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Injured Wriddhiman Saha's Australian tour chances in jeopardy too?

5 hours ago  
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Wriddhiman Saha's shoulder injury has put a big question mark over the injury management process of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and like it is often the case in Indian cricket — there exists a shortage of transparency. The wicketkeeper-batsman from Bengal was believed to be nursing a thumb injury that he sustained during the last IPL, causing his absence in the historic recent India v Afghanistan Test at Bangalore, his third injury lay-off in 18 months. Far too seriousHowever, it has now come to light that Saha's injury woes are far more serious. "Till he injured his thumb, he did not realise that he also had a shoulder injury. He played the IPL with an injured shoulder. The injury has now been aggravated and has put his career on the line," a source close to Saha told mid-day yesterday. "Not having a clue as to what lies ahead of him is frustrating. He does not know when he can resume any cricketing activity," the source added. Saha, 33, may even miss out o..
                 

Sunny Deol and Rajkumar Santoshi bury the hatchet

6 hours ago  
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Sixteen years after they had a fallout, Sunny Deol and director Rajkumar Santoshi have buried the hatchet, and are apparently joining forces for a film. mid-day has learnt that the two are planning to collaborate on a period drama, titled Fateh Singh. It may be recalled that the filmmaker, in 2013, had expressed his wish to give shape to the action drama. While the project did not kick off for a host of reasons, we hear Deol has finally given his nod to the script. A source reveals, "Over the past two years, Sunny has been busy with his son's [Karan Deol] debut film, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas. Now that the project is nearing completion, Sunny has turned his attention to acting assignments. After a long discussion with Santoshi, the two have agreed to take Fateh Singh on floors. The actor will be seen playing a Sikh warrior. Santoshi wants to bring Sunny back in his action avatar and he feels this is the right subject." A force to reckon with in the '90s, the actor-director duo had given t..
                 

Balvinder Singh Sandhu resigns from Mumbai Cricket Association's CIC

6 hours ago  
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Former India pacer Balvinder Singh Sandhu has resigned from Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) citing "personal reasons". This is the second time he has resigned from the CIC after he first tendered his resignation in 2012. Sandhu shot a letter to the MCA yesterday morning informing them about his decision. "Yes, I have resigned from the CIC due to personal reasons," Sandhu confirmed to mid-day. His decision to step down has clearly not gone down well with the MCA officials. "If he had prior commitments, then why did he take up the assignment in the first place? He should have been aware of his plans well in advance. Now, we have to look for a replacement in the CIC," an MCA official said. Apart from being occupied for a movie being made on the 1983 World Cup victory, Sandhu also works for the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. He was head coach of the Mumbai North Team during the inaugural T20 Mumbai League, but within a week's time he s..
                 

Cristiano Ronaldo tips Greek resort staff Rs 16 lakh

6 hours ago  
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It was a day to remember for the hotel staff at a Greek resort recently after Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo left a whopping 17,850 pounds tip (approximately Rs 16 lakh). According to British tabloid, The Sun, Ronaldo, who recently completed his 100 million pounds move to Serie A champions Juventus, made a dash to the stunning Costa Navarino resort in the Peloponnese region of Greece after Portugal's exit from the World Cup in Russia. Ronaldo, who was in talks with Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli at the resort, was so impressed with the staff's service that he left them a huge cheque to thank them before heading to Italy for his unveiling. He has also asked the hotel management to split the figure equally among all the workers. Now, given Ronaldo's £500,000-a-week (Rs 4.5 crore) salary, that tip would've hardly burnt a hole in his deep pocket, no? Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to ge..
                 

Marathas assured of 'conditional' quota in recruitment drive

6 hours ago  
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Members of Maharashtra's Maratha community may celebrate a small victory as the state government has announced that 16% jobs that are created and filled henceforth will go to them. However, the declaration came with a rider, that the reservation would be given only when the Bombay High Court endorses a recommendatory report of the backward class commission, which has been constituted to establish that the community needs such reservation in education and jobs. The Maratha community constitutes a strong pressure group that can make or oust a government. The Congress had attempted to woo it but the HC rejected its proposal. The BJP, too, is pursuing a demand for reservation through an appeal before the court. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis made an announcement to this effect when the adjournment motions were tabled in both Houses. He said the government had planned to fill 72,000 vacancies and 16% of them would be filled once a favourable decision is sought. The seats thus kept vacan..
                 

How do I talk to my girlfriend about oral sex?

6 hours ago  
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I want to talk about oral sex, but am afraid of how my girlfriend will react if I bring up the subject. How should I talk about it?Talk about it like you talk about anything and everything else. It isn't something to be afraid of. My boyfriend and I are very close and have been in a relationship since we were in college three years ago. I have just been given a massive promotion at work, which means moving to another city and heading a team there. I don't know how to mention this to him because I don't know how he will react. He may not be able to live without me, and may insist that I give up the promotion if I want to save this relationship. I do love him a lot and believe this move to another city won't harm us in any way. I am also prepared to do what it takes to make it work, but don't think I can sabotage my career at this stage if he asks me to. I have to tell him about this soon and don't know what to do. Please help me.Why can't you simply tell him about it and why this move ..
                 

Trucks, buses to go off roads today

6 hours ago  
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In a bid to pressure the government to roll back the price of diesel, all private transport service operators will go on an indefinite strike from Friday. School and private bus operators will be off roads only for a day. Bal Malkit Singh, chairman, core committee, All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), said, "The key demands include reduction in diesel prices by including the central and state taxes under GST, uniform toll pricing across states for seamless movement, reduction in third-party insurance premium and national permit for buses and tourist vehicles." Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to things to do and events across the city here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mumbai: Elderly couple gets Rs 27,000 power bill

6 hours ago  
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The Lodhs of Ghatkopar loathe Tata Power, because they received a Rs 27,000 power bill from the company in May. This was shocking for the family because the only people who reside in the 1BHK flat in Amrut Nagar are Kalidas Lodh, 76, and his wife Gopa, both of whom make use of only basic electrical appliances. Kalidas, the owner of the flat, is a Navy veteran and has been following up the issue with the service provider since May with the help of his son Kaushik, who is visiting him from the USA. The family alleges their complaint of electricity theft has been ignored. They've switched to another service provider after the incident and were stunned to see their electricity bill for the month of June, which was only Rs 2,000. Meter is fineThe Lodhs had been receiving odd electricity bills since June 2016. However, the May bill this year shocked the family, after which they finally complained to the service provider. "Their technical team visited our house to check the problem. But the..
                 

'Nothing but a sex racket'

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Strong words and views flew at an afternoon press conference on Thursday held at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh at Azad Maidan. Activists and scholars from the self-explanatory Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) slammed the Muslim Personal Law Board's (MPLB) "anti-women, un-Quranic and unconstitutional views" with reference to nikah halala and other issues borne out of a patriarchal self-serving mindset, said the four speakers on the dais. Target ulemasThe progressive IMSD army took aim at ulemas who, they said collectively, "claim to be defending Islam. In fact, they are perpetuating patriarchy. In the process, they are helping in the demonising of Islam and Muslims." Their primary target was Nikah Halala or Halala which is a type of Muslim marriage. In Nikah Halala, a woman who is divorced by her husband may face a situation in which the man, who had divorced her, may want to marry her again. But, she has to first marry another man and consummate the marriage with that ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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Kher kher meinAnupam Kher and everyone around click selfies as he attends the Golden Jubilee year function of The Central Industrial Security Force in Chembur. Pic/Sameer Markande The media and its sistersWell-known senior journalist and feminist Rituparna Chatterjee recently shared a post that warmed the hearts of many. In it, she offers to extend help to women working in media, in terms of contacts in the circuit and tittle-tattle about vacancies. She even promised to listen to fellow sisters rant. "I want to let you know that I'm available to help you in any way I can... Don't be 'one of the boys'. Don't belittle another woman. We're in this mess together," Chatterjee wrote. Her post and inbox was soon inundated with women reaching out for help. Chatterjee went ahead and connected the women with editors and friends in the industry. The post stressed on the importance of sisterhood and Chatterjee shone through as truly supportive. We like. Recycling the unthinkableEver since t..
                 

Four international captains reported approaches to Anti Corruption Unit: ICC

15 hours ago  
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed that four international captains reported approaches to the governing body's Anti Corruption Unit between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. The ICC, in its annual report, mentioned that it conducted 18 investigations between June 2017 and May 2018, 17 of which were launched after the arrival of ACU General Manager Alex Marshall on September 1 last year. "There has been a pleasing increase in the number of players having the confidence to approach the ACU with reports of suspicious activity. Four international captains reported approaches during 2017-18 and every avenue was explored," said the ICC in the report. Out of 18 investigations, five have been concluded while charges were brought in four cases, claimed the governing body. "There were five disruptions -- where individuals who are not directly involved in cricket have their corrupt activities disrupted -- and 13 investigations remained ongoing as at May 31, 2018. Two of the inve..
                 

Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Srikanth, Prannoy retain places in BWF rankings

16 hours ago  
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India's star shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal retained their positions in women's singles in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. While Saina skipped last week's Thailand Open, Sindhu made it to the final before losing to reigning World Champion Nozomi Okuhara, who climbed up two spots to 6th. Despite her runner-up finish, Sindhu is still placed at No.3 while her compatriot Saina remained on 10th. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy climbed up four spots to break into the World top-50 for the first time, achieving a career-best ranking of 50. Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, who returned to action this week in Singapore, also climbed up two places to 90th. Sai Uttejitha Rao, who hogged the limelight at the All India senior ranking tournament in Bengaluru recently, was one of the biggest movers as she climbed up 13 places to 115. In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth and H.S.Prannoy stayed put to their No.5 and No.11 spots, while Sameer Verma ..
                 

Vladimir Putin hails summit with Donald Trump, slams critics

16 hours ago  
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called his summit with US President Donald Trump a success but warned that "certain forces in the US now want to prevent what was achieved there." In his first public comments on the summit, the Russian leader told the country's diplomats that certain forces in the US wanted to sacrifice Washington-Moscow ties for their "narrow party interests" and were "feeding millions of their people stories", the BBC reported. "On the whole the meeting was successful," Putin said, adding that "positive agreements" had resulted from the Monday meeting in Helsinki, Finland. "It would be naive to think the problems would be solved in a few hours. But no one expected that," he said. The meeting, Putin said, had allowed the US and Russia to start down the "path of positive change" and away from a confrontation he said was in some ways "worse than the Cold War". The Russian leader then warned that progress was jeopardized by the uproar in Washington over ..
                 

CBI pressured to file charge sheet against me: P Chidambaram

17 hours ago  
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After CBI filed a chargesheet against former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis deal, Chidambaram said: "CBI has been pressured to file a chargesheet to support a preposterous allegation," adding that he will contest it vigorously. "CBI has been pressured to file a charge sheet to support a preposterous allegation against me and officers with a sterling reputation. The case is now before the court and it will be contested vigorously. I shall make no more public comment," said chidambaram on Twitter. The CBI on Thursday filed a chargesheet against 18 people in Aircel-Maxis deal, including Chidambaram and Karti. Special Judge O.P. Saini has listed the matter for hearing on July 31. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate are investigating Karti Chidambaram's alleged role in getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the Union Finance Minister. "W..
                 

Paul Pogba answered critics with World Cup show, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic

18 hours ago  
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Star Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels former Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba has answered his skeptics with his impressive performance at the just-concluded World Cup, helping France lift the trophy for the second time. "I played with him for two years and people like to give their opinion, which they have the right to do," the Swede was quoted as saying by espnfc. "They judge but I think the result speaks for itself. Pogba scored a crucial goal in the final against Croatia as France won 4-2 besides producing stellar shows during the tournament. Pogba was heavily criticised before the World Cup for his underwhelming show for Man United in the English Premier League (EPL). "You don't need to answer by your mouth, you can answer by your feet, and do what you are good at. That is the way it is supposed to be and the way I like to do it," Ibrahimovic said. "He is young. He won the World Cup, he was in the Champions League final (with Juventus), the Europa League final (with..
                 

Five school students killed, four injured in Odisha road accident

18 hours ago  
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In a tragic incident, at least five school students were killed and four others suffered critical injuries after being run over by a speeding truck on a national highway in Odisha's Bhadrak district on Thursday. The incident occurred on NH-16 at Ranitela near Rahanja of Bhadrak district when the children were returning from school. Bhadrak District Collector Gyana Ranjan Das said that while four students died on the spot, one succumbed in the hospital. The three injured students have been admitted in the district headquarters hospital, while one student, who has received multiple injuries, has been sent to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, said A. Rashid, Chief Medical Officer of the district. The children were students of Class IX of a Ranitela high school. Locals said the accident occurred due to the rash driving by the 10-wheeler truck driver. The driver and the helper of the truck are absconding since the accident. Enraged over the incident, the locals set fire to th..
                 

Popular show Zabaan Sambhalke to make its comeback!

18 hours ago  
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After the comeback of popular television series Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai and Khichdi, another yesteryear show Zabaan Sambhalke is all set to revisit the audiences. However, there's a twist here. The show will not be returning in a TV show format. It will be served on Ekta Kapoor's digital platform, AltBalaji in the form of web series. Zabaan Sambhalke, which starred Pankaj Kapur, Viju Khote, Shobha Kote and Tom Alter, will be remade with a fresh cast, reports Dna. The show, will once again be helmed by Rajiv Mehra, who directed the original show. Zabaan Sambhalke will be presented in a 10-episode series. The cult show had fabulous performances by its cast. When the publication asked about maintaining the performance at par with it, Rajiv Mehra said, "Yes, that's the challenge. So far, we have finalised Sumeet Raghavan to play the role of the teacher (originally essayed by Kapur), while Shoma Anand will be the principal. We are still casting for the other seven-eight roles." Mehra furthe..
                 

Sophie Choudry gifts herself brand new hot wheels

19 hours ago  
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Video Jockey, actress and singer Sophie Choudry now becomes the proud owner of Mercedes SUV. Sophie went to bring in the beauty home accompanied by her mother and paparazzi friendly Shih Tzu Tia. Touted as industry's original pop diva, Sophie Choudry is originally from London. After having graduated from the London School of Economics, she moved to Mumbai about a decade ago to pursue a career in acting and never looked back. Apart from a couple of films and few of the greatest music hits, Sophie carved a niche for herself and belongs to the creme-de-la-creme crowd of the tinsel town. Sophie was spotted in a luxury car showroom posing happily with her new indulgence. Elated about this new addition, she shared, "I feel really grateful, blessed and proud of myself. Have worked hard for it. I've always had wanted to buy the Mercedes SUV and wanted a specific colour. My mom and my late father always would compete with each other, mum loved BMWs and my dad always favored Mercedes. So a f..
                 

Aircel-Maxis case: CBI filed chargesheet against P. Chidambaram, son Karti

19 hours ago  
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The CBI on Friday filed a charge sheet against 18 people in Aircel-Maxis deal case including former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti. The agency filed the charge sheet before Special Judge O.P. Saini who listed the matter fore hearing on July 31. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate are investigating Karti Chidambaram's alleged role in getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the Union Finance Minister. "We have filed a charge sheet in Aircel-Maxis case naming 18 persons, including P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram," a CBI official said. The charge sheet also named two companies -- Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd (ASCPL) and Chess Management Services Pvt Ltd (CMSPL) -- under various provisions. On August 29, 2014, the CBI had filed a charge sheet in the case alleging that between July 2004 and September 2008, Dayanidhi Maran, as Minister i..
                 

BJP protecting corrupt Delhi Chief Secretary, says AAP

19 hours ago  
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Delhi's ruling AAP on Thursday accused the BJP of protecting the Chief Secretary - accused of taking bribes from corrupt officials - and demanded a CBI probe into the matter. Citing Dr Avinash Kumar of Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital who had accused Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and four of his predecessors of taking bribes of Rs 10 lakh per annum to protect the corrupt, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh told media here that this incident sends a clear message to people of Delhi "that the BJP is protecting the Chief Secretary" and is "standing with the corrupt". "Instead of taking strict action against the corrupt, you are taking action against the complainant. This means you have some benefit out of it," he said. Senior AAP leader Dilip K Pandey also said the way BJP is protecting the corrupt only means that the party "is getting their fair share out of it." "It is natural to assume that the Chief Secretary took the money and if not, then he should come forward and tell why he has been sitt..
                 

It's vacation time for Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor Sunny Singh

19 hours ago  
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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor Sunny Singh will be seen in Ronnie Screvwala's production, with Vikrant Massey as co-star. Before he begins work on the film, Sunny has taken off for London for a vacation. He will be back fresh and rejuvenated to begin anew. Buzz is that Sunny Singh will also star opposite Disha Patani in Mohit Suri's next, a love story. The film will, apparently, also feature Aditya Roy Kapur. For the past several months, Kapur has been spotted visiting Suri's office. It is said that the two-hero film will have Aditya and Sunny play parallel leads. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety did marvelous business at the box office. Sunny Singh's co-stars Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Bharucha won accolades for their work in this film and has set a benchmark for the young actors with this bromance-comedy. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety was applauded by both audiences and critics. Apparently, Sunny's co-star Kartik has been flooded with film offers and is being approached by all the big league producti..
                 

Mobile passport app fully secured, says Sushma Swaraj

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said the newly launched mobile app through which citizens can apply for a passport was fully secured with advanced security features. She said that in less than three weeks of the app being launched, the External Affairs Ministry (MEA) had received as many as 67,500 applications through the app. "I can assure you that this app is fully secured. It has two very distinct security features. One is that as soon as the app connects with our DRC (data receiving centre), the data from the applicants' mobile get erased. No data (related to passport application) is left in the mobile phone," the Minister told the Rajya Sabha. "Secondly, if someone tries to make a fake passport from a cyber cafe (by misusing someone's data) as some people did, it would not come into the DRC," she added. Replying to a supplementary, she said there was a shortage of staff but it was not affecting the efficiency of passport services. "At 19 Passport Seva Kend..
                 

