West Indies opt to bowl against India in World T20 semis. India 161/2 in 18 overs


Mumbai: West Indies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and decided to bowl against India in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.

India made two changes to their side. Batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey came in for Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh, who has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

Batsmen Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons return for Evin Lewis and injured Andre Fletcher, who had a hamstring problem against Afghanistan.

The teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya.

West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sulieman Benn, Samuel Badree.


Malvinder Singh of Fortis Healthcare felicitated as “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016

Malvinder Mohan Singh

Mr. Malvinder Mohan Singh, Executive Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Limited was conferred with “Entrepreneur of the year Award” at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA 2016) function in Delhi. General (Retired) V K Singh, Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India presented the trophy to Mr Singh. The recognition underscores exemplary leadership and vision, indomitable enterprising spirit, passion for innovation and strong commitment to social responsibilities.

The prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) is a world-class platform recognizing and honoring business leaders who have shown entrepreneurial excellence, innovation, fair practices and growth of business. This particular award was given under a special category to recognize Mr Singh’s leading role in “impacting, touching lives and making a positive difference to society.” The award further recognized Mr Singh as a dynamic, young business leader who has made a mark on the global landscape by combining the twin objectives of business for profit and public good in ways that can positively impact lives. By striving for world class healthcare services, Fortis Healthcare shaped the contours of the healthcare industry. The social initiatives to provide curative and preventive healthcare to the needy section of the society through the Fortis Charitable Foundation (FCF) were highlighted at the award.

The APEA is an initiative of Enterprise Asia, a non-governmental organization in pursuit of entrepreneurship development across the region. It strives to promote fair and equal opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs. Founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the organization is supported by a panel of prominent industry and government leaders who believe in the mission of championing entrepreneurship in Asia.

The APEA is a regional award for outstanding entrepreneurship, and recognizes efforts to continuously innovate and sustain their leadership. It provides a visible platform for companies and governments to recognize and be recognized for entrepreneurial excellence, hence spurring greater innovation, fair practices and growth in entrepreneurship. Over 1200 top business leaders and entrepreneurs have been awarded the prestigious Awards since 2007 in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and China as part of its continuous efforts to recognize and honour individuals who have shown great entrepreneurship spirit in leading, growing and contributing to their organizations, communities and countries.

Southern Films Round Up

Raj Tharun Cast Opposite A Beautiful Actress

Raj Tarun is fast becoming one of the most sought after heroes in Tamil Film Industry. Even as he awaits the release of his full – on comedy of confusion Eedo Rakam – Aado Rakam, in which he shares the screen space with Vishnu, Rajendra Prasad, Heebah Patel & Sonarika, pre – production work on his film with debutante director Nani is fast progressing. He will be paired up with Anisha Ambrose in this flick. The gorgeous diva was recently seen in Sundeep Kishan’s Run. Having acted in Alias Janaki, she has been quite choosy about her films. As for Raj Tarun, he is fast graduating to the next level. In Uyyala Jampala, Cinema Choopistha Maava, Kumari 21F & Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu, he got either a debutante or a fledgling actress to play the heroine. Even though Anisha is no star heroine, she is the 1st of Raj Tarun’s heroine to have a glamorous image, discounting of course Sonarika of Speedunnodu fame, as Eedo Rakam – Aado Rakam is a solo hero’s film.

Vijay 60 costumer In Vijay Sethupathi’s Next

The shooting of Vijay Sethupathi’s Rekka will commence from the 1st week of May, 2016. That apart the preliminary photo shoot of the film has been conducted with its lead pair VIjay Sethupathi & Lakshmi Menon who pairs up with the versatile star for the 1st time ever. Rekka will be directed by Rathnasiva. This is his 2nd film after Vaa Deal starring Arun Vijay & Karthika which is yet to hit the screens. The lead actors took part in the photo shoot conducted by popular still photographer G. Venkatraman. Sathya who will be designing Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s costumes in Vijay 60 has been roped in for the costumes of Vijay Sethupathi in Rekka. Joy Crizildaa will be designing the costumes for Lakshmi Menon.

