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Skincare tips to keep in mind for winter season

Skincare tips to keep in mind for winter seasonNew Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Dryness, dullness, rough skin and chapped lips are some of the things that happen during the winter season. Shivani Shah, therapist and co-founder of organic skincare brand Naturma, Shikhee Agrawal, Head Trainer of The Body Shop India and Arundhati Tathe, Skin Assistant Manager, A'Kreations Hair and Beyond, have shared skin care tips to keep in mind during the cold season. * Shower time: Limit it from 20 minutes to 10 minutes in warm water.


Hafiz Saeed set to walk free

Hafiz Saeed set to walk freeIslamabad, Nov 23 (IANS) Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre, is all set to walk free after about 10 months of house arrest. A Lahore High Court review board on Wednesday rejected an appeal of the Punjab government seeking to extend the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief's detention for more three months and ordered his release. Saeed and his four aides -- Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal Shahbaz, Abdur Rehman and Qazi Kashif Hussain -- had been under house arrest since January under the Anti-Terrorism Act.


Documentary explores Apatani tribe

Documentary explores Apatani tribeKolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) A documentary exploring the Apatani tribe of the Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh will have its premiere in January 2018, its makers said on Thursday. "Ziro: The Lost Tribe", according to its Gujarat-based maker Mitra Patel, "unfolds the culture of Ziro, which is home to the Apatani tribe, one of the most organised, modernised and educated tribe, staying in one of the most remote parts of India".


IFFI: No clarity over screening frustrates 'S... Durga' crew

IFFI: No clarity over screening frustrates 'S... Durga' crewPanaji, Nov 23 (IANS) Two days after the Kerala High Court directed the organisers of the 48th IFFI to screen "S Durga", the cast of the Sanal Kumar Sasidharan directorial continues to wallow in uncertainty over whether the film will be screened at all. The movie's lead actress Rajshri Deshpande told IANS on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that it was frustrating to be at the gala and not be able to watch the movie despite a clear judicial direction. It is so frustrating," Deshpande said.


Asked for bouncy wickets keeping SA tour in mind: Kohli

Asked for bouncy wickets keeping SA tour in mind: KohliNagpur, Nov 23 (IANS) A candid India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday admitted that he had asked for bouncy wickets for the home series against Sri Lanka keeping in mind the more tougher tour to South Africa in January. "Yes (I had), because unfortunately we get only two days before we fly to South Africa after this series gets over. "Had we got a month off ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario but we have to sort of make do with what we have," Kohli told reporters during the pre-match press conference ahead of the second Test against the islanders starting on Friday.


Jaipur most expensive three-day trip, Pune cheapest

Jaipur most expensive three-day trip, Pune cheapestNew Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Across eight major cities in India, Jaipur emerged as the most expensive three-day break destination for December at Rs 45,351 while Pune was the cheapest at Rs 34,704, a survey said on Thursday. The study, which compared the cost of a three-day break for December in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Jaipur, found that the average price for a short break was Rs 39,693 (excluding flights), with prices varying significantly from the least to the most expensive.


Everybody entitled to an opinion: Vani Tripathi

Everybody entitled to an opinion: Vani TripathiPanaji, Nov 23 (IANS) "Nothing on 'Padmavati'," that's what IFFI steering committee and censor board member Vani Tripathi Tikoo said as she sat down for an interview, in which she disclosed how the film extravaganza is poised to be "for the people and by the people". The ongoing 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has made headlines not only for the films and star presence, but also for the wrong reasons. The discussion around the exclusion of "S Durga" and "Nude" from IFFI's Indian Panorama section and the ripple effect of the protests against the release of "Padmavati", became a highlight of the movie jamboree.


India look to extend dominance in second Test

India look to extend dominance in second TestNagpur, Nov 23 (IANS) After narrowly missing out on a win in the opening Test at the Eden Gardens, a confident India will be aiming to extend their dominance over Sri Lanka when the two sides face off in the second Test here from Friday. Inspired by the performance of the fast bowlers in the first Test and keeping in mind the upcoming tour of South Africa early next year, the hosts are once again set to test the Sri Lankans on a green track at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha. The Indian pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami shared all the 17 Sri Lankan wickets which fell during the first Test.


