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The handwash kirtan

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Kolhapur-based poet-music teacher Dr Azad Papalal Nayakawadi, 39, is called a shahir (bard) on the move. When not teaching at the Usharaje High School, he is either facilitating medical help for patients from rural areas, or travelling India-wide to present his powadas or trademark folk ballad of Maharashtra to varied audiences. He has performed four times for the various Presidents of India. At this point, his city, like most areas in the state, operates under a curfew to combat the Coronavirus outbreak. A home-bound Dr Nayakawadi has, therefore, penned a powada asking people not to panic and follow hygiene guidelines. He has also busted some myths about the virus in his ballad: Daru cigarettene Corona marto moorkhancha upadesh/dhoop gaurya jala sangti, chukicha sandesh (Fools advocate liquor and cigarettes as antidotes to Corona/other ignorant souls say light dhoop and cowdung cakes). The powada advocates the use of sanitiser and soap; condemns habits like spitting and coughing witho..
                 

Ananya Panday: Parasite shows language isn't a barrier

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Only two films old, Ananya Panday has an enviable line-up of projects that includes Shakun Batra's yet-untitled next and Puri Jagannadh's Fighter. While the shoot of the Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi-fronted relationship drama has been pushed due to the industry shutdown, the unit of Fighter was slightly more fortunate—the team of the Vijay Deverakonda-starrer had wrapped up the first schedule in early March. Mention the multi-lingual (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada), and the youngster says the film is a novel experience for her co-star as well as her. "We both are entering different territories; I am new to South cinema, and Vijay is foraying into Hindi cinema. So, we both are nervous and can relate to the other's state of mind," she shares. The cast on the set of Fighter Foraying into the South industry at a time when she has yet to gain a foothold in Bollywood can be viewed as a risky move. But the youngster believes it is never too early to widen one's..
                 

Spaces in the heart

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Akshay Indikar's Sthalpuran (Chronicle of Space, Marathi) won much acclaim at its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. This keenly-felt film heralds a distinctive voice in Indian cinema. It was one of the four Indian films selected at the festival, along with Pushpendra Singh's Laila aur Satt Geet, Prateek Vats' Eeb Allay Ooo! and Ekta Mittal's Gumnaam Din. Sthalpuran, which played in the Generation section for children, is an illustrious successor to Umesh Kulkarni's Vihir and Avinash Arun's Killa, both Marathi films shown in that section. Indikar's previous features include Udaharnartha Nemade (For example, Nemade) on the writer-poet Bhalchandra Nemade, and Trijya (Radius), that was at the Shanghai and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festivals, with Sthalpuran in Berlin. This is an astonishing feat for Indikar, descendant of the nomadic Gondhali tribe, that practised Gondhal folk music. Growing up in Solapur, he later dropped out of the Film and Television Institute of I..
                 

Soap Opera

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With so much time on my hands during this COVID lockdown, I have learnt a lot. For example, I've memorised the alphabets backwards, and also learnt how to make 'baingan bharta'. Okay, I'm kidding. But, there was one thing that I thought I had truly mastered—the art of washing my hands. But, no such luck. Turns out, thanks to social media, something called a #SafeHandsChallenge popped up. So, I understand the #BottleCapChallenge and the #IceBucketChallenge, but the #SafeHandsChallenge—that too promoted by the World Health Organisation—piqued my curiosity. So I went online to learn more, and found that President Trump challenged Prime Minister Johnson, to the #SafeHandsChallenge. I mean a #ItchyFingersChallenge, I would understand, played only by world leaders, with each teasing the other with a nuclear threat, but this, I was confused. At times like these, always trust Bollywood celebs to answer one's pressing questions. Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, and her hubby Nick h..
                 

Aprons and wife jokes

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I love to cook. Hence, I frequently receive aprons as gifts from people who know this. I'm not a fussy cook, or a fussy dresser at home for that matter. So, they all lie at the bottom of a bottom drawer, along with other gifts I call domestic nostalgia—such as oven gloves and tea cosies, a gift which is useless to me because I am allergic to tea. In colder climates, tea cosies are useful for making dahi apparently (no, you don't put milk in the tea cosy to make dahi; you put the tea cosy around the dahi ka bartan so the warmth activates the bacteria, so please, lockdown mein don't go and do anything foolish). However, when you become a person who cooks every day as well as cleans the house and washes the clothes you cook in, you suddenly understand the usefulness of an apron, and that's how I opened that bottom drawer. Thereupon, a new problem presented itself. There was one apron so frilly, so vintage, so pretty I felt I should wear it to a French picnic so, as a good Indian who..
                 

