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Italian writer Umberto Eco dies aged 84

Entertainment News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 10:07
Italian writer Umberto Eco dies aged 84

Rome: The Italian author Umberto Eco, a philosopher who wrote best-selling novels including "The Name of the Rose," has died at 84, Italian media said today, quoting his family.

Eco, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away at 9:30 pm (local time) yesterday, La Repubblica said on its website.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest writers in modern Italian literature, Eco was born on January 5, 1932, at Alessandria in the northern region of Piedmont.


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Shikhar Dhawan on JNU row: Can't speak ill of country you live in; flag should be unfurled at universities

Sports News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 08:37
 Can't speak ill of country you live in; flag should b

New Delhi: India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Friday endorsed the NDA government's directive to all central universities to fly the tricolour atop a 207-feet tall flag mast.

Speaking at a promotional event, the left-hander voiced his opinion in favor of unfurling the 'tiranga' at all 46 central universities.

"My take is simple. It (flag) should be unfurled at the Universities. It (flag) is the pride of the nation. The more the merrier I would say," he said.

In wake of the recent issues at JNU, the Delhi lad said nobody should speak ill about the country they live in.

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Confident MS Dhoni says Indian team is in auto-pilot mode

Sports News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 08:32
Confident MS Dhoni says Indian team is in auto-pilot mode

New Delhi: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday claimed that the current Indian team is "in auto-pilot mode" ahead of the twin T20 tournaments - Asia Cup and World Twenty20.

The 34-year-old was referring to the recent triumphs against Australia and Sri Lanka, which India won 3-0 and 2-1 respectively Down Under and at home.

"We have played T20s in Australia and the at home in recent times. The team is doing well. So, you can say that the team is in auto- pilot mode," he said.

But the skipper was shared his concerns, for possible injuries and drop of form.

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Not retiring anytime soon, says MS Dhoni

Sports News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 08:29
Not retiring anytime soon, says MS Dhoni

New Delhi: Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made it clear that he is not retiring from international cricket anytime soon.

The 34-year-old Dhoni had called time on his Test career in the middle of the away series against Australia in December 2014.

Dhoni, who guided India to two world titles - inaugural World T20 in 2007 and World Cup in 2011 - besides overseeing the country's rise to the pinnacle of Test ranking, is seeking to regain the trophy he won nine years ago in South Africa.

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Chhattisgarh to play Ranji Trophy after BCCI gives full membership

Sports News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 19:54
Chhattisgarh to play Ranji Trophy after BCCI gives full membership

Mumbai, Feb 19 - The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday awarded full membership status to Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS), making the state eligible to take part in the Ranji Trophy next season.

The state will be a part of the Central Zone for all BCCI tournaments.

"The members approved the recommendation of the affiliation committee of BCCI to grant full member status to Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh. They will be a part of the Central Zone for all the BCCI tournaments," the BCCI said in a release.

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Dhoni content with balanced bowling unit ahead of World T20

Sports News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 19:12
Dhoni content with balanced bowling unit ahead of World T20

New Delhi, Feb. 19 : Limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that Indian bowling unit is looking very balanced and settled going into next month's World T20.

"Our bowling has been good in the T20 format on the back of experienced line-up. We are looking good as of now. There is a lot of consistency in death bowling and first six overs. Overall bowling looks very balanced," Dhoni told reporters on the sidelines of an event by Rhiti Group in New Delhi.

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Akshay Kumar welcomes decision to hoist tricolour in varsities

Entertainment News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 19:09
Akshay Kumar welcomes decision to hoist tricolour in varsities

Mumbai - Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has hailed the decision to hoist the national flag in all central universities in the country, saying the tricolour inspires Indians to soar high and reach new heights.

The actor took to Twitter on Friday to express his views on the human resource development ministry's directive to all central universities in the country to fly the national flag.

“Totally with the decision of the tricolour being hoisted at all central universities and why not it brings out the best in us, inspires us to soar high,” Akshay tweeted.


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I don't need to give fitness tips to Emraan: Lara Dutta

Entertainment News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 19:04
 Lara Dutta

New Delhi, Feb 19 : Bollywood actor Lara Dutta Bhupathi is well known for her fitness regimen. Even after gaining so much of weight during her pregnancy, she managed to get back to her old sexy look within a short time.

While she promotes fitness as a way of life, she does not think that she needs to guide her co-star Emraan Hashmi about it.


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Lot of scenarios can play out before 2016 Rio Olympics: Rohan Bopanna

Sports News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 19:00
 Rohan Bopanna

New Delhi - Amid rising speculation on who is going to partner Sania Mirza at the Rio Olympics, contender Rohan Bopanna says his sole focus now is to maintain his top-10 ranking till the French Open in June.

