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Ranveer Singh creates his own GIFs - they're sassy, cool and funny

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Ranveer Singh has many firsts to his credit in Hindi cinema. His natural-born flamboyance, energy and sass are unmatched today, as is his credibility as a brilliant actor. Keeping with the surprises that he dishes out with each new film, Ranveer Singh is now going to bring a bit of his signature style to a GIF. In association with a company that creates GIFs, Ranveer has created his own unique and cool GIFs and stickers. Trendsetter and a youth icon, Ranveer themed GIFs and stickers went live on Monday, March 18.       View this post on Instagram GIFS @giphy A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) onMar 17, 2019 at 10:08pm PDT Whether it is through his social media accounts or in person, Ranveer engages with people directly with a lot of love and enthusiasm. He constantly engages with his community of over 40 million fans from across the world through his different social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   ..
                 

Pulwama attack: CRPF not to celebrate Holi

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The CRPF will not officially celebrate Holi this year as a mark of respect to its 40 jawans killed last month in a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir, where the force eliminated 210 terrorists in 2018, the force's chief said on Tuesday.  During an event to the mark 80th raising day of the force at its group centre here, CRPF Director General (DG) R R Bhatnagar also said the influence of left-wing extremists or Naxals has reduced by 40 per cent and only a few areas in the country are now affected. Paying tributes to the slain personnel, the DG said the force is creating a 'mobile app' in order to provide help to the families of jawans killed in action. He added there will be no "official celebrations" in the force during the Holi festival on March 21 as a mark of respect to the 40 troops killed in the suicide attack in Pulwama on February 14. "In Jammu and Kashmir, tackling terrorism is a challenge. The force has neutralised 210 terrorists in operations last year in the Kashmi..
                 

Notebook captures the picturesque beauty of Kashmir in every frame

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Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan-starrer Notebook will treat you with some heavenly visions as the film is majorly shot in Kashmir. Set in the late 2000s in Kashmir, the film focuses on a school in the middle of a lake. For shooting the same, the makers erected a floating set that stood amid water. Interestingly, it took 30 days and 80 crew members working round-the-clock to create it. The extraordinary set has been designed by two young girls Urvi Ashar and Shipra Rawal who worked as art designers on the sets of Notebook. Notebook has been shot in the exquisite valleys of Kashmir bringing the authentic love story of two lovers Firdaus and Kabir, along with a strong support cast with the child artistes, who play a vital role in the story. Talking about the movie promotions recently, Salman Khan unveiled the most awaited song 'Main Taare' from Notebook, which is not only sung by him, but also features the actor Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan. Notebook takes the audience on a romantic j..
                 

Mumbai: Within 24 hours, cops arrest teen for abducting infant at Dadar

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Within 24 hours, the Shivaji Park police arrested a 13-year-old boy for allegedly kidnapping a one-and-a-half-year-old baby. The child's disappearance was reported by his mother to the cops on March 7. She said a 12-13-year-old boy who'd been playing with her son for a couple of hours said he was taking him nearby to play with him, but he never returned, said a police officer from Shivaji Park police station. At GhansoliA case was registered at the police station under section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. Cops checked CCTV footage and established that the boy had taken a local train towards Kalyan. After checking more footage, it was found that the boy had alighted at Ghansoli. Teams were deputed to Ghansoli and police stations in Navi Mumbai and Thane were alerted about the incident as well. Then, around 6 pm on March 8, the Kalwa police informed them about a boy who matched the kidnapped kid's description. A team rushed to Kalwa police station with the mother and con..
                 

Govinda and Shakti Kapoor grace Super Dancer Chapter 3

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Fans of Super Dancer Chapter 3 are in for a real treat this weekend as the dynamic duo - Govinda and Shakti Kapoor will be seen in the special episode of Super Dancer Chapter 3 which is India’s favorite dance reality show. The actors who have given Bollywood some of the most memorable blockbusters will be seen recreating their magic. The contestants will be performing on their popular songs from the 90’s and will set the stage on fire. Govinda who is well known for his dancing abilities was awestruck by the performances by the super talented kids. Both the special guests were very impressed by the talented contestants and could not stop praising them and showering them with all their blessings. Get ready for a power packed weekend and a double treat as the contestants perform on some of the most iconic numbers of the actors in their own unique styles on the special occasion of Holi. Also Read: Farah Khan gets home cooked food for judges of Super Dancer Chapte..
                 

Man stabs wife inside Madras High Court

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A man on Tuesday stabbed his wife inside a family courtroom in the Madras High Court premises, said police.According to the police, Saravanan and Varalakshmi were attending a hearing in a matrimonial dispute pending in the family court.At one point, the couple had an argument and Saravanan in a fit of rage took out a knife and stabbed Varalakshmi several times inside the court.However, he was caught by the lawyers and handed over to police after a thrashing.Varalakshmi was taken to the Government Hospital, where her condition is said to be stable.The incident shows a breach of security as the litigants are subjected to a search on entering the court premises. 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..
                 

Bigg Boss 11: Luv Tyagi ends friendship with Hina Khan-Priyank Sharma

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Luv Tyagi became friends with Television actors Hina Khan and Priyank Sharma on the show, Bigg Boss 11. Luv, Hina and Priyank became great friends during their stint inside the Bigg Boss house and remained inseparable till the end. Hina emerged as a tough competition but lost the winner's trophy to Shilpa Shinde, and was declared as the first runner-up of Bigg Boss 11. Even after Bigg Boss 11, Hina Khan, Luv Tyagi and Priyank Sharma stayed in touch, partied together and voted for each other. Hina made sure that whenever she was in Delhi, she would catch up with her friend, Luv. While in Mumbai, the trio has partied together whenever possible. However, it isn't the same anymore and Luv has unfollowed both of them on Instagram, which has left their fans guessing about the reason for this split.       View this post on Instagram Surround yourself with people who make you smile more so choose people who choose youðŸ&..
                 

Goa: Floor test tomorrow, CM Pramod Sawant exudes confidence

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Exuding confidence of proving majority in the house, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that he has the support of 21 legislators and will pass the floor test in the Assembly on Wednesday. "We have 21 MLAs and hence we are definitely confident of not having any problem in floor test, we will surely prove our majority," Sawant told ANI. Goa Legislative Assembly has a total strength of 40 members, out of which four seats are currently vacant. Refusing to comment on various allegations being made by Congress, the Chief Minister said, "I don't want to comment on what Congress has said. But all our coalition partners are wholeheartedly with us. We have held meetings with everybody and have formulated a strategy for the next three years with the motto of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas". Sawant also informed that he will be going to Delhi to meet the central leadership on Thursday. Speaking about the two Lok Sabha seats, North Goa and South Goa, in the state, he said: "We are defini..
                 

Watch: The adorable funny moments between Zaheer Iqbal and kids

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Nitin Kakkar's Notebook has unfolded the endearing chemistry between Zaheer Iqbal and his kids with a short video capturing the funny moments from the film. Promising an ear to ear smile, the captivating video invokes love for kids all over again owing to the innocence and sweetness of the young artists. Sharing the video Salman Khan Films took to their social media, "Their funny moments, will put a smile on your face! #Notebook". Their funny moments, will put a smile on your face! #Notebook https://t.co/WuavOGpDMx@BeingSalmanKhan @pranutanbahl @iamzahero @nitinrkakkar @Cine1Studios @muradkhetani @ashwinvarde @VishalMMishra @TSeries @ItsBhushanKumar pic.twitter.com/PiwlPuxvjY — Salman Khan Films (@SKFilmsOfficial) March 19, 2019 Earlier, the makers have shared a video gives glimpses of the making of Bumro song which is a visual treat with the adorable innocence and playful equation between Zaheer Iqbal and the kids. Notebook has been shot in the exquisite valleys of ..
                 

New Zealand massacre: PM Ardern vows never to say gunman's name

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Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday vowed that she will never mention the name of the lone gunman who carried out the March 15 Christchurch mosques massacre, in order to deprive him of the notoriety he was looking for. "I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them. You will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist, but he will, when I speak, be nameless," Efe news quoted Ardern as saying at Parliament here. "And to others, I implore you, speak the names of those who are lost, rather than the name of the man who took them," the Prime Minister said where she also remembered some of the victims, including Haji-Daoud Nabi, a 71-year-old Afghan man who opened the door of the Al Noor mosque to the shooter and whose last words were "Hello brother, welcome". "He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name," Ardern sa..
                 

Mumbai: Declared dangerous, but these bridges are still operational

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It does not take lengthy and unending audits to inspect dangerous structures along Mumbai's railway line. A simple survey done by mid-day has revealed how a dilapidated 'dangerous' substation and at least two 'unsafe' bridges shut for public use continue to stand over busy rail lines that ferry around eight million passengers every day. While the railways pat their backs over IIT-certified audit reports and taking up minor repairs here and there, these dilapidated structures continue to stare commuters in the face. On Western Railway, foot overbridges at Matunga Road and Bandra (top) Stand dangerously over WR's main line that ferries over 1,300 trains daily On the Central Railway (CR) line, one such structure is the old 1,500 V Direct Current (DC) sub-station between Vikhroli and Kanjurmarg. It stands precariously with the support of metal props and has been marked dangerous in bold letters, warning everyone to stay away from it. It is located between two railway corridors that fer..
                 

Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil: I have not resigned as Maharashtra LoP

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Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Tuesday rejected reports that he had quit as the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Speculation about Vikhe Patil resigning as Maharashtra LoP has been rife in political circles ever since his son, Sujay, joined the ruling BJP on March 12 and is set to be recommended by it for the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat. Sujay's candidature from the BJP will put him in a straight fight with the NCP, which had refused to accede to Vikhe Patil's request to let his son fight on a Congress ticket from there. Vikhe Patil, who is in his hometown Loni, said, "I reject reports that I have resigned as Leader of Opposition."  Vikhe Patil had earlier said that Sujay's decision to join the BJP was a personal one. He would continue to serve the Congress and abide by its directives, the LoP had asserted. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Internation..
                 

B-Town celebs attended the special screening of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

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Ahead of the release Abhimanyu Dassani and Radhika Madan starrer Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota had a special screening for B-Town Celebs on Monday. Bhagyashree, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Richa Chadha, Jim Sarab, Sanya Malhotra, Kubbra Sait, Ishaan Khatter, Sunil Grover amongst others graced the special screening of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. Ishaan Khatter along with Radhika Madan and Vijay Verma had a fun moment by doing the most popular of Vijay Verma Wade Wade Wao Wao from his recent film. Stepping into the shoes of a painless man, Abhimanyu Dassani marks his Bollywood debut along with Radhika Madan. The actress will also be seen packing a punch with heavy action sequences. The trailer has piqued the interest of the audience with the eccentric concept and quirky execution. Adding to the unconventionally interesting combination of action and comedy, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota has strong and well-defined characters that are sure to make an impact on the audience. With an intriguing URI: The Surgical St..
                 

IPL 2019 trophy tour to reach Mumbai on March 24

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In an endeavour to bring fans closer to their favourite cricket tournament, India’s leading sports broadcaster – Star Sports along with BCCI have collaborated to make the VIVO IPL 2019 Trophy Tour even more interesting for fans with an A.I powered training installation that is developed by Google. The Trophy Tour that started in New Delhi on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 will travel across each franchisee city with Bengaluru on 22nd March, Chennai on 23rd March, Mumbai on 24th March, Kolkata on 30th March, Hyderabad on 31st March, Jaipur on 6th April and finally Chandigarh on 7th April giving fans an opportunity to get their hands on the coveted VIVO IPL trophy that they would want their favourite team to lift. The Trophy Tour began in Delhi at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj where fans experienced a new and evolved platform called the ‘A.I. Coach’ teaching a range of famous cricket shots and comparing their skills against the pros. Fans had the opportunity to attempt M..
                 

Soviet New Wave film-maker Khutsiev dies at 93

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Renowned Soviet-era film-maker Marlen Khutsiev, one of the country's most influential post-war directors, has died aged 93, the Russian Union of Cinematographers said on Tuesday. A leading representative of the Soviet New Wave, "he lived a life full of drama and joy," spokeswoman Tatyana Nemchinskaya told AFP. The director's career spanned more than six decades and he worked into his 90s. President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences on the passing of the "distinguished" director, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Georgian-born Khutsiev was famous for cult films in the mid 1950s and 1960s that captured the mood in Soviet society during Nikita Khrushchev's Thaw. His works included Spring on Zarechnaya Street (1956) and "I am Twenty", known in the West as "Ilyich's Gate" (1965). "He created a revolution in the 1960s and became a symbol of our Thaw," prominent filmmaker Pavel Lungin told AFP. Lungin said "Ilych's Gate", which portrayed the lives of ordinary Soviets and featured fi..
                 

Ishaan Khatter to star in the film based on the Pulwama attack?

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If the industry grapevine is to be believed, Ishaan Khatter has been approached for Kedarnath (2018) director Abhishek Kapoor's next. The film is based on the Pulwama attack and the subsequent air strikes by the Indian Air Force in Balakot. After Beyond The Clouds (2018) and Dhadak (2018), Shahid Kapoor's brother has been missing in action. Will this be his next big outing? Ishaan Khatter, who is close to brother-actor Shahid Kapoor, says he discusses his professional choices with him. "In the past, I have discussed work with my brother and mother [Neelima Azim]. I think if you are close to somebody, you tend to share the important things with them and films are a dominant part of my life," said Khatter. "And because he is part of the same industry, it is easier for him to understand. He doesn't demand that I share everything with him neither does my mother. But I like to discuss things with my mother and brother," he added. Also Read: Koffee With Karan Season 6: Shahid Kapoor..
                 

CSMT bridge collapse: Auditor Neeraj Desai sent to police custody

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Esplanade Court on Tuesday sent Neeraj Desai, the auditor of the CSMT Bridge which collapsed on March 14, to police custody till March 25.This comes a day after he was arrested by the Mumbai Police."Initially when we visited the spot an offence of IPC under Sections 304 A, 337 and 338 was registered by seeing the incident. After an investigation, it came out that the structural audit and the negligence on the part of various officials," said DCP Abhishek Trimukhe on Monday.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured the people that corrective measures will be taken. "There should be no blame game. If there is a fault in the structural audit then it is serious. We will take corrective measures," said Fadnavis.Six people were killed and over 30 injured after a portion of the overbridge near the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed on the evening of March 14.  Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here...
                 

President Ram Nath Kovind confers gallantry awards to armed forces

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday conferred gallantry awards -- two Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras -- to the armed forces personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to the duty. Two Kirti Chakras and two Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously. The President, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, presented Kirti Chakras to Pradip Kumar Panda (Constable, 130 Battalion, Central Reserve Police Force) and Sowar Vijay Kumar (The Armoured Corps/22nd Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles), a Defence Ministry statement said. Panda received it posthumously for fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Lethpora camp in December 2017. Kumar was awarded posthumously for "eliminating two hardcore terrorists" in the state's Darsu village in August 2018. Posthumous Shaurya Chakras were presented to Sepoy Ajay Kumar (Mechanised Infantry, 42nd Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles) for displaying "courage, exceptional valour to n..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Forest employee held for taking bribe in Palghar

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A forest department employee in Palghar district of Maharashtra was arrested for allegedly taking Rs 13,000 as bribe from a man for giving him a GPS survey report, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said. Dinesh Shivde, 29, posted in Dahanu division allegedly demanded Rs 25,000 from the man to hand him the report of a GPS survey conducted in his area in Somta village, the ACB said in a release on Tuesday.The villager complained to the ACB which laid a trap and caught Shivde on Monday while he was accepting Rs 13,000 as the first installment of the bribe amount, it said. The accused was arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the ACB added. In a similar incident, the CBI has arrested two senior Indian Forest Service officers for allegedly bribing an environment ministry official, officials said on Sunday. Tarun Johri and D Gogoi, both chief conservators of forest, posted in Arunachal Pradesh and Port Blair respectively, were arrested in a case of Rs 20,..
                 

Boney Kapoor to remake Badhaai Ho in four Indian languages

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Producer Boney Kapoor is set to remake last year's hit Hindi film "Badhaai Ho" in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Badhaai Ho, which stars Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra, is based on the story of an elderly couple who are expecting their third child. According to IMDb customer ratings, Badhaai Ho was among the top five Indian movies of 2018. And now, Boney will remake the Hindi film for the south Indian audience. "I have acquired the rights of 'Badhaai Ho' under my production house Bayview for all the south Indian languages. I was keen on remaking it as it is a film that resonates with both the masses and classes," Boney told IANS. He is also working on the remake of the 2016 Hindi film Pink with Tamil star Ajith. Asked why he is remaking Hindi films, he said: "Earlier I used to buy rights of south Indian films to make in Hindi. Now I am reversing the process." Boney had backed the Salman Khan-starrer Wanted, which was a remake of the Telugu fil..
                 

Jackie Shroff: Trend of making films on unsung heroes should continue

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Jackie Shroff, who plays RAW founder director in Romeo Akbar Walter, says the trend of bringing the story of unsung on celluloid should continue. Shroff will be seen playing the role of RN Kao, the founding father of the Indian intelligence agency. The film features John Abraham in the lead. "I am glad I got the opportunity to bring the story of those people who served the country on screen. Playing this role is a feather in my cap. This trend should continue. We have so many unsung heroes. People today need to know about such stories. "I have also played defence personnel and cop in films. I used to have a uniform of policeman at home as I had two films at that time. I would just change the badges and wear the same uniform again," Shroff told PTI. The 62-year-old actor played an IAF pilot in "Border", while he played a cop in "Ram Lakhan" and "Police Officer" among others. Shroff said as there was little information available about Kao, he completely relied on his director Robbie Gr..
                 

About Kuldeep Yadav, it's purely skill says Piyush Chawla

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Kolkata: There is no mystery behind meteoric rise of Kuldeep Yadav but purely his skill set says Piyush Chawla, who worked with the Chinaman bowler in his formative years with the UP Ranji team. Chawla, the senior Kolkata Knight Riders spinner, said Kuldeep never stopped improving and that was key in his rise. "Kuldeep never labelled himself a mystery spinner. The term of being a mystery spinner is a myth. The main thing about Kuldeep is that he is a skillfull bowler. You need to make that skill powerful and Kuldeep is working on that," said Chawla. "The main thing about Kuldeep is he is not afraid of getting hit. I worked a lot with him in UP and here in KKR as well." Chawla reckons that Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal will be able to make impact at the upcoming World cup. "Kuldeep is bowling really well. He has been consistent in the last few months. With him and Chahal I think India has two wicket taking wrist spinners. "If there are belters in the World Cup, the responsibility of t..
                 

