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? “Fitness is and integral part of today’s lifestyle and we actors know the importance of keeping ourselves fit, she said Along with Patel actors Prachi DesaiRakshanda KhanSahil Shroff model Shamita Singha and health guru Micky Mehta were also present For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUnited Nations: The UN on Tuesday said it will continue to monitor the tense situation in Kashmir even as the world body again called on both India and Pakistan to "work constructively" to resolve the issue Representational image Reuters "The United Nations has repeatedly.put out the message to both sides (India and Pakistan) about the need for them to work constructively with each other on this issue And we will continue to monitor the situation including of course through our monitoring group on the ground the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)" UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said at the United Nations He was responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani When asked if UN rights are being violated by Indian forces Haq alluded to the work of the world body’s Human Rights Council Haq was also asked if the UN has any plans to ban the use of pellet guns that have been used by security forces to quell protests in Kashmir The deputy spokesman said he has nothing to add except reiterating the UN’s stand on Kashmir The UN has expressed concern over the tense situation in Kashmir and Ban had last month called on all sides to exercise "maximum restraint to avoid further violence and hoped that all concerns would be addressed through peaceful means" Ban’s spokesman had said the UN chief was closely following the recent clashes in Kashmir and "regrets" the loss of dozens of lives and injuries to many others By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 21 2015 4:11 pm R Madhavan who will be seen next in Rajkumar Hirani’s Saala Khadoos had recently said that the toughest part for the makers was finding a female boxer who could act too Related News Actor R Madhavan who will be seen next in Rajkumar Hirani’s Saala Khadoos had recently said that the toughest part for the makers was finding a female boxer who could act too It was from amongst 100 athletes that lead actress Ritika Singh was chosen Ritika Singh was shortlisted only after the casting team had a ringside view of 700- odd duels and had auditioned nearly 100 athletes “Raju Hirani chose a national level boxer over an actress to play the lead role He felt the fights required stamina and intensity and only a real boxer could make them look real So the entire team set out on a hunt for one They auditioned over 100 boxers and attended over 700 boxing matches all over the country before they finalised the female lead” said a spokesperson of the film The auditions spanned for a couple of months and the makers found Ritika perfect for the role The national- level kickboxer holds a black belt in karate and is also trained in mixed martial arts Madhavan will be seen as her coach — a taskmaster At a recent media interaction Rajkumar Hirani admitted that he was apprehensive about casting a boxer as the lead heroine but after watching Ritika’s audition tape the team was confident about her Saala Khadoos directed by Sudha Kongara is all set to release on January 29 2016 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Vishal Menon | Updated: October 2 2016 10:14 am Services players during a pre-season game against Delhi at the Roshanara Club the only occasion when these teams will have the luxury of playing ‘at home’ this year Top News Ranji teams will play at neutral venues this season with the BCCI deciding to end the menace of doctored pitches that has riddled the country’s premier domestic tournament for years But Vishal Menon discovers that logistical hassles mean the board’s radical venture has few takers especially at a time when the Test team is making the most of home advantage in their own backyard IN THE build-up to the Ranji season a state association in North India decided to hire a nutritionist He’s already been fired though The idea behind this addition to their support staff according to the association chief was to ensure that his players get a diet best-suited to deal with the challenges of a hectic domestic season But now with the team no longer set to play a match on home soil they suddenly had no use for him They’ve instead decided to stick to their usual caterers and given them a free hand to decide the menu If anything they’ve been told “Khila do chhole bhature…” Another team in the west of the country meanwhile has had to part ways with their physio after his constant requests for a medicine table to cope with the demands of the hectic travel was turned down “How will I tend to injuries on the road without one And if tomorrow the team’s chances are affected because of an injury or two it’s my head on the line” he’s learnt to have said before putting down his papers ALSO READ |Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season lookahead: New beginnings forsome The Ranji Trophy is all set to take a bold dive into the unknown this season with the BCCI having decided to bring in neutral venues for all matches To say that a majority of the state associations in the land are approaching