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Tiger Shroff all set for his big Hollywood debut?

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Known for his chiselled and perfectly sculpted physique, Tiger Shroff has fans drooling over his ripped body. After entertaining the audience with his death-defying stunts in his films like Heropanti, Baaghi and Baaghi 2, the actor, according to Mumbai Mirror, is all set to show his skills in Hollywood. As per the publication's report, a top Hollywood producer flew down to India to meet Tiger Shroff for the final round of discussions. The 28-year-old actor has caught the eye of producer Lawrence Kasanoff. The producer wishes to cast Tiger as the lead in his next big project. Tiger is also doing the Hindi remake of Sylvester Stallone's Rambo. A source close to the development informed the publication saying that during this hush-hush trip, Tiger had several meetings with Kasanoff, producer of the Mortal Kombat series, at a suburban hotel. "Along with Larry, a big studio head, some of their associates and Emmy Award-winning writer Sean Catherine Derek of the Batman series had also flo..
                 

Rahul Gandhi terms Sitharaman 'Rafale Minister', demands resignation

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Terming Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as "Rafale Minister", Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded her resignation after former HAL chief T. Suvarna Raju refuted her claims that the state-owned aerospace and defence company did not have the capability to build the fighter jets. "The RM (Rafale Minister) tasked with defending corruption has been caught lying again. The former HAL chief, T.S. Raju, has nailed her lie, that HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) didn't have the capability to build the Rafale," Gandhi said. "Her position is untenable and she must resign" Gandhi was quoted. Gandhi's comment came amid a war of words between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and the Congress, after Sitharaman during an interview to a news channel claimed that the Bengaluru headquartered company governed under the management of the Indian Ministry of Defence was not competent enough to produce the aircraft. Earlier, Senior Congress leader A K A..
                 

Kerala Bishop denies rape allegations

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A Catholic priest of Jalandhar diocese, Bishop Franco Mulakkal who had allegedly raped a Kerala nun, appeared before a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Kerala police for the second day on Thursday. The senior priest arrived at the Crime Branch (CID) office in Thrippunithura, Kerala and is being quizzed by a five-member team headed by Vaikom Deputy Superintendent of Police, K Subhash, over the nun's allegations. The senior priest has denied the rape allegations and assured full co-operation in the probe. On Wednesday, the Bishop, who had traveled from Jalandhar to Kochi after being summoned by Kerala police, was questioned for seven hours. Bishop Mulakkal had filed for an anticipatory bail in Kerala High Court on Tuesday, which was deferred by the court to September 25. He also wrote to Pope Francis, the highest authority in the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, expressing his desire to 'temporarily step aside' from the responsibilities of the diocese, allowing him time to fight..
                 

Richa Chadha in Georgia for Inside Edge 2

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Richa Chadha is in Georgia to start filming for the second instalment of Excel Entertainments Inside Edge. Richa will reprise her role as Mumbai Maverick team owner Zarina Malik. The show, which also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi and Angad Bedi, will soon begin shooting its first international schedule in the European country. The show received rave reviews, winning praise and accolades, including four wins at Indian Television Academy Awards 2017. "We are all excited to shoot in Georgia. I carried vegetarian snacks so I could survive here. It's a beautiful country with a lot of character. I am happy that season 2 (of the show) is going to be bigger and better," Richa said in a statement. The first season of Inside Edge ended with many cliffhangers leaving viewers guessing on the fate of many characters. Several questions were raised by the end of the season as it had viewers at the edge of their seats till the final episode: Does Vikrant survive the final blow? Will Arvind Vashisth ..
                 

How you can plan your train travel on last day of Ganpati visarjan

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The Central and Western Railway are trying everything they can to manage the surging crowds this festive season. They have added trains in the midnight slots for the benefit of commuters. While the CR will run slow suburban trains for five days from 18-19 to 22-23 starting from CSMT at 1.30am and arriving at Kalyan at 3am, WR will run four pairs of special trains between Churchgate and Virar on the night between Sept 23-24. There will be midnight suburban special trains on the Harbour line, too, from Sept 19-20 to 22-23 (four days) to clear the extra rush of passengers starting from 1.30am at Mumbai CSMT reaching Panvel at 2.50am. Considering the heavy rush likely at Charni Road station due to Ganpati immersion on September 23, all Churchgate-bound fast trains, which run during the peak period — from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm — will halt at all stations between Mumbai Central and Churchgate. Normally, during evening peak hours, these services do not halt there. However, in order..
                 

26-year-old man who molested Manipur Student on Suburban Train arrested

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A 26-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a student from Manipur while she was traveling in a local train in Mumbai, a police official said on Thursday. The accused has been identified as Ayaz Sattar Qureshi, a resident of Mankhurd suburb. The accused was nabbed from the Kurla railwaystation on Wednesday, the police official said.The police had managed to trace the accused with the help of his photograph clicked by the victim and after analysing the CCTV footages of various railway stations, he said. The 22-year-old researcher from Manipur was commuting with her European colleague and was allegedly molested on a running train on September 11. The victim had then approached the Vashi railway police soon after the incident and filed a complaint. In her complaint, the victim stated that she was molested on September 11 by an unidentified man in a general compartment on a train while she was traveling between Vashi and Govandi stations on the subu..
                 

Sanjay Dutt: Thank you for giving me Sadak, Bhatt Saab

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After garnering immense appreciation for his Mahesh Bhatt directorial 'Sadak, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is back to enthral the audience with the remake of the romantic-drama titled Sadak 2. The 1991 superhit was the second-highest-grossing Hindi movie of the year 1991 and the seventh-highest-grossing Hindi film of the '90s decade, with a groundbreaking musical score. 'Sanju Baba' took to social media to express gratitude to Bhatt for 'giving him Sadak' and how he is proud to take the journey with him again. He also wished the 'Aashiqui' director a Happy Birthday as he turned 70 today. "Thank you for giving me #Sadak Bhatt Saab. Wish you a very Happy Birthday. I love you! Proud to take this journey with you again @MaheshNBhatt & @PoojaB1972, [sic]" read his caption. Thank you for giving me #Sadak bhatt saab. Wish you a very Happy Birthday. I love you!Proud to take this journey with you again @MaheshNBhatt & @PoojaB1972. #Sadak2 on 25th March 2020. Looking forward to workin..
                 

Three arrested for duping finance company of Rs 7.06 crore

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Three people were arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police for cheating M/s Fortune Integrated Asset Finance Limited, a non-banking finance company, on Tuesday. The company was cheated to the tune of Rs 7.06 crore for procuring car loans. The accused were identified as Tirumali Abdul Rahman Shamir (40), the owner of M/s A-Star Auto Finance agency, Mohammed Abdul Rahman Shakir (38) and Thogata Mohan Nagaraju (38). All the three accused are employees of A-Star agency. According to an official as reported in FPJ, "Between June 2016 and November 2016, the accused had submitted 287 fake documents for procuring loans worth Rs 7.06 crore. The three accused have been arrested from Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh. In 2016, the finance agency had applied for a loan of 457 vehicles. From the total 457 applications, documents of 287 vehicles were bogus.” The accused have been arrested for criminal breach of trust by clerk or public servant (Section 408), criminal breach..
                 

Hardik Pandya can be close to Ben Stokes in 2 years, says Klusener

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A game-changer in his hey-days, South African all-rounder Lance Klusener foresees India's Hardik Pandya closing in on someone like Ben Stokes if the team management can be "patient" with him for the next two years at least. "Among current all-rounders in world cricket, Ben Stokes is right up there. There are a few who have come and gone in recent times as well but certainly, a guy like Pandya, give him a year or two at this level, there is no reason why he can't be one of the best all-rounders out there," Klusener told in an interview here Wednesday. Klusener, who is in the city as senior Delhi team's consultant coach for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, spoke at length about Pandya's all-round abilities which have come under the scanner after his largely disappointing show in England. "I think we must be careful while making comparisons. Everybody wants to compare Hardik to the great Kapil Dev. Hardik is his own cricketer. Of course, he has got some learning to do. I guess Hardik's success ..
                 

Britain, EU clash over who should give ground on Brexit

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British Prime Minister Theresa May clashed with EU leaders on Thursday over who should make the next move to break the Brexit logjam, as time runs out to get a deal. EU Council President Donald Tusk opened a crucial summit in the Austrian city of Salzburg with a stark warning that Britain's position on key issues must be "reworked". He said negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, due to take place in March, were reaching a "decisive phase" but said the outcome still remained open. While welcoming the "positive evolution" of Britain's position on security ties, Tusk said that on the Irish border and post-Brexit trading relations, "the UK's proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated". Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who hosted the Salzburg summit, added that the EU was "ready to compromise but we also expect that from the UK", calling for May to offer a "step forward". But May said that after she presented her so-called Chequers plan on post-Bre..
                 

Mike Pompeo: United States ready to negotiate with North Korea 'immedia

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed Pyongyang's "important commitments" made by Pyongyang during Wednesday's inter-Korean summit, adding Washington was ready to begin negotiating immediately to achieve the denuclearisation of North Korea "by January 2021". In a statement, Pompeo said he spoke with his North Korean counterpart Wednesday morning and invited him to meet in New York next week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The statement came after the North's leader Kim Jong Un agreed to make a historic visit to Seoul soon and close a missile testing site in front of international inspectors in a meeting with the South's President Moon Jae-in. Progress on the key issue of the North's nuclear arsenal was limited, but the two signed a document to strengthen ties between the two halves of the divided peninsula. Building on a growing rapprochement, they agreed to create a facility to hold family reunions at any time, work towards joining up road and rail links..
                 

