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CPL: Sanjay Manjrekar chooses Chris Lynn while Brett Lee picks Rashid Khan as top performers

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High-flying, exciting and electric Twenty20 action is back as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) – the first major T20 league to begin during these uncertain times – is all set to get underway from August 18 on the Star Sports Network at 7 PM. The 33-match tournament will be played in Trinidad & Tobago will all the matches being held across two stadiums. With the tournament just over the horizon, here are few international players who can use the CPL to shake off the dust and get into shape for the IPL 2020 in the UAE. Rashid Khan Rashid Khan’s story in international cricket is nothing short of a fairy tale. One of the most prolific leg-spinners in the world, the 21-year-old was snapped by defending champions Barbados Tridents for the eighth edition and will be among the star attractions in the league. Rashid, who made his international debut in 2015, has been an integral part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad. Returning to competitive action due to the COVID-19 p..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor shares a picture with Sridevi on her birth anniversary, says 'I love you mumma'

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Sridevi was one of the biggest stars of Hindi Cinema and was also hailed as it's first female Superstar. Her unfortunate demise in February 2018 came across as a shock to all her fans globally and even the entire fraternity. Today, August 13, marks her birth anniversary and on this very special occasion, her daughter and Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor has taken to her Instagram account and shared a throwback picture with her mother that's likely to leave her fans emotional. Have a look at the picture right here:       View this post on Instagram I love you mumma A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) onAug 12, 2020 at 11:36pm PDT Even Anushka Sharma took to her Instagram story and paid homage to the legend by calling her an icon and an inspiration, have a look right here: One of Sridevi's maiden appearances on the celluloid was in the 1975 blockbuster Julie where she was a child artist. She became a Superstar with the gigantic success of 1983's Himmatwala..
                 

Ananya Panday looks adorable as she shares her childhood picture on Instagram

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Ananya Panday has just started her journey in the Hindi film industry and amassed a following for herself. She's on the brink of completing 14 million followers on Instagram, has 13.9 currently. Her account is filled with candid photos and videos. That's not all, she also keeps sharing pictures with her girl gang or squad, as she calls them. But also, given the season of throwback that we all are in, she also shared a throwback picture of herself all the way from her childhood and the actress indeed looked adorable. Have a look right here: A lot of actresses like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sara Ali Khan have also shared their childhood photos to entertain their fans. Coming back to Panday, she had two successful films in her debut year in 2019- Student of The Year 2 and Pati Patni Aur Woh. She's now gearing up for Khaali Peeli with Ishaan Khatter and a film with Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi. Khaali Peeli was slated to release in cinemas on June 12 but now the release is likel..
                 

Mohammad Hafeez shares photo with 90 year old woman; breaks bio-bubble protocol

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday said all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will stay in isolation after he was found guilty of breaching biosecurity protocol imposed by England and Wales Cricket Board and the ICC amid the ongoing away series.  The cricketer has posted a picture, earlier in the day, on his Twitter handle and captioned the post, "Met an inspirational Young lady today morning at Golf course. She is 90+ & & living her life healthy & happily. Good healthy routine." Met an inspirational Young lady today morning at Golf course. She is 90+ & & living her life healthy & happily.Good healthy routine 😍👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/3tsWSkXl1E — Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) August 12, 2020 "This morning, Mohammad Hafeez went to a golf course, which is adjacent to the team hotel and part of the bio-secure bubble. During the golf round, he was photographed with a member of the public, which he subsequently posted on his social media account," PCB s..
                 

CL: Leipzig manager keen to avoid clash with Atletico's Simeone

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RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann wants to keep cool in Lisbon should sparks start to fly with "dynamite" Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone during Thursday's Champions League quarter-final. Both Nagelsmann, 32, and Atletico's Argentinian boss Simeone, 50, are notorious for passionately urging their team on from the sidelines. Nagelsmann wants to avoid falling "under the spell" of any heated emotions during the game in Lisbon, "but will concentrate on the (match) content, on the team". "You're better off doing that than getting into an in-fight." Leipzig, who are backed by Austrian energy drinks giants Red Bull, were only founded in 2009 and are in the knock-out phase of the Champions League for the first time having beaten last season's finalists Tottenham in the last 16. Without the crowd masking any pitchside noise at the Estadio Jose Alvalade Nagelsmann is aware that his duel with Simeone will be even more intensely scrutinised. "Now without spectators, you will be able to hear e..
                 

