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India is a large country and what you find in one part of the country may on occasions be totally different from what you may find in another part of India. This is more so true when you consider gambling legislation in the country. As formulating laws for gambling is a state requirement rather a central government requirement, some states allow gambling while some states are totally against gambling. However, the one denominator in all states that allow gambling is the fact that gamblers in India seem to have a penchant for the same types of casino games.
Popular in the West, roulette is also popular in the east, most notably in India. Many gamblers in India prefer playing roulette. The reasons behind are not really clear but one may not rule out the seemingly simple nature of roulette which draws most people to play it. For casino beginners, roulette seems to be the game of choice as one does not need a certain degree of skill to start playing it. In India, however, roulette is not just a game for the beginners, it is a game for everyone, beginners and regulars included. Gamblers in India do not just restrict themselves to playing roulette at land-based casino resorts, they
also enjoy online roulette playing on the desktop or on mobile devices in the comfort of their homes.
Another game that draws a number of gamblers in India to the casino is blackjack. Blackjack or as it also called in India, Twenty-One is a game that requires a degree of skill. This then means it’s different from roulette, a game gamblers can play even without prior knowledge of the game. The reasons behind the popularity of blackjack in India are not clear, seems different gamblers have their own reasons for playing the game. However, despite the multiplicity of the reasons, one seems to stand apart and that is blackjack’s moneymaking powers. Blackjack is regarded by most gamblers to be the game that pays out the most. This is to say that gamblers when they opt for blackjack, they are not necessarily looking for entertainment but rather, they are looking for profits.
Craps may not have a huge following in the West but that is different when you come to India. In India, craps is one of the most popular casino games. It’s not really difficult for one to see the reason behind the popularity of the game in India. In days gone by, people (men) in India used to play a traditional Indian game which resembles craps at public gatherings or when they were out and about meeting friends and socialising. This game was played for fun mostly though others did play the game for profit. With the advent of casinos in the country, gamblers were quite happy to realise that a game very much like the game they used to play was also on the casino games menu. This then meant that they would continue rolling the dice but this time, not only for fun but for profit.
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
After the long dull period of the pandemic and lockdowns, one must be looking forward to the festival season with new excitement and zest. So obviously you want to look and feel your best. Beauty regimes are not just skin deep, they de-stress and uplift your spirits. Prepare for the special celebrations this festive season with the ultimate beauty well-being checklist which will not only make you look good on the outside but also shine from the inside.
Rachit Gupta, Director, OxyGlow Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd, said, "Festivals are a time to shine bright and invest in a proper beauty well-being regime from head to toe. The key is to know what ingredients suit you and choose the brand which ensures good quality products. Especially in the day and time when there is so much stress, pollution, sun damage, etc. One cannot go wrong with the beauty product that they are using. The right products can unleash one's true beauty and make them refreshed to be able to enjoy the festivities fully."
* Headturner -- How your hair looks to make a lot of difference to your complete look. But do not forget a proper hair care regime can relax and clear your mind. Start with a good oil massage which provides nourishment to the hair and scalp. It throws the stress right out. Coconut oil, Amla oil, Argan oil and Red onion oil are especially recommended. Special occasions call for special treatment, after a good hair wash deep condition your hair with a mask. A Keratin hair mask works wonders by putting life into your hair. Finish up with a vitamin-enriched serum for lustrous hair.
How your hair looks to make a lot of difference to your complete look. | Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
* No makeup can match the beauty and softness of a fresh face -- get rid of those tension lines and that stress off your skin with a well-rounded face care routine. Start with a D-tan bleach to make your skin brighter. Follow-up with a facial kit for cleansing, toning and hydration. Best facial kits are the ones that have activated charcoal or acne treatment. Even a gold or diamond facial kit gives excellent results. Cucumber-based toners are recommended. This routine would restore your glow and leave you radiant and pampered.
Get rid of those tension lines and that stress off your skin with a well-rounded face care routine. | Photo by pure julia on Unsplash
* Wink, Pout and Brows -- We often forget about small things like lips, eyelashes and eyebrows. Don't underestimate their role in perfecting the look. A dash of castor oil massaged on eyelashes and eyebrows would render a natural shine. For the photo-ready pout start with a natural lip scrub and apply lip balm for hydration and protection.
* Body positivity -- scrub, tone, polish and moisturise for gleaming skin. One can never go wrong with skin moisturizing with shea butter and aloe vera based body lotions.
Body positivity -- scrub, tone, polish and moisturise for gleaming skin. | Photo by Estúdio Bloom on Unsplash
* Happy hands and feet -- a good manicure and pedicure which massages the tension out leaving the hands and feet eased are a must on the list. Opt for products that have Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Aloe Vera. They reduce fine lines, treat sun damage and rehydrate for younger-looking skin.
* Great nails don't happen by chance -- beautiful looking nails add liveliness, it elevates the look of your attire as much as the right accessories. Shape them and nourish them. Paint them bold or paint them chic to suit your personality.
Just before the festive season, we pay attention to our beauty well-being, but the best practice is to include the things that suit you in your lifestyle. | Photo by Billie on Unsplash
Just before the festive season, we pay attention to our beauty well-being, but the best practice is to include the things that suit you in your lifestyle. It is important to repair and rejuvenate to stay well, and feel good. So, take care of yourself with simple regimes and good quality products.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: natural, scrub, hydration, vitamin, stress, products, beauty
Udham Singh was born on 26 December 1899 in Sunam, Sangrur district of Punjab, India. He belonged to Kamboj family of Jammu. Singh's mother died when he was an infant and his father, who was a farmer and also worked as the railway crossing watchman in the village of Upalli, died after some years. After his parents died, Udham Singh and his brother, Mukta Singh, were taken in by the Central Khalsa Orphanage Putlighar in Amritsar.