A Notable Getup Change For Ajith In Thala 57

Director Siva will team up for the 3rd time with Thala Ajith to direct the star’s 57th film which is expected to go on the floors in Jun, 2016. Siva’s 1st ever film with Ajith was Veeram that released in Jan, 2014. In that film the filmmaker gave a complete makeover for Ajith as a village man wearing a white shirt & veshti throughout the film. In a number of films preceding Veeram, Thala was sporting hi – fi urban costumes & coolers. In last year’s blockbuster Vedalam also Ajith was posing as a lower middle class taxi driver and a local don which was completely different from his previous films.

However in Thala 57 it will be Siva’s turn to showcase Ajith’s uber cool style in urban outfits. As the story of the film reportedly takes place in foreign countries Thala Ajith is expected to roll back to his Billa 2 & Arrambam kind of looks in this film.

Mani Ratnam’s Next With Karthi To Have A Striking Roja Connect

Director Mani Ratnam’s next film that will have Karthi & Sai Pallavi in lead roles was earlier touted to go on floors from Jun, 2016. But now the commencement of the film has been postponed. In fact the Mani Ratnam – Karthi project will now go on the floors from Sept, 2016 in Kashmir. In his career spanning decades, the master filmmaker will be shooting in Kashmir again after the 1992 blockbuster Roja which revolved around the Kashmir border terrorism. Karthi reportedly plays an air pilot while Sai Pallavi of Premam fame plays a doctor in this yet to be titled film. Allah Rakha Rahman will be scoring the music while Ravivarman will handle the cinematography for this much expected film.

P.Susheela Gets A Guinness Entry

Veteran Singer P.Susheela has created a new world record and her name has been entered in the prestigious & most popular Guinness Book of World Records. “Susheela has been singing since the 1960’s and she has recorded a whopping 17, 695 solo. duet and chorus backed songs in as many as 6 Indian languages since the 1960’s” noted the Guinness World Record Certificate given to her. Born in 1935, Susheela recorded her 1st ever film song for the 1952 Tamil film Petra Thai. Since then she has sung thousands of songs in Tamil. Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and varied other Indian languages. This is really a proud moment for every Indian and every movie buff.

4 Actresses With Bava & Bavamaridi

In the past, 3 actresses were being paired up with Allu Arjun & Ram Charan, the order sometimes gets reversed, in the same year. It all began with Kajal Aggarwal who acted with Ram Charan & Allu Arjun in Magadheera & Arya 2 respectively, in the same year (2009).

Amala Paul Did Much The Same In 2013

Months after being paired up with Cherry in the film Naayak, Amala Paul was cast opposite Bunny in Iddarammayilatho. In 2014, Shruti Haasan repeated this feat by doing a film each with Cherry & Bunny – Yevadu & Race Gurrram, respectively. It’s Rakul Preet Singh’s turn in 2016 to do the same with the two mega heroes. Months after Sarrainodu, her film with Ram Charan, the as yet untitled remake of Thani Oruvan, will be released in Aug, 2016.

After Kalyani, Nithya, It’s Miya

Is it because Malayalam actresses are especially talented that our sensible directors are increasingly preferring them? Nandini Reddy recently averred that Malayalam actresses, in general, act really well. While it was Nithya Menon in Ala Modalaindi, it was Malavika Nair in Kalyana Vaibhogame. Much like Nandini, Kranti Madhav too seems to be thinking on similar lines. If he cast Kalyani in his debut film Onamalu, it was Nithya Menon in Malli Malli Idhi Rani Roju. For his 3rd film, which has Sunil playing the male lead, he has cast a Malayalam heroine, yet again. It’s Miya George.
Looks like Mollywood actresses are going to be the next big thing in Tollywood, especially in roles that are performance-oriented.

