Forget everything, seize the moment: Debutant Iyer shines bright on ‘Sunny Day

Neither does Shreyas Iyer wants to harp on the past nor is he keen to fret about what the future has in store for him. He just wants to “stay in the moment” and seize the day, as the illustrious Sunil Gavaskar advised him while giving the India cap. 📸📸#INDvNZ @Paytm pic.twitter.com/kvXBEOq0V3 — BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2021 Iyer, the 16th Indian Test cricketer to score a hundred on debut, knows that once skipper Virat Kohli is back in the team for the next game against New Zealand in Mumbai,…

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Italy takes in National Geographic’s green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’

Italy has given safe haven to Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country’s wars, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office said on Thursday. The government intervened after Gula asked for help to leave Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in August, a statement said, adding that her arrival was part of a broader programme to evacuate and integrate Afghan citizens. US photographer Steve McCurry took the picture of Gula when she was a youngster, living in a refugee…

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State govt slashes excise duty on imported foreign liquor by 50%

The Maharashtra government has slashed excise duty on imported foreign liquor by 50 per cent to curb inter-state smuggling and bring the prices of imported liquor on par with those of other states. State government officials said the measure was expected to increase the government’s revenue by Rs 150 crore in a year. State excise department officials said that excise duty on imported whisky, brandy, rum and vodka has been brought down from 300 per cent to 150 per cent of the manufacturing cost. “We expect that the sales will…

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Tiger King 2 first impression: Netflix’s docuseries is tedious, repetitive

The release schedule of docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, simply known as Tiger King season 1, was particularly propitious for its makers. It came at time when the crazy, colourful life of Joe Exotic provided the perfect escape for a world dealing with a global pandemic. We were addicted because, frankly, it distracted us from all the unpleasantness transpiring in the real world. To be fair, it was also pretty entertaining in a low-rent, cringey way, and the premise was objectively fascinating. It followed the singularly eccentric Exotic,…

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Why Vicky Kaushal is the most-dependable actor among the current crop

WHILE shooting for Shoojit Sircar-directed feature Sardar Udham, actor Vicky Kaushal found himself amid a sea of bodies. This was expected. He had already gone over this unsettling sequence, which recreates the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, several times on paper. Yet, Kaushal, who essays the titular character of the revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh in the movie that released last month, was overcome with numbness. This pre-climactic sequence of a young Singh’s deep shock and desperate attempt to save lives turned out to be emotionally and physically draining. “It was like…

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Farmers have won their long struggle: Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa

Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) president and Rajya Sabha Member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa while extending greetings to the people on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on Friday said that “today is a very special day as finally, the agitating farmers have won their long struggle as centre has decided to repeal the three agriculture laws”. Welcoming the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dhindsa, in a written statement, thanked the PM for this decision and termed it as “a commendable step”. Dhindsa also urged the centre to accede…

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Confident TN up against unbeaten Hyderabad in last-four clash

Defending champions Tamil Nadu will have their task cut out as they lock horns with an unbeaten Hyderabad side in the semifinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament here on Saturday. TN are eyeing a third straight appearance in the final of the premier domestic T20 tournament. Tamil Nadu, who won the 2020-21 edition of the event earlier this year, after having stumbled in the final against Karnataka in 2019, will head into the last-four clash with confidence after a convincing performance against Kerala. Jagadeesan, C Hari Nishaanth,…

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‘Prime Minister’s decision, no comments’: Nitish Kumar on decision to scrap farm laws

Having consistently supported the three contentious agricultural laws, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday issued a guarded response on the announcement of their withdrawal, saying the “decision has been taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Nitish Kumar said some people supported the legislations, while there were opposing voices also, prompting the PM to announce to get them repealed in the winter session of Parliament. In February, following a meeting with the PM, the BIhar CM had said the laws were in the “interest of the…

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Dhamaka movie review: Kartik Aaryan thriller lacks urgency, terror, tension

Dhamaka movie cast: Kartik Aryan, Mrunal Thakur, Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar, Vishwajeet PradhanDhamaka movie director: Ram MadhvaniDhamaka movie rating: 1 star A day in the life of reluctant radio jockey Arjun Pathak (Kartik Aryan) is about to turn upside down: within minutes of the film’s opening, he is flung into the middle of a huge crisis. A man calls in, claiming he will blow up the Mumbai Sea Link if his demands are not met. And within minutes of that, there’s a loud bang, and outside his window, in the…

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Anushka Ranjan’s bachelorette party, Gangistan review

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