Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Two soldiers killed during cordon and search operation in J-K’s Nowshera

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): Two Indian Army soldiers lost their lives during a cordon and search operation in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

The operation was in progress at the time of writing this report.

Search for more bodies and weapons is going o

More details are awaited.

Notably, Nowshera often witnesses ceasefire violations by Pakistani security forces.

The neighbouring country violated ceasefire at least on two occasions here in the past 10 days. (ANI)

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A remarkable year for China-India ties, joint efforts will take it to new heights: Chinese Envoy

New Delhi: Extending his wishes for New Year 2020, Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong on Wednesday termed the past year remarkable for India-China ties while asserting that joint efforts are required to take bilateral ties to new heights.

Weidong said the “remarkable” year 2019 had witnessed the steady progress of relations between both the nations.

Chinese Envoy

“Today marks the start of 2020 New Year. Wish you a very happy new year and all the best. The year 2019 witnessed the steady progress of China-India ties with many highlights, including the 2nd Informal Meeting in Chennai & other meetings on multilateral occasions between our leaders,” tweeted Weidong.

“As well as the successful holding of the 22nd SR talks, 2nd meeting of the High-Level P2P & Cultural Exchanges Mechanism, frequent mutual visits, deepening practical cooperation and exchanges & proper management of differences. A remarkable year for China-India ties”, the ambassador outlined.

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Weidong also pointed out that this year will mark the 70th anniversary of China-India ties and events will be held to celebrate the same.

“2020 NewYear marks 70th anniversary of China-India diplomatic ties. 70 celebration events & activities will be held by the two sides. Let us seize the moment, follow the strategic guidance of our leaders, make joint efforts to take bilateral ties to new heights in the future,” he added. (ANI)

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Good Newwz Box Office Day 5: Goes On An Upswing On Tuesday, Set To Grow Further Today

Good Newwz Box Office: With Tuesday turning out to be a partial holiday of sorts owing to New Year’s eve, Good Newwz saw a tremendous rise in collections. The film brought in 17 crores* more which is a huge number considering the genre and the target audience that it is aimed at. Collecting primarily at multiplexes with single screens too chipping in now, the film saw a houseful mark at a number of properties.

The film’s rise in collections can well be appreciated further from the fact that Monday was 13.41 crores. For the film to grow this much on a day by day basis is indeed remarkable. In fact, Friday opening was 17.56 crores so Tuesday collections are not too far away from that.

Box Office - Good Newwz goes on an upswing on Tuesday, set to grow further today
Good Newwz Box Office Day 5: Goes On An Upswing On Tuesday, Set To Grow Further Today

The multistarrer led by Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan now stands at 95.40 crores*. By today afternoon itself, the film would have gone past the 100 crores mark, hence turning out to be fourth such mega grosser for Akshay Kumar in a single calendar year. There is no stopping this Karan Johar and Raj Mehta film now and one waits to see how much enhanced are the footfalls today. With 1st January as a national holiday of sorts at a number of centers across the country, expect huge numbers today as well.

*Estimates. Final numbers awaited

Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources

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Bhuj: The Pride Of India: Ihana Dhillon To Play A Vital Role In Ajay Devgn Starrer

Hate Story 4” actress Ihana Dhillon feels proud to be associated with the upcoming patriotic period drama “Bhuj: The Pride Of India“, starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha in key roles.

Ihana plays an Air Force officer in the Abhishek Dudhaiya film, where she has been paired opposite Ammy Virk.

Ihana Dhillon proud to be part of 'Bhuj: The Pride Of India'
Bhuj: The Pride Of India: Ihana Dhillon To Play A Vital Role In Ajay Devgn Starrer

“It’s a brilliant script, and essaying the role of an Air Force officer is totally new for me. It’s challenging. My director Abhishek ji is extremely clear in his head about this character. The film shows the independence of women back in 1971. I am extremely proud to be associated with this project,” Ihana said.

The period drama looks back into the journey of 300 women from Madhapar village of Gujarat’s Kutch district, who played a pivotal role in helping India win the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The women came together to rebuild and repair the only runway in Bhuj, which was crucial for the war.

The film is slated to hit theatres on August 14.

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Vivek Agnihotri To Sit In The Himalayas To Finish Scripting Of ‘The Kashmir Files’

Filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri is in the Himalayas, and a source says he is not just vacationing there but also working on the script of his movie The Kashmir Files. It is a film that aims at highlighting the tragic genocide of Kashmiri Hindus.

