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Try not (to) hate yourself

Benedict Cumberbatch says the best way to deal with bullies is to show them one’s “love.” The 41-year-old actor says one has to “empathise” with bullies and at the same time try “not (to) hate yourself,” Femalefirst reported. “This is a really, really difficult subject. As hard as it may seem, you have to meet it with love. You have to try and empathise with behaviour and not hate yourself but understand why people often want to damage other people, it’s because they’re damaged themselves,” Cumberbatch told 14-year-old YouTube star Sophia Grace.

High-skilled Indians step up protests against UK immigration policies

Indian professionals have stepped up their fight against what they characterise as a hostile immigration policies of the UK government and joined forces with migrants from other countries for a major protest outside the British Parliament here this week.

The Highly Skilled Migrants group, which represents nearly 1,000 doctors, engineers, IT professionals and teachers from countries outside the European Union (EU), will bring toge­ther migrants from Sou­th Asia and Africa for one of its biggest prot­ests so far on Wednesday.

#Baftagoesblacktoo

The ferocious female-led tragi-comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony. Martin McDonagh’s film about a bereaved mother seeking justice won five trophies on Sunday, including best film, outstanding British film and best actress, for Frances McDormand.

OPEC sees higher oil demand, more rival supply

OPEC on Monday said world oil demand would grow faster than expected in 2018 because of a healthy world economy, adding a tailwind to the producer group’s effort to remove a supply glut by cutting output.

But the global market will return to balance only towards the end of 2018, no earlier than previously thought, as higher prices encourage the United States and other non-member producers to pump more, OPEC said in a monthly report.

Yorkshire signs Pujara for second stint

Unsold in IPL players' auction, Cheteshwar Pujara will warm up for India’s Test series in England by playing county cricket as Yorkshire has signed him for his second stint with the club. The 29-year-old Pujara, who will share overseas duties with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, is set to arrive in the United Kingdom just in time for the Leeds Bradford MCCU fixture on April 7.

Blockchain guarantee for diamond’s purity

Anglo American’s diamond unit De Beers aims to launch the first industry-wide blockchain this year to track gems each time they change hands starting from the moment they are dug from the ground, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer by the value of its gems, has led industry efforts to verify the authenticity of diamonds and ensure they are not from conflict zones where gems could be used to finance violence.

NRI Yusuffali acquires iconic Scottish hotel

Leading NRI businessman Yusuffali MA has acquired an iconic Scottish hotel based in Edinburgh in a $120 million deal clinched by Twenty14 Holdings (T14H), the hospitality investment arm of his Abu Dhabi headquartered Lulu Group International. The Caledonian, a grand Edwardian hotel overlooking Edinburgh Castle, joins his portfolio of $650 million worth of luxury properties across the UK, the Middle East and India.

Gillian Anderson is quitting The X-Files

Actor Gillian Anderson has confirmed that she would exit The X-Files after season 11. The actor, who plays agent Dana Scully in the show, made the announcement in an interview with TV Insider.

Don’t know if Shah rukh will play Rakesh Sharma

Priyanka Chopra says she was approached for the Rakesh Sharma biopic. The 35-year-old actor also confirmed that Aamir Khan is no longer a part of the project, which is based on the life of the first Indian to travel to space. There were reports that Aamir has quit the Mahesh Mathai directorial and Shah Rukh Khan has replaced him. While the film’s makers are mum about it, Choprfa, who has long been rumoured to be playing Sharma’s wife in the biopic, said Aamir Khan is not doing the film any more. “I have finalised two-three scripts. Now, I am left to make announcements.

New vaccine, long-acting drug trials buoy hopes in HIV fight

Research-ers anounc-ed the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS. The start of the three-year vaccine trial involving 2,600 women in southern Africa means that for the first time in more than a decade there are now two big HIV vaccine clinical trials taking place at the same time.

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