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Kohli top celebrity endorser, SRK loses brand value

Cricketer Virat Kohli remained the top celebrity endorser and increased his brand value to $170 million in 2018, while actor Shah Rukh Khan lost value and slipped to fifth position from second in 2017.

Deepika Padukone grabbed the second slot with brand value of $102 million and her husband and actor Ranveer Singh too moved up to the fourth position with a brand value of $63 million. Akshay Kumar, who moved up to the third position was valued $67 million.

Total brand value of the top 20 celebrities stood at $877 million.

History beckons as Serena shoots for Slam history

Serena Williams is back in Melbourne as hot favourite to repeat her 2017 Australian Open win and claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam with rivals, including defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, battling health issues and poor form.

Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret Cour’'s mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian's home soil.

‘This win is as big as '83 World Cup win’

India coach Ravi Shastri equated India's maiden Test series win on Australia soil with the historic 1983 World Cup triumph terming it "as big if not bigger".

India beat Australia 2-1 to win their first Test series in Australia in 71 years and Shastri wasn't short of praise for his wards.

"I will tell you how satisfying it is for me. World Cup 1983, World Championship of Cricket 1985 this is as big, or even bigger, because it is in the truest (Test) format of the game. It's Test cricket, which is meant to be the toughest," Shastri said on Monday.

Pacers, Pujara, Pant pin down Aussies in their own backyard

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli attributed historic test series win in Australia to the teamwork. He termed Hanuma Vihari’s 8 runs off 66 balls as opener in the Melbourne Test as important as anyone else’s effort, bringing parity in the performance matrix.

While the victorious captain was spot on, three ‘Ps’ – pacers, Pujara and Pant – definitely stood out in pinning down the mighty Australians on their home turf.

The pace quartet of Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishan

I might fall, but won't stop trying: Vicky Kaushal

With back-to-back hits in 2018 Vicky Kaushal may have become one of the most sought after actors from the younger lot, but he is aware that success and failure go hand-in-hand.

The 30-year-old actor, who was part of films like "Raazi", "Sanju", "Manmarziyaan" and Netflix's "Lust Stories" and "Love Per Square Foot", said his aim as a performer is not to repeat himself.

Another Pujara master-class gives India day 1 honours at SCG

Cheteshwar Pujara played the anchor's role yet again with his third masterful hundred of the series, helping India dominate Australia on the opening day of the fourth and final Test. Leading 2-1 after the 137-run win in the Melbourne Test, India made a strong start by ending at 303/4 in 90 overs on Thursday. Opener Mayank Agarwal was another solid performer, continuing his good form with a 77-run knock. At stumps, Pujara (130) and Hanuma Vihari (39) were holding fort for the visiting side, which is in pursuit of a maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil.

I-T raids Kollywood stars

The Income Tax (I-T) department on Thursday carried out raids on the residences of four top Kannada film actors and three leading producers in a simultaneous state-wide exercise, officials said.

Actors Shivarajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar, sons of Kannada thespian late Rajkumar, and Yash and Sudeep came under the I-T lens, officials told PTI, as the bigwigs of the state film industry woke up to the knocks of Income Tax officials on their doors. The raids were carried out across 23 locations in the state and involved around 200 sleuths, they said.

Barbie will soon be 60

She is turning 60 this year and still doesn't have a single wrinkle. Blonde or brunette, slender or curvy, black or white, princess or president, Barbie is a forever favourite for young girls, even if she has caused controversy over the years.

The iconic doll has evolved to keep up with the times - check out her Twitter feed.

And despite fierce competition in the toy industry, 58 million Barbies are sold each year in more than 150 countries.

Massy actor-writer who engineered Bollywood’s biggest hits

More than 300 films on, Kader Khan was always more than the sum of his roles, the consummate multi-hyphenated Bollywood artiste for those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s on a staple diet of commercial films that either featured him or were penned by him. 

Engineer-scriptwriter-actor-dialogue writer, Khan, who died in Toronto at the age of 81 before he could see the dawn of a New Year, was all these and more. Khan was that rare film personality who was equally important on screen and off screen with about 300 roles as an actor and writing credits in over 250 films.