Oxford to become first UK city to ban gasoline and diesel cars

LONDON — The university city of Oxford has unveiled plans to ban gasoline and diesel cars from its center as part of the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution.

Oxford’s “Zero Emission Zone” will ban combustion engine vehicles from entering part of the city center starting in 2020.

“All of us who drive or use petrol or diesel vehicles through Oxford are contributing to the city’s toxic air,” said city council board member John Tanner. “Everyone needs to do their bit – from national government and local authorities to businesses and residents – to end this public health emergency.”

Oxford will also introduce reduced parking fees for electric vehicles and electric-taxi ranks.

In the first stage of its plans, taxis, cars, light commercial vehicles and buses which are non zero-emission, will be banned from six streets in the city center, including near the world-famous Oxford Union debating society.

The zone will be gradually widened to include more streets and further vehicle types until 2035 when all emitting vehicles, including lorries, will be banned from the center.

Local politicians will draw up the final plans after a consultation closes on Nov. 26.

Britain has said it will ban the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars from 2040, replicating plans by France and the mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens, who aim to ban diesel vehicles from their city centers by 2025.

London is rolling out an “ultra low emission zone,” which will see the most gas-guzzling vehicles pay daily charges to enter the city center starting in 2020.

Paris plans ban on combustion engine cars by 2030

PARIS – Authorities in Paris plan to ban combustion engine cars by 2030, including those fueled by both diesel and gasoline.

The move marks an acceleration in plans to electric vehicles in a city often obliged to impose temporary bans due to surges in particle pollution in the air.

Paris City Hall said in a statement that France had already set a target date of 2040 for an end to cars dependent on fossil fuels and that this required speedier phase-outs in large cities.

“This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases,” said Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for transport policy at the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. “Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030,” he told France Info radio.

The French capital had already been eyeing an end to diesel cars in the city by the time it hosts the summer Olympics in 2024.

Paris City Hall is already under attack over the establishment of no-car zones, car-free days and fines for drivers who enter the city in cars that are more than 20 years old. It said it was not using the word “ban” but rather introducing a feasible deadline by which combustion-engine cars would be phased out.

There are about 32 million household cars in France, where the population is about 66 million, according to 2016 data from the Argus, an automobile industry publication.

Many Parisians do not own cars, relying on extensive public transport systems and, increasingly, fast-burgeoning networks offering bikes, scooters and low-pollution hybrid engine cars for shot-term rental.

Many other cities in the world are considering similar moves and China, the world’s biggest polluter after the United States, recently announced that it would soon be seeking to get rid of combustion-engine cars.

BMW will outsource Mini production in China to Great Wall, report says

BMW is working on a deal that will bring manufacturing of the iconic Mini brand to China, according to people with knowledge of the plan.

BMW is discussing outsourcing production of Mini vehicles to Great Wall Motor, China’s biggest SUV maker, and the possible export of Minis from China, said the people, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private.

A Great Wall spokesman declined to comment, saying the company will issue a formal statement later. Representatives for BMW’s China unit didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comments.

A BMW-Great Wall tie-up would bring Mini production outside of Europe for the first time. The British-designed small car, first built to tackle soaring fuel prices in the late 1950s, has evolved over the years and the vehicles are now produced in England and the Netherlands.

After successfully reviving the Mini brand — selling more than 230,000 cars in in the first eight months  — BMW is now preparing to add an electric version for the first time.

Speculation of a tie-up with BMW sent Great Wall shares soaring 14 percent Wednesday, prompting suspension in trading.

Great Wall, founded by billionaire Chairman Wei Jianjun, has become China’s leading SUV producer by offering local consumers spacious models with a higher ride and at cheaper prices than sedans from foreign automakers such as Volkswagen and General Motors.

While BMW already builds cars locally in a venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd., Great Wall doesn’t have any carmaking partners in China. Great Wall is planning to start production in the U.S., Wei said in March.