Mumbai crime: Man found in possession of pistol with live cartridge

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The Dindoshi police team in the wee hours of Sunday arrested Kiran Tukaram Jadhav for possessing one 7.65 mm country made pistol with a  7.65 mm live cartridge. The Dindoshi police team consisted of PI Ganesh Pawar, PSI Patkar, HC Shaikh, PN Ghadsi, PN Ware, PC Chavan. The incident took place on the footpath of the service road off Western Express Highway, adjacent to Seva Nagar Ekta Sangh Chawl, ShantaramPada in Malad East. The accused is a resident of ShivSagar Chawl in Malad East, Mumbai. Jadhav had three criminal cases registered against him including a robbery and various body offence cases under section 326 and 324 at Kurar Police station. During the enquiry, it was revealed that the accused was associated with the local Uday/ Jitu Pathak gang. Further investigation also revealed how the weapon was sourced. He was produced before the court and was remanded judicial custody. The operation was carried out under the supervision of Sr. PI Dindoshi Rajaram Vhnmane ..
                 

Ajay Devgn to play a squadron leader in his next film

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Ajay Devgn's next project, Bhuj: The Pride of India, is going to leave the audience spellbound. The movie is based on a true incident and is one of India's most fascinating war-related stories. Devgn will be essaying the role of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It was Karnik and his team, with the help of the local women, who reconstructed the destroyed Indian Air Force airstrip at Bhuj in Gujarat, in what could be termed as India's 'Pearl Harbour' moment. The airstrip had been wrecked in air strikes that saw Pakistan drop napalm bombs on it. Karnik took a bold step to convince 300 fearless women from a nearby village to rebuild the airstrip so that a flight carrying Indian Army officers could land safely. Karnik, along with two other officers, 50 Air Force soldiers and 60 Defence Security Corps personnel, did a great job of keeping the airbase operational despite heavy Pakistani bombing. Says producer Bhushan Kumar, "T..
                 

Alia Bhatt to star opposite Salman Khan in Bhansali's 'Inshallah'

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Alia Bhatt is all set to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next film titled 'Inshallah' opposite Salman Khan. What's more, this will be the filmmaker's project with Khan after almost two decades. The makers of the film have described Inshallah as a "love story". Salman Khan took to Twitter to announce the news: It’s been 20 years but I am glad Sanjay and I are finally back in his next film, Inshallah. Looking forward to work with Alia and inshallah we will all be blessed on this journey.#Inshallah #SLB @aliaa08 @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) March 19, 2019 Alia Bhatt is clearly excited about this film with Salman and Bhansali and she couldn't help but share the news on Instagram as a story: Bhansali Productions also confirmed the news with a tweet that read, "Finally all speculations and wait end as 2019 brings together #SLB, @BeingSalmanKhan and @aliaa08 in his next film, #Inshallah. Wishing that this entire journey be filled wi..
                 

Try out unique desserts, drinks at these restaurants this Holi!

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Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye Thandai tart The tart of making thandaiImagine the goodness of a biscuit-y tart marrying the rich and creamy flavours of thandai, which gets a silky texture in the form of a ganache. The thandai tart ('135), made with a mixed nuts tart and whipped thandai ganache topped with fresh rose petals, chopped nuts and silver varq, is just that and is available at a quaint little café in Vile Parle. "We wanted to recreate thandai in the form of a dessert and re-imagined as a crisp tart shell loaded with thandai cream," shares Parvinder Singh, owner of the café. At Garde Manger Café, Paranjape Nagar, Vile Parle.Time 10 am to 10 pmCall 7045004488 Flavours of Maharashtra"Today, people want traditional dishes with a touch of modern cuisine. We strive to combine both so as to satisfy our customer," says chef Ajay Chopra talking about the puran poli ice cream ('235). The sweet treat features on the festive menu of Chopra's newly launched restaurant. It..
                 

Putin signs bills banning fake news, insults

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a series of bills criminalising persons who would spread "fake news" or "disrespecting" the state, in a move which, critics say, will curtail freedom of speech of criticising the government. The new legislation allows Russian authorities to block websites or Internet accounts that publish what they deem to be "fake news" and penalises those who post material found to be insulting and distasteful to state officials, state symbols and Russian society. According to the new law, individuals found publishing "fake news" will have to pay a fine of 100,000 rubles, while public officials will have to cough up 200,000 roubles. For corporate organisations, the fine has been set at 500,000 roubles, TASS news agency reported. However, the new legislation mandates that news publications registered with Roskomnadzor (federal executive body responsible for overseeing the media), including online media sites, would be given a chance..
                 

PM Narendra Modi, KCR conspiring against TDP, claims Chandrababu Naidu

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Krishna (Andhra Pradesh): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao are conspiring against the Telugu Desam Party, while adding that YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy "compromised with Modi" to get rid of all cases filed against him. "YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is the fan, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is the switch and BJP is the power," Naidu said while addressing party workers here on Monday. The TDP Chief further mentioned that if Prime Minister Modi comes back to power, minorities would not be safe in the country, while accusing the current NDA government of "betraying" Andhra Pradesh. He then went on to say that Jagan was taking "political mileage" from his uncle Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy's death. "If Jagan comes to power, can anybody live safely in the state? They are blaming us for Vivekananda Reddy's murder and asking for an inquiry by the Central Bureau Investigat..
                 

Gautam Gambhir to BCCI: There can't be conditional bans

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Former India opener Gautam Gambhir Monday said the BCCI should either snap all cricketing ties with Pakistan, including multi-lateral events, or engage with the arch-rivals at every level as "there can't be conditional bans". Gambhir, who called for snapping ties with Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel, said the Indian Board has to decide and be prepared for the consequences. The responsibility of the Pulwama attack was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. "There can't be conditional bans. Either you ban everything with Pakistan or open everything with Pakistan. What has happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable," Gambhir, who was recently conferred the Padma Shri, told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event for 'Funngage.com'. "I am sure it's going to be difficult for India to boycott them in ICC tournaments but stop playing Pakistan in the Asia Cup," said the left-hander. Outspoken in his support fo..
                 

Mumbai: Another man arrested in connection with Sachin Sawant's murder

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Mumbai crime branch arrested the eight accused in connection with Shiv Sena leader Sachin Sawant's murder conspiracy. The accused identified as Umesh Sahani was wanted since the case was registered in 2018. Sawant (45), Shiv Sena's local shakha pramukh (leader) on April 22, 2018, around 7.30 pm, was on his way home after leaving office when a few men shot at him. After the first bullet missed Sawant, he made a run for it. He ran for about 200 metres with the attackers chasing him and firing at him. The sixth bullet hit Sawant in the chest and he collapsed near the Sai Baba temple. The locals informed Sawant's family and friends about the incident and rushed him to the nearest private hospital. The hospital referred him to Shatabdi Hospital, as his condition was critical but doctors at Shatabdi declared him dead around 8.30 pm. According to the officials from the crime branch's unit-XII, they received information that Sahani had come to meet a person in Dahisar. Immediately a tea..
                 

IPL will be crucial for World Cup selection: BCCI

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Going into the last ODI series before the upcoming World Cup -- against Australia -- India skipper Virat Kohli had said that Indian players' performance in the IPL wouldn't have any bearing with selection in the squad for the showpiece event. But with none of the batsmen managing to secure the No.4 slot post the five ODIs against the Aussies, the players' performance in the IPL will have a bearing on the minds of the selectors when they pick the squad for the World Cup mid-April. The four primary contenders for the No.4 slot are Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. And it all now boils down to a consistent showing in the first half of the cash-rich T20 league. A good run here and one of these four will be rewarded with a ticket to England. Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that recent performances have meant that the first month of the 12th edition of the IPL will have to be looked into when MSK Prasad and his team sit down to pick the squad for the W..
                 

Dhawan: Indian batsmen will need to do well for Delhi Capitals to win

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Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan Monday reckoned that the Indian batsmen would need to score the bulk of runs for Delhi Capitals to harbour hopes of winning the Indian Premier League. Dhawan joined the rest of the Delhi Capitals squad here on Sunday after having taken part in the recently concluded One-Day series against Australia. The left-handed batsman also took part in a T20 practice match organised by the Delhi Capitals to prepare for the upcoming season. "In IPL, the team who wins the trophy is always the one who has the best balance in the squad. Our team this year is also very balanced as we have good all-rounders, spinners and batsmen. The most important thing for us will be that our Indian batsmen play well and our top 4-5 batsmen are Indian, so I am expecting a great season ahead," said Dhawan. A regular in India's limited overs scheme of things, Dhawan has spent 10 seasons away in IPL before joining the Delhi franchise. "It is like a second homecoming for me, and I am very ex..
                 

