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Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate bridge over Ravi on January 22

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Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will on Tuesday inaugurate a 1,210-meter span-bridge over the Ravi river in Jammu and Kashmir which would reduce the distance between Kathua in Jammu and Patankot in Punjab by around 36 km. Constructed at a cost of Rs 158.84 crore, the bridge would improve inter-state connectivity and benefit over 2,20,000 people living on the two sides -- Kathua in Jammu and Pathankot in Punjab, a Ministry statement said. "This will reduce the distance between the two cities from 45 kms to 8.6 kms, which will save on both time and fuel cost," it said The government said the national highway network in Jammu and Kashmir had seen an increase of 969 km in the last four years with the total length rising from 1,695 km in 2014 to 2,664 km in 2018. "Number of national highways has also gone up from seven to 14. New national highways of 969 km were announced during the period. In addition, four state roads of 400 km have also been approved," it said. As..
                 

Prank call made a call at Delhi CM Arvind Kerjiwal residence

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Delhi Police have registered a complaint against an unknown caller who on Monday called up Delhi Chief Minister's residence, saying that a man named 'Bholo' was planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal, said a police officer. An attendant received a call on a landline number at Arvind Kejriwal residence in north Delhi around 11.30 a.m. on Monday. "The caller did not disclose his identity and said he was calling from Vikaspuri area of west Delhi. He further said that he wants to alert the security staff of the Chief Minister that a man named 'Bhola' is planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal," Delhi Police Additional PRO, Anil Mittal said. "We have registered a case against the unknown man on the complaint of Personal Security Officer of Arvind Kejriwal. Prima facie it appeared to be a prank call," Mittal said. "The cyber cell and intelligence wing of Delhi Police are investigating the case to identify the caller," the officer added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International a..
                 

BJP peddling lies, alleges Trinamool over landing permission to Amit Sh

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New Delhi: The Trinamool Congress on Monday contested the BJP's claim that permission was denied for the landing of its president Amit Shah's helicopter in Malda, saying it was "peddling lies" after the "huge success" of the Opposition rally in West Bengal. Hitting out at the West Bengal government, Union Minister Piyush Goyal had claimed that it "is trying to block every programme of Amit Shah be it a rally, yatra or the landing of his chopper". It showed that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was "scared" of his party's growing influence in the state, he said. However, TMC leader Derek O'Brien said that the allegations were "hilarious". In a series of tweets, the Trinamool MP said that he had asked his interns to run a "fact check" on Goyal's statements."Just asked two interns to run a #FactCheck on the Rail Mantri's press conference on #Bangla Hilarious! "FactCheck #19 After huge success of #UnitedIndiaAtBrigade rally @BJP4India peddling lies. CLAIM: Mamata Banerje..
                 

Ashutosh Rana: Happy to play roles of varied temperaments

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Ashutosh Rana finds himself in an interesting phase of his career - after playing a pivotal role in Rohit Shetty's over-the-top universe of Simmba, the actor will be seen in Abhishek Chaubey's Sonchiriya, a gritty dacoit drama. "What more can an actor ask for but characters of varied temperaments? Commercial cinema is getting real, so it is a good time for artistes like me," says Rana. Ever since Sonchiriya's trailer released, there has been curiosity about his role, with fans wondering if Rana is back to doing what he does best - exploring a grey character. "It's an interesting character with different shades to it," he says in measured words, careful to not divulge too many details. "Abhishek is known for his raw dramas. Plus, when you have co-stars like Manoj Bajpayee, the finest actor of our times, and youngsters like Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar who are known for their acting prowess, things work out for the good." Apart from Simmba, Rana was also seen in Anubhav Sinh..
                 

Mumbai: 20-year-old alcoholic found hanging by shirt in Aarey Colony

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Another death incident was witnessed in Aarey Colony when the body of a 20-year-old man was found hanging from a tree by his shirt on Sunday. Residents of the unit 13 locality informed the police in the morning. The man later was identified as Suresh Shanmugam (20), who lived in a different part of Aarey Colony.  Shanmugam was an electrician and had left home on Saturday. He was later spotted hanging from a tree. “Shanmugam was addicted to alcohol. The shirt by which he was found hanging, is his shirt,” said the police. “No suicide note has been found around the place the body was found,” the police added. According to TOI, an accidental death report has been filed at Aarey police station. An officer said they are investigating to find out if any foul play was involved. In a similar case, the Vangaon police from Palghar district found the bodies of a man and woman who were in a relationship, hanging from a tree in the jungle recently. A..
                 

Pics: Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani ace the casual look for lunch date

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Tiger Shroff took his rumoured ladylove Disha Patani for a lunch date to their favourite restaurant, Bastian, in Bandra, Mumbai. The alleged couple is more than often snapped visiting this eatery. Whenever Tiger's sister Krishna Shroff is around in the city, she accompanies the couple and the trio is often caught spending time at this place. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani's Sunday outing was captured by the shutterbugs. The Baaghi pair opted for comfy attires, where Tiger was seen in an army green tee with denim, and Disha looked flawless in her regular no makeup look and the pink flowy dress. Take a look at the pictures here: On the professional front, Disha Patani is training extremely hard for her next. She will be seen playing the character of a trapeze artist in Salman Khan's Bharat, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Disha, who is known for her sultry body and pretty face stands tall as a fitness artist in the entire young Bollywood brigade. The actress is a fitness freak, and ..
                 

This photo of Bill Gates has gone viral, here is why?

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the world's second richest man, having a net worth more than 90 billion USD, and he is known to be one of the most humble human beings in the world. The internet witnessed his act of humility recently when the billionaire was seen waiting in a line outside a fast-food store in the United States for burger and fries. The picture was clicked by an admirer and shared on Facebook that went viral. Mike Galos, a Microsoft Alumni, recently shared a picture of the billionaire on Facebook with a caption, "When you're worth about $100,000,000,000, run the largest charity in the history of the world and stand in line for a burger, fries, and Coke at Dick's like the rest of us..." In the picture Bill Gates, wearing a red sweatshirt and a pair of jeans, hands in his pockets was seen standing in a queue at a joint. In spite of being the second richest man in the world, Gates patiently waited for his turn to buy burgers and fries just like the rest. ..
                 

Mumbai: Locals sound alert over danger to mangroves patch in Andheri

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Once again, the city's mangroves are in danger of being destroyed. This time, it is a patch of mangroves adjacent to the Lokhandwala back road on a 200-metres stretch, where construction material debris is being dumped. Interestingly, the stretch goes towards a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) garbage segregation unit. Activists say the Mangroves Cell should act before it's too late. Illegal dumping of construction material debris is a major concern in many places in Mumbai. The mangrove cover in isolated places is an easy spot to dump debris without getting noticed. Debris has been illegally dumped in various locations close to the mangroves forest patch in and around Lokhandwala in Andheri west. 'Can't police, BMC, see?' On Sunday this reporter visited the 200m stretch and saw debris dumped close to the mangroves forest patch on both sides of the road. What is also shocking is the fact that the road where the debris is being dumped, is frequently used by BMC trucks to ..
                 

Piyush Goyal chides at Mamata for creating hurdles for BJP in Bengal

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New Delhi: The BJP on Monday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accusing her of creating hurdles to stop party leaders from holding rallies and yatras in the state. Addressing a press conference, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal will meet a similar fate like that of the Left Front in Tripura. "Mamata Banerjee is scared of the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ground the BJP is gaining. This is the reason she is leaving no stone unturned to stop BJP (from holding) events in the state," he said. His attack comes in the wake of the West Bengal administration denying permission for BJP President Amit Shah's helicopter landing in Malda where he is scheduled to address a rally on Tuesday. "This is worst form of anarchy in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee has failed. People of the state have lost faith in this government. There is complete failure of law and order in the state," he said. The senior BJP leader accu..
                 

Photos: Taimur Ali Khan enjoys a horse ride with his signature pout

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Taimur Ali Khan's new pictures clicked by the paparazzi have surfaced online. In these pictures, the little Nawab exudes royalty as he enjoys a horse ride, under the guidance of an expert. Dressed in a cute little red tee and white shorts, the kid has his own swag as he sits on the horse, all set for his ride. Take a look at the pictures (All pictures/Yogen Shah) Taimur looks all excited to jump on for his ride. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan keep Taimur indulged in outdoor sports activities like playing football, badminton, and other games.  Taimur was recently clicked in Bandra when Saif took his little munchkin on a piggyback ride. And he looked nothing but cute! Sporting a white tee and orange shorts, Taimur's expressions were just priceless. What Taimur Ali Khan wears, the random words he speaks, everything about him become trending topics, and it looks like the child loves every bit of the attention. Recently, he was also spotted with mommy Kare..
                 

Dance teacher held for sexually abusing minors, showing obscene videos

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A dancer teacher based in Pune was arrested by the officials of Hadapsar police for alleging touching minor girls inappropriately and showing them obscene videos. The teacher was arrested from Hadapsar after a 13-year-old girl from Hadapsar, along with the help from a non-governmental organisation (NGO) lodged a case of molestation against the accused of allegedly touching her and her friend inappropriately during the dance practice sessions.Officials from Hadapsar police arrested the dance teacher and booked the accused under relevant sections of molestation and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. According to the Hadapsar police officials, the minor girl narrated the ordeal to her mother, who in turn approached an NGO to lodge a complaint at Hadapsar police station, as reported by Hindustan Times.The police official further added that the dance teacher would show obscene videos to the girls and touch them inappropriately during dance practice ..
                 

