‘Street Dancer 3D’ beats Kangana’s ‘Panga’ on day 1 at box-office

Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoors dance flick “Street Dancer 3D” started on a good note, minting Rs 10.26 crore on opening day, while the Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Panga” managed Rs 2.7 crore on day one. Both films opened in India on Friday. ” ‘Panga’ records a low total on Day 1… Gathered momentum towards evening shows at select multiplexes, but occupancy at multiplexes of Tier-2 and 3 cities.

54 persons to be conferred civilian lifesaving award

A total of 54 persons will be conferred the Jeevan Raksha Padak awards, a civilian lifesaving award, on the occasion of Republic Day. Out of 54 persons, seven have been awarded the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, eight Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and 39 Jeevan Raksha Padak. Five awards are posthumous.
These awards are given for a meritorious act of humane nature in saving the lives.

Govt nominates Debashish Panda on SBI central board

The State Bank of India (SBI) on Saturday said the Central government has nominated Debashish Panda, Special Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Finance Ministry as a director on the Central Board of SBI. He is appointed with immediate effect replacing the earlier nominee Ravi Mittal, according to a bank filing.

Tricolour in mosques, human chains on R-Day in Kerala

The southern state of Kerala will see the Tricolour in mosques, reading out of pastoral letters in churches, and a 700-km long human chain as a protest against the CAA and proposed NRC on Republic Day on Sunday. The human chain, which will be organised by the ruling CPI-M, will run from Kasargode till the state capital.

Police begins probe into attack on news channel’s team

A day after protestors allegedly attacked a news channel team in capital’s Shaheen Bagh area, Delhi police on Saturday lodged an FIR in the case and began an investigation. South East District DCP Chinmay Biswal confirmed the registration of the case.  The news channel team along with a journalist, was allegedly heckled by a group of protestors on Friday.

Girl gang raped in moving car in Haryana; 2 held

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped in a moving car in Haryanas Panipat town by two youths, one of them being an acquaintance, said police on Saturday.The Class 11 student was found unconscious near a park and later admitted to a private hospital here on Friday night. SP  told the media that both the accused were arrested.

EC notice to Bagga over his campaign song expenditure

BJP candidate from Delhi’s Hari Nagar Assembly, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, is in trouble again. The Election Commission has issued a notice to him regarding the expenditure for a video song used in his campaign. The notice from the poll panel to the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes after he uploaded his campaign song “Bagga Bagga Har Jagah” was uploaded.

No kidding this: Air pollution linked to changes in brain structure in kids

Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution at age 1 may lead to structural changes in the brain at the age of 12 which can influence the development of various physical and mental processes, warns a study. The researchers found that children with higher levels of air pollution exposure at birth had reductions at age 12 in gray matter volume.

Karnataka school girl dies during dance practice

A 14-year-old school girl died following “a cardiac arrest” during a dance session in a Karnataka village near the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), police said on Saturday. “According to a video clip in the social media, the victim (Pujitha), a Class 9 student of a private school at Gollahalli village in Kolar district, collapsed while dancing with other students on Thursday.

 

Kerala Congress serves notice to discuss recall of Governor

The tiff between the Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the Kerala legislature took a turn for the worse on Saturday, when the Congress-led opposition gave a notice to the Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan for moving a resolution to be sent to President of India to remove Arif Mohammed Khan from the post of governor. Khan was quick to respond and welcomed the move

Disha Patani on Anil Kapoor: My Mr India still looks the same

Bollywood actress Disha Patani is thrilled to share screen space with one of her favourite actors, Anil Kapoor, in the upcoming “Malang”. She never imagined she would never one day get to see the veteran actor in real life when she watched “Mr India” as a child. “I was pinching myself! I mean I was that girl who would watch  ‘Mr India.

When Salman forgot to pay Rs 1.25 to a cycle mechanic!

Superstar Salman Khan has recently shared a funny anecdote from his childhood days when he had forgotten to pay Rs 1.25 to a cycle mechanic. On Umang: A Mumbai Police Welfare Fund’s Initiative event, Salman revealed to comedian Kapil Sharma about how he owes Rs 1.25 to mechanic. And Salman got to know about his loan when he paid a visit to the same mechanic recently.