the season with suspicion would be an understatement For in most circles the BCCI’s radical initiative is being viewed with derision The logistics aside not many associations seem to see the logic in this dramatic move For some it’s an insipid shot in the dark Veteran administrator Niranjan Shah is one of the loudest voices of dissent “Iska kya fayda hain (What’s the point of this move)” he asks The former BCCI secretary is even more scathing of the Board’s intentions of doing away with the inherent home advantage “Which team would not want to bank on home advantage Even foreign teams have done it So what’s wrong in it Consequently in India if we have a turning wicket the onus lies on visiting teams to adapt and learn to play on such wickets” he notes Shah has a point There is a tinge of irony in the fact that the board chose to do away with ‘home advantage’ following a season where they put forth the most ‘favourable’ conditions for their team in recent history Two pitches that had the hapless South Africans fuming and one that was rated ‘poor’ by the ICC Shah’s not done He poses an even more poignant query “Could Ravindra Jadeja have orchestrated his return to the Indian Test squad if he had not picked up so many wickets on those turning tracks during the last domestic season” For the uninitiated Shah was referring to Jadeja’s 37-wicket haul in the three home games at Rajkot last year — a freakish streak that expedited his return to Indian Test squad against the Proteas It’s a fair taunt If Jadeja and Pujara are winning matches for India on the same kind of wickets that they scored runs and took wickets on to get to this level then what sense does it make to seemingly bell the cat now Jadeja’s Ranji team Saurashtra has always been an irresistible force at home On dusty brown carpets in Rajkot they would steamroll the opposition teams with ease The proverbial home advantage is something they have exploited to the hilt season after season It therefore does not come as a surprise why most view Saurashtra’s success in Ranji Trophy with the usual cynical smirk You can’t fault the BCCI for wanting to do away with the farcical ‘my bat my rules’ scenario that often gets played out at certain venues in particular during a Ranji season when points are at a premium But if ridding Indian cricket of the malaise of ‘home advantage’ is the rationale behind the neutral venues idea then how would they justify the brazen call for it when an international team lands here for a Test series Loss of fan base Karanataka coach J Arun Kumar hopes BCCI doesn’t extend this experiment beyond the upcoming season “It is a known fact that most teams in Ranji rely on the inherent home advantage Why would you want to do away with that” He opines that big teams such as Karnataka Delhi and Mumbai have traditionally had a robust cricketing culture augmented by hardcore fan bases For instance a person would come to watch their hero or an exceptional young talent whom locals can relate with In Bengaluru and Hubbali people would flock the stadium to catch a glimpse of a Robin Uthappa a Manish Pandey or even a Vinay Kumar The Karnataka coach says the new experiment negates this concept “Why will a person in Hubbali be interested in watching a Tripura versus Services game” he asks Barely a week before Karnataka’s season opener Arun Kumar’s team is caught in a logistical limbo Chennai scheduled to host his side in their opening fixture against Jharkhand have pulled out citing the ongoing Cauvery water dispute The BCCI is yet to announce an alternate venue but this episode has already scuttled the travel plans of the former Ranji champions “It is unsettling for my team This is not the kind of distraction we were looking for at the start of the season At this point we don’t know the venue for our opening Ranji game” Arun Kumar says Chhattisgarh captain Mohammad Kaif reckons the board’s move is pragmatic especially after factoring in the one-sided results that have unfolded in the previous seasons “I am personally not in favour of neutral venues But seeing the kind of matches that were played out last season the BCCI was left with little choice Seeing 20 wickets fall on a single day is not a good sign…Time and again we have seen home teams making unprepared tracks to push for an outright win” Kaif explains But Shah has a counter-view to Kaif’s arguments The SCA secretary says there is a fundamental difference between a spin-friendly track and an unprepared wicket “A spin-friendly track does not essentially mean it is an unprepared track There is a difference between the two Even a traditional spin-friendly track can be sporting and foster good cricket” Shah asserts To put things in perspective as many as nine games played in the last Ranji season were wrapped up in just two days while seventeen ended in three days as teams flexed their muscle at home According to the board giving the curators a free-hand is the only way to eradicate the menace “You can only make curators accountable when you give them a free hand It can be only possible if there is a neutral venue If you really want to improve the quality then one has to experiment or else like every year teams will be doing the same thing It was my idea and even Sourav Ganguly (chairman of the BCCI’s technical committee) and others have agreed to it” says