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Caught on CCTV: Woman brutally assaults, kicks 4-year-old girl in lift

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A 42-year-old woman, identified as Rizwana Shaikh, has been arrested for brutally assaulting a four-year-old girl inside an elevator. The horrifying incident was captured on CCTV camera installed inside the lift. According to the police, the accused and the victim live in the same building. The Trombay police have booked the woman under Section 394 of Indian Penal Code(voluntarily causing hurt while committing robbery). The cops said that the accused wanted to steal gold earrings, the child was wearing. However, the family of the child have alleged that Shaikh wanted to kill the girl and she should be charged with attempt to murder. "The victim has been identified as Janhavi. She was playing with her brother in the basement when Shaikh called her inside the elevator and attacked her," a police official from Trombay Police station said. The CCTV footage shows Shaikh closing the elevator door before she starts hitting and kicking four-year-old Janhavi mercilessly for few minutes...
                 

Gaja cyclone: Rajnath Singh promises all help to Tamil Nadu

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Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh on Friday took stock of the situation in Tamil Nadu where severe cyclonic storm Gaja has battered coastal areas leaving 11 dead so far, and assured Chief Minister E.K. Palaniswami of all possible Central assistance. The Minister spoke with Palaniswami on phone and offered help. "Spoke to CM E.K. Palaniswami regarding the situation in the cyclone-affected areas of Tamil Nadu. Assured all possible assistance from the Centre in mitigating the situation arising due to cyclone," he tweeted. Rajnath Singh also asked the Home Secretary to monitor the situation and provide all help to the state administration. The state authorities said the cyclone crossed the coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 and 2.30 a.m. on Friday with wind speeds of about 110-120 kmph. Meanwhile, the state government announced Rs 10 lakh for each family of the dead, Rs 100,000 to those who suffered severe injuries and Rs 25,000 for those with minor inju..
                 

US court filing cites charges against Julian Assange

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A pair of references to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a major target of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election, in an unrelated court filing reveals the US government efforts to charge him, the media reported on Friday. In a filing unsealed last week, prosecutors for the Eastern District of Virginia included two references to charges against Assange while arguing to keep an unrelated case sealed for a different person charged with coercion and enticement of a minor, according to CNN. Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London since seeking asylum in 2012, is wanted by US law enforcement agencies after his controversial publication of classified diplomatic cables and other secret US government documents. WikiLeaks is also under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller for publishing tens of thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. "Another procedure short of seal..
                 

Two-month-long Sabarimala festival begins amid tight security

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The two-month-long festival season at the famed Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple in Kerala kicked off on Friday with the opening of the temple doors at 5 p.m amidst unprecedented security and new guidelines from the police for the pilgrims. The new season would take a three-day break on December 27 and the temple doors would be closed on January 20. The temple town last month and early this month witnessed protests by Hindu groups and temple management following the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that hitherto banned girls and women aged between 10 and 50. The apex court on Tuesday refused to stay its earlier verdict, making things more complicated and forcing the Kerala government to reiterate its earlier stand that they would have no other option but to abide by the verdict. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) have already announced that they will go to any extent to protect the traditions ..
                 

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's family portrait is picture perfect

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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tied the knot in Italy's Lake Como, and now, the near and dear ones have shared a picture perfect family portrait with the bride and the groom, and it looks envy-worthy! The duo exchanged vows in two ceremonies - a traditional Konkani style, and second, in a typical Sindhi tradition. The moment Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's wedding picture hit the internet, it left no stone unturned to take the web by storm. Take a look.       View this post on Instagram ❤ï¸Â A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) onNov 15, 2018 at 6:36am PST Nitasha Gaurav, Ranveer Singh's stylist shared a pretty family picture, with the caption: "Us and ours #MrsandMrRanveerSingh #deepveerkishaadi #ranveerkishaadi [sic]"       View this post on Instagram Us and ours ❤ï¸Ââ&Acir..
                 

Court agrees to hear criminal defamation complaint against Tharoor

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A Delhi court on Friday agreed to hear criminal defamation complaint against Congress Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor for his comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "a scorpion seated on a Shiv-ling". After taking cognisance of the defamation complaint, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal set December 22 for recording the statement of complainant and Bhartiya Janata Party leader Rajeev Babbar. Babbar has filed the complaint alleging that Tharoor made the statement with mala fide intention, which not only denigrates the Hindu deity but is also defamatory. Babbar requested the court to initiate proceeding against Tharoor under Section 499/500 (defamation) of Indian Penal Code. Tharoor, while speaking at Bangalore Literature Festival on October 28, said: "Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shiv-ling. You cannot remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a 'chappal' (slipper) either." Tharoor has quoted it recalling what an RSS member had told a jou..
                 

Ola-Uber drivers unhappy with strike, claim it is politically motivated

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Drivers of cab aggregators Ola and Uber on Thursday said that though there was a strike call by political unions, many among them were unwilling to join as it gravely affected their livelihood. However, they are being forced to go on strike by the union leaders and threatened with violence and damage to cabs. Ola driver Ansar (drivers were unwilling to give their full names) said the demands were more political in nature and there was no problem with generating revenue. Those who understood the pattern were satisfied with the profits, with him earning Rs 70-80,000 a month. "Elections are approaching and every party is suffering from the saviour syndrome. But the strike breaks our back and we do not wish to participate," he told mid-day. Another driver said that the drivers had badly suffered during the last strike which went on for about a fortnight. "We don't want the strike. There are no unions among Ola-Uber drivers and these are forced initiatives," another driver Gurbir s..
                 

Abhishek Kapoor: Kedarnath a genuine attempt to create harmony

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Seeing a Muslim porter carrying a Hindu pilgrim on his back -- something that speaks a lot about India as a country -- left a seed in Abhishek Kapoor's heart and mind to tell a tale of "harmony" with his forthcoming Hindi film Kedarnath. Reacting to the 'Love Jihad' controversy that the film has been caught up in over the romance between the lead characters -- a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy -- he says the movie is his "pure attempt to create harmony and more understanding". A BJP leader had sought a ban on Kedarnath for promoting 'Love Jihad'. Was he prepared to face such concerns while he was shooting the film? Kapoor told IANS during a tete-a-tete in the capital: "You do consider stuff like that can happen, but the idea is not to titillate them (movie-goers) in a certain sense or the idea is not to create a controversy. This film is genuinely a very pure attempt to create harmony and more understanding amongst ourselves." However, he feels that if someone is going to find faults ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Man rapes 8-year-old neighbour at his home in Wadala

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The Mumbai police arrested 35-year-old resident within 12 hours for raping his 8-year-old neighbour on November 9, 2018 at around 2 pm at his residence in Wadala.The accused has been identified as Dinesh Paykoli, a resident of Ganesh Nagar in Wadala. According to the police the incident occurred at around 2 pm after that the girl reached her home around 3 pm. When her family saw her crying with bloodied lips, she revealed her ordeal. The family members then went to the accused house and found it locked. They the approached the Wadala police station to lodge a complaint. An officer attached to Wadala police station said, "The girl was immediately sent to the hospital where the doctor confirmed rape." The police recorded the victim girl's statement in presence of NGO and psychologist and lodged the FIR against Dinesh Under sections 376 of Indian Penal Code and 4, 6, 8 and 12 of POCSO Act. Once the FIR was registered, the police deployed 5 to 6 police officials in the area to find info..
                 

President Kovind to embark on maiden visit to Vietnam, Australia

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President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a week-long visit to Vietnam and Australia beginning Sunday. Starting his trip from the Vietnamese coastal city Da Nang, Kovind will head to the capital Hanoi where he will hold talks with the political leadership and also address the National Assembly of Vietnam. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Kovind, in his maiden visit to an Asean country, will hold talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Heading to Australia on November 21, Kovind, the first Indian President to visit the country, will meet Prime Minister Scott Morrison and they will together unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parramatta to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation. He will visit Sydney and Melbourne and hold discussions with the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove. The President will also address the Australia Financial Review Business event and attend dinner at the Australia-India Busi..
                 

Modi: Congress don't want to credit people for choosing 'chaiwala' PM

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Exploiting to the hilt Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's recent remarks that a "chaiwala" became PM because of Jawaharlal Nehru's commitment to democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked the Congress saying it was not ready to credit people for this but only a dynasty. He challenged the Congress to appoint someone from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family as party President for five years. He would then accept that Nehru had built a democracy legacy. "Do a little thing, if you respect democracy. If a chaiwala or Modi became the Prime Minister because of your faith in democracy, policies, role in the constitution and due to Nehru, make any good Congress leader the President of your party for at least five years. "I will accept that Nehruji had such a commitment to democracy that has led to a dedicated Congress leader becoming the President of the party," Modi said at a public meeting in Chhattisgarh's Ambikapur. The Prime Minister's attack came after Congress leader Shashi..
                 