Swimsuit model Mara Martin breastfeeds her baby on ramp and Twitter goes crazy!

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Model Mara Martin turned heads at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit fashion show on Sunday, when she walked the ramp while breastfeeding her five-month-old infant. The 35-year-old took the concept of 'Take Your Kids to Work Day' to a whole new level and the Twitterverse can't stop talking about it. Twitterers showered their support for the Sports Illustrated model on the micro-blogging site and shared their views. Breastfeeding is natural. What kind of a person gets triggered by a mom feeding her kid," one wrote. Breastfeeding is natural. What kind of a person gets triggered by a mom feeding her kid. — Zubair Maqsood (@ZubairMaqsood11) Another tweet said, "A great way to normalise #breastfeeding by #breastfeedinginpublic" "Why is there all this fuss about a model breastfeeding her child? Firstly if breastfeeding wasn¿t such an issue this would never have made a headline and secondly, models are real people!" read another tweet by Carmelrose (@lemracrose) Some Twittere..
                 

TDP seeks Arvind Kejriwal's support against Narendra Modi government

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A delegation of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders on Thursday sought support from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to the no-confidence motion against the Modi government tabled by them in the Lok Sabha. Led by TDP Parliamentary Party leader Y.S. Chowdary, state Ministers T.G. Venkatesh, K. Narayana and Narasimha Rao met Kejriwal to seek the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) support in both houses of Parliament against the Modi government. The team handed over a letter from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to Kejriwal along with a booklet which centres around the denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Chowdary told the media that Kejriwal agreed with the TDP's views and termed their problems as genuine. "Today (Thursday) we met Kejriwal and discussed the problems faced by Andhra Pradesh caused by the Centre due to its delay in implementation of its promises made in Parliament. "The Chief Minister agreed ... and described..
                 

Wriddhiman Saha to undergo shoulder surgery, rehab plan under scanner

20 hours ago  
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Believed to be a minor thumb injury till now, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha is actually nursing a career-threatening shoulder problem caused by a "bungled" rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy, a top BCCI official has claimed. It is learnt that Saha will have to undergo a surgery in the UK next month and that might rule him out of the tour of Australia later this year. "Wriddhiman's rehabilitation has been a complete goof up. The NCA physio has bungled it big time. Now only a surgery can put him back on track. Once he is done with surgery, he will not touch the bat for at least two months and then rehab will start," a senior BCCI official told PTI today. Saha has been out of action, citing a thumb injury sustained during this year's IPL, but it has now come to light that the problem is much bigger than what was initially assessed. He was not picked for the upcoming Test series against England but the Board did not reveal the full extent of his fitn..
                 

Cristiano Ronaldo's trip to South Korea postponed due to hectic schedule

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Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will not visit South Korea later this month, officials here said on Thursday, due to his hectic schedule. Korea Tech, a local home appliance seller that organised Ronaldo's visit, said the 33-year-old decided to postpone his visit to South Korea and Japan due to an abundance of scheduling commitments following his move from Real Madrid to Juventus in recent weeks, reports Yonhap news agency. Ronaldo was originally scheduled to visit South Korea next Wednesday to promote a Japanese brand fitness product and hold a meet and greet events for fans. He was expected to land in South Korea after visiting Japan. Korea Tech has not mentioned the new date of Ronaldo's visit. Ronaldo, who scored four goals at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, travelled to South Korea in July 2007 when he was playing for Manchester United. He scored one goal and provided two assists to lead United to a 4-0 win over FC Seoul in a friendly match. Also Read: Cristiano Ronaldo..
                 

India cricket women's team captain Mithali Raj wanted to be a dancer

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Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj, has revealed that dancing was her first choice and not cricket. In fact, cricket was her father's decision, while her mother wanted her to be a dancer. Raj, 35, shared this information on internet show, Breakfast with Champions, which is hosted by Gaurav Kapur. "It was my dad's decision to put me into cricket. My mother did not want me to be a cricketer. She wanted me to be a dancer. I started dance much before I got into cricket and it was something of my own choice. I wanted to be a dancer," Raj said on the show. The stylish batswoman said she enjoyed dancing. "I enrolled myself [in dance] and then cricket happened because of various reasons. My parents had to face a lot of challenges. Coming from a south Indian family, cricket was nowhere, and no one played sport in my family. And it was difficult for my grandparents to expect their granddaughter to play cricket with boys," she said. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Mystery woman's murder investigation goes south

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Ever since a woman's corpse washed ashore at Cuffe Parade in 2016, the police's investigation has only gone south. Now, the cops are headed in the same direction, suspecting that the woman may be from South India. Going by a photo they had found on the body, the police are now matching DNA samples with missing complaints for women in south and east India who disappeared between October and November 2016. mid-day had reported on the case after the body was discovered on November 2, 2016, around 2 km behind INHS Ashvini in Colaba. At the time, the police had only three clues to work with — a bed sheet stamped with 'GL', in which the body had been wrapped; a torn picture of a woman on the forehead of the victim; and a beaded bracelet on her person. Failed attemptsAt first, the police suspected the white bed sheet was from a hotel or lodge, but couldn't find any that used such sheets. The cops also questioned bedding traders but got no answers. The police also reconstructed the fac..
                 

German Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel needs to keep pressure firmly on Lewis Hamil

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Sebastian Vettel needs to keep the pressure firmly on Lewis Hamilton at this weekend's German Grand Prix. At the midway point of the Formula One season - the 11th race out of 21 - Vettel holds only an eight-point lead over rival Lewis Hamilton in an intriguing title contest. Vettel started strongly, then Hamilton took over, and now Vettel appears to be in the ascendancy again. While he leads Hamilton only 4-3 in wins this season, Vettel's most recent victory was particularly poignant seeing it was at Hamilton's home track at Silverstone - where Hamilton has enjoyed huge success. Vettel's win there heaped more misery on the British driver, considering he'd experienced a rare retirement at the Austrian GP one week earlier. In previous years, Ferrari was the team experiencing technical problems and frustrating inconsistency. Now the roles appear reversed, and Mercedes is the team under pressure. Having won the last four drivers' and constructors' championships, often by huge margins, Me..
                 

Winning Hong Kong event has given me a boost, says Karman Kaur Thandi

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Rising Indian tennis player Karman Kaur Thandi considers winning the $25,000 Hong Kong tournament a morale booster going into next month's Asian Games. Delhi girl Karman will be playing in the singles category at the Games to be held in Indonesia from August 18. She won her maiden singles title on the ITF Pro circuit after demolishing Jia-Jing Lu's challenge in straightsets in the final of the USD 25,000 Hong Kong event held last month. "Yes, winning the 25K Hong Kong has definitely given me a boost, and beating top-200 player without dropping a set in the whole tournament. So for sure a belief that I belong there and I can do it," the 20-year-old up and coming player told PTI in an interview. Karman, however, believes a tough challenge is in the offing at the continental games if all 10 Asian players from the top 100 choose to play. "Yes, I will be playing singles in the Asian Games, and I will try my best to get the medal for the country. The competition is going to be of a very hi..
                 

Nora Fatehi to again work with Nikhil Advani after Dilbar's success?

22 hours ago  
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Nora Fatehi has been on cloud nine since the release of her latest song Dilbar's release. The song has hit 200 million plus views, and has been steady at number three on the international music charts. The success of the recreated version in Milap Zaveri's Satyameva Jayate, which stars John Abraham in the lead, has broken several records within 2 weeks of its release. The song has now become the first Indian song to ever be in the top 10 and then the top 3 on the Billboards YouTube charts. While the entire nation is dancing to the tune of the reinvented song from 90's era, Nora, who choreographed the belly dancing moves in the song herself, is all set to collaborate with the film's producer, Nikhil Advani for the second time. Apparently, Nikhil is so impressed with the roaring success of the song and Nora's performance in it that he has roped her in for a second collaboration. A source close to the actress said, "Nikhil is elated with the kind of success Dilbar has achieved that too ..
                 

Is MS Dhoni retiring? Viral clip on social media drops hints on retirement

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni's future has once again become fodder for speculation after the talismanic-but-currently-off-colour former India skipper sought the match ball at the end of the lost third ODI against England here. The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was seen seeking the ball from the umpires as players left the ground after India lost by eight wickets last night to go down 1-2 in the series. The act was an unusual one for Dhoni, who is more known for collecting stumps after winning matches. The 30-second clip went viral on social media and accompanying it were questions on whether the two-time World Cup-winning skipper had dropped a hint at retirement. However, sources in the team management dismissed the talk as nothing more than "rumours". Dhoni, who retired stunningly from Test cricket in the middle of India's 2014 tour of Australia, has been under the scanner of late for not being able to score as prolifically as he has been known to. His legendary finishing skills and the a..
                 

