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‘This profession is truly a killer’- Hansal Mehta Tweeted, Raees actor Narendra Jha dead

Actor Narendra Jha, 55, died Wednesday morning after a cardiac arrest.


Bollywood actor Narendra Jha, who was recently seen in the role of Musa Bhai in Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees (2017), died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning at his farmhouse in Wada. According to reports, it was his third heart attack; he was 55.

Narendra was at his farmhouse in Nanegaon, Maharashtra, when he complained of chest pain, the actor’s driver told IANS. “He had no health issues and last night (Tuesday) he was fine. He ate properly and spoke to us… Things were fine. Around 4am today, he felt a chest pain so we took him to a nearby hospital, but everything was over by then,” Lakshman Singh, the Continue reading

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Asia, Africa, Russia, America — all in the family

How hard could it be to convince someone of your name? Very, if you go by the experience of this private bank employee, who often has to pull out his Aadhaar card to prove that he is not joking.

“It has not been easy convincing people,” he says but the Delhi resident also understands why people don’t get it in one go. After all, Asia Kumar is no ordinary name.

“Asia yes, it’s spelled exactly ASIA. That is actually my name,” he smiles.

But that’s not all: Asia has five brothers, each of whom has a unique name like his. Russia and Prithvi live in Delhi, Africa in Mumbai, Japan in Chandigarh and Bharat in their native village in Balangir, Odisha. The seventh, America, is no more.

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Charu Rohatgi, who played Parineeti Chopra’s mother in Ishaqzaade, passes away

Bollywood and TV actor Charu Rohatgi passed away Monday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra tweeted her condolence message. Charu Rohatgi played Parineeti Chopra’s mother in Ishaqzaade.

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Parineeti Chopra


RIP Charu Rohatgi ma’am. You were the most loving mother in Ishaqzaade and an amazing woman to work with. May your family have the strength to cope with this loss. Will never forget you!!!

 Charu Rohatgi was a known face on the small screen as well. She played Barun Sobti’s grandmother in popular show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. Not only this, she was an integral part of soaps like Pratigya and Uttaran.

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Delhiwalo : A suitable boy wanted

Sultana Abdullah is a retired Air India hostess who spent more than 30 happy years on the national carrier’s in-flight cabin crew. She is now 60 and is looking for a bookish romantic handsome man to marry.

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A 60-year-old woman with her own apartment in a posh central Delhi locality is looking for a bookish romantic handsome man to marry.

The white coiffured Sultana Abdullah is a retired Air India hostess who spent more than 30 happy years on the national carrier’s in-flight cabin crew. These days, she is often seen cycling around her colony’s bylanes.

Ms Abdullah’s principal qualities — in her own words — include her “wicked sense of humour”, “unfailing loyalty to friends” and the fact that “I check my email only once a month.” Her ideal man should be between 50 and 65 and with common sense. He must be proud of his Indian heritage but should have western sensibilities. “I prefer a happy balance of liberal and conservative instincts.” The suitable candidate should be fond of good music and must not talk politics around the dining table under any circumstances. He should be sufficiently wealthy to take care of his comforts — “at least.” Continue reading

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Classical language status to Marathi under review: Govt

Granting of classical language status to Marathi is under “active consideration” of the ministry of culture, the government said on Monday. According to information uploaded on the Lok Sabha website, culture minister Mahesh Sharma said: “The Committee of Linguistic Experts recommended the grant of classical status to Marathi language and Continue reading

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Walk in Mumbai to legalise Marijuana

MUMBAI: What began with five people in Mumbai talking about the medical uses of cannabis, or marijuana, three years ago, is now a 100-member group that is part of a worldwide movement working for its legalisation.

On December 17, members of the group walked 5km from Gateway of India to Chowpatty beach to get support for their cause. Another walk is scheduled on January 7. Two weeks ago, the Delhi-based founder of The Great Legalisation movement (GLM), Viki Vaurora, wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to legalise hemp — leaves that are the source of cannabis — for medicinal, industrial and recreational purposes.

Dhaval Panchal, an event manager from Mumbai, who is a member of the group, said he found out about the use of cannabis oil as a cancer medicine when his father had the disease. When his father was given a dose of the oil, he experienced less pain and could sleep better. “By the time I found out about it, it was too late because my father had already undergone 12 chemotherapy sessions…” said Panchal.

Akshay Shetty, another member, said the hardest task for them is to change the mindset. “There are doctors, too, who understand that cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes, but won’t let us speak about it in hospitals …” said Shetty.

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Mumbai wakes up to smog, air quality worst since Diwali

MUMBAI: The city woke up to a thick blanket of haze on Saturday as pollution levels rose and visibility dropped, delaying local trains, flights and slowing down traffic on highways.

According to the weather bureau, the haze during early hours of the morning was fog and later, with the increase in pollutants getting suspended into the air, it intensified and turned into smog.

The pollution levels, measured by the air quality index (AQI), rose sharply, making Saturday the most polluted day in the city since Diwali this year. The city had witnessed a thick cover of smog on Friday too. Continue reading

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Maharashtra finalises waiver of farmers’ loans of up to ₹1.5 lakh

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Saturday announced it would spend ₹34,022 crore to write off farm loans, a decision that would help 89 lakh farmers in debt across the state.

The loan waiver, which chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said was the “highest by any state in India’s history”, will cover 65% of all farmers in Maharashtra. Of this, loans of 40 lakh farmers will be completely written off.

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How did Sanjay Dutt get out of Jail early ?


MUMBAI : The Bombay high court asked the Maharashtra government on Monday to explain why it released actor Sanjay Dutt, serving a sentence over the 1993 bombings, eight months early.

Dutt, sentenced in 2013 to five years in jail for illegally holding and destroying a rifle, was let out eight months early in February 2016 on account of what the government said was his “good conduct” in Yerwada prison.

The bench of justice RM Savant and justice Sadhana Jadhav asked the government to file an affidavit detailing the “parameters considered, and the procedures followed” in arriving at the conclusion that Dutt deserved leniency.

“Was the DIG prisons consulted or did the jail superintendent directly send his recommendation to the governor? Isn’t there a uniform procedure followed for all prisoners who receive good conduct reports? ” the bench asked.

“Also, how did the authorities assess that Dutt’s conduct was good? When did they get the time to make such assessment when he was out on parole half the time?” the bench said.

The court was hearing a petition filed by activist Pradeep Bhalekar, challenging Dutt’s early release and questioning the frequent paroles granted to him while he was in jail.

Bhalekar’s counsel Nitin Satsaid there are several convicts who secure a good conduct report from prison authorities, but are not granted remission or early release.

According to the plea, around 400 convicts across the state have secured good conduct reports.

The state government told the court that jail authorities consent to an early release for prisoners who display exemplary conduct while in jail. However, it said the usual practice was to “grant them a remittance of 114 days” that comes to about three-and-a-half months. “We just want to understand your decision making process,” the court said in return.

Dutt was serving a five-year sentence in Yerawada central prison in Pune for illegal possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle in 1993 serial blasts case.



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