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PM Narendra Modi stresses on Fit India, Yoga Day in 'Mann Ki Baat'

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of 135km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (NH-II) connecting Kundli to Palwal, at Bagpat, in Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday. PTI  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the country's response to his 'Fit India' initiative, saying that he did not anticipate the kind of response it garnered from the country. Addressing the nation on the 44th edition of the monthly radio programme, 'Mann Ki Baat', he said, "My dear countrymen, especially my young friends, just a couple of months ago, when I mentioned 'Fit India, I did not think it would draw such a good response; that a large number of people would come forward to support it. When I say 'Fit India', I believe that the more we play, the more we will inspire the country to come out and play." "People are sharing videos of Fitness Challenge on social media; they are tagging each other to spread the challenge. Everybody is now getting connected with this Fit India Campa..
                 

Mumbai: Massive fire engulfs Goregaon office building

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          Fire at office complex in Goregaon. Pic/Nikita Wagh A massive fire was reported in the Techniplex building in Mumbai's Goregaon (East) on Sunday. The fire is believed to have originated in the ground floor of the building. It is believed that several people have been trapped in the higher floors of the building. The exact extent of the damage is, however, unknown. Fire officials have been rushed to the spot and a rescue operation has been launched. Meanwhile, several social media users have shared videos and photos of the predicament. Fire fighters squad needed in extreme urgency, people waving from fifth floor and above... please send necessary forces.goregaon West mtnl Mumbai pic.twitter.com/RtsfBzKSpu — Anish Zachariah (@AnishZachariah2) May 27, 2018 Huge Fire in Goregaon (E), Mumbai pic.twitter.com/FomBzH3mKN — Naman Jain (@naman84) May 27, 2018 @MumbaiPolice fire in RBL Bank Building, S. V. Road, near Goregaon M..
                 

Yavatmal embraces 'farm pool' scheme with enthusiasm

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Representational Image Maharashtra's drought-prone Yavatmal has set an example for other districts by constructing more than 6,000 'farm pools' by cultivators to meet the irrigation demand in the district. An official claimed that by digging these pools, around 6,000 hectares of land will get "protected irrigation", thus raising hopes for a better rabi crop. A farm pool or pond is dug out to harvest rainwater and store it for future use. Since the inception of the state government's ambitious 'farm pool on demand' scheme two years back, the farmers in this district, located in the Vidarbha region, have constructed 6,200 farm pools, the official said. Agriculture is the principal occupation in Yavatmal, which had earlier been in news over a spate of farmer suicides. The district is spread over an area of of13,51,966 hectares, of which 9,60,500 hectares is under crop production. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the rainfall in the state has decreased in..
                 

'Firewall' for smartphones may protect your privacy

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Representational Image Scientists have developed the first ultrasound-firewall that can prevent hackers from eavesdropping on hidden data transmission between smartphones and other mobile devices. The permanent networking of mobile devices can endanger the privacy of users and lead to new forms of monitoring. New technologies such as Google Nearby and Silverpush use ultrasonic sounds to exchange information between devices via loudspeakers and microphones. More and more of our devices communicate via this inaudible communication channel. Ultrasonic communication allows devices to be paired and information to be exchanged. It also makes it possible to track users and their behaviour over a number of devices, much like cookies on the Web. Almost every device with a microphone and a loudspeaker can send and receive ultrasonic sounds. Users are usually unaware of this inaudible and hidden data transmission. Researchers from the St Polten University of Applied Sciences in Austria has de..
                 

Ruskin Bond says My grandmothers didn't tell me stories

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Ruskin Bond One of the revered authors in literature, Ruskin Bond says that neither of his grandmothers told him any tale unlike many children, who had their granny as their first storyteller. He recollects that as a boy he was very fond of reading and wanted to emulate his favourite authors and be one of them himself. He read everything he could lay his hands on - from Charles Dickens, PG Wodehouse, Somerset Maugham to Graham Greene. "I read everything from detective stories to the classics. It all made a difference. The books, the authors you read in the formative years are the ones that have the most impact," says Bond, who turned 84 on May 19. The prolific writer says the love of language and literature has kept him going. And he is also inspired by nature and the streams, hills and trees. "Many people had their grandmothers to tell them stories but nobody told me any. I started reading early and thus I read my own stories," he says. "One of my grandmothers was a very si..
                 

Six militants killed in Pakistan's Punjab province

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Representational Image Six militants, involved in the killing of a Brigadier of Pakistan's spy agency ISI and several deadly blasts, were shot dead on Sunday during an encounter with the security forces in Punjab, a media report said. According to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), the suspects were also involved in the blast near the residence-cum-office of Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Shari last year that claimed 26 lives including eight policemen. The CTD had tracked the militants near Gujrat in Punjab where a gunbattle broke out between them, Geo News reported. The suspects, eight or nine in number, had opened fire on the CTD team. The team killed six suspects in retaliatory fire, while three of them managed to escape, an official said. A CTD spokesperson said the suspects were involved in the killing of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Brigadier Zahoor Fazal Qadri and his brother in Sargodha in 2004. Those killed in the shootout have been identified as Ab..
                 

Delhi Metro: South Campus, Moti Bagh among 10 stations renamed

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Representational Image Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus and Sir Vishweshwaraiah Moti Bagh stations on the Delhi Metro Pink Line did not carry the name of the two personalities in the original plan and they were rechristened on the recommendations of a panel, which had suggested the renaming of eight other names on the network, according to sources. Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station, named after the freedom fighter, social worker and educationist, is a part of the Pink Line corridor inaugurated in mid-March, and Sir Vishweshwaraiah Moti Bagh station, expected to open soon, intends to fortify the legacy of the legendary engineer-scholar. Both places are among the 10 stations whose names were changed following recommendations of the committee set up for renaming metro stations, the sources said. "The other stations include Tughlakabad (changed to Tughlakabad Station), Okhla (to Harkesh Nagar Okhla), Badarpur (to Badarpur Border) on Violet Line; Okhla-Phase III (to Okhla NSIC) on Ma..
                 

'Mumbai, is the b*****d child no one wants'

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Vikramaditya Motwane. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi Vikramaditya Motwane, who is readying for the release of his upcoming film Bhavesh Joshi: Superhero, says the movie is about a b*****d child. Except, the protagonist is not a person, but a city. This city. With star kid Harshvardhan Kapoor playing Bhavesh, the film uses a superhero premise to discuss the water mafia, and what happens when vigilantes take matters in their own hands. The story started off as one film about a man, keen to take care of his street, but changed gears somewhere. "I have been here 40 years, but my love for the city faded away when Bombay became Mumbai. I have mixed feelings about it now, although I can't live anywhere else. It's treated like a b****** child, which no one cares about. Everyone just wants to leech off it. People around the world take pride in where they live. Not us," says the director before he gets into the studio for a morning edit. At 41, Motwane is old enough to know that a superhero cannot sol..
                 

Lily Allen cheated on husband Sam Cooper

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Lily Allen Singer Lily Allen says she cheated on her husband after struggles with fame that led her to lose her identity. In an interview with Vulture magazine, the 33-year-old singer blamed some of her lost self and personal troubles on her comeback to music in 2014, reports dailymail.co.uk. Allen admitted that she felt her struggles dealing with fame led her to cheat on husband Sam Cooper -- the father of her two children Ethel, seven, and Marnie, five. They parted ways in 2016. "I lost my sense of self. I lost my identity. I was being a bad mum. I was being bad at my job. I'd wake up on a tour bus in the middle of Wisconsin and be so hung-over. I cheated on my husband. All I wanted to do was be with my kids. I wasn't even making any money," she said. Allen added that it was during her time away from the spotlight to focus on motherhood that she lost control of her image, but now feels she is turning back towards her best. "I was 14 stone and I had to lose all that weight. I was..
                 

Nicki Minaj not dating Eminem

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Nicki Minaj Rapper Nicki Minaj is not dating Eminem. The Internet was quickly set alight on Thursday when it when she told a fan on Instagram they were an item. But according to TMZ, a source close to the hitmaker has revealed that she was only joking about the romance, reports dailymail.co.uk. The 35-year-old star had taken to Instagram to promote a new single. One of her followers boldly enquired: "You dating Eminem?" She wrote back: "Yes." But sources close to Minaj say she was only joking. "There's nothing romantic between the two." Minaj and Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers III, have long known each other, as they worked together on her hit 2010 single Roman's revenge. 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. Except for the change in headline, the story has been provided "AS-IS," "AS AVAILABLE, without any v..
                 

