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'If I ever have to make a biopic then it will be on Shivaji Maharaj'

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Rohit Shetty, one of the most successful commercial directors of the Hindi film industry, says love and acceptance of the audience motivates him to give his best to every project. The director said his aim is to provide entertainment to the people and he wants them to enjoy his films, irrespective of what the critics are saying. "I think of audience, especially my family audience, while writing or making or editing a film. I want them to enjoy my films. I am more happy when audience is happy. When they are laughing and cheering. It gives me high and happiness. If a person goes to watch a film, he puts 10 percent of his earning in it. So I should see to it that they are entertained. When audience is not happy, I feel restless," Rohit told reporters here Friday at the Jagran Cinema Summit. The director said whenever his film releases, his team goes to the theatres to gauge the audiences reaction. "For me personally, after my film releases we have a team that goes to check and understa..
                 

Odisha promotes sports tourism with men's hockey world cup

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The Odisha government is leaving no stone unturned to project the state as a sports destination ahead of men's hockey World Cup to be held here in November and December. While projecting Bhubaneswar as the country's sports capital, the government also aims to attract tourists from the country and abroad. It has launched several campaigns across India and several countries to showcase Odisha as a tourist destination, taking advantage of the hockey world cup. The hockey world cup is slated to be held at the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium here from November 28 to December 16. "The sports and tourism promotion will go together. We have decided to promote Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup and popularise Odisha tourism in the country and abroad as well," Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera told IANS. He said a promotional road campaign would begin in the country, which would have 17 stops in all corners of the country, including six metropolitan cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, ..
                 

Adil Hussain wants government to back Village Rockstars in Oscar race

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Noted Assamese actor Adil Hussain has urged the government to release Rs 5 crore for the promotion of Rima Das' Assamese film Village Rockstars ahead of the Oscars, where it will represent India in the Best Foreign Language film category. On Saturday, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced the independent film as the chosen one to vie with movies from several other countries to make the cut as a nominee in the highly competitive Academy Awards category. FFI's selection committee chairman S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu, a veteran film producer, said there is an acute lack of funds to carry out the required promotional processes effectively, which is why many Indian movies haven't made it to the final round, barring three - Mother India (1957), Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Lagaan (2001). Adil was "flummoxed" with the statement. "The governments have so much money to promote themselves putting posters all across! After selecting 'Village Rockstars', jury says there's acute lack of funds to..
                 

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray to end his season after China Open

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British tennis star Andy Murray has said that he plans to wrap up his season after taking part in two upcoming hard-court tournaments, Shenzhen Open and China Open. That decision means the former world No. 1 will not take part in either the Shanghai Masters or Paris Masters, which are two of tennis' nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Murray, who has played just five tournaments this season and is currently ranked No. 308, returned to the ATP World Tour in June after being sidelined for nearly a year by a hip injury that required surgery, Efe news reported. "I need a long period of training and reconditioning to get myself in the best shape possible for the beginning of the 2019 season and getting myself back competing for the biggest tournaments again," the 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion said on Saturday in a video posted to his Facebook account. Murray's best result this season has been a quarter-final berth in the Citi Open in Washington, although he withdrew fro..
                 

Saint Petersburg Open: Dominic Thiem wins St Petersburg indoor title

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Top seed Dominic Thiem of Austria beat Slovakia's Martin Klizan in straight sets to secure his third ATP title of the season in the Saint Petersburg Open on Sunday French Open runner-up Thiem prevailed 6-3, 6-1 in one hour seven minutes to chalk up his first win over unseeded Klizan, the 2012 Saint Petersburg champion. This was the pair's fourth meeting with 25-year-old Thiem capturing his 11th ATP trophy. "It's my first indoor title and it's really amazing," Thiem said. "I felt myself a bit tired at the end but I'm really happy that I made it. "It always means a lot to win a tournament. There're not too many guys who win a tournament every year so it's really special. "I'm happy that I won my first indoor title in Saint Petersburg. I couldn't find the better place to win my first indoor title," said Thiem, who promised to come back to defend his title. The pair held their serves ntil the seventh game when Klizan suddenly lost his nerve allowing Thiem, ranked eighth in the world, bro..
                 

Photos: Kapoor family at last Ganpati Visarjan at RK Studios

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Rishi Kapoor, son Ranbir Kapoor and uncles Randhir and Rajiv, arrived at the iconic RK Studios, for what could potentially be the last Ganpati Visarjan ceremony at the venue. The Kapoor family in August confirmed that they had jointly decided to sell the RK Studio, founded by Raj Kapoor.  The Kapoor family always steps out and celebrates the Ganpati festival at the studio in Chembur with gusto. And this year was no different, even if it may be the last at the venue, as the sounds of the 'dhol' and 'tashe' enhanced the festive fervour. Ranbir, who was dressed in a white shirt and blue denims, came back to Mumbai from Bulgaria where he was shooting "Brahmastra" to be a part of the festivities. He walked along with Rajiv, who was clad in a red t-shirt, as part of a procession to immerse the Ganpati idol which was brought in on Ganesh Chaturthi on September 13. The security arrangements ensured all went smooth. They played intruments, and Randhir, Ranbir and Rajiv even broke a ..
                 

Mumbai post 400 in 50 overs, crush Railways by 173 runs

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Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw hit blistering hundreds to help Mumbai pile on 400 for five in fifty overs and defeat Railways by 173 runs on Sunday to record a third successive win in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here. After opting to bat, it was a dominant show from Mumbai. Iyer (144 in 118 balls) and Shaw (129 in 81 balls) brutally punished a listless Railways attack. After that they bundled out the opposition for 227 in 42.4 overs, with Shams Mulani returning with figures of 3-26. Mumbai is only the second side in domestic cricket to record 400 or plus score after Madhya Pradesh's 412/6 versus Railways in 2010. After Mumbai skipper Ajinkya Rahane (3) departed early, it was the Iyer-Shaw duo who stole the limelight at the famed M Chinnaswamy Stadium. While Iyer smashed eight fours and ten sixes, teen-sensation Shaw had 14 fours and six other hits over the fence. The two conjured a 161-run stand for the second wicket to lay foundation for a big total. 18-year-old Shaw, who missed a hundre..
                 

