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Vicky Kaushal: When people spot me they exclaim, 'How's the josh?'

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Vicky Kaushal is evidently 'josh-ed' up with the thunderous response to his latest release - Uri: The Surgical Strike has raked in Rs 100 crore at the box office. "Uri crossed the benchmark that every film is vying for," beams Kaushal, hardly able to contain his joy. "In fact, the film fared better over the second weekend. Fans have been sending us videos of people reacting to different scenes - it is overwhelming to see them clapping and hooting." Vicky Kaushal in a still from Uri With back-to-back successes in Raazi, Lust Stories, Sanju, Love Per Square Foot and Manmarziyaan last year, Kaushal sealed his place as the star to watch out for. Continuing his golden run in 2019, the actor appears to be living up to the tag. Quiz him if his bankability has improved, and he says, "A hero cannot make a film hit. Movies are made with team effort. I credit Aditya [Dhar, director] and Ronnie Screwvala [producer] for their conviction. A film can turn an actor into a star, but a star can't guar..
                 

Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate bridge over Ravi on January 22

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Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will on Tuesday inaugurate a 1,210-meter span-bridge over the Ravi river in Jammu and Kashmir which would reduce the distance between Kathua in Jammu and Patankot in Punjab by around 36 km. Constructed at a cost of Rs 158.84 crore, the bridge would improve inter-state connectivity and benefit over 2,20,000 people living on the two sides -- Kathua in Jammu and Pathankot in Punjab, a Ministry statement said. "This will reduce the distance between the two cities from 45 kms to 8.6 kms, which will save on both time and fuel cost," it said The government said the national highway network in Jammu and Kashmir had seen an increase of 969 km in the last four years with the total length rising from 1,695 km in 2014 to 2,664 km in 2018. "Number of national highways has also gone up from seven to 14. New national highways of 969 km were announced during the period. In addition, four state roads of 400 km have also been approved," it said. As..
                 

Prank call made a call at Delhi CM Arvind Kerjiwal residence

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Delhi Police have registered a complaint against an unknown caller who on Monday called up Delhi Chief Minister's residence, saying that a man named 'Bholo' was planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal, said a police officer. An attendant received a call on a landline number at Arvind Kejriwal residence in north Delhi around 11.30 a.m. on Monday. "The caller did not disclose his identity and said he was calling from Vikaspuri area of west Delhi. He further said that he wants to alert the security staff of the Chief Minister that a man named 'Bhola' is planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal," Delhi Police Additional PRO, Anil Mittal said. "We have registered a case against the unknown man on the complaint of Personal Security Officer of Arvind Kejriwal. Prima facie it appeared to be a prank call," Mittal said. "The cyber cell and intelligence wing of Delhi Police are investigating the case to identify the caller," the officer added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International a..
                 

BJP peddling lies, alleges Trinamool over landing permission to Amit Sh

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New Delhi: The Trinamool Congress on Monday contested the BJP's claim that permission was denied for the landing of its president Amit Shah's helicopter in Malda, saying it was "peddling lies" after the "huge success" of the Opposition rally in West Bengal. Hitting out at the West Bengal government, Union Minister Piyush Goyal had claimed that it "is trying to block every programme of Amit Shah be it a rally, yatra or the landing of his chopper". It showed that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was "scared" of his party's growing influence in the state, he said. However, TMC leader Derek O'Brien said that the allegations were "hilarious". In a series of tweets, the Trinamool MP said that he had asked his interns to run a "fact check" on Goyal's statements."Just asked two interns to run a #FactCheck on the Rail Mantri's press conference on #Bangla Hilarious! "FactCheck #19 After huge success of #UnitedIndiaAtBrigade rally @BJP4India peddling lies. CLAIM: Mamata Banerje..
                 

Ashutosh Rana: Happy to play roles of varied temperaments

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Ashutosh Rana finds himself in an interesting phase of his career - after playing a pivotal role in Rohit Shetty's over-the-top universe of Simmba, the actor will be seen in Abhishek Chaubey's Sonchiriya, a gritty dacoit drama. "What more can an actor ask for but characters of varied temperaments? Commercial cinema is getting real, so it is a good time for artistes like me," says Rana. Ever since Sonchiriya's trailer released, there has been curiosity about his role, with fans wondering if Rana is back to doing what he does best - exploring a grey character. "It's an interesting character with different shades to it," he says in measured words, careful to not divulge too many details. "Abhishek is known for his raw dramas. Plus, when you have co-stars like Manoj Bajpayee, the finest actor of our times, and youngsters like Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar who are known for their acting prowess, things work out for the good." Apart from Simmba, Rana was also seen in Anubhav Sinh..
                 

Mumbai: 20-year-old alcoholic found hanging by shirt in Aarey Colony

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Another death incident was witnessed in Aarey Colony when the body of a 20-year-old man was found hanging from a tree by his shirt on Sunday. Residents of the unit 13 locality informed the police in the morning. The man later was identified as Suresh Shanmugam (20), who lived in a different part of Aarey Colony.  Shanmugam was an electrician and had left home on Saturday. He was later spotted hanging from a tree. “Shanmugam was addicted to alcohol. The shirt by which he was found hanging, is his shirt,” said the police. “No suicide note has been found around the place the body was found,” the police added. According to TOI, an accidental death report has been filed at Aarey police station. An officer said they are investigating to find out if any foul play was involved. In a similar case, the Vangaon police from Palghar district found the bodies of a man and woman who were in a relationship, hanging from a tree in the jungle recently. A..
                 

Navy conducts search and rescue for boat capsized near Karwar

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Bengaluru: A boat ferrying 26 devotees from the offshore island of Kurumgarh to Rabindranath Tagore Beach near Karwar capsized at about 1500 hours on 21 Jan 2019. Upon being informed of the incident by the district administration at about 1645 hours, the Indian Navy immediately despatched two Chetak Helicopters and two fast interceptor crafts to the area for search and rescue. Diving teams from Karwar Naval Area have also been deployed. Of the 26 persons reported to have been in the boat, 17 people were immediately rescued by other civil boats operating in the area. Eight bodies have been recovered by the naval units. Search is on for the one person still missing. According to police, there was an annual fair at the Kurumagada island in the Arabian sea, where the Narasimha Swamy shrine (dedicated to Lord Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha) is located. Police had earlier said nearly 1,000 people had gone there to take part in the fair and the boat capsized while returning to the Kar..
                 

School van driver gets life imprisonment for raping minor girl student

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Hyderabad: A local court on Monday sentenced a 28-year-old school van driver to life imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a minor girl student at Vanasthalipuram in April 2014. Metropolitan Sessions Judge at LB Nagar court convicted D Balaraj under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and sentenced him to life imprisonment, a release from Rachakonda Police Commissionerate said. He also slapped him with a fine of Rs 10,000. According to police, Balaraj got acquainted with the class 9 girl, about 14 years of age, and lured the victim by saying that he loved her and would marry her. In April 2014, he forcibly took the girl on a bike to his friend's house at Rajendra Nagar at night and repeatedly raped her, police said. His friend was not at home during that time. Following a complaint by the girl, Balaraj was arrested and remanded to judicial custody.  In a similar case, A court has sentenced two men to 20..
                 

Ronnie Screwvala's cryptic 'STICK WITH IT' tweet hints at SRK?

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Though writer Anjum Rajabali has pooh-poohed reports that Shah Rukh Khan is walking out of astronaut Rakesh Sharma's biopic, speculations continue. Adding credence to the rumours is producer Ronnie Screwvala's recent cryptic tweet. He wrote, "Most times the difference between success and failure is not a better idea or ability but the courage to bet on the idea, pre-plan to perfection, take the calculated risk and then stick with it (sic)." Most times the difference between Success and Failure is not a better Idea or ability but the courage to BET on the idea, PRE PLAN to perfection, take the calculated RISK and then STICK WITH IT. — Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) January 19, 2019 SRK is said to be doing a rethink about Salute/Saare Jahaan Se Achcha as Zero, which proved to be a damp squib, also saw his character travel to space. He is in no mood to experiment. Add to this Farhan Akhtar's statement that he will make an announcement soon. It is being said that SRK is ..
                 

Punjab Minister invites Arvind Kejriwal for debt waiver function

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Chandigarh: Congress leader and Punjab cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Monday invited Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for a debt waiver function of the Punjab government to be held in Bathinda and Anandpur Sahib this week. Reacting to Kejriwal's criticism of the Congress government in Punjab over the debt waiver scheme for farmers, Randhawa urged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), supremo, see for himself the debt waiver scheme. The debt waiver functions in Bathinda and Anandpur Sahib are to be held on January 23 and 24. "With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, Kejriwal has suddenly developed love for Punjab," Randhawa said. "The Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government has unveiled a debt waiver scheme for the farmers of the state in order to extricate them out of the present agricultural crisis," the Minister said. He said that Kejriwal should first make his stand clear on the river water issue of Punjab. Randhawa said the Punjab government had, t..
                 

