Shah Rukh Khan will dole out life lessons at University of Edinburgh. Clint McLean for The National
Shah Rukh Khan will dole out life lessons at University of Edinburgh. Clint McLean for The National

Shah Rukh Khan to give a lecture in Scotland



Shah Rukh Khan will give a public lecture at the University of Edinburgh's New College on October 15. Tickets are sold out, but there will be a live video stream of the event. The university has been linked with India for nearly 250 years. Professor William Robertson, Edinburgh's principal from 1762 to 1793, wrote one of the earliest European texts to focus on India. Edinburgh's first Indian student graduated in 1876, and by the 1920s its Indian student population was greater than that of any other UK university. Senior vice principal, Charles Jeffrey, said: "The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to welcome one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema." Khan, who has done more than 80 Bollywood films and received 14 Filmfare awards, sought advice about his lecture topic from his 15 million Twitter followers: "Now 2 writing speech for Edinburgh. Life lessons/success or on education?" After responses from fans, he tweeted, "Most of u feel life lessons ... LL it is then. Now to make the fingers bleed on the keyboard." – The National staff

Ash’s ‘comeback’ movie is a box-office hit

Bollywood film Jazbaa had a solid opening weekend at the Indian box office. The film released in India on October 9 and early reports suggest it drew big crowds over the weekend, earning Rs97.2 million (Dh5.5m). The crime thriller stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in her first film role for five years and many are calling it her comeback movie. But co-star Irrfan Khan disagrees. He told the Press Trust of India: "For me, she was always here. She didn't go anywhere. An actor should be allowed a gap. Her audience is still with her." Bachchan plays a lawyer in the movie and Khan a suspended cop. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, Jazbaa is a Hindi remake of a South Korean crime film. – The National staff

The Martian soars while Pan crashes

Matt Damon's The Martian remains in a world of its own, topping the North American box-office charts for a second weekend, after taking an estimated US$37m (Dh136m). The critically acclaimed blockbuster about an astronaut stranded on Mars, directed by Ridley Scott, has now made $108.7m (Dh399m) in total. In a less than stellar showing, new release Pan, a film that reimagines Peter Pan's story, made only $15.5m (56.9) during its opening weekend, only a tenth of what it reportedly cost Warner Bros to make. That puts it on track to be one of the worst bombs of the year. – AFP

Hendrix estate suing over US$1m guitar

The Jimi Hendrix estate is suing a man for a guitar once owned by the legendary musician, which is valued at between US$750,000 and $1m (up to Dh3.67m). Experience Hendrix, the company that runs the estate, wants a judge to order that the guitar be returned. According to the complaint, the estate says Harvey Moltz, owner of Rainbow Guitars in Tucson, Arizona, is not the rightful owner of the Black Widow acoustic guitar. Moltz says he bought it in June 2014 from someone who bought it from Sheldon Reynolds, the ex-husband of Hendrix's adopted sister, Janie Hendrix. Estate attorney Ed McPherson says Reynolds, a former member of Earth, Wind, and Fire, stole it. – AP

Aerosmith star tells Trump to stop using music

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has asked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to stop using the power ballad Dream On at campaign events. Attorneys for Tyler sent a second cease-and-desist letter to Trump's campaign committee on October 10. The letter says Trump does "not have our client's permission to use Dream On" and that it "gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr Trump's presidential bid". Tyler, who is a registered Republican, attended the GOP contenders' first debate in August. Tyler's team has said it's not a political or personal issue against Trump, but one of permission and copyright. – AP

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UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
In-demand jobs and monthly salaries
  • Technology expert in robotics and automation: Dh20,000 to Dh40,000 
  • Energy engineer: Dh25,000 to Dh30,000 
  • Production engineer: Dh30,000 to Dh40,000 
  • Data-driven supply chain management professional: Dh30,000 to Dh50,000 
  • HR leader: Dh40,000 to Dh60,000 
  • Engineering leader: Dh30,000 to Dh55,000 
  • Project manager: Dh55,000 to Dh65,000 
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  • Senior process engineer: Dh28,000 to Dh38,000 
  • Senior maintenance engineer: Dh22,000 to Dh34,000 
  • Field engineer: Dh6,500 to Dh7,500
  • Field supervisor: Dh9,000 to Dh12,000
  • Field operator: Dh5,000 to Dh7,000
Specs

Power train: 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and synchronous electric motor
Max power: 800hp
Max torque: 950Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed auto
Battery: 25.7kWh lithium-ion
0-100km/h: 3.4sec
0-200km/h: 11.4sec
Top speed: 312km/h
Max electric-only range: 60km (claimed)
On sale: Q3
Price: From Dh1.2m (estimate)

ESSENTIALS

The flights

Emirates flies direct from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro from Dh7,000 return including taxes. Avianca fliles from Rio to Cusco via Lima from $399 (Dhxx) return including taxes.

