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Priyanka Gandhi to contest seat vacated by Rahul in her…

Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, who won from two constituencies in the recent general election, will surrender one of them to comply with the election laws. His younger sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be the party's candidate for that seat. Rahul Gandhi won from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh state…

Adani group firm to acquire Penna Cement

GAUTAM ADANI-Adani Group said it will acquire Hyderabad-based Penna Cement at an enterprise value of Rs 104.22 billion (£980 million), which will add 14 million tonnes of annual capacity to the country’s second largest cement manufacturer. The deal will increase Adani’s market share in cement in southern India and give…

Modi 3.0 ministers include 33 first-timers, 6 from political families

As the third Modi government formed on Sunday, 33 first-timers joined its ranks, with at least six from well-known political families. Narendra Modi was sworn in on Sunday, and his government comprises 71 ministers, including 30 cabinet ministers, five with independent charge, and 36 ministers of state. The specific portfolios…

Jitendra Kumar’s ‘Panchayat 3’ crosses 12 million views in a…

According to Ormax Media, Panchayat Season 3, starring the immensely talented Jitendra Kumar, has become the most-viewed series on Indian streaming platforms. This milestone is particularly significant as it has overtaken the epic Baahubali: Crown of Blood, the popular The Great Indian Kapil Show featuring Bollywood A-list actors, Illegal Season…

Cricket stars, football great win in India elections

Cricket stars Kirti Azad and Yusuf Pathan achieved significant victories, while football great Prasun Banerjee retained his seat. However, other sports figures faced setbacks in India's general elections. Para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia (BJP), a double Paralympic gold medallist in javelin throw, and former hockey captain Dilip Tirkey (BJD) conceded defeat in…

How Rajasthan’s tent industry is blossoming again

TENTS made by skilled workers in Rajasthan have been shown at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. They have been imported from India by the Raj Tent Club, a company co-founded in the 1990s by Nicola Marks. One of the company’s employees, Davina, told Eastern Eye: “Nicky adores India. She is…

India elections: Meet four of the youngest MPs

Four candidates, all 25, are set to become the youngest Members of Parliament (MPs) after winning in the India elections. Pushpendra Saroj, Priya Saroj, Shambhavi Choudhary, and Sanjana Jatav emerged victorious, representing the Samajwadi Party, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), and Congress, respectively. The Election Commission of India has declared results…

India elections: BJP wins 240 seats, Congress 99 as all…

The Election Commission of India has declared results for all Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) constituencies, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 240 of the 543 seats and the Congress 99. The last result to be announced was that of Beed constituency in Maharashtra state, where NCP…

India results: Who are the big winners and losers?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to be the single largest party in the India elections, but the opposition has made significant gains. Despite the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) facing disappointing results in many areas, the BJP is expected to form the government with around 290 seats. However,…

India elections: Opposition alliance makes a comeback in Hindi heartland…

During the India elections, the opposition's INDIA alliance made a significant comeback in several crucial Hindi heartland states. Vote counting trends showed the alliance ahead in 42 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, with progress also noted in Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, and Jharkhand states. However, prime minister Narendra Modi's…

BJP alliance winning in India but landslide unlikely

Prajwal Revanna, arrested in sexual harassment case, loses in Karnataka's Hassan. BJP minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar concedes Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. BJP's Raebareli candidate concedes defeat to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. BJP candidate loses in Ayodhya where Ram Mandir is located. Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah concedes defeat…

Experts warn of heat risks in India

Extreme temperatures across India are having their worst impact in the country's teeming megacities, experts said Thursday, warning that the heat is fast becoming a public health crisis. India is enduring a crushing heatwave with temperatures in several cities sizzling well above 45 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperature readings…

England bowling faces Test in T20 World Cup defence

No team has successfully defended the Twenty20 World Cup title. England understand the challenge as they prepare for the tournament in the West Indies and the United States. Seven months ago, Jos Buttler's team aimed to retain the 50-over world title they won on home soil. However, they had a…

Delhi hits all-time high temperature of 52.3 Celsius

Temperatures in India's capital reached a record high of 52.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, according to figures from the government's weather bureau. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of dangerous heat levels in the city. The IMD reported "severe heat-wave conditions" and posted the temperature automatically on its website after…

Hyderabad beat Rajasthan to set up final with Kolkata

Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Rajasthan Royals by 36 runs on Friday, securing a spot in the IPL final against Kolkata Knight Riders. Spinner Shahbaz Ahmed played a key role with three wickets. Heinrich Klaasen scored 50 off 34 balls to help Hyderabad reach 175-9. Their bowlers then limited Rajasthan to 139-7,…

Hyderabad take on Rajasthan for a spot in IPL final

IPL's top power-hitters Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma will face a different challenge against spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin when Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the second Qualifier on Friday. The duo, nicknamed 'Travishek' by fans, have excelled in power-hitting this season. Head (533…

Dinesh Karthik retires from IPL and international cricket

Dinesh Karthik's international career was shaped by the emergence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but on Wednesday, he announced his retirement at the end of his team's IPL campaign, leaving a lasting mark over the past 17 years. The Eliminator between his Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Rajasthan Royals was Karthik's final…

Rajasthan beat Bengaluru by 4 wickets to face Hyderabad in…

Virat Kohli faced disappointment as Royal Challengers Bengaluru were eliminated from the IPL after losing by four wickets to Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Rajasthan held Bengaluru to 172-8, a target they reached with six balls remaining in the play-off at the world's largest cricket stadium. Bengaluru and Kohli…

Chelsea show offers sustainable solutions for a changing world

THIS year’s Chelsea Flower Show from May 20-25 had a great deal to interest British Asian visitors, ranging from the WaterAid Garden to a stall dealing for the first time with Indian orchids. King Charles, who toured Chelsea on Monday (20) with Queen Camilla, would have taken note of all…

Starc leads Kolkata to IPL final with big win over…

Mitchell Starc took three early wickets to help Kolkata Knight Riders reach the IPL final with an eight-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Kolkata, two-time champions, bowled out Hyderabad for 159 as Starc recorded figures of 3-34 in the first playoff, qualifier 1, at the world's largest…

Schools in Delhi shut amid heatwave

Indian authorities in the capital have ordered schools shut early for the summer holiday, after temperatures hit 47.4 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) with Delhi gripped by a "severe heatwave". Delhi city officials asked schools to shut with "immediate effect" due to the blistering heat, according to a government order…

Kolkata take on Hyderabad for a spot in final

The two highest-priced players in the IPL, Australia's Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, will face off on Tuesday for a spot in the final as the Twenty20 league enters the playoffs. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Cummins was bought for £1.97 million at auction, but Kolkata Knight Riders paid £2.35 million for…

Bengaluru complete IPL playoff lineup

ROYAL CHALLENGERS Bengaluru captain Faf du Plessis showered praise on the team's middle order after they grabbed the final playoff spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) following a stunning turnaround in the tournament. A top-four finish looked like a distant dream for the star-studded squad after they succumbed to…

Priyanka and Nick move back to renovated LA mansion

After facing a tumultuous start to the year due to water damage and mold infestation in their lavish Los Angeles mansion, power couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have finally returned to their luxurious abode. The renowned actress and the Grammy-nominated singer were forced to vacate their residence earlier this…

Curran leads Punjab to victory as Rajasthan suffer fourth straight…

Skipper Sam Curran led Punjab Kings to a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday, providing a consolation victory for the team. Punjab chased a target of 145 on a slow pitch, relying on Curran's unbeaten 63 to reach the target with seven balls…

Maninder Buttar: ‘The Punjabi music industry is thriving’

PUNJABI singer Maninder Buttar has gained popularity with hit songs that have collectively clocked up billions of views on YouTube and been streamed all over the world. He recently added to top tracks like Yaari, Ik Tera, Pani Di Gal, Laare and Sakhiyaan with recently released EP Panchatantra, which has…

Stubbs powers Delhi to crucial win against Lucknow

Tristan Stubbs' unbeaten fifty, alongside Abishek Porel's solid knock, propelled Delhi Capitals to a crucial victory over Lucknow Super Giants in their last league match of the IPL. Despite the win, Delhi's playoff hopes hang by a thread due to their negative run-rate. Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant expressed optimism about…

Rain washout ends Gujarat Titans’ playoff hopes

Gujarat Titans have been eliminated from the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff race due to rain halting their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Ahmedabad. Both teams earned one point each, securing Kolkata's top position in the table. Kolkata's top-two finish historically leads to success, having won the tournament in…

Fifth straight win keeps Bengaluru’s playoff hopes alive

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) clinched their fifth consecutive victory to bolster their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff aspirations by defeating Delhi Capitals by 47 runs on Sunday. Posting 187-9, Bengaluru's Cameron Green's unbeaten 24-ball 32 proved crucial. In response, Delhi Capitals were dismissed for 140 in 19.1 overs at the…

Delhi Capitals get playoff push with 20-run win over Rajasthan…

Delhi Capitals continued their charge towards securing a playoff berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 20-run victory over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson's valiant 86 went in vain as Delhi managed to defend their imposing total of 221-8 at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.…

Fifth suspect arrested in Salman Khan residence firing case

In the latest development surrounding the shooting incident outside actor Salman Khan's residence, Mumbai Crime Branch has apprehended a fifth suspect. The individual, identified as Mohammad Chaudhary, was arrested in Rajasthan for his alleged involvement in aiding the shooters, Sagar Pal and Vicky Gupta. Chaudhary facilitated financial assistance and reconnaissance…

BJP’s video attacking Congress, Muslims sparks outrage

A few days ago an animated video targeting India's Congress party and the Muslim community was taken down from Instagram after many users flagged it over hate speech concerns. But the animated clip that depicts the Congress giving disproportionate benefits to the Muslim community, at the cost of certain disadvantaged…

Hyderabad steal a nail-biting one-run win over Rajasthan

Sunrisers Hyderabad secured a gripping one-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in an thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Thursday. With just two runs required off the final delivery, Rajasthan's Rovman Powell missed a full toss and was given out lbw to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who finished with figures of 3-41.…

Drug raids in India’s two states, 13 held

THIRTEEN people were arrested after the seizure of mephedrone valued at Rs 2.3 billion (£22 million) following raids at four drug manufacturing units in Gujarat and neighbouring Rajasthan states, an official said. The raids were jointly conducted by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Narcotics Control Bureau on Friday (26)…

Delhi down Mumbai, Rajasthan near play-offs

AUSTRALIA's Jake Fraser-McGurk smashed 84 off 27 deliveries to fire Delhi Capitals to 257-4 and a 10-run win over Mumbai Indians in another IPL high-scorer on Saturday (27). In the second match of the day, skipper Sanju Samson hit an unbeaten 71 as Rajasthan Royals all but confirmed their play-off…

India elections 2024: What we learned this week

A 63 per cent turnout was recorded during the second phase of Lok Sabha polls across 88 seats in 13 states and union territories on April 26. The Election Commission has said it is likely to go upwards when reports from all polling stations are obtained. This is lower than…

Over 63 per cent voter turnout in phase two of…

In the second phase of India elections covering 88 seats across 13 states, over 63 per cent of voters turned out, despite a few complaints of EVM (electronic voting machine) glitches and bogus voting in some areas. Some voters initially boycotted the polls in villages of Uttar Pradesh's Mathura, Rajasthan's…

Man arrested in India ‘linked to London mission attack’

A man arrested by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) for illegal acts in connection to the Indian High Commission attack in London in March 2023 was earlier held at the Attari border while crossing from Pakistan into India last year. Inderpal Singh Gaba, a resident of Hounslow in west London,…

Divisive speeches: Poll panel seeks reponse from BJP, Congress

India's Election Commission said on Thursday it has sought responses from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress on alleged violations of poll rules by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition leader Rahul Gandhi. India is holding the world's largest election over seven phases, with votes due…

Campaigning ends for second phase of India elections

Campaigning concluded on Wednesday evening for the second phase of India's elections in 89 seats across 13 states set for 26 April. The initial phase, held last Friday for 102 seats across 21 states and Union territories, witnessed over 64 per cent voter turnout. The upcoming phase covers constituencies in…

Comment: North-south splits in India make BJP’s majority hard to…

ALTHOUGH almost everyone says prime minister Narendra Modi will be elected for a third term with a huge majority in India’s general election, currently in full swing, it’s wiser to wait until the results are officially declared on June 4. There are so many differences between the north and the…

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sandeep Sharma power Rajasthan to big win over…

Yashasvi Jaiswal's unbeaten 104 and Sandeep Sharma's impressive five for 18 guided Rajasthan Royals to a commanding nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game on Monday. Earlier, Sandeep Sharma's impressive five-wicket haul restricted Mumbai to 179-9, complementing Yuzvendra Chahal's milestone of claiming 200 IPL wickets…

IPL: A cricket sensation that became a global phenomenon.

The Indian Premier League, or IPL as it is commonly known, is sporting extravaganza that is at par with the likes of club football tournaments in Europe and Super Bowl in the United States, due to its immense popularity. According to the data released by India’s top broadcasting body, Broadcast…

Manoj Malde on a mission to infuse UK gardens with…

HOW do Eastern Eye readers bring a touch of “back home” into their gardens in Southall or Wembley, or indeed, any other part of the UK? Near his home in the village of Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire, landscape designer Manoj Malde talked about his new book, Your Outdoor Garden: How…

India elections: Key leaders who are in fray in the…

The first phase of India's general elections, scheduled for April 19, will see prominent political figures including eight Union ministers, two former chief ministers, and an ex-governor contesting across 102 constituencies in 21 states and Union territories. Union road and transport minister Nitin Gadkari is vying for a third consecutive…

Jos Buttler’s century leads Rajasthan to last-ball win over Kolkata

Jos Buttler hit an unbeaten 107, outshining Sunil Narine's explosive century, as the Rajasthan Royals clinched a nail-biting two-wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders on the final ball, achieving a record-equalling IPL chase of 224 at Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Rajasthan were once in big trouble at 121-6 by…

Hetmyer powers Rajasthan to top of points table

Shimron Hetmyer's explosive 27 runs off 10 balls helped Rajasthan Royals edge out Punjab Kings with a three-wicket IPL win on Saturday in Chandigarh, and cement the side's place at the top of the table. Hetmyer's spell at the crease, laced with three sixes, brought Rajasthan past Punjab's 147-8 with…

Darasing Khurana’s focus is to make therapy accessible and affordable

ACTOR Darasing Khurana said the death of his close friend, fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June 2020, led him to become a mental health campaigner. Khurana, 32, has been named the Commonwealth Year of Youth Champion, with his role focusing on mental health initiatives. He founded the Pause. Breathe.Talk…

Gujarat Titans end Rajasthan Royals’ winning streak in last-ball thriller

In a gripping Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Wednesday, the Gujarat Titans staged a stunning comeback to defeat the Rajasthan Royals by three wickets, putting an end to the Royals' unbeaten run in the tournament. The Titans' victory was secured on the final ball of the game. Rajasthan Royals,…

Ektaa Kapoor’s ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha 2’ casts transgender woman…

Transgender woman Bonita Rajpurohit is set to star in a leading role in Dibakar Banerjee's upcoming film Love Sex Aur Dhokha 2, the makers said on Sunday. The film, a sequel to Banerjee's 2010 film Love Sex Aur Dhokha, will be released on April 19. It is produced by Ektaa…

Jos Buttler helps Rajasthan to remain unbeaten

JOS BUTTLER hit an unbeaten 100 to trump Virat Kohli's first century of the IPL season as Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bengaluru by six wickets on Saturday (6). Buttler reached his ton, from 58 balls, with a six in his 100th IPL match when Rajasthan needed one for victory…

India elections: Congress manifesto promises jobs, support for farmers

The Indian National Congress unveiled its manifesto on Thursday for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, outlining a slew of promises aimed at addressing various socio-economic issues across the country. Titled 'Nyay Patra', the manifesto emphasizes five key pillars of justice and 25 guarantees and was released at the All India…

Abu Dhabi Hindu temple sees 350,000 footfall in just one…

The temple, which is the first stone Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, saw maximum footfall, especially on the weekends, in just a month of inauguration. The temple, built with a similar architecture to India's Ram Mandir, was inaugurated by India's Modi in February and was opened to the public on…

Olympic medallist Vijender Singh joins Modi’s party from Congress

INDIA's first Olympic medallist in boxing, Vijender Singh, who took a plunge in politics in April 2019 by joining the Congress, switched to prime minister Narendra Modi's party on Wednesday (3). Addressing a joint press conference with BJP leaders in New Delhi, Singh praised Modi and said that the respect…

Pandya gets booed again as Rajasthan hand Mumbai third loss…

Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by six wickets to register their third consecutive win in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. Pandya had another unforgettable evening after he met with boos at the toss by the home fans, prompting presenter…

Parag’s knock helps Rajasthan beat Delhi

Riyan Parag's unbeaten 45-ball 84 propelled Rajasthan Royals to 185-5 and sealed a 12-run win over the Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League in Jaipur on Thursday. Rishabh Pant-led Delhi won the toss and chose to field first and maintained a stranglehold over the game until the second half of…

Dhamija urges diaspora to believe in ‘Indian century’

ENTEPRENEUR Dinesh Dhamija has told Eastern Eye he wrote The Indian Century because he wants the 30 million-strong Indian diaspora across the world, but especially in the UK, to invest back in the mother country. The interview about his new book, in which he gives an upbeat assessment of the…

Gujarat keeps nerve, Royals start on winning note

Gujarat Titans edged out Mumbai Indians by six runs in an IPL thriller on Sunday as Hardik Pandya suffered a defeat as Mumbai captain after he controversially replaced Rohit Sharma. Rohit (43) and Dewald Brevis (46) shone in Mumbai's chase of their 169 target with a third-wicket stand of 77…

Three from Jain family embrace monkhood

The Jain community in India is a minuscule minority, a tiny 0.4 per cent of the country's population, but they are also one of the most affluent mercantile class, with many of them closely associated with the diamond trade. Jains often live in mansions with fleets of luxury cars, and…

Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff, AR Rahman to perform at IPL…

Cricket's 'Super Bowl' Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to return this week with a blockbuster opening clash between defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in a South Indian derby at their home arena--MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. Making it more special actors Akshay Kumar,…

Indian army using kites to combat drones, surveillance

THE Indian army is using kites, a bird of prey from eagle family, to fight drones and carry out surveillance missions, according to Tribune newspaper. During a joint India-Japan army exercise 'Dharma Guardian' in the Rajasthan state, a kite flew overhead providing real-time imagery and situational awareness to ground troops.…

Kanpur’s Vaibhav Gupta wins Indian Idol 14

Kanpur's Vaibhav Gupta has won the singing reality show Indian Idol 14 after besting co-contestants Subhadeep Das Chowdhary from Kolkata and Rajasthan's Piyush Panwar. Gupta, 19, was awarded with a cheque of ₹25 Lakh (approximately £23,791) from Sony Entertainment Television and a Brezza from co-sponsors Maruti Suzuki India Ltd in…

