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BJP MLA booked for preventing municipal employees from doing their duty

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The police registered a case against BJP MLA Kalicharan Saraf after people in a Jaipur locality took a municipal body employee in their custody while resisting an attempt to shut down an illegal dairy, officials said Tuesday. The Jaipur Municipal Corporation employee was kept confined for several hours by protesters. The BJP MLA from Malviya Nagar was booked on charges of obstructing public servants from doing their duty, said Bajaj Nagar police station in-charge Manvendra Singh. He said the case was registered on a complaint by JMC Deputy Commissioner Bhoma Ram Saini. Saraf had staged a demonstration along with his supporters against JMC officials deployed to remove an illegal dairy operating here and held the JMC employee in captivity for seizing cows from the dairy. 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..
                 

Jet pilots threaten to stop flying from April 1

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Mumbai: The umbrella body of the domestic pilots of the nearly crippled Jet Airways Tuesday threatened to stop flying from April 1, if the resolution plan is delayed and salary dues are not cleared by the end of this month. The decision was taken at the annual meeting of Jet Airways domestic pilots body National Aviators Guild after a meeting here lasting for over 90 minutes. The guild, which came into being almost a decade ago, represents around 1,000 domestic pilots at the airline. "If there is no proper clarity on the resolution process and salary payments, by March 31, we will stop flying from April 1," the guild said. The pilots and other senior staff have been getting their full salaries since December. Having failed to get any assurance from the management on salaries, the guild last week had written to Union labour minister Santosh Gangwar, seeking his intervention. Meanwhile, aviation minister Suresh Prabhu Tuesday also directed his the secretary to hold an emergency meetin..
                 

Karnataka: Under-construction building collapses in Dharawad

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An under-construction building collapsed on Tuesday in Kumareshwar Nagar area of Karnataka's Dharwad district.As per the initial information, many are feared trapped in the debris.According to police, six people who were injured in the building collapse have been shifted to hospital and search and rescue operation is underway. #Karnataka: According to police, one person dead, 6 people injured, 40 feared trapped at the site of collapse of an under construction building in Kumareshwar Nagar, Dharwad, pic.twitter.com/Gl86ziUg1K — ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2019 According to an ANI tweet, one person is dead while six people are injured.  Soon after the incident, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he had given instructions to the Chief Secretary to supervise the rescue operations. Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS ..
                 

'Shows on aliens more believable than those on naagins'

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Indian television never ceases to surprise. The list of supernatural shows has got a new addition in Shaadi Ke Siyappe, a comedy that sees four aliens turn wedding organisers. In a quick chat with mid-day, Mishkat Varma talks about playing an extraterrestrial character and why the show is a valuable addition to his résumé.  Edited excerpts from the interview: What about playing an alien enticed you to take up the role?Supernatural shows work on television these days. If viewers can [practice suspension of disbelief] in shows about daayans [witches] and shape-shifting snakes, then why not aliens? Scientifically, there is a chance that extraterrestrial creatures exist. But can we say the same about shape-shifting snakes? So, technically this makes more sense than those shows. However, I have no disrespect for the content, I believe in being part of things that work. Sonali [Jaffer] ma'am wrote my first show, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, and I trust her blindly. She suggested I..
                 

Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil: I have not resigned as Maharashtra LoP

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Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Tuesday rejected reports that he had quit as the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Speculation about Vikhe Patil resigning as Maharashtra LoP has been rife in political circles ever since his son, Sujay, joined the ruling BJP on March 12 and is set to be recommended by it for the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat. Sujay's candidature from the BJP will put him in a straight fight with the NCP, which had refused to accede to Vikhe Patil's request to let his son fight on a Congress ticket from there. Vikhe Patil, who is in his hometown Loni, said, "I reject reports that I have resigned as Leader of Opposition."  Vikhe Patil had earlier said that Sujay's decision to join the BJP was a personal one. He would continue to serve the Congress and abide by its directives, the LoP had asserted. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Internation..
                 

No Fathers in Kashmir trailer raises imperative questions!

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No Fathers in Kashmir is a that is a unique mix of the fight for truth and compassion while being tender, heart-warming and about universal human emotions directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers and two-time national award-winning writer & director, Ashvin Kumar. Even till today, the certificate is yet to be granted by CBFC and is still pending approval despite the FCAT granting the order to pass the UA certificate to the film which is due for release on 5th April. Present at the launch gracing his presence was one of our sharpest, most outspoken directors, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt who said, "A staggering, heart wrenching film. Ashvin has the guts to embrace all that darkness and then having done that bring us so much 'light.' In these dark times of hate, here's a love story from the blood soaked valley of Kashmir which has the audacity to hope" The film tells the tale of Noor and Majid played by newcomers Zara Webb and Shivam Raina respectively. The two are on a journey to find their res..
                 

Former SC judge Satya Brata Singh passes away

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Former Supreme Court judge Justice Satya Brata Sinha passed away on Tuesday following age related ailments, family sources said. Justice Sinha, 75, was appointed as a judge of the apex court on October 3, 2002, and he retired on August 8, 2009. He was earlier designated as a senior advocate by the Patna High Court and on March 9, 1987, he became a judge there. He was transferred to the Calcutta High Court in 1994. Justice Sinha was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice there in 1999. In December 2000, became the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court and in 2001, he was transferred to the Delhi High Court before being elevated to the top court. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates..
                 

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari: Stories should be unapologetically Indian

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As Indian movies or films set in the country are gaining visibility globally at various international film festivals and award ceremonies including Oscars, celebrated film director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari says that this is the right time to be "unapologetically Indian" with our stories. After the India-set film Period. End of Sentence won an Oscar this year, how has the acceptance of Indian content increased abroad? "I think internationally we have reached that stage where people are watching us, we really do not have to go and ask people to watch us. We have managed to create our visibility through our films and various cultural ventures…. We just have to be unapologetically Indian, with our stories," Ashwiny told IANS. However, she believes that every story finds its own audience internationally because there are two kinds of international audience out there for Indian content - Indians settled abroad for generations and non-Indians. Citing an example of her film Nil Battey Sa..
                 

Zachary Levi not ready for sex symbol tag post Shazam!

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Zachary Levi says he does not want his superhero role in DC Comics movie Shazam! to turn him into a sex symbol. The 38-year-old actor, who portrays the titular character in the upcoming DC Extended Universe film, does not find such labels "real". When asked by Entertainment Tonight if he was prepared to be fawned upon by fans, he said, "No, I'm not ready for it. I don't think about that stuff." "That's not real life. None of that is real life. All that stuff is just the icing on the cake of the not real life that all of this is. So if people want to put me in the same conversation as all those guys (Chirs Hemsworth), rock 'n' roll. I just am going to keep doing what I think is the right thing in my life," he added. Shazam! revolves around a teenage orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is given the ability to transform into a godlike entity whenever he says the word, 'Shazam!'. But Batson and his new foster brother Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) must learn to use the powe..
                 

IBBI, SEBI sign MoU for better implementation of IBC

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The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for effective implementation of the new bankruptcy law.Executive Directors Anand Baiwar of the SEBI and Ritesh Kavdia of the IBBI signed the pact which provides for sharing information and resources, according to an official statement.There will be periodic meetings to discuss matters of mutual interest, including regulatory requirements, enforcement cases, research, data analysis, information technology and data sharing.Other areas of cooperation under the MoU include cross-training of staff, effective utilisation of collective resources as well as capacity building of insolvency professionals and financial creditors.Joint efforts will be made towards enhancing the level of awareness among financial creditors about the importance and necessity of swift insolvency resolution process of various types of borrowers in distress und..
                 

World Cup flashback: King Vivian Richards rules Karachi in 1987

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If cricket fans thought Kapil Dev's 175 (v Zimbabwe in 1983) would never be surpassed, they reckoned without Vivian Richards's (181) awesome ability. The great Antiguan pounced on the opportunity to go past Kapil Dev in the 1987 World Cup game against Sri Lanka at Karachi. A narrow loss to England hurt Richards and he didn't need too many overs to get his eye in before destroying the Sri Lankan bowlers in tandem with Desmond Haynes (105). After reaching 50 in 62 balls, he only consumed 35 balls for his next fifty. And guess how many balls Richards faced to get from 100 to 150? Only 15! His six tally would have reached eight had Roshan Mahanama not taken an acrobatic catch to dismiss him deep on the off-side. West Indies' 360-4 was too much of an ask for the hapless Lankans, who were restricted to 169 for four as Richards's outfit won by 191 runs. Figured outKrishnamachari Srikkanth holds the distinction of being India's top-scorer in the 1983 final against West Indies. His 38 was a..
                 

Mika Singh to play a cameo in the TV show, Gathbandhan

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Music and dance complete all celebrations! Keeping up with the enthusiasm and energies that surround the festival of Holi, COLORS’ popular show Gathbandhan is gearing up to celebrate this occasion with a grand party hosted by Savitri Mai (Sonali Naik). Holi is just around the corner, and Mika Singh is festival ready. The singer played with colours on the set of the TV show, Gathbandhan. Singh will be seen in a cameo on the show for a Holi special track. He will be seen crooning a medley of his chartbusters. "This is the first time I am part of a fiction show. I am excited to celebrate Holi with the cast," says the singer. What he particularly likes about the festival of colours is that it bridges social gaps. "It is a day to start fresh and forget all your fights," he adds. In this celebration, viewers will be delighted to witness the very talented singer, Mika Singh, who sets the stage on fire with his special performance along with the star cast of the show. Mika Singh w..
                 