The trip

From US$1,830 per deluxe cabin, twin share, for the one-night Spirit of the Water itinerary and US$4,630 per deluxe cabin for the Peruvian Highlands itinerary, inclusive of meals, and beverages. Surcharges apply for some excursions.

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

Company Profile

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

AndhaDhun

Director: Sriram Raghavan

Producer: Matchbox Pictures, Viacom18

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan

Rating: 3.5/5

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

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

Developer: Tribute Games
Publisher: Dotemu
Consoles: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4&5, PC and Xbox One
Rating: 4/5

ROUTE TO TITLE

Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

The Breadwinner

Director: Nora Twomey

Starring: Saara Chaudry,  Soma Chhaya,  Laara Sadiq 

Three stars

Kill

Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

UAE players with central contracts

Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Chirag Suri, Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Adnan Mufti, Mohammed Usman, Ghulam Shabbir, Ahmed Raza, Qadeer Ahmed, Amir Hayat, Mohammed Naveed and Imran Haider.

UAE rugby season

FIXTURES

West Asia Premiership

Dubai Hurricanes v Dubai Knights Eagles

Dubai Tigers v Bahrain

Jebel Ali Dragons v Abu Dhabi Harlequins

UAE Division 1

Dubai Sharks v Dubai Hurricanes II

Al Ain Amblers v Dubai Knights Eagles II

Dubai Tigers II v Abu Dhabi Saracens

Jebel Ali Dragons II v Abu Dhabi Harlequins II

Sharjah Wanderers v Dubai Exiles II

 

LAST SEASON

West Asia Premiership

Winners – Bahrain

Runners-up – Dubai Exiles

UAE Premiership

Winners – Abu Dhabi Harlequins

Runners-up – Jebel Ali Dragons

Dubai Rugby Sevens

Winners – Dubai Hurricanes

Runners-up – Abu Dhabi Harlequins

UAE Conference

Winners – Dubai Tigers

Runners-up – Al Ain Amblers

THE LOWDOWN

Photograph

Rating: 4/5

Produced by: Poetic License Motion Pictures; RSVP Movies

Director: Ritesh Batra

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar, Deepak Chauhan, Vijay Raaz

The specs

Engine: 1.8-litre 4-cyl turbo
Power: 190hp at 5,200rpm
Torque: 320Nm from 1,800-5,000rpm
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch auto
Fuel consumption: 6.7L/100km
Price: From Dh111,195
On sale: Now

Sarfira

Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

A QUIET PLACE

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

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5

Top 5 concerns globally:

1. Unemployment

2. Spread of infectious diseases

3. Fiscal crises

4. Cyber attacks

5. Profound social instability

Top 5 concerns in the Mena region

1. Energy price shock

2. Fiscal crises

3. Spread of infectious diseases

4. Unmanageable inflation

5. Cyber attacks

Source: World Economic Foundation

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures

Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices

Dr Amal Khalid Alias revealed a recent case of a woman with daughters, who specifically wanted a boy.

A semen analysis of the father showed abnormal sperm so the couple required IVF.

Out of 21 eggs collected, six were unused leaving 15 suitable for IVF.

A specific procedure was used, called intracytoplasmic sperm injection where a single sperm cell is inserted into the egg.

On day three of the process, 14 embryos were biopsied for gender selection.

The next day, a pre-implantation genetic report revealed four normal male embryos, three female and seven abnormal samples.

Day five of the treatment saw two male embryos transferred to the patient.

The woman recorded a positive pregnancy test two weeks later. 

The specs

Engine: 6.4-litre V8
Transmission: 8-speed auto
Power: 470bhp
Torque: 637Nm
Price: Dh375,900 (estimate)
On sale: now