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 •  #INDvAUS: Is Johnson's latest dig at Kohli aimed to create a divide in Indian team?

Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson has indirectly taken a dig at injured Indian skipper Virat Kohli, saying that his deputy Ajinkya Rahane, who led the hosts in Dharamsala, should continue as the skipper. Johnson's comments came after stand-in skipper Rahane led the side to an eight-wicket win against Australia in the final Test and eventually to a 2-1 series victory.

Rahane was asked to lead the side after Kohli was ruled out of the fourth and the final Test due to a shoulder injury, which he sustained while putting in a dive on the first day of the drawn third Test in Ranchi.

Following the match, Johnson took to Twitter, a retweeted a cricket.com.au tweet and wrote, "Rahane should stay captain! It was a tough series but I believe it should stay on the field with the players."

Earlier, Australia captain Steve Smith, ahead of the start of fourth Test, said that India would be in fine hands if led by Rahane. He further went on to say to that the Mumbai batsman was "calmer, chilled out and doesn't get too emotional".

 

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 •  Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh SHUT break-up rumours, snapped at airport together!

Are DP, Ranveer together? Are they not? These are questions on several fans' mind ever since rumours of the two going through a split went viral on the Internet.

While there has been speculation of Deepika and Ranveer breaking up, we recently got a pic of both together at at an airport. We don't know if its a recent one but while Ranveer does not seem very happy at his pic taken, the actress seems quite poised about it. 

Their not coming together for a style awards recently gave rise to rumours that the couple had split up. There's also been speculation that they have been asked to not be seen together in public - a diktat issued by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But we believe this picture sums it up - they are indeed together!

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 •  Ghode Jatra: Nepal Army performs amazing equestrian stunts to commemorate Nepal's horse-racing festival!

The annual festival of Ghode Jatra, known as the Horse Racing Day was celebrated in Tundikhel, located in the capital ctiy's, Kathmandu valley with much enthusiam on Monday.

It is known as the oldest festival celebrated in the country's cultural hub and capital, Kathmandu.

Nepal Army showed off their skills as they performed various equestrian stunts to commemorate the occasion. 

The festival is celebrated in the Nepali month of Chaitra annually, as per a mythology which relates the origin of the festival after the death of a demon named Tundi.

Legend has it that the demon lived on a meadow, now Tundikhel, used to instigate terror among the Kathmandu citizens. Upon his death the citizens rejoiced by dancing on his body by riding horses.

It is a widely circulated belief that the parade of horses at Tundikhel - reputed to have been the largest parade ground in Asia - keeps the demon's spirit away.

The faster the horses run, the better Tundi's spirit is banished.

 

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Hairs of a horse tied with ribbons are pictured during the religious Ghode Jatra festival, organised by the Nepal army, in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 27, 2017.

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Nepalese soldiers take part in the Ghode Jatra (horse race) festival in Kathmandu on March 27, 2017. The Nepalese army celebrates the Ghode Jatra festival every year with various equestrian activities.

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Nepalese soldiers take part in the Ghode Jatra (horse race) festival in Kathmandu on March 27, 2017. The Nepalese army celebrates the Ghode Jatra festival every year with various equestrian activities.

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Nepalese soldiers play polo during the Ghode Jatra (horse race) festival in Kathmandu on March 27, 2017. The Nepalese army celebrates the Ghode Jatra festival every year with various equestrian activities.

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A tail of a horse is decorated with a bow during the religious Ghode Jatra festival, organised by the Nepal army, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepal army soldier demonstrates his skills on a horse during the religious Ghode Jatra festival, organised by the Nepal army, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepal army soldier demonstrates her skills on a horse during the religious Ghode Jatra festival, organised by the Nepal army, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepalese army soldiers demonstrate their horse riding skills during the Ghode Jatra festival, an annual horse festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, March 27, 2017. According to legend, the festival is held to celebrate the victory over a demon named Tundi and people believe that the clamor of horses' hooves during the festival keeps the demon's spirit away.

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Nepal army soldiers play horse ball during the religious Ghode Jatra festival, organised by the Nepal army.

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Nepal army soldier demonstrates his skills on a horse during the religious Ghode Jatra festival.

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A Nepalese priest carries the Living Goddess, the Kumari, during the Ghode Jatra (Horse Race) Festival in Kathmandu on March 27, 2017.The Kumari is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists as a living goddess and a protector bringing good luck and prosperity.

