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‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’: The trailer of R Madhavan’s directorial debut to be unveiled on April 1 – Times of India

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Fans of R Madhavan can finally rejoice as the much-awaited trailer of his upcoming directorial debut ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ will be released tomorrow, on April 1. The makers also unveiled a new poster of the film.

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The film is based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage. It will reportedly be released in several languages including Hindi, English, and Tamil.

It is also being speculated that Shah Rukh Khan will be seen playing a cameo in the film. He will be seen donning the hat of a journalist in the movie who will be seen interviewing R Madhavan’s character in the film. However, there has been no official confirmation on the same.

On the work front, he was last seen in ‘Maara’ which was released on an OTT platform.



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Demi Lovato opens up about starting a family, says she ‘wants to adopt’ – Times of India

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Singer-actor Demi Lovato, who never shies away from speaking her mind, recently opened up about her future plans to start a family.

According to a magazine, Lovato revealed that she might want to adopt in Saturday’s episode of the podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’.

When asked if she wants to have children of her own, she responded, “I used to. I think if anything, I want to adopt, more than anything.”

“I don’t know, I was engaged to a man last year,” Lovato told Rogan of her past relationship with ex Max Ehrich.

She added, “I totally thought that I’d be married, maybe pregnant, by now. And that’s not the case … I know that my life is not going according to my plan.”

She continued, “Life doesn’t go according to any plan. So, I could sit here and say, ‘Yes, I would love to have children.’ But I don’t know, because that might change next week. I think in this moment, I want to adopt, for sure.”

‘The Dancing with the Devil’ artist came out as pansexual during the interview, after opening up about her sexual fluidity in the past.

She added, “I also don’t know if I’m going to end up with a guy, so I can’t really see myself even getting pregnant. I don’t know. I’m so fluid now, and a part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was super closeted off.”

During an interview in March, she said that she “hooked up with a girl and was like, ‘I like this a lot more.’ It felt better. It felt right.” Lovato has recently been promoting her YouTube Originals docuseries titled ‘Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil’, in which she opens up about her split from Ehrich and her 2018 overdose.

In July 2018, Lovato was hospitalised after overdosing on drugs at her Hollywood Hills home, which came months after relapsing. Lovato, who battled substance addiction in years past, spent almost two weeks in a hospital before undergoing treatment at a rehab centre and sober living facility.



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Brazil military chiefs exit in new turmoil for Bolsonaro – Times of India