While veteran Leander Paes has already said that he is the ideal painter for Sania, Bopanna said a lot of scenarios can play out before the Rio Games in August.

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Azhar Mahmood likely to join Pak as bowling coach

Sports News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 18:30
Azhar Mahmood likely to join Pak as bowling coach

Karachi, Feb. 19 : Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood is likely to join the national side as the new bowling coach.

Mahmood is expected to replace former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who is reportedly considering a move to the National Cricket Academy as head coach.

According to the Express Tribune, Mushtaq had informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he would not be able to continue as the spin bowling coach.

As a result, head coach Waqar Younis suggested the name of Mahmood for the same.

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Taylor equates Hazlewood to legendary Glenn McGrath

Sports News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:46
Taylor equates Hazlewood to legendary Glenn McGrath

Sydney, Feb. 19 : Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor has compared Josh Hazlewood with bowling great Glenn McGrath, saying that the pace spearhead has begun his international career in a similar fashion as the latter had done.

Hazlewood played a major role in his side's crushing first Test victory by an innings and 52 runs over New Zealand, where he claimed six wickets overall for 117.

The 51-year-old said that Hazlewood was playing a similar role in the Australian Test team as that of McGrath, who was arguably the best fast bowler in the world back then.

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Neerja: An untold story of courage

Entertainment News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:33
 An untold story of courage

New Delhi, Feb. 19 ): Based on a true incident, the movie is about a Pan Am 73 aircraft that was hijacked on September 5, 1986 in Karachi, Pakistan.

The story of 'Neerja' revolves around the life of flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, played by Sonam Kapoor, and her heroic effort to rescue the passengers of the hijacked flight. The film also features veteran actress Shabana Azmi as Rama, Neerja's mother.

With an excellent mix of emotion, action, direction, screenplay and performance, the movie gives us an emotional roller coaster ride.


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ICC India welcomes ratification of TFA by the Union Cabinet

Sports News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:29
ICC India welcomes ratification of TFA by the Union Cabinet

New Delhi, Feb. 19 :ICC India, Indian affiliate of the Paris based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has welcomed the Union Cabinet's approval for ratifying the trade facilitation agreement of WTO, which aims at relaxing customs rules for smoother trade flows.

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SRK's bestie KJo is his daughter's `godfather`

Entertainment News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 16:41
SRK's bestie KJo is his daughter's `godfather`

New Delhi, Feb. 19 : The recent social media post of Shah Rukh Khan's wife Gauri suggests that Karan Johar is a godfather of her daughter Suhana Khan.

Taking to her Instagram, the 45-year-old Gauri shared a pic of her 15-year-old daughter with Karan, captioning it as, "Godfather .. @karanjohar."

Interestingly, the pictures surfaced online have given rise to rumour that the 43-year-old film-maker may launch SRK daughter.

Recently, the film director announced that he would be happy to launch Suhana's older brother Aryan.

Suhana and Karan were spotted at the Mumbai airport.(ANI)


Here is what `outspoken` Sonam Kapoor not afraid of

Entertainment News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 16:31
Here is what `outspoken` Sonam Kapoor not afraid of

New Delhi, Feb 19 : Sonam Kapoor, who started "fearvsneerja" campaign on social media for her upcoming biopic film 'Neerja', is a getting an overwhelming response from the Bollywood stars.

The campaign is getting hit on the social media after several Bollywood celebs shared what they are afraid of in their short videos.

However, to create a little twist, ANI asked the outspoken Sonam Kapoor what she is not afraid of, and this is what the Bollywood fashion diva said, "I am not afraid of men and it is a big deal because lot of women are. I think we are stronger and smarter definitely."


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Shikhar Dhawan on JNU row: Can't speak ill of country you live in; flag should be unfurled at Universities

Sports News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 16:25
 Can't speak ill of country you live in; flag should b

New Delhi: India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Friday endorsed the NDA government's directive to all central universities to fly the tricolour atop a 207-feet tall flag mast.

Speaking at a promotional event, the left-hander voiced his opinion in favor of unfurling the 'tiranga' at all 46 central universities.

"My take is simple. It (flag) should be unfurled at the Universities. It (flag) is the pride of the nation. The more the merrier I would say," he said.

In wake of the recent issues at JNU, the Delhi lad said nobody should speak ill about the country they live in.

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BCCI to challenge Lodha panel's recommendations in SC

Sports News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 16:20
BCCI to challenge Lodha panel's recommendations in SC

Mumbai, Feb. 19 - The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court, pointing out difficulties in implementation of the Justice R. M. Lodha committee's recommendations.

The decision in this regard was taken at a Special General Meeting ( SGM) held at the BCCI's headquarter here on Friday.

BCCI honorary secretary Anurag Thakur will challenge the recommendations on behalf of the cricket board.

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