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A Nepalese priest carries the Living Goddess, the Kumari, during the Ghode Jatra (Horse Race) Festival in Kathmandu on March 27, 2017.The Kumari is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists as a living goddess and a protector bringing good luck and prosperity.

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 •  Gujarat communal violence: TMC MP raises issue in LS

The issue of communal violence in a village of Gujarat was raised in the Lok Sabha by a Trinamool Congress member who termed it as "worrisome" since the incident has taken place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

Saugata Roy said the violence took place in Pattan district, just 100 kms from Ahmedabad, and that those involved in the clashes must be identified and punished. "It is worrisome that the incidents have taken place in the Prime Minister's home state," he said.

One person had died and six others sustained severe injuries after violence broke out following a minor fight between two students of different communities on Saturday over a petty issue. Some vehicles and a few houses were also set on fire. Thirteen persons have been arrested in connection with the violence at Vadavali.

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 •  Here's what Farhan Akhtar is upto while shooting for 'Lucknow Central'

Bollywood’s multi-faceted man Farhan Akhtar was seen riding a scooter with his on-screen friend Alok and director Ranjit Tiwari in Lalbagh for his upcoming film Lucknow Central. Farhan was spotted sporting a black jacket teamed with a mustard coloured t-shirt and trousers. In his usual fun mood, Farhan stopped the scooter outside a wrecked car near Bhopal House, cracked a couple of jokes and rode on!

In the presence of Producer Nikkhil Advani, Farhan’s co-actors Diana Penty and Airlift-fame Inaamul Haq have also shot along with him during the Lucknow schedule in the last few days. The team has shot on the roof of Chota Imambara, Centenniel College, Jahangirabad Palace, Malihabad, Roomi Darwaza, Kaiserbagh, Residency, Lalbagh and several other localities.

Talking about the theme of the film, director Ranjit Tiwari said, “On a personal note I don’t have any connection with the city but film’s central theme has brought us to the city. The story, which I can’t talk about at this moment, is based in Lucknow which is its soul. I have stayed and researched here for the film and it was very important to shoot here to capture the soul of the city in real locations.”

After a long night shoot which was completed at around 2 am, Farhan happily obliged fans and crew members with photos too.

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 •  Budgam encounter ends with one terrorist gunned down, 3 civilians killed in clash with security forces

Three civilians were killed in security forces' action against protestors near an encounter site in Budgam district in Kashmir during an anti-militancy operation which ended with the killing of the lone militant.

"One militant has been killed and a weapon has been recovered from the scene of the encounter," an army official said. The encounter has ended, a police official said adding that one para trooper also sustained injuries.

Three civilians -- all young men in their twenties -- were killed while 18 others were injured in security forces' action against a large number of protestors who pelted stones on the law enforcing personnel allegedly in a vain bid to help the holed up militant escape.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Durbugh area of Chadoora in the early hours of Tuesday following information about the presence of militants in the area, the police official said. He said the search operation turned into a gunbattle after the militant opened firing on security forces. The slain civilians have been identified as Zahid Dar, Saqib Ahmad and Ishfaq Ahmad Wani. All of them had firearm injuries, the official said. Clashes between protestors and security forces were going on till reports last came in, he added.

The trend of civilians assembling near encounter sites and engaging security forces in clashes emerged last year. It has continued even after Army Chief Bipin Rawat warned the youth against interfering in anti-militancy operations and the state administration imposing Section 144 within three kilometre radius of the encounter site. 

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 •  I am a better actor: Sunil Grover HITS OUT at Kapil Sharma!

The Kapil Sharma - Sunil Grover fight found its way to gossip columns last week. And it has been a raging issue ever since. 

Sunil Grover and Kapil Sharma have reportedly had a big fallout. The two comedians allegedly fought while on a flight back from Australia. According to reports, Kapil was drunk and he verbally and physically abused Grover. Sunil also boycotted the show and didn't report to the sets.

Now, in an earlier interview given to a leading daily, Sunil had taken a jibe at Kapil. That has suddenly raked up a storm on social media. In the interview, Sunil had said, "When it comes to wit, Kapil is better. But I am a better actor."

Well, we don't know what to say. But Kapil, you reading this?

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 •  Bipasha Basu BREAKS SILENCE on pregnancy rumours!