Man mauled to death by lions at zoo near Chandigarh

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Chandigarh: A man was mauled to death by lions on Sunday at Chhatbir Zoo in Zirakpur, around 20 km from Chandigarh. According to zoo officials, the man entered the enclosure by scaling an over-25-feet wall and as soon as he crossed over, he was attacked by two lions. Officials said the incident happened at 2.20 pm and the man, who is in his early 30s, was yet to be identified. "The injury on his neck was deep. He was taken to civil hospital in a critical condition where he died," said the zoo's field director M Sudhagarb. A lion and a lioness were in the enclosure, he said, adding the female lion attacked the man first. The official said the man might have entered the zoo through the Ghaggar bandh area, which was also known as the jungle area. "He then scaled the wall and must have fallen inside the enclosure," Sudhgarb said. He claimed that the man was not a visitor."We suspect that he was drunk as it is impossible for a normal person to scale the boundary wall, ..
                 

Imran Khan's party seeks disqualification of ex-president Zardari

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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's party on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking the disqualification of former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari. Khurram Sher Zaman, a Member of Sindh Assembly from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, filed the disqualification petition against 63-year-old Zardari in the apex court, Geo TV reported. Zardari, the husband of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was elected to parliament from the southern Sindh province in the elections in July last. "We hope that the court will hear the petition soon and I am confident I will win this case," Zaman said while speaking to the media outside the court. "Zardari owns assets worth billions which he concealed. This is a very big case and we have a lot of evidence," he said. "We will apprise the media when there is any headway in the case." On December 20, Zaman had filed a reference in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ..
                 

Cop killed while stopping a truck carrying bullocks in Maharashtra

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A police constable was killed while trying to stop a truck carrying bullocks in Chandrapur in Maharashtra, over 800 kilometres from here, police said on Monday. The incident happened on Sunday night at Khambada Vani Naka on the Nagpur-Chandrapur Road when constable Prakash Meshram, who was deployed on an anti-liquor check, tried to halt a truck carrying 12 bullocks, an official said. "The driver did not halt and drove ahead, crushing constable Meshram under the vehicle's wheels. He is survived by his wife and daughter," he informed. Two people in the truck, identified as Imtiaz Ahmed Fayyaz Ahmed and Mohammad Raza Abdul Jabbar Qureshi, both 19 years of age, were arrested while two others managed to flee from the vehicle, he added. This is the second incident of a policeman losing his life while on a vehicle check in the last three months, the official said. Sub-Inspector Chhatrapati Chide was mowed down in November last year during a police check by a sports utility vehicle driven by..
                 

33-year-old arrested for involvement in trafficking Nepalese girls

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New Delhi: A 33-year-old man, carrying a cash reward of Rs one lakh on his head, was arrested for allegedly involving in trafficking Nepalese girls to the Gulf countries on the pretext of giving them jobs, police said Sunday. The accused, identified as Lopsang Lama, resided at Wazirabad and hails from Okhal Doonga district in east Nepal, they said. According to police, Lama was involved in trafficking of Nepalese girls. On July 25 last year, a team of Delhi Commission for Women rescued 16 Nepalese girls from a house in Munirka village. A case was registered at Vasant Vihar police station in this regard. Investigation revealed that the rescued girls were confined in a rented house of Lama and his associates for about 20-22 days, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) said. They were planning to send these girls to the Gulf countries through illegal means on the pretext of giving them various job offers. Lama had also taken their passports and other documents..
                 

Karnataka's 111-year-old seer dies due to a protracted illness

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Tumakuru: Karnataka's 111-year-old revered seer, Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt, the most influential leader of the Lingayat community, died early on Monday following a protracted illness. Thousands of grieving followers gathered at his hermitage where he was shifted to on January 16 on his own request although he had not fully recovered in the hospital where he was warded. He miraculously recovered but breathed his last on Monday morning. As news of his death spread, many men and women broke down outside his ashram. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BJP President Amit Shah and scores of political leaders in Karnataka, including Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, mourned his death. "His holiness passed away at 11.44 a.m. at the Mutt during treatment for a lung infection," Kumaraswamy told the media in Tumakuru, about 70 km northwest of here. The seer was suffering from a lung infection for the past few weeks and was put on life support on January 11. ..
                 

4 killed in an accident when SUV collided with a truck in Odisha

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Kendrapara: At least four persons were killed and as many injured on Monday when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) carrying them collided head-on with a truck in Kendrapara district, police said. The accident happened near Kattia Chowk on the Cuttack-Chandaballi State Highway due to low visibility caused by dense fog, the police said. The passengers of the SUV were travelling to Cuttack railway station from Kendrapara town to catch train to Mumbai, a police officer said. While three of them died on the spot, another passenger died at Nishintakoili Community Health Centre, the police officer said. Four others, all of them seriously injured, were shifted to S C B Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack, the police officer said. In a similar incident, four people lost their lives while five others were injured in a road accident at Guntur Laalur National Highway after a car hit a lorry. Police said that the victims we..
                 

'Green Book' named outstanding motion picture at Producers Guild Awards

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Peter Farrelly's 'Green Book' took home top honours at the 30th annual Producers Guild of America Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The film about a friendship that developed between Italian-American Tony Lip and black pianist Dr. Don Shirley during a road trip through the South won over the members of the Producers Guild of America, wrote The Hollywood Reporter. Green Book prevailed over films like 'Black Panther', 'BlacKkKlansman', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Crazy Rich Asians', 'The Favourite', 'A Quiet Place', 'Roma', 'A Star Is Born' and 'Vice' to win top honours. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, was the surprise winner of the audience award. The film also won a Golden Globe as best motion picture comedy. Speaking on the win, Farrelly said, "You know, when you make 'Dumb & Dumber', you don't ever expect to get an award." He went on to say that filming 'Green Book' had been such a satisfying experience for him, "I don't need awards. This ..
                 

Rajnath Singh: BJP will win Lok Sabha election battle

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Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh): Asserting that the BJP is going to retain power in 2019, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the coming Lok Sabha election is not a challenge to the ruling party. Attacking the opposition rally organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Minister said the attempt to form a 'mahagatbandhan' showed how much the other parties feared the Bharatiya Janata Party. "The coming Lok Sabha election is not a challenge for us. We are going to form the next government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. People of the country are with us," Singh said after laying the foundation stone of a Kendriya Vidyalaya at a CISF camp. Asked about fugitive jeweler Mehul Choksi surrendering his Indian passport, the Minister said: "He will be brought to India for sure. No one will be spared." 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 the l..
                 

Kangana Ranaut: Have been harassed by actors on sets

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Kangana Ranaut says she was harassed several times by actors on film sets and while it wouldn't fall under #MeToo as it wasn't sexual, the experience was daunting and humiliating. The actor said harassment can happen on several levels and she has faced toxic behaviour from many people in her career. "Harassment happens on many levels. So many times on sets, I wasn't sexually harassed, but some people had ego issues. I was harassed on many other fronts. It wouldn't come under #MeToo but it was still harassment," Kangana told PTI. The actor said the harassment ranged from making her wait for long hours to dubbing her voice without her consent. Talking about her harrowing experiences, Kangana said, "Making me wait on set for six hours, willingly giving me wrong call time to make me stand, always giving me the wrong set of dates so I'm missing out on opportunities and then cancelling the schedule last minute by these heroes. "Ganging up on me and not inviting me to film events, launchin..
                 

One held for smuggling gold worth over Rs 66 lakh

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Hyderabad (Telangana): Hyderabad branch of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Sunday recovered gold worth over Rs 66 lakh from a passenger at the Rajiv Gandhi International Aiport here. Acting on a tip-off the intelligence officials intercepted the passenger travelling by flight 6E-648 from Indore at 00:40 am Sunday and seized the gold. The passenger has been arrested. "Upon examination, it was found that the passenger was carrying foreign-marked gold bars weighing a total of 1996.70 grams and valued at Rs. 66.27 lakhs, concealed in his shoes," the DRI said in a statement. According to preliminary investigations the passenger was found to have retrieved the gold from inside the flight, where it was reportedly left behind by another passenger who was travelling on an international flight from Sharjah to Thiruvananthapuram. "The gold was left by international passenger and retrieved by another passenger during a domestic run of the same flight. The passenger was found to b..
                 

Yogendra Yadav: 'Mahagathbandhan' filled with hollow people

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Kolkata: Casting apprehensions on the agenda of the grand alliance stitched together by opposition parties, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav on Sunday said the 'Mahagathbandhan' is a "big joke" and filled with "hollow people" with no ideology. He said all the leaders in the grand alliance, who are portraying themselves as anti-BJP or anti-Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi), were equally anti-democracy and corrupt. "There was a huge gathering (in Kolkata). But, where is the ideology? What is your agenda. There was no discussion on that. You had no talks on the problems the farmers are facing, and on unemployment. I believe this coalition lacks vision," Yadav told PTI. The politician-activist was referring to Saturday's mega rally organised by the Trinamool Congress in Kolkata, where leaders from over a dozen opposition parties came together, vowing to put up a united fight in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and oust Modi from power. "They are saying that Narendra Modi is anti-d..
                 