Pawan Gets It Done As planned

For the last few months, the team of Sardaar Gabbar Singh have been doing a back -breaking work to complete the film on schedule. Just in the last 2 months of the talkie part or so, about 70% of the film was shot. Even after Pawan whizzed off to Switzerland with his team to shoot for 2 songs, a team here worked to complete the DTS mixing and other post -production works as per schedule. All the dubbing and most pending works but for the editing of 2 songs was scheduled to be completed soon. And the same has been wrapped up. The producers are planning to send the film for Censor procedures soon. Come 8th Apr, 2016, the film will hit the screens in a grand way

Kochi Schedule Of Oppam Wrapped Up

The Kochi schedule of Oppam has been wrapped up. The shooting was on at Kochi for the past few days. Mohanlal & Vimala Raman play the lead roles in the movie. Priyadarshan is directing this thriller. Mohanlal plays a blind man in the movie. Oppam is an investigative thriller. At Kochi, the team had shot for 3 weeks at Thammanam, Thripunithara & Marine Drive. The schedule of Oppam is being scheduled taking into consideration Mohanlal’s commitment for his Telugu flick.

Kali Is A Aage

Easter release Kali has turned out to be a rage with audiences accepting the movie wholeheartedly. The movie is doing well everywhere. A contemporary relationship drama, this Samir Thahir movie stars Dulquer Salmaan & Sai Pallavi in the lead roles.
Kali’ is all about how Dulquer’s character Siddarth deals with his excessive rage. Helping him tide over his bursts of anger is his wife Anjali played by Sai Pallavi. Viewers find the pair awesome and many are watching the movie just to catch their sizzling on screen chemistry.’

Babruvahana In New Style

One of the unforgettable mythological films in the career of Dr Rajakumar Babruvaahana in which he played Arjuna & Babruvahana is all set to release after 39 years again with 7.1 sound technologies. It is adding DI & DTS technology in addition to new sound system. The new technical additions to Babruvahana is releasing on 24th April Dr Rajakumar’s birth anniversary. One of the epoch making films of Kannada film history Babruvaahana in Hunasooru Krishnamurthy direction and screenplay has lyrics & dialogue from Chi Udayashanker, TG Lingappa has scored most memorable tunes forever. Bhaktavatsalam editing and Shivaiah stunts are technical best in the film. Babruvaahana was released in 1977 from Raj Kamal Arts. KCN Gowda of Doddaballapura produced this mythological film. Mumbai based Reliance Company has brought in the new effects to this film. 22nd April, 2016 the film is releasing. Dr B Saroja Devi, Kanchana, Jayamala, Toogudeepa Srinivas, Vajramuni, Shakthiprasad, Rajanand, Ramakrishna and others are in the cast. Ninna Kanna Notadalle…..
Yaaru Tiliyaru Ninna Parakrama…..a wordy duel between Arjun & Babruvahana, Aradhisuve Madanaari…..are impeccable songs of this film.

Harshika Dilpasand

At the recent Srilankan tussle in Bengaluru one Kannada heroine who was brimming with happiness after seeing top player Dilshan was Harshika Poonachcha. Not just meeting Dilshan but having dinner with the player. As a matter of fact Harshika is a brand ambassador for a company. This particular company hosted dinner for the Srilankan team. Harshika felt happy appearing for photographs with Dilshan. It is not 1st time Harshika Poonacha met the team members of Srilankan team. She took part in the previous T 20 cricket tournament dinner part. Harshika Poonacha ascertained from Dilshan that her wife Manjula Thilini is also popular actress in Sinhalese language. She is more famous than me in my home country explained Dilshan. Harshika Poonachcha bubbli actress is also well qualified with engineering graduation. Speaking to high profile persons is a very easy task for this actress.

Raped Dalit girl battles for life


Ghaziabad: A minor Dalit girl who set herself on fire after being raped in Ghaziabad is battling for life with 50 percent burns in a hospital here.