Actress Bipasha Basu has denied the rumours about her being pregnant. Recently, a tabloid reported that the actress is preggars but Bips soon took to her Twitter account to quash the report.

Bipasha, in a series of tweets wrote, "The curiosity about me being pregnant...is sweet and a tad annoying. I am sorry to disappoint the ppl who are so eager for this to happen.We are not planning to have a baby right now.When we do plan..it will be joyous news which we will share  with our well wishers then.The constant guessing game is tiring..as am more than straightforward person.So pls do not believe anything that gets written.Thank you all."

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Bipasha recently also grabbed eyeballs for refusing to walk the ramp at a London fashion event at the last minute. 

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 •  #INDvAUS: Virat Kohli didn't look happy after beating Aussies and the reason is WHISTLE WORTHY

India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday said that he would wear a 'broader smile' on his face once the current team conquers an overseas season.

Asked why he does not look happy even after 10 wins in 13 Tests over India's longest home season in recent times, the skipper replied, "It is a classic case of understanding that this is not the end of anything."

"No need to get over excited with whatever we have done. We are very happy with No 1 ranking in the world but our main challenge begins now. If we can conquer the overseas season, that's when you will see a broader smile on my face when I sit down for the press conference."

For Kohli, the biggest gain has been building a team for the future with all these wins at home. "It is a very proud moment. Playing good cricket all season, especially in the home season, we dominated all of it. It was very important for a young side to do so and build a team for the future so that we can give such performances consistently. That we did in this whole season and it was important how we responded to difficult situations."

Kohli also acknowledged the hard yards put in by the support staff in team's success. "The credit goes to all of them, support staff s role is not highlighted much but their contribution is nearly 40 percent because they handle the players' mindset and their skills and working hard with them, giving them good feedback, so these are important things. So this is a team effort, rather this is a squad effort because it involves everyone. Credit goes to everyone in this squad."

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 •  Gaffe alert: When Digvijaya Singh accidentally made Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister

Even as talks continue about Rahul Gandhi’s ascending as head of Congress, senior leader Digvijaya Singh, one of Rahul’s foremost cheerleaders, made a major gaffe on Twitter.  The man who had once made news for using the honorific ‘ji’ for dreaded terrorist Osama Bin Laden, calling him Osamaji, erroneously tweeted suggesting that Rahul Gandhi was Prime Minister. The Congress leader was posting a video by former Congress MP Rajkumari Ratna Singh on Twitter, when he described her as the daughter of the late Dinesh Singh and a member of ‘Indira and Rahul Gandhi’s cabinet’.

He wrote on Twitter: "Rajkumari Ratna Singh ex MP is the daughter of Raja Dinesh Singh ji who was a Cabinet Minister in Indira Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi Cabinet.” The Congress leader meant to write Rajiv Gandhi but alert Twitterati had already noticed his gaffe and didn’t waste any time in trolling him! He later tweeted: “Rajkumari Ratna Singh ex MP is the daughter of Raja Dinesh Singh ji who was a Cabinet Minister in Indira Gandhi and Rajeev Gandhi Cabinet.”

This isn’t Digvijaya’s first major gaffe. In August 2016, he referred to Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir as ‘India-Occupied-Kashmir’ when talking about Hizbul militant Burhan Wani..

Recently, Singh had urged party vice president Rahul Gandhi to decide fast on restructuring the All India Congress Committee. Singh's comments came in the wake of the party's poor performance in two of the five states assembly polls held recently— Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

"Rahul (Gandhi) has all the qualities to lead the Congress. But I have a complaint with him. He is not taking quick decisions on restructuring the AICC," he told reporters. "The Congress workers' eyes are set on him. He should take the decision on it (restructuring AICC) fast," added Singh.

"It is being said that some people stop Rahul from taking decisions. I say if he wants to take some harsh decision for restructuring AICC he should definitely go for it. If he (Rahul) wants to remove senior leaders from AICC, he should remove me first. But he should take the call," he added.

The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said the Congress is the only political party capable of taking on the BJP. "If the Congress sets its house in order and touches the ground, the tide will turn in our favour," Singh added.

About the Congress failure to form government in Manipur and Goa, he said his party had emerged as the largest party in assembly polls in these states. Singh alleged that "the BJP with ample money bought the leaders and formed its government in both these states where the due procedure wasn't followed."