Chelsea's mentality during loss to Everton worries coach Maurizio Sarri

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Maurizio Sarri admitted he is worried about his Chelsea team's "mentality" after they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Everton that severely damages their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League. Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, converting his own saved penalty, scored the second-half goals at Goodison Park on Sunday that halted Chelsea's recent league improvements and marked Everton's first win over 'Big Six' opposition in 26 games, a run dating back to January 2017. But the goals followed a first half of utter Chelsea domination in which they somehow failed to beat Everton's England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and the subsequent collapse has clearly concerned the London club's manager. "I'm worried about our mentality," said Sarri. "I think the situation is clear. We played probably the best 45 minutes of the season then, suddenly, at the beginning of the second half, we stopped playing. I don't know why." The Italian added: "We played well until the last minute of the first half ..
                 

Asaduddin Owaisi has assets worth Rs 13 crore

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Hyderabad: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, who filed his nomination for Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency on Monday, declared assets worth more than Rs 13 crore. His immovable assets are worth over Rs 12 crore and movable assets are over Rs 1.67 crore, according to the affidavit submitted by him while filing nomination. He owns no motor vehicle, but has one NP Bore .22 pistol worth Rs 1 lakh and one NP Bore 30-60 rifle worth Rs 1 lakh. The grand total of his liabilities is Rs 9.30 crore. He has Rs 2 lakh cash in hand. His income during 2017-18 was Rs 10,01,080. It was Rs 13,33,250 during 2016-17. There are five criminal cases pending against him. He was not convicted for any criminal offence. 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..
                 

Pramod Sawant, a Manohar Parrikar loyalist and RSS man, rises to top

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Panaji: From being an ayurveda practitioner to being the Goa chief minister, 46-year-old Pramod Sawant has come a long way. The two-time MLA from Sanquelim in North Goa, Sawant, who was Speaker of the state Assembly, is a dedicated RSS worker. The politician, recently seen in the RSS uniform at a Sangh event, was on Monday sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa following Manohar Parrikar's death. His elevation to the top post in the coastal state followed hectic parleys between the BJP and its alliance partners. Sawant's political career began in the BJP as a youth leader. A staunch Parrikar supporter, he had worked closely with the late leader. He won the 2012 and 2017 Assembly elections from North Goa's Sankhalim constituency, which used to be a Congress stronghold. He was among the few BJP MLAs who got re-elected in their constituencies during the state polls two years ago, when the party managed to win only 13 seats as compared to t 21 in the 2012 elections. When Parrikar cobb..
                 

Rishi Kapoor remembers Shashi Kapoor on birth anniversary

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On the occasion of the 81st birth anniversary of Shashi Kapoor, his nephew and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor remembered the legendary actor. Rishi took to his Twitter handle to share throwback pictures of the late actor-filmmaker. "Happy Birthday Shashi Uncle," he wrote along with a photo in which he can be seen posing with Shashi, Neetu Kapoor, Rekha, Karisma Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. Happy Birthday Shashi Uncle! pic.twitter.com/2ddFYW7CTv — Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) March 18, 2019 He also posted another throwback photo of the 'Deewar' actor when he was conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2015. The photo features Shashi with his children--Kunal Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor. "What a proud moment for the Shashi Kapoor family! Dada Sahab Phalke award for him. Third Phalke Award in the family! Happy Birthday uncle," Rishi wrote in another tweet. What a proud moment for the Shashi Kapoor family ! Dada Sahab Phalke award for him. Third Phalke Award in the family! Happy Birt..
                 

Messi's incredible hat-tick gets standing ovation from opposition fans

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Even the Real Betis fans were applauding by the end as Lionel Messi scored another spectacular hat-trick to fire Barcelona to a 4-1 victory on Sunday and leave them with one hand on the La Liga trophy. Messi's treble, his second in a month in Seville, fourth of the season and 51st of his career, moves Barca 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid with 10 games left to play, a gap surely too big to close. 'Great opportunity'"We had a great opportunity to increase the gap on Atletico. We had to take it tonight," Messi said. Luis Suarez, whose superb flick set up Messi's second, scored his own brilliant goal after a scintillating solo run, but it was ultimately reduced to a footnote, in what became another night all about his Argentinian partner. The only blot was the sight of Suarez limping off late on, with what coach Ernesto Valverde suspected was a bad sprain to his ankle. Messi now has 29 league goals this season, 39 in all competitions, and together with Suarez's 18 their joint-total ..
                 

IIT-B remembers Manohar Parrikar as an inspiring man

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All at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) remembers late Manohar Parrikar as a simple man, who had immense potential and a vision for the nation. As the Acting Director of the Institute, A K Suresh, opened the condolence meet for its distinguished alumnus at the P C Saxena Auditorium, several others spoke about their most respected IITian - Parrikar - who was the first from the institute to become an MLA. Sharing his fondest memories of Parrikar, 71-year-old Budram Barai, who was the guard at Hostel 4, where the late Goa CM lived as a student of Metallurgical and Material Engineering, said, "We used to call him Mannu. He was everybody's favourite. He was very simple and down to earth." Sharing his experience of meeting Parrikar for the first time, Entrepreneur Bhadresh Padia, an IITB alumni himself, said, "I had met Parrikar in one of the alumni meets, when he had already become the Goa CM. He mingled with everyone without having an air about it. He sat next to..
                 

Robert Pattinson doesn't like to do similar roles

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Actor Robert Pattinson doesn't like to play the same characters over and over again as he judges his performance and it makes him feel "really self-conscious". "I feel like as soon as I repeat myself even a little bit, I suddenly get really self-conscious. If you are pushing something out into the unknown a little bit, you can't judge yourself, because you don't really know what you're doing." "Even with a voice I can't really do it more than once, because then I think, 'Oh, this is my acting voice.' That's why I can't even do anything in my normal accent, because it doesn't feel like I'm working," he told Little White Lies magazine. The 32-year-old actor felt pigeonholed at the start of his career, reports femalefirst.co.uk. He said: "When I first started ... if you're tall and have floppy hair and a posh accent, they're like 'Period dramas!' And then you're exclusively in the period dramas box. "I was like, 'No! I don't want to do period dramas!' I've done a couple, and as soon a..
                 

Four arrested for killing 21-year-old in Gurugram

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Gurgaon: Four persons have been arrested for killing a 21-year-old youth over Rs 500 here, police said Monday. The victim, Amrit, was assaulted and strangled to death by four of his friends on Gurgaon-Pataudi Road on Saturday night, police said. During investigation, it was found that Amrit, a couple of months ago, had borrowed Rs 500 from one Puneet. "Puneet along with his friends Aman, Sahil visited Amrit at his residence and demanded the loaned sum. When Puneet failed to return the money, they took him outside," DCP (Crime) Rajbir Deshwal said. "The accused hired an autorickshaw belonging to one Vishal and took the victim to Pataudi, where they killed him," the officer added. Three of the accused were arrested on Sunday night from their hideout in Gadhi village and Vishal was arrested later, 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..
                 

Sun, sea, sand, surf and stability

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Looking beyond the narrow political prism of the next chief minister of Goa, post Manohar Parrikar's demise; Mumbaikars with a special place in their hearts for the state, say it is not just about one CM or party, but an overall view of Goa's future. "I just wish for stability in Goa," said Bandra's Freddie Vaz, who has a number of relatives in the sunshine state. "I now hear two extremely distinct voices in Goa when it comes to the political narrative. Today, the ruling BJP gives rise to extreme reactions in the state. Talk to common people and you'll feel the schism is deep - either you are completely pro-BJP or against it." For Vaz, the only thing that matters is that Goa should have an honest, able leader of any political dispensation. "He may be unheard of, a little bit like when Lal Bahadur Shastri came to power, but somebody like him would be great for Goa, and I daresay, the nation," he added. Mahim-based Subodh Sapre, who knew Parrikar since 20 years, said, "Goa needs t..
                 

Not only India, Badla wins worldwide, collects USD 3.7 million

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Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer Badla is on a winning spree as the film raked in USD 3.7 million in 10 days in the overseas market. The overseas collection is as Middle East - USD 1.45 million, North America - USD 1.32 million, Australia - USD 224,116; UK & Ireland - USD 213,782; Rest of the world- USD 493,000. In India, Sujoy Ghosh's Badla garnered Rs 18.70 crores on Day 10, also the film had already crossed Rs 50 crores mark on Saturday itself. With the weekend 2 collection, Badla becomes Sujoy Ghosh's highest 2nd-weekend collection, beats the record of Kahaani. Kahaani was a hit at the box office and sets a record for director Sujoy Ghosh as well, but the recent release Badla breaks the record of weekend 2 collection of Kahaani. The crime thriller revolves around Taapsee Pannu's character Naina who is stuck in a murder scandal. Playing Badal Gupta, a lawyer to Naina, Amitabh Bachchan has recreated the magic of Pink. Also starring Amrita Singh, Tony Luke and Manav K..
                 

Richardson: India, Pak bound by agreement to play World Cup games

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ICC CEO Dave Richardson yesterday said he doesn't forsee any threat to the high-profile India-Pakistan World Cup match, insisting that the two teams are bound by an ICC agreement to show up. "For ICC events, all teams have signed a members' participation agreement which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and [in case of] any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly [to the other team]," he said when asked about the matter. There were demands that India should boycott the game against Pakistan in the World Cup in Manchester on June 16 in the wake of last month's Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel. Responding to the outrage, the Committee of Administrators running Indian cricket also wrote a letter to the ICC urging it to boycott countries from where "terrorism emanates", but did not specifically name Pakistan. Another controversy erupted wh..
                 