Rouble Nagi: The inspiring Slum Queen of hearts

BRILLIANTLY balancing acclaimed work in multiple mediums, from sculptures to paintings, with philanthropy has turned Rouble Nagi into arguably the most important Indian artist of this generation. The combination of creativity and giving back to society has transformed the lives of thousands in deprived areas with in - spiring projects,…

Abu Dhabi Hindu temple to open for public on March…

THE first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi, which was inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi earlier this month, will be opened to the public from Friday (1), according to the temple authorities. The temple has been built by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) on a 27-acre…

US Polo Assn announces Maharaja Padmanabh Singh as global brand…

U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), has announced His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh (Pacho) of Jaipur, India as its new Global Brand Ambassador. Sawai Padmanabh Singh is a member of the Royal Family of Jaipur and is the current Maharaja of Jaipur.…

Gopi Hinduja and the Reuben Brothers Continue to Dominate the…

Once again, the UK Rich List has a distinctly Indian feel to it. The Sunday Times newspaper has published their list of the wealthiest people in the UK, with Gopi Hinduja coming out on top with a whopping £35 billion fortune. The 84-year-old oversees the Hinduja Group, an international conglomerate…

Sonia Gandhi steps down from frontline politics

SONIA GANDHI, one of the most prominent leaders of India’s main opposition Congress party, will not contest the upcoming elections, citing her increasing age and depleting health, according to a letter she has written to her constituency. She will continue to have a significant role in Indian politics though, as…

‘Historic moment’: Akshay Kumar on inauguration of BAPS Hindu Mandir

Actor Akshay Kumar, who attended the inauguration of Abu Dhabi's first Hindu stone temple on Wednesday, says he was "blessed" to be part of the ceremony. The BAPS Hindu Mandir, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been built using ancient architectural methods clubbed with scientific techniques. Kumar…

Shreela Flather best known for Memorial Gates

LADY SHREELA FLATHER, who has died, aged 89, came into her own when she entered the House of Lords in 1990, the first ethnic minority woman to be given a peerage. Her passing last week was announced by the Lord Speaker, Lord McFall of Alcluith, who said: “My Lords, I…

A lotus blooms in the desert

THE Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is envisioned as a Spiritual Oasis for Global Harmony. Rooted in the aspiration to promote love, harmony, and tolerance, the fundamental ethos of the mandir transcends borders. Each carving within the mandir tells compelling stories of…

Modi inaugurates BAPS Mandir, first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

The Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi was inaugurated by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (14) amid devotional chants and in the presence of spiritual leaders of the Swaminarayan sect. #WATCH | Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan…

Ganga and Yamuna holy water, Rajasthan sandstone to grace Abu…

Holy water from the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, pink sandstone from Rajasthan, furniture made from wooden trunks used to transport stones from India - the first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi has been built with contributions from different parts of India. Temple authorities said the place of worship features…

Priyanka-Nick ‘forced to move out’ of LA mansion

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have moved out of their Los Angeles home and filed a legal case against its seller. The couple paid a whopping amount of money in 2019 for their California mansion. They purchased the property right their big wedding in Rajasthan in December 2018. It boasted…

Foreign tourists spend to attend Indian weddings

WESTERN tourists travelling to India are now adding Indian weddings to their itinerary, with some also paying for the cultural experience. Indian culture and traditions have fascinated westerners for ages and in recent times, movies, popular TV shows and social media have prompted visitors from the US, UK and Europe…

India rolls out red carpet for Macron as France eyes…

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron arrives as the guest of honour in India on Thursday (25) with a sumptuous palace feast and colourful military parade, as France eyes lucrative deals with the world's fifth-biggest economy. Macron will be offered a red carpet welcome by prime minister Narendra Modi with dinner in a…

Lord Ahmad’s Indian states strategy aims to boost economic ties

THE minister of state at the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Lord Tariq Ahmad, has spoken to Eastern Eye about his recent trip to India, during which he tried to negotiate deals on such issues as climate change, pharmaceuticals, cyber and education with the prosperous states of Tamil Nadu…

30 flights delayed; train schedules disrupted amidst dense fog in…

The dense fog and extreme cold that enveloped Delhi on Tuesday (16) disrupted air and rail travel, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. Approximately 30 trains, including the Rani Kamalapati-Hazrat Nizamuddin Vande Bharat and Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express, were delayed at New Delhi Railway Station. #WATCH | Delhi: Passengers face difficulty at…

Ajay Devgn returns to headline ‘Raid 2’

Well-known Hindi film actor Ajay Devgn is officially returning to headline the sequel to his 2018 hit Raid, the makers announced on Saturday. Titled Raid 2, the movie is being directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, who also helmed the first part that saw Devgn playing the role of IRS officer…

A year of elections

BILLIONS of voters across south Asia, the UK and the US will go to polls in the next 12 months in what will be a test of democracy, analysits have told Eastern Eye. In the UK, prime minister Rishi Sunak has to call a general election by January 28, 2025,…

Assam bus-truck collision kills 12 as dense fog grips India

A head-on collision between a truck and a bus claimed the lives of at least 12 people, leaving 38 others injured in Assam's Golaghat district on Wednesday (3). The collision occurred amidst dense fog that blanketed sections of eastern, northern, and central India, severely limiting visibility. Delhi experienced a bone-chilling…

Dua Lipa feels ‘beyond lucky’ to end 2023 in India

Pop singer Dua Lipa, who is on vacation with her family in India, on Sunday, penned a heartwarming note about ending 2023 in the country The Grammy winner, known for songs such as "Levitating" and "Houdini", also thanked the Indian people for extending their love and hospitality to her and…

Dua Lipa visits Bangla Sahib and Humayun Tomb in Delhi

Singer Dua Lipa is currently enjoying her vacation in India along with her family members. After recently visiting Rajasthan, she headed to New Delhi and sought blessings at the famous Bangla Sahib Gurudwara and visited the Humayun's tomb. Taking to Instagram, Dua Lipa's father Dukagjin Lipa shared a string of…

Dua Lipa shares pictures from Rajasthan trip

Global singer Dua Lipa surprised some fans in India with her Instagram post on Sunday. She wished everyone a happy holiday season with pictures from Rajasthan. In the first photo, Dua is posing against the backdrop of a beautiful painting of the Hindu deities Radha and Krishna. The next picture…

Best British Asian moments of 2023 in music

A THRILLING year for British Asian music saw everything from much-awaited single releases to world-class performances by international artists in sold-out arenas. Newcomers breaking through, the rise of devotional music, established names making headlines, melas, music festivals and an interesting comeback were among the noteworthy events. Eastern Eye decided to…

Indian-American student crowned Miss India USA

Rijul Maini, a medical student from Michigan, has been crowned Miss India USA 2023 at the annual pageant held in New Jersey. During the event, Sneha Nambiar from Massachusetts was declared Mrs India USA, and Saloni Rammohan from Pennsylvania won the title of Miss Teen India USA. This year marks…

Trailer for docuseries ‘James May: Our Man in India’ out

After visiting Japan and Italy, the third season of the Our Man In... series brings James May to India, with the popular presenter touring Mumbai, Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, Darjeeling, and more scenic and vibrant tourist destinations. Prime Video on Tuesday dropped the trailer for James May: Our Man in…

Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Amitabh Bachchan among 7,000 invited for…

The Ram Temple Trust has extended invitations to 7,000 individuals, among them cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Hindi movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan, and prominent industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, for the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, sources…

Modi’s party poised to win India’s three key state elections

INDIA'S ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday (3) appeared set to win three of four states in key regional polls, in a big boost for prime minister Narendra Modi ahead of general elections in six months. The heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and the southern state…

‘Asian Rich List is about so much more than just…

THE British Asian business community clearly has done well, as the Eastern Eye Asian Rich List 2024 shows. The entry point to get onto the list 13 years ago was £25 million. Last year it was £120m, and this year the figure has gone up to £125m. Even allowing for…

IPL: Gill to lead Gujarat after Pandya returns to Mumbai

GUJARAT Titans said on Monday (27) that opener Shubman Gill would captain the side in next year's Indian Premier League after they allowed Hardik Pandya to return to Mumbai Indians, his first IPL team. Pandya, who helped Mumbai to four IPL titles between 2015-2021, led Gujarat to the IPL title…

Joe Root to skip next year’s IPL

ENGLAND batsman Joe Root has pulled out of next year's Indian Premier League, joining his red-ball skipper Ben Stokes in sitting out the glitzy Twenty20 tournament. Root, who had made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals earlier this year, opted out a day before the deadline for franchises to announce…

Kumar Sanu: A special kind of music romance

MAGNIFICENT songs, multiple awards and amazing musical achievements mean Kumar Sanu needs no introduction. The massively popular music star ranks among the most celebrated Indian playback singers of all time and is the voice behind songs that defined a generation. The once-undisputed ‘king of romance’ is currently judging the 14th…

‘Iron Women of Manipur’, ‘Tuesday’s Women’ part of Film Bazaar…

Tuesday's Women, directed by Imaad Shah; Haoban Paban Kumar's Iron Women of Manipur; Ladakh 470 from Shivam Singh Rajput and Samman Roy's The Exile are among 10 titles to watch out for at the 17th edition of the Film Bazaar, a press release said. Film Bazaar, the co-production market event…

Kavya Karnatac: ‘India’s geography is its biggest strength

THE rapid rise of educational content creators has taken social media users from scrolling for influencers, dance videos and comedy to something more enlightening. One of those reshaping that online landscape into something more informative is Kavya Karnatac. The rapidly rising Indian star has gained over million Instagram followers since…

BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham a tribute to ethos of service

“SEE, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will never be shaken” (Isaiah 28:16). What compels humans to see god in stone and to build majestic stone abodes for the divine? If marble stones could speak, they would…

Indian states vote in test for Modi, rivals

TWO of five Indian states due to elect new legislatures this month began voting on Tuesday (7), a big test of prime minister Narendra Modi's chances of winning a third term in a national election due by May. Modi and leaders of the main opposition Congress party headed by Rahul…

Chef Ranveer Brar celebrates Indian microcuisines in new season of…

Celebrity chef Ranveer Brar has announced that the new season of the reality show "MasterChef India" aims to highlight the diversity of India through its microcuisines. Brar, who is returning as one of the judges for season eight, said that the show will offer a platform to chefs hailing from…

Shane Bond joins Rajasthan Royals

FORMER New Zealand cricketer Shane Bond will be the assistant and fast bowling coach for Rajasthan Royals in the 2024 season, the Indian Premier League franchise announced on Monday (23). Bond, 48, replaces Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, who returned to Mumbai Indians after serving two seasons as Royals’ fast-bowling coach. The…

‘New Akshardham temple will bring communities together’

ONE of the largest Hindu temples in the world was inaugurated at the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Jersey, Robbinsville. Spread over 185 acres, it is said to represent India’s heritage and culture in modern America. Revered saint, His Holiness Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj, led the dedication ceremony of Akshardham…

Five Indian states to go to polls in November

FIVE Indian states will elect new legislatures next month, an independent election panel said on Monday (9), beginning a process of regional polls ahead of national elections due next year. The elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram are expected to give an indication of voter mood, especially…

Most underrated Amitabh Bachchan movies

AN INCREDIBLE body of work has turned Amitabh Bachchan into the greatest Bollywood star of all time. His landmark movies have entertained different generations, become an integral part of history and regularly been celebrated. But what about the hidden gems in his 54-year career, which are great films overshadowed by…

Indian dressage team wins historic Asian Games gold medal

In a historic achievement, India's dressage team clinched its first-ever Asian Games gold medal, marking only the second victory in this discipline's history. The quartet of Sudipti Hajela, Divyakriti Singh, Vipul Hriday Chheda, and Anush Agarwalla successfully lived up to the high expectations on Tuesday (26) in Hangzhou. The Indian…

Anti-Muslim hate speech incidents increase in India during elections: report

ANTI-MUSLIM hate speech incidents in India averaged more than one a day in the first half of 2023 and were seen most in states with upcoming elections, according to a report by Hindutva Watch, a Washington-based group monitoring attacks on minorities. There were 255 documented incidents of hate speech gatherings…

Parineeti-Raghav wedding: Guests start arriving in Udaipur

Ahead of actress Parineeti Chopra and Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha’s wedding reported to be held in Udaipur city over the weekend, family and friends of the couple were seen arriving in the city on Saturday. Several guests including Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh arrived for the wedding…

Priyanka Chopra wishes Parineeti, Raghav for new beginnings

Actress Priyanka Chopra wished her younger sister and actress Parineeti Chopra and AAP leader Raghav Chadha for their new beginnings. Raghav and Parineeti will tie the knot at The Leela Palace in Udaipur over this weekend. According to certain media reports, there is uncertainty over whether Priyanka Chopra and her…

Parineeti Chopra, Raghav Chadha reach Udaipur for their wedding

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha and actress Parineeti Chopra reached Udaipur on Friday ahead of their wedding over the weekend. Top politicians and film personalities are expected to attend the pre-wedding functions on Saturday and the main ceremony on Sunday at The Leela Palace Udaipur. The 34-year-old actress…

Jason Singh: Spiritual journey towards finding timeless Travellers

FROM tapping out rhythms as a baby to pursuing a professional career as a composer, sound artist, producer, performer, and educator, Jason Singh has had a lifelong connection to music. By using drums, percussion, voice, nature, electronics, DJ culture and technology across all art forms, he has used his obsession…

Police, coaching hubs highlight parental role in student suicides in…

Police and district officials striving to implement preventive measures as a surge in student suicides shakes the "Kota factory," or coaching hub in India's western state of Rajasthan, identify parental pressure as a significant factor contributing to poor mental health among students. They point to the pressure from parents who…

TOP 10 performances of Rajkummar Rao

PROLIFIC actor Rajkummar Rao has racked up an impressive body of work since making his movie debut in 2010. The acclaimed Indian performer has shown off his versatility in diverse genres that range from comedy to hard-hitting drama. He has added to his acclaimed work with newly released Netflix series…

Rajasthan Royals offers to take over Yorkshire Club

INDIAN Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals is understood to have launched a bid to take over Yorkshire Club as the ECB intends to open up cricket to overseas investment. The winner of the 2008 IPL title offered £25 million to take full control at Headingley, Mail Sports reported. If…

Experts warn against batch segregation in India’s Kota amid suicides

In Rajasthan's Kota, experts are advising coaching centres against segregating students into categories like star, leader, dropper, achiever, repeater, or enthusiast due to growing concerns about student suicides. The "Kota Factory" has emerged as a focal point of discussion concerning the diverse stress-inducing factors affecting students, leading some to resort…

Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta accused of lobbying to undermine environment regulations

In a new report, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has alleged that mining and oil conglomerate Vedanta conducted a "covert" lobbying effort to undermine significant environmental regulations during the Covid pandemic. Furthermore, the organisation, funded by George Soros, has accused the Indian government of approving these changes…

Vedanta lobbied to weaken green laws: Report

MINING and oil giant Vedanta ran a "covert" lobbying campaign to weaken key environmental regulations during the Covid pandemic, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) alleged in a new report. The George Soros-funded organisation in a new report said the Indian government approved the changes without public consultation…

10 reasons to get excited about Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Jawan’

THE next big Bollywood blockbuster release is action entertainer Jawan. Shah Rukh Khan headlines the unique looking film and will be hoping to carry on the momentum generated by his super hit thriller Pathaan earlier this year. The September 7 release has been shrouded in secrecy since it went into…

British artist on Manipur, a paradise found and lost

THE horror stories of ethnic violence emerging from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur have greatly distressed the British artist, Marcus Hodge, because the place had appeared like a peaceful paradise to him when he was there in November last year painting polo ponies. Hodge was in Imphal, the state…

MY TOP 10: Inspiring moments of Priya Varunesh Kumar’s career

A MAJOR highlight of this month’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be the world premiere of Tandava, which is a thrilling new collaboration between British guitarist Simon Thacker and Bangalore based Piah Dance Company. The multi-layered music and dance production, being staged as part of the Made in Scotland showcase, adds…

Father of Indian woman who travelled to Pakistan says she…

The father of a married Indian woman, Anju (34), who travelled to a remote village in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to meet her Facebook friend, Nasrulla (29), has said that she is "mentally disturbed and eccentric." However, he firmly denied any involvement in an affair. He expressed concern that it…

Love knows no boundaries: Indian woman travels to Pakistan to…

A 34-year-old married Indian woman named Anju travelled to Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to meet her 29-year-old Facebook friend, Nasrulla, whom she had befriended and for whom she developed romantic feelings, police said on Sunday (23). Anju, who hails from Kailor village in Uttar Pradesh and resides in Alwar…

Global Student Prize 2023 shortlist includes 5 Indian students

Among the 3,851 applications received from 122 countries, five students studying in India have been recognized on the top 50 shortlist for the prestigious Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2023. The annual award aims to honour one exceptional student who has demonstrated a remarkable impact on learning, the lives of their…

Simon Thacker: Divine mix of music and dance

INTER-CULTURAL projects connected to India have enabled Simon Thacker to break musical boundaries. The Scottish classical guitarist, composer, improviser, and ensemble leader follows up stunning work, including founding acclaimed music group SvaraKanti, with his new production Tandava. The collaboration with India’s Piah Dance Company will have its world premiere at…

At least 29 killed in monsoon floods in India

Days of intense monsoon rains across northern India have left at least 29 people dead, rendering many areas inaccessible with bridges smashed and roads blocked, officials said Monday. Television footage showed flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain, washing away vehicles, demolishing buildings and ripping down bridges in the…

Relief for farmers as monsoon to cover whole of India…

INDIA’S monsoon season rains were set to cover the whole country by the weekend, according to meteorological department officials, allowing farmers in northern states to begin planting of summer-sown crops a week earlier than normal. The monsoon, the lifeblood of India’s $3 trillion (£2.35trillion) economy, delivers nearly 70 per cent…

Son constructs £500,000 Taj Mahal replica as tribute to his…

An Indian rice merchant, Amrudeen Sheikh Dawood, has constructed a magnificent replica of the Taj Mahal as a tribute to his late mother. Dawood, aged 49, spent over £500,000 on the two-year project to honour the memory of his mother, Jailani Biwi at Ammaiyappa, who raised him and his brother…

Croydon announces line-up for its Summer Festivals series

Croydon has recently announced the spectacular line-up for its Summer Festivals series. Locals, Londoners, and visitors alike will find new reasons to explore the Borough as festival favourites return bigger and better for 2023, as part of ‘This is Croydon’, our year as The Mayor of London’s London Borough of…

