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Bolly Buzz! Alia Bhatt announces the theatrical release date of ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, Teaser of ‘Mumbai Saga’ unveiled, Sara Ali Khan and Vijay Deverakonda spark romance rumours – Times of India ►


Tanishaa Mukerji took to her Twitter handle to share a sweet message on the occasion of Ajay Devgn and Kajol’s wedding anniversary today. Calling them “beautiful souls”, Tanishaa added that the couple leads by example and conquers with compassion.

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She wrote, ‘Happy anniversary to the 2 most beautiful souls I know @itsKajolD @ajaydevgn. U lead by example and conquer with compassion. Thank u for my nysa and yuggy the best present a masi could ask for’

Marking the special occasion, Kajol too had shared a heartfelt post for her darling husband Ajay on her social media handles. She shared a throwback picture of them together.

Along with the picture, Kajol wrote, ‘And you sir, you’re very attractive. Therefore, I will stare at you!” – Anonymous & Me @ajaydevgn #22years #stillgoing #grateful #laughingalways’

While Ajay Ajay posted a photo of a wine bottle with a picture of the two and the words “Battled in 1999 Only edition” written on it.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Ajay will next be seen in ‘MayDay’, which he also directs and produces. The film features Amitabh Bachchan and Rakul Preet Singh.

Kajol and Ajay were last seen together on screen in the 2020 film, ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’. Helmed by Om Raut, the film also starred Sharad Kelkar, Saif Ali Khan and Neha Sharma in pivotal roles.

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‘Thalaivi’ teaser: The legendary story of J Jayalalithaa starring Kangana Ranaut to hit the theatres on April 23, 2021 – Times of India


On the 73rd birth anniversary of late actress-turned-politician J Jayalalithaa, maker of her biopicThalaivi’ starring Kangana Ranaut unveil the much-awaited teaser. The legendary story of Jayalalithaa will be released in the theatres on April 23, 2021.

Kangana Ranaut took to her Twitter handle to share the teaser with her fans. She wrote, ‘To Jaya Amma, on her birth anniversary Witness the story of the legend, #Thalaivi, in cinemas on 23rd April, 2021.

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Thalaivi is arguably one of the most anticipated Bollywood films in the times to come, as the audience will be witnessing a biopic of the J Jayalalithaa, who was one of the most influential politicians in the country.

The movie traces her journey from the glamour world to rise in the political field. Thalaivi was earlier slated for a release in June but has been pushed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The movie also stars Arvind Swami, Prakash Raj, Madhoo, Jisshu Sengupta, among others.

Meanwhile, on the work front, apart from ‘Thalaivi’, Kangana has some very interesting films under her belt which include ‘Dhaakad’ where she will be essaying the role of a spy named Agent Agni. It also features Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta in key roles.

She also has ‘Tejas’ where she will be seen playing an Air Force pilot.

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Tokyo 2020 launches new gender equality team: Seiko Hashimoto | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India


TOKYO: The new president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee said on Wednesday that it had set up a gender equality team and aimed to boost the proportion of women on the board to 40%.
After her meeting with the board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Seiko Hashimoto told reporters that coronavirus measures and gender equality efforts were among the top priorities for the Tokyo Games.
She became chief of the Tokyo Olympics organising team this month after her predecessor resigned over sexist remarks.

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Only Motera stadium renamed after PM, complex continues to have Sardar Patel’s name: Govt | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Amid a controversy over a cricket stadium in Gujarat being renamed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government on Wednesday said the name change involves only the Motera stadium, while the entire sports complex continues to be named after Sardar Patel.
Soon after President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, which will now be known as ‘Narendra Modi stadium’, social media was flooded with remarks including by some leaders of the Congress and other opposition parties who alleged that the renaming exercise amounted to an “insult” to Sardar Patel.
Asked about the allegations, Union minister Prakash Javadekar, however, told reporters that only the Motera stadium has been renamed and the complex continues to be named after Vallabhbhai Patel.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was present alongside Javadekar at the media briefing after a cabinet meeting, also took a swipe at the Congress leaders, asking whether party chief Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi have so far praised the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel erected at Kevadiya in Gujarat.
Javadekar said the two Congress leaders have not even visited the statue.
Prasad continued, “I want to say this with full responsibility that a tourist place getting global praise has not been visited yet or praised by the two Congress leaders. What else is there to say?”
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “Maybe they just realised the stadium was named for a home minister who had banned their parent organisation! Or maybe this is advance booking to ensure the next visiting Head of State is hosted here, like Trump? Or is this the beginning of a legacy-creation-thru-labelling spree (sic)?”
His party colleague Rajeev Satav said, “Renaming Motera cricket stadium from Sardar Patel to Narendra Modi is an absolute disgrace. This shows how narcissistic our PM has become. This is outrageous and a clear sign of autocratic dictatorship.”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, without directly talking about the stadium, tweeted a Hindi quote of Sardar Patel, “There is something unique in this soil, which has always been the abode of great souls despite many obstacles.”