Ashamed to call myself citizen of this country: Neeraj Ghaywan

Ashamed to call myself citizen of this country: Neeraj GhaywanMumbai, Nov 23 (IANS) Filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan of "Masaan" fame says he feels ashamed to call himself a citizen of a country where people go about freely after threatening artistes on national television. Ghaywan was present at the screening of his short film "Juice" -- backed by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films -- on Wednesday when he was asked about filmmakers' creative freedom in the wake of the controversy surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati". "That is really unfortunate and it's a sad state that we are living in." On "S Durga" and "Nude", the two films which were excluded from the final Indian Panorama selection for the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Ghaywan said: "I feel we all are feeling the pressure.


US, Sweden, Nigeria envoys present credentials

US, Sweden, Nigeria envoys present credentialsNew Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) New US Ambassador Kenneth Juster, along with the envoys of Sweden and Nigeria, presented their credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind here on Thursday. According to an official statement, besides Juster, Ambassador Klas Molin of Sweden and High Commissioner Maj. Gen (Retd.) Chris Sunday Eze of Nigeria presented their credentials at a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.


Manushi Chhillar has made us proud: Shatrughan Sinha

Manushi Chhillar has made us proud: Shatrughan SinhaMumbai, Nov 23 (IANS) Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha has congratulated Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar, who has won the Miss World 2017 title. Shatrughan on Thursday tweeted: "Will also be a highly appreciated gesture on behalf of the nation as we congratulate our young, medico family girl and world beauty queen Manushi Chhillar. Manushi... You have made us all proud! Jai Hind!" She is the sixth Indian to win the title and the first since Priyanka Chopra won the crown in 2000.


Indians' enthusiasm attracts us the most, says Pakistani actor

Indians' enthusiasm attracts us the most, says Pakistani actorIslamabad, Nov 23 (IANS) Pakistani actress Humaima Malick, who ventured into Bollywood with the 2014 film "Raja Natwarlal", says the enthusiasm with which the Indian film fraternity works attracts artistes from her country to Indian cinema. Humaima is currently gearing up for the release of "Arth 2" - a Pakistani remake of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's 1982 film "Arth". The film also features Shaan Shahid, Mohib Mirza and Uzma Hassan.


Not looking at any competition with Pandya: All-rounder Vijay

Not looking at any competition with Pandya: All-rounder VijayKolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) Having made it to the Indian squad, batting all-rounder Vijay Shankar is not in any way losing his sleep thinking about a certain Hardik Pandya and possible comparisons and competition with the in-form cricketer as he prepares to join the Indian team for the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. "Pandya has done well so far and his rise has been amazing. It's not about competing with anyone but improving on a personal front and trying to cement a place in the starting XI," Vijay told IANS in a telephonic interview.


'Padmavati' issue scary for all of us: Vinod Kapri

'Padmavati' issue scary for all of us: Vinod KapriPanaji, Nov 23 (IANS) As protests against "Padmavati" gather steam all across India, "Pihu" director Vinod Kapri finds the issue scary for a citizen as well as a filmmaker. "The 'Padmavati' issue is really concerning. If we as a nation treat a legendary filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali (like this), then I am really worried about the future," Kapri told IANS on the sidelines of the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.


Narendra Kumar designs robe fit for WWE superstar Jinder Mahal

Narendra Kumar designs robe fit for WWE superstar Jinder MahalNew Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Designer Narendra Kumar has designed a robe fit for former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal who is also known as the Modern Day Maharaja. Mahal will be presented with this special robe during his visit to India. Jinder Mahal is set to make his WWE debut in India on December 9 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in a fight against the legendary Triple H, said a statement.


Technology breaks barriers, it validates Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: PM Modi

Technology breaks barriers, it validates Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two-day Global Conference on Cyberspace in Delhi. While addressing the gathering at the Global Conference on Cyberspace, PM Modi discussed the potential of technology and digitalisation in India. He said digital technology has emerged as a great enabler and it paves way for efficient service delivery and governance. PM Modi further added that technology breaks barriers and it validates the Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam- world is one family.