According to a source, the research work of The Kashmir Files is over and the movie is currently in the scripting stage.

Vivek Agnihotri to finish script of 'The Kashmir Files' in Himalayas
Vivek Agnihotri To Sit In The Himalayas To Finish Scripting Of ‘The Kashmir Files’

“‘The Kashmir Files‘ is certainly going to be a challenging and mammoth subject to attempt but it’s too early to talk about the movie right now,” said Agnihotri.

“It’s such a divine feeling to be here, in the land of Kailasa brimming with so much positivity, full of energy and obviously the nature at it’s best. A creative soul always yearn for all of this,” the filmmaker added.

The Kashmir Files features seasoned actor Anupam Kher in a pivotal role. Agnihotri’s last release, The Tashkent Files, released in April this year. The venture too was critically acclaimed and was appreciated on a positive note by the viewers as well.

Vivek had announced Anupam Kher’s association with the film, with a social media post. Check it out below:

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#MeToo In Bollywood: Sunny Leone Wants More Women To Talk About It

Actress Sunny Leone feels she lives in a bubble, and says that she would like to believe that the whole dialogue around women empowerment and the #MeToo movement has changed people’s mindset.

After making quite an impact in the West, the #MeToo wave swept into Bollywood last year. It was triggered off when Tanushree Dutta revisited an unpleasant episode involving veteran actor Nana Patekar on the set of “Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss” in 2008.

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#MeToo In Bollywood: Sunny Leone Wants More Women To Talk About It

Gradually, many more dark truths from the world of Bollywood came to light, with women naming and shaming predators. The likes of Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Gursimran Khamba, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Anu Malik and Sajid Khan were named, for using their position to exploit the vulnerable.

Asked about the change that came with the #MeToo movement, Sunny told IANS: “I don’t work in an office. I live in a bubble but I do think and I do believe that the more women talk about these issues of sexual harassment or (instances of people) making them feel uncomfortable at work, whether it is women or men… I have to say that it does happen to men as well. It is just not recognised because ‘he is guy what is the big deal’.”

“If someone is bothering them at the work space or some place else, the more that they speak up, the more they make it aware that no it is not okay … I think yes things will change.”

“Especially when so many things have come out through social media, media outlets that I have to assume that people are thinking twice that ‘ohh am I being videotaped, recorded or will she have a moment (in the future)’. I am sure that it makes (such) people uncomfortable,” she added.

Sunny was glad that a message around the importance of consent was included in web series “Ragini MMS Returns Season 2“. She has a cameo as a paranormal expert in the ALTBalaji series.

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The Best Photographer: Virat Kohli on Wife Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are currently on vacation in Switzerland.

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What! Rohit Shetty Reveals He Is Fed Up Of Katrina, Find Out What Happened

Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar starrer Sooryavanshi is one of the most-awaited films of 2020. From the day it was announced, the audience got excited considering what an amazing lead cast it has! Also, this is Rohit Shetty’s third cop drama film after Singham and Simmba, so moviegoers can’t wait to see what he plans to show us in this one.

The Bharat actress often shares a BTS pics and videos from the sets of Sooryavanshi. Even during Christmas this year, she shared a lovely pic with her co-star Akshay and director Rohit. Well, in an interview recently, the Golmaal director revealed that he is fed up of Katrina for an interesting reason.

What! Rohit Shetty Reveals He Is Fed Up Of Katrina, Find Out What Happened
What! Rohit Shetty Reveals He Is Fed Up Of Katrina, Find Out What Happened

On No Filter Neha, Rohit Shetty shared that Katrina Kaif irritates him by asking too many questions to him. He said, “She is wearing a normal salwar kameez, she is playing a doctor in the film. And she is like, ‘Is this right?’ So much theory, I can’t do. After a point, I am switched off. ‘Do you think this grey colour is nice?’ Arre, salwar kameez hai. Tu doctor hai. Please aa na, set pe (It’s just salwar kameez, you are a doctor. Just come to the sets please).”

This is the first time Rohit and Kat are working together. So what prompted the director to star the diva in Sooryavanshi? He said that the actress always wanted to work with him and he thought she is right for the character in his upcoming cop drama. Thus, the audience will now get to see Akshay and Katrina together after almost a decade.

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Street Dancer 3: Varun Dhawan & Shraddha Kapoor Sizzle Their Way Through This Photoshoot

Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor sizzle in a set of new photoshoots for their forthcoming film Street Dancer 3D.