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Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach – Times of India


WASHINGTON: Missed intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the iconic building and halted certification of the presidential election on January. 6, the officials who were in charge of security that day said in their first public testimony on the insurrection.
The officials, including the former chief of the Capitol Police, pointed their fingers at various federal agencies – and each other – for their failure to defend the building as supporters of then-President Donald Trump overwhelmed security barriers, broke windows and doors and sent lawmakers fleeing from the House and Senate chambers. Five people died as a result of the riot, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman who was shot as she tried to enter the House chamber with lawmakers still inside.
Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned under pressure immediately after the attack, and the other officials said Tuesday they had expected the protests to be similar to two pro-Trump events in late 2020 that were far less violent. Sund said he hadn’t seen an FBI field office report that warned of potential violence citing online posts about a “war.”
Sund described a scene as the mob arrived at the perimeter that was “like nothing” he had seen in his 30 years of policing and argued that the insurrection was not the result of poor planning by Capitol Police but of failures across the board.
“No single civilian law enforcement agency – and certainly not the USCP – is trained and equipped to repel, without significant military or other law enforcement assistance, an insurrection of thousands of armed, violent, and coordinated individuals focused on breaching a building at all costs,” he testified.
The hearing was the first of many examinations of what happened that day, coming almost seven weeks after the attack and over a week after the Senate voted to acquit Trump of inciting the insurrection by telling his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his election defeat. Fencing and National Guard troops still surround the Capitol in a wide perimeter, cutting off streets and sidewalks that are normally full of cars, pedestrians and tourists.
The joint hearing, part of an investigation by two Senate committees, was the first time the officials testified publicly about the events of Jan. 6. In addition to Sund, former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger, former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving and Robert Contee, the acting chief of police for the Metropolitan Police Department, testified.
Irving and Stenger also resigned under pressure immediately after the deadly attack. They were Sund’s supervisors and in charge of security for the House and Senate.
“We must have the facts, and the answers are in this room,” Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar said at the beginning of the hearing. The Rules panel is conducting the joint probe with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Even after the hearing, much still remains unknown about what happened before and during the assault. How much did law enforcement agencies know about plans for violence that day, many of which were public? And how could the Capitol Police have been so ill-prepared for a violent insurrection that was organized online?
Sund told the lawmakers that he didn’t know then that his officers had received a report from the FBI’s field office in Norfolk, Virginia, that forecast, in detail, the chances that extremists could bring “war” to Washington the following day. The head of the FBI’s office in Washington has said that once he received the Jan. 5 warning, the information was quickly shared with other law enforcement agencies through a joint terrorism task force.
Sund said Tuesday that an officer on the task force had received that memo and forwarded it to a sergeant working on intelligence for the Capitol Police but that the information was not sent on to other supervisors.
“How could you not get that vital intelligence?” asked Senate Homeland Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., who said the failure of the report to reach the chief was clearly a major problem.
“That information would have been helpful,” Sund acknowledged.
Even without the intelligence, there were clear signs that violence was a possibility on Jan. 6. Far-right social media users openly hinted for weeks that chaos would erupt at the U.S. Capitol while Congress convened to certify the election results.
Sund said he did see an intelligence report created within his own department warning that Congress could be targeted on Jan. 6. But he said that report assessed the probability of civil disobedience or arrests, based on the information they had, as “remote” to “improbable” for the groups expected to demonstrate.
Contee, the acting city police chief, also suggested that no one had flagged the FBI information from Norfolk, Virginia, which he said came in the form of an email. He said he would have expected that kind of intelligence “would warrant a phone call or something. ”
Sund and Irving disagreed on when the National Guard was called and on requests for the guard beforehand. Sund said he spoke to both Stenger and Irving about requesting the National Guard in the days before the riot, and that Irving said he was concerned about the “optics” of having them present. Irving denied that, saying Sund’s account was “categorically false.”
“We all agreed the intelligence did not support the troops and collectively decided to let it go,” Stenger said.
After smashing through the barriers at the perimeter, the invaders engaged in hand-to-hand combat with police officers, injuring dozens of them, and broke into the building.
Once the violence had begun, Sund and Irving also disagreed on when the National Guard was requested – Sund said he requested it at 1:09 p.m., but Irving denied receiving a call at that time.
Contee said he was “stunned” over the delayed response. He said Sund was pleading with Army officials to deploy National Guard troops as the rioting rapidly escalated. Police officers “were out there literally fighting for their lives” but the officials appeared to be going through a “check the boxes” exercise, he said.
Pentagon officials, who will be invited to testify before the committee at a second hearing next week, have said it took time to put the troops in position, and there was not enough contingency planning in advance. They said they offered the assistance beforehand but were turned down.
Klobuchar said after the hearing that the next police chief should have greater ability to make decisions both leading up to and during a crisis, and the Rules panel could consider such legislation once the investigation is completed. The current structure “clearly needs some reform,” she said.
The hearing Tuesday was the first of several this week examining what went wrong Jan. 6. A House subcommittee will examine damage to the Capitol on Wednesday and will hear testimony from current security officials, including Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, on Thursday. Next week, the Senate panels will invite officials from the Pentagon, FBI and Homeland Security Department.
In prepared testimony released ahead of the hearing on damage to the Capitol, Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton and the curator of the House of Representatives, Farar Elliott, describe damage to statues and paintings and quick thinking by staff as the rioting was underway – including one aide who secured the House’s 1819 silver inkstand, the oldest object in the chamber.
Congress is also considering a bipartisan, independent commission, and multiple congressional committees have said they will look at different aspects of the siege. Federal law enforcement has arrested more than 230 people who were accused of being involved in the attack, and attorney general nominee Merrick Garland said in his confirmation hearing Monday that investigating the riot would be a priority.

