

The Broadcast Audience Research Channel has released the viewing pattern of the Indian audiences in between March 6 and 12.

As per the reports, here are the top five shows on Indian TV:


Anupamaa slowly and steadily took Kundali Bhagya’s spot on the TRP chart. Launched only in July 2020, the show successfully left behind the popular Balaji soap. The Star Plus show has actors Sudhanshu Pandey and Rupali Ganguly in the lead roles.


Imlie, a Hindi remake of popular Bengali show Ishti Kutum, was launched a few months after Anupamaa on the same channel. Within weeks of its launch, the show became viewers’ favourite. It features Sumbul Touqeer Khan, Gashmeer Mahajani and Mayuri Deshmukh.

Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Mein

Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Mein is a love triangle between Neil Bhatt, Aishwarya Sharma and Ayesha Singh. Neil plays the role of IPS Virat Chavan while Aishwarya is seen as Patralekha and Ayesha’s character name is Sayi. The audience loves the pairing of Neil and Ayesha in the show. The show airs on Star Plus.

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai completed 12 successful years in January this year. The show is currently headlined by actors Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan. This old Star Plus show is giving tough competition to new shows.

Kundali Bhagya

The Ekta Kapoor show, with Dheeraj Dhoopar and Shraddha Arya in the lead roles, is the fifth most watched show on TV this week. The show has lost its permanent spot on the list but in this week has somehow managed to return in the charts.



WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram Face Global Outage but Twitter Kept the Memes Up


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At around 11 pm in India, many users were shocked to find that their messages were not being delivered on WhatsApp. Social media platform Facebook too seemed to be showing an error. Instagram was not spared as well. Confused about what could possibly be going on, everyone turned to Twitter. Much to their surprise, and some relief, they realised that it was not their phones that had crashed – on the contrary, the three most popular social media platforms had stopped working simultaneously. Users online started reported problems with its services late Friday at about 10:55 pm IST. Outage tracker Downdetector shows a spike in outages.

According to the site, over 34,000 people have reported facing issues on WhatsApp at the time of writing this. By the time you read this, the number is likely to have increased.

It is not known what has caused the outage, but many users across the world, including India and the United States, are posting about the outage on Twitter.

Messages are not being delivered on WhatsApp. Users are also unable to post content on Instagram. Whatsapp’s official account on Twitter has not issued a statement yet. The issue with Facebook’s application is reportedly not global; some users are experiencing trouble and others are not.

With most modes of communication snatched away, internet users did what they do best – memes.

Not just India, the problem seems to have been reported globally with numerous international publications reporting the same. As of now, it appears that services are being restored.

The services had last month on February 19 witnessed a similar outage, when users reported problems early in the day at around 7:55 am IST. It was not ascertained what had caused the outage but services were restored after a while.



Celeb fashion: Samantha Akkineni looks ethereal in this white chanderi sari


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Samatha Akkineni loves to wear saris and is often seen nailing the six yards look effortlessly. Hence, it was not surprising to spot the Theri actor opting for a white sari for the press meet for her upcoming film, Shakuntalam.

Styled by Preetham Jukalker, the actor looked pretty as a picture.

Take a closer look at the stunning photographs below.

What do you think about her all-white look? (Photo: samantharuthprabhuoffl/ Instagram)

Samantha was seen in a gorgeous chanderi sari with a scallop border from the House of Three Studios. The ‘Ampuli’ sari with sea life and coral embroidery was paired with ‘Angayal’ chanderi blouse with chikankari hand embroidery.

We love how fresh flowers were used to adorn her hair bun. (Photo: samantharuthprabhuoffl/ Instagram)

With her hair tightly pulled back in a bun adorned with fresh flowers, she opted for a glowy makeup base, soft winged eyeliner and pink lips.

Want to know how much the sari costs? It is available on the brand’s site for Rs. 35,000.00.

Would you like to get your hands on this sari? (Photo: Screengrab/houseofthreestudio/ Website)

What do you think about her look?

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A conversation on urban spaces


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Stakeholders to discuss the nature of growth of cities, give solutions. By Nandhini Sundar

Indian cities are not only known for their density but their complex hybrid structure where ceaseless migration has forced urban spaces to alter to accommodate the multiple needs and aspirations of residents. The emerging fabric is sans the unique element that each region prides in. This development also raises concerns about the ecology, sustainability, marginalisation and more specifically the quality of the public spaces inhabited.

Recognising this, the Indian Urban Designers Institute, Karnataka Chapter (IUDI-Karnataka), proposes to initiate a dialogue on urban issues with people from various segments. The two-day programme, titled ‘City Futures’, scheduled on March 20 and 21, at the Bangalore International Centre will host a panel discussion on ‘Envisioning Bengaluru’ involving stakeholders from governing bodies and citizen forums. A presentation on ‘City Narratives’ will have change-makers working to transform the city, elaborating on their individual work. The programme will also host an exhibition of curated urban design works, ‘City Futures: Bengaluru Speaks’. The exhibition will be hosted subsequently in tier-II cities, including Belagavi, Hubballi, Mysuru, and Mangaluru, to engage the public and start the conversation there.

Subtle things

“The tier-II cities are growing rapidly and it is important to address the direction of their growth before they deteriorate”, says architect U. Seema Maiya, Media Coordinator, IUDI-Karnataka. According to her, everyone raises issues, with some offering solutions, “but we need to look beyond the solutions as the subtle things that go beyond the design have their strong impact”. The objective of starting the dialogue is to bring together people with varied visions and backgrounds, and start the collaboration on a larger forum where the agendas attended to go beyond specific projects. This not only forges partnerships but also creates mutual responsibility and accountability, she adds. “Communities have to connect and carry forward what is initiated while what can be done at a larger policy level needs to be looked into.” Since every urban space comes with its own unique history, it is also important to identify what should be conserved. “All spaces can be re-purposed and hence the question would be which ones and how should they be”, states Maiya. When there is clarity on how the future of the urban space is to be envisioned and the community takes ownership to build and maintain, the ensuing transformation would be one that is comfortable, friendly and sustainable, she sums up.

Urban experience

Be it looking at the neighbourhood park as a thickset of trees akin to a natural forest, reclaiming the fast disappearing historic fabric of the neighbourhood, or rejuvenating the almost non-existent waterbody in the locality, the discussion aims to focus on the expected quality as well as the experience that an urban space should offer.



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