Birla scion Aryaman hits maiden FC ton as MP salvage a draw

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Left-handed opener Aryaman Birla slammed his maiden first-class century to help Madhya Pradesh salvage a draw following on, as Bengal had to settle for three points in their first Ranji Trophy home match of the season here ion Thursday. Scion of the Birla family, Aryaman remained unbeaten on 103 in his third first-class match, while Shubham Sharma gave him fine support with 100 not out on the fourth day to hand Madhya Pradesh one point in their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture. Bengal, who enjoyed a first innings lead in their last match in Himachal Pradesh, have now six points from two games. Having taken a first innings lead over Tamil Nadu in their last match, Madhya Pradesh now have four points. Reeling at 69 for three in their second innings after being asked to follow-on, the 21-year-old opener showed fine application with Sharma as the duo managed the rescue act in an unbroken 171-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Son of business tycoon Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aryaman hit..
                 

Ali Fazal and Pankaj Tripathi's real-life inspiration for Mirzapur

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Ali Fazal did not have to look too far for inspiration to play a gangster in the web series, Mirzapur. He modelled the character on his Lucknow-based street-smart uncle, Rizwan, who lived a wildlife. Co-star Pankaj Tripathi's character of a drug lord is said to be inspired by gangster-turned-politician from Uttar Pradesh. The actor says this is the darkest character he has played so far; it is what the audience will love to hate in Mirzapur, which is set in the hinterlands. Ali Fazal, who has earlier wooed the audience with his boy next door avatars dons a beefed up and muscular look for Mirzapur. Ali who hails from Uttar Pradesh underwent rigorous training for his physical transformation, however, to get into the skin of the character, Ali took a rather unusual inspiration. Talking about the same Ali Fazal shared, "The whole changeover came from Cockfights. I used to go watch cockfights. When you see chicken, have such innocent eyes and suddenly when you see them as people bet on th..
                 

CBI books ex-PNB Deputy Manager in disproportionate assets case

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The CBI on Friday said that it has registered a case of disproportionate assets against Gokulnath Shetty, the former Punjab National Bank Deputy Manager who allegedly facilitated the Rs 13,500 crore scam involving fugitive diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. A senior Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told IANS: "The agency has registered the case against Shetty and his wife Ashalata, who is a clerk in Indian Bank in Mumbai on Thursday night." The couple were booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The official said that Shetty and his wife had amassed huge moveable and immoveable properties between April 1, 2011 to May 31, 2017. In its FIR, the CBI alleged that the couple had acquired disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 2.63 crore. It also alleged that Ashalata Shetty was found to "actively assist her husband in the concealment and acquisition of assets raised from ill-gotten wealth and thereby abe..
                 

Mumbai: Juhu cops nab accused absconding for 20 years

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The Juhu police, on Thursday, finally managed to nab Sattar Gaffar Sayyed, who had been absconding for the last 20 years. The 43-year-old was arrested from Govandi. A case was registered against him and two others on February 25, 1995 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act for allegedly firing gunshots in the air and giving life threats to a share broker. Arrested last in 1995The accused was arrested back in February 1995, said senior police inspector Pandharinath Wavhal of Juhu police station. However, Sayyed, along with accused Sandeep Bhaskar Pawar and Mohammed Nadeem, stopped appearing before the court after securing bail from the magistrate court. "Various summons and non-bailable warrants were issued against them and Sayyed's location was finally traced recently," Wavhal said. "Earlier on October 10, we arrested Pawar who was working as an estate agent in Goregaon. He, too, had disappeared in 1997 and kept changing his locations to avoid arrest. T..
                 

Sushant Singh proud of Savdhaan India 2 journey

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Actor Sushant Singh is happy and proud that the second season of Savdhaan India, a show which aims to spread awareness and keep people alert, has cross the 100-episode mark. The second season went on air on Star Bharat in July and has been receiving love and appreciation from the audience. Sushant has been hosting the season since the start and has been associated with the show for at least six years. "I am very happy that Savdhaan India has completed its 100 episodes with its second season. I have been associated with the show for more than 6 years now, and it's a matter of great pride for me. I have put in my heart and soul for this show and it is very close to my heart. "I thank all my viewers for making it a success and look forward to their continued love and support for many more episodes to come," Sushant said in a statement. 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 ..
                 

Legendary bolero singer Lucho Gatica dies

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Chile born legendary bolero singer Lucho Gatica, who made Mexico his home for half a century, has died, his family said. He was 90. "Bon voyage! I love you," his son, the Mexican actor Luis Gatica, posted on social media, together with a picture of a black ribbon. There has, however, been no cause given to his death on Tuesday. Born in Rancagua, Chile, on August 11, 1928, Luis Enrique Gatica's career spanned over 70 years. The Chilean actor moved to Mexico in 1957. From his adopted country he won international fame for his boleros and ballads, and recorded 13 studio albums, the last one in 2013 entitled "Historia de un Amor" (Love Story). "I'm not afraid of death, I'm very happy," the artist told EFE in an interview on the occasion of presenting his final disc. 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..
                 

Thane Crime: Three 'RTI activists' arrested for extortion of Rs 30 lakh

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Three men claiming to be RTI activists were arrested for allegedly extorting a builder at Dombivli in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Friday. Two of the arrested accused are brothers, police said adding that they had asked the victim to either pay Rs 30 lakh to them or allot three flats in his housing project. The Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of the crime branch of Thane police made the arrest on Thursday morning. According to police, with their arrest, the total number of self-proclaimed RTI activists held for allegedly extorting builders has gone up to eight within a month. The trio was identified as Vasant Joshi (46), Vinod Gangaram Joshi (35) and Kalpesh Gangaram Joshi (29), they said. As per the complaint lodged by the builder, the trio had been harassing him since 2017. They filed an RTI query with the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) about one his housing projects in Dombivli. "They demanded Rs 30 lakh from him in lieu of withdrawing the RTI applic..
                 

Model, actress Kim Porter dead at 47

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Model and actress Kim Porter, who dated rapper P. Diddy for 13 years and is the mother of three of his children, is dead. She was 47. According to tmz.com, Porter went into cardiac arrest on Thursday at noon after suffering from pneumonia for several weeks, though her official cause of death has not yet been revealed. Diddy and Porter have three children together. Christian Combs was born in 1998, followed by twin girls Jessie James and D'Lila. Porter also has a son, Quincy (named after her personal mentor, Quincy Jones), from a previous relationship with producer Al B. Sure! Diddy and Porter began dating in 1994 and were on and off until their final break-up in 2007. "Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time," Diddy's representative Cindi Berger told Variety. Porter, who was born in 1971 moved to Atlanta to pursue a modelling career, appearing on the covers of Runway and Essence magazines. She appeared on television sh..
                 

Jeffrey Dean Morgan slams Armie Hammer for criticising Stan Lee tribute

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Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan has slammed actor Armie Hammer who had questioned the celebrities on the way they honoured comic book legend Stan Lee. Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes characters such as Spider-Man, Thor and The Hulk, died early Monday at the age of 95. Hammer, 32, in a now-deleted tweet, had disapproved the culture of posting selfies to commemorate the departed soul. "So touched by all of the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee' no better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself,' he had tweeted. Morgan posted a reply to Hammer, saying, "Looks like you found a way to use others ways of mourning and their memories to draw some attention to yourself. You sound like a real a**hat. The 52-year-old actor has since deleted his reply. Among the big Marvel names who paid tribute to Stan Lee include "Captain America" actor Chris Evans, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, "De..
                 

Viola Davis: I felt invisible growing up

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Oscar winner Viola Davis has said she felt "invisible" in her formative years. The 53-year-old actor said her lack of self-belief stemmed from a long line of women who did not have a voice. "You know, I came from a story where I didn't feel just less than or I just didn't have a voice or not pretty. I felt invisible. I came from a long line of women who felt invisible. And they're the ones who attempted to throw me an invisible rope. "Courage is just fear said with prayers. And I feel that it takes a great deal of courage to hit bottom and feel invisible and then to share one's story. But it's in the sharing of the story in front of people who have empathy that kills shame. And once that shame is killed, guess what? You're running," Davis said in her address at Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year awards. The "How to Get Away with Murder" star received one of Glamour's Women of the Year honours. In the wake of the #MeToo uprising, she said, it is necessary for the change to come from wit..
                 

Helen Flanagan: Each baby is different

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Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan has hit back at "negative" mum-shamers who criticised her for weaning her baby at five months. Taking to Instagram on Thursday morning, the 28-year-old wrote: "So this morning I posted about weaning my baby girl at nearly 5 months and I got quite a lot of negative comments. "I know a lot of Mums follow me, so I wasn't being irresponsible posting that I'm weaning my baby who's nearly five months. I'm not an expert but I do think each baby is different. Matilda was walking at 11 months and some little ones take longer with that but she wasn't great with her food. "I suppose they all go at their own pace and Delilah is loving little baby fruit purées and is really interested," she added, reports people.com. Flanagan said now she is giving her little one only little licks of the spoon. "No mum shaming please that I didn't boil the fruit. I am still feeding her myself and will do as long as she needs," she said. She continued: "I breastfee..
                 

