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Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai: Five pranks on the sets of the TV show that will make you roll with laughter

4 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
With fresh episodes starting July 13, 2020 onwards, &TV's Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai is back and ready to entertain viewers all over again. In their quest to trying to impress each other's wives, there will be more amusing and entertaining plots between the Modern Colony's neighbouring couples, the Mishras and the Tiwaris. From Mishra Ji's quirks, Tiwari Ji's comic timing, to Angoori Bhabi's innocence and Anita Bhabi's smartness, there will be a whole lot of new and fun stories offering a full dose of hilarity and laughter. We all like pulling pranks on our buddies just to see their reaction and we take inspiration from various sources such as movies, television shows, friends or any person situation that left us laughing our heart out. Here's a ready reckoner list of pranks from your favourite Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai which will definitely make you go roll with laughter! 1. When Tiwari was asked to marry a buffalo Oh yes, you heard it right! And this demand was made by none other than Ammaj..
                 

Asim Riaz: Have been through a lot of mess, didn't even have money to hire a taxi

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Bigg Boss 13 fame Asim Riaz celebrated his birthday on July 13. As expected, he was flooded with wishes from his massive fans across social media. Riaz even took to his Instagram story to share a GIF that gave us a glimpse of his birthday cake. Have a look right here: But on this special occasion, Riaz decided to give a sneak peek into his previous life to his fans. For all the glitz and glamour that his life is filled with, there have been days of grit and struggles. Talking about this in a live interaction with his followers, Riaz said, "I have been through a lot of mess in my life, but I used to feel something or the other will work out," as reported by Times of India. He added, "I didn't even have the money to hire a taxi to go for an audition. I had the option to walk or go back home, and I would walk." After his participation in the last season of Bigg Boss in 2019, he has seen a meteoric jump in his fan-following. Riaz was recently seen in the music video Mere Angne Mein 2.0 wi..
                 

Telly tattle: Meet the new inspector of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai, Shubhangi Atre!

5 hours ago  
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In order to lure the audiences, the makers of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain have reimagined Angoori Bhabi's (Shubhangi Atre) character. In the next episode, she will be appointed as the new chief of police to tame criminals. "It was refreshing to take a break from the saree-clad look and dress up as an inspector," says the actor. Earlier, Shubhangi Atre posted a picture when she started shooting for the same. Take a look at her fun-time spent while working at the times of coronavirus.       View this post on Instagram Life doesn't stop,,,,,✨✨ #newnormal #coronatime #shootlife🎬 A post shared by 🌼Shubhangi.A🌼 (@shubhangiaofficial) onJul 1, 2020 at 9:30pm PDT Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain is a massive hit amongst audiences young and old! Popular for its comic antics and one-liners, the show revolves around Angoori and Anita Bhabi, and their respective husbands Manmohan Tiwari (Rohitashv Gaur) and Vibhuti Narayan Mishra (Aasif Sheikh) secretly trying to woo each other's..
                 

A month after Sushant Singh Rajput's demise, Ankita Lokhande posts a picture in his remembrance

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Actor Ankita Lokhande has posted a picture of a diya surrounded by white flowers, a month after the death of her ex-boyfriend, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Taking it to Instagram, Ankita wrote in the caption of the picture, 'Child of God'. On Monday, Sushant's rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty changed her WhatsApp display picture showing the late actor and her together in happier times in the past. Take a look at Ankita Lokhande's post:       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ankita Lokhande (@lokhandeankita) onJul 13, 2020 at 8:15pm PDT Ankita Lokhande, who worked with Sushant in the popular Television show Pavitra Rishta, was among those who were shocked to the core on learning of his death. The actress made sure she met his family after his last rites and even went to his hometown in Patna to visit his father. Speaking about how Ankita Lokhande reacted to SSR's death, Ankita and Sushant's Pavitra Rishta co-star Prarthana Behere shared, "I can ..
                 

Simone Biles confirms split with boyfriend Stacy Ervin: It was for the best

8 hours ago  
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USA's gymnastics star Simone Biles has revealed that she and her former gymnast boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr have ended their three-year relationship. Simone, 23, confirmed the split during an interview with Vogue magazine. Stacey Ervin Jr "It's hard being young and having that long a relationship and then ending it. But it was for the best," the four-time gold medallist said about the breakup. Reports of the split started emerging in the media after Stacey did not wish Simone on her birthday in March. Speculation grew stronger after Simone too unfollowed Stacey on Instagram and deleted all pictures of him from her account. Simone, who made her relationship with Stacey public in 2017, called him the man of her dreams and wrote, "I'm excited to love you for a very long time." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd)..
                 

Manchester City's case overturned, free to play Champions League!