The love-god's mother

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Between the 5th and 10th century C.E., we find the development of Puranic literature. Many stories explained the relationships of Vishnu's many avatars. One story that merits attention is the story of Pradyumna, the son of Krishna and Rukmini. The story is told very differently in the Hindu tradition and in the Jain tradition. In the Hindu narrative from Bhagavata Purana, we are told that soon after his birth, Pradyumna is abducted by a demon called Shambara, who throws him into the sea. He is swallowed by a fish. The fish is caught by fisherfolk and it finds its way into the kitchen of Shambara's palace. Shambara's wife, Mayawati, cuts the fish open and finds a little baby inside. She raises this child, and as the child grows up to be a handsome young man, she falls in love with him. The boy resists her advances, because he finds a relationship with his foster mother inappropriate. But he is unable to resist his attraction. He is then told that his feelings and the relationship are va..
                 

Guests of honour

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A couple from Michigan that married on Saturday have had to add some last-minute guests to their wedding ceremony. Many of Dan Stuglik and Amy Simonson's 160 guests were unable to attend their wedding because they were practicing social distancing following the restrictions on large gatherings due to the Coronavirus. Stuglik came up with a novel idea to fill the empty seats for when his wife walked down the aisle. Dan Stuglik and Amy Simonson had been planning the wedding, scheduled for March 31, months before the Corona outbreak. Pic/Dan Stuglik, Faceboo Most of the guests who attended their ceremony were close family and friends, but the rest were cardboard cutouts. "I didn't like the idea of Amy having to walk down the aisle with no one in the pews. That seemed like a very lonely walk, so I wanted something to represent the guests," said the groom to WSBT-TV. He went to Menasha Packaging to find out if they could meet his needs. They exceeded his expectations. "I went to just buy a ..
                 

Coronavirus Outbreak: With supply line to Navi Mumbai, Pune cut off, Junnar's farmers stare at bleak future

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Dairy and vegetable farmers from the Junnar district of Maharashtra have been adversely impacted after their daily supply chain to Pune and Navi Mumbai was cut off, following the national lockdown. Thousands of kilos worth of fresh vegetables and fruits are rotting in their farm or being dumped in the open, as several farmers haven't been able to transport them to key markets in the cities. Even those who've managed to sell some of their produce, are running in losses. The MMR region is already witnessing a steep increase in the prices of vegetables and fruits since the lockdown began on March 26. However, farmers from Junnar are selling their vegetables at dirt-cheap rates. "Cucumber is being sold at R5 per kilo, onion from R10 to R15, and cabbage and cauliflower per piece for R10. We have not been able to recover our production cost, let alone make any profit," said Dr Datta Khomane, a farmer and veterinary doctor in Junnar. Junnar taluka, situated over 240 km from Mumbai, has 6,000..
                 

Susegad without sannas

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Before the rest of the country felt the first tremors of a lockdown, Goa had started proactively clamping down its borders. Unofficial notifications trickled down WhatsApp channels, asking for cautious movement in and out of the state. Janata curfew on the lazy Sunday of March 22 was marked with the clanking of a few pots and pans around the quaint villages. What followed was sheer chaos. That night, a seemingly cautious Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant, extended the lockdown for another three days through an order circulated on WhatsApp (followed by a press conference the next day), through which everyone waited for shops to reopen. The lockdown announcement came down hard on those who hadn't been out in four-five days, scrambling until 2 am to buy whatever was available. Wholesalers and suppliers stocked and sold, retailers hoarded and citizens scrambled. The week comprised incongruous notifications from the CMO. From a complete lockdown, to a non-starter home delivery system, suc..
                 

WWE WrestleMania over the years: Facts and records that you must know!

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As WrestleMania 36 kicks off at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on April 4 and 5, we give you 15 interesting, fun and lesser-known facts and trivia about WWE's flagship pay-per-view. The first WrestleMania was held in 1985 in Madison Square Garden. The Undertaker was known for his 21-0 Undefeated Streak at WrestleMania. The streak was later broken by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. At WrestleMania 33, Roman Reigns became the second wrestler to defeat Undertaker.  Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey will become the first WWE superstar to make her in-ring debut in WWE at WrestleMania. Shawn Michaels is nicknamed 'Mr. WrestleMania'. The match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 12 was the longest match at 62 minutes. Hulk Hogan and John Cena tie the record for most WWE Championship wins at WrestleMania with 5 each. Seth Rollins is undefeated at WrestleMania. His record is  8-0. Rollins is also the only superstars to defeat Brock Lesnar twice at Wrestl..
                 

