MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Miami Heat center Chris Bosh gestures as he speaks during a news conference before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Heat and the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 9, 2015, in Miami. Bosh is recovering after falling seriously ill because of blood clots on one of his lungs. The Heat said that Bosh is scheduled to resume “full basketball activities” in September. APMIAMI — A person with knowledge of the situation says Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat have agreed on the next steps to remove him from the roster and the team’s salary cap.The person says Bosh’s issues with blood clots have been determined as a career-ending injury situation, which will allow the Heat cap relief going forward, adding that Bosh cannot play for Miami again but may still seek medical clearance from another club if he decides he wants to play elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 5 matches to watch in Day 7 at French Open LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced publicly.Bosh remains on the Heat roster and will stay there until the team needs his cap space.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe has not played since February 2016. Bosh’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons were shortened by bouts with blood clots. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast
There is more trouble brewing for Pakistan’s national cricket team as the country’s Federal Bureau of Revenue has asked regional tax offices to submit details of the source of income of each player. Tax sleuths will be taking stock of the players’ income. Their earnings, bank accounts and ownership of vehicles, plots and properties will be under scrutiny. Players who do not file their tax returns regularly are likely to face the heat. Also under the scanner will be the team’s managers, selectors and other office-bearers. The Federal Bureau of Revenue has decided to conduct a tax audit of the players and officials for the last five years. A bureau official said details have also been sought from the Pakistan Cricket Board regarding the money paid to the players.
There was a time when the entire family would go out on a long holiday to some distant location. Not any more. Even as time becomes a luxury in the present day world, it’s a good idea to head to a beautiful locale nearby to relax and spend some time with your family. Get yourself pampered in a spa, spend hours gazing at the morning sun or simply sit by the riverside enjoying the breathtaking views around. There’s so much you can do on a holiday. So tune in and head to a whole new world. Our recommendations.Relax at Ibiza resortIBIZA club Address: Merlin Greens, Village Kirparampur (Police Station- Bishnupur), Diamond Harbour Road South 24 Parganas- 743503, Telephone number-9836801457 (Biplab)The 12-acre Lifestyle Country Club, IBIZA at Merlin Greens on Kriparampur, South 24 Parganas, is an ideal retreat within Bengal. Just 22 km from the heart of Kolkata you can reach here within an hour by road. A favoured destination for corporate banquets and weddings, it’s also perfect for a weekend getaway. With a plan to start 25 to 30 cottage-style units with open areas adjoining every room, IBIZA is aiming to become a luxury resort.One can just enjoy an idyllic break while at IBIZA. You can lounge about the open green spaces, take a dip in the swimming pool or rejuvenate your tired mind and body at the spa which is equipped with gym, steam and sauna. Do not forget to enjoy the private open spaces adjoining the spa for a slice of peace, privacy and tranquillity.There are designated children play areas with activity centres and library space to ensure the kids enjoy as you unwind by the open poolside bar. The resort’s added attractions are the wide range of outdoor activities such as lawn tennis, boating, golf and rock-climbing.A stay at any of the rooms in this place would cost anything between Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 plus taxes. This would include breakfast and a host of other facilities like swimming pool, boating, badminton, table tennis and basketball.advertisementRejuvenate at Ffort RaichakThe Ffort Raichak Address: The Ffort Raichak, Sarisa, 24 Parganas (South), West Bengal. Telephone: 913174275444Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, drive to Raichak, just an hour-and-a-half drive from Kolkata. The perfect destination for an outing with family on a sunny winter morning, it is located on the east bank of river Hoogly. To make the best of your stay here, head to The Ffort Raichak, a versatile leisure destination to unwind. Just as you step into the fort, guests are offered a cool traditional welcome drink.If you want to relax after the drive, it would be best to head straight to Anaya Spa for a rejuvenating massage. After half-an-hour of pure bliss with essential oils, the stress buster treatment can be followed by lunch at Reflections, the 24-hour dining restaurant. And post-lunch, there are many options. You can a stroll around the landscaped greenery or just laze around, lounge at the sports bar cum-discotheque.There can be arrangements for a boat ride on the river or a short swim in the pool. Enjoy all this for Rs 1,599 per person.The Vedic Village is perfect for a weekendThe Vedic villageAddress: The Vedic Village, Resort, Shikharpur, P.O – Bagu – Rajarhat – Kolkata – 700135: Landmark – Lauhati; 033 3987 7650.Contact No: + 91 9874 365 365; Call: +91 9830820448Almost 13.5 km from the airport and around 28 km from Science City, Kolkata, The Vedic Village located in the country is ideal for those for whom relaxation means a wonderful massage session.You can begin your break with Ayurvedamritha, their signature therapy comprising 90 minutes of massage with a medicated oil. The massage improves blood circulation which keeps the body warm, along with the traditional shirodhara that provides deep relaxation. In the natural wellness section, experts recommend Vedic glow, the therapy which uses aroma oils best suited for the winter season. A 100-minute massage helps improve skin tone. After this, honey is used to polish the body, and spiriluna and pure aloe vera are used for followup facial and hair treatments.Tariffs of the packages are decided after consultation.