BCCI president Anurag Thakur But the fact that they have chosen to turn the Ranji Trophy schedule on its head is however an indictment of the Pitches and Grounds Committee—a five-member team that would travel to all different venues to monitor the state of pitches This move only embellishes the abject failure of that committee Even the neutrality is suspect and slightly exaggerated Removing the so-called nexus between a captain and his home ground curator out of the equation does not mean every pitch that is prepared during the Ranji season over the next four months will be made without any bias In some cases the nature of the pitch could depend on the relationship between the host association and one of the associations involved in the match And what happens if one team’s playing on the home ground of another team from their group with both vying for a spot in the knockouts Where does a curator’s loyalties lie then That Saurashtra get picked on every time the issue of home advantage comes up for discussion doesn’t sit too well with retired domestic scion Sitanshu Kotak What irks him even more is that even some of the eyebrow-raising feats of Pujara and Jadeja get sniggered upon and linked to the pitches that get offered on a platter to them in Rajkot “Just look at our record in the last season We could not have finished as runner’s up based on our performances at home Like other teams we played four home games” he says Of the 11 games that Saurashtra had featured in six were played away In these six games Kotak’s team managed to accrue five outright wins He recalls with relish one particular away game — against Services in Delhi which they won Services had their noses in front in that gripping encounter thanks to back-to-back tons from Rajat Paliwal In the end Saurashtra managed to chase down an improbable 302 on the final day The highlight for the visitors was the skilful display of swing bowling from their left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat Bharat Darshan The crazy schedule will see teams crisscrossing the country and for the players it would be akin to a Bharat Darshan of epic proportions only in cricketing gear Ideally teams would play close to four games at home But this season like other teams Saurashtra too will be living out of a suitcase for the next two months Their campaign begins against Rajasthan in Chennai from where they will move to Hyderabad to play Orissa and then to Vizianagaram From South they will shift their base to the east: in Kolkata and then Agartala They then head north to Patiala Last season’s runners up end their preliminary stage in Mumbai Having neutral venues will also bring along its fair share of travel and logistic hurdles In previous seasons there were instances when a team would play back-to-back matches at home This would give an injured player ample time to recuperate In the new season teams will be constantly on the move for two months Kotak though played down such fears “No I don’t think travel will be an issue We are thorough professionals and will adapt” Former Assam coach Sanath Kumar however was more forthcoming He reckons the constant travel can drain out even the best of players “Since they don’t have games at their home venues they are virtually cut off from their fans This will not give them a break or a chance to recover from an injury or a niggle The schedule is designed in such a manner that there are only three or four days off in between games In essence there is very little recovery time for players” Kumar says Apart from the travel breaking through the logistic quagmire will be another major hurdle Most players will be playing at venues where they have never played before For instance Mumbai captain Aditya Tare will be playing for the first time in Lahli in Haryana when Mumbai begin their campaign against Tamil Nadu next week Not just Lahli Tare has also not played in Raipur and some of the smaller venues down South where Mumbai are scheduled to play later this season Staging matches in such remote locations have their inherent pitfalls “Imagine you have a match in Valsad A team lands in Mumbai and then has to undertake a 5-hour journey by bus Adding a bus journey to the constant air travel can be taxing for the players” Kumar adds Second shot at neutrality It’s not the first time either the BCCI have tried this out to add a bit of spice to the Ranji Trophy They held all the knockout matches in the 2008-09 season at neutral venues But then shelved the idea for good The BCCI did hold a captains and coaches conclave earlier this year to discuss the radical move But one seasoned Ranji captain reveals that his presence there was pretty much a formality For when he did approach a senior BCCI official to express his opposition to the idea he was shot down rather rudely “Theek hai Phir IPL mat khelo” he claims to have been told For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Updated: January 26 2017 2:17 pm Yulia Stepanova will run as neutral at Boston meeting (Source: Reuters) Top News Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova will face an international field indoors for the first time in two years when she runs in Boston on Saturday the 800 metres specialist told Reuters on Wednesday “I hope not to be last with a big space between me and the previous runner” Stepanova