Mumbai gears up for Czechoslovakia's 100th year celebrations

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As the world celebrates 100 years of the formation of the sovereign state of Czechoslovakia, Mumbai gears up to be a part of the global celebrations, with a reception and fashion show by Prague designer Jana Berg at a SoBo hotel on November 17. The event is likely to see the presence of Delhi-based Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India H E Milan Hovorka. Mumbai joins the partyMumbai-based Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic, Rashmi Jolly said, "Celebrations have been taking place across the world from mid-October, and Mumbai has to be a part of it! On October 26, I attended the 100th anniversary celebrations in New Delhi where 25 schoolchildren dressed in traditional Czech folk costumes performed at a musical programme. The stage at the event was built across a swimming pool at the Embassy of the Czech Republic." She further said, "The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York and also in London. Of course, the biggest celebration took plac..
                 

Kumail Nanjiani enters The Twilight Zone

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Pakistan-origin actor-comedian Kumail Nanjiani is crossing over into The Twilight Zone. He will star in an episode of the Jordan Peele-led reboot. The Silicon Valley star and Oscar-nominated co-writer of The Big Sick is the third actor to join the series, following Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott. Executive producer Peele will introduce and narrate each episode, just like series creator Rod Serling, reports hollywoodreporter.com. Details about Nanjiani's role are being kept under wraps. The original Twilight Zone ran from 1959-64 on CBS. Four classic segments from the original were also remade as a 1983 feature film. All episodes of the 1959-64 series stream on CBS All Access. The new version is set for a 2019 premiere. 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 depend..
                 

59-year-old woman dies after being attacked by group of monkeys

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A 59-year-old woman died in the outskirts of Agra city after she was attacked by a group of monkeys, police said on Thursday. The attack took place on Wednesday night when the victim, Bhooran Devi, had stepped out of her house in Kagaraul village. According to the police, the attack left her bleeding profusely and she was pronounced dead at a hospital. The incident comes after a child born 12 days ago died on Monday after a monkey snatched it from his mother's lap also in the city's Kachhara area. Last week, another child from the area was brutally attacked by monkeys. The victim was in ICU. Agra has been plagued by monkey menace for the past 10 years. At Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri, the number of monkeys has gone beyond safe limits. The victims' kins on Thursday demanded compensation from the district authorities. On Wednesday evening, local voluntary agencies had organised a conference where a plan was formulated to control the monkey nuisance in the Taj city. Agra, Mathura ..
                 

Mary Poppins Returns to release in India on Jan 4, 2019

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Emily Blunt's Mary Poppins Returns will release in India on January 4 next year. The release date was announced on Friday via a statement. In this all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy missing in their lives following a personal loss. The enigmatic nanny is joined by her friend Jack, played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Rob Marshall has directed the film from a screenplay by David Magee. The screen story is by Magee, Marshall and John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. "I was incredibly honoured to be approached by Disney about directing a sequel," said director-producer Marshall. "This is a brand new original film musical from top to bottom, which is very rare, and it is a wonderful opportunity to create something specifically for the screen," he added. PL Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 children's book Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins Returns also ..
                 

'Gossip Girls' Gauri Khan, Shweta Bachchan and Farah Khan dine in style

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It was a girl's night out for filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan with her pals Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Gauri Khan and Kaajal Anand. The ladies went dining on Wednesday night at a plush Bandra Kurla Complex restaurant. They were also snapped outside the restaurant by the paparazzi. Farah Khan spotted outside the restaurant. All Pictures/Yogen Shah. Shweta Bachchan spotted outside the restaurant.  Farah Khan also shared a photo on Instagram and wrote, "#gossipgirls! @gaurikhan pls order hot chocolate for next time.. n @shwetabachchan im confiscating ur phone next meeting.. @putlu u were just fine [sic]."       View this post on Instagram #gossipgirls ! @gaurikhan pls order hot chocolate for next time.. n @shwetabachchan im confiscating ur phone next meeting.. @putlu u were just fine😄 A post shared by Farah Khan Kunder (@farahkhankunder) onNov 14, 2018 at 10:29am PST Well, ..
                 

Emraan Hashmi's film Cheat India's teaser out now!

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Inspired by true events and facts and coming from the makers of Tumhari Sulu, Neerja and Raid, the forthcoming film, Cheat India is out to bare the malpractices in India's education system. The makers unveiled the film's video teaser today. Here's the teaser: Earlier this week saw the release of the Cheat India poster, which had Emraan Hashmi's face stitched together by an assortment of exam admission cards and rupee notes. The intriguing creative led to endless speculation about his character in the film. Hashmi had stated in an interview that the film was a first-of-its-kind for him, besides being topical and relevant for students and parents. Its controversial tagline, 'Nakal Mein Hi Akal Hai' (There's wiseness in cheating) clearly points towards the rampant malpractices in the country's financially lucrative education sector. The film marks the debut of Shreya Dhanwanthary and features more than forty theatre actors. Produced by Bhushan Kumar's T-Series, Tanuj Garg a..
                 

Mumbai: NSCI in trouble for 'sub-letting' halls to BJP MLA's kin

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The high-profile National Sports Club of India in Worli is in trouble yet again for allegedly violating its lease conditions. The club has built two new banquet halls measuring 22,000 square feet and has given the operational rights to an event management company run by family members of BJP MLA Chainsukh Sancheti. This despite the fact that the club premises are only meant to be used for sports activities. The NSCI is situated on nearly 11 acres of prime sea-facing land in Worli, on lease from the BMC. As per the sanctioned development plan, the plot is earmarked as a recreational ground (RG), and was leased to the club for sports activities in the late '90s. Since then, however, the tony club has courted controversy several times for alleged illegal alterations and violations of the terms of lease. An ad for banquet halls in a brochure from Plan Smart Events & Hospitality Services, run by BJP MLA Chainsukh Sancheti's family This time, the family of a powerful BJP MLA is involv..
                 

Hugh Grant joins Nicole Kidman in 'The Undoing'

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Actor Hugh Grant will star opposite actress Nicole Kidman in the upcoming series "The Undoing". It centres on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She's a successful therapist, has a devoted husband, Jonathan (Grant), and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself. Jonathan is described as an acclaimed pediatric oncologist, devoted husband to Grace and doting father, whose past undergoes scrutiny when he suddenly disappears, leading to a chain of terrible revelations. Grant most recently starred in the critically-acclaimed miniseries "A Very English Scandal" and the hit film "Paddington 2". Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Andro..
                 

Indian sprinter Hima Das is UNICEF India's first youth ambassador

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The United Nations Children's Fund-India (UNICEF India) has appointed Asian Games gold medallist sprinter Hima Das as the country's first youth ambassador. The name of the champion athlete from Assam was announced by UNICEF in a tweet on Wednesday coinciding with Children's Day celebrated on November 14 and commemorating the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday. "I'm honoured to be chosen as UNICEF India's Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams," Das said. Hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in the women's 4x400 m relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also bagged n a silver medal in the 400m event. 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, r..
                 

I felt conflicted to race in a poor country like India, says Hamilton

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Five-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton felt "conflicted" to race in a "poor" country like India and said that the huge amount of money could have been spent on building homes and schools rather than a Formula One track. Hamilton questioned the strategy of taking Formula One to places like India, Korea and Turkey where the sport did not survive for long. Vietnam is another country which doesn't have rich motorsport history but will be hosting a Formula One race in 2020. "We've got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the United States, it is starting to grow. But you only have one event per year in those places. If it was my business, I'd be trying to do more events in those countries," Hamilton told BBC. "I've been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I've been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I w..
                 

IPL: Rajasthan Royals, Hyderabad Sunrisers retain Smith, Warner

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Disgraced Australian stars Steve Smith and David Warner will make a comeback in next year's Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, their franchises announced Thursday. Both Smith and Warner were barred from participating in the lucrative league this season after their involvement in a ball tampering scandal. Rajasthan Royals named Smith in their squad and Warner stayed with Sunrisers Hyderabad as the 12th IPL officially kicked off with the announcement of player retention from all franchises. The duo are serving one-year international bans but recently padded up for club cricket in Australia. Warner, who had led Sunrisers to victory in IPL 2016 edition, and Smith, captain of Royals, were suspended just ahead of the 2018 edition by the league's governing council. Royals and Sunrisers have not named their captains for the upcoming season. Apart from Smith, Royals also retained their England stars in Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and New Zealand's Ish Sodhi. Overseas stars ..
                 