Taste of Japan for Aamir Khan, daughter Ira and family

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Aamir Khan with daughter Ira and ex-wife Reena Dutta dropped in at a new Japanese restaurant at a Worli mall over the weekend. It was family time as nephew Imran Khan's wife Avantika's brother, Vedant Malik, helms it. Reena Dutta The star is said to have enjoyed the meal and promised to visit it once a month. Considering Aamir is known for his drastic physical transformations for his films, he can tuck into sushi, sashimi and tempuras to his heart's content before he begins work on his next. Recently, Aamir Khan, who keeps altering his looks according to what his films demand, said he is now on a strict diet to get in shape for a project. Asked about how his usual Sunday brunch, he said: "Earlier, I used to do so many things but now I am on very strict diet for my new film. So, I have started getting back into shape." Refusing to disclose the name of the film for which he has started training, Aamir said: "I cannot tell you which one it is but it's for my new film." Aamir..
                 

43-year-old assistant sub-inspector kills wife over a domestic dispute

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Ambala: A 43-year-old assistant sub-inspector of police allegedly shot his wife before killing himself with his service revolver over a "domestic dispute" on Monday, police said. The deceased were identified as Gurdeep Singh and his wife Surender Kaur, 38, police said. The couple, along with their children, was living in village Nasrauli. The children had gone to school when the incident occurred, Superintendent of Police Astha Modi said. Gurdeep, an assistant sub-inspector, first shot dead his wife and then immediately killed himself with his service revolver, the SP said.  The ASI was posted in Panchkula police line and had come to his native village this Monday. Police said the exact cause behind the incident could not be ascertained so far but it could be due to a domestic dispute. The SP said no suicide note was recovered from the spot and investigation was on. In a similar incident, a man committed suicide after allegedly killing his wife in front of his son at the fa..
                 

Arun Jaitley: Opposition fears PM Narendra Modi, so ganging up

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday hit out at opposition parties, saying the fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity and his return to power has brought them together but said this won't work in the Lok Sabha polls as Modi remains the most popular leader. In a Facebook post, he said the opposition had a negative anti-Modi agenda and they were seeking to take the best advantage of the electoral arithmetic. "A negative campaign works when there is a strong anti-incumbency. When there is a comfort level with the government and its leader, a set of more satisfied people vote a government back," he said. "It is only the fear of his popularity and comeback that is bringing them together. The Prime Minister remains by far the most popular, decisive and dynamic leader of the present set of politicians. "His integrity, emphasis on ethics, decisiveness, growth-oriented politics, has made aspirational India to accept him. He has singularly decimated all caste-based p..
                 

Gully Boy: Latest song Mere Gully Mein to be launched on January 24

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Ranveer Singh-starrer Gully Boy's latest song 'Mere Gully Mein' is all ready to be unveiled at the grand music launch on January 24, 2019. The launch, powered by Bira, will see a unique promotional strategy with a larger-than-life graffiti campaign across the country. Audiences across various cities stand a chance to attend this event. One of the previously released rap songs from the film, 'Apna Time Aayega', has already become an anthem of sorts and was also featured in the trailer of the film. Gully Boy, based in part on the lives of Mumbai rappers Divine aka Vivian Fernandes, and Naezy aka Naved Shaikh, brings into focus the city's underground hip-hop scene.       View this post on Instagram Wolfpack 🐺 @vivianakadivine @naezythebaa #gullyboy A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) onJan 17, 2019 at 8:03am PST The film also stars Alia Bhatt in a never-seen-before avatar, paired opposite Ranveer; t..
                 

When Swara Bhasker was sexually harassed

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Swara Bhasker has revealed that she was sexually harassed by a director but it took her six to eight years to realise it. Without taking any names, the actor confessed that when someone else spoke about a similar situation, she realised that she had been a victim. The Veere Di Wedding (2018) actor added that the person did not touch her as she managed to ward him off. Swara spoke about it at a panel discussion after the screening of Weinstein: The Inside Story, which is based on the life of the tainted Hollywood producer who has been accused of sexually harassing leading Hollywood female actors for decades. Swara said she wasn't able to recognise it because "as a culture, we do not teach our girls to recognise predatory behaviour for what it is. The director was not being an idiot, he was being a predator. There is silence around sexual harassment. We just recognise the discomfort," she added. Swara Bhasker, who has been a supporter of India's #MeToo movement, terms sexual harassmen..
                 

Rahul greets people of Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura on statehood day

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New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday greeted the people of Meghalaya, Manipur, and Tripura on the three northeastern states' statehood day. He also wished prosperity, happiness, and well being to the people. "I extend my warm greetings to the people of Meghalaya, Manipur, and Tripura on their state foundation day. All of you are very special to us. We have full faith in your potential. I pray for your prosperity, happiness, and well-being," Gandhi said in a Facebook post. Meghalaya, Manipur, and Tripura became full-fledged states on January 21, 1972. The Congress is out of power in the three states, though it headed the previous governments in Manipur and Meghalaya. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International, and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, tru..
                 

Yami Gautam is elated after Uri crosses Rs 100 crore mark

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2019 has proven to be a good year for Yami Gautam. Her recent release, Uri: The Surgical Strike, released on January 11, has become the first blockbuster of the year. Fans have showered Yami with praise for her relevant portrayal of an intelligence officer in the film. The film, directed by Aditya Dhar, features Vicky Kaushal in the lead, and is based on the actual surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army in Uri, Kashmir, in 2016. Now, the film has not only become a massive hit at the box office with audiences thronging cinema halls to watch it, but it has also crossed the 100 crore mark in just 10 days. According to trade experts, in recent times, it's the fastest for a medium budget film to cross this elusive mark. The film has been praised for its realistic and strong performances, and its technical soundness. Also, it's quite a big deal for Yami as it's her second film after Kaabil to have joined the 100 crore club. Speaking about it, Yami said, "Very happy with the kind of r..
                 

Australian Open: I have massive regrets, says Roger Federer after loss

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Swiss great Roger Federer denied yesterday that his defeat to Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas signalled a changing of the guard as he announced he will play the French Open this year for the first time since 2015. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was shocked by a man 17 years his junior in the Last 16 of the Australian Open 6-7 (11-13), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Rod Laver Arena. But Federer, the defending champion, played down suggestions it was the beginning of the end for a man who has dominated the sport for so long. "I've heard that story [for] the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there," he said. And in a signal that he is hungry for more, Federer, 37, said he planned to play on clay again this year for the first time since 2015. "It's a bit of a desire. I'm in a phase where I want to have fun and I've missed not doing it," he told reporters of the French Open. He missed Roland Garros in 2016 with an injury and skipped the clay season the last two years. "I..
                 

Sara Ali Khan in Dehradun as mother Amrita Singh in legal wrangle

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Amrita Singh is undergoing a property dispute. Recently, Singh's daughter Sara Ali Khan accompanied her to the Clement Town police station in Dehradun on Saturday. Reportedly, Amrita Singh's maternal uncle, Madhusudan Bimbet, passed away recently. After his last rites, Amrita and Sara went to his bungalow but the caretaker, Khushiram, denied them entry. He claimed that Amrita did not call on Bimbet when he was ailing and now she was claiming his sprawling mansion, which was worth crores. Amrita Singh was born to a Muslim mother Rukhsana Sultana and a Sikh father, army officer Shivinder Singh Virk, from a feudal family. Singh's mother was a political associate of Sanjay Gandhi during the Indian Emergency in the 1970s. On the work front, Amrita Singh was last seen in Hindi Medium in 2017, where she played the role of a school principal. In recent years, the veteran actress was part of films such as Aurangzeb (2013), 2 States (2014) and A Flying Jatt (2016). Her daughter Sar..
                 

Mumbai: Byculla zoo wants a lion but has no giraffe to give in return

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Want to see lions in the Byculla zoo again? You can't as they don't have giraffes. Confused? Well, that's what the Junagarh zoo authorities have asked Byculla zoo officials for in exchange for a pair of lions. Zoos across the country follow the barter system where they offer animals they have in surplus, in exchange for animals they want. Byculla zoo has very few animals and birds in surplus, but these no other zoo wants. The Veermata Jijabai Udyan, or Byculla zoo's attempt to procure lions rests on its ability to exchange surplus animals for them. As part of the Byculla zoo's expansion plan, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been in talks with various zoos to transfer animals like jackals, civet cats, otters, hyenas, sloths and leopards. It has approached zoos in Ahmedabad, Kanpur and even the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Want lions? Give giraffesWhile attempting to bring lions to the Byculla zoo, senior civic officials said that officials of the Sakkarbaug Zoological..
                 