Wife bites off man's tongue while kissing as 'he was not good-looking'

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A 22-year-old man lost almost half of his tongue after his pregnant wife deliberately bit it off while kissing him, the police said Sunday. The incident was reported from outer Delhi's Ranhola on Saturday night. Locals said that the woman was not happy as she felt her husband was not good-looking. However, the couple had compatibility issues and had regular fights, the police said, adding the husband is a street artiste. He had an altercation with his 22-year-old pregnant wife and they later patched up. And the next time she kissed him she bit almost half of his tongue off, they added. The police were informed by the victim's father about the incident. The man underwent a surgery at Safdarjung Hospital but doctors said it is difficult to say whether he will be able to talk again, according to the police. The woman has been detained and a case has been registered under section 326 of the IPC, which pertains to voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means, punishable..
                 

Turkish President Erdogan: Meeting with Donald Trump not on table

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York next week is not currently on the table. "If a demand comes from Washington, we will evaluate it," Erdogan said in Istanbul, prior to his departure for New York, Xinhua reported. The relationship between the two NATO allies has significantly deteriorated in recent years over a series of rifts, including the continued detention of a U.S. pastor in Turkey. Meanwhile, Ankara accused Washington of providing arms to the Kurdish militia in Syria. Erdogan is expected to address the UN assembly on Tuesday. "In my speech, I will underline humanitarian crises and call for solutions to these problems which have been deeply hurting hearts," the Turkish president said. "I will, in particular, draw attention to developments in Syria," he said, noting the biggest issue for the future of Syria is the terror swamp expanding in ..
                 

After Supreme Court rap, WhatsApp appoints Grievance Officer for India

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After being pulled up by the Supreme Court for not appointing a Grievance Officer and complying with other laws of India, WhatsApp on Sunday appointed Komal Lahiri as the Grievance Officer for the country. Based out of WhatsApp's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Lahiri can be contacted via email and general post by over 200 million users in the country. "To contact the Grievance Officer, please send an email with your complaint or concern and sign with an electronic signature. "If you're contacting us about a specific account, please include your phone number in full international format, including the country code," said the FAQ under the security and privacy settings. If you want to contact WhatsApp, go to Settings, then Help and Contact Us section. "You can contact the Grievance Officer with complaints or concerns, including the following: WhatsApp's Terms of Service and Questions about your account," read the information. "If you're a law enforcement official, please r..
                 

N. Chandrababu Naidu: Shocked over killing of MLA, ex-lawmaker

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday expressed shock over the killing of his party MLA and a former legislator by Maoists in Visakhapatnam district earlier in the day. Naidu, who is currently visiting the United States, sent a message condemning the killings, and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) said that such attacks and killings are a "scar on humanity". K. Sarveswara Rao, 45, TDP MLA from Araku (Reserved-Scheduled Tribe) and his party colleague and former MLA Siveri Soma, 52, were gunned down by Maoists near Thutangi village, about 125 km from the coastal city of Visakhapatnam. As relatives and supporters of the slain leaders attacked two police stations to protest against the alleged police failure to protect them, Naidu appealed to the people to maintain calm. The Chief Minister directed senior Cabinet colleague Kala Venkatrao to rush to the district. Catch up on all the latest Crime, Nation..
                 

59-year-old man beaten to death for using public toilet for long time

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In a shocking incident that took place in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai, a 59-year-old man was beaten to death after a fight broke out for using a public toilet for a little longer. The elderly man was killed in a spat over using the public for a longer time. The incident took place on Wednesday night. As reported in Mumbai Mirror, the incident took place on September 19, in the Sangam Nagar area located in Wadala East. The accused was identified as Shakir Ali Shaikh (34) who had an argument with Yadav when he used the public toilet for a little longer. When the locals intervened and prevented the altercation the two left the argument and left from there. Later, when Yadav was walking back home, Shaikh attacked him and hit him until Yadav fell into a nullah.  After the local residents took notice of the fact that Yadav had fallen into the nullah, they rushed to his aid and immediately took him to the nearest hospital where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. The ..
                 

Amit Shah, Narendra Modi can't make Manohar Parrikar resign

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The Congress on Sunday alleged that top BJP leaders including President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had "no courage" to ask ailing Manohar Parrikar to step down as Chief Minister of Goa, because Parrikar, a former Defence Minister, had a lot of information about the Rafale deal. Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar made the charge soon after Shah tweeted, that the ailing Parrikar, who is being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for a week now, would continue as Chief Minister of Goa. "Parrikar must be having a lot of information about the Rafale deal, because he was the Defence Minister that time. Parrikar is refusing to resign and they have no courage to ask for his resignation, because of the Rafale deal, because it is a huge scam, where PM is directly involved. "I think Parrikar is using them now (and saying) if you ask for my resignation, I will expose you in the Rafale deal. They (Shah and Modi) are being blac..
                 

Amit Shah: Arvind Kejriwal speaks lie loudly, publicly

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The BJP on Sunday accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of "speaking lies boldly and publicly" and said that he is stalling the development work in the national capital. The BJP also asked Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal to clear their stand on the issue of illegal immigrants in the country. Speaking at the Poorvanchal Mahakumbh rally organised here at the Ramlila Maidan, BJP President Amit Shah said: "The Narendra Modi government gave over Rs 50,000 crore to the Delhi government. But look at the promises that you made to people and tell that how many promises have been fulfilled." "Kejriwal's only mantra is to speak lie, speak it loudly, boldly and publicly," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief said. Shah said that it seemed the Delhi government lacks vision for the development. Raking up the issue of illegal immigrants, the BJP President said: "There are crores of illegal immigrants who have entered the country. They are making the country hollow from insi..
                 

