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Relief for Alia Bhatt-Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’; Mumbai Court dismisses suit seeking injunction against novel and film – Times of India

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The Mumbai City Civil Court on Wednesday, dismissed a suit by Babuji Shah, the purported adopted son of Gangubai Kathiawadi, who claimed that certain chapters in the novel The Mafia Queens of Mumbai were ‘defamatory and tarnished her reputation’. Shah also claimed that the book infringed upon the right to privacy and self-respect of his purported deceased mother and hence sought a permanent injunction against authors S Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges to restrain them from publishing, selling or creating third party rights on their novel.

According to a report on Bar and Bench, the suit also sought an injunction against Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions from producing, directing or airing their upcoming venture that is based on the novel. The film will see Alia Bhatt in the titular with Ajay Devgn featuring in a supporting role.

The suit claimed that the authors did not seek permission or consent from the plaintiff, before writing the novel or making the movie.

According to the report, director Bhansali filed a notice of motion on behalf of Bhansali Productions and lead actress Alia Bhatt, who was also added as a defendant in the suit and sought rejection of the plaint on various grounds, including Shah showing no proof to being the legal heir.

After hearing the matter, Additional Sessions Judge RM Sadrani allowed the notice of motion filed by Bhansali Productions and rejected the plaint filed by Shah.

The upcoming film will reportedly follow the life of Gangubai who was sold into prostitution but went on to become one of the most revered and powerful women in Mumbai city. She built her ties in the underworld and is said to have worked for the uplifting of women and orphans in the red light area of Kamathipura.



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England player Sam Curran out of frame for 4th Test against India, will come with limited overs squad | Cricket News – Times of India

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AHMEDABAD: All-rounder Sam Curran will not be available for selection during England’s fourth Test against India beginning here on March 4 due to COVID-19 pandemic related travel restrictions, it was announced on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Curran will now arrive in India along with the limited overs squad.
“Sam Curran will rejoin the England squad via the charter flight carrying other members of the limited-overs line-up to India, on 26 February,” the England team management said in a statement.
“Originally it was planned the Surrey all-rounder would fly to Ahmedabad in time to be available for the fourth Test in the city, starting on 4 March,” it added.
“However, in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, making secure arrangements for such a journey proved too great a logistical challenge.”
The third Test begins here on February 24, followed by the fourth and final match of the series at the same venue from March 4. The limited overs leg of the England tour begins with a T20 International here on March 12.



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India stands on threshold of vaccinating each and every Indian against Covid-19: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: India stands on the threshold of vaccinating each and every Indian against Covid-19, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday, underlining that the country is looking towards a speedy and prudent return to normalcy while undertaking strategies to balance both health and economic stability of the nation.
Addressing a workshop on ‘Covid-19 Management: Experience, Good Practices and Way Forward’, Vardhan said despite many constraints, India managed to keep its case per million figure as well as the number of deaths at the lowest level across the world.
“The strength of India was that it adopted a ‘whole of government’ and ‘whole of society’ approach. A nation of 1.35 billion people exhibited the strength and determination to diligently follow the stringent containment guidelines imposed by the government,” Vardhan said.
“Today, India stands at another threshold of vaccinating each and every Indian against this dreaded disease. We have commenced the world’s largest vaccination drive and I’m proud to say that to date, India has managed to vaccinate more than 8.8 million people,” he said.
“We are now looking towards a speedy and prudent return to normalcy, whilst undertaking strategies to balance both the health and economic stability of the country,” the minister said.
Vardhan said India as a nation is already providing thought leadership to the entire world in the sphere of public health, engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed, shaping the research agenda, and stimulating the dissemination of valuable knowledge.
“We believe in the principle that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition,” he said.
“Our unique initiative of ‘Vaccine Maitri’, which means Vaccine Friendship, was launched because India’s foreign policy is governed by its age-old maxim of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam-The World is One Family,” Vardhan added.
Health secretaries and technical heads of Covid-19 management programme of India and nine neighbouring countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Seychelles and Sri Lanka – took part in the workshop.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address to the participants at the workshop.



