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Telly tattle: It's a wrap for Big B's show

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Amitabh Bachchan has wrapped up shooting for Kaun Banega Crorepati. The quiz show's grand finale will air this month-end. Like every year, there was no cake cutting and making merry like most units do at wrap up bashes. It is learnt that Big B is not too fond of surprises, so everything goes according to plan. After the final shot was canned, the unit got together to bid goodbye and to meet again in 2020. It was a simple and low-key goodbye. For a calmer self Himanshu Soni, who plays Lord Ram in Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush, has started following a sattvic diet, which places emphasis on seasonal foods, fruits and dairy products. It also promotes purity of body and mind. "My character is a major inspiration behind this routine. I am a strict vegetarian and have always been conscious of what I eat," he says. 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..
                 

Class at the cemetery

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A university in the Netherlands has come up with a unique way for students to contemplate life and death. Lie in a grave. Radboud University in the Dutch city of Nijmegen has a grave located behind the school's chapel and students can book sessions to lie it in and meditate. The idea behind getting students to sign up for the experience, it to help them reflect about life and what is important. "A modern form of memento mori, which means that you are aware that you are mortal," the University website shared. "It's an invitation along the lines of: make something out of your life." Telephones and books are prohibited. A pillow and mat are provided to students, who reportedly can use the grave for between 30 minutes and three hours. The university had earlier carried out a similar project from 2009 to 2011. The project was started by school chaplain John Hacking. "The end of life and death, is a taboo; difficult for students to talk about. Especially when you are 18, 19 and 20 years old..
                 

If there is God, why have the surgeon?

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Scrubbing in' is the act of cleaning your hands and arms with antiseptic prior to a surgical procedure. A neurosurgeon, whose career typically spans 30 years, and performs 300 surgeries annually, scrubs in for 10 minutes before every surgery, making it a grand total of 1,500 hours in front of a scrub sink. That, inarguably gives the surgeon the cleanest set of hands in the family, but it also offers him space and time for introspection as he stares at himself in the mirror, literally and metaphorically wearing a mask. When you are a resident doctor, responsible for ensuring that there are no glitches, scrubbing in gives you the time to ponder over whether you have all the answers to questions about the patient's history that the chief surgeon might put to you during the operation: what does he do; is he a smoker; does he drink; does the name on the MRI match the patient who is inside the room; is he as old as the scan mentions he is; details of his symptoms. The answers may sometimes a..
                 

Dear India, won't you let Nala visit?

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In September 2018, Dunbar-born Dean Nicholson quit his day job as a welder to cycle around the world. About three months into his odyssey, he discovered a furry sidekick who refused to let go of his side. "In Bosnia, I was cycling up to the border point that crossed into Montenegro when I heard meowing from behind me," the 31-year-old recalls. "I stopped to check and there she was chasing me up the hill desperately trying to get my attention." Before he knew it, the kitten was with him on his bike. "Originally, I planned to get her to the vet and then find her a forever home. But when she climbed out of the basket, fastened to my bike handle, and up onto my neck and fell asleep while I was cycling, I knew I couldn't let her go." Nicholson named her Nala. "I love The Lion King. If she was a boy, she'd probably be called Simba. But Nala [Simba's queen in the Disney franchise], is cute nonetheless," he jokes. So far, Nicholson has travelled through Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium, Fra..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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Flirt for the camera Actor Kriti Kharbanda seems to have reserved her widest smile for rumoured boyfriend Pulkit Samrat at the promotion of their film at a Juhu five-star. Pic /Datta Kumbhar Dalrymple celebrates forgotten painters   Early next month, writer, historian and Indophile William Dalrymple will guest curate Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, for the Wallace Collection in the UK. The exhibition, supported by the Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) will continue till next April, and is the first UK exhibition of works by Indian master painters commissioned by East India Company officials in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition honours historically overlooked artists, including Shaikh Zain ud-Din, Bhawani Das, Shaikh Mohammad Amir of Karriah, Sita Ram and Ghulam Ali Khan, Dalrymple told this diarist. "The art that emerged during this time was unusual. The school of painting was somewhere between the Mughal and colonial," he adds. The works featur..
                 

Mona Singh to work once again with Kareena Kapoor after Three Idiots in Laal Singh Chaddha

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Buzz is that Mona Singh has joined her 3 Idiots (2009) co-stars Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in the remake of Forrest Gump, titled Lal Singh Chaddha. A source reveals, "Details of her character have been kept under wraps," and explains that the actor will be playing a pivotal role in the film. A still from 3 Idiots The source adds, "Advait Chandan [director] believes Mona fits the role perfectly. The first schedule is underway in Chandigarh, and Mona will join the cast soon." Singh has been attending multiple workshops and script reading sessions with the cast and crew. Singh, who was last seen in ALTBalaji's MOM, will juggle the shoot of Lal Singh Chaddha and the third season of Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain. Singh confirms the development and says, "I am looking forward to our shoot. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you get. For me, it's been a box of wishes that came true. It will be exciting and challenging to play this role as it spans over a lifetime." Catch u..
                 

Mumbai: 28-year-old KEM doctor kills self; body found on hostel's terrace

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A 28-year-old doctor from Parel's KEM Hospital committed suicide by injecting himself with a yet-to-be-determined substance in the early hours of Saturday. His body was found by his peers on the terrace of the RMO (resident medical officer) Hostel. The doctor, identified as Pranay Jaiswal, was part of the general surgery department. Sources said that he was suffering from depression. Dr Jaiswal, who hails from Amravati, had completed his three years of residency at KEM Hospital and was in the process of completing his bond. A bond entails a mandatory year-long service at a public hospital, after which the doctor can seek a job in a private hospital. The tenure of his bond had started in June and he was to complete it soon. According to hospital sources, Dr Jaiswal was a speciality medical officer and he had been staying in the RMO Hostel for more than three years. Dr Hemant Deshmukh, dean of KEM Hospital said that Jaiswal had informed his roommate that he was stepping out on Friday. Wh..
                 

Dirghatama in Bihar, Bengal and Odisha

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The Rigveda refers to a sage called Dirghatama. He was one of the many poets who composed the Vedic hymns. His most famous hymn is the riddle hymn Mandala 1.164, that is full of puzzles and metaphors and cannot be easily explained by scholars. It refers to everything from the sun to the Big Dipper constellation (Sapta Rishi mandala) to the Pleiades constellation (Pleiades), to the zodiac, to the horizon, to the sun, to the earth and the sky, the dawn, the moon and two birds: one that watched the other eat fruit. Most important is a hymn that suggests that all gods come from a single source, indicating that Vedic civilisation was not quite polytheistic rather its polytheism had an underlying monotheism, making Dirghatama's hymn a rather complex hymn. We don't know anything about Dirghatama from his poem compiled 3,500 years ago. His story appears almost 1,500 years later in the Sanskrit retelling of the Mahabharata. The story is rather interesting and is full of sexual complexities. We ..
                 