Like its rivals, BMW is navigating a costly shift to making electric cars as governments around the world crack down on pollution and impose curbs on fossil fuels.

The company has outlined plans for at least 12 fully electric cars by 2025. Those include battery-powered variants of mainstream models like the X3 SUV as well as the futuristic, self-driving iNext.

In July, BMW chose Oxford, England, for the electric Mini, passing alternatives in Germany and the Netherlands.

After China last month ordered most automakers to sell a minimum number of new-energy vehicles starting 2019, BMW said it is fully committed to promoting electric mobility in the country.

Want To Know More About Fashion? Read These Tips!

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A lot of people want to be fashionable, but they don’t know where to start. If you are like many of us, you didn’t always read Elle and Vogue but wish to look better. You are still able to do that! This article is designed to provide you with just the info that you need to be fashionable.

Only buy clothes that are flattering to your figure. Do not think that you must have every fashion trend that is available, even if it does not look good on you. No matter how trendy an item is, if it is not flattering to your figure, don’t consider buying it.

Spend your fashion money on basics. These pieces should be classics, in colors that will pair well with a variety of colors and patterns. Items like a basic black skirt will be fashionable for years to come, and can be updated with tops that are currently in the fashion eye.

Tight levis can look attractive on someone who is fit with a slender figure, but if you are a bit on the heavy side, look for jeans that fit well without being tight. Your extra pounds will be even more noticeable if you look as if your pants are painted on you.

If you have thick or very curly hair, using a gel product will help you to create the style you desire. Work the product into towel-dried hair and then style it as you want. You can allow it to dry naturally, or use a hair drier. This is especially helpful in humid weather.

Putting your hair up casually is a wonderful way to make your hair get off your shoulders. When you’re having a busy work day or school day, long hair is a pain. If you don’t have a lot of time to fix your hair, pull it up.

Remember that belts should serve as accent pieces, rather than necessary tools for holding your pants up, and have fun with them. Skinny belts are perfect with dark denim and dress pants, especially in animal prints or shimmery metallic. Wide belts look great over dresses, cardigans and other pieces that you’d like to look more fitted.

If you like form fitting clothing, it is very important to know what materials and colors blend together, and will hold their form the best. This is significant because if you get the wrong blend, not only the outfit will possibly go out of shape, but it might be uncomfortable as well.

You can actually wear white when Labor Day has passed. You can wear any color your want, and you should if it flatters you. If you look great in it, pull it out of your wardrobe at any time! Most people don’t even think about what time of year it is when regarding your outfit.

If you have a larger body size and wish to take the emphasis off this by appearing smaller, stay away from attention-getting patterns such as large flowers. These big shapes are unflattering. Choose a pattern that has has smaller shapes and it will take emphasis away from your larger areas.

When it comes to shopping, be sure that you compose a list before leaving to help you make the most of your time. This is important so that you can focus on what you need to purchase and help you stay away from items that may be a waste of money and closet space.

Did you know that drinking more filtered water can actually help you to prevent dry, cracked nails and cuticles? Cuticles and nails are usually dry from a lack of hydration. If the air is dry and frigid, such as in the winter, you need to moisturize frequently. Use shea butter at least once a day to add moisture to your cuticles and nails. Cotton gloves over your moisturized hands while you sleep is another good option.

A good tip if you’re trying to improve your fashion sense is to take it easy on the logo designs if you’re keen on certain brands. It looks silly when you’re always wearing a shirt with a big fat logo on the front. Subtlety is the key here so you might want to tone it down sometimes.

You should always be open to experimentation when it comes to fashion. You will not realize if a certain item will look nice on you until the time you put it on. Mix and match to try different styles, materials and colors. Try to build something unique and fantastic.

Try donating clothing that no longer fit. This is a smart idea, as you are helping less fortunate people, but you also cut the time it is going to take to select an outfit.