Coronavirus outbreak: Colleges try to keep a grip on future amid uncertain times

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With their schedules in a tizzy and professors racing to shift teaching online, city colleges are employing different tactics to keep students engaged and morale high amid uncertain times. While exams are largely cancelled, colleges are keeping the momentum of studies going. KC College in Churchgate, for instance, will conduct exams as scheduled but with a difference. The exams scheduled for April 8 will now be a practice test online for students, while the actual exam will be held later. Whereas, at VES College of Law in Chembur, revision lectures are being conducted online followed by doubt-clearing sessions. Vile Parle's N M College, along with taking online classes, is also focussing on students' mental health, especially of those in their final year and facing uncertainties. Just like schools, most colleges too had completed their syllabus and were looking forward to final exams and summer holidays. But now they are looking for ways to keep youngsters busy and help them study for ..
                 

Trance Movie Review: Fahadh Faasil - the faadu!

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TranceOn: Amazon Prime Video Director: Anwar RasheedCast: Fahadh Faasil, Dileesh PothanRating:  Can't recall the last time, or in fact ever, that I've seen a director, in this case, Robert Zemeckis, and more particularly his film, Contact (1997), thanked in the opening credits of a film. That said, can't sense much in common between Contact and Trance (that just dropped on Amazon Prime Video) — by way of an adapted screenplay, if you may. And there are other films and their directors named as well — such as Anjali Menon, and her Malayalam blockbuster Bangalore Days (2014, on Hotstar), which also featured this film's lead actor, Fahadh Faasil, in a prominent role. Fahadh who, again? Well how does one quite introduce Faasil to an as-yet uninitiated audience, except to suggest that he's currently the Ayushmann Khurrana of Malayalam movies. This might sound like under-selling him, actually. Or, that he's maybe the Aamir Khan of Mallu films, which is at the same time an ove..
                 

Coronavirus outbreak: 'Lights-off' poses challenge to national power network

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's lights-off idea sent the power sector in over drive on Friday, to have a plan in place to secure the electricity infrastructure when the demand drops or spikes suddenly. The generation of power and its demand are interlinked, and the two together impact the 'one nation-one grid' wire network which has the entire country in its loop. A sudden drop or spike in demand can damage the infrastructure that brings electricity to your homes, factories and establishments. Power struggle Sources in the sector said PM Modi had a meeting with power ministry officials, who in turn sensitised state governments. By Friday afternoon, five regional load despatch centres and National Load Despatch Centre, under the control of Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO) started working out a plan for April 5 night peak hours. The Mumbai's Western Regional Load Despatch Centre which handles Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Daman and Diu, Dadra ..
                 

Coronavirus outbreak: Behave like a Prime Minister

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Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked citizens to strike spoons against plates to show their gratitude to health workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, he announced a 21-day lockdown sending people scurrying for supplies. A couple of days later, he apologised to the nation for the inconvenience. On Friday, Modi asked the country to turn off lights for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, and hold diyas, candles, or flash cell phone torches. Like with his earlier appeals, BJP workers lapped up the idea, with some even giving it mythological and numerological context. Others saw in it an honest intent to keep up the spirits of holed-up people. But there were also dissenting voices, which wanted the PM to say something concrete on the real issue, at least in his latest address to the nation. Expected help: Sena Priyanka Chaturvedi, Shiv Sena spokesperson One-time BJP ally and Maharashtra's ruling party Shiv Sena wasn't impressed with the PM's appeal. Spokesperson an..
                 

