Monthly Archives: October 2017

New Delhi: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Monday apologised and announced that he is withdrawing his book "An Ordinary Life" after a complaint was reportedly filed against him for outraging the modesty of his "Miss Lovely" co-star Niharika Singh.

"I am apologising to everyone who's sentiments are hurt because of the chaos around my memoir 'An Ordinary Life'. I hereby regret and decide to withdraw my book," Nawazuddin posted on Twitter.


According to reports, the complaint was filed by Delhi advocate Gautam Gulati at the National Commission for Women (NCW).

Last week, Niharika slammed Nawazuddin for not taking her consent before sharing their personal equation with the world in his memoir. She said the way he has "painted" her image, it appears he doesn't mind disrespecting a woman to boost the sales of his book.

"Nawaz and I had a brief relationship in 2009 during the making of 'Miss Lovely' that lasted less than a few months. So today, when he paints me as a woman in fur enticing him into her bedroom with candles, or desperately calling him and mailing other women on his behalf, I can only laugh.

"He obviously wants to sell his book and it would appear that he is willing to exploit and disrespect a woman just to do so," Niharika said.

Excerpts from "An Ordinary Life" (Penguin Random House/pp 240/Rs 389), a memoir that Nawazuddin has come out with Rituparna Chatterjee, reveal that the National Award winning actor has spoken extensively on his personal life and relationships.




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New Delhi: A month after 23 were killed in a stampede in Mumbai at a bridge near Elphinstone Road Station, union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal made a surprise visit to the spot along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who announced that the Army will rebuild the bridge by January 31.

"Probably for the first time, the Army was asked to come in to build what could otherwise be called civil work, but the Elphinstone tragedy was so big," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

She added that the Army "has its role at the borders" and was roped in because of the urgency.

The deadly stampede on September 29 has been blamed on rain and rumours by a safety committee of the Railways ministry, which does not refer to any official negligence.

The stampede broke out during rush hour when thousands took a narrow railway bridge connecting two of the busiest stations in Mumbai - the Elphinstone Road and Parel stations. Four trains rolled in at the same time and a large crowd poured into the bridge that was already bursting with people taking shelter from the sudden downpour. A few commuters slipped, and people fell on them.




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Mumbai: In the wake of the sexual allegations made against American actor Kevin Spacey, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has questioned why is it believed that a good actor has to be a good man.

"Do we love actors for their performances or their sex life? Why is it believed that a good actor ought to be a good man," tweeted Agnihotri.


The posting came on Tuesday in response to the announcement that Netflix will be ending its Spacey-starrer hit political drama "House Of Cards" at the conclusion of its sixth season. However, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Guardian Australia that the decision to end the show was made much earlier.

Spacey came out as a gay following "Star Trek" actor Anthony Rapp's allegation that Spacey, then 26, had tried to have sex with Rapp when he was 14-years-old.





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New Delhi: A new report published in the medical journal Lancet says that the pollutant PM2.5 alone killed five lakh Indians in 2015. For the first time, the report gives the number of deaths caused by each source of the pollutant, usually measured by levels of particulate matter or PM.

The leading killer, according to the study, was household pollution. Burning solid fuel for cooking remains common in India, and PM2.5 produced by this form of "dirty" combustionled to the premature deaths of 1,24,207 Indians in 2015.

"There are somewhere between 60 and 65 per cent household still using solid fuel for some portion of their cooking," said Radha Muthiah, Chief Executive of International Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. "We are actually seeing close to a million deaths in India as a result of prolonged exposure to household smoke. That's not just the woman, but also her children and others in the family."

Thirty times smaller than the width of a human hair, the size of the PM2.5 pollutant makes it dangerous for the human body. Another pollutant, PM10, may get trapped in the throat, but PM2.5 is fine enough to pass these natural barriers and enter the lungs and the bloodstream, doctors say.


Experts, however, are encouraged by the government's scheme, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which gives subsidised cooking gas, a much cleaner fuel than wood fire, burning charcoal and chulas.

"In the last one-and-a-half years, because of the initiative of the Indian government, the Prime Minister's Ujjwala [scheme] has reached the homes of more than three crore women," said Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister. "We are looking for different ideas for clean fuels."