Police said Babloo Yadav, an MBA student here, barged into the victim’s house on Wednesday when she was alone and raped her. His accomplice, Rencho Yadav, stood guard outside.

The victim’s brother who returned home then tried the catch the two but they escaped after threatening him with a pistol. Her parents also reached the house and identified the two.

In the meantime, the girl bolted herself inside the house and set herself on fire by pouring kerosene over her clothes.

The parents broke open the door and rushed her to a hospital, from where she was taken to the government-run MMG Hospital where doctors said her condition was critical.

Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil said one of the two culprits had been arrested and a hunt was on for the other.

“I have asked the inspector to refer the victim to Delhi since her condition is grave and the family is not in a position to take her to Delhi,” Patil said.


Teesta Setalvad, CPM MPs denied entry into Hyderabad varsity

Teesta Setalvad

Hyderabad: Civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad and two Communist Party of India-Marxist MPs were Thursday not allowed to enter University of Hyderabad, evoking protest from students.

The university security personnel stopped Teesta and MPs from Kerala, T. Rajesh and P.Sampath, at the main gate.

They were invited by the students’ groups to address a public meeting as part of the ongoing agitation against last week’s police crackdown and the demand to remove P. Appa Rao as vice chancellor.

Teesta and the two Lok Sabha members lodged strong protest over the denial of entry. They condemned the curbs imposed by the university on entry of political leaders, activists and media into the campus.

The students, who were waiting from on the campus, also rushed to the main gate and raised slogans against the university authorities.

Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, an umbrella grouping of various students’ groups, has condemned the university’s action and called it an attempt to stifle the movement for justice to Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar who committed suicide in January.

The unrest on the campus began on January 17 after Rohith, one of the five Dalit students suspended for allegedly attacking a leader of ABVP, committed suicide. This triggered a massive protest by students, who demanded action against vice chancellor and central minister Bandaru Dattaetrya who were named in First Information Report.

Appa Rao, who went on leave on January 24, resumed charge last week, triggering huge protest. The students ransacked the vice chancellor’s lodge on March 22 and in the subsequent police crackdown 25 students and two faculty members were arrested and jailed.

They were all released on bail on March 29.


Eight persons killed, several trapped in Kolkata flyover collapse


Kolkata: At least eight persons were killed when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed today in busy north Kolkata, leaving scores of others trapped under the debris.

Police sources said that eight persons were killed in the incident, while several others were injured. The death toll could go up, they said.

Several injured persons were rescued from under the debris and were being sent to different hospitals in the vicinity.

“Two persons were brought dead and two others were in serious condition,” Kolkata Medical College and Hospital superintendent Sikha Banerjee said.

“More injured persons are still being brought in to the hospital,” Banerjee said.

Cutting short her visit to West Midnapore district, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was campaigning there, rushed back to the city and visited the site and directed the authorities to speed up the relief and rescue operations carried out by police, fire brigade and disaster management personnel.

Several passenger vehicles, including a bus, were trapped under the debris, as operations were on to clear the rubble and bring out those trapped under.

Huge cranes and other rescue vehicles were pressed into service to clear the debris and bring out the injured.

A PTI correspondent who was at the accident site, saw a number of severely injured persons lying in a pool of blood.

At least a few persons were seen trapped under vehicles, concrete and heavy steel girders.

The incident took place at around noon at the busy Rabindra Sarani-K K Tagore Street crossing near Burrabazar, the trading hub and one of the most congested areas in the city.

A number of hawkers operate under the flyover which is also used for parking several vehicles.

NDRF personnel were also rushed to the site to to assist in the rescue operations.


II PU Chemistry re-exam on April 12; 40 officials suspended


Bengaluru: The II Pre-University Chemistry (PUC) re-examination that was scheduled on Thursday, will be conducted on April 12.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry suspended 40 employees of the Department of Pre-University Education of Karnataka.