Coronavirus outbreak: Western Railway prepares Mumbai's first isolation rail coach to fight COVID-19

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The Western Railway has prepared Mumbai's first isolation rail coach at its Lower Parel workshop as per the guidelines of the Railway Board. The Western Railway has targeted to undertake a total 460 coaches and the coaches selected are non AC sleeper and general second class coaches. Out of these 460 coaches, 170 will be undertaken by the Mumbai division. As part of COVID-19 preparedness, the Indian Railways has decided to modify 20,000 coaches into quarantine/ isolation coaches to augment the quarantine facilities being created across the country. These modified 20,000 coaches can accommodate upto 3.2 lakh possible beds for isolation needs. In the first phase work on modification of 5,000 coaches has been undertaken; which are to be converted into quarantine/ isolation coaches. These 5000 coaches would have a capacity to accommodate upto 80,000 beds. One coach is expected to have 16 beds for isolation. An Indian style toilet will be converted into a bathing room for the COVID-19 patie..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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Pecking order A Juhu resident feeds one of 17 peacocks that reside in the area, on Thursday. PIC/Rane Ashish A helping hand for artistes The pandemic and the lockdown have led to financial difficulties for a number of artistes and arts-related professionals. Legendary singer and musician Shubha Mudgal has thus set up a campaign called Assistance for Disaster Affected Artistes, through which people can donate money to support affected freelance artistes. The initiative aims at raising `35 lakhs, to provide subsistence to over 100 families across India over the next six months. "Lakhs of freelance artistes who earn their livelihood through performances and regular engagements are uncertain about when and how they will be able to make money again. With meagre resources and savings to support themselves and their dependents, the coming months and a potential recession present a bleak future for them. As independent artistes and individual cultural practitioners, we were concerned and thou..
                 

Coronavirus outbreak: State government rolls out supplies for poor; not enough, say people

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With the 21-day lockdown, a significant part of the city's population has lost its regular source of income and has little or no access to food. While the government has announced food distribution among them, many are unaware of it. Ration card holders, who are getting limited supplies, are unable to afford oil, spices and vegetables Twenty-year-old Anita and her 35-year-old husband Dhananjay Bhagat, who live in a hutment in Andheri, are blind since birth. Neither of them have jobs, so they rely on the earnings of their respective mothers, who worked as domestic helps and jointly earned around Rs 8,000 per month. However, the family is struggling to make ends meet as both the women have lost their jobs. Fortunately, Anita and her husband are both ration card holders which helps them to get a limited supply of food grains. Despite this, they are struggling to buy cooking oil, sugar, spices and vegetables, since none of that is included in the relief being given to lakhs of ration card ..
                 

Grand grounds man

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If the Coronavirus-caused suspension of sporting action gives you an empty feeling, setting foot on the maidans of Mumbai will numb your sporting veins. The Cross, Azad and Oval Maidans form the epicentre of Mumbai cricket along with Dadar's Shivaji Park and the Dadkar Maidan in Matunga. The vast stretches of sporting turf are no longer decorated with cricketers, with balls, with stumps and marked out creases. But the old faithfuls—the groundsmen—also known as maalis, have not stayed away. They continue to water the pitches, in the hope of cricket resuming. Who has bothered about their well-being in the lockdown? Cricketers? No. Neither the administrators, they say. But one man who answers to the name of Praful Upadhyay; an amateur cricketer and community cricket organiser. From Tuesday, Upadhyay, 53 has distributed a set of daily needs to around 65 groundsmen all over Mumbai. The items include tea powder, wheat flour, dal, rice, oil, sugar, onions, potatoes, salt etc. Each..
                 

God has now started working from home

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For Catholics, the upcoming week is one of the most holy in their religious calendar. Starting with Palm Sunday, when palm branches are distributed in the church, the week leads up to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and finally, Easter. It's the time, when attending mass becomes the most important part of their routine. Yet, this year, Catholic devotees have found themselves in a difficult situation. For a better part of the Lent season, the period of 40-day abstinence that began on February 26, they've been at home. And the Holy Week is not going to be any different. Yet, prayers, as they say, need to continue. Earlier this week, the Archdiocese of Bombay, announced the live streaming of Holy week services at the Cathedral of Holy Name, Colaba. Archbishop of Bombay Cardinal Oswald Gracias has, in fact, been celebrating mass daily since the lockdown, and it is being live streamed for devotees, many of whom feel the need to turn to religion, since the Coronavirus outbreak. With religi..
                 