Jet Airways to stop free meals in Economy class from September 25

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Full-service carrier Jet Airways airlines said on Wednesday that it will no longer be providing free meals to passengers opting for the lowest fares. The move will be implemented on Jet Airways’ domestic flights on its Economy class from bookings done from September 25 onwards. The unbundle plan covers the 'Economy Light' and 'Economy Deal' categories in the domestic sector, the airline said, adding however flyers will continue to get free beverages, including tea and coffee. The airline said following this, its tickets in these two buckets will become cheaper as the cost of meals in inclusive of the ticket fare now. "From September 25, guests travelling in the Economy and booking 'Light'/'Deal' fares for travel from September 28 on its domestic flights, will not only be able to avail of competitive low fares but have the opportunity to buy meals from a specially curated on-board menu," Jet Airways said, adding complimentary beverages including tea and coffee will be served to a..
                 

Prithvi Shaw, Rahane star in Mumbai's 9-wicket win over Baroda

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Mumbai began their domestic season with a dominating nine-wicket win over Baroda in the Vijay Hazare Trophy opener at Alur grounds in Bangalore yesterday. Opener Prithvi Shaw's 98 and captain Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 79 laid the foundation for Mumbai's comfortable victory. Vice-captain Shreyas Iyer scored 56 to chase down the 239-run target in a mere 41.3 overs. Mumbai coach Vinayak Samant was full of praise for young Prithvi. "Prithvi showed how elegant he is while playing his strokes. It is an absolute delight to watch him bat, especially the way he plays between mid-wicket and mid-on, the straight drives and his square cut," Samant told mid-day yesterday. Baroda managed 238 in 49.5 overs, thanks to all-rounder Krunal Pandya's 85 and veteran Yusuf Pathan's 40. Dhawal claims 4-39Dhawal Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai with four for 39 while left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil claimed two for 20. Prithvi dominated Baroda's attack thoroughly by taking just 66 balls for his 98..
                 

Sachin Tendulkar finds Love Sonia 'hard-hitting'

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Cricket great Sachin Tendulkar is mighty impressed with the film Love Sonia, a story about a young girl's journey to rescue her sister from the dangerous world of flesh trade. He posted this picture with his wife Anjali, lead character Mrunal Thakur and director Tabrez Noorani, on social media and wrote: "Watched #LoveSonia, a movie that talks about the trafficking of young girls and the harsh realities they face. Very hard-hitting, with a ray of hope towards the end. Brilliant acting too. A must watch. Awareness of the issue is a step towards saving girls from this trap." View photos: Sachin Tendulkar attends Love Sonia screening with wife Anjali Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar was also in the news recently for selling off his 20 percent stakes in the football team Kerala Blasters which participates in the Indian Super League. Sachin Tendulkar in a statement said, "In its fifth year, it is important that the club puts the building blocks for the next five years and beyond. It is al..
                 

Can't probe Rafale deal to satisfy the Opp's ego: RS Prasad

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Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rejected the Congress demand for a probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal on Wednesday, saying an inquiry cannot be set up only to satisfy the ego of an "ill-informed" leader of the Opposition party, who "repeats lies". He also said former Defence Minister A K Antony has a lot to answer for keeping the public-sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which was to be offset partner of the French maker of Rafale jets, in the lurch despite being in office for eight years. "I don't think JPC or CAG inquiry is set up to satisfy the ego of an ill-informed leader, who repeats lies with alarming regularity," he told the media, in an apparent attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi. His response came after Congress leaders met the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) seeking a probe into alleged irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal and for leaving HAL out of the offset contract and transfer of technology. The Congress has also been demanding a JP..
                 

Thugs of Hindostan: Here's the cruel and merciless villain Lord John Cl

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Yash Raj Films Thugs of Hindostan promises to give audiences a visual spectacle this Diwali with a larger than life, never seen before action extravaganza, it is the most awaited film releasing this Diwali. The film also presents an epic battle with the all-powerful enemy. In keeping with the innovative move to introduce the primary characters of the film through motion posters, Yash Raj Films today unveiled the cruel, evil, highly manipulative and merciless villain of Thugs of Hindostan – Lord John Clive, the commander of the East India Company. Lord John Clive, played by British actor Lloyd Owen is the enemy one should never make. He is the face of the British Raj in India and a symbol of cold evil and deadly ambition. Aamir Khan also took to his Twitter account and shared the motion poster of Lloyd Owen. John Clive..not to be confused with Robert Clive..as you can see he is one of the most gentle and kind souls. Loving, caring non violent, and generous. My idol! #JohnCl..
                 

Umpire Lahyani suspended for helping Nick Kyrgios in US Open

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The US Open umpire criticised for giving Australia's Nick Kyrgios a pep talk has been hit with a two-week suspension, reports said. Swedish official Mohamed Lahyani triggered controversy last month after coming down from his chair to give advice to Kyrgios during his second round game against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The US Open later said Lahyani "went beyond protocol" with his conduct. "I want to help you," Lahyani could be heard telling Kyrgios, who was a set and 3-0 down at the time. "This isn't you. I know that. I have seen your matches. You are great for tennis." Kyrgios subsequently captured 19 of the next 25 games, claiming a 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-0 win. "The US Open determined that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's conduct during Thursday's second-round match involving Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert went beyond protocol," a US Open statement said. Reports citing the ATP on Tuesday said Lahyani, 52, had been suspended for two weeks over the incident. "Lahyani's actions i..
                 

Champions League: Lyon stun favourites Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola had to watch on in horror from the stands as Manchester City's Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start in a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon on Wednesday. Guardiola was serving a touchline ban for being sent-off in last season's quarter-final exit to Liverpool and the competition favourites failed to live up to their billing. Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir fired Lyon into a 2-0 half-time lead and despite Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back, City slumped to their first defeat of the season. A decade into their stewardship, winning the Champions League for the first time may remain the holy grail for City's Abu Dhabi owners. But it seems City's fans still need to be convinced with plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad and the Champions League anthem again booed before kick-off. That flat atmosphere transferred into City's first-half display as Guardiola could only sit and watch a performance riddled with uncharacteristic basic errors from the Premier L..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: All-round India crush Pakistan in one-sided encounter

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What a difference a day can make to a cricket team. And what a turnaround it was by the Indian team who were so listless against Hong Kong a day earlier. The outfit that struggled to get past the minnows, totally outplayed arch-rivals Pakistan in their second game of the Asia Cup here yesterday. As India and Pakistan had already qualified for the Super Fours after defeating Hong Kong, their Group A match was more for gaining psychological edge for their real battle on Sunday. And it was India who came up trumps a day after surviving a scare against Hong Kong. One did not expect the Indians to come back so strongly especially as they were playing back-to-back matches in intense heat. The inclusion of pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah added a lot of firepower to the bowling attack and that showed in their performance. They bowled Pakistan out for just 162, which was 12 runs less than what the Hong Kong openers alone had posted against them. Once the bowlers had played their part, the batsm..
                 

Donald Trump: China hitched USD 500 bn 'piggy bank' ride

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China has taken out USD 500 billion and more a year from the US to rebuild itself, President Donald Trump said, as he referred to US as a the world's 'piggy bank,' and defended his controversial trade policies, including the latest move to slap duties on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese imports. He said China rebuilt itself with the "tremendous amount" of money pouring out of the US. "Over the last number of years, China has taken out of this country USD 500 billion and more a year. That would go a long way for Poland, wouldn't it? You could rebuild your whole country. And that's what China did," he said while addressing a joint news conference with the visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House. Trump said he keeps a close watch on trade deficits as it was "very important". Trump has repeatedly pointed to the large US trade deficit as one of the primary reasons his administration has embarked on trade fights with China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico. "When a ..
                 

Radhika Madan: Cinema changing pre-conceived notions about small towns

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Popular television actress Radhika Madan, who plays one of the leading ladies in the upcoming film Pataakha -- set in a small town of Rajasthan -- says such hinterland stories are changing the urban audience's perception about small towns. On her experience of shooting the film in a village called Ronsi near Jaipur, Radhika told IANS here: "We have a notion about small town women that they are living a deprived life and are always under the 'ghoonghat (veil)'. But that is untrue. During the journey of the film, I realised that women in a small town have a great life, dominating men to an extent. "I think we are breaking the pre-conceived notion of small town through cinema." Pataakha is a story of two sisters. It is based on a short story named "Do Behnein", written by Charan Singh Pathik. Radhika plays Champa Kumari, the elder sister in the story. She says girls from Ronsi village taught her how to light a 'beedi' and how to dance on folk songs. "They party with their gang of girl..
                 

LeBron James and Ryan Coogler team up for Space Jam sequel

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and American basketball player LeBron James are teaming up for Warner Bros' upcoming sequel of the 1996 film Space Jam. Ryan Coogler will be producing the sequel, which will star LeBron James. The movie is a much-anticipated sequel of the Michael Jordan and animated character Bugs Bunny's 'Space Jam', reported The Hollywood Reporter. It is being directed by Terence Nance, who created HBO's 'Random Acts of Flyness'. Production of the film is tentatively slated to start in 2019. The film will also mark James first major role after successfully playing a supporting character in the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck. Meanwhile, Coogler's credits include 'Creed' and 'Fruitvale Station'. HIs finest work over the years is 'Black Panther', which grossed around USD 1.34 billion worldwide and became the highest grosser ever by a black director. 'I loved his vision' for Black Panther, said James, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, and ..
                 