"The BJP's mascot of development plank stands unmasked with Yogi Adityanath becoming the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. Adityanath has been charged with fanning communal riots and committing serious crimes," he further alleged. 

With inputs from PTI and ANI

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 •  Harsha Bhogle set to return to commentary

Harsha Bhogle is set to end his exile from cricket commentary after the official broadcasters of the Indian Premier League today hinted that the renowned commentator could be seen in action in the 10th edition of the T20 tournament.

"It's our intention to get him back in the studio. However we have some paperwork formalities left but in all likelihood we may see him doing commentary in the upcoming IPL," Prasana Krishnan, EVP and business head, sports cluster Sony Pictures Networks India, said in Kolkata on Tuesday.

A popular face behind the camera, Bhogle has spent nearly a year away from the commentary box after he had a stand-off with the erstwhile BCCI administration.

Apparently, it all began with his criticism of the Indian cricket team's performance and star actor Amitabh Bachchan without taking names took a shot at Bhogle on his Twitter handle. Bhogle's comments also were not well received by former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and team officials.

The episode led to his ouster from the commentary panel covering India's matches and last edition of IPL. But with a new administration in place in the BCCI, there seems to be a change in fortune for Bhogle, who was recently seen doing cricket analysis for a sports website.

The official broadcasters further said they would be organising various promotional activities across India and would continue with the Fan Park across 35 cities of the country during the April 5-May 21 tournament.
"Our idea is to bring in human element into every match. Every fan will have a story to tell which would be unique than the stats," Krishnan added.

Besides English (Sony SIX) and Hindi (Sony MAX), the IPL will be broadcast in Sony's three regional language channels of Bengali, Tamil and Telugu. The Bengali commentators will be Ranadeb Bose, Joydeep Mukherjee, Abhishek Jhunjhunwalla, Saradindu Mukherjee and Subroto Banerjee.

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 •  Kolkata: Presidency student starts food start-up inside campus, gets massive response

A first year student of Presidency University has set up a mobile canteen in the campus offering fast food, favourite among the Gen Next. "Instead of oil-dripping biriyani or regular full- course meal at other canteens, my cart offers quick grabs with which the present generation can instantly connect," Political Science student Raunak Kapoor told PTI. His cart offers chicken sandwiches, cold coffee, noodles and the like. "We are regularly adding one thing or the other," said the 20-year-old student.

"We have moved into a faster alternative to typical canteens and offering something which is funky for current generation and you can see the response," he said pointing towards a group of students assembling before the mobile van. The canteen, which started functioning from March 1, is recording Rs 35,000-40,000 sales every day and is open till the evening hours. Before this, Raunak was asked to do it on a trial basis for four days in February by the authorities and it clicked. This is the first time the institution has a canteen run by its own student.

"It is a start-up. I am a student and my fellow students, management, faculty members are my customers. People look for cheaper version of food and more healthy type of meal. I think our canteen meets both parameters," he said. Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia said, "We had always been supportive to start-ups and did not object when Raunak approached us with the project. We hope such initiatives will inspire more entrepreneurs."
Affirming the support of the management, Raunak said, "They have alloted me this space, in a strategic area of the campus. And they have been very cooperative during trial run." "I am running the canteen with the help of seven staff during the day and also attending classes. I face no problem.

I am doing well in exams and there is no conflict," he said. One of the patrons, History student Suman Das said, "Raunak is popular among students and polite to customers. His cart offers small grabs priced at Rs 10-20 and his strategy is more business-oriented."

Savouring noodles, English Honours student Debalina Chakraborty said, "Here the menu is similar to the ones we relish at coffee shops and hangout zones but for a cheaper price. Even a month back, we had to venture outside the campus to have Shikanji or other mocktails but not any more." Raunak, who had 23 entrepreneurship projects in his school, said he now wished to expand the start-up to other institutions. 'Promod-da', owner of another canteen, said, "For regular meals, students visit our place. But I have best wishes for a young student." 

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 •  Is Varun Dhawan SECRETLY on Tinder? Here's the TRUTH!

Just like a number of fake accounts of almost all the celebs on various social media platforms, recently, a profile of Varun Dhawan was made on dating app Tinder. While speculations about the said account were rife on whether it's actually Varun or some other person, the actor has now come out clean on the matter.