Two engineers arrested for taking bribe in Udaipur

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Two government engineers were arrested for allegedly taking bribes from a civil contractor in Rajasthan's Udaipur district on Thursday, an Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) official said. Executive engineer Mahaveer Jain and assistant engineer Prakash Bhanawat of the state Agriculture Marketing Board were arrested from Salumbar town after taking a bribe of Rs 34,500 and Rs 1,09,500 respectively from the complainant in lieu of clearing a construction work bill of Rs 17 lakh, said Narottam Lal, assistant superintendent of police, ACB (Jaipur Rural). A case has been registered against the accused under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the officer added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliabil..
                 

English Premier League clubs agree to use VAR next season

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The Premier League is set to use the Video Assistant Referee system from next season after clubs "agreed in principle" to the move on Thursday. During a meeting attended by key members of all 20 Premier League clubs, officials were presented with an update on the non-live VAR trials taking place. They were also given "key learnings" from VAR's use in the FA Cup and League Cup this season. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where 335 incidents were checked by VAR officials, and is already underway in some other European leagues. A formal Premier League request will now be made to the International Football Association Board and FIFA, the world governing body. A statement from the Premier League said its testing programme would continue for the rest of the season, "with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently". How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium will be addressed, with the development of a ..
                 

Head constable arrested for accepting Rs 30,000 bribe in Punjab

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A head constable posted at Special Task Force in Ferozepur was caught red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 30,000, an official of Punjab Vigilance Bureau said on Thursday. HC Mukhtiar Singh was nabbed red-handed on the complaint of Mangal Singh of village Chapati in Ferozepur district, the official said. The complainant had approached the vigilance bureau alleging that the accused official was demanding Rs 50,000 to help him in a case and the deal was struck at Rs 30,000. After verifying his information, the vigilance team laid a trap and the accused was arrested on the spot while accepting bribe from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability ..
                 

Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das announces state as open defecation free

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das Thursday announced the entire state as open defecation free (ODF). The ODF target for the state was October 2, 2019, but Jharkhand has achieved it a year in advance, Das said at the Statehood Day function here. Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar on November 15, 2000 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. The chief minister also announced Lohardaga, Hazaribagh and Deoghar as total electrified districts, joining Ranchi, Dhanbad, Ramgarh and Bokaro. The electrification target for the entire state was December, 2018, he said. The chief minister said Jharkhand is second in the country in terms of development growth, fourth in ease of doing business and number one in achieving health reforms. So far, more than 32 lakh people of Jharkhand have been given employment or self-employment, he said. Besides this, 16 lakh women were connected with 'Sakhi Mandal' for self-employment. He said the state government was getting full support from the Centre in dev..
                 

Bangladesh calls off Rohingya repatriation after protests

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Bangladesh on Thursday called-off its plan to repatriate hundreds of Rohingya refugees in the country after they refused to return to Myanmar where the minority Muslim community feared for their lives. On Thursday, Bangladesh began preparations to repatriate an initial batch of 2,000 Rohingya Muslims from 485 families to Myanmar, in line with a plan agreed with Myanmar in October. However, several thousand Rohingya instead staged protests, declining to go back. The Rohingyas staged protest marches demanding realisation of a five-point demand as the precondition that included deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in the Rakhine State to ensure their safety and giving them full citizenship status in Myanmar. 7 lakhNo. of Rohingya who have fled to Myanmar Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day..
                 

Kris Jenner wants Kanye West to 'share' some thoughts 'privately'

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Reality TV star Kris Jenner wishes her son-in-law Kanye West would keep some of his strong opinions to himself. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians matriarch, 62, had a candid conversation about West on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, reports people.com. Asked about her thoughts on his recent headlines, Jenner remained sympathetic towards daughter Kim Kardashian West's husband. "My job as a mom is just to be there for my kids and be support and love them. Kanye's an amazing son-in-law. He's an amazing dad and husband and friend and brother-in-law. So we know my son-in-law, Kanye," she said. "I think what I really want to do is be there to help him be the best version of himself that he can be," she said, adding: "You're always concerned when there's controversy and drama and things are going on and it's sometimes worrisome. When you have six kids and extended family and nine grandchildren, there's a lot going on. "And I just want to be there and be supportive and be there if..
                 

Amit Shah: BJP will trace, drive out infiltrators after 2019 polls

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BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday said his party would trace and drive out infiltrators from the country after winning the 2019 general elections under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership. Addressing a poll rally, Shah said infiltrators were coming to India since 1971 and formed the "vote bank" of opposition parties like the Congress and TMC. Shah said after 40 lakh people were left out in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, leaders like Congress president Rahul Gandhi, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, TDP president Chandrababu Naidu and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav "whined as if their granny had died". "All of them (objected to the NRC). As if their granny died. Why were they all in pain?" he said, accusing Gandhi of being more concerned with the human rights of "infiltrators" than victims of bomb blasts carried out by these "intruders". "Let the Congress cry, we are not going to stop. You elect Narendra Modi's government in 2019. It w..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan has preserved most of his films

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Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has successfully saved the prints of most of his films, an expert said on Thursday. Founder and Director of Film Heritage Foundation Shivendra Singh Dungarpur said Bachchan asked the producers to give him the prints of his films. "When we approached Bachchan, we found it interesting to note that he used to ask the film producers to give him a copy of a subtitled print and another print. In that process he maintained most of his films," Dungarpur said at the 4th Preservation and Restoration Workshop's opening at KIFF. He said film restoration is the need of the hour. There has to be awareness about it, as there was a need for trained archivists. "I am really glad with such concerted efforts for restoring great works of Bengali cinema. We are celebrating the centenary of Bengali cinema. So saving our work is of utmost importance," said KIFF chairman and leading Bengali actor Prasenjit Chatterjee. Bachchan is the brand ambassador of the initiative. He..
                 

Performance to catch in Mumbai: Roars from Senegal

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Children's Day may well be over, but celebrations continue. In a treat for young Mumbaikars, performers from Senegal will present Lions of Africa. The show will feature the griots, a traditional musician-storyteller tribe of West Africa. Specially designed for young schoolchildren, it will give them a glimpse of traditional West African instruments, like the sabar, kalabas and djembe. The performance will end with a storytelling session that weaves in Simb, a ceremony that has its roots in an ancient Senegalese story of a half-man and half-lion. "We have always focused on the similarities that bind traditional performing arts across the globe. These artistes speak the language Wolof, but they claim that the drums do all the talking!" says Niharika Venkatesh, manager of The Tender Roots initiative by Banyan Tree, which is bringing down the artistes. Staged for the first time in India in March, the show ran to a packed house. ON Tonight, 6.30 pmAT Nehru Centre, Worli. Register bit.ly/t..
                 

Performance to catch in Mumbai: Criminal mind

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Back in the early 1980s, a young Italian man landed in a psychiatric prison for brutally stabbing his mother and father. He escaped only to leave such a gruesome trail of crimes that by the time he was 24, he was dubbed the most wanted man in France, Italy and Switzerland. The chilling story of Roberto Succo has fascinated many, including noted French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès whose final play, Roberto Zucco, was inspired by his life. When Mumbai-based theatre director Omkar Bhatkar came across Koltès's work, he felt it was important to stage a play of this kind in the city. "I found his writing profound and different. But he is unfortunately not a well-known playwright in India," he says. Bhatkar, who has directed the play translated by Martin Crimp, feels the script offers a lot of scope for interpretation. "I have treated it more as a philosophical romantic adventure than a psychological thriller," he adds. About the unique writing style, he tells us that thoug..
                 

Jet Airways zoom 26 percent amid reports of Tata Group buying stake

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Shares of Jet Airways Thursday zoomed up to 26 per cent on bourses amid reports that Tata Group was in talks to buy a controlling stake in the cash-strapped airline. After a positive opening on the BSE, shares of the company soared 24.52 per cent to close at Rs 320.95. During the trading hours, the stock had touched a high of Rs 334.9 and a low of Rs 264. On the NSE, the shares of airline firm went up by as much as 26.41 per cent to settle at Rs 326. The stock has risen in the last four trading sessions gaining over 32 per cent on the bourses. While the shares of struggling carrier ended on a positive note Thursday, shares of SpiceJet and InterGlobe Aviation fell by 0.9 and 0.51 per cent respectively, on the BSE. A section of media reported that Tata group was conducting due diligence of Jet Airways to buy the full-service carrier from its owner, Naresh Goyal. Jet Airways, however, termed media reports of Tata group carrying out due diligence to acquire the airline as "speculative". ..
                 

WT20: Mithali Raj scores fifty, India eves beat Ireland to enter semis

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Indian spinners produced yet another controlled performance to clinch a semi-final berth with a comfortable 52-run victory against Ireland in a group league encounter of the ICC Women's World T20 on Thursday. After managing 145 for 6 on a slow track, Indian spinners maintained tight leash on Irish women restricting them to 93 for 8 in 20 overs. With their third win, India with six points were assured of a last-four spot along with Australia (6 points from 3 games) with New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland already even before their campaign could officially end. While India's batting performance leaving a lot to be desired, the spinners Radha Yadav (3/25 in 4 overs), Deepti Sharma (2/15 in 3 overs), Poonam Yadav (1/14 in 4 overs) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (1/10 in 4 overs) were economical as well picked wickets at regular intervals. India's strategy of packing off-side cordon and bowling wide of stumps, paid off as Ireland were never in the chase conceding as many as 65 dot balls (nea..
                 