Coronavirus Outbreak: Parents of Mumbai's specially-abled children are learning new ways of helping them cope

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When the lockdown was announced, Hanumat Khandagale moved from his home in Borivli to live with the Godboles in Andheri West. Khandagale is an educator for special children, and the Godboles have known him for five years now. Their son Nihar, a 37-year-old with autism, had been attending special sessions conducted by Khandagle. Nihar's father is Achyut Godbole, a well-known Marathi writer. The 70-year-old explains that while they have been involving their son in household chores, the lockdown period has proven rather difficult. "Nihar has been helping with household chores since he was a child. After all, chores such as cleaning coriander or sorting vegetables or clothes are activities that can boost hand-eye coordination and other cognitive abilities. Cleaning the house or helping parents in other activities also develops a sense of belongingness in differently abled people. And now, all these habits are really helping us keep him calm and engaged," says Achyut. Yet, the extended peri..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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Tiger zinda rahega A civic worker carries out sanitising at a housing society in Pratiksha Nagar, Sion, on Saturday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Like Warne, Merv dropped a big name With no cricket on, players, commentators and fans have more time for some fantasy. And that includes naming their dream teams. Spin wizard Shane Warne recently put out his all-time great Indian team led by Sourav Ganguly. Strangely, VVS Laxman, who played the greatest Test innings by an Indian—281 against his Australia in Kolkata in 2001—didn't make it to Warne's XI. Australian fast bowler Merv Hughes in 1994. Pic/Getty Images Meanwhile, this diarist, while flipping through a book on Merv Hughes, the burly Australian fast bowler who figured in the 1985-86 and 1991-92 Test series involving India in Australia and happened to see his Dream Team. Hughes's co-author Patrick Keane was very clear what he wanted from his subject—six batsmen, a wicketkeeper, five bowlers including a 12th man. So, Hughes pic..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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Hope of fruition A fruit vendor waits for customers at a neighbourhood in Jogeshwari on Friday. Pic/Satej Shinde Tell the kids a story At a time that can be harsh on children, NGO Save the Children has launched a new initiative to help kids from marginalised communities get continued access to an array of services, including nutrition, health, education and social protection. It's called #SavewithStories and features B-Town celebs like Dia Mirza and Soha Ali Khan joining hands with Hollywood actors Jennifer Garner (in pic) and Amy Adams on social media to share their favourite children's story. After Mirza shared a post about Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree, she nominated Khan, Neha Dhupia, Varun Dhawan, Bipasha Basu, Gul Panag and Karan Johar to take the challenge and asked her followers to donate to the charity and #SlowTheCurve. Speaking about the initiative, Pragya Vats, head of campaigns for the NGO told this diarist, "All we have to do is read a story, share it with friends,..
                 

Birthday Special: Dialogues by our favorite Robert Downey Jr. that ruled our hearts

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Robert Downey Jr. is the comeback king of Hollywood. Most know him from the MCU as Iron Man, but he's been in several other acclaimed films too. His career has spanned several decades, and his legacy has been cemented since he uttered the words "I am Iron Man" in his first outing as his now most iconic character. Downey Jr. might not have won any Academy Awards but has surely won the hearts of the audience through his characters. Also known for starring in popular franchises, Downey Jr. has impressive skills to turn any scene from drama to comedy on a dime and has played some iconic roles over the last few decades. Here are some of his epic dialogues that ruled our hearts. Catch Sherlock Homes and Dolittle on Sony PIX as we celebrate Robert's 55th birthday. 1. "Is it better to be feared or respected? I say, is it too much to ask for both?" – Tony Stark 2. "Courage is not the absence of fear." – Dolitte 3. "Never theorize before you have data. Invariably, you end up twisti..
                 

Who's Your Daddy? director shares how the music team worked together during the lockdown

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With the country under lockdown, how do you deliver a song when the music composer is in Mumbai, the lyricist, stationed in Delhi, and the singers don't have access to a recording studio? Perhaps, take a cue from Ekta Kapoor who ensured that the team of Who's Your Daddy? pulled off the feat before the first three episodes dropped on ALTBalaji and Zee5 on Thursday. Turns out, singer-composer Akriti Kakar had cracked the score of the title track by mid-March, with the recording and sound editing scheduled for the week after. A still from Who's Your Daddy? However, their plans went awry with the industry grinding to a halt on March 19. Director Chirag Arora recounts, "We had no option but to record it as a click track, with Akriti and Romy recording their respective portions at their homes and sending it to the music producer, Deep Kalsi. Last week, it was sent for packaging to the sound editor, who worked out of a small set-up that he created at his house. Thankfully, we didn't need many..
                 

