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Air Quality drops, improvement likely on November 20

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Air quality in Delhi and the adjoining areas worsened further to the "very poor" category on Monday. However, pollution is expected to decrease from Tuesday due to favourable winds and a "significant drop" in stubble burning in neighbouring states, officials said. Delhi is currently suffering largely due to pollution generated by local sources. The Air Quality Index (AQI) was 330 against 311 on Sunday, considered "very poor", while on Saturday it was 267 or "poor", on a scale of 0 to 500. The major pollutant PM2.5, or particles with a diameter less than 2.5 micrometres, also intensified over the day as easterly winds brought along moisture. "Air quality is 'very poor' and expected to drop -- but well within very poor category, with a gradual increase due to unfavourable winds," said a forecast by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). The Weather Department expects the situation to improve from Tuesday as Delhi is expected to receive dry north-westerly..
                 

Model Katie Price wants ex-boyfriend Dwight to be part of son's life

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English model-singer Katie Price recently urged her former Manchester United footballer boyfriend Dwight Yorke to be a part of their special son Harvey's life once again. Katie, 40, romanced Dwight from 2001 to 2002. The couple had split before she gave birth to her first child Harvey in May 2002. The former Tobagonian footballer denied he was the father, but DNA tests confirmed Harvey was his child. Katie took to Instagram to post a throwback picture of the Ex-Manchester United star with Harvey when he was born. Katie Price The mother of five captioned the picture: "Harv as a baby just found these pics. I am so proud of the person he has become. For any of my followers bringing up a child with complex needs, I admire you. It's not easy, but it is totally worth it. To who has never been there for him just remember it's never too late. The door is always open.." At birth, Harvey was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, among other health complications incl..
                 

It's clear case of terrorism: Amarinder Singh on grenade attack

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Even as the Punjab Police maintained that some leads were being investigated, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said the grenade attack on a religious congregation of the Nirankari sect was a clear case of terrorism and there was no religious connection to it. "It is a clear case of terrorism. This has been carried out to create panic. There is no religious link to it," Amarinder, who visited the grenade attack spot at Nirankari Satsang Bhawan in Adliwal village near Rajasansi, told the media. Three persons were killed and 20 injured when two motorcycle-borne youths threw a grenade at a Nirankari congregation about 15 km from Amritsar. All victims were sect followers from nearby villages who had gathered for the weekly Sunday religious meeting. The Chief Minister visited the injured in the hospital here and announced a government job to next of the kin of the three people killed in Sunday's grenade attack. Amarinder had earlier on Monday announced a reward of Rs 50 la..
                 

Modi hails speed of toilet construction in India in the last 4 years

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India is proud of the remarkable speed with which sanitation coverage has increased in the last four years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday and reiterated his government's commitment to enhancing sanitation facilities. He said the drive for a cleaner India and ensuring better sanitation facilities is in fact a people's movement. The movement for a cleaner India and ensuring better sanitation facilities is a people’s movement.It is the 130 crore Indians, particularly women and youngsters who have taken the lead in this movement. I congratulate all those working to fulfil the dream of a Swachh Bharat. https://t.co/2a6wzwzV44 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 19, 2018 On World Toilet Day, Modi took to Twitter to thank women and youth for taking the lead in the sanitation drive. "Today, on World Toilet Day, we reiterate our commitment towards enhancing cleanliness and sanitation facilities across the nation. We in India take pride at the remarkable spee..
                 

73-year-old homemaker found dead with her throat slit

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A 73-year-old homemaker was found dead with her throat slit at her house in southeast Delhi's Sarita Vihar on Saturday, police said. The deceased was identified as Sarita Pandey. She lived with her husband. Her son, daughter and grandson live nearby, a senior police officer said. The deceased's husband had gone out and when he returned home at around 6.30 pm, he found his wife's body on the sofa with her throat slit, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said. During preliminary investigation, it was found that the house had not been ransacked and there was no forced entry, he said. A murder case has been registered at Sarita Vihar police station and an investigation is underway, the police said. Several teams have been formed to look for clues and they are probing all angles to ascertain the sequence of events, 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 the l..
                 

Fadnavis should not be 'scared' of Modi over height of Shivaji's statue

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The Shiv Sena Monday asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to declare that the proposed statue of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji off the Mumbai coast will be the tallest in the world, and not be "scared" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah over the issue. The Sena said Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Maharashtra unit chief Jayant Patil has claimed the height of Shivaji's statue has been decreased to ensure that the 'Statue of Unity', dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, remains the tallest.It said Fadnavis should use the same courage that he displayed in announcing quota for the Maratha community, and not be "scared" of Prime Minister Modi and Shah over the issue of Shivaji statue's height.Decreasing the height of Shivaji's statue to make Sardar Patel's statue look taller is "narrow and distorted mindset", the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. "Fadnavis should use the same courage that he showed while granting reservation t..
                 

Congress-led opposition to intensify stir over Sabarimala

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With the BJP-RSS going hammer and tongs at the Pinarayi Vijayan government over the way the police is handling the Sabarimala pilgrimage season, the Congress-led United Democratic Front has decided to intensify its protest. It demanded that the Chief Minister give up the Home portfolio. The Sabarimala temple opened its doors at 5 p.m. on November 17 for two months. The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since September 28 when the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that had banned menstruating females aged between 10 and 50. The apex court on November 13 refused to stay that verdict and made it clear on Monday that they would not reconsider this decision as the case has been posted to be heard on January 22. While the Kerala government is trying hard to see that the apex court verdict is implemented, the opposition parties are up in arms against violation of the temple tradition. On Sunday night, the police arrested 72 pilgrims after they ..
                 

Bishan Singh Bedi welcoming granddaughter: The baton passes on

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Yesterday, Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi welcomed their bundle of joy. Neha delivered a baby girl at a Khar hospital. A statement released by their publicist reads, "They are over the moon. Both mother and daughter are doing great." Bishan Singh Bedi Grandfather Bishan Singh Bedi told mid-day, "I am thrilled. The baton passes on." The former India cricket captain added, "That's how it is from a social point of view." Neha and Angad had a sudden and hush-hush wedding in May this year, which they later announced on social media. In August, Angad took to Instagram to share the news that Neha was pregnant after a great deal of speculation, especially after her appearances in loose, flowing outfits. The duo wrote, "Ha! Turns out this rumour is true (sic)." The couple has yet to ascertain a name for the new arrival. As soon as the news broke out, actress Soha Ali Khan was spotted with husband and actor Kunal Kemmu outside the hospital. Several other celebrities took to social media to con..
                 

Muzaffarpur horror: Five girls, not two, died in shelter home

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The Central Bureau of Investigation has discovered that five minor girls, and not two as reported earlier, died in a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district. Their post-mortems were conducted at a government hospital, police said on Monday. The CBI, probing the alleged rape of 34 girls at the shelter home, on Sunday searched documents at Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital and found that the post-mortems of five girls of the shelter home were conducted there. According to the hospital register, the post-mortems of two girls were conducted in 2013, two in 2015 and one in 2017. The CBI officials are now trying to find out as to whom the bodies of the girls were handed over after their autopsies and also whether cases were registered in the matter. "A team of CBI officials is likely to soon interrogate some hospital doctors to collect more details about the case," a district police officer said. The CBI had earlier found human bones at a cremation ground on October 4 foll..
                 

Sensex jumps amid bets of RBI-government truce

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Key equity indices jumped amid bets the government and the Reserve Bank of India will bury their differences at a crucial central bank board meeting on Monday. Subdued global oil prices, and foreign fund inflows amid a stable domestic currency also burnished the appeal of stocks. The government has been demanding that the RBI make liquidity available, especially to the shadow banks after a series of defaults by the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) triggered a scare and precipitated a credit crunch. The Centre has also reportedly demanded that the RBI hand over a significant chunk of its reserves, which was subsequently denied by the Union Finance Ministry as "misinformed speculation". RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya had warned of economic consequences if the central bank's autonomy was encroached upon. Interest-rate sensitive stocks like banking, automobile and capital goods rose, while the oil and gas sector came under pressure. The S&P BSE Sense..
                 

Congress, NGOs to join rally demanding Manohar Parrikar's resignation

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The Opposition Congress and NGOs will join a rally on Tuesday to demand ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's resignation, an organiser of the march said on Monday. "The march will be held on Tuesday. Social activist Rajan Ghate, who is on an indefinite hunger-strike, will lead the march to Parrikar's residence in Dona Paula. The march will be attended by Goa NGOs, leading individuals and some political parties, including the Congress," organiser Aires Rodrigues, a city lawyer, told the media. State Congress President Girish Chodankar confirmed his participation. Ghate has been on a hunger strike for the past four days at the Panaji city square, demanding that Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been unable to attend office for several months now, resigns from the post and hands over charge. Parrikar has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months. He returned from New Delhi's All India Institute of M..
                 