Manisha Koirala: Hope to write more books in future

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Actress Manisha Koirala, who has authored the book "Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life", hopes to pen more books in future. "I am very excited and happy that my book 'Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life' has been appreciated by the audience. I am thankful for the readers for the love that I have received from them. "This was my first experience of writing a book. The kind of response I have received for my first book, I hope that I will write more books in future," Manisha told reporters at the Urja Awards 2019 here on Sunday on the readers' response to her maiden book. On the career front, Manisha was last year seen in films like "Lust Stories" and "Sanju". "By the grace of God, you will see me in more movies for sure," she said. Talking about youngsters of the country, Manisha said: "I think the kind of 'urja' (energy) youngsters have, it's a blessing. So, they should use it in right direction and in right manner to lead very successful career and life." Catch up on all the ..
                 

BJP MLA apologises for objectionable remarks on Mayawati

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Chandauli (UP): After courting controversy over her remarks against BSP supremo Mayawati, BJP MLA Sadhana Singh Sunday issued an apology, clarifying that she did not mean to hurt anyone. Singh, a legislator from Uttar Pradesh's Mughalsarai had Saturday called the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief a "blot on womankind" and "worse than a transgender". "I had no such intention to hurt anyone.... I regret what I said. I just shared a woman's pain, and didn't want to insult anyone," Singh said in a statement after her comments drew flak from from allies and opposition leaders. The BJP lawmaker made the controversial remarks at a rally while referring to the infamous incident when Mayawati was assaulted by Samajwadi Party workers in a Lucknow guest house in 1995. "I just wanted to remind her (Mayawati) about the help extended by BJP leaders in 1995 to her," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader added. Singh's apology came immediately after a complaint was lodged against her at the Baburi..
                 

AAP not to contest Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said "as of now" it has decided not to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. The party will fight Lok Sabha polls in four states - Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Goa. But, it has decided not to contest in Maharashtra, AAP's national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon told PTI on Monday. "As of now, we are not contesting any seat in Maharashtra, but the party may take a view on a few seats if we feel it will help defeat the BJP," she said. The party wants to save democracy from the "clutches" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, so "we will devote all our strength on the seats where we are certain we can defeat them," Menon said. However, former AAP leader Mayank Gandhi said the decision shows the party is "dead" in Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats - the second highest number after Uttar Pradesh which has 80 parliamentary constituencies. "Encouraging the worst kind of leadership at the behest of volun..
                 

Five members of new Naxalite outfit held in Jharkhand

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Giridih (Jharkhand): Five Naxalites of a newly-formed outfit were arrested with arms and ammunition in Giridih district, police said Sunday. Superintendent of Police Surendra Jha said that the five naxalites were nabbed on Saturday following a tip-off that the ultras had gathered between Bagodar and Saria police station of the district. The operation was headed by sub-divisional police officer Binod Mahto, he said. One rifle, three other weapons, at least 24 dynamites, gelatin sticks and uniform were recovered from their possession, the SP said. The police officer said that the new Naxal outfit is active on the borders of Hazaribagh and Koderma districts and was involved in the killing of a contractor. The SP said he would recommend to the Director General of Police, D K Pandey, to reward the raiding police personnel for their success. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest upda..
                 

Donald Trump: Protection to immigrants in return of wall funds

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Washington: US President Donald Trump launched a new plan to end a government shutdown, which has been ongoing for nearly a month, by offering protection from deportations for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion for constructing a wall on the US-Mexico border. The Democrats, however, rejected the deal as a "non-starter" and called on Trump to open the government before negotiations on immigration could start. Trump offered that he would give protection from deportation for young people brought to the country illegally as children (Dreamers) and also extend it to those with temporary protected status (TPS) after fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence. The president also called for $800 million in "urgent humanitarian assistance" and $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure US ports of entry. Trump proposed a slew of measures to increase border security, including an increase in law enforcement, saying he was offering a "commo..
                 

Munisha Khatwani makes a comeback on TV after 10 years

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Munisha Khatwani makes a comeback on TV after a decade. She features in the Manish Goyal and Juhi Parmar-starrer Tantra. The makers have named her socialite character Munisha as well. The actor, who is also a tarot card reader, is enjoying her new stint. It is a character role "but on the small screen even younger actors are playing roles of mothers," she says. Munisha took up the offer as she wanted to remind people that once an actor, always an actor. Recently, Munisha predicted about Salman Khan's marriage and said that the actor might not get hitched this year. "It's difficult to know whether Salman Khan will get married or not, it's a little dicey. His mangal is very strong this year so there is a chance. But the way his cards are supporting, I don't think so he will get married. I think he likes his life without marriage, so according to that the decision of getting married is difficult," she says. Shah Rukh Khan will also have a good year, says Munisha. "This year will be bet..
                 

Kidnapped girl rescued by special police team, 1 arrested

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Jammu: A minor girl, who was allegedly kidnapped a couple months ago from Thanamandi area of Rajouri district, has been rescued by a special police team in Uttarakhand, officials said Sunday. The accused Reyaz Ahmad, of Moman Kote village in Reasi district, was arrested and put behind the bars at Thanamandi Police Station, an official said, adding the victim was admitted in a hospital in Rajouri district. "A couple of months ago, the girl's family lodged a complaint in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district, alleging Ahmad had kidnapped their girl," a police spokesman said. A case was registered and raids were conducted in Srinagar, Jammu, Reasi and other places but all efforts went in vain, he said. "Three days ago, we received reliable information that the girl and her kidnapper were in Chamba district of Uttarakhand. A special team was constituted and found the girl and arrested the accused," he said. He said the rescued girl was admitted in Rajouri District Hospital for medica..
                 

This is for 'didi' looking on from heaven: 3rd place winner Manju Yadav

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The outstanding feature of any marathon is the spirit of resilience, determination and courage it brings out in every competitor, elite or amateur. That is a big part of why this event is so compelling, since it is not just a race but a slice of life. The third place winner in the women's 21km category, Manju Yadav struggled to hold back her tears during her run. She revealed, "I lost my elder sister on January 3 this year, from Multiple Sclerosis [MS]-related complications. I ran this half marathon in her memory. The last few days of training and focus helped me come out of the dark abyss I slid into. I thought to myself that going out and running will help me combat my depression," explained the long distance runner, who now wants to focus on the marathon as a prime event. Manju's 1.25:11 timing in the category was stupendous considering she achieved this under severe strain. "I just hope my sister Saroj Yadav was watching from above," said Bhopal-based Manju as she tried valiantly..
                 

Shania Twain: I was awkward when I first met Madonna

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Country music star Shania Twain says she was "awkward" when she first met singer Madonna. On "Today" show, Twain spoke about her introvert nature and recalled her first meeting with Madonna, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "I was awkward with Madonna when I first met her. I understand why it happens (when people get starstruck around me). "I'm sympathetic and empathetic about how they are feeling in that moment because I do the same thing." She also admitted that she "gets uncomfortable" when she is surrounded by a lot of stars. "I'm not very good with stars. I get really uncomfortable, I don't know what to say. I am very shy actually. I just feel like I'm invading their space by being with them," added Twain. Also read: Shania Twain bored with country music Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accept..
                 

Imam, Hafeez steer Pakistan to win over South Africa

21 hours ago  
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Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez set up a five-wicket win for Pakistan in the first one-day international against South Africa at St George's Park on Saturday. The left-handed Imam made a cultured 86 off 101 balls and Hafeez hit an unbeaten 71 off 63 deliveries as Pakistan chased down a target of 267 with five balls to spare. Hashim Amla's 27th one-day international century was not enough for South Africa, who lost only two wickets in scoring 266 runs after winning the toss. Pakistan's bowlers deserved credit for their team's win, which came after the tourists were well-beaten in all three Test matches. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed used his bowlers in short spells and their mixture of seam and spin proved better suited to a slow pitch than South Africa's attack. South African strike bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier conceded a combined 124 runs in 19.1 overs. The Pakistan batsmen also proved better at rotating the strike, particularly during a 94-run second-wicket stand betwe..
                 

Sarri slams 'mentally weak' Chelsea

21 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Football  
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri labelled his players mentally weak and "difficult to motivate" after losing 2-0 at Arsenal in a toothless performance on Saturday. The Gunners blew the race for a top-four Premier League finish wide open as first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny closed Arsenal and Manchester United, who beat Brighton earlier in the day, to within three points of Chelsea in fourth. "I'm extremely angry, very angry indeed. This defeat was due to our mentality more than anything else, our mental approach. We played against a team more determined than we were and I can't accept that," said Sarri, who chose to speak through a translator in his native Italian to clearly explain the scale of his frustration. "The fact is it appears this group of players is extremely difficult to motivate." Maurizio Sarri On current form, Sarri's men look likely to be caught by Arsenal or United as a fourth defeat in 11 league matches underlined the need for the signin..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: Go-getter Sudha Singh nails it

22 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Other sports  
Indian women elite runner Sudha Singh stepped on the South Mumbai roads yesterday morning with one objective in mind. No, it was not about winning the Mumbai Marathon, but achieving a qualification mark for the Doha IAAF World Championships in September. Tough targetTo achieve her Sunday aim, Sudha had to finish the 42km race under 2:37:00. The Raebareli athlete, also the defending champion, not only achieved the desired timing but also set a personal best of 2:34:55 (previous best 2:35:35 at Beijing World C'ships) to better the national course record of 2:37:29 held by OP Jaisha. Sudha finished first among Indian women and eight overall. The other Indian women couldn't get near Sudha, who was almost three minutes ahead of Jyoti Gawte after crossing the Bandra-Worli Sea Link at the 20km mark, and 10 minutes ahead of Gawte after the 40km mark. Jyoti clocked 2:45:48 to come second among Indian women while Jigmet Dolma was third with 3:10:42. Interestingly, Sudha resumed training only ..
                 