The shoot, for the Remo D’Souza film co-featuring Prabhudheva and Nora Fatehi, is done by ace fashion and celebrity photographer Vishal Saxena, who is an old friend of Remo.

Varun and Shraddha sizzle in new photo shoot
Street Dancer 3: Varun Dhawan & Shraddha Kapoor Sizzle Their Way Through This Photoshoot

Saxena is known in the industry as a self-motivated man who displays his passion for photography through his work.

He insists Varun and Shraddha are his favorites.

In the shoots, Varun looks pumped up sporting Bollywoodish brawn in a shirtless avatar. Shraddha oozes oomph in her Street Dancer look.

Vishal has worked with top stars of Bollywood including Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor, and Madhuri Dixit among others.

Meanwhile, Varun Dhawan is also gearing up for the remake of Coolie No. 1 alongside Sara Ali Khan. Just like the original film, the remake too will be helmed by Varun’s father and celebrated filmmaker, David Dhawan.

Street Dancer 3D is slated to release on the 24th of January, 2020.

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US Deploying More Troops in Middle East After Iraq Embassy Attack

Mike Pompeo said the attack was “orchestrated by terrorists,” one of whom he named as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

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2 Army Personnel Killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera Sector

The infiltrators were reportedly intercepted in the Khari Thrayat forest when they were trying to sneak into India.

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Markets Begin 2020 on Positive Note, Nifty Crosses 12,200 Mark

The S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.3 percent to 41,381 and the NSE Nifty 50 rose 0.3 percent to 12,205.40.

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Samsung to unveil frame-free TV at CES 2020

Las Vegas [USA]: Samsung is reportedly building a bezel-less TV which would be unveiled at the upcoming CES trade show in Las Vegas.

According to SamMobile, the purported TV will be the world’s first true Zero Bezel TV and will be available only in sizes 65-inch and higher as it will cater to the premium segment.

 TV at CES 2020

The true bezel-less display will be achieved by welding the display panel and TV’s body together. The Samsung Zero Bezel TV is expected to go into mass production in February 2020. (ANI)

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New Army chief Lt Gen MM Naravane visits National War Memorial in Delhi

New Delhi: A day after taking charge as Chief of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane visited the National War Memorial here to pay tributes to martyrs.

General Naravane saluted the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, the eternal flame, and laid a wreath at the memorial.

General Naravane took over as the 28th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on Tuesday, succeeding General Bipin Rawat who has become India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

General Naravane was previously the Vice Chief of Army Staff.

He has taken over the reins of the Army amid prevailing tensions between India and Pakistan due to provocations by Islamabad through terror activities. (ANI)

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UAE rings in New Year 2020 with glittering fireworks at Dubai’s Burj Khalifa

Dubai [UAE]: Hundreds of thousands of people witnessed breathtaking firework display at Dubai’s Burj Khalifa during the New Year 2020 celebrations.

 Dubai's Burj Khalifa

The epicentre of the revelry was the world’s tallest building — Burj Khalifa.

Plenty of fireworks exploded in the skies above Burj Khalifa and the rest of the city at the stroke of midnight to the delight of several people.

Just before the New Year 2020 countdown, mysterious streaks of light appeared above Dubai. Sort of like a meteor shower, but moving leisurely. Then, the streaks of light moved horizontally in the vicinity above the Burj Khalifa tower, Gulfnews reported. (ANI)

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‘Have a wonderful 2020’: PM Modi tweets New Year wishes

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished everyone on New Year, hoping everyone will be healthy and their aspirations will be fulfilled.

“Have a wonderful 2020! May this year be filled with joy and prosperity. May everyone be healthy and may everyone’s aspirations be fulfilled,” said the prime minister.

The PM also tweeted new year wishes in Hindi.

On December 31, PM Modi had tweeted a compilation of the country’s achievements in 2019 and what aspirations for 2020.

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J&K: SMS services restored in Kashmir valley from today

All mobile networks and landline connections were suspended across Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, in view of security concerns in the region following the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 that granted special status to the erstwhile State.

Earlier on October 14, postpaid mobile services were also restored.

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All network and landline connections were suspended across Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, in view of security concerns in the region following Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 that granted special powers to the region. Back on October 14, postpaid mobile services were restored in the remaining parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

SMS service to be restored in Kashmir valley from tomorrow

The central government had abrogated Article 370 and also bifurcated the former state into Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The new UTs came into being on October 31.