Rahul Gandhi: Cries of help are of those seeking freedom from tyranny

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New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday over his "bachao, bachao" swipe at the Opposition, saying the cries of help were of people "begging" to be freed from "your tyranny and incompetence". Gandhi's attack came a day after Modi, taking a dig at the Opposition rally organised by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, said the BJP had only one MLA in West Bengal, "but still they are so afraid of us, because we follow the path of truth, that they have gathered parties from across the country and are crying 'bachao, bachao, bachao' (save us)". "Your Highness, The cries for help are the cries of millions of unemployed youth; of farmers in distress; of oppressed Dalits & Adivasis; of persecuted minorities; of small businessmen in ruin; begging to be freed from your tyranny & incompetence. In 100 days they will be free," Gandhi said in a tweet. Unfazed by the Opposition's show of unity in Kolkata on Saturday, Modi d..
                 

Mumbai Food: Chembur restaurant brings in the flavours of Sindh

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Three months into the city, and we are still on a quest to find an eatery that serves authentic Mughlai food to satiate our biryani craving. And as we waited, we heard about a Sindhi restaurant that had opened shop in Chembur. No stranger to the cuisine, we asked our friend from the community, whose grandmother’s cooking we have fond memories of, to tag along one Friday evening. Bheja Fry It’s easy enough to locate Duma Dum Mast Kalandar, tha­n­ks to its brightly lit signage bang on the main road. Our ap­p­rehensions start building up as we walk in and find the place empty. On be­i­ng offered to be seated at th­eir bar on the first floor, we head up, and then retreat, craving the cosy, warm lighting in the restaurant as opposed to the dimly-lit bar, again, empty. Sindhi chicken masala As we listen to the Ca­rna­tic instrument­al playlist and decide wh­at to order, our he­l­pful waiter points to the bheja fry (Rs 350) a..
                 

CM hits out at DMK, says its lawyers got bail for Kodanad case accused

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Tirunelveli (TN): Hitting out at the DMK over the Kodanadu estate break-in case issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswamy yesterday claimed it was the opposition party lawyers who helped two of the accused to get bail. Addressing a public meeting organised here in connection with the 102nd birth day celebration of AIADMK founder late M G Ramachandran, he also charged DMK president M K Stalin with trying to unseat him and occupy the chief minister's post. "His (Stalin's) dream to become chief minister after unseating me will not be realised," he asserted. While Stalin was trying to link him with the robbery gang, it was only the DMK lawyers who were helping the gang members get bail in court, Palaniswami said. He was referring to two suspects in the case, K V Sayan and Valayar Manoj, getting bail from a Chennai court last week after being arrested in connection with a video footage in which they had allegedly linked him to the break-in by a 10-member gang at the Kodanad estate in ..
                 

One Indian among 8 arrested in Nepal for drug peddling

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Kathmandu: An Indian man is among eight persons arrested from different parts of Nepal on Sunday for possessing contraband drugs, police said here." The man identified as Rajesh Mahato, a resident of Sonbarsa area in Bihar, was arrested from Malangawa town in Nepal's Sarlahi district during a security check. Police also arrested a teenaged boy and a woman from Kathmandu, both of whom run pharmacies, for possessing contraband drugs. In a similar incident, police arrested a man from Parsa district near Nepal¿India border and recovered contraband drugs from his possession while he was returning from India. Meanwhile, three people were arrested from Itahari area in Sunsari district and an 18-year-old boy was arrested from Malangawa area in Sarlahi district for possessing contraband drugs. 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 thir..
                 

Top US senator urges meeting between Donald Trump and Imran Khan

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Islamabad: Leading US Senator Lindsey Graham vowed Sunday to urge President Donald Trump to meet Imran Khan to boost Washington's Afghanistan peace efforts, calling the Pakistani prime minister an "agent of change". The Republican -- an influential ally of Trump -- made the comments in Islamabad after meeting with the Pakistani leader, saying Khan was a "new partner" who could potentially help with a peace deal in Afghanistan. "I'm going to urge him (Trump) to meet with the prime minister as soon as practical," Graham told reporters, saying he believed Khan and Trump would "hit if off" because they have "similar personalities". "Prime Minister Khan is the agent of change that I've been looking for," he added. Ties between Washington and Islamabad have soured recently, with US officials repeatedly accusing Pakistan of turning a blind eye to or even collaborating with the Afghan Taliban, which launch attacks in Afghanistan from alleged havens along the border between the two countries. ..
                 

Azam Khan: Opposition mega show failed to represent Muslim interest

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Firozabad (Uttar Pradesh): The recent TMC-led mega opposition rally in Kolkata where Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav had participated did not adequately represent the interests of the Muslim minority, senior party leader Azam Khan has said. "The representation of the second biggest population or the Muslim minority was merely namesake. Only one leader from Kashmir and another from Assam attended the rally. Muslims are worried about their representation," Khan said while addressing reporters here. The Samajawadi Party leader also slammed Opposition leaders for failing to talk about issues that could help the country progess and were merely resorting to political discourses. "The rally failed to deliver the message that should have been delivered. Only political issues were taken up and there was no discussion on where to take the nation in future and in which direction," Khan said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download..
                 

Lady Gaga calls out Donald Trump and Pence on shutdown

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Los Angeles: Lady Gaga slammed US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the ongoing federal government shutdown during her Las Vegas residency. On January 19, the pop star stopped her gig to say her piece on the current scenario while she was performing "Million Reasons" on the piano. "If the f**king president of the United States could please put our government back... There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money," she said. Gaga then took aim at Pence, whose wife Karen is facing flak for accepting a job at a school that excludes LGBT and trans candidates. The "Shallow" hitmaker also called the vice president "the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian". "And to Mike Pence, who thinks it's acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ - you're wrong. You say we should not discriminate against Christianity... "I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody ..
                 

Katrina Kaif looks endearing in this photo from Bharat's lunch break

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On Sunday, Katrina Kaif shared a lovely picture from the sets of Bharat. In the picture, Katrina is seen with her director Ali Abbas Zafar and other cast and crew along with Sunil Grover, who plays an essential role in the film. Katrina, who seems to be in her film's character looks every bit graceful and endearing in her mustard-coloured saree, which has been paired with a royal blue blouse. With those curls and hair tied in a bun, it's difficult for one to take off their eyes from Katrina Kaif. The Namastey London girl shared the photo on her Instagram account and wrote: "Lunch break" in Hindi.       View this post on Instagram ðŸÂŒŸलà¤Â‚à¤Âš बà¥Âरà¥Â‡à¤Â• #bharat A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) onJan ..
                 

Death toll reaches 85 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

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Tlahuelilpan: People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. "It was the popular tap," said Enrique Cerron, 22, who lives near the field. "You could pass by at 11 or 12 in the morning and see people filling up here." On Friday, amid countrywide fuel shortages at gas stations as the government attempts to stem widespread fuel theft, this particular section of pipeline had come back into service after being offline for nearly four weeks when somebody punctured the line again. Word quickly spread through the community of 20,000 people that gas was flowing. Come one, come all. Hundreds showed up at the spigot, carrying plastic jugs and covering their faces with bandanas. A few threw rocks and swung sticks at soldiers who tried to shoo them away. Some fuel collectors brought their children along. Tlahuelilpan is a ..
                 

Mumbai: Real TT gets fake TT arrested at Dadar railway station

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A fake Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE or ticket checker) was outed by none other than an official TTE at Dadar on Friday whom she had brazenly tried to bluff. The Dadar Government Railway Police (GRP) on Friday arrested 23-year-old Pooja Rautu who was posing as TTE using a fake identity card. Rautu, who claims to have completed her civil engineering, is a resident of Satara and lives in Mumbai with her sister in Nagpada. Rautu was caught without a ticket by Priyanka Gupta, a junior TT at Dadar railway station around 11.20 am on Friday after she had alighted from the Pragati Express. When she was asked for her ticket, Rautu told Gupta that she was a vigilance ticket checker and even showed her identity card to Gupta. When asked about her posting, Rautu said that she was posted at the CSMT railway station. When Gupta saw that the ID card was written by hand (all official TTE ID cards are printed and sport bar codes) and Rautu did not have the official TTE badge either, she smelt a r..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: Ultraman cop Krishna Prakash breezes through 42 kms

23 hours ago  
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Krishna Prakash, the first Inspector General of Police (IGP) rank officer to have earned both the global Ironman and Ultraman titles, completed the Tata Mumbai Marathon in three hours and 47 minutes yesterday. An IPS 1998 batch officer, Prakash said, "I'm very happy. I was preparing for a month." The Special Inspector General of Police VIP Security, Maharashtra State Intelligence Department, earned the famous Ironman Triathlon title on August 27, 2017, at Vichy, France, and became the first Indian government servant, civil servant and Serving Uniformed Services Officer to finish this gruelling task. He did so with an impressive timing of 14 hours, eight minutes and 23 seconds - the timeframe given is 17 hours. He is also the only Indian civil servant and the Indian Police Services officer to win the Herculean Ultraman in Noosa Heads, Sun Shine Coast, Australia. Prakash completed it in 34 hours and 21 minutes. Another IPS officer - Anup Kumar Singh - completed the Mumbai Marathon in a..
                 

