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Bigg Boss 12 September 22 Update: Salman plays prank on contestants

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The first 'Weekend Ka Vaar' of Bigg Boss Season 12 will be featured tonight. Superstar Salman Khan will be seen doing what he does best, entertaining the audience and reasoning with the contestants on their behaviour through the week. Salman Khan opened the show singing the Bigg Boss version of his popular song 'Main Hu Hero Tera' to 'Sab Hero Yaha'. He was accompanied by the Bigg Band. Deepak Thakur, the aspiring singer also composed a track titled - 'There is something special tonight' for Salman Khan. .@BeingSalmanKhan's song for #BB12 is pretty epic! Watch him sing tonight at 9 PM in #WeekendKaVaar. pic.twitter.com/RSLAoVvfN0 — Bigg Boss (@BiggBoss) September 22, 2018 Salman Khan decided to give the contestants a taste of their own medicine by playing a prank on them. Believing Salman's prank, the contestants revealed who they disapprove off in the house. While Salman played the prank, the atmosphere was tensed and revelations made seemed to make many uncomfortable. A..
                 

PM Modi attacks Congress, says every rupee now reaching desired end

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Attacking the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said unlike earlier times, there is no corruption in his government and every rupee meant for development is reaching the desired end. He said that after coming to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government ended the system of giving benefit of social schemes selectively to those who voted for a particular party, or those close to some politicians. Speaking at a rally here, Modi said more roads were constructed in Chhattisgarh in the last four years than built since Independence. "Wasn't there money available before? (Road Transport and Highways) Department before? Engineers before? And people's demand before? Yet it didn't happen. Why? "That's because, as one of the Congress Prime Ministers said, only 15 paise out of every rupee spent on development reached the villages," the Prime Minister said. Making a reference to Congress' election symbol, he said: "Which was this hand which made rupee to value only 15 ..
                 

NDA government dares to take decisions others don't, says PM Modi

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Making a veiled attack on the Congress and other parties accusing them of stalling the triple talaq bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that his government dared to take decisions that others were afraid of taking. "Three days ago, the Centre took a decision that was needed since decades. When the intentions are clear, then one needs to take decisions that no other can dare to take. One of these decisions was on triple talaq. "When our government made the decision on triple talaq, there was an effort to stall it in the Rajya Sabha. Now, it has been declared illegal," he said in an apparent reference to the promulgation of an ordinance making triple talaq a criminal offence. Addressing a public meeting in Talcher, Odisha, after laying the foundation stone for the country's first coal gasification-based fertiliser plant, he said the union government was committed to taking the nation forward to newer heights of development with renewed energy and greater momentum. "Ta..
                 

Neighbour arrested for raping three-year-old children

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A 55 year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping two minors in a village, police said. The minors, around three years of age, were allegedly raped by their neighbour on September 20, they said. Both the girls have been admitted to a district hospital, Deputy Superintendent (City) Anil Kumar Singh said, adding that an FIR was lodged by the father of one of the minors on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Centre has devoted significant efforts to enhance connectivity all over the country. In a similar incident, a couple of 12-year-old girls were gang-raped during a visit to the local temple. Three days later, one of the victims died in hospital. The Hinjewadi police have arrested two accused — one adult and a juvenile — who allegedly lured the girls with sweets and brutally raped them in broad daylight. The incident took place around 3.30 pm on Sunday, when the girls visited the Sant Tukaram Maharaj temple in Hinjewadi, around a 1-km walk from the..
                 

Mumbai: Metro to run trains every five minutes instead of eight minutes

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Your wait for the Metro is about to get shorter very soon, with the authorities having decided to run trains every five minutes instead of the current eight-minute gap. Not only will this cut your waiting time by three minutes flat, but it will also help introduce 44 additional trips per day. On Monday, office-goers will not only have a shorter wait for the Metro trains but will hopefully also find more space in the coaches, thanks to the increase in the number of services. Now, Mumbai Metro trips will go up from 396 to 440 during off-peak hours between 11.30 am and 430 pm. Trial runs with the increased frequency began on September 19. However, full-fledged services will begin with effect from September 24. The 44 additional trips will have a capacity for nearly 66,000 commuters. This move could greatly reduce crowds at Metro stations Crowding issuesBy reducing the intervals between trains and adding new trips, the authorities hope to address crowding issues that have plagued Metro ..
                 

Ferdinand set to make its Indian television premiere on September 22

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A seasoned veteran who started off as a WWE wrestler, crossed over into Hollywood, music and reality TV, John Cena is one of the most popular WWE names. However, the tough guy on screen has so much more to him than meets the eye. He is into charity work, granting almost 400 wishes on Make A Wish Foundation and has a very close relationship with his fans. In conversation, he talks about his experience of giving his voice to a classic character, Ferdinand; what he wants people to take away from the film and his obsessions. Could you tell us about the movie, Ferdinand?Ferdinand, the film is based on the age old children’s book about a big strong bull who is viewed by everyone as the biggest and strongest in the land but he is not interested in bullfighting. Everyone else thinks he would be great in the bullfighting arena but Ferdinand has different plans. He lives more of a simple life. It’s a great story about not judging a book by its cover. The story is great. It’..
                 

Oscars 2019: Assamese film Village Rockstars is India's official entry

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Out of several Indian films sent as entries for the coveted Oscars 2019, Assamese film, Village Rockstars by Rima Das has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars 2019.  An all-India jury constituted by Film Federation of India (FFI) under the chairmanship of Kannada producer Rajendra Singh Babu made the announcement at a press conference on Saturday. Set in Das' own village of Chhaygaon in Assam, Village Rockstars is the story of 'poor but amazing children' who live a fun-filled life. The film, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and India premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival 2018, also won the Best Feature film Award at the 65th National Film Awards. Apart from Village Rockstars, other list of films sent to the Oscars were: Raazi (Hindi) Padmaavat (Hindi) October (Hindi) Love Sonia (Hindi) Gali Guleiyan (Hindi) PadMan (Hindi) Ajji (Hindi) Pihu (Hindi) Manto (Hindi) Bhayanakam (..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 900 kg of ladoos offered to Andheri Cha Raja

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The Ganesh idol of Andheri Cha Raja which is also referred as the Lalbaugh Cha Raja of the Mumbai suburbs was today offered 900 kgs of ladoo. The 'Navshala Pavnara Andheri Cha Raja' which means that the Ganpati idol of Andheri fulfills wishes of its devotees. The Andheri Cha Raja Ganesh idol is organised by Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti and was established way back in in 1966 by the workers of Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd. Andheri Cha Raja mandal comprises of more than 600 volunteers. The mandal is headed by Chairman Keshav Tondvalkar, secretary Vijay Sawant and Pramukha Margadarshak Yeshodhar Padmakar Phanse. Darmesh Shah and Prashil are in charge of the art direction. Every year the beautiful decorations and the unique themes of the Andheri Cha Raja pandal attracts a huge crowd of devotees from across the city and state of Maharashtra. What makes this Ganpati idol different from the rest is that it is immersed after 16 days instead of the usual ..
                 

Ekta Kapoor: OTT platform offers choice of convenience

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Film and television producer Ekta Kapoor has said the new age digital entertainment platform offers a whole variety of content as per the convenience of the target audience. Ekta is successfully making her mark in the digital entertainment space using the OTT (Over The Top) platforms. Since Ekta is known for making drama and supernatural shows on TV which is quite opposite of her shows on the OTT platform ALT Balaji and films where she is experimenting with many progressive subjects of the society, she said: "Experiences changed over time, so films have to change based on that. The convenience OTT gives you is the choice that you have now. You don't have to sit through a three-hour movie in a theatre even though you don't like it. Don't like something? Watch something else!" Ekta was present at the Jagran Cinema Summit on Friday evening. "Acceptance is the biggest word we should learn. I have as much fun making a show like 'Naagin' as much as promoting a 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'. ..
                 

Sumeet Vyas: Ekta Kaul is a complete package

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Actor Sumeet Vyas describes his wife and actress Ekta Kaul as a "complete package" and says he still wonders what she saw in him and decided to settle with him. Sumeet got married to Ekta in Jammu on September 15 in a low-key affair. "I am quite excited to start a new chapter of my life. And the excitement comes from the hopes you have from your new life," Sumeet told IANS over the phone from Mumbai. The couple made their relation official earlier this year. This is Sumeet's second marriage. How did he know that Ekta is the one? "Wow, that is really a deep question. You come to know with the time you spend with your partner. For me, it is basically the core value that a person has. I wanted to be with someone who is not filmy, with someone with no multiple layers as to how they react to situations. "And Ekta is a pretty straight forward person besides being drop-dead gorgeous. She is like a complete package. I am wondering what did she see in me, how did she think I am the one." ..
                 

