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Mumbai: Three arrested for transporting juvenile crocodiles from Andhra Pradesh

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Acting on the tip-off, the Thane Forest Department (Territorial) arrested three people for allegedly transporting two juvenile crocodiles to Mumbai by a private bus from Andhra Pradesh. Confirming the incident, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) Dr. Jitendra Ramgaonkar said, "We received information from our sources a few days back. According to the tip-off, on September 16 few people were going to smuggle juvenile crocodiles into the city using a private bus. Our team reached the spot in Borivli where the bus was going to come. While checking the luggage area at the rare end of the bus, our team recovered two juvenile crocodiles." The two juvenile crocodiles were taken to Sanjay Gandhi National Park for medical examination Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Two tortoises rescued from Mulund pet shop The Forest Department officials have also arrested two people in connection with the smuggling of the protected species. The arrested accused were identified as Mohammed Fazal(33) a reside..
                 

The rise and rise of Ayushmann Khurrana: A look at Dream Girl actor's highest grossers

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Ayushmann Khurrana carved an image for himself for someone who does unconventional roles, right from his debut vehicle Vicky Donor, that saw him playing the role of a sperm donor. Though he saw three consecutive flops with Nautanki Saala (2013), Bewakoofiyaan (2014) and Hawaizaada (2015), his fourth film turned out to be a game-changer of sorts for his career. Khurrana's Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) brought him back to the "critics and audience's favourite" club! His next film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), that starred his Dum Laga Ke Haisha co-star Bhumi Pednekar as a newly engaged man suffering from erectile dysfunction too got him accolades, followed by Andhadhun, for which he bagged the National Award for best actor. Even the actor's latest release Dream Girl is no different. In the romantic comedy, Ayushmann essays the role of a young man imitating female voices which leads to hilarious results. As Dream Girl continues its dream run at the box office, we take some of t..
                 

To ace your fashion game just like Disha Patani; shop here

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Disha Patani was spotted at the Mumbai Airport in her casual best. She sported a denim jacket, a white tee, and jeans for her outing. The Baaghi 2 actress completed her look with a white handbag and hair bun. Now, even you can ace your fashion game just like Disha Patani. We have curated a list of trendy outfits that you can buy at affordable prices only on Amazon. King Denim full sleeves jacket This beautiful-looking jacket bears a sophisticated and enhances your fashion style. The jacket is made up of solid pattern denim fabric and has a closure button on the front. The regular collar jacket is available in extra-large, large, medium and small sizes. Add this jacket to your wardrobe and match it with different colours of shirts/t-shirts or inners to enhance the cool look. King Denim full sleeves jacket is available at an affordable price of Rs 494. Shop it here American-Elm Full Sleeve Tshirt This full sleeve plain white coloured t-shirt will not fail to catch your fancy at a singl..
                 

Telly Tattle: Shweta Basu Prasad loses her eyebrows; Kalki Koechlin is fit as a fiddle

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Shweta Basu Prasad plays a character who loses her brows in the upcoming teleplay, Gudiya Ki Shaadi. A bottle mix-up leads to the calamity. The actor says, "Samta Sagar's story is a comedy of errors that also has an inspiring message for girls who face ridicule." Beauty, as they say, is skin deep. It's a long road ahead for Kalki Shooting for the web series, Bhram, is making Kalki Koechlin fit as a fiddle. The unit is shooting in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. To reach the location of the shoot, the unit is either trekking the mountainous terrain or driving on a long winding road to the mountain top. The actor prefers to climb to the shooting spot, which takes about 45 minutes. It is also her way of working out while shooting and breathing clean and fresh air.  Wild talk with Ma Sheela, KJo Karan Johar will be indulging in some "wild wild conversation" with Ma Anand Sheela, secretary of the late godman Bhagwan Rajneesh. The event, hosted by Sipping Thoughts, a platform focusing on wom..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Adulterated furnace oil racket busted, three arrested

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Mumbai crime branch's Unit-IX busted a major oil theft racket and arrested three accused in connection with the crime. They have also seized three tankers filled with adulterated furnace oil from the accused. According to the crime branch officials, the accused are identified as Mohammad Yakun Mohammed Nasim Siddiqi (26), Saifu Mohammad Nafis Khan (48) and Raju Kailash Saroj (32). The mastermind behind the racket is still at large. While speaking to Mid-Day, Akbar Pathan DCP detection stated, "The gang transported the furnace oil from JNPT to Mumbai-based BPCL oil fields. In the middle of the pick-up and drop locations, the gang had identified a dark spot where they would park the oil tankers and remove almost one-fourth of the oil and fill the tankers with water." Sources from the crime branch stated, "This is not a small theft as this racket is not new. They are habitual offenders and have been committing this crime for a long time. The tanker with adulterated oil would pass the sec..
                 

WWE SmackDown Live: Brock Lesnar makes shocking return, attacks Kofi Kingston

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) SmacDown Live opened to a huge match with The New Day taking on The Revival and Randy Orton in a tag team match. Kofi Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise on Scott Dawson to win the match for his team. Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton, as well as The New Day and The Revival, had their share of rivalry for the past few months. While Kofi Kingston went on to defeat Randy Orton at Clash of Champions to retain his WWE title, The New Day lost the SD Live tag team titles to The Revival at the same pay-per-view. However, as Kofi and his team were celebrating, 'The Beast' Brock Lesnar made his epic return to WWE. Lesnar's manager Paul Heyman went on to chant, 'It's a bad day for The New Day, yes it is.' Heyman then extended a possible challenge to Kofi Kingston asking him to defend his WWE title at SmackDown Live on October 4 against Brock Lesnar. Kofi Kingston went on to accept the challenge. Just when Brock Lesnar was about to shake hands with Kofi, he surprised ..
                 