Nitin Gadkari: Nehru-Gandhi clan did nothing for poverty alleviation

23 hours ago  
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Nagpur: Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari Sunday said the first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his generations have merely done a lip service to the cause of poverty. Addressing a public rallyat a ground here on the concluding day of the national convention of his party's scheduled Caste (SC) cell, Gadkari said only BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working to eradicate poverty. "Jawaharlal Nehru had talked about removing poverty. The then prime minister Indira Gandhi also talked about poverty eradication, so did late Rajiv Gandhi (a former PM) and Sonia Gandhi. Now the great grandson of Nehruji (Rahul Gandhi) is also giving the slogan of 'Garibi hatao'. (I want to ask) whose poverty has been alleviated?" Gadkari said without taking the name of Rahul, the incumbent president of Congress. Praising welfare schemes of the Modi government, the Highways and Road Transport Minister said 18 per cent of population have received electricity under the Bhagyashree ..
                 

Choppy and Changing

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Markets continued to remain choppy and volatile. They fell on the opening day of the week, had a day of sharp gains and then remained flat on the remaining days, but had a big intra-day movement. BSESENSEX gained 376.77 points or 1.05 per cent to close at 36,386.61 points. NIFTY was up 112 points or 1.04 per cent to close at 10,906.95 points. The broader indices saw the BSE100. BSE200 and BSE500 gain 0.77 per cent, 0.57 per cent and 0.46 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP was down 1.01 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was down 0.66 per cent. Losers, gainersThe top performing sectoral index was BSEIT up 4.43 per cent, followed by BSETECH 3.09 per cent and BSEOIL&GAS 2.97 per cent . The top loser was BSECAP GOOD down 2.91 per cent followed by BSEHEALTH CARE 1.55 per cent and BSEPOWER 1.11 per cent. In individual stocks, the top gainer was Yes Bank up 7.77 per cent followed by Reliance 7.73 per cent and Infosys 6.87 per cent. The top loser was Sun Pharma down 11.83 per cent followed by Bhart..
                 

Thackeray not a politically motivated film, say Nawazuddin and Amrita

23 hours ago  
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Amid controversy surrounding the release date of Bal Thackeray's biopic, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao on Sunday clarified that their upcoming film 'Thackeray' has no political agenda. In an exclusive interaction with ANI, Siddiqui, who will play the role of Bal Thackeray in the film and Amrita Rao, who will feature as his wife Mina Thackeray, refuted claims that the film has been made for political benefits ahead of upcoming elections. Amrita Rao Rao asserted that the only reason behind releasing the film in January was that 23rd January is Bal Thackeray's birth date. 'From the very starting, we were told by the filmmakers that this film has to come out on his birthday because that would make his fans and followers very happy," she said. Directed by Abhijeet Panse, 'Thackeray' follows Balasaheb's life and his transition from being a cartoonist to becoming one of the most respected and powerful politicians of India. Speaking about the preparation that went into building his c..
                 

Vicky Kaushal's Uri to be remade in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam?

23 hours ago  
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With Uri: The Surgical Strike winning applause from cinephiles and critics alike, the Vicky Kaushal starrer has attracted the attention of makers of South Indian films. mid-day has learnt that Aditya Dhar's directorial offering is set to be remade in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. A source says, "Ronnie Screwvala's [producer] team got several calls from producers from the South who wish to adapt the movie in their language. Ronnie has met a few of them. If all goes as planned, the films will go on floors by mid-year." Passionate about his venture that highlights what transpired during India's surgical strikes against Pakistan in 2016, Screwvala wants to ascertain that the facts are represented accurately. "The film will feature actors popular in the respective industries. The details are expected to be decided upon within two weeks," adds the source. Also View: Radhika Apte, Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Ravi and Sargun at Uri success bash Catch up on all the latest entertainment ..
                 

Three men including dancer and student arrested for stealing bikes

23 hours ago  
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New Delhi: Three men, including a dancer and his student, were arrested for allegedly stealing motorcycles from Southeast and South Delhi areas, police said Sunday. The accused were identified as Shubham (22), a resident of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Suraj alias Yuvi (20), a resident of Kannauj in UP, and Deepak Kashyap alias Bunty (26), a resident of Meerut, they added. Acting on a tip-off, police laid a trap on Tuesday on MB Road, Pul Prahladpur. At around 5.15 pm, two persons were apprehended when they were coming on a motorcycle, Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast), said. During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they, along with their associate Kashyap, used to steal motorcycles from the area of Southeast and South Delhi. On their instance, Kashyap was arrested from Ghaziabad, Biswal said. Shubham was the mastermind of the gang. Around three-four years ago, he came to Delhi to learn dancing. Around one-year-ago, he opened his own academy in Pul Pr..
                 

Hirave hits 'home' run with marathon distance-running prize money

23 hours ago  
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Mumbai half marathon third-place India men's winner, Kalidas Hirave initially seemed a little disappointed with his finish, but he took it in his formidable stride. When you clock 1:06:38 over the 21-km, your stride had better be formidable! Hirave said that the last time he competed in the Mumbai full marathon he had dropped out at the 25km mark because of cramps. This time too he got cramps but the LIC runner still managed a third place. The cramps notwithstanding, the runner had a lot to smile about. In October last year, the long-distance champ, who works in Pune, pumped in R20 lakh from his prize money in running events over the years, (he has been running for seven years) and has taken a loan too, to buy a home in Wai, which is on the way to Mahableshwar-Panchgani. "I used to live in a room in Mandhardevi. Today, I am the owner of a 1,000-sq feet house," said Hirave with a smile. What can we say except, Wai-se choice of sport, Mr Hirave! Catch up on all the latest sports news ..
                 

Congress, NCP did not provide land for Ambedkar memorial: Fadnavis

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis alleged on Sunday that the Congress and NCP, when in power, did not provide land in Mumbai for a memorial of Dr B R Ambedkar. Speaking at the national convention of the BJP's Scheduled Caste Morcha in Nagpur, Fadnavis came down heavily on the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party. "These leaders made so many memorials for their forefathers but Congress leaders could not give land for the father of Indian Constitution [Ambedkar]," he said. "Because their eyes were set on the Indu Mill land and its FSI [floor space index, for commercial development], like they captured other [textile] mill lands in Mumbai," Fadnavis alleged. Dalit organisations had been long demanding the land of the defunct Indu Mill — which was with National Textile Corporation — for the Ambedkar memorial."Congress, NCP and other political parties which ask for votes in the name of Babasaheb Ambedkar did not give an inch of Indu Mill land for the mem..
                 

Help me travel for London Marathon: Nitendra Singh Rawat

yesterday  
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In a sport where most Indian long distance runners are still a little unsure when facing the press, Nitendra Singh Rawat, the Indian men's Mumbai Marathon winner, is a dude with a cool attitude. The army runner used the visible Mumbai platform to launch an appeal for support. Rawat said in the press interaction post his breathtaking 2:15:52 run that, "my next challenge is the London Marathon on April 28. I hope the Mumbai Marathon organisers Procam can help me. I need help for tickets and visa for London." Procam's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dilip Jayaram laughed when told that Rawat used Sunday's media platform for his appeal. Jayaram said, "We will consider it, but before saying this at the post-race conference, he needs to talk to us [Procam]. He has to chart out his course in the next two months, about how he will approach the race, the kitting he needs etc. There are many details. We may think about supporting him but he has to sit down and talk to us." Meanwhile, Rawat adde..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: Cricket trainer Kanchgar not happy with Sunday spell

yesterday  
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Mumbai cricket team trainer Yogesh Kanchgar, who was busy on Saturday, overseeing the fitness of India pacers Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni and other Mumbai players completed the half marathon yesterday. Kanchgar, 39, who had the experience of two full marathons, six half marathons, three Dream Runs apart from full marathons in Hyderabad, Bhopal and Satara, was however, not satisfied with his yesterday's timing of two hours, 28 minutes. "Without a practice, you can say it's a good timing, but I am not satisfied. My best half marathon timing was one hour, 33 minutes - two years ago," Kanchgar told mid-day. The professional trainer spoke on the benefits of running a marathon: "By running a marathon you are doing your cardiovascular training through which you train your heart. When I run, I get time for myself where I think and plan my growth." 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..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: It's a Dream Run come true for 15 Gujarat tribal women

yesterday  
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Had it not been for Shrimad Rajachandra Love and Care (SRLC), an NGO in Dharampur (Gujarat), 15 tribal women would have been spending their Sunday rolling khakharas, making agarbattis or preparing soap at Dharampur. Instead, they were in Mumbai for the first time to participate in the Dream Run (6km stretch from CST to Metro Cinema) to promote women empowerment and skill development. "Coming to Mumbai and running here for a cause was a different experience for all of us. On Saturday, we visited Mahalaxmi temple, Swaminarayan mandir (Dadar) and did some shopping too. If we get a chance, we will run here next year too," said Ambeshwari Raut, who works in SRLC's stitching section. "We walk more than five kilometres daily, so we are habituated to tackling distances or facing difficulties. We have come here with the intention of spreading the message that women can overcome any situation," Raut, 35, added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new ..
                 

ASER shows but real task is to keep it up

yesterday  
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When his government is at the receiving end ahead of general elections, state education minister Vinod Tawde should find great satisfaction in the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2018), which shows that Maharashtra has registered a performance above the national average on a majority of the parameters in primary education in rural areas. Compliments to the minister, his department, teachers and students, who we wish, are not complacent in the next academic session, half of which will overlap with election activities. ASER's mixed findings are elating as well as upsetting. As against the national average for children - who can read the alphabet and more — which is 46.8 per cent, the state increased its rate to 66.2 per cent. Great achievement for the state government is that 34,000 students of private schools have shifted to government schools last year. This shows that a sincere, consistent, and quality effort could get government schools their lost glory back, and also..
                 