FWICE provides door-to-door supply of essentials; seeks financial aid from SRK, Hrithik

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Despite their best intentions, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) — that had announced a week-long campaign of distribution of groceries and other essentials to daily-wage workers from March 22 — had been unable to fulfil their promise due to the lockdown. In what comes as a ray of hope to those hit hardest by the shutdown of the industry, the organisation began a door-to-door supply of food kits to their employees on Thursday. FWICE members line up the food kits for delivery FWICE president BN Tiwari tells mid-day, "We couldn't wait any longer because the situation is getting bleaker with every passing day. Hence, we decided to distribute the ration kits among the junior artistes by going door-to-door." With several cine bodies — including the Cine Dancers' Association, and Cine Costume, Make-up Artist & Hairdressers' Association — coming under its umbrella, the FWICE handles almost two lakh daily wagers. In their first step, they covere..
                 

Coronavirus outbreak: Situation worsening in Vasai-Virar, Palghar

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Lack of basic facilities at primary healthcare centres (PHCs) and inadequate testing kits are creating panic among doctors and medical workers in Palghar district's Vasai-Virar belt. They believe that the alarmingly poor rate of COVID-19 testing in the area might eventually turn out to be a disaster for them as positive cases are seeing a surge even as the authorities turn a blind eye to the situation. The doctors, working at PHCs in the Vasai-Virar taluka without any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits, told mid-day that the specimens collected from suspected COVID-19 patients were sent to Mumbai-based Kasturba Hospital, which was already burdened with a lot of work related to the health crisis. They said that the private labs did not have adequate testing kits. Requesting anonymity, a senior medical officer of a zilla parishad in Palghar said, "It takes approximately a week's time to get a swab report. A team from a private lab comes to collect the samples of a suspected patien..
                 

Vikrant Massey Birthday Special: Acting his craft on TV, Films and Web Space, the actor has been soaring high

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The talented Vikrant Massey ventured into the acting world at quite a young age. Being dedicated throughout, his honest efforts and hard work have brought him a long way. Today, Vikrant is a celebrated actor across mediums and the man has only made wise choices on the professional front. Delivering some memorable performances and beautifully getting into the skin of his character's Vikrant's growth to greater heights of success has truly been admirable. Working in Television Vikrant made his debut on television in 2004 with a show titled Kahaan Hoon Main and since then there has been no looking back for the actor. On the small screen, he further went on to do some popular shows like Balika Vadhu, Baba Aiso Varr Dhoondo, Dharam Veer and Qubool Hai. Vikrant also went on to anchor fiction-based reality shows like Gumrah and Yeh Hai Aashiqui, with his earnest stance the actor went onto become a household name. Second Lead Roles Vikrant's break into the film world primarily started with se..
                 

Ex-Ranji cricketer Sanjay Bhatia, friends provide food, funds to migrants on national highway

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While the Indian sporting fraternity, led by some top-notch cricketers have made handsome contributions to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund and to their respective state's relief funds to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic, a former Haryana Ranji Trophy cricketer has been on the road since the 21-day lockdown was announced on March 25, busy helping migrants in the long journey to their villages. Joint effort Sanjay Bhatia, 52, who played three first-class matches in the 1990-91 season, and his friends have been manning the Delhi-Faridabad-Mumbai national highway, providing food and even helping people monetarily. "We provided meals, milk, fruits and biscuits. We even gave money [R2000 each] to those who couldn't afford to travel to their villages. It's a combined effort by my friends and family members Vipin Bhatia, Tapinder Bhadana, Dharam Sharma, Sandeep Bhatia, Ram Singh, Ajay Bhatia, Sandeep Sachdeva, Umesh Gaur and Manish Bhatia. We also provided meals to our policemen, who are worki..
                 

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Huma Qureshi: Watching old-time classics

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Despite a bouquet of good shows available on OTT platforms, Huma Qureshi's choice of entertainment may be rather uncanny. She has been revisiting classics like Andaaz Apna Apna, Angoor and Chupke Chupke. "I want to educate myself," she says. A still from Chupke Chupke When the actor has had her fill of desi shows, the conventional selections of previous years occupy her time. "I am watching The Morning, which I find intriguing. I recently finished Dark, and Marvellous Mrs Maisel." On her list of binge-worthy shows are also Money Heist, Peaky Blinders, The Crown, and Black Mirror. "They are all worth your time." A still from Money Heist Qureshi was recently seen in the dystopian drama, Leila, set in a world dealing with a water crisis. With the Coronavirus pandemic having made increasingly evident how mankind has been harming the environment, Qureshi hopes in its aftermath, citizens are sensitive to environmental causes. "I hope we realise we have one planet. We have to take care of our..
                 