'Padmavati' cleared by British censors for Dec 1 release

'Padmavati' cleared by British censors for Dec 1 releaseLondon, Nov 23 (IANS) The British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared controversial Indian film "Padmavati" for release on December 1 but a source close to the film's makers said it won't release anywhere on that date. According to the official website of the BBFC, "Padmavati" will be released "uncut" in the UK. "We are not releasing the film anywhere on December 1," the source told IANS.


'MasterChef Australia' 2015 winner finds Indian chefs 'almost obsessive'

'MasterChef Australia' 2015 winner finds Indian chefs 'almost obsessive'New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) "MasterChef Australia" 2015 winner Billie McKay had a chance to work with some of her Indian counterparts, and she found them almost obsessive. Hopefully, I will get to come back here for a holiday," McKay told IANS here. "I love cooking Indian dishes.


Giants of Jazz back with third edition

Giants of Jazz back with third editionNew Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Giants of Jazz, the music festival, is back with third edition and this year, it will take place in the national capital and Gurugram from November 30 till December 9. The jazz music festival will take place at The Piano Man Jazz Club here, as well as Lock & Key in Cross Point Mall in Gurugram since there has been a growing demand from the community across both cities for an expansion of programming of this calibre, said a statement. Giants of Jazz is a property that has been built and grown within India with a lot of care and curation by the The Piano Man Jazz Club team.


48th International Film Festival of India witnesses huge turnout

48th International Film Festival of India witnesses huge turnoutVisitors to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), underway in resort city of Panaji, are elated over the selection of movies being screened at the gala event. An American tourist, Jonathan, a regular visitor to the event for the last seven years, said the film festival provides him the opportunity to watch niche and quality films from countries from across the globe, including Iran, Iraq and India, which are not available in his home country. The event, dubbed as India's largest film festival, opened with Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's film 'Beyond the Clouds'. As many as 195 films from 82 countries will be screened at the festival over a period of nine days. The focus country in the 48th edition of IFFI is Canada and films from the North American country will be screened during the festival.


PM Modi inaugurates 5th Global Conference on 'Cyber Space'

PM Modi inaugurates 5th Global Conference on 'Cyber Space'Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 5th Global Conference on 'Cyber Space', a two-day event, in the national capital on Thursday. The event is being organised for the first time in India. The theme of the conference is 'Cyber for All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development.' The conference is being organised to promote the importance of inclusiveness and human rights in global cyber policy.


BCCI has lost its reputation, says Anurag Thakur

BCCI has lost its reputation, says Anurag ThakurFormer Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur questioned the impact of the appointment of Committee of Administrators (CoA) on the autonomy and reputation of BCCI. Anurag said it is not the same BCCI which it used to be about a year back. He claimed that the board "has lost its reputation, as well as revenue at the international level."


CM Naidu visions to develop Andhra Pradesh into global seed hub

CM Naidu visions to develop Andhra Pradesh into global seed hubOn the occasion of India Rice Conclave 2017, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu addressed dignitaries in Vijayawada on Wednesday. CM Naidu said that Andhra Pradesh is the best place for producing seeds and the government is planning to set up mega Seed Park in Karnool. CM Naidu invited companies from all over the globe to set up operations in the state. The government is prepared to give all the required co-operation to build best infrastructure for producing seeds, he added. Andhra CM comparing China's land productivity with India said that we should not be behind.


India can become the global powerhouse of children's films: Prasoon Joshi

India can become the global powerhouse of children's films: Prasoon JoshiPanaji, Nov 23 (IANS) Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi says India has the potential to become global powerhouse for children's films as there are many stories waiting to be told. If we put our heads together, definitely we will see global stories churned out of the country," Joshi said during a panel discussion on the position of children's films in India and the way forward at the ongoing 48th International Film Festival of India here on Wednesday. "I am very hopeful that India can become a global powerhouse for children's films," he added.