It has just been a few weeks since Duncan Fletcher took over as India’s coach but senior batsman VVS Laxman says the team is already bowled over by his knowledge of the game and feels lucky to have him on board.”We are very lucky to have someone like Duncan with us because he is a very experienced and very mature person. I feel I can learn from him. There is always scope for improvement and having discussions with someone like Duncan can only make you a better cricketer,” Laxman said.”I talked with him a lot in the West Indies, especially about technique, and I found him really knowledgeable in that respect,” he added.The veteran batsman said his own experience of working with the 62-year old has been excellent and he has come to admire the former England coach’s knowledge of the game.”It has been brilliant working with Duncan.The time we spent with him in West Indies was very encouraging and you know from just talking to him that he has such a deep knowledge of the game,” he said.”The Lord’s Test is going to be Fletcher’s 100th as a coach, which is a great achievement in itself, and he will be the first coach to achieve it,” Laxman said of the coach who took over from South African Gary Kirsten.The four-Test series against England starting July 21 is being touted as India’s first big challenge since becoming the world number one Test team, but Laxman said his side has got nothing to prove.advertisement”We don’t see it as being about proving ourselves the top nation. We just want to concentrate on winning each and every Test match, rather than thinking about number games and rankings.”It is going to be a highly challenging series for us without a doubt, because England has a very good side. They have a very formidable and balanced bowling attack with some real match winners.”But I firmly believe that if we play to our potential we can beat any side in world cricket,” he added.”We are looking forward to playing to our strengths and continuing the good work we have done in recent years. We will concentrate fully on our own performances and preparation and if we do that we can definitely do well here.”With inputs from PTI
Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IronCon Builders owner Jimi Lim, Rain or Shine team manager Edison Oribiana and two-time PBA MVP James Yap (sixth to eight from left) join players from National U and University of Luzon-Dagupan at the PSSBC-ROS Cup on Sunday at SGS gym in Quezon City.National University showed its might with a 90-point demolition of University of Luzon while comebacking Xavier School eliminated reigning NCAA titlist Mapua in the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) Rain or Shine Cup on Sunday at SGS gym in Quezon City.The Bullpups overpowered the Golden Doves of Dagupan City, 124-34, in Group A action, a follow-up to their 78-62 stunner over reigning UAAP titlist Ateneo Eaglets the day before.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And the Bullpups did it without Batang Gilas’ 6-foot-7 center Carl Tamayo who was allowed to rest following his stellar performance against Ateneo’s Kai Sotto.With the rest of the team’s stars being used sparingly, Harold Alarcon and Renzo Abiera took the opportunity to shine, scoring 22 points each in leading the Bullpups to the biggest winning margin since the PSSBC was established seven years ago by eight Filipino-Chinese businessmen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief Fun couple Kiefer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez win charity beach volleyball game LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
BMW Experience Tour 2014 The BMW Experience Tour 2014 is covering several cities across India, with an aim of showcasing its vast product range. From September 4-7, the team is in Chennai, which is incidentally the seventh city to host BMW India’s 12 city tour. The event is being held at the Madras Motor Sports Race Track, located in Irungattukottai, Chennai.The objective behind this tour is to get BMW India’s entire range of sedans and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to lap a specially designed test course. Speaking about this initiative, Philipp von Sahr, President of BMW Group India said, “With this unique initiative, we wish to take a step closer to our customers, bring many more customers to the BMW fold and make them experience true Sheer Driving Pleasure.”So far, the BMW Experience Tour 2014 has already covered Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Chandigarh,. From Chennai, it continues down south, to the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kochi, from where the team will move towards Lucknow and Kolkata. The event will provide customers an opportunity to test drive vehicles and interact with product experts.Separate sessions will be held by the company for sedans and SUVs. Customers will get to drive the BMW 1-series, 3-series, 5-series and the 7-series, as well as put these vehicles through a series of braking, slalom, corner braking and fast lap exercises. Similarly, the SUVs X3, X5 and X6 will be driven on ramps and other obstacles like articulation humps, steep hills and inclines.In addition, the Experience Tour will also provide customers the opportunity to experience BMW’s M range of performance cars, all under the guidance of expert trainers.advertisement