The Chemistry exam that was first scheduled on March 21 was cancelled and postponed after a II PU science student alerted the authorities about the question paper leak.

Following protests by the students and parents, the state government handed over the investigation to the CID.

Nearly 1.74 lakh PU students across the state were supposed to write the Chemistry re-exam today.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah earlier today said that his government will find out the persons responsible for the repeated leak of the question paper.

“A stringent action will be taken on the offenders in question paper leakage incidents. I assure justice to the students and parents,” he tweeted.

“I have understood the pain of students and parents. I request them to be patient and keep faith on us. I assure justice to them,” he added.

Seconding the Chief Minister`s statement, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara also condemned the incident and said that strict action will be taken once the CID files a report.

“It`s not just a 24-hour job. The CID is looking in to the matter, a second incident has happened they now will be investigating it more seriously. We will find out that who has done it. The CID is questioning few people. I understand career of so many students are involved,” said Parameshwara.


PM Modi arrives in US to attend Nuclear Security Summit


Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here early today to attend the two-day Nuclear Security Summit where world leaders from over 50 countries are expected to share their assessment of the threat from nuclear weapons and materials.

During his two-day stay in Washington, Modi is scheduled to interact with a number of world leaders including the host President Barack Obama.

Attending the Nuclear Security Summit for the first time, Modi is expected to lay out his vision of securing nuclear weapons.

This is Modi’s third visit to the US and second to Washington since becoming Prime Minister in 2014.

In September 2014, Modi visited US and had a meeting with Obama at the White House. He made his second trip to the US a year later which took him to New York and Silicon Valley.

While the details of his schedule in Washington have not been released yet, the Prime Minister is expected to hold a series of meetings throughout the day, which range from bilaterals with heads of state to community leaders, to scientists and top executives from the corporate world.

Modi is scheduled to hold a meeting with John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand later today and meet with scientists from Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).

Even as he has no public engagement with the Indian American community, which has been a trademark of his overseas trips, a large number of Indian Americans from in and around Washington said they would be standing outside his hotel, despite tight security, to get a glimpse of Modi.

The official summit engagement of the Prime Minister would begin in the evening when he would drive down to the White House to attend a dinner hosted by Obama in honour of the world leaders attending the fourth Nuclear Security Summit.

No Modi-Obama bilateral meeting has been announced yet from either side, but the two leaders are expected to get multiple opportunities for interaction and talks over the next two days.

“The summit would deliberate on the crucial issue of threat to nuclear security caused by nuclear terrorism. Leaders would discuss ways and measure through which to strengthen the global nuclear security architecture, especially to ensure that non-state actors do not get access to nuclear material,” Modi had said in a statement before leaving on the current three-nation tour of Belgium, the US and Saudi Arabia.

Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security Affairs) Amandeep Singh Gill said during the summit India’s written National Progress Report would be circulated at the summit.

The Prime Minister would intervene in this discussion on national actions to underline some of the important measures we have taken to strengthen nuclear security.

“India expects that the summit would contribute further to raising high level awareness of the threat of nuclear terrorism and the need to strengthen international cooperation against terrorists and nuclear traffickers,” Gill said.

“We also expect that the summit would help bolster legal, institutional and enforcement measures to strengthen the security of nuclear material, radioactive sources, associated facilities and technologies,” he said.


Syria war: UN urges leaders to accept more refugees

Ban Ki-moon says governments must “act with solidarity” to alleviate Syria refugee crisis and “counter fear-mongering”.

Many refugees have died while fleeing to European countries on rickety boats [AP]

Many refugees have died while fleeing to European countries on rickety boats [AP]

by Al Jazeera

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments around the world to allow in more Syrian refugees and “counter fear-mongering” about them.

At a conference in Geneva on Wednesday, Ban urged countries to “act with solidarity, in the name of our shared humanity, by pledging new and additional pathways for the admission of Syrian refugees”.