Revealed! Why Khar subway turns into a drain every monsoon

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You can't drive through Khar subway in the monsoon without being greeted by the disgusting sight of dirty brown water flooding the underpass. What's even more revolting is that this isn't rainwater, but actually the discharge from storm water drains along the railway tracks. The water runs through the filthy gutters and then cascades down on unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians in the subway. If you've ever wondered why the Khar Subway is always flooded even after the lightest shower, this is probably why. It was Khar resident and activist Zoru Bhathena who first observed the problem. "On the day of the bridge collapse in Andheri, I walked along the railway tracks from Khar Road to Santacruz station. It was raining lightly, but I was shocked to see that all the water from the tracks was directly discharged into Khar Subway," Bhathena recalled. "This water from the railway tracks is the main contributor to flooding in the subway. The force of the water is such that no pedestrian can..
                 

Vashu Bhagnani files FIR against Prernaa Arora

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A month after Vashu Bhagnani filed a case against the team of Fanney Khan alleging they hadn't rightfully credited him as distributor, he has filed an FIR against former co-producer KriArj Entertainment. The case is registered against company members Prernaa and Protima Arora, and Arjun Kapoor, and forwarded to the Economic Offence Wing (EOW). Bhagnani's lawyer Vibhav Krishna tells mid-day of the two-part complaint that his client continues to fight for credit in Fanney Khan. "KirArj has sold the India theatrical distribution [rights] to my client for Rs 10 crore. Rs 5.5 crore was to be paid when signing the agreement on December 16, 2017, and the rest, a week before the release [of the film]. Since Prernaa needed money, my client paid her R8.5 crore in advance. Now, [co-producers] T-Series tells us we don't have rights to distribute the film," says Krishna. Bhagnani's FIR also pulls up Arora for apparently violating a bulk deal they had entered into. "Bhagnani's company, Pooja Ent..
                 

Priest from Punjab arrested in Delhi after rape complaint

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Punjab Police arrested a priest and self-styled healer from the Delhi international airport following a complaint from a woman in Zirakpur that he had raped her, said an official on Thursday. Zirakpur station house officer (SHO) Pawan Kumar said the priest, Bajinder Singh, was nabbed from the Delhi airport as he was about to board a flight for London where he was scheduled to attend a healing event on July 21. Singh is the pastor of a church in Punjab's Jalandhar district. He was reported to be popular among people as a healer. The woman, a resident of Zirakpur town, adjoining Chandigarh, had complained to the police in May this year that Singh had sexually assaulted her and even recorded a video of the assault. She alleged the accused used to threaten her that he would post the video on social media if she complained against him or did not agree to his demands. "We had received a complaint of rape from the woman in May this year. The accused was on the run since then. We had got ..
                 

Italian actress roped in for Nawazuddin Siddiqui's next flick

23 hours ago  
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Bollywood star Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to star opposite Italian actress Valentina Corti in Tannishtha Chatterjee's directorial debut. The Manjhi star had everyone wondering after posting a picture with the Italian star on social media. He also added an intriguing caption to the image, "Ye ladki mere Rome Rome me hai (sic)." Ye Ladki mere ' रोम रोम में ' hai pic.twitter.com/Cni9wz5dwg — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) July 18, 2018 Later, film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the news of the stars pairing together. He wrote, "Italian actress Valentina Corti joins the cast of Tannishtha Chatterjee's directorial debut alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui... Produced by Eros International, Rising Star Entertainment, Ravi Walia and Pankaj Razdan... Currently being filmed in Rome (sic)." Italian actress Valentina Corti joins the cast of Tannishtha Chatterjee's directorial debut alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui... Produced by Eros Interna..
                 

2-time finalist Victoria Azarenka misses direct entry for US Open

23 hours ago  
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Two-time US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is ranked just below the cutoff for direct entry into the year's last Grand Slam tournament. Azarenka, a former No. 1 and twice the champion at the Australian Open, is No. 108 this week, seven spots outside of an automatic spot in the main draw. The US Tennis Association announced yesterday that defending champion and top-ranked Rafael Nadal is one of six past male singles champions in the US Open field, along with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic. Another past title winner at Flushing Meadows, Stan Wawrinka, is ranked 199th this week. The women's winners with direct entry based on this week's rankings are six-time champion Serena Williams, two-time champ Venus Williams, defending champ Sloane Stephens, Maria Sharapova and Samantha Stosur. 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..
                 

Throwback Thursday: Sonam Kapoor's photo will make you nostalgic

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On Thursday, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja treated her fans with an adorable throwback picture from her childhood. The Veere Di Wedding star shared an image that features a young Sonam and sister Rhea, shyly posing with dad Anil Kapoor. She wrote alongside, "I still remember we were so excited to pose with Dad! Charlie's Angels? Haha not really but kind of. #ThrowbackThursday (sic)." I still remember we were so excited to pose with Dad!Charlie’s Angels? Haha not really but kind of. #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/qtkoVmxQnf — Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) July 19, 2018 Meanwhile, Bollywood's dynamic father-daughter duo Anil and Sonam are all set to share screen space for the first time in 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga'. Directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, the film also stars Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao. It will hit the theatres on October 12. Talking of Sonam Kapoor, she will soon be shifting base to her pad in Sunteck Signature Island Apartments at Bandra Kurla Comple..
                 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo Germans flop; French menu served hot!

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FIFA World Cup 2018 kicked off to a glamorous start with an opening ceremony highlighted by Robbie Williams' performance, setting the tone for a high-octane World Cup in Russia. Read on as we highlight the best and worst from the tournament. Hosts kick off FIFA WC 18 in grand fashionRanked 70th in June 2018’s FIFA world rankings, not much was expected from the host team Russia heading into the tournament. But they surprised one and all by kick-starting the tournament with an absolute rout, as they hammered Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener. Denis Cheryshev celebrates his goal The previous highest win by a home team at the FIFA World Cup opener was 3–0 by Sweden against Mexico in the 1958 World Cup. These were early signs that Russia were not in the tournament just to fill up the numbers, they had bigger ambitions. German engineering goes wrong in the Group StageAfter the opening day goal-fest the first round of group matches resumed and who else to highlight the round but ..
                 

BCCI schedule lists 2017 domestic games

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The inclusion of all North Eastern states has forced BCCI to schedule an unprecedented 2017 (Two thousand and seventeen) domestic matches, which many fear would lead to logistical nightmare. A record 37 teams will take part in the Ranji Trophy this year (starting November 1) with addition of nine new teams and formation of a 'Plate' Group. The addition of Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Bihar has led to an exponential increase in number of matches from senior men, women to U-16 level (boys and girls). While there will be nine teams each in Elite group A and B, there will be 10 teams in group C. The notable addition of the nine teams that will form the Plate Group this season are Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim & Uttarakhand. Top two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for quarter finals. The quarter finalists from Plate Group will be promoted to Elite Group C while top two ..
                 

World Cup moves onto Qatar and a whole lot of problems

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As one of the best World Cups ever ends in Russia, football's biggest tournament must now prepare for its most controversial, in Qatar in 2022. Since the tournament was handed to the supremely wealthy Gulf state, whose team has never appeared in a World Cup, FIFA's decision has been roundly questioned and resulted in severe consequences for football and its governing body. The four-year run-up to the Middle East's first ever World Cup is unlikely to prove any different. With a host rocked by a diplomatic crisis, accused of supporting terrorism, facing allegations of corruption and human rights abuse, a tournament shifted to November and December for the first time and uncertainty over how many teams will take part in 2022, it is fair to say there has never been a World Cup like Qatar's. Gulf crisis threat The emirate sold its bid in part by claiming Qatar's World Cup would be one for the Middle East but that claim has been severely undermined by political events. Since June 2017, a g..
                 

Five killed and two were injured in a car-bus collision in Kerala

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Five people were killed and two injured when the car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a bus at nearby Perumbavoor today, police said. The accident occurred in the early hours today when the car carrying seven people from Elappara in Idukki district to Cochin International Airport to see off a relative hit the bus, they said. The injured were admitted to a hospital in the neighbourhood, police said. The bus involved in the mishap was reportedly carrying devotees of Lord Ayyappa. The car was completely damaged in the impact of the collision, police said. Heavy rain affected the rescue operations. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day...
                 

Railway introduces new facility: Book unreserved tickets on mobile

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The Delhi division of the Northern Railways on Wednesday introduced a facility to make the bookings of unreserved tickets through mobile from every railway station of Delhi NCR. More than 200 railway stations of the Delhi Division will be covered through this facility. The facility requires the passenger to download a mobile application 'UTS on Mobile' and register with their mobile number. The application would further provide them with a railways Wallet, which would enable them to make digital payments through net banking. Divisional Railway Manager, RN Singh said that the application would be highly useful and hassle-free for the passengers. "Railway ticket booking mobile App is highly useful for the passengers as the ticket can be booked quickly without standing in the queue through cashless transaction. Additionally, the passenger also gets five percent bonus on each recharge and for assistance/detailed information, they can visit the website," said the Delhi DRM. The tick..
                 