To stretch your wardrobe’s versatility, fill your wardrobe with a variety of scarves and belts in different patterns and styles. You can use these to add a splash of interest to a solid colored top. You can use these in countless combinations to create a different look each time without needing to buy a different outfit.

You should have a minimum of three handbags in your wardrobe. The first handbag should be a standard, a leather handbag with classic lines for everyday wear. The next handbag should be a large tote-style handbag to use on those casual days when you need to grab and go. You should also have a small clutch for those special occasions.

Go ahead and buy an extra if a piece of clothing fits perfectly. It’s difficult to find a pair of jeans or a dress that fits right off the rack. When in doubt, stick with what works for you. If you do manage to find something flattering, buy two.

Strapless Bra

Have yourself professionally fitted for a bra. An ill-fitting brassiere is not only unflattering, but it affects how your clothing fits. Once you know your true size, buy a few bras in different styles and cuts. A plunge or demi-cup bra, a strapless bra, and a convertible bra give you versatile options.

You don’t need to live in the fashion world to be fashionable. Use the information laid out here to give you an idea of what you look best in, and you can be a true fashionista too.

BMW adds sport model to i3 family

BMW is adding a sportier model to its i3 electric car lineup.

The 2018 BMW i3s will be on sale in U.S. dealerships by year end. It joins the base i3 that is freshened for the 2018 model year.

The i3s has more power than the base i3 and styling tweaks that differentiate it from the base model. Design changes include front and rear aprons with i3s-specific contours and special color accents in various spots across the vehicle. It has 20-inch wheels that are exclusive to the i3s and a sports suspension that includes a 0.4-inch drop in height.

The electric motor in the i3s puts out 184 hp and 199 pounds-feet of torque. That’s up from 170 hp and 184 pounds-feet in the base model. BMW says the enhanced drive system in the i3s translates to power and torque improvements of up to 40 percent over the base i3.

For 2018, the base i3 also gets a wider track and design changes to give it a sportier appearance. The i3 originally went on sale in 2014. BMW sold 7,625 i3s in the U.S. last year, down 31 percent from the nameplate’s 2015 peak.

Both the 2017 and 2018 models include an optional range-extending gasoline engine.

The 94Ah battery in the 2018 model is expected to be similar to the 2017 model, which has a stated range of 114 miles.

BMW says EPA ratings have not yet been released for the 2018 models and the company is unable to provide any information on battery range.

Automotive News has reported that a bigger battery with significantly longer range — close to 200 miles — will be available on the i3 by the end of the 2018.

Both 2018 BMW i3 models will be unveiled publicly in September at the Frankfurt auto show. Prices of the new models will be announced closer to their on-sale dates.

The top 10 games of E3 2017

The greatest video game show on Earth has ended, but the hype is just heating up.

Nearly 70,000 gamers flooded an overpacked Los Angeles Convention Center for three straight days (not counting a few days of fancy media briefings) of digital insanity, and game makers of all shapes and sizes delivered enough gaming goodness to last a lifetime — or at least until the holidays.

Though E3 2017 lacked the explosive punch of last year’s incredible show, it was home to dozens of cool games spanning every system under the sun. So how do you narrow that down? Some games were playable; others were little more than a trailer and some concept art. You’ll get your hands on a handful of them in 2017, while many more won’t see the light of day for years. But regardless of development state (and in no particular order) these are the 10 titles we’re most excited to play.

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ (Switch | Release Date: 10/27/17)

How do you follow-up a game as great as “Breath of the Wild?” You call a plumber.

It’s been 15 years since gamers busted bricks in a 3D sandbox version of the Mushroom Kingdom (that would be “Super Mario Sunshine” for the Gamecube), so to say that ���Super Mario Odyssey” is a big deal is an even huge understatement. The next entry in Nintendo’s (NTDOY) flagship series is the company’s holiday pillar and a surefire system seller, provided it’s as good as we all expect.