John Abraham and Sharvari to lead Vedaa

Zee Studios, Emmay Entertainment, and JA Entertainment have announced their next Vedaa starring John Abraham, Sharvari, and Abhishek Banerjee. Helmed by Nikkhil Advani, the film officially commenced its shoot in Rajasthan on 20th June and promises audiences a thrilling experience filled with high-octane sequences and gripping action. John is touted…

India-UK FTA has to be win-win for both sides, says…

Speaking about the India-UK FTA, which recently concluded its 10th round of negotiations, the president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Subhrakant Panda, emphasised the importance of ensuring a level playing field in free trade agreements (FTAs). Panda stressed the need for a mutually beneficial…

Pakistan vlogger’s bike tour of India sparks positive reactions

Pakistani vlogger Abrar Hassan recently completed a 30-day motorbike tour of India, covering a distance of 7,000 kilometres. Despite the strained relationship between the two countries, he received a warm welcome throughout his journey. Hassan started his journey on April 3 and taking to social media he wrote, "Welcome to…

How the Jaipur Literary Festival brand has gone global

Sanjoy K Roy has revealed how the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF), which he produces as managing director of an organisation called Teamwork Arts, has become an extraordinarily successful global brand. JLF began in a modest manner in 2006 in the Rajasthan capital of Jaipur which remains its mothership, but in…

RHS-Eastern Eye Garden of Unity unveiled at Chelsea Flower Show

Landscape designer Manoj Malde has spoken of the highlights of the RHS-Eastern Eye Garden of Unity which was unveiled on Monday (22) at the Chelsea Flower Show. “It’s a very colourful garden – pinks, oranges with hints of aubergine and alabaster,” said Malde. Even amidst the riot of colour, his…

India’s latest currency note exchange less disruptive than 2016

In anticipation of a series of significant state elections, India is preparing for its second currency note exchange programme within a span of fewer than seven years. This time, the focus is on withdrawing the 2,000 rupees note from circulation. Unlike the disruptive 2016 demonetisation move, which abruptly invalidated 86%…

IPL 2023: Lucknow qualify for play-offs, top-two finish for Chennai

Lucknow Super Kings survived an unbeaten blitz of 67 by Rinku Singh to edge Kolkata Knight Riders by one run and qualify for the Indian Premier League play-offs on Saturday (20). Nicholas Pooran's 58 guided Lucknow to 176-8, a total that was threatened by Rinku, a left-hand batsman, who smashed…

UK chef Jake Dryan’s Instagram series explores India’s regional cuisines

Indian flavours have gained immense popularity, to the extent that foreign food bloggers now share these enticing tastes on Instagram. Among them, a British food blogger has taken it upon himself to explore the diverse regional cuisines of India. Going by the name @plantfuture on Instagram, Jake Dryan has devoted…

IPL 2023: Bangalore crush Hyderabad in a ‘record breaking’ match

Former India captain Virat Kohli smashed a masterful century as his Royal Challengers Bangalore thumped Sunrisers Hyderabad, for whom South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen hit a ton of his own, by eight wickets in the IPL on Thursday (18). The win leaves Bangalore in control of their own destiny in the…

Sanya Malhotra: ‘I want to try everything possible’

Instead of being crushed by the pressure of making her movie debut with Bollywood’s biggest ever box office hit Dangal, Sanya Malhotra has powered on with winning performances in acclaimed films like Badhaai Ho, Photograph, Pataakha, Shakuntala Devi and Pagglait. Having consistently won praise for her acting talent and screen…

IPL 2023: Mumbai Indians on shaky ground in play-off race

The IPL is hotting up with seven teams still in the hunt for play-off spots after five-time champions Mumbai Indians suffered a shock loss to Lucknow. Defending champions Gujarat Titans are the only franchise to have booked one of the four play-off places, with the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad…

IPL 2023: Kolkata down Chennai to keep play-off hopes alive

Fifties from skipper Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh led Kolkata Knight Riders to a six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings and stay alive in the Indian Premier League on Sunday (14). Kolkata kept Chennai down to 144-6, a total they overhauled riding on a key stand of 99 between Rinku…

IPL 2023: Samad hits last-ball six after no ball as…

Abdul Samad smashed a last-ball six as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down 215 to stun Rajasthan Royals by four wickets in a dramatic IPL match on Sunday. Needing 17 off the final over, pace bowler Sandeep Sharma witnessed Samad get dropped on the first ball and then got him caught on…

Three dead after MiG jet crashes in India

Three people on the ground died in India on Monday (8) when a Russian-made MiG-21 military aircraft suffered an "onboard emergency" and obliterated a house, authorities said. India's air force has seen a string of crashes in recent years, many of them linked to decades-old planes supplied by the former…

IPL 2023: Afghanistan spinners lead Gujarat to nine-wicket Rajasthan rout

Afghanistan spinners Rashid Khan and rookie Noor Ahmad ran through the Rajasthan Royals as Gujarat Titans sealed an easy nine-wicket win in the IPL on Friday (5). Khan and Ahmad took five wickets between them as Rajasthan were bowled out for just 118 in the 18th over of their innings…

Test cricket may become once-a-year events like the Wimbledon: Manoj…

The owner of an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has predicted that Test cricket may soon become once-a-year events like the Wimbledon tournament. Lead owner of Rajasthan Royals, Manoj Badale, told the BBC’s Tailenders Podcast that the amount of Test cricket scheduled will be reduced in the future, as fans…

Unusual birth: Baby in India born with third arm protruding…

In a rare medical occurrence, an infant was born in Rajasthan, north India with three hands, including a third arm growing from its back. The baby, diagnosed with polymelia, had two normal limbs and a shorter third arm with three digit-like projections, a report in The Daily Mail stated. Despite…

IPL 2023: Tim David leads Mumbai Indians to win in…

Tim David smashed an unbeaten 45 to trump Yashasvi Jaiswal's century as Mumbai Indians stunned Rajasthan Royals by six wickets in the Indian Premier League's 1,000th match on Sunday (30). Chasing 213 for victory, Mumbai's Suryakumar Yadav hit 55 before David smashed a hat-trick of sixes in the last over…

Bollywood Star Akshay Kumar visits the BAPS Hindu Mandir in…

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, Indian film producer Vashu Bhagnani, and businessman Jiten Doshi recently visited the site of the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi. The group was greeted by Swami Brahmaviharidas, the head of BAPS Hindu Mandir, who garlanded them with flowers, a press release informed. As they were…

IPL 2023: Stoinis, Mayers star as Lucknow smash Punjab

Marcus Stoinis and Kyle Mayers smashed 11 boundaries apiece to bring Lucknow Super Giants the second-highest team total in Indian Premier League history during their 56-run demolition of Punjab Kings on Friday (28). Lucknow finished on 257-5 after being sent in to bat with Mayers giving the visitors a racing…

IPL 2023: Rajasthan Royals top in point table again

Yashasvi Jaiswal blasted Rajasthan Royals back to winning ways over Chennai Super Kings on Thursday (27) to leapfrog MS Dhoni's men at the top of the table in the Indian Premier League. Jaiswal blasted 77 off 43 balls to give the men in pink an impressive total of 202-5 and…

IPL 2023: Rahane magic helps Chennai steamroll Kolkata

An electric 71 not out off just 29 balls by Ajinkya Rahane helped Chennai Super Kings rack up this season's highest total of 234-5 as they blew away Kolkata Knight Riders and moved top of the IPL table on Sunday (23). Despite a blistering 61 off 26 by Jason Roy…

Rescued mountaineer Anurag Maloo still critical

Indian climber Anurag Maloo has shown signs of improvement, but is still in critical condition, his brother said on Saturday (22), days after he was found alive by rescuers on Nepal's Mount Annapurna. Anurag, 34, from Kishangarh in Rajasthan, went missing on Monday (17) after he fell from around 6,000…

Irrfan Khan’s last film The Song of Scorpions to hit…

Irrfan Khan left the world on April 29, 2020, leaving millions of fans mourning. But still, the dream of witnessing his iconic acting once again on the big screen can be possible. His last film Songs of Scorpions is set to hit the theatres on April 28 ahead of the…

Missing Indian climber Baljeet Kaur found alive on Mt. Annapurna

Baljeet Kaur, a 27-year-old Indian woman climber, was found alive on Tuesday (18) after being reported missing near Camp IV of Mt Annapurna while descending from the summit. She had successfully climbed the world's 10th-highest peak without supplemental oxygen the day before. Aerial search teams located her above Camp IV…

Apple opens first India store in Mumbai

Apple opened its first retail store in India on Tuesday (18), underscoring the US tech titan's increasing focus on the South Asian nation as a key sales market and alternative manufacturing hub to China. Apple CEO Tim Cook personally opened the doors to welcome customers as staff cheered. Hundreds of…

Rajasthan’s Nandini Gupta wins Femina Miss India World 2023

Nandini Gupta of Rajasthan has been crowned Femina Miss India World 2023 and will represent the country at the Miss World contest. Nandini, 19, who hails from Kota, was crowned the winner at the Grand Finale event on Saturday night in Imphal, Manipur. Delhi's Sherya Poonja was declared Femina Miss…

Gere-Shetty smooch: Obscenity on Shilpa’s part not evident, says India…

A woman being groped on a street or public transport cannot be termed as "participative" on her part in such incidents and she cannot be prosecuted for failing to act, a Mumbai court has held in the 2007 obscenity case over Hollywood star Richard Gere kissing actor Shilpa Shetty at…

India likely to get ‘below normal’ monsoon rains this year:…

India is likely to get "below normal" monsoon rains in 2023 with an increasing likelihood of El-Nino, which typically brings dry weather to Asia, private weather forecasting agency Skymet said on Monday (10). "Likelihood of El Nino is increasing and its probability to become a dominant category during the monsoon…

Rahul Gandhi to appeal conviction in defamation case

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit Surat city in Gujarat on Monday (03) to file an appeal in court against his criminal defamation conviction for his "Modi surname" comments. According to sources, senior Congress figures, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the chief ministers of three Congress-ruled states, as…

Former India all-rounder Salim Durani dies

TRIBUTES poured in on Sunday (2) for former cricketer Salim Durani, a hero of India's maiden series victory over England, who has died at the age of 88. An attacking left-hand batsman and a left-arm orthodox bowler, Durani played 29 Tests for India between 1960 and 1973 and scored his…

Gujarat Titans face Chennai Super Kings in IPL opener

Gujarat Titans will commence the defence of their Indian Premier League (IPL) title against four-times champions Chennai Super Kings on Friday (31). The tournament will return to its original home-and-away format after a four-year hiatus. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition and the second half of the 2021…

Sonakshi Sinha and Vijay Varma attend Dahaad premiere at 73rd…

Sonakshi Sinha and Vijay Varma along with the Dahaad team on Thursday attended the series premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The crime drama competed against seven shows from across the globe and opened to a thunderous response from the attendees who witnessed the global premiere. After Gully Boy…

Case registered against Rajasthan Police officials for assaulting pregnant wife…

A case has been registered against 30-40 unidentified officials of the Rajasthan Police for allegedly assaulting Srikant's (the accused in the Bhiwani deaths case) pregnant wife. In the case registered, sections related to miscarriage have been invoked. The family of Srikant, who was arrested in connection with the Bhiwani deaths…

India’s cow vigilantism menace back in focus after Muslim duo’s…

THE role of the police and their handling of the case came under questioning after charred bodies of two men were found inside a burnt vehicle in Bhiwani district of the northern Indian state of Haryana last week. The victims were identified as cousins Junaid, 35, and Nasir, 27. A…

Govinda Rathod, football coach from Mumbai slum, becomes role model…

A one-time school dropout from a Mumbai slum has turned his life around to become a football coach for 260 children as part of the legacy of the 2022 World Cup. Govinda Rathod is now a role model for teenagers who want to emulate him by using sport to escape…

Armed and dangerous

THERE perhaps isn’t anyone in India delivering the variety of roles Anil Kapoor is doing right now. The heavily in-demand actor is taking on diverse projects in a wide array of genres and continuing to cross new frontiers, despite a frontline career that has lasted 40 years. The Bollywood legend…

Ram Charan to Karan Johar: Celebs congratulate newlyweds Sidharth Malhotra-…

Actors Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani tied the knot on Tuesday at Suryagarh Palace in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in the presence of close friends and family members. Taking to Instagram, Sidharth, and Kiara shared the first pictures of their wedding in which they look like a regal couple. "Ab humari permanent…

Mindy Kaling visits Jaipur, relishes Rajasthani delicacies

Hollywood actor-writer Mindy Kaling says she is in awe of India's Pink City Jaipur, its culture, food and people. Kaling, best known for playing Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom "The Office" and creating Netflix show "Never Have I Ever", was on a brief trip to Jaipur, Rajasthan. The 43-year-old…

Two Indian air force jets crash, one pilot killed

Two Indian air force fighter jets crashed on Saturday after becoming involved in an accident and one pilot was killed, the air force said. "The aircraft were on routine operational flying training mission. One of the three pilots involved, sustained fatal injuries. An inquiry has been ordered to determine the…

Banknote printer De La Rue refutes corruption allegations in India

Banknote printer De La Rue, one of Britain's oldest listed companies, has said that it had been made aware of an investigation by Indian authorities into a former Indian finance secretary Arvind Mayaram in which the historical activities of De La Rue in India prior to 2016 have been implicated.…

Will get married when right girl comes along, bar ‘very…

Viewed as India’s most eligible bachelor by some, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says he’ll get married when the right girl comes along and part of the problem is that his parents' “really lovely marriage” has set the bar very high. In a free-wheeling, light-hearted chat on food and travel platform…

Excel Entertainment and Tiger Baby’s Dahaad to be India’s first…

Dahaad directed by Reema Kagti and Ruchika Oberoi, produced by Excel Media & Entertainment and Tiger Baby, starring Sonakshi Sinha, Vijay Varma, Gulshan Devaiah, and Sohum Shah in the lead, is the first-ever Indian series to have the honor of premiering at The Berlinale and competing in the Berlinale Series…

Taste with a twist could be the real deal in…

TWISTS on classic dishes and a renewed effort to tackle waste are set to be among the trends in 2023 to give fans of south Asian cuisine food for thought. Leading chefs have predicted what they believe will be popular this year – with experimentation leading the way and a…

‘RRR’ composer MM Keeravaani: Creating chartbusters since 1990s

With the Golden Globe win of RRR track 'Naatu Naatu', Indian composer MM Keeravaani has become the toast of the 2023 Hollywood awards season, but his connect with audiences goes way back to the 1990s generation still mesmerised when they hear the romantic Telugu track 'Thelusa Manasa'. Better known to…

IGT winners Divyansh and Manuraj receive a standing ovation at…

Divyansh Kacholia and Manuraj Singh Rajput, who won India’s Got Talent Season 9, left the judges of America’s Got Talent All Stars amazed by their performance. The beatboxing and flutist duo from Rajasthan captivated the judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel, and received a standing ovation from them…

Indian leaders condole death of Modi’s mother, recall her simplicity,…

President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and leaders cutting across the political spectrum on Friday condoled the death of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Hiraben, recalling her simple and compassionate life that was an inspiration for all. Hiraben, Hiraba to many, passed away at an Ahmedabad hospital on Friday…

England’s Sam Curran snares player pay record at IPL auction

England all-rounder Sam Curran became the most expensive player bought by the money-spinning Indian Premier League on Friday when Punjab Kings paid £1.85 million to bring him back to his debut team. The left-arm quick and attacking middle-order batsman was among a selection of the world's top cricketers going under…

Like father, like son; 34 years later Arjun emulates Sachin…

Thirty-four years after Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden first-class century on debut, his son Arjun celebrated the same achievement in the Ranji Trophy on Wednesday. Playing for Goa against Rajasthan, Arjun struck 120 runs off 207 balls, smashing 16 fours and two sixes on day two of…

Freida Pinto: ‘Riz Ahmed is Britain’s darling’

Actress Freida Pinto, who is set to next star in the much-talked-about Spy Princess, a limited series about World War II spy Noor Inayat Khan, recently showered praises on her Trishna (2011) co-star, Oscar-winning actor Riz Ahmed. Written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, Trishna was a British-Swedish-Indian co-production, adapted from…

Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami inaugurates India pavilion at World…

India's High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami on Tuesday (local time), inaugurated the India pavilion and several state tourism pavilions at the World Travel Market (WTM) London. He made the inaugurations along with Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and state leaders from Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and…

Gujarat bridge collapse toll rises to 134; rescue operation on

According to the latest estimates, at least 134 people, including women and children, were killed and over 100 are receiving treatment for their injuries sustained after a cable suspension bridge in Morbi town collapsed on Sunday, plunging people, into the Machchhu River. Prime Minister Modi, who is in Kevadia said…

Hundreds gather for Diwali celebrations at Trafalgar Square

Thousands gathered at Trafalgar Square in London on Sunday (9) to celebrate Diwali and to enjoy dance, music, activities and food. The celebrations started with 200 dancers in the main square followed by artistic performances from London’s Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities. As part of the event, Neasden Temple’s Diwali…

Star Plus drops the promo of highly anticipated fiction show…

With the world changing its pace and outlook for the better, the content that is being produced is seeing a refresh. Here comes - Faltu, starring Niharika Chouksey and Aakash Ahuja in a new serial, with a quirky title and a witty tale of a girl who makes her dreams…

DJ Shadow Dubai: Spinning songs and creating hits

THESE are exciting times for DJ Shadow Dubai. The Indian DJ has mixed up mastery on the decks with creating music for films and web series, along with rolling out big collaborations with major names such as Guru Randhawa, Rick Ross, and Jason Derulo. His recently released dance hit Casanova,…

‘Landmine threats’: Canada says don’t travel to areas in India…

In what appears to be a bizarre travel advisory, Canada has advised its citizens to avoid all travel to areas in states of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan, which share a border with Pakistan due to the "presence of landmines" and "unpredictable security situation." "Avoid all travel to areas within 10…

Doctor suspended for a year for not revealing shoplifting records

A Manchester hospital doctor has been suspended for a year for not revealing her shoplifting records to the General Medical Council. Sunita Sharma had been caught trying to steal jeans and sunglasses from Harvey Nichols’ Knightbridge store in London and a handbag from Harrods in 2008. She was arrested after…

Indian-Americans protest against hate crimes, vandalism of Gandhi statue

Indian-Americans held a peaceful protest at the Time Square against the recent spurt in hate crimes and instances of vandalism of the Gandhi statue in the city. The protest was organised in association with the influential Federation of Indian Americans (FIA) along with other community outfits. The participants urged the…

Delhi cab driver arrested for masturbating in front of 23-year-old…

A cab driver was arrested for allegedly playing with himself in front of a UK-based woman and her friend while ferrying them to a hotel in south Delhi, police said on Sunday, adding the duo left the country after the incident. The accused, Maakhan Lal, a native of Lalganj district…

