Is that Salman Khan doing kickass action in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’?


New Delhi: Salman Khan has started shooting for his next ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. The film is in news for many reasons. One being that it is a Salman Khan film which stars Katrina Kaif opposite him after a gap of five long years. And yes the fans are super excited.

Another big reason happens to be the fact that this Yash Raj Films’ franchise promises to be an actioner where romance is a part of the script. So, this Ali Abbas Zafar film will bring out some breathtaking action sequences to force. And how do we know? Well, the filmmaker recently shared a small video of an action scene probably shot in Austria.

We hope the person sitting on a snowmobile is none other than superstar Salman Khan and oh boy the slow-mo effect has made it look like a million dollars. Interestingly, reports suggest that Hollywood action director Tom Struthers has been signed onboard to make this film stand at par with the international standards when it comes to adrenaline-pumping action scenes.

After watching this video we are sure, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is going to be a must-watch flick for all the action fans!

World Tuberculosis Day 2017: Risk factors and prevention of the disease


New Delhi: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious, airborne disease that mainly affects your lungs. Caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium, TB is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide.

And the disease spreads from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.

Every year on March 24, World Tuberculosis Day is observed all over the globe. It is a worldwide event, designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.

Here are some factors that increases the risk of developing the disease:
Infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS and weakens the immune system
Diabetes mellitus
Low body weight
Head or neck cancer, leukemia
Silicosis, a respiratory condition caused by inhaling silica dust.
People who live with or care for someone with active TB
Health care workers who treat people with a high risk of TB
But the disease can be prevented through adequate ventilation and limited contact with patients.

Here are some tips to prevent getting TB:

Avoid direct contact with people with active TB, especially if you already have tested positive for latent TB
Know if you are at risk
Eat a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat
Exercise regularly
Avoid or cut down on alcohol
Quit smoking
Adequate sleep
Practice good personal hygiene – avoid coughing, sneezing directly at others.
Early diagnosis and treatment to prevent deterioration of the disease and spread of the infection.

Ajay Devgn starrer ‘Golmaal Again’ cast is one BIG happy family!


New Delhi: One of the much-awaited laugh riot franchise in Bollywood, ‘Golmaal Again’ helmed by Rohit Shetty is going to have the prominent faces we all love watching and who also bring out the best in terms of comedy—Johny Lever, Sanjay Mishra and Mukesh Tiwari.

These have been in a constant in ‘Golmaal’ series and with their addition in the fourth part—the picture looks perfect. The official Twitter handle of ‘Golmaal Again’ shared the recent picture with all these characters besides the lead actors—Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade, Parineeti Chopra and Tabu.

The caption read: “A big happy family! Babli, Pappi & Vasooli bhai join #Golmaal Gang! #GolmaalAgain”

The film is scheduled to hit the screens in November 2017.

Over 20,000 resident doctors in Delhi go on strike, 800 surgeries postponed


New Delhi: Over 20,000 resident doctors in the national capital on Thursday went on mass casual leave in solidarity with their Maharashtra counterparts, leading to postponement of over 800 surgeries across Delhi government and civic body-run hospitals, and also left thousands of patients in the lurch with OPD functions hit.

Resident doctors in Delhi went on mass casual leave in solidarity with a similar move by their Maharashtra counterparts over rising cases of assault on doctors by patients’ kin.

According to hospital staff, due to resident doctors remaining absent from their duties the OPD registration counters were shut in several government hospitals after 10 a.m., instead of the usual time 1 p.m., compelling patients to return.

“At Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) the OPD card counters were shut immediately after the resident doctors went off their duties as part of mass casual leave. Many patients had no idea initially and kept standing in the queue,” said Sanjana Rawat, a nurse at LHMC.

There are 38 hospitals under the Delhi government. Resident doctors in hospitals under the central government, except the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, were also part of the protest.

Delhi government hospitals every day witness nearly 1,600 pre-scheduled surgeries and over 200 emergency ones.

Patients in several other government hospitals such as Lal Bahadur Sastri Hospital, Dadadev Mother and Child Hospital and G.B. Pant were affected as only the emergency departments were functional and even the normal medicine OPD remained partially operational.