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Arjun Kapoor Bids An Emotional Goodbye To 2019, Shares Excitement To Shoot His 14th Film

He was being touted as just another star kid when he made his debut in 2012 with Ishaqzaade. But Arjun Kapoor has certainly come a long way from there. The actor has been a part of some memorable films like 2 States, Gunday and Ki&Ka.

And now, just like us, Arjun Kapoor too has bid goodbye to 2019 with an inspiring and touching post reminiscing his journey in the industry so far. Taking to his social media account, Arjun shared a picture of himself standing tall surrounded by trees. He captioned the image with, “2019 you taught me well… reminded me what a roller coaster life is… I travelled I lived I laughed I cried… I had some amazing moments, had some that broke my heart… personally, I’m excited about entering the new decade… at the start of 2010 I was a nobody unknown to the world with no real opportunity lying in front of me… today as we close the decade I’m shooting my 14th film.”

For the unversed, Arjun will next be seen alongside Rakul Preet in a yet-untitled project. The Mubarakaan actor further wrote in his post, “Lots of ups some downs gained an identity lost my backbone in my Mother & Nani forever. Life is a roller coaster we just gotta ride it… I say this to anyone reading this right now… never give up never listen to the naysayers believe in yourself believe that u are meant to do what makes u happy… there are enough forces to pull u down everyday trust me I have seen and felt it but to rise from there by exceeding what everyone thinks of u because u believed in yourself is an unbelievable feeling… when The Underdog wins it’s always a story worth telling.”

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Arjun Kapoor Bids An Emotional Goodbye To 2019, Shares Excitement To Shoot His 14th Film

He finally concluded the post with New Year wishes for all his fans urging each one to follow their dreams.

On the professional front, Arjun saw 2 releases this year with India’s Most Wanted and Panipat. However, both the films failed to impress the audiences and did not rack much cash at the box office either.

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Delhi records ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ air quality today morning

New Delhi: The air quality of the national capital improved significantly from ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ category today.

According to data provided by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), AQI recorded in Anand Vihar was at 412 ( ‘severe’ category ), RK Puram 391 ( ‘very poor’ category) and at Rohini at 439 (severe category) at 5 am in the morning.

On Tuesday also the pollution level of the national capital remained in the ‘severe’ category with AQI crossing 430 prompting System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) to advise people to avoid outdoor activities.

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An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous. (ANI)

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Hoping 2020 Marks Continuation of People-Powered Efforts: PM Modi

In a video compilation, Modi tweeted about the achievements of his government in 2019. 

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Still Think You’re Young? 20 Things to Make You Feel Old in 2020

While we are unable to settle whether the decade actually ends with 2019, the dawn of 2020 marks the end of an era.

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Pragati Maidan Metro Station Renamed Supreme Court Metro Station

“The Delhi Metro will have to make the necessary changes which would take around one month,” Sisodia said.

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Latest News: 29 Trains Running Late Due to Low Visibility

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Monday, 30 December 2019

A year of big developments – Ayodhya verdict, Balakot strikes, repeal of Article 370 and enactment of CAA

New Delhi: It was a year of significant developments with Supreme Court delivering verdict in the long-pending Ayodhya case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi returning to office with a bigger majority, India conducting airstrikes at a terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan, repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act.

The final list of NRC was published in Assam, Karatarpur Corridor was opened and the triple talaq bill passed. BJP and Shiv Sena sparred over government formation in Maharashtra and the BJP saw a dent in its winning streak by losing the Jharkhand assembly polls.

The opposition sought to come against the government on a range of issues including the CAA and protests against the Act also saw violence in some parts of the country.

ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission could not succeed fully as Vikram lander could not make a soft landing on the moon.

Congress continued to face problems with its second successive debacle in Lok Sabha polls and Rahul Gandhi stepped down as Congress chief.

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Here are some of the big developments of 2019.

January

On January 9, Parliament passed a bill giving 10 per cent reservation in education and government jobs to economically-weaker sections of the general category.

India’s first indigenous semi-high speed train ‘Train 18’ was renamed ‘Vande Bharat Express’. The train with some world-class amenities runs on New Delhi-Varanasi and New Delhi- Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra routes.

February

The government’s interim budget, presented on February 1, came with a major initiative for farmers in the form of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme. It provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to farmer families in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 each every four months.

On February 14, Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) targeted a CRPF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar highway near Pulwama in South Kashmir killing 40 CPRF personnel.

Pulwama

Days later Indian Air Force (IAF) launched an air strike on a JeM camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The air strike was launched in early hours of February 26 and Pakistan’s efforts to launch an offensive next day and target Indian military installations in Jammu and Kashmir was thwarted by an alert IAF.