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BRASILIA: President Jair Bolsonaro will replace all three commanders of Brazil’s armed forces, his government said Tuesday, the latest upheaval in Brasilia as the far-right leader braces against mounting criticism over an explosion of Covid-19 deaths.
The exit of the army, navy and air force chiefs came a day after Bolsonaro overhauled his cabinet, replacing the foreign, defense and justice ministers as well as his chief of staff, attorney general and government secretary.
Last week, he also installed his fourth health minister of the pandemic.
The turmoil comes as the government struggles to control a deadly surge of Covid-19 in Brazil, which has already killed more than 317,000 people in the country — pushing many hospitals to the brink of collapse — with a record of 3,780 deaths in the last 24 hours alone.
Bolsonaro, who comes up for re-election in October 2022, faces sliding popularity and growing pressure over his handling of the pandemic, including from key allies in Congress and the business world.
His attacks on lockdowns, face masks and vaccines have become fodder for critics, with Brazil ranking only behind the United States in terms of number of cases and fatalities.
The defense ministry did not give a reason for the departure of Army General Edson Pujol, Navy Admiral Ilques Barbosa and Air Force Lieutenant-Brigadier Antonio Carlos Bermudes.
Some Brazilian media reported the trio had resigned in protest at Bolsonaro’s surprise decision to replace defense minister Fernando Azevedo.
“For the first time in history, the commanders of all three branches of the armed forces presented their joint resignation in disagreement with the president,” said newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.
Azevedo himself resigned because he was “uncomfortable with Bolsonaro’s use of the military for political ends,” journalist Merval Pereira wrote in newspaper Globo.
There were signs the armed forces commanders were uncomfortable, too, particularly Pujol.
He said last November the military “doesn’t want to get involved in politics.”
The army chief had also called fighting Covid-19 “our generation’s most important mission” and once shunned Bolsonaro’s outstretched hand at an official ceremony, offering a socially distanced elbow bump instead.
Bolsonaro, a former army captain, frequently boasts of having the military’s backing, and has packed his government with officers.
He is openly nostalgic for Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, despite its rights violations, including the kidnapping and torture of dissidents.
The armed forces have since carefully rebuilt an apolitical image of national service.
But Bolsonaro’s hardline base has put that to the test with calls to reinstall military rule with him at the top — talk the president is accused of fanning.
Bolsonaro’s new defense minister, General Walter Braga Netto, said Tuesday the military dictatorship which took power on March 31, 1964, was something to be “celebrated.”
“The Armed Forces assumed the responsibility of pacifying the country, taking on the burden of reorganizing it and guaranteeing the democratic freedoms that we enjoy today,” he said.
There was no official word on the reasons for Azevedo’s exit, but he said in a parting statement he was proud to have “preserved the armed forces as an institution of the state.”
Vice President Hamilton Mourao, an army general, said there was “zero” risk of an anti-democratic intervention by the military against Congress or the courts.
“You can put whomever you like (as commanders), there will never be an institutional rupture. The armed forces will be on the side of legality, always,” he said.
The military overhaul is part of the reform launched Monday by Bolsonaro, who last week appointed Marcelo Queiroga, a cardiologist, as the fourth health minister in a year.
Communications minister Fabio Faria told CNN Brazil that this is a “new moment” for the government and that Bolsonaro “resolved to move some pieces of the board,” as “all governments” do mid-term.
The president looks to be facing a tough election battle in 2022, particularly after a Supreme Court justice earlier this month overturned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s corruption convictions, clearing the way for the leftist to mount a potential run against Bolsonaro.
Polls place the popular but controversial Lula, who was president from 2003-2010, neck and neck with Bolsonaro, at a time when the coalition that brought the president to power in January 2019 is badly frayed.



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2nd Test: Sri Lanka make steady progress after Windies’ 354 | Cricket News – Times of India

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NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda: Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was last out in the West Indies’ first innings of 354 before the visitors rallied behind Lahiru Thirimanne’s third consecutive half-century to reach 136 for three at stumps on the second day of the second and final Test in Antigua on Tuesday.
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After scores of 70 and 76 in the drawn first Test, Thirimanne’s run of good scores — going back to the series in South Africa last December — continued with another composed innings of 55.
However, his dismissal to Kemar Roach in the day’s final session necessitated consolidation which the unbroken fourth-wicket pair of Dinesh Chandimal (34 not out) and Dhananjaya de Silva (23 not out) provided on an increasingly placid surface with an unbroken stand of 59.
Earlier, Brathwaite extended his occupation of the crease to eight-and-a-half hours which brought him 126 off 311 deliveries with 13 fours, a ninth Test century in which he fulfilled the role of anchor of the innings.
His opposite number Dimuth Karunaratne, by contrast, survived 16 balls before an edged drive off fast bowler Alzarri Joseph produced a stunning diving catch at third slip by Nkrumah Bonner to send the left-hander back to the pavilion for just one when Sri Lanka started their reply immediately after lunch.
As in the first Test a week earlier at the same venue, occasional seamer Kyle Mayers accounted for Oshada Fernando and when Roach bowled Thirimanne through the gate, the innings was at a crossroads at 77 for three.
“I think it’s about even-steven at this stage,” said former West Indies captain Jason Holder.
“This is a pretty good batting wicket. You have to be really patient. Maybe if we can grab one or two more wickets early tomorrow before the new ball becomes due, we can put them under greater pressure.”
Suranga Lakmal again led the Sri Lankan bowling effort with figures of four for 94 off 28 overs as the West Indies batted through the morning session after resuming on 287 for seven.
It was Lakmal, the experienced fast-medium bowler, who finally broke through for an increasingly frustrated Sri Lankan team halfway through the morning session when he terminated a 103-run eighth-wicket partnership between Brathwaite and Rahkeem Cornwall.
Very much the aggressor for the two-and-a-half hours of their time in the middle, Cornwall went past his previous best in Tests — 61 in the first innings of the first Test just a week earlier.
But he miscued a heave to the on-side and offered a simple catch to Vishwa Fernando at mid-on.
His 73 came off 92 balls and was embellished by 10 fours and one six.
Brathwaite, who resumed on 99 overnight and went to three figures by turning the third ball of the morning from Lakmal to fine leg, never eased out of first gear, even with the demise of Cornwall.
He eventually stroked two more boundaries to add to his tally of 11 from day one but then saw the dismissal of Kemar Roach off Dushmantha Chameera, giving wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella his fifth catch of the innings.
Joined by last man Shannon Gabriel, someone with no pretensions to batsmanship, it seemed almost inevitable that Brathwaite would complete the rare feat of carrying his bat through a completed Test innings twice, having done so previously against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2016.
But it was the home captain who perished, playing on to give Chameera a third wicket of the innings.