India aim for another stellar show in 2nd T20I against NZ

After securing a thumping six-wicket victory in the first T20I, Team India will look to continue with their winning run and extend the lead when they take on New Zealand in the second match of the ongoing five-match series at the Eden Park on Sunday. Virat Kohli’s men have won seven out of their last eight T20Is, and four on the trot.

Gujarati film ‘Hellaro’ to be screened in Delhi

“Hellaro”, which became the first Gujarati movie to break all records, will be screened at the capital’s PVR Chanakya on Saturday.  Nilesh Shukla, Joint Director (Information and Publicity), Government of Gujarat, said, “Hellaro is the first Gujarati feature film to bag the best feature film at the 66th National Awards. Thirteen actresses who have acted given Spl Jury Awards.

“Dekho apna desh” pledge to boost local tourism

In a bid to encourage more footfall on domestic tourism destinations, the Tourism ministry started a unique “Dekho Apna Desh” campaign asking Indians to take pledge to visit at least 15 different tourism locations in India by the year 2022. The ministry has also planned to back this motivational campaign with some incentives including lucky draws and gifts  including tickets and travel packages.

Trump up the wall : as his defence gets ready as Democrats end prosecution marathon

US President Donald Trump’s legal team was preparing his defence on Saturday after the Democratic prosecutors ended their marathon 24-hour argument to oust him from office during the Senate trial. In the arguments spread over three days ending on Friday, the Democrat prosecutors from the House of Representatives that had impeached Trump last month, mostly rehashed the testimonies from the hearings.

20 killed in Turkey earthquake

At least 20 people were killed and 1,015 others injured after a massive earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale jolted eastern Turkey, authorities said on Saturday. The quake hit the Elazig province at 8.55 p.m. on Friday night, with its epicentre in Sivrice district, along with neighbouring provinces and countries including Syria and Georgia, reports Anadolu News Agency.
The search and rescue operations were continuing.

‘Nirbhaya convicts lawyer using delaying tactics’

The Patiala House court on Saturady while disposing of the plea filed by Nirbhaya convict’s counsel seeking relevant documents to exercise the remaining legal remedies noted that “jail authorities have already complied with the request”. Session Judge Ajay Kumar Jain stated that the jail authorities have already complied with the request made by the convicts.

Hockey India names 32 for the national coaching camp

After making an impressive start to their maiden campaign at the FIH Hockey Pro League with a brilliant win against Netherlands, Indian men’s hockey team will regroup for the national coaching camp in Bhubaneswar ahead of their tie against World Champions Belgium on February 8 and 9. Hockey India (HI) on Saturday named 32 players for the camp which will see the return of  Varun Kumar.

Pak should in principle come off FATF grey list: Qureshi

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the country “should, in principle, be taken off the grey list” as it has made considerable progress on the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). In February, Pakistan is looking to get off FATF’s grey list.

Pak govt rejects ‘biased’ corruption report

The Pakistan government has rejected the findings of the “managed” and “biased” report by the Transparency International (TI), in which the country slipped by three spots from the previous year’s ranking despite increased anti-corruption efforts.

BPL persons bought land worth Rs 200 cr in Amaravati: CID

About 800 people living the below poverty line purchased land worth over Rs 200 crore in and around Andhra Pradesh capital’s Amaravati during 2014-15, revealed investigations by Andhra Pradesh Police into alleged land scam.
The CID, which probed   alleged irregularities in the deals in the capital region during the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) regime, found that as many as 796    BPL people purchased 761.34 acres of land.

Yashwant Sinha-led anti-CAA rally to reach Agra on Saturday

The ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra-2020’ which started from Mumbai on January 9, will reach Agra on Saturday after travelling through Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana and conclude at Rajghat here on January 30. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha-led rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR) had started from  Mumbai.

Politicians, netizens greet nation on National Girl Child Day

Twitterati greeted the nation on the occasion of National Girl Child Day. The National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India every year on January 24. It was started to spread awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by girls in the country and to promote awareness about the rights of the girl child.

Telegram introduces new feature to enhance chat experience

Telegram, a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app, on Friday announced an addition of new feature called ‘Polls 2.0’ for conducting various types of polls within the chat groups and channels.With this, the users can now explore three new kinds of Telegram Polls – Visible Votes, Multiple Answers and Quiz Mode. Polls 2.0 aims to enrich the learning experience, giving its users more options.

