Ciara. James Devaney / WireImage / Getty Images
Ciara. James Devaney / WireImage / Getty Images

Ciara reveals pregnancy on TV talk show



The singer and musician Ciara appeared on the television show The View on Tuesday and announced that she is expecting a child with her fiance, the rapper Future. Asked by the host Barbara Walters if she would like to confirm the rumours, Ciara said: “Of course, I would love to,” and stood up to reveal her baby bump. This is the first child for the singer, while it is Future’s fourth. Ciara is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards after-party on January 26. – The National staff

Is Ranbir Kapoor to replace Salman Khan on Bigg Boss?

According to Zee News, the actor Ranbir Kapoor has been approached to host the next season of Bigg Boss, one of India's most popular reality television shows. The Bollywood A-lister Salman Khan has hosted the programme for the past four seasons. If Kapoor accepts the offer, it will be his first stint on the small screen. Neither actor has confirmed the news. – The National staff

Kristen Stewart ‘terrified’ to film Equals

The Twilight actress Kristen Stewart says her role in the forthcoming sci-fi drama Equals is a slightly updated version of the 1956 film 1984, based on George Orwell's classic 1949 novel about rebellion in a repressed futuristic society. Equals begins filming later this year. "I'm terrified of it," said the 23-year-old actress in a recent interview. "Though it's a movie with a really basic concept, it's overtly ambitious. In Equals, things go wrong because you can't deny the humanity in everyone," said Stewart. "It's the most devastating story." – AP

Juhi Chawla: Gulaab Gang was my last chance to work with Madhuri

The actress Juhi Chawla, who will be seen with Madhuri Dixit for the first time in Gulaab Gang, says she doesn't think they will get another chance to work together in the future. Dixit and Chawla were contemporaries in the 1990s but they never worked together during their prime. "I think this was the last chance I got to work with Madhuri and I don't think we will again get a chance to work together in the future," said Chawla. "The film has a strong script and since such stories are not churned out in bulk, I am not hopeful of acting with Dixit on the big screen again." Directed by Soumik Sen, Gulaab Gang tells the true story of a band of pink sari-clad vigilantes in Central India who fight against social injustice. – IANS

Drugs found at Bieber home after egg-attack raid

Detectives searching the pop singer Justin Bieber’s Los Angeles mansion over an egg-throwing attack seized illegal drugs and arrested one of the singer’s associates on Tuesday, officials said. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department officer Dave Thompson said an individual was arrested after the drugs were discovered in “plain view” as deputies combed through Bieber’s luxury home in the upmarket enclave of Calabasas. Around a dozen detectives swooped on the 19-year-old star’s home early Tuesday, probing allegations that the Canadian teenage idol was responsible for causing thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbour’s house after pelting it with eggs. – AFP

COMPANY PROFILE

Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

EMIRATES'S REVISED A350 DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE

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

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

Company Profile

Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

MADAME WEB

Director: S.J. Clarkson

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tahar Rahim, Sydney Sweeney

Rating: 3.5/5

MATCH INFO

Real Madrid 3 (Kroos 4', Ramos 30', Marcelo 37')

Eibar 1 (Bigas 60')

Herc's Adventures

Developer: Big Ape Productions
Publisher: LucasArts
Console: PlayStation 1 & 5, Sega Saturn
Rating: 4/5

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

Moral education needed in a 'rapidly changing world'

Moral education lessons for young people is needed in a rapidly changing world, the head of the programme said.

Alanood Al Kaabi, head of programmes at the Education Affairs Office of the Crown Price Court - Abu Dhabi, said: "The Crown Price Court is fully behind this initiative and have already seen the curriculum succeed in empowering young people and providing them with the necessary tools to succeed in building the future of the nation at all levels.

"Moral education touches on every aspect and subject that children engage in.

"It is not just limited to science or maths but it is involved in all subjects and it is helping children to adapt to integral moral practises.

"The moral education programme has been designed to develop children holistically in a world being rapidly transformed by technology and globalisation."