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NCA to interview ‘potential’ coaches but questions remain | Cricket News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: The BCCI‘s National Cricket Academy (NCA) is going to recruit two coaches – batting and bowling – with emphasis on hybrid tutoring and refined cricketing education on Wednesday.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid, the director at NCA, is overseeing the recruitment process and BCCI president, also Dravid’s long-time teammate, Sourav Ganguly is assisting/backing Dravid with the formalities.
To that extent, the BCCI is in the middle of hiring coaching staff at the NCA once again after it had last decided, in October 2020, not to renew the ongoing contracts of coaches who were engaged by the academy two years ago.
TOI understands BCCI secretary Jay Shah was of the view last year that coaches at the NCA needed to be appointed via a thorough interview process, something that was categorically avoided in 2019. Shah, it is learnt, had further maintained that since the pandemic turned the ecosystem – like any other industry – upside down, a bigger emphasis was needed online until physical interactions – laid low by the relentless Covid – once again became the regular norm.
“But what we’d like to understand now is if the BCCI is okay with this new process being put in place in its present form. As far as we understand, close to 30 applications had come in for these roles of which only less than a dozen were shortlisted. The roles are more suited for those interested in working as batting and bowling educators. What about the India ‘A’ and the India Under-19 teams?” say those tracking developments.
Sources say BCCI expects the bowling and batting coaches appointed at the NCA, under the ongoing process, in the capacity of educators, to double up as coaches for the India ‘A’ and the India ‘Under-19’ teams too, when they play matches at home or overseas.
“It just doesn’t make sense. How can an educator be an on-field coach? The BCCI is the richest cricket body. Then why can’t it appoint professional full-time coaches? Tomorrow, if the ‘A’ or ‘Under-19’ team is on a tour, these same coaches – hired in an educator’s role will travel? Is the Under-19 or ‘A’ team a part-time responsibility?” say those tracking developments.
Further, the candidates appearing for the interview on Wednesday haven’t been told who will be on the interview panel. “Part-time coaches don’t even work at the club level. Here, we’re talking about India’s Under-19 and ‘A’ teams,” say those in the know.
Senior BCCI officials are in tune with these developments and in agreement with the overall confusion at play. “But when you have someone of the stature of Ganguly or Dravid overseeing developments, who else can be expected to speak?” sources add.
When the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) – led by former CAG Vinod Rai – was running the BCCI, a detailed presentation was made to the Board on how the NCA’s coaching unit should function going forward.
The COA decided to “junk” the presentation for reasons undisclosed and the BCCI, after members came to power back in 2019, have continued to ignore the same once again.
“All we can hope for is Rahul and Sourav take a broader look at the way things are being done. The likes of Rishikesh Kanitkar, Amol Muzumdar, Narendra Hirwani, Wasim Jaffer, S Badrinath and so many others with major accomplishments are available. Why can’t the BCCI look at the bigger picture when it comes to the NCA?” say those in the know.