We've had our fill of empty promises

yesterday  
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The 'United India' rally in Kolkata on Saturday was the first step to dislodging Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He, of course, never stopped being in election mode. But the battle bugle has sounded for the next parliamentary election, the schedule for which the Election Commission may announce in early March. Modi has initiated counter-measures: the first was the 10 per cent reservations in jobs and higher education for economically weaker sections of the general category, code for the forward castes. The DMK, which participated in the 'United India' rally, has gone to court against this, saying that reservations were mandated by the Constitution as a measure of social justice, not to remedy economic inequality. Modi is expected to announce measures for farmers, who snatched from his party's hands three states in December. This may include income-supplementing programmes of the kind that exist in Telangana, Odisha and Jharkhand. It may be too little, too late; you can see the panic on..
                 

Aanand L Rai on 'Zero' failure: It's a learning

yesterday  
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Aanand L Rai's ambitious "Zero" may have crashed at the box office but the director is not disheartened with the response. The filmmaker views the experience as a lesson learnt. The Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, which also featured Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, was billed as one of the biggest films of 2018. "I won't say I am disappointed. I will need to understand (what went wrong). This is the story I wanted to say and I made it. After making 'Ranjhaanaa' and 'Tanu Weds Manu' and the second one, this film ('Zero') was due for me to make... To take a certain flight and I have not landed on it properly. "It is a learning and it will help me grow as a director. I am not afraid to take risks and experiment," Rai told PTI when asked if he was disappointed. "Zero" had Shah Rukh playing the role of a vertically challenged man, Katrina featured as a troubled star while Anushka portrayed a scientist suffering from cerebral palsy. The film released on December 21 and did not receive favourable ..
                 

Soha Ali Khan: Don't force your child to have anything

yesterday  
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Actress Soha Ali Khan, also a mother, says people should not force their children to have anything. "I would say don't force your child to have anything. Be persuasive and charming, but don't force them and respect their decisions. Try again another time if they refuse," Soha, who launched premium milk Pride of Cows here earlier this week, told IANS. "Inaaya (her daughter) likes her milk fortunately for now, but we all know how tempestuous toddlers can be. Be creative with the milk also - use fun containers, straws, make milkshakes and mix it in a healthy mix," she added. Soha, on the other hand, didn't like to drink milk. "But my mother would insist I drink it and I would come up with creative ways of disposing of it in the flower pots, off the balcony, until they caught on and made me drink it in front of them. And now I really love milk," said the daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore. On the milk brand, she said: "I have been consuming Pride of Cows for some time now, I en..
                 

M.K. Stalin: Opposition leaders didn't question me on Rahul Gandhi

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Chennai: DMK President M.K. Stalin on Sunday said opposition leaders who participated in the anti-BJP meet in Kolkata on Saturday did not question him for announcing Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate. Speaking at a wedding he attended here, Stalin said the political situation in different states varied. He said the party leaders in Kolkata were of the view that they would voice their view on the Prime Ministerial candidate post the Lok Sabha elections. According to Stalin, none of the party leaders said he was wrong in announcing Gandhi's name as the Prime Ministerial candidate. "I had announced Gandhi's name at a function organised by DMK. It was our function. I voiced the feelings of the Tamil Nadu people," Stalin said, in response to media reports as to why he didn't reiterate the wish at the Kolkata meeting. 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 ..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan: Sharing thoughts with young crew is awesome

yesterday  
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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday penned about his experience working with a young crew and says he finds it "daunting" to be in their company. Big B took to his blog to share his relationship with the young crew and how he bonds with them despite the huge age gap. "When you are in your 77th year in age and the rest of the crew has an average of 27, it's quite daunting to be in their company and to share their views. But let me tell you sharing thoughts with them is pretty damn awesome." He also said that while talking to the youngsters, he sometimes feels like "some elder sitting by the fireside after dinner, narrating stories to them of ek tha Raja, ek thi Rani. "Our conversation dwells on what they like or dislike or wish to discuss and I feel like and on... Don't ask me anything because I know nothing. Don't give me those special considerations and exclusivity, because I am not its deserving. "Don't give the care and attention of that challenged human across the street waiting..
                 

Shahid Kapoor: My wife tells me I need to calm down a bit

yesterday  
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Actor Shahid Kapoor says he and his wife Mira have a different approach when it comes to parenting. He says she tells him to calm down a bit when it comes to their two children, while he feels she is "too casual". Shahid opened up about his married life, parenting, his film career and more on an upcoming episode of Famously Filmfare Season 2, to go live on Colors Infinity, Colors Infinity HD, Voot and Jio on Sunday, read a statement. On being asked if being protective about his children was a ripple effect of his parent's separation, Shahid said: "My wife tells me that I am a little obsessive and protective and that I need to calm down a little bit. I tell her that she is too casual. Having said that, we try and find the middle ground which I think is good for the kids because you need to have both types of parents. "If both are too obsessive or both are too careless I don't think that works, so you need to find that balance". Shahid and Mira got married in 2015. They have a daught..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal: AAP to contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Chandigarh: Despite a virtual split in the leadership of its Punjab unit, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, party leader Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday. Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal arrived in Punjab on Sunday to launch the party's election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls with a rally in Barnala town. "People want a change. They are fed up with the Modi government. The BJP will lose in the Lok Sabha elections," Kejriwal told the media in Sangrur, around 130 km from here. Kejriwal met senior leaders of the AAP Punjab unit, including MP Bhagwant Mann, leader of opposition Harpal Cheema and legislator Aman Arora. The AAP has already announced the names of five candidates for Lok Sabha seat in October. These seats are Sangrur, Faridkot, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib. Two AAP MPs from Punjab, Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa, who were suspended from the AAP in August 2015 for taking on the AAP leadership, have not been named ..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal: Dirty people have left AAP, party is united

yesterday  
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Chandigarh: With his party's Punjab unit facing a split in its leadership, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that "dirty people" had left the party. "There have been attempts at breaking up the AAP. I must tell you that AAP is as strong as ever. Only the dirty people have left the party. The AAP is united and strong," Kejriwal told a rally in Barnala town in Punjab, around 175 km from here. The Delhi Chief Minister said that "greedy people" had left the AAP and that they were not fit to be part of the party. Kejriwal launched the AAP's poll campaign in Punjab on Sunday for the Lok Sabha elections. Heaping praise on AAP's Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Kejriwal said that leaders like Mann and others were keeping the AAP flag flying in Punjab. Kejriwal said that AAP will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab under the leadership of Mann. Kejriwal attacked the Congress in Punjab led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for not fulfilling the promises made t..
                 

Modi: Mahagatbandhan alliance of namdars, negativity, instability

yesterday  
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at opposition parties, terming the 'mahagatbandhan' a grouping of corrupt, negativity and instability and accusing them of misleading the people. "This mahagatbandhan is a unique bond. It is the bond of 'namdars', bond of nepotism, bond of corruption and scandals, bond of negativity and bond of instability and inequality," Modi said. The Prime Minister's remarks came during his interaction with booth level BJP workers from the Lok Sabha constituencies of Hatkanangale, Kolhapur, Madha and Satara in Maharashtra and South Goa. "They have an alliance of parties while we have an alliance with 130 crore Indians. We are dedicated to the dreams and aspiration of people while they are trying to promote their sons and daughters. They have the money power and we have the people's power... They are busy in saving their families while we are working to save the nation," he said. Modi slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, sa..
                 

Saumya Tandon shares first photo of her newborn!

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
Saumya Tandon, who plays the character of Anita 'bhabhi' in one of the most-loved television shows, Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain! gave birth to a baby boy. Reportedly, she welcomed the child on January 14. However, it was only on Sunday, January 20 that Saumya took to her Instagram account to share the good news with her fans. Saumya Tandon posted a photo along with her husband Saurabh Devendra Singh and their "bundle of joy" on Instagram. Soumya glows in a chequered blue shirt-dress as she holds the baby with her husband and poses for their first family portrait. Anita 'bhabhi' shared the picture and wrote: "Our bundle of joy!"  Take a look:       View this post on Instagram Our bundle of joy! A post shared by Saumya Tandon (@saumyas_world_) onJan 19, 2019 at 7:56pm PST Actress Saumya Tandon had taken to her social media account to announce her pregnancy. She called it a "fascinating ride". She posted a photograph of herself and said she woke up feel..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal: Narendra Modi, Amit Shah will break up country

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Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah will break up the country if they return to power in the 2019 general elections. "Agar inki desh mein dobara sarkar aa gayi 2019 mein, toh yeh desh ke tukde tukde kar dengey (If they return to power in the 2019 elections, they will break up the country)," Kejriwal told the media in Sangrur town in Punjab, around 130 km from here. Kejriwal said that people in the country wanted to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha polls. "The country is fed up with the five-year rule of Modi and Amit Shah. They have destroyed this country in five years. They have poisoned the minds of people," the Delhi Chief Minister said. "The whole country wants to defeat them. Leaders of all parties have got together and urged people to defeat them (BJP) in the elections," Kejriwal said. Kejriwal, who was accompanied by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP P..
                 