Manisha Koirala: It's perfectly fine to prioritise yourself

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Actress Manisha Koirala says it is okay to be a bit selfish and look after oneself. "I have redefined the term ‘selfish'. Looking after oneself is important and this includes both the physical and emotional aspects," Manisha wrote along with an image of herself on Instagram on Saturday. "It is okay to be sad. We are multidimensional beings. The emotional aspect matters a great deal to me. It pulls me down and manifests itself in my body. So, I now emphasise that it is perfectly fine to prioritise yourself," added the actress. On the work front, she had mesmerised audiences with her performances in films like "Saudagar", "Khamoshi: The Musical", "Mann", "Dil Se.." and "1942: A Love Story". Of late, Manisha has fetched praise for her performance in Rajkumar Hirani's "Sanju" -- in which she has played the iconic Nargis Dutt -- and Netflix's anthology "Lust Stories". Manisha, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, will also reportedly be authoring a book about the experience of su..
                 

Padma Lakshmi: Men need to call out their peers for predatory behaviour

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India-born supermodel Padma Lakshmi has great respect for the women coming out with their own experiences of sexual abuse, and says it takes incredible courage to come forward in "our victim-blaming culture". "It's so demoralising to me that this is the tone of the national conversation. Men need to step the f**k up and call out their peers for disgusting, predatory behaviour. Now more than ever," Padma posted on Twitter. Her tweet came as a response to actor Andy Richter's post, which read: "I'm 51. It is appalling to me that the 'Why women don't report sexual assault' pieces that I've seen published throughout my entire life are still necessary. As if simple human empathy wasn't enough to understand why. Be better, men. You make life awful for women. Stop it." Padma, whose tryst with glamour started when she stepped on the ramp and acquired the tag of a supermodel, also opened up about her experiences of sexual abuse. "I was 7 the first time I was sexually assaulted. He was a rel..
                 

US Deputy AG Rod suggested secretly recording Donald Trump: Report

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Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested wearing a "wire" to record conversations with President Donald Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit, according to a media report. Rosenstein made these suggestions in 2017 when Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey plunged the White House into turmoil, The New York Times report said on Friday. Over the ensuing days, the President divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Trump had asked Comey to pledge loyalty and end an investigation into a senior aide. Rosenstein was just two weeks into his job. He had begun overseeing the Russia investigation and played a key role in the President's dismissal of Comey by writing a memo critical of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But Rosenstein was caught off guard when Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he b..
                 

Batti Gul Meter Chalu Box Office collection day 1 is Rs 6.70 crore

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Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor starrer social drama, Batti Gul Meter Chalu raked in Rs. 6.70 crore on day one at the box office. The film, which also features Divyendu Sharma and Yami Gautam has had a decent opening on day 1. Batti Gul Meter Chalu is set on the backdrop of Uttarakhand, and highights the issue of electricity theft problems in rural India. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to his Twitter account to announce Shree Narayan Singh’s film’s opening day collection. He wrote, "#BattiGulMeterChalu has a low Day 1, despite partial holiday... Biz will have to multiply two-fold or three-fold on Day 2 and Day 3 for a respectable weekend total... Fri ₹ 6.76 cr. India biz." #BattiGulMeterChalu has a low Day 1, despite partial holiday... Biz will have to multiply two-fold or three-fold on Day 2 and Day 3 for a respectable weekend total... Fri ₹ 6.76 cr. India biz. #BGMC — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 22, 2018 The film has been receiving mixed re..
                 

BMC-MTDC's bid to promote Ganesh visarjan globally falls flat

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In a bid to promote the Ganesh festival among foreign tourists, the Maharashtra Tourism and Development Corporation (MTDC) along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with an initiative to provide them a platform to witness visarjan at Girgaum Chowpatty on Sunday. Even though the authorities have organised a free-of-cost tour for the final day, it has not managed to get more than 25 online applications for it. However, MTDC is hopeful of getting 150 more through spot registrations. In view of the mad rush on visarjan day, the BMC has constructed a pandal (432 square metres) for the tourists, from where they can witness the immersion activities. The pan?dal also has a stage, which/;'/ has been constructed exclusively for the foreign tourists. According to MTDC sources, the tourists can register for the event through their website and then the authorities would arrange a free pick-up and drop facility for them. However, as online registration has not been able to..
                 

50-year-old man arrested for raping minor girl

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A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour near here in Maharashtra, police said Saturday. The accused, a 50-year-old man residing in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi, was arrested Friday, they said. The incident took place Thursday evening when the victim had gone out of her house to make some purchases. As it was raining very heavily, she took shelter near the house of the accused, her neighbour. The man allegedly pulled her inside his home and raped her, the police said. The girl returned home and told her mother about the ordeal. Her mother approached the ShantiNagar police stationin Bhiwandi and filed a complaint, they said. The accused was subsequently arrested and booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, they said. 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 p..
                 

Danica Patrick wants people to take fitness seriously

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Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick follows a strict workout regimen to stay fit. In her health and fitness book, Pretty Intense, she describes herself as 25 per cent weightlifter, 50 per cent CrossFitter, 20 per cent sprinter and five per cent distance runner. Patrick admitted she is like everyone when it comes to not wanting to train sometimes. In a recent interview with American newspaper, USA Today, she shared easy fitness tips one can follow. They are: Plan ahead, don't be scared of challenging workouts, when tired go for a walk and most importantly watch what you are eating. "I definitely have some days where I'm a little less energetic. I would say that having a little bit of a schedule for your workout tends to get you doing it. "Having a designated space to do it is also helpful if you're doing it at home, so you have a purposeful place for it. If you are in one of those days and you're just tired, or it's cloudy, or maybe you're exhausted from travelling or from work or fam..
                 

Congress: France concealing facts on Rafale deal

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After the French government and Dassault Aviation contradicted former President Francois Hollande's claim in choosing Indian industrial partners in the multi-million dollar Rafale jet deal, the Congress on Saturday said the French statement "conceals more than it reveals". "The French statement conceals more than it reveals. The French government knows verbal interactions between former President Francois Hollande and Indian interlocutors are minuted and would emerge. "Speculation of French Parliamentary hearing into Rafale and access to administration documents under France's Freedom of Information Law 1978 rife," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari tweeted. "What French government/corporate entity has just ended up doing is making Rafale procurement a veritable domestic issue in French politics also. "By saying Hollande is being economical with truth they have set the stage for facts/documents to become a torrent." Countering the attack, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Min..
                 

Abhishek Bachchan: Okay with deleting scenes if story is unaffected

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Director Anurag Kashyap and producer Aanand L Rai found themselves on opposite sides of battlelines when the latter decided to delete three scenes from Manmarziyaan, after certain Sikh groups raised objections against them. Abhishek Bachchan, one of the lead actors of the love story, broke his silence on the subject at the Jagran Cinema Summit yesterday. "I think each individual is allowed to react the way he wants to. It [deletion of scenes] is not a big deal for me because my film isn't about anyone smoking. More importantly, the intention of making a film is not to upset anybody. I have no problems deleting a couple of scenes if they don't affect the narrative and if it helps in placating somebody," said Bachchan. One of the deleted scenes from the film  When asked if the move sets a wrong precedent, the actor insisted that one must look at the bigger picture while arriving at such a decision. "We need to first ascertain if the issue is genuine. If I am convinced with th..
                 

Kerala nun case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal discharged from govt hospital

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In latest development regarding Kerala nun rape case, Bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrested by the police over allegations of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun, was Saturday discharged from the government hospital in the city where he was admitted following complaints of chest pain, officials sources said. The sensational claims made by the nun of alleged rape have taken the nation by storm and various activists have demanded strictest action against the bishop. The alleged rape case has shaken the conscience of many people and it has raised serious questions over the character of Bishop Franco Mulakkal. The 54-year-old clergyman would be produced in a magistrate court in Pala later in the day. He had complained of pain in his chest while being taken to Kottayam Police club from the Crime Branch office in Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district Friday night, they said. He was under observation in the cardiology section of the Medical College Hospital for over 6 hours after his ..
                 

Parks to remain open for 12 hours/day, says Civic body

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It's official, Mumbaikars can now start and end their day at their neighbourhood garden. On Friday, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta finally issued the official order to the Garden Department to keep gardens open for at least 12 hours a day. This comes after mid-day's Garden Safety Audit Round Table, a sustained campaign to increase access to the city's open spaces and improve their upkeep. This paper, through the Garden Safety Audit Round Table, has constantly been reporting about citizens' demand for longer access to better parks. mid-day had first reported on July 26 that the civic body was considering keeping gardens open for 12 hours. This decision was finalised in September, and Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has now issued the official opening hours — 6 am to 12 pm in the day, and 3 pm to 9 pm in the evenings. So far, the city's parks barely stay open for seven to eight hours, and close early evening. Most parks have opening hours from 6-9 in the morning, and 4-7 in the evening. T..
                 

Sui Dhaaga: Anushka Sharma gives a sweet gift to Varun Dhawan

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Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan's camaraderie is there for everyone to see. Both these actors have also become friends while working on the much awaited Sui Dhaaga - Made in India. Anushka and Varun travelled to Kolkata for the promotions, and Anushka surprised Varun by gifting him sweets from her favourite sweet shop in the city! Naturally Varun was thrilled!! "Anushka loves Bengali sweets and she always orders from a particular shop specialising in traditional and gourmet Bengali confectionaries. She bought rabdi, baked rasgulla and other traditional sweets for Varun and personally gifted him. Anushka has been fond of Varun for the professional actor and co-star that he is and wanted to give this as a sweet gesture to him. Varun was thrilled with Anushka's gift and feasted on them. He thanked Anushka for the sweets and the amazing co-star and friend that she has become," says a source from the event team in Kolkata. A film about finding love and respect through self-reliance, Sui D..
                 