Indian-American family spends big to install Amitabh Bachchan’s life-size statue…

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has his fans spread all across the globe, who never get tired of admiring their icon. His fans can go to any length to show their love and admiration for him. The fans that the internet is talking about today are Internet Security Engineer Gopi Sheth…

From £52 to £4.81 billion: Life of India’s ‘Warren Buffett’…

VETERAN stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, often referred to as India's Warren Buffett, died in Mumbai on Sunday (14). He was 62.Jhunjhunwala died early in the morning due to a cardiac arrest, a source in his newly set up airline said.Known as the Big Bull of Indian markets, his net…

Rajasthan: Bishnoi Community to build memorial honouring blackbuck killed by…

The Bishnoi community in the Kankani village of Rajasthan's Jodhpur district is constructing a huge memorial to honour the blackbuck killed by Bollywood actor Salman Khan 24 years ago. The people of this village consider deer as their identity and says it is necessary for deer to survive. A grand…

IPL’s global dominance in T20 franchise cricket is dangerous, says…

Former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist on Wednesday voiced concerns over the Indian Premier League's (IPL) expanding global footprint, saying the cash-rich league's efforts to monopolise T20 franchise cricket are becoming "a little bit dangerous." Gilchrist's comments came in the wake of reports in Australian media saying batter David Warner will…

Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal receive death threats, Mumbai Police launches…

The Mumbai Police has launched an investigation after star couple Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal purportedly received death threats on social media. A complaint has been filed against an unidentified person at Santacruz Police Station, said Mumbai Police. Katrina and Vicky, who tied the knot in Rajasthan on December 9,…

Koffee with Karan 7′: Akshay Kumar’s marriage advice to Ranbir-Alia,…

Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar, on the third episode of 'Koffee with Karan 7' gave special marriage advice to the newly married couples of Bollywood Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal-Katrina Kaif. Karan Johar, during the quirky rapid-fire session with the 'Bhagam Bhaag' actor, asked "What marriage advice would you give…

‘Ben Stokes. ODIs. It’s been an honour’: Cricket fraternity hails…

Wishes and tributes poured in from all corners to praise the legacy that Ben Stokes built and left as one of the finest all-rounders announced his retirement from One-Day international cricket. Stokes has played 104 ODI matches and is set to end his international career in the format on his…

‘Was only answering to Nupur Sharma’s questions’, Ajmer Dargah cleric’s…

After his derogatory remarks on Hindu gods and beliefs, the son of Ajmer Sharif Dargah Khadim Sayed Sarwar Chishti's son, Syed Aadil Chishti, issued an apology stating that he didn't intend to hurt anyone's religious belief or sentiments. In a video, Syed Aadil Chishti is seen apologising for his remarks…

Udaipur Beheading: From Kangana Ranaut to Richa Chadha, Bollywood celebs…

The gruesome murder of a Hindu shopkeeper, Kanhaiya Lal, by two men in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district on Tuesday sent a shockwave across India. If reports are to be believed, the shopkeeper was beheaded over a social media post that he had shared in support of BJP leader Nupur Sharma, who…

‘Madrassas teaching children punishment for blasphemy is beheading: Kerala Governor…

A day after the brutal murder of a tailor in Rajasthan triggered shock waves across the country, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Wednesday (29) came out against Madrassas and wondered whether young children were taught there that punishment for blasphemy is beheading. He also called for broad-based education for…

BJP’s Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu sweeps temple floor

NDA's Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu was seen sweeping the floor at Shiv temple in Rairangpur, Odisha before offering prayers on Wednesday (22) morning. After NDA announced Murmu as their Presidential candidate, the Centre provided a round-the-clock Z+ category security cover for her. If elected, the 64-year-old leader from Odisha will…

Styles notes with Neelam: East meets West

HOW WOMEN ARE CONFIDENTLY EMBRACING A BLEND OF BOTH STYLES HAVE you ever mixed and matched western styles with traditional eastern pieces? If you follow any big influencers on social media, you will have seen it has become a huge trend to restyle items across your wardrobe for different occasions.…

Top 4 Players With The Most Hundreds In The Tournament

A hundred is an extremely rare occurrence in a T20 tournament like the IPL. Ipl is all about excitement, boundaries, sixes, and centuries. Whenever a player scores a hundred, it is one of the most memorable moments of the tournament. You can also play online casino games India and create…

Top 5 overseas performers of IPL 2022

The IPL 2022 season came close, with Gujarat Titans winning their first title. The performances of several Indian players in the IPL have amazed all. Similarly, the performances of overseas players have also been impressive. On the field, they performed and left their mark as well. Watching these crickets playing…

‘Religious intolerance only on TV’: Sadhguru says no major riots…

Founder of Isha Foundation Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said that there is a "lot of heat" in television studios, which is being exaggerated to suggest that there is rising religious intolerance in the country while underlining that the last one decade has been free of major communal violence. In an exclusive…

What’s written in Salman Khan’s threat letter? Read inside

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and his father, veteran screenwriter Salim Khan have received an anonymous letter, threatening to kill them, Mumbai Police informed the media on Sunday. An FIR has been filed at Bandra police station against an unknown person in the case and a further probe is currently underway.…

Is Salman Khan in danger? Bhaijaan’s security beefed up; read…

Mumbai Police has beefed up the security of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan after Lawrence Bishnoi appeared as a prime accused in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case. Police said that they have enhanced the actor's security to make sure he is safe from the activities being done by the gang…

Sidhu Moosewala cremated at his native village: Parents break down…

The body of the 28-year-old singer-politician, who was shot dead on Sunday, was brought to his home in Moosa village amid tight security on Tuesday morning from Mansa civil hospital, where the post-mortem was conducted. Moosewala's family, including his parents, were inconsolable as they sat beside the body at their…

Kohli jinx to Indian talent: Five things we learned from…

AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the 15th edition of the Twenty20 tournament, which was expanded to 10 teams this year. Kohli's jinx Former India captain Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore's wait for their first IPL title dragged on after they went down to Rajasthan in…

After IPL, Pandya wants to win T20 World Cup with…

After leading Gujarat Titans to the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in their first season, winning the Twenty20 World Cup with India is next on Hardik Pandya's bucket list. Pandya led by example in Sunday's final against 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals as Gujarat triumphed by seven wickets in front of…

Inspired by ‘Fast and Furious’ movie, 3 men steal over…

Inspired by Hollywood flick 'The Fast and the Furious' three men stole over 40 luxury cars using hi-tech tools, including scanners and GPS jammer, police said on Friday after arresting them.The accused have been identified as Manish Rao (42) and Jagdeep Sharma (43), both residents of Uttam Nagar here, and…

Flower shows are not exclusive preserve of the English upper…

THE British Asian landscape designer Manoj Malde has spoken of “creating connections” as part of his new role as an ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) with a remit for “inclusivity” that was announced at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (23). That was the day the Queen, who…

Here’s what Hardik Pandya said to his critics after propelling…

SKIPPER Hardik Pandya silenced critics after helping newcomers Gujarat Titans beat Rajasthan Royals to reach the IPL final. Pandya hadn’t been in great form ahead of IPL and his fitness was also a major concern. Some even questioned the decision to appoint him as captain despite his lack of leadership…

Here’s what Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum said about Indian…

Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum has been in love with Indian culture and cuisine for years now. His tryst with the country of multiculturism began with filmmaker Wes Anderson’s dramedy The Darjeeling Limited (2007), which was primarily shot in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Before The Darjeeling Limited, he felt…

Millions displaced, dozens dead as floods wreak havoc in India,…

HEAVY rains have caused widespread flooding in parts of Bangladesh and India, leaving millions stranded and at least 57 dead, officials said.The death toll includes 47 in India alone where hundreds of thousands of people have been moved to relief centres.In Bangladesh, about two million people have been marooned by…

Indian delegation lights up red carpet at Cannes 2022

In a star-studded presence on the Red Carpet, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur led the largest ever Indian official delegation of eleven celebrities walking together on the inaugural event at the Cannes Film Festival. The Union Minister is leading a strong Indian delegation to propagate India,…

NYIFF 2022: Once Upon a Time in Calcutta and Shoebox…

Once Upon a Time in Calcutta received two awards - best director for Aditya Vikram Sengupta and best actress for Sreelekha Mitra - at the 2022 edition of the New York Indian Film Festival, which also honoured Faraz Ali's Shoebox with the best film trophy.  The seven-day film gala, which…

South Asia pummelled by heatwave that hits 50C in Pakistan

South Asia was in the grip of an extreme heatwave on Friday, with parts of Pakistan reaching a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius as officials warned of acute water shortages and a health threat. Swathes of Pakistan and neighbouring India have been smothered by high temperatures since April in extreme…

Sri Lanka cricket stars slam government after deadly unrest

Sri Lankan cricket greats Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have hit out at the government after five people were killed in political violence and more than 200 injured. Current and former cricketers enjoy a massive fan following in Sri Lanka and their comments carry weight. "Peaceful protesters demanding for their…

Mitchell Marsh keeps Delhi’s IPL play-off hopes alive

Australia's Mitchell Marsh smashed 89 after striking twice with the ball as Delhi Capitals stayed in the IPL play-off hunt with an emphatic eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Chasing a tricky 161 for victory, a 144-run second-wicket partnership between David Warner (52 not out) and Marsh helped Delhi…

Lucknow on top of IPL table

FAST BOWLER Avesh Khan helped Lucknow Super Giants hammer Kolkata Knight Riders by 75 runs on Saturday (7) to go top of the IPL table as teams jostle to secure a play-off spot. Lucknow bundled out Kolkata, who were chasing 177 for victory, for 101 to replace fellow newcomers Gujarat…

NBA, NFL stars invest in Indian cricket franchise

US basketball star Chris Paul and American football players Larry Fitzgerald and Kelvin Beachum have invested in Indian Premier League cricket side the Rajasthan Royals, the franchise said Sunday. The world's most valuable cricket tournament has expanded to 10 teams this year with new franchises Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super…

Heatwave in India pushes power demand to record high

INDIA'S electricity demand touched a record high in April as its northern states reeled under the hottest pre-summer months in decades, with a surge in the use of air conditioning triggering the worst power crisis in more than six years.Power demand grew 13.2 per cent to 135.4 billion kilowatt hours…

Shastri advises Kohli to pull out of IPL

For the second time in a week, former India coach Ravi Shastri has advised the out-of-form Virat Kohli to take a break, even if it meant "pulling out of the IPL, for all you care" to prolong his international career. Batting maestro Kohli has been battling one of his worst…

Power cuts, forest fires in South Asia heatwave

Power outages compounded the misery of millions of people wilting in a heatwave across India and Pakistan on Friday, with experts blaming climate change for an early onset of roasting summer temperatures. In the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh hundreds of forest fires have broken out in recent weeks,…

India reels under heatwave as mercury touches 44 degrees in…

AMID a punishing heatwave building up in large parts of India, Delhi saw a jump of two to three degrees Celsius in the maximum temperature at most places on Wednesday (27).Extreme heat continued to scorch large swathes of south Asia this week, offering no reprieve after the hottest March on…

Parag, bowlers help Royals return to top IPL

Riyan Parag's unbeaten 56 and inspired bowling helped Rajasthan Royals defend 144 against Royal Challengers Bangalore to go top of the IPL table on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Parag smashed 30 off the last two overs to steer Royals, who won the inaugural IPL title in 2008 under late Australian great…

‘Fantastic cricketer’ Kohli will turn form around: Du Plessis

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis is confident Virat Kohli will overcome his IPL batting slump. Kohli took his Indian Premier League tally this season to just 128 runs from nine matches after scoring a scratchy nine in the defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday following two golden ducks.…

Kohli ‘anxious’ and ‘fried’ but will battle out of alarming…

Virat Kohli deserves more respect and will fight his way out of an alarming slump which hit a new low when he suffered a second successive golden duck in the IPL, fellow cricket stars say. It is the first time in the Indian's stellar career that he has got out…

Anil Kapoor on working with son Harsh Varrdhan in Netflix’s…

When it comes to working with his son Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, Anil Kapoor says he finds it difficult to shift gears between being a father and a student of cinema, a situation he deals with by following the golden rule of "listen then react".        Starting from his first film…

Buttler smashes 116 as Delhi tempers boil over in IPL

Jos Buttler hit 116 as Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by 15 runs in a stormy IPL match on Friday which saw tempers boil over in the final over. England's Buttler hit nine fours and nine sixes in his 65-ball innings to set Delhi a steep 223-run winning target. It…

Covid-hit Delhi kept focus, says Pant after big IPL win

Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant on Wednesday said they overcame "nervousness" after a Covid outbreak in the camp to keep their focus and hammer Punjab Kings by nine wickets in the IPL. Delhi's New Zealand import Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 just hours before the start of the match…

Warner stars as Covid-hit Delhi crush Punjab in IPL

Australia's David Warner smashed an unbeaten 60 to lead the Covid-affected Delhi Capitals to a thumping nine-wicket victory over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Delhi's New Zealand import Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 just hours before the start of the match at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium.…

Buttler ton, Chahal hat-trick give Royals edge in IPL thriller

Jos Buttler's 103 and a hat-trick by Yuzvendra Chahal helped Rajasthan Royals edge out Kolkata Knight Riders by seven runs in a nail-biting IPL contest on Monday. The England batter smashed his second IPL century this season to power Royals to 217 for five -- the highest total of this…

Pandya stars as Gujarat replace Rajasthan at IPL summit

Skipper Hardik Pandya hit a blazing 87 to set up a comfortable 37-run victory for Gujarat Titans against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, as his side replaced their opponents at the top of the Indian Premier League. Pandya smashed eight fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 52-ball knock to help…

Dube, Uthappa fire IPL holders Chennai to first win

Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa smashed 17 sixes between them to help holders Chennai Super Kings register their first win of the Indian Premier League season against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday. Dube struck an unbeaten 95 and Uthappa hit 88 as the pair built a third-wicket partnership of 165…

Royals top IPL table with narrow win as Ashwin ‘retires…

Rajasthan Royals prevailed in a last-over thriller to edge out Lucknow Super Giants by three runs and top the Indian Premier League table on Sunday. West Indies big-hitter Shimron Hetmyer hit an unbeaten 59 off 36 balls and lifted Royals from 67-4 to 165-6 in the second match of the…

Netflix sets May 6 to premiere Thar

Starring Anil Kapoor, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, and Fatima Sana Shaikh in lead roles, Netflix’s Thar will premiere on the streaming service on 6th May 2022. Set in the Western film-noir world, the upcoming film has an inerrant blend of suspense, mystery, and thrill and promises to be an immersive experience…

IPL player Chahal says teammate dangled him from 15th-floor balcony

INDIAN bowler Yuzvendra Chahal says he was dangled from a 15th-floor hotel balcony by a heavily drunk fellow player during the Indian Premier League in 2013.The incident happened during a get-together when the leg-spinner, who has played 61 one-day internationals for India, was a part of the Mumbai Indians franchise.Chahal…

Karthik, Shahbaz power Bangalore to IPL win over Royals

Powerful knocks by Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. Chasing 170 for victory, Bangalore were in trouble at 87-5 when Karthik (44 not out) and Shahbaz Ahmed (45) put on an attacking partnership…

Buttler ton helps Royals down Mumbai in IPL

England's Jos Buttler hit the first century of this Indian Premier League season to lead his side Rajasthan Royals to a convincing victory over Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Buttler smashed 100 off 68 deliveries before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah off a toe-crushing yorker as Rajasthan finished on 193-8 after…

Ferguson, Gill power Gujarat to second IPL win

Lockie Ferguson claimed four wickets and Shubman Gill hit 84 to help newcomers Gujarat Titans remain unbeaten in two IPL matches after a 14-run win over Delhi Capitals on Saturday. Ferguson returned figures of 4-28 with his express pace in Pune to keep Delhi down to 157 for nine while…

Top Sri Lanka cricketers back anti-government protests

Some Sri Lankan cricket stars are backing protests sweeping the island nation over a spiralling economic crisis, with former Test captain Mahela Jayawardene urging government leaders to resign. The country is suffering severe shortages of food, fuel and other essentials -- along with record inflation and crippling power cuts --…

Big-money Livingstone helps Punjab thrash Chennai in IPL

England's Liam Livingstone smashed 60 and took two wickets to lead Punjab Kings to an emphatic 54-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Livingstone, who became the most expensive overseas player in this season's IPL auction when Punjab bought the batting all-rounder for $1.52…

Samson shines as Royals beat Hyderabad

SANJU SAMSON led from the front with a blistering 55 as Rajasthan Royals opened their season campaign in the IPL with an emphatic 61-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday (29). The captain, playing his 100th match for Royals who won the inaugural Indian Premier League edition under late Australian…

Gujarat win battle of IPL newcomers against Lucknow

Mohammed Shami's three wickets and a batting blitz by Rahul Tewatia helped Gujarat Titans begin their IPL journey with a thrilling win over fellow debutants Lucknow Super Giants on Monday. Chasing 159 for victory, Gujarat were in trouble at 78-4 but Tewatia smashed an unbeaten 40 off 24 balls to…

Indian Premier League season 15: the teams, top players

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 extravaganza begins on Saturday when holders Chennai Super Kings face Kolkata Knight Riders. Eastern Eye guides you through the 10 teams, including two new franchises, who will compete in the world's richest cricket championship. Mumbai Indians Key Indian players: Rohit Sharma…

Next round of UK-India trade talks in April amid Ukraine…

THE THIRD round of the ongoing India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations will be hosted by India next month, Britain's Department for International Trade (DIT) said on Thursday (24).A joint “outcome statement” released by the DIT confirmed that a draft treaty text of chapters that will make up the new…

Growing Rift over Ukraine: UK cancels high-powered delegation to India

THE UK has called off a high-powered delegation to India over the latter's stand on Ukraine invasion, the BBC reported. The cross-party UK delegation to India led by the Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and his deputy was cancelled at the last minute, the report added. It is largely viewed…

Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi resume filming Merry Christmas

Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi have resumed filming on their much-anticipated thriller Merry Christmas. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Sriram Raghavan, the film went on floors in December 2021. The team has now begun production on the second schedule after taking a brief break to celebrate the festival of Holi. It…

Shane Watson to help coach IPL’s Delhi Capitals

Former all-rounder Shane Watson will join the coaching staff of the Indian Premier League's Delhi Capitals under the leadership of fellow Australian Ricky Ponting, the franchise announced Tuesday. Watson, who played with two separate championship teams in the Twenty20 competition, joins Delhi as assistant coach ahead of the tournament's return…