India's Physical Disability WT20 winners are jobless, in poor financial health

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It's exactly a year since Vikrant Keni led India's disabled cricket team to the Physical Disability T20 World Series title in England. However, it's not a happy anniversary considering 14 players from that 18-member squad are without jobs and in poor financial health. The team's opening pair comprising Jammu and Kashmir batsman Wasim Iqbal, 27, and Maharashtra's Kunal Phanse, 26, are diploma holders in Electrical and Mechanical engineering respectively. However, both have had to resort to farming given their unemployed status. While Iqbal has been working on his family's apple orchard in Anantnag, Phanse helps his parents on their sugarcane farm in Pune's Jejuri region. Iqbal, Phanse's crucial stand Keni rated Iqbal and Phanse's 125-run match-winning opening stand, chasing arch-rivals Pakistan's 150 for seven, as the turning point of the tournament. "That was the crucial partnership of the tournament. Wasim [43-ball 69] and Kunal [55 not out off 47 balls] helped us beat Pakistan very c..
                 

COVID-19: The true Supercops of Mumbai

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Four Mumbai policemen have been declared Superheroes by the city's Commissioner of Police (CP) Param Bir Singh for various feats since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Singh felicitated them and their pictures have been displayed by Bisleri on its vehicles. The four helped by going out of their way to help common citizens during the pandemic.' Read on to discover who are these officers and their work. Police Naik Dipak NikaleDipak Nikale attached to Wadala police ensured social distancing is maintained by singing to people. "I sang songs like 'Tu Hindu banega na Muslim, insaan ki aulad hai insaanhi banega', 'Aye mere vatan ke logon'. I chose this over raising the stick to enforce social distancing. My team helped me too. Many NGOs also helped us serve food to 20,000 migrants when the lockdown hit," Nikale said. Vijay Madaye and Tejas Sonawane have had their pictures splashed all over the city Constable Tejas SonawaneWhen Tejas Sonawane of Cuffe Parade police found that people are no..
                 

Sanjay Dutt announces break from work due to medical emergency; has four projects in pipeline

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As the trailer of Sadak 2 dropped online yesterday, Pooja Bhatt dedicated it to co-star and dear friend Sanjay Dutt. While the sequel to 1991 hit Sadak is poised for release on August 28, Dutt has as many as four films in the pipeline. Dutt announced on Tuesday that he is taking a break from his professional commitments to seek medical treatment. Among the movies he was working on was Yash Raj Films' Shamshera, which has him team up with Ranbir Kapoor. An industry insider says, "Sanjay has only three days' patchwork shoot remaining. Right now, the makers are only concerned about his health and praying for his speedy recovery." The actor has another big-ticket venture in Ajay Devgn's Bhuj: The Pride of India. It is heard that he had completed filming most of his portions of the war drama before the lockdown was announced. Co-producer Bhushan Kumar remained unavailable for comment. Still from Bhuj Raring to go at 61, Sanjay Dutt was to foray into regional cinema with KGF: Chapter 2. The..
                 

Serena Williams on seeing no fans in the stands: I didn't mind it

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Serena Williams shrugged off the absence of fans to make a winning return from her six-month COVID-19 layoff on Tuesday, defeating lowly ranked Bernarda Pera in three sets at the WTA Top Seed Open tournament in Kentucky. Serena, who before Tuesday had not played a competitive game since a Fed Cup appearance in February, came from behind to defeat American World No. 60 Pera 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 15 minutes in Lexington. The former World No. 1's first round victory played out to an empty arena. This week's tournament—the first WTA event in the US since the COVID-19 pandemic—is taking place without spectators. Serena, 38, later revealed that the sedate surroundings had suited her game. "It was a really calm atmosphere, it was really chill," Serena said. "I can't say I disliked it. I didn't mind it at all. I've been through so many things in my career and this was totally different. I think I won today because I was calm for once in my career. Kind of reminds me of jun..
                 

Fans celebrate 61 years of Kamal Haasan in the industry!