who will compete as a neutral athlete said in a telephone interview translated by her husband Vitaly Stepanov The couple helped expose massive doping problems in Russia that led to the country’s track and field team being banned from international competition They have since been living in an undisclosed location in the United States after receiving death threats The former Russian national team member will be line up against Ethiopian Habitam Alemu and Britain’s Lynsey Sharp both Olympians in Saturday’s race at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix the opening leg of the IAAF world indoor tour She is hoping to use the meeting as a springboard for more competitions both indoors and out in the United States this year Her husband added that while her advanced age and lack of high-level competition were far from ideal Stepanova would aim to obtain the 800 metres qualifying standard for August’s world championships in London and perhaps compete there “She was injured in the summer (on her first attempt at a comeback at the 2016 European championships when she was well beaten in her heat) and she has been slowly trying to get in shape” Stepanov said “She’s healthy but nervous We are not expecting much (in Boston) She is just happy she can run again” The race will be her first indoors against an international field since 2015 in France The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) cleared the former convicted drug cheat’s return to competition as a neutral athlete last year but her European Championships appearance in Amsterdam ended with a torn tendon Her only recorded time in competition since then was at an indoor meeting in Albuquerque New Mexico earlier this month where she ran 800 metres in 2:10:32 more than 12 seconds off her indoor best set in 2011 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: December 29 2016 8:14 pm A couple of minor inaccuracies by the Egyptian allowed Nair to unleash a powerful attack (Source: Reuters) Top News Mumbai youngster Sanjeev Nair (ELO 1899) recorded a stunning win against GM Hesham Abdelrahman (ELO 2408) of Egypt in an Open event third round match of the 2nd IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Chess Tournament on Thursday The 19-year-old Indian played a fashionable line with the white pieces against GM Abdelrahman’s Sicilian Najdorf play at the Mount Litera International School at Bandra Kurla Complex Mumbai A couple of minor inaccuracies by the Egyptian allowed Nair to unleash a powerful attack that ended in a spectacular victory in his maiden tussle against a Grandmaster Another Indian who tasted success over a GM was Bihar’s Saurabh Anand who defeated his sixth-seeded Armenian opponent GM Karen Movszszian Anand a former National under-9 champion defeated his opponent in 41 moves Among other minor upsets Indian hope GM Diptayan Ghosh could only draw with Pune’s Nikhil Dixit who is rated almost 600 points below the former The juniors event held concurrently saw contests move along the expected lines A group of six youngsters led the tournament at the end of four rounds with 4 points each Results: Open category (top 10 boards with ratings in brackets): GM Diptayan Ghosh (2570 IND) 2 drew with Nikhil Dixit (1919 IND) 2; GM Adam Tukhaev (2516 UKR) 2 bt CM Karthik Kumar Pradeep (1899 IND) 2; WFM Divya Deshmukh (1920 IND) 2 lost to GM Valeriy Neverov (2478 UKR) 2; IM Shyaamnikhil P (2451IND) 2 bt Harshavardhan G B (1870 IND) 2; Sanjeet Manohar (1914IND) 2 lost to Himal Gusain (2448 IND) 2; IM Saptarshi Roy (2418 IND) 2 bt Vigneshwaran S (1867 IND) 2; Sanjeev Nair (1899 IND) 2 bt GM Hesham Abdelrahman (2408 EGY) 2; IM Sayantan Das (2371 IND) 2 bt Sradhanjali Jena (1864 IND); WGM Toma Katarzyna (2322 POL) 2 bt Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi (1818 IND) 2; Jeet Jain (1866 IND) lost to CM Aditya Mittal (2068IND) 2 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew York: Asian Americans including Indian Americans came out in large numbers to vote against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump according to a report based on early voting trends Early vote analysis by TargetSmart indicate that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters are responding against 70-year-old Trump and the Republicans by voting in record numbers AAPI Victory Fund said on Tuesday In Nevada and North Carolina the percent of AAPI voters is outpacing Hispanic voters who are turning out in high numbers the report said In Nevada AAPI early vote is 427 per cent of the registered electorate and Hispanic vote is at 397 percent Representational image Reuters In North Carolina AAPI early vote is 377 percent versus 302 percent for Hispanics The participation in the state is up 74 per cent in comparison to AAPI voter turnout in 2012 the report said One of the critical investments made this cycle was providing AAPI ethnicity data about our fast-growing electorate which more than doubled the number of people identified as AAPI in the voter file it said "There will be many story lines out of this election and the most important to us is that our early investments in registering and turning out the AAPI community has paid precious dividends" said Shekar Narasimhan chairman and founder of the AAPI Victory Fund "More than anything it shows that despite the lack of targeting