Spooked by a needle controversy but in high spirits nonetheless, the jumbo Indian contingent would aim to make it all good with strong medal-winning performances when the acutely-low-on-buzz Commonwealth Games start on Wednesday with an opening ceremony here. It’s just a day to go before the Games officially get started but Gold Coast hardly looked like a city gearing up for a sporting festival.
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At a time when bumper production and lower demand are keeping prices of several agriculture commodities low, many factors have ensured that soybean prices remain high in the country, giving some hope to a section of farmers.
Soybean prices rose by Rs 125 (or 3.33 per cent) to Rs 3,881 per quintal in futures trade on Monday on creation of fresh positions by participants amid positive overseas cues.
Exactly seven years after lighting up the Mumbai skyline with an unforgettable six, Mahendra Singh Dhoni again became the cynosure of all eyes as the honorary Lieutenant Colonel received the Padma Bhushan Award, dressed in an army uniform. It was a happy coincidence for Dhoni as he was conferred with the prestigious civilian honour on the seventh anniversary of their famous World Cup triumph. The Indian Territorial Army had conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on November 1, 2011, months after the country lifted its second World Cup under his leadership.
Veteran actor Helen Mirren has said that she once “begged” to be cast in an action film and used her Oscar winner reputation to put pressure on the film bosses. The 72-year-old actor, who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in 2007’s The Queen, said the filmmakers “love” to cast Academy Award winners in their films. “It was a little hankering definitely. Absolutely it was. I begged. I put it out there and then I begged. That was one of the wonderful advantages of winning an Oscar. I got to be in action movies!” Mirren said, according to Femalefirst.
Former Australia vice captain David Warner broke his silence over the ball-tampering saga on Thursday with a post on social media in which he apologised and accepted responsibility for his “part” in the scandal. “I am currently on my way back to Sydney,” Warner posted in a message to “cricket fans in Australia and all over the world” on Instagram. “Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans.
Angelina Jolie is reportedly dating a real estate agent. According to Entertainment Tonight, Jolie’s ex Brad Pitt, who she has yet to finalise her divorce with after a 2016 split, is also quietly dating around. “It’s not serious. Brad and Angie are both very secretive about their dating life. Angie has told some friends she isn’t ready to date, but she has been seeing a handsome, older-looking man who is a real estate agent. He isn’t a celebrity or high profile in any way,” a source said.
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has revealed that Tintin 2 is still in works, but will not release any time soon.The 71-year-old filmmaker helmed the first instalment The Adventures of Tintin in 2011. Peter Jackson was to take on directorial duties for an upcoming sequel. However, since the first animated movie came out in, news of the sequel had been quiet but now Spielberg has confirmed that Jackson “has to do the second part.” “Peter Jackson has to do the second part. Normally, if all goes well, he will soon start working on the script.
Australia’s cricket’s day of shame ended in a crushing 322-run defeat by South Africa on the fourth day of the the third Test at Newlands on Sunday. Set an unlikely 430 to win, Australia were bowled out for a paltry 107, with fast bowler Morne Morkel taking five for 23. It was a fittingly dismal end to the match for Australia after they were caught up in a ball-tampering scandal on Saturday which sent shockwaves through the sport.
The BCCI on Thursday cleared India speedster Mohammed Shami’s central contract after its anti-corruption unit (ACU) exonerated him of corruption charges levelled by his wife Hasin Jahan. Shami has been given a Grade ‘B’ annual contract, which will make him richer by Rs 3 crore. He will also be free to play in the Indian Premier League for his franchise Delhi Daredevils, starting April 7.
There may be instances when female stars demanded and received pay parity but actor Dia Mirza believes real change will come when we tell stories that give equal opportunity to both the genders.
The actor believes the industry needs to mature in its treatment of women and the kind of roles that are written for them.