Mallya's choppers bought for Rs 8.37 cr by aviation firm in e-auction

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Delhi-based Choudhary Aviation Facilities Ltd purchased two helicopters of fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya in an e-auction conducted by the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT-II) here, a company official said on Wednesday. "Our company bought the two personal copters of Mallya for Rs 8.75 crore at the price of Rs 4.37 crore each in the electronic bidding conducted by the DRT in Bengaluru," Choudhary Aviation Director Satyendra Sehrawat told IANS from Delhi on phone. The Tribunal organised the e-auction on behalf of a consortium of 17 banks which filed the case in the year 2013 against Vijay Mallya and his defunct Kingfisher Airlines Ltd for defaulting on loans borrowed from 2007-2012. "Though the 5-seater Airbus Eurocopter B155 choppers are 10-year-old, they are in a serviceable condition, with a good dual engine and are currently parked at Juhi airport in Mumbai," said Sehrawat. Three companies participated in the e-auction, held with a minimum bid price of Rs 1.75 crore for eac..
                 

Neha Kakkar weeps on the sets of Indian Idol 10

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Sony Entertainment Television's Indian Idol 10 is saluting the spirit of motherhood with its 'Maa' special episodes for the coming weekend. Famous lyricist Manoj Muntashir graced the stage and was mesmerized with the outstanding performances of the Top 11 contestants. Ankush Bhardwaj's heartfelt rendition of one of the timeless classics 'Meri Maa' song made everyone emotional including the judges Neha Kakkar, Vishal Dadalani and Anu Malik. Neha Kakkar was visible choked and couldn't control the tears from rolling down her cheeks. Ankush's parents gave him a beautiful surprise by coming on the sets of Indian Idol 10 after which he shared some of his childhood wishes. After performing on such an emotional song, Ankush gifted a Mangalsutra to his mother as she had to keep her mangalsutra on mortgage to buy medicines for Ankush's illness. An emotional Ankush also shared about his childhood days when his parents used to lift him up on their shoulders to cross the road. After such a soul s..
                 

En route Beirut

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Olives? In Hommos? Never!" says chef Ali Ghadban dismissively as we marvel at our serving of the velvety dish garnished with chickpeas — its key ingredient — instead of something passe like olives. We are sitting across him tucked snuggly into the burgundy banquette inside Rue Du Liban, a new restaurant in Kala Ghoda that celebrates Levantine cuisine. Its green walls are donned with watermarks of olive trees that boast of exquisite Arabesque brassware. The dreamy art installation behind us comprises suspended transparent olive leaves luminescent under halogen lights. In the curvy, antique wooden chairs opposite us sits Arja Shridhar, gesticulating unapologetically as she utters the words "passionate about food" one too many times. Sridhar helms Indianapoli Hospitality along with Sam Malde and actor Juhi Chawla's spouse Jay Mehta, and says her love for the simplistic, healthy and wholesome cuisine can be traced back to dining in Lebanese restaurants in London. The idea o..
                 

From the streets to the bar

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A Walk down any old market in the city offers a sensory experience that can serve as a muse for various art forms. For Matthew Hall, bars manager Asia, Hakkasan Group, the heady fragrances of attar gully, fresh fruits at Crawford Market and the smell of rain-drenched mud reflect in the restaurant chain's cocktails menu, Only At. While the menu for its outlets the world over is the same, the Only At one will be exclusively available in Mumbai. It also includes dishes such as roasted mango duck with lemon sauce. Matthew Hall discovers heady ittars at Nayaab perfume store on Mohammed Ali Road. Pic/Suresh Karkera Hall will also conduct a mixology masterclass this week, where you can learn to create these cocktails. From experimenting with chikoo for the first time to losing his way in the lanes of Crawford Market, Hall had quite an experience merging different cultures. "The key is to keep the character of the cocktail and maintain the balance while retaining the identity of each element..
                 

'Delete objectionable scenes in Manmarziyaan before screening'

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Authorities on Wednesday ordered deletion of four scenes from Anurag Kashyap's Manmarziyaan before its screening in Jammu. The order was passed by district magistrate, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar following a representation by a Sikh organisation, which said the film had hurt the religious sentiments of the community, officials said. The community has objected to certain scenes which show the characters smoking. The film, featuring Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan, was released on September 14 and is being screened at different theatres in Jammu. "It is hereby ordered that the four scenes that hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community be deleted or blocked from the film before it is screened in the cinema halls," the officials said quoting an order issued by the district magistrate. Kumar directed the concerned Sub-divisional Magistrates, Tehsildars, Sub-divisional police officers and Station House Officers to ensure the compliance of the order. The producers of the film, ho..
                 

Bigg Boss 12: Karanvir Bohra steps up to be a friend to Khan sisters

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The Khan sisters - Somi and Saba have been getting involved in fights right from day 1 itself. Somi and Saba were seen mock-fighting with Shivashish Mishra which seemed extremely genuine to the rest of the contestants. While it was a mock fight, Sreesanth and Urvashi were not too happy about the same. Then, on Day 2, they targeted Dipika Kakar and the issue of dividing work amongst the contestants. They later also got into a brawl with Dipika and Sorabh for not getting a towel to use. The housemates seem to be upset with the Khan sisters' behaviour. Amidst all the tension, the sisters only solace is Karanvir Bohra's support. Karanvir Bohra is seen as the peacemaker of the house ever since the first fight broke out. After a heated argument between Sreesanth and Khan sisters, Karanvir was the only one who has been cordial with them and has constantly been their support. Will this bond last or will Khan sisters' tactics sabotage this friendship too? To find out more, don’t forget..
                 

Here's why Ekta Kapoor's name won't appear in the credits of X.X.X

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ALTBalaji is all set to present one of the steamiest shows with the upcoming 'X.X.X.' starring Shantanu Maheshwari, Ankit Gera, Ritvik Dhanjani, Kyra Dutt, Meherzan Mazda, Aparna Sharma, Aparna Bajpai, Aadar Mallik, Sneha Arun and Pryanca Talukdar. Featuring five explosive fantasies on ALTBalaji, the series showcases stories that would pique the interest of the viewers. Interestingly, the series wouldn't be featuring Filmmaker Ekta Kapoor's name as a producer in credits. Ekta Kapoor's mother, Shobha Kapoor is not comfortable associating her name with X.X.X considering its bold content. Ekta always respects her and she never associates herself with anything without her mother's name. So, finally, it won't have both Ekta and Shobha's names in it. X.X.X. presents urban sexual stories based in varied situations showcasing a unique take on the youth. The digital medium offers freedom to the audience to showcase unadulterated, unfiltered and unconcerned content to the audience. ALTBalaji..
                 

Pakistan troops slit BSF jawan's throat in Jammu

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A BSF jawan's throat was slit and his body bore multiple bullet injuries after the missing trooper was found killed by Pakistani troops in the Jammu region, in a first of its kind barbaric act against Indian forces along the International Border, officials said on Wednesday. The officials said a "high alert" has been issued to all formations along the 192-km long International Border (IB) and the 740-km LoC, which is manned by the Army. The brutal incident in Ramgarh sector on Tuesday was reminiscent of similar attacks in the past against Indian security forces along the LoC. The missing BSF jawan was identified as head constable Narender Singh. The BSF had earlier said the name of the victim was Narender Kumar. The incident came a day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the maiden "smart fence" project of the BSF in Jammu. BSF jawan arrested for 'sharing info'The Uttar Pradesh ATS arrested a BSF jawan from Noida on the charge of sharing vital information with Pakistan ISI..
                 

The Weekend Digest: Things to do in Mumbai

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A filmy ride Catch filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, known for his movies Jhankaar Beats and Kahaani, and the short film Ahilya, talking about his journey in the world of cinema from becoming a scriptwriter to opening doors for other filmmakers. On: September 21, 5.30 pm to 7 pmAt: Kitab Khana, Kalaghoda.Call: 61702276 Just for laughs Get rid of your weekday blues by laughing it off with comedians Aditi Mittal, Anu Menon and Kautuk Srivastava. On: September 21, 8.30 pmAt: Terna Dental College Auditorium, Nerul. log on to bookmyshow.comCost: Rs 299 onwards Visual Treat Deep-dive into the art of Bikaner at an exhibition showcasing a wide collection of Mahaveer Swami’s work. Explore new forms of expression through the miniature painter’s artistry. On: September 19 to 24, 11 am to 7 pmAt: Jehangir Art Gallery, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda.Call: 22843989 Time to get tipsy Unwind at a bar by sipping some unique cocktails that include lazy old fashioned Godfather and idle ape spr..
                 

Sajan Bhanwal becomes first Indian to win back-to-back medals

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Sajan Bhanwal became the first Indian to win back-to-back medals at the Junior World Wrestling Championship after he secured a silver in the 77kg Greco Roman category in Trnava, Slovakia. Islam Opiev of Russia proved to be too good for the 20-year-old from a village near Sonipat, winning the bout through technical superiority. The scoreline was 8-0. In the opening 90 seconds, Sajan was hit with passivity and was thrown from the par terre position, official website of United World Wrestling reported. With Sajan down, Opiev went to work, scoring six additional points from a pair of back-arches, followed by a feet over back exposure to take the 7-0 lead. The action was blown dead, and both wrestlers were brought up to their feet. In the standing position, Opeiv charged Sajan near the edge of the mat and picked up the match-ending eighth point, and the 77kg gold medal, the report added. The Haryana wrestler, who had won the gold at Junior Asia Championship in July, had defeated Dmytro G..
                 