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES McGee, Caruso, Rondo push Lakers past Pelicans, 130-102 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s attributed to our hardwork. Since we first lost in this league, that really left a bad taste on our mouths. We’re driven every week to push ourselves to get better,” said Munzon, who was named the tournament’s best player.Both Pasig Grindhouse and 1Bataan will represent the country in the coming Chooks-to-Go Asia Pacific 3×3 Super Quest on April 6-7 where two more tickets to the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Doha are at stake.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MANILA, Philippines—Pasig Grindhouse booked a slot to the 2019 Fiba World Tour Doha Masters after ruling the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s CupADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The Kings, who will represent the Philippines in Qatar on April 18 and 19, amassed a maximum 360 points throughout the five legs of the inaugural tournament.They withstood San Juan Knights-Go for Gold, 19-18, to assure themselves of the World Tour berth before dominating rival 1Bataan, 19-7, to claim the championship Sunday at SM Fairview Events Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There’s a lot riding on it for me and it’s bigger than basketball,” said Taylor Statham.Along with the chance to don Philippine colors, Statham, Jonathan Munzon, Dylan Ababou, and Troy Rike also took home the cool P1 million grand prize. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Harley-Davidson India today introduced its all new model lineup that delivers more performance, more style and more features across its product lines. The new offerings feature great new products for existing customers and those who dream of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.The all new Harley-Davidson product lineup includes: An entirely refreshed Iron 883 and Forty-Eight priced at INR 7,37,000(Ex-showroom Delhi) and INR 9,12,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi) respectivelySignificant updates to the Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcyclepriced at INR 4,52,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi)Return of the Road King priced at INR 25,00,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi)An updated Heritage Softail Classic priced at INR16,60,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi)The High Output Twin Cam 103 engine in all Softail motorcyclesNew MotorClothes, including many for the Black Label CollectionTons of new P&A for customers to personalize theall new motorcycles”This year, Harley-Davidson has introduced its refreshed Dark Custom models with the new Iron 883, Forty-Eight and carried out customer-led improvements in the Street750 motorcycle that offer an authentic, affordable experience to a new generation of riders in India. Keeping up with our customer’s demands, we have also added more power to our range with the return of the Road King and engine upgrades throughout the ranges of the Softailmaking it our most powerful lineup of cruiser models ever.” said Pallavi Singh, Director Marketing, Harley-Davidson India. Harley-Davidson Iron 883Harley-Davidson Iron 883: Bare-knuckle minimalism and garage-built style featuring bullet design detailing, straight cut mufflers, a low drag-style handlebar, front fork gaiters, chopped rear fender and a solo tuck and roll seat. All new adjustable rear shocks and front cartridge forks provide stability and comfort. The Iron 883is a nimble urban machine that kicks asphalt and is now also available in Black Denim colour.advertisementHarley-Davidson Forty-EightHarley-Davidson Forty-Eight: With itsbulldog stance, fat front tire and narrow profile, the Forty-Eight exudesbare-boned attitude. This year, new seat, mag wheels,and wider 49mm forks and adjustable rear suspension provide an even more muscular, comfortable ride. The iconic 2.1 gallon peanut tank sports ’70s inspired graphics and floating brake rotors and blacked out slotted exhaust add to the fresh new look. It is now also available in Velocity Red Sunglocolour.Harley-Davidson Street 750Harley-Davidson Street 750: With suspension tuned for quick handling in any urban environmentand its responsive liquid-cooled Revolution X V-Twin engine, the Street 750 mates rebellious Dark Custom style with the attitude of the street. Customer-led enhancements include new front and rear braking systems and improved wire loom routing. The Street 750 is now also available in Superior Blue colour.Harley-Davidson Road KingHarley-Davidson Road King: The Road King