Jade Thirlwall upset over pregnancy rumours

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Jade Thirlwall, a member of British band Little Mix, is upset over her pregnancy rumours -- something which has inspired her to prepare her new song Strip. In an interview to the Times magazine, Thirwall said: "We were going into the studio one day and we did look a bit rough...And lo and behold, there was an online article the next morning, with comments like: 'Is Jade pregnant? Look how fat she is,' and, ‘Don't they look ugly'. "We got really upset. But then we thought, you know what? F**k it. Let's do a song about it." The video for the song, which was the inspired by the incident, shows the Little Mix girls posing totally naked with slurs written all over their bodies. Thirwall has the words "talentless", "s**tty", "bossy" and "geek" etched on her body. She has been dating The Struts bassist Jed Elliott since the beginning of 2016. The "Black Magic" hitmaker had previously opened up about their romance, admitting it was "love at first sight". Catch up on all the latest ent..
                 

Suresh Prabhu: WTO's discussion agenda must include old, new issues

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Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu Monday said that discussion agenda of the World Trade Organization (WTO) must include both old as well as new issues to maintain the relevance of the global trade body. He said that there were challenges before the global trade and their impact would have implications on the world economy. "Today, we must agree that without WTO, we will have a problem because we need a global trade...We must make sure that WTO remains intact. WTO has to change and change for the better," he said here at a programme organised by law firm Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan and an industry chamber.Prabhu said that based on his discussions with other member countries, an agenda was being prepared which will be forward-looking, agreeable to all nations and include substantive issues. "We cannot forget the issues that have been put on the table with an agreement of all the countries and those issues also need to be taken into account... So, we cannot forget the so-calle..
                 

NIA visits Amritsar attack site

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A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Monday visited the spot in Amritsar in Punjab where three persons were killed in a grenade attack on Sunday. A three-member team headed by an Inspector General visited the spot for the second time after their initial inspection of the area on Sunday, hours after the attack at the Nirankari Satsang Bhawan in Adliwal village in Rajasansi area. They were accompanied by explosive experts, an agency official said. The team's second visit on Monday followed an half hour meeting with Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora, who had raised suspicion of a terror attack. They also met Punjab's Director General of Police (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta. Over a dozen people were injured in the attack carried out by two-motorcycle borne masked men. 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 pa..
                 

Maratha quota: Bombay High Court likely to hear petitions on Nov 21

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The Bombay High Court is likely to take up for hearing a bunch of petitions on the issue of Maratha reservation in Maharashtra on Wednesday. Several petitions were filed in 2014 and 2015 after the then Congress-NCP government granted 16 per cent quota in government jobs and education to the Maratha community. In November 2014, in an interim order, a division bench of the Bombay HC had stayed the then government's decision.While some of the petitions opposed the government's decision, two petitions had sought immediate implementation of the quota. Vinod Patil, one of the petitioners, mentioned the matter Monday before a division bench headed by Justice BP Dharmadhikari, seeking an urgent hearing. Justice Dharmadhikari said he will hear the petitions on Wednesday.  The Maratha community had held protests across the state earlier this year demanding quota in jobs and educational institutions.On Sunday, the Maharashtra government approved reservation in government jobs and educational..
                 

Lady Gaga still not back home after California wildfire

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Singer-actress Lady Gaga, who had to evacuate during the raging wildfire in California, says she still hasnt been able to return to her home. Gaga told variety.com that she probably won't be back until after Thanksgiving. She said: "The fire had nonetheless burned parts of my property. I am so grateful for the firefighters who put them out. It's still so smoky. I'm not sure when we could go back. But I'm grateful. So grateful." Amidst such hardships, the "Bad romance" hitmaker was seen helping firefighters. On Saturday, she visited L.A. County Fire Station 27 and was seen bringing meatballs and pasta to the firefighters. She also tried on some fire gear, which she found incredibly heavy. "I feel so bad for everyone. People losing everything. I am going to do more, do what I can," Gaga added. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicate..
                 

Kriti Sanon starts Marathi lessons for her next!

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Kriti Sanon has her hands filled currently with multiple projects has also started taking Marathi lessons for her upcoming next. The actress, who is currently shooting for Housefull 4 has already begun prep for her next, Panipat. As Kriti will be seen essaying the role of a Maratha queen in the period action drama, she is required to speak some Marathi for her part. With the Ashutosh Gowariker directorial beginning soon, she wants to be ready before she faces the camera for it. So every day after packing up the shoot for Housefull 4, Kriti takes Marathi lessons. Revealing details of the same, Kriti Sanon shared, "There is a certain way that my character speaks in Panipat. There is a strong Marathi flavour and since I’m born and brought up in Delhi, it’s new for me. And since there is not much time between the schedules of Housefull 4 and Panipat, so I have already started my lessons." Last seen in the sleeper hit Bareilly Ki Barfi, Kriti Sanon offers multiple releases in..
                 

Kedarnath: This is what Sushant Singh Rajput did to ace his character

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Sushant Singh Rajput, who will be playing the character of a pitthoo in his next Kedarnath, underwent rigorous preparation to perfect the part. Sushant went through special training sessions by the local Pitthoos. Even during the shoot of the sequences a team of pitthoos explained him techniques to lift people and climb the stairs.  The actor did all the hard work and trained for the role at real locations and didn't use any body double for his part. Sushant practised many times and made sure he does this scene himself without any body double. The first song of the film 'Namo Namo' along with the trailer showcases Sushant's hard work as we can see him carrying a pilgrim. Talking about the experience, Sushant recalls, "A thorough search and training is always necessary for characters in movies like these. I'm glad the team was more than helpful to guide me through the training. The vibe of Kedarnath and the thought of divine values in the work of pitthoos only added to my motiv..
                 

Mumbai: Ola drivers to strike with 'morcha' today

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The app-based cabs will be on strike again on Monday, thanks to the Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh, a trade union led by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which has allegedly forced cabbies to strike. Several cab drivers expressed that they did not want to go on strike, but are being forced to do so purely due to the fear of their vehicle being vandalised. Several cab drivers had suffered during the first round of the nearly fortnight-long strike before Diwali. On Monday, the party has organised a cab morcha which will start from the Bharatmata Cinema in Parel and end at Mantralayam, to press for their demands which include better fare structure and prices that sync with fuel rates. If the police stop the cabs, the morcha will continue on foot, according to a note from the party union. Avinash Shenoy, who works at a bank and regularly commutes in cabs said, "This is purely bullying and such parties should introspect before calling such strikes. The drivers are depende..
                 

Aadesh Shrivastava's son Avitesh gets candid like never before

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For many artistes, tracing the footsteps of their revered parents in an industry that is quick to draw parallels can be a daunting task. Yet, Avitesh Shrivastava, 21, is so certain of his craft that he hopes it furthers the name that his father, the late Aadesh Shrivastava, built. "My diligence [towards music] stems from a desire to take his legacy forward through my unique sound. I dedicate my journey and my music to my father. The values I possess, along with my significance in this world, are all due to him," says Avitesh, who is set to launch his debut single in the city today. Aadesh Shrivastava Avitesh reveals that Main Hua Tera - the video of which has been directed by Remo D'Souza - had been created to appeal to listeners of English music. A discussion with D'Souza then made him rearrange it to incorporate Hindi lyrics. With this offering, the musician hopes to "uplift the structural quality of Indian music to international standards". A student of the Hollywood Academy of M..
                 

Supreme Court asks Bombay High Court to deal with Purohit's plea

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The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Bombay High Court to deal with the plea of Lt. Col. Prasad Shrikant Purohit, one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, that he was being prosecuted in the matter without any valid sanction. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the high court that Purohit's plea be dealt with on November 21. A special court on November 2 had commenced the formal trial against Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and five other accused after framing of charges under the various penal law in the Malegaon blast case.Purohit, in his plea, referred to the earlier apex court order by which the trial court and the Bombay High Court were directed to deal with the claim of Purohit that he was being prosecuted under penal laws including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act without any sanction from the authorities. The plea also alleged that the charges have been framed against Purohit and others by the trial court which had commenced the trial w..
                 

Alia Bhatt shoots round the clock for Kalank and Brahmastra

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Alia Bhatt, who is currently shooting for her next films, Kalank and Brahmastra, has a very hectic schedule. The Raazi actress will be working almost around the clock for the next few days. During the day time, Alia Bhatt is shooting for Abhishek Varman's Kalank and in the night she is shooting for Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra. The actress is leaving no stone unturned to fulfill her commitments. Both the films are being shot in Mumbai and require Alia's presence. "Kalank will be shot during the day, while the night sequences for Brahmastra will be shot after dark," says a source, adding that with this tight schedule, Alia will be working almost continuously for the coming few days. Moreover, both the shoots are in different parts of Mumbai. While Abhishek is shooting on a set in Dahisar, Ayan is filming his next at Masjid Bunder (towards the south of the city). So, Alia will catch up on most of her rest while travelling between the two locations. Also Read: Alia Bhatt And Ranbir Kapoo..
                 