Alicia Silverstone files for divorce from husband Christopher Jarecki

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Alicia Silverstone Actress Alicia Silverstone has filed for divorce from her husband of 20 years Christopher Jarecki three months after announcing their split. The actress filed the documents in court on Friday, according to The Blast. "They still deeply love and respect each other and remain very close friends but have mutually decided to separate after being together for 20 years. They have a son together who they will continue to co-parent," Silverstone's representative said in a statement to people.com when they announced their split in February. The Clueless actress, 41, and the musician have one child together, 6-year-old son, Bear Blu. The two had been married since June 2005, when they tied the knot in a private lakeside ceremony in Lake Tahoe. During the couple's intimate wedding, Silverstone and Jarecki exchanged vows while barefoot on the beach — and at midnight, the couple's friends and family gathered around a campfire to celebrate the happy day by singing Beatl..
                 

Aditi Rao Hydari: I am vocal about gender equality because we need to change

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Aditi Rao Hydari Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari knows she has no one making films for her or planning her career but she has a huge sense of belief in herself -- which makes her take fearless decisions. She feels strongly about girls' education because, through it, " her community and the whole nation prospers". "I live in the moment and I'm always looking forward. I have been working since 2010-2011 finding my way slowly and steadily step by step, fumbling sometimes but managing to find the light," Aditi told IANS in an email interview. "What kept me going is my unwavering belief and I'm always able to turn a negative into a positive... You can put all the crap in front of me, I will find something to be happy about... It is because of a strong family. Yes, it is true I didn't have a filmi insider to hold me when I fall, but that's the way it is, it's the same in any industry." Born in Hyderabad and brought up in Delhi, Aditi made her debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi ..
                 

Madhuri Dixit: Marathi films more appealing to youngsters now

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Madhuri Dixit Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, who has made her debut in Marathi cinema with Bucket List, says the regional film industry has evolved in terms of content and production values, which has made it appealing to the young generation. Most young film industry aspirants who live in Mumbai, first target Bollywood instead of trying their luck in Marathi cinema. Asked about it, Madhuri told IANS: "If you want to try your luck in Marathi film, you have to be Marathi speaking. If you are not, then you tend to try your luck in Hindi cinema. "Also, Marathi films (earlier) did not have the appeal we have today. It is more evolved and more appealing to the young generation. Technically, its production values are no less than a Hindi film." She said films like Natsamrat, Court and Sairat have come and changed the scenario too. "Now thanks to the subtitles, more people have access to Marathi films, and you never know how Marathi films will be more appreciated by people in future." ..
                 

Torn about personal goals? It can lead to depression

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Representational picture Washington D.C.: Many people are often torn about reaching their personal goals at any given cost. However, turns out, such goal conflict is associated with the symptoms of psychological distress, according to a new study conducted by the University of Exeter. A survey of more than 200 young adults investigated two forms of motivational conflict. These were inter-goal conflict (when pursuing one goal makes it difficult to pursue another) and ambivalence (conflicting feelings about particular goals). The results showed that each of these forms of goal conflict was independently associated with anxious and depressive symptoms, but did not predict worsening of symptoms over one month. "People with poorer mental health are more likely to report that their personal goals hinder one another," said researcher Nick Moberly. "Such conflict between goals may be more manageable if it is conscious. However, ambivalence may indicate a clash between a goal and a higher-..
                 

Vandana Kataria: Hope Noblemen draws parallels to India's political environment

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Kunal Kapoor in a still from Noblemen. Pic/YouTube Noblemen, a thematic representation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, tells the story of bullying in school. But its director Vandana Kataria hopes it is able to make a point about bullying at large -- on social media or even in politics. The film, which made its South Asian premiere at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival here on Saturday, features actor Kunal Kapoor. Kataria says the idea for the movie got evolved when her agents told her the Yoodlee Films banner was looking for writers and directors who wanted to adapt world literature in the public domain, into contemporary Indian films. "I had a few ideas, one of which was Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. However, my idea was a story set in the world of petty thieves and thugs in the city of Mumbai. While the team at Yoodlee liked this idea, I soon realised that I would want to tell a story in a setting that is more relevant and relatable..
                 

Daniel Craig to bag 50 million pounds for James Bond film

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Daniel Craig Actor Daniel Craig will reportedly earn 50 million pounds for his role in the next James Bond film. He had reportedly got 37 million pounds for the 2015 Bond film Spectre. Craig's new deal will be thanks to an ­executive producer credit, endorsements and profits, as well as his wages, reports mirror.co.uk. The film is likely to run for around two hours and 20 minutes, which would mean the 50-year-old ­banking 357,000 pounds per ­minute of screen time. He will start five months of filming in December, ahead of a planned release in ­autumn next year. He previously stated that he would rather "slash his wrists" than return to the role, but later said that he made the remarks two days after he finished shooting Spectre and was exhausted. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle will earn about ­seven million pounds for directing the as-yet-untitled film. A film source said: "Daniel is raring to go out with a bang alongside Danny. They have been talking already about ..
                 

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway

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Narendra Modi New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the Rs 7,500-crore Delhi-Meerut Expressway that will reduce the travel time considerably. Modi, after inaugurating the 14-lane highway spanning Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate, rode in an open car, waving at crowds gathered on either sides of the highway. Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari too rode in a separate open car alongside Modi. The roadshow started from Nizamuddin bridge, the start of the about 9-km first leg of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. After a 6-km travel on the stretch, he flew to Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate the country's first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway costed Rs 842 crore on building the 9-km stretch of 14-lane highway, according to an advertisement released by the government on the project. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which will have dedicated bicycle tracks on ..
                 

Harshavardhan Kapoor: The hardest thing today is to get money to make a film

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Harshvardhan Kapoor Actor Harshvardhan Kapoor, who is pinning high hopes on his next release Bhavesh Joshi, says if the film does commercially well, it will encourage him to offer more such interesting stories to audience. Harshvardhan's debut film Mirzya had failed to make an impact at the box office. "The hardest thing today (in the film industry) is to get money to make a film, then to make a film and complete it. So all that has been done with Bhavesh Joshi. Now what is left is for people to give the film a chance, talk about it. "If that happens with the film (referring to positive response to the film), I would love to give audience many different kind of films. Five years from now I want to give audience films that have never been seen before. If I can do that I will be happy," Harshvardhan told PTI. For Bhavesh Joshi, the 27-year-old actor has teamed up with director Vikramaditya Motwane and he says it has been a great learning experience. "He (Motwane) has made four films i..
                 

Deadpool 2 actor Karan Soni wants to make film with Alia Bhatt

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Alia Bhatt Deadpool actor Karan Soni says he is working on a script keeping Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in mind. Asked about the progress of the script, Karan told IANS: "I am still trying to get that made. It is taking time but it is definitely on the list. I want to get it made. It is slowly moving forward." In another interview with IANS, Karan had shared that he is writing the script with her voice in the mind. "I wrote three parts with her in mind for one part. I wrote the script with her voice in mind. Because when I write I like to think who would be the actor who would play it. And in a dream situation, I would like to have her," said Karan, who got noticed as Deadpool's Indian cab driver Dopinder. After Deadpool 2 -- brought to India by Fox Star India, Karan Soni will be seen as an angel in Miracle Workers. He will also feature in "Corporate Animals", starring Sharon Stone. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Androi..
                 

Happy, content at where I've reached: Shama Sikander

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Shama Sikander Actress Shama Sikander, who made a bold comeback in 2016 with web film Sexaholic, says she is happy and content at where she has reached in her career. Shama, who is fondly remembered as Pooja from the show Yeh Meri Life Hai, ventured into Bollywood in 1998 with Prem Aggan and was also seen in superstar Aamir Khan starrer Mann in 1999. Asked what is keeping her away from the big screen, Shama told IANS in an e-mail interview from Mumbai: "I have not got any interesting offers yet and I do wonder why! I have been offered a couple of projects in the recent times but they just did not excite me enough. Luckily, I am in a space in my life where I can do what I like or want to do without anything to worry about. So, I feel blessed." But the actress, 36, says good work takes time. "It is not everyday that people make good stuff... But I am happy and content of where I have reached today in my life and working towards a great future by enjoying the present fully and looking ..
                 

Mumbai: Sunken boat on which Ark Deck Bar operated was insured for Rs 3.65 crore

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Floating restaurant Ark Deck Bar capsizes near Bandra, in Mumbai on Saturday. Pic/PTI The owners of MV Avior (the boat on which Ark Deck Bar was operated) had insured the boat for Rs 3.65 crore (for complete loss cover), and had also taken hull machinery insurance of Rs 10 lakh. Highly-placed shipping industry sources revealed that the insurance was taken by the owners, M/s Sea Glimpse Investment (Pvt) Ltd, a Nariman Point-based company, on December 30, 2017, at a premium of Rs 3,45,150 from New India Assurance company for a period of one year. Meanwhile, shipping experts say that the company hired for the salvage operation will need to submit a salvage plan and get permissions from the Maharashtra Maritime Board and other agencies, and only once the plan is approved, will the work begin. A shipping expert who did not wish to be identified said, "The salvage operation should be started at the earliest, as the monsoon could set in soon and make such operations not only risky but als..
                 

