30 Jul

Coming soon: Burger King in Mumbai, NCR

MUMBAI: American fast-food giant Burger King will open its first few outlets in the country by year-end as it aims to make India, along with China, its biggest market in Asia-Pacific. The outlets will come up in Mumbai and Delhi.

Coming at a time when rivals like McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza and Yum! Brands have established a long lead here, Burger King will look to penetrate the untapped smaller towns to gain a toehold in the market, said a senior executive from the Miami-based chain.

“China and India will be the two growth engines for us,” said Elias Diaz Sese, president, APAC, Burger King.

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30 Jul

Jamie Foxx to play boxer Mike Tyson in a biopic

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Los Angeles: Actor Jamie Foxx will reportedly be transformed into Mike Tyson for a new biopic.

Foxx, 46, would be transformed by the CGI technology that changed Brad Pitt from an old man to a baby in “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button”, reports mirror.co.uk.

The boxer, 48, who was the youngest heavyweight champion at 20, also said “Raging Bull” director Martin Scorsese, would be involved.

Tyson said: “Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it.

“Within a year to 18 months, we’re going to do the Mike Tyson story and he’s going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie’s pretty much my age so he can’t portray me but they have this new system.”

The film may be titled ‘Champion’.

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30 Jul

I was disappointed with the manner I got out, says Ajinkya Rahane

Southampton: Talented batsman Ajinkya Rahane expressed his disappointment in the manner he got out playing a poor shot off a rank longhop bowled by part-time offspinner Moeen Ali on the third day of the third Test against England.

“I was really disappointed in the manner I got out. I was concentrating really well at that point of time. I thought it was a loose delivery and played it, but the shot was a miscued one. In the end, it was a bad shot. I just need to learn from this and bat well in the second innings,” a dejected Rahane told the mediapersons at the end of the day’s play.

Needing 47 more runs to avoid the follow-on, Rahane was confident that they would still make a match of it.

“MS and Shami are still batting,” said Rahane, expressing confidence in the tail’s ability to wag once again.

“If we can bat well in tomorrow’s morning session, then anything can happen. It could still become an interesting match. Cricket is a funny game.”

Rahane scored his third Test half-century on the day to help India avoid a collapse in the post-lunch session. He put on 74 runs with Rohit Sharma, but both of them fell on either side of the tea-break to Moeen Ali, a fact that has left India ruing their mistakes.

When asked if it was a thought-out plan between Rohit and him to attack Ali, Rahane denied this.

“No, we had decided to play one ball at a time and capitalize on the loose balls. We were going along well, but in cricket, anyone can take anybody’s wicket. So unfortunately Rohit got out and then I too played a bad shot,” he said.

“The England bowlers bowled well today. They were patient on a pitch that didn’t show too much wear and tear. When the ball was old, the pitch seemed to be a little two-paced. But with the new ball it is coming easily on the bat still. So they bowled consistently and in good areas today,” the batsman said, showing how the opposition got the better of their batting line-up on the day.

With two days remaining in the Test, the onus will be on India’s last two wickets to knock off the 47 runs needed to save the follow-on.

Dhoni is still at the crease and he is obviously the team’s big hope, but much depends on Shami and Pankaj Singh as well.

“We are not thinking of the second innings at all at this stage. After losing a few wickets we have managed to recover quite well thanks to our captain. We are not safe but in an okay position now. If our captain and Shami do well tomorrow, then probably we will do well,” Rahane signed off..

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30 Jul

Bangalore rape: School reopens for primary students, parents jittery

Bangalore: The Bangalore school where a 6-year-old was allegedly gangraped will re-open for primary students on Wednesday. However, a day after horrific twists and turns in the case, parents are uncertain about sending their kids to the school.

The uncertainty comes after police arrested two gym instructors who they claim gangraped the 6-year-old. Police say the skating instructor who was arrested last week, could have abetted the gangrape.

Parents also say that the severity of the crime has increased since the police now claim that the child was gangraped. Some parents are looking to admit their children to new schools.

The school, however, says that it can’t be held responsible for what happened. Vinod Nair, the spokesperson of the school, said, “We did the basic background check of the instructors. We could not have checked his laptop or mobile because we did not have the right to do so. We checked at the local police station and there was no complaint filed against them.”