Divya Dutta: Heartening to see audiences loving our short film

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Guneet Mongas short film, "Plus Minus", crossed over 10 million views in three days and its actress Divya Dutta is happy to see audiences loving it with a big heart. The film titled "Plus Minus" has been directed by Jyoti Kapur Das. It also stars YouTube sensation Bhuvan Bam. The film released on Friday. "It is so heartening to see audiences loving our short film with a big heart. Working with Bhuvan, Guneet and Jyoti to create this film itself was very special for me and now the 10 million views is icing on the top. The comments and love pouring in are priceless," Divya said in a statement. The film was released on Bhuvan's YouTube channel, BB Ki Vines. Reacting to the milestone, Bhuvan said: "It's been great collaborating with Jyoti and Guneet on our short, I am so glad they chose me and my debut has been with 'Plus Minus'. Also everyone who has loved the film so much, we have never seen such numbers before. I'm overwhelmed with the messages and comments." Expressing her excitemen..
                 

Raveena Tandon shares original photography to support leopard adoption

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Raveena Tandon has found an innovative way of supporting Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) as its brand ambassador. The Bollywood star and avid photographer has chosen some of her favourite images of wildlife, clicked personally by her, to be sold online to raise money for the care of animals at SGNP. She also travelled to SGNP especially for this occasion, capturing the beauty of the park through her lens. The sale will open on September 25th at Raveena Tandon's first event at SGNP as its ambassador, and buyers can grab these limited-edition prints, autographed by her at www.SaltScout.com/Rudra-Foundation. Raveena Tandon talked about her motivation behind this initiative. "I wanted to share something personal to forge new connections between people and the Park. I firmly believe that SGNP is a treasure within our city that we need to protect. For whoever sees or buys these photographs, I hope they feel a sense of oneness with nature, as I did during the moments that I captured these..
                 

Govind Namdev: Playing villainous roles never bored me

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Govind Namdev has made a name for himself in Hindi cinema as a villain and the actor says with every project, he has always tried to play the negative roles differently. The 68-year-old actor has played the antagonist in films such as Bandit Queen, Prem Granth, Virasat, Satya, Sarfarosh and Oh My God!, among others. Namdev says he is happy he decided to play negative roles early in his career. "There is no similarity in the roles that I have played. I never felt bored playing the villain. Every character has a 'sur' (tone). I have always tried to bring newness to every character - be it language, body language or characterisation," he said PTI in an interview. When Namdev made his foray into Hindi cinema, the actor says he observed there were only three main roles in a film - hero, heroine and a villain, everything else was secondary. "... I wanted to be in the main circuit. I played villainous roles by choice. But today the focus has shifted to positive and secondary characters, wh..
                 

I felt used, says Chloe Ayling after affair with Jermaine Pennant

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British reality TV star Chloe Ayling has revealed that she did get physical with former footballer Jermaine Pennant inside the Celebrity Big Brother house recently, before she knew he was married. Speaking two weeks after the TV show's finale, Ayling said she learnt that Pennant was married to model Alice Goodwin only when she was evicted. And when she confronted Pennant at the wrap party, he told her that he was going to split from Goodwin — just a day before he was seen strolling with her near their Nottingham home. "When me and Jermaine shared a bed one night in the Big Brother house, something intimate did happen when I was under the impression he was single, however, absolutely nothing has happened between us since finding out he was married during my eviction interview. And when it goes as far as something physical happening beyond a kiss and then to find this out, of course you feel used. I felt his hands on me and laughed because I wasn't expecting it, but let him carr..
                 

CPI urges PM Narendra Modi to come clean on Rafale deal

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It is a serious issue related to sovereignty and security of India and head of government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi must speak and come clean on it, said Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja while reacting on the statements made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in an exclusive interview with ANI on Rafale deal. "It is a serious issue which is related to the sovereignty and security of the country. It is an issue between two countries- India and France. The head of government, Prime Minister must speak out and come clean and tell people about what exactly happened," he said. In his interview with ANI, Jaitley had also indicated that there could be a possible link between Congress President Rahul Gandhi's accusations against the NDA government and former French president Francois Hollande's statement on Rafale deal, while alleging that the entire episode could be orchestrated. Commenting on this, Raja said, "What Rahul Gandhi has tweeted, he is competent and capable of def..
                 

Woman, infant daughter killed as roof collapses due to heavy rains

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A 28-year-old woman and her infant daughter were killed Sunday morning after the roof of a house, where they had taken shelter, collapsed due to heavy rainfall in a village in Haryana's Sirsa district, police said. The incident occurred in Nilanwali village located in Dabwali town of the district, Deputy Superintendent of Police Kishori Lal said. The house was an old structure located in fields in the village. The woman, Kiran, and her one-year-old daughter died on the spot. They belonged to a village in Punjab's Moga district, he said. Earlier on Saturday, two persons were killed and four others of a family seriously injured when the roof of a house located in Dilipgarh area near Ambala cantonment had collapsed due to heavy rains. In the wake of heavy rains lashing several parts of Haryana since Saturday, authorities have sounded an alert and officials have been directed to keep a close watch on the water level of rivers and ponds in their respective areas. Widespread rains conti..
                 

Rewari gang-rape case: Haryana Police arrests two main accused

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The Haryana Police's Special Investigating Team (SIT) on Sunday arrested the two main accused in the Rewari gang-rape case. The accused, Pankaj and Manish, were on the run for almost two weeks. They were arrested from Satnali in Mahendragarh district. The victim, a 19-year-old school topper, was abducted and gang-raped after being drugged on September 12 while she was on the way to a coaching institute. Earlier, the SIT announced the arrest of a third accused, Nishu and two other men - Deendayal, the owner of a tubewell room where the crime took place in Mahendragarh, and Sanjeev Kumar, a medical practitioner who had treated the victim. Both Deendayal and Sanjeev were booked as they did not inform police despite knowing about the crime. The police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for providing information on the absconding accused, all residents of Kanina village. The victim, who has identified her attackers, and her parents had earlier accused the police of not taking..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal urges rent-free land, houses for Mohalla Clinics

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged the people living in the national capital to provide rent-free land or houses to the Delhi government for setting-up of the Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics. The state's Health and Family Welfare Department, in a print advertisement, said: "Your government needs your help" and urged the people to "partner for a noble cause". In a series of questions, the advertisement reads: "Can you provide your empty house or land to the Delhi government free of rent for setting-up a Mohalla Clinic? "Can a group of people collectively provide a house/land free of rent in their area for setting-up a Mohalla Clinic? "If you or your organisation have sufficient financial resources by the grace of God, can you hire a few premises in some areas of Delhi and provide these free of rent to the Delhi Government setting-up a Mohalla Clinic?" It added that in case the answer is yes, "then the Delhi government will set-up Mohalla Clinics in these areas for free treatm..
                 