9 hours ago  
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Manchester City successfully overturned its two-year ban from the Champions League on Monday in a surprising legal victory. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld City's appeal against the UEFA ban, but imposed a 10 million euro (R85 crore) fine on the club for failing to cooperate with independent investigators. Some UEFA allegations accusing City of finance rules violations dating back several years were "time-barred," the court said. Detailed verdictCAS plans to publish a detailed written verdict within days which could help explain why UEFA's case did not comply with its own internal rules. Manchester City joins Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Galatasaray in beating UEFA in appeal cases in the past two years. The decision by the three CAS judges clears the team coached by Pep Guardiola to play in the group stage of the Champions League next season. Coach Pep Guardiola. Pic/Getty Images City's win guarantees tens of millions of dollars in UEFA prize money next season. It ..
                 

Symptomatic patients with inconclusive result, too, need life-saving drugs, IMA tells government

10 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has appealed to the state government to amend the rules for the procurement and use of two drugs crucial in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, to include those who are symptomatic but their report is either inconclusive or false negative as they, too, need the medicines. Even as trials are underway, there is a huge demand for tocilizumab and remdesivir in the state, especially in the MMR as cases are rapidly rising. The drugs are in short supply at hospitals, but are sold at exorbitant rates on black market. The ICMR has allowed the use of remdesivir and tocilizumab for critical patients. Pic/istock The state Food and Drug Administration had on Saturday restricted the use of remdesivir and tocilizumab for COVID-19 positive patients only, to crack down on the illegal sale of the medicines. According to the guidelines, hospitals have to submit a prescription, COVID-19 positive report and Aadhaar card of patients while procuring the two drugs. "It's a..
                 

Breathe: Into the shadows Web Series Review: 'Breathe 2 slow bro'

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Breathe: Into the shadowsOn: Amazon Prime VideoDir: Mayank SharmaCast: Abhishek Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Nithya MenenRating: Something about watching characters wear masks on screen, when the content has premiered during times of COVID-19, while they were shot much before. Almost feels like Freudian slips for the unknown future they were meant to be consumed in. Felt this way looking at actor Manoj Pahwa's uncle-type, with a mask on — because he suffered from a heightened sense of smell — in Rajat Kapoor's nicely done, very 'Woody Allenish' film Kadakh (that dropped on SonyLiv recently). Watch 'Breathe: Into the shadows' Trailer The same with the hero in Breathe: Into The Shadows. More than once, he shows up in an N95 — that term most of us would not have heard of until March, 2020! What's he up to? Well this is a suspense-drama, so I'm not going to spoil it for you discussing anything at great length. The lead actor is credited on screen as Abhishek A Bachchan — a..
                 

mid-day turns 41: How Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues got candid with Indian sports stars

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Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana Cricketers behind YouTube show Double TroubleMembers of the Indian women's cricket team got the country's biggest sports stars to get candid on a one-of-a-kind chat show Little J — aka Jemimah Rodrigues — is the complete athlete-entertainer on and off the cricket field. The India women's team cricketer has been busiest in the lockdown, switching the real field for a digital one. Jemimah's video chat show on YouTube, Double Trouble, which she hosted along with teammate Smriti Mandhana was a sixer of sorts. Jemimah Rodrigues (left) and Smriti Mandhana during a T20 International against NZ at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on February 6, 2019. Pic/Getty Images Double Trouble, the show Baseline Ventures produced, comprised 10 episodes. The duo's guests were not restricted to cricket, and included world champion shuttler PV Sindhu, tennis star Sania Mirza, hockey stalwarts Sardar Singh and PR Sreejesh, 21-time world champion cueist Pankaj Adv..
                 

Ileana D'Cruz: Been a strange couple of days, some days are hard

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News / Mid-Day/ Bollywood  
Ileana D'Cruz has begun sharing her workout pictures on Instagram. This has been happening for a while now. Every time the actress finishes her workout session, she shares a selfie on her Instagram story. This time, it was accompanied by an emotional but also a very important note. She shared a black-and-white selfie where she was done with her workout session but what caught the attention was the note that has been mentioned above. This is what she had to write, a possible reflection of how her past few days have been- "Been a strange couple of days... Felt great yesterday but today not so much... i didn't even want to workout today but still did it. I'd like to say I felt freaking amazing after I finished my workout but I didn't." She added, "A tiny bit better but definitely not amazing. And that's ok. Some days are hard. That's ok. The important thing is to accept it and not beat yourself up over it. If you're feeling awful then that's ok. You're human. You're allowed to freak every..
                 

mid-day turns 41: Deepika and Anisha Padukone's foundation is fighting the good fight against depression

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Deepika and Anisha PadukoneFounder and CEO respectively, TLLLF Collaborated with Instagram to share daily wellness tips; launched an online course for primary care physicians to identify and manage common mental disorders Ask again. A simple gesture, really, but one that we — too caught up chasing the next promotion or ticking another item off our bucket list — forget to make. Understanding that lockdown-induced isolation can trigger anxiety and depression, Deepika Padukone, with The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) that she launched in 2015, reissued the 2016 Dobara Poocho campaign, putting the spotlight squarely on mental health. Deepika Padukone conducts an online interview with Dr Soumitra Pathare (left) and Dr Shyam Bhat (below) The actor, who went public with her battle with depression in 2015, emphasises the need for an all-round campaign during the various stages of lockdown. "The past several weeks have not only been exceptionally unusual but also difficult. The ..
                 