Hotel Transylvania 3 - A Monster Vacation is a fun stop for kids and family

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If you are thinking of a fun thing to do this weekend with your family and kids- Hotel Transylvania 3- A Monster Vacation right there at the theaters near you for a family filled entertainment on the big screen! Hotel Transylvania 3- A Monster Vacation released in the US last week and it is already a monstrous hit leaving behind Skyscrapper. The third instalment of the franchise features the voice of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and Kathryn Hahn -- carried an USD 80 million production budget. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation raked in a little over USD 44.5 million to top the box office in North American theatres. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation topped the domestic box office charts with USD 44 million from 4,267 locations while Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper washed up with a USD 25.5 million from 3,782 theatres, reports variety.com. Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship, so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else..
                 

Russia no longer targeting US elections, says Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he did not believe that Russia was still targeting US elections, contradicting the opinion of his director of national intelligence. Speaking to reporters during a Cabinet meeting, Trump said that there has "never been a president as tough on Russia" as himself, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin "knows that better than anybody," Xinhua reported. Asked whether he believed Russia was still trying to interfere in US elections, Trump responded: "No." Trump's comment contradicts the assessment of several US intelligence agencies, as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reiterated Monday that Russia had attempted to interfere in the 2016 US elections and that it was carrying out "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy." Many US lawmakers have expressed concern that Russia may attempt to interfere in November's midterm elections. Trump said that his administration was "doing very well" in its efforts to confront ..
                 

Cabinet hikes sugarcane prices to Rs 275 per quintal

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane at Rs 275 per quintal. In an official statement, the Centre said the price hike will ensure that farmers avail a return of more than 50 percent over their cost. 'This FRP Rs. 275 per quintal at a recovery rate of 10 percent is higher by 77.42 percent over production cost thereby ensuring the promise of giving the farmers a return of more than 50 percent over their cost,' read the statement. The cost of production of sugarcane, the government said, is Rs 155 per quintal. The statement also said that the government is pro-farmers and will ensure that farmers get their dues in time. 'The Government through its pro-farmer measures will ensure that sugarcane farmers get their dues in time. Keeping the expected production of sugarcane in the sugar season 2018-19 the total remittance to the sugarcane farmers will be more than Rs. 83,000 crore,' it said. The FRP would be applicable for the purchase of s..
                 

Google hit with records 4.3 billion EU fine over Android

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The European Union slapped Google with a huge 4.34-billion-euro fine for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system in the biggest antitrust penalty in the bloc's history. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the US tech giant illegally used Android's near-monopoly to boost usage of its own search engine and browser. The decision, which follows a three-year investigation, comes as fears of a transatlantic trade war mount due to President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports. Margrethe Vestager, Competition Commissioner "Today the commission has decided to fine Google 4.34 billion euros (Rs 34,260 crore) for breaching EU antitrust rules," Vestager told a press conference in Brussels. "Google has engaged in illegal practices to cement its dominant market position in internet search." Vestager, who has taken on a string of Silicon Valley titans as EU antitrust chief, said Google "must put an effective end to t..
                 

Indian Arrows' football coach Luis Norton de Matos resigns

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Former Portuguese footballer Luis Norton de Matos yesterday stepped down from his position as head coach of Indian Arrows, the developmental team of All India Football Federation (AIFF), citing personal reasons. Matos, who had coached India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, expressed his inability to continue owing to a combination of exigencies on the personal front and an aggravated knee injury. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Speaker admits Opposition's no-trust motion against government

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday accepted a no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition against the Narendra Modi government and said that discussion and voting on it will take place on Friday. Mahajan, who took up the issue after the question hour, said she had received notices from Opposition MPs expressing lack of confidence in the Union Council of Ministers, and that she was duty-bound to put it before the House. She said Kesineni Srinavas of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was the first to give his no-confidence notice and asked him to move the motion supported by over 50 members, including those from Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party and CPI-M. Mahajan said the notice has been accepted. She said she would notify the day and time of discussion and voting, but within the stipulated 10 days. However, when the House reassembled post-lunch, the Speaker announced that the discussion and voting on the no-confidence ..
                 

Maurizio Sarri: Not sure if Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois will stay

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Maurizio Sarri was unable to give guarantees over the futures of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois amid speculation the Belgian pair could leave this summer. Speaking at his unveiling as Chelsea head coach at Stamford Bridge, Sarri told a media conference of his disinterest in the transfer market. After an opening address in English, Sarri spoke in his native Italian, saying: "Clearly we would always like to keep all the strongest players. This is what any manager wants to do, this is what any club wants to do. "Then we will have to see how the transfer market will go over the next few days. "I think that I am one of the few managers who is bored by the transfer market. I don't want to talk about the transfer market and I'm not that interested in it." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibili..
                 

Rory McIlroy bids to end American dominance as Open returns to Carnoustie

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Rory McIlroy admits it is going to take something special to end the recent dominance of the majors by American golfers as the British Open tees off at Carnoustie in Scotland on Thursday. Now 29, McIlroy is aiming to end a four-year drought without a major victory but the trend is towards the strong contingent from the United States maintaining a firm grip on the sport's biggest prizes. The last five majors -- and seven of the last nine -- have been won by Americans, including Jordan Spieth's victory at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago and Brooks Koepka's successful recent defence of the US Open. "There's so many great players, and it just seems like, at this point in time, they're all playing really good golf at the same time," said McIlroy, the 2014 Open champion, on Wednesday. "They're some of the best players in the world and deservedly so, and they're going to take some beating," added McIlroy, who made his major debut as an amateur here 11 years ago. Woods back in contentionAmerica..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan gets nostalgic on Nelson Mandela's birth anniversary

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Remembering anti-Apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela on his 100th birth anniversary, Amitabh Bachchan spoke aboout his meeting with the former in Robben Island prison. He took to twitter to post, "Nelson Mandela DAY .. 100th birth anniversary .. !! Had my greatest honour to meet him in SoAfrica on two momentous occasions! A humble caring down to earth personality .. visited his cell in Robben Island prison .. historic visit !' Alongside, he uploaded a picture of their meeting, where they can be seen shaking hands. Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also posted a picture earlier in the day, with the caption, "Remembering @NelsonMandela on his 100th birthday. I was extremely fortunate enough to have met him early on in my life. So much to learn, so much to get inspired from. #Madiba100," Tendulkar captioned the picture. T 2871 - Nelson Mandela Day - on one occasion , he saw me across a street at a common event and waved to me and said -"I hope you remember me" !! amazing ..
                 

Lily James didn't speak for a week before filming 'Mamma Mia 2'

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Actress Lily James went to extreme measures to make sure her voice was in tip-top shape before filming for Mamma Mia 2. In the sequel to the beloved 2008 film, which centres around the music of ABBA, James portrays a young version of Donna (played by Meryl Streep), and sings along with her group The Dynamos, reports people.com. Just days before the film hits theatres on Friday, James revealed that she's "struggled" with her voice a lot since leaving drama school. "I lose my voice a lot," she said. "I have issues — it's really scary and heartbreaking," she said, To prepare for her singing parts in the film, the actress said she "didn't speak for a week before we recorded." "I went on steroids and didn't talk". "I watched Mamma Mia over and over again to channel the essence of what makes Donna so unique and brilliant and fearless and courageous," she added. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get la..
                 

Police treating attack on Toronto Muslim man as hate crime

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An attack on a Muslim man in a Toronto suburb is being investigated by police as a hate-motivated crime. Const Danny Marttini with the Peel Regional Police said today that Mohammed Abu Marzouk was assaulted in a community-center parking lot by two men. Janis Corhamzic, 19, and brother Adem Corhamzic, 27, were arrested at the scene Sunday and charged with one count each of aggravated assault and two of assault. Abu Marzouk's wife Diana Attar told Canada's CBC in an interview that part of her husband's skull had to be removed by surgeons after the attack. Peel police said earlier this year that anti-Muslim incidents rose from five in 2016 to 57 a year later. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and da..
                 

SC: When men can enter Sabarimala, even women can

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday said women have the constitutional right to enter Sabarimala temple in Kerala and pray like men without being discriminated against. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which is hearing a petition challenging the decision of the Devaswom board banning entry of women of age group 10-50 years, said even if there was no law, the women cannot be discriminated against with regard to offering prayer in a temple. "When a man can enter, a woman can also go. What applies to a man, applies to a woman also," the bench also comprising justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra observed. "The right to enter a temple is not dependent on a legislation. It is the constitutional right," the bench said. The top court was informed by the Kerala government that it also supported the entry of women of all age groups in the temple. The bench then referred to the contrary affidavits of the Kerala government, which ..
                 