motorcycle represents Custom Touring at its finest and most affordable. While it may look like a boulevard cruiser, the model is fully equipped for long-distance touring with all the essentials required for a cross-country adventure.Heritage Softail ClassicHeritage Softail Classic: The Heritage Softail Classic model is refreshed with new saddlebags, standard cruise control and the High Output Twin Cam 103 engine to enhance the style and performance of one of H-D’s most popular touring models.Visit Harley Davidson’s website to see all 2016 Harley-Davidson models and to find a local authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. andy murrayChallenger Eventcomebackrafael nadal First Published: August 22, 2019, 5:36 PM IST Former world number one Andy Murray will compete in his first Challenger Tour event in 14 years at next week’s Rafael Nadal Open in Mallorca, tournament organisers confirmed here on Thursday.The 32-year-old pulled out of the doubles event at the US Open to focus on his singles comeback after undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery. Murray was beaten in straight sets by Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month – his first singles match since an opening-round Australian Open exit in January.He then lost to American Tennys Sandgren in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open last week.The three-time Grand Slam champion has now decided to step down to the second-tier for the first time since 2005, when he played in the Challenger event in Mons, Belgium as an 18-year-old.World number 329 Murray is set to return to the ATP Tour with two tournaments in China – Zhuhai and Beijing – in September and October.The Rafael Nadal Open in Manacor, Mallorca will be held from August 26 to September 1.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Los Angeles: Racing driver Jessi Combs, considered the “fastest woman on four wheels,” was killed in a car accident trying to break her own record, police said Wednesday. Combs’s jet car crashed Tuesday in the Alvord Desert where she was pronounced dead at the scene, officers in the northwestern US state of Oregon said in a statement. Combs, 39, earned her “fastest woman” title in 2013 when she hit 398 miles (641 kilometers) per hour, and police said the fatal crash occurred while “attempting to break” the record.”Jessi Combs was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the Harney County Sheriff’s Office statement said. “The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and is currently being investigated.”Combs, who also appeared on various US television shows including the popular Mythbusters, previously tried to break her record in October. According to industry media, she was able to exceed her previous speed to reach 483 miles per hour, but a mechanical problem meant the record couldn’t be officially validated. Rest in peace, Jessi Combs. Your energy, passion, and love of life on 2 wheels left a mark on so many. You will not be forgotten. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/lj7zRWEM4Q— Harley-Davidson (@harleydavidson) August 28, 2019 She had expected to do even better on Tuesday. Combs, an accomplished mechanic, had challenged herself to beat American stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil’s 1976 “fastest woman in the world” record, which was set on a three-wheel vehicle also in the Alvord Desert, at 512 miles per hour. fastest womanjessi combsjessi combs accidentjessi combs dead First Published: August 29, 2019, 9:31 AM IST
Patna Pirates seem to have found form in the final stretch of the playoff race and are unbeaten in their last four games. Two of those matches saw them register convincing wins, scoring more than 50 points on both occasions.Needless to say, ‘Record-Breaker’ Pardeep Narwal has been at the epicentre of their midseason revival and he will once again have a huge role to play on Monday. He’s currently second on the leaderboard for most raid points this season and will want to lead by example against Haryana Steelers, while also hoping for some support in attack from the likes of Mohammad Maghsoudlou and Jang Kun Lee.As far as their defence goes, Neeraj Kumar – whose 11 tackle points against Puneri Paltan are still fresh in the mind – will be the main obstacle for Haryana Steelers’ raiders. Patna Pirates will also expect solid performances from Jaideep and Hadi Oshtorak, both of whom are proven matchwinners in defence.Phir ek baar hone wala hai Haryana se aamna saamna… ⚔Haryana par iss baar hona hoga haavi… uske pehle suniye Jawahar Dagar se, aaj ke match ki kahani. 