Abhishek Bachchan’s Dasvi to stream on Jio Cinema and Netflix

The much-anticipated social-comedy Dasvi is set for a direct-to-digital release on Netflix and Jio Cinema on April 7, the makers announced on Monday.   Though theatres in India have been allowed to function at full capacity, several filmmakers are still taking the digital route to release their films. Dasvi is the…

Malinga named fast bowling coach of IPL’s Royals

Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga will return to the Indian Premier League as a fast bowling coach for Rajasthan Royals, the franchise announced Friday. Malinga remains the leading wicket-taker in the world's most valuable cricket league with 170 scalps for five-time champions Mumbai Indians -- with whom he won four…

Hugs and tears as families reunite with students evacuated from…

EMOTIONS ran high as Indian students, evacuated from the embattled Ukrainian city of Sumy, came out of the Delhi airport on Friday (11) and hugged their waiting parents.Some of the parents distributed sweets and garlanded their children while others welcomed them with bouquets and hugs as they arrived at the…

Jadeja hailed as great all-rounder after Test-winning exploits

Ravindra Jadeja was hailed Monday as one of the world's best all-rounders after his swashbuckling unbeaten 175 with the bat and nine-wicket haul with the ball propelled India to a first Test victory over Sri Lanka inside three days. The left-hander's match-defining knock in Mohali, his best in Tests, and…

Disney+ Hotstar sets date for Pravin Tambe biopic starring Shreyas…

The upcoming biopic on Indian cricketer Pravin Tambe, starring Shreyas Talpade in the lead role, is set to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on April 1, the streamer announced on Monday.        Titled Kaun Pravin Tambe, the biopic is backed by Fox Star Studios along with Friday Filmworks and Bootroom Sports…

Rajasthan Royals pays ’emotional tribute’ to Warne

SHANE WARNE was often called "the best captain Australia never had", and the Indian Premier League side he led to a title triumph in 2008 paid tribute to the late Australian bowler Saturday (5). The victory for the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the world's most valuable cricket…

Shane Warne, the man who made spin sexy again

SHANE WARNE was not only one of the greatest cricketers ever to play the game but he can also probably be credited with saving the art of spin bowling in a sport that had become dominated by relentless pace. His extraordinary figures tell the first half of the story and…

Shane Warne dies of suspected heart attack

AUSTRALIAN cricketer Shane Warne, one of the finest spin bowlers of all time whose talent and personality transcended the sport, died aged 52 on Friday (4). Warne, who ended his spell-binding international career in 2007 with a remarkable 708 test wickets, died from a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui,…

Salman Khan’s Tiger 3 to release on Eid 2023

Salman Khan on Friday announced that his much-awaited film Tiger 3 will release in cinemas on April 21, 2023, on the auspicious occasion of Eid. The superstar also shared the first teaser for the upcoming film, which also stars Katrina Kaif in the lead role. Tiger 3 is the third…

India pays Cairn £780m to settle retro tax dispute

INDIA has paid Cairn Energy Plc Rs 79 billion (£780 million) in a refund of taxes it had collected to enforce a retrospective tax demand.The payment ends a seven-year-old dispute that had tarred the country's image as an investment destination.Cairn Energy, which is now known as Capricorn Energy PLC, said…

Livingstone top overseas player at IPL auction, Mumbai pick Archer

ENGLAND'S Liam Livingstone on Sunday (13) became the most expensive foreign player in this season's IPL auction at $1.52 million (£1.13m), while fellow England international Jofra Archer also fetched a high price despite being doubtful for the upcoming edition. Livingstone went to Punjab Kings as the 10 teams splurged millions…

Cricket: India’s Shreyas Iyer sold for £1.1m in IPL auction

INDIA'S Shreyas Iyer fetched the top price in the first round of the auction for the Indian Premier League - the world's most valuable cricket tournament - on Saturday (12).Iyer, who stood out with his match-winning 80 in India's 3-0 ODI whitewash of the West Indies on Friday (11), went…

Lata will live for ever

I DON’T think I would have the courage to do it now, but back in 1998 – when I was even more foolish – I said yes when the BBC asked if I would talk about Lata Mangeshkar for a Radio 4 show called Distant Divas. What eased my nervousness…

Pandya, Rahul to lead new teams, IPL to begin in…

ALLROUNDER Hardik Pandya will lead Ahmedabad and batsman KL Rahul will captain Lucknow when the franchises make their debuts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in March. The 15th edition of the world's richest Twenty20 league will be a 10-team affair with the inclusion of the two new franchises. "I…

A wholesome slate of films for Katrina Kaif in 2022

After the smashing success of Sooryavanshi (2021) at the box office, Katrina Kaif is looking forward to multiple exciting films in 2022. Just like 2021, 2022 is also going to be a special year for Katrina Kaif. The talented actress will be seen in various versatile avatars given her interesting…

Irrfan Khan’s Murder at Teesri Manzil 302, Sanjay Mishra’s Turtle…

Streaming platform ZEE5 on Thursday announced that three of their upcoming films – Irrfan Khan’s Murder at Teesri Manzil 302, Waah Zindagi, and Turtle – both starring Sanjay Mishra – will release on December 31.    Starring Khan and Ranvir Shorey in pivotal roles, Murder at Teesri Manzil 302 is a…

Katrina Kaif marries Vicky Kaushal in Rajasthan

Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif married in an intimate ceremony at the Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan on Thursday. The newlyweds posted pictures of the wedding on their Instagram accounts. “Only love and gratitude in our hearts for everything that brought us to this moment. Seeking all…

“Nice to see leading ladies of film industry breaking sexist…

Ahead of Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal’s wedding on December 9, celebrated actress Kangana Ranaut on Wednesday said it is good that the leading ladies of Bollywood are breaking sexist norms of society. Kaif, whose filmography boasts of several blockbusters such as Namastey London (2007), Singh Is Kingg (2008), Raajneeti…

Several Bollywood stars attend Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif’s wedding

Close friends and colleagues of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif, including filmmaker Kabir Khan, his wife Mini Mathur, director Vijay Krishna Achara, Sharvari Wagh, Neha Dhupia, and Angad Bedi arrived in Jaipur on Tuesday morning to attend their wedding. The three-day wedding festivities of Kaif and Kaushal started on Tuesday…

Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal land in Jaipur ahead of wedding

Bollywood actors Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal arrived in Jaipur on Monday night for their wedding to be solemnized at a hotel in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district. The pair and eight others arrived at the Jaipur airport in a chartered flight. Earlier in the day, some of the family members,…

Katrina Kaif to begin filming Merry Christmas with Vijay Sethupathi

According to reports, Katrina Kaif and Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi are set to commence work on filmmaker Sriram Raghavan’s Merry Christmas soon. Sethupathi will kick-start shoot on December 15 in Pune. Kaif, on the other hand, will join the sets later. Indian media is buzzing with reports that the Namastey…

Stokes, Archer released from IPL’s Royals ahead of auction

ENGLAND stars Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been released by their IPL team Rajasthan Royals ahead of the auction as franchises on Tuesday (30) announced names of retained players. England's Eoin Morgan and David Warner of Australia also parted ways with Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively, with…

Dhamija’s path to fame and fortune

Entrepreneur reveals his ebookers story in memoir THE title of Dinesh Dhamija’s very entertaining memoir, which is due to be released formally by his publishers, Austin Macauley, on November 30, sums up how he worked his way to fame and fortune – Book It! How Dinesh Dhamija sold travel agency…

Indian WWII veteran, 97, wins pension battle

A 97-year-old Indian veteran whose leg was blown off in Italy in World War II has won a battle for a bigger pension that was previously denied to soldiers injured before independence in 1947. Sepoy Balwant Singh was one of more than 2.5 million soldiers from British India who took…

Exclusive: Abhimanyu Singh on the success of Sooryavanshi & Annaatthe,…

Abhimanyu Singh is known for his performance in movies like Gulaal, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Jazbaa, Mom and others. Recently, the actor was seen in two movies, Sooryavanshi and Annaatthe (Tamil). In both the movies, he played the antagonist and impressed the audiences with his performance. Eastern Eye recently interacted…

‘Digital tools will play key role in India’s climate prediction’

THE demand for weather prediction will increase from various sectors in the future and artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a key role in this transition, the head of India’s premier weather agency has said. Dr M Mohapatra is the director-general of meteorology at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).…

India probes Kashmir students for cheering Pakistan cricket win

Police have launched an investigation after several hundred students in Indian-administered Kashmir celebrated India's recent defeat to Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, officials said on Wednesday. Anti-India sentiment is widespread and deep in the Muslim-majority territory where an armed rebellion has raged for decades by Kashmiris wanting independence or…

John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate 2 to now arrive a day…

Emmay Entertainment and T-Series Films’ joint production venture Satyameva Jayate 2 will now release in theatres on November 25, a day earlier than its previously announced release date. The vigilante action film, written and directed by Milap Zaveri, stars John Abraham in the lead role. Actress Divya Khosla Kumar is…

India resorts to power cuts as utilities grapple with coal…

INDIA has asked power producers to import up to 10 per cent of their coal needs amid fuel shortages and warned states that federal companies will curb their power supplies if they are found selling electricity on power exchanges to cash in on surging prices. India is the world's second…

India allows power plants to blend imported coal with local…

INDIA has allowed power producers to expedite imports of coal to use for up to 10 per cent of blends with the domestic grade to meet increased power demand in a move that could push up already high global prices. Asia's third-largest economy is facing large-scale outages as several power…

Kohli’s Bangalore claim IPL playoff spot

Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Punjab Kings by six runs in a thrilling clash Sunday to secure their place in the Indian Premier League playoffs. Glenn Maxwell hit 57 off 33 balls and Devdutt Padikkal 40 as Bangalore made 164 for seven from their 20 overs in Sharjah. Punjab…

Ashwin hits back in ‘disgraceful’ run controversy at IPL

Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday (31) lambasted England captain Eoin Morgan and New Zealand's Tim Southee after their acerbic confrontation over a controversial run in an IPL match. Ashwin, no stranger to "spirit of cricket" disputes was labelled as "disgraceful" by Australian legend Shane Warne for running a single after a…

We have got rewards because we have been fearless: Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday (30) said impressive middle overs bowling and staying fearless during the game's crucial moments contributed to the team's fine run in this edition of the IPL. RCB rode on an all-round performance to beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets here to boost…

IPL’s Delhi back Ashwin after Warne’s ‘disgraceful’ jibe

Delhi Capitals leapt to Ravichandran Ashwin's defence after Australian spin legend Shane Warne slammed the star all-rounder's "disgraceful" single in a feisty Indian Premier League encounter. Ashwin had a verbal exchange with Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan and Tim Southee after he grabbed an extra run following a throw…

IPL 2021: Chennai inflict new defeat on Kohli’s Bangalore

MS DHONI'S Chennai Super Kings inflicted new pain on Virat Kohli on Friday (24), beating his Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in the Indian Premier League. Chennai, bolstered by 38 from opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, overcame Bangalore's 156 for six with 11 balls to spare as Dhoni won the latest…

IPL 2021: Iyer, Narine star as Kolkata thrash Mumbai

EOIN MORGAN'S Kolkata Knight Riders won their second straight Indian Premier League match with a seven-wicket thrashing of holders Mumbai Indians on Thursday (23) to move into the top four. Opener Venkatesh Iyer smashed 53 and put on an attacking second-wicket partnership of 88 with Rahul Tripathi, who made an…

IPL 2021: Tyagi’s last-over heroics help Rajasthan win thriller

PACER Kartik Tyagi defended four off the last over as Rajasthan Royals edged out Punjab Kings by two runs in an Indian Premier League thriller on Tuesday (22). Needing 18 off 18 balls, Punjab lost their way and Tyagi gave away just one run and took two wickets in the…

International exodus casts shadow as IPL resumes in UAE

INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE action will resume on Sunday (19) in the United Arab Emirates in front of spectators, but without a host of top international stars after four months of pandemic suspension. Fans will be in the stands for the first time in two years when Rohit Sharma's title-holders, Mumbai…

How India shaped English artist Marcus Hodge

THE English artist Marcus Hodge, who is holding an exhibition of his Indian paintings at the Osborne Studio Gallery in London’s Belgravia next month, has revealed how India has profoundly influenced his own life and that of several generations of his family. The forthcoming exhibition will feature mainly “representational” images…

IPL opens expansion campaign seeking bids for new team

The Indian Premier League on Tuesday (31) launched its campaign to expand the world's richest cricket tournament by seeking bids to run a new team. The IPL had said it would increase the tournament from eight to 10 teams for the 2022 season, but its tender announcement only put one…

Cricket West Indies Announces the Full Schedule of CPL 2021

As the Caribbean Premier League plans to resume on August 28, fans are hoping for a thrilling event like the previous years despite the risk that Covid-19 place. The venue of this event has been set for St. Kitts and Nevis. All 33 games will be played in the same…

Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win gold at…

SHOOTER Avani Lekhara scripted history on Monday (30) as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event in Tokyo. The 19-year-old from Jaipur, who sustained…

5-year-old British boy Jacob Smith plays the role of Kriti…

Kriti Sanon starrer Mimi started streaming on Netflix and Jio Cinema last month. The movie has received a great response, and apart from Kriti, child actor Jacob Smith has grabbed everyone’s attention with his performance in it. Jacob is a five-year-old British boy from Aberdeen who plays the role of…

Bangalore coach Katich steps down, Hesson takes over for rest…

Royal Challengers Bangalore said on Saturday their Australian coach Simon Katich will be unavailable for the remainder of the Indian Premier League campaign due to personal reasons, with Director of Cricket Operation Mike Hesson taking over. The eight-team Twenty20 competition was suspended in May after several players and backroom staff…

Dev Patel’s The Green Knight sets August 27 release date…

Knight is now set to arrive in India on August 27. The David Lowery directorial will get a theatrical release in the country by PVR Pictures. The Green Knight follows the journey of Sir Gawain, played by Patel, King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew who seeks to confront the eponymous…

Shilpa Shetty’s husband denied bail in pornography case

A MUMBAI court on Wednesday (27) denied bail to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra, who has been accused of producing pornographic films, police said. The arrest is the latest scandal to hit Kundra who was embroiled in cricket match-fixing charges six years ago. Mumbai police said the 45-year-old…

India confirms French court order to freeze assets in Paris

THE Indian government has confirmed a French court order for freezing certain state-owned assets in Paris following a petition filed by Britain's Cairn Energy to recover an arbitration award of $1.72 billion (£1.2 bn) from New Delhi. The sum was awarded to Cairn Energy last year by an international tribunal…

Mimi movie review: This Kriti Sanon starrer is filled with…

Kriti Sanon starrer Mimi was all set to start streaming on Netflix and Jio Cinema on 30th July 2021. However, due to some circumstances, the film started streaming on Monday (26). Mimi is an adaptation of the Marathi film Mala Aai Vhhaychy (2011) which had received India’s National Film Award…

Rise in ‘black fungus’ cases among children in Rajasthan, report

INDIA recorded more than 45,000 cases of the deadly "black fungus" over the last two months, the health ministry said, as a nationwide outbreak sweeps through Covid-19 patients. The country's junior health minister Bharati Pravin Pawar told parliament that over 4,200 people had died of the fungus (scientific name mucormycosis).…

Learnt from Dhoni how to take a match to last…

INDIA pacer Deepak Chahar, who starred with the bat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo, said he has learnt the art of chasing from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Chahar scripted India's come-from-behind win on Tuesday (20) with an unbeaten 69 at number eight. "He (Dhoni) has had a…

Narendra Modi faces backlash over income tax raids against India…

THE Narendra Modi government came under fierce criticism on Thursday (22) after India’s tax authorities conducted raids against a popular newspaper and television channel that have been critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. While there was no official remark on…

Colors introduces new Anandi in Balika Vadhu 2 promo; series…

Colors, one of the leading general entertainment channels in India, has raised the curtain on the first promo of their upcoming soap opera Balika Vadhu 2. The channel has also revealed the release date of the show along with its promo. Balika Vadhu 2 will hit airwaves on August 9…

Experts warn against Uttar Pradesh’s population control draft law

INDIA’S most populous state, Uttar Pradesh announced a draft law for population control on Saturday (10), as per which those having more than two children will be devoid of any special concessions or benefits. It proposes denying government jobs, promotions, subsidies and the right to contest local elections to anyone…

Makers likely to defer the release of Akshay Kumar’s Bell…

Starring Akshay Kumar in the role of a RAW agent, Bell Bottom is one of the most awaited films of 2021. It was the first high-profile Hindi film to go into production after the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic started slowing down in 2020. The makers wrapped up production…

India’s poor suffer as temperature rises across the country

INDIA's average temperature rose around 0.7 Celsius between the beginning of the 20th century and 2018. It is set to rise another 4.4 degrees by 2100, according to a recent government report. The study also forecasts the frequency of heatwaves by then to be three to four times higher than…

Sonakshi Sinha’s horror-comedy film with RSVP Movies locks its title

A couple of days ago, we informed our readers that Sonakshi Sinha and Riteish Deshmukh were set to headline an upcoming horror-comedy film, produced by Ronnie Screwvala under his banner, RSVP Movies. The latest update on the forthcoming project is that the makers have not only locked its official title,…

Severe heatwave in Delhi as temperature hits a nine-year high

TENS of millions of people in India were suffering Friday (2) under a severe heatwave that has pushed the temperature to a nine-year high in Delhi as monsoon rains run behind schedule. Heatwaves have killed over 6,500 people in the world's second-most populous nation since 2010, and scientists say climate change…

Alka Joshi on The Henna Artist’s success, its sequel and…

AUTHOR Alka Joshi has revealed she was surprised by the success of her best-selling debut novel The Henna Artist, as she celebrated the release of its sequel last Friday (25). The Henna Artist follows Lakshmi, a 17-year-old girl who escapes from an abusive marriage in 1950s India. She journeys to…

Colors unveils teaser of Balika Vadhu 2

Colors, one of the leading general entertainment channels in Hindi, has raised the curtain on its much-awaited show Balika Vadhu 2. As the title aptly suggests, Balika Vadhu 2 will mark the second season of Colors’ iconic show Balika Vadhu, which revolved around the life of a child bride transitioning…

Writing the wrongs suffered by women

NEW BOOK FOCUSES ON FEMALE EMPOWERMENT WIDELY RESPECTED world peace advocate Shaheen Chishti has just released his debut novel The Granddaughter Project, which touches on a wide range of themes, including gender inequality, racial oppression, wartime trauma and female emancipation. In his new book, the British author tells the deeply…

BAPS Charities join relief efforts during Covid second wave in…

A leading charity has joined efforts in combating the Covid-19 pandemic and alleviating the suffering in India during the second wave. BAPS Charities, through its global network and partner hospitals, has so far supported the treatment of over 3,800 victims to full recovery from Covid-19 in the country, a statement…

