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Watch: ‘Kar Har Maidaan Fateh’ from ‘Sanju’ is soulful song about courage


The second song from Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju was released on Sunday. The song chronicling Sanjay Dutt’s struggle with substance abuse and his journey to overcome it is titled Kar Har Maidaan Fateh.

Composed by Vikram Montrose, the song features the towering vocals of Sukhwinder Singh and Shreya Ghoshal. Strong notes on guitar in the background give a charged up feeling to the listeners.

Lyrics by Shekhar Astitwa go like this –

Ghayal Parinda Hai Tu

Dikh La De Zida Hai Tu

Baki Hai Tuzme Hausala

Tere Junoon Ke Aage

Ambar Panahe Mange

Karta Hai Tu Jo Faisala

The video shows Sanju begging his father Sunil Dutt (Paresh Raval) to save him from himself because he wants to live. Sanju’s mother Nargis (Manisha Koirala) becomes his support system to come out a winner after this downfall. We see Sanju go cold turkey to quit drugs, beg on the streets to survive, at the premiere of his first movie Rocky, later winning awards for Munnabhai movies, face more personal struggle.

Rest of the video offers new footage from the upcoming film directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

Watch the video

Apart from the aforementioned cast, the movie also features Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Dia …read more

Currency with public more than doubles post demonetization low

Cash withdrawn from bank

Currency with the public has reached a record high level of over Rs 18.5 lakh crore, more than double from a low of about Rs 7.8 lakh crore it had hit post-demonetization decision in late 2016, as per RBI data.
At the same time, the total currency put in circulation by the Reserve Bank has also more than doubled to over Rs 19.3 lakh crore — from a low of about Rs 8.9 lakh crore post- demonetization.

Currency with the public is arrived at after deducting cash with banks from total currency in circulation. This high level of currency available with the public is in sharp contrast to the reported cash crunch in various parts of the country a few months ago. There has been a fear that hoarding or accumulation of large amounts of cash for various reasons could have triggered an artificial currency crunch.

The figures for both ‘currency with the public’ and ‘currency in circulation’ have also exceeded the levels seen before the government’s demonetization decision on November 8, 2016, that saw nearly 86 per cent of the currency in circulation at that time being invalidated overnight by scrapping the then Rs 500/1,000 banknotes. The public was given time to …read more

NITI Aayog reconstituted, Smriti Irani dropped

Smriti Irani

Less than a month after Smriti Irani was shunted out of the prestigious I&B Ministry, Smriti Irani has been now dropped from the special invitee list of country’s premier policy-making body Niti Aayoog.

In an official communique, dated 7th June, it is noted that Smriti Irani is no longer part of the list of invitees. The list was made after approval from PM Narendra Modi. According to reports, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has replaced Smriti Irani in the list of special invitees. Also included as ex-officio member is MoS for Planning, senior BJP leader Rao Inderjit Singh.

The next meeting of Niti Aayog will be held on June 17th, which will be chaired by PM Modi. After a series of controversies including that about awarding Padma awards, Smriti Irani was stripped off the high-profile I&B Ministry on May 15th. She retains the relatively low-profile Textile Ministry. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who has impressed one and all as Sports Minister was also made the I&B Minister by PM Narendra Modi. Smriti Irani was part of Niti since her HRD Ministry days. But her run as a special invitee to the policy body has finally come to an end.

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French Open: Dominic Thiem has ‘a plan’ to thwart Rafael Nadal’s bid for 11th Roland Garros title

Dominic Thiem (L) and Rafael Nadal in action during French Open 2018

Rafael Nadal admits that his desire to clinch an 11th French Open title on Sunday is fired by his growing realisation that the end of his career may not be too far away.

The 32-year-old Spaniard, with 16 majors to his name, will play his 24th Grand Slam final at Roland Garros against Dominic Thiem who is in his first. Victory will give Nadal an 11th title in Paris and equal Margaret Court’s all-time record for wins at the same Slam event — in her case, the Australian Open from 1960 and 1973. Nadal still trails great rival Roger Federer by four major titles although the Swiss star is more than four years older.

“For me, the motivation to play here always is high, high as possible,” said Nadal after breezing past Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in Friday’s semi-finals in what was his 85th win in Paris against just two defeats.

“But for me, I believe that there are limited chances in your career. I have lost a lot of opportunities through injuries, and I know the years are going quick. So there is not 10 more chances to keep playing here.”

The statistics illustrate Nadal’s concerns — he has missed …read more

Delhi govt hospitals make woman run from pillar to post


A 20-year-old woman had a harrowing time in getting admitted to a government hospital as she was continuously refused by them, citing unavailability of equipment as the reason. It took almost six hours for her family to finally get her admitted to a hospital. The incident, that happened on Friday, has once again highlighted the state of the medical facilities available in the national capital.

With pain in abdomen and internal bleeding, Savita (name changed) reached Deep Chand Bandhu (DCB) hospital at 9 am with her family on Friday. However, after examining, doctors referred her to MCD’s Hindu Rao Hospital for advanced treatment as DCB does not have an operational labour room.

“After spending two hours in the hospital, we were asked to move to Hindu Rao for further treatment,” said her mother. As they reached Hindu Rao Hospital, the family alleged that the doctors initially kept asking why a Delhi government hospital referred its patient to a MCD-run hospital.

“They initially refused to entertain us. They did not even examine my daughter. After we continuously requested the doctors, they decided to take our case forward. But, we were told that the hospital does not have a working ultrasound machine. We were surprised …read more