Virat Kohli: India vs England series loss tells us what's lacking

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India lost the ODI series much to the chagrin of their fans, who even booed them at Lord's, a rarity in this part for them. It was undoubtedly a great setback for the team in their preparation for the next year's World Cup, but a couple of positives came out of the defeat. One, it is a wake-up call at the right time for the team ahead of the World Cup next year, and two, it has given the team think-tank and the selectors enough time to ring in changes and prepare the team for that event. "That's what every side is looking for... they are looking for the best balance they can have possibly. All these sort of series and these sort of losses will tell us exactly what we need to work on and the things we need to rectify come World Cup time," skipper Virat Kohli said. "We've got 15-16 games (up to the World Cup) to get the balance of the side strong," he added. He gave indication that the team could see some changes when they next play in an ODI, the Asia Cup in the UAE in September...
                 

Katie Holmes, Jamie Foxx step out for dinner date

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Actor, singer and songwriter Jamie Foxx went out on a dinner date with actress Katie Holmes here amid rumours that the elusive couple who have never publicly acknowledged their relationship may have broken up. The pair was at the TAO restaurant in Midtown here, Foxx acted as a perfect gentleman, walking around the black SUV the pair arrived in to give Holmes his hand, reports etonline.com. Foxx, 50, and Holmes, 39, have kept their relationship extremely low profile for years. They were first romantically linked back in 2013 a year after Holmes' divorce from Tom Cruise. Foxx publicly denied their relationship at the time, but evidence began to pile up over the years - whether it was a photo of the pair holding hands in his music studio, a quick dinner date in New York City or a romantic stroll on the beach in Malibu. Also Read: Varun Dhawan shoots for hip-hop festival, Vivid Shuffle's anthem Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mi..
                 

Racer Aishwarya Pissay readies to become Indian woman to race in Baja Aregon

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She almost died conquering the Himalayas, now she's ready to challenge the world's top riders in Spain. Aishwarya Pissay, 22, is set to become the first Indian woman factory racer to compete in the Baja Aregon World Rally in Teruel, Spain. Part of a four-member team, this youngster will ride the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team's Dakar machine RTR 450 in the rally to be held from July 20 to July 22. Given it's her first international race, Aishwarya is not looking at results, but testing herself with the best in the world. "The major challenge in Spain will be to bridge the gap between me and the foreign racers. I'm not looking at results. My team is focussing on my career progress and finishing the rally," said Aishwarya, who idolises 13-time Spain's women's trial world champion, Laia Sanz and India off-road racer, CS Santosh. Serial winnerThe Bangalore-based racer, who finished in the Top 10 in the Raid De Himalaya 2017 and also aced the Dakshin Dare 2017, Indian National Rally Ch..
                 

Mumbai: Legislators gang up against 'erring' public servants

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Intense debate in the state assembly, which resulted in the suspension of a police officer for allegedly abusing a senior member of the House, and subsequently saw participation of many aggrieved MLAs, proved that all is not well between law makers, administrators and police officers. In a rare show of unity, the legislators ganged up against government officials, seeking protection from insubordination and misbehaviour that amounted to breaching members' special privileges. Complaints poured in, serious accusations were levelled and even transfers of some 'erring' officials were demanded during a prolonged debate on Wednesday. The members were unanimous in demanding revocation of a legislation, an amendment to a criminal law that provides for a jail term of five years (it is currently two years) for those obstructing public servants from doing their duty, under Section 353 of the Indian Penal Code. The offence has been made non-bailable. Speaker Haribhau Bagde directed the governme..
                 

Catch a play on how cell phone fixation is affecting young professional's life

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Have you been at your amiable best while texting someone, with the smile drawn across your face disappearing the instant you put the phone down? Or, has a verbal duel with a friend on WhatsApp gone so out of hand that it makes you ache for the days you hugged it out soon after a tiff? Would you rather that your phone conks out than land unlocked in the hands of your girlfriend? The constant urge to check our phones aside, there are far more insidious - and sinister - ways in which technology can hold us captive. Charades, a new play directed by Swagata Naik, attempts to bring this face of technological dependence to life through the stories of seven friends - all young and successful professionals, played by a Mumbai-based cast - who meet over dinner at a house party in a Malabar Hill apartment. Saloni Khanna (left) and Swagata Naik during rehearsal "Most people I know have a phone personality and one that corresponds to who they actually are. Because we use our phones to communicat..
                 

A food truck that fails to impress

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The word cafe evokes many memories - first dates, working on a group project (even though you're the only one working), or simply, the love for coffee. Which is why when we hear of The Rolling Cafe food truck making its way through the city, we can't help but feel the caffeine rush. Cheese burst vada pav While their claim to be the first food truck in South Mumbai is debatable, the menu does pique our curiosity - there is no coffee, even though it's a "cafe". Instead, we see six items neatly listed on a laminated sheet – cheese burst vada pav, all fries, corn cheese shots, special samosa, Maggi and burger. We are told that the idea behind this menu is to introduce fusion food on wheels. So we try hard and think of a few names on the menu that seem a bit inventive. But we fail. So, we settle on the shots, vada pav and fries. The opening is grand, as promised, with the food truck parked opposite a garden to make seating space for family and friends. The truck being induction-bas..
                 

MSSA U-16 Football: St Lawrence hold Campion 1-1

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Vivan Roshan of Campion (Colaba) and Yash Gaware of ST Lawrence (Kandivli), both played with the No. 10 jersey and shone brightest from their respective teams as they scored the lone goals in an otherwise dull MSSA U-16 Div-I league match which finished in a 1-1 draw at Azad Maidan yesterday. Last year's runners-up Campion were a pale shadow of the team from last season and were fortunate to come away with a point. After a barren first half, Campion forged ahead in the 38th minute when Vivan chased Aman Hoosein's long aerial ball and headed over a hesitant St Lawrence goalkeeper Aniket Jaiswal. St Lawrence cancelled out Campion's solitary goal midway through the second half, when their dead-ball specialist Yash scored off a swerving free-kick from 25 yards to beat goalkeeper Zane Antia. 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..
                 

Centre pressuring officers to stall projects in Delhi: Manish Sisodia

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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday hit out at the Centre for "defying" the Supreme Court orders and pressuring officers working with the Delhi government to stall its projects. Sisodia told the media that most IAS officers were refusing to take orders from the Delhi government despite the Supreme Court ruling. "It is very clear that they have instructions from the Centre and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to stall the projects of public welfare in Delhi. By doing this, the Centre is not only killing the democratic and federal structure of the country but is also defying the orders of the apex court," he said. The Supreme Court on July 4 ruled that the Lt. Governor in Delhi had powers only in three areas: police, land and public order. The powers relating to all the other subjects lie with the elected government of Delhi. "Even after such clear orders, the Centre through IAS officers is openly defying them," Sisodia said. "The Transport Secretary refused to ..
                 

6 held for 'sexually assaulting' Russian tourist in Tamil Nadu

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Six people have been detained for allegedly sexually assaulting a 21-year-old Russian woman who is here on a tour, police said today. The woman was found unconscious in a service apartment on Monday and was taken to a hospital by one of the six men who are being questioned. On examination, the doctors found injuries on her body, including bite marks, and alerted police, they said. Police suspect that the foreign national lost consciousness under the influence of some drug, the nature of which was not known immediately. The woman, who is here for about a week, has regained consciousness and investigation is underway, the police added. Tiruvannamalai is a popular temple town in the state about 190 km from Chennai. The incident comes against the backdrop of the alleged rape of an 11-year-old hearing-impaired girl by 17 people over the past seven months in her apartment complex in Chennai. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download th..
                 

Cancel Lalu Parasad Yadav's provisional bail, demands Sushil Kumar Modi

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Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday demanded the cancellation of the provisional bail granted by the Jharkhand High Court to RJD chief Lalu Prasad for "violating the bail's terms and conditions". Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader, claimed that the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader was granted bail on medical grounds and was categorically directed to keep away from political activities. He claimed that the former Chief Minister last week met senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot when the latter called on him to enquire after his health, adding that Lalu Prasad also met three lawmakers on Tuesday here. "In both meetings, Lalu Prasad must have discussed politics in violation of his bail conditions." The 70-year-old former Bihar Chief Minister on Sunday returned to Patna after spending 21 days at a Mumbai hospital, where he underwent a surgery and got treated for a dozen-odd ailments. On May 11, the Jharkhand High Court had granted Lalu Prasad six-week provisional ..
                 