No time for sex: How the lockdown affects Mumbai's Commercial Sex Workers

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Over the past one week, images of migrant labourers struggling to reach their respective villages in the midst of the pandemic led to furore among the more privileged city folk. Several state governments stepped in, promising to look after those unable to fend for themselves during the public health crisis. But, there is one vulnerable section of workers that remains largely ignored by both, the general public and the government. Commercial Sex Workers (CSWs), much like other workers from the unorganised sector, depend on daily earnings to survive and don't have savings to fall back on. Not only have they lost a majority of their clientele and earnings due to the lockdown, but they also don't have access to preventive measures such as face masks and hand sanitisers. Aanchal Narang "I used to get around three customers a day, and on a good day, I would earn as much as R1,000. However, in the last week I have only managed to get two customers and earned a mere R500," revealed a CSW on co..
                 

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Dharavi may soon be a challenge for government as two new coronavirus cases emerge in Asia's largest slum

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Dharavi may soon turn into a bigger challenge for government authorities, as two new cases have emerged in Asia's biggest slum, which falls under the G North Ward of the BMC. With this, the total tally of positive patients found in the area is now four. Not just this, another positive patient was reported from the G North Ward at Shivaji Park, resulting in 32 residents being quarantined and the premises beng sealed. All these reported positive cases have no travel history, confirmed BMC's ward authorities. Fortunately, the close contacts of the first patient from Dharavi, who was declared dead on Wednesday by the Sion Hospital authorities—seven family members and his doctor—have tested negative, confirmed the ward officials. However, there is one more symptomatic case who has fever and cough—a 30-year-old female—in the same area but residing in the neighbouring building as the deceased. The two were not in direct contact or related to each other, said officials...
                 

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Amazon Bestseller: Guide To Technical Analysis & Candlesticks - Ravi Patel

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B-town buzz: Paresh Rawal's son, Aditya, to make acting debut with Bamfaad

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Paresh Rawal's son Aditya makes his acting debut in Ranjan Chandel's Bamfaad. The Zee5 film, which drops on April 10, also marks the Hindi film debut of South star Shalini Pandey of Arjun Reddy (2017) fame. Bamfaad, a love story set in Uttar Pradesh, is presented by Anurag Kashyap. Moving home, doing chores Barely had R Balki and Gauri Shinde shifted to their spacious new home that the lockdown was announced. The filmmaker couple was left with unpacked cartons and lots of unfinished stuff. With no support staff due to self-isolation, the filmmaker couple is now going crazy. They are setting up home as well as doing the washing, cooking and cleaning. Blame it on the timing, perhaps? Have you got the essentials? As soon as Narendra Modi announced that people should light diyas and candles on April 5 to mark the fight against the pandemic, Nakuul Mehta took to Instagram and wrote, "We're a cute country. Also, running out to buy some essentials. Can I buy you some diyas and candles (sic)..
                 

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Sobhita Dhulipala: Can't miss Kumbalangi Nights

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Cutting short her Hyderabad shooting schedule to return home as soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi put the country in lockdown, Sobhita Dhulipala is eager to wrap up filming for her pending projects — including Mahesh Babu's Major — by the close of April. "In May, I hope to resume working on Made in Heaven 2," says the actor, who gained attention owing to her act in the first season of Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti's show. In the interim, Dhulipala is on a content-consuming spree. Apart from classic films, she has been binge-watching those series that acquired acclaim last year. "I have been watching The Crown, and films like Parasite, and 1917. I will recommend Delhi Crime to everyone. Also, shows like The Family Man and Asur are immensely engaging," she says. Stills from Kumbalangi Nights and Parasite  Contagion, a decade-old film that has acquired attention today owing to its eerie resemblance to the ongoing situation, left her with an anxiety attack, but still make..
                 

Dav Whatmore: Players don't lose skills. It should only take a short while to get back to normal

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Former Australia batman and Sri-Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning coach, Dav Whatmore, who has been coaching Kerala for the last three seasons, reckons it won't take players very long to get into rhythm once the lockdown concludes. Melbourne-based Whatmore, 66, told mid-day on Friday: "Players don't lose skills. It should only take a short while to get back to normal. They have to understand the situation and do their bit to quicken the return to normalcy. Current players must not let their fitness slide." Whatmore was one of the favourites to take over as India coach after Greg Chappell quit, post the dismal 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, but the job went to Gary Kirsten. Whatmore later took over as director of BCCI's National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and was India U-19 coach when the Virat Kohli-led colts won the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia. It is learnt that two state teams are keen to rope him in as their senior coach, but nothing has been made official. "I have spent a lot of ..
                 