In the dogfight, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, flying a MiG-21 Bison fighter plane and chasing Pakistani jets, crossed over to PoK where his aircraft was shot down. He was taken into custody by Pakistan. India also shot down a Pakistani fighter jet.

March

Wing Commander Varthaman was released by Pakistan on March 1 after intense diplomatic pressure and his return to India was watched on television sets across the country. He was later awarded the third-highest wartime gallantry award Vir Chakra.

On March 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced that anti-satellite weapons launched by A-SAT successfully had destroyed a live satellite on a low-earth orbit. India joined a select group of three countries – US, Russia, and China–which have such ability.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public rally in Barhi

April

Voting for general elections started on April 11. Over the next month, people across the length and breadth of the country took part in the biggest democratic exercise of the world. Four states — Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim – also went to the polls.

May

The results of elections were declared on May 23 and BJP created history by winning an absolute majority on its own for a second successive time. The party won 303 seats and Congress could win only 52, eight more than it won in 2014 polls.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lost from the family stronghold of Amethi to union minister Smriti Irani. He resigned later as party chief, taking moral responsibility for the party’s performance.

YSR Congress swept Assembly poll in Andhra Pradesh, Naveen Patnaik- led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) retained Odisha, BJP won a majority in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) ousted Pawan Kumar Chamling government in Sikkim.

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy

June

On June 11, doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata went on a strike after two of their colleagues were attacked and beaten up by kin of a deceased over alleged medical negligence.

The stir spread from Kolkata’s NRS hospital to all medical colleges in West Bengal and got the support of medical fraternities across the country.

The nationwide strike crippled outdoor patient services (OPD) across hospitals in India. The NRS Medical College doctors called off their week-long agitation after assurances of safety from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

July

India, which had a good run in the Cricket World Cup, lost to New Zealand in the semi-final causing disappointment to millions of people in the cricket-loving nation.

The month also saw the collapse of Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government in Karnataka following a series of resignations by legislators of the two parties. It paved the way for BS Yediyurappa again assuming reigns of the state as Chief Minister.

On July 28, a girl from Unnao who was raped by then BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar in 2017, was critically injured in a truck-car collision in Rae Bareli. The accident caused widespread anguish and concern in the country. Sengar was convicted to life imprisonment by a Delhi court in December.

The bill to criminalise triple talaq bill was also passed by parliament.

August

The parliament adopted a resolution to repeal Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The major move came weeks after the BJP-led government came to power for the second time. The parliament also passed a bill for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh came into existence as UTs on October 31.

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In Assam, the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) to identify illegal immigrants was published on August 31 in which more than 19 lakh people were excluded.

September

The country eagerly kept track of India’s ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan 2 on September 7 night to witness Vikram Lander’s soft landing near the south pole of moon but minutes before its scheduled landing, ISRO lost contact with the Vikram lander.

On September 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed over 50,000 people at NRG Football Stadium in Houston, US at ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event. The event, which was the largest gathering ever for an elected foreign leader visiting the US, also saw the participation of President Donald Trump.

October

The people of Haryana and Maharashtra voted to form the government in states. In Haryana, no party got a clear majority in the 90-member Assembly. BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party, entered into a post-poll alliance with Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party and formed the government.

BJP-Shiv Sena alliance emerged victorious in Maharashtra. However, the allies drifted apart on the issue of chief ministerial post. After days of uncertainty and in a surprise development Devendra Fadnavis formed the government with the support of Nationalist Congress Party’s Ajit Pawar.

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This came even as Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena were talking to form a non-BJP government.

Fadnavis resigned days later and the three parties formed a government in the state under the leadership of Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray.

November

On November 9, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark verdict in decades-old Ram Mandi-Babri Masjid dispute. A five-judge bench of the apex court unanimously ruled in the favour of Ram Lalla and handed over the entire disputed land to a trust which would be set up by the government.

The Supreme Court also said that the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 as an “egregious violation of rule of law” and ordered the government to provide five acres of land for the construction of a mosque at a prominent location in Ayodhya. A clutch of petitions were filed against the verdict, but the apex court dismissed them.

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Also on November 9, Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, a 4.7-kilometer-long passage that connects Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India’s Gurdaspur and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur ,was opened for pilgrims.

The growth data, released on November 29, showed that India’s July-September 2019 (Q2) gross domestic product growth rate had fallen to 4.5 per cent.