Ariana Grande steps out with friends as she 'heals'

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News / Mid-Day/ Hollywood  
Singer Ariana Grande, who has kept a low profile following the death of her former boyfriend Mac Miller earlier this month, stepped out to enjoy a day out with friends a day after she chose not to attend the Emmy Awards. The 25-year-old "No Tears Left to Cry" singer chose not to attend the Emmy Awards as planned to "take some much-needed time to heal". She and her friends strolled through the streets of New York City and stopped for a coffee before getting caught in a heavy rainstorm sans umbrellas, reports people.com. A preliminary seating chart for the 2018 Emmy Awards show, which took place on Monday, had indicated that the "Sweetener" singer was expected to attend the show with her fiance, "Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson. Both of them did not attend the show in Los Angeles. "Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend. She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved..
                 

Shahid Kapoor: My father inspires me

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'Heroes are no longer gender specific'

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In shaping a feisty and unapologetically self-centred character in Rumi, writer Kanika Dhillon gave Bollywood a leading lady it was in dire need of. Manmarziyaan is winning appreciation as much for the performances of its lead actors - Taapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal - as for the strong female voice that takes the narrative ahead. Kanika Dhillon Dhillon says Rumi is simply a reflection of today's women. "Rumi is imperfect, free-spirited but she owns up to her decision. She anchors her feistiness and madness with a headstrong quality," begins Dhillon, adding, "Today, women are claiming their space in the world. Cinema mirrors the changing society and I am glad we are making evolved women characters. We aren't a weaker sex anymore. Heroes are no longer gender specific. Every generation has certain heroes, women are the heroes of this generation." The change can be felt off camera, too - Dhillon has been credited as the creative producer of the Anurag Kashyap-directe..
                 

CL: Harry Kane's not a machine, says Spurs' Lamela after 1-2 loss

12 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
Harry Kane is not a "machine" and it is only a matter of time before he is back among the goals, according to Tottenham teammate Erik Lamela. The under-fire striker endured another frustrating night on Tuesday as Spurs slumped to a late 1-2 Champions League defeat at Inter Milan. The England captain and has now gone five games for club and country without scoring. But Lamela insists Kane should not be the only player to carry the scoring burden for Spurs. "Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. He always scores," Lamela said. "Here he didn't and for two or three games he didn't. But he will score again. "It's not like Harry needs to score every single game. Christian [Eriksen] scored, I scored in the last game. All the pressure is not on Harry. "All the attacking players need to score. And that's it." 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 synd..
                 

Mumbai: Cops on lookout for red cocaine, the latest drug in parties

12 hours ago  
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The anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police are 'red-dy' for action upon hearing that the latest party drug in town is red cocaine. Cocaine is traditionally a white powder and has long been a hit in high society circles. The police are now trying to find out if the same drug has been mixed with something to form red cocaine, and whether the new compound is dangerous. Suspected chemical mixtureInformers have told the police that red cocaine is made of a chemical mixture. The police now want to get their hands on the drug, by way of seizures, so that they can understand its composition. Deputy Commissioner of Police (ANC) Shivdeep Lande said, "We heard about red cocaine from informers, and are in the process of further investigation." ANC officers said red cocaine had not turned up anywhere in the international market, so they are taking it very seriously. Sources in the ANC said that the first alert came a few weeks ago, when an informant told them a new drug called red cocaine..
                 

Tigress hunt: Special team from MP miffed with controversial shooter

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Had it not been for a royal intervention, the notoriously evasive tigress T-1 could have been successfully tranquilised near Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district on Wednesday. Sources said a veterinary team from Madhya Pradesh, part of the 60-member search party for the man-eating tigress, was close to darting her, but before they could do so, controversial shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan allegedly reached the spot and camped out with his team. Khan's presence disturbed the big cat, and she vanished into the bushes. Seen with her cubsSources said the team was expected to dart the tigress on Tuesday. An official from the state Forest Department (FD) team, who is part of the team that has been trying to tranquilise and capture T-1, told mid-day, "On Tuesday afternoon, the tigress reportedly killed two cattle. The MP team of veterinary experts, lead by veterinarian Dr Akhilesh Mishra - who has successfully tracked and rescued more than 50 tigers - with the help of two elephants, had not..
                 

Student held for Marine Drive hit-and-run that killed businessman

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News / Mid-Day/ News  
A 21-year-old student was arrested by the Marine Drive police on Wednesday, in connection with the hit-and-run case on Sunday, in which a 55-year-old businessman was killed while on his morning walk. The arrested accused has been identified as Shaun Cameron, who lives in Malad with his parents. Car was speedingAccording to the police, on Sunday morning, the accused was speeding in an i10 car at Marine Drive. A police officer also revealed that there was no race between car drivers as earlier suspected. The police said CCTV footage shows that Cameron was speeding, and his car hit Ashwini Jain who was on a morning walk. Ashwini Jain On Wednesday, Marine Drive police produced the accused before a court, which sent him to jail custody. A senior officer said, "We have arrested the accused from Malad. He was not under influence when this accident took place." Police said ran away without helping Jain after the accident on Sunday. Soon after, locals arrived and tried to help Jain. Deputy ..
                 

A roar-ing debate

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For days now, a controversy is simmering about a Tigress called T1, accused of killing 13 villagers around Pandarkawada, about 150 kilometres from Nagpur. The tigress has two 10-month-old cubs. The killings happened between June 1, 2016 and August 28, 2018. The forest department has declared the tigress a man-eater in order to kill it. There are certain legal stipulations, but one part of the Act says, "No wild animal shall be ordered to be killed unless the Chief Wildlife Warden is convinced that such animal cannot be captured, tranquilised or translocated." This amendment watered down to a great extent the blanket powers of the Wildlife Warden. Questions, questionsDid T1 actually eat the victims or simply kill them and tear them to shreds? This column is based on newspaper reports, and there appears to be no mention of whether the tigress actually ate its victims. If that was not done, how on earth can it be declared a man-eater? Human beings are not part of the normal food chain of..
                 

Jasleen Matharu's dad reacts to hers and Anup Jalota's relationship

21 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
It's been two days since the most controversial reality show of Indian television, Bigg Boss 12 hit the marquee. The show has generated immense fodder, thanks to its contestants. But it's the pairing of 'Bhajan Samrat' Anup Jalota (65) with his student Jasleen Matharu (28) that has raised many eyebrows. The two have become a victim of social media trolling and has raised many questions in the house. Speaking about the same, singer Jasleen Matharu's father Kesar Matharu, spoke to News18 and said that the news came as a shocker to him. "I am not at all disturbed by the online bashing. She is a trained singer and had done various stage shows with many popular Bollywood singers. We belong to a very reputed family." "This news was a shocker for me as well as for my family. However, I don't want to comment anything on her personal life till I meet her. She is in the Bigg Boss 12 house and want her to stay positive and emerge as the winner of the show," added Kesar. He further said, "..
                 

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says, Articles 370 35-A must go

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Amid the raging debate, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday said that Articles 370 and 35-A of the Constitution, which give special status to Jammu and Kashmir, must go. "Our views on Articles 370 and 35-A are well known. These Articles must go," the Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said in response to a query on the concluding day of his outreach programme. Of late, there has been a raging controversy over Article 35A that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define "permanent residents" of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents. After huge opposition in Jammu and Kashmir, the new Governor had intervened in the matter when the state told the Supreme Court that a PIL on the matter be deferred for hearing later. On the question of a demand for division of Jammu and Kashmir into three parts -- Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir Valley, Bhagwat said it was for the government to decide. "The idea behind the division of ..
                 

More than 100 Anganwadi workers meet PM Narendra Modi

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A group of over 100 Anganwadi workers from across the country, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to thank him for increasing the honorarium amount by up to 60 per cent. After Modi's announcement, the Anganwadi workers would now get a monthly honorarium of Rs 4,500 per month instead of Rs 3,000 earlier. The Anganwadi helper would get Rs 2,250 per month in place of Rs 1,500 earlier. The Anganwadi worker at a mini Anganwadi centre would get monthly Rs 3,500 instead of Rs 2,250, the government said. Acknowledging the greetings, Modi said Anganwadis play a key role in a child's physical and cognitive development. "Nutrition requires constant focus and development of good habits, which can be provided by Anganwadi workers," he said. He then exhorted the Anganwadi workers to ensure that the nutritional assistance being made available to beneficiaries is used judiciously. "Children will listen more to Anganwadi workers. They have a key role in generating awareness," Mod..
                 

Mumbai: Tak tak gang members held for stealing CMO official's purse

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Two members of a gang, which allegedly stole the purse and mobile phone of an official in the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office (CMO), have been arrested, police said on Tuesday. The arrested men belong to the infamous 'Tak Tak Gang', a police officer said. The incident took place on September 5, when Nidhi Kamdar, an Officer on Special Duty in the CMO, was visiting a shop near the Jehangir Art Gallery. A man approached the driver of the police vehicle Kamdar had arrived in, and told him he had dropped money on the road, the police officer said. As the driver's attention was diverted, another man picked up Kamdar's purse left behind in the vehicle, and fled, he said. The Colaba police analysed CCTV footage, which led to the arrest of two accused, he said. The official said there would be more arrests. The arrested men belong to a gang which had carried out at least 10 such thefts using the same modus operandi, he said. The gang acquired the name as its members knock on vehicle wind..
                 