Nirbhaya case: 3 death row convicts now seek more documents

Advocate A.P. Singh, lawyer for three of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case again moved an application before a Delhi court seeking directions to the Tihar Jail authorities to supply him the relevant documents in order to exercise the remaining legal remedies available with the convicts — Vinay Pawan and Akshay.

Give pension to ‘elderly’ JNU students: Baba Ramdev

Taking a swipe at the protesting Jawaharlal Nehru University students, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Friday said the government should start a “pension scheme for the elderly students of the varsity so that they can quietly pursue their studies on the campus”. “I demand that the government start a pension scheme for JNU’s elderly students  ” Ramdev remarked  taunting.

Jacqueline and John bond over fitness and workouts

Jacqueline Fernandez and John Abraham have been bonding big time over food, fitness and workouts, on the sets of their upcoming film “Attack”. “He (John) is someone who is super fit and we bond on everything – be it food, fitness, workouts and all that stuff. I think he is doing amazingly well. It’s my fourth film with him.

 

Young man booked for loving older woman in Agra

A 22-year-old man has been booked at the Etmaduddaula Police Station in the city of the Taj Mahal for “disturbing peace in the area”, after he refused to end his love affair with a 60-year-old woman. The woman’s husband and son reached the police station on Thursday to file a report against the young man who had also arrived there at the same time.

 

Intimidating politics of BJP! storm in NCP as Sharad Pawar’s Delhi home security removed,

The Nationalist Congress Party-Shiv Sena on Friday took strong umbrage at the abrupt withdrawal of security from the New Delhi residence of its party chief Sharad Pawar. “This is shocking… The Prime Minister is aware that Sharad Pawar is a senior leader who faces threats and was attacked in the past. We have witnessed it,” said Sena MP Sanjay Raut.

JNU students get relief from HC

The Delhi High Court Friday granted relief to the students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) allowing them to register in the next semester as per the old hostel manual within one week. “So far as the remaining students are concerned, they need to register within one week as per the old manual. No late fees will be charged.

 

Ind vs NZ: Munro & Taylor take Kiwis to 203/5 in 1st T20I

New Zealand started with a flourish, but the Indian bowlers — led by Jasprit Bumrah (1/31) — came back strongly at Eden Park on Friday to restrict the Kiwis to 203/5 in their 20 overs in the first T20I of the five-game series. Colin Munro (59) was the star of the show for the hosts at the top, but he was well supported by skipper Kane Williamson (51) and Ross Taylor (54*).

Defence Ministry official defrauded of Rs 40,000

Paying a mere Rs 3 from his ‘Bhim’ UPI app ended up costing a defence ministry official a hefty Rs 40,000 instead. The victim Bhanu Prakash Singh was asked to pay a token amount of Rs 3, instead Rs 50,000 were debited from his bank account in a few minutes. Police have started an investigation in this regard and registered an FIR.

 

Johnson’s Brexit deal becomes law

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has become law after clearing all parliamentary hurdles and receiving royal assent, paving the country to exit the European Union (EU) on January 31, it was reported. Some MPs cheered as Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans confirmed the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act had been given the Queen’s approval in a short announcement to the House of Commons.

World’s largest meditation centre comes up in Hyderabad

The world’s largest meditation centre of its kind, which can accommodate 100,000 people at a time, is all set to be inaugurated on January 28 in the global headquarters of Heartfulness on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The centre will be unveiled to mark the 75th anniversary of the Heartfulness Institute at Kanha Shantivanam in the presence of over 40,000 “abhyasis” or practitioners of Heartfulness.

Abhishek starts shooting for ‘Bob Biswas’ in Kolkata

Abhishek Bachhan has started shooting for his upcoming movie “Bob Biswas” in Kolkata. The film is a spin-off of “Kahaani”, and features the poker-faced contract killer Bob Biswas from the Vidya Balan-starrer. Abhishek shared the news on Instagram early on Friday. He posted a photo of a pair of old-fashioned glasses and an old Motorola handset which were used by contract killer.

19% of Indian women have menstrual problems: Report

A new fitness report has suggested that close to 19 per cent of women suffer from some kind of menstrual issues. The GOQii India Fit Report 2020  had reported an uptick in lifestyle diseases like thyroid and diabetes in India. Specifically for women’s health, it revealed that women walk less than men, with an average of 7,117 steps a day, whereas man walks 7416 daily steps

Amazon Music crosses 55mn subscribers globally

Amazon’s music streaming service ‘Amazon Music’ has reached 55 million subscribers globally closing in on Apple Music which has over 60 million users. “Our strategy is unique and, like everything we do at Amazon, starts with our customers. We have always been focused on expanding the marketplace for music streaming by offering music listener’s unparalleled choice because we know  different listeners have different needs”.