Rajan Batra of The Yellow Diary: We always had faith in our music

22 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Given the adulation they have received, The Yellow Diary may appear to be that blessed independent band which found its popularity among mainstream musicians. However, the journey to success, they reveal, was far from seamless. "There were times when we did not have a show for two months. Now, we've had two shows in one day," says Sahil Shah of the band that has live gigs at Symbiosis and IIT Bhubaneswar scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Confessing that their live gigs started with them "jumping around and not knowing how to play the sounds" the band reveals it has come a long way. "We now have people singing our songs back to us. That's a great validation," says Stuart Da Costa, as Himonshu Parikh adds, "As a band, we have more love for the music we make today. Our [recently released] second EP, Izafa, has a blend of different genres and sound. Some have a lazy and laid-back vibe, others have a rockish feel. This is unlike the hard-hitting first EP we created." The band confesses tha..
                 

When Ajay Devgn convinced Sanjay Mishra to do his stunt

22 hours ago  
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Actor Ajay Devgn convinced his Total Dhamaal co-star Sanjay Mishra to do a stunt himself for the film. Ajay, known for doing most of his own stunts, along with the filmmaker Indra Kumar convinced Sanjay. In the name of rehearsals, Ajay got Sanjay to give the stunt a try which ended up to be the real shot which is a part of the film. "We wanted to scale up the action since it is an adventure comedy and take the stunts notches higher," Kumar said in a statement. "At first, Sanjay was quite apprehensive when I narrated the scene. But Ajay calmed him down and motivated him to perform it, and I too spoke to him at length. Together, we convinced him to take the shot. This is quite the first time he has done action like this, but it worked out well in the end," added Kumar, who has directed and co-produced the adventure comedy. "Total Dhamaal" is third installment of successful franchise Dhamaal which originally starred Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey and Riteish Deshmukh. It also stars Madhur..
                 

Two more bodies recovered from Ladakh avalanche spot

22 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Ladakh: The number of people dead in the avalanche at the Khardung La pass in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh has risen to seven with two more bodies recovered from the spot. Ten people were already found buried in the avalanche on Friday. Rescue operations are on for three more people suspected to be buried under the snow. The authorities have ordered a probe into the deaths. The avalanche had reportedly hit a truck carrying 10 labourers at Khardung La pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world at 17,500 feet. The truck was buried under 20 feet deep snow and mud, nearly 800 metres from the pass. 7Total no. of people found dead in the avalanche 10No. of labourers in the truck, which was hit by the avalanche Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liabilit..
                 

Congress MLA injured in fight; notices sent to 4 who skipped meet

22 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Bengaluru: In an ugly turn in the ongoing power game in Karnataka, a Congress MLA was injured in an alleged brawl with a colleague lawmaker at a resort even as the party issued notices to its four legislators who skipped a crucial CLP meeting amid BJP's alleged poaching attempt. Anand Singh was hospitalised after he and J N Ganesh, both from Ballari district, had a heated argument and came to blows late on Saturday night at the resort where the party MLAs are herded together, Congress sources said on Sunday. In its notices to four MLAs on Sunday, the party sought to know why action should not be taken against them under the anti-defection law for not attending Friday's Congress Legislature Party Meeting that was a show of strength against BJP's alleged bid to dislodge the ruling coalition. Singh has “a black eye and suffered blunt injuries,” according to sources at the private hospital where he is undergoing treatment. He had also complained of uneasiness in the chest bu..
                 

Arjun Bijlani learns to ride a Jet Ski for Ishq Mein Marjawan

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
COLORS' popular love story, Ishq Mein Marjawan, with its varied shades of revenge and hatred has one more interesting addition to its already enthralling plot. To shoot an upcoming sequence, one that will bring a great twist to the existing storyline, the cast and crew of the show travelled to the city of beautiful beaches, Goa. Arjun Bijlani who plays the character of Deep in the show will be seen in a new look in the upcoming track. For one of the sequence, Arjun will be seen making a grand entry by riding a Jet Ski. To portray his role in a relatable manner, Arjun took it upon himself to learn how to ride the jet ski himself. After a few trial rides, he finally mastered the art and was riding like a professional. According to sources from the set, "Arjun didn't know how to ride a jet ski yet he sportingly volunteered to learn it for the sequence. He sat on the jet ski and took training sessions before the actual shot. A fast learner, he learnt riding the jet ski like a professiona..
                 

BMC aims to recover Rs 4,000 crore of Rs 14,000 crore pending dues

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Till date, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has not even managed to recover 50 per cent of the total amount of property tax (Rs 14,000) that people have defaulted on in the past 10 years. Even this year, the civic body plans to recover only Rs 4,000 crore of the pending dues by March. The amount, which was Rs 2,000 crore a decade back, has shot up to Rs 14,000 crore even with the civic body recovering portions of it over periods of time. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a civic official said, "The BMC is recovering the dues on a timely basis. The amount increased after the tax collection system was changed 10 years back." However, after Octroi was abolished, the civic body shifted its focus to collection of property tax, as it has become a primary source of revenue. In the last financial year (2017-2018), BMC collected Rs 5132.76 crore property tax (includes the recovered amount), followed by Rs 3031.35 crore in 2018-19. The amount collected by December 2017 was Rs 306..
                 

Mumbai Marathon 2019: Competition... what's that?

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
First-timers - Kenya's Cosmas Lagat and Worknesh Alemu of Ethiopia - stunned favourites Kuma Abera and Amane Gobena (both Ethopia) to grab the men's and women's honours respectively at the Tata Mumbai Marathon yesterday. Cosmas dominated the race, clocking 2:09:15, while Alemu clocked 2:25:45. Heat was onThough the athletes yesterday seemed happy with the pleasant 23C weather when the race began outside CST. It soared to 27C by the time the elite athletes touched the 42km-mark. Elite women's marathon winner Worknesh Alemu (C) is flanked by second-placed Amane Gobena (L) and third-placed Birke Debela. Pic/Shadab Khan The top male athletes ran neck-to-neck till the half-way mark after crossing the Bandra-Worli Sea Link with Abera leading the pack with the race clock on 1:03:45. Kenya's Jacob Kendagor, however, took the lead after 26 kms with a time reading 1:18:26. As the group scattered with 10 kms to go, Lagat, sprang a surprise at the Worli Sea Face where he took off for a dominati..
                 

Sunil Jogi on penning the title track Aaya Re Thackeray

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Sunil Jogi, who wrote the lyrics for the title track of Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray biopic, says the late politician was always an inspiration. "Writing the lyrics for this song was important because I've always respected him [Thackeray] for his honesty." Sunil Jogi "He made powerful decisions for the welfare of the Hindus and Marathias, but, within him, there was a great artiste and cartoonist," says Jogi, who penned the title track, Aaya Re Thackeray, for the film. Having interacted with the politician on multiple occasions, Jogi says, "I would open his speech sessions with my poems. He would listen to them, appreciate them and quote lines in his speech. I've known him well, and that made the process of writing this song easy." Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Hail MaryActor Tara Sharma and boxing champ MC Mary Kom, who was the ambassador of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2019, share a moment on Sunday. Pic/Shadab Khan Tunes in parksIt was a mellifluous beginning to the weekend when early risers in the city who frequent gardens for a walk were treated to classical music. Mumbai Green Raga, an initiative by a not-for-profit organisation in association with the MCGM, saw 17 concerts held in 17 municipal gardens. People at a concert at CD Deshmukh Udyan in Mulund; (right) Gandhar Bhalerao performs at Kamala Nehru Park in Malabar Hill. Pics/Datta Kumbhar, Ashish Raje The idea was to introduce Mumbaikars to open spaces in their backyard, and provide a platform to up-and-coming artistes. While for some residents it came as a surprise, many made it a point to be at a nearby venue after reading about the initiative in this paper. A BMC official who attended one of the concerts was even asked if this could be made a regular affair. We're keeping our fin..
                 

Will Maharashtra starve kids over Aadhaar card?

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Children can no longer be turned away during admissions for not having an Aadhaar card, but they will soon be denied basic rights such as mid-day meals and scholarships. The Maharashtra government has found a back-door route to make Aadhaar mandatory again for school kids, just months after the Supreme Court ruled that students cannot be denied admissions or any benefits just because they do not hold Aadhaar cards. Parents, teachers and school administrators had all breathed a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court scrapped the Aadhaar mandate for school and college admissions in September 2018. But a new order issued by the state government on January 19 has put all of them in a dilemma. The order also states that while Aadhaar is not mandatory for admissions, in order for students to avail of facilities like mid-day meals and scholarships, their Aadhaar details should be mandatorily uploaded on the SARAL portal — the state's database on students. Students may soon be denied mi..
                 

