Bigg Boss 11 Grand Finale: Shilpa Shinde beats Hina Khan, wins coveted trophy

Shilpa’s journey inside the Bigg Boss house has been nothing less than a roller coaster ride! The actress was at a point sidelined by all inmates and found a loyal friend in Puneesh. 

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New Delhi: After much-entertaining 105 days inside Bigg Boss season 11, popular telly actress Shilpa Shinde won the coveted trophy. Shilpa won the race against Hina Khan, who stood second. The other two finalists were Vikas Gupta and Puneesh Sharma.

Shilpa’s journey inside the Bigg Boss house has been nothing less than a roller coaster ride! The actress was at a point sidelined by all inmates and found a loyal friend in Puneesh.

Shilpa shot to fame with the much-popular show ‘Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain’ and entered the Bigg Boss house on October 1, 2017, at the premier.

Shilpa entered the Bigg Boss house with Vikas Gupta, with whom she had an ugly past. Apparently, Shilpa and the makers of ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain’ had a fallout followed by which the actress was out of work for almost two years. Shilpa blamed Vikas as he was related to the show during that time.

There was a lot of negativity between the two as was evident from the time when they first entered Bigg Boss house.

Owing to their ugly past, the first five weeks were no less than ‘hell’ for Vikas. Shilpa did her best to seek revenge and tortured Vikas to the point where he lost his cool and cried in front of the cameras urging Bigg Boss to let him go.

However, once the fight with Vikas was resolved, Shilpa forgave him and their sweet and sour friendship delighted the viewers.

She has had a record-breaking fan following and her fans have proved their love for her time-to-time by giving her immense votes!

Many congratulations to her for winning the much-coveted trophy!

Security breach by IndiGo, passenger made to board wrong flight

The security lead, second lead and skipper have been derostered till IndiGo completes an internal inquiry into the matter.

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NAGPUR: IndiGo is facing the heat yet again, this time over a security breach by the airline staff. A passenger travelling from Delhi to Indore was wrongly made to board the flight to Nagpur.

He wrongly reached Nagpur and was later sent to his destination.

Acting on the breach, the airline has taken off the three security personnel involved in the fiasco from the roster till it completes an internal inquiry in the matter. The security lead, second lead and skipper are among those who have been derostered.

“Regret security breach intercepted by IndiGo security staff on flight 6E774 (DEL-NAG), wherein a passenger of flight 6E 656 (DEL-IDR) wrongly boarded the flight 6E 774 and further traveled to Nagpur, after boarding wrong coach,” IndiGo said in a statement.

It also added that the passenger’s baggage was retrieved from flight 6E 656 and the flight was released after performing the last minute changes. “His baggage was later connected to IDR on 6E-733. Passenger has been connected to IDR from NAG on flight 6E 509,” IndiGo added.

The lapse comes days after the Parliamentary Standing Committee came down hard on several airlines, specially IndiGo, over reports of misconduct with passengers. In its defence, IndiGo had then said that it is hard to train people who come from villages.

“We have a challenge of getting talented people in consumer facing industry. For a country of 130 crore people, one shortage we have is talent. We have to just hold up the mirror to ourselves. We have lot of young people with so many degrees but the talent we require is not there. Indigo is hiring people from Tier-II and Tier III cities and creating jobs there. Those who studied in Government schools or mohalla /village areas cannot be trained to speak fluent English within a span of four to five weeks,” president of IndiGo airlines Aditya Ghosh said adding that IndiGo is investing more on training.

The 26-page report “Issues related to improving consumers` satisfaction of airlines” was made after consulting with Civil Aviation officials and various industry stakeholders.

‘Rahul as Ram, PM Modi as Ravana’: Amethi gears up for 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Aimed at the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the message on the poster reads: “Rahul roop mein bhagwan Ram ka avatar, 2019 mein ayega Rahul Raj.

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AMETHI: With Congress President Rahul Gandhi headed to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi on Monday, a poster war has begun in town. A poster showing Rahul as Ram and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Ravana has led to a controversy ahead of the Congress President’s visit.

Aimed at the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the message on the poster reads: “Rahul roop mein bhagwan Ram ka avatar, 2019 mein ayega Rahul Raj. (Rahul is the incarnation of Lord Ram, Rahul Raj will be seen in 2019).”