'Mayawati gets facial daily, colours hair to look young at 60'

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Lucknow: Passing a misogynistic remark against the BSP supremo Mayawati, BJP MLA Surendra Narayan Singh on Tuesday said that the former chief minister is a hedonist who 'takes facial everyday' and 'colours her hair" to look young. "She takes facial every day. The person who herself takes facial daily is telling our leader that he is 'shaukeen'. Wearing clothes is not being 'shaukeen'. Colouring hair at the age of 60 to look young is 'shaukeen'. Her hair have turned grey but she colours it black," said Singh who represents the Rohaniya constituency of Uttar Pradesh. The MLA's comment came following Mayawati's tweet in which she targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that he lives a 'royal' life. "The person who lives life in a royal manner, against the principle of simple living and high thinking, advertised himself as a 'chaiwallah' in the last Lok Sabha elections for the sake of the vote. Now he is declaring himself as chowkidar with pomp and show for votes in the elections..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Forest employee held for taking bribe in Palghar

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A forest department employee in Palghar district of Maharashtra was arrested for allegedly taking Rs 13,000 as bribe from a man for giving him a GPS survey report, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said. Dinesh Shivde, 29, posted in Dahanu division allegedly demanded Rs 25,000 from the man to hand him the report of a GPS survey conducted in his area in Somta village, the ACB said in a release on Tuesday.The villager complained to the ACB which laid a trap and caught Shivde on Monday while he was accepting Rs 13,000 as the first installment of the bribe amount, it said. The accused was arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the ACB added. In a similar incident, the CBI has arrested two senior Indian Forest Service officers for allegedly bribing an environment ministry official, officials said on Sunday. Tarun Johri and D Gogoi, both chief conservators of forest, posted in Arunachal Pradesh and Port Blair respectively, were arrested in a case of Rs 20,..
                 

Boney Kapoor to remake Badhaai Ho in four Indian languages

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Producer Boney Kapoor is set to remake last year's hit Hindi film "Badhaai Ho" in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Badhaai Ho, which stars Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra, is based on the story of an elderly couple who are expecting their third child. According to IMDb customer ratings, Badhaai Ho was among the top five Indian movies of 2018. And now, Boney will remake the Hindi film for the south Indian audience. "I have acquired the rights of 'Badhaai Ho' under my production house Bayview for all the south Indian languages. I was keen on remaking it as it is a film that resonates with both the masses and classes," Boney told IANS. He is also working on the remake of the 2016 Hindi film Pink with Tamil star Ajith. Asked why he is remaking Hindi films, he said: "Earlier I used to buy rights of south Indian films to make in Hindi. Now I am reversing the process." Boney had backed the Salman Khan-starrer Wanted, which was a remake of the Telugu fil..
                 

Jackie Shroff: Trend of making films on unsung heroes should continue

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Jackie Shroff, who plays RAW founder director in Romeo Akbar Walter, says the trend of bringing the story of unsung on celluloid should continue. Shroff will be seen playing the role of RN Kao, the founding father of the Indian intelligence agency. The film features John Abraham in the lead. "I am glad I got the opportunity to bring the story of those people who served the country on screen. Playing this role is a feather in my cap. This trend should continue. We have so many unsung heroes. People today need to know about such stories. "I have also played defence personnel and cop in films. I used to have a uniform of policeman at home as I had two films at that time. I would just change the badges and wear the same uniform again," Shroff told PTI. The 62-year-old actor played an IAF pilot in "Border", while he played a cop in "Ram Lakhan" and "Police Officer" among others. Shroff said as there was little information available about Kao, he completely relied on his director Robbie Gr..
                 

About Kuldeep Yadav, it's purely skill says Piyush Chawla

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Kolkata: There is no mystery behind meteoric rise of Kuldeep Yadav but purely his skill set says Piyush Chawla, who worked with the Chinaman bowler in his formative years with the UP Ranji team. Chawla, the senior Kolkata Knight Riders spinner, said Kuldeep never stopped improving and that was key in his rise. "Kuldeep never labelled himself a mystery spinner. The term of being a mystery spinner is a myth. The main thing about Kuldeep is that he is a skillfull bowler. You need to make that skill powerful and Kuldeep is working on that," said Chawla. "The main thing about Kuldeep is he is not afraid of getting hit. I worked a lot with him in UP and here in KKR as well." Chawla reckons that Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal will be able to make impact at the upcoming World cup. "Kuldeep is bowling really well. He has been consistent in the last few months. With him and Chahal I think India has two wicket taking wrist spinners. "If there are belters in the World Cup, the responsibility of t..
                 

Mumbai crime: Man found in possession of pistol with live cartridge

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The Dindoshi police team in the wee hours of Sunday arrested Kiran Tukaram Jadhav for possessing one 7.65 mm country made pistol with a  7.65 mm live cartridge. The Dindoshi police team consisted of PI Ganesh Pawar, PSI Patkar, HC Shaikh, PN Ghadsi, PN Ware, PC Chavan. The incident took place on the footpath of the service road off Western Express Highway, adjacent to Seva Nagar Ekta Sangh Chawl, ShantaramPada in Malad East. The accused is a resident of ShivSagar Chawl in Malad East, Mumbai. Jadhav had three criminal cases registered against him including a robbery and various body offence cases under section 326 and 324 at Kurar Police station. During the enquiry, it was revealed that the accused was associated with the local Uday/ Jitu Pathak gang. Further investigation also revealed how the weapon was sourced. He was produced before the court and was remanded judicial custody. The operation was carried out under the supervision of Sr. PI Dindoshi Rajaram Vhnmane ..
                 

Ajay Devgn to play a squadron leader in his next film

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Ajay Devgn's next project, Bhuj: The Pride of India, is going to leave the audience spellbound. The movie is based on a true incident and is one of India's most fascinating war-related stories. Devgn will be essaying the role of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It was Karnik and his team, with the help of the local women, who reconstructed the destroyed Indian Air Force airstrip at Bhuj in Gujarat, in what could be termed as India's 'Pearl Harbour' moment. The airstrip had been wrecked in air strikes that saw Pakistan drop napalm bombs on it. Karnik took a bold step to convince 300 fearless women from a nearby village to rebuild the airstrip so that a flight carrying Indian Army officers could land safely. Karnik, along with two other officers, 50 Air Force soldiers and 60 Defence Security Corps personnel, did a great job of keeping the airbase operational despite heavy Pakistani bombing. Says producer Bhushan Kumar, "T..
                 

Alia Bhatt to star opposite Salman Khan in Bhansali's 'Inshallah'

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Alia Bhatt is all set to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next film titled 'Inshallah' opposite Salman Khan. What's more, this will be the filmmaker's project with Khan after almost two decades. The makers of the film have described Inshallah as a "love story". Salman Khan took to Twitter to announce the news: It’s been 20 years but I am glad Sanjay and I are finally back in his next film, Inshallah. Looking forward to work with Alia and inshallah we will all be blessed on this journey.#Inshallah #SLB @aliaa08 @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) March 19, 2019 Alia Bhatt is clearly excited about this film with Salman and Bhansali and she couldn't help but share the news on Instagram as a story: Bhansali Productions also confirmed the news with a tweet that read, "Finally all speculations and wait end as 2019 brings together #SLB, @BeingSalmanKhan and @aliaa08 in his next film, #Inshallah. Wishing that this entire journey be filled wi..
                 

Try out unique desserts, drinks at these restaurants this Holi!

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Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye Thandai tart The tart of making thandaiImagine the goodness of a biscuit-y tart marrying the rich and creamy flavours of thandai, which gets a silky texture in the form of a ganache. The thandai tart ('135), made with a mixed nuts tart and whipped thandai ganache topped with fresh rose petals, chopped nuts and silver varq, is just that and is available at a quaint little café in Vile Parle. "We wanted to recreate thandai in the form of a dessert and re-imagined as a crisp tart shell loaded with thandai cream," shares Parvinder Singh, owner of the café. At Garde Manger Café, Paranjape Nagar, Vile Parle.Time 10 am to 10 pmCall 7045004488 Flavours of Maharashtra"Today, people want traditional dishes with a touch of modern cuisine. We strive to combine both so as to satisfy our customer," says chef Ajay Chopra talking about the puran poli ice cream ('235). The sweet treat features on the festive menu of Chopra's newly launched restaurant. It..
                 

Putin signs bills banning fake news, insults

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a series of bills criminalising persons who would spread "fake news" or "disrespecting" the state, in a move which, critics say, will curtail freedom of speech of criticising the government. The new legislation allows Russian authorities to block websites or Internet accounts that publish what they deem to be "fake news" and penalises those who post material found to be insulting and distasteful to state officials, state symbols and Russian society. According to the new law, individuals found publishing "fake news" will have to pay a fine of 100,000 rubles, while public officials will have to cough up 200,000 roubles. For corporate organisations, the fine has been set at 500,000 roubles, TASS news agency reported. However, the new legislation mandates that news publications registered with Roskomnadzor (federal executive body responsible for overseeing the media), including online media sites, would be given a chance..
                 