Mumbai: Lavani performance male dancers dons rainbow hues

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The centuries-old history of lavani has traversed through a complex terrain of gender and caste. While the lesser-known tradition of Sangeet Bari characterised by its intimate baithak style has always had women performers, the more popular Tamaasha style only had male performers up until the 1880s, who dressed up as women characters. The reason mirrored the patriarchal notions of the time that looked down upon women in the entertainment profession. "Things began to change when two women, Pawala Bai and Baya Bai, from the so-called untouchable communities of the time, began to perform lavani. With more women joining in, the number of male performers dwindled away," informs Bhushan Korgaonkar, who wrote the book, Sangeet Bari, in 2014. This Friday, Korgaonkar's Sangeet Bari production directed by filmmaker Savitri Medhatul, will not only combine multiple narratives such as the lavani woman, musicians, the customer and researcher but also celebrate the Pride month with a performance. As..
                 

Government's first job is to protect citizens

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
If citizens feel unsafe, it is the authorities' responsibility to do whatever it takes to change that. And yet, we see the powers that be ignore this very basic duty. In Dharavi, residents have felt unsafe ever since the civic body tore down a beloved police chowkie. The chowkie was an effective counter and deterrent for crime, particularly because of its strategic location. Locals claim there has been a spike in crime ever since the chowkie was demolished. There have been complaints of sexual harassment and mobile snatching. First established in 2001, beat chowkie number 1 was damaged during the making of a nullah, and the BMC had demolished it with the promise of rebuilding it. Six months on, the Corporation is yet to make good on that promise. Tired of the rising crime rate, the locals have started building it on their own. But once again, civic officials have threatened to tear it down, claiming the construction is illegal. We simply cannot dismiss the residents' fears. A meeting..
                 

Kalank wrap up: Alia Bhatt posts smiling photo with Aditya Roy Kapur

yesterday  
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Alia Bhatt took to her Instagram page and shared a picture of Abhishek Varman and Aditya Roy Kapur following the wrap up of her period drama Kalank. This is the second time that Alia Bhatt is teaming up with director Abhishek Varman after working with him in 2 States in 2014. In the photo, Alia, Abhishek, and Aditya can be seen all smiles for the camera as they hug each other. Taking to Instagram, a Bhatt captioned the photo, "Kalank has wrapped but the heart is still wide open!! For those who understand it and for those who don't.. when you wrap a film it feels like a part of you just combusts.. especially when you've worked with your friends and family. Crossing our fingers and toes for the journey ahead. Can't wait for you guys to see the visuals. "       View this post on Instagram KALANK has wrapped but the heart is still wide open!! For those who understand it and for those who don't.. when you wrap a film it feels like a part of you just combusts.. ..
                 

Ajay Devgn: Star system will never fade away

yesterday  
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At a time when the older brigade of Bollywood superstars has failed to entertain the audience, Ajay Devgn believes come what may the star system will never fade away. In the era of content driven cinema, Ajay says today audiences taste has evolved and they have become choosy about the kind of films they want to watch in a theatre. "I don't think the star system will fade away. The audience has become choosy and they will go for the product only if it is a good thing. And that keeps us on our toes. Earlier we used to do films left, right and centre, whatever we want to do we did that and they used to work also. But this is not (happening) in today's time. In today's time rest of the actors especially after our generation have to be more careful and they are careful. It is all about the product," Ajay told PTI. Ajay feels blessed to be in the industry for close to 28 years. "I have been very lucky as I did not had to struggle much. But I have always worked hard. I feel hard work and st..
                 

Abhishek Bachchan: Moving away from centrestage is heartbreaking

yesterday  
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Actor Abhishek Bachchan's last few movies before his sabbatical that ended with Manmarziyaan were majorly second leads in big budget movies. He says it's heartbreaking for any actor who has been at centre stage to move away. Asked how much of a problem it is to stand behind a bigger star, he told filmmaker and Koffee With Karan host Karan Johar: "It is heartbreaking to any actor who has been centre stage to be shadowed by another actor in the lead." "The industry is a brutal place. I don't think anyone is entitled to say that I am who I am so I deserve this. No, you have to earn it. Moving from centre to left is heartbreaking but you have to use that hurt to inspire yourself to get back into the centre again." In the upcoming episode of Koffee with Karan, to be aired on Star World on Sunday, Abhishek was joined on the couch by his sister Shweta Bachchan Nanda, a statement said. Last year, Abhishek was seen in Manmarziyaan, which came two years after he featured in "Housefull 3". He ..
                 

Rahul Gandhi: In 100 days, India will be free from PM Modi's tyranny

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
New Delhi: Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ridiculing the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asserted the country in the next 100 days will be free of his "tyranny and incompetence". "Your Highness, the cries for help are the cries of millions of unemployed youth; of farmers in distress; of oppressed Dalits and Adivasis; of persecuted minorities; of small businessmen in ruin; begging to be freed from your tyranny & incompetence. "In 100 days they will be free," tweeted Gandhi in response to Modi assertions that the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) was a grouping of corrupt, negativity and instability. "Today, the entire opposition has come together and is shouting 'bachao, bachao, bachao'," Modi had said referring to 23 political parties coming together for 'oust Modi' campaign on Saturday at a mega rally in Kolkata organised by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee. Cat..
                 

Divya Dutta: A film tends to lose out in a crowd sometimes

yesterday  
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Actress Divya Dutta, whose Fanney Khan will air on the small screen on Saturday, says sometimes a film gets lost in the crowd, but then a TV screening can sometimes give people a chance to see it with a different perspective. Fanney Khan, directed by Atul Manjrekar, had a lot of pre-release buzz owing to its cast, which also included Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao. It did not fare well at the box office. Divya told IANS over phone from Mumbai: "One, I think it came with a lot of films. There were a lot of films releasing that time, and it does happen that a film tends to lose out in the crowd sometimes. And I think as it is coming on TV, a lot of people are going to watch it... all those who may have missed it." "It was a lovely film. My family, a few of them, saw it on OTT platform and said it was lovely. I guess you see a film with a different perspective when you watch it again and like it. It's about newer beginnings, it's about giving it another audience a..
                 

Manikarnika writer: Kangana Ranaut has done no less a job than Krish

yesterday  
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Veteran writer Vijayendra Prasad, who has worked on the "Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi" -- the most controversial film of his career -- says Kangana Ranaut, who stepped in to "complete" the film, did no less than what the movie's initial director Krish did. Excerpts from an interview: So many controversies. Can we talk about them? A. Sure, but let me be very honest, I will answer only if I can. Otherwise I won't lie to you. What are the controversies? Well first of all, the original director Krish was relieved of his duties and replaced by the film's leading lady Kangana Ranaut? A. I don't think 'relieved' is the correct word. Krish wasn't asked to go. The picture was started in June 2018 and was supposed to be released in August 2019. But because of the volume of shooting, the film got delayed. And Krish, who shares a very good relationship with Mr Balakrishna was committed to direct a film on the latter's father NTR's life after the original director for that project, Teja, c..
                 

Man kills minor girl, buries her when she resisted rape attempt

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
Kottayam (Kerala): In what can be called as a shocking case, a 15-year-old girl reported missing from her home near Areeparambu near Manarcad in Kerala since Thursday. Police said that the missing girl was allegedly killed by a man when she resisted his attempt to rape her. According to the police investigation, the man allegedly tried to rape a 15-year-old girl but when she resisted his attempt, he killed her and buried the body in a banana plantation behind a hollow brick unit at Areeparambu near Manarcad. Now the body has been recovered, they said. Ajesh, 40, a friend of the girl's father, has been arrested in this connection, police said. He is from a place called Maalam in the district. Police found that Ajesh, who was employed as a driver at the hollow bricks unit, had contacted her over the phone. He had allegedly lured the girl and taken her to the unit in his lorry on Thursday, police added. In another similar case, A mentally challenged rape victim gave a very important c..
                 

Kandivali Std 10 student's sacrifice of home comforts pays off

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Joint Entrance Examination — Main (JEE — Main) 2019 results were declared on Saturday. Among the top 15 candidates who scored 100 percentile is Ankit Misra, a Kandivali resident. Misra joined Swamy Vivekanand Junior College in Koparkhairane after Std 10, in order to prepare for JEE through Allen Career Institute. He says that while he was expecting a good score, featuring in the top 15 is certainly a delight. But, he hasn't lost focus. He's already gunning for his next aim: clearing the next level — JEE-Advanced which determines admissions to Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) across India. "Inspired by his uncle who is a civil engineer and settled in USA, Ankit chose engineering as his career. He has always been a topper and focused on his studies. The extra-curricular activities too for him in school were related to studies such as science exhibitions, quiz competitions, debates etc. But after school he completely stopped participating in extra-curricular a..
                 