Another poster shows Rahul as Lord Krishna with a message: “Sangharsh se Vijay ki or chal diye maharathi.(the warrior has begun the journey).”

This is Rahul’s first visit to Amethi after taking charge as the party chief. He is likely to hold roadshows at nearly seven places in Amethi. He will reach Salon via Rae Bareli at around 12.30 pm and address the public at Salon Nagar Panchayat. From Salon, he will proceed to Amethi, and then go to Munshiganj guest house.

On January 16, at around 10.30 am, Rahul is likely to interact with the public at Musafirkhana, and then proceed to Jais, Jagdishpur and Mohanganj.

Party workers have planned a grand reception in Amethi. “People of Amethi are quite excited about the visit of Rahul Gandhi. This is the first Amethi visit of Rahul Gandhi after he became the Congress president. People are looking forward to welcome him,” senior UP Congress leader Akhilesh Singh said.

Congress spokesman Amar Nath said the new party president knows the state well. “He has a personal rapport with party leaders and workers in Uttar Pradesh… We are ready to work hard with him in the field,” he said.

“The Congress will definitely work out ways and means to galvanise the party in Uttar Pradesh in order to make a big impact in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” he added.

Salman Khan unveils first look of Iulia Vantur’s new single Harjai- See pic

Iulia is thrilled about her new song penned and composed by Sachin Gupta and she has all the reasons to be elated.

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Mumbai: Salman Khan took to Twitter Saturday to unveil the first look of his rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur and Maniesh Paul’s new single – Harjai. Singer Sachin Gupta too has lent his voice to the song.

The Bollywood superstar wrote: “All the best @IuliaVantur and @Manishpaul03 for your upcoming single #harjai. First look is superb #tseries (sic).”

Iulia is thrilled about her new song penned and composed by Sachin Gupta and she has all the reasons to be elated. She tweeted: Something exciting is coming out soon. Stay tuned! The supeeer @ManishPaul03 @sachingupta1208 @officialtseries @shabinaakhan @vivekpaul1 @akshu_rules #harjai #song #newsingle #newproject #music #comingsoon #greatteam #grateful # Maniesh, who we all know is one of the most popular faces on Indian TV, is excited about his role as a singer in this single. He thanked Salman for his best wishes. Maniesh tweeted: “Thaaaaanks bhaijaaaaaaan @BeingSalmanKhan love u sir!!! big thanks to you (sic).”

Harjai comes across as a romantic number and we are looking forward to it.

For the unversed, Iulia is a famous TV personality from Romania. She has been in India for quite some time now and has often been seen with Salman and his family. She is rumoured to be dating the Dabangg Khan but has always denied being in a relationship with him.

Maniesh on the other hand is best known for his spontaneous sense of humour. He has sizzled on the small screen by hosting a number of popular TV shows.

Here’s wishing both Maniesh and Iulia all the very best for their new single.

Padmaavat: Here’s the latest about Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer

Padmaavat will release with a U/A certificate after incorporating five modifications including title change as suggested by the censor board.

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Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat (earlier titled Padmavati), a film which was in the eye of storm since its inception, will hit the silverscreen on January 25. The film which stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji will also release in 3D, Imax 3D, Tamil and Telugu languages too.

The makers of the film made an official announcement on Sunday, January 14.

Padmaavat will release with a U/A certificate after incorporating five modifications including title change as suggested by the censor board.

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Bhansali said in a statement: Padmaavat is a dream come true for me. I have always been fascinated by the stories of honour, valour and vigour of our great Rajput warriors that have been captured so beautifully in our literature and this movie is my homage to those glorious stories.

“I would also like to thank the entire film fraternity for supporting Viacom18 and Bhansali Productions through the entire production and pre-release phase and hope they like the film they so supported.”

The makers, Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, have said the film is based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic Awadhi poem Padmaavat.

A number of Rajput organisations from across the country had protested against the film’s release over its content. It is being alleged that the makers have distorted history and misrepresented facts. And hence the state governments of Rajasthan and Gujarat have decided to ban the film following massive protests.

However, the makers are overwhelmed by the support they have received so far.