PM Narendra Modi, KCR conspiring against TDP, claims Chandrababu Naidu

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Krishna (Andhra Pradesh): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao are conspiring against the Telugu Desam Party, while adding that YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy "compromised with Modi" to get rid of all cases filed against him. "YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is the fan, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is the switch and BJP is the power," Naidu said while addressing party workers here on Monday. The TDP Chief further mentioned that if Prime Minister Modi comes back to power, minorities would not be safe in the country, while accusing the current NDA government of "betraying" Andhra Pradesh. He then went on to say that Jagan was taking "political mileage" from his uncle Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy's death. "If Jagan comes to power, can anybody live safely in the state? They are blaming us for Vivekananda Reddy's murder and asking for an inquiry by the Central Bureau Investigat..
                 

Gautam Gambhir to BCCI: There can't be conditional bans

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Former India opener Gautam Gambhir Monday said the BCCI should either snap all cricketing ties with Pakistan, including multi-lateral events, or engage with the arch-rivals at every level as "there can't be conditional bans". Gambhir, who called for snapping ties with Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel, said the Indian Board has to decide and be prepared for the consequences. The responsibility of the Pulwama attack was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. "There can't be conditional bans. Either you ban everything with Pakistan or open everything with Pakistan. What has happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable," Gambhir, who was recently conferred the Padma Shri, told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event for 'Funngage.com'. "I am sure it's going to be difficult for India to boycott them in ICC tournaments but stop playing Pakistan in the Asia Cup," said the left-hander. Outspoken in his support fo..
                 

Mumbai: Another man arrested in connection with Sachin Sawant's murder

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Mumbai crime branch arrested the eight accused in connection with Shiv Sena leader Sachin Sawant's murder conspiracy. The accused identified as Umesh Sahani was wanted since the case was registered in 2018. Sawant (45), Shiv Sena's local shakha pramukh (leader) on April 22, 2018, around 7.30 pm, was on his way home after leaving office when a few men shot at him. After the first bullet missed Sawant, he made a run for it. He ran for about 200 metres with the attackers chasing him and firing at him. The sixth bullet hit Sawant in the chest and he collapsed near the Sai Baba temple. The locals informed Sawant's family and friends about the incident and rushed him to the nearest private hospital. The hospital referred him to Shatabdi Hospital, as his condition was critical but doctors at Shatabdi declared him dead around 8.30 pm. According to the officials from the crime branch's unit-XII, they received information that Sahani had come to meet a person in Dahisar. Immediately a tea..
                 

IPL will be crucial for World Cup selection: BCCI

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Going into the last ODI series before the upcoming World Cup -- against Australia -- India skipper Virat Kohli had said that Indian players' performance in the IPL wouldn't have any bearing with selection in the squad for the showpiece event. But with none of the batsmen managing to secure the No.4 slot post the five ODIs against the Aussies, the players' performance in the IPL will have a bearing on the minds of the selectors when they pick the squad for the World Cup mid-April. The four primary contenders for the No.4 slot are Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. And it all now boils down to a consistent showing in the first half of the cash-rich T20 league. A good run here and one of these four will be rewarded with a ticket to England. Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that recent performances have meant that the first month of the 12th edition of the IPL will have to be looked into when MSK Prasad and his team sit down to pick the squad for the W..
                 

Dhawan: Indian batsmen will need to do well for Delhi Capitals to win

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Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan Monday reckoned that the Indian batsmen would need to score the bulk of runs for Delhi Capitals to harbour hopes of winning the Indian Premier League. Dhawan joined the rest of the Delhi Capitals squad here on Sunday after having taken part in the recently concluded One-Day series against Australia. The left-handed batsman also took part in a T20 practice match organised by the Delhi Capitals to prepare for the upcoming season. "In IPL, the team who wins the trophy is always the one who has the best balance in the squad. Our team this year is also very balanced as we have good all-rounders, spinners and batsmen. The most important thing for us will be that our Indian batsmen play well and our top 4-5 batsmen are Indian, so I am expecting a great season ahead," said Dhawan. A regular in India's limited overs scheme of things, Dhawan has spent 10 seasons away in IPL before joining the Delhi franchise. "It is like a second homecoming for me, and I am very ex..
                 

Chelsea's mentality during loss to Everton worries coach Maurizio Sarri

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Maurizio Sarri admitted he is worried about his Chelsea team's "mentality" after they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Everton that severely damages their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League. Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, converting his own saved penalty, scored the second-half goals at Goodison Park on Sunday that halted Chelsea's recent league improvements and marked Everton's first win over 'Big Six' opposition in 26 games, a run dating back to January 2017. But the goals followed a first half of utter Chelsea domination in which they somehow failed to beat Everton's England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and the subsequent collapse has clearly concerned the London club's manager. "I'm worried about our mentality," said Sarri. "I think the situation is clear. We played probably the best 45 minutes of the season then, suddenly, at the beginning of the second half, we stopped playing. I don't know why." The Italian added: "We played well until the last minute of the first half ..
                 

Asaduddin Owaisi has assets worth Rs 13 crore

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Hyderabad: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, who filed his nomination for Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency on Monday, declared assets worth more than Rs 13 crore. His immovable assets are worth over Rs 12 crore and movable assets are over Rs 1.67 crore, according to the affidavit submitted by him while filing nomination. He owns no motor vehicle, but has one NP Bore .22 pistol worth Rs 1 lakh and one NP Bore 30-60 rifle worth Rs 1 lakh. The grand total of his liabilities is Rs 9.30 crore. He has Rs 2 lakh cash in hand. His income during 2017-18 was Rs 10,01,080. It was Rs 13,33,250 during 2016-17. There are five criminal cases pending against him. He was not convicted for any criminal offence. 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..
                 

Pramod Sawant, a Manohar Parrikar loyalist and RSS man, rises to top

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Panaji: From being an ayurveda practitioner to being the Goa chief minister, 46-year-old Pramod Sawant has come a long way. The two-time MLA from Sanquelim in North Goa, Sawant, who was Speaker of the state Assembly, is a dedicated RSS worker. The politician, recently seen in the RSS uniform at a Sangh event, was on Monday sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa following Manohar Parrikar's death. His elevation to the top post in the coastal state followed hectic parleys between the BJP and its alliance partners. Sawant's political career began in the BJP as a youth leader. A staunch Parrikar supporter, he had worked closely with the late leader. He won the 2012 and 2017 Assembly elections from North Goa's Sankhalim constituency, which used to be a Congress stronghold. He was among the few BJP MLAs who got re-elected in their constituencies during the state polls two years ago, when the party managed to win only 13 seats as compared to t 21 in the 2012 elections. When Parrikar cobb..
                 

Kapil Sharma on trolls: They are like unplanned children

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On numerous occasions, Kapil Sharma has found himself at the receiving end of criticism on social media. The comedy king has also given a piece of his mind to trolls, but the task continues. On March 11, Kapil Sharma attended an event with actress and television show judge, Shilpa Shetty Kundra in Goa.  At the event, when Kapil Sharma was asked how he reacts to trolls on social media, he said that trolls are like unplanned children. Elaborating his thoughts on trolls, he categorised them into three categories and said, "There are three kinds of followers on social media, one are fans, the second are fans who are also critics and the third breed is of velle (useless) ones. I thank fans who tell me or bring to my notice constructive criticism, but then the third breed has no job but to just spread negativity." This is what @KapilSharmaK9 has to say about the trolls on social media !!! #KapilSharma pic.twitter.com/KCgJchrrcd — Kapil Sharma FC (@KapilFans) March 15, 2019 ..
                 

For the Gandhi family, every election is a picnic, says BJP

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Every election is a "picnic" for the Gandhi family, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Monday while seeking to downplay Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's three-day Uttar Pradesh visit during which she will cover 100 km by boat in the river Ganga. "For the Gandhi family, every election is a picnic. They come, they see and resort to rhetorical speeches. After the elections are over, they head towards Switzerland or Italy," senior BJP leader and UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said on Monday. "As soon as a new election is announced, a new member of the family emerges and assumes magical leadership," he said, adding, "The respected leader (Priyanka) has campaigned for the Congress in earlier elections as well and despite campaigning, her party suffered defeats at the hustings". 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..
                 

Two thrash, rob truck driver and helper; 2 others on the run

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
New Delhi: Two men have been arrested for allegedly thrashing and robbing a truck driver and his helper in Dwarka, police said Monday. On the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, driver Saurav Pandey and helper Mukesh were returning after delivering a consignment at Sai Baba Mandir in Najafgarh, police said. At around 2.00 am when they reached near Dwarka More, a car blocked their truck, three men got down from it and started to thrash them. Pandey, in complaint, said a fourth man, who was driving the accused's car, was involved in the crime. While one of the accused drove the truck another left with their car, Pandey said. Besides the truck, the accused robbed Pandey of Rs 20,000 cash and his mobile phone, Anto Alphonse, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) said. Upon seeing police officials on patrol duty on the Dwarka route, Pandey raised an alarm following which one of the accused, Arun Kumar (25), was arrested on the spot, he said. A case was registered and on the stateme..
                 