Coronavirus outbreak: People dying every 3 minutes in Lombardy

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Kevin Rebello, a native of Naigaon who is currently settled in Milan, Italy, lives in fear of contracting the novel Coronavirus. With limited savings in hand and stock running out rapidly, he is also wary of his future, which he says is uncertain. On Friday, COVID-19 overall death toll in Italy touched 13, 915 while 1,15,242 tested positive are struggling to survive in the already stressed out medical care system. Sharing the current situation of the country, Kevin, who is working with a healthcare centre from home and was a part-time tour operator before the pandemic hit the European nation, pours his heart out to mid-day from his rented apartment in Milan, Itay — We are almost in the fifth week of home quarantine, and time does not seem to fly when you are confined in your home. I go to bed wondering what will happen next and when will this get over, and wake up thinking the same. I am afraid of falling ill. Experts say the wrath of the virus has just begun. Death every 3 minut..
                 

Let's fight like Team India

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday turned to India's sporting heroes for support in the herculean battle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and more than 40 accomplished champions such as Virat Kohli and PV Sindhu responded by vowing to raise awareness and spirits amid a 21-day national lockdown. The athletes, along with sports minister Kiren Rijiju, participated in nearly an hour-long video call which started at 11am. From Sachin Tendulkar stressing on the need to keep the vigil even after the lockdown ends on April 14, to sprinter Hima Das expressing sadness at the recent attacks on frontline warriors such as health care workers and police officers, to others sharing their experience of being in a lockdown, the sportspersons had lots to offer during the interaction. The Prime Minister, on his part, sought their support to raise awareness about the need for social distancing and personal hygiene. "Your suggestions will be taken note of. We are fighting this pandemic like Team India...
                 

That dying of the light

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I am not a senior citizen, despite the implications of what I choose to write about here. I am not depressed, neither am I recovering from grief at the loss of a loved one, nor does this have anything to do with the possibility of a pandemic wiping us all out. I am simply thinking about death because I find myself doing that a lot more than I used to. It isn’t as morbid as I once thought it would be, possibly because I have come to terms with the fact that none of us will be around at some point. That would never have occurred to me as a teenager, naturally, when my body told me that the world was mine for the taking, and the possibilities ahead were limitless. It hit me as I turned 20 though, when someone I went to school with passed away in a freak accident. This was someone I had known since I was five; someone I saw almost daily for years, who went away after college and never came back. At the funeral, confronted by the sadness of his parents, siblings and friends, I was sho..
                 

Panchayat Web Show Review: A fairly engaging drama that uses humour to highlight the grim realities of India

2 days ago  
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PanchayatU/A; DramaDirector: Deepak Kumar MishraCast: Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Chandan RoyRating:  The greatest thing about the team of TVF has been how they always successfully suck you into the fictional yet real world they create for their viewers. The actors they choose for their characters never feel like actors, there's absolutely no trace of farce or facade, you would either want to befriend them or at least meet them once to understand them better. Panchayat, their latest series on Amazon, is pretty much similar to these feelings. Jitendra Kumar plays Abhishek Tripathi, who lands a job in the Phulera district of Uttar Pradesh as the secretary of the Gram Panchayat. He and his friend, Biswapati Sarkar, have opposite reactions to the news. Once he lands there, he meets a palette of interesting and idiosyncratic characters that prepare us for the misadventures he's going to experience in his work. Writer Chandan Kumar and director Deepak Kumar Mishra right..
                 

Coronavirus outbreak: Study shows the young are more vulnerable

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Findings from studies on a group of 322 patients have shown that people in the ages 21-50 years are vulnerable to the COVID-19 infection in Maharashtra. Trends also show that these people have also shown a very low death rate among the 322 patients studied. Data analysed by the Medical Education Department says no death has been reported in the age group of 1 year to 30 years and only three deaths were reported in the 31-50 years category till Thursday morning. Most deaths (10 out of 13) previously were reported in the 51-90 years category. Of total samples tested till Wednesday night, 95% turned out negative, says the report. There are more male (200) patients than females (122) in the group that was studied. Teenagers also vulnerable By April 1, the state had discharged 41 patients after treating them for the infection. They are now in the various stages of home quarantine. Age-wise analysis of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra. Graphic/ Medical Education Department The 21-50 years gr..