Mohit Suri hails Indi-pop in the 1990s

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Mohit Suri Filmmaker Mohit Suri says Indi-pop in the 1990s revolutionized the Indian music scene. "Indi-pop in the 1990s revolutionized the music scene and created a niche in India," Suri said in a statement to IANS. He promised that the latest track Dil de huzoora by artiste Rahul Mishra will make music lovers feel nostalgic and remind you of that era. The track has the feel of earthy Indian melody blended with Sufi rock flavour". VYRL Originals released their fifth single "Dil de huzoora" on Friday. Talking about the song, Rahul, who had contributed to "Tu hi hai" from Suri's directorial "Half Girlfriend", said: "I'm elated to release my second single under VYRL Originals. 'Dil de huzoora' is the voice of heart filled with pain and disappointment and I hope it gets the same love my previous tracks have received." Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India and South Asia and EMI Records India, added: "With 'Dil de huzoora', we are featuring a major 1990s..
                 

Shashank Khaitan: Hope to create something unique with Rannbhoomi

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Director Shashank Khaitan says he wishes to give audiences a unique experience with his upcoming warrior film Rannbhoomi. The film is slated for a Diwali 2020 release. In February this year, filmmaker Karan Johar had announced the project with Varun Dhawan in lead and Shashank believes the genre is still not completely explored in Hindi cinema. "Baahubali is an example of a warrior film, it is an Indian film. We have explored that space in Hindi cinema with Jodha Akbar, Padmaavat but we have not gone all out. "The opportunity we are seeking right now is to create something new and be remembered for it. It is a great opportunity to have Karan backing it and Varun ready to go with my vision," Shashank told PTI. The director credited SS Rajamouli's epic war drama for opening up the market and showing people the potential of Indian cinema. "We are hoping to create something unique with 'Rannbhoomi'. We hope people like it," he added. Shashank said in terms of story ideas, Hindi films were..
                 

Man arrested for raping niece in north Delhi

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Representational picture New Delhi: A 43-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his niece in north Delhi's Kotwali, police said on Saturday. The incident first took place first on March 26, when the girl was alone at home as her aunt had gone to Bhagalpur in Bihar, they said. The 14-year-old victim informed her friend, who works with an NGO. The girl said that her uncle was raping her for the last two months, police said. The accused had adopted the girl after her parents died when she was two-years-old. She was enrolled in a school later, they said. The accused came home in an inebriated condition and allegedly raped her, police said. The girl alleged that she was raped several times since then. After she informed her friend, they approached the police on Thursday, following which a case was registered and the accused was arrested, they added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps t..
                 

Mumbai chefs on why it's perfect time to pick their own spices and condiments

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TimutAt: The Clearing House, Ballard Estate Pastry chef Husna Jumani sources timut from the Northeast. Pic/Bipin Kokate It's not often that you come across a dessert with pepper. It's for this reason that Husna Jumani, head pastry chef at The Clearing House, decided to experiment with the timut, the popular Nepalese pepper, in their Greek yoghurt pannacota. "I had already tried using other varieties of pepper, so I thought timut would be a great addition because the flavour is pronounced. It is spicy, with hints of grapefruit," says Jumani, who sources it from the Northeast. However, it's an ingredient that can work either way, she warns. "If used with the right combinations, it can elevate the dish like no other. Else, it will overpower the other ingredients." Apart from being a tricky ingredient, it's also an acquired flavour. "When people eat it, they might not recognise it or might not realise it's a spice. It has a spicy yet fruity undertone." Green peppercorn and krachaiAt:..
                 

Ayushmann Khurrana lends his voice against plastic pollution

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Ayushmann Khurrana Actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana has sung a song titled Tik Tak Plastic for an NGO Bhamla Foundation in collaboration with United Nations, to raise awareness against use of plastic. "All of us need to do our bit to leave behind a safe and environmentally healthy planet for our children and future generations. The world that we live in has seen extensive damage to the ecosystem by the use of plastics," Ayushmann said in a statement. Ayushmann, who has sung alongside singers Sonu Nigam and Shaan to affect position social change related to plastic pollution that is plaguing India, says the negative impact of plastic pollution. "We have to reverse the negative impact of plastic pollution by actively speaking about it and raising our voice to bring awareness. It is our duty to do so," he added. On the acting front, Ayushmann will next be seen in Shoot the Piano Player directed by Sriram Raghavan. The film also stars Radhika Apte and Tabu. Catch up on all the latest ent..
                 

Kardashians threatened to cancel Blac Chyna's show

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Blac Chyna Model Blac Chyna is reportedly accusing the Kardashian family of conspiring to cancel her show. Chyna, 30, claims the family threatened to pull their show Keeping Up with the Kardashians from E! if the network did not cancel her show Rob & Chyna, according to a new legal filing obtained by tmz.com. The model and entrepreneur reportedly goes on to claim that the first season of the reality show, in which she starred with her ex Rob Kardashian, 31, outperformed Keeping Up with the Kardashians' ratings, and was in the midst of filming its second season when it was cancelled. Chyna claims that a "key meeting" between the Kardashian family and E! executives in January 2017 led to the show's cancellation, according to TMZ. She also reportedly alleges that the Kardashians "falsely" accusing her of physically abusing Rob contributed to the show's demise. She is asking for a trail of paperwork she believes will prove her accusations, the outlet reports. The new filing is just..
                 

Tanaaz Irani: Working with relatives can be dangerous, difficult

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Tanaaz Irani Actress Tanaaz Irani says working with relatives can be very dangerous and difficult. However she says that sharing stage with actress Delnaaz Irani, who is her sister-in-law, is a different camaraderie altogether. Tanaaz and Delnaaz are working together after 18 years on a play titled "Wrong Number". They last worked together in a play titled "I Do I Don't". "Working with relatives is really dangerous and working with relatives is difficult but working with Delnaaz is not like working with a relative. I think we both are very mature and senior enough as we do not let any non-sense get in our way . In real life we are sisters-in-law but I don't think that we have ever displayed that relationship on set," Tanaaz said in a statement to IANS. "Delnaaz and I have always been friends. I guess it is very rare that you get to see Parsis in the world of Hindi theatre. Delnaaz and I more or less think the same, except I presented in a more energetic, more stormy and in a more na..
                 

Virat Kohli bids emotional farewell to 'brother' AB de Villiers

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Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday took to social media to pay tribute to "brother" AB de Villiers after the former South African captain announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. "Wish you all the best in everything that you do my brother. You've changed the way batting was seen in the time you've played international cricket. My best wishes to you and your family for this amazing journey ahead @ABdeVilliers17," Kohli tweeted on his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate. Earlier this week, de Villiers sprang a surprise by announcing his decision to quit all forms of cricket, claiming to be "out of gas" after 14 years in the top flight. De Villiers ended his career with 8,765 runs in 114 Tests with 22 centuries (average 50.66), 9,577 runs in 228 ODIs with 25 centuries and 1,672 runs in 78 T20Is with 10 half-centuries. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS app..
                 

Sania Mirza thrilled to feature in ESPN's World Fame 100 list for 2018

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Sania Mirza Tennis ace Sania Mirza is thrilled to feature on the ESPN's World Fame 100 list for 2018, and says it motivates her work hard and achieve more. "I am thrilled and excited to be with along side such great athletes of the world and obviously honoured," Sania said in a statement to IANS. The tennis ace is suffering from a condition called jumper's knee, which has kept her off the game for over six months. She even missed the Australian Open earlier this year. Sania, who is married to cricketer Shoaib Malik, is currently expecting their first child. They have decided to give the child the surname Mirza-Malik, an amalgamation of their own last names. "It motivates me to come back stronger and work harder to achieve more and strive towards being the best I can be. Also, I am excited to be in the list again," she added. She is ranked at the 100th position. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest..
                 

Deserted by kids, 'Pakeezah' actress Geeta Kapoor dead

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After being discharged (June 02, 2017), Geeta Kapoor, seen with Ashoke Pandit, was shifted to Jivan Asha old age home at Andheri. Pic/Satej Shinde Veteran Bollywood actress Geeta Kapoor, who shot into the limelight for her role in the classic "Pakeezah", breathed her last in a Mumbai old age home on Saturday morning, a family friend said. She was 67 and had been living in the old age home after she was reportedly abandoned by her son and daughter last year. "Heartbreaking! 'Pakeezah' actress Geeta Kapoor passes away after waiting to see her children one last time," tweeted her friend and film-personality Ashoke Pandit. She had acted in around 100 films in supporting roles/characters, including prominent ones in Kamal Amrohi's films "Pakeezah", "Razia Sultan". In a humanitarian gesture, film producer Ramesh Taurani and Pandit had been caring for the actress and paying her medical bills after her children turned their backs on her. Her son Raja is a choreographer and her daughter Pooja..
                 