December

The Citizenship Amendment Bill that grants citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan was passed by parliament.

The passage of the bill was followed by protests in various parts of the country with the BJP accusing the opposition of misguiding people. The protests saw violence at some places. The opposition also accused the government of bringing the National Register of Citizens. After the cabinet gave its approval to Census 2021 and National Population Register (NPR), the opposition again raked up the issue of NRC. The government ruled out any link NPR and NRC.

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The assembly election results in Jharkhand saw the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance coming to power under the leadership of Hemant Soren. (ANI)

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Pankaj Tripathi To Start 2020 With Movies Not Vacation & He’s Excited About It!

Many Bollywood stars are on a short break to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but actor Pankaj Tripathi cancelled his year-end vacation to complete upcoming Bollywood assignments in “83” and the Gunjan Saxena biopic.

Several sources mention that the actor will start shooting for another project later week.

Pankaj Tripathi puts work before vacay plans
Pankaj Tripathi To Start 2020 With Movies Not Vacation & He’s Excited About It!

“Both ’83‘ and Gunjan Saxena biopic are projects incredibly close to my heart. A break would have been ideal but both films were pending finish. The teams were working against a deadline and I had already assigned my dates early on for the shoots,” Pankaj said.

“For an actor, the ultimate gratification is to ensure that his film turns out to be like his director wishes to and like he himself envisioned it to. I love the characters and the stories of both these films. Both the films offered me unique experiences and I loved being a part of them. In a way, it’s interesting that I am starting off the new year and new decade doing what I enjoy the most – movies,” he added.

In “83“, Ranveer Singh will be seen playing legendary cricketer Kapil Dev. The Kabir Khan directorial is about India’s historic victory at the cricket World Cup of 1983. The actor will also share screen space with wife Deepika Padukone. The film that is set for an April 10 release.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl” is a biopic of Indian Air Force combat pilot Gunjan Saxena, who entered war zone during the 1999 Kargil War. It stars Janhvi Kapoor in the titular role. Directed by Sharan Sharma, it will hit the screens on March 13 next year.

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Shilpa Shetty Posts A Funny Tik Tok Video With Raj Kundra As Her Followers Reach 1 Million

Shilpa Shetty took to Instagram to thank one million fans who have follow her on TikTok in just one day.

The actress shared a video where she, along with her husband Raj Kundra, can be seen enacting the “Maine Pyar Kiya” song “Dil deewana bin sajna ke”, with a funny twist.

Shilpa Shetty thanks 1 million TikTok followers with funny video
Shilpa Shetty Posts A Funny Tik Tok Video With Raj Kundra As Her Followers Reach 1 Million

Her video is meant to be a double celebration because the Salman Khan-Bhagyashree starrer had released on December 29 in 1989, excatly 30 years ago.

Shilpa mentioned that “Maine Pyar Kiya” is her alltime favourite movie.

“Expectation VS Reality ! #Kalyug hai bhai!! What I didn’t expect is 1 million followers on #TikTok in a day, OMG!! Heartfelt gratitude to all. Celebrating #30yrs of #mainepyarkiya. My all time favourite film.. forever @bhagyashree.online @beingsalmankhan @abhimanyud @shirleysetia @sabbir24x7 @sonypicturesin @sonypicsprodns,” Shilpa captioned the video.

On the work front, the 44-year-old actress is preparing for her comeback film “Nikamma,” a romantic comedy action movie directed by Sabbir Khan. The film marks Shilpa’s comeback to Bollywood after 13 years and is scheduled top open on June 5.

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IPL Performance Will Decide Dhoni’s T20 WC Chances: Kumble  

According to Kumble, management should be exploring specialist wicket takers as opposed to looking at all-rounders.

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Govt to Offer 5G Spectrum Trials to All Operators Including Huawei

The government has decided to give 5G spectrum for trials to all operators in the country.

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Neha Kakkar Helps An Aspiring Musician By Gifting Him 2 Lakhs

Singer Neha Kakkar was so moved on hearing a musician’s story while shooting for “Indian Idol” season 11 that she decided to gift him Rs 2 lakh.

One of the show’s contestants, Sunny Hindustani, performed with musician Roshan Ali, who used to play with the late legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. After a while, due to his health, he had to leave the singer’s team.

Neha Kakkar gives Rs 2 lakh to needy musician
Neha Kakkar Helps An Aspiring Musician By Gifting Him 2 Lakhs

His life story made Neha emotional. She decided to gift him Rs 2 lakh as an aid.