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested, to face fresh charges

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News / Mid-Day/ International  
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested on Wednesday to face fresh corruption charges related to scandal-hit state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the Malaysia's anti-graft body said. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement that Najib will be held overnight and charged on Thursday in connection with a 2.6 billion Malaysian Ringgit ($628 million) sum deposited into his bank account from the 1MDB investment fund, the New Strait Times reported. The MACC will assist the police to record Najib's statement in the money laundering investigation before the former Prime Minister is brought to Kuala Lumpur Sessions court on Thursday, the statement added. On September 10, Najib released documents to support his claim that the controversial 2.6 billion Ringgit deposited into his bank account was a donation from Saudi royalty. The former Prime Minister is facing seven criminal charges over funds belonging to SRC International, a former un..
                 

We have not learnt anything from Partition: Nandita Das

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui embodies the character of Saadat Hasan Manto in Nandita's second directorial venture, which looks at the author's most turbulent and creative years, beginning from 1946. Asked why artistes keep revisiting the Partition, Nandita said, "Why we have not forgotten and probably why we should not forget Partition is because we haven't learnt anything from it." The actor-director said she was more interested in looking at this turbulent history through Manto's eyes. "Today, it is the same sectarian violence and who suffered then and who's suffering now: common people. Cyril Radcliffe drew a line that travels perhaps through a village and everything gets broken," she told PTI. Nandita said it is rare that people use fiction to talk about facts but it is the case with Manto's stories, which draws a real sketch of the time. Manto was someone who was caught in the middle like many and poured this pain out through his writings, like in Toba Tek Singh, where the crisis of mill..
                 

Bigg Boss 12 September 19 Update: First week's nomination announced!

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After a night of feud and fallouts, Bigg Boss wake the contestants up to the tunes of Raita Phail Gaya giving them a hint of what's in store for them. The competition amongst the housemates has just begun and is intensifying gradually. Making everybody roll on the floor laughing, Deepak Thakur compared the fights in the house to the Battle of Panipat. While few contestants were brawling with each other, on the other hand, new bonds were seen blooming between a few - Srishty Rode and Urvashi Vani's sisterly concerns, Somi Khan and Kriti Verma's friendship, Shivashish Mishra and Romil Choudhary's bhaichara amongst others. Also, while the other housemates were against the Khan sisters, Karanvir Bohra stood by them as their only confidant. Shivashish Mishra and Romil Choudhary Urvashi Vani with Srishty Rode Kriti Verma, Urvashi Vani and Dipika Kakar Ibrahim Jasleen Matharu and Sourabh Patel The fun-loving contestant, Deepak Thakur seems to balance the harmony in the house with his hu..
                 

Mumbai: Top cop gets into scuffle with Lalbaugcha Raja volunteer

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News / Mid-Day/ National  
Nowhere is it more important to mind your Ps and queues than at Lalbaugcha Raja, where even one person cutting the line can unleash a whole lot of aggression among the thousands of other devotees waiting patiently. Yesterday, one such incident caused DCP (Zone 3) Abhinash Kumar to lose his cool and launch into a scuffle with a volunteer at the city's most famous Ganesh pandal. Every day, an increasing number of devotees throng Lalbaug for the blessings of Lalbaugcha Raja. Mumbai police have deployed 1,000 cops on bandobast duty at this pandal alone after a stampede-like situation was witnessed on Sunday. As many as 11 DCP-level officers have also been deployed to monitor the situation. However, there have been reports of arguments and altercations between cops and volunteers. On Tuesday afternoon, one such row took an ugly turn. "DCP Abhinash Kumar objected when one of the volunteers allowed devotees in through the wrong end. The volunteer started arguing with DCP Kumar, which resu..
                 

PM Modi's Swachh Bharat hollow slogan, says Rahul Gandhi

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News / Mid-Day/ National  
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the "tragic death" of sewer worker Anil in west Delhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said, "PM's Swachh Bharat is a hollow slogan when he is blind to the plight of thousands of manual scavengers". "Anil's tragic death in the sewers of Delhi and photographs of his grieving son have made headlines worldwide," said Gandhi on Twitter. "Our PM's 'Swachh Bharat' is a hollow slogan when he's blind to the plight of thousands of manual scavengers forced to excavate toilets and sewer lines in inhuman conditions," he added. Anil, 20, died while cleaning a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) sewer pit in west Delhi's Dabri on Friday evening. The incident took place less than a week after the death of five workers inside a sewage pipe of DLF Capital Greens in Moti Nagar. Gandhi had hit out at PM Narendra Modi and his government and said that dictatorship has become a "profession" and the attack would be remembered as an act of "political atrocity". T..
                 

Owaisi: Triple talaq ordinance will do more injustice to women

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News / Mid-Day/ National  
MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said the ordinance passed by the Union Cabinet making triple talaq a criminal offence will do more injustice to Muslim women. Describing the ordinance as anti-women, he said it was also in violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. The Hyderabad MP said the Supreme Court, in its verdict on triple talaq, had stated that if a man pronounces triple talaq, the marriage does not get dissolved. "Then for what do you want to punish him?" he asked. Owaisi said the burden of proof will lie on the woman, doing further injustice to her. On the provision that the husband has to provide subsistence to the woman, he said how a man jailed for three years can give her subsistence. "Marriage in Islam is a civil contract and making it penal offence is completely wrong," said the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President. Owaisi, also a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said that in his personal opinion the boar..
                 

Hafiz Saeed to approach court to retrieve frozen assets of JuD, FIF

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News / Mid-Day/ International  
Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed plans to launch next phase of legal battle to retrieve the assets of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its subsidiary Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) after Pakistan's Supreme Court allowed the two outfits to continue their activities in the country, the JuD's spokesman said on Wednesday. The government took over around 184 buildings, schools, hospitals and dispensaries, belonging to the JuD and FIF after the promulgation of the presidential ordinance last year and subsequently administrators were appointed there. The government had also frozen all bank accounts of both organisations and stopped them from collecting funds. Last week, a two-member bench of the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the government against an interim order of the Lahore High Court on April 5 which had allowed the two groups to continue their "welfare work". The high court had restrained the government from interfering with the social work of the two groups and also allowed the..
                 

Sumeet Vyas to essay Ram Jethmalani's role in ALTBalaji's new series

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Sumeet Vyas who is going to slip into the character of Ram Jethmalani in ALTBalaji's new show "The Verdict- - State Vs Nanavati' talks about his preparation for his role in the show, which is based on the 1959 Nanavati Case. Angad Bedi who plays barrister Karl Khandalavala in the web series has found his on-screen rival in Sumeet Vyas. Sumeet Vyas who has already undergone several look tests for the role said "Since it's a period show, we avoided making the actors look caricaturish. We used a few photos of Ram Jethmalani to draw inspiration for the costumes." Sumeet Vyas had to depend on material online as he has never met Ram Jethmalani, He added "He was in his 40s when he was fighting this case. There are no videos of him from the time. So, we decided to interpret the man rather than imitate him. I noticed how he looks now and tried to analyze how he would have been decades ago." Talking in depth about the character Sumeet said "For the actor, the complexities of each character w..
                 

Congress to take part in Jammu and Kashmir polls

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News / Mid-Day/ National  
The Congress on Wednesday said it will participate in the upcoming municipal and panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing the media here, G.A. Mir, President of Jammu and Kashmir Congress unit, said his party had decided to take part in the polls to "keep the communal forces away". In an earlier statement, Mir had said the situation was not favourable for holding elections. The National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party have announced a boycott of the elections. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has also decided to stay away from the polls. While municipal elections for the two corporations of Srinagar and Jammu and 77 municipal committees are being held in October, the panchayat polls across the state are scheduled to be held in November-December. 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 ..
                 

Siddhant Karnick plays theatre artiste in Mere Sai

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Actor Siddhant Karnick will be seen playing a theatre artiste in the TV show "Mere Sai". "Ganpat Rao is a well-known theatre artiste who stages his plays in different villages. I'm a theatre actor in real life also," Siddhant said in a statement. Ganpat Rao is a multi-talented person who is good at acting and music as well. He is proud of his talent. Sai Baba will teach him how to be humble while being professionally successful. "After doing 'Mere Sai', it has peaked my curiosity about Sai Baba and his life story. I'm also taking special dialogue coaching to get the Sanskrit diction correct," he added. Siddhant is known for his work in TV shows like "Remix" and "Yeh Hai Aashiqui". Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliabi..
                 

Gulshan Devaiah: Want to surpass audience expectation

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Actor Gulshan Devaiah, who is preparing for his 'bad guy' role in the third instalment of Vidyut Jammwal starrer "Commando", feels artistes should always surprise audience. "There are certain expectations with franchises such as 'Commando 3'," the 40-year-old "Hunterrr" actor said in a statement. "Besides giving the audience what they expect, I intend to give them something more." This is not the first time that Gulshan is playing a negative character, he has earlier played the antagonist in "Shaitaan" and "Hate Story". Talking about his experience of "Commando 3", Gulshan said: "It was fun to be undergoing this process and trying new creative ways with my co-actors. I'm working with many of them for the first time, including Vidyut. "The team is taking the story forward and coming up with something new as to what an action franchise can be in terms of storytelling and characters, based in current times with a commercial mass appeal." Gulshan also shared that director Aditya Datt ..
                 