Disha Patani sizzles in swimsuit as she beats the heat, see photos

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Disha Patani shared this picture on her Instagram story Disha Patani is beating the heat in style. The actress is a big sensation on social media with close to 12 million followers. Ever since her debut in films from MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, she has stolen hearts with her captivating and infectious smile. The actress recently posted a photo of hers on a yacht donning a balck bikini. The cool breeze brushing against her hair makes her look gorgeous. As usual, Disha Patani's Instagram comment section was filled with comments praising her. For some reason, this post reminds of Kajol in a black saree in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.   🌸 A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) onMay 24, 2018 at 9:00am PDT On the other hand, Disha delivered a box-office hit with Baaghi 2 with beau Tiger Shroff. It was their onscreen chemistry and action stunts that won people's hearts. Off late, the actress has been roped in as face of many high-end brands and fitn..
                 

Stephanie Rice: Social media is so superficial

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Stephanie Rice Former Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Stephanie Rice, 29, who has 103,000 followers on Instagram and 130,000 on Twitter, has said that she hates people who call themselves 'social media influencers'. The reason she cited was that on most occasions their messages are contradictory and misleading. "I hate the word "influencer" because I would never call myself an influencer, if I am able to be influential, that's a gift, but I don't try to be influential," Rice told Britain's daily The Daily Telegraph. The Australian swimmer, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, called the self-proclaimed social media stars hypocrites, especially when they post messages regarding healthy eating. "I predict that probably in two years, a lot of influencers won't be influencers because one minute they're posting about something healthy and the next about junk food. And it's like, 'Well which one are you, who are you? I don't know you'. Social media is so superficial,..
                 

Eden Gardens voted best ground of T20 2018

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Eden Garden. Pic/PTI Kolkata: The Eden Gardens has been voted the best ground in the T20 2018. Home to Kolkata, the picturesque Eden hosted nine matches this season including the Eliminator and the second qualifier and seven home games of Kolkata. In a tweet, former India captain Sourav Ganguly revealed this ahead of the official BCCI announcement on Sunday and also thanked the ground staff for their contribution. "The CAB is happy to inform that Eden Gardens has once again been awarded the best venue and ground of IPL 2018," the Cricket Association of Bengal president wrote on his official Twitter handle. "The CAB takes this opportunity to thank all who have contributed to this success beginning with the ground staff, BCCI and ICC," Ganguly added. CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya also profusely thanked in a post on his official Facebook page. "Eden Gardens is what it is because of the cricket Loving people of the state, so many thanks to them for being such a great crowd," Da..
                 

Indians falter in women's recurve bronze play-off

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Deepika Kumari Indian women's recurve team paid the price of inconsistency as it lost the bronze medal match to Chinese Taipei on the concluding day of the second stage Archery World Cup here on Saturday. Eyeing a third medal from the meet, the Indian trio of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Promila Daimary started poorly before winning the third set but that was not enough as Taipei clinched the contest 6-2 in the fourth set. 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 alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Cricket Association of Bengal to wait for Supreme Court's July 5 hearing

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Sourav Ganguly Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) would wait for the Supreme Court's hearing on July 5 on implementing the Lodha Committee's recommendations, its president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly said here on Saturday. "We will wait for Supreme Court's final order on July 5," Ganguly told reporters after a Special General Meeting (SGM) here. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have now written to all state associations, asking them to act even before the hearing. "It's mentioned in the letter that you cannot make state constitution till the formation of BCCI's constitution. We will wait for the hearing," Ganguly added. According to sources, the trustee board chairman Gautam Dasgputa has voiced his displeasure at COA chief Vinod Rai continuing in office despite turning 70. Citing example of former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah's sarcastic birthday wish to Rai, the official said: "We must also send him a thank you note." The BCCI state units ..
                 

Bodh Gaya blasts: Court convicts five IM militants

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Representational picture A special NIA court on Friday convicted five Indian Mujahideen militants in the 2013 Bodh Gaya serial blasts case in which several persons, including Buddhist monks were injured. Special NIA judge Manoj Kumar Sinha held all the five accused - Imtiyaz Ansari, Haider Ali, Mujib Ullah, Omair Siddiqui and Azharuddin Qureishi - guilty in the case under various sections of the IPC, Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act and Explosives Act. The court fixed May 31 as the date for pronouncement of the quantum of sentence. The Buddhist pilgrim town was rocked by a series of explosions on the morning of July 7, 2013. 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 manage..
                 

Five big reasons why French Open this year will be compelling to watch

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Rafa favourite for 11th titleSpanish great Rafael Nadal boasts an incredible record of 79 wins and just two defeats at Roland Garros having won his first career Slam title in Paris as a 19-year-old in 2005. Now he aims for a 17th major and with Roger Federer and Andy Murray not playing. He is favourite to become just the second player in history to win 11 singles titles at any Slam after Margaret Court who won the Australian Open in 1960-66, 1969-71 and 1973. Nadal arrives in Paris in prime form, winning clay court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. Will Serena be at her best?Serena Williams needs just one more Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24, but hasn't played at one of the big four tournaments since the 2017 Australian Open. After returning to the tour following the birth of her daughter, she suffered early defeats to sister Venus and Naomi Osaka in Indian Wells and Miami respectively. But the greatest women's player of the modern era can n..
                 

Game review: Being Human is the story of three androids living out human lives

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Detroit: Become Human is driven by a melodramatic story set in the US city of Detroit in 2038. The story is told through exploring the day-to-day lives of three androids Kara, Markus and Conrad. How the story unfolds and where it progresses to is all determined by the choices you make while playing these characters. Actions performed affect the people around you and, in turn, affect your interaction with them. There are no wrong or right choices in the game. No matter what you choose, there are people who are going to get disappointed in you. The story is divided into tiny slices where you play one of the three characters. At the end of the slice you get a story-tree where you can see where the choices you made changes the story and multiple branches where the story could have ended up. The good news is you can replay the game and explore all the different choices. The characters are all-player by actual actors and, needless to say, this game looks amazing, its as close to a real hu..
                 

Anti-Sterlite protests: SC to hear plea for CBI probe into killings

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DMK MP Kanimozhi, VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan and other supporters participate in a dawn-to-dusk bandh, condemning the police action against protesters in Tuticorin, in Chennai. Pic/PTI The Supreme Court may hear on Monday a plea for a court-monitored CBI probe into the killing of over a dozen protesters during an anti-Sterlite rally in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. As the petitioner, advocate G S Mani, mentioned his plea before a bench of Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Indu Malhotra for urgent listing, the court said it would not entertain any mentioning of urgent matters on Friday and he may mention his plea on May 28. In his PIL, the Supreme Court lawyer alleged a "pre-planned murder" by the police with the help of high-level officers and civil administration. He sought registration of an FIR under section 302 (murder) of the IPC against the Thoothukudi collector, superintendent of police and other police officers. The petition said that announcement of Rs 10 lakh each as com..
                 

Vedanta sticks with plan to expand Sterlite operations in Tamil Nadu

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London-listed Vedanta Resources hopes to restart its Sterlite copper smelter in Tamil Nadu and still wants to double its capacity despite protests demanding its closure that killed 13 people this week, a company executive said on Friday. The company's position comes a day after the state said it was seeking a permanent closure of the plant due to allegations that it pollutes the air and water of the locality. "We're not in that stage to look at setting up a plant elsewhere," P Ramnath, chief executive of Vedanta's India copper business, said in an interview. "We're confident that we will be able to overcome these issues." The plant in Thoothukudi has been shut since late March for maintenance and pending a renewal of its licence, even as locals continued peaceful protests demanding its permanent shutdown. 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..
                 

Yusuf Pathan: Not surprised by Rashid Khan's knock vs Kolkata

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Rashid Khan during his 34* Long before Rashid Khan came to deliver another heady mix of leg-breaks and googlies in Friday's Qualifier 2, the Afghan treated a packed Eden Gardens to a breathtaking batting blitz. Rashid Khan's 10-ball 34 lifted Hyderabad from a vulnerable 138-7 in the 19th over to a challenging 174-7 after the 20. The belligerent knock, which had four sixes and a couple of boundaries, may have stunned Kolkata but it didn't surprise his teammates. Yusuf Pathan "He's a very good cricketer, and in the Big Bash and other tournaments he's played, he's hit the fours and sixes to contribute with cameos," said Yusuf Pathan after Hyderabad's 13-run win. "The team have faith in Rashid's ability as a batsman, and that's why he was sent a slot higher [at No. 8, ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar]. In Chennai, he came and hit a couple of sixes. We are not surprised at all by what he did with the bat tonight [Friday]," he added. "He had a brilliant day, didn't he? He batted really well; ..
                 