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..
                 

Rohit, Chahal, KP bat for rhino conservation

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On World Rhino Day on Saturday host of former and current cricketers took the pledge to save the majestic animal from poaching and extinction. India opener Rohit Sharma tweeted: "Today is #WorldRhinoDay! Last year, we lost Sudan — the last male northern white rhino in Kenya. #DidYouKnow that there are about 3500 Indian rhinos left in the world today? To help change this, I'm supporting @wwfindia 's efforts and you can too. kp24#WorldRhinoDay." India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal wrote: "Today is #WorldRhinoDay. Let us all pledge to protect these wonderful species for our future generations." Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who often shares his passion for rhino conservation on social media, posted this picture (left) on Instagram and wrote: "Celebrating the most gentle giant that unfortunately has some idiotic & barbaric enemies. Here I am with Summer & Arthur who's parents had been recently butchered in front of them & they'd been hacked too! HORROR STORY! They a..
                 

Greenlawns edge out Swami Vivekanand in penalties

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Greenlawns HS (BP Road) prevailed over Swami Vivekanand International (Borivli) winning a tense and crucial tie-breaker by a 2-1 margin in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys's U-16 match of the Ahmed Sailor knockout inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan on Saturday. The match between two evenly matched sides turned out to be quite an exciting affair, with both teams playing an open attacking game. There were several chances created at both ends, but they failed to find the net during regulation period and the game finished in a goalless stalemate. In the tense penalty shootout duel, the players of both teams were visibly nervous and only three managed to score from the spot. Greenlawns muffed their first three attempts with striker Rajwardhan shooting over and then the tries from Parshva Mody and Dhearya Chandan was saved by Vivekanand goalkeeper Ayush Padekar. But, Greenlawns managed to convert the last two attempts through Vedant Lukhi and Aaman Sawla, w..
                 

Shuttler Lee Chong Wei diagnosed with cancer

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Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has early-stage nose cancer and is being treated in Taiwan, sports officials said Saturday, after weeks of speculation about his health. The country's most successful Olympian ever, who enjoys superstar status in his homeland, was responding well to treatment, they said. But the illness will nevertheless be a devastating blow for the 35-year-old, coming after he clawed his way back up the rankings following a doping ban to play some of the best badminton of his life. Speculation had been swirling about his health since he stopped turning up for training in July, and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced that he was pulling out of the World Championships and Asian Games. Subsequent reports said the three-time Olympic silver medallist had travelled to Taiwan for treatment but officials remained tight-lipped about what he was suffering from. In a statement Saturday, BAM president Norza Zakaria said "that the player has been diagnosed..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Hasan, Asghar, Rashid fined 15 percent match fees

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Pakistan all-rounder Hasan Ali along with Afghanistan duo of Asghar Afghan and Rashid Khan have been fined 15 per cent of their match fees for different incidents during their Super Four match in the Asia Cup on Friday. They have also received one demerit point each for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Afghanistan skipper had brushed his shoulder with Hasan as he passed him while taking a run when he was bowling the 37th over. The incident involving Hasan happened in the 33rd over of Afghanistan's innings when he threatened to throw the ball towards striker Hashmatullah Shahidi off his own bowling. Rashid was charged and fined for giving a send-off to Asif Ali in the 47th over of Pakistan innings Hasan and Asghar were found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game", while Rashid was found to have violated Article 2.1.7, which deals with "usin..
                 

Afghanistan ride on Shahidi, Asghar fifties

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Hashmatullah Shahidi (97) missed out on his maiden ODI hundred by just three runs after skipper Asghar Afghan hit a combative 67 off 56 balls as Afghanistan scored a fighting 257 for six against Pakistan in a Super Four match of the Asia Cup, here yesterday. Shahidi needed a boundary off the last ball to complete his century but Hasan Ali denied him the milestone with a incoming yorker which the left-hander could not put away. With his skipper Asghar, Shahidi shared a match-changing 94-run stand for the fourth wicket. Shahidi shifted gears with ease after largely remaining patient in his unbeaten and career-best knock which came off 118 balls. He was bowled off a no ball when he was on 76 in the penultimate over. Five of his seven boundaries came during the last 14 balls of the Afghan innings. Asghar had joined left-handed Shahidi at the crease after left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (3-57) removed the top three Afghan batsmen - Mohammad Shahzad (20), Ihsanullah (10) and Rahmat Shah (3..
                 

'Students are turning to sex work to fund their lifestyles'

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Twenty Eight minutes hindi documentary film 'Amoli' on Child Sex Trafficking in our country raises serious concern about rising demands for children in the commercial sex industry. The documentary sparks urgent need in amendments to the existing law, so that these customers who pay to have sex with children can be punished. The film features heart-wrenching stories of children who have been forced into the sex industry and interviews survivors who have been rescued, families of girl children who are still missing and activists who have been attempting to create awareness on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEoC) and prevent the trafficking of children. The screening followed by a panel discussion was organised by Change.org and Youth Ki Awaaz at St Xavier's College following which the filmmakers and other experts interacted with a young audience on the issue of CSEoC. Jasmine Kaur Roy, Director, Amoli, spoke on the power of cinema to impact the conversation around 'custo..
                 

Horse racing: Visitors hold sway in Indian St Leger

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Four of the eight four-year-olds in the grade 1, Indian St Leger are outstation horses, and they are expected to dominate the finish of fifth and final Classic of the 2017-18 campaign to be run at the Pune racetrack on Sunday. The local hopes--Selfie Star and In It To Win It--may be overshadowed by Sana, Kambaku and Dancing Dragon, and it is the last-named, trained by Neil Darashah and to be ridden by Trevor Patel, which is my choice. First race at 2 pm.Selections: D D Pillai Trophy - Div II (Class V; 1600m)Eagleinthesky 1, Honourable Eyes 2, Gandalf 3. Janardhan Trophy (Class IV; 1400m)Charlesbridge 1, Oriana 2, Vitesse 3. Magansingh P. Jodha Trophy (Class I; 1200m)Glyndebourne 1, Governor General 2, Holy Smoke 3. C A Kuts Trophy (Class III; 1200m)Queen Credible 1, Bottega Louie 2, Epiphany 3. Indian St. Leger - Gr 1 (For 4y; 2800m)Dancing Dragon 1, Sana 2, Kambaku 3. Mohammed Rasheed Beg & Rahat Beg Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1400m)Jetfire 1, Bushtops 2, Kennedy 3. D D Pill..
                 