Indian Wells Masters: It feels unreal, says Thiem after beating Federer

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Dominic Thiem denied Roger Federer a record sixth Indian Wells title, beating the Swiss great 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to claim his first ATP Masters 1000 crown. The Austrian, 25, ranked eighth in the world, had fallen in two prior Masters finals, both in Madrid. But he rallied for a third career win over Federer in five meetings, his first over the Swiss on hard courts. "It feels just unreal what happened in this 10 days," Thiem said. "I came from a really bad form in all categories, and now I'm the champion of Indian Wells. It feels not real at all," added Thiem, the first Austrian to win a masters 1000 title since Thomas Muster at Miami in 1997. Thiem earned the crucial break in the 11th game of the final set, connecting on two sharply angled passing winners off of Federer drop shots to give himself a break point which he converted with a stinging forehand winner. "He stayed cool under pressure there," Federer said. "When he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot." Thiem c..
                 

Here's why Lupita Nyong'o wants 'normal' job

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Actress Lupita Nyong'o wants a "normal" job so she feels she can "be of use to the world" too. "My parents instilled in me a sense of 'Be of use to the world' -- and that voice never shuts up. So I am programmed to be attracted to things I feel are useful. I don't think I'm in search of nobility, but I do urgently need to say something," Nyong'o told The Sunday Times' Culture magazine." She previously had talked about how she feels she has a responsibility to promote ethnic diversity in Hollywood, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She said: "Films inspire people to feel differently. A lot more can be done. We can be more empathetic when we realise how much more alike we are than how different we are. You see, I don't like to fight the reality. The reason it is so acute is because of the stage we are at." "When we are talking about inclusion in entertainment, it's because entertainment isn't inclusive and, until such a time as that becomes the norm, then this work has to be done... I feel an..
                 

Kangana Ranaut's birthday plans: No big bash on the cards

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No big bash on the cards, instead it's going to be a working birthday for Kangana Ranaut, who turns 32 on March 23. The actor, we hear, will be shooting for the promotional campaign of Prakash Kovelamudi's Mental Hai Kya on her big day. Ranaut was slated to wing her way to hometown Manali for the celebrations. But she agreed to dedicate time to the promo shoot and the patchwork of the quirky comedy, on producer Ekta Kapoor's request. Soon after, Ranaut will resume shooting for Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's Panga. The sports drama apparently has two consecutive schedules lined up in New Delhi and Kolkata. In the days leading up to her birthday, the actor has reportedly signed in to a wellness programme that is carried out in complete silence and involves long hours of meditation. Also Read: Kangana Ranaut's Panga to release on January 24, 2020 Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

UEFA probing Cristiano Ronaldo goal celebration

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UEFA yesterday opened an investigation into Cristiano Ronaldo's goal celebration after scoring a hat-trick in Juventus' Champions League comeback win against Atletico Madrid last week. European football's governing body said Ronaldo was facing charges of "improper conduct" after he mimicked Diego Simeone's gesture in last Tuesday's 3-0 win that sent Juventus through 3-2 on aggregate. After scoring the decisive penalty, Ronaldo replicated Simeone's gesture after the Spaniards' first leg win by grasping his genitals and thrusting out his groin. A decision will be taken by UEFA on March 21. Coach Massimiliano Allegri has said he is confident Ronaldo will not be fined or suspended. "I think everyone celebrated their own way on the field and in the stands. I saw nothing strange, just a celebration. There won't be a ban," said Allegri. 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..
                 

BCCI agrees to work with National Anti-Doping Agency for six months

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finally agreed to work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), but with riders. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) met ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar yesterday to work out a solution over BCCI's resistance to allow their players being be dope-tested by NADA. It has been agreed that the Indian players will work with NADA for six months and if they are not satisfied with the outcome, the association will be discontinued. The other important aspect that the BCCI has put forth is that the urine samples will be collected by its own chaperons and handed over to NADA. The BCCI has agreed to send 10 per cent of its players, which is the minimum requirement, to be made available for dope testing. Currently, the Indian players are dope-tested through Sweden-based IDTM, which is affiliated to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, WADA has insisted that BCCI should be WADA compliant through NADA. On the long-standing issue of USD 2..
                 

24-year-old journalist, friend held in magazine editor's murder

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The murder case of 44-year-old managing editor of the magazine 'India Unbound' Nityanand Pandey has been cracked by the Thane Rural Kashimira police, local crime branch and Bhiwandi police with the arrest of two accused, including a woman staffer. The 24-year-old woman, who was working as a journalist with Pandey's magazine, apparently took the help of a friend, and after giving Pandey sleeping pills mixed in an energy drink, strangulated him in his car at Bhayandar West and later threw the body in a Bhiwandi nullah at night. Nityanand Pandey's body when it was found Wanted to settle downThe accused have been identified as Ankita Mishra and Satish Mishra. They were arrested by the crime branch on Sunday following an interrogation. During inquiry, it was revealed that Ankita had been working for Pandey for the past three years. She had interviewed senior police officers, bureaucrats and politicians with Pandey. She told the cops that Pandey had forced her into a physical relationship..
                 

One of seven kidnapped Indians returns home from Afghanistan

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New Delhi: Ten months after being kidnapped in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, one of the seven Indian nationals has safely returned to India, the External Affairs Ministry said on Monday. It said India continued to work closely with the Afghan government for the safe and early return of the remaining six Indian nationals. "We are grateful to Government of Afghanistan for their support in securing the release and repatriation of the Indian national," the MEA said. The seven Indian engineers were kidnapped by Taliban militants in the restive northern Baghlan province on May 6 last year. The Indian engineers of KEC International, an RPG group company, were working on a project for the construction of a power sub-station in the country. India has been carrying reconstruction activities in the war-torn country. It has already provided at least USD 2 billion aid to Afghanistan. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day ..
                 

If not Modi, who? Nehru may have had the right answer

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The Narendra Modi government has done its five years, a period, even his most serious critics would admit, is already etched in history. Five more years and 300-plus seats are what he and his party are seeking now, a rare ambition by a party and a government that reels out numbers to make big claims about small achievements, whether regarding economic performance or those killed by air strike in Balakot. Columnists and experts can keep quibbling about the strategic advantage that India gained from its attack on Pakistan, but it has impressed those who believe leadership is about flaunting muscles. Balakot has arrested the BJP's slide, which was evident with the losses in the assembly elections of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. An assessment that begins from the last page of Modi's first term can't but conclude that his government is totally in control. Yet, ironically, his government remains angry, as it has been through much of its five years, surprising for one enjoying..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor: Films more important to me than fame

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Actress Janhvi Kapoor says her films are more important to her than earning fame as she has experienced fame since her childhood. "Fame is important for every actor and whatever fame I have earned is all because of my family. I have been getting recognised more after my first film so, I am very grateful for love and support which I received from the media and the audience. "I have experienced fame since my childhood so now my work, acting and films are more important to me than fame," Janhvi told media at HELLO! Hall of Fame Awards 2019 on Sunday. Janhvi-- the elder daughter of late actress Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor, made her Bollywood debut last year with the film Dhadak. At the event, Janhvi also spoke about actress Madhuri Dixit Nene, who replaced Sridevi in the movie Kalank. She said that she is looking forward to watch her in the movie. "I was excited to see her in Kalank from audience point of view. I think teaser of Kalank and every character's look in the film is loo..
                 

Chris Hemsworth shares selfie with quokka

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Actor Chris Hemsworth took to Instagram, sharing a photograph of himself and an epic animal he said he'd encountered in Australia. Hemsworth took his "first quokka selfie" while visiting Rottnest Island, he wrote in the caption. In the photograph, the actor appeared to making a face similar to that of the furry critter.       View this post on Instagram Spent 3 weeks crawling around the dirt, studying the Quokkas movements, mimicking their language and eventually gained their trust and was accepted as one of them, I now go by the name Quokkachris #rottnestislandwa @australia @rottnestislandwa A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) onMar 14, 2019 at 9:37pm PDT "Got my first quokka selfie this week at Rottnest Island," the Thor star wrote. "Epic little creatures are all over the island just cruisin through the day doing their thing. Get there and check it out!" The post included a second photograph that also featured his wife, Elsa Patak..
                 

Madhuri Dixit's Marathi project gets release date

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Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene and her husband Shriram Nene's upcoming Marathi production 15 August is set to release on Netflix on March 29. "There's always been a part of me that wanted to create and back meaningful films, and there couldn't be a better starting point for me than '15 August'," Madhuri said in a statement. She added: "This is an endearing, relatable story that has been brought to life beautifully by the talented Swapnaneel Jayakar and actors Rahul Pethe, Mrunmayee Deshpande, and Adinath Kothare." Set in a Mumbai chawl, the film follows the course of a series of mishaps that occur on a single day, as its residents prepare for the Independence Day flag-hoisting ceremony. The film revolves around how the course of the day unfolds on a not-so-typical Independence Day -- when a lover, in his quest to win over his beloved, ends up creating complete mayhem, compelling all the residents to unite and help him out of his mess. The film highlights what independence, love and affe..
                 