Nidhhi Agerwal's floral gym gear is a must-have; buy it here

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Nidhhi Agerwal was recently clicked outside her gym in Bandra, Mumbai. The actress looked beautiful in a teal green floral track pants and a green crop top. She paired her outfit with a pair of white sneakers. Isn't she looking gorgeous? Now, even you can ace your fashion game just like Nidhhi Agerwal. We have curated a list of trendy outfits that you can buy at affordable prices only on Amazon. Half Sleeve Crop Top Create your own style by wearing this adorable floral crop top. This top is made up of 100 percent polyester. Designed to suit every body type, the top has been made to provide you comfort and ease all day long. You can wear your favorite shorts, leggings, black slacks, skinny jeans, and boots, it's really easy to pair with cardigan, coat, jacket. Atrangi store Women's Cotton Half Sleeve Crop Top is available at a discounted price of Rs 474. Shop it here  Jockey Women's Cotton Crop Top: The crop top is made up of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex. It i..
                 

B-town buzz: Parineeti Chopra injured while training for Saina Nehwal

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Rigorous training for the Saina Nehwal biopic has left Parineeti Chopra in pain. Last evening, the actor shared the news on social media and wrote, "Me and the entire team of Saina have been taking so much care that I shouldn't get an injury, but shit happens. Will rest it as much as I can before I can start playing badminton again (sic)." Virgin call Actor-host Abhilash Thapliyal, who has been part of TV shows like Comedy Circus and Entertainment Ki Raat, will be seen in the Disha Patani-starrer KTina. He plays a virgin. "The journey of the character begins in the 20s and goes on till the 40s. Since I am not a 40-year-old virgin, getting into the skin of the character took some time. I worked on his mannerisms and how that transforms with age. Although he is dealing with angst, he pretends to be cheery. He seems to be a simple person, but is a complex character," he says.  Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iO..
                 

Motichoor Chaknachoor Movie Review: Small-town bore

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Motichoor ChaknachoorU/A: Comedy, dramaDirector: Debamitra BiswalCast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Athiya ShettyRating:  This is a film about small-town India. As is just about every other Hindi movie (of late). It is placed within a middle-class household. Badhaai ho (congratulations). So is every other Hindi movie (lately). The genre is romantic comedy, I suppose. Which isn't true for movies starring the intense Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role. He holds a deadpan expression throughout, going super subtle with his comic timing. Where do you go from there? Practically nowhere. The plot is pretty plain and simple. It concerns a bunch of desperate souls. The lead guy (Nawaz), presumably virgin, at 36, is simply dying to get married to whoever he can find. The shot of a woman on top, in bed, that always plays in his head, drives him mad. A job in Dubai allows him some cred in the market for dowry, which is what his mother is desperate for. The lead girl in the picture is, in turn, desp..
                 

Marjaavan Movie Review: Marr gaye bro, seriously

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MarjaavaanU/A: Action, dramaDirector: Milap ZaveriCast: Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Tara Sutaria, Rakul Preet SinghRating:  From several angles, actor Sidharth Malhotra could pass off for Shah Rukh Khan. This resemblance isn't so much a movie-coincidence, given he's the only non-nepo alumnus of Student Of The Year (2012), produced-directed by Karan Johar. Malhotra is this picture's hero. But it is Riteish Deshmukh, the villain, whose character seems inspired by SRK's Zero — of a dwarf; albeit with oversized feet, and lacklustre grimace. The heroine (Tara Sutaria) is mute. Or, as they say in this film, "Lady Barfi". There's a kid who stammers. Another guy's legs have been chopped off. Within all these physical challenges, it's the audience that needs most help — sitting through 136 minutes of essentially grand entries and exits of every character. Each scene is an earth-shattering moment — every line of dialogue bearing weight of a hathoda (hammer) being ..
                 

Where Mumbai's foodies converge

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It's hard to get Tara Deshpande to talk about herself. She has so much else to share — about a cookbook from the 1900s, an untraceable Bengali lady called Mrs Dey whose book is nothing short of a slice of culinary history and about how you should avoid the New Jersey airport if you're looking to smuggle kadi patta into the US. "It's filled with Indians, so they will have stalks of kadi patta at the customs desk, wave it at you and ask if you're carrying it. You heard about that man who got caught trying to get paan into America, no?" she asks, breaking into an unembarrassed giggle. Sitting across from her in her neither-sprawling, nor-ostentatious-space, which overlooks the pristine streets of Nariman Point, we are trying to get the actor-turned-chef to speak about the genesis behind her eponymous culinary studio, which has been in the works for more than a year ("You know how it gets with permissions," she says) and will open doors to the public today. But her mind wanders, to t..
                 

Mumbai: Bazaar Gate Police Station is back to its old, glorious self

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Barely 1.4km from the historic Esplanade Mansion, which has been fighting a long battle to stay afloat, a small victory for Mumbai’s heritage movement was scripted on 17/1 Walchand Hirachand Marg. Yesterday, after a nearly nine-month-long restoration, Bazaar Gate Police Station DCP Zone –1, established in 1881, was inaugurated by Commissioner of Police Sanjay Barve, in the presence of several senior police officers including Abhishek Trimukhe, AIG DG Office, Manoj Sharma, Addl CP West and Naval Bajaj, Jt CP. Sangramsinh Nishandar, DCP Zone 1 (the restored police station) and his team specially welcomed their seniors and superiors to the restored police station. Located in the Bora Bazaar precinct, and listed as a Grade III heritage structure, the space emerged after the demolition of the Fort walls in the 1860s by the Rampart Removal Committee. The police station, interestingly is older that its more popular landmarks in the neighbourhood – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj..
                 

When in doubt, become a patriot

yesterday  
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A few years ago, I began this column by addressing a controversy surrounding the national anthem. A number of people had been harassed at the time, for not standing up at a movie theatre. There were howls of outrage from all quarters, with some folks denouncing those who didn't stand as traitors, and others asking why the anthem needed to be played before a movie anyway. Our courts were eventually obliged to wade into the argument, and the whole issue quietened down for a while. I thought it was dead until a couple of weeks ago, the topic blew up again. Videos on social media platforms publicised an incident involving a few people who didn't stand. They were berated, chased out of a movie theatre, and labelled traitors who didn't belong in India. A woman who claimed she couldn't stand because of physical discomfort was vilified, and a lot of Indians promptly patted themselves on their backs for being true defenders of their country. They were defenders on Twitter alone, of course, but ..
                 