Peter Mukerjea undergoes angiography at JJ Hospital

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case on Monday underwent angiography, which revealed he is suffering from triple vessel disease, a hospital official said. The 65-year-old, who is in jail since his arrest by the CBI in 2015, was on Sunday admitted to the state-run J J Hospital after he complained of chest pain. On Monday, he underwent angiography, an imaging test that uses X-rays to view body's blood vessels, at the hospital. "The doctors found triple vessel disease and available options are multi-vessel angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting (a major cardiac operation)," the official said. "The patient is, however, stable," he added. Triple vessel disease means three big vessels (the left anterior descending, right coronary and circumflex arteries) of a patient have blockages from atherosclerotic plaques (clogging of arteries with fatty deposits). Earlier in the day, a special CBI court here allowed Peter Mukerjea to get admitted to a..
                 

Singer Olly Murs sought therapy to combat anxiety

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Singer Olly Murs says he sought therapy after being gripped by panic attacks and anxiety. "My heart was pounding and I couldn't breathe. I'm standing behind the mic and I'm talking trying to calm myself down, thinking: 'What's going on? I've never ever been like this'. It was genuine panic. I was looking at my mum and dad in the audience and trying to focus, despite the fact I'd just forgotten my lyrics. It was just a routine performance but I didn't know what was going on," Murs told mirror.co.uk. The 'Dance With me Tonight' singer also had another feeling of "sudden, overwhelming panic" when he received the happy news he'd landed a job as a coach on 'The Voice'. He said: "I'll never forget, I was driving back from Braintree to Witham, in Essex, just waiting for a call from my management to say if I'd got 'The Voice'. As soon as they told me I'd got it, my friend with me was so excited for me. He was like: 'You're doing 'The Voice'. This is huge.' "I was like, 'Yeah, it is.' Then I..
                 

Idris Elba: DJ-ing grounds me, completely

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Hollywood star Idris Elba credits his DJ career with "grounding him completely" as it is his "first love" ahead of acting. "DJ-ing is my first love. I'm a creative, but DJ-ing was the first stop. That's where I started. By the time I was about 13, I was DJ-ing for house parties. And then, I met my drama teacher, and the DJ-ing went out the window," Elba told Collider magazine. He said: "I became an actor. But the truth is that I've kept DJ-ing alongside my acting career. It's one of those things that I just really like to do. It grounds me, completely. I love music, and I love making music. What I did not what to do was market my DJ-ing based on my acting. "But recently, there's been this crazy cross-roads of stuff happening, all together, with Coachella and 'Turn Up Charlie'. It all looks like a marketing plan, but it isn't. I promise, I'm not that clever." Elba had previously said that he "nearly passed out" when he was booked for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, repo..
                 

Mouni Roy: Was surprised when I was cast as villain in Brahmastra

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Mouni Roy says her casting as the main antagonist in Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-starrer "Brahmastra" came as a surprise for her. The 33-year-old actor, who made her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar's "Gold", says she wants to make versatile choices. "I am playing the main villain in the film. I am really looking forward to it. What is more liberating for me is playing different characters that challenges me. I was surprised initially that they wanted me to play the villain. "Ayan Mukherji (director) had seen something from 'Naagin' and felt I could play the villain. So you never know what clicks with whom. As an actor you should be willing to experiment and be versatile otherwise you can't learn and grow," Mouni told PTI. "Brahmastra" also featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, will serve as the first film in the trilogy. Mouni says working with the team has been an enriching experience. "My life is fulfilled after working with Mr Bachchan. Ranbir and Alia are sweethearts, they are too ..
                 

Pramod Sawant sworn in as Goa Chief Minister

11 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
In a late-night ceremony, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and BJP leader Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa. In addition, 11 other leaders, including Sudhin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party, took oath as Cabinet ministers. The oath was administered by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan in the wee hours of Tuesday. The Chief Minister's post went vacant following the death of Manohar Parrikar on Sunday evening after a prolonged illness. 43-year-old Sawant represents Sanquelim assembly constituency. His wife, Sulakshana Sawant is the president of the women's wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Goa. Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members with four seats lying vacant due to deaths of two legislators, including Parrikar and resignation of two others. The by-polls on the three seats are scheduled to take place on April 23. BJP currently has 12 legislators and enjoys the support of legislat..
                 

Richardson: India, Pak bound by agreement to play World Cup games

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
ICC CEO Dave Richardson yesterday said he doesn't forsee any threat to the high-profile India-Pakistan World Cup match, insisting that the two teams are bound by an ICC agreement to show up. "For ICC events, all teams have signed a members' participation agreement which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and [in case of] any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly [to the other team]," he said when asked about the matter. There were demands that India should boycott the game against Pakistan in the World Cup in Manchester on June 16 in the wake of last month's Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel. Responding to the outrage, the Committee of Administrators running Indian cricket also wrote a letter to the ICC urging it to boycott countries from where "terrorism emanates", but did not specifically name Pakistan. Another controversy erupted wh..
                 

Indian Wells Masters: It feels unreal, says Thiem after beating Federer

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
Dominic Thiem denied Roger Federer a record sixth Indian Wells title, beating the Swiss great 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to claim his first ATP Masters 1000 crown. The Austrian, 25, ranked eighth in the world, had fallen in two prior Masters finals, both in Madrid. But he rallied for a third career win over Federer in five meetings, his first over the Swiss on hard courts. "It feels just unreal what happened in this 10 days," Thiem said. "I came from a really bad form in all categories, and now I'm the champion of Indian Wells. It feels not real at all," added Thiem, the first Austrian to win a masters 1000 title since Thomas Muster at Miami in 1997. Thiem earned the crucial break in the 11th game of the final set, connecting on two sharply angled passing winners off of Federer drop shots to give himself a break point which he converted with a stinging forehand winner. "He stayed cool under pressure there," Federer said. "When he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot." Thiem c..
                 

Mumbai: Within 24 hours, cops arrest teen for abducting infant at Dadar

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
Within 24 hours, the Shivaji Park police arrested a 13-year-old boy for allegedly kidnapping a one-and-a-half-year-old baby. The child's disappearance was reported by his mother to the cops on March 7. She said a 12-13-year-old boy who'd been playing with her son for a couple of hours said he was taking him nearby to play with him, but he never returned, said a police officer from Shivaji Park police station. At GhansoliA case was registered at the police station under section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. Cops checked CCTV footage and established that the boy had taken a local train towards Kalyan. After checking more footage, it was found that the boy had alighted at Ghansoli. Teams were deputed to Ghansoli and police stations in Navi Mumbai and Thane were alerted about the incident as well. Then, around 6 pm on March 8, the Kalwa police informed them about a boy who matched the kidnapped kid's description. A team rushed to Kalwa police station with the mother and con..
                 

'How can BMC stop us from feeding birds and animals?'

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
Say no to feeding animals-that's the message the BMC wanted to send to its city-dwellers through the notices put up across the city. Complaints from some animal lovers and rights activists last week has now led the civic body to remove these notice boards that warned citizens of penal action if found feeding strays in public places. Activists, too, had taken this up with MP Maneka Gandhi alleging that the BMC was overriding the constitutional rights of citizens. The boards were removed following complaints from animal lovers The notices saying no to feeding animals were installed by the Solid West Management department of the BMC, citing provisions under the BMC Act. One such controversial signboard put by the K-West ward at the Balasaheb Deoras Marg in Andheri West stated that feeding animals and birds like pigeons, cats, dogs, horses and cows was prohibited, and an offense that could attract fines up to Rs 500 under the Greater Mumbai Cleanliness and Sanitation Bye-laws. The ..
                 

Bigg Boss 11: Luv Tyagi ends friendship with Hina Khan-Priyank Sharma

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Luv Tyagi became friends with Television actors Hina Khan and Priyank Sharma on the show, Bigg Boss 11. Luv, Hina and Priyank became great friends during their stint inside the Bigg Boss house and remained inseparable till the end. Hina emerged as a tough competition but lost the winner's trophy to Shilpa Shinde, and was declared as the first runner-up of Bigg Boss 11. Even after Bigg Boss 11, Hina Khan, Luv Tyagi and Priyank Sharma stayed in touch, partied together and voted for each other. Hina made sure that whenever she was in Delhi, she would catch up with her friend, Luv. While in Mumbai, the trio has partied together whenever possible. However, it isn't the same anymore and Luv has unfollowed both of them on Instagram, which has left their fans guessing about the reason for this split.       View this post on Instagram Surround yourself with people who make you smile more so choose people who choose youðŸ™Â..
                 

Hockey: Don Bosco High School add to Mumbai's turf time

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Other sports  
At a time when Indian hockey is not in the best of health, city aficionados are set to receive a tonic with the installation of a full-size artificial turf at Don Bosco High School, Matunga, a first for a school premises in Mumbai. The FIH-approved, 91.4 metre x 55 metre turf is currently in the final stage of installation and will be inaugurated on March 30, when city-based international hockey stars will play a friendly match with Don Bosco's past and present pupils. Interestingly, the project is a joint venture between two Don Bosco institutions. "Regardless of the current scenario in Indian or Mumbai hockey, the sport has always been a priority at Don Bosco. This project has been in the pipeline for some time and has finally materialised thanks to a joint-venture between the two schools on this premises - Don Bosco High School [DBHS] and Don Bosco International School [DBIS]," Fr Crispino D'Souza, Rector of Don Bosco, Matunga, and the brain behind the project, tells mid-day. An ..
                 

Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar's Nagpada flat to be auctioned

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
A 600 sq foot flat in Nagpada, belonging to Haseena Parkar, the sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, is all set to go under the hammer. The reserve price for the flat has been mentioned as Rs 1.69 crore and the earnest money deposit (EMD) is Rs 25 lakh. A notice for the same was issued on Thursday and the last day for application is on March 28. The auction is being held by the Ministry of Finance under the Smuggling and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act, (SAFEMA). The property is at flat number 12, A wing 1st floor, Gordon Hall Apartment, Nagpada, which was recently attached by the government. The auction is scheduled to be held on April 1, between 10 am and 12 pm at Yashwantrao Chavan Pratisthan, Nariman Point. The inspection of the property can be done by interested buyers on March 25 and the last date for submission of application for sealed tenders, public auction and e-auction along with EMD is March 28. When contacted R N D'Souza, joint commission..
                 

24-year-old journalist, friend held in magazine editor's murder

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
The murder case of 44-year-old managing editor of the magazine 'India Unbound' Nityanand Pandey has been cracked by the Thane Rural Kashimira police, local crime branch and Bhiwandi police with the arrest of two accused, including a woman staffer. The 24-year-old woman, who was working as a journalist with Pandey's magazine, apparently took the help of a friend, and after giving Pandey sleeping pills mixed in an energy drink, strangulated him in his car at Bhayandar West and later threw the body in a Bhiwandi nullah at night. Nityanand Pandey's body when it was found Wanted to settle downThe accused have been identified as Ankita Mishra and Satish Mishra. They were arrested by the crime branch on Sunday following an interrogation. During inquiry, it was revealed that Ankita had been working for Pandey for the past three years. She had interviewed senior police officers, bureaucrats and politicians with Pandey. She told the cops that Pandey had forced her into a physical relationship..
                 

One of seven kidnapped Indians returns home from Afghanistan

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
New Delhi: Ten months after being kidnapped in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, one of the seven Indian nationals has safely returned to India, the External Affairs Ministry said on Monday. It said India continued to work closely with the Afghan government for the safe and early return of the remaining six Indian nationals. "We are grateful to Government of Afghanistan for their support in securing the release and repatriation of the Indian national," the MEA said. The seven Indian engineers were kidnapped by Taliban militants in the restive northern Baghlan province on May 6 last year. The Indian engineers of KEC International, an RPG group company, were working on a project for the construction of a power sub-station in the country. India has been carrying reconstruction activities in the war-torn country. It has already provided at least USD 2 billion aid to Afghanistan. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day ..
                 

If not Modi, who? Nehru may have had the right answer

14 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
The Narendra Modi government has done its five years, a period, even his most serious critics would admit, is already etched in history. Five more years and 300-plus seats are what he and his party are seeking now, a rare ambition by a party and a government that reels out numbers to make big claims about small achievements, whether regarding economic performance or those killed by air strike in Balakot. Columnists and experts can keep quibbling about the strategic advantage that India gained from its attack on Pakistan, but it has impressed those who believe leadership is about flaunting muscles. Balakot has arrested the BJP's slide, which was evident with the losses in the assembly elections of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. An assessment that begins from the last page of Modi's first term can't but conclude that his government is totally in control. Yet, ironically, his government remains angry, as it has been through much of its five years, surprising for one enjoying..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor: Films more important to me than fame

21 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Actress Janhvi Kapoor says her films are more important to her than earning fame as she has experienced fame since her childhood. "Fame is important for every actor and whatever fame I have earned is all because of my family. I have been getting recognised more after my first film so, I am very grateful for love and support which I received from the media and the audience. "I have experienced fame since my childhood so now my work, acting and films are more important to me than fame," Janhvi told media at HELLO! Hall of Fame Awards 2019 on Sunday. Janhvi-- the elder daughter of late actress Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor, made her Bollywood debut last year with the film Dhadak. At the event, Janhvi also spoke about actress Madhuri Dixit Nene, who replaced Sridevi in the movie Kalank. She said that she is looking forward to watch her in the movie. "I was excited to see her in Kalank from audience point of view. I think teaser of Kalank and every character's look in the film is loo..
                 

Chris Hemsworth shares selfie with quokka

22 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Actor Chris Hemsworth took to Instagram, sharing a photograph of himself and an epic animal he said he'd encountered in Australia. Hemsworth took his "first quokka selfie" while visiting Rottnest Island, he wrote in the caption. In the photograph, the actor appeared to making a face similar to that of the furry critter.       View this post on Instagram Spent 3 weeks crawling around the dirt, studying the Quokkas movements, mimicking their language and eventually gained their trust and was accepted as one of them, I now go by the name Quokkachris #rottnestislandwa @australia @rottnestislandwa A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) onMar 14, 2019 at 9:37pm PDT "Got my first quokka selfie this week at Rottnest Island," the Thor star wrote. "Epic little creatures are all over the island just cruisin through the day doing their thing. Get there and check it out!" The post included a second photograph that also featured his wife, Elsa Patak..
                 

Madhuri Dixit's Marathi project gets release date

22 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene and her husband Shriram Nene's upcoming Marathi production 15 August is set to release on Netflix on March 29. "There's always been a part of me that wanted to create and back meaningful films, and there couldn't be a better starting point for me than '15 August'," Madhuri said in a statement. She added: "This is an endearing, relatable story that has been brought to life beautifully by the talented Swapnaneel Jayakar and actors Rahul Pethe, Mrunmayee Deshpande, and Adinath Kothare." Set in a Mumbai chawl, the film follows the course of a series of mishaps that occur on a single day, as its residents prepare for the Independence Day flag-hoisting ceremony. The film revolves around how the course of the day unfolds on a not-so-typical Independence Day -- when a lover, in his quest to win over his beloved, ends up creating complete mayhem, compelling all the residents to unite and help him out of his mess. The film highlights what independence, love and affe..
                 

Two Maharashtra youth playing PUBG mowed down by train in Hingoli

22 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
Two persons engrossed in playing online game PUBG were knocked down by a train in Hingoli district in Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. The incident happened at Khatkali Bypass in Hingoli, over 570 kilometres on Saturday evening, an official said. "Nagesh Gore (24) and Swapnil Annapurne (22) were playing PUBG near the railway tracks. They were run over by the Hyderabad-Ajmer train. Their bodies were found late at night by people living in the vicinity," he said. An accidental death report has been registered at Hingoli police station, he informed. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG, is an online multi-player game of South Korean origin which experts have said is highly addictive and gives rise to violent behaviour in many of those playing it. 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..
                 

See photos: Katrina Kaif has bought a new car and it's super swanky

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Bollywood  
We all know the love our Bollywood celebs have for swanky cars - the swankier, the better. Amitabh Bachchan loved his Rolls Royce that he recently sold, Deepika Padukone adores her Mercedes-Maybach, and Katrina Kaif is a big fan of the Audi series. The Zero actress has now broadened her search for the perfect vehicle and seems like she has decided a rugged Range Rover is what she needs. Here are some photos of her new, swanky, sleek car. All pictures/Yogen Shah Range Rovers are rugged beasts that are made to take on any road and terrain. So, Katrina Kaif seems to have made a wise choice in choosing this car. It's a white model and it looks pretty amazing from the outside. The car comes between the price tag of Rs 49 to Rs 65 lakh in India.  Besides Katrina Kaif, some other B-town celebs have also chosen this car as their preferred mode of transport. Alia Bhatt, Bobby Deol, Shah Rukh Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Anushka Sharma also own varia..
                 

Woman livestreams x-rated video meant for husband as Facebook story

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
A Bulgarian woman has been left red-faced after she accidentally live-streamed a racy video instead of privately messaging it to her partner. In a shocking incident, a woman was extremely mortified after she committed a huge Facebook blunder. Zeinepa Galibova from Bulgaria accidentally live-streamed a rather saucy video of herself to over 2,000 Facebook friends, instead of sending it as a private message to her husband, who is away from here. In the video that was live-streamed to thousands of people, the woman who is supposed to be missing her husband is seen getting playful in bed as she vigorously gets in front of the camera. The video which was meant for her husband's eyes only was mistakenly made live and viewed by thousands which included the women's family, friends, and even her son reports The Sun. The live video was seen by the woman's friends and family which left them in a state of shock and disbelief. Pic/Representational Picture The woman's partner is currently w..
                 

Remember 2000s actress Aarti Chabria? She is engaged now!