Two Maharashtra youth playing PUBG mowed down by train in Hingoli

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Two persons engrossed in playing online game PUBG were knocked down by a train in Hingoli district in Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. The incident happened at Khatkali Bypass in Hingoli, over 570 kilometres on Saturday evening, an official said. "Nagesh Gore (24) and Swapnil Annapurne (22) were playing PUBG near the railway tracks. They were run over by the Hyderabad-Ajmer train. Their bodies were found late at night by people living in the vicinity," he said. An accidental death report has been registered at Hingoli police station, he informed. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG, is an online multi-player game of South Korean origin which experts have said is highly addictive and gives rise to violent behaviour in many of those playing it. 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..
                 

See photos: Katrina Kaif has bought a new car and it's super swanky

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We all know the love our Bollywood celebs have for swanky cars - the swankier, the better. Amitabh Bachchan loved his Rolls Royce that he recently sold, Deepika Padukone adores her Mercedes-Maybach, and Katrina Kaif is a big fan of the Audi series. The Zero actress has now broadened her search for the perfect vehicle and seems like she has decided a rugged Range Rover is what she needs. Here are some photos of her new, swanky, sleek car. All pictures/Yogen Shah Range Rovers are rugged beasts that are made to take on any road and terrain. So, Katrina Kaif seems to have made a wise choice in choosing this car. It's a white model and it looks pretty amazing from the outside. The car comes between the price tag of Rs 49 to Rs 65 lakh in India.  Besides Katrina Kaif, some other B-town celebs have also chosen this car as their preferred mode of transport. Alia Bhatt, Bobby Deol, Shah Rukh Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Anushka Sharma also own varia..
                 

Woman livestreams x-rated video meant for husband as Facebook story

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A Bulgarian woman has been left red-faced after she accidentally live-streamed a racy video instead of privately messaging it to her partner. In a shocking incident, a woman was extremely mortified after she committed a huge Facebook blunder. Zeinepa Galibova from Bulgaria accidentally live-streamed a rather saucy video of herself to over 2,000 Facebook friends, instead of sending it as a private message to her husband, who is away from here. In the video that was live-streamed to thousands of people, the woman who is supposed to be missing her husband is seen getting playful in bed as she vigorously gets in front of the camera. The video which was meant for her husband's eyes only was mistakenly made live and viewed by thousands which included the women's family, friends, and even her son reports The Sun. The live video was seen by the woman's friends and family which left them in a state of shock and disbelief. Pic/Representational Picture The woman's partner is currently w..
                 

Remember 2000s actress Aarti Chabria? She is engaged now!

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90s actress and former model Aarti Chabria secretly exchanged rings with Visharad Beedassy on March 11. Beedassy is a chartered accountant and an international tax consultant based in Mauritius. The actress confirmed this news to Bombay Times and also revealed that she will soon get married to him, who is currently in Australia. However, they haven't zeroed down on their wedding date yet! Talking about having an arranged marriage with Visharad, and how did she meet him, Aarti told the publication, "I had many times given up on the idea that I would find my Mr Right, but my family members always felt that one day, I would find my soulmate. I feel it is because of my family's blessings that I found Visharad because he is everything that I had ever dreamt of. I am extremely lucky to have found him after a long wait. He is a chartered accountant and an international tax consultant."       View this post on Instagram CONGRATULATIONS A wonderful person, an a..
                 

CBI arrests two senior Indian Forest Service officers in bribery case

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New Delhi: The CBI has arrested two senior Indian Forest Service officers for allegedly bribing an environment ministry official, officials said on Sunday. Tarun Johri and D Gogoi, both chief conservators of forest, posted in Arunachal Pradesh and Port Blair respectively, were arrested in a case of Rs 20,000 to the environment ministry official for getting a departmental work done. It is alleged that some departmental service matter of Gogoi was pending in the ministry for which he sought the help of his batchmate Johri, who was on a visit to Delhi, they said.Johri paid Rs 10,000 to the official on behalf of Gogoi to a ministry official who complained to his superior about the bribe, they said. A case was registered and during the verification process by the CBI, Gogoi paid another Rs 10,000 to the official, they said. After successful verification, Johri was arrested Saturday, while Gogoi was nabbed Sunday, they said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and H..
                 

Chinese woman found after going missing from group in Jaipur

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Jaipur: A 26-year-old Chinese woman, who got separated from her group in Jaipur, was found on Sunday, police said. Luo Xi, had come to Jaipur on March 15 in a group of tourists and had gone for shopping on Saturday, they said. She got separated from the group in Chaura Rasta. The group manager informed the hotel management, following which police were informed. On Sunday, she was spotted travelling pillion on a scooty with a local man who was taking her to a mobile phone repair shop, police said. Two local men and a woman saw Luo Xi crying near Chaura Rasta. Her mobile phone was not working and she was unable to communicate with them due to language problem, they said. To get her mobile phone repaired, one of the men was taking her to the shop and it was when police found her, police said. The woman was later taken to the hotel, they 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 u..
                 

Smriti Irani gets emotional at last rites of Manohar Parrikar in Goa

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The cremation of former Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, will be held with full state honour on Monday. The last rites are expected to be performed at 5 pm at Miramar. Goa will be observing 7 days mourning to grieve the loss of the late chief minister and the Centre already announced National Mourning on March 18. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (63) breathed his last on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. His health has been fluctuating for a year and took a turn for the worse in the past two days. He had been on life support system since late Saturday night. Parrikar had been the Cheif Minister of Goa since March 2017. He also held the same post from 2000-2005 as well as 2012-2014. He was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer last year and was in an out of hospitals in Goa, Delhi, Mumbai and New York. Panaji: Union Minister Smriti Irani gets emotional as she pays last respects to Goa CM #ManoharParrikar. pic.twitter.com/NOOucOU8iO — ANI (@ANI) M..
                 

Move to appoint Lokpal comes after pressure on government: Anna Hazare

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Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra): After the Lokpal selection panel reportedly cleared the name of a retired Supreme Court Judge for the ombudsman's post, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has said that the government was "forced" to take the step under pressure of the people's movement and the apex court. According to reports, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose's name was cleared at a meeting of the selection committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi on Friday. "The movement by the public for the Lokpal forced the government to appoint the Lokpal. Moreover, the Supreme Court used its baton not once or twice but thrice and that forced the government to appoint the Lokpal," Anna Hazare told ANI on Sunday. "The Lokpal is being appointed 9 years after the movement. The world is now seeing how powerful the public is. The Supreme Court is also very powerful," Hazare said. The a..
                 

BKC-Chunabhatti flyover to be ready by July: Girders laid over CR lines

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One of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in the city's eastern suburbs took a giant step late Saturday night as four 50 metre-long girders were laid over the Central Railway tracks between Sion and Kurla, as part of the Eastern Express Highway (EEH)-Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Connector project. MMRDA officials said that the original deadline of the work was April 2018 and that it has now been revised to June-July 2019. The project, conceived in 2014, aims to build a 1.6-km elevated road to give motorists direct connectivity from BKC to EEH and vice-versa. The 50-m long girders were laid over Central Railway tracks late on Saturday night. Pics/Atul Kamble The connector flyover takes off from G-Block of Bandra Kurla Complex and after crossing Mithi River, LBS Marg, Central Railway tracks and VN Mankikar Road leads to Chunabhatti railway station. It will further be extended to cross over the Harbour line railway tracks, to pass over Somaiya Trust Ground and join the Eastern Ex..
                 

Gary Oldman: Five Oscar worthy performances by the ever-green actor

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Meet a man who was at the top of the game three decades ago and still is even after 60 movies – the evergreen Gary Oldman. He is easily one of the most versatile actors in the industry and is known to be a chameleon who can adapt to any role. He is much more than a regular look-at-me performer and despite playing some campy bad guy roles, Gary can effortlessly disappear into any role without getting repetitive. But, guess what! He has only been nominated for two Oscars in a career spanning over three decades. The first one was just five years ago for his role in 2012's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. That was the first time the Academy thought the venerable actor is fit to be invited to their big party, which is nuts. But the word inevitable rung out as soon as Gary Oldman was holding his first Oscar last year for his performance as Winston Churchill in the movie, Darkest Hours. Gary Oldman receiving an Oscar was one of the most awaited moment in the history of Academy awards! While ..
                 

Six-year-old West Nile Virus patient dead in Kerala

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Kozhikode (Kerala): A six-year-old boy, who was being treated for West Nile Virus (WNV) disease here, passed away on Monday, said Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja. The boy hailing from Malappuram district was under treatment for fever at the state-run Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode since earlier in March. He was diagnosed with WNV last week, after tests conducted at the Christian Medical College hospital, that turned out to be positive. Following doubts of WNV, the Centre had dispatched a multi-disciplinary team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assess the spread of WNV in Kerala. The Union Health Ministry's decision came after the six-year-old was feared to be infected with WNV, a mosquito-borne disease mostly reported in the US. Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda then reviewed the situation with Secretary Preeti Sudan and directed all support to be extended to Kerala for the prevention and management in the spread of the disease, his Ministry said. Th..
                 