And based on the E3 demo, it certainly will be. Odyssey’s charming world is densely packed with secrets, and Mario is equipped with incredibly cool new moves to help him explore every nook and cranny. His iconic hat is now a crucial tool, used to both thwart and even temporarily possess enemies. Mario the T-Rex? Believe it, and circle October 27 on your calendar. Switch owners absolutely won’t want to miss it.

‘Beyond Good and Evil 2’ (Platforms: TBD | Release Date: TBD)

You don’t often see a grown game developer weep onstage in front of millions of viewers, but that’s exactly what happened when Ubisoft’s (UBI.PA) Michel Ancel shocked the gaming world with a trailer and quick chat about the long-awaited follow-up to the beloved “Beyond Good and Evil.” The new game is a much different beast, a prequel that, based on an off-the-floor tech demo, hopes to combine the original’s memorable characters with an absolutely immense, seamlessly rendered universe.

Yes, it’s absurdly ambitious, and yes, ambitious games often don’t pay off in the end (see: “Spore” and “No Man’s Sky.”) I also don’t believe we’ll actually play this game in the next year or two, or possibly three. But E3 is about the future, innovation and risk-taking. “Beyond Good and Evil 2“ hits all the right notes and provided the most thrilling chatter of the show.

‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ (PC, Xbox One, PS4 | Release Date: 10/10/17)

How do you improve upon one of the best open-world games ever made? You make it bigger, naturally. But to simply say that “Shadow of War” is “bigger” than the 2014 hit “Shadow of Mordor” is like like saying that a Balrog is bigger than a labrador.

Giant fortress battles, a deep loot system, beefier combat, an expanded Nemesis system that turns just about every inch of the world into a unique, procedural snowflake — “Shadow of War” is shaping up to be a monstrous video game and a worthy successor to “Mordor.” This one may very well rule them all.

‘Spider-Man’ (PS4 | Release Date: TBD 2018)

The web slinger’s been a little hit-or-miss as a video game. Fans point to the seminal “Spider-Man 2” as a high point, but a wealth of decent if forgettable action romps have left them longing for a game that gets its sticky star right.

Sony (SNE) and developer Insomniac’s take on “Spider-Man” might do just that. It’s already being compared to the tremendous “Batman: Arkham” games thanks to a similar combat system, but it’s also gorgeous, cinematic and seems to nail the thing we all really want to do as the webhead: swing freely through the streets of Manhattan. It’s also treating the comic lore with love by including new Spidey Miles Morales in the amazing trailer.

‘Echo Arena’ (Oculus Rift | Release Date: 7/20/17)

E3 2017 wasn’t a great show for VR, but tucked away in a corner was the sort of experience that got us all raving about the pricey tech in the first place. Created by well-known developer Ready At Dawn, “Echo Arena” is the closest you’ll get to the low-gravity training scenes from the sci-fi classic Ender’s Game. Two teams of five float around an arena, launching off walls as they try to toss a ball into a goal. It’s a smart solution to VR’s locomotion issues, and thanks to Oculus Touch and voice support, it feels like you’re really sharing a space together.

‘Sea of Thieves’ (Xbox One | Release Date: Early 2018)

It was a pirate’s life for just about everybody who met with Microsoft (MSFT) at E3 courtesy the swashbuckling silliness of “Sea of Thieves.” Turning up to four players into a gang of marauding buccaneers, it’s a surprisingly complicated game about ship sailing, treasure hunting and, most likely, lots of dying. But ace developer Rare’s gift for colorful characters and playful features is on full display here, making “Sea of Thieves” one of the most likable games at the show.

‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ (PC, Xbox One, PS4 | Release Date: 11/17/17)

The fan favorite from 2015 strikes back later this year, and based on what we saw from “Star Wars: Battlefront II” at E3, it’s aiming to fix up the ship.

A full single-player story mode should attend to the biggest complaint about the last game, though “Battlefront II” also expands its popular multiplayer with customizable classes, more weapons and environments and heroes spanning every major Star Wars era. Ever wonder how Jedi Luke would fare against Darth Maul? (OF COURSE!) You’ll find out in November.

‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ (PC, Xbox One, PS4 | Release Date: 10/27/17)

The game that put first-person shooters on the map got a killer reboot in 2014’s “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” which featured over-the-top combat against some of the craziest nazis this side of a Mel Brooks movie. But developer Machine Games was just getting started.

“The New Colossus” continues brawny hero BJ Blazkowicz’s fight to survive in a future world ruled by cruel dictators; good thing he’s the toughest man in the world, as evidenced by an incredible 20-minute E3 demo that let you mow down mobs of SS soldiers while putting around in a wheelchair.

‘Anthem’ (PC, Xbox One, PS4 | Release Date: Q4 2018)

From “Baldur’s Gate” to “Mass Effect,” game developer Bioware is best known for making enormous, detailed role-playing games. For their next trick, however, the legendary studio is taking a page from the “Destiny” playbook with fast-paced sci-fi combat set in a shared online universe. In “Anthem,” players don exosuits called Javelins as they jetpack around a massive world looking for trouble (and, presumably, XP and loot). Details are still scarce — E3 was more of a coming out party for the game than a deep dive — but suffice to say, fan of Activision’s juggernaut and games like “Borderlands” should pay attention.

‘Far Cry 5’ (PC, Xbox One, PS4 | Release Date: 2/27/18)

Ubisoft had a tremendous E3, showing off a portfolio bursting with both established franchises and risky new endeavors. “Far Cry 5” somehow fits both definitions. The first game in the series to be set on U.S. soil, it courts controversy with its socio-political undertones, pitting a small-town Montana deputy against a militia-like cult that shares more than a few similarities to real-world American extremist groups. But it’s also “Far Cry” through and through, letting you romp around a stunning, grounded open-world begging for exploration and experimentation. Best of all, you have a pet dog. Careful, he bites.


The quest for a stellar smartphone camera is as old as the segment itself. However, we don’t seem to be anywhere near clicking that perfect mobile photograph. So when a camera company like Kodak lends its name to a smartphone, it is hard not to take notice. The Kodak Ektra is in fact more a camera, than a smartphone, at least it looks so. But is this an idea whose time has come? Well, I used the Kodak Ektra for well over a week to figure out if this was the best camera phone, or should we say phone camera?

Kodak Ektra specifications: 5-inch FullHD(1920×1080) | MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 Deca-core (2x Cortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz) | 3GB RAM | 32GB storage expandable up to 128GB | 21MP fast focus camera sensor with F2.0, PDAF, OIS, Dual LED Flash + 13MP phase detection auto focus front-facing camera with F2.2 PDAF | Android 6 | 3000mAh, with USB 3.0 Type C fast charger

Kodak Ektra price in India: Rs 19,990

Kodak Ektra design and display

Kodak Ektra has a standout design. So much so that this looks more like a slim point and shoot camera than a smartphone. At the bottom end of the phone is a grip akin to what you would find on a DSLR or Bridge camera. It helps you hold the phone better when you are using it as a camera and, as I discovered, enables it to stand up on a table if you are using a timer to click.

I would have expected this bit to also hold the shutter button, but Kodak has put it further up the body. At the rear there is a large camera bump with Kodak branding and a dominant, but stationary, lens ring. This also makes it a very distinct looking smartphone. Overall, the phone gives you a good feeling in the hand and I loved the faux leather finish at the back.  The Ektra has a Full HD display that is good for regular use and works pretty well in sunlight. However, there is nothing spectacular about this display.

Kodak Ektra, Kodak Ektra review, Kodak Ektra features, Kodak Ektra camera, Kodak Ektra full review, Kodak Ektra specifications, Kodak Ektra price in India, Kodak smartphonesThe Ektra has a Full HD display that is good for regular use and works pretty well in sunlight.

