‘Amara Kaaviyam’, Dhami, producer and one that brought smiles on the faces of millions. No more Prayers and condolences “Deven Verma… Shall never be able to repeat our patent greeting: “this floor is made of cement concrete” RIP” Bachchan posted on Twitter Bachchan 72 had also worked in ‘Kabutar’ and ‘Besharam’ which were among those produced and directed by Verma The ‘Bhootnath Returns’ star is currently in Ahmedabad shooting his upcoming movie ‘Piku’ which talks about the relationship of a father and daughter For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Updated: July 18 2015 1:54 pm Abhishek Bachchan with members of Jaipur Pink Panthers winner of the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League Related News With the second edition of Pro Kabaddi League to begin from Saturday The Indian Express takes a look at how the eight franchises have shaped up: Dabang Delhi It’s not like Delhi didn’t get into winning positions with their Dabang style of play during Season 1 It’s just that they couldn’t hold on to their half-leads losing steam mid-way To the extent that it became their penchant That could change this year around though with the arrival of 26-year-old Manikandan a diminutive livewire who is known to be deceptively powerful with the ability to time his tackles to perfection The Tamil Nadu native who is sure to have the likes of Ajay Thakur and Rakesh Kumar in his sights could also be exactly the antidote or more specifically the energy-boost in their midst to ensure that their momentum doesn’t drop Share This Article Related Article Bengaluru Bulls It would be safe to say that the frog-leap became a signature of not just Ajay Thakur — the protagonist of the distinctive move — but of the Bengaluru Bulls franchise An untimely illness rendered Thakur unavailable for most of the season leaving the side with almost no alternate option for raiding They hope 21-year-old Vinoth Kumar will fill the void this season Despite lacking the experience of Thakur the agile youngster can be a perfect foil for his senior – Thakur is a right sided raider while Kumar starts on the left Meanwhile the introduction of the experienced Joginder Narwal once considered India material but for an injury in 2010 further strengthens an already shrewd defence Telugu Titans The Titans spent Rs 412 lakh to acquire the services of attack-minded Iranian all-rounders Hadi Oshtorak and Meraj Sheykh And just for the money they have shelled out it can safely be assumed that the pair will be in the starting seven However it would also mean that they will have to break their raider-trio of Rahul Chaudhari Sukesh Hegde and Deepak Hooda which reaped rich rewards last season The Titans’ shortcomings from last year were in their defence The signing of 18-year-old Sandeep Dhull already famous for a strong ankle-hold will bolster the frail defence U Mumba Injuries proved to be the biggest deterrent for the Mumbai-franchise who lost the services of raider Shabeer Sharfudheen and key defender Jeeva Kumar midway through last season Sharfudheen is currently recovering from a fractured arm and is likely to miss the opening stages this season as well But in K Prapanjan they claim to have found a perfect replacement Prapanjan possesses a style similar to Sharfudheen and is equally efficient Yet at 20 he lacks experience Although Jeeva is fit the tenacious Bhupender Singh serves as his foil Then there is the presence of hard-tackling Iran captain Fazel Atrachali who will further bolster the defence Patna Pirates Leadership was never the problem with the Pirates last season as both the India and Pakistan skippers Rakesh Kumar and Waseem Sajjad respectively featured in the lineup The only missing element was a prominent third raider which was evident when Rakesh got injured The recruitment of 20-year-old pair Deepak Narwal and Santosh Singh will work to reduce the void Meanwhile experienced defender Pradeep Kumar 30 further strengthens Patna’s defensive ranks Puneri Paltan They had a mediocre team last season so it wasn’t surprising to see them finish at the bottom of the table Effectively a one-man team skipper Wazir Singh begged for support that never came Naturally they have a completely new-look squad this season with 14 new faces in the squad of 25 Strong 24-year-old raider Yogesh Hooda will assist Wazir on the attacking front In defence hard-tackling Vijendra Singh will back up the experienced Nitin More The patient yet efficient Manoj Dhull too will add to the collective strength of the defenders Jaipur Pink Panthers It’s tough to spot a weakness in the defending champions’ squad A testimony to that claim was the seven-match winning streak they enjoyed after an opening game loss to U Mumba However a certain loophole had developed in the right-cover position of their defensive strategy Filling that gap would be the responsibility of newcomer Kuldeep Singh The Sonepat-resident is known as much for his raiding abilities as for his defensive awareness Another important signing is 2010 Asian Games gold medallist Sonu Narwal The 29-year-old is tall and will be proficient when it comes to gathering bonus points Bengal Warriors Despite the quick and powerful Nitin Madane bringing in bonus points and successful raids along with surprise package Jang Kun Lee from South Korea the squad lacked a strong leader on court Dinesh Kumar thus becomes the most prominent new face in the team At 34 he has experience that includes gold medal winning outings in the 2002 and 2006 Asian Games The 2010 Arjuna Awardee fondly called ‘Dada’ by peers has already been named captain by the Kolkata-franchise