He said they can do so through “resettlement or humanitarian admission, family reunions, as well as labour or study opportunities”.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR convened a meeting of more than 90 countries at the Swiss UN seat in Geneva, aiming to win new pledges for resettlement and family reunification programmes, as well as study visas.

“We are here to address the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time,” Ban said.

These programmes are separate from usual asylum procedures. They are aimed especially at helping vulnerable groups, including women, children and people with medical needs.

Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq have been hosting most of the five million refugees of Syria’s conflict, which has put serious strains on state budgets and public services.

“Communities hosting refugees in neighbouring countries are exhausted,” Ban said.

Furthermore, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are stranded in European countries without basic rights or the proper documentation to lead a normal life.

Ban also emphasised that countries should not demonise refugees, but should see the opportunities that the people could bring to their new host countries.

“Today, they are refugees. Tomorrow, they can be students and professors, scientists and researchers, workers and care-givers,” he said.

Earlier this year, an international donor conference in London pledged more than $11bn to assist Syrian refugees and internally displaced people in 2016-2020, the bulk of which came from the US and EU member-states.

And wealthy countries have pledged 178,000 of the 480,000 resettlement spots needed for Syrians, according to UN estimates.

Audiences love to listen to foot tapping Punjabi songs and they become an instant hit: Varinder Vaz

Varinder Vizz

Varinder Vizz, the latest musical sensation in B – Town happens to be a well – known singer, composer and performer too. And now he is all set to add one more illustrious musical feather to his musical cap by donning the grease paint and facing the arc lights for Shubir Mukherjee’s movie namely Club Dancer and that too with Hollywood actress Judi Shekoni of Twilight Saga fame.

Give us an insight into your pre-filmic background?

Basically speaking I am a hard core Punjabi lad, hailing from the capital city, Delhi. Besides right since I was that high I was totally inclined towards music, so to pick up the finer musical nuances I took training under my musical Guru named Pandit Manmohan Sharma for almost one and a half decade.

How did you land up in the musical firmament of Bollywood?

After the journey of the musical training ended I too headed straight for Bollywood and then of course after the initial phase I happened to meet Shubir Mukherjee of Film Magic Productions Pvt Ltd who was producing a film named Club Dancer. And after having a musical sitting with him he was so impressed that he instantly made me an offer to compose two songs, sung by me. And thus I landed my 1st ever Bollywood musical break in Club Dancer.

Which are the two songs that you have composed for Club Dancer?

The two songs that I have not only composed but also sang and performed are Tanatan and Ek ek sip karke pee gaya Patiala peg and both the songs have become an instant chart-bursting hit on the social networking sites and even garnered a million hits on Youtube since its release. It has also become a rage amongst the music lovers.

You have earlier performed in music videos and now you are all set to make your Bollywood debut as an actor. How come?

Actually speaking I love performing on my own songs which I have already done in my two music video albums Desi No 1 and Midnight. When Shubir Mukherjee saw my albums he asked me to perform on the Patiala song too along with Hollywood actress Judi Shekoni of Twilight Saga fame.

Who are your favourite inspirational singers?

My personal choice in this regard is first and foremost Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Hansraj Hans, Lata Mangeshkar and above all Mohammed Rafi. And amongst the music composers Allah Rakha Rahman is my all time favourite.

What do you think about today’s musical scenario?

The musical scenario has a constantly changing phase. The audiences loved the earlier melodious style songs because they were all based on pure classical ragas which were enjoyable, but today’s songs are mostly based on western beats and that too sometimes they appear quite noisy.

But then why are the so-called Punjabi songs, which are mostly used in Hindi films, such a big hit nowadays?

It is so because the audiences love to listen to such foot-tapping songs and they become an instant hit.

What do you love most composing music, singing songs composed by you or performing on your own songs?

Frankly speaking composing music is my first love. And now that I am here in Bollywood I would also love to sing songs composed by other music composers. And if the filmmaker wants me to sing songs composed by me and also perform on them, just as I have done in Club Dancer, then I don’t mind it at all.