Varun took to his Instagram account and posted a screenshot of the said Tinder profile that used the actor's image as its display picture. In his Instagram story, Varun clarified that he is not on any dating app and that somebody else has used his picture. 

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 •  Another CLASH: It's Shah Rukh Khan VS Akshay Kumar at the box office AGAIN, here's why!

Akshay Kumar and Bhoomi Pednekar starrer Toilet - Ek Prem Katha will now be released on August 11. This means that the film will be clashing with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer Imtiaz Ali film allegedly titled Rehnuma, which is slated to hit the theatres on the same date. 

Akshay's Toilet - Ek Prem Katha was to release in June earlier and his next with Neeraj Pandey titled Crack was supposed to clash with SRK's film. But Crack has now been put on hold owing to the delay in kickstarting the project. 

Now this also means that Shah Rukh's second release this year will also face a box office clash. Earlier this year, his Raees clashed against Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil and now, the Imtiaz Ali film is to clash with Akshay's next release. While SRK's Raees had an upper hadn over Hrithik's Kaabil in January, the scenario may not be the same for Rehnuma and Toils - Ek Prem Katha.

While Akshay's films are known to cater to the masses and Imtiaz's films are known to be favourites among a niche audience, it will be interesting to see what August 11 has in store for both the films.  

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 •  Baahubali 2: Sathyaraj REVEALS why Katappa killed Baahubali!

Baahubali: The Conclusion is exactly a month away from its release. And the question that still is left unanswered - Why Katappa killed Baahubali - will finally be answered. 

But a month before we actually get to know the real reason why Baahubali was killed by his loyal Katappa, Sathyaraj who plays Katappa on screen had an interesting reason, explaining why he must have done so. 

Known for his wit, when Sathyaraj was asked the same, his answer left everyone in splits. "Producers, Shobu sir and Prasad sir paid me very well. And Rajamouli told me to kill Baahubali, so I killed him," he laughed. 

He added, "Otherwise how can I kill Prabhas? He has been my darling since Mirchi."

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 •  Gudi Padwa 2017: Traditional attire, drums and rangoli paint a colourful picture this Marathi New Year!

Gudi Padwa is the Maharashtrian Hindu festival which marks the beginning of New Year. The festival is celebrated with utmost fanfare and grandeur.

The new year is referred to with different names like Gudi Padwa for Maharashtrians, Cheti Chand for Sindhis, Ugadi to people of mid-southern states, Navreh to Kashmiris and Sajibu Cheiraoba to Manipuris.

The festival celebrated on the first day of Chaitra, also known as Chaitra Shukla Pratipada according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. This year the festival will be celebrated on March 29, 2017.

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People play drums as they attend celebrations to mark the Gudi Padwa festival, the beginning of the New Year for Maharashtrians, in Mumbai, India March 28, 2017.

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Mumbai: Marathi women performing a group dance as they participate in ''Shobha Yatra'' to celebrate the Maharashtrian new year ''Gudi Padwa'' in Thane on Tuesday.

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Women dressed in traditional attire ride on two wheelers as they participate in ''Shobha Yatra'' to celebrate the Maharashtrian new year ''Gudi Padwa'' in Thane on Tuesday.

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Girls dressed in traditional costumes attend celebrations to mark the Gudi Padwa festival, the beginning of the New Year for Maharashtrians, in Mumbai.

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A woman dressed in traditional costume attends celebrations to mark the Gudi Padwa festival.

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Shobha Yatra

Women dressed in traditional Marathi attires, with placards displaying a message to save girl child, as they walk on streets during ''Shobha Yatra'', to celebrate the Hindu new year.

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Gudhi Padwa

Indian women dressed in traditional attire play drums as they take part in a procession celebrating ''Gudi Padwa'' or the Maharashtrian New Year in Mumbai on March 28, 2017. Gudi Padwa is the Hindu New Year for people in India's Maharashtra state and marks the end of a harvest and the beginning of a new one.

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Kurla

A view of 15,000 sq ft Rangoli created by 28 artists using 750 kg colours for upcoming Gudi Padwa festival at Shivaji Chowk Mill Road at Kurla in Mumbai on Sunday.

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Women on motorcycles

Indian women dressed in traditional attire drive motorcycles as they take part in a procession celebrating ''Gudhi Padwa'' or the Maharashtrian New Year in Mumbai on March 28, 2017.

