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Priyanka Chopra turns tech investor

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Actress Priyanka Chopra is excited to embark on a new “chapter” as an investor in tech start-up Holberton School, a coding education company, as well as in dating and social media app Bumble.

This is also an effort on her part to help change the tech industry’s gender disparity.

“A new chapter for me! I am so excited to partner with Bumble and Holberton School as an investor. I’m honoured to join two companies that strive to expand gender diversity in the tech space, and make a social impact for the greater good… let’s do this,” Priyanka tweeted on Thursday.

It is her first project as a start-up investor, and Priyanka recently toured the San Francisco home of her new portfolio company — the school which uses projects and group learning instead of more traditional courses, to teach software development, according to The New York Times.

The actress’ investment in Holberton is part of an $8.2 million round of funding for Holberton that closed in April. She will join the company’s board of advisers, and will emphasise support for Holberton’s mission to educate people from underprivileged backgrounds. Her investments will skew heavily toward companies with an element of social impact, and companies founded by women.

“I don’t want to just be one of those people who’s like, ‘Yeah, I want to be on the tech bandwagon — how are they making so much money?’ It’s not about that,” said Priyanka, who is engaged to American singer Nick Jonas, has been squeezing in meetings with start-up founders and lined up future investments in between her hectic schedules.

“Geeks are taking over the world. If they haven’t already,” said the “Quantico” star, who has joined the bandwagon of celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio, who have invested in tech start-ups too. Priyanka said she did not yet know how many deals she would do or how much money she would invest, but she does plan on building a portfolio.

Her second investment is in Bumble, a dating and social media app founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd. She plans to help promote Bumble’s launch in India in the coming months, reported The New York Times.

Priyanka was introduced to tech investing by her manager Anjula Acharia, a founder and angel investor who spent time as an entrepreneur-in-residence and partner at Trinity Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The two have worked together since 2010.

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Kerala Government Promises High Court; Will allot 2 days exclusively for women in Sabarimala

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New Delhi: Kerala government on Friday advised the Kerala High Court that it might take steps to ensure entry of women on the Sabarimala shrine. The Kerala government stated that they may be prepared to allot two days solely for entry of girls inside the temple. Four women have filed a petition in Kerala High Court in search of police protection for Sabarimala go to. They have sought guidelines from the court to state government to ensure protection and reserve days to facilitate only girls’s access inside the temple. The temple is slated to remain open until December 26, followed by way of some other month-long window till January 20, for an annual pilgrimage.

Many girls, together with social activists and journalists, have tried to attain the hilltop shrine in Sabarimala on account that Supreme Court’s verdict on September 28, in which, the apex courtroom allowed the entry of girls between the age group of 10-50 to go into the shrine. Protestors have however blocked the access of women and instead, urged the country government to take felony steps to revert the Supreme Court’s verdict.

The devotees believe that Lord Ayyappa is living in the Sabarimala in a nation of everlasting celibacy and women inside the menstruating age group have been banned from coming into the shrine. A Supreme Court bench, headed via former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, but, ordered that women have to be allowed to go into the temple, bringing up gender equality.

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Baby Girl in India miraculously survived even after being ‘run over’ by Train; Watch Video

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This is a one year old girl’s great scrape from death in India.

She dropped onto the tracks moments before a train got here roaring through the station in Uttar Pradesh state.

Remarkably, the one-yr-old survived.

Footage confirmed the baby’s body fitting smartly among the rails, that means the train surpassed over her with out inflicting any harm.

Her mom had in advance accidentally dropped her among the platform and the carriage as she was getting off any other train.

The incident happened in Mathura on Tuesday.

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Irrfan was my acting school: Mithila Palkar

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Mumbai, Nov 23;¬†Mithila Palkar says acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan was like an “acting school” for her when she worked with him in “Karwaan”.The movie features Irrfan and Dulquer Salman.

On her experience of working with two well-known actors in the industry, Mithila said in a statement: “Initially it took me time to realise that I am sharing screen space with Irrfan Khan. But when I started working with him, a lot of times I would end up laughing in a scene.

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“I have never been to an acting school and on the sets of ‘Karwaan’, Irrfan was my acting school. By observing him, I learnt to improvise in the scenes along with focusing on the smallest of the details.”

Mithila also revealed her current favourite in Bollywood is Alia Bhatt. She feels Alia carries out brilliant roles with ease, and that really inspires her to push herself to perform better.

“Karwaan”, directed by Akarsh Khurana, will air on Sony Max on Saturday.

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