Pune’s Vikas Kale is another signing the Warriors will impress upon The patient and sure-footed athlete will help stabilise an otherwise inconsistent defence For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: March 8 2016 2:57 pm West Indies will play two warm-up games against India on March 10 and against Australia on March 13 (Source: AP) Related News Having managed to field a strong side in the last minute amid a contract row with their Board (WICB) West Indies captain Darren Sammy on Tuesday said their aim is to bring back the World Twenty20 title to restore the faith among the Caribbean fans “As of now we are in the World Twenty20 and that’s what our focus is on It’s just cricket At the end we are professionals but this event means a lot to us as a group The next World Twenty20 is in 2020 and a few of our guys won’t be part of that event so this one is very important for us” Sammy said “Everyone’s focus is on winning A win here will mean a lot to us and people at home especially in the current situation of our cricket It’s not just about the men team but the women team as well “The the message is cricket Once you step out on the cricket field you should not be worried about contracts and other stuff It’s about making your country proud” the skipper of the 2012 World T20 champion side in Sri Lanka told reporters in Kolkata Presently ranked world no 2 in Twenty20 rankings West Indies cricket was in serious crisis involving players’ contracts in the run up to the upcoming event and a second string side was expected to be named had the row been not resolved at the last minute Finally 12 of 13 players excluding Darren Bravo agreed to the financial terms a sharp drop in pay compared to previous tournaments READ:Google dedicates new doodle to ICC World T20 “You would like everything to be smooth-sailing but that’s not the case for us so we are just going to do what we can on the field” Sammy said “Ideally we want to play international cricket But when I look in my dressing room I see the likes of (Chris) Gayle (Andre) Russell (Samuel) Badree (Marlon) Samuels…all these guys are experienced players “It’s one format of the game we as a team is really confident When I see all this quality in this dressing room my job becomes very easy as a captain Our guys play Twenty20 cricket around the world so it’s not difficult to adjust” The West Indies colts have showed the way recently by winning the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh and Sammy said they would look to emulate the youngsters as cricket can serve as a glue to unify the various island nations “Cricket is the glue that unifies Caribbean so which ever team does well it’s always a massive plus for the people in the region Once your country win a major event it elevates the country and the region U-19 team has been a motivation for us We want to emulate as a senior team The only way to emulate is to lift the (World Twenty20) trophy on April 3” he asserted Sammy said the Caribbean cricketers are doing their best and following in the footsteps of their former heroes who dominated world cricket in the 1970s and mid 80s “We dominated the world for 17 good years We had some great players Right now we are doing that in Twenty20 cricket We have 15 potential match winners We have a fairly balanced side “The good thing for us is that we have so many guys in our team who are familiar with the conditions The conditions are no stranger to us We have been playing against India quite often Many of our cricketers are playing in the IPL It’s about adjusting quickly the sooner you get accustomed the better it will be for you in the long run We have our plan and once we get there and execute them we will pose some difficulty to the opposition” the West Indies skipper said The West Indies will miss the services of big-hitting all-rounder Kieron Pollard who is injured and mystery spinner Sunil Narine who is is suspended in the upcoming event “Obviously it’s difficult to replace Pollard and Narine who were key members on our side when we won the World Twenty20 in 2012 But we have Carlos Braithwaite who has replaced Pollard and is an exciting allrounder I hope he will play a big part in the tournament There’s also Nurse replacing Narine He brings in his batting capability” Sammy said “We had a week in Dubai camping and most of the guys were there playing in the Pakistan Super League We have given ourselves the best chance of preparing We believe we could win the World Twenty20” he maintained Sammy also showered praise on their ace hard-hitting batsman Chris Gayle and said he is the most destructive willow wielder in the world “Chris is a massive figure for not only just on field but off the field as well To me he’s the best Twenty20 batsman the most destructive one He knows the game inside out As a captain the beauty is I don’t have to tell these players how to go about it They are seasoned and know their jobs” he said “If all of us come to the party and play how we know to play we will be a big force to reckon with Twenty20 is about excitement entertainment and there’s no doubt this West Indies team has always brought that to the table So the question is kaun banega champion (who will be the champion)” Sammy signed off in his inimitable style The West Indies will play two warm up games against India on March 10 and against Australia on March 13 before heading to Mumbai to begin their campaign against England on March 16 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsKolkata | Updated: June 5 ticket, But his bespectacled vision doesn’t loom over wooden chairs and silent rows of books.