John Abraham releases poster of his next, Batla House

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After the massive success of Satyameva Jayate, the team – Bhushan Kumar, Nikkhil Advani and John Abraham come back together for a thriller drama 'Batla House'. The first look poster of the film was released on Saturday. Keeping its holiday date like this year, John Abraham will portray the role inspired by Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who spearheaded the Batla House encounter. The poster was launched with a day prior build up by the team, who launched two teaser posters giving a background of the incident the film is based on. As the tag line says 'The story of India's Most Decorated/Controversial Cop', the case was about this one man who has had 70 encounters, a record 22 convictions from 30 cases and 9 Gallantry Awards. John Abraham says "Being recognized for films like Madras Cafe and Parmanu, I automatically gravitate towards scripts like Batla House, however, that also means that the script needs to live upto those standards. With Batla House, Ritesh blew me over with his precisio..
                 

Shane Warne's flirty Tinder messages leaked online

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Looks like Australian spin great Shane Warne, 49, has gone back to his flirty ways. According to a report in British tabloid, The Daily Mail, the messages he exchanged with a woman, aged 24, in London, have been leaked online. The messages were exchanged between June and August, when the woman, who got in touch with Warne on Tinder, decided to stop talking to him when he tried to reconnect in August. The conversations started after their profiles matched on June 6. "Hello, you look amazing. Are you Australian? I love the accent!" she wrote. To which, Shane replied: "Yes, I'm Australian! PS Awwww, thank you. Looks like we're close." Shane's last message was sent to her on August 7, to which the woman didn't reply. "Hello stranger! How are you? I'm in need of some naughty fun — want to play?" wrote Warne. "It sounds like he does this regularly," the woman told the tabloid yesterday. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android an..
                 

Where-house parties

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
It was a night that beggared belief. We had never seen anything like it in Mumbai in recent memory. Helena Hauff, an underground German DJ who plays no-questions-asked techno tracks, had taken over the console before a packed crowd at Famous Studios, Mahalaxmi. Around 700 people had spilled over into the smoking alley just outside the large performance space, even as neon strobe lights washed over the indoor area, while the thumping tracks left people's ears ringing. It was, in effect, what you call a warehouse party, the likes of which we remember witnessing in the outskirts of Birmingham, an ex-industrial city where defunct car factories have now been turned into nightlife venues. The closest you'll get to the same vibe in this city is usually inside clubs like Kitty Su, where similar events are a dime a dozen. But you can't really call those warehouse gigs since they are way too sanitised. And to have one in a venue like Famous Studios, where a large empty room is temporarily turne..
                 

MSSA Football: Yash nets solitary goal in St Paul's win

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St Paul's (Dadar) showed excellent teamwork to completely dominate Gopi Birla School (Walkeshwar), but they were unable to capitalise on their scoring opportunities as they could muster only one strike to clinch a 1-0 win in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys's U-16 match of the Ahmed Sailor knockout football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. Skipper Soham Shintre along with Yash Nihalje, who scored the lone goal, Saumitra Mane, Smit Chandorkar and Soham Anekar led their attack and they worked in tandem to make a series of incisive runs towards the rival goal. But after advancing deep, they were unable to open up the game and attempt clear shots at goal. Credit should also go to Gopi Birla goalkeeper Tanay Shah for restricting St Paul's to a solitary goal. He made some brilliant saves to deny St Paul's of at least three certain goals. In the first half, Tanay showed great reflexes after attempts from Soham and Yash. In the second half, Tanay charged out in t..
                 

Hugo Lloris's thigh injury may be related to drink-driving stress

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the stress of Hugo Lloris's drink-driving arrest may have contributed to the thigh injury the goalkeeper suffered against Manchester United. Spurs have suffered three consecutive defeats since the Frenchman was injured - back-to-back EPL losses and a Champions League reverse at Inter Milan. Lloris's injury came in the game after it was announced he had been arrested for drink-driving and he has not featured since he suffered the thigh problem in the 3-0 win at United on August 27. The World Cup winner last week received a 20-month driving ban and a GBP 50,000 fine in relation to the incident in London. "He was under stress during the game against United," said Pochettino. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino "The added stress maybe created that injury. The injury now is helping him to take time and think and be a little bit more relaxed. To compete after what happened was a massive stress for him." Pochettino has chosen not to reveal whether ..
                 

Shree Narayan Singh: I connect well with real issues

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Coming from a middle class family, "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha" director Shree Narayan Singh says he has seen all the problems that a common man goes through and this is why they find a space in his cinema. After highlighting the issue of sanitation, Singh is exploring the undersupply of electricity in small towns in his latest release "Batti Gul Meter Chalu", starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Divyendu Sharma. "I come from a small town Balrampur in UP. There is a small village near there, called Mahadev, I was born there. I have faced issues like sanitation, electricity, etc. Since I have faced real issues, I can connect with it," Singh told PTI. As a director, Singh considers himself lucky as he did not feel burdened despite the presence of stars like Akshay Kumar and Shahid. "In the two films, both Akshay and Shahid have played roles that are against their image and I am grateful for the support. I want more people to listen to the issue so the reach is wider wit..
                 

Finding Manto in the city

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Who is a greater short story writer, Manto or God? Saadat Hasan Manto contemplated the question on the epitaph he wrote and breathed his last, aged 43 in Lahore. Little did he know that his prolific writing, where he chronicled stories of Partition, would become prophetic. After making waves at the Cannes Film Festival, the film Manto written and directed by Nandita Das, starring Nawazuddin Siddique and Rasika Dugal takes centre stage in India this weekend. And there's no better way to learn about the man than his own words. Although Manto mainly wrote in Urdu, one can find his translated works in both English and Hindi. Here are a few places worth checking out. Kitaab Khana, FortThe bookstore has a collection of 19 titles featuring Manto's work.Dastavez (Hindi): A five-volume anthology of short stories, sketches, essays and plays.Cost Rs 1,000 Thanda Gosht Aur Anya Kahaniya (Hindi)This book features the famous short story, Thanda Gosht, outlining the communal violence of 1947, ..
                 

With CAATSA out of the bag, China claws at US for sanctions

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An "outraged" China on Friday lodged a diplomatic protest with the US for imposing punitive sanctions on its military unit for buying Russian weapons, warning of "consequences" if the sanctions are not revoked. The US State Department said on Thursday that the purchases of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles by China's Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China's Ministry of Defence violated US sanctions on Russia. Both the EDD and its director, Li Shangfu, have been named in Thursday's sanctions. It is the first time the Trump administration targeted a third country with its Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA), designed to punish Russia for its seizure of Crimea and other activities. Reacting to the US move, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, "China is strongly outraged by this unreasonable action of the US and lodged stern representations". Asked whether China would continue its close intell..
                 

BJP accuses Kumaraswamy of sedition, asks people to revolt

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The Karnataka BJP on Friday accused Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of sedition and sought action over his remark asking people to "rise in revolt" against the saffron party for its alleged attempts to destabilise the state government. In its complaint to the state DGP Neelamani N Raju, the BJP alleged that the chief minister had violated section 124(A) (relating to sedition) and other sections of the IPC. Holding placards and raising slogans against former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his sons, including Kumaraswamy, the BJP staged a protest near the Mysore Bank Circle, terming the chief minister's remark as a "call for anarchy." 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 liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-da..
                 

Maryland woman kills self after shooting three dead

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A woman opened fire with a handgun on Thursday at the warehouse where she worked in the eastern US state of Maryland, killing three people and wounding another three in the country's latest mass shooting, police said. The suspect -- identified as Snochia Moseley, 26 -- died after shooting herself in the head, said Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler. Gahler said Moseley was a temporary employee at the distribution centre for the Rite Aid drugstore chain in Aberdeen, Maryland. "We do not have a motive for this senseless crime," he said, but terrorism did not appear likely. The sheriff said the three wounded victims were hospitalized and were expected to survive. Gahler said Moseley lived in Baltimore County and the handgun she used in the attack, a 9mm Glock, was registered under her name. He said she was armed with the single handgun and several magazines. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps..
                 