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Madhuri Dixit says ‘hello’ from the Maldives with this stunning photo – Times of India

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Madhuri Dixit is an avid social media user. The actress recently jetted off to the Maldives. She shared a stunning photo from the island country.

In this picture, we can see the actress posing by the pool. She donned denim shorts and a floral top. She teamed it up with a cute hat and cool pair of sunnies. The post was captioned as, ”Hello from paradise 🏖️👒”.

As soon as she shared the post, choreographer Farah Khan commented, ”Welcome to Maldives mads😁”. Madhuri replied to her with a heart emoticon.

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Farah is also in the Maldives with her kids. She has been sharing pictures and videos to give us a sneak-peek into her vacay.

Meanwhile, on the work front, the actress will soon make her digital debut with the series. She was last seen in Abhishek Varman’s ‘Kalank’. The film also starred Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles.

The actress is currently on the judges’ panel of a dance reality show.



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Aleksandar Mitrovic double gives Serbia 2-1 win at Azerbaijan | Football News – Times of India

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BAKU: Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic completed a perfect week for the striker in World Cup qualifying with two more goals to help the Balkan nation to a 2-1 win at Azerbaijan on Tuesday and provisionally kept them top of Group A.
The result left Serbia on seven points from three games, three ahead of Portugal who visit Luxembourg later on Tuesday. Third-placed Luxembourg have three points from one game, while Ireland and Azerbaijan have none from two.
The brace took Mitrovic’s tally to five goals in Serbia’s opening three qualifiers for the 2022 tournament in Qatar and also extended his all-time leading scoring record for his country to 41 goals in 64 appearances.
Mitrovic, who has struggled at Premier League side Fulham in recent months, fired the Serbians ahead in the 16th minute with a scorching low shot from 15 metres after he took a fine pass by captain Dusan Tadic into his stride.
Serbia goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic denied the home side an equaliser when he thwarted Ali Ghorbani in the 30th minute after some sloppy defending by the visitors, who were punished on the hour as they conceded a clumsy penalty.
Filip Kostic clattered into Emin Makhmudov just inside the area and the Azeri midfielder sent Rajkovic the wrong way with a coolly taken spot-kick.
It looked like Serbia would not find a winner after home keeper Shakhruddin Magomedaliyev kept out a Mitrovic sitter in the 74th minute but the 26-year-old Serb had the last laugh with a goal of the highest quality.
Mitrovic let a through ball come onto his weaker left foot before he unleashed a rasping volley from 16 metres into the bottom left corner in the 81st minute, with Magomedaliyev clutching thin air.



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Akshay Kumar starrer Sooryavanshi delayed yet again? – Times of India

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Sooryavanshi, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, has been waiting to release for over a year now. The Rohit Shetty directorial is the third film in his cop universe. After much delay, the makers announced a few days ago, that their film will finally hit the theatres on April 30.

However, given the rising number of COVID cases in Maharashtra, which comprises major market for Hindi movies, we hear the film is now being pushed back further and is unlikely to release on April 30 in theatres. A source said, “With the suspension of night shows due to night curfews in cities like Mumbai and an atmosphere of uncertainty, it’s a huge risk for a big budget film to release in theatres at this point. Given people’s safety concerns, the film is unlikely to release on April 30.” According to industry insiders, the makers are contemplating on a couple of options. The film can either opt for a direct OTT release, simultaneous theatrical & OTT release or OTT release in 14 days after theatrical release.” However, Rohit Shetty has never been in favour of OTT release, so the film seems to be stuck in a major dilemma.

