Since Baby hit the screens on Republic Day 2015, Akshay Kumar has not let the patriot in him take a backseat. It is common knowledge that the Republic Day and Independence Day weekends are earmarked for the release of his films, which are high on patriotic pride.This year’s Independence Day, Reema Kagti’s Gold, is no different. The film revolves around independent India’s first Olympic gold win – a feat achieved by the Indian men’s hockey team in 1948 at the 14th London Olympiad.Akshay Kumar has a solid track record when it comes to Independence Day. His last Independence Day release, Toilet Ek Prem Katha, which promoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, earned Rs 13.10 crore on its first day.Technically, Toilet Ek Prem Katha released on August 11 (Friday), four days before the national holiday. Perhaps it would have registered a higher first-day collection if it had released on Independence Day itself.In 2016, Akshay Kumar’s fans were treated to Rustom on Independence Day. Like Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Rustom released a few days before the holiday. The film, which released on August 12, kickstarted its run at the box office with Rs 14.11 crore and demolished its competition, Hrithik Roshan-starrer Mohenjo Daro.Gold has the advantage of releasing on Independence Day itself. Apart from the Akshay Kumar and patriotism factor, fans are also super-excited to watch the Bollywood debut of popular television actress Mouni Roy. Having ruled over the small screen for years, Mouni has a sizeable fan following, which is likely to translate into footfall at the theatres.advertisementAccording to early estimates by trade analysts, the film is expected to rake in somewhere between Rs 18-20 crore on its opening day. It remains to be seen if the other Independence Day release this year, John Abraham-starrer Satyameva Jayate, manages to eat into Gold’s business significantly.ALSO READ | Gold vs Satyameva Jayate: Which film will win box office battle?ALSO WATCH | Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood
Chelsea, Southampton chasing Linfield whizkid Charlie Allenby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Southampton are both chasing Linfield whizkid Charlie Allen.The 15-year-old has already impressed on trials with Spurs and Manchester City.The Daily Express says Chelsea and Saints want to now run the rule over Allen during a trial period.Rangers are also interested in the Northern Irish attacking midfielder.Allen has already made his debut for the Linfield first-team this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): That Vinesh Phogat is her own person was proved yet again when she altered the strategy devised by the coaches for the key Olympic qualification match and came out trumps. Ahead of her world championships’ Olympic qualifying bout, the precise tactics suggested by coach Woller Akos were to “stay away from Sarah Ann Hildebrandt, block her right arm and protect the legs”. Vinesh said she did exactly the opposite. “Coaches were suggesting something else but I felt something different on the mat and changed tactics accordingly. I felt she was getting in, but because I was not conceding point, it was exhausting her,” Vinesh told PTI in an interview after claiming the 53kg category bronze and the Tokyo Olympics berth here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “So, I thought let’s lure her into leg attacks more and stay solid in defense to completely wear her out. I let her come in but held her off. It worked for me. I knew how much strength she had compared to mine,” she said. The American number one got hold off of Vinesh’s right leg in the second repechage bout five times but could not convert those moves into points. “Even if she had scored a few points, she would have got tired because she would have used all her power,” Vinesh added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The 25-year-old claims to be a person prone to mood swings even when it comes to smallest of matters like eating, sleeping, reading, and talking to people. Some advised her that she should not get married because she might lose spark but she proved them wrong. She knows what it means to win a big medal. She has not yet forgotton how the Rio Olympics injury confined her to a wheelchair for some weeks. “My mother has almost stopped watching my bouts. She fears I may return with a broken leg again. Even if she watches, she will make it tough for others by shouting like A rrey tang chhod de meri beti ki, tod na diyo (Leave the leg of my daughter, don’t break it).” While her mother keeps praying when her bout is on, her husband Sombir Rathee chips in with his inputs. “He may not have won medals but has a sharp wrestling mind. He would come up saying the same things what my foreign coach would suggest.” The world championship medal was missing from her CV for long and now that she has ticked the box, Vinesh said it gives her the cushion of a few months to plan better for ‘Mission Tokyo’. “It’s the first Olympic qualification tournament and a world championship too, so every athlete came here well-prepared and with a different mind set. Taking a medal from this group is definitely big for me. “It’s a relief because now I have a lot of time to prepare for the Olympics. And it’s a bronze only. I want to convert it to a gold and also win the Olympic medal.” Vinesh is pleased with the way she trained her mind to overcome a few negative thoughts that plagued her mind when it came to switching her weight category. “I used to think how will I beat a 53kg wrestler like Sofia Mattsson, who is so strong. But I changed the mind-set and beat her. So I am moving in the right direction. “My better version is yet to come. I think you will see my best in Olympics, that’s the pinnacle,” she said. After losing to Mayu Mukaida from Japan, Vinesh conceded just three points in next four bouts. So, does she feel that it was Mukaida, who pushed her away from the top place on the podium? “Anything can happen on the mat. You have seen the Korean girl (Yong Mi Pak) beat Mukaida 11-0 in the final and I have beaten that Korean girl twice. “But yes, If I had won against the Japanese, the results would have been different. My category is such that five-six wrestlers can beat each other on any given day. Depends on the day and the body language,” she explained. Vinesh is someone who commands respect from her opponents and the best in business. Does she get nervous? “I was not nervous because I had to wrestle strong opponents. It is a World Championship and qualifying for the Olympics was very important for me, so that nervousness was there,” she said. “If I lose to a strong opponent, I don’t mind that. Like I lost to Mukaida, she is good and I tried. Nervousness is good sometimes,” she added. Vinesh said though she has started to do well in the 53kg category, it still is new category her and figuring out stronger wretslers like Mukaida will take some time. Vinesh had lost to her at the Asian Championship also. “To beat Japan, you have to have a strong strategy. During the Asian Championship, I tried different things and at the Worlds, something else but I have not been successful on both counts. We have to find out the way to break down Japan mentally,” she said.