Kirti Kulhari: I want to play as complex characters as…

Ever since entering filmdom, Kirti Kulhari has tried to take up roles that help her prove her versatility as an actor. Take a look at her resume and you will realise how different have all her characters been from one another. From playing a sexual assault victim in Pink (2016)…

Morgan, Buttler under investigation for alleged racist remarks

ENGLAND'S limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler are under investigation by the country's cricket board after their alleged racist tweets, mocking Indians, surfaced on the social media. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has promised "relevant and appropriate action", saying each case will be handled on…

Sonakshi Sinha and Riteish Deshmukh to headline RSVP Movies’ horror-comedy

Sonakshi Sinha may not have been seen on silver screen after the release of Dabangg 3 in 2019, but the actress has scored some extremely interesting projects over the past two years, which will be out soon. Some of her much-talked-about projects include war-drama film Bhuj: The Pride of India…

Shakib, Mustafiz will not play in remainder of IPL: Bangladesh…

STAR Bangladesh players Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will not be given no-objection certificates (NOCs) to play in the remaining games of the Indian Premier League, the country's cricket board president Nazmul Hassan said on Monday (31). All-rounder Shakib and left-arm pacer Mustafizur play for Kolkata Knight Riders and…

Movies and web series to look forward to in June…

By Murtuza Iqbal In May, we got to see movies like Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, Sardar Ka Grandson, and others. There were also some interesting web series that released last month like Broken But Beautiful 3, Maharani, and more. Now, in June also we will get to watch some…

Covid-19: India’s daily positivity falls amid improved recovery rate

INDIA'S recovery rate went up to 90 per cent while daily Covid-19 infections of 2,11,298 took the total tally to 2,73,69,093, according to the union health ministry data on Thursday (27). The death toll due to Covid rose to 3,15,235 with 3,847 new fatalities being reported in a span of…

India’s daily Covid-19 cases drop, but fatalities still remain high

THE daily rise in coronavirus cases in India remained below the three lakh-mark for the sixth consecutive day, with 2.57 lakh new cases recorded in a single day, the union health ministry said on Saturday (22). With the fresh cases, India's tally of Covid-19 cases climbed to 2,62,89,290. The death…

India reports 259,551 new coronavirus infections; total deaths near 300,000

INDIA reported on Friday (21) 259,551 new coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 4,209. The South Asian nation's infection tally stands at 26.03 million, with a death toll of 291,331, health ministry data showed. New Covid-19 cases remained below 300,000-mark for the fifth consecutive day…

India conducts record single-day tests as daily Covid-19 cases drop

MORE than 20.55 lakh Covid-19 tests were conducted in a span of 24 hours, the highest-ever conducted in a single day in India, while the daily positivity rate stands at 13.44 per cent, the union health ministry said on Thursday (20). Cumulatively, 20,55,010 tests were conducted on Wednesday (19) in…

Dravid, Ganguly’s centuries in Taunton had an incredible impact on…

ENGLAND batsman Jos Buttler said Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly's big hundreds in the 1999 World Cup match against Sri Lanka had an "incredible impact" on him. The duo of Ganguly and Dravid had stitched together a mammoth partnership of 318 runs for the second wicket to set up an…

India reacts as Cairn eyes Air India, foreign assets to…

REACTING to the reports that British oil company Cairn Energy is taking swift steps to seize India’s foreign assets including Air India, the government of India has said that it will defend its case.  "The government is yet to receive formal notice of any such claims and hence these reports…

Akshay Kharodia on working with Amitabh Bachchan: I was seeing…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejxLSI0EsXg By Murtuza Iqbal Akshay Kharodia is currently seen as one of the leads in the TV show Pandya Store. The actor has been a part of many advertisements and has also worked with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in one of the commercials. We recently interacted with Akshay…

Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman to be seen in Netflix’s Skater…

By Murtuza Iqbal Late actor Mac Mohan’s daughter Manjari Makijany is all set to make her feature debut as a director with a movie titled Skater Girl. The film will be released on Netflix on 11th June 2021 and recently, the trailer of the movie was released. Skater Girl stars…

Slim chance IPL can be completed in UK or Middle…

THERE is a "small possibility" that the remainder of the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) season can be played in the United Kingdom or the Middle East later this year, Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale said. IPL was suspended indefinitely earlier this month after several personnel tested positive for Covid-19…

Sonakshi Sinha: It’s better to slow down a bit till…

By: Mohnish Singh Life is not going to be the same again, even when the coronavirus pandemic will disappear from the face of the earth once and for all. Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who wrapped up her debut streaming show Fallen just before fresh restrictions came into force to deal with…

Amitabh Bachchan lists out his contributions in response to distasteful…

By: Mohnish Singh The scars left by the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic have yet not healed, the even deadlier second wave of the pandemic has now taken India by storm, pushing the country’s healthcare system past the breaking point. In these trying times, a number of people from…

England players lead IPL exodus, Australians to wait in Maldives…

SEVERAL foreign players started heading home on Wednesday (5) after the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with tournament organisers planning an airlift to Maldives or Sri Lanka for the stranded Australian cohort. Hours after the IPL was suspended on Tuesday (4) because of India's coronavirus crisis, the English…

Delhi go top of IPL, Sunrisers’ Buttler hits maiden T20…

Delhi Capitals climbed to the top of the Indian Premier League with a seven-wicket win over Punjab Kings on Sunday after Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler struck his maiden Twenty20 century. Victory took 2020 runners-up Delhi two points above Chennai Super Kings, who have a game in hand. Punjab suffered a…

Pollard steers Mumbai to last-gasp IPL win over Chennai

Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten 87 off 34 balls to power Mumbai Indians to a thrilling four-wicket Indian Premier League win over old rivals Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. Chennai seemed to be coasting to victory when the West Indies star came in, with Mumbai needing 138 from 10 overs…

Royals pledge $1 mn to virus fight as IPL faces…

Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals on Thursday donated $1 million to help fight the coronavirus surge in India, as two umpires reportedly became the latest participants to ditch the world's richest cricket tournament. Facing criticism over the decision to hold the event while India suffers thousands of deaths each…

IPL 2021: De Kock steers Mumbai Indians back on track

OPENER Quinton de Kock bounced back to form and so did Mumbai Indians as they defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in an IPL 2021 match on Thursday (29). Put in to bat, powered by skipper Sanju Samson's 42 and Jos Buttler's 41, Rajasthan scored a competitive 171 for 4.…

IPL 2021: We’ll ensure you reach home seamlessly; BCCI assures…

THE Indian cricket board (BCCI) on Tuesday (27) said it would do everything to ensure that foreign players taking part in the IPL reach their respective countries seamlessly once the tournament ends. It said a day after three Australians quit the league amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in India.…

India gets support from across the globe

THE first emergency medical supplies trickled into Covid-stricken India on Tuesday (27) as part of a global campaign to staunch a catastrophic wave in the latest pandemic hotspot, with the US also pledging to export millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses. India's infection and death rates are growing exponentially, overwhelming hospitals,…

IPL 2021: Three Australian players pull out amid India Covid…

AUSTRALIA legspinner Adam Zampa and fast bowler Kane Richardson have joined compatriot Andrew Tye in cutting short their Indian Premier League (IPL) season and heading home as India struggles with a massive surge in Covid-19 cases. Tye, who was with the Rajasthan Royals, flew to Sydney on Sunday via Mumbai…

England’s Archer out of Indian Premier League

Fast bowler Jofra Archer has officially withdrawn from the Indian Premier League but is on track to be fit for England's first Test of the summer, cricket chiefs announced on Friday. Archer missed the start of Rajasthan Royals' campaign after undergoing surgery to remove fragments of glass from a finger.…

IPL 2021: Padikkal century powers Bangalore to 10-wicket win

VIRAT KOHLI became first batsman in IPL history to go past 6,000 runs as Royal Challengers Bangalore extended their unbeaten run in this edition on Thursday (22). 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal slammed an unbeaten century, his first in IPL as Kohli scored 72 not out in Bangalore's thumping 10-wicket victory over…

The top 10 Irrfan Khan movies

by ASJAD NAZIR ACCLAIMED actor Irrfan Khan passed away on April 29 last year, at the age of 53, after a long battle with illness. One of the most successful Indian actors in international projects, Irrfan left behind an impressive body of work that will continue to delight audiences across…

IPL 2021: Jadeja, Moeen set up Chennai’s second consecutive win

RAVINDRA JADEJA and Moeen Ali spun Chennai Super Kings to their second successive win as they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs in an IPL 2021 match on Monday (19). Put in to bat, Chennai posted 188 for nine, with the help of handy knocks by Faf du Plessis (33…

IPL 2021: Chahar spells magic in Chennai’s win over Punjab

DEEPAK CHAHAR starred with the ball by bowling a brilliant opening spell as Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by six wickets to register their first win in IPL 2021 on Friday (16). Chahar's four for 13 helped Chennai restrict Punjab to 106 for 8 as Moeen Ali (46 off…

Ben Stokes ruled out for three months with fractured finger

ENGLAND allrounder Ben Stokes will be out of action for about three months after fracturing his finger while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday (16). ECB said in a statement that Stokes, who is now in…

IPL 2021: Miller, Morris seal tense chase for Rajasthan

DAVID MILLER and Chris Morris combined well to effectively power Rajasthan Royals to a tense three-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in an IPL 2021 match at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday (15). For Rajasthan, Miller (62 off 43 balls), Morris (36 not out) and Jaydev Unadkat (3 for 15) played…

‘Shirley was the best prime minister Britain never had’

By Lord Navnit Dholakia SHIRLEY WILLIAMS, one of the foremost post-war politicians in the UK and the first president of the Social Democratic Party, was better known as one of the Gang of Four who split from the Labour party and was ultimately instrumental in creating the Liberal Democratic party.…

Ben Stokes ruled out of IPL 2021 with broken finger

ENGLAND allrounder Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season after breaking his finger in the opening match, his franchise Rajasthan Royals said on Tuesday (13). Stokes sustained the injury while fielding during Monday's (12) four-run defeat to Punjab Kings. In that match, he bowled…

EXCLUSIVE: Samson ready to lead Rajasthan to IPL glory

By Pramod Thomas & Sarwar Alam SANJU SAMSON recalls the favourite day in his burgeoning career. It was 2013, he was 18-years-old and had traveled from his home in Kerala to Jaipur for a trial with the Rajashtan Royals. The IPL is the ultimate dream for young cricketers. For Samson…

England’s Archer back training but IPL stint uncertain

England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been cleared to return to training, it was announced Tuesday, after he had surgery to remove a fragment of glass from his finger last month. But just how much of a part the Sussex quick will play in this year's edition of the Indian…

IPL 2021: Samson century in vain, Punjab pips Rajasthan in…

SANJU SAMSON led from the front with a blazing century on his captaincy debut but failed to take Rajasthan Royals over the line, as Punjab Kings clinched a thrilling four-run win in an IPL 2021 match in Mumbai on Monday (13). The run-chase went deep with Rajasthan needing five off…

Archer will not be rushed back from injury: Rajasthan’s Sangakkara

RAJASTHAN ROYALS will not rush Jofra Archer back from injury but hope the England fast bowler will play some part in their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign this season, team director Kumar Sangakkara said. Archer underwent surgery to remove a glass fragment from a tendon on his right hand last week…

Vedanta says contributed $4.66bn to Indian exchequer in 2019-20

DIVERSIFIED natural resources firm Vedanta Resources has said that it contributed $4.66 billion to the public exchequer in India during 2019-20. It added that its overall contributions to public exchequers of various countries stood at $4.7bn during the period, Vedanta Resources said in its latest report. "Consistent with our commitment to…

Karan Kundrra joins the cast of Star Plus’ Yeh Rishta…

By: Mohnish Singh Renowned television actor Karan Kundrra, who was last seen on television in Dil Hi Toh Hai 3 (2020), has joined the cast of Star Plus’ long-running show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. Produced by Rajan Shahi under the banner of Director’s Kut Productions, YRKKH is one of…

From King Kohli to Universe Boss: five to watch in…

Top players from around the world have gathered for the 14th Indian Premier League, which starts on Friday for a 52-day Twenty20 extravaganza played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here, we highlight five stars who could be key in stopping Mumbai Indians winning for a third straight…

IPL to begin as per schedule despite Covid-19 worries in…

THE surge in new Covid-19 cases could yet scupper plans to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) in bio-secure bubbles at six venues across the country, starting on Friday (9) in Chennai and climaxing at the world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad on May 30. Last year's delayed tournament was…

ZEE5 unveils the trailer of next original Raat Baaki Hai

By: Mohnish Singh ZEE5, which has multiple movies and streaming shows in its content catalogue, has just unveiled the trailer of their next original, titled Raat Baaki Hai. Directed by Avinash Das, the murder mystery boasts of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Annup Sonii, Paoli Dam, Rahul…

Jofra Archer hits out at Taslima Nasreen for her comment…

ENGLAND cricketer Jofra Archer has hits out at Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen for her comment that his team-mate Moeen Ali could have joined ISIS. Nasreen commented on Twitter that England all-rounder Moeen would have become a terrorist if not for cricket. In a post later deleted, she wrote: "If Moeen…

England cricketers will benefit from playing IPL ahead of T20…

The increased participation of English players in the IPL, where there is constant pressure to perform, will benefit them during the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year, reckons star all-rounder Ben Stokes. Over the years more and more English players have chosen to take part…

Living in harmony with leopards

  By Amit Roy INDIA is today largely a modern coun­try, but there are still some mysteries left. One such is revealed in travel writ­er Sundeep Bhutoria’s new book, The Bera Bond. Bera is a small semi-arid area nestling in the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan, where people from the Rabari…

Kohli warns players ‘cooked’ in bubble life ahead of IPL…

Virat Kohli says cricketers are suffering after months of bio-secure "bubble" life during the coronavirus pandemic as they head into the high-stress environment of the Indian Premier League. Kohli, one of the game's most disciplined captains, raised his concerns after his India side edged England by seven runs in a…

ZEE5 unveils the first look of new original Raat Baaki…

By: Mohnish Singh ZEE5 on Tuesday unveiled the first look of its upcoming film, titled Raat Baaki Hai. Starring Paoli Dam, Annup Sonii, Dipannita Sharma, and Rahul Dev in important roles, the film is a suspense thriller. ZEE5, which has presented some of the best suspense thrillers in the web-space…

Akshay Kumar to kick-start his next Ram Setu in April

By: Mohnish Singh After wrapping up Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment’s Bachchan Pandey in Rajasthan, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is set to commence work on his next film Ram Setu. According to reports, the film is set to begin production in April. Spilling some beans on the first shooting schedule of the…

Roohi movie review: A decent horror-comedy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCtuoLygv0k By Murtuza Iqbal Horror-comedy is surely a tough genre. It's not easy to make the audience laugh as well as scare them at the same time. But, the 2018 release Stree was a perfect horror-comedy. The movie ended with a cliffhanger and we all have been waiting for Stree…

India says no shortage of Covid-19 vaccine in the country

INDIA's federal government on Tuesday (9) denied any shortage of coronavirus vaccine doses in a big northwestern state and said it was sending supplies around the country based on demand and consumption patterns. The world's biggest vaccine maker has so far given 23 million doses to some 17 million people,…

IPL returns to India with no crowds initially

The popular Indian Premier League will begin on April 9, the country's cricket board said Sunday, with organizers set to eschew crowds initially as coronavirus cases rise in India. The world's richest Twenty20 tournament was held in the United Arab Emirates in 2020, but its 14th edition this year will…

Somy Ali: Surviving stardom and a mission to save lives

WHY BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS SOMY ALI SWAPPED FILMS FOR PHILANTHROPY by ASJAD NAZIR AN AMAZING journey has seen Somy Ali go from being born in Pakistan to making it big in Bollywood and dating Salman Khan, to leaving stardom behind and starting an incredible charity in Miami, which is making a…

Kangana Ranaut commences shoot on Tejas

By: Mohnish Singh Queen (2014) actress Kangana Ranaut has started shooting for her next film Tejas. The acclaimed actress plays an Indian Air Force pilot in the upcoming film, which is reportedly inspired by a landmark event. She began work on the much-awaited project today in Mumbai. “Kangana has begun…

Double World Cup winner Pathan calls it quits

Yusuf Pathan, who won the World Cup and Twenty20 world title with India, has retired from all cricket at the age of 38. Tributes were led by Indian great Sachin Tendulkar who said the hard-hitting all-rounder had been one of the "great students" of the game. "The time has come…

No death due to coronavirus in 19 Indian states

Nineteen states and union territories in India have not reported any death due to COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, while India's active cases stood at 146,907 accounting for 1.33 per cent of the total number of infections, the union health ministry said on Wednesday. A total of 13,742…

India bring in rising IPL stars for T20s against England

India have brought rising IPL stars Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav into their squad for the Twenty20 series against England next month. But India will rest star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the five-match series to be played in Ahamedabad from March 12. Chakravarthy has had…

Akshay Kumar in talks with Ekta Kapoor and Raaj Shaandiliyaa…

By: Mohnish Singh Producer Ekta Kapoor and writer-director Raaj Shaandilyaa recently took to social media and revealed that they were in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. However, the duo did not share any detail about their sudden visit to the city. Now, an entertainment portal reveals that Kapoor and Shaandilyaa, who last collaborated…

Bairstow says England benefit from IPL exposure

Jonny Bairstow believes England will ultimately gain from their players' involvement in the Indian Premier League even if it means they miss some international matches. The wicketkeeper-batsman, already retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad, watched Thursday's IPL player auction from the England camp in Ahmedabad, the venue for next week's third Test…

Morris smashes IPL record, Moeen goes for £700k as teams…

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive player bought for the Indian Premier League when Rajasthan Royals paid $2.25 million (£1.6 million) as part of a spending spree by the world's richest Twenty20 tournament. Three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, got England spin…

Cairn Energy moves UK, Netherlands courts against India

BRITAIN's Cairn Energy has filed cases against the Indian government in the UK and the Netherlands courts to get $1.4 billion it had won in a tax dispute against the country. The company filed a petition in a Washington DC federal court on February 12. It also plans to move…

Eight overseas players in highest bracket for IPL auction

Eight overseas players and two Indian players have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction with a base price of two crore rupees ($275,000), India's cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday. Australia's Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, England's Moeen Ali, Sam Billings,…

Anil Kapoor refutes false reports about biopic on Abhinav Bindra…

By: Mohnish Singh Evergreen Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor has rubbished a media report which claimed that his ambitious project, a biopic on Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, has been shelved. In the much-awaited biopic, Kapoor stars alongside his son Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor who plays the titular role. Refuting the news…

Team Phone Bhoot kick-starts shoot in Udaipur

By: Mohnish Singh Actors Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Ishaan Khatter have kick-started the next schedule of their upcoming film Phone Bhoot in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Kaif shared the update with fans by posting a video on Instagram when she was on her way to Udaipur and Chaturvedi also shared an…