Rahul Gandhi has secret alliance with Naveen Patnaik: Ex-Minister

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Bhubaneswar: Former Union Minister Srikant Jena on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Congress alleging a secret nexus between Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The barb against the Congress leadership came hours after he along with former MLA Krushna Chandra Sagaria was expelled for anti-party activities. "Rahul Gandhi has decided that the governance of Odisha will remain under the Patnaik families for which he has announced an alliance between the Congress and the BJD president Naveen Patnaik," said Jena. He said the Odisha Congress was being controlled by 'mining mafia' and Rahul Gandhi was hand in gloves to protect the mafia. Jena said he will work to free the people from the misrule of the mining mafia and Patnaik families, who have ruled the state for decades. "It was not the Congress' culture to protect the mining mafia. But for the first time, Rahul Gandhi, who has taken charge of party leadership, has taken the decision to pro..
                 

Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika co-producer Kamal Jain hospitalised

yesterday  
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Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi has had his shares of ups and downs. Ever since the film went on floors, the makers had to fight against the fate to complete their film. However, now that the film is nearing its release, something very tragic has hit everyone!  Manikarnika's co-producer Kamal Jain is hospitalised and an aide said on Sunday that he is suffering from throat and chest infection. On Saturday, a note informing about his health was shared from Kamal Jain's twitter handle. The tweet read: "Dear friends, this certainly is not the best time to be in hospital. Hope to get well soon and enjoy the success of our collective dream & hardwork. My best wishes to all [sic]." Dear friends, this certainly is not the best time to be in hospital. Hope to get well soon and enjoy the success of our collective dream & hardwork. My best wishes to all pic.twitter.com/VnYLYxXlJc — Kamal Jain (@KamalJain_TheKJ) January 19, 2019 Vikesh Kumar, comm..
                 

Shivraj Chouhan: Opposition coming together fearing defeat in elections

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New Delhi: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday attacked the opposition, saying they were coming together fearing defeat against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. "Fearing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, they all are coming together after looking at the massive support towards Modi," Chouhan said while addressing party workers at the Vijay Sankalp rally at the Ramlila Maidan. Hitting out at the opposition parties for not being able to decide on a prime ministerial candidate, Chouhan said: "The opposition is unable to decide their candidate, as everyone has a different opinion on it. In the south, people want Rahul Gandhi's government while Bengal wants Mamata Banerjee as Prime Minister whereas in Uttar Pradesh, people want Mayawati. There is no decision." Terming the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh as being handicapped, he questioned how long it will function. "In the recently held Assembly elections, a very s..
                 

Mumbai Food: Madh Island pop-up Rajasthani dishes are lip-smacking good

10 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
This happened over a decade ago, but the memory is as clear as if it were yesterday. A bunch of us had driven down from Delhi to Jaipur to spend New Year’s Eve at a friend’s place. We reached his home around 8.30 pm and had immediately sat down for dinner after freshening up. This meal, which his mother had cooked, starred laal maas. None of us had ever had this local delicacy before. But, it was love at first bite. The red-hot gravy with succulent pieces of mutton swimming in a pool of ghee was so utterly delectable that we had eaten like there’s no tomorrow. Yes, our stomachs did groan in protest the next morning. But these complaints fell on deaf ears given how satisfactory our culinary experience had been. Now, Mumbaikars, too, can get a taste of laal maas cooked the way it is in Rajasthan’s capital. For, when Sureshi Prasad and her husband had gone to Jaipur only a few months before our own trip to the friend’s place, their socks had also been knocke..
                 

Sushma Swaraj: Indian diaspora changed world's perception of Indians

11 hours ago  
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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday that diaspora community has changed the world's perception about Indians. "They have kindled a new wave of appreciation for this land which has produced and exported so many achievers. The benchmarks for success, which the Pravasi community has set, is a motivation for us in India," Swaraj said while speaking at the inauguration of Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas. The minister said people of Indian origin are currently heading different large multi-national corporations, heads of states and governments across the globe, raising India's global profile. "Today, many of the multi-national corporations are headed by young Indian origin CEOs. Whether it is Sundar Pichai of Google, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Ajay Banga of Mastercard, or Geeta Gopinath of IMF - it is indisputable that Indians are leading the world today," she noted. Swaraj also pointed that while the Indian diaspora started migrating centuries ago, it is the ..
                 

Anna Hazare: Rafale would not have happened if Lokpal was implemented

11 hours ago  
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New Delhi: A scam like Rafale would not have happened if Lokpal Bill was implemented, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare said on Monday while announcing his indefinite hunger strike from January 30 demanding setting up of Lokpal and Lokayuktas, farm loan waiver and one-time pension for farmers. Hazare said he didn't understand how a company which was formed in March was given the contract in April "without any prior experience". "I have some papers on Rafale and I will study them and address the issue again," he said while addressing the media. Hazare also announced that he will be going on "fast until death" from January 30 in his village Ralegan Siddhi to demand the setting up of Lokpal and Lokayukta. He said that the Narendra Modi government was ignoring the decisions of the constitutional bodies on the Lokpal Bill and trying to take the country towards "dictatorship". "To run the country on democratic principles, Parliament has been set up as a constitutional body. Lok Sabha ..
                 

Angry over scolding, girl 'kills' neighbour's 2-year-old baby

11 hours ago  
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A girl studying in Class 10 was detained by Murbad police in the district Sunday for allegedly strangulating a neighbour's two-year-old baby. The incident took place at Tulai village, said inspector Ajay Vasave of the local police. Manishka (2) went missing while playing near her house Saturday evening following which local people alongwith the police launched a search in the area, he said. Suspecting that the 16-year-old girl who lived nearby might be involved in the child's disappearance, the police searched her house sometime after midnight and found the child's body concealed in the house, he said. The two-year-old girl had been apparently strangulated though the autopsy report was not yet available, the inspector said. The accused was scolded by the victim's mother a few days ago and the girl wanted to take revenge which allegedly led her to commit the crime, he said. A case of murder under IPC section 302 has been registered. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Intern..
                 

Owaisi: Prakash Javadekar's remark reflect BJP's fascist thinking

12 hours ago  
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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that central Minister Prakash Javadekar's warning of anarchy if Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't retain power reflects the 'fascist thinking' of the BJP. The Hyderabad MP said the country was bigger than any individual. If Modi loses the Lok Sabha elections, there will be anarchy in the ranks of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), not in the country. "This is a classic fascist mindset and thinking. Every fascist thinks that his leader is bigger than the country," Owaisi told reporters. "Even if there are lakhs of Modis, Rahul Gandhis and Owaisis, they are not bigger than the country. The country is bigger than all of us. My identity is because of my country." He said since the BJP was set to lose power, it was talking of anarchy. He said the BJP's defeat would definitely lead to anarchy and chaos in RSS and BJP but the country will continue to function in a democratic manner. "It is very unfortunat..
                 

Narendra Modi gives an epic reply to Kartik, Imtiaz, KJo's 'backfie'

13 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Bollywood  
Following their latest interaction in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood celebrities exchanged some lighthearted praises on Twitter. The Prime Minister on Saturday met and interacted with several celebrities during the inauguration of India's first cinema museum in Mumbai. During his inaugural speech, he surprised the Who's Who of Indian cinema, in Bollywood-esque fashion: "How's the Josh?" His Bollywood reference welcomed with vociferous applause, and an unequivocal "High Sir." And on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi took time out to reply to many bigwigs of Indian cinema, who took to Twitter to describe their experience of meeting the PM, while some described his speech, and others posted selfies with him. However, Imtiaz Ali, Dinesh Vijan, Kartik Aaryan and Karan Johar did not get a chance to click a selfie with Modi. So the foursome decided to take a 'backfie'. Imtiaz shared a picture on Instagram and wrote a cheeky caption, "Losers' 'backfie' with the honourable ..
                 

25-year-old man was stabbed to death allegedly by his friend

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New Delhi: A 25-year-old man was stabbed to death allegedly by his friend after a quarrel broke out between them over a minor issue in north Delhi's Kashmere Gate area, police said on Monday. In his complaint, Sandeep Sharma stated that he along with his friends Arjun, Vivek, Harish and Sharad had gone for dinner in Ashok Vihar on Sunday night following which an argument broke out between Harish and Sharad over a minor issue. However, the issue was resolved later, they said.  After dinner, when Sharma and his friends were returning home in his car, both Harish and Sharad continued to fight and abuse each other, they added. At around 10 pm, after dropping Arjun, Vivek and Sharad at Kashmere Gate, Sharma asked Harish to take an auto rickshaw to his residence in Krishna Nagar. Meanwhile, a quarrel broke out between the victim and the accused when Sharma was heading to his home in Ghaziabad.  A scuffle broke out between Sharad and Harish again following whic..
                 

Sofia Hayat to write about her affair with Rohit Sharma in her book

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Over the weekend, former Bigg Boss contestant Sofia Hayat's old tweets about Rohit Sharma did the rounds. The British model-turned-actor, who also turned nun for a while, is known for her controversial statements. She had claimed that she had an affair with Sharma, which went kaput in 2017 after he referred to her as a fan. She then blocked him on Twitter. In an interview to a website, she now claims to be penning a tell-all book, which will include details about her affair with Sharma. Hayat said that she was introduced to the cricketer through a common friend. She has also revealed that he kissed her on their first meeting. She further said that she would fly down to India and would meet Rohit at his place or a hotel. The recent Koffee With Karan fiasco involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has put the spotlight on cricketers. Is Hayat keen to attract attention with her startling confessions about their affair? Meanwhile, the Indian batsman was blessed with a baby girl in January 1..
                 