'Boris regards Parl as handicap to his plans'

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London: Britain's Supreme Court opened proceedings Tuesday to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament just weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union, in a case that pits the powers of elected lawmakers against those of the executive. Johnson sent lawmakers home from September 9 until October 14, which is barely two weeks before the scheduled Brexit day of October 31. The decision outraged many lawmakers, who say it's designed to prevent them from challenging his plan to take Britain out of the EU next month, with or without a divorce deal. The suspension sparked legal challenges, to which lower courts have given contradictory rulings. England's High Court said the suspension was a political rather than legal matter, but Scottish court judges ruled last week that Johnson acted illegally to avoid democratic scrutiny. The UK's top court is being asked to decide who was right, in a case scheduled to last up to three days. Johnson ..
                 

Apoorva Lakhia takes war online; to produce web series for AltBalaji

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Ever so ready to explore stories of the underworld, Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007) and Haseena Parkar (2017) director Apoorva Lakhia is set to work on another offering, MUMbhai, which revolves around gangsters and cops. Rubbishing reports of the show being inspired from encounter-specialist Daya Nayak's life, Lakhia says, "Real-life characters, especially those of gangsters and cops, have been such exploited on screen that they're now boring. We have researched on various people and written a fictional piece set against the backdrop of the '90s and 2000s. Apoorva Lakhia Our show is based on the friendship between a cop and a gangster. With the reality of a decade — one when encounter cops came into existence and gangsters became superstars — being dramatic, the script is evidently interesting." Angad Bedi and Sikander Kher slip into the role of a cop and gangster respectively. The Alt Balaji offering, which will be helmed by Akshay Chaubey, kicks off next month in Mumbai. ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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World at her feet How many people do you need to fix a dress? Kareena Kapoor Khan navigates her way to a set in Goregaon on Tuesday. Pic/Satej Shinde Break ke baad The folks at The Bombay Canteen have used their 15-day-long hiatus productively. Whether it was chef Thomas Zacharias embarking on a trip to Odisha to learn more about the state's cuisine, or leveraging the break to entertain us with quirky social media posts, of which, their fun take on the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro line catchphrase — "TBC is Upgrading" — was particularly amusing. Now that it has reopened, partner at the restaurant, Yash Bhanage told this diarist, "Having completed nearly five years, we wanted an upgrade with a new look and feel while retaining the very soul that people have grown to love. We are re-opening with 20 new dishes, inspired by our travels and experiences across India. Space also has an exciting calendar in the months ahead, including fun collaborations and cocktail takeovers." Stew ..
                 

Mumbai: BMC spends Rs 4 crore on bins nobody wants

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Despite taking close to a year to install just four underground bins, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has gone ahead and decided to buy 40 more at a cost of Rs 4.15 crore. The delay in installing the first four as part of the pilot project was attributed to the lack of underground space, which is full of utility wires. Now, ward officers have been asked to find two spaces each for the new bins. The Solid Waste Management Department had received a dull response from the ward offices regarding the new bins given the time it takes to find a suitable space for installation. The idea of having underground bins was first initiated in 2017 and the first four bins were received in June 2018. The BMC, however, failed to install them on the pre-decided spots for months after they had arrived. Also Read: Where have you spent our money? BMC asks BEST The initial plan was to fix them in south Mumbai's tourist spots — two bins in A ward (Gateway of India and Fashion Street) ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Mother of teacher stabbed by student says she worked hard for kids

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A 12-year-old boy from Govandi has been booked for the murder of his 30-year-old tuition teacher on Tuesday. He allegedly brutally stabbed her eight times on Monday night. The teacher was rushed to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries early Tuesday morning. Prima facie, the attack seems to be the result of the teacher denying financial help to the boy, the police said, while adding that the motive isn't completely clear yet. Some neighbours said the boy initially claimed that he was asked to stab the woman by a bearded man. The teacher, Aisha Aslam Husiyae, 30, is a resident of Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, and used to teach at the Sufi English School run by Aisha Education Trust founded by her father 12 years ago. Husiyae, who taught all subjects at the school, would also conduct tuitions for students after school hours. On Monday evening, after she was done with the classes around 8 pm and sent the kids home, the 12-year-old boy, who lives around 100 meters away from her h..
                 

Music Broadcast Ltd. recognised amongst 'India's Best Workplaces for Women 2019'

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Radio City, a part of Music Broadcast Ltd. was recognized amongst 'India's Best Workplaces for Women-2019' and ranked amongst the Top 75 organizations on the list. 'India's Best Workplaces for Women' is a celebration of the best work cultures in the country, especially the ones that have made work environment felt welcome and safe for their women employees. Every year, Great Place to Work® and Outlook Business come together to appreciate and applaud the efforts of those organizations that have created and sustained a great workplace culture. A total of 747 organizations were evaluated for consideration in this list out of which 360 organizations met the eligibility criteria.  Great Place to Work® Recognition is a 'Gold Standard' - the most prestigious and the most credible employer brand recognition in the world. These organizations excel both on people practices that they have designed for their women employees and the feedback of their women employees experiencing parity..
                 