Vladimir Putin: Ready to boost anti-terror cooperation with Iran

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Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, over a deadly terrorist attack and reaffirmed readiness to intensify counter-terror cooperation, the Kremlin said on Saturday. "We are outraged by this bloody crime. Hopefully, everyone involved will be held liable," Putin said in his telegram to Rouhani, which was published by the Kremlin, Xinhua news agency. At least 24 people were killed in a terror attack in a military parade in the southern Iranian Ahvaz city on Saturday, official IRNA news agency reported. This incident is another proof of the need for "uncompromising war on any manifestations of terrorism," Putin said. "I would like to confirm our readiness to further enhance cooperation with our Iranian partners in the fight against this evil," he said. The President offered condolences to the relatives and friends of those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, according to the Kremlin. Catch up on..
                 

Jewish radio pulled up for sexiest remarks on women

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An Israeli court has fined an ultra-orthodox Jewish radio station one million shekels (USD 280,000) for excluding women from its programmes over a two year period, a local media said. According to the Times of Israel, the lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Orthodox feminist association Kolech and the Israel Religious Action Centre. In defense, broadcaster Kol Barama said they had not given air time to women over the period in question because its target audience - the ultra-orthodox community - did not want to hear female voices. 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 in it..
                 

24 killed, 50 injured in Gunmen open fire in Iran

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At least 24 people, including civilians were killed and over 50 injured when gunmen disguised as soldiers opened fire on an elite military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday. The dead and wounded were both military personnel and civilians, including a journalist watching the parade, IRNA news agency reported. The attackers opened fire on the parade at 9 am from a nearby park. The parade was part of nationwide celebrations in Iran to mark the 30th anniversary since the end of the eight-year war with Iraq. "The terrorists disguised as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and Basiji (volunteer) forces opened fire to the authority and people from behind the stand," said Governor of Khuzestan Gholam-Reza Shariati. 10The no. of minutes the attack lasted 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..
                 

Langar kitchens in Delhi to fire up on biogas

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Delhi's Gurdwara management committee has planned to switch from piped natural gas to biogas to run its langar kitchen in ten shrines, including Bangla Sahib and Rakab Ganj Gurdwara. The move is aimed at reducing carbon footprint, cut fuel cost and making shrines environment friendly, said Manjeet Singh GK, president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. Initially, the bio gas plants would be set up at Rakab Ganj and Bangla Sahib that generate largest quantity of biodegradable waste. The community kitchen in these gurdwaras serves food to around 30,000 visiting devotees every day. Each plant would have the capacity to manage four quintal of kitchen waste per day, and would be set up in collaboration with an internationally reputed organic waste convertor company," Singh said. The community kitchens of remaining eight Gurdwaras will switch to bio fuel by the end of 2019. 30KNo. of people served food in the gurudwaras Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International ..
                 

'Reliance partnership was our choice'

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Confirming the Indian government's stand on the offsets agreement between Dassault Aviation and Reliance Group, the former, in a statement clarified that Reliance Group was chosen in compliance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 regulations. It further said that although the Rafale deal was a contract between the Indian and the French governments, it provided for a separate contract in which Dassault Aviation committed to making compensation investments (offsets) in India equivalent to 50 per cent of the value of the purchase. "This offsets contract is delivered in compliance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 regulations. In this framework, and in accordance with the policy of Make in India, Dassault Aviation has decided to make a partnership with India's Reliance Group. This is Dassault Aviation's choice...," the company stated. The French aviation company also said that contracts were signed with companies other than Reliance as well, as part of the ..
                 

Shah Rukh Khan at partner Jay Mehta's new SoBo Restaurant!

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Industrialist Jay Mehta (Juhi Chawla's husband) and Shah Rukh Khan's camaraderie go back a long way and they're both co-owners of an IPL team as well. This week Jay Mehta along with his partners who previously ran a popular restaurant Gustoso in the plush area of SoBo, are back with their another venture Rue Du Liban, catering the Levantine cuisine and sublime food from the Levant. The restaurant that will be open to public next week, saw SRK as one of the first guests. Shah Rukh walked it early and stayed longer. He later took to his social media to post a happy picture and wishing his friend all the luck, 'A great dining experience at @rdlindia... the authentic taste of the Levant in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. All the best my friend @iamjaymmehta , Sam Malde, Arja Shridhar with this wonderful restaurant.'       View this post on Instagram A great dining experience at @rdlindia... the authentic taste of the Levant in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. All the best my frien..
                 

Rohit Shetty: Simmba, Zero clash would've affected box office numbers

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Shah Rukh Khan's Zero and Ranveer Singh's Simmba are both much-awaited big ticket movies, which were earlier set for a clash during the Christmas season. Now they will release a week apart to avoid the box office collections getting affected, says Simmba director Rohit Shetty. Talking about the potential business that might get affected due to the release of these two films, Shetty said on Friday, "I think one week is enough and there is no competition. Earlier we were planning to come on the same day, but then we went into a discussion. We decided not to come together because that would affect numbers. It was a mutual decision. If the film does well in the first week, it will go on." Rohit was present at the Jagran Cinema Summit where he spoke about understanding the pulse of the mass audience for the commercial cinema, in which he has carved a niche with films like "Golmaal", "Singham" and "Chennai Express". Asked if he is interested in making a biopic on someone, Shetty said: "If..
                 