Around 400 stray dogs in Ambernath fed meals by an NGO, local corporator

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Amid the continuing COVID-19-caused lockdown, an NGO and a corporator are feeding around 400 stray dogs every day at Anand Nagar area of MIDC, Ambernath. The group is getting around 80 kg chicken and rice for the strays as around 2,500 local companies have shut down, taking away their food source. Abhilash Dawre, secretary of the NGO, Bahuuddeshiya Samajik Sanstha said that they start cooking at 10 pm, feed the strays and return home at 1 am. Their initiative began in the first week of April. Corporator Sachin Patil "Many dogs had starved to death. So we started preparing food for them. Soon we realised that we will need 80-90 kg of chicken and rice every day. I do this along with me team members Bala Gangavane, Bharat Dawre and Sanket Dhanshree." Local corporator Sachin Patil pitches in by procuring the food. "We meet in the MIDC industrial area at 10 pm, prepare the food on the road itself. We try to make something different every day — chicken biryani, egg and rice, Hyderabadi..
                 

Over two months on, assistant director Padmalal Jayanthan untraceable

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Over two months since he disappeared, the Sion police have been unable to find any trace of a 30-year-old assistant director, whose professional camera bag and Mac laptop were found near GTB railway station. Padmalal Jayanthan worked as an assistant director (AD) for movies such as 2 states, Singham, Heroine and Kash. He was from Kerala and stayed in a rented apartment in Madh, Malad. "Since the lockdown he was staying alone and wanted to go home to Kerala. He was very disturbed as he could not leave the city or shoot. When the government started Shramik trains, he planned to leave for Kerala on May 4. But after that we don't know his whereabouts," said his brother Jayalal, who is in Europe. Padmalal Jayanthan's brother said he was probably depressed because he was not getting work due to the lockdown 'Was to board a train'According to the family, on May 4 Padmalal told a relative in Kalina that he was going to Kurla terminus to board a Shramik train for Kerala. But after that his fami..
                 

COVID-19: Recovery rate in Mumbai rises to 70 per cent

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Even as Mumbai reported another 1,263 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the recovery rate surged to 70 per cent with less than one-fourth of the total patients in the city receiving treatment currently. On Sunday, the health department officials confirmed 7,827 new cases of COVID-19, and more than half of them were reported from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The MMR saw 4,475 new infections, including 1,263 in the city, and Pune division registered 2,122 cases. The death toll in the state increased to 10,289, with 173 confirmed on Sunday. As many as 102 deaths were recorded in the MMR, including 44 in Mumbai, while Pune registered 40 casualties. A civic health worker takes a swab sample of a police officer, at Dadar on Sunday. Pic/Ashish Raje All the 44 patients in the city died within the past 48 hours, officials said on Sunday, and 32 of them had co-morbidities. While four of them were aged below 40, 32 were 60+ years and eight were in the 40-60 age group. City's mortality rate at..
                 

Jermaine Blackwood's 95 helps West Indies beat England in first Test

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West Indies beat England by four wickets to win the first Test at Southampton on Sunday. Jermaine Blackwood made 95 as the West Indies, set 200 to win on the last day, finished on 202-6. John Campbell returned to the middle to hit the winning runs after retiring hurt on one. West Indies captain Jason Holder was 14 not out after the all-rounder took a Test-best 6-42 in England's lowly first innings 204. Victory in a match that marked international cricket's return from lockdown put the West Indies 1-0 up with two to play in a behind closed doors series. England's stand-in skipper Ben Stokes seems frustrated as West Indies's Roston Chase (left) and Jermaine Blackwood take a run on Day 5 of the first Test in Southampton yesterday. Pic/aFP Tense momentsOn a tense final day, Blackwood held firm to leave England needing a dramatic final session if they were to win the first of three Tests. West Indies were 143-4 at tea on the last day, needing just 57 more runs to reach a victory target..
                 