Sunny Leone: Women should speak for themselves

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From being an adult star to playing the lead role in Bollywood films, actress Sunny Leone aka Karanjit Kaur, who fought several hardships throughout her career, believes women should stand up for their rights. "Women should speak up for themselves. They should say whatever they feel and do whatever they want to do. "Every girl should pursue their passion and follow their dreams. And these small choices will strenghthen our women and will make them more confident," the "Jism 2" actress told media, who was present at Madame Tussauds here on Tuesday to unveil her wax statue. Sunny also said that to bring a change in the society, people first should change themselves. "In homes, women must feel free to express what they want to say. If they don't want to wash dishes, they can confidently ask husbands to wash the dishes. Making small choices will change the status of women in our country and I believe it should happen in homes first. Sunny's wax figure has been made with the aroma of h..
                 

Thugs of Hindostan: Watch Fatima Sana Shaikh as daredevil Zafira

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Yash Raj Films' Thugs of Hindostan promises to present the audience a jaw-dropping, larger than life, never seen before visual extravaganza. Having pulled off an incredible casting coup by bringing two of the biggest legends of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan on the silver screen for the first time, this film is the most awaited release this year on Diwali. Today, YRF unveiled the first look of the skilled warrior Zafira played by Fatima Sana Shaikh. Zafira is fiery and stunning. She is an extremely talented fighter and specialises in combat by bow and arrow. Zafira has perfect accuracy and she doesn't miss a target, ever. Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira brings vigour and freshness to Thugs of Hindostan, the most anticipated film of the year. The film is set to treat audiences with an exciting, visually stunning cinematic experience on the big screen that promises to light up this Diwali with action, thrills and an adrenaline pumping adventure. Aamir Khan also took to T..
                 

Sonam Kapoor: Khoobsurat was an unforgettable experience

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As Shashanka Ghosh's "Khoobsurat" completed four years on Wednesday, actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja became nostalgic and called the film an "unforgettable experience". Sonam shared a short video in which she is seen living some fun moments with her co-stars Kirron Kher and Fawad Khan. "'Khoobsurat' was truly an unforgettable experience! I still remember all the behind the scenes fun and laughter we had while filming," she added. Khoobsurat was truly an unforgettable experience! I still remember all the behind the scenes fun and laughter we had while filming. 😍😍@_fawadakhan_ @KirronKherBJP @RheaKapoor #4YearsOfKhoobsurat pic.twitter.com/xKvUDlv11K — Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 19, 2018 Produced by Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Siddharth Roy Kapur, "Khoobsurat" is a fairytale love story that revolves around the character Mili (Sonam) who falls in love with a young prince (Fawad). Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the..
                 

Richa Chadha's Love Sonia open doors of donation

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Richa Chadha has been riding the success wave since her role as Madhuri in Love Sonia has been receiving innumerable praise and love. The actress who plays a sex worker has been receiving love from fans and critics alike about her role in the Tabrez Noorani directorial venture that delves into the heartbreaking life of the global flesh trade. Ever since the audience has got a chance to watch Love Sonia in theatres across India, Richa has been receiving emails and letters in person and on social media from NGO workers who work with the victims of human trafficking. A few victims themselves, men and women who had no idea this even happened have all been reaching out and thanking Richa on her role. But one such message that caught Richa's eye and captured her heart was from a friend who worked in the development sector with women who have been rescued and rehabilitated.  The lady said that her organization had been waiting on a big donor to donate the money he had promised he would..
                 

Rs 225 crore subsidy for milk farmers delayed due to bank a/c details

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
The delay in submission of bank account details of dairy farmers in Maharashtra has led to a subsidy worth Rs 225 crore getting stuck at the government level, an official has said. The Maharashtra government had taken a decision some months back to provide a subsidy of Rs 5 per for every litre of milk to the co-operative and private producers to convert it into milk powder.These cooperative societies have already submitted their applications to seek subsidy from the government, but they have been asked to prove that the milk purchased by them is of cow and supplied by dairy farmers only. To provide the subsidy in a transparent manner, the authorities have also asked for bank account details of dairy farmers so that the amount can be transferred directly to them, the official from the dairy development department said.Once the bank accounts are verified by the authorities, the subsidy amount would be released, he said.The subsidy rate of Rs 5 per litre of milk is applicable from August ..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Here's why it is suddenly raining in the city

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra are facing sudden rains and the reason behind it is the cyclonic circulations in the Arabian Sea near the Gujarat coast. The showers brought down temperatures in the megapolis and its surrounding areas which were witnessing a dry spell. Light to moderate rain occurred in Mumbai and its adjoining areas on Wednesday morning India Meteorological Department's (IMD) senior director Shubhangi Bhute said, "The cyclonic circulations formed over the Gujarat coast have brought lot of moisture, leading to cloud formation over most parts of Maharashtra." Due to this, several parts of the state, including Mumbai, are expected to receive medium intensity rains, she said, adding that moderate showers are also likely to occur in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions in the next two days. The south China region was expected to be hit by a tropical storm last week. It could have brought some dry days to Odisha and parts of West Bengal, she said."But with cyclonic circulat..
                 

Pregnant Sania Mirza thanks 'Baba' on his birthday

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India's tennis star Sania Mirza, who is due to deliver her first child in October, thanked her father Imran on his birthday yesterday. Sania, who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, posted this throwback picture with him on Instagram and wrote: "Happy Birthday Baba — from traveling the world with me to teaching me to deal with the biggest of problems with a smile and always having our backs ... Thank you for being our Baba @imranmirza58." On April 12, 2010, she married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India followed by Pakistani wedding customs for a mahr of 6.1 million (US$137,500). Their Walima ceremony was held in Lahore, Pakistan. Earlier In 2009, Sania Mirza became engaged to childhood friend Sohrab Mirza, a millionaire businessman. However the wedding was called off shortly after. Sania Mirza is a former world No. 1 in the doubles discipline, she has won six Grand Slam ..
                 

Nora Fatehi to sing an Arabic adaptation of Dilbar

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Nora Fatehi has been busy basking in the glory of Kamariya from her film Stree which has been getting a lot of love and attention. The Bharat actress has been riding a success wave after the release of her song Dilbar which continues to break records and top charts all across the world. Currently, Nora is busy with something bigger and absolutely unexpected. The actress is diversifying and heading the pop star way. Nora, who has a massive fan following not just in the subcontinent but in the Middle East too, has decided to give her fans something absolutely fresh and is set to introduce a new side of hers to the world. The actress will make her debut as a singer. Nora is set for a massive international collaboration with the Arabic brand, ‘Fnaire.’ The Hip Hop and Rockband are extremely popular in the Middle East, Africa and North American markets. They are also music producers and have launched many successful stars. Nora will be one such Pop Star. Her first song will be..
                 

WWE Crown Jewel set for November 2 in Saudi Arabia

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The Saudi General Sports Authority in partnership with WWE will present the Crown Jewel at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday, November 2, including a Universal Championship Triple Threat match featuring Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman, and the first-ever WWE World Cup tournament to determine the best in the world. General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia Chairman His Excellency Turki Al Sheikh, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, invite the world to celebrate this signature event. Following the sold-out Greatest Royal Rumble in April, this is the second event as part of a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Crown Jewel will stream live on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view outside of the Middle East. Ticket availability and regional broadcast information will be announced in the coming weeks. About WWEWWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integ..
                 

Jagran Cinema Summit to discuss importance of content platforms

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News / Mid-Day/ Bollywood  
As the world of cinema technology innovates on a daily basis, newer content platforms are emerging. While some technologies like visual effects have been around for years, and have become an integral aspect of film making, some technologies like virtual reality are waiting to invade Indian Cinema. Rajeev Kumar, Founder of Drishyam VFX and Danny Wilson, Director of Drishyam VFX, Chaitanya Chinchlikar, Business Head & Chief Technology Officer of Whistling Woods VR Lab, will participate at Jagran Cinema Summit, which will be held at Taj Santacruz on Friday, 21st September '18. Rajeev Kumar and Danny Wilson from Drishyam VFX will make a presentation on "How effects make Cinema special" at the Summit and how it has become a game changer in many films around the world. Chaitanya Chinchlikar, from Whistling Woods VR Lab will make a presentation on "Way forward for Cinematic Virtual Reality" where he will discuss in detail about the World of Cinematic VR. On being part of the Jagran Ci..
                 

Urmila Matondkar's song Bhoot Hoon Main comes back to haunt

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Over 15 years after the release of Bhoot (2003) featuring Urmila Matondkar and Ajay Devgn, the film finds itself in news again. mid-day has learnt that the movie's title track, Bhoot Hoon Main, has been recreated for another supernatural thriller, Lupt, which stars Jaaved Jaaferi and Vijay Raaz in lead roles. While the original was picturised on singer Sunidhi Chauhan, the reimagined version features actor-model Natasa Stankovic. Choreographer Shabina Khan, who helmed the original dance number, was entrusted to give a new spin to her creation. "Bhoot Hoon Main was my first song as a choreographer and luckily, it became a hit. It is a bigger challenge to cross your own milestone and I hope viewers will give us the same love for the recreated song as well," says Khan. Having assisted Ram Gopal Varma previously, Prabhuraj feels it's only fitting that his maiden directorial venture feature a song from his mentor's film, "Since it's essentially a horror film, we were thinking of creating ..
                 