Charlie's Angels Movie Review - Fancy thought, Poor Execution

yesterday  
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Charlie's Angels U/A:  Action, Adventure, ComedyDirector: Elizabeth BanksCast: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth BanksRating:  Director/co-writer Elizabeth Banks rejigs the "Charlie's Angels" franchise with this origin story that links to the erstwhile cinematic past through photo and montage shots from the original T.V. show and McG's movies. This attempt is clearly meant to assuage feminist ideals while tapping into nostalgia, trying to draw a fresher audience to dig into this action heroine dominated franchise. The narrative, with story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn, opens with an extended close-up on Kristen Stewart's face as she reacts to the patronizing comments of a wealthy man while his henchmen stand guard behind the curtains. Much of what transpires here remains the same as in the past. The Townsend Detective Agency continues to be home to the Angels, but now with the worldwide boom for detective work, the agency has franchis..
                 

Ford V Ferrari Movie Review: Turbo-charged racy thrill ride

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Ford V Ferrari U/A: Sports dramaDirector: James MangoldCast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Roberta Sparta, Caitriona BalfeRating:  James Mangold's film, one of the latest true stories out of Hollywood, is a '60s based adrenaline gusher that highlights the contributions of competitive race car driver-turned- entrepreneur Carol Shelby (Matt Damon), fellow competitor and genius mechanic Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and their team-up with some of the world's most admired men of business, including Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal), Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas) and Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) to produce a car race enthusiast's dream-come-true. This film is as terrific on craftsmanship as it is thrilling. The ever versatile Mangold who has helmed diverse films 3:10 To Yuma, Walk The Line, Kate & Leopold, Logan and several others, turns to sports biopic in Ford v Ferrari. The film tells the true story of Ford Motor Company's build-up to an unassailable race car that eventually takes on Ferrari at 24 ..
                 

Save our seas: Citizens come together for the Clean Harbour Project

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Mumbai's Clean Harbour Project (CHP) that was started in January this year to reduce garbage and plastic disposal in the sea off Apollo Bunder, got a further push on Thursday afternoon, as citizen warriors decided to up the ante when it comes to saving our seas. A number of organisation representatives, from the non-profit Jyoticare Benevolent Foundation, which started CHP with the aim to clean the Apollo Bunder Harbour waters of all plastic waste that gets washed towards the jetties at Gateway of India and shores of Colaba, Royal Bombay Yacht Club (RBYC) representatives, Bombay Port Trust honchos and students from Little Flower of Jesus school, member school of the Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) came together at a programme on Thursday opposite the Gateway. Commodore Subhash G (retd) who was host for the meet, which saw a number of Colaba residents in attendance, started off saying people should be, "disturbed by the plastic and garbage in the sea and it should be a s..
                 

Have a deputy chief minister each for five years, Shiv Sena tells NCP-Congress

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Negotiations are said to be moving forward in the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress camps albeit with a sense of mistrust because the Sena hasn't yet snapped ties with the BJP. It said on Thursday that they were not against Narendra Modi, but despised Amit Shah for 'speaking lies' on the assurance of the CM's post. Another factor that has added to the confusion is the pressure tactics of the Congress and NCP who have upped their ante for further gain in a prospective government. Insiders said that a formula for sharing power in the khichdi government was being worked out to have a balanced representation for all constituents. Though Sena's demand for having the CM's post for five years remains a bone of contention, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party is confident that it should be able to fulfil its dream if NCP and Congress get a deputy CM each, with lucrative portfolios at their disposal. mid-day couldn't confirm the information independently but senior leaders privy to the deliberations endors..
                 

Deaf-mute Kerala woman who ran away from Mumbai home wants to find her family, can you help?

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It has been a mute journey of 22 years, literally, for a Kerala couple, trying to trace the family of the deaf and mute Maria alias Amina, 36, who ran away from home in Mumbai two decades ago and landed in Idukki, Kerala, 1,540 km away from the home she no more remembers. Maria has been struggling to reach her parents and siblings in Mumbai, with help from her husband, Rondymon Varghese, 37, a carpenter from Edatehua, Allapuzha. The two got married in 2003 after they met in an ashram for destitute people in Idukki. Varghese would often download Bollywood songs on his mobile phone for Amina to watch, trying to recall some locations in Mumbai. A mother to six children, Maria is waiting to meet her parents and siblings, Varghese told mid-day. Last month, he downloaded the title track of Akele Hum Akele Tum starring Aamir Khan and to his surprise, "Maria began jumping in joy after she saw a particular scene where Aamir Khan with his son is seen in an amusement park." Varghese immediately g..
                 

Radio City celebrated Children's Day with 'Chillar Party' In Mumbai

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Radio City, India's leading radio network, organised a fun-filled activity, 'Chillar Party' to celebrate children's day in Mumbai. Radio City's RJ Salil and RJ Archana along with ace choreographer Terence Lewis, kick-started the commemoration by conducting a dance class for the students at the Gilder lane Municipal School in Mumbai Central. Choreographer Terence Lewis celebrated children's day with Radio City's Chillar party activity along with the kids of Gilder lane Municipal School in Mumbai As a part of the activity, Radio City's RJ's Salil, Archana, Palak, Harshit, Pulkit, and Karan, danced and enjoyed with the kids and choreographer Terence Lewis, making Children's day a memorable experience for everyone. To ensure that Mumbai feels the Children's day vibe, Radio City broadcasted its popular breakfast show Kasa Kai Mumbai LIVE from the school between 7 am - 12 pm and encapsulated the activity on-air as well. The kids learned various dance moves from the dance guru Terence Lewis a..
                 

Ranbir Kapoor makes Ulhasnagar stop for this reason

2 days ago  
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Ranbir Kapoor visited the Sant Thahirya Singh Saheb Ji Darbar and Bhai Meharwan Singh Ji's gurudwara in Ulhasnagar to seek blessings. As soon as word spread, fans thronged the venue to catch a glimpse of their screen idol.  The actor was accompanied by producer Ramesh Taurani. Kapoor's visit was part of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak. The star also showered flowers from a chopper on the prabhat pheri and later accompanied the procession. On the work front, Ranbir Kapoor is currently busy with a couple of big projects - Shamshera and Brahmastra. Ranbir Kapoor spoke to mid-day about Shamshera; he said, "Shamshera is exactly the film I was looking for. While growing up watching Hindi commercial cinema, I had an image of what a film hero should be doing. Shamshera allows me to do everything that I had imagined and it's a very exciting project for me." Shamshera features Sanjay Dutt along with Ranbir Kapoor and Vaani Kapoor. Brahmastra, on the other h..
                 