Teenage girl fractures spine in horrific airborne crash

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A female teenage driver suffered a fractured spine when her car flew off the track in a horrifying crash at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix yesterday. Van Amersfoort Racing's Sophia Floersch, 17, was conscious and stable after the smash when her car became airborne and hurtled into a marshals and photographers' area. Sophia Floersch Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, two photographers and a marshal were also taken to hospital. The German lost control in a contact down the straight, launched off a kerb and bounced off Tsuboi's TOM's Racing car. Floersch later reassured her fans on Twitter, "Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability a..
                 

Sabarimala row: Kerala protests as 68 Sabarimala pilgrims arrested

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Over 60 pilgrims have been arrested from Sabarimala after they failed to comply to prohibitory orders in place at the temple leading to protests here and across Kerala, police said on Monday. While angry Hindu acitivists took to streets, raised slogans and held prayer sessions in front of police stations across the state, Union Minister K.J. Alphons criticised the state government for the action. As news spread about the arrests, in Thiruvanathapuram protesters assembled near Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's residence and shouted slogans. The situation started growing tense late on Sunday, when despite prohibitory orders in and around the temple town, over 200 pilgrims did not vacate the premise and started singing Lord Ayyappa hymns . They continued with the chants even after being requested, forcing the police to take action and forcefully evict them. As many as 68 devotees were also arrested. They were taken to the Maniar Police Camp in Pathanamthitta district and were to be prod..
                 

Mortal Engines to release in India on 7th December

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From the filmmakers of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit comes yet another epic adventure film, Mortal Engines! The movie is slated to release in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on 7th December, a week before the film's US release. Directed by Christian Rivers, Mortal Engines is based on Philip Reeve's book by the same name. The film stars Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang. Academy Award-winning team, Peter Jackson alongside Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens brings their magic back with an extraordinary screenplay that takes the film from page to screen. The film goes hundreds of years in the future after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester jo..
                 

Novak Djokovic wants his chauffer Imran Bashir in England cricket team

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Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic recently suggested a strong candidate for the England cricket team, his chauffeur. The World No. 1, who is currently playing in the ATP Finals at London, tweeted a picture of him with his chauffeur Imran Bashir and captioned it, "Imran Bashir [my chauffeur for the #ATPFinals] has been part of #TeamDjokovic for 10 years! He is also a famous batsman for his local #cricket team. He received this trophy for best batsman of the year and we need to get it out there!" The 14-time Grand Slam champion then tagged England Cricket team's twitter handle and coach Trevor Bayliss and tweeted, "#TrevorBayliss @englandcricket, you should keep your eye on Imran. I think he is a strong candidate for your team." After his tweets, Djoko got an invite from International Cricket Council to a net session during next year's World Cup in England. "We know you try to avoid nets as a tennis player, but if you feel like mixing up your Wimbledon preparation next year come down a..
                 

Annoyed Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu dismisses 'snap' chat

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday it would be "unnecessary and wrong" to call snap polls, as he sought to hold his governing coalition together following the resignation of his defence minister. "In a period of security sensitivity, it's unnecessary and wrong to go to elections," Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. He noted past instances when right-wing governments had called elections that did not turn out as they had hoped. "We need to do whatever we can to avoid such mistakes," he said. Netanyahu's coalition was thrown into crisis Wednesday when Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned over a controversial Gaza ceasefire deal, sparking speculation over whether early elections were now inevitable. After Lieberman's withdrawal, Netanyahu's government was left clinging to a one-seat majority in the parliament. 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 ..
                 

England footballer Jermain Defoe dedicates OBE to late friend Bradley

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England footballer Jermain Defoe recently dedicated his OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) to his late friend Bradley Lowery. The Bournemouth striker Defoe, 36, was honoured for his services with Jermain Defoe Foundation launched in 2010 after a hurricane ravaged the Caribbean island of St Lucia. Defoe took to Twitter to remember Bardley, who passed away due to cancer last year. "I would like to dedicate this amazing day and this OBE to my best friend, Bradley, my family and everyone else behind the scenes @JermainDefoeFdn. Thank you all, and god bless," the footballer tweeted. Recently, Defoe paid a special tribute to his friend when he got a tattoo done on his arm which read 'Brads'. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability,..
                 

Congress calls BJP misogynist over Manohar Lal Khattar's rape remark

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Accusing the BJP leadership of being "misogynist", the Congress on Sunday demanded an apology from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for reportedly claiming that most rape cases were "fake" and took place amongst people who knew each other well. "Misogyny has become a buzzword for the BJP. Humiliating India's women has become a characteristic style of BJP leaders. The Talibani thought process of the BJP leadership particularly Khattar has been exposed," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said. Surjewala blamed the BJP for Haryana becoming a crime hub, particularly rape and molestation. Asking Khattar to apologise for his derogatory remarks, Surjewala also demanded that Modi breaks his silence on BJP leaders making sexist remarks. Addressing a rally in Kalka town, Khattar on Friday reportedly said that 80-90 per cent of the rape and molestation incidents took place amongst people who knew each other well. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International a..
                 

Sara Ali Khan shares her father Saif's happiness mantra

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Debutante Sara Ali Khan says her father and actor Saif Ali Khan doesn't look for happiness from box office success. Commenting on Saif's journey at the box office since the past two years, Sara said: "He has never derived his happiness from how he is doing at the box office, ever. I think that being an actor is who he is, being a talented actor is who he is but his life is a little more full than just that. "You know, whether it's his family or his holidays or his readings or him learning French or learning the guitar, random things, fun things, eclectic things - he's been the kind of person that derives his happiness from a lot of various sources. So, just not doing well at the box office from two years never really brought him down in any way." Saif appreciated Sara's understanding of the scenario by saying "that was really well put". Sara, who will be making her debut with Kedarnath, expressed her opinion in an episode of Koffee with Karan season 6. She joined the chat show, air..
                 

#MeToo: Singer Chinmayi's Tamil dubbing union membership terminated

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Singer and dubbing artiste Chinmayi Sripada, who had last month come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against veteran lyricist Vairamuthu as part of the #MeToo movement, has revealed that the South Indian Cine, Television Artistes and Dubbing Artistes Union has terminated her membership. Chinmayi, who has dubbed for many southern actresses over the last decade, took to Twitter to share the news about being axed by the dubbing union. "So given to understand that I have been terminated from the dubbing union. Which means I can no longer dub in Tamil films henceforth? The reason stated is that I haven't paid 'subscription fees' for 2 years though this hasn't stopped them from taking 10 per cent off my dubbing income," she tweeted, and added that if she is no longer the member of the union, then she can't dub anymore in Tamil industry. Because I am asked on why I didn’t pay Dubbing Union - I was expressly told that I needn’t pay anything for a while since the ..
                 

When Kapil made Big B laugh so hard that he had tears in his eye

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Kapil Sharma features in the finale episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati, which airs on November 26. Sharma will be seen supporting KBC Karamveer Mr. Ravi Karla, Founder of The Earth Saviours Foundation for the Grand Finale episode. He shot for the episode on Saturday. Unit folk say he made host Amitabh Bachchan laugh so hard that he had tears in his eyes. Bachchan even requested Kapil Sharma to keep coming on his show. Check out what Kapil Sharma has to say in this video: Sharma is slated to return with his new show on the same channel next month, which will be produced by Salman Khan's production house. He is slated to begin shooting from December 16. Initially, Kapil's home banner used to produce his shows but during his last outing, Family Time With Kapil Sharma, the channel had roped in another production house. But for the new season, he has turned to Sallu. A set is being built at Film City's floor eight, which is the same spot he had shot his earlier seasons. There's also ta..
                 

Narendra Modi: Congress threw out a Dalit to pave way for Sonia Gandhi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that Sitaram Kesri, who was from a "Dalit and exploited community", was not allowed to complete his term as the Congress president so that Sonia Gandhi could take over the reins of the party. Speaking at a poll rally in Chhattisgarh, Modi claimed that Kesri was ousted unceremoniously, "was locked in a bathroom" and "thrown out on the footpath". "The Congress had said a chaiwala became the prime minister by the grace of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. I challenged them (to show that) when he (Nehru) had established such a democratic and liberal system, then make someone from outside the Gandhi family the Congress president for at least five years," he said. Cong's third list outThe Congress released its third list of candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly elections on Sunday, declaring 10 new names and replacing three previously declared nominees. It has left five seats for its allies. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International an..
                 

Demi Lovato hits back at fan for calling her team 'rotten'

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Singer Demi Lovato slammed her fan who accused her team of being 'rotten' and 'pretend friends'. The 26-year-old Sorry Not Sorry singer took to Instagram to address a comment levied by a fan, reports dailymail.co.uk. "The demi team is so rotten and she does not realise it, needs a total change, mainly from dancer pretending to be friends," wrote the fan. Lovato then responded in the comments of the post, which was actually an image of a similar tweet the user had shared earlier. "You have no idea what you're talking about," said the singer. A second cryptic response read "true friends don't do interviews about you when you OD". While it isn't clear who the fan was singling out with her initial post, many immediately speculated that she was referring to a former backup dancer, Dani Vitale. Lovato immediately put a stop to that with the simple response: "I'm not talking about Dani Vitale." Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day A..
                 

