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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

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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

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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


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Bollywood star/producer Salman Khan is a man called India (literally) in “Bharat,” a corny drama about the title character’s quest to support and do right by his family in post-partition India. Khan plays Bharat, a stolid, nearly unflappable man who was separated from his father and younger sister on August, 15, 1947, the day that India gained its independence from England and was separated from modern-day Pakistan. Bharat is basically Paul Bunyan, Captain America, and Forrest Gump all rolled into one—only more Indian. He has lived many lives—as a daredevil motorcyclist, a Navy mechanic, and an oil-drilling wildcat—and each one brings out the most flattering sides of benevolent muscleman Khan, who is very much playing to type.

Bharat is surreally charismatic: he subdues gun-toting pirates by dancing like super-star Amitabh Bachchan, woos the love of his life (Katrina Kaif) by reciting poetry, and generally earns better working/living conditions for himself and his peers by delivering impassioned speeches about India’s greatness. One of the main pleasures of watching “Bharat” is seeing Khan coast on his considerable charms as he and Kaif—who frequently outshines Khan, as she previously did in the goofy but winsome 2017 spy thriller “Tiger Zinda Hai”—endure, by sheer force of conviction, through several key moments in India’s nation-building history. Khan isn’t always strong enough to stick several big, sappy emotional moments (ie: whenever he has to do more than just smolder boyishly). But he and his co-stars are sometimes attractive enough to make the otherwise ridiculous “Bharat” seem believable.

And boy, is “Bharat” incredible: Khan’s character, now middle-aged, regales his extended family’s members with wild (but true enough!) tales of astonishing humble-ness in the face of changing values. In his time, Bharat recalls coming, seeing, and conquering everything he desired. First he masters and then quits a fulfilling job as an Evel Knievel-style stunt driver, but only after he realizes that a thrilling gig and an attractive partner (Disha Patani) aren’t as important as the example he’s setting for India’s impressionable youths. Next: Bharat travels to and then flees from “somewhere in the Middle East” to make his fortune, but only after he falls in love with sassy forewoman Kumud Raina (Kaif) and rescues some inept co-workers from a deadly mining incident. Then he travels to Malta as a ship’s mechanic (despite having no mechanical skills), but leaves that position after he tames the aforementioned pirates and helps his friend and constant bromantic companion Vilayati (Sunil Grover) to romance the woman of his dreams. Each episode in Bharat’s life only serves to confirm his affable nature and deathless loyalty. No matter how unsolvable a given problem may seem—only he can solve it.

Khan’s broad, muscular shoulders are often capable of carrying such a wide load. He’s most convincing when Bharat is primarily defined by Khan’s hip-waggling strut, broad pout, and appraising stare. He makes a white, bedazzled jump-suit look good; hell, Khan makes a John-Waters-style pencil mustache look good. Khan’s only really unconvincing when he has to cry, beg, or exhibit any other complex emotions, as he must in a crucial scene involving one of Bharat’s long-lost relative.

But for the most part, Khan is perfect as the happy-go-lucky Bharat: he’s light enough on his feet, as we see in dance numbers where he commands a battalion of back-up dancers, who dutifully lift him upon their shoulders. The man is as bulky and as proud of it as Macho Man Randy Savage during his heyday, but his collaborators usually know how to bring out the best in him. There just aren’t enough scenes where Khan gets to flex, since “Bharat” director Ali Abbas Zafar and co-writer Varun V. Sharma inevitably spend way too much time re-establishing their happy-go-lucky protagonist’s love for Mother India. Still: there are several scenes where Khan reminds viewers that he’s not only very comfortable in his own skin, but knows how to look good for the camera. Sometimes, that’s more than enough.

Then again, I often wondered why Kaif wasn’t given more screentime. She steals almost every scene she’s in with a couple of coy winks and knowing smiles, as in an irresistible musical number where Raina convinces Bharat to talk to his mother about the possibility of being a “live-in” (ie: unmarried) couple. Kaif’s joyful, commanding performance brings Rita Hayworth’s show-stopping dance in “Gilda” to mind, especially when Kaif’s song returns to its chorus: “Baby, come hither.” Anything Khan can do, Kaif can do better, like when Raina flirts with Bharat while pretending to be a mustachioed caterer: “The sweets are ready and so am I.” Khan’s brand of can-do heroism is fine enough, but I don’t think I’m alone in wishing that there were a lot more where Kaif’s light-hearted, but commanding performance came from.