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Kamal Haasan has clocked 61 years in the industry - 61 years of entertaining India through pathbreaking films and his strong screen presence. Popularly known as Ulaganayagan, Haasan kicked off his career as a child artist in Kalathur Kannamma that won him the President's Gold Medal, and there was no looking back for him. Haasan has won four National Awards, 19 Filmfare Awards, a Padma Shri, a Padma Bhushan, an Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier) and a mention in the Limca Book of Records. He is the only actor in the country with the distinction to have had a 61-year-long career in films. To honour this amazing feat and the superstar himself, his fans across the world are all set to celebrate. Kamal Haasan has one of the largest fan bases across India and worldwide. As part of the celebration, the team that works with him closely has assembled a listicle titled, '61 Facts You Didn't About Kamal Haasan', which will be uploaded on the website for his fans. This listicle includ..
                 

Kick 2: Sajid Nadiadwala has a unique gift for Jacqueline Fernandez

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On Tuesday, Jacqueline Fernandez turned 35. As a birthday gift, Sajid Nadiadwala announced Kick 2, starring Fernandez and Salman Khan. The film is a sequel to his 2014 film. The producer-director finalised the script at 4 am on Tuesday to make her birthday extra special. There had been a great deal of speculation whether Fernandez would be part of the second instalment. It's finally official.       View this post on Instagram Too Much Fun 😎 on @jacquelinef143 ‘s birthday, the wait ends as #SajidNadiadwala locked the script for #Kick2 this morning at 4 am. @wardakhannadiadwala Thank you for the BIG News 🥰🤩 #NGEFamily can't wait to see @beingsalmankhan & Jacqueline start #Kick-in soon!🤩 . . . . . . Posted @withregram • @wardakhannadiadwala Here is your BIRTHDAY GIFT that will be remembered Forever! 💃🏻 @jacquelinef143 overjoyed to FORMALLY announce that #SajidNadiadwala locked the script at 4am this morning & has written an exception..
                 

Mumbai needs wetlands, not golf course: Environmentalists tell Aaditya Thackeray

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The floods in Mumbai has once again highlighted the importance of preservation of mangroves and wetlands," said a Navi Mumbai-based environmentalist, who has demanded that the government scrap two major projects that would eat up a large green cover, making the city vulnerable to flooding. Sunil Agarwal of Save Navi Mumbai Environment wrote to state Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray on August 6, demanding the scrapping of the golf course project on the Talawe wetland in Nerul and a residential towers project. He has also demanded that the Talawe and T S Chanakya wetlands be declared bird sanctuary. "Navi Mumbai was saved from floods because of the protection from Talawe and T S Chanakya wetlands and mangroves despite the heavy rain," Agarwal's emailed letter stated. He has requested Thackeray to expedite the official announcement of scrapping of the golf course and residential towers projects, and the decwlaration of the bird sanctuary. "Ask Maharashtra Coastal Zone Managemen..
                 

Day after owner's arrest, Hong Kong residents line up to buy Apple Daily paper

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Last year, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to demand full democracy, many egged on by a tabloid newspaper critical of China's ruling Communist Party. On Tuesday, they lined up at newsstands across the city to buy that same paper, handing over 10 Hong Kong dollars ($1.25) a copy in a bid to help the Apple Daily — and press freedom — survive. The public show of support came a day after police rounded up 10 people, including the paper's founder Jimmy Lai, and raided its headquarters. The move reinforced fears that a new national security law would be used to suppress dissent in Hong Kong after months of anti-government protests shook the city's leadership and the central government in Beijing last year. A vendor arranges fresh copies of the newspaper on Tuesday. Pics/AP/AFP That people protested by buying a newspaper rather than by taking to the streets shows how much the climate has changed since the stormy protests last year. People also boug..
                 

COVID-19 in Mumbai: Doctors reporting for duty at hospital yet to receive salaries after 2 months

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More than 50 private doctors who had been told to report for COVID-19 duty at SevenHills Hospital by the civic body in June, have alleged that they are yet to receive their salaries. While some of them work with private hospitals and had taken leave, many others had to shut down their private practices and have been without income for the past two months. None of the authorities were aware of who was supposed to pay them. But while doctors said they haven't received any money, the additional municipal commissioner said the issue has been resolved. A few doctors have claimed that they have lakhs in salary owed to them. Some of the doctors had volunteered their services. Pic/Getty Images One of the doctors who worked at Seven Hills Hospital between June 12-July 9 said he is still waiting for his salary amounting to R2 lakh. "When they asked us to report for COVID duty, they gave us less than 24 hours and I was able to take leave from the hospital I work at. But when it comes to payment o..
                 