Piyush Goyal flags off new Rajdhani train at CST

yesterday  
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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off the bi-weekly Rajdhani Express train between Mumbai and Delhi from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station here on Saturday. The train is equipped with LED backlit snap frame showcasing major attraction of the cities falling en route, provided for a better aesthetic look, bio-vacuum toilets in two coaches and an onboard wi-fi hot spot based entertainment system in each coach with over 500 hours of free infotainment content. Train number 22221 Mumbai - Hazarat Nizamuddin bi-weekly Rajdhani Express will leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai on every Wednesday and Saturday at 14.50 hours and will arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 10.20 hrs next day. The train would also have fire retardant Duro-wipe carpet inside lavatories to provide slide free surface at all time and a safe seat in western style lavatories for better hygiene. It would also feature aerator in water taps for the conservation of water. Similarly, train No.22..
                 

Pics: Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani ace the casual look for lunch date

11 hours ago  
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Tiger Shroff took his rumoured ladylove Disha Patani for a lunch date to their favourite restaurant, Bastian, in Bandra, Mumbai. The alleged couple is more than often snapped visiting this eatery. Whenever Tiger's sister Krishna Shroff is around in the city, she accompanies the couple and the trio is often caught spending time at this place. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani's Sunday outing was captured by the shutterbugs. The Baaghi pair opted for comfy attires, where Tiger was seen in an army green tee with denim, and Disha looked flawless in her regular no makeup look and the pink flowy dress. Take a look at the pictures here: On the professional front, Disha Patani is training extremely hard for her next. She will be seen playing the character of a trapeze artist in Salman Khan's Bharat, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Disha, who is known for her sultry body and pretty face stands tall as a fitness artist in the entire young Bollywood brigade. The actress is a fitness freak, and ..
                 

This photo of Bill Gates has gone viral, here is why?

12 hours ago  
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the world's second richest man, having a net worth more than 90 billion USD, and he is known to be one of the most humble human beings in the world. The internet witnessed his act of humility recently when the billionaire was seen waiting in a line outside a fast-food store in the United States for burger and fries. The picture was clicked by an admirer and shared on Facebook that went viral. Mike Galos, a Microsoft Alumni, recently shared a picture of the billionaire on Facebook with a caption, "When you're worth about $100,000,000,000, run the largest charity in the history of the world and stand in line for a burger, fries, and Coke at Dick's like the rest of us..." In the picture Bill Gates, wearing a red sweatshirt and a pair of jeans, hands in his pockets was seen standing in a queue at a joint. In spite of being the second richest man in the world, Gates patiently waited for his turn to buy burgers and fries just like the rest. ..
                 

Mumbai: Locals sound alert over danger to mangroves patch in Andheri

12 hours ago  
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Once again, the city's mangroves are in danger of being destroyed. This time, it is a patch of mangroves adjacent to the Lokhandwala back road on a 200-metres stretch, where construction material debris is being dumped. Interestingly, the stretch goes towards a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) garbage segregation unit. Activists say the Mangroves Cell should act before it's too late. Illegal dumping of construction material debris is a major concern in many places in Mumbai. The mangrove cover in isolated places is an easy spot to dump debris without getting noticed. Debris has been illegally dumped in various locations close to the mangroves forest patch in and around Lokhandwala in Andheri west. 'Can't police, BMC, see?' On Sunday this reporter visited the 200m stretch and saw debris dumped close to the mangroves forest patch on both sides of the road. What is also shocking is the fact that the road where the debris is being dumped, is frequently used by BMC trucks to ..
                 

Piyush Goyal chides at Mamata for creating hurdles for BJP in Bengal

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New Delhi: The BJP on Monday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accusing her of creating hurdles to stop party leaders from holding rallies and yatras in the state. Addressing a press conference, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal will meet a similar fate like that of the Left Front in Tripura. "Mamata Banerjee is scared of the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ground the BJP is gaining. This is the reason she is leaving no stone unturned to stop BJP (from holding) events in the state," he said. His attack comes in the wake of the West Bengal administration denying permission for BJP President Amit Shah's helicopter landing in Malda where he is scheduled to address a rally on Tuesday. "This is worst form of anarchy in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee has failed. People of the state have lost faith in this government. There is complete failure of law and order in the state," he said. The senior BJP leader accu..
                 

Photos: Taimur Ali Khan enjoys a horse ride with his signature pout

12 hours ago  
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Taimur Ali Khan's new pictures clicked by the paparazzi have surfaced online. In these pictures, the little Nawab exudes royalty as he enjoys a horse ride, under the guidance of an expert. Dressed in a cute little red tee and white shorts, the kid has his own swag as he sits on the horse, all set for his ride. Take a look at the pictures (All pictures/Yogen Shah) Taimur looks all excited to jump on for his ride. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan keep Taimur indulged in outdoor sports activities like playing football, badminton, and other games.  Taimur was recently clicked in Bandra when Saif took his little munchkin on a piggyback ride. And he looked nothing but cute! Sporting a white tee and orange shorts, Taimur's expressions were just priceless. What Taimur Ali Khan wears, the random words he speaks, everything about him become trending topics, and it looks like the child loves every bit of the attention. Recently, he was also spotted with mommy Kare..
                 

Dance teacher held for sexually abusing minors, showing obscene videos

14 hours ago  
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A dancer teacher based in Pune was arrested by the officials of Hadapsar police for alleging touching minor girls inappropriately and showing them obscene videos. The teacher was arrested from Hadapsar after a 13-year-old girl from Hadapsar, along with the help from a non-governmental organisation (NGO) lodged a case of molestation against the accused of allegedly touching her and her friend inappropriately during the dance practice sessions.Officials from Hadapsar police arrested the dance teacher and booked the accused under relevant sections of molestation and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. According to the Hadapsar police officials, the minor girl narrated the ordeal to her mother, who in turn approached an NGO to lodge a complaint at Hadapsar police station, as reported by Hindustan Times.The police official further added that the dance teacher would show obscene videos to the girls and touch them inappropriately during dance practice ..
                 

Taste of Japan for Aamir Khan, daughter Ira and family

14 hours ago  
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Aamir Khan with daughter Ira and ex-wife Reena Dutta dropped in at a new Japanese restaurant at a Worli mall over the weekend. It was family time as nephew Imran Khan's wife Avantika's brother, Vedant Malik, helms it. Reena Dutta The star is said to have enjoyed the meal and promised to visit it once a month. Considering Aamir is known for his drastic physical transformations for his films, he can tuck into sushi, sashimi and tempuras to his heart's content before he begins work on his next. Recently, Aamir Khan, who keeps altering his looks according to what his films demand, said he is now on a strict diet to get in shape for a project. Asked about how his usual Sunday brunch, he said: "Earlier, I used to do so many things but now I am on very strict diet for my new film. So, I have started getting back into shape." Refusing to disclose the name of the film for which he has started training, Aamir said: "I cannot tell you which one it is but it's for my new film." Aamir..
                 

43-year-old assistant sub-inspector kills wife over a domestic dispute

14 hours ago  
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Ambala: A 43-year-old assistant sub-inspector of police allegedly shot his wife before killing himself with his service revolver over a "domestic dispute" on Monday, police said. The deceased were identified as Gurdeep Singh and his wife Surender Kaur, 38, police said. The couple, along with their children, was living in village Nasrauli. The children had gone to school when the incident occurred, Superintendent of Police Astha Modi said. Gurdeep, an assistant sub-inspector, first shot dead his wife and then immediately killed himself with his service revolver, the SP said.  The ASI was posted in Panchkula police line and had come to his native village this Monday. Police said the exact cause behind the incident could not be ascertained so far but it could be due to a domestic dispute. The SP said no suicide note was recovered from the spot and investigation was on. In a similar incident, a man committed suicide after allegedly killing his wife in front of his son at the fa..
                 

Arun Jaitley: Opposition fears PM Narendra Modi, so ganging up

15 hours ago  
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New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday hit out at opposition parties, saying the fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity and his return to power has brought them together but said this won't work in the Lok Sabha polls as Modi remains the most popular leader. In a Facebook post, he said the opposition had a negative anti-Modi agenda and they were seeking to take the best advantage of the electoral arithmetic. "A negative campaign works when there is a strong anti-incumbency. When there is a comfort level with the government and its leader, a set of more satisfied people vote a government back," he said. "It is only the fear of his popularity and comeback that is bringing them together. The Prime Minister remains by far the most popular, decisive and dynamic leader of the present set of politicians. "His integrity, emphasis on ethics, decisiveness, growth-oriented politics, has made aspirational India to accept him. He has singularly decimated all caste-based p..
                 