“Padmaavat is a cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word. We hope we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. We are humbled with the immense support we have received from the government authorities, the Central Board of Film Certification and the entire film fraternity,” said Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18.

“It’s a story that is inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values.”

Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said the movie will witness a “mega-scale release across maximum screens, languages and formats covering 2D, 3D and Imax 3D in India and the world”.

It will be the first Indian film to have an IMAX 3D release, the makers said.

Paramount Pictures will distribute the film across select international markets, including non-traditional territories.

“Padmaavat will create its own benchmark as an immortal classic when it releases across the world on January 25,” Andhare said.

Bhansali, who has often been in the middle of controversies every time his films releases, is known for creating masterpieces on celluloid. And Padmaavat promises to be yet another one. The magnum opus which was initially slated to hit theatres on December 1 last year also stars Anupriya Goenka, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad.

(With IANS inputs)

Amazon announces Great Indian sale: Offers, key dates and more

HDFC Bank is offering customers with an additional cashback of 10% when they pay with Debit & Credit Card and on EMI.

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Bengaluru: E-commerce site Amazon has once again announced the Great Indian Sale offering discounts on over 160 million products across hundreds of categories.

The sale will kick off from January 21 and go on till 24, 2018. Amazon Prime members can get 12 hours early access starting 12 noon on January 20.

Customers shopping during the Great Indian Sale can look forward to big savings on some of the biggest brands such as Apple, OnePlus, Samsung, 10.or, UCB, Puma, Adidas, Wrangler, Titan, Marks & Spencer, American Tourister, Vero Moda, BPL, Micromax, TCL, Lenovo, HP, IFB, Bosch, D’Décor, Philips, Lakme, Pampers, LG, Whirlpool, Bajaj, Prestige, Usha, McAfee and Kaspersky among others, the company siad.

Special discounts will be offered on the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite Starter Pack, Fire TV Stick, eBooks and more.

Prime members can look forward to exclusive deals on marquee brands over all four days of the sale.

Customers shopping with Amazon Pay balance will get extra 10 percent cashback up to Rs 200, on all purchases above Rs 250.

HDFC Bank is offering customers with an additional cashback of 10 percent when they pay with Debit & Credit Card and on EMI.

EPL: Bournemouth come from behind to beat lacklustre Arsenal 2-1

After Hector Bellerin fired through Asmir Begovic to open the scoring for Arsenal in the 52nd minute, Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe scored within five second-half minutes to turn the game on its head. 

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Arsenal lost further ground on the Premier League`s top four after struggling Bournemouth came from behind to beat them 2-1 on Sunday.

After Hector Bellerin fired through Asmir Begovic to open the scoring for Arsenal in the 52nd minute, Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe scored within five second-half minutes to turn the game on its head.

First Wilson converted Ryan Fraser`s teasing cross to restore parity in the 70th minute before Ibe fired home a second having been teed up by the scorer of Bournemouth`s first.

Alexis Sanchez, heavily linked with an exit from the Emirates, was left out of Arsenal`s squad with manager Arsene Wenger saying before the game that a decision on his future was “imminent”.

Having won just one of their last five Premier League matches, Arsenal remain sixth with 39 points – five behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fifth. Bournemouth, meanwhile, climb to 13th but remain just four points above the bottom three.

“It`s a fantastic win because we need to pick up our home form,” man-of-the-match Wilson told Sky Sports.

“The fans were flat so we needed to get them back in the game and a goal against a big team got them on their feet and then we added a second.

“It`s a massive lift. Those points lift us further away from the bottom three.”

Desperate for a win, the visitors started brightly on the south coast with youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles firing against the crossbar in the eighth minute.

Despite dictating much of the early possession Arsenal clearly missed their more illustrious attacking talents with Alexandre Lacazette cutting a lonely figure without the cutting edge of Sanchez and the injured Mesut Ozil.

Bournemouth grew into the contest before the break and were aggrieved not to receive a penalty when Alex Iwobi appeared to handle Ibe`s cross just moments before a desperate Calum Chambers block kept out Dan Gosling`s goalbound effort.

The break came at the wrong time for the hosts who found themselves behind soon after when Bellerin – set free by a superb Iwobi ball – fired through Begovic`s hand.

