QWrap: PC & Nick Jonas Engaged; Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse
1. It’s Official! Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Engaged!
Right after news broke that Priyanka Chopra had quit her ambitious project Bharat, with director Ali Abbas Zafar sending a cryptic message mentioning ‘Nick’, People magazine has now confirmed that Priyanka and Nick Jonas are officially engaged.
The couple made the jump after two months of dating, and Nick popped the question a week ago when they were celebrating Priyanka’s 36th birthday in London. This comes hot on the heels of their India trip, where Nick met Priyanka’s family.
The couple first sparked rumours when they appeared at the 2017 Met Gala together. They kept in touch, and things got heated when they started dating in May. Since then, they’ve been nearly inseparable and gone out of their way to meet each other’s families.
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2. Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse to Be Visible in All of India
A total lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan will occur on 27-28 July for a duration of 1 hour 43 minutes – the longest this century, according to the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
The partial eclipse of the moon will begin at 11:54 pm Indian Standard Time on 27 July. The moon will be gradually covered by the Earth's shadow and the total eclipse will begin at 1 am on 28 July.
The eclipse will last up to 1.43 hours. Then the moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and the partial eclipse will end at 3:49 am IST on 28 July. Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had earlier occurred on 16 July 2000 for totality duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and another one on 15 June 2011 for a total duration of 1 hour 40 minutes.
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3. Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev Congratulate PM-in-Waiting Imran Khan
With reports emerging that Imran Khan has led his political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) to victory in the Pakistan general elections, held on Wednesday, July 25, congratulatory wishes are pouring in for the former cricket captain from the cricketing community.
Khan, the captain of the 1992 Cricket World Cup-winning Pakistan team, found support from his former teammates before the election, with some of them urging people to vote in favour of the former all-rounder.
Several other cricketers, including Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar, too gave their best wishes to Khan to usher in a ‘Nayaa Pakistan’.
Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev wished his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan as the latter trounced two political dynasties of Pakistan to win the maximum number of seats in the general elections held on 25 July. Khan is slated to become the next prime minister of the country.
In an interview to The Times of India, Dev said he was delighted to see Khan realise his political dream. “I am very happy for him. I hope he manages Pakistan the way he managed the cricket team as captain.”
4. No Namaz, No Salaam: Muslims in Modern India Forced to Self-Censor
Taking a cue from her conversation with a friend, former NSUI member Angellica Aribam took to Twitter on 23 July to explain how the air in India has turned poisonous and forced Muslims to change their basic way of living.
The Twitter thread started when Aribam explained how a friend had stopped carrying mutton in his lunch box for fear of being lynched.
Indian Muslims expressed their anxieties on the same Twitter thread.
Merely bearing a Muslim identity – like greeting parents with a “salaam” to wearing a “Kurta pyjama” for reading namaz on Fridays – is to invite life-threatening consequences from bigoted mobs, according to many who responded.
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5. ‘Mission Impossible- Fallout’, ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3’ Hit the Screens
For the love of cinema, Tom Cruise is back. He is running, jumping, flying, kicking, and hanging around the cliffs of mortal danger once again. In Mission: Impossible—Fallout, the 56-year-old actor defies the laws of age once more to show us such physicality that he can give an entire generation of men #LifeGoals.
The much awaited, Sanjay Dutt-starrer Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 also hit theatres today.