IPL’s Royals appoint Sri Lankan Sangakkara as director

The Indian Premier League's Rajasthan Royals have appointed former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara as director of cricket for the fourteenth season of the world's richest cricket league. "Kumar brings a wealth of cricket knowledge both as a player and a leader," Mike Fordham, Group CEO of Rajasthan Royals, said…

Akshay Kumar starrer Bachchan Pandey starts rolling

By Murtuza Iqbal Bachchan Pandey starring Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Arshad Warsi is one of the most awaited films of the year. The movie is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Farhad Samji. A couple of days ago, the cast of the film flew down to…

Hope farmers gets justice, will be relief to all: Dharmendra

Ahead of the seventh round of talks between the central government and protesting farmer unions, veteran actor and former MP Dharmendra on Monday said he prays with all his heart that the farmers agitating against the three farm laws get justice today. Braving the cold and rains, thousands of farmers,…

Delhi leads India clampdown on New Year events

New Delhi and other major cities across India on Thursday (31) ordered curfews for New Year's Eve as they stepped up efforts to head off a new coronavirus wave. In the capital, the curfew would run for two days from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am with gatherings limited to five…

Best books of 2020 by unique writers that made an…

A LITERARY ROUND-UP OF WORK FROM GREAT BRITISH AUTHORS AND THE INTERNATIONAL NOVEL EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT GLOBALLY by MITA MISTRY READING has rocketed in popularity during lockdown and there have been plenty of great books by talented writers to choose from in 2020. Fabulous fiction has been providing an…

Protesting Indian farmers start hunger strike

INDIAN farmers step up pressure with hunger strike against reforms Leaders of protesting Indian farmers began a one-day hunger strike on Monday(14) against agricultural reforms they say threaten their livelihoods, stepping up pressure on prime minister Narendra Modi's government to withdraw the legislation. Farmers have been demonstrating for nearly three…

Aussie cricket great Steve Waugh captures spirit of India through…

Australian great Steve Waugh has long held a deep affection for India, first touring the country in 1986. But his experiences were all too often fleeting glimpses, before he got the chance to return and photograph everyday cricket in the sport's powerhouse. Travelling from one ground to the next as…

India court bans firecrackers in pollution-hit cities citing virus surge

India's environmental court on Monday (9) ordered a ban on firecrackers during the country's biggest annual festival in cities battling hazardously poor air quality, citing a link between pollution and a coronavirus surge. The National Green Tribunal said the role of pollution in the Covid-19 crisis meant that the ban…

We couldn’t have done anything more, up to Gods now:…

It's up to the gods now, said Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan, expressing satisfaction with the effort put in his by his team to clinch a whopping 60-run win over Rajasthan Royals and keep its IPL play-off hopes alive in an immensely tight race. KKR finished their league campaign…

Dhoni vows to return for 2021 IPL as CSK end…

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni vowed Sunday to return for Chennai Super Kings in next year's Indian Premier League, after his team ended Kings XI Punjab's play-off hopes in both sides' final game of the season. But the 39-year-old said the team -- which has many over-35s including Shane Watson and…

Jadeja’s final fireworks help Chennai to thrilling IPL win

Ravindra Jadeja hit the last two balls for six to secure a tense morale-boosting win for Chennai Super Kings over Kolkata Knight Riders that only helped their old rivals Mumbai Indians. The six-wicket victory for Chennai, who have failed to qualify for the IPL playoffs for the first time, meant…

Marlon Samuels criticised for ‘appalling’ tirade at Ben Stokes

West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels has been criticised for aiming an expletive-laden tirade at old rival Ben Stokes after a seemingly innocuous comment from the England all-rounder. Samuels made racial remarks and a derogatory comment about Stokes's wife in an Instagram post that former England captain Michael Vaughan called "appalling".…

‘A bit of happiness’: Stokes dedicates IPL century to ailing…

England allrounder Ben Stokes has dedicated his biggest Indian Premier League innings to his father, who is battling cancer in New Zealand. Stokes smashed an unbeaten 107 off just 60 balls to help Rajasthan Royals beat holders Mumbai Indians by eight wickets on Sunday, keeping the inaugural IPL champions in…

Archer claims Warner for sixth time, but Hyderabad win IPL…

England's Jofra Archer claimed David Warner's wicket for the sixth time this year on Thursday but the Australian still came out on top when his Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Warner, who lost his wicket four times to Archer in Australia's summer tour of England…

Dhawan hits first IPL ton to keep Delhi top of…

Shikhar Dhawan hit his first Indian Premier League century on Saturday as Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings to go back top of the table. South African veteran AB de Villiers produced another blistering batting display meanwhile to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to victory over Rajasthan Royals and keep them…

Dream getaways of TV stars

EVERYONE may be in a lockdown and not able to go on a holiday, but that doesn’t stop people from dreaming about a getaway to somewhere nice. With that in mind, popular TV stars recalled their favourite holiday destinations in India and in the process, gave some ideas for when…

Ashwin outwits Buttler as Delhi see off Rajasthan in IPL

Ravichandran Ashwin won his latest battle with England's Jos Buttler a season after their ugly 'Mankading' showdown as Delhi Capitals inflicted a fourth straight Indian Premier League defeat on Rajasthan Royals to go back top of the table. Last year's game between the two was dominated by the sportsmanship row…

Street vendor to IPL – the cricketing fairy tale of…

Teenage batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal sold street food and lived in tents to pursue his cricket dream, and now he is playing with top stars in the Indian Premier League. The 18-year-old left-hand batsman scored 400 runs in six one-day matches for India at this year's Under-19 World Cup, but it…

Stokes set to join IPL side Royals

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to join his Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals after missing the first two weeks of the Twenty20 tournament, the team said on Saturday. Royals tweeted a picture of their star player on a flight after asking a question, "How long does it take…

Kohli hits form in Bangalore’s big IPL win

Skipper Virat Kohli hit form with his first half-century of this Indian Premier League season as he led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable win over Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Kohli, who came into the match with scores of 14, one and three, remained unbeaten on 72 as Bangalore chased…

Mavi, Nagarkoti help Kolkata win big in IPL

Indian quicks Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti on Wednesday led Kolkata Knight Riders to a big IPL win after the franchise had persisted with the bowling duo through injury layoffs since 2018. Both Mavi and Nagarkoti, who were brought by Kolkata two years ago after an eye catching performance in…

Tewatia blitz powers Royals to record IPL chase of 224

India's Rahul Tewatia smashed five sixes in one over as Rajasthan Royals completed the Indian Premier League's highest-ever run chase against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. Tewatia, a leg-spin bowler and left-hand batsman, hit the ball over the fence seven times as he made 53 off 31 balls as Steve…

Travellers from UK, Dubai contributed maximum COVID-19 importations into India:…

Travellers from Dubai and the UK were primary sources of COVID-19 importations into India, according to an analytical study done by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi. According to the research, which has been published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, COVID-19 got induced into Indian states mainly due to…

Smith helps Royals down Chennai in IPL feast of sixes

Skipper Steve Smith cracked a match-winning 69 in Rajasthan Royal's opening Indian Premier League game on Tuesday that produced a record-equalling 33 sixes in the Twenty20 tournament. Smith, who faced concussion fears coming into the IPL, put on a key 121-run second-wicket partnership with Sanju Samson, who smashed 74, to…

Girls tackle child marriage on the football pitch in India

When India began lifting its coronavirus lockdown, Meera, a child bride from northwestern India, was focused on just one thing: when she could start playing football again. In Rajasthan, one of the Indian regions where early marriage persists despite being outlawed more than a decade ago, a girls' soccer initiative…

Buttler to miss Rajasthan’s opening IPL game

England's Jos Buttler will miss the opening game for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League due his quarantine after arriving in the United Arab Emirates. Buttler has to undergo a six-day isolation after joining Royals following the end of England's limited overs series against Australia on September 16 in…

From King Kohli to Afghan spin wizard: five to watch…

The Indian Premier League starts on Saturday (19), five months late and shifted to the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic. We highlight five players to watch in the 53-day Twenty20 extravaganza. - Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) - Captain Kohli will be key to Royal Challengers Bangalore's…

“I am free”, says Indian pacer Sreesanth as his spot-fixing…

INDIA pacer S Sreesanth's ban for alleged spot-fixing came to an end on Sunday(13), concluding a seven-year punishment that was originally meant to be for life and was aggressively contested by the flamboyant bowler. The 37-year-old has already made it clear that he intends to resume at least his domestic…

Warne makes Royal return to Rajasthan as IPL mentor

Australian spin legend Shane Warne is returning to the Rajasthan Royals, the IPL side he captained to victory, as a mentor for the upcoming season in the United Arab Emirates, the club said Sunday. Warne -- who was the Royals skipper when they clinched the Indian Premier League cup in…

Akshay Kumar thanks his fans for celebrating his birthday amid…

Akshay Kumar is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars of Bollywood. He has a huge fan following and on social media, there are multiple fan clubs of the actor. His fans call themselves Akkians. The actor celebrated his birthday on 9th September, and today, shared a video in which he…

Kohli best ODI batsman currently: Smith

Australian run-machine Steve Smith has rated his great Indian rival Virat Kohli as the best ODI batsman in world cricket currently. The two batsmen, who will face off in the upcoming IPL and also during India's tour of Australia later this year, have been fierce rivals on the field but…

Everything you need to know about upcoming Disney+ Hotstar show…

After the humongous success of Sushmita Sen’s Aarya (2020), Disney+Hotstar is set to bring out a series of interesting web shows for the audience in the coming months. One of their upcoming offerings is a comedy-drama, titled Kaun Banega Shekhawati. Here’s what we know about the forthcoming show so far.…

IPL 2020: Stokes may miss first half, Rajasthan Royals say…

IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals is likely to miss its premier all-rounder Ben Stokes during the first part of the T20 event as the World Cup-winner is currently in New Zealand to be with his ailing father Ged. Stokes, considered the world’s best all-rounder right now, left for Christchurch in the…

Ponting wants run penalties not ‘Mankads’ for ‘cheating’ batsmen

Australia great Ricky Ponting says non-strikers leaving their crease early is "cheating", but would prefer to see run penalties instead of controversial "Mankad" run-outs to stop the practice. India's Ravichandran Ashwin sparked a worldwide debate last year with his "Mankading" of England batsman Jos Buttler in a Twenty20 Indian Premier…

Ready, set, Zoom: India gypsy dancers take their art online

As a blackout plunged her desert dwelling into darkness, Suwa Devi, a dancer belonging to India's Kalbeliya gypsy community, asked her neighbour to turn on his jeep's headlights so she could continue teaching her Zoom class, outside. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to go online, but the largely…

On India’s COVID-19 frontline, female health workers push for fair…

Rushing from one home to another in a village in western India, health worker Ashwini Mhaske cannot afford to take a breather. Working to keep COVID-19 at bay while caring for mothers and babies, Mhaske races between households to meet job targets and earn bonuses for a average monthly wage…

Floods in Delhi as South Asia monsoon toll rises to…

Heavy monsoon rains lashed New Delhi Wednesday (19), inundating roads and piling on misery for commuters in the chaotic Indian capital, as the death toll from the annual deluge across South Asia rose to nearly 1,300. The monsoon is vital to the densely populated region, revitalising land and waterways amid…

Australia and England stars set to miss IPL start

Top cricketers including England's Ben Stokes and Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins risk missing the start of the Indian Premier League because of a series between their countries next month. Australia tour England from September 4 in a series that ends three days before the start of the world's richest…

‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni: From railway ticket collector to Indian cricket…

When MS Dhoni smashed the six that won the World Cup for India in 2011, it instantly became an iconic moment in cricket and established the man who started out as a railway ticket collector as one of the game's greats. Hard-hitting, unruffled no matter the pressure, the record of…

Indian child workers’ deaths spur anti-trafficking push

India's Rajasthan state is mounting a major campaign to stop children being trafficked across its borders after three child victims who were rescued from factories died from malnutrition. Extra checkpoints are being set up to stop traffickers and authorities have told police to conduct monthly drives against child labour, according…

Hunt for new locations to shoot Laal Singh Chaddha begins

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, who was last seen in Yash Raj Films’ period drama Thugs of Hindostan (2018), next stars in Laal Singh Chaddha, an official remake of Tom Hanks’ Hollywood classic Forrest Gump (1994). Mr Perfectionist was busy shooting for the much-awaited remake in several parts across India before…

India’s fugitive ‘Dr Death’, accused of dozens of murders, arrested

An Indian traditional-medicine doctor jailed for life for murdering truck drivers and feeding their remains to crocodiles has been caught after jumping parole while on release for good behaviour, Indian police said. Devendra Kumar Sharma, 62, was arrested by Delhi police in the capital late Tuesday. In January he failed…

India’s greatest movie turns 60

REMARKABLE STORY OF THE MUGHAL-E-AZAM MASTERPIECE AND ITS INCREDIBLE LEGACY by ASJAD NAZIR THIS week marks the 60th anniversary of Bollywood’s greatest film K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam, which smashed box office records and set new benchmarks when it released to great fanfare on August 5, 1960. The K Asif directed epic…

Here is Ashwin’s solution to avoid ‘Mankading’

India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wants technology to be used to track the batsman at the non-striker's end who is backing up too far, which he believes is an unfair advantage for the batting side. He has always been consistent about his stand and suggested that the technology used to…

Indian firms struggle to lure migrant workers back

Spurning free air tickets, accommodation and higher pay, millions of migrant workers who fled India's cities when coronavirus hit are too scared to return, with grim implications for the already crumbling economy. Migrant labourers form the backbone of Asia's third-biggest economy toiling in every sector from making consumer goods and…

India cricket board ordered to pay former IPL champions $640…

A court has ordered India's cricket board to pay more than $640 million to former Indian Premier League champions Deccan Chargers for illegal termination of the franchise. The Chargers, which were owned by the Deccan Chronicle newspaper group, were kicked out of the IPL in 2012 by the Board of…

Aamir Khan scraps Ladakh schedule of Laal Singh Chaddha after…

Last seen in Yash Raj Films’ Thugs of Hindostan (2018), Aamir Khan will next sizzle the silver screen with his much-anticipated film Laal Singh Chaddha. The superstar had been shooting for his ambitious project in different parts of the country. He had already wrapped up some important sequences of the…

India reports 507 Covid-19 deaths in a day; its highest…

INDIA reported the highest single-day Covid-19 deaths at 507 on Wednesday (1) and fresh cases stand at 18,653. The total number of cases in the country jumped to 585,493 with 17,400 deaths. Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu accounting for over 70 per cent of the fatalities, according to the health ministry.  For…

India’s Covid-19 death toll crosses 15,000; new record in single-day…

INDIA reported 17,296 Covid-19 cases on Friday (26), the country's highest single-day tally so far. With this India's tally jumped to 490,401, and the death toll climbed to 15,301 with 407 new fatalities. India registered over 14,000 cases for the seventh day in a row and witnessed a surge of 299,866…

India’s Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 57.42 per cent; total…

INDIA reported 16,922 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (25), its highest single-day tally so far. With this, the total cases in the country climbed to 473,105. A total of 271,696 patients have been cured so far of coronavirus in India. The recovery rate in the country is 57.42 per cent…

India’s Covid-19 cases reach 456,183; nearly 16,000 new cases in…

INDIA reported nearly 16,000 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. With this the total tally surged to 456,183 on Wednesday (24). A total of 10,495 Covid-19 patients have recovered in a day, the health ministry said. The country reported 15,968 positive cases and 465 deaths in the last…

India’s Covid-19 tally at 425,282; death toll at 13,699

INDIA's Covid-19 cases reached 425,282 on Monday (22) with 14,821 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll rose to 13,699 with 445 new fatalities, according to the health ministry. The country crossed the 400,000-mark on Sunday (21) eight days after recording 300,000 Covid-19 cases and has…

India’s Covid-19 cases near 400,000; reports 14,516 cases in a…

INDIA on Saturday (20) saw another record spike of 14,516 new Covid-19 cases in a single-day, pushing the tally to 3,95,048, while the death toll rose to 12,948 with 375 new fatalities, according to the health ministry. The number of recoveries continued to surge with 213,830 patients cured so far,…

India reports highest single day tally of 13,586 Covid-19 cases

INDIA saw another record spike of 13,586 new Covid-19 cases in a single-day on Friday (19), pushing the tally to 380,532, while the death toll rose to 12,573 with 336 new fatalities, according to the health ministry. The number of recoveries crossed the 200,000-mark and stands at 204,710, while there…

Germany advises citizens to consider leaving India as Covid-19 toll…

INDIA's official coronavirus death toll leapt by more than 2,000 to reach 11,903 on Wednesday (17) as Germany advised its nationals to consider leaving the country because of growing health risks. Mumbai revised its toll up by 862 to 3,165 because of unspecified accounting "discrepancies" while New Delhi saw a…

India records biggest single-day jump in Covid-19 cases at 11,458

INDIA reported its biggest single-day jump in Covid-19 cases on Saturday (13), adding 11,458 confirmed infections and taking total count to 308,993,, according to data from the health ministry. The death toll rose to 8,884 with 386 new fatalities, it said. The country has 145,779 active cases while 154,329 people…

India reports 357 Covid-19 deaths in a day; highest so…

THE death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 8,102 and the number of cases climbed to 286,579 in India after the country registered the highest single-day spike of 357 fatalities and 9,996 cases on Thursday (11). According to the health ministry, the number of recoveries remained more than the active…

India’s Covid-19 cases jump to 276,583

INDIA's Covid-19 cases climbed to 276,583 on Wednesday (10) with 9,985 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The country registered  279 fatalities in a day. The death toll now stands at 7,745, the health ministry said. India is the fifth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic after the…

India becomes the fifth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic…

THE death toll due to the Covid-19 pandemic in India rose to 7,135 and the number of cases climbed to 256,611, after it registered 206 fatalities and a record single-day spike of 9,983 cases till Monday (8), the health ministry said. Now, India is the fifth worst-hit nation by the…

‘Do not help Muslims’, Rajasthan hospital staff says in Whatsapp…

An inquiry has been initiated against staff of a private hospital in Rajasthan's Churu district after receiving screenshots of a purported WhatsApp chat in which they allegedly discussed about not attending to Muslim patients affected by COVID-19, police said on Sunday. Screenshots of the chat between the hospital staff had…

India surpasses Italy to become sixth worst-hit nation by Covid-19

INDIA went past Italy to become the sixth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic with the country registering a record single-day spike of 9,887 cases which pushed the nationwide tally to 236,657. India's death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 6,642 with a record increase of 294 deaths in the…