The makers are yet to confirm the news and issue an official statement. Bombay Times has reached out for a comment from Reliance Entertainment, whose two big films — 83 and Sooryavanshi are waiting to release in theatres after a delay of over an year. While Sooryavanshi was to release on April 30, 83 is slated to release on June 4. 83 team has denied their film’s OTT release, when rumours of the same emerged a few days ago. Amitabh Bachchan starrer Chehre which was to release on April 9 in theatres, has also been pushed indefinitely due to the Covid situation.

(This story will be updated as soon as we hear from Reliance. Watch this space for more.)



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Sushmita Sen shares a cryptic post on unhealthy relationship patterns, says “I speak from experience” – Times of India

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Sushmita Sen recently took to her Instagram-story to share a cryptic post on unhealthy relationship patterns. According to her, when we become aware of those patterns, we must break them before they break us.

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Her post read, ‘When there is something we haven’t healed in our lives, we can often find ourselves either being drawn into relationships that recreate the pain and wounding, or relationships that never touch the pain and wounding. We take a path of repetition (opportunity for re-enactment) or a path of opposition (opportunity to never be hurt that way again). Our work is to wake up, become aware, and do healing work that allows us to take a path of integration with ourselves and with others. This path will activate us, but it will also be what allows us to walk ourselves towards authentic healing.’

Captioning the post, Sushmita wrote, ‘Patterns repeat themselves unconsciously…until we consciously break them!!! We each carry the power to heal ourselves…I speak from experience!! When we become aware of the patterns, the repetitions, the unconscious habits…we must break those patterns…before they break us!!! #sharing #lifelessons #awareness #breakingpatterns #healing #love #peace. Happy Healing!!!! I love you guys!!! Mmuuuaaah.’

Sushmita Sen is currently in a relationship with Rohman Shawl. Although her recent posts have been hinting at a possible break-up, the actress has not officially confirmed the same.



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US athletes allowed to kneel, raise fists at Olympic trials | More sports News – Times of India

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LOS ANGELES: The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Tuesday athletes competing at trials for the Olympic Games will be free to raise their fist or kneel during the national anthem.
In a new policy directive laying out the rules for permitted protests by US athletes, the USOPC said competitors could use one of a range of gestures to demonstrate for racial and social justice.
Protests allowed included kneeling on the medal podium or during the US national anthem, raising a fist at the podium or start line, and wearing a hat or face mask with phrases such as “Black Lives Matter“, “Trans Lives Matter” or words like “equality” or “justice.”
The new USOPC policy is a striking departure from previous rules, which strictly forbid any kind of protests by athletes.
US Olympic chiefs stressed the new guidelines only applied to upcoming Olympic trials events.
Separate rules about protests permitted at this year’s Tokyo Olympics would be released once the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee have formulated policies allowed at the games.
The USOPC revised its policies in the wake of protests which swept across the United States last year following the death of African-American man George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
The IOC‘s Rule 50 strictly forbids any kind of protests by athletes at the Olympics, but US athletes and international athlete associations have increasingly challenged those rules.
Olympic officials have come down hard on athlete protesters, infamously expelling US athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics for their iconic ‘Black Power’ salutes.
In January last year, the IOC issued an updated set of guidelines regarding athlete activism, outlawing any kind of demonstration on the medal podium or field of play. The ban included displays of political messaging, including signs or armbands, hand gestures or kneeling or a refusal to follow the protocol of medal ceremonies.
The enhanced regulations followed incidents at the 2019 Pan American Games, where US hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden protested on the medal podium.
Berry raised a clenched fist salute after winning gold in her event. Imboden knelt on the podium after winning a bronze.
Both athletes were subsequently reprimanded by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, given probation for 12 months and warned that any repeat could face harsher punishment.
The USOPC’s new guidelines were drawn up following recommendations from the body’s Council on Racial and Social Justice.
The new US guidelines also detail criteria for protests which will be deemed impermissible, stating that any gesture which advocates “against people, their dignity or their rights, including — but not limited to — hate speech, racist propaganda or threatening, abusive or discriminatory remarks, or physical harm to others or to property” will remain forbidden.



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