In Gujarat's Dhank temple, devotees write letters to Lord Ganesha

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"Lord Ganesha, Hope you are fine. I have a request to you, for which we urge you. I trust you will definitely help us." A letter written to God? At first instance, you may think of it as a joke or a prank. But this is not a joke! In a small village in Gujarat, people seek blessings and address their grievances to God in a unique way - by writing letters. Hundreds of letters are written to Lord Ganesha seeking his blessings and kindness at the Ganesh temple in Dhank, which is located about 120 km from Rajkot in GujaratFor the past 27 years, writing letters to Lord Ganesha to seek his blessings and favours has become a tradition. This tradition at the Dhank Ganesh Temple has become a popular event, drawing people from Rajkot and the whole of Guajarat. While its a common sight to see devotees visit a temple to pray, writing a letter to God to seek divine intervention is a rare sight. So why do devotees write letters to Lord Ganesha? According to the villagers..
                 

Latest EVMs will be used in Rajasthan assembly polls, says CEC Rawat

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In a first of its move, a total for 51,796 poll centres across the state of Rajasthan will be seen using EVM-M3 electronic voting machines with VVPATs in the 200 Assembly constituencies for the upcoming elections in the state. These EVM machines will help to conduct the Assembly elections in a smooth and transparent manner, a top Election Commission official said on Tuesday. "The EVMs and VVPATs are totally reliable, safe and tamperproof," Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Om Prakash Rawat told a press conference here on Tuesday. Shedding light on the special features of the EVM-M3 machines, he said that these EVMs have tamper detect mechanism. "Once you touch it, it will go to factory mode and shall stop working." "We are also undertaking booth awareness programmes in the state. People are being informed to dispel any doubts about these machines," he added. The Election Commission team was on a two-day visit to Jaipur to review preparations and arrangements made in the state for e..
                 

Helper flees with truck to sell it; arrested in Noida

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A truck helper was arrested in Gautam Buddh Nagar Tuesday for allegedly stealing the multi-axle vehicle and planning to sell it off, according to the police. The 22-tyre truck, costing Rs 35 lakh and registered in Rajasthan, has been recovered along with over Rs 50,000 in cash that was stolen from the driver, the police said. The helper, identified as Nitesh Rathore, from Mainpuri district, was held Monday night, a police official said. "On a tip-off, the helper was held from the Agra-Allahabad highway last night," Dankaur station house officer Farmood Ali Pundir said. During probe, the police team recovered the cash, the driver's driving licence and mobile phone along with another stolen mobile phone from the truck, he said. "When quizzed, Nitesh told police that he had planned to sell the truck off in Agra," the SHO said. The accused has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master). Catch up on all the latest Crim..
                 

Asia Cup 2018: Rusty India made to sweat for win by Hong Kong openers

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Minnows Hong Kong gave India a might scare in a Group A match of the Asia Cup at the Dubai stadium yesterday. After their bowlers had done a good job of restricting India to under 300, their openers Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath put on a record 174-run stand that sent shock waves in the Indian camp. But once wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav got rid of Rath and debutant Khaleel Ahmed accounted for Nizakat, their challenge wilted away. After being put in to bat, the way centurion Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu were batting, it seemed India would post a huge total. But after the duo departed, the Indian innings lost much of the momentum and managed 285 for seven in the end. Hong Kong kept threatening the Indian total right till the end. Luckily for India, barring the openers the other Hong Kong batsmen were overawed by the task and cast their wickets away. The win assured both India and Pakistan's passage into the Super Four, rendering today's match between the two of little consequence,..
                 

Champions League: All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo!

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No player owns as many Champions League titles as Cristiano Ronaldo but a sixth with Juventus would surely be his best. Ronaldo led in all the five previous triumphs, from his towering header for Man Utd against Chelsea in 2008 to the tie-clinching, 97th-minute penalty against Juventus last season in the quarters. Goals galoreIn between, there were 17 goals he scored in every game but one, en route to the trophy in 2014, the title-winning penalty against Atletico in 2016 and the hat-trick against the same opposition, this time in the last four, a year later. He also scored twice against Juventus in the final. Seeing this Juve seemingly decided last summer that the only way to win the Champions League before Ronaldo retires is to have Ronaldo on your team. They begin that assault today, when Ronaldo, 33, will kick a ball competitively in Spain for the first time since his dizzying 100 million-euro move from Madrid. Valencia are the obstacle at the Mestalla, where he scored twice, both..
                 

Champions League: Plastic pitch won't trouble Manchester United

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Man United will have to deal with a plastic pitch at the Stade de Suisse here in their Champions League opener, but Young Boys boss Gerardo Seoane does not expect it to pose too many problems for them. "We can't change the pitch," coach Seoane said. "It's clear they are not used to pitches like this, so in the beginning, it will be a special feeling, but with training tonight [Tuesday], I think they'll be all right. They have the quality, speed and technique to play on this pitch, so it shouldn't be a problem." 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 wh..
                 

Fazlani girls register convincing 3-0 win

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Fazlani HS (Mazgaon) worked well as a team and managed three strikes to prevail over JJ Academy (Mulund) in a Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised girls' U-16 Division II league match at Azad Maidan yesterday. The Mazagon school girls showed better understanding and combined well to put pressure on the Mulund team Fazlani took the lead when Kareena Sheth converted a penalty awarded by referee Viraj Makwana in the seventh minute, after the Academy defender handled the ball inside the box. Fazlani doubled the lead when Malikka Chhowala intercepted a weak clearance and shot home in the additional period of the first half before Zahabiya Tinwala scored the third goal midway through the second half to complete the win. Meanwhile, Swami Vivekanand (Borivli) found their scoring touch in the second half and scored twice to overcome Podar International (Powai) 2-0. Vedika, Sameeksha shineBoth Swami Vivekanand and Podar International tried their best to gain the upper hand but they..
                 

Revealed! How Mary Kom lost two kgs in just four hours!

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Lose two kilos in four hours. Sounds like the advert of an outlandish weight-loss regimen? No, this was the practical challenge that a jet-lagged MC Mary Kom was confronted with when she landed in Poland for a just-concluded Silesian Open Boxing Tournament — the one where she picked up her third gold of the year, adding to a seemingly count-less tally. "We landed in Poland at round 3-3:30 in the morning and the general weigh-in was at around 7:30 am. I was a couple of kilograms above 48kg, the category I compete in, at that point," the five-time world champion, who is also an Olympic bronze-medallist said. "So, I had roughly four hours to shed that or I would have been disqualified for being over-weight at the time of general weigh-in. But I did skipping for an hour at a stretch and just like that, I was ready," said Mary Kom. "Thankfully, the flight we travelled in was nearly empty so I could sleep with my legs outstretched, ensuring that I was not stiff on landing there. Other..
                 

PV Sindhu enters pre-quarters, Saina Nehwal endures narrow loss

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Olympic and world championship silver-medallist PV Sindhu Tuesday progressed to the pre-quarterfinals but Saina Nehwal bowed out after a narrow loss at the USD one million China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament here. The third-seeded Sindhu, who had clinched the China Open title in 2016, defeated World No. 39 Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-15, 21-13 in the opening round at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium. However, two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina, who was the first Indian to win the China title in 2014, lost 22-20 8-21 14-21 to Korea's Sung Ji Hyun in a 48-minute opener. Men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, the national champions, defeated Chinese Taipei's Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng 13-21 21-13 21-12 in 39 minutes to enter the second round. The women's singles match between Sindhu and Saena started out as a close contest before the Indian broke off to grab a 13-7 lead at one stage. She kept dominating the rallies and pocketed the o..
                 

Love triangle

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
For Mumbai theatre buffs who miss out on international theatre productions, here's a novel way to catch up on these shows. This weekend, watch a live screening of a contemporary adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie in collaboration with the National Theatre of London. Written by Polly Stenham, the plot is set in modern-day London. Witness Carrie Cracknell's exhilarating direction on stage through the turmoil and savagery portrayed by the characters. The recently single Julie, played by Vanessa Kirby of The Crown fame, throws a late night party. Trouble starts to brew when Julie starts to seduce the engaged chauffeur Jean played by Eric Kofi Abrefa. What sets to become a struggle of survival between Julie and Jean's fiancée Kristina might leave you on the edge of your seat. Spokesperson Deepika Pant says, "We collaborate with many international theatres to bring live or pre-recorded screenings of plays, movies, ballet and opera to Indian audiences." On: September 21, 3..
                 

Captain Marvel trailer: Brie Larson unleashes MCU's new superhero

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News / Mid-Day/ Hollywood  
Captain Marvel trailer opens with Brie Larson's Carol Danvers crash landing on earth. Later, she is seen with Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury, who is without his iconic eye patch. A feature by Entertainment Weekly earlier this month had said the film will not be an origin story and the trailer has reaffirmed this.  Carol Danvers will be in possession of her powers, which she gets after her DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. A former US Air Force fighter pilot, Danvers had left the planet to join Starforce, an elite Kree military team, and upon her returns, she retraces her time she had spent on earth. Watch the trailer of Captain Marvel The film's official logline says the film is set in the 1990s and follows the journey of Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the centre of the maelstrom.The trailer also g..
                 

