A BJP councillor was arrested for allegedly thrashing a police sub-inspector in the Kankar Khera area of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, the police said on Saturday.The incident occurred on Friday evening when Mohiuddinpur police outpost in-charge Sukhpal Singh and his female friend, an advocate, visited a restaurant owned by councillor Manish Chaudhary.Circle Officer at Daurala Pankaj Kumar Singh said the trigger for the incident was the woman expressing displeasure over not getting their order on time. She allegedly threw away the food when it was finally served. Mr. Chaudhary protested against her action, which led to an altercation among the three. Mr. Chaudhary allegedly thrashed Mr. Singh and pushed the woman advocate, the Circle Officer said.The woman alleged that she was harassed and beaten up by the BJP councillor, following which he was booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the police said.Ruckus outside stationIn another complaint, the sub-inspector alleged that Mr. Chaudhary attacked him while he was on duty. Superintendent of Police (city) Ranvijay Singh said that after the arrest, Mr. Chaudhary’s supporters tried to free him and gherao the van carrying him. They created a ruckus outside the police station and raised slogans, hindering traffic, Mr. Singh said.A medical test on the sub-inspector and his friend showed alcohol in their blood.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is gearing up for the launch of his debut fiction TV show Yudh, has thanked superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his wishes for the series.Shah Rukh, 48, had previously taken to Twitter to express his excitement for Yudh and said the show will be ‘path breaking’.He tweeted: “@SrBachchan waiting for Yudh. Am sure it will be path breaking as all your other endeavours have been.” The two actors, who have worked together in films like Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Bhoothnath and Bhootnath Returns.In return, the 71-year-old actor, said, “Thank you SRK for your wishes for Yudh. Whether it will be path breaking or not is not known (sic).”The two stars also made plans of a football game as both are big fans of the sport.”Let’s do football one night sir,” Shah Rukh said, to which Bachchan replied, “What will be path breaking will be if I can beat you at the PS4 football game that you invite me for!”The two actors, who have worked together in films like Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Bhoothnath and Bhootnath Returns.
The Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI had shortlisted 21 candidates from the 57 applicants who had applied for the head coach’s post of the Indian cricket team and finally it was former captain Anil Kumble who bagged the job on Thursday.The news of Kumble’s appointment was met with loud cheers from the current Indian squad with the likes of Test captain Virat Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan welcoming the move. But the legendary leg-spinner was not the first choice for the post.BCCI president Anurag Thakur has revealed that the board had initially approached former India captain Rahul Dravid but he turned down the offer citing family reasons.”I requested Rahul Dravid to coach the Indian team. He didn’t say no, but said that he will work for the junior team,” Thakur told NDTV on Thursday.Dravid instead wanted to take care of the junior team. The legendary batsman was appointed coach of the the India A and Under-19 teams in June 2015. Under him, the Under-19 team reached the World Cup final in Bangladesh earlier this year.”That is the good thing about Dravid. He didn’t go for the senior team post, big money and all. He wanted to work for the junior cricketers and not the senior team,” Thakur added.FAMILY COMES FIRSTDravid had earlier made his intentions pretty clear and said that he is more comfortable doing short stints as a coach.”I can only do short-term assignments, I can’t stay away from home for long periods of time, short assignments suit me better.”advertisement”Any decision that I make at this stage of my life would depend on whether I have the bandwidth to do all of these things. It takes time. You can never really say that now you are ready and now you are not. That’s an experience, a learning. You have to do it to only know. Everyday you do it and you want to learn.”Kumble was ultimately picked for the job ahead of former Team Director Ravi Shastri, and has been given a one-year contract by the BCCI.
Panaji, Nov 22 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Rahul Bose says when he actively played rugby for India internationally, he chose films according to his sports calendar.Rahul, known for films like “English, August”, “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”, “Chameli”, “Pyaar Ke Side Effects” and “15 Park Avenue”, was a part of a ‘Redefining Stories’ panel at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here on Thursday.Asked about his transition from being an actor to a director, Rahul, who first helmed “Everybody Says I’m Fine” and then directed the 2017 film “Poorna”, said: “It was not calculative.””I had a story about a hairdresser who reads mind, and everybody says I’m fine, but when he cuts their hair, he hears their real stories, and nobody’s fine.”I just wrote the story, loved the story, turned it into a scene breakdown and a screenplay and then I said I want make it. There was no proof that I would be a good director. Many actors are not good directors. So, that’s how. There was no calculation.”He said the 16-year-gap between both his directorials testify that they were not calculative moves.”I just do what I want to do when I want to do it,” he said.Rugby is the only calculation, moderator and popular cinematographer Aseem Bajaj prodded Rahul.He said: “When I was playing for India, I would look at the rugby calendar and see the two main tournaments, and took up films only if they didn’t clash with both tournaments, because playing for India was more important for me than acting in films.”His work was met with an applause from the audience.Rahul further said that as an artiste, who has primarily dabbled in independent cinema, he has never “struggled”.”I was doing theatre in Mumbai. I did 4-6 plays. Dev Benegal and Uma D’Cunha saw me in a play, and they cast me in ‘English, August’. And I got one film after another.”I have played the lead in 36 films, and cameo and supporting roles in 3 films. So I have never had a ‘I don’t have a Godfather in the industry’ story. I don’t have a struggle story,” he said.Rahul further said he neither had to change his acting nor did he have to change his choices.”I didn’t have to compromise right from ‘English, August’ right up to ‘Poorna’, barring one or two films,” he said, adding that he has worked in Bengali, English, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi films.–IANSrb/nv/sedadvertisement