Varun Dhawan reveals Dishoom poster



After unveiling the logo on Sunday, Bollywood star Varun Dhawan took to Twitter again yesterday to unveil the poster for his latest movie, Dishoom, an action-adventure film that was partly shot at 30 locations in Abu Dhabi, in association with twofour54. The poster shows Dhawan, who plays an Emirati-Indian rookie cop, and co-star John Abraham, who plays his partner, walking with a bulldog in tow. Abraham and co-star Jacqueline Fernandez also tweeted the poster reveal. Dishoom – which is directed by Rohit Dhawan and marks the comeback of Akshaye Khanna – is due for release on July 28. – Sonali Kokra

Daughter and ex defend Depp

Johnny Depp's daughter has defended the actor after his wife Amber Heard accused him of abuse and filed for divorce. Lily-Rose Depp posted a photo on Instagram showing herself as a baby with her dad holding her hands and helping her walk. The caption said: "My dad is the sweetest, most loving person I know. He's been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same." French actress Vanessa Paradis, Depp's former partner (and mother of Lily-Rose), also offered her support. In a letter that celebrity news website TMZ says it obtained from Paradis, she writes: "I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous. In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years." A temporary restraining order was imposed on Depp at the weekend after Heard appeared in court with a black eye, accusing the actor of assaulting her. Heard, who filed for divorce last week, says she has been the victim of repeated attacks. – AFP

Lady Gaga teams up with Mario Andretti

Already a singing partner with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga found another golden-oldie chart-topper to pair with: racing driver Mario Andretti. Gaga was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 100th running of the Indy 500 at the weekend. She and 1969 Indy 500 winner Andretti rolled onto the track with the field of 33 drivers before the race in a custom-built, two-seat Indy car. Gaga was a late substitute for country-music star Keith Urban, who was unable to attend after injuring his back. – AP

Scherzinger returning to The X Factor

Singer Nicole ­Scherzinger has reportedly signed a million-pound (Dh5.37 million) deal confirming her return to British talent show The X ­Factor. According to mirror.co.uk, ­Scherzinger has quit the ­Broadway run of Cats to make the TV comeback. The Sun ­newspaper quoted a source as saying: "Simon [Cowell] thinks Nicole is a great asset to the show and is delighted he was able to sign her up, despite the commitments she previously had elsewhere. He wants this year's show to go back to its best and she is very much part of that plan." The 37-year-old singer will join Cowell and returning ­judges Louis Walsh and Sharon ­Osbourne, both 63. – The National

Subhash Ghai gives films to national archive

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai has given the negatives of 24 of his films to the National Film Archives of India. Ghai says he feels "blessed" on entrusting the negatives to NFAI, whose mission is to safeguard the heritage of Indian cinema for posterity and act as a centre for dissemination of a healthy film culture in the country. Ghai tweeted: "Felt blessed entrusting negatives of my 24 movies to National Film Archive of India to preserve for 100 years to come." The filmmaker also shared a photograph, in which he is sitting in an office and signing legal documents. Ghai, whose films include Karz, Ram Lakhan, Khalnayak and Pardes, did not share the names of the films that he is handing over. – IANS

Country-size land deals

US interest in purchasing territory is not as outlandish as it sounds. Here's a look at some big land transactions between nations:

Louisiana Purchase

If Donald Trump is one who aims to broker "a deal of the century", then this was the "deal of the 19th Century". In 1803, the US nearly doubled in size when it bought 2,140,000 square kilometres from France for $15 million.

Florida Purchase Treaty

The US courted Spain for Florida for years. Spain eventually realised its burden in holding on to the territory and in 1819 effectively ceded it to America in a wider border treaty. 

Alaska purchase

America's spending spree continued in 1867 when it acquired 1,518,800 km2 of  Alaskan land from Russia for $7.2m. Critics panned the government for buying "useless land".

The Philippines

At the end of the Spanish-American War, a provision in the 1898 Treaty of Paris saw Spain surrender the Philippines for a payment of $20 million. 