“Nearly 60 per cent of patients at Dadadev Mother and Child hospital could not get doctors consultation or treatment due to the protest. However, the emergency cases were somehow treated as resident doctors having duty in emergency department were not part of the protest,” said Nirupam Ghosh, associated with the administration wing of Dadadev Mother and Child hospital.

Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) — under whose banner the protest was being held in Delhi — said of the 5,400 OPD cards registered in Delhi government hospitals on Thursday only 25 per cent of patients could consult doctors.

The resident doctors have also threatened to go on a pan India strike soon if the government fails to ensure them a safe atmosphere to perform their duties.

“This mass casual leave was just an indication of what we can do to ensure our safety. If the health ministry does not take necessary steps to stop assault on doctors we will go on pan India strike,” said Pankaj Solanki, President FORDA, told IANS.

Several private hospitals also came out in support of the protest by resident doctors.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Chairman D.S Rana said that in solidarity with the “concerns of safety of doctors” the general and private OPDs of the hospital will not function on Friday. The inpatient as well as emergency services will function normally.

City-based Fortis condemned the rising cases of assault on doctors, but added the hospital will continue to function normally.

“A safe and secure work environment is the basic requirement for care givers to provide best possible medical care to patients. We at Fortis Healthcare are firmly committed to our patients, and our medical services remain unhampered as our doctors continue to serve the community, as always,” a statement said.

As part of the protest, resident doctors have also decided to sport black arm bands on March 24 during work.

Shiv Sena MP assaults elderly Air India officer with sandal, refuses to apologise; FIR lodged against Ravindra Gaikwad


Delhi: A FIR was lodged on Thursday against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who repeatedly hit an elderly Air India officer with sandal in a brazen burst of fury over being unable to travel business class despite having insisted on boarding an all-economy flight.

Gaikwad, the Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad, slapped and, by his own claim, hit 60-year-old duty manager Sukumar 25 times with his sandal when the official went to persuade him to disembark after he refused to alight, holding up the aircraft for over 40 minutes.

The national carrier has filed two FIRs against the MP, known for his strong-arm tactics, while Shiv Sena has sought an explanation from him. While one FIR relates to assault, the other is for holding up the aircraft.

“The MP turned violent, broke the duty manager’s spectacles, tore his shirt, hit him with slippers,” said Air India sources, as per PTI.

According to the airline, Gaikwad was booked on an open ticket in business class with Air India which allows a passenger to take a flight on any date.

But Gaikwad insisted on taking the 7:35 am AI 852 this morning from Pune to Delhi, which is an all-economy flight, sparking an argument between Air India staff and the politician.

The MP boarded the flight but when the aircraft landed in Delhi, he refused to disembark despite attempts at persuading him to do so and vociferously complained about the morning flight to Delhi from Pune not having business class.

This is when Sukumar, approached the MP to try and placate him but was brutally manhandled, said Air India sources.

Gaikwad admitted hitting the Air India employee with his slippers.

When asked whether he had any regret for his actions and if he would apologise, a defiant Gaikwad, who was once in news for having shoved down the throat an allegedly stale chapati to a fasting Muslim caterer while complaining about the quality of food served at the Maharashtra Sadan here, remained defiant.

“He asked who is this MP and said he would complain to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So I slapped him. I hit him 25 times with my sandal. I am Shiv Sena member, not of BJP, to entertain abuses (hurled at me),” he said adding he “will not apologise”.

The Shiv Sena, meanwhile, has sought an explanation from Gaikwad.

“The party has sought an explanation from Gaikwad over the incident. The Sena does not condone violence of any kind,” Harshal Pradhan, media adviser to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, told PTI.

“We have also sought a version of the incident from the AI staffer. The Sena has a workers’ union in Air India,” he said.

On the other hand, Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who is a TDP MP from Andhra Pradesh, condemned the incident, saying physical assaults will not be “encouraged”.

“Physical assault won’t be encouraged and will always be condemned. (This) Should never have happened. Attacking an airline staffer doesn’t make sense,” Raju said.

“Unruly behaviour and violence on our aviation network is regrettable. Each such incident will be investigated and appropriate action taken,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha tweeted.

In a message to employees, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said, “The management is with the employees, always.”