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Lucky to have Steve Smith so cheap: DC assistant coach Kaif | Cricket News – Times of India

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CHENNAI: Delhi Capitals (DC) were lucky to get Australia batting mainstay Steve Smith for just Rs 2.2 crore and the franchise was willing to pay even more for him, said DC assistant coach Mohammed Kaif while speaking to the media on Thursday.
“We realised last year when Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma got injured during the IPL that we need to keep back-up for international players,” said Kaif.
“I thought we were lucky to have him so cheap. We were willing to pay even more for him,” Kaif added.
Smith, who led Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 2020 season, had an ordinary outing, aggregating just 311 runs in 14 matches at an average of 25.91. His strike rate was also only 131.22 and he could not muster big scores, scoring just three half-centuries with a highest score of 69.
The Rajasthan franchise finished at the bottom of the points table. Not surprisingly, he was released by RR. Smith had entered the 2021 IPL auction with a base price of Rs 2 crore.
Ahead of the 2018 auction, Smith was the only player retained by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.5 crore.



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Be ready to sacrifice your standing crop: Tikait to farmers | India News – Times of India

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HISAR: Asserting that they won’t return home till the farm laws are repealed, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said farmers should be ready to sacrifice their standing crop for it.
Tikait said the government should not be under the impression that the movement against the laws will end as farmers will go to their villages to harvest their crop.
“Even if you have to set your standing crop on fire, you should be prepared for it. The government should not harbour this impression that farmers will return home. We will harvest crops and continue our agitation at the same time,” he said addressing a “mahapanchayat” at Kharak Poonia village of Hisar.
“There will be no ‘ghar wapsi’ till then,” he said.
Tikait also asked farmers to be ready for the next call of the unions spearheading the stir.
“Keep your tractors filled with fuel and facing towards Delhi’s direction. You can get a call to move at any time, that will be decided by the committee (farmers unions),” he said.
Tikait said after Haryana, they will be holding panchayats in other parts of the country, including West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
While earlier farmers had given a call for a “tractor rally” in Delhi, Tikait said the next time, they will go to the national capital with their agricultural implements.
Addressing the gathering, Haryana BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni alleged, “If new agricultural laws are implemented, crops will be purchased at arbitrary prices and farmers will be forced to even sell their land.”
Thousands of farmers have been protesting since late November at the Delhi borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that these laws will pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporations.
However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring better opportunities to farmers and introduce new technologies in agriculture.



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‘Tuesdays and Fridays’ actress Jhataleka: I’ve always been inspired by Priyanka Chopra’s journey – Times of India

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Among the many young talents chasing Bollywood dreams is Femina Miss India’s first runner-up, Jhataleka who is all set to make her big screen debut with the Sanjay Leela Bhansali production, ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’. Ahead of her film’s release this Friday, ETimes sat down for a tête-à-tête with the former beauty queen who opened up on how it felt to turn her acting dreams into reality, the Kareena Kapoor Khan-inspired ‘Poo phase’ she went through, seeking inspiration from Priyanka Chopra’s journey to global domination and of course, love and romance. Excerpts:

“I am a little nervous, ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’ releases this Friday, so I have the pre-release jitters,” admits Jhataleka, kicking off the conversation. But soon her beauty queen instincts kick in and she lets us in on her childhood dreams and aspirations. Ask her if she had imagined making her film debut with a rom-com and she doesn’t miss a beat before replying, “I’ve always been fascinated by rom-coms and have binge-watched them through the years but never thought I will be making my debut with one. I am grateful that I landed this chance and film because I have loved watching the genre and it has only become more interesting now that I am a part of something I understand and relate to.”

Talking about some of her favourite romances, Jhataleka rattles off, “‘Hum Tum’, ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Tara Rum Pum Pum’–I remember they all came one after the other. Of course, at the same time there were ‘Love Actually’ and ‘No Strings Attached’ too”. Getting a break in Bollywood may seem like a dream taking flight, but for Jhataleka it has always been a work in progress. “Acting is something I always knew I wanted to do. I remember talking about it only after giving my board exams, when you have a general conversation with your parents about your career. That’s when I told them ‘I want to become an actress,” she recalls.