Surf Guitar king Dick Dale dies at 81

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Dick Dale, the "King of the Surf Guitar" whose Miserlou was famously used as the title music for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, has died. He was 81. His bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed the news to the Guardian.  His self-released records with his band the Deltones led the way for countless other acts - the Chantays, the Surfaris, Eddie and the Showmen and the Pyramids among them - who emulated his reverb-soaked, "wet" sound and aggressive attack in their own hits. In his The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, writer and latter-day surf guitarist John Blair described the genesis of Dale's distinctive and unprecedented sound, variety.com reported. "He attempted to musically reproduce the feeling he had while surfing, and the result of this somewhat nebulous and certainly subjective approach was the surfing music genre," Blair said. "The feeling was one of vibration and pulsification, which he produced by a heavy staccato sound on the low-key strings of his guitar accompanied..
                 

Anand Tiwari: Indian music is as sexy as jazz and hip hop

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His last outing as a director, Love Per Square Foot (2018), earned him much appreciation. A year later, Anand Tiwari is busy giving shape to his next, Bandish Bandits. The musical explores the merging of two worlds as a classical musician and a pop star fall in love. Tiwari says the subject stemmed from the need to introduce the rich treasure trove of Indian music to the youth. "The idea is to make classical music relevant. Most of us are trained to look at Indian traditional music as dogmatic; so we hope to bring it alive. The more we understand it, the more we realise that it's as sexy as jazz and as oomphy as hip hop," states Tiwari, who has joined forces with showrunner Amritpal Bindra for the series. Although the project has gone on floors, he remains tight-lipped about the cast. "We are waiting for Amazon Prime to reveal it." The makers have roped in composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for the project. "Shankar brings his knowledge of Carnatic and Hindustani music, Ehsaan and Loy brin..
                 

Salman Khan's Main Taare crosses 2.5 million views in 24 hours

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Superstar Salman Khan's much-awaited song Main Taare has created an uproar on social media instantly after it released. Garnering over 2.5 million views in less than 24 hours, 'Main Taare' has gripped the nation. Highlighting the unconventional love story of Firdaus and Kabir played by Pranutan and Zaheer Iqbal respectively, Main Taare offers a romantic ballad with Salman Khan's melodious voice. The Superstar has not only crooned the song but also features in it, creating immense excitement amongst his fans. Ever since the song released showcasing the budding love story of the duo has already conquered millions of hearts. The song portraying the eternal tale of Kabir and Firdaus missing each other has captivated masses due to the never before seen concept. Salman Khan all suited up in Black leather jacket teamed up with a t-shirt and jeans walking through the woods has been much loved by the audience. The song penned by Manoj Muntashir and composed by Vishal Mishra describes Zaheer ..
                 

Deepika Padukone checks all ticks in list over a week

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Bollywood's Leading Lady Deepika Padukone has had an eventful last week as the actress unveiled her prestigious Statue of Purpose at Madame Tussauds and graced the Vogue International cover as the Global Talent. Both the events are key and one of the major highlights in the life of the actress. She has been an active voice in creating awareness about mental health has dedicated the Statue to her initiative, hence it is named as Statue of Purpose. When Deepika Padukone went Live from London as she unveiled the statue and gave the first ever look of it sending the fans in a tizzy. Deepika Padukone dedicated her statue to her foundation and believes as she stands for her foundation, her statue too will communicate the same. The Vogue International cover for the month of April celebrates the global talent with 14 superstars from the 14 countries and Deepika Padukone graced the cover along with Scarlett Johansson the biggest star from U.S. and Bae Doona the biggest star from South Korea ..
                 

Kapil Sharma on trolls: They are like unplanned children

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On numerous occasions, Kapil Sharma has found himself at the receiving end of criticism on social media. The comedy king has also given a piece of his mind to trolls, but the task continues. On March 11, Kapil Sharma attended an event with actress and television show judge, Shilpa Shetty Kundra in Goa.  At the event, when Kapil Sharma was asked how he reacts to trolls on social media, he said that trolls are like unplanned children. Elaborating his thoughts on trolls, he categorised them into three categories and said, "There are three kinds of followers on social media, one are fans, the second are fans who are also critics and the third breed is of velle (useless) ones. I thank fans who tell me or bring to my notice constructive criticism, but then the third breed has no job but to just spread negativity." This is what @KapilSharmaK9 has to say about the trolls on social media !!! #KapilSharma pic.twitter.com/KCgJchrrcd — Kapil Sharma FC (@KapilFans) March 15, 2019 ..
                 

BJP MLA booked for preventing municipal employees from doing their duty

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The police registered a case against BJP MLA Kalicharan Saraf after people in a Jaipur locality took a municipal body employee in their custody while resisting an attempt to shut down an illegal dairy, officials said Tuesday. The Jaipur Municipal Corporation employee was kept confined for several hours by protesters. The BJP MLA from Malviya Nagar was booked on charges of obstructing public servants from doing their duty, said Bajaj Nagar police station in-charge Manvendra Singh. He said the case was registered on a complaint by JMC Deputy Commissioner Bhoma Ram Saini. Saraf had staged a demonstration along with his supporters against JMC officials deployed to remove an illegal dairy operating here and held the JMC employee in captivity for seizing cows from the dairy. 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..
                 

Karnataka: Under-construction building collapses in Dharawad

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An under-construction building collapsed on Tuesday in Kumareshwar Nagar area of Karnataka's Dharwad district.As per the initial information, many are feared trapped in the debris.According to police, six people who were injured in the building collapse have been shifted to hospital and search and rescue operation is underway. #Karnataka: According to police, one person dead, 6 people injured, 40 feared trapped at the site of collapse of an under construction building in Kumareshwar Nagar, Dharwad, pic.twitter.com/Gl86ziUg1K — ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2019 According to an ANI tweet, one person is dead while six people are injured.  Soon after the incident, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he had given instructions to the Chief Secretary to supervise the rescue operations. Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS ..
                 

No Fathers in Kashmir trailer raises imperative questions!

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No Fathers in Kashmir is a that is a unique mix of the fight for truth and compassion while being tender, heart-warming and about universal human emotions directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers and two-time national award-winning writer & director, Ashvin Kumar. Even till today, the certificate is yet to be granted by CBFC and is still pending approval despite the FCAT granting the order to pass the UA certificate to the film which is due for release on 5th April. Present at the launch gracing his presence was one of our sharpest, most outspoken directors, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt who said, "A staggering, heart wrenching film. Ashvin has the guts to embrace all that darkness and then having done that bring us so much 'light.' In these dark times of hate, here's a love story from the blood soaked valley of Kashmir which has the audacity to hope" The film tells the tale of Noor and Majid played by newcomers Zara Webb and Shivam Raina respectively. The two are on a journey to find their res..
                 

Former SC judge Satya Brata Singh passes away

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Former Supreme Court judge Justice Satya Brata Sinha passed away on Tuesday following age related ailments, family sources said. Justice Sinha, 75, was appointed as a judge of the apex court on October 3, 2002, and he retired on August 8, 2009. He was earlier designated as a senior advocate by the Patna High Court and on March 9, 1987, he became a judge there. He was transferred to the Calcutta High Court in 1994. Justice Sinha was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice there in 1999. In December 2000, became the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court and in 2001, he was transferred to the Delhi High Court before being elevated to the top court. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates..
                 

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari: Stories should be unapologetically Indian

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As Indian movies or films set in the country are gaining visibility globally at various international film festivals and award ceremonies including Oscars, celebrated film director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari says that this is the right time to be "unapologetically Indian" with our stories. After the India-set film Period. End of Sentence won an Oscar this year, how has the acceptance of Indian content increased abroad? "I think internationally we have reached that stage where people are watching us, we really do not have to go and ask people to watch us. We have managed to create our visibility through our films and various cultural ventures…. We just have to be unapologetically Indian, with our stories," Ashwiny told IANS. However, she believes that every story finds its own audience internationally because there are two kinds of international audience out there for Indian content - Indians settled abroad for generations and non-Indians. Citing an example of her film Nil Battey Sa..
                 

Zachary Levi not ready for sex symbol tag post Shazam!

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Zachary Levi says he does not want his superhero role in DC Comics movie Shazam! to turn him into a sex symbol. The 38-year-old actor, who portrays the titular character in the upcoming DC Extended Universe film, does not find such labels "real". When asked by Entertainment Tonight if he was prepared to be fawned upon by fans, he said, "No, I'm not ready for it. I don't think about that stuff." "That's not real life. None of that is real life. All that stuff is just the icing on the cake of the not real life that all of this is. So if people want to put me in the same conversation as all those guys (Chirs Hemsworth), rock 'n' roll. I just am going to keep doing what I think is the right thing in my life," he added. Shazam! revolves around a teenage orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is given the ability to transform into a godlike entity whenever he says the word, 'Shazam!'. But Batson and his new foster brother Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) must learn to use the powe..
                 