Gully Boy: Latest song Mere Gully Mein to be launched on January 24

15 hours ago  
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Ranveer Singh-starrer Gully Boy's latest song 'Mere Gully Mein' is all ready to be unveiled at the grand music launch on January 24, 2019. The launch, powered by Bira, will see a unique promotional strategy with a larger-than-life graffiti campaign across the country. Audiences across various cities stand a chance to attend this event. One of the previously released rap songs from the film, 'Apna Time Aayega', has already become an anthem of sorts and was also featured in the trailer of the film. Gully Boy, based in part on the lives of Mumbai rappers Divine aka Vivian Fernandes, and Naezy aka Naved Shaikh, brings into focus the city's underground hip-hop scene.       View this post on Instagram Wolfpack 🐺 @vivianakadivine @naezythebaa #gullyboy A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) onJan 17, 2019 at 8:03am PST The film also stars Alia Bhatt in a never-seen-before avatar, paired opposite Ranveer; t..
                 

When Swara Bhasker was sexually harassed

16 hours ago  
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Swara Bhasker has revealed that she was sexually harassed by a director but it took her six to eight years to realise it. Without taking any names, the actor confessed that when someone else spoke about a similar situation, she realised that she had been a victim. The Veere Di Wedding (2018) actor added that the person did not touch her as she managed to ward him off. Swara spoke about it at a panel discussion after the screening of Weinstein: The Inside Story, which is based on the life of the tainted Hollywood producer who has been accused of sexually harassing leading Hollywood female actors for decades. Swara said she wasn't able to recognise it because "as a culture, we do not teach our girls to recognise predatory behaviour for what it is. The director was not being an idiot, he was being a predator. There is silence around sexual harassment. We just recognise the discomfort," she added. Swara Bhasker, who has been a supporter of India's #MeToo movement, terms sexual harassmen..
                 

Rahul greets people of Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura on statehood day

16 hours ago  
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New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday greeted the people of Meghalaya, Manipur, and Tripura on the three northeastern states' statehood day. He also wished prosperity, happiness, and well being to the people. "I extend my warm greetings to the people of Meghalaya, Manipur, and Tripura on their state foundation day. All of you are very special to us. We have full faith in your potential. I pray for your prosperity, happiness, and well-being," Gandhi said in a Facebook post. Meghalaya, Manipur, and Tripura became full-fledged states on January 21, 1972. The Congress is out of power in the three states, though it headed the previous governments in Manipur and Meghalaya. 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 the latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, tru..
                 

Yami Gautam is elated after Uri crosses Rs 100 crore mark

16 hours ago  
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2019 has proven to be a good year for Yami Gautam. Her recent release, Uri: The Surgical Strike, released on January 11, has become the first blockbuster of the year. Fans have showered Yami with praise for her relevant portrayal of an intelligence officer in the film. The film, directed by Aditya Dhar, features Vicky Kaushal in the lead, and is based on the actual surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army in Uri, Kashmir, in 2016. Now, the film has not only become a massive hit at the box office with audiences thronging cinema halls to watch it, but it has also crossed the 100 crore mark in just 10 days. According to trade experts, in recent times, it's the fastest for a medium budget film to cross this elusive mark. The film has been praised for its realistic and strong performances, and its technical soundness. Also, it's quite a big deal for Yami as it's her second film after Kaabil to have joined the 100 crore club. Speaking about it, Yami said, "Very happy with the kind of r..
                 

Australian Open: I have massive regrets, says Roger Federer after loss

17 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Sports  
Swiss great Roger Federer denied yesterday that his defeat to Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas signalled a changing of the guard as he announced he will play the French Open this year for the first time since 2015. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was shocked by a man 17 years his junior in the Last 16 of the Australian Open 6-7 (11-13), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Rod Laver Arena. But Federer, the defending champion, played down suggestions it was the beginning of the end for a man who has dominated the sport for so long. "I've heard that story [for] the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there," he said. And in a signal that he is hungry for more, Federer, 37, said he planned to play on clay again this year for the first time since 2015. "It's a bit of a desire. I'm in a phase where I want to have fun and I've missed not doing it," he told reporters of the French Open. He missed Roland Garros in 2016 with an injury and skipped the clay season the last two years. "I..
                 

Sara Ali Khan in Dehradun as mother Amrita Singh in legal wrangle

18 hours ago  
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Amrita Singh is undergoing a property dispute. Recently, Singh's daughter Sara Ali Khan accompanied her to the Clement Town police station in Dehradun on Saturday. Reportedly, Amrita Singh's maternal uncle, Madhusudan Bimbet, passed away recently. After his last rites, Amrita and Sara went to his bungalow but the caretaker, Khushiram, denied them entry. He claimed that Amrita did not call on Bimbet when he was ailing and now she was claiming his sprawling mansion, which was worth crores. Amrita Singh was born to a Muslim mother Rukhsana Sultana and a Sikh father, army officer Shivinder Singh Virk, from a feudal family. Singh's mother was a political associate of Sanjay Gandhi during the Indian Emergency in the 1970s. On the work front, Amrita Singh was last seen in Hindi Medium in 2017, where she played the role of a school principal. In recent years, the veteran actress was part of films such as Aurangzeb (2013), 2 States (2014) and A Flying Jatt (2016). Her daughter Sar..
                 

Mumbai: Byculla zoo wants a lion but has no giraffe to give in return

18 hours ago  
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Want to see lions in the Byculla zoo again? You can't as they don't have giraffes. Confused? Well, that's what the Junagarh zoo authorities have asked Byculla zoo officials for in exchange for a pair of lions. Zoos across the country follow the barter system where they offer animals they have in surplus, in exchange for animals they want. Byculla zoo has very few animals and birds in surplus, but these no other zoo wants. The Veermata Jijabai Udyan, or Byculla zoo's attempt to procure lions rests on its ability to exchange surplus animals for them. As part of the Byculla zoo's expansion plan, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been in talks with various zoos to transfer animals like jackals, civet cats, otters, hyenas, sloths and leopards. It has approached zoos in Ahmedabad, Kanpur and even the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Want lions? Give giraffesWhile attempting to bring lions to the Byculla zoo, senior civic officials said that officials of the Sakkarbaug Zoological..
                 

Manisha Koirala: Hope to write more books in future

18 hours ago  
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Actress Manisha Koirala, who has authored the book "Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life", hopes to pen more books in future. "I am very excited and happy that my book 'Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life' has been appreciated by the audience. I am thankful for the readers for the love that I have received from them. "This was my first experience of writing a book. The kind of response I have received for my first book, I hope that I will write more books in future," Manisha told reporters at the Urja Awards 2019 here on Sunday on the readers' response to her maiden book. On the career front, Manisha was last year seen in films like "Lust Stories" and "Sanju". "By the grace of God, you will see me in more movies for sure," she said. Talking about youngsters of the country, Manisha said: "I think the kind of 'urja' (energy) youngsters have, it's a blessing. So, they should use it in right direction and in right manner to lead very successful career and life." Catch up on all the ..
                 

BJP MLA apologises for objectionable remarks on Mayawati

18 hours ago  
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Chandauli (UP): After courting controversy over her remarks against BSP supremo Mayawati, BJP MLA Sadhana Singh Sunday issued an apology, clarifying that she did not mean to hurt anyone. Singh, a legislator from Uttar Pradesh's Mughalsarai had Saturday called the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief a "blot on womankind" and "worse than a transgender". "I had no such intention to hurt anyone.... I regret what I said. I just shared a woman's pain, and didn't want to insult anyone," Singh said in a statement after her comments drew flak from from allies and opposition leaders. The BJP lawmaker made the controversial remarks at a rally while referring to the infamous incident when Mayawati was assaulted by Samajwadi Party workers in a Lucknow guest house in 1995. "I just wanted to remind her (Mayawati) about the help extended by BJP leaders in 1995 to her," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader added. Singh's apology came immediately after a complaint was lodged against her at the Baburi..
                 

AAP not to contest Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra

19 hours ago  
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said "as of now" it has decided not to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. The party will fight Lok Sabha polls in four states - Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Goa. But, it has decided not to contest in Maharashtra, AAP's national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon told PTI on Monday. "As of now, we are not contesting any seat in Maharashtra, but the party may take a view on a few seats if we feel it will help defeat the BJP," she said. The party wants to save democracy from the "clutches" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, so "we will devote all our strength on the seats where we are certain we can defeat them," Menon said. However, former AAP leader Mayank Gandhi said the decision shows the party is "dead" in Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats - the second highest number after Uttar Pradesh which has 80 parliamentary constituencies. "Encouraging the worst kind of leadership at the behest of volun..
                 

Five members of new Naxalite outfit held in Jharkhand

19 hours ago  
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Giridih (Jharkhand): Five Naxalites of a newly-formed outfit were arrested with arms and ammunition in Giridih district, police said Sunday. Superintendent of Police Surendra Jha said that the five naxalites were nabbed on Saturday following a tip-off that the ultras had gathered between Bagodar and Saria police station of the district. The operation was headed by sub-divisional police officer Binod Mahto, he said. One rifle, three other weapons, at least 24 dynamites, gelatin sticks and uniform were recovered from their possession, the SP said. The police officer said that the new Naxal outfit is active on the borders of Hazaribagh and Koderma districts and was involved in the killing of a contractor. The SP said he would recommend to the Director General of Police, D K Pandey, to reward the raiding police personnel for their success. 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 upda..
                 