Guruvayur (Ker), Jun 8 (PTI) Having won a massive mandate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said political parties and pundits failed to gauge the public mood ahead of the Lok Sabha election and thanked the electorate for reposing confidence in the saffron party.
In his first public engagement after leading the BJP to a grand victory in the general election, retaining power for a successive term, Modi said he made Kerala his first stop after the win despite having no MP from the state since it was as dear to him as his constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Terming the just concluded Lok Sabha election to 542 seats as a “festival of democracy,” Modi lauded and thanked the electorate of Kerala for their contribution to it.

The country has seen that “people are God” in elections, he said.

“Political parties and political pundits could not gauge people’s mood. So did those involved in conducting (poll) surveys. But people gave a strong mandate for the BJP,” he said and thanked the voters for choosing his party.

The recent polls proved that people rejected “negativity” and accepted positivity, he said.

On making Kerala his first stop post the LS polls win, Modi said some would have even wondered why he chose the southern state despite BJP “not opening its account” from here in the Parliament.

But an elected leader was common to all, he said.

“Elections have their place in democracy and it is the responsibility of the winner to take care of 130 crore people. Those who made us win or those who did not, both are our (people). Kerala is as dear to me as Varanasi is,” Modi said.

The BJP was not working for mere electoral politics and was keen on building the country and ensuring India gets its place of pride in the international arena, Modi added.

On the Nipah virus issue, he said the Centre was working “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the Kerala government to provide all required assistance.

New Delhi, Jun 3 (PTI) In a clear indication that she is not happy with the performance of the ‘gathbandhan’ with Samajwadi Party in the just-held Lok Sabha polls, BSP chief Mayawati Monday asked party workers not to depend on alliance to win votes but to improve the party’s organisation.

At a meeting of the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit here, she also asked the office bearers, MLAS and newly-elected MPs to be prepared to contest the assembly by-elections on their own, sources aware of the development said here.

A total of 11 assembly bypolls are due in UP after MLAs won the Lok Sabha polls.

Her remarks, sources said, are significant as the BSP does not usually contest bypolls.

Nine BJP MLAs won the Lok Sabha elections, while one each from BSP and SP were elected to the lower house.

She told the gathering at the party headquarters here that the BSP won 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh due to BSP’s traditional votebank and the votes of Samajwadi Party could not get transferred to its candidates.

She cited poor performance of its alliances in various states during assembly and Lok Sabha elections to drive home the point that the BSP will have to strengthen its own organisational structure and not to depend on other parties to win votes.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also pressed for the need to increase the involvement of members of other backward classes in the party organisation.

The much awaited Rajkumar Hirani directorial Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt, has finally hit the theatres on June 29 and as expected, has also generated quite a buzz on the Internet. Even before the release, while the film has been making headlines because of the very nature of it, fans and followers of the actors and the director took to social media to post about what they thought of it, right after they watched it. While Ranbir’s acting prowess and Rajkumar’s efforts in the movie that also stars Sonam Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma and Dia Mirza, have managed to rake in praises from several people on Twitter, going by the responses, it seems many haven’t quite liked it either.

“#Sanju REVIEW: Film belongs to Ranbir. Such an award winning performance. Raju tells a complicated story with such an ease that even a kid can relate with the movie. U will laugh. U will cry. U will be entertained to the core. BLOCKBUSTER.” “Halfway through #Sanju ! My detailed review will be up soon but one thing is for sure – only #ranbirkapoor can play #sanjaydutt better than Sanjay Dutt himself ! He is BRILLIANT!!” “Amazing movie. Emotional and so touching. This movie is going to break collection records. Ranbir Kapoor deserve appreciation for his hard work. Best movie of 2018” “First Review is out and one thing is clear Director can’t do Much if you Don’t Have Big Name In lead , #sanju is Flat and Boring Raj Kumar Hirani Most Streched Movie Till Now!!” “Terrible! Full on overacting . Even hirani can’t save this movie to become an epic disaster.” are some of the responses that the movie has garnered on the micro-blogging site.

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, Khalilabad, Kaisarganj, Etawah and Muzaffarnagar 2 cm each, the Meteorological (MeT) office said.

The highest maximum temperature over the state was 39.7 degrees Celius, recorded in Allahabad.

 Rains or thundershower are very likely at most places over eastern Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the MeT said.

Jerusalem, Jul 1 (AFP) Civilians fleeing Syria’s war will not be allowed to enter Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today adding however that his government will continue providing them with humanitarian aid.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled a government offensive in the country’s south that started on June 19 and some have set up makeshift camps near the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

“Regarding southern Syria, we will continue to defend our borders,” Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

“We will extend humanitarian assistance to the extent of our abilities. We will not allow entry into our territory.” Separately, Israel’s military said today it had sent reinforcements to the Golan out of precaution.

