Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui



Delhi: Man held for sending lewd messages, videos to 1,500 females

New Delhi: A 31-year-old man, who was apparently annoyed over not getting married, allegedly tormented around 1,500 women and girls in Delhi-NCR by sending them vulgar messages and obscene video clips through WhatsApp and was arrested, police said today. Examining the mobile phones used by the accused, police stumbled upon contacts of more than 1,500 … Continue reading Delhi: Man held for sending lewd messages, videos to 1,500 females



Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh


Wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails dope test, Rio Olympics in doubt

Rio-bound wrestler Narsingh Yadav has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance. Though NADA was initially dragging its feet over announcing the development officially, sources in the Wrestling Federation of India have confirmed the news.

NADA, India’s anti-doping agency later confirmed the news. “Narsingh tested positive for a banned steroid,” NADA Director General Navin Agarwaltold news agencies. “His B sample was also found to be positive. Narsingh was personally present when his B sample was opened,” added the NADA chief.
Narsingh had given blood samples for testing on July 5, before he left for Spain to take part in an invitation tournament — a warm-up event for the wrestlers ahead of the Olympics.

The report of his ‘A’ sample test came out positive. Later, he was called for his ‘B’ sample test, which also returned positive. “He appeared before a disciplinary panel yesterday. The panel sought for more reports regarding the matter. We will proceed further and I am hoping that the panel will proceed quickly,” added the DG.

On whether the 74-kg freestyle wrestler would now miss the Rio Olympics, NADA felt it was still a bit early to speculate. “It is too early to comment in that regard. We will try to complete the whole thing quickly. I cannot speculate on that.”

Within the wrestling circles, there is disbelief. While chief coach Jagminder would not take calls all morning, a Wrestling Federation of India official confirmed the news on condition of anonymity. “I got the news last night that there is inconsistency in the sample given by Narsingh before he left for an invitational tournament in Spain earlier this month,” said an official. “Since it is a holiday today (Sunday) we are yet to receive any official intimation about it from NADA. That will happen tomorrow (Monday) and we are confident about Narsingh being clean and will retest him to make things clear.”

But typically, the Indian Olympic Association was the last to know of the development. “We are yet to receive anything on Narsingh from NADA, WADA or even the WFI,” IOA secretary Rajeev Mehta said.

Mehta added that, “The Olympic organising committee is in touch with IOA to know about the development.”

With the controversy surrounding Narsingh’s selection for Rio over double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, this current development has spun a few conspiracy theories and many in the wrestling federation doubt that the whole episode is a result of sabotage from “Sushil’s wellwishers”.

 “With the stakes so high, I doubt if Narsingh would have done something as stupid as using a banned substance,” said a coach. “One has to look at his history as well. He has been a clean wrestler in his 10-year international career. And the tournament in Spain is insignificant as far as performance is concerned. So why would he dope? This creates a lot of doubt.”