Meanwhile, the two gym instructors are now the prime suspects. But the police are still probing the skating instructor’s role in a case of alleged sexual misconduct at his previous school. The gym instructors have been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

The arrest of the two gym instructors raises larger questions on the police investigation as to why the skating instructor was arrested in the first place.

After 10 days of closure, the school had re-opened on Monday for classes 5 and above. Parents had agreed to send their children to school after the management agreed to implement new security guidelines. With the involvement of more school staff coming out, the sense of uncertainty among parents is now stronger than ever.

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30 Jul

Muslim clerics ask devotees to stay away from Salman Khan movies on Eid: Reports

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New Delhi: This piece of news might come as a shock to many of the Salman Khan fans.

According to reports published in an English daily, the maulavis of Bhopal had sent a message to thousands of devotees gathered at Bhopal`s Eidgah for the Id-ul-Fitr namaaz- not to watch any films on Eid.

Though the Qazi refrained from taking the superstars name, his hint in the message clearly points towards Salman. He said `Har saal uski film release hoti hai` (every year his film is released on Eid). So, he requested the devotees to stop watching films on Eid.

The indication was clear- not to watch Salman`s`Kick` on Eid.
`Kick` was released on Friday, during Ramzan and has already entered the Rs 100 crore club.

The report also suggests that certain messages are being circulated on mobile phones which states that `don`t go and watch his films on Eid and he will stop releasing his films on Eid`.

When Salman Khan`s `Jai Ho` released a few months back and it didn`t do well at Box Office, there were rumours that clerics had run a campaign against Salman Khan after he was spotted with the now Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However the clerics are smart not to indulge in politics and cited religious reasons for the same saying that Eid is a time to celebrate with family and not to flog to theatres.

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30 Jul

Arrested terrorist Abdul Subhan wanted to create LeT module in city: Delhi Police

New Delhi: The Delhi Police Special Commissioner of Special Cell SN Shrivastava on Tuesday said that the top operative of Lashkar-e-Toiba, who was arrested last week, wanted to create a LeT module in the national capital.

“He wanted to create a LeT module in Delhi and was in touch with operative in Pakistan. We will interrogate him further,” said Shrivastava.

According to Delhi Police, Shuban was also planning to kidnap some top corporate honchos and finance terror activities from the ransom money.

Refusing to divulge names, Delhi Police officials alleged that he was constantly in touch with some other operatives including his cousin Asabuddin alias Showkat, who was lodged in Alipore jail in West Bengla serving life imprisonment in kidnapping of Khadim Shoes owner in Kolkata Partha Roy Burman in 2001, in connection with this.

Abdul Subhan was arrested from Sarai Kale Khan bus stand earlier last week and was subjected to interrogation during which he spoke about “brain washing” of youths from Rajasthan, Haryana and Bihar, official sources said today.

He also revealed that Maulana Masood Azhar and Mustaq Ahmed Zargar – top leaders of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed – had indoctrinated Asif and Amir inside Tihar.

Asif and Amir later joined the LeT.

Subhan’s interrogation also revealed that Amir later became a founding member of the Indian Mujahideen, also a banned terrorist outfit.

In 2000, a huge quantity of arms and explosives were seized in Pattan, Gujarat – Abdul Subhan and 10 others were arrested. He came out of prison in 2011 and then again started working for LeT.

His nephew Asahbuddin – was convicted in kidnapping of Partho Roy Burman, owner of khadim shoes.

He also informed police that he has worked with Aftab Ahmed – a notorious criminal of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh – who was then based in Dubai and is now in Kolkata jail, and also with Asif and Amir.

Moreover,his name had surfaced during the probe and questioning of two accused persons Mohammad Shahid and Qari Rashid, both residents of Mewat district in Haryana.

They had named Subhan as prime motivator who conducted recruitment on behalf of Lashker-e-Toiba, the sources said, adding a massive manhunt had been launched for his arrest.

The sources said dots were joined and it was found that in 2013 a known Lashker-e-Toiba terrorist of Pakistan had been in communication with certain Rajasthan and Haryana phone numbers and a conspiracy to commit a terrorist strike in the national capital was being discussed.

The caller of this number had been frequenting Delhi, after which a massive manhunt was launched which led to the arrest of Subhan (42) who hails from village Gumat Bihari in Mewat district.

His arrest and subsequent investigations into the case helped Delhi Police and central security agencies unravel the designs of terror outfit Lashker-e-Toiba to carry out strikes in Delhi, its adjoining areas and other parts of the country.