See Photos: Woman swallows engagement ring when she thought she dreamt about it

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In a bizarre incident which took place on September 12, 2019, a from San Diego, California ended up swallowing her engagement ring in her sleep. The woman, identified as Jenna Evans took to social networking site Facebook and wrote a long post, in which she described her horrific experience. A picture of the X-ray reports showing the ring in Jenna's stomach In her Facebook post, Jenna wrote, "I actually remember doing it, but I thought I was dreaming, so I went back to sleep." She further revealed that as soon as she woke up from her sleep, she realised that her ring was missing. In her long post on FB, Jenna said that she even googled as to whether adults swallow rings because kids do it all the time She said that she found out that swallowing rings is less common among the adults. Jenna visited the doctor who advised her to take an X-ray in order to find if she had really swallowed the ring. To her shock and dismay, the X-ray report showed that she had indeed swallowed the ring and i..
                 

Five times Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh proved they're just a regular couple

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They may look sophisticated and chic at events and awards ceremonies, but they're down-to-earth and real too. We're talking about Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, two of the most brilliant actors Bollywood has seen in recent times, and a couple that keeps giving us relationship and marriage goals.  In many ways, Deepika and Ranveer keep proving that they're just like us. From the way they post goofy comments on each other's social media photos to the way they treat each other in public, #DeepVeer are the 'it' couple that everyone is fond of. Here are five times Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh proved that they're just an everyday couple. When Deepika spoke about nagging Ranveer There's nagging and nitpicking in every relationship and that's no secret. But whoever thought even celebrities suffered the brunt of it? In an Instagram post shared by Ranveer where he's seen wearing a pair of headphones, Deepika's comment stood out in a sea of comments. Deepika Padukone wrote, "I fee..
                 

Cristiano Ronaldo: I'm in love with Georgina, will marry her

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Steven Smith, the Saviour

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Brisbane: Australians pride themselves on a 'no bullshit' filter. They readily concede that without Steven Smith, the Ashes would have been relinquished. I have been inundated with comments from outraged cricket fans who realise that the final result masks a deeper, more uncomfortable truth when it comes to inconsistent selection criteria. It used to be the Asian nations that were accused of biased selections based on family ties and favours owed but recent history suggests that India at least have made it a point to select teams based on performance. What's that you say? Performance? Selected on performance? How quaint! It'll never catch on in Australia. Here are some of the more illuminating texts I received on the topic. Clearly, Warner knows where the corpses are buried in Cape Town so he can't be dropped. Worst series by an opening batsman in cricket history, but Ponting reckons he is a guaranteed pick for the home series. It doesn't matter that Mitch Marsh took five wickets. He d..
                 

Satyajeet Dubey: Working with Sanjay Dutt for Prassthanam has been an enriching experience

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Only months after he forayed into production with Baba, Sanjay Dutt is eager to expand his role beyond filmmaking. mid-day has learnt that the recently launched studio, Sanjay S Dutt Productions, has started a talent wing to mentor budding artistes. Satyajeet Dubey, who plays Dutt's son in Prassthanam, is one of the first actors to be taken under the wing. Confirming the development, Dubey heaps praise on his mentor and co-star Dutt. Satyajeet Dubey "Working with him has been an enriching experience. Sanjay sir treated me like his own and would share the wisdom he gained from his life experiences. It's surreal [to be groomed by him.]" Rumours suggest that Dutt has zeroed in on Dubey for his next Hindi production. Dubey clams up, saying, "Let's wait for the announcement from the high command." Also Read: Watch Video: Sanjay Dutt has also been enamoured by Ayushmann Khurrana aka Dream girl Pooja! Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mi..
                 

Mumbai: 12th Century artifact found at Metro car shed site hushed up?

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Construction workers found archaeological remains at the Metro III car shed site in Aarey Colony two years ago, and the artifact was immediately shifted to Mumbai University's archaeology department, sources close to the development have told mid-day. The discovery is not to be confused with the 2016 excavations, which unearthed artifacts from various parts of the city, the sources added. mid-day is in possession of photographs of the artifact, which experts said dates back to between 12th and 14th Century. Around two years ago, workers at the metro car shed site came across a small pillar-like structure," said the source. "This was safely removed. It appeared like some ancient archaeological structure and without wasting any time, MMRC officials and a team of experts from MU's Centre for Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) were informed. CEMS experts visited the site and took the structure to MU." The artifact was photographed on site, after it was taken out, which sources said is on the car d..
                 

How to say things you've never said

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We needed a new word to describe the egregious, limp feeling of a lifeless handshake. Some people just place their hand, like a gulab jamun without an owner, into your hand and call it a handshake. A bit like being handed a dead mouse. You want to drop it and run from the room screaming. It turns out there simply is no word in English to describe that feeling. I told my writers to get on the case and create a new word if necessary. By afternoon, we had pilshum. He placed a pilshum in my hand. I thought to myself, this one is not getting the job. I have long been a collector of words that describe things for which we don't have words. I have a durable list of favourites and am pleased to share my trove with you — may you say things you've never said before. Altschmerz: Weariness with the same old same old that you've always had — the same twitches and tics, the same personality flaws that you've never been able to correct, nothing new under the sun, everything is been-there-..
                 