Kerala police arrest Bishop Mulakkal over nun rape case

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After three days of questioning, the Kerala Police on Friday arrested Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar and has been accused of repeatedly raping a nun, police said. This is the first time in the country that a bishop has been arrested for rape. "Given the stature of the accused, the police left nothing to chance before arresting him," said a cop. The arrest came after the bishop was questioned for three consecutive days at the Crime Branch office near Tripunithura. The police will now take Mulakkal, who has maintained that he is innocent, for a medical examination and then produce him before a magistrate in Kottayam. Mulakkal has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing the nun between 2014 and 2016. The news of his arrest was received with shouting of slogans at a venue where five nuns have been on an indefinite protest along with the public for the past 14 days demanding his arrest. "We still can't believe that he has been arrested. We a..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Chain-snatching cab driver arrested from Naigaon

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A 32-year-old private cab driver from Naigaon was arrested on Friday after he allegedly snatched gold ornaments from women he was ferrying in his car, and from women who he stopped to ask for directions to a fictitious address. The Charkop police said the accused is a professional thief. One such attack in the Charkop area last week was captured by a CCTV camera and the police traced the car number and caught the accused from Naigaon on Friday. They recovered the stolen ornaments from the cab. According to police sources, the accused has been identified as Sunil Sakpal. Last week, Sakpal had snatched the gold chain of a 35-year-old woman while she was returning from the temple with her sister. Sakpal called out to them, asking them if they knew the directions to an address. As they came closer, he snatched the woman's chain and fled in his cab. The woman approached the Charkop police and registered a complaint. The police started the investigation and sought CCTV footage from the ar..
                 

Rohit Shetty: Have given Ranveer Singh his biggest masala film

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In what was an otherwise dull year for the industry, Rohit Shetty took the box office by storm with Golmaal Again (2017) - the comic caper raked in over Rs 200 crore. The filmmaker, who is collaborating with Ranveer Singh for the first time on Simmba, hopes that their joint offering will outperform the runaway hit. Speaking at the Jagran Cinema Summit in the city yesterday, Shetty said that though his lead actor has been previously seen in mainstream movies, the action-comedy will present Singh in a new light. "Ranveer is a fabulous new-age actor. With this film, he will be able to display his range as a commercial star. Simmba is his biggest out-and-out masala film and I have full faith in it," said the filmmaker. While he is known to strike gold with his outings, the director has often faced flak for his wafer-thin plots. When pointed out how the Sara Ali Khan starrer is a remake of the Telugu hit Temper (2015), Shetty asserted that he has added his signature touch to it. "Though t..
                 

Putting ribbons before residents

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I'm pretty sure the Mayor of Bombay is a nice man. Millions of us may not know exactly what a Mayor does in 2018, because we are busy doing real jobs that require actual work, but that's our problem. He is probably busy saving lives without our knowledge, because that may be why we have always needed a Mayor, even if the job description continues to be a bit of a mystery. What does bother me is why the Mayor's presence is required before something built for Bombayites, using our own taxes, can be thrown open to us. Apparently, a section of the 145-year-old Cooperage Bandstand was shut down for renovation in January 2017. 21 months and R50 lakh later - because everyone knows how the BMC functions at the speed of light - that particular section is finally ready to be used again. Renovation was supposedly completed a month ago, after which the very nice Mayor was invited to formally inaugurate it. He hasn't responded though, presumably because he has been occupied with his other importa..
                 

Make politicians pay for illegal banners

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Illegal banners are like the proverbial bad penny; they keep turning up. The Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro pillars were only recently wiped clean of posters following a report in this paper. That effect was short-lived though, as the adverts have resurfaced already on the pillars along the Kandivli-Borivli stretch. Ganeshotsav is nearly over, but the festive season has only just begun, and you can bet that the city will see a huge number of posters dotting the city, with every small and big politician smiling beatifically at irked citizens, wishing them a happy this and a happy that. It is shocking that our own representatives flout rules when it comes to illegal posters. So much has been said and written in the past about how these netas are defiling the space for free publicity, while companies have to pay in lakhs for hoardings. Let us find a solution to this illegal menace wallpapered all over Mumbai. Why not use the thousands of CCTV cameras in the city to identify who is pasting these..
                 

Pooja Hegde was juggling three film shoots simultaneously

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Pooja Hegde has been living out of a suitcase for the last few months. She has joined the unit of Sajid Khan's Housefull 4, which is currently being shot in Jaisalmer. Earlier, Pooja had been busy shooting for three South films, Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava with Junior NTR, Maharshi with Mahesh Babu and a multilingual film (Telugu and Hindi) with Prabhas simultaneously. Like in the yesteryears when actors jumped from one set to another, she would shoot with Junior NTR in the morning. Afternoons were reserved for Mahesh, while the late-night shoot was for the Prabhas-starrer. She already gave a blockbuster in the southern industry before getting her big break in Bollywood with magnum opus Mohenjo Daro. Pooja Hegde in an earlier interview said that she enjoys shooting down South as she feels that the people there are very welcoming to outsiders and newcomers. "I love the South Industry and have a lot of respect for it. I started from there, they are very welcoming to outsiders and ..
                 

Namaste England song Bhare Bazaar launched in Bhare Bazaar of Jaipur

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The second song from Vipul Amrutlal Shah's Namaste England titled Bhare Bazaar literally launched amidst a buzzing market in Jaipur. Bhare Bazaar song from Namaste England witnesses a unique launch with huge Led screens in the crowded markets in the heartland of India across 6 cities of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Jaipur is the first city that witnessed the distinct launch in one of the most crowded bazaars of the city, catching the attention of the locals. Bhare Bazaar is composed by Rishi Rich and Badshah and voiced by Vishal Dadlani, Payal Dev. and Badshah. The song beautifully depicts the bittersweet chemistry of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra. A couple of days ago, the makers released the first song "Tere Liye" which garnered a lot of appreciation from the audience with more than 20 million views. Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra will be seen collaborating for the second time after the actors' debut film 'Ishaqzaade'. 'Namaste England' is a young and refreshing story that..
                 

Bigg Boss 12 September 21 Update: Karanvir Bohra nominated for eviction

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With a dramatic end to this season's first captaincy task, the contestants woke up to Hum Tum Ek Kamre Me Bandh Ho, unaware of what awaits them. Seeing the results of the captaincy task, the contestants have already started plotting on how to annoy the new captain – Kriti Verma and Roshmi Banik. The first ones to take a dig at them were the Khan sisters, who were never happy with Kriti and Roshmi being the captain. Taking advantage of the captaincy, Kriti has already started throwing tantrums and bossing the other contestants. With a stern voice, she commanded tea to be served to her and this offended Srishty Rode and Saba Khan. Not able to take this drama, Saba got into a brawl with Kriti saying that this is not the way to talk to anybody. This effected Srishty so much that she got a little teary eyed and indulged in a heart rendering conversation with Deepak Thakur and Urvashi Vani.  Before the day could come to an end, Bigg Boss threw another bomb on the housemate..
                 

Youth killed after he tried to save girl from molesters in Ludhiana

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Ludhiana: A youth was brutally thrashed and killed by seven men after he tried to save his friend's sister from molesters in Ram Nagar area here, police said Friday. The deceased, Dharmaraj (25), worked at a hosiery factory in Ludhiana. According to a complaint filed by his father, accused Inderjit on September 17 had allegedly molested the sister of Dharmaraj's friend following which they both involved into a fight. But the next day, another accused Gurvinder told Dharmaraj that Inderjit wants to apologise and settle the matter. They fixed a meeting late in the evening in the locality. There they had heated arguments following which the accused attacked Dharmraj with sticks and bricks. One of the bricks hit him on the head. He was rushed to a civil hospital from where he was referred to Patiala. But he was declared brought dead. According to Ludhiana Commissioner Police (CP) Sukhchain Singh Gill, two out of the seven accused have been arrested by the police under the charge of murde..
                 

5 reasons why you must watch the trailer of Homecoming

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Julia Roberts plays the role of Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at a secret government transitional facility for veterans. But there’s more to this program than meets the eye, and the newly released trailer, teases this dimension of the series! While we will have to wait to find out the details, when the show releases on 2nd November, 2018, here are five reasons why you should add the show to your binge-list for November TODAY! 1. Julia Roberts Homecoming marks Oscar-Winner, Julia Roberts entry into the rapidly evolving world of video streaming! Prime Original series Homecoming, sees Julia Roberts in a lead role. After giving the world successful hits like Pretty Woman, Eat Pray Love, and Mona Lisa Smile among others, the people’s favorite actress, Roberts is all set to sweep us away with her next. 2. Directed by Mr. Robot creator, Sam Esmail If you have watched Mr. Robot, you are inevitably a fan of the show and Sam Esmail’s stylistic and visually dazzling work! The ..
                 

Video: Man dies after friend sprays high-pressure vacuum up his anus

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In a freak incident, a 29-year-old man died when his co-worker poked a high-pressure air compressure up his buttocks. The incident happened in an industrial area in Kolhapur. The victim was taken to the hospital where he battled for his life for 15 days but eventually succumbed to the injuries. The Hatkanangale Police registered a case of Accidental Death Report (ADR) and are probing the matter. The victim has been identified as Aditya Dattatray Jadhav a resident of Atigre village. He was employed in a foundry near his place. On September 3, the victim who was on night duty was found lying unconscious near his workplace. His co-workers immediately took him to a nearby hospital. The victim was first admitted to Ichalkaranji Hospital near his house, but when his condition worsened, he was shifted to another hospital where he passed away on September 18. The cause of the death is yet to be ascertained. Watch video here The incident caught the attention of the cops after the family of..
                 