Watch Shah Rukh Khan's late night shoot at Marine Drive

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Shah Rukh Khan was spotted shooting at Mumbai's Marine Drive on July 16. Whether the actor was shooting for Aanand L Rai's film Zero or a commercial, that remains a mystery. It was quite refreshing for the superstar's fans to see him on real location, who, otherwise mostly shoots at recreated locations on the film sets. In the video, Shah Rukh in a white shirt, seems to be enjoying the cool breeze at the queen's necklace as he runs on the pavement. Check the video here: King Khan was spotted shooting at Marine Drive, Mumbai, last night. ❤ï¸Â pic.twitter.com/ApvWi5TZWE — SRK Universe (@SRKUniverse) July 17, 2018 Recently, the actor had done a 'Ask me anything' series on Instagram. He was asked all sorts of questions from his equation with Salman Khan, his favourite pass time, his film Zero and several other things. There was question directed towards wife Gauri Khan and his marriage. Shah Rukh Khan was asked why did he get married ..
                 

When a jury member thought Priyanka Chopra was too dark to be crowned Miss India

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Actor Priyanka Chopra was not the obvious choice for the Miss India title 18 years ago as one of the jury members felt her complexion was too dark, says a new book on the star who turned 36 today. Then 17, Priyanka took part in the beauty contest from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh and emerged as the runner-up -- Femina Miss India World 2000. Lara Dutta was crowned Femina Miss India Universe, while the second runner-up Dia Mirza won the Femina Miss India Asia Pacific title. All three women went on to clinch the title in their respective categories -- Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific. In "riyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star, Pradeep Guha, one of the mentors of the contestants for that year's contest, remembers how one of the jury members was uncertain about Priyanka. "Not everybody in the jury was initially in favour of her. One person mentioned she's too dark," he recalls, without naming the jury member. "I said, 'Yaar come on -- look at South Ame..
                 

35-year-old businessman shot dead by four men over property dispute

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A property dealer on Wednesday was shot dead allegedly by four men in the New Palam Vihar area in Gurgaon, police said. Mahender Yadav, 35, was killed when he was returning home after accompanying his son and nephew to board a school bus near the railway tracks, they said. The attackers, who were in an SUV, fired at him indiscriminately, killing him on the spot, police said. "As soon as my cousin and I boarded the bus, we heard gunshots outside. Our bus conductor instructed us to duck under the seats. When firing stopped, we saw three persons with arms and ran inside the SUV," said Manish Yadav, the nephew of the deceased. He said he has identified two of the attackers -- Devinder Yadav and Bittu. Both are our relatives and have a property dispute with my uncle, he said. Mukesh Kumar, SHO, Railway Police Force, said a case has been registered and police are investigating the matter. "The statement of deceased's nephew was recorded. He has revealed names of attackers," he ..
                 

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2: Who will reprise the character of Anurag Basu?

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Ekta Kapoor is said to be having a tough time finalising the male lead for Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. She is revisiting the iconic show, which aired from 2001 for nine years. Though several telly actors are under consideration and have given look tests, she is not yet convinced about who can reprise the character of Anurag Basu, originally played by Cezanne Khan. Tough luck. Kasauti Zindagii Kay created a special space amongst Indian TV series viewers. Every character of the show is still fresh, be it Shweta Tiwari's character of Prerna Sharma or Cezanne Khan's Anurag Basu. Also, not to forget, it was the antagonist's character of Komolika that too won many hearts. Komolika was essayed by Urvashi Dholakia. Reportedly actor Shaheer Sheikh is being considered to play the lead role. A couple of months back, Ekta took to her Instagram page and shared a quote as an image which said, "But I love you, I love and I am incapable of unloving you." She captioned it saying, "With a piece of my br..
                 

Malaika Arora cancels Australia event at the last minute; Here's why!

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Headlining international shows may be a popular practice among Bollywood stars, but it comes with its share of troubles. mid-day had earlier reported about the Toronto leg of Salman Khan's Da-Bangg The Tour Reloaded being plagued with double-selling of tickets. Now, we hear Malaika Arora, fondly called Malla by friends, who had an event lined up in Australia last week, was compelled to cancel her appearance at the last minute over differences with the organisers. Scheduled to perform at a fashion event, organised by Elite Vin Productions and Friends India Entertainment (FIE), in Victoria on July 15, Arora was to fly down to Australia on Wednesday. A source revealed, "Passes for the VVIP, VIP, Gold and Silver tables of the Denim & Diamonds event were already sold. While she was set for the performance till Tuesday, she called it off the next day, few minutes before she was to board the flight. The organisers had promised to pay her the full amount before Wednesday. Since they did n..
                 

Mumbai University students to get provisional mark-sheets along with results

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After facing much criticism for delaying the process of issuing mark-sheets after declaring results, the Mumbai University (MU) now plans to give provisional ones to students to help them apply for further admissions. According to sources, though the varsity has declared results for 3.5 lakh students in 149 courses so far, they are yet to receive their mark-sheets. Admitting to the delay, the varsity had said that as a number of results are declared simultaneously, it takes time to print and distribute the mark-sheets. Hence, provisional mark-sheets would minimise students' inconvenience. Speaking at a press meet, Dr Arjun Ghatule, director of Examinations and Evaluations of MU, said, "As and when results are declared, the provisional mark-sheets will also be available online. Students can take the respective college principal's signature and stamp and use them as valid documents for admissions." The varsity authorities also gave a presentation on the steps they would take in strengt..
                 

Parliament nod to bill for merger of subsidiary banks with RBI

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Parliament has approved the bill to merge six subsidiary banks with the State Bank of India (SBI) with the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday clearing the State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017. The bill repeals the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959, and State Bank of Hyderabad Act, 1956 besides amending the State Bank of India (SBI) Act, 1955. The State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore were constituted under the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959. The State Bank of Hyderabad and the State Bank of Patiala were wholly owned by the State Bank of India (SBI). The SBI had 90 per cent shareholding in the State Bank of Mysore, 75.07 per cent shareholding in the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur and 79.09 per cent shareholding in the State Bank of Travancore. For the purposes of "rationalisation of resources, reduction of costs, better profitability, lower cost of funds leading to better rate of i..
                 

Law panel examining scope of sedition law, says Centre

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The Law Commission is considering the scope and ambit of the law on sedition, in order to ascertain under what circumstances it can legitimately be invoked, parliament was told on Wednesday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that his Ministry had written to the Ministry of Law and Justice to request the Law Commission to study the usage of the provisions of Section 124 A (Sedition) of Indian Penal Code and suggest amendments, if any. "The Law Commission has undertaken the examination of Section 124 A and is considering the scope and ambit of the law on sedition, in order to ascertain under what circumstances it can legitimately be invoked," he said, adding that a draft report on the subject has been prepared and discussed/deliberated in the Law Commission's meeting held on June 26 and, "as decided, the same is being reviewed". He said the report is yet to be finalized by the Law Commission. The government's move is the outc..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor: Mainstream Bollywood has largely glorified class divide

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She is set to make her debut with Dhadak, the Hindi adaptation of critically-acclaimed Marathi film Sairat that explored the themes of caste divide and honour killing, and Janhvi Kapoor says the movie is a cut above mainstream Bollywood which has mostly glorified the conflict. Janhvi, daughter of late actor Sridevi, says the Shashank Khaitan-directed film, in which she plays a girl belonging to the erstwhile royal family based in Udaipur, is set against the backdrop of class divide. Janhvi, 21, says Dhadak is not a typical Bollywood saga that whitewashes the "harsh reality" that is still relevant. "I feel up until this point, a lot of films in mainstream Bollywood have glorified that divide. Because it creates a sort of conflict - that 'I can't live without the love of my life'. I feel they have glorified that divide a little bit. "But I think, it should be condemned and with Dhadak, we have set out to condemn it. That it's a harsh reality. Dhadak is not a Bollywood saga that ends w..
                 

Uber accident death: NGO wants cab aggregators to be placed under govt control

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With no platform for redressal for the common man and no regulation in place to monitor the working of app-based cab aggregators, a city NGO has demanded immediate implementation of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016, which has been pending for almost a year-and-a-half. The NGO Watchdog Foundation has taken serious note of the series of reports by mid-day on the death of a young IT professional, Tanzila Shaikh, 35, due to negligence and rash driving of an Uber driver on June 14. It has now written to Sudhir Mital, chairman, Competition Commission of India, New Delhi, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, New Delhi, and Chief Secretary, Maharashtra, highlighting the case and urging speed in bringing the MV Act (amendment) Bill 2016 into force. Advocate Godfrey Pimenta, who is a trustee with Watchdog Foundation, said, "Cab aggregators have taken the market by storm in the past few years. In August 2016, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval ..
                 

BMC employee, four others arrested for making extortion calls

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A civic conservancy worker, who moonlighted as a gangster for money, was arrested by the crime branch recently. The cops recently arrested five Guru Satam gang members, including the worker, for making extortion calls to builders and businessmen. The police have revealed that the other four gang members, too, cited money as the reason for their getting into extortion. Need for moneyBharat Solanki, a BMC employee, earned around Rs 25,000 a month, but needed more money to support his family. He met Bhushan Satam, son of Guru Satam (he is currently in jail in an extortion case), who asked him to get in touch with his father who could arrange some job for him. Sources in the crime branch revealed that another of the five arrested accused, Amol Vichare, who was part of the Manchekar gang till 2002, and jailed for killing a businessman and needed money after being released, also came in contact with Satam. Satam told him to work as a property agent and he would arrange buyers. Vichare trie..
                 