Kodak Ektra performance and UI

The Kodak Ektra, powered by a Mediatek Helio X-20 Decacore Processor with 3GB RAM is almost mid-range in its capabilities as a smartphone. But then if you look at the price, this is a mid-range phone and it would be wrong to expect anything else. The phone can tackle day to day stuff really well without stuttering or crashing. However, I was a bit disappointed that the phone does heat up when you are shooting 4K video as my understanding was that this was a very 2016 problem. Thankfully, the temperature does not rise to the level of the phone shutting down, like we have seen with some devices in the past.

Kodak Ektra, Kodak Ektra review, Kodak Ektra features, Kodak Ektra camera, Kodak Ektra full review, Kodak Ektra specifications, Kodak Ektra price in India, Kodak smartphonesKodak Ektra, powered by a Mediatek Helio X-20 Decacore Processor with 3GB RAM is almost mid-range in its capabilities as a smartphone.

The phone has a slightly tweaked Android UI with circular icons which takes some getting used to. However, at the end of the day you realise this is a just a skin and nothing really new. Kodak has added a bunch of apps and UI features that aid the use of this phone as a camera. For instance, you can open a photo editing app like Snapseed right from inside the gallery which I thought was a good feature to include.

Kodal Ektra camera review

Now, this is clearly why you are buying the Ektra for. Frankly this looks like a camera that can make calls. Jokes apart, this phone has clearly been made to impress the photographers and it does manage to do that with the external looks, barring the fact that it would have been nice to see a zoom lens pop up from that lens ring.

However, the UI has add-ons to bring in some Kodak nostalgia for those who understand what a Super 8 camera was. I, on the other hand, did not find any use for a Super 8 video app that recreated old film styles, at least not when you have tonnes of other apps that can do similar stuff.

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Anyway, the camera app itself is very unique DSLR like dial with haptic feedback to switch the modes. There are enough settings to keep you busy and thinking before each click. There is even a bokeh mode though this is not dual lens camera and a decent HDR. However, most of this is driven by software and that shows.

In fact, in the Bokeh mode you have to wait a few seconds for the camera to process and while you can tweak the bokeh effect, you have to wait again for that to render. The manual mode offers everything you would expect on a DSLR and for anyone used to a manual camera there is a lot you can do.

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But that does not mean, I love this camera. I have issues with it. To start with, the results are not consistent when it comes to the sheer picture quality. At times the images reminds me of the old Canon A400, though that was a 3.2MP camera and this has 21MP. The image quality, resolution and detail leaves you wanting more than often.

Thankfully, the last software update did improve it to an extent, but it is still not quite there. Remember, this is a phone you are buying for is camera and this is the least it should be able to do. Also, the phone and its metal frame heats up if you have been using the camera for over a few minutes. Another big disappointment.

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Still this camera has lot of scope if the company is able to get it right. It is a good camera in low light and offers better macro than most other phones in this range. Also, the Kodak camera app and editing software does add value for the pro-consumer.

Kodak Ektra Vrdict

This is at the moment a novelty phone. Whoever buy this a primary phone will have to live with the weird design when they are not using it as a camera and that will be hard to justify. For the camera lovers, maybe this is a second phone they would like to carry around on their travels. But won’t camera lovers prefer using a better point-and-shoot or even a GoPro, is what I have been thinking. The Kodak Ektra is a good idea that fails with its execution. I’m waiting for the Kodak Ektra 2

Selena Gomez Wore the Coolest Sneakers to Disneyland With The Weeknd

What’s the best way to close out the summer with your significant other? Well, if you’re Selena Gomez and The Weeknd, it’s a trip to Disneyland, of course. The cute couple was spotted at the Happiest Place on Earth wearing laid-back looks perfect for an evening of walking around the park.

Gomez wore the coolest lace-less, flatform sneakers with an all-black look, including sweatpants, an oversized hoodie, and a Louis Vuitton Twist MM Bag ($3550). The Weeknd went for a similar vibe with Puma track jacket and sweatpants and white sneakers. Take note: This is how you do off-duty couple’s style.