Israel has long had a programme in place providing humanitarian aid to Syrians across the fence in the Golan. It has also provided medical treatment to wounded Syrians.

On Friday, Israel’s military said it had mounted a nighttime operation across the armistice line with Syria.

It said it delivered 300 tents and 13 tonnes of food, as well as medical equipment and clothing to four of the camps in the Syrian part of the Golan.

Since June 19, backed by its ally Russia, the Damascus regime has carried out a deadly bombing campaign in southern Syria as it pushes to retake the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan.

The spike in violence over the past two weeks has forced around 160,000 people to flee their homes, according to initial United Nations estimates.

These include around 20,000 to areas near the Naseeb border crossing with Jordan, a country that already hosts more than 650,000 registered Syrian refugees and says the actual figure is closer to 1.3 million.

Amman has said it cannot open its frontier to any more Syrians fleeing the seven-year conflict, but on Saturday announced it had sent aid across the border to the displaced.

Israel seized a large swathe of the Golan Heights and adjacent areas from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967. It annexed that territory in 1981, a move never recognised by the international community.

After a 44-day summer break, the Supreme Court will resume work on Monday to a lengthy list of matters, and is expected to deliver judgments in the coming days in crucial cases including Aadhaar’s constitutional validity, the power struggle in Delhi.

The top court will resume hearing appeals against an eight-year-old verdict of the Allahabad High Court on the Ayodhya dispute and those challenging the practice of polygamy among Muslims.

A verdict is likely on Monday on a plea challenging the appointment of incumbent Chief Vigilance Commissioner KV Chaudhary and Vigilance Commissioner TM Bhasin.

Matters pertaining to air pollution in Delhi-NCR, Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC), Vaishno Devi rehabilitation of mule owners, and Manipur encounter killings, among others, are likely to come up for hearing.

A verdict is also expected soon on the review petition filed by death row convicts in the 2012 Delhi rape case soon. In May. the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on the plea of two condemned convicts — Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta — seeking a review of the 2017 verdict by which they, along with two others, were awarded death penalty.

Success has been Virat Kohli’s shadow since the defeat in Galle in the first half of August 2015.Since then, India have upstaged Sri Lanka 2-1, South Africa 3-0, West Indies 2-0, New Zealand 3-0, England 4-0 and now Bangladesh 1-0. Kohli, the new captain across formats, has learnt his lessons along the way.”Honestly, it is the players that make you the captain that you become,” he said after leading his team to a 208run rout of Bangladesh on Monday .

“Anyone knows how to set fields on the ground. It’s just that you make sure you have the responsibility of keeping the energy of the team up.The bowlers know what they need to do but the fielders within the ring need to support the bowlers. I need to do that first, for the guys to show that energy . A lot of times, there is only so much that a captain can do. Before, I would be a bit relentless with fields, but now I understand better. That’s something I have learnt and hopefully we will take it forward.”

He said the hosts allowed the game to drift. “The only thing we could have done better is close the second innings quickly. There was a lapse in body language when they were eight down. We should have taken the chances and finished the game 45 minutes before what we actually did.

We need to improve. Closing off games is important, especially in Test cricket. You don’t want to give opposition any chance to get into the game. That’s something we need to keep re peating as a team.”

WASHINGTON ― National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday, following revelations that he discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador in the days surrounding their imposition ― and weeks prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

 Retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Keith Kellogg Jr. will serve as acting national security advisor until a full-time replacement is named, the White House announced. Kellogg, as well as Vice Adm. Robert Harward and retired Gen. David Petraeus are the three candidates in line to succeed Flynn, according to the administration.

Flynn’s resignation came after a tumultuous few days of revelations about his ties to Russia and his role in attempting to ease sanctions that were put in place weeks before the Trump administration took office.

In late December, President Barack Obama announced the sanctions, which included the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence operatives, in response to Russian interference in the November election designed to help Trump win.

Consumer Price Index inflation or retail inflation cooled to a five-year low of 3.17% in January 2017 compared to 3.41% in December as the impact of demonetization played out in the economy. While the CPI inflation figure was lower than the 3.22% that Reuters estimated by polling economists, experts say that retail inflation has now bottomed out and will only go higher hereon.

Retail inflation cooled in January led by lower food prices for a second straight month. Food inflation was at 0.53% in January compared to a revised 1.37% in December. Inflation in vegetables was negative at (-)15.62% from (-)14.59% a month ago and for pulses and products, prices deflated by (-)6.62%, according to a PTI report.