Mumbai Marathon 2019: Mulund resident completes half marathon with arti

14 hours ago  
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Nothing can prevent a person who possesses willpower and determination. Mulund resident Amogh Madhav provided a perfect example of this at the Mumbai Marathon yesterday. Madhav successfully completed his second half marathon yesterday with a prosthetic leg. When asked about the difficulty while running with an artificial leg, he replied, "It's not that difficult... it is all in the mind." Six years ago, Madhav, 22, lost his leg in a car accident in his last year at school. "I had a car accident when I was 16. My arteries were damaged so they had to amputate the leg. We opted for a prosthetic leg which allowed me to run long distance," Madhav told mid-day. Madhav, who participated in half-marathons, plays outdoor games such as cricket and football regularly. "Six to seven months after accident, he got a prosthetic leg and started moving independently. I used to run marathons. One day he asked me if he can join me. We started with 5km, but now he can run 21km. We have run almost 15 to..
                 

Real #13yearchallenge: Bar dancers on how life has changed since 2005

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Even before the dance bars reopen, Mumbai's former bar girls are twirling in delight and anticipation. It has been a hard 13 years for thousands of women who once performed at Mumbai's infamous bars. For these women, dancing in front of customers was not exploitative or degrading, but rather empowering and glamorous — it was a job that paid them thousands every night, just to put on a shiny dress and dance the night away. Everything changed after the 2005 ban. Where they once earned R3,000 a day working at the dance bars, the women sometimes could not earn the same amount in a whole month, despite the back-breaking back work they did as domestic help. Many of them were thrown out of their homes when they couldn't make rent, their children had to drop out of school because there was no money for fees, and several were abandoned by their husbands or boyfriends in their time of need. Some, in desperation, turned to prostitution. Yet others resorted to suicide. 'Lost home and hus..
                 

Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan signed for Andaz Apna Apna Reloaded?

15 hours ago  
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Cult classic Andaz Apna Apna starring Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal, Shakti Kapoor has been in the pipeline for quite some time now for its remake. Names such as Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan have been in the contention ever since the inception of the film's remake has been considered. However, a report in Pinkvilla states that Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan have been approached to step into the heavy shoes of Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. On the completion of film's 25 years, the film's original producers Vinay Sinha and Priti Sinha have planned to re-launch it in a unique style with a different plot and background. Talking about it, a source informed the portal stating, "The producers Vinay and Priti Sinha are planning to do Andaz Apna Apna it won't be a sequel or remake. Nor will Raj Kumar Santoshi direct it. While they have not decided yet what exactly it will be, they are sure it won't be a remake or sequel but som..
                 

The richest in India grew rich by 39 per cent last year: Oxfam report

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The richest billionaires in India, which accounts for one per cent of the population saw their fortunes rise by Rs 2,200 crore a day in 2018, according to a study report published by Oxfam. The wealthiest in India got richer by 39 per cent as compared to just 3 per cent increase in wealth for the bottom half of the population, said the study. Billionaires across the globe in 2018, saw their fortunes rise by 12 per cent or USD 2.5 billion a day, where on the other hand the poorest half of the world's population saw their wealth decline by 11 per cent, the international rights group said in its annual study released before the start of the five-day World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting. The study by Oxfam, reveals that 13.6 crore Indians, who stand in the poorest 10 per cent bracket of the country, were in debt since 2004. It is also said this increasing gap between the rich and the poor is undermining the fight against poverty, damaging economies and fuelling public anger wor..
                 

Is Abhishek Bachchan playing villain in Kamal Haasan-starrer Indian 2?

16 hours ago  
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Abhishek Bachchan is said to be in talks with S Shankar for Indian 2. Junior B has been offered a powerful negative role in the Kamal Haasan and Kajal Aggarwal-starrer, which rolled last week. Rumour has it that Boman Irani, John Abraham and Akshay Kumar were also approached. We will have to wait for the announcement. The film is a sequel to the 1996 Tamil blockbuster. Recently, on the occasion of Pongal, filmmaker S. Shankar unveiled the first look poster of his next movie, Indian 2 featuring Haasan. Shankar shared the poster via a tweet and extended Pongal wishes to everyone. Via the poster, it was revealed that the project will go on the floors from Friday (January 18). As this is the actor's last film before he turns to politics, fans could not keep calm after seeing him as a vigilante again. Shankar added that he was thrilled to see Haasan sporting the look of the popular octogenarian character Senapathy, a freedom fighter-turned-vigilante bent on rooting out corruption. In..
                 

Horoscope: Guide for sun signs to better health, fitness and work-life

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AriesWellness cue: Channelise the aggressionTo combat challenging and stressful situations in 2019, focus your energy on outdoor activities like a nature hike. Should time not permit, opt for power walks or spice up your routine by trying unique exercise classes like kickboxing or acro-yoga. TaurusWellness cue: Ground yourselfFeel good in your body. Taurus needs to sustain life and to build in order to feel stable and secure emotionally and physically. Take barefoot walks on the grass and honour your own pace. Take time out regularly for a massage, a bubble bath, and focus on your senses. You’ll feel less overwhelmed and refreshed in no time. GeminiWellness cue: De-stress your nervesTo soothe your frazzled nerves, be in the moment. Spend time in nature to reflect on what is truly meaningful to you, so that your mind has that space. Eat light, sticking to a saatvik diet. Be part of a meditation group, or opt for a nature retreat in 2019. Avoid being sharp in your speech. ..
                 

Rajnath Singh justifies EWS quota, says B R Ambedkar wanted equality

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Nagpur: Accusing the Congress of trying to secure votes of dalits in the name of B R Ambedkar, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said the new law guaranteeing 10 per cent quota for the poor among the general category was in tune with Modi government's commitment to ensure development of all sections. The Constitutional amendment to provide the 10 per cent quota in government jobs and higher education to the Economically Weaker Secions (EWS) among the general category received assent of President Ram Nath Kovind January 12. Some sections of the society have opposed this provision saying it has violated the Constitution which doesn't recognise economic backwardness as the criterion for reservation. Addressing a public rallyhere on the concluding day of the national convention of BJP's scheduled Caste (SC) cell, Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the new reservation to realise Dalit icon Ambedkar's dream of the egalitarian society. "Babasaheb Ambedkar had talked a..
                 

Sidharth Malhotra to play with fire in Marjaavan

17 hours ago  
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Mumbai, January 21st, 2019: Sidharth Malhotra has now turned his attention to his upcoming action drama Marjaavan produced by Nikkhil Advani and Bhushan Kumar, post wrapping the last schedule of Jabariya Jodi with Parineeti Chopra. Currently, the actor is shooting an action sequence with a late night set up, dozens of goons, fire, and rain. A source revealed, ''The stunt team wanted to shoot with a body double because Sid's back and shoulder would be on fire but he was adamant on doing the scene himself to make it look authentic and stay true to his character. There is a lot maar dhaad in the film and he has pulled it all off himself'' Riteish Deshmukh, whose character is vertically challenged in the film will be joining the team for the shoot next week and the lengthy schedule will continue till March-end. The source added, ''The multiple confrontation sequences between good and evil is where the entire fun unwinds.'' Also read: Sidharth Malhotra: Excited to try different weap..
                 

'Atmosphere needed to attract brightest minds to teaching'

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Patna: Former President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday stressed on the need for creating a conducive atmosphere to attract brightest of the bright into teaching, research and innovation. "There are 767 universities in the country and is expanding. There is a huge development of physical infrastructure in higher education.... But I regret to point out that the quality of education, which we are providing in our our institutions of higher education, are not upto the world standard," Mukherjee said. "We will have to create a conducive atmosphere in which brightest of the bright come to the teaching, research and innvoation.... Our future progress will depend increasingly on our ability to innovate, to devise efficient processes for the industrial sector and better solutions for governance," Mukherjee said. He was addressing the annual convocation of the Patna University. Stating that IIT graduates will be found at top places in international organisations, he said they were not required to adva..
                 

Pope Francis visit to CentAm highlights church ministry to migrants

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News / Mid-Day/ International  
Guatemala City: When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world's most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere. The Argentine-born son of Italian immigrants has long held the issue dear to his heart and has signaled that it will be a central theme during the trip, which comes as the latest caravan of Central Americans is wending its way toward the US-Mexico frontier and President Donald Trump's promised border wall has led to the longest government shutdown in the country's history. Francis' emphasis on fundamental Christian teaching about welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked and feeding the hungry has been a breath of sustenance for those involved in efforts to aid migrants in Central America and Mexico, where Catholic priests, nuns and laypeople have taken the lead on attending to migrants amid ..
                 