BCCI slams report claiming CoA asked Virat Kohli to be humble

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday dismissed a report in a tabloid stating that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had asked India captain Virat Kohli to stay humble in Australia. According to the report, the CoA had told Kohli "to conduct himself with humility on the tour of Australia." However, the Indian cricket board rubbished the report, calling it "baseless". "There has been a report in the media by a Mumbai based tabloid dated November 17, 2018 with the headline "Be Humble: Virat Kohli gets a CoA memo". The report stated that India Captain Virat Kohli has been sent a memo by the CoA to conduct himself with "humility". Contrary to the media report, the BCCI after consulting with the team management would like to rubbish the report and classify it as baseless," BCCI said in a media release. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from..
                 

Dating apps users talk about sharing private data

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As we write this, an Internet post is circulating on our Facebook feed. "Make Orwell fiction again," it reads, in relation to 1984, the work of English novelist Eric Arthur Blair, popularly known by his pen name George Orwell that foreshadowed the surveillance society we live in today. It is hard to calculate our trade-offs with privacy on a daily basis. Consider a simple example, would you rather buy something at a store at its retail price, or log into an e-commerce platform that offers you some, if not a huge discount. Or in this case, would you opt to choose the virtual dating world which allows you to meet new people at the click of a button and costs almost nothing, other than requiring you to enter a few lines of your personal information, which calls for less thinking than what you plan on typing in your bio. Esthappan S. Pic/Sameer Abedi Mapping consumer anxietyA recent survey by global accounting firm KPMG revealed that data sharing could increase consumer anxiety, drawing..
                 

Walmiki brothers: Youngsters should not be overawed by the occasion

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Hockey India selectors have reposed faith in youth for the upcoming FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar (November 28 to December 16), with the average age of the Indian team for the quadrennial competition being just 22. Dearth of experienceThe move has drawn mixed reactions from fans and critics, given the dearth of experience in the 18-member squad. Mumbai's hockey brothers, Yuvraj, 28, and Devindar Walmiki, 26, who made their Sr India debut at 20 and 22 respectively, offered contrasting views too. Yuvraj and Devindar Walmiki Elder brother Yuvraj made his debut at the 2010 South Asian Games in Bangladesh, but rose to great heights a year later, after scoring in the final shootout against Pakistan to help India win gold in the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) in Ordos, China. "This Indian team are very raw compared to our ACT side which had senior players like Rajpal [Singh], Ignace [Tirkey] and Danish [Mujtaba]. I remember I was very nervous, and Ignace, who played left-half while..
                 

Mumbai: Kalyan locals brace for traffic jams till new bridge comes up

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For the next seven months at least, residents of Kalyan will have to grin and bear more traffic jams. Reason: that's how long authorities have said it will take for the new bridge to come up in place of Patri Pul, demolished yesterday. While the MSRDC, which is going to build the new bridge, is still awaiting permission from Central Railway, for now, motorists will have to make do with Dharmaveer Anand Dighe bridge, the one parallel to Pul. The CR had announced a mega block, which it lifted 45 minutes before the given time as demolition wrapped up fast. A few hiccupsA commuter, Durgesh Jadhav, said, "We were prepared for this block; hence, I did not take my vehicle till station." "We knew we would get stuck in traffic... Roads here are not that wide, so we were stuck for half an hour," said Santosh Shinde, a resident. Most locals avoided stepping out altogether, while other faced some jams. The traffic police and Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) officials were on the spo..
                 

Musheer slams double ton for Mumbai U-16

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Mumbai under-16 captain Musheer Khan shrugged off his disappointing performances in the previous two Vijay Merchant Trophy matches and scored a double hundred against Baroda at the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana in Kandivali yesterday. Musheer was dismissed cheaply against Gujarat and Maharashtra respectively last month. The younger brother of former India under-19 batsman Sarfaraz Khan has developed his batting skills after making a name for himself as a left-arm spinner. As a No. 3 batsman for Mumbai U-16, Musheer came in after opener Vedanta Gadia departed off the first ball of the match. Musheer's unbeaten 206 helped Mumbai put up 422 for six at stumps on Day One of the three-day encounter. His fellow batsmen Suryansh Shedge (47) and Sai Chavan (43) could not build on their starts, but Aayush Zimare (81) and Musheer put on 154 runs for the sixth wicket. Musheer slammed 19 fours and three sixes during his six-hour knock. The double century could set the tone for yet another successful ..
                 

Mumbai: Builder dupes 4,000 buyers of Rs 250 crore

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From mortgaging gold ornaments to selling ancestral properties, these homebuyers did everything they could to raise funds to invest in a home in an under-construction housing project in Kharbao, Bhiwandi. However, over the last three years, their dream has turned into a nightmare, as the developer has stopped construction, duping over 4,000 buyers and investors to the tune of over Rs 250 crore. Santosh Bandekar, 52, is cursing himself for not listening to his wife Shweta, a constable at Santacruz police station, who had warned him against investing in this project. Santosh, who recently lost his job, stays with his family in the Mulund police quarters; Shweta is now the breadwinner, earning for the family and their two teenage daughters' education. Santosh told mid-day, "We have always stayed in a quarter, not having our own house. My ex-colleagues told me about this project by Shree Mahavir Patwa Developers & Construction Private Limited, after seeing huge banners at Vasai stati..
                 

'Student Of The Year 2 is likely to have a deeper connect with India'

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Vishal Dadlani is usually particular about the way he is shot on camera. We aren't sure why, given that the 22 kilos he's recently shaved off have also whisked decades off his appearance. When we meet him at an Andheri studio in the midst of the shoot of a music reality show, Dadlani looks fitter than he ever has. We suspect, his unrelenting diary is to be credited for constantly keeping him on his toes. The musician has been juggling his duties as mentor on the show with his live performances across the globe. Always at home when the stage is beneath his feet, Dadlani says years of experience as a live performer has been a great teacher in enhancing his acts. "The more you perform live, the more comfortable you get with the experience. You learn to deal with the eventualities that are bound to occur in such a scenario, whether it's with regard to the technicalities or even your own preparation. Experience teaches you how to find your pockets of rest, and your comfort zone that enabl..
                 

Nurture children with care, not the cane

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A survey by a Gurugram-based non-profit has shown how over-worked and prejudiced teachers, who do not have the requisite training in disciplining children, are nurturing an abusive environment in schools. The non-profit has revealed the shocking plight of underprivileged children in government schools, where physical assault and verbal harassment are normalised in government schools. The survey is set to be released tomorrow, which will mark Universal Children's Day. Last week, mid-day highlighted two such incidents on its front page. In the first, a thrashing from a teacher left a boy in Pune with partial paralysis and impaired vision. In Dombivli, when a mother complained about an abusive teacher, the school blamed her son and asked for his mental fitness certificate. Of the respondents surveyed, around 80 per cent spoke about being beaten up regularly at school. A shocking 71 per cent of them said that being beaten up for a reason was okay. Several children from this demographic ..
                 

Grenade attack at Amritsar prayer hall kills three, injures 10

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Three persons were killed and at least 10 injured in a grenade attack on a prayer hall, which had around 200 devotees, on the outskirts of the city on Sunday. The blast occurred during a religious gathering of the Nirankari sect at Nirankari Bhavan in Adliwal village near Amritsar's Rajasansi, which is close to the international airport. According to eyewitness accounts, bike-borne persons threw the grenade at the hall. "Three people have died in the incident while 10 have been injured, two of them critically," Inspector General of Police S S Parmar, who visited the incident spot, said. Quoting eyewitness accounts, the IG said the two accused were carrying a pistol and after hurling the explosive, they escaped from the site. A hunt is on to nab them, he said. He said about 200 devotees were inside the hall at the time of the incident. No CCTV was installed at the premises, according to preliminary probe. After reviewing the law and order situation, he directed the home secretary, DGP..
                 

Mel B attempted suicide in 2014

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Singer-actress Mel B has revealed that she tried to take her own life with nearly 200 painkillers in 2014 to escape her marriage to producer Stephen Belafonte. In her autobiography "Brutally Honest", the "GoodBye" hitmaker has written about the suicide attempt of 2014. It happened while she was in the midst of shooting live shows for "The X Factor", reports dailymail.co.uk. "I'll be wearing a beautiful dress, my hair and make-up will be perfect. But if you want the absolute truth, I don't care about any of it. My life is a mess and I want out. "As each pill goes into my mouth, I ask myself: ‘Are you sure?' And I take another one. Ten, 20, 50, 100. ‘Are you sure?'" she revealed. "One hundred and 20. ‘Are you sure?' 150. Are you sure?'," Mel wrote in an excerpt in her book. She said she used to snort six lines of cocaine a day. Mel said: "I was so low that two weeks into filming 'The X Factor', I started using cocaine to get me through the run of the show. To get me..
                 