Donald Trump: North Korea summit could be back on

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N Korea said it is willing to talk to the US 'at any time' after Donald Trump cancelled the meeting with Kim Jong Un (below). Pics/AFP US President Donald Trump yesterday said his summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un could still happen on June 12 after officials on both sides started talking, a day after he cancelled it, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility". "We'll see what happens. We are talking to them now," Trump said at the White House before boarding Marine One for a commencement address in Annapolis. "They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We will see what happens," he said. Trump appeared to be optimistic even about the cancelled June 12 summit in Singapore. "It could be even on June 12," he said. North Korea said yesterday it is willing to talk to the US "at any time" after President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a summit. In a personal letter to Kim, Trump announced on Thursday he would not go ahead with the June 12 summit in Singapore, foll..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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The queen is backKangana Ranaut smiles and put her game face on while getting out of the vanity van at Filmcity on Friday. Pic/Satej Shinde Dicky Bird Never too early to strike a deal, ask Dicky BirdOne look at an T20 cricketer and you'll know why his franchise and he are so wealthy — there are brands all over his attire. Plus, there are other endorsements which don't figure on the arms and other parts of the body. But have you ever heard of an umpire being required to endorse a high profile product? It happened way back in 1977 when a call from Sydney was made to the umpires room at Nottingham where England and Australia were doing battle in an Ashes Test match. The caller wanted to speak to umpire Dicky Bird. The eccentric Yorkshireman refused to take the call and decided to call back later in the evening. At the end of the day's play, Bird asked Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh what would be good time to call Sydney. Nine o'clock would be fine, said the mischievous Marsh...
                 

Andy Flower counts benefits and drawbacks of playing T20

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Andy Flower England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stand-in director Andy Flower has warned that allowing English players to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) can result in their missing out on "growth opportunities" in first-class cricket. Interestingly it was during Flower's tenure as England head coach when there was regular tension between the players wanting to participate in the T20 -- notably Kevin Pietersen. Flower however, accepted the benefits of playing in the T20, specially handling a lot of pressure and playing in front of big crowds and among some of the best players in the world. "The ECB position, at the moment, is to allow some of our best players to go to the T20," Flower was quoted as saying by espncricinfo. "And a lot of people will say things have thankfully moved on from the time I made my decisions around subjects like the T20. "(By playing in the IPL) They do miss out on some really excellent growth opportunities in first-class cricket for their c..
                 

Ban on abortions in Ireland set to end

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The abortion campaign had gathered steam after an Indian-origin woman, Savita Halappanavar, died in 2012 after her requests to terminate a 17-week pregnancy were denied by the country. Pic/AFP Counting begins in Ireland's historic referendum on abortion as exit polls showed an overwhelming vote in favour of liberalising some of the strictest laws in Europe. Friday's vote to repeal a ban in this traditionally Catholic country was predicted to win by a two-thirds majority. An Irish Times poll of 4,000 said the "Yes" camp was leading by 68 per cent to 32 per cent. Another poll by national broadcaster RTE suggested an even bigger victory, with 69 per cent to 30 per cent backing reforms. "Democracy in action. It's looking like we will make history tomorrow," Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who backs the reform, said in a tweet. People over 65, however, voted mostly against overhauling the current legislation, which only allows terminations in cases where the mother's life is in danger. Cat..
                 

Mujahid Jameel pens songs for Lord Krishna

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Mujahid Jameel With music director Vivek Prakash. Pics/Datta Kumbhar As a child growing up in Kanpur's Chaman Ganj locality, poet Mujahid Jameel would often be a regular at kirtans organised by the area's bhajan mandalis. He'd sit in the front row, entranced by the sound of cymbals and bells, as the group sang songs in praise of Lord Krishna. Son of a clothes designer who worked at a mill, a young Jameel never saw  himself as an oddity at these events held in temple premises."I would tag along with my friends to nearby temples. At no point was I made to feel like I wasn't supposed to be there," says Jameel, now 85 years old. It helped to hail from a literary background — his father Nayab Dehlvi was also a poet and his grandfather Habib was a peer (Sufi spiritual guide) — which made straddling both worlds fairly easy. "My family never interfered with my religious leaning. When I look back, I think my small Kanpur neighbourhood was also quite liberal," he recalls.Revivi..
                 

Rahul da Cunha: Lobo Lobo's Priyanka

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So Lobo Lobo - that's Mr Thelonious Lobo to you, dear reader - came over the other day, his scooter making the loudest sound ever heard, sending the neighbourhood cats and dogs running for cover. In addition, his two-wheeler also emitted a foul smell. "Lobo Lobo, what is that terrible racket your bike is making?" I asked him. "Don't call her 'bike', men, che, she is my 'Priyanka'!" he replied. "Priyanka? I thought her name was Angelina?" "It used to be, men, but I tought re-naming her in de present political climate would be… you know, men… advisable.""Okay. I get it, Lobo… Forget about politics… Tell me, why she is making so much noise?" "Dikuna, tell me, who can afford blinking petrol anymore - it is bleeding Rs 84 per litre men, highest price ever, burns a bleddy hole in de pocket, chhe. So I've concocted my own liquid - my 'Priyanka' and all scooties, motorbikes and rickshaws can now run smoodly, at Rs 10 per litre." "You've created your own version of..
                 

I'm being framed, insists Robin Morris

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Robin Morris Robin Morris claims he is being framed by Al Jazeera channel. "My image is being maligned. It's all fabricated. I am exploring legal options to sue the news channel," Morris told mid-day on Saturday. "I was approached to be one of the financial advisors. I was told it is do with investments and stuff. I have no knowledge of all this," Morris added when asked how he landed in Sri Lanka. "I will talk once I speak to my legal advisors," he insisted. Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has initiated an enquiry into the issue. "We have made repeated requests that all evidence and supporting materials relating to corruption in cricket is released immediately to enable us to undertake a full and comprehensive investigation," ICC GM (Anti Corruption Unit) Alex Marshall said. 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..
                 

Lalita Salve sex change saga: Here's what his surgery entailed

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Lalita Salve After years of waiting, Lalit Kumar Salve (born as Lalita) finally feels like a man inside and out. Contrary to common perception, Lalit has biologically always been a man but was born with underdeveloped genitals that appeared more like a vagina, due to which he had been declared a woman on birth. Yesterday, doctors at St George Hospital excavated the penis buried under his skin and elongated it, so he can finally urinate like a man. mid-day had first broken the story on November 17, 2017, about the Beed constable's struggle to make the transformation from Lalita to Lalit. After months of back and forth with the state police, the Chief Minister's Office and the high court, she finally got permission from the office of the Beed SP earlier this month to go ahead with the surgery. Yesterday's surgery was the first phase in a series of procedures that will go on for a year and half, said Dr Rajat Kapur, a renowned plastic surgeon who led the operating team. Dr Kapur has so..
                 

Lalita Salve's uncle: I called him Lalit on the way to OT and he smiled

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Arjun Ujgare, Lalit's uncle "From today, we will call him Lalit, not Lalita," said Arjun Ujgare, the 29-year-old's uncle. As Lalit was wheeled into his first genital reconstruction surgery yesterday, his family members was flooded with calls from their native place, Beed. People from Lalit's hometown were not always as open to his choices, but have since come around. Family supportMeanwhile, his entire family was celebrating, as Lalit took the first step towards becoming the man he wants to be. His mother also arrived in the city yesterday to meet him. His uncle is among those who had always supported him, and he was there to cheer Lalit on Friday as well. "When he was entering the operation theatre, I called him Lalit, and he started laughing. I had always wanted to call him Lalit, and now I can do so without a second thought," said Arjun. Lalit smiled and waved at his uncle and mother as he was wheeled out of the ward and into the OT. "People doubted his decision, but I always st..
                 

Publishers, coaching institutes to pay 'royalty charges' to Balbharati

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Representational Image Private publishers as well as coaching institutes will now have to pay royalty charges to Balbharati - the state textbook bureau - for reproducing its content in resource materials or supplementary notes. These charges will range from Rs 35,000 to Rs 63,000 per year per book, depending on format of reproduction - print or digital. As per the new policy by the state government's education department, it won't be easy for private publishers to reproduce Balbharati's content without obtaining the required licence. Balbharati has formulated a non-exclusive, revocable, non-transferable licence to be granted to authorised users in relation to its contents, under the terms of a Licensing Agreement or policy. Apart from authorised users, no other agencies/companies/entities are allowed to reproduce Balbharati content in any form, otherwise legal action will be taken against them. There will be a thorough procedure that all private publishers will have to follow to obt..
                 

