Storm damage to Dutch homes and cars put at over €90m

Storm damage to Dutch homes and cars put at over €90mTerraced houses in Rotterdam were hit by a tree. Photo: Peter Hilz / HH

Thursday’s severe storm, which battered the Netherlands with winds of up to 130 kph, has caused at least €90m worth of damage to private homes and cars, the insurers association VvV said on Friday.

The figure does not include damage to company or government property, the VvV


Pics: Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan 'mobbed' at London airport

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Shah Rukh Khan's handsome son Aryan is popular and how!

On January 8, SRK posted on Instagram saying: "Holidays as they say should really be given a speeding ticket. hate dropping my kids to the airport. when holidays end.

And now according to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the dashing lad got practically mobbed, with young girls asking for selfies and pictures. The report further said Aryan was not able to pick his luggage from the conveyor belt because he was mobbed at the airport.

But there is something here to make a note of, Aryan Khan did oblige the girls with pictures (instead of shooing them away) and that's a sweet gesture. Does he get that from father Shah Rukh? Well, certainly looks like.

Aryan has not even entered Bollywood and he is already youth's favourite star kid!

Shah Rukh's kids Aryan and Suhana were in India for their Christmas holidays.

When SRK was asked about Aryan in one of the interviews, he said, "He's learning how to make movies, which is something I am still doing 25 years later (laughs! Gauri and I often sit down and ask each other. Kaun hai yeh bade bade log joh hamare saath rehte hai and are roaming around the house? I see my daughter (Suhana) all dressed up, hanging out with her friends and going out partying. We are liberal parents. Aryan is a tough guy; he does Taekwondo and he's building muscle, but he very sweetly tells me, 'Baba, you can still beat me'. It feels like Gauri and I are stuck in a time warp, where we are living with these two people (Aryan and Suhana), we know them, but we don't associate them as our children who have grown up.


When Sushmita and her 'former lover' came under one roof

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It is a known fact that Sushmita Sen once dated Randeep Hooda when they got close on the sets of their 2009 film 'Karma, Confessions and Holi'. But their relationship was short-lived. It has almost been a decade now ever since they parted ways.

But recently, the two exes came under the same roof when they attended the birthday bash of Rizwan Sajan, founder chairman of Danube Group in Dubai on December 28, 2017.

According to a report in mid-day, Sushmita and Randeep, who still seemed to be carrying their discomfiture even almost 10 years after their break-up, were seen avoiding each other at the party. They even made sure not to get clicked together.

The birthday bash took place at Rizwan Sajan's residence in the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, which was attended by the who's who of Bollywood including Sunny Leone, Padmini Kolhapure, Poonam Dhillon, Madhur Bhandarkar, Annu Kapoor and others.

Interestingly, Sushmita happens to be the brand ambassador of Rizwan Sajan's company. So Sush's presence is quite comprehensible.

Does Randeep's attendance hint at a possible reconciliation? Only Sushmita and Randeep can tell.

Well, Sushmita Sen and her short-term relationships have always been the hot topics of discussion in the B-town. Last year in November, rumours did the rounds in the tinsel town that the former Miss Universe had broken up with her 10th boyfriend Ritik Bhasin, a restaurateur in Mumbai, after dating him for four years.

However, the two were spotted at Sagarika Ghatge and Zaheer Khan's wedding reception which was held at The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai on November 27.


'Screen timing does not matter to me'

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Sonam Kapoor, who plays a pivotal role in the Akshay Kumar starrer PadMan, says if the character is substantial, she does not mind playing a small yet important role in a movie.

It was the same case in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

After her performance in Neerja which not only received positive reviews, but also got Sonam a special mention at the National Awards, has her criteria for choosing a film changed?

Sonam says, "It is the combination of the story and my character; screen timing does not matter to me, honestly. One does not have to be in every single frame of the film to create an impact of the character. If my part is well-crafted, even with three scenes, my character can make a major impact on the story. And that's what matters.

Sonam says she is primarily interested in working with good directors because filmmaking is a collaborative art where working with the right team brings the best of every creative individual.

So, who are the director she wants to work with?

There are actually few directors that I would love to work with again, like R. Balki, Rajkumar Hirani, Ram Madhvani. I loved working with them. That apart, I want to work with Shoojit Sircar, Vishal Bhardwaj and Shimit Amin among others," she said.

Despite her film choices, the tag of 'fashionista' never goes away from her image. But she says she will always remain unapologetic about it.

I love wearing make-up and beautiful clothes. I think there is nothing wrong with it. If someone judges me based on that, it is his problem not mine.

Seriously, I think when it comes to films, in last few of them, all my directors wanted me not to wear make-up because they think I have very good skin. That is why the no make-up looks. However, I do things in real life that I cannot get a chance to do on-screen. So yes, in public events, parties I flaunt good clothes," said the actor, who has featured in movies like Raanjhanaa, Khoobsurat and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

While Sonam's forthcoming release is PadMan, hitting the screens on January 25, later in the year she will be seen in Veere Di Wedding, which will come out on June 1.


'Trump fit for duty, should hit gym'

'Trump fit for duty, should hit gym'

US President Donald Trump passed a test for signs of dementia and is in overall excellent health, but needs to shed weight by cutting calories, fats and carbohydrates and starting a daily exercise routine, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

Trump, who was coy about sharing medical information during his unconventional 2016 run for office, used his first presidential medical exam - conducted on Friday at Walter Reed National Medical Center - to try to put to rest lingering questions about his mental fitness for office.

Trump asked his physician, Dr Ronny Jackson, to add a cognitive screening test to the exam, and authorised him to release a battery of data from the tests.