For Sonakshi Sinha, looking good was never a priority

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Sonakshi Sinha, who is busy prepping for Karan Johar's multi-starrer Kalank revealed that looking good was never a priority in her life. The Dabangg actress was speaking at India's biggest health show Future of Wellness 2018 on Saturday in Mumbai. Talking about her transformation journey form flab to fit, Sonakshi said, "For me while growing up, it was never about looks because this (acting) is not what I wanted to do in life." She said she wanted to be a fashion designer, marine biologist and an astronaut at different phases of her life. "So, I wanted to do a lot of things which is why good looks was never in the forefront for me." "I was a complete tom-boy. My whole life revolved around sports... I was good at sports, in speaking and in my school work. So, I had all these things to be confident about, but unfortunately a lot of girls don't have that mind space. I would like them to have that mind space." Her advice on fitness? "I think results are the biggest motivator ..
                 

Shekhar Kapur: I never had a career

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Internationally acclaimed Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur says he never had a career and that life, for him, has always been an adventure. Kapur was questioned by a troller, who asked him if "anything was left in his career". To which, the filmmaker replied: "I never had a career. I dropped that word from my life when I was 24 and walked away from a successful ‘career' as a Chartered Accountant in London. Since then life has been, is, and will always be an adventure. On this journey I've done so many things. Including making films." Kapur is known for his works in Hindi and international cinema. He is known in Bollywood for his recurring role in the TV series Khandan in the mid-1980s and his directorial debut in the cult Bollywood film Masoom in 1983 and then Mr. India. He gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen, based on Mala Sen's biography of infamous Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi, which won the National Film Award for Best Feat..
                 

Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi blessed with a baby girl

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Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi were blessed with a baby girl on November 18. According to a statement issued by her publicist, Neha delivered the child early Sunday morning in Womens Hospital (Mumbai), and both mother and child were "doing great". Neha Dhupia announced her pregnancy on August 24 with a quirky photoshoot along with Bedi. In an exclusive interaction with mid-day online, Neha Dhupia had revealed about the first person who learned about her pregnancy other than Angad. The 38-year-old actress also gave out her due date! When mid-day online asked Neha, when would she and Angad welcome their first child, she said, "Let's assume somewhere around children's day."     The actor, who got married to Angad Bedi this May, says she will soon get back to work after the delivery. "I am not going to take a sabbatical. I am going to be working all through, till I deliver, till the last moment. I will continue working after delivery, I have to support from my family and ..
                 

Mumbai: Two workers injured in slab collapse in Vikhroli

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Two persons were injured on Sunday when the slab of an under-construction structure collapsed on them in suburban Vikhroli, the police said. The incident occurred around 11 am at the construction site located opposite Utkarsh Bal Mandir School in Vikhroli (East). The workers, identified as Amirul Hassan (23) and Ashok Ghode (60), sustained head injuries in the incident, a police official said. They were rushed to hospital, he said, adding that there condition is stable. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Rani Mukerji kept Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh waiting?

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Before they head to Italy, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were keen to meet Aditya Chopra to seek his blessings before their marriage. The couple had sought good wishes from Farah Khan, who launched Dippy in B-Town, as well as Sanjay Leela Bhansali who gave them hit movies. As Ranveer considers Adi his mentor, who launched him in Band Baaja Baraat, he wanted to meet Chopra. Buzz is that they wanted to meet Adi at his Juhu home, but when he was unavailable, they reached out to wife Rani Mukerji who kept delaying the meeting saying Adi is tied up or not at home. Finally, Ranveer spoke to Adi on phone. Well, well. Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji Debuting as "Mrs & Mr" on social media on November 16, newly-married couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone received wishes galore from friends and colleagues. Celebrities Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Arjun and Sonam Kapoor among many others instantly wished "a life full of love, happiness and togetherness..
                 

Florence Pugh: All female actors are asked to lose weight to get a role

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Florence Pugh believes all female actors are asked to lose weight to get a role in a film. The Little Drummer Girl star, who was asked to shed the pounds when she first tried to find work in Hollywood, said she finds the movie industry ''scary'' because of the ways ''lines can get crossed''. ''It would be virtually impossible to find someone who hasn't been asked to (lose weight). Part of what's so scary is that in this industry you are expected to play dress up and so many lines can get crossed if you're in the wrong hands," Pugh said. The actor, however, has learned a lot from her stint in Hollywood. "I came away knowing exactly what work I did and didn't want to do and that was a big, grown-up realisation. 'I can't stand characters who don't know what they're doing or why they're there - if they're just on their husband's arm, it kills me," she said. According to Contactmusic, Pugh also found working on "King Lear" alongside Emma Thompson and Emily Watson ''empowering''. ''During..
                 

Lucas Hedges instantly connected with Boy Erased

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Author Garrard Conley says actor Lucas Hedges connected well to his role in "Boy Erased". Based on the memoir by Conley of the same name, the gay conversation drama showcases the true story of a young man Jared's (Hedges) struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity. Before officially taking the role, Hedges reached out to Conley. They spoke over the phone and decided to meet in Brooklyn. "Hedges immediately connected with the material and genuinely sought to understand his experience," Conley said in a statement to IANS. Joel Edgerton who has directed, written, produced as well as co-starred in the film showcases the emotional coming-of-age and coming out drama about a young man's journey to self-acceptance. The film, about a real-life teenager who was sent to gay conversion therapy, has been brought to India by Universal Pictures International India. It released on November 16. It also features Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe. Cherry Jones, Xav..
                 

Mumbai: High Priests support petitioners of Atash Behrams case

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For the first time since a tussle broke out between the Parsi community and the MMRCL over protecting two of their Atash Behrams from Metro III, the high priests have publicly shown their support to the five petitioners who filed the petition in the Bombay High Court. In a letter sent earlier this week, seven high priests have urged the petitioners not to 'leave any stone unturned in protecting and preserving the sanctity' of the Wadiaji and Anjuman Atash Behrams. The letter was sent to the petitioners by seven high priests and religious scholars of the community including Kaikhushroo Jamasp Asa, Cyrus N Dastur, Kaikhushroo Navroji Dastur Meherjirana, Firoze Kotwal, Khurshed Dastur, Dr Parvez Bajan and Dr Ramiyar Karanjia on November 14. The religious leaders stated that the sanctity of the fire temples can be preserved only if the 'Metro 3 underground tunnel totally runs beyond the precincts' of the Atash Behrams. They further added that the solution to the issue lies either in one ..
                 

Here's why Aparshakti Khurana is working on his birthday today

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Aparshakti Khurana turns a year older today. Last seen in Stree, it's a working birthday for the actor. He says his dad (astrologer P Khurana) always told him that if you work on your special day, good work will come your way. He's already got Jabariya Jodi and Luka Chuppi in his kitty, but Aparshakti is looking forward to acting with his brother and actor Ayushmann Khurrana too. He says they are going through some scripts but nothing exciting has come their way. "We have done three-four narrations but we haven't got hold of the right script. I would like to do something which people haven't really seen us doing," Aparshakti told IANS in a recorded response. "It should be something different, something really exciting plus it should really bring out the best in us," he added. Aparshakti has made a place for himself in Bollywood after featuring in supporting roles in movies like "Dangal", "Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya", "Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi" and "Stree". At the moment, Aparshakti is b..
                 

Visit to Pu La's house reminds Sachin of visiting Sir Don Bradman

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A visit to the house where the late Marathi writer-humourist PL Deshpande lived reminded him of visit to the home of another legend, cricket icon Sir Don Bradman, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday. On the eve of 'Pulotsav', a festival held in the memory of Deshpande who was popularly known as 'Pu La', Tendulkar visited his house and kick-started the celebrations of the writer's birth centenary. "I am speechless today....I felt honoured after Pu La's relatives invited me to his house. The feeling I am having is similar to that during the visit I had made to great Sir Don Bradman on his 90th birthday years ago," Tendulkar said of his Adelaide visit in 1998. Deshpande's family presented him with a photograph of his with the late writer, taken in 1996. It was Tendulkar's first visit to Deshpande's house in Prabhat Road area in the city of Pune. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates ..
                 

Twinkle Khanna: It was challenging to finance Padman

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Twinkle Khanna, who produced Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman, said on Friday that there were many people who questioned her decision to back a movie which supported the cause of menstrual hygiene. Padman is inspired by the life of Tamil Nadu-based Arunachalam Muruganantham, who created affordable sanitary napkins for the women of his village.The film, directed by R Balki, had Akshay playing the central character. It is based on the short story, The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land from Twinkle's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. "When I started making the film, a lot of people said, 'Are you crazy? Who is going to watch a film on menstruation? People don't talk about it.' That was the challenge- to find people who would be ready to finance a film like this. "As a team, we were determined and we realised the impact (of the film) as the government announced that they are installing sanitary pads vending machine at railway stations and there was an impact on the GST. We did play a small par..
                 