Rajeev Shukla backs Kohli, pulls up CoA for poor schedule

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla on Friday pulled up the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for poor scheduling of Team Indias calendar, saying players interest should also be kept in mind while finalising an itinerary for a particular series. “I agree with Virat Kohli that calendar is too hectic. There should not be back to back matches.

Give priority to duty, not rights: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed on giving priority to “duty” and not the “rights”. Modi’s remarks came while addressing the recipients of Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2020. “We should give priority to our duty. How long we would give priority to our rights? “I feel proud that you are aware of your duty for the society and the nation,” the Prime Minister said.

All you need to know about Male Breast Cancer

Breast cancer in men is rarely seen. It shares many similarities with cancer of the breast in women but there are some important differences too. Male breast cancer represents between 0.5 and 1 per cent of all breast cancers diagnosed each year. Higher rates of male breast cancer in central and eastern Africa may be related to higher liver infectious diseases.

SC’s drubbing on death sentence: Death sentence cannot remain open-ended, says court

The Supreme Court on Thursday said the finality of death sentence is extremely important and a convict should not be under the impression, as recent events indicate, that it remains open-ended, which leads to its questioning. This observation from the top court is bound to have significance on cases where convicts have been sentenced to death, including the four Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.

Dhoni, J’khand CM inaugurate new facilities at JSCA, serve dishes

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and former India captain M.S. Dhoni have inaugurated new facilities at the Jharkhand Cricket Association Stadium (JSCA). On Wednesday evening, Dhoni and Soren inaugurated the solar power system, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, C3 Fitness Club, and The Uptown Cafe at the JSCA complex. Both of them tried out some dishes at the new restaurant as well.

Odisha CM on cleansing drive: Facelift for SCB Medical College, Cuttack from March

Odisha  CM Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said the development work of SCB Medical College will start in March this year. “Work on SCB Medical College will begin by March and the Ring Road in Cuttack will be a six-lane road,” said   after reviewing several projects for the city here. Earlier, the state government had announced a Rs 1,000 crore package to transform.

At Lit Fest, actress Nandita Das opposes CAA, NRC

The controversial CAA and NRC issues reverberated at the Jaipur Literature Festival here as Bollywood actress and director Nandita Das on Thursday opposed the  issues  urging  people to raise their voice against  it.  She said: “India is a secular country, but it is happening for the first time when the people are being asked to be identified in the name of religion.”

Swamy differs with BJP, warns against Air India sale, wants House panel to vet his note

The government’s plan to sell national carrier Air India may face political and legal headwinds with senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy raising the red flag against the decision. Days before the launch of bidding process by inviting Expressions of Interest (EoI) from potential suitors, Swamy has warned against such move, saying the issue was currently being discussed by a Parliamentary panel.

India’s corruption level in 2019 same as previous year

India’s level of corruption remained the same in 2019 against the previous year, as per the latest survey conducted by Transparency International, an independent organization that determines corruption perception index globally.India scored 41, the same as in 2018, on the corruption perception index where 100 is considered very clean and 0 is highly corrupt.

Sonia, Priyanka visit Amethi, meet families of accident victims

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Thursday, reached Amethi to meet the families of six persons of a family who died in a road mishap. The Gandhis made an unscheduled trip to Bharetha village in Amethi and met the bereaved family who had lost their family members, including the former village head, in the mishap.

Common man suffered most in Mangluru stir: Pane

A fact-finding commission investigating police firings in Mangalore in the recent anti-CAA unrest found that greater harm was caused to civilians and innocent people not connected to the protests. “Greater harm was caused to civilians and innocent persons who had nothing to do with the protests, if any. Their livelihood has been severely affected. More specifically, two lives have been lost”

Netaji opposed ‘divisive politics’ of Hindu Mahasabha: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday regretted that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary was yet to be declared as a national holiday, as she criticised the BJP-led NDA government for not being “serious” in solving the mystery behind his disappearance. She also recalled the revolutionary leader’s opposition to the “divisive politics” of the Hindu Mahasabha.