Donald Trump: Protection to immigrants in return of wall funds

20 hours ago  
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Washington: US President Donald Trump launched a new plan to end a government shutdown, which has been ongoing for nearly a month, by offering protection from deportations for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion for constructing a wall on the US-Mexico border. The Democrats, however, rejected the deal as a "non-starter" and called on Trump to open the government before negotiations on immigration could start. Trump offered that he would give protection from deportation for young people brought to the country illegally as children (Dreamers) and also extend it to those with temporary protected status (TPS) after fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence. The president also called for $800 million in "urgent humanitarian assistance" and $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure US ports of entry. Trump proposed a slew of measures to increase border security, including an increase in law enforcement, saying he was offering a "commo..
                 

Munisha Khatwani makes a comeback on TV after 10 years

20 hours ago  
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Munisha Khatwani makes a comeback on TV after a decade. She features in the Manish Goyal and Juhi Parmar-starrer Tantra. The makers have named her socialite character Munisha as well. The actor, who is also a tarot card reader, is enjoying her new stint. It is a character role "but on the small screen even younger actors are playing roles of mothers," she says. Munisha took up the offer as she wanted to remind people that once an actor, always an actor. Recently, Munisha predicted about Salman Khan's marriage and said that the actor might not get hitched this year. "It's difficult to know whether Salman Khan will get married or not, it's a little dicey. His mangal is very strong this year so there is a chance. But the way his cards are supporting, I don't think so he will get married. I think he likes his life without marriage, so according to that the decision of getting married is difficult," she says. Shah Rukh Khan will also have a good year, says Munisha. "This year will be bet..
                 

Kidnapped girl rescued by special police team, 1 arrested

20 hours ago  
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Jammu: A minor girl, who was allegedly kidnapped a couple months ago from Thanamandi area of Rajouri district, has been rescued by a special police team in Uttarakhand, officials said Sunday. The accused Reyaz Ahmad, of Moman Kote village in Reasi district, was arrested and put behind the bars at Thanamandi Police Station, an official said, adding the victim was admitted in a hospital in Rajouri district. "A couple of months ago, the girl's family lodged a complaint in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district, alleging Ahmad had kidnapped their girl," a police spokesman said. A case was registered and raids were conducted in Srinagar, Jammu, Reasi and other places but all efforts went in vain, he said. "Three days ago, we received reliable information that the girl and her kidnapper were in Chamba district of Uttarakhand. A special team was constituted and found the girl and arrested the accused," he said. He said the rescued girl was admitted in Rajouri District Hospital for medica..
                 

This is for 'didi' looking on from heaven: 3rd place winner Manju Yadav

21 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The outstanding feature of any marathon is the spirit of resilience, determination and courage it brings out in every competitor, elite or amateur. That is a big part of why this event is so compelling, since it is not just a race but a slice of life. The third place winner in the women's 21km category, Manju Yadav struggled to hold back her tears during her run. She revealed, "I lost my elder sister on January 3 this year, from Multiple Sclerosis [MS]-related complications. I ran this half marathon in her memory. The last few days of training and focus helped me come out of the dark abyss I slid into. I thought to myself that going out and running will help me combat my depression," explained the long distance runner, who now wants to focus on the marathon as a prime event. Manju's 1.25:11 timing in the category was stupendous considering she achieved this under severe strain. "I just hope my sister Saroj Yadav was watching from above," said Bhopal-based Manju as she tried valiantly..
                 

Shania Twain: I was awkward when I first met Madonna

21 hours ago  
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Country music star Shania Twain says she was "awkward" when she first met singer Madonna. On "Today" show, Twain spoke about her introvert nature and recalled her first meeting with Madonna, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "I was awkward with Madonna when I first met her. I understand why it happens (when people get starstruck around me). "I'm sympathetic and empathetic about how they are feeling in that moment because I do the same thing." She also admitted that she "gets uncomfortable" when she is surrounded by a lot of stars. "I'm not very good with stars. I get really uncomfortable, I don't know what to say. I am very shy actually. I just feel like I'm invading their space by being with them," added Twain. Also read: Shania Twain bored with country music 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 accept..
                 

Imam, Hafeez steer Pakistan to win over South Africa

22 hours ago  
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Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez set up a five-wicket win for Pakistan in the first one-day international against South Africa at St George's Park on Saturday. The left-handed Imam made a cultured 86 off 101 balls and Hafeez hit an unbeaten 71 off 63 deliveries as Pakistan chased down a target of 267 with five balls to spare. Hashim Amla's 27th one-day international century was not enough for South Africa, who lost only two wickets in scoring 266 runs after winning the toss. Pakistan's bowlers deserved credit for their team's win, which came after the tourists were well-beaten in all three Test matches. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed used his bowlers in short spells and their mixture of seam and spin proved better suited to a slow pitch than South Africa's attack. South African strike bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier conceded a combined 124 runs in 19.1 overs. The Pakistan batsmen also proved better at rotating the strike, particularly during a 94-run second-wicket stand betwe..
                 

Sarri slams 'mentally weak' Chelsea

22 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Football  
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri labelled his players mentally weak and "difficult to motivate" after losing 2-0 at Arsenal in a toothless performance on Saturday. The Gunners blew the race for a top-four Premier League finish wide open as first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny closed Arsenal and Manchester United, who beat Brighton earlier in the day, to within three points of Chelsea in fourth. "I'm extremely angry, very angry indeed. This defeat was due to our mentality more than anything else, our mental approach. We played against a team more determined than we were and I can't accept that," said Sarri, who chose to speak through a translator in his native Italian to clearly explain the scale of his frustration. "The fact is it appears this group of players is extremely difficult to motivate." Maurizio Sarri On current form, Sarri's men look likely to be caught by Arsenal or United as a fourth defeat in 11 league matches underlined the need for the signin..
                 

Mumbai Marathon: Go-getter Sudha Singh nails it

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Other sports  
Indian women elite runner Sudha Singh stepped on the South Mumbai roads yesterday morning with one objective in mind. No, it was not about winning the Mumbai Marathon, but achieving a qualification mark for the Doha IAAF World Championships in September. Tough targetTo achieve her Sunday aim, Sudha had to finish the 42km race under 2:37:00. The Raebareli athlete, also the defending champion, not only achieved the desired timing but also set a personal best of 2:34:55 (previous best 2:35:35 at Beijing World C'ships) to better the national course record of 2:37:29 held by OP Jaisha. Sudha finished first among Indian women and eight overall. The other Indian women couldn't get near Sudha, who was almost three minutes ahead of Jyoti Gawte after crossing the Bandra-Worli Sea Link at the 20km mark, and 10 minutes ahead of Gawte after the 40km mark. Jyoti clocked 2:45:48 to come second among Indian women while Jigmet Dolma was third with 3:10:42. Interestingly, Sudha resumed training only ..
                 

Rajan Batra of The Yellow Diary: We always had faith in our music

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Entertainment  
Given the adulation they have received, The Yellow Diary may appear to be that blessed independent band which found its popularity among mainstream musicians. However, the journey to success, they reveal, was far from seamless. "There were times when we did not have a show for two months. Now, we've had two shows in one day," says Sahil Shah of the band that has live gigs at Symbiosis and IIT Bhubaneswar scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Confessing that their live gigs started with them "jumping around and not knowing how to play the sounds" the band reveals it has come a long way. "We now have people singing our songs back to us. That's a great validation," says Stuart Da Costa, as Himonshu Parikh adds, "As a band, we have more love for the music we make today. Our [recently released] second EP, Izafa, has a blend of different genres and sound. Some have a lazy and laid-back vibe, others have a rockish feel. This is unlike the hard-hitting first EP we created." The band confesses tha..
                 

When Ajay Devgn convinced Sanjay Mishra to do his stunt

23 hours ago  
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Actor Ajay Devgn convinced his Total Dhamaal co-star Sanjay Mishra to do a stunt himself for the film. Ajay, known for doing most of his own stunts, along with the filmmaker Indra Kumar convinced Sanjay. In the name of rehearsals, Ajay got Sanjay to give the stunt a try which ended up to be the real shot which is a part of the film. "We wanted to scale up the action since it is an adventure comedy and take the stunts notches higher," Kumar said in a statement. "At first, Sanjay was quite apprehensive when I narrated the scene. But Ajay calmed him down and motivated him to perform it, and I too spoke to him at length. Together, we convinced him to take the shot. This is quite the first time he has done action like this, but it worked out well in the end," added Kumar, who has directed and co-produced the adventure comedy. "Total Dhamaal" is third installment of successful franchise Dhamaal which originally starred Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey and Riteish Deshmukh. It also stars Madhur..
                 

Two more bodies recovered from Ladakh avalanche spot

23 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ National  
Ladakh: The number of people dead in the avalanche at the Khardung La pass in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh has risen to seven with two more bodies recovered from the spot. Ten people were already found buried in the avalanche on Friday. Rescue operations are on for three more people suspected to be buried under the snow. The authorities have ordered a probe into the deaths. The avalanche had reportedly hit a truck carrying 10 labourers at Khardung La pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world at 17,500 feet. The truck was buried under 20 feet deep snow and mud, nearly 800 metres from the pass. 7Total no. of people found dead in the avalanche 10No. of labourers in the truck, which was hit by the avalanche 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 responsibilit