Subhan was not a new name in the terror history of the country. He was earlier arrested for carrying an arms consignment of RDX, AK 56 rifles, pistols, detonators, timers and ammunitions in a truck to Patan district in Gujarat. He was subsequently arrested by CBI officials.

He was subsequently sentenced by a court to 10 years in jail. However, Subhan’s good behaviour led to his release in 2010 from Sabarmati jail after completing eight years in prison.

Following his release, Subhan allegedly became deadlier and his stay in jail had also enriched his experience in the terror world.

He allegedly managed to motivate and recruit like-minded persons from his region into the cause of terror at the behest of his Pakistan-based mentors of LeT.

Subhan visited mosques and religious congregations in his region and at the right time, he would introduce his identity as a hard core LeT terrorist and, with his charisma, successfully induct the susceptible into the terror outfit, the sources alleged.

During his earlier days, Subhan was closely associated Abdal alias Aftab Ahmed, a history-sheeter of Varanasi (who is at present in a Kolkata jail as he was deported from Dubai for his involvement in the shootout outside American Centre in Kolkata) and Asif Raza Khan alias Zaheer who was killed in an encounter with police.

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30 Jul

CWG 2014, Day 6: Sushil Kumar-led wrestling team dominates in India’s best show

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Glasgow: Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar spearheaded a sparkling show as Indian grapplers dominated the wrestling arena with three gold medals after the shooters ended their campaign on a rousing note with five more podium finishes on sixth day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.

With 10 medals, including three gold, this was India`s best show in this edition of the mega-event.

Sushil expectedly bagged gold in men`s 75kg freestyle category while Amit Kumar won the yellow metal in men`s 57kg. In the women`s section, Vinesh Phogat finished on top in 48kg at the SECC Hall.

Rajeev Tomar, however, had to settle for a silver in the men`s 125 kg freestyle event after going down to Canada`s Korey Jarvis 0-3 in the finals.

Late in the evening, Chandrakant Mali clinched the bronze medal in men`s 94kg weightlifting to add to the country`s overall tally in the sport in the ongoing edition.

Mali, who totalled 338, lifted 146kg, 150kg and 153kg in three attempts in snatch and and 183kg, 188kg and 194 kg in clean and jerk to finish third on the podium.

Earlier, Indian shooters continued to dominate the Barry Buddon Centre with the unassuming Sanjeev Rajput and Harpreet Singh clinching a silver medal each but there was heartbreak for Olympic silver winner Vijay Kumar.

Star marksman Gagan Narang had to be contend with a bronze while Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lajja Gauswami, too, finished third on the podium, as the Indian shooting team finished with an impressive tally of 17 medals (4 9 4) from the Games.

The wrestlers though took the limelight away with their stunning show on the mat.

The 31-year-old Sushil asserted his class as he won all his four bouts of the day quite comfortably. In the gold-medal bout against Qamar Abbas of Pakistan, Sushil had an easy outing. Even before one could blink, the contest was over as the Indian pinned down his rival to clinch the gold with a 8-0 scoreline in under two minutes.

In no time, Sushil raced to a 6-0 lead and added two more points to finish off the contest. Amit Kumar defeated Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria 6-2 in his final bout. The 20-year-old Indian started off well and completely dominated the first round to post a comfortable 4-0 win.

The Nigerian, however, fought back and the two wrestlers gave each other a tough time in the next round and they could bag just two points each. But due to four points in his kitty already from the opening round, the youngster from India prevailed over his opponent to pocket the yellow metal.

In what turned out to be a close battle between Vinesh and England`s Yana Rattigan in the finals of the women`s 48kg event, the Indian won 11-8. Vinesh was down 2-4 in the first round and was facing a tough challenge from her English opponent. But she managed to earn two points to tie it at 4-4 before she could put her rival down again to bag another two just in time to wrap up the opening round 6-4.

The second round was also a fierce contest but the Indian somehow maintained her composure to earn the second gold for the country in wrestling. Tomar failed to do much in his gold-medal bout, as he failed to earn even a single point. His Canadian rival, meanwhile, could snatch a few technical points in his favour to eke out a narrow 3-0 win and bag the gold.

After today`s showing, India`s medals tally went upto 36 with 10 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze, but they slipped a place to sixth after having regained the fifth position.

Before the wrestlers` show, shooter Narang, the biggest Indian name in the fray, failed to defend his gold in the men`s 50m rifle 3 position on the concluding day of the shooting events.