Abhishek: Won't do any film which will make Aaradhya feel awkward

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Actor Abhishek Bachchan says going forward he will be conscious to not be a part of any film which will make his daughter Aaradhya feel awkward while watching. "I will now choose whatever work I do in professional career based on Aaradhya. I would not personally, currently, like to make a film which I feel Aaradhya would feel awkward watching," Bachchan said. The actor was in conversation with journalist Mayank Shekhar at Jagran Cinema Summit, here Friday.Bachchan said both him and his actor-wife Aishwarya Rai are very clear that they won't force their daughter to pick a profession of their choice and would stand by her decision irrespectively. "As far as Aishwarya and I are concerned, be it tomorrow, twenty years down the line or whenever, whatever she decides, we will support her no matter what. That's what our parents did for us as well."As a parent you want the best for your child. What she decides to do is completely her choice. We will never weigh down on her, that this is what..
                 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: People are thriving on mediocrity in Bollywood

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It was past 10 pm when we met Nawazuddin Siddiqui at Mehboob Studios. Though he had been at the studio for over 12 hours, there wasn't an inkling of fatigue on his face. "Good films give you the energy to do that extra bit," he joked as we got into his new Mercedes and drove through the bylanes of Bandra. Fresh out of the success of Sacred Games, Nawaz remains unaware of the weight his name carries. He ponders aloud — "Am I a star yet? The day I believe that I will slap myself and say — Dafa ho jaa. I have no right to act anymore if I think that." In a chat with mid-day, he opens up about his film Manto, how the world can't stomach the truth and the many shades of Balasaheb Thackeray he has explored in the much-awaited biopic. Excerpts from the interview: Is it true you were not keen on doing Sacred Games?Thank God, I did. It was Vikramaditya [Motwane, showrunner] who called me first because I was not ready to play a gangster again. Vikram insisted on giving me a narratio..
                 

Is Ganesha married?

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In South India, Kartikeya is worshipped as Murugan, who stands on top of mountains. On either side of him stand his two wives, Valli and Sena. Valli is a tribal girl, while Sena is a celestial princess, the daughter of Indra. There are songs of Murugan's virility and his romantic associations with his celestial and his earthly wives. It mirrors the idea of Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi: Sridevi being the celestial wife of Vishnu and Bhudevi being the earthly wife of Vishnu. Thus, the divine connects the celestial realms and the earthly realms. However, in North India, when people speak of Kartikeya, they speak of him as a celibate deity. In fact, there are temples near Kurukshetra, where it is said that Kartikeya not only chose to remain celibate, he rejected all things feminine, to the extent that he rejected the soft tissues of his body, which, according to Tantric sources, come from the mother. This rejection of the feminine is attributed to a tiny tale found in the Puranas, whi..
                 

Patriotic mango scent

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Most national anthems are dramatic and grandstanding, praising the motherland/fatherland as the most glorious nation on earth, or words to that effect. Some, like the French La Marseillaise, are rather blood-thirsty, created, like many others, after horrific wars had claimed thousands of lives. It goes, "Do you hear in the countryside/ The roar of those ferocious soldiers?/ They're coming right into our arms/ To cut the throats of our sons, our women/…Let's water the fields with impure blood." Given this patriotic, knife-at-your-throat singing tradition, it is utterly disarming to discover that the Bangladeshi national anthem would rather rejoice over a motherland, the scent of whose mango groves drives you crazy. The Bangladeshi national anthem, Amar Sonar Bangla (My Golden Bengal), sweetly goes, "O ma/Faguné tor amér boné/Ghrané pagol koré/Mori hay/hay re/O ma." (Oh mother/In spring, the scent of your mango groves/Is so intoxicating/I could..
                 

Imran Khan: Disappointed at India's arrogant, negative response

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed "disappointment" at India's response calling it "arrogant and negative" after New Delhi called off talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries, blaming Islamabad for glorifying terrorism. "Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue," tweeted Khan. "However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture." Indian External Affairs Ministers Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi was set to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next week, that could have marked the first thaw in bilateral ties that have steadily deteriorated. The Indian government said on Friday that it cancelled talks with Pakistan following two "deeply disturbing" developments that led to Islamabad's "evil agenda" being exposed. In one incident, terrorists abducted..
                 

Minissha Lamba debuts into theatre, enacts 13 characters

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After a brief but fruitful career in Bollywood, actor Minissha Lambas acting career seems to take on a new lease of life -- but in a different medium. Minissha debuted into theatre with her solo play "Mirror Mirror", enacting 13 characters. "Mirror Mirror" -- a 75-minute play -- is the dramatised story of two identical twins, whose sibling rivalry transcends the bounds of the normal. As the little girls Minal and Maanya grow up, more characters enter and all of them are single-handedly played by the "Bachna Ae Haseeno" actor. But Minissha's foray into the theatre world comes at a time when, in her own words, "nothing was happening". She said it seemed too daunting a task for her to take on. "Although the role fell in my lap, I was in a complete flux, thinking it's theatre. This is where the director Saif Hyder Hasan stepped in saying: ‘It's acting, you're an actor. It's just a different medium'," the 33-year-old told IANS. "As Saif sir was narrating, I was loving the story, ..
                 

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..
                 

23-year-old man stabs his boyfriend over too much sex

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Fed up of constant demands for sex, a 23-year-old stabbed his boyfriend in his sleep. He stabbed his lover in the face, head, hand and chest with a chopper, and then tried to kill him an iron axe. The victim, 46, is now in the ICU at a hospital in Pune, admitted with facial fracture and head injuries. The attacker was arrested the same day. Closeted coupleThe incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday in Shukrawar Peth. Senior Inspector Rajendra Mokashi, in-charge of Khadak police station, said, "Around 6 am, we received a call from the victim's house, alerting us that the accused had stabbed him and tried to kill him. Until this incident, even the victim's family didn't know that he was gay, even though they lived in the same neighbourhood. The victim had married a woman 25 years ago, but got divorced within a year. The family was shocked to learn that he was gay and was in a relationship with the accused." Cops said the victim and accused have known each other for two year..
                 

Law Minister slams Rahul Gandhi for levelling allegations against Modi

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Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi for his "thief" jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said "irresponsible, shameless and baseless" remarks were being made by a family which is out on bail in the National Herald case and is the source of all corruption in the country. Addressing the media, a livid Prasad rejected Gandhi's demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the issue, saying a JPC probe is not set up to "satisfy the ego of an ill informed and ignorant leader". By making such remarks against the Prime Minister, who has eliminated corruption in the country, Gandhi has sought to throw black paint on his own face, the minister said. "Rahul Gandhi's statement is utterly irresponsible. He is playing into the hands of Pakistan and China by insisting on the disclosure of the price and other details which will help our enemies. I charge Rahul Gandhi is trying to help Pakistan," he said. Rejecting the Congress allegations in the wake..
                 