Her fellow judge Himesh Reshammiya appreciated Sunny and said: “You are an example for all reality show contestants. Although you don’t have any professional training, you still sing so professionally, which is remarkable.”

Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani also judges “Indian Idol” along with Neha and Himesh.

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Still Think You’re Young? 20 Things to Make You Feel Old in 2020

While we are unable to settle whether the decade actually ends with 2019, the dawn of 2020 marks the end of an era.

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Will Hrithik Play Krishna in Deepika’s ‘Draupadi’?

Deepika as Draupadi in an upcoming adaptation of ‘Mahabharat’

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Gautam Gambhir Not Eligible For President’s Post: DDCA

DDCA also sought time till the state assembly polls in February to conduct election for the post of its president.

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QCrime: 13 Booked in Loan Fraud Case; Man Beaten to Death in Delhi

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2019: Kohli ‘The King’ on Field, Ganguly ‘The Maharaj’ Off It

India were in for quite a bit of pain when New Zealand knocked them out in the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup.

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India Will Bag Record Number of Medals at Tokyo 2020: Amit Panghal

Panghal has a daunting task at hand as he has had to shift weight categories keeping the Olympics in mind.

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Amazon Quiz Answer 31 December To Win Bose Sound Sport Headphones

Amazon Quiz : Answer the Questions and Stand A Chance To Win Exciting Prizes

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QChennai: CM Urged to Consult Public Before NPR Process & More

Catch all the latest news from Chennai right here.

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Top Entertainment News: Katrina Kaif as a Doctor in ‘Sooryavanshi’

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Navy Bans Use of Social Media, Smartphone for Personnel on Board

The measure has been taken in the wake of naval personnel being charged with espionage.

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Top Entertainment News: Aayush Sharma Shares Photo of Baby Girl

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Twitter Polls on CAA, Modi Govt ‘Deleted’ On Indicating Results

A Twitter poll purportedly by Sadhguru’s Isha Foundation on CAA-NRC protests was apparently deleted later.

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QBiz: RBI’s Restrictions for UCBs; Soft Launch of Reliance JioMart

Find the top business stories of the day on QBiz. 

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QBengaluru: 7,000 Cops for New Year’s Eve; Budget on 5 March

Here are the latest news updates from Bengaluru.

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An Insight Into the New Army Chief-Designate Lt General Naravane

This is the first time the government has followed the principle of appointing the army chief on seniority only.

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QBullet: General Bipin Rawat Appointed CDS; Maha Cabinet Expanded

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Latest News: AQI in Delhi’s Anand Vihar in ‘Severe’ Category

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Sunday, 29 December 2019

Opening Bell: Sensex Opens Higher at 111 Pts, Nifty Above 12,200

Sensex opened 111.13 points higher at 41,686.27 and Nifty rose 29.10 points to 12,274.90 on Monday, 30 December.

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Gavaskar’s Trust Set to Lose Plot Allotted for Cricket Academy

There has been no progress in the construction of the cricket stadium for which the land was allotted in 1988.

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Amitabh Bachchan Honoured With Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Abhishek Bachchan Has A Sweet Message For His ‘Pa’

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has defined an era in Bollywood and there is no doubt about that. Big B was yesterday conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the Indian cinema. Son Abhishek Bachchan is full of happiness and pride as he wrote a note for his father and called him his inspiration. Read on to know what he has to say.

Big B was honoured with the award by a President of India Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi. The ceremony was held in Rashtrapati Bhavan and was accompanied by Abhishek and wife Jaya Bachchan.

Abhishek Bachchan Calls ‘Pa’ Amitabh Bachchan His Inspiration & Hero As The Megastar Wins Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Amitabh Bachchan Honoured With Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Abhishek Bachchan Has A Sweet Message For His ‘Pa’

Abhishek took to Instagram and wrote a note for his Paa. He wrote, “My inspiration. My hero. Congratulations Pa on the Dadasahab Phalke award. We are all so, so proud of you. Love you.”

While receiving the award, Mr Bachchan expressed his gratitude and also spoke how he still has more work to do and there is no retiring from it anytime soon.

He said, “Jab iss puruskar ki ghoshna hui to mere mann mein ek sandeh utha. Ki kya kahin ye sanket hai mere liye ki bhai sahab aapne bahut kaam kar liya, ab ghar baith ke aaram kar lijiye. Kyunki abhi bhi thoda kaam baki hai jise mujhe poora karna hai.”