The 31-year-old Narang, who had won a bronze in the 2012 London Olympics in 10m air rifle event, shot 423.3 while Rajput aggregated 436.8 in the final held under windy conditions at the Barry Buddon Shooting Center at Dundee near here.

Rajput and Narang were trailing at third and fifth after the three rounds of kneeling competition, each round having five shots. They were fourth and sixth respectively after the completion of three rounds of prone competition.

But both made a remarkable recovery in the standing position to bag the silver and bronze respectively.
Harpreet survived two rounds of nerve-wrecking shoot-off and brushed aside a penalty point docked on him to claim silver in the men`s 25m rapid fire pistol event.

In boxing, Indian pugilist L Sarita Devi advanced to the quarterfinals after winning in women`s 57-60 kg opening bout but it was curtains for defending champion Manoj Kumar, who lost his last 8 bout.

Sumit Sangwan too lost his quarterfinals bout to David Nyika of New Zealand 1-2. Sangwan was leadin g after the first round but lost the plot thereafter.

Sarita knocked out Nigeria`s Kehinde Obareh 2-0 in the last 16 clash. The 32-year-old Manipuri boxer notched up 10:9 points in both the rounds.

The Indian will next take on Welsh Charlene Jones in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

For Manoj Kumar, in the men`s lightweight 64kg bout, the Games ended rather early as he proved to be no match for England`s Samuel Maxwell, who registered a 3-0 victory over his opponent from India. The Englishman won with identical scorelines of 27:30 in each of the three rounds.

Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and R M V Gurusaidutt won their respective matches to enter the men`s singles Round of 32. Srikanth had an easy Round of 64 outing as he took just 15 minutes to defeat St. Helena`s Duane March 21-3 21-4 at the Emirates Arena.

Gurusaidutt also had an easy match as he posted a 21-5 21-12 win in 24 minutes against Benjamin Pui Hun Li of the Isle of Man. He will next face Edwin Ekiring.

In shooting, the 33-year-old Harpreet from Haryana saved India from disaster by bagging the silver after Olympic silver medallist Vijay failed to qualify for the final round after finishing seventh in the qualification. Only the top six in the qualification round qualify for the final.

Harpreet, who topped the qualification round, hit 21 times on the target in the six-shooter final which had eight rounds of five shots each.

Manavjit bagged a bronze medal in the men`s trap event. Manavjit finished third in the semi-finals after hitting 13 of the maximum 15 targets. He then beat renowned shooter Michael Diamond of Australia in the bronze medal match.

In the bronze medal match, both Manavjit and Diamond hit 11 targets out of the 15. It required a `shoot-off` where the Indian was on target to clinch a podium finish.

Later in the day, Gauswami aggregated 436.1 to bag the bronze medal in women`s 50-metre rifle 3 position.

However, London Olympic silver medallist Vijay made a shock exit in the qualification round of the men`s 25m rapid fire pistol event. Vijay shot a total of 555 points in the two qualification rounds to finish seventh and miss out on a place in the final round. The top six in the qualification round qualify for the final round.

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29 Jul

3rd Test: England ring a ‘Bell’ to lead India by 544 runs on Day 2

England started turning the screws on India in the second Test at Lord’s, inspired by a century from Ian Bell on day two that ended with the hosts in the lead by 544 and the visitors staring at the prospect of saving the game.

England, who resumed the day at 247 for 2, declared at 569 for 7 after tea – courtesy Bell’s 167 and debutant Jos Butler’s brisk knock of 85 off 83 balls after Gary Ballance added 52 more runs to his overnight 104 before being dismissed for 156.

James Anderson then extended Shikhkar Dhawan’s misery to dismiss him for 6 in the 14 nervous overs India faced before the close of play. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara then reached stumps at 11* and 4* respectively, taking India to 25 for 1.

Buttler and Bell added 106 runs for the sixth wicket off just 136 runs in the final session. Buttler then combined brilliantly with Chris Woakes to smash 43 runs off just 31 balls for the seventh wicket as the English batsmen ran amok.

Indian bowlers had no answer to Buttler’s power hitting and looked completely short of ideas. The two wickets that fell after tea for the hosts – Bell and Buttler – were both thanks to the duo trying to go for quick runs.

Bell became Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s third victim, holed out at mid-on while Buttler was castled by Ravindra Jadeja.