Kalki Koechlin: Got excited after hearing the baby's heartbeat

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I am constantly craving grape wine," smiles Kalki Koechlin, who is in her final trimester. Only months ago, the actor announced that she is expecting her first child with Israeli pianist partner Guy Hershberg. Since then, it appears pregnancy has become her—when she is not flaunting her baby bump at red carpet events, Koechlin is learning to play nursery rhymes on the ukulele. "This was an unexpected pregnancy. In the first two months, I didn't feel any maternal instinct. It felt like an alien invasion, where this little thing was acting like a vampire, sucking out everything from my body," Koechlin laughs, adding that her maternal instinct soon kicked in. "When I heard the heartbeat for the first time, I got excited. The first trimester was bad, but I am through that phase and looking forward to the due date in January." The actor says Hershberg has been an equal partner, taking his daddy lessons seriously. "He has been so patient throughout this pregnancy. There were days where..
                 

The Kids Aren't Alright

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It has been a while since this soap opera has been on TV. You know, the one where we periodically watch animals eating their young. Not on the nature channels, baba. I mean on news television. Every time there is a student strike, we are treated to the sight of anchors feeding their pinko-liberal hate by denouncing students as national threats, crunching loudly on slogan-bones like 'tukde tukde gang' and 'burden on our taxes'. The crying-into-my-kesar-thandai-over-my-lost-taxes gang must surely be reconsidering their diet (for mental health reasons) right now when they find that the JNU fee hikes and their cosmetic roll-back are opposed by all student unions, including the ABVP. That is because 40 per cent of JNU students have parents with income less than R1,44,00 a year—true for many central universities. The mark of a great society is the possibility that a diverse demographic can access a good education—the right to opportunity. The criminal thing about the debate aroun..
                 

Lobo Lobo and Bala Bala

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Lobo Lobo came over looking different. I looked him up and down, but couldn't figure what had changed—I did notice that the strands of his hair were not spiking upwards, but plastered on his scalp. Then he opened his mouth: "Bleddy what men, no men, it's unfair men, che!" he thundered. "Ah I got it, Lobo Lobo. I got it. You are perturbed by the political situation in Maharashtra. I'm guessing that you cannot fathom this concept that has befallen our state called President's Rule, right ? Parties sharing seats… 50:50 and all that. Mr Fadnavis stepping down, Mr Pawar stepping up, Junior Thackeray's steps to leadership, it's a blur, who will lead us, where is the state going, should we be headed the Federal Government way? I totally see why you'd be a sixes and sevens…," I attempted optimistically. Lobo Lobo said quite calmly, "No Dikuna men. You have missed de point men. It is not dese bleeding state politics dat I am getting pissed wid men! Arre, I cannot make heads ..
                 

Smriti Irani has the funniest cure to sleepless nights and the internet is in splits

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Union minister Smriti Irani is known for sharing humorous memes and motivational posts on her Instagram account and the latest post on cure for sleepless nights has got the internet cracking up. The BJP parliamentarian shared an Instagram story hilariously explaining how sleeplessness works and the cure for it through a relatable meme featuring a minion. The story, in which she captions, “Please…” reads, “Legend says that if you can’t sleep, it’s because you’re in someone’s dream. So if everyone could stop dreaming about me, that would be great (sic).” Irani had also posted a video featuring the minions on the occasion of the Children’s Day. The video features two minions that are named after her and her husband Zubin, captioned, “This children’s day, say thank you to the ‘Zubin’ in your life who keeps the child in you alive (sic).       View this post on Instagram This children&rsq..
                 

Close of Play: Yuvraj Singh wishes 'mirchi' Sania Mirza

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Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh Instagrammed a throwback picture with tennis ace Sania Mirza, who turned 33 yesterday, and captioned it, "Hai hai mirchi! Janam din mubarak my dear friend lots of love and best wishes always!" In reply, Saina wrote, "Hai motu, thank you my dearest friend." The tennis star is expected to be back on court by January 2020.       View this post on Instagram Hai hai mirchi 🌶! Janam din mubarak my dear friend lots of love and best wishes Always !💓 @mirzasaniar 🎂 ðŸ§Â ðŸ¥Â‚ A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) onNov 14, 2019 at 11:40pm PST Surf's up for Caroline Wozniacki Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki sent social media in a frenzy with Baywatch-style bikini pictures recently. The tennis ace, 29, Instagrammed pictures of her in a red swimsuit with "wife life" written across it as she posed with a surfboard on a beach. She captioned the pictures: "Surf's up!" ..
                 

Minnows Meghalaya stun Mumbai by six wickets

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Mumbai, who were undefeated in their last five Group 'D' games of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, shockingly succumbed to Meghalaya on Friday for their first loss of the tournament. It was nothing short of an embarrassing blow considering Meghalaya don't even possess a turf wicket in a set up which cannot boast of other cricketing facilities. Chasing the hosts' 157 for six in 20 overs, the visitors created history by beating Mumbai by six wickets with four balls to spare at the Wankhede Stadium. Meghalaya had no famous professional players in their side and their top three batsmen were back in the dressing room by the fourth over. Teja, Yadav on song Ravi Teja (61 not out off 45 balls, 8x4) and Sanjay Yadav (55 off 44, 6x4, 2x6) played vital roles in chasing the target. Despite a poor start, Meghalaya managed to score 56 as compared to Mumbai's 48-0 at the end of the power play. Teja and Yadav were the heroes of Meghalaya's win thanks to their 92-run fourth wicket stand which came off 75 ..
                 

MSSA Hockey: St Stanislaus, Don Bosco to fight for U-16 title

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St Stanislaus (Bandra) and Don Bosco (Matunga) recorded contrasting semi-final wins to enter the boys U-16 Division-I final of the MSSA inter-school hockey tournament at the Sports Authority of India ground in Kandivli, yesterday. First, defending champions St Stanislaus eked out a 1-0 win over St Dominic Savio (Andheri). Kyle Justin, who has been in scoring form, once again did a star turn by netting the crucial winner in the 19th minute to give his team an opportunity to defend their crown today. In the second semi-final, the Matunga lads dished out a dominant performance to beat Don Bosco (Borivli) 5-0. Atharva Bandekar sounded the boards off a field effort in the second minute itself. Rohan Pillay then doubled the lead (16th minute) and two minutes later, Neel Naik made it 3-0. Don Bosco's (Matunga) Yuvenesh Nadar falls while tackling Don Bosco's (Borivli) Irvin Gonsalves The Borivli boys were unable to match the skill and speed of their Matunga counterparts and conceded two more g..
                 