Prasoon Joshi, Nitesh Tiwari hopes for gender sensitivity in children's films

Prasoon Joshi, Nitesh Tiwari hopes for gender sensitivity in children's filmsInstead, it is time to usher in gender sensitivity, and allow women to take charge and fight for themselves in the narrative of projects under children's films genre, say industry experts. Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi feels one should be very conscious about gender sensitive while making a project for children. "Gender sensitivity at the time of conceptualisation of films is important.


Irrfan Khan to be honoured at Dubai film festival

Irrfan Khan to be honoured at Dubai film festivalDubai,A Nov 22 (IANS) Actor Irrfan Khan is set to be honoured at the 14th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in December for his "incredible body of work". The much awaited film festival will take place from December 6 to December 13. The opening ceremony of DIFF will present three Honorary Awards, to celebrate significant achievements and contributions to the film industry of the individuals.


'Kaccha Limbu' very close to my heart: Sonali Kulkarni

'Kaccha Limbu' very close to my heart: Sonali KulkarniPanaji, Nov 22 (IANS) Actress Sonali Kulkarni says Marathi film "Kaccha Limbu", which narrates story of a middle-class couple trying to come to terms with a life-changing situation, is a very special project. "'Kaccha Limbu' is very close to my heart. My role in it was one of the most challenging ones I've played," Sonali said in a statement.


Cabinet approves pay hike for High Court, Supreme Court judges: Law and Justice Minister

Cabinet approves pay hike for High Court, Supreme Court judges: Law and Justice MinisterThe Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave a nod to revision in the salaries, gratuity and pension of the High Court and the Supreme Court judges consequent upon recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission informed the Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Cabinet Meeting was led by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Law and Justice Minister added that the proposed increase in the salary and allowance will benefit 31 Judges of the Supreme Court of India (including Chief Justice of India) and 1079 Judges of the High Courts (including Chief Justices of the High Courts). Prasad added that the move will also benefit 2,500 retired judges.


Air variant of BrahMos missile test fired from Sukhoi jet

Air variant of BrahMos missile test fired from Sukhoi jetIndia on Wednesday successfully test fired the air variant of BrahMos missile from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet to hit a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.


Shraddha Kapoor REACTS on her FAILED Films

Shraddha Kapoor REACTS on her FAILED FilmsShraddha Kapoor's last few releases, including "OK Jaanu", "Half Girlfriend" and "Haseena Parkar", failed to elicit expected response. But the actress is not worried about failure and says ups and downs are part of life. At the ongoing 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), she says her aim is to make everyone proud with her work. She is also excited for the multi-lingual action film "Saaho", which also stars Prabhas. She will also essay India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal in a Bollywood biopic.


AIBA launches GlovesUp programme to produce top quality boxers

AIBA launches GlovesUp programme to produce top quality boxersGuwahati, Nov 22 (IANS) The International Boxing Federation (AIBA) on Wednesday launched its 'GlovesUp' famed legacy programme aiming to produce a new generation of world-class boxers in the years to come. A joint collaboration between the AIBA, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and the Government of Assam, GlovesUp India started with a three-day camp at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) regional centre here. The project is one more initiative to promote boxing in the northeast and strengthen the foundation further in the region which has produced champion pugilists like M.C. Mary Kom, L. Sarita Devi and Shiva Thapa among others.


Five Indians storm into women's Youth Worlds semis

Five Indians storm into women's Youth Worlds semisGuwahati, Nov 22 (IANS) India assured themselves of five bronze medals in the AIBA womens World Youth Boxing Championships with local star Ankushita Boro, Shashi Chopra, Sakshi, Nitu and Jyoti cruising into the semi-finals here on Wednesday. The other Indian on show in the morning session, Niharika Gonella, however missed out on her medal opportunity, bowing to the more accomplished and technically stronger Georgia O'Connor of England. America's Heaven Garcia was the shock defeat of the day, losing to Kazakhstan's Zhansaya Abdraimova in the flyweight category.