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
90s actress and former model Aarti Chabria secretly exchanged rings with Visharad Beedassy on March 11. Beedassy is a chartered accountant and an international tax consultant based in Mauritius. The actress confirmed this news to Bombay Times and also revealed that she will soon get married to him, who is currently in Australia. However, they haven't zeroed down on their wedding date yet! Talking about having an arranged marriage with Visharad, and how did she meet him, Aarti told the publication, "I had many times given up on the idea that I would find my Mr Right, but my family members always felt that one day, I would find my soulmate. I feel it is because of my family's blessings that I found Visharad because he is everything that I had ever dreamt of. I am extremely lucky to have found him after a long wait. He is a chartered accountant and an international tax consultant."       View this post on Instagram CONGRATULATIONS A wonderful person, an a..
                 

CBI arrests two senior Indian Forest Service officers in bribery case

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ News  
New Delhi: The CBI has arrested two senior Indian Forest Service officers for allegedly bribing an environment ministry official, officials said on Sunday. Tarun Johri and D Gogoi, both chief conservators of forest, posted in Arunachal Pradesh and Port Blair respectively, were arrested in a case of Rs 20,000 to the environment ministry official for getting a departmental work done. It is alleged that some departmental service matter of Gogoi was pending in the ministry for which he sought the help of his batchmate Johri, who was on a visit to Delhi, they said.Johri paid Rs 10,000 to the official on behalf of Gogoi to a ministry official who complained to his superior about the bribe, they said. A case was registered and during the verification process by the CBI, Gogoi paid another Rs 10,000 to the official, they said. After successful verification, Johri was arrested Saturday, while Gogoi was nabbed Sunday, they said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and H..
                 

Chinese woman found after going missing from group in Jaipur

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Jaipur: A 26-year-old Chinese woman, who got separated from her group in Jaipur, was found on Sunday, police said. Luo Xi, had come to Jaipur on March 15 in a group of tourists and had gone for shopping on Saturday, they said. She got separated from the group in Chaura Rasta. The group manager informed the hotel management, following which police were informed. On Sunday, she was spotted travelling pillion on a scooty with a local man who was taking her to a mobile phone repair shop, police said. Two local men and a woman saw Luo Xi crying near Chaura Rasta. Her mobile phone was not working and she was unable to communicate with them due to language problem, they said. To get her mobile phone repaired, one of the men was taking her to the shop and it was when police found her, police said. The woman was later taken to the hotel, 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 u..
                 

Smriti Irani gets emotional at last rites of Manohar Parrikar in Goa

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
The cremation of former Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, will be held with full state honour on Monday. The last rites are expected to be performed at 5 pm at Miramar. Goa will be observing 7 days mourning to grieve the loss of the late chief minister and the Centre already announced National Mourning on March 18. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (63) breathed his last on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. His health has been fluctuating for a year and took a turn for the worse in the past two days. He had been on life support system since late Saturday night. Parrikar had been the Cheif Minister of Goa since March 2017. He also held the same post from 2000-2005 as well as 2012-2014. He was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer last year and was in an out of hospitals in Goa, Delhi, Mumbai and New York. Panaji: Union Minister Smriti Irani gets emotional as she pays last respects to Goa CM #ManoharParrikar. pic.twitter.com/NOOucOU8iO — ANI (@ANI) M..
                 

Move to appoint Lokpal comes after pressure on government: Anna Hazare

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra): After the Lokpal selection panel reportedly cleared the name of a retired Supreme Court Judge for the ombudsman's post, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has said that the government was "forced" to take the step under pressure of the people's movement and the apex court. According to reports, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose's name was cleared at a meeting of the selection committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi on Friday. "The movement by the public for the Lokpal forced the government to appoint the Lokpal. Moreover, the Supreme Court used its baton not once or twice but thrice and that forced the government to appoint the Lokpal," Anna Hazare told ANI on Sunday. "The Lokpal is being appointed 9 years after the movement. The world is now seeing how powerful the public is. The Supreme Court is also very powerful," Hazare said. The a..
                 

BKC-Chunabhatti flyover to be ready by July: Girders laid over CR lines

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
One of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in the city's eastern suburbs took a giant step late Saturday night as four 50 metre-long girders were laid over the Central Railway tracks between Sion and Kurla, as part of the Eastern Express Highway (EEH)-Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Connector project. MMRDA officials said that the original deadline of the work was April 2018 and that it has now been revised to June-July 2019. The project, conceived in 2014, aims to build a 1.6-km elevated road to give motorists direct connectivity from BKC to EEH and vice-versa. The 50-m long girders were laid over Central Railway tracks late on Saturday night. Pics/Atul Kamble The connector flyover takes off from G-Block of Bandra Kurla Complex and after crossing Mithi River, LBS Marg, Central Railway tracks and VN Mankikar Road leads to Chunabhatti railway station. It will further be extended to cross over the Harbour line railway tracks, to pass over Somaiya Trust Ground and join the Eastern Ex..
                 

Gary Oldman: Five Oscar worthy performances by the ever-green actor

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News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Meet a man who was at the top of the game three decades ago and still is even after 60 movies – the evergreen Gary Oldman. He is easily one of the most versatile actors in the industry and is known to be a chameleon who can adapt to any role. He is much more than a regular look-at-me performer and despite playing some campy bad guy roles, Gary can effortlessly disappear into any role without getting repetitive. But, guess what! He has only been nominated for two Oscars in a career spanning over three decades. The first one was just five years ago for his role in 2012's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. That was the first time the Academy thought the venerable actor is fit to be invited to their big party, which is nuts. But the word inevitable rung out as soon as Gary Oldman was holding his first Oscar last year for his performance as Winston Churchill in the movie, Darkest Hours. Gary Oldman receiving an Oscar was one of the most awaited moment in the history of Academy awards! While ..
                 

Six-year-old West Nile Virus patient dead in Kerala

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Kozhikode (Kerala): A six-year-old boy, who was being treated for West Nile Virus (WNV) disease here, passed away on Monday, said Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja. The boy hailing from Malappuram district was under treatment for fever at the state-run Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode since earlier in March. He was diagnosed with WNV last week, after tests conducted at the Christian Medical College hospital, that turned out to be positive. Following doubts of WNV, the Centre had dispatched a multi-disciplinary team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assess the spread of WNV in Kerala. The Union Health Ministry's decision came after the six-year-old was feared to be infected with WNV, a mosquito-borne disease mostly reported in the US. Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda then reviewed the situation with Secretary Preeti Sudan and directed all support to be extended to Kerala for the prevention and management in the spread of the disease, his Ministry said. Th..
                 

Surf Guitar king Dick Dale dies at 81

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Dick Dale, the "King of the Surf Guitar" whose Miserlou was famously used as the title music for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, has died. He was 81. His bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed the news to the Guardian.  His self-released records with his band the Deltones led the way for countless other acts - the Chantays, the Surfaris, Eddie and the Showmen and the Pyramids among them - who emulated his reverb-soaked, "wet" sound and aggressive attack in their own hits. In his The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, writer and latter-day surf guitarist John Blair described the genesis of Dale's distinctive and unprecedented sound, variety.com reported. "He attempted to musically reproduce the feeling he had while surfing, and the result of this somewhat nebulous and certainly subjective approach was the surfing music genre," Blair said. "The feeling was one of vibration and pulsification, which he produced by a heavy staccato sound on the low-key strings of his guitar accompanied..
                 

Amit Shah on Manohar Parrikar's death: Nation has lost a true patriot

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New Delhi: In the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar the nation has lost a true patriot, BJP president Amit Shah said on Sunday, remembering him as a leader who dedicated his life to the country and ideology. Shah said Parrikar has shown how a BJP worker "even during his toughest time, is committed to the philosophy of Nation First, Party Next and Self Last". Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also condoled his demise and said his contribution in making the armed forces a lean and mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled. Shah said, "Manohar Parrikar ji's demise is extremely painful. In him, the nation has lost a true patriot who selflessly dedicated his entire life to the country and ideology. Parrikar ji's commitment towards his people and duties was exemplary. He will always be remembered for his contributions as India's defence minister and as CM of Goa." The entire BJP, he said, stands firmly with Parrikar's family. "I along with millions of BJP karyakartas (wor..
                 

Chow Yun-fat to star in father-son drama Be Water, My Friend

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Veteran Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat has been signed on to feature in drama Be Water, My Friend. The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star will play a troubled, pathological gambler who seeks a way to connect with his autistic son. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is being pitched as a serious, dramatic acting vehicle that shows a new side of the iconic actor. The film will be directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Anthony Pun (Extraordinary Mission) from a screenplay by Felix Chong, best known for co-writing and co-directing Infernal Affairs, the hit crime drama that was later remade by Martin Scorsese as Oscar winner The Departed (2006). Hong Kong industry veteran Ronald Wong of Project Gutenberg and Extraordinary Mission fame will produce the film. The title of the film bears a clear resemblance to a quote by Bruce Lee about his philosophy of martial arts. Shooting will take place in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip..
                 

17-year-boy held for killing tuition mate

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New Delhi: A 17-year-old boy was apprehended for allegedly killing his tuition mate in Shahdara, police said ON Sunday. A complaint was received on Saturday evening regarding a missing girl, a resident of Naveen Shahdara, a senior police officer said. Investigations revealed that she had gone to meet some of her friends in the afternoon but did not return till late evening, Meghna Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara), said. Through local enquiry and mobile phone details of the missing girl, her movement and persons whom she was in touch with was established, the DCP said. Thereafter, it was revealed that she had been in touch with one of her friends following which the boy was called for questioning, said Yadav. The boy initially said they had gone to an ice-cream parlour together and from there he had returned home, the officer said. During further interrogation, the boy revealed that he had killed the her, she said. He told police that he knew her from common tuition cla..
                 