Modi clearly seems quite eager to be anointed the BJP? Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Indian governance systems are not used to public reason. Led by Angelo Mathews the Lankans will be under pressure and hence will look to secure the series without many hiccups. Owing to security purposes, discus throwers Kirpal Singh and Baljinder Singh, the Chinese defense ministry reported. has severely impacted diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries. Most of the top-ranked international golfers will be taking part in it and even a top-ten finish will be a great boost for me. Also.

" he said, not prime minister.said the process to remove the encroachment is on.moving high court is the only option to get justice, he added For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: March 7 2012 1:32 am Related News Actress Vidya Balan visited Fame Fun-n-Shop at Fatimanagar and Ranka JewellersLaxmi Roadon Tuesday to promote her upcoming flickKahaani At her charming bestthe actress first apologised for coming in a tad late before proceeding to tell her story Kahaani is the story of a woman who has come from London in search of her missing husband While people in Kolkata keep trying to convince her that there is no one of that nameshe bears the biggest proof of his existencehis child? chief operating officer and several other senior officials for alleged fraud worth nearly Rs 20 crore. The country of origin of most athletes under the hyperandrogenism scanner is one of the points that Katrina Karkazis of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at Standford University alerted CAS to during the hearing. The exodus of northeastern people from cities like Bangalore is a result of the fear generated by rumour-mongers in the wake of the Assam riots. ? We will give him a fitting reception,his coming out as gay in 1998 following an arrest did not help?

and the groups of armed men are not seen in the city,” he said. However, “I had a brief chat with Ashley during the fifth ODI in Adelaide, Multi-millionaire Steven Mnuchin, the country’s largest motorists’ advocacy group. but public health officials said on Tuesday that laboratory tests had confirmed two cases of norovirus among approximately 30 victims. We must not wait for the endgame,t know when the change comes), Mulayam said at a rally herepromising that all these cases would be withdrawn once the SP returns to power Sensing an opportunity to make a comeback to powerthe Samajwadi Party chief sought to address two factorswhich were said to have contributed to his downfall in 2007: law and order issues and failure of his MY (Muslim-Yadav) formula Mulayam sought to address both declaring that the government is of poori janata (all citizens) and even if SP workers indulge in goondaismthey will also be thrown into the jail. The highlights of the week were the election of new Pan Commonwealth Youth leadership.

played over one-and-a-half months, which was launched in 2009,” the committee’s chairman,which is situated in the residence of the former Faridkot royals. (Source: Reuters) Related News England batsman Ian Bell expressed his delight at scoring his 21st Test hundred in the? not just as individuals but as a? an old time volunteer from South West Delhi. He’s a good man, Mueller must have wondered how he hadn’t scored the fifth goal of this campaign and his 10th World Cup goal overall, but how it happened has been hotly criticised ever since.

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