The actor Abhishek Bachchan will cohost the Zee Cine Awards. AP Photo
The actor Abhishek Bachchan will cohost the Zee Cine Awards. AP Photo

Abhishek and Riteish to host Zee Cine

Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh, who both starred together in 2005's Bluffmaster!, are to host this evening's Zee Cine Awards 2013 ceremony. "The audiences have appreciated Riteish and me together in films – I hope they like our pairing at the Zee Cine Awards," Bachchan, who recently celebrated a decade acting in Bollywood, said in a statement. The event is to be held at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai and is expected to be attended by the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone. – IANS

TV show to cover Delhi gang-rape

As India continues to reel from the horror of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi, the popular TV show Crime Patrol has decided to dedicate an episode to the incident. "We are trying to keep it as factual as possible. We are not sensationalising things. We are doing it with utmost sensitivity and trying to give our point of view and suggestions," said the show's host, Anup Soni. "In the past we have shown episodes featuring rape cases, but this is the case that turned people into rebels. As and when we have shown such cases in the show, our approach has always been to change the mindset of people and this time it is the same, too." – IANS

Kumar stars in Thuppakki remake

After a hectic 2012 that included six films, Akshay Kumar's 2013 has already kicked off professionally with the shooting of the Hindi remake of the Tamil action thriller Thuppakki. The Bollywood star is teaming up again with Sonakshi Sinha, who he appeared alongside in Joker and Rowdy Rathore, while A R Murugadoss is in the director's chair. Murugadoss was also behind the Tamil original, in which an Indian army captain returns from Kashmir to Mumbai and becomes embroiled in a series of terrorist attacks. – IANS

Romanian film legend Nicolaescu dies

Sergiu Nicolaescu, the prolific Romanian filmmaker who helmed more than 60 films in a career spanning five decades, died on Thursday at age 82. The director made his debut in 1962 with the short film Scoicile nu au vorbit niciodata (Shells Have Never Spoken), but just five years later his first feature Dacii, the first in a series of historical epics glorifying Romania's past, earned him numerous plaudits and was entered into the 5th Moscow International Film Festival. His best-known work, 1979's Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave), set in the 16th century, has become a Romanian cinema classic. Alongside directing, Nicolaescu was also an actor, starting in more than 30 of his own films, and later a politician, being a member of the Senate between 1990 and 2012, first for the National Salvation Front and then under the colours of the Social Democrat Party. In 2000 he was diagnosed with diverticulitis, a digestive condition. – AFP

Military to discipline Rain

The South Korean pop sensation Rain is set to be disciplined after it emerged that he may have flouted military service rules while dating Kim Tae-Hee, a TV star, according to the defence ministry. The spokesman Kim Min-Seok said that the 30-year-old singer – who is currently halfway through a two-year military service – would appear before a disciplinary committee next week, but is "not expected to land in jail". The issue concerns how Rain – real name Jung Ji-Hoon – and Tae-Hee managed to meet up for dates when most South Korean men on military service are confined to their barracks and given little free time. Photos of the couple have emerged showing Rain, 30, driving a private car in military uniform and not wearing his army beret, both contrary to service guidelines. Some critics have suggested Rain be forced to repeat his military service such as the Gangnam Style star Psy, who was made to serve twice after it emerged he had used the first stint to further his showbiz interest. – AFP


World Cup qualifier

Thailand 2 (Dangda 26', Panya 51')

UAE 1 (Mabkhout 45+2')


Uefa Champions League semi-final, first leg
Tuesday, April 24 (10.45pm)

Liverpool v Roma

Wednesday, April 25
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (10.45pm)

Europa League semi-final, first leg
Thursday, April 26

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (11.05pm)
Marseille v Salzburg (11.05pm)

Brief scoreline:

Liverpool 2

Mane 51', Salah 53'

Chelsea 0

Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Stamp duty timeline

December 2014: Former UK chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne reforms stamp duty land tax (SDLT), replacing the slab system with a blended rate scheme, with the top rate increasing to 12 per cent from 10 per cent:

Up to £125,000 – 0%; £125,000 to £250,000 – 2%; £250,000 to £925,000 – 5%; £925,000 to £1.5m: 10%; More than £1.5m – 12%

April 2016: New 3% surcharge applied to any buy-to-let properties or additional homes purchased.

July 2020: Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils SDLT holiday, with no tax to pay on the first £500,000, with buyers saving up to £15,000.

March 2021: Mr Sunak extends the SDLT holiday at his March 3 budget until the end of June.

April 2021: 2% SDLT surcharge added to property transactions made by overseas buyers.

June 2021: SDLT holiday on transactions up to £500,000 expires on June 30.

July 2021: Tax break on transactions between £125,000 to £250,000 starts on July 1 and runs until September 30.

Seven Winters in Tehran

Director : Steffi Niederzoll

Starring: Reyhaneh Jabbari, Shole Pakravan, Zar Amir Ebrahimi

Rating: 4/5


Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5


Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

How much of your income do you need to save?

The more you save, the sooner you can retire. Tuan Phan, a board member of, says if you save just 5 per cent of your salary, you can expect to work for another 66 years before you are able to retire without too large a drop in income.

In other words, you will not save enough to retire comfortably. If you save 15 per cent, you can forward to another 43 working years. Up that to 40 per cent of your income, and your remaining working life drops to just 22 years. (see table)

Obviously, this is only a rough guide. How much you save will depend on variables, not least your salary and how much you already have in your pension pot. But it shows what you need to do to achieve financial independence.


Company profile

Name: Tabby
Founded: August 2019; platform went live in February 2020
Founder/CEO: Hosam Arab, co-founder: Daniil Barkalov
Based: Dubai, UAE
Sector: Payments
Size: 40-50 employees
Stage: Series A
Investors: Arbor Ventures, Mubadala Capital, Wamda Capital, STV, Raed Ventures, Global Founders Capital, JIMCO, Global Ventures, Venture Souq, Outliers VC, MSA Capital, HOF and AB Accelerator.

Company Profile

Company name: myZoi
Started: 2021
Founders: Syed Ali, Christian Buchholz, Shanawaz Rouf, Arsalan Siddiqui, Nabid Hassan
Based: UAE
Number of staff: 37
Investment: Initial undisclosed funding from SC Ventures; second round of funding totalling $14 million from a consortium of SBI, a Japanese VC firm, and SC Venture

Quick facts
  • Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) offers free guided tours of art in the metro and at the stations
  • The tours are free of charge; all you need is a valid SL ticket, for which a single journey (valid for 75 minutes) costs 39 Swedish krone ($3.75)
  • Travel cards for unlimited journeys are priced at 165 Swedish krone for 24 hours
  • Avoid rush hour – between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm – to explore the artwork at leisure
The Year Earth Changed

Directed by:Tom Beard

Narrated by: Sir David Attenborough

Stars: 4


Director: Rajesh A Krishnan

Starring: Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kriti Sanon

Rating: 3.5/5

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024


Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).


Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).


Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Director: James Wan

Starring: Jason Mamoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II 

Rating: 2/5

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