🗣#PATvHAR #PirateHamla #VIVOProKabaddi pic.twitter.com/wOpMoRM2a3— Patna Pirates (@PatnaPirates) September 23, 2019 Haryana Steelers will be raring to return to the mat and put their loss to Bengal Warriors last time around behind them at the earliest. They are currently third in the standings and have their sights set on a semis spot with six league stage matches and their home leg yet to come.Monday’s contest against Patna Pirates could be a perfect game for them to get back to winning ways and they will take confidence from the fact that they have already beaten the three-time champions once this campaign. Beating Patna Pirates twice won’t be easy though and will require ace raider Vikash Kandola to be on top of his game. Prashanth Kumar Rai and Vinay, who was impressive in their last match, will also need to play supporting roles in attack to ease the pressure off Kandola.Their defence is filled with an abundance of quality options in Vikas Kale, Ravi Kumar, Sunil and Chand Singh, to name a few. Skipper Dharmaraj Cheralathan’s experience and leadership though seems to be what’s most important to their defence as was evident during his absence in their last encounter.
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Chelsea will be back in action when they take on Newcastle United in the upcoming Premier League encounter on Saturday (October 19) at the Stamford Bridge in London. The Premier League 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United game is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM. Newcastle are in 16th place in the Premier League with just eight points from eight games but have momentum on their side after their win over Manchester United. Meanwhile, Chelsea are fifth in the standings after eight games.Chelsea come ino the game without their midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has suffered a groin injury on international duty. Criticizing France coach Didier Deschamps on Kante’s injury, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said, “We didn’t get him back until after the second game and he’s not fit for Saturday. After the first game when he pulled out, he then had a fitness test the day before the second game, it was clear that he couldn’t play. He then sat on the bench on the evening of the game, so that’s not communication.” Joining the injury list is centre back Andreas Christensen, who injured his hamstring and won’t be available for next two weeks.Premier League 2019 Chelsea line-up vs Newcastle United: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Zouma, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Mount; Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.Premier League 2019 Newcastle United line-up vs Chelsea:Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems; Almiron, S.Longstaff, M.Longstaff, Saint-Maximin; JoelintonWhere to watch Premier League 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United match live in India (TV channels)?Chelsea will host Newcastle United at 07:30 PM on Saturday The EPL 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United match will be played at the Stamford Bridge, London. The Premier League Chelsea vs Newcastle United game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online PL 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United match live streaming?Chelsea vs Newcastle United live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. chelseaNewcastle UnitedPLPL 2019 First Published: October 19, 2019, 12:49 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Mumbai, Feb 14 (PTI) First picture of Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, celebrating the “love of equals” on the sets of “Sultan,” was shared on Valentines day.Official Twitter page of the movie posted the picture featuring Salman wearing blue jeans and zipper along with Anushka in blue track pants and jersy.”Haryana ka sher aur Haryana ki shaan ka ghana ishq hai takkar ka. This #ValentinesDay, celebrate the love of equals,” the caption read.Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, “Sultan” is a sports drama, set to release this Eid. The movie will see Salman playing Sultan Ali Khan, a Haryana-based wrestler.The 27-year-old “NH 10” actress is also playing a wrestler in the film. PTI SHD SHD
Will the hugely popular Santa-Banta jokes on the Internet and social media become history? Could such banter on the community in social gatherings be taken as an offence?Pointing out that it did not want Sikhs to be ridiculed, the Supreme Court on Tuesday for the first time asked the community to come out with suggestions as to what could be done within the permitted jurisdiction of the judiciary to impose limited ban on ‘sardar’ jokes.Enforcing the order”We may say do not crack such jokes. But then how do we enforce the order? Of course we do not want you to be ridiculed, but please tell us in what way we can do something. You come out with suggestions within six weeks,” a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur told senior lawyer RS Suri, who represented the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee and main petitioner and advocate Harvinder Chowdhury. Suri said he was not for any penal provision, but primarily wanted sensitisation of the public, especially the school students on the issue.While Chowdhury demanded a ban on websites spreading