Scroll down to see what Selena Gomez and The Weeknd wore on their Disneyland date. 

Add lights and greenery to your home for positive vibes

Decorate your home with ample lights be it in the form of lamps or chandeliers, introduce few planters with fresh flowers to the sad and empty corners of your home to bring in that positive vibes and tranquility, suggest experts.

Retesh Sharma, Director at Zynna and Sukriti Sharma, Director at Plusch, have listed creative décor ideas:

* Fetch greenery inside: Adding planters with loads of fresh flowers and green plants creates the serene milieu.

* Light the area right: Lights plays a key role in setting the ambiance right. Adding up few chandeliers and lamps will create a beautiful serene in the room. Also, incorporating few scented candles in your rooms is yet another great idea that not only spread aroma around but also generate the loving atmosphere around.

* When we talk about bringing spring botanicals in your abode then instead of changing whole upholstery best way to bring them is in cushions or nature inspired curtains can also work well. You can contrast them with neon colours and dwelling is ready with a makeover.

Adding floral design, nature upholstery pieces with contrasting rugs can also work well. Also watercolour-style flower-print fabric can also be incorporated that can be used on key items, such as a footstool or cushions.

* Small decorative pieces, fruit bowls, decorative ornaments and magazine baskets also enhance the look of the living room, hence plays a vital role in bringing any themed décor in the house.

You can add photoframes, bamboo décor products also smaller objects such as coasters, decorative trays and room diffuser, art pieces works well.

* Many a times we see that only one single colour wall is the focal point in any room. This trend is passé. Instead use printed wallpapers to brighten any space in your house whether it is bedroom, living area, dining room or balcony as well.

* Infuse the light scented candles that not only create an aromatic room but also create a nice ambience. Furthermore, you can set a relaxing mood by arranging a variety of oil lamps and candles on decorative trays and let them work their magic on your senses.

* Adorn your interiors with brighter shades of yellow, orange, red, blue and green. Opt for the colours that complement each other and provide an exuberant aura to your home.

Use floral prints as décor in your home to keep your home lively, cheerful and fresh. Keep aside the heavy drapes and welcome sheer or pellucid curtains in your homes.

Spanish police shoot dead possible Barcelona attack fugitive

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Spanish police on Monday shot dead a man who could be Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver of a van that mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona, amid a massive manhunt for the Moroccan national described as dangerous and likely armed. “They have shot dead a suspect who could be the perpetrator of the attack,” a source close to the probe told AFP on condition of anonymity. Regional police confirmed a man wearing what appeared to be a suicide belt had been killed in Subirats, a village about 60 kilometres (37 miles) away from Barcelona, without identifying the individual. Bomb disposal units have been dispatched to the site.

Earlier on Monday, police had launched an appeal for information about the 22-year-old fugitive, believed to be the last remaining member of a 12-man cell suspected of plotting last week’s deadly attacks. The other suspects have been killed by police or detained after the vehicle rampages in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the assaults, believed to be its first in Spain.

Authorities on Monday raised the death toll to 15, confirming that Pau Perez, a 34-year-old man found stabbed to death in a Ford Focus outside Barcelona on Friday, was killed by Abouyaaqoub. The police had fired at the car as it forced its way through a checkpoint shortly after the Barcelona carnage, and later found Perez in the vehicle. Investigators believe the victim was the owner of the car, which was hijacked by Abouyaaqoub to make his getaway.

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Describing Abouyaaqoub as around 1.8 metres (five feet, 11 inches) tall, police tweeted four photographs of the man with short black hair, including three pictures in which he was wearing a black and white striped T-shirt. He is “dangerous and could be armed,” police in Catalonia said. Spanish authorities were also officially notifying European police of the identity of the suspect to enable the launch of a Europe-wide manhunt.