BSES offers cash back on power bills paid using Bharat QR Code

BSES offers cash back on power bills paid using Bharat QR CodeNew Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) In a move to encourage digital payment of electricity bills, BSES, one of the two electricity distribution companies (discoms) in Delhi, on Wednesday announced the launch of the Bharat QR Code-enabled facility for paying its electricity bills. Using this payment mode would entitle the customer to a minimum 10 per cent cash-back facility which is available till February 28, 2018, a BSES release said here. "Now, the around 24 lakh customers of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) in south and west Delhi can benefit from the power and convenience of the revolutionary Bharat QR Code while paying their electricity bills," it said.


Mumbai to host Luxury Lifestyle Weekend in March

Mumbai to host Luxury Lifestyle Weekend in MarchMumbai, Nov 22 (IANS) Luxury Lifestyle Weekend (LLW), a platform that will bring together luxe brands and consumers, will take place from March 9-11 at Jio Garden, Bandra Kurla Complex here.


Cabinet nod for constituting 15th Finance Commission

Cabinet nod for constituting 15th Finance CommissionNew Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the constitution of the 15th Finance Commission, whose recommendations have to be in place by April 1, 2020, and decided to finalise its terms of reference, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced. The appointment of a new Finance Commission, to recommend sharing of revenue between the Centre and states for a five-year period after the 14th Finance Commission's recommendations expire on March 31, 2020, comes in the backdrop of a radical overhaul of the indirect tax regime by way of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1. "It normally takes around two years for a Finance Commission to complete its work, and for the 15th one, its recommendations need to be in place by April, 1, 2020," Jaitley told reporters here after a Cabinet meeting.


Pakistan court orders release of Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan court orders release of Hafiz SaeedIslamabad, Nov 22 (IANS) A Pakistan court on Wednesday ordered the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, blamed for the horrific 2008 Mumbai terror attack, from house arrest that began in January this year. A Judicial Review Board consisting of judges from the Lahore High Court rejected a plea from Punjab province to extend Saeed's detention after a senior Finance Ministry official failed to convince the board that his release would lead to diplomatic and other problems for Pakistan.


IKEA's first India store to offer over 7,000 products

IKEA's first India store to offer over 7,000 productsHyderabad, Nov 22 (IANS) Leading Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA will offer over 7,000 products at its first India store opening here next year, it said on Wednesday. The product range will be affordable and will offer something for every home with almost 1,000 products priced below Rs 200, said company officials. Ahead of the store launch planned in the spring of 2018, IKEA opened its experiential centre, providing a sneak peek into its products and solutions.


World's fastest supersonic cruise missile BrahMos successfully tested

World's fastest supersonic cruise missile BrahMos successfully testedBrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully tested from the Indian Air Force (IAF) front-line fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI in Odisha's Chandipur on Wednesday. India created history with the successful flight-test of the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile towards the intended target at the sea in Bay of Bengal.


'Excited' Sunny Leone to host starry bash for DJ Kygo

'Excited' Sunny Leone to host starry bash for DJ KygoSeems like Bollywood hottie Sunny Leone has planned 'something big' for Norwegian DJ Kygo. The 'Jism 2' actress will be throwing a lavish star-studded party for Kygo. Expressing her happiness, the 36-year-old actress said, "I have already told Kygo how fans go bananas in India and that he is going to a kickass time here and I can't wait to meet him." Kygo will come to India to perform at the Sunburn Arena. He will be here for a three-city tour with Percept Live. The DJ will perform in Hyderabad on November 24, New Delhi on November 25 and Mumbai on November 26. Sunny, who seem to be a great fan of his music, will be attending Kygo's concert in Mumbai with her 'Tera Intezaar' co-star Arbaaz Khan.


Rohit Roy supports ‘Padmavati’, asked to go to Pakistan

Rohit Roy supports ‘Padmavati’, asked to go to PakistanThe actor took to Twitter and said that India has become INTOLERANT.


Neeraj Ghaywan's new short film on Indian society

Neeraj Ghaywan's new short film on Indian societyNew Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) National Award winning director Neeraj Ghaywan of "Masaan" fame has come up with a short film "Juice", which showcases how a hot and humid summer evening unfolds to question the beliefs and practices that are ingrained in Indian society. The film is being presented by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, read a statement. "I am very happy to present another short film to my audience and I am pleased to associate with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films.