Ekta Kapoor thankful to original team of Kasautii Zindagii Kay

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Film and television producer Ekta Kapoor is excited to begin another chapter of love saga "Kasautii Zindagii Kay" on the small screen, but says she will always cherish the contribution of the team behind the first part. "As I indulge in nostalgia and start a new chapter of love, it's time to say thank you," Ekta tweeted on Saturday. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay" ran for seven long years and starred Shweta Tiwari, Cezzane Khan and Ronit Roy. Urvashi Dholakia and Geetanjali Tikekar played the main antagonists. "Shweta, Ronit Roy, Cezanne Khan, Urvashi...There will always be a place in my heart for the originals. Even the original writers and creatives -- Rajubhai, Dhiraj, Mahesh, Doris, Tanu and Nivedita." The show became the third longest running entertainer on the Indian small screen after "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" and "Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii". The reboot will premiere on StarPlus on September 25. Also Read: Ekta Kapoor: OTT Platform Offers Choice Of Convenience Catch up on a..
                 

Petrol prices continue to rise; Rs 89.80 in Mumbai

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Petrol prices continued the upward movement across the metro cities on Saturday with the cost inching closer to the Rs 90-per-litre mark in Mumbai. In the financial capital of the country, petrol was sold at Rs 89.80, up from Rs 89.69 per litre on Friday, data on the Indian Oil Corp's website showed. Similarly, in the other three cities of Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was priced at Rs 82.44, Rs 84.27 and Rs 85.69 per litre, against Rs 82.32, Rs 84.16 and Rs 85.58 per litre. The continuous rise in transportation fuel prices has been in tandem with the increase in crude oil prices. Brent crude oil is currently priced around $78.80 per barrel. Further, sector experts say, the high excise duty in the country has also added to the high prices. In contrast to petrol, prices of diesel were unchanged on Saturday for the fourth consecutive day. Diesel prices in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were unchanged at Rs 73.87, Rs 75.72, Rs 78.42 and Rs 78.10 per litre, respectively. ..
                 

Rahul Gandhi says Hollande has called Modi a thief, PM should reply

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Stepping up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said former French President Francois Hollande has called him a "thief" in the Rafale deal and sought a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the agreement to purchase 36 fighter jets from France. Addressing a press conference a day after Hollande had said that the French government had no role in making a private Indian firm get the offset contract, he questioned Modi's silence and asked him to come clean on whether Hollande was telling the truth or not. "Now what the ex-President of France is saying is that the Prime Minister of India is a thief. That is what the statement is saying. It is very important for the PM now to either accept Hollande's statement and say that he is telling the truth or that Hollande is not telling the truth and here is the truth," Gandhi said. Gandhi alleged it is "for the first time probably in the Indian history an ex-President is calling our PM a thi..
                 

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..
                 

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..
                 

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..
                 

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 [..
                 

Beware! Stingrays may play spoilsport during Ganesh visarjan

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In an alarming development, two days before the final Ganesh visarjan, stingrays have been washing up on the beaches along the city's coast. They are mostly being spotted at Girgaum beach, which sees a flock of devotees visiting during the visarjan. Speaking to mid-day , Pradip Patade , member of the group, Marine Life of Mumbai (MLoM) said, "On Thursday, one of my friends spotted stingrays all over Girgaum Chowpatty and informed me. When I reached the spot, I saw many of them entangled in a net." Dead stingrays along Girgaum beach He added, "I would like to urge people coming to the beach to be very careful when entering the water as the sting from this fish's tail can be very painful. If they happen to get stung by the fish, they need to rush to a hospital immediately." Around 50-60 stingrays were spotted on the beach on Friday, too. There is a barb in the tail of the fish that contains venom. If someone steps on the fish, they sting in defence. "Juvenile stingrays are commonly f..
                 

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

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
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

2 days ago  
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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

2 days ago  
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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

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
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

2 days ago  
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

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
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

2 days ago  
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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

2 days ago  
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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

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
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

2 days ago  
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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

2 days ago  
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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

2 days ago  
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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

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
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

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
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

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
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..
                 

Pan Pacific Open: Pliskova pummels tearful Osaka to win Tokyo crown

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News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
Former world number one Karolina Pliskova stunned Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka in straights sets to capture the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday. The fourth seed took just 63 minutes to complete a clinical 6-4, 6-4 victory over the newly crowned US Open champion in Tokyo, bringing Osaka's 10-match winning streak to a shuddering halt. "I'm just happy it didn't go to three sets," said the Czech, who had been taken the distance in her previous three matches. "My serve is my biggest weapon and it was key today," added Pliskova after scooping an 11th career title. "Naomi was maybe a little bit tired, you could see that. But the future is bright for her and congrats to her for an incredible few weeks." The players had split their previous two meetings, but Osaka started the final as favourite after her historic New York triumph. And the third seed began in menacing fashion, thumping an ace down the middle on the first point and holding her first two service games to love. But Pliskova sl..
                 

Shilpa alleges racism at Sydney Airport, says we are not pushovers

4 hours ago  
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Shilpa Shetty Kundra, who dealt with racism in 2007 when she was a contestant on the fifth season of the British reality show Celebrity Big Brother, which she went on to win, faced racism yet again, this time at Sydney Airport. The actress on Sunday alleged that she faced an unpleasant experience for being 'brown' at the Sydney airport over her cabin luggage. Upset by an official who was curt, she says people's tone must not change with preference to colour. Shilpa took to Instagram to share the ordeal with a Qantas Airways lady staff member over a cabin luggage, which was deemed as 'oversized' at the check-in counter. A furious Shilpa wrote, "At the check-in counter, met a grumpy Mel (that's her name) who decided it was 'okay' to speak curtly to 'us' (brown people!) travelling together. I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance) and she insisted and decided my half empty duffel bag was oversized (to check-in), so she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with ..
                 