Rahul is right to obsess about Modi

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been using Twitter to either question or mock or offer gratuitous advice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for over five years. Yet it is only now that he seems to have got under Modi's skin, evident from his government's decision to investigate the trusts linked to the Nehru-Gandhi family. It is an axiom that anyone who succeeds in nettling Modi has sleuths knocking at his or her doors. It is, therefore, bewildering why the commentariat, including those who worry over authoritarianism shadowing Indian democracy, sounds exasperated at "Gandhi's obsession" with Modi. Every political person is doomed to obsess about Modi, for he looms large over Indian polity. He personifies his government and his party, of which the most telling illustration was a Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson failing to name the Union labour minister in a TV debate, that too during the recent exodus of daily labourers from cities. It is this so-called obsession of Gandhi that we mus..
                 

David Beckham's 'pretty lady' Harper turns nine

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News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
Former England football star David Beckham's daughter, Harper Seven turned nine on Friday.       View this post on Instagram A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) onJul 10, 2020 at 2:22am PDT And the former Manchester United great had a sweet message for his youngest child as he posted a video for his 63.6 million Instagram followers and wrote: "To my pretty lady. Happy Birthday to the most special little girl daddy loves you so much. Our song that we always dance to from day one #HarperSeven." Meanwhile, David's wife Victoria simply wrote: " Happy Birthday Harper Seven! Kisses." Harper's birthday was made special by her brothers, Brooklyn, 21, Romeo, 17 and Cruz, 15, all wearing T-shirts with her face and Happy birthday Harper printed on the back of them. The family celebration at their Cotswolds, UK, home included some pink balloons with Harper's picture on them. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-da..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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And we all go, yay! The new normal doesn't seem to be coming in the way of this family's fun day in the rain at Bandra Bandstand. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar It's a sad times for autograph hunters England all-rounder Stuart Broad obliges an elderly autograph collector after net practice ahead of the Nottingham Test against India on July 8, 2014. Pic/Getty Images The England vs West Indies cricket Test at Southampton will go down in history as the first to be held with no spectators amidst the Coronavirus crisis. But there's another category of cricket fans who missed out on the game—the autograph hunters. The hardcore ones in England turn up on days when teams train a couple of days before the action starts because it's easier to get hold of players as they make their way to the practice nets or on their way back to the pavilion. These gentlemen ensure they stand in an orderly fashion and wait patiently for the player concerned to inscribe their books and albums. This diarist remembers Ch..
                 

Mumbai lockdown: Black marketing, thefts on a high amid need for liquor

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The unavailability of liquor amid the COVID-19-caused lockdown has resulted in several crimes in the city and its nearby areas as people try to procure it by hook or crook. Sources in the police told mid-day that several people, some of them first-time offenders, have been arrested recently for trying to acquire liquor illicitly. As a result, there has been a rise in theft cases at liquor shops in and around Mumbai. In another instance, a BEST bus transporting country-made liquor from Nalasopara to Sion was held by Palghar police. The driver was carrying country-made beer cartons, whiskey and wines, which were meant to be sold in Sion when the sale of liquor was suspended in mid-May. The wine shop in Kandivli that was broken into Deserted city an opportunityDeserted roads, lanes and markets amid the lockdown are idea ground for burglars and thieves to operate. Police officers said that burglars have broken open shutters of liquor shops to enter. In addition, banners and posters to spre..
                 

Fan wants Sushant Singh Rajput to be part of Mumbai forever

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Today marks exactly a month since Sushant Singh Rajput passed away. After a road was renamed in his honour in hometown Purnea in Bihar last week, Nilotpal Mrinal, a Mumbai-based family friend, has appealed that the lane where he stayed — near Joggers' Park in Bandra — be rechristened in memory of the late actor. While Rajput's death triggered an outpouring of grief from industry folk as well as fans, it also reignited a dialogue on the rampant nepotism and power play in Bollywood. "His loss is still being mourned, and it is only befitting that the road where he resided be named after him," says Mrinal. "I first approached Aaditya Thackeray and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal. They directed me to the officials of the H (West) municipal ward under whose jurisdiction the area falls. I have written to the local civic authorities." Rajput's house near Joggers' Park in Bandra. Pic/Shadab Khan Considering Rajput realised his long-cherished dream..
                 

Lootcase maker Rajesh Krishnan: Director in charge of film, not of promotion

10 hours ago  
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Disney+Hotstar announced that Kunal Kemmu-starrer Lootcase, one of the seven films that have been picked up by the streaming giant for digital premiere, will drop online on July 31. With this, ad filmmaker-turned-director Rajesh Krishnan's journey with his debut film reaches its culmination point. Ask him why the black comedy — which has been ready for the past two years — took so long to reach the audience, and Krishnan says, "A director makes the film, but he is not in charge of the advertising and promotions. I credit the studio for giving us 100 per cent freedom to make the film we wanted to. I would like to believe that the movie is as important to them as to me. We were shopping for a producer for long; the studio coming on board was a shot in the arm. Kunal had spoken to Vijay Singh [former CEO, Fox Star Studios] and made the film happen." Rasika Dugal Fronted by Kemmu and Rasika Dugal, the film has a talented ensemble cast comprising Vijay Raaz, Ranvir Shorey and Ga..
                 

mid-day turns 41: Lucknow's Agarwal is desi Hugh Hefner!