Shastri on WC ODI team: Rest period over, no chopping and changing now

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No more experiments. From now on, Virat Kohli and the think tank will focus only on those players who are certainties for the ODI World Cup in England next year. On the eve of the team's departure to Australia yesterday, India's head coach Ravi Shastri made it clear: "As far as one-day cricket is concerned, we will try and play close to the 15 [players] who will go to the World Cup. Chopping, changing over; rest period over. Now is the time to play as a unit. Hopefully, we will not have injuries to make us look elsewhere," Shastri said in the BCCI headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday. India will play three ODIs against Australia Down Under and then take on New Zealand in Kiwiland for five limited overs matches. Australia will tour India in February for five ODI matches. "We have eight good games now in Australia and New Zealand and then five here against Australia. We will try and play the best team at all times," said Shastri. India players celebrate a wicket during the fi..
                 

Kerala govt decides to implement SC order after meet, Opp walks out

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Consensus eluded a crucial all-party meeting called on Thursday to resolve the stand-off over permitting women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala shrine with the Kerala government firm on implementing the Supreme Court order and the Opposition walking out in protest. After the nearly three-hour-long meeting, dubbed as a 'farce' by the Opposition, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said his government was duty-bound to enforce the court's September 28 verdict allowing women of all ages to pray at the hill temple of Lord Ayyappa as it had not been stayed. He had convened the meeting in the backdrop of state-wide protests by devotees after the Supreme Court ended an age-old ban on entry of women in the 10-50 age group. "The government has no other option as the Supreme Court has made it clear that the September 28 verdict has not been stayed, which means women in the 10-50 age group have the right to visit the Sabarimala temple," Vijayan told the media. Opposition Congress-led United De..
                 

Grandson of the man behind Mumbai Central station visits city

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Can I see the garden in the backyard? I know there is one," smiled a nostalgic Englishman visiting the spacious bungalow of Mumbai's Western Railway General Manager. Richard Campbell-Jackson, grandson of Sir Ernest Jackson, who built the then Bombay Central station as the General Manager of the Western Railway, was visiting the city with his wife. "The road in the front was much farther then," the 81-year-old (born in 1937), exclaimed as he took an emotional tour of the bungalow that he lived in decades ago. Named Bombarci, after the old name of Western Railway — Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI) — the spacious bungalow located on Altamount Road, was built in 1925.Sir Ernest Jackson was the General Manager for Western Railway between 1925 and 1932, when he got the (now) Mumbai Central station built along with starting the iconic Frontier Mail train, playing a crucial role in electrification of railways and founding the railway co-operative credit soc..
                 

Tigress Avni (T1)'s cubs spotted near village in Pandharkawda

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There's good news for wildlife lovers, as a patrolling team of the forest department looking for the cubs of tigress T1, also known as Avni, spotted them early on Thursday morning. The patrolling team and some villagers from Vihirgaon had a direct sighting of both the cubs in Pandharkawda. But there is also sad news, as three other tiger cubs have died after they were hit by a train, near Chandrapur. Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF), Wildlife, Sunil Limaye said, "At around 5.30 am on Thursday our patrolling team spotted both the cubs of T1 a few hundred metres from Vihirgaon, which is positive news. A strategy is being drawn to capture them safely." 'Monitoring the area'The FD has placed meat at multiple locations where the cubs were spotted. "We have placed bait at many locations and are taking precautions to ensure there is minimum movement by people in the area to prevent the cubs from getting disturbed. Only teams of experts and veterinarians are closely m..
                 

Pa Ranjith on his Bollywood debut: Birsa Munda's story transcends time

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After Beyond The Clouds, directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Majid Majidi, producer duo Shareen Mantri Kedia and Kishor Arora are now set to collaborate with South filmmaker, Pa Ranjith, for a biopic on revolutionary Birsa Munda (1875-1900). The tribal freedom fighter, religious leader and folk hero belonged to the Munda tribe found in Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. He single-handedly raised an army of tribals and fought against the British for their rights to ownership of land. Pa Ranjith The announcement was made yesterday to mark Munda's 143rd birth anniversary. The filmmakers have also acquired the rights of Padma Vibhushan and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Mahasweta Devi's book, Jangal Ke Davedar, based on the life of Birsa Munda. Ranjith, who directed Rajinikanth starrer Kaala and Kabali (2016), makes his Bollywood debut with the biopic. He says, "When I first read about Birsa Munda seven years ago in Mahasweta Devi's book, I knew that I will narrate his story some day." He ..
                 

Alert Vikhroli citizen help police nab Romanian card cloning conman

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The Parksite police arrested a 49-year-old Romanian fraudster, Caravan Marian, after an alert citizen spotted him at an ATM in Vikhroli. The card-cloning Caravan had gone all the way from Romania to India. An alert citizen calls the police control room after spotting a masked man inside a Canara Bank ATM at the Vikhroli T-junction He cloned cards in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, before heading to Mumbai to withdraw money from local ATMs. An alert citizen had called the police on spotting a masked man inside the Canara Bank ATM at the Vikhroli T-junction, assuming that he was burgling cash. The Parksite Police arrive and see a suspicious man wearing a respirator mask in the ATM booth When the Parksite police got there, though, they discovered a much bigger racket — Caravan had come to all the way from Romania to India to carry out a card-cloning racket across multiple states. The suspect notices the police and makes a run for it The incident took place on November 10. An..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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And Twinkle shines onFemale hygiene has been on Twinkle Khanna's mind for some time now. First came her book of women-centric stories, one of which was dedicated to Arunachalam Muruganantham, who devised a mechanism to produce low-cost sanitary napkins. Then came a film based on his life, which she produced. Now, the author and former actor has joined forces with Save the Children as artist ambassador to promote adolescent health and menstrual hygiene in the slums of Mumbai. Child champion Saleha (right) interacts with other adolescents at a workshop To kick off her association with the organisation, she will visit slums in Govandi today as part of an awareness programme, where she will interact with adolescents and felicitate hygiene champions from the community. In a state where over 60 per cent girls skip school during periods, a known face should help lend heft to a worthy cause. The drive to driveIn a bid to augment the self-confidence of the visually-challenged, a women's-onl..
                 

US cannot afford truculent child president: John Kerry

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US former Secretary of State Joh Kerry tore into President Donald Trump on Thursday for skipping a visit to a military cemetery in France, calling him a "truculent child". Kerry was visiting the UK to promote his book. "People are tired of the embarrassment of what took place in Paris in the last few days," Kerry said on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "We cannot have a truculent child president. We need something serious." Trump has been hit with criticism for backing out of a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, France, last weekend while he was there to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I. "Every country is feeling the pressure of this nationalistic populist and in some cases very frightening rightwing advance," the former top official said. The White House said Trump was unable to visit the military cemetery due to inclement weather. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted he was urged to back out of the visit by Secret Service beca..
                 

Kedarnath is all set to take you to a pilgrimage through screens

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The recently released trailer of the film has received an exceptional response from the audience. While the commendable screen presence of Sara Ali Khan and the sizzling chemistry between Sara and Sushant Singh Rajput has been applauded by the audience, the trailer has also mesmerized the viewers with the picturesque locations of the film. Having shot against the backdrop of the real locations in Kedarnath, the makers have captured the surrounding so well that it will give enough of glimpses and a detailed trip for a pilgrimage. While the teaser set the mood for the romantic tale based amidst the tragic floods of Uttarakhand, the first song Namo Namo took the audience on a pilgrimage trip to the holy temple. Kedarnath is an eternal love story set in the backdrop of the flash floods that wrecked the temple town in June of 2013. It is a potent combination of love and religion, passion and spirituality. The floods that took the lives of over a hundred thousand people is a powerful backd..
                 

Siddharth Roy Kapur: Not a worry that there is no star in Pihu

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Film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming production venture Pihu, says that there is no worry that the film doesnt feature an established star. Siddharth Roy Kapoor was interacting with media to promote Pihu along with film's director Vinod Kapri on Tuesday. Pihu features Myra Vishwakarma, a two year old girl in the title role who gets trapped inside her house with no escape. When asked whether the makers of the film are worried about the film because it doesn't feature any established star, Kapur said, "It's not a worry that there is no star in the film. We have done many films in the past without stars as well. While we love working with stars, we are happy to do a great story without a star too and in this case genuinely the two year old is a star because in the first two minutes of the film, you fall in love with her. "Once you are in love with her, you want to know what happens with her and that's what a star does to you right. A s..
                 