Malaika Arora's photos of surfing will make you hit the beach right now!

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If the summer heat has you feeling down, then Malaika Arora has the perfect solution! One look at her latest instagram post and the fitness Diva will tell you exactly what you need to do to beat the heat -- head to the beach!  Malaika Arora took to her Instagram account to share the photos of hers surfing to beat the heat. Though those photos are from an archived album, she is seems to be missing it, and wants to revisit those memories. She posted a collage of the photos and captioned it saying, "Summer lovin...take me backkk #fridayflashback #sun#sea#surf (sic)."   Summer lovin...take me backkk #fridayflashback #sun#sea#surf A post shared by Malaika Arora Khan (@malaikaarorakhanofficial) onMay 24, 2018 at 10:11pm PDT The yoga expert swears by her yoga routine and gym rituals. She is regularly snapped outside her gym by the paparazzi. It's inspiring to see the diva stick to her strict routine. Malaika recently took off to Los Angeles and explored the city of ..
                 

Lalita Salve sex change: Doctor's reveal secret test that sealed his fate

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Lalita Salve Before Lalit Salve's genital reconstruction surgery, the doctors had performed an artificial erection experiment on his underdeveloped penis, and the Beed constable happily rose to the occasion. With his reconstructed penis, Lalit will soon be able to urinate like a man. But in order to have reproductive abilities, he will require a testicular implant in the future. The success of yesterday's penile reconstruction surgery depended on whether or not Lalit could pass the erection test. Fortunately, he did. "We performed the test to see to what extent he would be able to perform normally as a man. Lalit passed the test," said Dr Rajat Kapur, the plastic surgeon who led the team that operated on the cop. There will be a second phase to finish construction of the penile conduit that will help Lalit pee in standing position. Since he does not have facial hair, the doctors will also transplant hair on his face to give him a beard and moustache in the later phases of the transf..
                 

Danny Boyle to direct next Bond film with Daniel Craig

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Daniel Craig Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is to reunite with his "Trainspotting" actor Daniel Craig for the 25th Bond film. Boyle will also reunite with "Trainspotting" writer John Hodge, who is creating an original screenplay. Production is set to begin on December 3 at the UK's Pinewood Studios. Craig and Boyle will be working together after they made a short film for the 2012 London Olympics. MGM will release the film theatrically in the US on November 8, 2019, through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annapurna Pictures. Universal will release internationally commencing with a traditional earlier release in the UK on October 25, 2019. Under this arrangement, MGM will retain digital and worldwide television distribution rights. Universal will also handle physical home entertainment distribution. "We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th ..
                 

Charvi Saraf bonds well with on-screen sister

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Picture courtesy/Charvi Saraf Instagram account Actress Charvi Saraf, who will be seen playing Surbhi Jyoti's sister in "Naagin 3", says they bond well. "Surbhi and I are good to each other. As I have most of the scenes with her, we bond well," Charvi said in a statement. On her character in "Naagin 3", she said: "I will be seen as Suhani, who will be Bela's (Surbhi) sister. We are also friends and we both are married in the family, from which 'Naagin' has to take revenge." "This story is full of twists and turns. It is full of suspense. My character is more like me only -- bubbly and full of life. She's always there for her loved ones and is optimistic." Charvi has also appeared in shows like "Ek Duje Ke Vaaste" and "Woh Apna Sa". 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 liabil..
                 

Brad Pitt threatened to kill Harvey Weinstein for Gwyneth Paltrow

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Brad Pitt Actress Gwyneth Paltrow revisited her own experiences with Harvey Weinstein in the 1990s, revealing that actor Brad Pitt had threatened to kill the producer when she told him of the alleged sexual harassment she faced at Weinstein's hands. Weinstein is reportedly expected to surrender to the police in Manhattan on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him. During an interview on a radio show, Paltrow said she immediately told her then boyfriend Pitt when Weinstein asked her for a massage while the two were alone in a hotel room. Pitt confronted the producer when the three attended the opening of "Hamlet" on Broadway, reports variety.com. "It was the equivalent of throwing him against the wall," she said. Pitt then allegedly told Weinstein: "If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I'll kill you." Paltrow had already signed on to make two movies with the producer, so she was particularly disconcerted by the hotel room incident. "He..
                 

Pune company adds 3D thrills to Hollywood superhit 'Avengers: Infinity War'

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Avengers: Infinity War A team of nearly 800 artists of Deluxe India here toiled for months to convert from 2D to breathtaking 3D effects the latest Hollywood magnum opus "Avengers: Infinity War", thrilling audiences globally, an official said here on Friday. The film, which has crossed the $500 million mark at the US box office and $1 billion globally, has also become India's highest grossing Hollywood release ringing in over Rs 2 billion, besides China, since its worldwide release in the third week of April.However, as people in cinema halls around the world applaud the breathtaking visual effects, storytelling full of vivid characters with some stunning 3D imagery, what was not known is that this blockbuster film has a strong India connection, said Deluxe India Managing Director Prafull Gade. The stereo conversion, or commonly understood as 2Dimension to 3Dimension visual effects, of the film was done by a team of over 800 artists, creative masters, editorial team, production and su..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan records for 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' introduction

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Amitabh Bachchan Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will start recording the introduction and initiation for the tenth season of the reality game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" ('KBC'). Amitabh, who has been a part of the show for eight seasons, on Friday early morning tweeted: "It is 4:45 am! Just back from work, recording for the 'KBC' shoot tomorrow (Friday) at 8 a.m. So no time to dwell here any longer, shall do so tomorrow. Love to all." "After the days' work spent time at the studio to prepare the work for tomorrow on set for the KBC introduction and initiation," he added. The thespian had made his small screen foray in the year 2000 with "Kaun Banega Crorepati", a general knowledge-based game show based on the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" format. Registrations for the new season will begin on June 6, with Big B coming on air on Sony Entertainment television and asking one question every night till June 20. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download ..
                 

Rajinikanth is truly inspiring: Huma Qureshi

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Huma Qureshi Huma Qureshi, who will be sharing the screen space for the first time with Rajinikanth in 'Kaala', says working with the superstar was a dream come true for her. "He is truly inspiring and an amazing human being. The whole shooting was a learning process for me, each and every person on the set was warm and appreciative," Huma said in a statement here. "'Kaala' was an experience of a lifetime for me, I have learnt and improved a lot from this film," she added. She also praised director Pa Ranjith for writing strong female roles. "I am grateful to him for giving me such a beautiful yet complex and strong character- Zareena. I am honoured to play this part," she said. The gangster-drama revolves around the lives of oppressed Tamils of Mumbai and Rajinikanth will be reportedly playing the role of a feared and revered don. 'Kaala' has been produced by Rajinikanth's son-in-law Dhanush and is set to release on June 7. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip ..
                 

Composer, not Salman Khan, asked me to sing: Lulia Vantur

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Emilia Clarke plans to get a GoT tattoo

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Emilia Clarke Actress Emilia Clarke is planning to commemorate the end of "Game of Thrones" with a tattoo of a dragon on her wrist. Clarke told "LIVE With Kelly and Ryan" host Ryan Seacrest: "I was in a tattoo parlour the other day trying to get an appointment and they said that they were full because you're coming in to get a tattoo of a dragon?" Co-host Kelly Ripa asked: "Are you really doing it?" Clarke replied: "Yes! Sorry, mum! I'm going to get a dragon right here (points at wrist) kind of flying away. So I think that's cool. A little kind of peace out." But Clarke joked she could have gone bigger, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When Ripa teased she thought she would have gone for a "big back tattoo", the actress replied: "Yeah exactly! They've cleared the schedule, I'm getting the full (back tattoo)." 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 par..
                 

Pawan Kalyan begins fast to over 'Uddanam' kidney ailment

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Pawan Kalyan Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan on Friday a began hunger strike, demanding the Andhra Pradesh government to find a solution to the kidney disease in Uddanam region of Srikakulam district. The Jana Sena chief launched the hunger strike at the place where he is staying in Etcherla mandal (block) of Srikakulam district at 5 p.m. He will continue the fast at Srikakulam town amid people. Jana Sena leaders said the hunger strike would continue till 5 p.m. on Saturday. Leaders of the Left parties will also call on Pawan to express their solidarity with his fast. Pawan, who is currently on a state-wide tour, had earlier demanded that the state government find a solution the problem in 48-hours, failing which he will go on hunger strike. He has said that Chandrababu Naidu government is not interested in solving people's problems and it is focused only on their votes. The actor said that the Uddanam problem was taken to the notice of the government but it had failed to respond to ..
                 

