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Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra celebrate Shamita’s birthday in Phuket

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Actress Shamita Shetty travelled to Phuket as her birthday destination. Shamita turned 40 on February 2.

Shamita Shetty is one of Bollywood’s most popular actresses and an interior designer, along with her famous sister Shipla.

Her sister Shilpa Shetty, brother-in-law Raj Kundra and friends Sarita Madhavan, Rohini Iyer and Akanksha Malhotra also accompanied her to Phuket.

Glimpses from Shamita’s pre-birthday were shared by her on Instagram and also by other members from the birthday party.

“Bringing in Shamita Shetty’s birthday this weekend in Phuket. Having an amazing time with this adorable bunch,” Raj Kundra captioned his post.

Shamita Shetty made her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan’s 2000 film Mohabbatein, in which she was cast opposite Uday Chopra. Later, she followed it up with films like Fareb, Bewafaa, Zeher, Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse and Cash. Shamita entered the TV industry with Bigg Boss 3 and was later seen in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.



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VIDEO: British pianist performs at Thai Elephant Sanctuary

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Paul Barton is a British classical pianist who seems to have made some new friends. At the Elephants World Retirement Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province in Thailand, Barton has gotten himself a rather ‘big’ fanclub.

A frequent visitor to the sanctuary, the musician enjoys taking his piano out in front of a herd of elephants and serenades these mighty pachyderms. In the video below watch as Mr. Barton’s music sweeps you away and the surreal image of his audience, trying to quietly eat at the same time, appreciating the finger work.

Having studied at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, Barton hopes that these gentle creatures can find some solace in his renditions.

There has been much criticism on social media regarding the treatment of elephants in the tourist trade, with Thailand often being a topic of conversation. Many elephants who come to the sanctuary come from overworked backgrounds which sometimes leaves them disabled.

In this second video (below) watch as Barton plays for a very special elephant, Ampan, who is 80 years old and considered 10 years over the average elephant lifespan. Blind in one eye and barely being able to see with the other, its mesmerising to see a creature of such size have a appreciation for french classical composers.

SOURCE: EuroNews

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Enterprising young Cambodian impresses with multi-lingual skills

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Young vendors become very resourceful at extracting money from tourists. All in the quest of making an honest living and bringing some money to their families.

But this enterprising young boy seems to have knowledge of at least seven languages, obviously representing the most popular languages spoken by the tourists he speaks to during his daily rounds.

Netizens are impressed by his talents but some are saying that the boy has to develop this skill in order to survive.

A translation follows some of the many languages he is able to use in his daily work. Let’s hope he gets the opportunity to use his skills in a prosperous career in the future.

We’ll take five of whatever you’re selling!

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So long, farewell – Yingluck says goodbye to Thai politics

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Former Thai PM, and fugitive, Yingluck Shinawatra is saying she has “washed her hands of Thai politics” because she has suffered enough from her political role in the past.

In a Twitter post she denied a report in Thai newspapers that she had personally nominated a former minister to become Pheu Thai party’s candidate for PM in the forthcoming election, saying that the nomination process is an internal matter for the party.

Ms Yingluck says that for the time being she has had a lot of work and responsibilities to take care of.

Former PM Yingluck has been living in self-exile with her elder brother, former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra.  She ‘did a runner’ and secretly escaped Thai borders in the days before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices handed down a five year sentence on her for her failure to stop massive corruption in the controversial rice pledging scheme of her government in September 2017.

International media reported last week stated that Ms Yingluck used a Cambodian passport to register a company in Hong Kong, lending weight to reports she used the neighbouring kingdom to make her dramatic escape from her homeland.

The former PM was also recently named chair of a Chinese port operator in Guangdong province as her family’s political dynasty grow their business presence in southern China.

Yingluck and her billionaire brother Thaksin Shinawatra were both elected prime minister but were toppled in military coups – Thaksin in 2006 and Yingluck in 2014.

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