Ali Fazal: Key to results is consistency

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Actor Ali Fazal, who underwent physique change to suit a gangster's look in Mirzapur, says the key to positive results is consistency. Ali bulked up to look his part of a tough gangster in web series Mirzapur. Later, he toned down by shedding 10 kg for his role in Milan Talkies for his look of a boy-next-door. "It took some patience and a lot of eating. The key to any kind of results is consistency. Topped with some manic-ness. I really thank the Mirzapur team to have been so supportive of my routines and all the effort put in. It was all a team work. I could not have done without everyone, especially my trainer and my dietician," Ali said in a statement. Mirzapur is based on an imaginary lawless land where ammunition and crime take the centrestage. The series also stars Rasika Dugal, Pankaj Tripathi and Shweta Tripathi. Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar serve as the executive producers of the Amazon Prime Video's project created by Karan Anshuman and Puneet Krishna and directed by ..
                 

Woman wears wedding gown alone after fiance dies on Lion Air

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An Indonesian woman who was engaged to a man who died on a Lion Air flight that plunged into the sea has worn her wedding dress on the day they were to have been married. Intan Syari's fiance, medical doctor Rio Nanda Pratama, was among 189 people who were killed when the Boeing 737 crashed on Oct. 29 a few minutes after taking off from Jakarta. Syari and Pratama, both 26, had planned to get married last Sunday. Pratama, who had attended a seminar in Jakarta, was on his way back to their hometown in Pangkal Pinang for the wedding. Syari said Pratama had joked before leaving that if he was late in returning, Syari should take photos in her wedding gown and send them to him. "We were just joking at that time," Syari told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "He asked me to still wear my wedding gown that he chose for me on our wedding day, put on beautiful makeup and hold a white rose bouquet, take good photos and send them to him." She said Pratama was her "first love" and they started ..
                 

Will develop drainage systems, roads in unauthorised colonies: Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the AAP government will construct roads, sewer, stormwater drains, and water pipelines simultaneously across all unauthorised colonies in the national capital. "We will take up the work of constructing roads, sewer, stormwater drains and water pipelines in a single time frame in all unauthorised colonies of Delhi," Kejriwal said. "As per the concept, there will be no drains on the roads, instead, all the stormwater and household water will go directly in the underground pipelines, recharging the water table," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief added. This, he said, will lead to a decrease in dengue and malaria cases in the national capital as clogged open drains would be eliminated. Kejriwal was on a visit to North East Delhi's Kanjhawala village along with Health Minister Satyendar Jain to inspect the development work of two model colonies -- selected by the Delhi government -- to test the concept of constructing all four systems ..
                 

Imran Khan orders inquiry into police officer's murder

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday ordered an immediate inquiry into the murder of a police officer who was allegedly kidnapped in Islamabad and was later killed in Afghanistan. Khan made the announcement on his Twitter account, saying that he followed the "shocking tragedy" of the murder of Superintendent of Police Tahir Khan Dawar who was chief of Peshawar police's rural circle. The Prime Minister ordered the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province government to coordinate with Islamabad police in holding an inquiry immediately. According to reports and officials, Dawar was kidnapped in Islamabad on October 26 and his body was found in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that the tortured body found in Nangarhar was certainly that of Dawar, a police officer renowned for his armed encounters with militants. According to Dawn online, the slain officer's body had been handed over to Pakistani authorities in Afghanistan o..
                 

Shoojit Sircar: It never felt like work with Amitabh Bachchan

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Shoojit Sircar, who has collaborated with megastar Amitabh Bachchan in several films and commercials, says the actor makes the atmosphere so relaxed and friendly that it hardly feels like work. "Shooting with him is more like having a fulfilling conversation with a friend, as we talk about movies, sports, books and all that's happening around the world. It never felt like work with him, although when he delivers a shot, it is always pitch-perfect," Sircar said in a statement. On Big B's role in the commercial and how he used to get emotional while playing the character, Shoojit added: "Mr Bachchan told me that every time he gets to play a Sikh character, he remembers his mother, Teji Bachchan. His mother was Sikh and representative of the robust Punjabi culture. "He feels that both his mother and his grandfather would have been very proud to see him play a Sikh army man." Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS ap..
                 

Kajol and Ajay Devgn to go on 'Koffee' date with Karan Johar

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Bollywood couple Kajol and Ajay Devgn will be joining filmmaker Karan Johar for a conversation on his popular chat show "Koffee with Karan". They will appear together in an episode of the ongoing sixth season of the show. Karan also took to Instagram on Thursday to share photographs from the shoot. "Koffee today with the talented husband-wife," Karan posted with the image.       View this post on Instagram Koffee today with the talented husband wife!!! @kajol and @ajaydevgn ❤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Â #koffeewithkaran @starworldindia @hotstar A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) onNov 15, 2018 at 2:49am PST Kajol and Karan had a fallout sometime back, but they have reconciled. And Kajol gave this message through her Twitter post. "All is well," she posted with an image from the shoot. All is well........ 😜 pic.twitter.com/0HxQrEEgxw — Kajol (@KajolAtUN) N..
                 

Katy Perry Announces New Song, Cozy Little Christmas

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Beginning today, Amazon Prime Music listeners around the world can hear Katy Perry's track only on Amazon Prime Music simply by asking "Alexa, play Katy Perry's new holiday song" on the Amazon Prime Music app for iOS and Android or on Alexa-enabled devices. On "Cozy Little Christmas," Katy sings about her favorite time of year, reflecting on her holiday season spent with family in Copenhagen. The track, produced by Greg Wells and written by Wells, Katy Perry and Ferras Alqaisi, is now available to stream on the playlist, "Fresh International,"– one of the many playlists and stations hand-curated by Amazon Prime Music experts. "Cozy Little Christmas," and hundreds of thousands of other festive tracks, are now available to stream only on Amazon Prime Music in more than 40 countries worldwide. Amazon Prime Music listeners can also simply ask, "Alexa, play Katy Perry's new holiday song" in the Amazon Prime Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to "..
                 

Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi over Rafale: "Watchman sold out"

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PM Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning if the pact to buy 36 Rafale jets from France was at all a government-to-government deal. "The latest skeleton to tumble out of the Rafale cupboard: No guarantee by the French government backing the deal. "But, our Prime Minister says there's a letter from the French promising to be faithful! That's enough to call this a government-to-government deal," Gandhi tweeted, adding "#BikGayaChowkidar" (watchman sold out). Gandhi's latest jibe at Modi comes a day after the Centre told the Supreme Court that there was no sovereign guarantee by the French government backing the deal but only a letter of comfort. The submission was made by Attorney General K.K. Venugopal before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph, which reserved its verdict on PILs on the fighter jet deal. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news he..
                 

Farah Khan Kunder gives an unconventional gift to Deepika-Ranveer

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Finally, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are now husband and wife! Though the duo has kept this one a hush-hush affair, with a tight security, the pictures from the venue have already all over the social media platforms. As we all know it, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone had jotted a few rules for everyone who attend the wedding, one of it being 'no-gifts' for the bride and the groom. Bollywood director, who shares a good camaraderie with both Deepika and Ranveer gave the newly wedded couple an unconventional gift. Take a look!       View this post on Instagram Bhavna Jasra “impresses” Deepika & Ranveer #DEEPVEER with her art !! . . This will certainly be one of our most cherished impressions ever taken and our HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS to the lovely power couple of Indian Film Industry @deepikapadukone & @ranveersingh . . We wish them love & togetherness, forever & ever!! We are extremely exhilarated to make this symbol o..
                 

Cong: PM Modi sabotaging nation's interest to favour crony capitalist

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The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of sabotaging country's interest to favour his "crony capitalist friends" and claimed the agreement to purchase the 36 French Rafale jets from France was in violation of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). Reiterating its demand for a JPC probe into the controversial deal, the opposition party also sought to know from the Prime Minister why he set a higher "benchmark price" and waived the bank guarantee or French government's sovereign guarantee. "The Prime Minister enhanced the benchmark price for Rafale by Euro 3 billion (Rs 22,743 crore). Why did he set a higher benchmark price of Euro 8.2 Billion (Rs 62,166 crore) from Euro 5.2 billion (Rs 39,422 )? Why did he waive the sovereign guarantee requirement," Congress spokeperson Randeep Singh Surjewala asked at a press conference. "The Prime Minister has gone as far as to sabotage the nation's interests in favour of his crony capitalist friends," he said. The Congress le..
                 

Claudia Kim's magical experience in Hollywood

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald star Claudia Kim says coming to Hollywood from Korea was a magical experience. "For me, getting pulled out of Korea and brought into Hollywood was the first thing which was so magical for me," Kim said during a roundtable discussion here while promoting the project. Kim will soon be seen as Nagini in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald". The Warner Bros Pictures project will open in India on November 16. "I have done a couple of US projects but not an iconic character like this one. To take on a role like this feels incredible. The fans have so much love and excitement. I think that was the biggest change...Coming to this family," added the actress, who has featured in projects like "Avengers: Age of Ultron", "Equals" and "The Dark Tower". "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is the second in the planned five movies spin-off franchise from the "Harry Potter" films. The first part "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" c..
                 