WWE Clash of Champions: Seth Rollins retains Universal title

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WWE Clash of Champions saw a total of 11 matches played with 10 title matches as well. In the opening match, WWE Cruiserweight champ Drew Gulak retained his title in a triple threat match against Humberto Carrillo and Lince Dorado. AJ Styles also managed to retain his U.S. title after he hit Cedric Alexander with his two finishers - Phenomenal Forearm and the Styles clash. WWE Raw tag team champions Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman, who would meet again later in the event for a title match, failed to defend their tag team titles and lost to Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler. Roode pinned Rollins as he and Ziggle became te new WWE Raw tag team champions. Champion Bayley faced off against Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Live women's title. Even though Charlotte gained the upper hand with a Big Boot. Charlotte kept the momemtum going but when Bayley threw Charlotte on an exposed turnbuckle, she managed to pin her following a roll-up to retain the SD Live women's title. The Revival also mana..
                 

Photos: Kareena Kapoor Khan celebrates her birthday on the sets of Dance India Dance

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Dance India Dance: Battle of the Champions has made a place in people's hearts with its incredible dance performances of the extremely talented contestants. Now, the competition has got tougher and contestant are doing their best to impress judges with their performances. This week, legendary choreographer Saroj Khan will be a guest judge on the show and will encourage all the contestants while also judging their acts. Not just this, contestants will be incorporating the most iconic hook steps of Saroj Khan and the entire team and crew of Dance India Dance took the opportunity to celebrate Kareena Kapoor Khan's 39th birthday that falls on September 21. The team had the perfect surprise for her. The DID crew and contestants with Kareena From bouquets to heartfelt messages, the dance champions left no stone unturned to impress their lovely judge. They even danced to some of her most popular songs like Mauja-he-Mauja, Sansanan, Bhage Re Mann making us feel nostalgic. Host Karan Wahi ..
                 

World Wrestling Championships: Two bad for Vinesh Phogat

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Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Vinesh Phogat was pushed out of the title race by reigning champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan but one of India's biggest hopes remained in bronze medal hunt in the 53kg category at the World Wrestling Championships yesterday. Mukaida later reached the final to help Vinesh stay in the medal hunt as well as Tokyo Olympics qualification. Two victories will ensure her place in Tokyo Olympics. She will now have to beat three wrestlers in the repechage — Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya from Ukraine, World No. 1 Sarah Ann Hildebrandt and then Maria Prevolaraki from Greece to win her first Worlds medal. It was second consecutive defeat for Vinesh against the Japanese this season after losing to the two-time world champion at the Asian Championship in China. Vinesh has CWG and Asian Games titles but is yet to win a medal at the Worlds. Mayu Mukaida "Japan is a wrestling powerhouse. It takes some time to attack these girls. It's about one technique, one move one point that ..
                 

Pradeep Sharma: People shouldn't judge police on the basis of films

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From shooting gangsters and terrorists dead to donning a politician's topi, Mumbai's ace encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma has come a long way. He is now set to contest the assembly polls from Nalasopara on a Shiv Sena ticket next month. According to Sharma, if there was no retirement age for cops, 'I would have donned khaki till my last breath'. We pin him down for a chat. Sharma , who joined the Shiv Sena last week, has served the police force for more than 38 years. He took voluntary retirement to try his luck in Maharashtra politics. Though he has made up his mind to be part of state politics, his heart still remains with the police force. He says, politics is another way for him to continue serving the people. Pradeep Sharma in uniform From police officer to encounter specialist and now political aspirant, describe your journey...If a policeman wishes, he can help society to a great extent. If there was no retirement age for police personnel, I would have served in the force til..
                 

The best a movie can get

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We're all aware of the sort of male stalking that endangers women in public spaces, affecting their mental health, let alone basic security, that one can't talk about enough. And one mustn't stop either. Therefore, this is not to even vaguely compare the gravity of crimes — but I have been stalked twice. Once, a decade ago, when the person's relentless 24x7 text messages would eventually heat up my cell-phone into complete collapse, while some of them would relate to what I'm wearing — having stepped out of a building elevator! When I did report the case to the city's top cop, upon one of the messages that sounded suicidal, the police, tracking phone records, apprehended the person in less than a few hours. They found her to be mentally imbalanced; she'd apparently watched films sitting next to me at press previews, and assumed that we'd been watching movies with each other. She was strongly warned. No case registered. I didn't know the person. Still don't. The second one, ..
                 

Mumbai: Former environment minister jumps into 'Save Aarey' fray

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Former Union Minister for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday visited the Aarey Milk Colony along with Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam and extended his support to the Save Aarey cause. Ramesh also appealed to the government that the car depot be shifted out of Aarey in the interest of public and protection of the rich biodiversity. While appreciating the fact that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray had taken up the cause, Ramesh said they should also act on it. Ramesh also urged Prime Narendra Modi to intervene given his love for the environment. "This is an opportunity for the PM to act on what he speaks about the environment," Ramesh said. Along with Nirupam, Ramesh also met activists who have been opposing the Metro car shed. he also interacted with the local tribals on Tuesday afternoon and also said that if the Congress came to power again in Maharashtra, "we would move the car shed out of Aarey to an alternative location. Also R..
                 