New Delhi: A Delhi court Thursday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to judicial custody till October 1 in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam. Special judge Arvind Kumar also allowed Puri to take medicines long with him to jail subject to the opinion of the jail doctor. The judge also asked the jail superintendent to consider the request of Puri to provide orthopaedic mattress as per prison rules. The court also asked the lock up in-charge to ensure security and safety of Puri while taking him to Tihar jail. The money laundering case was lodged following alleged irregularities in purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary, AgustaWestland.
Kolkata: The Health department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has been able to bring down dengue cases considerably through sustained awareness campaign. According to Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, who also holds the charge of KMC’s health department, dengue cases reported from the city from January 1 till September 11 stands at 602, which is much lower than last year’s figure of 911.”We follow the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in data collection method. Dengue inspection is carried out throughout the city in all our wards. We collect raw data and then verify the same through meticulous examination, which includes testing samples of affected patients in our dengue detection centre. Thereafter we bring out the final data list,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to KMC sources, Borough 10, at present, has the highest number of dengue cases. The number of affected persons in ward 99 is 42, till 15 September, which refutes the figures claimed by Left councilor Debasish Mukherjee, who alleged that the number was much higher. “We have conducted thorough examination and it has been revealed that some of the cases were either double entries or it was imported from other places other than ward 99. Our examination also determines whether the affected patient contracted dengue from the mentioned ward or from a place where the person is spending longer time which could be their areas of workplace.” Ghosh added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Deputy Mayor’s reply came during the monthly meeting of the civic body on Thursday after Left councillor alleged that the civic body has been suppressing the number of cases and sending wrong information to the state government. “The KMC Health department is sending wrong data related to dengue cases in Kolkata. Documents accessed by me indicates that the Dengue Patient Tracking Console (DPTC) through which data on dengue cases are accessed states that the number of cases are much higher. The data is also not being updated regularly as it should be done,” Mukherjee said. The Deputy Mayor said that the KMC is strengthening its drive in locked buildings in the city. Section 546 of the KMC Act empowers the commissioner to take up drives in buildings under lock and key for a long period of time by breaking open the lock, if the civic body feels that the building may have turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a pleasant Tuesday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 23.9 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 33 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said. Humidity was recorded at 91 per cent. The weatherman has forecast generally cloudy skies, with the possibility of very light rain and thundershowers. On Monday, the city recorded the maximum temperature at 32.5 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature settled at 24 degrees Celsius.
New Delhi: In a daring attack, a patrolling team of Delhi Police was attacked with a knife when they tried to stop bike-borne criminals in Delhi’s Mandir Marg area. “The incident happened late Tuesday night when the bike-borne men were stopped by the patrolling team as their movements seemed to be suspicious. While trying to stop them, the men attacked the police team with a knife,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Eish Singhal told IANS. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar The criminals were soon overpowered and the knife and a pistol recovered from them. The police said the motorbike that they were riding was also a stolen one. The DCP told IANS that the criminals have been identified as Kamil Singh alias Kanna and Jitender Kumar alias Rajesh Kumar. Both are Delhi residents and are said to be wanted criminals. Singhal said: “With the arrest of the two, around 15 cases committed in different places in the city are likely to be solved. These cases include snatching cases also.” Investigations have so far revealed that both the culprits have four attempts to murder cases, 20 snatching, seven loot and 19 cases under Arms Act against them. The police team that arrested the criminals included sub-inspector Surendra, assistant police sub-inspectors Rajesh and Raj Kumar, and havaldars Daljit, Kuldeep, Santosh, Vinod and jawans Manjit, Sanjay and Rajendra.