Mumbai: Parsi Gates battle moves to WhatsApp

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Yet another meeting took place about the proposed shifting of The Parsi Gates at Chowpatty-Marine Drive on Monday. The subject has been simmering for a while now as the BMC plans to shift the gates further south because of the Coastal Road project. The new proposed location is opposite the well-known Kishco Cutlery store, on Marine Drive. An earlier meeting on June 30, which was held between a few representatives of the Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP), custodians of community affairs, other invitees and BMC representatives, had created a storm. The issue has polarised Parsis, with WhatsApp being the medium of fierce fighting. This is the reason BPP trustee Viraf Mehta convened a virtual meeting about which he said, "The sentiments of many can be heard and we go with a fresh perspective to the civic authorities asking for more time, and apprising them about fears and wariness about the new location." Mehta further said, "A lot of people are against the shift, so the meet has been convened ..
                 

Sharan Sharma on Gunjan Saxena: Platform has standard process for credits

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Debutant director Sharan Sharma is assured and calm as Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl drops on Netflix today. Over the past three years, the filmmaker has been immersed in bringing the story of the first woman Indian Air Force officer to go to war, to the screen. "It was a joyful process. Now, I will sit back and see how it plays out," he says. A part of Karan Johar's Dharma Productions for nine years, Sharma got his proverbial big break when his mentor backed his idea to make a biopic on Gunjan Saxena. "I had stumbled upon an article about her. I have no connect to the Armed Forces, so I spent a year in research. When I reached out to Gunjan ma'am for the rights, she thought it was a prank call. She didn't believe someone wanted to make a film on her." Like his film's protagonist, Sharma too found himself thrown in the combat zone as soon as the poster and trailer of the Janhvi Kapoor-fronted movie was launched. With Johar and his studio's names missing from the promotional material,..
                 

All schools must celebrate Independence Day 2020 online: guidelines

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Amid this year of online schooling, the Independence Day celebration will also be online on August 15. Special guidelines have been issued for schools to ensure that no institute skips the celebration. Schools have been advised to hold flag-hoisting on campus with just staff, with social distancing norms. Students are advised to join online later. Patriotic songs will be sung along with speech videos related to the Independence movement. Schools have also been advised to hold different activities digitally such as patriotic poetry and debate competitions, etc. and to create awareness about Aatmanirbhar Bharat. A woman makes a tricolour flag in preparation for Independence Day at Mahalaxmi. Pic/Ashish Raje "The specifically designed guidelines have put an end to schools' confusion over the Independence Day celebration. Flag-hoisting with limited staff has been allowed under these guidelines. Schools' heads were looking for clarity on it," said Prashant Redij, spokesperson for the Mahara..
                 

Arshad Warsi on Sanjay Dutt: He's a fighter, will emerge triumphant

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We spoke when he was hospitalised last week; he assured me he was fine," begins Arshad Warsi, yet to come to terms with the news of Sanjay Dutt being diagnosed with stage three lung cancer. A wave of shock and disbelief fell over the industry on Tuesday as word spread that Baba was ailing. It was heard that the actor, who announced that he was taking a break from work, will soon head overseas to seek treatment. Arshad Warsi Warsi, the Circuit to his Munna on screen and a close friend off screen, says Sanjay Dutt will tide over the testing times with his positivity and will power. "I don't know anyone who would have survived [the difficulties] that he has faced head-on. Despite the situations, he has an air of positivity. I have never seen him crib about his hardships. He will emerge triumphant here too; he is a fighter." The two were slated to begin filming the comedy, Blockbuster, next month. The shoot is likely to be deferred until its leading man is fighting fit again. "Films can co..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Suburbs drenched, and lake levels go up 18 per cent