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Gudi Padwa

Indian women dressed in traditional attire drive motorcycles as they take part in a procession celebrating ''Gudhi Padwa'' or the Maharashtrian New Year in Mumbai on March 28, 2017.

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Gudi Padwa

Maharashtrian women perform ''puja''  during the celebration of Marathi new year ''Gudi Padwa'' in Mumbai.

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Gudi Padwa

A woman dressed in traditional costume plays a drum as she attends celebrations to mark the Gudi Padwa.

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Gudi Padwa

 Maharashtrian women perform ''puja'' (worship) during the celebration of Marathi new year ''Gudi Padwa'' in Nagpur on Tuesday.

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Maharastrian Youth

Indian youth dressed in traditional attire dance during a procession celebrating ''Gudhi Padwa'' or the Maharashtrian New Year in Mumbai.

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Gudi Padwa

A man and woman dressed up in traditional attire watch as people throng the streets in Mumbai to celebrate the Maharashtrian new year ''Gudi Padwa'' in Thane on Tuesday.

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Sonali Bendre

Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre posted this picture captioned:

"Absolutely love this adorably tiny Gudi I received today! Traditionally, #GudiPadwa is the Maharashtrian New Year, and the Gudi is believed to ward off evil and invite prosperity and good luck into the house. Wishing everyone a very happy Gudi Padwa!"

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Amruta Khanvilkar

Marathi actress Amruta Khanvilkar takes part in Maharashtrian new year "Gudi Padwa" celebrations in Mumbai on Monday.

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 •  Bad news for RCB as Virat Kohli makes a huge statement ahead of IPL 10

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during the recently-concluded Test series against Australia, is doubtful for the start of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), beginning April 5.

Kohli, who captains Royal Challengers Bangalore side in IPL, faces a battle to be fit for the lucrative T20 tournament after being ruled out of India's eight-wicket win against Australia in the fourth Test in Dharamshala. After India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 against the Steve Smith-led side, Kohli revealed that he needs few more weeks to be back in action.

"It's still a few weeks to go before I can be 100% on the field.But these things happen in your career. You have to take it in your stride and move forward," he said in a post-match presentation.

The 28-year-old sustained the right shoulder injury while putting in a dive on the first day of the drawn third Test in Ranchi. Previously, Kohli had missed only one game for the RCB, which was way back in the inaugural season in 2008. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will kick start their IPL campaign against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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 •  #INDvAUS: 'When a person is down, the weak come out to speak against him,' Virat Kohli slays his detractors

India captain Virat Kohli today said that he would wear a "broader smile" on his face once the current team conquers an overseas season. Asked why he does not look happy even after 10 wins in 13 Tests over India's longest home season in recent times, the skipper replied, "It is a classic case of understanding that this is not the end of anything."

"No need to get over excited with whatever we have done. We are very happy with No 1 ranking in the world but our main challenge begins now. If we can conquer the overseas season, that's when you will see a broader smile on my face when I sit down for the press conference."

For Kohli, the biggest gain has been building a team for the future with all these wins at home. "It is a very proud moment. Playing good cricket all season, especially in the home season, we dominated all of it. It was very important for a young side to do so and build a team for the future so that we can give such performances consistently. That we did in this whole season and it was important how we responded to difficult situations."

Kohli also acknowledged the hard yards put in by the support staff in team's success. "The credit goes to all of them, support staff s role is not highlighted much but their contribution is nearly 40 percent because they handle the players' mindset and their skills and working hard with them, giving them good feedback, so these are important things. So this is a team effort, rather this is a squad effort because it involves everyone.
Credit goes to everyone in this squad."

Kohli praised Ajinkya Rahane s captaincy and revealed that it was his deputy who was in favour of playing five bowlers. Kuldeep Yadav was picked because of his X-factor. "I spoke to Jinks (Rahane s team nickname) before the game and he asked me what I feel. I said, this is your game and you have to be comfortable with playing play four or five bowlers. He instantly said five bowlers because he understands the workloads of the guys throughout the whole season.

"So that fifth bowler, that was Anil bhai and Jinks and myself, we all had a discussion. Kuldeep was the X factor, they hadn t played him, they hadn t seen him much and he turned out to the difference in the game.
"I think from 130 for 1 to 300 all out on the same day can really demoralise the opposition. And I think it was a great call on Jinx and Anil bhai's part," said Kohli.