Champions League: Griezmann and Costa combine as Atletico undo Monaco

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Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Monaco 2-1 in their Champions League Group A opener on Tuesday with star strikers Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann detonating the fightback. The visitors had fallen behind against the run of play in the 18th minute when winger Samuel Grandsir forced the ball home in a goalmouth scramble after good work from Radamel Falcao. But Costa then ran onto a wonderful flick-on from Griezmann to fire a snap-shot low and hard past Monaco's onrushing Swiss stopper Diego Benaglio to level the scores on the half-hour. Jose Maria Gimenez -- remembered for crying on the pitch when France beat Uruguay 2-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia -- then headed home a corner in first-half stoppage-time to take the wind out of Monaco's sails at a key moment. "It's always difficult to win the first match of the Champions League away from home," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. "Griezmann is growing every game. He's a decisive player. He did well in the right m..
                 

The circus called life

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At heart, all of us are freaks. Those who we consider outwardly freaks possibly are the ones who are simpler to understand, whereas what lies in the heart of the common man can be confounding," says Pune-based Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal, as she explains the title of her book, Circus Folk and Village Freaks (Vishwakarma Publications). A book of narrative poems, it revolves around the stories of people from a circus and a village that exist side by side, somewhere in India. drawings that appear in the book Told through the format of mostly metered, rhyming couplets, the narrative verses remind one of Vikram Seth's poems that explore a gamut of human emotion through stories with animals as protagonists. "Through these couplets, my aim was to talk about several issues that I find personally relevant and are still considered taboo in rural India — rigid caste hierarchy, repressed sexuality and mental illness," Sanyal shares. "But there is a vein of dark humour that runs through the boo..
                 

Why is there still so much garbage, asks BMC chief Ajoy Mehta

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is unwilling to believe the claims of its departments about the reduction in garbage collected every day to 7,200 metric tonnes from 9,500 metric tonnes. The authority wants its officers to verify the data submitted by ward offices. At the review meeting of BMC officers, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said he wanted to ensure that there is an even further reduction in garbage collected for which it is important that segregation and collection is done properly. He also wanted more emphasis laid on recycling at source. Mehta wanted deputy municipal commissioners to visit wards and check statistics regarding house-to-house collection, which has taken a hit owing to non-availability of infrastructure to collect waste from slums. He also wanted checks on segregation and elimination of garbage dumps as BMC wants to reduce dependence on them. A civic official said, "The civic chief was unhappy with the progress of reduction in waste reaching ..
                 

Yash Birla donates Rs 2 lakh to refurbish water facility at Malabar Hil

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A newly furbished drinking water facility, tucked away inside a verdant nook of Siri Road (Malabar Hill) was inaugurated with appropriate fanfare, when we say appropriate fanfare: read speeches, applause, ribbon cutting, applause. Kodak moment: applause, on Tuesday afternoon. The drinking water pyau, is managed by the Gagangiri Maharaj Seva Trust and Sanjay Shirke Pratishthan, and is built in the memory of the late Ashok Birla. About Yash"Industrialist Yash Birla, a Napean Sea Road resident, donated close to Rs 2 lakh and these funds were used to give new life to the amenity," said Sanjay Shirke at the function on Tuesday. "First, we had two decaying taps. Now, we have several taps, a new wall and tiling at the facility." Shirke added, "Yash Birla often clambers up the Siri Road stairs on his walks, he uses the relative tranquility of the venue for meditation. So, some locals approached him, pointing to the decrepit water facility and Birla said he would donate for refurbishing this...
                 

Mumbai chefs reveal what makes messy or cute desserts styles a hit

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Catch the match with dirt-cheap booze A value-for-money bar in a happening part of Bandra will host a live screening of the India-Pakistan Asia Cup match. It also has alcohol at throwaway rates, with beer prices starting at `99 and rum starting at as little as Rs 40, with Indian and Chinese delicacies to nibble on. Time: 9 am to 1.30 amAt: Quarter Canteen, ground floor, 35th street, Linking Road, Bandra West.Call: 26002223 You won't run out of cash with these deals A watering hole in Kurla that sells alcohol at wholesale prices is offering a host of deals for this nail-biter. Get six premium drinks and two starters At: Rs 2,150, three imported beers and two starters at Rs 2,499 and six Jager Bombs at Rs 2,500, among other deals.Time: 12 pm to 12 am At: Bar Bar, Phoenix Marketcity, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Kurla.Call: 2261801501 Your cup will brim over at a SoBo venue A Nariman Point venue is cashing in on cricket fever with a range of offers on domestic and imported alcohol. ..
                 

Deep dive Down Under

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
When one thinks of Australia, it is hard to leave out the clear beaches, rich biodiversity (where 87 per cent of mammal species are unique to the country), and for us Indians, maybe cricket. Although holidaying there may be a long trip away, from this month onwards the Australia Fest is bringing the country's culture and creativity to 20 cities in India — because there's so much more to the land Down Under. With 75 events on the list ranging from performance, food, literature and art, Australian Consul General Tony Huber describes the essence of the festival. "There is something for everyone to experience. Each will show that Australia is a truly unique partner country, yet with our shared values, the future for collaboration is broadly based and growing," he says. Tony Hubber With the lines between cultural identities blurring, the festival hopes to strengthen Australia-India ties, with a platform where both countries can benefit from this exchange. Hubber explains, "The key t..
                 

Mumbai: Illegal posters defacing Malad Metro line pillars removed

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Fearing serious action after mid-day's eye-opening report on the illegal posters put up on the under-construction Dahisar-D N Nagar Metro pillars near Malad, the owner of an eye care centre advertised in them allegedly got them removed. The pillars have also been cleaned up. mid-day had reported on the issue on September 9 (Illegal posters deface Malad Metro line pillars). The 150-200m stretch in Malad was replete with illegal advertisements and banners. On Tuesday, when mid-day visited the stretch, this reporter found that the posters had been removed and the piers were cleaned. Sticky problemMMRDA has been constantly faced with the problem of illegal posters and banners put up on the piers of metro and monorail. The major problem especially crops up during the festival season. Stickers are also pasted on the monorail pillars in Wadala, Lalbaug and Parel. Removing them is a daunting task as the glue used is so strong that it doesn't come off easily. Insightful reportmid-day's repor..
                 

Must see! Actresses on magazine covers of September 2018 issues

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It's public knowledge that September issues of fashion magazines are a big deal, so much so that it can make or break 'image' of a particular publication. Usually planned six to eight months in advance, the hype is positioned around the clout of cover subject (either massively popular or extraordinarily reticent), its volume (fatter equals better, mostly due to abundance of ads), and of course, content - lavish photo-shoots and inspiring think pieces. We look at four leading fashion magazines, and their September cover girl selections. Lest we forget nepotism suggesting covers featuring Suhana Khan (August) and Janhvi Kapoor (May), it has been a while since Vogue India surprised us. And so the choice of supermodels of Indian origin making headlines on international runways, Kerala-born Radhika Nair, and Saffron Vadher - half English, half Gujarati - as September cover girls seems appropriate considering it is, after all, the fashion tome. All fresh, plump-faced, don't-care-a-hoot v..
                 

Piyush Goyal can't stop laughing as Anushka Sharma only looks on

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News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be "celebrating" the second anniversary of the 'surgical strikes' on September 29, Union minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday. Goyal, who is the railway minister said, that the 2016 surgical strikes, which saw our commandos entering into the Pakistani-occupied territory to neutralise terrorist launch pads have shown the world that we "mean business"."On the 29th of this month, we complete the second anniversary of the surgical strikes. And we will celebrate the day," he said speaking at the Priyadarshini awards, in remarks that come months ahead of the general elections. "The country is in good hands is in the hands of a leader who is protecting every citizen," Goyal said.The railway minister was attending the Priyadarshini Academy Award at Trident in Mumbai. He also lauded businessman Ronnie Screwvala for coming out with a film on the surgical strike, saying it will inspire the youth of the country. Ex..
                 

Trailer of ALTBalaji's Youth Erotica X.X.X is out now!

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News / Mid-Day/ Television  
The trailer of ALTBalaji's upcoming web series titled X.X.X was released on Wednesday's midnight. Touted to be India's first youth erotica, the web series is sure to garner eyeballs and generate excitement amongst the audience, and the trailer promises exactly the same. Directed by ace director Ken Ghosh, X.X.X stars some of the most popular names from television namely, Rithvik Dhanjani, Shantanu Maheshwari and Ankit Gera amongst others, in an absolutely unadulterated, unfiltered and uncensored avatar. Watch the trailer here: It’s hot, It’s Sexy, It’s KINKY ðŸ˜‰#XXXUncensored trailer streaming now!#ALTBalajiOriginal | @kenghosh | @rithvik_RD | @shantanum07 | @officialaparna | @BabaJotwani | @AparnaaBajpai | @TheAadarGuy pic.twitter.com/Vq2K4BMMij — ALTBalaji (@altbalaji) September 19, 2018 Featuring five explosive fantasies, the series will offer an interesting and steamy mix of stories. Bringing to life the theme of the web series, the makers laun..
                 

Mumbai boys Sagar, Trivedi and Shashank shine in Puducherry's win

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News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
Puducherry became the first Plate group team to win a Vijay Hazare match with an eight-wicket win over Manipur yesterday. Manipur folded for a paltry 120 after Puducherry opted to field. Mumbai-based boys Sagar Udeshi (4-20) and Sagar Trivedi (3-47) shared seven wickets between them as Manipur struggled to get a partnership going. Another Mumbai-bred player Shashank Singh (63 not out) along with Himachal Pradesh veteran Paras Dogra (21 not out) sweated little to cruise to the target in 25.3 overs. Puducherry is led by Mumbai veteran all-rounder Abhishek Nayar, who returned with figures of 9-2-16-1. Catch up on all the latest T20 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, dele..