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While there isn’t any heavy downpour in the catchment areas of the lakes, the water levels are increasing inch by inch due to continuous moderate rainfall in the region. So far the water stock has increased by two per cent in a day and increased by 18 per cent in a week. The water stock increased from 5.39 lakh million litres to 8.03 lakh million litres. Also Read: Mumbai Rains: Moderate rains likely to continue in city, suburbs till August 17 While the city has continued to receive heavy rainfall, lake catchment areas have received moderate showers. Pic/Ashish Raje While the suburbs received some heavy showers on Wednesday, there was no major disruption. As per BMC records, the western suburbs received an average 35 mm and eastern suburbs received an average 32 mm of rain from 8 am to 6 pm. Seven water pumps in the western suburbs and five water pumps in the eastern suburbs were used to dewater low lying areas. According to IMD, there is a possibility of moderate to heavy s..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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God comes first A pandit performs a puja for the owner of a new bike in Shivaji Park. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Trunk call to Krishna Yesterday was World Elephant Day, and the heart-warming story of Mumbai's elephant whisperer, Anand Shinde and his extraordinary bond with an elephant was released in the form of an animated film Foreststory, Chapter 2: Krishna. When we caught up with the founder of Thane-based Trunk Call, he said, "I first met Krishna as a photojournalist when visiting Kodanad Elephant Centre, Kerala. He was my guru who taught me everything I know about the elephant world. I felt a genuine connection with the beautiful mammoth. His death was a deep personal loss, which also kick-started my journey into elephant conservation. Yesterday we completed six years of this journey and I'll always miss Krishna." This film was created by Swapnil Phadke and his team. Mehfil for a cause Fans of Urdu and Hindustani literature, poetry and music, there's an interesting line-up of events t..
                 

La Liga round-up: Iker Casillas retires, Barcelona-Atletico Madrid make Lisbon entry

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From action in the Champions League to promotion playoffs to determine the third and final side promoted to the top flight, here are some of the top news headlines to come out of La Liga this week.  Two La Liga teams head to Lisbon Luis Suarez (rear R) celebrates with teammates after scoring penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between FC Barcelona and Napoli at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 8, 2020. Two La Liga sides will be in the Champions League quarter-finals this week in Lisbon. Atlético de Madrid already booked their place in the final eight in March with their win over defending champions Liverpool, before Barcelona eliminated Napoli on Friday with a 3-1 second leg result that secured a 4-2 aggregate win. Barça will meet Bayern Munich in the next round, while Atleti have a date with RB Leipzig. Sevilla’s Europa League hopes are still alive Sevilla players walk off the pitch after the UEFA Euro..
                 

Sakshi Dhoni shares photo of Ziva with newborn; fans ask if she blessed with another baby

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India cricketer MS Dhoni's wife Sakshi was flooded with queries if she had a second child after she Instagrammed a picture of daughter Ziva, five, holding a baby in her lap along with a red heart emoji. The post received 562,405 'likes'.       View this post on Instagram ❤ï¸Â A post shared by Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@sakshisingh_r) onAug 10, 2020 at 6:47am PDT An online user replied: "Are you guys blessed with baby [heart emoji]." Another wrote: "2nd bby??" Meanwhile, a third user said: "Is he your child?" "Congratulations both of you," said a fourth one. Also Read: Sakshi Dhoni stuns in off-shoulder yellow dress. See Instagram photo Sakshi Dhoni is one of the most famous cricketer wives in the country and she is also one of the most active on social media. Sakshi Dhoni often shares a sneak peek into her personal life with photos and videos of MS Dhoni, Ziva, their pet dogs and home in Ranchi..
                 

Masks to the rescue

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Five of India's leading fashion designers – Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta and Rahul Mishra kickstarted a new social awareness campaign called Behind the Mask, to support the karigars (craftspeople) rendered jobless by the pandemic. In a five-part series, for TLC and streamed on Discovery Plus, each designer will give an intimate peek into their lives during the pandemic as well as create a prototype of a mask using elements from Indian art and culture. These designs then serve as inspiration for five unique mask collections, each an ode to a craft or a community. To execute this project, Condé Nast India brought on board Myntra to produce and sell the masks and Give India to ensure the profits from the sales reach the right NGOs. Speaking about it, Malhotra says, "The project initiative was a beautiful way for me to share my mindset during the lockdown, I thought it was imperative to share your positive and happier side as different people ar..
                 

Manoj Bajpayee: 74 projects on cards to generate employment

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The images of migrant workers trudging along the national highways, in a bid to return to their hometowns, are etched in our minds. Back home, there has been little relief for labourers who are grappling with issues of unemployment. Distressed by their condition, Manoj Bajpayee and wife Shabana Raza have joined forces with Helping Hands Charitable Trust to launch the initiative, Shramik Sammaan. The programme aims to generate employment for workers in their hometowns by launching small-scale businesses across the country. Among the first projects to kick into action is a cold-pressed oil extraction unit in Bhagalpur, Bihar. The other measures include a mask-making drive in Faridabad and Mumbai, establishment of women's tailoring unit, and liquid soap and sanitiser manufacturing unit in Uttarakhand, and production of bamboo articles in Haryana. "There are 74 projects on the cards. The plight of the migrant workers has shaken us all, and sadly, their struggle to make ends meet continues...
                 