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Vibhu AgarwalFounder, Ullu, web-streaming app With a mix of "A- and B-grade erotica", the entrepreneur increased his customer base by 250 per cent in the first two months of lockdown Lockdown streamed in unexpected luck for Lucknow man, Vibhu Agarwal. In the two months of what the entrepreneur calls a "severe" phase, his customer-base "boomed" at 250 per cent, before reaching "normal course", that is 60 per cent, day-on-day growth! His company is simultaneously holding talks for tie-ups with collaborating firms in 18 countries; shifting base, from Uttar Pradesh to Australia, as you read this. This, only a year-and-half since he rolled out his first product. Virgin Boys were two of 13 shows launched by the streaming app during the lockdown What commodity does Agarwal manufacture, seemingly so essential to times of COVID-19? To be consumed at R36 for five days, or R198 a year (with 20 to 25 per cent cash-back on offer)? No, it's not soap (on TV, or otherwise). Although he looks furthest ..
                 

mid-day turns 41: The protest of the year that you did not know about

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Protesters#WithdrawEIA2020A massive public opposition exercise against Environment Impact Assessment Act (EIA) notification 2020 While the pandemic lockdown has quelled all dissent in the past three months, one protest has only gathered steam. Environmental aActivists, lawyers and common citizens across the country are raising their voice against the central government's controversial draft Environment Impact Assessment Act (EIA) Notification 2020. Aimed at making the EIA process "more transparent and expedient," the draft EIA 2020 notification, first published on April 11, 2020, seeks to remove public consultation entirely in specific developmental projects, reduce the time for public consultation from 45 days to 40 when it comes to specific projects, and finally, allow post-facto approval of these projects. Given the dangers that this poses to communities likely to be displaced by industrial projects, several environment protection groups like Let India Breathe, Greenpeace India, Aar..
                 

Mid-day brings you India's first Interactive Digital Tabloid at an Unbelievable Price

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Mumbai: 13th July 2020: As the world gradually comes to terms with a new normal, news consumption patterns are also seeing a transformation. The only English tabloid in India to register 4% growth in readership in the last quarter of 2019-2020 (Source: IRS Q3 results), Mid-Day has been a sturdy and reliable news source for 41 years. Staying one step ahead, Mumbai’s favourite newspaper has now added yet another string to its bow by launching its interactive digital tabloid on mobile. For the first time ever, the newspaper will be available for a convenient page-by-page reading experience on a smartphone, with additional multi-media features. Mid-day has added to its loyal print readership by reaching 10 crore online users in the last three months, who will now enjoy an enhanced Mid-day at an unbeatable Re 1per day. Exclusive news breaks, entertainment features, leisure and around town coverage and local sports reportage come alive with a smooth swipe of pages, animated visual voca..
                 

As Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek are hospitalised all their shoots have been delayed

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Since Saturday night, Twitter has been flooded with wishes of speedy recovery after Amitabh Bachchan informed his legion of fans that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The veteran — along with actor-son Abhishek Bachchan, who is also infected — was admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Vile Parle. While the two are stable and showing mild symptoms, the next 20 days will be crucial as they undergo treatment. The recent development puts the brakes on their professional commitments. Bachchan has no shoot lined up until September when Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 is expected to roll. It may be recalled that adhering to the lockdown rules, the megastar, in May, had shot the game show's promo in the confines of his home as Nitesh Tiwari directed him virtually. The Bachchans' Juhu bungalow has been declared a containment zone On his part, Abhishek followed the safety guidelines as he began dubbing for Breathe: Into the Shadows at an Andheri recording studio, after the restrictions were ..
                 

Uddhav Thackeray dominates, readies for the next

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Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray marked last week by dominating the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) affairs. When the fractures in the tripartite formation, especially between the Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), showed without an X-ray examination, grand master Sharad Pawar swung into action to heal them. After holding parleys with Thackeray, Pawar eased the tension considerably through an exhaustive interview with the Sena mouthpiece Saamna. Pawar is the only third politician after the Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray to have featured in this kind of interaction in the newspaper which the NCP boss's companion in last year's MVA coup, Sena MP Sanjay Raut, edits. The third part of the interview will appear today. Pawar denied any fissures in the MVA and asserted that he wasn't really a backseat driver for the Thackeray sarkar. He compared the Thackerays, and inferred that unlike the Sena founder, the son was cautious in taking decisions, especially related to..
                 