IBBI, SEBI sign MoU for better implementation of IBC

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The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for effective implementation of the new bankruptcy law.Executive Directors Anand Baiwar of the SEBI and Ritesh Kavdia of the IBBI signed the pact which provides for sharing information and resources, according to an official statement.There will be periodic meetings to discuss matters of mutual interest, including regulatory requirements, enforcement cases, research, data analysis, information technology and data sharing.Other areas of cooperation under the MoU include cross-training of staff, effective utilisation of collective resources as well as capacity building of insolvency professionals and financial creditors.Joint efforts will be made towards enhancing the level of awareness among financial creditors about the importance and necessity of swift insolvency resolution process of various types of borrowers in distress und..
                 

World Cup flashback: King Vivian Richards rules Karachi in 1987

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If cricket fans thought Kapil Dev's 175 (v Zimbabwe in 1983) would never be surpassed, they reckoned without Vivian Richards's (181) awesome ability. The great Antiguan pounced on the opportunity to go past Kapil Dev in the 1987 World Cup game against Sri Lanka at Karachi. A narrow loss to England hurt Richards and he didn't need too many overs to get his eye in before destroying the Sri Lankan bowlers in tandem with Desmond Haynes (105). After reaching 50 in 62 balls, he only consumed 35 balls for his next fifty. And guess how many balls Richards faced to get from 100 to 150? Only 15! His six tally would have reached eight had Roshan Mahanama not taken an acrobatic catch to dismiss him deep on the off-side. West Indies' 360-4 was too much of an ask for the hapless Lankans, who were restricted to 169 for four as Richards's outfit won by 191 runs. Figured outKrishnamachari Srikkanth holds the distinction of being India's top-scorer in the 1983 final against West Indies. His 38 was a..
                 

Mika Singh to play a cameo in the TV show, Gathbandhan

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Music and dance complete all celebrations! Keeping up with the enthusiasm and energies that surround the festival of Holi, COLORS’ popular show Gathbandhan is gearing up to celebrate this occasion with a grand party hosted by Savitri Mai (Sonali Naik). Holi is just around the corner, and Mika Singh is festival ready. The singer played with colours on the set of the TV show, Gathbandhan. Singh will be seen in a cameo on the show for a Holi special track. He will be seen crooning a medley of his chartbusters. "This is the first time I am part of a fiction show. I am excited to celebrate Holi with the cast," says the singer. What he particularly likes about the festival of colours is that it bridges social gaps. "It is a day to start fresh and forget all your fights," he adds. In this celebration, viewers will be delighted to witness the very talented singer, Mika Singh, who sets the stage on fire with his special performance along with the star cast of the show. Mika Singh w..
                 

'Mayawati gets facial daily, colours hair to look young at 60'

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Lucknow: Passing a misogynistic remark against the BSP supremo Mayawati, BJP MLA Surendra Narayan Singh on Tuesday said that the former chief minister is a hedonist who 'takes facial everyday' and 'colours her hair" to look young. "She takes facial every day. The person who herself takes facial daily is telling our leader that he is 'shaukeen'. Wearing clothes is not being 'shaukeen'. Colouring hair at the age of 60 to look young is 'shaukeen'. Her hair have turned grey but she colours it black," said Singh who represents the Rohaniya constituency of Uttar Pradesh. The MLA's comment came following Mayawati's tweet in which she targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that he lives a 'royal' life. "The person who lives life in a royal manner, against the principle of simple living and high thinking, advertised himself as a 'chaiwallah' in the last Lok Sabha elections for the sake of the vote. Now he is declaring himself as chowkidar with pomp and show for votes in the elections..
                 

Harish Iyer's new Instagram post gets everybody curious, see photo

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Harish Iyer, a well-known activist for a number of causes including promoting the rights of the LGBTQ community, children, women, animals, and survivors of child sexual abuse. He is also one of the organisers of the famous LGBTQ Pride.  Harish Iyer in a recent interview with mid-day had addressed the issues of the LGBTQ community and their difficulty to find the right partner for life. But his recent post on Instagram apparently grabbed everybody's attention.  Harish Iyer shared a picture with this mystery guy where they both are sharing coconut water from the same shell. He even went on to caption this picture as, 'Yeh Ishq Nahi Aasan,' which left everyone wondering out of curiosity if he is "the guy?"   Harish Iyer has always been vocal about the issues of the LGBTQ community and also difficulties he overcame in his personal life. Known for his witty humour and vibrant personality, Harish's latest post on Instagram is definitely an adorable one. His pos..
                 

Man faces music for cheating 'Indian Idol' singer in Sion

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A 22-year-old man was arrested Monday from Jharkhand for allegedly cheating an 'Indian Idol' participant of Rs 1.7 lakh on the pretext of debit card verification by posing as a bank executive, police said. The accused, Rajkumar Jaynarayan Mandal, was arrested by the Sion police with the help of Cyber Cell of the Mumbai police, an official said. Mandal had phoned Avanti Patel (23), who participated in the singing reality show 'Indian Idol' last year, and her sister posing as an executive of a public sector bank, he said. While talking to them, the accused obtained their bank details and debit card passwords. He then fraudulently withdrew Rs 1.7 lakh from Patel's and her sister's accounts and transferred the money to other bank accounts and Paytm, a digital wallet, he said. The incident came to light when the singer realised that she has been cheated and lodged a complaint with the Sion police, the official said. During the investigation, the police traced the phone call to Jharkhand ..
                 

Minor girl raped by 'exorcist' in Gujarat village

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Ahmedabad: A teenage girl was allegedly raped by a man claiming to be an exorcist in a village in Devbhoomi Dwarka district of Gujarat, police said on Monday. The parents of the 14-year-old survivor had approached the accused, a self-styled exorcist, for help as their daughter had not been keeping well, said a Kalyanpur police station official in the district. The incident took place Sunday at Bhatvadiya village, around 400km from Ahmedabad, he said. The accused, Bharat Sonagara, claimed to banish "evil spirits" from people, he said. "The victim, who belonged to Bhatiya village (in the same district), was unwell and her parents approached the accused to help her out. "The accused asked the girl's parents to wait as he took the girl to an isolated area and raped her," the official said, quoting from the FIR lodged at the Kalyanpur police station. Sonagara threatened the girl and asked her not to tell anything about the incident to her parents, the police official said. However, the su..
                 

Priyanka features in 50 most powerful women in entertainment list

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Global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas has joined international celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep in USA Today's list of "50 most powerful women in entertainment". Honoured on getting featured in the list, Priyanka said in a statement: "I feel privileged to share this platform with these amazing women who have each pushed through their own challenges and created their own realities and today stand shoulders above everyone in their chosen careers. It does give one a feeling of achievement." Priyanka became a popular name in the West through her lead role of Alex Parrish in the American TV drama thriller series Quantico. She made her Hollywood debut opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Zac Efron in the action-comedy Baywatch in 2017. The list also included the names of singer Beyonce, television star Ellen Degeneres, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and international pop icon Jennifer Lopez among many others. On the film front, Priyanka will be next seen in "The Sky is Pink..
                 

Twitterati celebrates the rise in Indian rupee against US dollar

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The rupee edged 2 paise higher to 68.51 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meet. Besides the greenback's weakness against some currencies overseas, increased selling of the American currency by exporters as well as banks supported the rupee, forex dealers said. The currency's movement was influenced by a higher opening in the domestic equity market. The domestic unit had surged by 57 paise on Monday to close at an over seven-month high of 68.53 against the US dollar, also marking a sixth straight session of gains, driven by sustained foreign fund inflows and narrowing trade deficit. According to provisional data, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 1,269 crore Monday, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,823 crore. Twitterati could not contain the excitement and shared their happiness on the social media platform. The #Rupee today opened higher for the 7th consecutive session a..
                 

LS polls: Rs3.17 lakh litre liquor, Rs 4 crore cash seized in UP

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Lucknow: The sleuths of Income Tax department along with the police, custom and narcotics officials have seized over Rs 4 crore and 3,16,947 litre liquor worth Rs 10.69 crore from across the state, Election Commission said.The Chief Electoral Officer, UP L Venkateshwar Lu in a press release further informed that during the raids, 1,80,787 licensed weapons were also seized and arms licenses of 183 people were cancelled. 2610 kilograms of explosive material has also been recovered till now, the released added. According to the release, 86,597 wall writings, and 6,16,828 posters, 3,32,124 were removed by the district administration from the public places following the model code of conduct. Acting it in the same way, the administration has removed 51,642 wall writings, 1,97,326 posters, 1,19,063 banners and 66,659 other materials related to propaganda.Uttar Pradesh will go to polls during all seven phases of the election to be held on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May ..
                 

Delhi HC disposes of petition against Flipkart, Amazon

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday disposed of a petition alleging violations of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms by e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon. A division bench headed by Delhi Chief Justice Rajendra Menon was hearing a plea filed by NGO Telecom Watchdog demanding probe into Amazon India, and Flipkart allegedly violating FDI norms. The bench disposed of the petition after the Enforcement Directorate informed the court that a probe in this regard is still going on. The plea further alleged that Amazon India and Flipkart allegedly routed hot-selling stocks through multiple entities. "Popular products were routed at cheap prices using proxies. While Cloud tail single is the largest seller on Amazon India, WS Retail is the single largest seller on Flipkart," the plea reads. The petition also alleged that these companies have endangered the survival of brick-and-mortar stores. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also dow..