Bigg Boss s***ks again, and Ranbir and Alia are officially an 'item'

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To start with, if you guys want to follow a really drool-worthy boy on Instagram, let it be Noah Centineo. The actor, who is recently trending worldwide thanks to the movies Sierra Burgess is a Loser and To All The Boys I Have Loved Before, is quite easy on the yes, and I promise a dose of him every day will keep all sorts of blues away. Also, I know I am sort of obsessed with Ranbir Kapoor, and hence, I have to say that Alia Bhatt's Instagram wall is now full of pictures of him (and Ayan Mukherjee too). And regardless of what people may say (my friends think he destroys every woman he loves. One of them called him vampire and said, look at Katrina now. I looked at Katrina and she looks fine BTW), I love seeing them together. Aren't they just the most talented people in Bollywood right now. So, it makes sense they are together right. Who cares what people say? Go #Ranlia. Yes, I did that. What else could it be? #Alibir? Someone stop me. But since we are talking about Alia, she is fina..
                 

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang passes away at 61

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Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang died Friday at age 61 after a prolonged and serious illness, state media reported. He passed away from a "serious illness despite devoted treatment by professors and doctors" both in Vietnam and abroad, the official Vietnam News Agency said. In office as president since April 2016 after more than four decades at the powerful Ministry of Public Security, Quang had a reputation as a tough leader with little tolerance for dissent.Though he held one of the country's top four positions and was officially the head of state, his role as president was seen as largely ceremonial, greeting visiting leaders and hosting diplomatic events in a bid to boost Vietnam's profile on the world stage. Quang had appeared thin and pale in public and was unstable on his feet last week when he hosted a welcoming ceremony for Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi last week.His last public appearance was just two days ago, at a meeting with visiting Chinese politicians and ..
                 

Kajol: Shah Rukh, Aditya or me cannot take credit for DDLJ's success

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Actress Kajol has said that neither her co-star Shah Rukh Khan, nor director Aditya Chopra or she can take credit for the success of "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", one of the biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema. Interacting with the media to promote her forthcoming release "Helicopter Eela", the actress said this here on Thursday. When asked whether remake of that film was possible, Kajol said: "I think that film cannot be remade. "Even at that time we never knew that whether what we had made was a good film or a bad one. I honestly feel that we just worked in that film and released it. "But the phenomenon which has been created around it was all because the audience appreciated it and took it to another level altogether. "I have met people who got married after watching that film and they are passing on that film to their next generation. So, none of us whether it's Shah Rukh or Adi or Amrishji (Puri) or me can take credit for the success of that film." In "Helicopter Eela" whi..
                 

Gun gone! Criminals snatch rifle from policemen sipping tea

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In a bizarre incident on Friday, unidentified criminals snatched a rifle from a policeman who was sipping tea. The incident took place near the Jharkhand Chief Minister's official residence. The criminals flung the rifle and escaped after being chased by the police. According to the police, the incident took place near Ram temple on Kanke road, just 300 metres from Chief Minister's heavily guarded residence. A group of policemen from the Police Control Room were having tea when one of them asked a motorcycle rider to halt. However, the bike rider suddenly snatched the rifle from the policemen and escaped along with an accomplice on the bike. Though surprised, the police personnel pursued the gun snatchers. Seeing the cop in their pursuit, the criminals threw away the weapon near Morabadi ground but managed to escape. Also Read: Mumbai: Mystery Caller Takes Ola Driver For A Ride Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download th..
                 

Kerala Nun Rape Case: Pope relieves Bishop of diocese duties

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Senior Catholic priest, Franco Mulakkal, has been temporarily relieved of his pastoral duties by Pope Francis. A statement issued by the Apostolic Nunciature, the representative of the Holy Sea in India, stated that "The Holy Father has received the request of Rt. Rev. Bishop Franco Mulakkal to be temporarily relieved of his pastoral responsibilities in the Diocese of Jullundur. Having considered all circumstances the Holy Father has accepted this request of Bishop Mulakkal. The move comes days after the Bishop, who allegedly raped a nun, wrote to the Pope, the highest authority in the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, expressing his desire to 'temporarily step aside' from the responsibilities of the diocese, allowing him time to fight his case and repeated travels to Kerala, where the case is lodged. The statement from the Nunciature added that Titular bishop of Molicunza and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Bombay, Agnelo Rufino Gracias will stand for Bishop Malakkal in the latter's abs..
                 

The House with a clock in its walls: Dull and unimpressive

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The House With A Clock In Its WallsU/A; Comedy, Fantasy, FamilyCast: Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan, Jack Black, Colleen Camp, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa WilliamsDirector: Eli RothRatings:  A title like this can be a put-off by itself. Horror film expert Eli Roth's first adaptation of a literary work, John Bellair's novel of the same name, a Gothic attempt at family film horror fantasy, is so uninteresting that it could put you off to sleep. The story is routine. A tragically orphaned pre-teen misfit Lewis( Owen Vaccaro) finds himself alienated in his new school, misses his dead parents, and tries to impress a potential friend Tarby(Sunny Suljic) by misusing his new found magical powers. His kooky uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) and the latter's spinster neighbour Mrs Zimmerman(Cate Blanchett) are not amused though. Check out the trailer here:  The special effects are strictly ok. Owen Vaccaro as Lewis fails to tug at our heartstrings. Blanchett does herself proud by ..
                 

Snake undergoes MRI scan for broken spine in Mumbai

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An injured snake, which was found in Dahisar in Mumbai on Friday underwent an MRI scan for its broken spine. It is now recovering after treatment. The snake, a bamboo pit viper, was found beaten with sticks in Dahisar. The venomous serpent was spotted by a local hawaldar, who handed it over to Anil Kubal, a snake rescuer. The serpent was taken to the clinic of veterinary doctor Deepa Katyal in Chembur where it was found its spine had got damaged. The snake was then assessed for actual damage to the spine and for that high-end technology such as MRI was used. Radiologist Dr. Ravi Thapar carried out the MRI scan for the bamboo pit viper. Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scanning uses magnetism, radio waves, and a computer to produce images of body structures. "For the first time I have performed an MRI scan on a snake. The machine is generally used for humans," said Dr. Thapar. According to Dr. Trisha DSouza, a veterinarian who was also involved in treatment, the reptile is respond..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: India need to guard against complacency against B'desh

yesterday  
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After blowing hot and cold in their league matches, India have their job cut out. They have to win at least two Super Four games to ensure a berth in the Asia Cup final. They have to play three matches in next five days, including one against Pakistan on September 23, to achieve that goal. After the completion of the league phase, the battle begins in right earnest to determine who will become the champion in this desert venue. After five-time winners Sri Lanka were sent packing by Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the field is open for India and Pakistan. But the Afghan and Bangla fans will beg to differ. Given the performances so far, they would consider their teams at par with the two front-runners. Most experts feel that it would be an India-Pakistan final on September 28. But before that, they have to do a lot to reach there. India take on Bangladesh here today here while Pakistan travel to Abu Dhabi to face Afghanistan. Thereafter, it will again be an Indo-Pak affair on September 23,..
                 

Mousumi Khatua: First Bengali woman to summit Mount Damavand

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New Delhi: Legendary India mountaineer Bachendri Pal, who summited Mt. Everest in 1984, once said, "Adventure should be part of everyone's life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing." Mousumi Khatua made it a philosophy of her life and scripted history as she became the first woman from Kalyani City, West Bengal to climb Asia's highest volcanic peak Mount Damavand. Mousumi along with ace mountaineer, Satyarup Siddhanta, and Bhaswati Chatterjee began the expedition to Mt. Damavand, the highest peak in Iran and a potentially active volcano, in the first week of September and reached its summit on September 10. At an elevation of 5,610 meters, Mt. Damavand is known for its Sulphur discharge near its peak which can cause irreparable damage if exposed for a longer duration. The determination and thrill to unfurl the national flag at the summit kept Mousumi motivated even as the third member of the team Bhaswati decided to stay back after advancing till 4,..
                 

Chahar, Kaul, Jadeja to replace injured Pandya, Shardul and Axar

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The Indian cricket team's injury woes were compounded yesterday with spinner Axar Patel and speedster Shardul Thakur ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup here, joining all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the casualty list. Pandya was also ruled out of the tournament with an acute back injury he suffered against Pakistan on Wednesday. The en masse rule out has led to growing concerns in the BCCI about injury management by the team's support staff. Deepak Chahar has replaced Pandya in the squad, Ravindra Jadeja will come in for Axar, while Siddharth Kaul will be flown in as reinforcement for Shardul, the BCCI confirmed yesterday. Left-arm spinner Axar injured his left index finger while fielding in the same game against Pakistan. He was sent for scans and the results showed that he had a tendon tear. Pacer Shardul experienced right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps ..
                 

Three-year-old girl molested by school bus conductor in Bhopal

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Bhopal: A three-year-old student of a private school in Bhopal's Ayodhya Nagar in Madhya Pradesh was allegedly molested by a school bus conductor on Thursday. A case has been registered in this regard by the family and the minor girl has been sent for medical examination. Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Bittu Sharma said that the accused has been arrested and the probe is currently underway. "The accused bus conductor has been arrested, further investigation is underway," Sharma said. More details into the matter are awaited. 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 liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content i..
                 