COVID-19: Antigen testing helping with early detection, at par with RT-PCR, says BMC

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In a positive development in the fight against COVID-19, the new, quicker antigen tests being done by the civic body to detect the virus are showing 99 per cent accuracy as compared to the RT-PCR tests that take much longer to give results. Of the recent tests done using this method, 340 people were found positive and added to the daily tally of reports. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) began using the antigen tests last week for people living between Dahisar and Malad to extend the scope of testing along with the real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests. BMC had procured 1 lakh antigen test kits for Rs 4.5 crore While the rapid antigen tests give results within 30 minutes, there was apprehension about their accuracy. Though positive results are considered as final, negative ones cannot be relied on completely and symptomatic people are advised to go for the RT-PCR test. So far, the antigen tests are matching the accuracy of the RT-PCR method. A BMC official said,..
                 

No full house, please

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Photographs and videos floating across social media have been offering visual evidence that makes for disbelieving footage for folks like us who are used to seeing quite the opposite. Truth is, an eerie-like calm seems to have taken over most of our public landmarks and tourist attractions, barring CSMT (formerly Victoria Terminus), where human life is slowly trickling in and out of the grand structure, purely on need-based requirements. Likewise, with frames of the city's other notable icon — Gateway of India. I find myself checking the dateline each time a deserted frame pops up on my timeline if it's a recent photo. Because, I, or for that matter, any Bombaywallah, has never seen the landmark and its vicinity, in such an abandoned avatar until now. I was reminded of an episode from six months back. A friend wanted his US-bred nephew and niece [both were born here] to appreciate the sights and sounds of Fort and Colaba, and had requested me to accompany them. Despite it being a..
                 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya Bachchan test positive for COVID-19

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On July 11, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan had tested positive for COVID-19. They had taken to their social media accounts to announce this news. And now, according to IANS, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya Bachchan have also been tested COVID-19 positive. Their earlier tests reported that they both were negative. The Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare Maharashtra, Rajesh Tope took to his Twitter account to announce this news. He wrote- "Smt.Aishwarya Rai Bacchan & Daughter Aaradhya Abhishek Bacchan have also been detected positive for Covid19. Smt. Jaya Bachhan ji is tested negative for covid19. We wish the Bacchan Family to get well soon with a speedy recovery." (sic) Later, he deleted the tweet. Have a look right here: Aishwarya's husband, actor Abhishek Bachchan, and his father, Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, had already tweeted to confirm that they had been infected with Covied-19 on Saturday evening. Both are admitted to Nanavati Hospital. "T 3590..
                 

Eros, the essential worker

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A Chocolate Labrador Retriever trotting through the streets several times a day with a straw basket in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the El Porvenir mini-market, has become a common sight in the city of Medellin, Colombia. The eight-year-old named Eros is paid with treats and massages on his furry head. "He helps us to maintain social distancing," says Eros's owner Maria Natividad Botero. "And people love it when we send the dog." Eros wasn't always a star. He was accepted into the family by Botero after repeated requests by her son to adopt a dog. But Botero and the rest of the family quickly fell in love with the pup. And when they opened a mini market four years ago in the hilltop neighbourhood of Tulipanes, he started to accompany Botero and her kids to make deliveries. Eros doesn't know how to read addresses. But he remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats. And with some practice, he has learned to ..
                 

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Amazon Bestseller: Guide To Technical Analysis & Candlesticks - Ravi Patel

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Mumbai: What happens in a mega block during lockdown?

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The Sunday mega block, the bane of Central Railway (CR) commuters, is back, even as trains are only ferrying essential workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown. mid-day brings to you the details of what railway workers, deemed COVID-19 warriors by the CR, are up to. "We had a mega block on Sunday, July 12 on the Vidyavihar-Thane up and down lines and the quantum of maintenance work done on this day is much more than the work carried out during night blocks or when trains are not running. CR's COVID-19 warriors were on the job despite heavy rain," a senior official said. "To start with, this Sunday, we were able to remove the old foot overbridge at Vasind in Raigad district using a road crane as a new bridge has already been put in its place. Tracks were renewed for a 1.54-km stretch between Bhandup and Mulund with about 100 sleepers replaced using a road-rail vehicle along with the removal of 55 scrap rails," he said. The overhead equipment (OHE) was also strengthened with work carried out u..
                 

Lockdown: Jobless but fearless, Andheri woman takes up newspaper distribution

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The lockdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has left many jobless, one of whom is Lina Salgaonkar, a 25-year-old accountant from Andheri. But, Lina could not sit idle at home and took up the job of newspaper distribution at a time when others were scared to continue, fearing they would contract the deadly virus. Lina, who lives with her parents near Tolani Naka, Andheri, had been working with a ship company for the past six years, but was asked to go on a break in June as the lockdown started affecting many businesses. Lina Salgaonkar. Pic/Rajesh Gupta For the first four years, she worked part-time as she was studying as well. "My daughter completed her M.Com two years back, and immediately secured a full-time job in the accounting department of the company," said Mahadeo, who worked hard in the newspaper distribution sector to ensure her daughter receives a good education. However, after the lockdown was imposed in March, his earnings stopped as the newspaper distribution took a ..
                 