jokes portraying the ‘sardar’ community as “persons of low intellect, stupid and foolish” and equated them to “racial abuse”, the DSGMC sought “framing the guidelines to curb the menace of the social, racial, religious, ethnic remarks abuses or jokes and direction to the state to implement some guidelines through their law-enforcing agencies at all the public places”.”Certain type of jokes becoming viral after the advent of the social media, WhatsApp, some of which are in very bad taste are hurting us. It is not only against the Sikhs. There is a wider canvas like Biharis, people from the North-east also are the butt of many jokes. We may be enjoying jokes and also cracking jokes ourselves. But we do not want to become jokes ourselves,” Suri argued.advertisementNarrating her personal embarrassment on account of such jokes, Chowdhury had said during the last hearing: “I know the petition is strange. But I am on something else… the kids in the community are thoroughly demoralised. I am married to a Hindu family. My daughter and son do not want the ‘Kaur’ and ‘Singh’ tag with their names. Their friends make fun of them.”She said she found it strange that when certain communities and castes are targeted, there’s always much ‘hue and cry’, but when sardars are made the butt of jokes, there is not a single word of protest.On the first day of hearing on October 31 last year, initially the court was in a mood to dismiss the petition till Chowdhury prima-facie convinced the court that it was a matter worth serious hearing and the issue was related to the prestige of the community. She argued that such jokes amounted to humiliating and insulting the Sikh community.”Why should we ban such a thing? The community is known for its great sense of humour? they enjoy the jokes ? Did author Khushwant Singh not write jokes on Sikhs? And, he was a sardar. Perhaps the Sikh community will object to the banning of these jokes on the Internet,” Justice Thakur told Chowdhury.Seeking opinionJustice Thakur had then even consulted senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who was present in the courtroom in connection with another case, if he felt the court should at all proceed with the PIL.Singhvi replied: “In my opinion, the community takes such jokes very sportingly.” The court agreed to hear the petition after Chowdhury vehemently pleaded for a hearing.Also ReadSupreme Court may script Santa-Banta epitaph on the internet
Mumbai, Mar 13 (PTI) Nearly 70 filmmaking companies and studios will come together here from March 30 for a three-day session, where script writers would offer fresh ideas and content.Top digital content players as well as broadcasters would be represented at the Frame Your Idea (FYI) show launched by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry to listen to fresh ideas, stories and scripts from Bollywood people, a FICCI release here said.The FYI made its debut at FICCI Frames 2015 in which over 650 meetings were held across 3 days between idea owners and content producers, the release said.At FYI, anyone with a content idea or story or screenplay for a film, TV show, animation or gaming can pre-register, turn up and pitch it to the right people in the business of entertainment.”This is the first time that India would see such a great platform created giving an unique opportunity to idea owners to meet producers/ creators & studio one on one,” FICCI Animation & Gaming Forum chairman Ashish S K said.Last year, over 200 content idea owners participated in the show which had representation of over 20 content producers, studios and content commissioners. The pitches were conducted across five categories like film, animation, TV, gaming and documentary.Two categories have been added to FYI 2016 edition.The first one is Digital – comprising of web series and short films. This is manifestation of the new content appetite emerging due to internet and mobile as growing platforms of content distribution.The second category is Finished content – comprising of films and documentaries which claim to be an ambitious step towards the much-needed content market in the country, the release added.advertisementAccording to noted filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, “The proprietorship of a great idea doesnt lie with any one person and FYI is doing a great service to the idea owners and the practitioners of the trade.”FYI director Viraf Phiroz Patel said, “Once the idea owner registers for FYI 2016, he or she is assured at least 4 meetings of 10 minutes each, with his or her preferred producers/studios/broadcaster, through a first come first serve based automated slotting system. FYI is the shape of change to come.” PTI SVS GK NDS BAS
New Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) As many as 405 incidents of cross border firing have taken place along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 killing 16 civilians.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Chaudhary said in Rajya Sabha that 253 incidents of cross border firing have taken place along the International Border and 152 incidents along the Line of Control.Altogether 16 civilians were killed, 71 others were injured and 72 houses were damaged due to border shelling along the border last year.As many as 7,110 people (up to November 2015) were temporarily affected due to ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said replying to a written question.”Diplomatically, India has repeatedly emphasised, including at the highest level, the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control and abide by the ceasefire commitment of 2003 along the International Border and LC,” he said. PTI ACB PRM
Indian archers competing at the Rio Olympics can now breathe a sigh of relief as they would not need to travel 40 kilometers each day to reach Sambadrome Marqus de Sapuca – the venue for the archery events – from the Games Village. They can now save their best for the competition rounds as they will be lodged at a hotel just 10 minutes from the venue.The Rio Games Organising Committee (OC) has accepted the request of the Archery Association of India (AAI) to allow Indian archers stay outside the village to save time and energy on the travel. The archery events will take place from August 6 to 12.According to the Indian archers, it would have taken them more than an hour to reach the competition venue from the Olympic Park and that saw them request the AAI to arrange for their stay in a nearby hotel. The AAI took this into consideration and wrote to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to look into the matter. The IOA, in turn, requested the OC to make an exception and accept the request.”The OC has made an exception for Indian archers by accepting their request. The hotel, booked for the archers, is just 10 minutes away from the competition venue. The other Indian athletes would be staying at the Games Village,” chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta said.In another first, the Sports Ministry has decided to offer an “out-of-pocket” allowance of Rs 1 lakh per month to each of the athletes who will be representing India at the Olympics.advertisementThe athletes would be able to use this allowance for their preparation. This has been done keeping in mind the various requirements of the athletes which will help them further intensify their training plans. They would continue to receive funding from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).A total of 89 athletes have so far qualified for the Olympics and they would be receiving a total of Rs 3 lakh each for the next three months. The funding would cost the Ministry in excess of Rs 2.6 crore. The decision was taken by the ministry during its meeting with the officials of the sport federations and Gupta in the capital on Monday.”The ministry has decided to support the Rio-bound athletes in every possible way. The athletes can utilise this amount according to their own training programme and the amount will be directly credited to their bank account every month starting May 10,” an official informed.The Sports Ministry has set a target of ’10-plus medals’ at the forthcoming Rio Olympics that will see the largest-ever Indian contingent participating.The athletes have ensured participation in nine disciplines – archery, athletics, boxing, hockey, gymnastics, rowing, shooting, table tennis and wrestling. More athletes are likely to join the list once the rankings are finalised in badminton, golf and tennis.
As expected, Chinese company Meizu launched its Redmi Note 3 rival, M3 Note in India on Wednesday. The M3 Note which is an affordable budget phone albeit with some interesting specs has been priced at Rs 9,999.The M3 Note will be exclusively available to buy from Amazon India starting from May 31.Meizu’s M3 Note comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD screen with a 1080×1920 pixel resolution. It is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with Mali T860MP2 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via hybrid microSD card slot.The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Flyme OS and supports 4G LTE connectivity.The M3 Note sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture.The M3 Note boasts of an all metal body that resembles the company’s flagship phone MX5. This also means that it oddly resembles the iPhone. It comes with a physical home button on the front which doubles as a fingerprint sensor aka MTouch. The phone is backed by a 4,100mAh battery and will be available in the colours Grey, White and Gold.Its biggest competition will be the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3, a phone that also boasts of a full metal unibody and fingerprint scanner. That said, the Redmi Note 3 has a slightly upper hand in the hardware department, particularly the processor and camera.Also read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Mr dependable like Rahul Dravidadvertisement