Mumbai: Ghatkopar man dies in nullah, family blames BMC; cops say he was drunk

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A 44-year-old resident of Ghatkopar died when he fell into a nullah next to the LBS Road on Thursday night. While his family has blamed the BMC contractor, who hasn't put barricaded the nullah properly for negligence, the police claim Ankush Gadge was drunk. On Friday morning, the family of Gadge, residents of Parshiwadi, went to Ghatkopar police station, saying he hadn't returned home on Thursday night. They said he had gone out for some work, but was not answering his phone. While they were giving details about him, the police received a message about a body found in Mukund nullah. As the description of the body matched Gadge, the police asked his family to go to the site to identify it. They identified him. In the post mortem it was found that he had died of head injuries. Gadge, who worked in a marketing firm, is survived by his wife and two kids. Locals claimed Mukund nullah is not properly covered Nullah not barricaded Kailash Koimale, a relative of Gadge, said, "The nullah in wh..
                 

Mumbai: Optician gets SMS saying money is credited, but no transaction happened; loses Rs 26,000

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An optician in Borivli lost Rs 26,000 in the blink of an eye, literally, after falling victim to a unique con recently. The police, too, are baffled by the modus operandi of the accused. After choosing sunglasses worth thousands, the accused, a couple, said they would pay online and the optician even received an SMS that the money was credited to his account. In reality, no transaction had taken place at all. The accused also went one step ahead as he bought goods worth Rs 23,000 and 'transferred' Rs 26,000 to the optician. He then asked for Rs 3,000 to be returned in cash for transferring the extra amount 'by mistake'. He thus managed to loot victim Bharat Shah of two pairs of Rayban sunglasses and two pairs of Opium sunglasses. A couple entered Shah's shop Vision 2020 at Blue Star Crystal building, Chamunda circle in Borivli West on November 8. The couple requested the shopkeeper to show them some branded sunglasses. After carefully going through the goods, the duo selected a few gla..
                 

Bigg Boss November 15 Update: Will Mahira Sharma and Paras Chhabra be the next duo to part ways?

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The housemates are still pinning their hopes on winning the luxury budget task after underperforming in the previous tasks. While the contestants try to play the game fairly, Shehnaz and Asim decide otherwise and destroy the opposition team's game. Shehnaz sneaks into her opponents' territory and tears their papers initiating a war. Agitated by this move, Vishal and Arhaan start breaking frames of their opposition team. Every task they are given eventually leads to a fight. Unfortunately, once again, a major conflict ensues as the housemates are asked to choose luxury budget items. The house is thus divided when it comes to the selection between 'aata' or 'chicken'. Ghar ke do virodhi sadasya @Devoleena_23 aur @sidharth_shukla mein hone lagi hai aankh micholi! 👀Dekhiye inhe aaj raat 10:30 baje.Anytime on @justvoot @Vivo_India @BeingSalmanKhan #BiggBoss13 #BiggBoss #BB13 #SalmanKhan pic.twitter.com/W0TELRbjzp — Bigg Boss (@BiggBoss) November 15, 2019 With a sudden change of h..
                 

See photos: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone offer prayers at Golden Temple in Amritsar

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After seeking blessings at Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, power couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone offered prayers at Golden Temple in Punjab's Amritsar. On their first wedding anniversary, Ranveer and Deepika decided to mark the special moment of their life in a divine way. The couple was accompanied by their families. Ranveer was seen wearing a snazzy flower-printed kurta pyjama paired with a printed Nehru jacket and a scarf covering his head. While Deepika was not looking less than a newly-wed bride as she was seen wearing a heavy embroidered maroon salwar suit with the dupatta wrapped around in the traditional Punjabi style. The actor complemented her look with heavy crafted jewellery and sindoor. Sharing a still with his wife from Sri Harimandir Sahib on Instagram, Ranveer wrote, "Overcome with sheer gratitude."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) onNov 14, 2019 at 8:17pm PST Deepika also shared the same..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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Kiss the hand Tamannaah Bhatia caught in a warm moment interacting with hearing and visually impaired kids on Children's Day in Goregaon. Pic/Satej Shinde A Mumbai canvas for Pikey Depending on how you look at it, art can be inaccessible or inclusive. Thankfully, for Dav Pikey, a noteworthy children's author often touted the modern-day Roald Dahl, it was the latter. Pikey grew up with dyslexia and ADHD and being misunderstood in school. Fast forward to years later and he has 60 books to his name, while also creating the famous and much-loved characters Captain Underpants and Dogman. Now, we hear that Pikey (also an illustrator) will be in the city next week to conduct a live drawing and interactive storytelling session at the Royal Opera House. Waxing eloquent about comics In circulation for five decades, Motu Patlu is a comic book that many children and even their parents love. It is thus heartening to see the latest edition of the series receive the adulation it deserves. On Childr..
                 

1st Test: How Virat Kohli's bowlers crushed 'brave' Bangladesh

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Indore: It was a dicey toss to win for Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque in the first Test against India on Thursday, as, while the wicket at the Holkar Stadium wore a look that would have had the Indian seamers waiting to get the red cherry in their hands, the nature of pitches in the country too are such that batting last can be a challenge against the spinners. Haque decided to go with the conventional approach of batting first, and that saw the Indian bowlers rule the roost. Shami grabbed a team hat-trick, while Cheteshwar Pujara struck a fluent unbeaten 43 to help India first bundle out Bangladesh for 150 and then put up 86-1 on the board, at stumps on Day One of the first Test here on Thursday. India, who dominated proceedings on the first day, trail by just 64 runs with nine wickets in hand. Pujara, who is known to take his time at the crease, played aggressively and got to 43 from 61 balls with the help of seven elegant boundaries. At the other end, Mayank Agarwal — droppe..
                 

Mumbai: Idiot opens moving car door, leaves biker with broken bones

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At 10.30pm on November 11, Bilal Shaikh, 27, was on his way to Jaslok Hospital to tend to his ailing father when a bizarre accident not only left him grievously injured but shocked to the core. Riding his bike when he was about to take a turn near the Heera Panna shopping centre at Tardeo, the driver of a moving car ahead of him suddenly opened the door on the driver's side. Losing control of his bike, Bilal hit the ground with such force that he broke his collarbone and a bone behind the ear. After Bilal filed a complaint in the matter, the Tardeo police registered a case against the accused driver – Darshil Prashant Shah, 20, resident of Ridge Road, Malabar Hill. However, the cops have not been able to arrest him yet as he is absconding. Bilal, a resident of Belalsis Road, Nagpada, was on his way to Jaslok Hospital, where his diabetic father is battling for his life since November 9. After working whole day for a marketing job, Bilal looks after his father at the hospital at ni..
                 