Fashion designer, domestic help found murdered in Vasant Kunj Enclave

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New Delhi: A woman and her domestic help were found murdered at her residence in Vasant Kunj Enclave of southwest Delhi, police said on Thursday. The Vasant Kunj (south) Police Station was informed in the early hours of Thursday following which a team rushed to the spot. The deceased, Maya Lakhani, 53, is a fashion designer by profession who operated a boutique in Green Park and stayed in Vasant Kunj Enclave. She and her domestic help, Bahadur, 50, were stabbed multiple times, Deputy Commissioner of Police Devender Arya said. Three persons have been apprehended in connection with the incident. "We have detained three persons, including prime suspect Rahul Anwar, who works at the boutique," Arya added. The bodies have been sent for postmortem, police said, adding further investigation is in progress. -Edited by mid-day, with inputs from agencies 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 l..
                 

Shreya Ghoshal sings for web series

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Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal, who has lent her voice to some memorable film songs, has now sung for a web series. She says it was an exciting opportunity and she had a wonderful time. She has sung for ALTBalaji's upcoming web series Broken, which stars Vikrant Massey and Harleen Sethi. Three original songs will add musical magic to the show, which is about two broken hearts that come together to fix each other. Shreya has sung the "Yeh Kya Hua" track, a duet between her and popular singer Dev Negi. It is penned by ace lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya. While it takes the narration forward, it is also used as a background score of the show. "This is for the first time that I have sung for a web series and I had a wonderful time while recording this one. It's a beautiful composition of the lilting melody which captures the story of the characters completely. It is beautifully written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and I am totally in love with this one," Shreya said in a statement. Catch up on..
                 

Idris Elba's daughter named Golden Globe ambassador

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Isan Elba, daughter of Hollywood star Idris Elba, has been named this year's Golden Globe Ambassador. Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna announced the news on Wednesday. Retitled last year as Golden Globe Ambassador, the role was previously known as Miss (or Mr.) Golden Globe with previous title holders including the children of such Hollywood figures as Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood and Bruce Dern. Last year's Ambassador was Simone Garcia Johnson, the daughter of Dwayne Johnson and producer Dany Garcia, reports hollywoodreporter.com. "Last year, the HFPA renamed the title to represent a more inclusive role that was not only gender-neutral but also spoke of the HFPA's commitment to philanthropy," said Tatna. She added: "However, we are continuing to stand by the tradition that the honouree is the daughter or son of a well-known actor." In addition to ushering presenters on and off stage and handing out awards, Isan will choose a non-profit organization an..
                 

Eddie Redmayne: I often wonder if I'll be employed again

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Eddie Redmayne is having a successful run in Hollywood, but there are days when he wonders if he will get employed again. The Oscar-winning actor says he still remembers all the rejections that he faced and that is what keeps him grounded. "You never forget the rejections. You never forget the years of being told no. It is quite deeply in us. It is why lot of actors are neurotic and nervous," Redmayne told IANS in an exclusive interview while promoting his film "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald". "I remember reading an interview of Rachel Weisz saying that she never believes that she will be employed again. That time I was a young and struggling actor and I was like ‘You are Rachel Weisz. You are gonna be fine'. "But now even though in some ways, I have had a successful run, I still feel the same. I really do feel the same. My concern is that I hope people enjoy this film and I hope I get to make another one of these films," added the actor on a candid note. "That i..
                 

Ex-boyfriend kills pregnant woman with crossbow, her baby survives

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An eight-month pregnant Indian-origin woman was killed with a crossbow by a man believed to be her former partner at her home in east London. Sana Muhammad, also known as Devi Unmathallegadoo, was shot in the abdomen during the confrontation at her home in Ilford on Monday morning. Doctors performed an emergency surgery to save her unborn infant boy, who was in a stable condition, the police said. Muhammad, 35, however, died from her injuries. Suspect Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, believed to be the victim's former partner, was arrested at the scene. He was charged with murder on Tuesday. The victim changed her name to Sana Muhammad after she married her current husband Imtiaz Muhammad about seven years ago. She had three children from her previous relationship, two girls with her second husband and was eight months pregnant with her sixth child at the time of her death. Imtiaz Muhammad said that some of the children were preparing to go to school when the attacker entered the house..
                 

Kedarnath Sweetheart Song: Sushant professes his love to Sara

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The makers of Kedarnath have treated the audience with the second song from the film titled Sweetheart. The celebratory song features Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan shaking their legs on the peppy beats. Set in the mood of a wedding ceremony, Sweetheart has Sushant wooing Sara Ali Khan as he dances in the celebration. Composed by Amit Trivedi, the song is penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya and crooned by Dev Negi. Watch the song here: Dressed in traditional attires, both Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan brighten up the screens with their refreshing chemistry. Looking breathtakingly beautiful, Sara Ali Khan showcases a glimpse of her dancing skills for the first time. While the teaser set the mood for the romantic tale based amidst the tragic floods of Uttarakhand, the first song Namo Namo took the audience on a pilgrimage trip to the holy temple. The trailer received an exceptional response from the audience across quarters owing to the gripping storyline and crackling c..
                 

Here's what Malaika Arora has to say about marriage with Arjun Kapoor!

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It's raining weddings in Bollywood, and now, there's buzz about Malaika Arora tying the knot with Arjun Kapoor in April 2019, has been doing the rounds. Although the two have started making public appearances together, Malaika and Arjun have never shared the concrete status of their relationship with the public. However, in a recent interaction with Hindustan Times, Malaika Arora has spoken about her marriage with Arjun Kapoor. When the style diva was prodded whether if there's any truth to her marrying Arjun, who she is allegedly seeing since past few years, this is what she had to say! "I never answer personal questions. Not that I shy away from answering or whatever. I just don't feel comfortable talking about my personal life. And whatever my life has been, everyone is aware of it. I don't need to be talking about it. I am just enjoying my life - it's beautiful and precious," asserted Malaika. Not just this, it is Malaika Arora's close friend Karan Johar, who has time and again d..
                 

Crouch's model wife Abbey feels 'shopping with kids is hell on earth'

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Former England football star Peter Crouch's model wife Abbey Clancy loves to go shopping with her friends or her mother Karen, but not with her kids Sophia, seven, Liberty, three and Johnny, nine months. When asked by British tabloid, The Daily Mail, whether she prefers to shop online or browse in stores, she replied: "I do like browsing round shops, but I have to do it when I've got no kids with me because it's like hell on earth shopping with kids! Liberty likes to run and hide in between the clothes, the others are moaning at me 'can we go to the kids' section', Johnny's trying to climb out of his pram, It's kind of stressful going shopping with the kids! It's something I like to do with my girlfriends or with my mum in a kid-free environment." Crouch's daughters Sophia, Liberty and son Johnny. Pic/Instagram Meanwhile, Clancy said that though she loves to deck up, after having three children, she prefers to dress according to the occasion. "I'm from Liverpool, it's in our blood t..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Constable booked for cheating, raping cop in Mulund

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The Mumbai Police has booked a constable on Wednesday for allegedly raping a woman after promising her marriage. The constable has been identified as Nitin Pawar, currently posted at Mulund police station, while the victim is with the Home Guard. According to the police, they first met on December 31, 2016 when she was deployed on bandobast duty in Mulund. After finishing her work around 1 am, she was walking towards her home in Thane. Pawar, who stays in Kalyan, offered to drop her, saying the place was on his way. At first, she refused, but after he said that he too, is a cop, she agreed. The police said they soon became good friends and started talking over the phone regularly. During one of the conversations, Pawar told her that his marriage was on the rocks and that he was unhappy with his wife. He even professed a desire to marry the victim. The two soon started meeting in private and got physically intimate. After that, her repeated calls to him went unanswered. When he final..
                 

Ram Nath Kovind, Narendra Modi greet Jharkhand on Statehood Day

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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended their greetings to the people of Jharkhand on their Statehood Day on Thursday. स्‍थापना दिवस के अवसर पर झारखंड की जनता को बधाई और शुभकामनाएं। झारखंड, प्रभूत प्राकृतिक संसाधनों और समृद्ध संस्‍कृति वाला राज्‍य है, जिस पर हम सभी को गर्व है। मेरी कामना है कि झारखंड प्रगति की नई ऊंचाइयां प्राप्त करें - राष्‍ट्रपति कोविन्‍द — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 15, 2018 "Greetings to the people of Jharkhand on Statehood Day. The state is blessed with vast natural resources and a rich culture that we are all..
                 