Pollution from factories, coal power plant emissions and transport were the other leading PM2.5 sources that killed many Indians in 2015, the Lancet report said. India was the fourth-highest emitter of CO2 or carbon dioxide, and its growing population are getting exposed to a high level of pollution.

According to the report, India tripled its energy output since 1980. During this period, the contribution of coal in India's total primary energy supply or TPES doubled from 22 per cent to 44 per cent.

Experts say that better enforcement can pave a way around this problem. 

"Coal is not always bad. You can also burn it properly," said Sarath Guttikunda, Director of Urban Emissions, an organisation that collects data on air pollution. "For example, power plants have a new set of environmental regulations in place that have to come in action in December 2017, in a couple of months, but there is a lobby to delay that."

The Lancet report also said India contributed significantly to the global increase in solar power capacity. It was among the countries which saw an increase in media coverage of health and climate change issues.





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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused "previous governments" of ignoring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's legacy as he flagged off a "Run for Unity" to mark the iconic leader's 142nd birth anniversary.

Without naming the Congress party, which ruled India for decades after independence, PM Modi said: "People earlier tried their best to ensure that the contribution of Sardar Patel was forgotten and diminished...But the people and the youth of India respect him and his contribution towards the building of our nation."

Stressing that the "country should remain one", the Prime Minister talked about Sardar Patel's role in integrating princely states into India after independence."The country that Patel has given, retaining its unity is the responsibility of all Indians. Using his skills and determination Sardar Patel saved India from the problems that emerged soon after Partition...He ensured India did not remain split into small princely states."

PM Modi referred to the nation's first President Rajendra Prasad and said, "His soul will be happy to know that Sardar Patel has not been forgotten."


The Prime Minister also remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 33rd death anniversary.


The 'Run for Unity', which began from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi, featured several sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.

The 1.5 km run ended near the India Gate.

Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Sardar Patel's statue at a prominent intersection in the heart of Delhi and offered tribute.

Each year, the central government marks Sardar Patel's birth anniversary October 31 as "Rashtriya Ekta Diwas".






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The love for food always makes you go from one place to another but if you are from Delhi and want to taste South Indian delicacies so you don’t have to go to Kerala or Karnataka, just heading towards Karnataka Bhawan at R.K. Puram in Delhi will help.

_MG_0396When it is about having food, here we mean healthy and mouth watering food so South Indian is what we opt for. Rice or rawa as a staple food, blend of spices, use of fresh green chilies, dried red chillies and lentils, the taste of coconut, healthy fruits and vegetables including tamarind, garlic and ginger is all we get served in one plate when we ask for any South Indian dish.

_MG_0395When you ask for the white or red coconut chutney, sambhar, rasam; more than twenty varieties of dosa, ten kind of uttapam including ‘panchatara’, mysore pak, filter coffee, butter milk, South Indian thali and there is no end to the list of southern delicacies to fulfill your cravings of having best South Indian food without burning a hole in your pocket with hygiene, nice ambience and hospitality. And we are here with the answer, that is,  KARNATAKA FOOD CENTRE, yes! A place to give your tummy and soul a satisfactory boost.

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_MG_0451They have seating facility for the people waiting outside the restaurant and you have to wait for a while for your turn but that is totally worth it. This is the best place in Delhi for the authentic South Indian dishes with plethora of varieties under varieties,  amazing taste and reasonable price.


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Mumbai:  Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut today termed the BJP his party's "principal enemy" and said it is part of the Maharashtra government "just for the sake of it". His remarks came on the eve of the Devendra Fadnavis govenment's third anniversary.

Mr Raut also praised Rahul Gandhi saying there has been a substantial change in him over the last three years. "The BJP owns the government. We are (in the government) just for the sake of it. Instead of hitting out at the Congress and NCP, the BJP targets the Sena. They (the BJP) are thus our principal enemy," Mr Raut told reporters in Nashik.On Rahul Gandhi, the Rajya Sabha MP said, "A leader is one who is accepted by people. There is a substantial change in Rahul Gandhi since 2014. People like to listen to him now."

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has begun preparations for the Lok Sabha and assembly polls of 2019 and it is ready to fight elections whether or not there is an alliance with the BJP, Mr Raut said.


To a question on the Sena's stand on encroachment by hawkers on the Mumbai streets, Mr Raut said Bal Thackeray, the late Sena chief, was the first to raise the issue. "Bala-saheb was the first person to speak on this issue. Today, unless the chief minister provides police protection to corporation employees, the civic body cannot remove encroachments," he said.