Insomnia is a driver of suicide, and people with severe insomnia may safely benefit from taking a sedative to help address their sleep problems as it reduces their suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. The study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, included 103 participants aged 18 to 65 with major depressive disorder, insomnia and suicidal thoughts. All participants took an antidepressant for the eight-week duration of the trial and half also took the sedative-hypnotic zolpidem at bedtime. Also Read – The Puja carnival”While the results do not argue for the routine prescription of hypnotics for mitigating suicidal ideation in all depressed outpatients with insomnia, they suggest that co-prescription of a hypnotic during initiation of an antidepressant may be beneficial in suicidal outpatients, especially in patients with severe insomnia,” said study researchers from Augusta University in the US. During the study, participants completed regular self-reports of the severity of their insomnia and completed a daily sleep diary during their treatment that included details like how many times they woke up during the night and how long they actually slept. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraResearchers also measured distorted thoughts about sleep, like participants thinking they would never again have a good night’s sleep. The frequency and intensity of disturbing dreams or nightmares, also a factor in insomnia-associated suicide, also were measured. Patients wore a wrist device to keep up with rest/activity cycles. Those taking the sleep aid showed both significant immediate and longer-term improvement in their reported insomnia severity. While both groups reported significant improvement in their feelings about hopelessness, quality of life, nightmares and dysfunctional beliefs about sleep, as well as related insomnia and suicidality, the group taking the sleep aid had a greater reduction in suicidal thinking. The sleep aid was most effective in reducing suicidal thoughts in patients with the most severe insomnia. There were no deaths or suicide attempts by participants during the course of the study. Two weeks after the study concluded both study groups – including those not taking the sleep aid – appeared to have maintained progress with reduced depression scores and suicidal thoughts.
BALURGHAT: Amid predictions of sporadic showers by the local meteorological department during four days of Durga Puja to be kicked start on Friday, the organisers are now busy to complete the rest of work for inauguration in Panchami.Almost all the big-budget Puja organisers in Balurghat have forced to prepare makeshift shades for devotees in or outside the pandals for any emergency. “Local Met officials have predicted mild showers during Puja days and that is why we are thinking how to tackle the situation. A temporary shade has been prepared with tarpaulin sheets so that the idols can be saved from rain. The devotees may also take shelter under the temporary roofs,” said Gopal Bhattacharjee, a big-budget puja organiser of Kochikala Academy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPuja organisers are not ready to mar this part of the revelry. “The nagging rain for over a week has hampered our preparations adversely. Since Tuesday afternoon the weather is slightly improved but there is every possibility of rainfall during Puja days and we don’t want to take risk. We have kept adequate space inside the pandal to accommodate devotees. The entry and exit gates are extra wide for air circulations,” said an organiser of Avijatri Club, Sanat Mohanta. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayApart from the Puja organisers, both district administration and police have made elaborate arrangements already for the grand success of the upcoming festive season. It is learnt from a police source that in order to stop the use of high-sound producing music system and fire crackers during the Puja days, the police have decided to take steps if organizers are found violating rules provided by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB). The Puja committees in their agreement part have mentioned that they are ready to abide by general norms strictly for not using powerful sound system and sound producing crackers near their puja pandals. Recently, a meeting conducted among senior administrative officials along with the concerned officials of WBPCB, police, Balurghat municipality and fire services officials in which it was decided that police would conduct a joint inspection to the big Pujas of the town to look into whether the guidelines are followed. “The joint inspection started at least a week before the Puja days while at the same time, the police would not allow to hold the Pujas if we receive any complaint against the puja organisers for forcefully collecting subscriptions. We have also asked them to follow all the guidelines including the decibel of the sound system,” said district police chief Prasun Banerjee adding that the department would also reward the puja organisers if following all the guidelines specifically. The police and local administration have taken unanimous decision that there will be no restriction on four-wheelers and motorbikes during the four days of Durga puja in Balurghat. “We have stressed on best possible security arrangement for the people of Balurghat so that thousands of pandal hoppers do not face any trouble while ushering the festive spirit. Apart from this, we are using drone-camera for the first-time for security reasons. Six such cameras will be installed for keeping close watch and immediate intervention,” said a police officer. According to a police source, adequate number of police pickets has also been put in place near Durga puja pandals across the town besides police assistance booths have been set up in case anyone wants to know the route or seek any other help.
Los Angeles: Actor Jim Carrey has turned writer with his upcoming novel “Memoirs and Misinformation” which will hit the bookstores in May 2020. Publishing house Alfred A. Knopf announced on Twitter that Carrey’s debut novel, which he wrote in collaboration with Dana Vachon, will come out next year. “Mark your calendars, the debut novel from @JimCarrey is coming May 2020” it tweeted. The publisher said the novel is a “perceptive, highly entertaining book” about the arc of fame, and a look inside the mind of an artist and the world he inhabits. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The 57-year-old will also embark on a book tour to coincide with the release of the novel, reported Entertainment Weekly. “Jim Carrey has written a novel that is more revealing about his life than any memoir could possibly be,” Sonny Mehta, Editor in Chief of Knopf, said in a statement. “It is a perceptive and highly entertaining book about the arc of fame, as well as a look inside the mind of an artist, the life that shaped him, and the world he inhabits,” he added. Carrey said, “None of this is real and all of it is true.”