Only a few controversies ago, we found out that chasing filmi dreams was not an easy task, especially when one is not from the film industry. But Jhataleka came prepared. “I knew that it was going to take me a while to figure out how to get into the industry because I don’t have any name attached or any link within the industry. Charting out my future was what I would have to do myself. I enrolled in workshops right then and focussed on becoming an actress, which is how Miss India happened,” points out the debutante, adding, “Normally people think that you get into Miss India and then become an actress eventually, but for me, it was the other way around. I knew that I always wanted to be an actress and went into the pageant knowing my goals”.

Although taking the tried-and-tested route to showbiz like many other beauty queens before her, she acknowledges that it was ‘Desi Girl’ Priyanka Chopra’s journey that especially encouraged her. “I’ve always been inspired by Priyanka Chopra’s journey – the way she won the beauty pageant and got into the industry. Somewhere in her journey, she got this strength and confidence, which is something I have always been watching and it has motivated me on my own journey,” she admits.

As she is now poised to cross the threshold into the glamorous world of films, is there a childhood memory that she now looks back and laughs about? “I have home videos that prove how fond I have always been of the camera. I remember I would always find myself in front of the mirror, trying to enact some song or dance of Madhuri Dixit,” she chuckles, adding, “Then there was a whole Kareena Kapoor Khan phase too when Poo happened and there have been so many instances in my childhood when I enacted scenes from ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’”. Jhataleka also didn’t have problems facing the camera because, as she puts it, “I’ve had this long love affair with the camera, and I owe it all to my brother. He would always put me in front of the camera since I was about 3-4 years old”.

Narrating how she bagged a Bhansali production, she says she owed it all to a Gaana.com advertisement that set the ball rolling. “Mukesh Chhabra sir saw the ad when it came out and said it was ‘really good’. Around the same time, Mr Bhansali’s production house was looking for new talent to launch. I was recommended by Mr Chhabra and landed a meeting with the CEO of the production house. Cut to a month later, I got a call telling me that Sanjay sir was meeting new faces and that he wanted to meet me as well,” she relays, adding, “When I sit and look back at it all, it takes me time to take all this in. I still have to pinch myself to believe that my film is releasing this Friday”.

Speaking about striking up crackling chemistry with co-star Anmol Thekariaa Dhillon, she says it was “easy”, adding, “Anmol and I have known each other for a while because we were a part of the same agency before we landed the meeting with Sanjay sir. We had given a couple of auditions together and would end up practising together. It did help that we knew each other and spent enough time together; it was easier to get into the character and shoot our scenes very comfortably.”

We rounded off our conversation with a quick rapid-fire:

What is your current rom-com obsession?

‘Jane The Virgin’.

A character or person you would get into a contract-relationship with?

Harvey Specter from ‘Suits’.

What would be the terms and conditions of this relationship?

On ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’ Harvey cannot think of anyone but Jhataleka.

What is the craziest thing you ever did for love?

The craziest thing I did was trying to play football.

What are your future plans?

I am hoping that there will be interesting things coming up in the future and I can’t wait to share it with you all.