Qtiyapa in the corridors of TVF

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The Viral Fever (TVF) had a glorious run last year, with the success of Kota Factory, Tripling, Hostel Daze and the recent Panchayat proving that they were the undisputed masters of quirky desi shows. However, the dream run came to an abrupt halt last week as the key players — Biswapati Sarkar, Nidhi Bisht, Amit Golani, Sameer Saxena, Dhawal Gusain, Karan Chaudhry and Saurabh Khanna — bowed out of the picture over alleged differences on the company's business approach. So, where does TVF — the true embodiment of homegrown digital entertainment in India — stand post the exodus, without its founders to steer it ahead? The exit of Saxena, head of TVF original content, has fuelled rumours that OTT bigwigs have lost faith in the company. After all, he had helmed the sophomore season of Tripling and the much loved Yeh Meri Family, and also served as the executive producer of Panchayat, the company's biggest hit this year. Insiders say that the upcoming seasons of the ..
                 

Mumbai: When will locals start, ask commuters; not now, says Railways

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Even as a delegation of city-based passenger associations, along with BJP leaders, appealed to the governor to unlock local trains on Tuesday morning, the Indian Railways issued a notification stating that the status quo on all trains shall continue and regular passenger trains will remain suspended. "This is to bring to the notice of all concerned that, as decided and informed earlier on as well, regular passenger and suburban train services will continue to remain suspended till further notice...230 special trains, which are running at present, will continue to operate. Local trains in Mumbai, which are presently being run on limited basis only on the requisition of state government, will also continue to run," a note from the Press Information Bureau stated. It added that the occupancy of special trains is being monitored on a regular basis and any additional special trains may be run based on requirement. Essential workers arrive at CSMT. Pic/Ashish Raje A delegation of the Mumbai ..
                 

The idea that remains Amar

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Only someone who's even briefly worked in a tabloid will empathise with what I'm about to narrate. The rest can continue to believe 'paid media' — as if there should be any profession left unpaid — comprises only a group of sold-out louts, lazing around in laps of the mighty. The job can get quite tough you see, especially a few hours before a newspaper goes to bed (parlance for print) when every story slotted for the front page has freakishly fallen through. What do you do in such an extremely uncommon situation? No, you can't make up a story. But you can come close to it. And blame it on a bad-news day! As we did one such night, fishing out a press release that announced Mayawati hosting a party for a few Bollywood folks, in 2003, on her maiden visit to Mumbai as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. 'Mayawati poaching on Amar Singh's territory?' Let's get Amar Singh to respond! You could only call him Amar Singh, it seems — never Amar, nor Singh. Except that Amar Singh..
                 

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Vidyut Jammwal contributes to stuntmen's association: They have almost exhausted their savings

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With shoots yet to resume in full force, the stunt artistes in the industry — like other daily-wage workers — have been reeling under a dry spell. Bollywood's action star Vidyut Jammwal has rushed to their aid and donated to the Movie Stunt Artistes' Association, thus providing relief to its 600 members. "Our stunt artistes need our support at these times. It is my humble request to everyone, especially my colleagues, to donate so that their livelihood is assured. We need to nurture our own generosity for a better world," says Jammwal, who also sent a handwritten letter to the association, expressing his gratitude to the behind-the-scenes heroes for lending a larger-than-life quality to actors with their feats. Jammwal's letter to the stunt artistes The actor has been in touch with several stuntmen during the lockdown. It was during one of these interactions that he learnt of their hardship. "I realised that they had almost exhausted their savings. I thought if I start thi..
                 