Dulquer Salmaan: I haven't been able to spend enough time with Maryam, who has just learnt to talk

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One would assume that adulation rests easy on Dulquer Salmaan's shoulders — after all, he has witnessed it up-close since childhood, courtesy superstar father Mammootty, and gone on to amass a legion of fans of his own. But broach the subject of his immense popularity among women — he is one of the few stars to have a women's fan association, All Kerala Dulquer Salmaan Fans And Welfare Association — and he sheepishly grins, "The fans are sweet. They are there on the set, at events and even follow me to my car. But I do not think too much about it." In the seven years since he burst on the scene, his love for acting has seen him dabble in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu cinema. After a tepid start in Bollywood with Karwaan (2018) last year, Salmaan is ready to follow it up with a mainstream offering, The Zoya Factor, opposite Sonam K Ahuja. "Sonam loves fashion, so she always has something to say about my outfits and how I should rock them, especially now, during promotion..
                 

Save Aarey campaign: Move the Metro car depot to an alternative location, says Jairam Ramesh

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On Tuesday, Former Union Minister for Environment and Forest, Jairam Ramesh visited the Aarey Milk Colony along with Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam and extended his support to the Save Aarey cause. Ramesh also appealed to the government that in larger interest of public and protection of the rich biodiversity, the Metro car depot should be shifted out of Aarey Colony. A Press Conference was organised at the VIP Guest House in Aarey Milk Colony where Jairam Ramesh interacted with the local tribals and the members of the Aarey conservation group and Seva group which has been fighting against the construction of Metro car depot in Aarey. While addressing the media person, Ramesh said, "The issue is not just about trees but the entire biodiversity which needs to be protected. I would like to appeal to the government that they should move the car depot to an alternative location which is outside Aarey Milk Colony because this is what the people want. It's not just about the Metro project bu..
                 

Show off your lucky charm just like Sonam Kapoor in these red dresses

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Sonam Kapoor, who plays the role of an advertising professional in her next, The Zoya Factor, has been wearing red wherever she goes. The reason - red being her lucky charm. Amazon brings you pretty red dresses, where you can use your lucky charm too. Red Kurta: A unique fusion of fashion and functionality, Amazon brings out a line that is a fine blend of feminine cuts and beautiful shades in sync with the latest fashion trends. at the discounted price of Rs 599 only. Shop here. Formal dress:   This one is a solid contrast maxi dress which will make for a perfect addition to your wardrobe. Extensively crafted to ensure the wearer enjoys the perfect outfit for parties and the festive season or even as casual wear, this calf-length solid dress for women is made of polyester fabric. This perfect dress for any season is available at the discounted price of 799 only. Shop here. Mesh dress: This dress from Vero Moda is a must-have item for any fashionista's wardrobe. This so..
                 

CL: Bring on Lionel Messi, says Dortmund's Marco Reus ahead of clash

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Berlin: Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus yesterday insisted that his team could beat Barcelona regardless of whether Lionel Messi plays or not, but feared however that Dortmund would ' have to suffer' when the two sides meet in the Champions League tonight. Messi is a doubt for the game amid ongoing struggles with a calf injury, but Reus suggested Dortmund could win if they play to their own strengths instead of obsessing over the opponent. " We have to concentrate on ourselves. We have a good team, we are at home, and we can win the game," said Reus. " It will of course be a tough game, and we are going to have to suffer a lot," he said. Tonight's Champions League opener is a baptism of fire for Dortmund as they look to qualify from a fiercely difficult group which pits them against Barcelona, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague. Yet Reus said his side were confident they could make a perfect start by beating Barcelona on Tuesday. Marco Reus "It is important to start well in the group. ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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Make way Alia Bhatt makes her bodyguard's job easier as fans spot her shooting for an upcoming film in Bandra on Monday. Pic/Shadab Khan Framed for Husain From the Paris Suite series In 2004, MF Husain's first exhibition of his limited edition serigraphs of Paris Suite at the city gallery Pictures and Frames lasted 25 days. It was then that gallerist and Husain's personal framer, Ashish Ajmera, decided to purchase some and later also invested in serigraphs and limited edition books of other series by the legendary painter. To commemorate Husain's 104th birth anniversary today, ARA Frames, the parent company of the original gallery, will be releasing the artist's limited edition serigraphs and books online. Moreover, Ajmera plans to start a foundation next year, where 15 per cent of the funds sold from every limited edition artwork will be used to promote skill development in art and framing education in India. Are celeb chefs worth celebrating? Nigella Lawson. Pic/ AFP There is an inex..
                 

BCom graduate-turned serial conman arrested in Kalyan

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A special squad of the Kalyan police has arrested a serial criminal who conned bank customers on the pretext of helping them either count cash or identify fake currency notes. Mukesh Menon, who targeted people outside banks and ATM booths, is facing charges of fraud in more than 100 cases. The 40-year-old commerce graduate entered the world of crime more than seven years ago, when he used to make several visits to banks in search of a job. Menon started conning people during these visits and slowly became addicted to making easy money. He then quit his job hunt, and since then has committed more than 100 felonies across city and in Gujarat, too. Menon would approach bank customers target those who had withdrawn cash from the ATM, claiming that the machine was giving fake notes. He would offer to help identify them and quickly vanish with the cash. The Kalyan police team began a hunt for Menon after several cases of cheating were reported in Mahatma Phule and Dombivli areas between July..
                 