Although it was difficult to watch the game from the sidelines, Kohli is happy that the team was ready to take collective responsibility in his absence. "I jerked my shoulder four times yesterday celebrating from outside. So that's how much energy I had and I couldn't sit in the change room. It was not a nice feeling. I don't know how many Test matches I've played in a row (54). So if it was a strain injury it would have been different, but impact injury really left me with no options.

"And to start a game at 50% was not fair on the team. That's the kind of person I have always been and I will continue to be. But the most pleasing thing is when you see guys taking the responsibility in your absence and actually going out there to play one of the best ever Test matches that as a viewer you can see," said Kohli.

He has faced some criticism on and off the field with a sudden dip in form after an exception season that saw him score four double hundred in four successive series prior to the one against Australia. But he has now learnt to take it all in his stride.

"Criticism is not in my control. I have heard a very wise person tell me that when a person is down, the weak come out to speak against him. It takes courage to talk about someone when they are on top. It is fine, I was targeted individually and I haven't done well in this series, so opportunities galore for everyone to come out and speak about me, which is fine.

"When I did well, then also people talked about me. When I haven t done well, obviously I expect people to come out and start saying all sorts of things. It is very easy to sit at home and write a blog or speak behind the mic (microphone). I think that's easier than coming out and competing in the field. So that s all I have to say about that," Kohli said.

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 •  #INDvAUS: With Australia series in the bag, India retain ICC Test Championship mace

India on Tuesday retained the ICC Test Championship mace and also won a cash award of USD one million for holding on to the top position in the Test Team rankings on the annual April 1 cut-off date. Captain Virat Kohli received the mace and cheque from Sunil Gavaskar at a ceremony after the fourth and final Test against Australia, in which Ajinkya Rahane led the side as Kohli could not play due to a shoulder injury.

India had entered the series against Australia needing to win at least one Test to retain possession of the prestigious mace, which it had reclaimed following the Indore Test against New Zealand in October 2016, ICC said in a statement.

The second and third places in the rankings will be decided after the ongoing Hamilton Test between South Africa and New Zealand. If South Africa wins or draws the Test, it will be assured of second place but a loss will see Australia finish ahead of it in second place.

The side to finish second will get USD 500,000 while the side finishing third will receive  $200,000. The fourth-placed team, which is England, will get $100,000.

"We are absolutely delighted to have topped the ICC Test rankings. The longest format of the game really tests a team's character and I'm proud that we have proved ourselves to be the best," Kohli said. "Being presented with the Test championship mace last year was an exhilarating experience and the feeling is no different this time.

"I'd like to both congratulate and thank everyone who has been part of this success. This includes not only all the players who have been in the squad but also the team management and support staff, without whom we could not have done so well. It has not been an easy journey but all the hard work has been worth it. We have maintained our position with some really good cricket in recent months. The team has shown the tenacity to bounce back from difficult situations," said the skipper.

ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Gavaskar also congratulated the Indian team, saying: "Being at the top in this format is no mean achievement and proves that the players have been doing well on a consistent basis."

"The horizon has changed with the development of the limited overs formats but Test cricket has held on to its own even 140 years after it was first played. Everyone recognises that Tests are the ultimate trial of a cricketer's calibre. It's good to see the players enjoy the challenges that Test cricket presents and have high regard for others who do well in the format."

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: "On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate India for achieving and maintaining number-one status amid some stiff competition, particularly from Australia and Pakistan who both held the top spot over the last year, and South Africa who have had some great Test series wins of late.

"The team has shown great consistency over the last 12 months, it possesses a variety of talent and is an exciting team to watch. I'm sure being recognised as the best Test nation is something that the team will really be proud of and I look forward to another year of outstanding Test cricket being played as they look to defend their position," concluded Kohli.

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 •  'Glee' alumnus Matthew Morrison headed to Shondaland with 'Grey's Anatomy'

Actor Matthew Morrison has joined the cast of the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy in a season 13 guest role.

Though it is yet unclear what character Morrison is playing, he revealed a major clue in his Instagram story, reported Entertainment Tonight.

"I'm back to filming. I can't say what I'm on yet, but my name is Dr Paul Stadler," Morrison said dressed in a tie and suit with his hair slicked back.

A Grey's Anatomy fan site also shared a video and an on-set photo of Morrison with Justin Chambers, who plays Alex Karev in the show.

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