Transport dept hauls firm to court over fake documents

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The state transport department has filed a case with the police after a Gurgaon-based company signed a memorandum of understanding with the department to prepare smart cards but gave fake bank guarantees of two private banks worth Rs 5 crore to the department. Speaking on the matter, Transport Commissioner Shekhar Chane told mid-day that a complaint had been made with the Kherwadi police against M/S Rosmarta Technology Limited. Officials said these smart cards were ordered by their department so that all information related to vehicles could be updated on one card. The Kherwadi police have taken a case of cheating and forgery under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the company and are probing the case. Legal adviser for Rosmarta Technology Limited, Suren Uppal, said the contract had been awarded a year ago to the company through a tender. The contract is for two years. But, recently in July, when the bank began verifying the documents, it realised they were fake..
                 

Mumbai: Clinic forgets needle in two-day-old baby's bottom

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Like all responsible parents, Aastha Pashte, 28, took her two-day-old baby to a clinic for vaccinations, never imagining that the life-saving injections could turn life-threatening. It was only three weeks later, when the infant developed a mysterious fever, that Aastha discovered that the clinic had forgotten a 2-cm needle inside her child's bottom. It took a two-hour surgery to remove the foreign body at the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children. Once the child is discharged, the family is planning to sue the clinic that forgot the needle. X-ray shows the needle dangerously close to the hip joint Scans show needleThe baby boy, who is Aastha's first child, was born in perfect health on June 17. A couple of days later, the Chembur resident's family took the child to a local clinic for vaccination. Everything was normal until the 21st day after birth, when the infant became feverish. "When we took him to a private doctor, she thought it was the flu and prescribed some medicines. But..
                 

'No one from Uber even said sorry'

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For almost two whole years, Reza Abid Ali, 44, has been lying in a comatose state, all thanks to an inexperienced and reckless Uber driver who knocked him down and left him with grievous head injuries. His family, which comprises his wife Nahid, 42, and their children Saif, 18, and Nada, 11, is not only seeing him suffer every single day, but is also feeling weighed down by Reza's very steep medical bills. The bills have now gone upwards of Rs 1 crore. Despite knowing everything, all Uber has chosen to offer the family is their 'thoughts and prayers'. Holding back tears, Nahid tells mid-day, "He is the man of our house. He is in this condition now, but still we have him with us, and that gives me, my children, mother and sister-in-law the boost and courage we need to face the world. Because he's fighting, we're fighting to have him with us." No help from UberReza slipped into this state after Uber driver Sarfaraz Mohammed Safi knocked down his two-wheeler in a no-entry zone near Band..
                 

Mumbai: 50 Western Railway services delayed over dangling iron rod

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The Western Railway, on Thursday, got another bridge scare after an iron rod from the waterpipe bridge abutting Gokhale bridge, in Andheri, was found dangling over the railway track. Around 50 train services were delayed and 14 were cancelled as the railways had to shut down a section of tracks on the fast line to remove it. After the rod was noticed by railway employees, services on the Up and Down fast lines were stopped as a precautionary measure and power switched off in the overhead wires. The power was switched off only between 12.25pm and 12.36pm, but it led to a bunching effect on all trains, and delays stretched from 45 minutes to an hour owing to the issue. Commuters in stranded trains were seen walking on the tracks. All fast trains were diverted between Goregaon and Santacruz stations till the rod was removed by engineers of the Mumbai division, who also conducted an inspection of the bridge. "The rod was a part of the base of the bridge and it had come loose," a senior ..
                 

17-year-old student beaten to death in school compound in Delhi

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A 17-year-old student of a government school in New Delhi died after he was allegedly beaten up by a group of students in the school compound, police said on Thursday. The incident occurred on Wednesday following a scuffle at Jyoti Nagar's S.K.V school. When the policemen reached the spot, they found Gaurav, a student of Class 10, lying badly injured, said a police officer. "His brother Gobinda brought him to GTB Hospital. The doctors declared him brought dead. "Gaurav was staying with his parents in Babarpur. He had gone to meet his class teacher," the officer added. "A murder case has been registered. Some students are being questioned. The cause of death will be ascertained after an autopsy," he said. 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. Except for the change in the headline, the story has..
                 

David Cameron hails Narendra Modi's leadership

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Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said India is fortunate to have a leadership with a clear vision, but greater focus is needed on developing skills and infrastructure. "India is fortunate to have a leadership with a clear vision. When I met Prime Minister Modi, I saw he had deeply thought about long-term problems," Cameron said in reply to a question at the Annual General Meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce here. Earlier, in his speech, Cameron lauded Modi's flagship programme 'Skill India' but pointed out that such goals cannot be achieved by the government initiatives alone. He recalled that India-Britain relationship was one of the priorities during his premiership, and hoped India would continue to open up. Terming India as the land of opportunities which has one of the fastest growing economy of its size, Cameron said the prosperity of countries like India and the UK depends upon markets to operate and enterpri..
                 

Economic offences bill for speedy action on fugitives, says Piyush Goyal

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The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, tabled in Parliament, has been brought to replace the Ordinance promulgated earlier this year to fast-track criminal action against major economic offenders and seize their property, acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday. The Bill allows for a person to be declared as a fugitive economic offender (FEO) if an arrest warrant is issued against him for any specified offences involving over Rs 100 crore and he has left the country and refuses to return to face prosecution. "The Ordinance was brought in earlier so that the process of legal action against fugitive offenders is not stalled and the message goes out that the government is serious about attacking black money, as well as to seize the properties of fugitive offenders," Goyal said replying to the debate on the Bill in the Lok Sabha. Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) member N.K. Premchandran had on Wednesday moved a statutory resolution that the House disapproves the Fu..
                 

Patrick Cummins to try his best to stop Virat Kohli scoring hundreds vs Aus

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Ahead of India's tour Down Under later this year, Australian quick Pat Cummins has praised skipper Virat Kohli as a "really passionate" player while conceding that his bowling attack will target the "prized" wicket of the right-hander. Cummins recently found himself in the middle of a storm when he was widely quoted as saying: "My brave, bold prediction; I'd say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we're going to knock them off over here". Clarifying his comments, the pacer said his comments were misunderstood as he just wished that the Indian did not score a century during India's tour, that comprises three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three One-day Internationals, starting with the first T20I on November 21. "I was almost trying to do the opposite to the way they were perceived. I was trying to pay him a huge compliment and say that my big wish list for the summer was he doesn't score a hundred," Cummins told cricket.com.au. "He's obviously so important ..
                 

Pakistani terrorist shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district

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A Pakistani militant belonging to terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed by the security forces in an encounter today in the Handwara area of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. A foreign militant, belonging to the LeT, was killed in the encounter at Batpora in Handwara in north Kashmir, a police official said. The body of the Pakistani militant was recovered from the encounter site along with a weapon and other incriminating material, he said. More details about the identity of the slain militant are being ascertained, the official said. Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the area following inputs about the presence of militants. The operation turned into a gun-battle after the militants fired upon a search party, which retaliated. The firing has stopped, but the search operation was still going, the official said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Andro..
                 

England Lions hammer India A by 254 runs in one-off unofficial Test

18 hours ago  
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India A batsmen's vulnerability against the red ball in foreign conditions was exposed as England Lions handed the visitors a 254-run defeat in the one-off Unofficial Test on day four here today. India A, who were reeling at 11 for three at stumps on day three while chasing an improbable 421-run target, did not put up much of a fight even in the second innings, folding up for 167 in 44 overs. They had struggled to 197 all out in 66.5 overs in the first essay after Lions made 423. The sole silver lining for India A was that Ajinkya Rahane and rookie Risabh Pant got to spend some valuable time in the middle ahead of the five-Test series against England, beginning in Birmingham on August 1. Pant, who has earned his maiden Test call-up, struck a second successive half-century century to give the Indian team management a selection headache ahead of the first match. India have picked two specialist wicket-keepers in the 18-man squad, including Pant and Dinesh Karthik, who is more likely to..
                 

IITs to jointly scout for faculty, says Prakash Javadekar

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The IITs have been asked to collectively bargain for faculty hiring from Indians abroad to abridge the teachers' shortage, Parliament was told on Thursday. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on what the government is doing to overcome shortage of faculty, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedekar said that his ministry has asked the IITs to issue rolling advertisements and scout for best faculty from world over. "... our students are best students in the world and real problem is the faculty crunch... Therefore what we have decided and taken action is... all IITs and central Institutes, we have asked that we should scout all over the world for good faculties, with rolling advertisements, continuous invitations for those people who want to come into teaching profession.. they should be encouraged. "Now there'll be IIT Council meeting next month. So what we are doing is, all IITs will jointly go for a common bargaining through a collective effort, and bring good fac..