A sliver of unadulterated joy

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So last Friday I got all dolled up. Not skinny Barbie-like, but more girl-from-tropics-dressing-for-the-Alps. I borrowed my partner's socks and shoes (we realised I'm just half-a-size smaller than him, and also, his socks are not just thick, but were knitted by his late grandmother). I wore three or four layers of sweaters of varying thickness atop a pair of jeggings I'd bought some years ago in Dubai. I put on the long coat I borrowed from my ex, which he guaranteed was meant to withstand winter in New York, and the gloves I had carried with me from Delhi, hand-knitted by a Tibetan refugee woman, a warm toque that clearly belonged to my sister, and to complete the look, my white Himachali shawl, gifted to me by my Austrian artist friend, Marlene. I was ready for the 25-minute drive from Tramin. We had decided, in the end, to drive up to Aldein, 20 km away. It had been raining for hours. It was 9am but felt like 7am. It was dark and misty, and the autumn yellow of the vines offered sha..
                 

Bigg Boss 13 November 14 Update: Sidharth Shukla's friendship with Asim Riaz in trouble?

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The captaincy task has led to many splits inside the Bigg Boss house, including that of best friends Sidharth and Asim. After the task, Asim and Sidharth try to confront each other as the former doubts Sidharth's strategy and leadership skills. Asim expresses his disappointment in Sidharth as a friend and hates the fact that he behaves authoritative and doesn't listen to any one's opinions. This feedback doesn't go well with Sidharth and he tells Asim that he doesn't care about anything or anyone. Ek bedroom duty ne kya laayi inn teeno doston mein daraar? @sidharth_shukla, #AsimRiaz aur #ShehnaazGill ke beech ki yeh ladaayi dekhiye aaj raat 10:30 baje.Anytime on @justvoot.@vivo_india @beingsalmankhan #BiggBoss13 #BiggBoss #BB13 #SalmanKhan pic.twitter.com/7JQaUQvoCd — COLORS (@ColorsTV) November 14, 2019 The next day, contestants wake up to the powerful song Rang De Basanti. A happy start to the day, everyone dances and puts on their thinking hats and start their chores. Shehna..
                 

Ford Vs Ferrari Movie Review - Turbo charged Racy Biopic

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Ford vs Ferrari U/A: Action, Drama, BiographyDirector: James MangoldCast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Roberta Sparta, Caitriona Balfe, Josh LucasRating:  James Mangold's film, one of the latest true stories out of Hollywood, is a '60s based adrenaline gusher that highlights the contributions of competitive race car driver turned entrepreneur Carol Shelby (Matt Damon), fellow competitor and genius mechanic Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and their team-up with some of the world's most admired men of Business including Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal), Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas) and Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) to produce a car race enthusiast's dream-come-true. This film is as terrific on craftsmanship as it is thrilling. The ever-versatile Mangold who has helmed diverse films 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, Kate & Leopold, Logan and several others, turns to sports biopic in Ford v Ferrari. The film tells the true story of Ford Motor Company's build-up to an unassailable race car that e..
                 

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This has paralysed the entire legal system here, says Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council president

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November 15 marked the 100-day anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370. Following the abrogation, the Government of India put Kashmir under lockdown, banned rallies, detained political leaders and social activists, cut off phone lines and imposed curfew. But cutting off the Internet was what truly disconnected the Kashmiris from the rest of the country and the world. On November 13, a group of Kashmiri journalists held a peaceful protest at the Press Club in Srinagar against the Internet blockade. They held placards that read "100 days, no Internet". Daanish Bin Nabi, a freelance journalist working in the Valley said: "It's been particularly rough time for journalists. There is no broadband, fibre optic or mobile Internet. The authorities have restored leased lines in select tourist hotspots, hotels and government offices from November 5. But apart from that there's been a complete clampdown on Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir." Another journalist told mid-day that the ones ..
                 

When Mumbai fell for Katy Perry

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By now, Mumbai's audiences are used to international musical acts coming down. Coldplay was here, so was Justin Bieber. Ed Sheeran has already performed in Mumbai a couple of times, as has Bryan Adams. And U2 is scheduled to drop by too. But Saturday night belonged to Katy Perry and Dua Lipa who performed at Navi Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium for the OnePlus Music Festival. Lipa took to the stage first, and tried to make Mumbai dance with her high-octane numbers. But when you are not allowed to sing the f*** in your biggest hit, IDGAF, the point's sort of lost. Dressed in green cargos and a matching bikini top, she looked stunning, shining in the sweat thanks to the city's humidity. It was during her act that one of the barriers separating the gold stand from the general section was left open and crowds rushed to get closer to the stage. The Indian artiste Ritviz—look him up if you don't already follow him—opened for Katy Perry who took to the stage in an off-shoulder, green an..
                 

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Market family

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In wretchedly casteist India, no filmmaker would dare make a film where the hero is a toilet cleaner. But, in Pradip Kurbah's beautiful Khasi film Iewduh (Market), not only does the hero Mike clean public toilets for a living, he is the lovable anchor of many desperate lives—a former drug addict, an abandoned father with dementia, and a woman battered by a violent husband. We find ourselves falling in love with the tender Mike. Amazingly, the Khasis have no caste system, so Mike is not a low caste person cleaning toilets: it's just another job that pays his bills. In fact, Pradip Kurbah, based in tiny, charming Shillong, Meghalaya, has achieved with this Khasi film, what Bombaywallahs can only fantasise about. It won the Kim Ji-Seok Award at the Busan Film Festival, was/is at the Mumbai, IFFI-Goa and Kerala film festivals, and releases nationwide from November 15 to 21, including at PVR Icon Infinity Mall at 5 pm in Mumbai. Wait, there's more. His previous feature films, Ri and O..
                 