Mumbai University's new convocation attire may get Indian touch

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The Mumbai University has planned to do away with traditional convocation robes and caps, and bring in new attire that will not only be appropriate for city's weather conditions but will also reflect the Indian culture. The new attire will be introduced at this year's ceremony, said the MU. The MU has set up a committee comprising textile experts to finalise the new outfit. The decision to scrap black robe and cap for students and white robe for the dignitaries was taken at the Management Council meeting of last week. Deputy Registrar and MU PRO Leeladhar Bansod said, "In case of convocation attire, we have received feedback that it is uncomfortable. The committee will take three major parameters — Indian culture, quality and comfort — into consideration while designing the attire." The Mumbai University will introduce the new outfit at the official convocation ceremony at MU's Fort campus. Affiliated colleges "will have the freedom to either change use the new attire stick..
                 

Acts of faith

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
In the 21st century, while we equate the importance of religion with the number of concrete structures being built, archaelogist Rukshana Nanji goes back to simpler times. It's the early medieval period — circa 7th to the 13th century — and being part of the Christian, Muslim or Zoroastrian community in India didn't imply being treated as alien to the subcontinent. It means arriving, settling and making the country your home, in the truest sense of the word. "You're looking at monotheistic religions integrating into a polytheistic country. Hailing from West Asia, they arrive via sea and settle by the ports. And the Indians welcome them. So, it wasn't about religion as much as it was about culture," Nanji tells us, giving a gist of a series of lectures she will present at The K R Cama Oriental Institute this week. As part of the Government Research Fellowship Lectures, Nanji's paper is titled Ancient Shores, New People: The Arrival and Integration of Christians, Muslims and ..
                 

Meet producer Paresh Oza who is presenting a short film called A transistor

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Bollywood  
Paresh Oza's short film is in the pipeline titled A transistor. The first look poster of the film has been launched and it looks intriguing. The poster features a cycle along with carrier, a small pavement, short radio and cricket bat and a ball next to the closed door poster promise an interesting tale. Interestingly, the concept poster that was released earlier also garnered the attention of the film buffs in a big way. From the posters released so far, it is evident that the film will have shades of memories. While Durgesh and Ravi are the directors of the film, the director of photography is Bhageshree Kandare, music is given by Saurabh Bhalerao, the art director is Rajesh Supare, and currently, this is under post-production and will be released in early 2020 under the banner of ND9 Studio. Talking about Transistor it's a small family story. Which is circulating in film festivals all over the world and will release in early 2020. Also after this now I'm looking for big opportunity ..
                 

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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are inseparable at BFF Akansha Ranjan's birthday bash

11 hours ago  
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Alia Bhatt's best friend and actress Akansha Ranjan celebrates her birthday on September 18. Ranjan brought in her birthday with a special bash in the attendance of her best pals, sister Anushka Ranjan and boyfriend Aditya Seal. What has caught the eye of netizens more than the birthday party is a photograph of Akansha, Anushka, Ranbir, and Alia with a friend. In the picture shared by sister Anushka Ranjan on her Instagram story, while Aditya and Akansha are posing beside each other, Alia Bhatt has her arms around Ranbir Kapoor. They both look deeply in love in this picture. Anushka captioned the picture as: "Hi fam. To today. tomorrow and always...my baby girl [sic]" Cute, isn't it? Apart from them, present at the birthday bash was actress Rakul Preet Singh, Athiya Shetty, Vaani Kapoor, television actress Krystle D'souza, Meghna Goyal and a few others. Anushka shared inside pictures as her Instagram stories. Gurfateh Singh Pirzada, who is seen in the above picture shared a boomerang..
                 

Kanye West setting up Khloe Kardashian with Brad Pitt?

14 hours ago  
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Rapper Kanye West is reportedly trying to set up his sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian with Hollywood star Brad Pitt. He hosted Pitt at his Sunday Service, alongside Khloe, as well as her sisters Kim, Kendall and Kourtney, reports "mirror.co.uk". Khloe Kardashian Khloe has never hidden the fact that she has a crush on Pitt, and has revealed on live radio once that she would love to have sex with him on-air. She told host Howard Stern: "Bring in Brad Pitt and I'll f*** him on air." Khloe had added that she thinks he is "really good looking." Brad Pitt Also, after Pitt split from Angelina Jolie, Khole gushed on her website about how "handsome" he was. She wrote on her website: "I love him (but) I didn't like him when he was super young, like in 'Thelma & Louise'." 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..
                 

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Mumbai Crime: Two cops booked for 'looting' drug peddler

15 hours ago  
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The Palghar police on Tuesday said they have booked two cops for allegedly setting a drug peddler free last month after taking a bribe at the Waliv police station. They have sent a team to Nagpur to arrest sub-inspector Vijay Chavan, who was transferred there recently, and launched a manhunt to nab police constable Bhimrao Vhaskoti who is absconding. The incident came to light when the Palghar crime branch arrested the drug peddler on Monday. During interrogation, he revealed that Chavan and Vhaskoti had in August caught him with 14.140 gm heroin worth Rs 75,000. They seized the drug, his mobile phone and took a Rs 7 lakh bribe before setting him free, the dealer told the cops. On the instructions of Palghar district Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh, the sub-divisional police officer, Vasai, raided the Waliv police station in Vasai East and seized the heroin and the mobile phone. Bhimrao Vhaskoti The Waliv police station on Tuesday filed a case against the duo and their frien..
                 

