The actress Kareena Kapoor. Punit Paranjpe / AFP
The actress Kareena Kapoor. Punit Paranjpe / AFP

Kareena Kapoor to headline Lakmé Fashion Week

For the second consecutive year, the actress Kareena Kapoor has been named the headline model of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013. Bringing Bollywood glamour to the event, which starts on March 22, Kapoor will wear creations by the designer Namrata Joshipura. The actor Saif Ali Khan, who tied the knot with Kapoor last year, is expected to be front row at her catwalk show. Close to 90 designers, including such stalwarts as Vikram Phadnis and Manish Malhotra, are expected to show their latest lines during the five-day fashion festival. * IANS

Dixit launches online dance school

The actress Madhuri Dixit has launched an online dance academy. "Dance has always been my passion," says the 45-year-old star. "I wanted to do something for my fans who have always loved me. This is my way to get closer to them." Through the website, she aims to educate aspiring artists on a wide range of traditional and contemporary dance forms. The site also features apps for mobile phones and tablets. "We want it to become an academy where every dance style can be learnt under one roof, whether Indian, folk, classical or western," she says. * IANS

Ali Zafar heads to London for shoot

The Pakistani actor and singer Ali Zafar is heading to the UK for the filming of Neeraj Pandey's latest movie Aman Ki Aasha. He will co-star with Yami Gautam, of Vicky Donor fame, in the new romantic comedy about a Pakistani man who falls in love with an Indian girl. "Off to London to start shoot for my next feature. How cold is it?" tweeted the 32-year-old star ahead of his flight. The film is directed by E Niwas. Zafar is also gearing up for the release of Chashme Baddoor, a remake of the 1981 film, directed by Sai Paranjpye. * IANS

Akshara Gowda to make Bollywood debut

Akshara Gowda is set to make her Bollywood debut in the movie Rangrezz and credits the cinematographer Santosh Sivan for recommending her for the role. "It's all destiny," she told reporters. "I was accompanying a friend who was auditioning for another film and they asked to audition me, too. I just did it for fun and landed in the film!" she said, referring to her cameo in the Tamil film Thuppaki. Sivan, who was also working on the movie, recommended her to the Rangrezz director Priyadarshan. "I never planned to become an actor, and everything happened so fast," said Gowda. * IANS

Periasami's new film has 34 debutants

The Tamil romantic comedy Azhagan Azhagi, directed by Nandha Periasami, will launch the career of 34 new actors, including the movie's lead couple. "The lead and supporting casts are played by newcomers," says the filmmaker. "All of them will undergo an acting workshop before they join the team for shooting." * IANS

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

Despacito's dominance in numbers

Released: 2017

Peak chart position: No.1 in more than 47 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Lebanon

Views: 5.3 billion on YouTube

Sales: With 10 million downloads in the US, Despacito became the first Latin single to receive Diamond sales certification

Streams: 1.3 billion combined audio and video by the end of 2017, making it the biggest digital hit of the year.

Awards: 17, including Record of the Year at last year’s prestigious Latin Grammy Awards, as well as five Billboard Music Awards

Iftar programme at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Established in 1998, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding was created with a vision to teach residents about the traditions and customs of the UAE. Its motto is ‘open doors, open minds’. All year-round, visitors can sign up for a traditional Emirati breakfast, lunch or dinner meal, as well as a range of walking tours, including ones to sites such as the Jumeirah Mosque or Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

Every year during Ramadan, an iftar programme is rolled out. This allows guests to break their fast with the centre’s presenters, visit a nearby mosque and observe their guides while they pray. These events last for about two hours and are open to the public, or can be booked for a private event.

Until the end of Ramadan, the iftar events take place from 7pm until 9pm, from Saturday to Thursday. Advanced booking is required.

For more details, email or visit


The specs: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Price, base: Dh1,731,672

Engine: 6.5-litre V12

Gearbox: Seven-speed automatic

Power: 770hp @ 8,500rpm

Torque: 720Nm @ 6,750rpm

Fuel economy: 19.6L / 100km

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(D Silva 26', Sterling 38', 81', 87', De Bruyne 61', Jesus 68')

Watford 0

Man of the match: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)


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Winner: Walking Thunder, Connor Beasley (jockey), Ahmad bin Harmash (trainer).

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Miss Granny

Director: Joyce Bernal

Starring: Sarah Geronimo, James Reid, Xian Lim, Nova Villa


(Tagalog with Eng/Ar subtitles)


Company/date started: 2015

Founder/CEO: Rami Salman, Rishav Jalan, Ayush Chordia

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: Technology, Sales, Voice, Artificial Intelligence

Size: (employees/revenue) 10/ 100,000 downloads

Stage: 1 ($800,000)

Investors: Eight first-round investors including, Beco Capital, 500 Startups, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Hala Fadel, Odin Financial Services, Dubai Angel Investors, Womena, Arzan VC


Mia Man’s tips for fermentation

- Start with a simple recipe such as yogurt or sauerkraut

- Keep your hands and kitchen tools clean. Sanitize knives, cutting boards, tongs and storage jars with boiling water before you start.

- Mold is bad: the colour pink is a sign of mold. If yogurt turns pink as it ferments, you need to discard it and start again. For kraut, if you remove the top leaves and see any sign of mold, you should discard the batch.

- Always use clean, closed, airtight lids and containers such as mason jars when fermenting yogurt and kraut. Keep the lid closed to prevent insects and contaminants from getting in.


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Developer: From Software (remaster by QLOC)
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Price: Dh199