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Sahil Anand pens a heatfelt note as actress Divvya Chouksey passes away

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Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara actress Divvya Chouksey passed away on Sunday, after battling cancer. Her demise was confirmed by a condolence message posted by actor Sahil Anand on his verified Instagram account. "You will be missed badly by your bhaiya @divvyachouksey .... your passion, your dream, your go-getter attitude, your positivity towards our industry was unmatched to anyone I have met but maybe god had some other plans for you ...I am sure you are in a better place now and in peace ...your bhaiya loves you and will always love you. You will always be alive in my memories and in my heart," Sahil wrote. Actor-singer Suyyash Rai commented: "RIP". Actress Niyati Joshi wrote, "Will miss you dc ... Will miss our group chat ,will miss ur sense of humour ,will miss your madness .. hope you in a better place ... Sahil dc nyt group will always be incomplete without u . Rip my friend [sic]" Divya's demise followed a long battle with cancer. A few hours before her demise, Divvya had posted a hea..
                 

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mid-day turns 41: Be your own murtikaar

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Rintu Rathod Artist-sculptorIs planning a free digital workshop to tutor participants in making a sustainable pure-chocolate Ganesha idol This year, Ganeshotsav will see toned-down festivities after restrictions on gatherings are in place to contain the spread of COVID-19. Devotees, who bring an idol of Bappa home every year, are facing a hitch in reaching the murti makers, several of whom are not running the usual operations given the shortage of material and skilled manpower. Santacruz-based sculptor Rintu Rathod has a sweet solution to the problem— a digital workshop that will teach over 1,500 people from more than 37 countries the art of creating their own Ganesh idol out of chocolate. The sessions start from August 15 and are free of cost. A trained commercial designer from the Baroda School of Arts, Rathod specialises in life-size chocolate sculptures. She came up with the concept of the chocolate Ganesha in 2012, after she visited Juhu beach a few days after Ganpati visarj..
                 

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mid-day turns 41: Pandey's parivaar across seven seas

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Prasoon PandeyAd filmmaker Conceptualised and remotely shot Family, a short film on the importance of staying indoors On March 24, when the government announced the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Prasoon Pandey wondered how he could highlight the importance of 'stay home, stay safe' among the masses. It took him 30 minutes to conceive the short film he called Family, but he knew the road ahead would be difficult. He turned to ad guru and brother Piyush Pandey, who offered two words of advice: "Call Amitji." The next morning, he made the all-important call to the superstar, and his frequent collaborator Amitabh Bachchan. "He gave his nod and suggested that we raise money through the short film. He offered to get sponsors on board," recounts Pandey, whose wish-list included Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. "They recommended that I include stars from different film industries instead of restricting the roster to Bollywood." Prasoon Pandey The idea took..
                 

Mumbai: BMC seal Bachchans' home; 10,000 chant for their recovery

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Years after the country prayed for the well-being of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who sustained a severe injury during the shooting of the film 'Coolie,' fans are back to it again. This time, they are praying for the health of Bachchan's entire family, which — except for wife Jaya Bachchan — has tested COVID-19 positive. Around 10,000 people chanted Maha Mrityunjay Mantra, and some performed a havan and pooja at the Mithila Hanuman temple at Ganesh Nagar, Kandivli west on Sunday morning for their speedy recovery. An online group of fans spread across the world also prayed for the actor and his family. Civic workers sanitised the Bachchans' four bungalows including Janak, seen here, and sealed them The havan and pooja was organised by five youths — Gopal Jha, Mukesh Choudhary, Dinesh Singh, Deepak Pandey and Vinod Gupta — all residents of Ganesh Nagar. Speaking to mid-day, Jha said, "Five of us organised it all with the help of BJP councillor Kamlesh Yadav. We are ..
                 

Mumbai: Western Railway makes QR code passes compulsory; Central Railway yet to decide

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Western Railway has now made it compulsory for government employees to carry QR code passes from July 20. They will have to get the passes from their respective offices and show them while entering railway stations, or else they will not be allowed to travel and will be fined as well. The railways have started making announcements in this regard at all the Western Railway stations. The Central Railway, however, is yet to take a decision. "There have been concerns about social distancing onboard trains and the railways have been trying to work out solutions to streamline the crowds. The government and the BMC, in association with the Mumbai police, have been working on preparing QR code passes to be given out to essential services workers. The process of updating the database is in its last stages and it should be completed in a week. This is in addition to having staggered office timings to limit crowds onboard trains," a senior divisional official said. "The QR code passes will be in ..
                 