It was in September this year that Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced that the megastar will be awarded with the honour for his excellent contribution in entertaining and enlightening two generations with his cinema.

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Salman Khan On Completing 30 Years In Bollywood: “I’m Always Striving To Deliver My Best To Fans”

Salman Khan recently turned 54 and celebrated his birthday with his family and close friends from the industry. The Superstar is currently enjoying the success of his recently released film, Dabangg 3.

The actor also welcomed a new cute member in his family, with his sister Arpita Khan-Sharma ‘s newly born baby girl. If all these reasons were not happy enough, the Bharat also completed 30 years in the film industry.

In an interview with PTI, he was asked his thoughts on completing 3 decades in Bollywood. Salman Khan said, “A big thank you to the people who have made me who I am, my fans and well-wishers alike. The most important thing in an actor’s life is the journey and my journey has been nothing short of amazing.”

He added, “I have seen so much and met so many brilliant people along the way who have taught me so much and carved me into the person that I am. My motivation to work has always been the fans who give me unconditional love and it is because of them that I am always striving to deliver my best to them.”

After winning hearts this year in Bharat and Dabangg 3, next year, Salman is all set to entertain his fans in an action-drama titled ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai‘. The film is being helmed by Prabhudheva and it also stars Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff. The actors are currently shooting for the film in Mumbai. Radhe is slated to hit the screens on Eid next year.

Which is your favourite Salman Khan film? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Ajay Devgn Reveals Why Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior Is Releasing In 3D

Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is one of the biggest release of 2020. This is the first time the actor will be seen in a period drama which also stars Kajol and Saif Ali Khan. The film is based on Tanaji Malusare, the military leader of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

So far, the actor has shared two trailers and released songs from the film which have managed to create a great buzz. The audience is also looking forward to watch Ajay Devgn and Kajol together on screen after a long time. While Ajay plays the titular role, Kajol will portray his wife Savitribai. Saif is seen as an antagonist named Udaybhan Rathod.

Ajay Devgn Reveals Why Tanhaji: An Unsung Warrior Is Releasing In 3D
Ajay Devgn Reveals Why Tanhaji: An Unsung Warrior Is Releasing In 3D

In an interaction with PTI, the Golmaal actor shared how the film will also be informative to the audience. Ajay stated, “Apart from the film being grand and carrying a message, it is also educative, it is informative. It is an interesting story to watch and such combination is rare.”

This is the first time a period film will be released in 3D in Bollywood. So what was the reason Ajay decided to have a 3D release? He shared, “Besides the storyline, I am always inclined to create new things like when I wanted to make this film we worked on 3D and technology in a way that it should look new. Visually we are very happy with the film.”

Well, the trailer looks magnificent and we are surely watching the film in 3D will be a great experience.

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is slated to hit the screens on January 10, 2020. It will be clashing with Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak and Rajinikanth’s Darbar.

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Good Newwz Box Office Day 3: Does Quite Well On Sunday, Should Stay Stable During Weekdays

Good Newwz is pretty much coming on its own, what with Sunday collections turning out to be quite good. The film brought in 25 crores* more with several screens going houseful across the country. The film is riding primarily on the power of multiplexes and this is where most of the moolah is being generated as well. When compared to Friday collections of 17.56 crores, the Sunday numbers indicate a good enough trend. With a constant increase in collections on a day by day basis, it is also quite apparent that on Monday as well, the film should be stable.

Box Office - Good Newwz does quite well on Sunday, should stay stable during weekdays
Good Newwz Box Office Day 3: Does Quite Well On Sunday, Should Stay Stable During Weekdays

So far, the Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani film has collected 64.34 crores*. While this is a good enough number, the real feat would be see how many days does the Raj Mehta directed film take to enter the 100 Crore Club. Of course the makers must be hoping that this feat is accomplished in the first week itself. However for that to happen, at least on Monday the film would need to be in a double digit score, and ideally if Tuesday too joins the party then there could well be no looking back for Good Newwz.

Last year when Karan Johar’s another production Simmba had released at exactly the same time, it had practically doubled its weekend numbers [75.11 crores] by end of first week [150.81 crores]. In case of Good Newwz, even 50% fall in collections from weekend to weekdays would allow Good Newwz to hit a century in quick time.

*Estimates. Final numbers awaited

Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources

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Maruti Suzuki launches sports variant of Ciaz sedan

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India has launched Ciaz S, the sports variant of its premium mid-sized sedan Ciaz, priced at ₹1...