Saudi crown prince ordered murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve ties with a key US ally. The sources said the CIA had briefed other parts of the US government, including Congress, on its assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved. The CIA's finding, first reported by the Washington Post, is the most definitive US assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler directly to the killing. The Saudi Embassy in Washington rejected the CIA assessment. "The claims in this purported assessment is false," a spokeswoman for the embassy said in a statement. "We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations." US vice-president Mike Pence, on a visit to Papua New Guinea, told reporters travel..
                 

Will waive off all farmers' loans, says Rahul Gandhi

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Charging the ruling BJP with creating two Chhattisgarhs, one of the rich and the other of the poor and exploited, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday assured that farmers' loans would be completely waived-off within 10 days if his party came to power after the assembly elections in the state. Campaigning for the second phase of the polls here, Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over crony capitalism and Chief Minister Raman Singh and his family for corruption. "Chhattisgarh was created so that its natural resources can be utilised for the welfare of the people but now we have two Chhattisgarhs — one of the rich, of those wearing suit-boot and the second of the masses, poor, marginalised, farmers and workers. "We don't want two Chhattisgarhs, we want justice," said Gandhi, addressing a rally in this erstwhile princely state. Claiming that R3.5 lakh crore of corporate loans were waived off by the Centre, Gandhi demanded an answer from Modi regarding why farm lo..
                 

When Rithvik Dhanjani performed magic tricks on India's Got Talent

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Rithvik Dhanjani pulled a surprise on the reality show, India's Got Talent, which he hosts. Wearing a mask (above), he performed magic tricks on the show. When he revealed his identity, the judges and the audience were awestruck by his sleight of hand. The actor performs magic as a hobby and has been pursuing it since he was a teenager. Rithvik Dhanjani Rithvik Dhanjani, who is hosting India's Got Talent, says he loves talent shows. "I love talent shows as they are eye-opening to the wealth of creativity our country has," Rithvik said in a statement. "For me, they are enriching and a fabulous learning experience on how much a person can really do despite some of the challenges they may face," he added. Rithvik has hosted shows like "India's Best Dramebaaz", "Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke Sung" and "India's Next Superstars". He has even participated in non-fiction shows like "I Can Do That", "Dare 2 Dance" and "Nach Baliye". Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here..
                 

Mithali Raj asks TN government to release funds for rehabilitation

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India cricketer Mithali Raj has urged the Tamil Nadu government to release funds for the prevention of damage and rehabilitation after Cyclone Gaja crossed the state's coast, killing 13 people and causing severe damage mainly in Nagapattinam district. Districts of Cuddalore and Pudukottai faced similar issues due to the cyclonic storm. On Friday, the Tamil Nadu government alleged that the Centre had not sanctioned funds sought by it in the wake of natural disasters such as cyclones, saying this was the case with both the NDA dispensation and its predecessor, the UPA. Mithali tweeted on Saturday: "#TamilNadu I cannot even imagine what people must be going through, or what they're standing in the face of. I urge the govt to channel funds towards prevention of damage & rehabilitation. We were warned. Prayers." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Sabarimala row: Kerala tense as violence engulfs shrine

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The ruckus over entry of women to Sabarimala took a violent turn on Saturday after the arrest of Hindu Aikya Vedi presidentKP Sasikala. The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the Sabarimala shrine, has now decided to move the Supreme Court on Monday seeking more time to implement its order allowing women of menstrual age to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple. The TDB's move comes a day after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government, at an all-party meeting, took a firm stand that it was bound to implement the top court order and rejected suggestions by opposition parties seeking time from the court. "We will move the Supreme court on Monday through Advocate Chandra Uday Singh," TDB President A Padmakumar said. The board had Friday said it would move the Apex Court either Saturday or Monday seeking more time to implement the September 28 verdict of the top court. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day..
                 

Kangana Ranaut tied up with Panga's shoot and Manikarnika's edit

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Kangana Raunat started shooting for Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's Panga in Bhopal last week. The actor is multi-tasking as the edit of Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is currently underway in Mumbai. Though Panga is a long schedule, she is overseeing the edit as well. Whenever she has a day off from the shoot, she zips in and out of Mumbai to check how the film is shaping up. Kangy sure knows how to do a balancing act, considering she has helmed and acted in the Rani Laxmibai biopic as well. After director Krish abandoned Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Ranaut had to take up reins of direction on her hands and reshoot several portions of the period drama. Krish left the project midway to work on the South movie - the NTR biopic. After working tirelessly for the war saga and completing the shoot, she started looking into its post-production too. However, Krish told the makers he won't be available to do the editing. Said a source close to the development, "Krish called up the pr..
                 

Manav Kaul to feature in The Verdict - State v/s Nanavati

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Tumhari Sulu (2017) actor Manav Kaul features in Ekta Kapoor's upcoming web show, The Verdict - State v/s Nanavati, which is based on the true story of Commander K M Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra case that grabbed headlines in 1959. The courtroom drama has Kaul play the titular role of the commander. The actor says, "I wouldn't call it a challenge; it's exciting as there are several other talented people who are part of the project. It's too much fun." The 10-episode series, directed by Shashant Shah, also stars Angad Bedi, Sumeet Vyas, Kubbra Sait and Elli Avrram. Well, the actor even directs films, but not with the intention of selling them to producers or distributors. He makes them for himself. "I don't want to direct. I have directed films and I am editing, but I shouldn't direct. I direct films for myself. I have directed two. I don't want to release them also," Manav told IANS. He just loves the process of directing a film. "It is an extension of my theatre (work). I will ..
                 

Paddler Manav Thakkar settles for bronze

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About Hockey stalwart Ashok Kumar and his 'sweetest kisses'

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If any international match-winning goal is a huge high, imagine what a World Cup-winning goal must feel like. Ashok Kumar, son of hockey legend Dhyan Chand, experienced this "super high" on March 15, 1975 at the Merdeka Football Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as India won its first and only hockey World Cup, after rallying to beat Pakistan 2-1 in the final. "It's a super high that cannot be explained," Ashok Kumar, 68, told mid-day from his home in Bhopal. A screengrab of India's Mohinder Singh (right) kissing teammate Ashok Kumar moments after the latter scored the match-winner against Pakistan during the 1975 World Cup hockey final in Malaysia Team hysteriaThe entire Indian team led by Ajit Pal Singh, went hysterical, recalled Kumar. "Two of our players, Shivaji Pawar and Mohinder Singh came and kissed me on my cheeks after I scored. Now, we normally used to hug each other or give high-fives after goals, but kissing was rare - even if it was on the cheek. We were over the moon. ..
                 

South Africa down Australia in rain-hit T20I

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Speedster Chris Morris claimed two wickets as South Africa strangled Australia to a 21-run victory in their rain-reduced Twenty20 international on the Gold Coast on Saturday. The South Africans easily protected their 108 for six total off 10 overs to restrict Australia to 87 for seven with Morris the star of the Proteas bowling attack. Morris claimed the wickets of D'Arcy Short for a golden duck and Chris Lynn for 14 in his opening over to trigger a wicket slide. The Australians fell away from 21 for one after two overs to be 60 for six upon the dismissal of Alex Carey for eight in the seventh over. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to al..
                 

India maintain clean slate as Australia are beaten by 48 runs

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India maintained their winning run in the group stage of the ICC Women's World T20 with a thumping 48-run victory over Australia at Providence Stadium here on Saturday. Riding on Smriti Mandhana's career-best 83, India posted a competitive 167 for 8 in their 20 overs in a Group B match. Australia, in their reply, managed to put up only 119 in 19.4 overs. Ellyse Perry was the only Australian batswoman to get going with 39 runs off 28 balls. Anuja Patil claimed three wickets while her teammates Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav picked two wickets each. Earlier, Mandhana blasted nine fours and three sixes in her 55-ball 83-run innings to anchor the Indian innings. She also became the second fastest India to compete 1000 runs in T20 internationals after Mithali Raj during her innings. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur too produced a strokeful 27-ball 43 studded with three sixes and as many fours to share a 68-run partnership for the third wicket with Mandhana. India, however, lost a bit..
                 

It's Manvendra Singh vs Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan polls

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday said that the Congress fielded former BJP leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh from her Jhalrapatan constituency in the upcoming assembly polls as it could not find any other candidate. Her remark came a few hours after the Congress released it second list of 32 candidates, fielding Manvendra Singh against her from Jhalrapatan constituency. "The Congress could not find any candidate and he (Manvendra Singh) was to be given ticket from somewhere and therefore, he was sent here (Jhalrapatan)," Raje said after filing her nomination papers in Jhalawar district. "But they should know that it is not a fight of one person, this is a contest fought by Jhalawar and Rajasthan, which is a family," she said. The chief minister was accompanied by party leader Shahnawaz Hussain, her son and Jhalawar MP Dushyant Singh, among others. Reacting to the Congress announcement, state BJP president Madan Lal Saini said the decision will have no imp..
                 

Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput's chemistry gets a thumbs up

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The celebratory song Sweetheart from Kedarnath was released by the makers on Thursday. The song is being loved by the audience and the chemistry of the leading duo Sara and Sushant gets a thumbs up as the song is trending on #1 on Youtube by garnering more than 4.9 million views within a day. The audience expressed their love with comments like "spectacular and crackling chemistry", "seeing such a cute song after a long time", " Lovedddddddd the song so much , perfect steps, sexy dance and incredible performance", "can't wait to watch the movie" have been leading to their excitement for the movie. The foot-tapping number is fun to watch as the lead pair Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan groove to the dhol beats with full enthusiasm. The song has been picturized with a mehendi and sangeet ceremony in the backdrop and hints at the blossoming love story between the two. While the teaser set the mood for the romantic tale based amidst the tragic floods of Uttarakhand, the first son..
                 

Alyque Padamsee's funeral today at 11 am at Worli

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Veteran adman and theatre personality Alyque Padamsee died on Saturday following an illness, his family said. "He passed away at HN Reliance Hospital early morning due to an illness. I'm deeply saddened by the loss," Dolly Thakore, Padamsee's former partner, said. Sources in the industry said Padamsee died peacefully early morning. The funeral will take place at 11 am on Sunday at the Worli crematorium. Padamsee, born in 1931, was the former chief executive of the advertising firm Lintas in India. He later became the regional coordinator for Lintas in South Asia. At the agency, he created iconic campaigns such as 'Lalitaji' for Surf, 'Hamara Bajaj' for the auto major, 'Cherry Charlie' for Cherry Blossom Shoe Polish, MRF's 'Muscle Man' and also the bold 'Liril' ad featuring a female model under a waterfall. He played Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Richard Attenborough's award-winning film Gandhi. Padamsee, born into a traditional, wealthy Kutchi Khoja Muslim family, made his stage debut with ..
                 

House of Cards star Robin Wright on being typecast as an actor and more

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"Petrified," isn't an emotion you'd instantly associate with Robin Wright, especially given her steely-cold exterior as Claire Underwood (nee Hale) on the Netflix flagship show, House of Cards (HoC). But that's really how she felt as she called up executive producer, auteur David Fincher, night before a shoot, towards the end of the series. Why's that? Over the show's six seasons, while Hale had transitioned from being Congressman Frank Underwood's wife, Vice President, First Lady, to the President of the United States; personally, Wright herself, besides earning unprecedented global fame and a Golden Globe for Clare's part, was turning director with HoC's finale episode. Unknown to most, directing the dark, moody, relatively quiet HoC is a lot like gently tip-toeing around a delicate house of cards itself. For, rules on what you can, and cannot do on the show - no steady-cams, for instance, no hand-held cameras, no tight close-ups, only a specified set of lenses allowed, no use of t..
                 

One dead as car drives through protest in France

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A 50-year-old man taking part in nationwide protests against rising fuel prices in France died on Saturday after he was hit by a car that accelerated through a human roadblock in the country's southeast, interior minister Christophe Castaner said. Castaner said a woman taking her child for medical attention panicked when protesters at the roadblock in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, located some 70 km southeast of Lyon, began striking her car. "People hit her car, the driver panicked and she accelerated," the minister told the press. She was arrested in a state of shock, he added. About 40 demonstrators took part in the roadblock protest in Pont-de-Beauvoisin as part of a nationwide movement dubbed the 'gilets jaunes' (yellow vests). 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 l..
                 

Rapper Dino James: Can you deny some girls are gold-diggers?

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When we heard rapper Dino James's first song Girlfriend (which released two years ago but has picked up pace now; it has 13 million views), we were disturbed to say the least. It's written from the point of view of a man whose girlfriend has left him, and he is venting about the cruel and savage ways women con men. They are gold-diggers, and c***-teasers, and s**ts. "But it's not a generalisation. Can you deny some girls are like that? My songs stem from some personal experiences. But, I have also sat at many coffee shops in Mumbai and noticed couples, and my friends and I would often try to figure who is the alpha from the duo. It's about those observations that, to be honest, are exaggerated in the songs," says the 31-year-old who hails from Kerala but was born and brought up in Bhopal. The rapper, who had no intention of ever becoming a musician, moved to Mumbai in 2012, after he just couldn't convince himself to join his dad in the family business. He tried to be an actor, even w..
                 

The guru you called by first name

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There was an old Bombay and there is a new Mumbai. A significant part of that old Bombay died when Charles Correa passed away; Alyque Padamsee's death is one more nail in that coffin. These are men who strode over our metro like colossuses. They had wives, kids, lives, but you felt what really drove them was creating the next big idea, creating something for the wider good, not just for themselves. What can one say about Alyque Padamsee? I hesitate to use the words 'great man' or 'genius' or 'guru' because they're so overused, but he was definitely a key influence for me, a 100 per cent teacher. Often in tough situations like today, both in advertising and theatre, I still ask myself, "What would Alyque have done?", and invariably I find a solution. That makes him pretty damn special for me. The friendship of the daCunhas and the Padamsees can be traced back to the St Xavier's College dramatic club of the 1940s. But, for me, he was my Lintas leader, from 1987 through to 1992. I had t..
                 

Chris Hemsworth claims India shoot of Dhaka wrapped up

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Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth on Saturday said the India portion of the shoot for Dhaka has been wrapped up, but according to sources the Netflix film's team is still to finish the portions in the country. "That's a wrap for the India portion of our shoot, next stop Thailand. Can't say enough how grateful we are to the people of India for letting us run riot through the streets while shooting what I think could be some of the most intense and exciting action sequences ever done. "Our director Sam Hargrave is bringing it to a whole new level. Netflix. India," Hemsworth posted on Instagram on Saturday.       View this post on Instagram That’s a wrap for the India portion of our shoot , next stop Thailand . Cant say enough how grateful we are to the people of India for letting us run riot through the streets while shooting what I think could be some of the most intense and exciting action sequences ever done . Our director @thesamhargrave is bringing it..
                 

Man killed after being hit by school van in east Delhi

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A 48-year-old man died after his scooter was hit by a speeding school van, which was empty, in east Delhi's Kalyanpuri area, police said Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Rajesh Kumar, a DTC bus driver and a resident of Kalyanpuri, they said. The incident took place on Wednesday morning when Kumar was returning home on his scooter. His was head crushed under the wheel of the van, the senior police officer said. The accused, Aloknath, was arrested and a case registered in the matter, police said, adding the school van was impounded and an investigation was underway. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter,..
                 

PNB scam: Case against former dy manager for disproportionate assets

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The CBI has registered a disproportionate assets (DA) case against former deputy manager of Punjab National Bank (PNB), Gokulnath Shetty, and his wife Ashalata, for amassing wealth which is 238.44 per cent more than their known source of income. A list of his property and cash, FDs, and accounts has been mentioned in the FIR which was registered by the CBI on November 15. Shetty is a key accused in the PNB scam involving fugitive businessman Nirav Modi and was in the branch when fraudulent LOUs were issued to Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi's company, as per the CBI probe. Shetty has been arrested by both CBI and ED in their respective cases. As per the CBI FIR, a copy of which is with mid-day, Shetty amassed the wealth from April 1, 2011 to May 31, 2017. He retired from PNB on May 31, 2017. Wife booked for abetting crimeBefore 2011, Shetty had two flats at Borivali West and Goregaon, and a bank balance of Rs 47,12,858. As per the CBI probe, at the end of 2017, he had assets worth R..
                 

Koregaon-Bhima case: Digvijaya Singh on Pune police radar

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Pune police are likely to question senior Congressman and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh whose name had come up in the ongoing probe into the Koregaon-Bhima case almost three months ago, officials said here on Monday. "We may call or question him in connection with the matter, but there is no time-frame decided yet," Joint Police Commissioner Shivajirao Bodkhe told IANS. Singh's reference is in connection with a telephone number - said to belong to the Congress leader - found in one of the letters seized from the alleged Maoist sympathisers arrested by the police in the past few months. The Congress leader's name was raised nearly three months ago with some Bharatiya Janata Party leaders like spokesperson Sambit Patra also referring to it. "We have found a letter with some phone numbers these are being investigated," Deputy Commissioner of Police Suhas Bavche said, without elaborating. Singh had expressed his readiness to face any probe in early September and ..
                 

Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018: Kareena, Janhvi, Alia, Adah keep it classy

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The Lux Golden Rose Awards saw a trail of stars gliding on the red carpet of this phenomenal event, which feliciates the hardship and dedication given by the beautiful and talented actresses of Bollywood. The event, which was held on Sunday night saw Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karisma Kapoor, Kajol, Adah Khan, Nora Fatehi, Madhuri Dixit, Swara Bhasker, Warina Hussain, Nushrat Bharucha, Isabelle Kaif, Chitrangda Singh, and Taapsee Pannu in attendance. Apart from these stars, there were timeless divas, Rekha and Zeenat Aman, who changed the atmosphere of the event with their warm presence. The veterans hugged each other and were all smiles to attend the award show. While these beauties walked the red carpet, there were a few who stole the limelight with their perfect look: Kareena Kapoor Khan: The actress looked fresh in a Prabal Gurung outfit. The pink and ruby red chiffon gown was in tandem with the backdrop florals ..
                 

Preity Zinta: Unrealistic to compare shelf-life of heroes and heroines

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Preity Zinta says if female actors devote as much time as their male counterparts to the film career, it would be possible for heroines to have a longer shelf-life. The 43-years-old actor said the fact that the society is still patriarchal makes it tough for women to pursue their careers and same is the case with movie stars. "If a female actor dedicates that many years then she would also (get that kind of stardom). Lot of actresses get married, have children, take a break. I personally took quite a few years of break. One has to compare apples to apples. You can't compare apples to oranges. The moment an actress gets married and has children she is taking care of the children, she is out of circulation," Preity told PTI in an interview. "Having said that, it is a patriarchal society but the real test of time will be with newer bunch of actors who is getting married and still working, to see how things go. It is unrealistic to compare heroes and heroines as their lifespan is differe..
                 

Ali Fazal: Culture is the foundation of a society

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Actor Ali Fazal, who has lent support to filmmaker Tigamanshu Dhulia's NGO in Allahabad, says culture is the foundation of a society. The NGO called Sanchaari is all set to come up with an event this month with the theme 'Youth' for their annual event Oorja, which will take place from November 16 to 18. Ali and Dhulia have collaborated to be part of this event to spread positivity among people. He said: "It's crucial for literature and culture to be preserved and I really appreciate what Sanchaari is doing towards the idea of promoting literary thoughts and ideas. Culture is the foundation of a society and to promote its awareness is truly something that is uplifting and also educative. "I truly believe the cause that Oorja, Sanchaari's annual event stands for and thus I am elated to be a part of it. Looking forward to experiencing its vibrant and purposeful activities when I am there in person." On the film front, Ali is all set for his next release with Sanjay Dutts's Prassthanam&n..
                 

Kumaraswamy to hold talks with sugarcane farmers on November 20

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Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will hold talks with agitating sugarcane farmers on their demands for a higher minimum support price and settling dues from state-run and private mills, said an official on Monday. "Kumaraswamy has called for a meeting with sugarcane farmers, mill owners and officials at the state secretariat on Tuesday to discuss their demands and problems, said the official from the chief minister's office in a statement. The meeting has been convened a day after hundreds of farmers, including their womenfolk on Sunday staged protests at Belagavi against the state government's alleged indifference over ensuring minimum support price (MSP) for their cane and settling their dues from mill owners. The Chief Minister also advised the farmers staging the protest in the city on Monday to have patience and sought time to address their demands, including loan waiver, higher MSP for sugarcane and supply of seeds and fertilizers for the rabi crop. "I appeal to the ..
                 

Tara Sutaria birthday bash: Tiger Shroff attends with sister Krishna

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Tara Sutaria, who will be seen in Student of The Year 2 brought in her 23rd birthday on Sunday night. The actress celebrates her birthday on November 19. Tara, who will be making her debut through Karan Johar's Student of The Year 2 is already grabbing space in headlines. Present at the birthday bash from the glitzy world were Karan Johar, Tiger Shroff, Krishna Shroff, Ananya Panday, Punit Malhotra, Ishaan Khatter with mother Neelima Azeem. Karan Johar clicked at the bash. Tara Sutaria's birthday was made special by her co-actors Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday, director Punit Malhotra and Karan Johar. The two girls, Tara and Ananya were seen making merry together with Punit Malhotra. Well, Tara has a twin sister named Pia Sutaria, and both of them celebrated their birthday together. Sidharth Malhotra with Milap Zaveri at the birthday bash. Tara Sutaria with Punit Malhotra and Ananya Panday. Ishaan Khatter for Tara Sutaria's birthday bash. Co-actors Tiger and Ananya took to their Ins..
                 

Shraddha Kapoor back on shoot after fighting dengue

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Actress Shraddha Kapoor has recommenced shooting after a "debilitating" spell of dengue. She has thanked the film teams she is currently associated with for "understanding and being patient". "As I have returned to shoot after a debilitating spell of dengue, I just wanted to share that I feel deep gratitude. My family and loved ones have been my backbone, support and healing energy through this recovery. You all know who you are," Shraddha said on Monday morning. The 31-year-old actress says she is the "luckiest girl in the world to have been showered with love, care and compassion, every moment of the way."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shraddha (@shraddhakapoor) onNov 18, 2018 at 7:48pm PST "A big thank you to the film teams that I am currently a part of, for understanding and being patient. Thank you to all my well-wishers and fans for the love and endless support," she added. "I was at home for a month and it was very nice to..
                 

Sidharth Malhotra: Experimenting a lot with my looks for my next films

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Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who was last seen in Aiyaary, says he is experimenting a lot with his looks for his forthcoming films. Sidharth was interacting with media at Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018 on Sunday. His upcoming films include romantic comedy Jabariya Jodi, intense love story Marjaavaan and biopic of Kargil war martyr Captain Vikram Batra for which he will be sporting different looks. Talking about it, he said, "Now I am shooting for 'Jabariya Jodi' so, me and Parineeti (Chopra) just shot in Lucknow for it then I will be starting shooting for 'Marjaavaan' in which I am featuring with Tara (Sutaria) and Rakul Preet (Singh) and then I go into captain Vikram Batra biopic so, I am doing different kind of films. "Now I am juggling my time with these films. I am training for it and we are experimenting a lot with my look for these films". Lux Golden Rose Awards was conceived as an original concept to celebrate Indian female actors for their beautiful and indomitable performances on t..
                 

Ezra Miller: I experience identity crisis to a massive extent

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Ezra Miller feels it is easy to lose the essence of one's own identity in showbiz. The "Fantastic Beasts" star admits he experiences an identity crisis, and says that being in the industry highlights the problem like a "terrifying pimple". Miller is back as Credence Barebone, a young introverted man who is also an Obscurus, in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald". Along with the magic and the beasts, the film is about Credence's journey to find his own identity, and struggling with it. Asked if he has identity crisis over being an actor and living someone else's life on camera, Miller told IANS in an exclusive interview here: "I definitely experience that to a massive extent." "I think being someone who professionally participates in the presentation of identity only exacerbates the problems with identification, which we all already have. It kind of brings it forward like a terrifying pimple," added the actor while looking at the ceiling of the posh hotel here. "It reveals..
                 

Arshad Warsi: Finding right combination of good script, people a rarity

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Actor Arshad Warsi's performances in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Golmaal: Fun Unlimited, Dhamaal and Ishqiya have been loved by audiences and critics alike. He says less visibility does not bother him as an actor as his parameters of choosing a project combines not only good script but also collaborating with good people. Arshad will soon to be seen in Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta-starrer Bhaiyaji Superstar, which releases on Friday. Even though he has been appreciated consistently over the years, what makes him do so few films? "Firstly, it feels nice for an actor to gain the confidence of the maker as they believe that I can bring something to the table while playing a character. I can handle a good human being who is an average talent, but cannot handle a great talent who is an as**le as a human being," Arshad told IANS in an interview. "Apart from a good script, the cast and crew matter to me. I really can work with an averagely talented crew but cannot work with people who are br..
                 

President Kovind to embark on four-day Australia tour from November 21

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President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a four-day Australia tour from November 21, in the first ever state visit by an Indian president to the country, during which he will discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties with top Australian leaders. Kovind is currently in Vietnam as part of his two-nation tour. He will arrive Sydney from Hanoi. The President will visit Sydney and Melbourne on an invitation from Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, according to a statement issued by the High Commission of India, Canberra. A ceremonial welcome for the President will be held in Sydney. It will be followed by talks between Kovind and Cosgrove, the statement said. During his visit, the President will also meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Both the leaders will jointly unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Parramatta in New South Wales as a part of the ongoing 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Gandhiji. Kovind will also address the Australian Financial Review Business summit an..
                 

Amy Schumer back to work

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Actress Amy Schumer has returned to work after her recent hospitalisation. The 37-year-old comedienne, who is expecting her first child with husband Chris Fische, was admitted to a medical center for hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe nausea and vomiting, reports eonline.com. Schumer performed a comedy show at the New Jersey Performing Art Center a few days ago. After her performance, the "Trainwreck" actress took to Instagram and wrote: "Thanks for bringing me back to life Newark (something no one else has ever said)". The event was originally supposed to take place in September and was later rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict for Schumer. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day mana..