Celebrate Holi with family and friends with food, music and colours

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Holi Color Fusion is an initiative of bringing together individuals, families, friends and adding music, food, colors to this amazing festival! Happening at the heritage ground of Borivali – Korakendra Grounds. HOLI COLOR FUSION will be the biggest Holi festival this season! With a powerful DJ line-up, we also have crowd engaging activities open to all generations! HEADLINER: AARYAN GALAPlaying Alongside: Muszik Mmafia, Dj Navin, DJ Manzee and Dream Projekt Also, to add the beat and increase the heat, they have Dancing Diva Rutth Lawrence along with her crew. So, hold your breath because they ain't gonna skip a Beat. 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 mana..
                 

BSP announces candidates for 6 Chhattisgarh Lok Sabha seats

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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Tuesday announced candidates for six out of 11 Lok Sabha seatsin Chhattisgarh. The announcement was made by the Mayawati-led party's state unit chief Hemant Poyam. Senior party leader and former MLA Dauram Ratnakar has been fielded from Janjgir-Champa (Scheduled Caste) Lok Sabha constituency while Aaytu Ram Mandavi will contest from BastarScheduled Tribe) seat, he said. The other four are Sube Singh Dhurve (Kanker- ST), Maya Bhagat (Surguja- ST), Innocent Kujur (Raigarh-ST) and Geetanjali Singh (Durg), Poyam said. Ratnakar had served as BSP state president earlier and was three-time MLA from Pamgarh assembly constituency in Jangir-Champa district in undivided Madhya Pradesh, Poyam said. Tribal leader Mandavi has been given another chance from Bastar seat after losing from there in the 2009 general elections. Dhruve is the sarpanch (village head) of Markatola panchayat in Kanke..
                 

IPL full schedule: KKR gets relief, to play all home matches at Eden

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Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will play all their Indian Premier League home matches at the Eden Gardens despite West Bengal going into polls during all seven phases of general elections. The BCCI on Tuesday released the full schedule of the round robin league matches starting March 23 till May 5. As usual, there will be a total 56 matches that will be played during the six-week tourney. Among the round robin matches there are 12 afternoon starts (4 pm matches) on the weekends.The IPL operations team has ensured that no team plays their home matches at the alternate venues as the general elections will be held in seven phases from April 12 to May 19. Even Kings XI Punjab, who had played a few of their home matches in Indore during earlier editions, will play all their matches in Mohali. "The biggest challenge was to ensure that KKR gets to play all their matches at the Eden Gardens as West Bengal is the only state which is going to polls on all seven dates. However with ..
                 

Arjun Kapoor: Insecurities push you to do better

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Actor Arjun Kapoor, who made his debut in Bollywood in 2012, says the profession comes with a lot of insecurities which push him to do better. After stepping into the world of acting with Ishaqzaade, he starred in films like Gunday, 2 States, Ki & Ka, Half Girlfriend, Mubarakan and Namaste England. Does he agree that the acting profession comes with a lot of insecurities? "Yes. Of course, insecurities, but not bad insecurities... It is suppose to push you to do better. Being insecure is looked at as... in a negative context but that's not true," Arjun told IANS in an email interview. I might be insecure about something but that should make me work harder so that I feel more secure," he added. Arjun said he is a very secure person but everybody has "moments of weakness, where one feels insecure for a second". "But you need good people around you to make you feel secure again and put perspective. You need to work that you love doing," he added. The 33-year-old actor, who ha..
                 

Rajasthan Royals launches its foremost Cricket Academy in the UK

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Transforming its commitment to discovering potential, championing dreams, Rajasthan Royals today launched its first cricket academy in the United Kingdom. The Star Cricket Academy based at Reed's School in Surrey joined hands with Rajasthan Royals to relaunch the facility as the ‘Rajasthan Royals Academy’. The facility at Reed's has a state-of-the-art cricket centre named the Jarrett Centre. It is an indoor cricket training centre run by former professional batsman Siddharth Lahiri, along with his team of elite coaches including former England international and mentor to the academy, Keith Medlycott. The Royals, who have always been known for scouting and unearthing talent had launched their grassroots program in India, in October 2018 called the Royals Colts for boys and Royal Sparks for girls. Going one step further, the Royals who have a strong base in the UK owing to its association with two stars of English cricket, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, and also the base for t..
                 

Tigmanshu Dhulia: In future, won't act in films I direct

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Tigmanshu Dhulia may have impressed the audiences with his directing and acting chops, but the filmmaker says balancing both the jobs in the same film is akin to walking a tightrope. The director, who played the father to the main lead (Ali Fazal) in his latest directorial Milan Talkies, said he decided to take up the part as other actors were unavailable. This was Dhulia's first full-fledged role in his directorial venture. He previously made a guest appearance in his 2011 film Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. "I never wanted to do this role. In the future I will never do acting and direction hand-in-hand as it's very tough. I wanted someone else to do this role. But the issue was of the dates and everyone was busy. When I was left with no choice, I decided to act in the film," the director told PTI in an interview. Dhulia has acted in a number of films, most notably Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur series and Shah Rukh Khan's Zero. He believes Milan Talkies nicely deals with a father-s..
                 

Mahesh Bhatt questions system of censorship

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National Award-winning filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is supporting the forthcoming film No Fathers in Kashmir that is yet to get a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, has criticised the system of censorship that creates obstacles to unveiling the truth. "It's a tragedy that a film like No Fathers in Kashmir... a filmmaker who puts his film together, and runs from pillar to post, begged people to get it through. In this age and time, is there anything called censorship?" "I have the audacity to look at the truth. The greatest epic which mankind has been blessed with, the Mahabharata came from the battle of Kurukshetra, in that moment of darkness, he who locks the eyes with the darkness discovers a life which Ashvin has discovered," Bhatt told the media here on Monday. Ashvin has been waiting for months for a certificate from the CBFC. He had filed for a censor certificate in July 2018. After challenging the CBFC's decision to give the film an 'A' certificate, whi..
                 

Editor's murder: Autopsy delay may ruin evidence, say forensic experts

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Delay in dispatching Nityanand Pandey's body resulted in early decomposition of his mortal remains, forensic experts said. The body was sent for a post-mortem at 5 pm on Sunday and the autopsy started almost 30 to 36 hours after the crime. Pandey's body was found around 2.30 pm on Saturday but reached the department of forensic medicine and toxicology, Grant Medical College and JJ Group of hospitals only around 5 pm on Sunday and the autopsy began two hours later, by when the body had begun showing early signs of decomposition, forensic surgeons said. The Bhiwandi Taluka police, under whose jurisdiction the body was found, also did not send crucial spot photographs of the deceased to the forensic experts. "Pandey's face, hands and legs had started showings signs of decomposition. We have found contusion marks around the neck and most of the injuries are ante mortem," said a forensic surgeon. The preliminary cause of death in was given as, "Multiple injuries with neck contusions (unna..
                 

J&K school teacher, arrested in terror case, dies in custody

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Srinagar: A school teacher, who was arrested in connection with a terror case, has died in a police custody here, prompting the department to request for a magisterial inquiry, officials said on Tuesday. Rizwan Pandit, 28, a resident of Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, a police officer said. Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago in connection with a terror case, the officer said. The police department has requested a magisterial inquiry under Section 176 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to ascertain the cause and circumstances leading to Pandit's death, the officer said, adding that further details were awaited. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Harish Iyer's new Instagram post gets everybody curious, see photo

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Harish Iyer, a well-known activist for a number of causes including promoting the rights of the LGBTQ community, children, women, animals, and survivors of child sexual abuse. He is also one of the organisers of the famous LGBTQ Pride.  Harish Iyer in a recent interview with mid-day had addressed the issues of the LGBTQ community and their difficulty to find the right partner for life. But his recent post on Instagram apparently grabbed everybody's attention.  Harish Iyer shared a picture with this mystery guy where they both are sharing coconut water from the same shell. He even went on to caption this picture as, 'Yeh Ishq Nahi Aasan,' which left everyone wondering out of curiosity if he is "the guy?"   Harish Iyer has always been vocal about the issues of the LGBTQ community and also difficulties he overcame in his personal life. Known for his witty humour and vibrant personality, Harish's latest post on Instagram is definitely an adorable one. His pos..
                 

Man faces music for cheating 'Indian Idol' singer in Sion

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A 22-year-old man was arrested Monday from Jharkhand for allegedly cheating an 'Indian Idol' participant of Rs 1.7 lakh on the pretext of debit card verification by posing as a bank executive, police said. The accused, Rajkumar Jaynarayan Mandal, was arrested by the Sion police with the help of Cyber Cell of the Mumbai police, an official said. Mandal had phoned Avanti Patel (23), who participated in the singing reality show 'Indian Idol' last year, and her sister posing as an executive of a public sector bank, he said. While talking to them, the accused obtained their bank details and debit card passwords. He then fraudulently withdrew Rs 1.7 lakh from Patel's and her sister's accounts and transferred the money to other bank accounts and Paytm, a digital wallet, he said. The incident came to light when the singer realised that she has been cheated and lodged a complaint with the Sion police, the official said. During the investigation, the police traced the phone call to Jharkhand ..
                 