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Negligible impact of ‘rail roko’ call on train services: Railways | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: There was negligible or minimal impact on railway services due to the ‘rail roko’ agitation called by farmer groups on Thursday, a spokesperson for the national transporter said.
He said majority of the zonal railways reported no incident due to the protest.
“The rail roko agitation passed off without any untoward incident. There was negligible or minimal impact on running of the trains across the country. Train movement in all the zones is normal now,” the spokesperson said.
“Majority of the zones have reported not a single case of any stoppage of train by the agitators. Few trains were stopped in some areas of some Railway zones but now train operation is normal and trains are being operated smoothly. While dealing with the rail roko agitation, utmost patience was exercised by all concerned,” he said.
Earlier, around 25 trains were regulated by the Railways on account of the agitation.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions which is spearheading the protest, last week had announced the rail blockade to press for its demand to repeal three new farm legislations. The SKM had said the blockade will be held across the country from 12 pm to 4 pm.
The railways has deployed 20 additional companies of the RPSF across the country, especially in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Farmer groups’ congregations at Haryana’s Ambala, Kurukshetra and Charkhi Dadri railway stations were reported, according to officials. At Modinagar railway station farmers squatted on tracks but they had very limited effect on train services, said officials.
At Kurukshetra in Haryana, farmers climbed on the locomotive of Gita Jayanti Express train which was stationary at that time, resulting in some delay.
In Punjab, protesters sat on tracks at many places on the Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar railway route, officials said.
Farmers also blocked the Jalandhar Cantt-Jammu railway track in Jalandhar and also blocked a rail track in Mohali district, they said.
Security had been tightened in both Haryana and Punjab, with personnel of the government railway police and the state police force being deployed there, officials said.
The Ferozepur division of the Northern Railways decided to halt trains at stations so that passengers face less inconvenience during the ‘rail roko’ protest.
In Rajasthan, officials said the Rewari-Sri Ganganagar special train was the only train cancelled due to the agitation, while few others were delayed.
In West Bengal too, stray incidents were reported across the state with little or no effect on rail services.
Within an hour of the agitation being over, the Railways said all its services were running normally across the country.



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Cannot wait to give everything to help RCB win IPL, says Maxwell | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: After being picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Thursday said that he will give his everything to help the franchise in winning the IPL.
“Looking forward to joining @RCBTweetsfor this year’s @IPL. Can’t wait to put everything I have into helping us lift the trophy,” tweeted Maxwell.

Maxwell on Thursday was bought by RCB in the ongoing mini-auction of the IPL for Rs 14.25 crore. It started with fierce bidding between KKR and RCB. The Virat Kohli led-RCB, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all showed interest in the Australian batsman and in the end, Maxwell was picked up by RCB for Rs 14.25 crore.
Earlier, Maxwell was released by Punjab Kings (formerly KXIP) ahead of the mini-auction.

Talking about Maxwell, RCB Director of Cricket, Mike Hesson said: “Often Maxwell has been used in a finisher role, he is a multi-skilled player and he can bowl off-spin as well. It depends on what the team wants, we all look at how to bring the best out of him. We were after the X factor player and we got that in the form of Maxwell.”
South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris has become the most expensive foreign player in the history of the IPL as he was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore. RCB bought Kiwi all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for Rs 15 crore.

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing IPL mini-auction. Shakib had his base price as Rs 2 crore, but both Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Punjab Kings made bids for him, and in the end, the Bangladesh all-rounder was sold to KKR for Rs 3.2 crore.
All-rounder Kedar Jadhav went unsold in the auction. England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali was picked by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for Rs 7 crore.
The IPL “mini-auction” this year has 291 players going under the hammer as England pacer Mark Wood withdrew from the auction at the end moment.
All these cricketers have been shortlisted by the eight franchises. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from associate nations are up for grabs in the mini-auction.





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Test specialist Pujara back in IPL fold after 2014, CSK buy him at base price | Cricket News – Times of India

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CHENNAI: Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday returned to Indian Premier League after six years when Chennai Super Kings bought him at his base price of Rs 50 lakh at the IPL players’ auction.
The last time Pujara featured in the lucrative T20 league was for Kings XI Punjab, now re-christened Punjab Kings, in 2014.
The 33-year-old Pujara, who went unsold in the last few editions, tweeted: “Thank you for showing the faith. Look forward!”

He had last month expressed confidence that if given an opportunity, he would definitely do well for his franchise.
No sooner CSK bought Pujara in a one-sided bidding affair, the entire hall applauded the three-time IPL champions for their gesture.
“We welcome the legend, Che #Bujji with a super cute applause from the auction hall! #WhistlePodu #SuperAuction,” CSK wrote on its official Twitter page.

Pujara has been one of India’s most dependable batsmen at No. 3 position in Test matches. But, he has not been able to replicate that performance in the limited over formats.
Pujara has 13834 runs from 83 Tests, but played only five ODIs in which he scored just 130 runs. He has not played a single T20 International match.
He has so far featured in 30 IPL matches, scoring 390 runs at an average of 20.53 with a strike rate of 99.74. He has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in the past.





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