Hike in fuel prices continues to threaten citizens

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New Delhi: Fuel prices continued to soar on Friday morning as petrol price in New Delhi is being sold at Rs 82.32 per litre while diesel at Rs 73.87 per litre. In Mumbai, petrol is being retailed at an all-time high of Rs 89.69 per litre and diesel at Rs 78.42 per litre. Yesterday, the petrol prices saw a hike of Rs 0.6 per litre in three metropolitan cities - Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata to be sold at Rs 82.22, Rs. 89.60, Rs 84.70 respectively. Meanwhile, a litre of petrol in Chennai was increased by 7 paise to be sold at Rs 85.48. However, the rates of diesel remained unchanged in these four cities. The fuel price has been witnessing a steep rise since the past few weeks. Earlier, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had blamed international factors for the hike in the prices of petroleum products. 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..
                 

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe re-elected as head of Liberal Democratic Party

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation's leader. The decisive victory may embolden Abe to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan's US-drafted pacifist constitution, although the hurdles remain high and doing so would carry political risks. "It's time to tackle a constitutional revision," Abe said in a victory speech, adding, "Now the fight is over." Abe said he's determined to use his last term to pursue his policy goals to "sum up" Japan's post-war diplomacy to ensure peace in the country. "Let's work together to make a new Japan," he said. Abe, who has been prime minister since December 2012, has cemented control of his party and received support from conservatives for bringing stability and continuity. With a third term as party leader, Abe is poised to become Japan's longest-serving leader in August 2021. Japan digital currency exchange hac..
                 

Manchester United boss Jose impressed with 3-0 win over Young Boys

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Jose Mourinho continues to be impressed by his players' character after Manchester United secured a third successive away win to kick off their campaign in style. United beat Young Boys 3-0. Paul Pogba netted twice and assisted Anthony Martial for the other. "At half-time I told the players this is the third time in a row that we arrive at half-time winning 2-0," United boss Mourinho said. "Against Burnley, we didn't finish it off, but we didn't concede. Against Watford, we conceded, and we were in trouble. And today, we could have more of that or go in the other direction. In the sUnited beat Young Boys 3-0. Paul Pogba netted twice and assisted Anthony Martial for the otherecond half, the players were responsible, they were ambitious, they tried to score the third goal to kill the game, so I like that." 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syn..
                 

Vijay Hazare: Ankit Bawne shines as Maharashtra beat Karnataka

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Ankit Bawne scored an unbeaten ton to help Maharashtra defeat Karnataka by 57 runs by the VJD method in the rain-hit Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group A game here on Thursday. This was Maharashtra's second successive victory after their win over Goa Wednesday by five wickets. Put in to bat by Karnataka, Bawne took the opposition bowlers to task en route to 104 not out in 115 balls. He found an able partner in Maharashtra skipper Rahul Tripathi, who chipped in with a valuable 70-run innings. Their knocks ensured that Maharashtra posted 245/8 on the board in their fifty overs. Bawne struck 10 fours and a six, while Tripathi hit seven fours and two other hits over the fence. Except these two, no other Maharashtra batsman made a decent contribution. For Karnataka, R Vinay Kumar, M Prasidh Krishna, Abhimanyu Mithun and K Gowtham scalped two wickets each. Karnataka's target was reset to 165, but they managed to post only 107/6 in 22.4 overs with rain intervention. From the beginning Maharas..
                 

'First man I started dating I actually ended up marrying'

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Malaika Arora says she is new to the whole dating scene. The star talked about dating when she appeared on talk show Feet Up with the Stars presented by Voot Originals and hosted by celebrity stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania, read a statement. Asked about her opinion on dating, she said: "I am very new to all of this. I've never ever dated, dated! The first man I started dating I actually ended up marrying." The actress, who was previously married to actor-producer Arbaaz Khan, has a son from that union. Talking about her son Arhaan, she said: "My son has an opinion about everything. My son's friends find me cool because I don't ever intrude or have too many do's and don'ts." Malaika Arora is considered one of Bollywood's fittest celebrities and is a regular practitioner of yoga, pilates. She is also known to follow a strict diet to keep in top shape. Malaika Arora is often spotted with her non-glamorous avatar, and she leaves no stone unturned to smitten her fans paparazzi. The actre..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Odisha cyclone to bring rain to city, Maharashtra

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The developing cyclone off the coast of Odisha will bring heavy to moderate showers in parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, an IMD official said on Thursday. The official said the state's Konkan region, which includes Mumbai, will receive isolated downpours Saturday onwards. Sunday, incidentally, would see massive crowds in Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra as people flock to water bodies for visarjan. "The developments on the east coast of India are of a cyclone. This has brought more moisture and will end with heavy showers in the Vidarbha region from Saturday onwards," A K Srivastava, head of Climate Monitoring and Analysis Group, IMD, Pune said. "There will be an isolated downpour in the Konkan, including Mumbai," he said. Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to things to do and events across the city here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has ..
                 

Out-of-college experience

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One avenue that college students have to express themselves culturally is through festivals. But a group of students from Jai Hind College started an initiative a couple of years ago that offers an alternative. It involves them associating with different venues across the city to host events based on music, poetry and other forms of art. And the latest installment for it is slated for early next week, at a performance space in Andheri. But it's not that only students from their own college get to showcase talent on this platform, which is called Jai Hind Music Café. Youngsters from across educational institutions in the city have the same opportunity. This edition focuses on music and poetry, with four acoustic musicians and three poets on the line-up. They are Vishnu Jampa, Yash Warrier, Sanjana Devarajan and Ryan Lobo (music), and Sanjana Rao, Karthik Kaushik and Shobhit Narang (poetry), of whom only Lobo, Rao and Narang are from Jai Hind. The group offers a chance for stude..
                 

Nuns welcome decision to relieve Kerala Bishop of his pastoral duties

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Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was questioned by the Kerala police for the second day over rape charges by a nun, has been temporarily relieved of his pastoral responsibilities by Pope Francis, the Catholic Bishop Conference of India (CBCI) said on Thursday. The decision was welcomed by the group of nuns staging a protest for the past 13 days seeking justice for their fellow nun. They said it was their "first victory" in the struggle against the Bishop. The Pope appointed Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Bombay Agnelo Rufino Gracias as the Apostolic administrator of the diocese of Jalandhar, a CBCI statement said. The announcement came even as SIT continued questioning the senior Catholic priest. 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 liability for its dependab..
                 

Champions League: VAR would have saved Ronaldo, says Juventus boss

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Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri led calls for the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR)in the Champions League after Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off during the win at Valencia on Wednesday. Ronaldo was sent off on his first Champions League appearance for the Italian giants as a couple of penalties from Miralem Pjanic gave Allegri's side a 2-0 victory. The Portuguese, the Champions League's all-time leading scorer with 120 goals, was dismissed after just 28 minutes following an off-the-ball incident. He appeared to put his hand on the head of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, who fell to the ground. Referee Felix Brych gave Ronaldo a straight red card after discussing the incident with his assistant behind the goal. Massimo Allegri Ron may miss United tieRonaldo looked baffled and kept protesting his innocence, briefly laying on the ground to express his disbelief. He was clearly distraught as he left the pitch, still shaking his head. It was his first red car..
                 

Neymar Jr backs Brazil legend Romario to be Rio de Janeiro governor

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Brazil's football star Neymar is getting involved in politics and has given his backing to former fellow international forward Romario in the upcoming gubernatorial elections next month. "I'm here to say I support you. To you and all those that are with you," Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain striker, said in a message circulating on the internet. Romario, who helped Brazil lift the World Cup in 1994, is running for governor of his native Rio de Janeiro in the October 7 elections. The former Barcelona forward is currently a senator for Rio. "I hope you can improve Rio de Janeiro a lot. I go there and love this city," said Neymar. Having retired from his playing career, Romario was first elected a Rio deputy in 2010 and then became a senator in 2014. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility o..
                 

A good coach never screams from sidelines: Clarence Lobo

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Hockey coach Clarence Lobo is not one to shout himself hoarse from the sidelines — be it on the hockey turf during his 25-year coaching stint, or off it. Lobo, 58, is the only Mumbaikar in the list of four Dronacharya awardees in the Lifetime category to be felicitated by president Ram Nath Kovind at the Rastrapati Bhawan on September 25. The other three are Tarak Sinha (cricket), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (judo) and V R Beedu (athletics). It began in 1993Lobo's coaching journey began in 1993 with his employers Tata Sports Club, following which he coached the Mumbai, Maharashtra, sub-junior India, junior India and senior India teams. Foreign flavour"The senior stint under chief coaches Jose Brasa and Michael Nobbs were most special. Besides hockey, they taught me life lessons. While Brasa would relentlessly hammer the same exercise till the boys got it right, Nobbs was an astute tactician, just like Ric Charlesworth under whom I worked for Mumbai Magicians [Hockey India League franchi..
                 