Minor girl raped by 'exorcist' in Gujarat village

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Ahmedabad: A teenage girl was allegedly raped by a man claiming to be an exorcist in a village in Devbhoomi Dwarka district of Gujarat, police said on Monday. The parents of the 14-year-old survivor had approached the accused, a self-styled exorcist, for help as their daughter had not been keeping well, said a Kalyanpur police station official in the district. The incident took place Sunday at Bhatvadiya village, around 400km from Ahmedabad, he said. The accused, Bharat Sonagara, claimed to banish "evil spirits" from people, he said. "The victim, who belonged to Bhatiya village (in the same district), was unwell and her parents approached the accused to help her out. "The accused asked the girl's parents to wait as he took the girl to an isolated area and raped her," the official said, quoting from the FIR lodged at the Kalyanpur police station. Sonagara threatened the girl and asked her not to tell anything about the incident to her parents, the police official said. However, the su..
                 

Priyanka features in 50 most powerful women in entertainment list

6 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Hollywood  
Global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas has joined international celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep in USA Today's list of "50 most powerful women in entertainment". Honoured on getting featured in the list, Priyanka said in a statement: "I feel privileged to share this platform with these amazing women who have each pushed through their own challenges and created their own realities and today stand shoulders above everyone in their chosen careers. It does give one a feeling of achievement." Priyanka became a popular name in the West through her lead role of Alex Parrish in the American TV drama thriller series Quantico. She made her Hollywood debut opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Zac Efron in the action-comedy Baywatch in 2017. The list also included the names of singer Beyonce, television star Ellen Degeneres, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and international pop icon Jennifer Lopez among many others. On the film front, Priyanka will be next seen in "The Sky is Pink..
                 

Twitterati celebrates the rise in Indian rupee against US dollar

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The rupee edged 2 paise higher to 68.51 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meet. Besides the greenback's weakness against some currencies overseas, increased selling of the American currency by exporters as well as banks supported the rupee, forex dealers said. The currency's movement was influenced by a higher opening in the domestic equity market. The domestic unit had surged by 57 paise on Monday to close at an over seven-month high of 68.53 against the US dollar, also marking a sixth straight session of gains, driven by sustained foreign fund inflows and narrowing trade deficit. According to provisional data, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 1,269 crore Monday, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,823 crore. Twitterati could not contain the excitement and shared their happiness on the social media platform. The #Rupee today opened higher for the 7th consecutive session a..
                 

LS polls: Rs3.17 lakh litre liquor, Rs 4 crore cash seized in UP

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Lucknow: The sleuths of Income Tax department along with the police, custom and narcotics officials have seized over Rs 4 crore and 3,16,947 litre liquor worth Rs 10.69 crore from across the state, Election Commission said.The Chief Electoral Officer, UP L Venkateshwar Lu in a press release further informed that during the raids, 1,80,787 licensed weapons were also seized and arms licenses of 183 people were cancelled. 2610 kilograms of explosive material has also been recovered till now, the released added. According to the release, 86,597 wall writings, and 6,16,828 posters, 3,32,124 were removed by the district administration from the public places following the model code of conduct. Acting it in the same way, the administration has removed 51,642 wall writings, 1,97,326 posters, 1,19,063 banners and 66,659 other materials related to propaganda.Uttar Pradesh will go to polls during all seven phases of the election to be held on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May ..
                 

Delhi HC disposes of petition against Flipkart, Amazon

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday disposed of a petition alleging violations of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms by e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon. A division bench headed by Delhi Chief Justice Rajendra Menon was hearing a plea filed by NGO Telecom Watchdog demanding probe into Amazon India, and Flipkart allegedly violating FDI norms. The bench disposed of the petition after the Enforcement Directorate informed the court that a probe in this regard is still going on. The plea further alleged that Amazon India and Flipkart allegedly routed hot-selling stocks through multiple entities. "Popular products were routed at cheap prices using proxies. While Cloud tail single is the largest seller on Amazon India, WS Retail is the single largest seller on Flipkart," the plea reads. The petition also alleged that these companies have endangered the survival of brick-and-mortar stores. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also dow..
                 

'We need to prevent the notoriety', says New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

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Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday expressed concerns about the Australian-born terrorist Brenton Tarrant's plans to represent himself in future court hearings. "I agree that is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks. This could involve a conversation with the media," New Zealand Herald quoted Ardern as saying to reporters here.Asserting that the suspect was planning to "lift his own profile", the New Zealand premier remarked: "That's something that we can absolutely deny him. You won't hear me speak his name." Ardern reiterated that the country's gun laws will undergo changes as the Cabinet ministers had in-principle agreed to the reforms. She said that legislation would be drafted before March 25. Tarrant, the 28-year-old terrorist accused of gunning down 50 people during the March 15 twin terror attacks at Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on Monday dismissed h..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Woman clerk booked for Rs 6 lakh fraud at school in Thane

8 hours ago  
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A 32-year-old woman clerk of a school in Thane district of Maharashtra has been booked for allegedly misappropriating students' fee to the tune of nearly Rs 6 lakh, police said on Tuesday. According to a complaint filed by the private school's management, the accused, a resident of Dombivli town, allegedly deleted receipts from the institution's accounting software of fees collected by her from 61 students between January and December 2018, a police spokesperson said.Based on the complaint, the police on Monday booked the accused under IPC Sections 408 (criminal breach of trust), 420, (cheating) and 468 (forgery), the official said. No arrest was made so far, the police said, adding that a probe was underway in the case.In another incident, a 22-year-old man was arrested from Jharkhand for allegedly cheating an 'Indian Idol' participant of Rs 1.7 lakh on the pretext of debit card verification by posing as a bank executive, police said. The accused, Rajkumar Jaynarayan Mandal..
                 

Rachel Bilson to star in 'Lovestruck'

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Rachel Bilson has been roped in as the female lead for the show "Lovestruck". According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The OC" alum will play the bride, Daisy Valentine in the dramedy that unfolds at a wedding over a single night." Based on French series, "Quadras", the show is described as a "structurally inventive" series. As the viewer gets to know the wedding party, they will learn about both their present and past and that things are not always as they seem. "Lovestruck" marks Bilson's homecoming to Fox network, where she got her breakout role as Summer Roberts in the teen soap "The OC", that ran from 2003-07. The cast also includes Andie MacDowell and Richard Roxburgh who play Daisy's parents, along with Kathleen Turner, Madeline Wise and Usman Ally. 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..
                 

Florence Pugh in talks to join Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow

8 hours ago  
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Florence Pugh is in negotiations to board Scarlett Johansson-fronted Black Widow film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Rising actor would play a spy on the same level as Natasha Romanoff, likely her moral opposite. The highly anticipated Marvel stand-alone movie will star Johansson as Romanoff aka Black Widow, an agent of the fictional spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D and a member of the superhero team, the Avengers.After Captain Marvel, the film is the second female superhero-led project in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The shooting is scheduled to begin in London this June. Australian filmmaker Cate Shorthand of Nazi drama Lore fame is attached to direct. Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft for the film. Marvel had no comment. Scarlett Johansson was last seen in the third instalment of The Avengers franchise, Avengers: Infinity War. She will also be seen defending the world against the super-villain Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.  Also read: Girl power: Five fierce f..
                 

Karan Johar's mother Hiroo Johar's birthday was one grand celebration

9 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Yesterday, Karan Johar's mum, Hiroo, turned 76. The doting son hosted a bash at a suburban restaurant for her girl gang, which included Jaya Bachchan, Salma Khan, Shobha Kapoor and Rima Jain. Before cutting the three-tier cake, Hiroo gave a short speech thanking all her friends for making it special. KJo suggested that they celebrate her birthday once in two years now, but Hiroo's buddies chorused he should host it twice a year. Karan Johar also shared a cute picture with mum on Instagram, and captioned it: "Happy birthday to the big love of my life!!!! Happy birthday mama!!!! love you so much!!!! [sic]"       View this post on Instagram Happy birthday to the big love of my life!!!! Happy birthday mama!!!! ❤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Â love you so much!!!!❤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ..
                 

Steve Smith: Jos Buttler one of the most destructive batsmen

9 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
Rajasthan Royals' Steve Smith, who is gearing up for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), praised his teammate Jos Buttler saying the England international is one of the most destructive batsmen around the world. Smith, who has played two seasons for the Rajasthan Royals in the past and led them in 2015, said he is excited to play alongside the prolific wicketkeeper-batsman as he makes things easy in the middle. "Playing alongside Buttler will be great, batting with him makes things easier for me. He's an exciting player and one of the most destructive batters around the world. I'm really excited to play with him," Smith said during a live interaction on franchise's social media platform on Monday. Smith returned the side after serving out a one-year international suspension for ball-tampering scandal. His Australian teammate David Warner, who is also involved in the scandal, joined his respective team. Rajasthan will be playing their league opener against Kings..