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Bigg Boss 13 November 16 Update: Salman Khan gives contestants a reality check

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The week that went by was nothing less than a roller coaster ride for the housemates with a lot of new revelations and new sides of the contestants coming to the fore. Even the new entrants have rolled up their sleeves and are showing their best game to the audience. Now it was time for the contestants to hear it from Salman Khan about their performance. The Dabangg host enters on the title track of 'Dabang' with a gang of little Chulbul Pandeys. #WeekendKaVaar mein ho raha hai janta ka vaar aur gharwalon ko dena hoga unke tedhe questions ka jawab 📢 Aap ke har sawaal ka milega sahi answer, tonight at 9 PM!Anytime on @justvoot.@Vivo_India @AmlaDaburIndia @bharatpeindia @BeingSalmanKhan #BB13 #BiggBoss13 #BiggBoss pic.twitter.com/USbFgYKuag — Bigg Boss (@BiggBoss) November 16, 2019 He begins the episode by saying that how the scenario inside the house is very much similar to the scenario in the real world outside. The house saw a lot of new alliances, political changes, fights..
                 

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Narinder Batra: We won't host 2026 CWG

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New Delhi: There is no question of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2026, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra said on Friday even as secretary general Rajeev Mehta  reiterated that the prospect of doing so shall be one of the topics to be discussed at the meeting of the executive committee which is scheduled to be held on November 23.  Mehta had said on Thursday after a meeting between the IOA top brass and delegates from the Commonwealth Games Federation, who had come to New Delhi to convince the IOA not to go through with its threat to give the 2022 CWG a miss due to the omission of shooting, that India would, in fact, be interested in hosting the 2026 Games. "The withdrawal is still very much in discussion. So there is no question about hosting the Games," said Batra. Narinder Batra Mehta however, said that the topic of hosting will be discussed on Nov 23. "This was something that came up during the meeting and was never on the agenda beforehand," he..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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Snap out As Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone exit the domestic airport, we wonder why the bridal finery one whole year after the shaadi. Or is it not being able to get out of character after a historical? Pic/Anurag Ahire An unusual role You'd normally associate Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya with historical artifacts that give us a window into the past. You would also find exhibitions of paintings there. But what you wouldn't normally expect is for a play to be staged on the premises, though that's exactly what is going to happen this afternoon. The amphitheatre at the Children's Museum at CSMVS is going to host Jhoom Jhoom Jhumpa, a play that Sapan Saran has directed as part of Tamasha Theatre. The story is set in the magical world of Ul-Albela, where the protagonist, Jhumpa, a bright, young girl, has only one thing on her super-intelligent mind — to make the best tea in the world. "The play makes interesting use of ladders as set design, physical movement, live musi..
                 

NCP's Sharad Pawar wielding tactics continue

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NCP boss Sharad Pawar never ceases to surprise his allies and opponents alike when it comes to dealing with complicated political situations. When his party, the Congress and Shiv Sena have begun discussing the formation of the non-BJP government, he still seems uncertain over meeting the Sena's demand for the CM's post. Pawar's statement from Nagpur, where he reviewed the rain-affected farms and met distressed farmers on Friday to understand the damage, could be interpreted as the NCP's reservations over allowing the Sena a full-term CM. "If someone asks for the chief minister's post, we will think about it," the NCP chief said, as against NCP's chief spokesperson Nawab Malik's information that the Sena would get the CM's position. "The process to form a government has begun. It will run for full five years," said Pawar. When asked about the sharing of power, Pawar said he would think about the Sena's demand for the CM's office. However, he was confident of running the government for ..
                 

Tara Sutaria: People can be hurtful with their remarks

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The past few months have gone by in a flash for Tara Sutaria -- a dream launch in a Karan Johar production has been swiftly followed by her second release, Marjaavaan. She may have been part of showbiz for close to a decade, but Bollywood, she says, is a different ball game. "This is all new for me. Sometimes, I feel lost when I am asked about competition or insecurities. But then, this year has also been about finding myself and focusing on the quality of work," she smiles, adding, "Acting is made out to be all about gloss. But it's a job at the end of the day. I am often asked about being an outsider, but how does that matter? Look at how the West functions, all that matters is your work." Sutaria received flak for her all-black outfit   As much as she is enjoying navigating the world of fame and films, Sutaria is also learning to take the pitfalls in her stride. The youngster's wardrobe has often garnered unnecessary attention -- if her sequinned saree at the Diwali bash b..
                 

Mumbai: Rs 2 crore paid to BEST workers in Rs 5 coins

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Over the past year, BEST has started doing a rather strange thing. It gave a fraction of its employees' salary — Rs 500 to be exact — to them in coins, mostly Rs10 denominations. But the recent fare change implemented in July, because of which the minimum ticket price is Rs 5, has caused a massive influx of Rs 5 coins — thereby leading it to dish out Rs 500 out of each of its employees' salaries to them in these very coins, leading up to a total of a whopping Rs 2.05 crore. Manoj Vande, BEST's deputy public relations officer confirmed that BEST's approximately 41,000 employees and officers were paid R500 of their salary in Rs 5 coins on Friday. "After we made a fare revision in July, the minimum bus fare has become Rs 5 and the maximum has become Rs 10," he said. "Because of this, the quantum of coins that we are receiving has increased —especially that of the Rs 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5 coins." He explained that apart from giving its employees a fraction of their salar..
                 

Mumbai: Man injured after motorist opened moving car door now loses job

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Even as 27-year-old Bilal Sheikh struggles to recover from the freak accident that has left him with plates and screws in his collarbone, the sweet manufacturing company where he works as a marketing executive has decided to dump him. On learning that doctors have prescribed Sheikh six weeks bed rest, company officials told him to quit the job as they wouldn't be able to wait that long. Bilal, who had recently got the job, was financially supporting his family and funding his expenses of preparing for the civil services entrance. But the accident that took place on November 11, in which he lost control of his bike and fell after the driver of a moving car ahead of him opened the door, has landed him in hospital. He has not only received stitches on his face, but also had to get two plates and six screws placed in his left collarbone due to a fracture. The treating doctor has prescribed him six weeks of bed rest and has also asked him to avoid any kind of pressure or stress on his shoul..
                 

Motherless Brooklyn Movie Review - Engaging noir styled drama

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Motherless Brooklyn U/A: Crime, DramaDirector: Edward NortonCast: Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bruce Willis, Bobby CannavaleRating:  Director/writer/star Edward Norton's "Motherless Brooklyn" based on Jonathan Lethem's award-winning novel takes a short detour from source material in terms of period and some other elemental attributes. Lethem's book was set in the 1980s, but Norton has transposed the tale to 1959 and there are few additional characters meant to spice up this tale. The film focuses on Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective who suffers from Tourette's syndrome, who uses a few clues and his obsessive nature (typical characteristic) to solve the murder of Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) -- his mentor, father-figure and only friend. With timely help from Laurie Rose (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) a political activist helping African-Americans resist displacement, he scours the jazz clubs and slums of Brooklyn and Harlem, uncovering a web of sec..
                 