COVID-19 in Mumbai: No social distancing, no masks, no protocols at Dadar station

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Where are the rules? While authorities claim that every single person entering the state follows mandatory COVID-19 protocols, a commuter's experience and photographs at Dadar station, on the eastern side, reveal a shocking and worrying picture. On August 7 around 7 pm, my visit to Dadar coincided with the arrival of passenger trains. As the passengers exited the station and spilled on to the streets, there was complete chaos. No social distancing, no masks and no protocols," said Dombivli resident Sudam Gite, who took pictures to highlight the issue. Taxis lined up at Dadar East outside the station "First, one train arrived and there was crowd. As it was dispersing, another train arrived, spilling more crowd on the street. Taxis and vehicles clamoured to reach the crowds and it all like pre-COVID times," he said. 'Quarantine must, so?'"The government and BMC insist that every citizen coming into the city must quarantine, the officer from Patna police in the Sushant Singh Rajput case w..
                 

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GK knowledge and sporting prowess

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The Indian team arrive for their 1952 tour of England. The BBC crew, sent to cover the arrival of Vijay Hazare's men start asking the visiting team members their names and educational qualifications. When it's his turn, a young batsman reveals his identity followed by "MA" without hesitation. A little later, a senior teammate asks him what the MA was about. "MA — Matric Appeared," he replies. This is one of the many stories Gopal Krishna 'GK' Menon regaled me with in between his drags of beedies when I worked at The Marine Sports bookshop in the 1980s. GK passed away on Tuesday in suburban Mumbai. He was more than just a fine story teller. He was an incisive writer, who knew the intricacies of sport and the background of people who played it. Cricket was his forte and one moment he could mix with some of the game's biggest stars and the next, a group of club cricketers. Old timers reveal that GK at times was part of the XI in the star-studded Shivaji Park Gymkhana (SPG) team whic..
                 

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Must address COVID-19's spread through sex: Health experts

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There is a global debate on whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be transmitted sexually. The issue was recently discussed at a WHO Global Forum on August 4, in Geneva, where COVID-19's modes of transmission were discussed. Dr Subhash Hira, Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington-Seattle, one of the invitees, insisted that more studies and research are required to prove sexual transmission, which could be a major mode of transmission. Dr Shivangi Pawar, consulting homoeopath Dr Michael Ryan, director of Emergency Programs, WHO, and Dr Sowumya Swaminathan, chief scientist, WHO chaired the virtual meeting, attended by over 300 scientists from world over. Dr Hira told mid-day, "In the virtual meeting, researchers presented scientific studies of various modes of transmission of COVID-19. In a study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in May, the virus was isolated from the semen of 15 per cent of symptomatic COVID-19 patients. A later study in Jul..
                 

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Sara Ali Khan celebrates her 25th birthday with balloons and cakes galore!

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Sara Ali Khan has turned a year older today, August 12, and has brought in her 25th birthday with her close friends and family. The Kedarnath actress was showered with a lot of love, balloons in all shapes and colours, and delicious-looking cakes on her special day! Sharing some moments from the birthday celebrations, Sara Ali Khan took to Instagram stories to post some fun pictures. Check out this picture of Sara's cakes below! Don't they look super yummy? Looks like Sara is a big chocolate fan and all her friends know it! Sara Ali Khan shared a couple more pictures from her birthday celebrations that seem to have taken place at her Goa getaway. In the photos, Sara can be seen posing with the balloons and looking all excited. Sara Ali Khan was born to Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh on August 12, 1995. She graduated from Columbia University in 2016. As well all know, Sara made her Bollywood debut with the late Sushant Singh Rajput in Kedarnath, and was then seen in the hit film Simmb..
                 

Sanjay Dutt to fly to US for his treatment?

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A day after he returned home from the hospital, Sanjay Dutt announced that he is taking time off work due to health reasons. Though he did not specify the nature of his ailment, social media is abuzz that he has been detected with lung cancer and will be flying to the US for treatment. In a statement released on Tuesday, the actor said, "I am taking a break for medical treatment. My family and friends are with me. I urge well-wishers to not worry or speculate. With your love and good wishes, I will be back." 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/tinDb6BxcL — Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 11, 2020   In case you missed it, Dutt's health came into focus last Saturday evening when he was rushed to hospital in Mumbai after complaining of chest discomfort and breathlessness. The actor had subsequently been discharged from hospital. Sanjay Dutt is the eldest child of late Bollywood stars Nargis and Suni..
                 