Champions League: Isco, Gareth Bale star in Real Madrid's 3-0 win

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Isco stepped into the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid began their quest for a fourth consecutive Champions League crown with a 3-0 victory over Roma. On the same night that their former talisman Ronaldo was given his marching orders in Valencia in his first European outing for Juventus, Isco curled home a magnificent free-kick on the stroke of half-time at the Bernabeu. Up to that point, Real had been frustrated by a combination of poor finishing and some fine saves from Robin Olsen but second-half goals from Gareth Bale and substitute Mariano gave them a winning start to the defence of their crown. This was their first major test since his departure against a side that reached last season's semi-finals, but the visitors were barely given a sniff. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts ..
                 

Champion Caroline Wozniacki crashes out in Tokyo

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Italian Camila Giorgi dashed Caroline Wozniacki's hopes of a winning a third consecutive Pan Pacific Open title with a stunning ambush of the top seed on Thursday. Giorgi, ranked 35 places below Wozniacki at 37th in the world, completed a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 upset in Tokyo to set up a quarter-final with another former number one, Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka thrashed Australia's Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2 as the Belarusian seeks a return to the top echelons of women's tennis after becoming a mum in late 2016. Giorgi reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals earlier this year and showed exactly why as she took just 38 minutes to take the first set with some brutal hitting. The Italian sealed the advantage with a looping forehand that nibbled the back edge of the baseline, wrong-footing Wozniacki, who cut a forlorn figure as she trudged back to her seat shaking her head. Wozniacki hit back to take the second set, the Australian Open champion levelling with a ferocious backhand that forced Giorgi into..
                 

HDFC VP's murder: Cops rope in expert interrogators to nail truth

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When accused Sarfaraz Shaikh kept floating theories about what had happened on the day HDFC Vice-President Siddharth Sanghavi was found murdered, senior cops were left with no option but to rope in the investigators of the 1993 blasts and Sheena Bora murder cases - Dinesh Kadam and Sukhlal Varpe - to nail the truth. The incident came to light on September 5 when Sanghavi, a Malabar Hill resident, went missing from his office at Kamala Mills. The following day, police found his car at Koparkhairne. Acting on a tip off, the Navi Mumbai cops arrested Shaikh on September 9. Siddharth Sanghavi Different versionsAccording to the police, as Shaikh kept changing his statements during interrogation, Joint Commissioner of Police, Deven Bharti, and Additional Commissioner of Police (Central region), Ravindra Shisve, decided to appoint Kadam, who is posted as senior inspector at Byculla police station and Senior PI from Worli, Varpe, for quizzing him. As the officers questioned Shaikh, other te..
                 

Ayushmann Khurrana's name never came to mind: Sriram Raghavan

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Roping in Ayushmann Khurrana to play the role of a blind pianist in AndhaDhun may have seemed as unusual to director Sriram Raghavan as is did to cinephiles when news of this casting hit headlines. Raghavan tells mid-day that Khurrana was "quite opposite" to the image he held of his leading man. "I was thinking of various names and faces, but his name never came to my mind until he said he wanted to audition for the part. I asked him if he could play the piano, to which he said that while he knew [how to play] the guitar, he would learn the piano for the film. That enthusiasm, coupled with the fact that he is a musician, and so, in sync with the character, was an advantage." In order to slip into the part of a visually impaired person, a fair share of prep work began at home for the actor. "I read about the things that Al Pacino did to slip into the role of a visually impaired [in Scent Of A Woman], and used some of those tricks. I told Ayushmann to practise playing the part at home ..
                 

Gurinder Chadha to film biopic on rapper Apache Indian

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Currently in India to promote his upcoming single, Punjabi Girl, Birmingham-born Steven Kapur, popularly known as Apache Indian, revealed to mid-day that a film about his life is in the pipeline. "Tell India to look forward to the Apache Indian movie, which will hit screens in India in a few years," the rapper teases, adding that director Gurinder Chadha is penning the script. "She's doing it," Apache says when he's prodded about whether the deal with the filmmaker has been sealed. Talking about the biopic, he adds, "The film is my true story. It's about my 27-year-long career and will take [the viewer through my life in] England to Jamaica, and then India." Meanwhile, the singer is also touring the globe to promote his upcoming album On The Weekend, which includes the single, Punjabi Girl. It marks Apache's collaboration with Raftaar. "The album is out on September 28, which will be followed with a tour [in India]. I've just performed in London with Jay Sean." The album marks his r..
                 

mid day editorial: All abuse victims, men or women, need support

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This paper's front-page piece about a Reiki master from Dadar, who has been accused of inappropriate conduct and abuse of his male students, has touched a chord among citizens. The guru, who is a significant name in healing circles, has been called out on social media for his behaviour. The survivors have not filed a formal complaint yet, and this teacher, who has remained silent, has plenty of support. However, this edit is not about who is right or wrong. Such cases need to be a learning lesson for society, which still has some stereotypes to smash when it concerns sexual abuse or molestation. We must understand that men, too, can be victims of abuse. There is a tendency to laugh off, ridicule or scorn male survivors of sexual abuse. Their suffering or experience is often disbelieved or diminished. One must remember the late cricket writer Peter Roebuck — a male survivor of Roebuck's abuse had confessed that his targets were ashamed that society would make them feel emasculat..
                 

Neil Nitin Mukesh blessed with daughter

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Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and his wife Rukmini were on Thursday afternoon blessed with a daughter, said a source close to the family. Rukmini delivered the newborn at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai around 3:30 p.m. In April, Neil had announced via Instagram that they were going to become parents soon, and that they were "very excited" for the next phase in their life. "We are okay with a baby girl or a baby boy as long as the baby is healthy," Neil had earlier said in a statement. Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged match and they had a courtship of one month. The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like "Johnny Gaddaar", "New York", "David" and "7 Khoon Maaf". On the work front, Neil will be next seen opposite Adah Sharma in his younger brother Naman's directorial debut. The untitled film is a thriller drama. NNM Films and Madan Paliwal of MIRAJ will jointly produce ..
                 

Kanika Kapoor: Glad to see non-film music reaching mass audience

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Known for giving an array of hit Bollywood songs like "Chittiyaan kalaiyyan" and "Baby doll", singer Kanika Kapoor, who has come up with her latest single "Cheater Mohan", feels happy to see that her non-movie song is reaching a wide audience. "People usually like listening to film songs, but now things are changing. Singles and non-movie music is also getting acknowledged and I am glad that my non-film song 'Cheater Mohan' is being appreciated by a larger audience," the 40-year-old told IANS over phone from Mumbai. Penned by Shabbir Ahmad, "Cheater Mohan" has a mix of Bhojpuri and English lyrics, with many quirky lines. The song's YouTube video, launched on September 17, has garnered around 4,280,000 views. Kanika said: "The lyrics were made in front of me and when I first read the lyrics, I was not able to control my laughter. For a long time, I wanted to create a family song. "I wanted to make a song which is enjoyed by everyone -- from children to an old person. So, I narrated ..
                 

Aditi Rao Hydari: Being Bhoomi was torture

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Actress Aditi Rao Hydari had a harrowing time playing a rape victim in "Bhoomi", and says it was disturbing to be part of such a movie. "Being #Bhoomi was torture! One of the most disturbing experiences I've had," Aditi expressed in a Twitter post on Saturday. Being #Bhoomi was torture! One of the most disturbing experiences I’ve had..But I found a rainbow every day thanks to @duttsanjay sir my BFG..thank you for the laughter & my fave food! Thank you @OmungKumar & @Vanita_ok for your patience & guidance...this was tough but special pic.twitter.com/labiNZntYU — Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) September 22, 2018 Omung Kumar's drama revolved around a father who takes revenge after his daughter is gang-raped. The film was Sanjay Dutt's comeback vehicle after he was released from the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune in 2016. "But I found a rainbow every day, thanks to Sanjay Dutt Sir my BFG... Thank you for the laughter and my favourite food. Thank you Omung ..
                 

Serial child rapist strikes Nalasopara; molests two minors

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Despite the Navi Mumbai police and Thane Crime Branch's dogged pursuit of him, the serial child rapist has struck again, this time in Nalasopara. The pervert, against whom the most recent case was registered in May, raped two minor girls in the past 10 days in Nalasopara. The paedophile had raped nine children and molested three since 2017. Same modus operandiTulinj police station PI JB Suryavanshi said, "Both the cases are registered in Tulinj police station under IPC and POCSO sections. We have already started search for the accused. Initial investigations reveal that he is the same person who targeted children in Navi Mumbai and Thane." The accused used the same modus operandi of drawing children to secluded spots under the pretext of delivering a parcel for their family. On Ganesh Chaturthi, September 13, a shopkeeper from Nalasopara took his daughters shopping. According to the statement of his 13-year-old daughter, he dropped her and her six-year-old sister near their home late..
                 