I will miss playing for East Bengal: ATK striker Robin

I will miss playing for East Bengal: ATK striker RobinKolkata, Nov 22 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) franchise ATK's India striker Robin Singh on Wednesday said he would be missing the I-League side and city football giants East Bengal, and if time permits he would turn up for their games. Robin would be plying his trade for defending champions ATK meaning the tall forward won't be part of East Bengal, a club he stared his career with and helped finish third in the league table in the 2016-17 season. "I will miss East Bengal.


Sector-specific buying, Asian cues buoy equity indices

Sector-specific buying, Asian cues buoy equity indicesMumbai, Nov 22 (IANS) Extending gains for the fifth consecutive session, key Indian equity indices on Wednesday closed in the positive territory as positive Asian cues and higher auto stocks buoyed investors' sentiments.


St. Moritz Ice Cricket 2018 launched

St. Moritz Ice Cricket 2018 launchedNew Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Former India opener Virender Sehwag and middle-order batsman Mohammad Kaif on Wednesday launched the inaugural edition of St.Moritz Ice Cricket 2018. The two-day event, which will be held in St.Moritz in Switzerland on February 8 and 9 set against the serene and breathtaking backdrop of the Swiss mountains, will host two matches over two days. Apart from them, several former cricketers like Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, Australia's Michael Hussey, South Africa's Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, New Zealand's Daniel Vettori, Nathan Mcullum, Grant Elliot, England's Monty Panesar and Owais Shah will feature in the event.


I am comfortable batting at any position, says Saha

I am comfortable batting at any position, says SahaNagpur, Nov 22 (IANS) India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Wednesday brushed aside talk of frequent changes in his batting position saying the No.6 slot in the Indian batting line-up is a flexible one, depending on the conditions. In the first rubber against the tourists, Saha came in at No.7 and 8 in both innings. Saha has played at No.6 but in the Indian second innings at Kolkata, he came as low as No.8, not exactly common among wicketkeeper-batsmen these days.


Unfortunate that film's budget depends on star not script: Nitesh Tiwari

Unfortunate that film's budget depends on star not script: Nitesh TiwariPanaji, Nov 22 (IANS) "Dangal" fame director Nitesh Tiwari, who has worked with A-list actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, says the trend of deciding a film's budget on the basis of the star rather than a script is an "unfortunate" scenario. "It is an unfortunate scenario in our country that the film's budget is decided not on the basis of the script but on the basis of who is starring in it," Tiwari said during a panel discussion on the position of children's films in India and the way forward at the ongoing 48th International Film Festival of India here on Wednesday. "A same script with a bigger star will have a higher production budget but the same script with a so-called lesser known star, would have lesser budget.


USAID Administrator to participate in GES

USAID Administrator to participate in GESHyderabad, Nov 22 (IANS) US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will visit India this month to participate in the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) here.


Paceman Jake Ball in England XI for first Ashes Test

Paceman Jake Ball in England XI for first Ashes TestBrisbane, Nov 22 (IANS) England have confirmed paceman Jake Ball's inclusion in their playing XI for the first Ashes Test against Australia at the Gabba from Thursday. Ball, who last played a Test in India last December, overcame an ankle injury to complete a four-man pace attack with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.


Equities close in green, auto stocks drive upward rally

Equities close in green, auto stocks drive upward rallyMumbai, Nov 22 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices on Wednesday provisionally closed in the positive territory as higher auto stocks buoyed investors' sentiments.


BrahMos successfully missile test-fired from Sukhoi 30-MKI

BrahMos successfully missile test-fired from Sukhoi 30-MKIIndia has test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Indian Air Force's Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet on Wednesday. The air-to-ground BrahMos missiles can be used for pinpoint strikes on terror camps located deep inside enemy territory or to take out underground nuclear bunkers. BrahMos has already been inducted by the Indian Army and Indian Navy.


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