Sashaa Tirupathi: It is now a tribute to Sushant's life, his passion and achievements

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Unveiled last week, the soundtrack of Sushant Singh Rajput's Dil Bechara comprised the peppy number, Khulke jeene ka, which paired Shashaa Tirupathi alongside Arijit Singh, in the recording studio. Tirupathi admits that in the aftermath of Rajput's demise, the track holds a special place for her. "It is now a tribute to the actor's life, his passion and achievements. I feel an aching pain [when] seeing [rushes of] him swaying to melodies of a film that I am part of. There's a sense of [things being] incomplete. This [song] now feels like an intimate conversation; almost like a prayer. [I] hope he is smiling with all the love coming his way." Sushant Singh Rajput in Dil Bechara Finding herself in Oscar-winner AR Rahman's fold yet again with this number, Tirupathi is grateful for the mentor who "sculpted my career". The maestro, she says, has found a way to expose her to different facets of her craft. "Sir never ceases to inspire with his creativity, and this song is yet another one..
                 

A 106-year-old hospital in Mahabaleshwar is reborn

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The Morarji Gokaldas Rural Hospital (MGRH) Mahabaleshwar, the foundation stone of which was laid by Lord Willingdon, the then Governor of Bombay in 1914, has got a lease of life. The decrepit structure next to Mahabaleshwar market, named after its donor Seth Morarji Gokaldas, a leading Bhatia community industrialist is back on shiny, new feet. The hospital was originally built for use by both locals and British tourists, situated on 11 acres of forest land adjacent to the Mahabaleshwar bazaar. The restored OPD section Sorry stateThis facility, which has been under the purview of the Ministry of Health and Public Works Department, Maharashtra, had fallen into disrepair, for the past 25 years or so. For more than two decades, this hospital had been left unutilised and entirely unoccupied. Mumbai's Jaysinh Mariwala, 87, who lives in Mahabaleshwar, "at least 25 days a month, and the rest in Mumbai," decided it was time for a revival. Mariwala said, "I first approached the Ministry of Healt..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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Tied to his work A flower vendor ties a garland together outside a luggage showroom in Matunga. Pic/Ashish Rane Safe in Sion In Sion, we hear, a group of citizens have been stepping up for not just each other during these tough times, but also for strays. Sion Friends Circle, a group which works for the welfare of the area, is starting a food drive for strays. "Anyone who wishes to feed the animals can call us, and we'll collect the food on our bicycles," said treasurer Sanjay Gupta, adding that animals need support as many volunteers aren't venturing out. Apart from this, the group has been sanitising homes, autos and cabs in the area, and has set up a free book stall for kids, since book shops aren't fully functional. "Anyone can donate their old school books or take one," added Gupta. If you'd like to lend support to the cause, call 8286131314. Visible and viable In a bid to support small and upcoming businesses, Munaf Kapadia, founder and CEO of Worli-based The Bohri Kitchen (TBK..
                 

Road named after Sushant Singh Rajput in Purnia, Bihar

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A road in Purnia, Bihar, has been named after Sushant Singh Rajput. Local civic authorities felt this was the best way of paying tribute to the late actor. Though his family is Patna-based, Purnia is the hometown of the Rajputs.  The actor passed away on June 14 after he was found hanging at his Bandra residence. Right from actors to sports personalities to politicians, everyone began paying condolences to him and his work on social media. His fans are still paying tribute to his legacy on Instagram and Twitter. The actor successfully transitioned from television to films. He began his journey in acting with the television show Pavitra Rishta and made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che. After this successful and acclaimed debut, he went on to do films like Shuddh Desi Romance, PK, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, M.S. Dhoni- The Untold Story, Kedarnath, Sonchiriya, and Chhichhore. Infographic/Atul Jain His last film would be Mukesh Chhabra's directorial debut..
                 

The Mollem mess

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Sprawled across a 240 sq km protected area, located in the Western Ghats in Sanguem taluk, the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park in Goa are rich in rare flora and fauna. The area, which contains pristine vegetation classified as West Coast tropical evergreen forests, West Coast semi-evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests, was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1969. The parkland contains several geological, cultural attractions that make it a popular destination in the state of Goa. "Dudhsagar Falls, which is Goa's tallest waterfall and India's fifth tallest, is located in the same area. While the waterfall remains shut during the monsoon, it sees about 2,000 tourists every day from October to May. These travellers include both foreigners and Indians of all age groups. But soon, this is going to come to end," rues Aakash Madgavkar, executive member, managing committee of the Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG). Goa is set to lose around 55,000 trees an..