On 13 April 1919, over twenty thousand unarmed People assembled in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, to celebrate the important Hindu and Sikh festival of Baisakhi. At the same time, they peacefully protested against the arrest of local leaders of the Indian National Congress including Satyapal and Saifuddin Kitchlew by the British. Only then, troops under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire on the crowd, killing thousands of innocents. Singh along his friends were present there as they were serving water in the programme.
This episode led Singh to get involve in revolutionary politics. Hence, in 1924, Singh joined the Ghadar Party and started organising campaigns overseas in which the main message was to overthrow British rule in India. But, in 1927, Singh returned to India on the orders of Bhagat Singh. Singh brought 25 associates as well as revolvers and ammunitions with him. Because of this, he was arrested for “possession of unlicensed arms", and was sent to jail for five years.
When Udham Singh was released in 1931, he went to Kashmir where he was able to evade the Punjab police and further made his way to Germany. In 1934, Singh reached London, where he found a job as an engineer, and simultaneously kept on planning to assassinate Michael O'Dwyer.
Michael O'Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab under whom the Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place, was assassinated by Udham Singh. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
13 March 1940 was the day when Singh concealed a revolver inside a book in the Caxton Hall, where Michael O'Dwyer was to speak at a joint meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society. Just when the meeting ended, Singh shot O'Dwyer twice, and one of these bullets passed through O'Dwyer's heart and right lung, killing him almost instantly. Following this act, Singh was arrested.
On 1 April 1940, Singh was charged for the murder of Michael O'Dwyer. When he was asked about why he did what he did, Singh said, “I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. I don't belong to society or anything else. I don't care. I don't mind dying. What is the use of waiting until you get old? Is Zetland dead? He ought to be. I put two into him? I bought the revolver from a soldier in a public house. My parents died when I was three or four. Only one dead? I thought I could get more."
In fact, when Singh was in custody, he called himself “Ram Mohammad Singh Azad", and this represented the three major religious communities of Punjab, along with “Azad" which means free.
On 4 June 1940, Singh's trial commenced at the Central Criminal Court before Justice Atkinson. V.K. Krishna Menon and St. John Hutchinson represented him, whereas G.B. McClure was the prosecuting barrister. Again, when he was asked about his motivation, Singh said, “I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him. For full 21 years, I have been trying to seek vengeance. I am happy that I have done the job. I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty."
Following this, Singh was sentenced to death on 31 July 1940. He was hanged at Pentonville Prison by Albert Pierrepoint.
Udham Singh's remains are preserved at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab. On every 31 July, people of India pay tribute to this freedom fighter who, without thinking of himself, took vengeance for the blood of his fellow innocent citizens.
Keywords: Udham Singh, Freedom Fighter, India, Independence, British Rule.
US actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed a cinematographer and wounded the director on a film set in New Mexico, US law enforcement officers said Thursday.
The incident happened on the set of "Rust" in the southwestern US state, where Baldwin is playing the lead in a 19th-century western.
Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza "were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin," the sheriff in Santa Fe said in a statement.
Hutchins, 42, was transported to hospital by helicopter but died of her wounds, while Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance and is receiving treatment.
No charges have been filed over the incident, which is being investigated, with witness interviews ongoing.
A spokesperson from the production told The Hollywood Reporter the "accident" involved the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.
A sheriff's spokesman told the publication that the director was in "critical condition."
The incident took place at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a production location near Santa Fe which is popular with Hollywood filmmakers.
This aerial video image provided by KOAT 7 News, shows Santa Fe County Sheriff's Officers responding to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek, Ranch movie set near Santa Fe, N.M., Oct. 21, 2021 Image credit: VOA
Movie sets usually have stringent rules over the use of prop weapons, but accidents have happened.
Most famously, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died during filming of "The Crow" after being shot by a gun that was supposed to fire blanks.
Baldwin co-produces the film and stars as Harland Rust, an outlaw whose grandson is convicted of murder, and who goes on the run with him when the boy is sentenced to hang for the crime.
The 63-year-old posted a photograph earlier Thursday on Instagram showing him apparently on set, dressed in a period costume and with fake blood on his shirt.
"Back to in-person at the office. Blimey... it's exhausting," he captioned the picture, which went online several hours before the incident.
Baldwin has been on television and in films since the 1980s.
Having starred in a number of high profile movies, including in "The Hunt for Red October" and two iterations of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, Baldwin has voiced animated characters in hits like "The Boss Baby".
He garnered new fans with his long-running portrayal of Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live", a character that irritated the former president, but won Baldwin a Primetime Emmy.
"Rust" also stars Jensen Ackles ("Supernaturals") and Travis Fimmel, best known for playing Ragnar Lothbrok in "Vikings".
The Bonanza Creek Ranch where Thursday's incident took place has hosted productions including "Hostiles," "Cowboys & Aliens," "3:10 to Yuma," "Appaloosa" and "Longmire." (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Alec Baldwin, Prop gun, Accident, Rust