of our communities by establishment political entities our vote share toward Democrat candidates is creating an emerging AAPI voting block that has profound implications on this and future elections" he said "The miracle of our democracy is unfolding today as Asian Americans are voting in record numbers across the country and could provide a winning margin in states like Nevada and North Carolina to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president" said Dilawar Syed co-founder and vice chair of the AAPI Victory Fund Syed said Trump and the Republicans debased immigrants and women and built their campaign on a platform of hate and fear against an entire faith with even denigrating an AAPI Gold Star family "It has not gone unnoticed Our community is mobilised and poised to emerge as a powerful member of the winning coalition" he said Using the newly created voter file to target AAPI voters the AAPI Victory Fund published a number of online viral informational videos including "What Does Donald Trump Think About Asians" targeted at AAPIs in swing states With nearly a half million views on Facebook alone it is the most widely viewed AAPI targeted election ad in history A day earlier the Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook credited Asian Americans as part of the "Clinton Coalition" of high early voter turnout "If Secretary Clinton does win this election. it will in part be because of enormous turnout. in the Asian American community" Mook said By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 22 2014 1:54 am Dr Sanjeev Sinha with Sariq (left) who had a brain tumour operation (PRAVEEN KHANNA) Related News Doctors in Delhi government’s G B Pant hospital removed a giant “marble-like” tumour from the brain of a 20-year-old youth in a 20-hour surgery making it to the Limca Book of Records in the medical science category this year Mohammad Sariq who hails from Deoria in Uttar Pradesh had been suffering from intermittent headaches for nearly a decade However he learnt of the tumour only a couple of years ago when doctors finally advised him to take a CT scan “He has always had these episodes of dizziness and headaches Local doctors would give him pain relievers We finally took him to Lucknow in 2012 where we learnt that he had a tumour in his brain” Sariq’s brother Abdul Bari said In Lucknow he was referred to doctors in Delhi It was in the capital that the doctors identified the unique nature of the tumour Doctors said the Sariq’s “marble-like” tumour falls under the category of meningiomas Tumours under this category comprise 10 per cent of brain tumours According to doctors Sariq’s tumour was slow-growing and benign in nature and measured 15x7x7 cm It was of a highly calcified bone-like material which could not be removed with the help of radiofrequency waves — a procedure that is routinely used to remove brain tumours Dr Sanjiv Sinha HoD of neurosurgery at GB Pant hospital said “The patient probably had this tumour for over a decade since he spoke of a history of frequent headaches When he came to us the tumour was so huge that his brain was bulging out” Dr Sinha added that the material of the tumour described as “marble-like” due to its extremely hard texture added to the complexity of the case resulting in a 20-hour long marathon surgery “Unlike normal tumours this had become bone-like in texture So we acquired an instrument called a bone scalpel to chip it away while using radiofrequency waves to break it down” Dr Sinha said Doctors said the surgery took nearly a month to prepare for “There was so much pressure inside the skull that we could not replace the skull bone we removed along with the tumour We had to replace parts of his skull with an artificial bone flap made of acrylic cement after removing the tumour — a process called cranioplasty” Dr Anita Jagetia associate professor of neurosurgery said Doctors said there was a lot of blood loss Though Sariq had to be put on the ventilator for seven days after the surgery doctors said his recovery has been smooth after that Sariq’s father has since been operated for a similar benign tumour in his spine and doctors are now conducting genetic tests to see if there is a hereditary link to the tumours For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Nitin Sharma | Chandigarh | Published: July 18 2013 1:28 am Related News Pukhraj Singh Gill still remembers his meeting with his idol Jeev Milkha Singh at the Chandigarh Golf Cluba few years ago It was a brief conversation with Singh and the young Gill just listened to Singh with rapt admiration Nearly half a decade later16-year-Gill finds himself in the Indian golf team along with another Chandigarh golfer Feroz Singh Garewal to play in the Ryo Ishikawa Junior Golf Masters championship that will be held in Japan from August 27 The duo will represent India along with three other golfersPiyush SangwanSehar Atwal and Gurbani Singh Its a dream come true for a youngster like me I played well in the domestic circuit this season and was placed fourth in the IGU Order of Merit The thirdfourth and fifth ranked golfers qualified for the Japan tournament and I am eager to play there Japan has some of the worlds best courses and I am expecting a tough challenge?he decided to fight on Gupta? 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