Archana Puran Singh: I could have done more as an artiste

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From playing a flirtatious college professor Mrs. Braganza in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to a vamp in the Aamir Khan starrer Raja Hindustani, actress Archana Puran Singh, who is also judging comedy shows on the small screen, says she has more to offer as an artiste. Archana made her acting debut in 1987. She was later seen in Jalwa opposite Naseeruddin Shah. She then went on to work in films such as "Agneepath", "Saudagar", "Shola aur Shabnam" and "Aashiq Awara" among many others. The 56-year-old actress also made a stint on the small screen and rose to fame with her portrayal of Premaji in the popular TV serial "Shreeman Shreemati". In a telephonic interview with IANS, Archana talked about her journey in Indian cinema and why she feels she has not explored much into the acting world. "Sometimes I feel that being an artiste I could have explored more in the industry. In my career I have mostly got comic roles...I did not get much chance to experiment different roles. It is very important to ..
                 

Kohli is greatest ODI batsman to have played the game: Clarke

19 hours ago  
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That Virat Kohli is destined to be among the pantheons of all-time greats is an oft-repeated assertion but for former Australia captain Michael Clarke, the India skipper is already the greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game. Kohli, the World No. 1 Test and ODI batsman, led India through a historic tour of Australia, during which the team won the Test and ODI rubbers and drew the T20I series. Michael Clarke Kohli's India was the first team ever not to lose any series Down Under and along the way, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising count of international hundreds. "To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India," Clarke said. Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs with an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds. An unabashed Kohli fan, Clarke said that the Indian's passion is unmatchable. "You have to respect Virat's passion to win games for his count..
                 

Bolivian bus plunges into ravine, killing 13, injuring 26

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La Paz: Bolivian authorities say a bus rolled over on a mountain road in the southern part of the Andean country, then tumbled 100 meters (330 feet) into a ravine, killing at least 13 people and injuring 26 more. Local media said four of the dead were part of a soccer delegation from Argentina that was in Bolivia to participate in a festival in the Sucre region. Police said Sunday's crash happened in Cieneguillas, a town in the Tarija region south of La Paz. The accident came a day after a highway accident in another part of southern Bolivia in which two buses collided head-on, killing at least 22 people and injuring 37. Deadly bus crashes are common in Bolivia's highlands where narrow highways often wind next to steep precipices. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsib..
                 

Mumbai: Waste-to-energy project gets Rs 225 crore budget allocation

19 hours ago  
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Despite the tender for the proposed waste-to-energy plant at Deonar being floated in 2016, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to find any takers for it. Now, the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department plans to increase the budgetary allocation for the plant to R225 crore. After floating the tender twice and giving three extensions, the civic body has given yet another month's extension, which will end on January 29. Civic officials have attributed the lack of response to a number of reasons, of which the most important one is the large quantity of waste (3,000 tonnes) to be processed daily. Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said initially there was no response from the bidders as they were not confident of the existing technology. "The technology required to handle such a high quantity of waste is not available. Hence, we revised the tender document, which now requires the company to process 600 tonnes of garbage daily, which will eventually be done in five phases to..
                 

BJP leader and son assaulted and looted by robbers

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Barwani (MP): A BJP leader, his son and two of his relatives were assaulted and robbed by unidentified persons near Charvi village, 30 km from the district headquarters, Sunday, the police said. The report came hours after another local-level BJP leader, Manoj Thakre (48), was found dead elsewhere in the district with the police suspecting that he was killed. Jitendra Soni, a district BJP leader, his son Ravendra and two relatives were waylaid and attacked by five to six unidentified men when they were returning from a village market in an SUV, the police said. Soni was admitted to a hospital while others suffered minor injuries in the incident, said district superintendent of police Y D Bhutia. The robbers threw stones at the vehicle, following which Jitendra, who was driving, panicked and drove onto a narrow path where the SUV got stuck, as per the complaint. The robbers, who were riding two motorbikes, again threw stones at them and snatched away 30 kg of silver and some gold Soni..
                 

Bomb blast rocks Syrian capital; kills three and wounds nine people

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Damascus: A bomb blast hit the capital of war-torn Syria on Sunday and a "terrorist" was arrested, state media said, in a rare attack in the city that has been largely insulated from violence. The explosion came as another bomb in the northern city of Afrin killed three people and wounded nine others, according to a war monitor, on the first anniversary of a Turkish offensive on the Kurdish-majority region. Also on Sunday Israel said it intercepted a rocket fired from Syria after Damascus accused the Jewish state of carrying out air raids on the south of the country. State news agency SANA said a "bomb blast" had hit southern Damascus "without leaving any victims". "There is confirmation of reports that a terrorist has been arrested," it said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor reported, however, a "huge explosion" near a military intelligence office in southern Damascus that left a number of people dead and wounded. "The explosion took place near a sec..
                 

Ankita bags year's first singles title

21 hours ago  
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Indian tennis player Ankita Raina yesterday won her first singles title of the 2019 season and eighth overall after trampling top seed Arantxa Rus in straight sets in the final of the USD 25,000 event in Singapore. Coming into the tournament after competing at the Australian Open Qualifiers, Ankita demolished World No. 122 and the Dutch top seed 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes. The 50 points earned from the title triumph are likely to catapult Ankita to a career-high singles rank of 168 when the new WTA list is issued on Monday. "I've been working on my serve for a long while now and I think it's starting to help. I also feel there's more power in the strokes. It definitely helped playing the Grand Slam as the first tournament of the year. It gave a lot of positivity and self belief," Ankita said. "Even though I was a bit disappointed that I didn't qualify for the Australian Open since I expected that but I was grateful that I had reached where once I used to imagine I would be p..
                 

EPL: We have to demand more from ourselves, says Manchester City boss

22 hours ago  
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was far from satisfied despite seeing his side cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a 3-0 win away to basement club Huddersfield yesterday. City were rarely in trouble after Danilo's deflected shot gave them an 18th-minute lead but they appeared to switch off for the remainder of the first half at the John Smith's Stadium against a Huddersfield team who parted company with manager David Wagner on Monday. Pep Guardiola But whatever Guardiola said to his players at the break appeared to have the desired effect, with two goals in a matter of minutes early in the second half from Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane putting the result beyond doubt. "The way we played we didn't deserve more than three goals," Guardiola told the BBC. "We will improve in the future. "We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it's difficult. They defended deep and man to man." Reigning champions Ci..
                 

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visits Statue of Unity

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Ahmedabad: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday visited the Statue of Unity dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Narmada district of Gujarat. He also visited the house of the first Union home minister of India and his memorial at Karamsad town in Anand district. The vice president was in Gujarat to attend the closing ceremony of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar Sunday. After visiting the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, VP Naidu said it is a "befitting memorial to Sardar Patel". The 182-metre tall statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October last year. "My heart is filled with emotions and pride. Now, we have a great structure that symbolises the great legacy of Sardar Patel," the vice president said. Lauding PM Modi "for taking up the initiative to build the State of Unity", the VP said he had always felt that a due recognition was not given to Sardar Patel in the past. The vice president said that all Indians, particularly th..
                 

R Madhavan to direct Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

22 hours ago  
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R Madhavan was to co-direct Rocketry: The Nambi Effect - which sees him as former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan -with Ananth Mahadevan. However, the latter has dropped out of the project, leaving the actor to wield the directorial baton alone. R Madhavan look in Rocketry A source reveals, "In the course of shooting the film, the two realised that they had a different vision for the story, which was leading to creative differences between them. They had a discussion about it last week and decided to part ways amicably." When mid-day reached out to Madhavan, he said, "Ananth Mahadevan is a talented filmmaker. But, owing to unavoidable circumstances and certain pressing commitments, he could no longer direct Rocketry. The film is shaping up well and I can't wait to tell Nambi Narayanan's story." Mahadevan remained unavailable for comment. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Sonia, Rahul to visit their Lok Sabha constituencies on Jan 23-24

22 hours ago  
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Raebareli (UP): Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are likely to visit their respective parliamentary constituencies Amethi and Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh on 23-24 January, a party leader said Sunday. During his two-day visit, the Congress chief is expected to take part in several party programmes and a meeting of the district vigilance and monitoring committee, the leader said. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi is also expected to attend the district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting in her constituency Rae Bareli, the leader added. The Gandhis will arrive at the Fursatganj airport on January 23, from where they will leave for their respective constituencies. They will depart for Delhi on January 24. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, age..
                 

Mumbai-based techie's new product makes guitar lessons easier

22 hours ago  
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The tech world is filled with esoteric descriptions. So when we enter Shubham Bansal’s apartment in Chandivali, we are wary. Bansal, 29, has developed a product that promises to help a learner get the hang of a guitar in a one-hour session. It’s called Guitar Bro, and so we question the name. His response doesn’t sound like Latin to us. “It’s a bro that makes you pro,” he answers, adding, “It’s meant to be your friend. And when I was thinking of a name, this sounded pretty cool too.” Frankly, for someone who’s never laid hands on any musical instrument barring the flute during our school band days — that requires zero talent — his response is encouraging. Don’t give up Bansal came to Mumbai from Rajasthan to pursue electrical engineering at IIT Bombay. After graduating in 2012, he began working in operations for Ola Cabs and Tiny Owl. In 2015, he started MINK, a dry cleaning venture. And while doing all of ..
                 

Sonakshi Sinha: Shooting for Dabangg 3 is like homecoming for me

22 hours ago  
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