Rahat Indori (1950-2020): His was always the finale act

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Shankar Mahadevan takes us by surprise when he points out that his Mission Kashmir track, Dhuan dhuan did not acquire the kind of attention over time, that the film's other songs, Rind posh maal and Bumbro, did. The soulful offering with lyrics that aptly summarised the crux of the film on terrorism in the valley, was applauded by music aficionados at the time of its release. Penned by the late Rahat Indori, who passed away yesterday following two heart attack while undergoing treatment for COVID-19, the song, says Mahadevan beautifully summarised how the "boundaries drawn [between countries], are politically inspired." Shankar Mahadevan With a 50-year career in poetry, the Urdu scholar of great repute, was one of the biggest mushaira (poetry symposiums) stars in the country and one who fearlessly called a spade a spade. Among the poet's most powerful lines are: Sabhi ka khoon hai shamil yahan ki mitti mein; Kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai. The lines were used during the anti-CAA p..
                 

Mumbai: Experts raise doubts over handling of crucial proof - Disha Salian's clothes

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Almost two months after Disha Salian allegedly killed herself, Malvani police on Monday finally handed over the clothes, claiming she was wearing on the fateful night to the state Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina. However, experts suspect any evidence could be found on the clothes as they were submitted so late. Salian, the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s former manager, allegedly jumped off the Regent Galaxy, a high-rise in Malad, on June 8 night. The 28-year-old was rushed to Shatabdi Hospital but was declared dead before admission. mid-day had, in its August 6 report, highlighted serious forensic lapses, viz no crime scene visited by forensic surgeon, no nail clipping preserved, no vide/photo of autopsy taken, nor clothes that she wore for forensic analysis, to rule out any foul play. Clothes given on MondayPolice on Monday afternoon handed over pants and a T-shirt at the Kalina FSL, a source at the lab told mid-day. The police also submitted a letter, asking to l..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Woman attacked in front of cops for feeding stray dogs in Versova

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A Versova resident and animal lover was allegedly attacked by a couple living in a bungalow nearby over the feeding of strays near their home on Sunday. Advocate Payal Arora suffered a fractured nose and other injuries as two police constables she had called for help just watched on. The accused couple also allegedly tried to gouge Arora's eyes out. The incident took place at 11.30 am on August 9 at SVP Nagar, Four Bungalows. "My sister got a call from animal feeder Sunita Shahani about a couple who beat her helpers for feeding stray dogs at an open plot next to their bungalow no. 95. We went to speak to them along with a beat van from Versova police since the couple has a history of being violent to animal feeders. Instead of protecting us, the male constable, Abaa Raghunath Mali, held my sister's hand while I was assaulted and the woman police constable Shilpa Dhore stood there watching and intervened only later when I was bleeding profusely." (From left) Payal Arora's injured hand, ..
                 

Sushant Singh Rajput case: ED questions his sister Mitu, asks about his finances

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday recorded the statement of Mitu Singh, the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's sister, in connection with the money laundering case filed after his death. Mitu is the first family member to speak to the ED since her brother died allegedly by suicide. The ED is investigating the transfer of Rs 15 crore from the bank account of Rajput, which has been mentioned in the complaint filed by his father Krishna Kishore Singh. Mitu reached the ED's office at Ballard Pier around 1 pm on Tuesday and she was being questioned till the time of going to press. Sushant Singh's roommate Siddharth Pithani outside the ED office at Ballard Pier in South Mumbai on Tuesday Asks what she suspectsAccording to the ED sources, the agency wants to know from the actor's family members what they suspect about the transaction, because according to Krishna, the money transferred to an account with which Rajput had no links. The ED officials said the agency asked her about..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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Face to face mask A man dons a mask as he walks past a wall filled with graffiti at Four Bungalows, Andheri, on Tuesday. Pic/Satej Shinde Dattani has a solution Renowned contemporary playwright Mahesh Dattani is all set to stage the Sahitya Akademi award-winning play Final Solutions, that had been commissioned by the late Alyque Padamsee, on Independence Day. Set in the small town of Amargaon, struck by communal clashes, it narrates the story of a Hindu family that shelters two members of the Muslim community. Dattani shared about the experience, "I wrote the play in 1990 when the idea of Ram Janmabhoomi was introduced in the Indian Parliament. My research drew me to the nature of prejudice and the selection of memory — how personal resentments get transferred onto another community, and we all need a bad person to blame things on. The play is a plea for tolerance, of revisiting memory and creating a different story of compassion and understanding." About the move to the digital..