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar back and across: Sach a challenging quiz!

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ACROSS: 3 SRT scored his first double hundred in Tests here (9)4 The old name of the city in which SRT scored his first Test hundred on Indian soil (6)6 This paceman made his debut in the Test in which SRT scored his third hundred on Australian soil (5)9 The nickname of one of SRT's two teammates in his last Test in 2013-14, who weren't born when he made his Test debut in 1989-90 (5)14 The venue where it all began for SRT, when he was 16 years and 205 days old (8,7)16 The 1997-98 series between India and Australia was billed as a battle between SRT and him (5)17 SRT added 133 with him for the 10th wicket against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2004-05 (6)20 SRT reminded him of himself (7)22 The number of Test hundreds scored by SRT in the Caribbean (3)23 SRT's score in each innings of the historic Kolkata Test of the 2000-01 series against Australia (3)24 SRT's predecessor and successor as captain of India (5)25 ………. drive – The stroke SRT famously eschewed when he sc..
                 

Ayushmann Khurrana: As an entertainer, I strive hard to stick to my beliefs

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It won't be wrong to call him the man with the golden touch. With Bala recording his highest opening day collections and subsequently, racing past the R50-crore mark, Ayushmann Khurrana has delivered seven back-to-back hits. Box-office success aside, the actor is thrilled that his films have proven that entertainment and social commentary can co-exist. "As an entertainer, I have had to strive hard to stick to my beliefs of what makes for good content. This result is a huge validation that my choices are a perfect match to what audiences want to see," enthuses Khurrana. Some may argue that he has fallen into the rhythm of backing small-town stories with a social message at their core. However, the actor has tackled myriad subjects with his outings — if Bala highlights the importance of self-love, Dream Girl seamlessly wove in the message of gender fluidity in a masala film. As he cherry-picked his films in the months gone by, Khurrana says it also helped him understand the kind of..
                 

Mumbai: For Western Railway, first class coach appears to be for 'men' only

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In what can be termed as a goof-up on Western Railway (WR) stations, the compartment signage at a few prominent railway stations has termed first-class compartments as ‘Gents First Class’ instead of just First Class. Sources said while the Ladies First Class signage is appropriate, the Gents First Class one is erroneous as there is no such compartment on the Mumbai suburban railway as per the ‘Class Code’ of Indian Railway regulations. The First Class in question can be used by everyone holding a valid first-class ticket or a pass, irrespective of their gender. Activists have raised questions over the railways’ patriarchal mentality. "I was quite shocked by this board. There is nothing like ‘gents coach’ in Indian railways. But this signage at Mahim talks of a gents coach. This shows a patriarchal mentality. The gents coach mentioned here is actually the first-class general coach," said journalist Jatin Desai, who first saw the board. mid-day v..
                 

Mumbai: Esplanade Mansion cannot be restored to original state unless demolished, says MHADA

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Despite being told by Urban Development department (UDD) to restore the Esplanade Mansion as per heritage standards, MHADA has stuck to its guns. MHADA countered the state's last affidavit that backed the UDD's stand with the response that the building cannot be restored to its original state unless it is demolished and rebuilt using the same material. Surprised that it is choosing to go against the UDD stand, activists slammed MHADA for suggesting demolishing a heritage structure. "In view of the IIT Bombay's report, unless and until the building is demolished, it is not possible to restore the building to its original position," MHADA's affidavit said. Lack of adequate funds continued to be the basis of MHADA's request for demolition. It had appointed an architect to prepare an estimate for the building's repairs, which came up to Rs 32.03 crore. It argued that despite spending that much money, the stability of the building will not be certain and that it cannot ignore the observatio..
                 

Marathi singer Geeta Mali dies in road accident; husband critically injured

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Singer Geeta Mali, died in a road accident on Thursday afternoon near Shahapur on Mumbai-Nashik Highway. Geeta was on tour of America and had come back on Thursday morning. She was returning home with her husband when in an attempt to save a dog their car rammed on to a gas tanker standing at the corner of the road. Geeta's husband is under treatment in a private hospital and has sustained serious injuries. The accident took place near Shahapur on Mumbai-Nashik Highway Geeta, a popular singer has sung songs in Marathi and Hindi language. She had gone for a musical tour to America a couple of months ago. On November 14, she landed in Mumbai. Her husband Vijay Mali had come to pick her up. Both were going to their Nashik based residence in their car. Geeta's husband is under treatment in a private hospital and has sustained serious injuries When their car reached Shahapur, according to some eyewitness a dog came on the road. In an attempt to save him, Vijay who himself was driving took a..
                 

Sara Ali Khan's vacation in New York looks like a lot of fun!

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Sara Ali Khan, who's currently gearing up for two big projects, Coolie No 1 and the sequel to Love Aaj Kal, is currently enjoying a mini-vacation in New York with a friend. Looks like the Kedarnath actress wants to unwind and take a break before getting back to the grind of shooting two big movies. Sara took to Instagram to share a couple of photos from her trip on Instagram. The pictures show that the actress is having a lot of fun on her holiday! Check it out below: Sara's pictures from the Big Apple feature herself and her friend bundled up due to the cold weather and they look like they're outside a store.  Recently, Sara had been on another vacation to Sri Lanka that also looked quite amazing. She had shared a few moments from her holiday, keeping her fans updated about her vacay.       View this post on Instagram Lady in Lanka 🧚🏻‍♀️🇱🇰 A post shared by Sara Ali Khan (@saraalikhan95) onOct 22, 2019 at 7:10am PDT Speaking about her fi..
                 

Telly tattle: I knew about Siddharth and Shefali long before she agreed for Bigg Boss, Parag Tyagi

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Ever since Shefali Jariwala entered the Bigg Boss 13 house there has been tattle about her and ex-flame Siddharth Shukla who is also part of the Salman Khan hosted show. Actor husband Parag Tyagi says, "Shefali and I don't hide anything from each other. I knew about Siddharth and her long before she agreed for Bigg Boss. Everyone has a past. After so many years, it doesn't matter." Tyagi also finds Shukla a strong contender for the Bigg Boss crown "but at the same time, I am not in favour of his disrespectful behaviour." Single act In the thick of his prep for the Jennifer Winget-starrer Beyhadh 2, Shivin Narang landed a chance to shoot for a single. The actor has been cast opposite Divya Khosla Kumar in the reboot of Falguni Pathak's chartbuster, Yaad piya ki aane lagi. "I was young when the original released but I still remember Falguni's voice in it," he says. This is Narang's second single after Dil Zaffran. For a cause To mark Children's Day today, Tanuj Virwani is gifting ..