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Sanjay Dutt on playing villain: Hope to be more menacing than Kancha Cheena

15 hours ago  
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At 60, Sanjay Dutt is not afraid of new beginnings. The actor, who has spent the better part of his life in front of the camera, is readying to foray into regional cinema with KGF: Chapter 2. With the first instalment becoming a smashing success, the upcoming edition of the Kannada film franchise will see leading man Yash find a formidable rival in Dutt's character Adheera, who seeks to avenge his brother's death. "I last did a negative role in Agneepath [2012] and have been wanting to play a villain again. When this opportunity came my way, I thought it was perfect. It's an action-oriented film, and is right up my alley," says Dutt. Any reservation he might have had about the Prashanth Neel-directed venture was quelled, he reveals, when the script earned wife Maanayata's approval. He hopes to top his Kancha Cheena act in Agneepath with this role. "I hope it is more menacing [than Kancha Cheena], only then will it be fun."  Sanjay Dutt in Agneepath Before he joins the shoot later ..
                 

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Mumbai MRI death: HC orders Rs 10 lakh compensation for victim's kin

15 hours ago  
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Twenty months after 33-year-old Lalbaug resident Rajesh Maru lost his life after being sucked into an MRI machine at Nair Hospital, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday held the hospital responsible for negligence. The court has also ordered compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Maru's family. Maru's family, which was completely dependent on him, is finally relieved that their ordeal has come to an end. "The family had earlier been given compensation of Rs 5lakh but it wasn't enough. Now, we are happy that the court has finally ordered the hospital to pay Rs 10 lakh," said Harish Solanki, Maru's brother-in-law. The court, during the hearing, found the hospital negligent in ensuring the safety of patients in the radiology department, which lead to the death of Maru, who used to work as a garment merchant. mid-day has been reporting about the incident widely ever since the day of the incident in January 2018. Rajesh Maru's aged parents When mid-day contacted Dr Ramesh Bharmal, dean of Nair Hospital,..
                 

He does not like my friends at all

16 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
My friends recently invited me to a spa for a holiday and I accepted. I asked my boyfriend if he wanted to come along, because it seems like a nice place, but he refused. At first, he was perfectly okay with me going away, but now says he has issues because he doesn't like my friends. I'm not sure why he doesn't trust me. This is causing some serious friction between us. What should I do?If you don't understand his reasons, he is obviously not being clear enough. If he doesn't like your friends, that is his prerogative, but it is also your prerogative to still be friends with them even if he has a problem with them. Ask him what the issue is, explain that you are entitled to choose who you hang out with just as you extend him the same courtesy, and discuss this openly to avoid a similar situation from cropping up in the future. This isn't a serious problem, so I urge you both to nip it in the bud by having a frank conversation like adults. My girlfriend constantly complains about how s..
                 

Nach Baliye 9: Serious injury forces Pooja Banerjee to exit the show

yesterday  
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Television actress Pooja Banerjee entered the dance reality show, Nach Baliye 9 with husband Sandeep Sejwal. The duo made an entry on the show as wildcard entrants and boasted about being the best by challenging other existing contestants on the show. Their first performance received accolades from the judges and applause from the audience, which proved that the competition seemed to be getting tougher.  However, owing to serious injuries sustained by Pooja Banerjee during rehearsals, the couple is taking an early exit from Nach Baliye 9.  Speaking about the exit and what was the cause of Pooja's injury, Sandeep Sejwal said, "In the act, Pooja had to stand on my shoulders and fall back, with our choreographer catching her. However, she slipped, lost her balance and fell in the front from above 10 feet from the ground. She landed on her hands. The impact was such that she hurt both her hands — the joint of her right wrist is fractured, while the left elbow bone is chippe..
                 

Smriti Irani gets a 'High five' from her children. Here's why

yesterday  
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On Monday, Union Minister Smriti Irani took to social networking site Instagram and posted a picture as her Insta story which has managed to win the hearts of netizens once again. Irani, who is also known as the queen of social media, took to Instagram and shared a story which is sure to make you chuckle. A screengrab of Smriti Irani's Insta story Irani's Instagram story features a minion, one of the adorable yellow creatures from the hit 'Despicable Me' movie franchise. In the post, the adorable minion is seen with a highly thoughtful caption that reads, "Every mother on earth gave bort to a child. Except my mother, she gave birth to a legend. High five Mom!" Witty and amusing, this highly thoughtful story has all the ingredients of a classic Smriti Irani post. Well, this isn't the first time that Minions have featured on the 43-year-old minister's Insta posts. In the past too, Smriti Irani has shown her love for minions by time and again posting Insta stories and posts which featured..
                 