States can allocate leftover PG seats in medical courses: Supreme Court

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Supreme Court The Supreme Court on Friday said the state governments across the country can allocate remaining seats in post graduate medical courses in private medical colleges on the basis of all-India NEET merit list. A vacation bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Indu Malhotra also extended the applicability of its order passed for private unaided medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh to all the states. "We appreciate the suggestion ... that similar dispensation can be followed in other states, if they so desire, while ensuring that the cut-off date of 31st May 2018 is strictly adhered to," the court said in its order on Friday. Noting "peculiar situation" that 41.95 per cent of post-graduate medical seats in the private unaided medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh have remained vacant for the year 2018-2019, the court accepted the suggestion by Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) Pinki Anand that the state's Director General of Medical Education (DGME) be entrusted with the tas..
                 

UK Board 12th Result 2018: Uttarakhand Class 12 Results declared, Check Uaresult

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  Representational Picture The Uttarakhand Board of School Education (UBSE)'s UK Board 12th Result 2018have been declared today, May 26th on the official website uaresults.nic.in. Students can check the same on uk12.jagranjosh.com. Students can check their UK Board 12th Result 2018 on Jagran Josh The UK Board 12th Result 2018 is also available on official website - uaresults.nic.in It will be difficult for some students to acquire their results through the board's official website, since it may face technical difficulties owing to the large amount of traffic that it will receive. In such cases you can still your result in the steps given below... Here are few steps to check your result>> Click on the website - uk12.jagranjosh.com>> Fill in the details like hall ticket roll number, name etc>> Click on the button submit>> View and download UK Board 12th Result 2018 for future reference. The role of NIC Uttarakhand is limited to technical support t..
                 

Big bucks for Bollywood's rising star Kartik Aaryan?

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Kartik Aryan In Bollywood, a successful film is followed by two things — an increase in fan following, and a fatter pay cheque. Rumours are rife that Kartik Aaryan, who enjoyed a hit in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, has hiked his fee to a whopping R3 crore. It has been heard that when director Luv Ranjan, and producers Kumar Mangat and Abhishek Pathak approached him for the third instalment of their successful franchise, Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Aaryan quoted his new market price. Still from Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Said a trade source, "Kartik's remuneration for his earlier projects had rumouredly been R35 lakh. When they approached Kartik for Pyaar Ka Punchnama 3, they were shocked to hear his management agency ask for R3 crore. Luv and the Pathaks gave him his break with the Punchnama series, and then Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Luv has been like his mentor. Since they consider Kartik their family, they are hoping to work out some kind of a solution." Luv Ranjan Kumar Mangat Pathak said t..
                 

Terrorist affiliation with Canada restaurant explosion not confirmed: MEA

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Sushma Swaraj Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj on Friday maintained that as of now the bomb explosion at an Indian restaurant in Canada's Mississauga city, cannot be termed either as a terrorist attack or hate crime, according to the police. "Here is the latest update from Canada. The 12 persons who were taken to hospital have been discharged. The other 3 persons who were critically injured are stable. According to Police, at this stage there is no evidence to term this incident as a terrorist attack or hate crime," MEA Sushma Swaraj tweeted. Here is the latest update from Canada. The 12 persons who were taken to hospital have been discharged. The other 3 persons who were critically injured are stable. According to Police, at this stage there is no evidence to term this incident as a terrorist attack or hate crime. — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 25, 2018 Earlier, Swaraj informed that she was in touch with Consul General in Toronto and gave an emergen..
                 

Delhi Chief Secretary threatening Assembly officials: House panels heads

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Anshu Prakash AAP leaders and Chairpersons of various Delhi Assembly panels on Friday accused Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash of threatening Vidhan Sabha officials and illegally interfering in the functioning of the house. "The Chief Secretary is threatening Vidhan Sabha officials and asking them to avoid the Question Hour during the three-day session scheduled in June," Aam Aadmi Party leader and house panels' Chairs Saurabh Bharadwaj, Rakhi Birla, Sanjeev Jha, Madan Lal and Vishesh Ravi said in a joint statement here. "The Chief Secretary is also pressurising the Law Department to extract a wrongful opinion on an issue, in which neither the department nor the Chief Secretary have any locus standi to either seek or give opinion," they added. These leaders alleged that it was not the first time that the NDA government-appointed Lt Governor and his team of bureaucrats were trying to interfere in Assembly functioning. "In the past also, opinions of political nature were solicited to di..
                 

Nigerian held for cheating people

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A Nigerian national has been arrested for allegedly cheating people by posting fake advertisements on an online portal by offering used cars at cheaper price, police said today. Oladeji Olayemi was arrested today while another Nigerian, Samuel Kidoodo, his partner in the crime, was arrested in March, a police release said. Another accused is still at large, it said. The trio used to post advertisements for selling used cars on Olx at low price to attract the gullible public with deceitful intention, the police said. The victims were asked to deposit amounts in different bank accounts and the accused used to withdraw it, the police added. 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..
                 

Percussionist V Selvaganesh to share stage with his son Swaminathan

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Swaminathan Born to a long line of musical heritage, V Selvaganesh first brush with music maestros was at home itself. His father, TH Vinayakam, fondly known as Vikku Vinayakam is a Grammy winning ghatam player, while his grandfather TR Harihara Sharma was among the pioneers of percussion in India. "I believe that I am blessed to be a part of a heritage that has made music its tradition rather than just a profession," says Selvaganesh, who is touted as the 'kanjira king'. He along with his son Swaminathan will be in the city to match beats in what promises to be a fun concert. Speaking of his son, Selvaganesh says, "To perform alongside your child on one stage is a feeling that cannot be described. Swaminathan is an amazing son and a musician and most of the credit goes to my father. He is the one under whom Swami has trained." This father-son duo entirely relies on the magic of spontaneity when it comes to performing. "Our performances are not planned or rehearsed because everything..
                 

Chandigarh neurosurgeons reveals how he learnt MJ's anti-gravity lean

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Michael Jackson In the last few days, neurosurgeons Dr Sandeep Mohindra, Dr Manjul Tripathi and Dr Nishant S Yagnick, have all become mini celebrities at Chandigarh's Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGMIR). In between attending to OPD and other hospital duties, Mohindra and Yagnick have been fielding press questions, while Tripathi, currently in the UK pursuing a short course, has recorded a video to offer his version should the media approach. And, all this fuss is thanks to a 683-word paper that the trio submitted four weeks ago to The Journal of Neurosurgery which has been able to answer the question that many generations have pondered over: How did Michael Jackson manage his gravity-defying moves? Blood on the Dance FloorMohindra, 45, and Tripathi, 39, have been working together for the last seven years. While Mohindra is an Additional Professor, Tripathi is an Assistant Professor and Yagnick, a registrar, has been with the institute for three years. M..
                 

Archery World Cup: Silver, bronze for India

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Representational picture India opened its account with a silver and a bronze medal in the compound section of the ongoing second stage of the archery World Cup Stage II here yesterday. India's women compound team of Jyothi Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Divya Dhayal lost to their Chinese Taipei rivals by three points to settle for a silver. Abhisek Verma and Jyothi prevailed over Belgian duo of Reginald Kools and Sarah Prieels 158-155 in the bronze play-off tie. 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 alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Rafael Nadal has no fear of pain for title gain

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Rafael Nadal during a training session at Roland Garros in Paris yesterday. Pic/AFP Rafael Nadal said yesterday he is happy to "suffer" as he chases an 11th French Open title. The top seed is the overwhelming favourite to lift a 17th career major at Roland Garros after claiming his 11th titles on clay in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona this spring as well as an eighth trophy in Rome. "In the end, sport is about trying to give the best of yourself," said Nadal. Beautiful moments"The sensations of matches of three or four hours, played at the limit and thinking about the next point, these are beautiful moments. "It is to suffer but also to appreciate the moment you are living in. If you are suffering, you know how to value it, how to enjoy it." With Roger Federer and Andy Murray not playing at the French Open, which starts on Sunday, Nadal is the short-odds favourite to win a tournament where his overall record stands at an astonishing 79 wins and just two losses. His expected strangle..
                 

Harbhajan Singh: After hectic T20, rest will help injured Virat Kohli

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Mohamed Salah: Will be a dream to win Champions League

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah Liverpool's Mohamed Salah admitted it would be "a dream" to cap a sensational debut season at Anfield by ending Real Madrid's European reign in tonight's Champions League final. However, Salah says he would be happy if Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane grabs the goal that takes the Reds to a sixth European crown. Salah has won a series of individual prizes as he has contributed 44 of the 90 goals Liverpool's front three have scored this season. "It would be a dream to win the Champions League. It doesn't matter who scores. Winning games and getting points is the most important thing for us because as you can see, I've scored 10 goals in the Champions League, Sadio nine, Firmino 10, so all of us are the same. None of us are selfish or only wants to score. We try to help each other to score goals," Salah told UEFA.com. The Egyptian has been a revelation since his return to England last summer from Roma. His form has led to tonight's clash in Kiev being ..
                 