“He became very abusive and used foul language and abused me with all bad words and adjectives in Hindi,” Sukumar told police in his complaint.

Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh’s ‘Phillauri’ makes Rs 12 cr ahead of its release! Here’s how


New Delhi: Tall and talented Anushka Sharma’s upcoming home production ‘Phillauri’ promises to be a wholesome entertainer. From the trailer and songs, the film has been gaining ground in a positive way.

The much-awaited film has been made at a budget of 21 crore including marketing and distribution and has already recovered 12 core from satellite and music rights. Yes! This makes ‘Phillauri’ a huge profit venture for the makers much ahead of its release.

Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios has been quoted as saying, “Phillauri is a special film for Fox Star Studios. After back to back successes with Jolly LLB2 & Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, we are excited to be releasing Phillauri – a high concept film with a big heart! We were bowled over with the concept of the film and immediately decided to back it. The film has powerhouse performers with Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma – all award-winning actors. The film’s cost was absolutely correct and with us recovering 12 crore already from satellite and music before the release of the film, Phillauri is a profitable venture again from Fox Star Studios. We are now eager to see the reaction of audiences and we are hopeful that they will embrace the film.”

Anushka plays Shashi in ‘Phillauri’ and her promotional strategy of #ShashiWasThere is doing great wonders on social media. From installing India’s first ever 3D Projection technology in cinemas to make Shashi interact with cine-goers across the country, to #Shashiwasthere, an integrated Social Listening digital campaign to What’s Up with Shashi – where Anushka spoke to her fans who couldn’t see her because she is playing a friendly spirit – everything created talking points for the movie and build buzz around the film.

Well, the comedy-drama stars Diljit Dosanjh, ‘Life Of Pi’ actor Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada besides Anushka in the lead. ‘Phillauri’ is helmed by Anshai Lal and is set to open in theatres on March 24, 2017. The film has been produced by Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films.

Windfall for cricketers: BCCI announces fatter annual players contracts; Jadeja, Pujara, Vijay elevated

The finalisation of the contracts was made on the first day of two-day Committee of Administrators (COA) meets in Delhi.


New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced annual Men players contracts, enhances retainer and match fee amounts.

As reported earlier, mercurial Ravindra Jadeja, along with Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, has recieved a promotion. The trio has been included in the Grade A category.

The top category already has Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane.

The retainership for this grade is now INR 2 crore, double what was previously offered.It’s Rs. 1 crore and Rs. 50 lakh respectively for Grade B and Grade C.

The match fees enhancements will be effective from the period starting October 1, 2016, and Rs 15 lakhs per Test, Rs 6 lakhs per ODI and Rs 3 lakhs for T20 International will be paid to the players.

Here are the grades:

Grade A: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, M Vijay

Grade B: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh

Grade C: Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Ashish Nehra, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant

One player who will considered unlucky to have missed the contract is Suresh Raina. Regarded India’s limited overs’ specialist, the 30-year-old failed to find a place in any of the annual contracts.

In contract, Shardul Thakur, who is yet to make his India debut, has been given a Grade C contract. Yes, he is the lone uncapped player in the list.

The finalisation of the contracts was made on the first day of two-day Committee of Administrators (COA) meets in Delhi.

COA is a temporary body appointed by the Supreme Court on January 30 to run the affairs of the BCCI and implement court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.

Headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai, it has famous cricket historian Ramachandra Guha, Managing Director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) Vikram Limaye and former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji as members.


Football greats Diego Maradona, Pablo Aimar to visit India ahead of U-17 World Cup

Argentine great Maradona and Aimar participated in the draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea on March 15.


New Delhi: Football legends will be visiting India for promotional purposes in the lead-up to the U-17 World Cup, much like Diego Maradona and Pablo Aimar did for FIFA’s U-20 tournament draw in Korea recently.

Argentine great Maradona and Aimar participated in the draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea on March 15.

“I just came following the draw in Korea for the U-20 World Cup, and we had Maradona and Aimar with us during the draw. We are thinking of some names, who we cannot say yet as we still have time. We are thinking of bringing some of the top footballers in the history of the tournament not only for the draw but also for other activities leading up to the tournament,” FIFA’s head of events Jaime Yarza said today.

