Fit India Movement launch: Shilpa Shetty looks elegant in this Raw Mango sari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday launched a nationwide campaign named ‘Fit India Movement’, and said the initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future. At the elaborate ceremony, which included a presentation of the country’s native martial art forms, dances and sports, we spotted actor Shilpa Shetty looked lovely in ethnic wear.

The actor, who often impart a quirky touch to her saris, kept it simple yet elegant at the event that was held in Delhi. She was spotted looking gorgeous in a majestic striped bright pink sari from the label Raw Mango that was paired with a contrasting royal blue blouse .

Keeping the look desi, the actor opted for drop earrings and a bracelet, however ensuring that the outfit did all the talking. She styled her long hair in soft curls and left them loose, while opting for soft smokey eyes and a hint of brown on the lips.

Narendra Modi pushes for dialogue, breaking language barriers and New India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had perhaps his biggest setback in the recent national election in Kerala, where the Bharatiya Janata Party drew a blank despite a overwhelming response across the country. State BJP leaders have often accused regional media houses of unjustly attacking the right-wing party and language barriers of its Hindi-speaking national leaders, creating a negative sentiment.

On Friday, when the Prime Minister was invited to inaugurate a conclave by Manorama News, his first such event in Kerala, Modi chose to acknowledge the sentiment and precisely pushed the Malayalees to be more tolerant to himself and his ideas. “My participation in this event has generated a curiosity”, Modi said, attending the event from Delhi via video conference.

“Here I am, at a forum where perhaps I do not have many whose thought process is similar to mine but there are enough thinking people whose constructive criticism is something I greatly look forward to,” the Prime Minister said.

“Usually, it is believed that public figures prefer to be on forums whose thought process matches with the person’s own world view. Because there is a lot of comfort in being among such people. Of course, I also love being among such surroundings, but at the same time, I believe there must be a constant and continuous dialogue between individuals and organisations irrespective of one’s thought process,” he added.

“We need not have to agree on everything but there must be enough civility in public life for differing streams to be able to hear each other’s point of view,” he said.

The Prime Minister also requested media houses to play the bridge between India’s several languages. Incidentally, Kerala’s two other dominant parties, the Congress and the communists, have often characterised the BJP as a party of the Hindi-speaking belt, doing politics around the native Malayalam language.

Rayudu set to play for Hyderabad again

It took just 58 days for Ambati Rayudu to make a U-turn on his retirement.

On Thursday (August 29), Rayudu wrote to the Hyderabad Cricket Association’s CoA that he was available for selection. “I (Ambati Rayudu) would like to bring to your kind notice that I would like to come out of retirement and play cricket in all formats,” he wrote.

Subsequently, the HCA CEO put out a release saying, “This is to inform you that Ambati Rayudu has withdrawn his announcement of retirement and has made himself available for the shorter format of the game for HCA in 2019-20.”

A couple of senior players have played a key role in speaking to Rayudu and making him come out of his ‘tough time’. The effort has been fruitful with Rayudu realising that he made a expeditious decision.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank CSK, VVS Laxman and Noel David who have been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realise that I have enough cricket left in me and that the decision to retire was taken in an emotional state and haste. I am looking forward to a wonderful season ahead with a very talented Hyderabad team and help the team realise its full potential. I will be available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad team,” Rayudu stated in his email.

David, who has been asked to be chairman of the senior selection committee, welcomed Rayudu’s decision. “It is not an easy decision to make. It takes a lot of modesty and courage to admit a mistake. I am really excited about Rayudu’s comeback. There is still a lot of cricket left in him and I am sure that he will be a big asset to Hyderabad cricket. He has my full backing and it’s now up to him to help the team reach greater heights,” David said.

“I am happy that he will play for the state again. The boys will learn from his presence in the dressing room and the field. His experience of playing at the highest level is sure to benefit the team too. Hyderabad cricket will be richer by Rayudu’s contribution as he can now focus on grooming youngsters and building a great team for the years to come.

“We are looking forward to build a formidable squad this season and Rayudu is an important cog in the wheel. It’s been a long time since Hyderabad has won the Ranji Trophy. We are keen on making a mark this season,” David said.

Taapsee Pannu challenges Akshay Kumar with her next film ‘Rashmi Rocket’ and the actor’s reply will leave you in splits!