India’s single day Covid-19 tally nears 10,000

INDIA saw a record single-day jump of 9,851 Covid-19 cases and 273 deaths on Friday (5), pushing the nationwide infection tally to 2,26,770 and the death toll to 6,348, according to the health ministry. India stood seventh among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil,…

Robin Uthappa admits having battled suicidal thoughts, depression

Robin Uthappa, a key member of the 2007 World T20 winning Indian team, has revealed that he battled clinical depression and suicidal thoughts for nearly two years during his career, a phase when cricket was perhaps the only thing that kept him from "jumping off a balcony". The big-hitting top-order…

India reports over 9,300 new Covid-19 cases in a day…

THE Covid-19 cases in India saw a record single-day jump of 9,304 cases on Thursday (4) pushing the total tally to 2,16,919, while the death toll climbed to 6,075 with 260 new fatalities, according to the health ministry. India stood seventh among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic…

India’s Covid-19 tally stands at 207,615; death toll nears 6,000

INDIA registered a record jump of 8,909 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 207,615 on Wednesday (3), while the toll rose to 5,815 with 217 more deaths, the health ministry said. The number of active cases mounted to 101,497 and 100,302 people have recovered, while…

India’s Covid-19 cases reach 190,535

THE death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 5,394 and the number of cases climbed to 1,90,535 in India on Monday (1). The country reported record 230 deaths and 8,392 cases in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said. India is now seventh among the nations worst hit by…

India’s Covid-19 cases jump to 158,333

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,531 and the number of cases climbed to 1,58,333 in India on Thursday (28). The country reported 6,566 cases and 194 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said. The number of active COVID-19 cases stand at 86,110 while 67,691 people…

India wilts under heatwave as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius

INDIA is wilting under a heatwave, with the temperature in places reaching 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) and the capital enduring its hottest May day in nearly two decades. The hot spell is projected to scorch northern India for several more days, the Meteorological Department said, "with severe heat…

India’s COVID-19 cases jump to 151,767

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,337 and the total number of cases climbed to 1,51,767 in India on Wednesday (27). The country has reported 170 deaths and 6,387 new cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at…

India to surpass Turkey, China in COVID-19 death toll soon

INIDA, the second largest populous country after China, reported 6,535 new COVID-19 cases and 146 fresh deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the number of cases climbed to 1,45,380 and the death toll reached 4,167 on Tuesday (26). India now stands 10th in terms of number of infections…

India reports record 6,977 new COVID-19 cases in a day

INDIA registered biggest single day spike of COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Monday (25) with 6,977 new infections, reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to 1,38,845. The deadly virus has claimed 4,021 lives in the country, the health ministry said.  A total 154 deaths…

India reports record jump in COVID-19 cases; 137 deaths in…

THE COVID-19 cases in India saw the biggest spike for the second consecutive day on Saturday (23) with 6,654 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 125,101. With 137 fresh deaths, the toll rose to 3,720, the health ministry said. The active cases rose to 69,597,…

India reports over 5,000 COVID-19 cases in a day; death…

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,435 and the number of cases to 1,12,359 in India on Thursday (21), registering an increase of 132 deaths and 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 63,624, while…

COVID-19: India reports highest single day tally of 5,611

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,303 and the number of cases climbed to 1,06,750 in India on Wednesday (20), registering an increase of 140 deaths and a record spike of 5,611 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19…

India’s COVID-19 cases over 100,000; death toll over 3,000

INDIA's COVID-19 cases touched 100,000 mark on Tuesday (19). It took 64 days for the country to reach this level from 100 cases. India reported its first infection on January 30 in the Southern state of Kerala. The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,163 and the number of…

India registers record 5,242 COVID-19 cases in a day; total…

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,029 and the number of cases to 96,169 in the country on Monday (18), registering an increase of 157 deaths and a record jump of 5,242 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19…

India’s COVID-19 cases cross China’s tally

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,752 in India and the number of cases climbed to 85,940 on Saturday (16). The country reported 103 deaths and 3,970 cases in the last 24 hours, said the health ministry. The country now crossed China's tally in total number of infections.…

India’s COVID-19 cases near 82,000; soon will cross China’s tally

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,649 in India and the number of cases climbed to 81,970 on Friday (15), the health ministry said.  The country has reported 100 new deaths and 3,967 new cases due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours. India, second largest populous country…

India likely to surpass China in COVID-19 tally; total cases…

THE total number of COVID-19 cases in India has jumped by 3,722 in past 24 hours, increasing the total number of confirmed cases to 78,003 on Thursday (14), said the health ministry. The country is likely to surpass China in total number of cases soon. The overall confirmed cases on…

India’s COVID-19 death toll nears 2,500; cases over 74,000

AS India is all set to enter into the fourth phase of its lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, the number of infections has jumped to 74,281 on Wednesday (13), the health ministry said. The deadly virus has claimed 2,415 lives so far in the country.  India has…

India reports over 70,000 COVID-19 cases; over 3600 deaths in…

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,293 and the number of cases climbed to 70,756 in the country on Tuesday (12). The country reported 3,604 new cases and 87 fresh deaths in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the…

India registers record jump of 4,213 COVID-19 cases in 24…

INDIA on Monday (11) registered a record 4,213 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours in the country. With this the number of cases jumped to 67,152. As many as 2,206 people have died of the disease, with 97 fresh fatalities in a day, the health ministry said. The number of…

India’s COVID-19 cases near 60,000 in 100 days

AS India enters the last week of its official lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the country reported nearly 60,000 cases as on Saturday (9). India reported its first case of infection in the Southern state of Kerala on January 30. The death toll due to the…

COVID-19: Deaths near 2,000 in India

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,886 and the number of cases climbed to 56,342 in India on Friday (8). The country reported 3,390 new cases and 103 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 37,916. While…

Perfect season for an acting comeback

WHY POPULAR MOVIE STAR CELINA JAITLY HAAG DECIDED TO STEP BACK IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA by ASJAD NAZIR BEAUTY queen turned Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly shone globally and then decided to walk away from the spotlight to start a family. She became a wife and devoted mother, but remained…

Drastic increase in COVID-19 cases in India; 3,561 new cases…

INIDA registers drastic increase in COVID-19 cases in the country in the past few days. The death toll due to COVID-19 in the country rose to 1,783 while the number of cases climbed to 52,952 on Thursday (7), registering an increase of 89 deaths and 3,561 cases in a day,…

India’s COVID-19 cases near 50,000; 126 deaths in a day

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,694 and the number of cases climbed to 49,391 in India on Wednesday (6), registering an increase of 126 deaths and 2,958 cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said. This is the second continuous day that the country reports…

COVID-19: 46,433 cases; 1,568 dead in India

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,568 and the number of cases climbed to 46,433 in India on Tuesday (5), the health ministry said.  The number of active cases stood at 32,138, while 12,726 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said. The total number of…

COVID-19: India’s cases cross 37,000, death toll at 1,218

INDIA has recorded 2,293 new COVID-19 cases and 71 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the health ministry. With this the total number of cases now stand at 37,336, and the virus claimed 1,218 lives as on Saturday (2). Maharashtra continued to remain the most-affected Indian state with a…

India’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 1,147; cases 35,043

THE death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 1,147 with 72 more fatalities and the number of cases climbed to 35,043 in India on Friday (1), the health ministry said. The ongoing lockdown in the country is set to end on Sunday (3). The active COVID-19 cases…

India’s COVID-19 death toll reaches 1,074 as lockdown ends on…

INDIA is likely to extend the lockdown in hotspots as death toll due to novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 1,074 on Thursday (30). Only three days left to end the 40-day lockdown announced by the country to contain the spread of the deadly virus. The country reported 66 more fatalities in…

COVID-19 cases in Pakistan near 15,000; death toll 327

PAKISTAN's coronavirus cases have climbed to 14,885 while the death toll from the pandemic has reached 327 with 26 more fatalities, the health ministry said on Wednesday (29). Punjab became the second province after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to record 100 deaths from COVID-19 According to the health ministry 3,425 people…

India registers highest single day COVID-19 death toll of 73;…

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,007 and the number of cases climbed to 31,332 in India on Wednesday (29), according to the health ministry. The states have recorded over 1,897 cases in last 24 hours, highest number of fresh cases reported in a single day since the…

Versatile actor Irrfan Khan passes away

Acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan, whose international movie career included hits such as Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man, has died aged 53, his publicist said Wednesday. The Bollywood star, who was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018, was admitted to a Mumbai hospital earlier this week…

India’s COVID-19 death toll nears 1,000; total cases around 30,000

INDIA on Tuesday (28) registered its sharpest hike in the COVID-19 daily death toll as it recorded 62 deaths in last 24 hours. The number of positive cases in the country now stands at to 29,435 as 1543 new patients were reported across the country since Monday (27). The number…

Indian woman gang raped after quarantined alone in school

An Indian woman was allegedly gang raped in a school in the desert state of Rajasthan where she had been quarantined for a night by the police amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, a police official said on Sunday. The incident occurred last week when the victim, a daily wage earner,…

Modi urges citizens to follow lockdown as coronavirus spreads

Prime minister Narendra Modi urged Indians to comply with a nationwide lockdown and social distancing measures on Sunday, a day after some of the world's toughest restrictions were eased slightly while cases of COVID-19 continued to mount. In a radio address, Modi said the country was in the midst of…

COVID-19: India’s death toll nears 800; 52 deaths in a…

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 775 and the number of cases climbed to 24,506 in the country on Saturday (25), according to the health ministry. The number of active cases stood at 18,668 while 5,062 people were cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry…

India reports over 23,000 COVID-19 cases; 32 deaths in 24…

INDIA's death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 718 and the number of cases to 23,077 on Friday (24), said the health ministry. A total of 32 deaths were reported since Thursday evening, of which 14 fatalities were from Maharashtra, nine from Gujarat, three from Uttar Pradesh and two each from…

Best Indian web shows to binge watch

FROM COMEDY AND ROMANCE TO ACTION, DRAMA AND DYSTOPIA, A RUNDOWN OF THE TOP 20 SERIALS by ASJAD NAZIR THE days of India only producing drama serials with hundreds of episodes revolving around family politics are gone. The emergence of streaming sites has resulted in the widest ever selection of…

India’s COVID-19 death toll nears 700; total cases 21,393

INDIA's health ministry on Thursday (23) said that the country's total COVID-19 cases have jumped to 21,393 with 681 deaths. A total of 29 deaths were reported since Wednesday evening, of which 18 fatalities were reported from Maharashtra, eight from Gujarat, two from Rajasthan and one from Delhi, the ministry…

India’s COVID-19 cases near 20,000; death toll 640

INDIA has reported 1,383 fresh COVID-19 cases and 50 deaths in a day across the country. The total number of cases in India has gone up to 19,984, according to the data from the ministry of health on Wednesday (22). The death toll risen to 640. Currently, there are 15,474…

COVID-19: India’s death toll nears 600, over 18,000 positive cases

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 590 in India and the number of cases climbed to 18,601 on Tuesday (21), according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 14,759 while 3,251 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the…

COVID-19: India reports 17,265 cases, 543 deaths

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 543 and the number of cases climbed to 17,265 in the country on Monday (20), according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 14, 175 while 2,546 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has…

India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 14,378; Gujarat reports over 1,000…

Gujarat in western India became the sixth state to cross the 1,000 mark in COVID-19 cases in the country. The number of coronavirus positive cases in Gujarat rose to 1,272 after 176 new cases were reported on Saturday (18), a health department official said.     Ahmedabad reported 142 new COVID-19…

COVID-19: India reports 17 deaths in a day, five states…

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 437 and the number of cases to 13,387 in India on Friday (17), according to the health ministry. While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 11,201, as many as 1,748 people have been cured and discharged, and one had migrated,…

ICMR defends India’s COVID-19 testing strategy

THE Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has clarified that the testing ratio in India is not low. It added that there has been no COVID-19 infections in 325 of the 736 districts. India has 13,387 coronavirus positive cases in the country with 437 deaths. Recently, congress leader Rahul Gandhi said…

Curran ‘can’t wait’ to play under Dhoni amid virus threat

England all-rounder Sam Curran said on Tuesday (14) he still hoped to play under India great MS Dhoni in the Indian Premier League -- and get one over older brother Tom -- despite the coronavirus pandemic. Curran, 21, was the most expensive England player in November's initial IPL auction, being…

COVID-19: India’s death toll jumps to 414

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 414 in India on Thursday (16) and the number of cases stands at 12,380 , said health ministry. While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 10,477, as many as 1,488 people have been cured and discharged and one had migrated, it…

COVID-19: India’s death toll nears 400; over 11,000 cases

THE death toll due to COVID-19 in India rose to 377 while the number of cases climbed to 11,439 on Wednesday (15), according to the health ministry. As many as 24 deaths have been reported since Tuesday evening, of which 18 were reported from Maharashtra, two each from Delhi and…

COVID-19: India’s total cases near 10,000

The death toll due to COVID-19 pandemic rose to 308 on Monday (13) in India after 35 new fatalities were reported, while the number of cases climbed to 9,152, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 7,987, as many as 856 people have been…

COVID-19 spreads faster in India; 33 deaths in 24 hours

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 239 and the number of cases to 7,447 in India on Saturday (11), according to the health ministry. The 7,447 figure includes 71 foreign nationals.   The death toll on Friday evening was 206. While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 6,565,…

COVID-19 death toll in India climbs to 199; 6412 cases

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 199 in India and the number of cases stands at 6,412 on Friday (10), according to the health ministry. While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 5,709, as many as 503 people were cured and discharged and one had migrated, it…

COVID-19: India reports 17 deaths in a day; toll nears…

THE death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 166 in India and the number of cases stands at 5,734 on Thursday (9), according to the health ministry. As many as 17 new deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours across the country, the ministry said. The…

Australia star Smith hoping for IPL action ‘at some stage’

Australian cricket star Steve Smith is hoping the Indian Premier League will be held "at some stage" as sports events around the world remain on hold because of the coronavirus. The cricket calendar has been hit hard by the deadly pandemic, including India's lucrative and star-studded IPL Twenty20 tournament, which…

COVID-19: 5,194 cases, 149 dead in India

THE death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 149 and the number of cases to 5,194 in India on Wednesday (8), according to the health ministry. While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 4,643, as many as 401 people were cured and discharged and one had migrated,…

IPL is massive tournament and hope there is way to…

IPL is "massive" in terms of stature and it is a "big shame" that it cannot be held at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said star England batsman Jos Buttler, who is expecting the cash-rich event to be slotted later in the year. The deadly contagion has claimed…

COVID-19: India’s death toll jumps to 109; total cases 4,067

INDIA’s health ministry on Monday (6) said that 109 people in the country have died of COVID-19 so far and there are 4,067 confirmed cases. The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 3,666, as many as 291 people were cured and discharged, and one has migrated, it said. The…

Shane Warne picks Sourav Ganguly as captain of India’s greatest…

Former Australian spinner Shane Warne on Wednesday picked Sourav Ganguly as the skipper of his greatest Indian XI. Among the selections, the most notable omission was of VVS. Laxman as he had an impeccable record against Australia. The 50-year-old nominated his greatest Indian XI during an Instagram Live session and…

COVID-19: India’s death toll touches 50; total cases 1,965

THE number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1,965 in the country on Thursday (2) while the death toll rose to 50, according to the Union health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 1,764, of which 150 people were either cured or discharged and one migrated to another…

My top 10 live events – Jay Visvadeva

PIONEERING British arts legend Jay Visvadeva has many impressive achievements, including curating more than 1,600 events with over 3,200 artists at hundreds of venues, across a 50-year career. During this time, he also co-produced 450 multi-genre music albums from the South Asian arts world. He is still going strong, curating…

Domestic violence cases rise in India during lockdown

DOMESTIC violence cases in India have increased since the March 24 lockdown with husbands venting their frustration on wives, who have no escape from their abusers, say experts. The National Commission for Women (NCW), for instance, received 58 complaints from March 23 to March 30, according to reports.     Many of…

COVID-19 death toll rises to 29 in India, total number…

The number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1,071 in India on Monday (30), while the death toll rose to 29, according to the union health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 942, while 99 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated, the ministry stated.…

‘Super-spreader’ guru puts Indian villages on high alert

At least 15,000 people who may have caught the coronavirus from a 'super-spreader' guru are under strict quarantine in northern India after the Sikh religious leader died of COVID-19. The 70-year-old guru, Baldev Singh, had returned from a trip to Europe's virus epicentre Italy and Germany when he went preaching…

India’s COVID-19 cases swiftly heading 1000; 19 dead

THE number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 873 in India on Saturday (28) with the death toll rising to 19, according to the Health Ministry. The two fresh deaths occurred in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Thus, deaths have so far been reported from Maharashtra (5), Gujarat (3), Karnataka (2), Madhya…

Most of India under lockdown as coronavirus cases spike

India reported two COVID-19 deaths on Monday, taking the death toll to nine, and the number of cases climbed to 468 after 95 people tested positive for coronavirus, the highest jump in one day, as Maharashtra and Punjab were put under statewide curfews, the rest of the country in lockdown…

India’s COVID-19 cases spurt to 415; seven died

THE number of COVID-19 cases in India has increased to 415 on Monday (23) from 360 cases on Sunday evening, , the health ministry said. The figure includes 41 foreign nationals and seven deaths. In the wake of the alarming situation, Indian government on Monday asked state governments to strictly…

India reports another coronavirus death, railways suspend passenger services

India reported one more coronavirus death on Sunday (22), taking the death toll to five even as the railways announced suspension of all its passenger services from March 22 midnight to March 31 midnight to help check the spread of the virus. Bihar also reported its first death due to…

Kanika Kapoor tests positive for coronavirus; Indian politicians ‘in trouble’

WHEN Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor was tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday (20), it sent panic waves among Indian parliamentarians. At the latest count, four Indian politicians are already under self-isolation. Reports state that the number may go up and even the president of India likely to be quarantined. The…

India airlifts over 1,400 nationals from virus-hit countries

INDIA has evacuated 1,444 nationals from different COVID-19 infected countries in the past weeks. These include 766 from China, 124 from Japan, 336 from Iran and 218 from Italy so far. The country has carried out the latest rescue missions in Italy and Iran, worst COVID-19 affected countries after China.…

India’s Punjab reports COVID-19 cases; PM urges to “stay away…

Northern Indian state of Punjab has reported first two positive cases of coronavirus on Saturday (7). The patients have a travel history to virus-hit Italy. With this, the total number of confirmed cases in India has reached 33. The COVID-19 cases in India have been reported from Kerala (all three patients recovered),…

Coronavirus: Positive cases in India may rise

Twenty-one Italian tourists and three Indian tour operators have been sent to an ITBP quarantine facility in Delhi, India on Tuesday (3) for suspected coronavirus exposure. The foreigners include 13 women and eight men. They were in the same group of which an Italian and his wife have tested positive…