Ready to boost anti-terror cooperation with Iran: Vladimir Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, over a deadly terrorist attack and reaffirmed readiness to intensify counter-terror cooperation, the Kremlin said on Saturday. "We are outraged by this bloody crime. Hopefully, everyone involved will be held liable," Putin said in his telegram to Rouhani, which was published by the Kremlin, Xinhua news agency. At least 24 people were killed in a terror attack in a military parade in the southern Iranian Ahvaz city on Saturday, official IRNA news agency reported. This incident is another proof of the need for "uncompromising war on any manifestations of terrorism," Putin said. "I would like to confirm our readiness to further enhance cooperation with our Iranian partners in the fight against this evil," he said. The President offered condolences to the relatives and friends of those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, according to the Kremlin. Catch up..
                 

Afghan President cancels US trip after Donald Trump declines meeting

13 hours ago  
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Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani cancelled his visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting after his American counterpart Donald Trump declined to meet him, a media report said Sunday. However, government officials rejected the claim as baseless. Earlier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah left for the US to attend the 73rd UNGA meeting. The CEO, heading a high-level delegation, would take part in the assembly on behalf of the unity government and express Kabul's views on different issues, a statement from his office said. Abdullah will underline the need for countering terrorism and narcotics, and for enhancing regional and international cooperation with Afghanistan in this regard. The CEO would explain Afghanistan's preparations for the parliamentary and district council elections. A reliable source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), wishing anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that it was expected that President Donald Trump and Pres..
                 

Urmila Matondkar: Difficult to make good, dignified horror film

14 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Actress Urmila Matondkar, who has worked in horror films like "Bhoot" and "Kaun", has said that it is really difficult to a make good, dignified and technically horror film. Urmila was interacting with the media at "Bhoot Hoon Main" song launch from the film "Lupt" along with its actors Javed Jaffrey, Karan Aanand, Rishina Kandhari, Meenakshi Dixit, director Prabhruaj and producers Hanwant Khatri, Lalit Kiri on Saturday here. Makers of "Lupt has recreated the popular "Bhoot Hoon Main" song from the film "Bhoot" which released in 2003. Sharing her memories related to the song, Urmila said: "'Bhoot Hoon Main' is an amazing song and it's awesome that it has been recreated simply because after 'Bhoot', there were lots of horror movies that followed but none of them could live up to the benchmark that was set by 'Bhoot' in the horror film genre. "When 'Bhoot Hoon Main' released, it was as kickass as it sounds today. When I got to know that the team of 'Lupt' has recreated the song, ..
                 

Ayushmann Khurrana speaks about wife Tahira Kashyap's breast cancer

15 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
On Saturday, Ayushmann Khurrana's wife Tahira Kashyap took to her Instagram account to reveal that she has been diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer. The actor's wife said, "I was detected with (ductal carcinoma in situ) in my right breast with high grade malignant cells. Simply put stage 0 cancer/pre-cancerous stage, with cancer cells multiplying in a contained area." On the other hand, actor Ayushmann Khurrana is busy promoting his two upcoming films, Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho. When mid-day online reached out to Ayushmann to understand how he is balancing this phase. The VJ-turned-actor said, "Last week has been very difficult because I got to know about it (Tahira's illness) on my birthday. I've been spending time in the hospital with her on my birthday. Thankfully, today she got discharged and that is why she posted about it on Instagram. So, it was kind of a relief for us, and her surgery was successful. So, that's why I am more chirpy today, and it's a happy day." The post share..
                 

School bus driver killed by helper over borrowing phone

15 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
A 45-year-old school bus driver was killed allegedly by the vehicle's helper following a quarrel over borrowing a phone on Saturday, police said. The incident was reported from Netaji Subhash Place in northwest Delhi, the police said, adding that the deceased was identified as Joginder. The police were informed at around 11.20 am about the incident. The victim had asked the accused, identified as Chooda Maniaryal, to lend him his phone on Saturday but the latter refused, following which a quarrel ensued between the two men, said Aslam Khan, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest). Maniaryal (23) allegedly hit on the driver's head with a fire extinguisher, leading to his death, he added. In another a shocking incident that took place in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai, a 59-year-old man was beaten to death after a fight broke out for using a public toilet for a little longer. The elderly man was killed in a spat over using the public for a longer time. The incident took place on W..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal: Students shifting from private to government schools

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said students are shifting from private to government schools for the first time in history after his party came to power and transformed the system. "There is a reverse swing now. It is for the first time in the history that students are shifting from private schools to government schools. "Recently, a government school was opened in Rohini and 900 students took admission in it. Of these, 750 were from private schools," he said while addressing a gathering in Rithala here. "Earlier, the condition of schools was such that even the poor did not want to send their kids to these schools. Even if they didn't have money for food, they wanted to send their kids to private schools," he added. Kejriwal, also the Chairman of Delhi Jal Board, was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the work of laying down a sewer line in Budh Vihar group of colonies in Rithala. The estimated cost to be incurred on the project is Rs 79.69 crore and will ..
                 

Bigg Boss 12 September 23 Update: Varun, Salman Khan have a gala time

17 hours ago  
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Sunday's Weekend ka Vaar episode started on a very lively and musical note with Bollywood's heartthrob Varun Dhawan making a dhamakedaar entry. The talented actor kick-started the episode with a rap song aptly describing, all the quirks of the Bigg boss house and it's many contestants. Varun himself welcomed the most lovable 'host and dost' of the nation, Salman Khan. .@Varun_dvn welcomes our favourite host @BeingSalmanKhan with a peppy rap song! Catch all the excitement tonight in #WeekendKaVaar at 9 PM. #BB12 #BiggBoss12 pic.twitter.com/4S7N2iYUyj — Bigg Boss (@BiggBoss) September 23, 2018 As always, Salman Khan's Smashing entry began with the duo singing 'Tamma Tamma' with the Bigg Band.The talented actor known for being a big fan of Salman came to promote his upcoming film Sui-Dhaga. Varun Dhawan and Salman Khan on Big Boss 12 sets Varun Dhawan also challenged Salman to take the Sui-dhaga challenge, where Salman sportingly stitched his initials on a scarf. Varun teas..