Akshay Kumar and Taapsee Pannu’s latest release ‘Mission Mangal’ turned out to be one of the biggest hits of 2019. Now, Taapsee is all set to bounce back with her next film ‘ Rashmi Rocket’. Recently, she shared the motion poster of the film and left her fans all impressed with her rough athlete look.

Akshay Kumar also shared the first look poster and wrote, ”This ROCKET is set for her next MISSION and she’s off to the tracks! Presenting a glimpse of @taapsee in and as #RashmiRocket.

‘Rashmi Rocket’ will be directed by Akarsh Khurana who had steered the Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar-starrer ‘ Karwaan’. Taapsee mentioned in her tweet that they will soon start shooting for the film.

Fireworks at Tamil box office this Diwali, three biggies to clash

In an announced made by the Actor Karthi, it was revealed that Karthi’s upcoming film Kaithi will release during Diwali holidays. This announcement added to the already movie-packed holiday season. The Tamil box office is set to witness fireworks during the Diwali days at the box office as at least three biggies are set to hit the screen in the holiday season. Karthi’s film will be sharing the screen with Vijay’s forthcoming film Bigil.

“A plan of releasing Vijay Sethupathi-starrer Sanga Thamizhan around Diwali was shared on Twitter by the producer a few days ago. Following which Karti made an announcement just a day after.”

The cinema halls in Tamil Nadu can support two big films at once. But a three-way clash would be a blunder for them and then the number of shows for each movie will be limited. If the three movies ‘Kaithi’, ‘Bigil’ and ‘Sanga Thamizhan’ are released at once it results in a neck-to-neck fight among these biggies. This will probably end-up shattering the prospects of Kaithi and Sanga Thamizhan. The state has approximately 1,200 screens in Tamil Nadu and as a matter of fact, more than 500 screens will be given to Vijay’s Bigil. Leaving the other two films to deal with each other on the remaining screens.

Though it has been noticed in the past that most of the films back out close to the holidays. The race to win and rule the box office in the holiday is totally a game of nerves. It is just a matter of time and someone among these three will back out.

Karthi-starrer ‘Kaithi’ is written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj of Maanagaram fame. Lokesh Kanagaraj will also be leading Vijay’s next untitled film.

The film Bigil bring back the much-known combination of director Atlee and actor Vijay. This will be the third collaboration between these two. Atlee and Vijay earlier worked together in Theri and Mersal. Bigil features some of the popular names and has a huge star cast. The movie has generated a lot of anticipation with its first look poster.

Vijay Sethupathi’s Sanga Thamizhan has been written and directed by Vijay Chandar. Sanga Thamizhan is the first double role film of Vijay Sethupathi’s career.

J&K cricket association hopes to reach players through TV

Jammu and Kashmir’s cricket team mentor Irfan Pathan says he is dealing with the most unique challenge of his long cricketing career as he tries to keep the State’s preparations for the upcoming domestic season on track in between a communication clampdown.

The Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has put out ads on local TV channels to get in touch with their players from the valley who have been uncontactable.

Communication in Kashmir valley has been restricted by the government after the prohibition of the provisions of Article 370, which gave the state special status. Jammu and Kashmir is now a Union Territory.

“The biggest challenge for us is that we are not able to contact players in Kashmir and its districts. We are in touch with the Jammu players,” Mr. Pathan, who has played 29 Tests and 120 ODIs for India, said.

The pacer said the current situation in Kashmir has faded the massive gains made by the team in a fitness camp supervised by former Indian team trainer Sudarshan V P in June. The domestic season gets underway next month with the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and with the JKCA unable to contact its players including big names like Parveez Rasool, Pathan, JKCA CEO Ashiq Ali Bukhari and administrator C K Prasad finally met here on Tuesday to come up with a solution.

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“Bukhari is a former DIG. He came up with the idea that we should advertise on television. There is a programme that comes every evening and Kashmiris are communicating with their near and dear ones through that. So we put the ad there hoping the selected boys can join the camp in Jammu. We put it out yesterday and we can’t expect everyone to respond in one day. It will take at least two to three days. It is a very distinctive situation. I have never been involved in anything like this before,” said the 34-year-old.