US Virgin Islands

It's not like a US president has never reached a deal with Denmark before. In 1917 the US purchased the Danish West Indies for $25m and renamed them the US Virgin Islands.

Gwadar

The most recent sovereign land purchase was in 1958 when Pakistan bought the southwestern port of Gwadar from Oman for 5.5bn Pakistan rupees. 

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Name: Qureos
Based: UAE
Launch year: 2021
Number of employees: 33
Sector: Software and technology
Funding: $3 million

INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA

First Test: October 2-6, at Visakhapatnam

Second Test: October 10-14, at Maharashtra

Third Test: October 19-23, at Ranchi

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Engine: 1.2L inline four-cylinder

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Pakistan v New Zealand Test series

Pakistan: Sarfraz (c), Hafeez, Imam, Azhar, Sohail, Shafiq, Azam, Saad, Yasir, Asif, Abbas, Hassan, Afridi, Ashraf, Hamza

New Zealand: Williamson (c), Blundell, Boult, De Grandhomme, Henry, Latham, Nicholls, Ajaz, Raval, Sodhi, Somerville, Southee, Taylor, Wagner

Umpires: Bruce Oxerford (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG); TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS); Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

Tickets and schedule: Entry is free for all spectators. Gates open at 9am. Play commences at 10am

Company Profile

Name: Takestep
Started: March 2018
Founders: Mohamed Khashaba, Mohamed Abdallah, Mohamed Adel Wafiq and Ayman Taha
Based: Cairo, Egypt
Sector: health technology
Employees: 11 full time and 22 part time
Investment stage: pre-Series A

The 12 breakaway clubs

England

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur

Italy
AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus

Spain
Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid

TEACHERS' PAY - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Pay varies significantly depending on the school, its rating and the curriculum. Here's a rough guide as of January 2021:

- top end schools tend to pay Dh16,000-17,000 a month - plus a monthly housing allowance of up to Dh6,000. These tend to be British curriculum schools rated 'outstanding' or 'very good', followed by American schools

- average salary across curriculums and skill levels is about Dh10,000, recruiters say

- it is becoming more common for schools to provide accommodation, sometimes in an apartment block with other teachers, rather than hand teachers a cash housing allowance

- some strong performing schools have cut back on salaries since the pandemic began, sometimes offering Dh16,000 including the housing allowance, which reflects the slump in rental costs, and sheer demand for jobs

- maths and science teachers are most in demand and some schools will pay up to Dh3,000 more than other teachers in recognition of their technical skills

- at the other end of the market, teachers in some Indian schools, where fees are lower and competition among applicants is intense, can be paid as low as Dh3,000 per month

- in Indian schools, it has also become common for teachers to share residential accommodation, living in a block with colleagues

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Company name: Yeepeey

Started: Soft launch in November, 2020

Founders: Sagar Chandiramani, Jatin Sharma and Monish Chandiramani

Based: Dubai

Industry: E-grocery

Initial investment: $150,000

Future plan: Raise $1.5m and enter Saudi Arabia next year

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T20 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

Qualifier A, Muscat

(All matches to be streamed live on icc.tv) 

Fixtures

Friday, February 18: 10am Oman v Nepal, Canada v Philippines; 2pm Ireland v UAE, Germany v Bahrain 

Saturday, February 19: 10am Oman v Canada, Nepal v Philippines; 2pm UAE v Germany, Ireland v Bahrain 

Monday, February 21: 10am Ireland v Germany, UAE v Bahrain; 2pm Nepal v Canada, Oman v Philippines 

Tuesday, February 22: 2pm Semi-finals 

Thursday, February 24: 2pm Final 

UAE squad:Ahmed Raza(captain), Muhammad Waseem, Chirag Suri, Vriitya Aravind, Rohan Mustafa, Kashif Daud, Zahoor Khan, Alishan Sharafu, Raja Akifullah, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Basil Hameed, Zafar Farid, Mohammed Boota, Mohammed Usman, Rahul Bhatia


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