But with a much-needed three points there for the taking, Arsenal capitulated against their spirited hosts.

First Petr Cech was unable to cut out Fraser`s teasing cross with Wilson converting before Ibe smashed home after Wilson did brilliantly to tee him up.

In search of a late equaliser, Arsenal brought on Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey but they were unable to rescue another desperately disappointing afternoon.

U-19 World Cup: India hammer Australia for an emphatic 100-run win

In an authoritative show, Indian colts trounced Australia by a massive 100-run margin in their ICC Under 19 World Cup opener with bowlers complementing a splendid batting performance, here.

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Mount Maunganui: In an authoritative show, Indian colts trounced Australia by a massive 100-run margin in their ICC Under 19 World Cup opener with bowlers complementing a splendid batting performance, here.

Skipper Prithvi Shaw led from the front with a 94-run knock and shared a 180-run stand with fellow opener Manjot Kalra (86) to power India to a challenging 328/7.

There was no respite for the Australians even after the openers departed, with Shubman Gill tormenting the bowlers with his 63-run knock.

India pacers Kamlesh Nagrakoti (3/29) and Shivam Mavi (3/45) then impressed with their speed and shared six wickets between them to shot out Australia for 228 in 42.5 overs.

Nagarkoti hit the deck consistently at a speed in the range of 145kmph and above and was well supported by Mavi, who also clocked 145 at times. The two pacers tested Australians with their nagging off-stump line.

Australia opener Jack Edwards top-scored for his side with a 73-run knock after a steady start with Max Bryant (29) but struggled to find support from others.

Jonathan Merlo (38) tried his best in the middle order and stumper Baxtor Holt (39) resisted in a rearguard fight but both were undone by Mavi.

India next play Papua New Guinea on Tuesday.

The splendid top-order batting vindicated Shaw’s decision to bat in their tournament-opener.

It was not that Shaw and Kalra plundered boundaries; instead, they raised their knocks with some stupendous risk-free batting.

Shaw, though, missed out on a century by six runs as he was caught behind off Will Sutherland, son of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.

The Indian captain faced 100 balls and scored eight boundaries, including two sixes, in his knock.

His opening partner also missed out on a ton, falling for 86 that came off 99 balls with 12 shots to the fence and one over the ropes.

There were no steady partnerships after their departure even as Gill kept one end solid with his 54-ball knock, which had six fours and a six.

The middle-order lost the way trying to accelerate the run-rate as Himanshu Rana (14) and Anukul Roy (6) fell cheaply.

Abhishek Sharma, though, managed to come up with an 8-ball 23-run cameo that propelled India past the 300-run mark. He hit two sixes and as many fours.

As Indian batsmen looked for some quick runs, Australian medium-fast bowler Jack Edwards ended up taking four wickets. It was Edwards, who dismissed Rana and then later added wickets of Abhishek and Shiva Singh (10) to his tally.

Under-19 World Cup: “That’s Tendulkar,” Ian Bishop reacts to a Prithvi Shaw drive

The India Under-19 captain scored a masterful 94 off 100 balls against the Australians at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand on Sunday as Rahul Dravid’s charges walked away with an easy 100-run win in what was their first game of the tournament.

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Prithvi Shaw continues to make waves in the cricketing world!

The India Under-19 captain scored a masterful 94 off 100 balls against the Australians at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand on Sunday as Rahul Dravid’s charges walked away with an easy 100-run win in what was their first game of the tournament.

During his innings, Shaw received probably the biggest compliment of his career yet and it came from former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, now a well-known voice in the world of cricket.

Reacting to a Shaw drive off the front foot, Bishop said the shot from the 18-year-old put him in mind of the great Sachin Tendulkar. “That is Tendulkar,” the 50-year-old said during his commentary stint.

Bishop played quite a few matches against Tendulkar and could claim to be a good authority on the Indian batsman having also seen him play for a long time from the commentary box.

Bishop’s compliment will sure provide Shaw with double delight on a day the Indians totally outplayed their opponents from Australia. India posted a massive 328/7 in 50 overs with Manjot Kalra (86) and Shubman Gill (63) also coming to the party, after which fast bowlers KL Nagarkoti (3/29) and Shivam Mavi (3/45) did the rest.