Mr. Pathan was appointed as player-cum-mentor in March 2018. He feels sad that the team is back to the drawing board after a successful fitness camp in Kashmir.

“Preparation has been big hit time. In the training camp held in June, we put a lot of focus on fitness as we felt that our biggest weakness was quickness. The J and K players have the lungs but they lack in agility so I arranged a qualified trainer like Sudarshan to work the players.

“The players were supposed to peak by now but it is all back to zero in the current scenario. Even if the situation becomes normal, there is no time for training, it is just about playing matches,” he said referring to the Vijay Hazare Trophy beginning next month.

It has been a life-changing session for Mr. Pathan and he is glad that he has been able to do his bit for the players.

“So many players were about to leave the game but when some of them heard of me taking charge, they found new hope. There is massive talent in the region and I hope I can help as many as I can, during my time there,” he added.

PM Modi to launch Fit India Movement on National Sports Day today; all you need to know

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a nation-wide Fit India Movement on National Sports Day today. The inaugural event will be held at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi, where the PM will manage a fitness pledge to the people of the country. Only those having a Press Information Bureau card can attend the event. Fit India Movement is focused at encouraging people to give priority to sports and fitness in their day-to-day lives.

In his call to celebrate National Sports Day on August 29 with enthusiasm, PM Modi, during his Mann Ki Baat address on August 25, requested people to visit historic places and travel places related to nature and wildlife.

“During today’s Mann Ki Baat, I have made some requests to my fellow Indians: Visit iconic places relating to Bapu as a part of his 150th Jayanti. Travel to places related to nature and wildlife. Strengthen Poshan Abhiyan. Be a part of Fit India movement,” he said.

Internet thinks Akshay Kumar has a lookalike in Kashmir, see the viral pic here

Actor Akshay Kumar, who has just delivered a big hit with Mission Mangal, is back in news, thanks to a new viral picture. A new photo of an old Kashmiri man called Majid Mir has the internet calling him the lookalike of the Bollywood actor.

On Wednesday, a picture of one Majid Mir was shared online, which said that he religiously wears a hat, made popular by former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar in his hey days. It said that Majid is a fan of the cricketer, often called Little Master, and that he wears it everyday. However, the internet noticed another thing about Mr Mir. Many started commenting that the person had a strange similitude with actor Akshay Kumar, with many commenting that this is how the actor will look once he ages.

Will Speak After ‘Reporting’ To Court Upon Return, Says Yechury After SC Grants Permission to Visit J&K

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who was allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, said he would utter a word only after he “reports” to the court upon his return.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague and former MLA Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami, who has been detained by the authorities there in the wake of the Centre abrogating the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to the state.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, directed Yechury to only meet Tarigami and not use the visit for any political purpose.

The bench said if the Left leader indulged in any political activity, the authorities were free to report it to the apex court.

“The Supreme Court has permitted me to go to Srinagar and see Com Yousuf Tarigami and “report” back to them on the condition of his health. Once I meet him, return and report to the Court, I will make a more detailed statement,” Yechury said in a tweet.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader had made two attempts to visit Jammu and Kashmir this month — once with Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary D Raja and another with a delegation of opposition party members. Both the times, he had to return from the Srinagar airport on the orders of the Jammu and Kashmir administration that claimed security issues as the reason for denying their entry.

The CPI(M) had filed a writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, which says a person has the right to move the Supreme Court (and high courts also) for getting his fundamental rights protected.

Pop star Katy Perry to perform in Mumbai this November

Pop star Katy Perry on Wednesday announced she is excited to perform in the city on November 16 as part of the OnePlus Music Festival. Perry took to Twitter to share the news of her first performance in Mumbai.

“I am so happy to be returning to India and excited to headline my first-ever performance in Mumbai. “I am looking forward to seeing and singing with all of my Indian KatyCats at the OnePlus Music Festival,” she tweeted.

The singer will perform at the DY Patil Stadium. The festival, described as the merger between “the energy of music and the power of technology to bring out an obsessive experience”, is curated and designed by smartphone maker OnePlus. This is not her first visit to the country.

The “Roar” hitmaker performed at the opening ceremony of Indian Premier League in 2012 in Chennai. Perry married actor-comic Russell Brand in 2010 in a famous Indian ceremony in Rajasthan. They got divorced after two years.