Asked about former Congress leader Narayan Rane -- who started his career with the Shiv Sena before a bitter parting of ways -- joining the state cabinet, Mr Raut said he had been hearing rumours of cabinet expansion for long, and he would comment on it only when it happens.

Earlier in the day, Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had said the cabinet reshuffle will take place before the winter session of the state legislature, and Mr Rane, who quit the Congress recently to form his own party, will be inducted into the cabinet.

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NEW DELHI: Starting annual screening for breast cancer from age 40 may help reduce deaths due to the disease by nearly 40 per cent, researchers say.

If "women choose to start annual screening mammography starting at age 40, over the long term, this would be significant because fewer women would die from breast cancer", said lead author Elizabeth Kagan Arleo from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.


In the study, published in the journal Cancer, the researchers compared the number of deaths that might be prevented as a result of three of the most widely discussed recommendations for screening mammography.

They used computer modelling to estimate the possible effects of three schemes: annual screening starting at 40 years, annual screening at ages 45 to 54 years and then biennial screening at ages 55 to 79 years, and biennial screening at ages 50 to 74 years.

The findings showed that recommendation of annual screening starting at age 40 would result in the greatest reduction in breast cancer-specific deaths with a nearly 40 per cent reduction in deaths, compared with 23 per cent to 31 per cent reductions with other recommendations at older ages.

The researchers also considered risks associated with screening, including callbacks for additional imaging and, in some cases, a needle biopsy, both of which may reveal the absence of breast cancer despite a suspicious mammography finding.

The findings may provide valuable guidance to women and their physicians about choosing a screening regimen.








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New Delhi: A 26-year-old model was killed and two of his friends injured after their car was rammed by a speeding car at a red light signal here, police said on Sunday.

Police said the accident occurred around 2 a.m on Saturday in east Delhi when Abhishek Narula, who was a model and actor in Mumbai, along with his two friends, was coming from Bharat Nagar to Ashok Vihar.


A senior police officer said that when Narula stopped his car at a red light signal near a flyover at Satyawati College, a speeding Honda City car rammed his car. Narula and his friends Randeep and Yogesh were injured and admitted to a nearby hospital where Randeep and Yogesh were discharged after treatment but Narula succumbed to his injuries.

"Narula had come to meet his family members in Delhi on Diwali vacation. He on Saturday went to meet his friend Randeep in Bharat Nagar from where they were joined by another friend Yogesh. They were going to withdraw some money from a ATM booth in east Delhi when the accident happened," he said.

"After the accident, the accused driver managed to escape from the spot. He hired Honda city car on rent and used to drive it as a private cab. A manhunt is on to nab him," the officer added.





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NEW DELHI: India bowlers held their nerves in the death overs to help the Men In Blue beat New Zealand by six runs in a thrilling third and final One-Day International at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday. India, thus, clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1. Chasing a mammoth 338-run target, New Zealand fell agonisingly short after managing 331 for seven in their allotted 50 overs. Colin Munro (75), skipper Kane Williamson (64) and Tom Latham (65) were the major contributors for New Zealand.

For India, pacer Jasprit Bumrah scalped three wickets and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets.

New Zealand needed 15 runs off the last over. Kohli's decision of giving the ball to the death-over specialist Bumrah worked perfectly for India as the right-arm pacer hardly gave anything away.

Bumrah conceded just eight runs in the final over to deny Kiwis a series win.

Put in to bat, India rode on centuries from Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli. A brilliant performance from Rohit and skipper Virat helped India post a daunting 337/6.

Rohit was the top scorer for India with 147 runs while Kohli slammed 113 to cross the milestone of 9,000 ODI runs.

Rohit struck his 15th century in ODIs, the fifth of this year and the first against New Zealand. Kohli slammed his 32nd ton and the fifth against the visitors to help India score the highest total in 15 ODIs here.

The previous best was 303 by South Africa against India in 2015.

It was also Kohli's sixth century in 2017, the most by a captain in a year. Previously, Sourav Ganguly (2000), Australia's Ricky Ponting (2003, 2007), South Africa's Graeme Smith (2005) and AB de Villiers (2015) struck five.




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