Yarza is heading an eight-member delegation to inspect the six venues across the country. Today, they inspected the capital’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

“… For example the trophy tour experience, some activities with the ‘Mission XI Million’. So, there will be four to five times when we will have some of the top former players of the world visiting India,” he said after the inspection.

Maradona, one of the greatest players in football history, won the U-20 World Cup in 1979 before winning the FIFA World Cup seven years later at Mexico 1986 and reaching another final four years later at Italy 1990.

Aimar won the U-17 World Cup in 1997.

The upcoming edition of the mega-event is scheduled to be held in India from October 6 to 28.

MCD polls postponed to Apr 23 due to board exam


New Delhi: The date for the elections to the three municipal corporations in the national capital was today postponed by a day to April 23 in view of the CBSE board examination.

The date for counting of votes has also been extended to April 26.

“We tried to hold the elections on April 22 only but it would have been difficult to manage it due to Class XII CBSE examination on the polling day. In view of this, now the MCD polls will be held on April 23.

“As a result, we have also postponed the date for counting by a day to April 26,” State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava told PTI.

MCD polls were earlier scheduled to be held on April 22 and the counting was to take place on April 25.

“However, dates for all other poll processes, including for nominations, would remain unchanged,” he said.

As per earlier schedule, the nomination process will begin from March 27. April 3 would be the last date for filing nominations. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 5.

The last date for withdrawal of nomination is April 8 for 272 wards municipal elections.

The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Municipal Corporation or NDMC, SDMC and EDMC respectively.

The BJP has been ruling the MCD since 2007. The last polls were held in 2012.

The much-awaited polls will decide the fate of 272 councillors. While NDMC and SMDC have 104 seats each, EDMC has 64 seats.

The total number of electorate for the civic polls stands at 1,32,10,206, which include 73,15,915 men, 58,93,418 women and 793 voters in the other category, the state election commission said.

D-Mart’s market debut propels Damani into India’s richest-20


New Delhi: Radhakishan Damani, the founder of Avenue Supermarts and a low-profile investor, has made his way into India’s richest 20 club with a blockbuster listing of his company that runs D-Mart retail chain.

With the listing at a premium of over 114 percent, the shares controlled by 61-year-old Damani, including through his family members and investment firms, are now worth a stellar USD 5.1 billion.

This makes him richer than several other well-known billionaires, including Anil Ambani, Rahul Bajaj, Ajay Piramal and Kalanithi Maran, to become the 16th richest Indian. Mukesh Ambani remains the richest with an estimated net worth of USD 27.6 billion, as per the real-time data of Forbes, known for its rich lists across the world.

The total net worth of over USD 5 billion includes USD 2.4 billion worth of shares in Damani’s own name, which has taken the entire marketplace by a big surprise where Damani is known to keep a low profile despite a reputation of picking right stocks as a broker.

The market grapevine has it that he has been the mentor of ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and is also invested in a number of other companies, giving him a stature like Warren Buffett of India.

Continuing its stellar performance, the company’s shares soared for the second day today. After opening on a positive note, the stock further rose by 2.61 percent to Rs 657.50 on BSE, helping the company’s market valuation surge past Rs 40,019.42 crore (USD 6.1 billion).

It has already become the country’s most-valued retail firm. The stock had yesterday closed 114.29 percent above its IPO price of Rs 299.

Future Retail’s market valuation stands at Rs 11,674.84 crore.

Avenue Supermarts, the operator of retail chain D-Mart, saw a remarkable debut at the bourses yesterday, helping the company’s market valuation jump to Rs 39,988.21 crore by the end of trade yesterday.

The IPO, the biggest since PNB Housing Finance’s Rs 3,000 crore offer in October last year, was subscribed more than 104 times earlier this month.

Last year, Advanced Enzyme’s initial share sale was subscribed 116 times and that of Quess Corp by 145 times.

The price band for the public issue of Avenue Supermarts was fixed at Rs 295-299 and the IPO was open to subscription on March 8-10.

D-Mart is owned and operated by Avenue Supermarts Ltd (ASL) ? a company founded by Damani.

In addition to Mumbai, D-Mart has multiple stores in cities such as Ahmedabad, Baroda, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and Surat.