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Did you know Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra and not Alia Bhatt were the first choices for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’? – Times of India


Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt is winning the internet with her ‘powerful’ performance in the teaser trailer of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’.

Bringing a fierce and feisty side to the fro, the actress left her fans mighty impressed with her portrayal of one of the most powerful and revered women in Mumbai city- Gangubai Kothewali, also known as the Madam of Kamathipura. The actress has always spoken about how bagging a Bhansali film was a dream come true. She reportedly landed the part after ‘Inshallah’ co-starring Salman Khan was abruptly shelved.

While the buzz around the film is now at an all-time high and Alia basks in the success of the teaser, it was about a year ago when rumours ran wild about actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Rani Mukerji being in the running to play the matriarch.

The buzz grew so loud that Priyanka finally addressed the subject in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, where she stated that she was not in talks with SLB. When asked if Bhansali approached her or Alia to do the film, she said, “I have no idea. I haven’t signed a Hindi film yet because the two I’m doing in the US and the one I’m starting next year, are taking up my time.”

Chopra, who worked with SLB in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, added, “I’m a fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali in whatever he makes, I’ll always be his fan.”

But, did you know that before there were reports of Alia and Priyanka getting cast in the titular role, the director had another actress in mind?

Bhansali initially had Rani Mukerji in mind to star as the leading lady of his film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’. However, things didn’t go according to plan with Rani and that’s when he decided to ask Priyanka. But, as the actress was pursuing a career in Hollywood, and his film ‘Inshalla’ with Alia shelved, he was in no mood to let go of the actress as he had already booked her dates.

‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ comes three years after the smashing success of ‘Padmaavat’ that featured an ensemble cast of Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. It is based on a chapter in Husain Zaidi’s novel ‘Mafia Queens Of Mumbai’ and will trace the journey of a girl, sold into prostitution at an early age, who goes on to become one of the most powerful and influential women in the history of Mumbai, with notorious criminals serving as her clients.

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‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’: Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, and others are all praise for the brilliant teaser of the Alia Bhatt starrer – Times of India


Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “brilliant teaser” of his upcoming film, ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ starring Alia Bhatt has been receiving praise from all quarters. Not only fans, Bollywood celebs too have been singing their praise.

While Akshay Kumar feels Alia and Bhansali have brought their A-game, Karan Johar is super proud of his baby girl Alia. Priyanka Chopra, on the other hand, wishes the team all the luck.

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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.

Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ marks the first collaboration between him and Alia. It will also reportedly star Ajay Devgn in a key role. The movie will hit the theatres on July 30, 2021.

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Churchill Brothers beat NEROCA 1-0 to regain I-League top spot | Football News – Times of India


KOLKATA: Churchill Brothers regained the top spot on the I-League table after they beat NEROCA FC 1-0 at the Kishore Bharati Krirangan here on Wednesday.
Clayvin Zuniga’s 16th-minute strike was enough to give Fernando Varela’s side all three points in a game full of chances.
With the win, the Red Machines have also secured themselves a top-six spot in the first phase of the I-League.
Churchill Brothers made two changes after their victory over Chennai City FC. Varela brought in goalkeeper Shibinraj Kunniyil and Vikas for Shilton Paul and Jovel Martins respectively.