Earlier, England continued to dominate the proceedings as a 142-run partnership between Gary Ballance (156) and Bell took the hosts to 358/3 at lunch.

England, who resumed the day on 247/2, scored 111 runs in 29 overs, losing just one wicket in the morning session.

Rohit Sharma was the sole wicket-taker for India, albeit a bit fortuitously. Ballance was adjudged caught behind but the deflection was off the thigh pad and not the bat, bringing to an end a fine innings from the Englishman.

Bell too was very fluent, stroking 10 fours and a six on his way to his 42nd career fifty.

The Indian seamers struggled for their consistency and sprayed the ball all around the stumps. The ineffective bowling helped Bell and Ballance record the third successive fifty-plus stand in the innings.

Bell continued the good work and his century took England to 452/5 at tea.

There was some respite for Indian bowlers, who removed Joe Root (3) and Moeen Ali (12) cheaply but failed to make further inroads as Bell and Buttler.

Bell was much more aggressive in the session and took on the Indian spinners. The 32-year-old notched his 21st Test century with a six and ended up smashing Jadeja for 21 runs in that over.

Bhuvneshwar was the pick of the bowlers, taking both the wickets to fall in the session. The pacer almost had another in the bag but Buttler’s edge just bounced in front of Ajinkya Rahane in the slips.

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29 Jul

Salman Khan’s Eid luck works in favour of ‘Kick’, earns Rs 83.73 crore in three days

Mumbai: If one goes by the box office collections of Salman Khan-starrer ‘Kick’, people would unanimously agree that the superstar, whose Eid releases like ‘Wanted’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ turned out to be super hits, should stick to his lucky date for movie screenings.

‘Kick’, which marks the directorial debut of Sajid Nadiadwala, known for producing hit movies like ‘Housefull’ and ‘Heropanti’, has minted over Rs.80 crore in just three days despite being panned by the critics.

“Salman Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Kick’ collects (Friday) Rs.26.4 crore, (Saturday) Rs.27.15 crore and (Sunday) Rs.30.18 crore. Rs. 83.73 crore is phenomenal,” read a statement.

Also starring Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jacqueline Fernandez, the action thriller hit over 5,000 screens in India July 25 as well as 42 other countries including non-traditional markets like France, Germany, Morocco and Maldives.

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29 Jul

Malaysian Airlines to change name to boost reputation

Kuala Lumpur: Reeling under the pressure of two catastrophic aviation tragedies, Malaysia Airlines is mulling a name change and restructuring of routes in a bid to repair its reputation, a media report has said.

The Malaysian flag carrier, majority-owned by the government, is likely to change its name as part of a radical overhaul and also seek new investors to rebuild its business after two major tragedies within six months killing 537 people, UK’s Telegraph reported.

In March, MH370, which was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, lost touch with air traffic control, an hour after take-off. It was carrying 239 passengers, including 5 Indians, and crew. The wreckage of the plane which is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian is yet to be found.

While earlier this month, the Boeing 777 with 298 people on board was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur as it was downed between Krasni Luch in Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk in the neighbouring region of Donetsk, Ukraine. All 298 people were killed.

It is believed that Flight MH17 crashed after being hit by a surface-to-air missile fired from the rebel-held area.

Work has begun on a strategic review that will restructure the airline’s routes and expand outsourcing to increase profitability, the report said.

Additional private investment for the airline could come from rival aviation groups, it quoted sources as saying.

The review process is being led by the Malaysian government.

Airline’s commercial director Hugh Dunleavy, writing in Sunday Telegraph, insists that despite the “tragic loss” of both aircraft, the airline would eventually “emerge stronger”.

“Our majority shareholder, the Malaysian government, has already started a process of assessing the future shape of our business and that process will now be speeded up as a result of MH17,” Dunleavy wrote. “There are several options on the table but all involve creating an airline fit for purpose in what is a new era for us, and other airlines,” he said.

Those options are said to include renaming and rebranding the airline, which carries 50,000 passengers a day and employs 20,000 staff, the report said.

Although the airline raised 9.9 billion Malaysian ringgit (1.8 billion pounds) in 2013, and is said by industry analysts to be well-funded, it is thought external investment could help to return confidence to Malaysia following the recent tragedies.

“Airlines such as ours should be left to focus on the quality of our product in the air, not on the air corridor we fly in, which should be guaranteed as safe passage,” Dunleavy said.

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