Mann Bairagi: Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make a film on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

yesterday  
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With Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating his 69th birthday on Tuesday, the buzz is that another film based on the life of current Prime Minister of India is in the pipeline. The film titled Mann Bairagi will be a one-hour long film and its first look will be digitally presented by Saaho star Prabhas. As per Hindustan Times' reports, the film will be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In an exclusive report by HT, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was quoted saying, "The story was very well-researched, and the turning point of our PM's life as a young man, really intrigued me. I felt that it's an unheard story which needs to be told." The turning point of Narendra Modi's life as a young man intrigued the Padmaavat director, as he felt that Mann Bairagi's story is "unheard" which needs to be told. Prabhas (Picture courtesy/AFP) Written and directed by Ssanjay Tripaathy, the film will be co-produced by Mahaveer Jain. "Mann Bairagi brings out that defining moment in the journey of our PM which ha..
                 

Mumbai hockey stars to felicitate Dronacharyas Clarence Lobo, Marzban Patel

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
Two of Mumbai's well known hockey coaches and Dronacharya awardees, Clarence Lobo and Marzban 'Bawa' Patel will be felicitated by their wards on october 5 at the St Andrew's turf in Bandra in a fun but unique manner. Former India hockey player Viren Rasquinha is planning to bring together some of the big names in Mumbai and Indian hockey, who have played under Lobo and Bawa over the years. " The idea is to do it [ felicitation] in a way both Bawa and Clary would love to see — a hockey match- up between their boys, past and present. Lobo recalled playing for Bawa's club, Bombay Republicans back in the day when it was helmed by its founder, the late Balram Krishna Mohite. " I played quite a few matches for Republicans in 1972. Not many would know this, but there were times when we didn't even have a full playing XI, and both Mohite and Bawa had to take the field. Mohite played half- back while Bawa was left- outer. I remember, once Mohite got so exhausted during a match that he col..
                 

Filmmaker Raj-DK: Writing for web is like playing a T20 match

yesterday  
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Having penned feature films and now, web shows, writer-filmmaker duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK use the allegory of cricket while describing the difference between the two mediums. "Writing for films is like playing a Test match while that for web, a T20 game. When it comes to scripting a digital show, all the rules change. Every episode must have a beginning, a middle and an end. It has to be extra crisp as each episode must be self-contained," explains DK, one-half of the successful jodi that has slowly brought its own brand of humour to Hindi cinema. With quirky films like Stree (2018), Go Goa Gone (2013) and Shor In The City (2011) on their resume, it was only a matter of time before Raj-DK — as they prefer to be called — would explore the digital medium. "We had been waiting three years to make a long-format story. We had a bunch of ideas and were looking for the right platform," admits Raj. The idea that finally progressed from the logline to a full-fledged series i..
                 

Christopher Nolan kicks-off Tenet's Mumbai schedule with early morning shoot outside Mondy's

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
For the suburban Bollywoodwallahs, a trip to Colaba is not a particularly pleasing thought. It's even less appealing when the shoot's call time is 5.30 am. A stylist friend asked if it was an Akshay Kumar shoot since he is infamous for his early morning call time. "Even better," was the reply as we dashed off to see filmmaker Christopher Nolan open his week-long schedule of Tenet in the city. Sitting a lane away from Regal cinema, iconic pub Café Mondegar, known as much for its vintage jukebox as for its Bifteck Alla Supremo, was cordoned off with barricades, and manned by brawny security guards. A few inquiries among the 150-odd extras present at the scene helped us learn that the film's on-ground production unit had been in discussion with the café for permissions to function out of their premises. A well-informed hanger-on told us the café's partners were clear they wouldn't mess with their weekend loyalist crowd, and in turn, the unit agreed to shoot in the wee..
                 

When sci-fi fans make music

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
When author Douglas Adams introduced us to the Babel Fish — a small, yellow creature that translates any language to one you understand if you stick it in your ear — in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, his iconic series, those who haven't got a knack for picking up new languages wished the Babel Fish actually existed. Some fans of this creature include a group of musicians based in the city, who have dedicated their debut album to their love for sci-fi and will be launching it in Andheri on Saturday. "We are all science-fiction nerds, so it made sense to call our album Babel Fish. Besides, symbolically, it also portrays how the members of the band process what happens around and translate it into songs," explains Shubhangi Joshi, ahead of the last leg of their India tour, which incidentally has been rescheduled from Thursday to the weekend owing to a private party (not something you want to hear at a time when performance venues in the city are shutting down). Besides ..
                 

Rapper Wiz Khalifa performs in Mumbai; Madhuri Dixit thanks the star

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Hollywood  
American rapper Wiz Khalifa came down to India and recently performed in Mumbai as part of the Sunburn arena concert series. Wiz Khalifa's concert took place on September 15, at Jio Gardens in Bandra, Mumbai. Wiz Khalifa, who is popular for songs like Black and Yellow, and See You Again, has quite a massive fan following in India. The concert also had artistes like Ananya Birla, Emiway Bantai, Monica Dogra, Ishani X Bobkat and The Mxxnlight perform before Wiz Khalifa's set. The concert, as expected, was attended by thousands of fans and several celebrities, too. Madhuri Dixit and husband Dr Shriram Nene also attended the concert, after which the Hum Aapke Hain Koun actress even thanked the rapper for his performance. Madhuri, who attended the concert with her husband and their son Arin Nene, shared a picture with the rapper along with another rapper, Raja Kumari. "Thanks for showing the world yet again that music knows no boundaries of genre, age, culture, etc. @wizkhalifa. We had a g..