Ishita Dutta's first attempt at action

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Actress Ishita Dutta says she will soon be seen doing action for the first time on screen. She has tried her hand at action scenes for a film titled "Blank". It will also star Sunny Deol and veteran actress Dimple Kapadia's nephew Karan Kapadia, who will make his Bollywood debut. "It's an action film. I am doing action for the first time. So, it got me really interested in the project. I play a cop and it will release in January next year," Ishita told IANS in a telephonic interview. The "Firangi" actress has another film in her kitty. "It's a thriller. I am really excited about it. A lot of interesting projects are happening, so I am happy. Professionally, it has been a good year for me," she said. She will also be sharing screen space with her husband and actor Vatsal Sheth in the Colors show "Kaun Hai". "It's the first show that I am doing after marriage and it happens to be with Vatsal. It's quite exciting. It's a series of 10 episodes. It has horror, mythology and romance," she..
                 

Tejasswi Prakash believes in falling in love, going all out

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Actress Tejasswi Prakash says she believes in falling in love and going all out. She will be soon seen playing princess Uruvi in "KarnSangini". Set in the backdrop of Mahabharat, the show will trace the journey of Uruvi, who chose the outcaste king, Karn, over her childhood friend, Arjun. "Just like Uruvi, I would fight against the world for the love of my life. I believe in ‘falling in love' and going all out, I don't care about the caste the guy belongs to," Tejasswi said in a statement. "Love is more important to me than anything else and thankfully, I am blessed with such great parents that they would support me in any decision that I'll make," she added. 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 accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of t..
                 

Hilary Duff in no rush to marry boyfriend

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Singer-actress Hilary Duff is reportedly fast approaching the last leg of her pregnancy, but is in "no rush" to marry her boyfriend and musician Matthew Koma. The two will welcome their first child together soon. Despite rumours that Koma had popped the question, a source told eonline.com that the pair is not engaged and in "no rush to get married". "They already feel married and don't feel they need a signed document to seal the deal," said the source. "They eventually do want to get married and have a ceremony but for now, are focused on their baby girl coming." The source describes the couple as a "true modern family", adding that Koma is a "great stepdad" to Luca Comrie -- Hilary's six-year-old son. "Everyone gets along great and it has been a smooth transition," the source added. "Luca has been overly excited since day one of this pregnancy and is starting to understand more of what is about to come. He is very anxious for his baby sister to come and is always talking about he..
                 

Dominic Thiem enters St Petersburg Open semis

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Top-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem prevailed over home-crowd favourite Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) to book a place in the semi-finals of the St Petersburg Open. The eighth-ranked Thiem got a stern test from the 35th-ranked Russian in their first career match, which lasted just over two hours on Friday. Although Thiem easily won the opener, Medvedev won the second set by saving all the five break points he faced and snagging one break of serve, reports Efe news. Thiem, however, clinched victory in the third set tie-breaker after failing to convert a match point earlier in the decider. Next up for Thiem on Saturday will be Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who got past third-seeded Italian Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (7-0), 6-3 in an hour and 26 minutes. Wild card Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland topped sixth-seeded Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash against Slovakia's Martin Klizan, who rallied from a break down in the second set to defeat Canadian rising star Denis..
                 

United Nations General Assembly Memorial held for Kofi Annan

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the UN and Kofi Annan (the late former UN secretary-general) were inseparable and it is impossible to say where one ended and the other began. Guterres on Friday led a list of diplomats, staff and family members speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall at a memorial tribute to Annan, who died on August 18 in Geneva after a short illness, a Nobel laureate and native of Ghana, Xinhua reported. "Kofi Annan was uncommonly warm, accessible and of the people -- but above all he was principled and forceful in battling for the values of the UN Charter," said Guterres. "He was charming and wise, kind and courageous. But he also knew how to deliver the barb -- in his masterly subtle way." "And sometimes, people were so captivated by his presence that they did not realize that they were being admonished!" said Guterres, who was appointed by Annan as High Commissioner for Refugees in 2005. But, "Throughout his tenure Kofi Annan urged us never to be ..
                 

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's Swag Se Swagat hits 600 Million Views

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Everyone's partied and shimmied to the blockbuster song Swag Se Swagat this year. Now, its cult popularity becomes official. The ultra-popular number from the record-breaking blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai has officially become the first song from India to touch the massive milestone of 600 million plus views on YouTube. The groovy beats by Vishal Dadlani and Neha Bhasin, with droolworthy moves of Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and dancers from across the world swaying to its rhythm, 'Swag Se Swagat' has been setting new records online ever since its release. The song became the Fastest Bollywood Song ever to clock 200 million, 300 million, 400 million views on YouTube and first Indian song to clock 500 million views. This dance song has left worldwide listeners hooked to it. With catchy lyrics by Irshad Kamil and peppy beats composed by Vishal and Shekhar; 'Swag Se Swagat' speaks up for universal brotherhood, peace and love. The song is choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant in the ..
                 

Modi, Ambani carried out surgical strike on defence forces: Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi is in no mood to let go of Rafale deal as he once again targetted Narendra Modi's govt over the alleged scam. H said that Narendra Modi and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a "surgical strike" on the defence forces. His renewed attack on Modi came a day after a French media report quoted former French president Francois Hollande as purportedly saying that the Indian government proposed Ambani's Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale jet fighter deal and France did not have a choice. "The PM and Anil Ambani jointly carried out ... SURGICAL STRIKE on the Indian Defence forces. Modi Ji you dishonoured the blood of our martyred soldiers. Shame on you. You betrayed India's soul (sic)," Gandhi tweeted. The PM and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a One Hundred & Thirty Thousand Crore, SURGICAL STRIKE on the Indian Defence forces. Modi Ji you dishonoured the blood of our martyred soldiers. Shame on you. You bet..
                 

PM Narendra Modi to launch several projects in Odisha

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch half-a-dozen projects in Odisha Saturday, including a fertiliser plant at Talcher, and inaugurate Jharsuguda Airport and UDAN in the state. Modi, who proceeded to Talcher after arriving here, will lay the foundation stone and commence work for the country's first coal gasification based fertiliser plant at Talcher in Angul district, officials said. The fertiliser plant is being developed by Talcher Fertilisers Limited, a joint-venture of GAIL, Coal India Ltd, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers Ltd and Fertiliser Corporation of India Ltd, they said. The plant, to be commissioned by 2022, will ensure easy availability of urea in Odisha as there is no urea plant in the state. During his one-day visit to the state, Modi will also dedicate to the nation mines of the NTPC and the Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd and railway tracks for transportation of coal. Garjanbahal open cast mine of MCL, to be inaugurated by Modi, has coal block reserves of 230 ..
                 

Crime branch recovers stolen vehicles used to smuggle booze into Gujara

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A probe into a vehicle theft racket busted by the crime branch some time ago has netted the cops the suspected mastermind, Washim Ahmed Shaikh, 29. He is suspected to be the leader of a gang of thieves who hail from Pratapgadh, and recruits youngsters. Officials have also learnt that the gang used to steal vehicles — trucks/tempos — which were sold to gangs that smuggled liquor ato Gujarat. Shaikh, too, would keep some vehicles and use them to commit dacoities in industrial areas in Thane and Palghar. The smugglers after their arrest The arrestsShaikh was arrested on September 10 from Nagpada by a team of officers Sunil Bajare, R Sayyed, Dheeraj Koli and Laxmikant Salunke, after the crime branch had earlier arrested a few of his accomplices.  From the questioning of Shaikh, the police found that all the youngsters employed by Shaikh were in the 20-30 age group and the gang members, after committing the thefts, used to splurge on dance bars and lead a lavish life.&nb..
                 

I don't have to prove anything to anyone, says Ravindra Jadeja

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Ravindra Jadeja kept count of the number of days he was out of India's One-day squad and once in, he made it count with four wickets, and stated "I don't have" to prove anything to anyone. The left-arm spinner, who is also a handy bat, returned, in his own words, after around 480 days, with very impressive figures of 4/29 and bagged the Man-of-the-Match Award in India's seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. "I will always remember this comeback because I returned to the team after a gap of around 480 days. The earlier gaps have not been this long," Jadeja told reporters at the post-match press conference. Making a statement of sorts, he said, "I don't have to prove anything to anyone. What my ability is, I need to sharpen it. I don't have to show anyone what I can do. I need to challenge myself." With less than a year left for the 2019 World Cup, Jadeja might have sent a timely reminder to the selectors about his prowess, but he said he was not thinking that far ahead. "T..
                 

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas attend Isha Ambani's engagement bash

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas is the newest B-town couple to become the talk of the town. The duo has been spending enough quality time with each other. Earlier, "Prick" attended Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani's engagement even before they made their relationship official. Now, the couple was seen gracing Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani's engagement to Anand Piramal at Italy's Lake Como. Dressed in Bollywood's renowned designer Manish Malhotra's outfit, both Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas looked stunning and handsome respectively. While Priyanka was seen in a subdued sienna coloured saree with minimal jewellery and side-swept hair, Nick was garbed in an ivory black embroidered sherwani with a pastel kurta. Priyanka and Nick complimented each other in those outfits. Manish Malhotra, who had accompanied them to Lake Como, shared their photos and wrote, "With the fabulous and charming couple @priyankachopra @nickjonas all of us in #handcrafted #manishmalhotralabel [..