Important to separate sentiment from facts on H1B regarding visas

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Representational Image Amid the Donald Trump administration's heightened scrutiny of H1B work visas and uncertainty among IT professionals, Nasscom Chairman Rishad Premji has said it is important to "separate the sentiment from the fact" regarding the visas. The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. "I think it is important to separate the sentiment from the fact," Premji told PTI in an interview here. He asserted that of the 65,000 H1B visas issued every year, the Indian IT industry uses less than 10,000, adding that 70 percent of visas go to Indians but they do not go to Indian companies. "This is very, very important to appreciate." He said it is also a fact that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 2.4 million people, according to data fr..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Dahisar bar hides several dance girls inside false cavities

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Representational Picture Several bar dances were kept illegally at Sharmili Bar Kandarpada in Dahisar. The girls were found after the Anti Narcotic cell, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Shivdeep Lande, conducted a raid in the early morning hours on Saturday. According to a police officer who was the part of the raid team, there were three gates to the bar. A team of 12 police officials covered all the gates and entered the bar. While there were only 4 girls on the stage, the police had gotten a tip-off about more then 10 girl holed up inside the bar. The bar only has permission for four dance girls. An hour-long search by the team led to the discovery of 3 false cavities inside the bar. There were 11 bar girls hidden away in the rooms. Lande stated, "15 Bar girls were allowed to go after being issued a notice vide CrPc sec 46(4). We also seized cash worth 39,490 rupees." The case has been handed over to the MHB police station and a case has been registered under sections 308, ..
                 

T20 2018: Who will lift the trophy - Chennai or Hyderabad?

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Chennai's senior pro Suresh Raina with batting coach Michael Hussey during a practice session at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday All good things must come to an end. Today, the 51-day T20 cricket carnival in India will complete its 11th edition to determine who lifts the coveted T20 2018 trophy when Chennai take on Hyderabad in the title clash at Wankhede Stadium. The two southern states will battle it out to showcase their cricketing supremacy in a contest that is held in the West. Similar scenarioThe scenario is a repeat of last year's T20 2018 final where Mumbai were finally able to beat Pune after losing to them thrice - a couple of times in the league stage and once in a playoffs match. Chennai too enjoy similar dominance over Hyderabad, beating them thrice in the tournament so far with the latest being on May 22 at the same venue where Hyderabad were bamboozled by a stunning knock from Faf du Plessis to clinch a two-wicket thriller that helped Chennai book a spot in the final. ..
                 

Greys Anatomy actress Ellen Pompeo robbed in Italy

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Ellen Pompeo Greys Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo says she had her purse snatched by a thief while she was on a vacation in Italy. She took to Instagram on Friday to share her experience, reports etonline.com. "My purse was stolen from right under my nose," posted Pompeo, after thanking local police for their help. The 48-year-old added: "I blame the rose! But Grazia to whoever stole it for dropping it on the street exactly intact I was tracking my phone and chasing you down... had I caught you... it would not have ended well for you...I am nice but let's not forget my heritage... NAPOLITANO." Adding several Italian phrases, the star, who is married to Chris Ivery, then asked followers to "forgive my horrible Italian". But Pompeo's caption did not escape the notice of her Grey's Anatomy co-star Giacomo Gianniotti, who was born in Rome and speaks fluent Italian. "Cmon Ellen! You didn't hit up your boy for an Italian translation? Haha I'll be there in July and I'll be on the prowl for yo..
                 

Whitney Houston's cousin slams Kanye West

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Whitney Houston Whitney Houston's cousin has slammed rapper Kanye West for buying photograph of late singer's drug-strewn bathroom to use it as the cover of an album that he is producing. In an interview to people.com, Damon Elliott spoke about the rapper's decision to spend $85,000 on a photograph that depicted Houston's bathroom covered in drug-covered spoons and drug paraphernalia for Pusha T's album "DAYTONA", which Kanye produced. Elliott says he didn't find out about the album artwork until his daughter called him. "(She was) frantic. She sent me this picture from the album cover and I immediately got sick to my stomach because it took me right back to six years ago," Elliot said. "I was actually in shock because I'm in the music business," he continues, adding he had worked with Kanye, 40, on a Keyshia Cole song. "I've watched the train wreck happening, but I didn't think he'd go this far in invading someone's family privacy," said Elliott, referencing Kanye's recent scanda..
                 

CBSE Class XII results: How Mumbai's high scorers beat the odds to ace the exams

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Representational picture While students from Maharashtra haven't featured in the CBSE's top ten rankers, that has not stopped them from savouring the end of what is perceived as an important and defining year for students in India. Some of the high-scorers in the city tell us that this is just another year of school and not get too stressed about it. "Instead of getting bogged down by a long list of study material, students should stick to textbooks. No reference book will help if you haven't read the textbook thoroughly," said Arpit Singh, from DPS School, Nerul, who scored 98.6 per cent in the Science stream. Yashna Kumar, another DPS student, who has scored as high as 96.8 per cent in the Humanities, was happy with her score but added that she was expecting more. Kumar realised early in life that her interest lies in Social Studies. "It is important to follow your passion, then everything will go right one step at a time," said Yashna. Striving to succeedMukundh Muralidharan, ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Malvani shop cheats buyers of several lakhs, promoters abscond

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More than 250 people were allegedly cheated to the tune of several lakhs of rupees by a makeshift demo store in Malvani. The store had promised buyers a 45 percent discount. Cosumers decided to purchase the household items and paid the store owners in advance, however, on Thursday morning the demo store was found shut and the promoters went absconding. Several buyers later approached the Malvani police station and registered a complaint. An FIR has been filed against the promoters and the Malvani police have launched an investigation. One of the victims, Sanjeev Kumar spoke to Mid-day stating, “On 20th May, I learned from a friend of mine that a newly opened shop was offering huge discounts on household items, including furniture, utensils and plastic and wooden goods. I visited the shop , “M/S Sapna Traders” which was situated in a bungalow in Mahada and booked mattresses, a wooden almirah, a thermos (1000ml), miltan putri and a tub. I paid more than rupees 7 thous..
                 

George Michael's ex Kenny Goss to challenge his will

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George Michael George Michael's former partner Kenny Goss has joined the bitter battle for a slice of the late singer's 105 million pounds fortune. Michael is believed to have left his money and properties, including the house in Oxfordshire where he died of heart and liver disease on Christmas Day 2016, to his sisters Melanie and Yioda. The will is already being disputed by Fadi Fawaz, the Lebanese hairdresser who had a five-year romance with Michael before his death. But according to dailymail.co.uk, Goss, the star's former boyfriend of 15 years, has also instructed lawyers to mount a claim for a substantial portion of the legacy, on the grounds that he supported Michael through his most turbulent years. One friend said: "George always told Kenny he would look after him, see him right and that he would not want for anything. They were together for many years and Kenny looked after him so much. He doesn't feel the will reflects this." Earlier this year, Michael's family were left ..
                 

Beastie Boys' upcoming book not typical memoir

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Beastie Boys. Pic/YouTube Mike D of Beastie Boys says the highly anticipated book about the hip-hop band is not exactly a memoir. Asked if he could dish any details on the upcoming "Beastie Boys Book", he told tmz.com it includes a cookbook. Mike did not give away more details, but the cooking portion is from chef Roy Choi, and the book includes contributions by celebrities Wes Anderson, Amy Poehler and Spike Jonze. He also said it will be "unlike any other music book". 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. Except for the change in headline, the story has been provided "AS-IS," "AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from our side. 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 r..
                 

Ireland votes for change; legalises abortion

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Representational picture Dublin: Thousands of people in Ireland voted for a change in the Constitution on Friday, in order to legalise abortion in a Catholic-dominated republic. With a high turnout of 64.13 percent in total; 1,429,98, or 66.4 percent, voted for the amendment and 723,632, or 33.6 percent, against, according to the country's Referendum Commission, CNN reported. The results, which were announced on Saturday, defied earlier projections which said that it would be a tight race. Further, only one county voted no -- the rural and religiously conservative Donegal in the northwest region. "Today is a historic day for Ireland. A quiet revolution has taken place, and today is a great act of democracy," CNN quoted Leo Varadkar, the Prime Minister, or Taoiseach as the office is called in Ireland, as saying. "A hundred years since women gained the right to vote, today we as a people have spoken. And we say that we trust women and respect women to make their own decisions and th..