Employee morale hits all-time low at Facebook, states report

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The morale of employees at Facebook has hit an all-time low as the social network giant grapples with data breaches amid top-notch executives leaving the company, the media reported. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday citing an internal survey at Facebook, just over half of Facebook employees (52 per cent) have said they were optimistic for the future of the social networking platform -- down by 32 per cent last year. Only 53 per cent of Facebook employees said the company was making the world better which is 19 per cent lower than last year. According to the report, Facebook's "difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn for the worse over the past year". "It has been a difficult period, but every day we see people pulling together to learn the lessons of the past year and build a stronger company," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying. Facebook shares have tumbled subst..
                 

2 kgs charas seized from Jammu-Kashmir resident in Thane

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The Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra received a reliable information about a Kashmiri youth coming to Thane for trading 'Cannabis' (hemp), popularly known as ‘Charas’’ in Mumbai. As per the information received, a trap was laid by officers and staff of ATS at Shil-Kalyan road on November 12, 2018, and apprehended the Kashmiri youth who was carrying approximately 1800 gms of Charas along with one motorcycle, the official said. During the interrogation, it was revealed that the accused person is a resident of Tahasil Pahelgam, Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir. An offence under the NDPS Act 1985 has been registered at ATS police station on November 13, 2018.The accused youth was produced before the court of CJM, Thane and is remanded in police custody for 10 days. Officials said that the Investigation is in progress and the police are looking to find if there are any associates of the arrested accused. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Int..
                 

Mary Kom eyes historic sixth world boxing title

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Celebrated boxer M C Mary Kom will aim for a historic sixth gold at the AIBA Women' World Championships, the build up of which has been marred by a row over lone Kosovan boxer's participation and poor quality air in the national capital. The 10th edition of the championships, set to be the biggest ever with more than 300 participants from 72 countries, is being held in the backdrop of boxing's uncertain Olympic future in the aftermath of controversial Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov's election as president. Commensurate with its status as global power in women's boxing with the third most number of medals in the history of the event, India is hosting the championships for the second time after 2006 when the country topped the table with eight medals (4 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze). The 10-member Indian team, which is a mix of seasoned and young boxers, is unlikely to repeat the 2006 feat but is expecting at least three medals, including a gold. The 'Magnificent Mary', who will fight ..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal backs Chandrababu Naidu on barring CBI officials

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Backing the Chandrababu Naidu government in Andhra Pradesh on barring the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from conducting raids in the state, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his counterpart should not allow even the Income Tax Department in the state. "Chandrababu has done the right thing. Modi is misusing the CBI and Income Tax Department. Why the CBI has not caught those behind the scams of demonetisation, Vijay Mallya, Rafale, Sahara Birla Diaries etc?" Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi. He also advised Naidu "to not allow the Income Tax Department in the state". In an unprecedented move, the Andhra Pradesh government on Friday barred the CBI from conducting raids or carrying out investigations in the state without its permission. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government issued the orders withdrawing 'general consent' to CBI officers to exercise jurisdiction in the state to investigate corruption charges against officials of the Central government and private pe..
                 

Single, but not ready to mingle, confesses former Miss Universe

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Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo is no mood to find love at this weekend's Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, where she is slated to present the Vocal Group of the Year, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. When an entertainment reporter Cassie DiLaura asked her if she was ready to mingle with any of the handsome country music bachelors following her recent split with National Football League star Danny Amendola, Culpo replied in the negative. "No. For the record, no," she was quoted as saying by Fox News. According to reports, Culpo split with the Miami Dolphins wide receiver Amendola last month after pictures of him flirting with sports reporter Bianca Peters on a beach in Miami surfaced, while she was away in Australia. While the breakup might still be fresh, Culpo has quite a busy schedule and said she has no time for love. Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo Talking about her plans for the coming weeks, Culpo said: "I have a Sports Illustrated event this weekend ..
                 

Mumbai Food: Pop-up to pay homage to rich Maharashtrian cuisine

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Maharashtra's rich and diverse culinary history, for reasons unknown, is rarely given its due at city restaurants and eateries. But now, a new revivalism is taking place and it has taken the culinary world by storm. This became evident in the past couple of years with the surfacing of a host of regional restaurants across Mumbai. And a few days back, while conversing with food writer and host Kunal Vijayakar, he confirms this as he tells us that the city is going through a happy transition with foodies increasingly tilting towards regional and heritage cuisines, detaching themselves from the over-hyped and hotchpotch variety of half-Mumbai-half-western khaana, which includes cheese dabeli and butter chicken Maggi. Khandeshi wange bharit And so, the happy movement continues with yet another pop-up beginning next week, Marathi Mejwani, the fourth edition of a hospitality group's attempt to bring back traditional Indian food through a series titled Rivaayat. Aditya Mehendale At the h..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Baba rapes housewife under pretext of curing infertility

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A 45-year-old godman was arrested for allegedly raping a 37-year-old housewife repeatedly for two months under the pretext of curing her of infertility. The self-styled godman, identified as Ajay Choudhary, was arrested from his residence in Virar East on Friday after the victim registered a complaint against him at Virar police station. According to the police, the victim, a resident of Naigaon, has not been able to conceive a child for many years since her marriage. Desperate of conceiving a child, she approached the godman, who assured her of motherhood and performed various kinds of "Poojas" along with her at his home. This went on for several months until a couple of months ago, when he invited the woman to his residence on the pretext of performing a pooja and offered her holy water which was spiked. As a result, the survivor lost her consciousness and taking advantage of her situation the self-styled godman raped her. He sexually assaulted the married woman on several occasion..
                 

India has Rs 1,500 crore bank guarantee on offsets in Rafale deal

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India has secured a bank guarantee for about Rs 1,500 crore from Dassault in the Rafale jet deal as a safeguard against any violations of the offset policy prepared in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), a leading financial daily said on Friday. A special clause in the deal, which mandates that five per cent of the total offset value be kept as a buffer in case of non-performance, was invoked after officials insisted that the safeguard was needed to protect interests, it added. According to The Economic Times, this was in line with similar provisions that are in place when it comes to direct government defence deals with the US. The 185 million euro bank guarantee has been deposited and will remain valid for seven years, the report said citing people familiar with the deal. This is in addition to the "letter of comfort" given by France that would underwrite the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets. The government had told the Supreme Court earlier this week that the..
                 

Bohemian Rhapsody Rami Malek: If you are satisfied, it gets boring

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Hollywood star Rami Malek has emerged as one of the most assured performers but the Bohemian Rhapsody star, who is generating Oscar buzz with his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, says he believes in constantly pushing the envelope rather than feeling satisfied. It is often said that Malek is rarely satisfied with his takes on the sets something that the actor admits doing. "If I am satisfied, it gets boring. I allow myself to appreciate something but I never want to feel satisfied. What keeps the fire alive in myself, I don't want to extinguish that by telling myself that I have done a good job," Malek told PTI in an exclusive interview from Sydney, Australia over phone. The actor, who burst onto international scene with TV show "Mr Robot", about a hacker with mental health issues, is looking forward to the film's release in India on Friday as Mercury spent his formative years in the country. Malek approached Mercury role with utmost reverence because he wanted to honour ..
                 

Eddie Redmayne accepts his performance in Jupiter Ascending was bad

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Eddie Redmayne believes there is no middle ground when it comes to audiences liking or loathing his work and the actor says Jupiter Ascending is the favourite film that people loathe. As part of a GQ video in which the Oscar winner talks about his some of the most iconic performances, Redmayne admitted that his performance in Jupiter Ascending was "pretty bad". "We have this spread in England for toast called Marmite. And the ad slogan is 'You either like it or you hate it.' And I've always thought of myself as a bit of a Marmite actor. People seem to either enjoy what I do or loathe what I do, and for those people that loathe what I do, 'Jupiter Ascending' tends to be their favourite of my performances. "I won a prize for it for the worst performance of the year, so yeah it was a pretty bad performance on all accounts," the actor said.Redmayne portrayed the villain, Balem Abrasax, in the film, which also featured Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The actor explained why his voice sound..
                 

Travis Scott was nervous in delivery room

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Rapper Travis Scott says he was so "nervous and scared" in the delivery room when his partner and reality TV star Kylie Jenner gave birth to their daughter Stormi. Scott spoke about it on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", reported femalefirst.co.uk. He ssaid: "That is a fact, yeah. She held it down because it was so scary. She walked me through the whole process. There's this thing called the placenta, that I have just been hearing about? Oh my god. So, I was fearful of all that. "But I cut the umbilical cord. But, yeah, (Kris) held it down. Mama KJ (Kylie Jenner), she's the best... Going into it, I was nervous and scared, because we are both young. But, you know, when you first hold a baby in your arms, it's uncontrollable. I never thought I could just love something so hard, you know? It's crazy." Kylie had earlier said she would love another child. 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 T..
                 

Vir Das to be seen in Netflix's comedy

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