Trump, 71, is known to enjoy high-fat foods like fried chicken, hamburgers and steak - and, while he plays golf, he does not have a daily exercise routine.

Jackson said Trump is going to try to lose 10 to 15 pounds (4. 5 to 6. 8 kg) by eating better and starting to exercise.

The Navy doctor exhausted reporters’ questions during an unusually lengthy hour-long session, at Trump’s request, and said he did not withhold any information in the interests of privacy.

He said, ‘I want you to get out there and I want you to talk to them and I want you to answer every single question they have,'” Jackson said of Trump.

Trump’s mental fitness for the job had come under intense scrutiny after a recently published, controversial book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” portrayed him as childlike and mercurial.

Past presidents are not known to have been tested for mental acuity while in office - including Ronald Reagan, who five years after leaving the White House in 1989 was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable, degenerative brain condition.

Jackson, who speaks with Trump a few times a day and travels with him, said he did not think the president needed cognitive testing based on medical guidelines - but added the 30-question Montreal Cognitive Assessment at Trump’s request.

The test looks for signs of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Sample questions include asking the patient to draw a clockface, putting in all of the numbers and setting the clock hands to a specific time. The test does not assess psychiatric fitness.

Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the test, Jackson said. The president is mentally very sharp, very intact,” the doctor said.

Dr Ronald Petersen, an Alzheimer’s expert at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, said he could not comment specifically on the president’s cognitive health. wever, he did say that, in theory, a perfect score on the Montreal test does not necessarily rule out cognitive decline. It is “just one measure in a clinical judgment,” he said in an email.

Trump is considered overweight and borderline obese at 6 feet 3 inches (1. 9 meters) tall and 239 pounds (108 kg). His blood pressure was 122/74, within normal bounds, and his cholesterol was on the high side, Jackson said.

But the physician said Trump’s cardiac health was excellent, noting the president had undergone an exercise stress test, and said he consulted cardiologists about Trump’s coronary calcium score.

Jackson credited the results to genetics. It’s just the way God made him,” he told reporters.

Jackson said he would increase Trump’s daily dose of Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering drug, and bring in a nutritionist to work with White House chefs. The doctor said he would also design a daily exercise program for Trump.

He’s more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we’re going to do both,” Jackson said, adding that he might enlist first lady Melania Trump to help.

Ranit Mishori, an attending physician at Georgetown University-Providence Hospital in Washington, said Trump received more screening and diagnostic tests than are generally recommended for someone at his age and with his medical history.

With his reported eating habits and lack of exercise, it made sense for the White House to “release all of this data to show that . he is in good health,” Mishori said.

Even without red flags from test results, Mishori said it was clear that Trump faces some risks.

He is a male and he is in his 70s and he is overweight, borderline obese, and he has high cholesterol. Those four factors alone put him at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease,” she said.

Mishori disagreed with Jackson’s assessment that Trump would be healthy for the rest of his term and possibly a second four-year term.

This was a bit of a snapshot in time,” she said. I don’t think this can be a definitive sign that he will be in this same state of health for the remainder of his term.


Shilpa Shinde's shocking decision

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Popular television actress Shilpa Shinde, winner of Bigg Boss Season 11, says that after the “bad experience” she had with Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain, she does not want to act in television serials any more.

Often, winning the reality television show has translated to plum offers in the television space for celebrities. But Shilpa says after “whatever happened” during the Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai -- in which she essayed Angoori bhabhi -- she does not want to work on small screen. would rather explore the medium of films than television. After working for so many years, the way few people of the industry (referring to the producers of Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai) treated me, I am disheartened. I do not wish to work in the TV industry anymore,” said Shilpa.

In 2016, the actor left the show Bhabhi Ji. due to issues with the producers. She also reportedly filed a complaint of sexual harassment against producer Sanjay Kohli. Since the actor came out openly in the media and spoke about her experience, she faced trouble in getting new shows.

Asked if naming and shaming any big name in the industry takes a toll on an actor’s career, she said: “Yes, it does.

It is tough for an actress to raise her voice on sexual harassment because the chances are they will question your character, they will ruin your career and they will defeat you in the power game. So one has to be very strong to fight against these white collar mafias,” said the actor, who had even won an Indian Telly Award for her comical performance as Angoori bhabhi.

Coming to Bigg Boss, Shilpa was contending with another popular actress Hina Khan in the finale. Was she sure about her victory? Though I knew from the beginning that I deserve to win the show, it is a different world inside the ‘Bigg Boss’ house. was a journey with a lots of emotional ups and down. At this moment, I am a little overwhelmed to talk much about it, but of course I am glad I won,” she said.

Having started her career in 1999, Shilpa grabbed eyeballs with a daily soap Bhabhi. She acted in shows like Sanjeevani, Maayka, Chidiya Ghar, Lapataganj and more. See, in the last 15 years, people did not love me, but the characters that I played. They did not know how I am in real life as Shilpa Shinde. So now, everyone, who voted for me, they know my real self,” said Shilpa.

My confidence to win Bigg Boss did not come from the number of fans I had before entering the house. I am always confident that I am a good person. I have a lot of patience and tolerance, so I was confident to fight the game on that basis,” she added.


Mobile operators apply for 4G licences

Mobile operators apply for 4G licences

All the telecom operators applied within the deadline that expired in the noon, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Secretary MD Sarowar Alam told The Daily Star.

Citycell which stopped providing service in October last year are preparing to re-enter the telecommunication business with this application.

All telecom operators that have 3G will qualify for 4G licences. However, since Citycell does not have 3G, they will have to purchase spectrum that will be available on February 13.

Though the BTRC has put a provision in the 4G guideline to facilitate participation of new entities to deliver the fastest data service, there was no new application.

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