NEROCA coach Gift Raikhan made a single change from their win over Sudeva Delhi, bringing in Prakash Budhathoki for Khaiminthang Lhungdim.
Churchill Brothers created two chances within the first five minutes of the game. However, Luka Majcen was unable to reach Vinil Poojary’s deflected cross in the second minute, followed by Clayvin Zuniga’s long-range attempt, which was skied in the fourth minute.
NEROCA got a great chance in the seventh minute when Judah Garcia pounced on Bishorjit’s long kick. With only the keeper to beat, the Trinidadian blasted his shot high over the target.
The game turned into fast end-to-end action over the next few minutes and the opening goal came in the 16th minute. Zuniga started the move in midfield and found Kingslee Fernandes, who lifted a perfect chipped return pass for him on the run. The Honduran then volleyed it beyond Bishorjit Singh’s reach.
Three minutes later, the duo again combined and created another opportunity. However, this time, Zuniga curled his effort wide of the target.
The Red Machines dominated the first half completely, continuously creating chances.
Vikas came close to scoring the second goal after the restart when his cross looked like it was creeping in at the far post. However, Bishorjit Singh recovered well and tipped it over for a corner.
At the other end, NEROCA strung up a few chances. Shibinraj was finally forced into action when he came off his line to collect Singam Subhash’s cross in the 55th minute.
Three minutes later, the Churchill custodian was again sharp to come off his line and clear with his head, when Subash tried to reach Songpu Singsit’s through ball.
NEROCA pushed harder for the equaliser and came close again when Subash’s cross into the area was cleared by Hamza Kheir before Judah Garcia could pounce on it.
Churchill realised they needed another goal to safeguard the result, and kept pushing for the second.
They came close twice in the span of five minutes as Bishorjit Singh had to come off his line and prevent Luka Majcen from scoring in the 66th and 71st minute.
The NEROCA custodian showed quick reflexes to keep out Zuniga’s powerful header in the 75th minute.

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Collins stuns world number one Barty in Adelaide | Tennis News – Times of India


ADELAIDE (Australia): Unseeded American Danielle Collins sent an out of sorts Ashleigh Barty crashing out of the Adelaide International in the second round on Wednesday.
Collins seized on some poor serving from the world number one to claim a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win in just 65 minutes.
It was Collins’ first win over Barty in three encounters and her first win against a current world number one.
Barty started strongly, breaking Collins’ first service game and opening up a 3-1 lead, but the Australian’s first serve deserted her and Collins got back on terms, then broke Barty twice to claim the first set.
Barty broke again at the start of the second, but once again Collins came back, then broke at 4-4 before holding her own serve to reach the quarter-finals, where she will play Poland’s reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek.
“I feel really comfortable playing here,” Collins said.
“I didn’t have the crowd on my side today but I still loved playing in front of so many fans. It just makes it such a fun atmosphere.”
Swiatek was untroubled against Australian qualifier Maddison Inglis, winning 6-1, 6-3.
Second seed Belinda Bencic cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Japan’s Misaki Doi.
The Swiss world number 12 dominated throughout to reach her first quarter-final since Doha in February 2020.
“I felt really good on the court,” Bencic said.
“It’s only my second time in Adelaide but I love this tournament, I feel very comfortable here and it was nice to play in front of the crowd.
“I’m just really happy to be in another quarter-final, and hopefully I can win this time.”
Bencic takes on Australian surprise packet Storm Sanders in the last eight.
The left-handed Sanders entered the tournament as the world number 292 but outlasted seventh seed Yulia Putintseva in three sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.
American teenager Coco Gauff caused an upset when she came from a set down to beat sixth seed Petra Martic of Croatia 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
In another upset, Swiss player Jil Teichmann beat China’s eighth seeded Wang Qiang 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to set up a quarter-final against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, who downed American lucky loser Christina McHale 6-4, 6-1.
McHale was a late entry when fourth seed Elise Mertens withdrew with a shoulder injury.

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Most Union ministers want to pay to get vaccinated against Covid: Ravi Shankar Prasad | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Most of the Union ministers would want to pay to get themselves vaccinated against Covid-19, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.
His comments came after the government announced that everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get Covid-19 vaccine from March 1 for free at government facilities and for a charge at many private hospitals.
Asked whether ministers and the prime minister, who would be in the category of those who can take the vaccination, will get inoculated, Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar, at a post-Cabinet media briefing, said those who want to take the vaccination will take it at the place of their choosing from March 1.
Prasad, who also briefed the media on the Cabinet decisions, said most of the ministers would want to pay to get vaccinated.
On another question about leaders in other countries taking the vaccination shots first, Prasad said it is about point of view.
“In many places, prime ministers and ministers are getting it done, here we thought that first we will get our health sector fighters vaccinated,” he said.

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